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NHERC Fall Festival on Nov. 10 benefits students

The North Hawaii Educational Research Center (NHERC) Fall Festival is this Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For the many high school students who attend college classes at NHERC, scholarships play an important role in making this possible. Every semester, NHERC offers the NHERC Scholarship to qualifying students. This semester, 7 students benefited from the fund.

Throughout the year, NHERC raises money to continually replenish this fund. Each scholarship recipient commits to offer 10 to 15 hours of community service in order to help raise new scholarships.

This year’s scholarship recipients chose to put their efforts into one main event, the NHERC Fall Festival, with the goal of raising $3,500 for seven full scholarships.

The Fall Festival is going to be a fun event with food, entertainment, a silent auction, and community rummage sale (from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Students are selling tickets for steak plates for $10 (NY strip steak, rice, corn and cake), and two pounds of marinated teriyaki beef for $8.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please contact NHERC at 775-8890. Otherwise, come down and enjoy lunch at the new NHERC pavilion, shop for great Christmas gifts at the silent auction and rummage sale. For kids there will be hot dogs for sale, and free balloons and face painting.

The Fall Festival is at NHERC’s new pavilion, directly below the Honokaa Hospital.


Parenting For Prevention is coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tutu’s House will welcome Chris Kelly, founder of Prevention PLUS, in presenting this important, educational information about parenting drug-free kids in a drug-filled world.

This is a program for ALL parents, not just parents whose kids have drug problems. This discussion promises to be fact-filled and informative for parents of children ages 10 through 20. Teachers and school personnel are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Chris has been a substance abuse prevention specialist for the past 17 years. He has dedicated a third of his life to prevention education because he knows that prevention works and he knows how difficult it is to recover from an addiction.

He has been clean and sober for 22 years and has worked with over 50,000 students and parents, worldwide. For more information, visit www.preventionplus.info. To register to attend, please call Tutu’s House at 885-6777. There are no fees for Tutu’s House programs, but tax-deductible donations are always welcome.


Rep. Mark Nakashima would like to share this information: “Please consider voting ‘yes’ on an important constitutional amendment question on this year’s election ballot. If you leave the box blank, it will count as a ‘no’ vote.

“This amendment is especially important to Hawaii Island, as many of the earthen dams built and maintained by the plantation, important to agriculture, now fall into this category.

“Here is Constitutional Amendment Question No. 1.” ‘Shall the state be authorized to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bond to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards?’

“The Department of Land and Natural Resources supports this amendment,” says Nakashima. “If passed, this helps the state to ensure that dams and reservoirs statewide are structurally sound and well maintained.

“By authorizing the state to issue special purpose revenue bonds, the private owners of the dams and reservoirs are the ones who apply for the program and who pay the debt service on the bonds.

“The state and the taxpayers do not pay to support the bond sale for this purpose. As you may recall, there was a serious accident and loss of life due to a dam breach on private property on Kauai in 2006,” he explains. “It’s critical that we help private owners and work together to fix and maintain our dams and reservoirs.”

Carol Yurth’s column is published every Sunday and spotlights activities on the Hilo-Hamakua coast. She welcomes items for her column. Reach her by mail (46-1240 Kalehua Road, Honokaa HI 96727) at least 10 days before the requested publication date, call her at 775-7101, or e-mail waiukahenutz@gmail.com.


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