About Town 3-26-13


Keiki story time slated for Wednesday

The American Association of University Women and Kona Stories bookstore host a story time for children 3 to 6 years old at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Keauhou Shopping Center. The program features stories and crafts celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. There is a $5 participation fee to cover crafts and snacks. Space is limited to 30 children and reservations are recommended.

For more information, call 324-0350.

Maintenance specialist receives PTA Quarterly Employee Award

Anthony Texeira, a maintenance specialist at the Pohakuloa Training Area, has received the Quarterly Employee Award for his exceptional work.

“It’s an honor to select Tony for this award,” said Lt. Col. Eric Shwedo, PTA commander. “He always goes the extra mile in performing critical tasks to maintain our targets, ranges and equipment. His efforts have given units more training capacity, which in the end will save lives in combat.”

Texeira’s award described his conscientiousness and diligence in carrying out multiple tasks in the fields of carpentry, electronics and heavy equipment. He’s assigned to the Range Maintenance Division, operated by the U.S. Army’s Mission Support Element-Hawaii.

He has been instrumental in the redesign and fabrication of the trench system and grenade bunkers on PTA’s Range 10. The system has saved the Army thousands of dollars.

Texeira, who was hired as a journeyman carpenter in 2008, has taken personal time completing online classes to meet the qualifications for the maintenance mechanic position.

The classes have paid off. “He’s one of our few employees who can respond to last minute requests and write a program with no assistance,” Range Maintenance Supervisor Gerrit Pasco said.

His award noted that Texeira’s performance has positively and professionally elevated the work environment at PTA’s Range Maintenance Division, adding that his support of range facilities has allowed all units to fully exercise their training objectives and has greatly contributed to maintaining their combat readiness.