Kapiti Observer : June 2nd 2011
2 THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011 imbles reads Patchwork • Embroidery • Crafts • Gifts • Knitting Yarns Bernina Sales and Service AND FREE PARKING - right at the door 40 Park St, PO Box 40836, Upper Hutt Ph: (04) 526 6513 email: thimblesand email@example.com GREEN STICKERED FABRIC PER METRE NOW JUST (excludes Bernina machines, overlockers & quilts and items already on special) 25% OFF all other stock Plus Up To 40% OFF other Instore Specials QUEENS BIRTHDAY SALE Friday 3rd June 9am-5pm • Saturday 4th June 10am-4pm 3771964 $8.00 3767704AA Ph Kapiti 04 298 3331 Horowhenua 06 368 6331 Cnr Omahi Street & Kapanui Road Waikanae Email: firstname.lastname@example.org "Our family caring for your family" Telephone (04) 293 6844 Loris & Graeme Rolston & Lloyd Dacombe Funeral Home Ltd Phone 06 364 3022 now to make a booking The Red House Cafe 885 State Highway 1 Te Horo Fully Licensed and BYO Wine 7 Days Two course dinner for $28 Thursday through Sunday Enjoy two yummy courses while you warm up in front of the fire for just $28 per head. Just what the doctor ordered as winter approaches. And there's a roast on Sunday evening too. Pre-Winter Warm Ups at The Red House Cafe WHAT'S ON FRIDAY JUNE 3 FLORAL DEMONSTRATION, Dried leaves, 1.30pm, Ladies Floral Group, Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 298 2331. KAPITI FILM GROUP, Departures, Whisky, 7.15pm, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 2391. QUIZ EVENING, 7.30pm, Kapiti Horticultural Society, Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 905 7014. SATURDAY JUNE 4 BARGAIN STALL, 9am till 11am, Presbyterian Church hall, Ngaio Rd, Waikanae, 904 2527. ANTIQUE FAIR, 10am till 5pm, Paraparaumu Memorial Hall, Aorangi St, adults $6, accompanied children free, 021 609 399, also Sunday,10am till 4pm. BEANIE BABY ADOPTATHON, Kapiti SPCA event, 10am till 3pm, by Coastlands Lotto outlet, 298 6156. NON-VIOLENT COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP, 10am till 4pm, $50 to $80, The Hub, 6 Ngahina St, Paraparaumu, 027 299 2991. SUNDAY JUNE 5 SUNDAY WALKERS, Adrenaline Forest, Porirua, catch 9.30am train, 293 2567. WEDNESDAY JUNE 8 PLANTING, Meet 9am, river administration depot, Riverbank Rd, Otaki, bring a spade, 364 8918. FRIDAY JUNE 10 KAPITI FILM GROUP, Babette's Feast, 7.15pm, 6 Michael Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 904 2391. SATURDAY JUNE 11 PLANTING, Waikanae Estuary Care Group, 9am till noon, parking near 140 Weggery Dr, Waikanae Beach, 298 3416. GUEST SPEAKER, Lloyd Parker, noon, Camellia Society Kapiti, Plateau Centre, Woodlands, Waikanae, 904 0353. SUNDAY JUNE 12 SUNDAY WALKERS, Cannon Point Walkway, Upper Hutt, meet 8.30am Kapiti Coast District Council car park, Rimu Rd, Paraparaumu, $2, 528 3615. MIDWINTER SPLASH, Fundraiser for Kapiti College French trip, 10am till 12.30pm, by Raumati Beach boat ramp. HIGH TEA, Waikanae Cancer Auxiliary fundraiser, 2pm till 5pm, Waikanae Bowling Club, Te Moana Rd, $20, 904 6598. VARIETY CONCERT, Salvation Army Divisional Seniors Brass Band and Kapiti Brass Band, 2pm, Salvation Army, Bluegum Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, 297 1436. FRIDAY JUNE 17 SINGALONG, 1.45pm, Senior Citizens Hall, Ocean Rd, Paraparaumu Beach, $3, 904 3300. DANCE, Kapiti Dance Group, 7.30pm, Scots Hall, Weka Park, Raumati. SATURDAY JUNE 18 PUKEATUA TRACK OPENING, 1pm, Otaki Forks, walkers meet 10am, Schoolhouse Flat, by Fenceline Loop carpark, 027 232 4211. Band takes third prize Kapiti College band Frank took third place at Zeal s Battle of the Bands in Wellington on Friday night. The band is Isaac Simmonds, drums and backing vocals, Tyaan Singh, bass, alto saxophone and backing vocals, and Shaan Singh, guitar, tenor sax and vocals. They won a $100 Rock Shop voucher, Mountain Dew and Zeal studio time. Fatal capsize recounted Marine gathering Standing tall: US Marines Quentin Brown, left, and Kendrick Reed during Memorial Day at Queen Elizabeth Park. By TASHA BLACK A perfect storm that took the lives of 10 American soldiers during World War II was remembered in Paekakariki on Monday. A first-person account of the tragedy from American signal- man Frank Zalot Jr was told to the Kapiti United States Marines Trust 68 years after it happened, and shared with the gathering on Memorial Day -- the United States equivalent of Anzac Day -- in Queen Elizabeth Park. Mr Zalot Jr, now 86, was on board a ship with 1600 US Marines sailing from Welling- ton to Paekakariki in June 1943. Everything went wrong from the start . . . setting the conditions for a perfect storm, he wrote in his account to the trust from his home in Massachussetts. The deadly combination of freezing sea temperatures, cold rain, gale force winds and the geography of the beach at Paekakariki made for difficult conditions. Mr Zalot Jr was part of the 25-strong beach party who had to go ashore in a landing craft and establish landing positions for the Marines. The Marines made it ashore in 35 landing craft, but their propellers stuck in the sand. Paraparaumu resident John Porter was about 11-years-old and living in Paekakariki when it happened. When we were there it would have been about 4 o clock in the afternoon, it was high and dry low tide. There was a lot of machinery gath- ered about and guys standing around smoking cigarettes and nothing happening. Being small boys we sat on the sand at a respectful distance, had a look for a while and walked back home again. Later in the day, a machine, like a crane on wheels , picked up the boats with mar- ines inside and deposited them back into the ocean, Mr Zalot Jr said. It was a slow process and by the time his boat was to be picked up it was after 9pm and dark. We were good to go, but the motor had died -- it was that kind of day. They waited two hours for a larger landing craft to tow them out stern-first (back- wards). About 60 metres from the shore, the boat was hit by the first breaker, which was eight to 3m high, he said. Being towed stern-first made it difficult for our boat to ride the waves. Instead of rising and fall- ing with the wave we could only smash into it and get deluged. The boat capsized just under a kilometre from the ship. Men were screaming, help, help! I can t swim! . Nine men and one officer in his boat drowned, nine made it to shore and six more were picked up by rescue boats. All the drowned bodies were found, except one. For many years, the folk- lore around the village was 107 marines drowned that night, said Mr Porter. The Kapiti US Marines Trust understands the bodies were buried in Queen Eliza- beth Park and later repatriated to the US. It is the second Memorial Day the trust has hosted. US Marines Gunnery Sergeant Heroides Aguirre was happy with the service. It s just good to have all the people together, it s just out- standing.
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