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EDA Board OKs Leatherback Brewing Microgrid, Satellite Brewery

Leatherback Brewing Company has been given the green light to construct a solar microgrid at its location in the William D. Roebuck Industrial Park on St. Croix, and to open a satellite brewery on St. Thomas.

Citing Pandemic, Buccaneer Resort Seeks EDC Waivers, Extensions

The financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic was brought home to the Economic Development Authority Board of Directors on Thursday as officials with the Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort on St. Croix appealed for help to stay afloat.

Danish Students Want to Learn More About Colonial Past, Teachers Ready to Heed Their Call

Focus on Danish colonial history has surged over the past couple of years in not only public discourse but also in the country's educational system.

Ceremony Kicks Off Phase One of Rohlsen Airport Terminal Expansion

On Thursday, the Virgin Islands Port Authority held its project kick-off ceremony for phase one of the terminal expansion and modernization of St. Croix's Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.

WAPA Board Approves Contracts for Underground Equipment, More Composite Poles

The Water and Power Authority Governing Board approved contracts and equipment purchases this week for projects that include putting electrical equipment underground and installing more storm-resistant composite poles.

Citing Separation of Powers, Bryan Vetoes WAPA, PSC, Hospital Board Changes

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has vetoed four bills that aim to change how the Water and Power Authority, Public Services Commission and hospital boards operate, citing separation of powers, conflicts with existing law and a lack of legal sufficiency.

Visit the Senator Stedmann Hodge Facebook page to learn more about his platform.

Find Out Where the Senate Candidates Stand

The Source asked every senatorial candidate ten questions, to fairly give every candidate an opportunity to tell our readers about themselves and where they stand on some of the most important issues of the day.

‘Our Danish Connection’ Compiles a Decade of St. Croix Writer’s Vignettes

The vignettes in Nina York’s new book “Our Danish Connection” were originally published in English as bimonthly contributions to the magazine St. Croix This Week from 2009 through 2019.  

Public Works Breaks Ground on New VITRAN Facility on St. Croix

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. joined Public Works Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. on Wednesday for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Virgin Islands Transportation System maintenance and operations facility on St. Croix. 

Election 2020: Referendum is a Possible Road to USVI Constitution

Voters in the general election in November may have the chance to weigh in on developing a constitution for the Virgin Islands through a question on the ballot.

St. Croix Community Members Help Rescue Injured Pelican

On a quiet Sunday morning, Toni Lance of the St. Croix Avian Sanctuary received an urgent phone call from Erin Procter at the Buccaneer Hotel alerting her to a pelican with a hook embedded in its body and fishing line wrapped around its legs.

VINP’s New Deputy Superintendent Provides Update on Staffing, Other Projects

Sabrina Diaz arrived on St. John three weeks ago to serve for six months as the assistant superintendent at the Virgin Islands National Park.

New Owners Plan Event to Mark Transition to a New Barefoot Buddha

Amy Gurlea, Cory Baker and Jack Gibbons, the new owners of the popular St. Thomas coffee shop and restaurant Barefoot Buddha, will host a creative face mask contest and blowout sale.

Solarize St. Thomas Seeks Bids From Local Solar Contractors for 2021 Group Purchase Program

The Coalition for Solar Affordability Partnership is preparing to launch Solarize St. Thomas, a community-based group purchasing program for solar energy, battery storage and other clean energy technologies.
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STT Man Arrested on Florida Warrant

The V.I. Police Department on Wednesday arrested Hyram Graneau, Jr., age 30 of Lower John Dunkoe, pursuant to an outstanding fugitive from justice warrant from Florida.

Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Barbaric and Antiquated

Amelia Headley LaMont gives many reasons why corporal punishment in Virgin Islands schools is barbaric. She points out that students with disabilities are twice as likely to be beaten with a wooden paddle at school.

St. Thomian Nicholas D’Amour Takes Silver in Prestigious Archery Competition

With the culmination of the recurve men’s competition, the Online Archery Cup of the Americas comes to an end.

STAR to Hold Virtual 37th Annual Founders’ Day Run

One hundred percent of the proceeds from both of these events will go to Cancer Support VI to assist Virgin Islanders who are battling cancer.

USVI Powerlifting Hosts 2020 Robert Massey Classic

Powerlifters who hope to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition participated in the 2020 Robert Massey Classic Saturday morning at Rock Life Crossfit to record official scores and get ready for the national meet.

Eduardo Garcia Pursues Goal of Running at Tokyo Olympics

In spite of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19, Garcia trains and competes with Greenville Track Club Elite in South Carolina.

The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum Reopens

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum was closed for seven months but is now open to the public. To maintain the safety of its staff and visitors, visits must be scheduled on its website page

Poem by Filippo Cassinelli and Painting by Shansi Miller

My words / leave the white page, / A red foot tortoise / meandering / through tall grass / amongst the clovers.

Charlotte Amalie High School Centennial Committee Wants to Hear From Alumni

We want to honor and take pride in the momentous 100th anniversary of this landmark institution through meaningful, memorable and exciting activities that cause us to reflect on the school’s history, celebrate achievements and even plan for future generations to come.

81C: Artistic Event Space Ready for Grand Opening

St. Thomas has a new member to add to its artistic directory, 81C, a pop-up event space, art gallery, Airbnb and artist residency created by local entrepreneur Zack Zook, located in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

St. Thomian Nicholas D’Amour Takes Silver in Prestigious Archery Competition

With the culmination of the recurve men’s competition, the Online Archery Cup of the Americas comes to an end.

Gwendolyn S. Moses Dies

Gwendolyn S. Moses died on Oct. 11.

Leroy A. Henry Dies

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The vignettes in Nina York’s new book “Our Danish Connection” were originally published in English as bimonthly contributions to the magazine St. Croix This Week from 2009 through 2019.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo by Elisa McKay
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Focus on Danish colonial history has surged over the past couple of years in not only public discourse but also in the country’s educational system. After lying dormant in the public’s consciousness for years, more teachers have begun incorporating aspects of Danish colonialism in their classes and discussing the impacts on both Danish society and former colonies.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Christian Thaagaard Skov Sørensen
📸: Submitted Photo
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Amy Gurlea, Cory Baker and Jack Gibbons, the new owners of the popular St. Thomas coffee shop and restaurant Barefoot Buddha, will host a creative face mask contest and blowout sale as they begin the rebirth of the island landmark.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Photo by Cory Baker
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St. Thomas has a new member to add to its artistic directory, 81C, a pop-up event space, art gallery, Airbnb and artist residency created by local entrepreneur Zack Zook.

It is located in downtown Charlotte Amalie at 81C Kronprindsens Gade, on Strand Gade between the waterfront and Main Street, halfway down the block toward Market Square.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo by Chantel Hoheb
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On Oct. 11, 1982, a footrace took place that would lead to the chartering of St. Thomas Associaton of Roadrunners (STAR) and to an annual Founders’ Day 5K walk/run. Since then the event has been held 36 times, missing only in 2017 in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. This year, amidst COVID-19 precautions, STAR invites the public to participate in its 37th Annual Founders’ Day Run as a virtual event. Then between now and midnight on Oct. 31, you can run or walk a distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) on the road, on a field, a track, indoors or on a treadmill.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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📸: Submitted photo of the starting line at the Coast Guard Dock, St. Thomas, October 11, 1982. 
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Bat Week is an annual international celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of the natural world and economy. Although people may not always see them, bats are hard at work all around the world each night, eating tons of insects, pollinating flowers and spreading seeds that grow new plants and trees.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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📸: Submitted Photo
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A new net metering program introduced this year by the Virgin Islands Energy Office creates an opportunity that will allow home generators to sell excess power to the V.I. Water and Power Authority, but one vendor said it also might provide incentives for people to install batteries and keep that power for themselves.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Don Buchanan
📸: Submitted Photo
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The Virgin Islands community and a host of government and civic leaders are paying tribute to Austin “Babe” Monsanto, who died on Oct. 14 at the age of 94. Those who remember him spoke about a man devoted to the nation, his community and the Virgin Islands government.

A relative said Monsanto died peacefully at home as he slept.

Monsanto packed a lifetime of service into his years as a military veteran, the first Black Virgin Islands park ranger, a high school shop teacher, a Rotarian, sportsman, an environmental steward and a Port Authority marine manager.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Photo provided by Rotary Club
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For the last year, a group of poets belonging to the group Rhyme & Lime, has come together to share their passion during events at Bajo El Sol Art Gallery in Cruz Bay, St. John. Oct. 31, the last Saturday in October, will mark the group’s one-year anniversary.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo provided by Jamaica Hamilton
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The University of the Virgin Islands School of Agriculture observed World Food Day on Sunday both on the grounds of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and virtually.

The two-part event distributed seedlings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. organizers conducted educational workshops highlighting pork, avocado and cucumber.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo by Diana Dias
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Campus life at the University of the Virgin Islands, which has been mostly humdrum during the pandemic, enjoyed a moment of luster on Wednesday when Raven Phillips was crowned Miss UVI 2020 and introduced herself to a modest crowd on the sands of John Brewers Beach.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Photo © Dale E.R. Morton
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Billboards went up on Indigenous Peoples Day along roadsides across the fifty United States as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each with a message. A St. Croix-born artist represented the USVI.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Milligan works on his painting, “Incensio Negra” in his studio, 2020. (Photo provided by the artist.)
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The V.I. Department of Education has received 1,000 of its expected shipment of 12,000 Chromebooks and is distributing the electronic items to students in both school districts.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo Provided by DOE
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Powerlifters who hope to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition participated in the 2020 Robert Massey Classic Saturday morning at Rock Life Crossfit to record official scores and get ready for the national meet, which will take place in February.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
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Saturday’s “Reclaiming Our Village” march had two starting points, Crown Bay and Tutu Park, and there was a place near the end where both converged, bringing together more than 100 residents who had taken to the streets in a peaceful protest as deadly gunfire resounded across the territory.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photo by Ananta Pancham
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The Great V.I. Frog Count is underway, bringing citizen science to the territory’s fingertips in an easy and accessible way.

Herpetologist Renata Platenberg started the V.I. Frog Count in 2015 to enhance frog monitoring in the territory. According to Platenberg, anyone with a smartphone or recording device can participate by simply sending a two-minute audio recording with the recorded site’s GPS coordinates. By listening for the unique calls of frog species, Platenberg is then able to pinpoint exactly which species are where.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adrian Brewer
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The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts opened its first virtual exhibit on Oct. 2 in celebration of Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship. The Anacaonas de Borinquen exhibit honors Puerto Rican/Boricua women and will run through Jan. 2, 2021. The show, curated by Wilfred Labiosa, is comprised of original artworks, silkscreens and lithographs by Puerto Rican artists.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Painting at the Anacaonas de Borinquen exhibit. (Courtesy of CMCArts)
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Standard Aviation and members of the V.I. government cut the ceremonial ribbon on Wednesday morning that signals the completion of the largest free-span building in the Caribbean.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Image by Kyle Murphy
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The V.I. Port Authority has money to begin renovation at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport – work that is currently underway – but is nowhere close to the funding needed for a major reconstruction of St. Croix’s airport.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Image courtesy of Benton Construction
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