Alameda Municipal Power seeks energy savers

Alameda Municipal Power invites submissions for its Green Powerstar Awards Contest, which showcases innovative approaches to saving energy and using greener power.

All Alameda-based businesses, homes, and students can apply for an award in one of four categories: Small Business, Large Business, Residential, or Youth.

Special consideration will be given for new innovative strategies to promote energy savings, as well as approaches to meeting environmental challenges to make a greener community. Efforts should have been accomplished in 2012.

Awards will be presented at the city's Earth Day Festival in April. The winners and their accomplishments will be profiled in video postings on the agency's website.

Applications and other details are available at www.alamedamp.com. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 4.

The Green Powerstar Awards Contest is now in its third year.

Rotary Club hosts annual speech contest

Emily Rentschler of Encinal High School won $100 during the annual Alameda Rotary Club speech contest on Tuesday and can now advance to other contests sponsored by the club for a $1,000 prize.

Four students competed in this year's event after they were nominated by their school.

Each contestant gave a four- to five-minute speech on "Peace through Service" that included at least one aspect of the club's guiding principles.


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Along with Rentschler, the other students were Jack Zarifis, Avianna Goomishian and Daniel Kelly.

USS Hornet to host paranormal conference

The USS Hornet Museum will host "The Grey Ghost: Paranormal Conference," a fundraiser on Feb. 2 that will benefit "STEM," or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, in local schools.

The Alameda Paranormal Researchers is organizing the event, which begins at 9 a.m.

Guest speakers include Bill Murphy from the SyFy Channel's "Fact or Faked," Paul Bradford from Ghost Hunters International, Parapsychologist Pamela Heath and Sommer Carter of Alameda Paranormal .

Tickets range from $100 to $175 and include museum admission.

For tickets and information, go to http://www.uss-hornet.org/calendar/mysteryovernight/#greyghost.

Moehring takes up Harbor Bay post

The Harbor Bay Group of Companies has announced the appointment of Kathy Moehring as director of community affairs.

Moehring was previously a member of the original Harbor Bay Business Park marketing team and recently served as executive director of the West Alameda Business Association.

Moehring's new duties will include working with local community and public institutions regarding all aspects of the Harbor Bay Group of Companies activities. She can be reached at 510-813-8225.