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Jan-Guard Hawaii gains NHWA accredited-member status

Jan-Guard Hawaii Inc., of Honolulu has gained accredited-member status in the National Home Watch Association. The NHWA was formed in 2010 in order to establish and maintain the highest industry standards for Home Watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada. Visit www.nationalhomewatchassociation.org .

HVO looks ahead amid break(out) in the activity

U.S. Geological Survey scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), scanning HVO’s Kilauea East Rift Zone webcam images, noted a new breakout of lava on Saturday, Nov. 15. It occurred in the vicinity of Pu‘u Kahauale‘a, a forested cone completely surrounded by Pu‘u ‘O‘o lava flows. This cone lies in the uppermost part of the June 27th lava flow, about 1.6 kilometers (1 miles) northeast of Pu‘u ‘O‘o. Throughout the day, helicopter pilots corroborated HVO’s observations.

Thanksgiving blessings may be sometimes forgotten

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate our blessings. Unfortunately we often take our blessings for granted. Recent reports from our Farmer to Farmer project contacts in Haiti made me realize again how blessed we are to live in Hawaii. Haiti is a beautiful country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

Poinsettias provide lasting holiday color

Although it finally feels like fall, and we were seeing Christmas decorations in some stores even before Halloween, the Christmas holidays don’t seem real until we get our Thanksgiving meal digested.

BISAC hosts workshops

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council recently hosted a series of workshops in partnership with the Hawaii Island United Way to help equip relief workers with tools to meet the psychological needs of the people they serve, while learning to be aware of compassion fatigue in themselves. From left, are BISAC Chief Clinical Officer Raquel Chang, county Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira, county Disaster Recovery Coordinator Janice Bueltmann and BISAC Chief Executive Officer Hannah Preston-Pita.

GIS training workshops scheduled

In celebration of global Geographic Information System (GIS) Day this month, Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology (WIT) will provide free GIS training for students and teachers in Hilo and Kona the first week in December.