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A total of 40 women and two men were recognized last week during a brief ceremony at the Fale Samoa in Utulei when they were each presented with a certificate of completion for successfully fulfilling the requirements of the cooking class that was spearheaded by the Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA).


The classes were conducted by Malia Masalosalo.


Yesterday, an orientation for another session of the cooking program kicked off in Leone for which 55 people had registered. This new class will conclude on May 26.


The cooking classes have been a norm for DYWA, which aims to find ways for women and youth — including young men— to become trained in a trade that will benefit them in the future. In addition to cooking, DYWA also offers classes in sewing, floral arrangement, and ‘elei making. Last year, there was an automotive training class and a program for hairstyling.


The cooking classes used to be held at the old Election Office in Utulei but because of the limited space, the classes had to be moved.


DYWA Deputy Director Pa’u Taito Roy Ausage said in an initial interview, “The importance of this training is in the area of skills development. It gives the participants something they can add to their lifetime success stories.” He said that goal of their office is “to bring women and youth together to better themselves and elevate their self esteem, in addition to giving them moments like this to highlight their successes.”




This weekend, Historic Preservation Officer David Herdrich will be escorting a group of local teachers to the NOAA Air Station in Tula for a tour that according to him, will give the educators some “background knowledge” on the site which they can share with their students either by word of mouth, or a field trip.


The NOAA Air Station, according to Herdrich, was built in 1974 in the vicinity of a radar station that was in place to scan the skies to guide airplanes in and out of the territory, and detect any enemy planes coming in. “It was basically a part of our island’s defenses,” he said.


During World War II, the radar station was set up in Tula and the remains are still there today. Herdrich said the area is a modern scientific site used to collect air samples, determine the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and collect data on the amount of radiation from the sun, among other things.


He explained that when the NOAA Air Station was built, it damaged a portion of the radar station.


The teachers who will be taking part in the tour are mostly high school history instructors.




Looking for somewhere to take the family this weekend? Then pack the kids and head over to the Suigaula o le Atuvasa Beach Park this Saturday for the National Nutrition Month Fair which will be held from 8:30a.m.- 12 noon.


The Dept. of Health will have booths set up to educate the public on new ways to spice up family meals and learn about healthy living.


Nutritious recipes will be featured, along with informative lectures on “how to eat right when money is tight”.


The ASDOE School Lunch Program will also be there, for an event that will include zumba workout sessions, games, and prizes. Jumpers will be available for the children.


Demonstrations will be made featuring new recipes for the school lunch menu. To end Nutrition Month, the School Lunch Program has announced the addition of “more local produce” to their menu. These include papaya, banana, pineapples, taro, and cucumber.


Other departments will have booths as well and the public is invited to attend.