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Publication Date: 10-15-2011
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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 2011 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service RequestedBy Timothy Roberts The Abaco Business Outlook held its eighth annual business forum on Septem ber 21 at New Vision Ministries under the theme Shaping the Future: Investment, Invention and Integration, engaging local Abacos future looks promisingThe Abaco Swim club held its annual 5K Open Water Swim Meet this year with more children competing. Shown are some of the winners. On the far left is Brenda Sawyer, instructor for the club, and on the other side is Jeritzan Outten, Tourisms Director for the Northern Bahamas. Tourism is an active supporter of the program. A total of 32 children and seven adults competed. The Abaco Swim Club has training programs for beginners, those wanting to compete and for adults. At present the club uses the swimming pool at Long Bay School for training. Please see Outlook Page 20 PM views site of new mini hospitalOpen water swim winners show their medalsBy Timothy Roberts The Abaco Swim Club hosted its sixth annual 5K Open Water Swim Meet on Oc tober 1 at Crossing Beach and saw a variety of young and not-so-young participate in the race. Brenda Sawyer, instructor for the Abaco Swim Club, said this year more children competed than adults and ten children com pleted the half mile swim, the youngest of which was seven. Also standing tall on the day was 8-year-old Trent Albury, who swam the entire five kilometers and placed second in the 12 and under category. Mrs. Sawyer said we are so proud of our kids. We know a lot of people have a fear of swimming in the open water but these children didnt shy away. She said the event went well and she was especially thankful for the support from parents of the swimmers. We have the best parents they support and work with everything we do. She wished to see more parents and sports clubs get involved in holding events as they ultimately benefit Swimmers compete in annual event It is expected that ground will be broken later this year for a new mini hospitial located in Central Abaco. The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, left, is seen inspecting the hilltop site. The site is at the corner of S.C. Bootle Highway and the new bypass road to the airport. This building will be another major addition to the approximately 140-acre site where government is consolidating its facilities in Central Abaco which includes the nearly completed administration building and an anticipated gymnasium. Eventually other government buildings will be located in this area. Mr. Ingrahams visit was to meet with members of the Carl Strachan family to discusss an amicable resolution of an ownership conflict. On the right is Administrator Cephas Cooper while behind the Prime Minister is Silbert Mills, Administrator Theophilus Cox and Inspector Butler. Please see Swim Meet Page 2 The Abaco Business Outlook painted a promising future for Abaco. This annual event is an informative seminar that looks at various aspects of our economy and reasons why the speakers feel it will do well or if it is going to have problems. A diverse group of speakers was scheduled. In the right front are the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment, speaking with Administrator Cephas Cooper. In the far left front are Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, and his wife, Kathy.RememberRegister to vote todayCon convenient time and place for you to register.business persons and a number of high school students with informative talks and interactive question and answer sessions. The seminar was organized by Joan Al-

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com the children. The Abaco Swim Club has been orga nized for three years now and the program has expanded. Ms. Sawyer said they have over 60 children in the Learn to Swim pro gram and another 24 in the competitive program. Swimming is one of the only sports that can also save your life, she said. Living on an island surrounded by water makes learning to swim a necessity, not an option. The open water swim meet is designed to give people exposure to open water swimming which is a growing event inter nationally as well as to provide a fundraiser for the swim club. Parents assisted with grilling hot dogs and hamburgers as well as providing treats and other goodies for swimmers and spectators.Swim Meet From Page 1 Swim Club promotes all children learning to swim The Ministry of Tourism supported the event as it always has, making a valuable contribution to the success of the event. Members of the Swift Swim Club from Nassau attended as they have in the past, showing support for the event. Ms. Sawyer said the Abaco Swim Club will be travelling to their first meet as a club on November 19 in Freeport. They are hoping to host a meet at the Hope Town Pool sometime in the next year. Results for the meet are as follows: Girls 12 and Under 5K Albury Higgs 1st Place Christina Pyfrom 2nd Place Boys 12 and Under 5K Joshua Wong 1st Place Trent Albury 2nd Place Boys 13-17 5K Anibal Hernandez Kayaks and small boats monitored the swimmers during the races held at Crossing Beach on October 1. Women 18-35 5K Jessica Cooke Men 18-35 5K Lee McCoy 1st Place Matt McCoy 2nd Place Women 36 and Over 5K Juli Zanetta Fun (1M) Willdino Fox Female Relay 5K 1st Place Albury Higgs, Lilly Higgs, Nancy Knowles 2nd Place Christina Pyfrom, Taryn Carrol, Jenna Albury 3rd Place Lindsey McCoy, Rhiannon Bethel, Sarah Allen Male Relay 5K Only team Anibal Hernandez, Andy Knowles, Chris Higgs Mixed Relay 5K1st Place Joshua Wong, Jacob Hull, Rebekah Higgs 2nd Place Trent Albury, Brent Cartwright, Taylor Albury 3rd Place Jessica Cooke, Talea Davis, Roman Pinder 8 and Under 1/2 Mile Swim1st Place Deanna McDonald 2nd Place Stella Higgs 3rd Place Ryan Knowles9 & Over 1/2 Mile 1st Place Leota Davis 2nd Place Chloe Sweeting 3rd Place Madison Cole By Samantha V. Evans In June representatives of the National Insurance Board and relevant health of ficials were on Abaco to discuss the inclusion of public servants in the National Insurance National Prescription Drug Plan Phase II. Phase I of the plan was implemented in mid-2010. Public servants are one of the eight new beneficiaries of this program which now includes police officers, de fense force officers, prison officers and industrial school workers, pregnant women and persons on disability. According to Emma Dawkins, the officer in charge of National Insurance on Abaco, this meeting was held to inform persons from these categories about the procedures for qualifying for the plan. She believes that it is important that locals understand what the program offers and what they have to do to qualify for the program. Ms. Dawkins stated that the plan does not include free health care but rather free pre scription drugs for those who qualify. To qualify the person must suffer from one of the eleven chronic diseases target ed by NIB. These are arthritis, asthma, breast cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, high cholesterol, hypertension, ischaemic heart disease, major depression, prostate can cer and psychosis. All diseases must be verified by a physician before submitted to NIB. Ms. Dawkins encourages those who may be eligible for the free plan to visit the Marsh Harbour Office so that they can fill out an application and begin the process.National Insurance drug plan now includes public servants

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 By Timothy Roberts Minister of the Environment, the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux, gave an overview of public infrastructure projects that will fa cilitate investment opportunities and the further development of Abaco and The Ba hamas in his address to the audience of the Abaco Business Outlook on September 21 at New Vision Ministries. Dr. Deveaux told the audience that to counter the significant impact of the global economic slowdown on The Baha mas, government launched an initiative to enhance public infrastructure and cre ate employment. The public infrastruc ture enhancement initiative has resulted in docks, bridges, road works and other capi tal works being executed on every major island of The Bahamas, he said. Improved infrastructure, state of the art communications and technology and improved services are key components for attracting investment. All these com ponents are either in place or well on the way here on Abaco. Abaco is poised for expanded development, investment and economic growth. Dr. Deveaux said that despite the challenges, the Wilson City plant with 48 MW of installed power and a power distribution system is expected to provide power sup ply to Abaco for the next several decades. Bahamas Telecommunications Corpora tion has carried out upgrades to the GSM cell phone network on Abaco and through out The Bahamas and lowered the rates. It is investing $43 million in a national 4G net work over the next two years. It is expected that this network will be deployed in New Providence and Grand Bahama, but soon thereafter throughout the entire Bahamas. With this network The Bahamas will enjoy the most cutting edge and fastest mobile network in the region, he said. On July 28, 2011, the Prime Minister launched governments E-government portal, improving the means by which ser vices will be delivered to businesses and the public. Online Bahamians will be able to renew their drivers license, pay real property tax, access service-wide customer service, conduct a vendor enquiry, fill out application for a business license and make payment of business license taxes, all at one web portal. He added that in the coming years gov ernment will add new services such as ap plication for new work permits as well as renewals, payment of customs duties, pay ment of police character certificates, payment of passport applications, and payment of post office box rentals. Dr. Deveaux indicated that the construc tion industry has seen a steady and signif icant decline over the last three years as a result of the economic slowdown. The Building Control Division of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport recorded a significant decline in the number of con struction starts. Dr. Deveaux highlighted construction projects over the past three years, some which are currently underway including the paving of North Abaco roads, installation of sidewalks, construction of a technical block and administration building at Abaco Central High School, construction of the administration complex in Central Abaco, repairs to the Hope Town dock, construc tion of a bypass road from the government complex to the Marsh Harbour Interna tional Airport and repaving of the Treasure Cay Airport runway and parking apron. At the beginning of September a con tract was executed for the construction of concrete roads in Hope Town as well as for the new Marsh Harbour airport terminal, air traffic control tower and fire/crash facility. This new air port terminal should be completed during the last quarter of 2012, he said. He added that the proposed projects on Abaco to be financed by the China Export Import Bank are continuing to advance which will include proposals for design/build services for a port in North Abaco and by-pass highway and a bridge between Little Abaco and to Great Abaco to replace the present causeway. Dr. Deveaux noted that Abaco has 17 registered marinas and two international airports and is the third most populous island in The Bahamas. More than that, given that The Bahamas is an ideal cruis ing destination, then certainly the Sea Of Abaco is a boaters paradise. With the 2010 population of Abaco re corded at 16,692, reflecting a 21 percent increase since the 2000 census, it has be come evident that this growth in population created increased demand for various pub lic sector services at some of the govern ment departments, specifically the Marsh Harbour airport which is most acute. In addition to improved delivery of government services, we expect that the residents of Abaco will take full advantage of the opportunities for entrepreneurship as a result of these projects, he said. He added that the construction of a larger airport terminal will offer many spin-off business opportunities upon its completion. We believe The Bahamas is well positioned to take advantage of opportuni ties that will emerge from entrepreneurs, investors, inventors, Dr. Deveaux said. In light of an expected economic recovery, we are preparing our country and work force accordingly.Infrastructure will bolster Abacos growth Eric Carey, Director of the BNT, Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Works, and the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux, Minister of the EnvironmentAbaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Flyers Programs

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 The Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour has a limited number of Luxury CondominiumsFor SaleTHE HARBOUR RESIDENCESFor more information visit www.AbacoBeachResort.com or call 242-367-2585 or 242-367-2158 Cephas Cooper, Adminis trator for Central Abaco Edison Key, MP for South Abaco be displayed. He is looking forward to a display of authentically Bahamian handcrafted items at the BAIC Craft Center and Farmers Market on Abaco. Mr. Key concluded that Abaco is not lacking in opportunities. We have not even touched on major business opportunities in fisheries, meat production and forestry. By Canishka Alexander At the 8th Annual Abaco Business Out look, Edison Key, MP for South Abaco and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, centered his remarks on Improving Productivity and Competitiveness in The Bahamas Agri business and Other Sectors Mr. Key began by question ing whether or not Bahamians are preparing themselves for opportunities. Mr. Key said that we have national obligations in terms of shaping our future and applaud ed the government for ensuring that the proper infrastructure is in place. The in frastructure, he said, will attract and main tain quality investment that will secure the economic fortunes of Abaco. Additionally, the infrastructure provides employment opportunities for those residing on Abaco. Included in the infrastructure mentioned is the airport terminal building and its aux iliary services, the new BEC plant, the reconstruction of concrete roads in Hope Town, a new mini hospital, sports stadium and modern library, all in Central Abaco. He commended the major development companies on the island that provide em ployment opportunities for locals. Despite the challenges faced by many countries on a global economic scale, he viewed The Bahamas as a beacon of hope to those nations. As far as the Bahamas Agriculture and Industrial Corporation is concerned, Mr. Key remarked that it has enhanced his life tremendously. He was pleased to talk about the assistance given to farmers by BAIC and for the courses that have taught our people to make Baha mian crafts. However, Mr. Key expressed disap pointment in the $500 million in food products that our country imports every year. Agribusiness offers excellent opportunitiesHe emphasized the importance of adopting an urgent approach nationally to food pro duction. Why then do we need to spend so much money importing what we are al ready producing here and better? This question is particularly important as The Bahamas prepares to open a multimillion craft center in downtown Nassau where art and craft on a national scale will By Timothy Roberts An audience of business persons and students were told that Abaco has yet to reach its potential as a destination, but our future is bright and our people hold tremendous opportunity in their hands. Addressing the Abaco Business Outlook on behalf of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Administra tor Cephas Cooper highlighted the many in frastructural activities that are underway and that are soon to be com pleted, saying that these projects opened doors of opportunity for Abaconians. Mr. Cooper spoke of the upgrades to BEC and that the new 48MW Wilson City power plant is poised to put Abaco far ahead of the supply and demand curve for this utility that has plagued us for years. He applauded BEC for its efforts during and after Hurricane Irene in restoring power to all the affected areas. He spoke of the construction of the new Marsh Harbour airport terminal building, air traffic control tower and fire/crash rescue facility which are now underway. With an expected completion date one year away, he said, they are already having a positive effect as service providers see it springing from the ground. Mr. Cooper highlighted a recent Travel and Leisure Magazine article that touted Abaco as the number two tourist destina tion in the Caribbean, just behind Cuba. He also noted that Marsh Harbour Inter national Airport, second busiest airport in The Bahamas, is busier than many neigh boring Caribbean countries. In years gone by the government has been challenged to provide the necessary infrastructure to match the steady growth and expansion of Abaco. The upgrade to these two significant pieces of the puzzle, he said, will be the key factors in encour aging new and improved tourism projects and encouraging the expansion of existing properties. Mr. Cooper noted some of the upcoming capital works coming to Abaco in the near future, including a state of the art minihospital which will enhance the quality and access to health care on Abaco. Also on the agenda for Abaco is the construction of an all-purpose gym, which will serve the sporting needs of Abaco; the quarry causeway between Little and Great Abaco will be replaced with a bridge; a new seaport that will serve North Abaco will be constructed just north of Coopers Town; and the roads in Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town will be resurfaced with hot mix. He mentioned that the government ad ministration complex is well underway and nearing completion with occupancy expected to take place early next year. Mr. Cooper noted the uniqueness of Ab aco and that it has seven district councils, three on the main island and four represent ing the outlying cays. He said that Abaco is the only island in The Bahamas that has a Chief Councillors Association (where the Chief Councillors of each district comes together with others on the island) and as such has caught the eye of central govern ment. He said the voices of these seven individuals, representing more than 7000 voters, cannot be ignored. As the U.S. economy stabilizes, Mr. Cooper said, We can expect to see rea sonable growth in Abaco in the spring of 2012 and beyond. But he challenged, We must prepare ourselves. He said the most important ingredient in the for mula for Abacos positive growth is our people. He said, Training, retraining and general education is something that must be taken off the back-burner and placed on the forefront for both private and government sectors. He challenged Abaconians to prepare themselves to seek their full potential and be ready for the next generation of challenging jobs that will come to Abaco. He said, Indigenous Abaconians need to prepare themselves and stop complain ing about other seaweed and driftwood Bahamians coming in and taking over. This trend has to change if we expect to see growth and continue to improve.Abacos growth as US economy improvesRoad Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing AlgernonCargill NIB Director By Timothy Roberts The business of nature has a lot of potential, said Eric Carey, Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust, to an audience of business persons and high school students at the Abaco Business Outlook held on September 21, stating, The natural resources of The Bahamas are priceless. Mr. Carey pointed out that Abaco is abounding with potential for a variety of eco-friendly opportunities with six land and sea parks spread out across the island. Nature is a niche market and nature tours are a great business opportunity as they take very little capital to enter the busi ness, he said. Nature is a driving force in bringing people to our shores, he said. I would love to see more eco-businesses develop on the island. The environment is our stock and trade. Mr. Carey gave a PowerPoint tour of Abacos parks and highlighted areas of natural beauty that visitors coming to the island would love to see. Abaco has more national parks and pro tected areas than any other island in The Bahamas, all of which contain fantastic beauty. The Abaco National Park, located on the southern end of Abaco, is home to the best birding in The Bahamas with the highlight being the Abaco parrot. The Pelican Land and Sea Park provides recreational activities including fine snorkeling and diving. The area is designated a no-take zone. In the northernmost part of Abaco is the Walkers Cay National Park which offers dramatic diving around spec tacular reefs and is a premier shark diving area, giving visitors an unrivaled experi ence. Areas like the Tilloo Cay Reserve enhances the visitor experience by preserving the natural beauty and protecting a bird sanctuary. Making headlines in recent years are the elaborate networks of underground caves and blue holes on Abaco which have brought benefits to the Abaco economy. Cave diving is an opportunity that has been provided by Abacos nature and environ ment. Bonefishing is an important sector that takes advantage of the environment and needs protection in order to ensure its sus tainability in the future. The Snake Cay waterways are beautiful and provide beautiful scenery and excellent kayaking.Environment provides economic opportunitiesBy Canishka Alexander Algernon Cargill, Director of the Na tional Insurance Board, spoke on the topic of Supporting the Commonwealth and Common Good through Innovation. He said that the way a community treats and provides for its most vulnerable members speaks volumes not only of its vision but for the collective good, their values and their consciousness. National Insurance is fundamentally about assisting in the development of The Bahamas by providing social security for the people of The Bahamas, Cargill stat ed. He said the idea of commonwealth is what the National Insurance Board (NIB) was built upon and that both the common wealth and the common good are the rea son why all of their planning, products and services encompass all the islands of The Bahamas. He thanked all who regularly contribute to the NIB fund. Some initiatives undertaken by NIB to assist the Bahamian people included its partnership with the Bahamas Healthy Lifestyles Program and the National Prescription Drug Plan. In light of the first anniversary of the prescription drug plan, Mr. Cargill shared that they have registered 16,000 Bahami ans nationwide. Of that number, 14,349 actively receive their medication at no cost each month. More than 120,000 prescrip tions have been filled so far in a one-year period. For Abaco a total of 7,500 claims were paid to private pharmacies amounting to almost $150,000 that has been paid out. For public pharmacies, 607 claims were paid. However, based on their examina tion of beneficiaries by chronic diseases, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabe tes are listed as the top three ailments. Mr. Cargill reported that the majority of the 22 amendments to the National In surance Act and Subsidiary Regulations passed by Parliament last year are now enforced. They include increases in pen sion payments; adjustments to the funeral benefit and maternity grant; automatic adjustments to the wage ceiling; and the extension of industrial coverage to all self employed persons. With regard to the unemployment benefits, Mr. Cargill said the figures seem to sug gest that the effects of the recession are lessening in Abaco, or that Abaco nians have found com pensatory/informal employment. Because of the Medical Benefits branch of the NIB, it has been able to fund the con struction and equipping of 19 healthcare centers throughout The Bahamas, the first of which was the Marsh Harbour government clinic, that was built in 1988. Now 23 years later, he anticipates the construction of healthcare center number 20 on Abaco and stated that they intend to break ground before the end of the year. The healthcare center is projected to cost well over $15 million. Mr. Carey said the BNT is committed to providing opportunities for local people to have economic opportunities. In keeping with this commitment, it recently hosted a Tour Guide Training Seminar to equip per sons with the knowledge and information to create a successful eco-business. He said the BNT has taken an approach to develop a system to provide informa tion to people and to develop infrastructure which will encourage more support in national park areas. Recently BNT Park Warden Marcus Davis put in a nature trail in the Abaco National Park. He added that the Trust will be investing $1.5 million on nature trails, visitor centers and informa tion booths and more. We want to ensure that people get to enjoy recreationally and economically the benefits provided in a national park, Mr. Carey said. Tourists are looking for na ture related scenery and activities and we have the means to provide it.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 The Abaconian David & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address 990 Old Dixie Hwy #8 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . Rain brings nuisance floodingBy Stephanie Humblestone There was a time albeit briefly when I believed that my destiny may be carved in stone. The idea lasted less than a car journey from Marsh Harbour to Crown Haven. It was an especially hot summer day in late June 1998. Dave and Kathy Ralph, owners of The Abaconian, requested that I cover the opening of a new crawfish operation in Crown Haven. Stop in on the way and find out how that lady mason is doing, Kathy said before I set off on my 60-mile journey north to the tiny fishing settlement. Not doing much, I quipped. It will be my fourth trip and shes never there. Kathy laughed and we agreed that as I had to pass the site en route I should give it one last try. I think she likes to leave early, I remarked as I was leaving, or perhaps not come in at all. Towards mid-afternoon I turned off the S.C. Bootle Highway and approached a building site where a middle-aged burly mason was single-handedly building a 470foot wall. He was working frantically, almost in attack mode. I sensed the heat ris ing from him as I drew nearer. You that lady from the newspaper? he shouted from aloft, slapping one more coat of concrete on the massive project. I nodded. Im here to interview the lady mason you have working. He made some grunting noise and then said curtly, She gone! There was a finality to his tone which led me to believe that she had not knocked off early for the day, as was her wont, but that she had gone forever. Fearing this might be a cue to express his view about women on the job site and their attendant unreliability I moved off, politely bidding him good day. Wait a minute, he called after me. Dont get me wrong. I like women. Well, I was sure he did. I mean on the job. Well, I was sure of that as well. On the work site, he clarified. Before I could speak, he launched into an impassioned monologue about lady ma sons who, according to him, were making megabucks in the United States and on Paradise Island where there were 90 wom en employed on Phase 2 of Atlantis. I looked suitably impressed. They can work all day and then put on those long elegant nails after five oclock and be ladies in the evening, he said. Labourers by day and ladies by night. How fascinating, I thought to myself, look -Cast in stoneIn my humble opinionPlease see Humblestone Page 22 A low pressure weather system moved slowly across Abaco recently giving us severe winds an abundance or rain over a six-day period. The rain varied from more than four inches in the farmland south of Marsh Harbour to better than 8.5 inches in the Marsh Harbour area. This rain caused minor flooding and highlighted the low spots at the Marsh Harbour airport, on highways and in towns. High easterly winds on October 7 accom panied the rain, creating heavy surf on our barrier beaches. Wind and waves found a weak spot on the Elbow Cay dune where Hurricane Irene breached the dune about six weeks earlier. Residents on the south end of Elbow Cay were cut off again by sand blocking the road in a repeat of Irene. Residents and local government mem bers were promised funding to move Irenes sand back to a semblance of a dune. However, the funding did not arrive, the dune did not get restored and an unexpected storm caused further damage. The road is now open, but the location is vulnerable to further erosion. The largest flooding challenge in Cen tral Abaco appears to be the terminal area at the Marsh Harbour airport. Aircraft and land traffic were not stopped, but pilots and passengers were stressed by acres of shallow water. Fortunately, passenger traffic at the Marsh Harbour airport is reduced at this time of the year so the flooding was only a severe nuisance with ankle deep water in many areas around the terminal. The standing water added to traffic confusion at the terminal since any semblance of the road was not visible. Even before the rain came, road traffic flow was confusing. The center grassy median in front of the terminal has been removed, creating an undefined multi-lane section of road. Fencing to isolate construction of the new terminal and the large area of stand ing water left motorists to guess where the road might be. A further challenge to driv ers was to guess where the big pot holes were lurking under all the water. Following a vehicle in or out of the area was a good move. If the car ahead fell into a hole, you could gamble by going to the left or right, hoping to avoid the hole he fell into. Sometimes that strategy worked. To the airports credit, the runway stayed dry with only taxi-ways and parking aprons under shallow water. A new section of road has been created through the woods and around the termi nal. It appears to be for construction traffic and perhaps for traffic going beyond the terminal to Abaco Air or Cherokee Air. However, that unused roadway was also under water. Completion of road work accompanying the new terminal will hopefully cure this regular annoyance. A few days of sunshine will let the stand ing water drain through the porous lime stone and recharge the well fields. Then potholes can be negotiated, and it will be easier to guess where the road might be in front of the present terminal. We hope that our Works engineers noted the low areas at the airport, on existing roads and on the sections of the new roads under construction. With this much water, you dont need a surveyors level to find the low spots. Storm drains installed in the mid-1990s on Don Mackay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour worked well, basically stayed ahead of severe flooding and cleared the roads rapidly after the rain. Batelcos new lookWhen paying a Batelco (BTC) phone bill recently, I was startled by renovations at the cashiers window the one-way win dow was gone. Instead of looking at yourself in the mirror or standing on tiptoes to look through the peep-hole, I could see a real person. We could even talk to each other without my having to alternate my eye or ear to the peep-hole. If that minor but visible change is typi cal of the new BTC, we look forward to its further improvements. Now if the company can figure out how I can pay on-line with my local credit card instead of standing in line, it will impress me even more. After four years of try ing, I am ready for that change to happen. Strangely, my same credit card that Batel co cannot cope with is accepted all over Marsh Harbour and South Florida. Administration building is nearing completion The new administration building may be turned over to its owner, National Insurance Board, in mid to late November. Phones, electrical systems, air conditioning and other utilities will have to be checked and accepted by National Insurance. Then interior furniture will be put in place in the various departments. To our understand ing, all departments are occupying furnished offices to give a unified appearance. It has not been announced what happens to the furniture in the current offices. The facility will be under warranty by the contractor for one year as tenants and staff become comfortable with all the sys tems. How maintenance services will be handled after one year has not been stated. Maintaining air conditioning filters and equipment, servicing the standby genera tor and water pumps, landscape sprinkling system and other maintenance aspects will eventually be opportunities for local com panies. Neither has it been publicly said how the janitorial services will be handled. In the many tours of the building we have been on, it is obvious that there will need to be a plethora of window washers, vacuum cleaner operators, restroom cleaners, floor moppers and others. In many of the present government offices scattered throughout the area, janitorial work has been the re sponsibility of local government. Addition ally, other areas that will require coverage are security and groundskeepers. There are some indications that these daily or weekly routine cleaning services will be unified under the auspices of National Insurance. Whether it will undertake to provide these services itself or contract with local companies is not known. Rou tine janitorial work will have to begin si multaneously when department staffs move into their new offices. The focus has been on the building it self, but now effort will be shifted to putting in landscaping, parking and roadways which all have to be in place when the building is occupied. After grass and shrubs are in place, landscape maintenance will be required. Local officials following the progress of the building have indicated that gov ernment departments may possibly begin occupancy in January or February 2012. Some awkward disruption of services may be experienced as people, files, comput ers, copiers, microwaves and other items are moved and re-organized in their new location. Some departments may be able to pick up and move over a frantic weekend while others may take longer. The move will mean we will all have to adapt to the new location for postal business and many government offices. The next big event for this neighbour hood will be the construction of a gymna sium and a mini-hospital. Members of the Central Abaco District Council were impressed with they toured the new administration building to see their future offices. Shown are Marva Archer and Ra mona Bethel, staff in the Council office, Administrator Cephas Cooper, Chief Councillor George Mills and Councillor Don Bootle.

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #8, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed Letters to the EditorWhy cant Dear Editor, Potholes, potholes everywhere ... pot holes, potholes does our government not care? So here I am at 3:15 in the morning, when I should be in dreamland, thinking about potholes. One could say something is wrong with me. Thats debatable, but the pothole issue has been plaguing my mind. I guess the reason is because there have been several incidences where I have come so close to doing severe damage to my little car, causing an accident or killing someone walking on the road all because of potholes. I was driving the other day and saw the men on Forest Drive working hard at building sidewalks. Even though it is all well and nice that sidewalks are being constructed, I ask myself why does that take priority over the infrastructure of our roads, even just the basics of filling and patching them or maybe a few traffic cones here and there to warn us of the impend ing danger. Could it be that the number of potholes outnumbers the number of traffic cones? It cant be, can it? Someone came into the office the other day asking for a camera because a sign had been placed next to an ever expand ing pothole by Auskell Clinic saying Pre historic Blue Hole, Depth Unknown. Thinking this was a great sense of humor, it got me started on, if you want to call it, a Pothole Campaign, and this is what I came up with. This is all good and fun trying to see the sense of humor in something that is really getting out of control. But it is a serious situation. So I decided to look up the definition of a pothole and this is what I found. A pothole is a disruption in the surface of a roadway where a portion of the road material has broken away, leaving a hole. This next is what really caught my at tention. Potholes can grow to feet in width, though they usually only become a few inches deep at most. (They must have never visited Abaco.) If they become large enough, damage to tires and vehicle suspensions occurs. Serious road accidents can occur as a direct result. They are frequently almost invisible to road users. (Once again they must have never visited Abaco.) I wonder if I should send this definition to our Prime Minister. A concern ed driver Lets work together to improve our townsDear Editor, Thanks for the space in your October 15th publication. There are a number of letters in your current edition, October 1st, 2011, cover ing a wide variety of topics, all important, especially the two that look at big picture issues. This is the area that I wish to ad dress and would like nothing more than solidarity amongst all Bahamians and le gitimate status non-Bahamian residents in correcting the wrongs that exist in our country of paradise. To my friend, Jack Albury, I support you fully on the unfair practice situation that you outline in your letter. I have no beef with the foreign-owned aspect of your competition, but rather with the un fair practice of your having to pay duty on your vehicles whilst the competition does not. This is obviously unfair and must be corrected by government. Also, to my friend, Pauline Sawyer, I fully support your efforts and equally insist that BEC truthfully account to everyone for the outrageous electric bills and daily outages. Regarding the Bunker C com ment, perhaps you missed BECs earlier statement to the effect that the corporation will not be burning Bunker C at the Wil son City plant, as to do so would be more costly than burning diesel on an ongoing basis. Also, by going with diesel, BEC will eliminate the capital expenditure of installing miles of pipeline and necessary dredging to accommodate Bunker C carry ing tankers into the Wilson City coastline. I applaud those of us that fought Bunker C usage as it gave the corporation time to further review the project, discovering the cost savings in diesel usage, thus lowering the electricity costs. Can you imagine how costly it would be with Bunker C? The boat storage facility adjacent to Hope Town lighthouse is a travesty. Another case of personal greed over the best interests of the community and The Baha mas as a whole. Without question the most important let ter was signed A furious young Bahamian and dealt with the many problems result ing from the overbearing and stifling influx of Haitians. Precious little is done about the illegal aspect of immigration, and it is criminal in nature how so many are legal ized for political vote favour. This situa tion is indeed serious and needs much attention. Long Island is the only area that gets it right. There are no illegals there. Whoever is in charge of their immigration policy should head-up immigration for the country. Regular readers of The Abaconian know that I, on behalf of all Bahamians, legitimate residents and visitors, have petitioned Lo cal Government, our MP representative for South Abaco and our Prime Minister to stop the Abaco Club (Ritz Carlton) from closing the public access road to our public beach at Winding Bay. They have all ignored me/ us. Well, general elections are coming soon, and we will probably ignore them. We still want our public access road back and we shall in due course have it. In conclusion, even though I do not have a trucking company, if Jack is treated unfairly, it is also indirectly my problem. I do not live in Hope Town but the unsightly boat storage facility is of concern to me because it is not in the best interest of other Bahamians. When BEC bills are excessive, it does not directly affect me (Im solar), but in directly I pay more for other goods and services and the general public, mostly Bahamian, are directly affected, therefore, as a Bahamian, it is also my problem. In effective immigration procedures must be of concern to all Bahamians and need our sincere attention. Bahamians, lets try to look out for each other. Where the system appears to be bro ken, lets try to fix it. Maybe we will not win all the battles, but, trust me, we will feel better for trying. Or is it just the Don Quixote in me? Bernard G. Albury Are we creating a lawless society?Dear Editor Thank you for the opportunity to share my concerns. We are apathetic. We couldnt care less. Oh, we may grumble and complain to ourselves or to a friend, but real action to solve an issue its not going to happen. We dont care enough! We see things happen around us that are not right, but we do nothing. We believe nothing will happen, that we will just waste our time and effort if we try to do some thing so we ensure the reality of our belief by doing just that: nothing! I for one am tired of seeing laws bla tantly broken. I am sick of seeing people act in contravention of the law without any consequence whatsoever! I look at an issue as simple as a number of liquor stores in Marsh Harbour who are licensed to sell wholesale/retail adult beverages. However, almost daily but mostly on weekends these stores are often crowded with people drinking in and around the stores. According to the type of license, liquor stores have people who are supposed to buy their drinks and leave no loitering is allowed. But the reality is that these stores are operating like bars and creating a pub lic nuisance by allowing this to happen. I understand complaints have been made and Marsh Harbour had three stores stop allowing loitering only to have it overturned a few days later. In another area, while illegal immi grants may be the biggest culprits in this, far too many people are building without acquiring permits and inspections. These persons are often allowed to continue unpunished for breaking the law. I want all reasonable people who read this to think about what the consequences of each of these issues is. The ripple effect from such things is bigger than we care to understand; we prefer ignorance and apathy. What I mean by consequence is that every time someone breaks the law, it is not only allowed to go unpunished, but is allowed to continue unhindered and thus encourages others to do the same. If he doesnt need a license for that, then neither do I! To allow the continuation of actions that are clearly illegal is to breed a society that is lawless. This is where we are heading. If a Haitian can build a house in the Mud on property that does not belong to him with no permit, no approval and circumventing the law in so many other ways, why should I be made to conform to the law? The United States symbol for justice is a lady holding the law in one hand, scales in another and blindfolded. The image portrays among other things that justice is no respecter of persons, that all men are equal in the sight of the law and are equally ac countable to the law. Where there is no consequence for bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKESPlease see Letters Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 Central Abaco News October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Jennifer Hudson October is the American Cancer Soci etys Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an initiative which is wholeheartedly supported by the Abaco Cancer Society. The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to increase the awareness of the disease. The Cancer Society urges women to do a selfexamination once a month, to check with their doctor once a year after the age of 40 and to have a mammogram once a year after the age of 40. The American Cancer Society states that many breast cancers will be found in women who have never felt a lump. An average mammogram will detect about 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without any symptoms. The Abaco Cancer Society regularly offers free mammograms for those who qualify at the Auskell Medical Clinic. This month they will be held on October 15 and next month on November 19. The mammograms are available free of charge to women 35 years of age and over who have never before had a mammogram and have no medical insurance. Before having the mammogram interested persons must contact a Cancer Society representative at 367-3744 or 366-3016 and fill out the re quired form. During this month many activities are organized to highlight the work of the Abaco Cancer Society and many private individuals and businesses assist in raising funds. Each year British American sells pink T shirts with the breast-cancer logo which many persons purchase and wear to work on pink days to show their sup port. The Abaco Cancer Society has new T-shirts with a new logo which will be on sale at its Kayak Challenge and at other events. Artist Racquel Russell, whose fam ily has been greatly impacted by this dread ful disease, has airbrushed special T-shirts for men and women. She donates almost half of the proceeds from all sales of these T-shirts to the Abaco Cancer Society. Chelseas Choice water is generously assisting the Abaco Cancer Society during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating part proceeds of sales of their litre and gallon water bottles with pink tops. On October 15 the Abaco Cancer Society / Friends of the Environment Kayak Challenge will take place with people paddling in memory of deceased loved ones. Half of the proceeds will go to the Abaco Cancer Society along with donations from many businesses. A walk/fun day is organized for October 22 with all proceeds going to the Abaco Cancer Society. This is an annu al event organized by the Anglican Church and Monica Adderley, who is herself a breast cancer survivor. The Abaco Cancer Society operates a thrift shop every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the building behind Abaco Groceries. All proceeds from the shop are used to assist cancer sufferers on Abaco with airfares to receive treatment abroad and some medications. Donations Please see Central Page 11 The staff of Administrator Cephas Cooper all supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month by purchasing and wearing pink shirts with the American Cancer Societys trademark ribbon on them. They are Tracey Fleuridor, Cecile Davis, Mary Deveaux, Faye McInt ish, Adrienne Spicer, Iva Duncombe and Glyle McIntosh.

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 James Catalyn and Friends, a troupe of comedic actors, did a benefit performance for Abaco Pathfinders on September 24. The cast of 25 touched on every aspect of current Bahamian life. There were skits on the state of roads in Nassau, escalating crime and, of course, politics. They had the crowd in stitches. The evening ended with a lovely cocktail reception. Summer Madness Revue 2011 was a huge success. The funds raised will go toward scholarships for students away at school. funds through comic show More Central Abaco News Central From Page 10 of used clothing, household goods and furniture in good condition will be happily ac cepted at the shop on Saturday mornings or may be dropped at Abaco Groceries during the week. The Abaco Cancer Society hopes that during the month of October people will have a heightened awareness about this disease and that men and women will make a decision to be especially vigilant as this disease is not confined only to women.Fine Living and G & G Shipping has moved By Samantha V. Evans Fine Living and G & G Shipping have moved and expanded to include a larger showroom. On September 1 Colette Bootle moved into the Van Stratton Insurance Building on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour. Persons can now view the line of fine furniture, accent pieces and ac cessories for the home. Ms. Bootle offers house packages and is looking forward to more persons taking advantage of the great deals she has which can be done for a one bedroom up to a three-bedroom home. Ms. Bootle provides someone to set up furniture for a small fee. She wants Abaco residents to note that the items they get will be of great quality. It the items requested are in stock, the turnaround time will be a week maximum. For persons who want to order appliances and televisions, Fine Living offers a pickup and delivery service as well. Fine Living opens daily at 10 a.m. Phone 367-0329 for the closing time. G & G Shipping remains the company with the best shipping rates from Florida and leaves from Port Everglades. Arrival on Abaco is on Mondays every week and it loads freight from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The contact number in Florida is 954920-9292.AJs Food Services opens in Dundas Town By Canishka Alexander AJs Food Services is the brainchild of Pastor Alex Archer and his wife Brenda Archer of Latterrain Ministries. The Ar chers opened the store on September 16 adjacent to Latterrain Church building in Dundas Town. The store serves as a ministry and as a bridge between the church and community. The reason he wanted to go into the food service business was because as a pastor he deals with people a lot, and he feels that you have to deal with people just like in the church to foster a better re lationship, Sis. Archer explained. We will use this business as a ministry tool to be able to minister to others by talking to them about the Lord and the services we offer here. Sis. Brenda said that things were going fairly well. Stocked with retail grocery items, produce and meats, she said there are future plans to expand the store so that wholesale items are made available. The expansion will allow for more employ ment opportunities as a third person will be hired as a part-time worker to assist the two full-time employees. In addition, a road was constructed from Forest Drive to give an alternate access to the store, and Sis. Brenda revealed that when they are through, there will be an entire shopping complex at the location by the time they move into their new sanctu ary on the S.C. Bootle Highway. AJs Food Services business hours are Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. and to 9 p.m. AJs Food Services is closed on Sundays.Booths at Christmas Festival are available The 8th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival will be on December 3 at the BAIC Park in Marsh Harbour. The committee organizing this event would like the public to know that applica tions for a food or craft booth are available Please see Central Page 12

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 at the Abaco Tourist Office. Applications by qualified persons must be submitted by November 4. For further information contact the Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067.The psychology of prayer is discussedBy Jennifer Hudson Dr. David Allen, renowned psychiatrist, gave a very powerful talk on the psychol ogy of prayer on October 7 at the Christian Counseling Centre. This lecture, which was well attended, is the first in a series of four. In introducing his topic Dr. Allen stated that everybody prays at sometime or other; one either learns to pray or gets overwhelmed. In this introductory lecture he focused on three points: Prayer is not an adjunct to life but is an Central From Page 11 More Central Abaco News awareness of the presence of God. We can never live without the presence of God, but we can live without the awareness of His presence (when we try to do things our selves in our own way). Prayer is not an event, it is a disciplined process. It is something we can do every day to accomplish something we could not do before. According to self-psychologist, Heintz Kohut, we have three self object transfer ence relationships: Mirror transference leading to affirma tion and self-esteem. The three basic in stinctual needs are power/control (empow erment), affection/esteem (connection) and survival/security (safety). A child will not internalize its mother if there is no stabil ity. Everyone needs stability and predict ability. The problems in our country today are due to the fact that the atmosphere is unstable, inconsistent and unpredictable. Twin-ship transference development of empathy leading to community. People want to know that others are suffering as they are. Idealised transference indicating our longing to be connected to someone greater than ourselves. There is a space in you made for God. Humiliation, rejection and abandonment lead to shame, and shame is the greatest obstacle to prayer life. One must give up self absorption and control to know God. Through prayer people become compas sionate, patient, humble and not revenge ful. They walk by faith, not sight. They have an awareness of the afterlife. Dr. Alan then led a discussion on the Lord s Prayer and the Serenity prayer. He closed by stating that the devil will block you every time, but you must set up the discipline of prayer. No matter how pain ful or dark life is, the love of God is still beaming. Lectures in this series will take place once a month. For information on dates call the Christian Counseling Centre at 367-6215.New clothing boutique at Monkeys UncleBy Jennifer Hudson Monkeys Uncle, located opposite Man goes Restaurant in Marsh Harbour, has built a reputation as a gift store offering baskets, lamps, glassware, household goods, jewellery and souvenirs. Recently, its owners, Kathy OKelleher and Terry Curry, converted part of the store into a clothing boutique. They are very excited at the result, saying that people who have seen the clothing lines have been delighted with them as they are very different from anything already offered on Abaco. All clothing items are very good quality and are being offered at the same as U.S. pric es. The styles offered are shifts, longsleeved cotton/polyester shirts, pant suits and both round neck and V neck T-shirts. What makes them so special is that all are adorned with beautifully embroidered designs depicting lighthouses, nautical scenes, flamingos, butterflies and more. These are nice casual clothes for Aba co, stated Mrs. OKelleher.They are very hard wearing, wash and wear and non-iron. In stock is also a small selec tion of more dressy outfits suitable for elegant eveningwear. A large shipment of new stock next month will include clothing items all of which will have Abaco as their logo, says Mrs. OKelleher. Monkeys Uncle now sells a line of all natural organic cleaning products called Green Better Life, and it continues to sell its all organic soaps and lip balms. The newly designed store has a large variety of attractive merchandise to please both locals and tourists and is open Mondays Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Good Eats opensBy Samantha V. Evans In July Mery Forlon Armbrister and Livingston Huyler opened Good Eats on Stratton Drive in Marsh Harbour. Their passion to start this eatery was born out of both of them loving to cook and experiment with food. They specialize in dinners, burgers, snacks, wraps, subs and salads as well as sell soft drinks. During lunch time Dr. David Allen, center, has begun a new series of talks on the psychology of prayer. He will be coming to Abaco monthly to continue the talks. He speaks at the Christian Coun seling Centre in the D & S Plaza in Marsh Harbour. Please see Central Page 20

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 News of the Cays More than 60 participants from small island states all over the globe attended the Climate Change Conference on Education in Nassau, a three-day conference sponsored by UNESCOs Small Island De veloping States organization. During the conference many experts reported strate gies that they have developed to mitigate the effects of climate change. Islands will be greatly affected by these changes, and it is of utmost importance to develop regional strategies to prepare for the rise of the wa ter level, higher temperatures, stronger storms, more prevalent storms, crop and structural damages, fresh water being inundated with salt water and coastline erosion to name a few possible occurrences. Between sessions the attendees divided into re gional groups (Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean) to prepare ideas and information to be included in regional curriculum. One of the evenings the group attended a town meeting at the College of the Bahamas where several local en vironmentalists spoke and the new comic book Who tief Muh Conch was unveiled by the BEST Commission for distribution to schools teaching about climate change and possible changes we may experience. At the end of the conference, a Bahamian Cultural Extravaganza was presented for the group. Principal Candace Key of Hope Town Primary School, second from right, is showing the newest edition of the Sandwatcher Magazine which features the Sandwatch work her school has been involved with for over 10 years to help save the dunes. Shown are the Hon. Phenton Neymour, Minister of State of the Environment, Dr. Davidson Hepburn, President of the General Assembly of UNESCO; Mrs. Key; and Elma Garraway, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education. They were attending the Climate Change Conference on Education held recently in Nassau.Hope Town School Principal attends Climate Change ConferenceFive outstanding Grade 6 students were recently chosen as Prefects for the 2011 2012 school year at Hope Town School. Shown are Samara Cole with parents Dominique and Jason, Charlie Cash with parents Tami and Marty, Head Girl Lilly Higgs with parents Pleasants and Chris, Micahal Trembley with mother Nora and Dornell Durham with mother Lauramae. They are shown with their Grade 6 teacher, Justin Higgs. After the pinning ceremony that the whole school attended, the prefects and parents went to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge to sign contracts and enjoy refreshments before returning to school and beginning their duties. Congratulations to them all!Hope Town School Selects Prefects Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross Green Turtle Cay is slowly recovering from the destructive wind, waves and tidal surge of Hurricane Irene. The Category 3 hurricane battered the island all through the day and well into the night of August 25. The sun rose on August 26, revealing damage to buildings, docks and the en vironment. The storm surge covered the streets and flooded homes and businesses. The deck and outside wall of Sundowners Bar, the public dinghy dock and retaining wall of Settlement Point were destroyed by Irene. Roads were blocked with trees, util ity poles and debris. There was a lot of work to be done. By mid-morning an informal meeting was held and local government members and resi dents worked together to clear the streets and clean up the town. BEC employees surveyed the damage to lines and poles, and a crew began work on restoring electricity a few days later. The recently installed public water system was really appreciated in the days following the storm. Please see Cays Page 15

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 More News of the Cays Cays From Page 14 Unfortunately, BTC was not as quick to respond, and four weeks later the tele phone service has not been completely re stored. There are residents and businesses whose telephones are still not working, and customers are wondering why crews were not sent in to help restore the service. The days and weeks following a hurri cane remind us of the challenges our ances tors faced and that we too must persevere and rebuild. So it was with this attitude that we moved ahead, businesses reopened and teachers and students prepared for the new school year. Buildings are being repaired and renovated and the trees are showing signs of recovery. The local fishermen have been out and were pleased to find most of their habitats and returned home with their catch.School NewsThe 2011-2012 school year began as scheduled on September 5. Fourteen stu dents are enrolled at Tiny Turtles Preschool and 52 at Amy Roberts Primary School. Teachers and students are looking forward to a productive and busy school year. Town MeetingThe Local Government District Coun cil held a public meeting on September 15. Chief Councillor Greg Curry welcomed those in attendance and thanked everyone who helped with the cleanup after the hurricane. He informed the residents of the Councils plans to build a separate public bathroom for men and to put more lights in the area. Fire hydrants will be placed throughout the island. New street signs are being made for the town. Mr. Curry responded to questions and concerns from residents about resurfac ing the roads, replacing the dinghy dock and retaining wall at Settlement Point, beach cleanup, the dump, ground fogging and jobs. He said that the Prime Minister promised Central Governments help with replacing the dinghy dock and the retain ing wall. He could not promise to hire per sons to clean the beaches before reviewing their budget. It was suggested by a resident that concerned citizens volunteer to clean the beaches, which brought applause from those in attendance. Mr. Curry introduced Administrator Lavon Harris-Smith, who discussed jobs Please see Cays Page 16 During the summer break NA Office Solutions of Florida in Orlando donated a copier to Amy Roberts Primary. Randy June, a second home resident of Treasure Cay, arranged delivery of the copier to the school. Mr. and Mrs. June are shown to the left of the new copy machine. Students of the Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay gave a special junkanoo rush in appreciation of Randy June and his wife donating a copy machine to the school.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.comand hurricane relief. Ms. Smith talked about the governments summer job program and the program for persons to be hired for a year. Some persons who had completed the application have been hired to work on the new airport project in Marsh Harbour. Other applications were being processed. Ms. Smith said that hur ricane relief funds had been issued based on need. For this reason, Green Turtle Cay would receive a minimal amount and the Council would have to prioritize spend ing. She explained that the government is waiving import duty on goods lost or dam aged during the hurricane for residents, hotels and businesses. Those who qualify were asked to complete application forms at the administrators office. The meeting was well attended and refreshments were served after the meeting was closed.People in the NewsNellie Weech celebrated her 100th birthday on September 9 at her home in Cur rent, Eleu thera. Mrs. Weech was born and raised on Green Turtle Cay and moved to Eleuthera af ter her mar riage. She returned to her home town each year until it became too difficult for her to travel. Relatives travelled to Eleuthera to cel-Cays From Page 15 More News of the Cays ebrate with Mrs. Nellie, who is still alert. Her eyesight and hearing are failing, but after 100 years she probably has seen and heard it all! Congratulations to Mrs. Nel lie, who has been blessed with such a long and full life. She lives with her only child, Margaret, and her son-in-law, Lockwood. Miss Teenager Bahamas, Jasmine McIntosh, will travel to Guatemala to participate in the Miss Teenager Pageant on October 9. Good luck to Jasmine as she represents her community and country! The commu nity is proud of Jasmine and hopes that it is a wonderful experience. Two of our senior citizens passed away this summer. Marcel Sawyer passed away on July 24 after a brief illness. He was 86 years old. Pa Cel, as he was affection ately called, was born and raised on Green Turtle Cay. He was a hard-working man who earned his living from the sea. He taught his sons the basics of the fishing in dustry on their fishing boats. He was pre paring for the upcoming season just weeks before he became ill. Mr. Marcel and his wife, Myrtle, were very supportive of any community events and faithful church members. His funeral service was held at the New Plymouth Gospel Chapel. He is survived by his wife Myrtle, chil dren and spouses: Keith and Dale Sawyer, Edison and Joan Sawyer, Freddie and Trina Sawyer, Thomas and Alexandria Sawyer, Marjorie and Rupert Roberts and Arlene and Oral Bethel, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and their spouses, Joe and Viola Sawyer and Peter and Laura Sawyer, sister and her husband, Lorna and Vernon Moses and many other relatives and friends. Doreen Saunders passed away at her home on July 30. Her funeral service was held at New Plymouth Gospel Chapel. Miss Doreen was never married or had children, but she helped to raise many of her nieces and nephews. She was a very friendly lady and would chat with people as she walked to visit her sister. She was pre-deceased by her sisters Kathleen Co hen and Zeddith Lowe. She is survived by her sister Ismae Lowe, niece Judy Roberts and family, nephews Fernley, Nigal, Larry, Eugene, Carlton, Lonnie, Austin and their families, her brother-inlaw Floyd Lowe and other relatives and friends. The days are getting shorter, and if you wake early enough, you can feel a change in the air. We are looking forward to the end of the 2011 hurricane season and hope the final weeks pass without any threats!Hope Town holds Town MeetingBy Timothy Roberts The Hope Town District Council held its first town meeting since being elected in June this year, meeting with the residents of Elbow Cay on October 5 at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. The major topics of discussion centered on proposed dredging of Hope Towns channel and the repairs needed for the dune road. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting en couraged the audience to have their con cerns heard saying, We are here to listen; we are your servants and are here to carry out your wishes. He listed topics of concern that they desired public input on such as the relocation of the mail office to the lower floor of the Please see Cays Page 17 The Hope Town District Council held a Town Meeting in Hope Town in October 5. Resi dents expressed their ideas on a number of issues in the town including the dredging of the channel, moving the post office downstairs in the government building and the rebuilding of the dune in White Sound. At the podium is Administrator Cephas Cooper while Harold Malone, Chelsea Albury, Chief Councillor Jermy Sweeting and Don Cash listen. Nellie Weech

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINASpecial Discounted Dock Rates September 1 February28 WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBoat House RestaurantBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar Showing football games on Sundays 1-6 Free appetizers More News of the Cays Cays From Page 16 government building and the expansion of the upper floor for the use of the Council, the dredging of the channel, current road works, the lower public dock expansion and cabana, and the dune road. Mr. Sweeting applauded the residents sense of community, commenting that they all pulled together after Hurricane Irene to get Hope Town put back together. A number of people in the audience felt that there is no need for dredging and that boaters can do what they have done for years, which is work with the tide. Oth ers feel that there has been enough harm done in the past by dredging and other en vironmental alterations and that the risks outweigh the benefits. The Site Manager for Hope Town Ma rina, the company proposing dredging the entrance to the the harbour as well as a 600-yard stretch going west from the harbours entrance, told residents that they are seeking to dredge the channel to ac commodate larger boats and are only proposing to scrape about one foot off the bot tom to even out the bumps. He believes the dredging would be beneficial in help ing the harbour to flush better. The spoil from the dredging will be used to help replenish the dune at White Sound if it is compatible. Mr. Sweeting, answering the audiences concerns, assured them that there would be another town meeting when they received the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to allow the public to see the facts and make an informed decision. He told the audience their thoughts and concerns would be taken into consideration before anything was done. A few residents commented on the move of the post office and expansion of the local government office, sharing that while they understood the need to get more space for the council that they like things the way they are traditionally. It was sug gested that when the library is renovated that Council may be able to use the addi tional space at the new facility. Mr. Sweeting added that the Council would definitely like to see the leaning wall behind the government building re paired as soon as possible, however there are other issues that take precedent. A resident said she felt that people should not build on dunes as they are not stable and potentially can cause other peo ples properties to suffer erosion. She said that the International Development Bank provided money to the government some time after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 to make repairs to the dune road and yet no repairs were ever done. Hope Town Council com pleted repairs in 2010 but Hurricane Irene washed away much of the dune a month ago leaving the road in bad condition. Residents agreed that there is no reason to ask people to donate to repairing the road. The government needs to do its part and take responsibility for fixing the road. Another said the government needs to give Hope Town its fair share and suggested that if government did not step up, they could have a no tar, no tax protest. Others felt there needs to be a more per manent solution looked at for the dune road as another suggested moving the road to the west and avoid building on the dune altogether. Mr. Sweeting said that the Council will continue to put pressure on the government to get the $80,000 promised for the dune road and will continue to look for better solutions to the road and its location. He told residents that Joes Cay received government approval and is being allowed to build more cottages than the Council wished to approve, but less than the devel opers were asking for. He understood that the developers have come into financial difficulty and are looking for new partners. A resident expressed concern that with the moratorium on moorings that too many are being monopolized. The person suggested they find some way to make them available to private individuals as there are persons who own moorings to rent to visitors. It was agreed that the Council would do what it could to assist with having a machine to maintain the beach and continually help restore the beach, hopefully mitigat ing the problems created by storms.Man-O-War residents attend Town MeetingBy Timothy Roberts Waste management featured prominent ly in a town meeting held on Man-O-War Cay by the Hope Town District Council on October 6 while discussing concerns and receiving input from the residents. Recent problems concerning waste man agement on the island centered on govern ments decision to make the local government Council responsible for collection and transportation of garbage. The Coun cil received additional money in its bud get the only Council in The Bahamas to receive a budget increase in 2011 in or der to take over payment of garbage trans portation from Man-O-War to the landfill at Snake Cay; however, this increase fell short of the amount needed to continue the service. Due to operating an already tight bud get, Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said that they have to find new ways to deal with waste management on Man-OWar. Mr. Sweeting outlined a new plan in which certain types of trash will incur a fee. All household garbage collection is by law the responsibility of government. However, he indicated construction and business debris would be charged a fee based on how much is collected or brought in. He said it is a more flexible program than the one in Hope Town. Councillor Michael Albury added that the fee struc ture is based on what goes to the dump, not on a flat fee. This will encourage recycling and people to cut down on their waste. The contractor, Mr. Sweeting said, is responsible for the bins at the dumpsite. The Council is presently working with Jimmy and Melanie Albury to develop the system for garbage collection. A Town Meeting was held on Man-O-War on October 6. The well attended meeting dis cussed the problems facing the town, foremost of which is the expense of trash removal from the cay. The Council will now be assuming the expense of transporting the trash to the landfill. Although the Council budget was increased, the increase will not cover the total amount of this cost. Please see Cays Page 20

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 The funeral for Roy Pedican 56, formerly of Green Turtle Cay, who died on September 18, was held on October 1 in Nassau. Interment was also in Nassau. He is survived by his daugh ter Royann Pedican; granddaugh ter: sis ters Viola Curry, Inez Peidcan, Winifred Bodie, Deborah McIntosh and Eleanor Pedican; brothers Earnel Pedican, Bruce Pedican and Clarke Pedican; brothers-inlaw Livingston Bodie and Pinchie McIntosh; sisters-in-law Gail and Gertrude Pedican; nieces Carla Hall, Patryce, Sele na and LaQuinta Curry, Abbagail Babbs, Bridgette Armbrister, Sandra Burrows, Carline, Jennifer, Coralee, Bionka, Nacoya and Chanisha Pedican, Denalee Penn, Wendy Sands, Donna Hepburn Knowles, Denika Butler, Margaret Jones, Jennifer Pritchard, Denise Parker, Jennifer Dames, Necree Rolle, Patricia Bootle, Shanna Faye McIntosh and Shena Roberts; nephews Geno and David Simms, Quintin, Craig, Ricardo and Dwayne Anton Curry, Ron ald Bootle, Julian, Terra Terrance, Mark, Marcus, Troy, Stanley, Steve, Michael, Selkirk, Mark, Phil and Darron Pedican, Jeffery Thompson, Rudolph and Marvin Ferguson, Eddie and Perry Bodie and Byron Martenbourough; and many other rela tives and friends. A memorial service for Alexander Isra el Williams 89, of Fox Town and former ly of Turks and Caicos Islands was held on October 1 at End Time Ministry in Crown Haven. Bish op Tyrone Mills offici ated. He is sur vived by his daughters Vernice Williams, Sheila and Shirley Wil liams; sons Doland Williams and Victor McIntosh; grandchildren; great-grandchil dren, great-great-grandchildren; sisters Violet Penn, Estell Williams and Ann Wil liams; brothers Charles Williams and Emmanuel Williams and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Eloise Adelaide Ritchie-Thompson 79, of Sandy Point and formerly of Long Island who died on September 8, was held on September 24 at St. Martins Anglican Church in Sandy Point. Rev. Willish Johnson officiated. In terment was in Sandy Point Public Cemetery. She is survived by her children Alexandria (Sandra) Cartwright, Anastasia (Stacey) Ritchie-Bull ard, Sylves ter (Tony) Thompson, Teresa Symonette, Theophilus (Ronnie) Thompson Jr., and Katherine Thompson; grandchildren Nicholas and Neil Cartwright, Tiffany Williams, Ed ward Adderely-Thompson, Ian (Big Ba hama) Symonette, Kenneth and Kenton Miller and Katharina Johnson; son-in-laws Paul Cartwright, Ephraim Bullard and Sgt. Kenneth Symonette; granddaughterin-law Nadia Cartwright; sisters An toinette Ritchie-Weech and Virginia (Teeny) Pinder; brothers Logan Ritchie, Vernon Ritchie, Talbot Ritchie and Vin cent Ritchie; sisters-in-law Rudell Ritchie and Maxine Ritchie; brothers-in-law Dr. Robert Ramsingh, Benjamin Pinder and Capt. Archie Moree; and many other relatives and friends. Heath Higgs 41, of Marsh Harbour was born on December 10, 1969. He was affectionately known as Big H. He passed away on October 1 after a short illness. His funeral was on October 9 at New Vi sion Ministries. Kevin Sawyer and Robbie Higgs officiated. He was predeceased by his grandparents Reggie and Lola Lowe and Hartman and Persis Higgs; uncles Emil Lowe and Allan Lowe. He is survived by his parents Rowan and Patricia Higgs; son Drew Higgs; daughters Sarah Higgs and Eliza beth Higgs and her fianc John Pinder; brother and sister-in-law Tim and April Higgs; sisters and brothers-in-law Mau reen and Glenn Koepp, Stacey Thompson, Darlene and Anthony Hiatt and Brandon Thompson; nephews and nieces Tabitha Obituaries of Family and FriendsRoy Pedican Alexander Williams Eloise Adelaide Ritchie-Thompson, Heath Higgs Please see Obituaries Page 19 By Patrick Bethel I feel obliged to once again come out of my shell to express my appreciation and condolences for a very special woman in the person of the late Lois Thompson. I first met Lois while working on a boat in the mid 1950s but did not really get to know her until I moved back to Abaco in the late 1970s. A visit to Sandy Point was not com plete unless I visited Lois. She was warm, friendly, reliable, humourous and always made you feel at home. But she was also honest and a good business woman. If Lois gave you her word, you could de pend on it. I will always remember the way she would politely scold me when I attempt ed to flirt with her. She would say, Pat, stop talking foolishness, and then we would have a big laugh. I will miss her, but her memories will linger on. I wish to take this opportunity to extend to the family my deepest sympathy. Sleep on, sister, take your rest. You have done your very best. Through His grace, youve overcome. Now with Him, blest Three-in-One.A tribute to a special lady

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Cash, Gina and Tristan Russell, Austin Koepp, Brianna Higgs, Brian Higgs, Re bekah Higgs, Logan Thompson, Joshua Higgs, Jaden Sears and Chase Russell; uncles and aunts Donald and Caroline Lowe, Muriel Lowe, Bobbie and Nancy Higgs, Silbert and Esther Sawyer, Bennie and Eldwyth Roberts, Chris and Evelyn Sawyer, Jack and Gaye Albury, Delcie Sawyer; and many other relatives and friends.. In 1948 Daniel Telbert Sawyer was born to Clifton and Irene Sawyer (de ceased). He was the second son of six chil dren. He lived most of his life in Cherokee Sound where he fell in love with his wife, Darlene Roberts. The couple always felt that they had four chil dren. Firstly, Don Sawyer, secondly Kevin Sawyer, thirdly Peter Roberts and fourthly Krystle Weatherford. They thought of these four as their own children and loved them dearly, and they loved him like their dad. In their later years they adopted a twoyear-old girl named Tyler. They were very proud to be the parents of Tyler. He loved her very much and would do anything for her and the love was returned right back to him. On September 23, 1990, he dedicated his life to the Lord. Ever since that day he preached and ministered to all those who he came in contact with. Daniel served as Assistant Pastor for his church. He passed away on October 5 at the age of 62. His funeral service was held on October 6 at the Assembly of God in Chero kee Sound. Pastors Deion Gibson, Rudy McKinney and Rev. Stafford Symonette officiated. Interment was the Cherokee cemetery. He is survived by his wife Darlene; daughter Tyle; adopted children, Don Sawyer, Kevin Sawyer, Peter Roberts and Krystle Weatherford; sisters Esther, Doreen and Eunice; brother Gene Sawyer; nephews; nieces; uncle Barry Pinder; sisters-in-law Una Sawyer and Diane Sawyer; brothers-in-law; and many other rela tives and friends. A memorial service for Jerome A. Darville of Green Turtle Cay, who died at Princess Margaret Hospital on September 30, was held in Nassau, on October 7. He is sur vived by his wife Donna Darville; daughters Lynn Darville, Kin Darville and Jeanine Darville; grandsons Gaelan Holden, Devin Holden, Markus Beigel and Rory Beigel and Nicholas Ash ford; sons-in-law Norman Paradis and Derek Riggs; sister-in-law Leon MacLean; sisters Joan Eldon and Margaretta Kelly; brothers-in-law Robert (Bobby) Eldon and David Smith and his wife Maria; nieces Salina Eldon and Bonnie Eldon; nephew Ramon Kelly; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Arthur Nathan iel Baillou, 46, formerly of Blackwood, was held on October 8 in Freeport. Inter ment was also on Grand Bahama. He is survived by his wife Belinda Bail lou; parents Catechist Euclid and Marjorie Baillou; stepchildren Kevin and Rebecca Stubbs and Felice Pat ton; brother Eugene Baillou; sisters Anna and Mona Lisa Baillou, Norma Jane Baillou-Smith, Tyronia Stuart and Margo Kelly; aunts Evalina Baillou, Era Baillou Hanna, Kessie Moncur, Susie Mae Longley, Mary Whyl ly and Jessie Mae Reckley; uncles Clayton Baillou and Alexander Reckley; grandaunt Preselita Nesbitt; nieces Samantha, Semajra and Candice Baillou, TNeil McIntosh, Tyronisha, Talycha and Taliyah Stuart, Vanashia Smith and Chaya Ferguson; nephews Seranno, Samantino and Nathario Baillou, Stanley McIntosh III, Justin Moss, Israel and Kaylano Kelly; step-grandchil dren Kevin Jr., William, Dakota Stubbs, Aaron Revaitis, James Moore, Shameka Rolle, Tamia and Evanique Mullings; grandnephew Latrelle Rolle; grandniece Krystanique McIntosh; daughter-in-law Kathleen Stubbs; son-in-law Jason Scott; aunts-in-law Inez Baillou and Jacqueline Reckley; uncle-in-law Andrew Longley; brothers-in-law Derham Smith, Oganger Stuart, Latario Kelly, Jeff, Anthony Fluff, Ross and Steve Rolle; sisters-inlaw Gwendolyn and Elaine Baillou, Susie Tarless, Debbie Knowles, Alqueenia, Gloria, Cheryl Honey and Keva Rolle and Pleasant Smith and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Eloise Cleola Curry 84, formerly of Normans Castle who died on September 24, was in Nassau, on October 8. Interment was also in Nassau. She is survived by her sons James Minnis Jr. and Wesley Emmanuel Sr.; adopted daughters Patricia Wilson and Princess Minnis; daughter-inlaw Alexis Minnis; adopted son-in-law Patrick Wilson; granddaughter: Prison Sergeant Shemeese Rigby, Juliette Minnis, Kimberly Minnis-Hinds, Taryn Min nis, Tanesha and Wesinique Emmanuel, Merle, Ethlyn, Rubyann, Kimberley, Shornise; grandsons Jermaine Minnis and Wesley Emmanuel Jr., Errol, Patrick Jr., Stefan, Adonai, Shawn, Sylvester and Lorenza; grandsons-in-law Donald Rigby and Gavin Hinds; great-grandsons Davar do, Dondre and Police Constable DAndre Rigby, Jamie Emmanuel, Ahmir Minnis and Jacob Hinds, Jaron and Labron Min nis and Lucas Miller; great-granddaugh ters Donnalee, Donneisha and DaNeicea Rigby, Shornette and Jashornia Williams and Wesinique Emmanuel; great-greatgrandson Davardo Rigby Jr.; great-greatgranddaughter Davaria Rigby; nieces Bar bara Marshall, Sylvia Smith, Geraldine Ward, Sybil Ferguson and Almeta Sands; nephews Hastin Marshall, Leroy Pratt and Dwayne Curry; nephews-in-law Victor Cornish, Sultan Sands and Joseph Ferguson; grandnieces Carol, Sandra, Kim, Maria, Natasha, Carnetta, Isadora, Melba, Jonice, Andrea, Kendra, Janice, Marva, Keva, Claudette, Stacey; Portia, Mar cia, Patricia, Germaine, Patsy, Meoshie, Almeta, Earlin, Vanessa; grandnephews Garfield, Marvin, Antonio, Devon, Kev in, Robin, James, Andrew, Roscoe, Mark, Marco, Craig, Don, Chino, Wendall, Jeffrey, Don, Sonith, Haddon, Kevin, Randy, Bradley, Terrance; grandnephews; grandnieces-in-laws; great-great-grand nieces and nephews; cousins George and Leotha Bonaby; godchild Regina Beneby; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Beatrice Rus sell-Roberts Mama B, 81, of Cedar Harbour was held on October 8 at St. Annes Anglican Church in Crown Haven. Fr. DeAngelo Bowe officiated. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Cedar Har bour. She is survived by her daughter: Mon ica Mills, Ellabie Rolle and Sheila Coo per; son Retired Police Corporal Calvin Roberts, Road Traffic Supervisor James Roberts, Berkley and Steadman Roberts; ad opted daugh ters Nicole Rolle, Elea nor Pedican and Fredrecka McIntosh; ad opted sons Francilien Pierre and Theophi lus Rolle; grandchildren Generose and Denise Mills, Samantha Charles, Gytrell and Stacy Williams, Eleceia Delancy, Latasha Bethel, Megan Kemp, Sheanda Rolle, Dinnea Cooper, Nairoshee, Abigail, Branishka and Nellisha Roberts, Curtis and Samuel Mills Jr., Marcus and Ricardo Williams, Chadwell Wallace, Brian Rolle Jr. and Anthony Rolle, Rasheed Cooper, Calvin Jr., Berkley Jr., Xavier, Jaquan and Jami Roberts; great-grandchildren Anya Mills, Donnie Sawyer Jr., Gabrielle and Jayden Bethel, Kevia Kemp, Dorthea and Kevon Thompson, Joshua Charles, Curti sha and Chantiqua Mills, Kelphin and Ty son Thurston, Ricardo and Rickia Rolle, Darielle Gaitor, Najee, Tameko, Ricardo II and Amber Williams, Charlotte Dgustino, Gean Rolle, Cayden and Aayden Austin, Bianca, Rickeshia and Aleshia Rolle; sister Mable Wilchcombe; nieces Priscilla Stuart, Mildred Pople, Brenda Rolle, Doris Cash, Patsy Burrows, Margaret Johnson, Gracey Thomas, Inez Moncur, Zelma Al bury, Nelda Laroda and Shirley Kemp; nephews Pastor Edward Laroda, Pastor Clint Laroda, Neville Kemp, Retired Police Sergeant Leon Wilchcombe, Jerry and Chris Wilchcombe; daughters-in-law Barbara, Sharon, Andray and Latoya Roberts; sons-in-law Rev. Samuel Mills Sr., Boynell Chubby Williams, Brian Rolle Sr. and Eddie Cooper; granddaughtersin-law Pastor Bridgette Mills and Latoya Rolle; grandsons-in-law Whisler Charles, Romeo Delancy, Ian Bethel, Kevin Kemp and Ricardo Rolle; step-sister-in-law Nathalie Bodie; and many other relatives and friends.More Obituaries of Family and FriendsDaniel Sawyer Jerome A. Darville Arthur Baillou Eloise Cleola Curry Beatrice Roberts Obituaries From Page 18

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian October 15, 2011 bury, President of The Counsellors Ltd, a marketing firm in Nassau. Moderator was Jamaro Thompson from Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. Setting the tone of the forum was the keynote speaker, the Hon. Dr. Earl De veaux, Minister of the Environment, who spoke on the forums theme. He highlight ed the infrastructural projects undertaken by the government from the new power plant at Wilson City to the administrative complex as well as projects currently underway or soon coming such as the Marsh Harbour airport terminal, various road works, a mini-hospital, the port in North Abaco and a bridge to connect Little and Great Abaco, replacing a causeway. He pointed out that these projects have presented and will present more opportunities for Bahamians. Tourism and various aspects and opportunities for individuals and businesses were discussed throughout the day. They covered organic food and culinary tourism, nature tourism as well as all the opportu nities that are available and are coming through infrastructural building and other areas. Chief Councillor for the Hope Town District, Jeremy Sweeting spoke of the chal lenges faced on the cays including the com plex task of waste management and the op portunities that arise from these challenges. The day was closed with a presentation by Dr. Livingston Marshall, Vice President Environment and Government Af fairs at Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club, who gave a virtual tour of the work that has been at the resort and the benefits to Abacos economy. After each group of speakers, the audi ence was given an opportunity to interact and ask questions. The participation was good and at times lively. A local restaurant owner expressed deep appreciation for the Outlook From Page 1 breaking the law, there will be an increase in the breaking of the law. It will contin ue until enforcement begins. But what do we, normal average everyday citizens, do when the authorities are complicit and are ignoring lawbreakers? What can we do? We can complain to our neighbor or to ourselves we know we wont be disap pointed with the results because we expect nothing, and thats exactly what we get. My fellow Bahamians, wake out of your apathy and take charge of your communi ties today. If we dont act now, we will soon be like Nassau. We are the government. We need to Letters From Page 9 persons can order from their special menu which ranges from $5 to $10. Customers can also order a seafood combo which con sists of all seafood or seafood and chicken with fries or a salad. Their motto is In all things you should put God first. Since they have been open, the response has been great. On any given day they are sold out of food by 3 p.m. They are open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the phone number is 458-2612.Central From Page 12 talk on organic foods and culinary tourism by Rosemary Parkinson saying she was inspired and will definitely learn from the information shared. A heated exchange followed a students question concerning the rising cost of elec tricity on Abaco. Mr. Key answered that environmentalists were largely to blame for the switch from bunker C to diesel. He added that as a result BEC had to make sig nificant changes and incurred undue costs. Eric Carey, Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust, responded that he was offended by Mr. Keys remarks and said that the government had every right to proceed with bunker C if it believed it was safe for the environment. Since govern ment made the decision to switch, it should stand by that decision and not blame envi ronmentalists. Mr. Key and Mr. Carey responded back and forth until the moderator stepped in and moved on to other questions. The two men later announced that they had apologized and everything was fine between them. The meeting was well attended and the audience enjoyed the speakers and inter acting while learning of the exciting pos sibilities that exist and are soon to come to Abaco. start accepting our responsibility to ensure our country is run the way it ought to be. If not, we will have a regime given to tyranny and a people given to lawlessness. We are the agents of change, not the government. Lets take the bull by the horns and en sure the government and those in authority carry out their duties! Im tired of the lack of enforcement from the government and its agencies. It is time they get to work and ensure peace and order rule the day and our country! S. T. Roberts One of the concerns raised by a resident was access as the dump would now need to be blocked off. There are two docks used by residents on either side of the land where the dump is located. The one located on the main harbour side is in disrepair, while the other could possibly be blocked by any measures to restrict the access to the dump, causing problems for those who use the area. Jimmy Albury said they will work with the people to ensure that there is no difficulty for anyone. Mr. Albury said it is necessary to close off the dump because people are dumping after hours and not sorting the trash in cor rect piles which can cause a hazard to the chipper. Another resident brought up that there are persons burning in other areas on the island with one suggesting that if they are allowed to continue burning, then why cant we? Mr. Sweeting updated the residents on the status of the nurse saying he is con tinuing to push to get her there. One of the issues concerns the clinics premises in Man-O-War. Documents were sent for the Council to sign that will make the government responsible for the facility as long as they occupy it and should they leave the premises return it to the care of the community. He hopes the nurse will arrive Cays From Page 17 shortly. Residents mentioned a few roads that need attention. Mr. Sweeting is seeking to get maintenance done; however, he noted that finances are tight. It was mentioned that some sunken boats, which sank during Hurricane Irene, need to be removed as visitors are starting to come and they are taking up valuable space. Residents mentioned the lack of response they have historically received from both BTC and BEC. It was said that neither cor poration responds to infrastructural issues such as downed wires, broken poles, etc., some of which have been down since Hur ricanes Francis and Jeanne in 2004. Mr. Sweeting promised to speak with the Min ister responsible to ensure these problems are addressed. He concluded by informing residents that the harbour light is ready to be fixed and will be done as soon as weather per mits. The light to the entrance of Man-OWar Harbour was damaged during Hurri cane Irene. Drive SafelyWatch for School Children

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 By James Hull, MD I am sitting in my living room on a quiet Sunday morning thinking about this article. What has come to my mind is a basic human quality. Over time we let bad memories fade and good memories predominate our minds. This allows us to be at peace especially since thinking about painful memories is never easy. Understanding that we forget the bad means we must always try to remember the bad experiences or we are destined to repeat them. I am referring to not only our personal experiences but those of our parents and the generations before them. We would never want another world war and hopefully we will never see the likes of a Hitler again. In talking to my patients, most have for gotten the past when it comes to the flu and its deadly effects. I want to go back in the past to 1918 which was the worst flu out break in modern times. It is estimated that 50 million people or more died from this flu from 1918 to 1919. The flu spread around the world primarily by passengers on ships which was the primary mode of global trans port in those days. The population of the world in 1918 was less than 2 billion people and the USA was around 100 million. This flu was the greatest disaster that has every hit mankind and it can happen again. There are some important differences we all need to think about between 1918 and now. There are now 300 million people in the USA and almost 7 billion in the world. We no longer travel by ship but primarily by plane. Think about it; more people and faster travel means quicker spread of the virus and more people to kill. If there is another outbreak, it will make the recent financial recession look like the good old days. There will be widespread disruption of travel and business activity and countries that are struggling financially now will be thrown into financial ruin. The only weapon we have to protect our selves today compared to then is the vaccine and some medications. The medications are in very short supply as we should remember from the recent swine flu outbreak. The av erage person was not able to get the neces sary medication. That brings us back to the flu shot. It is our one hope to stop a future outbreak that could spell disaster to us all. I would encour age everybody to look at the history of the flu, the success of vaccines in preventing disease and get your shot today. If you have insurance, then your shot may be free. Call either my office in Marsh Harbour or Trea sure Cay and we will be happy to help you find more information about the flu, and we will be even happier to vaccinate you as well. I vaccinate my family every year, so please do the same!Your HealthFlu shots are importantBy Canishka Alexander A lively and animated speaker, Rose mary Parkinson, a culinary-tourism author, was well received as she introduced the audience to the idea of Culinary Tour ism. She said that if we can answer the challenges of food, we answer the mean ing of our lives. She led an interactive dis course with those in attendance as she gave them straight talk, while opening their minds to the opportunities of promoting Bahamian cuisine to our visitors. The real basis of our survival, she said, is unity, agriculture and the movement of food. Food for thought. Am I upsetting everyone here? Well, right now the Caribbean needs upsetting because the Creator has given us a paradise from oil to natural gas, minerals to rich soil to delightful foods, she remarked, unapologetically. She has toured the Caribbean and has observed that we are getting rid of many of our food products in exchange for import ing food from the United States. We have become sadly lazy, she de clared. We are actually mostly in a mess. The import bill from the U.S. is not only staggering but could be used to make the entire culinary plan from farm to table a reality. Our young chefs could be qualified in the basics of cuisine so they could use our traditional ingredients to take food to the highest level. Ms. Parkinson has become despondent because of our lack of interest in something that could bring us to the top of the world organic, eco-sustainable culinary tourism. Despite her feeling of hopelessness, during her visit to Abaco she had an expe rience at the Abaco Beach Resort that she described as putting hope and fight back into her heart. While dining in the hotels restaurant, she was pleased to know that the food they had ordered incorporated chicken that was grown locally and the grouper caught in our waters. When she had finished eating, she suggested that the resort use their exceptional food and culi nary team as the main thrust in their ad vertising. She talked about Goodfellow Farms in Nassau as a good example of an ecosustainable farm that invites local and visi tors to enjoy its culinary fare using its farm products. Going forward, Ms. Parkinson said that culinary education should be in troduced as early as primary school and that education and the importance of organic agriculture should be a priority for The Bahamas.Culinary author gives audience straight talk on food The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. 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Interestingly, it was not the nails which stuck in my mind, although in the long term it was, as will be revealed later. It was those megabucks. The word swam around in my head. Megabucks, you say? I echoed. Too true, he said., I will train any keen lady. I have to say that they are more dependable than men. Despite your more recent experience? I queried. Oh, she was a one off, he stated. When women apply themselves, they are great on work sites. This was horribly sexist, but I was really enjoying it. And, he continued, I cant see why they would want to be employed in a sed entary job or a fast food restaurant when they could be out in the open Broadening their horizons, narrowing their hips and tightening their abs, I said, completing his sentence. Precisely, he chuckled. I put down my camera and my bag and scanned the wall with my eyes and won dered if I had the strength and agility to scale it with my body. I braced myself and plucked up the courage. What about me? I ventured, tongue partly in-cheek. What about you? he replied. Would you give me a job? Sure, he fired back without hesitation. Up until this point I had never consid ered that my destiny might be cast in stone. I had once considered being a hod carrier when I was in my early twenties, but it was more during my feminist I can do anything as well if not better than any man period including carrying bricks! No flirting. Be on time. No slacking off, he pronounced sharply. Yes, sir, I answered, meeting his grave tone with an equally serious response. What was I getting myself into, I con sidered. I really never ascertained if he was seri ous or not. When I left, he did not enquire when I would be back, either in search of the elusive lady mason who may have now been number 91 on the Atlantis list or if I intended taking him up on his offer. On my way down to Crown Haven, I mulled over the idea and thought about my good friend in Nassau who, weary of pur suing no-show workmen, completed the job herself. I toyed with adding another string to my bow or perhaps nail to my coffin and by the time I turned into the new crawfish plant in Crown Haven, I had dismissed the idea. Ironically, it was on the way back to Marsh Harbour that I would come to understand how that visit to the worksite would affect my life. A little beyond Coopers Town I reflect ed on the events of the day which began with my cheeky interaction with the mason. The expression after-five nails was amusing. After-five nails. I mused. Yes, thats it! I came to a screeching stop alongside the highway, and I fumbled in my bag for a pen and paper. There, at the side of the road as the sun was setting, I wrote my first In My Humble Opinion column entitled After-Five Nails and submitted it to Kathy the next day. That was a long time ago and innumer able columns later. In a sense my destiny that day was cast in stone, not in construct ing walls out of concrete and cement, but thoughts, ideas and observations out of words. By Canishka Alexander Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor for the Hope Town District, was invited to speak on C hallenges and Opportunities Facing Small Island Communities at the Abaco Business Outlook. After giving a brief outline on the Hope Town District, he quickly went on to say that one of the major challenges it faces is the declining number of building permits although there has been a marked increase within the last year. Mr. Sweeting said that Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Clubs continued construction and that operation has sustained the local economy during tough economic times. Be sides Bakers Bays contributions, the other permits issued were permits for additions to existing buildings. Mr. Sweeting pointed out that another barrage of challenges come from their geographical disposition, waste manage ment, medical care and funding. In many cases these challenges have been a tremen dous burden on them. For instance, it costs $132,000 to transport waste from Hope Town to the landfill on mainland Abaco each year because of their no burn policy. The elderly are mostly affected when it comes to medical care. For those having to be transferred to the mainland, a handicap ramp was built on Man-O-War Cay to assist them on the dock. Concerning the opportunities, Mr. Sweet ing sees these coming through second hom eowners and the visitors who travel to the cays. Additionally, he said that the Abaco Chief Councillors Association has potential benefits as they come together to represent the population of Abaco and take the needs of the people to Central Government.Chief Councillor lists challenges, opportunities for district Administrator Cephas Cooper and Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town . ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ............................................. 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana . ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop . ....................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ................................. . Guana Cay . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Point Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112 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 Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . Man-O-War . . Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . Spanish Cay . . Guana Cay . . . . . Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco . . . . . . . . . Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida . . Taxi Cab Fares ffective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attractions 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-O-War cay Pocket beaches Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067 Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 13 Sepl 11 All phones use area code 242 unless notedCompliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm 5:00pm Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters AvailableTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $40 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Saturday departs 9:30 am, $45 RT Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 The Great Abaco Express Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourisms Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more informa tion. Email: dswain@bahamas.com Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 20 OCTOBER 15th, 2011 The White Sound road on Elbow Cay was impassable after the high waves and heavy surf of the weekend of October 7-9. The truck shown here was unable to get through and had to be towed out by a heavy truck. The big truck from Marsh Harbour that moves the large bins of garbage to the mainland had to be pulled out with a backhoe after getting stuck. Traffic was backed up on both sides until equipment ccould clear the sand. The road was impassable after Hurricane Irene on August 25. At that time volunteers cleared the road. Central government agreed to pay $80,000 to rebuild the dune more substantially between Abaco Inn and Sea Spray, but the Hope Town District Council has not received the money. With this present problem the Council is hoping to find money to pay heavy equipment to clear the road. Residents are con cerned that with the coming winter storms, the road will be adversely affected again and repairs will be even costlier.Storm isolates southern part of Elbow Cay By Samantha V. Evans Celebrating YouthGet Involved was the theme chosen for this years youth month celebration across The Bahamas. On Abaco the month began with a march and church service held at the Church of God Dundas Town on October 9. The march began from St. Andrews Methodist Church ending at the church where a service was held. This service came at a time when the country and the family are in turmoil. But the youth came out in large numbers to show their parents and the community of Abaco that in spite of all that they may see, they are committed to doing the right thing. The service began with an explosive praise and worship that had young and old electrified and on their feet. Pastor Stephen Knowles, President of the Abaco Christian Council, told the youth to let their lives count and to not Youth Month begins with a march and church serviceA march beginning at St. Andrews Methodist Church was led by the marching band of Wesley College. The lively service that fol lowed at the Dundas Town Church of God had enthusiastic congregational participation. The first tennis tournament at the new tennis court in Dundas Town was held on Sep tember 30 October 1. Tennis pro Bobby Russell organized it for the students he is teaching. He is shown with the two winners, first place winner Desmondo Bootle on the left and second place winner Desmond Bootle on the right. Service emphasizes the potential of our young people By Samantha V. Evans The first tournament at the new tennis court located on the grounds of Central Abaco Primary School was held on September 30 and October 1. Twenty kids took part in the tournament. Some of them just started the program in Septem ber while a few of them have been stu dents for almost two years. Bobby Rus -Marsh Harbour Fire Department Cook-outTo aid Fire Chief John Halls medical fund tournament in Dundas Town Junior Council program is launched at S.C. Bootle HighPlease see School Page 4 sell, an avid tennis player, began working with kids about three years ago. On day one of the tournament all of the students played in what Mr. Russell calls the play round for the main draw. Ten players made it to the main draw. Please see School Page 12 Please see Youth Page 9 By Timothy Roberts With the view to create future communi ty leaders and encourage civic mindedness, the Ministry of Lands and Local Govern ment is continuing the inaugural stages of implementing the Junior Council Program, launching it at S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town on September 29. The Ministry is continuing to test, adjust and expand the program which its hopes within a few years will be available in ev ery high school throughout the Bahamas. Last year Abaco Central High School par ticipated in the pilot program and accord ing to the Junior Deputy Chief Councillor, Candace Murray, it was fantastic, educa

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 South Abaco News Fundraiser is held for Virginia PinderBy Jennifer Hudson People came together from all over South Abaco and even beyond on October 1 to lend their support in aid of the medi cal fund for Virginia Pinder. Mrs. Pinder has been suffering from cancer for many years, and the cost of numerous treatments has escalated. The Abaco Cancer Society has assisted, but much more is still needed to offset these vast medical bills. Virginia is the wife of Benjamin Pinder, Adminis trator for South Abaco. A cookout was planned for late August but had to be postponed due Hurricane Irene. Fortunately, the event was blessed with beautiful weather on the new date and people packed the basketball court in San dy Point in support of the event. People love a cookout and there was a large variety of delicious foods to keep their stomachs happy. In addition to tasty barbecued chicken and ribs, there was fried fish, corn dogs, conch fritters and conch salad. A very special treat was the wild boar and dough. For dessert lovers there was guava duff and dozens of delicious varieties of homemade cakes to choose from. Adding to the fun of the event was a live auction led by auctioneer Patrick Bethel, who auctioned off cakes, specialty fudge, backpack, sculpture and much more. His humorous and lively manner always draws a good crowd. A raffle brought in a good sum of money. Basketball and volleyball games kept the young and young at heart busy. Altogether this was a delightful event in which the community and local government came together to assist a community member in need and a great time was had by all.Bahama Palm Shores holds a Town MeetingBy Jennifer Hudson A Bahama Palm Shores Township general meeting, called by Edison Key, Mem ber of Parliament for South Abaco, was held on September 24 at the High Banks Volunteer Fire Service firehouse. In atten dance were 26 residents. Jacqueline Estevez, Deputy Chairman of the Cherokee Sound, Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores Town Commit tee, stated Mr. Key expressed his interest in meeting with the residents. The other reason for the meeting was to apprise Mr. Key of the concerns of the residents so that he can better assist them as they strive to change governments position on Bahama Palm Shores. Bahama Palm Shores is a private development that wants to be included in the next fiscal years budget for mainte nance and upkeep. It is the largest of the three towns with more than 86 homeown ers, 80 percent being Bahamians with 20 percent second homeowners. Mr. Key offered his assistance and assured them that he will do whatever he can to agitate for their inclusion in the next years fiscal budget. He committed $5000 from his constituent funds and later on in the meeting increased the amount to $10,000, the funds to be disbursed through The harbour at Schooner Bay is now fully tidal with the completion of the bridge and all dykes are gone, as shown in this picture. The basin is functioning as designed which fully flushes every 72 hours. The island location and shape are key to the circulation of tidal flows. The basin will be operated strictly as a Blue Flag marina. This means that the management will adhere to strict guidelines to protect the marine ecosystems. The construction of docks will begin this fall and they hope to be open to visiting vessels in the second half of 2012. More than 80 percent of the infrastructural work is complete with 15 houses completed. Late in September Schooner Bay was vis ited by a prized wildlife creature. A young green turtle found its way into the harbour to feed on jellyfish. Jacks and finger mul let have been in the harbour for a long time. However, the arrival of the turtle af firms a quest of the developer to be part of the natural world, not in place of. The harbour is managed as a protected marine sanctuary and only limited and regulated catch/release angling will be allowed when residency takes place in 2012.Schooner Bay has completed its bridge in Schooner Bay harbourthe South Abaco District Council. Needs noted were the following: of urgent repair. In some areas overgrown trees and bushes are closing in the roads. services as mandated by the Prime Min ister. dump. Please see South Page 9

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 School From Page 1 School News quirement and any grade 10 or 11 student (Bahamian or non-Bahamian) may partici pate because the community the students are being elected to represent is the school. He told students that there is no scholarship specifically granted from being a part of this program; however, having this program on your high school resume will make it easier to attain a scholarship. The Junior Council Program is presently already running in six schools throughout The Bahamas. On the heels of the success ful start last year, Mr. Knowles expects even greater success in the coming year and going forward.S.C. Bootle Divides the Task and Multiplies the Success By Canishka Alexander According to Huel Moss Jr., principal of S.C. Bootle High School, parents, teachers and students are enthusiastically working hard this school term. In fact, they meet at the school on Saturdays for students to complete their school hours and begin their course work for chemistry. Normally most young persons are bogged with chores on a Saturday morning or enjoying the weekend. Yet S.C. Boo tle High School students are relentless in their pursuit of excellence strategically dividing the tasks and multiplying the success, Mr. Moss observed. He said that the theme originated with Oriscia Clarke, a student of Grade 12, and it is an objective that is already in work ing progress as students posted, painted, picked up garbage and weeded the schools campus on September 17. Meanwhile, students in Grades 11 and 12 were instructed to be creative in posting a theme for career month in October. Col lectively, they developed the slogan Set ting goals today for a better tomorrow. Pictures of successful civilians working to improve their community were posted alongside the slogan. It is commendable for the administra tion of S.C. Bootle High to stimulate the interest of students in completing school service hours and their involvement in beautifying the school while cultivating the Dynamic Dolphin pride and instilling the values of being task-oriented, a team player and altruistic, Mr. Moss expressed. Thanks to parents like Nurse Huyler and tional and fun. The program will continue at Abaco Central this year also. Senior Administrator at the Ministry of Land and Local Government, Gary Knowles, outlined the program for the stu dents and encouraged them to participate. He said the program is about citizenship. We need to be concerned with each other and play our part in our communities. I am here to get you students involved in build ing your community. He told the students that Local Governments purpose is to bring the government closer to the people because there are things happening in the community that do not need to wait for central government in order to get done. We need you in this program, and we need you to get involved, he said. He en couraged them to not wait for others to step up but to do so themselves. Several Mem bers of Parliament started out their political career in Local Government and reminded them that the Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, came from Coopers Town. I see potential in each one of you, he said. He asked the grade 10 and 11 students to participate and sign-up (nominate) for the elections which will take place in January. Those who nominate will have the remain der of this year to campaign for support of which only nine will be elected to serve. At the end of the session many excited and en thusiastic students came forward to sign-up. Mr. Knowles said those elected will go through an 8-week civics course which will be held after school hours. He said the civ ics course was adjusted to be more interac tive and fun, but you will learn. There is no Grade Point Average rePlease see School Page 5 Gary Knowles, Administrator of Lands and Local Government, presented the concept of the Junior Council program to the students of S.C. Bootle High School. The response from the students was very enthusiastic. After Mr. Knowles presentation, students interested in running for election of a Junior Councillor signed up. The response was very encouraging. The students were excited about the program. They will develop their platforms, then campaign. The election of nine Councillors will take place in January. The program was started at Abaco Central High School last year and will continue there this year also.

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 More School News School From Page 4 many others who have personally driven their children to school to participate in the initiative. Twelfth grade student, Stevano Cooper is looking to complete his course work in a timely manner so that he can focus com pletely on studying for his exams. Like Stevano, many students from Grades 10 through 12 were busy at their work stations with some completing experiments using lab apparatus and materials to separate salt and sand from a solution. Others simply studied with chemistry teacher, Carlotta Archer, who reported that Saturday classes are not a new concept for her students who are hard working and dedicated to the dis cipline of science. Certainly with the fresh paint and the landscaping, the school environment is looking clean, green and pristine to facili tate the learning environment for the stu dents, Mr. Moss boasted. S.C. Bootle holds its By Canishka Alexander The first general PTA meeting at S.C. Bootle High Schools Media Center on September 20 was well attended as Prin cipal Huel Moss, Jr. gave a brief account of last years successes. He outlined the schools objectives and goals for the 2011-2012 academic year and shared his concerns regarding uniform infractions, behavioural issues and students not ade quately prepared for school. Additionally, he commended the schools hard working staff and encouraged parents to be appre ciative of their efforts. Meanwhile, PTA President Eric Collie and his board members pledged to work closely with the school in meeting its objectives. Two of the initiatives involved are the operation of the schools Tuck Shop and organizing a school fair later in the year.Forest Heights students excel on national examinationsStudents at Forest Heights Academy in Marsh Harbour have much to celebrate when it comes to their recent accomplish ments on the BJC and BGCSE examina tions. While students attending the school consistently perform well on these exami nations, the students that sat the exams in June 2011 have raised the bar even higher and in many cases surpassed the goals set for them by their teachers. Congratulations go out to all of the hardworking students, dedicated teachers and supportive parents for a job well done! In the BGCSE examinations, Forest Heights had a 97 percent pass rate. Three stu dents had 10 passes each and the top student was Lyndeisha Curry, who scored six As, three Bs and a C. Giovanni Coakley and Blair Drakes both had five As. In the BJC ex amination Forest Heights had a pass rate of 96 percent. This group of students scored an outstanding 89 As. Twenty students scored five Bs or better! The top BJC stu dent was Tristan Albury with 6 As and 1 B. Four other students, Abigail Al bury, An drew Bootle, James Boyce and Janell Collins, each received five As. At the BGCSE lev el Forest Heights had a 100 percent pass rate in Biology, Chemistry, Literature, Religion, Art, Spanish, Geography and History. There were also 4 As in Math, 10 As in Office Procedures and 7 As in English Language. At the BJC level Forest Heights had a 100 percent pass rate in Math, General Science, Health Science, Craft and Social Studies. There were 19 As in Mathematics, 19 As in Social Studies, 21 As in General Science and 21 As in Health Science! While the school maintains its focus on academic subjects, this year we are intro ducing Technical Drawing to our students in Grades 7 and 8. We are making changes which will allow more students to take the optional Literature, Religion and Span ish Examinations and we are now offer ing Chemistry and Physics at the BGCSE level. Way to go FHA Falcons!Teacher shortage forces ACH demonstrationShortly before school began on Septem ber 30, reports surfaced that a demonstra tion was taking place at Abaco Central High School because of a teacher shortage. At the front entrance to the school a throng of students with select persons holding placards marched to and fro as they voiced their concerns and requested more teach ers. As rain literally began to fall on their demonstrative parade, the students made their way toward the schools courtyard where they were instructed to return to their classes in an orderly fashion. Police officers who had arrived on the scene as sisted the schools administrative staff by separating and relocating the students with placards to the staff room. The placards were taken from the students by the police before an administrative meeting was called with the new Education District Superintendent Helen SimmonsStudents at S.C. Bootle High School are eager to learn. Many now meet at the school on Saturdays to work at the school cleaning, weeding and painting while others complete course work preparing for national exams in the spring. Please see School Page 6 Tristan Albury Top BJC student Lyndeisha Curry Top BCGSE student

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 Johnson, Senior Education Officer Leslie Rolle and various education officials to de cide what course of action would be taken. The Teachers Union Shop Steward, Shantel Penn, was present at the meeting. As a result of the meeting, it was un derstood that students were rightly con cerned about not having teachers to teach their core subjects namely mathematics, language and science. Most, if not all, of the students demonstrating that day were tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students, who are preparing for their national exami nations. However, it has been rumoured that ACH was supposed to receive two more teachers within days of the demonstration. Please see School Page 5 More School News Many students at Abaco Central High School demonstrated on September 30 because of a lack of teachers. The students were in the higher grades who will be taking national exams in the spring. The teachers who are lacking teach core subjects that the students need for preparing for these exams. By Vance Poitier Grade 12, S.C. Bootle High School Vance Poitier, traveled with Glender Knowles and a group of Maritime Cadets from Nassau, Abaco and Freeport to New York over the summer holiday. This is his account of what the trip meant to him. My trip was a great learning experi ence, showing me many different things about college life and that the real world is no joke when it comes to college. It showed me that there are many more than you fighting for a spot; but that the com petition is actually worldwide and that you have to work hard to achieve what you want in life, or someone else will take it away from you. The trip centered around leadership skills teaching us not to follow others, that you have your own mind to depend on and that friends wont always be there to help you out in the long run. It showed me that while you are still in school not to let any opportunity you get pass on by take it while you can and make the best of it. The real learning part of the trip was when we were in Times Square. Seeing all the crowded people and how anything could happen at any second. New York is a beautiful city, but there is always a high chance of something happening. Being made aware of the credit card thefts, pickpockets and other dangerous things was an eye opener. Learn ing about other cities and how the people live there can really be a cultural shock, coming from a small island country such as ours. It shows you that there is a vast number of cultures in the world and that in the real world you will have to adapt to them all.My New York Maritime Cadet trip Summer 2011 Vance Poitier But students complained that even that number of teacher would still be insuffi cient.Prefects at Abaco Central are installed By Samantha V. Evans Prefects from Abaco Central High School attended a one-day seminar at the Anglican Parish Hall on September 29 in preparation for their installation held on October 4. At the training session the students had a fun time learning to work together and received encouraging words from Rev. Jacinta Neely of St. Andrews Methodist Church. She charged the prefects to work hard and not to let the title go to their heads. They were informed of their duties and responsibilities as school lead ers and took part in fun games and served lunch. At the installation held at the school, the prefects were addressed by Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams, who charged them to be at their best and to not abuse the pow er that they have been given as prefects. The prefects recited their pledge, sang the school song then received their badges. The prefect body consisted of more than 40 prefects from grades 10, 11 and 12. Normally prefects come from grades elev en and twelve but the school administrators decided to give the students of grade ten an early shot at leadership. The head girl of Abaco Central High School is Barbrianna Dawkins, the head boy is Charles Calma, the deputy head girls are Lashawn Bevans and Ashley Burrows and the deputy head boy is Mark Saintil. Long Bay holds Honors ConvocationBy Samantha V. Evans Long Bay School has a rich history of equipping students with outstand ing academics, community service and sporting opportunities. On September 29 the Honors Convocation was held at the school. Principal Jacquelyn Collie gave an overview of the achievements the school was able to secure last year before the students were given their awards. She noted that last school year was tough, but the teachers were able to see the students through with Gods help. She noted that it is the goal of the school to ensure that the students achieve their goals and reach their academic po Please see School Page 7

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 School From Page 6 More School News tential. She stated that during the week of prayer, six high school students gave their lives to the Lord. Mrs. Collie congratulated Tirshantha Etienne and Odessa Cooper for passing eight and seven BGCSEs respectively with C grades and above. She congratu lated Antonio Roldan and Alton Pubien for passing six and five BJCs respec tively. At this honors convocation 25 stu dents were honored for achieving a GPA of 3.5 and above last school year. The students with the highest GPA at each grade level received certificates, com mendations and other tokens for their achievements. Long Bay Elects a new PTA Board By Samantha V. Evans On October 6 a new PTA Board was elected for the 2011-2012 school year at Long Bay School. The members of this new executive team are Mona Bain, presi dent; Joan Baillou, vice president; Jerutha Etienne, secretary; Shanell Oliver, Trea surer; Neulessa Major, Assistant Treasurer; Pinky Swain and Clyoe Bain, Chap lains; and Barry Gomez, Tamika Dawkins and Lillian Joseph, Public Relations Officers for South, Central and the Creole communities respectively. The teachers representatives are Berline Dormeus and Melrose Moultrie. The new team of officers is now armed with their mandate to assist the school with activities and fundraisers that will make the school environment a better place for their children to thrive and grow. The team is hoping that this year will be as productive as the last school year and to assure this, they will be meeting monthly to plan school activities. The next PTA meeting is scheduled for November 17 at the school.ECC students participate in Internship Program By Samantha V. Evans Every Child Counts has an Internship Program that affords students the oppor tunity to work in businesses in the com munity so that they can get a feel of what it is like to be responsible and to have a job. According to Ann Bootle, coordinator of this program, the students from ages 14 years and older participate in this program. They must have reached a certain behav ioral and maturity level to participate. All students have to work their way up to the platinum level which is the highest level they can achieve. Last year 29 students took part in the Internship Program at 22 businesses. They were placed at businesses that would work with the school and those estab lishments Ms. Bootle felt would benefit the students the most. Some of the older kids told her where they would like to be placed especially the ones who are able to perform tasks that regular school aged children can do. The program lasts for the entire school year, and they attend the site for two hours each school day. To date, Mrs. Bootle stated that they have had great success. She has been working part-time with the program for the past four years. Even though none of the students has had permanent offers of employment as yet, the prospects are encouraging. At ECC they use the Phillip-Wright Program to help prepare their students for the workplace. This program teaches basic math, social skills and employabil ity skills, all in preparation for the work world. The diploma that the kids will re ceive will be accepted at vocational and technical schools. This school year the program will take place again but on a lesser scale due to some boys from the school taking part in a mentoring program at Winding Bay that is a one day a week program. This program is very important so that they can be able to function adequately when they leave the school. The kids are evaluated by the em ployer and to date all reviews have been good. The kids love being a part of this internship program as students of all levels of disabilities are able to go out into the field to experience the work world, even if some of them have to be accompanied by an aide. Please see School Page 8 During the summer of 2012 Erica Hepburn, an alumna of Howard University, will be taking groups of about 40 students to Washington, D.C., and New York City to acquaint them with colleges and universities as well as show them places of interest. They will stay in dorms and will see what life is like at a college. Last month she registered students who are interested in going. She will return to oversee classes to prepare the students to take SAT and ACT exams. The scores on these exams will qualify the students for scholarhips given by the schools.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 P.O. Box AB-20180, Marsh Harbour, AbacoMammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practioner is on staff Monday through Saturday Dr. Keith Lewis Chiropractor October 10-17, 2011 Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram October 15, 2011 Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram October 15, 2010 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing October 15, 2011 Dr. Ronald Knowles Obstetrician / Gynecologist October 19, 2011 Dr. K.J.A. Rodgers Ophthamologist October 20, 2011 Dr. Hall Gastroenterology October 22, 2011 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist October 22, 2011 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) October 22, 2011 Dr. Lockhart Orthopedic Surgeon October 28, 2011 Dr. Duranda Ash Ophthamologist October 29, 2011 Dr. Bodie Gynecologist/ Obstetrician November 5, 2011October 11 Free eye exam clinic for students with Dr. Caplia, OptometristFor a free mammogram, contact the Cancer Society or Mrs. Marjolein Scott at 367-3744 to find out the criteria.Students register for College Tour 2012 By Samantha V. Evans Students from schools across Abaco have had the opportunity of a lifetime of fered to them to be part of the College Tour 2012 which will take them to Washington, DC, and New York City for a week in July 2012. Erica Hepburn, President of the Howard University Alumni Associa tion for this region, was on Abaco on Sep tember 24 at Change Ministries to register students for this tour that will take them to colleges in the Washington area and a tour of several places of interest in New York City including the Empire State Building and the New York Stock Exchange. More than 50 students and their parents attended the session. Ms. Hepburn emphasized the importance of being prepared to seize opportuni ties when they come and to study to show School From Page 7 More School News themselves approved. Even though they are going to have a great time on this col lege tour, it is an educational trip as well. Therefore, they have to study in advance. She explained to them that they must have something to offer the college they wish to attend. Howard University is ranked 104 out all of universities worldwide. However, it is the schools goal to be in the top 50 in the world. To do this, she explained, they have to raise the bar. Harvard University is at the top of this list, but it accepts only the crme of the crop which are those students with 1400 or more on their SAT exams. This year, she explained, Howard will be raising the SAT score requirement to 1300 and the GPA to 3.4. This means that Bahamian students have a lot of work to do since the average SAT score they receive is 1100. Ms. Hepburn told the students that graduates from Nigeria are the ones who score the highest among all student ap plicants. She had an opportunity to visit some of these students and noted the simple backgrounds they come from and the passion displayed for learning. They come from very poor villages with no television, cell phones, air condition ing or any of the luxuries Bahamian kids have, but those Nigerian kids desire to have so much more. She told the students that when they have a good education, opportunities will come to them which means that they will be able to choose from among colleges. She told the par ents that they are accountable for what their children do so they need to con trol what is happening with them. She told them that all children will not get a scholarship, but they will be positioned for opportunities as a global student. She stressed the importance of students using their time wisely and encouraged them to stay away from negative talk on Facebook and texting as they are losing valuable time when they spend hours on these devises. She explained the procedure the students will have to follow from this day until the college tour. A part of their registration fee covers all SAT study materials so they will have to meet and study. They will all have to take the SAT prior to the college tour and improve in their grades as well. She told them never turn their back on strug gling students because they can be game changers in the future. Ms. Hepburn will be back in three weeks to begin SAT classes and to distrib ute packages for the tour. Additionally, they will discuss potential fund raisers so that the students can begin raising the bal ance of the money needed for their trip. The students have until April 30 to pay for the trip in full.Mental health profession By Samantha V. Evans Brooke Harrison is a recent gradu ate with a professional degree in Mental Health who decided to travel the Bahama Islands along with her husband to make his longtime dream of traveling on a sailboat a reality. While on Abaco, she volunteered at Central Abaco Primary where she participated in a session with the preschoolers and grade one students. She spoke to them about bullying and good-touch-bad touch. The topics were addressed at the level of the students with her using a power point presentation. The kids were very attentive and inter active which was most encouraging for the recent graduate. The talk took place on September 23. Brooke and her husband reside in Pensacola, Florida.CorrectionAshanti Duncanson of the J.A. Pinder School in Sandy Point placed first in the Police Spelling Bee Competition. We re gret our error in a previous paper. Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine settle for any old thing. He encouraged them to set their standards high and to stay focused on achieving their goals. He spoke of the crisis in the country and some of the challenges we are facing. Administrator Cephas Cooper was wowed by the entire program as it was well prepared. He noted that the youth must be very special as an entire month has been set aside to celebrate and honor them. He alluded to The Prime Ministers speech a few weeks ago when he stated that the youth has more opportunities available to them than any other generation. There fore, Mr. Cooper appealed to them to not let such prospects pass them by but to seize them. An Aba conian, Mackenson Altidor, spoke to the youth about his life and how he started out packing in the grocery store then advanced to shelf boy and final ly went off to college where he obtained a college degree. He told the youth to never Youth From Page 1 entrance for school students catching bus. Shores second entrance. church, graveyard and park. fully operable. Mr. Key suggested that one weeks use of a grader would improve the roads sig nificantly. Ms. Estevez will follow up with Mr. Key in this regard. Mr. Key recommended that the residents petition the gov ernment to take over the development and include it in the budget. Stanley White, Chief Councillor for the South Abaco District, committed his support of the residents in their agitation to be included in the budget. John Hudson, Chairman of the Town Committee, requested that he be informed of anyone South From Page 2 Residents of Bahama Palm Shores met with Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, in the new High Banks Volunteer Fire Service firehouse to discuss the problems of that community. Since it was a private development, government has not assisted them with the services that other areas receive and the residents would like to see this policy changed. who is ill or shut in and persons with spe cial needs so that he can visit with them and seek council for assistance. He will be hosting a combined cookout for both the firehouse in Casuarina Point and High Banks. Ms. Estevez thanked him for procuring the light bulbs for the residents. The floor was then opened to the resi dents to express their concerns. One person was concerned about the excessive amount of chemicals used in the past on the sod farm and requested that Mr. Key discourage the use of chemicals as the continued usage will contaminate the water table. Mr. Key agreed that it will damage the water table and stated that he would speak with those concerned. Being an in dividual with a passion for farming, Mr. Key made reference to Mr Bakers organic farming and encouraged the residents to develop backyard gardens. Another resident requested an explanation on what differentiates Bahama Palm Shores from Sweetings Village or Casuarina Point as all are deemed private subdivisions. Other residents expressed concern with the services provided by Batelco as cell phones continuously lose signal. Mr. Key promised to speak with Batelco to seek to resolve the issue. Another resident was concerned that gov ernment did not reach advise its consumers of the increase of the cost of electricity due to the change from bunker C to diesel. The meeting was adjourned. doubt themselves but believe that they can achieve their dreams once they are pre pared to work hard. The keynote address was delivered by Min. Simmone Bowe-Mullings, who stat ed that, yes, some youth are in trouble but many of them are on track. She told the young people to make a decision not to get involved in the many negative acts that youth are facing but to rather stay focused on achieving their goals. They should get involved in positive things and make good choices. Mrs. Mullings gave them three keys to follow to become more involved. The first one is that they must be prepared for op portunities. They need to maximize their time in school so that they can get the best out of it. When they begin to make money, they are encouraged to save it, invest it or buy property. Next, they must be humble. They must be prepared to listen especially to their elders. They must be open to taking advice. She reminded them that God gives grace to those who are humble. Finally, she told them to have a good attitude and be nice at all times. She appealed to the youth to respect others and be kind to them. Before the service ended, all of the pastors prayed for the youth. Mackenson Altidor

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 On Saturday these ten kids played one set each. At the end of this segment Desmondo Bootle emerged as the winner of the tro phy. The runner up was his brother Des mond Bootle. Russell stated that the kids did very well especially the ones who are new to the game. The sponsors of the tournament were Family Fun Game Center and Three Ds Signs. Mr. Russell plans to have a floating trophy made so that he can me morialize the winners of each tournament held. The names and pictures of all of the winners will be affixed upon it. According to Mr. Russell, the tournament was great and he was impressed with the kids good rallies and ability to hit eight and in some Tennis From Page 1 cases nine balls over the net. The turn out from parents on the second day supporting their kids was great. This was the first of many more tourna ments to come because Mr. Russell plans to have an event like this every few weeks. The next tournament to be held later in October will be for adults. He is hoping to use another court for diversity and to give players from other clubs an opportunity to take part. All of the kids were from the Dundas Town and Murphy Town communities which was the goal of the Dundas Town Committee when it built the court. Mr. Russell has even bigger plans for the kids and tennis on the island. He sees this sport as a means for him to encourage the kids to embrace academics and to learn to be better behaved. Additionally he is speak ing with the local government committee for Dundas Town about getting bleach ers built so that kids and parents will be encouraged to watch. He is interested in getting lighting for the court as it gets dark early in the winter. Mr. Russell reminds students that scholarships are available for good tennis players. He has already gotten a scholar ship for a female player as he has connections at colleges in the United States. He noted that tennis is only one sports avenue students can take to get scholarship as they are available in volleyball and other sports as well. By Timothy Roberts Because of his interest in youth develop ment, the Progressive Liberal Partys can didate for North Abaco, Renardo Curry is sponsoring 12 children in Bobby Russells Tennis Program. One of the things that got me involved in politics in the first place was our youths in particular, said Mr. Curry of his recent foray into mainline politics. As he looks at the present generation and the next to come, he wants to do all he can to assist them. Mr. Curry said, We want to ensure that we empower them in every way through education, sports and good health. We just want to provide them every opportunity so PLP candidate is sponsoring 12 youth tennis programRenardo Curry is sponsoring 12 kids in the tennis program that Bobby Russell has begun for the youth of Dundas Town and Murphy Town. Shown behind him are Cameron Fox, Joshua Moss, Isiah Newbold, Ivan Curry, Skyler Taylor and Habriyan McIntosh. that they have a chance in life. I think the tennis program is very good. So I want to take the initiative now to sponsor these students to hopefully de velop an interest in the sport, he said. Who knows? One of them could become the next Agassi a Bahamian Agassi. Mr. Curry will continue to seek ways to encourage the youth of Abaco to achieve great things. He noted that through sports programs like this one, One of Abacos own children will get the opportunity for a schol arship and the opportunity to reach higher. He said, We are hoping that other citi zens will come forward and seek to invest in our youths in this nation.

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Registration ongoing for Little League By Canishka Alexander On September 17 a registration for Little League Baseball was held at the Murphy Town Ballfield. Even before the registra tion, Coach George Mills said that there had been a good response from children at Central Abaco Primary School where he did a registration there just to gauge their interest. Thirty children were fully registered that Saturday meaning that they had filled out forms, submitted copies of the first three pages of their passports and had paid tion will be ongoing for the next several weeks. Little League is open to children aged seven to 15 years old. Because of the response, Coach Mills appealed to the public to find coaches, so that when the players are separated into teams, they can be assigned to a specific coach for individual practices. Additional plans for this year include having a regular season. In the past only clinics and scrim mages have been offered. This will give the children more op portunities to play, and at the end of the day it will make them better players, he said. Added to that, Coach Mills said that the players will learn discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship. Although Little League has equipment on hand, Coach Mills advised players to bring their own equipment, particularly gloves and cleats. For more information on Little League Baseball Coach George Mills can be contacted at Central Abaco Primary at 367-3457.Basketball and golf programs are offered By Canishka Alexander Ishmael Morley, Youth Coordinator for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, announced that parents can still sign their children up for the Abaco Junior Golf Program. He made this announcement at a meeting on September 20. He said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss some matters that needed to be sorted out before launching the program. The programs board members were in troduced with Golf Pro Nelson Ranger as the president of the program. Mr. Morley said that the golf program is for the com munity of Abaco and that applications are available at Ministrys Office in the B & L Plaza.Youth in Action offers basketballApplications for the Youth in Action basketball program are available for boys and girls. Mr. Morley said the program has been in operation for seven years after being established by Lyndon Davis of Grand Bahama, and the program is offered free of charge. The players practice every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon with Mr. Morley and Coaches Patrice Charles and Vogel WIlliams. Workouts generally take place between Abaco Central High Schools basketball court or at Ocean View Park in Dundas Town. Travel opportunities are a part of the program, and several of the basketball players travelled to Grand Bahama and Bimini last season. However, he advised parents to ensure that their children have visas so they can travel to the United States to participate in select tournaments when the time comes. After a successful year, Mr. Morley said that they plan to do some fundraising to assist the players with travel expenses. He reflected on the programs purpose, which is to keep young men off the streets, as he thanked parents for entrusting the players in their care as they anticipate another good year. Sports News Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Visit their shop behind Abaco Groceris Call 367-3744 for info

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 1 am writing to you about the new political party group, the DNA, and why it was formed. Lets take a little journey down memory lane. Mr. Branville McCartney was a Cabinet Member with responsibility for Immigration. He went against the FNMs policy by his poor, inhumane decision in that he wanted the Prime Minister to send the Haitians that were being detained back to their earthquake-ravaged country. He had to be reprimanded by the Leader, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham. Roscoe Thompson is also guilty of making poor inhu mane decisions. He supported trying to make people move off the land in Pigeon Peas for who knows what? Now he is down in The Mud and Pigeon Peas trying to convince them that he is concerned for them and that they need to vote for the DNA. Roscoe also had to be reprimanded by the Leader, The Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham. Now lets talk about Roscoes unstable moves. He put in for the FNMs nomination, was turned down, gets upset with the Prime Minister, decides to go Indepen dent, then he decides to ask the PLP for their nomination. He is what you call a spoiler. The only reason he joined the DNA with Branville McCartney is to try and knock the MP for South Abaco, Edison Key, out of political office. He has no concern for Abaco, Abaco nians or The Bahamas. The DNA will not be the next government of this country, so a wasted vote for the DNA will be a vote for the PLP. Come on, people and young people, open your eyes! Yes Roscoe might be pretty to look at but thats all he is. He has nothing to offer you. He could not even take care of you under the Office of Local Govern ment that he was in charge of. Oh yes, Roscoe, let me remind you, if it wasnt for the MP of South Abaco, the Honourable Edison Key, you wouldnt have won that election either. He went house to house with you introducing you to people. But I guess you have a short memory. This country, like the rest of the world, is going through a recession. Not many of us know about times like these. It is tough for all of us, but thank the Lord that we have a level-headed leader, the Right Honour able Hubert Alexander Ingraham. He can make tough and sometimes painful decisions to get us all through this. He has the whole country to think of, not just himself. We have a Member of Parliament for South Abaco, the Honourable Edison Key, who has diligently dedicated thirty-five years to politics, not to improve himself but to improve the way of life for Abaconians and Bahami ans throughout this country. For the past four years we have seen millions of dollars pumped into Abaco, and yes, this is not just an election ploy, but let me remind some of you, things happen in Gods time not our time. Let us give thanks and stop being ungrateful. For some that might ask what has been done let me name a few. 1. The new BEC plant that finally found its resting place at Buzzard Hill. But listening to the people, we got diesel instead of bunker C, which now we have higher electricity bills. (You cant say the government does not listen to you). 2. The extended runway and a new international airport and tower. 3. The new government complex and the sports com plex. 4. Improvements to roads and water. Spring City is now little city with all the new homes and roads and city water. Yes, Roscoe, you did not want this to hap pen either, but it did. 5. The new farmers market which will be able to house the crafters and farmers so that they can showcase and sell their goods. This also has come under the direc tion of the Chairman of BAIC our MP, the Honourable Edison Key for South Abaco. Mr. Key has also helped persons to access land for farming for almost nothing through BAIC. My list can go on and on. Roscoe, you talk about edu cation. You make us Bahamian people look like we are stupid and our teachers dont know how to teach. You say that we are four years behind China and two years behind the United States of America. I do not know how you did in school, but when I was in school our teachers taught A levels, which was equivalent to a second year in college. If you were to do a survey of the young adults that go abroad, they come back with honors. You may be surprised. So it is very belittling to say that our education system is not up to par. What it is, is the backing that our children get at home from us parents. Try and find something else to talk about then the D average of students. It is not the governments fault; it is a reflection on us parents. I urge you voters, DO NOT allow inexperienced peo ple to lead you astray. They do not answer when asked about serious and honest plans for the future because they have no clue about governing. Stick with our Prime Minister, the Honourable Hu bert Alexander Ingraham, and our MP and Chairman of BAIC, the Honourable Edison Key, along with the Free National Movement party who have all worked together sacrificing for many years to improve life for Abaconians and Bahamians everywhere. Its not just what our MPs can do for us that should count. Politics is about the betterment of all of us as a country, together as one. Just remember a vote for the DNA is a vote for the PLP. Let us continue the growth and improvements to our country. Its a matter of trust! Vote FNM. Keep the fire burning!Why change? Lets keep proven success Edison Key and the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham Ron-Paul Cabinets Plus Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-0546 SOLID WOOD C all or visit our showroom 4 DRAWER CHEST OF DRAWERStarting at $450.00 6 DRAWER DRESSER & MIRROR $750.00 ORTHOPEDIC MATTRESS & BOXSPRING SPECIAL Twin Mattress $190.00 Boxspring $140.00 Full Mattress $225.00 Boxspring $150.00 Queen Mattress $285.00 Boxspring $165.00 King Mattress $380.00 Boxspring $250.00 Twin Mattress $155.00 Boxspring $125.00 Full Mattress $205.00 Boxspring $135.00 Queen Mattress $230.00 Boxspring $165.00 King Mattress $295.00 Boxspring $220.00 REGULAR MATTRESS & BOXSPRING Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm F riday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Abaco now has its first shuttle service. Passengers leaving Marsh Harbour on the IBC Travel flight on October 9 had to be transported to the plane on a luggage buggy because of flooding of the ramp area. Arriving passengers removed their shoes to wade through ankle deep water to get to the terminal. Volunteer firemen Danny Sawyer and Timothy McDonald of the Marsh Harbour Volun teer Fire Department were in water several inches deep when they were asked to clean drains at the Marsh Harbour airport to relieve flooding. They tried to blow out the drains of accumulated debris to allow the water to drain. However, of the two drains on the north of the runway, only one could be cleared as the drain near the construction site was solidly clogged. Rains for the six days of bad weather totaled about 8.6 inches in Marsh Harbour but much of it was on October 7, the day this picture was taken. Flooding of streets was common throughout Central Abaco. However, the storm drains in central Marsh Harbour were effective in letting it drain quickly. The rains were effective in show ing where roads now under construction in the Marsh Harbour area need to be raised.

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-772-519-9925 In Office Dates October 10-18 Don Cornish, Chef de Mission for The Bahamas, took 23 athletes to the Pam Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The athletes will compete in Track and Field, Boxing, Tennis and Bowling. The Games will run between October 14 and October 30. He is shown with three persons assigned to assist the Bahamian delegation. Mr. Cornish is from Dundas Town and is currently working at the Treasury in Nassau.Don Cornish takes athletes to Pam Am Games in MexicoBy Samantha V. Evans Auskell Medical Center hosted a semi nar for women called the Women of Restoration Seminar held at the Faith Conven tion Center on September 29 to October 1. Angie Collie stated that the purpose of the seminar was to bring women together to fellowship, unite and show love one to another. They had persons represented from Abaco, Freeport, Nassau, and Fort Lauderdale. The first two nights they targeted the English-speaking community but on Satur day night they targeted the Creole-speak ing community. Thirteen churches were represented and women received words of encouragement that helped them to remain steadfast in their various assignments, whether it is in the church, community or on the job.Womens conference emphasized fellowship

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 MUST SELL Great Guana Cay Colonial style commerical build ing known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Ap praised $656,000Vacant land lot No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivision Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commer cial building known as Faith Convention Cen ter. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Crossing RocksTwo storey commercial building road. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 Primary Location: Great Abaco and the Cays Primary Responsibilities: Assist in managing National Forest Estate Lands and National Parks on Abaco. Duties: Provide support for BNT and Department of Forestry projects and initiatives Assist in conducting inventory and mapping of forests. Implement silviculture and reforestation programmes or initiatives as di rected Enforce the rules and regulations to protect natural resources and ensure the well-being of visitors to designated forestry areas and national parks of Abaco Assist with planning and executing activities in the approved general man agement plans, strategic plans and operating plans to achieve the goals of the Abaco parks and protected areas Assist with scientific research programmes in the Abacos Qualification and Experience: Minimum of an Associates degree or high school diploma, with at least five (5) BGCSEs (inclusive of Maths, English Language and one science subject) Basic geography and map reading skills Strong interpersonal and communications skills. Understanding of the provisions of the Forestry Act 2010 and the BNT (Amendment) Act 2011 Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office Suite) Ability to work independently. To apply: provide a cover letter, resume, three references to Human Resources, P.O. Box N-4105 or hr@bnt.bs by November 15th, 2011. For further information call: Join the Leading Environmental Conservation Organization in The BahamasJob Opportunity: Abaco Deputy Park Warden Shop Breaking On September 23 it was reported that a restaurant in Central Abaco was broken into. Two bags of fish and two bags of conch were stolen valued at $100. Burglary/Assault with Intent to Rape someone in Central Abaco reported that a man broke into a home and attempted to rape an underage girl. The man fled when the girl screamed. Stealing A 5.5 kw generator was sto len from a residence in Marsh Harbour. It was valued at $850. Stealing from a Vehicle On Septem ber 25 a CD player valued at $200 and per sonal effects were stolen from a car in the Mud. Causing Harm On September 25 a resident of Blackwood was accosted by several girls while she was at a club in Dundas Town. They threw rocks and bottles at her and beat her about the body. Four suspects were later arrested, charged and released on $1500 bail. Arrest reference to Possession of Dangerous Drugs On September 25 a resident of Crown Haven was arrested for possession of what is believed to be Indian Hemp. He was transported to Marsh Harbour for safe keeping. Housebreaking & Stealing On Sep tember 19 the residence of a second hom eowner in Bahama Palm Shores was bro ken into. The culprits stole a television set, other electronic items. Three suspects were arrested, one from Moores island and two from Murphy Town. Stealing & Receiving On September 19 a resident of Bahama Palm Shores re ported that culprits stole a pesticide sprayer engine valued at $4,000. He drove searching for people in the area and found a car with his engine in the trunk. He ordered the men to return his engine. They put it back from where it was stolen. Two sus pects were arrested, both from Murphy Town. They were released on $2,500 bail. Stolen Vessel Report On August 18 a second homeowner on Guana Cay reported that his 30-foot Contender was stolen from the lift on his dock. The insured valued was $186,000. The police found that boat in Nassau. The Nassau resident who had it said he had purchased the boat for $12,000. He was later arrested and re leased on $20,000 bail. Police are search ing for two other suspects, one from Nas sau and one from Sandy Point. House Breaking On September 27 a resident of Marsh Harbour reported that someone broke into her home and stole two packages of crawfish and a gold chain, together valued at $430. A suspect was named. Attempted House Breaking On Sep tember 29 someone tried to break into a house in Spring City. Causing Harm On October 2 two men were accosted by a group of males while they were near the Dundas Town basketball court. They named one man they knew. Housebreaking On October 2 a resi dence on Forest Drive was broken into and a laptop computer and DVD player were stolen. Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Re sisting Arrest & Causing Harm On September 30 a residence in Dundas Town was searched. When police discovered about 19 grams of suspected marijuana, the resident resisted arrest violently. Two officers were injured. Possession of Dangerous Drugs On September 30 police arrested four persons found with two grams of suspected marijuana. Two were from Marsh Harbour, one from Dundas Town and one from Murphy Town. They were charged and released on $1000 bail each. Possession of unli censed firearm, am munition & danger ous drugs On October 3 police searched a residence in Murphy Town. They found five grams of suspected marijuana and a pouch with a gun and am munition. The two residents were arrested.Police Crime Report This pistol and ammunition was found in a residence in Mur phy Town. By Canishka Alexander Following a high-speed boat chase on September 15 at Green Cay, three Abaco residents appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez to face charges related to a $1 million drug bust. Patrick Wilton Roberts, 23; Arthur Clint Lightbourne, 26; and Rashad Fox, 23, all of Sandy Point, pled not guilty at an arraignment held on Sep tember 19. They were charged with conspiracy to import marijuana, conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to supply and marijuana possession with intent to supply. Prosecutors alleged that police discov ered 954 pounds of sealed packets sus pected to be marijuana and worth nearly $1 million. Magistrate Gomez remanded the men into custody until September 20 pending an appearance before Drug Court Magistrate Carolita Bethel for a bail and fixture hearing. Additionally, police arrested a fourth man during the seizure, who allegedly fired at them and received a gunshot wound to the arm and was hospitalized. The three men were released on bail the following day after Magistrate Bethel took into account that they had no previous convictions. Each of the men was granted $75,000 bail with two sureties. They were instructed to surrender their travel docu ments and report to the Sandy Point Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Green Cay is in Tongue of the Ocean between Andros and Exuma. Three from Sandy Point arrested in drug case

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 FOR RENTWe sell Septic Tanks and other concrete products 367-0303 or 577-4801Fax: 367-2354 Invitation to Tender The Central Abaco Distract Council is inviting tenders from suit ably qualified persons for the operation and maintenance of the Great Abaco Regional Landfill site, Snake Cay. Interested persons can obtain operational specifications from the Central Abaco District Council office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.Instructions:Sealed tenders should be submitted to the District Council office at #206 Dove Plaza by 3 p.m. October 20th, 2011. The Council reserves the right to reject any and all tenders. Dr. Livingston Marshall By Canishka Alexander As Dr. Livingston Marshall, Vice President of Environment and Govern ment Affairs at Bakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club, outlined the develop ments priorities for Abacos prosper ity, he said that it hinged on one main principle. The priority for Bakers Bay is to make sure that we do as much as we can to leave our communities, to present our communities and to enhance our communities in the best possible light. Our priority is to ensure the well-being of our communities, Dr. Mar shall explained. He added that there are three main points that demonstrate what its priorities are. The first has to do with ensuring a sustained economic set of opportunities for those who live within the Abaco communi ties and, by extension, the entire Bahamas. The second deals with the environment as it relates to the sustained balance between economic opportunities and developments similar to Bakers Bay. Lastly, its goal is to assist with raising the profile of The Ba hamas within the international community. Dr. Marshall gave an on-screen tour of the property so the audience could gain better insight into the role the development plays on Abaco. He said that in addition to the physical assets of Bakers Bay, the company realizes that the land and the en vironment are key components of the assets its has here. Another key component of the Discovery Land Company, which is the developer of Bakers Bay, is that its membership is family-oriented, he said. Dr. Marshall said the development looks to provide world-class offerings to its guests. Because Abaco is known for its boating community and its friendliness to boaters, the development has taken advan tage of and integrated that idea as a natural part of what is done at Bakers Bay.Abacos prosperity is Bakers Bays priorityMinimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Har bour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE FOR RENT OR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201Casuarina Point, 3 bed, 2 bath, kitchen, liv ing room, dining room, car garage, back patio and efficiency with 1 bed & living quarters. Call 242-324-5839 or 242-324-6634 Yellowwood, Price Lowered (Near Wind ing cludes water. OR For Sale $149K. Contact neilhingle@gmail.com or call 359-6201 or 386-453-7495 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Cherokee Sound two cottages for sale, 2 bedroom and one bath one mile from the Ab aco Club. Extra lots available. Make an offer. For information call 242-366-2013 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Little Abaco, 6.25 acre waterfront lot in north Abaco. Asking $49,000. A GREAT DEAL! Call 366-0797 or 242-427-5316 Murphy Town, 2 bd, 2 ba semi furnished house. 100 x 100 lot, enclosed with fencing. $165,000 Serious enquires only. Contact 225-1669 Treasure Cay, Pineapple Point Resort. Exclu sive Luxury Waterfront 2 & 3 bedroom condos with docks. Perfect location at the entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. Prices starting in the low $500s www.pineapplepointresort.com 242-458-3521 or 1-800-545-0395 Come see us at the end of Marina View Dr. Luxury Holi day Vacation and long term RENTALS also available! Price Reduction WPB, Florida Condo Furnished at entry. 15 min from PB Community College. Short walk to major shopping & restaurants. Call 242-365-4636 days, 242-365-4218 eve nings. Reduced from $75,000 to $65,000 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m Marsh Harbour, Two 2 bed apartments, water included. Quiet & secure central loca Murphy Town, 2 bed, 1.5 bath semi furnished apartment for rent $850 pm. Call 357-3664 or 445-2498 Treasure Cay, 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa. Also for rent on Ocean Blvd 2 bed, 1.5 bath Call 365-4105. Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins Green Turtle Cay, 3 bed, 2 bath house plus office $2,500 a mo. Also 2 bed, 2 bath cottage $1,500 a mo. Call 242-365-4648 or www.AbacoCaysRealty.com- Ocean Breeze Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apartment, fully 982-2762 Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or www.hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 1 bath furnished apt, sired area. $1,000 m. 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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian October 15, 2011 Local Government at Work Dundas Town Committee By Samantha V. Evans Dundas Town Town Committee met on September 20 at the Dundas Town Burial Society. The first matter discussed was the issuing of the garbage collection contract to Bahamas Waste. This contract covers the entire community of Dundas Town and Central Pines. The members spoke about the hurri cane work that was done in preparation for Hurricane Irene and the clean-up that fol lowed. They also discussed the repairs for Browns Bay including the restoration of the bathrooms and grounds. They plan to plant more poles to prevent persons from driving on the grass. The contract for this work was also awarded already and work will be begin on September 26. Finally, they discussed the beautifica tion project for the Dundas Town grave yard. Contrary to the belief of many, this graveyard is not full and can hold at least 20 more plots. Since this is the only graveyard in this portion of Dundas Town, the Committee feels that it needs to be shown some much needed love by painting, se curing it better and adding flowers where needed to make it more appealing to the eye. This work will begin soon as well. Central Abaco Town Planning By Timothy Roberts The September 26 meeting of the Cen tral Abaco Town Planning Committee showed a decrease in applications submitted with five plans reviewed valued at about $850,000, two of which were plans deferred from a previous meeting. During the meeting plans were approved for a business office complex to be located on Don MacKay Blvd between the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic and Aldersgate Methodist Church. The building plans showed a space for a car rental and a garage at the back along with two areas designated as offices and another area as a proposed shop space. The plans reviewed were accepted by the Com mittee and were approved in principal. A letter was read from the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) informing the committee that New Wave Communications had acquired the neces sary transfer in order to set up a radio station in Marsh Harbour. New Wave Communications operates a radio station in Nassau called Island FM 102.9 and will be proceeding to open a ra dio station in Abaco on Crocket Drive. URCA is a board established as an inde pendent regulator responsible for licensing and the overseeing of Telephone services (Fixed & Mobile), Internet, Broadcasting including Cable Television and the manage ment of Radio Spectrum and Numbering. A small take-away which also includes a conch stand was reviewed as well. The proposed take-away will be built on the property just in front of Radio Abaco. Committee members expressed concerns of the viability of the location but decided that the market would determine its success. Other plans reviewed included two residences, and a wall. Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Services: Abaco A & D Trucking Call us P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Glass Company Screens Made and Repaired Yale WindowsDon MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Specializing in Real Home Cooking! Daily Specials! Ice Cream & DessertsWe deliver locally (Min. order $25) Call: 367-3778Thank you for your patronage! Check us out on FACEBOOKIsland Family Restaurant Promote Your business Place a business classied Call Us For More Information 367-2677 or 367-3200 SIMMONS Security & InvestigationsSecurity Guards Armored Van Security Cameras Burglar Alarms Private Investigations Credit CollectionsResidential Commercial MarineFreeportTel: (242) 351-8321 Fax: (242) 351-1460AbacoTel: (242) 367-0321 Fax: (242) 351-1460 Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Association wishes to advise the Greater Marsh Harbour Community that it is reorganizing its operational and administrative structure. This will make the organization more responsive and efficient in perpetuating its 45 years of service to the community. A Financial Advisory Committee has been elected by the firemen to oversee all financial matters. It will provide administrative structure to the organization and relieve the volunteer firemen of many administrative functions. We thank the community for its support over the years and trust that we can rely on the businesses and residents for their continued support. Financial Advisory Committee: Reg Sands, Chairman; Robert Pinder, Deputy Chairman; Brenda Sawyer, Treasurer; Ruth Saunders, Secretary; Mathew Key, Randy Albury, Shane Sands, Firemen Financial contributions are necessary and welcome. Contributions should be given to Ruth Saunders at the Abaco Print Shop or to Brenda Sawyer at Abaco Petroleum.

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October 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 By Samantha V. Evans Mother Kathleen Knowles of Heal Our Land Ministries presented six women of excellence with plaques on September 30 at the Faith Convention Center in Marsh Harbour. She honored these ladies at the Women of Restoration Seminar hosted by Auskell Medical Center because it was in tended to restore the mind, body and soul of women. She stated that some of these women work in the background supporting those in the forefront of ministry. But the timing was right to give them their flowers while they are still alive. Those women were Eleanor Russell and Shane Archer, who were honored for long service in the area of church and communi ty-based ministry, Pamela Cornish for her loving heart, Leona Russell for her dedi cation to raising her disabled son, Cleola Pinder for her heart of service and the surprise presentation to Angie Collie for her support, love and faithfulness to building up people.Heal Our Land honors six women BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE EQUIPMENT FOR SALE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT SERVICES WANTED TO BUY Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats Wanted To Buy! Small old wooden dingy (doesnt need to float), old wooden oars, old sails, (any size, any condition), old wooden water skis, old metal floats, and any other old nautical looking stuff. Call Stacy 242-4583521 or email soldonstacy@hotmail.com Husband & Wife Team, is looking for employment as a caretakers on the cays or main land. Call 475-4911, 367-3417 or email: bain50@hotmail.com Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201La Clinica Espanola!! Reliable Spanish services, structured classes, BGCSE tutoring & translations. Please call 365-8292 Chef & Sous Chef, with a minimum of 5 years of fine dining experience, to work in an upscale location on Abaco. Positions also available for Servers & Bartenders with a minimum of 3 years experience. Great earning potential. Please send resume to abacofoods@ aol.com Controller, Resort in Abaco seeks mature and experienced accountant. Knowledge in Quick Books a must. Please send resume to natalie@ bahamabeachclub.com Handyman & Gardener needed full time. Experience required. For more information call 458-3020 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EQUIPMENT FOR SALEDive Compressor, Honda 5.5HP. Complete with hose, regulators, floats & storage case. Asking $2,500 Sheetrock for Sale, Available for cost sale price. Call 357-6836 Complete Roofing Needs Package. Includes air compressor, 2-100 air hose, Pneumatic 17pc starter kit, Pneumatic 5pc connect starter kit, Pneumatic roofing coil nailer, Pneumatic angle framing nailer, Pneumatic air tool oil, holder belt, six pairs of firm grip work gloves, (will sell gloves separately). Complete package $1500. For further details and information call or see Lee Pinder, Cherokee Sound 366-20 20 Wellcraft, centre console runabout, 200hp Mercury 2 stroke (2003) engine. $400 just spent on lower unit seals, new battery. $5,500 OBO. Call Michael 365-6237 23 Caravelle 2004 Honda 225HP, low hours. New Bimini top. REDUCED To $23,500 or best offer. Call 365-5148 or 475-5559 26 Bertram Sport Convertible 1983 semi custom rare boat with factory built open tran som. Twin 175 Johnsons. Fabulous deep V smooth ride and fast. Excellent original con new electronics, Rupp Outriggers, Pipeweld ers tower. See more at www.bertram26.com. DUTY PAID. Asking $39K Call: 561-4413673, email: sjmarinak@gmail.com 27 Jupiter 2003, twin 225 Yamaha 4 stroke 2003, Furuno chart plotter, Icom VHF, 150 gal tanks, T-top and outriggers $45,000. Call 242-365-4648 Pedal Boat, blue & white with blue canopy. L 93, W 65,H 24.5, weight 110 lbs, capacity 825 lbs. Comfortably seats 3 in front & 2 in back. Like new, used twice $1500. 475-7871 17 Seafox CC, 2005 with 115 Mercury 4-stroke 2005 engine. DUTY PAID. Located at Lighthouse Marina, Elbow Cay. $9,500. Call 242-366-0532 or 242-554-8180 20 Proline CC, 1999 200 Mercury Optimax excellent shape, Bimini. DUTY PAID. Stored at Marsh Harbour Boat Yard. $10,000 USA. Call 727-410-7826, k.s.goff@bellsouth.net. By Samantha V. Evans Every year Ricardo Clarke and singers from across the Bahamas visit Abaco to host a concert called Wasting No Time. While on Abaco, they visited various schools to promote the event and to speak to students. Mr. Clarke has a love for children and has committed himself to visiting Abaco annually to promote Christian living. He real izes that young people love music so he puts an awesome team of Christian artists together to entertain the youth. Even though the young people enjoy the music that is a combination of Reggae, Hip Hop, R & B and Bahamian music, they also learn about the love of God, how they should live and to stay away from drugs, drinking and bad company.Change Ministries hosts concert

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