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Title: Abaconian
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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Creation Date: June 1997
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* Volume 6. Number 5 June IN?


New Ship Serves Abaco

Young Abaco athletes brought honour to our island by their outstanding
performances at the national Primary Track and Field Meet held in Nassau. They
were presented with their awards at a special event held in Marsh Harbour. They
brought home a total of 35 medals, greatly surpassing all other competition.

Sailing Regatta Features Towns from

Green Turtle Cay to Hope Town

By Stephanie Humblestone
Drawn to Abaco, dubbed "the sailing
capital of the world," by its naturally
protected waters, verdant island and quiet
cays, yachtsmen from several countries
are preparing for the 22nd annual
Regatta Time in Abaco, scheduled for
the 4th to 12th of July. This major
sailing event of the year draws an
estimated 75 boats to compete in the

series of five races and several hundred
other participants who enjoy the good
time provided by the various
The fleet of boats will move through
the Abacos, starting out in Green Turtle
Cay, then on to Guana Cay, Man-O-
War, Hope Town and finally to Marsh


Bye Elections to
Be Held in July
Two bye-elections will be held in
Abaco next month because two seats on
Town Committees have been vacated. In
Cherokee Michael Bethel has been
appointed a Senator and in Man-O-War
Mark Gate resigned because of serious
health problems. Throughout the
Bahamas 14 Committee members will be
replaced for various reasons, health,
deaths, resignations, appointments to the
Senate, election to the House or the
inability to do a satisfactory job.
Nominations will be on July 4th and
the elections will be on July 28th. This
will be for only two communities -
Cherokee and Man-O-War. Anyone who
is a registered voter in either of these
towns and wants to nominate for election
can get a form from their Administrator's
office and return it to the Administrator's
office on July 4th. Elections in those two
towns will then be held on July 28th.
Mr. Vernon Symonette, Minister of
State for Family Island Affairs,
emphasizedthsized that it is important that
leadership in local government must be

PLEASE SEE Bye Election

The Abaconian
7571 N.W. 78th Street
Medley FL 33166-7530
Forward and Address Correction

Page 34

M/S MARGARITA I arrived on her
maiden voyage into Marsh Harbour on
June 12 loaded with freight for discharge
at Marsh Harbour and Green Turtle Cay.
With a capacity of 700 tons while only
drawing ten feet, she is ideally suited for
the Abaco market. The ship is 207 feet
long, 38 feet wide and is capable of 1050
tons of freight if the water depth allows.
Abaco is experiencing a period of
tremendous growth. With this growth the
need for reliable freight service is very
important. Marsh Harbour Shipping
Company feels that they have a vessel
which will easily and efficiently carry all
types of freight: roll-on/roll-off
containers, vehicles, flat beds, cold and
frozen goods as well as break-bulk cargo.
Marsh Harbour Shipping Company is
the only freight carrier to service the area
with their own storage facility at dock
side in Marsh Harbour to store freight
and keep vehicles within a totally fenced
in and locked area. They also have their
own staff at the Port of Palm Beach
which oversee all aspects of the freight
on the Florida side.
The ship has three methods for loading
and discharging freight. A boom on the
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cVolume 6, Number 5 June 1907


The News. of the Islands

MARGARITA 1 Arrives with Full Load

-,owner Scott Weatherford explained that they intend to cap load 700 tons to keep he r draft at ten feet for easier enty .
into the Marsh Harbour port. The port expansion is badly needed as witnessed late every week when all freighters are

discharging cargo on the limited dock space.

' e? foot MARGARITA I approaches Marsh Harbour on her m3iden voyage. Although capable of carrying 1050 tons,
owner Scott Weatherford explained that they intend to cap the load at 700 tons to keep her draft at ten feet for easier entry
into the Marsh Harbour port. The port expansion is badly needed as witnessed late every week when all freighters are
discharging cargo on the limited dock space.

Primary Students Return Victorious

Workmen for Cable Bahamas are
busy stringing the support cable
through Marsh Harbour in
preparation for the actual cable
which brings the TV signal.



Page 2 The 4Aaeonlan June 1997

Twister Disrupts Hope Town's Tranquility

By Stephanie Humblestone
It was the longest 30 seconds in the
history of Hope Town. Violent winds in
excess of 100 mph ripped through the
settlement on June 10th, leaving locals,
residents and tourists bewildered and
deliberating as to whether the quiet cay
had been hit by a tornado or a
Whatever it was is academic. The
impact was enormous. Power lines were
down, phones out, and trees lay strewn
across the narrow streets. Out in the
harbour two boats sank, Bimini tops
were tossed to the wind and a huge
catamaran completely overturned, keel
upward. The mighty force of Nature had
struck with vengeance. "Twister" hit each
of Hope Town's three harbourside
restaurants in quick succession. I was
sitting in Cap'n Jacks enjoying a quiet
lunch. Suddenly, from an indeterminate
direction there was a flurry of circling
winds accompanied by a screeching
sound. Tables and chairs on the patio
facing the harbour were twirled and
thrown all over. Food hurtled and people
ran screaming into the restaurant for
safety. Many, including myself, crouched

under tables holding on to whatever was
available for fear of being sucked out to
"Grab your articles, Stephanie!"
implored the editor of a well-known
Bahamian publication, revealing exactly
where his priorities lay. Relieved that he
said "your," I fumbled above my head to
the table where we had been sitting and
finally retrieved my "articles." My
personal copies disappeared and later
mysteriously surfaced from somewhere
under the floor of the restaurant.
Farther south the Harbours Edge was
no less spared. Their sign blew down,
plants uprooted and patio furniture
scattered, leaving dazed staff and shaken
Owner of the Hope Town Harbour
Lodge, Sarah O'Connor, was in the
middle of lunch orders when in her
words, "The hotel seemed like it was
about to be carried out to sea." She
painted a graphic picture of her and her
staff sheltering under the kitchen
counters. From her vantage point she
stared directly at the hot fat burner, its
cradles shaking and threatening to take
off. "I was praying it would not splatter

us all, but above all I was praying for
my five year old son Oliver a few doors
away at Hope Town All Age School,"
said Sarah. Fortunately, quick-thinking
teacher Nancy McDaniels bustled the
children into an adjoining classroom with
plexiglass while windows blew out of the
main schoolroom.
Hope Town's lay preacher Vernon
Malone was just leaving his shop as the
winds tore through the mission yard
opposite. Slight-framed Vernon hung on
to the ice machine for dear life. "That
was a full blown tornado, and I've never
seen anything like it in my life," said


Vernon whose family dates back eight
Two visitors were in his store
immediately after the "tornado." Married
for just two days, they stood wet and
shaken describing how the winds had
almost broken the anchorage of their 37
foot Hunter sailboat.
"Don't worry," Vernon reassured
them. "You have the worst in your
marriage behind you. The rest is plain
Hopefully that will apply to us all,
weather-wise, until the end of the
hurricane season.

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looked after by Heavy Lift Services with Gulfstream Lines
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of Palm Beach. Marsh Harbour Shipping is the only freight
carrier serving Abaco with its own employees on the W.
Palm Beach dock looking after your freight.

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Tel: 242-367-3341 Fax 367-4885 P.O. Box AB 20777

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Freight cleared at Marsh Harbour,
Treasure Cay & Green Turtle Cay
Gurth Roberts, Manager
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Phone 242-367-2333 or 367-2564 Fax 367-3136

June 1997 The Abaeonian Page 3

Abaco Work Boat Regatta Being Organized

Bahamian work boats will come to
Abaco for races on November 5th
through 8th. The races will take place off
Green Turtle Cay and will be organized
by the All Abaco Regatta Association.
The Association expects only Class A
native Bahamian sail boats will be
The work boats are sail boats

patterned after the fishing boats used in
the Family Islands until recently. The
regattas featuring these boats were
originally begun to raise money for the
annual refurbishing of the boats before
the beginning of the next fishing season.
One of the purposes of these regattas is
to revive the building and sailing of these
boats. During the past few years, these

Cable TV Is Nearly Here

Abaco is about to begin a new era,
that of having cable television. Cable
Bahamas is licensed to bring cable
television to the major islands of The
Bahamas. They are working long hours
six days a week on Abaco to get their
basic infrastructure in place. They have
completed the laying of their
underground cables and are now in the
process of installing the overhead lines
for distribution to the consumers. They
are on schedule and they expect to be
connecting customers into the system by
the end of July. They anticipate
connecting 30 customers daily.
Cable Bahamas will be servicing
Abaco from Spring City all the way to
Cooper's Town during the next few
months. Underwater fiber optic cable is
on order which will take cable television
to Hope Town, Man-O-War and Green
Turtle Cay. Service to these cays will be
included in this first phase of service.
The receiving or head-end system is
almost completed and they will be testing
the system within the next couple of

After the basic installation and hook-
up, Abaco will be serviced by a full time
technician to keep the system working
well. There will also be a toll-free phone
number into Nassau for customers to
contact the main office.
Initially Cable Bahamas will offer a
basic package of 32 channels and the cost
will be $30 per month. There will be an
initial $60 security deposit. They will
offer an initial package deal to encourage
consumers to be connected while the full
crews are on Abaco. The channels
offered will include all the main US
networks, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN
plus PBS, cartoons, Discovery, A & E,
ESPN, BET, BBC Worldwide, Weather,
children's channels, several movie
channels, several music channels and
several super stations. They are working
with the government to provide us with
ZNS and the Parliamentary channels.
If you live on the mainland between
Spring City and Cooper's Town, you can
expect a salesman to knock on your door
beginning the last week of July.

regattas have been scheduled in all the
major islands of The Bahamas except
The work boats usually carry 14 men
and draw better than ten feet. The
committee will have to raise $60,000 to
pay the costs of the regatta. This includes
the costs of bringing the boats here on
freight boats, paying the crew a per diem
allowance and providing cash prizes for
the winners. The funds will be raised
through fund raising events and
sponsorships from local businesses in
Abaco. The Ministry of Youth and
Sports will be helping subsidize the
The All Abaco Regatta Association is

made up of people from all over Abaco
and the event will be an effort of all
communities throughout Abaco. The
Commodore for the work boat regatta is
Cpl. Hubert Smith of Green Turtle Cay
and he is supported by several
committees which will coordinate various
aspects of the regatta. Hugh Cottis of
Dundas Town will be the Race
Committee Chairman.
On November 5th they are planning a
sail-off which will allow students to sail
on the boats for a learning experience.
There will be two races each of the other
days. The race course will be between
Green Turtle Cay and the mainland and
will be a triangular course.

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News of the Cays
Man-O-War on May 16th and are planning their May 24th at the Man-O-War Gospel
By Samaniha Sands wedding sometime in April next year. Chapel.
The students, teachers and committee Hope you share many happy years 1 Thurman is a resident of Man-O-War
of Man-O-War All Age School would together. Cay and his wife Jeren is originally from
like to thank Mrs. Lorraine Lee for her Turkmenistan. They are both attending
i t M o e oMurray State University in Kentucky.
dedicated service at Man-O-War All Age -* K
School. at Jeren is studying for her Masters degree
School.in English and Thurman is studying for
Congratulations to you both and best of
luck as you further your education.
NQGreen Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
S '. 'The children of our cnemm',n,, W have
.i, Mr. and Mrs, Thurman Sa er been busy, busy over the ,:st weeks.
-Jeren Balaeva and Thurman Sawyer
were joined together in inatrimony on PLEASE SEE Cays PagB33
Connie ;ilur, and Shane Sa)yer
A surprise baby shower was held for
Gina .\lbury, wife of Tommy Albury, on eetn AP
Mrs. Lorraine Lee June 13th at the New Life Church Hall.
Mrs. Lee, a native of Man-O-War, They are expecting their little one to
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She was the first Man-O-War isla under to s ae d Aivery.
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teacher for these last twelve years. Savannah, aged three years, and Accommodating up to 350 People
During this time she has maintained high Zaccary, aged two years. The two Bahamian and International Cuisine
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Man-O-War have been challenged and arrived to their new home with their
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June 1997 The Ahaconlan Page 5

Congrzatulations to all Schools

S C Bootle students in Cooper's Town gather in front of
their new computer in the above photo. On the right are
the Fox Town primary students with their new computer.

This is oun "Thank You"

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Two computers are presented to Dundas Town Primary school

Marsh Harbour Primary received the first computer from Solomon
Brothers given under their computers for schools program..

St. Francis de Sale students accept their computer system.

Abaco Central High School accepts their two computers from Melissa
Robets of Solomon Brothers and Malcolm Spicer ofAbacom.

All computers were Pentium equivalent, loaded with Windows 95 and educational software. Color
monitors and printers were included. Other schools applied their credit toward upgrades on their
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'Page 6 Tia Absconlan June 1997

Treasure Cay Tournament Draws 40 Boats

The Fourteenth Annual Treasure Cay
International Billfish Tournament was
successfully held on May 18th to 23rd.
There were four days of fishing broken
by a lay-day. Treasure Cay planned a
local arts and crafts fair and a volleyball
tournament for the lay-day. Activities
included special cocktail parties, gourmet
dinners, even a "Craziest Fishing Outfit
During the tournament with 40 boats
registered, 44 fish were caught of which
40 were tagged and released and only
four were boated. Their biggest blue
weighed in at 495 pounds. Awards were
presented to the winning teams and to
winning individual anglers. Awards were
also presented to the top release teams

and release anglers. The anglers bringing
in the largest dolphin, wahoo and tuna
and were eligible for awards also.
For the first time the tournament
utilized photo cameras to verify released
billfish. This new format received a very
favorable response from participating
anglers. The Treasure Cay Billfish
Tournament is the first in the Bahamas to
successfully implement photo tag and
release into it tournament.
The tournament raised over $8,000 for
the Treasure Cay Primary School, the
International Game Fish Association and
its Junior Angler Program.
The Arts and Crafts Fair was very
successful. It gave the visitors and locals
a chance to sample unique Bahamian-
made products which included paintings,
hand-painted shirts and pillows, straw
baskets, woodcarvings, jewelry, ceramics
and even fresh coconut gin and conch
Sponsors of the tournament include
Texaco Bahamas Ltd., Little Switzerland
and Bums House. The organizers wish to
thank Troy Albury of the Snap Shop in
Marsh Harbour for developing excellent
photos in a timely fashion for the new
photo tag and release program.

Treasure Cay Primary students are shown above at the raffle held at the Treasure Cay
Fishing Tournament which raised enough money to purchase a computer for their school.

A successful arts and crafts show on the
tournament lay day showed off the talents
of Abaco people and proved to be
profitable for the many exhibitors.
Murphy Town
Plans July
By Royanne Swain
Preparations are now being made for
the Fourth Annual Murphy Town Home
Coming organized by the Murphy Town
Community Association. It is scheduled
to take place July 10th through 14th and
will be held at the Murphy Town Park
adjacent to Abaco Central High School.
The theme for this year's home coming
is Here We Go Again. There will be lots
of drinks, food and entertainment. Don't
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June 1997 The Abaconlan Page 7

Scouts Are in Abaco Waters for Summer

By Richard M. Canfield, Director
On June 9th the Boy Scouts of
America High Adventure Sailing Program
began its seventh year in Abaco. Every
week for nine weeks, forty scouts and
leaders arrive in Marsh Harbour to begin
their adventure. The program is a
challenging one for the Boy Scouts,
during which they learn teamwork and
responsibility in a demanding
The boys sleep and eat aboard one of
four sailing vessels which include two
Man-O-War built boats (the Schooner
William H. -Iblhur and the Ketch Tribute)
and two CSY 44s from Abaco Bahamas
Charters. The scouts sail the boats,
navigate, learn cathei and stars, cook,
clean, stand watches from Green Turtle

Mr. Victor Rursell

Cay to Little Harbour.
Each year the scouts have attempted to
return something to Abaco in appreciation
for what they have gained. These include
such projects as working at Camp Abaco
and picking trash off the shoreline. This
season they are coordinating with local
scout troops in Abaco through Assistant
District Commissioner (Abaco) of the
Scout Association of the Bahamas, Mr.
Huel F. Moss, Jr. in combined activities.
They will be able to experience the
history and tradition of the Schooner
William H. Albury. In addition, they plan
to coordinate a joint public service
project by cleaning along the shoreline in
the Dundas Town, Murphy Town and
Marsh Harbour areas. Similar efforts are
being planned for Hope Town, Man-O-
War, Guana Cay and possibly other areas.
The sailing program and boats are
under the direction of Captain Joe
Maggio and the Boy Scout activities are
under the direction of Mr. Richard
Cantlild. The headquarters is known as
Bahamas Sea Base and is located on
Man-O-War Cay.
The Boy S.outs and Captain Maggio
are deeply indebted to many local

residents and businesses for their
assistance. Some major contributors are
the Conch Inn, Hope Town Harbour
Lodge, Guana Cay Beach Resort, Marsh
Harbour Shipping Company, the
Moorings, Pizza Hut, Sapodillys, and

Standard Hardware. It is impossible to
list everyone who has helped the Scout
Program, but a special mention must be
made of Derek Lee of Man-O-War Cay,
who has been involved from the

Bov Scouts raise a sail on the William H. Albury as they learn the ropes aboard a real
two masted schooner.

Victor Russell Retires
By Stephanie Humblestone
The last day of June % ill not just mark
the ending of a month but also an era.
This is the day that Victor Russell,
Manager of Marsh Harbour Airport, is
retiring after forty years of service.
Victor was born in 1926 in Marsh
Harbour where he has lived all his life.
At one time he was not only working at
he .iirporl but also for BahamasAir and
Customs and Immigration all at the
same time. "I was prey busy at that
time," he says.
Essentially a family man. Victor is
married, has five children and eleven
grandchildren, all here on Great Abaco
Island. Over the years he has traveled
extensively throughout the US with his
"So, what are you going to do now,
Victor?" I asked. He thought for a
moment and then replied, "Now, I don't
do my favorite hobby of bird shooting. I
think I will find time to just relax." He
hastily added, "And drive my taxi more."
Marsh Harbour Airport just won't be
the same without him. Good luck, Victor
in your "retirement!"


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School News

BEC Presents Prizes
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
presented plaques and gift certificates to
several students on Abaco for their
accomplishments in the fields of math
and science. These presentations are
made annually at the graduations
exercises of various schools in the
Family Islands.
At S.C. Bootle High School in
Cooper's Town the prizes went to
Rondinearo Edgecombe and Jewel
McIntosh. Juanyette Stuart received the
prize at Abaco Central High School. Jill
McKenzie of Moore's Island and Deorily
McIntosh and Daneela Cooper of Grand
Cay All Age School also received prizes.
Since 1991 BEC has awarded these
prizes to the top students in math and
science in the Family Islands and have
given them to 126 students. The prizes
consist of a plaque and a gift certificate
for $100 which can be redeemed for
educational books and materials at
several book stores in Nassau. For
students not able to get to Nassau, BEC
will redeem them but expects the money
to be applied for educational materials.
Cooper's Town Primary
On the evening of June 24th, the
annual Graduation and Prize Giving
Ceremony of Cooper's Town Primary
School was held in the auditorium of the
S.C. Bootle High School under the theme
If I believe it, I can achieve it.
Guest speaker for the occasion was
Mr. Preston Cunningham, Deputy
District Administrator for southern
Abaco. In his address he reminded the
students that leaving the primary school
is not the end and that they should not be
satisfied with C grades but should strive
for higher ones. He also told them that
winners never quit and quitters never
MC for the night was Mr. Leroy
Thompson, who was quite entertaining.
The focus of the evening was on the
class of 97 comprised of fifteen students.
Roberto Murray copped the Principals's
Award and was the recipient of a
beautiful trophy. Receiving other prizes
for academic work was Gordina
McIntosh and Tamara Burrows. During
the ceremony outstanding students in
academics from all other grades received
prizes and track and field winners were
presented with certificates.
The ceremony included remarks by
Principal Rolle. as well as musical
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class of 1997. A graduation ceremony
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grade 6. In addition to the presentation of Williams and the DEA unit to the area to
a Certificate of Achievement, individual impress upon students the dangers they
awards were presented to those who face from use of addictive and illegal
over-achieved in specific academic and substances.
athletic areas.
Highest Academic Average awards
were presented to Christoph Albury and
Brittany Sawyer, and Sheila Severe.
The highest academic award, the
Gottlieb Award, presented yearly, this
year went to Brittany Sawyer. BARCLAYS
Athletic awards were presented to Welcomes you in thi
individuals in softball, intramurals and Ask Barc
track and field. Top Athlete of the YearAsk Bar
awards were presented to Dario Mills
and Brittany Sawyer.
Special Achievement awards were
presented to Krista Thompson, Sheila
Severe and Kenranesha Oliver.

Hope Town
By Candace Key
Corporal Johnson from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force visited school to
give an impressive talk on the dangers of
using illegal drugs. He displayed illicit
drugs in their various forms to
familiarize youngsters with their
appearance. He had to think fast on his
feet when asked by a first grader, "If
drugs are bad, why do we have a drug
store in Hope Town?"
The Police Force is presenting these
talks to area schools as a follow up to the

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"Tonight is a literary awards night,"
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of Hope Town All Age School. And it
really was. "This year," she went on to
say, "We've been all over the world with
books." A constant flow of visitors, now
termed "Friends of Hope Town School."
have sent books from as far away as
Africa and Japan. Authors have dedicated
signed copies of their works to the
Little children sat cross legged and
attentive on cushions in the front row
with older children directly behind on
seats. Parents and friends squeezed
themselves into school chairs. The
schoolroom was packed.
Awards flowed, each one a book
individually chosen for the recipient.
Teachers Anna Russell and Nancy
McDaniels awarded class prizes and


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More School News

School mFROMu Page 8
Candace Key reported on activities
throughout the year, often with the
assistance of children. Shane Cash and
Lawrence Arnett gave an account of their
trip, sponsored by Friends of the
Environment, to Trinidad. Grades 3 and -
4 recited an original poem entitled -
Summer." ,
In perfect keeping with the place and "
the event, Chester Thompson read a l _, '
chapter about his first day at the same /. .
school from his forthcoming book The kb a "'
Fledgling. At times poignant, at times '
humorous, Chester stilled the -
schoolroom. Children sat on the edge of Hope Town students proudly show off the
their seats and adults listened attentively, books which they won ants awaproudly show ofs for their
some, such as Franklin Russell, books which they won as awards for their
some, such as Franklin Russell, academic studies at school.
remembering, too, with nostalgia those Septacademic studies at school.
days over fifty years ago.
Mr. Russell presented an award on you," said Nancy.
behalf of his mother. "This summer I Candace Key, with her characteristic
have arranged to have the whole school exuberance, thanked teachers, children
painted," he said, "so you children are and all those present for a "wonderful
coming back to a lovely bright school in evening."

S C Bootle Students Lunch

With the Governor General

Business students with their teacher, Mr. Kenneth Romer from S.C. Bootle High School
in Cooper's Town pose with the Governor General of The Bahamas, Sir Orville
Turnquest, outside the Government House where they were treated to lunch with the

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 29th of May eleven commerce
students from S.C. Bootle High School
made a "business trip" to Nassau to
gather information for their commerce
studies. The Grade 11 youngsters,
accompanied by their teacher, Kenneth
Romer, stayed at Guanahani Village in
Cable Beach.
Their visit included tours of Central
Bank, the Business Department of C.R.
Sweeting School and the College of the
Bahamas. For many, the highlight of the
trip was meeting the Prime Minister, the
Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham at his
office. Varnara Mullings says of the
experience, "We conversed quite freely
with the Prime Minister. He was really
Another exciting experience was lunch
at Government House with Sir Orville
Tumquest, the Governor General,
pictured with the students. He warmly
greeted the students and showed them the
impressive ballroom and the art gifts he
has received from foreign dignitaries.
They "shopped 'til they dropped" at
the Mall at Marathon and laughed their
way through a comedy at the RND
The day before leaving they attended a
service at the Abundant Life Church,
followed by a luncheon at Mr. Romer's
Nassau house.
All in all it was an informative and

enjoyable trip, but it was good to get
home. Writes student Samuel Mills, "We
checked out of Guanahani Village and
left for the beautiful island of Abaco."

Wesley College
Wesley College's Annual Valedictory
Service was held at Aldersgate Methodist
Church in Marsh Harbour on June 21st.
The event was held under the
distinguished patronage of Mrs. Jewel
Dean and Dr. Colin Archer, both of

Nassau. The programme featured
selections by the school's band. Dominic
Dawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland
Dawkins of Murphy Town, was the


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Education System Need Innovative Leaders

June is the month for school
graduations pre-schools, primary
schools and high schools. For a few of the
high school students it signifies a move up
to a college or university.
However, for most of the high school
students this marks a significant chang! in
their lives as they leave school and enter
the work force.
What are these young people qualified
to do? And more importantly, what jobs
are available?
These high school graduates should
enter the workplace with practical job
skills. The jobs available to entry level
employees require vocational and
technical skills such as carpentry,
masonry and mechanics. Businesses can
take on some young people and train
them. Even clerks and waiters need to

present themselves properly in our tourist
oriented society.
Abaco's economy is growing and we
see this trend continuing at an even
greater rate. This expansion will provide
many job opportunities. But employers
want skilled labour. We must train our
young people or labour wil be brought in
from Nassau or from other countries. We
must work as a community to train our
own young people to qualify for this
A proposed vocational school on
Abaco would be a great asset to help train
those interested. A program of night
courses would let people learn as they
work at a regular job.
Trends in other countries show that
there is a growing need for people with

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the In particular, I like what the
Beautification Committee has done. The
Beautification Board improvements are appreciated and very
Dear Editor: noticeable. A great big Thank You to all
On June 17 I went to the public involved, keep it up, you are on the right
"Speak Out" meeting for the Marsh track.
Harbour/Spring City local government The area by Lou's video where the
board. I enjoyed most of the meeting. It straw venders were looks lovely, but
was good to hear about the Council's first where are the venders? I understand that
year, what they have accomplished for us the venders will be back soon and that
and how they got there. I was proud to there will be an area like Arawak Cay set
be a Bahamian that night and I was up for the venders. I encourage this
happy to have the opportunity to "Speak because I know how much the visitors
Out." enjoy seeing our straw work and tasting
I would like to thank the Council for our coconut milk and conch salad.
their hard work and dedication to the Perhaps the lone vender down by the boat
community. I would encourage anyone ramp could be moved up to this new
who takes an interest in the community to area?
come to the next meeting. The plan is to Sincerely,
have these meetings every three months, Debby A. Patterson
so the next meeting should be sometime
in September. PLEASE SEE Letters Page 34

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technical skills rather than full college
degrees This means a shorter time in
school which is less expensive and is
focused to practical areas where jobs
exist. We do not need a great quantity of
lawyers or accountants but we do need
computer specialists, welders,
electricians, air-conditioning technicians
and mechanics. Our world is becoming
more technical each year and to keep up
we need educated people in these fields.
Many job openings are for experienced
people but there are few openings at the
entry level for inexperienced people.
The schools should begin offering
vocational training in practical areas.

They can work with the business
community to find out the needs and
encourage the young people in those
For example, both government high
schools have computer labs. Innovative
ways should be found to use these during
evenings and summers for student and
adult educational use.
We need educators with the ability and
desire to tinker with the system. The
curriculum established by Nassau may be
the required course to follow. But the
reality of the job market on Abaco for
high school graduates may require some
innovation in the school system.

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Early Morning Blast Wakes Marsh Harbour

A Haitian National died on June 7th in the two car crash north of the Treasure Cay airport.
Allegedly the fatal car crossed over into the oncoming lane and was struck by the larger van.
The driver of the van was not injured. The U S. Coast Guard was called to bring special
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Cherokee News

By Lee Pinder
Even though all the sponsorship sheets
have not yet been collected, we are
happy to report that the bike-a-thon held
last month expects to raise around $2500.
We understand these funds will be used
to obtain updated school books that are
long overdue.
On June 14th the school children
organized a supper to honor Father's
As the school term ends, the following
students have made the honor roll; Angus
Sawyer, Cody Bethel, Danielle Lowe,
Donna Albury, Elise Bethel, Kimberly
Lowe, Amanda Sawyer and Becky
Sawyer. Congratulations for a job well
Between JTnuary and May school
student Jarred Lowe read a total of sixty
books and gave a book report on each
one. For his efforts he received $50 first
prize money which was anonymously
donated to the school for the reading
program. As the winner we commend
Jarred for his accomplishment but feel
that his real reward will come from the
knowledge he has gained through the
books themselves.
Again we have the young people of
Club Cherokee to thank for their beach
clean-up held June 15th at Little Bay.
The end of school was celebrated with
a party at the end of the long dock on
June 28th at high tide. The children went
swimming, water skiing and hydra
sliding and, of course, there was plenty
of refreshments.
The school children invited the

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community to join them for an evening
which was focused on our environment.
They read essays and recited poems on
the various aspects of our environment
that need protecting such as the coral
reefs, crawfish, turtles, conch and
forests. The guest speaker for the
evening was our own Sen. Michael
Bethel, who is himself an
environmentalist and believes very


A large explosive device rocked Marsh
Harbour residents at 6:05 a.m. June 8th.
The device, believed to be an acetylene
bomb, exploded near Allan Lowe 's house on
the eastern edge of the Royal Harbour
subdivision in Marsh Harbour.
Three windows were broken in Mr.
Lowe's house and broken glass fell on the
bedding where his grandson was sleeping.
All the windows were shattered in the nearby
Bible Truth Hall sanctuary. Other windows
were broken in the church apartment.

The explosion cleared a 20 foot area of
weeds, brush and leaves.
Police collected shreds ofplastic and bits
of toilet paper which they believe may have
been used as a fuse. Two explosive experts
from Nassau are assisting the police in the
Two similar explosions occurred last
August in the same general location. One
was during the night and the second was the
next day. Windows in the church and Mr.
Lowe 's house were shattered at that time.

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South Abaco

Moore's Island
By Ruthmae Rolle
The residents of Moore's Island are
busy and excited as they prepare for the
excitement of the very first Home-
coming here on the island.
Family and friends residing in Nassau,
Freeport, the Berry Islands and the
mainland of Abaco are all preparing for
the trip to the island for August lst-4th.
It promises to be a weekend filled with
delicious food and good clean fun.
Dishes such as crab n' rice, steamed and
stewed conch, boiled grouper, fried fish,
curried mutton and pea soup are planned
to be the order of the day. Guava duff,
potato bread, coconut tart and cassava
bread will be on hand to please any
sweet tooth.
It is hoped that this event will be the
annual fund-raiser of the island and the
proceeds will be used to assist the elderly
and young people of the island. The
president of the home-coming Committee
is Mrs. Lillian Laing.

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School News
A prize giving service was held for the
students of Moore's Island All Age
School on the 25th of June.
We wish all the students a happy and
safe summer.
Sandy Point
By Ruth Flowers
School News
The J.A. Pinder All Age School made
history on June 26th when the first
graduation ceremony was held at the
school in Sandy Point.
The program began with a
processional of the graduates followed by
the opening selection. The program was
a great success because of the many fine
people who participated. These included
Miss Javal Thompson, Mrs. Margaretta
Cunningham. Miss Britney Edgecombe
Santinio Bain and Miss Nateika Flowers.
The grade three class electrified the
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Abaco Scholarship Fund Under Lyford Cay

By Derek Lee
College degrees, professional,
technical and vocational training have
long been considered a luxury or dream
to many of the people of Abaco.
However, in the increasing complexity
and specialization of today's world,
higher education has become a necessity
for anyone wishing to take full advantage
of life's challenges.
The question that most people face is:
Who will pay the high cost of college or
vocational school?

We are pleased to announce that some
concerned community citizens have
organized the Abaco Scholarship Fund
which is designed to help Abaco students
attain some of their goals. Those heading
the group are Kathy Ralph of Marsh
Harbour, Bruce Barth of Treasure Cay
and Derek Lee of Man-O-War. The
Scholarship Fund project has been in
progress for many months and is very
honoured and fortunate to have recently
been invited to become part of the
Lyford Cay Foundation of Nassau.

The association with The Lyford Cay
Foundation will be invaluable as it will
give the Abaco Scholarship Fund the
ability to offer tax deductions to foreign
donors as well as give the administrative
and fiduciary assistance necessary to give
the project international credibility.
The fund will be an endowed fund
which means that all monies contributed
to the fund will be invested with the
scholarships using only the monies
earned. So investments in the fund will
continue working year after year. The
goal is to have everyone on Abaco be a

part of this fund so it can truly be a
Abaco community effort.
The formation of the Abaco
Scholarship Fund and the local
committees needed to organize and
operate it are very much in the
development stages. Many details must
be worked out and a number of
individuals will be needed to work on the
project in the various local communities
of Abaco.
Anyone interested in becoming a part
of the project in any capacity, please
contact The Abaconian at 367-2677.



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The Royal Bahamas Police Force organized a drive to collect relief supplies, food
clothing, building materials and money for the victims of a fire in Bimini which destroyed
eight houses leaving 48 persons homeless. Shown above, left to right, are members of the
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Tourism Hosts Abaco Wide Seminar

The Ministry of Tourism held a
seminar for local government leaders and
tourism-oriented business leaders on June
20th in Marsh Harbour. Dr. James
Hepple, Deputy Director of Tourism,
conducted the seminar and was
accompanied by Ms. Antoinette Davis,
Senior Manager of Tourism for Abaco,
Andros and Bimini. About 50 people
were in attendance.

include diving. The Bahamas wants to
recover some of its past reputation as a
major dive destination. Boating is another
group which will be targeted as Abaco is
unique in its opportunities for boaters.
Snorkeling is being promoted also and
the Ministry continues to work with Jean
Cousteau as the eco-tourism market is
promoted. Abaco is an excellent
destination for ornithologists or bird-

theirs. Our local history and culture are
factors which set us apart from other
destinations and must be used effectively
to encourage tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism is
encouraging the various island to develop
festivals and special events which can
attract tourists. The goal for these events
is to encourage positive publicity through
press coverage and magazine articles.

These may include musical festivals,
boating events, triathlons, or such things
as the Pineapple Festival or Sea Food
Festival. The bonefishing competition
which the Ministry of Tourism is
promoting is bringing excellent publicity
to The Bahamas and is one example of a
very successful event.


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Dr. James Hepple, Deputy Director of Tourism, and Ms. Antoinette Davis, Senior
Manager of Tourism, conducted a seminar for local government leaders combining all
three Abaco districts. They stressed how important is was for everyone to work toward
making our island inviting.
Dr. Hepple gave a lot of background watchers. There are six million members
information about tourism both in the of the Audubon Society which can be
Bahamas generally and in Abaco targeted with special advertising.
specifically. The Ministry will be The development of local culture is
promoting The Islands of the Bahamas very important. Visitors are interested in
rather than The Bahamas to emphasize seeing cultures which are different from
the variety of islands here. They will be
promoting individual destinations
specifically also. Their goal is that in fiveB LF H
years the public will use individual B L U F F H
names of islands, not just The Bahamas.
This will help expand the market.
The Ministry will continue to C
showcase the various islands individually, W n
defining the essence that makes them 1
distinctive. For Abaco the emphasis will
be on boating, sailing, fishing and water- with t'
related activities.
Only half of the 90,000 visitors *..WW
annually to Abaco stay in hotel rooms.
However, they average staying one week
which is longer than the average five-
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of our visitors are first time visitors
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Hepple recognized that the second home =
visitors are big business for Abaco. It is
a very solid level of investment and is" "Ul 0l
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June 1997 TheAstrilhanni Page 15

Local Club Hosts Martial Arts Championshi p

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 21st of June the Abaco Karate
Academy, under the leadership of Sensei
Churton Toote, 4th Degree Black Belt,
held its Second Annual International
Martial Arts Tournament at the Great
Abaco Beach Hotel.

The tournament was attended by
participants and spectators from the
United States, Nassau and Abaco. Herbie
Thompson, a Tenth Degree Black Belt,
was largely responsible for organising the
events of the tournament..
The tournament opened with an

countries flags were presented by the 6th
Abaco Bahamas Scout Troop.
Representing the Mnistry of Youth and
Culture was Mrs Greta Strachan-Culmer.
There were 68 divisions. The Abaco
team received the most amount of
trophies, a total of 32. Nassau gained 15
and the United States 21. Sensei Toote
expressed pleasure at the results of the
tournament, especially as some of his
students from Abaco received first place
in their events. They were Sydney
Cornin in the female Kata and Angelo
Roberts in the male division, Celisha
Russell in the female Weapons Division
and Brenton Russell in the male.

In the female Fighting Division Tyieci
Bowe and Tanyan Bowe were awarded
first place and in the male Kyle Stevens,
Carson Mitchell, Blake Werthman and
Matthew Duggan all gained first place.
In his comments Robert Sweeting, MP
for North Abaco, stated, "I am extremely
proud of Abaco Karate Academy and
Sensei Churton Toote. The Academy
offers activities which encourage
disciplinary as well as social development
in our young people."
Congratulations to all participants, and
a special thanks to all sponsors and
coordinators for making this event


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international Karate event held in Marsh Harbour on June 21st.
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Northern Hoteliers Receive Gulfstream Pledge

Representatives of several resorts of
North Abaco met to discuss some of their
problems and most specifically their
concerns about air service to the
Treasure Cay International Airport. At
present Island Express is the only airline
servicing Treasure Cay on a daily basis.
Through the Out Island Promotion Board
the hoteliers have worked to get a
commitment from Gulfstream
International Airline, now named
Continental Connection, to make daily
flights to Treasure Cay for the next year.
The hoteliers are planning ways to
increase passenger service on these
flights to help their hotels and resorts as
well as Continental Connection. The
resorts will offer package deals which
include air tickets and room costs and are
promoting Continental Connection as the
preferred carrier to Abaco. Continental
Connection and the hoteliers will be
working together at trade shows and in

marketing programs.
The hoteliers want to encourage
Abaconians to use this air carrier as
Continental Connection is offering a
reduced local fare. Continental
Connection is also offering Sun-Pack
travel booklets which have greatly
reduced round trip rates. These tickets
can be shared among friends.
Many of our visitors come from South
Florida. The hoteliers would like to see
the Ministry of Tourism and the Out
Island Promotion Board direct their
advertising to this market. They are
hoping to collectively raise money along
with the Out Island Promotion Board to
approach the Ministry to have an
advertising campaign which targets the
South Florida market.
Many times passengers wanting to
make reservations are told that a
particular flight is full but the actual
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Country & Western Jamboree on Radio Abaco

By Stephanie Humblestone
Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday
at 3 p.m. to Radio Abaco for a
"jamboree" of country and western
music. A "jamboree," explains Gordon
Wynne, who brought out two CDs,
Island Country and Island Country. Too,
is when you get a group of musicians
together to strut their stuff. Gordon goes
on to explain why country and western is
so popular.
Many years ago there was only one
radio station available on Abaco and this
came from Cincinnati. It played almost
exclusively country and western music.,
The same music blared out of every
house. Thus, many people became fans


FROM Page 12

Remarks were given by PTA President
Bruce Lightbourne, District
Superintendent Jackson McIntosh, MP
for South Abaco Robert Sweeting and
Deputy Administrator Preston
Mr. Don Cornish of Dundas Town
was the keynote speaker who urged the
students to stay focused, to stay in school
and to persevere.
Awards were presented by the staff of
the school and the program was
completed by Mr. Leonardo Burrows,
Miss Dereka Gaitor, Mr. Benjamin
Pinder and Javon Cambridge.

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before the invasion of Desert Storm. The
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"We love to share in Bahamian
Independence," says Gordon. "This year
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There are several reasons for this which
the hoteliers are hoping to identify and
The hoteliers are also working with
local government to improve the airport.
Mr. Joe Norris reported that two donated
air conditioners are to being installed.
Windows are being repaired and he
hopes that money can be found for
painting and upgrading. He has requested
new chairs for the waiting room and he
hopes to bring the airport up to
international standards.

Mr. Craig Roberts, owner of the
Banyan Beach Resort in Treasure Cay,
would like to have the North Abaco
hotels contribute money to be put with
matching funds from the Out Island
Promotion Board to work with the
Ministry of Tourism. He would like to
see an intensive advertising campaign in
South Florida as this is the area where
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Three Youth Get Pace-Setter Awards

By Stephanie Humblestone
National Youth Month, sponsored by
the Ministry of Youth and Culture, was
observed during the month of May.
The main event was a ceremony at
Government House in Nassau in which
youth from the Family Islands received
awards from the Governor General, Sir
Orville Tumquest, for outstanding
service to their respective community.
Three young people from Abaco
qualified for Pacesetter Awards. Sixteen
year old Gavin Bethel, a volunteer
Response Team Member on Trauma
One, Abaco's Ambulance Service, and
trained fire fighter was honoured for
Community Service. Gavin is also
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Brigitte Bower Carey Captures Island Scenes

by Richard E. Fawkes
Her life's journey has taken her from
Germany on the North Sea to the middle
of the continental United States, to the
mid-Atlantic coastal United States and to
the northern Bahamas. Her dominant
colour schemes have also travelled a
contour of transformation from the
restrained orange, yellows and browns of
industrial middle America to the more
exuberant blues, yellows and browns of
the low country of coastal America with
occasional misty and bleak overlays
reminiscent of North Sea Germany, to
the sparkling bright blues, reds and
yellows applied with intriguing
abstraction or impressionistic delight -
that capture the transparent seas, the
kaleidoscopic flora and the sensually
extravagant fauna of the sunny Bahamas.

Brigitte Carey
But through all her transitions, artist
Brigitte Bowyer Carey has woven a
thread of commitment to her fundamental
medium watercolour; to her
fundamental technique wet-on-wet; to
her fundamental artistic principle that a
painting should reflect the artist's

emotional investment in the subject while
providing pleasure for the viewer's eye -
and to her fundamental commitment to a
high standard of professionalism that an
artist must engage in thorough
preparation before executing a
Brigitte, who has lived in The
Bahamas since 1986, was born in
Hamburg, Germany, where she began
her career in art by studying graphic
design at the Kuntschule am Alsterdam
School, an institution of outstanding
reputation throughout Europe. She began
her career as a watercolourist a few
years after going to the United States and
settling in the Cincinnati area in 1966.
Of her training in graphics at
Kuntschule am Alsterdam, Brigitte says,
"They taught me things I might not have
learned at a traditional art school, basics
like using light." She says she still draws
heavily on her graphics training,
particularly in her sketching and layout
before painting.
And her graphics background has also
stood by her well in Abaco, enabling her
to supplement her income while pursuing
her first love, painting. After all, Tilloo
Cay, the four-mile-long narrow strip of
an island south of Elbow Cay and east of
Marsh Harbour, is a long way from the
larger artistic communities found in
Hamburg, Germany; Cincinnati, Ohio -
or even Hilton Head, South Carolina,
where she lived prior to coming to The
Bahamas. But Tilloo is where Brigitte
and her husband Don Carey make their
home along with all of two other
You might have seen the logo she
designed for Abaco Wholesale the one

with the waves and the tree forming a
partial frame, with a silhouetted sailboat
representing the A in WHOLESALE.
She also created the corporate identity
for other well known Abaco
establishments such as B & D Marine,
the Golden Grouper and Malone Estates
in Hope Town.

Women's Art Club of Cincinnati's
competition and in that same year won
First Prize in the Central Ohio Water
Colour Society's Spring Show, beating
her mentor Ray Loos, who won Fourth
Prize. She's also held numerous one-
woman shows and participated in many
group exhibitions from Hamburg to

Everyone recognizes the Hope Town cottage preserved in the painting by Brigitte Carey
who uses watercolours to bring out the subtle colors of the Bahamian landscape.

But the fifty-five year old painter of
calm assurance, quick efficiency and a
tough though unassuming intelligence,
has travelled a road signposted by
outstanding accomplishments. Having
trained with some of the best
watercolourists in the United States, she
has won numerous awards and
commissions for her work. For example,
in 1978 she won Best of Show in the

Cincinnati, to Hilton Head, to Nassau.
Shortly after moving to Hilton Head in
1979, Brigitte was commissioned to paint
thirty-nine large, original watercolours
for the Hilton Head Marriott Resort.
Since then, she has undertaken corporate
commissions for a golf course, a spa and
several hotels in Florida. Her work also


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Expert to Explain Dredging Effects

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A geological overview of the science
behind the dredging problem will be the
topic of a public lecture and discussion
sponsored by the Friends of the
Environment in Marsh Harbour on July
9th. The lecture on The Origin, Nature
and Transport of Sediments on the
Bahama Banks: Geology and Implications
for Resource Management will be
presented by Dr. Paul J. Hearty, who
has researched and published extensively
on the geology and sedimentology of the
The talk and discussion to follow will
focus on critical issues related to
resource management in Abaco and The
Bahamas. Dr. Hearty will present
dramatic photographic and scientific
.evidence on the formation, age and

transport of the calcium carbonate sand
that not only forms the building blocks of
the Bahama Islands but also creates the
beautiful white sand beaches and sand
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the islands each year.
The dredging issue is related to
tourism and is fundamental to the health
of the sea grass and coral reef
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and fish that grace the tables of
Bahamians and tourists alike.
These pristine natural environments of
the Bahamas, the primary economic
resource of the islands, are threatened by
rapid development and dredging
operations in the Out Islands. Dr. Hearty
will offer some insights into the science
behind this controversial issue and
discuss some of the possible guidelines

Commonwealth Bank Names New Manager

Gregory Newbold

Artist FROM Page 18
hangs in the Hope Town Harbour Lodge
and in the private collections of
individuals throughout Europe and the
United States as well as here in The
Brigitte is currently showing some of
her latest works at the Boat House
Restaurant at Sea Spray Resort in White
Sound, Elbow Cay, Viewers will also
find there some of her fine acrylics on
driftwood of gorgeous Bahamian fish.
Brigitte has spent a considerable
amount of her career leaching at
community art centers in the United
States and in privately held classes and
workshops in the United States and
Abaco. She's taught primary school
children on a volunteer basis in South
Carolina. "I especially enjoyed teaching
the first-graders," she said.
Brigitte, who says she paints to
entertain the eyes, advises her students
that they "... have to have an emotional
attachment to and be emotionally
involved in a subject," to accomplish
such entertainment. In preparation for a
work she encourages the use of a
sketchbook which she uses as a diary
where, "...next to the drawings I note the
smells, sounds and atmosphere of a
place. I record the colours and mood, the
time of day, the temperature, direction of
the light. These ingredients help me
remember and experience the emotions I
felt while there."
As to her goals in Abaco, Brigitte says
she would like to play a role in the
development of a more dynamic and
supportive environment for artists here.
She's particularly interested in seeing art
competitions which she says keep artists
on their toes. She'd like to see greater
exposure to art for young people in the
schools and communities.

Mr. William B. Sands, Jr., Executive
Vice President and Managing Director of
Commonwealth Bank Ltd., is pleased to
announce the re-appointment of Mr.
Gregory Newbold as Manager of the
Marsh Harbour branch effective July 1st,
Mr. Newbold is returning after
completing an 18 month extensive
management training program at our
Freeport Branch. Mr. Newbold, a native
of Abaco, was manager of the Marsh
Harbour branch from November 1989
until February 1996 when he was
transferred to the Freeport branch. Mr.
Newbold returns with a wealth of
knowledge and experience which he has
gained over the past several months.
Mr. Newbold married Miss Diane
Roberts of Green Turtle Cay in 1994
and they are now the happy parents of a
young son, William. We welcome them
back to our Abaco community.

and regulations. that might help to reduce
the tremendous impact of dredging
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Ask the Attorney... Matrimo0ial & Divorce Law tevieweb

By Mrs. Rhonda L. C, Hull
Resident Attorney, Callenders & Co.
Article I Matrimonial Law
Many people in our communities today
seem to be unhappy in their marriages.
They believe that the only way to true
happiness is to separate and get divorced.
But is this really the answer? Getting
divorced is very expensive. Legal fees
are high and support payments and child
care payments can be onerous.
Perhaps the first thing to do before
seriously considering a divorce is to meet
with a marriage counselor. In Abaco
marriage counseling is offered by most
of the church pastors and religious
leaders in the various communities. Mrs.
Phyllis Cornea offers free marriage
counseling sessions. You can contact her
at 367-2991.
If marriage counseling does not work,
then separation and divorce may be the
only answer. This article, being the first
in a series of articles about Matrimonial
and Divorce Law in the Bahamas, will
focus on the legal aspects of separating
from one's spouse and the processes
However, before delving into the
specifics of how to separate, one must
appreciate that there are very specific
grounds on which a petition for divorce
may be based in the Bahamas. Unlike
several other jurisdictions, we do not
have "no-fault" divorces where the
couple merely claim that there are
irreconcilable differences and hence they
wish to divorce. In the Bahamas, in
order to obtain a decree of divorce, the
person applying for the divorce must
prove either:
1. That the other spouse committed
2. That the other spouse has been
physically or mentally cruel to him/her;
3. That he/she has been deserted by
the other spouse for at least two years
immediately preceding the Petition;
4. That he/she has lived separate and
apart from the other spouse for at least
five years, or;
5. That the other spouse has been
guilty of a homosexual act or has had
sexual relations with an animal.
Provided that a wife may also petition
on the ground that her husband has since
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guilty of rape.
These are the only grounds upon
which a person can presently apply for a
divorce in the Bahamas.
In the absence of a "no-fault" system,
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circumstances of the parties since the
time they made the agreement or that the
agreement does not contain proper
financial arrangements with respect to
any children of the family.

Congratulations to
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Kelson, a third grade student of
Abaco Academy, should be
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diligence in school. This is Kelson's
fifth year on the honour roll at his
school. In addition to being on the
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to the marriage has or is likely to have in
the foreseeable future;
c. the standard of living enjoyed by
the family before the breakdown of the
d. the age of each party to the


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On, the Labour Day weekend Little
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with a church service. June 6th was busy
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visiting with friends. The events were at
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people were there from all the
settlements of Little Abaco as well as
from all over Abaco. Boat loads came
from Grand Bahama for the festivities.
The 7th of June was equally filled with
sports and entertaining activities ending
that night with a Fashion Show. The
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June 1997 heo AbacnKan Page 23

Reprint of Abaco Kinfolk Is Available

By Joy Lowe Jossi
"Mom, where did our family come
from and when did they first come to
America?" asked ten year old Dan. "It's
my homework question."
"What timing! Papa will tell you if
you ask him." Papa Cleri Lowe was
visiting us in Portland, Oregon. He told
Dan, "Our ancestors came from great
Britain. In 1648 a small group of


FROM Page 14

Six years ago the hotel occupancy rate
was a low 57 percent because of bad
service and bad experiences. Since that
time tourism has improved and the past
six months has been very encouraging
throughout the Bahamas. The Family
Islands did not suffer the bad times that
Nassau and Freeport went through
probably because the product was good.
The Family Islands have to improve in
several areas. They do have to maintain
high standards in hotels, private homes
and marinas. Dr. Hepple stressed that
pollution must be controlled or visitors
will leave. Customs officers, immigration
officers and taxi drivers must be
pleasant, helpful and have positive
attitudes. Boaters must also be
accommodated well.
Dr. Hepple stated that the Ministry is
totally committed to environmental
sustainability. This does not mean that
progress must be stifled or develop
stopped but rather that we must develop
in ways that our environment is not
permanently harmed or destroyed.
Tourism is our future and there is no
alternative the environment must be
sustained. It is much more than eco-
tourism. it is the proper maintenance of
our forest, our water, our labour force
and our marketing.
Eighty percent of our visitors are from
the United States. The Americans will
not tolerate sub-standard accommodation,
they will not tolerate the sight of poverty
and they will not tolerate littering. All
these things must be controlled if our
tourism is to grow. Advertising will not
work if the comfort level is not
There are three areas which need
particular attention. Ground
transportation costs in The Bahamas are
very high. Ways must be found so that
visitors can have a choice, expensive
taxis or cheaper group transportation
methods. Air service must be consistent
and dependable. Station costs are high in
The Bahamas so airlines tend to fly
where they are made good offers.
Visitors like fresh local produce. This is
an excellent opportunity for local farmers
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settled on the island of Eleuthera in The
Bahamas. Captain Gideon Lowe and
some of his brothers sailed from England
in the 1700s via Bermuda, then on to
Harbour Island, Eleuthera. Later his
brothers left and went to the States. New
blood lines joined the earlier pioneers at
the time of the American Revolution
when some Loyalists sought refuge in
these British Islands. Bahamian records
show that Captain Gideon Lowe married
Nancy Saunders of Harbour Island about
1780. They had five sons and five
daughters. About 1800 Captain Gideon
Lowe, his wife Nancy and their ten
children moved to live at Green Turtle
Cay, Abaco."
My Grandpa Eldred stayed with us on
his business trips to Nassau from Marsh
Harbour, Abaco. After dinner evenings,
I was delighted with Grandpa's tales
about "the early days," the sugar
plantation at Moore's Island, seafaring
sagas and ship building at Abaco.

Grandpa and other men at Green
Turtle Cay corresponded in 1930 with a
William Curry Harllee of the United
States Marine Corps. Brigadier General
Harllee's maternal grandparents were
born in The Bahamas: his grandfather
John Curry was born the 25th of January
1811 at Green Turtle Cay and his
grandmother Mary Ward Kemp was born
the 12th of December of 1814 at Harbour
Island. They married in 1831. Three of
their twelve children were born at Green
Turtle Cay before they moved to Key
West, Florida.
William Curry Harllee began to write
a record for his children to know of their
family. His research grew to an amazing
three volume, 2964 page genealogical
listing of 27,841 persons who were the
ancestors of his two children. This work,
published in 1937, is titled Kinfolks It
was compiled with voluntary help before
computers. A great accomplishment.
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Cay to Key West, dismantling and
carrying with them their colonial houses.
With the kind permission of the
author's son, Rear Admiral John Hartlee,
a reprint of Kinfolks Section 3 Curry and
Section 4 Kemp will be available in a
single volume late this summer. This
book is a valuable gift for your children
and grandchildren. It is a keepsake to
treasure. In it we find the names Albury,
Bethel, Carey, Cleare, Curry, Johnson,
Kemp, Key Lowe, Pearce, Pinder,
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Sweeting, Thompson, Weatherford and
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Page 24 The Alaeonla J 199

Marsh Harbour Holds First Town Meeting

On June 17th Marsh Harbour held its
first Town Meeting since the elections of
last summer. The Committee reviewed
its accomplishments and discussed the
problems it is dealing with. Individual
members of the Town Committee are
responsible for various aspects which
spreads the responsibilities among the
Administrator Everette Hart gave an
overview of local government and
commended the Committee for taking on
projects including spending their own
personal money to accomplished their
goals. He praised their incentive for not
waiting for government but improving
their community on their own.

The Great Abaco Clinic, commonly
known as Gottlieb's Clinic, is vacant and
Mr. Hart asked for ideas for putting it
into use. Mr. Hart also mentioned that
the government will be opening up a
small subdivision soon located behind the
Marsh Harbour Airport Motel.
MP for South Abaco, Mr. Robert
Sweeting, was pleased with the budget
which had just been passed by the
House. There will be no new taxes.
Construction work on the new dock in
Marsh Harbour will begin in the fall.
The new airport has top priority but no
date was announced for work to
Littering continues to be a major

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after legendary half-men characters of Andros, are specially blended and aged to
perfection. Chick Charney, Jack Malantan and Yer Ho' are being preserved in these new
drinks. Pictured above is Mr. Garrott Tyler Finlayson, President of Burns House Ltd. with
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President of Sales. Also promoting the new drinks were six Legends, models who
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during July '97 will receive a free
cocktail and a party of four will receive a bottle of
wine with dinner. This is our way of welcoming
you to a fine dining experience.
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June 1997 The Ahanonian Page 25

Sports News

By Malcolm Spicer
Rothman's Casuarina Stars
Take Abaco Darts Title
Following a gruelling nine-month
season, the Rothman's Casuarina Stars of
Casuarina Point took the 11th Annual
Abaco Dart Associations League title this
week by taking out the Heineken Stars
10-2 at the Ranch in Marsh Harbour.
In the previous week second placed
team the Ranch Big Guns had beaten the
Rothman's team by 7-5 and brought
themselves to within two points of the
Stars but to no avail.
The Stars team was made up of
Caribbean Champion Earl Smith, his
brother Eddie, Captain Charles Burnside,
veteran Anselm Woodside, BDF
President Malcolm Spicer, his wife
Adrienne, Kevin McDonald, Lenora
Pinder and Cherokee faithfuls Lionel
"Dee" Albury, Mark Albury and Daron
The Rothman's Stars now move on to
the Bahamas Darts Federations
Champions Cup sponsored by Lucky
Stnik- This is where the winning team
from the leagues in Abaco, New
Providence and Grand Bahama come
together to find ilh Bahamas Champions.
Abaco hosts this tournament June 20 and
Abaco's Rothman's Stars
Bahamas Darts Champions
The Conch Inn Cafe in Marsh
Harbour was the venue for the Eighth
Annual National League Champion's Cup
with sponsorship by Lucky Strike,
featuring the best teams from the
Bahamas Darts Federation's various
member associations. Representing


Nassau were the Pit Panthers, Nassau
Darts Association's 1997 Champions.
From Grand Bahama their Champions
for 1997, the Outriggers Outlaws. And
from Abaco the 1997 Abaco Champions,
the Rothman's Casuarina Stars.
The tournament was played in two
stages. First, a round-robin format which
is used to eliminate one of the teams.
Next the two remaining teams play the
best of three matches (no team game).
First team to 6 wins takes the match.
The Outrigger Outlaws out of Grand
Bahama took all the honours in the first
stage, beating both the Rothman's Stars
7-5 and the Pit Panthers by 8-4.
Fighting it out to join the Grand
Bahama squad in the finals the
Rothman's Stars and the Pit Panthers
came head to head and the Stars took the
honours with a resounding 9-3 win.
The finals then were the Rothman's
Stars of Abaco and Grand Bahamas'
Outrigger Outlaws. The Grand Bahama
squad were hot out of the stalls taking
the first match 6-3. Regrouping, the
Abaco squad switched their line up and
rebounded taking the second match 6-5
after a nail-biiing llth game with Dee

Albury of Cherokee finishing from
double top with a 13-7 double 10.
The third and final match was,
therefore, a do or die finale and it, too,
proved to have all the makings of a
championship bout. The Stars started out
in express mode, taking the first 5 wins
and leaving the Outlaws with an almost
impossible task. But, being a
championship team they hit back from 5-
0 to 5-4 but to no avail as the Stars hit
win 6 thanks to Eddie Smith. Rothman's
Stars had regained the Champions
honours they last held in 1991.
Winning the award for High Check
Off was Mark Albury of the Rothman's

Stars. Most Tons went to Bahamas
Master Wayne "Fish" Copeland of Grand
Bahama. Best singles was tied between
Fish and Carib Champ Earl Smith of the
Rothman's Stars.

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FROM Page 23

copy of this 760 page hardcover volume,
contact Joy Lowe Jossi, 3263 NE 110th
Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97220-2706.
I am also collecting facts and family
stories for the continuation volume from
the 1930s to our children today. Please
send me your family's full names, birth
dates, baptisms, marriages, deaths, along
with the place of each. Trace back as far
as you can go. Let's fit the pieces
together. We want to document our

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the Kithen of...

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By Sam Hoffer
Getting to the Heart of
the Matter
Artichokes are actually the unopened
flower buds of a plant in the thistle
family. Picked while their heads are
tightly closed and bright green, they are
one of the oldest foods known to man.
Originating in the Mediterranean regions
of Italy, they have been highly praised in
European kitchens since the time of the
ancient Romans.
They first came to the United States
with the French who settled near New
Orleans and with Spanish missionaries
who came to California. Artichoke hearts
were said to have been a favorite food of
the wife of Henry 11 of France, Catherine
de Medici.
Artichokes began to be commercially
cultivated in the beginning of the 20th
century in California, where the climate

A BEC crew is shown trimming trees
preparing for hurricane season. Mr. John
Hudson encourages property owners to
trim their own trees. He declares that his
men "annihilate trees, they do not trim."
If you want your trees trimmed in an
acceptable manner, it is suggested that
you do this promptly before the BEC crew
gets to your property. Request BEC
assistance when branches are overhanging
power lines. Do not endanger yourself or

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is cool, foggy and fairly frost free. The
town of Castroville in Monterey County,
California, is the "artichoke center of the
The globe, or French artichoke, is a
most interesting vegetable, considering it
can be boiled, baked or steamed, eaten
hot or cold.
If you are fortunate enough to find
fresh ones at the market, the easiest way
to prepare them is to trim the tough outer
leaves and stalks off, drop in boiling
salted water to cover, add lime juice,
simmer, covered until outer leaves pull
off easily, about 40 minutes. Serve hot
with melted butter or Hollandaise sauce
or cold with Sauce Vinaigrette.
They are available throughout the year
canned and frozen. Low in fat and
calories and containing appreciable
amounts of calcium and potassium, the
hearts can be combined with other
ingredients for taste tempting recipes,
Artichoke and
Garbanzo Bean Salad
I was first served this salad at the
home of Diane and Tony Houghton on
Marsh Harbour's Eastern Shore. As wep'

as being gifted writers, they are fabulous
gourmets. Both are widely traveled and
bring flavors from around the world to
their dining table.
1 15 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
and sliced
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans (chick
peas), drained and rinsed
1/2 of a large onion, thinly sliced
I large tomato, finely chopped
juice of I lemon
quajl amounts of chopped cilantro,
mint and parsley
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper to
Combine. Let marinate at least 4 hours
or overnight in the refrigerator. Serves 4
as a side salad.
Artichoke Pie
Marilyn Monroe was crowned the first
Artichoke Queen. For a picnic fit for a
queen, add a crusty loaf of French bread
and a glass of wine.
Unseasoned fresh dried bread crumbs

2 15 oz containers part skim ricotta
cheese, drained
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
4 eggs, beaten to blend
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, salt
and pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 15 oz can artichoke hearts, drained
and cut into pieces
2 to 3 slices bacon, cooked crisp and
Spray a 9" pie plate with cuoking
spray. Sprinkle with bread trumbhs.
Combine ricotta, Parmesan cheese, eggs,
thyme, nutmeg, salt, pepper and cayenne
pepper in a large bowl. Stir in artichoke
hearts and bacon; pour into prepared
pan. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F
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June 1997 The Abaconian Page 27

Local Government

- at Work

Town Planning 3 June 1997
Hotel protest: Fifteen people were
present to protest a proposed 10 room hotel
west of the Cottman Castle and between
the Little Orchard subdivision and High
Rock subdivision in Marsh Harbour. Mr.
Edwards, Chairman of Town Planning,
told them the item was not on the agenda
for that meeting. Since the proposal
appeared controversial, he suggested a
meeting be scheduled to clarify the
situation with area property owners and
Gary Knowles who is presenting the
proposal. The group left after being assured
they would be notified if the proposal is
placed on the agenda.
At the conclusion of the business
meeting, members held short discussion on
the best procedure for handling the
controversy on the hotel proposal.
Members concluded that the issue should
be given to the Marsh Harbour Town
Committee and let the committee members
who represent that area make a
recommendation. This follows the
procedure used in the Lubber's Quarters
dredging controversy. Town Planning
members want to avoid having their
meeting turn into a public debate.
Two monthly meetings proposed: Mr.
Edwards suggested they consider meeting
twice monthly due to the volume of
business. Monthly meetings frequently

leave business unattended to.
Dundas Town gas station: Larry
Williams asked for a variance to convert
his three unit building, now under
construction, into a gas station. Approval in
principal was granted. Plans and technical
code compliance will have to be presented.
Marsh Harbour Town Committee 10 June
Paving: Trans Island Pavers has
completed the work on the Cherokee road
and is now working on roads in the Marsh
Harbour area.
Derelict boat: The DEBORAH K is
ready to be taken out to deep water and
sunk. A location has been chosen in 110
feet of water and it is felt that the ballast
tanks can be filled with water and holes can
be cut above the water line which will
allow her to sink in a few hours.
Marsh Harbour appearance: The
Committee is pleased with the
beautification of several areas in town and
hopes that others will improve their
properties. Some businesses and
individuals are volunteering to maintain
sections of various roads. The Committee
would like to encourage others to do this.
They plan to continue putting in sidewalks.

Central Abaco Council 11 Jun 1997
Appointed Boards reviewed:
Membership on the various appointed
boards was reviewed and two changes were

made. Simon Bethell has replaced Thomas
Malone who has left the area. Council
member Clifford Henfield was added to
Port Authority replacing Larry Williams.
Old Clinic Building: Several requests
to lease the government clinic building
used by the late Dr. Gottlieb were reviewed
by the Council. Members decided to
reserve the building until September
primary school requirements are better
known. The building could provide two or
three classrooms with minimal renovations.
Works truck: Council member Glen
McDonald chided the Council for hiring
Mr. Gibbs as Works Department Manager
but not providing a truck. He felt the
Council had "subtracted from the dignity"
of the position.
Council members were unanimous that
the department requires a truck. They
conceded that this was an oversight and
will remedy this with the first available
money from the new budget.

Licensing 17 June 1997
Texaco Star-Mart Approval in
Principle was given for a Texaco Star-Mart
service station on the vacant land adjacent
to Lawrence Engineering on Don MacKay
Boulevard. This would be a full service gas
station combined with a convenience store.
Propeller Repair Shop: Approval was
given to Reginald Jason Albury to open a
marine propeller repair shop in the vacant

Sapodilly's Music and Dancing
License revoked: The Board revoked the
music and dancing license due to
complaints of excessive loud music from
neighboring businesses and marinas. This
license had been revoked previously for the
same reasons but was reinstated by the new
Board members who wanted to "give them
a second chance."

Central Abaco Council 25 June 1997
1997/'98 Recurrent Budget: The
original request for $1.264 million was cut
to $1 million. Chief Councillor Mike
Malone called for a special closed meeting
on June 30th to resolve the shortage.
Members were asked to review their
respective town budgets to see what could
be reduced.
Bonefish Camp: Nassau asked for local
government's comment on a proposed 15
acre site for a bonefish camp on Bustic Bay
by Steve Albury. Members approved the
project in principle.
Lubber's Quarters Resort: A request
from central government for approval of an
eco-tourism project by Tom and Donna
Smith was reviewed. No details or plans
were available. The Economic Council in
Nassau has given approval in principal;
however, the project must still pass all


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Page 28 TheAbaconlan June 1997

Schools Send Graduates on Their Way

By Stephanie Humblestone
Graduating from high school signifies
the closing of one door and the opening
of another.

It is a landmark in our lives.
Naturally, it is fraught with emotion,
pain and excitement. There is the big
Unknown out there. This will be the case

for many young students this year from
the Abacos and indeed all over the
Now is the time for the graduates to
realise their dreams. Today's Dream Is
Tomorrow's Reality was the theme of the
S.C. Booilc Graduation Ceremony at the
Church of God Cathedral in Coopers
Town on the 21st of June. The keynote
speaker, Prime Minister, the Right

Honourable Hubert A. Ingraham, told the
eighteen graduates that they should aspire
to fulfill their dreams and to become
good and productive citizens. All
graduates received an award for
scholastic performance
Capturing the Valedictorian award this
year was Deputy Head Girl, Jewel

PLEASE SEE Graduation

Page 29

The graduating class of S.C. Bootle is shown above at the ceremony which included a
message from the Prime Minister, Hon. Hubert Ingraham.

The 52 graduating students of Abaco Central
A.h ,ceremony.

Valedictorian Jewel McIntosh, Head Boy Chadwell Wallace and Head Girl Dianna
Russell pose with their teacher Mr. Kenneth Roamer at their graduation ceremony.

High School prepare for their final

Abaco Central High School students await the ceremony which will give them their long-
anticipated diplomas.

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* Thurs 3rd Late Registration & Payments accepted for previous Fax Registrations, Initial Skipper's Meeting at
Settlement Point, Green Turtle Cay, 4-6 PM,
* Fri 4th Race 1 off Green Turtle Cay; Evening Street Party, Food & Awards, beer by William Brewer & Co.
* Sat 5th Lay Day, Guana Cay at Nippers on the beach, an evening beach Party, Bar hosted by A & K Liquors
* Sun 6th Race 2 off Guana Cay; Guana Beach Resort Party, Bar hosted by A & K Liquors
* Mon 7th Lay Day, Beach Party at Matt Lowe's Cay by TIKI Hut, grill, bar & beach games
* Tues 8th Race 3 off Man-O-War; Crossing Beach street party & awards for races 2 & 3,
Live music, RTIA benefit bar, Assorted foods by Bahamian vendors
bar staffed by Abaco Rotary Club, Soft drinks by Coca Cola, Beer by Burns House
* Weds 9th Lay Day, Party at Admiral's Yacht Haven, Dinghy Scavenger Hunt in afternoon
* Thurs 10th Race 4 Round the Islands to Hope Town; Bahamas Independence Day,
Party at Harbour's Edge, Bar hosted by A & K Liquors
* Fri 11th Lay Day, Party at the Conch Inn, Bar hosted by Wm Brewer
* Sat 12th Race 5 off Marsh Harbour; Party at the Jib Room,, Bar hosted by A & K Liquors
Awards for races 4 & 5 and Overall Final Awards
FOOD VENDORS needed for July 8th (Tuesday) at Crossing Beach
Call 367-2677 for Information

K -Abaco's 22nd Regatta Series


Graduation FROM Page 28
Mclntosh. She received a cheque for
$500 payable to the College of the
Bahamas and a plaque from BEC. Jewel
will hopefully be attending the College of
the Bahamas Nursing Division. She has
also received a cheque for $500 partial
scholarship from G.I.F. Enterprise
towards her studies.
Deputy Head Boy, Rondinearo
Edgecombe was also a recipient of a
plaque from BEC for academic
achievement in math and science.
Abaco Central High School held their
Graduation Ceremony on the 24th of
June. Among the 52 graduates were
honour roll students Juanyette Stuart,
Canishka Stuart and Melveine Symonette.
Juanyette was the Valedictorian this year.
She will go to the College of the
Bahamas. Several students will go to the
Hotel Training College in Freeport.

June 1997 The Abhaenian Page 29

Treasure C. Home Owner's Donate to S C Bootle

Principal Leslie Rolle, Bruce Barth and Kenneth Romer in front of the S. C
School, displaying the coveralls and first aid kits presented by the Treasure
Owners Association, to be used in the carpentry and auto mechanics shops

Juanyette Stuart

Some are still awaiting confirmation of
acceptance to colleges abroad.
Special guest speaker at the graduation
was Ms. Italia Johnson of Nassau, who
is the first lady speaker in the House of
We wish all graduates every success in
their future endeavours.

The Annual Prize Giving

As a first step in assisting the
upgrading of the woodworking and auto
mechanics ships at S.C. Bootle High
School in Cooper's Town, Principal
Leslie Rolle recently accepted a donation
of coveralls and first aid kits from the
Treasure Cay Property Owners
Association (TCPOA). The shop students
will wear the coveralls over their school
uniforms which are always a target of
Sdust, grease and dirt during shop classes.
In presenting the first aid kits to Mr.
Rolle, Bruce Barth, President of
TCPOA, stated that while he hoped the
kits would never be needed, it is
S .. inevitable that they will be used often.
The first aid kits were contributed by
Pac-Kit Safety Equipment Company of
Norwalk, Connecticut, America's
premier manufacturer of first aid kits and
equipment for industry, marine and
7. Bootle High paramedical use.
Cay Property The TCPOA will be active in securing
of the school, funds for the recently formed Abaco
Scholarship Fund which will provide
technical and vocational scholarships as
FROMPge well as academic scholarships to high
g Ceremony school graduates.

was held at Aldersgate Methodist Church
on June 19th under the patronage of Mr.
Jarrod Jones and Mrs. Jane Adderley.
Mr. Jones was a 1994 graduate of
Wesley College and is now in his second
year on a full scholarship to the College
of Charleston in South Carolina.

We regret that one article had the
wrong by-line last month. The article
Principal Key Recognized was written by
Mr. Randy Brown, President of Clean
Islands International.

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Page 30 Ahaune 1997

Jeff Gale Challenges Regatta Sailors Again


FROM Page 1

Harbour. As in previous years, there will
be one race day, followed by a lay day,
with approximately three to four hours
sailing each race day, usually between 11
a.m. and 2 p.m. The smallest craft will
be about 24 feet and the largest 50 feet
with crews averaging five. Races are
divided into three classes, two racing
classes and the third a Mother Tub class
for Lruising boats.
While under sail the participants are
serious and competitive, but on land it is
playtime with festivities and parties in
each area of competition. The Regatta
culminates with Finale Night at the Jib
Room at Marsh Harbour Marina where
trophies will be awarded. The winners
will walk -way with handsome bronze
fish plaques ', local artist PeILt Johlnsion

* it

years and won overall four times. H
his crew won every race in the
Regatta Time in Abaco, some roun
margins as much as 18 minutes.
was his first year to sail his B-32 n
ABBEY NORMAL which, says Jeff,
spoof on the Frankenstein movie."


.'L/I Gale

The name on everyone's lips this year
is Jeff Gale. who has been challenging
the front runners for many years on both
Abaco and Florida race circuits. He has
entered the RTIA for the past twenty

Abbey Norma's crew hoids down the
windward side for skipper ./t itGale.
--!,, -- ,,Islaid luirtne

T1'- sleek I re.mniliicd 'li.h tich race
boat was the only B boat in the race.
"It's a very -;m.ill i'limpany which
produced superb boats. Most of the other
boats in the Rcgaiii were cruising
vessels," explains Jeff.
Jeff particularly enjoys the R IA races
because there is a more relaxed
atmosphere than in the US regattas. But
'hey are equally as competitive and
demanding when racing. Last year Jeff
arrived back in the Bahamas in the nick
of time for the race. He had only four
days at the end of the Block Island Race
Week to load the boat, trailer it to
Florida, then sail to Green Turtle Cay.
At the Block Island Race in Rhode Island

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e and he placed second in his class, missing
1996 first place by a quarter of a point, and
ds by second overall out of 100 boats (missing
This first place by half a second).
named Over the past year he has continued to
is "a be active on the race scene. In January of
this year he attended the Key West Race
Week, one of the biggest regattas in the
world in which 250 boats entered. The
race was divided into classes according
to the size of the boat. He placed first in
his class of 20. Most of the participants
were from the US. He has just returned
from racing in the Virgin Islands where
he placed 5th overall out of 150 entrants
in the Rolex Regatta and 25th out of 100
in the Tortola Regatta. In between these
large regattas he has attended many
5 regional races in Florida.
Jeff attributes his success partly to his

crew of three, Peter Kline, John
Blacklord and Tom Robinson, with
whom he has been sailing for the past ten
years, and partly to the expertise of
master sail maker Doug Fisher. "He has
taken so much strain off me. Knowing
the sails are in good repair, I only have
to worry about steering the boat," he
says. In addition to this Jeff
acknowledges the benefits of living in the
Bahamas where he says, "We sail all year
Brought up on Parrot Cay, a small
island two miles from the entrance to
Hope Town harbour, Jeff had the added
ad .aniag e of an early exposure to sailing.
Growing up he received instruction and
encouragement from his parents, Dave
and Phoebe Gale, themselves ardent
PLEASE SEE Gale Page 31

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June 997 '`leG AHaeenian Page 31i

Regatta Winner Goes for Three Consecutive

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 26th of June a fire,'suspected
to be incendiary, broke out in a
classroom at the Government High
School. A six foot by four foot floor
counter was badly burned but Chief Fire
Officer Norwel Gordon from Marsh
Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue said,
"Most of the damage was from heat,
smoke and water. We believe the fire
was caused by a liquid accelerant,
possibly gasoline." Damages are


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estimated to be between $1000-1200.
When Deputy Chief Fire Officer John
Hall arrived at the fire, he reported that
a basketball game was underway quite
close by but none of the players knew or
had seen anything unusual.
Before the swift arrival of the fire
truck, civilians attempted to extinguish
the flames with a garden hose through a
classroom window. The fire fighters
quickly had the flames under control.
The police are investigating the fire.

FROM Page 30
sailors. "My father
took me sailing before
I was big enough to
steer," he recalls. His
mother helped him
launch his first
Sunfish off Parrot
Cay. As a young boy
he joined the Hope
Town Sailing Club's
Junior Programme
under the leadership
of Carlin Malone.
The highlight of
this period of his life
was winning the
Derek Lee Trophy.

Abbey Normal flying
her spinnaker.


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20 ft. Containers Can be Delivered
14,000 Gal. Water Capacity
Water & Freight on same delivery
Scheduled From Marsh Harbour to Hope
Town, Man-O-War, Guana Cay & Scotland Cay
And to Other Points on Abaco by Charter
Call 367-3341 Ray Weatherford, Mgr.

In agreement with
Seaboard Marine
is pleased to announce
The commencement of service from the
Port of Miami to Marsh Harbour

All Deliveries

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For Bookings and General Information
Phone 305-863-4411 Fax 305-863-4788

For Rate Quotations
Great Abaco Shipping
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Mr. Mike Malone
Phone 242-367-2721 Fax 242-367-2774

Later, he sailed with Clay Wilhoyte on
TANGLEFOOT, gaining valuable
experience for future regattas. He put all
this training to the test when, in his
teens, he sailed across the Atlantic on
YELLOW DRAMA, a Swan 65 from
Palma Majorca, to the lower Caribbean,
a crossing which earned him much
offshore knowledge.
In 1986 Jeff sailed with Peter Kline,
his childhood friend and constant sailing
companion, from Miami to Montego Bay
where they joined CONDOR, an 80 foot
Maxi which they raced in the Rolex and
Tortola Regatta Weeks. They then
delivered the boat to Newport, Rhode
Island. Wishing to take a break from
sailing for a while, Jeff decided to
further his education at Flagler College
in St. Augustine, Florida, where he
completed a four year course in business
studies. Although he was a serious

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student, his love for sailing prevailed and
he sought every opportunity to race.
While at college he bought a J-24,
BLIND PIG, which he raced "up until
1995 when, together with his crew "the
Pig-a-teers," he won the Regatta Time in
Abaco overall.
Peter speaks warmly of Jeff. "He is a
pleasure to sail with, instills confidence
and commands respect. He creates a
cohesive crew and above all is a good
The final words from Jeff himself are
for his parents who have never failed in
the support of his sailing and have
allowed him flexibility of time from the
rental boat business, Island Marine,
which he manages.
In light of his background, no one will
be surprised if Jeff Gale once more sails
to victory in this year's Regatta Time in
Abaco. Good luck, Jeff!

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Page 32 TeAbacoinlan June 1997

Local Freighter Rescues Jet Skbr

On the Margarita's first return trip to
Florida on June 16, a jet skier was rescued
about 40 miles east of Palm Beach at 4:20
a.m. Captain Percentie said he was in the
wheelhouse in the early morning hours and
thought he heard someone holler. He called
the mate, then went out on the bridge where
he saw something in the water.
He turned the searchlight on and found
a man adrift on a jetski. The man was
quickly brought aboard but was willing to
wave good-by to the new $3,500 jetski.
The man, believed to be Ragin Bowe of
Freeport, had been drifting for 15 hours.
Captain Percentie figured that he would

have been off Jacksonville if it had not
been for a northerly breeze countering the
Gulf Stream.
Apparently the jetski was bought in Ft.
Lauderdale and the owner was on his way
to Freeport. He became disoriented during
a severe rainstorm when his hand held GPS
navigation device malfunctioned and he
ran out of gas. He was very frustrated when
several cruise ships pass by him during the
U.S. Coastguard and Immigration
officials questioned the man when the
Margarita docked in W. Palm Beach.

Hope Town School students were surprised last week when they received an original
acrylic painting from their favorite children's book author Mr. David McPhail. It was one
of the original paintings he made for his newest book, "Edward and the Pirates." They
received another thrill when they opened up the accompanying book to find it had been
dedicated to the children of the Hope Town school! David has written and illustrated
approximately 40 children's stories and is a featured author in the "World of Reading"
text many Abaco schools use. He is a good friend of the Hope Town School and has
donated many books to their library.
Admin. Thompson Comments on Local Govt.

Administrator Thompson remarked at
the Treasure Cay Town Meeting that has
enjoyed working with the boards and has
enjoyed watching the communities grow
and mature with local government.
Mr. Thompson saw the greatest failing
as each board wanting to solve all the
problems at once which is not realistic. He
also feels the general public is not aware of
the many daily functions of the Boards and
Thc are now locally responsible for the
daily operation of airport. schools and
other e,- crnmmcnt buildings. This includes
such mundane aspects as replacing light

bulbs, furnishing soap and toilet paper,
fixing doors and windows, clearing
plugged toilets and pumping septic tanks,
and a multitude of other little jobs that go
Mr. Thompson expressed a
disappointment in the values exhibited by
the island's youth. He noticed that they can
play basketball for hours on a community
furnished court but are unable to pick up
soda cans or other litter around the court.
Their view seems to be that litter is
governments fault for not providing a
janitor to keep the court clean.

Grace Baptist Pre-School and Nursery
Nursery open 8 am 5:30 pm
Pre-School open 8 am 4:30 pm
Team work is the key to any successful organization.
Our team is comprized of teachers / parents / students.
Come and tour our facilities and be impressed.
Registration fee$ 10 / Weekly fee $20 / Bus transportation $5 per week
P.O. Box AB20048, Dundas Town, Abaco, Bahamas
Phone 367-2926

Abac UGlass Company
Window Glass Cut and Installed
Pictures Framed and Matted
Screens Made and Repaired
Commercial Store Fronts
Installed and Replaced
Yale Windows
in Marsh Harbour beside Western Auto 367-2442


Weekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau & Marsh Harbour
General cargo, 20 ft. containers, 40,000 lb. refrigerated capacity
Specify M/V BIAK
Leaves W. Palm Beach Wed. arr. Nassau Thurs. & Marsh Harbour Fri.
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In Abaco Call 242-367-2091, Fax 367-2235 or call on VHF Ch 16
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Located above B & D Marine at the Traffic Light
In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at 561-844-5387
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Harbour View Grocery
Use our dook for convenient shopping at our store
Fresh Meats & Vegetables
Dairy Products
( Canned Goods
Dry Goods
on the HOPE TOWN waterfront
I^A^ ^.- *'^ sa^ 6. OO U~

Carib Freight Company
Reliable Scheduled Inter-Island Freight Service
From Marsh Harbour
To Man-O-War and Hope Town Mon. Fri.
To Guana Cay & Scotland Cay Tues. & Fri.
Water Deliveries (to 10,000 Gal.) to all the Cays
4 Barges Available to charter 7 Days 24 Hours
Any Time, Any Place
From Walkers Cay to Little Harbour
Man-O-War Cay 365-6072 Fax 365-6285 e VHF 16

$1,000 Reward

$1000 Reward to anyone who can give
information leading to the conviction of


or persons

stealing and

destroying Treasure Island property
over the past few months. This is on the
NW end of Guana Cay.


An armed security guard is on duty with
a dog. Anyone found trespassing on
Treasure Island will be prosecuted to
the fullest extent of the law.

All information is confidential.
Call Mike Sawyer at Treasure Cay


Phone 242-365-8250

Cays FROM Page 4
Congratulations to Vince Cooper, who
brought home a silver medal from the
National Track and Field event.
The 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade
students of Amy Roberts All Age were
off to Nassau for an out-of4the-classroom
education. They visited the Pompey and
Junkanoo Museums, forts, the Queen's
staircase and the water tower. They
enjoyed the shows at Adastra Gardens
and the underwater aquariums of Atlantis
and Coral W'rd!J. They were hosted by
our Governor General, Sir Orville
Turnquest on a visit to Government
House. They also visited P.irl.'in-ent
.ir'-e and the public buildings. The 're
already discusn. ng" next year's Lrip!
Seventeen students of Amy Roberts
All Age and one inih..:-n!da: swimmer
were off to Hi,.,A Town :.r a swim meet
on June 20th. :.r a *... ml--u day the
teamrn won 2nd place and returned home
with 76 individual winnings: pold. silver
and bronze medals, 4th, 5th and 6th
place ribbons. Sidney Corn won a trophy
for highest points in her age group and
Ron Levarity, the independent swimmer,
won a trophy for highest points in the

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Senior Boys group. Congratulation
the swimmers and coaches M
Higgs, Sherry Corn, Sherry Thon
and Sara Roberts.
Scott Albury, Claude Cooper,
Curry, Crystal Levarity, Joel Re
Jr., Anthony Roberts and Eric S
are this year's graduates of Tiny T
Preschool. The graduation ceremony
held on June 20th at the Miracle C
of God.
Congratulations to Sara Sams
graduated from Forest Heights Aca
Sara plans to continue her education
Town Meeting Held
The water works/road rrvur
pnj'iect was one of the concerns Ji'
at a Town Met.in' on June 17tht
prai LI is the ti6q -Lapit.d p',iSL'it i'
a Town ,,n-,ittitee to supervise
complete. Two hundred fifty tho
dollars were allocated for the n
The town CO:'mrt:11i: v ill act as
contractor with Committee m
Michael Levarity acting as Superv
On the question of conflict of in
Administrator Thompson assure
crowd that the rules and regulate
being researched at this time. Mr

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W xi.fit s i
Graduates of Tiny Turtles Pre-School with their teachers are ready for their gra
ceremony. Photo by Annabe

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adem y. ,
on. .

i\ cn to Bates of the Ministry of Works remarked
se and that it was not a conflict of interest., ut
ousand an unusual situation.
''"'L.' The concern of merchants on
'iena- Parliament Street is that the work should
member not begin in the central part of town
isor. before mid-August as we are into the
interest. busy tourist season. Mr. Roswell
ed the Sawyer, Town Chairman, said that any
ons are construction before mid-August would be
r. Ken on side streets.
Mr. Bates will oversee the technical
details to assure a quality job. Only
existing roads will be resurfaced and
even though water pipes will be put in
r place, it will be a few more years before
water is brought to Green Turtle Cay. It
is a sensible move to lay pipes while the
road is torn up.
Congratulations to Jennifer Sattem and
Michael Sawyer who became engaged on
June 21st and to Nicole Pinder and Troy
Lowe who announced their engagement
on June 12th. Best wishes to both
couples. Also congratulations to Omri
iduation and Linda McIntosh on the birth of their
ule Cross son on June 25th in Nassau.

June 1997 The Abanenlnn Page 33

New Abaco Chart
Is Printed
By Steve Dodge
A new large format nautical chart
covering all of Abaco has been published
by White Sound Press. Measuring two
feet by three feet, the chart covers the
entire area from Walker's Cay to Hole-
in-the-Wall and includes a complete
w aypoini system with suggested courses,
headings and distances between
There are a total of fifteen separate
charts or maps printed in colour on both
sides of the sheet. Laroer scale "blow-
ups" of harbours and critical areas
supplement the two main pLans. There is
also a Florida to Abaco chart .Al.u ini-
waypoints and routes for getting to and
from Abaco.
The chart was drawn by Steve Dodge
author of The Cruising Guide to Abaco,
Bahamas. It was based on original
hydrographic soundings and other
sources, including aerial photography,
Defense Mapping Agency charts and
some other previously published as well
as some unpublished information.
It is the first completely new nautical
chart published for Abaco in many years
and will provide mariners with an
overview of the entire area. The chart is
completely waterproof, printed on a thin,
foldable, polyethylene sheet and is almost
impossible to tear as well.
In the United States the chart is
available directly from White Sound
Press, 217-423-0511. In Abaco it is
distributed by The Loyalist Shoppe in
Marsh Harbour where it is available
retail for $21.95.



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Call Your Travel Agent or for Reservations & Informbtion:

Florida Destinations: 800-525-0280 Bahamas Destinations: 800-231-0856


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Bye Election


dedicated and committed not for the
short term but to the long term, and
leadership must learn well its role. They
need to be more informed and versed in
local government. He stressed that the
elected leaders must develop sound
financial practices because they are
entrusted with the people's money -
public funds.
Permanent Secretary, Archie Nairn
declared that the implementation of local
government as a system itself is meeting
their expectations. He continued that his
department is focusing on continued
training of the elected persons to ensure
that they understand their roles and
They are especially pleased with the
communities which are working closely
with their local board. They feel that this
will bode well for their communities.

Letters FROM Page 10

Wants More Openness
Dear Editor:
I read with interest your article in the
May paper titled, Council Is
Uncomfortable With Tape Recorder. The
article mentioned that some members of
the Town Planning Council were
concerned because Radio Abaco had
brought a tape recorder into the May 27th
meeting. And that some members "felt
that their conversations were frequently
too candid to be aired over the radio." I
just want these members to know that
anything they say or do at meetings is a
matter of public record. And that
whenever they speak there should be
nothing to hide. The public can hear what
happens in the House of Assembly so
why should it be any different here?
Perhaps if the Council is concerned

about misrepresentation, they may wish
to consider posting the Minutes from
their meetings. These Minutes could be a
summary of the meeting. I personally
would like to see Minutes which reflect
how each member votes. This would
eliminate the mystery and perhaps help to
unify us as a community.
Debby A Patterson


FROM Page 21

marriage and the duration of the
e. any physical or mental disability of
either of the parties to the imariage.
f. the contribution made by each of the
parties to the welfare of the family,
including any contribution made by
looking after the home or caring for the
The legal costs incurred in settling a

separation agreement may range from
approximately $500 to $3,000 for each
party depending upon the length of time
involved. These fees will not include the
costs involved in petitioning the Court
for a divorce itself. You will need to
discuss this matter further with your legal
This series of articles in not intended
to be a complete and technical exposition
of the law relating to Divorce and
Matrimonial Affairs but rather a general
outline of some of the situations which
one encounters in this area of law. The
next article in this series will focus on
steps normally taken in obtaining a

Minimum for 3 Lines In one Issue $7
Picture and 4 lines $25.00
Additional lines at $2.00 per line.
Display classified $18 per column inch
We can take the photo within the
Marsh Harbour area or use your photo.
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Commercial & Residential
Homes 0 Apts. Rentals Acreage
P.O. Box AB 20179
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Office phone & Fax 242-367-3276
Evenings 242-367-2789

Slike aLnhtboune Real datate
ELBOW CAY 3 acres on harbour side, 6 acres
on ocean side, both waterfront, just south of
Hope Town, $80,000 per acre
ELBOW CAY south of Hope Town, beautiful
waterfront estate on 2+ acres, 2 bed 2 bath,
large open living/dining, elevated & cool,
decked veranda on 3 sides, dock, excellent
cond., ideal retirement property $645,000
WHITE SOUND, Elbow Cay 2 lots, each
100x100 $20,000 each
HOPE TOWN 3 bed 2 bath with 2 cottages on
back creek, 70x232, AC, dock, elevated
w/views of harbour, good price $350,000
LUBBERS QUARTERS waterfront lot, 107'
on water, $55,000. Interior lot approx 1/4 acre
150'from beach $17,100
PRINCE CAY beautiful 9 acre island,
protected beach, elevations, good vegetation,
house and cistern needing repairs $335,000
TREASURE CAY interior lots start $10,000,
canal lots $80,000, beach lots
MAN-O-WAR main house & guest house on
1/4 acre+, crow's nest, new roof, furnished,
200 yards from harbour, deep water mooring in
harbour $250,000
SCOTLAND CAY beautiful beach lot at end
of runway, access to marina and airstrip,
120x270 $150,000
SCOTLAND CAY 5.7 acres at northern end
of island, includes great beach and a protected
harbour side, call for details
GREEN TURTLE CAY large multi-family
lot, on 60' hilltop, great panoramic views,
walking distance to Coco Bay & Atlantic
beach $150,000
Tel 242-325-1950 or 242-322-4148

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

ELBOW CAY Parcel on bayside near Fry's
Mangrove, 71' x 280'. Semi protected cove,
elec. power, $98,000
LITTLE HARBOUR Two storey house with
great harbour view, private dockspace. Fully
equipped solar system. On half acre parcel with
ocean view as well. $275,000
subdivision, 160 ft. from eastern beach, along
developed strip. Priced to move at $17,500
Call Victor at 242-367-2749
or Fax at 242-367-2748
DUNDAS TOWN 31/ acres seafront property.
Call 351-5461 after 6 p.m.
GUANA CAY 5% Acre waterfront ridge top
with 47 elevation on bluff on sound. Stunning
views, public road, electricity available, town
I mile. $375,000 all or part, Brochure, Brian
954-942-4177, Fax 954-942-7230 or Edmund
Pinder in Guana Cay 242-365-5046
100 ft. On beach road and 160 ft deep.
Beautiful view of Atlantic Ocean and beach.
Call 242-367-2289 between 6 and 10 p.m..
HOPE TOWN 2 bed 2 bath 2 story home with
12,000 gallon water tank, dockage rights,
hilltop view of ocean and harbour. Near HT
Harbour Lodge. Contact David in Freeport
242-3561-4731 (352-5594 after 8 p.m.) or Fax
LEISURE LEE 2.4 Acre Point, w/seven unit
town house. Contact Florence Roberts at 242-
327-8297, 359-6023, Fax 242-325-1076
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 bed 2 bath house, large great
room w/2 skylights, 2,000 sq. ft.,fumished,
great view, $226,000. Call 242-365-6157
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
MAN-O-WAR Sea to sea large beach front lot
Call 242-365-6181 or 617-479-5776

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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
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15Wgr- - a
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-
MARSH HARBOUR 2 bed/2bath 1500 sq ft
living area, 14x40 covered porch, fully
furnished, 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,
facing 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

Two one acre plus lots with direct ocean
frontage on Ocean Blvd.
Call 616-345-2721

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
week per person includes one day fishing &
diving One day snorkeling & island hopping
boat & guide all equipment included 6
to30 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, porch & 12,000 gal cistern,
Call Edmund or Chert Pinder at 365-5046 or
HERE B on VHF Ch 16

Casuarina Point on the beach 19 miles S. of
Marsh H. hd/'2bih, furnished, Air cond. & Sat.
TV, linens & kitchenware, Bonefishing
available $1,200 wk., 242-367-4022 daytime
Cooper's Town
Weekly Apartment Rental
Bonefish Guides Available
2 Bedroom
Full Kitchen
Air Conditioned
o Satellite TV
Jedco Inn & Apartments Ltd.
Call 242-367-4008 evenings
or 367-4100 daytime
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
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 I1% bath, central a/c,
satellite, $900. Call 365-6072 or 366-0347
Marsh Harbour Spacious waterfront
apartment I bedroom, sleeps 4, fully furnished,
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
Come Find The Treasure In Treasure Cay
LUXURY Fully equipped 2 bed/2 bath condo.
Finest rental property in Treasure Cay, righton
the beach. Rent directly from the owners.
Phone or Fax 242-365-8514
BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out
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Call 1-800-GO-BAHAMas (1-800-462-2426)

Cherokee FROM Page I1
strongly that there is further need for
reform if the crawfishing industry is to
survive into the twenty-first century.
During the months of May, June and
July our fishermen head towards to point
of Cherokee to watch for the passing
Jacks, just like their fathers, grandfathers
and great-grandfathers before them.
When the catch is good, word goes out
and everyone comes to the shoreline with
a pan to carry their supper home. You
just won't get a better meal than fried
passing Jacks, especially if you've got
some sweetened rice tgo along with it.
At the beginning of June Cherokee had
a very unusual visitor who hung around
for several days. His favourite resting
spot was atop the Methodist Church, a
good vantage point to be able to watch
what was happening down below. Some
thought it was an osprey, but on
checking the bird books, we can
definitely rule that out.
More than likely it belonged to the
hawk family for he seemed to have a
mean and hungry look about him. He
was larger than the vulture, mostly dark
brown feathers and his head seemed to
be shaped more like an eagles, his wing
span was probably four feet across. No
one has reported any chickens missing so
maybe he was satisfied with dining on

ring-neck doves.
Anyway, he stayed only a couple of
days and was definitely the topic of
conversation on all the street comers for
awhile. He would have made an
interesting entry in a bird-watcher's
Everywhere you can hear. the whirl of
lawn mowers and happy sounds of
children at play. This is the time of the
year that we are visited by grandchildren,
nephews and nieces. Our community is
so small they can't get lost, plus they are
allowed a lot more freedom than they
may be back home. There is much
shallow water for them to play in and
nature trails to explore and, of course,
old friendships to renew and new friends
to meet. Ah, vacation time in Cherokee,
it can't get much better than this.


FROM Page 1

deck can handle a 40 ton container either
from the hold or from the deck. A ramp
on the starboard side lowers which
exposes two elevators allowing freight to
be handled by fork lifts. Each elevator
can handle 7,000 pounds of freight from
either the main cargo hold or the bottom
hold. Additionally, the ship has a stern
door and is being fitted with a self-
contained ramp which will allow cars,
trucks and trailers to roll directly off.
MARGARITA I has a crew of eight
men and is powered by an 1150 HP

June 1997 The Ahaconlan Page 35

Caterpillar engine giving a 10 knot
cruising speed. The ship has a variable
pitch propeller and bow thrusters for
maneuvering. The ship has all controls
located in the pilot house. She was built
in Norway in 1979 and came into service
here from Europe. She will maintain a
weekly schedule between Abaco and
South Florida leaving Florida mid-day on
Wednesday and arriving in Marsh
Harbour on Thursday mornings.
Mr. Scott Weatherford is the principle


FROMPage 27

normal local approvals.
Council will ask Nassau for more
information and also ask the Hope Town
Committee for any available local
information on this project.

Police Hold Seminar
Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson
in his capacity as Minister of National
Security addressed a brief meeting of
local government leaders in Marsh
Harbour on June 20th. Accompanying
him were Permanent Secretary Idris Reid
and Comm. of Police P.K. Bonomy.
Mr. Watson was interested in hearing
about local problems concerning policing.
The prevention of crime is top priority as
he would like to work toward a crime
free society. The police cannot
accomplish their goals without the help
of the public. They need local support
and information which only the public
can provide.
Comm. Bonomy in his comments
assured the group that Marsh Harbour
would soon have 24 hour security at the
airport. He spoke of the need for more
local constables and reservists.

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Mildew Removal

PAINTING, Interior & Exterior Pressure
Cleaning & Mildew removal Water-proofing
a Roofing 0 Rotten wood replaced
Leroy Tucker, Marsh Harbour, 367-3849

50% PARTNERSHIP for sale in 12
apartments, (two buildings) fully rented, For
more information call Brenda Sawyer at

20 KW GEN SET, Heavy duty 1200 RPM
Lister generator coupled to GMC 2-71 diesel
engine, recent top overhaul, low engine hrs,
excellent cond., Asking $8,000 Call 365-4471

Need to sell a car or
boat? Sell it through
the classified ads. Over
5,000 readers monthly.

ROLEX OYSTER Date Just, never worn,
$2,000 Call 367-4500 after 5 p.m.
12 VOLUME VIDEO "Men are from Mars,
Women are from Venus" is the answer to your
marriage or sex problems. $250 Call 367-4500
after 5 p.m.
Phone 367-3853 oi 367-3267, Serious
inquiries only,

OLD EYE GLASSES and cases can be left at
Abaco Treasures and New Plymouth Hardware
for optometrist to take on mission trips to fit
glasses for poor people.

1976 JEEP CJ7 Fiberglass body, SS
accessories, engine in good shape. $2500.
Allen Werthman 365-4462
1990 FORD Aerostar Van $7,000
1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme $4,500
7.5 KW Quicksilver gas generator $1,000
Cellular Phone S 100
By appointment only, Call 367-4953
1991 FORD TEMPO, good condition,
Call 367-3744 after 4 p.m.
1990 FORD RANGER, white extended cab,
good condition, asking $12,500.
Call 367-2265 Mon Fri 9 5 p.m.

1986 FORD LARIAT F150 XLT truck, ice
cold A/C, mint condition. $14,000 Call
Richard at 367-2663 days.,


20' HOLDER. fast racing day.'sailcr sloop, two
sets of sails, designed by Hobie Holder, ultra
light configuration, will tack through 80.
Drop keel, trailer included, DUTY PAID. Call
George Douglas 242-365-4446 or FLYING D
on VHF 16
27' HUNTER 1979 Sail Boat, 8 HP diesel
inboard, depth finder, auto helm, stove. Bimini
& more. Ready to sail away. Duty Pd. $15,000,
See at Abaco Inn or call 366-0133
S .. ,,
*,. ,

39' SCHUCKER 436 Motorsailer, pilot house,
1978 Nissan diesel, great equip, perfect live
aboard or extended cruising, washer-dryer,
8KW Westerbeke, air cond. in Marsh H. Duty
Pd. $75,000 Call/Fax 242-367-3986

J6' FISHING BOAT w/two 3208 Cats, one
Westerbeke gen., extras. Also 1986 GMC Call

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.


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