Community Briefs


Gordon G. Switzer, a former employee of StarKist Samoa and one who loved the Samoan people, passed away on August 11, this year in Hot Springs, Arkansas, according to his wife of 54-years, Linda Switzer, who added that she and her husband lived in the territory from 1969 to 1975 when Gordon was employed by the American Can Company at the time.
The couple returned to the territory from 1988 to 2000 as Gordon was then employed by StarKist. “Gordon loved Samoa and the Samoan people. He always said that living in Samoa were some of the best years of his life,” said Linda in a brief letter to Samoa News.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Linda, son Jeffrey and twin grandchildren Joshua and Sarah Switzer.
(Google search shows a document for minimum wage review in the 1960s which indicates that the American Can Company of Samoa was established in 1964 to supply cans directly to StarKist and Van Camp. The company later became COS Samoa Packing cannery. The can company was headquartered in California.)
Samoa News management offers Linda and family our condolences for their loss. Gordon is remembered fondly.
Here is good news for ASG retirees who usually receive their benefit checks at the end of the month. The Retirement Fund Office is releasing those benefit checks today, Dec. 18, instead of Dec. 30.
“This is the usual policy by the Retirement Office to help out recipients with Christmas,” said Filisouaiga Ta’afua, executive director of the office, adding that there are about 400 retirees who receive their checks at the end of the month.
There are approximately ASG 1,700 retirees in total, and most of them received their benefit checks on Dec. 13 or the middle of the month.
All American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) offices and divisions will be closed for business from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2013.  ASDHS advises the public to plan your business with this in mind.
Offices affected include: ASDHS Main Office in Tafuna, Office of Vital Statistics in Faga’alu, and TEMCO,  OTICIDE, SPICIN / INTERPOL — all in Tafuna
In the event of an emergency or legitimate urgency, you can contact the main office at 699-0365 or 699-3800 at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC). 
Samoa Motors Inc. was recently recognized for their outstanding sales performance during Ford’s Heritage Sales Campaign that celebrated the company’s 110th anniversary.
Michael Reid (back row, far left in photo below), Samoa Motors managing director, along with representatives from all seven winning dealerships, was welcomed by Ford at the company’s World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, in recognition of their performance.
Samoa Motors Inc. has been the market leader in American Samoa since 2009, achieving one of Ford’s largest market shares on record anywhere in the world. Earlier this year Samoa Motors added a 2nd dealership, Ford Samoa, in Vailtele Samoa.

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