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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.
 

 
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Beach Advisory for May 18-22

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory, advises the public that these beaches do not meet the water quality standards for swimming or fishing.
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2015-05-23 04:10:37
Scheduled Memorial Day Activities Will Honor Veterans

On Memorial Day, May 25, the Office of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, Survivor Outreach Services and the VA Vet Center have partnered to commemorate all veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and honor those who are still serving our country faithfully, loyally and with honor.

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2015-05-23 03:50:07
Acting AG: Government Attorney Ignored Order to Withdraw Cohen Plea Deal

A government attorney ignored orders to withdraw a plea deal allowing St. Croix radio station owner Jonathan Cohen to skirt 20 out of the 21 pending charges of tax evasion, according to the attorney general.

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2015-05-22 01:05:24
Things to do — St. Thomas
ON SATURDAYS, MANDAHL IS A REAL MARKET PLACE

Oct. 5, 2001 - In his home on a quiet road near the Peace Corps School, Etienne Querrard took in "problem" North Side boys and provided them with shelter and discipline. After the conflicts with family cooled off in a month or so, he sent them home. He also ran a little shop for the neighbors. This was in the 1940s and '50s.
Querrard's granddaughter Annette Etienne and her husband, Aaron, have just taken over ownership of the Mandahl Market, started in that same building in 1992 by Annette's parents, Eleanore and George Querrard.
When Eleanore Querrard retired from the Health Department in the early 1990s, she found that the volunteer work she was doing just wasn't enough to use up her energy. "I had always wanted to be a business owner," she recalled. One day her daughter Annette sat her down and said, "I think you and George can open a convenience grocery on that land in Mandahl."
So they picked up the idea and ran with it, and all of their family members have worked alongside them from the time the neighborhood store opened.
Now Eleanore Querrard is retiring again, and the Etiennes have taken over the running of the market. Following in the tradition of her grandfather, Annette Etienne wants to provide "a community gathering place." So, they have begun holding Saturday flea markets in the parking lot.
The first, on Sept. 29, was a great success, even with parking-lot confusion during the benefit carwash. The second is this weekend, from 7 a..m. to 6:30 p.m. If there's interest, they plan to expand the operation to Sundays, too.
A sign-up fee of $20 entitles vendors to tents and tables -- and a crowd, Annette Etienne indicated. For schools and community organizations, the fee is waived, and there has been a special request for sellers of Girl Scout cookies.
The first week's vendors offered new and used items, arts and crafts, barbecue and Cajun food, plants and more. For this week, a masseuse has signed on, and the Etiennes hope more personal services providers -- offering haircuts or manicures, for example -- will set up.
Annette Etienne expressed particularly the hope that "parents will encourage children to come set up a small table, sell, and earn a little change of their own, in a safe and friendly environment." In her own way, she would be carrying on her grandfather's tradition of caring for youngsters and preparing them to make their way in the world.

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