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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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TOP 10

CARIBBEAN'S CHOICEST

The Caribbean's best in 10 categories, from Caribbean Travel & Life's readers' poll:

Destination: Jamaica

Resort with a view: Ladera, St. Lucia

Family resort: Atlantis, the Bahamas

Undiscovered destination: Turks and Caicos

Beach: Orient Beach, St. Martin

Luxury large hotel: Four Seasons Nevis

Wedding resort: Grand Lido Negril, Jamaica

Island nightlife: Cancun

Local beer: Red Stripe, Jamaica

Local rums: Appleton Estate, Jamaica

Geoquiz question: What is the term for the soil condition common to the Arctic tundra that forced engineers to elevate parts of the trans-Alaska pipeline? (Answer below)

NOTABLE

MAYBERRY IN THE MIDWEST II

Several cast members of the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show will return to New Castle, Ind., in July for another reunion.

Half of the tickets for the "Mayberry in the Midwest II" sold out the first day they went on sale in late March said Christine Mallette, spokeswoman for the Henry County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The format for the two-day event is much the same as the first one held last year.

Activities will begin July 11, with a charity auction and dinner at the Henry County Arts Park with some of the cast. The auction, to include signed memorabilia, will benefit the Henry County United Fund and the Art Association of Henry County.

The event ends the next evening with cast reunion performances of stories, character portrayals, skits and music at Bundy Auditorium.

Scheduled to appear are George Lindsey, who played Goober; Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou); The Dillards (the Darling Boys); Maggie Peterson (Charlene Darling); Jean Carson (fun girl Daphne); James Best (guitarist Jim Lindsey), better known as Rosco P. Coltrane on Dukes of Hazzard; Elinor Donahue (Ellie Walker); Bernard Fox (Malcolm Merriwether); and Margaret Kerry (Christmas episode characters Bess Muggins and Helen Scobey).

There also will be impersonators of the characters Barney Fife, Ernest T. Bass, Otis, Floyd the barber, Howard Sprague and Opie Taylor.

NEW HOTEL BRINGS BIG BOOST TO ST. KITTS

The opening of the largest hotel in the Eastern Caribbean brings a new economic catalyst to St. Kitts, adding hundreds of jobs and promising to draw thousands more tourists.

The St. Kitts Marriot Resort and Royal Beach Casino in Basseterre has attracted dozens of guests since a "soft opening" last month, even as construction continues.

When finished, the resort is to have 648 rooms, increasing the number of hotel rooms on the island by 60 percent.

"The Marriott sets the stage to take the economy to a significantly higher level," said Tourism Minister Dwyer Astaphan. "It brings a major hotel flag and is the largest hotel in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. …

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