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Waimea Town Meeting promises a ‘mixed plate’ of community news and concerns

“Mixed plate” best describes this month’s Waimea Community Association Town Meeting from 5:15 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at Waimea School cafeteria. As always, the entire community is invited, there are no membership dues, Starbucks will provide fresh hot coffee, and food pantry donations are requested.

Included on the busy agenda will be:An update on “Ginger Ninjas” in the Kohala Mountain Koaia cloud forest – aka, volunteer youth removing invasive species, and other progress by the Kohala and Pelekane Bay Watershed Partnerships, and an update on Coqui Free Waimea’s giant new sprayer, on loan from the county.

How mediation — aka dispute resolution – is significantly benefiting many in our community by helping to create and negotiate options and craft agreements that are fair, realistic and durable for everything from annoying neighbors to painful divorce and custody or foreclosure battles – an update by the West Hawaii Mediation Center.

How the water department’s proposed Lalamilo Windfarm will save customers more than $1.5 million per year in energy costs over the next 20 years and what’s the latest in windfarm technology.

Meet North Hawaii Community Hospital’s new interim CEO and hear about progress on becoming sustainable.

Also discussing sustainability will be Kahilu Theatre’s volunteer board on their progress and plans for the 2013-’14 Season, and their ongoing advocacy to secure legislative funding.

Public policy issues and opportunities as viewed by Waimea County Council members Margaret Wille and Valerie Poindexter and Sen. Malama Solomon.

An update by South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee’s recently elected Chairperson Gunner Mench on community transportation priorities on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and related issues.

All who attend WCA monthly Town Meetings are asked to continue the association’s commitment to help Waimea’s food pantries by bringing a donation – preferably cash or a check – or non-perishable food items. Cash or checks are given to the Waimea pantries to purchase foods or gift certificates from local grocery stores and farmers markets so that recipients are able to buy fresh items such as vegetables, fruit and milk as well as diapers and other essentials. Checks may be payable directly to a food pantry so the donation is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

For information, call WCA Vice President Patti Cook at 937-2833, or visit www.WaimeaTown.org.