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WINNERS TO BE DESCRIBED IN GLOWING TERMS

Nov. 26, 2001 – The Tourism Department is inviting Virgin Islanders to celebrate the holiday season with a "2001 City of Lights Contest."
"We feel that, this year, people especially need an uplift. It will boost the morale of the community," said the Tourism Department's Clorise M. Smith, who is helping to organize the contest. Smith said entry into the contest is by nomination, and residents may nominate themselves.
Every year, some people go all-out on their holiday decorations, she said, and this year, the contest will give them recognition for their efforts.
Smith said the contest celebrates Christmas, Ramadan, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. Tourism Commissioner Pam Richards said in a press release that the "elaborate, sparkling lights" show the spirit of the holiday season.
The competition is open to residents of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island, as well as businesses. As nominations come in, judges from the Tourism Department staff will head off to check them out.
Prizes will be gift certificates from local merchants that the department is in the midst of soliciting, Smith said. Entries will be judged on design concept, attractiveness, creativity and use of renewable energy. "We're encouraging that," she said of using methods such as solar power to run lights.
Nomination forms are available at Tourism Department offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Completed forms may be submitted at any time through Jan. 6, but the sooner they are received, the sooner they will be judged. The winners will be announced shortly after Jan. 6.
To obtain more information or to request nomination forms, call Smith on St. Thomas at 774-8784, ext. 221; Lisa A. James on St. Croix at 773-0495; or Lucinda Jurgen on St. John at 776-6450.

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Nov. 26, 2001 - The Tourism Department is inviting Virgin Islanders to celebrate the holiday season with a "2001 City of Lights Contest."
"We feel that, this year, people especially need an uplift. It will boost the morale of the community," said the Tourism Department's Clorise M. Smith, who is helping to organize the contest. Smith said entry into the contest is by nomination, and residents may nominate themselves.
Every year, some people go all-out on their holiday decorations, she said, and this year, the contest will give them recognition for their efforts.
Smith said the contest celebrates Christmas, Ramadan, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. Tourism Commissioner Pam Richards said in a press release that the "elaborate, sparkling lights" show the spirit of the holiday season.
The competition is open to residents of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island, as well as businesses. As nominations come in, judges from the Tourism Department staff will head off to check them out.
Prizes will be gift certificates from local merchants that the department is in the midst of soliciting, Smith said. Entries will be judged on design concept, attractiveness, creativity and use of renewable energy. "We're encouraging that," she said of using methods such as solar power to run lights.
Nomination forms are available at Tourism Department offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Completed forms may be submitted at any time through Jan. 6, but the sooner they are received, the sooner they will be judged. The winners will be announced shortly after Jan. 6.
To obtain more information or to request nomination forms, call Smith on St. Thomas at 774-8784, ext. 221; Lisa A. James on St. Croix at 773-0495; or Lucinda Jurgen on St. John at 776-6450.