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Carol Chang
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November 11, 2009 - MidWeek The Islander
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Kailua resident Seigfried Ramler will discuss his memoirs, Nuremberg and Beyond, Thursday at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El on Pali Highway (261-5786). Born in Vienna, Seigfried became the longest-serving interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials (held in 1945 and ‘46 to prosecute Nazi war criminals) and is now a scholar and retired educator in the Islands ... Jason Santos of Kailua has graduated from Army ROTC leadership training at Fort Lewis, Wash., while studying at University of Hawaii ...

Kaneohe actress Pomai Lopez is Suzy in Winter Wonderettes, Manoa Valley Theatre’s sequel to the Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, on stage Thursday through Nov. 29. It’s all about Christmas nostalgia in a hardware store (988-6131) ... When retired Hawaii judge James Burns spoke recently to the Wahiawa-Waialua Rotary Club, he shared details - and sometimes firsthand accounts - of Hawaii’s “Road to Statehood.” Yet the Kailua resident began his remarks by lamenting that he doesn’t have an identity of his own: “I’m referred to as Emme Tomimbang‘s husband or Gov. Burns’ son” ...

The story of Dusty the elderly golden retriever and his rescue by Kailua couple Daniela and Brian Tow is now appearing in the Happy Tails book series Lost Souls Found. They adopted the severely abused, blind and handicapped dog in Denver and made special arrangements with the airlines when moving back to Hawaii two years later. Dusty flew with them in the cabin and had his own flatbed cart in the airport. He’s now happily settled in Kailua with the Tows and two other dogs who act as his eyes and ears ...

Clarence and Cecelia Izuo of Kaneohe have returned from their Father Damien canonization trip to Belgium and Rome with a greater respect for European crowds, union strikes, lines, food and weather. Cecelia also met with Aiea’s Audrey Toguchi (St. Damien’s cancer miracle) while in Belgium and witnessed all the sacred events for Hawaii’s saintly priest. They’ve also been to Kalaupapa. They give a thumbs up to the Belgian waffles. Not sure if they sipped the Father Damien beer ... Carmen Hergenrader (Kahuku 2000) has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ...

Kathie Wells of Community Helping Schools in Kailua says that Central Middle School needs a digital camera or two compatible with iMac to get the students up to snuff as tekkies (225-2621) ... Jennifer Shiraishi of Kaneohe earned her doctorate in optometry recently from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. ... Congratulations to 2009 UH Regents Scholar Stephanie Soon from Castle High School. As an outstanding first-year college student, Stephanie won a full, four-year tuition grant plus a $4,000 yearly stipend and a $2,000 travel grant from UH ...

Kaneohe’s Daisy Lee Carinio is now a member of The Call at Ashland University in Ohio. The Call is a pre-seminary initiative to help undergraduates discern their calling to seminary and church leadership ... Retired UH religion professor Alfred Bloom of Kailua was honored for “enlightened leadership” by Pacific Buddhist Academy last week at its annual banquet in Waikiki ... Aikahi Playground is finally open again, thanks to the Navy and several businesses who made sure it was safe to play on. The school combined its grand reopening with a Halloween party and movie night

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