Sensational St. John

Sensational St. John St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, retains a tranquil, unspoiled beauty uncommon in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world. Settled in the early 1700’s by Danish immigrants attracted to the island’s potential as a sugar cane producing colony, St. John soon blossomed into a thriving economy. […]

Among the Privileged Few No Longer

Among the Privileged Few No Longer By Jeff McCord For eight-and-a-half years my family has been among the relatively few “Continentals” to live on St. John. With more than 60 percent of the land a national park and much of the remaining terrain too steep or inaccessible to develop, the island can only accommodate a […]

Virgin Island Resurrection In-Progress at Easter

Virgin Island Resurrection In-Progress at Easter By Jeff McCord This year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day on St. John, USVI, was led by a BBC electric “bucket” truck (with the Irish flag spanning the grill) and ended with revelers from the first wedding party to come since the Irma/Maria catastrophe in September. To me, BBC […]

Just Passing Through

Just Passing Through By Jeff McCord After more than eight years on island, we’ve placed our St. John home on the market.  This difficult decision has more to do with life changes than hurricanes. My son graduated from high school on St. Thomas.  My wife and I have both been active in the island community.  […]

As St. John’s Heroes Rebuild, Visitors are Welcome

As St. John’s Heroes Rebuild, Visitors are Welcome By Jeff McCord Whether in their twenties or sixties and whether they hail from the Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, Dominica or Virginia, everyone is working frantically on St. John and St. Thomas.  It’s a post Hurricanes Irma-Maria race to repair and rebuild in time to salvage the […]

“Old Year’s Night,” New Year’s Day

“Old Year’s Night,” New Year’s Day by Jeff McCord As years go….2017 will be remembered by many Virgin Islanders as the worst of their lives. It provides little consolation that the cause of the grief was Mother Nature rather than the usual culprits of war and greed. This December 31st, the West Indian notion of […]

Hurricanes and the Solace of the Witnesses

Hurricanes and the Solace of the Witnesses By Jeff McCord Last week my wife, accompanied by a knowledgeable friend, left our Blue Ridge cabin refuge to visit St. John and appraise the damage to our home. Ours is fixable. Many aren’t. She aptly described the mood on-island: “There’s so much destruction that one has to […]

Caribbean Recovery Right Around the Corner (Almost)

Caribbean Recovery Right Around the Corner (Almost) By Jeff McCord   Signs of a slow but steady recovery are sprouting across the U.S. Virgin Islands. A month and a half following the direct hit by Hurricane Irma, a de facto Category 6 storm, and the hard grazing by Cat 5 Maria, the mountainsides are greening, […]

Donate to help St. John

St. John Rescue   St. John Rescue a non-profit organization, incorporated on November 30, 1996, is an all-volunteer non-profit organization on the small island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands dedicated to providing emergency rescue and medical support services to the St. John’s EMS, Police, Fire, National Park and Health Clinic personnel.   […]

From the Old Town Crier

From the Old Town Crier The US Virgin Islands hold a very soft spot in our hearts, most specially St. John. It is our favorite island getaway. We have long time friends living on the island who lost everything in the after math of both hurricanes Irma and Maria. Some of them transplants from Virginia. […]