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Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Creation Date: November 1997
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Skipper It an Stuart o'A Aloore' Island took a first and second place % in to be
the overall Regatta winner in the "B" Class fleet.. Photo by Barry Stompe


Beatrice Moxev is Best Female Police Reservist


Police reservists Beatrice Moxey
(above) and George Martin received
the Baton of Honour.


After 14 weeks of concentrated
training, 36 members of the Abaco
Police Reserves graduated to take their
places along with the regular Royal
Bahamas Police Force. This is the first
Family Island outside of Grand Bahama
to have a Police Reserve unit. Twenty-
seven men and nine women make up the
Abaco District Police Reserves 'A'
Squad.
The graduation took place on
November 7th in Murphy Town and was
attended by the Deputy Prime Minister,
the Hon. Frank Watson, Minister of
National Security. Also in -attendance
were members of the Royal Bahamas
Police Band which entertained the
audience with their musical presentation.
During the ceremony the Baton of
Honour was presented to George Martin,
selected as top male recruit, and Beatrice
Moxey, selected as top female recruit.

PLEASE SEE Reservist Page 23


New Subdivision Is Underway


On October 24th the Minister of
Housing and Social Development, MP
Algernon S.P.B Allen, accompanied by
staff, made a presentation at Abaco
Central High school on the new
subdivision. The subdivision will be
located between Forest Drive and S.C.
Bootle Highway from Crockett Drive to
the BEC access road.


Mr. Allen gave a detailed description
of the subdivision and the work that
would have to be accomplished before
the subdivision would be ready for the
public to use. The 650 lots in this project
will be sold to Bahamians at reasonable
cost. Most land in the central area of
PLEASE SEE Subdivision Page 15


Moore's Is.Skipper



Takes First Place


I oldaj. th' entire island of Abaco is
celkbraung the fact that the overall
winning Class B %work boat in [he All
Abaco Rcgatta %kas LONESOME DOLE
skippered b\ Ilan Stuart ot Moore's
Island LON\ESOME DOLT came in
Nc.iond place on the first race and first
placc in the sec.-nd da\ for which the\
reteIl. d the Shell Bahamas troph\ The
onerall Loswc and Stewens troph% was
sponsored bN Floyd Lowe and Brendal
Stesens, hoth ot Green Turtle Ca.\ The
first da\ '- troph\ tor Class B %was 'won
b\ PEA.CEMA.KER.
The first annual All Abaco Regatta
',as held on Noember sixt.h through
eighth in the %waters between Green
Turtic Ca, and Treasure Ca\. A
significant number of the best boat,.
skippers and sailors in the nation ira\eled
%k nh their boats to compete in the e\ent.
which marked the close of the 1997
Bahamian regatta season. Ten top Class
A and 14 of the top Class B boats sailed


in the regatta.
In the Class A races RI AI,\G TIDE
%\,in the lirsi das. rece inm the Treasure
C., Lid trophN and COI RAGEOLLS
,oWn the Go' ernor General' tiroph),
being tirst on the sxei.nd daJ of racing.
COl'RIGEOI S v.on the ,.oeted o`crall
\\illiam Brewer troph', sponsored b', the
\V lliam Brewer Co.
Abaco Rage Makes Debut
The .-BACO R.AGE madc her initial
aill under neo% ownership and %%as ne%%ly
renovated. The\ came in secnth for the
tirrt race and fifth tor the second race.
The boat had just been put into the water
and the cress had onl\ ahout an hour's
practiLe before the start of the first race.
The', are anticipating doing cry \'well in
future regdtta;.
Corporal Hubert J Smith of Green
Turtle Cay wsas regatta commodore,


PLEASE SEE Regatta


Page 2


The '4 Class ABACO RAGE is Racing Again









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Hope Town's Jeff Gale and his crew made their initial sea trial on the day of the
first race. This did not give them time to experiment with sails and ballast.


By Slephanie Humblestone owner Scott Wea
The ABACO RAGE has been 1981 and raced
renovated and returned to its former 1981 and 1992
glory. Twice champion in its day, the 28- "There has never
foot Bahamian wooden sloop has raced boat, always in
against most Class A boats in the Bahamas," said
Bahamas and has beaten such renowned Lightbourne, wh(
names as LEGEND, TIDAL WAVE, on Parrot Cay, ap
SOUTHERN CROSS and GOOD of the Hope
NEWS. purchase the bo;
Up until a month ago THE RAGE
belonged to Man-O-War and its principal PLEASE SEE Rage


therford. It was built in
competitively between
by Mr. Weatherford.
been such a competitive
the top five in the
Scott. When Chris
o works at Island Marine
iproached him on behalf
Town community to
at, he was reluctant at
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CONGRATULATIONS TO SKIPPER
IVAN STUART OF MOORE S ISLAND


The Volume 5, Number 10 November 1997 ."





Abaconian

SThe News of the Islands


The Winning LONESOME DOVE


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Page 2 The Abaconian November 1997


Regatta Association Gets Top Marks


Regatta FROM Page 1
backed by an island-wide organization
that included Island Administrator
Everette Hart as coordinator; Deputy
Administrators Jack Thompson and
Preston Cunningham as deputy
coordinators; and regatta expert Hugh
Cottis as chairman of the racing
committee.
Third Day of Racing
Cancelled
The Saturday races had to be cancelled
due to high winds. A front came through
the area on Friday bringing cool
temperatures and strong winds. The
sailors were disappointed as they were
really looking forward to the
competition.
Cooperation Was Needed
Regatta coordinator, Mr. Everette
Hart, Island Administrator, said pulling
the event together required extraordinary
effort, teamwork and goodwill from a
broad cross section of the Abaco
community. "Through fund raising and
general organizing," Mr. Hart said, "that
required appealing to businesses and
individuals for donations, sponsorship of
races and buying ads in the programme
booklet, holding community steak-outs,
construction and selling stalls and
handling publicity, individuals and groups
rose admirably to secure a place for
Abaco in this popular Bahamian sport-
fest called Regatta."
Regatta Village was created at the
Treasure Cay ferry dock to serve as
headquarters for the regatta and the site
of entertainment. Participants and
spectators from throughout The Bahamas
were treated to nightly entertainment,
both at the Village as well as in other
communities throughout Abaco. A wide
variety of cuisine, crafts and merchandise
from almost 50 vending stalls at the
regatta site kept the spectators well
entertained. The last evening there was
continual entertainment program which
included a Junkanoo competition, the
appearance of the King of Junkanoo, a
fashion show and a performance by the
Royal Bahamas Police Force Band Pop
Section. The final event was the awards'
ceremony.
In attendance for the final night were
the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert
A. Ingraham and the Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, MP Zhivargo Laing
who both addressed the crowd.


Lots of Work in
Six Months
It was just six months ago that the
concept of an All Abaco Regatta began to
take shape. It required the hard work of
many individuals and the dedicated
leadership of the regatta coordinator, Mr.
Hart. He put it succulently when he
commented, "This first and daring
undertaking required the best of efforts
and cooperation to accomplish." And, as
if to underscore his confidence in the
success of this first All Abaco Regatta,
he continued, "This will be the first of
many to come in the years ahead."
LONESOME DOVE
The LONESOME DOVE is the Class B
work boat representing Abaco which
received the overall trophy for Class B.
The boat is owned by Lloyd Smith from
Abaco although he is now living in
Nassau. It was skippered by Ivan Stuart


from Moore's Island and three of his
crew were sons all living on Moore's
Island: Dudley, Edmund and Lorenzo.
The other four crew members were from
Nassau.
They were very excited about winning
and are looking forward to next year
when they will have more family
members aboard the boat and will again
show that Abaco produces winners.
Racing Boat Capsizes
The only mishap during the regatta
occurred when the Class B sloop
BARBARIAN capsized during the regatta
race on November 7th. The winds were
heavy that day and the boat sank to the
bottom while jibing. The boat had to be
raised by the crane of the CHARISE, the
Long Island mailboat which had brought
many of the work boats to Abaco for the
regatta.


Overall Race Results
Class 'A' Class 'B'
1st Courageous Lonesome Dove
2nd Running Tide Peacemaker
3rd Jiffy New Chase
4th Good News Heathcliffe
5th Thunderbird Cobra
5th Silent Partner Queen Drucilla
7th Abaco Rage Potcake
7th Tari Anne


8th
9th
9th
llth
12th
13th
14th


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Page 4 The Ahaonlan November 1997


News of the Cays


Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
We're experiencing the last summer
weather of 1997 as evenings and early
mornings are a bit cooler. It is the quiet
time of year when there are few tourists
around town. We look forward to
welcoming many of our second home
owners back over the next few weeks.
Road work is in full swing with
existing cement being turned up, a trench
cut and water pipes put in place. The
new roads will also be cement in an
effort to preserve the history of our
community. It is all a dusty mess but the
completed road makes us realize that it is
well worth any inconvenience. At this
time more than half of Parliament Street
has been completed.
Wedding bells rang in October for two
happy couples.
Robin Ping and David Phillips were
married on October 18th at St. Peter's
Anglican Church. It was a very romantic
ceremony complete with violin music. A
reception and dinner followed at Bluff
House. Helping David and Robin
celebrate were friends from the United
States, United Kingdom and of course
the Bahamas.
On October 25th Verona Cooper and
Arnold Newbold were married in a
private ceremony at St. Peter's Anglican
Church. Relatives and friends joined
them at the Rooster's Rest for a
reception.
Congratulations and best wishes to
both couples.
Congratulations to Cindy Levarity and
Darren Ford on their engagement. No
wedding date has been set. Cindy is the
only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael
Levarity.
Dale and Laura Sawyer welcomed
their third child on October 3rd. Cole
William Sylvan was born in Nassau.
Felton and Jennifer Pritchard are the
proud parents of the their first child,
Patricia Diane born October 4th in
Freeport. (This may be considered
Cooper's Town news but Jen will always


be a Green Turtle Cay girl!)
Halloween came early as ghosts and
goblins haunted the jail on October 25th.
At a PTA sponsored fund raiser children
and children at heart came out to tour the
haunted jail. Then they went on a hayride
in a truck driven by infamous pirate
"Calico Wade." Ghosts and goblins,
bearing a striking resemblance to their
descendants, haunted those brave enough
to drive along the darkened path. It was
a successful event, enjoyed by all ages.
Funeral services were held on October
25th at the Gospel Chapel for Miss
Annie Saunders. Annie was 94 years old.
She is survived by six nieces and their
families.
The Jeannie Sands Pinder Memorial
Fund has been opened in memory of
Jeannie Sands Pinder who died on the
15th of October. The money is being
collected for Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Sands, her parents, to use for any
expenses they may incur with regard to
their daughter's death. After expenses
have been paid, any surplus funds will be
used to establish an educational
scholarship.
There is much frustration and concern
in our community because no one has
been charged with causing the death of
Jeannie Pinder. After six weeks, amid
the many rumors and speculation, the
only truth we know is that Jeannie is
dead and the investigation continues.
Prior to this, our only exposure to such
violence and the investigation involved
has been through the newspapers and
television. Maybe we're naive in our
thinking to expect with today's
technology especially in forensic
science that this would have been
solved. Every day we hope for some
news but there's no news and in this
case no news is not good news.
The holidays are almost here with less
than two months until Christmas. The
Sunday School groups are already
practicing for their Christmas
programmes. There will probably be
many upcoming events to report over the
next two months.
*


The Abaconian would like to make an
explanation to our readers. Last month's
issue had a photo and story about the
filming of a scuba diving trip to Green
Turtle Cay. The journalists who came
from Outdoor Journal have twice filmed
their diving with Brendal Stevens, the
first a 15 minute underwater film with
turtles and the second time, a 30 minute
film showing the experience of one man
learning to dive as well as much footage
of New Plymouth and the general area.
They were diving with Brendal of
Brendal's Dive Shop and stayed at the
Green Turtle Club.


Janice Stephanie Roberts


Man-O-War
By Tiffany Roberts
The news this month in Man-o-War is
the new arrivals. Congratulations to
Mark and Margarita Roberts on the birth
of their new little baby girl, Janice
Stephanie. She was born October 14th in
Nassau.
Congratulations also to George and
Debbie Malone on the birth of their new
baby girl, Faith Lucille Malone, born
October 4th, also in Nassau.


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Page 6 The Abaconian November 1997


Central Abaco


RND Cinemas
By Nick Miaolus
Seventeen Shop Plaza is pleased to
announce the ground-breaking of RND
Cinemas. On October first ground-
breaking took place for the 8,000 square
foot cinema. There will be three screens,
one with a stage for talent shows,
concerts and fashion shows.
The movie theatre will be equipped
with all the usual facilities of any state-
of-the-art Cinema. There will be
popcorn and hot dogs concessions in
addition to a coffee shop.
As owner of the Seventeen Shop
Plaza, I see this as a need fulfilled in
Abaco a fun and safe place for the
entire family. My wife, Sheila, and I are
trying to bring to Abaco a one-stop
shopping center. The Seventeen Shop
Plaza will eventually have eleven free
standing buildings with no duplicate
businesses.
RND Cinemas opened in Nassau about
five years ago and have been enormously
successful. They are owned by Mr.
Jerome Fitzgerald and Mr. Brent Dean,
both of Nassau. They feel the cinema


here will be a real asset to our business
community. They are bringing a first
class operation to Abaco for everyone to
enjoy.
By putting up three screens RND
Cinema is making a serious commitment
to Abaco and shows they are here for the
duration. Parking facilities will be
generous and will accommodate 134
automobiles. The Miaoulises also plan to
attract a mini-market, shoe shop,
entertainment center, restaurant and
several other eateries. They are happy to
invite local and foreign investors to
participate in their shopping center. They
can be reached at the Seventeen Shop for
more information.
See 'Ya' at the Movies...
Marsh Harbour
Library
By Stephanie Humblestone
Mrs. Yvonne Key, chairman of the
Marsh Harbour Community Library, is
still hard at work sorting and categorising
books. She welcomes any assistance
offered by willing members of the
community.


The RND Cinemas building is taking shape rapidly. Mr. Miaoulis expects the opening tc
be in the spring. Construction is by Williams and Sons Construction of Dundas Town.


Mrs. Key is also looking for tables,
chairs and children's furniture.
If you have any special knowledge of
book classification, computer input, or
indeed, any books, films, videos, or
magazine subscriptions you would like to
donate, please contact Yvonne Key at
367-2243.
The library is located at the Great
Abaco Clinic, the clinic where Dr. E.F.
Gottlieb practiced. Opening of the new
facility is scheduled for January but she
hopes, help permitting, to have it ready
by December.
Engagement Announced
Mr. and Mrs. Ivar Unhjem are
pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter Kelly Monique to Jonathan
Dam, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johan Dam.
The date of wedding has been set for
November 28th, 1998. Both families
reside in Marsh Harbour.
Community Awareness
Project
By Stephanie Humblestone
Residents of Abaco put your gardens
in order!
The Ministry of Tourism is planning a
Community Awareness Project 1997-
1998. This was proposed by the local
Abaco Tourist Office at a Local
Government Township Meeting for
Marsh Harbour and Spring City on the
20th of October.
It will take place next year. Awards
will be presented for the best kept yards.
New Airport Manager
By Stephanie Humblestone
Mr. Bobby Jones took over as airport
manager on the 1st of July this year
when long time manager, Mr. Victor
Russell, retired from the position.
Originally from Nassau, Mr. Jones has
0 lived in Abaco for the past eight years.


He brings to the job a strong academic
background and a great deal of
administrative experience. He is a
graduate in International Relations from
the University of Vilanova in
Pennsylvania and in Philosophy from the
University of Southern Louisiana in
Baton Rouge. He also attended a Labour
Administration course in Barbados.
Mr. Jones has already started to
improve the airport which he describes as
"a gateway to the treasures of Abaco."
He is concentrating his efforts on
cleaning the physical plant and in
"presenting a better public image of the
facility." In addition, he is implementing
more appropriate dress codes for baggage
handlers so that they are neatly dressed.
He explained that staff working
relationships are of paramount
importance so he is forging improved
links between all sectors of employees
and himself.
These are obviously early days and
Mr. Jones is "finding his feet." His ideas
are good. He is certainly a man of vision
who is enthusiastic about creating an
airport which will be equal to the ever
burgeoning tourist industry in Abaco and
herald the 21st Century.


Bobby Jones, Airport Manager


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A city takes more planning & thought


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There was a time when events in central
Abaco revolved around the settlement of
Hope Town. The commissioner, the police,
the head nurse, the Methodist minister and
other leaders were based in Hope Town.
Commerce and mail were essentially by
weekly mail boat. Those in a hurry could
take the eight passenger seaplane to
Nassau. This began as a monthly flight and
evolved into a daily service.
In 1959 two events changed this slow
idyllic pace. First, the airport opened in
Marsh Harbour and larger planes could
bring more than four times as many
passengers as the seaplanes could carry and
do it more efficiently. Mail now came
daily.
Secondly, Owens Illinois moved into
Snake Cay and began their logging
operation. They brought heavy commerce
to Abaco. Five hundred employees had
money to spend and local shops started
expanding. A larger benefit was the road
network they established. Those logging
roads were the foundation for most of the
present highway system. The road to
Cherokee and the road in Little Abaco are
two exceptions.
In 1960 the seat of government for
central Abaco moved from Hope Town to
Marsh Harbour.
At some point, probably in the early or
mid-sixties, Marsh Harbour outgrew its
"settlement" designation and became a
town with the shops and services one


Letters to

the Editor
Mr. Dave Gale
The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Preservation
Society
Dear Mr. Gale;
The other afternoon I was standing
back admiring our beautiful lighthouse
and thought that I should like to thank
you and your group for donating the
paint and labour to fix up the lighthouse
so nicely. I also appreciate your efforts
of working with the government to keep
our lighthouse operating manually as
opposed to automated.
Thanks so much.
Sincerely,
Deb Patterson


expects to find in a town.
During the next 30 years the central
Abaco area has grown by every indicator.
A fledgling tourism industry in the 60's
took root and began to grow in the 70's.
Short term visitors and winter residents are
now the main engine that drives the
economy.
The political system during this period
of rapid growth was all oriented in Nassau.
All government matters were determined
by those wise people in Nassau and looked
after by their local representative, the
commissioner.
In mid-1996 a switch was made to a
local government system with locally
elected and appointed councils, committees
and boards. Annual budgets are made
locally for approval in Nassau and funds
come for local disbursement.
Like a child on an allowance, there are
constant complaints of "not enough
money." At this stage of the local
government exercise, Nassau is holding the
purse strings.
At any moment during this 35-year
period, the change has been hard to see.
Much like the hour hand on the clock, it
never seems to move, yet each time you
look the hand is further along.
During this period the greater Marsh
Harbour area has continued to grow and
prosper and the word "city" is beginning to
be heard. There is no defining moment
when a town becomes a city. Certainly
Nassau and Freeport are cities. Marsh
Harbour may be straddling the fence
between a town and a city, but there is no
turning back as it rapidly advances toward
the next century.
Under the old system, local involvement
reached its peak each week with the arrival
of the mail boat. Our younger people may
not remember the mailboat and
wheelbarrow era but most of those now in
local government are products of that time.
We must stop looking out the window
waiting for the mailboat on the horizon and
wondering what it will bring. As the area
grows, so must we expand our thinking and
outlook.
With this advance to a city status comes
new and larger challenges to the local


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By Stephanie Humblestone
I had never considered the possibility
of my destiny being carved in stone until
I met Abaco contractor Godfrey
Ferguson.
I had gone to visit him at the new
Marsh Harbour Primary School on
Forest Drive where I had heard he had
an elusive lady mason as part of his crew
for the construction of a 470-foot
concrete wall.
"She's gone!" he said rather curtly,
reluctant to enlarge on the subject.
Fearing this might be an opportunity


for him to expound his views about
women on work sites, I started to move
off, politely bidding him good day. How
wrong I was!
"I like women," he called after me.
Well, I didn't doubt that! "On site," he
added. "Especially as these are the days
of after-five nails." I was arrested in my
tracks. I turned with a puzzled
expression. I've heard of after eight
mints. But after five nails? Some new
kind of hardware? The latest in small
metal spikes?
"They can work all day," and he
motioned towards his wall, "and then put
those new fangled nails on after five and
be ladies for the evening." I twigged. Of
course, he's right. Pardon the pun, but
he hit the nail on the head.
What followed was a passionate
outpouring of his feelings about women
on work sites, or rather the absence of
them. I was treated to stories of women
masons getting "big bucks," million
dollar contracts and our Floridian
counterparts excelling in this area. Well,
that did it!
"What about me?" I ventured, tongue
in cheek.
"What about you?" he replied.
"Will you give me a job?" I laughed.
He scanned me, a little too quickly I
felt and then came back with a very solid
"Sure!"
"No flirting! Be on time! No slacking


government structure. The councils, boards
and committees must devote more time and
energy to future needs and trends as
opposed to resolving current issues. As
Administrator Everette Hart says, "You
must begin operating like a supermarket,
not a petty shop."
Central government in Nassau is aware
of some shortcomings in the islands and
sponsors seminars and training sessions to
open the eyes and minds of our local
leaders. Remnants of the old system still
surface. Some of the governing bodies
administered by Nassau are reluctant to
share their authority. However, time is on
the side of change. As the old guard moves
on, newer and younger people will bring
new views and outlooks.
One of the greatest challenges facing the
local leaders is that of adjusting to the
future. Traffic and parking in downtown
Marsh Harbour is an example. Next month
prior to Christmas, every vehicle on Abaco
will be in Marsh Harbour, or at least it will
seem that way.
Businesses with marginal parking get by
most of the year. But marginal parking
creates problems with traffic flow during
busy times as bumpers of parked cars stick
out onto the road, as drivers try to back out
onto busy traffic and as frustrated shoppers
can't locate parking or park on our narrow
roads.
The BaTelCo office is an example of
this. Their attractive downtown office was
built in the early 60's on a little used side
street. Public parking is non-existent there
although it really did not matter. Cars park
in the street or in the vacant lot across the
street. This is common but as the vacant
lots in town are developed the parking
problem will become more acute.
Increasingly, owners of vacant lots are
barricading their land with fencing or
landscaping to stop the encroachment by
parked cars. This accentuates the need for
proper parking with each new business.
The public corporations are having their
own problems with our expansion. BEC
admits to having problems in keeping up
with the area's expanding electrical
demands. Much of Marsh Harbour is
limited by BaTelCo's ability to extend new


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phone service. The Water Corporation's
well field is beginning to be inside the
developed area of Marsh Harbour.
Town Planning spends virtually its entire
time passing plans. They must begin
looking two, five or ten years down the
road and begin the process of putting in
place a zoning plan. Road Traffic must
anticipate the needs of our community and
take action in planning an adequate road
network and traffic flow. In the new
subdivision, planning is easier as there are
no existing land owners to satisfy.
With all these growing changes, our
local government must look to the future.
Marginal exceptions to sound decisions
must not be allowed. The often heard
statement, "You allowed him to do it. Why
can't I?" must not be taken as authority to
perpetuate errors our children must live
with. The future needs of the town must
take precedence over the immediate "quick
fix."
The Council will have to take the
responsibility for nudging these appointed
boards requiring them to put their attention
toward the future, to making plans now to
be implemented gradually as needed and as
money is appropriated.
Money will continue to be a problem.
But with experience it will be easier to
present budgets which are backed up by
data to justify the requests. Central
government will not leave this area to
wither on the vine as it is an important part
of the overall economic puzzle. The area is
becoming an important center of
employment with attendant responsibilities
such as schools, phones and public health
as people move into the area. The early
morning "commuter" ferries are a sign of
this trend which now take Marsh Harbour
workers to Hope Town and other cays to
their jobs.
The local government bodies do not
have to do this planning process all alone.
Central government has experts in many
areas can be consulted to get ideas and to
work out details. But it is our local leaders
who must initiate the planning and who
must be innovative in finding solutions to
our growing problems.



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off!" he said sharply.
As. if!
I toyed with the idea of adding another
string to my bow or maybe another nail
to my coffin and dismissed it within
thirty seconds.
I suppose I will never know if he was
serious, diplomatic or facetious, like me.
What I am certain of is that Mr.
Ferguson was quite serious about training
any keen ladies and that he has a great
deal of confidence in women workers.
He believes they are "more reliable than
men when they apply themselves."
He could not see the logic of women
limiting themselves to sedentary jobs and
fast food restaurants when they could be
manually employed, broadening their
horizons, narrowing their hips and
tightening their "abs."
I agree. Why jump up and down at the
gym when you can be paid to keep fit. I
am not a great women's libber but I do
believe we should be expansive and
explore more areas of work place areas
which by tradition have been reserved for
men. In return, they are most welcome
in the kitchen.
So ladies, throw in the trowel! Give it
a go! Mr. Ferguson can be found, his
back to the wall, hard pushed to finish
the job without you. I have decided to
generously leave the job opening for you
and then secretly from afar bemoan the
fact that your "abs" are tighter than
mine!




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By Deb Patterson
My name is Deb Patterson. I was born
in Nassau in 1963. My parents, Jack and
Byrle Patterson, were also born in
Nassau. My mother's parents, Reggie
and Beulah Malone, were both born in
Hope Town. When I was four, my
family moved to Lubber's Quarters Cay
(an island one mile from Hope Town).
Although our house was out at Lubber's,
my family and I spent almost every day
in Hope Town.
Life in Hope Town in 1968 was
similar to life in Hope Town in the early
1800s. Population and economics were
comparable. I enjoyed growing up in this
peaceful community. In my twenties I
grew bored with the "peacefulness" and
left Hope Town and went to live in
Boston for a while. I lived away for five
years and came to realize that life in the
city was not as wonderful as I had
imagined it would be. So, in 1994 I
returned to Hope Town.
I returned, yearning for my peaceful
past only to find that everything had
changed. The population had grown and
the economics were booming from
tourism. It was quite a shock for me. I


became overwhelmed with a desire to
control any further changes so as to
protect my homeland from a complete
transformation.
In my passion to protect myself and
my home town, I wrote articles in this
very paper. I became interested in local
politics and often voiced my concerns. It
was my desire to help implement ideas
that could guide the growth in a manner
that would protect my community's
history and traditions. However,
somewhere along the line, I lost focus on
the positive and, in my confusion, I
became angry and began blaming
"outsiders" for the changes in my
community.
Yet, perhaps it was not the "outsiders"
who had perpetuated the changes. It
seems it was me and my fellow
community members who had
encouraged change in our own desire for
a different economic life. In fact, my


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family moving to Hope Town in 1968
was part of the change, as my Dad sold
real estate. My Dad (and others) sold the
property and the deed gave the new
owners access to this piece of property.
It did not give them access to my
community as only I (and others) can
give this away.
And, in the beginning, I did because I
was raised in a community of good moral
standards that taught us love and sharing.
However, by 1994 it seemed that some
of the people I had so graciously shared
my community with had decided that
they were the community now, and for
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taken. Or at least, this was my
perception.
So currently, it is my challenge to find
ways to embrace change. For me, the
biggest part of this is to learn how to
communicate with people who did not
grow up in Hope Town. Many of the
new homeowners see a lot of potential
for the future of Hope Town and they
often voice their ideas. I have had a hard
time accepting their ideas because I am
guilty of believing that God gave Hope
Town to me and my ancestors.
It is my challenge now to recognize
that no one's ideas can take my
community from me. I will only lose my
community when I myself give up on it.
And as I work through my acceptance of
this issue, I realize that it is my
responsibility to perhaps learn new ways
to share my island with all human
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School News


Hope Town School
By Candace Key
The fall season has been a busy one at
the Hope Town school. Thanks to Mrs.
Amy Key's Daniels Foundation and
green coupons from Solomon Brothers,
two computers have arrived at our school
ready for interactive CD-Rom, Internet,
desk-top publishing and all sorts of
curriculum connected opportunities.
Grade one is already busy interacting
with the famous children's book Chicka!
Chicka! Boom! Boom! on the computer.
The Hope Town Fire and Rescue
Department presented a very special
assembly to the entire school during Fire
Prevention Week. A special thank you to
Mrs. Bonnie Hall, a very professional


fire fighter and member of the Brigade
who even let us try on her equipment.
Mr. Clay Wilhoyte and Mr. David
Darville surprised us with a very
dramatic arrival at the school of the
brand new fire truck. All the students
climbed all over the shiny new truck,
inspecting its parts and pieces and asking
the fire fighters all kinds of great
questions.
Mr. John Beatty, a musician from
Vermont, came to our school and taught
us about the banjo and harmonica. The
students found the music very conducive
to foot tapping on the old wooden floor
of the historic hope Town school
building.
Hope Town school won the Let's Read


Hope Town Fire Brigade members Clay Wilhoyte and Bonnie Hall show off the town's
new fire truck to Hope Town school students.


Bahamas contest for Abaco last year and
our book report certificates arrived this
week. Our proud students have yet more
to be proud of, especially those whose
certificates were in the Special Merit of
Distinction category.
The Hope Town school PTA threw a
wonderful Harvest Party for our students
on the evening of October 29th. Mr.
Chester Thompson donates beautiful
books for prizes in the costume parade
and this year the books were wonderful
once again. The party was a huge success
for the entire community of hope Town.
The school is full of mementos from
the Scotland International Children's
Parliament. Please see the full article in
the Abaconian regarding the exciting trip.

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Farm Workers Given Tour of Florida Operation


Recently four Bahama Star Bahamian
employees were treated to a visit to the
company's offices and dock facilities in
Fort Pierce, Florida. While there, they
toured two of Bahama Star's parent
company's seven packing houses,
including the St. Lucie Packing
Company, which processes two million
cartons of citrus weekly in their main
export house. In these facilities, they had
an opportunity to see first hand how fruit
is processed into a premium product
which is then shipped around the world.
They also visited Fellsmere Farm's
14,000 acre grove operation where they
were able to observe how citrus growing
in Florida differs from the Bahamas.


The visit was part of Bahama Star's
on-going familiarizationprogram initiated
by Brian Weaver, the new General
Manager. The company's plan is to train
and develop all of its Bahamian
employees.
Bahama Star Farms is a large 2500
acre agricultural operation near Treasure
Cay which grows citrus for export. They
produce grapefruit, oranges, lemons and
limes which are shipped to Ft. Pierce,
Florida, where the fruit is graded and
packed for shipping all over the world.
The fruit from Bahama Star is shipped
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The fruit is shipped to Florida on their
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G. Bahama Guide Places 2nd

in Bonefish Championship


The First World Invitational Bonefish
Championship was held in George Town,
Exuma, in October and the one
Bahamian competitor, Henry Roberts
came in second place winning $15,000.
First place winner was Buck Buchenroth
of Jackson, Wyoming, who received
$35,000.
Mr. Roberts, from Grand Bahama, is
a certified commercial diver who won the
Bahamian championship in July. Prior to
that, each major island of the Bahamas
held a competition in April. Abaco's
winner was Maitland "Dundee" Lowe of
Hope Town.
The seven participants caught many
fish using fly rods but only a few fish
qualified as they had to be a minimum of


22 inches in length to be counted. The
four-day tournament used a catch and
release program to conserve the fish.
Exumians were not allowed to compete
but hosted the participants as guides and
were eligible for prize money. The
winning guide won $7500.
The seven entrants were from the
United States, the United Kingdom, Italy
and Japan as well as the single entry
from the Bahamas.
The tournament is sponsored by the
Ministry of Tourism to encourage sport
fishing throughout the islands and will be
held on a yearly basis. The second
championship will be held in Grand
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Florida. The farm employs 100 to 120
full time Haitians and close to 50
Bahamians.
Bahama Star Farms is owned by a


group from Fort Pierce with Mr. Bernard
Egan the principal owner. Since it is a
foreign owned farm, they are not allowed
to sell retail but can sell to wholesale
companies in the Bahamas.


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More School Happenings


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Abaco Central High
School
Texaco Makes Donation
Abaco Central High School was the
recipient of a generous donation by
Texaco Bahamas to be used for uniforms
for the school's basketball team. On
October 22nd Texaco officials presented
Principal Royann Swain with a check for
$2500 which will more than cover the
uniform cost of $2250. The Mighty
Marlins will now be named the Mighty
Texaco Marlins.
Texaco Bahamas responded to a plea
from Mrs. Swain. The basketball team
anticipates competing in the Vita Malt
Basketball Classic in Freeport the end of
October and the Hugh Campbell
Tournament in Nassau in February and
needed to spruce up their image with
new uniforms. The Texaco distributor on
Abaco, Abaco Petroleum, was very
prompt in replying and accepting the
challenge of being a partner with the
school.
Royal Bank Supports
Adopted School
Once again Royal Bank is assisting
their adopted school, the Abaco Central
High School. On October 24th, Miss
Rochelle Turquest, Customer Service
and Operations Officer at Royal Bank
Abaco Branch, presented a cheque in the
amount of $500 to Mrs. Royann Swain,
principal of the high school
These funds will assist the boys
basketball team with their expenses in the
Vita Malt Classics Basketball
Tournament to be held in Freeport on
October 27th to 31st.

Students Encouraged to
Continue Their Education
By Stephanie Humblestone
Mr. Roger Kelty from the Lyford Cay
Foundation gave a talk at both Abaco
Central High School and Forest Heights
academy on the 30th of October about
the Lyford Cay Foundation Technical
Training Scholarship.
He encouraged young students to
move away from traditional career
objectives towards technical careers,
pointing out that there is a need for a
highly trained work force in computer
science, engineering, mechanics, farming
and fishing.
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importance of an academic education but
to place importance on technological
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He gave students information about
career options, training facilities and
requirements for entry. As career
training in this area is limited within the
Bahamas, students need to apply abroad.
Mr. Kelty went on to say that if Abaco is
to be a world class tourist destination,
then it will require world class highly
skilled technicians.


Frederick Bain, 69, of Sandy Point
passed away and the funeral was held on
September 20th at Mt. Zion Baptist
Church. Officiating was Rev. Napoleon
Roberts assisted by Deacon Bain.
He is survived by his wife, Pleasant
Bain; seven children, Genevieve,
Vernice, Sherise, Kevin, Lensworth
Ellsworth and Kirkwood,; step-daughters,
Minerva and Willadene; grand children,
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Bootle where he was the head boy.
Wesley is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
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Subdivision Lots To Be Reasonably Priced


Subdivision
Abaco is priced out of th
ordinary citizens. The govern
to make land available for n
and those whose income is
intention is to provide lots
means of the average wo
expected that the lots will be
less than comparable lots in
sector.
The lots are for Bahamia
only for those who intend
immediately. Purchase requi
prevent land from being pi
speculation.
Roads, lights and wat
installed as well as sidewalks
Mr. Allen explained that the
work would have to be pass
purchasers. The funds recou'
be available for projects else
When asked, Minister A
lots would cost $.30 per sqi
the land plus the infrast
which is expected to total a]
$13,000. Financing will
through commercial ban
Bahamas Mortgage Corpora
The house and lot can
together for financing. Se
plans are available from the
However, lot owners can
own plans. Contractors are
be from Abaco but the
acceptable to the Ministry.
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Mr. Allen announced that there will be
FROMPage 1 a local Ministry of Housing Office in
ie range of Marsh Harbour within four weeks which
nment wants will primarily service this project.
new families The architect, Mr. Farrington,
limited. The explained that the subdivision would
s within the include open spaces, parks, recreation
)rker. It is areas, four church sites, an area allocated
at least 50% for government offices and two lakes
1 the private which are both recreational in nature and
serve as water drainage catchment
ns only and reservoirs. Lots are presently 80 by 150
id to build or 12,000 square feet.
rements will Central sewage disposal is not a part
purchased for of the project in order to keep the costs
down. Sewage disposal will be by normal
ter will be septic tank and drain field.
and phones. There was much discussion about the
costs of this proposed name, Dundymar New Town,
sed on to he for the subdivision. Those present were
ped will then unhappy about the name. Mr. Allen
-where. suggested that an open competition be
lien said the held to select the best name.
uare foot for During the open discussion period
ructure cost many question were asked. When asked
approximately when the lots would be available, it will
be available probably take six months to get the roads
ks or the and essential services in place.
tion. Contractors and developers will be
be packaged allowed to buy and build spec houses for
several house sale. The housing department will engage


government.
provide their
expected to
ey must be


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Page 16 The Abaeonlan November1997


G. Turtle Gets Advice on Historical Buildings


The Architectural Preservation
Foundation of Green Turtle Cay is
pleased to announce the completion of
the fieldwork phase of the historic survey
of the town of New Plymouth on Green
Turtle Cay.
The team examined one hundred forty-
nine structures in New Plymouth and
identified eighty of historic significance.
Each of the eighty was analyzed for
current use and architectural features.
Detailed scale drawings of three of the
historic structures have been prepared
and audio/video taped interviews of
townspeople with special knowledge and
memory of New Plymouth's history were
made.
The information gathered is now being
assembled at the Texas A&M College of
Architecture's Historic Resource Imaging
Laboratory for submission to the
Bahamas Department of Archives, the
Bahamas National Trust's Historic
Preservation Committee and the
Architectural Preservation Foundation at
New Plymouth.
This phase was conducted by a
volunteer team consisting of Prof. David
Woodcock, head of the Texas A&M
Historic Imaging Laboratory with four of
his graduate students and practicing
Preservation Architect, Mr. Jack Pybum
of Atlanta, Georgia.
Participating from Nassau was Dr.


Gail Saunders, Director of the
Department of Archives and Ms. Grace
Turner and Mrs. Kim Outten-Stubbs,
curators of the Pompey Museum,
Department of Archives.
The survey was made possible by the
generous gifts of local businesses,
citizens and visitors to Green Turtle Cay.
Funds remaining after completion of the
survey will be used to further historic
preservation in New Plymouth. It has
been well documented that historic
preservation efforts have an important
influence on tourism and community
pride. The cooperation and assistance of
donors and residents of New Plymouth
were deemed to be "outstanding" by the
highly experienced survey team.
This survey is the first of its kind to
be undertaken in the Family Islands. It is
a goal of the Foundation that its efforts
lead to the designation of New Plymouth
as a Historic District.
For further information regarding the
activities of the Foundation or to
contribute, please contact Mr. and Mrs.
David Bethell at 365-4234 or Mr. and
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Youth Activities


Scouting News
Leadership Seminar Held
By Huel Moss
The first annual Scout Leaders'
Conference was held in Nassau on
October 17th. Attending the conference
from Abaco was Assistant District
Commissioner Huel F. Moss, Jr. The
objectives of the conference were to set
out goals, discuss training needs and fine
tune leadership skills.
Mr. Moss received Leadership
Warrants on behalf of Drexel Major,
Gavin Bethel and Anwar Reckley, all of
the First Abaco Scout Troop; Denise
Simmons and Patrice Miller of the Sixth
Abaco Scout Troop and Joel Reckley of
the Third Abaco Scout Troop.
Two new Cub Scout Packs are being
planned for northern and southern Abaco
and should be in operation by the end of
the year.
Overnight Camp for Scouts
By Huel Moss
Twenty boys of the First Abaco Cub
Pack unpacked, sang, danced, cooked,
ate, drank, played, told stories, hiked,
swam and did some sleeping all within
24 hours. With their leader, Gavin
Bethel, the Cubs fulfilled requirements
for various proficiency badges. Lending
a helping hand on this one night camp
was Anwar Reckley, Assistant Leader of
the First Abaco Scouts and Patrol
Leaders Antwanya Miller, Clara Alcime,
Alicia Curry and Jasmaine Curry of the
Sixth Abaco Scout Troop. As it was the
boys' first camp, the area behind the
Anglican Parish Hall was used. Thanks
go to Father Chapman for his support
and cooperation.


As can be seen from the photographs,
the Cubs had a blast. The only
disappointment, according to the Cubs,
was that the camp was too short. Not
surprising, this sentiment was echoed by
their parents.
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Soon
The 28th Bahamas (Abaco) Company
of Boys' Brigade will celebrate its 25th
anniversary on November 9th. The
celebration will begin with a short
Remembrance Day ceremony at Dove
Plaza in Marsh Harbour at 10:30 a.m.,
followed by a march with the Boy Scouts
and Girls' Brigade to Aldersgate
Methodist Church for an Anniversary
Service. A luncheon will follow at the
Ambassador Inn.
The Boys' Brigade was founded in
Scotland in 1883 to help keep teenage
boys in Sunday School and is based on
religion and discipline. It is now found in
over 100 countries.
The 28th Abaco Company was
founded by Rev. Dr. Colin Archer in
1972 while he was Superintendent
Minister of the Abaco Circuit and he
continued it until 1975. It was revived in
1981 by Rev. Charles Carey and has
been active ever since. The Boys'
Brigade Band was formed in 1982 and
has performed for many functions.
Several members of the Company have
distinguished themselves in the Abaco
community and three recent graduates of
the Company are now in college.
The Boys' Brigade has always worked
closely with the Girls' Brigade. The
Girls' Brigade was founded by Rosie
Hudson and is now led by Capt. Angie
Collie.


Gavin Bethel, troop leader, enjoys an early morning swim with his Cub Scouts. Scouting
is growing fast in Abaco as more boys and girls find the activities appealing.


The First Abaco Cub Scout troop went on their first camping trip and enjoyed roosting
the hot dogs over the open flame. The one night trip was too short for such enjoyable
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Page18 The Abaconian November 1997


New Housing Subdivision Is Underway


Subdivision FROM Page 15
supplemental inspectors to ensure that all
construction is up to code specifications.
Mr. Turnquest of Crown Lands
mentioned that his office had 1400
applications now in his office to process
for Crown Land. He is hoping that this
project will absorb some of these
requests.
One suggestion from the group was
that the subdivision be zoned to ensure
that large investments in houses would
not be degraded by adjacent minimal


By Stephanie Humblestone
Many women availed themselves of
the gratis pap smear test held throughout
Abaco on the 18th of October. They
numbered 60 in Marsh Harbour, 47 in
Cooper's Town, 41 in Sandy Point and
21 in Moore's Island totaling 169
women.
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housing.
Accompanying the minister were Cecil
Stubbs, Permanent Secretary; Carlton
Blair, Director of Housing; Lorraine
Symonette-Armbrister, Acting Chief
Housing Officer; Gordon Major,
Contract Officer; Mr. Farrington,
Architect; Pat Evans, Chief
Superintendent; Darling Helm, Social
Services; and Ted Tumquest, Director of
Lands and Surveys.
Mr. Allen's meeting was primarily to
get input from the local community. He
wanted ideas on traffic flow, lot size,


Society's headquarters in Nassau, Dr. L.
Poitier, Dr. R. Davis, Dr. L. Dupuch
and Dr. D. Farquharson, visited Abaco
to carry out this very important cancer
test. They brought with them four
volunteer assistants.
The men's prostate test was poorly
attended so this will be repeated early
next year. The ladies' test is scheduled
again for the same time next year.


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Murphy Town Subdivision
There seemed to be some concern
within the department that many lots in
the new Murphy Town subdivision in the
vicinity of Tall Pines were requested by
members of one family. Someone in the
audience felt that if the applicant had the
money and was qualified, there should be
no restrictions.
Sandy Point Concerns
Mr. Allen with his team visited Sandy
Point. He was concerned that the
conditions which they found did not
match statements on documents which the
government is acting on.


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Harbour. They are responsible to clean the verges from the Government Clinic to the
airport roundabout. Shown above are past president Reg Patterson on the left and current
president Peter Sexton on the right. This means that the budget spent for roadside
cleaning can be used elsewhere. Local government would like to encourage businesses or
individuals to adopt other sections of road to do the work or to pay to have the work
done.

Cwrc News


Church Recognizes
Long Service
Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marsh
Harbour held a special service on
October 19th recognizing 16 years of
service by its minister, Rev. Charles
Carey.
Rev. Carey was appointed
Superintendent Minister of the Abaco
Circuit in 1981 and re-established the
Marsh Harbour congregation in 1985. He
founded Discovery Village in 1988 and
serves as principal of Wesley College,
which he founded in 1989. He has been
active in Boys' Brigade for many years,
founding companies on Eleuthera, Abaco
and Jamaica.


Re-Opening in Crown Haven
The Pentecostal Church of God in
Crown Haven has now re-opened after
being closed for eight weeks during
which time it was renovated and cleaned.
Rev. Burnell Parker, pastor of the
church, welcomes all members of the
community. There is a public worship
service on Sundays, a prayer meeting on
Monday, Bible study on Wednesdays
and divine worship on Fridays.
Over 10,000 people see the
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November 1997 The Abaconian Page 19


Holiday Musicals Are Planned

for G. Turtle C & Marsh Harbour


The Abaco Cultural Society will offer
two events in December 1997 for
presentation at the Garden Theatre on
Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay.
Michael McLean's The Forgotten
Carols will be offered on December 6th
at 7:30 p.m. It is a Christmas story with
songs. The carols are about characters
who played supporting roles in the
Christmas story. The role of John,
played by T.L. Brown, explains to Nurse
Chamberlain, played by Katie Duncan,
that these people "either been forgotten
,overlooked, misunderstood or ignored."
The characters are the Innkeeper, the
Shepherd, a childless woman, Joseph and
the Three Kings. In our contemporary
world there is a song sung by homeless
people and finally Nurse Chamberlain
finds her way home and writes her own
carol. Travis Neff plays the Narrator.
Joy Martone plays and sings several
roles.
As part of the Island Roots connection,


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The Forgotten Carols will be performed
at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West
on the 22nd of November.
This fine company of actors and
singers will perform a showcase of
musical solos and duets, monologues and
scenes on December 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Musical numbers include material from
Sunset Boulevard, Carousel, 110 in the
Shade and Chorus Line.
Included in the sat are Joy Martone
showcasing her new material, Katie
Duncan, recently returned from a singing
tour in England, James Mastin singing
about the sea and Peggy Hall selecting
the music and coaching the performers.
The Showcase and The Forgotten Carols
are under the direction of Sandra Riley.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for
children under 12 on sale at the theatre.
For further information contact Pat
Robertshaw 242-365-4252, Veronica
Saunders 242-367-3643 or the Albert
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North Abaco


Treasure Cay
Refurbishing of the
Spinnaker Restaurant
By Stephanie Humblestone
The Spinnaker Restaurant in Treasure
Cay is having a face lift. It will be
cleaned, completely repainted and
equipped with a separate dining room.
"The renovations will be finished by the
15th of December, which is the
beginning of the winter season," said
Vernon Russell, restaurant manager.
New carpeting is on the agenda for early
next year.
The restaurant, beautifully located
adjacent to the Treasure Cay Marina,
seats between 130 and 170 people, serves
breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Golf Course Needs TLC
By Stephanie Humblestone
The golf course in Treasure Cay is
equal to the best. The course was
designed by Dick Wilson, an American
golf course architect, and is of
championship level. It has narrow
fairways and bunkers which are
strategically placed to make it more
challenging.
Not all its members are winter
residents. Some players come from
Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay and
other communities on Abaco. There is a
growing interest in the game.
Mr. David Finlay, visiting from


London, said, "This is a beautifully
designed golf course, comparable to any
in the world but in need of a little tender,
loving care."
New Arrivals in Town
By Charmair Laroda
A bouncing baby girl was born on the
24th of September to Mr. and Mrs.
Drexel Bootle. She was named Drelexia
Latia Isabella Bootle. She was named
after her grandmother, the late Isabella
Bootle, who passed away a few days
after the birth. She is also the
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nevil
Kemp of Cedar Harbour.
On that same night Steve and Melanie
Pedican had their fourth child. They
named him Severiano Melik after
Severiano "Seve" Ballisteros, a famous
Spanish golfer. Seve is the grandson of
Beverly Smith of Cooper's Town and
Evelena Balliou of Black Wood.
Ms. Bootle Will Be Missed
By Charmair Laroda
Isabella Alice Bootle, aged 76, died at
her residence on October 4th. She is
survived by three daughters, Ruthmae
McIntosh, Melvern Cornish and Donna
Hudson; four sons, Everette, Elder
Albert, Inspector Welbourne and Drexel
Bootle; two sisters, Hester Kemp and
Methilee Bodie; four daughters-in-law,
Eleanor, Lantamae, Melrose and
vlanuletha Bootle; three sons-in-law,
Lerman McIntosh, Ornel Cornish and


One Bahamas Starts Nov. 28


One Bahamas will be celebrated this
year on November 28th to 30th and will
be coordinated by the Governor
General's office. Assisting will the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.
Sir Orville Turnquest is pleased that it is
becoming an important national event.
There will be flag raising, parades,
special church services and a particular
emphasis on involving children.
The chairman of the committee to
coordinate the events on Abaco is Mr.
Jackson McIntosh. He is planning a
parade in central Abaco for the 28th.
This will involve school children, special
interest groups, clubs and churches and
will start in Marsh Harbour and continue


to .the park next to the Abaco Central
High School. A Cultural Show is planned
for November 29th to be held at
Esmargeo Park in Mount Hope. On
November 30th the celebration will
conclude with a church service at St.
Mark's Baptist Church in Crossing
Rocks.
One Bahamas is an effort to bring
Bahamians together and to develop
national pride and a sense of patriotism.
The concept was developed in 1995 and
each year sees the celebration taking on
more importance. Sir Orville feels it is
most important for Bahamians to unite,
to transcend race, colour, politics and
religion.


Gary Hudson; eight adopted daughters;
one adopted son; sixty-seven
grandchildren; seventy-two great
grandchildren and numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.
Auntie Issie lived a relatively good
Christian life. She touched the heart of


Mrs. Isabella Alice Bootle


many she met and helped those in times
of need. She was an inspiration for the
young and old especially in the Treasure
Cay community. If an incident happened
to Aunt Issie like this, she would say this
short poem.
Don't weep for me,
For I've just gone to sleep,
But if you want to see me again,
Just live the Christian life like I did.
Cooper's Town
Ryan Reckley of Cooper's Town
passed away on October 31st after
sustaining fatal injuries in a traffic
accident on October 25th. Mr. Reckley
was riding a motor scooter when he was
involved in an accident with a pick-up
truck in Marsh Harbour. He was air-
lifted to Nassau but remained in a coma
from the time of the accident until his
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More News of the Cays


Cays


FROM Page 4


Hope Town
Big Hill Boxing Day Derby
Get ready for the second annual Big
Hill Boxing Day Derby to be held in
Hope Town on December 26th. This is a
competition of homemade boxcars
competing in junior and adult classes and
includes side by side timed racing, a
slalom course to test skills and a smash-
up derby finale.
There will be food and beverages, T-
shirts, trophies and prizes. All proceeds
go to Taylor Park.
For more information call Patrick at
366-0232 or Stafford at 366-0554.
Guana Cay
By Chere Pinder
I'm a firm believer that all things
happen for a reason. Even if we can't see
or understand the reason, our "Master
Designer" has it all planned out. Just
open your ears to hear and your eyes to
see. Seek and you will find, sooner or
later, the answer. No matter what the
outcome, you must make the best of the
situation.
This is one lesson I learned this
summer. I suppose we've all learned one
thing or another this summer that has
changed our life. Back the middle of
June I loaned a visitor my jeep as a golf
cart wasn't available. He headed for his
vacation home in the jeep. To his
dismay, he got lost, then stuck in the
mud as he circled to return to the village.
He walked to our house and as we were
walking back to the jeep site, my left
foot slipped in the mud and my knee
went out of joint. Excruciating pain! Yes,
I pushed the knee back in place. I was
flown to Pensacola, Florida, a few da) s
later and after CAT scans and numerous
MRI's I had surgery later that month.
Part of my knee cap was removed and
some surgical film was used to reattach
my muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Needless to say, I'm most grateful to my
family and the medical team who cared
for me. Four months have vaporized and
here it is the end of October.
Now that I'm home with Edmond,
Forrest, students and my island friends
and family, I can finish healing. There is
no place like home.
The community was saddened to lose
a dear friend, Hattie Sands, born in 1916
and died mid-October. Hattie Sands was
born in Man-O-War but moved to Guana
when she married Lester Sands. 'Ma
Hattie,' as she was affectionately called,
gave her love and spirit to all and helped
raise many children on this paradise
island. She rocked and sang many a
loving lullaby and gospel hymn to the
babes of this cay.
The year I started to teach here, Ma
Hattie cared for our five-month old
daughter. Thank you, Ma Hattie, again
for your love and direction. God bless.
She leaves behind to mourn thirteen
children: Barbara Sweeting, Clio Pinder,
Porter Sands, Thomas Sands, Peter
Sands, Carrol Sands, Marilyn Roberts,
Charles Sands, Jackie Cash, Agatha
Saunders, Bonnie Malone, Andy Sands
and Dale Sawyer; 39 grandchildren; 37
great grandchildren and 7 great, great
grandchildren; six sons-in-law, Johnnie
Pinder, Cassidy Roberts, Gary Cash,
Bruce Saunders, Andrew Malone and
Keith Sawyer; six daughters-in-law,
Gertrude, Paulette, Paulette, Linda,
Donna and Jackie and many many other
relatives and friends.
A Steak-Out fund raiser for the All
Abaco Regatta was held on the 1st of


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Coopers Town
Spring City
Green Turtle Cay
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Hope Town


Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
Nov. 1 to Nov. 1 5
Nov. 15 to Nov. 22
Nov. 22 to Dec. 5
Dec. 5 to Dec. 20
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The Bed and Breakf p


November. All gathered by the 'fig tree'
for an eventful day. Even though the
weather was uncooperative, the affair
was a success. With the help of the
community $1000 was raised. Local
businesses, Guana Beach Resort, Tom's
T Shirts, Nippers, Fig Tree Wine and
Spirits and Pinder's Real Estate made
donations and brought the total to $3000.
The Guana Seaside Gospel Chapel bids
greetings to John and Valerie Mitchell
visiting from Canten, Cardiff, U.K. Mr.













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and Mrs. Mitchell are having services at
the Chapel for one month. Nice to have
you back.
A surprise baby shower for Mrs.
Jackie Sands, wife of Andy Sands, was
given by Mrs. Charles Sands and Mrs.
Jimmy Sands. The shower was on the
25th of October at the home of Mrs.
Jimmy Sands. Everyone had a good time
and we anxiously await the arrival of
Baby Sands. Best of luck to Jackie, Andy
and Mindy.
Coming here in 1972, finding an
earthly, heavenly place, I fell in love.
Not only with the place but with my
husband. And now here it is 1997. Part
of our dream with others was to see our
island develop. Now we are finally
seeing development coming to Guana
Cay.
The Dolphin Beach Estate has
expanded to a resort. Well, here it is.
Probably the first Bed and Breakfast on
Abaco, if not in the Bahamas. The
Dolphin Beach Resort, managed by Brad
and Robin Wilson, will soon be open.


that offers souvenirs, cold-cut
sandwiches, pizza, drinks and other
snacks. For more island cuisine you can
visit Nippers, Guana Beach Resort or
Guana Seaside Village.
As the end of November nears may
we all give thanks for the blessings we
have in this life.
Welcome to all snow-birds returning
for the winter months.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!
Remember... This is the beginning of
a new day. God has given me this day to
use as I will. I can waste it or use it for
good. What I do today is important,
because I'm exchanging a day of my life
for it. When tomorrow comes, this day
will be gone forever, leaving something
I have traded for it. I want it to be gain,
not loss; good, not evil; success, not
failure; in order that I shall not regret the
price I paid for it.


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Page 22 The Ahaconlan November 1997

Recycling Advice Given at Meeting


By Stephanie Humblestone
The Abacos seem to magnetically
attract interesting people. Some, like
Mike Fairman from Brunswick, Georgia,
and living part time in Hope Town, work
quietly in the wings for the future good
of these island.
Mike, who has been coming to the
Bahamas for fifteen years, owns a scrap
recycling company back home called
Glynn Iron and Steel Company. A family
concern, he employs 25-30 and has thirty
years experience in the business of
buying aluminum, copper, brass and
iron. These and other metals are taken by
rail to steel mills all over the Eastern
United States to be melted down and
recycled.


In the United States a high percentage
of raw material needs are composed of
recycled metals such as iron, steel,
cooper, aluminum, lead, zinc and
stainless steel. The recycling of such
materials and others which would
otherwise be deposited in landfills results
in enormous energy saving as well as
conserving valuable raw material. In
addition, it contributes greatly to a better
environment.
Mike Fairman along with Pat Smith
from Casuarina Point are working
towards seeing this happen in the
Abacos. Mike is kindly acting in an
advisory capacity. He would like to get
rid of all those broken down cars and
junk which line the roadsides throughout
these islands.


Abaco Teacher Wins Literary Prize


Abaco Central High School teacher
Jack Hardy was honoured in Nassau on
the 27th of October at the announcement
of the winners of the Commonwealth
Foundation Short Story Competition for
1997. He was named one of the
Caribbean regional runners-up for his
entry of a short story entitled Goats and
Corn.
Abaco's Mr. Hardy was one of 26
regional winners of the world-wide
competition along with Graham
Thordarson, another Bahamian writer
from Nassau.
The competition is open to entries
from all Commonwealth countries and
this year there were 3,000 entries with
263 coming from the Bahamas. The top
winner received 2,000 and the four
regional winners each received 200.
The remaining entries were awarded
100 each, which Mr. Hardy received.
During the live announcement on
ZNS-1 Mr. Carl Bethel said he felt very
proud that two Bahamians had placed so

Going Bananas!
By Stephanie Humblestone
Mosquito bites this time of the year
can literally send you bananas.
However, there is a new cream
available in the United States called
Exorex. It was developed by a South
African businessman by the name of Piet
Meyer, who observed Zulu warriors
applying mashed banana skin to mosquito
bites.
With the swarms of mosquitoes now
on our shores, we will all be smelling
like bananas which wouldn't be bad.
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A lunch reception followed the
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Mr. Hardy related that his entry, a
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Mr. Hardy added that his entry into
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short story writing as she wanted to enter
the competition. After giving Larhue all
the help he could, Mr. Hardy realized
that his old story Goats and Corn fitted
all the criteria for the competition, so he
typed it up and sent it in.


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November 1997 The Abaeonian Page 23


The Abaco Rage Is Refitted

Rage FROM Page 1 and the tip gold leafed. Completely new
rigging was installed.
first but finally agreed to sell. So dear On Saturday, the first of November,
was it to Man-O-War that Administrator with much of the work done, THE
Hart likened its sale to "Hope Town RAGE was lowered to the water from its
selling its lighthouse!" dry dock at Lighthouse Marina. Midst
Funding the purchase and renovations much celebration it was towed through
began immediately with a community Hope Town Harbour to the public dock
effort equal to none. What lay ahead was where a fund raising party followed.
a mammoth task in terms of physical Spectators lined the docks and cheered as
labour and beating the clock to get the it passed. The proceeds from the sale of
work boat ready for the Abaco Regatta conch salad, cookies, sodas and other
on November 6th to 8th. The people of goodies went towards the purchase of the
Hope Town pulled together, giving time boat, which is paid for in part, and for
and money to complete the restorations, renovation materials.
The mid-section was torn out as the Administrator Hart was present at the
decks and mast were rotten. Two RAGE'S debut and cut the ribbon. He
bulkheads were removed and two praised the community of Hope Town for
stringers replaced. The pries were its foresight and perseverance. "You
repainted and a new pry bar put in. The shocked us all in Harsh Harbour," he
decks were framed, fibreglassed and said. "This is a huge social and
sealed. "We don't want to do it every six community effort."
years so we are making a thorough job of As light faded and the early winter
it," said Chris. The hull received a coat evening drew in, the ABACO RAGE,
of epoxy resin and the soft spots were her day excursion over, was returned to
sealed off. Work was done to the bottom Lighthouse Marina for continuing work,
of the boat to prepare it for painting. The her pretty mast added and final
mast and boom were stripped, the candy preparations made for entry in the first
striped symbol of the lighthouse painted annual Abaco Regatta.

Reservists Graduate with Much Pomp


.Reservists FROM Page 1
When the reservists have their
uniforms on, they have the same powers
of the regular police. The police
reservists were formed to assist police
and are trained in all areas which regular
police are schooled in.
Mr. B.K. Bonamy, Commissioner of
Police, addressed the graduates,
commenting on the phenomenal growth
of Abaco and the need for cooperation
between the police and the community.
He emphasized the need for community
policing and felt that the reservists will
be an important element in this effort.


The community can be a major help
through neighborhood watch groups and
individuals reporting what they see and
hear.
Mr. Bonamy explained that the
government was considering several
improvements including insurance for the
reservists while on active duty, an
increased stipend for their services, a
driving course making them eligible to
drive police vehicles and real fire arm
training.
Mr. Bonamy left us with the thought:
A community against crime is a
community without crime.


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November 1997 The Ahaconian Page 25


Five Local Youth Attend Meeting in Scotland


By Candace Key
Five Abaco students joined 30 other
students from India, South Africa,
Antiqua and Barbuda, Canada, Scotland,
Wales, Ireland and England to produce
the Children's Bill of Rights for all
Commonwealth Youth. They worked for
four days on statements and visual
messages to portray their concerns in five
areas:
1. Freedom
2. Safety
3. Having Their Say
4. Caring for the Environment
5. Identity and Belonging
The students who were fortunate to go
on the trip were Larence Arnett from
Abaco Central High School, Wilfred
Curry and Felicia Curry from S.C.
Bootle, Seanna Dames from Amy
Roberts and Corey Engle from Hope
Town School.
Artists and designers assisted the youth
and their adult companions in producing
five 10-foot tall panels that were put on
display in the Commonwealth Centre for
all the Commonwealth Heads of
Government to view as they passed to
their Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meetings. Earlier in the
week this group of youth had officially
opened the Commonwealth Centre in a
media-packed ceremony.
Hope Town's Corey Engle, the
youngest member of the entire group,
was chosen to present the panels at the
dedication by British Prime Minister
Tony Blair and CHOGM Chief Anyoxo.
What an honour! Mr. Blair and Chief


Anyoxo spent a long time with the kids
and showed deep interest in their work.
Presidents and prime ministers from
Antiqua and several other nations came
to talk with the youth as well as Robin
Cook from Britain. Mr. Arthur Faulkes,
High Commissioner from the Bahamas,
represented the Bahamas' ten person
delegation to view the panels and
children's requests.
Bahamian children were all leaders in
their respective groups and did well in
their presentations and deportment classes
where they all learned how to meet and
greet dignitaries. They have all been
interviewed and filmed for BBC TV and
radio. We have some of the tapes.
The invitation for the Bahamian group
to attend came as a result of Morgan
Engle winning of a Commonwealth
Children in Scotland art contest.
Morgan's brother Corey attended the
prize-giving ceremony and received
Morgan's prize from Graca Machele,
Nelson Mandela's companion.
The event turned into one of the most
popular for media because, to quote a
BBC video filmer, "Kids are much more
interesting than these leaders!" Morgan's
cut paper design was chosen as one of
three (out of over 500 entries from
throughout the Commonwealth) to be
reproduced as a card for several
agencies' use.
The children also toured London,


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Sir .rthur Faulkes and two students from the College of the Bahamas, also in Edinburgh Graca Machele and Baroness Schmidt present the prizes to the winners of the art contest.
for a students' conference, pose with the Abaco contingent after viewing their work for. (Corey Engle represented brother Morgan).
children's rights.


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Still sleepy-eyed, the Abaco children woke with a surprise their
first day of the Conference to a bagpiper marching up and
down their halls playing!


Listening to their personal recorders explaining the mystery of The final thrill of their trip was for Larenz
Stonehenge and bundled up against the cold! Located in a Arnett and Corey Engle to win their flight's
simple sheep pasture on top of a hill, Stonehenge silently Halloween Art Contest. They are seen here
guards her regal mystical history. with Capt. Chris and his crew.


All photos by Candace Key Working hard in the City, Ar Centre to get the Children
Curry from Cooper's Town works on her Bahamian flag.


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Page 26 The Abaconian November 1997


AARK Continues Their Spay & Neuter Program


By Molly Roberts
On September 26th and 27th Abaco
Animals Requires Kindness, in
conjunction with the Community Animal
Hospital, sponsored the third AARK spay
and neuter clinic of 1997. With the help
of volunteers, Dr. Val Grant and Laura


Turtles
By Dan McCully
Probably everyone has read or heard
about fishing line being a hazard to
animals and sea life.
Reading about it is not the same as
seeing a beautiful Man-O-War bird
washed up on shore with a big tangle of
fishing line on it feet. Many times these
birds and many others struggled for a
long time and died a very hard death.
I had heard about these stories and
have seen a lot of birds tangles in lines.
Some I was able to find alive and cut the
lines off. Until a few days ago I had
never seen a sea turtle tangled in lines. It
is not a pretty sight. About a hundred
yards of 50 pound test nylon was
wrapped around what was left of a
floating Loggerhead or Green Turtle that
had probably been three or four years
old.


Lynn Weatherford, over 34 dogs and cats
were treated.
Special recognition is given to Cheryl
Laurence for her efforts on behalf of
Abaco's animals. Through her efforts
and with AARK's financial support,
Cheryl organised a spay and neuter clinic


& Birds
I really believe most people care about
nature and do not purposefully try to
destroy animals that are not for food.
We need to be very careful when
emptying ice bags into coolers so they
don't blow overboard where they can
choke turtles when they are mistaken for
jellyfish.
Beer and pop plastic holding rings are
also traps to animals and birds. Keep a
bag securely tied to use for trash and
line.
When going ashore, take a couple of
trash bags with you.
It doesn't hurt very much to pick up
other people's trash that was carelessly
left behind either, and it sets a good
example for adults and children alike.
We all need to take good care of our
world; it's the only one we have.


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with the generous help of Dr. Owen
Hanna of the Caribbean Veterinary
Health and Healing Centre. On
September 23rd and 24th when they were
able to spay and neuter 18 animals, nine
of which were paid for by AARK.
Although a majority of the animals
brought into the Community Animal
Hospital were spayed or neutered,
several had to be rescheduled for later
dates due to health problems which
would have held the animals at high risk
for surgery. AARK and Marsh Harbour's
veterinary health care givers strongly
urge pet owners to see that your pets are
fed a healthy diet, given water and
bathed regularly with a parasite
prevention shampoo. If you take good
care of your pet, your pet with take good
care of you.
Abaco Towns-by-the- Sea is making a
concerted effort to control the cat and
dog population at their resort by
humanely trapping the animals and
having them spayed or neutered.
Unfortunately four cats trapped and
brought in for the AARK clinic tested


positive for feline immune deficiency
virus and/or feline leukaemia and had to
be put to sleep. These diseases are wide
spread among stray cats in our area and
are highly contagious. Cat owners, please
have your felines tested for these
diseases.
Dogs are at risk from parasites: hook
worm, tape worm, heart worm and the
more rare whip worm. Dog owners,
please have your animals tested for these
parasites. There are medicines to protect
against and prevent these often fatal
conditions. A future article will outline
and define these life-threatening
conditions and how pet owners can
protect their animals against them as well
as tips on feeding and caring for your
pets.
To the many volunteers who helped,
THANK YOU. AARK can't do it
without you.
AARK is planning another spay and
neuter clinic for November 15 and we
ask for community support in our efforts
to humanely control the population of our
animal friends.


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Dr Ronald Wilson- Treasure Cay's Resident Physician


By Stephanie Humblestone
Dr. Ronald Wilson has an impressive
medical office in Treasure Cay and an
equally impressive background. He was
born and brought up in Georgia where he
studied medicine at the Medical College
of Georgia. His main discipline was
Obstetrics and Gynaecology but he also
worked in Emergency Medicine and
Family Practice in Florida.
His first trip to the Bahamas was over
thirty years ago and this was followed by
many return visits. Prior to Dr. Wilson
taking over the already existing clinic in
Treasure Cay in 1988, there had been no
medical doctor there for two and one half
years. Patients would go to Dr.
Mendelson in Green Turtle Cay or Marsh
Harbour for medical services. Hence,
there was an obvious niche which was
crying out to be filled.
In May 1996 the doors were opened to
what is now The Corbett Medical Centre,
a 1500 square foot state-of-the-art
medical facility which is situated behind
the Community Centre. For the residents
of Treasure Cay this was a dream come
true and for Dr. Wilson a clinic worthy
of his rich medical background and
expertise. The clinic was a response to a
community need and funded by residents
of Treasure Cay.
On entering the Corbett Medical
Clinic, one is immediately struck by the
spaciousness of the surroundings. Local
art tastefully graces the walls and
welcomes patients. The waiting area has
the traditional sliding glass counter
behind which is a busy office reception
area buzzing with computers, telephones
and fax machine. Two staff are employed
there with part-time help from Dr.
Wilson's ~ ifc. This leads to a long
corridor off which are many rooms, all
immaculately kept and reflecting a well
organised doctor. "Military organises
oneself," said Dr. Wilson, who had
already given some indication of this
aspect of his personality by tidying the
magazines upon greeting me!
It was rather like opening a Christmas
present as we entered each room. It was
a surprise to discover what was behind
each door. Having worked seven years in
my husband's medical clinic in Nassau,
I was fully appreciative of a good
medical set-up. There were four
examining rooms, one gynaecological
room, an x-ray and dark room, a surgical
area with a high powered light for
suturing, a large lab which has the
capacity to handle sophisticated' blood
work, a comprehensive pharmacy and a
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hypoglycemia and pre-natal care.
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support his practice such as an EKG
machine, x-ray machines and a pulse
oximeter for measuring the oxygen level
in the blood.
At the far end of the clinic is Dr.
Wilson's consulting office, strategically
placed for patients' privacy. There he has
a couch, chairs and a comfortable area
for his patients and himself.
Because of his relatively isolated
geographical location, he treats a cross-
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illnesses. Occasionally he will accompany
a patient who needs to be flown to the
United States. Whenever possible he will
keep the medical care in the Bahamas
which he feels merits a great deal of
confidence.


Early in my interview with him, it
became obvious that he had a wealth of
experience, having worked extensively in
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wishing to place more emphasis on the
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Key West Celebrates Its Island Roots


The weekend of September 26th to
28th saw a number of Abaconians
enjoying a full schedule of celebrations in
Key West. Why Key West? This most
southerly city of the United States has
ties with the Bahamas particularly New
Plymouth to which it was officially
twinned some years ago. This historic
event was celebrated at Green Turtle Cay
under the theme Island Roots Festival. It
therefore follows that the Return to
Island Roots Festival should be at Key
West.
Organizers arranged for an almost
continuous list of entertainment and other
cultural activities. These included craft
exhibitions, cooking and dance
competitions, a street parade and a
seven-foot diameter Key Lime Pie,
theoretically capable of meeting the
demands of a thousand tasters. The only
flaw in the programme was the lack of
cooperation by the weather.
The principle event was the dedication
of a Sculpture Garden and the unveiling
of massive 3500 pound sculpture which
commemorates the era of the "wreckers."
This dramatic work not only
demonstrates the artistry of the sculptor,
James Mastin, but also portrays that
neglected aspect of the wreckers' work -
lifesaving. This monumental work
requires little imagination on an
observer's part to appreciate that these
men frequently put their lives at risk
while saving those of others in this
instance it is a small girl we see lashed to
her rescuer's back while traversing a

Cable Bahamas
Comes to Abaco
By Stephanie Humblestone
It's here! It's real! Cable television is
a reality for many residents of Abaco.
Already at least sixty-five per cent of
Marsh Harbour has this service where
installations now number twenty five per
day. Shortly, according to Mr. Erik
Russell of Cable Bahamas in Nassau, the
whole of Marsh Harbour will "be hooked
up" and the installation team will then
move to Dundas Town and all
settlements as far as Green Turtle Cay.
They will be using fiber-optic cable
underwater to reach Green Turtle Cay,
Man-O-War and Hope Town. The cable
is all ready laid to Green Turtle Cay.
Cable Bahamas crews will begin soon
with connections in Cooper's Town. By
the end of the year they expect to
complete this phase of their installations
on Abaco, supplying cable television
from Spring City to Cooper's Town.
Plans are underway to service the
whole of Abaco, all the way from Sandy
Point in the south to Crown Haven in the
north. Mr. Russell is optimistic that this
will be accomplished by the first quarter
of next year. He explained that undersea
cable costs are as high as $10,000 and
must therefore be justified by an area
which has approximately 100 households.
Presently there are 35 accessible
channels which include major networks
such as Showtime, The Learning
Channel, Discovery Channel, U.S.A.
Network, Turner Classic Movies, TBS,
A&E, and BBC World. "However,"
stressed Mr. Russell, "there is a potential
for 125 channels as this is not a limited
service." He envisages The Family
Islands eventually enjoying the ninety-
two channels available in Nassau.
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sinking boat's deck.
When our thoughts turn to Sculpture
Gardens, on Abaco we immediately focus
on the works of James Mastin, long-time
friend of our most notable artist, Roland
Alton Lowe and his memorial to the
Loyalists at Green Turtle Cay.
Mallory Square in the heart of down
town Key West is the site of the
Sculpture Garden. In this quiet secluded
portion of the park there are now twenty-
three bronze busts of some of the more
prominent figures in Key West history. It
should come as no surprise that one can
find among these figures several well
known Bahamian names. In truth, it is
impossible for an Abaconian not to feel
at home in this city which abound in
names like Curry, Lowe, Sands, Roberts,
Cornish and Sweeting.
It is hoped that the efforts of these two
artists, James Mastin and Alton Lowe,
and those who have similar interests in
capturing for posterity our unique
heritage, will continue to prosper and
enjoy the recognition they so richly
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Hypertension or high blood pressure is
that level of blood pressure where
investigation and treatment do more good
than harm. Here in the Bahamas it is
extremely prevalent, afflicting about 25
percent of the adult population or about
60,000 people. It is a dangerous
condition since most patients do not have
obvious symptoms and would only get
medical help when it is too late, ie with
severe complications stokes and heart
attack. Since it is often a symptomless
condition, screening is vital.
For many years the accepted cut off
point for high blood pressure was the
World Health Organization (WHO)
definition of greater than 160 mm hg
systolic and less than 95 mm hg diastolic.
Hypertension, in turn, was divided into
three grades: mild (95-104), moderate
(105-114) and severe (115 or greater).
In 95 percent of those affected the
cause is unknown and we call this
essential hypertension although now
alcohol ingestion, obesity and an increase
of salt intake may play an important part.
The remaining five percent which is
called secondary hypertension is due to
kidney problems, endocrine diseases,
pregnancy induced or drugs such as
steroids like the popular bleaching
creams.
There are five areas of life style in
which change has been shown to be
clearly associated with a reduction in
blood pressure.
A. Weight reduction: The benefits of
weight loss on blood pressure has been


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well known for many years. A loss of
five to ten percent of body weight in the
obese patient can lower blood pressure as
much as a single drug therapy.
B. Exercise: Although initially exercise
produces an acute risk in blood pressure
and pulse, this gradually falls with steady
exercise and eventually repeated exercise
is associated with improved fitness.
C. Diet: The essential components of a
hypertensive diet are very similar to
those of a diabetic diet and differ very
little from what is considered a healthy
diet for the rest of the population. The
main points are reduction in sodium
intake, reduction in fat, particularly


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Bahamas Property Management invites
the public to view their five new homes in
Long Bay Subdivision near Crossing
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21st from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The
developer, Mr. Walter Hachcorn of
Bahama Property Management will be
there to answer question.
Construction is by interlocking vinyl
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The panels are assembled on site and then
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The houses are in the Island Homes
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The 5ilen: Epidemic


saturated fats and an increase in fibre
(fruits and vegetables) and potassium.
D. Reduction of alcohol intake from high
levels to modest levels (not more than 1 -
2 drinks a day) reduces blood pressure
and stopping smoking decreases heart
attack risk.
E. Stress and emotional factors: There is
evidence of modest effects of meditation
prayer and humor in lowering blood
pressure. In spite of strong claims linking
stress with blood pressure, the puzzling
term stress is difficult to quantify and
these elements of living need further
evaluation.
The therapeutic treatment or drug


therapy will be dealt in a separate article.
Finally, the management of
hypertension centers around
careful measurement and accurate
evaluation of blood pressure
healthy life styles, focusing on
increase in exercise, reduced salt, fats
and alcohol, increases in dietary fibres
and potassium, not smoking, weight
reduction in the overweight and other
aspects of physical, mental and spiritual
well being
-rational drug choices
finally, education of doctors,
patients, the lay public and our health
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Percy Archer Reflects on The Past


By Stephanie Humblestone
It is said that a picture is worth a
thousand words but on this occasion I
beg to differ!
I gleaned more from an afternoon
talking with Mr. Percy Archer, owner of
the Ambassador Inn, than ever I would
have gazing at pictures of old Marsh
Harbour. Over a beer, smiles and
laughter he took me on a journey back
through time for a peep at what it was
like fifty years ago when he was a lad
growing up in Marsh Harbour.
When I asked Mr. Archer if he would
agree to an interview, he was
immediately receptive and invited me to
join him at a table in his spacious
restaurant. I began to phrase my first
question but he spoke first. Quite
obviously he intended to take charge of
the interview which was fine with me. He
had lived a lot of years and had a lot to
say.
"I was born here in Marsh Harbour in
the heart of the city and the edge of the
sea," he proffered.
Stephanie: "How has Marsh Harbour
changed over the years?"
Mr. Archer: "In a word 'Drastically'"
(I mistakenly construed this to be a
negative comment)
Stephanie: "Would you like to enlarge
on that?"
Mr. Archer: "In all respects. It has
improved in every way. About thirty-five
years ago the boat came in and we had a
wooden pier with a hoist which we used
for hauling freight. Then in 1962 they
built the dock and that made such a
difference. Now progress has outgrown
the dock."
Stephanie: "What is your line of
business, Mr.. Archer ?"
Mr. Archer: "I am a builder and
contractor and I've been successful. All
my adult life I've been doing
construction. In 1973 I built this hotel. It
has six rooms and the restaurant can seat
fifty people."
Stephanie: "Is your family from here?"
Mr. Archer: My grandfather, Captain
Robert Archer, was one of the leading
persons on the island. He did sponge
fishing and during that time he had five
vessels and one hundred dinghies."
Stephanie: "Was he successful?"
Mr. Archer: "He certainly was; he was
a prosperous man. After giving up
sponging, he went into boat building and
then in the late thirties and early forties,
he ventured into farming."
Stephanie: "What stands out most in
your memory about him?"
Mr. Archer: "I was about twelve years
old and standing close to him. At the
time he was working as a boat builder.
Some people approached him and asked
him if they could hire him as a carpenter.
He made a reply which stuck with me all
my life. "No man hires Robert Archer."
And he meant it. I thought then I would
be like him and I have. No one hires me.
I'm seventy in June."
Stephanie: "Would you like to share
one of your stories with me. I'm sure you
have many?"
He needed no urging.
Mr. Archer: "In my early twenties I
was living in Nassau. My Uncle Beechen
Archer had a boat here in Marsh Harbour
named EXCEED." In those days there
was no dry dock so the boat was put on
the side of the rocks; and when the tide
went down, they cleaned it off. The
ballast was taken out to make the boat
lighter. Just as this was being done, an
American gentleman passed by, saw the
ballast had been removed and asked if he


Mr. Percy Archer


could buy the boat. My uncle was a little
surprised but pleased and immediately
agreed to sell. The man took the boat
away and later returned it, but the ballast
was gone. The ballast was in 50 pound
squares of gold ingot.
"You see he had no further need for
the boat but went off happily with just
the ballast."
Stephanie: "That's a great story, Mr.
Archer."
Mr. Archer: Would you like to hear
another?"
I nodded, realizing that he was
enjoying sauntering back through the
years, and I was equally enjoying
listening.
Mr. Archer: "Another uncle, Captain
Sherwin Archer, left sponging and went


back and forth to Nassau carrying freight,
groceries, furniture and building
materials. He started out with one boat
which had been a sponging boat and
made a couple of hundred trips on a sail
boat called ARENA.
He paused and pointed proudly to a
picture of it on the wall of the restaurant
adjacent to the bar.
"After that," he continued, "he bought
a motor boat called TROPICAL TRADER.
Oh, this must have been in the early
fifties and then after that a big freight
boat called the ALMETA QUEEN. By this
time he had given up going to sea. His
mate was Captain Garnett Archer, my
brother, and he stayed with him until he
sold it to David Lowe from Green Turtle
Cay. Sadly the ALMETA QUEEN, she
was 120 feet long, sank on the way back
from Nassau. The crew had forgotten to
close the portholes! After she sank, my
brother bought the DEBORAH K I and
then DEBORAH K II before he retired."
Stephanie: "Are these better days
now?"
Mr. Archer: "The world won't stand
still. Those tifies were good. It's better
now in some ways but it's so expensive
and everyone is hankering after the
Almighty Dollar. There's not so much
friendship. We don't find time for
'conversating.' When we were small, we
didn't go to bed without seeing our


grandparents. I've got five children and
ten grandchildren. We don't see people as
much as we used to."
Stephanie: "Were people kinder then?"
Mr. Archer: "People were definitely
kinder then. They listened to each other
more and everyone was one another's
friend. You could correct a child. Now
the parents come after you."
Stephanie: "I see you have a large
FNM poster on the wall of the bar, Mr.
Archer. Now that we have a new
government, what would you like to see
for the good of Abaco?"
Mr. Archer: What I would most like
to see is for Mr. Ingraham, now he has
reached the peak of his career, to take
care of the people who were instrumental
in bringing him to power."
Stephanie: "Is there anything you
would like to add to this interview?"
Mr. Archer: "I was one of the first
Bahamians to come on CNN five years
after Independence of the Bahamas. I was
on 20/20 talking about Independence. I
went with Sir Lynden Pindling to
England to the House of Commons in
London in 1973 to listen to the debate on
Independence. We had Gordon Hudson,
now deceased, Edison Key, Cecil Mills
and Everett Archer with us. It was an
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Matrimonial & Divorce Law in the Bahamas


Article III
"Dividing up the Property"
by Rhonda Hull

This is the third and final article in a
series of articles which have appeared in
The Abaconian on Matrimonial and
Divorce Law in The Bahamas.
When a couple decides to get a
divorce, they need to consider how to
split up tme matrimonial property, make
provision for accommodations for each
party and make adequate living and
financial arrangements for the children of
the marriage.
When the court grants a divorce, it
can make an order for periodical support
payments to be made to one of the
spouses or it can order a lump sum
payment to be made. When deciding how
to divide up the family property and
make support payment orders, the Court
will have regard to all of the
circumstances of the case including the
following matters:
1) the income, earning capacity, property
and other financial resources which each
of the parties to the marriage has or is
likely to have in the foreseeable future;
2) the financial needs, obligations and
responsibilities which each of the parties
to the marriage has or is likely to have in
the foreseeable future;


Scotland


FROM Page 25


Edinburgh, Paris and were the guests of
Sir Peter and Lady Anne Horsley, yearly
visitors to Hope Town, at their English
country home in Salisburg where they
experienced legendary Stonehenge. The
group were guests in the home of Leo
Fitzpatrick in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Daughter Gwen Fitzpatrick and friend
Andrew Douglas were their official
guides of Newcastle's cathedrals, castles
and its famous quayside (pronounced
key-side) historic area. The Fitzpatricks
are also residents of Hope Town.
They attended plays, concerts (sitting
200 feet from Prince Charles), museums,
spent a day in the Scottish highlands, saw
the Queen, made wonderful new friends,
laboured over changing money into
pounds and francs and went to bed
exhausted to wake up excited again.
On the flight home to Miami from
London on Halloween Day, the pilot
announced a on-board art contest -
Halloween theme for children 12 and
under. The 300+ passengers clapped
loudly as Corey Engle and Larence
Arnett were announced as winners. They
received nice prizes and, upon arrival,
posed with the captain and crew for
pictures.
The program was sponsored by the
TASC Agency of Edinburgh. Cathy
McCullock and Colin Morrison are
TASC directors and they produced the
program as a step in developing a
permanent children's parliament for
Commonwealth children.
The trip was made possible by a grant
from Sir Nicholas Nuttall, Chairman of
Bahamas Reef Environmental Educa ional
Foundation of Nassau. BREEF's motto is
Goodwill in Action. This foundation has
educated many Bahamian teachers in the
art of teaching environmental education
and has sponsored many activities and
contests (most recent was the students'
designing stamps for the International
Year of the Reef) throughout the


3) the standard of living enjoyed by the
family before the breakdown of the
marriage;
4) the age of each party to the marriage
and the duration of the marriage;
5) any physical of mental disability of
either of the parties to the marriage;
6) 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
family;
7) the value of either of the parties to the
marriage of any benefit which, by reason
of the dissolution or annulment of the
marriage, that party will lose the chance
or acquiring.
There is no set formula for deciding
how to split up the property. Each case is
looked at individually. You cannot say
that one spouse will get half of the
property or will get $200 per week. It all
depends on the presentation of the facts
and what is equitable in the
circumstances.
In dividing up the matrimonial
property, the court will exercise its
powers so as to place the parties, so far
as it is practicable and, having regard to
their conduct, just to do so, in the
financial position in which they would
have been if the marriage had not broken
down and each properly discharged his


Bahamas to bring environmental
awareness to all residents and visitors.
Clean Islands International, a
Maryland-based environmental
organization offering solutions to small
island concerns, and Hope Town's own
Friends of the Environment and the Hope
Town Lodge made contributions to aid
the group's travel. Marsh Harbour's
Royal Bank and private citizens in Hope
Town, Green Turtle Cay and Cooper's
Town also gave donations.
Mrs. Candace Key, chaperon of the
group, expressed her heartfelt thanks for
the donations. "Children are never the
same after one of these trips." she stated.
Their eyes are opened, their horizons are
broadened and their education is first
hand through unrivaled experiences.


or her financial obligations and
responsibilities towards the other.
In many cases in the Islands, the
family's property may only be in the
name of one of the spouses.
Notwithstanding this, the court has the
power to order the sale of the property in
order to make provisions for maintenance
of the spouse and/or children, or indeed,
to simply take property away from one
spouse and give it to the other. And with
respect to the matrimonial home, the
court has the power to make an order
that one spouse has the right to


personally occupy the matrimonial home
even though the title to the property may
be in the other spouse's name. The court
also has the power to order the sale of
the matrimonial home and the proceeds
therefrom to be split equally, if it is
satisfied that both parties to the marriage
have made a substantial contribution to
the matrimonial home (whether in the
form of money payments, or services, or
prudent management, or otherwise).
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Admin. Everette Hart Discusses Local Government

More Attention Must be Given To The Ground Rules This Next Year


By Richard E. Fawkes
Everette Hart is passionate about local
government. As Island Administrator for
Abaco, Mr. Hart has provided a guiding
hand for the implementation and
functioning of this new system of limited
local autonomy introduced through direct
elections in July of 1997 in the Family
Islands. When asked by The Abaconian
what the experience has meant for him,
he said, "This has been a rewarding one,
I could tell you that. The more I work
for it, the more I work with the people in
it, the more things are coming out."
At 55, Administrator Hart has had
some 40 years of public service. He
began as a teacher in his native Black
Point, Exuma. He received formal
teacher training at the now defunct San
Salvador Teachers' College. Before
entering local government service as a
commissioner posted first in Sandy Point,
Abaco, about 20 years ago, Mr. Hart
rose to the rank of principal in the
teaching profession. He has also served
as Parliamentary Elections
Commissioner. He returned to Abaco in
1995 with the title of Island
Administrator, in anticipation of the
coming local government system.
Mr. Hart, along with his two deputy
administrators Mr. Jack Thompson
and Mr. Preston Cunningham of North
and South Abaco, respectively -
organized a local government conference
which took place in Marsh Harbour from
August 21st through 23rd. It was an
opportunity for local and central
government representatives to assess the
new system after one year of operation,
while deepening their understanding for
the future. [see The Abaconian,
September issue].
In the following interview, which was
conducted at Bayview Restaurant in
Dundas Town on August 29th, Mr. Hart
discussed with this reporter his
assessment of the conference. He also
shared some of his insights on local
government and his hopes for its future
development.
RF
Speak about what you saw at this
conference from the various elected
leaders: strengths; weaknesses; people
who might have surprised you, whether
positively or negatively; not to call
names.
EH
I think one of the surprises was the
participation. I think participation was
good. All of the districts showed up well.
Mind you, I had my disappointments in


Mr. Everette Hart


some areas. Here in Central Abaco,
because I thought we were the host
district, people didn't have to travel, and
there were some persons who could have
and who did not attend. But, despite that,
I think there were sufficient persons
attending the conference to not even miss
those who did not attend.
RF
Let's look at the substance of the
conference. It seemed to me that the
conference was really a good way to do
a balance sheet of the first year of the
local government experience. Would you
talk about that aspect of it?
EH
You traveled with us last year,
Richard [to the educational seminars on
local government prior to the election],
and ... I was a little surprised when we
went into local government elections with
the persons who opted to run because a
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interest came about. But be that as it
may, many persons got elected and, as I
said, were not exposed to any seminar or
anything like that. All they knew was
what they heard. "Well you're going to
be elected. You're now elected. You've
got all this power. You could do this.
You could do that. You could do the next
thing."
And, for the first year, we allowed
elected officials to sort of get their feet
wet. I figured that if you reined the
fellow in right from day one, you could
frustrate him, you know. So let him get
his feet wet. Now that he's had one year,
and thank God we didn't get into too
much trouble; we're still in some trouble
now. But now that we've come out of
one year, I told them, in one of my
lectures, this is a three-year programme.
This year now we have to shift the
emphasis. The emphasis now mustn't be
on what you're spending money for
because you're supposed to know what
you're spending money for. The
emphasis must be on some other things
now. How you follow the ground rules.
Yes, you've got the power, but your
power is still limited. Your power is to
be guided by what is embodied in the
Act. I have the power to send people to
prison as a magistrate. But because I
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that elected officials have to start to get
this year, to start looking at that side.
And next year we have to start putting
the finishing touch on the fellow.
RF
Compare and contrast commissioner
95/96 and administrator 96/97 in terms
of administration.
EH
It hasn't changed for me per se
because when I came down, I came
down as an administrator. Clayton Stuart,
who was the commissioner, retired while
I was here. So I had to take over the
commissioner's office as acting
commissioner for that period until we
went to local government. I used to be a
Family Island commissioner some years
ago, even though I'd been out of the
system for a few years back. It took me
a few months to get back in the feel of
things. But dealing with the boards then
at that time, you dealt with boards
slightly different from my time [as
commissioner] because during my time
the commissioner was the ultimate
[authority]. Whatever was to be done, he
got out and got it done.
When I took over in '95, this was
slightly different. You had to wait for the
boards to get it done. Many of them
needed training as to how you go out, get
things done, get away from the old
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Local Government has been a Great Learning Experience


Hart


FROM Page 32


And while we're on this interview, let
me say that this is still evident in one or
two cases now. There are still a lot of
board members who feel that their only
role is to go out and give somebody a
job, you know. And that is another back
that we've got to break. Because, again,
there's a limit to the budget, there's a
limit to what the government could
afford. So, it was that you had to fight
with.
Then you had the change to local
government. It was a different ball game
again. It's time now to keep these fellows
from getting outside. You know, every
now and then they get out there. And so,
your job is really watchdog, like maybe
an adult watching the child. And you say
to the child, "Look, that water is deep,
you can't go in there. You can stay in
here, but until you learn to swim, you
can't go in there." They feel, "Well, this
is my pond and I can go anywhere in my
pond." Well, you can take the view and
say, "Well, go." But you know what will
happen. They will drown. And when
they drown, somebody will still come
back, being the Administrator, Central
Government will still come back and say,
"Mr. Hart, please explain to us why it is
that you sat down and allowed Richard
Fawkes to drown in the pond. So I think


that's the difference between trying to
keep people from destroying themselves,
trying to keep them afloat and trying to
keep them out of trouble.
RF
That puts you in a very contradictory
role because, on the one hand there is,
and this emerged at the conference, the
question of whether the Administrator
gets too much involved, has too much
say, and then, on the other hand, the law
gives the administrator an extraordinary
amount of responsibility.
EH
I take the approach, and if you talk to
them [the council] they will tell you, that
I sing this song: "Whatever I say to you,
please take it as an advice, not as a
dictate. Because I have no power to
dictate to you, to tell you what to do. My
role here is to advise you. That water
there is deep. If you go in it, you will
drown. And I shall record that, so that,
at the end of the day, the record will
show that I did warn you." Now, there
are some administrators who are still
hands on, holding on. For whatever
reason they may be doing that, I don't
support that because I feel that the only
way we could improve is if we make
some mistakes. We will not make
mistakes if we do not get an opportunity
to do things for ourselves. Local
government is about doing things for


ourselves. So I don't support those
administrators who want to do it for
them. Let them do it. Let them fall
down. Let them get some bruises. But
also let the record show that at least
you're telling them, "Look, if you run
too fast up that hill, it's rocky; you're
going to fall down. If you must go up,
why don't you just walk?"
RF
The issue of council secretary came up
at the conference. Mr. Anthony
McKinney, the Deputy Permanent
Secretary in the Department of Local
Government, pointed out that
administrators are not just local
government secretaries, but have
financial responsibilities as well. But, at
the same time, there is this very active
issue in the South and the North that they
are not able to hold certain meetings with
the one administrator as secretary for all
local government bodies.
EH
Well, there's really only one
secretary. What the Local Government
Act says is that councils could appoint,
through recommendation, their own
secretary. But I think the interpretation of
that is that in some of the Family Islands
(say a small Family Island), where it is
difficult to get qualified people to go to
them, like the Mayaguanas and the
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is somebody in that community who's
qualified, living right there, they could
appoint that person. And then Central
Government doesn't have to look at
bringing somebody from Timbuktu to
live there to take care of what the senior
government administrator could take care
of in a couple of hours. As well it's a
waste of manpower.
Here in Marsh Harbour, there is this
misinterpretation of the Act, and I
continue to say this to the council. What
you have here is a recording secretary;
Don Cornish records the minutes. He's
not a secretary in that sense because they
[the council] see a secretary as a fellow
who sits down to the typewriter and types
minutes. The secretary in the local
government sense is not that.
RF
It's more or less in the context of a
manager. A city manager.
EH
Right. He writes cheques. And that
sort of thing. And those powers are still
with myself. And are given to us because
we've been trained. So we don't have
two secretaries, per se. We still have one
secretary who is myself. But what I do
is, again as a training process, I permit
Don to, and this has helped quite a bit
because Don knows it's not possible for






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Mr. Hart Wants More Planning for Future


Hart


FROM Page 33


me to be at all of the meetings to record
everything that is going on, and Central
Government realizes that. One thing that
we have to be careful about is how far
the recording secretary goes, because if
he goes outside and something were to
happen, we'd have a problem.
So the people in the north, if they can
identify somebody, some intelligent
person who could learn, whom the
administrator up there could train, who
could deal with ... If a meeting is
straightforward, no contentious issue,
then really the most you'd be asking me
to do is come and sit down and write
minutes. I ought to be able to find better
things to do than that. If, on the other
hand though, you have a contentious
issue, that is when you have to request
my presence so I can give you advice as
to how you can deal with it.
Now I have to say that we have our
shortcomings here in Central Abaco,
because they wait until the problem
arises, then I get pulled in. As I told
them before, I probably could cure sick
people, but I can't raise dead people.
RF
On the relationship between the
various boards and the council. And of
course, we have the classic issue of the
hotel here in Marsh Harbour. To what
extent are these boards autonomous of
the council?
EH
They are appointed by the council.
That simply means that they must carry
out the policy of the council. If they have
a problem, they have to consult with the
council. This is only common sense.
Because, if you mess up, if you continue
to make me look bad, I'm going to move
you. Council has that power. They don't
have to ask anybody to do that. If you


make me look good, on the other hand,
I'm going to keep you there. If I want to
stay, it appears to me that I would try
and follow the ground rules.
Sometimes, board members get there
and they feel as if "I'm the boss; I'm in
charge; I do what I want to do." And
whilst you're put there, yes, to make
decisions, you also ought to make
decisions within the policy of your
council. I think the issue like you are
referring to went bad because no
consultation took place. Or when it did
take place, it took place at the wrong
time.
RF
Is this one of the areas of weakness
due to lack of experience the council
needs to learn how to consult with the
boards?
EH
Yes, and vice versa. We need to set
up the machinery now where, at least
once a month, there is a meeting with
council and all board chairmen. Find out
what they're doing; get a report. Of
course, you're asking councils and
boards to do more work. This will only
come about if they're prepared to make
that sacrifice.
RF
I know that one of your pet issues is
local government as democracy;
consultation on a regular basis with the
community. Talk about how you've seen
that particular aspect, of what I suppose
is the fundamental feature of local
government, evolving in your area over
the last year.
EH
There are some communities in Abaco
where a lot of this is taking place. Hope
Town is one of them. Followed by Man-
O-War Cay. And you will find that, in
those communities where this is
happening, the development is going on


very smoothly.
I don't know whether it is the tradition
or whether it is the elected officials or
whether it is the people, but on the
mainland that is not the case. We are not
going back to the people, in my book,
enough. In fact, we're not being pro-
active. We want to react. Whenever
there's a crisis, we get everybody in
town. No problem. You call a meeting.
If you get two or three people, you got a
crowd. But that's not local government.
Local government ... and again, I
understand some things. Because, for all
these years, people were never asked to
do this. Now you're asking them to do
this, so when they come, they say, "Well
what am I supposed to do?" Mind you,
these are the same people who, if you
don't put the road in the right place,
they'll cuss you and say you're not doing
it right. But if you call them and say,
"Look, we want to talk about how we're


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going to put this road," nobody comes
out.
But, one of the mountains we have to
get over is how to get our people to
understand that local government is a
process whereby everybody must be a
part, and it must start at the lowest level.
RF
Any practical advice, at least from the
point of you of your office, on how local
leaders can go about creating that new
culture?
EH
Yes. If Sweet Emily was coming to
town tomorrow night, for weeks it would
have been on the radio with the posters
up, people talking about it. We can't wait
until two days before a meeting and put
a little notice up on a notice board that
nobody could see and put an
announcement on the radio that half of us






November 1997 The Abaconian Page 35


Local Government Excites Administrator


Hart


FROM Page 34


would miss. This must be in advance.
We're going to have to channel a good
chunk of our budget into things like
newspaper and radio communication. It's
an educational process.
RF
What about the area of planning? In
the town-planning workshop at the
conference, there was discussion about
local government not only acquiring
power, but knowing how to use it
positively. For instance, to help plan
what this community is going to look like
in twenty, thirty years from now. Talk a
little about your experience with that
mentality, of getting people to focus
more with that broader vision.
EH
Yes. You see, unfortunately, as I said
before, and you see this in some
communities, the elected officials feel
that their only reason for being there is
to give people raises on the job; hire
more people so they can go through the
community and people say, "This guy
got me a job." No one is going to refuse
a job. Anybody would like anybody to
give them a raise. But that is not what
local government is all about.
Right here in this Central Abaco
District, Marsh Harbour in particular,
this town is growing so rapidly that
nobody is stopping to see where we're
going to be in two years' time. The
government dock, in a few months' time,
should be going. When that dock is put
there, it's going to mean something to
the traffic flow in that area. There's a
congestion now. We ought to be planning
right now how we're going to alleviate
this congestion. Because we're going to
have the dock. Are we going to go up
one road and come down another? Put in
more cross roads? We've got to be
planning how we're going to deal with
the growth as it comes along.
Right now these are the last few days
before schools open. We're still
squealing for money to make repairs to
school buildings. This should not have
been. We should have since early July,
right after the budget, approached the
government and say, "Look, we need x
number of dollars now to get the schools
ready." Not two weeks before.
RF
Aren't you faced with the problem
there, with respect to planning, of
making too many technical demands on
and expecting too much from a non-
technical constituency?



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Well, you know, if I give you this
club and tell you, "You're in charge of
this now. The job of keeping this
building is yours. When I come, I expect
to find it as I left it or better. I don't
expect the rails to be dropping off and
you to tell me you did not fix them
because I did not send you any money,
when you never asked me for any or
when you waited until I was broke." So,
what this is calling for from a lot of us is
to pay more attention to exactly what we
are elected to do, as opposed to getting
into areas we're not elected for.
RF
For example?
EH
Elected officials should be trying to
get their communities corralled so that
they could have the input because I hope
they don't think that they're the smartest
people in town. There are some people
out there who are much smarter than any
of us, either elected or appointed, and we
pass them everyday on the street. We
need to hear from them. They've got
good ideas as to how they could help us
to do what we want to do. But the first
step is we want to feel out the small


man; bring him into it.
We're going to have to start
appointing more subcommittees. Get
more of the population involved as
opposed to just having, them out there
like sheep without a shepherd. Make
them a part of the decision-making in a
small way. And so it starts from here
small and it gets bigger until it gets to
the top.
This thing of local government is so
exciting and there's so much in it, if
people could only see it. And you've got
to stop long enough to really see what's
in it. And maybe I can say these things
because of my experience over the years.
But I think if the elected officials would
stop long enough, take some advice, and
take it step by step, not try to get to the
creek before you walk over there. You
will get there if you stay in it long
enough. I think that's another thing; you
want to get there too fast.
RF
As you assess everything, what advice
would you give to those who are
currently involved or are thinking about
becoming involved in local government?
EH
To those who want to get involved,


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rules. Try and understand what the
concept is. Prior to local government, we
complained to Central Government
saying, "You're making decisions down
there without telling us. We know it's
happening when we see it happening. We
don't want that." So Central Government
said to us, "Fine, I will now put this in
your hands. You do it. But putting it in
your hands does not necessarily mean
just the elected government. It means
from the littlebaby who's crawling, right
up." So, once you get elected, the same
rule applies. The fellow down there
wants to be a part, wants to know what's
happening; be part of the process.
And that's all what government is all
about; government of the people. And if
you were to have this, you'll have less
wars, less civil wars in the world. But it
comes about because one fellow decides
he's going to call the shots; nobody can
tell him what to do; what he says is
gospel. And there are traces of that
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Have you seen the logs of white goat
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wondered what to do with them? Well,
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My first recollection of seeing goat
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Student Reporters Given a Castaway Cay Tour


By Shazara Bootle
Student at Abaco Central High School
On the ninth of October a group of
female students from our school (Abaco
Central High School) visited Gorda Cay,
now called Castaway Cay. We departed
from Dove Plaza with our two
chaperons, Mr. Jack Hardy and Mr.
Richard Fawkes at 8 a.m. At about 10:15
we were boarding the boat in Sandy
Point that would take us to Castaway
Cay.
After a 20 minute trip we arrived at
Castaway Cay. Even though the project
is not completed, it is still very beautiful.
We looked around with a smile as if to
say, "Disney in The Bahamas, and they
came to my island..."
Anticipating a golf cart or even a car,
we stood around trying to guess what


reverse osmosis system to turn salt water
into pure water.
We then drove down what used to be
a runway used by a former owner of the
cay and the first thing we saw at the
other end was an aeroplane, but an old
one that would never fly again.
In the beach area we visited the
massage huts and recreation areas. We
saw the kid's playground area and the
changing rooms that would be used by
Mickey and his friends.
Mr. Norton told us that Gorda Cay
was chosen to be Castaway Cay because
of its geographical location, the
relationship of the government and
people, the island's beauty and its access
to deep water.


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Several rest and shade pavilions are located throughout the developed area.


Student reporters are busy taking notes as they talk with Project Engineer Steve Norton


each building would serve as. Then Mr.
Hardy, a pro journalist, called us over
and we began to interview Mr. Steve
Norton, our guide for the day and the
lead Project Engineer for American
Bridge. He informed us that the largest
cruise ship in the world would dock
there. The ship would be 800 feet long
and hold up to 2,700 passengers. The
cruise ship would take its passengers to
Freeport and Nassau before coming to
Castaway Cay. The guests would spend
a day on the cay from about 7:30 a.m. to
4 p.m.
The American Bridge Company is
developing 200 of the 900 acres of land
that make up Castaway Cay. The island,
once completed, will have restaurants,
bars, massage huts, dining areas and a
band stand. The guests don't have to stay
on land, however. Disney will provide
boats for deep sea fishing, bonefishing,
sailing and diving.
Finally, our ride was there and, no, it
wasn't a golf cart. Instead we had to ride
on the back of a truck. Not very lady-
like!
Our tour finally began. Mr. Norton
explained how they prepared the cement
and mixed in dye to produce a tawny
pink colour for the tile-effect paths
around the island. We rode around to the
Post Office and Customs Building and
admired how they tried to make them
look old, almost dilapidated. Mr. Norton
and our truck driver, Lynn Bedwell, told
us that the trees on the cay had mostly
been brought in from Florida.
We were told that a unique water
system has been set up on Castaway Cay:
the water would be re-used. After you've
bathed with the water, it would be
cleansed as much as possible and used
for toilet water. The cruise ship would
also have sufficient water to pump into
storage tanks on the cay. There is also a


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Divorce FROM Page 31
marriage breaks down irretrievably, the
best thing to do is to fairly divide up the
couple's assets and let them get re-started
with their lives. Rather than provide for
a continuous stream of payments which
keep the parties in constant
communication with each other, the
Court will make a lump sum payment
order and direct that the real property be
divided appropriately rather than leaving
it in the names of both parties.
As attorneys we are often asked
whether my wife or my husband will get
my property or all my money and my
assets. Attorneys cannot answer these
questions exactly except to say that in
practice the husband's assets are typically
more in jeopardy than the wife's.
Matrimonial and Divorce law is not an
exact science. Each case is different and
the outcome depends on many factors
including the ones listed above. The best
thing for a couple to do is to try and
make agreements between themselves to
present to the court rather than spending
a lot of money on legal bills and Court
costs for someone else to decide how
their assets should be split up. In the
end, if the parties are able to agree, it is
more likely that they will each live up to


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their agreement. However, if the court
makes an order that one party disagrees
with, the other party will constantly be in
Court trying to enforce that order.
Once again, before getting into any
type of Separation and Divorce
proceedings which can lead to a large
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meeting with a marriage counselor.
There are marriage counselors in both
Freeport and Nassau. As for Abaco,
Mrs. Phyllis Cornea of Casuarina Point
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FROM Page 35


say, that's it."
That can cause problems. Make
everybody that doesn't mean you've
got to do what everybody says, that
would be impossible but at least
people would have an opportunity to get
in the battle. They're not going to win
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"Well, yes, we're getting in the fight."
And if they're not getting in the fight,
they're no better off than they were
under Central Government; it would be
theme thing. And this is why I think
what it's all about is to make sure that
the small people, people at the lowest
level, become involved. And I can't
overemphasize that that local
government is decision-making as low as
you could get it.
RF
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strikes out, you get angry with him
because you know the fellow is not
following the plan.


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More Road Traffic Officers Are Needed


Written by Richard E. Fawkes
Saying it is ironic that Eleuthera,
which has less economic activity than
Abaco, has more road traffic officers
than the two officials on this island,
Senior Deputy Controller of Road Traffic
Brensil Rolle told local government
leaders that "one is scheduled to be
added to the Abaco staff fairly soon."
Mr. Rolle was responding to a concern
on the issue expressed by Mr. Bemis
Pinder during a road traffic seminar the
Deputy Controller was conducting as part
of the local government conference held
August 21st 23rd.
Mr. Rolle also told seminar
participants that his department will send
a team to Abaco to assist in badly needed
road markings and putting up road signs
that conform with international standards.
Concerning the need for driver education
in Abaco. Mr. Rolle said a programme
was just being started in Nassau in
September. He invited local officials to
send one or two persons to the city to
observe its implementation. The Road
Traffic Department is responsible for
regulating the operation of public service
and private vehicles through the issuing
of franchise plates and licences, drivers'
licences, collecting fees and enforcing the
rules.
Island Administrator Everette Hart
revealed that people were holding taxi
plates for the purpose of bringing
vehicles in duty-free from Florida. Mr.
Rolle urged the Abaco Road Traffic


Board to conduct a survey of taxi plates
and revoke those that are inactive. He
said public franchise plates in general
may be revoked if inactive for six
months. The revocation procedure
involves giving the plate owner a
fourteen-day notice by letter and allowing
for an "explanation of extenuating
circumstances before final action is
taken.
Mr. Rolle explained that there is now
more careful checking of titles in the
transfer of vehicle ownership because
criminals had been using the previously
more lax process to legitimize stolen
automobiles. He pointed out that, while
the transfer of public service licences is
permitted, arrears in payment on such
licences must be paid first. Licences
were being transferred to avoid payment
of back fees.
Under the new local government
system, the chairman of Road Traffic
Board has discretionary authority to issue
temporary public service licenses, usually
valid only until the next sitting of the
board when the application can be
properly considered. Mr. Rolle advised
Abaco Road Traffic Board Chairman
Percy Archer to be cautious in granting
such licences as people frequently
attempt to obtain permanent licences that
way.
In response to a question by Mr.
Lowell Albury of the Marsh Harbour
Township Committee, Mr. Rolle
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one formula in Abaco might be to tie the
number to the fluctuations in the
economy by granting occasional 90-day
taxi licences during periods when there is
a seasonal influx of visitors.
In response to a question by Mr.
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limits, Mr. Rolle said it did as long as
the information is published in the
Gazette, which is required to make it
legal.
Concerning the much-awaited
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ID and computer-accessible encoded
data, Mr. Rolle informed his audience
that it is expected to become available in
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artifacts along their eroding beach front.
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Boards Urged to Plan for the Future


Written by Richard E. Fawkes
"Town planning is not only to approve
licences and permits but to put aside time
to plan, to zone." That was advice from
Mr. Dewitt Hanna, Under-secretary in
the Ministry of Public Works, to Abaco's
Town Planning Boards at a session
during the local government seminar on
August 21st to 23rd in Marsh Harbour.
Mr. Hanna went on to explain that
planning is about growth and
development, with conservation of the
landscape high on the agenda. "We want
to be able to sustain our resources, not
use them up," he stated. "This relates to
beaches, water, wildlife, trees, hills,
minerals and other resources."
Mr. Hanna also urged town planners
to hold public meetings regarding future
growth and to make deliberate efforts to
establish zones for the beneficial
regulation of town growth. He said town
planners must also be sensitive to the
impact building projects may have on a
neighbourhood to ensure that they
complement rather than conflict with it.
Mr. Hanna, whose office has primary
responsibility for the enforcement of the
new landscape protection act, encouraged
all members of Town Planning to read
and become familiar with the provisions
of the new law. The Act regulates the
back filling of mangroves and swamps,
the digging of canals, the indiscriminate
cutting down of trees and the excavating
of hills and mining of land for fill and
quarry. All of these undertakings require
the issuance of permits based upon
careful study with failure to obtain
proper permission resulting in stiff fines


or penalties.
Mr. Craig Delancy, Buildings Control
Officer, addressed the group on
regulations under the category of building
controls such as issuance of permits,
construction standards and plan
requirements. Mr. Delancy pointed out
that all construction requires a permit,
including those carried out by
government agencies and public
corporations.
Mr. Arnold Edwards, Chairman of
Town Planning in the Central Abaco
District, told the session that BEC failed
to have a substation on Forest Drive in
Dundas Town reviewed and a permit
issued for it by the Board. He said the


fence surrounding the station was too low
and may pose a danger to children. Mr.
Hanna said he was having similar
problems with public corporations in
Nassau but reaffirmed that they are
required to submit applications.
Mr. Delancy said building plans are
reviewed to ensure the health, welfare
and safety of occupants. He said that
under the Architecture Act, plans for
shops, residences or apartments not
exceeding 3000 square feet may be
drawn by the owner. Buildings up to
6000 square feet require plans drawn by
at least a licensed architectural
technician. But any school building,


auditorium or other public building must
have their plans submitted by a registered
architect.
When asked by Mrs. Anne Albury of
Treasure Cay if the Town Planning
Board may stop work on a building that
is not proceeding as approved, Mr.
Delancy said the Board has such power
and may ask for police assistance in
enforcing its order. Such action, he
noted, normally comes under the
jurisdiction of a building inspector but, as
Deputy Administrator for North Abaco
Jack Thompson pointed out, there are no
building inspectors on Abaco. Owners of
projects requiring inspectors must pay to
have them brought in from Nassau.


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Dear Barbara,
I would like to make a wall grouping
with a variety of pictures that I have and
am having trouble on figuring out how to
make everything work together and hang
them properly. Can you give me some
tips on how to get started?
Elizabeth Tye
Dear Elizabeth,
The first thing to consider when
starting to create a wall grouping is to
have some form of continuity with the
variety of pictures that you have. The
continuity may be achieved by having the
same theme in the pictures, such as
photographs of the family, different


pictures of fish, or one predominant
color in all of them. If all the pictures
are the same size, this will provide a
common thread. Another alternative,
especially if you have a variety of subject
matter, is to mat and frame all of them
the same.
The next step is to decide what shape
the grouping will form. Will it be a
rectangle over a sofa, a triangle over a
curved headboard, or maybe a cross
shape in the hallway?
After deciding what form the grouping
will make, it's time to start arranging.
To plan out and judge the balance and
spaces that you might arrange and create,


cut out brown paper or newspaper in the
size of each picture. Start with the largest
pieces first and then start including the
smaller pieces next to them. Tape the
cutouts on the wall and rearrange the
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Business Was Good Last summer
Various Merchants Share Their Views


By Stephanie Humblestone
A random survey of businesses in
Marsh Harbour indicated that overall it
was a good summer season. The lack of
hurricanes and the ever increasing
popularity of the Abacos as a tourist
destination together were responsible for
the favourable responses. Feelings of
optimism about the forthcoming winter
season ran high, too.
George Albury, owner of Abaco
Treasures, said that the season had been
better than the last with a definite
increase in people shopping. Nick
Miaollis, owner of the Seventeen Shop
and Mr. Mister, was in complete
agreement. Despite, or perhaps because
of, his location out of town close to the
airport, his business did very well.
Closer to the town centre, Abaco
Hardware reported that business was
marginally better this year. "We really
can't complain," said Manager Robin
Albury, who added that the lumber yard
had done very well. This is not really
surprising in view of the amount of home
building in the Abacos.
Reflecting the travel and tourist
industry, Kathryn Albury of A & W
Travel recorded only the odd slow day.
Apart from that, business was very good.
Mrs. Terry Curry, responsible for Sales


and Advertising at the Abaco Beach
Resort, happily described the season as
"fantastic" and without hesitation said it
had been better than last year. She also
said that numbers are up for hotel
reservations for the winter.
Sarah Dallas-Ross, Manager of the
Conch Inn said the hotel has done much
better than in previous years but the
charter business was quieter than last
season. She attributed this to the fact that
people may have been wary about
visiting in view of Abaco's last year
track record of hurricanes. However,
according to her everything pointed to a
prosperous winter season.
Fred Parotti of R & L Rentals
assessed this past season as much better
than last year. Many days all of his 36
bicycles and 14 motor bikes were rented
out to tourists. Cottage rentals were a
little slow in July and August according
to Elaine Thompson of Abaco Real
Estate but she is now getting lots of calls
and business is "great." Again, she felt
that hurricanes were partly responsible
for any quietness.
B & D Marine threw a new
perspective on the issue of hurricanes.
Manager Kevin Sawyer's view was that
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earlier, avoiding the peak hurricane
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students played for both teams, there Everyone is practicing and our choir
were no losers ... just winners. I'm sure leader, Eleanore Jorgensen, assures me it
it was a fun day's outing for the kids as will be a night to remember.
well as parents and teachers. How many times have you heard a
A talent show is planned for the end of visitor praise our little settlement for
November and a Christmas play will take being so clean and tidy? Don't you feel a
place just before the holiday break. tiny bit of swelling in your chest and a
The much anticipated basketball court certain pride when it happens.? Of course
is at long last under construction and will you do! We are such a small community
be finished soon. I understand they will that we live here almost as one big
be installing overhead lighting so the
court can be utilized at night, too. First,
the playground for the little ones, now Don't Hang over
the basketball court and softball field the Bow
Cherokee is providing good clean fun for
our young people. By Dan McCully
Thankfully, Norma Jean Neilly is We have had some serious incidents in
recuperating from a very serious past years to boaters who do not practise
accident. While attempting to light a pile good safety rules.
of trash, it exploded and burnt more than o r
fifty percent of her body. Thinking The one very serious thing we see
y p n of h b. T often in our harbour is letting people ride
quickly, she jumped into the ocean and ofended in our harbour is letting people ride
b oing o sd tA b t as fm on the bow of a boat. Sometimes people
being a lot worse. Dr. Boyce gave her should not do this. If they have ever seen
pain killers to alleviate her suffering and a person who was run over and cut up by
antibiotics to ward off infection, but she a o o h ert u
a boat propeller, they certainly wouldn't
still has a long road to recovery. The o o te e
allow it to be done.
very next week after her accident her
mother, Vemell Roberts, fell and broke Don't hesitate in reminding people not
her upper arm in two places. Both to allow this; they may be embarrassed
patients are doing well and thank their but if it saves one person or small
many friends and neighbours fro their children from being killed or maimed,
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Percy


FROM Page 30


Stephanie: "You've had many varied
experiences and I feel sure many more if
to come."


Mr. Archer rose to escort me out,
wished me well and said how much he
had enjoyed talking to me. Not surprising
really. He had been doing what he felt to
be sorely lacking in today's modem
world leisurely 'conversating.'


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Castaway


Season FROM Page 42
good season ahead, peaking around mid-
November. Mr. Sands of the Loyalist
Shop agreed that sales had been up and
definitely better than last year.
MaryBeth Curry of Barefoot Gifts was
happy with the results of her business.
"It is doing well and I am looking
forward to a great winter season," she
said.
The two bank managers interviewed
saw last season as prosperous. Mr. Fred


Scotland Cay One of the best
elevated lots on SE end of island,
magnificent view of ocean, sound &
Man-O-War
Great Guana Cay New 2 bed/1
bath cottage with right-of-way to
ocean and sound. Located just out
of town, wrap-around deck with
view of ocean and sound.
Great Guana Cay 1 bed/2 bath
cottage in town, just a minute's
walk to beautiful beach.
Lubber's Quarters Lots starting at
$19,750 Terms Available


Bowe, Manager of the Bank of Nova
Scotia, felt it was good but there is
always "room for improvement." He
would like to see the money invested and
borrowed put to "more worthwhile
purposes" (fuel for a story in itself.)
Walter Russell of Barclays Bank said he
was pleased with the overall
performance. The Abacos are doing well
and "we, at Barclays, are comfortable."
As plans for an international airport
continue, as Abaco, the tourist resort of


Tilloo Cay lot on coast, great
views
Marsh Harbour CBS Duplex off
Forest Drive, 2 bed /1 bath each
side.
Marsh Harbour Hilltop lot in
Govt. subdivision
Marsh Harbour Residential lot
with all amenities at Royal
Harbour
Great Cistern Hilltop lot 4 miles
NW of Marsh Harbour, town elec.
Excellent Buy.
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adjoining lots. $39,990 for both


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Channel Cay
Now you can enjoy the privacy of
your own 25 acre island in the sun
set in the the crystal clear waters
of the Abaco's. Accommodations
for eight include a 4 bed, 3 bath
fully equipped hilltop residence,
large patios and decks overlook-
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Located approximately 8 miles
south of Marsh Harbour.
Weekly rental $2,750.
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the northern Bahamas, blossoms, we
shall expect more superlatives when
describing business success and more
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Sports

Tennis Tournament
Three Abaco boys and their coach,
Bobby Russell, will be participating in
the Folcol Grand Bahama Junior Tennis
Classic in Freeport on October 31st
through November 3rd. Competing in the
18 years and under age group will be
Tito Russell, in the 16 and under group,
Kyle Pearce and in the 12 and under
group, Roger Smith. Coach Bobby
Russell has high hopes for these young
tennis players.
Coach Russell is currently teaching
tennis lessons to students from Abaco
Central High, Wesley College and
Treasure Cay Primary School. He also
teaches private lessons at the Abaco
Hotel tennis courts. He is encouraged by
the increased interest in tennis over the
past year since he has been in Abaco.


Regatta Receives
$20,000
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture pledged $20,000 to the All
Abaco Regatta Committee to help defray
expenses. Minister of State Zhivargo
Laing stated, "We are pleased to
welcome Abaco into this thriving
movement, of regattas all over the
Bahamas."
The regatta was held in the waters
between Green Turtle Cay and Treasure
Cay and consisted of races on November
6th and 7th. The race course was a 12-
mile triangular course. Race committee
chairman was Hugh Cottis, who has been
involved with regattas on Long Island
and Exuma for many years.


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CASURINA POINT Large 2 storey house in
good condition on 3 canal lots, great for
bonefish/diving lodge, $400,000
CASURINA POINT Lot 80 x 125, Ocean
View Drive $12,000
LITTLE HARBOUR 6 acres elevated land,
runs sea to sea, beautiful frontage in harbour,
2 bed 2 bath home, full A/C, 100 ft dock with
dock house, a luxury property $790,000
TREASURE CAY interior residential lot on
golf course $8,000
TREASURE CAY 7 acres 225' waterfront,
great elevations. A steal at $89,500
BAHAMA PALM SHORES 2 bed 2 bath
beach home, swimming pool, solar panels,
great condition $310,000
LONG BEACH beautiful beach lot, 93' beach
x 170, electricity & water $60,000
GREEN TURTLE CAY lot on Coco Bay
$35,000
MUNJACK CAY 10 acres on leeward side,
320' water frontage, also creek frontage, best
elevations, dock included $295,000
PELICAN SHORES waterfront lot on
harbour 85 x 100 $150,000
ELBOW CAY 3 bed 2 bath with 2 cottages
and dock on Back Creek, good views of
lighthouse and harbour $350,000
GUANA CAY 2.2 acres, sea to sea, beach on
ocean side $210,000
Call for these or other properties in Abaco
Tel 242-325-1950 or 242-322-4148
Bahama Palm Shore 80 x 120 lot on hill
$10,000 Call 367-2817
Elbow Cay, White Sound ocean front, can
have dock on White Sound $100,000 Net
Owner may finance, 242-367-3985
Green Turtle Cay Hilltop property,
approximately 1 ' acres situate new part/New
Plymouth. Fronting along road along creek
harbour to settlement. Second road linking it
with paved road to settlement. Also has 12 ft.
Road reservation to Black Sound Harbour.
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MAN-O-WAR REAL ESTATE
Lot 150 x 175 with right of way to beach and
'dock ................... $145,000
Lot 75 x 280 on the ocean ....... 150,000
Lot 50 x 285 on Clinic Road with 50,000 gal
cistern & rainwater catchment 160,000
Lot 62 x 150 near ocean beach ..... 49,500
Lot 70 x 100 with excellent view . 69,000
Lot %\ iLh fumished house .. . 149.000
Lot & 3 bed 2 bath furnished house 175,000
Lot & panl\ furnished house . 226,000
Large sea-to-sea tract with furnished house
......... . ........... . 585,000
Very large lot on ocean w/two fully furnished
houses, modem conveniences .... 795,000
Lot on the beach with main house and guest
house, sleeps nine .............. 380,000
For further information contact Haziel L
Albury, J.P., Call 242-365-6178, 365-6090 or
Fax 365-6159
Green Turtle Cay 38,000+ sq ft in Black
Sound, Benson property on N & E, near Dr.
Stella property, fronts on an open road
reservation leading to Thomas Russell Road &
into settlement. $100,000 C/o Floyd Lowe
242-365-4054 or 365-4011
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Great Cistern Waterfront cottage, 2 bedroom,
2 bath, laundry area, screen porches off living
room & master bedroom, workshop/tool shed,
well, /2 acre, sandy beach, beautifully
furnished and equipped, 10 minutes from
Marsh Harbour, $350,000 Call 242-367-4977
Guana Cay 5% Acre waterfront ridge top with
47' elevation on bluff on sound. Stunning
views, public road, electricity available, town
1 mile. $375,000 all or part, Brochure, Brian
.954-942-4177, Fax 954-942-7230 or Edmund
Pinder in Guana Cay 242-365-5046
Leisure Lee 11,726 Sq. Ft. Cleared Lot w/80
ft seawall & 40 ft dock, water & elec. avail.
$50,000 Call Reg Sands 367-2741
Hope Town Buttonwood Bay, Lot 58 160 X
100, hilltop over looking bay. $50,000. Call
242-367-2076
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 365-6329
Man-O-War for sale by owner, prime ocean
front property bordering on Sea of Abaco
Call 242-365-6181


SEA GRAPE REALTY
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
LUBBERS QUARTERS Lot in A.O.C.
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


Man-O-War beautiful property "Sea-to-Sea"
with ocean view/frontage and harbor frontage,
with boat dock, approx. 2 acres @ $575,000
Phone Haziel Albury 242-365-6178, Fax 242-
365-6159
Man-O-War WANTED Land or modest
house. Jim Greig, P.O.Box 1600, Bemalillo,
NM 87004 USA or call 505-867-6629
Marsh Harbour 2 b/2b 2300 sq ft on 30,000
sq ft lot (Keys Track Grant K-145). Fully
furnished, central AC, C-band & DSS, Kristi
Wong 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
Marsh Harbour Govt Subdivision, 3 bed 2
bath, 2143 sq. ft., 3,000 gal. cistern, garage,
satellite. Call Kevin 367-2333 at work or 367-
3033 after 5 PM.
Marsh Harbour 2 bed 2 bath house on hilltop,
Call 365-8028 or Fax 365-8508
Scotland Cay Blue Crab Cottage, beautiful
ocean and bay view on 1.5 lots, 2 bedrooms
plus loft, large cistern, satellite, new furniture
appliances & more. $265,000 Call Hills at 242-
357-6617 or 512-261-6029
Scotland Cay Bay front lot over '/2 acre
landscaped and cleared for a home. $165,000.
Call 242-357-6617 or 512-261-6029
Scotland Cay 4 bed 2 bath ocean beach front
house, furnished, A/C, $400,000 or $2,000
weekly rental. Call Danny at 561-288-1928
Spring City 3 bed 1 bath newly renovated
inside & out, fully furnished, satellite, fenced
back yard, $85,000 negotiable. Call 367-7061
Treasure Cay 2350 sq. ft. house on 90' x 177'
lot w/80' dock on canal. Call 365-8028 or Fax
365-8508
Will Exchange lots in FL (6), NC (1), MO
(35), & CO (6 A) plus cash for cottage, small
island or land. Stanley 561-287-9294
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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 0 One day snorkeling & island hopping
* boat & guide 0 all equipment included 6
to 30 people *****..
Great Guana Cay waterfront houses built in
under 3 mo starting at $165,000 includes lot,
about 1000 Sq ft house with 2 bedroom, 2
bath, deck, porch & 12,000 gal cistern,
Call Edmund or Cher6 Pinder at 365-5046 or
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Casuarina Point on the beach 19 miles S. of
Marsh H. 2bd/2bth, furnished, Air cond. & Sat.
TV, linens & kitchenware, Bonefishing
available, 242-367-4022 daytime
Great Cistern 1 bed/I bath house on
waterfront, screened in deck overlooks Abaco
Sound, Weekly or monthly rentals, call Erica
at 367-2265 between 8:30 and 5
Green Turtle Cay 2 bed 2 bath 2nd floor apt.
on 1 7 acre hilltop in Black Sound, Write Carl
Lowe, 5424 Munroe St, Hollywood, FL 33021
Green Turtle Cay Roomy fully furnished 2
bedroom 1 bath 2nd floor apt. in 19th century
colonial bldg. in the heart of New Plymouth,
A/C, ceiling fans, full kitchen, extends street to
harbour with veranda harbour view. $500/week
Call Julie Roberts 242-365-4133
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 1I bath, central a/c,
satellite, $900. Call 365-6072 or 366-0347
Marsh Harbour Spacious waterfront
apartment 1 bedroom, sleeps 4, fully furnished,
A/C, deep water dock, Weekly or Daily. Call
367-3079
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
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Local Government


- at Work


Town Planning 7 Oct. 1997
New building inspector: Mr. Curry, the
new building inspector, will be asked to
issue an occupancy permit at the
conclusion of construction. He will look
into random construction in remote
locations and construction which does not
adhere to setback requirements. Mr. Curry
will take training in Nassau which will
augment his background in architectural
drafting.
The meeting was adjourned when the
power went off leaving the council room in
darkness.


Town Planning


16 Oct. 1997


Two commercial projects were referred
to the Marsh Harbour Town Committee for
their recommendations, a swimming pool
at Mangoes which would eliminate several
parking spaces and a muffler shop/oil
change facility proposed for Don MacKay
Boulevard.'
Marsh Harbour Town Committee 20 Oct
Sixteen Marsh Harbour residents
attended an open Town Meeting which
brought them up-to-date on
accomplishments and future plans. Four
persons were recognized for their efforts to
improve the town: Eddie Sawyer, Philly
Strachen, Dickey Malone and Everette
Hart.
Junk car removal: Pat Smith of
Casuarina Point and Mr. Ferman, part-time
Hope Town resident, explained a scrap
metal recycling program they will soon be
initiating for the entire island. They will be
crushing and removing automobiles,
appliances and other scrap for shipment to
the States. An aluminum can crusher is due
on Abaco in early November.


Stray dogs: Inquiries are being made
to Nassau concerning the legal and
practical aspects of rounding up stray dogs.
An enclosure may be constructed at the
dump site for holding these animals. There
are two attendants at the dump who can
look after the the animals. The law allows
them to be disposed of after a three-day
holding period. This allows owners to
claim pets that may have been picked up.
Dogs should have a collar and a license so
they are not classified as "strays."
Future Park: Committee member
Yvonne Albury has begun work to acquire
a parcel of Crown Land on Don MacKay
Boulevard for a community park. This idea
was brought to her attention by Curtis
Sands. Tentative plans would utilize the
hills for a waterfall, and include nature
trails and picnic areas. Consideration is
being given to a "Memory Lane" were
plaques would commemorate notable
Marsh Harbour residents.
Derelict buildings: Committee member
Perry Sawyer spoke of the problems he is
encountering in demolishing old buildings.
These include legal, family and sentimental
obstacles. Several dilapidated buildings
have been torn down and several more are
under consideration. These are mainly in
the area near the freight dock. He is
working on cleaning the shoreline of old
boats and rotten docks. Mr. Sawyer is
looking into the disposal of used engine oil.
Senior citizen home: Chairman Mike
Malone is working to set aside three acres
in the new government subdivision for a
senior citizens' home. He envisions a
private facility managed by a board of
directors from the community.
Pro-active committees wanted:
Administrator Everette Hart asked
committee members to plan for the future


so problems are not as large or are avoided
all together. Too many decisions are based
on an immediate crisis and not made with
the future in mind. In this regard he
commended Yvonne Albury for her park
project and suggested ten acres would be
more appropriate than the five acres she
mentioned.
New dock location questioned: Nick
Miaolus questioned the wisdom of building
the new commercial freight dock at the
present down-town location. He felt that an
expanded dock in the heart of Marsh
Harbour would be an impediment to the
orderly growth of the town and greatly add
more pollution to the harbour.
Recognizing that pre-construction
money has been spent on this location, he
said that it is to our long term benefit that
we change this location now before the
concrete is poured. He stated .that Marsh
Harbour has only the harbour to sell and it
is badly polluted now. Enlarging the freight
service there will compound the pollution
problem.
Mr. Miaolus echoed Mr. Hart's
admonishment that more effort should be
made by planning for our future and felt
that re-evaluating the dock location was a
good example of this.


When asked directly, Committee
Chairman Mike Malone said that he
supported this town location several years
ago but questions the location at this time
in Marsh Harbour's growth. He was not
sure if the project could be relocated or not.
Committee member Ray Clark also
spoke for the need to ease the congestion in
Marsh Harbour and not add to it with an
expanded commercial dock in town.
Harbour Pollution: Perry Sawyer said
that boats may need to be required to use
holding tanks to reduce harbour pollution.
This would mandate one or more easily
accessible pump-out locations and an
acceptable disposal method for the
collected sewerage. Committee member
and Port Authority Chairman Alan Lowe is
concerned about oil spills in the harbour.
He reported there were three or four spills
last year in the harbour. Recently he and
Troy Mills, local Port Control Officer spent
several hours trying to locate the source of
a fuel spill in the middle of the harbour.
Central Abaco Council 28 Oct. 1997
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Unpaid Building
Permits
Central Abaco's new building inspector,
Paul Curry, more than earned his annual
salary on his first month on the job. He has
sorted through years of building plans and
found plans that were approved but which
had not been paid for by the applicant.
Consequently letters were sent and
approximately $20,000 has been collected.
In a few instances it was found that a
permit had been paid for even though the
applicant's plans were not picked up.
Mr. Curry will be visiting construction
sites in Central Abaco and is expected to
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has asked for a gas allowance since he is
using his personal vehicle while making
inspections. Councillor William Swain felt
that with his work load he should be
provided with a vehicle.


Rates for each issue
$7.00 for 3 lines (minimum)
$2 each additional line.

Picture and 4 lines $25
We will take the photo in the
Marsh Harbour area.
Display classified $18 per column inch
Call 242-367-2677 or FAX 367-3677


Painting Inside & outside a Pressure cleaning

Leroy Tucker, Marsh Harbour, 367-3849
The Seaside Boutique is Back
Come on out to Man-O-War and check us out.
Grand re-opening day November 24th, 1997.
In Stock: Androsia, T shirt, Bahamian made
crafts and jewelry. .AND many more great
gift items including Dreamsicles. Phone 365-
6384 Open 9 5 Monday thru Saturday.
METAL BUILDINGS
Various sizes
Designed for wind loads up to 150 mph.
Cost $25 a sq. ft.
Prudential Enterprises Phone 367-2418
Mr. Magic Pressure Cleaning Services
Mold & mildew removed
from all surfaces, drives,
walkways, decks, roofs, eaves
& fascia. On wood, cement,
fiberglass, natural rock, etc.
Mr. Magic makes dirt
disappear. Call Matthew
Claridge at 365-8053 for more
info.


EXPERIENCED DIVE INSTRUCTOR
wanted for up-scale out-island resort. Captains
license necessary. Couple will be considered.
Phone 365-4360
Scuba Instructor wanted, must be a NASDS
and a PADI instructor, Interested persons
please call 367-4646
Dishwasher & maid required for local resort.
Accommodation provided. Call 365-5133 for
details.
Manager Beach Bar & Grill, good prospects,
couple will be considered. Call 367-2076


50% PARTNERSHIP for sale in 12
apartments, (two buildings) fully rented, For
more information call Brenda Sawyer at
365-6072


Administrator Hart: The
administrator reminded the Council that
they should consider light refreshments for
their members. Hope Town and Man-O-
War members leave their homes around 5
P.M. and frequently return home at 10
P.M. or later. He said that the minimum of
providing coffee or tea is not unreasonable
considering the hours the members devote
to Council business.
Housing office opening: The Ministry
of Housing has asked that local office
space be located in Dundas Town or
Murphy Town. A housing officer is under
consideration for this office although Mr.
Hart did not know if this person would be
from Abaco. An assistant will probably be
needed and Mr. Hart felt that this person
could very likely be hired locally. This
housing office will primarily service the
new government subdivision.
Sewerage at Dump: Abaco Waste
Management, a new company pumping
septic tanks primarily in the Treasure Cay
area, has been asked to stop dumping their
waste at the Marsh Harbour dump until the
matter has been looked into and discussed.
The Council felt that North Abaco should
provide a site for this Treasure Cay waste
material. Omit above?


20 K\V GEN SET. Hea%\ durN 12,00 RPM
Lisrer generator coupled to GMC 2-71 diesel
engine, recent top overhaul. low engine hr,.
excellent cond .. Asking 58,000 Call 365-4471
12 KW Lister generator. after r cooled. low
hours Call 365-4-72
Enclosed trailer 14 ft long, 7 fti \ide & 6 ft
high, 2 axel, good condition. $1.800
Pea% 16 channel mixing sound board, 2
monitor & 2 effects sends per channel., ern
good condition $11.5'00
Peavy CS 600 Power Amp. with road case,
very good condition $1,500
Call 366-2093
AC Arc Welding Machine 230 volt/225 Amps
250 gal. alum. tank, new, for fuel or water.
75 gal. & 100 gal. fuel tanks for fuel, I ea,
Two 150 HP Mercury outboards, Two 200 HP
Evinrude outboards. Call Sidney Sands, 365-
8028 or Fax 365-8508

OLD EYE GLASSES or cases for mission
trip for the needy. Can be dropped off at New
Plymouth Hardware or Abaco Treasures.


1988 Oldsmobile very good condition.
Must sell immediately $4,000
7.5 KW Quicksilver gas generator $ 800
1994 Honda scooter, elite 80cc $1,000
17' Offshore run-about $ 500
Call 367-4953
1991 FORD TEMPO, good condition,
Call 367-3744 after 4 p.m.




16' PRO SPORT Bonefish boat, 40 hp Evin-
rude, elec. trim, tilt & start. All in excellent
cond. Asking $4,000 OBO, will not finance.
Call 367-2142 days or 367-3753 nights.


23' Bayliner Cuddy Cabin, 200 HP Mercury,
call 367-4764
24' Carolina Skiff with 70 hp Yamaha engine.
A great run-about. Excellent condition. $8,000
Call Freeport (evenings) 242-373-5144


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26' DUSKY n\,cuddy cabin, twin premix 200
hp '93 Yamaha w/75 hrs on new power heads,
tower, 110 gal. fuel, $12,500 Call Perry
Thomas 367-2142 from 9-5 or 367-3753
evenings.


November 1997
Incinerator: A New England waste
management firm sent a proposal to the
council on a small incinerator suitable for
a small island community. A video tape
explaining the process is being sent.
US Air Asks for temp. facilities: A
proposal was presented to the Council from
Abaco Petroleum Products asking for
permission to place two trailers at the
airport for US Air departing passengers.
The trailers would be two of those now
used in Sandy Point by American Bridge.
The trailers would be placed inside the
fence in the area used by the private charter
flights. The intention is to provide more
waiting room space and relieve some of the
congestion in the present terminal. The


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27' Hunter sailboat 1979, duty paid,
Bahamian Registry, 8 hp diesel inboard, depth
finder, auto helm, stove, Bimini & more. Was
$15,000 now reduced to $12,500 ono.
Available for viewing at The Abaco Inn, Call
366-0133
30' x 40' platform for para-sailing / snorkeling
with twin 70 hp engines and Parasailing 19'
Wellcraft Aeroslot boat, reinforced hull and
stainless steel tripod. Needs engine. A great
business, ready to go! $35,000. Call Freeport
(evenings) 1-242-373-5144






34' SEARAY Sundancer, twin 1996 454,
FWC, A/C, generator, ice maker, radar, Chart
Link, color fish, depth, windlass, outriggers,
VCR, head w/shower, sleeps 6, new interior,
carpet & cockpit vinyl, very nice boat. $45,000
or best offer, Call 367-3234
34' Wood Hull Sport Fisherman, 1986 Ford
Diesels, 1,000 hours, stainless fuel tanks, many
accessories, duty pd. $19,500 ono. Contact
Keith at Edwin's Boat Yard 365-6006 or P.O.
Rnv ABR20'7 Ma, rch aMrhronr


3.' UINIrLITi port Scuan, twin i2u fnr
Cummins, 2 A/C, ice maker, 3.5 KW Onan,
outriggers, Ideal anchor windlass, Loran, swim
platform. Duty Pd $29,000 Call 365-6288


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proposal was approved.
Abaco Central High: A request has
been received to renovate the softball field
at Abaco Central High School. Mr. Swain
was dismayed that the six new classrooms
have all ready suffered from vandalism.
Chief Councillor Malone stated that
sufficient louvers and hardware have been
received to replace 150 window slats.
Council member Walter Sweeting offered
to donate a container load of mulch to use
for landscaping the high school grounds.
The mulch comes from the chipper Man-O-
War bought to reduce the volume of their
trash. He also offered serviceable 4 x 4 and
6 x 6 timbers for use in delineating foot
paths, trees and shrubs.


36' Fishing Boat w/two 3208 Cats, one
Westerbeke gen., extras. $38,000 or best offer,
Call 365-4261
40' x 17' Houseboat 9 ceilings, open and
airy, loft, front & rear porch, air conditioned,
fridge & microwave. Duty Pd. A gem. $20,000
Call 561-329-0782 work, 471-7214 home.


42' FERRETTI CRAFT 1982 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
303-239-6303 or 303-337-3654.


52' Houseboat 1988 custom aluminum hull, 2
Volvo turbo 130 HP dual prop I/O, 10 KW
gen. set, 2 Cruisaire AC, fully furnished &
equipped. 320 gal diesel, 700 gal water, sleeps
8, full galley, 3 staterooms, $110,000 Firm
Call 367-2043
Two Mercury 135 HP used outboard engines
Call 365-8028
Boat Trailer for 16 ft or smaller boat, $300
obo
18 Hooker anchor, new never used $40
OMC Console control used, works good $50
New American Standard Cadet toilet and seat
rare unique Caribbean Shell colour $150
Call 366-0135


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36' BOTEL houseboat, fully equipped, A/C,
stove, fridge, etc. Engine needs some work,
asking $10,000. Call Nassau 242-324-1147
after 5 P.M. or Cathy O'Kelleher 367-2835
after 6 P.M.


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