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81 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
72% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.94 inches
Wind is from East at 16 MPH

National Weather Service Clear with 20% chance of rain showers. High of 82F. Breezy East North East wind at 15 to 25 mph.

Drier weather is expected today through Friday. Brief trade wind showers are possible across the Virgin Islands from time to time. Also, isolated showers are possible across the regional waters.
Seas will build to nine feet in northerly swells today and as a result, a High Surf Advisory is in effect through at least 6 pm today and a Small Craft Advisory remains posted through Thursday.
The tropics are quiet.

Cruise Ship News 6 ships  Norwegian Epic, Royal Princess, Crown Princess, Eclipse at Havensight Dock and we have Carnival Conquest and Allure of the seas at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on November 28 Thursday
Today Government Hill will be closed to vehicular traffic for three hours, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dept. Public Works is performing required maintenance at Government House. 

Thanksgiving comes late this year and Hanakkah comes early, making the unusual situation where Hanukkah began on Wednesday evening at sundown, and Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Hanukkah means dedication, and commemorates a victory in battle by the Jews over invaders.  It lasts eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Temple and the vial of oil that kept the light burning for eight days. 

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving it's federal holiday, banks, post offices, courts, government offices and schools are all close tomorrow.  Innovative Communication Corporation will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and be back on Friday..  The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg Day

In the Virgin Islands, we celebrate Fortsberg day on Friday commemorating the 1733 slave uprising and St. John.  On Friday, there will be the 30th annual pilgrimage to St. John, and all day visit to the ruins where the revolt took place.  It starts in Cruz Bay followed by visits to state Susannaberg, an old steam mill at Estate Adrian, restored sugar mill at Catherineberg, and the steep height to Fortsberg in coral Bay.  A tour group will depart from red hook ferry terminal at nine a.m. sharp on Friday.  Buy your own ferry ticket and the tour is $15 for adult 12 for children.  For more information, call 344-3556.

Thanksgiving came early in Smith Bay, as the Smith Bay community action foundation, the community foundation, East Ann Lions and Zeta Phi Beta sorority worked together to provide a Thanksgiving meal for residents of Smith Bay on Tuesday.  This is really good news because so many organizations provide meals on Thanksgiving Thursday while the needy are hungry on Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to..  Thanksgiving is not just one day it should be in our hearts all year round.

The GERS Board of Trustees entered negotiations with seaborne airlines over their $3.3 million loan.  During the meeting in executive session, the board agreed to change $1 million of convertible loan into a regular loan, which means GERS does not have the option for their loan into an ownership stake in the company.  The board agreed to lend $1.5 million more for planes and they reduced the interest rate on the loan from 8.25% on the 6.23%.  All this means Seaborne Airlines is flush to continue business and to expand their flights from Puerto Rico into Santa Domingo.  They fly from San Juan to St. Thomas and St. Croix, and operate the flights between St. Thomas and St. Croix, and flights two British islands.

Governor John DeJongh  added his name and endorsement to a letter addressed to the chairwoman and members of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations concerning FY 2014 funding of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  The two-page letter expressed support for funding LIHEAP "at the $3.6 billion level provided by the Senate Appropriations Committee in its FY 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill."  The letter was signed by de Jongh and 13 other governors representing Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia. 

Hard news from the Department of Health.  One man’s death was caused by a common amoeba in his cistern water.  Do the rest of us need to worry?  Not really.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report about a man who died in Saint Thomas from primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis – a brain infection.  It is caused by an amoeba that is common in fresh water systems.  But it is killed by chlorination, so WAPA water is safe and cistern water may be infected. But do not worry – the only way to get sick from this water borne pathogen is to force water up your nose.  The man who got sick was performing his religion’s purification ritual that involves washing his nose.  This pushed infected water up into his nose and deep into his nasal passages where the pathogen could move into his system, bore its way to his brain and infect his brain. The message, chlorination of cistern water is important. More important, old religious rituals could be dangerous.

Here comes a hands-on workshops for Virgin Islanders to learn more about the Queen Conch seashell and it's potential in the fine jewelry industry. In recent weeks, the Queen Conch has been named the official Seashell by the Virgin Islands Legislature.  Now, two master carvers from Italy are coming our islands to share their knowledge and experiences with turning seashells into beautiful carvings, reflecting cultural themes and symbols of our islands.  Carvings can become fine jewelry and art objects - for keeping and for sale. The Queen Conch Seashell Carving Workshops are over three days on St. Thomas on December 9, 10 & 11 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. On St. Croix the workshops are December 12, 13 & 14, - same time. The fee is $750 + $150 for materials.  There are Scholarships from the Department of Labor and they are looking for sponsors to underwrite the cost of students attending the workshop. Contact the Rare Earth Studio

The Latch Patch is making one year!  And for their one year anniversary, there is a celebration this Sunday, December 1st from 1 o'clock to 5 PM at the Latch Patch on Raphune Hill upstairs from Mango Tango.  Everyone is welcome to join the latch patch for food, live music, natural products, zumbini, and sales on breastfeeding and maternity merchandise. The Latch Patch making one year and having a party.

Small Business Administration is working to increase the number of lower-dollar loans with the Small Loan Advantage Program. This allows lenders to get a pre-qualification  for loans You can learn about the small loan advantage program on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Wednesday November 26 and 10 a.m. to noon at the small business development Center

Our good newsmaker the day today is Mrs. Doris Archibald.  As she's turning 80 years old, she is retiring from the position of Corp Sergeant Major of the Salvation Army.  She's been working with the Salvation Army more than 20 years and is Corp Sergeant Major has been the overseer of so many projects at the Salvation Army.  She has helped so many people and yet all she has to say is “Thank you to all the people who helped her.”  May God bless us all and particularly Mrs. Doris Archibald.  Thank you, Doris Archibald.  You're making good news

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