Monday, September 08, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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Hurricane Erika is History

That storm is history. And we are all limbered up in the storm rehearsal of the season. There are no reports of injuries and no substantial property loss. We had winds of about 50 MPH and a lot of rain, but there are no reports of significant damage.

That was a good storm to practice all of our hurricane skills and systems. Now you know how ready you really are. It is common for a rumor to spread of a second storm coming on the heels of the first. There is a well-organized westward-moving tropical wave located about midway between Africa and the lesser Antilles, the upper-level winds are not favorable for development at this time. There is no second storm coming.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 86 Degrees Water Temp: No swimming today Skies: Crystal Clear, Some Clouds Chance of Rain: 50%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

Schools All Open

In the Virgin Islands, all public schools are open and we have a full day of school today. Head start children do not report to school, but Head start staff should report. Education Commissioner Liston Davis announced that the education summit meeting scheduled for today has been postponed. Public hearings on the Industrial Development Commission on St. Croix has been postponed to Wednesday Sept 10th at Rholsen Conference Room. Downstreet People the Youth Activities Club is closed today and tomorrow. The Life in the Spirit Seminar at the Church of the Holy Family has been postponed until Sunday Sept 14t. Also news today the Governors roof program will be on St. John Tuesday at Boulon Center. from 8:30 AM – to 4:00 PM – – Seaborne aviation announces that they are back to a normal flight schedule.

Red Cross Thanks All Volunteers

The Red Cross has a Big Thank You to the 72 members of the Red Cross and Civil Air Patrol worked through Hurricane Erika. They maintained the shelters, delivered emergency supplies and worked at Disaster Relief Headquarters. The volunteers had the shelters open early and ready through the storm. Sheri Frost says the whole community is grateful to the volunteers for service the Red Cross mission. The Governor has a Big Thank You to all of us for weathering the storm so successfully.

Poster Contest

The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association is opening a poster contest for students in our community. Students can win cash scholarships and their schools can win packages of art supplies. The poster theme is My Caribbean, Your Caribbean To Protect and Preserve. Cash prizes are up to $3000. The poster contest deadline is December 2nd. Now get to work. This is being sponsored by the Department of Tourism. The form is 22″ x 28″ The top prize winners get to participate in the FCCA Gala in March. There are two categories for ages 12 under, and for 13 to 16. Each poster should contain two creative ideas to protect the environment. The two winners per school will be chosen by teachers, there is one grand winner per country, and the final country winners will compete for the big prizes.

Maho Bay Gets Smithsonian Award

The American Society of Travel Agents and the Smithsonian Magazine have chosen Maho Bay Campgrounds the winner of their Annual Environmental Award. Maho Bay won the award which is for the individual, country or company that has made significant contributions to the preservation and protection of the environment. Stanley Selengut was cited for revolutionizing the concept of sustainable tourism. The Publisher of Smithsonian Magazine said Maho Bay offers inspiration and practical insight into making environmental tourism popular and profitable.

Water Island Report

Water Island actually lost power during yesterday’s storm. WAPA officials came over to see why since none of the rest of the St. Thomas feeders lost power. It seems we blew a fuse. Isn’t that typical of Water Island, we don’t even have circuit breakers for this island, just a bunch of fuses. I wonder if they stuck a penny in the socket as a stop gap measure until we can get more fuses. Fuses.

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