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Title: Abaconian
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Creation Date: December 1997
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Abaco Celebrates One Bahamas

One Bahamas was celebrated with
style and enthusiasm on Abaco on
Girl Scouts Carry the National Colors syeadetuis nAaoo
November 28th through 30th. The
celebration was begun with a flag raising
1% ceremony at the Marsh Harbour softball
park with delegations of most of the
Abaco schools in uniform showing tribute
to one of the country's most revered
symbols. Also present were uniformed
youth organizations and the marching
band of the Church of God of Nassau.
This celebration is .the sixth annual
event which seeks to bring the people of
the Bahamas together to appreciate their
common oneness and to cherish the
symbols of the country: the flag, the
crest and the pledge of alliance.
Guest speaker at the flag raising was
Senator Michael Bethel who gave his
first speech since being named senator.
He emphasized the need for common
beliefs and aims and a respect for our
national symbols. He urged the group to
honor family values and to behave in an
way not to embarrass our country He
advised them to appreciate their natural
surroundings and maintain high
Included in the program was the
A.A-. reading of the Governor General's
....... ...:.,,message by Administrator Hart,
The ceremony was followed by a
.wu-march through town to the Abaco High
. (idScouts were in full uniform as th pr~, QwUy.carried the Bahamian flag in the' Oneahamas Parade from the School campus where the students
Marsh Harbour Ball Park throuvh,,1vks- eAbaco Central High School groundsWherethe parade'di.- s MAost
Abaco schools and unifomi*Ad: e-sparticinated in the celebrations. PLEASE SEE One Bahamas Page 1

Crown Haven to Get Freeport Freight

If you cannot have a bridge, then a boat will have to
do. That is what Freeport business man George Roberts
is proposing between Grand Bahama and Little Abaco.
The plan was discussed in Fox Town on December
11th during an open meeting called to get public
reaction to the proposal. Central Government sent the
proposal to the North Abaco Council for comments.

BASRA To Get Two Boats
By David B. Gale
The United States Navy and other Department of
Defense agencies have made a very generous
donation to Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association,
Abaco Division, in the form of two twenty-four foot
Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIB's) designed for extreme
condition rescue work. Also known as hard bottom
inflatables, these rescue craft have been used by the
Navy's Seal Team units and are reported to be in
excellent condition but are no longer needed at the
Virginia facility. They are Volvo turbo-diesel
powered and capable of search and rescue work at
high speeds in extreme weather conditions. Spare
parts, maintenance equipment (a lathe and milling


Page 24

George Roberts, formerly of Guana Cay, is making
the proposal for daily freight service between North
Riding Point on Grand Bahama and Crown Havqn on
Little Abaco. The distance between these two points is
about 22 miles and the trip would take one hour 45
The company Cargo Network would provide the
service with an 80-foot self-propelled barge with an 18-
foot beam and a capacity of four trailers or eight cars.
Passengers would be accommodated. The tentative
schedule would have the boat arrive in Crown Haven at
9 a.m. and depart at 4 p.m. Both points have shorelines
suitable for vessels with a front opening ramp.
Mr. Roberts told The Abaconian that $900 would see
the container delivered from Freeport to an Abaco
location. Automobiles with up to five passengers would
be $300 for a round trip between Abaco and Grand
Mr. Roberts expects that Abaco farmers would use
this service to get fruit, vegetables, chicken and pork
products to markets in Freeport and beyond. This
service would also facilitate inter-island passenger
traffic with family excursions being combined with a
shopping trip.


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The Abaconian
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Hermis Newbold of Rocky Farms Nursery holds two of the
13,000 poinsettia plants grown locally and destined for the
Nassau market. They will be individually bagged and sent
six in a carton to ensure their safe arrival. Mr. Newbold also
sent a shipment of locally grown ixora to Nassau. The nurs-
ery sells wholesale in quantity lots to the trade and does not
have a retail outlet.

Page 2 The Asbaconuan DSember 1997

Reservists Studied Hard to Graduate

After fourteen weeks of grueling
exercise and tuition, thirty-six Royal
Bahamas Police Reservists, 27 males and
nine females, graduated on November
7th in Marsh Harbour. "Squad A," as
they are known, have now returned to
the respective areas from which they
were recruited. Corporal Johnson,
organiser of the Reservists, stated, "They
are entering now into the practical area
where they will be monitored and guided

by officers." They will always have a
regular police officer with them while
working their duties.
Most outstanding graduates were
Woman Reserve Beatrice Moxey from
Marsh Harbour, who is Assistant
Principal at Dundas Town Primary
School, and Male Reserve George
Martin, who works at BEC in Marsh
Harbour. This was based on
examinations which covered the entire

The Royal Bahamas Police Band
followed by the Reservists opened the
graduation ceremony with rousing music.
The event took place at the park adjacent
to Abaco Central High School in Murphy
Town. Many well known dignitaries
were present: Deputy Prime Minister
Mr. Frank Watson; the Commissioner of
Police, Mr. B.K. Bonamy; Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Grafton
Ifill; ASAP Mr. George Mortimer and
Mr. Everette Hart, Island Commissioner.
Inspector Kevin Rolle, Parade
Commander, presented an impressive
drill exercise. Mr. Grafton Ifill gave a

PLEASE SEE Reservists Page24

Holding a plaque which names him the
best male reserve recruit is # 340 George
Martin, an employee of BEC.

The thirty-nine Royal Bahamas Police Reservists proudly stand at attention following their
graduation ceremony. Seated in front are the Deputy Prime Minister, MP Frank Watson,
and police officers who took part in the ceremony.

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Page 4 The Abaaclana December 1997

News of the Cays

Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
We are into the last weeks of 1997.
The Christmas rush is on! Decorations
are going up all over town and everyone
seems busy.
Holiday festivities got off to a start
with the Gospel Chapel's Sunday School
program, followed a few days later by
Amy Roberts All Age School's fair and
two evenings of entertainment at Alton
Lowe's Garden Theatre.
For the first time since the 1950s
when Green Turtle Cay was electrified
(not that I can remember!) there are no
generators in operation on the island! On
November 19th our island was connected
by submarine cable to BEC's main
generating station in central Abaco. It all
happened within a few minutes and it
was probably a few days later before
some of us realized there was no noise at
BEC Green Turtle Cay! The teachers and
students at Amy Roberts are probably
even more grateful. It's so quiet at the
school and no diesel fumes!
Road construction continues. All of
our main Parliament Street has been
completed. Side streets and the
waterfront on the harbour are now under
Cable Bahamas workers have been
busy installing the cable and equipment
necessary for bringing cable television to
Green Turtle Cay.
The first All Abaco Regatta is now
history. On day one we gave them a
glorious Abaco day not necessarily
great for sailing. Day two we made
improvements with a little more wind for
their sails. But we couldn't let our people

return to the warm south without a small
reminder that Abaco is UP NORTH!
That explains day three! Thank goodness
for shore activities.
A candle light service in memory of
Jeannie Pinder was held on November
6th. Relatives, friends, classmates and
fellow residents gathered at
Quincentennial Park to read poems, sing
songs and remember Jeannie, whose life
was so senselessly taken on September
15th. It may seem that this service, so
soon after the funeral, was like putting
salt on a wound. But our community is
still trying to heal. Although there can be
no comparison, it was a gesture to the
family to say, "We share your grief and
Almost three months later whoever is
responsible for the crime still has life -
and freedom. No arrests have been
made. As the holidays approach maybe a
guilty conscience will rob the holiday
spirit of the person responsible for
Jeannie's death. There isn't likely to be
any holiday spirit for Jeannie's family.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Troy
Lowe, who were married on November
15th at the Gospel Chapel. After a
honeymoon in Tennessee, the couple are
back home.
As we look back at the events of
1997, there has been much to be thankful
for. No hurricanes, but many newborn
babies, happy newlyweds, health and
prosperity. We will miss those we lost
this year especially Chris, Oscar and
Season's greetings and best wishes for
a happy healthy 1998.

Guana Cay
By Chere Pinder
As the holiday season rushes in so do
many festive activities. The Great Guana
Cay Seaside Gospel Chapel hosted a pot
luck dinner December 5th. A variety of
delicious dishes and fellowship were
shared by everyone.
Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchel will be
missed as they return to Wales. Bro.
John not only held services weekly and
Sunday but shared the morning
devotional teachings at the school. He is
a teacher and an area representative of
the Emmaus Bible School in England.
Looking at the calendar for upcoming

holiday events at the Chapel, the
Christmas program will be December
14th. On December 15th the Marsh
Harbour Gospel Chapel choir will
perform their cantata while the Seaside
Chapel choir Christmas program entitled
Cantata will be on December 21st. This
will be an extraordinarily enjoyable
evening. Come out and enjoy.
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Lewis of Wales
will be back in Guana beginning
December 31st. Welcome home.
Congratulations to Jackie and Andy
Sands on the arrival of their son,
Bronson Andrew Sands. Bronson was
born December 10th in Nassau.
PLEASE SEE Cays Page 22

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Page 6 The Abaconian December 1997

South Abaco News

Moore's Island
By Josette Green
Children should be allowed the
opportunity to take part in as much
community activities as possible.
This is the view of the students of
Moore's Island All Age School who took
part in the One Bahamas celebration on
November 28th to 30th. Nineteen
students (15 girls and four boys) were
taken to Sandy Point where they caught
the bus to Abaco Central High School.
The students and their teacher, Ms
Josette Green, arrived late due to engine
problems and rough weather. This did
not seem to bother the students who were
very glad to be there.
During the weekend the students were
able to perform at the Esmargio Park in
Mount Hope just before the rain came
down. This act was appreciated very
much as the students had to travel a great
distance to get there. On Sunday at the
church service, the students were called
on to sing a song. They were directed by
Synovia Davis as they sang Sweeter.
The students had a great time and are
very thankful for persons who expressed
kindness to them They wish to especially
thank Ms. Sandy Walker, who welcomed
them into her home in Crossing Rocks.
Mr. Hepburn, the principal of Crossing
Rocks All Age School is also appreciated
for his continuous kindness.
The students are back home now,
taking exams and preparing for a great
Christmas holiday. They are, however,
saddened in their hearts because of a
little angel, Rakeisha Knowles. Rakeisha
is the daughter of Mr. Kelsey Knowles
and Mrs. Rebekah Knowles. It has been
discovered that she has a hole in her
heart and is seems to be widening.
Inquires about surgery have given a price
that exceeds $20,000.
Mr. and Mrs. Knowles are putting on
a fair over the Christmas holiday. 'They
will provide the people of Moore's Island
with lots of excitement as they seek to
help a little girl. This effort of
Rakeisha's parents and members of the
community will help to create a brighter
Christmas season for little Rakeisha

By Lee Pinder
Cherokee is like one big family and
we all need to do our part to try to keep
our settlement the way it should be. Drop
your trash in the containers provided, but
also, if you see litter, don't just step over
it. Stop and pick it up and dispose of it
properly. We are very proud of the
volunteer group from the school that
belong to Club Cherokee. Over the past
year we have seen them on our beaches
and sidewalks collecting litter, litter left
by others. We cannot expect that
someone else will always be there to pick
up our mess. Let's all do our part to help
keep Cherokee clean.
On November 22nd the school held a
very successful steak-out raising. over
$1,000 which is to be used for
playground equipment (nets, balls, etc.)
for the new court that is nearing
completion. Your participation, and
donations are very much appreciated and
we're sure everyone enjoyed their steak.
The new community pavilion near the
back of the creek is almost completed.
With its large tables and many benches,
it makes a perfect place for small
We trust you don't forget the
Christmas cantata on December 14th. It
is a first for Cherokee but after hearing
the chorale group practicing, we feel sure
this will not be the last.
Even though it is not a local holiday,
the school children collected tinned foods
on November 27th throughout the
community and made up baskets to give
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Work progressing on the Cherokee basketball court close to the All Age School. All the
labour is being donated by community residents. The town is also raising funds to restore
the old school building shown in the background which could be used as a recreation
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Thomas Adderley is overseeing the cooking
of grilled conch and fried fish at Nancy's
in Sandy Point. The excellent, tasty fare is
worth a trip to Sandy Point. Served weekly
on Friday and sometimes on Saturdays, it
is conch and fish at their best, caught
fresh and delectable. If you are there on
Thursday, it would be a steak or chicken
dinner. The restaurant is managed by
Nancy Adderley. Enjoying the evening with
Thomas is Barry Albury, relaxing from a
hard day of fishing.

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December 1997 The Ahaconian Page 7

Abaco Markets Enters the Stock Market

By Stephanie Humblestone
With astounding success, Abaco
Markets made its debut into the stock
market and "went public." Shares for this
Abaco-based wholesale and retail store
were oversubscribed. Director Reginald
Sands said, "It went so well that we had
to cut back on some of the larger offers."
Abaco Markets have now secured a
place not only in the stock market but
also in Bahamian history as the first
Family Island business to go public.
Applications for shares, priced at $5.25
each and totaling 1.1 million, came from
Nassau and the Family Islands. The
minimum one could invest was $525 for
Practically every pension fund and
insurance company came into the issue
plus some positive responses from large
corporate concerns. With 40% public
ownership and 5.7 million dollars raised
from the offering, the company can now
not only expand but also reduce its debt
of $3.6 million resulting from the
recently acquired purchase of Solomon's
Wholesale in Abaco.
Abaco Markets Limited was founded
in 1975 and incorporated in 1989. It has
seven outlets in the Abacos. It is
efficiently run with a strong management
team who have a long history of
employment. As shareholders
themselves, they bring stability to the
The Board of Directors is
progressively looking ahead as the
company grows. "Now, said Mr. Sands,
"that we have entered the public realm
the prospects for the future are limitless.'
However, his delight was not limited

solely to Abaco Market's financial
success. He sees this as the tip of the ice
berg for future investments in the stock
market. "People here are now familiar
with the process. They will be more
receptive to future stock ownership and
get excitement from watching the
dividends rise and share values increase.
They will also be more likely to express
an interest in any future secondary issues
our company nMay offer."
Mr. Sands with a team of helpful and

Cancer Society
Names Raffle Winners
The Cancer Society of Abaco is proud
to name the winners of their recent
1. Hansel Bain Round trip for two to Fl
2. Merlene Edgecombe 19" colour TV
3. Derek Albury $250 gift certificate
4. Jill Parotti Weekend for two to
Abaco Towns
5. Jimmy Stuart $150 gift certificate
6. Carol Howard Ten pounds crawfish
7. Teresa Capron Leather handbag
8. Danny Newton Dinner for two at
9. Michael Jorgensen Dinner for two
at Abaco Towns
10. Debbie Curry Four slice toaster
11. Victory P Storage system
12. Ellsworth Watkins $30 gift cert.
13.Alexis Sawyer $25 gift certificate
14.Audrey Cooper Lunch for two at
Cap'n Jacks
15.Faron Newbold Manicure, Pedicure
16.Kaila Curry $25 gasoline
17.Michelle Sawyer Electric iron
18. Valerie Dean Ten gallons gasoline

knowledgeable employees travelled
throughout the Abacos giving meetings at
eleven different venues. He not only
represented his company and effectively

sold shares but also educated people
about a financial area which hitherto had
been exclusive to Nassau. The efforts of
all involved certainly paid off.

Members of the Cancer Society of Abaco held a jumble sale to raise money which goes
toward helping cancer victims as well as sponsoring clinics and lectures.

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Page_8 The Ahaconian December 1997

Sports News
Softball Jamboree held at Marsh The final event of the day was ACH they were determined to win. The second
Fourth Vita Malt Harbour's softball field. The first game senior boys against SC Bootle. This was quarter was also exciting that this quarter
Basketball Classic to be played was Abaco Central High's the most anticipated game of the day and determined the winner. Unfortunately the
By Charles C. Poitier junior boys' and Green Turtle Cay's one of the biggest rivalries I have ever Dolphins pulled into the lead and won the
The 29th of October through the 3rd junior team. This event gave the Abaco seen. Unfortunately, the game was game by five points with the score being
of November was a busy week for senior Central's team a chance to see what they shortened due to time restraint. So the 47-42.
basketball players in the country as it were up against. The team came out with 'score' is still left to be settled. While interviewing the players on the
was the start of the Fourth Annual Vita their hopes high and just wanted to have Abaco High Schools Marlins, the captain said that they were
Malt Tip-Off Classic High School fun. Unfortunately, Abaco Central's m just playing with the Dolphins. He also
Basketball Tournament. junior boys lost the game by one point. Compete said that they were just trying out their
The Mighty Texaco Marlins of Abaco The junior girls were about to start By Terrinique Pennerman abilities to play ball. The Marlins
Central High School travelled to Freeport their game with hopes of beating Forest On the 24th of October a game was promised that they were going to win in
for the event. The Marlins were placed Height. ACH's junior girls had no scheduled to be held between two teams the real games held in Freeport. They are
in Pool B. Their opponents were St. practice so they were in for a battle. the Abaco Central High Mighty Texaco determined to win and bring home the
Paul's Methodist College, Goombay Unfortunately, the game was cancelled Marlins and the SC Bootle High School trophy. GO MARLINS!
Land High School, Freeport High due to certain complications. ACH's Dynamic Dolphins at Ocean View Park.
School, Harbour Island High School junior girls gave it their best shot and The Mighty Marlins made a grand Golf Tournament Results
from Eleuthera and Alpha Omega. showed great effort. entrance with the cheerleaders leading the The Bahamas Golf Federation under
The Marlins played up to expectation. The junior boys had the next game to players in one by one. the sponsorship of Bums House and
The coaches were pleased with their play. Abaco Central was now competing The first quarter was very exciting Heineken held their second Annual
results. Cay Russell believes his boys can against Forest Heights junior boys. with the Marlins leading with 17 points Tournament in Treasure Cay at the golf
play with any high school in the country. Charles Smith who was a former student and the Dolphins with 11 points. That
The Marlin's record was four wins and at ACH is now attending Forest Heights didn't discourage the Dolphins because PLEASE SEE Sports Page 22
one loss only to Goombay Land, a good and is on their junior boys' team. This
basketball team. game was also cancelled due to
The Mighty Marlins made it to the complications. A b T
semi-finals losing a close game to the The innate qualities of the senior girls A b aco Tu g & Tra nspo rt
Pioneers Loop High School. The were incredible. The senior girls started
competition was very keen that the team out on the right foot with a home run by Tug & Barge Work
was forced to reckon with. The players Taryn Russell. SC Bootle senior girls Charters
enjoyed their mid-term break in Freeport. were quickly covering their 'tracks.' Sand & Rock Deliveries
The experience and friendships will Coming to the end of the game, SC * (Barge Loads Only)
never be forgotten. Bootle .enior girls were down by two Containers & Building Materials
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express the M ir appreciation to Texaco last inning and started using their Marine Construction & Development
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Bahamas Chamber Orchestra Comes

By Stephanie Humblestone
The Bahamas Concert Orchestra
brought elegance, culture and fun to the
Abacos with its impressive performances
at Hope Town Harbour Lodge on
November 29th and the Anglican Parish
Hall in Marsh Harbour on November
30th. At both venues many came in
evening attire to listen to the fourteen-
strong orchestra play light classical

compositions by Haydn, Bach, Mozart,
Strauss and renditions of familiar tunes
such as The Teddy Bears' Picnic, A
Whiter Shade of Pale, From a Distance
and The Bare Necessities.
The music brought smiles of
recognition to the audience and at times
created a hush as the musicians struck a
poignant note. In keeping with the festive

season they played Rudolph, the Red
Nosed Reindeer, Mary's Boy Child and
Sleigh Ride. They finished with an
original piece entitled Moonlight Nights
in Nassau by Denis Donaldson, a well
respected Nassau musician who played
double bass. The performances ended
with appreciative applause and three
The orchestra, formed by concert
master Jennifer Hudson in 1989, is a
dedicated group of professional and
amateur musicians of varying ages and
from all walks of life. "There's a strong
sense of camaraderie," says Mrs.
Hudson. "It's very exciting having
everyone work together with such team
work." The string section comprised five
violins, one cello and a double bass; the
brass had a trumpet, trombone and
French horn; the woodwind had an oboe,
clarinet and flute and the percussion with
drums and cymbals.
English-born conductor Philip
Anderson, head of the Music Department
at St. Andrews School in Nassau,
directed the musical ensemble. Mr.
Anderson, himself an accomplished

pianist, guitarist and saxophonist, studied
conducting in England under the
renowned Sir Sidney Fixman.
The force behind the evening was, of
course, Mrs. Hudson who came to the
Bahamas from Britain in 19964 as a
teacher. After dedicating twenty-four
years to teaching at Queen's College and
giving violin lessons in her spare time,
she left the education sector and devoted
herself full time to the thirty member
Bahamas Concert Orchestra. A performer
and winner of musical awards, Mrs.
Hudson believes that music is a "gift that
comes from the heart." She says that her
orchestra is "motivated by the love of
making music." Mrs. Hudson is the wife
of John Hudson, Manager of BEC
Thanks need to be given to Mrs.
Veronica Saunders of Marsh Harbour
who was instrumental in bringing the
orchestra to Abaco.
Indeed, on those two very special
evenings that very gift of love was
transmitted from one musician to the
other and in turn to each member of the

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The Real Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is here. We can feel it in
the air. We hear it everywhere. We can
see it in shops, in decorations in homes
in business places. It's everywhere. We
have Christmas plays and school
programs. We buy hundreds of dollars of
gifts. We buy new furniture, new
appliances. We fix up and paint. We buy
thousands of dollars worth of food,
turkeys, hams, candies. Toys for the
children. Tinsel, decorated trees, parties
with lots of food and drink. Faithful
Rotary Club members ring their bells

outside our food stores collecting money
for the needy. Others make dinners to
take food to the poor.
Our entire community is busy
preparing for the big day Christmas. It
affects every aspect of our lives. It the
single most important holiday in our
year. Yet how much of the effort is
directed toward the real meaning of
Christmas. The birth of a baby two
thousand years ago. Not heralded with
radio and television coverage, not
surrounded with toys or stuffed animals,
not born into luxurious furnishings. Just
a poor couple finding shelter with the
lowly animals. Yet this Christ Child is
the underlying reason for all our
celebrations today.
This fall we have had several
community wide events which were
designed to bring us together. November
was a memorable month with two major
events, a work boat regatta and a One
Bahamas celebration. What was the
purpose of both of these events? It was to
bring us together, to help us realize that
we are one family, that we need each
The actual interest of most of the

JIn A y Humble Opinion.

Brain Buckets
By Stephanie Humblestone
"They just won't wear the brain
buckets, "said Mr. Fred Parotti of R & L
Rent-A-Ride, shaking his head in utter
Images came to mind of sundry heads
contained by cylindrical vessels and
memories of Mitzpah, a colourful
character on Mackey Street in Nassau,
dancing through the streets sporting a
bucket as a hat.
What in the world are brain buckets?
Animal, vegetable or mineral? Egg
heads? Highbrows? What on earth was
this seemingly sane man talking about?
I awaited enlightenment (A life-long
pursuit for me. But that's a whole other
He signaled to an array of crash
helmets lined up like soldiers awaiting

Stephanie Humblestone


"They get around the corner and off
comes the helmet, and the police do
nothing." The word 'nothing' he almost
spat out in disgust.
His hand made a sweeping gesture
northwards as he recounted the story of
a family who intrepidly set out for
Treasure Cay, little realising the
distance, the sinuous roads and the
chronic effect such a journey would have
on their "bungeys."
"I doubt if they waited 'til they got to
the light in Marsh Harbour before they
yanked off their brain buckets," sighed
Mr. Parotti.
I am sure they were not the first to
flaunt the rules in this way, but sadly
they came unstuck. Quite literally. One
of them, a young man, found himself
wrapped around a tree, his bare head
vulnerable, unprotected and injured.
I remember years ago Dr. Eugene
Newry, Nassau's only and much over-
worked neuro-surgeon, telling me that
most head injuries are from tourists on
rental motor bikes.
The police in Nassau, like here in
Abaco, all but wave and say, "Have a
nice day!' as tourists go hurling by
without helmets.
Yes, there's a wonderful sense of
freedom associated with the wind in your
hair. It's the holiday spirit but the last
chapter to a carefree warm vacation
should not be a hospital bed or

regatta goers was not to watch the races
but to participate in the shore activities.
Why did the regatta committee go to
such an effort to raise funds and hold the
event? It was to bring the people of
Abaco together.
One Bahamas celebration's sole
purpose is to help us appreciate each
other, to help us realize that our
differences cannot be obstacles to our
The event in December is the greatest
event in the history of the world the
coming of the Messiah, the Christ Child.
He is the reason we are celebrating and
He is the one who can unite us. He is the
one who can bring about profound
changes in us, who can give us the
strength and desire to love one another,
to help us look past superficial
If we want real oneness, we must
look to the Baby in the manager. He is
the one who can help us break down the
barriers that divide us. His wish for us is
that we become one through Him. This is
the event which should really bring us all

worse... a cold slab.
We need a catchy phrase they always
seem to work for wear your helmet.
Like "buckle up" for seat belts. Let's all
put our heads together, those of us, that
is, who wear helmets and still have them,
and devise a slogan. "Contain Your
Brain," "Stay A-Head," "Put Your ]Brain
In Gear."
Years ago in England there was an
outcry among the large Sikh community
of North London who adamantly refused
to take off their turbans to don a helmet.

This Christmas let us get past all the
glamour and glitter of the commercial
side of Christmas and let us approach the
manager in adoration and worship. This
will give us the true spirit of love for one
another, of compassion for our fellow
man, of forgiveness of past wrongs. We
can then appreciate each other, appreciate
that our differences only make us unique,
not to be despised but to make us more
interesting and complete.
We can then be better prepared to
work together to improve our
communities, to attend to our day to day
business with a different attitude, with a
oneness, with a love one for one another
which was the prayer of the Jesus whose
birth we will be celebrating shortly.
Our prayer for you is that you will
find the Babe in the manger this
Christmas and that you will draw near to
worship Him. May you have a truly
meaningful Christmas. And may you
leave the manger a better person to face
the new year with love and kindness,
with an appreciation for each other,

However, ethnic and religious reasons
notwithstanding, they finally succumbed.
Gaily beturbaned Moslems were a sad
loss to the streets of London but their
number stayed intact.
Closer to home, look at the drawing
alongside the editorial in this newspaper
and you'll see Editor Dave Ralph with
his characteristic wide-brimmed hat fused
to his head. See him in the flesh
careering around Marsh Harbour on his

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Asking for Help
Dear Friends,
I am living at Sybil's Home for Senior
Citizens in Dundas Town. I need money
for medical bills and personal supplies. If
you will see fit to donate some help,
please make a deposit in my CIBC
account, Marsh Harbour.
Thank you.
Jerome Bethel
Many Thanks
To all my fellow human beings,
As a lot of you are aware, I recently
suffered a severe blow to my head in an
accident on November 8th that resulted
in twelve days in St. Mary's Hospital in
West Palm Beach. In the time since, I
have recovered very well and continue to
improve daily. I do have to "take it easy"
for a while longer .until I have made a
full recovery, but the prospects look very
good for me.
I would like to thank all those who
thought of me and prayed for me. It
really meant a lot to me to know that
people were sending me positive energy
in my time of distress.

The whole experience was actually
very interesting, but one that I don't
want to repeat. This incident has greatly
enhanced my appreciation of life; and on
the whole I think I have gotten far more
positive out of this than negative. In one
sense I feel like a whole new person.
Once again, thanks to all of you.
Scott Patterson
Thanks for Support of
Dear Editor,
I want to thank you for the beautiful
job you did to showcase the pictures (in
full colour!) and article about the very
eventful trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, the
five Abaco children and I had. I hope
you've received as many compliments as
I have on your presentation! You can be
very proud of how professionally your,
"little paper has grown.
If I may, I would like to correct
myself on one sponsor and add others to
the list. I inadvertently mentioned Royal
Bank as being a sponsor. I apologize for
any embarrassment it may have caused

them. They didn't have the opportunity
to donate this time many another time!
However, Abaco Wholesale in Marsh
Harbour, Green Turtle Club, New
Plymouth Inn, New Plymouth Hardware
and the Sea Garden Club, all of Green
Turtle Cay, all made generous donations
toward the trip. Thank you all very
much. I will be happy to mention any
others who have given.
It was difficult to compose a list from
all the communities. Rest assured that
you are all genuinely appreciated! We
couldn't have done it without you.
Everyone should remember -- The
children we raise today will be the future
leaders of tomorrow and also our care-
givers in old age. We should be
providing them with any and all outlets
to develop into broad-minded responsible
May the blessing of the season be
present in your lives throughout the
holiday and 1998.
Candace Key


FROM Page 10

Letters to the Editor

Subdivision tc

The new subdivision
government will be opening
will be named by a contest
For the past few weeks anyo
to submit a name for the
could suggest a name.
Bahamian residents of Abac
one suggestion per person w
The deadline for the suggi
December 12th, The nam
presented to a Selection
which will choose the top
These ten will be submitted t
Committee which will select

One Bahamas
The One Bahamas
continued on November 2
Talent Show at Esmargeo Pa
Hope. Unfortunately the wea
cooperative and the event
postponed one week due t
December 6th with a cold
the Talent Show conti
participants from many corr
Abaco showing off the tale
On November 30th St. Ma
Church of Crossing Rocks v
capacity for the special chu
fulfilling the One Bahamas mr
God, One People, One
Featured speaker was Pa
Cartwright of Marsh Harbou
a very thought provoking
Jacob's admonition to his br
that ye fall not out by the w
reminding them that they mi
together in peace. He emphas
must forgive and forget the
commit ourselves to the hea]
And just as Joseph was con
so must we be concerned
members of our society, pa
ones with problems, AID
teenagers, molested children
we must be committed
healing in the family. Althi
all different, God uses all o
and together we can become
one people. He urged the p
hands and hearts in Jesus Cl
Chairman of the On
committee this year w
Superintendent Jackson Mi
was assisted by his Deput
Frank Hepburn of Crossing

) Be Named by Community

which the A Steering Committee set up the
up shortly competition and is overseeing it.
on Abaco. Committee members are Chairman
one wishing Jackson McIntosh, Deputy Chairman
subdivision Silbert Mills, Ms. Charlene Fernander,
They were Mrs. Monica Adderley, Mr. Greg
:o and only Gomez, Mrs. Royann Swain and Mr.
vas allowed. Lowell Albury.
estions was
es wi The Selection Committee will have 51
Committee members and will be comprised of ten
ten entries, each from the business community, the
ten entries.
to a Judging clergy, government officers, students and
civic leaders. The Selection Committee
a winner.
will meet on December 16th and will
make plans for the final selection. Prizes
FROM Page will be awarded to the top ten entries.
Residents of Abaco can now apply for
celebration lots in the subdivision. It is 565 acres
9th with a between SC Bootle Highway and Forest
rk in Mount Drive to the south of Dundas Town and
their was not Murphy Town. The subdivision will
had to be include recreational areas, softball and
o rain. On soccer fields, a swimming pool, stores,
strong wind churches, parks, a health care clinic,
nued with government offices as well as 500 fully
imunities of serviced lots. The average size of the lots
ents of our will be 12,000 square feet which is just
under a quarter acre. Two man-made
ark's Baptist lakes in low areas will e included which
vas filled to will service as reservoirs to help with
irch service storm water drainage.
lotto of One The new primary school for the Marsh
Bahamas. Harbour area is already under
stor David construction in the subdivision. The
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message on by mid-1998.

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moped, assiduously wearing his "brain
bucket." Someone who had never seen
Dave without his hat asked me if he has
any hair underneath his ribboned
planters' straw hat.
I had to admit I really didn't know.
His wife may be able to help with the
enquiry. I had never seen him in the
transitional stage of hat-to-helmet. Maybe
he goes around the back of the office to
do the furtive deed. I'll anticipate his
movements and surreptitiously creep up
on him and I'll let you know!
My point is, If those Sikhs can
relinquish their traditional headdress and
Dave Ralph unglue himself from his hat,
then it surely isn't too much to ask you
normally bareheaded folk to put on a
helmet when cruising the roads on your
Please put the bucket on lest you end
up kicking it instead! Or, to be horribly
graphic, you wind up with your brains in

December 1997 The Abaeonlan Page 11



Pagaz The Ahbaonman December 1997

School News

Forest Height
The inter-school softball season is over
and Forest Heights achieved its best year
ever. The junior girls competing in their
first year won one and lost two games.
The junior boys team won every game
they competed in. On the way to their
unbeaten season they had wins over Amy
Roberts School, Abaco Central High
School and S.C. Bootle. The Most
Valuable Player awards went to Claudia
Henchell for the girls and the boys award
was shared between Mali Knowles and
Matthew Lowe.
The inter-house art competition was to
design a Christmas card. The competition
was judged by Ms. Kim Sturrup and Mr.
Philip Hall. This year's winners were
Age 10 Leonardo Burrows, Age 11 -
Shavanna Murray, Age 12 Katrina
Lowe, Age 13 Michael Farrington and
Age 14 Erick Sawyer. Erick Sawyer
was judged to be the overall winner. His
very eye-catching design was printed and
the cards were sold at Christmas time.
This year we have entered the largest
number of students for the BJC and the
BGCSE examinations in our history. All
the students are busy preparing
themselves for these important exams and
we look forward to continuing our
reputation for excellent results. These
students do have a hard act to follow as
our results have always been very
impressive especially with Daniel
Wiltfang receiving the highest honours
for last year's BGCSE.
Forest Heights students were one of
the largest contingents that participated
proudly in the One Bahamas march on
the 28th of November.
According to the builder, Mr. Al Key,
the new school is progressing well and is
on schedule.
Abaco Central High
Keeping the Tradition Alive
A group of forty-five students and ten
chaperons will be travelling to Nassau to
participate in the Junior Junkanoo
Competition to be held on the 18th of
December. The coordinator of the group,
art teacher Ms. Cavelle MacDonnell, has
been working extremely hard at getting
the group organized, preparing sponsor
sheets for them, trying to get sponsors
herself and also trying to secure
assistance from experienced Junkanoo
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her will. The students and their
chaperons will be staying at the Radisson
Resort, Cable Beach. We are extremely
grateful to Mr. Berkley Evans and Mr.
Stephen Sawyer for this generous
We are also grateful to all who
donated to this cause or helped in any
way. Special thanks goes out to Mr.
Colin Curry of Spring City, who worked
long hours daily to help with costumes as
well as music. We certainly appreciate
his giving so unselfishly of his time.
Special thanks also to Mr. Churton
Toote, Mr. Kirk Thompson and
Mr.Marvin Rolle who assisted.
Fund Raising
By April Dawkins
On November 28th Abaco central
Secondary School held a fair to assist
them in the provision of needed school
equipment. The fair began immediately
following the One Bahamas march and
was held on the school premises and the

An enthusiastic group of forty-five students from Abaco Central High School are excited
about their competition in Nassau and are eager to show off their talents in both music
and dance. Under leader Cavelle MacDonnell, they have put together a great show.
Murphy Town park. our school sold Christmas cards that they
At the fair there was a variety of designed themselves. The food was
games and lots of food. Games like cooked and served in the home
hoopla, go carts and the booth games economics room of the school. They
caught lots of attention. One of the
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Merchants; Host

Open House
Several Marsh Harbour businesses held Open House
events to which the members of the public were invited.
The Abaconian camera photographed several customers
enjoying the evening events.
Three of the shops, Buds and Blooms, Simcoe
Jewellers and Cultural Illusions, are located in Memorial
Plaza in Marsh Harbour. These specialty shops offer a
variety of gift items for Christmas. Also hosting the
public was Little Switzerland at Abaco Beach Resort.
Juliette Gallery had a public showing of its art which
includes many new items. They have art work to
accommodate every budget and the shop includes a
framing service.

An unidentified man seemed quite excited when presented
with his gift.

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Little Switzerland hosted a large crowd and pleased many
with their raffle. Shantique Williams was a winner being
presented with her gift by Susan Miller.

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Page 16 The Abaconian December 1997

Scout Activities

By Huel F. Moss, Jr.
Leaders Get Training
Eight Abaco Scout leaders successfully
completed their Basic-1 Training
Program over the weekend of November
21st. Joseph Pickering, Family Island
Training Commissioner from Scout
Headquarters in Nassau, conducted the
course. He was assisted by Assistant
District Scout Commissioner for Abaco,
Huel Moss, Jr. Abaco Central Secondary
School was the venue.
During the two-day course in which

participants were required to camp out,
the basic leadership skills required to
properly run a croupwere L'Utered. The
history of the' world movement and of
Scouting in the Bahamas were discussed.
Guidelines for forming and maintaining
groups were also discussed. Leaders
were drilled on many aspects of Scouting
and there was even a 15-mile hike
through the outskirts of Murphy Town
where wildlife identification and compass
bearings had to be practiced. On
Saturday evening there was a camp fire
and evaluation discussion. The session

Shown above is a group of Scouts while experiencing a camping trip in the Wilson City
area. They enjoyed exploring the area and learned about the lumbering era of Abaco

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officially ended with a church service at
St. John's Anglican Church in Marsh
Attending and successfully completing
the Training Course were Drexel Major,
Anwar Reckley, Leviticus Edgecornbe,
Joshua Singh and Edrick Symonette, all
of the First Abaco Scout Troop; Patrice
Miller, Sixth Abaco Scout Troop; Boadh
Singh, Fourth Abaco Scout Troop; and
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Mr. Pickering was extremely
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motivational level of the leaders. He felt
that there was no reason why Abaco
could not become the leading Scouting
island in the Bahamas. Already there are
over one hundred Scouts, Mr. Moss
informed him and, and two new groups
will be organizing early next year in
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December 1997 The Abaenian Page 17

More School Happenings 1


FROM Page 12

offered chicken, ribs, macaroni, rice with
peas or corn, cole slaw, potato salad, et.
Later that evening there was a Hair
and Fashion Show which was sponsored
by Sharon Burrows, proprietor of
Glamour Rama. Assisting Sharon (BKA
Sherry) was Nadia Davis and Charmaine
McIntosh. She took care of the beautiful
hair styles while they gave the girls that
professional model look with make up
that blended with their clothes, attitudes
and flashy hair styles. Sherry and
Company gave the models a new sassy
90s girl look
After the show everyone went across
to the Murphy Town park where the DJ
entertained them with the latest music --
nothing but the best.
Achievement of Two Abaco
Students Recognized in
On November 17th at the Sir Kendal
G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium, students from
across the Bahamas were honoured for
their exemplary achievements in both the
BJC and the BGCSE examinations held
in May and June of this year.
The main speaker at the ceremony was
Senator, the Honourable Dame, Dr. Ivy
Dumont, Minister of Education, who
gave an overall view of the
improvements of scores in the BJC
Iris Pinder, Acting Director of
Education, thanked all those persons who


A Fashion and Hair Show was part of the
fund-rasing activities at a recent Abaco
Central High School fair. These lovely
models show the clothes and hairstyles off
to their best.


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At the recent fund raising for Abaco Central High School, art teacher Cavelle
MacDonnell shows a young friend the Christmas cards her students painted and offered
for sale. The talent they display in all aspects of creative expression excites her as she
works with the students in many different areas.

contributed plaques to the awards.
Two Abaco students were honoured at
the ceremony for their high scores.
Daniel Wiltfang received Honourable
Mention because he received the highest
BGCSE scores on Abaco and has the
distinction of having the highest scores in
the Bahamas in Biology. He graduated
from Forest Heights Academy last June.
He plans to continue his education as an
exchange student in Argentina in a
program sponsored by a Rotary Club in
Daniel Wiltfang is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Daniel Wiltfang of Marsh Harbour.
Until he leaves for Argentina, he is
working in the Snap Shop and is an
assistant to his dad who operates the
Trauma One ambulance service.
Alicia Curry, a 10th grade student of
Abaco Central High School, received an
award for the best BJC results on Abaco.
Her course work in BJC home economics
was on display at the gymnasium.
Alicia is active in the 6th Abaco Scout
Troop and is assistant Patrol Leader. She
is in the Governor General's Youth
Award Scheme and is working on a
bronze award. She would like to become

Alicia Curry poses after receiving her
award for having the highest BJC score on
Abaco last spring. The award was donated
by Mr. Mike Malone, Chief Councillor of
the Central Abaco District Council.

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Alicia is the daughter of Rochelle
Turnquest of Marsh Harbour and Mario
Curry of Nassau.

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Scouting Adventures

Scouts FROM Page 16
Camping Trip Is Popular
By Joshua Singh
On November 28th after the One
Bahamas march, we, the Scouts of the
First Abaco Scout Troop under the
leadership of Mr. Drexel Major, left
Abaco Central High School to start our
first camping trip at Buzzard Hill. Mr.
Oliver Ferguson, Mr. Edrick Symonette
and Mr. Reg Patterson went with us on
Our campsite was on the sea shore
facing the former Wilson City and at the
foot of Buzzard Hill (approximately 70
feet high). We were divided into patrols
with the patrol leaders Gavin Bethel,
Anwar Reckley, Chevano Pinder and

After dark, all Scouts were given
supper and sat around our campfire. At
9 p.m. we went to sleep with the various
patrols standing guard duty for two hour
shifts. The next morning the Scouts were
wakened at exactly 5 a.m. All Scouts
except the patrol leaders were penalized
for unacceptable behaviour during guard
duties. They were punished by having to
swim at sunrise.
All Scouts including patrol leaders,
Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Patterson hiked to
Wilson City. Mr. Patterson showed us
trees indigenous to the Bahamas such as
dogwood, sage, gum elemi and madeira.
Our 10 to 12 mile journey to Wilson City
took us through mangrove swamps and
bushes. At Wilson City we found

These young faces are full of concentration as they listen to Asst. Comm. of Scouting on
Abaco. Huel Moss. Jr.


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Boy Scouts marched in a parade commemorating Remembrance Day. The march included
many uniformed groups including the Boys Brigade and culminated at Aldersgate
Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour.

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Moores Is. Students Boat & Bus to One Bahamas

On November 28th 19 students along
with two staff members from the
Moore's Island School started out for
Sandy Point to participate in the One
Bahamas celebrations on Abaco. When
they were half way to Sandy Point, about
13 miles, there were problems with the

lower unit on their outboard engine and
the boat had to be towed slowly back to
Moore's Island.
However, the students were very
determined to attend the festivities and
ended up getting to Sandy Point in two
small Malibu boats. All these

Church News

Presbyterians Have New congregation is holding services at 9
. Minister a.m. Sunday at St. John's Anglican
Minister Church in Marsh Harbour. Rev.
The Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Stapleton is also teaching Religious
Church now has a resident minister, Rev. Knowledge at Forest Heights Academy.
David Stapleton from England. The They invite any interested persons to join
them at these services.
,. .Revival Services Planned
^ A series of revival services for the
entire island of Abaco is planned for the
week of February 15th. A 1,000 seat tent
has been obtained for this and will be set
6 6. .A- up at Abaco Central High School. Guest
.- .speaker will be the Rev. Barry Moore,
renowned evangelist from London,
Ontario, Canada. Outstanding Christian
music groups will be bringing their
messages in song.
Andrew Charles Pinder made his e in sn g
appearance on September 18th in The revival services are non-
appearance n September 18th in denominational and are being organized
Freeport, Grand Bahama, weighing in atBenjamin, Manager of CIBC,
nine pounds 15 ounces. He is the fine and Jack Thompson, Deputy
healthy son of Harrison Pinder and Administrator for North Abaco.
Loretta Smith of Marsh Harbour.

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complications caused them to be late,
entirely missing the flag raising and
getting to the Abaco Central High School
about the time the parade arrived there at
the end of the march.
On November 29th the group traveled
to Mount Hope to participate in the talent
extravaganza held there. It was fortunate
that they were at the beginning of the
program because a soft rain persisted in
falling. After the first two items on the
program, the show had to be postponed
but the group got the opportunity to show
the rest of Abaco how very talented they
The next afternoon at the One
Bahamas church service held in Crossing
Rocks, they sang beautifully. But their

problems were not over yet. On Monday
when they were to return to Moore's
Island, the weather was too severe for
the boats to take them. They had to
remain over until Tuesday when the seas
calmed down. Ms. Sandy Walker housed
and fed them in her house in Crossing
Rocks for the entire weekend and made
sure they were well taken care of.
Principal Frank Hepburn also oversaw
that the group was provided for.
The students afterwards confessed that
they had prayed hard that the weather
would be bad enough to cause them to
stay over. We cannot say just why the
weather deteriorated but we know that
they definitely enjoyed their trip and will
not soon forgot it.




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Page_20 The Ahbaonian December 1997

Vinyl & Concrete Homes Open at Long Bay
On November 21st Long Beach was officially opened by Mr. Hachborn concrete. The vinyl makes an attractive has successfully been used for buildings
Development was officially opened at the and the Crossing Rocks School students finish but other outside finishes are up to ten stories high. The buildings can
Island Homes subdivision in South sang the national anthem and entertained available which simulate brick, wood be designed into any layout.
Abaco. Five new homes were open for the guests. siding or stucco. The interior is usually The panels come precut and assemble
public inspection. These homes are novel The Long Beach Development uses the left as the finished wall but could have quickly. After a concrete floor slab is
in that they were constructed using Royal Building System which was wall board or wall paper applied, complete, the walls and roof of the house
unconventional but proven building developed in Canada to provide strong The Royal Building System buildings can be completed in just a few days.
materials and methods. The Long Beach low cost buildings. The system uses have been constructed in 45 countries and Many buildings have been constructed
developer is Walter Hachborn from interlocking vinyl panels for the walls are suitable for housing, both single throughout the Caribbean and have

Canada who began Island Homes at Long
Bay just north of Crossing Rocks about
ten years ago.
At the opening ceremonies Robert
Sweeting spoke enthusiastically that the
development would be successful now
that the road was paved from Marsh
Harbour and island wide electricity is
about to be turned on. The development

- - - - -
and roof. The wall panels are reinforced
with steel and then filled with concrete.
The concrete flows through the wall
panels forming a solid, wind resistant
concrete wall. Door panels and window
panels are also interlocking.
The roof is formed by the panels
strengthened by internal steel or
aluminum box beams but without the

family dwellings and apartments,
schools, hospitals or for any other use. It


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December 1997 The Abaconian Page 21

People in the News
--AUC- kII h1 dIn i.wd n i n dUhen Lo

Mrs. Kendy Anderson
Abaconian Has Study
Mrs. Kendy Anderson was awarded a
four year in-service study leave by the
Ministry of Tourism. She will be
pursuing a degree in Marketing and
Hospitality Management at St. Thomas
University in Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Anderson has been with the
Ministry of Tourism since 1992 and
officially opened the Abaco Tourist
Office. She is very pleased to be granted
this in-service leave.
Ms. Sherry Parker of the Grand
Bahamas Island Tourism Board will be
taking her place during her absence.
We wish Kendy success in her studies
but we will all miss her while she is

Ms. Charlene Fernander
New Staff for
We now have a new member of staff
in the Administrator's Office in Marsh
Harbour, who is working closely with
Administrator Hart and performing
general administrative duties. She is
Charlene Fernander from Nassau.
Ms. Fernander was born in Nassau
and lived there most of her life. She was
educated at several Catholic lower
schools in Nassau. After spending a year
at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona
Beach, Florida, she went on to graduate
in 1977 with a degree in Spanish and a
minor in French from Barry College
(now a university) in Miami Shores.
She has spent twenty years in Public
Service, having taught Spanish and
progressed through various executive
positions in the Ministries of Education,
Transport and the Police Department. In
August of this year she joined the
Department of Local Government in
On October 15th, 1977, Ms.
Fernander was transferred to the
Administrator's Office in Marsh Harbour
and appointed Chief Executive Officer to
Administrator Hart.
Ms. Femander is a keen writer. She
has published one children's book and
from time to time submits articles and
stories to sundry publications. She also
enjoys dancing and cooking. A member
of St. Francis de Sales Church, she is
involved in civic activities and enjoying
living in what she describes as "beautiful
We welcome her to the community
and wish her well in her new position.

Camp Town, South Africa, anda rom
there moved to England to practice
* medicine at Kings College Hospital and
Queen Charlotte's Hospital in London.
He then moved to Canada, at first to

Dr. David Folk
New Doctor Arrives
Dr. David Folk, a Zambian by birth
and a Canadian national, arrived on
Abaco on November 30th and began
work at Dr. Frank Boyce's Medical
Clinic in Marsh Harbour the next day. If
that isn't jumping in at the deep end! The
morning he arrived was the day the
Family Medical Clinic was broken into
but Dr. Folk was not fazed. He has
traveled extensively and knows that one
swallow does not make a summer.
Break-in notwithstanding, he is in his
own words "delighted to be here and
finds the Abaco people really friendly.'
He received his medical training in

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FROM Page 18

After tent inspection and hot dog
sandwiches for lunch, we took down our
tents, cleaned our campsite and broke
camp. All scouts were delivered to their
Crown Haven Joins In
By Mr. Huel Moss, Jr.
Scouting was re-introduced in a big
way to this quiet fishing community over
the weekend. Assistant Commissioner of
Scouts in Abaco, Mr. Huel Moss, Jr.
traveled with his party to Crown Haven
on November 15th. The venue was the
church hall of St. Anne's Anglican
Church. Nearly forty boys and girls
assembled for what was an important
decision in their lives.
Mr. Moss addressed the group about
the many aspects of Scouting and how
significant a role it could play in their
lives. When told that they would soon be
camping out under the stars, they were
all filled with excitement and smiles.
The group is the Fourth Abaco Scout
Troop and Cub Pack and is under the
leadership of Ms. Theora Burrows (an
employee with Road Traffic) and Mr. K.
Singh (a teacher at SC Bootle High
School). An investiture service will be
held later in the year.

rng FROM Page 20
withstood hurricanes very well. In some
areas the insurance rates for these homes
is lower because of this.
The Royal Building System was
developed by the company founder, Mr.
Vic Dizend, who spent 20 years
perfecting the system. Mr. Hachbom,
president of Island Homes Ltd., calls it a
unique system, the most advanced
building system developed in the last 500
The five model homes at Island
Homes were built by Artech under the
supervision of Robert Claridge. Mr.
Claridge spoke very enthusiastically
about the construction, the speed of
construction and the strength of the
fished buildings.
The model homes are available for
sale and are built on lots 85 feet by 125
feet. The two bedroom home is listed at
$99,000, the 1300 square foot, three
bedroom home at $179,000 and the four
bedroom home with a garage is
$213,000. Several factors contributed to
the cost of these buildings including the
import duty on the panels and the extra
distance from Marsh Harbour both for
labour and for materials.

Sports FROM Page 8
course there on the week end of
November 21st to 23rd. Local residents,

December 1997
home owners and golfers from Grand
Bahama took part.
On hand for presentations was
President of the Bahamas Golf
Federation, Wellington Doc Stuart; Burns
House and Heineken representative Steve
Burrows; Burns House Island Manager
Abaco, William Davis and General

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Cays FROM Page 4
A surprise bridal shower for Terry
Welch was given by Mrs. Troy Sands,
Mrs. Michael Roberts and Mrs. Johnny
Roberts on December 6th. Everyone
enjoyed the evening. Terry and Anthony
will wed on December 26th at the
Seaside Chapel with a reception
following at Nippers.
An artist friend from Florida visited
the school. Mrs. Ede Masterson shared
with the students her intricate beaded art
work. She supplied art materials for each
pupil to make a Christmas candy cane
pin for their mothers. Boys and girls
alike enjoyed this experience.
The students also enjoyed an art
contest which involved creating a
Thanksgiving turkey out of all natural
materials. First place went to Natasha
Bethel, second to Heather Sands and
third to Shannon Roberts. Prizes were
presented to all pupils by Mrs. Ede.
Thank you, Mrs. Masterson, for sharing


A time to be born and a time
to die. Now you are gone,
your memories Voit always Lwe
on Ln our hearts. You riUtt be
remembered for your -
strength and determination
to face Ltfe s chattenges.
Thke family of the late Capt. -
Garnett Austin Arcker,
MBE, JP, would like to express
our sLncere thanks and appre-
ciatiuon to our many reLatives
and friends for their prayers, Capt. Garnett Ar her
tsvitations, telephone calls, flo- Capt. Gaett
cat arrangements, card and
stLncece support during oour
tLme of bereavement.

your talents with our children.
Merry Christmas to each of you and a
very happy, prosperous, healthy New
By Brenda Sawyer
The Seaside Shop is now open for
business. Conveniently located on the
waterfront, they carry gift items and
Androsia. The shop is under the
management of Brenda Sands.
Joe's Studio had their annual
Thanksgiving open house. The shop
which is chuck full of neat gift items, art
work and nautical items has much of Joe
Albury's beautiful wood work. This open
house is anticipated with excitement by
many who do all the Christmas shopping
at the attractive shop. But we are sorry to
report that Mary Ann Albury has closed
the Caribbean Closet.
The Christmas program put on by the
Man-O-War school will be held on
December 19th.

Special thanks to Rev. Charles Carey
and family, members of Atdersaqte
Methodist Church. Dr. Robin Roberts
and staff of Doctor's Hospital. Trauma
One. Dr. Frank Boyce and staff. Dr.
and Mrs. CoLin Archer and family.
Mr. and Mrs. David Ralpk. James
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December 1997 The Abaconian Page 23

Hurricane Season Closes Softly

The official hurricane season of 1997
closed on November 30th, quietly just as
the entire season was quiet. The
unusually quiet season began on June 1st
and during those six months only seven
storms gained great enough strength to be
given a name. Of those only three
actually became hurricanes while only
one attained winds of more than 110
miles per hour. Only two lasted longer
than four days. August, normally the
busiest month, had no hurricane at all,

the first time that has happened since
The occurrence of El Nifio in the
Pacific Ocean can be credited with our
quiet season. El Nifto is a unexplained
phenomenon which causes the surface
water of the Pacific to warm along the
equator, this year by about eight degrees.
This caused the high wind flow over the
equator to change direction, going west
to east. Tropical storms coming east to
west are disrupted by that high altitude

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The El Niflo this year has twice the
strength of any other El Niflo recorded.
Records go back about 125 years. The El
Nifio happens about every four to seven
years and seems to be occurring more
El Nifio does not keep all severe
hurricanes from developing. One
example is Hurricane Andrew in 1992
which formed despite that year being the
last El Nifio year. Andrew was the storm

which devastated north Eleuthera and
Bimini, then flattened areas of South
El Nifio affects more than just our
hurricane season. It will probably bring
us a warm, wet winter according to the
Department of Meteorology in Nassau.
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FROM Page 2

vote of thanks for all those involved in
the training of the Reservists and wished
the new graduates every success.
Commissioner B.K. Bonamy gave
heartwarming thanks to the Reservists,
expressing his appreciation of the drill
and finished by saying that the Reservists
will be role models for other citizens. He
counseled them to assist the regular
Police Force and do all in their power to
maintain law and order with a special
emphasis on the curbing of illicit drugs
and the abuse of liquor
Mr. Frank Watson praised Abaco for
its initiative in training the Reservists and
advised them to be alert, courteous and
The ceremony ended with members of
"Squad A" marching behind the Police
Band off the parade ground, each holding
a plaque presented to them by the Deputy
Prime Minister, their rigorous training
over and their future as assistant Police
Officers to begin.
Corporal Johnson's final comment on
the successful Reservists as he wished
them well in the future was, "They
proved to be successful and have shown
a willingness to stick together which will
carry over to their work."

Abaco District

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343 Frederick Albury 328 Samantha Bain
338 Rodney Bootle 349 Lowell Burrows
326 Carmel Cornish 335 Leslie Cornish
346 Cedric Davis 327 Valerie Dean
337 Lowell Edgecombe324 Frankie Evans.

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342 Hank Russell 333 William Saunders
320 Yvonne Saunders 334 Faron Sawyer
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it have been for use in emergencies. The owners of
the borrowed boats are reimbursed for
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December 1997 The Abaeonian Page 25

Colina Insurance Holds Reception

The Colina Insurance Company
Limited held a reception for its clients
and other interested persons on
December 2nd at Abaco Beach Resort in
Marsh Harbour. They are the only totally
Bahamian owned insurance company in

the country and they are expanding into
other areas such as mortgages, pension
plans and annuities. Several of their top
personnel were there to explain the
services which that company offers and
answer questions. About 100 interested
people attended the well planned event.

Members of the Colina Insurance Company team from Nassau were present at a reception
held in Marsh Harbour to acquaint interested area residents of their many services
available to their clients.

President of the company is the
lawyer, Mr. Mannie Alexiou, who was
the keynote speaker. He spoke proudly of
the fact that the company became totally
Bahamian owned on April of this year
after having been in business for the past

32 years. He announced that they expect
to open an office on Abaco soon to better
serve the needs of the people here.
Mr. Van Stratton was honoured for
many years of service as a collecting
agent for them.

South FROM Page 6
to the senior citizens for Thanksgiving. It
is more blessed to give than receive... we
can all take a lesson from the children.
There will be the annual Christmas
party and gift exchange for the school
children on December 18th and they will
be looking forward to a visit from Santa
before the party ends. Then on December
19th the children will perform an original
play entitled An El Nifio Christmas. Be
sure not to miss this evening of
entertainment as the children take us
around the world for Christmas.
This is our third year since we were
hooked up to BEC and Cherokee
residents have outdone themselves once
again. The decorations are really
spectacular when you walk around the
settlement. Evenings it is like being in a
fairyland with all the Christmas lights
twinkling. We have heard there is to be
a prize for the best decorations. Good
luck to the judges!
The candlelight ceremony will
probably be held on December 21st.
Don't forget the Foreday Meetings which
begin at 5 a.m. on December 23rd and
24th. Then the Christmas carolers will be
making their rounds several times during
the week before the holiday. Santa will
be handing out gifts at the community
tree again (just as he has every year
since 1946) on Christmas Eve. No doubt
the mischief makers will pay us all a visit
and there will be the usual display of
Guys to be burnt at the spit. Watch Night
services on New Year's Eve will wind up
the holiday celebration.
This is the fifth Christmas we have
reported to the readers of The Abaconian
and each year we list all the different and
various events taking place in our
community. Christmas in Cherokee has
always been something special,
something you experienced as a child and
want your children to experience, too.
It's almost as exciting to listen to some
of the old timers talk about years gone
by as it is to see the thrill on the face of
one of the little ones when they go up to
collect their gift directly from Santa. We
all seem to forget that our traditions are
for all of us so we must not let them die
out. It's a time of the year when petty
differences should be forgotten.
Hopefully all is well In the world or at
least on Abaco.
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Virginia Whittemore McAleer, 71,
passed away at home in Florida on
November 13th after a long illness.
Burial was on November 16th in Hope
Ginnie, as her friends knew her by,
was a long time visitor to Hope Town.
She with her husband, Col. John
McAleer, Jr., took on the task of
completing the Wyannie Malone
Genealogy which has required years of
diligent work. She was also committed to
a permanent building for the Wyannie
Malone Historical Museum in Hope
Town. Both projects are almost
Mrs. McAleer is survived by her
husband; children, Pamela Baines, John
McAleer III and Linda Cady; and
grandchildren Kelly, Becky and Shannon
Cady. She will be greatly missed by all
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FROM Page 21

hospital and in a clinic with two other
doctors. During his three month stay on
Abaco, he has arranged for a substitute
to take his place.
Dr. Folk is a family man. He is
married to Laurel from Winnipeg,
Manitoba, who is a teacher in gifted

memory can be given to the Wyannie
Malone Historical Museum in Hope
Reuben Smith, 66, of Murphy Town,
died at his home on November 25th after
a long illness. The funeral service was on
November 30th at Zion Baptist Church in
Murphy Town. Pastor A.B. Lewis,
assisted by Rev. Christopher Dean and
Deacon Alonza Dawkins, officiated.
Interment was in the Murphy Town
Reuben moved to Abaco in 1974 and
worked with Bill Swain Construction
Company as well as Percy Archer
Construction Company for several years.
In 1992 he worked on the Deborah K II
as a chef for about four years.
Reuben is survived by his wife
Avemena Bootle Smith; mother Zepherita
Smith; one daughter Sophia McDonald;

education. They have a six-year daughter
Alexandra and a five year old son
Joshua. We extend a warm welcome to
Dr. Folk, his wife and family to Abaco.

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By Stephanie Humblestone
A huge greenhouse at Rocky Farms
Nursery has been devoted entirely to
poinsettias, the traditional flowering
Christmas plant. There, thirteen thousand
plants have blossomed under the care and
attention of Manager Hermis Newbold
and his staff.
Approximately three thousand have

already been shipped to Nassau and
between now and Christmas more will
leave to deck the stores and homes of the
capital. The rest, about fifteen hundred,
will be bought by nurseries in Marsh
Harbour and retail businesses in the cays.
Rocky Farms is situated a short
distance off the road to Cherokee Sound.
Three years ago it opened as an
extension of the parent company in

Police Offer $10,000 to Solve Crime

The Royal Bahamas Police Force is
offering a $10,000 reward for
information leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person responsible
for the death of Jeannie Sands Pinder
of Green Turtle Cay, who was
murdered on September 15th. Mrs.
Pinder was found dead in her home,
killed during an apparent robbery. Her
husband, Andrew Pinder, also in the
home at the time of the murder,
escaped serious injury.

The murder shocked Green Turtle
Cay and all of Abaco as well. Police
have questioned several persons and
are continuing in their investigation of
this crime.
The police are also offering a
reward for information concerning
the murder of a British school teacher
in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, who was
killed on August 22nd.

Nassau. Now a tradition, Rocky Farms
produces poinsettias every year.
However, this season it has included
some new varieties, whites, pinks and
mixed which they call "Jingle Bells."
With pride Mr. Newbold escorted me
into the greenhouse which was ablaze
with colour and then proceeded to
describe the two types of poinsettias,
Jubjibi and Freedom, which come in pot
sizes from four inch to ten inch including
hanging basket poinsettias.
Rocky Farms on Abaco is growing
many other decorative plants and some
fruit trees. Many landscaping plants are
being grown there for shipping to Nassau
to their retail nursery. They also are
raising goats for sale. The farm does not
have a retail outlet on Abaco. During the
three years they have been farming on
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The Ahaconian Page 27

Freight FROM Page 1
Comments at the meeting from local
government leaders and residents were
favorable. Some concern was voiced over
increased truck traffic on the narrow road
in Little Abaco and possible wear of the
pavement which was not built for heavy
Residents of Little Abaco are looking for
projects that will give some economic
stimulus to the area. Although most of the
freight would probably pass through the
Little Abaco towns on the way to or from
Marsh Harbour, new businesses would
appear and existing shops would grow.
Another meeting is scheduled in Fox
Town for December 18th with Mr. Roberts
answering questions. The equipment is
ready and service could begin as soon as
approval is received.
North Riding Point was the shipping and
operations base for the Owens Illinois
logging operation on Grand Bahama which
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Many Events Brought Abaco
Together for One Bahamas
Marching bands, a flag raising ceremony and a three mile
parade through Marsh Harbour to Abaco Central High
School were the focal point of the One Bahamas
celebrations. A talent show was held in Mt. Hope and a
Church Service was held in Crossing Rocks These
photographs show glimpses of the events.

December 1997 0 Second Section


The News of the Islands

Austin Mills comes on-stage to engage with daughter
Ausnne (min the background) in Estmargeo Park in Mount
Hope, Little Abaco.

The skits at the One Bahamas talent show proved to be
The Rangers are shown here preparing for the One very popular. Here is Austin Mills trying to cope with
Bahamas march through Marsh Harbour. unfamiliar garments as he portrays an elderly woman.

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soft rain persisted. Marsh Harbour in celebration of One Bahamas on November 28th.

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Page 30 The Abaconian December 1997

By Scott Patterson
The opening day of the pigeon
shooting season was September 29th.
This year the majority of the shooters
gathered on Soldier Road very near
Hole-in-the-Wall in South Abaco. The
surface of Soldier Road could only be
described as "lunar landscape" or "truck
eater," but this is not enough to
discourage Abaconian pigeon shooters.
Shooters anticipate the opening day like
kids waiting for Christmas.
This year's stock of birds was good
and anyone that is a good shot was able
to shoot a satisfactory number of
pigeons. I didn't hear any complaints
except when we got rained on. I heard of
numbers ranging from 20 odd to top
score of 108 birds; where you stood and
shot from could make a big difference to
your score.
On day two, the unlucky shooters who
had chosen a different site the previous
day, also descended on Soldier Road and
due to the crowding, some of us were
standing "elba to elba" in some of the
choice spots. This can be extremely
dangerous if there is a careless or
inexperienced shooter among you. The
number of birds flying was again quite
satisfactory and a good time was had by
all. The Abaco shooters are already
thinking about next year's opening day.
There are, however, two issues facing
Abaco's pigeon shooters, that can be and
should be considered and dealt with. In
short they are conservation and
responsibility on the part of the shooters
and closer management on the part of the
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and
the Bahamas National Trust. Not pointing
any fingers and in random order here, I
would like to voice MY opinion on the
aforementioned issues.
As I mentioned earlier in this article
there were very high numbers of birds
being shot in the first few days of the
season, especially by the shooters who
had the best locations along the pigeons'
flight path from their roost to their
feeding areas. But one week later
shooting in those same spots the numbers
were down into the teens. This seems a
little excessive to me. Do the shooters
want to wipe out the entire stock of
birds? Will there be enough of a breeding
stock for next year's crop?
But this type of behavior has been
going on for years and every year there
are pigeons nesting in the established
breeding grounds. It is an established fact
that pigeons will leave an area when you
start to shoot into them, so maybe a
sufficient number of birds had "flown the
coup" by day seven. And on the other

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Opening Day of Pigeon Season 1997

hand I will say that years ago some of
Abaco's shooters couldn't resist shooting
out of season or shooting in the nesting
sites and to my knowledge this has
stopped. This is very commendable.
Issue number two is related to our
latitude. Abaco is located in the Northern
Bahamas and the pigeons that breed here
are most often finished rearing their
young and ready for their annual
migration to the south earlier than their
brothers and sisters in Andros.
It is my understanding and this view is
shared by the majority of Abaco shooters
that the Bahamas National Trust has
monitored and done banding projects in
several colonies of pigeons south of here
including Green Cay off South Andros so
as to know on average when the last set
of young birds are ready to come off the
next. They have used this indicator to set
the opening day of the season as
September 29th. The result is that by the
time the season opens, sometimes it is
too late for Abaco and Grand Bahama. If
this continues, Abaco shooters may once
again start shooting out of season,
resulting in the decimation of our pigeon
Let me explain my experiences of this
past September. My favorite place to
shoot is Spencers' Bight, (also referred to
as Buzzard Hill or Wilson City). So in
early September (on the 4th) I visited the
site at dawn to observe the pigeons as
they flew from their breeding grounds on
Channel Cay, Sandy Cay and Cornish
Cay in to the mainland to feed. By
counting the flocks of birds passing over
I closely estimated 3000 pigeons between
6:45 and 8 a.m. However, by 7:15 I
observed some pigeons returning to the
cays to feed their young. My adrenaline
One week later I repeated by field
trip. The incoming number of birds and
time frame was very similar, but the
number of birds returning to the cays had
dwindled; one week after that, the same.
I could hardly wait. Unfortunately, on
my fourth trip on September 25th I was
horrified when I counted less than 100
birds. My heart sank to my ankles and I
yelled a few choice words into the sky.
This to me is clear proof that the young
had come off the nest and were ready to
It shouldn't come as any surprise that
the pigeons are well in touch with mother
nature and the change of the seasons.

Then I took an extensive walk through
the bush looking in the cut stands that we
shoot from and along the roads in the
area to confirm that the birds had not
been shot. There were no fresh shell
casings whatsoever, reconfirming my
suspicion that the birds had left on their
Over the next couple of days I made a
few inquires with some of the other
shooters that I know well enough and
learned that Soldier Road was the- place
to go. Wow, was I relieved that I didn't
get skunked.
The thing is this: if the season is
opened too early, adult birds are shot and
leave their young on the nest to starve to
death. So the optimum date for the
opening day will vary from spot to spot,
and latitude and yearly fluctuations in
rainfall and weather conditions will affect
this greatly. My suggestions as to
solutions to this quandary are greater
attention to the date of the opening day
from the relevant policy making parties
and patience and involvement on the part
of the shooters.
As I shot on Soldier Road, I wondered
if these were Spencers' Bight pigeons or
another set altogether. A banding project
would be relatively easy. That way if the
birds do leave the Spencers'
Bight/Cornish Cay area, we will soon
learn where they went to and when,
provided Bahamian shooters return the
bands to a well publicized central

There are numerous nesting sites
throughout the Northern Bahamas and
locals in each area could become
involved. This does not have to be an
expensive project at all. Besides the
minuscule cost of bands, there would
only be a bit of time and transportation
cost that each volunteer would probably
be happy to absorb themselves if they are
confident that the results of the study
could help change the opening day date
in Abaco to suit Abaco's pigeons.
Pigeons start nesting in May and
young birds go from hatch to flight in
three weeks. This allows an adult pair to
parent three or even four young per
season. Besides banding the young, the
things to monitor would be: date of first
and last laying of eggs, rainfall, overall
weather conditions, including
temperatures and any early cold fronts in
September and feed on the trees. This
would be valuable information so as to
be able to better manage one of our tasty
natural resources.
I would be happy to receive some feed
back on this article. Please call me at
366-0345 home or 367-2514 at work. See
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I strongly feel that the attitudes and
behaviors of rebellious students and
others who were unwilling to learn at
S.C. Bootle High School in Cooper's
Town has drastically changed. There
were also major improvements made in
our school, hence, I found myself writing
as I feel this ought to be acknowledged
by others.
The winds of change must have blown
our way because S.C. Bootle has shifted
in a different direction. When people
thought that we were set in our old ways,
ashamed to say, the hope of some of our
parents almost relinquished, and the
educational board just about gave up on
us here at Sherlin C. Bootle. It was then
that we decided to make a change. This
decision was not taken lightly. With a
new, no nonsense principal and an
outstanding qualified group of teachers,
it was definite whatever we needed to do
in order to improve our ill repute was
sure to be done.
First and foremost, the task of

Police to Begin
Bicycle Patrol
The Nassau Police are beginning an
innovative bicycle patrol unit. Fifty
Bicycles have been donated and the new
unit will begin patroling soon.
Benefits include a closer relationship
with the community and the ability to
navigate quickly through heavy downtown
traffic. Police administrators cite other
communities where the police use bicycles.
The officers become a part of the
community rather than visitors who pass
through occasionally.

December 1997

A Brand New Day Has Dawned

at SC Bootle
breaking.down the barrier of negativity
which we built up in our minds over the
years must be taken upon by ourselves.
In order to achieve this goal to re-
establish our school's image, it was
important to start thinking positively and
gain self-confidence.
This action had to be done by
members of staff as well as students.
What was once seen as an impossible
task to accomplish is now showing
promise because kids are becoming more
interested in their education. The
majority of students are obeying the
guidelines and regulations and the bad
apples are taking a turn for the better. I
have observed students helping other
students in the classroom by tutoring
slow learners to help them better
comprehend and on the sports ground
during physical education to help
strengthen a fellow student's game.
These acts of interest and cooperation are
considered to me to be a step forward.
Secondly, the members of staff are
making some alterations in their method
of educating as well. The teachers are
going beyond their call of duty to ensure
good results from their students by giving
extra homework, popping pop quizzes to
keep them on their toes and encouraging
reading. Oh, yes, more reading is being
highly influenced! It is so much that a
system was to be formed. Each class
takes turn using the school's library in
selecting a book to read and give a report
on it. Our principal, Mr. Rolle, has even
set aside Tuesday and Thursday mornings

High School
when everybody including teachers must
be sitting quietly with reading material in
hand. With literacy being an important
factor to education, it is important to
feed the mind with knowledge.
The third objective on the list of
amelioration is the enforcement of
discipline. Now more than before,
teachers patrol the school grounds in
watch of offenders and of the security of
all students. The Hall Passes system is in
place and the dress code regulation is
under close observation. No stone was to
be left un-turned.

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One means of ensuring that this
objective was to be put into effect was
not to use the cane as the rod of
correction, but to teach insurgent students
humility by isolation from decent
obedient students. Hence, Attitude
Anonymous was formed in our school for
those rebellious, disobedient offenders.
The Attitude Anonymous motto of
positive effect states, "My attitude
determines my altitude," ensures that
after one graduates a change in attitude is
made and the individual is ready to rejoin
the better half of the school.
After what we needed to do in order
to improve our ill repute was done, a
brand new day had dawned at S.C.

Over-Fishing a Threat to The Bahamas

Over fishing is a threat to the Bahamas
according to Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce Neil McKinney of Nassau.
Once over fishing has occurred, it takes
years to recover. Mr. McKinney is
particularly concerned about the Nassau
grouper; The grouper are concentrated
during spawning and fishermen taking
large quantities while they are
concentrated risk depleting the stock.
The Florida Sportsman Magazine
recently had an article urging the
Bahamas to outlaw fish trapping which
also depletes the waters. The magazine
had an open letter to the people of the
Bahamas pleading with them to outlaw
fish traps. It appears that fishing boats
which previously did long line fishing are
now fishing Bahamian waters with long
line trapping. These kill fish
indiscriminately and drastically reduce

the numbers of many kinds of fish.
This depletion of our fishing resource
will have very serious consequences both
for our commercial fishermen and for
our tourism industry. The magazine
urged the Bahamas government to outlaw
the trapping just as they outlawed long
line fishing a few years ago.
It is known that long line trapping has
been taking place on the Matanella
Shoals off Walkers Cay, around Moore's
Island and in the Berry Islands. Modem
methods of fishing commercially are very
detrimental to the fish populations and
deplete areas so thoroughly that the fish
cannot regenerate satisfactorily. They kill
indiscriminately both species that are
desirable but also many that they do not
want. Long line trapping also does great
damage to bottom inhabitants as the traps
are dragged along the ocean floor.

Page 32 The Ahaeonian December 1997

BAIC Encourages Small Businesses

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial
Corporation (BAIC) sent a team to Abaco
in late November led by Mr. Don Major,
Manager of Advisory Services, to
encourage people to go into business for
themselves. Their mandate is to create
employment and to assist with the venture
to assure that the business does not fail.
They encourage Bahamians to go into light
manufacturing, service or tourism-oriented
Mr. Major was accompanied by Daniel
Thompson, Business Advisory Manager,
and Judy Simmons, Public Development
Officer. Mr. Major and his two colleagues
spoke in Marsh Harbour on November 26th
at Abaco Central High School. They made
presentations in South, Central and North
Abaco. Informal private meetings were
held for those interested so specific ideas
could be discussed with more
Mr. Major stated, "An economic
miracle is taking place in this nation."
Government is committed to helping
Bahamians form their own businesses and
be a part of this economic activity.
Government has put in place policies
which are designed to help the small
businesses. One of these policies requires
that government agencies and corporations
must buy from local manufacturers when
quality goods are available. BAIC is
committed to helping Bahamians supply
many of the needed items and reduce the
dependency on imports. BAIC will help
open many of those government doors to
small local businesses.
Three goals being sought by BAIC are:
Putting people to work
Economic participation by Bahanmians
Import substitution
BAIC will assist.interested parties with
developing a business plan which can be
presented to a bank for a loan. BAIC does

Coconut Trees to
Help Economy
The Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries has ordered 50,000 coconut
trees for planting in the Family Islands.
This is part of the government's effort to
promote agriculture in the Bahamas.
According to Minister Earl Deveaux, the
potential of the coconut industry is
excellent both for selling jelly coconuts
and for other products including coconut
oil. Machines to efficiently bark and
cook coconuts are being looked into.
The coconut trees will additionally
improve the tourist product and improve
the perception of a pristine paradise for
the Bahamas. It will be five years before
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not make the actual loans. They do manage
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When the quality is not acceptable,
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Working to match Bahamian
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Finding suitable projects for
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Government understands that the
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Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros and other islands
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Local Government

- at Work

Town Planing 15 November
This meeting was a continuation of the
November 4th regular meeting which had
more business than could be concluded in
one sitting.
Buildings with seven foot high
foundations to pay double: Building
permit fees are to be doubled when the
structure is on poles, stilts or other columns
seven feet or more above the ground. It
was noted that in many cases, the lower
open area is converted into living space
without paying additional building permit
Helicopter landing pad: A request for
a helicopter landing pad on Guana Cay was
returned as Civil Aviation in Nassau which
must first pass judgement on this.
Guana Cay fuel station: A request for
a fuel depot in Guana Cay was approved in
principle. Final approval is contingent on a
complete set of working drawings being
submitted. The station would be on the
south east end of the settlement.
Licensing 18 Nov 1997
Bottles banned: All functions requiring
a temporary liquor license are not to
dispense beverages in bottles. Only canned
beverages can be taken from the vendor.
Beverages unavailable in cans can be sold
but must be dispensed in cups with the
bottle being retained by the vendor. This
rule is at the request of the police and
makes incidents less likely to turn violent.
Lubber's Quarter Restaurant:
Approval in principal was given to Patrick
and Linda Stuart to operate a restaurant on
Lubber's Quarter on their five acre tract.
They intend to appeal primarily to boaters
during the day and early evening.
Murphy Town disco: A decision on
David Cornish's proposed disco on the
western end of Forest Dnve was ppstponed
as the public notice was inadvertently not
posted in Murphy Town as required by
law. The application will be considered at
the next meeting after the Murphy Town
residents have the opportunity to comment.
Elbow Cay Club not considered: A
restaurant and bar application by Robert
Maltarp for the Elbow Cay Club property
was not considered as it must first be

approved by the Foreign Investment Board
in Nassau. The license for the facility was
terminated in December 1989 due to
various irregularities.
Sharkee's Pizza Hut: A license to serve
beer and wine was approved but restricted
to be sold only with the sale of food.
Marsh Harbour Town Committee 19 Nov
Bahamian Lumber & Power Project:
A proposal for a sawmill and power
generation project to be based at Snake Cay
was discussed. The proposal was sent by
central government for local comment. See
separate article.
Street naming: Committee member
Lowell Albury brought maps of the Marsh
Harbour roads. Streets with names were
noted but many streets have never been
given names. Names were proposed and
the public is asked to approve of these
names or make recommendations. See
separate article.
Central Abaco Council 25 Nov. 1997
Lawsuit misdirected: The Attorney
General's office advised the Council that
they should not be concerned by the
threatened lawsuit from the firm of E.P.
Toote and Company. Legal objections to
the system must be directed to central
government and not to local government.
Since the powers were conferred by central
government, any challenge must be
directed there.
High school littered with trash:
Council members were recently at the
Abaco Central High School and were
dismayed by the amount of trash scattered
all over the grounds and in the restrooms.
Council member Bill Swain is to meet with
the PTA and the school principal to see
what can be done to improve the situation.
Different members commented on the
cleanliness of the Dundas Town Primary
school grounds. Compliments were given
to the school staff, students and the new
grounds keeper and maintenance man who
was transferred there from the Works
Compound. Efforts are being made to
resolve the work assignment for the man
assigned to Abaco Central High School as
grounds keeper and maintenance.
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temporarily: Council members agreed to
allow sewerage to be disposed of at the
Marsh Harbour dump site temporarily.
Environmental Health asks that the
sewerage be disposed of by injection in a
deep well. The two local disposal firms will
be asked to provide a suitable well for this
material. It was suggested that they drill a
well collectively. Members also felt that
North Abaco should provide a site for this
material collected in their district.
Dump burning to be eliminated: The
Marsh Harbour dump will be upgraded to
a new type of sanitary landfill which
eliminates burning. This system is now in
effect in North Eleuthera and is being
implemented on Grand Bahama. Abaco is
scheduled next for this program.
Details on conflict requested: The
Local Government Department in Nassau
has requested a report concerning the
potential conflict of interest by attorney
Philip Lundy representing clients
concerning licensing matters. Mr. Lundy is
the Deputy Chairman of the local licensing
Royalty on sand mining due:
Effective November 1st all sand mined is
subject to a royalty payment to
government. A $500 annual license is also
Omni bus License granted: Council
members were annoyed that an omni bus
license was granted to an Abaco individual
by Nassau without the application being
brought before the local road traffic board.

Lumbering and power project:
Council members discussed the lumbering
and power generating project proposed for
Snake Cay. Central government is asking
for local comments before a final decision
is made. See separate story.
Fire truck for Murphy Town: Council
member Bill Swain said Murphy Town is
looking for $2,500 for a fire truck which
the Rotary Club in Freeport is making
available. Mr. Swain anticipates the truck
being located in Murphy Town and staffed
by town volunteers. One of the government
firemen assigned to the airport fire truck
lives in Murphy Town and would be the
prime candidate as operator for this new
addition. Additional volunteers would be
trained in fire fighting techniques.
Cays ask for transportation
assistance: Council members receive a
small stipend which helps to compensate
for the time spent on community business.
Man-O-War and Hope Town members
incur gas expense for their boats which is
considerably more than members pay who
are able to attend meetings by automobile.
However, Town Planning and Licensing
committee members do not receive a
stipend. It was asked if any consideration
could be given to appointed members who
have the additional burden of boat expense.
Port Authority 26 November
Port members suspend all business:
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Page 34 The Abaeonian December1997

Green Turtle Is 1 st Town on Extended System

Green Turtle Cay was the first area to
benefit from BEC's recent expansion
exercise which has been ongoing for nearly
two years. On November 19th Abaco's
BEC Area Manager John Hudson turned
the switch feeding the settlement of New
Plymouth. Two days later the balance of
Green Turtle Cay was connected to the
Marsh Harbour station and the town
generator was shut down.
Cooper's Town was connected to the
Abaco grid three weeks later on December
10th. Campbell Electric of Nassau is
putting the finishing touches on the
transmission line to Cooper's Town and
Little Abaco. The settlements in Little
Abaco will be brought on-line in early
When the work in the north is completed
in early 1998, the system will be
transmitting at a higher and more efficient
13,200 volts explained Kenny Knowles,
Deputy General Manager of Distribution..
Crossing Rocks is presently supplied by
a BEC generator and efforts are underway
to fully connect that settlement into the
growing distribution grid.
Work on the Cherokee system is
expected to begin early in 1998 with a
submarine cable being laid from Casuarina
Point, which is already connected to the
Marsh Harbour plant.
An underwater line is now being
extended to the southern end of Lubbers
Quarters from the Elbow Cay system. This
will serve the Ocean Club subdivision and

neighboring area. Property owners on
Lubbers are paying for this installation.
The distribution system from Marsh
Harbour does not extend to Sandy Point.
However, BEC will be renovating and
upgrading the entire Sandy Point facilities
starting in early 1998. A future phase two
up-grade will extend the hi-line from
Crossing Rocks to Sandy Point.
The generating plant in Marsh Harbour
has eight slow speed diesel generators.
Four are 1.6 megawatt (1600 KW) English
Mirrlees Blackstones and four are 2.5
megawatt Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD)
machines by General Motors of U.S.A.
With all generators are online, the station
can supply 16.4 megawatt watts of power.
During a rash of station problems in
October, BEC flew in a ten-ton 2.5
megawatt alternator to replace one which
burned up from insulation failure attributed
to old age. The failed machine was bought
used three years ago by BEC and was over
25 years old when purchased. Other
failures in the plant during October caused
BEC to bring in two self-contained rental
generators of two megawatt capacity each.
One of these is now in Sandy Point.
At the time of the October crisis, two
new 2.5 megawatt EMD generators were
installed waiting for a key transformer so
they could be put on line. Emergency steps
were taken utilize their power into the
system which then eased the crisis. The
new transformer subsequently arrived and
these two new machines are on line as

originally intended.
Mr. Hudson believes that the BEC
generating plant in Marsh Harbour can now
accommodate Abaco's growth for the next
three or four years. Industry figures allow
for growth of three to four per cent per
year. In the last two years, Abaco has
experienced an 80% increase in electricity
demand. Nassau's BEC General Manager,
Freeman Duncanson, recently said, "Abaco
is the fastest growing area in the Bahamas
from BEC's view."
To put Abaco's electrical consumption
in a different perspective, the plant
consumes approximately 11,000 gallons of
diesel fuel every day. Each of their two
185,000 gallon storage tanks holds about
a 17-day supply.

Environmentalists will be pleased to
know that used engine oil is held in drums
and is returned to Nassau for reprocessing.
Six thousand gallons are now being readied
for shipment.
Central Abaco's peak load is now nearly
eight megawatts during July when the
marinas and hotels are full and air-
conditioning is on. Winter electrical
consumption is approximately half the
summer load. The central Abaco cays are
presently using about 800 KW as is Green
Turtle Cay.
Consolidating the electric generation in
one plant allows more efficient use of
personnel and equipment. It will put more


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Central government sent an interesting
proposal for local government's comment
concerning a proposed sawmill and power
generation project to be based at Snake
Cay. The Marsh Harbour Town Committee
discussed it at their November 19th
meeting and the Central Abaco Council
reviewed the proposal on November 25th.
Members were given a 30-page proposal to
study and comment on. The project will be
ultimately decided by central government
in Nassau although local input is being
requested. The proposal was submitted by
Sam Pratt and Steve Jones of Jacksonville,
The $30 million project is estimated to
employ 80 100 people and provide $4
million in annual revenues for government.
Mr. Pratt and Mr. Jones are asking for a
99-year lease on 103,000 acres of
timberland and be given 30 acres in the
Snake Cay area for the sawmill and power
The scope of the project is to harvest
sawmill timber and process it locally into
dimension lumber. Electricity would be
generated from the waste wood products of
the mill. Timber harvesting would be at a
sustainable level within the growth

II Propose

parameters of the pine forest. Re-seeding
and planting would be done to maintain the
projected 30-year harvesting cycle along
with a controlled fire program.
Fires are a normal part of natures forest
management. However, forest fires conflict
with civilization and need to be managed
The proposal estimates that 50% of the
harvested logs are waste by-product which
they plan to use for steam production and
electricity generation. The electricity would
be used in the mill operation and the
surplus electricity is calculated to be
sufficient to power all of Abaco. They want
to sell the electricity to BEC for
distribution. The BEC plant would be used
for "peak periods and back-up use."
Side benefits from the project are the
elimination of imported fuel for electrical
generation by using a local renewable
energy source. Waste ash from the boilers
would be available as an agricultural soil
additive. The report implied that air
pollution would be minimal or non-existent
as the wood fuel contains no sulphur which
is the main component of air pollution.
Snake Cay would be renovated for use
as a deep water port for Abaco. The

Boat, Dock, Master Licenses Expire

The local Port Officer, Troy Mills,
reminds the general public that the annual
licenses related to docks, jetties
(groynes)and private and commercial boats
expire on December 31st of every year.
They should be renewed during the month
of December.
The fee schedule for the Family Islands
Private dock, per structure $50
Commercial dock $0.95 per foot
length of exposed sides of a dock with a
minimum fee of $85
Private mooring $15 per structure
Commercial Mooring $85 per
Over-water structure $85 per
structure. This includes residences, offices,
restaurants and other structures built over
the water. Depending on the nature and
construction method used for the structure,
the dock fee may also apply.
There is a separate fee for industrial
docks in the Family Islands. However, Mr.
Mills states that there are no docks on
Abaco that are classified as industrial.
Commercial Boat Fees:
The first amount shown below is the
annual license fee cor commercial boats.
The second amount in each category is the
inspection fee. Commercial boats must be
inspected annually. Rental and charter
boats are commercial. Fishing boats where

the operator holds a business license or a
fisheries license are also commercial.
Up to 15 ft $10
Inspection $10
over 15 ft and up to 25 ft $20
Inspection $20
over 25 ft and up to 50 ft $30
Inspection $20
over 50 ft and up to 100 ft $50
Inspection $30
over 100 ft $80
Inspection $40
Ships' Master's License:
The renewal of a Master's License is
$10 annually.
Private boats, non-commercial:
Private pleasure boat licenses expire
annually on March 31st and are not
inspected. The annual license fee is:
less than 15 feet $10
15 ft. but less than 30 ft. $20
30 ft but less than 50 ft. $100
50 ft but less than 100 ft. $200
100 ft or more $400

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3d for Snake Cay

corporation would regulate the timber
harvest with the intention of preserving the
natural resource in perpetuity through
reforestation and fire management.
A study by The Industry and Energy
Group of Falmouth, Maine, (I&EG)
indicates that 67,000 cords of Abaco
Caribbean Pine could be harvested
annually with 25% of this available for
power generation. According to the report
this harvest rate approximates the annual
growth. Growth would be assisted by fire
management and replanting.
A second study by Hicks, Jowett &
Wood, Inc. of Femandina Beach, Florida,
gives a rough status report of the Abaco
timber resources. Their study is superficial
and based on air and highway observations.
They recommend a proper timber cruise be
made to substantiate the data.
The I&EG report indicated the project
could be completed and operational in 18
months after signing the developmental
agreement with government. The report
also suggests that other waste fuel material
available locally could be used as a fuel
source. This includes pallets, construction
debris and possibly tires as suitable fuels.
Tire use would be subject to study as they
contain polluting components.
With some reservations, Council and
Committee members generally supported
the proposal in principle but wanted more
information. Both local government groups
were in accord concerning the 99-year
lease and the granting of the 30 acres. They
felt that 99 years was too long to tie up the
land. Also, they were not comfortable with
the granting of 30 acres to the developers.
Members felt that a long term lease for 21
years renewable for another 21 years would
be better. These are the present terms

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normally granted.
No mention was made of when
government might make a decision on this
During the discussions, Council member
Lowell Albury mentioned that he had
permission to cut 50 large old growth pine
trees in North Abaco. These are to be
shipped to a Canadian manufacturer for
experimental processing into premium
hardwood flooring. The Canadian firm
believes the Abaco pine may be well suited
for premium flooring.
Abaco sustained a very active logging
industry in the early 1900's which closed
down just before World War One. Two
mill sites, Wilson City and Norman's
Castle, remain as names on maps and
charts. Other sites such as Millville and
Cornwall remain as memories with the
older generation. The lumber was used
locally and also exported to Cuba, the
United States and other foreign ports.
Remains of locomotives, the logging
pond and building foundations can still be
seen at the Wilson City site. A rusty and
crumbling narrow gauge locomotive sits in
the woods just outside Sandy Point. It is
understood that a locomotive and a load of
railroad track lie in the water off Crossing
Rocks. Artifacts can frequently be found at
other sites by the adventurous.
Owens Illinois resumed a logging
operation based at Snake Cay from 1959
until 1966. The timber was used for
pulpwood which was processed in
Jacksonville, Florida. The main remnants
from this project are the commercial wharf
at Snake Cay, Spring City, the extensive
Abaco road network and the 20,000 acres
of cleared sugar cane fields which are
slowly being assigned to agricultural uses.

Pagel36 The Abaconian December 1997

Dr. Hyatali Ameeral The Government M.D.

By Stephanie Humblestone
Dr. Hyatali Ameeral was appointed
District Medical Officer by the Ministry
of Health in October or 1995. This is his
first and very challenging position in the
Bahamas. It is demanding in terms of
time and experience required to assist
and treat a wide variety of ills, accidents
and medical matters which arise in these
relatively isolated islands.
His background is varied and lends
itself to what is expected of him and
what he can contribute. After graduating
from the University of the West Indies,
Mona Campus, Jamaica, in 1986, he
pursued an internship at San Ferando
General Hospital in Trinidad. This
provided him with an introduction to
rudimentary medicine, an insight into
specialist areas such as accident and
emergency, paediatrics, orthopaedics,
community health and valuable hands-on
experience. In the same hospital he
moved on to become Senior House
Officer in both Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, and Accident and
In 1991 he received a Diploma in
Public Administration from the Faculty
of Social Sciences at the University of
the West Indies. With this he secured the
position of Acting Registrar in the
Division of Environmental Health in St.
Joseph where he worked in the
eradication of malaria, dengue fever and
rodent control in government

Dr. Hyatali Ameeral
Birding Program
Five persons graduated from an in-
tensile training programme to become
The Bahamas first accredited birding tour
guides. The Bahamas has the distinction
of being the first country in the
Caribbean with accredited birding tour
The five persons went through many
stages to become accredited; a formal
birding course, the Bahamashost and
Tour Guiding programmes and extensive
field work. The programme trainers were
Paul Dean and Lynn Gape, both of the
Bahamas National Trust. The programme
required various phases to be completed
which the participants took over a two
year period.
Bird watching is the fastest growing
recreational activity in North America
and interested people spend $14.4 billion
on trips and bird accessories. The
Bahamas feels that this market has much
potential for us.
Minister of Tourism, Mr. C.A. Smith
summed up the interest in bird watchers
by saying, "Birders are a special group
of person. They are environmentally
conscious travelers who are fierce
defenders of wild life and natural eco-
systems and they are prepared to
participate in conservation efforts.
Generally, they are well educated upscale
professionals with disposable incomes
and have a passion for their sport and
they travel to remote destinations to seek
out those rare or endemic species." The
Bahamas has nearly 300 species of birds
and bird watching could provide an
economic boost to the Family Islands.

Before moving to the United Kingdom
in early 1995 he worked as Senior House
Officer in the Accident and Emergency
Department at San Fernando General
Hospital. The unit sees at least 400 to
500 patients a day. It was here that Dr.
Ameeral gleaned much of his emergency
In England he undertook a number of
short term medical substitute
appointments which allowed him to
familiarise himself with the United
Kingdom and its national health system.
They also provided him with experience
in complementing specialties, all
invaluable to a Family Island
Dr. Ameeral works at the Government
Clinic in Marsh Harbour on Mondays,
Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays and
on Sunday by appointment. He estimates
he sees between 30 to 60 patients aa day
and is assisted by two staff nurses, two
clinical assistants and one filing clerk
who also does administrative duties.
The clinics held there are mainly
family oriented: child health, pre- and
post-natal, reproductive health,
gynaecology and family planning. The
first and last Tuesdays of the month he
holds a clinic in Sandy Point and the
second and third in Crossing Rocks and
Man-O-War. The first and last Thursdays
of the month he has a clinic in Moore's
Island and the second and third in Hope
Town and Guana Cay.
The clinic, which was recently
renovated, is spacious and
comprehensive. Off the registration and
reception area is a well equipped
pharmacy. There is a screening room
where patients are weighed and blood
pressure monitored. The large waiting
area leads to a stock room for medical
supplies, two treatment rooms and two
consultation rooms, one of which is Dr.
Ameeral's private office. An x-ray area
is also in this section. A two-bed separate
section with baby cots is devoted entirely
to deliveries and post-natal care. Three
midwives are on call. There is a mini-
hospital facility for patients too ill to go
home but not requiring hospitalisation. A
kitchen, utility room and pleasant lounge
accommodates staff. Patients also have a
sitting area where they can watch
medical educational videos on such
topical subjects as hypertension, asthma

and diabetes. The clinic houses a dental
department run by Dr. Vincent
McQueeney and assisted by a nurse
where both acute and chronic problems
are treated. It is open from Monday to
Friday inclusive.
Medical equipment includes a EKG
machine, x-ray machines, an infant
incubator and there are plans ahead for a
defibrillator, a machine which stabilises
dangerous heart rhythms and a pulse
oximeter which measures the amount of
oxygen in the blood, invaluable for
cardiac and asthmatic patients.
Four security guards, three male and
one female police the premises twenty-
four hours a day.
In addition to his government posit ion,
Dr. Ameeral lectures on numerous topics
in schools and churches. He has an active

interest in preventative medicine and
educating the public ion health matters.
The main focus of his job, however, is to
provide primary health care in whatever
form that may be.
Dr. Ameeral, his wife and three
children have made Abaco their home.
He expressed a love for the Bahamas and
an admiration for the strong constitution
of the Abaconian people. He has
observed that in the outlying areas where
medical facilities are limited, the people
have built up a resilience. "They are by
history survivors," he said. Interestingly
enough he believes that those making
their home here in time also develop this
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December 1997 The Abaconlan Page 37

Street Names for Marsh Harbour & Spring City

The names shown above were submitted to the Marsh Harbour Town Committee
as proposed street names. Most of the names refer to prominent or long standing
residents of the street. Fulton Drive is named after the side-wheel steamboat Rob-
ert Fulton which was berthed at Snake Cay during the logging project.

The Net and I The internet and Abaco

By Sinclair Frederick
Abacom in Marsh Harbour has
sponsored an Internet web site about
Abaco for over a year now tens of
thousands of visitors have seen Abaco in
cyberspace. The site is www.oii.net, Out
Island Inter.net.
The experience reminds me of a story
about a daughter of one of my friends.
She was jusL learning about numbers and
hot to count. One da3 she turned to her
dad with a look of amazement and said,
"They go on forever!"
We are just beginning to learn to use
the Internet but I believe we can also
say, "It goes on forever."
Certainly, as a way to publicize Abaco
all over the world and to promote our
visitor oriented businesses resorts,
cottages, boat rentals the Internet is an
effective tool. The classic way (if you
can call any technique a classic when the
whole idea is only a few years old) is to
publish "pages" on the portion of the
Internet that we call the World Wide
Web. These pages can then be viewed by
anyone in the world with an Internet
connection, and there are now millions of
people on the Internet.
In effect, you publish an electronic
brochure describing your offering. I
actually think of this kind of web page as
a business card you are saying "Here
I am. Here is what I have. Here is how
to contact me. I'd like to serve you."
Everyone in business has a business card,
and I think anyone wishing to promote
their business on the Internet needs a

web page but that is just the start.
One thing we've found for sure is that
when you have a web page you better be
ready to communicate with interested
visitors. At least as far as our experience
goes in promoting Abaco, people on the
Internet want information. Cute graphics,
eye-catching design, all the Madison
Avenue hoop-de-do, take a back seat to
plain old information. They want to
know prices. what to wear, how to get
here, what to do, can they bring their
dog... The trick seems to be to make the
page itself carry enough information to
get a visitor interested but not too much
so that they get bored. Our experience
indicates that you want to get enough
interest so they have some additional
questions and they want to contact you.
On the Internet the easiest way to
contact a person is via e-mail and
effective pages generate e-mail. I think
that the amount of e-mail generated is a
good measure of how well a web page is
A lot of the e-mail will be trivial and
even annoying. This is a sample (not
kidding) "I"m coming to Nassau. How
expensive is a cab ride to Abaco?"
The saving grace is that you can
courteously answer e-mail, even dumb
questions, in just a few moments. And
you're not wasting your time. Once a
potential visitor learns there is a real
person on a real place called Abaco and
that person is interested enough to write
back, the next e-mail might ask, "What
flights come to Abaco?" and then, "We'd
like to reserve for two weeks..."

The Marsh Harbour Town Committee has proposed the names shown above for the
streets in downtown Marsh Harbour. Many names shown are accepted historical
names while others are new and only shown as proposed. Other names would be
considered by the Committee.

Garden Society Announces Meetings

The Tropical Fruit and Garden Society
of Abaco has announced their meetings
for the new year. Sara Bardelmeier from
Nassau will speak on January 22nd at the
meeting to be held at Abaco Beach
Resort. She has founded a Nassau garden
club such as ours and has much.
experience to share.
On February 19th the guest speaker
will be Barbara Pyfrom, Curator of

Palms at The Retreat in Nassau. The
Retreat is the Bahamas National Trust
headquarters and has extensive gardens
including a large selection of palms from
all over the world.
The Garden Society welcomes all who
are interested in gardening, whether it is
vegetables, decorative plants or a few
house plants. For more information
contact Jack Hardy at 367-2580.

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This is to inform the public: The entrance to the property known
as the GOLD CITY SHOPPING CENTRE, situated in Marsh
Harbour, Abaco, between Bay Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive

to the public from 6 p. m. 24th December 1997 to 6 p. m. 25th
December 1997 to protect the right of ownership.

age 3 The Abahonilan December 1997

from the Kitchefi of... LAZ( DA74Y3

Holiday Cranberries
By Sam Hoffer
Cranberries are no longer reserved[ for
the big turkey dinner. They are in
sauces, vinegars, relishes, ketchup, pies,
tarts and baked goods. A North
American wild crop once gathered by
Native Americans in bogs, cranberries
are now planted and carefully harvested
by farmers. Some of the vines date back
150 years. From late September through
early October cranberries are mature and
ready for harvesting. Eighty percent of
the crop is frozen. Fresh berries must go
through what is called the "bouncing
step." A good berry will bounce six
times; those that don't are discarded.,
At our house we love cranberries and
always buy a few extra bags and freeze
them (in the bag, as is) for later use.
Here are some of our favorite recipes.
Pork with Cranberry-Pear Sauce
This has a very European flair serve
with freshly cooked green beans. Don't
overcook the pork!
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 firm pears, peeled, cored and finely
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
and cut into 1" thick slices
salt and freshly ground black pepper to
In a non-stick skillet heat 1 1/2
teaspoons oil over medium heat and saute
onions until softened, about 4 minutes.

Add pears, orange juice, cranberries,
cinnamon and ginger and simmer,
stirring frequently for 3 to 5 minutes or
until cranberries just start to burst.
Remove from heat.
Meanwhile, season pork with salt and
pepper. In another non-stick skillet heat
remaining 1 1/2 tsp. oil over medium-
high heat until hot. Add pork and cook
until browned, about 2 minutes per side.
Add cranberry-pear mixture to skillet and
cook for another 2 3 minutes or until
the center of the pork has just a trace of
pink. Remove pork and keep warm. Boil
sauce for 5 minutes or until slightly
thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the pork on plates with the
cranberry-pear sauce on top. Serves 4.
Cranberry Muffins
Terrific with espresso less sweet than
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter, melted,
1 large egg
Position rack in center of oven and
preheat to 400 degrees F. Spray cups of
muffin tin with cooking spray. Coarsely
chop cranberries in processor or blender.
Set aside.
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients
in large bowl. Whisk yogurt, milk, butter

and egg in medium bowl to blend. Add
to dry ingredients, mix just until
combined. Fold in cranberries. Divide
batter equally among muffin cups. Bake
20 minutes or until done. Transfer to
rack to cool. Yield: 12 muffins
Cranberry Onion Relish
Fun in place of traditional relish.
Great with turkey sandwiches.
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 cup fresh cranberries

3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Coat a small non-stick skillet with
cooking spray. Place over medium high
heat until hot. Add onions and garlic;
saute until tender. Add cranberries, sugar
and water and bring to boil. Cook 3 5
minutes or until mixture is thickened.
Stir in vinegar. Serve at room
temperature. Store leftovers in

Paigem Publications to Promote Abaco

From a small office in Nassau Ruth
Saunders and her sister Jane Braynen
have developed what is fast becoming an
expanding business which is -helping
Abaco businesses with their advertising
and public relations.
One and a half years ago they opened
Paigem Publications in Pine Yard,
Nassau. Initially they handled a few logo
designs but their sights were set on
creating an advertising and publishing
firm. Today they have a thriving concern
which offers a wide variety of services
from printing brochures and post cards to
media advertising and public relations.
Their most recent publication was All
Abaco Regatta which was colourful and
well produced.
Ruth and Jane complement each other
in both their personalities and their skills.
Ruth, President of the company and in
charge of sales, is effervescent and
dynamic. She travels around the Family
Islands especially the Abacos, meeting
clients and securing contracts. Jane,

Vice-President, a talented artist and
graphic designer, is by contrast quietly
competent and holds the fort in Nassau
during Ruth's absence.
In the near future they will be opening
a full time advertising agency, signage,
printing and advertising department in
Marsh Harbour and in June 1998 they
will be bringing out a new magazine
called what's hap 'nen Abaco. It will be a
destination-focusedpublicationwhich will
explore the history, culture, arts, food
and lifestyles of the Abacos.
what's hap'nen Abaco will be 124
pages of interesting and informative
articles, a calendar of events and superior
photography. Some 50,000 copies will be
distributed worldwide to tour companies,
travel agencies and yachting and sailing
Ruth and Jane describe it as a "tourist
magazine" but it will also be of interest
to the residents of Abaco. We wish them
success in their new venture.

Merrly Christmas

-& Best Wishes

for the

New Year

From the Free National Movement
Branch Associations of the
Marsh Harbour &'
Hope Town

Maiy You Have

A Safe Anb

Happy Holibay

I ill I CP-~

December 1997 The Ahbaonian Page 39

Administrator Hart Reflects on the Regatta

Island Administrator Everette Hart
reported that the 1997 Abaco Regatta was
a huge success with an equally huge
"price tag" of a staggering $130,000.
This seems a colossal amount. "But,"
added Mr. Hart, "the Georgetown regatta
costs in excess of $200,000."
Mr. Hart pointed out that the regatta
never set out to make money but, of
course, the fund-raising should meet the
expenses incurred. Finances
notwithstanding, he stressed the
importance of the event. "It is a social

and cultural event which brings people
He commented on the good quality of
the racing, congratulated the winners
and, indeed, all participants but
commiserated with the sailors for the
unpredictable weather on the last day
which "stopped play." He praised the
efforts of the ABACO RAGE team and
the debut of the famous sailing boat into
the racing circuit. He hoped the RAGE
would compete in other regattas

4A .beco4alt Remodeling Kitchens

By Barbara Farnan
We are going to remodel our kitchen
and need some help getting started. We
both enjoy cooking and entertaining
frequently so we want plenty of elbow
space. How should we start?
Margaret and Davie Bates
It's great to remodel your kitchen. The
kitchen is one of the most expensive
areas to remodel in your home so careful
consideration of the basic planning first
makes for a good work area.
The three basic kitchen shapes are a
galley (walk-thru), U-shaped (three sides)
and L-shaped. Any one of these may
include an island for additional counter
space. Your present walls may determine
the type of shape you select.
The next basic in kitchen planning is
the work triangle. This is the triangular
walking path that connects the cooktop,
refrigerator and sink. The guideline is
four to six feet between cooktop and
sink, four to seven feet between sink and

refrigerator and four to nine feet between
refrigerator and cooktop with a total of
the three sides to equal between 12 to 22
feet. Smaller than 12 feet would make a
kitchen cramped and larger than 22 feet
walks the cook too much. Using these
guidelines proves a basis for a well
spaced and efficient kitchen.
Providing for two cooks requires more
space and appliances. Add another sink
in the kitchen and provide a secondary
work triangle from cooktop to
refrigerator. Also allow a minimum
clearance between cabinets of 48 inches
instead of the regular 40 inches for room
to pass each other.
After you've settled on your kitchen
plan, you should have great fun studying
and selecting from all the many colors
and styles now available in appliances,
cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures,
For your decorating questions
answered, contact Barbara Farnan, 242-

throughout the year and especially in
He gave some practical advice
regarding ballast, trimming the sails and
training. His confidence in the boat and
her crew was very strong. "With a year
ahead to iron out some of the problems I
foresee some great results," he said.
Mr. Hart would like to see the young
people of Abaco involved in the racing
next year. He may bring the regatta
forward a week to ensure all the schools
are out for mid-term break. He envisages
youngsters racing Abaco dinghies.
The biggest change according to Mr.

Hart for next year will be the
establishment of committees each of
which will ,be responsible for certain
areas of the regatta. For instance, there
will be different divisions for such
sections as advertising, transportation,
and cultural events. Each sub-committee
will be responsible for the budgeting.
The Administrator will oversee all the
Mr. Hart pointed out that this was the
first Abaco work boat regatta. "We have
learnt by trail and error." Preparations
for the 1998 regatta will begin early next

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Season's (3rcctings

We, the management and staff of Batelco's far-flung Abaco
facilities, wish to thank you, our customers, for your patron-
age during the past year. We appreciate your support and
look forward to serving you during the New Year.
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Regatta Boats Compete for Two Days

Winds were very
light and shifting on
the first day, giving
the Race Committee
Chairman problems
trying to determine
the starting line
which always goes
head into the wind.
Winds on the second
day were strong and
gusty. The boats
were able to sail
although one
capsized. 25 MPH
S winds on the third
~. day canceled the

The smaller class "B" boats are a little bigger than an Abaco dinghy but
they carry much more sail and have ballast.

Using the pry is tricky in gusty wind conditions.
sudden guest or lull can capsize the boat as The work boats start at anchor in a prearranged line. When the gun goes
happened here. This boat went to the bottom but off, anchors are hauled and sails are hoisted. The period prior to the race
was later raised with a ships cargo crane. is quite active with boats anchoring to a straight line.

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SThank You Thank You

Tank Ship
Abaco Inn
Sail Abaco
Club Soleil -
Bluff House
Cap'n Jacks
Rudy's Place
Corner Value '"
CJ's Welding |
Island Marine
Island Gallery
The Moorings
Rich's Rentals -
Malone Estates ,i
Abaco Charters
Harbour's Edge
Sea Spray Resort
Blue Ridge Clinic
Sea horse Marine
Vernon's Grocery
Imports Unlimited
Lighthouse Marina
Standard Hardware
Tanny Key Rentals
Pine Woods Nursery
Home Improvements
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Abacays/Carib Freight
Harbour View Grocery
Sea Horse Boat Rentals
Green Turtle Ship Yard
Hope Town Harbour Lodge
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Under the care of the repair crew

Under sail at last

Under review by the Committee Boat

S And thanks to all others who
made donations of funds, effort
and time to make the ABACO
RAGE a dream come true.
From the crew ....

We Say Thank you




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Mt. Hope Stages a Talent Show

Two performances were presented at the
One Bahamas Cultural Show at Estmargeo
Park in Mt. Hope on November 29 before
a light all-night rain canceled the show.
The program was rescheduled for
December 5th and entertained about 150

hardy souls who braved the cold crisp
The Moore's Island dance team made
their presentation at the first show along
with the L.A. Conquerors Junkanoo team
who rushed at the beginning of the light

BEC Ready to Supply Abaco

BEC FROM Page 34
burden on the line crews who must
maintain the distribution system which
extends from Crossing Rocks to Crown
Haven, nearly 100 miles. Line maintenance
on the Cays such as Green Turtle Cay or
Elbow Cay contribute to BEC's
maintenance logistics with underwater
cables and boat trips.
Hope Town and Guana Cay are each
scheduled to get a second three phase
underwater feed. This will give BEC
additional options for keeping the Cays on-
line. BEC is also plagued with higher than
normal line losses in their systems on the
cays. Some of this loss is attributed to tree
branches bleeding voltage from the hi-
Completion of the phase one expansion
program will allow four generators to be
shut down as remote towns are brought on-
line. The generators in Cooper's Town,
Cherokee and Crossing Rocks are expected
to be put into service in other parts of the
Bahamas. Studies are underway whether
the unit in Fox Town will remain as a
standby or be sent elsewhere. The Green
Turtle Cay generator will be overhauled
and kept for standby service.
Three plant generators in Marsh Harbour
are now off-line for repairs. Two of the
Mirrlees need crankshafts and one is on
order. A feasibility study is underway as to
the merits of repairing the other Mirrlees or

replacing it with a larger machine. Unit
five, an old EMD which just received a
new alternator and is getting a general
overhaul. It is expected to be on-line for
the holidays.
BEC is one of the biggest employers on
Abaco with 46 permanent staff. Employees
in the satellite stations are being reassigned
and retained in the corporation as the
remote machines are shut down. A group
of BEC employees will be receiving
certificates in Nassau this month for
additional training which is an ongoing
program. BEC also uses independent
contractors for new line work and tree
Completion of phase one expansion
program will allow four generators to be
shut down as remote towns are brought on-
line. These are located in Cooper's Town,
Fox Town, Cherokee and Crossing Rocks.

rain. MC Jackson McIntosh tried to hold
the crowd but the light rain showed no sign
of letting up.
At the concluding session on December
5th the skies were clear but a cold north
wind keep the audience's hands in their
pockets. Leon Pinder and Austin Mills kept
the performances flowing. The L.A.
Conquerors Junkanoo team opened again
with a Junkanoo rush through the audience.
Ken Roamer and Franco Monceur of
S.C. Bootle High School put on a skit of a
reluctant but talkative and animated
witness making a statement to a police
Leroy Thompson gave the audience a
skit focused on "Sharky," a down-and-out
bum who lived in a bag and could not bring
himself to get out of the bag. He was

offered help from various passers-by.
Suggestions included rum, a young lady's
wiles and other ineffective attempts. It was
an evangelist, played by Evelyn Wilson,
who redeemed "Sharky" and got him out of
the bag.
The evening concluded with a skit by
the ever-popular Austin Mills and his
daughter Austine of Fox Town. Mr. Mills
portrayed an elderly illiterate woman trying
to cope with the modem world and her
educated daughter. Mr. Mills came on
stage dressed appropriately. In fact the skirt
would not stay up during a chase to catch
the insolent daughter, exposing a wide
variety of interesting undergarments. The
audience always looks forward to Mr. Mills
productions with their earthy and old-time

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December 1997 The Ahaeonlan Page43

Hope Town Sponsors an Abaco Rage Party

By Stephanie Humblestone
At a RAGE Party in the playground of
the Hope Town All Age School on
December 10th, Island Administrator
Mr. Everette Hart applied the new
Bahamas slogan, "It just keeps getting
better" to express his implicit faith in the
ABACO RAGE, the 28-foot Bahamian
wooden sloop which competed in the
recent 1997 Abaco regatta.
Mrs. Suzanne Bethel welcomed
everyone, pointed towards the school
room where the idea to buy and renovate
the ABACO RAGE had been posed by
Chris Lightbourne of Hope Town and six
other people only a few weeks before the

date of the All Abaco Regatta. "It
seemed an impossible proposal at the
time but they did it."
She invited the crew, all dressed in the
ABACO RAGE T-shirts reflecting their
teamwork and solidarity, to come
Mr. Hart praised all who participated
in the regatta and made possible the
miracle of restoring THE RAGE and, as
he put it, "Taking a shell of a boat and
making it sail-worthy in only two and
one half weeks." He felt that Chris
should be put in the Guiness Book of
World Records!
The Administrator was accompanied

Students to Compete in Jr. Junkanoo

Thirty young students from Abaco
Central High School will be representing
Abaco at this year's Junior Junkanoo
1997 competition to be held at the Queen
Elizabeth's Sports Centre in Nassau on
December 18th.
The competition, organised by the
Ministry of Youth and Culture, is now in
its fifth year but Abaco has not
participated for the past four. A revival
in its interest is solely due to Cavelle
Macdonnell, art and drama teacher at the
school, who believes that the students
should be encouraged in expressing their
cultural heritage. "These children are so
talented. Junkanoo is in their blood and
they have such great natural rhythm."
The theme of their entry is The Marine
Gardens of Abaco which lends itself to a
profusion of colour.. Their banner will
salute the Royal Bahamas Defense Force,
the lead dancer will celebrate the living
reef and the dancers will pay homage to
the vibrant life xkhich abound under our-
On the 16th of December the twenty
musicians and ten dancers will fly to
Nassau, complete with instruments and
costumes, where they will stay at the
Radison Cable Beach Hotel. While there
they will visit the Junkanoo Museum and
the Junkanoo shacks and site. They will
be accompanied by Cavelle Macdonnell,
costume designer Colin Curry, who is
also a member of the Rockers Junkanoo
group in Spring City, musical
coordinators Churton Toote and Kirk
Thompson and four teachers from the
A day before their departure to Nassau
the entrants rehearsed at the high school.
Undeterred by the cold winds and threats
of rain, the musicians followed the
dancers, choreographed and led by Opal
Dawkins, around the school grounds.
Cavelle stood watching as the air was

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filled with lively Junkanoo music to
which the dancers moved with untiring
energy and impressive rhythm. "I am so
happy to see these young people
performing with such enthusiasm," she
said, obviously moved by the moment.
We wish them good luck in Nassau.

by his team of assistants from Marsh
Harbour who worked hard to make the
regatta a reality. He thanked the fund
raisers and announced that their efforts
had raised $125,000 in costs.
He introduced them individually,
acknowledging the part each one played.
Sheila McDonald, Chief Customs Officer
who was according to Mr. Hart, "so
good at safeguarding the money that the
Police could learn from her;" Veronica
Nairn, Labour Officer who worked
tirelessly; Kendy Anderson, "ex-Miss
Tourism" who is leaving the Ministry of
Tourism but who played a key role in
welcoming everyone to the regatta;
Sherry Parker, her substitute whom he
welcomed to a four-year contract at the
Ministry of Tourism; Greta Strachan
from the Ministry of Youth and treasurer
of the regatta who "only like to make
money and not spend it!" Lee Wilson
from the Administrator's Office who "did
everything;" Ansela McDonald, who
arranged for ZNS coverage of the event;
Charlene Fernander from the
Administrator's office who was a part of

his "A Team;" and finally, Clairington
Anderson from the Water and Sewerage
Corporation who did a great deal of the
-heavy "lifting work."
Tongue in cheek, Mr. Hart hoped that
all his lady helpers still had boyfriends
and husbands at the end of the regatta as
he had demanded so much of their time.
He was presented with an ABACO
RAGE T-shirt by a crew member which
he readily put on.
Chris Lightbourne thanked all who
assisted in making "the dream a reality."
Some he mentioned by name but added
that it was impossible to name everyone.
He acknowledged Scott Patterson, who
was unable to attend due to a head injury
incurred on the last night of the regatta,
and Michael Myers, who was away on
business. He expressed his happiness that
a little of Abaco's history had been
restored along with the RAGE.
A huge spread of goodies had been
laid out which Mrs. Bethel invited
everyone to enjoy. After all that was
said, it seemed a more fitting name
would be the ABACO DREAM.

! Thank You, Sandy Point -
My wife and I would like to take some time to send a
special thank you to all who live in Sandy Point. We ar-
rived seventeen months ago strangers toa foreign,butmost
beautifulcountry. It was not long before the residents here
made us aware that we were not strangers at all but wel-
comed us as though we were long lost friends.
During our journey in life we have visited and lived in
many places and have seen and met manypeople through-
out God's world but have never been received as openly
and cared for as genuinely as we have been here in Sandy january 1948-Janury 7, 1998
Point and the Bahamas. As this portion of our journey 50othWeding Anniversary of
concludes we wish to thank every soul who lives here in
Sandy Point for all the blessings you JC. and !Betty DeVeney
have bestowed upon our family and inner Party widibe held in their honor
invited guests while here. Friday, December 26, 1997

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Regatta Shore Activities

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Two young All Abaco Regatta enthusiasts are eager to get to the center of interest to see
what is going on.

Two guests from Nassau, The Prime
Two friends share a private joke at the Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A.
domino table. Ingraham and Minister of Youth, MP
Zhivargo Laing, enjoyed the festivities.

The King of Junkanoo Members of the Wesley College Marching MP Vernon Symonette, Director of Local Government, chats with Derrick Benjamin of
Band entertained the crowd. Marsh Harbour.

Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Band Pops group entertained the audience with An Abaco Junkanoo contest was held during the final awards' ceremony. The winners will
a variety of spirited songs. go to Nassau to compete just before Christmas.

The crowds certainly enjoyed all the festivities during the evenings. Great food and drinks The winning captain and crew of the Class A boats, LONESOME DOVE, are shown
as well as great entertainment, celebrating along with their Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham.

December 1997 The Abaeonian Page 45

First Florida Millionaire Was From Abaco

By Colin Lowe
On a September day in 1821, a baby
boy was born into the Curry family on a
small island in the Bahamas. Probably no
one imagined that years later this child
would become Florida's first millionaire
and at the time of his death be considered
the wealthiest man in the state.
William Curry was born into a solid
respectable family at Green Turtle Cay,
Abaco. The Currys had emigrated to
America from Scotland, establishing a
trading business between their new and
old homes and eventually becoming
wealthy planters in the Carolinas. Like so
many other Loyalists, the Curry family
had to forsake their lands during the
American Revolution and moved to the
Bahamas, via Florida, settling on Abaco.
By the time William was born in 1821
the Loyalist settlers were well established
in their new home, although not
prospering as well as they had done on
the mainland prior to the war. Their
plantations were already floundering and
the abolition of slavery in 1832 dealt the
final blow to most of the plantations that
were left.
There is little doubt that even as a
boy, William felt that he was destined for
bigger and greater things. It must have
been this burning ambition within him at
the age of 16 to leave the serenity and
security of his island home to seek his
fortune abroad.

In William Curry's case, "abroad" was
just across the water in Key West,
another small but rapidly growing town
that was attracting many Bahamians as
they heard of the riches to be obtained
William's first job was as a clerk in
the mercantile establishment of Weever
and Baldwin for which he received one
dollar a week plus a room over the store
and meals at the owner's house. Armed
with the common school education that
he had received at Green Turtle Cay and
a sharp, intuitive business sense that was
to become even sharper and refined over
the years, William began to invest his
meagre saving that were to form the
foundation of his large fortune.
Later in life, William Curry would tell
the story of how as a boy in the Bahamas
he became lost one day while searching
for wild fruit and berries on one of the
uninhabited islands near his home. After
going to Key West, one day he saw a
small pocket compass in a show case and
saved up the dollar necessary to purchase
it so that he would be prepared should he
ever become lost again.
But William never found any need for
this compass and it began to annoy him
that he had spent a hard-earned dollar on
something that he would never use. This
preyed on his mind so much that one
morning William rose early and went
down to the sea where he threw the

compass as far as he could out into the
water and at the same time vowing to
never again buy anything that he had no
use for.
During his early years in Key West,
William Curry carefully invested his
small earnings and watched them steadily
grow. Although never going to sea
himself, Curry made a great deal of
money by servicing wreckers operating
out of Key West, and as his wealth
increased, he began outfitting and
provisioning wrecking vessels. His
mercantile enterprises rapidly expanded
as he began selling ship chandlery and
almost every kind of merchandise
Curry married Euphemia Lowe,
daughter of Captain John Lowe and his
wife Bianca, who had also come to Key
West from Green Turtle Cay. Captain
Lowe operated his own wrecking

schooner, LAVINA, and when his
daughter married Curry, the two men
joined together in business. This proved
successful and the business expanded
until they were operating a fleet of
wrecking schooners and sloops including
the only clipper ship ever built in
Florida, the STEPHEN R. MALLORY.
This ship was built for Curry's firm in
1856 by another immigrant from Green
Turtle Cay, John Bartlum, at a cost of
If Curry's successes in Key West were
remarkable, the fortune he made on the
stock market was even more of a marveL
With an intuitive sixth sense, he
shrewdly invested in stocks that were
later to increase in value many times
over. Even during the Civil War, he
wisely avoided dealing in Confederate

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Page 46 The Abaeolan December 1997

Captain Dean Tells His Sandy Point Story

By Stephanie Humblestone
Written with the assistance of an
American retired police inspector, Mr.
Gary Woodcock, Island Captain is the
autobiography of mail-boat Captain
Ernest Dean of Sandy Point, a settlement
at the most southerly point of Great
Abaco Island. It is written from the
perspective of the elderly man reviewing
his life, beginning with his childhood to
the present day.
Captain Dean scans his life
chronologically, recounting events and
registering landmarks which made him
into the person he is today. The book
opens with a typical scene from his
boyhood. He is fishing off a sandy beach
with his friends. He has just returned
from Cay Sal, which he refers to as
"nothing but a very big rock" near Cuba.
His father had sent him there to be
tutored by the light keeper's assistant.
Suddenly the boys spy a ship on the
horizon. Visitors to the quiet settlement
are few and far between so there is
excitement and intrigue. Their eyes
follow its course to land. A young man
disembarks. Who is he? The reader is
hooked and wants to know, too. It is
revealed that the mysterious stranger is
the new school teacher. With him comes
new hope and a new life for the children.
Capt. Dean goes on to paint a graphic
picture of everyday life in the settlement.
There was no running water or electricity.
Bathing was in a big wooden tub in the
middle of the kitchen. Meals consisted
mainly of conch, crawfish, eggs and grits.

November Bui
Total $5.'
As an indication of the activity in
Central Abaco, Town planing passed 30
plans at their November 4th and 15th
meeting worth an estimated $5,800,000.
Committee members are contemplating a
routine second monthly session in order to
review all plans.
The applicant furnishes the estimated
project cost. The permit fee is not based on
the estimated cost but related to the square
footage of the building. Plans are


Captain Ernest Dean
He describes food preparation, cleaning,
coming and pickling fish. Playtime was
swimming, playing around the bay front.
Then by the light of the kerosene lamp
there were treasured evenings listening to
his mother singing What a Friend We
Have in Jesus. Church was the focal part
of the week. "To tell you true," he writes.
"I enjoyed going to church," even though
he recalls sobbing at being too young to
be confirmed.
When his mother died, the times he
refers to as "peaceful" died with her.
Then only eight years old, his life
changed drastically. As the oldest child
he had to assume duties beyond his years:
cleaning house, caring for his siblings and
selling conch. These early experiences
were to be the building blocks for
molding his character. He writes that he
saw what a man has to do in order to
succeed in life. What he saw and
remembered enabled him in later life to
be a successful fishermen, renowned

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occasionally passed for which the project
never gets started. Most plans are followed
through with actual construction taking
Construction must begin within one year
or the applicant must renew the permit.
Plans must be submitted for any new
construction project including fences, walls
and signs. Renovations or repairs which do
not alter the size of the original building do
not require a permit.

ABM Machine Now Functioning at CIBC

The first Automatic Banking Machine,
ABM, began operation on December 1st
at the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce Bahamas Ltd in Marsh
Harbour. The official ribbon cutting
ceremony will take place on December
18th. Customers can now access cash,
make deposits and obtain information

about their accounts at any time. The
machine is located just to the right of
their main door.
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mail-boat captain, boat builder, sail
maker, house builder, farmer and, last but
not least, a good husband.
Watching his. father build his own boat
galvanised him into doing the same. He
built many of his own boats over the
years. "I can say with a clear conscience
that the depths of my heart went into
building the Captain Dean," he writes.
Likewise, when a sail needed repairing he
learnt the art and made cotton sails
Seeing a niche for a mail-boat captain,
he managed to persuade the Colonial
Secretary in Nassau to allow him to make
scheduled runs between Nassau, Sandy
Point and Moore's Island. Later he added
other routes, the Berry Islands, Bullocks
Harbour and Sweetings Cay. Sadly, the
additional routes were curtailed five: years
after Independence.
On these runs he would supplement his
income by selling live crawfish which he *
kept on ice throughout the journeys.
From boats that sank, that burnt, that
became outmoded, from adventures on
the high seas pitting his will against the

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elements, he moves to life on land.
Captain Dean became a farmer, dabbled
in politics and assisted in bringing both
electricity and water to Sandy Point, all
of which revealed his versatility.
In 1988 he was recognized by Her
Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and presented
with a Certificate of Honour. Aptly, he
delivered news of this award himself in
the mail bag. He describes the ceremony
at Government House, the delicious array
of food and the splendour of the
Captain Dean worked hard for his
wife, Eula, and twelve children, some of
whom have followed in his footsteps. His
oldest son, James, runs the MIA DEAN,
the mail-boat which runs between Nassau
and Long Island.
Many boats later, many years have
elapsed and the tradition of good service
lives on.
Captain Dean's work is short, has large
print and an uncluttered style. It is a
touching book about one man's strength
and determination. It is easy to read and
hard to forget.

December 1997 The Ahaconlan Page 47

More About Local Government

Local Gov. FROM Page 33
Government Act, appointed Port
Authorities do not have any power to
approve of dock plans and marine
construction projects. All plans related to
maritime matters must be sent to Nassau.
Members agreed to suspend all business

until the issue is resolved. See separate
Town Planning 2 December
Vendor's stands: Marsh Harbour
Town Committee is complaining that the
vendor's stand erected behind the Island
Bakery building is sub-standard and not in

Local Port Authority Halts All Business

At the November 26th Port Authority
meeting the members agreed to suspend
further deliberations until Nassau responds
to their inquiries. It has been brought out
that due to an oversight in the Local
Government Act, local appointed Port
Authority Boards do not have the authority
to approve docks or other maritime
projects. Plans for these projects must go to
Nassau and be approved by the Docks
This first came to light during the Local
Government seminar held in Marsh
Harbour in August of this year. After a
lively discussion, the port representative
from Nassau said he would get an answer
on this to the local board in two week's
time. He also stated that dock plans would
be reviewed and returned to Abaco in a
two-week period. No information has come
A second inquiry was made by Chief
Councillor Mike Malone at the recent
Councillor's seminar in Nassau. He was
told Abaco could expect an answer in two
weeks time. Again two week's have passed
with no response.
Members of the local Port Authority feel
they are wasting their time as plans sent to
Nassau do not come back in a timely

fashion if they come back at all. It is quite
common for them to be lost in the process.
Administrator Everette Hart and Chief
Councillor Mike Malone were in this Port
meeting. Mr. Malone was the previous
chairman of the Port Authority and brought
the letter issued to him when he was
appointed chairman. It specifically gave his
board the authority to approve dock plans.
Those instructions issued by Nassau were
also in error.
A similar case of poor follow-up
occurred when a senior member of
Physical Planning in Nassau came to
Abaco and held a one day meeting with
local Town Planning board members. After
a long discussion giving the government's
position on many issues, he promised to
reply in two weeks with a letter clarifying
these rules and issues. Town Planing has
not had an answer although the meeting
was over a month ago.


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keeping with neighboring buildings.
Chairman Arnold Edwards explained that
vendors are licensed by the police and their
stalls do not fall under the Town Planning
Mr. Edwards asked that the Central
Council give guidelines on vendor's stands
since the Council is the final authority on
Town Planning matters. Once guidelines
are issued, then all vendors can be
governed similarly. Options suggested by
Mr. Edwards included open stands, stands
with thatch or plywood roofs, push carts or
other designs. He also wanted guidelines
on acceptable sizes.
Recreational building on leased
Crown Land: Hope Town Harbour Lodge
asked to build a recreational building on
their leased harbour front land. The Hope
Town Committee objected on the grounds
that the original request for the land stated
that it was to be used for parking. Hope
Town originally wanted the land for
additional town parking but it was assigned
to the Lodge for this purpose. The Town
Committee members felt that if the Lodge
no longer needs this land for parking, then
the town would like the land to expand
their town parking capacity.
Town Planning has deferred action until
the terms of the lease can be reviewed.
Marsh Harbour Town Committee 3 Dec
Vendor stalls: Committee members
were upset with the vendor's stall recently
constructed behind the Island Bakery
building. The facility lacks water which is

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necessary for good sanitation.
Spring City dump to be closed:
Whoever gets the contract for garbage for
Spring City and Snake Cay will carry it to
the main Marsh Harbour dump.
Customs dock unkempt: There was
concern that the customs dock is not being
kept clean and tidy. Committee members
want pallets and other shipping debris to be
removed regularly.
Close Front Street: a one block section
of Front Street between Touchton's Corner
and Triple J Marine is to be closed to motor
traffic. This is being done for a 90 day trial
period to eliminate a dangerous traffic
situation at Touchton's Corner. Mr.
Vincent Higgs of Triple J complained that
it will adverselyAffect his business.
Library update: Mrs. Yvonne Key
reported that the library is progressing
nicely but that she needs additional funds
to buy lumber for shelving. She personally
paid $1200 for the first order of lumber.
She has the labour donated to construct
additional shelving but needs $1000 for
lumber. She estimates that she now has
1,500 to 1,800 books.
Park on Don MacKay Boulevard:
The Committee is planning to ask Crown
Land for land just north of the Abaco
Trucking quarry area on Don MacKay
Boulevard to reserve as a park. Kathleen
Jonson presented a plan which would
include nature paths, picnic areas,
waterfalls and general recreation areas.
George Riviere will be contacted to find
out what land is still available.

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Real Estate

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
Sfor eight include a 4 bed, 3 bath
Fully equipped hilltop residence,
large patios and decks overlook-
ing sparkling waters, paths to wan-
der and a crescent beach to lie on.
Located approximately 8 miles
south of Marsh Harbour.
Weekly rental $2,750.
Sales Price: $3.5 million. Colour brochure available.
Call Larry Roberts
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Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
This 20.72 acre property has waterfrontage on 3 bays and some of the highest
elevations in the Abacos. Located within walking distance of the popular Green
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suitable for a hotel/marina, or exclusive residential community. List #2711
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Two Properties for Sale
O 2 Bedroom, 1 bath, single story structure
Approximately 1,088 Sq. Feet (LivingArea)
25,500 Sq.Feet (Land)
Location: North side of Entrance Road to Spring City

Vacant Land Approximately 5,000 Sq. Feet
2Location Portion of Lot 7
Dundas Town Crown Allotment
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Healthy Start Program Offered Pets

By Dr. Owen Hanna
Healthy Start for puppies and kittens is
a program designed to ensure that
puppies and kittens, once they have
completed the series of initial visits, are
both healthy and immunized to the extent
possible against diseases common to our
Bahamian environment. The standard
vaccination and de-worming procedures
are a good starting point but insufficient
by themselves to ensure good health.
By adding the fecal examinations to
the regiment, harmful organisms that
would have otherwise gone undetected
can now be identified and eliminated.
Added to the puppy series are the kennel

cough and corona vaccines as well as the
all important heartworm preventive
Kittens will be tested for the viruses
that cause feline leukemia and feline
AIDS, two of the most deadly feline
diseases. While there is currently no
vaccine for the feline AIDS virus, the
feline leukemia vaccine is a part of the
program. Feline heartworm disease is
. now recognized as a serious threat to the
feline population and the preventive
tablets are also included.
As this program is so relevant and
timely, the feeling is that it will become
the standard of neonatal veterinary care

in this country.
For this added protection, there are
unfortunately additional costs. However,
to encourage pet owners to seek the very
best for their pets, the cost of the these
services have been reduced by 25%. Any
additional medications or treatments
required by participants during the
program will be discounted 10%.
Feel free to call or visit the Caribbean
Veterinary Health and Healing Centre.
The office is located on Don MacKay
Boulevard in the facility formerly
occupied by Dr. Gottlieb. Office hours
are Mondays and Tuesdays 9 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. and the the telephone is 367-

Little Abaco
Christmas Day will be memorable for
the children of Little Abaco. A party will
be held for them at the Chill Bar and will
begin at 3 p.m. Santa will be there
giving out gifts to the smaller children
and everyone will be treated to hot dogs,
candies, ice cream and sodas. The party
is being sponsored by Bahasea.

Crown Haven
The Crown Haven Public Library will
be opened at 12 Noon and will be
dedicated in memory of Vivian Thomas.
The library is next to St. Anne's
Anglican Church. There will be a cook-
out organized by the St. Anne's Church
following. Everyone is invited.

Minimum for 3 Lines in one issue $7
Picture and 4 lines $25.00
Additional lines at $2.00 per line.
Display classified $18 per column inch
We can take the photo within the
Marsh Harbour area or use your photo.
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MikIe L htourne fea Csatate
CASURINA POINT Large 2 story house in
good condition on 3 canal lots, great for
bonefish/diving lodge, $400,000
LITTLE HARBOUR 6 acres elevated land,
runs sea to sea, beautiful fronta&gq.Jarbour,
2 Gea r6 a re, mu T177'T00 ft dock %ith
dock house, a luxury property $750,000
beach home, swimming pool, solar panels,
great condition $310,000
LONG BEACH beautiful beach lot, 93' beach
x 170, electricity & water $60,000
MUNJACK CAY 10 acres on leeward side,
320' water frontage, also creek frontage, best
elevations, dock included $295,000
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
built, finest quality construction, Mexican
Satillo tiles, French doors, 2 sheltered docks
PELICAN SHORES waterfront lot in harbour
85x100 $150,000
GREEN TURTLE CAY beach front lot in
Bita Bay, $95,000
Hilltop lot overlooking Coco Bay,
24,000+ sq. ft. asking $77,000
TREASURE CAY Brand new 3 bed 2 bath,
living, dining, double garage, on the
canal $490,000
3 bed on V acre, across from beach
Adjacent lot available $25,000
Call for these or other properties in Abaco
Tel 242-325-1950 or 242-322-4148
Cherokee Beautiful secluded Bookies Bay,
beach frontage home on 2.5 acres, mature
landscaping, private, excellent diving &
fishing at your front door. A piece of heaven.
Please cali-Cherokee Radio 242-366-2000 and
ask for "Palm Ridge."
Cherokee Sound 3 bedroom 1 bath, vinyl
siding, fenced yard, furnished, $60,000.Call

Eastern Shore Magnificent views of Sea of
Abaco from all rooms and wrap-around decks.
Deep water pier plus private sandy beach
across road. Fully equipped, beautifully
furnished, station wagon included. Features
living, kitchen, jalousied porch with wet bar,
master bedroom & bath on upper level, guest
bedroom, bath, utility and garage on lower
level. $200,000 net to owner. Call 410-544-
1675 thru Jan 7, 9, then contact owner on site.

Pinder's Real Estate
Great Guana Cay, Abaco,
"The Unspoiled Island"
Over 200 lots starting at $25,000 also acreage,
oceanfront, hilltop and bayside lots
Pinder's Cottages, 2 & 3 bedroom, $650 to
$700 weekly. A summer special of $350 per
week per person includes one day fishing &
diving One day snorkeling & island hopping
* boat & guide 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
CHERE B on VHF Ch 16


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

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
Green Turtle Cay Hilltop property,
approximately I 'A 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.
$260,000 c/o Floyd Lowe 242-365-4054 or
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
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
Hope Town Buttonwood Bay, Lot 58 160 X
100, hilltop over looking bay. $50,000. Call
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
Leisure Lee 3B 2B house on canal, dock, sea
view across from beach, A/C, utility bldg,
Bahama room, $220,000 or rent $1,400/week
Call Angelique 367-4148 or Box AB 20781,
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
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

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Commercial & Residential
Homes Apts. Rentals 0 Acreage
P.O. Box AB 20179
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Office phone & Fax 242-367-3276
Evenings 242-367-2789
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
WI. l

Man-O-War beautiful property "Sea-to-Sea"
with ocean view/frontage and harbor frontage,
with boat dock, approx. 2 acres @ $520,000
Phone Haziel Albury 242-365-6178, Fax 242-
Man-O-War WANTED Land or modest
house. Jim Greig, P.O.Box 1600, Bernalillo,
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. $145,000 each obo. 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.
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 I/ 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
Scotland Cay Protected waterfront lot, 80'
dock w/30' deep water face. Private island has
3,400' airstrip. $175,000 Call 704-765-6030
Will Exchange lots in FL (6), NC (1), MO
(35), & CO (6/2 A) plus cash for cottage, small
island or land. Stanley 561-287-9294
BUT love living waterfront Abaco!
Contractor/Master Carpenter wants to lease
(with purchase option), rent or purchase
waterfront fixer-upper!
USA 1-515-244-5631-Ext 122

Abaco Real

Estate Agency
Feature of the Month

Two Story 2 bed /2 bath, concrete block and
wooden house on exclusive Eastern Shores
Peninsula. Furnished. Sea to sea with Tiki hut,
boat ramp and dock rights. Magnificent water
views. Asking $275,000.
Phone 242-367-2358 or Fax 367-2359

Cherokee Sound & Marsh Harbour, Daily &
Weekly Rentals, Call Glenn or Connie at 242-
367-2486 after 5:30
Great Cistern I bed/I bath house on
waterfront, screened in deck overlooks Abaco
Sound, Weekly, monthly or yearly rental, call
Erica at 367-2265 between 8:30 and 5
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 1/2 bath, central a/c,
satellite, $900. Call 365-6072 or 366-0347
Marsh Harbour Spacious waterfront
apartment I bedroom, sleeps 4, fully furnished,
A/C, deep water dock, Weekly or Daily. Call
Matt Lowe's Cay, Rent the only house on 50
acre private island, sleeps 12, lots of porches
and decks, beaches, fruit trees, 10 minutes
from Marsh Harbour in protected Abaco
Sound, 24 ft boat optional, Call 242-367-2677
or FAX 367-3677
BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out
Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing.
Call 1-800-GO-BAHAMas (1-800-462-2426)
Would like to trade our 3Br, 2 B house, 5
doors to a beautiful Gulf of Mexico beach on
Anna Maria Island near Bradenton FI for your
house in Hope Town for a week or two or
more. Avail. Spring Fall. Call 813-988-8075
Wanted to rent Elbow Cay. Quality, well
furnished 3 bedroom, 2 bath or larger home on
water with view including 20' (min.) Run-a-
bout for six weeks per year, one to two weeks
per visit. Experienced boater in area.
Responsible with references. 803-681-2637,

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Wedding Vows Taken

By April Dawkins
On November 30th Anthony
Cartwright of Long Island and Friendly
Saunders of Murphy Town were joined
together in holy matrimony at Bethany
Gospel Chapel. Officiating at this
wedding was Rev. Roland Swain of
Friendship Tabernacle, Dundas Town.
The pianist was Mr. Michael Dawkins
and soloist was Ms. Opal Dawkins. The
reception was at the Parish Hall
immediately following the wedding.
Anthony is the son of Mrs. Gordia
Cartwright of Long Island and Friendly
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
Saunders of Murphy Town.
Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright, the happiest
couple I have seen for some time, went
on a Caribbean cruise following their
wedding ceremony. They will reside on
Long Island.


FROM Page 45

money and converted whatever he could
into pounds sterling where he gained
considerably with the favourable rate of
exchange after the war.
However, William Curry is probably
best remembered as the man who ate
from a solid gold table service. It had
been a dream of his to eat from gold
dishes, so in 1880 he went to New York
and into Tiffanys where he ordered a
complete gold service for 24 people, and
he even ordered 48 of some pieces.
The set cost $100,000 and created
quite a stir in New York when Tiffanys

December 1997
put it on display in its window. John
Jacob Astor went by to see it and ordered
a duplicate set made for him. The Curry
and Astor households were probably the
only ones in the country who dined with
a gold service. William Curry's was not
put safely away but went into daily use
by the Curry family in their home where
the doors were never locked, and the
only problem was that the servants
occasionally threw a few pieces out with
the garbage. Mrs. Curry solved that
problem by making sure that all the
garbage was carefully checked before it
was thrown out.
When William Curry died in 1896, he
was the richest man in Florida. He had
been a pioneer, self-reliant and self-
made, who had been in the forefront as
Key West grew from a small seafaring
village to the richest city per capital in
North America.
He was respected and admired by
those who knew him, an intelligent,
unpretentious, gentle man. William
Curry was given a funeral that is rarely
accorded a private citizen, and on the
day of his funeral, Key West practically
came to a standstill as many people,
including about 70 carriages, paid the last
tribute to this man at the cemetery.
An original oil painting of William
Curry by Bahamian artist Alton Roland
Lowe is on display at the Albert Lowe
Museum in New Plymouth on Green
Turtle Cay. A bronze bust of Curry by
James Mastin, who created the Green
Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden,
will be on permanent display in the Key
West Memorial Sculpture Garden, which
is scheduled to open on September 27th,
1997. The grand opening of the Key
West Memorial Sculpture Garden will
celebrate the 20th anniversary of Key
West and New Plymouth becoming sister

Bro. Bob Cornea is lifting the shovel to officially declare the start of the new chapel
building at Camp Abaco, an Assemblies of God camp facility. The beginning of next year
they are expecting a group of builder's from the States to help with the floor.

Camp Abaco Breaks Ground for Chapel

Camp Abaco held a ground breaking
ceremony on December 13th to start
work on a chapel. Situated on a rise
above the beautiful beach and view of
Abaco Sound, it will be a 36 foot by 90
foot building badly needed by the church
camp facility.
Camp Abaco was begun in 1973 by
Rev. and Mrs. Deloach and has been
faithfully managed for many years by
Rev. and Mrs. Bob Cornea. The first
building was a cafeteria which served as
headquarters for a variety of tents.
Through the years they have added
dormitories and other buildings. But the
large tent used as a chapel was not
adequate, particularly to be used year-

Camp Abaco is an Assemblies of God
camp ground primarily for having
summer camps for children and youth but
they now have groups throughout the
year: seminars, retreats and reunions by
other church groups and organizations.
Present at the ground breaking were
ministers from many churches and
included Rev. Stafford Symonette,
Assistant Superintendent of the
Assemblies of God in the Bahamas and
pastor of the Full Gospel Assemblies of
God Church in Treasure Cay, and Rev.
Vernon Moses, Superintendent of the
Assemblies of God in the Bahamas.

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Eight days out of Nassau in the
Southern Bahamas, the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force boat SAN SALVADOR II
received a message to return to the Coral
Harbour headquarters to be re-directed to
Abaco for the 1997 First Annual Regatta
for Bahamian work boats.
At 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning
Commanding Officer Lieutenant Evans
and a crew of 18 left Nassau for the six-
hour journey. This was yet another
assignment which takes members of the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
throughout the Bahamian islands to patrol
the seas.
With all sailing activities cancelled on
the last day of the regatta because of bad
weather, the Defence Force craft, the 95
foot by 17 foot ex-United States Coast
Guard Cape Class Patrol Craft SAN
SALVADOR II was the only vessel to be

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Painting Inside & outside Pressure cleaning
& mildew removal Water-proofing Roof-
ing 0 Rotten wood replaced Parking lots a
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 shirts, Bahamian made
crafts and jewelry. .AND many more great
gift items including Dreamsicles. Phone 365-
6384 Open 9 5 Monday thru Saturday.
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

wanted for up-scale out-island resort. Captains
license necessary. Couple will be considered.
Phone 365-4360
Manager Beach Bar & Grill, good prospects,
couple will be considered. Call 367-2076
Cook New small resort on Guana Cay is
seeking to hire someone for cooking. Two
years experience required with references.Job
also includes some cleaning and laundry.
Accommodations are furnished. Contact Robin
Wilson 365-5137
Illustrator needed to draw for upcoming
magazine. Please apply in writing to P.O. Box
EE 17596, Nassau or fax 242-364-8774
Translators needed in foreign languages as tour
guide. Apply in writing to P.O. Box EE17596,
Nassau or Fax 242-364-8774

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

seen valiantly bobbing in the waters off
Green Turtle Cay.
"This has been a fairly straightforward
exercise," said Lieutenant Evans, as he
stood in the wheel house with his jacket
collar pulled up to his ears. "The boaters
have been respectful and there have been
no problems."

December 1997 The Ahaconian Page 51

When the Balloon Goes Up!

By Stephanie Humblestone
What goes up must come down. The
question is Where?
Latex balloons released into the

Disney Cruises Delayed Seven Weeks

Disney Cruise Line has announced a
seven week delay in its commencement
of cruises to the Bahamas and to
Castaway Cay. Their first cruise ship,
now under construction in Italy, will
leave the ship yard one week late but
Disney Corporation has cancelled the
initial 15 cruises from Port Canaveral.
The maiden voyage will leave Florida on
April 30th instead of March 16th.

20 KW Gen Set, Heavy duty 1200 RPM Lister
generator coupled to GMC 2-71 diesel engine,
recent top overhaul, low engine hrs, excellent
cond., Asking $6,500 Call 365-4471
6 KW Onan air cooled diesel genset, older
unit but in good condition. Complete spare
parts package, B.$1,500 or US$ Call 365-4471
12 KW Lister generator, water cooled, low
hours. Call 365-8472
Peavy 16 channel mixing sound board, 2
monitor & 2 effects sends per channel, very
good condition. $1,500
Peavy CS 800 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, 1 ea,
Two 150 HP Mercury outboards, Two 200 HP
EL inrude ouiboards. Call Sidney Sands, 365-
8028-or Pfx 36.15hT)8
Treadmill Programmable Power TracIIl $300
Call 367-2836

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
17' Offshore run-about $ 500
Call 367-4953
1991 FORD TEMPO, good condition,
Call 367-3744 after 4 p.m.


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
25' Chris Craft fiberglass runabout, Volvo
Diesel 180 HP turbo, 80 gal fuel tank, water,
special skeg protects prop, spare prop, Engine
runs well but needs some work, asking $6,000.
Call Frank or Peter at 366-0090 or 0095

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27' Hunter sailboat 1979, duty paid,
Bahamian Regi .tr. 8 hp diesel inboard, depth
finder, auto helm, stove, Bimini & more.
Reduced to $10,500 ono. Available for
viewing at The Abaco Inn, Call 366-0133

The DISNEY MAGIC can carry 2400
passengers. Those holding reservations
on the cancelled cruises will receive a 25
percent discount if they schedule later or
a full refund if they are unable to
reschedule their trip.
The cruise ship is so large that it was
constructed in two sections which will be
joined when completed.


25' C-Hawk 1990, w/front cabin, 1988
Johnson 225 hp engine, 60 gal. Gas tank, auto
bilge pump, $8,500 obo, Call "Glazier B" on
VHF ask for Basil, or call Guana opr at 365-
5000 & leave name & phone number

34' SEARAY Sundancer, twin 1996 454.
F WC-"-C, Referator. ice maker. radar, Chart
Link, color rish, depth, windlass, outriggers,
\ CR head % 4ho,' er, 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.
Box AB20357 Marsh Harbour.

34' UNIFLITEb sport Sedan, twin 210 Hu
Cummins, 2 A/C, ice maker, 3.5 KW Onan,
outriggers, Ideal anchor windlass, Loran, swim
platform. Duty Pd $29,000. Will consider a
trade for smaller boat. Call 365-6288

3W' BOTEL houseboati, full,. 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.
36' Fishing Boat w/two 3208 Cats, one
Westerbeke gen., extras. $38,000 or best offer,
Call 365-4261
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38' DELTA Commercial fishing vessel, fully
equipped, ready to go, 3208 Caterpillar engine,
8 KW generator, 5.5 thousand capacity freezer,
stabilizers, VHF radio, GPS, Very well kept
vessel, $60,000 obo, Call 242-373-4309 or
2898, Peter Albury, PO Box F40188, Freeport,
Grand Bahama

atmosphere pose a serious threat to
endangered sea turtles, whales, seabirds
and marine life in general. They often
deflate over the ocean and are ingested as
Concerns in the past have been for the
hazards of non-degradable Mylar
balloons to wildlife. It has been argued
that latex is quickly biodegradable but
this is not strictly correct. It takes up to
sixty days for latex to break down on
exposure to salt water and light. During
this time it can do immeasurable damage
to the environment.
It's better to go fly a kite with
children. Then fold it up, put it in the
cupboard until the next windy day.
Everyone can have fun and no one gets

39' 1978 Shucker 436 Motorsailer, great live
aboard, equipped for cruising, Chrysler/ Nissan
diesel, Westerbeke 8kw generator, radar,
autopilot, SSB, VHF, GPS, LORAN, depth
recorder, anchor windlass, roller furling genoa,
sloop rigged, refrigerator/freezer with holding
plates, washer & dryer, $62,000 Voice 242-
367-3986, Fax 242-367-4478
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

Dry Storage for small boats, Call Eugene
Weatherford at 367-3965

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