News Briefs for Monday, March 20, 2006

• State offers loans to affected farmers

• New KIUC board members to be installed Tuesday

• Bridge results listed

• Hurston still inspires writers

• Koloa Library plans book sale

State offers loans to affected farmers

Sandra Kunimoto, chairperson of the state Department of Agriculture, has requested that Kauai County Farm Bureau officials help compile an assessment of farms, ranches and nurseries damaged by the heavy rains and floods, farm bureau officials said in a press release.

She will schedule a meeting of farmers to discuss damage, according to Sue Keller of the Kauai County Farm Bureau.

In response to the disaster, state Department of Agriculture officials have also increased their loan limits from $50,000 to $75,000.

A meeting of farmers was held over the weekend at Kilauea Farms, with state Sen. Gary Hooser, D-Kaua‘i-Ni‘ihau, and state Rep. Mina Morita, D-Hanalei-Kapa‘a. The topic was the closing of the dam, which farmers in the Kilauea Farms area use as their water source.

Farmers are concerned about moves to close reservoirs, which not only provide water to the farms, but when maintained properly also act as flood control, they said.

Call Keller, 828-2120 or 639-8423, for more information.

New KIUC board members to be installed Tuesday

The newest members of the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative board of directors will be installed at 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the KIUC headquarters conference room in the Hana Kukui Building in Kukui Grove Village West.

Dane Oda, Alfred Laureta and Derek Kawakami will be sworn in at the annual meeting of the board of directors, participate in the election of officers and the making of committee assignments at that meeting, then take their seats for their first full board meeting at 1:30 p.m., according to agendas posted at the KIUC Web site,

They were elected by members in polling that ended Saturday. Results of the election were announced Saturday evening, after a special meeting of members that was essentially to explain voting by ballots and to announce that the polls were closed at 4 p.m.

They were elected to three-year terms, and will have to complete co-op board member orientation and training as prescribed by KIUC bylaws in order to remain board members.

Seven people ran for the three available board seats.

Bridge results listed

Members of and visitors to the North Shore and Poalua Bridge Clubs play every Thursday at Sun Village behind Wilcox Memorial Hospital at 9 a.m.

This is the oldest bridge club on the island, and visitors are always welcome to play, members say. To find a partner or additional information, please call Jane Nearing Go at 826-9753, or Betty Moore at 245-1994.

Despite the excessively heavy rain on the island March 16, some 24 players enjoyed the fellowship and game. Also attending were visitors from Colorado. Winners were: 1. Sheila Honeywell and Deborah Byrnes; 2. Lenda Helser and Terry Craig; 3. Patty and Al Ficker.

Members of the Sunrise Duplicate Bridge Club play each Thursday at the Church of the Pacific hall in Princeville, beginning promptly at 9 a.m. For playing partners or more information, call Lolita Horney at 826-6805.

Members of the Sunset Duplicate Bridge Club play bridge each Saturday at the Church of the Pacific hall in Princeville, starting promptly at 1 p.m. For playing partners or more information, call Lenda Helser at 828-0609.

Members of the Ka Haku o Hawaii Bridge Club play the second and fourth Mondays of every month, at Hanalei Bay Resort at 9 a.m. They meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. before play. For playing partners or more information, call Jane Nearing Go, 826-9753.

Results from the March 13, Howell-Movement, 24-player gam, were: 1. Paul and Judy Ratte, visitors from Oregon; 2. Jane Nearing Go and Glenda Lewis; 3. Loukas Fytros and Pat Burgess.

Hurston still inspires writers

Editor’s note: This is another in a series of stories on important women in American history, in celebration of March as National Women’s History Month. Information was provided by members of the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women. For more information, or to inquire about joining

the committee, call Pat Hunter-Williams, 639-0888, or the Office of the Mayor, 241-6300.

Novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston was all of these.

Born at the turn of the century, and raised in rural Florida, she collected African-American folklore throughout the Deep South.

Her love and appreciation of her culture is well-recorded in her many novels.

Hurston’s fresh, insightful perspective, coupled with a realistic portrayal of African-American lives and concerns, made her one of the leading and more controversial writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Many of Zora Neale Hurston’s novels, including her best-known work, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” have become classics.

Hurston’s pride in her African-American heritage, strongly evident in her writing, continues to educate and inspire readers.

Koloa Library plans book sale

Members of the Friends of Koloa Library will be having a used book sale at the Koloa Public/School Library, states a press release.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

The sale will be held in the library meeting room. There will be lots of good-quality used books, videos, CDs, and books on tape, at bargain prices.

All proceeds from the sale go to support purchases of equipment and materials for the Koloa Public School Library.

For more information, call 742-8455.


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