County/In Brief

Meadow Gold OK’d to sell 2 percent

The suspension of the sale of Meadow Gold Dairies’ 2 percent reduced fat milk products was lifted by the state Department of Health on Tuesday.

Meadow Gold may produce, sell and distribute the milk, the department said.

On Feb. 27, the Health Department suspended the sale of the milk after tests found the milk to have coliform bacteria counts higher than required limits.

Samples of the milk taken from the Meadow Gold plant in Honolulu on March 1, Thursday and Monday were tested and found to be in compliance with coliform counts.

All other milk products from Meadow Gold have met state and federal standards required for distribution and sale, the DOH said.


Preschool deadline is at end of month

Applications for the Preschool Open Doors program are due by March 31 in order for families to be considered for the 2017-2018 school year.

POD helps qualifying low- and moderate-income families send their children to preschool by providing child care subsidies to the family. The program is operated by People Attentive to Children (PATCH) on behalf of the state Department of Human Services. Priority is given to children with special needs or at-risk factors. Household size and monthly gross income are also used to determine priority enrollments.

Families with children born between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013, may apply for the program to participate in the July 1, to June 30, 2018, POD year.

Applications are available for download at patchhawaii.org. Neighbor Island residents may call (800) 746-5620 toll free to request an application by mail.

Applications must be received by March 31 at the Oahu POD office at 560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, Honolulu 96817, via fax at (808) 694-3066 or by email at PODAdmin@patch-hi.org.

PATCH is a Hawaii nonprofit whose mission is to support and improve the quality and availability of care for the young people of Hawaii.


Company reports bill collection scam

Hawaii Gas reported a scam where phone callers demand payments for gas bills, the company reported Tuesday.

Hawaii Gas does not collect payments over the phone, the company said.

Customers of Hawaii Gas who have received the scam call should contact Hawaii Gas’ Maui office at 877-6557 or contact police.


Summer Fun Guide activities sought

The Maui News will be publishing a Summer Fun Guide of activities for children and teens on April 9.

To have an activity included in the guide, submit the following information:

• Name of program and for what ages.

• Sponsoring organization or business.

• Program times and dates.

• Location of the program.

• Description of program.

• Cost of the program.

• Contact information.

The deadline to submit information is noon March 31. Year-round programs will not be accepted for the guide.

Information may be emailed to Leah Sherman at lsherman@mauinews.com, faxed to 242-9087 or mailed to Summer Fun Guide, The Maui News, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793.

Photos may be submitted for use on a space-available basis. Shots of people doing things are preferable; group shots are unlikely to be used. Photos may be emailed in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch. Individuals in photos must by identified by first and last name.


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