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Big Island Police to Hold Community Meeting in Waimea

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, August 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hawaiian Homes hall in Waimea.

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Kohala District.

This South Kohala event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the South Kohala District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Randall Medeiros at 887-3080, stop by the South Kohala police station in Waimea, or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

 

Big Island Police Inviting Public to Participate in Anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey

The public is invited to participate in an anonymous Community Satisfaction Survey for the Hawaiʻi Police Department during the month of May.

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Chief Harry Kubojiri said previous Community Satisfaction Surveys helped him identify actions the Police Department could take to increase community satisfaction. “Our partnership with the community is crucial,” Kubojiri said. “This survey is one of the ways we can improve that partnership by incorporating community feedback into our daily operations.”

The internet survey will be open from 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, until 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, at www.hawaiipolice.com. It takes about five minutes to complete and is limited to one survey per computer. Participants will be able to enter detailed comments and suggestions at the end of the survey. The respondent’s IP address will not be stored in the survey results.

The responses will be collected and compiled by an outside source. After the survey period, results will be posted on the Police Department’s website.

Big Island Police to Hold Community Meeting in Honoka’a Next Week

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 16, from noon to 2 p.m. in the conference room at the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center in Honokaʻa.

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The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Hāmākua District.

The Hāmākua event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Hāmākua District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Miyamoto at 775-7533.

 

Mary Begier and Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce Presented With Community Hero Awards

Hawaii Invasive Species Council Recognizes Commitment to Malama Mauna Kea

Hawaii residents and visitors alike appreciate the wonderful diversity of life in the islands.  Invasive species however, threaten this diversity and are both harmful to the environment, economy, or human health; and are not native to the area where they are a problem.

Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week is intended to increase awareness of such concerns among visitors, residents, elected officials, and other community leaders while recognizing the outstanding contributions coming from all segments of society in protecting Hawaii from invasive species.

Senator Malama Solomon and  Mary Begier

Senator Malama Solomon and Mary Begier

Senator Malama Solomon presented Mary Begier and the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce with the 2013 Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) Community Hero Award in a ceremony on Monday, March 4th during the first annual Hawaii Invasive Species Council Award ceremony at the State Capitol Auditorium. The Community Hero Award recognizes a community member or community based group that has been a shining example of dedication to prevent or manage invasive species.  Mary Begier and the Hawaii Island Chamber shine brightly in their commitment to help support the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM),  University of Hawaii at Hilo in  its efforts to implement the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).

The CMP is an integrated planning tool for resource management for the UH Management Areas on Mauna Kea including the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, the mid-level facilities at Hale Pohaku and the Summit Access Road.  During the approval process of the CMP, Begier and the Chamber pledged to become more involved in community-based stewardship of Mauna Kea and assisted the OMKM  by rallying its members with a call for volunteers for invasive weed pulls beginning in March 2012.  Thus launching OMKM’s community invasive species control program.
In 2012, the invasive weed pull program included over 110 volunteer days totaling more than 800 volunteer hours removing several hundred bags of invasive weeds  (fireweed, mullein, telegraph weed, and others)  from the mid-level facilities at Hale Pohaku and along the summit access road corridor.

“Stakeholder participation is critical to our programs to malama Mauna Kea and is an effective tool to help us manage the resources within UH’s managed lands on Mauna Kea. Mary Begier and the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce have supported our efforts  from day one. When we started the discussion on engaging volunteers, they quickly pitched the business community and helped us raise awareness and understanding in addressing invasive species management issues,” said Office of Mauna Kea Management Director Stephanie Nagata.

“The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce members volunteer and collaborate as advocates for those things that make Hawaii Island a great place to live,” said Vaughn Cook, HICC President. “Mary is one of those members who gets involved and keeps us all mindful of our community commitments.  As a chamber, we supported the development of the CMP. Mary’s determination to help the University of Hawaii successfully manage their lands on Mauna Kea quickly spread and today, many Hawaii Island Chamber members continue to volunteer and kokua Mauna Kea.”

In total, more than thirty-seven statewide nominations, including individuals and organizations were submitted for the 2013 HISC Awards. Mary Begier, and Office of Mauna Kea Management Director Stephanie Nagata attended the award presentation.

Big Island Police Holding Community Meeting in Hilo – Asks Participation to Be LIMITED to Persons Who Live Or Work in South Hilo

MEDIA RELEASE:
The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, September 11, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.

The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapi’olani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

Puna Community Meeting with the Hawaii Police Department

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, June 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Keaʻau Community Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

The Puna event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Lieutenant Reed Mahuna at 965-2716.

Literary Reading & Talk Stories With 2006 “Eliot Cades” Award for Literature Winner… Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

The Volcano Arts Center presents award-winning Honolulu playwright and author Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl for a literary reading and talk story…

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Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

The reading will be held Tonight at 7:00 pm. at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village (corner of Kalanikoa & Old Volcano Roads).

On Saturday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m., she will be at Basically Books in Hilo to meet people and talk story about her novel.

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Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl is a well-known Honolulu playwright and author. She holds a master’s degree in drama and theatre from the University of Hawai`i. Her plays have been performed in Hawai`i and the continental United States and have toured to Britain, Asia, and the Pacific. An anthology of her work, Hawai`i Nei: Island Plays, is available from the University of Hawai`i Press. Ms. Kneubuhl’s   mystery novel Murder Casts a Shadow,  will be published this fall by the University of Hawaii Press. She is currently the writer and coproducer for the television series Biography Hawaii. In 1994, she was the recipient of the prestigious Hawai`i Award for Literature and in 2006 received the Eliot Cades Award for Literature.

Beginning Today: Waimea and Pahoa Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

WAIMEA & PAHOA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events:

Today  (Waimea) and Tomorrow (Pahoa), 2009 8:30am3:30pm
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Bring your automotive fluids, chemicals and cleaners and other hazardous household wastes to the Waimea Transfer Station  collection area on March 7th and the Pahoa Transfer Station collection area on March 8th.  For full details on what materials are and are not accepted please visit Household Hazardous Waste.

*TODAY* Hilo Chinese New Years Festival 2009

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People Out Supporting Hilo (POSH) brings you the Hilo Chinese New Years Festival, Saturday February 14th.

The free community festival starts at 9 a.m.  on Kamehameha Avenue just a block away from Kalakaua Park in downtown Hilo with Lion Dancers offering traditional blessings along the street.

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The Lions parade up to the park to open the Festival with thousands of firecrackers at 10 a.m. Up until 3 p.m.

Asian arts, crafts, product and international food purveyors pack tents filled with the sounds, smells and sights celebrating the Year of the Ox.

Performances, cooking and cultural demonstrations, and displays illustrate the Chinese influence on Hawaii’s people and culture. Free!

Info: Phone 808 -933-9772 or email amooninfo@bigisland.com

*Update* Tattoo Special in Pahoa

*Update* Valentines Day is just around the corner! Get that lovers name tattooed on you forever!

Rudedogg Tattoos in Pahoa is offering a Valentine special on Tattoos.

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The shop is a great place to get a tattoo from and although I’m afraid of needles myself, I’ve heard nothing but great things about this shop. If and when I ever get a Tattoo, this will be the place I do it at.

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You can locate Rudedogg Tattoos on the main strip in Pahoa on the Mauka side of the street towards the end of the town.

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They are open from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 – 8 and if you’re lucky, you might catch them on a Monday from 12-6 (call first 965-6669).

Tell em I sent you!

Hawaiian Idol VI: Preview of 2009 Qualifiers

If you haven’t noticed, the Hawaiian Idol VI competition is in full swing going on over at the Kona Bowl. I’ve put a tab up on the top of the page so that you can follow the competition as they get uploaded to youtube.

The 2009 Qualifiers were recently announced:

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In order of appearance on above clip:
Kalona Klopfenstein, Jessica Lopez, Miguel Meza, Leilani Balanay, Jene Green, Shayna Baptiste, Kalani Pe’a, Koa Akau, Joyce Lapenia, Kimberly Hawks, Arnold Del Los Reyes, Nicole Loa, and Matthew Hanato.

For more info click here

Mayor Kenoi to Meet With North Kohala Community

Media Release

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s policy of bringing government to all parts of Hawaii Island will continue on Friday, Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m., when he meets with members of the North Kohala community.

The two-hour talk story meeting will be held at the Intergenerational Center makai of Hisaoka Gym at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau.  Among the topics to be discussed are the long-awaited repairs to Hisaoka Gym and an update on the status of the pavilion at Keokea County Beach Park.

Light refreshments will be served.

17 Year Old Exchange Student Drowns at Hapuna Today

On Sunday (February 8), personnel from the Hawaii Police Department and the Hawaii Fire Department responded to a possible drowning at Hapuna Beach Park reported by county lifeguards.

A 17-year-old boy was found unresponsive in shallow waters off the beach, where lifeguards retrieved the body. Lifeguards immediately started cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire rescue personnel took the boy to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:39 a.m.

The victim is a visiting student from Japan here in Hawaii on a student exchange program. He was with fellow students and teachers on a field trip at the beach park when the incident occurred. His name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

Farmers Market Online… What Do You Think?

Inspired by my sickness today and my fondness for the Farmers Market in Makuu that I like to go to but am not today because I’m too sick, I was thinking it would be cool if there was a way to access some of these products that are sold at the market online.

If I went to the Farmers Market and took pictures of booths along with contact numbers or emails of the vendors and then set up a page on the top of my site that was just devoted to Farmers market items… do you think that would work at all?

Vendors pay $15.00 a week to have their products displayed for about 6-8 hours or so.

If I charged a vendor $5.00 a month to have their goods displayed and a contact to reach them 24 hours a day 7 days a week… I think that would be a good deal.

I need some feedback on this idea before I proceed.  Comments?

It wouldn’t just be delegated to Maku’u Farmers Market either… I could go to various farmers markets throughout the entire island.

The only proceeds I would get is that initial $5.00 per month.  All other sales would go directly to the vendors and all payments would be done in person at time of the product exchange.

Reader Submissions

Some people would love to write an article or blog, however, they just don’t have time to write a full on blog all the time.  Others would love to just write that one article every now and then.  Here is your chance to do that!

Tiffany Edwards over at The Big Island Chronicle has recently started accepting submissions for various things on her blog.

I think that’s a great idea, so I’m going to open up a section for reader submissions as well… Of course I will have the final say on whether something get’s posted or not.

I’ll accept most anything… and it won’t even cost you a Damon Dollar.

The process for submitting is to send your “Article, Column, Picture, Event Flier, etc”  to damontucker@yahoo.com

I will take that information and form a blog about it by pretty much cutting and pasting the information.  (If it has a picture or two that’s cool too… just as long as I know where to put it in the article… You will have to send those as attachments)

I will then link post that blog link to the “Reader Submissions” tab at the top of this site.  I will tag each “Submission” with the Submitters name so that anytime later it will also easily be found.

If it’s an event, I will most likely erase the event after the event has taken place unless comments have been generated underneath it.

I’ve started it out with a submission from the past by cartoonist/artist and all around good guy,  Greg Henkel.  He drew a  few years ago, however, it fit to a blog I posted earlier and he was kind enough to send it in.  He used to send in all kinds of cartoons to Hunter Bishops blog, however those are no longer available.

You can view the new “Readers Submissions” and know that this can be considered the “Community” part of my blog.

Questions… Feel free to ask!  damontucker@yahoo.com

Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Happening Next Week

Media Release

SANITARY SEWER SMOKE TESTING

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Dates of testing: February 11, 12 & 13, 2009
Location: Pauka`a Area – Kulana Street and Kulana Road

The County of Hawai`i, Department of Environmental, Wastewater Division (WWD) crew will be conducting a survey of the sanitary sewer system by conducting smoke testing of the sewer system. The survey will involve opening manholes on Kulana Road and Kulana Street in the Pauka`a area on February 11, 12 & 13, 2009.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SMOKE TESTING

Process:

  • Simulated non-toxic smoke will be injected into the sewer system in order that the WWD can assess the integrity of the system. As a result smoke may be seen coming from manhole covers, storm drains, roof vents and building foundations.
  • After each setup the smoke test will last approximately 1 hour.
  • Photographs will be taken to document potential leaks/defects.
  • Homeowners do not need to be home and inspection crews will not need to enter your home; however access onto your property may be required.
  • Residential/Homeowners can still use faucets and bathroom facilities during smoke testing.

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Tips to prevent smoke from entering your home (complete prior to test):

  • Run water faucets for a few seconds in unused sinks, tubs, and drains to fill fixture traps.
  • Pour water into each basement floor drain (at least one gallon)
  • If you have defective plumbing (i.e. no trap, etc), you should consult with a licensed plumber.

If you notice smoke in your home or structure:

  • Do NOT become alarmed.
  • Open doors and windows to ventilate the premises to clear smoke.
  • Contact the Wastewater Division’s field crew to help access the situation.
  • Simulated smoke will not stain walls or furniture; nor will it leave a residue.
  • Consult a licensed plumber in the near future to identify the smoke access area, as the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home in the same manner.

Safety/Health Issues:

  • There is NO danger of fire or explosion of sewer gas with the smoke testing process.
  • Simulated smoke is not harmful to your health. Smoke irritation is temporary and should disappear after exposure has ceased. When possible avoid unnecessary exposure to simulated smoke.
  • If there is an individual in your home or business who has respiratory problems and/or mobility limitations please contact the Wastewater Division at (808)961-8512, before January 23, 2009.
  • A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the simulated smoke can be found on the County of Hawai`i website page (http://co.hawaii.hi.us/) under the heading Departments-Department of Environmental Management/Wastewater Division.  Copies are also available at our Hilo office (108 Railroad Avenue).

If you have any questions or observe smoke near your home or structure during the testing please call Toni Nakatani at 808-937-5199.

You may see something like this:

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Zero Waste Public Input Meeting in Pahoa… Pictures & Video

“Zero Waste” (Taxonomy) is a philosophy and a way of life that promotes the goal to reduce the amount of material we throw away. Through small shifts in our daily activities, we can greatly reduce how much rubbish we generate, protecting Hawai’i Island’s natural environment, preserving our resources, and saving our community tax dollars.”

Tonight was Pahoa’s turn to have “Public Input” on the Counties Zero Waste Implementation Plan.

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I asked Dr. James Weatherford for a brief summary of what Zero Waste meant for Pahoa and this was his response:

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The meeting was filled with about 20 – 25 people.  Former Council Bob Jacobson is one of the spearheaders of this plan and he took notes for the group.

Former Councilman Bob Jacobson

Former Councilman Bob Jacobson

Councilwoman Emily Naeole showed up about half way through the meeting because she had prior arrangements, however, legislative aide R.J. Hampton sat in for her and took notes while she was gone.

Legislative Aide RJ Hampton listens to Paul J. Buklarewicz of Recycle Hawaii

Legislative Aide RJ Hampton listens to Paul J. Buklarewicz of Recycle Hawaii

The Mayors office of course is very interested in what is going on these days.

Hunter Bishop, Public Relations Specialist to the Mayor for the County of Hawaii Listens to the Plan

Hunter Bishop, Public Relations Specialist to the Mayor, Listens to the Plan

An example was shown of just how much garbage could actually be reused.

Just some of the tons of rubbish dumped

Just some of the tons of rubbish dumped

Community members were given a chance to give their public input, but many choose to remain quiet.

Community members listen intently

Community members listen intently

Here are some things you can do to reach our Zero Waste goal (from the Hawaii Zero Waste website):

  1. Buy products that can be reused or recycled.
  2. Avoid buying items that are made of or packaged in non-recyclable materials, for example, styrofoam.
  3. Ask your favorite take-out restaurant to use biodegradable containers and utensils. Take them home and compost them.
  4. Products and packaging can be redesigned to use less materials, last longer and not create pollution. Hawai’i residents can choose to buy these products. This will encourage producers to offer products with less overall packaging and use more recyclable and recycled-content materials.
  5. When you go to a store take reusable shopping bags.
  6. Buy products in bulk or with less packaging.
  7. Recycle used materials.
  8. Take your green waste to be made into mulch.

I’m hoping to get the power point presentation mailed to me.  When/if I receive it… I’ll post it then.

BIVN has video of Thursdays Hilo meeting here.


Lingle Releases Funds for Park Improvements… 3 Big Island Parks to See Improvements

Governor Linda Lingle has released $250,000 to improve the energy efficiency of state parks and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) facilities on the Big Island, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. This project is in addition to the $1.87 billion public infrastructure construction plan unveiled by Governor Lingle in December 2008 to stimulate the economy and create jobs…
…The following parks and DLNR facilities will receive improvements:

Big Island:
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area and Baseyard
Kalōpā State Recreation Area
Wailoa River State Recreation Area and Baseyard

Full list of other State Parks on other Islands as well as more on the Governors release here.

Inaugural Prevent Bullying Rally Held at Pahoa Elementary… Pictures

Pahoa Elementary was 1 of only 2 schools in the entire state that had an “Inaugural Aloha Rally  to Prevent Bullying”.  It was  held this evening in the schools cafeteria.
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There was plenty of assistance on hand for those needing parking.

11 year old Richard Hatori manned the upper parking lot

11 year old Richard Hatori manned the upper parking lot

Koliah Hatori, 11 and Trey Guerra, 13 man the crosswalks

Koliah Hatori (10) and Trey Guerra (13) man the crosswalks

Vice Principal, Catherine McPherson oversees the action

Vice Principal, Catherine McPherson oversees the action

Inside the cafeteria people filed in for a night of fun.

Principal Marilyn Quaccia signs people in

Principal Marilyn Quaccia signs people in

Audience listens intently

Audience listens intently

There were many people involved in making this event turn out to be a great success.

Couldn't do it without them

Couldn't do it without them

Sue Labrantz, Big Island Anti Bullying Coalition (purple and teal mumu)

Sue Labrantz, Big Island Anti Bullying Coalition (purple and teal muu muu)

Throughout the school you will see pledge cards placed all over that read:

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A video was played that featured 20/20 stories as well as other information on bullying.

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Different grade levels performed skits about bullying.

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A good time was had by all and I hope the kids learned a thing or two about bullying.

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Click on pictures below for a larger view:

Pahoa JV Basketball Team Starts Off Season Undefeated

Pahoa High Schools Junior Varsity team has won an impressive 8 games in a row staying unbeaten at the time of this blog.  Tonight is their homecoming game against St. Joseph.

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Tonight they are playing the always tough St. Joseph Team:

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The game was just tipping off when I got there.

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The game was close in the first quarter.

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I left at the beginning of the second quarter but there was still lots of basketball to be played.

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St. Joseph has always been known as a fairly good basketball team, I wonder what the outcome of this game ended up being.  It did appear the St. Joseph was taking the lead, but anything can happen in basketball and there was a lot of time left on the clock.

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Win or lose tonights game, it doesn’t really matter to me.  The kids are all winners and the fact that they have started off the season undefeated should be recognized.  Congratulations Dagger JV Basketball Team.