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Beaches: Environmental Protection Issues Public Advisory

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that, as a result of the recent rains throughout the territory, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates negative environmental impacts caused by storm water runoff.

2015-10-09 13:19:47
Author Yassin Hall, Experts to Hold Mental Health Events

Yassin Hall, the author of “Journey Untold,” is on a mission to end the stigma of mental illness in the United States Virgin Islands. She is bringing a team of mental health professionals to the Virgin Islands, who will inform the public on how to maintain good mental health, stress strategies and coping skills.


2015-10-09 10:20:46
VITEMA All Hazards Preparedness Expo Set for Oct. 23 - 24

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will hold its 2015 Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo this month, featuring first responder demonstrations, family fun and entertainment, and information and handouts from local, federal and private sector representatives on how to be ready when disaster strikes.
The expo is part of VITEMA’s ongoing education campaign to raise awareness about disaster preparedness and recovery.

2015-10-09 07:53:10
Food and Wine — St. Croix
Potato Stuffing Recipe for Carter Clan

While spending the week vacationing on St. Croix, former President Jimmy Carter tried some Crucian style potato stuffing.

"It reminds me a bit of the sweet potato soufflé we have at home, but with a little spiciness to it," Carter said, expressing a hope he could get Virgin Islands first lady Cecile deJongh's family recipe.

Just in case deJongh is hesitant to give up her culinary secret, here is one recipe for potato stuffing for the Carter family. This comes from "Native Recipes," the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension cookbook of traditional Virgin Islands cuisine.

Potato Stuffing


  • 3 pounds potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1/2 stalk celery, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 medium sweet pepper, minced OR
  • 6 Puerto Rican sweet peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • dash black pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 -1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 eggs

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Peel potatoes, boil in salted water, drain and mash. While potatoes are boiling, warm frying pan and add oil and butter. (Pan should not be too hot or butter will scorch). When oil is heated add minced onion, celery and sweet pepper. Cook over low flame until tender. Add thyme, tomato sauce, parsley, black pepper and sugar. Cook about three minutes.

Add this mixture to mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. Add milk, raisins and eggs. The mixture should be a little more moist than mashed potatoes. If not sufficiently moist, add a little more milk and butter. Pour in a greased flat baking pan of the type used for puddings and bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes to one hour. Top should be golden brown when done. Makes 12 servings.

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