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Hawaii Island News, 25 September 2009, part II


The Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island will expand its hours on teacher furlough days at all of its six clubs around the island.  The hours of operation will be 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with an academic based program in the morning to early afternoon followed by the normal after school program for children through 8th grade.  Registration packets will be available by October 5th at all locations.

An integrated agricultural and culinary program that supports a “healthy, sustainable lifestyle” for middle and high school students and families in the Puna District will get a boost from the federal government.  According to a press release from Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans will award $1.44 million to support programs in Hawaii County and Maui.  Hirono says educational non-profit organizations and the Kamehameha Schools will leverage federal and private funding to support eh health and well being of the Puna Community.

(AP).  Eleven elderly leprosy patients from Hawaii are expected to travel 12,000 miles to Rome next month to see their most revered priest, Father Damien, become a saint.  Damien, who was born in Belgium as Joseph de Veuster, is beloved throughout the island for volunteering to minister and care for Hawaii’s leprosy patients in the 1870s.

(AP).  Two reports say homeowners scrambling to qualify for a temporary tax credit helped propel home sales in the western United States last month nearly 5 percent higher than a year ago.  Foreclosures continued to fuel much of the sales surge in the 13-state region.  But Honolulu was one of several cities where sales slipped last month from a year ago.

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