Photo contest in the Virgin Islands National Park

Barnako-sunset Take some great pictures in the Park and you might win a new camera worth almost $3,000, the grand prize in Canon U.S.A.'s fourth annual Photography in the Parks contest. 

Entries can be submitted until the end of September. "Inspirational Nature Images" is the theme this year.  The rules say photographs can be taken "in any park (local, city, county, state, or National) or at any National Monument." The photographs also may not include any props which alter the appearance of the Park" and cannot include "representations of people," i.e. … people!

"It is during these beautiful spring and summer months that we should all take the time to go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior v,p. and general manager of Canon U.S.A. "We encourage everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature, and work to protect it."

This photo, Sunrise at Ditliff, was taken earlier this year … by me.     🙂

This is a link to details of the contest.

$300K worth of fire engines on the way

Firestation Two new pumper trucks are on the way to St. John.  The Virgin Islands Daily News reported one of the new vehicles will be permanently stationed in Coral By.  The second truck will serve the area in and around Cruz Bay.

A Fire Services official told the newspaper the addition of the two trucks means the island now has a fleet of a half dozen pieces of equipment for fire fighting.

Money for the trucks, each costing about $150,000, came from the 2008 VI budget as well as proceeds from a 2006 bond issue, the report said.

This is a link tothe Daily News story.

Gallows Pt. gourmet shop for sale

Gallowsgourmet Every 'Ting, the gift shop at Gallows Point, was added to the list of commercial properties for sale this week. 

The store carries wine & spirits, cold beer, convenience foods, dairy, baked goods, snacks and toiletries.  It also offers gift items and has a coffee bar. Asking price is $179,000.

See the listing.