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By Cécile Lucot
    Cécile Lucot has been living in St. Barths for 9 years. Originally from Bordeaux, this professional journalist has been the editor-in-chief of St. Barts Magazine for 6 years. She is actually a reporter for the daily local mini-newspaper "Today" and writes regularly for regional magazines such as Mer Caraïbes and Tropical, and once or twice a month presents a synthese of the local news on St. Barths Online.
  February 4, 2005 - #37
  Painting competition for a pre-stamped envelope at La Poste

For the third year in a row, the association St B’Art and La Poste (the French postal service) with support from the municipality, organized a competition open to all painters on the island, amateur and professional.The winning painting has been reproduced on 1000 pre-stamped envelopes that are for sale in the island's post offices. The 31 competing paintings were on display at Town Hall on Thursday, January 13, during the award ceremony when the winners were announced. While the theme for the competition was culture in St. Barts, more than half of the paintings were of colorful landscapes with traditional St. Barts houses, while others opted to depict women in traditional flowered dresses and pleated cotton bonnets on their heads. Some of the most original were nautical scenes with traditional sailboats as well as images of the Wall House or the salt ponds. The most surprising of the paintings was a collage by Hélène Michel-Donadieu with the island's emblem with . The thrid place prize of 400 euros went to a very emotional Josiane Piallou, who immediatey kissed painter Antione Heckly who had been her teacher. Second place, a prize of 600 euros, was presented to Louis "Pompi" Lédée, while Veronique Vander Noot won the top prize of 1000 euros and her painting appears on the postal envelopes. First deputy mayor, Yves Greaux, annouced that the municipality supports this annual event that helps "diffuse an image of St. Barts throughout the world by way of a pre-stamped envelope." The paintings are on display at the main Post Office in Gustavia until February 14, and the envelopes have been on sale since the beginning of the month.

  St. Barts Benefit 2005 for Asia

The population of the island was as shocked as the rest of the world by the great devastation caused by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia on December 26. Many inhabitants immediately made donations to the Red Cross or the Lions Club. On January 24, the local restaurant association organized an event, held on the plaza in front of Town Hall, with all proceeds going to Orpanages Without Boundries and Kasih Bunda, a children's aid organization in Sri Lanka. Over fifty people volunteered to pull the event togetjer, with a live auction, under the auspices of Maitre Balzame, and a silent auction, both with items donated by island businesses. A performance by local groups, as well as a few musicians from the St Barth Music Festival, took place as well. More than 60,000 euros were collected for the children of Asia.

  Marine Park: Thanks to Doctor Comb

Member of the Grenat Association that manages the St Barth Marine Park held a cocktail party on Friday, January 28 to thanks Doctor Comb and his wife for their financial support. Doctor Comb is an American scientist and president of New England Biolabs, who fell n love with St. Barts in the 1970s. Funded in 1975, the foundation does scientific research on enzymes and plants. During his visits to the island in 1986, he met Nicole Aussedat, a member of the APNSB, the Assocation For the Protection of the Environment in St. Barts (now disbanded), who explained the plans for a marine park for the island. Convinced of the necessity to protect marine zones, Comb financed several studies for the inventory of the underwater flora and fauna of the island. These studies served as the basis of the marine park project that was officially launched in 1996. A passionate environmentalist, Comb is known on the island for his idea of testing fish for ciguatera, a dangerous poison, in a laboratory at his villa in Lorient. Two years ago, he created a new foundation in Boston, the Ocean Genome Legacy Fundation, whose goal is the fight against the extinction of various marine species that are endangered.

  More to come
  Cécile Lucot
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