The 3rd annual Valentine’s Day Renewal Ceremony at Trunk Bay drew 52 couples to reaffirm their commitments. Among them were Diane and Reed Shank of Cincinnati. They were on island for the event last year and made it a point to return this year. "It reminds us once a year why we stay together," she told the St. John Source. The longest-married couple, 5 years, was John and Barbara Achzet. The ceremony had to be moved from the beach to a pavilion at Trunk Bay because of rain. It was organized by Cathy Dove and Anne Marie Porter.
The Water and Power Authority has not yet removed that power pole in the middle of the road beside the Enighed Pond commercial port. Although WAPA said it planned to get the job done last week, the agency said the ground was too wet from rain. The pole is on the left side of the road as you drive along the pond. The Port Authority said it had no choice but to pave around the pole, because its contractor was ready to do the work, and after three months’ notice WAPA still had done nothing.
Local newspapers on St. John are taking some pride in the fact they have been reluctant to chronicle the sightings of Kenny Chesney, the singer. But People magazine has not been, publishing a colorful story about Chesney in its Jan. 17 issue, calling him an "island cowboy." Chesney is sometimes seen on island at the Beach Bar and Woody’s. (But, we didn’t tell you. We respect his privacy, too.)
It’s done. The Department of Public Works began paving the Enighed public parking area last week. Monday morning, it was still roped off by yellow plastic tapes, but most the surface has been done. The lot is used by visitors to the Department of Finance and DMV trailer. The project is a part of several such resurfacing jobs on island currently, including also Library Drive and the vicinity of Bethany Moravian Church.