Saturday, August 16, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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Governor Schneider Honors the Arts

At an elaborate ceremony last evening Governor Schneider presented awards to 11 Virgin Islands Artists. Among the Honorees were Doris M Galiber for a lifetime of Broadway hit roles – she was cited for her music teaching and vocal coach excellence. Ray LaMotta for his outstanding piano performances, Dr Arnold Highfield was honored for his writings about the history of the Virgin Islands. Other honorees included Salvador Fragosa, Stanley Jacobs of the sleepless knights, Lucille Roberts For quadrille dancing, Jean Es-anna-son who is involved with dance and choreography, George Seaman for his writing about his scientific expeditions. Arthur Jeppsen is renowned for his the Band of Renown, Carl Powell Sr. is a noted musician from St. John and Monty Thompson was cited for his drum work.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 84 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 50% chance of light showers: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

St. Croix Environmental Wins Award

St. Croix Environmental took a prize in Island Magazine’s Eco-tourism awards. St. Croix Environmental Association’s efforts to keep a hotel condo complex out of Salt River was the best work among 39 entries from 23 islands.

Schools Are Ready – Some are not

The Education Committee heard testimony about the state of the school buildings for the start of school. They Education staff say the schools will be essentially ready and that all schools have some work to be done. It was also announced that rebuilt Gramboko building will house the alternative school and a special program for pregnant high school women and the father’s of their babies.

Lorraine Berry responds to Schneider.

The Governor says no work has been done on revenue raising bills. Lorraine Berry says they are ready to vote on the ATM tax and the changes to the gross receipts tax in their session on August 25th and they need more information about the delinquent taxes before the committee can complete work on that bill.

Dept. of Public Works has Bus Trouble on St. John.

Tyrone Martin called to say that one of the two buses on St. John had had a mechanical failure. The folks at Dept. of Public Works are shipping over one of the large buses which means St. John will have three buses and a chance to test the larger bus on St. John roads. Also this from Dept. of Public Works, they are beginning the next-to-last phase of resurfacing the Havensight Road. The road is closed today as they raise 11 manholes. The roadwork will continue through Friday between 9:00 AM – and 4:00 PM

School Opens for Wesleyan Academy

Wesleyan School reminds all parents that school begins on Thursday August 21 at 7:50 AM. NO lunch will be served on Thursday or Friday so pack a lunch. 774-5438

Governor Schneider Calls for Smaller Casino Lots

The Governor has sent legislation to the Senate that would eliminate the size requirement in the development of a casino. The Governor has investors who are interested in rehabilitating hotels on lots that are too small for the casino law. The change was recommended by the casino control commission.

Water Island Report

Spectacular sight this morning – a rainbow stretched from one side of my front year to the other – I had both pots of gold right there at my house.

National Geographic Magazine in October will include a short piece on Water Island in the Geographica Section. October Issue!

It’s your Good News! You tell us and we’ll tell everyone. Alex Randall will be on Vacation until August 31st. See you in September.