Particpants at the Rotaract Club of Pago Pago fundraiser
The Cornhole Tournament was held in early September by the Rotaract Club of Pago Pago to raise funds to build a new public playground at Lions Park. It was their first major fundraiser towards their project. The project has been met with overwhelming support from local businesses, with Bluesky Communications making a cash donation of $15,000 and SOPAC Distributors, on behalf of Bud Light, donating over $10,000 in sponsorship.  [Courtesy photo]
Frank F H Papu and commissioning officer
Frank F H Papu graduated from Southern Oregon University (SOU) on Monday, Sept. 20th and was also commission a 2nd Lieutenant. The Fagatogo native is a 2016 honor roll graduate of Samoan High School and attended Matafao Elementary School. His church home is CCCAS Fagatogo where his spiritual parents are Mr and Mrs Iasepi Ulu.“We are so thankful and blessed for our son who has made it this far,” said his proud parents, Maria & Lotoalofa Papu Jr. The graduation is dedicated to our Tiumalu Family and also our Manu’a Family, his parents said. [courtesy photo]
People getting vaccinated in Samoa during a vaccination drive
Yesterday was the second and final day of lockdown in Samoa with health authorities going door to door to administer Covid-19 vaccines. Around 7,000 doses of AstraZeneca were administered on Thursday as part of the two-day roll out. Despite the strict lockdown, from 8am to 6pm, it is not compulsory in Samoa to get vaccinated. Those willing to have the jab have been instructed to place red flags at the entrance to their dwellings. [photo: RNZ Pacific/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
CSM Selau Aiava Jr. and family
SGM Selau Aiava Jr., was recently promoted to Command Sergeant Major and will be transferring to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is the son of Selau and Peaoe Aiava from village of Pago Pago. Pictured here is CSM Aiava with his lovely wife Noe Hoching-Aiava and their children, Ma’Kley, Selau III, Smith and Sakariah. Missing is their son SPC Mathias Aiava currently serving at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. [courtesy photo]

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