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October 10, 1991

10 October 

I didn’t iron today; I thought I would. After lunch I got ready to go to the post office and Mini-Cash. As I closed the padlock, I realized I did not have the key. I luckily overheard Mrs. Garaway this morning tell my neighbors that she was going to Roseau.

Instead of walking to LaGrange for nothing, I went to Frances’s house. I called to see if Mrs. Garaway returned. I decided to have Maryann send my extra key up after a few minutes of waiting. I’m glad I had a copy of my key made when I was in Erie. As it turned out Mrs. Garaway didn’t return tonight. Elaine took the key to a bus driver at the West bridge in Roseau; the driver dropped the key off at Nurse Dubique’s at about 5:30 p.m.

After I got into the apartment I gave Frances the extra key. I enjoyed the diversion for the day. I talked with Frances and watched a video.

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October 3, 1991

3 October 

I was in Roseau for the whole weekend last week. I arrived on Friday (27) to find out my doctor appointment was canceled. Gabriella called the school at 8am but no one answered the phone. I don’t remember if we had assembly, but surely someone in the staff room heard the phone ring. The probable reason why no one answered was that the secretary wasn’t in and everyone was probably offended by the rules that were read at the beginning of the year. Supposedly we are not allowed to go into her office. The door between the staff room and her office was supposed to be locked. So far none of it has been enforced.

Speaking of enforcement I got put in charge of keeping track of merits and demerits today. Diane Angol, who normally does this, is leaving. It will be easy to do if the computer arrives. It’s only fair that I got the job. I have “a reputation” for giving the most demerits. I don’t think it is so true this year. I feel that my strong stand early this year will have a ripple effect of reminding the students to behave.

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August 23, 1991

Maryann Murray speaks at the swearing in of the 1991 volunteers starting their work on the Commonwealth of Dominica.
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August 22, 1991

I show some friends from Antigua, St. Vincent, and Cariacou around the Cabrits and Fort Shirley on the northwest coast of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
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September 26, 1991

26 September

Yolanda will not be here – Actually she’s already gone – for the Birthday brunch at the Rosenfield’s. She left on Wednesday morning. A going-away party was held for her on Tuesday afternoon.

I went down after school. I caught a transport around 2:00 o’clock. I brought lime squash and popcorn with me. I was one of the few people who actually made what I brought.

Yolanda looked ready to cry. By the time she left she was crying.

I don’t feel like she’s gone yet. I suppose I’ll notice as I take trips to Roseau. Catherine said she and Yolanda did their crying in the days before her departure.

After the party I typed and photocopied a test for my second form class. I didn’t arrive back to school in time to give it. I  arrived seventeen minutes after third period. That wasn’t enough time to give it. They studied for a test in another subject. I moved my test to Friday.

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August 20, 1991

I forgot that we had I.S.T. on Dominica after I got back from St. Lucia. Here is some video from our meeting at the Layou Hotel, including Ode to a Christophene.
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August 26, 1991

Levera Beach Grenada. A September 22, 2021 search turned up this article in the NY Times, WINTER IN THE SUN, which talked about many of the countries featured in this blog.

The New York Times article featured this blurb about Grenada: Overview Grenada is continuing its drive to develop natural and historical attractions. At the Levera National Park and Bird Sanctuary, for example, better roads, a visitors’ center and bird watching lookouts are planned.

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September 20, 1991

20 September

Yesterday was Maryann’s birthday. She is my Associate Peace Corps Director in charge of Dominican volunteers. Her boss is Country Director of the East Caribbean Dick Pyle whose office is on St. Lucia. 

Last year Brad and I were going to hold a party for her but it fell through because of the effects of the typhoid shots for EC56ers. We finally celebrated her birthday at “our” New Year’s Eve party. 

She is currently out of the country on vacation in the US. I hope she is relaxing from her usual workaholic pace. Since she left one of the new EC57 volunteers left.

I put a birthday card in her mail box before she left, and it seems that she got it before she left since it was gone the next morning. Yolanda was thinking up an idea for a party when she returns. I hope Yolanda will still be here for that.

She quit her job because of problems with her colleague. She hopes to get reassigned to another assignment here or to one in Grenada. I hope she finishes her third PC service.

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1991

Em visits Portsmouth Dominica before she leaves after one year of service. This photo is undated but was had to snapped during the first half of 1991.
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July 14, 1991

Mariness, Jim, Cristophe at the top of Gros Piton St. Lucia, July 1991