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Kaneohe insurance defense attorney Katharine Nohr was elected Region VIII vice president of the International Ass’n. of Insurance Professionals, and is keynote speaker May 17 at University of Erciyes in Turkey. Her topic? “The Boston Bombing: The Implications on Sport Risk Management” … If it’s not too late, you can catch the May 14 legislative briefing by lawmakers Cynthia and Laura Thielen and Chris Lee at 6:30 p.m. at Enchanted Lake Elementary (586-6480) …


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Katharine Nohr

Locations Foundation named Jenny Maeda its Top Teacher for 2013. A veteran pre-K and special ed teacher at Enchanted Lake El., Jenny won $500 for her “special gift of understanding” the diverse needs of her students and fitting her lessons to their abilities. Other area awardees ($200) are Kahuku Intermediate’s Lisa Hyatt, King Intermediate’s Joy Kamei and Castle High’s Koren Uyemura. “We aim to celebrate the everyday miracles these teachers work in their students’ lives,” says awards chair and former Castle teacher Chad Takesue, “as well as equip them with a small fund to help create the best learning environment” …

Central Pacific Bank CEO John Dean of Waimanalo will be feted tonight as Salesperson of the Year by the local Sales & Marketing Executives International chapter for “enhancing the image of Hawaii and the quality of life in our community.” John, a UH trustee and AUW board chairman, told Hawaii Business magazine that a good salesman needs to “be a good listener” …

Kailua Intermediate’s Ruby Ranoa is a top-three winner in HECO’s Sustainable Gift Contest for her uniquely pretty, hand-made rosette soda-can earrings (much better than helium balloons that tangle power lines). Ruby won $100 for her classroom, a mini iPad for herself and will have a koa tree planted in her honor on Mauna Kea