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Castle High senior Rebecca Weibel‘s study of “Human Impact on Seagrass” will be in the national spotlight next week at the International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. She joins two dozen bright Hawaii teen minds at the premier global gathering of high school students from 65 countries May 13-18 … The orthodontists hit town May 4-8 – all 14,500 of them – and Kahuku will get a piece of the action with post-conference meetings for up to 200 delegates today and Thursday at Turtle Bay Resort, featuring two lecturers from the UK. Smile wide! …

Katharine Nohr

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Katharine Nohr

Speaking of the UK, Kaneohe insurance defense and sports law attorney Katharine Nohr won the Insurance Professional of the Year Award – just before going to London this month to speak at two conferences on the upcoming Olympics. One topic is “Scandals, Accidents and Injuries: Risk Management and Legal Issues in the Modern Olympic Games” … Kaneohe’s Johnna Padeken, who’ll entertain mothers Saturday at KEY Project (see calendar) has had good radio play for her latest songs, Love Me Right, Away We Go and Enough

Kailua’s Kent Youel, who retired from the military with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, is proving to be very un-retired. He’s on the UH Foundation’s board of trustees, has led the foundation’s Founders Club and Heritage Society, Honolulu FCU, Ahahui Koa Anuenue, and also been honored for service to the city, heart association and foreign war veterans …

News flash: Pianist Allan Fisher switched his free show date at Pohai Nani from May 1 to 7 p.m. May 8 (247-8410) … Kailua’s Doug Fitch will play at 7:30 p.m. June 2 in a solo slack key concert of original songs at HPR’s Atherton Studio on Kaheka Street (955-8821). He and brother Brad also play folk music at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Willows. Doug’s also in his third year as an apprentice to Ledward Kaapana, which certainly can’t hurt … Kahuku financial expert Alan Akina is offering his new eBook online for free through May 14: The Super Duper Simple Book on Money (using five basic principles) at alanakina.com