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St. John Culture: How to Catch a Tarantula

In the above video, Curtney “the Ghost from Jost” Chinnery demonstrates how to catch a tarantula.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Catamaran Ferries Should Be Moving Passengers Soon
By Molly Morris — January 23, 2014

The territory’s two sleek new catamaran ferries, which were christened in a Dec. 6 ceremony at the Crown Bay marina, should be plying the waters between St. Thomas and St. John soon.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said Wednesday afternoon that he met and ironed out details with the franchise operators Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services earlier in the day.

“We went over their contracts and terms of expectation for receipt of the boats,” he said, “as well as considerations of the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.”

Smalls said that insurance was the holdup. He had said at the December ceremony that he hoped to have the vessels in operation before Christmas.

“I didn’t have the insurance, so the Coast Guard couldn’t go aboard,” Smalls said. ‘I don’t want to jump the gun, but now that we have the government insurance and the contracts executed, we should begin moving passengers between St. Thomas and St. John, once the federal entities give their blessings.”

The handsome two-decker boats – the Red Hook 1 and Cruz Bay 1, both with comfortable seating for 201 – will be a blessing to passengers.

Senate Overrides deJongh Veto of Legislation for Coral Bay Park
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 05:30
Written by Tom Oat

St. John Senator at Large Craig Barshinger won a fiscal skirmish with the deJongh Administration, but he is not done fighting to get an accounting of the St. John Capital Improvements Fund.

At the start of the 30th Legislature’s 2014 session on Tuesday, January 14, the V.I. Senate voted to override several of Gov. John deJongh Jr.’s vetoes of legislation which were part of the omnibus bill passed in November at the Legislature’s final session of 2013.

One major provision of the omnibus bill vetoed by Gov. deJongh which was overridden was the measure that provided a $1 million annual appropriation for four fiscal years for the purchase of 170 acres in Estate Carolina for the Coral Bay Park.

The legislation also provided for the construction of a  center for recycling trash by the V.I. Waste Management Authority which would remove the bins from the roadside on the shore of Coral Bay.

The legislation included providing for preservation of the plantation era ruins on the parcel and establishing a “Parcel 7 Remainder Land Trust,” Sen. Barshinger explained.

Envisioning Future of Coral Bay

Sen. Barshinger still envisions the Coral Bay Park as the center of the growing Coral Bay community.

“Coral Bay is going to grow up,” Sen. Barshinger said. “I want to design Coral Bay around this property.”

“(Property owner) Sheldon Marsh’s vision is to have hiking and biking trails that would highlight the ruins,” the Senator at Large said. “A few acres will go to Waste Management on the south side of the property to move the dumpsters from the roadside mangroves.”… read more

Archaeological Dig on Main Street Yields Artifacts
By Source Staff — January 23, 2014

On Monday, Jan. 20, an archaeological team began the excavation of the large Saladoid Era archaeological site on Main Street between the Francis Market Square and the 75 corner. In the first day off cleaning the site in preparation for the start of scientific excavation on Wednesday over 100 Pre-Colombian artifacts were found. There are signs on the fence with information.

For more information, call David Hayes at 277-4072 or visit the site.

St. John Events

Love City Live
Thursday, Jan. 23 – Hush…The exclusive, all-Inclusive Villa Soiree. 7 p.m. to midnight. We convert a private villa into a swanky Caribbean- themed lounge.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
7:00 – 9:00

Beach Bar
Treehouse Band

Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00

Inn at Tamarind Court
Get Right Band

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00

James Milne
5:00 – 8:00

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Culture: Sugar Cane

Being that sugarcane has been so much a part of the history and culture, I felt that I should at least have some sugarcane plants around the house to show people that sugar in fact comes originally from sugarcane plants and not just from the grocery store. Planting sugarcane is one thing, but harvesting them is another. For this I enlisted the help of the locally famous poet ans culture man, Curtney Chinnery better known as “the Ghost from Jost.”

A Little St. John Sugar History
Sugar production in colonial times was an arduous and labor intensive activity; especially on St. John with its dry climate, rocky soil and steep hillsides. Nonetheless sugar was a profitable commodity and the industry, fueled by slave labor, dominated St. John’s economy until the latter half of the nineteenth century.

The virgin landscape was slashed and burned changing the ecology of the island forever. The cleared hillsides were then terraced using the native stone as retaining walls. Holes were dug and sugar cane slips were planted. Water was painstakingly hauled from cisterns located at the sugar factory to the cane fields either by donkey cart or by hand.

At harvest time slaves worked 18-20 hours a day. The cane was cut, loaded into donkey carts and taken to the horsemill for crushing.

Four slaves were needed to run the horsemill. One drove the animals, two worked the rollers, feeding the stalks back and forth, and a fourth man took away the leftover sugar cane pulp called bagasse.

Some plantations used windmills to crush the sugar cane. On St. John only six plantations; Annaberg, Carolina, Denis Bay, Susannaberg, Caneel Bay and Catherinberg used the windmill, which was far more efficient and faster than the horsemill. The remains of these windmills can still be seen at these estates…. Read more

St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30

Beach Bar
Funck Show

Mikey P
Dance Party

High Tide
Steel Pan
6:00 – 10:00

Island Blues
Brother Nature

Morgan’s Mango
6:30 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
Plus Comedian Tim Hofmann!
6:00 – 9:00

James Milne
5:00 – 8:00

Virgin Islands News

Caribbean Kidney Center Opens St. Thomas Facility
By Susan Ellis — January 10, 2014

Although the territory’s hospitals are often criticized for the quality of care or the lack of available services, dialysis patients now have state-of-the art options to meet their needs, according to the physician/owner of the private kidney centers on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Dr. Walter H. Gardiner, nephrologist and proprietor of the Caribbean Kidney Centers, spoke to members of the St. Croix Rotary on Thursday about treatments and his facilities, especially the newest Caribbean Kidney Center on St. Thomas. He also commented on the state of the territorial hospitals’ dialysis units…. read more

st john sunriseSt. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 23 mph.

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St. John Culture: Fishing Backtime

Ethien Chinnery
The late Ethien Chinnery, with his son Curtney “Ghost” Chinnery  at Ethien’s 92nd birthday celebration
St.John Books: Tales of St. John and the Caribbean
Tales of St. John & the Caribbean

Fishing Backtime
The following account was told to me by one of Jost Dyke’s most respected culture men, the late Mr. Ethien “Cool” Chinnery and father of Curtney “Ghost” Chinnery a.k.a “The Ghost From Jost”, one of the authors featured in Tales of St. John and the Caribbean:

Fish sold for five cents a pound. That’s when you get five cents a pound. Sometimes you get nothing.

The boats from Jost Van Dyke would go south of St. John to fish. We used to meet these boats going to St. Thomas from Tortola. You throw up maybe five or six long string of fish in the boat and send them to such and such a woman in St. Thomas.

When you go to St. Thomas to get this money from the lady for the fishes, sometimes you don’t get anything at all… read more

St. John News

Two popular bars on St. John have been sold
The Beach Bar and Woody’s have both been sold to new owners. Service at the two popular St. John gathering places is expected continue seamlessly.

No More St. John Sun Times
The local newspaper, St. John Sun Times has published it’s March-April “Goodbye Issue.”

St. John Weather
High Surf Advisory
Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset: 6:27 PM AST
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 84 degrees F

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St. John Exotic Pest: The Wild Tamarind

The Ghost from Jost tackles the Wild Tamarind

I once wrote, “I hate wild tamarind. They’re ugly, untidy and unruly. They spread rampantly and take over the place. They’re prejudiced and intolerant. They grow close together and won’t let any other plants live in their neighborhood. They’re resilient and tenacious. Their sturdy taproot goes straight down into the earth and holds on tight. They can withstand drought, flood and even come back after a fire. There are no insects, predators or diseases that can do them any significant harm. They’re hard to get rid of. If you cut them down, they’ll grow right back. If you try and pull out the small one, you’d better have a lot of time and a lot of patience. If you try and dig out the big ones, you’d better have a good hoe-pick and a strong back.”
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Landscapers and gardeners on St. John often fight prolonged battles against this exotic pest. Small plants can be pulled out or destroyed using relatively innocuous herbicides, but once the tree becomes large it presents more of a problem, emitting thousands of seeds every time they bloom. Cutting them down with a machete just makes the resultant plant stronger by increasing the root dimensions and spreading out the tree into multiple trunks. Some people suggest spreading diesel oil on the newly cut stump. This is an effective way to kill the plant one time, but has extremely negative environmental consequences. To remove them root and all seems like the best solution, but the prevailing opinion is that “it ain’t easy!” But Curtney Chinnery, aka “the Ghost From Jost” has a method as demonstrated in the following video:

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Friday, February 17

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace & Rich Greengold – 5:30 – 8:30- 776-5336
Beach Bar
– Locals on the 8s – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Mikey P – 9:00  -777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – John W Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Island Blues
– Slammin – 8:00 – 11:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – T-Bird – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing  – Woody Lissauer – 6:00 – 9:30

See the weekly St. John live music schedule

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Kenny Chesney Writes A Song for the Ghost

Kenny Chesney writes a Poem for the Ghost From Jost

The “Ghost from Jost (Curtney Chinnery)” is always writing and reciting poems for his fans and for a change someone has written something for him. And not just anyone, but renowned country western singer/songwriter Kenny Chesney. Ghost’s fan base never ceases to amaze me.

Curtney Chinnery, performance poet and artist was a major contributor to the St. John book,  Tales of St. John and the Caribbean

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The Ghost Catches a Tarantula

For better or for worse, the poet Curtney Chinnery, aka the “Ghost From Jost” is back on St. John.

The Ghost and I made this video yesterday demonstrating how to catch a tarantula. Apparently there are nearly 1,000 species of tarantula and not all are as deadly as commonly imagines. I have heard that these tarantulas, or ground spiders as they are sometimes called on St. John, can inflict a painful bite, but one which is rarely fatal.

Moreover, our St. John tarantulas are not aggressive at all and are fearful of humans.

Stay tunes for more adventures of the “Ghost From Jost…”

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