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20 degrees in Manitoba, 32 in Denver, 32 in paradise Michigan with snow. 

82 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
66% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.81 inches
Wind is from East at 5 MPH

National Weather Service says Mostly Clear Skies with 20% chance of rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with possible rain showers in the afternoon. High of 82F. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Showers will dissipate this morning as a much drier and more stable air mass moves into the region, resulting in a pleasant afternoon. A deep layered northerly flow will prevail over the area during the next few days bringing cooler temperatures and isolated to scattered light showers over the islands from time to time. Seas will generally range from five to eight feet and winds will reach 16 knots. No Storms on the Horizon

Cruise Ship News  Explorer of the Seas and Carnival Valor  at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on November 18 Monday
Report cards will be delivered on Monday at Yvonne Milliner Bowsky Elementary School, Lockhart school, Leonard Dober Elementary School and Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.

Report cards will be delivered on Tuesday, November 19 at the Jane E Tuitt Elementary School, and  Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. On Wednesday November 20, report cards will be delivered at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and Bertha C. Boschulte schools.

The Senate rules committee approved two nominees to the nurse licensure board on St. Croix, one nominee to the pharmacy board and one to the historic preservation commission.  Coming on the heels of three approvals to board positions on Thursday - all seven nominations will go before the full Senate tomorrow. Also tomorrow they have several zoning bills to consider, a bill creating the Division of Alternative Markets and International Reinsurance in the Office of the Lt. Governor; and a bill to allow more of the federally qualified health center to provide minors with treatment for pregnancy, communicable disease, drug or controlled substance abuse, emergency medical or surgical treatment and family planning services. They have a bill regarding Fiscal Year 2014 government operating budget.

HOVENSA raise the price for regular and premium gasoline by two cents a gallon.  No change to the cost of diesel.

Lots of awards this weekend. Princess Cruises always asks their guests to rate the best tours in each port and once a year they give awards to the top tours and activities in each port.  This year the event was held on the Emerald Princess on Saturday and local boat captain Tom Andreano, was named “Tour Guide of the Year” for the trips on “Castaway Catamaran” to Buck Island, for snorkeling and Honeymoon Beach on Water Island for lunch.  Top trip.  BOSS Underwater Adventures, earned top ratings as “High Volume Tour of the Season.” They allow people to go underwater with motor scooters and an air helmet so they can see everything like a scuba diver would, without any effort or training.
Coral World Ocean Park’s Sea Lion Swim won top praise as “Low Volume Tour of the Season” with their four South American sea lions who like to show off “really cool behaviors” to tourists.

More awards as the Department of Tourism held the annual Tommy Star Awards for the top personnel in the St. Thomas Market.  Brooks Reed Brown won the award of excellence for her Caribbean Travel-Tropic Tours.  Todd Gresham won an award as the attraction and activities associated of the year for his work as a safety diver-guide at Coral World.  Angela Payne with the Department of Tourism was the hospitality support service associated of the year.  Algernon Boston won the award for restaurant associate of the year for her work at the Ritz-Carlton.  Kirby Françoise is the retail associate of the year at Diamonds International.  Shamir Joseph won the award for hotel associate working in concierge-guest relations at the Westin on St. John.  Iselah Nieboer (Ay-say-lah Knee-Boor) is the hotel supervisor of the year running the front office at the Bolongo Bay beach resort. 

Lots of fun over the weekend at the 30th annual agricultural and food fair on St. Thomas.  Commissioner of Agriculture Louis Petersen introduced the 2013 Livestock Farmer of the Year Cyril LaPlace and Crop Farmer of the Year Charlie Leonard. Petersen said "Mr. LaPlace has one of the healthiest sheep herds on St. Thomas."  And Charlie Leonard was back to win the award again this year.  Petersen called him one of the most successful farmers, year after year.  He keeps meticulous records of his harvests.  He is reliable, he is always available and he's taken every course, the Department of agriculture is offered from beginning farming to beekeeping.

Antilles School has a wine auction and gala this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frenchman's Reef Hotel. They will be celebrating fine wines. The tickets are $125 each and all proceeds benefit the Antilles school financial aid program. There will be dozens of items in the silent auction many focused on wine. And a raffle for a trip to Italy. That's this evening 6 pm at Frenchman's reef

Virgin Islands Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe alerts the public that the Authority is conducting a cleanup of its properties in the Crown Bay Sandfill area on St. Thomas.  All abandoned vehicles illegally parked on the Authority’s property have been tagged for removal and will be towed early Tuesday morning, said Dowe.  The vehicles will be impounded at the Bovoni Landfill. 

The 6th Carlos Aguilar Match Race will set sail in scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor Thursday through Sunday of this weekend. There are three days of racing instead of four, which is normal in other events like this around the globe. Eight boats instead of six to make it more exciting on the course. There will be double round-robin, semis and finals.” Some of the top sailors in the world are coming to St. Thomas for this.  The Carlos Aguilar Match Race is known for introducing young sailors to the sport, This year each team will have a Virgin Islands local high school student sailor as a member of the team. There is a welcoming parry on Thursday at 6:00 PM at the tent in Yacht Haven Grande. 

Our virtue of the week is Thankfulness. Thankfulness is being grateful for what we have.  It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being.  Appreciate the little things that happen around you and within you every day.  Think positively.  Thankfulness brings contentment. You are practicing thankfulness when you…
*   Are thankful for the gifts of life
*   Appreciate your own abilities instead of envying others
*   See the difficulties of life as learning opportunities
*   Enjoy your sense of wonder about the beauty in the world
*   Are willing to receive what others want to give
*   Count your blessings every day
Say this affirmation:  I am thankful for the many gifts within me and around me today.  I appreciate my life.   I look for the lessons. I expect the best.

Finally speaking of thankfulness – we are grateful for not having a hurricane this year. We certainly know what a hurricane does to a community. We sure do. Lieutenant Governor Gregory Francis is asking all local residents to make contributions to American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts for the Philippines, after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. There many members of the Philippine community in the Virgin Islands. Many Philippinos work in our schools, in human services and at the hospitals. Many of our Philippine citizens have family and friends who are suffering after the storm.  Lieutenant Governor Francis encourages Virgin Islanders to support the disaster relief efforts by making monetary donations to the American Red Cross. Go to

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