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More veggies and fruit in school meals

It's 80° Fahrenheit  83% humidity. partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the East South East at 11mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.02 and rising  
Water temp: 78° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
No  rain.
Doppler radar shows: lots of small showers in the area   The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy. Numerous showers this morning... scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 84. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

On this Wednesday March 30    Cruise Ship News
Glory and Freedom of the Seas, Norwegian Epic - - to Havensight  Dock
Eurodam and Disney Magic  - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

At the top of the news on Wednesday March 30
Time to tell the visitors to leave the marine life and coral here where it belongs. That’s NOAA’s message for visitors.  Look but do not touch and don’t remove it either.  The new seven minute marine etiquette video was unveiled yesterday at UVI with the idea of raising awareness of the fragility of our marine resources and stopping visitors from taking pretty shells and coral home. Local law forbids removing marine life but the Customs folks at the airport say that every year the confiscate hundreds of pounds of shells and coral from visitors taking it home. Same story to local residents as well – leave the marine life where it is. Other parts of marine etiquette include not stepping on coral reefs and anchoring boats on sandy bottoms not on reefs. The video will be aired on TV, the radio version will be heard on radio and the video will be shown in hotels and dive shops. A local program will launch this summer aimed at local residents – same message – leave the sea creatures where they are.

More veggies in school meals as the Commissioner of Education Dr LaVerne Terry announced the school nutrition program has funding from the Dept. of Agriculture in Washington DC for fresh fruit and vegetables.   The Obama Administration is working to reduce the fatty foods and high caloric meals served in schools and introduce more fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low fat milk. . The federal goal is to spend get each student about $75 dollars worth of fruit and vegetables ever year in school meals.  Our share of the federal funds – about 27,000. They plan to buy more of the fruit and veggies from local farmers. Cucumbers and watermelons are the most purchased local produce items, she said. "But the level of production isn’t where it could be,"

Senate Committee on Government Operations, Energy and Veterans Affairs is meeting on St. Croix to take up a bill exempting disabled veterans from paying for handicapped decals for their cars and to extend burial death benefits to veterans who live outside the islands. They have a bill to limit WAPA’s charge to reconnect a customer to the electrical service.
Virgin Islanders who hook their television sets to cable without paying Innovative for the service will find their screens blank come Friday, when the cable company switches to all-digital service. The company announced in early February that it will switch to all-digital service beginning April 1. That means customers of Innovative’s most basic service, which provides a handful of channels by hooking directly to the cable, will have until the close of business Thursday to go down to the company's office and acquire a cable converter box.

Thursday is Transfer Day it is a local holiday.  Local government offices will be closed. Schools will be closed.
Lisa Williams called from Schneider Hospital. The date to sign up to be a volunteer at Schneider Hospital has been extended call her at 776-8311 ex 5086 and you now have until April 8 to join the volunteers at Schneider Hospital. Call Lisa Williams at 776-8311 ex 5086.

Virgin Islands Housing Authority Board of Governors meeting set for today has been canceled.

A seminar on tilapia production using UVI’s Biofloc System is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. today at the  Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. The seminar,  features Research Specialist Donald Bailey, who works with the Aquaculture Program. The seminar title is “Tilapia Production in the UVI Biofloc System: Opportunities and Options for Profitable Farming.” The seminar is free and open to the public. Seating is limited  call 692-4038.

The Music ministry of the Moravian Church presents a gospel music seminar with the Rev Trent Davis of the Bahamas at Memorial Moravian Church on Norre Gade on Wednesday March 30 at 6:30 PM, then Thursday March 31, Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2, all at 6:00 PM.

It’s carnival in St. Thomas and the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee announced the schedule of events for this year’s events. Semele George won the theme contest with the phrase “Let Our Carnival Spirit Enliven Carnival for 2011.” event spans a three-week period beginning April 17 lasting through May 7. Festivities include a Food Fair featuring local cuisine, candies, pastries and other goods.  Other highlights include pageants, musical competitions, fireworks, and two days of parades, featuring mocko jumbies, costumed dancers and local bands. First up is the Prince and Princess show on April 17. It’s carnival time.

Here is a contest for High School students – Department of Planning and Natural Resources wants High School students to create a promotional campaign w /a radio ad, newspaper ad and TV ad promoting the marine environment and awareness and stewardship of our marine environment. The app deadline is Friday April 15 – all final products must be finished by May 13.  For more information call 718-3367.

Big Thank You to the members of Rotary Sunrise who unveiled a new clock for the Cyril E. King Airport on Tuesday.  The club members raised over $25,000 to purchase the clock which has four faces and showcases the four way test that is Rotary’s mantra.  The clock has a rotary emblem and is synchronized to world time and illuminated at night. Big Thank You to Rotary Sunrise.

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