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November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 22 NOVEMBER 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 Requested Groundbreaking for a new clinic in Cherokee Sound took place on October 27. It is on the site of the derelict clinic that was recently demolished. A committee has been formed to oversee the construction, most of whom are shown here. They are Kenneth Albury, Sandra Albury, Vashti Albury, Dr. Margo Seymour, Preston Roberts, Andrew Frey, Administrator Benjamin Pinder, Chairman John Hudson and Ron Parker. The Abaco Club at Winding Bay has volunteered to assist and expects to donate much of the material. See story on page 6.Cherokee breaks ground for a new clinic Awards ceremony honours outstanding studentsGovernor General visits Abaco schoolsAn awards ceremony was held on October 28 to honour two students from each gov ernment and private school who have shown outstanding accomplishments. Darron Turnquest, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures Youth Director, right, was the keynote speaker. He proved to be a dynamic speaker who had the students attention. Administrator Cephas Cooper is on the left. See story on page 5. Schools perform for the Governor and he encourages them to studyBy Canishka Alexander Widespread enthusiasm mixed with excited anticipation were noticeable in the faces and movements of government, school and airport officials as they gath ered at the Treasure Cay International Air port on November 7 for the arrival of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Bahamas, and Her Excel lency Lady Joan Foulkes. Following a demonstration by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers and a musical selection by students handpicked from North Abaco schools, the Governor General and his entourage quickly left for an assembly at S.C. Bootle High School that included students of Coopers Town Primary School.. It was there on the school grounds of the Dynamic Dolphins that His Excellency truly felt a heartwarming Aba co welcome. District Education Superintendent Helen Simmons-Johnson opened the ceremony themed Giving Honour with welcoming remarks before turning the assembly over to John Henderson, head boy, and Oriscia Clarke, head girl, as the moderators. Sev eral students were called on to perform during the special program that incorporated students from both S.C. Bootle and In his first official visit to Abaco, the Governmor General, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, had a busy schedule visitng all govern ment schools on the island. He is shown here on his visit at the Fox Town Primary School speaking to the children on the first day of his nine-day trip. His main message is that Bahamians are all one, that we have a distinct identity and a rich heritage. He was accompanied by his wife, Her Excellency Lady Joan Foulkes. They arrived on November 7 at Treasure Cay and toured Northern Abaco for the first couple of days before visitng Central and South Abaco. Please see Governor Page 2 By Timothy Roberts In two separate incidents on November 8 the U.S. Coast Guard had to be called to assist with search and rescue operations as Abaco experienced what one long time resident called the worst rage Ive ever seen, caused by a stationary sub-tropical system generating 15-foot waves just east of the island. At about 6:30 a.m. Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) was called after police received a cell phone call from One dead and two are missing in stormy seasPlease see Tragedy Page 22
Page 2 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org Governor From Page 1 Coopers Town Primary School. Certainly, the featured performance was given by AJoya Sands, a third grade stu dent of Coopers Town Primary, who gave a touching tribute to the Governor Gen eral in the form of an interpretative dance. Many audience members stood spellbound to their feet to applaud AJoya as the passion she displayed through dance gave way to an expression that, even on her youthful face, showed her reverence to God. Other highlighted performances includ ed an acrostic where students spelled out the name of Sir Arthur Foulkes name and gave a meaning for each letter; then there was a choral speaking selection followed by a lively song that was written especially for him. There was no doubt that the students had captured the message long before it was spoken by the Governor General. In his speech, Sir Arthur spoke of the rich culture of The Bahamas, which has been impacted by the contributions of Abaconians through various ingenuities and their love of things Bahamian. He touched lightly on Abacos boat building legacy, annual heritage festivals, our impact in the world of sports, art and entertainment and our thriving tourism industry along with the impressive infrastructural developments that can be seen on the island. He boasted of Abacos natural resources like the majestic wild horses and mysterious blue holes that still give us a The Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and Her Excellency Lady Joan Foulkes arrived at the Treasure Cay airport to great fanfare. He is greeting those in the receiving line while she is getting off the Defense Force plane that brought them to Abaco The Governor General, escorted by a member of the Royal Bahama Defence Force, ar rived to an an honour guard of Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers dressed smartly in their uniforms. The Governor General is shown accepting a gift from the schools in Coopers Town. Presenting the gift is Marcus Brown while Head Boy John Henderson and Head Girl Oriscia Clarke look on. Please see Governor Page 22
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November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 By Timothy Roberts Seeking to highlight, recognize and encourage the contributions of young Ba hamians, Youth Month on Abaco con cluded with a pep rally which included an inspirational speech from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures Director of Youth, Darron Turnquest, and an award ceremony. The rally, held at Central Abaco Pri mary School on October 28, put a spotlight on students in particular who had achieved awards for academic excellence, sporting achievements or community service. Two students from each school, selected by the principal of each school, were chosen to be honored and encouraged. Mr. Turnquest, a psychologist by trade, told young people that all is not lost with the young people in our nation. If you do not look at the positive in your youth, you will believe all is lost, he said, adding that if they look around they have so much to be proud of. He encouraged the youth to believe in themselves and to strive to rise above their situations. He said, Take that dream in your mind and place it in your heart. Do not stop until you achieve it. The theme of Youth Month this year is Celebrating Youth: Get Involved and he asked adults to encourage and support the youth and get involved in helping them to make the most of every opportunity they get. The rally highlighted talented youth from local schools and churches who en tertained the audience with singing, drama and dancing. The audience clearly enjoyed the entertainment and the level of talent on display. James A Pinder Primary School brought a well instructed group of primary school students who sang a selection of songs to the delight of the audience while St. John the Baptist Anglican Youth Choir lent their Youth Month ends with a pep rallyDarron Turnquest, Director of Youth, captivated his audience of students and their parents who attended a pep rally on October 28 to close Youth Month. The ceremony took place at Central Abaco Primary School. voices to the nights display of talent. Making quite an impression on the audience, Joshua Robins dramatized a short story which captivated the audience. Jay pheth Ferguson, aka Lyrically Blessed, was especially well received singing a variety of contemporary gospel songs. The Ebenezer Praise Dancers entertained with a moving dance routine. Forty-five youth received awards during the evenings rally. Outstanding students were chosen from primary and secondary schools, private and public from across the island. The Abaco Department of Youth and Sports included three additional awards: Youth Leader which was awarded to Clanardo Davis, Youth Organization Award which went to Wesley College Youth Band and the Distinguished Youth Awards which went to Tiffany Williams and Kyvonne Lopez. Abaco Department of Youth and Sports representative, Whelma Colebrook, closed the rally by praising Abaco parents for be ing involved with their youth and asking the audience to stand together and work together to build up and encourage the youth of Abaco. A group of students from the James A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point entertained the audience with several songs at the Pep Rally awards ceremony. They were under the direction of Brenell Higgs, principal of the school. RememberRegister to Vote Today
Page 6 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 South Abaco News Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderGroundbreaking for clinic is heldThe settlement of Cherokee Sound has been waiting patiently for government to provide us with a clean and suitable clin ic for nearly 25 years. Over and over we have heard that we would get a new clinic, someday, but we just cant afford it right now. We have suffered the embarrass ment of a broken down and abandoned building not fit for use all these years. The old building was the first thing you saw as you entered our community and visitors would ask, Why doesnt government do something about this old building. Its a real eyesore. Well, we feel the time has come for us to do something about it ourselves and the good citizens of Cherokee/Casuarina Point/Bahama Palm Shores Town Com mittee, in partnership with the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, feel that if we dont try to do something, nothing will ever get done. A partnership has been formed for the benefit of both parties concerned and a Building Committee has been formed. From the Abaco Club three persons: An drew Fry, Chairman, Ron Parker and Freddie Munnings, Jr. The government doctor for South Abaco, Margo Seymour, will serve as Assistant Treasurer. Six members of local government, Vashti Al bury, Co-chairman; Sandra Albury, Secretary and Treasurer; Rex Albury; Preston Roberts; John Hudson, Chairman of the Town Committee; Kenneth Albury and Administrator Benjamin Pinder, have all volunteered their time to be on the com mittee Drafting services were kindly offered by long-time Abaco resident, Michael Wheeler, and plans were submitted to the Ministry of Health for review and approv al. The official groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 27 at the site of the original building. Members of the commit tee were on hand as well as a small con tingent of interested local residents who wished to witness the historic event, about 30 persons. It is anticipated that materials will be donated, both from the Abaco Club as well as Abaco businesses. The Committee will be looking for volunteer labour. We have a long road ahead and lots of fundrais ing to do. But this is something we have wanted for a long time and it is something that is desperately needed. The Committee has come up with a slogan, Coming Soon With Your Help. Some materials will need to be purchased and tradesmen hired, but there will be plenty of menial tasks that will need to be done and thats where you and I come in. So, for our new clinic, for all of us and our many visitors, come out and do your part. The first fundraiser will be held on No vember 12, a Steak-Out and Fun Day with lots of new and different games and com petitions to be held at the Cherokee Primary School grounds. New warning signalA new red light has been added to the top of our telecommunications tower. A crew of workmen were in Cherokee for a week repairing, replacing and securing cables and wires on the tower. Consider able damage was done to the cables when they broke free of their restraints during a recent wind storm. We lost a good chunk off the top of the tower in Hurricane Floyd, and it was never replaced. Without a light it could be a hazard to low flying aircraft in bad weather and a light was definitely needed to be added to the remaining structure for safetys sake.Record rainfall for OctoberWe have had lots of rain in October and surpassed the annual average of eight inch es by almost five inches for a grand total of 14.30 inches. The rainwater seems to have nowhere to drain off and collected in pud dles and little pools in all the yards. The Bridge Creek water looks like it is running with Coca Cola it is so rusty and brown looking. However, the trees and grass love it, and everyones garden is flourishing, the birds are singing and the ducks are quacking.After Shock celebrates the 1950sThe youth of Cherokee and surrounding areas had an old-fashioned party with ham burgers and root beer floats, even some of the sodas were in glass bottles, something you rarely see any more. Some of the young girls dressed in clothes of the 1950s and they danced to the Twist and tried the Hoola Hoop. They were introduced to household items that were used back then and heard stories from persons who lived Please see South Page 17 Andrew Fry, Chairman of the committee to oversee the building of the clinic in Cherokee Sound, is shown speaking to the group who watched the groundbreaking ceremony on October 27.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 through that era. The After Shock group has two com peting teams, Team Mustard and Team Ketchup, who competed in several games of skill and reasoning. The party began and ended with a prayer and the Bible was referenced throughout the evening by the leaders, Sherry and Andy Lowe, show ing the young people how God influences every part of their lives. Everyone had a good time and the evening finished off with a game of basketball.Remembering an old friendI recently attended the funeral of Doris Marie Lowe, a lifelong resident of Cherokee Sound and an old, dear friend. Not that we were that close, but as anyone who knew Ms. Doris could attest, once you met her you were instantly one of the family. At 92 years she knew all about you or your family and always had some interesting or funny story to tell you about her youth or yours. An avid reader, even though she had poor eyesight, reading was always a great joy in her life. She read her Bible regu larly and could quote chapter and verse and attended church regularly, as well as remember every line of a favourite hymn she learned as a child. She could recall a memorized poem from the Royal Readers that she had learned while attending Chero kee All-Age School in the 1920s and 30s in the old one-room schoolhouse. She knew a lot about life and passed on her knowledge and experiences whenever she could. Always pleasant with a good outlook, she never complained, at least not while I was in her company. She spent the last four years of her life at Sybils House in Dundas Town, and a visit with Ms. Do ris always left you smiling. I first met her in 1961 on a visit to Cher okee Sound on an August Monday Excursion on the local mail boat. Everyone met on Ms. Lilys water tank on a Saturday afternoon to wait for the freshly churned up ice cream being made by Mr. Ossie. Doriss children were still young then and kept her pretty busy. But I remember Ms. Doris, Ms. Grace, Eva Bain and Gerney Sands sitting in Ms. Inezs living room most every evening talking about the news of the day or what was happening with their children or the weather or just reminiscing about old times. Those were history les sons that will never be taught in school. Do any of us really appreciate our old timers like we should? Ive heard them re ferred to as eye-winkers, I guess in reference to their ability to nod off easily which comes along with old age. Mr. Gerney is South From Page 6 South Abaco News Some of the young people in Cherokee Sound, members of After Shock, enjoyed a party reminiscent of the 1950s. Their food and games introduced them to the era of their grand parents. The DNA Party Leader, Branville McCartney, and Roscoe Thompson III, DNAs candi date for South Abaco, travelled to Moores Island on October 22 to express to them the concerns and plans for change their party proposes in their community and The Bahamas. Shown are Roscoe Thompson III, left, Mr. McCartney, second from right, and two sup porters of the DNA.DNA leader and candidate visit Moores IslandPlease see South Page 24
Page 8 Section A The Abaconian November 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: email@example.com 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 . Energy ConservationBy Stephanie Humblestone He ran up the steps of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge with a levity which sug gested he had not a care in the world at least none he chose to acknowledge. He disappeared into the interior of the hotel, then materialized a few moments later on the top step. He was young, dash ing and had not a hair out of place. Come on, darling, he shouted down to the tiny figure below. Well be late for Happy Hour! (I have to wonder if any hour of the day could be happy living with him.) Trudging wearily up the steps came the little lady, weighed down by two huge suitcases, ravaged by three screaming chil dren, hair styled by El Nino and labouring heavily under the strain of all three. I passed the blackguard in the foyer of the hotel, kept my feet to myself and threw a sympathetic glance at his faithful mule. Where do we check in? he asked. I signaled towards the office but could not resist asking him somewhat pointedly how he was doing today. Great, absolutely wonderful, he re plied, oblivious to my sarcasm. Nice and refreshed after your long journey? I enquired. Feel great, he replied, flashing me an expensively-chiseled, cosmetic smile. I bet you do, I wanted to say while the beast of burden carries her weight, the childrens and yours! However, I held my tongue and instead wondered if I had been too quick to rush to judgment. Maybe he had a failing ticker, bad back or an extraordinarily independent wife. All three left my mind when minutes later he came rushing out of the office, mumbling something about leaving his surf board down at the Lodges ferry dock. Happily, he did not chastise his wife for not bringing it up with the rest of the luggage. That might have been my breaking point. Like a bat out of hell, he literally flew down the steps, and I watched as he ran towards the dock, fearful that he had left his board on the ferry which was now on its way out of the harbour. While he was in frenzied pursuit of his board, his wife sat slumped in a chair in the hallway while the two older children made a bee line for the pool and the beach. In record Olympic time the cad re turned, bearing a long board which must have been all nine feet and weighed at least 25 pounds. He was not puffing. In the late afternoon on the steps of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge chivalry died an instant death, but I had to quickly remind myself that all was not lost. Here on Abaco I have seen and expe rienced first hand chivalry and know that old school politeness prevails for the most part, especially among the locals who have a balanced attitude towards women. They are aware that by definition a woman living on the islands has to have some measure of independence. Hence, they do not rush to assist except when she is clearly in need of a helping hand. I remember buckling under the weight of a heavy piece of furniture I attempted to carry from the ferry dock to my house in the middle of Hope Town. Within moments I was offered assistance from a couple of local guys which I graciously ac cepted. Over the years I have traveled regularly on Alburys Ferry back and forth from the cays to Marsh Habour. I see women strug gle with cumbersome luggage, and I have observed how ferry drivers are quick to as sist without expectation of remuneration. I have noticed, too, that these same men extend their hands to passengers getting on and off the boats. The same applies to taxi drivers who are equally helpful with bags and packages. Please see Humblestone Page 25 A recent energy forum held in Nassau over the weekend of November 4 brought to light several government policies or proposals concerning energy conservation. Government is beginning to see the wis dom in encouraging energy conservation and is giving either incentives to this end or is studying legislation or proposals on a variety of energy issues. Reduction in energy use has several ben efits. The most obvious is the lower energy or electric bill the consumer sees. That is an immediate benefit. Less obvious is the reduced demand on Bahamas Electricity Corporation which can now serve more customers with the same generating capac ity. Adding more generators is expensive and does nothing to reduce the custom ers electric bills. An even more obscure benefit to electrical conservation is the reduced demand on the Treasury for foreign exchange to pay for the imported fuel. Like The Bahamas, Hawaii imports all its fuel for electricity production and spent something like $7 billion a year for fuel. Years ago that state embarked on using so lar and other alternate energy techniques to reduce its dependence and expense for imported fuel. As a result Hawaii cut its fuel bill in half while creating local jobs and manufactur ing capabilities. Approximately $3 billion that previously went to foreign oil suppliers now stays in Hawaii, boosting the local economy although the consumers electric bill is about the same as before. The archipelagic nature of The Bahamas combined with a relatively small popula tion makes energy conservation both inter esting and challenging. Government has been slow to recognize and accept the need for energy conserva tion. Various departments and agencies have given lip service to the concept for several years but only recently has govern ment shown a coordinated effort toward energy savings and conservation. Piecemeal legislation, regulations and rules are now in place to encourage con sumers, businesses and industry to invest in new technology and switch much of their energy demands from BEC to alter nate methods. And there are many alter nate methods for homeowners and businesses to choose from. Beyond conservation measures, it ap pears that encouraging homeowners and businesses to implement power genera tion from solar methods is the countrys quickest route to relieve BEC. The sooner government can consolidate its various in centives and accompanying legislation, the sooner will BEC see a measure of relief. Allowing individuals to sell surplus pow er to BEC will encourage residential and business installations. At this time it is probably not feasible for BEC to consider solar methods at the required size. Florida Power just commis sioned a 75 megawatt solar installation in Florida that cost about $450 million and is situated beside a 3,000 megawatt conven tional power plant. That is not an investment to be taken lightly. Many solar photovoltaic or PV options are available for residential use but they are expensive and require technical knowl edge by the installer for satisfactory re sults. For the average homeowner, these are both exotic and expensive. For daylight, light pipes are relatively inexpensive and will take daylight into in terior rooms. These are available in Flori da at Home Depot and Lowes. Another easy one but somewhat pricey is solar water heating. This is proven tech nology and available in a variety of configurations. Wind turbines are available for domestic use but are expensive and may require ex tensive roof bracing. Small wind turbines, as sometimes seen on sailboats, will not normally give enough electricity for do mestic house use. Sailboat people are usu ally quite conservative (stinngy) with their electrical use. Geo-thermal air conditioning, used ex tensively at Schooner Bay, is a more effi cient air conditioning method than conven tional equipment. It is best used for new construction and is somewhat impractical for replacing existing equipment. This sys tem requires several wells and uses ground water as the heat exchange medium. The new BEC power plant at Wilson City uses ground water for cooling its generators. New construction should make better use of natural ventilation, possibly aug mented with a whole-house fan. There are many days when our outside air is very comfortable, but we still rely on the air conditioner. Commercial and govern ment buildings are particularly bad in this respect with no provision for natural ven tilation. Businesses do not want open win dows, but their air conditioning equipment should have provision for bringing cool outside air into the building. Residential buildings are slightly better with windows that open, but there is often little incentive for air transfer to take place. Speeches and policy papers at the recent energy forum in Nassau alluded to many of the new regulations and reduced customs duties put in place to encourage alternate energy installations. However, government needs to consolidate those incentives for the consumer. Although concessions may be in place, there is much confusion among customs officers who collect the duty, the brokers who prepare the customs entries and any attempts to take advantage of these incentives. Governments conces sions should be clearly stated so all parties understand how to take advantage of them. Specific information is difficult to get. A recent forum between customs bro kers throughout The Bahamas and Customs officials left the view that the concessions were in place and real, but the brokers left without a clear understanding of the particulars. If the brokers are not sure, how is the public to know. For instance, there is no question that a complete solar water heater system or a complete solar PV panel system gets concessions. But when someone attempts to add components, he finds that there is no provision for component pieces. We have many people who would build their own systems, but the present rules do not encourage this. There is room for improve ment in using these concessions. Government is encouraging these installations to lower the loss of foreign exchange on fuel purchases and to reduce the demands on its electric systems. Government could do better in setting an example. We are confident that our new terminal building and the new administra tion building will make extensive use of air conditioning even though there are many days when Mother Natures air would do just as well. The terminal is a single story building with a high pitched roof. Exterior sunshine could be brought in with exten sive use of light pipes with no panels, converters, regulators or other technology to buy or maintain. For those interested go to www.solatube.com for more information. Government is bringing conservation issues to our attention, but it is oblivious to doing these things itself. Programmable thermostats in government buildings would reduce the electrical demands at nights and on weekends when most of these buildings are empty. The thermostats are relatively inexpensive. Government is studying some of these technologies to see if they apply here. This is another case of reinventing the wheel as the technology is being used elsewhere successfully, and there are many impres sive studies to support savings or envi ronmental claims. Twenty miles south of Marsh Harbour is the community of Little Harbour with about 50 residences, all op erating on solar power. This includes a restaurant and bar with an ice machine. We sell sunshine to our visitors. We should be using it to our advantage. In My Humble OpinionExcess Baggage
November 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 Pothole Naming Dear Editor, In 1994 a group of quidnuncs pro claimed the week of June 15, 1994, Pot Hole Week on Abaco. Today there are more and larger pot holes than in 1994 and so the week of November 13, 2011, has been declared Pot Hole Week 2011. Potholes to be named are as follows: Alburys C ramper Archers Shame Mills Cra ter Coopers Monstrosity Currys D estroyer Cornishs Elephantine Delancys Disability Grants B reak-up Sawyers Cavern Schaeffer s Disgrace The official naming will take place at the entrance to the government complex in January 2012, time to be announced. Disgruntled, disgusted, Pot Holer Concerned about government feesTo the Prime Minister and Cabinet Members It seems as if all of you have lost your God given senses. For over a year we have had to pay ungodly, exorbitant vehicle li cense fees, ranging anywhere from a 100 percent to 300 percent increase. What used to cost around $195 is now $595. Duty on vehicles went up to around 85 percent. Do you have any conscience when the econo my has been in a tailspin for several years? Are you thinking like the PLP of old who thought that a vehicle was a luxury and not a necessity? If that is the case, then I would like to see you paying for the vehicles that we the public pay for what you are driving around so carelessly at times. You and your Cabinet members enjoy thousands of dollars annually duty free for shopping abroad while we the public only have $600 annually duty free. Is this fair? Also, another injustice is that children under the age of 12 have to pay full de parture tax when leaving the Bahamas but upon returning, they cannot claim any duty exemption on items purchased for them. When you are elected to serve in Parliament, automatically you become honour-Letters to the Editor able this and honourable that. The word honourable, along with respect, should be earned and not be bestowed as soon as you enter the halls of Parliament. Also, you are constantly borrowing money beyond our means as we are only a small nation of around 330,000 in popu lation. Do not borrow our childrens and grandchildrens inheritance. It seems you do not care about this as probably most of you will not be around when it is payback time. Your actions are no different than those of the President and Cabinet of the USA. You are constantly borrowing and raising our taxes. Unless it is an emergen cy or of the utmost importance, we should try and live within our means. You may say that if you do not borrow, you will not be able to do the things you do. That may be true to a certain extent but not when the economy is down. If you want the economy to grow, then cut ex penses, especially the unnecessary overtime that some of your departments incur. Also, stop using government vehicles for personal use after normal working hours. The airport and hospital projects are greatly needed and past due, but the gov ernment complex should have waited for a better economy. With the government complex project, you have further dam aged the economy in Abaco as we will have quite a few buildings vacant next year and unemployment will increase because of this. Please manage our economy wisely and prudently, but what could you expect when lawyers and doctors are running the country. We need successful and prudent busi nessmen to get this country back on track, which I trust will happen in the next elec tion. Abaconian concerned about the futureGet derelict vehicles out of townDear Editor, I am writing because I am sickened ev ery day when I pass that disgusting eyesore in the middle of town (Marsh Harbour). I am referring to the group of derelict ve hicles parked near the road across from Texaco. I dont know why the police or local government hasnt contacted whoever has put them there and had them moved. They make Marsh Harbour look like a dirty slum. It pains me to think that hundreds of our tourists pass by that sight almost dai ly; what must they think of us when they see that? It is terrible that someone in this community thinks that this is okay, and has put those vehicles there if they want them so badly put them in their own yard. I call on the authorities that be to re move those vehicles immediately as they are a shame and dishonor to the good peo ple of Abaco. Irate No Tar No TaxDear Editor, Potholes are everywhere but the Min istry of Works is nowhere to be found. The number of potholes throughout Marsh Harbour is not only ridiculous, it is dan gerous. Thanks to potholes in the roads the front shocks on my vehicle are busted and need repair. I wont dare submit a bill to the Ministry because I know what a complete waste of time that would be. What I want to know is why it is like this? How long does it take to get a load of patch and go hole to hole and fix it? I wouldnt be upset if they were out trying to fix it I know we have had quite a bit of rain lately; however, it has not rained every day. I, just like many Bahamians, work hard for my pay check, and every year I pay about $200 in license and inspection fees. We all pay a tax on the gas we buy and numerous other taxes and fees that are ear marked for road works. Here in Marsh Harbour we have not seen any money spent on road works for far too long. It has been at least 15 or more years since any tarring has taken place. This is the main artery of Central Abaco that the majority of our guests see when they visit our island and it is a disgrace. Knowing that Abaco contributes the sec ond largest amount of taxes and fees to the public treasury, I find it unacceptable that we have to beg and plead for endless years to get what is rightfully due to us. The purpose of the road tariffs we pay is to ensure roads are built and maintained; however, its not being done. Do we need to stage a protest to get at tention? The government has promised us blacktop/hot mix for our roads since the beginning of this year, and it is yet to start. We need to tell the government No Tar, No Tax! We should not continue to accept the governments negligence in dealing with the things that are due to us. We need to demand what is rightfully ours. Abaco Ro ad Rage FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!Let Our Graphic Artist Design Your Logo Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center
Page 10 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Central Abaco News Run Walk raises funds for Cancer SocietyBy Jennifer Hudson The second annual Monica Adderley Fun Run /Walk was held on October 22. This fundraiser, which was organized by the Anglican Church Womens Group of St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour, was the second to be held in honour of Mrs. Adderley, who is a patron of the church and a cancer survi vor. Part of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Abaco Cancer So ciety at a ceremony next month. Participants met at 6:30 a.m. at Cross ing Beach from whence they proceeded to either run or walk depending on their energy level to the Anglican Church on Don MacKay Boulevard. Eighty persons representing all age groups participated in the walk/run with the youngest being four years of age and the oldest 71 years. Following the walk, a mini pep rally was held in conjunction with the Abaco Can cer Society. The honoree herself spoke a few words and Veronica Saunders, patient advocate with the Abaco Cancer Society, spoke briefly on the work of the society, explaining how it assists cancer sufferers within the community. Also present was a representative from the Anglican Church Womens Council of Nas sau. Following the pep talks, awards were presented to winners in all of the different age groups in each of the walk and run categories. The overall winner award went to 11-year-old Adrian Newbold Jr., a seventh grade student at St Francis de Sales School. Members of The Anglican Church Womens group wish to thank the community for its sup port. They are very appreciative to the business community for dona tions and to all those who made the effort to walk/run. chapter or forever long Ive got left, I want to have some fun, Mr. Hammer said. Fun for me comes from one source see ing other people smiling. After 35 years as a businessman, Mr. Hammer admitted that there will be prob lems, challenges and roadblocks along the way, but they will have to come together to find solutions. Sherilyn Cooper, president of the Aba co Salvage Operators Association, talked about the extension on the governments ban. Additionally, she was happy to state that, based on the Associations plans she presented to the Bahamas Customs Department, Customs has indicated that it is more willing to work with them as opposed to their sending their products to Nassau when materials are collected at one central location in preparation for export. David Knowles, Chief Park Warden of the Bahamas National Trust, comment ed on the legitimacy the Association has brought to the industry and commended the 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 Salvage operators meet with steel buyersBy Canishka Alexander Members of the Abaco Salvage Opera tors Association met with Mitch Hammer, David Hammer and Brandon Murray of Gateway Steel Group on November 3 at the District Council Office. Mr. Hammer explained that he wanted to make sense of the scrap metal business for the operators and to create a structure that would put them on the same team. Essentially, he wanted them to view each other as family. He explained that when containers are loaded, the end buyer will advance funds for the transportation of the containers to the Association. From there, the money will be distributed to the operators bank account by the Association. Mr. Hammer said that Abaco holds many opportunities, and that he will reinvest in our economy by taking some or po tentially all of their profits earned to create a technical/vocational school to train people on how to cut steel among other things. We can do anything, so for this last The Anglican Womens Group of the church in Marsh Harbour held its second Monica Adderley Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for the Abaco Cancer Society. Shown is the winner of the event, Adrian Newbold, Jr., being given his award while Mrs. Adderley looks on. Members of the Abaco Salvage Operators Association met with the owners of Gateway Steel Group, the company that will be buying all salvage from Abaco. The local Assicia tion has made arrangements with Customs to ship direct to the States, not going through Nassau, after the ban on shipping all metals is lifted. Please see Central Page 11
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 More Central Abaco News Administration building is nearly completeThe administration building will be finished later this year and will be turned over to the National Insurance Board. It is expected that government offices will be moving early in the new year. Association members for reaching out to Gateway Steel Company as an expert in the scrap metal industry.Senior citizens enjoy luncheonBy Mirella Santillo The annual Recognition Day honoring the senior citizens was celebrated this year on October 26, just before the end of Older Persons Month. The theme was Older Peo ple Power for Development. The celebra tion took place at Friendship Tabernacle in Dundas Town. People were picked up by bus from as far as Crown Haven in the North and Crossing Rocks in the South. Others ar rived in vehicles lent by their church for the day, altogether about 50. They were welcomed by Charlamae Fernander, Assistant Director of the De partment of Social Services on Abaco, to gether with members of her staff. They led the seniors in singing and praying and the Central From Page 11 seniors enjoyed socializing as some of the honorees had not seen each other since last years reunion. A minute of silence was observed in memory of Bishop Roland Swain, who passed away in September. The seniors watched a movie The Climb a drama about the adventures and hardship of two mountain climbers in the Chilean Andes, that they all enjoyed. Please see Central Page 12 About 50 senior citizens enjoyed a social event planned by Social Services. They came from many communities on October 26 to enjoy socializing and a movie followed by a lunch prepared and served by Rotarians. They are shown here at Friendship Tabernacle.
Page 12 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 A luncheon, compliments of the Rotary Club of Abaco, was served by Rotarians. It was a leisurely meal that was enjoyed by all present. At the end of the meal, the oldest woman, Emily Butler, and the old est man, George McKenzie, both in their 80s, were each presented with a gift by Social Services officer Barbara Williams. Mrs. Fernander summarized the days event by saying, After being in contact with the seniors and getting advice from them, Ill leave the party feeling happier. The function was organized by the staff of the Department of Social Services who coordinated the event and provided trans portation, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Abaco and Friendship Tabernacle. Pastor Silbert Mills offered the premises Central From Page 11 More Central Abaco News as a venue for the event and organized the movie projection.Caspers Costume Bash entertained youth By Samantha V. Evans Usually during Halloween the kids look forward to trick-or-treating. But this Hal loween they had several choices for par ties, one being Caspers Costume Bash hosted by Infinity No Limit Outlet. The first event began at noon on Oc tober 29 at the Anglican Parish Hall for kids ages 5 to 13. The kids took part in a treasure hunt, were fed and treated to a movie that ended at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m. the party for teens ages 13 to 18 was held at the hall. The costumes that won at this bash ranged from African Queens to Talk Show Hosts to Cocktail Waitresses and the like. The teens watched a movie, took part in a dance and costume competition and were fed. This event ended at 11 p.m. The hall was spookily decorated for the occasion with spiders, bats, spider webs, and the crypt keeper. She even had human zombies and skeletons scaring people. A fee was charged for this event.Standard Hardware is By Bradley Albury Throughout the months of November and December, Standard Hardware will be holding a Christmas charity raffle. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Firemens As sociation and the Abaco Cancer Society. The drawing will be on December 21. For one dollar per ticket each contes tant has a chance to win everything from name brand power tools to paint supplies to Salt Life products. All items are donat ed by Standard Hardware, allowing each raffle purchase to go fully towards these charities. Raffle tickets will be sold at the registers in the store. To start spreading the Christmas cheer early, please donate to our local chari ties by purchasing a raffle ticket. When the winners are drawn in December, you may even be taking home an extra gift for yourself. The park in Spring City is being expanded with hopes of putting in a small baseball diamond. Big Cat Equipment donated its equipment and personnel to do the work. Uriel Delancy of the Marsh Harbour/Spring City Town committee facilited this improvement. Spring Citys park is being enlarged Young people enjoyed Caspers Costume Bash when Infinity No Limit offered a Hallow een party that included a costume competition, treasure hunt, movie and lunch. Please see Central Page 13
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 Two trade shows are scheduled y Canishka Alexander Organizers and vendors of the Interna tional Home Trade Show returned to Abaco at the end of October to sell a wide range of home, automotive, and health and beauty products. The show was at the Faith Convention Center. The International Home Trade Show is scheduled to be here until November 10, after which time, the promoters of the Global Beauty and Home Trade Show will set up shop from November 10-21. Alex ander Oviedo and Astrid Herrera of Global Beauty are looking to host a family event that will feature fashion shows and free make-overs. Mr. Oviedo said that more than 250 products will be offered for sell, so he encouraged people to take advan tage of the deals being offered. Both trade shows include live demonstrations of the products sold.Doctors scheduled at Auskell are honouredThe Grand Bahama Medical and Dental Association recently held its 11th An nual Conference and Awards Banquet. The two physicians honored this year for outstanding service were Dr. Paul Hunt, a pediatrician, and Dr. Augustine Ohueyi, an internist. Both these doctors are regularly scheduled at the Auskell Medical Clinic as well as Dr. Freeman Lockhart, an orthopedic surgeon who is the President of the Association. More Central Abaco News Central From Page 12 New BusinessThe Elite of the Elites By Samantha V. Evans Dellane Creola Kelly is the owner of the latest salon and spa on Abaco called Elite of the Elites. This business specializes in complete hair and nail care. The spa section offers full spa care including massages and facials by a trained technician. Mrs. Kelly, a hair stylist of 15 years, will feature acces sories and hair products. She stated that owning her own salon has been a dream of hers for more than 12 years. The name she chose was given to her by one of her sister,s and she kept in all these years. The business is located next to Abacom on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. She will have six stylists, one barber and one nail technician on staff. Her business will open the first week of November. The busi ness will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. She can be contacted by calling 458-2467.Delicious Mouthful Deli By Samantha V. Evans Veleste Cornish aka The Phone Card Lady has a new business called Delicious Mouthful. For a year she stated that the beautiful people of Abaco supported her as she stood outside Teachers and Salaried Workers Union selling phone cards. It was these people who were the engine that took her to this point where she can now have her own business. Thanks to their support, she has now been elevated to a higher level in her career. Through her customers, she saw love, beauty, and genuine support for one year. The Well Done company drilled a deep well at the Marsh Harbour airport to drain the rain water that floods the area so quickly. Here his finishing installing a drain.Deep well will help drain water at the airportShe welcomes her phone card custom ers to visit her at her new business in D & S Plaza. She misses them a lot and hopes that they will continue to support her. Ms. Cornish stated that she loves to cook so she put her experience into all of her dishes and subs. She has been in the restaurant business since she was 19 years old. This is her first love so she came back to it. She specializes in sandwiches, blended fruit juices and desserts. She serves sandwiches on wheat and white bread. Every day she has a special along with johnny cake, cas sava bread, potato bread and other such food she learned to cook as a native Cat Islander. She enjoys the feed back from her custom ers and so far has been blessed with a wonder ful crowd of steady supporters. She is the only one working in the business and plans to keep it that way un til she gets settled in. There is so much she wants to do at Delicious Mouthful but will allow it to happen over time. She pans to focus on na tive items such as island teas and more healthy dishes. She is sure that her plans will wow the Abaco community. She loves to bake, cook and create new things which make the dishes served unique every time. Her deli is a good change for people to eat healthier. Her phone contact is 4750455 and she invites persons to call her for her daily specials. Taste of Heaven By Samantha V. Evans Nakia Turner is the newest business owner on Abaco. Her business, Taste of Heaven, specializes in dried fruits and mixed nuts and opened on October 30. She started this business to give persons an alternative to junk food. Her business is a mobile one, but she delivers special or Please see Central Page 18
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November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Youth Month Overview By Timothy Roberts October was designated Youth Month as the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture set about celebrating youth in The Bahamas under the theme Celebrating Youth: Get Involved in the 242, highlighting the ac complishments of young men and women, recognizing and encouraging their contri butions. Whelma Colebrook, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports on Abaco, said the events were well attended and supported by parents and the community. Participation in the events was great, and she was very happy to see local government across the entire island lending their support as well. Ms. Colebrook said that Youth Month aims to showcase the talents and accom plishments of the youth in the country over the past year and to encourage adults to take a more active role in youth develop ment and getting youth involved in positive activities. Church services were held in different areas of Abaco, heading the list of ac tivities of the month with people meeting at Dundas Town Church of God and St. Marks Baptist Church in Crossing Rocks, both services on October 9. There was a youth march from the Meth odist Church to Dundas Town Church of God where an awards ceremony was held. The speaker for the event was Simone Bowe Mullings, who spoke on the theme of Youth Month. Eva Bain spoke at the ser vice in Crossing Rocks at St. Marks Baptist Church on the same topic. Ms. Mullings attended Ebenezer Bap tists service in Cedar Harbour on Octo ber 23 for a closing service, while Green Turtle Cay closed the month with a service led by Ryan Forbes at the Church of God there. From October 20 through 22 schools from across the Abaco along with schools from Nassau, Bimini and Harbour Island came together and competed in a basket ball tournament at Grace Gym in Marsh Harbour. The end of Youth Month was highlight ed by a Pep Rally held at Central Abaco Primary on October 29. The night featured the talents of students and young people who did drama, singing and dancing. The featured speaker for the evening was the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures Director of Youth, Darron Turnquest, who gave an inspiring talk to the audience. Awards were given to young people for their accomplishments during the past year.Ministry donates to mentorship program By Canishka Alexander On November 1 Ishmael Morley presented a donation to Bekera Taylor of Infinity Mentors of Abaco and Beyond on be half of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Ms. Taylor expressed gratitude to the Ministry and was delighted to accept the donation, which will assist her in men toring young people through her business venture called the Abaco Center for Performing Arts and Entertainment located in Marsh Harbour. She will be holding various fundraising activities that will assist this venture. Your coming out to these events will support our mentorship program greatly, Ms. Taylor said. There are opportunities for people in the community who love dealing with children and assisting them to be able to come on board with us and join in on this venture as sharehold ers as well as persons working as a part of the business. Already they have brought in Mi chael Pintards Not My Good Child. On November 20 Ms. Taylor will feature a comedy show by David Wallace. A bridal show called Brides of the Caribbean is planned also. News of the Youth The Ministry of Youth made a donation to Bekera Taylor of Infinity Mentors of Abaco. The presen tation is being made by Ishmael Morley. 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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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 ders to businesses and schools. She offers fruits such as mango slices, peach halves, papaya chucks, pineapple chunks, cran berries, fruit medley, banana chips, and mixed fruits. Her trail mixes are California mixes, cherry berry delight and fruit and nut baking mix. She now has a soynut snack available. She encourages persons to call in their orders in advance because when she goes to businesses, she sells out quickly. She in vites parents and schools to special order items as well so that the children can have their daily doses of fruits and nuts. She will be introducing trail mixes with oats for breakfast which can be eaten cold or as a warm cereal. Regular trail mixes can be special ordered as well. All fruit and nuts are priced at $3 and $5.50. Business has been great and she had sold out several times already. For Christmas Ms. Turner will be offering special fruit and nuts trays. To place an order, persons can call 475-3062.Christian Counseling Centre expandsBy Timothy Roberts Since opening its doors more than four years ago in February 2007, the Christian Counseling Centre has expanded and has Central From Page 13 More Central Abaco News carried out over 1000 consultations as the staff strives to fulfill their goal in helping hurting people. With this growth the Christian Counseling Centre, an offspring of the centre in Nassau, has formed its own board of Christian men to oversee the affairs of the local branch. David Cartwright, Pastor of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel, is chair man of the board. Pastor of New Vision Ministries, Derek Benjamin, is treasurer, with counselor Margaret Smith taking the role of secretary. Pastor of Strong Tower Church, Stephen Knowles, and Robert Miller make up the remainder of the board members. Pastor Knowles said that it is a joy to be a part of this. It is good to have a place apart from the church to go to for people who are struggling. He added, as president of the Abaco Christian Council, that he will encourage all churches to take advantage of the counseling centre and to support the centre financially as well. Pastor Benjamin noted that the counsel ing centre is a non-profit organization and that no one is turned away. They use a slid ing scale to assist those who cannot afford to pay for counseling. Pastor Cartwright, brother of the late Paul Cartwright, a long time board mem ber of the Nassau Christian Counseling Centre, said he has always been a big sup porter of the centre and is happy to see it continuing here on Abaco. There are times when people need more help than the church can give, and the counseling centre was established to help hurting people. Since August Psychiatrist Dr. David Al len has been coming once a month. While here he has held free seminars for the com munity, and the Counseling Centre looks forward to adding more programs in the future. The Centre has held several parenting classes and will be having another set in February, assisting parents in various skills in raising children. The classes have been well attended so far, and they look forward to seeing more parents involved. The Christian Counseling Centre is seeking to see more community involve ment in supporting the centre. On November 11 it put on a 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk from BAIC Park to the round-a-bout and back to raise money and awareness for its programs. The Christian Counseling Center is expanding its programs and making changes to better serve the people of Abaco. The group recently formed its own board of directors. Shown are Margaret Smith, Secretary; Pastor David Cartwright, Chairman; Pastor Derek Ben jamin, treasurer; and Pastor Stephen Knowles, director.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 The funeral service for Prisca Pris McIntosh 19, of Coopers Town was held on October 29 at Faith Walk Church of God in Coopers Town. Pastor Jackson McIntosh officiated assisted by Archilus Cooper. Interment was in the Coopers Town Cemetery. She is survived by her daugh ter ONiejah Nixon; parents Gordon and Marjorie McIntosh; sisters Renesse Stuart, Regena Moxey, Reneka Cooper, Gordina Beadle; adopted sister Nakera McIntosh; brothers Cassius Rolle, Geno McIntosh, Floyd McIntosh; grandparents Pearl Clay and Arlene McIntosh; nieces Jaarona Stuart, Vashti Cooper, Renniah Deleveaux, Shanoy, Tashauna and Deandra Beadle; nephews Anthony McIntosh, Callan Munroe, Vince Cooper III., Gabri el Beadle, Natavieo and Natray McIntosh; Dean Beadle Jr.; aunts Bernise, Othlease, Maggie, Merilyn, Priscilla, Vokia, Debbie, Eleanor, Esmae (Trinky), Babara, Norma, Meoshie, Deloris, Faye, Iva, Coretta, Lavinia, Vangie and Pevan, Ju lie; uncles Brian, John McIntosh, Micheal, Timothy (Dim), Jackson, Jollian, Elvis, Carlton, Daniel (Danny), Walter Jr, Ned, Clarke, John Clay, Theophilos (Palay) and Garnet; granduncles Fletcher, Roy, Ring ton Lerman Sr; grandaunt Ruthmae, Vera Colebrook; brother-in-law Dane Beadle; cousins Kevin, Jessico, Pernell, Akeem, John, Julianne, Almeta, Raquel, Kendra, Cindy, Hillary, Javal, Ivaniesha, Algerio, Vanessa, Garvin, Tamashia, Rashiem, Rashanae, Rakiesha, Catherine, Andrea, Micheal Jr., Lavern, Lington, Erica, Mal lory, Romeo, Javon, Evar, Deniro, Jacora, Thasi, Tarjay, Jayden, Lashay, Lashario, Gerald Jr., Geraldo, Taddeus, Stacy, Garvin, Oganga, Nique, Dawn, Sheena, Dennalee, Makita, Onanisha, Alex, Clarence, Pheon Russell, Fred, Annie, Jakel, Jacob Jr, Eleandra, Thomos, Elvado, Dominica, Chino, Danny, Oshalenn, Shavantie, Dynile, Dontae, Jeremy, Shaquin, Rahiem, Montago, Shaquin, Monica; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Mable Joseph 63, of Coopers Town was held on November 5 at Revival Time Pentecostal Church of God in Coopers Town. Rev. Rex Carey and Bishop Archilaus Cooper officiated as sisted by other ministers. Interment was in the South Side Ceme tery in Coo pers Town. She is survived by her husband Sonny Joseph; son Nigel Wright; sis ter Rebecca McKenzie; brothers Bishop Henry Joseph, Lofton, Earskin and Al phonso Wright; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relative and friends. Alfred Omar Penn was born on Septem ber 22, 1974, to John Penn and Whitlene Curry. Omar attended the Amy Roberts Primary School and furthered his educa tion at Abaco Central High School. He received his senior education at Hawsbill High School in Freeport, Grand Bahama. At the age of 16 he worked at the Green Turtle Club. He worshiped at St. Peters Anglican Church and was an altar boy for many years. He later moved to Freeport where he worked at BORCO Oil Refinery and later Dol phin Ma rina. While in Freeport, Omar obtained his Maritime License. Later he became self-employed as a car salesman. Omar returned home to Abaco and lived in Marsh Harbour where he worked at Island Cellular. Omar was a avid boats man, a Scout leader with the 10th Abaco Sea Scout Company, took part in mentoring young adults with baseball and a good father to his kids Antonie, Ahmard and Lorenz, who he took as his own son. Omar read his Bible and pondered some very impor tant verses. On October 28 Omar died at the age of 37 in a fatal traffic accident that sent him home to meet the Lord, his maker. He is survived by his children Antonie and Ahmard Penn and Lorenz Carter; par ents John Penn and Whitlene Curry; spe cial friend Josefina Adderley; sisters Natasha Curry, Nattel Russell, Jonnae Penn and Nicky Wells; brothers Ondrae Rolle and Chad Cooper; aunts Mavis Jmayoff, Margarette Curry, Remilda Thomas, Leo nie Penn and Enid Quant; uncles Tellis and Beltrum Curry, Lee, Jr., Daniel and McDonald Penn and Neville Adderley; nieces Aryanna Rolle, Cynthia Rolle and Andrea Wells; nephew Chaz Curry; brother-inlaw Andre Wells; aunts-in-law Sylvia and Ingrid Curry, Mayglena Penn and Shelia Adderley; uncles-in-law George Jmayoff and Maurice Quant; grandaunts Violet Roberts, Jenny Reckley, Berline, Viola and Marion Curry; granduncles Paul and James Curry; godparents Sandra and Kev in McIntosh and Joel Reckley; godchildren Whitley, Sharine, Paulette, Deaisha, Searia, Natalee, Jersey and Angelique; cousins Chandra Penn, Otis, Reggie, Brent, Clint, Colby, Dennis, Rosie Mayhand, Vonet ta Spence, Emma Cason, Portia and Joe Haywood; and many other relatives and friends. A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Capt. Lewis Augustus Key was held on November 9 at Bible Truth Hall in Marsh Harbour. Intern ment was in the Garden of Memories in Marsh Harbour. April 24, 1935 ~ November 3, 2011.Obituaries of Family and Friends Prisca Pris McIntosh Mable Joseph Lewis Key Omar PennDonate Books to Your Commuinity Library Watch the Box Cart Racesin Hope Town Races begin at NoonAlburys Ferry ServiceSaturday, November 26, 2011Departing Marsh Harbour ferry dock 10:30 am 12:15 pm 2 pm Returning to Marsh Harbour 1:30 pm 3 pm 4 pm Transportation from Hope Town ferry dock provided free to Big Hill
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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Tragedy From Page 1 a passenger of a boat that had capsized try ing to exit the North Man-O-War channel. The 46-foot boat was carrying a total of six and was destined for Haiti, according to Abacos Superintendent of Police, Noel Curry. Mr. Curry said that the captain of the Grand Bahama-registered boat called Hideout acquired documents from Cus toms for three persons to go to Haiti on November 4. However, six persons left on the boat Monday morning. According to Justin Noice, BASRA Hope Town responded to the call, which did not initially indicate which Man-O-War channel the boat capsized in. Clay Wilhoyte and his son Andrew braved the stormy seas and approximately 15-foot waves as they searched the perilous waters between Hope Town and Man-O-War first, then on to the north end of Man-O-War. glimpse of a history that is still alive. As he looked forward to rediscover ing Abaco during his visit, the Governor General instructed Abaconians to be aware of the totality of their Bahamian heritage and to always remember who and what we are. He concluded by reminding them that Bahamians have a distinct identity among people throughout the world. Although we live on Abaco, all of The Bahamas is our heritage. Wherever you go, you are Bahamian, he declared. From S.C. Bootle High School, he briefly visited with the nursing staff at the Coopers Town Community Clinic en route to Fox Town Primary School where the teachers and students had prepared an -Governor From Page 2 other unforgettable ceremony. Sixth grade moderators Cadidra Thomas and Tiko Rolle began the special assembly shortly after the Governor Generals arrival. Sir Arthur could be seen exchanging de lightful laughter with his wife as he lightly tapped his feet to the tune of the music that was a part of the students performances, which showcased many old Bahamian dances as well as the popular ring play. After the students had completed their presentations, the Governor General mingled with them instead of speaking from the po dium. His message was similar to that of the one he had spoken at S.C. Bootle, but there were a few more things he wished to say. In fact, it was the children that had given him the message, he said. Yet again, he emphasized that we are one people once we are Bahamian. Added to that, he told the students that they must stay in school and learn as much as they can while they are there. Education, as he put it, is two fold because it not only gives knowledge, but it will help them to earn a living. His final advice to the students was to always be grateful. The Governor General, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, posed with the students of Coopers Town Primary School. Mr. Noice said it was a really difficult rescue as there was a terrible rage on and the reef system between the cays is very dangerous. He said that Ralph, a boater from Man-O-War, happened upon the body of the 50-year-old boat owner who perished in the ordeal. As the BASRA boat worked its way along reef to rescue the other passengers, a call was made requesting a US Cast Guard helicopter to assist with the rescue. With some assistance four men were rescued from the sea; however, a fifth man that was spotted clinging to some wood disappeared from sight before he could be reached. He was not rescued. The BASRA boat, an inflatable, hardbottom speed boat with a center console, and the rescuers took a beating, Mr. Noice said. The center console broke off its base and Clay and Andrew were feeling physi cally bruised the day after. The Bahamas Defense Force boat was called in to pick up the rescued passengers and the body to shore. The survivors were carried to the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic where friends and family members Please see Tragedy Page 23
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 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. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel December 2011 SAILING VACATIONSCruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran Sunsail Tragedy From Page 22 waited anxiously to find out what happened. Sub-Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux of the Defense Force said, They did not pay attention to the weather advisory because small craft operators had been advised to remain in port. Sub Lt Deleveaux said that of the four men rescued, one man, the captain, claimed to be Bahamian and the others were Haitians. He said all their documents were washed out to sea. Police and Immi gration will now have to verify their status. The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter left just after noon. Local volunteers continued an additional search to no avail. Persons on several cays are still on the look out to find the final passenger, but the prevailing weather conditions make it an impossible task at this time.Another washed out to seaIn an unrelated incident, a visitor from Georgia was reportedly washed out to sea while taking pictures from a cliff at Wind ing Bay. Police were called just after 6 p.m. on November 7 and alerted BASRA Hope Town of the man at sea; however, due to damage sustained by the rescue boat and the distance from Hope Town, they could not respond. The area outside Winding Bay and Little Harbour is perilous even in fair weather. BASRA co-ordinated with the US Coast Guard once again, and the helicopter arrived to scan the area with an aircraft to monitor the helicopters status and ensure its safety due to the weather and area being searched. In the meantime, Dennis Lightbourn, an employee of the Abaco Club, tried to locate and rescue the visitor. He was on the top of the 40-foot high cliff when a wave knocked him over. He was then hit by a second wave before he could get back to a safe locations. He sustained a broken ankle, broken elbow and many abrasions and bruises. The Coast Guard called off its search and the aircraft and helicopter returned to base around 12:30 a.m. on November 8. The area on the cliff that the visitor went to take pictures was fenced off with the warning that the area was dangerous. Ac cording to reports he climbed the fence to get pictures of the large waves. The search continues; however, neither missing person has been found. By Dave Gale Theres a Rage on. This is an Abaco expression used to describe dangerously rough reef and channel conditions which can occur during fair weather with or with out wind. A Rage is caused by a combination of large ocean swells and Abacos unusual geographic layout with its sound, barrier reef and channels. Ground swells gener ated by distant storms crash and flow over and around Abacos barrier reef and cays, building the water level of the Abaco Sound (aka Sea of Abaco) higher than the ocean itself. Those unequal water levels soon become unstable and the waters of the Sound rush back out toward the swells which, of course, are still trying to come in. This causes unusually large waves. After the two levels become roughly equal, there may be a brief relative calm, but the cycle will repeat. A passable channel report by a helpful observer may be valid for only an hour or so. The factors affecting the intensity or frequency of the cycle are flow, or the slack. the neap tides. Certain combinations of these factors can cause exceptionally large and danger ous waves in the channels or deceptive, alltoo-short relatively calm periods. The worst combination of factors might be at the beginning of the tides ebb; at the start of a rushing-out period; during a spring tide; or just as a particularly large set of swells is coming in. Thats when there may be a really big wave. Some channels on Abaco develop Rage conditions more readily than others, but sometimes all channels are unusable. It depends on the direction of the ground swells. Whale Cay Passage enjoys the most deadly reputation. If there is a Rage on, it is inadvisable to attempt any channel either to or from the ocean, especially the Whale Cay Passage. The reefs would also be untenable for div ing, snorkeling and fishing and should be avoided until the Rage has subsided. A Rage can last from two to five days. Precautions -Ask for local advice from boats in the area, marinas or BASRA sta tions. Observe the channel for 15 minutes to better judge the wave action. But remember that with the change of the tide or any of the factors listed above, the condi tions could become worse (or deceptively better in the short-term) than anyones advice had indicated. Only you can be the judge of your boats seaworthiness and you and your crews ability. A good passage An explanation of a ragereport may be valid for only an hour or so. In the immortal, but unofficial, VHF announcement by one of our BASRA vol unteers, This heres a message to all boats. This is BASRA. Any boat thinking about going through Whale Cay today -DONT! Now, if ye get lost, we aint sendin no boat for ye. Amen.
Page 24 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 the only one left out of that crowd now. He is 88 years old and the oldest senior in our settlement. He still has interesting stories to tell and you can find him sitting on his porch most any day the weather allows. It was a lovely day for a funeral and a beautiful ceremony with all her family there. Although the officiating minister did not actually know Ms. Doris, he ad mitted after listening to several testimo nies from family members and friends and seeing the large congregation of well wishers that he felt confident in attesting to her goodness and gave an encourag ing message about the legacy she left be hind to Love One Another. She lived in a simple wooden house all her life, married and raised nine children, 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, all of whom loved her dearly. What more can one ask for in this life than to be content in our place and be sur rounded by the ones we love.Correction The picture we put in the October 15 issue was of Lola Pinder with Rev. Neilly, not Doris Lowe.South From Page 7 Central Abaco Dist. Council October 31 By Timothy Roberts During the monthly meeting of the Central Abaco District Council, three submitted tenders for the maintenance of the Central Abaco Landfill were reviewed and a contract was awarded to Island Design Builders. Tenders were received from C & B Builders in Crossing Rocks for $480,000 per annum, Tough Rock in Sandy Point for $384,000 per annum and from Island Design Builders in Marsh Harbour for $444,000 per annum. As the tenders were reviewed, a motion was passed to limit the awarding of the contract to one year only, not three years, as some tenders requested a longer term. One Council member abstained from the final vote on the awarding of the contract citing the significant flaws in the present landfill system that prevent it from being operated as a landfill. Another Council member abstained from the vote as well. One member who had been absent from the previous meeting in which a recommen dation for a stone crab harvesting operation was passed made a motion that the Council add a stipulation to their recommendation that no stone crabs can be harvested out of season. The motion was passed. Mrs. Key requested that a letter be writ ten from the Council to roadside mechan ics that have been granted land along S.C. Bootle Highway that they remove all ve hicles within 40 feet of the side of the road, which is stipulated in their leases. They will be given two weeks to comply. If they do not, the vehicles will be removed. The Council agreed to write the letters. After reviewing several issues concern ing workers contracted by local govern ment, Chief Councillor George Cornish wants to set up a meeting with all of the workers to let them know exactly what is expected of them and to let them know the labor laws that govern them. Administrator Cephas Cooper informed the Council that due to a small grant from the government, part of the Small Home Repairs Program, a construction crew will be making minor repairs to several homes of the elderly and less fortunate of the community. Town Planning Board Nov 3 By Timothy Roberts The Central Abaco District Town Planning Board met on November 3 reviewing four plans for residences, storage sheds and a fence, altogether worth an estimated $275,000 and discussed town planning matters. Deputy Chairman Ellis Stuart noted that a triplex across from the Ambassador Inn recently opened a liquor store in one of the apartments. The Board unanimously agreed that this was clearly undesirable and will seek advice on what can be done about it. Administrator Cephas Cooper said that the first step that the Board could take is to write a letter to the Business License office in Nassau to voice their concerns on what has taken place. One unit of a triplex in Marsh Harbour across from the Ambassador Inn has been turned into a liquor store. This is a concern of the Town Planning Board that will report this to the Business License office in Nassau. Local Government at Work
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 25 Humblestone From Page 8 As I write this, my mind goes back to living in Nassau, breaking down by the side of the road and a busy, prominent law yer changing my tire on West Bay Street, his silk tie dangling close to the hood of my broken down car. The Bahamas breeds gentlemen who assist women not because they believe them to be incompetent but because Old School manners and chivalry are ingrained in them. There is nothing worse than having a revolving door smash into your face as a lout with no social graces pushes past to get to the interior of a building first. If the gen tleman was accompanying me, I would do one more revolution and exit. Ask a woman if she appreciates a car door being opened or a seat pulled out, and she will probably reply in the affirma tive. However, a woman who mocks the extended hand and moves around the table to a vacant seat is ungracious. However, these are not concerns which will probably ever beset our surfers wife whom I saw days later sitting around the pool with an infant bobbing on her knee and both eyes keenly trained on two small children playing in the water. Mr. happy-go-lucky surfer stayed for about a week at the Lodge; he had himself a wonderful tan lazing in the sun and caught many a wave by the Abaco Inn on his retrieved surf board. Meanwhile, the little lady took up the slack as she probably does all year. They left in much the same way as they arrived. I have not seen them since. I wonder if she still has the excess baggage or if she has moved him out!
Page 26 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529Cherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752 Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Wood Cay Tangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 villa 365-2222 Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http.//www.abacocottage.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.comRev. Nov 11Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon Thompson242-357-6532Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! www.lbtmarine.com firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 By Timothy Roberts As Schooner Bay continues the develop ment of a new harbour-side settlement, it is reaching out to the local business com munity to invest in the future of this town by opening a business there. Speaking to a group of over 20 Abaco businessmen and women, Director of Mar keting and Public Relations, James Mal colm, called on their pioneering spirit to build in this development that is forging a new road as a traditional yet sustainable new community. We are pioneers and we are growing something new here on Abaco, and we want you to be a part of its success. Mr. Malcolm said that in the initial phase they are seeking a limited group of businesses that they believe can be success ful in the early years of the development and are making these available for the busi ness community to bid on. They are seeking services such as prop erty management, transportation, waste management and boat hauling and storage. They are taking bids on electric cart sales, automotive and marine fuel stations, grocery stores, hardware and housewares, ma rine supplies and coffee and bakery shops. Mr. Malcolm indicated that sales in the first phase area, located around the harbour and the island, are going well with about 50 of the 140 available lots sold. They expect by the summer of 2012 to have about 25 homes completed. They project that there will be about 25 new homes built each year with the goal to reach about 100 homes in four years. While Schooner Bay is small and growing, there is already a regional market available nearby with Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point south of the development and Bahama Palm Shores and Casuarina Point to the north, he said. Mr. Malcolm said that Schooner Bay is not interested in managing businesses; they want business people to take the opportuni ties. We will do what we can in the early stages to assist and make sure your busi ness is successful, he said. The bidding process will be open to all and fair. We will look at every bid fairly, review them on their own merits and will choose based on what we feel fits the town the best. Local business persons have been given the priority in bidding on the business opportunities offered. After they see the local bids from Abaco, they will then advertise the opportunities in Nassau. He indicated that they are flexible, knowing that the community is presently small. They will possibly pair up busi nesses like a coffee shop with a bakery/deli together or a harbour fuel station with sun dries and marine supplies. We will work together with the businesses to ensure they are able to succeed. We need your help to move this com munity forward. In five years this will be the place to be, Mr. Malcolm said.Schooner Bay makes appeal to businessmen James Malcolm, right, Director of Marketing for the Lindroth Development Company, spoke to the people who had shown an interest in opening a business in Schooner Bay. He explained the great opportunity to be part of the unique development. He assured them that the company would work with them to make sure they were successful. Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9am 5pm Mon. Thurs 9am 3 pm Fri.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section A Page 27 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 367-3067Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 26 Oct 11 All phones use area code 242 unless noted Compliments 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 Note: During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the office for the changes. 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: email@example.com Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War Closed Aug 14 to End of Nov
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November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 19 NUMBER 22 NOVEMBER 15th, 2011 Trick or Treaters are out in On November 3 the much-anticipated launch of the Junior Achievers program took place at S.C. Bootle High School where 25 students were awaiting the arrival of the JA officials. Many years ago this school had a very active JA program. These students are now eager to open their business and get started. This is Don MacKay Boulevard in central Marsh Harbour where traffic was slowed way down. Many did not venture out for fear their cars would stall. The heavy rains came at high tide that exaggerated the problem. However, the roads drained quickly when the rains stopped. Don MacKay Boulevard has a large storm drain that is very effective. Public and private schools were dismissed mid-morning so children could get home safely. One Marsh Harbour resident recorded about 10 inches of rain. By Timothy Roberts Torrential rains brought considerable flooding and attempted to dampen the mood of little children looking for Hallow een goodies on October 31; however, the weather broke long enough to let trick or treaters make their rounds. The rain was caused by the meeting of a tropical wave, located in the Western Carib bean, with a high pressure system that pushed slowly into the Northern Bahamas. The mix ture of cool and warm air brought Abaco its largest dose of rain for the year and bringing more flooding than Hurricane Irene. By mid-morning all schools in the Cen tral Abaco area were closed, partially due to the rain as well as a lack of electricity and water. It is unknown if the power and water outage was related to the weather. Areas of Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard, as well as a num ber of side roads in Marsh Harbour became nearly impassable and several cars stalled in the flooded streets. Houses became inac Please see Page 2 Dont miss these events It was October 31 when Abaco was deluged with huge amounts of rain about 10 inches in Central Abaco. It looked doubtful that the Trick or Treaters would be able to make their rounds. But the rains stopped, the roads cleared enough of the water so people and traffic could move around. This is a group in Marsh Harbour. By Canishka Alexander As the first week of November rolled in so did the orientation sessions for sev eral Junior Achievement companies. The theme for the 2011-2012 year is Passion ately Pursuing Purpose. The members of the Junior Achievers of S.C. Bootle High School held their first meeting with Chervon Morley, program manager for Abaco, explaining the program. She discussed leadership quali ties, the financials aspects of the compa ny, the role of advisors, production and marketing, competitions and the JA point system. Chavonne Reid, executive advisor at the school, said they are excited about the program, and they are ready for the chal lenge ahead. Please see Page 4 Soon after sunset on November 9 The Legacy, Abacos weekly mailboat, was broadsided by a wave as it was coming in North Bar Channel. Information is sketchy but we understand the wave forced the boat onto the rocks at the northen end of Lynyard Cay. The stranded boat had 18 aboard, nine crew and nine passengers. Several boats from Hope Town respond ed to the distress call, all with BASRA volunteer members. Coast Guard sent a helicopter and other aircraft to the scene to rescue the people aboard. They were all safely evacuated and taken to Marsh Harbour. A few had minor injuries. The rage seas were treacherous that night with Tropical Storm Shawn station ary just to the northeast of Abaco. The seas had been running 15 to 17 feet offshore. We received this information just hours before sending the paper to the printer. The December 1st issue will have more details and hopefully pictures.Remember register to vote
Page 2 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Murphy Town and Dundas Town have low lying areas, particularly along Forest Drive, that were badly affected by the rains of October 31. These areas did not drain as quickly as the roads. This is Queen Elizabeth Drive in Central Marsh Harbour. During the morning of Octo ber 31 cars stalled because of the deep water. Another danger were all the potholes that could not be seen. In some areas it was hard to tell exactly where the road was. Queen Elizabeth Drive by Memorial Plaza was one large lake. Farther on that road near the corner of Pelican Shores Drive the water was too deep for cars to cope with. Traffic had to go around that intersection by going through Little Orchard to avoid the water. From Page 1 cessible for some time in areas of Dundas Town and Murphy Town as lower areas off Forest Drive were inundated with rain water. The rainstorm lasted throughout the night and into Tuesday, November 1, leav ing behind drainage issues that need addressing. The water settling in streets and yards off Forest Drive remained there for several days after the weather had passed, highlighting a need for better or proper drainage in the area. Also showing the need to be addressed is the drainage at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Water flooded the road to and from the terminal building, leaving drivers to play a guessing game as to where the potholes were. The parking apron at the terminal building was also considerably flooded and some passengers had to be carried to their airplanes on baggage carts to avoid walking in the water. Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Res cue, that assists the Ministry of Works in keeping the drainage systems cleared, was only able to clear one of the airports drains, while the other proved to be too clogged up to blow out with high pressure water. A new drain was put in by November 4 and brought some relief. The Marsh Harbour drainage system in town otherwise fared well with the major ity of standing water drained away within 24 hours of the storm system. Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS!
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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 From Page 1 The first orientation took place with the Water and Sewerage-sponsored company on November 1. Although the students had not yet selected a company name, they discussed the board of directors, bylaws and the com panys vision and mission statement. Their advisors, Sherlyn McKenzie and Erin Lightbourne, were in the session along with Ishmael Morley, youth coordinator for the Min. of Youth, and Chervon Morley. Mr. McKenzie, who has been a part of the program for the past three years, said that it has been a learning expe rience for him. The following day, the Morleys visited with the BEC-sponsored company, which was a much larger group. The students had already decided on their company name, which was LIGHTERS. The acronym stands for Leading Into Greater Heights To Experience Real Success. They, too, were deciding on the companys bylaws, vision and mission statement. Advisors Randy Curry, Latoya Lightbourne, Errolene Hanna and Antonyah Wright were present; Other advisors are Eva Bain and Greta Pintard. Before the Morleys left for First Carib bean International Bank, they presented a plaque to Mr. Curry for Quitel Charlton, who won a Youth Award of Excellence from the Governor General for being the first National Most Distinguished Achiever of the Year. As they visited the students who were a part of the JA company being sponsored by First Caribbean. Juanyette Stuart-Curry, executive director, explained that the stu dents were broken up into groups to brain storm and decide on the companys name, vision and mission statement. When that exercise was finished, all of their thoughts were brought together and the best were chosen from them. This is the third year that First Caribbean has been involved, and in the first two years, they won the distinguished title of Company of the Year. Youth Month By Canishka Alexander Continuing with the theme of National Youth Month, Celebrating Youths: Get Involved five students participated in the Ministry of Youths Speech Competition on October 26 at St. Johns Parish Hall. Ashley Burrows from Abaco Central High School was selected as the winner, Olijimi Scott, also from Abaco Cen tral, placed second and Hope Ramotar representing S.C. Bootle High School took third place. Others competing were Candace Scott of Abaco Central and Vance Poitier of S.C. Bootle. Several Toastmasters were on hand to moderate, judge and time the competi tion. During her speech Candace Scott en couraged youths to trust in their inner abil ities and to do their best to make the people of their Bahamaland proud. Ashley Burrows proved to be passionate about her topic. She spoke about the need for more opportunities to be provided for youths so that they can be involved in deci sion making and be more involved in their respective communities. Vance Poitier observed that ones youth ful days are one of the great learning processes of trial and error that shape them into the adults that they will become later on. He said the way to celebrate youth in our society is by motivating and encourag ing them to be great. Hope Ramotar instructed youths to rise above challenges and to turn negatives into positives in order to become an achiever. She told them that the world is theirs to change, and it is something that they can look back on and be proud of. Olijimi Scott shared how being involved in a program like Junior Achievement has positively impacted his life, and he encour aged fellow youth to get involved with similar programs to keep occupied and to reach their full potential. At the end of the competition, all of the students were congratulated for the prepa ration they had put into their speeches. By Canishka Alexander Joined by Senior Mistress Shannals Johnson, Marcus Bethel, CEO of Ken tucky Fried Chickens Abaco branch, made a donation to two students of St. Francis de Sales School on October 19. Abbey Gay Raymore, an eighth grade student, and Octavia Dean-McIntosh, a 12th grade student, received laptops as prizes for winning the primary and high school categories of the annual KFC Essay Competition. Mr. Bethel said that KFC was proud to continue its sponsorship of the laptops for the students through the essay compe tition as a way of encouraging them. He left them with three principles: keep God first, listen to their parents and listen to their teachers. In order for you to succeed, you need to get a good foundation through educa tion, Mr. Bethel continued. It is criti cal, and those kids that are here, if you are a C or a D student, you can still turn it around. You just have to apply your self to your schoolwork. Certificates were presented to all of the students who had participated in the essay competition. Mr. Bethel donated two additional laptops to the schools computer lab for primary school students. Ms. Johnson made a presentation to Mr. Bethel and thanked him for his generosity and for always being there for St. Francis. You are a true philanthropist, and you are very concerned about the education of the students here on Abaco. We truly ap preciate you, and we thank God for you. Continue to do well in all of your endeav ours, she said. By Canishka Alexander According to Principal Huel Moss, some structural work was carried out dur ing the summer to repair cracks in the walls of several of the classroom blocks at S.C. Bootle High School. Unfortunately, Hurri cane Irene caused roof and ceiling damage to several classroom blocks and the staff room. In fact, one music classroom cannot be used because of the excessive growth of mold on the ceiling. This is causing respiratory problems for teachers and students. The Chief Coun Please see Page 5 Ashley Burrows Marcus Bethel of Kentucky Fried Chicken donated four computers to St. Francis de Sales School, two for the computer lab and two were given to the winners of the KFC Essay Competition. He is shown here with Abbey Gay Raymore. In Office DatesNovember 14-16Man-O-WarNov 15 11am-1pm242-367-0020
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 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 cillor for North Abaco has gotten at least four bids to repair the damage, and these have been forwarded to the Ministry of Education for further action, Mr. Moss explained. To compound the problem, when it rains, water is retained and channeled into certain classrooms due to the newly installed sidewalks, preventing the water from draining off. Even during light rains, the janitorial staff has a tough time mopping up and getting rooms ready for classes. He said that they are currently awaiting a response from either local government, the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Works to get the repairs done. It has been estimated that repairs could cost any where from $15,000 to $25,000. However, on a positive note, Mr. Moss said that S.C. Bootle High School has re ceived a much needed electrical upgrade because it had been operating for decades with the same electrical setup from the schools inception. It was a major undertak ing with a lot of trench ing and installation of new circuit boxes and switches. BEC has completed its switchover, and we are just waiting on the electrical contractor to complete his work and re-pave the trenched area. Most, if not all, of our classrooms and offices need electri cal fixture upgrades (outlets, lights, fans, etc.), he disclosed. Even though he was not obligated to, the electrical contractor assisted in getting some of the fixtures work ing. By Jennifer Hudson Agape Christian School presented its second annual Art Explosion on November 4 and 5 in the schools Grace Gym. Art Explosion 2012 showcased a variety of Ba hamian arts and crafts featuring the work of local artist vendors and some students of the school. Among the many familiar faces once again presenting their arts and crafts were Joe Albury with his half boat models, Lil lian Cash with her Its in the Bag distinc tive straw bags, Edna Kemp with a large array of sea glass, shell and coconut jewel lery and other crafts and Rhonda Pearces beautiful photographic scenes of Bahamas. Other crafts on display were driftwood pic ture frames, bowls and other wood-turned items, quilting and crochet work as well as a large variety of beaded jewellery. This year several newcomers made a pleasing addition to the show. Shirley Higgs, who is well known for her garden ing skills, showed how talented she is with a paintbrush. She displayed a beautiful collection of acrylics on canvas depicting flowers which were all grown in her garden. This was her first time at an art show having only begun painting less than a year ago, and she was excited to have already sold several of her paintings. Another newcomer was Christine Sawyer displaying a large variety of baskets and jewellery, all handmade from Baha mian pine needles, raffia and baked clay. These intricate handwoven designs take hours to perfect and each is unique. Johnny Cash, another first timer, has been hiding his light under a bushel for many years and finally decided to uncover his talents to the public. He dis played a wide range of pic tures painted over the course of many years along with jew ellery and craft items made by his wife. Students from the Agape Sschool were invited once again this year to participate in the show with their own booth. Several took advantage; Johanan Cartwright and An drew Sweeting displayed their drawings and paintings for the second year. First timers this year were Deanna MacDonald and Kennedy Romer selling their draw ings, Alyssa Pinder with crafts, Jenna Al bury with shell work, Racquel Albury with jewellery and Mikayla Marshall with hair clips and ornaments utilizing driftwood and sea fans. The large display of Agape students From Page 4 The first District Spelling Bee for the school year took place on November 4 at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall in Dundas Town. Thirteen students took part representing Abaco Central High School, Cyber Learning Center, S.C. Bootle High, Moores Island All Age School and St. Francis de Sales School. At the end of the competition Radisha Destini of St. Francis emerged the winner, followed by Kadesha Canton of Abaco Central High School in second place and Jorline Au guste of S.C. Bootle in third place. The top three students received trophies and certificates and the other participants received a certificate each. More men are doing outstanding work with wood. A new person to this craft is Keith Stratton whose work is displayed here at the Agape Christian School Art Explosion. Please see Page 6
Page 6 Section B The Abaconian November 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 BJC and BGC SE art and craft work was interesting and impressive. Some beautiful and imaginative work had been produced including collages, cross stitch, macram, needlepoint, string work and much more. A kids craft area kept the art teacher and her assistants very busy. This was a very popular spot all day with children eagerly making Christmas stockings, tree decorations, Christmas wreaths and a va riety of other items. Jewellery making was especially popular with the girls. A bouncy castle provided an enjoyable way for the From Page 5 kids to let off steam outside. After enjoying perusing the varied items for sale, many people chose to rest their legs and socialize in the refreshment area provided. Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, sweet treats and beverages helped revive any flagging energy. By Mirella Santillo Fifty-one members of the Interact Club at Forest Heights Academy were of ficially inducted on October 26. This is an all time record number for an Interact Club on Abaco. This years club will be di rected by President Deanza Cox, Vice-President Ali Boyce, President Elect Rebecca Stra chan, Treasurer Vincent Rob erts and two Sargents-at-Arm, Carlito Pinder and Sinclair King. They will be seconded by a Junior Secretary, Janett Col lins, and a Junior Treasurer, Ali Bethel. Members of the Rotary Club, Youth Committee Chair man Ian Carroll and two advi sors, Alana Carroll and Lori Thompson, handled the job of pinning all of the members. The ceremony was followed by pizza and soft drinks. As this years commitment the clubs new members have pledged to raise more money to combat polio and to dedicate themselves to expand the garden they started cultivating at the side of the school to sell or give away some of their produce. Advisor Lori Thompson reminded the students that the Interact Club is not a so cial club but a service club and that they were expected to be at least four func tions to remain an active member. They will receive their certificates at the end of the school year when they have proven to have been active members. The ceremony ended with a tour of the fruit and vegetable garden.Teachers are Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foun dation invited Monique Hinsey of the Ly ford Cay Foundation and Makia Gibson of Yes to Education to make presentations at the Professional Development Seminars for Public Schools on Abaco on October 24. High school teachers along with their guidance counselors and administrators were given a workshop on A College-go ing Culture Changing Lives, Improving Schools, Transforming Communities. Mr. Gibson made a tongue-in-cheek statement to the teachers, saying, Par ents are sending the best children that they have to school; theyre not holding the bad ones at home. He encouraged teachers not to have their students settle for only being literate, but to push them to critical literacy so that they do not just un derstand what they read, but how the text influences or changes them as the reader. He further shared with the teachers about some of the best practices among high achieving schools in Ontario, Canada, One of the more popular booths at the Art Explosion at Agape Christian School offered beads that the custom ers could make into jewellery right there. It offered a wide selection of beads and other materials. This crafter made many earrings for the art show. Ad ditionallly she made them to order while the customer waited. These are the officers of the Interact Club at Forest Heights Academy: Ali Bethel, Janett Collins, Vincent Roberts, Carlito Pinder, Ali Boyce, Deanza Cox, Shannon Steele, Re becca Strachan and Sinclair King. Please see Page 7
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfront .Lunch & Dinner Daily ICE RENTAL BIKES Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour We 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 Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 and urged teachers to do their best to close the achievement gap among students and to bring their lowest achieving stu dents up. Teachers were given informa tion on a Spanish immersion program for students in Panama and several upcoming workshops. Further information can be obtained from the website: www.yesto education.com Mrs. Hinsey gave an impassioned pre sentation where she encouraged the entire teaching staff of the schools to be a part of creating the College Going Culture on their campus. This task is often left up to the guidance counselor, but she encour aged teachers to shift their thinking and realize that it is the job of every member of staff. She made several practical sug gestions to the teachers which included creating a Brag Sheet of graduates who have gone on to college from their school; to offer classes in SAT preparation; to include college level assignments in their classes; to research and show students summer enrichment programs that are abroad, to create a wall of fame or hall way of honor. One of the schools goals should be to have every new student that enters their school, know that the educa tion that they will receive will allow them to have a very successful life. Teachers ended the session by creating a plan of action that they will take to cre ate a College Going Philosophy in their school and wider community. The guidance counselors and adminis trative teams signed up for the Own The Turf initiative that is done in conjunction with College Board. Mrs. Hinsey shared that The Bahamas is the only country outside of the U.S. to be a part of this program which seeks to make available to counselors every resource that will allow them to assist their students in prepara tion for college. She shared that counsel ors will be able to sit at their computers and participate in webinars without the expense of having to travel to these work shops. Leazona Richard, Administrator of Ab aco Pathfinders, will be the point person on Abaco and will facilitate group ses sions for the counselors. By Samantha V. Evans Educators on Abaco had two days of professional development training on Oc tober 24 and 25. Primary school teachers met at St. Andrews Methodist Hall and high school teachers met at Abaco Central High School. The focus of the workshop for primary From Page 6 High school teachers attended a seminar that urged them to prepare students for college. Two speakers were brought in from Lyford Cay Foundation and Yes to Education to give ideas on how to get students to have the mindset to further their education. The seminar was held at Abaco Central High School and included teachers from all high schools on Abaco. school teachers was on reading. Sharmane Miller, a seasoned teacher, was the presenter for this session. The theme was Fostering Competence, Character, and Citizenship in Pursuit of Excellence in Education Mrs. Miller exposed the teach ers to strategies that work regardless of whether the children have English as their first language or not. The sessions were mainly interactive incorporating group focused activities. The teachers got a chance to learn from each other and to brainstorm what they can do to improve problems being expe rienced within the classroom. Mrs. Miller told them that some of the things they do in the classroom sometimes hinder learn ing so she encouraged them to take a step back to ensure that what they do and say is bringing out the best in the students. She further spoke to them about the value of incorporating music and fun activities into the learning process. She demonstrated these during the sessions as well. Some of the areas covered during this session were reasons readers struggle with reading com prehension, major comprehension problems, skills proficient readers have and the reading process. During the lunch break Makia Gibson from the group Yes to Education spoke to the teachers about the goal of his company which is to prepare high school students for jobs that do not yet exist. He spoke of research that has been done on new edu cational phenomenon and attempts being made to redefine the role of teachers, the school and learners. He spoke about emo tional intelligence which will be of para Primary school teachers attended a two day seminar held at the Methodist Church Hall in Dundas Town. The focus of the seminar was to improve reading. Shown is Sharmaine Miller, one of the presenters. Please see Page 8
Page 8 Section B The Abaconian November 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.com From Page 7 mount importance in the future. He gave them examples of some of the best practices of schools in other countries. Mr. Gibson told them that there are three things that best schools have. Only the are best people are selected to become teachers, teachers are well trained and teachers who work together to close the achievement gap. He encouraged the edu cators to attend the workshop that will be held in February 2012 on Grand Bahama at which time they will hear from some of the leading minds in education. He asked the teachers to submit names of students who can benefit from their French and Spanish Cadet Style Programs to the district super intendents office. On day two the teachers attended workshops held at their assigned schools. By Samantha V. Evans Central Abaco Primary School gave its students a day to dress up as their favor ite character with the possibility of being named the winner of the Halloween Cos tume Competition. On October 28 more than 30 students came adorned in their costumes from head to toe. They wore costumes such as Batman, Cat Woman, witches, Medusa, Superman, Sumari, The Thing and so much more. In the afternoon the students took part in a school parade where they modeled their costumes. At the end of the competition, the top four costumes were named. The win ner was Serenity Simon of Grade 2, who These are the winners of the costume competition at Central Abaco Primary School. Please see Page 9 The stuffed guys were lined up before being taken to the bonfire. Guy Fawkes Day com menorates the British capturing Guy Fawkes before the Parliament building was blown up with gunpowder in the early 1600s. Some of these guy have firecrackers inside them. Later in the evening a large bonfire was lit and one by one the Guys were thrown on the fire which caused the firecrackers to go off. This event is a fundraiser with hamburgers, hot dogs and sweet goodies for sale.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 was dressed as cat woman; in second place was Trinity Saintville of Grade 2, who was dressed as a witch; in third place were two students: Benjamin Cornish of Grade 3, who was dressed as a sumari and Wilidjef Davis of Grade 4, who was dressed as Su perman. These students were treated to ice cream for taking part in this event. By Samantha V. Evans On October 6 the first Parent Teacher Association meeting of this school year was held at Abaco Central High School to chart the way forward for the new school year. The parents were addressed by Prin cipal Albert Jones who spoke to them about their achievements last year and plans to make this a better school year. The outgoing PTA president, Bishop Anthony Campbell, spoke to the parents about the role they play in the lives of their children and encouraged them to do all they can to support their children in their educational pursuits. He told them that he will not be seeking re-election as his schedule is too busy. However, he stated that he will work along with the new board to help the school achieve their goals. Twelve officers were elected to the PTA Board. The President was Luckie Innocent; Vice-president Jason Quashie; Treasurer Lavern Stubbs; Assistant Trea surer Elizabeth Nixon; Secretary Patricia Saunders; Assistant Secretary Mr. McIn tosh; Chaplin Bishop Anthony Campbell; and five persons were named as public relations officers: Devius Mercius, Whitney Bain, Samantha Evans and Dashinka Rob erts and Shantell Penn. The newly-elected president is excited about this opportunity to make this school better for the students. He stated that to accomplish their goals will require all of them working together. By Samantha V. Evans Carolynn Hall-Knowles and a team of special educators were on Abaco on No vember 3 to host a town meeting called INSPIRE which is an acronym for Invest ing in Students and Programs for the Inno vative Reform of Education. The focus of the meeting was to discuss policy and standards that are working for special educa tion, legislation for inclusive education and identification of special needs in children. This meeting was held at Central Abaco Primary School. Stakeholders from various areas were invited to attend to contrib ute to what they hope will result in inclu sive education for all students. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the International Development Bank. The program has three components: na tional framework for technical and vocational education, investing in the future and strengthening sector management. The group learned about inclusive education and took part in group discussions to ad dress the follow: identification, planning, and parental involvement. The stakeholders were divided into three groups to discuss the three areas mentioned above. At the end of the discussion, they shared their suggestions with the whole group. The first group spoke on identifi cation and noted six areas that should be considered including stereotyping, broadFrom Page 8 ening legislation, parental denial of childs needs, disorders may be hereditary, provide teachers with training in areas of dis abilities and make special education classes mandatory for education students. The second group addressed planning for inclusive education. Some of the areas they would like to be considered includes having high school students work with spe cial education students/schools as a part of community service, have building codes updated to meet needs of special education children, educate parents so they know how to take care of special needs child, start a data base system to track special needs Please see Page 10 A group came from the Ministry of Education in Nassau to discuss the education of chil dren with special needs. The presenters are getting imput from many communities that will be compiled and presented for implementing. The Abaco College Fair will be held on November 15 at the Grace Gym at Agape Christian School. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many colleges from the United States, Bahamas and Canada will be in attendance. Ten high schools are expected to be in attendance and the public is also invited.
Page 10 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 From Page 9 children, make pre-school mandatory for special needs children, use technology to teach and encourage parental involvement. The final group discussed legislation and parental involvement. They suggested that parents be allowed to make requests for the educational needs of children, free mandatory screening of children be offered, training for teachers, individualized plans prepared to meet the specific needs of children and that parents be included in preparation, parents allowed to request special tools to assist with the development of the child, parents are given financial assistance for medical care, testing time shortened and scores of evaluations be shared with parents. At the end of the meeting Mrs. Knowles thanked the group for taking part in this discussion. She stated that they have a lot of work ahead of them to ensure that kids with special needs are made to feel a part of the community. She believes that this project will help them as her department continues to fight for the rights of special needs children. Mrs. Helen Simmons-Johnson, District Superintendent of Education, stated that she understands the needs of special chil dren very well as she, too, has had personal challenges in this area. She believes that Abaco is ahead of the game and invited the team to return. She hopes that legisla tion for inclusive education will come on stream soon. However, in the meantime, we must all continue to do our part to as sist these children find their place within society. Accompanying Mrs. Knowles were Zhen Rolle and Christine Cunnigham, who are both special education teachers. This special project will run for a one-year period and is being piloted at schools across The Bahamas that have the greatest need for such a program. By Canishka Alexander Toastmasters Internationals Youth Leadership Program was offered to stu dents for the first time last year, and according to Julieth Stuart McCafferty, vice president Public Relations of the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers, the program was offered once again on October 28. Mrs. McCafferty announced on Octo ber 26 that the program would be launched at Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy, Abaco Central High School and Horizons Academy. The program is designed to enable its participants to develop their potential to become better and more confident com municators and leaders through practical experience during the programs unique eight-week session. The participants re ceive training in learning to overcome nervousness when speaking before an au dience; in organizing and presenting ideas logically and convincingly; and in learn ing to listen carefully to others ideas and offer advice to help them on improving their speaking and leadership skills. The members participate in group discussion or meetings. Mrs. McCafferty added that the stu dents will be giving a five-minute speech, charge or talk on the Bahamas Christian Network every week night at the end of the newscast as well. By Jennifer Hudson The students of the Every Child Counts School held their first assembly of the school year on October 28 to introduce to parents, friends and well-wishers some of the things they had been working on since September. The students sat patiently waiting for the plane carrying some outof-town guests to touch down at the air port as they were eager to show everyone what they had prepared for them. The joy with which these children performed was infectious and created a very happy atmo sphere. Ms. Vernelles class of the youngest students performed an endearing rendition of I thank you father for making me me; not you; me! which some of them had illustrated with paintings done in their art class. Miss Ellens class of older children had been studying National Heroes of the Please see Page 11
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 From Page 10 Bahamas and their well-spoken presenta tions showed that they had done much research on the lives and achievements of Sir Milo Butler and Sir Lynden Pindling. Two new entities which have been formed since September are a choir and percussion group. These were under the direction of Ms. Garnell Limperes, who has recently returned from studying in the United States and is now helping to bring out the musical talents of these children. The choir, preceded by a quartet, sang which was followed by Mr. Mars classs percussion presentation. The drumming was remarkable and was ably accompanied by the players of the other percussion in struments. Music is a big thing for our kids, stated Ms. Limperes, and the stu dents displayed, by their enthusiasm and accomplishment, that, indeed, it is. School principal Lyn Major spoke of the new full-time art program which was initi ated in the school in September. Every child has art a couple of times a week, and the older students are part of an internship program. This entire program will be really valuable in helping the children ex press themselves, she stated. Several of the students held up art work that they had been working on for all to see, and it did, indeed, show that there is much artistic talent amongst these children. One of the senior students, Blake, held up a cupboard which he had decorated with his artwork and it was outstanding. We have some ex ceptional artists here and we are exploring ways in which we can use these talents to raise funds and maybe even turn this into a business in the future. We want to give the students ways to be a productive part of the community, informed Mrs. Major. The plan is for more pieces of furniture to be decorated for auction at a fundraiser for the school in February. Donations of old or new pieces of furniture are urgently needed for this program and will be grate fully accepted by the Every Child Counts School, tel 367-2505. So if you can help by donating in this way, the school would be very happy to hear from you. By Canishka Alexander Cyber Learning Centers Family Fun Day and Market was held on November 5 to aid in the construction of the new school building at its future site, which is located just off the Ernest Dean Highway. Accord ing to Cyber teacher, Ansel Cooper, the foundation has already been laid, and the expectation is that they will soon relocate. Vendors set up booths that displayed clothing, food and beverages, plants, face painting and games and gift items. Mr. Cooper said that the event had gone very well, and that they had enjoyed a fun-filled day with great support from the commu Every Child Counts, a school for special needs students, performed for parents and friends. New this school year is a choir and additional art classes. The students benefit from these areas in being able to express themselves. The programs they put on are al ways enjoyed by the audience. Please see Page 15
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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Marc Binard, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine,will be at Integrated Medicine on Nov. 17-22 Call 367-1304 for an appointment By Annie Potts Between 1836 and 1887 the British Im perial Lighthouse Service commissioned 11 manned lightstations to be built at re mote outposts in The Bahama Islands. So writes Annie Potts, who, with 30 plus years of sailing in Bahamian waters and a back ground in photography, has published the first book in 50 years to document the Ba hamian lightstations. Through photographs and text Ms. Potts takes us from armchair into the world of the builders, suppliers and keepers of these lighthouses with her new book, Last LightsThe Hand-Wound Lighthouses of The Bahama Islands. At first look, Last Lights is a photo graphic essay on Bahamian lighthouses, but it goes deeper. The striking, beautifully composed photographs show us the keep ers daily chores, but what also resonates throughout the book is the authors sense of The Bahamas and her plea to keep man ning the worlds last hand-cranked, kerosene-burning lighthouses. When the author first discovered that these lighthouses were threatened with automation, she decided to photograph and write about them in order to encourage their conservation. From im ages of their irreplaceable Fresnel glass lenses to intimate photographs of their keepers at work, Last Lights takes us into a world now threatened. Of the 11 manned lights, all but three have been automated and their large lenses and turning mechanisms removed. Ms. Potts writes about all 11 lights, providing us with photographs and specific information about each individually, and she also gives us the sense of the unique feeling for the presently manned towers and their keepers. Few of us will have an opportunity to visit all the Bahamian lighthouses, but this book almost enables us to do so without leaving our liv ing rooms. Tales of ghosts, shipwrecks and disappearances help us imagine past lives lived in these lonely places. Her brief history for their choice of loca tion gives us the context within which to understand the original need for each of these lights. The Bahamian lighthouses have always been costly and dif ficult to maintain. While it is clear that these lightstations are essen Lighthouse keeper Sam McPhee is examining the frensel lenses of the Hope Town Light Station with Dave Gale. This lighthouse was buil7 in 1863. Mr. Gale is the president of the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society whose goal is to preserve Bahamian light houses in their original state. tial as part of Bahamian maritime history, their presence as primary navigational aids is challenged. Operating the last manned stations will provide safety for ships at sea as well as an unbroken chain of the living history of the Bahamian people. The author believes it is vital to take advantage of this opportunity. This book is avail able at Ebb Tide in Hope Town, 3660088, or from Media Publishing in Nassau, 242-325-8210. The au thor can be contacted at lastlightsbahamas@ gmail.com. The frensel lenses take the light from a keorsene lan tern and magnify it so is visible miles out to sea. The five-flash squence is unique to the Hope Town light. This lighthouse keeper is Jeffrey Forbes. Book Review . Last Lights,
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 nity. All proceeds collected from an assort ment of donated plants went toward sup porting the local chapter of the Bahamas Red Cross. He thanked all sponsors and participants of the Family Fun Day and Market. Additionally, as part of the schools November activities, a Thanksgiv ing Dinner will be held on November 18. From Page 11 Face painting was popular at the Cyber Learning Fair By James Hull, MD I was driving on the road to Sandy Point on the weekend when I crested a rise in the road and found a car coming straight for me in my lane. This car was passing another car on a rise in the road which is a very dangerous maneuver. If the timing had been different, I might not be here to write this article. I drive to Treasure Cay twice per week and see some driving skills that are bound to lead to more deaths on our roads. If our drivers are waiting for our police to patrol the roads to get things under control, then we all have a problem. Why do we as a people need police to make sure we act in a responsible manner? Our personal actions should not put others at risk, and we should not need the police to force us to do so. I have seen far too many accidents on Abaco and many have taken the lives of our young, and far too many have taken the lives of those who were just in the wrong place. Our drivers should obey some basic laws like pulling their vehicles all the way off the road when they stop or have a break down. Do not pass on a corner or a rise in the road. Make sure you have a clear view of the road before initiating a pass. Please stay in your lane around any corners. Do not drive at such high speeds along our marginal roads. We need to take responsibility for our ac tions, and we need to demand accountabil ity from our government. They need to ex plain to us why it takes so long to repair our roads! The potholes in Marsh Harbour are bad and can damage your car. The potholes on the highways can cause serious accidents that again can lead to injuries and death. Who is responsible for the repairs to our roads? Whoever is responsible they need to take their job seriously, and our government needs to supply them with enough money to ensure the job is done quickly. We need to be responsible adults and stand up and demand better roads. After all, we pay for them in our taxes. Lets all drive to stay alive. I have focused on this concept before. Prevention of injury and death is one of the biggest parts of health care. And our driving habits and roads need to be better.Your Health
Page 16 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Dune Deterioration By Bradley Albury The storm surge over the weekend of November 5 took its toll on the ocean-side dune between Abaco Inn and Sea Spray Resort on Elbow Cay. Swells of up to 15 feet rolled through during peak high tides, flooding the narrow passage and knocking down a live transformer into the pooled sea water. The road was impassible for most of the day. Golf carts were bogged down in the wet sand and power was turned off for residents safety. This recent blow to infrastructure con tinues to stress businesses and homeown ers on the southern end of the island. Cou pled with the hazardous ridge just further north, the situation has become danger ous for both locals and visitors who wish to tour the historic settlement. With the Christmas season at hand, many are wor ried about how this unresolved problem from Augusts Hurricane Irene will affect business. The islands fragile economic recovery is threatened, and there is the very real danger of injury to anyone mak ing a trip through the critical, cliff-side stretch of road. As of November 7 the affected road at the foot of the battered dune was passable, though, certainly not acceptable or reflec tive of this revenue-generating settlement. The unhindered degradation of the dunes is likely to be a point of contention among the many second homeowners who pay taxes for their houses on the southern end of the island. Junior Mernard of Sea Spray Resort in formed us that equipment from Big Cat is expected to begin work on the White Sound dune. Sand will be pushed back in an at tempt to maintain the natural levee, how ever, reconstruction of the crumbling ridge just farther north is not in the budget and is, unfortunately, expected to remain as it is through the high-traffic tourist season. By Timothy Roberts The major concern discussed by the Hope Town District Council members during their monthly meeting on October 27 centered on the need for repairs at the up per (north) and lower (south) dune roads in White Sound that were damaged as a result of Hurricane Irene and another pass ing storm. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting said that the $80,000 allocated to repair the lower dune road from Central Government was made available on October 19. HowPlease see Page 17 The rage that Abaco experienced during the first weekend of November once again closed the road between Abaco Inn and Sea Spray Marina, isolating the south end of Elbow Cay. Each time the sand dune covers the road it is bulldozed back. But because it is loose sand, wave action pushes it back again. This is the third time the road has been closed in less than three months because of several feet of sand covering it, the first being during Hurricane Irene.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 From Page 16 ever, after consideration and input from the both the Council and the community, it is felt the money would be better served securing the upper dune road. Deputy Chief Councillor Harold Malone and Council members Don Cash and Donnie Carey observed that if repairs were not soon undertaken at the upper dune road, it would have to be shut down. The area has become increasingly dangerous as more sand erodes away leaving less and less road to drive on. Manager of Sea Spray Resort, Junior Mernard, agreed with the assessment, add ing that the lower dune road is easier to recover. He expressed concerns as they are rapidly approaching their busy season and they depend on that road to get to their properties. People are becoming more nervous as nothing is being done. Abaco Inn and Sea Spray as well as more than 100 residents live and do business south of the dune road. Mr. Mernard said that time is of the essence and that repairing the upper dune road will be more beneficial to the com munity to the south. A permanent solution is something that needs to be sought and considered after the area is secured. Mr. Sweeting is working urgently with the Ministry of Finance to get the funds re allocated to fix the upper dune road instead of the lower road, which he feels the gov ernment is willing to do. They are having an assessment done and expect to be able to accomplish the job with the same amount of funding. Mr. Sweeting is confident that by the first week of November the reallo cation will be completed and they will be able to proceed. Mr. Mernard is concerned that a con siderable amount of sand is being removed from the area that is needed for the restoration of the dune. People should not be able to remove the sand because the restoration of the road should take precedence over personal use. Mr. Sweeting was unaware that this was happening and will address a letter all per sons who sell sand to refrain from using that sand until the dune is restored. An issue was raised concerning a dock in Guana Cay that the Hope Town Council had given their recommendation for ap proval on earlier this year. More than a month ago it was noted that the builder had exceeded the 120 feet recommended by the Council and had constructed a gazebo. The Council notified the Port Authority, who went to give a cease and desist order; however, the builder produced a permit for a longer dock granted by the Port Author ity in Nassau and signed by Minister of the Environment, the Hon. Dr. Earl Deveaux. A copy of the permit was shown in the meeting. The Councillors expressed frustration that central government continues to grant permits and licenses without consulting with local government. The Council feels the dock being built in Guana Cay harbour is far too long and will present an obstruc tion to access other docks. The Council said that when government does things like this, it alienates the people of the area and makes local government lose confidence when their decisions are overturned or disregarded. Mr. Sweeting said the Council will write a letter expressing their displeasure and frustration with the decision by the Port Authority in Nassau and Dr. Deveaux in granting this permit without communi cating and seek input from the local group. The Library Restoration Committee members, Erika Russell and Sara Knowles, spoke to the Council about finalizing the plans to rebuild the Hope Town library. Presently, a second homeowner agreed to donate a large portion of the money to build a new library for Hope Town as the present one is dilapidated beyond repair. The plans for the library had evolved over several months to now be a two-story build ing with the addition of a community center included on the second floor and is expected to cost an additional $200,000 more. The library committee members said the footprint, which includes an outside porch and stairway, would be too large. They suggested removing the second story and moving the building back from the road to keep the area used for fundraising intact. They said that the community centre needs to be bigger than the one provided in the library plans and that they would look at putting it somewhere else. Council felt the suggestions were well warranted and agreed to approve the project as a single story building.
Page 18 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 By Mirella Santillo On October 25 dShan Maycock, Edu cation Officer at Friends of the Environ ment, organized a field trip to the man grove area of Camp Abaco for a group of students from Cyber Learning Center. It was the fifth trip to the mangroves since the beginning of October, the continuation of a school program that started in Febru ary. The program is aimed at educating stu dents about the importance of the environ ment, especially the mangrove wetlands which relate to the fishing industry. It was made possible through a small grant from Global Environment Facility and the WW Wild Life Fund. The field trips were designed as a fol low up to the Size Matters campaign which was aimed at making fishermen realize the importance of letting crawfish grow to their full size before catching them. Since the fishing industry is one of Abacos main revenue sources and since many school children come from fishing families, Mrs. Maycock explained that it was logical to include the education in the schools by teaching students about the wetlands contribution to the fishing industry. By exam ining firsthand the mangrove swamps, they would come to realize that these wetlands were the nursery for the fish that would later inhabit the coral reef and become the catch of the fishermen. Hence, the importance of preserving the wetlands and the reefs. During each field trip, the students are handed out a scavenger hunt form that they fill out after trip. They need to recog nize three species of birds, three species of plants, three species of aquatic creatures and recognize evidence of human interfer ence. A prize is given at the end of the trip for those who have completed the form completely. On the way to the wetlands, the bus makes several stops when Mrs. Maycock points out various habitats. At the first stop she briefs them on the pine forest ecosystem. At the second stop on top of a hill that offers a view to the sea of Abaco, the students are made aware of the difference in the vegetation lining the coastal area. The final stop is the mangrove area where detailed information on the various types of mangroves and their characteristics are provided. She points out the differences in each plant and urges the children to observe their surroundings and discover signs of wild life under rocks and in the flowing waters of the creek. Armed with binoculars, the children are told to identify the birds they spot. A final walk along the beach usually marks the end of the trip. So it was on October 25. The weather was perfect for a field trip and the group was small enough to take advantage of the information being passed on. All kids took notes and participated fully, examin ing their surroundings, spotting small fish in the creek, crabs under rocks and birds in the coppice area along the road. Three girls returned from the trip with small prizes for having completed the scaven ger hunt form accurately. As of now, field trips have been com pleted by Treasure Cay Primary School, Long Bay School, Abaco Central High School, St. Francis de Sales School and Cyber Learning Center. Students enrolled in Friends of the Environment Summer Camp also went to Camp Abaco mangrove wetlands and 35 teachers participated in an on site workshop. Schools interested in having students participate are invited to contact Mrs. Maycock at Friends of the Environment. The program will continue with field trips to coral reefs. Students of Cyber Learning Center learned a great deal about the importance of man groves on their field trip with dShan Maycock. These field trips are to show how the mangroves directly affect our fisheries industry. Gulfstream International Airlines is acquiring six 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. The airline will deploy all six Saabs along its Florida/Bahamas routes, replacing the smaller, 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft over a nine-month period. The first plane will be delivered in mid-November 2011. Each aircraft will be inspected and cer tified under U.S. and Bahamian aviation regulations to ensure full compliance with all safety and operational requirements prior to initiating scheduled passenger ser vice. In-service dates for the new aircraft will be announced upon receipt of regulatory approvals. Saab 340Bplus aircraft features include comfortable seating for 34 passengers, large, easy-to-access overhead bins, personalized flight attendant service, an active noise reduction system and convenient onboard lavatories. Gulfstream serves more destinations in The Bahamas than any other U.S. carrier and has daily service to both Marsh Har bour and Treasure Cay.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 MUST SELL Colonial style commerical build ing known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Appraised $656,000 No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivi sion Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Multi-purpose commer cial building known as Faith Convention Cen ter. Multipurpose $1.7 million 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 Two Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six Main Rd. Appraisal TBATwo Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 By Jennifer Hudson Helen Simmons-Johnson took up her appointment as Abacos new District Superintendent of Education on September 22, succeeding Dr. Lenora Black. Mrs. Johnson comes to Abaco after hav ing served the past two years as Dis trict Educa tion Officer for the South Andros, Mangrove Cay area. Prior to that she served in the capacity of primary school principal for 12 years on New Providence. I have always loved education. It is the only thing I have ever wanted to do, and I have never regretted one moment of my career, stated Mrs. Johnson, who says that she is looking forward to her time on Abaco. When asked how she feels Abaco will contrast with Andros, Mrs. Johnson stated that while there are more schools on Abaco and more cays to get to, she believes that the challenges and pleasures will be the same. I believe we must concentrate on similarities, not differences amongst students, and this will make a difference. Persons should live together in harmony wherever they find themselves. All parents want the best education available for their children. It is preparation for life at a later stage, and we must look at different ways to help a child with different challenges. We should embrace our differences; our job is to provide education for every child, and we must meet all needs. Mrs. John son stated that her first plan is to learn about Abaco and to learn the different fla vours of different areas. In any spare time that she has Mrs. Johnson enjoys travelling and feels that Abaco will afford that since it is a large island with many different cays. She is a great nature lover with a love of the sea and a love of plants and gardening. Hav ing visited Abaco three times in the past, she is amazed at the changes she now sees. Abaco appears to be quite vibrant with much to do and see, she remarked. By Samantha V. Evans Lovely Reckley is a business owner and minister of the Gospel who has a passion for helping others. More than a year ago she began a school lunch ministry with one private school and one public school. This program did so well that she expanded the program to include four schools: Cen tral Abaco Primary, St. Francis de Sales School, Every Child Counts and Abaco Central High School. When Mrs. Reckley started, it was not about making it public but rather to Helen Simmons-Johnson meet a need. She stated that sometimes people think that because kids attend pri vate schools that they do not need lunch assistance, but frequently they do. Many parents are doing their best to provide for their kids but do not always have lunch to give. This is where she comes in. She pro vides about 10 lunches a day for each of these schools. Mrs. Reckley is committed to running the program but noted that it can be expen sive. To offset the cost of this program, she can be seen outside Maxwells, KFC and other establishments seeking the financial support of the public. Anyone who is inter ested in assisting with this Feed the Chil dren Program started by Lovely Reckley can contact her by calling 367-3442.
Page 20 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-419-610-6336 C all or visit our showroom acy Ph: 367-0546 EMMERSON Bunk Beds Mattress Box Springs Bed Frames Boys & Girls Bicycles GE 4.5 CU. FT. Refrigerator IGLOO 1.7 CU. FT. Refrigerator Dressers & Carpet & Padding By Samantha V. Evans Apostle Trevor Wilson is no stranger to Abaco as he has been here on numerous occasions over the past three years. His visits initially took him to Coopers Town. Then he made his first official visit to Central Abaco in January when he set up a tent near Rodericks Shop. His ministry is a traveling one that has taken him and his wife, Min. Madica Wilson, all around the world. The current series of services that start ed on October 31 got off to a slow start due to bad weather. However, once the weather cleared, the numbers increased on a nightly basis. Apostle Wilson spoke of how many persons have been healed and prayed for over the week. The services were extended through November 6 due to popular demand. Prophet Wilson stated that they were able to show Gods love, compassion and grace to those who came. As a result of this many were healed and gave their lives to the Lord. Mrs. Wilson spoke about their street ministry that took them to Murphy Town where they spoke with the guys who hang out in that community. They shared the love of God with them and the young men listen and showed them much respect. They visited Auskell Medical Center as well. They believe that it is time for the church to get out of buildings and reach the hurting people of Abaco. According to Min. Wilson, many young people came out to the services as well which was very encouraging. She further stated that the youth are not lost but simply in need of direction. Apostle Wilson hopes that more persons will realize that God is not interested in titles but in the heart of those who love him.Abaco Youth By Canishka Alexander Abaco Youth Ministries hosted the International Clothing and Free Brunch event on October 29. The event began earlier than announced because of the number of people that were in need. Edna Kemp, one of the church mem bers, said the clothing and food drive is offered twice a year, usually in February or March and then again toward the end of the year. Clothing and shoes for babies, infants and adults were on display, and persons were allowed to collect two bags of clothing each. They were served a hot bowl of souse before they left the church grounds. Ms. Kemp said the drive began long before she attended the church. I think Pastor Beverly [Archer] probably saw the need and a vision a long time ago from their tent ministry. Because people know that this church is a church that actually gives away, people just give stuff to her to give to the community, Kemp explained. By Canishka Alexander For more than a year members of the New Miracle Church of Gods Evange listic Team have been engaging in a si Please see Page 21
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 FOR SALE FOR SALEMinimum 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 APARTMENTS APARTMENTS FOR SALE FOR RENT OR SALE WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. 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 Hope Town, North End, last remaining undeveloped bay side beach front lot. $425,000. Call 207-594-9878 or email jandkoakes@mail. com Little Abaco, 6.25 acre waterfront lot in north Abaco. REDUCED to $45,000. A GREAT DEAL! Call 366-0797 or 242-427-5316 Murphy Town, Ammons Drive, 8,400 sq/ft lot for sale. Residential and commercial zoned. Call 458-3329. Serious enquires only. Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, cleaning station, & 26 Mako with twin Yamaha 150, 4-stroke; $375,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@ gmail.com 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! Central Pines, 3 bedroom apartments, liv ing space 2,200 sq ft, covered entry 180 sq ft, (fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher in cluded) $1,200 per month. First & last $2,400 + security $600. Serious inquiries only. 4365012, 394-7078 or 422-3766 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, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 2 bath ,1200 s/f apt, $1,000/mo AND a 2 bed 1 bath apt, $900/ mo. Both are furnished, central A/C, washer & dryer and dishwasher. Located adjacent to Little Orchard sub-division. Call 367-3186 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m Marsh Harbour, Two 2 bed apartments, fully furnished with modern furnishings, A/C, water included. Quiet & secure central loca tion. Ample parking. $1,000/m. Call 367-2598 Do you own a rental/investment house, or condo in Abaco that you would consider trad ing with or without cash for this lovely, fully furnished 3000 s/f, 4 bad, 3.5 bath custom built home, nestled in an absolutely beauti ful gated golf course community with lots of amenities in Bluffton, SC? It is conveniently located near great fitness activities, entertain ment & shopping, just 20 min drive to Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA or only 120 min to Jacksonville, FL, Charlston, SC and Colum bis, SC. Please call (843) 278-0277 or email email@example.com to discuss terms. Murphy Town, 2 bed, 1.5 bath, fully fur nished Townhouse for Sale @ $129K OR for Rent @ $800 mo. Located end of Murphy Town. Call 357-3664 Marsh Harbour, Pelican Shores, 3 bed, 2 bath, furnished waterfront home. Available Jan 1, turn key home, great family street. $2,000 mo/annual lease. Call 561-248-1097 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Treasure Cay, 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa. Also for rent on Ocean Blvd 2 bed, 1.5 bath beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. Central Pines, Dundas Town lot for sale, 100x140. Appraisal price $33,000. Call 3676887 or 458-8032 Elbow Cay, White Sound, 10,050 sq.ft. lot. Great elevation with views of the ocean. Some infrastructure already in place. Zoned for com mercial or single family home. $95,000 ONO. Call 242-475-2625 or 242-366-0243 anytime. Elbow Cay, Little Point, vacant lot, 5 min golf cart ride to town, ocean views, beach access across road. $73,000. MOTIVATED SELLER. Call 242-366-0819 or 242-458-6515 Price Reduction WPB, Florida Condo Fur nished 2 bed/ 1 bath. A/C, internet ready. Ide al for student/s. Security on grounds. Bus stop 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 FOR RENT From Page 21 lent ministry at the traffic light in Marsh Harbour to win lost souls for Christ. It is a technique that was learned during an outreach ministry training that took place in Baltimore, Maryland, and according to Floyd Johnson, one of the members, the silent ministry allows them to trust God and rely on the Holy Spirit to do the work. So this is like stepping aside and letting Gods Holy Spirit draw all men to him, he said, confidently. The reactions of motorists and passerby have varied from the honking of horns to thumbs up signs. He admitted that some people have mistakenly thought that they are begging. For one hour on weekdays Mr. Johnson and Bradley Reckley, the team leader, are equipped with boards that offer encourag ing Scriptural messages. Mr. Johnson explained that the ministry has taken them all over the island and has allowed them to greatly impact the lives of people they come into contact with. However, he and the members lives have also been impacted by what they see God doing through their ministry. We cant change the world, but we are trying hard to change the area that we are in. If we can change one person at a time, then we can change our community, Johnson reasoned. He added that the ministry is not only about them or their church as he invited others to assist them with silent witnessing. He and Mr. Reckley are burdened for lost souls because every soul that is lost is one they cannot get back. Shelby Sawyer and Teon Russell, two 6th grade students from the Amy Rob erts Primary School, have been encour aging their classmates to collect pop tabs from canned sodas to donate to the Ronald McDonald House as a donation for the treatment of sick children. They have collected over 5,000 tabs. They will be mailing them off by the end of the month. They are learning early to reach out to help others at the same time they are helping the environment.
Page 22 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2011 By Clint Kemp Its amazing what washes up on the beaches of South Abaco. I spend hours beachcombing, looking for interesting treasures, but sometime the treasure finds you. Such was the case this week when a large glass ball in a curious plastic shell washed up on Long Beach. Staff at the Black Fly lodge retrieved the ball that was unlike anything I had seen before. We were all very interested to discover what it was and where it came from. The ball was stamped with the word Vi trovex and a quick Google search revealed that the ball was made in the UK by the Vitrovex company and distributed by the RS Aqua company that specializes in high quality glass products for the marine envi ronment. I found the company interesting and spent more time exploring the site to see what else they made and that is where the real story begins. In the menu bar of the site several buttons were related to the business of the company but one seemed out of place labeled Epilepsy Bereaved. When I selected the button, a story opened that touched me so deeply, it brought tears to my eyes. I often wonder about the stories behind the trinkets I pick up on the beach and have never found a message in a bottle. But the glass ball from the deep brought a story with it. It was the story of Becky Seriven, the 11-year-old daughter of Rodger and Sand ie Seriven, owners of the RS Aqua Com pany. Beckys story is one of a beautiful young girl taken tragically as a victim of Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome in epilepsy. I had never heard of this syndrome and as I read further, the story of Beckys life unfolded with pictures and poetry. As a father of two daughters, one that is about the same age as Becky, my heart broke, and I was stunned by the reality of the ball washing up on the beach in front of our lodge and the story from the deep that was touching my heart in such a deep place. I took the time to respond on the website to tell the story of the ball washing up in South Abaco and the impact of the story on my life. The following day I was delighted to receive a response from Rodger Seriven and his deep appreciation for hearing how Beckys story had come to me. It turns out that Rodger was giving a presentation in a few days at a symposium on the disease that took his daughters life and shared the story of the ball and the power of a beau tiful little girls story touching hearts on distant shores. We are doing our part to bring aware ness to this disease by placing a button on our Black Fly site with Beckys story. When the ocean brings you treasure it must be shared with others. Please take the time to read Beckys story and her poem He Loves Me http://www.rsaqua.co.uk/ epilepsy_bereaved.php. This is the large glass ball found at Long Beach that led to the story of Becky Seriven. Becky Seriven By Mirella Santillo More than 15 people including three high school students joined the birdwatch ing group that met at the Treasure Cay Road junction in the morning of November 5. Everyone was eager to find out which feathered newcomers had arrived on the is land. Experienced ornithologist, Reginald Patterson, led the group. Forty-six species were recorded that day while visiting three locations: a man Please see Page 23 Birders visited three locations in North Abaco on November 5 and recorded 46 species of birds on the first birding trip this fall. The group was interested to see which species that had already arrived for the their winter migration.
November 15, 2011 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 WANTED TO BUY 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 email@example.com Dive Compressor, Honda 5.5HP. Complete with hose, regulators, floats & storage case. Asking $2,500. Call 475-2807 Fiberglass Water Tank/Cistern, 10,800 gal capacity, four sections, top access hatch. Dimensions 15 diameter, 8 height. Make an offer. Call 366-0040 2 Water Tanks (poly) for sale, 4,000 gal, lo cated in Treasure Cay. $2,500 each. Call 305245-6043 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 16 2005 Hobie Cat, like new, no scratches. Sails always stored inside. Includes older trailer. $5,500 US OBO. Call 305-942-3597 17 Seafox CC, 2005 with 115 Mercury 4-stroke 2005 engine. DUTY PAID. Located at Lighthouse Marina, Elbow Cay. REDUCED to $8,000. Call 242-366-0532 or 242-554-8180 20 Bertram, with cuddy cabin. New everything including stringers and new Allgrip paint. No Motor. $13,900 OBO. Call 577-0340 21 Contender, all original hull with 225hp, 4-stroke Yamaha. Only 600 hrs. MUST SEE. $23,900 OBO. Call 577-0340 23 Caravelle 2004 Honda 225HP, low hours. New Bimini top. DUTY PAID. REDUCED again to $20,000 or best offer. Call 365-5148 or 475-5559 Husband & Wife Team, is looking for em ployment as a caretakers on the cays or main land. Call 475-4911, 367-3417 or email: email@example.com E-Z Loader Boat Trailer, TEZR 25/27, 7000 lbs. Galvanized and in good condition. Asking $2,800. Call 367-4681 13 Boston Whaler, Dauntless, center console, custom Bimini top & cushions, 40hp Mercury. $9,000.00, OBO. 242-365-6327 Specializing in Real Home Cooking! Daily Specials! Ice Cream & DessertsWe deliver locally (Min. order $25) Thank you for your patronage! Check us out on FACEBOOKIsland Family Restaurant Big Cat Equipment Services: Abaco A & D Trucking Call us P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco 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 Need That Extra Help With Your Studies? 367-3202 grove area which was swarming with wetlands birds, Tricolored Herons, Great Egrets and Coots among others, a coppice strip bordering the seashore where many species of Warblers and a female Summer Tanager were noted and the Treasure Cay citrus farm where a Mangrove Cuckoo was spotted and a Red-Tailed Hawk posed long enough to be immortalized in local bird watchers photo albums. It was too windy for good observation as the small feathered bodies were carried away on the breeze before they could be identified. So it is very likely that a number of species were missed. Most of the birds observed were usual returning migrants or native birds. There were bird watchers with tele scopic cam eras so many good photos were taken. Accord ing to Reg Patterson, a White-eyed Vireo, the Summer Tanager and the Mangrove Cuckoo were the most inter esting sightings. The Bahamas National Trust had organized a tour guide seminar in May of this year, concentrating on bird identification. The very intensive workshop which consisted of in-class information and field From Page 22 trips, was aimed at certifying local people to lead birdwatching tours. The November outing was the third trip organized by the Trust since then; two of the certified per sons participated in that trip, including the group leader. The Bahamas National Trust Coordinator for the local office, Kaderin Kadie Mills, who organized the trip, also accompanied the bird watching group. The annual Audubon Society Christ mas Bird Count is the next scheduled bird watching outing; it will take place on December 17 for the Southern part of the island and January 2nd for the Northern area. Red-Tailed HawkElectric bills can be reduced. compact flourescen bulbs. They cost more initially but they use 66 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer. ers monthly. tioning can escape. Use weatherstripping around doors to wash clothes. up two degrees. tains on the south and west exposures to keep out the heat.
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