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Today is President’s Day

It's 76 °  Fahrenheit  77% humidity. Under partly cloudy skies with light rain
Wind out of the East North East at 20 mph (gusting to 24 )
Barometric pressure is 30.01
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  - .04  - rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Moslty Clear Skies  The Satellite Photo shows: cold air mass north of us is bringing a front through our area today.

The national weather forecast calls for  Variably cloudy early in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Scattered showers this morning... isolated showers in the afternoon. Breezy. Highs 83. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

On this Monday February 21  we welcome :
Equinox and Victory  to Havensight  Dock
Caribbean Princess - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal
Serenade of the Seas in Frederiksted

At the top of the news on Monday February 21

Today is President’s Day – this is a federal holiday, all government offices are closed, local and federal, Post Office is closed, banks are closed.  Schools are closed. The University on the other hand is open. Most stores are open.

WTJX is presenting a fascinating video marathon today – all day for 12 hours as they show a documentary on the lives of the President’s of the US.  FDR, Harry Truman, LBJ, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter will be presented today. All history buffs are invited to tune in today and learn about our President’s.

Hard news for property owners as the Division of Property Taxes announces that 2007 Property tax bills have been issued.  They are due March 15 and they will be delinquent if not paid by May 15.  You can pay in St. John at the Islandia Building, on St. Thomas at Builder’s Emporium and on St. Croix at Government House Christiansted or Dept. of Finance at Sunny Isles Shopping Center. or the Lagoon Street building in Frederiksted.

Bournfield residents will be the topic as the Port Authority Board holds a special meeting TODAY Monday February 21 at the Port Authority Administration Building at 9:00 AM. Monday is President’s Day Holiday and the special meeting will give the board an update on the structures in Bournefield and the hardship closing Bournefield represents for the residents.  It is not clear if there will be time set aside for the residents to voice their concerns.

The Agriculture Fair in St. Croix continues today – The Governor was at the opening ceremonies reflecting on the progress in agriculture in the last 40 years. He highlighted some recent additions, the groundbreaking in Boredeaus St. Thomas, the open houses at the Abattoir and the re-dedication of the Frederiksted Vegetable market. He says it is a complete revitalization of agriculture in the Virgin Islands.

This year the farmer of the year is Reinardo Vasquez who  is part of the team at the Dept. of Agriculture Experiment Station. in his off hours, he farms a 2.6 acre plot by Queen Mary Highway and raises tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra. The livestock farmer of th year is Henry Schuster Jr. who was raised in a farming family, worked in 4-H and runs the family farm with 400 sheep, 25 goats and 50 hens. He sells eggs now and plans to go into the meat business soon., And Keosha “Crucian EMpresss” Quinn won the title of Calypso Queen of the Aggie fair. Her sister Keshaundia Quinn was First Runner up was and Nunet Bailey won the People’s Choice award.

Today at the Aggie fair we have Love City Pan Dragons and the Fyah Train with Katalis and Sherise King. There are food demonstrations and food competitions at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love, St. Croix. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children and $4 for senior citizens.

The Department of Health is offering  free health screenings during the Aggie fair and educational information about health;  breast and cervical cancer, diabetes and other chronic disease information will be available. Oh and look for the new Department of Health No Smoking Signs available at the fair.

Good News St. John , Fern LaBorde reports that the first relay for life on St. John against cancer raised over $80,000 in the fight to stop cancer.  36 teams worked overnight starting 4:00 PM on Saturday and walking the track at Julius Sprauve School, and they walked that track until early Sunday morning. This was the first Relay for Life on St. John.  and they raised over $80,000.

Governor John DeJongh says this is Dental health month in the Virgin Islands and calls on all residents to pay attention to dental health, see your dentist regularly and make sure you are practicing good dental health.

Good News in Tutu as Mr. Petersen and the students at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School were in Tutu over the weekend scraping the old paint off the mural on the north wall as you enter Ft Mylner.  Mr Petersen’s students say they have plans for a new mural on the wall and they have all new ideas about what to say on the wall.   You can help – when you see the crew at work, stop and make a donation to support the painting of the wall in Tutu.

Our virtue of the week is  Truthfulness. Truthfulness is being honest in your words and actions.  You don’t tell lies even to defend yourself.  Don’t listen to gossip or prejudice.  See the truth for yourself.  Don’t try to be more that you are to impress others.  Be yourself, your true self. You are practicing truthfulness when you… •         Speak only the truth •         Don’t let others tell you what to think •         Investigate the truth for yourself •         Can tell the difference between fact and fantasy •         Admit when you have made a mistake •         Don’t exaggerate or deceive to impress others. Your Affirmation is I am truthful.  I speak the truth.  I see the truth with my own eyes.  I am content to be my true self.

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