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New Era at Cruz Bay Taxi Stand, VIPA Says
By Lynda Lohr — November 29, 2013

After a lot of back and forth between V.I. Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe and numerous St. John taxi drivers at a meeting Friday at the Legislature building on St. John, Dowe finally decided that 40 taxi drivers a day will be able to operate at the Cruz Bay ferry dock.

“Whoever comes in first will go first,” Dowe told the taxi drivers after several questions about the order in which the taxi drivers would get jobs.

The taxi stand will open at 6 a.m.

Initially Dowe said it would close at midnight but he later amended that to 11 p.m. He said no one would be allowed to sleep overnight in their taxis in order to be first in line.

Drivers with taxi medallion numbers one through 40 will work Sunday, the first day the change begins. Those with the next 40 numbers will be on duty Monday with the rest of the 162 medallion holders working sequentially at 40 per day.

Taxicab Commission Director Judith Wheatley said that if more taxis are needed, the dispatcher will call the next set of numbers beginning with the first on the list. If that person wasn’t home, she said the dispatcher would call the next one until he found enough available to meet the need.

Dowe said initially the number would stand at 20 but after several taxi drivers indicated that 20 was probably not enough to meet the ferry dock need, he agreed to up it to 40. Only some of them will be stationed at the dock, with the rest waiting to be called from the Enighed Pond parking lot.

Those taxi drivers who are not assigned to the ferry dock on a given day will still be allowed to work at other locations across the island….

…Dowe said the Port Authority will no longer allow double parking along the waterfront as is now the practice. He said the taxi drivers will still have use of the 13 parking spots along the waterfront allocated to taxis.

Taxi drivers and all others who use the dock will be charged $10 per day for unlimited trips, to be paid to the dock master stationed at the dock. Dowe clarified after the meeting that although villa management companies may have several people making pickups at the dock, each person picking up guests will have to pay $10 for unlimited pickups.

He didn’t offer any solution for how the villa managers will pick them up since double parking is not allowed. The next nearest parking lot, located across from the post office, has only a handful of spaces available. Normally long-term parkers take up most of the spaces but a V.I. Waste Management project has closed most of those.

Dowe did say that people picking up villa guests will no longer be allowed to stand at the head of the dock with signs bearing the guests’ name. Instead he said a voucher system would be put in place. He did not elaborate on that…. Read full article

Fortsberg Trekkers Brave Rainy Skies
By Lynda Lohr — November 29, 2013

Intermittent rain didn’t deter nearly 50 people from attending the 30th annual 1733 St. John African Revolution Commemoration, which started with an observance on Cruz Bay Beach and included stops at the V.I. National Park Visitors Centers at Susannaberg and Catherineberg, at Guy Benjamin School and ended with the traditional trek up to Fortsberg….

…The event commemorates the Nov. 23, 1733, uprising by St. John slaves against the plantation owners in what was then the Danish West Indies.

The tour stopped at key spots that factored in the uprising, including Fortsberg, at which the slaves overcame the Danish gendarmes to seize control of the island for six months until the French came from Martinique.

“It’s important to remember where we came from,” said St. Thomas resident Caron Berry as she waited for historian Gilbert Sprauve to begin his presentation at the Visitor Center.

Sprauve told those gathered that the Danes kept good records of the event, a boon to researchers seeking to find out what happened rather than rely on word of mouth. Sprauve said the work done by John Anderson for his book, “Night of the Silent Drums,” was also a big help.

St. Thomas resident Sele Adeyemi also did a lot of research on the subject and his book, “The 1733 Revolt,” which was published in 2003, provides a raft of information on the subject.

“The Akwamu were principal players in the 1733 revolution,” he said…. read full article

St. John Events Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

St. John Live Music Schedule Saturday November 30

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App Presents: Salt at Salt Pond Bay

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Screenshot of the Salt Pond at Salt Pond Bay

The St. John Off the Beaten Track App and Salt Pond Bay

In the above screenshot, you can see the Salt Pond Bay pond at a time when salt was available for harvesting. In order for this to happen we need to have an extended period of dry weather with brisk east to southeast trades. With all the rain we’ve been having lately there’s no chance of finding salt there now. You can download the St. John Off the Beaten Track for iPhone and iPad free of charge (until 12/31/13) from the App Store and for Android phones from Google Play

Salt Pond Bay: Salt Information
Learn all about how salt is formed in the pond

St. John Virgin Islands Natural Sea Salt
St. John Virgin Islands all natural sea salt

Salt Pond Bay Map
Want to know where it is? Check the app

St. John Events

Friday November 29

Walk to Fortberg
St. John Historical Society & Fortberg Committee
Information: Gibert Sprauve 340-344-3556

Mongoose Junction
Evening in the Courtyard
From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
Presented by: Coral Bay Yacht Club & Skinny Legs
Single-Handed & Gaffers Race
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 11/29

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Steel Pan
6:00 – 10:00
714-6169

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind around 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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St. John Thanksgiving Weekend Events

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St. John Thanksgiving Weekend Events

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St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

Morgan’s Mango
James
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Turkey Day 5K
St. John Landsharks
Information:
Jude Woodcock timberdickwoody@gmail.com 340-779-1416

Friday

Anniversary hike will commemorate 1733 St. John slave revolt Friday
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: November 27, 2013

ST. THOMAS – Friday is the 30th annual pilgrimage and historical tour to commemorate the 1733 St. John slave revolt.

The annual event will educate and inspire people of all ages by recounting the journey to freedom that many Virgin Islands slaves took on Nov. 23, 1733, when they rose up against their owners.

The all-day tour will visit several plantation ruins where the revolt took place, while local historians and storytellers inform and entertain.

The tour begins in Cruz Bay, followed by visits to Estate Susannaberg, an old steam mill at Estate Adrian, a restored sugar mill at Catherineberg and a steep hike to Fortsberg in Coral Bay.

The Susannaberg stop is new on the tour’s itinerary this year.

Ronnie Jones, one of the event organizers, said Susannaberg was where most of the slave and livestock auctions took place on St. John.

“The history of St. John is so important to us and the community, we feel that it should be included in this,” Jones said.

The tour will include offering libations on the beach in Cruz Bay at the start, drumming performances, a skit in the native language of the slaves who revolted, storytelling and history.

In the 1730s, deteriorating conditions, including rampant illness, a lack of adequate food and water and brutal punishments for slaves in the Danish West Indies caused tensions to come to a head. In 1733, a plague of locusts, a drought and a fierce hurricane tested the limits of the slaves’ endurance.

Taking matters into their own hands, the slaves in the territory revolted for their independence.

The revolt’s leaders, the Akan people of present-day Ghana, stashed weapons in loads of firewood and overtook the Danish fort at Fortsberg.

During the following weeks, they took control of all of St. John, with the exception of Durloo’s Plantation. They left most of the island’s crops and existing structures intact, intending to use available infrastructure to establish their own nation.

It took the combined efforts of Danish, British and French forces, along with the Free Negro Corps, until May 1734 to quash the rebellion…. read more

Presented by the St. John Historical Society & the Fortberg Committee – Information: Gibert Sprauve 340-344-3556

Mongoose Junction Evening in the Courtyard – 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
Presented by: Coral Bay Yacht Club & Skinny Legs
Single-Handed & Gaffers Race
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

Saturday November 30

Coral Bay Thanksgiving Regatta
All Classes: Traditional, PHRFI, PHRFII, IV24 & Pursuit
More Information, contact Steve 340-513-4955

St. John Weather

TODAY AND TONIGHT:
NORTH SWELLS WILL CONTINUE TO SUBSIDE TODAY…HOWEVER…FRESH TRADE WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO GENERATE ROUGH SEAS. DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS WILL ALSO REMAIN POSSIBLE.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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St. John News and Happenings

Old St Thomas Photo
Traveling Restaurant: St. Thomas Virgin Islands 1941 – Photo by Jack Delano

St. John News

Superior Court orders St. John Taxi Association out of Cruz Bay taxi stand by end of November
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: November 25, 2013

ST. THOMAS – Gov. John deJongh Jr. is taking steps to transfer the Cruz Bay taxi stand to the V.I. Port Authority, a solution to a long-standing battle with the St. John Taxi Association.

According to Government House, the V.I. Superior Court has ordered the eviction of the St. John Taxi Association from the Cruz Bay taxi stand by Saturday.

The association, formed in 2002, has been leasing property from the V.I. government for years, but had missed many of its $400-a-month payments to Property and Procurement.

The government has made several demands for the taxi association to leave the property, but it took a court action to enforce the latest eviction notice…. read more

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory Continues

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. East wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 11/27

Beach Bar
Brother Nature
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

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St. John Live Music Schedule

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 11/26

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John Virgin Islands Weather Forecast

High Surf Advisory in Effect

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. East northeast wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App: Beaches

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Probably the most popular activity St. John offers both visitors and users alike, is a day spent enjoying one or more of the world’ best beaches. For those who may be interested in beach information, location, photos or just trying to decide, which beach they should go to today, the St. John Off the Beaten Track App like the book, St. John Beach Guide, will be a most-welcomed resource.

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Choose “Beaches” from the “Home” Screen

st. JOhn Off The Beaten Track Beach Wheel
Choose one of the 34 best beaches on St. John

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Image/Text Screen: Tap image for photos, tap text for information, tap map for Google hybrid map and tap my location for your location.

Salt Pond Bay Map
Location: Salt Pond Bay Map

Salt Pond Bay Text
Information about Salt Pond Bay

Salt Pond Bay Beach Image
Photos
Drawing for the $500 Prize

St. John Events

Thia Muilenburg was the lucky winner of the second St. John Gourmet and Dolphin Markets “Customer Appreciation – Family Day” $500 drawing.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Taxi Situation in Cruz Bay a Big Unknown
By Lynda Lohr — November 22, 2013

Changes are afoot at the Cruz Bay ferry dock because Superior Court recently ruled that the St. John Taxi Association can no longer operate the taxi stand on what is now a month-to-month lease from the local government. Instead the V.I. Port Authority will be in charge as of Nov. 30.

“We have been given an opportunity that I believe, in the long term, is in the best interest of how this area can be managed for the community as a whole and for our visitors,” Gov. John deJongh Jr. said in a press release issued Friday.

He said the taxi service had a “natural synergy” with the ferry traffic arriving at Cruz Bay dock. Additionally the governor said the Port Authority has the staff on St. John as well as the operational experience of managing taxis, limousines and other vehicle for hire services.

How the Port Authority will do this remains unknown but board Chairman Robert O’Connor Jr. said that, to start, things will be pretty much the same as they are now with a dispatcher assigning passengers to taxis. However, he said the taxi stand will be open to all taxi drivers, not just those who belong to St. John Taxi….

…Until Nov. 30, the Taxi Association has the sole right to 13 parking spaces along the Cruz Bay waterfront, according to St. John Administrator Leona Smith. They start next to the handicapped space and run toward the battery. This is the area that constitutes the taxi stand. However, taxis commonly double park in front of them. And taxis sometimes park in spaces reserved for the public and in the few public parking lots that dot Cruz Bay. And the taxi drivers congregate to wait for fares and play dominoes in the Cruz Bay Park bandstand, a public facility.

O’Connor said he envisions freeing up those 13 spaces reserved for taxis so anyone can use them. In addition to taxis, staff from vacation villa management companies jockey for parking spaces near the waterfront so they can pick up guests. Some car rental companies also pick up at the dock. And residents picking up family and friends arriving on the ferry try to find a space to park while they wait for them to reach Cruz Bay.

“It can be a chaotic scene,” Smith said.

Judge denies pretrial release for new defendant in Tapia drug trafficking case
By Amanda Norris (Daily News Staff)

ST. THOMAS ­- Walter Hill, a St. John resident and new defendant in the Roberto Tapia drug trafficking case, will be detained on St. Thomas following a hearing in District Court on Thursday in which prosecutors brought to light Hill’s conviction almost 20 years ago for similar drug-related offenses.

Walter Hill is a cousin of Angelo Hill, a V.I. Police sergeant on St. John who was arrested May 24, one week after Drug Enforcement Administration agents affected a drug sting to conclude a year-and-half-long investigation.

On May 17, agents caught Tapia leaving the Red Hook ferry terminal with 7.72 kilograms of cocaine they say he got from Angelo Hill. According to law enforcement agents, Angelo Hill was in his police vehicle when he met Tapia and passed off the packages of cocaine…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 11/24

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
7:30 – 10:00 ish
693-8340

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St. John Off the Beaten Track App – Trails

Offline Update
After months of struggle, the St. John Off the Beaten Track App is ready for prime time. The all-important offline option update became live on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play a few days ago. Now you can use the app even in areas where cell service is weak, non-existent or overridden by British Virgin Islands signals.

In honor of the recent update, the St. John Off the Beaten Track App will be available for free for the rest of 2013.

How to use the “St. John Off the Beaten Track App” on St. John’s hiking trails

St. John Off the Beaten Track App: Home Screen
On the “home screen” choose “Trails”

St. John Trails
Choose between Main Trails, Secondary Trails or Gut Walks & Scrambles

Hiking Trails of St. John
Choose one of the 78 trails listed on the app

Choosing Peace Hill & Denis Bay opens this screen where you can choose between text, photos, your location and a map of the trail

Tapping the text portion of the text/photo screen opens the text screen with extensive information about the trail

Peace Hill and Denis Bay Trail Map
Tapping outside the text/photo screen clears that screen so you can see the trail on the Trail Bandit Map – as well as your location on the trail

My Location
By tapping the GPS feature, “My Location,” on the upper right of the screen, you can find your location on the trail.

Photos
If you have a data signal or WiFi you can also see photos of the trail by either tapping in the image portion of the text/photo screen or by tapping “pictures” in the information screen.

Photo 1 Peace Hill Windmill

Denis Bay, St. John Virgin Islands
Denis Bay

Archival photo of the Christ of the Caribbean Statue, before its destruction by Hurricane Marilyn
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Screen Shot of a photo from the Caneel Hill Trail on the iPad version of St. John Off The Beaten Track App

Family DaySt. John Events

Customer Appreciation Family Day at the St. John Gourmet Market

Wine Tasting
Free Meals
$500 prize drawing
!0% Off Most items in the store
Music by Inner Vision

St. John Live Music Schedule for today, Saturday 11/23

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

St. John Gourmet Market
Curtomer Appreciation Family Day
Inner Visions
12:00 noon – 6:00

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John News and Happenings

St. John Gourmet Market: Family Day
St. John Gourmet Market – Customer Appreciation – Family Day

St. John Events

Saturday, November 23 at the St. John Gourmet Market
Customer Appreciation Family Day
From 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Wine Tasting, free meals and 10% off on most items in the store
Music by Inner Visions

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East northeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
8:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Steel Pan
6:00 – 10:00
714-6169

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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St. John News and Happenings

St. John Virgin Islands Sunrise
Partly Cloudy
Approaching squall

We had some heavy rain showers last night. I measured an inch and a half here in Chocolate Hole.

It’s raining right now as I write with occasional thunderclaps, but the forecast is for clearing conditions later on today and the high surf advisory has been discontinued.

NOAA Weather forecast for St. John, Virgin Islands:

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East northeast wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Senate OKs zoning change for organic pineapple farm on St. John
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: November 20, 2013

ST. THOMAS – The 30th Legislature approved four zoning changes at Tuesday’s session, including a change allowing for a new tourist attraction on St. John.

St. John resident Ivy Moses hopes to develop Neptune’s Landing, an organic farm and cultural tourist attraction in Estate Susannaberg, St. John.

She plans to grow pineapples, have a convenience store and be the island’s only private water distribution center, tapping into an existing well on the property.

Neptune’s Landing also will be a cultural park, with a replica sugar mill, coal pots and outdoor ovens to showcase the rich history and culture of St. John.

She said vendors will sell local arts and crafts, and a stage will provide a venue for performances.

The 2.87-acre property will get a zoning change from R-1, residential low density to B-4, business – residential areas with a use variance for crops, fruits and vegetables and water distribution.

The land is near Myrah Keating Health Center, Moses said.

“I really want to bring back that cultural aspect to St. John,” Moses told The Daily News on Tuesday. “That family-oriented feel that I had when I was growing up.”…read more

St. Thomas TSA Supervisor Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges
By Source Staff — November 21, 2013

Dwight Ivan Durant, a supervisor for the Transportation Security Administration, was one of two men arrested and charged with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Durant, a 44-year-old resident of the Virgin Islands, was arrested Tuesday on St. Thomas and made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday, according to the announcement.

The other suspect named in the indictment, Shawn Dowe, 29, was arrested in California and will make his initial appearance in federal court Thursday.

The indictment was returned in Miami, where the defendants will stand trial.

The indictment, filed Nov. 14 in Miami, was unsealed Tuesday, charging Durant and Dowe with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine and with aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

St. John Live Music Schedule Thursday November 21

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Flipswitch
8:00
777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

Morgan’s Mango
James
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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