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Electric LEAC to go down, water LEAC to go up.

It's 75° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
57% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind is 4 MPN from the East North East  
Water temp: 77° in Lamasure Bay St. John
No  rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy with isolated showers in the morning... partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs 84. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

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At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Maasdam

At the top of the news on Friday December 3

LEAC on electricity to go down, LEAC on Water to go up. LEAC is the money you pay WAPA they use to pay for fuel.  Like buying gasoline for the car.  The Public Services Commission approved a cut in the LEAC for electricity – by 2.7% – enough to save the average user about 5 dollars per bill. But they also approved an  increase in the LEAC on water by about $4 on an average bill.  So the net change? A buck.  No news there. PSC also approved WAPA refinancing their debt on 40 million that was used to purchase fuel in the past. The best Good News? WAPA says St. Croix power generation is working at its most efficient level since the system was created – best ever. Meanwhile St. Thomas is in a slump - Unit 23 is down, Unit 15 is out until late today and Unit 18 is not performing well – Hugo Hodge said he shed real tears when Unit 15 had five different failure all in one day and all due to different problems.  

Board of Elections says it is ending the year saying they need to make changes. They want to revitalize the Election Reform Commission. to make changes in paper ballot and mail-in ballot procedures, the voting machines, but any serious change would require new legislation.  One idea is to register to vote by mail. New voting machines, Maybe, not - - the federal government is developing new standards for voting machines and we should not buy new ones until they meet the new standards.

Cool news from CrucianPoint – they are the developers of the My Virgin Islands app for the iPhone that is all about the Virgin Islands. Now they have had a major update- - Shomari Moorehead says My Virgin Islands is the #1 iPhone application for the Virgin Islands. And it is one of the top 200 of more than 12,000 travel applications. Users spend an average of ten minutes using it and 70% use it repeatedly. You do not need an Internet connection to view most content. Shomari says more than 125,000 people per year visit the Virgin Islands with their iPhones and can use the app to tour our islands and find things, restaurants and stores. No iPhone – you can go to a web site

New moorings coming to Christmas Cove, near Great St. James island. Boaters are asked to avoid the southern end of the bay from Monday through Dec. 14  while 10 new overnight moorings will be installed. The new moorings are in addition to the 12 existing overnight moorings already in Christmas cove. For more information, call 775-6762.

For the second consecutive year, the USVI is proud to welcome Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba for the rehabilitative dive program. They are on St. John now through Tuesday.  The Program comes from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, for veterans who have received severe injuries.  Six injured veterans, many of whom have lost one or more limbs in combat, accompanied by their assistants, will participate in the dive program. Big Thank You to Low Key Watersports of St. John and Great Expectations Villa in Chocolate Hole.  The Department of Tourism provided transportation along with Dial-A-Ride and Delbert Car Rental. Welcome to the Virgin Islands to our Scuba diving vets.

Division of Personnel is closed in St. Thomas on Friday for the staff to hold team building activities and a holiday party.  The Division of Personnel will reopen on Monday

WAPA has a power interruption set for Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Estate Bovoni in the Housing Authority  Buildings A, B, C and D. also homes and churches on the road to Bovoni housing.

Friday – a chance to learn about Public relations as the American Advertising Federation speaker series hosts a luncheon featuring Public relations.  The event is Friday At Noon at  Room with a View at Bluebeard’s Castle You’ll have a chance to hear from the Head of PR for Waste Management Authority Stella Saunders, the head of PR  for the Police Department Melody Rames, WAPA spokesperson Cassandra Dunn and UVI PR head Patrice Johnson.  Friday at lunch at Room with a View at Bluebeard’s Castle – for tix call 774-8478.

The fifth annual Virgin Islands’ Woodworkers’ Expo – featuring works from members of the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society and the St. Croix Wood Artist, Inc. group – will offer sessions on St. Thomas and St. John in December. Friday,  Saturday and Sunday  The Woodworkers’ Expo is the ideal place to purchase holiday gifts.

Pistarckle Theater has their new show “American Buffalo opening tonight  at 8:00 PM.  with a champagne reception. This is the show that made Al Pacino famous, played in the Virgin Islands by George Silcott Jr. Champagne reception opening tonight show continues December 4, 10, 11, 16, 17 all at 8:00 PM at Pistarckle Theater call 775-7877

Here’s a chance for you to make some Good News for the people of St. Lucia.  There is a container full of relief supplies in St. Thomas that needs to get to St. Lucia and the relief committee is holding a fund raiser party to get the funds to move the container.  Saturday December 4 at 9:00 PM at the Governor’s headquarters opposite Frenchtown Post Office – Music by Cool Sessions Brass and Nature Boy, Admission is $10 with lots of food and drink. Bring a donation of canned goods and non-perishable items. Saturday December 4 at 9:00 PM at the DeJongh headquarters.

Also Saturday – a Classical concert on Water Island as Julian Gargiulo returns to Water Island for a one night concert Saturday December 4 at 7:00 PM. Take the ferry from Tickles at 6 or 6:30.   The classical piano concert is free.

Good News Maker of the Day is Mavis Meade one of our favorite people.  Viva Ferguson reminds us that today is Mavis Mead’s Birthday and all of us at WSTA wish Mavis Mead a very happy Birthday.

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