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78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
74 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.03 inches
Wind is from East at 15 MPH
Point 01 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says : Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 77F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

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Carnival Valor and Adventure  of the Seas are at  Havensight Dock
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At the top of the news on  !!AIR – February 17 Monday
Today is Presidents day –a federal holiday – public schools are closed, post offices are closed and so are the banks. Local and federal government offices are closed today. University the Virgin Islands has a normal class schedule today. Department of Public Works reminds you divide transfixed bus schedule is suspended on all islands today, they will be back with the fixed bus routes on Tuesday. The para transport service is still available.

The agricultural fair is a huge hit. This is the 43rd Aggie fair - two days down with one to go. All devoted to agriculture, food and culture. 54 farmers will display produce and products, 80 food and beverage vendors are on hand, merchants will sell arts and crafts Every booth has been rented. There are activities all day today.

The Crop farmer of the year is Ruben Libert who farms several acres near the agriculture department. He works long hours and produces cucumbers, peppers, carrots, eggplant, okra, watermelon, beats, beans, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, kale, bok choy and tomatoes. Crop farming is not easy in the Virgin Islands. He says sometimes you get too much rain and sometimes not enough. And he confronts pests like deer and iguana. He Credits Cooperative Extension Service and the Agriculture Department with teaching him what he knows about how to grow food.

Livestock farmer of the year is Frank Bermudez. He works 50 acres in Estate Calquohoun and raises 40 Senapole cattle. He comes to the livestock business from a long family heritage of livestock farmers. His grandfather raised Senapole cattle on the same ground starting in the 1930s. While he worked for years for Hess oil, in St. Croix and in New Jersey, his heart was on the farm in St. Croix. He says that despite the hard work he is very proud of his cattle.

Look for SeJah farm and Virgin Purée what fruit trees you have that can be part of their fruit buying program.

HOVENSA raised the wholesale price of gasoline for all grades. Regular gas up $.10 a gallon, premium gas of nine cents a gallon diesel fuel up three cents a gallon. Right now the wholesale price for regular gasoline was $3.35 per gallon while premium gas at $3.65 per gallon. Our wholesale price is just a few cents off of the nationwide average retail price.

We have winners in this year's territorial spelling bees. There were a lot of kids on stage for the first 20 rounds and then it was down to just two: Jalen Dorsett and Diantha Matthews. They went head-to-head for six more rounds. In the end the top trophy went to Diantha Matthews who attends All Saints School. You don't win spelling bees by casually reading, it takes concentration, and practice, practice, practice,. She worked her words in the parking lot of cars and while driving around, before the spelling bee at school and again before the district spelling bee.  All six of the top spellers go to the territorial spelling bee including Manav Thadani from Antilles school, Reem Mohammed from Lockhart Elementary School, John Costana from Saints Peter and Paul school and Karl Dinang from Moravian school.

Over on St Croix Aaron Harris took the top title. He is an eighth grader at St. Patrick’s School in Frederiksted. He will lead a team of six spellers to compete in the Territorial Spelling Bee In second place was Khaien Donawa of Claude O. Markoe School. Other finalists are Taiesha Williams of Church of God Holiness; Jenna Honore, Evelyn M. Williams Elementary School; Letisha Ayala, Pearl B. Larsen Elementary and Tyanna Johnson of AZ Academy.

Here are some of the words they had the spell - “anonymity”, “roustabout” “fandango, satiety, stipple, lingua franca, mammalian, tangible.

Now that district Spelling competitions are over - next up is the territorial competition Friday, March 7, 2014 on St. Thomas. And in between, we have the district MATHCOUNTS is coming up February 20 – the district compatitions at Good Hope Country Day School and on St. Thomas February 20 at the University of the Virgin Islands.


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Our Olympic contestant is coming up to her competition on Tueday and again on Thursday. Jasmine Campbell has been training while she's waiting. Pedaling a bicycle for hours of the time, strength conditioning, then up to the mountains to do skiing them back to the gym for more bicycle. She said in an interview that she is shockingly calm. She is up against champions who she finds inspiring. One of the problems the skiers face is that the temperatures have been warmer than normal and the snow gets soft and mushy. The Russian Olympic Committee imported tons of coarse grain salt from Switzerland. They spread the salt on the snow, which melts at and then it freezes into a hard surface overnight. This is not ideal ski conditions. You can follow our Olympic team at Facebook.com/Virgin Islands Olympics.

Our virtue of the week  is : Idealism

When you have ideals, you really care about what is right and meaningful in life.  You follow your beliefs.  You don't just accept things the way they are.  You make a difference.  Idealists dare to have big dreams and then act as if they are possible.

You are practicing idealism when you...
* Really care about what you value in life
* Dare to have big dreams
* Have a vision of what is possible
* Have a plan to make your ideals real
* Take action to make your dreams come true
* Do something to make a difference in the world
Affirmation: I live by my ideals. I believe in my dreams. I have faith that anything is possible.

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