Title: Abaconian
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Title: Abaconian
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: November 15, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Volume ID: VID00020
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VOLUME 16, NUMBER 22 NOVEMBER 15th, 2008

Abaco surfer wins US championship

Guana Cay's Blake Sands has attained top amateur rating
By Jennifer Hudson
Congratulations to twenty-three-year-
old Blake Sands of Guana Cay who has
added yet another honour to the list of re-
cent achievements by young people who
are making Abaco proud. Last weekend
Blake competed in a surfing competition in
Coco Beach, Florida, and won the gold
medal in the men's division. There were
about 300 surfers at the competition and
Blake competed against 30 surfers in the
men's class to win the gold. He arrived
back from competition in Florida on No-
vember 5 and was met when he arrived
on his Cherokee Air flight at noon by Mr.
Glen Laing, Councillor for Great Guana
Cay, and a crowd of family and friends all
wanting to be on hand to congratulate him
on his gold medal win.
Blake has been so successful in the 11
years since he began competing that he has
now decided to leave the amateur ranks and
turn professional. Throughout his surfing
career Blake has won many trophies and
cash prizes, but this award was very spe-
Guana Cay resident Blake Sands came home triumphant, winning a gold medal in a amateur surfing competition in Cocoa Beach, cial as it was the first time he had received
Frlri, hpl the frth t irtweekend in NovembehPr He has hbeen lsurfino for 11 ~nears and has traveled to several countries intcludino PuePrto a gold medal. Blake got his first taste of

Rico and Venezuela to enter competitions. He now plans to begin competing at the professional level. Next year he is looking forward
to traveling to Bali in Indonesian for a competition.

Please see Surfer Page 22



Hope Town Box Cart Derby Landfill management

November 29 Races begin at Noon contract is signed

Big Hill, Elbow Cay

Five-year-old boy

dies in house fire

The contract for the management of the landfill was signed on October 28. Winning the
three-year contract was Mr. Revie Fox of Sandy Point. The contract is only for the man
agement of the dumpsite itself and does not include manning the scales or getting the
garbage to the site. The site is inland from Snake Cay, a couple of miles south of Spring
City and will be the collection site eventually for all garbage on Abaco. It is expected
that operations will begin on November 15 but initially will be only for Central Abaco
and the cays. The Central Abaco dump site on S.C. Bootle Highway will be closed.
That area will eventually leveled and beautified with heavy metal items removed. Elec-
tricity and phone service have recently been supplied. The person manning the scales
will be an employee of the Environmental Health Department. Shown here are Senior
he Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly to afire in the Mud. Administrator Cephas Cooper; Mr. Revie Fox, Jr.; Chief Councillorfor Central Abaco
ut it was too late to save Mackinson Johnsaint, a five-year-old boy, whose body was Cubell Davis; Council Secretary Marva Archer; Councillor Ross Thompson III; and
covered after the fire. Two others in the house, the boy's mother, Roselyn Johnsaint, Councillor Roger Delancy, both of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee.
nd a daughter, Jessica Bellot, managed to escape.
A fire in the Mud took the life of a five- was able to save her four-year-old daugh-
ear-old boy, Mackinson Johnsaint, on ter, Jessica Bellot, who was screaming Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below.
ctober 30. The fire was reported about because of burns to both her arms. The
0:15 p.m. and the Marsh Harbour Vol- two were able to escape from the house. The Abaconian PRST STD
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nteer Fire Department responded imme- The smoke was too thick for the mother Hialeah, FL 33010 PAID
lately. It was too late to save the child or to return to save the boy. Forward and Address Correction Permit #2438
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as able to keep the fire from spreading caused by a kerosene lamp. After the

to nearby houses that were very close.
The child's mother, Roselyn Johnsaint,

Please see Fire Page 17


Commercial turtle harvesting will be banned

Long-line fishing and the commercial
harvesting of all turtles will be prohibit-
ed in Bahamian waters, Agriculture and
Marine Resources Minister Larry Cart-
wright confirmed. Addressing a Depart-
ment of Marine Resources workshop,
he unveiled "additional realistic and
concrete steps taken to address issues
impacting the supply of fisheries." Mr
Cartwright confirmed that the prohibi-
tion against the commercial harvesting
of all marine turtles starts January 1,
and a total ban comes into effect April
Harvesting of Nassau groupers dur-
ing their vulnerable spawning period
will continue to be prohibited and the
Fisheries Regulations are to be amended
to better protect the bonefish and other
important commercial species, he said.
Work continues on the establishment
of the first five Marine Reserve Net-
works, said Mr Cartwright. "There are
still more challenges which confront
fisheries in The Bahamas but they are
not insurmountable," he said. "Through
our collaborative efforts these can be

He pointed to illegal, unreported
and unregulated fishing. This includes
foreign, commercial and recreational
poaching; unreported catches by fisher-
men to help in the development of ad-
equate management plans; and activities
and gear that can negate efforts at sus-
tainable development.
Illicit dumping and the emptying of
bilges at sea, damage to coral reefs by
anchors and grounded vessels, and the
use of chemicals in harvesting continue
to negatively impact the marine envi-
ronment, he said. And global warming
and climate change and the increasing
frequency of hurricanes cause displace-
ments of natural feeding grounds and
habitats, he said.
The government has strengthened the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force which
recently added eight craft to its fleet.
The Department of Marine Resources
has increased its presence in the islands
by hiring extra fisheries extension of-
ficers in Grand Bahama, Andros, Ack-
lins and Mayaguana. The establishment
of the Ministry of the Environment, he
said, can bring a more focused approach

to environmental concerns
Mr. Cartwright and senior officers
of the Department of Marine Resources
visited most of the major fishing com-
munities and consulted with residents
there on issues and concerns of the in-
"Encouragement is being provided"
to Bahamians and foreign investors who
are interested in aquaculture, he said.
"The idea of inexhaustible fisheries
must be replaced by the recognition that
access to fisheries must be restricted if
they are to sustainably generate wealth
and to alleviate poverty," he said .
"Whether or not we succeed in our

endeavors will depend in large measure
on the skill, commitment and determi-
nation of all of you who are employed
to regulate, conserve, develop and
grow these most important resources.
The measures we have taken to effect
sustainable development in this all-im-
portant sector demonstrate the govern-
ment's commitment to self-sufficiency
in the production of seafood for the

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Public Service Week was observed

Church Service begins
Public Service Week
By Jennifer Hudson
A celebration church service was held
on October 5th at the Full Gospel As-
sembly of God Church in Treasure Cay
to mark the beginning of Bahamas Public
Service Week. The theme for the service
was Improving the Delivery of Quality
Customer Service. While several speakers
commended the members of the civil ser-
vice, there was a low turnout.
Speaker for the occasion was Rev. Pat-
rick Paul, President of The Bahamas Chris-
tian Council, who congratulated the Civil
Servants for choosing to host a church ser-
vice. "There are 22,000 civil servants in

Akeem Adderley, a student at Abaco Centra
School, sang a solo at the Public Service
Service on October 5. He is shown with Mrs.
Black, Abaco's Education Superintendent w)
gook part in the serivce.

The Bahamas and there are more Chris-
tians in the civil service in The Bahamas
than in any other Caribbean country. Since
we are a Christian country, God will step
in so that what is happening in the United
States will not happen to us," he declared
and encouraged the civil servants "to keep
the faith."
Bringing remarks were Senior Admin-
istrator for Central Abaco, Mr. Cephas
Cooper, and Mr. Edison Key, Member of
Parliament for South Abaco. Mr. Cooper
praised the dedication of civil servants on
Abaco. "They are not like the civil servants
in KB's song of that name which highlights
slackness, but rather they are devoted and
hardworking and are the best in The Ba-
Mr. Key told the civil servants
that they have been entrusted with
the well being of the nation, and
it is important that this special
time is being observed to high-
light their tremendous contribu-
tion. "You have been entrusted
with the well being of the nation.
If you refused to work, the entire
nation would be at a standstill,"
he told them.
Seventy persons were honored
for 25 or more years of public
service but less than half of those
persons were present to receive
their certificates. Mrs. Lenora J.
Black, District Superintendent,
Department of Education, made
the presentations and offered the
rl High
vote of thanks.
Leora The Church Band provided a
o aso musical prelude to the service
and the service opened with the

entrance of the Colour Parade during
the singing of the first hymn. Selections
were provided during the service by the
facility management team of the Sherlin
Bootle High School, a Bahamas Customs
Officer, Abaco District, and Akeem Ad-
derley, a student at the Abaco Central
High School. Other persons participat-
ing in the service were Mr. Edric Poitier
of the Royal Bahamas Police Force; Mr.
Benjamin Pinder, Administrator for South
Abaco; Mr. Theophilus Cox, Administra-
tor for North Abaco; Mrs. Salomie Gib-
son, Senior Welfare Officer, Department
of Social Services; and Pastor Alphonso
Lewis, Vice President, Abaco Christian

Public Officers
hold Talent Night
By Jennifer Hudson
The Public Officers of the Abaco Dis-
trict displayed plenty of talent during their
talent night held at the St. Andrews Meth-
odist Church Hall on October 9. The tal-
ent night was part of the celebration of
Bahamas Public Service week which com-
menced with a church service the preced-
ing Sunday and ended with a walk-a-thon
the following Saturday. Though the func-
tion was not very well attended, those who
were present enjoyed a fun-filled evening.
All of the branches of the civil service
were represented and had made the effort
Please see Public Service Page22

Public Service Week was observed on Abaco during the week of October 5. A church ser-
vice, a talent show and a walk-a-thon were the scheduled events. Shown above are some
of the persons participating in the church service held at Full Gospel Assembly of God
in Treasure Cay. They are Administrator Theophilus Cox of North Abaco; Mr. Edison
Key, MPfor South Abaco; Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Cephas Cooper; and
Administrator Benjamin Pinder of South Abaco.

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Features wrap
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Priced at $-4,400,000
REF #6413
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This 8 bedroom 8 bathli hlxury
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lifrom this Sea to Sea property. The
estate includes Iwo docks, a private
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Lot comprising 11,140
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plans available. Dock
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Priced at $ 450,000--REF #6450
Contact Mailin Sands

2 bed, 2 bath home
with 1,100 sq. ft. of
living space. Sits on
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runs ronm highway to
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water lionitage. Peace-
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Pelican Shores 4.763 Acre devclopmenal property. Great oppor-
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Murphy TownLots Near Great Cistern, 4 Lots available. Starting
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Long Beach Lots 115., 247, 257 All approx 1/4 acre in size. Prices
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Treasure Cay -Residential lol one back lro inithe beach. e $105,000
Green Turtle Estaes--MNulti-hatily lot available.$160,000
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Bahama Palm Shores Residenmial Lot--,150,000 CallLee
Leisure Lee 3 bed 2 bath homeS295,000 Call Mailin
Sandbanks -1.22 acre lot. Rocky shoreline. $85,000 Call Mailln

M;arsh Harbour -
Investment opportunity.
Coinnercial bi)uilling in
the center of town IrIatur-
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on 20,000 sq.ft of prop-
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Offered at $ 579,000
Contact: Mailin Sands

F'uitastic lot iith eleva-
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Includes boat slip with
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Priced at $475,000 REF #6449
Contact. Mailin Sands

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
1000 sq fi cottage lo-
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Perfect starter home and
oilers beautifully land-
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Lo expand. The inside
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Offered at $200,000 REF #6637
Contact: Mailin Sands

3 bedroom 2 bathroom
lone featuring 2,867 sq.li
of living space. Pool, gau'-
deners quarters and gen-
enrtor house are also avail-
Sable on this 2 acre Obeach-
.firont parcel in Baliama
z .. :Palm Shores.

Priced at $ 895,000 REF #5670
Contact: Mailin Sands

A 2 bedrh'ooni/2.5 bathl
villas in a marina set-
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Sr, u ol l'prime waterfront
Villa 6 features a back
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has it's own dock slip

Priced from $650,000 -$880,000
Contact: Chris Farrington

M waterfliont Lot-Priced at
Interior and hilltop lots,
ranging in size fliom
27,260 sq. ii. to 1.171
acres. Prices li-om
1.929 acres along tihe
main highway to Clherokee Sound. $210,000
Contact: Mailin Sands

SEA TO SEA. Pelican Shores

Pascoe House. 4.763 acres
iitlh applrox. 600 li of har-
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Sea of Ahaco. 2 bed, 1.5
bath home, a 2 hed/2bath
guest collttage & bed, I
bath cotlage.
Priced at US$3,795,000 Ref# 5724
Contact Mailin Sands

Over one acre of prime
beach liont situated on
AllAtltic Ocean beach.
One of the nicest
beaches on the Island.

Priced at $720,000
Contact: Chris Farrington


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News of the Cays

Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
September and October have been very
quiet months on GTC. Some restaurants
and business places have closed for a few
weeks to do necessary renovations. The
days are getting shorter and the evenings
are very comfortable! The few tourists
who visit in October experience some of
the most beautiful days of the year! The
Discovery Day holiday is usually the unof-
ficial end of summer and the last big picnic
for the year. Unfortunately, the weather
did not cooperate this year and Discovery
Day was a good day to stay at home.
Inagua relief update
The GTC District Council held a meet-
ing to update the community on the Inagua
hurricane relief effort. Cash donations of
more than $11,000 were collected locally,
and Bishop Johnny Lowe traveled to Nas-
sau to purchase necessary supplies. With
the funds he was able to purchase 80 rolls
of felt, 133 sheets of roofing plywood and
200 bundles of shingles. He also paid the
shipping costs to have the supplies deliv-
ered to Inagua. Bishop Lowe has been in
contact with persons on Inagua, and they
have received the supplies and are grateful
to the people of Green Turtle Cay.
BEC's substation
During the meeting the electricity went
off, leaving the room in darkness. Mr. Lin-
coln Jones asked the Council members if
they were aware of the possibility of BEC
closing our local sub-station and moving
the generator off the island. The Council
had not been informed of this, but promised
to look into it and report back. GTC has

had a substation since BEC started supply-
ing electricity to the cay. This substation is
used frequently during the summer months
and other busy times. Fuel for this substa-
tion used to be brought in by a tanker ship
and pumped through pipes that run under
the main street. Over the past few years a
fuel truck has been brought over on a barge
to supply the station.
Calls were made by the Council and
they reported that BEC plans to move the
generator for maintenance. This is a great
concern, considering how often BEC has
had to use this generator in the past. How
long will this maintenance take? Will the
generator be returned to GTC? Does this
mean that we will very likely experience
power failures on a regular basis? BEC
should notify its customers on GTC of
its intentions and a representative of BEC
should attend a community meeting to hear
our concerns and answer our questions.
BEC has obviously NEEDED to use the
generator on GTC to "supplement" their
output. So what will happen when that gen-
erator is no longer available?
School News
Amy Roberts Primary School held an
Alumni Walkathon on October 11th. For-
mer students, current students and friends
of teachers Alexandria Sawyer and Sara
Roberts came out in support of the school.
The early morning walk was approximate-
ly three miles (two miles for the younger
students) and ended back at the school.
Breakfast was sold from the school kitchen
and the menu included Bahamian souse
chicken with Johnny cake, tuna and grits
and pastries. The event was a success and
the proceeds will benefit the school.

Our well loved cork tree
Over the years we have seen our com-
munity grow from a sleepy fishing village
to one of the most successful communities
on Abaco. With progress has come much
change. We must accept the change be-
cause it has afforded us a lifestyle that our
ancestors could not have imagined. Much
of our success must be credited to the peo-
ple from other countries who have visited
and invested in our community. Many have
been a part of our community for decades
and are now a part of our history. They
have suffered through hurricanes with us
and helped to rebuild. But there is always
that one bad apple who will attempt to spoil
the whole bunch! This is the case in the
saga of "The Cork Tree!"
No one can quite remember when the
cork tree (thespesia populnea) sprang up on
the beach known as the "creek-shore," but
we all agree that it has been there for many,
many years. Some may argue that this is
not an endangered spe-
cies or of great fruit
bearing value. But the
"big tree" has been the
place for the childhood
fantasies and games for
generations on GTC.
There is no designated
park on GTC, and this
tree provided a public,
shaded spot to play or
just rest. It was in the
shade of this tree that
toy Tonka bulldozers
and dump trucks dug The young people
trenches and prepared or Treating on H
the site to build mighty and Ally.

cardboard forts to guard against pirates and
invading armies! Many battles have been
fought using ammunition provided by tree
branches and the seed pods! Castles have
been built and dynasties were toppled by
the rising tide! Many memories have been
made in the shade of this beautiful tree.
Hurricanes have come and gone, but the
sturdy, salt tolerant "cork tree" has sur-
vived them all...until this past summer.
Across the street from where the tree
grew was a small, vacant lot that was even-
tually purchased by a man from Florida to
build his "dream home." From the begin-
ning he wanted to remove the "big tree."
It blocked his view and the possibility of
building a dock. Over the past two years he
made many attempts and was always told
that the tree was not going to be cut down.
The local District Council told him he was
not to touch the tree. His house was com-
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pleted, and it seemed that he had given up
on his mission to get rid of the tree. This
summer he even hung a swing on a branch
of the tree.
A few weeks ago we noticed that the
branches were looking withered and the
leaves were brown and falling from the
tree. The tree appeared to be dying! Persons
inspecting the tree found that two holes had
been drilled into the trunk. Samples from
the holes in the tree and the dirt around
it showed that the tree had been poisoned!
There was only one suspect. So brazen is
this man that he wrote to the local Council
admitting to
poisoning the
tree and pro-
posing what
could be put
in place of the
tree. He asked
to meet with
the Council
to discuss his
proposal and a
date was set.
But the
meeting did
not go as he
had planned.
It was a pub-
lic meeting,
and the man
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faced a room
facd a ron funds for its Island Roots
rful of angd entered into the competition
residents and the Guys.
the Guys.

Council members. His lame excuse was
that he was trying to "stunt the growth" of
the tree because he worried about it hitting
power lines! No one accepted his excuse
because he had made too many attempts
to get rid of the tree. The man showed no
respect for the laws of the country or the
people of the community. He endangered
the lives of children by putting poison in
an area where they play.
AFTER he put the poison in and around
the tree, he hung a swing in an attempt to
cover his dirty deed! The swing would then
entice children to play in an area contami-
nated by poison! He did not consider that
the restaurant less than 100 feet away had

ly holds a Guy Fawkes Fun Night to raise
Heritage Festival. This year 11 Guys were
n. Here we see children dancing with one of

picnic benches on the beach for their pa-
trons or that the poison could contaminate
the water. He purposely destroyed a tree
that, unlike him, had roots in the commu-
nity. He did not appear to be sorry because
he has in fact accomplished what he set out
to do: get rid of the tree!
In his country he would be charged
with endangering the lives of people and
pets and with causing damage to the infra-
structure and environment. The people of
GTC feel that the same should happen in
our country. He was told in no uncertain
terms that he is undesirable! The pursuit of
his dream should not be the community's
nightmare! This man is an example of the
bad apples that attempt to spoil the whole
bunch. Residents are calling on the Immi-
gration Department and other government
agencies to deal with the man as harshly as
the law allows.
Halloween was celebrated
GTC awakened from its slumber at the
end of October as children and adults came
out for Halloween. Only Christmas is more
popular than Halloween on GTC! The chil-
dren went from house to house showing off
their costumes and collecting their treats.
The little ones and older girls dressed in

cute costumes while the older boys try to
look as scary as possible. After the ear-
ly trick or treating in town, some adults
headed to the Green Turtle Club for their
annual Halloween buffet and party.
On November 1st Amy Roberts Primary
held a fall fund raiser that included tours of
the haunted jail. While the very brave stood
in line to tour the jail, the not-so-brave and
the very hungry enjoyed hot dogs, chili
or conch chowder at the basketball court.
The haunted jail was well organized and
very popular. Ghouls greeted visitors and
even chased them through the tombs in the
foggy jail yard! At the end of the night it
was safe to bet that many kids would be
seeking comfort in their parents' bed! The
event was successful and all proceeds will
benefit the students.
Guy Fawkes Night raised
On November 8 the Island Roots Heri-
tage Festival Committee held its 6th An-
nual Guy Fawkes Fun Night at Settlement
Point. It was great weather for an outdoor
evening event and people came from all
over Abaco. Eleven "Guys" were entered
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The Editor Says

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Two recent events within our local gov-
ernment show that the system and those in
charge are taking their responsibilities se-
riously and advancing to a higher plateau.
Foremost is our new sanitary landfill which
is about to open and the role local govern-
ment will play in the management of this
facility. Second is the recent formation of a
Chief Councillor's Association of Abaco's
seven district councils.
Managing the landfill locally was nomi-
nally accepted by Council members months
ago as a minor burden to the Council's rou-
tine. However, as opening day approaches
and the operating ritual becomes better
known, reservations are being expressed.
Council members seem somewhat nervous
about their new role in the management of
this facility
The Department of Environmental
Health is assisting in the training, over-
sight and will be paying most of the bills
for the first year as the system settles into
a routine.
Among the responsibilities of the Cen-
tral Abaco District Council is establishing
the fees for using the facility. Nassau rates
were given to the Council members which
they can accept, or they can impose high-
er or lower fees. Revenue, or the tipping
fees that are collected, is deposited locally
into a reserve account to be used locally
for the landfill and associated maintenance
and expansion. Although Nassau built the
first cell, local government will fund the
construction of the next cell from the ac-
cumulated revenue.
A three-year contract has been signed
for management of the incoming trash
within the cell and placement of goods with
recycling potential. However, this does not
mean that incoming refuse will be sorted at
the site with bottles, aluminum and other
goods set aside. All goods with recycling
potential must arrive separately and will be
directed to the appropriate storage area.
It is conceded that the Nassau tipping
rates are too low and do not cover the cost
of the landfill operation and maintenance.
However, they were set on the low side
as an encouragement for the public to use
the facility. It was felt that it is cheaper

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to subsidize the operation rather than im-
pose higher fees and have people dump
their trash indiscriminately throughout the
Tipping fees in Nassau are waived for
residential loads under 300 pounds. It was
said that a typical load in an F150 Ford
pickup generally falls in the free category.
The tipping fee schedule in Nassau is:
$5 for 300 999 pounds
$10 for 1,000 1,999 pounds
$10 per ton for 2,000 pounds and more
$10 per load Construction & demolition
$10 deposit required before dumping
Regular clients will establish credit ac-
counts and will be billed monthly. Com-
puter software at the weigh station will
generate the data for monthly bills. The
weigh-station computer sends the statistical
data to a remote office where the monthly
bills are prepared.
The Central Abaco Council will hire
two persons to work shifts to staff the
weigh station. Nassau is sending a person
trained in the operation of the weigh station
to get the system started. For the first 6 -
12 months, the weigh station staff will be
trained and paid by Nassau but eventually
they will be the responsibility of Council.
Staff, management and operational poli-
cies of the north and south transfer sites
have not been discussed yet.
The main landfill site is expected to be-
come operational November 15 when the
Dundas Town dump is slated to close. The
steady flow of trash, yard and construction
debris coming in a steady stream will test
nerves and patience as the kinks in the sys-
tem are resolved.
Unlike some new systems which can
start small and work into larger volumes,
this site will begin at nearly full throttle.
All of Central Abaco's trash will begin


ring of local

flowing into the cell during the first week.
Added to that will be all the trash from
Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow
Cay. Several containers can be expected
from the Abaco Club at Winding Bay.
This site will present challenges and op-
portunities as its procedures settle into a
daily routine. Items often alluded to but
which are outside the present scope of op-
eration include various recycling projects.
Except for words on the desirability of re-
cycling, nothing has been said on how this
aspect is to be managed or accomplished.
This will be one of Council's challenges.
Another area to be explored is the po-
tential for electricity generated from the
garbage, either from the methane produced
by the decomposing garbage or from con-
trolled burning of the garbage. This poten-
tial will not be realized with BECs present
expansion site 10 miles south at Wilson
Garbage will initially be accepted at the
landfill from the Central Abaco District and
the Hope Town District which includes El-
bow Cay, Guana Cay and Man-O-War Cay.
Later, as the system stabilizes, trash
from North and South Abaco will flow into
the landfill adding other elements of com-
plexity and cooperation. It is not clear how
Green Turtle Cay's trash will be handled
but it may end up in the Snake Cay landfill.
That would leave the isolated settlements
of Grand Cay and Moore's Island to look
after their own trash problems.
The Abaco Chief
Councillors Association
The recent formation of a Chief Coun-
cillors Association for Abaco is another
historic moment in the evolution of local
government. The original Local Govern-
ment Act of 1996 urged the chief council-

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They're Stealing
From YOU!
Dear Editor,
Our second home on Abaco was recent-
ly broken into with items totaling several
thousand dollars being stolen. How is this
stealing from you, you may ask? Please al-
low me to briefly explain.
1. We have already had 2009 renters
cancel when they learned that our home
had been burglarized. These were friends
of ours whose family had made several
trips to Abaco, spending a great deal in the
local economy during their visits. It was
likely that they would have returned for
years to come. They no longer feel safe
bringing their two young daughters to our
wonderful family island. I am certain that
they are far from alone in these thoughts.
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age second homeowner is not "rich." Our
second home on Abaco is our most valuable
asset that we have (beyond the blessings
and love that the Lord makes available to
us all, of course). I found my wife crying
the day after we heard the news and asked
her what was wrong? Her reply, "Why is
this happening to us? We're not rich!" The
money we now have to spend on replac-
ing our lost items is that much less money
that we have available to spend to travel
to and to purchase things there on Abaco.
That's two ways of taking money out of
your pockets.
3. It is very sad that our personal items
have been or will be sold or traded at a
fraction of their worth for cash or drugs. It
is ironic that the thieves will actually only
get pennies on the dollar for their stolen
goods while it's taking full dollars out of
the pockets of Abaconians. People obtain-
ing electronics this way are taking money
out of your shop owners' pockets by not
buying them at one of your stores.
4. Insurance rates will go up for all
of us if crime rates and insurance claims
escalate. One renter who canceled said
they didn't know what was worse a hur-
ricane or a break-in. My first reply was
that a hurricane would have certainly cost
a lot more in repairs. But the more I have
thought about this, I now believe that theft
has a much larger trickle down effect, and
damages our island in a worse, longer term
way that just may be far more difficult for
us all to repair!
These are at least four ways that I can
think of that exemplify how rising crime on
Abaco is EVERYONE'S problem. I urge
people to realize that we are all part of a
bigger whole, and in a very real sense,
when your neighbor's home is robbed and

violated, yours is, too. When they steal from
your neighbor, they literally are also steal-
ing from YOU! We are all victims of these
crimes, whether directly or indirectly.
Let me close by saying, we know that
this behavior is not at all typical of the
people of Abaco. One of the reasons we
decided to buy our dream home here was
the honest, caring, religious fellowship that
we feel so strongly every time we come
to visit your paradise. We are honored to
share your blessings with you as respectful
guests in your country. Most Abaconians
are VERY honest and serve as role models
of integrity for the world. We know that
these things can and do happen anywhere
there are drugs or young people with idle
hands. But none of us should want to see
Abaco go the way of New Providence or
If you know of someone guilty of these
crimes, won't you please help them to get
help, and help yourself by reporting them
anonymously to the police? Together WE
CAN solve these issues through neighbor-
hood watches and respecting other's prop-
erty as if it were our own. Because in a
very real sense, when someone steals from
one Abaconian, that someone has stolen
from all Abaconians.
Kind regards,
John (Jack) Bowers, RPh
Beach Haven, Abaco
An appeal to
Dear Editor,
Please allow me a space in your paper to
comment on the cost of living in Abaco.

Please see Letters Page 9


lors to get together for the common good
of the island, but it has taken this fifth term
of local government for the persons hold-
ing this position to be comfortable with the
One very timely chore they face to-
gether is preparing for the Commonwealth
Local Government Convention to be held
in Freeport in May 2009. The conference
is a three-day affair with delegates from
24 Commonwealth countries around the
world. Some delegates will arrive a day
early and be given the option of visiting ei-
ther Bimini or Abaco to see how local gov-
ernment is being implemented, the impact
it has on these communities and the legacy
being left for future generations.
This conference and the associated edu-
cational tours give our new Chief Coun-
cillors Association an immediate common
goal to present Abaco in a coherent manner
to these upscale visitors. Abaco has much
beauty and many interesting towns to ex-
plore. But these excursions are to show of
how local government has been effective
in managing the affairs of our island a
much harder assignment. We want to do
more than show off our public restrooms
and clean road verges.
Beyond the conference in May is the op-
portunity to bring issues to government's
attention. Many issues are common to the
entire island even though Abaco is divided
into seven districts. If the chief councillors
together go to government, their combined
voices are more likely to be heard. And
they can discuss common problems. Many
times new insights are discovered when
discussing these problems with others.
Local government on Abaco seems to be
moving ahead, gaining confidence and ex-
perience which will benefit all of Abaco's

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Letters From Page 8

When I came to Abaco in 1992, I quick-
ly had to adjust to the price of food and
other products on the shelf in local stores.
The cost of living here has always been
a subject for discussion and I never could
understand why there is such a huge dis-
parity when we compare the cost on other
islands. On one occasion, however, I was
taken aback when this issue was addressed
on a local radio show when the host actu-
ally called a few companies in Nassau and
Freeport, if I'm remembering correctly,
and actually proved that some items were
in fact cheaper here.
While this fact may seem to kill my ar-
gument, I wish to further state that those
items more reasonable or cheaper were in
the minority and a further study on a wider
variety of items proved that Abaco is in
fact more expensive.
With the looming economic crisis world-
wide, many will not be able to afford the
luxuries of life at the price we now pay
so this, in my opinion, could translate into
businesses selling less, losing business and
possibly closing shop. When money was
flowing, people spent without question and
sales boomed. I believe that greedy store
operators are marking up prices too high
on Abaco, and this will drive them out of
business if we ever find ourselves as bad as
some states presently in the U.S.
My solution is that shop owners need
to seriously recalculate their markups to
promote more sales and hence more spend-
ing which could mean the economy would
still be generating business that will help
to keep us afloat in the hard times. To not
do so would be like "shooting ourselves in
the foot."
My concern hit home today when I came
into contact with a foreign property owner
who complained about the cost of living
on Abaco, and that he and a few others
are now considering selling and moving
back to the U.S. He was able to give me
at least ten prices for products at various
businesses which I concluded was marked
up by five or more times. He gave prices
from a local marine store, a food store, a
hardware store, a clothing store and sev-
eral others.
Please correct me if I'm wrong. But
what I cannot understand is if customs
charge anywhere from 50 percent upwards
to import goods, then the overall landed
cost and freight should not go beyond say
100 percent. Hence, a product we can buy
in the U.S. for $1.29 should not be costing
$6.49 here. With a 100 percent importa-
tion charge and add say a 50 percent to
100 percent profit markup should have this
$1.29 in the U.S. product on our shelves
for between $3.87 and $5 max.
But our greedy businessmen who want
to get rich overnight continue to rape and

rob us with these outrageous prices. When
the economy is booming and everyone is
making a dollar, then you can afford to be
greedy because we the consumers can af-
ford and choose to pay. But this is not the
Large business owners have buying pow-
er that allows them to benefit from lower
prices for bulk purchases but still overprice
their goods. Now that things are getting
tight and money is stretched thin, a dif-
ferent approach is needed. My suggestion
is for businessmen to reconsider the times
we are living in and where possible adjust
their profit margins based on the overall
importation, cost and allow our economy
to remain stable by encouraging sales with
better pricing. With all the technology to-
day even children can now go online and
check prices on the internet for almost ev-
ery product sold internationally. You can
do your own math. If you determine that
Mr. Seller is being greedy, refuse to buy
the product. Maybe then he will drop his
price to a more reasonable level.
While some reading this article may
question whether I have a grasp on the re-
ality of real business and pricing, I would
like to suggest that as a consumer I am
aware that it goes deeper than the surface
which I appear to be skimming. However,
I personally conducted a small scale exer-
cise where it was determined that numerous
items currently sold on Abaco do not have
to be priced as high as they currently are.
If one had money and a business licence,
they would probably make a very good liv-
ing here. At the rate we are headed, I won-
der if local businessmen would welcome
healthy competition from other local per-
sons and potential business operators and
potential investors from other parts of The
Bahamas to come in and set up shop to help
reduce the cost of living here and spread
the wealth more evenly.
I admonish business owners not to be
selfish and try to get rich overnight, and
encourage consumers to refrain from com-
pulsive buying and reconsider your spend-
ing habits.
A concerned Abaconian
Telephone Cell 1-242-475-2226

Suggestion for
garbage problem
Dear Editor,
I was recently on a motorcycle trip
which took me through North Carolina,
and during the trip I came across a good
solution to the local garbage problem.
When the new landfill is opened along
with the collection station on the Chero-
kee road, there will be no place locally for
people to take small amounts of garbage
except out in the bush as some idiots do
right now.
I have attached a picture of a collection
site on Cedar Island in North Carolina,


This is a suggested solution for a garbage problem that will soon plague Abaco. When the
new landfill is opened and the present dump in Central Abaco is closed, some residents
will dump garbage in the bush along the roads. The garbage set-up pictured here is in the
US and is situated to accommodate local people with small amounts of garbage. A facility
like this, conveniently located, would encourage people to use it rather than dump along
our roads and in the bush. The residents drive up the ramp to an open container on each
side of the ramp. It can be landscaped to be attractive and will be much more efficient
than cleaning up our roadsides. It has been suggested that each town set up a collection
site similar to this to alleviate cleaning up along roadsides.

which is there specifically for the locals to
drop off small amounts of garbage.
If we do not put something like this in
place, believe me, after a while we won't
be able to see the bush for all of the gar-
bage piled up. I urge the local government
people responsible to seriously consider a
solution such as this.
Sid Dawes

Road is a disgrace
Dear Editor,
Does anyone have an employee that
lives in the Mud? Ever had to pick him or
her up or drop them off? If you have, you
will have noticed the sorry state of the road
directly across from the Royal Bank which
goes past the old Sawyers Market Build-
ing to the old Primary School. I work at
Tropickool Air-Conditioning which rents a
space in the old Sawyers Market Building.
Every day, sometimes two and three
times a day depending on my errands, I
must drive through the open pits that span
the entire width of the road. I drive a small
car which is low to the ground so you can
imagine how often I go down into one of
these pits and pray that my car will get
back out of it.
It is bad enough navigating around the
worst of craters when it hasn't rained in
days but try doing it when the entire road
is flooded from a cloud-burst and you can't
see where the deepest spots are. I have
scrapped the underside of my car too many
times to count as I drive as slowly as pos-
sible through the maze on my way to work
each day.
Starting today I am going to have to start
parking my car at Royal Bank and walk to
work. I don't find this to be too big of a
deal except that I'll have to wade through
the puddles on my way since there is no
way to walk around them now. And, of
course, if it is raining, I'll have to walk in
the rain.
If this situation existed in any other pat
of town on a public road traversed by com-
mercial and residential traffic, the problem
would not have been allowed to become so
drastic. It is my opinion that because the
road leads into a poverty-stricken section
of town that the government is unsure what
to do about, they have decided to neglect a
public road as a result.
I implore the Ministry of Public Works
and the local government to repair the road
(properly and permanently this time) so

that the businesses and the residents (both
Bahamian and Haitian) that use this road
have access that does not include a trip into
the Grand Canyon!
Tara Sands
Too many foreigners
with work permits
Dear Editor,
Kindly print this letter that was sent to
the following:
Prime Minister
Minister of State for Immigration
Minister of Labour
Dear Honourable Ministers,
There is great concern and unrest at one
of the major resorts on Abaco. This is a
hotel with about 70 rooms but yet all of the
good paying jobs are held by foreigners. I
would like to know why the Immigration
Department would approve all these work
permits when there are so many qualified
Bahamians out there who can do these
jobs. The Minister of Immigration and
Minister of Labour need to do some seri-
ous investigating into these matters as soon
as possible.
I will give you some examples. When
the company advertises for job openings,
they don't want any Bahamians right off
the top. When they do their interviews,
they only offer Bahamians pocket change
with no benefits so they don't take the job.
Then they tell the Labour Department that
no Bahamian applied for the job. Also they
advertise for someone with so many quali-
fications that they think Bahamians don't
have so most don't even apply. A lot of
these qualifications they ask for have noth-
ing to do with the job at all.
Bottom line they want foreigners
to have these jobs and no Bahamian will
ever get them as long as the government
approves their work permits. After they
get their Labour certificate, they then get
a work permit approval sometimes within
weeks. Most of the time these people are
already here working before they even get
approval. Once here these workers get
enormous salaries, free housing, living ex-
penses, travel expenses, insurance, trans-
portation, large bonuses and some even
with a nanny.
At the end of the day these workers don't
have to spend a dollar on Abaco because

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in the competition. Judges chose the best
guy based on theme, creativity and how
well the "builder" could dance his/ her
Guy! Some poor "Guys" couldn't stand
up to the public humiliation of dancing
and lost their heads! They were all taken
off to the bonfire and burned. There was a
junkanoo rush to send the Guys off in true
Bahamian style!
The committee sold burgers, conch
chowder, guava duff, cotton candy and
other desserts to raise funds for the 2009
festival. The event was successful, and the
support of the Abaco community at these
events makes it possible for the commit-
tee to host the annual Island Roots Heritage
Festival in May.
The Island Roots Heritage Festival
Committee asked the secondary schools on
Abaco to have students submit art work to
be used on the T-shirt and booklet cover
for the 2009 Island Roots Heritage Fes-
tival. The committee received 20 entries
from various schools. They were all beau-
tiful, but only one could be chosen! The
winning entry was announced at the Guy
Fawkes Fun Night. Giovanni Coakley of
Forest Heights Academy will receive a lap-
top computer and his original art work will
be used for the 2009 festival. All of the
art work was displayed at the Guy Fawkes
event and will be on display at the festival
in May! There are lots of talented young
people on Abaco!
Wedding bells
Congratulations to Kenvan and Marga-
ret Jones, who were married on October 25
at the Miracle Church of God. Family and

Mr. and Mrs. Kenvan Jones
friends packed the church to witness the
exchange of vows. Bishop Johnny Lowe
performed the ceremony and the bridal
party included friends and relatives of the
bride and groom. A reception followed
at the Roosters Rest. After a honeymoon
cruise the couple will reside on Green Tur-
tle Cay. Margaret is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Livingstone Bodie, and Ken is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jones of
Man-O-War held
Town Meeting
A general Town Meeting on Man-O-
War was conducted by Chief Councillor
Jeremy Sweeting in the school on No-
vember 3. This was to bring residents
up-to-date about ongoing town improve-
ments and items being considered for the
Administrator Cephas Cooper began by
telling the 15 persons attending that wooden
docks can now be approved locally if they
do not exceed 120 feet in length and are

on wooden piling so water currents are not
obstructed. Permission to dredge around
a dock or along a waterfront must still be
approved by Nassau once the dredging is
recommended locally.
Mr. Sweeting disclosed that of the dis-
trict's annual budget of $572,132 a major
portion, approximately 72 percent, is spent
on garbage collection and the related ship-
ping of the containers to Marsh Harbour.
Following historical patterns, the ex-
pense for shipping Guana Cay's trash and
Hope Town's trash to Marsh Harbour is
met by Council. For unclear reasons, the
expense for shipping the Man-O-War gar-
bage is covered by private contributions
within the island. Mr. Sweeting is working
to have Council's budget include the Man-
O-War transportation expense.
A petition was presented asking for a
nurse to be available on the island. How-
ever, it was disclosed that the govern-

ment nurse in Hope Town was recently
transferred somewhere else and it was not
known if a replacement is scheduled.
A questions from the audience related
to the poor condition of the eastern pub-
lic dock. A small amount of capital fund-
ing may be allocated during the year and
some of this will be used to renovate this
Several persons expressed the need for
a public restroom. This brought out the
potential lying unused in the neighbouring
Batelco building. Although part of it does
house Batelco's technical equipment, the
offices once used by staff are now vacant.
A few derelict houses remain n town
and these will be individually evaluated as
to future action. Those persons living in
substandard housing may require some as-
sistance from Social Services to restore the
house to proper standards.

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to date on what the Hope Town District Council was doing. Aa wide range of topics was
discussed including the budget, trash disposal expenseand the nee for public restrooms.
Shown here is Senior Administrator Cephas Cooper and Councillors Walter Sweeting,
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Toys for Tots
will be held Dec. 6
By Sid Dawes, Secretary
Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club
Although it is sad that Marsh Harbour
will not be having a Christmas Festival this
year, the Scurvy Few will be holding its
11th Annual Toys-for-Tots event as usual
on December 6th in the same location as
the last few years, across the street from
Memorial Plaza. Gary Sawyer and Andrew
Albury have graciously agreed to allow us
the use of their properties this year.
The event will run from 11 a.m. to about
5 or 6 p.m., and as usual will be collecting
toys along with selling burgers, hot dogs,
cotton candy and various beverages. There
will be a bouncing castle for the kids to
have some fun and a Santa to find out what

A catamaran cnarter ooat is now oasea on A
modate a small group wanting to cruise the I
or it can be chartered for parties, compan

they secretly want for Christmas. There
will also be a raffle for three bicycles.
We ask everyone to please come out and
help to support our cause. If you can't,
you will see our Donation Cans all around
town, so please drop in your spare change
to help the less fortunate children of Abaco
to have a Merry Christmas.
Catamaran charter
now based on Abaco
By Julian Lockhart
In an attempt to offer a luxury boat-
ing experience to tourists and locals alike,
Highseas Private Excursions now has a 46-
foot catamaran operating on Abaco as they
expand their business from New Provi-
dence and Exuma. The yacht has four state-
rooms, two heads, galley, air conditioning,
satellite television and radio, enclosed fly
bridge, fresh wa-
ter wash down and
two showers. It is
docked on Pelican
Shores and is cap-
tained by Timmy
Owner of the
company is Brooks
Russell, who lived
on Abaco years ago
and is now back of-
fering a service to
better the tourism
product and to of-
fer local Abaconi
4baco. It will accom- ans something else
area for several days to do. Mr. Rus-
y outings or special l said, "One of
the reasons we de-

cided to move to Abaco is to work with
the resorts. The conversation originally
started to work with the Ritz and for them
to have an amenity to use. Seeing a need
for this kind of business for people call-
ing our Nassau office and if we have boats
available in Abaco. Abaco is such a popu-
lar boating destination for people. Timmy
Higgs is our captain. He knows the waters
of Abaco and all he does for a living is
boating," he added.
Mr. Russell said they will tailor-make
the excursions to what the client wants.
They will give the clients suggestions but
will do whatever the client wants. They are
already in business and have done a num-
ber of private excursions and group parties
on Abaco.
For bookings individuals can contact
Mr. Russell at 242-393-3501 or go to their
website at www.highseasbahamas.com or

email them at highseasbahamas@hotmail.
com for more information.
Highseas Private Excursions has been
featured in the New York Times and can
be seen on the Travel Channel in Decem-
ber. It has a fleet of six boats ranging from
40 feet to 110 feet and all can be chartered
to come to Abaco.
"One Marsh Harbour company char-
tered the boat and went to Hope Town for
lunch, then went down to Tilloo Beach and
dived conchs and made conch salad. They
hung out on the beach and cruised through
the cays and back into Marsh Harbour and
it was an all day event. I want to emphasize
half and full day excursions, birthday par-
ties, events and weddings. If they want, a
multi-day trip that is possible and they can

Please see Central Page 13

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Boulevard in the foreground and Abaco Shopping Centre parking area in the background.
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inquire about multi-day charters as well,"
Mr. Russell concluded.
Abaco Cancer Society's
Stride For Life
By Jennifer Hudson
The Abaco Cancer Society was very
pleased with the results of its Stride For
Life fitness walk on November 8 and wish-
es to thank the many people who turned
out to walk and show their support. The
aim of the walk was not just to get people
to exercise but more importantly to raise
people's awareness about cancer and the
work of the society in assisting patients fi-
nancially. Registration began at 7.30 a.m.
and though the walk was slated to begin at
8 a.m. many enthusiastic walkers got un-
derway early. The 5K walk began at the
Jib Room and continued to the end of Peli-
can Shores, along to Wrackers and back to
the Jib Room.
Over 100 adults and children participated
and several dogs walked with their own-
ers. Each person paid an entry fee of $5 (all
dogs paid, too) but many made very gen-
erous donation also. Society T shirts, pins
and bracelets were on sale. In addition to
the many individuals who turned up, it was
good to see whole families walking together
and also a group of members of the Care
Team from the Abaco Beach Resort who
were not having to work that morning.
Following the walk, participants gath-
ered back at the Jib Room and there was a
very jolly atmosphere as everyone enjoyed
refreshments and a bit of socializing. The
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sum of $1,225 was collected towards as-
sisting cancer patients.
People are reminded of the greatly ex-
panded Cancer Society Thrift Shop which
is open every Saturday morning from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. in the building behind Ab-
aco Groceries by the Marsh Harbour air-
port roundabout. There is a wide variety of
excellent quality clothing, household goods
and often furniture. So come and check it
out. You will be surprised at what goodies
you can find. All funds raised from Thrift
Shop sales are used to directly assist can-
cer patients in treatment. Anyone wishing
to donate good quality, clean clothing or
other items can deliver them to the shop on
a Saturday morning during opening hours,
or at other times during the week donations
can be dropped off at Abaco Groceries.
Marsh Harbour/Spring
City holds Town Meeting
By Jennifer Hudson
The Local Government Town Commit-
tee of Marsh Harbour/Spring City held a
Town Meeting on November 5 in the Mag-
istrate's Court, Marsh Harbour, to give
an update on plans and to let people know
what is going on in Marsh Harbour. There
was a disappointingly small turnout for this
meeting. Moderator was Town Committee
Chairman, Mr. Roscoe Thompson, III,
who was supported by Deputy Chairman,
Mr. Colon Curry; Island Administrator
for Central Abaco, Mr. Cephas Cooper;
Deputy Chief Councillor, Mike Malone;
Councillor Danny Sawyer; and Secretary
Mrs. Ruth Flowers.
The first topic on the agenda was the up-
keep of the landfill site at Snake Cay. Mr.

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Thompson stated that the tentative date for
the opening of the new landfill is Novem-
ber 15 and that there will be a radio talk
to inform people of guidelines for the use
of the landfill and its operating hours. Mr.
Revie Fox has been selected as contrac-
tor for the upkeep of the landfill and the
contract was signed by Council. Tipping
fees (charges for using the landfill) will de-
pend on the load. Up to 299 pounds will
be free to the public but all loads must go
through the weigh station. The charge for
refrigerators, stoves and the like are still to
be clarified. The transfer stations in North
Abaco and South Abaco are still under re-
view and the present dumps in North and
South Abaco will continue to be used until
the transfer stations are operational. Mr.
Thompson informed that all monies col-

lected at the site will remain in the district
for the use of the Council for management
of the site or related issues and said that he
will pass on any further information as he
receives it.
Mr. John Hedden suggested placing a
container in each settlement in order to
prevent a lot of garbage ending up in the
pine yard. Administrator Cooper felt that
the placement of bins in each settlement
was a practical solution.
Second on the agenda was an update on
the Snake Cay project. Mr. Thompson re-
ported that he had not heard anything re-
cent regarding the developers. Mr. Cooper
added that the developers have received
another letter from government and that
Please see Central Page 76

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Thompson and Danny Sawyer. The woman at the end of the table is Mrs. Ruth Flowers,
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government is not prepared to enter into
any further communications except those
stated initially. The developers were given
a window of 12 months to come up with
the money, but it is believed that time must
now have almost run out.
The Prime Minister has stated that if
these developers do not come up with the
funds within the allotted time, then no fur-
ther developers will be given permission to
build anything in the area. Mr. Thompson
stated that the Marsh Harbour Town Com-
mittee will be behind the Friends of the
Environment and other persons wishing to
preserve and protect the area as this area
is vital to Abaco and very well used by the
Mr. Dave Ralph suggested an indus-
trial park in the vicinity of the landfill and
felt that it was a shame that the develop-
ers had caused the plans for the site of the
new BEC power plant to be moved from
the Snake Cay area to Wilson City, thus
causing industries to be dispersed. He was
informed that Local Government is trying
to get BEC back to Snake Cay next to the
landfill which would form an industrial
park. An advantage would be that methane
from the landfill could be used to produce
electricity; and if BEC were near the site,
it would be easier for the transfer of tech-
nology. Also it was acknowledged that if
BEC were to be at Snake Cay, there would
be less distance for fuel pipelines to be run
at less cost.
The next item on the agenda was traf-
fic lights and Mr. Thompson informed that
the committee is planning to install traffic
lights at the corner by K&S. It is looking

at making a school zone area from Cyber
Learning Centre to Costrite as this area
contains several schools, and it can be very
dangerous for the children entering and
leaving school. Yellow flashing school
zone caution lights will be installed with
signs indicating a reduced speed limit to be
observed during certain hours. Pedestrian
crossings will be placed at certain points.
Mr. Mike Malone gave an update on
capital projects and listed committee bud-
get allocations within Marsh Harbour and
Spring City for the period from July 2008
to June 2009. Particulars were itemized
showing a total allocation of $282,000.
Some ideas Mr. Thompson said he has in
mind for future improvements are extend-
ing the sidewalk 2,000 feet from Scotia
Bank, a fenced-in area with swing set for
Spring City, the beautification of Front
Street, reinforcing the seating barrier at
Crossing Beach and redoing the bad sec-
tions of the old Sawyer's Market Road,
Cash Street by the Baker's Bay office and
from the airport roundabout to Cherokee
Air. It was suggested that if the Ministry of
Works would help, then the money could
be used somewhere else. Next year there
may be less money due to the economic
A suggestion was made by Mr. Patrick
Bethel that solid white lines be painted
down the centre of roads in particularly
dangerous areas as this could save lives.
The problem of drainage at the airport was
also discussed.
An update was given on the Spring City
development, and it was stated that the de-
velopment is taking place in two stages:
homes are being built, then property will
be sold to first-time home buyers. One hun-

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which should be ready by Christmas. The
Housing Minister and Prime Minister met
with residents recently regarding glitches
and the concerns and obstacles were ironed
out. Indigenous fruit trees and plants were
being destroyed, but now they are being
tagged and moved so that they can be se-
cured. One, two and three bedroom homes
are being built, the three-bedroom homes
being 1,000 square feet. Fifty percent of
each property will be landscaped. The con-
tractors are doing a good job; engineers
monitor the site regularly and quality work
is being done.
Sewage disposal systems are a major
concern. It was decided that if the Environ-
mental Health Department looks at a hole
which has been dug and there is no water
in it, they will allow some soak-aways. But
if water is found, then disposable wells
will be put in to which three or four houses
will be attached. If these create problems
for the future, they will look at a sewage
treatment plant.
There are 45 houses still on a sewage
treatment plant from Owens Illinois time in
the 1960s. Mr. Hedden stated that Spring
City floods and that sewage can be a health
hazard. The graveyard situation at Spring
City is also being looked at.
The final item on the agenda was Front
Street. It was reported that the resurfac-
ing of the street has been completed up to
Commonwealth Bank corner and looks re-
ally good. The Committee feels that it is
money well spent. The street slopes to the
water so that there is a good runoff. The
work should be finished close to deadline,
and the road should be open before Christ-
mas. Mr. Mike Malone suggested that
to relieve traffic on Don MacKay Boule-
vard to the airport, the Stede Bonnet Road
should be opened.

Indi, the Prodigy Potcake
By Mirella Santillo
The Bahamian Potcakes, a mixed breed
of dogs, are well known for their laid back
temperaments. They are well known for
their willingness to please their owners,
and it is a characteristic that four-year-
old Indi has demonstrated since she was a
We do not usually think of Potcakes as
show dogs, but Mrs. Amanda Darville saw
the potential in her dog and started train-
ing her as early as three months using re-
ward and correction methods with Indi. It
worked so well that she entered her in her
first obedience competition in Nassau in
2005 and Indi won two qualifications to-
wards Companion Dog title. It was only
the beginning of a very successful partner-
ship between Mrs. Darville and her dog.
Indi earned her last qualification for
Companion Dog in May 2006 and three
qualifications for the Rally Novice title.
In March 2007 in Nassau she advanced to
Rally Advanced and one qualification to-
wards Companion Dog Excellent. In May
2007 in Marsh Harbour she obtained the
last two qualifications for the Companion
Dog and three more for the Rally Excellent
titles. Nothing could deter the valiant Pot-
cake competing among pure breed dogs,
not even her epileptic disability. She put
the Potcake on the list of canines to watch
for in a contest.
In the October Agility Trials, the first
ever held in The Bahamas, two other Pot-
cakes were entered besides Indi. They all
did well, but Whylie from Nassau and Sail-
or could not outsmart Indi. She won two
titles during that show: three qualifications
for Novice Agility, three qualification for
Novice Jumpers with Weave. Indi has sev-

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en titles, the first Potcake to achieve that
many titles in The Bahamas. Congratula-
tions to Bahamas Dawn's Little Star India.
PM clarifies Spring City
housing expansion
Contractors, suppliers and local govern-
ment officials met in Spring City on Oc-
tober 31 to hear the Prime Minister, the
Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, clear up mis-
conceptions and resolve outstanding issues
related to the housing expansion now un-
derway there.
Although it has had 40 50 houses for
years, Spring City has been ripe for ex-
pansion as the necessary infrastructure
is already in place. The area has paved
roads, electricity, phone and cable lines,
and water mains throughout. Furthermore,
the area abounds with vacant land which

is being re-surveyed into small economi-
cal lots.
Although it is government's intention
to build as many as 100 low cost houses
there, the housing authorities do not plan
to build houses elsewhere on Abaco. It is
government's intention to make land avail-
able at other Abaco locations for sale to
first time homeowners which these new
owners can then build on. Additional lots
will be made available in Central Pines Es-
tates and a subdivision will be opened in
Murphy Town.
Accompanied by the Minister of Hous-
ing, the Hon, Kenneth Russell; Mr. Edison
Key, MP for South Abaco; and other of-
ficials, Mr. Ingraham earlier toured Cen-
tral Pines Estates and was pleased with the
quality of houses seen there. The houses do
not show signs of belonging to persons of
low incomes. In contrast, the houses now
under construction in Spring City are small
and designed as starter homes for new ho-

meowners on modest incomes.
Construction is underway with materials
being purchased under normal duty sched-
ules. Government has worked with the two
main hardware stores in Marsh Harbour to
provide good pricing for a comprehensive
materials package. However, contractors
are free to obtain their materials elsewhere
if they choose. Ten contractors are now
working in Spring City with each being as-
signed five low cost houses to build. It is
hoped that some houses will be occupied
by Christmas.
Persons in the Mud and Peas settlements
with a legal status are encouraged to ap-
ply for these houses. However, one of the
stipulations is that, if successful at getting
one of these houses, their old houses in the
Mud or Peas will be demolished.
A further incentive for these inexpen-
sive houses is that first time homeowners
will acquire their mortgage with an exemp-
tion for the seven percent stamp tax. This

Construction is underway in spring City on low cost houses that government is building to be sold to first time homeowners. Hopefully,
45 will be completed by Christmas. A total of 100 are to be built. On October 31 the Prime Minister, the Hon. Hubert Ingraham, spoke
with the contractors and suppliers of materials in an outdoor meeting to discuss construction quality, issues that have come up and
problems that the contractors are having. Mr. Ingrham was accompanied by the Minister of Housing, the Hon. Kenneth Russell; the
Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Brensil Rolle; Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr. Melvin Seymour; and Mr. Jerome Godfrey, Managing
Director of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation.


is a savings of several thousand dollar for
those who qualify. This exemption applies
to first time homeowners throughout the
Bahamas, not just in Spring City.
On completion, some basic landscap-
ing will be provided. It was stated that
construction here will follow all normal
procedures including permit applications.
The fact that the house designs are a stan-
dard plan previously approved by Physical
Planning in Nassau will speed the approval
Other persons accompanying Mr. Ingra-
ham were Mr. Melvin Seymour, Acting
Permanent Secretary; Mr. Jerome God-
frey, Managing Director of the Bahama
Mortgage Corporation; and Mr. Brensil
Rolle, Parliamentary Secretary in the Min-
istry of Housing. Managers from Abaco's
utility companies were present to answer

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fire was out, the police retrieved the badly
burned body of the child. The girl was
treated at the government clinic and re-
The Mud is an immigrant area of Marsh
Harbour with houses in very close proxim-
ity to each other. It has been the scene of
several previous extensive fires that have
destroyed many houses. It as fortunate that
this time only one house was destroyed.

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Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
Fellowship Meeting
The Presbyterian Kirk of The Pines
joined the three churches of the Eastern
Methodist Abaco Region, St. Andrews of
Marsh Harbour, St. James of Hope Town
and Epworth of Cherokee Sound, for a
Fellowship Meeting on October 19th. The
event was hosted by Epworth with the mes-
sage delivered by Rev. Jean Seme Joseph.
All four churches participated in the pro-
gram with Bible readings or inspirational
singing and a liturgical dance preformed
by St. Andrew's Angels of Praise Team.
Luncheon was served immediately after-
wards that featured two delicious and very
popular local dishes. The weather cooper-
ated, it didn't rain until everyone had fin-
ished their meal and chatted with fellow
worshipers. These traditional fellowship
meetings have always been a cohesive part
of Bahamian society, and I believe all our
parishioners look forward to them with
great expectations and anticipation.
Another School Clean-Up
On October 29th the school children
again scavanged Cherokee for litter from
the Batelco Station and all the way around
to Cherokee Boat Haven on the north
picking up nearly six big garbage bags of
Clean is Beautiful and Litter and Trash
are Ugly The Ministry of The Environ-
ment and Tourism say that our tourists
have more modern expectations and want
to come to an environmentally friendly
atmosphere. We are very proud of the

children because they are bringing these
messages home with them and influencing
town people that we need to pick up lit-
ter, not to throw debris along the roadways
or, worst of all, into the ocean around us.
We have lots of trash receptacles that are
picked up regularly around the settlement
and there is no excuse not to use them.
Women's Ministries
Is Active Once Again
Several ladies in the community de-
cided to come together twice a month, on
the first and fourth Wednesdays, for an
evening of Bible study, singing, games,
crafts and fellowship as well as refresh-
ments sometimes. It is non-denominational
and open to anyone who would like to join
the group. The newly elected officers are
Darlene Sawyer, President; Peggy Albury,
Vice President; Charmagne Saunders, Sec-
retary/Treasurer. Why not join in you
will enjoy it.
What Was Old is New (Photo)
To our schoolchildren what was old is
new to them. Each student brought some
sort of relic representing life in Cherokee
before electricity and before running wa-
ter. There was a kerosene lamp, sad irons,
pitcher pumps, a black and white photo,
a washboard and some pretty rusty hand
tools. Not only did the children learn some-
thing, we all did. I never knew that to keep
a sad iron from rusting, the bottom was
treated to a thin film of wax that quickly
burned off when set on the fire again. So
you wiped it clean and proceeded to iron
your clothes. There was also an empty
paint bucket with a rope tied to the handle
used for drawing water from the well. The
little girl said her Momma told her, "The

only running water they had when she was
a child was when you picked up the buck-
et and ran with it." With computers, cell
phones and Blackberries in constant use
today, we soon forget how primitive life
used to be but, somehow, I believe that our
grandparents were still a lot happier.
Meeting For Proposed
Marine Park in Cherokee
The Bahamas National Trust in collabo-
ration with Friends of the Environment
and the Department of Marine Resources
held a meeting on the preservation of the
Cherokee creeks at the W. W. Sands Com-
munity Center in Cherokee Sound on Octo-
ber 28. The meeting was one of the largest

gathering of Cherokee residents to turn out
for a public meeting in a long time. The
fishermen were not the only people who
have been affected by the steady decline
of marine life in our area, and many came
out to see what can be done to change the
downward trend.
It was brought out in the meeting how
the white crown pigeons, as well as many
other wildlife, have seemingly abandoned
our area since the Winding Bay develop-
ment became our neighbours. Whether it is
because of the increased traffic to the area
or the changes in the landscape, the dam-

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items that represented life in Cherokee before electricity and running water. A wash-
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age is evident to all who have lived here
all their lives. The change has already hap-
pened and cannot be undone. The general
consensus was that any development with-
in the waters of Cherokee Sound would
undoubtedly result in disastrous changes
to the marine breeding grounds and ju-
venile nursery that the area now protects.
This then could result in further irreparable
damage to our surroundings.
The meeting was opened by Mrs. Kristin
Williams, Executive Director of Friends of
the Environment with a short visual pre-
sentation made by Ms. Olivia Patterson,
also from Friends. Friends is preparing a
proposal to submit to government suggest-
ing the designation the Bight of Old Rob-
inson and the Snake Cay creek system as
national parks. According to professional
local divers, these two creeks and Chero-
kee Sound are all inter-connected under-
ground. Therefore, they feed and sustain
each other. What would affect one area
would, in turn, affect the others. After Ms.
Patterson's very informative and self-ex-
planatory talk as to the advantages of the
area being a national park, the meeting was
turned over to Ms. Janeen Bullard, Parks
Planner and Liaison Officer of The Baha-
mas National Trust, and Mrs. Cha Boyce
from Friends to answer questions. They
both took on a barrage of questions from
several of our community leaders and fi-
nally succeeded in calming fears and pro-
ceeded to obtain a majority vote to include
Cherokee in the national park proposal.
Also at the meeting were David Knowles,
the local Warden for the Bahamas National

Trust, and Jarred Dillet, Assistant Fisher-
ies Officer for the Department for Marine
Resources. The Trust is opening a new
office in Marsh Harbour of which Mr.
Knowles will be officer. Both of these men
also answered questions. They pointed out
that it would take the cooperation from lo-
cals to help protect the area and to collect
and show proof of poaching or the taking
of juvenile fish, crawfish and conch.
Everyone attending left the meeting sat-
isfied that with the area being designated
a national park, any further development
would be only on the land. This would pre-
clude the dredging of channels or any other
type of disturbances to the shallow waters
of the Sound which could adversely af-
fect our fragile marine life. People learned
much about the creek system as well as
a chance to voice their opinions. In turn,
Friends of the Environment promised to
return for another town meeting with their
final draft of the proposal to government
to make sure that it reflects the wishes of
Cherokee residents.

Moore's Island
School held
Awards Ceremony
On September 26th students were rec-
ognized for their outstanding achievements
during the Summer and Easter terms 2008.
Subject awards certificates were presented
as well as honor roll students were recog-
nized. The guest speaker was Mr. Basil
Neymour, who has earned the title of God-
father of the School.
He encouraged the students to set goals
for themselves, continue to work hard and
always have manners and respect. He told

them to not let the fact that they may not
have much in terms of material things de-
termine whether they would be successful
or not. He shared the motivating story of
his humble beginnings back in Andros.
Following his speech, Mr. Neymour
presented the 12th grade students with
English and mathematics books to help in
their preparation for BGCSE 2009.
The prefects of the school conducted the
ceremony sharing poetry and songs on the
theme Perseverance.

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Farewell party for
two civil servants
By Jennifer Hudson
Government department heads, cowork-
ers and friends gathered at the Administra-
tor's residence in Marsh Harbour on No-
vember 5 for a farewell party send off for
two long-serving government employees
who will be leaving the island shortly. Ms.
Christine Greene from the Environmental
Health Department and Ms. Barbara Zo-
nicle from the Treasury Department will
both be returning to Nassau.
Guests came from Nassau to help cel-
ebrate the occasion. Ms. Melanie McKen-
zie from the Department of Environmental
Health gave very brief remarks on behalf of
Ms. Greene. She stressed the loyalty Ms.
Greene had shown to her, the Department
and the Government of The Bahamas and
in addition to her loyalty she had been ef-
ficient and capable. She had initially been
told to expect a one year assignment but, in
fact, it turned into six or seven.
Ms. Donna Delancy from the Treasury
Department brought greetings to Ms. Zo-
nicle from the Treasurer. "Ms. Zonicle
knows the value of business in Abaco and
was determined to bring service second to
none. She came to open up the Treasury
Department and set a standard of excel-
lence. It is not easy to work in the Trea-
sury Department; one must be humane as
often people come in who are in distress.
I am truly proud of her and the way she
executed her assignment with integrity,"
stated Ms. Delancy. Ms. Zonicle will be
going to the Police Department as Officer
in Charge of their accounts and will be re-
placed on Abaco by Ms. Nina Fox. Ms.

Fox was present at the farewell party and
was introduced by Ms. Delancy.
"We have to bid farewell to two lovely
ladies who have made a significant con-
tribution to the community," stated Mr.
Cephas Cooper. "They can leave proud of
their performance and holding their heads
extremely high. We wish them well in their
new endeavours."
Mr. Jeremy Sweeting from Hope Town
also wished the two ladies godspeed and,
as Chairman of the Abaco Councillors As-
sociation, he wished them well on behalf
of that association. Mr. Gary Smith, Su-
perintendent of Customs, thanked them
both on behalf of his department for their
significant contribution to the island of Ab-
aco and for their services provided over
the years.
A presentation of gifts indigenous to
Abaco was made to Ms. Greene and Ms.
Zonicle. In her remarks following the pre-
sentation, Ms. Zonicle thanked her Heads
of Department, staff and Administrator
Cooper and said that she would never for-
get Abaco. "I am glad that I accepted the
responsibility; it has been a pioneering
experience and one I will cherish all my
life," she stated.
Ms. Greene said that her time on Aba-
co had been very challenging but that she
looks for challenges and had enjoyed it. "It
has been a great experience amongst lovely
people and scenery and I will miss the staff
and island of Abaco. However, I need to
relax a bit now and hope that my next job
will be less challenging than Abaco."
Following the formalities and well wish-
es guests enjoyed a delicious meal and en-
tertainment by Smokey 008.

Real estate agents
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Real estate brokers Sandra Evans and
Bill Thorndycraft recently returned from
attending the annual Florida Association of

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A going-away party was held at Administrator Cephas Cooper's home on November 5 to
show gratitude to two ladies who have been transferred to Nassau. Ms. Barbara Zonicle
opened the Treasury Department office in Marsh Harbour in October 2006 and Ms.
Chistine Greene headed the Environmental Health Department office in Marsh Harbour.
Both ladies were presented with gifts indigenous to Abaco. Shown here are Administrator
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ation's booth and presentations. She says,
"This conference is a perfect opportunity
to showcase our wonderful listings, pro-
mote real
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and raise
the pro-
file of
Bill Thorndycraft and file of
Sandra Evans our pro-
In addition to attending several educa-
tional seminars, the brokers helped host the
executives of FAR and the Real Estate As-
sociation of the Palm Beaches to a break-
fast. They also contributed to an auction,
held by the Council of Residential Special-
ists, in aid of a special summer camp for
sick children.
Agent joins real estate firm
Damianos Sotheby's International Re-
alty announces that Lydia Bodamer has
recently joined its Marsh Harbour office as
a real estate sales associate. With over 10
years of rental and marketing experience,
Lydia recently ob-
tained her Bahamas

and is a member of
the National Asso-
ciation of Realtors.
With Lydia's atten-
Lydia Bodamer tion to detail and
sales and marketing are a natural fit for
her. Her technology skills keep her on the
cutting edge of creative marketing. Lydia
also owns a vacation rental and manage-

ment business.
With her positive outlook and energetic
personality, Lydia loves the challenge of
matching buyers and sellers and prides
herself on individualized attention to cli-
ent needs. She welcomes all her present
and past clients to contact her at Damianos
Sotheby's International Realty at 367-5046
or 367-3529.
Fredericks Publishes Two
More Books of Poetry
By Samantha V. Evans
Miriam Fredericks is a known writer
to the Abaco community. Mamre, as she
is known in the writing world, is a vet-
eran educator who is presently employed
as an elementary teacher at St. Francis de
Sales Catholic School. The two new pub-
lications by Mamre are Lyrical Potpourri:
The Fragrance of Inspiration and Lyrical
Resonance: The Sounds of Inspiration. She
describes Lyrical Potpourri as a celebra-
tion of life. The book contains poetry and
essays that give a profound sneak preview
of the author's thoughts. These words will
fill the reader's life with an intoxicating
fragrance that allows him to meditate, re-
flect and think on the beauty of what has
been read.
Lyrical Resonance is the latest of her
three books of poetry that connects one's
psychological and spiritual self. She stat-
ed that Lyrical Resonance amplifies the
special sound that rises from deep within
every believer in Christ. This collection
aims to expose the reader to the prayers
and thoughts of Mamre, who hopes that
both books will touch the lives of the read-
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The Bahamas Billfish Championship is
a series of five billfish tournaments held in
The Bahamas during the months of April
through June. This year Al Behrendt, BBC
President, has announced several changes.
In 2009 it will limit each leg to 50 boats.
This year the tournaments were smaller
and the participants enjoyed the more re-
laxed atmosphere at the social events.
Limiting the number of boats allows the
organizers more choices of locating the
tournaments. This year the first tournament
will be held at Bimini Bay Resort, the first
time it is been held there in 14 years. It
will be on April 14 through 17. The second
tournament will be at the Treasure Cay Re-
sort on April 28 through May 2 to be called
the Central Abaco Championship.
The third leg on May 18 through 22
will be held at Cape Eleuthera, a new de-
velopment on the south end of Eleuthera.
The fourth tournament, the Boat Harbour
Championship, will be held at Abaco Beach
Resort and Boat Harbour in Marsh Har-
bour. That will be on June 2 through 5. The
final tournament will be the Treasure Cay

Championship on June 16 through 19.
The other change is a three-day format.
Fishing day will be Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday with no scheduled lay day. The
only exception is the event held at Boat
Harbour that will have a fourth cay of fish-
ing on Saturday.
The smaller tournaments will include
team cookouts and beach parties. At the
cookouts, each team will provide an entree
to be cooked over open fires at the host
The Bahamas Billfish Championship is a
modified tag and release tournament. Only
the very large billfish are brought to the
weigh station.
The BBC began an endowed scholarship
fund in 2000 for encouraging Bahamian
students studying marine sciences. To
date the anglers have donated about half a
million dollars to a fund managed by Ly-
ford Cay Foundation. This includes about
$60,000 donated in 2008. At present two
Bahamians are receiving scholarships, one
toward a masters degree and the other an
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surfing at the age of 12 years in "the back"
of Guana Cay where two American visitors
were surfing. They let the young lad have
a go on their boards. Blake immediately
became "hooked" and has never looked
back. A friend of Blake's, Mike Morris,
gave him some help to start him off and
then he began going to Hope Town where,
he admits, the waves are a lot bigger.
Blake attributes his early success to his
mentor, Timmy Albury of Hope Town,
who greatly assisted him. Though Blake
still sometimes surfs in Hope Town, he
surfs mainly on Guana Cay where he lives.
"I did not realise for a long time that there
were big waves on Guana," said Blake.
"People do not realise that The Bahamas
is a hidden surf jewel and is right up there
with some of the best surfing destinations
in the world," he stated.
Every day after school and on weekends
Blake would be at the beach practicing and
even in the night he would sometimes build
a bonfire on the beach and go surfing. "The
best time of the year for surf is hurricane
season and all winter. The regular waves
are big, they are not from a rage or rip tide,
and 12-foot to 15-foot seas are best," he
says. "The maximum speed I have reached
was 30 mph off Guana Cay. The waves are
always changing so you never know how
the next one is going to be but when I am
on the top of a wave I cannot explain the
adrenaline rush. It is the best feeling in the
world," he declared.
Blake says that he has worked hard to
become a "pro," and he is now very close
to achieving that goal. He describes the
art of surfing as being all about balance.
"It requires a lot of endurance, the abil-
ity to hold one's breath, staying in shape

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23 years so he is right on top right now.
He does stretching and jogging for endur-
ance as this keeps him in better shape to
go faster and avoid injuries. An ex "pro"
in Central Florida assists Blake with his
In addition to Abaco and the United
States, Blake has surfed in Puerto Rico and
Venezuela where The Bahamas surfing
team came 6th out of 18 countries. He has
always wanted to go to Bali. So next year
when he travels to competition in Indonesia
his dream will finally come true.
On November 15 and 16 Blake will be
competing in the King of the Peak surf-
ing contest at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. then
four days later he will be off to Puerto Rico
for a video shoot for his sponsors and then
to Indonesia in March.
At the beginning of next year Blake will
travel as a member of Team Bahamas to the
Olympics of Surfing at the Pan American
Games which will be held in either Costa
Rica or Guatemala. This competition takes
place every two years. Last time in his in-
dividual class Blake had the distinction of
placing 15th out of 120. Blake wears cloth-
ing, sunglasses and other products for his
sponsors and has their logos on his board;
these companies pay his fares and help out
with expenses in exchange for the adver-
He would be very pleased to have some
Abaco businesses sponsor him and their
store logos would go on his board. The
products and logos are seen in magazines
and on television and so receive wide-
spread promotion. Blake would like to
see Abaco come out as a surfing destina-
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world tour with the Ministry of Tourism as
a sponsor. Mr. Stretch Morley, who is an
advocate for youth sports on Abaco, hav-
ing learned of Blake's success has taken an
interest in his career and is trying to as-
Blake would like to thank everyone
who met him at the airport and those who
threw a surprise party for him. He would
especially like to thank his mentor, Timmy
Albury, who always encouraged him and
told him, "Don't stop, you can do this."
The event for which Blake won his gold
medal was his last as an amateur. "I will
now continue to compete and as soon as I
make enough money I will turn pro," says
Blake. "I would love for the government
to help out for my world tour as it is very
hard when I have to do it all myself and
the promotion The Bahamas would receive
could put it on the map as a surfing des-
tination. "
After his competition in Puerto Rico
Blake will be involved in photo shoots on
Guana Cay. A team of photographers will
be photographing Blake in action for a surf-
ing magazine. Blake has a website www.
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remarkable photos of him in action.

Public Service From Page 4
to present an entertaining item. Some dis-
played their talents in song and some in
poetry they themselves had written. Oth-
ers performed in some very amusing skits,
presented by members of the Royal Ba-
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Department of Environmental Health and
the Department of Public Health, Marsh
Harbour Clinic. Even our Senior Island
Administrator brought out his talent "from
under wraps" and surprised and delighted
everyone with his melodious singing which
he accompanied on keyboard.
Special mention must be made of Mr.
Arthur Moxey, who not only performed an
accompanied solo but who also provided
accompaniment on keyboard for all of the
other singers throughout the evening. All
they had to do was begin their song, and
he was able immediately to pick up the key
and provide an excellent backing for the
song. That is real talent.
Moderators Kenneth Romer and Sandy
Edwards, both from the Department of
Education, did an excellent job of moving
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November 15, 2008

Uiewpod... A new day has dawned in the world

By Julian Lockhart
I have always been a history buff and
loved studying the nuisances of life that
have brought us to where we are today.
However, I can now say I have lived to
view history in the making and witnessed a
movement that will forever be remembered
throughout the world.
At 11 p.m. on November 4, 2008, histo-
ry was made when the announcement was
made that Barack Hussain Obama became
the first African American to be named
the President-elect of the United States of
Tens of thousands of Americans of
all creeds, ages and ethnic backgrounds,
flooded the streets of America in celebra-
tion of a turning point in politics and the
affirmation in the growth of the most pow-
erful nation in the world in race relations.
America has proved to the world that it
can transcend race, and Americans today
should be proud of their country and how
far it has come.
Blacks all over the world in 50 years
will be able to say where they were and
what they were doing at this particular mo-
ment when President-elect Obama gave his
speech in front of over 100,000 scream-
ing individuals at Chicago's Grant Park.
Cheers and tears flew, embraces were held
and drinks were raised to a moment that
will go down in history as the changing of
the face of American politics.
Obama winning the election was not the
only history in the making as there was
a female, Sarah Palin, in the running for
the vice-president on the Republican ticket
and another female, Hillary Clinton, who
was a viable presidential candidate for the

Democratic ticket.
To think that only relatively recently
neither women nor blacks could not even
vote in the United States or The Bahamas.
In 2003 there were no black members
of the US Senate and now five years later
a black man, who has risen from obscurity
with no major political family ties or finan-
cial means into the most powerful political
seat in the world. The White House will
now have an African American First Fam-
I will not be fooled into thinking that
Obama being voted in as the President-
elect has erased racism in America, but
what it has done is prove that the world has
changed and the fight of our parents and
grandparents has not been in vain.
Dr. Martin Luther King has to be crying
a river in heaven right now with pride that
his I have a dream speech has finally come
to fruition and his march of equality has
come full circle into the dream of a black
man being the leader of the most powerful
nation in the world.
Obama won Virginia, which was one
of the leaders of the confederate army and
home of slavery, a state the Democrats
haven't won in many years, much less a
black man going in and taking it.
He won North Carolina, won Florida,
Ohio, Nevada, New Mexico and Colo-
rado and proved to transcend race as he
garnered 66 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Historically, Hispanics have not voted with
or for African Americans.
Bahamians, despite not being able to
vote, stood in support of this movement,
and the majority supported Obama for
President of the United States. Yes, some

of the support was because he was black,
but the majority of it was because of his
policies and the way he carried himself.
Obama is a beacon for all youth, no
matter the color of their skin, who can now
say I can be anything I want as long as I
work for it and I am willing to fight. This
beacon even shines bright in The Bahamas
where we have been ahead of the times and
despite most of the wealth being owned by
a small percentage of the population, we
have been able to move beyond a lot of
the petty racial injustices that still plague
Will Blacks and Hispanics now realize
they can achieve anything and stop using
the excuse of the "man" keeping them
down is left to be seen. There will still be
racial tension throughout America, but this
election proves that this tension is slowly
ebbing and a new age is rising in the United

States, one that will only make the world
respect them more. Radicals who hate
America won't be able to use the country's
race relations as a tool anymore and Obama
puts a new face on the fight against terror-
ism. He vehemently said that he will deal
with anyone who hates America.
Obama's first order of business once
sworn in as President of the United States
on January 20th is to lay out policies that
will help bring America out of this reces-
sion, thus benefitting The Bahamas and
helping to improve our economy at the
same time. Bahamians are blind if they do
not realize that whatever affects our big
brothers to the North also affects us.
So for once in my life I can sit back and
experience history in the making without
having to read it in a book. This is history
that we all will remember and a day that
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Marine mammals are ecosystem sentinels

What we can learn from Abaco dolphins

By Mirella Santillo
For the past 13 years Dr. John Dur-
ban has been studying the Abaco dolphin
population. Dr. Durban is a research biolo-
gist with the Center for Whale Research
in Washington and works in conjunction
with the National Marine Mammal Lab of
NOAA in Seattle, Washington. In 1995
he spent several months on the island ob-
serving the marine mammals that were the
subject of his thesis. Since then he has re-
turned every fall, accumulating and com-
paring data.
On October 27th he made a presentation
at Friends of the Environment to an audi-
ence of interested listeners, researchers,
environmentalists, ecologists, school mem-
bers and students. Although his presenta-
tion included a report on the Killer Whales
of the Northern Pacific, the audience was
most concerned with the Bottle Neck Dol-
phin found in our shallow waters.
One definite fact is that there are far
fewer dolphins than in the previous years
in the area where he repeatedly conducts
his research, a triangle delimited by Marsh

Harbour, Great Guana Cay, Man-O-War
and Little Harbour. During the 1998 and
1999 observations, 86 groups of dolphin
were reported comprised of 112 individu-
als. For the years 2007 and 2008 only 37
groups with a population of 47 dolphin
were seen. Could the first two have been
consecutive good years? Have the mam-
mals moved somewhere else, displaced
by several hurricanes that hit Abaco? Will
they come back or are they dead? So many
questions that can only be answered in the
future. The reasons for this reduced dol-
phin population could be many: hurricanes
which can force the mammals to go to deep-
er waters where they will be confronted by
more and larger sharks; disturbance by
developments; dredging; and boaters could
be other reasons. His findings, although
not entirely negative, opened the gate to
many questions the answers to which so far
can only be speculations until future data is
During the trip this year Dr. Durban,
assisted by Ms. Holly Fearnbach, identi-
fied mammals by photographs, by laser

measurements, by observations from heli-
copter showing if the animal is pregnant
and identifying it by the shark bite marks
on his fins or body. Four dolphin, identi-
fied by the shark nicks on their fins, are
regular visitors in Hope Town harbour and
Marsh Harbour. An area from which they
have nearly disappeared is between the
main island and Guana Cay and Man-O-
War Cay.
Some have moved to the Sandy Point
area. Dr. Durban thinks that these dolphin
are only traveling and will return to former
locations. He is of the opinion that if they
leave Central Abaco, their next logical per-
manent destination would be north toward
Green Turtle Cay.
Marine mammals such as the Killer
Whale and the dolphin are "ecosystems
sentinels." Dr. Durban has also conduct-
ed research on the Pacific Killer Whale,
which is a very visible mammal, easy to
study without having to tag it. It is mea-
sured the same way as the dolphins by la-
ser projection. His observation on whales
off the coast of Seattle indicated that the
mammal population oscillated with the
salmon population, the fish upon which it
feeds in that area. A few years ago, the
analysis of tissue sample of these mammals
showed evidence of heavy metal poisoning
corresponding to the same phenomenon in
the salmons they ate. At the time of this
discovery a definite decline in the Killer
Whale population was noticed. Stricter
regulations on heavy metal disposal have
reduced the problem. Analysis on the Ab-
aco dolphin have not revealed the presence
of any contaminants so far.
Another ecosystem link was observed

through the Killer Whales of the Bering
Sea which feed on Gray Whales. The lat-
er are usually too big to be eaten in their
entirety. The leftovers often end up on a
beach where they are found and very much
appreciated by bears. An increase in the
bear cub numbers could be linked to the
abundance of gray whales killed.
Many are the threats to the marine eco-
system: nature's own contributing factors,
such as more hurricanes and more preda-
tors, and man-caused factors such as global
warming, increased population and devel-
opment contributing to the disturbance of
the dolphin habitat. If we want to conserve
our marine wild life, we should play our
part to protect it by conserving energy, re-
ducing the use of pollutants, slowing de-
velopment and controling boat traffic.
The continued yearly observation may
help understand the movement of the mam-
mals to Sandy Point, the reason for the
decreasing number of dolphins in Central
Abaco and find out what has become their
next destination by extending the area of
study, concluded Dr. Durban.
You might help in the research by re-
porting dolphin sightings and/or sending
photos to < bahamaswhale.org >

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concerned by the drop in numbers that he has found this past two years. He gave a sum-
mary of this year's study at Friends of the Environment on October 27. He works closely
with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization that is based in Sandy Point.
Shown here are Mrs. Diane Claridge of BMMRO; Ms. Holly Fearnbach, assistant to Dr.
Durban; Dr. Durban; Mr. Edward Adderley, research assistant with BMMRO; and Ms.
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November 15, 2008

Two experts spoke at farmers' meeting

By Mirella Santillo
Two officers from the Bahamas Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Mr. Stan Smith, a
soil and mineral expert, now in charge of
Family Islands Affairs, and Dr. Kenneth
Richardson, a researcher on ways to im-
prove crops in The Bahamas, came from
Nassau during the first week of Novem-
ber. Besides visiting several of the farms
on Abaco, the two delegates held a meeting
which drew a large crowd of farmers and
aspiring farmers on the evening of Novem-
ber 3rd.
The meeting was aimed at reassuring
the farmers that they had the technical sup-
port of the department and to inspire them
into producing more attractive products in
order to facilitate their sale. Alternative
crops were discussed and there was a pre-
sentation by Dr. Richardson on growing
sweet potatoes.
Mr. Smith assured the farmers that they
could count on the support of the depart-
ment to deal with problems relating to
crops. He insisted that the weaknesses he
noticed while visiting the farms could be
solved and suggested that it was better to
grow one good crop that could easily be
marketed instead of diversifying into me-
diocre produce. "Which crop is Abaco
going to corner and develop?" he asked,
bringing the example of another Caribbean

island which dedicated itself to produc-
ing only okra that are now being exported
throughout the Caribbean.
Dr. Richardson made a presentation on
sweet potatoes from their environmental re-
quirements and the land preparation to the
various varieties of roots and the ailments
which could affect them. He explained the
various methods of propagation and how
to deal with the pests that could destroy a
crop, specifically weevils and nematodes.
Starting or running a farm requires
funds and the moneyman was represented
at the meeting by Mr. Marcus Cunning-
ham, the new Manager of the Marsh Har-
bour Branch of The Bahamas Develop-
ment Bank. He explained how the bank
could help the farmers with new endeavors
as long as they have a solid proposal and
business plan or collateral for a loan. He
mentioned that there are some government
guaranteed loans available for people with-
out collateral. He invited farmers to stop
by the bank and discuss their visions with
him to find out if he could help. He even
met one-on-one with a few people at the
end of the meeting. Mr. Davis Knowles,
formerly with the Department of Agricul-
ture, reminded the audience that there was
a separate loan guaranteed 100 percent
by the Department of Agriculture up to
$50,000 per individual.

After a few questions and comments
from the audience, Mr. Smith announced
that the Bahamas Agricultural, Marine Re-
sources and Agribusiness Expo will take
place on February 26th in Nassau and
invited locals to bring their products. He
wanted Abaco well represented, he insist-
Mr. Nick Miaoulis brought up the sub-
ject of a master-plan for agricultural de-
velopment on the island and was told that
there were some plans being worked out.
Mr. Swain brought up the case of two trac-

tors purchased by BAIC. The issue of the
corn mill that was taken down in 2004
because of the hurricanes and never put
back together was discussed again and land
clearing allocation was also explained. The
money available corresponds to approxi-
mately six hours of clearing per farmer,
depending on how many farmers wwhave
land to clear, they were told.
Before leaving, the participants were
treated to refreshments and a couple of
plants of sweet potatoes, the "six week"

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everything is paid for. So they save all of
their money and take it out of the coun-
try. If these were Bahamians, all of that
money would be spent right here in The
Bahamas. Also some of these workers get
a work permit for one job and when they
get here, they hold different job titles and
some even hold two and three titles and
getting paid for two different jobs. Here is
a list of foreign workers at the resort some
with Permits and some who are working
without Permits. The ones without permits
come there every other week and work for
days without anybody noticing. Then they
leave and come back again.
Chief Operating Officer/General Manager
VP of Finance / Administration
VP of Engineering / Landscaping
VP of Sales and Marketing
Director of Marine Industry and Sales
Head Chef
Souse Chef
Computer Network
President of Condo Sales
VP of Condo Sales
Sales Executive
And if that isn't bad enough, some of
these people treat Bahamians like dogs.
Now management is finding ways to ter-
minate employees who have been work-
ing there for years. People who have been

working for the company for up to 20 years
are now gone, some for washing their cars
when they were off duty, some for making
telephone calls and some for working for
another restaurant when on their days off.
These same Bahamians are laid off without
any redundancy.
If these people were not qualified, how
come they have been there for so long?.
These are some of the same people that
helped to make the resort what it is today.
All of them with no health insurance, no
pension plans, no Christmas bonus, and
not even a single cent pay increase in six
years and some still making minimum
wage because the company always claims
that it has no money.
I wonder where all of a sudden do they
find all of this money to pay all these high
paying people as well to pay for their work
If you check the records, you will see
just how many foreign managers, financial
controllers and chefs have been employed
there over the last 20 years and not a single
one ever tried to train a Bahamian.
Ministers, this has gone on for far too
long now and must stop, so please inves-
tigate and help the POOR BAHAMIAN
Looking forward to a quick response
from all of you soon.
Thanking you in advance.
Concerned resident

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Guana Seaside
Ocean Frontier
Ward's Landing
Abaco Inn
Club Soleil
Crystal Villas
Elbow Cay Prop +
Hope T Harb Lodge
Hope T Hideaways +
Hope T Villas +
Lighthouse Rentals
Sea Gull Cottages +
Sea Spray Resort
Tanny Key +
Turtle Hill

Turtle Cay
6cott 365-5464
34 hse 365-4047
9rm 365-4161
34 365-4636
3 cott 365-4105
ina Cay
II hse 365-5178
4 rm 10 cott.365-5137
12 hse 365-5195
6 units 365-5133

8 rm 7 cott 365-5106
4 units 904-982-2762
pe Town
22 rm 366-0133
6 rm I cott 366-0003
7 villas 888-812-2243
53 hse 366-0035
25 rm 3660095
63 hse 366-0224
3 hse 366-0030
4 cott 366-0154
3 hse 366-0266
5 villas 366-0065
43 hse 366-0053
4 villas 366-0557

Lubbers Quarters
Sea Level Cottages 4 hse

Island Home Rentals + 8 hse 365-6048
Schooner's Landing 5 condos 365-6072
Marsh Harbour area
Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158
Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719
Abaco Vacation Planner + 367-3529
Alesia's 3 rms 367-4460
Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022
Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980
Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000
D's Guest House 6 rms 3 367-3980
Great Abaco Club + 12 hse 367-4151
Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776
Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681
Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600
Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148
Moore's Island
Moore's Is Bonefish Camp 8rm 366-6334
Sandy Point

Oeisha's Resort 366-4139
Pete & Gay's Resort 14 rm 366-4119
Rickmon's Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083
Treasure Cay

Bahama Beach Club


Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507
Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801
Wood Cay
Tangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222
Web Sites with Abaco Information


Rev. Apr 08

Sports News

Youth In Action Resumed Abaco Darts Association
Basketball Training Resumes Practice
By Mirella Santillo By Mirella Santillo
While some of the Central Abaco youth The Abaco Darts Association started
were swimming at Crossing Beach on Octo- practice on October 7th at the D & R Sports
ber 4th, another group of young people was Club. The association is getting ready for
registering for this semester's basketball the first tournament of the season, the Gold
training at Ocean View Park. Approximate- Cup Trials which will take place the first
ly 25 new boys showed up on the basketball week of December. The trials will be fol-
court and were briefed by Youth Coordi- lowed by the Gold Cup which is to take
nator, Mr. Ishmael "Stretch" Morley, as place in Nassau at the beginning of Feb-
to what was expected of them: dedication ruary. The week after, the Local Masters
and good behavior. They learnt some ba- Trials will be disputed on our island as well
sic techniques under the supervision of both as the Local Masters' Tournament.
Mr. Morley and Mr. Gordon Musgrove, The National Masters will take place on
who will be helping with coaching. Grand Bahama this year, the first week of
Four "veterans"of the Youth in Action April, while the Champion's Cup will be
program, Yevens Pierre, who has partic- disputed on Abaco on June 19 and 20. Ab-
ipated for three years, as well as Simon aco Darts Association is looking forward
Senat, a four-year member; Kitlet Henry to participating in the World Cup USA
and Jener Louis, in the program for the next fall.
sixth year, were there to resume practice The very dynamic association now com-
and prepare for the coming tournaments. prises seven teams: the Miller Founda-
They will be competing against Freeport, tion, the Gopher You Gophers, the Koo-
Nassau, Miami and Orlando this year and lies Snipers, the Sid's Pub, the Casuarina
are looking forward to the challenge. "We Stars, the Abaco Motor Mall Hummers
are planning to come back with trophies," and the Spring City Sixers. Each teams is
said one of the youth. "Last year we lost, formed of 12 players, males and females,
but this year we are going to win," said experienced and beginners.
another. Games take place at four locations, D&R
Basketball practice takes place every Sports Club and Koolies in Marsh Harbour
Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to noon and at two locations in Spring City.
at Ocean View Park basketball court in
Dundas Town.

Remember to Buckle Up


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November 15, 2008 The Abaconian

Section A

Emergency Services
Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560
The following services are provided by volunteers
Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000
Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935
Fire -Hope Town VHFCh 16
Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
Fire Man-0-War 365-6911
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16
Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752
Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749

Medical Services
Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour...367-2295
Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic .............367-0020
Marsh Harbour Medical Centre................367-0049
Government Clinic Marsh Harbour .........367-2510
Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay ...................365-8288
Government Clinic Cooper's Town .........365-0300
Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay .....365-4028
Government Clinic Hope Town ................366-0108
Government Clinic Sandy Point .............366-4010
Government Clinic Fox Town ......................

Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers
Plus extra for each passengers above two
Between Marsh Harbour Airport and:
Ferry Dock or Murphy Town toAmmons Dr ...........$12 + $3
Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Gov't dock thru ..........

D u n d a s T o w n ..................................................
Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer's Market ..
Gov't Clinic thru Western Auto .......................
Gov freight dock through Dundas Town ........
M urphy Town to Shell Sta ..............................
Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house........
Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house...........
Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house
G reat C istern ........................ .......
S p rin g C ity .............. ....... ..........
S nake C ay .............. ........... ........
T re asure C ay ..................... ... .........
C a sua rina P o int ............................................
Treasure CayAirport or Bah Palm Shores ...
Little Harbour or C herokee .............................
C rossing R ocks ............. .. ...............
S a n d y P o in t ...................................................
* Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:
Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally's & Eastern Shore
Jib R o o m .................................... ........
Solomon's Super Center .............. ............
Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov't dock ..............
G overnm ent Freight Dock ..............................
Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance ..........
M other M erle restaurant .................................

Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour
Children under three free Caged pets as people
Luggage $1.00 each over four, Surf boards $4.00 ea.
* Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective 13 Nov05

Treasure C ay R esort...................................
M a d eira P ark ........................... ....... .....
Green Turtle Cay ferry dock........................
M o x y .................................... ........
Baham as Star farm ...................... ...........
S a n d B a n k s .................................................
Joe's Creek, Leisure Lee .............. .............
B la ck W o o d ...................... .... ........
Fire Road & Cooper's Town........................
C edar H arbour ...... .. ............ .........
W ood C ay .............. ....... ........
M o unt H ope ............... ....... ........
F ox Tow n .............. ....... ........
C row n H aven ... ...... ........... .........
M arsh Harbour Airport .............. .............
T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ....................
T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24)
T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles.......................
T C Hotel to Joe's Creek ............... ...........
T C Hotel to M oxey ..................... ...........
T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club XX...............
Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ........

Airlines Serving Abaco
AbacoAir- Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........367-2266
Am erican Eagle M iam i ...................................... 367-2231
Bahamasair NassauW. Palm B, Ft Laud ..........367-2095
BaerAir- Melbourne/Treasure Cay................321-453-2605
Continental Connection Miami
Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach .........................367-3415
Craig Air Service- Jacksonville, Datona........904-641-0300
Southern Air Nassau .................. ..................... 367-2498
Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale ..................... 367-0140
Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. (closed 18 Jul 08)
Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ............................. 367-0032
Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida
A baco A ir........ .... .......... .................. 367-2266
Cherokee A ir C harters .............. ..................... 367-3450

Dive Shops
Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour.............................367-2963
Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.......................................... 367-0350
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour.................................... 367-2787
Froggies, Hope Tow n........................ ............................. 366-043 1
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay...........................................365-857
Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay ............................................ 365-441 1
Dive Guana............................................. ................. 365-5178
Man-0-W ar Dive Shop ................................... ...... ...... 365-6013

Items of interest Man-0-War boat yards Blackwood
blue hole & sisal mill Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need
guide Hole in Wall lighthouse last mile very rough road *
Abaco wild horses by appointment 367-4805 Bird watching ask
tourism 367-3067

..$20 + $5
..$37 + $5
..$55 + $5
. $65 + $5
..$70 + $5
..$75 + $5
$75 + $10
..$22 + $5
..$35 + $5
....$6 + $3
$75 + $10

-,; Compliments of The Abaconian

Area code 242 unless noted otherwise

Ferry Schedules Departure times shown Daily service unless noted
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-0-War 20 minutes from Crossing Beach
Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay 40 minutes
Abaco Ferry Service VHF Ch 16 Scheduled service discontinued until Nov I, 2008
Avaialable for charter service

Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 10:30 12:15 pm* 2
Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm*
Marsh Harbour > White Sound Contractor's special Mon Fri 7 am
Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 10:30 am 12:15 pm
Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm
Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn
(6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30
Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:4!

4 5:45
3 4 5 6:30
Return 5 pm
4 5:45
5 pm
Not on Sundays
or holidays
5 pm

Same day fare Adult prepaid oneway $16 / Round Trip $22, * Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 free
Green Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16 Ten minute ride
Green T Cay to Treasure Cay Airport 8 am 9 II 12:15 1:30 3 4:30
T Cay Airport to Green T Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5
New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) Round trip $15 Extra to some G T Cay docks
Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16
Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT
T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT
T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25, call for time

Pinder's Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -
Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean's Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm
McLean's Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm
Fare $45 OW / $90 RT Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information
Bus between Freeport and McLean's Town Rental automobiles at both terminals.

Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119
or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates Adults $95 RT, $55 OW Cars & trucks
The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour charter bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165, G roup tours

.... $10+$3
.... $10+$2
..... $6+$2
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....$20 +$5
.... $15+$5
.. $60+$10
.. $80+$10

.....$ 2 each
.....$ 3 each
...... $5 +$3
..... $6+$3
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reads The
Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts
Rentals Marsh Harbour
A& P Car Rentals ............................. 367-2655
B & B Boat Rentals ............................ 367-7368
Bargain Car Rentals........................... 367-0500
Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................... 367-3910
Concept Boat Rentals...................... 367-5570
Power Cat Boat Rentals ............................
Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ..... 367-2979
Rainbow Boat Rentals ................... 367-4602
Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars 367-4643
Rich's Boat Rentals .......................... 367-2742
Sea Horse Boat Rentals ................... 367-2513
Sea Star Car Rentals ........................ 367-4887
Green Turtle Cay
Bay Street Rentals + ........ 477-5300 365-4070
Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental ...365-4411
C & D Cart Rental ..................... 365-4084
D & P Cart Rental ....................... 365-4655
Donnie's Boat Rentals..................365-4119
New Plymouth Cart Rentals.. 365-4188 or 4149
Reef Boat Rentals ............................. 365-4145
Sea Side Carts & Bikes...................... 365-4147
T & A Cart Rentals.............................. 375-8055
Guana Cay
Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............... 365-5195
Dive Guana Boats & Bikes................. 365-5178
Orchid Bay Cart rentals...................... 354-5175
Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................. 365-6502
Island Treasures Cart Rentals ........... 365-6072
Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals.................. 365-6024
Waterways Boat Rental ..357-6540 & 365-6143
Hope Town
Cat's Paw Boat Rentals ................ 366-0380
Hope Town Cart Rentals ................... 366-0064
Island Cart Rentals ................... 366-0448
Island Marine Boat Rentals ............... 366-0282
J R's Cart Rental................................ 366-0361
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 366-0023
T & N Cart Rentals............................. 366-0069
Treasure Cay
Alison Car Rent ................................. 365-8193
Cash's Carts....................................... 365-8771
Claridge's Cart Rentals ..................... 365-8248
Cornish Car Rentals.................... 365-8623
JIC Boat Rentals ............................... 365-8465
Triple J Car Rentals .................... 365-8761
Abaco Adventures Kayaks ..............365-8749

Bonefish Guides
Sandy Point
Patrick Roberts .. 366-4286
Nicholas Roberts
Derrick Gaitor
Ferdinand Burrows 366-4133
Vernal Burrows
Kendall White
Anthony Bain ...... 366-4107
Floyd Burrows .... 366-4175
Links Adderly ...... 366-4335
Valentine Lightbourne
Ricky Burrows .... 366-4233
Marsh Harbour
JodyAlbury ......... 375-8068
Terrance Davis.... 367-4464
Buddy Pinder.......366-2163
Justin Sands ......367-3526
Danny Sawyer..... 367-3577
Jay Sawyer ........367-3941
David Albury .......365-6059

Crossing Rocks
Tony Russell .......366-3259
Theodore Sawyer ... 366-2111
Will Sawyer............. 366-2177
Marty Sawyer.......... 366-2115
Noel Lowe ...............366-2107
Randy Sawyer.........366-2284
Casaurina Point
Junior Albury ...........366-3058
Hope Town
Maitland Lowe ........366-0234
North Abaco
O'Donald Mclntosh..477-5037
Pope McKenzie .......477-5894
Orthnell Russell ......365-0125
Alexander Rolle.......365-0120
Edward Rolle ..........365-0024
Green Turtle Cay
Rick Sawyer.............365-4261
Ronnie Sawyer .......365-4070
Jeff Survance ..........365-4040

To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Take Discovery Cruise
Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-473-3779) from
West Palm Beach to Freeport Bus to McLeans Town Ferry to Crown Haven *
Bus to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh Harbour *Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock
SFerry to Hope Town, Man-0-War or Guana Cay Its an adventure

Restaurant Guide
Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper
(Based on dinner entree range)
+ Picnic tables & restroom only t Provides ride from town
Marsh Harbour
Anglers.........................$$$ ...........367-2158
Curly Tails ......................$$$ .............367-4444
G ino's .................................$ ......... 367-2002
Golden Grouper ..............$.............367-2301
Hummingbird....................$$............. 367-2922
Island C afe.........................$ .............367-6444
Jam ie's Place.....................$ ............. 367-2880
Jib Room .........................$$ .............367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken.................. 367-2615
Mangoes ......................$$$ ............. 367-2366
Pop's Place ........................$ .....+....367-3796
Poppa Georgio's ................$
Sea Shells .........................$ .............367-4460
Snack Shack .....................$.....+....367-4005
Snappas.............................$ ........ 367-2278
Subway ............... .................... 367-2798
Wallys ..........................$$$ ............. 367-2074
Dundas Town
Mother Merle's .................$$

Hope Town
Abaco Inn ...................$$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks .......................$ ............. 366-0247
Harbour's Edge............... $$.............366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge .......$$$ .............366-0095
Munchies ........................... +.. ......366-0423
Sea Spray .................$$ ..........366-0065
Lubber's Quarter
Cracker P's......................................... 366-3139
Hibiscus ..................................... 365-6380
Island Treats Snack Bar..................... 365-6501
Guana Cay
Docksiders................$$$............. 365-5230
Grabbers......................$$$ .............365-5133
Nippers ........................$$$ ............365-5143
Orchid Bay .....................$$$.............265-5175
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe .................$
Harbour Cafe ....................$.............365-8635
Hudson's Delight ...............$............365-8648
Spinnaker Restaurant ...$$$.............365-8469
Touch of Class .............$$$.............365-8195
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House.................$$$ .............365-4200
Jolly Roger Bistro.............$$............. 365-4200
Green Turtle Club ..........$$$.............365-4271
Harvey's Island Grill.........$$............. 365-4389
Laura's Kitchen ...............$$.............365-4287
Mclntosh's Restaurant ....$$.............365-4625
Plymouth Rock Cafe.......................... 365-4234
Rooster's Rest ................$$....... ....365-4066
Sundowners ..................... H Cafe Open Nights Only
Wrecking Tree Restaurant
Sandy Point
Nancy's ........................
Pete & Gays .................$$$ ............ 366-4119
Rickmon Bonefish Lodge................... 366-4477

Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Rev 6Jun 08

Page 27

Visitors' Guide
Restaurants Services Transportation

Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone
Walker's Cay
Walker's Cay -................................. Closed
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House ................45....... F......365-4200
Green Turtle Club ......32....... F......365-4271
Black Sound Marina...15................365-4531
Other Shore Club.......12....... F......365-4195
Abaco Yacht Service.. 10....... F......365-4033
Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay Marinal50 ...... F......365-8250
Man-O-War Marina ...26....... F......365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marinal83....... F......367-2736
Conch Inn...................75....... F .....367-4000
Harbour View Marina .36....... F .....367-2182
Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700
Hope Town
Hope Town Marina.....16................366-0003
Hope Town Hideaways...................366-0224
Lighthouse Marina .......6....... F......366-0154
Sea Spray..................50....... F......366-0065
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Marina...75....... F......365-0083
Guana Cay
Orchid Bay .................64 ...... F......365-5175
Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay,
Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour

Tours & Excursions
Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour 367-2936
Above & Below Marsh Harbour 367-0350
Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787
Brendals Dive Green Turtle Cay 365-4411
Excursion boat* Froggies* Hope T 366-0024
Points of Interest
Albert Lowe Museum .......................................Green Turtle Cay
Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits.......Green Turtle Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden.......................... Green Turtle Cay
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum........................Hope Town
Elbow Cay Light Station....................................... Hope Town
Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. ..Pelican Shore
Drive to & swim in Blue Hole .............Treasure Cay farm road
Art studio & working foundry- ....................... Little Harbour
Working boatyards................... ............ Man-0-War cay
Pocket beaches Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour
* Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour
* Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour
* Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour
Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures
* Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay Guana Cay Elbow Cay
* Man-0-War Cay Casuarina Point Bahama Palm Shore
* Sandy Point & more

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nsurance Management makes home
protection a priority with the most
dependable protection in
ie Bahamas. It's ow they've earned
thir good reputation.
Coverage you can rely on.

SElizabeth Dive Queens Highway
S-6283 4-4241 PO. Box AB-20666 P.O. Box EL-25190
394-5555 el: ( )350-3500 Tel: (242) 367-4204 Tel: (242) 332- 3211
323-6520Fa 2) 350-3510 Fax: (242) 367-4206 Fax: (242) 332-2863

November 15, 2008



E M-l I r1 OE

VOLUME 16, NUMBER 22 NOVEMBER 15th. 2008

Construction is underway at Abaco Central High

Administration building and vocational classrooms are scheduled
Abaco Central High School in Murphy
Town will be getting a new administra-
tion block and a new vocational classroom
block. The original administration block
was destroyed by fire three years ago. Since
then the principal, teachers and staff have
been crowed in a small temporary build-
ing. The new building will be 2,000 square
feet and will encompass a reception area,
principal's and vice principal's offices, a
clerical bay, student sick bay, staff lounge,
rest rooms and kitchenette. It is expected
that the building will be completed within
18 weeks at a cost of $344,100. Mr. Fred-
die Jones of Jones Construction Co. Ltd.
won the contract for the construction. It is
being built on the same site as the original
building. The construction site is fenced
off to the height of eight feet to keep the
students from danger.
The other building on that campus will
be a 4,000-square-foot technical block to
be constructed by Williams & Sons Con-
struction Co. Ltd., another Dundas
Town company. This will include three
The floor is being poured for the new administration building at Abaco Central High School. Jones Construction Company of Dun technical classrooms and rest rooms and
das Town has the contract for the building that is expected to be completed by March. Construction has also begun on a technical will cost $458,319. It will be completed in
classroom building for vocational training at the school. The contractor for that building is Williams and Sons Construction. one year.

Remembrance Day was ob-

served at Friendship Tabernacle

By Samantha V. Evans
On the eleventh day of the eleventh
month each year, the world celebrates Re-
membrance Day to pay homage to those
brave persons who lost their lives so that
we can live in freedom. Throughout The
Bahamas, churches held services on No-
vember 9th to honor those fallen soldiers.
On Abaco Friendship Tabernacle
Church paid homage to fallen military and
uniformed employees and persons from
Abaco and Friendship Tabernacle who
contributed greatly to the island.
Bringing remarks to the congregation
was Senior Island Administrator Cephas

Cooper, who reiterated the purpose of this
service and stated that it is because of the
courage of those who served in battle that
we are free today. He thanked the host
church for remembering these persons
annually and keeping their memory alive
on Abaco. He hopes that next year it can
become a collective service in the district
in remembrance of the effort of those
who sacrificed in the past. He thanked the
armed forces for all that they do to pro-
tect the islands of the Bahamas so that we
can continue to enjoy the freedom that was
Please see Church Page 20

Youth March and Rally Drew

Numerous Youth Groups

School groups, youth groups, church groups, clubs and several bands all came to-
gether for a march and rally to commemorate Youth Month. They assembled in Murphy
Town and made their way to Central Abaco Primary School where a short rally was

By Jennifer Hudson
History was made once again on Ab-
aco when the first ever Grand All Abaco
Youth Motorcade, March and Rally took
place on November 2. Approximately
300 persons took place in this very lively
parade which celebrated the end of Na-
tional Youth Month. The parade of uni-
formed youth organizations, schools,
civic organizations and a Junkanoo group

from the Central Abaco Primary School,
was led by the bands of the Boys and
Girls Brigades. The crowd pleaser was
the 30-strong Legends Marching Band
from Freeport which electrified the young
people. This community youth band also
performed during the morning service at

Please see School Page 4

I Trick or Treaters were out in large numbers on October 31 dressed in costumes that
ranged from fanciful to scary. The reception at their neighbour's doors was accom-
modating and their bags soon filled with goodies of all kinds. See story on page 2.

Halloween brought

out Trick or Treaters

~~ J~s~i~.. i rsr

Dump Closes Landfill Opens
Present Dundas Town dump
will be closed on November 15
All trash must be taken to the
new Snake Cay landfill


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November 15, 2008

Young and old all enjoyed Halloween partying

By Julian Lockhart
Hundreds of children throughout Aba-
co rushed to the streets on October 31st
dressed in cute and scary costumes, knock-
ing on doors throughout their neighbour-
hoods looking for the treats that Halloween
Even more than Easter, Halloween is
the one time of the year when parents, who
are usually very stringent on sweets and
candy, allow their children to delve into
the many goodies that are offered on their
trek through the evening and night. Groups
of children and parents got together for
safety purposes and either walked or car
Stores like Home Fabrics saw a boom
in business as parents made one last dash
to buy a costume or mask for their anxious
child awaiting at home or for themselves.
The following night hundreds of their
parents, aunts and uncles and even grand-

parents flocked to Snappas for a night of
dancing, drinking, good music and laughter
at the numerous concoctions of costumes
that were either bought or pulled together
at the last minute.
Halloween brings out the freaks at night
and allows individuals to dress up, show
off their morbid imagination or just give
their friends a great laugh with a costume
out of the blue. There were men dressed
like women, a very convincing Sarah Palin
look alike, McCain and Obama out cam-
paigning and the normal fairytale or scary
Pete's Pub reopened for the season with
a bang on Halloween night with a bash of
its own that saw locals and visitors enjoy-
ing the festivities.
However, it was Snappas party that
drew the largest crowd and the party lasted
well into the night with a lot of fun, laugh-
ter and judging of sexiest costume, most

Halloween and best
Once again another
Halloween came and
went with no major in-
Until next year when
the costumes will get
wilder, more candy
will be bought and
more teeth will rot; the
ghosts will rest and the
goblins will hibernate
as fantasies take anoth-
er backseat.

Groups of children
roamed the streets all
over Abaco as they
went door-to-door for
treats. The residents were prepared for them and had candy, popcorn, and other treats.

Snappas was the scene of great revelry on November 1 as the crowd celebrated Hallow-
een. Lively music, lots of people, fancy costumes and a party atmosphere kept everyone

Abaco Beach Resort held a Masquerade Ball on October 31 to scare away all the ghosts
and goblins that were out on that night of evil spirits. The Below Decks room was festive
and lively as the attendees enjoyed themselves.

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November 15, 2008

School News

School From Page 7 sau. Thirty-six awards were presented to the start of the march that ended at Central right choices. Finally, Mr. Elliot encour-
distinguished youth organizations, youth Abaco Primary School with a lively rally. aged them to get involved in the many
the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church leaders, and young people throughout the Once the group got there, a short awards positive youth based activities on the island
in Treasure Cay. length of Abaco including Moore's Island ceremony followed. Before the awards including school, church and community-
Two major floats carried the winners and the cays. Winner of the Spirit Award were distributed, Senior Island Administra- based organizations.
of the Most Distinguished Youth in Aba- for the most Spirited youth organization tor Cephas Cooper brought brief remarks. After all of the remarks were made,
co awardees, Antonia Wright and Kristy and also the banner competition were the He stated that youth month activities were the awards were distributed. Receiving
Russell, while other decorated vehicles youth of Grace Baptist Church. planned by the Ministry of Education this the Spirit award for the march and rally
followed in the motorcade. Banners were Mr. Kenneth Romer, Chairperson of year, and he was very pleased with the was the energetic group from Grace Bap-
carried which were entered in a banner the Abaco Youth Month Committee, was work that was done leading up to today. tist Church. The most distinguished youth
competition. extremely pleased with the success of this He told the youth that celebrating them is award went to Antonia Wright for Central/
The motorcade, which began at 2 p.m. historic event and stated, "I am very proud a way of encouraging them to continue in South Abaco and Kristie Russell from the
at the Bethany Gospel Chapel, made its of the young people of Abaco." their pursuit of excellence as leaders of to-
way through Murphy Town and Dundas Rally honoured youth morrow. He told them that in spite of all Please see School Page 5
Towns, turning up Godfrey Cooper Drive of the negativity that
and onto the grounds of the Central Abaco leaders and youth groups many of their peers are
Primary School for the rally. In attendance By Samantha V. Evans engaged in, he believes
were Mr. Cephas Cooper, Administrator After a month of school visits and other that they will be pre-//
for Central Abaco, Mr. Cox, Administra- youth based activities, youth month came pared to achieve great-
tor for North Abaco and Mr. Lionel El- to a close with a march and rally on No- ness in adulthood.
liott from the Ministry of Youth in Nas- vember 2nd. The groups gathered at Beth- Mr. Lionel Elliot,
any Gospel Chapel in Murphy Town for Executive Director of
Junior Achievement
S who represented the
Minister of Youth at
this event, stated that
Minister Bannister and
his ministry are com-
mitted to the growth
and development of the
youth on this island.
Mr. Elliot is convinced
that all is not lost and
by the spirit of cama-
raderie shown today,
there is still hope. He
strongly believes that Antonia Wright was honoured with the most distinguished
God has the youth pro- youth award. She is being congratulated by Abaco's Chief
Several bands participated in the culminating event of the Youth Month program. This is tected; now all they Customs officer, Mr. Gary Smith. Looking on is Mrs. Lenora
the school band from Wesley College, the lead band in the parade. have to do is make the Black, Abaco's Education Superintendent.

Ph: 242-367-323 I
Fax: 242-367-3233
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Sea Star Building
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Marsh Harbour
Perry Thomas
Endless Summer #508, Eastern Shores, 2 story, 4 bedrooms, 2 bath-
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S dock, 6' low water, 9,000 lb.
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Turtle Rocks #525 beautifully built 3 bedroom I 1/2 bath on
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$249,000 net

Great Business Opportunity #506 for someone wanting to
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this lovely building, has sea
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Agape Villa Murphy Town #503 Two free standing structures
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one bathroom apartment units
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Three bedroom, two bathroom home, #500 fully furnished,
4V central air conditioning, on 9,000
sq. ft. Landscaped with beautiful
trees and lawn. Rented. REDUCED
$185,000. Can be sold separately
or with above property.
Murphy Town #517 beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath 900 sq. ft home built
on 10,000 sq. ft. of property,
r fenced in, beautiful landscaping
$164,000 net

bedroom 3 bathroom 2,000 sq.
ft. home with sunken living
room, TV room, dining room
and large kitchen on a lot
over 26,000 sq. ft. of land.
$265,000 gross

Three unit town-
house #502 each unit is
1500 sq ft and fully furnished.
Located behind John Bull in
Marsh Harbour. Great rental income. Sale price $650,000 net.
Turtle Rocks Lot #519 $40,700 net
Lot on Treasure Cay Golf Course $99,000 net
Lot on Galleon Bay, Treasure Cay $275,000 net

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Lot A 8,491 sf $67,928 gross Lot F 11,741 sf $93,928 gross
Lot B 11,759 sf $94,072 gross Lot G 10,868 sf $86,944 gross
Lot C 8,800 sf $70,400 gross Lot H 12,514 sf $100,112 gross
Lot D 8,676 sf $69,408 gross Lot I 10,474 sf $83,792 gross
Lot E 12,010 sf $96,080 gross
For sale three lots located on South Lubbers Quarters in the
Abaco Ocean Club Estate. Lots number I 44, 112. These lots are priced
individually. 11,022 sf. $88,000 gross
Lot #44 13,307 sf $98,000 gross Lot # 112 20,485 sf. $175,000 gross
For sale 15 acres of land at Baker's Heights near
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Two lots 84 ft. x 100 ft. near Treasure Cay, one mile
northwest of Treasure Cay School. $49,5 00 each net
Two lots for sale located on hillside in Yellow-
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Lot# 7 G3 size 12,600 s.f. $63,000 gross
Lot # 7 G4 size 12,600 s.f. $63,000 gross
Triplex for sale Murphy Town 2 one-bedroom, one-bath and
I two-bedroom, one-bath. $145,000 net
6 lots in Marsh Harbour off Don MacKay Blvd.
4 lots 10,286.1 sq. ft. $59,659 each
2 lots 12,086.1 sq. ft. $70,099 each
5 lots in Murphy Town, water view, across from Abaco
Block and Concrete, could be commercial, 56,260 sq. ft. Sold together
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Hillside lot in Yellow Wood with view of Winding Bay Beach
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November 15, 2008

The Abaconian

Section B Page 5

iMore School Noews

School From Page 4

North. The outstanding youth awards went
to Kendero Murray, Shoga Newbold, Joy
Archer, Jacklyn Davis, Sonya Cooper, Le-
nae Brown, Nakeisha Edgecombe, Kevin
Altidor, Elaine Fenelus, Jason Scott Al-
bury, Steve Remy, Sasha Davis, Thyisha
Murray, Kerstella Simms, David Davis,
Danero Greene, and Claude Cooper. The
outstanding youth leaders awards went
to Freddie McIntosh, Charmine Cornish,
William Davis, Leazona Richards, Clay-
ton McIntosh, Charles Carey, Neulessa
Major, Joycelyn McIntosh, Kendra Smith
and Phillipa Farrington. Three organiza-
tions were honored. They are the Boys and

Girls Brigade Band, Church of God Girls
Clubs and Pioneers for Christ. The most
distinguished youth leaders award went to
Jason Roberts in the South, Myrtis Rus-
sell for the North and Ishmael Morley for
Central Abaco.
The coordinators for this event were
Kenneth Romer and Sandy Edwards.
Forest Heights Academy
Guy Fawkes day is celebrated
By Mirella Santillo
Children running on the high school
grounds waving sparklers and enjoying the
freedom, parents sitting under the porch
socializing with friends while keeping an
eye on their progeny, people queuing for

Long Bay School won Ninth Grade Spelling Bee
S*, AB. O Ui itl' Millil^HB

On October 31st the 2008 Spelling Bee season began as grade nine students from five
high schools gathered at the Learning Resource Center to be crowned the top speller at
this grade level. After 11 rounds on the seen list and near the same on the unseen list,
Damara Mclntosh of Long Bay School emerged the top speller for grade nine. In second
place was Marie Ajerofrom St. Francis de Sales, and placing third was Constance Davis,
also of St. Francis de Sales School. The organizer of the Spelling Bees for grades 7-9 is
Mr. Leslie Rolle, Education Officer for Secondary Schools. Also in attendance to give her
support and encouragement to the students was the Education District Superintendent,
Mrs. Lenora Black.

hamburgers or baked goodies or just sit-
ting by the huge bonfire hypnotized by the
flames, such was the crowd that gathered
on November 7 at Forest Heights Academy
to celebrate Guy Fawkes day. Not to forget
the fire department volunteers who were at
the fire truck parked just outside the gate
keeping a discreet but watchful look on the
It was a perfect starry, balmy night
propitious for easy relaxing and family
entertainment and two good hours elapsed
before the crowd's attention was called to
the event of the evening, the burning of
the "guys." Six of them had been created
by the students, two by each house, and
judged before the spectacle, earning points
for their houses. One outsider "guy," engi-
neered by Miller Albury, was supposedly
filled with extra noisy firecrackers!
And there they were, thrown in the
flames, twisted, consumed by the fire, dis-
appearing rapidly amidst the burning logs,
the end of the puppets, but not the end of
the show. Suddenly, streaks of colored
lightning shot through the skies, exploding
in multicolored flowers and stars, the clos-
ing of a great evening.
Guy Fawkes never managed to set fire to
the barrels of gun powder aimed at blow-
ing up the British Parliament and killing
King James I. He was caught before he lit
the fire and was hanged. But somehow his
intentioned deed passed into popular folk-
lore and has been celebrated on November
5th in the United Kingdom ever since. Ef-
figies of Guy Fawkes have been burned for
years on Green Turtle Cay, but this year
marked the second annual celebration at
Forest Heights Academy. According to the
school Principal, Mr. Jim Richard, it was a

great success, the turn out being even bet-
ter than last year.
Everyone asked had a good time. The
school sold all the 400 packets of sparklers
available and could have sold even more.
The staff of Forest Heights Academy
and PTA members planned the event and
worked during the evening, from cook-
ing and selling the food to feeding the fire,
firing the fireworks and cleaning up after-
wards. But in spite of the hard work, one
teacher commented that it was her favor-
ite event because of the ambiance and the
good fun for all.
Clubs are in full swing
Now that Forest Heights Academy stu-
dents have successfully settled into their
studies, extra curricular activities are in
full swing. These clubs held during free
time and after school include the Gover-
nor-General's Youth Award, Anchor Club,
Publishing, Drama, and Arts and Crafts.
The Governor General's Youth Award is
an ongoing club in which students receive
the prestigious award after accomplishing
the four aspects of service, skills, physi-
cal recreation and expedition. This year's
group of 15 students is currently preparing
for its First Aid Training Program led by
11-year veteran unit leader, Principal Jim
Anchor Club is now in its third year
at Forest Heights with new officers Telia
Burrows, President; Stephanie Sweeting,
President elect; Alexis Albury, Treasurer;
and Melissa Albury, Secretary taking the
helm. They have already been involved in
several cleanups in conjunction with the

Please see School Page 6

Page 6 Section B The Abaconian

November 15, 2008

More School News

School From Page 5
International Coastal Cleanup during the
month of September and have organized a
can drive for the Rotary Club's Novem-
ber packages for the needy. Advisors are
Alana Carroll, Leazona Richard and Lori
If you notice students around the campus
with cameras slung around their necks or
sneaking a picture in class, it will no doubt
be a member of Publishing. The group, led
by Vidalia Knowles, is working to create
the hard cover year book which is done
entirely online.

Traditionally, Drama Club, which is
now in its 11th year of productions, is al-
ready beginning rehearsals for three one-
act plays. The group of 30 is looking for-
ward to entertaining Abaco this spring with
An Evening of Comedy directed by Leslie
Kennedy, Alana Carroll and Lori Thomp-
Finally, Lori Thompson and Janet
Wedgewood have organized an after
school Arts and Crafts Program of 15 stu-
dents. Meeting on Thursday evenings, they
are currently working on Junkanoo decora-
tions for the yearly Reef Ball and will be
building the sets for the plays after that.

St. Francis de Sales has two new playgrounds

I- rw I
The hardworking Parent Teacher Association Board of St. Francis de Sales School is
proud to announce that the school now has two new playgrounds for the primary school.
The money used to purchase the equipment came from money earned from successful fund
raisers held over the last school year. The playground consists of 14 swings, six slides
and monkey bars all supported by a sturdy foundation. The work was done by Mr. Lukie
Innocent and the sets were painted by the Anchor Club of St. Francis.

ESL Workshop was
held for Teachers
By Samantha V. Evans
On October 22nd teachers from across
Abaco attended workshop sessions aimed
at helping them to better instruct the stu-
dents they teach. The primary school teach-
ers and those who teach English language
at various levels attended the English as a
Second Language (ESL) workshop held at
St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas
Town. The presenter for this event, Ms.
Maria Seymour, is no stranger to educators
on the island as she was here once before
with Ms. Mario Ferrero, the co-writer of
the Backpack to introduce the series to Ab-
aco teachers. The focus of this workshop
was on English as a Second Language with
the theme Purpose, Process, and Practice.
The ESL program is a fairly new pro-
gram that is being used all around the
world to teach students English and has
had remarkable success. It was initially
introduced to Nassau and Grand Bahama
but will now be introduced to three public
schools on Abaco including Central Abaco
Primary and Treasure Cay Primary. When
the Ministry of Education is better able to
financially introduce them to other schools,
more will be included. The core purpose of
this workshop was to define the teaching
of English as a second language. Addition-
ally, Ms. Seymour provided the teachers
with instructional strategies and demon-
strated how to use the Backpack series.
Ms. Seymour stated that there have been
some misconceptions about the program so
she wanted to not only state what the pro-
gram is but also what it is not. It is not
a remedial program, special education, a

special reading program, nor is it a English
development program. Teachers are not re-
quired to learn Creole in order to teach this
program to Creole-speaking students. The
program can be used to teach English to
language deficient Bahamian children and
to non-native students to facilitate oral and
written communication. Abaco was chosen
to begin this program because, based on
2005 statistics, 31.3 percent of the student
population is non-English speakers. Hence,
this island has been identified to begin this
program because as Ms. Seymour stated,
"A language barrier doesn't mean a lack of
There are several ESL models that can
be used but the one that is most likely to be
used in The Bahamas is the in-class mod-
el where teachers have a section of their
classroom set up for those students to learn
English along with mainstream teaching.
The other models require more resources
than schools in The Bahamas can provide.
The teachers also learned various songs,
rhymes and chants, puppets, learned how
to use reading comprehension appropriate
with this group and practiced many other
activities to teach students.
Finally, Ms. Seymour stated that it is
important that ESL is taught properly so
that the students will obtain some level of
success right away. She reminded them
that language learning occurs in the fol-
lowing areas: listening, speaking, reading
and then writing. It is important that they
use all learning styles to accommodate all
types of learners. It is important that teach-
ing in this program is accompanied by ma-

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abaco imn


Thanksgiving Dinner
November 27, 2008
Seating: 6:)0 and 8:0O

Butternut S uash Bisque
PumpLin and Spice Raisin Bread

belgian Endive and Pear Salad
with radicchio, Goronzola cheese and caramelized walnuts

Herb Roasted TurLke with Roasted Garlic Gravu
Mashed YuLon gold potatoes with caramelized shallots,
Hone and whisLeu glazed sweet potatoes
Crisp haricots verts with pine nuts

Baked stuffed Grouper Oscar
Fresh local grouper stufed with umbo lump crabmeat
topped with fresh asparagus

old-fashioned Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Price per person
$+8 plus gratuit

Regular menu available

Reservations Requested
Ph: 66-03 VHo Ch. 16



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Price $60,000 EXCLUSIVE
Eves of Nassau, Cable Beach condo,
gated, private beach, designed grounds.
$1.4 million SOLD

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November 15, 2008 TheAbaconian Section B Paqe7

Broker C AY E
Marcellus Roberts --1& -
Sales Associate
Everett Pinder
(242) 365-8538 Ph 7\
(242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax

Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists

For details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com

"NEW" STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in
Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come
in assorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and
"stuff." EXC. Starting at $25,000 FGS
Prestigious Canal Front Development offering
Carriage House units in blocks of four plus
indivisual cottages. Both offer docks/ boat
slips as well as golf cart or car garages.
Prices start at $680,000
"Pineaple Point Resort" Luxury gated
community Treasure Cay's newest
waterfront development. 2 bed/ 2 bath
and 3 bed/ 3 bath condos with availability
of private boat slips. Pre-construction price
starting at $529,000 net (plus closing
costs). MUST SEE! Great investment oppor-
tunity and a great location in Treasure Cay!

Now the newest oceanfront development
on Treasure Cay beach comprising 10
individual luxury units
Starting at $900,000 + 12% closing
Luxury condominium project on Treasure
Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-
site pool and many other features
Starting at $907,500 Plus 14% closing
On-site pool and tennis, newly completed
luxury townhouse units directly on
Treaure Cay each totalling 3 bed/4 1/2
baths plus loft bedroom/den
Ground floor garage, 2 bed/ 2 bath with
ocean front patio
First floor open concept living / dining/
kitchen plus master bedrom suite, all
ocean views with patio/ balcony
Loft bedroom/ den with ocean view
MLS $2,075,000 + 7.5% Closing
4 bed/ 3/2 bath fully furnished Town
House with garage and boat slip with 20'
beam. Located at Palm Bay Development
2,000 +/- sq. ft. $907,500
Anchorage Estates Multi-family Lots 128'
water front, 22,448 sq. ft. Good investment
Price $474,000
Townhouse condos with on- site tennis, heated
pool, office, laundry
Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath, fully furnished,
never rented, extra feathures.
MUST SEE FGS $295,000
Marina view, 1 bed / 1 bath upstairs good
rental potential $220,150 FGS
Marina view, 2 bed/ 2 bath and unit fully
furnished- storm shutters- good rental
potential $271,500 + 7.5% closing

Recently completed delightful villa with great
marina view and access. Modern 2 bed/ 2
bath CBS fully furnished home, 1020 sq.
ft. plus porches and garden area. Must see to
appreciate. FGS $499,000
Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished,
direct beach access. Good rental investment
EXC. $514,250 FGS
Canal front condos with on site tennis and pool
2 bed / 2 bath lower unit marina view. Good
rental income EXC $526,350
2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit with marina view. 12
ft. boat slip with 12,000 lb. lift. Never rented.
EXC $655,950 FGS
Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/
pool/waterfall. Good rental potential.
Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home.
MLS $545,000 + 7.5% closing
Resale condos available in first completed project.
Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite
Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/
optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully
furnished with many extra features including
garage and Ford Taurus $1,002,000 FGS
Canal Front Condos with o-ste Pool
Bldg 4 Down' "L bed / 2 bath,
totally redone, 0- r bi d
EXC. $468,000 FGS
Unit #3 Ocean front, downstairs 2 bed/2 bath,
fully furnished. $640,000 FGS
Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and
3 bed / 3 bath upper unit, fully furnished,
beach front, with good rental potential.
Priced to sell. $865,000 + 7.5%
"Lacey Daze" Spectacular 4 bed/ 3 1/2 bath,
fully furnished, CBS home with panoramic
ocean views and direct beach access from
every room but one via decks and patios. The
main house has living/dining/kitchen/ master
bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with
bath, powder room, double garage and
u tility/workshop area. Included with its own
entrance is a private king size 1 bedroom/ 1
bath apartment with an open living/dining/
kitchen with its own deck.Many features.
MUST SEE. MLS $1,990,000 + 7.5% Closing

Second row beach with direct ocean access.
Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special
features. MUST SEE EXC. $485,500 FGS

Treasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches
Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information
We not only sell here, we live here and love it.
Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
E-mail: info@treasurecayrealestate.com

"Gramling House" newly built, 2 storey home
located on Galleon Bay canal with a 45'
dock. Upper level has 4 bed/ 2 bath. Open
living/ dining/ kitchen. Lower level has 2
bed/ 1 bath, laundry room pl us covered
open boat/ car storage MUST SELL
"Fish Tales" unique canal front 3 bed / 3 bath
home on 2 full lots, 180' waterfront with 118'
serviced dock, deep water, great for larger
boat. MUST SEE! MLS$1,725,000 + 7.5%
"Trident"/"Turquoise Seas" You cannot be more
"on the beach" than in this special home.
Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house
with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus
storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow's
walk. WOW!
MLS $2,200,000 + 7.5% closing
"Cross Winds" Split level CBS home extra large
lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private.
Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2
bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/
dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1
bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus!
Plus! MLS $755,000 + 7.5% closing
"Surf Shack" This CBS totally renovated two-
storey luxury modern home is located on a
large corner lat in the prestigious area of Lee
ward Beach and Sunrise Point. Both levels
include 4 bed / 3 1/2 bath plus above ground
pool with wrap around deck. many, many
more features, i.e. hurricane shutters and
generator. "A definite must see!"
$1,403,600 EXC
"Dream Point" Special CBS split level home
located on a corner lot near "The Point" with
two choices of direct beach access. Upper
level has master bedroom with ensuite bath
plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the
split level there is the main entry into a large
open living/dining area, modern well
equipped kitchen. All rooms open onto a
wrap-around partially covered deck overlook
ing the garden. Ground level has an extra
large garage/ workshop with lots of storage.
EXC. $996,300 FGS
"Pilot House" special unique location with a
commanding, enviable view of the Sea of
Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/
frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths,
large living/dining/ open kitchen; lower level
1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat
garage. MLS $1,160,000 + 7.5% closing
Apartment four-plex t- CBS building,
each level ha SOL nents with 2 bed,
1 bath, living/ rsifchen. Great rental
investment. MUST SEE! EXC. $400,000 FGS

Ocean front properties
Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd.
Sand Piper Beach
Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000 FGS
Canal Front Beginning at $350,000 FGS
Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded
Beginning at $430,000 FGS
Golf Course / Interior
Beginning at $60,000 FGS

EXC Exclusive listing FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price MLS Multiple Listing, list price plus buyer's closing

November 15, 2008

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School From Page 6
nipulatives such as charts, maps, applica-
tion forms, real life scenarios, or culturally
relevant objects. The session was very in-
teractive. At the end of the workshop, the
teachers were issued the Backpack series at
their grade levels. The workshop was also
open to teachers from the private schools.
Sustained Silent Reading
By Samantha V. Evans
Sustained Silent Reading is a practice
many schools have adopted over the years
to help students develop lifelong reading
habits. Now that the focus for this school
year is on literacy, any effort to promote
reading within schools across The Bahamas
is welcomed and encouraged. On Abaco
this practice has been promoted as well.
A set time is blocked out every day for
students to read silently. At Central Abaco
Primary school, teachers from grades 3-6
engage in Sustained Silent Reading on a
daily basis from 10 to 30 minutes at a time.
The purposes of Sustained Silent Reading
are to encourage students to choose their
own reading material, to use word attack
skills to help them learn new words, to
build student confidence as they achieve in
reading and to develop a love for reading
so that they will become lifelong readers.
Since this program has been introduced at
Central Abaco Primary School, there has
been great improvement in student read-
ing. However, there is still much room for
improvement. With the many initiatives
being introduced and continued, teach-
ers are looking forward to seeing tremen-
dous improvement in the reading abilities
of their students by the end of this school

year. Parents are encouraged to support the
school in the promotion of reading by mod-
eling reading for their children at home.
This is a partnership that school, home and
the community is asked to get involved in.
World Teacher's Day
was observed
By Samantha V. Evans
October 3rd was observed as World
Teacher's Day which is celebrated world
wide as a day for teachers to have fun
and relax. In The Bahamas, there was no
school held on this day. Instead, a social/
fun day was held that was sponsored by the
Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT). Spe-
cial thanks are extended to those schools
helped to make this day possible by pur-
chasing items for the fun day. The event
was held at the Treasure Cay Public Beach.
The majority of the public school teachers
was in attendance and had a great relaxing
day of fun, entertainment and food.
Local Business Gives Back
By Samantha V. Evans
Ricardo Parker, owner of Super Hair
Cuts, gave 25 haircuts each to Central Aba-
co Primary School and Abaco Central High
School. Central Abaco School counselor
gave one of the 25 haircuts to each teacher
of grades 3-6 to give to the boy in their
classes who showed improvement in their
behavior from September to November of
this school year. Mr. Parker stated that
the students who received them at the high
school were those who achieved excellence
in some school related area. He explained
that he wanted to make this gesture to give
back to the community where he lives. He
started his business in Treasure Cay but re-

cently moved it to Pretty Hands and Feet
in the Abaco Shopping Center. Super Hair
Cuts specialized in cutting and grooming
all hair types at all ages. His costs for ba-
sic hair cuts are as follows: boys under 6
years $5, boys up to high school $7 and
men $10. Ricardo can be contacted by call-
ing 367-0126 or 458-1964.
Ministry of Education began
professional seminars
By Samantha V. Evans
The Institute of Professional Develop-

ment began seminars on November 1st
at S.C. Bootle High School with Primary
Mathematics Strategies using the interac-
tive white board. The sessions were ex-
tended to all teachers from primary and
high schools for them to select which ses-
sions they were interested in attending.
These sessions are not only to teach the ed-
ucators new teaching strategies but to pro-
vide them with opportunities to meet their
Please see School Page 10

St. Francis and S.C. Bootle face off in volleyball

S. C. Bootle High School met at St. Francis de Sales School for the first male and fe-
male high school volleyball match. Both schools had a large contingent of supporters,
students, parents, and teachers. However, at the end of each match, there could emerge
only one winning school. In the girls' match, the winning school was St. Francis de
Sales that won each set with scores 25:18 and 25:21. Losing this match made the visiting
school very anxious because they did not travel so many miles to leave without one win.
Therefore, the pressure was on for the guys teams. At the end of what was an extremely
exciting match, St. Francis de Sales boys' team emerged the winner after three sets. St.
Francis won the first game with scores 25:22 and S. C. Bootle won the second gam with
25:19. St. Francis won the deciding match 16:14. St. Francis Coach Sharlene Patchment
stated that all matches were extremely close as both schools played well. Special thanks
to all of the coaches especially the referee, Mr. Patrice Charles.



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Sales Team of
Ed& Cindy Newell
James Moir Broker

"Argyll House" # 483 Elegantly furnished, elegant 4 bed,
5.5 bath. 6,900 s/f Ocean Blvd. estate on 1.6 landscaped
acres with 153' beachfront. Includes vehicles & 2 additional
residential lots REDUCED TO $3,995,000.
"Peace & Pleny "# 1059-7 bed, 4.5 bath, 2 storey furnished
Ocean Blvd. home. 163' of beach frontage, 1.453 landscaped
acres, magnificent sea views, superior finishes. $3,800,000.
"FinalApproach "# 601 Recently renovated, furnished
canal rront2 storey, 5,500 s/f 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath private home
on large property, 100'private dock, 4 cargarage $2,625,000.
"Another World"# 1007 Ocean Blvd.4 bed, 4.5 bath. 3.500
s/r furnished beachfront home, pool, patio & garage on 1.2
landscaped acres. Excellent rental income history. $2,500,000.
"Trident House" # 317-Superb 3 bedroom, 3,5 bath fully
furnished, 3.500 s/f beach fronthome. NOW $1,999,000.
"Fish Tales'"# 808 Elegant 3 bed. 3 bath furnished canal
front home. 343 0 s/fiunder roof on 15,493 s/f landscaped
parcel. 90' deep water frontage & dock. $1,725,000.
"Flip Inn"- Winuward Beach # 1008 -2 bed, 2 bath beach
home. plus garage on 2 parcels. Recently refurbished.
tastefully furnished. 180' sandy beachfront $1,725,000.
"Porter Place"- Brigantine Bay # 868 Newly constructed,
furnished 3 bed, 3 bath canalfront home. 3,040 s/funder roof.
double garage, 165' of dockage, new boat lift. $1,495,000.
WintwardBc-Bac-Beachfront Hone #1191- 2 bed, 2 bath,
1,550 s/f furnished beach home.200' sandy beachfront.
32,724 s/f landscaped property, separate garage. $1,425,000.
Palm Bay Harbourfront Home# ## 1071 3 bed, 3.5 bath
new, 2,077 s/f, un furnished waterfront home,. Private garage.
private boat slip with 20' beam. Fantastic panoramic water
"Laguna" Galleon Bay-# 745 3 bed, 2 bath single storey,
1,550 s/f canal front home, furiished. elevated landscaped lot
carport & garage, deep water dock with boatlift. $985,000.
"The Cottages" # 535 New 3 bed, 2 bath beachfront
cottages, 1,300 s/f living space on main level, plus 970 s/f
lower level. Superior construction/finishes. Fantastic Views
"Sea Cliff' # 733 Exquisite Design, Fabulous Location,
Water Views, 3 bed, 3 bath, 2 level home, 2 car garage on
1 acre elevated property. Elegantly furnished, 150 steps
from beach. Excellent rental income history, $799,000.
"Just OffThe Beach "# 1210 -3 bed, 2 bath, 2,244 s/f
furnished home on 1,280 s/f parcel. Recently upgraded, well
maintained, enclosed yard, close to beach, BEST HOME
"fHome, Sweet Home"# 784 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,240 s/f
furnished home on 13,500 s/f lot, close to beach Adjoining lot
also available. $268,000.
Royal Poinciana Beachfront Candominiums -Phase 4
# 716) Premier 3 level, 3 bed, 4.5 bath. plus loft newly built
condos on Treasure Cay Beach. 2,860 s/f under roof, attached
garage. 644 s/f covered/open balconies/porches. $2,075,000.
Bahama Beach Club 2046-# 1009-3 bed,3 bath, 2nd level
Phase 5 condo, closest to beach, tasteful contemporary
furnishings, unparalleled sea & beach views. $1,150,000.
Bahama Beach Club 2020 # 1139 -3 bed, 2 bath, 1,650 s/f
2nd level beachfront condo, Stunningly furnished, elegantly
decorated. Superior beach & ocean views. $1,035,000.
Bahama Beach Club2083 # 1079 4 bedroom, 3 bath
ground level Phase 5 tastefully decorated & furnished condo.
1,645 s/f living space plus screened lanai overlooking beach
& community pool. REDUCED TO $1,029,000.

Atlantis Condo 2112- # 929- 4 bed. 4 bath2,000 s/f2 level
furnished waterfrontcondo on Brigantine canal,great water
views, includes 2 large boatslips. Beach nearby. $865,000.
RoyalPoinciana #2612- # 972-3 bed, 3 bath, 2nd level.
furnished beachfront condo, fully renovated & re-furbished in
2000. Golf cartgarage. Great sea & beach views. $865,000.


rime Real Estate Listings Throughout Aba

Atlantis Condo #2201- # 1175 2 bed, 2 bath. 1,000 s/f, 2nd
level furnished waterfront condo. Recently renovated, well
maintained. Includes storage garage & private boat slip/dock,
Near beach. $460,000,
Atlantis Condo #2202- # 987 2 bed, 2 bath,2nd level
furnished waterfront unit, includes boat slip & golf cart
garage. "Turn-Key". Near Treasure Cay Beach $499,950,
Atlantis Condo # 2203- # 000 2 bed.2 bath. 2nd level
furnished waterfront unit includes boat slip & golf cart
garage. Overlooks Brigantine Bay, Near beach $499,950,
Beach Villa 507 # 782 Newly renovated. 2 bed. 2 bath
1, 150 s/f villa, plus 592 s/f patios. Tastefully furnished. Many
extras. Close to beach, marina, golf course. $490,000.

Beach Villa 685-# 958 Attractive 885 s/f2 bed, 2 bath
furnished villa, Community pool, near marina & golf course, 2
minute walk to Treasure Cay Beach $399,000.
Brigantine Beach Condo # 369 2 bed. 2.5 bath furnished
townhouse, ocean views, close to beach, furnished, excellent
rental history. REDUCED TO $398,000.
Mariner's Cove Condominiums

# 1181 -4 bedroom. 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour
front condo. tastefully refurbished. $649,000.

# 959-2 bed, I bath, 2 level fuirnished condo. overlooks
marina, includes full sizegarage.REDUCED TO $279,000.

#454- 2 bed, 1 bath, 2 level, poolside condo $295,000.
# 928 2 bed, 1 bath 2 level unit, overlooks harbour $279,000.
# 985 2 bed, 2 bath. 2 level "turn-key" harbourfront end unit,
Refurbished in 2000 REDUCED TO $271,500,
# 655-2 bed, I bath condo with marina view $274,000.
#455-1 bed. I bathgground level, poolside $185,900.

BeaclffroanParcel- Ocean Blvd. # 876 15 acres with 100'
of beach frontage, on spectacular Treasure Cay Beach. All
utilities available Gorgeous beach & sea views. $1,510,000.
Beach & CanalLot Package #941- Windward Beach lot with
100' ofbeach frontage on Sea ofAbaco, PLUS Galleon Bay lot
with approx. 76' ofsea-walled canal frontage $1,446,000.
Windward Beach # 999 12,750 s/fBeachfront parcel with
85' of frontage on Sea ofAbaco. All utilities available, great
building site. $599,950.
Wiwhvard Beach # 1090-12,100 s/fBeachfront parcel with
85' of frontage on Sea of Abaco. Native stone/concrete bulk
head. All utilities available, great building site. $845,000.
Brigantine Bay# 1200- 13,664 s/f canalfront parcel with 106'
ofbulkheaded deep water frontage. Includes dock & dolphin
pilings, all utilities available. Superb water views. $525,000.
Brigantine Bay # 841 11,220 s/f cleared canal lot with 80'
protected deep water frontage on quiet street. New 40' dock
& 16,000 lb boat lift All utilities available. $485,500,
Windward Beach # 817- Ilalf'acre waterfront parcel directly
on SeaofAbaco, 124' beach frontage. Newly installed sea
vwal. All utilities available. $482,000.
Brigantine Bay # 1173 & 1174 -2 adjacent deep water canal
parcels, each 11,200 s/fwith 80' bulk head. Cleared, all
utilities available. Purchaseboth & SAVEI EACH $422,000.

Briganfine Bay # 1193 Choice canal lot of 13,200 s/f with
100' of bulkheaded sea wall. All utilities available. Great
water views. Ready to build. $362,000.
Galleon Bay # 422- Prime 10,295 s/f cleared canal lot 88' +
protected canal frontage, all utilities available. $350,000.
Rock Point Waterfront Parcel # 783 12,200 s/flot near
entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. 90' newly installed sea
wall. Cleared, all utilities available. $289,000.
St. Andrevs Drive Lot 1 # 1076 14,700 s/fresidential parcel
adjacent to 14th tee of golf course. Quiet community, all
utilities available, short walkto Treasure Cay Beach $76,925.

Bahamas Real Estate

"Sea View" GreatAbaco Club # 1203 -3 bed, 2.5 bath.
1,880 s/f furnished sea view home on 4,918 s/f parcel. Well
maintained, great rental income potential, Includes private deep
water dock. $769,000.
"Paradise Point" # 659 Furnished 3 bed, 2.5 bath. 2,400 s/f
waterfront home with porches & balconies on 1/2 acre. 193'
elevated Sea ofAbaco frontage. Fantastic views. $656,000.
"Turtle's Rock" # 1062 3 bedropom, 2,5 bath furnished
home on 1.18 acre parcel with 102' sandy beach frontage. Built
in 2000, Very private area. $795,000.
"Double Eagle" # 757 Recently renovated 3 bed, 3 bath, plus
loft 2,300 s/f furnished home on canal front parcel, 95' sea
wall, 68' dock. Underground utilities. Near beach $776,000.
Residential Parcels
# 823- 10,708 s/f canal lot w/130' frontage& 105' deep water
dock w/ water & electricity. Fantastic beach nearby $345,000.

# 886- 12,828 sfcanal lot, 100' sea wall, 50' dock $329,000,

# 602 15,334 s/fcanal corner lot w/197' seawall $299,500.

# 704- 10.400 s/f elevated canal lot w/104' frontage $265,000,

# 1080- 12.100 s/f canal parcel with 110' sea walled canal
frontage. Boat davits installed $249,500.

# 811 10.400 s/f sea view comer lot, near beach $107,000.

# 998 13,459 s/ canal view corner lot, near beach $ 96,500,

# 567 2.139acres on highway near Leisure Lee $149,700.
"Ridge Runner" # 1185-6 bed, 4 bath, 3,100 sq. ft. furnished
home includes main house, separate master suite, guest cottage,
pool & dock situated on 1.74 elevated acres with 330' of
shoreline. Superb panoramic water views. $2,599,000.
Atlantic Oceanfront Parcel #746 Approx. I acre residential
parcel, 154' elevated shoreline near Orchid Bay community,
great ocean views, $395,000,
Boiling Hole Parcel # 1022 Total 11 acres sea-to-sea from
Sea ofAbaco to bay side. 153' high rocky shoreline on Sea of
Abaco. (Also available in smaller parcels.) $299,500.
Sunset Ridge Community Lots # 570 14 spacious residential
lots from 14,792 s/f to 18,488 s/f. High elevation, close to
Treasure Cay. All utilities available. Starting at $47,500.
Boiling Hole Lots # 1030 2 Sea of Abaco waterfront parcels
on Great Abaco Highway. Choice of 73' or 80' rocky shoreline,
utilities available, great sea views. Each $95,000.
"High Point" Seaview Lot # 684- Itilltop 0.405 acre parcel
on White Sound Bluff overlooking Sea of Abaco, Fantastic
Sea Views, Privacy, near beach $725,000.
Beach Front Parcel # 714- 45.343 s/f parcel. 100' beach
frontage on Atlantic Ocean. Electricity available. Ideal site for
permanent residence or vacation home. $349,000.
Ocean View Lot # 1036 17,650 s/f parcel with unobstructed
Atlantic ocean view, just across street from beach. $155,000,

Inland Lot Near Beach Large 21,450 s/f level lot on main
street electricity & telephone available $59,500.
Inland Lot Near Beach (Ref# 756) Large 13.000 s/f lot near
white sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches, native vegetation. Good
road access. $38,000.
Ocean View Residential Lot # 887 Elevated, hillside corner
parceL12,600 s/fl/-, close to sandy Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
All utilities available. Ideal building site. $179,000.

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professional development hours. The dates
for the remaining sessions for this school
year are as follows: November 15th Lit-
eracy Strategies: Vocabulary and Coop-
erative Learning; December 6th Literacy
Strategies: Phonemic Awareness and Re-
vision Strategies; January 17th Literacy
Strategies: Comprehension and Fluency;
and February 28th Item Writing Across
Curriculum. All remaining sessions will be
held at Central Abaco Primary School. All
sessions will be led by trained professional
educators from the Ministry of Education.
Abaco Central High
Construction began on
two new buildings
By Samantha V. Evans
Frederick Jones, Jr. Construction Com-
pany has been contracted to build the new
administrative building for Abaco Central
High School. The project began on Octo-
ber 24th and is expected to be completed
by March 2009. It will be a single story
building encompassing a reception area,
principal and vice principal's offices, sick
bay, staff room and filing room. The entire
building will measure 2394 square feet.
The existing parking lot will be removed,
except for that in front of the present ad-
ministrative building and will be converted
into green space. Also included in the con-
tract is the building of new walkways.
The new technical block for Abaco Cen-
tral High School began with the excavation
of the ground the end of October 25. The
building will consist of three classrooms and
two bathrooms. This will be a single story

stand alone building that will cover 4100
square feet. The expected completion date
is April 2009. Once both projects are com-
pleted, the school campus will cover 8,000
square feet of parking space. The Ministry
of Works is supervising these projects on
behalf of the Ministry of Education. This
building is being constructed by Williams
& Sons Construction Company.
Academics are Improving
By Mirella Santillo
Abaco Central High School at last has a
full administrative panel in place to over-
see the 530 students registered. It is com-
prised of Principal, Ms. Vanessa James,
Vice Principal, Ms. Dominique McCart-
ney, and Senior Assistants, Mr. Vincent
Coakley and Mrs. S Miller. Ms. James is
pleased that there is a noticeable improve-
ment in the students during the last school
year. More students sat during examina-
tions and there was an improvements in
grades in most subjects with a significant
improvement in the BGCSE exam results.
Discipline is still a major concern. A
new "alternative suspension program"
enrolls disruptive students in various com-
munity and school projects. Some students
might be placed with Waterand Sewerage,
some might help at Sibyls's House, while
others participate in the school beautifica-
tion program by performing tasks around
the school such as painting, picking gar-
bage or tending plants. A random check
takes place most mornings to insure that
students are not bringing unauthorized ob-
jects to school.
Winning team of two women
By Mirella Santillo
Until recently women in education usu-

Marsh Harbour Area
MLS # 1003 Lookout House Eastern Shores Waterfront $1,395,000
MLS # 1005 Royal Harbour Lot 26 $299,000
MLS #1006 Sunrise Bay Lot 31 Includes Dock Slip $310,000
NEW Marsh Harbour 2 bed/1 bath house $178,000
Located behind Memorial Plaza
NEW Sweeting's Village $60,000
MLS #1067 Pelican Shores Waterfront Property with Dock $1,225,000
MLS #1115 Great Abaco Club Luxury Canal Pool House $1,995,000
NEW Sunrise Bay lot 14 with boat slip $365,000

North Abaco
MLS #1102 Leisure Lee Interior Lots from $34,800
MLS #1193 Leisure Lee Lot 35 Waterfront $129,000 UNDER CONTRACT
NEW MLS #1220 Red Rock Point 15 min. N. of Marsh Harbour
42 acres, 1000' +/- feet waterfront $2,150,000
NEW Joe's Creek Lot #12 $45,000

South Abaco
MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 316 & 420 $50,000 each
MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 413 & 414 $89,000 each
MLS #1008 Long Beach Lots 412 $83,000
MLS #1012 Bahama Palm Shores Several Lots from $30,000
NEW Bahama Palm Shores Lot #28, BIk 15, Sec 4 $16,500

The Cays
MLS #1062 Guana Cay Interior Lot/Great Views REDUCED $97,000
MLS #1150 Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates Lots 93A & 92B
$179,000 each NEW PRICE
MLS #1102 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco Waterfront REDUCED $299,000
MLS #1149 Guana Cay" Beach" Reduced $214,000 UNDER CONTRACT
MLS #1149 Guana Cay 22,232 sq. ft. ocean view lot $124,000 UNDER CONTRACT
MLS #1097 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco Estate Property $850,000
MLS #1103 Guana Cay Coconut Tyme Great Rental $590,000
MLS #1063 Guana Cay Estate Waterfront Home REDUCED $1,750,000
MLS #1066 Lubber's Abaco Ocean Club 2 Interior Lots $99,000 each
NEW Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Interior Lot 28B $125,000
Call BILL THOMPSON @ 477-5712

ally held teaching posts, eventually work-
ing their way as primary school principals.
However, as more women become career
oriented, attend college and gather more
degrees and qualifications, they are emerg-
ing much younger in many executive posi-
tions. Two ladies that have risen recently
to leadership posts are Ms. Vanessa James,
Principal of Abaco Central High School,
and her assistant, Ms. Dominique McCart-

Ms. James is no new comer to Abaco
Central High School where she has spent
the last two school years as Vice-Principal
and Acting-Principal. During the last school
year Ms. James headed alone a school of
over 500 students faced with a few disci-
pline problems and a low academic record.
She dealt with the challenges and ended the
school year with notable improvement in
Please see School Page 11

S.C. Bootle Wins Grade 8 Spelling Bee
-. .

On November 7th grade eight students had their chance to prove themselves and to claim
the trophy as the top spellers of this grade level. Twenty students from St. Francis de
Sales, Abaco Central High School, Agape Christian School, S.C. Bootle, Cyber Learning
Center, Moore's Island All Age and Long Bay School participated. After 12 rounds on the
seen list and four rounds of the unseen list, Clydesha Cornish of S. C. Bootle High School
emerged the winner. In second and third place were Briantino Fox and Vanessa McBride
from Moore's Island All Age School with two very deserving wins. Congratulations to
all contestants for winning the preliminaries at the school level and special thanks to the
coaches for their commitment to preparing the students for this competition. The judges
for the junior level Spelling Bees were Beatrice Moxey, Valarie Whyly, and head judge
Samantha Evans.




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November 15, 2008

More School News

Please see School Page 70
examination results. It, therefore, did not
come as a surprise that she became princi-
pal for the 2008-09 school year. Ms. James
is dedicated to education and to Abaco
Central in particular. She is energetic and
constantly in search of positive answers to
the challenges posed to educators nowa-
days. As an administrator she seemed to
have convinced all of the staff to perform
at their best.
Ms. James is assisted this year by an-
other young woman, Ms. McCartney, who
came to Abaco fresh from the University of
Scranton in Tampa, Florida. Her goal is to
help the teachers with strategies to meet the
requirements of students, especially those
with English as a second language which
account for 49 percent of the student body.

Ms. Vanessa James and
Ms. Dominique McCartney

A school-wide recent writing test is being
graded and, depending on the results, vari-
ous plans of action will be put in place to
help teachers and students.
With such two strong leaders, Abaco
Central High School should be Riding the
Winning Wave this year.
Writing Workshop with Music
By Mirella Santillo
During the writing seminar that took
place at New Vision in October, the Pre-
senter, Mr Erik Cork, managed a feat to
make most teachers envious: he held abso-
lutely captive for three hours, an audience
of over 300 students and their chaperones,
teachers and parents during the morning
session. The achievement was repeated af-
ter lunch.
Accompanied by music, mostly Rap
except fo brief bars of Beethoven, slang
was downgraded, spelling was corrected,
proper sentences were created and
grammar refreshed. Dancing to the
beat of Rap, inviting the students to
join, climbing on the tables to ask
questions and demanding answers,
Mr. Cork put on a teaching show that
impressed not only the students but
also the academic staff present. Far
from being a deterring factor, music
stimulated the children into participat-
ing and working through the exercise
book that had been handed to them
without their conscious realization.
They just did it!
With a relentless beat, interrupted
suddenly to bring everyone to atten-
tion, "illegal" words were outlawed,
the lyrics of famous rap songs were
rewritten into complete sentences and
vocabulary extended. So the whole

learning process became a fun and creative
adventure. For Mr. Cork, lyrics are po-
ems. If you can write songs, you can write
A one time journalist who "loves mu-
sic, loves children and loves writing," Mr.
Cork used to volunteer in public schools
trying to teach the kids. When he added
his three loves together, he hit on the equa-

tion for learning success and put together
a free workshop to share his method with
other teachers. That was 1996. Since then
Mr. Cork has conducted workshops for
more than 250,000 primary and secondary
students and traveled all over the United

Please see School Page 20

CAP Grade Six Students Soar in Essay Competition

The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation held an essay competition in celebration of its 25th
anniversary that was open to grade six students of Central Abaco Primary School. The
theme for the competition was The Importance of The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation.
All entries were submitted to Mrs. Sophia Hunter at the head office in Nassau. The win-
ner was Ethanique Bain. The first runner-up was Aleeja Knowles. Second runner-up was
Isaiah Seymour while third runner-up was Shavante Simms. Also shown in the photo was
Desmondo Bootle who was honored for participating. Ms. Jonna Bootle, center, repre-
sented the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation. The students received trophies, gift bags and
cash prizes.

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Great Guana Cay Green Turtle Cay Man-O-War Cay
Marsh Harbour
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ol' Irotected Boia
elevation Fabuloi
Estate. #GGV1008

Covered Porch -

"Junkanoo Spt

"Sonn Light"

- 300' of Ocean B
with Bar- Covered
- 785 s.f. wrap arou
- 250' to the Atlati
ftiuished Runwa

- 800 s.f. residence -
106" on Atlantic -
- Approved pi;
iiTI.HI 1086

- 16 3 Bedroom.
1,500 sf- Waterfro
dockage up to 70'

Greal bolnefishi

0.9982 Acre 190
15' elevations (
mature trees. -G
* "112-I12A"
parcels contain
Sea of Abaco F
GGVI112 -
Orchid Bay ame
FaLIblous I[anoraml
0,717 Acre 117
Superb Ocean Vie
shoreline Over
elevations Deed
Irontage Prime bi
underground elect
"Cottage Par
82.20' on lie Sc;
#GGV1077 -


Elbow Cay
Hope Town
-4 Bedrooms. 2 1/2- Balli
-2.200 sf.t Residence
- 1,000 s r Porches & Decks
Boat House & Private
Dock on( the IHarbour


us V

Fabulous Harbour Views
| I s Great Iental I lislory
I# Illi 1104 SI,150,000. "Prince 'Trust"

- 11.5 Acres 1.198' of Waterfontage Over 500'
asin Frontage Superb Iuilding Sites Good
'iews Perfect for development or Elegant Private
Q0,a g n n -01 ':,vl ', u

5 $.D, 3yUUU.

LE" 2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths. 960 s.f. Residence -
Land 5.000 s.f. Dock Access Furnished.

Great Gunna Cay -
Dolphin Beach Estates
- 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
- 1,150 s.. Residence
- 760 s.f. Covered Porch
- I Bedroom, 1 Bath
490 sl. Apartment
- Workshop
- Great Views
- Near Settlement
#GGH 1015- S550,000.
Green Turtle Cay
5 Bidruom.s. 4 Billhs
-4.977 s'. Rcsidn7ce
35 Acres Sea-so-Sea
13' Ocean nerchliron
-200' oi Coco Bay
SPriv;ilt Dock onl C o Iay
-600 GPD -Watemiaker
G'TtI 11097 Four Possible Sale
Options Fron: S8480.U0) for
I icru wldock lie. on Coco Bay.
to S3,490,000 or entire Estate

Great Guana C;ay
12.5 Acre Estate
2 Bedrooms. 2 Bath
k3-1,760 sf, Residence
- Covered & Open Decks
nr ~ -593' of Ocean Beach
664' on Sea ofAbaco
Fabulous Ocean Views
Private Boat Basin
#GGHH1096- $8,995,000.
Great Gua:na Cay -
Seltlerent C(mnerciLal
at Main Public Dock
Best Location in town,
1,900 s.f. Colonial Bldg.
S- 400 s.f Cov. Verandah
-Commercial Grade
-Land- 96'x84'- 8,064 s.f.
Great Reataurant or Retail

"Art- .f. ~HI t109 $867,5001.
Great Guana Cay-
5 Bedroomls. 3 Baths.
-2,212 s.I. Residence
848 s.f. Covered Decks.
S- I.and 9.700 s.f
2 Central AiC oUnits
Storage, Gnerator Shed
-12 KW Aux. Generator
-Inlcome Producing
OcSeal View,
"G i Cd/ apGGIH 1105 $491,000.

Green Turtle Cay
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath
1.455 sqAL. Ltxlxl-ry Villn
g Land 7.554 sq.fil
D u)cedad Dock 6t0,1 Lift
G- Golf Crt Ga-a
Complete Renovation 2007
-Tasiefully Decoralecd
-Auxiti-my Generator
No ExR}e nse Spat, 'd
"M4a ila #GTH1098- $995,000.

Easnern Harbour
-2 Rcdrooms, 2 Ralis
1.030 -,X. RQsidenco -
1,290 s.f. Covered Deck
0.877 Acires
82' Ocan Fronrtage
Semi-Prilvate Dock.,
Superb Occan Views

" trGn,-ano rour o, t #_MWJII}76- $1,550,111111.

Maan-O-Wa' Cay
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
1,921 s.f Residence.
II! lit -. 2 Bedroom. I Bath
-':''- 4() 400s.f Guest Cabin
172' Ocean Beach Front
1 189 Acres
Beautiliilly Luandscaped
Semi-Private Dock
Fabulous Views
.#MWWH]1019 $ I,165,000.
NMan-O-War Cay -
-3 tBedrooms. 1.5 Baths.
1,200 s.f Residence.
192 suf. Studio Snore Box
1.23 Acre 1(0,056 s.
17 KW Aux.Generator
_- Beautifully Landscaped

h" RMWH1024- 5499,000.

CAMP" 3 Bedrooms. 2 Baths -1.300 s.f. Residence
each 1 Bedroom. I Bath Guest Hlouse "Playhouse"
I & Open Decks Fabulous Ocean Views
HOUSE" 4 Bedrooms. 2 Bathls 1600 sJ. of residence
nd porch 23,938 s.f. .549 Acre land 180 degree views
ic Beach 240 s.f. garage 28.000 gallon cistern Fully
y & Dock access #SCH1093 $895,000.

'ULLY BLESSED" 2 Redroom, 1.5 B.alh
3.75 Acre, sea to sea 109' of frontage on Sea of'Abaco -
Boat basin with lill 170' of dock S\wimmig Pool
lans for 3/2 New Enigland Style cottage

E POINT" 32 Luxutry Condominiums
3 Bath 16 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1.035 sf to nearly
inl on Treasure Cay Lagoon Each unit with private
Pre-Conslriction Prices star at:
Low SS00's

4DYS" 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths 1,147 s.f. Residence
Acre 75' water frontage; to Build duck -
ng area Trlnqilihy at its best


GOON" Parcel i 45 Orchid Bay 43.480 s.l' -
i.88' on Sea ofAbaco frontage prime building site +/-
irchid Bay amenities Allows for private deeded dock -
GV1O087 $940,000.
- Fabulous waterfront building site Two
ing a total of 69,197 sf 1.588 Acres 241 olf
ronlage great elevations to 42' above sea level
NEW LISTING $850,000.
'arcel # 58 Orchid Bay 174,775 s.. 4,012 Acres -
nities.- One of the Highest Points in Orchid Bay -
iicViews. #GGV 1077 $850,000.
BEACH"- Beachfront Building Site 31.243 s.l: -
SBeach Frontage Dock Access Good Elevation -
ws Lush Vegetalion, #GGV1006 $790,000.
BEACH" 16,500 s.. over 1/3 Acre 100' of Ocean
t00' of dcplh Prime Occan-froni building site Good
ed dock access. #CGV1092 $375,000.
SCOVE" 6.653 s.f -.0152 Acre 45.47 ofSea ofAbaco
building site can carry a private dock 180 degree views -
ric and paved road. aGGVIO91 $375,000.
eel # 10" Orchid Bay 14,74 s.f 0.3346 Acre -
I of Aiaco Cireal Views Orchid Bay amenities.-



* "CONCHIED OUT" offered in I to 4 prime sites 100' 460' ot'
water frontage Atlantic Beach and Sea ofAbaco frontage available -
10'-32' elevations 360 views Very private Area
#GTV1008 $546,000. $3,000,000.
* "PLAYING HOOKY"- 15.948 s.f -0.3661 Acre Prime Building
Site Unobstructed views of Coco Hay Public Dock Access Beach
Access 50' from Coco Bay Beach. #GTV 1080 $625,000.
* "COCO BA Y VIEW" 32.690 s.f. 0.7567 Acre Dock Access -
Bcach Access Good Elcvation. ;GTV 1009 $291,000.
* "COCO BA YBREEZE"-- 19.558 s.f. 0.4490 Acre- Prime
Building Site Dock Access Beach Access, #GTV 1007 $167,500.
* "CASUA RINA "- 8,126 s.t 0. 1865 Acre -Corner lot IPrime building
sile Ccntllal location Short walk to Rita Ray Reach Snorkel right oIT shore
#GCTVI 074 $112,500.
* "L YNYARD PALMS" 42.906 s. 0.985 Acre /- 134' of Sea or
Ahaco frontage Prime Building Site Build private dock
- Well established Coconut trees Views of Sea of Abaco and Atlantic
Ocean, #LCV1090 $274,000.
* "GRAND BOIS" Rare Prime Ocean-front building site 0.51
Acre 125'Atlantic Ocean frontage- Central Iocation [Fabulous Ocean
Views Lush Native Foliage. #MWV IOS1 $695,000.


Great CGuna Cay-
SB- 3 Bedrooms. 3 Baths
-725 s.l Open Decks.

1.I6 l Aires est
S- 80' of Prime BeachfPront
Over 4 Acre
Superb Ocean Views
Semi-private Dock
r30 KWAux. Gee rator
WGre rat Rel9lal Ilis2to0
i HIIOl G175 -S1,380,000.

Great GuaGuna Cay -
S- Bedroom s 1Baths.
Baths76 s.f. Resident 400 s orches-e ce
336' s.. Open K ec x.
Central Air
Ce anrl Condvenient
-Ihree 2- -Bedroom 2 B- Fabulous Ocean Views
SCera A Fully Fn d qppd Full Ilise Poold
MWH069 73i o1108 5699,000.

"HARBOUR LIGHT" Dickie's Cay 2 Bedrooms. 2 Baths -
1.560 s.f. Residence 1.040 s.E Verandahs I Bedroom. I Hath Guest
house 1.824 Acres Entire S.E. Point of Dickie's Cay Privatee
Dock. Auxiliary Generator Superb Vies urnished.
IMWH1099 0 -S2,200,000.
S"VIKIIG" Dickic's Cny 5 Bedrooms, 3 1I24 Baled s. 3B360 s.f

Baths- .460 s.l Residence 1,400 s.F Porches-Decks I Bed. I
bath Snore Box 7,500 s.J, Land Private 93' Dock. 40 KW Aux.
Generator Superb I larbour Views #MWHI 107 81,200,000.
S"SCHOONER'S LAN DING" Five Oceafrolt Condomriniums

-CealrllA-C- Fully Furnlished Equipped Fresh Water Pool
O-sland Management CGreat Rental n Poperty.
UMWH1069 73 from: S395,000 to S455,000.

Nan-O-War Cay
-2 Bedrooms, I Bath.
660 s. f Residence.
v- 2.0 s. I Studio
MA SDock HHouse
GREAT ABAC~-O C B Land Sca-to-Sea
S36.775 sl .8442 Acre
100' Ocean Beach Front
9.23 .- 1 s ri GPrivate Dock On Creek
e- Fabulous Vi5ews
*"Bo6 nn101 A S2,25,000.
SC els an-O-War Cay -
-4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths.
1.240 sof oa Residence.
0.32 13 Acre 14,000 s.f
I hillside for gre t Ocean
a Bcatiil ly Landscaped
Fully Furnished &
*"B (AdS" - 20 es 2 2 #MWH1.20- 4592, 500.
miles of sor 20 elevations Be Marsh L arbour -
.... ....Sunrise Bay
4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths
Cos Vi4s Conrol46 s.f. Newa Residence.
~ -l- 1.742 s.f Covered
Verandas B alconies.
0.3394 Acre 14.787 s.f.
-Swhmninp Pool
3 i KW Auxiliary Gen.
Boat Slip.
"St. Charles Placei" lllcoAPl08-PRCl08UPON RE

vies. i 2 $211395,7000.
GREATABACO CLUB Parcels #6A aind# 7A # 6A-
9,243 sq .l. # 7A 13,845 sq., fPrivate Dockage Great Sea ofAbaco
View\s. 6A-#MHV 102 $970,000. # 7A- .MHVFI1103 SI,455,000.
M6A & T7A S2,182,000.
SGREAT ABACO CLUB Parcels # 48 and # 49
# 48 7.548 sq.frt. # 49 7,117 sq.ft 50' of Boat Basin Frontage.
Semi-Private Docks Ridge Parcels Good Elevation.
#148-#MnV1100 S5667,000. 49-MIHV 1101 5667,000.
"Sand Banks Creek # 2"- 47.524 s.ft. 1.091 Acres. 108'
of frontage on Sand Banks Creek, 540' in Depth. 80' on S.C.
Bootie Highway #ACV 113- NEW LISTING- $108,000
-"141 Hillside Developer Parcels" Over 12 Acre with beach
access. Aircraft Ianding Riglhts and oat Slips available
NEW LISTING Priced {'rolnl: $170,000 S438,000
"CAVE CAYS" -/- 220 Acres 27.342 linL.1. 4.5 nautical
miles of shorline +/- 20' elevations Beaches Lagoons Harbors -
Coves Visla's Controlling depth of 4.5 Between easl end of Grand
Bahama and wesl end of little Abaca #APt 08 PRICIE IUPON REQUEST

I i I

November 15, 2008 The Abaconian Section B Page 13

Dupuch Real


Marsh Harbour Office
PO Box AB 20340, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-0288 Fax: (242) 367-0289
e-mail: jamesanddonna@erabahamas.com


Fabulous 2.46 acre private estate
with beach. Located at the entrance
to beautiful Little Harbour, this prop-
erty features unparalleled views
including the Sea of Abaco and
Atlantic Ocean. Three pods connect-
ed with verandahs, comprise over
3,500 square feet of living space.


Price: $4,700,000

Freed hilltop lot with Atlantic&Harbour
views.Steps away from beach.Flats fish-
ng&deepsea fishing.Dockage.Can be
subdivided. #13914 Price: $370.000


3 bed, 2 bath harbour view home.
Spectacular 360 degree views of
Little Harbour & Sea of Abaco.
Private dock & harbour mooring.
#13494 Price: $640.000


This offering includes 14+ acres of
property situated on Bookies Bay
with 335' of sandy beach frontage.
Just 1/3 mile north of the prestigious
Abaco Club at Winding Bay.


Price: $4,250,000

plus acres with 135 ft. of direct water
ontage on Little Harbour. Private,
ated access. #13827 Price: $495,000

Just under one acre of direct ocean
front property. Fantastic Atlantic
Ocean views.Power available. Good
elevations.Cleared & ready to build.
tl3604 Pricr $330n.00n

Comfortable 2 bed, 2 bath with
views of the Atlantic and beach
access just steps away. Nice water-
front community that has all of the
essential services.
#13596 Price: $200,000

Lovely well maintained CBS home featur-
ing 3 bed, 2 bath on corner lot 90x150.
Enclosed & landscaped property with
secluded garden.


Price: $350,000

Nice 4 bed, 4 bath furnished home
on gorgeous beachfront with views
of Atlantic. Generator, cable, phone,
fenced, deck, turnkey.
i #2818 Price: $530,000

Fabulous 3 bed, 3 bath, beachfront home
with garage. Open concept beach side
living on spectacular Atlantic Ocean lot

#13552 Price: $580,000

2 bed, 2 bath cottage, fully furnished.
Built in 2008. Great views, beach
access. All utilities, cable, etc.
#13821 Price: $350,000

1 & 2 acre estate beachfront lots in sea
side community. Good elevations, gor-
geous Atlantic Ocean views.


Price: $295,000

Multi-family unfinished duplex.
Concrete block construction. 2,464 sq.
t. total. Solid structure.Good invest-
ment opportunity.
#13935 Price: $150,000

Great canal front homesite, lot 164 on
Palm Dr. Sea-walled, cleared and ready to


Price: $249,000

148 ft of shoreline, 428 ft. deep. Lovely Very nice 2 bed, 2 bath home with
h- beach, flat rock shoreline. Beautiful open concept living, sits on 1.75
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Club News

Rotary Speakers
encourage and inform
By Mirella Santillo
The October 14th meeting of the Rotary
Club of Abaco was extremely well attend-
ed and for a good reason. The new District
Governor, Mr. Rupert W. Ross, was the
honored visitor and guest speaker for the
Governor Ross is from the island of St.
Croix in the British Virgin Islands and he
compared his club to the one on Abaco
with a similar type of attendees and similar

The District Governor of the Rotary Clubs in t
W. Ross, spoke to the Rotary Club of Abaco,
to reach out to the needy, particularly child
the right. On the left is Assistant District Go
from Nassau accepting a banner of the local
Malone. Seated is Mrs. Ross and Kendira,
senting the Interact Club at St. Francis de Sa

venue. He congratulated our club for its
achievements and talked about the success
of the District in general. As the Rotary
Club of Abaco enters its 38th year, he
challenged the local Rotarians to start pre-
paring for the club's 40th birthday when
Mr. Don Cornish will be President.
He talked about Rotary's emphasis to
Make Dreams Real, the motto for this year
and the fact that child mortality was the
focus for Rotary worldwide. He urged the
members to look around their community
and around the world for whatever help
they could give. He was made aware that
the club was
already in-
volved with
two such
projects: the
help to Every
Child Counts
and a joint
program with
the govern-
ment clinic to
educate preg-
nant mothers
in hygiene and
healthy habits.
Two weeks
later another
guest speaker
he Caribbean, Mr. Rupert took the po-
encouraging the members dium, Mr.
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vernor, Mr. Felix Stubbs, a second ho-
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specializes in economics and finances.
During his presentation on October 21st
he approached various topics such as the
role of the European Union in the global fi-
nancial and political scene and its position
as a leader on environmental issues. He
discussed the current worldwide economic
crisis and about the impact the regulations
on alternative fuel use could have for The

He first started by offering an
overview of what the EU was: a
union of 27 countries with head-
quarters in Brussels. Although
there are common regulations
on telecommunication, energy
and financial fields, the lack of a
central governing unit produces
challenges in spite of a common
monetary unit, the euro, used
by 15 of the countries. How-
ever, the European Union with
its five hundred millions people
and strong economy is a force to
take into consideration.
He explained the position
taken by the EU into leading
the industrialized countries to
reduce green house gases emis-
sion when putting together the

Climate Action and Renewable Energy
Package in January 2008. In that propos-
al, the European Commission offered to
reduce the level of carbo-fuel emissions
by 20 percent and to increase the share
of "renewable" energy use by 20 percent
by 2020 over the base year of 1990. This
package will be presented at the Copenha-
gen Conference in 2009 and will hopefully
be accepted and ratified by most of the
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A speaker that Rotarians had address their club was
Mr. Joe Kirwin who spoke about global economics.
He explained energy regulations in Europe that would
perhaps be beneficial to Abaco. He is shown here
on the right with President of the Rotary Club, Mike
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Clubs From Page 14
industrialized nations attending, including
India, China and Brazil.
This could be beneficial to The Bahamas
as countries are able to get credits "away
from home" by subsidizing cleaner energy
supplies in countries that cannot afford to
do so. According to Mr. Kerwin, a solar
plant in The Bahamas could be built by
Germany, for example, and benefit both
countries, a scheme that Mr. Frederick
Gottlieb, Chairman of BEC who was pres-
ent at the meeting, agreed to look into.
Mr. Kerwin touched on the current
economy crisis by predicting stronger
banking regulations, higher interest rates
and tougher qualifications for loan appli-
cants. The US nationalization of a num-
ber of banks has stabilized the market, a
strategy put forward by Great Britain that
should be tentatively followed by some of
the European countries. However, some
European banks have refused to take the
government subsidy because of strict regu-
lations. He mentioned the G20 conference
that will take place in Washington, DC, on

November 15th, the first of several meet-
ings during which 20 countries will meet
to discuss the global economic crisis and
put forward reforms to help prevent it from
happening again.
Rotary's to raise money
for the fire department
By Bill (Lil Bill) Albury
Two years ago while conducting a needs
assessment within the community, the Ro-
tary Club of Abaco was made aware of
the lack of fire hydrants within the Cen-
tral Abaco community. This had some-
times created insurmountable odds for the
Marsh Harbout Volunteer Fire Department
when battling fires such as large fires in
the Mud. The club members along with
firemen set out to determine a minimum
amount of hydrants that would be required
to properly service Marsh Harbour, Dun-
das Town and Murphy Town. This num-
ber was determined to be 52 at a price of
around $100,000. Water and Sewerage
Corporation agreed to install them. This
was discussed in detail with a "Sister" club
in Windermere, Florida, whom we were

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Rotary International.
It was decided that all 52 hydrants might
be a bit too ambitious, so we went to work
on half or 26 in total at a cost of around
$50,000. After a year of correspondence,
meetings and compiling documentation for
the various participants in the project, Ro-
tary International suggested that we change
our application to a competitive grant. This
would change the size and scope of the
grant, enabling us to go for all the hydrants
and additional equipment, i.e. fire truck,
hoses and fire fighting gear for the fire-
men. This involved starting over with some
of the paperwork and adjusting our goals
locally. We all agreed to pursue the bigger
grant to encompass the whole project. For
our part the Abaco Rotary Cub would be
required to raise about $30,000 and would
in turn receive approximately $211,000 in

grants to complete this project.
The club is at the stage of raising those
funds with pledges from the business and
private sectors that will hopefully support
this worthwhile project and see the need
within their communities.
JA held orientation
By Mirella Santillo
As dynamic and full of purpose as ever,
Mr. Lionel Elliott, Executive Director of
Junior Achievers for The Bahamas, vis-
ited Marsh Harbour during the last days of
October to enroll more students in the JA
program and conduct an orientation ses-
sion for this year's new comers as well as
for the advisors.

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He spent the morning of October 30th at
Long Bay School to make a presentation to
the staff and students from 10th, 1lth, 12th
grades and explaining the scope of the pro-
gram and the reasons why students should
join. Not only does participation in the JA
program prepare students towards a busi-
ness career but some college scholarships

are also part of the program for students
with a high average. A minimum of 2.5
GPA is required to be accepted together
with approval of their parents and princi-
pal. He convinced quite a few students to
show up the following morning for orien-
tation at Friendship Tabernacle Church in
Dundas Town.
He went to Mangoes Restaurant, a new
sponsor, to give a rudimentary training to

Mrs. Lisa Scott, who will be the coordina-
tor. Close to 60 students from St. Francis
de Sales, Forest Heights Academy, Long
Bay Shool, Abaco Central High School
and Agape Christian School attended the
Relaxing the atmosphere and captur-
ing the students' attention with games and
songs, Mr. Elliott outlined all the benefits
attached to a JA membership from learning
how to operate a business with the forming
of a corporation and electing officers, to
taking care of accounts, human resources
and public relations, to travel and network-
ing opportunities. He explained in detail
how the program worked. Whatever the
career you choose, he stated, you'll need
business skills.
As previously, BTC, BEC and Water
& Sewerage will sponsor approximately
10 students each. Mangoes Restaurant is a
new sponsor this year and will have its first

meeting on November 12th. The govern-
ment corporations will all have their first
meetings soon after.
Shares of each companys are offered for
sale to the public at $3 each and dividends
will be paid at the end of the school year,
should the company have been profitable.
Friends has new
Education Officer
By Samantha V. Evans
In September of this year Friends of the
Environment welcomed Mr. Enzil Cooper
to its team who joined the education pro-
gram as an additional education officer.
Mr. Cooper worked for the Ministry of
Education for six years and taught at vari-
ous schools on Abaco including S. C. Boo-
tie High School and Hope Town Primary.
Mr. Cooper is an excellent musician and

Please see Clubs Page 20

On October 30th the Anchor Clubs of Abaco Central High and Central Abaco Primary
School came out in large numbers to conduct their annual Trick or Canning exercise.
They were accompanied by Pilot Club members and their school advisors. They went
from door-to-door in Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town collecting canned
goods which will be packed and distributed to senior citizens at the annual concert to
be held at Abaco Youth Ministries on December 11th. On October 26th the Pilot Club
of Abaco along with the Anchor Clubs of St. Francis de Sales and Abaco Central High
School conducted their monthly meals on wheels. A total of 33 hot breakfasts were pre-
pared by members and distributed in the areas of Murphy Town and Dundas Towns. They
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About 60 high school students attended the orientation meeting of this year's JA program.
Mr. Lionel Elliott, Executive Director of Junior Achievers for The Bahamas, explained
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November 15, 2008


Obituaries of Family and Friends

John Francis Head,, 61, passed away
peacefully on October 9 after a battle with
cancer. The funeral service was in Atlanta,
Mr. Head was from Atlanta and was in-
volved in a variety of businesses. But his
greatest business joy was his purchase of
the Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. He loved
the lifestyle on the islands. His ventures on
Abaco lead him to purchase property on
Great Guana Cay. This started his dream
of developing Baker's Bay Ocean and Golf
Club. Mr. Head loved this project.
The family asks that donations may be
made in his memory to Abaco Pathfind-
Funeral service for Shenique Edith
Penn, 19, of Marsh Harbour was held on
November 8 at the Church of God in Dun-
das Town. Rev. Emmit Archer officiated
assisted by Pastor Beverley Archer. Inter-
ment was in the Public Cemetery in Marsh

She is survived by her son Tyshawn
Aranha; mother Edith Williams; father
Inglish Penn; stepmother Prescola Penn;
stepfather Astrele Joseph; sisters Sonoviea
and Lakesia Penn, Latoya Brutus, Pau-
lette Dean, Janet Davis, Veronica, Kenya,
April, Alma, Judy, Merline, Rolanda and
Latoya Penn; brothers Jonathan, Alvio,
Shean, Sebastian and Fabian Penn; great-
grandmother Rebecca Simms; aunt Lea-
nora Williams, Audrey, Alvarez, Sylvia
McKenzie, May Willis, Gier and Jackie
Williams; uncles Henry, Tyrone and Jamal
Williams and Santos Alvarez; nieces Ol-
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Rayjea, Shawna, Zennrine, Towanda,
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ion B

The Abaconian

November 15, 2008

a. Local Government at Work

Murphy Town Committee
By Mirella Santillo
The first meeting of the Mur
Committee since July 17th wa
October 6th at the Burial Soci
bers discussed problems of payn
made for contracted work that wa
satisfactorily. Chairman Renar
assured the committee member
problems arising from the contra
addressed and that once all the t
in place, there will be strict supt
Since the last meeting seve
side road were pushed back on
Road and Forest Drive and oi
board was built. The clearing ot
exposed heaps of garbage and d
pliances that had been thrown in
the removal of which has to be
It was agreed to hire someone to
as well as the debris left behin
passage of the garbage truck. TI
collector, Mr. Paul Mills, was
tified of the problem and asked
it. Other issues discussed during
ing were the lack of water in th
Tree Bay toilets, the neglected s
cemetery and the sale of alcohol
poinciana tree.
The ongoing project of tht
Tree Bay restoration was broug
Mr. Cubel Davis reminded the
that students from Rollins Colle
ida will be coming to help with
in November. He said that Frie
Environment had promised to ar
grant to finish clearing the creek
scaping the area. It was suggeste

Assigns reminding people not to litter around
the community. Mr. Davis suggested hav-
ing students placed in community service
for discipline problems, help with the mak-
ctober 6 ing of the signs. A quote for a new sign for
the cemetery is to be obtained from Mr.
phy Town Desmond Bootle.
is held on To delegate tasks within the community,
ety. Mem- Chairman Renardo Curry announced his
ients being intention to form a Murphy Town Associa-
as not done tion and invited a group of residents who
do Curry would be responsible to organize projects
rs that the and ventures to join in.
acts will be The Administrator, Mr. Cephas Cooper,
tenders are informed the members that he saw the need
ervision. for a Youth Council for Central Abaco and
ral feet of suggested that Murphy Town form a youth
South Side board of seven members, three of whom
ne bulletin would in become members of the Central
f the roads Abaco Youth Council. He stated that the
lerelict ap- same process would be repeated in Dundas
i the bush, Town and in Marsh Harbour. The people
organized. chosen will be responsible to organize ac-
Sremove it tivities for young people year round.
d after the While going over the budget, Mr. Cooper
he garbage reminded the Committee that no expenses
to be no- were to be incurred unless agreed upon and
to rectify noted in the minutes. He insisted that the
Sthe meet- amount, the payee and the scope of work
ie Coconut have to be reflected the minutes. He urged
state of the the Committee to identify which capital
I under the projects for the next term were to be pre-
sented to Council to determine how much
e Coconut money was needed for Murphy Town.
ht up, and This reminder provoked the discussion
committee again of whether the town wanted to invest
ge in Flor- in renovating the Burial Society (provisions
the project had been made to install a toilet and an air
ends of the conditioning unit) or to consider building a
range for a new community center. Various members
Sand land- were assigned the task of obtaining build-
d to create ing quotes and information on a possible

location for that project which would be
decided at the next meeting.
Marsh Harbour Committee 1 Oct 08
It was agreed that garbage bins will be
emptied twice a week at the basketball
court site at Marsh Harbour's Mud settle-
The administrator asked members to
submit a list of small capital projects for the
town as some money may be allocated.
The need for traffic control measures on
Don MacKay Boulevard were discussed as
there are effectively four school zones on
this road between the S.C. Bootle Highway
turn off and the Shervin Archer Circle at
the airport. Blinking yellow lights, signs,
crossing guards and a police presence were
mentioned. As usual, limited funds will
govern solutions.
The need for short and long term goals
for the area were brought up.
Committee members read a letter from
Town Planning about an eight unit apart-
ment complex which they feel has not com-
plied with set-back requirements or which
exceeds the maximum lot coverage of 20
percent. Discussions will be held with
Town Planning.
Objections were given about a commit-
tee member who is also a member of the
Town Planning Board. This is not prohib-
ited but some members feel that it repre-
sents a conflict of interest, particularly if a
rejected plan is resubmitted on an appeal.
Central Abaco Council 8 Oct 08
It is believed that $250,000 may be al-
located in two payments to the district for
small capital projects. Per the Administra-
tor's earlier request that members submit
amounts and projects for their towns, the
following were submitted:

$ 97,000 by Marsh Harbour
$120,000 by Murphy Town
$759,000 by Dundas Town
Assuming that the anticipated capital
funds are divided evenly to the three town-
ships, each would get a little more than
$83,000 with Marsh Harbour sharing with
Spring City.
Staff openings were acknowledged
several months ago and persons were in-
terviewed to fill these positions: building
custodians, groundsmen and office help.
Apparently the positions have not been
filled due to a shortage of funds.
Failure to hire persons is related to the
$21,000 being paid each month to main-
tain the present garbage dump in Dundas
Town. It was expected that the new landfill
would have opened last spring or summer
and this unforseen dump expense is eroding
Council's ability to hire additional staff.
Complaints were made that the sub-com-
mittee assigned to recommend staff mem-
bers kept no minutes and were unable to to
present a clear course of action on filling
these positions. Neither were the positions
posted or advertised publicly as would be
the normal procedure.
Nine tenders were opened and examined
for managing and operating the new sanitary
landfill inland of Snake Cay. They ranged
from an annual low of $159,000 to a high
of $567,000. Most were in the $450,000 to
$500,000 area. Although opened in public,
Councillors debated the proposals privately
for the three-year contract.
Central Abaco Council 20 Oct. 08
Councillors met and chose Island De-
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November 15, 2008

The Abaconian Section B Page 19

Local Government at Work

Local Gov. From Page 78
Revie Fox. Jr., to manage the new land-
fill operation for $450,000 annually. The
contract was signed on October 28. A few
items remain to be completed at the site,
but it is hoped that it can be operational in
two weeks.
Central Abaco District Council 30 Oct.
The meeting began with 13 pages of
minutes to be read, corrected and acted
upon. However, after two and a half hours
the members had advanced to page six on
resolving "matters arising" and decided to
postpone the meeting and resume at their
next scheduled meeting.
An application had been rejected earlier
by Town Planning to build a shore-side
house and move a road to accommodate
this building near the end of Eastern Shore
in Marsh Harbour. An architect from Nas-
sau and the applicant presented their case
to Council members in an appeal, consum-
ing a good bit of time.
A second presentation by Marine Sea-
man Saunders concerned a Defence Force
Rangers program for high school youth. He
was hoping for some financial support to
establish the program at the high school.
Initial pages of the minutes contained
extensive references to financial problems

with several programs related to the pre- The Treasury, represented by Ms. Nina
vious Council which now impinge on the Fox, has concerns as the facility will be
financial integrity of the present Council. generating revenue of cash and checks as
This has been a contentious issue since the many of those taking trash there will be
Council was formed this past July. paying by either check or cash.
This relates primarily to improvements Council members were fearful that reve-
to the airport terminal building and to a nue would disappear into the Consolidated
contract for road and traffic signs. Fund in Nassau, never to be seen again.
It was agreed to withhold action on un- However, a special account of deposit is to
paid bills until the new landfill is up and be established locally to hold this revenue.
operating and the present dump is closed. This will be the source of funding for solid
This will allow a clearer picture of avail- waste maintenance and later to fund the ex-
able finances. pansion of the site.
Central Abaco Council 5 Nov 08 There is no fee for trash brought by
individuals to the facility which weighs
Representatives from Environmental
Representatives from Environental less than 300 pounds, typically a pickup
Health in Nassau and from the local Trea- tk la. Fees ay egin a $5 at t
sury office attended to give insight, answer
questions and allay fears about the opera-
tion of the new sanitary landfill which now
is the responsibility of the Council. Hav- i i ,
ing said that, Environmental Health will
be heavily involved in the initial stages of Lot 10B, the only waterfront lot in Marie
the operation as mentors and trainers to see Landing has just come to market. Enjoy stunnin
that the facility operates as intended, sunset views from your 15,770 sq. ft, elevate
Ms. Melanie McKenzie of the Nassau lot with your private boat slip at your doorstep
Ms. Melae McKenzie of the Nassau Marnies Landing is a private waterfront commit
Department of Environmental Health, gave nity of half acre lots stretching from the Atlanti
most of the presentation and answered Ocean to the Sea of Abaco.
questions. Her experience and authority Amenilies include under ground electricity suppi
are limited to the Nassau landfill and nei- and a private marina that offers each owner the
ther she nor anyone else has been given own private dock slip for boats up to 30ft Ri
specific authority over the landfills in the cent improvements include newly paved road
Family Islands. However, her experience throughout and 2 entry gates making Marnie
with problems and operating conditions in Landing the premier community on Elbow Cay.
Nassau is relevant to other similar landfill
sites. .

300 pound limit and then increase to $10
per ton. This fee structure is based on the
Nassau schedule. It may be determined by
Council that a different schedule is more
appropriate here.
Council members asked for a writ-
ten confirmation that the revenue would
remain on Abaco for landfill and waste
It was explained that a major reason for
the fees is to finance the expansion of the
site in several years time when the present
cell becomes full. Preparing the next cell
will be a local government expense. There

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Port Department

Public Notice




Please be advised that ALL Commercial registration expires on 31st
December 2008.
Section 3 (1) (2) of the Boat Registration Act Stipulates:
No boat shall ply, be offered or let for hire for use in the waters of the
Bahama Islands unless and until it is registered by the Port Authority.
No person shall act as Master of a boat under this Act (Hereinafter in
this Act referred to as "a boat for hire") unless and until he has obtained a
license from the Port Authority.
Application for Registration can be collected at the Port Department
between the hours of 9:00 am 5:00 pm daily. Any attempt to operate
a boat that is not registered, or act as an unlicensed master may result in
cessation of the vessel's operation and subsequent prosecution.
Please feel free to contact our office at 367-0038 or 367-2934 for any
additional information.
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