Community Briefs – July 18, 2017

Sumay Mass at NBS
—U.S. Naval Base Guam commanding officer Capt. Hans Sholley is inviting former residents of Sumay village and their descendants to a Mass at the base on July 20.

The event is coordinated with the Santa Rita Mayor’s Office as part of the island’s Liberation Day festivities.

The Mass will be held 11am at the Sumay Cemetery, followed by a luncheon hosted by the mayor’s office. Former Sumay residents and descendants may contact the Santa Rita Mayor’s Office at 565-4337/2514 to arrange access for the Mass.

Sumay village was once known as the “Pearl of the Island” before World War II. Evolving from a small fishing village to the agricultural and commercial hub for ships in the mid-1800s, it became an economically rich village by the 1930s. (PR)

Guam residents to visit Fena Cave
SANTA RITA, Guam—As part of Liberation Day events, a site visit will be held at the Fena Cave located at the Naval Munitions Annex on U.S. Naval Base Guam on July 19.

The visit, coordinated between Naval Base Guam and the Agat Mayor’s Office, will precede a memorial held for Fena Cave Massacre victims at Old Agat Cemetery.

After the cave visit, a memorial will be held at the cemetery.

On July 19, 1944 the Fena Cave Massacre occurred, when Japanese soldiers killed more than 30 young men and women from Agat and Sumay with grenades and bayonets in the caves near Fena Lake. During the past several years, the NBG commanding officer has invited the victims’ families to visit the cave as part of Liberation Day ceremonies. (PR)

Free kid and teen camps this summer
Church 360 will be hosting a free Kids’ Camps on July 17-20, from 9am to noon, at Church 360 for ages 4-11. Kagman Community Church will also be hosting the same Kids’ Camps on July 24-27, from 9am to noon.

Church 360 will also be hosting free Teen Sports Clinics on July 17-20, from 2:30pm to 5pm at the Oleai sports complex.

Kagman Community Church will also host the same Teen Sports Clinics on July 24-27, from 2:30pm to 5pm at the Kagman II basketball court and field. The Kagman Basketball Clinic will also be open to high school boys.

Transportation is available for the Kagman events to any students in Kagman if they call ahead. Email or call 256-8171 and ask for Joy to pre-register and reserve a spot or for more information. (PR)

Youth fishing derby on Rota on July 23
The Rota Mayor’s Office will be hosting a youth fishing derby at the Teteto Beach on Sunday, July 23, from 9am to 4pm. Interested participants must fill out application forms at the Rota Mayor’s Office. Participants must be ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. There will be an orientation at the Teteto Pavilion on Sunday, July 23, at 8:30am. Cash prizes will be given to the participant who collects the most number of fish. Prizes are $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place. (MVA)

MyPROS to host July 22 gala
The Marianas Young Professionals will host a White Beach Gala at the Surf Club on July 22. Tickets can be purchased from any Events Committee member. Tickets previously bought are still honored for the new date. For more information, check out MYPros Facebook page at (PR)

Ongoing gambling survey
The Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Program is conducting a “Gambling Survey” to gather baseline data in order to help determine if a further comprehensive screening tool or assessment is needed in regards to gambling in the CNMI. An online version of the survey can be taken at: The last day to complete the online survey is this Saturday, July 15, 2017. (PR)

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