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Longline Fishing Banned
The Abaconian sends Season's
Greetings to everyone. May the New
Year be a good one for you.
Five Acre Sites
The House of Assembly has tabled
legislation which will remove restrictions
affecting foreign ownership of property.
'The ligilaliou will repeal the present
Immovable Property Act. The new
legislation wiill allow non-Bahamians to
own a building site of up to five acres
without prior approval. The foreigner
would still be required to rcgi-ler the
----'pesbe .and be issued a ceitlicate by a
Board set up for this purpose.
This Bill also reduces the documentary
Stamp Tax to the same rate that Bahami-
ans pay. Presently, the stamp tax for
Continued on Page 7
M.P. Robert Sweeting announced that
long-line fishing is no longer an issue as
it has been banned in the Bahamas, at
least as long as Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham leads the government. No one
minister will be allowed to give approval
for this type of fishing. If the issue comes
up again, a final decision will be made by
the entire cabinet.
Although extensive fishing regulations
are being enacted, ten hooks will be the
maximum allowed on any line used by a
commercial Bahamian fisherman. Foreign
commercial fishing will not be allowed.
The fishing zone is being extended to
200 miles with details being worked out
for a mutual boundary between the
Bahamas and neighhhriing countries.
Sports fishing will be encouraged but
will be regulaltd with definite rules. One
is that a fishing license must be
purchased, usually at the same time as
clearing Bahamas Customs. This license
is presently required but this law is not
enforced. Sport fishermen will be allowed
only one hook per line.
Foreign poachers are subject to new
lines up io $0.UJU which .dil applied to
errant sports fishermen also.
Mr. Sweeting said that details of the
additional rUgulaiious have not been made
final but the above regulalion,' were
hastily made to quell the lone-linc fishing
issue. Additional regulations may include
closed seasons during breeding times, and
a ban on compressors for commercial
fishing and coaching.
Tourist and recreational fishing will
only be by free diving and only with a
Hawaiian sling or single hook and line.
Extensive regulations are still being
...On Second Home Rentals
Mr. Sweeting wants to take this
opportunity to assure foreign homeown-
ers that they are welcome here and that
the government appreciates the contribu-
tion they have made and continue to
make to the local and national economy.
He was at the September tourism
meeting where Martin Havil stated that
second home owners who rent their
homes do not make a significant contri-
bution to the local economy. However,
Mr. Sweeting arrived at the meeting after
the controversial remark was made and
was, therefore, not able to make a direct
reply. Mr. Sweeting estimates that 75%
of his rental boat customers are from
rental homes in the Marsh Harbour area
and represent the "cream of his busi-
ness". tHe feels that these rental houses
were the "lifeblood" in the early devel-
opment of tourism of the Abaco Cays
Continued on Page 7
1994 Property Tax Rate Set
Bazaar committee decorates the Marsh Harbour community
Christmas tree across from Golden Harvest Supermarket. The
Batelco bucket truck and personnel assisted with this project.
The House of Assembly has a bill
tabled which would change the real
property tax rates. The proposed tax rate
for non-Bahamian owner-occupied
property with the value of the property
being between $ll)l,lill and $51hillll),
the tax rate would be 1 % per year. For
value above $500,000 the rate would be
1 1/_', .
The tax rate for unimproved property
owned by non-Bahamians is also incre-
mental. Any land valued up to $3000
would incur a minimum tax of $30.00.
Land values to $100,000 will incur a tax
rate of 1%. The rate is 1/2% above
For other property valued under
S500.(11)00 the tax rate will be 1% per
year. All value above $500.1100 will be
taxed at 2% per year.
This bill is expected to become law
this month and will take effect January 1.
1994. The Chief Valuation Ofllicer will
be sending out new tax assessment
notices by the 30th of January. There
will then be a 60 day grace period for
This bill will amend the present Real
Property Tax Act, revising the rate of tax
applicable to non-Bahamian owners of
unimproved property. Bahamian property
owners in the out-islands will continue to
be exempt from real property taxes.
1994 Regatta Dates
Mark your calendar for next July's
Regatta dates. Races will begin Monday
July 4th with the traditional Green Turtle
Sailing Club race. The five race series
will conclude with the final race and
awards July 13th in Marsh Harbour.
The Guana Cay race will be July 6th,
Man-O-War race, July 8th, and the Hope
Town race, July llth. The Crossing
Beach Picnic will be Saturday July 9th.
Other functions are being scheduled and
will be announced in the spring.
The Regatta Committee is working
with John Martin of Miami, who has
offered to be the 1994 Regatta Race
Committee Chairman. Mr. Martin is a
well-known figure among south Florida
Call 809-367-2677 for additional
' The Volume I, Number 2 -December 1993
The News Of The Island
Page 2 The Abaeonian December 1993
First Abaco SAT Test at
Forest Heights Academy
The SAT college and university
entrance exams were administered on
Abaco to eight college-bound high school
students in November and to nine
students in December. Forest Heights
Academy is now registered to administer
this Scholastic Achievement Test, which
is issued and evaluated by the
Educational Testing Services of
Princeton, New Jersey. The scores from
this examination determine acceptance
into many American colleges.
Students taking the first exam were
Celeste Albury, Sonia Albury, Tracey
Albury, Randy Pinder, Sonia Darville,
Jasmine Smith, Mandi Stratton, Nishal
Mohan. Those taking it in December
were Wendy Albury, Simeon Pinder,
Travis Pintard, Dominic Bootle, Tamara
Duncombe, Kendra Sands, Wadira
Harnandan and Brenda Louidor.
Previously, these students would have
had to go to Nassau or Florida to take
Registration forms are available at the
Forest Heights Academy, Abaco Central
High School, Cooper's Town Secondary
School and the District Education
Officer's office in Marsh Harbour.
Testing dates for next year are
December, January and May.
Counselor to Visit Abaco
A college admission's counselor will
be in Marsh Harbour during the Christ-
mas holidays. Students, parents or
teachers may call for information related
to general college admissions. If there is
enough interest, she could discuss college
admissions to a group at one of the
schools on January 3rd, 4th or 5th. Call
367-2677 for more information.
Cancer Society Organizes
By Marjolein Scott
Recently the Abaco branch of the
Cancer Society of the Bahamas was
established under the leadership of Dr.
The Bahamian Cancer Society is a
nation-wide community-based voluntary
health organization, dedicated to elimi-
nating cancer as a major health problem
through service and education.
The Society offered free pap-smears to
Abaconian women recently. Almost 100
women took advantage of the offer at the
Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town
During December their annual "LOVE
LIGHTS A TREE' program is underway
in various businesses. Decorations are
placed on Christmas trees in these
business houses by individuals who give
donations of $1.00 or more.
Computer User Group
A PC-user group may be formed to
meet on a weekly or monthly basis and
would be centered around the use of the
IBM compatible computer. Discussions
on new software, software use, common
problems and solutions, and the myster-
ies of DOS are among the topics sug-
gested. The group would meet at
ABACOM in Marsh Harbour where
there are a number of machines which
could be used for display and instruction.
Anyone wishing further information or
interested in becoming a member of this
group should contact Malcolm Spicer at
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Lunch and Dinner 11 am - 9 pm
Bar Open 8:30 am - 'til...
HAPPY HOUR 5 - 6:30 pm
Live Music every Friday 8-11 pm
Restaurant and Bar Specializing in
on the Hope Town Water-front Bahamian Foods
Phone 366-0247 or VHF 16
Abaco Outboard Engines Ltd.
Now selling Motorcycles & Generators
Parts * Sales 0 Service
Factory Trained Mechanic """
Beside the Government dock in Marsh Harbour
P O Box AB 20070 Phone 809-367-2452
Marsh Harbour, Abaco FAX 367-2354
Bar opens Daily 10 am (5 pm on Tuesdays)
Happy Hour Daily 5 - 6pm
Lunch & Dinner Daily (except Tuesdays - Kitchen closed)
Lunch ll:30am - 2:30pm Dinner 6pm - 8:30pm
Ice for Sale
Bikes for Rent
Friends of the Environment
Patti Pascatore, a naturalist from
Broward County, was the guest speaker
at a meeting of the Friends of the
Environment meeting held October 19.
She emphasized the necessity of "pre-
serving and protecting" our environment.
She showed how the livelihood of many
on Abaco was connected to our pristine
environment, both on the water and on
She urged the accountability of agri-
culture to conserve the lens of fresh
underground water and to carefully
monitor the contamination of the water
from chemicals. She stressed the impor-
tance of conservation education in the
schools to have the children mature to be
Mrs. Pascatore also warned against the
problem of alien plants and animals. This
is an especially prevalent problem on
islands where introduced species often
constitute up to a third of the specimens.
Marsh Harbour Drama Club
A drama club is being organized in
Marsh Harbour. The group hopes to
produce a Bahamian comedy by early
next year. Advising the group is Mary
Gottlieb who has had experience with the
very active Freeport drama club. Anyone
interested in being part of this drama
group should contact Philip Hall. Presi-
dent, 367-3546 or 367-2439.
Rare Fruit & Gardening
By Joe & Donna Kern
A Rare Fruit & Gardening Society is
being formed in Abaco. The main
purpose of the Society is to share garden-
ing experiences and knowledge. This will
be done with guest speakers, both local
and foreign who are knowledgeable on
tropical fruit and gardening.
In addition there will be a gardening
question and answer period at meetings
which will be monthly. An initial
meeting of the Society is being planned
for January or February.
An additional advantage of member-
ship in the Society is cooperative fertil-
izer buying, and at each meeting it is
planned to have a sale of rare tropical
fruit trees donated by members with the
proceeds going to the Society.
Anyone with an interest in tropical
fruit trees and gardening is welcome in
the Society. Annual dues are $15.00 per
member or couple.
For further information and to get on
the Society's mailing list, call Joe or
Donna Kern at 367-3986.
By Reg Patterson
The Rotary Club of Abaco has been
very active in recent weeks with their
Bell Ringing which they do every year at
this time, collecting funds for food
parcels to be given to elderly needy
persons in our community.
On December 20. the Club will be
hosting a pre-Christmas dinner in honour
of the senior citizens.
Early in January, the Club plans to
construct a little plywood cottage for
Dennis Williams, an elderly gentleman in
The Club also plans to host a Horticul-
tural Show and organize a Bike-a-thon in
The Rotary Club's annual road race is
expected to be held at the end of Febru-
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Moving to Ace Hardware Bulding
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* FM Stereos for
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* MARSH HARBOUR *
Abaco Office Products is a full-
service copy center owned and managed
by Philip Hall. Copier sales, service and
supplies are featured. It is relocating and
will reopen in the Abaco Optical Services
shop next to Royal Bank.
Admiral's Yacht Haven, managed by
Silbert Mills, is now open with 26 slips
and expects the dock electricity to be
complete by the first of next year. A 75
seat waterfront restaurant and bar should
be open by April. This is located just
West of the government freight dock in
Arawak Liquors, managed by Shane
Archer, has relocated to the Johnston
Studio building beside Spooners
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism office
has relocated to Percy Archer's building
near BATELCO on Queen Elizabeth
Drive. Kendy McPhee is our Ministry of
Tourism representative for Abaco.
Castle Cafe & Seaview Gift Shoppe
will open soon at the Cottman Castle on
the hill top. Gail Cottman is opening the
facility to serve the many guests who
visit this landmark.
Community Animal Hospital, beside
Abaco Hardware, is now open Thursdays
and Fridays. Freeport veterinarian Owen
Hannah is in charge.
The Conch Inn announces that The
Moorings, a large American-based
charter boat company, is relocating from
Treasure Cay to Marsh Harbour.
Beginning in mid-January they will be
managing the Conch Inn docks and
rooms as well as operating their Abaco
Great Abaco Beach Hotel has a new
Bahamian investor and has resumed work
on the 60-room hotel wing. Utilities are
hcing installed on the lots surrounding
the town-house lagoon.
Gulfstream Airlines is now servicing
Marsh Harbour with 15-passenger Beech
99 aircraft on selected flights. Service is
to Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Harbour View Marina is expanding
with 16 additional slips.
Keys Electric was bought by Billy
Sands. Morral Albury and Richard
Mangoes Restaurant & Marina is
expanding their marina to total 30 slips
by the beginning of the year. They are
also adding a waterfront dining pavalion
(50-60 seals) for catering to groups.
Marsh Harbour Electronics is
relocating to the Ace Hardware building
and will be open there January 2nd,
1994. They are expanding their services
and will have sales of electronic
Mavis Country Restaurant, on Don
MacKay Blvd across from the Abaco
Shopping Center, is now open. There is
inside dining as well as tables out on the
veranda. Bahamian food will be featured.
Hours are 8:00-3:00 and 6:00-10:00.
Safari Kar auto rental franchise is
now renting 10 Caribbean-style jeeps
from a counter at the airport. This is
under the management of Leonard
Seventeen Shop's Nick Miaoulis is
constructing the first of nine separate
buildings on two acres at the airport
round-about. The first building is under
construction and will open February 1st
with his Seventeen Shop.
Eight additional buildings will be
constructed over a four-year schedule
following the original colonial design.
Additional tenants will be Domino's
Pizza and Butler and Sands.
Taino Air of Freeport has applied to
December 1993 The Abaeonian Page 3
expand their scheduled air service
between Freeport/Marsh Harbour and
Freeport/Moore's Island/Sandy Point
along with service to many other
Bahamian islands and a twice-weekly
flight to Haiti.
Trans Island Pavers is a new joint
venture between Abaco Pavers and
Bahamas Hot Mix. Their office is in the
Hudson Building and is managed by
Tony Meyers. They are working with
Town Planning to locate a suitable site
for a hot-mix plant.
ZNS Radio Station has opened a
business office in Marsh Harbour for
soliciting advertising. This is located in
the Loyalist Shoppe building by the
traffic light. Arthur Eldon can be
contacted there for information. News of
Abhaco is being relayed to ZNS by Bernis
Pinder who has his office at the airport.
* DUNDAS TOWN *
Express Cleaners recently opened in
Dundas Town on Forest Drive. They are
open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. The business is owned
by Trevor Newbold.
Bayview Restaurant and Bar is now
open on the waterfront one mile West of
the Marsh Harbour traffic light. Chef
Jimmie Williams, owner and manager, is
able to accommodate over 100 people in
the dining room and the water front
veranda. Jimmy has many years
experience as chef at the Conch Inn and
Great Abaco Beach Hotel. The restaurant
hours are 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
ReIraurant .- Bar
A great place in the shade to drink a cold one,
sample the gourmet fare while enjoying a splendid
Harbour-side view !
Omelettes, Fresh Muffins
NEW Cinnamon Buns
Lox & Bagels
Fresh Abaco Orange Juice
Home Brewed Coffee
The BEST Deli Sandwiches
in Town - Pastrami,
Roast Beef, Corned Beef...
Choice of Salads, Soups
Enjoy our newJAVAi EXPRESSO BAR,
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Delicatessen . Gourmet Gift Shop
Featuring the finest selection of
Meats & Cheeses from around the World
Smoked Fish & Exotic Pasta
Fresh Baked & Frozen Breads
Top Quality U. S. Beef Steaks
Fresh Rotisserie Baked Chicken
Fresh Roasted Coffee Beans
Lots of other Gourmet Delights
Browse in our
New Gift Shop
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - Until....
Sunday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sapodilly's on the Marsh Harbour waterfront
Serving breakfast aff day
Party at office, home or boat?
Relax, let us cater and
do the work for you
Island Freight & Supply Co.
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Another holiday season is upon us.
Homes and business are decorated,
Christmas music pervades our daily
lives, radio and TV promote the season,
shops are encouraging us to buy,
everywhere we are reminded of the
season. This means busy schedules,
church and school programs, decisions
and expenses for gifts, good food,
parties, music, friends, and fun. We
weary from the hectic pace, the frantic
scurrying about, the confusion that
accompanies these activities.
The commercialization of the
Christmas Season seems to have taken
away the real meaning of this time - a
time of quiet reflection, of inner peace,
of forgiveness, of wonder, of worship.
We are so wrapped up in receiving gifts
and making the holidays merry that we
lose sight of the significance of the
season - the birth of our Lord and
Savior. We need to return to the manger
of Bethlehem to be revitalized, to receive
peace and blessings.
This Christmas let us reach out to
others, not our friends and close
associates, but those needy ones in our
community, those we do not know.
Maybe they are without the necessities of
life, maybe lonely, maybe bereaved,
maybe struggling with a problem of drug
addiction or alcoholism. It's as we reach
out to others that we will find our
blessing. We will find Christmas to be
truly a happy one, we will have
satisfaction within us, we will have real
peace. May each of us experience this
true meaning of Christmas.
Night Drivers Dangerous
Editor: The ABACONIAN
I would like to bring to your attention
something that I've noticed driving
around Marsh Harbour at night. It
seems that many drivers leave their
headlights on Bright Mode all the time.
This is not only discourteous, but also
dangerous. When another car is coming
towards you, the bright light makes it
very difficult to see the road, as well as
anything to the side. The end result is
that not only is it more likely that there
will be a serious car crash, it is quite
possible that a pedestrian will be hit,
Perhaps the reason so many people
use their brights is that there are not
enough street lights. However, that
cannot be an excuse for blinding other
drivers. I understand that B.E.C. will
soon be putting in many more lights . I
hope that when this happens, people
will respond by dimming their
headlights and creating a safer driving
(Ed. Note... Remember that you
should also dim your lights when
following another car as the brights are
very distracting when reflected in the
rear view mirror.
Comments on rental houses
Martin Havil's remarks as carried in
the November issue of the "Abaco
Journal" strongly suggest that foreign-
owned rental houses are a detriment to
the local tourism economy. The remarks
came from the minutes of the initial
meeting of Abaco Tourism Association
convened and chaired by Mr. Havil
His remarks were made to the group,
but the meeting continued with no
discuss on this subject. Subsequent
minutes implied that the remarks were a
group consensus on the subject.
At the next meeting David Ralph made
a public statement to the effect that the
minutes were not correct and further
objected that there was no discussion on
the topic and certainly no consensus on
the subject. Dave stated that he felt these
rental houses made a significant
contribution to the tourism industry in
For example, in Hope Town the
available tourist beds from rental houses
outnumber hotel beds several times over.
It is these houses with their guests which
support the local business.
Collectively, these houses with their
guests played a significant role in
Abaco's emerging tourist economy which
began in the early to mid 70's. They still
Letter to the Editor
Dear Mr. Editor,
I wish to congratulate you on the
first issue of The Abaconian, an interest-
ing paper with a good cross section of
news both local and national. I sincerely
hope our local Abaconians as well as our
visitors will use it to advantage in order
to keep themselves informed of what is
As I read and travel about the
Bahamas, I become very conscious of
how special Abaco is in the overall
picture of this great Commonwealth. But
so often I feel the ordinary Abaconian
takes it for granted that we have always
been this way and will continue to be. I
suggest they are wrong.
This island today is miles ahead
of most other places in the Bahamas, as
fas as materialistic wealth is concerned,
but I fear we are fast losing those special
qualities we were famous for in the 60's
Tourism is still our life blood
and will continue to be. Yes, agriculture
and fisheries will supplement but will
never overtake tourism, at least not in the
So it behoves all of us, from the
lowest paid worker to the highest, to
examine our attitudes as well as the
physical and social environment in order
to ensure that we provide the best
possible tourism package for our visitors.
The competition continues to
increase every year and with Cuba, the
giant to the South, about to open its
doors, it means we must try harder to
provide better quality for less dollars.
May Christmas be one of peace
and joy to your readers and may the new
year be one of health, happiness and
Yours, etc. Patrick J. Bethel
Need Forest Drive
Sidewalk for School
To Local Government and the
Attached is a copy of a letter
addressed to the principal of Abaco
Central High School. From this letter
with all the parent and guardian
signatures, it is quite obvious that there
is a strong desire for a sidewalk to be
constructed along the above-mentioned
We, the parents and guardians, trust
that you, too, will see this as a major
necessity and will place this as top
priority on your agenda.
Remember, walking can be safe
where there is a safe place to walk.
(The letter to the Principal follows.)
To the Principal/Teachers of Abaco
Central High School;
We are of great concern for the
safety of students having to walk to and
from the Abaco Central High School.
Plus the concern for drivers who have
to drive on this narrow road, having to
look out for students walking sometimes
two and three abreast.
It is very puzzling, after so many
years why a sidewalk was not made for
students to walk on. At least a path
could have been properly graded and
rolled for safe walking along Forest
We think it is high time for a walk
way to be constructed. Please let us
pass on our concern to the proper
authorities and demand something for
the safety of all students and drivers.
Signed by 94 parents and
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SARAH MARGARET MALONE
BETHEL, 85, passed away December 17 in
Mrs. Bethel was born in Hope Town and
lived there most of her lifetime. She was
married to Alverd Bethel. She was very
active in the Methodist church as well as
being church organist for many years.
She is survived by daughters Faustina,
Juanita, Lucy, Elizabeth, Amy, sons Willard
and Captain Thomas, brothers Thomas
Oswald MALONE, Hutchins Malone and
Burial will be in Hope Town.
HARCOURT GAITOR, 67, died after an
illness on November 18, 1993.
He was born on Moore's Island but grew
up and lived in Sandy Point for many years.
He moved to Dundas Town where he has
lived for many years.
He is survived by his wife Inez, sons
Edney and Derick, and many other relatives.
The funeral was at St. Andrews Methodist
TERRY A. HORNADAY, D.D.S., 63,
died December 3, 1993, aboard his boat
Conch Pearl II.
Although a native of Texas, he practiced
dentistry in North Palm Beach for 26 years.
Hle began visiting Abaco in 1969 and since
1990 has had a dental practice in Marsh
He is survived by his wife Sherry, son
Chad, daughter Ginger, grandchildren and
A memorial service for Dr. Hornaday was
held in the Catholic Church in Marsh
Harbour on December 11. 1993 in Marsh
ELLEN CHORTENE MEIROWITZ, 34,
died November 27 after suffering a long
She is survived by her mother Dolly
Roberts, children Jonathan. Kimberly and
Paul, sisters Una Walker, Tony Merthe,
Trudy Roberts, Elouise Lightbourn. Tiny'
Zervos. and brothers Axcel Roberts. Oswald
Roberts. Lenny Albury and many others.
Burial was in Guana Cay.
MARY ( COLLINS RUSSELL, 72, died in
Florida after an illness.
Mrs. Russell was born in Marsh Harbour
and lived there most of her life. She was
married to Ivan Russell.
She is.i ,ur\ icdJ b) hici Jjugtrt rs Chrilr,
Aluiry. Viola Gordon. Iris Ruzicka. Jennie
Whitlock. sons Hartwell, Earl, David, Hank,
Elvis. Don and Terry and many other rela-
$1.3 Million Water Upgrade
Marsh Harbour is in line for a water
system up-grade according to Victor
Patterson during a public FNM forum
at the Abaco Central High School.
$1.3 million has been allocated for
improving the water systems at Sandy
Point, Marsh Harbour and Little Abaco.
New Subdivision Studied
M H Town Planning and the Physical
Planning Dept. of the Ministry of Works
in Nassau are studying areas suitable for
residential subdivisions in Dundas Town
and Murphy Town to make homesites
available at a reasonable cost. These will
be zoned for single and multiple family
homes and will include recreation space.
Commercial use will not be allowed.
Spring City may Double
The Ministry of Agriculture is
considering expanding Spring City with
a new government subdivision catering to
Bahamians in the agricultural sector. The
houses under consideration would be
offered in three models: a 900 sq. ft.
two-bedroom model for $60,000, an
1100 sq. ft. three-bedroom model for
$70,000, and a 1400 sq. ft. three-
bedroom model for $84,000. These are
Mrs. Russell will be buried in Marsh
ANN SAUNDERS, 70, passed away
peacefully after an illness.
She was born in Cornish Town. lived in
Cornwall and Pine Ridge before moving to
Ann Saunders is survived by daughters
Evelyn Saunders, Olive Forbes. Laverne
Douglas, Ilean Douglas. Sons Allen Saunders.
Ruel Smith. Sultan Sands. Anthony Douglas.
Nehemiah Saunders. many other relatives and
Funeral services were at St. Andrews
LILAS THOMPSON, 79, died November
She is survived by daughiu su Pats) tithei.
Sarah Albury and son Harcourt Thompson.
The funeral was held at Man-O-War
December 1993 The Abaeonian Page 5
not firm prices as the fihal price will
depend on the quantity of houses actually
built. These figures are based on 100
Grand Bahama Wants
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Sir Jack Hayward from Grand Bahama
Port Authority will be the speaker at the
next Town Meeting to be held February
11. His topic will be the bridge under
consideration which would link Abaco
and Grand Bahama. It would require 14
miles of bridges interspersed with
sections of road on various cays and
would be financed by the Grand Bahama
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15th. The fare drops to $145 when
purchased as a package with a rental car
or hotel room.
Flights leave Marsh Harbour at 7 a.m.
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and
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NEWS of the CAYS
Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
In November the Amy Roberts All
Age School held a Guy Fawkes fund-
raiser at the basketball court. There was
a Guy Fawkes competition, and the
children were especially surprised when
one 'Guy' ran away to escape the
In December the school held its
annual fair with food, games and a
raffle. The grand prize, won by Andrew
McIntosh of Green Turtle Cay, was a
colour television. Minister of Education,
M.P. C.A. Smith, District Education
.Officer, Mr. Jackson McIntosh, M.P.
Robert Sweeting of the Hope Town
Constituency and Senior Commissioner
Melvin C. Seymour were in attendance
The Green Turtle Civic Club held a
cookout to raise money to pay for repairs
and improvements around the town.
Their service to the community is greatly
Fiesta weekend was a success with
parties, concerts, bake sales, a jewelry
show, cookouts, concerts, and a fashion
By Vernon Malone
Anna Roberts and Peter Albury were
wed December 4 at the Methodist
Church in Hope Town. Rev Charles
Sweeting officiated assisted by Vernon
Wedding bells also rang for Kayla
Knowles and Billy Gates who chose a
ceremony at the top of the lighthouse.
New residents to Hope Town, Donald
Dingwell and Kim Tierney also married.
They are new residents in Hope Town.
Lighthouse Marina is again selling fuel
even though the work on their docks is
not yet completed.
Ground-breaking ceremonies were held
at the Hope Town Primary School for a
new Learning Center. Mr. Jackson
McIntosh, District Education Officer,
wielded the shovel while his wife, Mrs.
Iva McIntosh unveiled the Learning
The citizens of Hope Town, second
home owners and visitors have raised
$20,000 during the past three years for
building the Learning Center to house
their computers, typewriters, a science
laboratory, and individual study carrels.
Construction will begin in January with
volunteer labour and completion date is
$1.5 Million for New Primary School
mid-spring. The school has already
begun acquiring equipment and supplies
for this ambitious project.
Sea Horse Marine reports that a 22'
Privateer was completely destroyed on
November 26 on the reef off Man-O-War
the end of November. Five visitors were
fishing when their fishing line tangled
around the prop. While trying to undo
the line, they drifted onto a reef where
the boat capsized. They were rescued but
the boat could not be salvaged due to the
by Cheri Pinder
The construction of the new Sea Side
Gospel Chapel is progressing. The
assembly would like to thank all persons
who have helped financially and other-
The Great Guana Cay All-Age School
celebrated the season with their annual
Christmas program. Their play, "Do It
Again, Grandpa," followed their annual
Stephanie and Vince Vittoria are proud
of their new daughter Jessica Faye born
by Brenda Sawyer
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Elden have a
beautiful baby girl born November 16 in
Nassau. Her name is Chelsea Alecia.
Sacha and Richard Albury exchanged
wedding vows on December 11.
The Man-O-War All-Age Public
School had a Christmas program Decem-
ber 11. The Church of God had their
program December 19.
New Life Bible Chapel will have a
Christmas program December 22 and
Man-O-War Gospel Chapel is having
their prorram on December 23.
December 25 Santa will be at the
volleyball court. There will be the
platting of the Christmas Pole followed
by refreshments. All are invited.
One and one-half million dollars will
be spent for a new school combining
Marsh Harbour and Dundas Town
Primary Schools. Bids will tendered in
January and construction is due to begin
in February with completion by
September 1994. It will be located Forest
Drive and Bootle Drive. There will be
fourteen classrooms, a science lab, music
room, arts and crafts room, special
education and pre-school facilities.
At present, Marsh Harbour Primary
has 220 students and Dundas Town
Primary has 179. The funding for this
facility is from the Inter-American
Abaco Central High School and
Coopers Town High School will both
have additional classrooms constructed in
time for school opening next September.
Funding for the high school projects will
come from the Bahamian government.
Phase one for Abaco Central High
School will include eight new class
rooms in a two-story building and two
additional classrooms at ground level.
Included will be two home economics
rooms, one for sewing and one for food
preparation, and a science laboratory.
The first phase will also have new
restrooms and shower facilities for the
physical education students.
The east campus will continue to be
utilized for specialized studies.
Phase two, to be undertaken a year
later, will include more specialist rooms
and a combination auditorium and
The new buildings will be contiguous
with the present high school facilities.
Plans call for a security fence and night
Abaco Central High School has 370
students enrolled which is about the same
as last year.
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during the early 70's. He sees no reason
to think they will play a lesser role in the
Mr. Sweeting explained that the
foreigner building a house here is invest-
ing in the future of the Bahamas.
Although the owner may leave, the house
is committed to stay, as opposed to our
boating visitor who takes his house with
him when he leaves.
The foreign homeowner who rents has
built here without benefit of the duty
exemption granted hotels and pays
property tax every year. Most owners
employ a local caretaker and maid. The
guests buy air tickets, rent boats and
cars, and make purchases in the local
He feels that the few rental guests who
bring their groceries, do not rent a boat
or car and visit here on a limited budget
are a minority. This is not a cheap area
to visit and those on limited budgets
frequently do not return.
Finally Mr. Sweeting expects that the
Immovable Property Act will be repealed
by New legislation introduced December
15th that will allow foreign ownership of
a homesite of up to five acres without
government approval. Hopefully this will
assure our foreign home owners that we
appreciate them and want them to invest
in this country along with us.
...Regarding Abaco Improvements
Mr. Sweeting mentioned recent past
improvements for Abaco and some items
Abaco can look forward to. The contract
for the paving of the Sandy Point Road
will be signed the beginning of January
1994 and work should soon after that.
The road is an $8 million project. A
second contract, valued at $2 million,
will be signed the same day for improve-
ments to the roads of Marsh Harbour,
Dundas Town and Murphy Town.
These improvements will include
proper drainage where required and the
laying of water mains and storm sewers
prior to paving. Specifically mentioned
was the perpetually pot-holed corner on
Don MacKay Boulevard and Crockett
Other capital expenditures on Abaco
have included a new school for Man-O-
War Cay which will be dedicated January
A mini-hospital opened in Coopers
Town last July. A community center is
underway in Fox Town to serve Little
Abaco. It will include a basketball court
and a soft ball field. A new school just
opened in Grand Cay.
A port improvement survey is under-
way and work will begin as funds
Work on a new government complex
for Marsh Harbour should begin during
1994. This will be located near the
junction of Crockett Drive and Forest
Drive. Many local government offices
will relocate to this facility when it is
Five Acre Cont. from Pg 1
foreigners is double the Bahamian rate.
A non-Bahamian who owns a home
here would be eligible for an annual
home owner resident card for $500. This
card will cover the owner, his spouse and
minor children and allow them to remain
in the The Bahamas for the duration of
December 1993 The Abaeonian Page 7
Course Markers for Boaters
In a first for the Bahamas, the
Bahamas Marine Owner's Association
(BMOA) is setting markers on several
popular boating courses in the Bahamas.
The first chain of markers will lead
boaters from W. End on Grand Bahama
to Angel Fish Point on north Abaco.
Auxiliary markers will lead to Walker's
Cay and the Grand Lucayan Waterway.
This entire program is estimated to
take four years to complete and will
include markers between Bimini and the
Berry Islands, between Nassau and north
Exuma, and Nassau and northern
The markers will have a solar light for
night use and be identified on the
cruising charts with their longitude and
latitude for those traveling by electronic
The BMOA is estimating the cost of
phase one at $38,000. So far,
contributions have been pledged from
Shell Bahamas and the Ministry of
Tourism. For more information contact:
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By Sherman Swain
The Murphy Town Community
Association will be hosting a Christmas
treat for Murphy Town children from
one to twelve years old. This will be on
Christmas Day at 4:00 p.m. at Abaco
Central Park. Santa will lead a parade
through the community to Central Park
for their treats.
Following the children's treat, a
community Christmas party will be held
and will give presents to persons in the
community born on 25th December and
all those sixty years old and over.
There will be a tree-lighting
ceremony on the 20th of December with
carols by the Murphy Town Community
Choir under the direction of Mrs.
Ms. Tamera Reckley gave birth to a
baby boy. The baby's name is Sertano.
Mr. Wayne (Columbus) McKenzie
will be married on 19th December to
Ms. Greta Cox of Cooper's Town.
By Silbert Mills
Lena Edgecomb will marry Doral
Burroughs on December 18.
Mr. C.A. Smith, M.P., has committed
Youth and Culture.
Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel expects
to have guest speaker B.S. Hart for
special services January 9-16, 1994 with
an emphasis on spiritual living. Mr. Hart
is from the Grand Old Gospel Hour.
A baby girl was born on October 19 to
Doug and Mary Albury. She is named
Haley Elizabeth and was born in West
Janice Roberts and Jay Sawyer were
wed in a small family ceremony in West
Palm Beach on November 27, 1993.
government help to upgrade Ocean View
Park. This will be done under the
direction of M.P. Robert Sweeting,
elected representative for Dundas Town.
Dundas Town has formed a Sporting
Club which will organize basketball
events. Dave Darville is the leader of this
A Community Carol Service was held
December 14 across from Golden
Harvest. A total of ten school and church
choirs, several soloists as well as two
Christian music groups performed. Santa
gave candies to the young followed by
refreshments for everyone. The service
was well attended. The service was
organized by Greta Strachan-Culmer, the
Abaco representative of the Ministry of
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was held at Ingraham Park on December
18 and the participants came from
primary schools in Coopers Town, Fox
Town, Treasure Cay, and Crown Haven.
Coordinators of the event were Mrs.
Darville and Mrs. Johnson, teachers at
Coopers Town. They expected to have
the Minister of Youth and Culture Mr.
Algernon Allen as guest speaker.
Cpl. Winston and Eleanor Darville
celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary
the end of November.
Patricia Rolle and Flawood Cooper
will wed December 25 at 2:00 p.m. at
the Church of God Cathedral.
Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
In November the Amy Roberts All-
Age School held a Guy Fawkes fund-
raiser at the basketball court. There was
a Guy Fawkes competition and the
children were especially surprised when
one 'Guy' ran away to escape the
bonfire. In December the school held its
annual fair with food, games and a grand
raffle. The grand prize, won by Andrew
McIntosh of Green Turtle Cay was a
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colour television. Minister of Education,
M.P. C.A. Smith, District Education
Officer, Mr. Jackson Mcintosh, M.P.
Robert Sweeting of the Hope Town
Constituency and Senior Commissioner
Melvin C. Seymour
The Green Turtle Civic Club held a
cookout to raise money to pay for repairs
and improvements around the town.
Fiesta weekend was a success with
parties, concerts, bake sales, a jewelry
show, cookouts, concerts, and a fashion
On December 6, Mrs. Carolyn Gates
hosted a children's party with music and
refreshments. The highlight was an
appearance by Santa.
HANKY PANKY, a 52' Bluewater
houseboat, was totally destroyed Novem-
ber 30 on Loggerhead Bar off Treasure
Cay, according to Audrick McKenzie,
dock master at Treasure Cay Marina. A
rage was on which smashed the boat on
the rocks. The two people aboard were
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Basketball: Community League
The following teams are involved in
the league: Murphy Town, Spring City,
Coopers Town, Treasure Cay, Marsh
Harbour (Sun Co) and Sandy Point, with
games taking place on the impressive
new court at Abaco Central High School.
Murphy Town Basketball Team is
presently top of the league, sporting an
unblemished record of 8 wins, 0 defeats.
Softball: Abaco Softball Association
The Abaco Softball season will begin
with an Easter Softball Tournament at the
Abaco Central Park and the Coopers
Town Park. Teams expected to
participate are: Budweiser Eagles, the
Beck's Invitational Champions, plus five
other teams from Nassau, two teams
from Eleuthera and Exuma, and three
teams from Grand Bahama. Any team in
Abaco interested in playing, please
contact your local softball association.
The Abaco champions, Murray
General Store, will try to show
Budweiser Eagles what they missed in
Track and Field
Athletes from the high schools in
Abaco have been practicing before and
after school in preparation for the track
and field season, which gets underway in
January. Various events will be taking
place during the next three months, and
we look forward to hearing reports.
There are many talented youngsters on
the island who, we hope, will feel
encouraged to take advantage of the
improved surface of the track at Abaco
Central High and go on to compete
against schools from Nassau, Grand
Bahama and other Family Islands.
By Arthur Eldon
The Abaco Swim Club competed in
their first meet of 1993-1994 season in
Freeport on November 13. A team of
seven went with Coach Carrie Cash and
Suzanne Bethel for the one-day event.
Kristen Bootle (Treasure Cay) fin-
ished with two 3rd place and two 4th
place wins, Amanda Bethel (Hope Town)
took 5th and 6th places, Jamie Cash
(Hope Town) finished sixth.
Four new swimmers from Hope
Town made their first national appear-
ance with pleasing results. Devero Smith
(age 7), Andrew Wilhoyte (age 7), Shane
Cash (age 6), Olivia Patterson (age 10)
had pleasing results.
The Abaco Swim Club resumes
national competition in March. The Club
will concentrate on developing swimming
as a sport in the Abaco schools. The
Club is working toward a permanent
training site. Several Abaco meets are
scheduled for the spring. Contact Carrie
Cash (366-0035), Danette Pinder (367-
2494) or Arthur Eldon (365-6105) for
The Abaco Swim Club presented the
cub awards at the Christmas Bazaar in
Female Swimmer of the Year: Jessica
Sawyer of Abaco Central High
Male Swimmer of the Year: Marcus
Manuel, resident of Hope Town,
attending Abaco Central High
Darts: ADA/Beck's Darts League 1993/1994 Season
As the league presently stands, Rothman's Stars are top.
Won Tied Lost For Against Points
1. Rothman's Stars
3. Coor's Bullets
4. Beck's Wreckers
The next games are in January, Stars
v Bullets 5th January, Wreckers v
Invaders 6th January.
Earl Smith is currently top of the
men's league (Earl travelled to Las
Vegas as part of the Bahamas team in the
Hope Town Shacks Go
The Hope Town Board of Works has
begun a clean-up campaign to eliminate
illegal and unsanitary housing by Haitian
immigrants. A notice was given in late
spring to property owners advising of
substandard housing built without permits
or sanitary facilities. A six-month period
was given to owners to bring the build-
ings up to code or face demolition
Recently, with the Commissioner
advice, the Board removed buildings
where permission was given by the
Elbow Cay on White Sound
near Hope Town
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World Cup in October) and Charles
Burnside is second.
Andra Sawyer is top of the women's
league, with Loretta Smith and Adrienne
Spicer joined second.
property owners. This action got rid of
half of the illegal buildings. Some
property owners assisted by removing the
Some buildings are slated for im-
provements to meet code specifications
and will be left. The Health Department
is checking the remaining buildings.
December 1993 The Abaeonian Page 9
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Page 10 The Abhaonian December 1993
South Abaco News
By Ruth Flowers
November was Teacher-Parent Month
in which teachers and principal visited
with the parents of all the children in the
school. This program was instigated by
the Abaco Principals Association to
bridge the gap between parents and the
The James A. Pinder All-Age School
had their Christmas program on Decem-
ber 16. They presented the elderly with
non-perishable gifts, gave out certificates
of appreciation, and ended with a con-
A Walk, Run, Push was held on
December 11 with activities scheduled
for the entire day. This all-day Gospel
music fest was instituted by the govern-
ment and featured speakers and music. It
concluded with a live concert.
Extensive renovations are underway to
the basketball court. These are being
organized by the 'Kalik Royals' and
include a new fence, concession stand.
beaches, scoring tables as well as repairs
to the court surface. They expect all this
i be completed by January 8, 1994.
Bishop Michael 11. Eldon confirmed
nine individuals at St. Martin's Anglican
Church. Their Christmas program
"When Love Comes Down" was on
December 19th and was directed by
Mt. Zion Baptist Church's Christmas
program will be entitled "Tlhe Silent
Shepard" and will be directed by Dea-
coness Vergie Lightbourne.
Josh and Judy Swain are the new
parents of a fine healthy boy, Joinel
Josh, born November 18 in Sandy Point.
Andrew Roker and Susan Knowles
were married November 13th at St.
Martin's Anglican Church. They will
reside in Sandy Point.
Lena Edgecombe and Doral Burroughs
were married December 18 in Sandy
By Lee Pinder
The crew aboard the crawfishing
vessel, 'The Leopard', rescued 22 Cuban
Nationals from a small boat drifting off
Orange Cay. The group included a two-
month old baby. The Cubans were turned
over to the Coast Guard. The crew was
impressed with their determination to
search for a better life.
A warm welcome back to Avis
Albury. She is staying in a house behind
Miss Lillie's shop and can be visited
December 17th was the annual chil-
dren's Christmas party with an early visit
from Santa. 19th December the commu-
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nity celebrated of the arrival of our new
organ with a candlelight service at the
Methodist Church. 20th through 23rd
groups will go carolling at the homes of
shut-ins and visitors. 24th and 25th
December Fore-day meetings will be
held at the Methodist Church commenc-
ing at 5 a.m.
On Christmas Eve every year since
1946 Santa visits the community Christ-
mas tree outside the Methodist Church.
lie always brings gifts and expects a hug
as his reward. This is followed by a
buffet dinner with music and singing.
On New Year's Eve effigies of Guy
Fawkes are set afire with lots of fire-
works to bring in the New Year. A
Watch-night Service is held at the
We look forward to 1994 with hope
and expectation and most especially for a
good road and electricity.
By Frank Hepburn
During November the Principal and
teachers of the Crossing Rocks All-Age
School initiated "Getting to Know", a
program to develop closer parent-teacher
relationships. The program was launched
with a church service. During the week
every home was visited by the Principal
Crossing Rocks School ended it school
term with a week of Christmas celebra-
tions. December 14 was "Party Dav"
ending with gift giving. This was made
possible by the courtesy of Chuck and
Gail, friends from Canada. On Dec 16.
the PTA had a fund-raising day with
games and a dinner sale, concluding with
a Christmas program.
Teachers Mary Cartwright and Doris Hall of Marsh Harbour Primary, were honored
by a testimonial dinner acknowledging their contribution to the education of Abaco
children. They have a combined teaching record of forty years. This tribute was
organized by the PTA of the school and was held at the Spinnaker Restaurant in
Treasure Cay. The Honourable M.P. C.A. Smith was guest speaker. The tribute to
Mrs. Hall was given by Mr. Michael Humes and the tribute to Mrs. Cartwright was
given by Mrs. Willamae Deveaux.
B & D REPAIR SERVICES
* Repairs to Suzuki outboards & generators
* All brands of gas generators & small engines
* Motorcycles, Scooters. Mowers & Chainsaws
e' Licensed mechanic - 23 + years of experience
Bay Street beside the public dock
Phone 367-3838 or VHF 16 "Suzuki Shop"
Bahamas Custom Brokers
Imports & Exports * Land or Sea
Freight cleared at Marsh Harbour,
Treasure Cay, and Green Turtle Cay
Agentsfor M. V State Challenge
Grth Roberts, Manager
P O Box 468, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Phone 809-367-2333 or 367-2564, FAX 367-3136
FULL LINE OF
ALL YOUR GROCERY NEEDS
MON THRU THURS 8AM 5:30PM
FRI & SAT 8AM 6PM
FREE DELIVERY TO FERRY
FRUIT & VEGETABLES
Don Mackay Blvd
500 New Phones for Treasure Cay
anticipates completion of phase one of
the new Treasure Cay phone system
early next year. Mr. Warren Albury,
manager of Batelco on Abaco, explained
that there are about 25 men presently
working on the system, and they expect
this first phase will give phones to about
500 subscribers. Additionally there will
be eight miles of fiber-optic cable strung
to the Treasure Cay airport giving phone
service to subscribers along the way.
About three miles of phone lines are
being laid within the Treasure Cay area
which will give phone service to most of
Treasure Cay. Phase one extends from
the Batelco office to the marina area.
The Batelco office, located near the
power plant, is now open and taking
applications for new phones. Phase two,
which would extend service to the
Windward Beach area is still under
consideration as that would require much
For the past three years there has been
a fiber-optic line from Marsh Harbour to
Spring City where Batelco services some
50 subscribers. This fiber-optic cable is
a fine, light-weight cable new to the
Also new to Abaco are the Batelco
card phones. These phones accept special
December 1993 The Abaeonian Page 11
Batelco cards purchased for $5.00,
$10.00 and $20.00. These cards contain
a computer chip which the special phones
can access. The phones can deduct the
costs of phone calls automatically from
the card as the call is being made, giving
users the cheaper direct dial rates.
Additional phones, both the conventional
coin box and the new cash card type will
be installed in Marsh Harbour, Treasure
Cay, Spring City. Coopers Town, Wood
Cay, Fox Town, Green Turtle Cay and
There are now over 1200 subscribers
in Marsh Harbour, more than 3000 total
on all of Abaco with more phones being
installed daily. Over 100 trunk lines
connect Abaco with Nassau. European
calls are forwarded from Nassau via
satellite and U.S. calls go by cable.
For back-up service there are 24
channels on the older forward-scatter
system. In about three months, calls will
be able to go to the States through the
microwave link to Freeport rather than
be processed through Nassau.
There is an annoying echo at times on
international calls which is being looked
into. It does not originate in our Baha-
mian phone system but is in the interna-
Subscribers in the Bahamas can now
use many 800 numbers by paying for the
call by using 1-700. When you dial a 1-
800 number that is not a free call, you
will hear a recording that says... "The
800 number you have dialed is only
available as a paid call. If you wish to
pay for this call, please hang up and dial
1-700 plus the last seven digits of the 800
number." It has been our experience that
this works for most 800 numbers but not
Beef Cattle on Abaco
Sugarland Farms has brought in 40 head
of cattle and have them on their farm just
south of Spring City. Since their arrival
'16 have produced calves, and all the
olters will have their calves soon. They
are adapting to their new home quite
well. Their main problem seemed to be
that their hooves were sensitive to the
rocky pasture. They are now doing
better, and the calves are adapting very
well to the terrain.
The cows are eating native grasses in
the pasture, and their feed is being
augmented with a high-protein
supplement. As new grasses are being
seeded in, these supplements will be
unnecessary. The cattle are all purebred
Black Angus shipped from Texas. Black
Angus were chosen because of the high
quality of their meat. Their destination
will be as beef for Bahamian
Eventually they hope to have 500 head
breeding on 1000 acres. The calves not
wanted for the permanent herd will be
fattened for jlaughlerinei The faitenine
process takes about 16 months. This will
require that the farm grow corn so the
cattle can be grain-fed to produce quality
beef. They expect to supply hotels in
Nassau with beef as well as sell to the
Florist * Landscaping
Garden Plants 0 Supplies
Leslie & Mandy Pinder
Next to Royal Bank
We're Not Just For Tourists
CHRISTMAS STOCK ARRIVING WEEKLY
Check out our "Unique" Selection
* Casual Wear * T Shirts * Gifts * Jewelery *
9:30 - 5:00
Vertical Blinds, Pleated Shades, I" Blinds
Micro Mini's, Wood Blinds
Commercial, Residential & Boat - Sales & Service since 1985
Sidney P O Box AB20506
809-367-2031 Marsh Harbour, Abaco
S.Business Office 367-2259
The Ultimate Fun Way
to See the Island
Excavation, Utilities, Base Work, Surface Treatment
Hot & Cold Mix, Coal Tar Emulsion Sealer
Asphalt related products
Hudson Building, Marsh Harbour Phone 809-367-3956 FAX 367-3959
Gifts * T Shirts 0 Novelties
Inexpensive gifts for the folks back home
Across the street Phone 367-2658
from Mangoes Marsh Harbour
Complete Grocery Line
Dairy * Frozen Foods
Fruits * Vegetables
Produce 0 Meats
Fresh and inexpensive
Mon - Thur 8 - 6
Fn & Sat 8 - 7
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William Allan to Speak
to Abaco Chamber
Honorable William Allan, Senator
and Minister of State, will speak at an
Abaco Chamber of Commerce gathering
early in the new year.
The Abaco Chamber is renewing its
membership lists and will be canvassing
the business community for membership
renewals and new memberships.
Second homeowner's are encouraged
to support the Chamber with a $50
associate membership. These people may
not be a business in the normal sense;
however, they are a vital ingredient to
the Abaco economy and the Chamber of
Commerce wants to support their
CLASSIFIED RATES - One issue
3 Lines Minimum $5, Additional
lines at $1.50 per line
REPAIRS to motorcycles, Suzuki, Honda &
Nissan generators, outboards, pumps, chain
saws, hedge clippers, mowers etc. 23 years
experience, Call Dick at 367-3838
HELP WANTED - CONTRACTS FOR
BUILDING INSPECTOR wanted for on-
going construction projects. Must be familiar
with Bahamas building code, reading blue
prints, construction methods and materials.
Submit your qualifications, experience and a
proposal for remuneration to: Chairman.
Town Planning, c/o Commissioner's office,
Marsh Harbour by 11 Jan 1994
HOUSEHOLD GOODS & MISC ITEMS
SMOKE DETECTORS $12 regular model,
$15 deluxe w/7 minute disconect for kitchen
areas. MH Fire & Rescue 9-5 Claude
Sawyer at Arawak Agency, 6-9 Randy
Pinder at 367-3494
AIR MATTRESSES 367-2076 or 367-
PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE
TWO BEDROOM home, cottage & barn, 4
acres on Forest Drive, $165,000 Net
PELICAN SHORE waterfront home in Marsh
Harbour, 2 bedroom 2 bath, separate carport,
protected small boat dock. Call 367-2441
RENT or BUY 50 ACRE private island, 5
beaches, 2 acre fruit lot. protected boat basin.
large house sleeps 10, lots of porches and
decks, 10 minutes from Marsh Harbour.
comes with a 24 ft Boston Whaler, phone
809-367-2677 or FAX 367-3677
Shipping & Freight Clearing
Imports & Exports by Air or Sea
Cruising Permits Extended
Boat Duties Handled
"One Call Does it All"
Phone 809-367-2089. FAX 367-2530, VHF 16
P O Box AB20485, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Visit our waterfront office on the Front Street
SCOTLAND CAY Ocean front house on 2/3
Acre. Furnished, 2400 Sq Ft, 3BR/3B +
sleep loft, workshop, garage w/golfcart.
satellite TV & more includ- ing guest cottage
w/kitchen; air-strip & marina rights $475,000
ALSO: Ocean-front lot 2/3 acre
garage/storage shed bldg w/elec. airstrip &
marina rights; $125,000 Call owner for
terms 809-367-3831 or Grocery Boat on VHF
BOATS & MARINE ITEMS for SALE
28 FT MAGNUM fiberglass hull twin 200
HP Mercruiser 2.4 lower unit call 365-6048
for more information
50 FT ST AUGUSTINE Trawler w/671 GM
engine, 8KW Westerbeke Gen, 50001b
freezer, Call 365-6072
1989 YAHAMA Wave Runner 500 call 365-
6048 after 5pm or 365-6011 7am - 4pm
9FT ACHILLES inflatable dinghy, w/2.5 HP
Mercury outboard, Like New $1000 call 367-
2.2 HP MERCURY outboard like new $300,
Bimini top, used frame & new canvass, 6"
beam, 3 arch top S400; ACHILLES 9ft
rubber dinghy floating but needs work $200,
17'fiberglass boat, Abaco registration, very
clean, all gauges, Hynautic steering, 2 bilge
pumps, no engine $1,500; New 15HP
SUZUKI long or short shaft $1400; used
SUZUKI parts, front street Marsh Harb.
21' CENTER CONSOLE fiberglass runabout
w/T top, spray hood, dive platform, Duty Pd
& Abaco registration. See at National Marin
367-2326 or call owner at 367-3831.
Air Charter Service
To Nassau, Freeport & other Islands
Miami, W.Pahl Beach & beyond
Captains Faron Sawyer & Mare Pelanne
Call 809-367-2089 or 2613 or 2530
P 0 Box AR20485. Marsh Harbour. Abare
CARS, TRUCKS & MOTORCYCLES
(MC Pi kup 6 2 1 die.el, twin cab, bed
liner, mechanicly sound, needs minor body
work $5,000; Three wheel KAWASAKI KLT
125cc zero hours on rebuilt engine, new
exhaust, chassis needs TLC $800; HONDA
50cc scooter ($1/week fuel cost) $300;
HONDA TLR200 1986 motorcycle, 910
miles $1500; JAWA 50cc mopeds; 367-3838
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
INTERNATIONAL crane Iruck w,.'6 Ion crane
$7,500, Vermer model 440 ditcher w/Ford
diesel engine, rock & dirt chains, cuts 9"
wide x 4 ft deep $7,500, 23 ft extension
scissor-lift battery-powered w/3x6 platform
$4,000, Take all three for $16,000 Bill
Johnston 367-2720 or PO Box AB20413
SUZUKI 2500 Watt generator $600, HONDA
600 watt generator $200, Call Dick at 367-
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