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80  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under mostly clear skies
82 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.06 inches
Wind is from East at 12 gusting to 25 MPH

National Weather Service: Light rain this morning. Breaks of sun this afternoon. High 79F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
A strong high pressure ridge located north of the Virgin Islands will continue to produce moderate to strong trade winds across the area today. The ridge will shift eastward over the next few days- diminishing the trade winds. Small Craft Advisories in effect for winds to 21 knots and seven foot seas.

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We have a dutchess and princess, Governor’s parties are huge success with gift books Boy scouts have good news, The Caribbean writer is out and patience is the virtue of the week.

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St Croix Crucian Christmas Carnival got off to a roaring start with the Princess and Duchess competitions.   Cruzan Christmas Carnival Princess pageant produced Princess Zillah Ambrose of the Claude O. Markoe School  and Duchess Jayla Newton from Ricardo Richards Elementary School.  Sunday was the junior Calypsonian contest where Cayla Joseph won the peewee class, and Noel Tirado one Pee-wee-2, the winner in the intermediate group was Jahnaya Christopher who went home with the title, Junior Calypso Monarch.  St. Croix Carnival also featured its annual Christmas lighted boat parade. Lots of boats and lots of lights. St Croix Carnival is getting going.

On St. Thomas some 500 children came out to Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday for the governor's holiday party.  There was face painting and cookie decorating, kids workshop sponsored by Home Depot where the kids look like Santa's elves building toys.  This year, Santa Claus was delivering an illustrated children's book called Hope is Here by local author Christina Kessler and a pair of binoculars for bird watching.  The governor said the idea is to link up with the summer reading challenge with a Christmas winter book.  A big thank you to the Junior ROTC from CAHS and Kean School, the Community Foundation, the University-bound student group, and the emerging youth leaders of Alpha Kappa Alpha.  All volunteers who help make it happen.  Same story on St. Croix where the children enjoyed the Governor's Christmas party and they went home with new books.

Maybe having the joint Board of election meet on Sunday morning is a good idea.  Nine members of the joint Board showed up, four were not present and they got a lot of work done.  For one thing they approved a plan to have videoconferences reducing the amount of travel time for Board members.  They also set up a state plan advisory committee to make recommendations on the state plan.  They discussed they candidate questionnaire and noted that it needs questions regarding the filing of tax returns and whether the candidate has voted outside of the Virgin Islands in the last four years.  They also want to question asking anyone who served in the military if their discharge was honorable.

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The Department of Agriculture is suspending receiving applications for land preparation on St Croix>  They are full. Requests from farmers for land preparation services will not be accepted from now through March 1, 2014.  They have a lot of applications already and staff are working on pending requests. The temporary interruption will facilitate preparation for Agrifest 2014 which will take place February 15-17, 2014. Make note of the date.

The  Department of Labor is accepting proposals for Youth Services for Program. You can pick up an application package at the Department of Labor on Kronprindsens Gade, St. Thomas or at at their offices in Sion Farm St Croix or from Labor website at Completed proposals are due by January 10. There is a bidder’s Conferences on St Croix on December 18 and on St. Thomas December 20.  If you want more information on the Workforce Investment Act or have questions regarding the Youth Services Proposal Call Fernando Webster at 773-1994 ext. 2144.

Good News for the Boy Scouts as the St. Thomas Swimming association opened their doors to the scouts and gave them room for a camp out near the pool.  A dozen tents and a make-shift out-doors kitchen enabled the Cub scouts, boy scouts and Venturing Scouts to get their hands dirty with eral things in the field. On St Croix the scouts have a 19 acre camp ground of their own. On St. Thomas there is no camp ground. So the Swimming Association and the Boy Scouts set up an informal relationship. Jimmy Loveland is the developer of this idea - same guy who created the Marine Vocational Program and the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament. The camping trip let Scouts learn life lessons and environmental stewardship skills that can’t as easily be taught in a classroom. For example, Scoutmaster Wayne Dawson taught his troops to cook dinner themselves – stewed chicken, seasoned rice and veggies. Boys learning how to cook – that’s Good News. And they brought their own cups, plates and utensils so no paper trash.

The University of the Virgin Islands latest edition of The Caribbean Writer is out.. Volume 27 highlights music and visual artsThere is poetry, personal essays, short stories, one-act plays and book reviews. The cover art is “Quelbe Dancers” by Madeliene Meehan. The volume features works by Dove, St. Croix's celebrated street artist, Crucian street artist, Albert Simmonds, known as AJ, and work by UVI art instructor Cynthia Hatfield, Kristen Maize of St. John, WB Thompson of St. Thomas more. Lots of material on regional music as well. The Caribbean Writer Volume 27 is out.

Our virtue of the week  is Patience. Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right.  You wait without complaining.  You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes.  You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals.  Patience is a commitment to the future.

You are practicing patience when you …
*   Calmly tolerate a delay or confusion
*   Are willing to wait for things you want
*   Set goals and persevere until they are met
*   Do something now that will help you in the future
*   Accept things you cannot change with humor and grace
*   Are tolerant when mistakes are made 
Say this Affirmation: Say, “I am patient.  I am gentle with others and myself when we make mistakes.  I wait calmly. I trust that things will turn out right.”

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