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Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Creation Date: May 1997
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.T"" T e Voume 5, Number 4 May 1997


The News of the Islands

Ship Fills Freight Demands

Thear S Justgms Dock (pronounced Tops'l) glidedl into Marsh
The D... "Ais M.H. C stms Dock foo U OA
Harbour at noon on May 27th to a rousing
S.. welcome. Various government and Abaco
*.. ':business leaders were on hand to greet her.
Radio Abaco covered her initial dockage
S ...... live on air.
.. "Captain Michael Bethel, under the
. .. t guidance of her previous Captain/owner
. I ,, "Lloyd Bugden of Newfoundland, brought
0 ns the ship direct to Abaco from Burin in
Sf Newfoundland, Canada. The DUKE, as she
Sis referred to, was bought by United Abaco
a Shipping and will replace the BIAK which
has been serving Marsh Harbour since
1978 under several owners.
The DUKE has a 20-ton deck crane but
That is not her main feature for handling
cargo. The stern of the 47-foot wide ship is
.f itted with a ramp allowing trailers and
S ^ . sc n d e m p..ting aganst youcontainers to roll into the cavernous center
.. .. "... .... s cargo hold. Two hinged internal ramps
"-e .. allow cars and pickup trucks to go below to
the bottom hold or trailers and containers
to go to the top deck. Both internal ramps
"I-- _._PLEASE SEE Duke Page 34

ihe2S8lfoo6t DUKE OF TOPSAIL makes an imposing sight on the Marsh Harbour waterfront. Her cargo capacity of Suzanne Bethel
1400 tons will be shared between Marsh Harbour and Nassau Marsh arbour was her first port of entry on the direct S R e eies
trip from Newfoundland, Canada. This freighter replaces the BIAK which Abaco's growth has made obsolete. Receives

BBC at Treasure, Tops Primary Students Queen's Award

With b789 l.b Blue Marlin Set a New Record
Switch 39 Medals
B Forty-eight young Abaco athletes traveled to Nassau for
the for 17th annual Primary Schools Track and Field
Championships for primary ,school youth h.e ld on May
15th and 16th. And they otme back hothe heavy with
gold, silver and bronze. They all did outstandinkly well
bringing back a total of 35 medals. The next highest total
number of medals was Eleuthera with 26 medals.
'The Championships are organized by the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture and this year were sponsored
/ by Ovaltine. Competition was designed for several Mrs. Suzanne Bethel
categories of students, under 8 years, under 10 years, On the 23rd of May at Government
under 12 years, and under 14 years of age. House in Nassau, Mrs. F. Surne
."The first day of competition there were 39 heats which Bethel from Hope Town was awarded
Abaco youth won in 38. These qualified them to compete the prestigious medal of MBE -
the second day. They were competing against youth from Member of the Most Excellent Order
49 schools from throughout The Bahamas. of the British Empire. She was among
The head coach for the Abaco team was Frank 20 other Bahamians to be recognized
Hepburn, Principal of the Crossing Rocks School assisted for dedicated and unselfish service to
by Leroy Thompson of the Dundas Town Primary School. the community.
Abaco has been competing. in this meet for the past nine Sir Orville Turnquest presented the
years. Mr. Hepburn knew that he had a dream team this medals adding, "Ceremonies such as
I year, one with a lot of talent.' this are the nation's way of saying on
SAbaco and Eleuthera have dominated the meet for the behalf of every grateful citizen, Thank
-past thrt: years, according to Mr. Hepburn, beating You, for all youle doing, have done
Eleuthera by one medal last year. The qualifying meet on and undoubtedly will continue to do."
PLEASE SEE Athletes Page 27 Congratulations, uzanne
The Abaconian BULK RATE
7571 N,W. 78th Street US POSTAGE
Rob Fronrath on the boat No. 1 DEAL brought in this prize Medley FL 33166-7530 PAID l
Blue Marlin May 1,1th during the third leg of the Bahamas Forward and Address Correction PERMITAM 5I
Billfish Championship hosted by Treasure Cay. 58 Boats were
entered and their crews were entertained in Treasure Cay and FATH ER' S DAY
Green Turtle Cay. Story and Photos on Pages 30 and 31.

Page 2 The Abamlaun May 1997 J C

Senator Michael Bethel Voices His Concerns

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 7th of May Senator Michael
Bethel, a Cherokee man, expressed his
fears to the Senate on the topical issue of
the future of the crawfishing industry.
(See last issue, "Is the Crawfishing in
Jeopardy?") He was speaking on a
resolution thanking the Governor General
for the speech from the throne.
He spoke out in support of the
government's proposed ban on the sale in
hotels and restaurants of crawfish out of
season and agreed with the widespread
suggestion that the conservation period be
extended by one month.
Senator Bethel went on to express
concerns, too, for the supply of conch
which some erroneously believe is
inexhaustible. "Being a son of the soil
from Abaco, I beg to differ in opinion."
He argued that conch is so scarce that
fishermen are forced to fish farther out to
sea. He feared that conch is in danger of

becoming extinct and predicted it would
be unrecognisable to generations to
come. He proposed an immediate
restriction on its export.
The cold reality, according to Senator
Bethel, is that The Bahamas is losing its
most valuable resources in agriculture
and fisheries with thousands of acres of
arable land unfarmed and only ten

percent of food consumed in The
Bahamas produced here.
He praised Abaco for being the
forerunner in agricultural progress with
the largest chicken farm, "Abaco Big
Bird," in The Bahamas and a new
piggery about to be opened. "It is
dangerous and expensive to rely so
heavily on imports to feed the people,"

he said. He advocated more assistance be
made available throughout The Bahamas
for agricultural loans and closed his
speech with the hope that "more should
be done to encourage wealthy Bahamians
to invest in agriculture and livestock
products so as to ensure a greater supply
of food for the citizens of our country."

Hurricane Committee Meets for Central Abaco

A group of community leaders met on
May 16th in the Marsh Harbour Court
Room to discuss hurricane preparedness.
Administrator Hart led the meeting. Last
year's chairman, Percy Archer, resigned
due to the time required by his other
obligations. Mr. Hart said the chairmanship
would default to the Chairman of the Local
Government Council, Mike Malone.
Mr. Hart explained that much of the
emergency resources are either controlled
or owned by government agencies or
corporations, and it follows that a
government leader should be in this
Mr. John Hudson, General Manager of
Abaco BEC, asked homeowners and
businesses to trim their trees which threaten
power and phone lines. He reiterated his
statement of last year that "BEC does not
trim trees, they annihilate them." Lack of
electricity due to storm damage to power
lines is one of the most common disruption
homeowners- and businesses face after a
Mr. Hudson mentioned that the Cays are
specially vulnerable as they frequently
come last in the restoration of service.
Kenneth Knowles, Assistant Manager,

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clarified this as not being discriminatory to
the Cays but BEC crews work first to
restore power to areas with the largest
Mr. Hart asked the Councils and town
Committees to plan for shutters on
government buildings. Government
employees and agencies in rented buildings
must look to their landlord for shutters or
other protection.
Concerning emergency communications,
Mr. Burrows of BaTelCo commented that
they have an emergency portable phone
which operates by battery and gives*
communications by satellite. It operates
totally independent of the BaTelCo system.
A discussion followed on suitable
hurricane shelters. A consensus formed that
shelters on the Marsh Harbour coast should
not be considered due to higher potential
winds and high water conditions.
Residents were advised to seek shelter

inland on high ground away from the

Marsh Harbour Town
Meeting June 17
All Marsh Harbour residents are
urged to attend the first Marsh Harbour
Town Meeting since the 1996 elections.
It will be held on June 17th at 7 p.m. at
Marsh Harbour Primary School. The
Committee members will review their
agendas, goals and accomplishments
and will respond to comments,
suggestions and questions from the
public. Refreshments will follow.

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Mickey and Minnie Thrill Sandy Point Kids

annual picnic. Children from that
community and others were delighted
with the appearance of the Disney
characters who posed with them
individually while instant Polaroid
pictures were taken. Children now have
souvenirs to mark this high point for
Some of the money raised will help

pay the expenses for The Voices of Zion
to go to North Carolina for a recording
studio. The Voices of Zion is the
outstanding choir and band of that church
and they hope to go public with their
music. Games, food and drinks
completed the festivities for the
The church groups want to thank
Disney World for allowing Mickey and

Minnie Mouse to appear at the fair to
help raise funds for the church.
Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for the
South Abaco District, officially opened
the fair and we want to thank him and all
the fine people who assisted and
supported us from American Bridge and
all the people who came from all over
Abaco to make the fair such a success.

Mickey Mouse made his second visit
to Sandy Point and Minnie Mouse made
her first on Whit Monday, May 19th,
when they were the guests stars at the
annual fund-raising fair of the Mt. Zion
Baptist Church. The Youth Department
and the Men's Fellowship Department
-ilong with the Voice of Zion Group
celebrated Whit Monday with their


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Several areas of Marsh Harbour have
been targeted for landscaping. Mr. Lowell
Albury is coordinating this effort which
began at Dr. Sandy's Comer and includes a
sidewalk. He has put in a berm, sod and
many decorative plants. The fill and soil
were donated by Abaco Tug and Transport
and moved to the site through the courtesy
of Lonnie Albury. Silbert and Perry
Sawyer donated palm trees. The
Committee agreed to help with the expense
of plants from Pine Woods Nursery. Mr.
Vincent Higgs has volunteered to keep the
grass mowed. The property belongs to John
Roberts, who is very cooperative in this
Mr. Walter Key, Chairman of the
Beautification Committee, is working with
the different owners of property at the
traffic light to have them landscape
beautifying that corner. Work has begun on
the grounds at Faith Chapel.
The Beautification Committee's maxim
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South Abaco

Sandy Point
By Ruth Flowers
David Lightbourne and Ernestine
Flowers of Sandy Point were joined
tigerber in holy Matrimony on May
10th. The ceremony was held at Mt.
Zion Bapist Church and the reception
followed at the Beach Inn Club. The
bride was given by her step-father Mr.
Robert McKinney. Matron of Honour
was Janet Roberts and best man was Mr.
Lowell Burrows. Congratulations go to
the newly weds from family and friends.
Mr. Calvin Rudolph Walker died April
28th at Princess Margaret Hospital. He
was buried at the Sandy Point Cemetery
on May 10th. The funeral service was
held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with
Mr. Neil Ellis of Mt. Tabor Baptist
Church in Nassau and Rev. Napoleon
Roberts of Sandy Point assisted by Rev.
Carrington Pinder. Mr. Walker was 72
years old.
Sandy Point is gearing up again for
another Annual Excursion scheduled to
take place on June 6th. When excursions
boats pull in from Nassau and Freeport,
the visitors will be bussed to the picnic
grounds on the beach. There will be lots
of food, drinks, music and dancing on
the beach. Sandy Point is definitely the
place to be.
A church service to uphold AIDS
awareness was held on the 25th of May
at the Public Park in Sandy Point. The
message for the service was preached by
Mr. Jason Roberts from Mt. Zion Baptist
Church. Remarks were heard from
several community leaders. Special
thanks to all those who organized the
Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
A wedding shower was held for
Dorinda Albury on April 25th at the
schoolhouse. There were lots of lovely
gifts and plenty of good food. Dorinda is
going to make a beautiful bride but
doesn't she look cute in her bonnet of
bows salvaged from the gifts.
The schoolchildren participated in a
primary track meet held in Marsh
Harbour on April 25th and came home
with two third-place winners in the 100
meter dash. Congratulations to Dana and
Danielle Lowe and also to all the others
who made a good showing but didn't
quite win a trophy.
In addition, the much postponed bike-
a-thon was finally held on May 23rd with
a full field of very enthusiastic peddlers.
The final sponsorship figures are not in
yet but it is felt that their goal will be


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Dorinda Albury at a shower in her
honour. Photo by Lee Pinder

The new Cherokee Auto and Boat Haven Photo by Lee Pinder

Also in May representatives from
Cherokee School attended the
environmental conference sponsored by
Clean Islands International as well as a
youth forum recognizing some of the
outstanding young people in Abaco. With
BJC's and end-of-year exams right
around the comer, everyone is studying
really hard but they can look forward to
their annual end of the year party which
will take place just before the summer
Often in the past Cherokee has gone
outside our little settlement for help with
a special project but this time help came
to us without even asking. Many of our
parents have been worried that our
students were going to be left behind

because our school did not have
computers. We all know that computer
training is a must if our young people are
going to be able to compete in the
business world or even attain a higher
education here or abroad.
Well, Cherokee has been blessed with
some very generous benefactors who
donated six computers to the school for
our children. The students are excited
and thrilled with them and the PTA is
very thankful for the generosity of these
'Friends of Cherokee' because we all
know these computers will make a
definite difference in our children's
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very big Thank you.



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May 1997 The Abaonian Page 5

International Year of the Reef Observed Here

By Candace Key
The year 1997 has been set aside by
the international community as the
International Year of the Reef. This
significant step has been taken by world
bodies in recognition of the social,
economic and biological value of coral
reefs to mankind.
But the year has also been dedicated to
coral reefs because of the serious threats
to marine and coastal areas caused by
physical alteration, destruction and
degradation of coastlines and marine
habitats, by pollution, by the invasion of
alien species, by the over-exploitation of
living marine and coastal resources and
the effect these factors are having on
coral reefs in particular.
Throughout the year and around the
entire globe a major effort is being made
to assess the condition of the world's
coral reefs. Degradation, where it has

Plans accompanying building permit
applications are frequently deficient in
many areas and must be deferred, delaying
the start of construction. Central Abaco
Town Committee members do not feel they
should take the time to educate each
applicant with all the requirements.
Committee member Clay Wilhoyte said
that Hope Town issues a set of basic
instructions to each permit applicant to
alleviate deficiencies.
Two plans were recently submitted to
Town Planning from Guana Cay without
proper site plans. Close examination
indicated that one house was too big for the
lot when setbacks and septic tank distances
were considered. The second house was not
shown in relationship to the lot that it
would be constructed on. The stock house
plan appeared to have been purchased from
a magazine, did not show a cistern and was
not adapted to the local site or the Bahamas
Building Code.
Another application for a large house on
the eastern end of Guana Cay was deferred
as not complying with the building code.
Toilets were located over the cistern and
the elevated house was shown to be on
filled cement block columns about ten feet
Although individuals can prepare their
own plans within certain guidelines, they
are not exempt from the Bahamas Building
Code requirements, setback stipulations
which vary with different areas, proper site
plans and other requirements. Plans are
f i

occurred, is being documented and the
scientific community will seek causes of
the damage.
The year will also focus on further
education about reef environments, both
for those who enjoy the beauty of the
reef and those who depend on it for their
economic well being.
It is hoped that the result of these
activities will be the development of
global and national strategies to advance
reef recovery and promote their
sustainable management.
This international "celebration" of the
reef is highly relevant to the
environmental programme currently
being developed for The Bahamas. We
recognize that the environment is the
most valuable resource which the
Bahamian people have.
It is our environment which brings to
our shores the millions of tourists we
welcome each year. It is no exaggeration

frequently submitted with plumbing and
electrical details omitted.

PLEASESEEBuilding Plans

Page 24

to say that our environment is the
foundation of our economy.
Coral reefs which are part of the
beautiful environment we promote are
among the most valuable of all the
elements of the Bahamian environment.
They not only attract visitors who are
thrilled by the sights they see diving and
snorkeling in our clear translucent
waters, healthy coral reefs contribute in
a very substantial way to our fisheries.
They provide habitat for the feeding and
shelter of our favoured and most
economically valuable marine species.
Clearly then, coral reefs provide
substantial numbers of jobs as well as
savoury food on the tables of our people.
For our own sakes, for the further
economic development of our country
and for the conservation of the biological
diversity of The Bahamas, the value of
coral reefs can hardly be overstated.
These are the reasons why
representatives of the scientific,
environmental, conservation and marine
organizations and businesses in our
country, both the public and private
sectors have come together to design a
comprehensive plan for The Bahamas
International Year of the Reef.

The activities have been designed in
keeping with the purposes of the
international movement but with
distinctly Bahamian needs in mind.
We have adopted the international logo
which will identify all of the activities
planned by the individual agencies,
groups and organizations present. We
plan an out-reach programme to
Bahamians fishermen, divers, pleasure
boaters, teachers and school children. We
are also planning significant programmes
and activities for our visitors so that they
too can be more aware of the value of
Bahamian reefs and contribute to the
continued well-being of this precious
We invite all those in our country to
join with us in observing The Bahamas
International Year of the Reef. We invite
participation in the events being planned
and support of our efforts towards
greater respect and wiser use of
Bahamian reefs.
Together with you, the Bahamian
people, we hope to ensure that by year
end, we will have taken significant steps
towards ensuring that Bahamian reefs
remain among the most healthy, beautiful
and productive reefs in the world.

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Page 6 The Abaconlan May 1997

News of the Cays

Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
For those of us who enjoy the long
days of summer it's here! There are
only a few more weeks before school is
out and the question is who is more
eager, the teachers or the students. I
think it's safe to say that it will be
students who are first to say, "I'm
Back by popular demand on May 17th
was "Sweet Emily." A power failure
couldn't even dampen spirits or ruin the
show. As a grand finale, the crowd
formed a parade, rushing and dancing to
the Junkanoo beat.
The Amy Roberts All Age School's
steak-out and raffle was a success raising
more that $7000 to benefit the school. A
smoothie bar (non-alcoholic, of course)
proved to be a popular new attraction.
Lucky raffle winners went home with a
television, bicycle, jewellery, steaks, etc.
Mrs. Eva Roberts died at her home in
Treasure Cay on May 20th. She was pre-
deceased by her husband, Gilbert. She is
survived by her two sons, Gurth and
Ralph, daughter Elmer Sands, daughters-
in-law Joan and Becky, son-in-law
Wayne Sands, four grandchildren, two
great grandchildren and many relatives
and friends. Mrs. Roberts was originally
from Green Turtle Cay but resided in
other Abaco communities as her husband
was an Assemblies of God minister. Mrs.
Roberts was laid to rest in the Green
Turtle Cay cemetery.
Congratulations to Mrs. Sally Lowe
who celebrated her 94th birthday on May
14th. She is the oldest member of our

community. She is doing well for her age
and only complains of poor vision! We
all hope that Mrs. Lowe enjoys more
birthdays and we can help her celebrate
a century and more!

Fire and Rescue Cadets
By Stephanie Humblestone
Four boys and one girl form the Fire
and Rescue Corps. a group of young
cadets who meet twice weekly in Hope
Town. The children, aged 10 to 14
years, receive a thorough grounding in
all aspects of fire and rescue. .On
Thursday afternoons they learn the theory
of fire fighting, fire principles and
tactics. They watch videos and are
assigned homework, for example,
drawing a plan of their homes to as to
better understand fire safety and escape
On Saturday they have a planned and
organised drill which includes carrying
hoses, getting water on the fire, laying a
supply and initiating an attack.
Bonnie Hall, cadet coordinator and
educational officer, stresses the
importance of punctuality to the children
and says there is only one real
requirement to being a cadet and that is
a "sincere desire to learn." Thomas
Bethel, John Pinder and Morgan Engle
have been with Bonnie for one year and
have attended emergency situations where
they assist area heads such as firemen on
pumps and supplies and medical officers.
Olivia Patterson and Neil Hingle are keen
newcomers. Bonnie tests the children on

The Fire and Rescue Cadets pose at the h
Bonnie Hall
what they learn in class as they complete
each section of fire fighting essentials.
This is in the form of a written test on
such topics as chemicals found in fire.
Brian Malone, Bonnie's brother and
himself an experienced fire fighter,
instructs the cadets in the practical
aspects of fire fighting on Saturdays.
"Ego has no place at a fire drill and even
less at the scene of a real fire. If you see
someone doing something wrong, speak
up," says Brian.
It was wonderful to see young people
engaged in such a worthwhile pursuit.

lope Town Fire Station with their instructor,
Photo by Candace Key
Third Mate Lester Bethel
By Stephanie Humblestone
We are still following with interest the
career of Lester Bethel from Hope
Town. His latest venture was sailing the
high seas on an international tramp
shipper. "There is no fixed route," says
Lester, a very focused young man who
gives the impression of knowing exactly
where he is going in life.
Last year he traveled throughout the
United States, Turkey, the Philippines,
Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore,


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May 1997 The Abahonian Page 7

The Lady Was Not So Dumb

By Carolyn Lowe
There will be many people who see
the picture and read this article who
would not know who the person was. But
when I was a child, she used to visit us
as she did many other people and not
being able to talk she still was able to
hold an interesting conversation with you
by signs and sounds.
She could tell you about her fishing
trips on East Side which is where the
mail boat used to come years ago and
stop to let off all the passengers and mail
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By Rhonda L.C. Hull
I will be writing a series of articles on
Separation and Divorce Law in The
Bahamas in the next few issues of The
Abaconian. The first part of the series
will focus on the laws relating to
separation and the following questions
will be addressed:
1. What is a legal separation?
2. How much does it cost to get a
legal separation?
3. How long does it take to get a legal
4. Do I need a legal separation or can
I just separate?
5. How do I make a separation
6. Will it affect me in a divorce if I
move out of the matrimonial home
leaving my spouse and children in the
The second part of the series will deal
with divorce laws and in particular the
following questions:
1. How do I get a divorce?
2. How long does it take to get a
3. How much does it cost to get a
4. How do we divide up the property?
5. Who gets the children?
I shall be pleased to deal with other
issues concerning Separation and Divorce
Law and invite you to submit your
questions to The Abaconian. All
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into Marsh Harbour harbour to put out
freight before going on to the Green
Turtle Cay area.
This woman was Mrs. Martha
McBride, and she was talented in a few
ways by using the Pond and Silver-top
palm leaves to make hats for men,
women and children. Also she repaired
the soles of many shoes for people who
now are the parents or grandparents of
the community today.
She was also the town's "lady barber"
when the men and boys needed haircuts.
But make sure you behaved in that chair
or she would let you know you were

Martha McBride

misbehaving by the sounds she made and
by the expression on her face.
On the other hand when she visited
you at evening time, her face would light
up like sunshine when she told you
something of a day's happening like a
fishing trip. She would point to a
direction where she went fishing, then
sign by holding the fingers up to show
how many and shake her hand like the
fish swimming. So you know she had
caught so many fish and then motion that
she had eaten them and pat her tummy,
meaning it was full and was good.
When she told you of sewing, she
would make a sign showing thread by
putting her fore-fingers together and pull
apart. To define boy or girl, her sign
was putting her finger across her upper
lip defining mustache and for the girl she
would wave her hand like combing long
hair. Wonder what she would do if she
had to define a girl today with all the
short haircuts!
Then there were the nice wicker
baskets she made from palm fronds and
they were beautiful baskets for picnics,
etc. She may have been mute but by no
means dumb. Though the towns people
called her "dumb Martha," they did it
with affection, not disrespect.
She did not have the best education in
the world but had common sense but she
used that to the best of her ability. Had
she lived long enough, she would have
seen her son decked down in his

captain's uniform and also one grandson
who was a part time private pilot and
another a top commercial fisherman and
doing real well.
Martha couldn't be called a beautiful
person by today's standard but her beauty
was deeper than skin deep and that
One of the things the boys and girls
liked, too, was the little plaited 'gizmo'
you put a finger in and the harder you
pulled the tighter the finger was caught.
Ask the boys in their 50s and 60s, they
would know all about that.
Memories are great when they are
good ones, don't we all agree?
Mr. William McBride came to the
Bahamas with his wife from Ireland and
settled in Moore's Island. His wife
became sick and Mr. McBride took her
to Nassau to seek medical attention
where she died.
Later on, he married Susan Julie
Darville from Long Island this marriage
produced three children, Archibald,
Sarah and Lucille Helen. Archibald
married first wife Mary and she had no
children when she died. Then he married
Martha Key and this marriage gave them
three children, Elizabeth (Lizzie), Helen
and Edward. None of these three is
living now but their families are.
Many here on the island will
remember Martha and can give a lot
more interesting stories of her and her
life and work.

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North Abaco Focuses on Youth Month

North Abaco had many activities
marking Youth Month which was
celebrated in May. The culminating event
was a very well attended march and
church service on June 1st. The march
was led by the Boys Brigade and the Full
Gospel Rangers. During the service
several adults and students were
honoured for their significant
contributions to the youth of their
Mr. Leon M. Burrows was honoured
for his contributions in the field of
Mr. Burrows received his education in
Long Island. After completion of high
school he attended the College of the
Bahamas from 1978 to 1982 and
graduated with a Associate of Arts
Degree in English and Literature and a
Junior Secondary Teacher's Certificate.
In 1982 Mr. Burrows was posted to a
school in Eleuthera as an Assistant
Teacher and just five weeks later was
transferred to the Grand Cay All Age
School in Abaco. It was in Grand Cay
where Mr. Burrows met a young lady
named Ms. Annarene Hield and was later
married to her in 1984.
In that same year Mr. Burrows was
transferred to a school in Exuma as
Acting Principal where he served for
three years. In 1987 he was transferred
back to Grand Cay where he was
confirmed as Principal and has served in
Grand Cay to the present day.
Mr. Burrows is married and is the

By Barbara Farnan
Question: We have two daughters, six
and eight, who share a bedroom. One
likes kittens and soft colors. The other
likes horses and bright colors. They each
want to have their own things out, but
I'm finding it hard to make each happy
with the room with such different ideas.
How can I make the room look good and
have each child happy?
Answer: The first thing to do for
continuity is to come up with one color
both girls would like the room to be
painted. Make a game of it. Get paint
chip colors and spread them out. Have
each take a turn at removing one color at
a time she does not like until you are
down to one color. Use this color to
paint the room. Then, get two sets of
bookcases eight inches deep, 60 inches
high and 72 inches long. Place them back


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father of one daughter and one son.
Ms. Angel Tracy Beatrice Cornish
was honoured for her contributions in the
field of tourism and hospitality.
Ms. Cornish was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Leslie Cornish in Cooper's Town,
Abaco. She received her education at the
Cooper's Town Primary School and
Cooper's Town High School. After
graduating she began working with
Express Airline and later transferred to
Bahamasair where she has been working
for the past ten years.
She is involved in a number of
activities including a member of the NAS
Club, North Abaco Social Club and CBR
(Community Based Rehabilitation), a
programme which helps persons with
Mr. S. Anthony Cassius Nixon was
honoured for his work in sports.
Mr. Nixon is the son of Mrs. Edna
Ferguson and Mr. Harcourt Nixon of
Nassau. He received his early education
in Nassau and later moved to Abaco
where he received his secondary
education. In 1981 he attended Elizabeth
City State University in North Carolina
and graduated with a B.Sc. degree in
Business Administration with emphasis in
After completing college, "Toney" as
he is affectionately called, returned home
and became involved in community
affairs. He has served with distinction in
sporting activities from athletics to coach
to sports administrator.

to back between a set of twin beds and
divide the room in half with them. The
one color on the walls unifies the room
and the bookcases separate each girl's
Now, let each girl decorate her space.
Their personal color tastes may be added
as paint inside the bookshelves and each
girl may add her favorite items in her
own space.
To have your questions answered or
further information, contact Barbara
Farnan at 365-8800.

He presently serves as a member of
the North Abaco Community Awareness
Committee and is involved with the
Summer Basketball League, the Abaco
Softball Association, the Abaco
Basketball Association and the Abaco
Sporting Council.
His motto is Service Now for a Better
Mr. Kirk Juice Reckley was
honoured for his commitment to
organizing sports.
Mr. Reckley was born in Green Turtle
Cay in 1961 and was educated in
Freeport, Grand Bahama. After
graduating from school, he worked in
Freeport until 1990 when he moved to
Abaco and became very active in the
community serving on various boards and
committees. He is a leader and founding
member of many sporting organizations
which include the Abaco Volleyball
Association, the Abaco Basketball
Association, the Abaco Pool Association,
Abaco Softball Association, the North
Abaco Sports Council as well as
involvement in Junior Achievers and
North Abaco community and youth
Rev. Johnny T. Lowe was honoured
in the field of religion for his dedication
to the church.
Rev. Lowe, son of Mr. and Mrs.

On Hope Town's waterfront

Vertrum Lowe of Green Turtle Cay,
received his education in Green Turtle
Cay. He became a Christian at age 14
and soon became active in the Church of
God. He did a Ministerial Internship
under Bishop Archilaus Cooper, Pastor
of the Church of God in Cooper's Town.
After completion of this course, he was
appointed an Exhorter Minister and
advanced to a Licensed Minister and is
now an Ordained Minister.
Rev. Lowe services the Miracle God
at Green Turtle Cay as Pastor and
deserved to be commended highly for his
dedication to this great work.
Several students were honoured
during the same service. From Treasure
Cay Primary School Shane Pedican and
Evanya Roberts were honoured for
academic achievement and Alexander
Murray and Charles Cooper for athletic
achievement. Fox Town Primary School
honoured Deidre Curry and Banard
Curry for Academics and Amanda Parker
and Celena McIntosh for athletic
achievement. S.C. Bootle Secondary
honoured Tyrice Curry and Ashford
Rolle for athletic achievements. Crown
Haven Primary honoured Shavanna
Murray and Tangineka Brayner for
academic achievement and Lester Laing
and Charlesha Lightbourne for athletic

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May 1997 The Ahaonilan Page 9

i Environmental' Issues

Youth Forum Held
By Candace Key
The Abaco Regional Youth Forum on
the Environment was held May 22nd at
the Hope Town School. Seventeen of the
21 schools on Abaco participated with 22
adults and 63 students in attendance. The
Forum was developed from a challenge
issued at last year's Children's Summit
on the Environment in Nassau by Mrs.
Beverly Taylor, Ministry of Education
Assistant Director. Each school district
was charged with developing a regional
forum to address local concerns.
Abaco was the first school district to
conduct its forum. Speakers included
Jackson McIntosh, District
Superintendent of Schools; Colin
MacLeod, biologist; Monique Clark,
Bahamas National Trust; Skeet
LaChance, local diver and ecologist and
Tricia Hopkins and Randy Brown of
Clean Islands International. Several
students spoke on the experiences they
have had attending youth environmental
forums in other countries as well as the
Bahamas Youth Summit held in Nassau
last year.
The Forum was sponsored by the
Ministry of Education, Clean Island
International and Friends of the
Environment. Radio Abaco gave the
Forum great coverage on the radio. After
hearing speakers and viewing film of our
native flora and fauna, students broke
into work groups and produced reports
on areas of local concern such as reef
protection, turtle protection and long-line
fishing. These reports are being sent to
UNESCO for inclusion in a book on
Caribbean Youth Concerns about their
Lunch and refreshments was prepared
by several Hope Town restaurants and
several Friends assisted with registration
and refreshments.
Clean Islands representative Mr.
Randy Brown said how exciting it was to
involve so many schools with the hope to
develop more interaction in the future.
Mrs. Candace Key felt the Forum
empowered children who often see
environmental problems before adults do.
This is perhaps because they are closer to
the earth and not so encumbered with
life's problems. This gathering gave
children a chance to let their earth
concerns be known and speak out they
Earth Day Cleanup Held
Candace Key
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Student Reports on Environmental Forum

Cayce Morin gives the report
environmental project group at
children's environmental forum
Town. Photo by Ca
By Cayce Morin
4th Grader at Wesley Colli
On the 22nd of May, I went
Town with other students from
Abaco to the Abaco Regiona
Forum on the Environment. We
how we can help the environs
save the Bahamas' natural resour
also learned about how trash on
and in the water can affect marii

conducted the Fourth Annual Earth Day
Beach Clean-up. School children and
their teachers were joined by Hope Town
Association members and Clean Islands
International representatives Randy

r Marine Biologist Colin MacLeod from
Glasgow, Scotland, talked about dolphins
and whales around Abaco. Mr. MacLeod
B said the best place to see a dolphin or a
whale is in its natural habitat, not in an
p aquarium. Reef ecologist Skeet LaChance
of Abaco talked about taking good care
of the reefs by not dropping anchors or
.', stepping on them when diving.
Long-line fishing is another problem
bl we learned about. This is a fishing line
up to 12 miles long with a bunch of
hooks and is very strong. It catches
everything including fish that are not
l wanted. Most of the unwanted fish are
already dead when thrown back into the
from hisea. What a waste! The Bahamas
the recent government has passed a law against
in Hope long-line fishing but sadly enough,
'ndace Key people are breaking the law and are
killing hundreds of fish.
ege Ms. Monique Clark of the Bahamas
to Hope National Trust asked everybody to take
all over the Green Pledge. I PLEDGE to act to
d Youth the best of my ability to conserve and
learned protect the Bahamian environment and its
lent and precious natural resources.for present
rces. We and future generations.
beaches Remember, it's up to us to save the
ne life. environment.

Brown and Tricia Hopkins. Beach debris
was collected and recorded for a report
to be sent to the Center for Marine
Conservation's International Beach
Cleanup Program. Hope Town Lodge


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and Abaco Inn provided refreshments
after the clean up. Volunteer Joette
McCully found the prize of the clean-up
- a glass ball enclosed in netting. These
are rarely found these days.
A concern of this year's cleaners was
the large number of ribbons with partial
balloons attached. Children will be
investigating what cruise ships ply by our
shore and inquire if they are releasing
these during celebrations. Turtles can
mistake balloons and garbage bags for
their favorite food, jellyfish, often with
fatal results.
Hope Town Students
Attend Trinidad
By Candace Key
ReCaribe 97: The Caribbean
Recycling Conference was held in Port of
Spain, Trinidad, and was attended by
Shane Cash, grade 5, and Lawrence
Arnett, grade 6, both of Hope Town
School with their teacher, Mrs. Candace
Key. It was attended by delegates from
22 Caribbean countries and coordinated
by Clean Islands International. In a
general session panel, Mrs. Key
addressed the conference on the
importance of early education.
The two students were chosen to
attend the conference because of their
academics, leadership and concern for
environmental issues. Mrs. Linda Morin
of Marsh Harbour also attended with
hopes of gaining valuable contacts and
knowledge for future recycling on
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ditor Sm y .

Boards Need Dedicated Members

Town Planning can best use members
with knowledge of technical and
engineering matters. These members
review plans and projects with an eye to
the multi-page Bahamas Building Code.
Frequent items that are considered are
adequate parking, details relative to fire
safety, construction methods for hurricane
resistance, electrical and plumbing systems
which includes sewage disposal.
Consideration is also given to the
appropriate appearance of structures.
Town Planning members also get
involved in issues which are outside the
scope of a rule book such as derelict cars
and buildings, appropriate locations for
dumps and industrial sites. Since there is
no predetermined "zoning" for Abaco,
marine projects and taxi, bus and rental car
The Licencing Authority and Hotel
Licencing are two boards that do not
depend on persons with technical
knowledge. Established rules are applied to
applications or renewals. Liquor and bar
licenses have their criteria but members
must also consider community standards
and appropriateness. Level headed and
clear thinkers are needed.

Abaco Central Council members will
soon be reviewing the boards which they
appointed after local government was
formed in July and August of last year.
None of these boards has a budget (money
to spend) and some are more influential in
the workings of Abaco than others. The
more critical boards meet monthly with
Town Planning sometimes scheduling an
interim meeting due to the volume of
Five boards exercise a good bit of
authority, They are Hotel Licencing,
Licencing Authority, Port Authority,
Town Planning and Road Traffic. Simply
put, they pass, defer or reject building
plans and construction projects, hotel
licenses, shop and bar licences, docks and
Board members must frequently make
zoning judgements based on community
usage and standards. The ability for
members to consider the long range
outlook of the greater community is an
Port Authority members are called upon
in a similar manner as Town Planning but
their agenda is oriented to maritime issues.
Common issues are related to boats, docks,

marine construction, dredging and
alterations to the shoreline. Productive
members will have some knowledge of the
sea and boats. Knowledge and
understanding of Mother Nature's whims is
very useful since varying and unforseen sea
conditions can cause many problems.
Three other appointed boards are
Beautification, Tourism and Road Traffic
which typically meet less often than
monthly. Road Traffic is an island wide
board appointed by the three Island
Councils. They deal with road traffic
matters, taxi and rental car franchises,
To insure balanced decisions, the Local
Government Act requires that the Council
"... give due consideration to the need for
representation, on the board, of the
interests of the relevant town areas."
The initial process of selecting board
members was partly based on past
performance. For instance, the chairman of
Town Planning and Licencing easily went
to Arnold Edwards and Frankie Russell,
who ably filled those positions under the
previous system.
Some board members were selected for
the same valid reason. Selecting the

balance of the board was more haphazard.
Previously, Council members were asked
to have a short list of qualified and willing
candidates to be considered for these
Boards were filled with each Council
member quickly bringing to mind someone
in his own community who might be
suitable and willing to serve on the board.
Some were selected hastily without due
consideration to their expertise or long
range outlook.
The Central Abaco Council recently
asked the Board Chairmen to review the
status and performance of their board
members. Non-performing members
should be replaced with qualified persons.
Appointed board members are
volunteers in local government serving the
Abaco community without pay. The
Council should see that all replacements
have the necessary talent and dedication to
willingly serve the long term interests of
the community.
The decisions these boards make affect
all communities so it is critical to have
competent, well informed people filling
these positions.

2 Years Without The New Toilets

Central government has recognized the
school needs of Central Abaco and
preparations are being made to begin
construction of a new six classroom
building at Abaco Central High School.
Additionally, the first building for a new
primary school should be ready this fall.
This will accommodate the 600 students
of Marsh Harbour Primary and Dundas
Town Primary schools. Both buildings are
badly needed.
Abaco Central now has more than 500
students and expects the fall enrollment to
be about 600 students.
It was in September 1995 that two new
buildings were opened at Abaco Central
High School, giving them additional
classrooms, laboratories and a toilet and
shower block. This was badly needed but
for several reasons the toilets and showers
were not put into use immediately. Since
that day, two years later, the toilets are still
not useable consistently.
The problems seem to be due to a
number of factors. Apparently the toilets
and plumbing were not engineered
properly. They were built as required by
the Nassau architect but these proved to be
unsatisfactory. Local people felt that it was
not a satisfactory system but Nassau
officials did not heed the advice.
The commercial grade toilets use well
water supplied by a common domestic
pump. The system is not connected to the
town water supply. The toilets apparently
require high pressure and volume to flush

The Abaconian
David & Kathleen Ralph, Editors & Publishers
P 0 Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, Bahamas e

effectively. The pump and well are
incapable of meeting the demand so the
toilets do not flush properly, This results in
clogged drains. The end result is that the
new toilets are closed most of the time.
Students estimate they have been open for
six weeks during this school year.
Someone or some group, local
government, Ministry of Education
officials, parents, teachers or school
administrators needs to pressure officials
to get some action. At present there are
only four toilets for girls and a similar
number for boys in the original building.
These are so filthy that students, both girls
and boys, refuse to use them.
This is not a healthy situation. Students
should not have to go to school all day
without proper toilet facilities. There is
seldom any toilet paper so the rules of
cleanliness which we try to teach our
children are meaningless. These are our
children who are having to put up with
these filthy rooms.
Someone must be responsible for
correcting or solving the problem. Maybe
the school needs a whole new plumbing
system with new toilets tied into the town
water supply, maybe a different pump,
maybe just new toilets. But two years is
too long to wait.
If we had such severe problems with
our home plumbing systems, we would not
tolerate it. Within a day or two the toilets
would be working again. Don't we owe the
same to our children?

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May 1997 The Abaeonlan Page 11

Le ters to fthe Edtor

Shattered Peace
Dear Sir:
Several times recently the peace of our
neighborhood was shattered by airplanes
over our heads dive bombing the resort.
This is illegal in their country and illegal
here. Do we also have to put up with that
awful helicopter buzzing around again
this year during the tournaments? Surely
it's illegal for a helicopter to land on a
tennis court!
The resort went to all that trouble to
put up gates and keep the people of
Marsh Harbour out. Perhaps they could
go to some trouble to insure our privacy,
A Neighbor
Bart's in the News Again
The Editor,
Response: My Dear Mr. Wood,
Please allow me to extend my deepest
sympathies at the plight of your poor
misguided young Bart. I must point out,
however, that he could not possibly have
been on my property as the "rat traps"
mentioned in my initial letter do not exist
in reality. They were simply an amusing
aside, or so I thought, as a way of
closing out my letter.
I have had many dogs over the years
and will have more in the future, so I
must say that I do not wish any dog any
harm. I just wish they could be quiet. As
for your dog's peculiar taste in "things
that make you go poop," I would suggest
that you follow your instinks as there is
no preponderance of evidence that he, in
fact, did follow the chicken.
Sid Dawes
Wants Swimming Meet
Date Changed
Following is a letter written to Mr.
Jackson Mcintosh, District

Superintendent of Schools.
Dear Mr. McIntosh,
Last week I reconfirmed the date for
the swim meet in Hope Town this year
with Mrs. Key. She explained to me why
it was not possible to change the date to
an earlier one.
We only have two major sport events
going on here in Abaco for our young
people which are the track and field and
the swim meet every year.
I am very upset as the mother of two
very successful swimmers who were
invited to the Bahama Games in 1995
and as a teacher of St. Francis de Sales
for all the rest of our talented students
that we will not be able to participate
simply because our school closes earlier
than the government schools.
In my opinion it should be an ongoing
effort to bring together the youth of
Abaco more often or at least make it
possible for everybody to compete and
enjoy the already existing activities.
I would appreciate any consideration
that you could give this matter.
Yours sincerely,
Andrea Albury
Appeal to Protect Our
To the Readers of The Abaconian:
Do you think that Abaco is and has
always been a beautiful place the way it
was given to us by God? Then, why are
we letting people change and destroy our
natural beauty to suit themselves?
Are we that desperate that we need
foreign investment so badly that we will
allow anyone with money in their pocket
to change our islands and environment to
suit themselves?
Do you realize that the tourist dollar is
what supports almost every working

person in Abaco? ie: the tourist spends
money in our restaurants which spend
money in our food stores, which have
their food delivered to Abaco by
Bahamian shipping companies...
Proposals to dredge our sea bottom are
flooding into our local governments and
something needs to be done about it now,
before it's too late. Dredging is very
detrimental to the environment as far as
tidal flow, irreparable damage to the sea
bottom and surrounding reefs, loss of
very important conch and fish breeding
grounds, siltation along the shore line of
Marsh Harbour and surrounding Cays
that will kill many living organisms
trying to hang on to their fragile lives as
it is, and an unknown shift in sand banks
and beaches.
Our primary livelihood, tourism,

depends on our crystal clear waters and
live coral reefs. Without these natural
resources, we will have no tourism and
therefore, almost every working person
in Abaco will suffer. We realize that
others have been allowed to dredge and
so it seems that the next person should be
allowed to also, but it must stop
somewhere. If we allow this destruction
to continue, we will all suffer.
Friends of the Environment asks that
all Abaco residents please look at the
future impact of dredging and that you
consider what the environmental,
economic and well as aesthetic impact
will be.
Friends of the Environment
P.S. We do not own this planet, we
are just visitors!

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The Little Abaco Drama Club proved popular at the recent Talent Show held in Fire Road
as part of the Youth Month activities. Austin Mills and his company entertained the
audience with their portrayal of his favorite character this time agitated about the census

Building Plans Total $2 Million in May

The May 6 Town Planning Committee
for Central Abaco reviewed and passed 23
plans with a total declared value of
$2.156,528. The nearly four hour meeting
was adjourned after 10 P.M. with pending
plans scheduled for review on May 20th.
Although values will fluctuate each month,
the quantity of plans reviewed is typical.
Project values are given by those
submitting the application and are
presumed to be realistic. Building permit
fees are based on a buildings square
footage and have no relationship to the
buildings value.
A summary of the plans reviewed at the

Boy Scouts Visit
The Boy Scout High Adventure is an
annual program which brings groups of
young men to Abaco to live aboard
sailboats learning sailing techniques as
well as having a good time swimming
and snorkeling. They come for one week
periods for nine weeks each summer.
The primary boat used is the WM. H.
ALBURY, a 64 foot boat built in Man-
O-War in the 1970s, the TRIBUTE,
Derek Lee's 48 foot boat built in Man-O-
War during the 1940s, and two other
boats from Abaco Bahamas Charters of
Hope Town.
The program is under the direction of
Joe Maggio, who owns the WM. H.
ALBURY and has been sailing in Abaco
for many years. He is assisted by Dick
Canfield of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

May 6th meeting follows:

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Hope Town
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Marsh Harbour
Murphy Town
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2 98,560.
3 267,628.
3 307,000.
1 35,000.
4 514,520.
5 113,400.
3 254,025.
2 566,395.
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from shore when the tide came in and he
was not able to swim back to shore. His
friends vainly tried to help him back to
shore. Although efforts were made to
revive him with CPR, he did not
Mr. Brown was with a group visiting
Grace Baptist Church in Dundas Town.
He was a student at a college in the
United States.

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Junior Achievers Are Acknowledged

On May 1st the Junior Achievement
Company of Marsh Harbour held their
annual speech competition and banquet.
The festivities took place at Bayview
Restaurant in Dundas Town. The newly
formed company, named Island Creators,
has had a successful year.
The aim of the Junior Achievement
program is to give practical business
experience to young people by having
them manage a business company which
they form. It gives them experience in all
aspects of business procedures.
The Island Creators meet weekly and
have had a variety of business ventures.

They have had a car wash, organized a
pre-Valentine party and have done
picture framing. The club is made up of
10th and 11th grader students at Abaco
Central High School and Brooke Pearce
is president of the company.
In the speech competition Laterah
Armbrister won first place with Shazarah
Bootle coming in second on the topic of
Believe and Succeed; It's the Only Way
to Achieve. The second topic was Making
Important Decisions that Affect Young
People. Teneil Mills won first and
Raquel Thurston came second for that
topic. First place winners received $100

while second place winners received $75.
After the dinner students entertained
the group with songs and skits. Opal

Dawkins was the star of the evening as
she presented several outstanding

Bush Medicine Is Topic for Talk in Hope T. 1i/

By Stephanie Humblestone
If any herb infest the earth with its
abundance, let man take heed of its great
virtues for his ills.
Here in the Bahamas bush medicine
has sadly become a dying art. Mrs.
Nadee Ben Beneby, a guidance counselor at
Abaco Central High School, revived it in
Hope Town recently with an informative
talk on the bushes, plants and herbs
which grow on our beautiful islands.
This was the second of four presentations
on aspects of wellness organised by
Nurse Letty Martz, who runs the Hope
Town clinic.
For generations people living in
remote parts of the Bahamas have
acquainted themselves with and used
their native leaves, flowers and roots for
medicinal purposes. This was especially
the case when there was no resident
doctor on an island. They looked instead
to "Mother Earth" to provide the cures
fbr their ills, taking their cues from
livestock and birds for what was safe and
unsafe to eat.
Thus they knew they could use
Powdered Rooster Comb, Breadfruit
Leaves and Candle Bush but knew, too,
the poisonous nature of the Oleander
bush, Datura, Croton and Monkey Fiddle
or Euphorbia Tirucalli.
With the advent of modem medicine,
people in the Bahamas and, indeed the
world over, replaced some of the old

family remedies and cures with
antibiotics. Camphorated oil rubs and
warm steam from tincture of benzoin
became memories of the past for many.
Mrs. Beneby not only informed us of
the properties of some of the more
obvious plants used to assuage our ills
such as Jackmada, Cerasee, Fowlfoot,
Grannybush and Pound Cake Bush, but
also introduced us to a whole host of
others uses for plants we knew and those
we had never heard of. For example,
Shepherds Needle is used as a cure for
heart problems and worms, Parsley for
gas pain, Catnip to prevent worms,
Thistle for jaundice, Guava Berries for
thrush, Love Vine for virility and
strengthening the back, White Sage for
impetigo, chicken pox and measles and
Bird Peppers for boils. Papaya she
referred to as the miracle plant as it aids
in digestion, helps alleviate headache and
decrease phlegm.
According to Ms. Beneby, who has
been interested in bush medicine since a
child', most of the plants should be boiled
for three to five minutes and then taken
nine days on and nine days off.
Let's just hope that they don't taste as
bad as Cerasee which I was given by my
doctor husband in Nassau. It tasted
absolutely terrible, but I got better. I am
not sure if it was because of the
properties of the plant or that nothing
foreign or invasive wished to live in my
system alongside it!


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paid the school a visit. He had the song
Wind Beneath My Wings written for him
and his original rendition of the song
won him Song of the Year and many
other awards. He thrilled students and
adults alike by singing that song and
Students viewed a video of Mr. Morris
playing the leading role in the opera La
Boheme. Perhaps he made the biggest
hit, however, when he told the children
Michael Jordan was one of his best
Mrs. Debra Grazier, well known
children's book author, spent a morning
at our school. Her first book On the Day
You Were Born has been made into a
video teaching children about instruments
in an orchestra. Debra, a former teacher,

uses a cut paper method to form her
illustrations. She read another one of her
books to the children and then each child
produced a cut-paper picture with no
Debra presented the school with three
of her books and a video. It was a very
exciting morning for the school. Debra's
mother, Mrs. Millie Bunnell, has been a
long time visitor to Hope Town.
Speeches Win Awards
Hope Town student Shane Cash, grade
5 students won his age category in the
recent Rotary Club of Abaco's annual
speech contest. Grade 6 student
Samantha Major won second place in her
category and Larenz Amett paced third.
The title of this year's speech was Love
and Respect What Every Young Person

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Forest Heights Academy
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By Stephanie Humblestone
In the first week of May Forest
Heights Academy purchased five new
computers from Abacom in Marsh
Harbour. They are fast and efficient
Pentiums. Mr. Meeson, Principal of
Forest Heights, stressed the importance
of computing skills. "They are quickly
becoming an educational necessity and it
is most important that all students are
computer literate before leaving school."
He went on to say that he felt it a
priority to update the school's present
computer quota and expressed his

gratitude to Abacom for their stock of
"up-to-the-minute computers at
unbeatable prices."
Mr. Malcolm Spicer, owner of
Abacom, said that Forest Heights is a
school which is embracing new
technologies and that he is happy to be
their supplier. He added, too, that all
computers he provides are serviced by
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Abaco's Agriculture Is Noted

Prepared by the Department of
Agriculture, Abaco Office
According to the 1993 Census of
Agriculture, Abaco had one of the
smallest number of farmers in the
country but the largest area under
production (see table 1). There are
several reasons for this which include
* The relatively high rate of
* Good soil and water resources
* Proximity to the main marketing
markets.which are New Providence and
* Reliable shipping links to Florida
which allow easy access to agricultural
* The availability of non-Bahamian
There are several types of farm
operations on Abaco which range from
semi-commercial production where the
farmer is involved in agriculture on a
part-time basis and output is sold locally
to fully commercial and export
production where the profits from the
farm are the main source of income. In
a series of articles we will attempt to
highlight some of the diversity of the
agricultural sector on Abaco.,
In this article we will look at a family

With Tape
Council member Glen McDonald
brought up the issue of Radio Abaco using
a tape recorder at May 27th meeting and
airing quotations less than twelve hours
later over the air. Council members were
not overly concerned with members of the
media attending meetings but felt that their
conversations were frequently too candid
to be aired over the radio. Mr. McDonald
was also concerned that ongoing debates
could be reported or edited in a manner
giving listeners erroneous impressions of
ongoing matters or individual member's

Island No. of Area
Farmers Farmed
Total 1,760 50,249
New Providence 281 2,089
Grand Bahama 26 2,349
Abaco 69 15,892
Acklins 43 4,425
Andros 208 4,225
Cat Island 226 2,890
Eleuthera 318 5,175
Exuma 239 707
Long Island 224 10,404
San Salvador 46 165
Mayaguana 44 222
Rest of Bahamas 36 1,706

farm called Swain and Sons Apiaries
located on 25 acres of land south of
Marsh Harbour. The farm is owned and
operated by Mr. Stevenson Swain, his
wife Margaret and their children who
range in age from eighteen to twenty-
one. Each member of the family has a
specific responsibility: Shirley is the
bookkeeper and ensures the irrigation
system is operational, Stevie for
herbicide control, Joseph for the bees and
Sarah to fill in as necessary.
The farm was started about three years
ago with 1000 colonies of bees to supply

Deputy Chairman Clifford Henfield and
Council member Bill Swain were both
concerned that debates can conclude in a
manner which could be viewed as a racial
decision when that is not the case.
Members felt that the recent Lubbers
Quarter debate was portrayed by the radio
as being decided along racial lines. Mr.
Henfield was particularly vocal in stating
that his vote was not for sale and that he
votes as his conscience dictates for the
circumstances at hand.
The discussion concluded indecisively.

the local market on Abaco with extracted The Swains are optimistic about
and comb honey. Since its inception it farming in Abaco and over the next year
has expanded to a mixed farm of bananas hope to expand their production to
and quarter acre plots of pumpkin, include corn for grits, okra, cassava,
thyme. Irish potato, sweet potato and eddoe, sweet and hot pepper,
pigeon pea. The farm also has cauliflower, broccoli and papaya under
experimental plantings of strawberries their own label. Their major problems
and table grapes, besides the ever present one of weeds is
The production from the operation is access to land clearing services at a
sold all over Abaco by Mrs. Swain. The reasonable price.
farm fresh produce sold by the farm has If you wish to know more about this
received a positive response from the enterprise, please contact Swain and Sons
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Town Planning 6 May 1997
Construction on Road Rights-of-
Way: The Board will look into an area on
Pelican Shore where a privacy berm is too
close to the road leaving no room for
pedestrians to escape traffic.
Members were very concerned that the
new Long Bay All Age School being
constructed on Forest Drive is too close to
the road. The original request was for a 25-
foot set back (from the property line)
which the Board changed to 40 feet. The
building under construction is much closer
and the Board will require a wall on the
property between the building and the road.
The Board wants the wall on the property
boundary or within the property but not on
the road right-of-way.
Man-O-War Restaurant: A plan for a
40 50 seat restaurant was passed in
principle for Man-O-War on the site
previously occupied by Sally's Take-A-
Vender's Structure: An application for
a temporary vendor's structure beside
Iron Point in Marsh Harbour was criticized
for not indicating that it met wind and other
code requirements. It passed on condition
that it be "bolted together" properly.
Forest Heights School: This project
was passed although the Board asked that
the sewage 'disposal to be by deep well
injection. This follows the Works
requirement for sewage disposal at the
theater complex by the Seventeen Shop due
to the proximity to the Marsh Harbour well
Marsh Harbour Town Committee 7 May
Works Compound: It has been
suggested that the Works Compound on
Don MacKay Boulevard be moved to
either further away. Members felt that it
does not need to be on the main street in
There is no usable equipment at the
Works Compound. The proposed budget
asked for money to be allocated fora bush
wacker, chain saw and trailer. The
Committee will investigate the possibility
of trading some of the junk equipment
with Trans Island Pavers for cold mix for
road repairs.
Town Improvements: Crossing Beach
has been cleaned up and noticeably
improved. The water storage tanks there
belonging to Carib Freight Company need
locks on the valves and are to be painted to
make the area more attractive.
The Committee members are
researching a location for a boat ramp on
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Several roads are to be paved and
improved in Marsh Harbour after the
Cherokee road is completed. Front Street is
one that is scheduled for improvements.
Derelict Ship: The DEBORAH K II is
still a problem to the waterfront. The
Committee feels it will have to be towed to
deep water, then dynamited to insure that it
sinks. The boat is being stripped in
Airport Inspection: Civil Aviation
officials made a surprise visit to Marsh
Harbour airport and reviewed several
problem areas including approach lights.
These have been on Abaco for several
years but were never installed. The
condition of the fire truck was also noted.
Vendors Area: The vendors near the
BEC substation in Marsh Harbour have
been dumping conch slops and other
garbage in the bushes at that location. The
Committee wants to bring about
improvement there. Mrs. Yvonne Key will
pursue this to see how it can be remedied.
Involve Youth: Mr. Perry Sawyer
would like to see a youth program
implemented which would provide small
community projects to involve the youth.
The Committee felt this should be pursued.
Spring City and Snake Cay: Eight
wells are being drilled in Spring City and
one at Snake Cay for a better water supply.
Mr. Bernis Pinder presented several
problems of Snake Cay residents. There is
no dump available for them to use. He also
asked for better transportation for the 22
school students residing there who now
ride in the back of a pick-up truck. The
Committee felt that one central dump was
preferable to having many small dumps but
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have to extend to that area. The residents
there are raising money through
community fish fries to improve the roads
and clean up the area.
Murphy Town Town Committee 8 May
Streets: Signs are being prepared to
identify Murphy Town streets. Welcome
signs will be erected on Front Street
Murphy Town can expect to have more
paving done to community roads in the
immediate future.
Town Office: The Committee is
considering moving the portable building
now at the Marsh Harbour Primary School
to a location in Murphy Town to be
renovated for a town office. They could
then have a full time office person. The
building could also accommodate a library.
Cemetary: Fencing at the Murphy
Town cemetery is being extended and
money was requested in the budget for
extending the cemetery 50 feet.
Coconut Tree Bay: The Committee
would like to see a shelter erected at the
South Side ramp. They are planning to
develop Coconut Tree Bay as a park,
bringing in sand and installing a
playground. They are hoping to build a
cabana there to make the park more

inviting for picnics and parties.
Public Notice Board: A notice board
has ben erected on the corner by Bethany
Port Authority 14 May 1997
Shore protection: Mr. Hill of Eastern
Shores in Marsh Harbour was given
approval to place rocks and fill along his
shoreline to stop further erosion of his 80-
foot exposed waterfront
Dock replacement: Replacing or
repairing an existing dock suffering from
either age or storm damage may be
undertaken without requiring a permit.
However, it must not be enlarged beyond
the original structure. All alterations
beyond the original structure require a
Dredging approved for government
freight dock: United Abaco Shipping
asked to deepen the eastern comer of the
existing freight dock to allow their new
freighter enough depth to maneuver and
The ship owners will also remove
several shallow spots in the approach
channel. The spoil will be placed on the
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Gorda Cay Fast Becoming Cast-A-Way Cay

The Minister of Agriculture and
Fisheries, Mr. Earl Deveaux, recently
toured Gorda Cay, now renamed
Castaway Cay. He was accompanied by
Mr. Simeon Pinder, Agriculture
representative on Abaco and several from
American Bridge Company which is
doing all the construction work.
The Disney Company has a lease on

250 acres of the island which totals 1000
acres. They will leave the remainder of
the island in its natural state. The
company is very environmentally
conscious and they are working hard to
preserve it intact. They also plan a 20
acre underwater habitat for snorkelers to
Disney expects to have 2500 people

Dr. Earl Deveaux, center is shown touring Castaway Cay with members of the American
Bridge Company, Mr. Dave Thornton on the left and Mr. Kermode on the right.

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The Post Office at Castaway Cay will be an actual Bahamian Post Office which will
stamp letters and post cards with the Castaway Cay cancellation stamp. Landscaping will
be put in this summer and fall.
22nd Regatta Scheduled for July

visiting at the cay on the days when the
ship is at the dock. Only a few staff will
live on the cay; most will commute from
Sandy Point. They expect to begin
cruises to the cay in April 1998.
American Bridge began work in May
1996. The buildings are nearing
completion and landscaping will begin in
a few weeks. The project is expected to
be completed by November 1997.

American Bridge employs about 60,
with workers coming from Sandy Point,
Moore's Island, Cooper's Town and
Cedar Harbour. Sandy Point is seeing the
most change. Speaking of Sandy Point,
Mr. Deveaux remarked that it was
interesting to see a traditional fishing
village make the transition to diversified

Regatta Time in Abaco will be
celebrating their 22nd year of sail boat
races. The schedule will include five
races at five towns with parties and fun
activities planned.
The races will begin at Green Turtle
Cay on July 4th and will continue with
the second race on July 6th at Guana
Cay, the third race on July 8th off Man-
O-War, the fourth race off July 10th at
Hope Town and the final race on July
12th culminating at Marsh Harbour.

Awards will be presented for the first
race on July 4th at Green Turtle Cay, for
the second and third races on July 8th at
Crossing Beach, with the final and
overall awards party on July 12th at the
Jib Room.
Social events are planned in various
towns to provide shore entertainment.
The popular party of this event is the
street party held at Crossing Beach which
includes a live band and vendors
presenting Bahamian foods.

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Forest Heights Academy is pleased to announ& that the
Department of Lands and Surveys has approved a
renewable five year (ease of five acres of Crown Land
situated on the western side of the Airport Road in Marsh
!Harbour for the construction of the new high school
qhanksgo to Father Stan of St. Francis de Sakes Church
for his efforts in facilitating an extension of our [ease at
the Cathofic schoolcampus. To further assist the demands
placed upon us by increasing enrollments, we wil be
importing three more air-conditioned, mobile classroomsfor
September 1997. Pqhis, in addition to the space that we
already have at the St. Francis campus, should provide
Forest Heights with adequate space until such time as our
buildings are complete.
We project a construction schedule as fofows:
June: Surveying, land cleaning and preparation.
July 21: Ground-breaking on Phase I Building.
Winter 1998: Cormpfetion of Phase I

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I Wanted Wings Capt. Thompson's Story

By Leonard Thompson
Reviewed by Stephanie Humblestone
Leonard Thompson's autobiography I
Wanted Wings is partly an account of
how he realized his dream to be a pilot
and partly a panorama of his life.
It is a book rich in atmosphere and
anecdote with first hand experiences
laced together by colourful narrative and
personal comment. As the book unfolds,
we learn, not just about Leonard, the
pilot, but also the man, husband, father,
entrepreneur and politician.

of his six brothers and sister, forming
friendships with them which were to
endure all his life. Although his father
spent long periods at sea, Leonard was
close to him valuing greatly their times
together when he was ashore. Happily,
he recalls memories of their camping and
sailing trips, acknowledging how much
he gleaned from him about navigation.
After graduating from high school,
Leonard moved to Nassau where he
worked in a bank for a short time, but
the desire to fly compelled him to seek

Broke and far from his native Bahamas,
he managed to win favour with the
recruiting officer and secured himself the

Mr. Leonard Thompson
position as aero mechanic. This was a
two fold blessing, one being a positive
step to being a pilot and the other leading
him to meet Mary, "the girl of his
dreams." whom he later married.
His wings secured and Mary, his love,
the quiet wind beneath them, Leonard
was ready to fly. His initial experiences
were a trial by fire. They were the
harrowing ones of a bomber pilot over
Germany. Finally shot down, hanging
blistered and bleeding from a tree,'he
was captured and taken prisoner.

Incarcerated in a prisoner of war camp,
Leonard writes of dwindling food
rations, bitter cold and "long dreary days
dreaming of home and my favourite
Miraculously, he survived the ordeal
and returned to Nassau where Mary was
then living with their young son, Leonard
Junior. Sadly, his homecoming was
tinged with pain by the "senseless" death
of his father from a mismatched blood
The book moves then to Montreal
where Leonard passed the exam for a
Commercial Pilot Licence. With a wealth
of flying experience and knowledge
behind him, he returned to Nassau where
he began working for Bahamasair and
then Nassau Aviation. At this point in the
book Leonard shares with us anecdotes
of flying the Family Island, many times
on emergency medical flights
Moving on with the events of his life,
Leonard, the pilot, takes on another
dimension as the entrepreneur with his
development of Treasure Cay.
The contrasts in his life, executed as
smooth transitions, are one of the most
attractive features of the book. This is
further shown by his jump into politics
which he felt was weighted against him.
These were the interesting and


Page 23

An amphibious Grumman Goose rests at anchor in Hope Town harbour about 50 years ago.
The only boat visible is the dinghy tending to the seaplane in this recreated painting. The
empty harbor would be typical of that era. Taken from the book "I Wanted Wings."

The opening pages are set in Hope
Town, Abaco, where Leonard spent his
childhood and formative years. "It was a
fun place in which to grow up," he
writes of those years filled with
adventures such as turtle hunting,
gathering whelks, seabird eggs and
playing on Elbow Cay's long deserted
beaches. The second son of Maurice and
Lena Thompson, he was -born into a
family brimming with love.
Growing up, he enjoyed the company

employment around aircraft. His first job
was cleaning, refueling and loading
planes. The rest was an uphill struggle,
often defying the odds, until that glorious
day in Canada when he gazed down at
his breast "to make sure the wings were
there." This is the highlight of the book
and upon which it pivots.
One of the key steps to this moment
was joining the Royal Canadian Air
Force at the outbreak of World War II in
1939. This in itself was an achievement.


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More About Local Government

Local Govt. FROMPage 16
western side of the dock along the shore
beside the roadway. This area is to be
eventually reclaimed according to the new
port expansion plans.
Wayne Bethel answered questions by the
Board members concerning the new boat
and the proposed improvements. He
commented, "Abaco growth has been faster
than expected." Board members wondered
about the status of the projected port
improvements. A discussion followed on
the merits of reviving Snake Cay as a
shipping terminal.
Dredging Approved for Guana Cay:
Seaside Village asked to deepen the water
at the end of their 300-foot dock.
Removed material would be placed on their
beach. A request for moorings 70 feet
beyond the dock was deferred.
Dredging Approved for Lubbers
David Byme, a resident on Lubber's east
side, was allowed to deepen both sides of
his dock although the proposed disposal of
the removed material "at sea" was not

The Fourth Annual Great Abaco
Triathlon is planned for August 30th,
1997, and will again be held in honour of
Perry Cooke. The Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism along with the Out Island
Promotion Board and Tri-A-Co will
organize the event. Major sponsors will
include the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce, Kalik Beer, Nipper's
Restaurant, Great Abaco Beach Resort
and Abaco Towns by the Sea. American
Eagle will be the official airline and
Exclusive Sports Marketing will do the
marketing of the event.
The organizers are expecting 120
athletes which will include Bahamians.
This year there will be only one
category, the Sprint Distance Race,
which includes a half mile swim, a 15
mile bike ride and a three mile run. The
participants found that the heat was too
great here to have the Olympic Distance
This year there will be $5000 in prize
money of which $1000 will be
exclusively for Bahamians. There will
also be additional prizes offered by
various businesses in Marsh Harbour.
The awards ceremony will be held on
August 30th at Crossing Beach where
they expect to develop a festival

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have to provide an acceptable disposal site.
Hope Town Dock Approved, Dredging
Deferred: Evans Wilhoyte can build an
additional dock on his property to service
the Abaco Bahamas Charter fleet. His
request for dredging around the new dock
was deferred pending a satisfactory method
of spoil disposal.
Ferry License for Guana Approved:
The Guana Grabber is back in service by
the Guana Harbour Resort and was given
permission to resume scheduled ferry
service between Guana Cay and Marsh
Navigation Lights: Board member
Charlie Cook felt a light should be placed
on Point Set Rock off Matt Lowe's Cay to
assist in night navigation. It was mentioned
that the government lights are off at Hole-
in-the-Wall, Duck Cay at Cherokee and
Little Harbour,
Town Planning 20 May 1997
Hotel Proposed: Gary Knowles of
Nassau asked for approval in principle to
construct a 10-room hotel on the original
castle access road between the High Rock

atmosphere with booths and vendors.
The organizers are asking local
businesses to contribute as they need a
total of $19,000 to produce this exent.
The producers are pleased with the
excitement among the athletes for the
event held here. There has been a better
that 50% return rate among the athletes.
They are encouraging Bahamians to
train and compete. There are 32 different
age groups and there will once again be
a category of relay teams which are
welcomed by Bahamian athletes.

and Little Orchard subdivisions in Marsh
Harbour. Six residents of the area voiced
their objections to the Board. The residents
felt that an apartment complex for long
term rentals would not be objectionable.
They were concerned with transient traffic
and a constant flow of taxis into a
residential area on a dead-end one lane
Resident Robert Sweeting said that since
the two bordering subdivisions had deed
restrictions to foster residential use, this
small piece in between should not be
allowed to circumvent the spirit of this
established residential area.
Set-back Not Observed: Members were
concerned that the new Long Bay School
building is well under construction and
only 25 feet off the pavement. A letter will
be written requiring a barrier fence or wall
to keep the children off the road. The
Board members were dismayed that the
requested 40-foot setback from the
property line had not been adhered to.
Injunction Issued: Mr. Arnold
Edwards, Chairman of Town Planning,
read a letter from Freeport attorney Fred
Mitchell advising that a court injunction
was issued to prohibit the construction of
rainwater tanks on a lot belonging to
Robert Malone and located in the Lucayas
area of Elbow Cay.
Central Abaco Council 27 May 1997
Appointed Boards: An interim meeting
will be held in early June to review the
appointed boards and consider any changes
to these boards.
Works Truck: A request to the Ministry
of Works for a replacement truck brought
a reply that the Council is authorized to
buy a truck but left the financing details to
the Council.
Road Repairs by Water & Sewerage:
Trans Island Pavers has been retained by
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locations where the pavement was dug-up
for water connections or other water line
work. Members noted that BEC and
BaTelCo are much more punctual at
making remedial road repairs.
Unspent Funds: The chairman, Mike
Malone, reminded members to review their
town budgets and outstanding projects to
ensure that all budgeted funds are actually
spent prior to the end of the fiscal year on
June 30th. All unspent monies revert to the
Treasury. Members were hoping to
assemble $5,000 to $10,000 in budgeted
but unspent funds to make needed
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Pae 22 TheAbeonan May1997

Disposal & Recycling Pose a Challenge

By Linda Morin
Abaco's increasing population and
growing tourist industry require that we
pay serious attention to waste disposal
methods if we are to ensure that we do
not rob our children of their birthright to
unspoiled lands surrounded by bountiful
Last year, flying into Marsh Harbour
for the first time on Bahamasair, I was
struck by Abaco's undeveloped beauty.
Once on the ground, however, a different
picture unfurled. It was clear that Abaco
was quite developed and growing
vigorously, particularly in the Marsh
Harbour, Dundas and Murphy Town
area. In the six months I have lived here,
I have seen countless houses built. A
large primary school and a major
residential subdivision are under
construction to accommodate the
burgeoning population.
But with prosperity comes challenges,
one of which is what to do with the
expanding amount of waste we are
generating. At present, all of our trash,
also referred to as solid waste, is carried
off to the dump. From what I have
observed, very little is being diverted
from the total accumulation of solid
waste or the solid waste stream to be
My interest in this challenge of waste
management in Abaco led me to research
what can be done about it, as landfill (or
dump) space is quite limited on an island
such as this. In relying solely on landfills
for our waste, we are throwing away
valuable resources, both in terms of
"garbage" and land and are polluting the
environment in the process. Two major
environmental risks from a landfill, or
public dump, are leachate and methane
Leachate is the highly contaminated
liquid that can leach or seep out from a
landfill, posing a risk to ground water
beneath it and possibly resulting in
contamination of drinking water supply.
The porosity of Abaco's limestone soil
makes this a serious consideration.
Methane gas is created by the
decomposition of organic matter in the
landfill and is thought to be a significant
contributor to the greenhouse effect
which is an increase in temperature of
the earth's surface and lower layers of
our atmosphere. Methane gas can also
cause explosions and fires if not.
adequately vented.
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the Internet's World Wide Web, I
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held from May 5th through 8th of this
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ReCaribe (or Recycle Caribbean) 97, the
conference was sponsored by the Wider
Caribbean Waste Reduction Recycling
Alliance, which is an affiliate of the
National Recycling Coalition in the
United States. The conference was also a
project of Clean Islands International, a
nonprofit, nongovernmental organization
dedicated to charitable, educational and
scientific programmes in small 'island
The objectives of. the ReCaribe
conference which- I attended were as
*To examine present and future
business opportunities in waste reduction
and recycling in the Caribbean
*To discuss innovative solutions to
solid waste issues as they pertain to
Caribbean communities
*To facilitate a review of the
problems and weaknesses in the
development of national waste reduction
and recycling programs
*To provide opportunities for the
exchange of information and ideas among
government and commercial waste
management professionals and experts
from the Caribbean and elsewhere.
Participants in the four-day conference
included professionals from throughout
the Caribbean and the United States and
Canada, from solid waste management
programs, environmental health and other
government agencies, commercial service
contractors and equipment suppliers and
non-governmental and non-profit
organizations. Speakers included solid
waste, recycling and environmental
management experts and consultants from
the Caribbean and North America.

Additional support for the conference
was provided by the Trinidad and
Tobago Solid Waste Management
Company Limited (SWMCOL), which
conducted technical tours of their landfill
operations, glass and, paper recycling
The conference also provided
tremendous opportunities for exchanging
a wealth of information and for
networking. Some Caribbean island
nations already have comprehensive
waste reduction and sophisticated
recycling programs in place.
We in Abaco can learn from the
positive and negative experiences of
others of similar geography and
circumstances, as well as seek untapped
opportunities and markets in this growing
field. We can all do our part to avert a
solid waste disposal crisis in Abaco,
starting now. Here are a few suggestions:
1. REDUCE waste at the source by
*Not buying disposable products
*Buying in bulk
oPurchasing goods with minimal
mUsing reusable shopping bags such
as canvas and string bags
*Sharing resources (car pooling,

donating books, .clothes, etc. to charity;
sharing equipment not regularly used
such as power tools and lawn mowers)
2. REUSE products by
*Finding new uses for normally
discarded items (plastic bags and
containers can be used again and again)
*Avoiding the use of disposable
containers. For example, at work use
mugs instead of paper or styrofoam cups
*Striving for zero waste when packing
a lunch. Use reusable containers for
sandwiches, snacks and drinks; avoid
single-use drink containers like cans or
juice boxes
*Printing information on both sides of
the paper
*Using e-mail or voice-mail where
available instead of messages like faxes
that require paper.
*Disposing of organic materials like
yard debris and kitchen wastes through
composting in your back yard. The
resulting compost is a great fertilizer and
mulch for your vegetable or flower
*Asking your local government to
assist in setting up community recycling
projects for such items as aluminum
cans, glass, paper, corrugated cardboard
and plastic (Efficient methods of



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FROM Page 22

collection should be explored and
markets located or developed for
recyclable goods and low cost
transportation secured to get goods to
markets that might be as far away as
Nassau or Miami)
*Examining what is already in place
and expanding on it. For example, the
Man-O-War community has purchased
tLquipmnlcin to grind yard debris into
mulch which is then used by residents in
their landscaping and gardening projects.
By considering the consequences our
purchasing habits can have on our
environment, we can buy products that
will reduce the amount of waste created
in the first place; reuse things as much as
possible before discarding them; and
recycle all the materials that are
recyclable. All of this takes effort,
diligence and collective commitment, But
Abaco is worth all of it.

Thompson FROM Page 20
controversial days of Bahamian
Independence for which Leonard was not
in favour. He left the political arena with
dignity, as ever true to his convictions.
Finally, Leonard brings us full circle,

back to Abaco where he is now in
retirement enjoying his children, some
close by and some scattered throughout
the world. Wherever they are, the
strength of his and Mary's love brings
them home to him.
Family closeness is a central theme of
the book. Early on he describes an
affectionate war-time reunion in England
with his brother Chester, like himself a
"fighting Thompson," and later his elder
brother Roscoe's support in his political
Reviewing his life, Leonard counsels
his children to be "honest, fair and true."
three qualities with which he is certainly
endowed. If you know him, you would
endorse this; and if you have never met
him, you would surely wish to after
reading this book.
His final message reflects his life,
"With hard work and perseverance, all
things are possible.
The book closes with Leonard's
words, "Yes, I am pleased with my life."
Yes, Leonard, we are pleased that you
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computers acquired by the school represented more than 1450points. The computers were
supplied by Mr. Malcolm Spicer of Abacom which is assembling computers in Marsh
Harbour. Shown above are representatives from the students, staff and Mr. Rodney Smith
principal of the school along with Mr. Spicer and Mrs. Melissa Roberts of Solomon Bros.
The computers were Pentium 75 Rated and came loaded with educational software and
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Fishing Guide Develops a New Talent

Marty Sawyer is experimenting and
developing his own personal variety of
fishing lures for bonefishing. Being a
fishing guide in and around Cherokee
Sound, he gets a first-hand chance to put
his handiwork to the test.
Resembling bugs, shrimp, crabs and
small fish, they have already lured some
of the big ones to the fly reel and right
into the boat. With all our beautiful clear
blue waters and many shallow sand
banks, the bonefish seem to have no
trouble at all in finding and striking his
lures and thereby, bring the thrill of the
catch to the most seasoned fisherman.
Adventurous fishermen have been
coming to try their luck in our waters
since the 1950s when Colin Rees had his
fishing camp on the hill. And although
we get more bone fishermen here today


FROM Page 14

Needs. The winning students had the
exciting opportunity to perform their
speeches again over Radio Abaco.
Music Program Growing
By Gordon Wynne
The past few months have been a busy
and invigorating time for the Hope Town
school music program. In addition to
lessons on music and rhythm, utilizing
their new instruments and recording
equipment, the students have participated
in several special events.
Gordon Wynne has put together a
series of twelve recordings entitled A
Taste of Pops introducing all kinds of
exciting music from the classics, the
Twentieth Century, Broadway and
television featuring Elbow Cay's own
Erich Kunzel and the 100 piece
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
On May 30 the school will be
recording some of Mr. Wynne's music
for use on Radio Abaco. A Taste of Pops
series will begin broadcasting on June
2nd at 1:05 p.m.

than back then, we are told there is no
scarcity of the fish. Unlike the sports
fishing crowd, the bone fisherman's
system of 'catch-and-release' always
leaves that big one to be caught again at
another time. This is not only good for
our ecology, it also perpetuates the flow
of returning fishermen. Marty's father
and grandfather were fishing guides and
he is only carrying on the family
Marty's fascination with the lures and
the joy of making them himself was
brought about by a good friend and
fellow fisherman from New York state
who often comes to Cherokee. He gave
him a kit with all the necessary
equipment to make his own lures and the
talent developed. It is definitely a tedious
and the time consuming task that requires

Building Plans FROM Page 5
Cisterns must be shown for houses on
the cays. Septic tanks or the sewage
disposal method must be shown on each
plan containing toilets.
The Board wants more compliance with
observing road right-of-ways. Too many
builders and property owners construct
their buildings by measuring from the edge
of the pavement. They do not observe the
road right-of-way or their property line
which may be 10 to 50 feet or more back
from the edge of the pavement. Future
utility improvements and road widening
may utilize more of the space between the
pavement and private property.
It was noted that many local
architectural technicians or draftsmen are
deficient in their knowledge of the code
requirements as evidenced by the plans
they submit.
The Town Planning Board will return all
plans which are incomplete or deficient in
required details. Applicants can speed up
the approval process by ensuring that their
plans meet the required standards.

a keen eye and a steady hand to wrap the
delicate feathers and fine coloured
It also helps to be an experienced
fishing guide and to know what the fish
will strike. His own private collection of
lures is really impressive and he says he
is not bragging when he admits he has
had some very good results with his new

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line of lures.
There is no doubt about it he has a
real flair for this art form and hopes to
be able to sell them around Abaco. All
that's left to do now is to give them a
suitable or catchy name and have a few
satisfied customers to tell their friends
about Captain Marty's Special Fishing

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Ms. Felamease Sawyer Honoured at Dinner

Ms. Felamease Sawyer, center is shown with the Prime Minister and Beverly Taylor

Ms. Felamease Sawyer, principal of
Marsh Harbour Primary School, was
honoured at a testimonial banquet at the
Abaco Beach Resort on May 17th.
Present to help celebrate was the Prime
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A.
Ingraham, who gave the keynote
address. The PTA of the school
organized the event.
Ms. Sawyer has served as principal
of the Marsh Harbour Primary School
for the past seven years and has been in
the field of education for 18 years. She
has brought about many changes in the
Marsh Harbour Primary and has made
the school one of the best in The
Bahamas according to the Prime
The Prime Minister spoke very
highly of Ms. Sawyer, saying that she
is focused, organized and capable of
competing with any primary principal in
The Bahamas. Mr. Ingraham announced
that Ms. Sawyer will not be principal of

the new primary school due to the fact
that it will be a Class B school with
more stringent requirements for the
principal. Mr. Ingraham hopes to see
Ms. Sawyer back in Abaco during his
tenure after she meets the necessary
Mr. Ingraham mentioned that central
government is having trouble keeping
up with the growth in the Marsh
Harbour area. The new 700 student
school will obviously not be ready by
September but, when finished, will have
science and computer laboratories,
library, music and art rooms.
Ms. Beverly Taylor, Assistant
Director of Science and Technology
with the Ministry of Education, spoke
of Ms. Sawyer's dedication and her
concern, not just for today but for the
PTA President Oliver Ferguson
praised Ms. Sawver for being a
dedicated and innovative principal.

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Excavation Licence Needed for 75 Yds

by Bahamas Information Services
The new environmental bill requires that
a license be obtained to excavate 75 "more
or less" cubic yards of sand, rock or quarry.
During the April 24th debate on the
Environmental Bill, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham, said ". ..more or less because
we had great difficulty in determining what
an appropriate quantity ought to be, and we
do not pretend that 75 cubic yards is an
appropriate number of yards to be defined
as an excavation," He said, we have used
the words greater or less' as the minister
may determine."
He explained that the bill does not relate
to the construction of septic tanks in
ordinary construction, cisterns or
swimming pools.
The Prime Minister also said there was
great difficulty in resolving the removal of
sand from beaches. "As a general
statement, sand ought not be removed from
beaches, period," he told Parliament. But
he added there are some realities when
dealing with the Bahamas, and New
Providence is not the Bahamas in and of
"And so the rules and laws which are
easily applicable to a Nassau or to an
Abaco. . may not be so easily applicable
to an Acklins or a Crooked Island. .," the
Prime Minister continued.

Although the bill prohibits the removal
of sand from beaches, it will not make it a
criminal offence for the housewife who
goes to the beach for a bucket of sand, or
somebody doing construction of a house
who runs out of sand and removes a bucket
or buggy of sand from the beach.
Mr Ingraham explained, "We are going
to seek to deal with this by trial and error.
Even though we are going to have a
principle provision in the bill, we are going
to have a provision that allows for it to be
changed by order and for various places to
be designated . so that over time we
arrive at the appropriate level."
The new Environmental Act has
provisions for local boards to exercise
some leeway in administering the Act
provisions according to house member
Robert Sweeting. Mr. Sweeting explained
to members of Central Abaco Town
Planning on May 20th that amendments
were added in the final version to give a
degree of authority to local boards
concerning suitable areas for sand and
quarry mining and other projects which
disturb the environment. Also individuals
are now allowed to remove one cubic yard
of sand from permitted beaches for their
own use. One copy of the act with the
amendments was given to Administrator
Hart by Mr. Sweeting.

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Agriculture Minister Deveaux Tours Abaco

An open meeting for those interested in
agricultural affairs was held at the
Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour on May
22nd. Dr. Earl Deveaux, Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries, made a
statement on the general future of
Bahamian agriculture. Following this
presentation Mr. Deveaux freely answered
questions related to agriculture and
fisheries. Abaco's Agricultural Officer,
Simeon Pinder, chaired the meeting which
was also attended by Edison Deleveaux,
Deputy Director of Fisheries, and
Nathaniel Adderly, Director of

Dr. Earl Deveaux
Minister Deveaux has been touring the
major islands to get a feel for the present
state of Bahamian agriculture and to talk
with those in the business to see what their
problems are.
Mr. Deveaux said there are many
opportunities and challenges to be taken by
people on Abaco and Grand Bahama which
are the two fastest growing islands in the
Bahamas. He told of the policy to eliminate
government packing houses which are
essentially a farming subsidy. The new
direction is toward guidance and education
to assist farmers with marketing and
technical information. He expects that
farmers and fishermen will be able to
attend seminars related to specific crops or
marine resources. Mr. Deveaux said the
Ministry is "well aware that the results
wanted in agriculture and fisheries are far
from being fulfilled."

Technical and marketing assistance as
well as help with business plans are three
programs the Minister wants to see
implemented for farmers.
Answering a question concerning new
free trade agreements, Mr. Deveaux said
Bahamian farmers must take advantage of
perishable crops which Florida farmers are
no longer emphasizing due to colder
winters. These can be grown successfully
here and exported to Florida markets.
Vegetables in this category include snow
peas. string beans, green peas, lettuce,
cucumbers, squash, broccoli and
Abaco crops which are holding their
own in the market are potatoes, papaya,
bananas, lemons and limes. The Ministry is
expecting a bumper banana crop this year.
The Ministry is encouraging small
farmers to go into perishable vegetables
which sell well in small quantities and
bring a higher return. Selling as few as five
or six boxes a day of these crops can be
The Department is working to make a
crop suitability study for the various
Bahamian islands. The southern islands are
better suited for certain crops than the
northern islands. Mr. Deveaus emphasized
that farmers can grow any crop. However,
the Ministry is not interested in
participating with farmers wanting to
experiment with crops with an uncertain
To a question about a lack of leases
which would facilitate financing, Mr.
Deveaux responded that fifteen leases for
farming allotments were brought from
Nassau for applicants to sign and for final
Mr. Deveaux stated that a farmer's
market will be implemented on Abaco and
should be functional prior to this coming
growing season. Two locations in the
Marsh Harbour area are being considered.
In response to a question on out-of-
season fishing, Mr. Deveaux stated that a
new boat is being commissioned for the
Defense Force and will be assigned to the
northern Bahamas. He is hopeful that it will
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crawfishing season. He also felt that
commercial establishments were
contributing to the poaching problem by
buying crawfish out of season. He said,
"The crawfish are not walking into the
Concerning foreigners who fish in the
Bahamas, then return directly to Florida,
the Minister replied that the United States
respects Bahamian fishing laws. Americans
and Bahamians who poach out of season
and take their catch directly to the United
States face severe penalties when caught.
Duty free status can be obtained by
farmers with as little as three and one half
acres under cultivation. This is granted by
the Treasury when the conditions are met.
Farmers can also get credit in the farm
store for fertilizers and chemicals to the
extent of $600 per acre up to 25 acres. The
Ministry also helps farmers with marketing
and technical assistance. A land clearing
credit of up to 50% may also be extended
to small farmers.
Concerning the outlook for the
crawfishing industry, Mr. Deveaux said it
is frightening. There are too many
fisherman with too many separate agendas.
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not get along with each other. There is also
a mutual dislike between those diving and
those using traps and condos. Resident
fishermen in one area will often use knives
and guns to intimidate other Bahamian
fishermen into leaving the area.
Furthermore, many of the traps are left in
place at the end of the season and not
removed as called for in the licensing
Further discussions were held at a
breakfast at Bayview Restaurant the next
morning. Mr. Deveaus mentioned that the
farmers must grade and improve the quality
their produce. An open farmer's market
allows different grades of produce to be
sold and be priced by grade. Top quality
brings top price while lesser grades are
bought by bargain hunters.
Mr. Deveaux eventually hopes to see a
program instituted to advertise Bahamian
produce. This would be similar to the brand
recognition for Chiquita bananas,
Columbian coffee or Sunkist oranges
which do not promote a particular producer
but feature a crop from a region. The
Minister wants to see more linkage
between the farm sector and the Bahamian

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May 1997 The Abaonlan Page 27

Students Sweep Primary Track Meet



Abaco was held just three weeks prior to
the national competition. Parents were
responsible for paying the expenses of
their children's trips. This caused a
hardship on some parents to raise $170
needed for each athlete to pay for
transportation, accommodation, food and
uniforms. The uniforms this year were
blue and gold which showed up well.
Mr. Hepburn is already planning for
next year. He would like to see each
community raise funds early in the
school year to pay these expenses so that
parents would not be burdened with the
One observation made by Mr.
Hepburn was that Family Island youth
lack proper facilities but the coaches give
quality time and work for nothing helping
the students develop their skills. And

some of the best runners were those who
have done much of their training running
on the beach as this gives them a distinct
Our congratulations to the team all of
whom did exceptionally well!
The following is a list of students
winning medals.
Name School Event
Gold Medalists
Patricia Curry, Marsh H. 200m
Bianca Thompson, Marsh H. 1200m
Amanda Parker, Fox T. Soft Ball Throw
Ornald Russell, Cross Rocks Shot
Trevor Williams, Cross Rocks 800m
Jenice Edgecombe, Cooper's T. 100m
Evalina Edgecombe, Dundas T. 800m
Marco Cooper, Cooper's T. 800m
Teekah Cooper, Cooper's T. 100m
Mitchell Hepburn, Crossing R. 4xl00m
Omald Russell, Crossing R. 4xl00m

Carlton Gibson, Moore's Is. 4xl00m
Dienuer Toussaint, Dundas T. 4xl00m
Silver Medalists
Mitchell Hepburn, Cross.R. Triple jump
Katrina Russell, Fox Town Shot
Candera Walker Crossing R. 800m
Patricia Curry, Marsh H. 100m
Cassanovia King, Cooper's T. 400m
Whitney Adderley, Marsh H. 200m
Renardo Moxey, Fox T. 800m
Nekisha Edgecombe, Cooper's T. 200m
Sharain Brown, Moore's Is. 4xl00m
Candera Walker, Crossing R. 4xl00m
Oceanna Scott, Coopers T. 4xl00m
Jenny Joseph, Cooper's T. 4xl00m
Trevor Williams, Crossing R. 4xl00m
Vince Cooper, Amy Roberts 4xl00m
Dienuer Dundas Town 4xl00m
Bronze Medalists
Jenice Edgecombe, Cooper's T.Long jump

Whitney Adderley, Marsh H. 100m
Alexander Murray, Treas. Cay 400m
Sharain Brown, Moore's Is. 800m
Joanna Clensier, St. Francis 400m
Candera Walker, Cross R. 400m/L. Jump
Carlton Gibson, Moore's Is. 400m
Agriculture FROM Page 26
consumer, whether this is an individual or
a resort.
Besides the open evening meeting at the
Anglican Hall and an invitational breakfast
at Bayview Restaurant, the Minister toured
many animal, vegetable and citrus farms,
fish and crawfishing houses and the Disney
Everyone who heard Mr. Deveaux speak
was impressed with his long range outlook
and his in-depth knowledge of his ministry.
He has many goals but understands where
limitations may require that a second
choice may be acceptable.

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I More on Our Environment

Teachers guided groups working on environmental projects at the Youth Environmental

Mr. Dan McCully tabulates types of trash picked up on a recent coastal clean up in Hope
Town while students keep adding to the trash pile. The Center for Marine Conservation
in Washington, D.C. analyzes debris picked up on beaches all over the world


FROM Page 9

In addition to participating in the four-
day conference, the group also visited
Boco Reef in Tobago, the Asa Wright
Nature Centre in the rain forest of
Trinidad and spent a night at a remote
beach watching leatherback turtles laying
eggs. Leatherbacks are the largest of all
sea turtles.

Principal Key
By Candace Key
Mrs. Candace Key, Principal of Hope
Town School, was recognized recently
for her concern, devotion and innovation
in the area of environmental education.
Mrs. Key was presented with the 1997
Environmental Educator of the Year
Award from Clean Islands International.
In addition to her teaching

responsibilities, she is on the Board of
Directors of Friends of the Environment
and Clean Islands International.
Clean Islands International, established
in Abaco in April 1992, has been
recognized by the United Nations for
their environmental education efforts in

The Bahamas, the Caribbean and the
Atlantic region of North America. In
making the award, Clean Islands
President Tricia Hopkins stated, "We are
pleased to present this award to Candace
as she exemplifies the true mission of
Clean Islands."

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By Sam Hoffer
Fashionably Late
Brunch has come to mean everything
breakfast is not a slow, leisurely seated
meal. Brennans is one of New Orleans,
Louisiana's, most famous dining places
and well know for their elaborate
brunches, especially Eggs Benedict (a
thin slice of sauteed ham or Canadian
bacon placed on an English muffin,
topped with a poached egg and
Hollandaise sauce. Many other special
versions are: Eggs Sardou (creamed
spinach, artichokes, poached eggs and
Hollandaise sauce); Eggs St. Denis
(grilled ham on a muffin, poached eggs
with a Marchand de Vin sauce); and
Eggs Hussarde (Eggs St. Denis with
sliced grilled tomatoes and an additional
sauce of Hollandaise).
Complete your meal with a light
Caesar salad. If you were at Brennans, it
would be a crime to not have their
wonderful Bananas Foster for dessert.
Eggs Abaco
This recipe is the creation of Helen
Rawls. Helen and her husband, Dr. Bill,
have a lovely home in White Sound on
Elbow Cay where they entertain often.
She is one of those gifted gourmet cooks
who sees a recipe, puts her special touch
on it and creates a new recipe. As a rule
I am not fond of canned soup. However,
I really go for the following combination
and know you will, too,
2 English muffins, split and toasted or
4 thick slices Abaco bread, toasted
4 poached eggs
2 small crawfish (if unavailable,
substitute grouper)

K/lchkew of...
Cheese sauce recipe follows
Split crawfish in half lengthwise. Saute
in butter. Season with salt and freshly
ground black pepper. Place one
tablespoon cheese sauce on each muffin.
Top with crawfish, then poached egg.
Pour cheese sauce on top. Serves 2 4.
Cheese Sauce: 1 can cream of
mushroom soup, 4 ounces grated cheddar
cheese and 2 3 tablespoons sour cream.
Stir all ingredients over medium heat
until cheese is melted completely.
Wine suggestions: A fairly light wine
(white) Bordeaux from France or a Pinot
Grigio from Italy with its very slightly
sweet finish (both slightly chilled).
Caesar Salad Dressing
During Prohibition movie stars like
Jean Harlow and Clark Gable frequented
Mexico. Caesar Cardini invented this
popular salad in Tijuana in 1924 when he
was running low on food in his
restaurant, Caesar's Place. In the interest
of good health (raw eggs may contain
salmonella), try this lighter recipe sans
anchovies. If you plan to serve wine, you
will want to substitute lime juice for the
1 tablespoon lime juice
I tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons white wine
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
pinch of the following herbs, finely
chopped: parsley, basil, tarragon, chives,
2 cloves garlic, finely minced

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Combine ingredients in a screw top jar
and shake well. Make at least 2 hours in
advance for herbs to steep. Serve over
crisp, torn romaine lettuce leaves.
Garnish with croutons. Yield: 3/4 cup
Bananas Foster

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1 ripe banana, peeled & sliced
dash cinnamon
1 1/2 oz. gold rum
1 large scoop vanilla ice cream
Melt brown sugar and butter in skillet.
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2 tablespoon brown sugar flame burns out. Serve immediately over
I tablespoon sweet butter ice cream. Serves 1.

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renovation and repair of their property
which may go up to a $15,000 limit. The
Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Hubert
Ingraham, made the announcement on May
3rd when he opened a "Housing Crusade"
at the Kendal G. Isaacs Gymnasium in
Nassau. Mr. Ingraham further stated that
the present limit of $60,000 on
government-insured mortgage loans will be
raised to $100,000.

He asked builders and contractors to
take advantage of these new initiatives and
develop affordable low-cost housing. He
admonished builders to become active in
". the repair and renovation of existing
sub-standard properties. . "He farther told
the audience that ". . it is the quality of
your work that will determine the success
of our long term housing program..."
Although Mr. Ingraham was speaking
to a Nassau audience, these programs can
be assumed to extend to the Family Islands.

Sunsail to Leave Abaco in October

The Sunsail operation, a bareboat
charter company based in Marsh
Harbour, will be leaving the Bahamas on
October 1st. This is one base out of a
total of 37 which Sunsail operate. They
will be taking the charter boats that are
here now to other locations. The reason
they give for closing their operation is
that they are not able to charter for 12
months a year here, whereas in other
places they have a longer season for

Sunsail has been in operation in Marsh
Harbour for four years. Terrence
Edgecombe is the manager of the Marsh
Harbour base. He will be continuing with
Sunsail in a position at their base in
At present they have 15 charter boats
in Marsh Harbour. Sunsail has a total of
650 boats world wide and their head
offices are in Annapolis and England.

Vacancy for Two Positions
Air Traffic Controller Trainee
Airport Fireman
Civil Aviation Department Ministry of Transport
Air Traffic Controller Trainee
Qualifications: Minimum of eighteen years old; Minimum of five
B.G.C.S.E passes at grade A, B, C or equivalent, including English
language, and preferably Spanish, Mathematics and Physics;
No defects in speech, sight or hearing; Successful applicants
must pass a medical exam before being appointed.
Salary during training: Salary would be in Scale 1 with the entry
point dependant on qualifications. (Applicants with 5 B.G.C.S.E.
passes begin at $11,350 per year.
On satisfactory completion of initial training: Expect a promotion to
Air Traffic Control Officer Grade 11 in salary scale
CA11 $17,242 X 403 $20,060 per year.
Advancement: Normally, three years of further satisfactory training
and experience can lead to promotion to Air Traffic Control
Officer, Grade 1 in salary scale CA10 $19,675 X 385 $25,925
Two years of satisfactory training and experience for a Grade 1
Controller can lead to promotion as Senior Air Traffic Control
Officer in Salary scale CA8 $25,925 X 575 $32,100 per year.
The Civil Aviation Department (Air Traffic Control Section) offers
good career prospects for industrious, alert officers who are willing
to undertake training and apply themselves diligently to their duties.
Airport Fireman
Qualifications: Applicants must be physically fit and in good health
to deal with the demands of the job. Applicants must have at least
five Bahamas Junior Certificates (BJC) or equivalent, hold a valid
driver license and have a clean police record. The possession of
a heavy equipment license or knowledge of heavy equipment
machinery would be desirable.
Salary: The post is rated in scale FS7 $11,200 X 300 $13,600 -
$13,950 X 350 $14,650 per year. Salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience.
The successful applicants will be required to work on shifts and will
be stationed initially at the Marsh Harbour Airport.
Serving officers applying for either position must apply through
their heads of departments.
Application forms may be obtained from the Administrator's Office
in Abaco and should be returned to the Administrator/Deputy
Administrators in Abaco. .
Everette Hart, Administrator
Island of Abaco

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Photos of the Fishing Action

The press boat HATTERASCAL pulls in a dolphin on press day during the Bertram Hatteras Three blue marlin are on the dock caught during the third segment of the Bahamas Billfish
Shootout. Championship (BBC) tournament hosted at Treasure Cay.


Penny Turtle stands with Bob Osbourne and his winning 640 pound blue marlin caught
from the BOB-A-ALONG in the Penny Turtle Billfish Ball at Boat Harbour. Photo on left.
Members of the press were taken out for a day of deep sea fishing by Jim Farrell on the
brand new two million dollar HATTERASCAL. Shown in the center photo is Mr. Farrell,
President of Hatteras Yachts. Center photo.
Frankie Lee ofMan-O-War cleans a dolphin at Boat Harbour during the Shootout. Mr.
Lee crewed on the HA TTERASCAL for her trip to the Bahamas. Photo on right



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May 1997 The Ahaeonlan Page 31

Fishing Tournaments Bring Spenders




Jim Schaefer of Bertram Yachts (on left) and Hutch Ilutchlngs (on right)
of Hatteras Yachts are friendly competitors and committee organizers for
The Bertram-Hatteras Shootout used two native bands and one the Shootout tournament they sponsor.
U.S. band to entertain the participants.

ip Fishermen Bring Luxury Yachts


Richard Fawkes was a guest on the HAMTT
and proudly shows off the dolphin he caught
day of the Bertram -Hatteras Shootout.

It is May and June when the big fish
are running out in the Atlantic so it is
the time when several of our resorts
have major international fishing
The premiere tournament is the
annual Bertram-Hatteras Shootout, a 70
boat tournament of 35 Hatterases and
35 Bertrams. This was held again at the
Abaco Beach Resort on May 6th to
10th. This very exclusive tournament is
4 1 by invitation only and is written up
extensively by many boating and fishing
A Bertram.' the ATLAST from
Lighthouse Point, Florida. brought in
the largest blue marlin, a 603 pounder
on May 10th.
All these tournaments and especially
the Shooloui bring much publicity to
Abaco. The boats in the shootout are
large luxury boats many of which are
worth well over a million dollars.
Besides contributing heavily to our
economy, the publicity they hiring to our
area is invaluable to creating the
impression of a most desirable
'ERASCAL destination.
it on press Marsh Harbour was filled to capacity
during the days of the Shootout. The

Abaco Beach Resort and Marina was
completely full. Conch Inn, Lofty Fig,
Island Breezes, 30 rooms at Abaco
Towns, and the Airport Motel all
benefitted as well as taxi drivers,
restaurants and gift shops. The Resort
hired an additional 58 staff members
and they kept the fuel company, the
liquor company, bakeries and food
companies busy with large orders. Last
year so many of the boats bought Kalik
beer to take home that the local liquor
company sold completely out. Rental
cars and scooters, rental boats were
also in big demand.
Boat Harbour Marina has put in a
new fuel facility across their main
channel which can service several large
boats simultaneously. They now have a

fuel capacity of 60,000 gallons of dhsel
and 30,000 gallons of gas.
This was the third year that the
Shootout has been held at Abaco Beach
Resort. In previous years they held it at
Walker's Cay and Chub Cay. Now that
the tournaments are held in more
populated areas, more women are
coming. The resort accommodates them
by planning sightseeing and shopping
excursions to various cays.
Two bands were brought from
Freeport to provide Bahamian music for
the fishermen. A third band came from
the United States. They had .two
magicians who entertained the guests.
Abaco Central High School benefitted
as one of them put on a show there
fascinating the students.

T. Cay Hosts BBC Boats

The Bahamas Billfish Championships
are an annual series of five fishing
tournaments in different locations of the
northern Bahamas. This year they
began competition in Chub Cay in Apri
followed by one in Walkers Cay.

Treasure Cay hosted the group on
May 1lth to 16th and they will be at
Abaco Beach Resort on June 9th to
14th. This year the series will culminate


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Gideon's Spring in Jerusalem with Lewton Neilly (left) and Tom Roberts (right) in 1996.
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Additional Tournament News

Fishing FROM Page 31
in Harbour Island. Each competition is
four days of fishing interspersed with
many shore activities. The BBC
competitions are under the direction of
Al Behrendt.
The third segment of the BBC, held at
Treasure Cay and hosted by Mr. Robert
Meister, was enjoyed by the skippers and
crews of 58 boats. Treasure Cay
entertained them with bands, cocktail
parties, barbecues and dinners. On their
lay day, a golf tournament, a trip to
Green Turtle Cay and a dessert
competition filled their time in a
delightful way. The trip to Green Turtle
Cay included a complementary visit to
the Albert Lowe Historical Museum and

a tour of Abaco Gold which creates gold
jewellery with a marine theme.
The first day of fishing brought in a
blue marlin weighing 789 pounds. They
had four days of excellent fishing
catching a total of 39 billfish, 34 blue
marlin and five white marlin. Twenty-
eight billfish were tagged and released,
one was released without being tagged
while ten were brought in. All the boated
fish were over 200 pounds.
A 544 pound Mako shark was brought
in but got no credit toward winning
scores. Other fish which did give credit
to the angler were dolphin, wahoo and
It was at the Treasure Cay segment of
the BBC last year that an Abaco record-
breaking 1030 pound blue marlin was

caught. That fish is now mounted and
hanging conspicuously in the Spinnaker
For this tournament ROBINHOOD
came in first place with #1 DEAL second
even though they brought in the biggest
fish at 789 pounds. Myrtis Peacock was
the Top Lady Angler.
This is the twenty-fourth year of the
BBC. The series began in 1968 and was
a casual series of competitions in Bimini,
the Berry Islands and Walker's Cay. The
Ministry of Tourism was wanting to
enhance the image of boating and sport
fishing in the Bahamas and encouraged
the formation of a Bahamas billfish
championship into a world class
international tournament series.
The BBC was instrumental in creating
a marine VHF radio network throughout

the Bahamas with funds raised from
registration fees and corporate
advertising in their annual magazine.
The BBC is a consistent supporter of
billfish research. Each year biologists
monitor the tournament, collecting data
both from the tagged and released as well
as the boated fish. The BBC has made
changes which significantly increase the
number of billfish released during the
series as well as increasing the overall
average weights for boated fish. They
have revised their point structure making
it easier for top release anglers to win
individual tournaments. The maximum
line break strength has been raised to
minimize exhaustion or injury for the
smaller fish.

Penny Turtle Billfish Ball Held at Boat H.

The most laid back (though the fishing
is serious) tournament of the year was
the Tenth Annual Penny Turtle Billfish
Ball held in the last week of May. The
only catch brought in was a 640 pound
blue marlin by Bob Osbourne on BOB
ALONG of Miami. They received the
Southern Boating Magazine Perpetual
The High Angler with 1642 points was
Larry Berner on the B & B who received
the Penny Turtle Perpetual Trophy.
There were a total of 34 boats and 85
anglers entered. The boats were out for
three days which saw forty-seven fish
caught of which 46 were tagged and
released. The tournament is co-sponsored
by Southern Boating Magazine and Great
Abaco Beach Resort.
At the Awards Banquet on the 31st of

May Penny Turtle, doyenne of the Abaco
hospitality industry, was on hand to
distribute prizes to the winning
competitors. There was a surprise in
store for her, however. Sculptor Pete
Johnston of Little Harbour, who created
most of the top awards, presented Penny
with a special turtle bracelet to join her
many other turtle-based jewellery items.
Everybody present at the banquet rose
and gave thunderous applause to the lady
who made it all possible.
The shore activities were planned to
provide great entertainment for the
anglers and included a treasure hunt,
cocktail parties and a fabulous barbecue
The tournament follows the
international rules of billfishing which
encourage tagging and releasing the fish
without their being boated.

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Plumbing, Auto Accessories

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Mon Fri 9 am 5 pm 367-4185 Sat 8 am Noon

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Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment
Juke Boxes & Video Games
Musical Instruments
Marine Electronics
Office Equipment
.ash Registers
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Medical Equipment Master Technician
Automotive & Marine Electronics Phone 367-2830
Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone Devices
In Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive
between Keys Drive & Firehouse Corner

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Sales & Repairs U.S. & Foreign Cars, Trucks & Marine
We Stock a Complete Line of
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Alternators Radiator Cores
Parallel Switches & Service to Gasoline & Diesel
Continuous Duty Engines, Marine &
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May 1997 The Abaeonian Page 33


FROM Page 4

The gas station has a new name which
is the Cherokee Auto and Boat Havein.
Their laundromat is open late for.
business and inside the shop the shelves
are filling up with all kinds of automotiivc.
boating and fishing needs. They even
handle lawn mower parts. In addition,
they have bait, sell ice, sodas and snacks.
This 96 pound wahoo was caught on a
40 pound test line just off C.'hcronkee
Sound Point on the 14th of May by
Hartie Albury. This is one of the biggest
wahoo caught near Cherokee in recent
years. This photo will be on display
along with any other record catches on a
special wall at the Cherokee Boat Haven,
just waiting for a bigger catch to replace
it. Be sure to give us a call so we can
take a photo and record your big catch..
Both churches will be sponsoring
summer Bible camp for the children and
will be posting the dates soon so
everyone can be advised.
Please note we have a new and larger
sign directing traffic off the Great Abaco
Highway into Cherokee after the
previous sign was damaged during our
new road construction. The new sign will
make it ntuch easier to see and give
travellers more distance in which to slow

down before the turn. In addition, there
are a few other new signs around town
regarding parking and driving
restrictions, so take care to heed their
warning violators will be fined.
Moore's Island
By Ruthmae Rolle
Congratulalions to our three .ilblLtes
who participated in the Ovaltine Track
Meet held in Nassau this month. Oprah
Davis, Sharain Brown and Carlton
Gibson have made us all very proud of
them. Great going, guys! Continue to
develop your athletic potentials.
Zion Baptist Church held one week of
special services under the theme Repent
or Die. Guest speakers, praise teams and
other visitors were members of the
congregations of the local churches.
Thought provoking messages and
inspirational singing were a part of each
evening from the 26th to 30th of April.
Moore's Island Home-Coming
Committee held an exciting fun day and
cook-out on Labour Day, the 6th of
May. This is the first of a long slate of
events and activities planned for the next
four months of this year.

Cays FROMPage 6
Colombia and all through Europe on a
ship of almost 500 feet. He was working
for a shipping company which operates
out of Nassau with a mainly Indian crew.
Lester's job was a third otficer which
entailed navigation bridge watch on eight
hour shifts. He was also responsible for
the fire fighting equipment on board ship
and maintaining life saving vessels.
In port he was on a six to 12-hour
watch where he monitored the safety of
cargo which was diverse in nature, from
paper pulp in bales, steel coils and
disassembled rail cars to bulk fertilizer.
Lester attended Hope Town School
until Grade 10, then graduated from
Abaco Central High School. He furthered
his studies at the Maine Maritime
Academy, one of the best colleges of its
kind in the United Stiates. This was a
demanding four year course which gave
him an all round education in not only all
aspects of piloting, navigation, and
marine biology but also literature, liberal
studies and the humanities. He graduated
in May of last year with a B.Sc. degree.
He is back in Hope Town for off time
and will be returning to the seas within a
few weeks. We look forward to the next
interesting chapter in Lester's life and
wish him well.

Tristan Albury
Tristan Kevin Albury made his
appearance in West Palm Beach on April
22nd weighing in at nine pounds. He is
the son of Kevin and Yvette Albury of
Hope Town.
Additional Parks
Robert Sweeting asked the Town Planning
Board for Central Abaco at their May 20th
meeting to consider acquiring the lot beside
Crossing Beach which is being used as a
parking lot. Board members then discussed
the possibilities of setting aside coastal
crown land for future park use. They will
endeavor to find out what coastal land is
still under Crown Lands control and near to
Marsh Harbour.




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John Edward "Jack" Patterson, 75,
passed away quietly on May 27th in
Hope Town. A memorial service was

held on May 31st at the St. James
Methodist Church in Hope Town.
Jack was born on June 23rd, 1921, the
only child of Kenneth and Vera
Patterson. After his school days, he
joined the Canadian army and served
with the Queen's riflemen and later with
Canadian Irish regiment which took part
in the Italian campaign. He returned to
Nassau in 1946 and worked with his
mother managing Vera's Beach and
Country Store.
In 1951 he married Byrle Malone who
passed away in 1981. The couple had
five children. In 1968 he moved his
family to Lubbers Quarters which was
his dream island. He worked as a real
estate broker with Hope Town Agencies
until his retirement in 1982. In 1982 he
met Lisa Veristeffen and they lived
between Ft. Lauderdale and Abaco.
Jack was very well known as an expert

in the flora and fauna of thi
and was the author of Native 7
Bahamas published in 1978. H
many with his entertain
informative tours of his belo'
on Lubbers Quarters and w
helpful in identifying native
other plants.
He is survived by four sons,
Si.afford. Scott, and Victor; on
Deborah; six grandchildren
Ryan, Tonya, Eric, Erin and
many relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers the fami
that donations be made to th
National Trust of which Jack
was a life long member.

are hinged and leave the decks
underway. The main aft ramp
seal the stem while underway
can carry 1400 tons of cargo. S
staterooms can accommr
passengers between Marsh H
Nassau. Passengers will not b
Florida due to additional requ
the U. S. Coast Guard.

e Bahamas Capt. Bethel explained that the DI KE
rrees of the will load in West Palm Beach and stop first
e delighted in Nassau drawing as much as 14 feet
ning and With a partial cargo load and by adiustini
ved woods her i tons of water ballast she will enter
'as always Marsh Harbour drawing only ten feet.
trees and The DUKE is powered by a German
MWM 2400 HP diesel engine with a
Reginald, variable pitch propeller operating at 250
ie daughter RPM giving a cruising speed of 12.5 knots.
n. Olivia, This drive gives her infinite speed changes
Ben; and including neutral and reverse without
stopping or disconnecting the propeller.
ly requests The ship is fitted with a bow thruster to
e Bahamas assist with docking.
k Patterson Capiain Bugden will remain on board
for several weeks along with some crew
members to assist with Capt. Bethel's
FROMPuage familiarization of the ship. It takes eleven
s flush while crewmen to operate the ship.
? folds up to The DUKE was built in Holland in 1972
y. The ship and operated originally as a ferry between
ix passenger Holland and England.
iodate 12 United Abaco Shipping is owned by
arbour and Randy Key, President; Allan Lowe, Vice

e carried to
irements by

President, directors and shareholders
Sidney Albury and Wayne Bethel and
shareholder Michael Bethel.

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MAN-O-WAR Large quiet wooded lots with
private path to fine beach, all with
.underground elect Some with private path to
harbour and dock location. Harcourt
Thompson, M-O-W Cay (242) 365-6060
MAN-O-WAR Beautifully furnished
oceanfront 3Br home on 3/4 acre, 2 Br. Guest
house w/ocean view, utility bldg. & garage,
-standby gen., sat. dish, golf cart, 50,000 gal
cistern, ++, ready to live in, Call Nancy 365-
MAN-O-WAR 2 beautiful homes near beach
surrounded by coconut & banana palms.
'Coconut Grove sleeps 7-3Br/2Ba & upstairs.
Cocobanana sleeps 4-2Br/2Ba, furnished,
ready to move in. $750,000. Will sell one
w/out other 242-365-6009 or 407-723-0547
Haziel L Albury, J.P., Man-O-War's most
experienced real estate broker, Lots from
$45,000, Vacation homes from $175,000. Call
242-365-6178 or 365-6090, Fax 365-6159
MA-O-WAR 2 bed 2 bath house, large great
mw w/2 skylights, 2,000 sq. ft.furnished,
great view. $226,000. Call 242-365-6157
/-e-^M. Lec.,

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Abaco Real

Estate Agency

1700 sq. ft. Concrete Block & Stucco
In a quiet part of Marsh Harbour, 2 bed. 2 bath
with garage, utility room, guest cottage. Well
manicured fenced yard. Reduced to sell. Call
242-367-2358 or Fax 367-2359


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Enjoy the lifestyle you deserve...
Waterfront lots with private boat slips
in a secure gated community
starting at $99,000.
Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152

MAN-O-WAR Sea to sea large beach front lot
Call 242-365-6181 or 617-479-5776

MAN-O-WAR beautiful property "Sea-to-Sea"
with ocean view/frontage and harbor frontage,
with boat dock, approx. 2 acres @ $575,000
Phone Haziel Albury 242-365-6178, Fax 242-
365-6159 j i[tj - "
MARSH HARBOUR 2 bed/2bath 1500 sq ft
living area, 14x40 covered porch, fully
punished, central AC, satellite. Land: 30,000
sq. ft. (Key's Track Grant K-145) Kristi
Albury 242-367-2166 days.
MARSH HARBOUR Two vacant lots in Great
Abaco Club gated community with seawall,
lacing the Hope Town lighthouse. Dedicated
harbour side dock. $170,000 each or $320,000
both. Real Estate Exchange in Freeport 242-
351-4731, Fax 351-4736, Ask for David
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Pinder's Real Estate
Great Guana Cay, Abaco,
"The Unspoiled Island"
Over 200 lots starting at $25,000, also acreage,
oceanfront, hilltop and bayside lots
Pinder's Cottages, 2 & 3 bedroom, $650 to
$700 weekly. A summer special of $350 per
eek per person includes one day fishing &
diving One day snorkeling & island hopping
* boat & guide all equipment included 0 6
to 30 people ,,
Great Guana Cay waterfront houses built in
under 3 mo starting at $165,000 includes lot,
about 1000 Sq ft house with 2 bedroom, 2
bath, deck, pLErh & 12000 al cistern,
Call Edmund or Cheri Pinder at 365-5046 or
CHERE B on VHF Ch 16
V Two one acre plus lots with direct ocean
frontage on Ocean Blvd.
CaH 616-345-2721

Casuarina Point on the beach 19 miles S. of
Marsh H. 2bd/2bth, furnished, Air cond. & Sat
TV, linens & kitchenware, Bonefishing
available $1,200 wk., 242-367-4022 daytime
Cooper's Town Weekly rental, 2 bedroom,
full kitchen, air cond. & satellite TV. Bone fish
,guides avail. Call Jedco Inn & Apartments Ltd.
242-367-4008 or 365-0579 .,-' L, A. --
Green Turtle Cay waterfront 2 bed 2 bath
(Cottage on Bluff Harbour, New, central air,
dinghy dock. $1200/wk or $2500 per mo. long
term Call 242-365-4471 .JA jL -
Hope Town Turtle Hill ocean view 4 cottages,
2 bed 2 bath, all with kitchens, air conditioned,
pool, private access to beach, includes golf
cart, Call 242-366-0557
Marsh Harbour, Hill Top Apartment for rent,
pink building, 2 bed 1'/ bath, central a/c,
satel lite $900. Call 365-6072 or 366-0347
Marsh Harbour Spacious waterfront
apartment I bedroom, sleeps 4, fully fthnished,
A/C, deep water dock, Weekly or Daily. Call
Matt Lowe's Cay, Rent the only house on 50
acre private island, sleeps 12, lots of porches
and decks, beaches, fruit trees, 10 minutes
from Marsh Harbour in protected Abaco
Sound, 24 ft boat optional, Call 242-367-2677
or FAX 367-3677
Com FRnd The TreureInTreasureCay
LUXURY Fully equipped 2 bed/2 bath condo.
Finest rental property in Treasure Cay, right n
the beach. Rent directly from the owners.
Phone or Fax 242-365-8514
BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out
island homes, resos, villas for rent Free listing
Call 1-800-GOBAHAMas (l-800462-2426)



IPeople in the News

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Writer Is Honored
Herb Allen, a frequent visitor to
Abaco, has won first place in the 1997
Outdoor Writers of America international
journalistic competition for a magazine
article about Green Turtle Cay. The story
which appeared in Carnival Air
Magazine is just one of several dozen
features that Mr. Allen has written about
Green Turtle Cay and the Abacos in
various newspapers and magazines during
the past 15 years.
Mr. Allen was outdoor editor of the
Tampa Tribune for 20 years and was
judged Florida's Best Outdoor Columnist
for nine consecutive years in an annual
competition sponsored by the Florida
Outdoor Writer's Association. He has
won many other awards for his writing.
He along with his wife, Marva, visits
frequently and enjoyed five days of
fishing, snorkeling and dining at Green
Turtle Yacht Club and Bluff House.
Doctor is Re-certified
Dr. Franklin D. Boyce has been
recertified a Diplomat of the American
Board of Family Practice which certifies
him as a family practice doctor. The
Diplomat status initially is gotten by
taking a certification examination which
is an intensive written test covering many
aspects of family practice. To be
recertified requires that the doctor take
recertification exams every six years.
The specialty of family practice
combines the latest in medical technology

and knowledge with the personal and
continuing care of traditional general
physicians. They are trained to care for
the whole person, treating a majority of
all medical problems people might have.
Patients are referred to other specialists
when necessary.
Exhibit Showcases
The twenty-eighth show of original oil
paintings by Alton R. Lowe was held on
May 23rd to May 28th at the Nassau
Beach Hotel in Nassau. Scenes this year
captured the mood and character of
Bahamians at work and in their leisure.
The show was a mixture of traditional
and contemporary activity set against a
backdrop of sea and sky, small villages
and quiet corners of Nassau. The
paintings depicted the various scenes of
town was balanced with floral and still
life paintings that Mr. Lowe is well
known for.
Mr. Lowe was born in Green Turtle
Cay and was fortunate to be trained in
the United States. He has been a
recognized artist for twenty-seven years.
Additionally, he established the first
private museum in the Bahamas, the
Albert Lowe Museum, was instrumental
in creating the Memorial Sculpture
Garden, both in Green Turtle Cay, and
helped bring about a close bond between
Key West, Florida, and Green Turtle

Eight executive jets were among the myriad ofplanes at the Marsh Harbour airport on May
25th for the American Memorial Day weekend. Four are in the photo above. Customs
Officer Dawkins estimated that 60 aircraft were parked on the airport on that long hol idao
weekend. Cherokee Air pilot Robbie Nixon estimated the value of these aircraft at S5o
million Police Sergeant Woodside has recently been posted to the airport as a .secu iti
officer and hopes additional police will be assigned so a 24 hour police presence can be

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Rates for each issue I I EA* A00
$7.00 Minimum for 3 Lines A976 JEEP CJ7 Fiberglass body, SS
Additional lines at $2.00 per line. LAPTOP Computers for sale. Sharp 386/25 accessories, engine in good shape. $2500.
Picture and 4 lines $25 2 NiCad bat. & case. Type II PCMCIA card Allen Werthman 365-4462
t, w/Windows 3,1, Excel, Word and many
We will take the photo in the Marsh er pm A true nafhlok at 4.5 lbs 1990 FORD Aerostar Van S7,000
Harbour area. 00. P'0 gba 0 Pentium/75, 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme $4,500
Display classified $16 per colurm inch th co- l on, all ports built 7.5 KW Quicksilver gas generator $1,000
Call 242-367-2677 or FAX 367-3677 i mod slots, 14400 liular Phone S 100
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COMMEed R&IALe SERVIal)S68 996 HYUNDAI Accent, radio cassette player,
BUNK Bed (dbl & sgl) / 6 c, 4 door, very low mileage, fully loaded. ,,
MIDWAY PAINTING wer wicker dresser w/ mirror and night- all 367-4876 days or 367-4075 evenings .
Mildew Removal stand 550, wicker tea cart $95, 3 glass cubeconditn, u
M ldew Renmoval display units with bases $5 Call 7-2436 1991 FORD TEMPO, goo condition
0-- KW GE SET,- H av uy 'M JCall 367-3744 after 4 p.m. -4. h,
0 KW GEN SET, Heav y uty 20 RPM -
Lister generator coupled to GMC 2-71 diesel 1990 FORD RANGER, white extends cab,
Engine, recent top overhaul, low engine ood condition, asking $12,500. -',
excellent cond., Asking $10,000 Call 365-4 Call 367-2265 Mon Fri 9 5 p.m.
NY Stereo, speakers, 10components $990 o
PAINTING, Interior & Exterior Pressure NY 5 DISC CD player $320
Cleaning & Mildew removal Water-proofing ASONI VCS $290
* Roofing 0 Rotten wood replaced MGA 350. u o le
Leroy Tucker, Marsh Harbour, 367-3849 NY Han V S690 Of Rorid
ARPENTRY & PAINTING, cabinets, roof Cu.Ft. Fri le r igerat $500 Profe sional
rs, rotten wood & shingles replaced, Call AR Chairs, whte resmn indoor/o oor $600
andy Sawyer at 367-4487 or 2187 or 4575 lI Treasure Cay 365-8514 Love Specialist
USTOM CARVED Wood doors, cabinet ROLEX OYSTER Date Just, never wo Reunites IOVerS of oll sexes
.doors and drawers for your new home by Don 42,000 Call 367-4500 1h4 Removes l evil blocks
Wood and Franklin Johnson. fiquire at 12 VOLUME VIDEO "Men are from Mas, Removes oll e
Sapodillys or Tropical Treasures, Marsh Women are from Venus" is the answer toyouRenews lost nature
Harbour. marriage or sex problems. $250 Call 367-4500 One free question
ANDSCAPING Supervisor needed to work OLD EYE GLASSES and cases can be left at I
the islands and Nassau. Experience not Abaco Treasures and New Plymouth Hardware
sential provided willing to learn and can for optometrist to take on mission trips to fit
organize labour. Write Caribbean Landscape, glasses for poor people.
.OBox AB20551, Marsh Harbour
CEPTION / SALES, Experienced person
needed. Inter t ns should send resume Buying? Selling?
Box AB20192, Marsh Need Qualified Help?
Want more Business?
A low cost ad like this can
bring fast results.
50% PARTNERSHIP for sale in 12 Call 367-2677 or Fax 3677 6' PRO SPORT Bonefish boat, 40 hp Evin-
apartments, (two buildings) fully rented, For ude. dci. nm, tilt & start All in excellent
more information call Brenda Sawyer at :ond. Asking S7,000 OBO. Call 367-2142
365-6072 ays or 367-3753 nights. /

9' AQUASPORT 1978. w/1989 Johnson 150
IP, low hrs. $3000 includes trailer. See at
ich'ss Rental, call Leo 802-748-8324 q,,,of
1' GRADY WHITE 1987 open fisherman,
994 200 HP Mercury, low hrs, duty pd, new
imini top, stereo, depth finder, VHF, loaded
ready to fish. $15,000 OBO.
11a 367-3757 or VHF "Gale Force" f

34' UNIFLITE Sport Sedan, twin 210 HP
Cummins, 2 A/C, ice maker, 3.5 KW Onan,
outriggers, Ideal anchor windlass, Loran, swjm
platform. Duty Pd $35,000 Call 365-6288 tt
36' FISHING BOAT w/two 3208 Cats, one
Westerbeke gen., extras. Also 1986 GMC Call
365-4261 Sati 5
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42 Ft, FERRETTI CRAFT Yacht, 6' 5" draft,
ketch rigged, new designer interior, air. cond.,
inverter, radar, TV, microwave, etc. Twin
Mercedes 240D diesels, dual steering stations.
Excellent for live-aboard or long range
cruising. Bahamian registration, located in
Marsh Harbour. Priced to sell $88,000. Call
393-239-6303 or 303-337-3654.q)4&J

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