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VITRAN Operates Special Saturday Service for Primary Election

VITRAN will provide bus service on all three islands on Saturday, Aug. 2, for the primary election.

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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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The Bookworm Lists the Best in Summer Reading

For summer reading at its best, pull out that old gift certificate and use it for some of these intriguing titles.

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2014-08-01 11:11:44
Candidates Endure ‘No Sleep Week’ with Primary Set for Saturday

This week marked the final push for candidates to entice voters from Frederiksted to Cruz Bay to get behind the curtain and pull their tab. Candidate for governor Moleto Smith called it "no sleep week."

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2014-08-01 01:34:42
Christensen Leads Unofficial Poll of St. Croix Voters

An unofficial poll of St. Croix voters in Saturday's Democratic primary showed the slate of Donna Christensen and Basil Ottley comfortably in the lead in the race for the Democrat nomination for governor and lieutenant governor.

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2014-08-01 01:33:41
Local government — St. Croix
VIDOA Offers Grant Opportunities Through Crop Block Program

Farmers and the general public are invited to attend meetings to share information on grant funding opportunities available through the VIDOA. The meetings will be held on Thursday, May 10 on St. Thomas and on Monday, May 14 on St. Croix, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the V.I. Department of Agriculture.
As part of its 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the department is soliciting sub grant proposals from the community to address two areas of local concern, which will increase food production throughout the territory
Farmers and other residents may participate in the VIDOA’s Fruit Orchard Establishment project by submitting proposals for consideration. The goal of this project is to systematically increase the number of fruit tree plantings throughout the territory for fresh fruit consumption, as well as value added processing. Interested persons may also submit proposals for participation in the Urban Agriculture or Urban Food Production program, which is designed to encourage collective food production initiatives in residential areas.
“These two programs represent local initiatives supported by funding from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Each year, as we apply for continued funding, we seek to enhance local farm operations and increase food production for the benefit of the entire community,” said Commissioner Petersen.
All interested persons are invited to attend two scheduled meetings to discuss the application procedure and requirements for participation in these programs. On St. Thomas, the meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the conference room of the UVI Cooperative Extension Service. A second meeting will be held on St. Croix from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at the Curriculum Center in Kingshill.
For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or 778-0998.

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