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By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds After competing in the Summer Olympic Games in 2012 in the United Kingdom, St. John sailor Mayumi Roller knew she wanted to return to the worlds biggest sports stage, yet helming a differ ent boat this time. time was amazing; it was such a surreal experience, said Roller. I wanted to go again but after sailing the Laser for that long, I knew it wasnt the right boat for me. Roller was about 30 pounds meaning with any kind of wind, she simply couldnt keep up. It was tough, in any sort of windy conditions, to keep up with the lead, said Roller. I just didnt have the mass; they were bigger, like 30 pounds bigger. I knew I wanted to transition to a new boat.2 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 Mimi Roller Looking To Return to Olympics in 2016 in 49er FX EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott email@example.com COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTOR S Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Bob Schlesinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne NEWSLINE (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING email@example.com CIRCULATION Rohan Roberts MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $90.00 per year THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2013 All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 Coral Bay Christmas T ree Lighting and Coral Sing Scheduled for Dec. 20The community is invited to join the annual Coral Bay Community Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing-along on Friday, December 20, at 6 p.m. at the Coral Bay basketball court. Everyone should come out to join in singing carols and welcoming Santa for the kids! This annual tradition brings residents out to sing in a competitive challenge for festiveness between neighborhoods. So bring those voices and those neighbors! No talent is required; just lots of holiday and community spirit. This event is co-hosted by the Johns Folly Learning Institute and the Coral Bay Community Council. Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts for Santa to give the children. Attendees are asked to buy a gift or two, wrap them and label them for a boy or girl and the appropriate age. Either bring the gifts on December 20 or drop Parents are asked to accompany their children. Santa will arrive about 7:15 p.m., if all of the children have been good! For more information and to donate money for gifts call the Santa T o Arrive in Cruz Bay Dec. 24Dont miss the fun in Cruz Bay on Christmas Eve this year! Santa Claus is set to arrive on the Caneel Bay ferry around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, December 24. Santa will arrive in Cruz Bay to the delight of island residents young and old. See you there!Christmas Carolling Anyone?Sing your way through Cruz Bay with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday, December 24. To join in, meet at 5:30 p.m. at Mongoose Junction in the courtyard area near Bouganvillea. Continued on Page 18Fifth Annual Reindeer Run Dec. 22The St. John Landsharks present the Fifth Annual Reindeer Ramble Christmas Run on Sunday, December 22, at Annaberg parking lot. This fun 5K run will give all the reindeer, elves, and of course Santa, a much needed warm-up for the big day! Registration begins at 7:30 and the race starts at 8 a.m. on Sunday December 22. Registration begins at 7:30am. Donations are not required, but will be greatly appreciated givAnimal Care Center. Meet at the Annaberg parking lot. Parking is limited, please sleighpool with other elves and reindeer if possible. Participants are encouraged to show their Christmas spirit by donning hats, antlers, tinsel, ornaments, etc. There will be a prize for most creative costume. Jingle bells will be distributed to tie onto shoelaces for an added touch of whimsy. The course is from Annaberg to Big Maho then back to Annaberg. There will also be a Kids Short Course for the little reindeer. The event will feature fun Christmas themed prizes and awards as well as sweets and treats for everyone! For more information email Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org ACC Christmas Open House Is Dec. 18Dont miss the St. John Animal Care Centers Christmas Open House on December 18 at the groups animal shelter on Library Road in Cruz Bay. The event will feature yummy food and beverages and lots and lots of adorable kitties and dogs. St. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of M. Roller Roller is mastering a new boat, the 49er FX, above, a high performance skiff for women, in her new Olympic bid.
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 3 Friday, Dec. 19thINDEXBusiness Directory ..............18 Church Directory .................16 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Cryptoquip ...........................16 Letters ............................14-15 Obituary ............................. 17 Police Log ...........................19 ATTN: READERS & ADVER TISERS The next edition of St. John Tradewinds, December 23, 2013-January 5, 2014, will be the last issue published for the year. There will be NO ISSUE published on Decmeber 30. NEW YEARS EVE ADVERTISING DEADLINE IS THURSDA Y DECEMBER 19TH. St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena RogersAll Island Holiday Party Rings in the Season on St. JohnMichael and Barbie Barry, top right, owners of Sun Dog Cafe and Virgin Fire at December 14. Residents got decked out to ring in the holiday season in style and enjoyed
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds From sending hundreds of children to eco-camps each summer to removing the need to anchor in sensitive bays, Friends of V.I. National Park has a huge impact on this small island. with just a few volunteers who would gather together informally once a month or so. Today, Friends has a thousands of dollars in programs and infrastructure supporting V.I. National Park. Friends is celebrating its 25th birthday this week with an expo at the VINP Visitors Center which kicks off on Thursday, December 19, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The expo will run through Saturday, December 21. As the group looks back over the past 25 years, Friends Executive Director Joe Kessler who has been with the organization for half of that time pieced together the early days. It started back in the 80s actually, more than 25 less formal then. People would discuss issues about cember 1988 and thats what we count as our birthday. It proceeded from there, Kessler said. From to it was a very, very informal organization, entirely volunteer. Everything was done by members of the board and a few volunteers. In 1995, John Garrison whose wife Ginger worked for VINP decided to get involved with the of the modern era of Friends. Around 1995 John Garrison got involved with Friends of VINP and he started professionalizing the organization, said Kessler. He was on the board as director/president on a part-time basis. He eventu ally raised more money so he could afford to dedicate more of his time to the organization. member, program manger Becky Bremszer. The two and launched two programs which have had lasting impacts on VINP, Kessler explained. They got two large grants and got the archaeol ogy program up and running and the mooring project started, he said. The endowment fund started then as well and then John was able to hire someone to come on as a development director thanks to an institutional support grant. Those great strides were made between 1995 and 2000, and Kessler who had known the Garrisons since the early 1970s joined Friends ranks in 2001. After knowing and visiting the Garrisons for years, by 2000 Kessler had started jokingly asking when he could take the Friends of VINP job. When John started working for Friends, I would say, Whenever youre ready to give it up, let me know, said Kessler, who was living in Mali and working for the international humanitarian agency CARE at the time. They were visiting us in Mali and we were on our way to Timbuktu and John said You know you always said you wanted my job when I was leaving and were leaving in April if youre interested. One thing led to another and Ive been here since July 2001, he said. Over its 25 years, according to Kessler, Friends has realized four main accomplishments: the moor program; and helping to ensure Estate Maho Bays protection. Helping the park achieve the goal of becoming an anchorless park was a huge achievement for Friends, he said. The program started back with John when so. I continued with it in Hurricane Hole and elsemoorings. That was a long-term goal of the park, supported by Friends, said Kessler. We raised over $650,000 and spent 14 years doing the project in bits and pieces when we had funding for work. Kessler is also proud of the work Friends has done with local children, he added. camps and now were up to 160 kids who went over this past summer, said the Friends executive director. Overall we get about 2,500 student days in the park either on ranger led activities, through the Annaberg Folk Life Festival, our School Kids in the Park and our Earth Day Environmental Fair. Last year alone we got over 850 kids to Hassel Island. Its safe to say that every kid on St. John, thanks to one of our projects, gets into the park at least twice a year, said Kessler. And now at least a third of the kids on St. Thomas as well. Engaging that next generation of environmental stewards is one of Friends most important achieve ments, according to Kessler. All of our youth programs get kids engaged in the park with the larger objective of nurturing the next 4 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 Anniversaries like this are a great time to sit back and look at what you did and also an important time to look forward. on over the next several months and we certainly want anyone with thoughts and ideas on that to let us know. Friends of VINP Celebrates 25 Years of Conservation, Archaeology and Education ber O pen 7 Ni ghts a Week open 6 days closed sundays693.7755 o r w w w .la t apas tjoh n.c o m PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Violet is a 3-year-old female sheppard/lab mix. She is a very sweet dog and her brother and sister have been adopted but she is patiently waiting. Violet is not good with other female dogs and cats but does have the potential to be with a male dog. Please, consider giving her a loving home this holiday season. Continued on Page 16
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds With donkey rides, photographs with Santa Claus, live music, craft beer and more, the Coral Bay Bay Bizarre Bazaar at Pickles in Paradise on Saturday, December 7, drew hundreds of residents and families and raised more than tion. No one minded the muddy conditions and the rains held off for packed the backyard behind Pickmunity fundraiser. I think it went really well, said CBCC Board of Directors member Sarah Groves, who helped to organize the event. Everyone I spoke to had a very positive response and everyone vendors, musicians, our kids tent organizer said theyd do it again next year. ing the total raised at the bazaar as of press time, but were already happy with the results, Groves explained. ful fundraiser, she said. We exceeded our expectation, which was about $5,000. We left it up to the artists and vendors if they wanted to give a portion of what they made to CBCC and a lot of them donated at the end of the day, which is really good because it means they did well. Attendees had the chance to shop from more than 60 artists and vendors who sold their wares at the bazaar. Everything from handwrought jewelry, original oil paintings and exquisite pottery to local hot sauces and spice rubs could be found at the event. Children enjoyed games and activities with Gifft Hill School teacher Trish Stalter at the kids tent as well as donkey rides with Carolina Corral owner Dana Bar tlett. Santa Claus even stopped by to pose for a few photos and get last minute Christmas list items. A highlight for the older attendees was the craft beer competition which drew some talented home brewers from Love City, St. Thomas and St. Croix as well as St. John Brewers; who didnt compete in the competition but did share samples of their new Double IPA. Event goers had the chance to buy a ticket to sample beer from each of the competitors and vote for their favorite. In the end, the St. Croix submission Captain AweSt. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 5 First CBCC Bizarre Bazaar Draws Hundreds to Coral Bay, Raises More Than $5,000Continued on Page 17 Thank you for making this the best ever Flavors event!GREAT LEADERSHIP & VENUE: The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Rob Glabach and Lacey Pritchard.RESTAURANTS: Asolare, Bowman Cuisine at Tamarind Court, Cafe Livin, Cannella at Caneel, Fatty Crab, Gifft Hill School Farm to Table, High Tide, LaTapa, Motu Bar, Ocean Grill, Queen of Tarts, Spy Glass, Starsh & Gourmet, Sushi Bar at Caneel, The Fish Trap, The Lime Inn, St. John Brewers The Tap Room, ZoZos at the Sugar Mill.CATERERS: Creative Catering and Mathayom Private Chefs/St.John Catering.WINE: Paul Kessock for coordinating wine distributors, West Indies Company, Bellows International, Prestige Wine Group, Glazers Premier Wines & Spirits, Dionysus Wine Distributors.ROTARIAN VOLUNTEERS: Joan Bermingham, Brenda Dalmida, Gary David, Brion FitzGerald, John Fuller, BJ Harris, Alice Krall, Margaret Merrill, Bruce Munro, Patrick Pearson, Ayn Riehle, Miles Stair, Alecia Wells, Harvey Werbel, Doug White, Bill WilligerodGIFFT HILL SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS: Viniqua David, Naphtali Antony, JahSheada Grifth, Makeda Dawson, Alex Ray, Anjali Glenn, Joanne Attika, Jaqualyn ClarkeCULINARY JUDGES: Jan Robinson, Kim McCall, Chris Mitchell, James Crowther, Eileen Mills, Richard Wiggins MUSIC: Cool Sessions E V E R Y N OV EM B E R A RO T A R Y CLUB OF ST JOHN CHARITY EV ENT FL A VO RSS TJO H N .CO M E V E R Y N OV EM B E R A RO T A R Y CLUB OF ST JOHN CHARITY EV ENT FL A VO RSS TJO H N .CO M 2013 celebration with st johns best restaurants & caterers! E V E R Y N OV EM B E R A RO T A R Y CLUB OF ST JOHN CHARITY EV ENT FL A VO RSS TJO H N .CO M E V E R Y N OV EM B E R A RO T A R Y CLUB OF ST JOHN CHARITY EV ENT FL A VO RSS TJO H N .CO M 2013 celebration with st johns best restaurants & caterers! St. John Tradewinds News Photo Residents packed the backyard of Pickles in Paradise, above, for the bazaar fundraiser.
6 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 SJFS Screening When the Drum Is Beating December 18 at PicklesBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds A photograph of a little frog paid off in a big way for Laurie Lind last week. Lind captured the photograph of a smiling frog in Coral Bay while vacationing on St. John this past year and the image captured the judges hearts, winning Lind of Seabrook, New Hampshire, a return trip to St. John. Lind is the 2013 winner of Island Treasure Maps annual Win a Trip Back contest. Island Treasure Map owners Jennifer Knowles and Denise Barbier launched the wildly popular contest several years ago and have watched as the contest continues to grow. For snapping the photo of the frog, Lind won a weeks stay with St. John Ultimate Villas, airfare for two, $500 in provisioning at Food Center on St. Thomas and a zipline adventure for two with Tree Limin Extreme. Linds image was voted by the public, via Island Treasure Maps Facebook page, as the best of one of 10 different categories during the course of the year. In early December, the photo with the most votes in each of the 10 categories Grand Prize winner after being chosen by a jury of three professional St. John photographers. That encounter with Happy Frog made my day on that trip, said Lind. Now to win the contest with his photo makes that encounter even more of a gift. Spice. Knowles and Barbier will kick off their 2014 contest soon ture all voting via Facebook. The Island Treasure Map crew thanked all contestants and sponsors of the annual Win a Trip Back Contest, explained Knowles. We want to send big thanks to our sponsors, contestants, and everyone who voted, she said. To those of you who didnt win, well this just gives you a worthy goal for next year. We truly appreciate every single contestant and hope to see your photos entered in 2014. For more information about Island Treasure Maps, check out www.islandtreasuremaps.com.Photo Laurie Lind, Courtesy of Island Treasure Maps photo contest, getting Laurie Lind a trip back to St. John. ISLAND SOLAR V.I. 300-watt panels 300-watt inverters SunDrum solar hot water systems Battery stand-alone systems Energy audits Diesel generators Conventional solar hot water systems Power management systems Off-grid living for over 12 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-626-9685 e: email@example.com We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA Canines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com WE HAVE FISH St. John Tradewinds The St. John Film Society is screening When the Drum is Beating, on Wednesday, December 18, at Pickles in Paradise in Coral Bay starting at 7:30 p.m. When the Drum is Beating, an 85-minute documentary directed by Whitney Dow, is an incisive and revealing portrait of the tumultu lic, with a huge wealth of natural resources, to the poorest country in the western hemisphere. and tragedy is interwoven with the story and music of Haitis most beloved orchestra, Septentrional, whose infectious spirit and amazing In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades, this 20-piece orchestra has entertaining and inspiring the Haitian people with its infectious fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats. At 64, Septen has already survived twelve years longer than the expected Haitian lifespan. Its trumpeters, drummers, sax players, and guitarists have been making music through dictator ships, natural disasters, coup dtats, and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haitis history. in places of darkness which has helped them survive in a place where nothing seems permanent except poverty and want. See you on Wednesday, December 18, at our new Coral Bay location, Pickles in Paradise!Laurie Lind from New Hampshire Wins 2013 Island Treasure Map Photo ContestSt. John Tradewinds Have yourself a merry little....ritual is the topic at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service of St. John where Gabriella Brand will speak Sunday, December 22, at 10 a.m. at Gift Hill Schools lower campus great room. In this holiday season, Brand will explore the ways in which human beings make certain behaviors sacred and at what cost and to Child care is provided during service. For directions and more information go to www.uufstjohn.com. Brand Is Guest Speaker at UU Meeting
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Dont miss the chance to hear some of the most talented and accomplished St. John School of the Arts alumni back at their old stomping grounds on Saturday, January 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the arts school. The SJSA Alumni Concert is the concerts and is sure to kick off the season with a bang. The concert will feature some of the original members of Steel Unlimited, the youth steel pan band which launched SJSA in the executive director Kim Wild. We have to remember that the school started because of the success of Steel Unlimited, which was the youth pan orchestra back in the 1970s, said Wild. That band had Lynell and Tony Callwood, Earl Thomas and Phillip Grasshopper Pickering. Sis Frank was the manager and Rudy Wells was the director of Steel Unlimited. band was known at the pride and joy of St. John and played at venues from Disneyland to Lincoln Center. Out of Steel Unlimiteds success grew the concept to create SJSA and through private donations, land was acquired in 1981. A decade later, thanks to mostly volunteer labor, the art school building was completed. Since then, SJSA has been offering music and dance classes both private and in-school, hosting concerts and more for the youth and adults of St. John. Over those years, many of the schools alumni have gone onto successful careers in the arts. January 4 is an opportunity for some of those distinguished alumni to take to the began. We have been thinking about doing an alumni concert for some time, said Wild. When we brought back the Sis Frank Concert Series we decided to add an alumni concert and started putting the word out. I had so many great responses that I decided to go ahead and put the show together. The night will feature original Steel Unlimited members Tony Callwood, Lynell Callwood and Phillip Grasshopper Pickering, who will perform both with the pan orchestra and with his hugely popular St. John reggae band Inner Visions. Also scheduled to perform at the SJSA Alumni Concert are singers Evanna Chinnery and Sage Buchalter, Jazz saxophonist Jonte Samuel, panist Eric Provost and dancer Savannah Lyons. Additional alumni who had hoped to take part, like Victor Procould not attend, Wild explained. SJSA is also hoping to be able to contact more former students through the alumni concert, Wild added. There are so many other alum ni out there that I havent been able to get in touch with, she said. Im hoping through this that well connect with more alumni and get them involved in future events. Wild would love to hear from anyone with information about for mer SJSA students, she explained. We would love to share updates on our former students at the alumni concert, said Wild. Frank Concert Series are $125. The other concerts in the series are Benjamin Beilman on February 11, Shel on March 6, Trio Arbos on March 14, and the SJSA Faculty Concert on April 15. Tickets for just the January 4 SJSA Alumni Concert are $30 and can be purchased on the schools website at www.stjohnschoolofthearts.org. or at the school. cert to sell out, so attendees are asked to buy their tickets in advance. To share information about former SJSA students, call Wild at 779-4322.St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 7 SJSA Alumni Take Stage on January 4 for First Event in 2013 Concert Series Happy Holidays!Tradewinds wishes the community a joyous holiday season. Happy Holidays! Mathayom Vacharat Wins Boulon Oil Painting The Durloes and St. Thomas St. John Tradewinds Mathayom Vacharat was the winner of my oil painting Trunk off at An Evening With The Arts Friday night, December 6, Marketplace. Vacharat volunteered to help with the St. John School of the Arts, whose students performed that evening, and his son Lyric was even one of those performers. Vacharat has a special fondness for the arts. Kathy McLaughlin was the winner of Kaye Thomas Eichners lovely ceramic bowl. Two little performers (not Lyric!), with eyes scrunched shut, groping around like searching for a pinata, drew the winning tickets. With deep appreciation we want to thank all those who pur way, said gallery owner and artist Kimberly Boulon. St. John Tradewinds News Photo winner Mathayom Vacharat.
8 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! St. John Tradewinds The 5th Annual Friends of VI National Park Online Auction raised more than $43,600 this year, just beating last years total for the popular fundariser. Friends is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of V.I. National Park and to promoting the responsible enjoyment of this unique national treasure. All money raised from the auction will support Friends and assist the group in continuing their work on behalf of VINP, which includes 23 programs and projects this year. People love shopping for a good cause, especially when all tional Park, and some people actually build their vacations around lodging, activities and items from our auction. We had 67 items more than ever which sold over the three-week auction period that ended December 8, said Friends of VINPs Development Director Karen Vahling. We had everything from villa stays to excur sions, jewelry, art, services and retail items. Response from our local businesses has been great and they enjoy being featured on this popular online event. The top seller of the auction was a seven-night stay at the luxury villa, On a Clear Day, which sold for $5,500 and was valued at over $12,000. Other top items included an emerald and diamond pendant, necklace and earring suite from R&I PATTON and yachting excursions to the BVI, some selling below retail value. Several items sold for more than retail value as bidders showed generous support for the cherished VINP. Kim Holland of Asolare sold her mobile aged rum tasting experience for more than double the retail value, and she will again feature her aged rum tasting bar at the Friends gala on February 1. Contact Friends at 779-4940 for more information about the gala or and going fast. Friends will continue to host the online auction around the same time in years to come, giving holiday shoppers and vacation seekers thing unique and do some good at the same time. Friends would like to thank all the donors who made the auction possible, media partners for helping get the word out and of course, all the bidders who clicked and shopped online for the good cause! Friends of VINP W raps Up Best Ever Online Auction a top seller.St. John Tradewinds V.I. National Park Deputy Superintendent Mike Anderson will be retiring on January 3, 2014 after more than 34 years with the National Park Service. Anderson began his career with the National Park Service in 1979 when he and his wife of 37 years, Gail (Riggs) Anderson, moved to St. John so he could accept a summer seasonal Park Aid position at VINP. During his early years on St. John (1979 to 1983), Anderson worked a variety of positions ending up in a Protection Ranger position as the Lameshur Ranger. After leaving St. John in 1983, Anderson enjoyed a distinguished career with NPS, serving in a variety of positions in the Southeast and Northeast Regions. The majority of Andersons career has been spent in the Protection Ranger ranks, including 29 years management level positions in nine NPS areas including VINP and Coral Reef National Monument, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Wright Brothers National Monument, Assateague Island National Seashore, Natchez Trace Parkway and Brices Crossroads and In his more than 13 years at Cape Hatteras, Anderson progressed from Park Ranger to District Ranger (Bodie Island) and served as acting Chief Ranger. He served as Chief Ranger of Assateague National Seashore and Chief of Interpretation and Protection on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Prior to returning to VINP and Coral Reef National Monument as Deputy Superintendent in 2010, Anderson served as the Chief Ranger of the NPS Southeast Region. In this position, he provided support, direction and leadership to NPS areas from Virginia to the Caribbean. During his career, Anderson has received numerous performance related awards including two received the Department of Interior Valor Award for a rip current and heavy surf off the coast of Cape Hatteras. In 1998 Anderson received national recognition when he was selected to receive the Harry Yount Award, a peer nominated, national award that honors Rangers who demonstrate excellence in tradi tional ranger duties and promote appreciation of the National Park Service. The Andersons and their family were invited to the White House where the award was presented to Anderson by then President William Jefferson Clinton. In addition to his permanent postings Anderson has contributed to NPS operations while serving as acting Chief Ranger at Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Biscayne National Park. He also served as acting Superintendent at Congaree National Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore and VINP and Coral Reef National Monument, acting Associate Regional Director in the NPS, Southeast A Life-time Member and Past Board Member of the Association of National Park Rangers, Anderson career would have been possible without the love and support of his family. The Andersons have two sons; McLean, a computer engineer and Michael, who serves in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. The Andersons are very much looking forward to spending a lot of time with their one-year-old grandson James. VINP Deputy Superintendent Anderson T o Retire
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 9 www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook St. John Tradewinds On Saturday, December 7, Governor and First Lady John and Cecile deJongh hosted their annual Christmas party in Cruz Bay. There was a plethora of differ ent foods to eat and activities to take part in such as wood working, bounce houses, cupcake decorating, face painting, book signing, and even taking a picture with Santa Claus. As one of the volunteers for this party, I helped with the singing of books and got to meet an extraor dinary woman. Author Cristina Kessler was there giving out free copies and autographing her newest book, Hope is Here. This is Kesslers 10th book, and it tells the true story of a whimbrel named Hope and her spectacular annual journey from her breeding grounds in Canada to Great Pond in St. Croix during the winter. Kessler intended the book to be for children, but I couldnt help but notice the number of adults enjoying the book as well! The educational story is not only a fun read, but can also instill an interest in nature and bird watching in us all. Ever since 1990 when Night: A Story from the Desert), her stories have been based within based elsewhere. Kessler knew ever since she was 10 years old that writing was the career she wanted to delve into. She enjoys using her books to introduce mother nature and differ ent cultures to children. For this book, Kessler told me how she heard about Hope from a friend, and then studied anything relating to her for three years. She wanted to share the story of this amazing bird with the Virgin Islands very much, Kessler explained. The author believes that the story delivers science, but with a heart, she said. Kesslers favorite thing about the Governors Christmas Party was meeting all the young readers, and having the honor of signing their books, she explained. Seeing as writing is something I plan on delving into throughout my life, I couldnt possibly go through the day without asking what advice Kessler had for young writers. Writers should always keep a small journal and write in it every day so that writing is no longer a chore, but a habit, she explained. It helps out in the long run to have the discipline for writing, Kessler said. I write so much that if I dont do it for a couple days, I really start to miss it. STRONGHOUSE CONSTRUCTIONThe Concrete Specialist Excellence in quality work on schedule T: (340) 513-4538 (340) 777-7556 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Rhythm & ViewsAn outlook on young adult and student interests and concerns by Raven Phillips-Love Hope Is Here, Along with Santa and Amazing Author at Governors Christmas Party Christmas Schedule of Worship ServicesChristmas Eve, December 24thThe First Eucharist of Christmas 7 p.m.Christmas Day, December 25thThe Principal Eucharist of Christmas 9 a.m.New Years Eve, December 31stTo mark the close of the year, we will have a Service for New Years Eve at 7 p.m.New Years Day, January 1stTo mark the Feast of the Holy Name and to observe the beginning of the year, the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 9 a.mSunday, January 5thSt. Ursulas will observe its Feast of Dedication (The Epiphany) at 3:30 p.m. The 9 a.m. Eucharist has been canceled. at St. Ursulas Episcopal Church, Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Please come and join us. All are welcome. For more information, please call 340-693-8580 Westin Staff Shows Home Pride at International DaySt. John Tradewinds recently. The day features amazing food and drinks as Westin staff members take over the ballroom to share traditional food and beverages from their home countries.
10 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 To The Rescueby Bob Malacarne, N-R, EMT St. John Tradewinds Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the dedicated members of St. John Rescue. We just completed a refresher course covering Forensics, Toxicology, Psychological Emergencies and Elder and Sexual Abuse. The course was offered by Lee Singer, RN. Singer is an emergency room nurse from Rhode Island and is trained and experienced in multiple casualty incidents, pediatric emergencies, triage, and incident command. We are fortunate that Singer is willing to spend some time dur ing her vacation to provide much needed training to our St. John Rescue volunteers. She is well versed in emergency medicine and is a dynamic instructor. Members who complete the course will receive 12 CEUs toEMT or EMR (Emergency Medical Responder). Participating in the training were: Pete Hassen, Andi Vacharat, Chai Tetirick, Bryan Barnes, Amy Raymond, Rudell Callwood, Darrell Tasman, Dave Horner, Maya Matthews Sterling, Bob Malacarne, John Fitzgerald, Andy Peter, Emily Dulac, and Adam Levinson. In late October, members of St. John Rescue, National Park Ser vice Rangers, Fire Fighters, Registered Nurses, and members from EMS participated in a 24 hour International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) course. Instructors from St. Croix Rescue Academy conducted the intense training at the Westin Resort. All participants who successfully completed the course received 24 CEUs towards their Participants were: Dave Horner, Andi Vacharat, Pete Hassen, Alfredo Alejo, Rudell Callwood, Bob Malacarne, John Fitzgerald, Dylan Baird and Maya Matthews Sterling. ing saves lives. We can never have enough training. St. John Rescue conducts at least three training sessions each month in addition to our special training events. Our members are well trained and able to handle just about any medical emergency they respond to. St. John Rescue has accepted an application from Andy Peter, a paramedic with combat experience in Afghanistan. He is also a CPR and First Aid instructor. Having a paramedic on board will greatly improve our abilities to attend to emergencies requiring advanced life support. the territory. We are now working on our 2013 and 2014 allotments. We know that the funding has been approved by the Senate and has been sent to VITEMA from OMB. Not sure why VITEMA is not willing to send us our funding. We operate on a very small budget. Our expenses are for vehicle maintenance, building lease and maintenance, and purchase of member of the Board of Directors for St. John Rescue, I make sure that we are frugal with our funds. We appreciate the support we receive from our friends and neighbors on St. John. However, we are still concerned that the lease we have on our building should be paid off as soon as possible. Renting with the option in which we should be spending our money. The problem is our inability to raise $240,000 to buy out the lease. We need one of our friends or neighbors to provide us with a loan to purchase our building. We sist us with our building costs. Also, please consider joining our organization. Dont forget to sign up for our monthly CPR classes held on the second Saturday of each month. Contact me at (340) 626-5118 or at email@example.com for more information. Until next month, stay safe.St. John Tradewinds News Photo about Psychological Emergencies. Exclusive Rates from $155for residents of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico*. CALL OR BOOK ONLINE WWW.WESTINRESORTSTJOHN.COMLOCALS U S V I BV I R ESIDENTS: M ENTION RATE PLAN VIRES PR R ESIDENTS: M ENTION RATE PLAN PRRES www.igbavi.org www.facebook.com/Island GreenLivingAssociation your gently used housewares before the year ends to take advantage of a deduction on your 2013 tax return!Open Sat. 8 a.m. to noon, Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to noon, at Git Hill & Centerline, across from the Transfer Station DONATE NOVEMBER CALLS Reef for an unresponsive boater. St. John Tradewinds Anyone who has been waiting for the right time to make a gift to Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, this is it! A generous donor has stepped forward and enabled Friends to pursue a swift year-end campaign. Donations made to Friends of VINPs Annual Fund between December 15 and December 31 will be matched up to $40,000. A $25 gift doubles to $50; your $50 donation becomes $100. Any amount anyone can send is worth twice as much during this matching gift challenge! Gifts can be made online at www. friendsvinp.org, or sent to their address at PO Box 811, St. John, VI 00831. Friends of VINP Kicks Off Y ear-End Matching Fund Campaign
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 11 GHSs Jackson Barry Makes Presentation at World Food Prize at Iowa State University www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS FACE ADVERTISE ON... WhatToDo-VI.com ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM St. John Tradewinds News Photo Jackson Barry, center, with GHS teacher Jim Willen, right, at World Food Prize where the GHS senior made a presentation. St. John Tradewinds Thanks to his winning essay, Gifft Hill School senior Jackson Barry presented at this years The World Food Prize at Iowa State University in October. For the essay, which Barry presented at the distinguished international event, the GHS senior chose to research Ethiopia and focused on Increasing crop yields and improving disease and drought resistance through research and breeding of improved plant varieties. Accompanied by GHS math and science teacher Jim Willen, Barry made his presentation before a small group of renowned scientists and fellow students. Barrys presentation discussed the use of genetic techniques to improve disease and draught resistance capabilities of Ethiopian plants, explained Willen. The GHS senior also discussed how water management techniques could improve the crop yields since needed water in the region is not an adequately utilized resource, Willen added. By attending The World Food Prize, Barry was in some pretty impressive company. The GHS senior had the chance to meet others from across the globe at what is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The World Food Prize was conceived by Dr. Nor man E. Borlaug, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in world agriculture. Borlaug envisioned a prize that would honor those who have made ing the worlds food supply. Beyond recognizing these people for their personal accomplishments, Borlaug envisioned The World Food Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others. His vision was realized when The World Food Prize was created in 1986. The World Food Prize is sponsored by businessman and philanthropist John Ruan and is held in Des Moines, Iowa. This year three distinguished scientists Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the United States shared the 2013 World Food Prize for their independent, individ ual breakthrough achievements in founding, develop ing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology. Their research is making it possible for farmers to grow crops with: improved yields; resistance to insects and disease; and the ability to tolerate extreme variations in climate. Other events include panel discussions from noted world leaders and presentations from student partici pants. This year panelists included three key global leaders: Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; lafur Ragnar Grmsson, current President of Iceland; and Cardinal Peter Justice and Peace, at the Holy See in the Vatican.
12 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Yelena RogersCaribbanese2: An Evening with the Arts whose students performed during the show.
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 13 Enjoy Cooling Breezes and Sweeping V iews from WindsweptBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Soak up the tropical suns rays while lounging pool side and enjoying the cooling breezes sweeping off the sea at Windswept over looking tranquil Friis Bay. Located on the eastern shore of St. John near Estate Hard Labor, the four bedroom, three and a half bath home Windswept is for sale for $895,000, explained Islandia Real Estate broker associate Marty Beechler. While nestled on the quiet side of St. John, Windswept is easily access via Route 107, explained Beechler. Windswept is located in a small subdivision overlooking tranquil Friis Bay on the islands eastern shore, he said. Access is off the public road (Rt. 107) via a paved driveway that takes you right to the front door. The stunning views from Windswept include relaxing Friis Bay below and the beautiful British Virgin Islands dotting the horizon. Enjoy those views on one of the spacious decks where you wont want to miss the magical sunrises or moon rises, explained Beechler. Sip your morning coffee on the deck as the sky is painted in dazzling shades of pink and gold with every sunrise, Beechler said. Listen to the soothing sounds of the surf while you watch the moon gently rise over the east end of St. John and cast its light across the deep blue sea. Windswept also boasts a large concrete pool, the perfect place to while away and afternoon or two. room with several cozy living and dining areas. The open plan kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a convenient island and hard wood cabinets. Windswept features three large master suites, each with en suite bath and private balconies. The fourth bedroom is located near the swimming pool and also boasts a convenient half-bath. The home is solid masonry and features ceramic tile inside, slate tile outside, custom mahogany doors, a large open kitchen with center island and a great room which includes living and dining areas and opens to a 30-foot wide tiled deck, said Beechler. Windswept also includes deeded access to Friis Bay beach along a quaint walking path. Enjoy all that tropical living has to offer with jaw dropping water views, cooling breezes and magand airy Windswept. For more information about Windswept, call Beechler at Islandia Real Estate at (340) 776-6666 or on his cell phone at (340) 6261399.HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The staff of St. John Tradewinds St. John Tradewinds News PhotosEnjoy wide open views and cooling breezes from Windswept. Villa owners and managers!Become a member today of the Island Green Living Associations Green Villa Program!* Want a competitive edge in the rental market? Want to lower your energy costs? Want your villa to be featured in popular tourist magazines, newspapers, travel blogs, and more? Want to help establish St. John as an ecotourism destination while preserving the natural beauty of our island? Green up your villa to earn various rewards and incentives. Youll be improving your villas operations while helping to promote St. John as a green island. Learn more at www.igbavi.org. SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds
14 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 20 NEXT DEADLINE:FRIDA Y, DECEMBER 19th2012 2013-TO-DATE Letters To St. John TradewindsSJSA Thanks Kimberly Boulon Fine Art GalleryA huge Thank You to all involved in our Caribba nese2 presentation for making it a special event: The Marketplace, Debbie Marsh, manager, your support and accommodation is, and has been, paramount to our success. lerys inception designed by Bill Stelzers creative pulse, with precision signage fabrication by Joseph Stelzer. Tradewinds and Jamie Elliott thank you for your sensitive writing and excellent coverage. Gallery Artists its our privilege to have you and your marvelous creations grace our gallery. Ceramists Kaye Thomas Eichner, Casey Giakas, Gail Van de Bogurt; George Hollander, light feature extraor dinaire. St. John School Of The Arts your dedication and creativity was on display in full force, in true colora communitys godsend: Kim Wild SJSA Executive Director Alesia Georgiou Theater teacher Parent/Volunteer (set up and break down) Mathayom Vacharat, Ferman Paco Jones, Crystal Dabbraccio, Donald Becker, Marley Becker, EmPerformers A thorough delight! Kelley HunterNarrator Dabbraccio, Lyric Vacharet, Eleto Skahill, Seta Skahill, Jayni Blackwood, Liv Peltier, Kitori Thomas, Allegra Muilenburg, Naima Dolgopolsky, Shekoia Sprauve, Kai Copeland Mike Sorzanosteel pan Roy Smith key board; very very cool guys. Decorative elements for a Caribbean/Japanese Fusion George Hollander with his eye for the fantastic with Sloop Jones Bamboo from his garden, and Robyn Podanys arrangements on tables. Robyn Podany behind the scenes the night of, you are major elbow and glue for set up, during, and break down (and thank you Greg Podany) of all areas culi tizers and Chef Gail Anderson, confections through sive creativities have been the palates delight. Indulgent we have been! West Indies Corporation with Paul Kessock always agreeable and thoughtful of our culinary pair ing; and beverages servers et al, non-stop at your service, and we mean non-stop, with smiles: Kevyn Salsburg, Drapes Jensen and Linda Naudin. Maryanne Campbell and Ken Naudinpulling for buying guests made a great team. And to record the evening with professionalism and sensitivity Bill Stelzer videographer and Yelena Rogers still photographer. Attendees its for you, dear friends, thank you for being there for and with us. We hope you enjoyed the Arts and the Evening. The gallerys next event is Friday, January 31. Our sincerest gratitude for a scintil lating collaboration with a beautiful community. Thank you, Kimberly and Rafe BoulonKimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery Thanks An Evening with the Arts Participants and Supporters St. John School of the Arts is so grateful to Kimberly Boulon for asking us again this year to partici pate in her wonderful themed art shows Caribbanese 2 Caribbean/Japanese Fusion in Art. It is one thing to be able to receive 75 percent of tant to create a performance through collaborative efforts and have our students experience this wonder ful event and feel such an outpouring support from the community. Thanks, Kim W ild Executive Director St. John School of the Arts Coral Bay Yacht Club thanks all supporters of the Sea, St. John. Thank to our sponsors: Skinny Legs Bar and Restaurant; Premier Wines and Spirits; Coral Bay Yacht Club; Peter Hoschl Angels Rest ll Committee Boat; Cathy Noonan; Pickles in Paradise; Keep Me Posted; Best of Both Worlds; Caravan Gallery; Ocean Grill; Island Cork; Bamboula; Portico; Full Moon Caf; Baked in the Sun Caf; Robbie Hoyt; Chelsea Drugstore; Love City Mini Mart; Connections of St. John; The Beach Bar; St. John Hardware; Pine Peace Market; Shipwreck Landing Restaurant; One Horn Butt Fish; Jolly Dog; Stein Works; Aqua Bistro; and Jans Creations. Thanks for helping us host a great regatta! CBYC Commodore Stephen HendrenCoral Bay Y acht Club Thanks Thanksgiving Regatta Supporters
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 15 NEXT ISSUE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013-JANUARY 5, 2014 There will be no issue published on Monday, December 30 The coach at the Swim Club spoke at my Rotary this week. We have kids going to the Olympics and he has to come to Rotary to ask us if we are interested in helping to sponsor some learn to swim program for kids. Where are our leaders? We have kids that go to the Olympics. We have kids that go into pro sports of all kinds. We have kids that go to International Chess tournaments. We have kids that go to Poetry Contests in Washing D. C. Most of these kids depend on people to help because the leaders of the community are busy doing something else. Some of our leaders are spending their time making sure that they are elected next time by taking care of their people. Like the spot zoning they do or for giving the debts of the people that go to the hospitals or the taxi drivers or some other group. They are hurting this whole community because they are not willing to make the necessary changes to reduce the cost of electricity. Our semi-functioning government bureaucracy is costing us a whole lot more than just WAPA. I have worked on all three islands and folks, the government functions a lot better on St. Croix and St. John than it does on St. Thomas. The employees on St. Thomas and the rest of the VI need to be super vised and trained properly. People who do their job and do it well, enjoy working. In the last few years every time I have gone in to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on St. John I have been treated and served well; everyone is helpful. Licens ing, OLG, they all seem to be enjoying trying to do a good job on St. John, but its not quite the same on St. Thomas. Government employees in a lot of departments are costing the community a tremendous ciency in transactions required for businesses. I think that we deserve leaders who are working for the welfare of the whole community so we can send more kids to great things. I think that it is time we all told the leaders that we would like them to help us and our kids. We really should be told who borrowed the money from us and will not pay it back. Senators, if you require their names to be made public, you will be removing a lot of temptation for other leaders and citizens who want to be community leaders. It has amazed me how much we have progressed in the last few years. We have gone from, When is school going to start? To having summer school in the public schools to help kids catch up. We have gone from the cops being the baddest of the bad guys to being good guys and arresting the bad guys, bad cops and government employees who steal from us. Public Works is building sidewalks for kids to walk to school and everyone else to walk safely along the sides of the roads. We still have a lot of work to do to keep getting better, so we can help more kids to be everything that they can be, whether it is here or off in the world. I think that we have been doing very, very well, and our leaders have been trying to help, a little. I think that we need leaders who are going to work hard at helping us get some of these problems taken care that continue to get work and dont pay any taxes or social security for their employees, and do lousy work while stealing from us need, to be stopped. Government employees need to be trained and supervised properly. I think that it is time that the leaders of the community realize that we are a small community, with a lot of exceptional kids and we have the climate and the environment to live very comfortably. It is time that they started to work a little harder at helping us with these problems and stop helping themselves so much. Or get out of the way, while the rest of try to be nice to each other. Greg MillerWe Deserve Leaders Who Work for the Community Letters To St. John TradewindsHeres an easy way to raise money for your favorite cause. Just start using Yahoo! powered Goodsearch.com as your search engine and theyll donate about a penny to your favorite cause every time you do a search! In addition, do all of your shopping through their online shopping mall, Goodshop.com, where you can shop at more than 2,600 top online retailers and a per centage of your purchases will go to the charity or school of your choice. You pay the same price as you normally would, but a donation goes to your cause! You can also enroll in the Gooddining program. Eat at over 10,000 participating restaurants nation wide and you can earn up to 6 percent of every dollar spent on the meal as a donation for your charity or school. Heres the web site http://www.goodsearch. com/. You can also read about Goodsearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, ABC News and The Wall Street Journal Just add Friends of the Elaine I Sprauve Library and get started Ashley TillUse GoodSearch T o Support Elaine I. Sprauve Library
16 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 Bahai Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles, call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 Bethany Moravian Church Divine Worship 10 a.m., except second Sundays start at 9 a.m., 776-6291 Calvary Baptist Church 13 ABC Coral Bay, 776-6304 Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday evening 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Christian Ministry Cinnamon Bay Beach Inter-Denominational, Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christian Science Society 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Cruz Bay Baptist Church Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Emmaus Moravian Church Coral Bay, Sun. 9 a.m. 776-6713 Freshwater Church Sunday Service 10 a.m; Monday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Thursday Womens Bible Study 9 a.m. Saturday Mens Bible Study 10 a.m. Follow us on Facebook for Locations or call (340) 514-6578 Jehovahs Witness 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 Missionary Baptist Church 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Nazareth Lutheran Church Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saturdays 6 p.m.; Sundays 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. 776-6339 St. John Methodist Church Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 St. John Pentecostal Church Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 St. Ursulas Episcopal Church Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. Bible Class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 777-6306 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Church Directory generation of conservation citizens, he said. They are going to inherit the park and the environment and we hope to make them better prepared do that. project as opposed to the now completed VINP dividends long into the future. This is one of our goals that were never going to achieve because its an ongoing thing, he said. In 20 years somebody, perhaps the St. John Administrator, could say they had these formative experiences in the park as a child. By creating and growing the VINP archaeology program, Friends has made huge strides in helping scientists understand pre-Columbian life. John got a grant in the late 90s to start the archae ology program and he brought [VINP Archaeologist] Ken Wild here, said Kessler. Now were bringing in interns all year and we have a great program with the University of Copenhagen. People dont realize the understanding of pre-Columbian life in the Caribbean. While Friends didnt have a lead role in the pur chase and preservation of the 400-acre Estate Maho Bay, the land acquisition was so important, even the according to Kessler. The preservation of Estate Maho Bay is something were very proud of, he said. In many ways if we did nothing else that would have been worth it. The lions share of the work was done by John and Trust for Public Land and Im not taking anything away from what they did. But we did play an important role and were very proud of the work Friends did to preserve Maho Bay, said Kessler. Looking ahead, Friends of VINPs board of direc tors is set to create its next long-term strategic plan this coming year, Kessler explained. We want to continue to work with kids and continue to work with historic preservation and tell the story of the people who lived here, said the Friends executive director. As our current strategic plan ourselves what we want to look like. Anniversaries like this are a great time to sit back and look at what you did and also an important time to look forward, said Kessler. Thats what were going to embark on over the next several months and we certainly want anyone with thoughts and ideas on that to let us know. As VINP, like National Parks across the country, continues to feel the pinch of budget constraints, it seems likely that Friends of VINPs role will become even more important. The likelihood of the park having funding for said Kessler. We wont be supplying staff but we can, with volunteers and interns, help the park meet its interpretative mandate and natural resource mandate and help people enjoy the park. Dont miss Friends of VINPs 25th Anniversary Expo at VINP Visitors Center this week. A reception is set for Thursday night, December 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the expo will run through Saturday, Decem ber 21.Friends of VINP Celebrates 25 Years of ConservationContinued from Page 4 St. John Tradewinds Sisterhood Agenda is hosting its 4th Annual Sisterhood/Brotherhood New Years Eve Youth Extravaganza at Cruz Bays Franklin Powell Park on Tuesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. to midnight. The New Years Eve Youth Extravaganza is a unique youth event that promotes positive, drugand alcohol-free fun on New Years Eve and dur ing the New Year. With giveaways and refreshments, parent registration and pick-up are required right after midnight. The Youth Extravaganza is free and coordinat ed with the V.I. Police Department, V.I. National Park, Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation and St. John Community Foundation. Sisterhood Agenda thanked community partners for making this activity possible for all youth in St. John: Scotiabank; Drift Away Spa; St. John Hardware; St. John Insurance Agency; St. John Properties; Boyson Transportation; The Marketplace; St. John Dental; Bayside Market; PostNet; and St. John Ice Company. Everyone is welcome to participate. Volunteers are invited to assist. For more information, call Angela Coleman at 714-7076.Annual New Years Eve Youth Extravaganza Set for Dec. 31
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 17 St. John Tradewinds Kristi K. Downing, Kristi, age 77, of Grand Marais, MN, and Coral Bay, St. John, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2013 after a brief but brutal recurrence of cancer. Kristi was a beloved free spirit who was an artist in the kitchen and in clay. She nourished and nurtured others with her incomparable hospital ity and unconditional love. She was a teacher and a healer at heart. Kristi was born August 23, 1936 in Neenah, WI. She graduated from high school in Eau Claire and followed her mother and brothers to St. Olaf College. She was a stewardess at Northwest Orient Airlines and taught high-school English in Bloomington, MN. In 1962 she moved to Rochester with her then-husband Lawrence Downing. A year later, they moved to Oronoco and raised their small family on the banks of Lake Shady. In 1980, she went back to school to get her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. After that she moved to the Twin Cities and worked as a counselor and rehabilitation consultant, and eventually ran her own business. At age 55, Kristi was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was a turnbeachfront lot on Hut Point, her familys land northeast of Grand Marais her what will be will be philosophy of life. At age 62 she retired, sold her Minneapolis condo and moved to her beloved cabin KK. A few years later she built an adjacent studio, and KKD Pottery was born a dream come true after decades of potting. She began taking extended winter trips to the homes she built with her brothers on the hillside overlooking Coral Bay, forging a remarkable community of friends and adding to her expansive Sloop Jones clothing collection. She loved being a part of the island life on St. John. Kristi was an extraordinary mother and grandmother to daughter Kyia (Kirk Horsted) and their children, Jesper and Elsa; and son Christopher (Teri) and their blended family: Liz, Sue, Brit, Becca, Austin, Tia, Kylie, Jack and great-grandchildren Amelia, Becker and Eli. She is survived by her three big brothers Oz (Jean), Joel (Louise) and Mark (Donna) Ander son, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends from Thunder Bay to Coral Bay and from Napa to Montauk. Memorials should be directed to North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, where the family plans to establish a KKD mentorship scholarship to encourage and support promising artists. ObituaryKristi K. Downing, 77, Passes Away the winning IPA from St. Thomas. Jason Hayman and Jeff McCrave of St. John represented Love City well in the competition. lar, said Groves. The whole food and beverage area seemed to be super busy throughout day. Although food and beverage sales were strong during the bazaar, CBCC still has several Mixology Cards left to sell, Groves added. The cards are a really good deal, she said. For $20 you get a signature cocktail at seven different Coral Bay restaurants. which entitles one to a signature drink at Skinny Legs, Shipwreck Landing, Aqua Bistro, Miss Lucys, Tourist Trap, Concordia Cafe and Island Blues. With such a huge turnout for this years bazaar, event again next year. to do it again, said Groves. We havent had our of feedback from people. Im sure there are things well look at doing better or differently. For the CBCC volunteers and organizers who hosted the event, seeing the crowded yard made up for months of hard work, Groves explained. Weve been working on this since August, she said. It felt great to have it not be a disaster and not be pouring rain. The day would not have been such a great success without the help of numerous volunteers and Pickles in Paradise owner Bev Melius, Grove added. First CBCC Bizarre Bazaar Draws Hundreds of ResidentsContinued from Page 5
from her studies at St. Marys College of Maryland, where she competed on the sailing team. She has since graduated and now is an assistant coach for the sailing team. As she was eyeing a second bid at the Olympics, this time in Brazil in 2016, Roller had several differ ent boats from which to choose, but the trapeze style womens 49er FX, a high performance skiff, was by far the most appealing, she explained. There were a couple of different classes I could have gone into, but the 49er FX seems to be the best by far, said Roller. The FX rigs are a recent advancement for the mens Olympic 49er skiff hull, yet with a reduced sail area for womens sailing. The 49er FX boats were chosen for the Brazil games just this past May and represents the leading technology of sailing. The St. John sailor chose the 49er FX for this Olympic campaign and got a used boat for her college graduation present. Roller, 22, is sailing with fellow St. Marys graduate Kayla McComb, also 22, who is establishing residency on St. John to represent the Virgin Islands in Brazil in 2016 along with her sailing partner. McComb and Roller both sailed for St. Marys but didnt sail regularly in the same boats. Roller had sailed with McComb several times before her last Olympic campaign, however, and was impressed, she explained. I sailed with Kayla a few years ago before I took the year off for London and I always thought she was by far the best crew Ive ever sailed with, said Roller. I always wanted to continue sailing with her to pursue this. McComb spent time at the Americas Cup in San Francisco after graduating from St. Marys and knew she wasnt ready to walk away from sailing, she explained. Being around all those sailors who were still pursuing their passion and making it work, I already missed it and I was out of college sailing for only a month, McComb said. Both women sailors decided the 49er FX was the boat for them. ing is so technologically advanced these days and this is the next boat for women, said McComb. Its trapeze style and you are perpetually standing on the side with a wire on your waist. Its very engaging. With their new 49er FX in California, where McComb was living, Roller took two trips out to train on the new vessel in Santa Barbara. to the feel of the boat, said Roller. I had never really trapezed before in my life so just getting used to trapezing and steering at the same time was tough. It was all very new and overwhelming. The margin of error on these boats is really small, McComb said. They sail at wind speed and things happen really fast, you have to be on your toes. By Rollers second training trip to California, the ladies had the hang of the new boat and made some progress. more productive, said Roller. We were both more comfortable and trusting each other with the different roles were supposed to have. McComb is set to drive the ladies boat from Cali fornia to Florida where the two plan to race in several regattas this winter. They will leave for Europe is in Germany. qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in September 2014 at the World Championships in Spain. The laat the worlds to have their tickets to the Olympics punched. While they certainly have the ambition, the passion and the drive, what these two striving athletes need is funding. The two will need to purchase a 49er FX for their European regattas and training, as well as pay for travel, meals and accommodations for themselves and a coach, who will also have to be paid. We are looking at about a $100,000 budget per year for our campaign, said McComb. The two hopeful Olympic sailors are putting together a website, www.rollermccombsailing.com, as well as brochures and packets detailing their needs and expenses. People can help with so many things, said Roller. As basic as if someone knows of housing anywhere were going to be or if you have a coach boat we could Supporters can help Roller and McCombs cam paign through St. John Kids and the Sea, for tax deductible donations, or directly to the ladies. For more information email Roller and McComb at rollermc firstname.lastname@example.org. And keep an eye out for their website, set to launch soon at www.rollermc combsailing.com. Good luck Mimi and Kayla!18 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com email@example.com Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486A/C & RefrigerationDr. Cool | St. John 693-9071 A/C Refrigeration and Appliances Mitsubishi A/C Diamond Dealer Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, VikingArchitectureCrane, Robert Architect, AIA tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881 Scotiabank #1 Mortgage Lender in the VI The Marketplace (340) 776-6552Green BuildingIsland Green Building Association check www.igbavi.org for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurancePGU Insuracne Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; firstname.lastname@example.org Theodore Tunick & Company Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.comLandscapingAlfredos Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real EstateDebbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week Skinny Legs A Pretty OK Place tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral Bay Island Solar "Off the Grid Living for 10 Years" tel. 340-642-0531Wedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory Mimi Roller Looking To Return to Olympics in 2016Continued from Page 2St. John Tradewinds News Photo Courtesy of M. Roller McComb and Roller get a feel for the new trapeze style 49er FX.
St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 19 St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers pays. Lets make sure that crime doesnt pay. If you know something, say something as law enforcement cannot control crime without the help of the law abiding community St. John On December 2, at around 1:10 p.m., police received a report that a wallet and an iPhone 4 were stolen from Quiet Mon Pub in Cruz Bay. The victim laid her cell phone and wallet that contained IDs and credit cards on the bar counter for a few minutes. When she returned the items were missing. Tell us what you know. St. Thomas On Tuesday, December 3, two armed Ranger America security guards were in the vicinity of Lockhart Mall picking up a deposit from Kmart shooter escaped from the scene with a money bag containing over $33,000. A suspect, 28-yrold Richard Hodge Jr., was apprehended but the seeking the communitys help in recovering the money. Step up and be part of the solution. Continue to help make our islands a safer place to live and visit by telling us what you know about these, or any other crimes, at www.crimestoppersusvi.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also text USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, you will receive a cash reward to be paid according to your instructions. Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin IslandsFriday, December 6 10:55 p.m. A Cruz Bay resident c/requesting police assistance. Police assistance. 11:50 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Coral Bay. Loud music. Saturday, December 7 2:08 a.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Cruz Bay. Loud music. 1:53 p.m. A citizen c/r that a taxi vehicle damaged her building. Accidental damage. Sunday, December 8 3:33 p.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of the Lumberyard. Disturbance of the peace. 4:16 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Estate Pastory. Disturbance of the peace. 4:56 p.m. An Estate Glucksberg resident p/r that he is being harassed by two males. Distur bance of the peace. 5:35 p.m. A citizen c/r a man down in the area of Wharfside Village. Police assistance. 7:00 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Estate Adrian. Disturbance of the peace. 9:24 p.m. An Estate Contant resident p/r that she is being harassed by a female. Disturbance of the peace. Monday, December 9 12:29 a.m. A citizen c/r a disturbance in the area of Cruz Bay. Police assistance. 1:58 a.m. An Estate Kiddle Bay resident r/ that two males tried to rob him in the area of Cruz Bay. Robbery in the third. 9:45 a.m. An Estate Enighed resident c/r an auto accident. Auto collision. 8:07 a.m. An Estate Chocolate Hole resident c/r that she was involved in a disturbance with her children. Disturbance of the peace, D.V. Tuesday, December 10 5:55 a.m. A citizen p/r an auto accident. Auto collision. 11:31 a.m. A citizen p/r that he was assaulted by a his co-worker. Simple assault and battery. 4:31 p.m. A citizen c/r that his vehicle had been damaged. Damage to a vehicle. 8:08 p.m. A citizen c/r loud music in the area of Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the peace. W ednesday, December 11 9:15 a.m. A citizen p/r that someone went on her property and cut down some trees without per mission. Trespassing. arm. Thursday, December 12 7:40 a.m. A citizen p/r that his passenger side mirror was struck by another vehicle. Auto colli sion. 11:02 a.m. A citizen c/r that a barge captain pulled a gun on him. Disturbance of the peace. 11:14 a.m. A citizen c/r that a patient at MKSCHC threatened her. Disturbance of the peace, threats. 1:56 p.m. A citizen c/r that he was assaulted by a male with a knife at Dreekets Bay. Assault. 5:22 p.m. An Estate Adrian resident p/r that he was robbed at gun point in the area of Estate Pine 6:20 p.m. Badge #1248 p/ at Leander Jurgen Command with one Darcey Thomas of no known address, under arrest and charged with Robbery detained at Leander Jurgen Command and later transported to the Bureau of Corrections on St. Thomas to be remanded. 8:45 p.m. An Estate Enighed resident p/ at MKSCHC r/ that he was assaulted at a job site. Assault in the third. St. John Tradewinds The Board of Directors of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce unanimously protested Section 10 of Bill 30-0166 (with Amendment 30-724) that would add an additional one percent on current gross receipts taxes paid by all companies holding an Economic Development A further provision of the section called for a possible one percent The bill was proposed by Senators Terrence Nelson and Nereida Rivera-OReilly in July of 2013, under the title of An Act implementing austerity measures for the Government of the Virgin Islands. The amendment was adopted on December 3, and then the bill was approved without opposition by the Senate Finance Committee. Chamber Board President Sebastiano Paiewonsky-Cassinelli summarized the Chambers position on the measure. We think that the impact of the bill is very harmful, he said. While the bill purportedly seeks to implement austerity measures for the Government, what it really proposes is an increase of taxes on the corporations of the community. service businesses, which have brought their corporations to the terri regard to the impact on these entities whatsoever or the VI tax base, said Paiewonsky-Cassinelli. The Board of Directors of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce urged all members of the 30th Legislature to stand with them in opposition to Bill No. 30-0166. for a myriad of reasons, mostly to do with the cost of implementing various provisions, the lack of understanding of government operations, and vagueness, said Paiewonsky-Cassinelli. Section 1 of the bill calls for a one percent discount on gross receipts taxes if estimated taxes are paid in advance. So perhaps the bills supporters are trying to reduce the gross receipts tax burden on one set of taxpayers, but making up the difference by said. Whatever the thinking is behind these measures, they have little cost-conscious, which is what all taxpayers in the territory demand. Chamber of Commerce Objects to Proposed Gross Receipts T ax Hike for EDC Companies
20 St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885. ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS All meetings are now open. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Thursday 7 a.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Sunday 9:45 a.m., Hawksnest Bay Beach; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263W ednesday, December 18 The St. John Animal Care Centers Christmas Open House is on December 18 at the groups animal shelter on Library Road in Cruz Bay. The St. John Film Society is screening When the Drum is Beating, on Wednesday, December 18, at Pickles in Paradise in Coral Bay starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 20 The community is invited to join the annual Coral Bay Community Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Sing-along on Friday, December 20, at 6 p.m. at the Coral Bay basketball court. Sunday, December 22 The St. John Landsharks present the Fifth Annual Reindeer Ramble Christmas Run on Sunday, December 22, at Annaberg parking lot. This fun 5K run will give all the reindeer, elves, and of course Santa, a much needed warm-up for the big day! Registration begins at 7:30 and the race starts at 8 a.m. For more information email Louise Wearmouth at louise@ surfbvi.com Have yourself a merry little....ritual is the topic at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service of St. John where Gabriella Brand will speak Sunday, December 22, at 10 a.m. at Gift Hill Schools lower campus great room. Tuesday, December 24 Dont miss the fun in Cruz Bay on Christmas Eve this year!Santa Claus is set to arrive on the Caneel Bay fer ry around 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, December 24. Santa will arrive in Cruz Bay to the delight of island residents young and old. See you there! Sing your way through Cruz Bay with the Unitar ian Universalist Fellowship on Tuesday, December 24. To join in, meet at 5:30 p.m. at Mongoose Junction in the courtyard area near Bouganvillea. W ednesday, December 25 Annual Serenade in Franklin Powell Park is set for Christmas morning, December 25, starting at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, December 26 Kwaanza Tuesday, December 31 Sisterhood Agenda is hosting its 4th Annual Sister hood/Brotherhood New Years Eve Youth Extravaganza at Cruz Bays Franklin Powell Park on Tuesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. to midnight. CITY FOLKSACROSS 5 Baby ovines 16 CD followers Louisiana? hit) California? 51 Yahoo! rival event 64 Singer from northern Utah? 74 Lark 75 Painter from southern Minnesota? 84 River to the North Sea 85 Rural tract 88 Jesting type 94 Ditty syllable Wisconsin? hills 118 Rowing fulcrum New York? Maguire DOWN 5 Lion player Bert 7 Sea, to Henri 9 Cheapest cruise option 11 Coach Parseghian 14 Homeric epic 15 Summer shoe 17 Make girlish 41 Singer Newton-John 44 Makeover 46 Egg part 55 Mel of voices maybe 65 Flooring unit 66 Crying bouts, e.g. 67 Batches of grain to be 77 First class for painters clutching power 91 Funny Barr 111 Simian creature 114 Conspicuous success 119 Ranch unit
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St. John Tradewinds, December 16-22, 2013 23 Making the Holidays Greener Dear EarthTalk: What are some ideas for being greener this holiday season? Beth Livingston, Camden, NJ While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize that impact and still celebrate the season in grand style. For starters, buy fewer gifts. Homemade, personal gifts are always appreciated as much or more than something store-bought. Paint a painting, bake a cake, or make a playlist of favorite songs. EarthEasy.com recommends giving services instead of goods to cut down on the materialism of the holidays. A great gift could be an hours massage at a local spa, or music lessons for a budding musician, according tot he site. Other service gift ideas include childcare or tutoring, dog walking, cooking, window-washing, a car wash and vacuum or even Internet/computer lessons. Another way to cut down on the amount of stuff passing under your tree is by having a Secret Santa exchange among grown-ups so that every adult doesnt have to get gifts for several others. Another way to save energy and waste is to tone down the holiday decorating, especially with regard to lighting. A 2008 report commissioned by the Department of Energy found that holiday lighting across the U.S. uses up some six terawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the total electricity consumption of half a million homes in a month. Anyone who still decides to indulge in holiday lights, try to go LED. The smaller light emitting diode bulbs dont consume a fraction of the electricity of their incandescent predecessors while lasting 10 times longer. HolidayLEDs. com gives customers who recycle their old holiday lights with them a voucher for 15 percent off a new order of LED lights. Believe it or not, the choice of a Christmas tree affects the environmental footprint as well. The Epoch Times reports are made out of petrochemicals, PVC, metals or sometimes even lead, and cant usually be recycled, so end up in landin China, meaning shipping them on trucks, railways and container ships uses a lot of fuel and emits a lot of carbon dioxide accordingly. Getting a real tree, preferably one that is organic and sustainably harvested by a local tree farmer, is a better choice. After all, real trees provide habitat for wildlife while they while producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. 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