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The Gospel music group "Cooling Waters' performed during the recent All Abaco
Gospel Crusade held in a mammoth tent, the Canvas Cathedral, on the Abaco
Central High School campus.

By Stephanie Humblesione
Abaco had its first island-wide crusade
from the 15 to 22nd of February. It was
organised by Co-Chairmen Mr. Jack
Thompson, Deputy Administrator, and

Mr. Derrick Benjamin. Manager of
CIBC Bank in Marsh Harbour. The
motivational force behind the effort was
Mr. Percy Pinder, who has been


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ZNS Stages an Abaco Heritage

Day for Nassau TV Show

Different of Abaco
provided the back-
drop for the filming
of various skits.
songs and dance for
showing to the
Nassau TV
Audience. Groups
... nere invited fhom
the length of Abaco
to demonstrate their
v talent. Shown at left
is Frank Hepburn
giving his best as a
revival preacher
.. l leading his
S congregation.

On February 13th the ZNS television filming by ZNS for the program Mirror,
program Mirror. Mirror chose Different Mirror which is produced by Kayla
of Abaco as the location for taping a Lockhart-Edwards. The event featured
program depicting an Abaco Heritage
Day Celebration. It was organized for PLEASE SEE Heritage Page34

Uncontested Nominee is Sworn In

On the 19th of January Mrs. Myrtis
Russell resigned as chairman of the
Town Committee of Treasure Cay and
Councillor in North Abaco. She was
named Principal of the Treasure Cay
Primary School which disqualified her to
hold an elected local government office.
The nomination date for filling the
vacancy was set for the 29th of January.
Only one person came forward with the
five required signatures in support for the

PLEASE SEE Election Page 36

Terry Russell

Central Pines Estates

Wins Subdivision Prize
Dundas Town Gets Housing Office in March

Raquel Burrows received $1,000 for
submitting the winning entry for naming
the new subdivision in the Marsh
Harbour area. It will be named Central
Pines Estates.
On December 12th of last year District
Education Officer, Mr. Jackson
McIntosh, invited entries for naming the
new subdivision. Approximately 180
nominations were set before a
The committee narrowed down the list
to ten and these names were presented to
many people throughout the area. The
result of this poll showed that Central
Pines Estates received the most votes.

Mary Cartwright received a second
place prize of $500 with the name
Whispering Pines, Rowena Burrows $400
for third place for the name Central Pine
Subdivision and Sherell Manuel $300 for
the name Pine Valley. Fifth place was
tied, David Cartwright with the name
Abaconia and Julniere Baptiste with the
name Evergreen Estates. Each received
The Ministry of Housing expects to
open an office in Dundas Town which
will oversee the new subdivision.
Minister Algernon Allen will be on
Abaco to formally open the office early
in March.

Resoients ano visitors nave oeen nrillea witn the appearance ol lto manatees.
They enjoy lettuce and drank 165 gallons of fresh water from a garden hose at the
Harbour's Edge in Hope Town. These t\o may hate taken up temporary
residence in the Abaco Sound. Boaters should take care to avoid them as thev are
% vulnerable to propeller injur. \ which is visible on the bottom manatee.
See story on page 13 Photo b, Candice KeL\

Abaco PLP Plans for Comeback

The Progressive Labour Party held a
public organizational meeting on February
23rd at the Abaco Central High School.
About 20 persons attended the meeting
which was chaired by Mr. Bemis Pinder.
Mr. Pinder had been elected in January to
coordinate the restructuring of the Abaco
branch of the PLP party.
A tentative date was set for March 28th
for an appreciation banquet honouring Sir
Lynden Pindling for his leadership in
guiding the Bahamas into independence
and the contribution he made to the

Bahamas and its people. Other people
instrumental in bringing the PLP to the
forefront in Abaco during the mid and late
70's will also be acknowledged and
thanked for their contributions to the party.
Chairmen were elected for four key
committees. Mr. William Davis was chosen
to be chairman of the Fund Raising
Committee, Mr. Wade Archer is to head
the Membership Committee, Ms. Lavem
Maynard will chair the Service Committee


The Abaconian
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Forward and Address Correction

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PERMIT #5050

/The Volume 6, Number 2 February 1998


SThe News of the Islands

Manatees Stop for a Drink


Page 2 The Ahaeolan February 1998

All Abaco Regatta Looks to '98

Valentine Fund Raising
Held for 1998 Regatta

The 1998 All Abaco Regatta
Committee sponsored a gala Valentine
Day's dinner at the Abaco Beach Resort
on February 14th. Guest speaker for the
event was the Hon. Zhivargo Laing,
Minister of Youth and Culture. The $50
a plate dinner featured a skit with Mr.
Leroy Thompson, Ansula MacDonald
and Mrs. Ethellee Wilson. Entertainment
was provided by DJ George Cornish
playing music of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
MP Laing emphasized the social and
economic benefits that a regatta brings to
Abaco. He felt the 1997 Abaco regatta
was the best organized of all the regattas
he has attended and he looks forward to
the involvement of children in the 1998
regatta. He pledged $20,000 toward the

1998 regatta from Ministry of Youth and
Certificates and plaques were given to
many sponsors, contributors, committee
chairmen, businesses and individuals who
help make the 1997 regatta such a
Mr. Laing mentioned the long rich
maritime history of the Bahamas and
particularly Abaco. Between 1835 and
1865, 234 boats were built in the
Bahamas with 108 or 46% being built in
Abaco. He recalled that the largest boat
ever built in the Bahamas, a three
masted, 150 foot long, 480 ton schooner
THE ABACO, was built in Hope Town in
In recent times Man-O-War has
produced three Bahamian racing
workboats, ROUGH WATERS, THE
ABACO and THE RAGE. A group from
Hope Town has now refurbished THE
RAGE to be competitive once again.

1998 Regatta Dates
The 1998 All Abaco Regatta will be
held off the Treasure Cay ferry dock at
Regatta Village on October 29th to 31st.
Committees are already in place to
oversee all aspects of the regatta. The
Executive Committee anticipates an even
bigger and better regatta this year than
last year's. They are hoping to begin
soliciting pledges early.
On February 16th the All Abaco
Regatta Committee held a press
conference at Bayview Restaurant to
announce their plans and review their
first regatta held on November 7th and
8th, 1997. At that time they also released
the financial report for the 1997 regatta.
The 1997 regatta incurred expenses
totaling $128,000 and the .committee
raised $111,000. They plan to raise the
additional $16,000 soon to cover the
The expenses directly connected with
the racing totaled more than $86,000 and
was for crew subsistence per diem,
crew sailing money, prize money, duty
on the trophies and towing the boats to
and from Abaco. They expect to raise in
excess of $140,000 for the 1998 regatta.

The regatta dates have been advanced
by one week to correspond with the mid-
term break for school children. They are
hoping to involve the children actively in
The regatta committee began the fund
raising for the 1998 regatta with a
Valentine's Day dinner at Abaco Beach

The Marsh Harbour Community
Library will be officially opened on
February 27th with a ribbon cutting
ceremony. The library will then be open
regularly on week days from 3:30 to
6:30 and on Saturdays from 9 11:30,
kept open by volunteers who will donate
a few hours each week to help provide a
needed service for the community. The
library has approximately 16,000
volumes which include encyclopedias,
dictionaries and other reference material.
The library is in need of books, all
kinds of books, fiction and non-fiction,
children's books, travel, reference,

history, philosophy, gardening, etc. If
you have books you would like to donate
or if you know of a source of used
books, please call Yvonne Key at 367-
2243. She is also asking for magazine
subscriptions to come directly to the
library which will provide new reading
material monthly, such as the National
Geographic, Smithsonian, Popular
Science, Better Homes and Gardens or
children's magazine such as Ranger Rick,
National Geographic World or Cricket.
Mrs: Key is working to make this an
outstanding and functional library for the
greater Marsh tGrbour area.

All Abaco Regatta
Statement Nov. 1997

General Contributors $26,100
Regatta Race Sponsors 35,400
Program Advertisements 7,735
Central Abaco
Corporate Contributors 11,700
Community Contributions and
Fund raisers 10,565
Individual Contributors 3,250
North Abaco
Community Contributors and
Fund Raisers 11,479
South Abaco
Corporate Contributors 4,650
Community Contributions and
Fund Raisers 550
Total Revenue $111,432

Accommodations $ 2,179
Advertising 7,454
Communications 170
Crew Subsistence-per diem 28,200
Crew-Sailing Money 16,200
Fireworks 2,000
Fuel 1,758
Fund Raising-Expenses 5,306
Meals 456
Office Supplies 155
Transportation 6,241
Prize Money 22,400
Program 6,867
Regatta Village Construction 8,074
Regatta Village Garbage 700
Rent 150.
Trophies 2/98 Awards 643
Trophies Duty 5,930.,;
Vessel Towing 13300
Total Expenses $128,186
Surplus (Deficit) ($16,754)



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Pagl 4 The AFabsenan February1998

South Abaco News

Sandy Point
By Ruth Flowers
50th Anniversary Celebrated
The Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy
Pqint celebrated its 50th Abaco District
Convention February 8th to llth. The
convention message was preached Sunday
morning by Bishop, the Rev. Dr.
Michael C. Symonette from the St.
John's Native Baptist Society in Nassau.
This year the convention went to
Crossing Rocks for the first time on
Wednesday morning at St. Marks Baptist
Church where Rev. Mervin Burrows is
the Pastor. The convention closed on
Wednesday night with a Memorial
Tribute to Town Leader
It is often said, "Give me my flowers
while I live." I believe that Mr.
Benjamin Pinder, Chief Counsellor for
South Abaco, should be commended for
the work he is doing in the district. Mr.
Pinder is a dedicated, hardworking man,
committed not only to his work with
Local Government, but also full time
ministry as Catechist of St. Martin's
Anglican church in Sandy Point. Mr.
Pinder is a fisherman, husband and
father and still has time to build and
repair boats, and is dedicated to the full
time care of both his parents.
Mr. Pinder gives of himself
unselfishly. We thank you for a job .well
By Charlene A.M. Fernander
Administrator's Office
Service for Civil Servants
The New Year began for Abaco civil
servants with a rousing church service at
Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point.
The service, which has been an annual
event since 1994, attracted worshippers
from the lovely settlement of Sandy Point
and was hosted by Deputy Administrator,
Preston Cunningham and the pastor of
the church, Rev. Napoleon Roberts.

Civil servants from almost every
government department in Abaco from
the Port Department to the Department of
Social Services were present. There
was an inspiring parade by the uniformed
branches of the Police, Customs and
Immigration Departments and a
particularly moving call for integrity in
the workplace delivered by Fr. Hugh
Chapman of the Anglican Church.
Next year the service, whose venue is
decided on a rotation basis, is expected
to be held in North Abaco.
Bahamahost Graduation
Ms. Sherry Parker, Senior Officer of
the Abaco Tourist Office, her assistant,
Ms. Wynsome Ferguson and Mesdames
Marilyn Johnson and Sherry Symonette,
officials of the Ministry of Tourism,
hosted the graduation ceremony of the
14th Abaco Bahamahost Session at Sandy
Point on February 1st, 1998. The
Session, a first for Sandy Point, took
place during the period the 19th-30th of
January in Sandy Point. A total of fifty
persons graduated, ranging in age from
teenagers to grandmothers. The top
honours were received by Mrs. Ruth
Flowers and Mr. Paul Pinder.
The principle address was given by
Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South
Abaco. Brief remarks were offered by
Deputy Administrator for South Abaco,
Mr. Preston Cunningham, and a
Bahamahost Overview was delivered by
Mrs. Beverly Saunders, Senior Manager,
Ministry of Tourism.

Paul Pinder and Ruth Flowers were
chosen as the outstanding graduates in
the BahamaHost program recently held in
Sandy Point.

Mr. Benjamin Pinder

The graduation of the BahamaHost participants in Sandy Point was held in the Mt. Zion
Baptist Church. This was the first time the BahamaHost program was offered in South

The ceremony was also attended by
Senator and Mrs. Michael Bethel and
Island Administrator for Abaco, Mr.
Everette Hart.
It has since been decided to hold
island-wide Bahamahost Sessions in the
near future.

By Lee Pinder
Garden Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Knowles were
married on the 31st of January at the


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Central Abaco

By Charlene A.M. Fernander
Administrator's Office
Flood Brings Damage
Immediately following the stirring
messages of hope and unity for the New
Year delivered in many local churches,
Central Abaconians had an opportunity to
put their faith to the test when the
townships of Marsh Harbour, Dundas
Town and Murphy Town were absolutely
deluged with hours of unceasing rain.
The resultant flooding caused extreme
discomfort to several low-lying homes,
necessitated the closure of schools
(welcome, undoubtedly) and businesses
(unwelcome, also without a doubt) and
rendered the major streets in downtown
Marsh Harbour virtual rivers.
By the beginning of the third day,
January 7th, waters had subsided
sufficiently to allow vehicular and
pedestrian transportation to resume.
There were no reported casualties, but
there was considerable property damage.
The flood conditions were most
unusual for any area of Abaco,
particularly at this time of year, and
although there was blame cast on that
capricious weather phenomenon, El
Niflo, we were assured by the
Department of Meteorology that this was
not the case.
The Administrator's Office, the
District Council Office and the
Department of Social Services were
among those agencies which ascertained
the damage and are making efforts to
alleviate the resulting consequences of
the flooding.
Coroner Holds Court
Conroner Winqtnn SRninders conducted
an inquest into the electrocution death in
July 1997 of Godfrey Williams, Batelco
Technician and former resident of
Dundas Town. The hearing was held at
the Magistrate's Court, Marsh Harbour
over the course of two days and will
continue in late February, 1998.

The second inquest, this one to hear
the evidence surrounding the vehicular
death of Mr. Frisner Jeffard at Treasure
Cay, was held in Cooper's Town at the
Magistrate's Court there during the
period of the 21st-23rd of January 1998.
Batelco Union Stages Protest
The Bahamas Communications and
Public Officers Union, the bargaining
voice of Batelco, staged a demonstration
here in Marsh Harbour to show its
solidarity with Union President, Mr.
Shane Gibson. According to Area Vice-
President, Mr. Roger Smith, the
demonstration came about as a result of
remarks made in Parliament the
preceding week by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham during his talk on the
proposed privatizationof the corporation.
It was reported that Union President
Gibson took issue, not only with the
proposal itself, but with the comment by
the nation's chief executive that he would
prefer to have further discussions on

Batelco's future with a representative
sympathetic to that proposal. Twenty-
three members of the Abaco branch of
the Union paraded before the
Administrative Offices of Government at
Dove Plaza for several hours and
announced that they would repeat the
public protest until a more amenable
forum for talks was offered to them and
an apology made to their president.
Bellevue Expanding Its
By Stephanie Humblestone
Bellevue Business Depot is presently
expanding to a second shop space in the
B & L Plaza. Walls have been knocked
through and another 1700 square feet
added to provide space for office
furniture and office machines such as
cash registers and colour copiers.
Bellevue is a family owned concern. It
began in 1963 in Freeport and is now the
largest store of its kind in the northern

Bahamas, employing a staff of thirty
including two resident designers. It has
the franchise for IBM, Cannon and
Sharpe. It has a huge range of office
products and offers office planning.
Owner Mr. Robert Osborne is very
enthusiastic about the extension which is
being designed by Don Larson from
Freeport who comes regularly to view
the expanding complex. With more space
and more stock the store will be taking
on extra staff.
Mr. Osborne says that business has
been so good here that he foresees "rapid
expansion but only in phases." He
praised store manager Cathy O'Kelleher,
without whom he felt the store would not
have opened. He described Bellevue here
as a totally Abaconian run concern.

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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 just learning about numbers and
how to count. One day 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

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 21st of February Hope Town
Fire and Rescue held its annual fair. Like
other years, it was well attended and
was, in the words of one of the
organizers, "a huge social and financial
The silent auction had lots of
interesting things to bid for, amongst
which were place mats, cutlery sets and
paintings. Ben Patterson, son of Scott
and Jane Patterson ,won the first prize in
the raffle of a round trip ticket to West
Palm Beach.
The fair, lasting from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m., covered the lunch hour. Crowds
were attracted to the stalls offering all
kinds of goodies. Residents of Hope
Town had baked a vast array of cakes.
There was also a barbecue.
A demonstration of a burning building
with a smoke inhalation victim was
impressive in its efficiency. Nurse Letty
Martz displayed all of the emergency
supplies and equipment. She also gave
free blood pressure checks.

Rainfall for January
The total rainfall for the month of
January 1998 in the Little Orchard
part of Marsh Harbour was 15.86
inches. This amount is exceptional
for any month of the year but
particularly for January which has
averaged 3.96 inches over the past
six years.
We want to thank Mr. Reginald
Patterson for being so diligent in
keeping records and for supplying us
with this information.

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
dog... The trice
page itself can
get a visitor ini
so that they ge
indicates that
interest so the
questions and t

re t i /..What Does a

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

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Web Page Do?
do, can they bring their you're not wasting your time. Once a
k seems to be to make the potential visitor learns there is a real
ry enough information to person on a real place called Abaco and
terested but not too much that person is interested enough to write
et bored. Our experience back, the next e-mail might ask, "What
you want to get enough flights come to Abaco?" and then, "We'd
ey have some additional like to reserve for two weeks..."
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News of the Cays

Hope Town
Heritage Day Is Planned
Heritage Day, held annually in Hope
Town, will be on March 13th at Jarrett
Park. This year will feature the Biannual
Children's Parade which will start at the
school house at 11 a.m. and proceed to
Taylor Park and back to the Post Office.
The Heritage program will begin after
the parade has arrived. Prizes will be
awarded for the participants in the
Again this year Heritage Day will be
raising funds for the construction of the
new museum building. Construction will
resume shortly.
Health Service to the
By Stephanie Humblestone
In an effort to streamline the twice
yearly Health Certificates f6r Food
Handlers, Nurse Peggy Cooper of Marsh
Harbour and Nurse Letty Martz of Hope
Town organised a three day testing
service to the community of Hope Town.
Notices were sent out to all the
restaurants on Elbow Cay inviting all
those who handle food to attend the Hope
Town Clinic between the 9th and 11th of
January. Thirty-seven people arrived
during those dates to have their blood
drawn by Nurse Letty, which
subsequently was tested for the food
borne illness Hepatitis A. Patients were
then requested to attend the Hope Town

Clinic on January 12th for a physical
examination by Dr. Ameeral, the
government doctor.
This system was much easier for the
food-handlers as it saved them the
expense and time of a trip to Marsh
Harbour for a doctor appointment.

Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
It seems impossible that it is already
the last days of February. Time is just
"flying by." Before too long, we'll be
packing up sweaters and airing out
swimsuits. Hopefully, we can squeeeeze
into them!
Forty residents attended a presentation
by the Bahamas National Trust on
January 14th. The lecture/slide show
focused on marine debris and beach
clean-up programmes. A lively
discussion followed concerning solid
waste management and used motor oil
recycling. It was decided that Green
Turtle Cay will participate in the
International Beach Clean Up day during
September 1998. Further presentations
will be invited to discuss solid waste and
The PTA of Amy Roberts All Age
School sponsored its Third Annual
Valentine Dinner at New Plymouth Inn.
As usual the food was delicious and the
service was wonderful. Live
entertainment was provided by Kevin
McIntosh of Gully Rooster fame. It all

added up to an enjoyable evening.'
The 7th, 8th and 9th grade students of
Amy Roberts School, along with teachers
Ms. Sherry Thompson and Ms. Lillian
Darville, will travel to Mexico next
month. The teachers expect it will be a
learning experience with visits to historic
ruins. The students are looking forward
to a break from the classroom and to a
little souvenir shopping!
Almost 200 deeply concerned persons
signed and sent a letter to the
Commissioner of Police, Mr. B.K.
Bonamy, requesting an official statement
and encouraging persistence in the
investigation of the murder of Mrs.
Jeannie Pinder. Our community
anticipates a reply.
Congratulations to Gavin and Sara
Roberts on the birth of their first child.
Rebecca Amy was born in Nassau on
February 13th weighing just over 7 1/2
pounds. Rebecca is Green Turtle Cay's
first baby of 1998.
B y Samantha Albury
A surprise bridal shower was held for

Nettica Roberts, a resident of Great
Guana Cay, on the 13th of February at
the Man-O-War Gospel Chapel hall. On
April 18th she will be marrying Rich
Roberts, a resident of Man-O-War Cay.
The wedding will be held at the Guana
Cay Gospel Chapel. The couple will
reside on Man-O-War Cay. Good luck to
you both as you begin your life together.
On February 2nd a baby shower was
held for Cindy Weatherford at the New
Life Church hall. William and Cindy are
expecting their little bundle of joy to
arrive on March 28th.
On February 7th the Man-O-War All
Age School had their annual Flea
Market. Although the weather did not
cooperate with us, with the help of our
locals and winter residents and our
Family Islanders who were brave enough
to ride the rough seas over, we were able
to raise $8,000. Thanks to all the
teachers, parents and anyone who did
their part to help us make this day such
a huge success.
Congratulations go to Artie and


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Is It Time for a Low Cost Subdivision?

In an interview with Yvonne Key on
Radio Abaco, Silbert Mills praised Mrs.
Key for being one of the top three most
active people in Abaco.
As a member of Local Government
and a public spirited member of the
community, she has worked tirelessly
over the past few months, dedicating her
energy to three projects: the clean up of
the old abandoned vehicles in the Marsh
Harbour area, the cleaning up of the
Crossing Beach area and setting up a
library in the building used by Dr. Ejnar
Gottlieb as a clinic.
Mrs. Key organised D & E Waste
Service, Albury's Trucking, Albury's
Bulldozing and Artech to remove
unwanted vehicles. "Was there very
much?" asked Silbert. She replied that it
was substantial enough to have been an
ugly sight in front of the Administrator's
With regard to the library, she said
that setting it up was a very "physical"
business with a lot of carrying. She was
referring specifically to organising the
release of seven pallets of books from
Customs in Marsh Harbour and four
boxes from an Abaco Spaces storage
container. In addition to this, the new
library, situated in Dr. Gottlieb's old
office, required a lot of work in terms of
repairs and cleaning. On the 27th of
February there will be a grand opening
when Dr. Gottlieb's grandson will cut the
ribbon. The library, which is dedicated
to the memory of Dr. Ejnar Gottlieb,
will welcome both adults and children.
Beginning on the 2nd of March it will

officially open from 3:30 to 6:30 daily
and between 9 and 12 on Saturdays.
I have watched this community
mushroom," she said, "There's a lot to
do and I've never started anything I
didn't finish." Over the past twelve years
she has been especially concerned about
the Pigeon Pea and the Mud in Marsh
Harbour, which has over 200 housing
units. Its unsanitary conditions pose a
serious health threat to both its
inhabitants and the community. Mrs. Key
pointed out that when this was mentioned
to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on a
visit to Abaco, he placed the problem
squarely in the hands of Abaco. She
decided to take him at his word and deal
with it. With the library well under
control, about a month ago she began
focusing her attention on what could be
done in practical terms. She believes that
re-location is the answer, not improving
the conditions in the Mud.
At a Marsh Harbour Town Committee
meeting she proposed that the residents
of Pigeon Pea and the Mud be moved to
Campbell Town near Snake Cay. A 25
acre area there could accommodate 96
lots where Bahamians and Haitian nations
with work permits could purchase lots at
affordable prices. Having worked out
electricity costs, she is obtaining quotes
for surveying, road work, bulldozing to
prepare the land and a water supply. She
had the support of five of Town
Committee members present who saw
this as a feasible solution.
When she has sufficient information to
support the proposal, she will go with a




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delegation of people from Abaco to
Nassau to present it to the Prime
Minister. One of the points she will make
is that the road from the new freight
dock, soon to be started, will go through
a part of the Mud.
Silbert invited listeners to call in with
their questions and comments. The
response was diverse, but overall quite
favourable. One concern was that this
would be a re-location to another
potential Mud. Mrs. Key replied that the
location of Campbell was not written in
stone. she would consider any available
land, as long as the people were moved.
At times the calls became a little
heated. Residents of nearby Spring City
expressed reluctance at the project. One
lady claimed that she had not been
informed and felt slighted by that. Mrs.
Key calmly referred her to her local
Town Committee. Some Haitians phoned
in complaining that their income would
not support purchasing a lot. A call came
to argue this by saying that many
Haitians have well'paid jobs. A question
of illegal Haitians arose and was dealt
with very pragmatically by Mrs. Key.

They should be repatriated. She stressed
many times over that this was for
Bahamians and work permit holders. One
caller was concerned that as the majority
of those purchasing lots would be
Haitian, then this would constitute
segregation and as such be problematic.
Mrs. Key replied that this was open to
everyone legal in Abaco.
The question arose of who should be
responsible for housing work permit
holders. Mrs. Key believed it should, be
incumbent on the employer, this was
quickly refuted by an Immigration officer
who called to inform the public that the
employers are not bound by law to
accommodate their Haitian employees.
Silbert Mills ended the interview with
praise for Mrs. Key for bravely
approaching this delicate subject and
trying to find a solution for it.

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Tke fdi4or

. Job Opportunities

- Are we ready?

We hear so much about the need on
Abaco for "jobs." Most projects that are
suggested are eagerly endorsed because
they would provide "jobs." At the
moment "jobs" seems to be of more
concern than the long term impact on the
What kind of jobs are we looking for?
Construction? Technical? Heavy
equipment operators? Marine-oriented
work? Tourist-related work? Truck

drivers? Many jobs in these areas are
available on Abaco now for qualified
people. Contractors are frequently
looking for construction workers. Hotels
and restaurants are constantly looking for
qualified employees.
But most jobs require some skill. We
expect employers and developers to give
us jobs, yet do we have the skills they
need? Perhaps we should analyze the jobs
which are likely to become available,
then train our youth and employable
persons in those skills which will be
How hard is it to find an Abaco
mason? How long does it take to get air
conditioners or refrigerators repaired?
How many of us have problems with our
vehicles which no one seems to be able
to repair? How many new water pumps
are installed because no one can diagnose
the problems with the old one or repair it
with a simple kit? Plumbers, electricians,
computer technicians there are so many
areas needing qualified workers.
The educational system, particularly
in the Family Islands, has a long way to
go before it is satisfactory in this area.

Stan Sawyer of Treasure Cay is working
to utilize the Marsh Harbour Primary
School classrooms for a vocational school
with volunteer teachers. This type of
education is badly needed.
How do interested people learn these
and other skills? In some work areas they
can work with a licensed or certified
person highly skilled in a specific area.
We do have some fine skilled workers
who would take on apprentices.
Correspondence courses are available
which can give us additional knowledge.
Maybe it will require a few months away
from Abaco to learn a skill.
One fine opportunity has just become
available for us. Disney's operation on
Castaway Cay is looking for qualified
people in many fields. They are even
willing to train people in a number of
skills. What a great opportunity for those
who are diligent! To get paid while
learning a skill! It would be hoped that
many of our people would be clambering
for the chance to work there. Of course,
it will require some inconvenience,
perhaps commuting, perhaps living on
the cay. But let's realize that what you

learn will be beneficial to you for the rest
of your life.
One of the seemingly difficult areas
for many of us is the commitment to
work hard and diligently. When we are
hired, our bosses expect some basic
things from us such as being punctual
and working a full day, being responsible
for materials and equipment, giving them
the full number of hours we are being
paid for, in other words having a good
work ethic.
So instead of thinking how many jobs
a business will create, let's think of what
qualities and knowledge our people have
which will benefit that business. How can
we provide the skills and talents which
will benefit the business.
Skills and knowledge take time to
acquire. We need to begin now to
prepare for the next century. If we don't
prepare, time will leave us behind. The
rest of the world will get ahead. All
we'll be able to do is see them acquire a
better life. The education and knowledge
which was adequate even just a few years
ago will not get us by in this age of

OnV My Hbumble OpinioVn.

By Stephanie Humblestone
Staff Reporter and Writer
"I do," two words pregnant with
meaning. Hopefully, not for this
Find someone to say them to, dream
up somewhere novel to say them, and the
possibilities are limitless.
As long as you have an
accommodating priest, minister, or
Justice of the Peace who is a willing
participant in your fantasies, then you
can go right ahead and pledge eternal
love wherever your fancy takes you. You
can be beautifully conventional and walk
down the aisle. You can swing with your
beloved from a chandelier, fall from a
thousand feet, walk the ocean bed or
climb the highest mountain. Nearer to
home, shoeless couples, at one with each
other and the elements, opt to be married
on Tahiti Beach sand spit at low tide. By

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contrast, last week two prisoners in the
United States were married while
handcuffed to the bars of their cells.
Call the sacred act by any name you
wish. You can get married, be joined in
holy matrimony, enter wedlock, tie the
proverbial nuptial knot, get hitched,
spliced, shackled or chained. It all
amounts to the same thing the legal
union of a man and a woman. Most often
that combination!
To all intents and purposes, it's pretty
straightforward. He proposes, she accepts
(I'm old fashioned). They find a place, a
marriage officer, decide on the words
and choose those they wish present. So
far so good until they come to the final
issue the time. Not everyone wants to
get married at 3 p.m. on a Saturday
afternoon. Some people prefer the
twilight hours. Such dreamers are out of
luck. Marriages in the Bahamas are
performed only during daylight hours.
"It must be after sunrise and before
sunset," I heard a well known Justice of
the Peace tell a pleading groom who
wished to be married after the sun had
gone down. Despite the groom's
insistence, the marriage officer was
unyielding. He only questioned this law
after he had put down the telephone and
saw me laughing. Then he laughed, too.
"Well, how can you get married in the
dark," he stated rhetorically.
"Why not?" I replied bluntly.

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Do. . But Not After Dark

The owl and the pussy cat in that
famous poem by Edward Lear were wed
by the light of the moon. However, that
was in the land where the Bong-Trees
grow not the Bahamas!
Walking under the stars, dining by
candlelight, sitting in the light of a
silvery moon are all romantic settings for
"popping the question." So should they
be equally fitting for following through
with the answer.
I am bewildered.
It's not as if government offices alone
are able to perform marriages, and thus
limited by office hours. Apparently
ceremonies performed by whomever and
wherever outside the stated times are
invalid. Do I hear the rustle of papers as
you scramble for those buried
certificates? I got that startling piece of
information from a government office in
Abaco. I find it hard to believe.
I spoke to a friend who used to be an
Out Island Commissioner in the southern
Bahamas who knew nothing of this
strange law and who claimed to have
"married people anytime."
A Justice of the Peace is able to
notarize an affidavit, or "after-david" as
I once heard someone refer to it, at any
hour. You can sign your life away any
time night or day. However, round the
clock contracts for Eternal Love are not
allowed. What sense is there in that?
Only Man could have devised a law so
devoid of logic. Only Man would place
constraints of time on a demonstration of
Love which by definition is supposed to
be Timeless. Only Man would decide

when God is in attendance to witness a
ceremony performed in His sight. Only
the English would make such a law for
Bahamians to take as a model. And only
I am allowed to say that!
What about shift workers, night owls
(those who have not eloped with pussy
cats!) and insomniacs?
Is this really to safeguard us from
marrying the wrong person? Mistaken
identity in the dark? Do we need all our
faculties.and the aid of daylight for such
a momentous occasion.
Forget the concerns about "getting to
the church on time." Worry if you are
there early. Are you told to come back
during opening hours.
Do you pace back and forth like an
expectant parent? Does the would-be
husband suffer the fate of the husband in
a cartoon I recently saw of a couple in a
marriage counselor's waiting room The
wife was standing, hands on hips and a
scowl on her face. Her brow-beaten
husband was close by with a wall
painting as a jagged, canvass-ruffle collar
over his head. The therapist, poised in
his doorway, was saying, "Sorry to have
kept you waiting!"
I phoned the Administrator's Office in
Marsh Harbour. "What do you feel about
those odd marriage hours?" I asked. "It
doesn't faze me. The afternoon is for
getting married," came a pragmatic
reply. To my mind the afternoondis no
more exclusively for getting married than
the morning is for having babies, nor the
night is for conceiving them!

Letters to The Editor

Crossing Rocks Phone
Dear Editor,
The community of Crossing Rocks is
disturbed due to the indigent
telecommunication service it receives.
Several persons have made complaints
to persons in charge and nothing has
been done to this effect. Instead of
getting better, it is getting worse. We
PLESESE- Lttes--- 1

To Our Readers
We at The Abaconian sometimes
get letters written to the editor that
are not signed. We are unable to use
these in the newspaper. If you want
us to consider printing your letters,
you must let us know who you are.
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February 1998

The Abaeonian Page 11

Local Government

- at Work

Central Abaco Council 27 Jan. 98
Mr. Chris Russell, Crown Lands
Forestry Officer from Nassau, gave a short
talk to Council members on the value of
the Abaco pine forest and the Department's
concern over the abnormally high number
of forest fires on Abaco.
Efforts are underway to have the white
pickup truck, which is owned by
government and under the care of TIP,
reassigned to local government and used by

Business Briefs

The Loyalist Shoppe has moved into December 1963 by Jack and George
expanded facilities in the building Albury as an upscale gift shop. They
previously occupied by AID and has been featured luxury woolens, fine crystal and
renamed Abaco Office Products. With china and top brand watches and jewelry.
more display and storage space they plan to Over the years the shop has evolved into
offer a more comprehensive selection of the present office supply shop.
office supplies, equipment and furniture. Bistro Mezzomare, is the newly named
The shop is under the management of Mr. restaurant at the Conch Inn, previously
Billy Sands. Mr. Philip Hall is their service called Conch Inn Cafe. It is under the
manager. management of Maria Santillo. Mrs.
The Loyalist Shoppe is one of Marsh Santillo and her family own and operate a
Harbour's older businesses. It opened in successful Italian restaurant in Nassau.

M ore Lef4trs
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Letters FROM Page 10
have had two lines in the past. For
months now, a settlement with
approximately 200 persons has been
using only one telephone line.
For year the community has patiently
awaited its seven digit number but his
has not been realized.
The present situation is ridiculous.
1. Customers are paying monthly rental
fees and cannot make a call out of
Crossing Rocks. Only 20% of the
customers are getting full use of the
service while 80% either spend hours
trying and hoping to get a call while
others don't even bother to try.
2. There is no privacy in the system.
You can be on the phone talking with
someone and a third party picks up the
telephone and can listen to your
3. Several persons have been trying to
make a call for hours and in the middle
of their conversation, the operators
disconnect them. It does not matter who
they are talking to.
The community is tired of such a
service. We are appealing to persons
responsible to take immediate actions to
rectify this present situation.

This letter is
following persons.
Alice Williams
Vangy Williams
Zulie Lackey
Cherisse Higgs
Carolyn Bain
Joanne Russell
Carolyn Walker
Isreal Williams, Sr.
Harry Williams
Monica Williams

endorsed by the

Barbara Bain
Joseph Bain
Sandy Walker
Alexander Bain
Theophilus Williams
Eula Williams
Susan Bain
Elliot Burrows
Clifford Bain
Marcus Davis

Foreigners Need Respect
for Bahamians
Dear Sir,
As the world moves closer and closer
to a global community, it would seem
that national sovereignty may well
become a thing of the past. The thing of
it is, nobody seems to care, at least, not
enough to speak up.
The Bahamas, that is to say all that
makes the Bahamas what it is, is my
birthright. I did not migrate here, I am a
son of the soil. Thus, it should follow
that I expect to go about my day to day

lire pretty much as i please, within thme
confines of the law, of course. There
seems to be, though, certain outsiders
who would like to change that. I can only
imagine that they don't know me that
Foreign investment, generally
speaking, is a good thing. In fact,
foreigners wishing to take up residence
here in the Bahamas should be welcomed
as long as they are not taking any jobs-
from us or trying to push us around in
our own home. I know many foreigners
and most of them are decent people who
respect our right to be Bahamian. On the
other had, I know a handful who,
because they own a little piece of land in
this country, they now feel that things
will be done their way. Like I said, they
don't know me that well. They think they
It is most unfortunate that a lot of
Bahamians, in their over zealousness to
accommodate our foreign friends, end up
selling their soul for a penny. In other
words, as long as their pockets are being
filled today, to hell with tomorrow!
Hopefully, the folly they display today
will come back and bite them in the
behind tomorrow. I have to confess, I
like to see people pay for their own
stupidity. Does that make me a bad
The problem of foreigners trying to
assert their authority on Bahamians is a
growing national problem. Bahamians all


Central Abaco Council 20 Jan. 98
Members discussed the high
maintenance costs associated with Abaco
Central High School over the past year and
how to plan for maintenance costs in the
upcoming budget.
Transportation for the Building
Inspector has not ben solved and hinges on
budget constraints.
Council members feel they should visit
the cays to have a better understanding of
the problems there.

the building inspector.
The local Port Board is to be re-
activated and new members will be chosen
at the next Council meeting.
The secretary of the Council was
directed to write a letter to the Ministry of
Tourism in support of Sherry Parker,
Abaco's new tourism officer. Council
members were unanimous in their praise
for the activities of this office since Ms.
Parker's arrival.

Marsh Harbour Town Committee 7 Jan. 97
Spring City Sewerage: The sewerage
plant is in poor repair and not operating
Airport drains: The deep well drains
have been cleaned and the surface drainage
is believed to acceptable now.
Old Jail Site: The old jail site on
Soldier Road is a government lot
approximately 75 feet square. A request
was submitted by Maurdee Albury to lease
this lot for using as a temporary warehouse
site. Members felt they should explore
other uses for this land since government
land is so scarce in Marsh Harbour.
Need for low cost subdivision: Council
member Yvonne Albury gave a
presentation on the need for a low cost
subdivision in the Marsh Harbour/Spring
City area. She suggested the old Campbell
Town site near Snake Cay. Mrs. Albury
envisions this as a solution to the housing
problems for Bahamians and legal residents
now living in the Mud and Pigeon Pea
areas. Her preliminary studies indicate that
5,000 square foot lots (approximately 70' x
70') could be made available for $4,000 to
$6,000 and would be suitable for low
income housing in the 700 1,000 square
foot range.
Reaction by Council members ranged
from approval of her effort to disapproval
of the concept of establishing ethnic
communities. Lowell Albury's comment
was typical. He was not thrilled with the
establishment of a "Haitian" community;
however, he felt that the establishment of
such a community would provide a better
way of life than now endured by residents
of the Mud and Pigeon Pea areas. Some
members felt this might be a solution to
one of Marsh Harbour's major problems.
All members agree to the problems
caused by substandard housing and
sanitation, overcrowding, property

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construction of existing or new buildings
and the refuge provided to undesirable
elements is not good for Marsh Harbour.
Council members Bemis Pinder and
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their opposition to Mrs. Albury's
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alternate solutions to the problem.
Mrs. Albury was encouraged to continue
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done over the years to solve this problem.
Town Planning 17 February 1998
The January 6th meeting passed six
plans totaling $543.000.
The chairman and four committee
members visited the Long Bay School
intersection which has caused some
complaints concerning road visibility. The
school wall precludes early viewing of
Forest Drive by cars on Palm Avenue.
However, members noted that vehicles
which stop properly do have a view of
Forest Drive before they enter the highway.
Recommendations will be sent to Road
Traffic to mark the intersection with
painted lines to clarify the stopping point.
Chairman Arnold Edwards and Building
Inspector Paul Curry are to make a tour of
the Pigeon Pea and Mud areas to better
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School News

New Primary School to
Open in Marsh Harbour
By Stephanie Humblestone
" Phase 1 of the new Abaco Central
Primary School has been completed and
that part of the school will be occupied
by Grades 1 through 3 beginning in early
March. Phase 2 will begin in early
March. However, the official opening of
the new complex will not be until next
September when approximately 600
students are expected to attend.
Of the primary schools in Abaco,
Abaco Central Primary will be the only
one with a pre-school, a computer lab, a
separate facility for arts, crafts and music
and a recreational field. Spanish will be
taught for the first time outside of a
government high school. District
Education Officer Jackson McIntosh
hopes this will be available on a very
rudimentary level for pre-schoolers but
definitely for Grade 1-6
In September an additional four
teachers will join the staff making a full
complement of 28 teachers. This will
include a special education teacher.
There will be ten regular classrooms and
two specialist rooms, a library and a sick
Although the grounds will not be
landscaped in March, the facility will be
an improvement on its present location
close to the low income area of the
"Mud." The project was started in July
1997. "We had a delay of two months,"
apologized Mr. McIntosh, "but the school
will be worth waiting for and fully
operational by the fall term."

St. Francis Successes
The beginning of the year was a
success from the improvements done to
the school to the introduction of grade 7.
Thanks go to Abaco Beach Resort and

Moxey Williams for their generous
donations of plants and trees that have
helped improve the appearance of the
We now offer more programs which
include a full time art program taught by
Ms. Pyfrom and a new art room, a
computer program taught by our
principal, Mr. Hegney and Mrs.
Thompson has opened our eyes and ears
with her experienced talent of teaching
Spanish to all grades.
Athletically, St. Francis de Sales
"Saints" had a successful softball season
by defeating all but one school Their
coach Mr. O'Donnell was extremely
proud of them. Congratulations, team!
For the third year intramural sports
activities began during the first term.
Participation has grown and the students
are always eager to play during recess
and lunch periods.
St. Francis had its annual bike-a-
thon/walk-a-thon and all who participated
had a great time. All monies were
donated to the school. Thanks to the PTA
and friends who participated to make it a
This year's community Christmas
Bazaar was cancelled. However, Mrs.
Annette O'Donnell and Fr. Stan Kalasso
created beautiful hand-crafted items that
were sold at St. Francis church with
tremendous success. Thanks to Dr.
O'Donnell for her continued support.
The 1997 first term came to its finale
with the annual Christmas Pageant.
Those who did not attend missed out on
a memorable performance, creative
costumes, singing and an all around great
show. All grades participated from pre-k
through to grade seven. A tremendous
job was put on by both students and
The students are now looking forward

to the St. Francis science fair March 17th
and our annual school fair on March
21st. we are looking forward to seeing
you at these events.
Abaco Central
High School
Field Trip to Nassau
By Robert Nixon
Deputy Head Boy Grade 12
On January 30th a group of nine
marine biology students, accompanied by
their teacher Mr. Huel Moss, Jr.,
traveled to Nassau to tour the Atlantis
Marine Park on Paradise Island.
The tour was conducted by aquarist
Glenn Kelly and Jermine Petty. Students
were given a very thorough tour of the

various exhibitions and were privileged
to go behind the scenes where they were
able to see the holding facility and the
aquarium's laboratory. They were
allowed to visit the Pump House which is
the most important part of the aquarium.
Some 10,000 gallons of water are filtered
every minute through these hi-tech
machines, which allows the animals to
live as normal as possible.
After leaving Atlantis, the students
made a final stop at the 3D Marine
Cinema on Bay Street. Through the
magic of 3D projection, the students
were overwhelmed by the realism of the
short but very much enjoyed film. Some
students expressed that it was the most


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Two Manatees: Visitors or New Residents?

By Stephanie Humblestone
Early Sunday morning, February 15th,
two manatees were sighted at the marina
in Man-O-War. They were between six
and nine feet long. It is thought they
spent the night there. What a lovely
haven to spend Valentine's night!
The following week end two manatees,
perhaps the same ones, entertained diners
at the Harbour's Edge Restaurant in
Hope Town. Children fed them lettuce
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and a hose pipe provided them with fresh
water. One of them held it with his
Manatees, sometimes called sea cows,
are gray coloured mammals which live in
fresh or sea water and feed on water
plants. Their skin is thick and wrinkled
and they have broad flat tails. They grow
from eight to 13 feet long and have
paddle shaped front legs but no hind

One of the two manatees surfaces in Hope Town behind the pontoon of an inflatable boat
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Budget News from North Abaco

By Stephanie Humblestone
Between the 19th and 23rd of January
a series of Town Meetings was organised
by the North Abaco District Council to
gather input for the 1998-9 budget
submission, particularly with regard to
capital needs. Meetings were held in
Treasure Cay, Little Abaco, Cooper's

Town and Green Turtle Cay. The
proposed meeting for Grand Cay was
canceled due to bad weather.
The information gleaned from these
meetings is now being compiled by
Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Jack

legs. They are plant eaters and spend
most of their time feeding. They live in
coastal areas of Florida and are also
found in the Caribbean and along the
South American coast.
No one has positively identified these
as being Floridian or Caribbean. Diane
Claridge Balscomb, who is a marine
mammal researcher, feels there are
several reasons which indicate these may
be Floridian. They are quite comfortable
around people whereas the Caribbean are
very skitterish and shy away from
people. They like fresh water which the
Caribbean manatees would not have easy
access to as the Floridian ones have.
Usually manatees migrate to cooler

waters in the summer months. If these
are Caribbean manatees, they would not
be migrating north into cold water during
the winter months.
Last summer there were several
sightings of manatees on Abaco. Earl and
Noreen Albury saw one near the bridge
connecting Abaco with Little Abaco and
later one was spotted in the harbour at
Man-O-War. It has not been ascertained
whether they were the West Indian or
Floridian species. However, other
sightings in the southern Bahamas were
felt by experts to be West Indian.
The manatee is an endangered species.
Remember that it is illegal to harm,
capture or kill them.

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People in the News

Tabitha Myrna Weatherford,
daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Robinson
Weatherford of Marsh Harbour, was
named to the Dean's List at Pensacola
Christian College for earning a B average
or higher.
Pensacola Christian College is a liberal
arts college with an enrollment of about
4,000 students in under graduate and
graduate programs. It offers over 60
programs of study and has students from
every state in the United states and over
forty foreign countries.
Jana Albury, daughter of Earl and
Noreen Albury of Marsh Harbour, has
distinguished herself by being named to
the President's Scholars list at Florida
Southern College. To be included on this
list she earned a perfect 4.0 grade point
average during the fall semester. Jana is
a senior and is studying accounting and
business administration.
Florida Southern College, located in
Lakeland, Florida, is a fully accredited
school which offers many undergraduate
and graduate programs. It is one of the
oldest private college in Florida.
Dr. Ray 0. Heimbecker was named
to the Order of Canada and became an
Officer of the Order which is the second
rank in a three-tier honours system
Canada has to recognize their outstanding
citizens. This is a very special distinction

as only 19 in all of Canada were named
to receive this honour.
Dr. Heimbecker was awarded for
major lifetime contributions to Canada
and the world for his research in heart
disease, valve transplant, heart transplant
and surgery without transfusion. He also
the title of Professor Emeritus and
Honourary Surgeon of the Bahama Out
Islands (Abaco).
Daniel Wiltfang, a 1997 graduate of
Forest Heights Academy, returned to
school to receive the Bronze Medal in the
Governor General's Award Scheme.
Presenting the award were Island
Administrator Mr. Everette Hart, Mr.
Drexel Major, who currently supervises
the programme on Abaco, and Mr. Hugh
A part of the Governor General's
Youth Awards Scheme, formerly known
as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award,
includes community service. Daniel has
been very active in the Trauma One
volunteer ambulance service, its
organisation, fund raising and day to day
operation. He has attended numerous
training sessions and was instrumental in
organising the interiors of the units. He
has assisted in many of the calls to which
Trauma One has responded.
Daniel has completed his assignments

Daniel Wiltfang accepts his Bronze award which he earned under the Governor General's
Award Scheme. Presenting his award was Drexel Major with Administrator Everette Hart.

for his Silver Award and hopes to
complete the requirements for his Gold
Award while he is in Argentina.
In November Daniel was honoured in
Nassau by the Ministry of Education for
his exceptional performance in the 1997
BGCSE examinations. He achieved the
highest score in the Bahamas on his
BGCSE biology exam, the highest overall
BGCSE score in Abaco and honourable
mention, overall, in the Bahamas.
Daniel has left Abaco for Argentina
where he will begin school on March
9th. He is participating in a Rotary
Exchange students program in which he
will repeat Grade 12 and hopes to perfect
his Spanish. He will be living with the
Esteban St. Martin family in General
Roca. Mr. St. Martin lived with the
family of Linda Wiltfang in Iowa in 1968
and has been actively involved in the
Rotary Exchange program. The program

requires participants to spend a full
twelve months in their assigned country.
Upon his return Daniel hopes to attend
college and then medical school. He
plans to get his EMT certification and
help pay his way through school working
as a paramedic. His primary interests are
medical research and emergency
Another One off to School
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to go to Atlanta to further her education
at the Gupton Jones College of Funeral
Services. Jonna, the daughter of Terry
and Roger Russell, always had intentions
of going to school to take up courses on
becoming a mortician and now her
dreams are coming into being.
Jonna graduated from Sherlin C.
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Youth Activities

Scouts Selling Cookies
On January 19th Mr. Huel Moss, Jr.,
the Assistant District Commissioner of
Scouting on Abaco, spoke to the Rotary
Club of Abaco on Scouting on Abaco.
Scouting has increased greatly on Abaco
during the past two years and Mr. Moss
spoke of the need for boys and girls to
be involved in after school activities
which are structured. Father Hugh
Chapman also spoke, emphasizing the
need for supporting youth organizations.
The Scouts have begun their annual
fund raising Cookie-Drive. Abaco
Wholesale is a major sponsor of this
event providing packaged cookies. The
goal of this project is to raise $10,000.
The Rotary Club made a donation of
$200 for ingredients for homemade
cookies and a member donated $500
toward the project. The Scouts thanked
the Club for their generosity.
The Scouts ask that the public support

their organization by purchasing cookies
when the Scouts approach them.
First Abaco Cub Scouts
By Stephanie Humblestone
The First Abaco Scout Pack had a
general meeting on February 12th.
Assistant District Commissioner Huel
Moss gave parents an overview of the
Scout Association internationally and the
Scouting movement in Abaco.
Elections were held at the Parents
Committee for assistance in fund raising
and looking after Scouting activities.
Roston Mills was elected as Chairman;
Mrs. Sylvia Bethel, Treasurer; Elaine
Martinborough, Secretary; and Mr.
Ferguson and Iris Henchell, Trustees.
Scout Leader for Abaco, Mr. Drexel
Major, gave a report on the present
financial status and spoke about plans for
fund raising, such as cook-outs and
raffles. March will be known as Scout
Month in honour of the founder of the
Scout Movement, Lord Baden Powell.

The Scouts engage in many activities.
In February there was a cub camp at
Buzzard Hill near Wilson City. Once a
month in full uniform the Abaco Scouts
visit a different church. A three week
cookie sale began February 20th. Other
camps are planned throughout March.
This July the Abaco Scouts will host
about 40 visiting Scouts from other
Family Islands. This summer there are
plans ahead for a Cub Camp in Jamaica.
Some parents are keen for their children
to attend.

Mr. Moss is looking for a possible
camp site to be located here in the
Abacos which could provide a central
meeting area for the widely scattered
Scouts and also host visiting ones.
The Scouts would like to express
special thanks to Ken Curry of Spring
City for his help with transportation. He
has done this selflessly and it is greatly
Any help is welcome in the assistance
of purchasing a bus which is greatly
needed by the Abaco Scout movement.

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Officers from the Passport Office of
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Freeport will be in Marsh Harbour on
March 5th and 6th to process applications
for the renewal and issuance of
passports. This is for anyone on Abaco,
North, Central and South districts who
need a passport. The officers will be at
the Council office upstairs in Dove
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A Celebration of Our Precious Pearls

Sharon McKinney, Welfare Officer
Northern Abaco District
In keeping with the United Nations
designated date, the first of October, to
honour our senior citizens. It has been
determined that the focus of a mere day
was insufficient, therefore the entire
month of October was designated,
"Precious Pearls" month by the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Here in
Northern Abaco we found that a month
was also insufficient for us to adequately
honour all our senior citizens from Grand
Cay, Green Turtle Cay and the Cooper's
Town area because of the geographical
difficulties of bringing all our senior
citizens together in one place at one time.
As a result, the month of October
through the Month of December was
On the 21st of December the
Department of Social Service, Northern
Abaco District, honoured the senior
citizens of Grand Cay with a church
service at he Challah Baptist Church.
Special honourees of the celebrations
were Mr. Joseph Held and Mrs. Ida
Cooper. They both received an award for
outstanding community service. The
lives, works, and experiences of these
two precious pearls of Grand Cay have
lent stature and importance to the
The Minister of Housing and Social
Development, the Hon. Algernon Allen,
along with the entire Social Services
Department are serious about its
commitment to ensure that our Precious
Pearls live lives of grace, dignity and
sufficiency. This entails that our seniors
remain active participants in our society.
For too long, we in the Bahamas have
treated our senior citizens as used clothes
that no long fit or whose fashion have
gone with the times. We see them as
having very little or nothing to offer us
This reminds me of a story I'll like to

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Environmental groups in The Bahamas
are launching a comprehensive outreach
programme to educate Bahamians and
visitors on the value of coral reefs as part
of the country's observance of the
International Year of the Reef.
The program is geared towards divers,
fishermen, pleasure boaters, teachers,
students and visitors and seeks to make
people more aware of the value of
Bahamian reefs and to contribute to the
well-being of this "precious resource."
Ambassador for the Environment Lynn
P. Holowesko stated, ".Coral reefs which
are part of the beautiful environment we
promote, are among the most valuable of
all the elements of the Bahamian
environment. They not only attract
visitors, but healthy coral reefs contribute
in a very substantial way to our fisheries.
They provide habitats for the feeding and
shelter of our economically valuable
marine species...The value of coral reefs
can hardly be overstated."
According to Director of Fisheries,
Mr. Colin Higgs, from a fisheries
perspective, the reefs are threatened by
the use of chemicals and natural disasters
such as hurricanes. He added that reefs
in The Bahamas are in relatively good
shape but the ones most susceptible to
damage are the ones nearest the shore.
Ambassador Holowesko encourages
the community to make "wiser use' of
Bahamian reefs and hopes to take
significant steps to ensure "that Bahamian
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share with you.
Long time ago village of Gola was a
striving and prosperous village, much
like ours today. The young people felt
that there was no place in the village for
their old people. They felt that the old
people had had their time and were
hindering them from enjoying their lives.
Furthermore, they did not want to be
counsel led by them nor did they want to
be bothered with providing and taking
care of the older people. So they
conspired together to kill all the old
people in the village. Jack, however,
loved his grandfather and couldn't be
part of such crime, so he hid his
grandfather in a cave.
As the days went by the young
villagers continued to enjoy their
freedom. The news of what they had
done also spread through the region.
when the king heard of what had
happened in Gola, he sent a messenger to
inform the young villagers that they
would be destroyed if they could not
grant him his request.
"Young villagers of Gola, this is the
King's request," said the messenger.
"You must find a pig that is neither boar
or sow and present it to the King within
seven days."
The young villagers were perplexed.
They became sad and burdened. They
could not understand the King's strange
request. They hunted day and night but
could not find a pig that was neither boar
or sow. They wished that they had their
old people to advise and counsel them
but they remembered they had killed
them all.
On the last day that they had to
produce the pig. Jac told his girandfatherU
of what was happening and the fate of

the village. His grandfather advised him
to tell the others to send a message to the
King, informing him to come for the pig,
but he must not come in the night nor
must he come in the day, but come.
When the King got the message he
said, "Surely an old person must still be
alive in Gola and the villagers lives were
spared. The young villagers were so

happy that they made the old man (Jack's
grandfather) the chief of the village.
A word to the wise is sufficient. Let
us learn from the experience of the
young Golians and begin treating our old
parents, grandparent, uncles, aunts and
neighbours because they are the ones that
we are calling the Precious Pearls of our
beloved Bahamas

Many of the older citizens ofAbaco were honoured during Precious Pearls month. Shown
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for burial. The funeral was on January
31st at the Full Gospel Assembly of God
with Rev. Stafford Symonette officiating,
assisted by Joseph Norris, Cecil Forbes
and Cyril Sands. Burial was in the
" Treasure Cay Community Cemetery.
On July 19th, 1965, a baby girl was
born to Mr.: and Mrs. John and Elizabeth
Saunders and was christened as Jessica
Mae. Jesse, as she was affectionately
called, attended the Treasure Cay

Primary School and later the Cooper's
Town High School where she graduated.
On July 23rd, 1983 Jessica was joined
n holy matrimony with Timothy Russell
with whom she spent the rest of her life.
They had three children: Terreal,
Timothy and Timmesha. Jesse worked
for Treasure Cay for nine year and later
worked at the Great Abaco Beach Resort
for five years.
Left to cherish her precious and
unforgettable memory are her husband,
Timothy Russell; sons, Terreal and
Timothy Jr; daughter Timmesha; parents,
John and Elizabeth Saunders; sisters,
Rudell Swain, Sandra Smith, Joan
Knowles and Alice Turnquest; brothers,

Austin Swain, Anthony and Joseph
Sweeting, Edward, Bertram, Jonathan
and Nathan Saunders; step-brothers;
aunts; uncles; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-
law; nieces and nephews and a host of
other relatives and friends.
Phil English passed away in May in
Colorado where he and his wife Jean

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First place prize is a very valuable two
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The Board Of Directors of Abaco
Markets Limited, is pleased to advise
that a Dividend of eight and one-half
cents (8.50 cents) per share has been
declared to all Shareholders of record
as at February 13th, 1998 and payable
as of February 27th, 1998.

Reginald W. Sands
february 23rd, 1998

Jessica Mae Russell

lived for part of each year. He had been
ill for a very long time. Last month a
memorial service to honour him was held
in Treasure Cay. His grandson-in-law
brought the message and lead the service
which included special vocal music, by
Sherry Pinder.
Mr. English was very well. known
particularly in Treasure Cay. He will
long be remembered for his many
contributions to Treasure. Cay.. He. was
the developer of Mariner's Cove and was
active in .the community in many areas.
He was instrumental in the construction
of the parsonage and the clinic and was
a past president of the Treasure Cay
Community Association.
Mr. English will be missed especially
by his wife Jean and by his many friends.
on Abaco as. well as other family

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North Abaco

Tourism Meeting Held
The Ministry of Tourism held a
meeting in North Abaco with hoteliers,
airline personnel, restaurant owners, taxi
drivers, ferry operators and other tourist-
related persons to develop a program to
encourage tourism. The meeting was held
on February 5th at Cooper's Town. The
Ministry wanted input from the
communities as to how the Ministry can
assist in developing their tourism appeal.
One of the problems facing the
residents and businesses of North Abaco
is the lack of flight service the air lines
are providing to that area. This has been
an ongoing concern as some airlines have
discontinued service.
Many other problems were voiced at

the meeting. The rest rooms at the
airport will now have an installed hot
water heater and soap and paper products
for one month courtesy of Mr. J.M.
Konsten, representing Treasure Cay Ltd.
Some at the meeting wanted to see a
canopy constructed at the airport for
rainy seasons and the area landscaped.
The problem of lack of rest room
facilities at the ferry dock will be solved
by allowing ferry customers to use the
rest rooms constructed for the Bahamian
workboat regatta.
Ms. Sherry Parker, Senior Officer in
the Abaco office of the Ministry of
Tourism, outlined the goals and plans
they had developed for North Abaco.
They would like to have live music at the

Grand Cay residents were pleased to see a new generator installed for them after their
last generator was destroyed by fire. The generating plant is on Sea Horse Cay, adjoining
Grand Cay. Photo by Jack Thompson, Dep. Administrator

Treasure Cay International Airport, paid
for by local businesses.
The Ministry is also suggesting that
the Bahamahost Programme be offered
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for the Northern Abaco area to prepare
people for new opportunities in tourism.
It was suggested that the course be
offered in the fall.

A Town Meeting was held in Cooper's Town on January 21st. Photo shows a resident
making a point while the crowd listens in the discussion about next year's budget. Local
government allows the people more say in their own affairs and the Town Meetings show
democracy at work Photo by Jack Thompson, Dep. Administrator


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1Book Review The
by Stepkcanie Humwblestone

By Stephanie Humblestone
Chester Thompson's recently
published memoir The Fledgling is a
lilting journey back into his childhood on
Elbow Cay. In this beautiful book he
recaptures not only the joys, pains and
aspirations of the young growing boy but
also the mood and spirit of the era.
The author paints a vivid picture of
every day life over sixty years ago in the
old Loyalist settlement of Hope Town,
scanning time and events with a clarity
which could come only from one who is
in tune with himself and his
The book opens with a dramatic
description of the birth of the Bahamas,
"The earth stretched and buckled and
some of this material began a separate
existence, apart from but forever in the
shadow of America. This became the
Bahamas." His own entrance into the
world was also dramatic. Born under a
sea grape tree at the height of a
hurricane, the fledgling was, according to
his mother, a "scrawny tiny thing," in
keeping with our image of a frail little
Growing up on Elbow Cay was a
paradise in many respects. The sea was
his playground, the waves to be chased
and challenged and the waters a wonder
of marine life to be explored. Much of
his early youth was spent sculling,
fishing, looking for turtle eggs and
delighting in his environment.
Yet all was not idyllic. Times were
hard. These were lean years for many,
the sea "fickle" and the elements often
harsh and cruel. With his father away at
sea, his mother had a difficult time
coping with feeding five young boys. To
lighten her load and for practical reasons,
she decided to send the fourth child,
Chester, to live close by with his
disciplinarian Aunt Emmie and her gentle
husband Uncle Whittleton.
Much of the book centres around his
life up to the age of 14 under his Aunt's

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into a "good boy." As he re
pain of those formative years
the tears he did not allow hims
Auntie arranged for his pet pig
slaughtered, he was devastate
his innate stoicism and the c
mentions in his Dedication, he
the tears. "I was determined n
he writes, "Eight year old b
It is easy to identify with
boy; he evokes empathy. He
accepting, vulnerable and senw
author draws us into his life
are there with him when Aun
him in the closet. We, too,
the horror of having Lily's tail
at dinner time. The line be
author and reader is skillfully
we feel intimately his joy and
There is a dreamlike, ether
about the book, a sense
masquerading as prose. It tran
medium of literature and vei
the realms of music and
Fledgling is a psalm to Natux
the author's long time fri<

Fledging by Chester Thompson

0" who had Harold Poitier, now deceased. It is like a young boy. "Bad things happe
g a school beautifully conducted symphony or a people," says Uncle, remindii
itome of carefully executed painting with subtle they are as much a part of 1
d she did colours, clouds which obscure the sky
mould him The economy of words makes it easy still love the sky.
counts the to read and its succinct sentences are the "Why did Uncle have to di
, we shed mark of an accomplished writer. Often my 13 year old son on fm
self. When the pause between the musical notes or book. Why did that era have t
Lily to be the line the artist does not draw is what ask ourselves. The Fledgling,
d but with is most eloquent. tales of shipwreck and adversity
courage he For me the beauty of The Fledgling us of how far we have come
holds back lies in its dramatic unfolding of the truths and values and how gr
ot to cry," human spirit, a universal theme. The longing to retrieve them.
boys don't story line is secondary. This is a book Chester Thompson's memo
about human nature, Fate, Man's warmth and feeling. It is mo
the young indomitable spirit in the face of adversity touching account of a young b
e is quiet, and the uneasy truce between Man and powerful reflection of the ma
sitive. The Nature. It is about Uncle Whittleton's into.
so that we earthy philosophy never forgotten by the I strongly recommend you

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Page2 The Ahbeonlan February1998

Abaco PLP Forms Working Committees

and Mr. Thomas Adderly will head the
Information Committee. The chairmen
were asked to select members for their
Plans were discussed for opening an
office in central Abaco which would serve
all of Abaco. Further meetings will be held
in North and South Abaco in preparation
for forming an island-wide council.
Mr. Pinder acknowledged that the party
was too complacent with their position as
the government of the day and neglected
the day by day business of maintaining the
party structure. When they lost power in
the 1992 elections, they were unprepared
for their role as an opposition party.
Mr. Pinder admitted that "fences must
be mended gaps must be bridged" for
the PLP to again become a major political
force as it once was.
William Davis wants to see 'the party
give attention to the youth of Abaco. He
brought out that youths now 14 year old
will be eligible to vote in the next election.
Discussions followed on the party being
structured in an open manner with
everyone's input being considered.
An island wide council is to be formed
with representation from all the

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the environment is warming up
gradually. Global warming is
unpredictable and forecasts are merely
guesses but many scientists feel that at
the current rate, global temperatures
could rise as much as six degrees within
the next one hundred years. This would
cause glaciers and ice flows to melt,
raising the ocean level maybe as much as
six feet.
The consequences of this global
warming are very significant for
countries such as the Bahamas which are
mostly low lands. Four areas are
particularly at risk: The Bahamas, the
Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the
Marshall Islands and Kiribati, both in the
Pacific Ocean.
Besides the rise in sea level, global
warming would create more violent
weather worldwide. Some wonder if the
increase in hurricane activity during the
past few years, 1997 being an exception,
is due to this warming trend.
Some of the small countries are
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agreement signed by most of the
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communities. A conscious effort will be
made to get party support, particularly
from youth and women. They want to
counter the perception that the party is run
by a clique of older men.
A national PLP membership drive is
scheduled for April and Mr. Pinder urged
that they begin preparations now for an
Abaco membership drive. They hope to get
broad financial support from the business
community on the basis that it is in the
nation's best interest that a strong and
viable opposition is needed to keep the
governing party on course. Mr. Pinder
noted that even those who may not vote


PLP have an interest in a sound functioning
government and an active opposition is
On a question to Mr. Pinder concerning
the PLP position on privatization of
government corporations, he responded,
"We live in a free market economy and
privatization means different things to
different people." He intimated that there is
not a single statement that covers all
The Service Committee is to become
involved in community awareness to show
that the PLP party is people oriented and
cares for their needs. Examples given

included providing transportation to needy
people for visits to doctors or assisting with
the special needs of school children.
The Information Committee will be
responsible for compiling a current
computer data base of party supporters and
potential members, working on public
relations, news releases and sending notices
to members.
A proposed budget was distributed with
most of the expenses being related to the
establishment of an Abaco office. Projected
income was from $20 and $50 monthly
contributions, fund raising and contri-
butions from the business community.



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Chief Executive Officer

of Commonwealth Bank

is pleased to announce

the appointment of

Mr. Barry K. Whiting

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Manager Marsh Harbour;

Abaco Branch

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January 5th, 1998.

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Educators Get Another Set of 3 R's

By Candace Key
Principals and teachers of certain
subject areas from Abaco schools were
presented with a very informative two
day seminar recently. The topic Solid
Waste Management was a very timely
one for the district and the Bahamas as a
Across the world, areas to deposit
refuse are rapidly decreasing while
populations are just as rapidly increasing.
Garbage collection and disposal are not
just the garbage man's problem.
Educators were told they would be more
informed on the new educational 3 R's
when the workshop was over. These
modem 3 R's are Reduce, Reuse,
Recycle. These disciplines are now
incorporated into most subject areas of
the Ministry of Education's subject
Educators listened with rapt attention
to startling figures about garbage
production in the Bahamas. Research
shows that each person in the United
States produces an average of four
pounds of trash (garbage, refuse) per day
365 days a year. Research in the
Bahamas shows that we Bahamians each
produce over seven pounds of garbage
per day! Nearly double that of the United
States residents.
The reason behind the figures is quite
simple the US has learned the value of
Reducing, Reusing and Recycling their
waste. This behaviour must now be
adopted in a serious manner by us. The
result of a country being overtaken by its
garbage is disease and a basic unhealthy
life style. Burning large amounts of
garbage produces air pollution while

merely bulldozing dirt over it still attracts
rats, roaches, flies while standing water
in containers contributes to a never
ending mosquito problem. All of the
above forms of life are vectors or
carriers of diseases that can be
debilitating and deadly. Certainly not
attractive news to people desiring to visit
or live here.
The time has come to begin serious
planned educational coverage about our
"trashy" situation. Education begins at
the bottom school children must
develop with healthy attitudes toward
ensuring our Bahamaland stays "Better."
Last year teachers were involved in
"Vector Control" workshops throughout
the country. This in-depth and complete
coverage by the Ministry of Education
under the direction of Assistant Director
with responsibility for Science and
Technology, Mrs. Beverly J.T. Taylor,
won overwhelming praise from world
health organizations.
No other Caribbean country has been
able to promote such widely and
successfully produced information
dissemination through its communities. It
is hoped that this information will be
taken to heart and methods learned will
be implemented to ensure dengue fever,
malaria, leptospirosis, typhoid, hepatitis
and other vector borne diseases will
never gain a foothold here.
The Ministry of Education with
sponsorship from the Pan American
Health Organization and World Health
Organization has now carried the
education one step further. Ministry
heads in Science, Agriculture, Math,
Family Life have incorporated life skills

and lifestyle education into subject
syllabuses. Teachers were shown how
easily they can teach these topics through
this integration with main subject areas.
Often these lessons are "hands-on
activities" which everyone loves.
For example, Head of Agricultural
Science, Mr. Hamblin Newbold walked
teachers through the assembly of a
compost heap. That valuable addition to
schools, hotels and homes shows the
principle of decomposition while
reducing organic matter taken to already
overfilled land fills. The end product is
rich soil for use free of charge.
Mrs. Joan Redhead, Mathematics
Officer, introduced activities such as
weighing, graphing and charting,
counting, sorting and reusing our school
trash. So much of what we discard can
be re-used in our classrooms, providing
free materials and reducing landfill
Mrs. Gerda Russell and Mrs. Cynthia
Booth from Family Life and Science
areas reviewed copies of lessons for
classes produced from these topics. All
lean toward raising children to lead more
resourceful lives.
Mr. Ton Vlugman, Sanitary Engineer

from the Pan American Health
Organization who is stationed in Nassau,
provided the group with slides,
descriptions and startling figures about
garbage accumulation and unhealthy
disposal practices which can lead to the
spread of disease. He also reviewed plans
for the future, more hygienic garbage
disposal for Abaco. It can't arrive any
too soon!
Teachers shared their own creations
made from recycled objects and told how
they have been frustrated with trying to
get recycling efforts going within their
Ironically the workshop took place
during the recent flooding of Marsh
Harbour due to torrential rains. Nature
seemed to be giving us a first hand
example about how one person's
unhealthy refuse can become shared
when leaching or flooding occurs!
Certainly this workshop provided
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MP Robert

By Stephanie Humblestone
The last time I interviewed Robert
Sweeting MP was amidst the hubbub of
the FNM Headquarters on the eve of the
1997 general elections. Today, one year
later and in quieter surroundings, I spoke
to him about his year as representative
for the South Abaco constituency. He
was forthcoming about his views and
appeared energised by his year in
Stephanie: How does the Government
in Nassau view the achievements of
Local Government over the past year in
Mr. Sweeting: They are pleased with
Abaco; they acknowledge the growing
pains but sincerely congratulate those
elected officials who have given their
time willingly. We all make mistakes and
we are all learning from them but we can
see the improvements made by Local
Government, in terms of cleanliness and
the overall maintenance of Abaco.
Stephanie: Can we expect sufficient
funds for what is needed for the future
and do you think Abaco is getting its fair
Mr. Sweeting: North and Central
Abaco seemed satisfied so far but South
Abaco felt short of funds but we can't
always have exactly what we want.
Stephanie: Which areas need more
Mr. Sweeting: Basically major capital
development such as roads. Queen
Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour needs
to be re-paved as do areas of both
Murphy and Dundas Town. We still have
not completed roadworks in the cays.
Man-O-War is about 50% completed. In

Sweeting G
Hope Town extensive work needs to be
done in the North End, the centre of
town and the Centreline Road. In Green
Turtle Cay roadworks should be
completed in 3 to 4 months. In Guana
Cay we have to look seriously at the
paving of roads and dredging of docks.
Stephanie: What is in urgent need of
Mr. Sweeting: I feel the paving and
extension of the runway on Moore's
Island is a pressing issue.
Stephanie: What would you like to
see accomplished which has not
materialised yet?
Mr. Sweeting: We are still hassling
with the electrification of Bahama Palm
Shore. This is a big need. Everything is
in place. It's just a matter of getting in
there. Also direct dialing for Crown
Haven, telephone facilities for Lubbers,
the North End of Elbow Cay and Tahiti
Beach. The renovation of the Post Office
in Hope Town and the completion of the
Post Office in Man-O-War.
Stephanie: Do you have any
Mr. Sweeting: Yes, that a solution has
not yet been found for the high cost of
electricity in Man-O-War. This is an
ongoing issue and one I would like to see
Stephanie: There are two key issues
the people would like to know about. The
freight dock and the new international
Mr. Sweeting: Work on the freight
dock will begin July 1st with a targeted
completion date of late 1999. The airport
will come after the dock. As soon as we
have some funding, we should begin on


ves a Progress

the terminal, even if it is not exactly what Mr. Swee
we want. It will be better than what we BEC, for
have. Let's get something going. We can government
be assured of a control tower this year the better. V
Stephanie: Do you feel the freight is necessary
dock should remain in its present the end of
location? Some feel it should be moved BATELCO
to Snake Cay. What is your opinion? purchase sh
Mr. Sweeting: I can see why people Stephanie
feel that. The original location was for NAFTA (N
one fortnightly boat out of Florida and Association
two weekly mail boat services out of Mr. Swee
Nassau. Even though the need is now great benefit
greater, I still feel that a port should have receiving cc
its public dock in the centre of town. If it Caribbean c
were in Snake Cay, outlying areas like Stephanie
Sandy Point, Man-O-War, Scotland Cay, influx of ill
all would suffer higher costs for you feel we
transportation, and settlements north of Mr. Swe
Treasure Cay would have extra trucking Haiti as c
costs. problem so
Stephanie: How do you feel about the
privatization of BATELCO? PLEASE SEES


*ting: I am all for it and for
that matter. The less
t involvement in corporations
With increasing technology it
y. We are committed to it by
the year. The employees of
and the public will be able to
e: Do you have any views on
North American Free Trade
eting: I don't feel there's any
it for the Bahamas but we are
continuing pressures from other
communities .
e: What do you feel about the
egal immigrants and how do
e should best handle it?
eting: As long as we have
our neighbor we have the
that is for ever. We recently
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Bahamas' Tourism Outlook Great

Provided by the Ministry of Tourism
The year 1998 is expected to be a
great year for tourism. The industry will

open the largest number of new hotel
rooms in the single year in history. The
year began with the lowest number of
available rooms that we have had in

New Genealogical Book Now Available

A special edition of KinfolA; has
recently been published and will be
available on Abaco in April. This
genealogy of early Bahamian and Key
West settlers is recognized as an
outstanding work. Author William Curry
Harllee, with many collaborators,
published the three volumes with an
index originally in 1934-1937.
Now Joy Lowe Jossi has published a
reprint of Kinfolks with excerpts along
with an index in a special edition for
Bahamian people. The 800 page hard

cover volume is a book of education,
genealogy, history and research. It tells
of Abaco's pioneer forebears setting sail
from Eleuthera's Harbour Island and
Spanish Wells to meet and marry new
blood in the Loyalists on Abaco.
There will be a book signing of this
special edition at Alton R. Lowe's
Annual Art Show in Nassau from March
27th to April 1st. The book will available
on Abaco at the Loyalist Shoppe in
Marsh Harbour and from Ivy Gates
Roberts on Green Turtle Cay. The cost
will be $50.

Shown above is the signing of a contract between the Council of local government and
Jason Swain, who has the responsibility to collect garbage in the greater Marsh Harbour
area. The contract is for three years and is for residential pick up only. Seated from left

to right are Administrator Everette Hart,
Swain. Looking on are L. G. Reckley, Rev.
Wade Archer.

Garbage Collection
Schedule for the
Marsh Harbour Area
Monday: Parts of Dundas Town,
Murphy Town and Forest Drive
Tuesday: Eastern Shores and Part of
Pelican Shores
Wednesday: Government
Subdivision, Key Club Drive
Airport Road and Marsh Harbour
Thursday: Dundas Town and
Murphy Town cross roads
Friday: Little Orchard and balance
of Marsh Harbour

Chief Councillor Mike Malone, and Jason
Roland Swain and Town Committee member

operation in the past ten years.
During the years 1992 through 1996
stopover visitors to The Bahamas
increased by more than 234,000 per
year. The visitor nights to The Bahamas
have increased by more than 1.3 million
per year. Visitor spending has increased
by more than $210 million which is
equivalent to one quarter of the Bahamas
government's annual budget. Even more
important was the fact that visitor
satisfaction is the highest it has ever
In 1997 the Caribbean Hotel
Association awarded The Bahamas the
Crystal Palm Award as the "Destination
of the Year" from among 32 countries.

The American Society of Travel Agents
named Nassau and Paradise Island as one
of the six hottest destinations in the
To maintain this level the tourism
market must offer quality products and
quality service to give our guests a very
positive experience. The Ministry of
Tourism urges that all those involved
directly with visitors do even more to
make their stays pleasant. This means
giving better service in hotels, being
innovative in the ways to solve basic
problems which plague the visitors. We
need to anticipate and provide the level
of hospitality that is required of world
class destinations.

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Air Ambulance costs $5,000 to $10,000

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The Disney Cruise Line is postponing
the launch of their new cruise ship by
three months. Construction delays are
forcing this second postponement. The
DISNEY MAGIC is behind schedule
because the shipyard in Italy fell behind
schedule with the boat preceding the
Disney ship. The. maiden voyage will be
on July 30th instead of April 30th. The
maiden voyage was already sold out.
Originally the DISNEY MAGIC was to
have begun cruises in mid-March.
Twenty thousand customers had to make
alternate plans when that deadline was
changed. Those customers and the ones
booked on later cruises which are
cancelled are encouraged to reschedule
their cruise or they can have a full
The DISNEY MAGIC will carry 2400
passengers and will sail from Port
Canaveral and will make twice weekly
stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay. The
sister ship, the DISNEY WONDER, is
scheduled for launch in December 1998.
These cruise ships will be two of the

Cable Bahamas Update
By Stephanie Humblestone

By early March Cable Bahamas will
be fully installed in both Man-O-War and
Hope Town. All greater Marsh Harbour,
as far north as Cooper's Town and Green
Turtle Cay and south to Spring City are
now enjoying this 38-channel service.
After completing installations on the
main chain of islands in the Bahamas, the
installation team will return to Abaco to
hook up the smaller communities. This is
scheduled for early next year.
The wide choice of stations available
certainly supports their claim of
"bringing the world of entertainment
home." Although it does not offer Abaco
as many channels as Nassau, Abaco has
a few channels that Nassau viewers are
not able to access, for example, Show
Time and Turner Classic. In May four
new channels will be added on Abaco:
Life Time, Disney, TNN and Animal
Planet. In addition, there will be a
Preview Channel and a Video Television
It is necessary that your television has
the capacity to receive up through
channel 39. However, if it does not,
Cable Bahamas can connect the television
through a VCR, providing it has the
required 39 channels. Or you can
purchase a cable converter from a local
shop. Most television sets made in the
past five years are cable ready.


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most modem ships afloat, offering some
of the finest accommodations in a
casually elegant atmosphere. They were
designed to offer accommodations and
activities specifically for children,
families and adults.
They each have 875 staterooms, each
one much larger than other cruise ships
offer. Seventy-five percent of the rooms
are outside staterooms and of these
nearly half offer a private veranda. Most
of the staterooms offer a bath and a half,
which is a first in the industry.
They have organized a unique rotation
of dining rooms to allow their passengers
to enjoy eating in a different dining room
each night, with each dining room
featuring a different theme and unusual
cuisine. These include a French
continental cuisine, an island-inspired
experience, a contemporary Italian dining
room for adults and an animated room
which changes from a black and white
sketch into a full-color animated
The ships will offer more
entertainment than any other cruise ship
afloat including three different original
Broadway-style productions each night.
There will be first-run films and Disney
animated classics at the theatre.

Entertainment will appeal to both
children and adults.
Adults cruising will have nighttime
entertainment with three clubs featuring
live comedy and various kinds of music
as well as a spa and salon. There will
also be adult-oriented lectures and
enrichment programs.
Children will be pampered with an
entire deck created just for them and can
participate in age-specific activities. The
entertainment even includes a coffee bar
just for teens and a sports deck.

There are a variety of accommodations
available and most can accommodate
three persons. There are family suites
comfortable for up to five.
The cruises are part of a package
arrangement that includes part of the
week at Disney World and the remainder
of the week aboard the ship. The Disney
World segment of the package give you
unlimited access to all the Disney
attractions and theme parks. This is
followed by the cruise which can be
either three or four days.

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Ferry Boats Have New Schedules for
Central Abaco

Albury's Ferry and Abaco Inter-island for your future reference.
Transportation (AIT) are two ferry The residents of Hope Town, Man-O-
companies that carry passengers in the War, Scotland Cay and Guana Cay are
central part of Abaco. They have both pleased with their new service and the
expanded their services so that the reduced fares that have also been put into
communities on the cays that they service effect. Both ferry companies will charter
now have a wide choice of ferry arrival for those wanting a specific time or for
and departure times. Listed below are going to islands not scheduled regularly.
their schedules which may be convenient

AIT Ferry
Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay and Scotland Cay Daily
7 am Weekdays only 11 am 4 pm 6 pm Fri. & Sat. only
Guana Cay and Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour Daily
8 am 12 Noon 5 pm
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town Daily
9 am 2 pm
Hope Town To Marsh Harbour Daily
10 am 3 pm
One way fare $ 5.00 Round trip $ 8.00
All boats leave Marsh Harbour from Triple J Marina
Phone 365-5144, Fax 365-5138 or VHF Channel 16

Albury's Ferry Service
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town Daily 20 minutes
9 am 10:30 am 12:15 pm 2pm 4pm
Also 7:15 am except Sundays and holidays
Hope Town to Marsh Harbour Daily 20 minutes
8 am 10 am 11:30 am 1:30 pm 3 pm 4 pm
Also 5 pm except Sundays and holidays
Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War Cay Daily 20 minutes
10:30 am 4 pm
Also 12:15 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Man-O-War Cay to Marsh Harbour Daily 20 minutes
8 am 1:30 pm
Also 11:30 am Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Hope Town and Man-0-War ferries leave from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach.
Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay and Guana Cay Daily 30 min.
10:30 am 1:30 pm 3:30 pm 5:30 pm
Also 7:15 am except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
Guana Cay and Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour Daily 30 min.
9 am 11:30 am 2:30 pm 4:45 pm
Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries leave from Conch Inn and Union Jack Dock.
One Way Fare Adult $5.00 Children $3.00
Round Trip Adult $8.00 Children $4.00
Charters are available at any time.
Phone 242-367-3147 or 242-365-6010 VHF Channel 16

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Major Medical Patent Issued to Abaco Resident

By Stephanie Humblestone
Resident of Elbow Cay, Mr. Frank
Freeman, who already has at least 14
wound care patents behind him, has
brought out yet another. This is the first
major patent of its kind to be issued in
the Bahamas.
Mr. Freeman, whose background is in
chemistry, is a leader in non-textile "new
dressings" which are used for the care of
chronic wounds such as circulatory sores
and ulcerated wounds. He is the
originator of Duoderm which was first
marketed in 1982. Duoderm has a kind
of rubber synthetic base belonging to a
family of modem wound dressings called
hydrocolloids which are designed to
create a moist and effective environment
conducive to the acceleration of the
healing process. One of the ways these
dressings differ from the old fashioned
textile ones is that they absorb body
fluids at the rate they are produced.
His latest product is a better Duoderm
which is in the words of Mr. Freeman,
'less sticky and messy. Based on web
technology, it is more original and more

cosmetic. It provides superior absorption
and prevents leakage. As yet not on the
PLEASE SEE Freeman Page 38

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A Summary of Fishing Rrgulations
All pleasure boats entering the Bahamas must
purchase at their first Port of Entry a $20 fishing
permit per trip, or $150 annual permit. Permit is
valid for all on board.
Non-Bahamians are restricted to hook and line
w ffishing only, with a maximum of six lines in the
Vessels with a valid permit are allowed a bag
limit of 20 pounds of scale fish, 10 conch and six
crawfish (in season) per person, at any time. A
combined total of six fish per person per vessel of
-- -" kingfish, dolphin and wahoo may be taken. All
other migratory fish shall be returned to the sea
alive unless it is to be used immediately. No grou-
per or rockfish weighing less than three pounds may be taken.
NO spear fishing within one mile of the coast of New Providence, one mile of
the southern coast of Grand Bahama, or 200 yards of any Island in the Bahamas.
It is illegal to use any type of underwater air supply for spear fishing or collect-
ing of any marine life. This includes SCUBA gear as well as air compressors. Spear
fishing is restricted to free divers only and only with the use of a Hawaiian sling. It
is illegal to take coral, tropical fish or sea fans.
It is illegal for non-Bahamians to use any type of fishing net, EXCEPT a cast net.
It is illegal for non-Bahamians to use fish traps or to sell marine products of any type.
Nothing may be taken from any Bahamas National Park at any time.
It is illegal to take conch whose shell does not have a well formed, wide lip.
The crawfish season is closed from April 1st through July 31st. Minimum
harvestable size is 3 1/4 inches carapace length and 5 V2 inch tail length. It is illegal
to take females with eggs.
It is illegal for any non-Bahamian vessel to have on board any turtle.
The capture of bonefish is catch and release only. No grouper or rockfish
weighing less than three pounds may be taken.
The capture or molesting of dolphins, whales and manatees is prohibited.
The annual closed season for stone crabs is from 1 st Jute through 15th Oc-
tober. Minimum harvestable claw length is 4 inches.
Department of Fisheries

February 1998

Pag 28 The Abaconian February 1998

More School Happenings


FROMPage 12

exciting 15 minutes of their lives.
All the students that made the trip
gathered much information to better
themselves in their subject.

A Field Trip for 12th Graders
By Jasmine Fox, 12th Grade Student
Abaco Central High School
On the 22nd of January about forty
12th grade geography, physics,
chemistry, biology and marine biology
students loaded a school bus to go to
Crown Haven. Why? They were going to
tour Bahasea, a privately owned crawfish
exporting plant.
Bahasea voluntarily supply the local
fishermen with crawfish traps. The
company buys only whole live crawfish.
They receive about 50 to 100 pounds a
day, depending on the weather.
When these crawfish are brought in
they are cleaned thoroughly, killed and
cooked before being shipped out.
Bahasea has a unique purifying system.

They purify the salt and fresh water. The
salt water is taken from 50 to 150 yards
out from the coast near the plant. The
crawfish stay in the "live tanks" until
their systems are cleaned out. Fresh sea
water flushes through these tanks
continuously. In the "killing tanks," the
water has to be very cold so that they
will die instantly. If the lobster stays in
the water too long, the joint between
their head and tail will swell.
The lobsters are then cooked long
enough to make them firm. They also put
citric acid in the water to make them
shiny. Finally, the lobsters are then
packaged, boxed and stored in large
trailer freezers until shipping time.
BAHAMA REGAL, their exporting
name, does not sell crawfish nationally.
They mainly sell to Europe because they
can get a better price and the market
demands whole lobster. The company has
noticed a decline in the amount of
crawfish being brought in because of the
weather and competition from other
companies in the same business.
However, this has not discouraged their
goals of better business in the future

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because they are talking of expanding
their building in Crown Haven.
After our educational experience at
Bahasea with Mr. Moss (one of their
teachers) showing us how to tell the
difference between a male and female
crawfish and Lakeno leaving
unsuccessfully and disappointed from not
having persuaded the employees into
giving him a crawfish as a souvenir, we
boarded the bus to Cooper's Town.
There we made a brief but interesting
tour of S.C. Bootle High School. We
ended our trip with a refreshing meal at
M & M Restaurant before heading back
to Abaco Central.
S.C. Bootle High School
The Young Chef Competition
By Rashida Murray
On January 28th Sherlin C. Bootle
High School held its 7th annual intra
school Young Chef Competition. S.C.'s


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Biology students of Abaco Central High School took a field trip to the Atlantis Marine
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finest cooks were battling against each
other to win the title of Best Chef. The
winner of this competition competed
against Abaco Central High School's
There were five competitors: Ronald
Murray, Charmair Laroda, Lateka
Saunders, Jessica Heild and Shantel
Thompson. Their task was to prepare
two Bahamian dishes, one using Robin
Hood All Purpose Flour and the other
with the use of Mahatma Rice. The
companies that produce these products
sponsored this competition. Ronald
Murray is a veteran among the other
rookies contesting. Now in his senior
year at S.C. Bootle, he was bestowed
Deputy Head Boy. Charmair Laroda and
Lateka Saunders are students in the 11llth
grade. Jessica Heild is a 10th grader and

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Shantel Thompson is presently in the 9th
The judges fo. this competition were
Miss Starlene Naim and Mr. Elliot
Sawyer who has reached the pinnacle of
his profession. Mr. Sawyer is an
experienced chef and has been employed
in Treasure Cay for the past 25 years,
presently at the Spinnaker Restaurant. He
has also been an adjudicator for this
contest ever since its inception. Miss
Starlene Nairn, the school's secretary,
was serving as judge for her second
Despite the power failures and the
limited time of two hours given whereby
their task was to be completed, the
rivalries worked well and diligently. I
must say that I observed a lot of skills in
the preparation of the Bahamian dishes.
Taught by Miss Rawena Persuad, these
home economic students were putting
into practice that which they had learnt.
After the time given for completion
had expired, the dishes were remarkably
presented. It was without questioning that
the judges were pleased with everyone's
performance. Shantel Thompson placed
third, the also talented Lateka Sainders
placed second and Ronald Murray won
the title of Best Chef of S.C. Bootle.
Described by Mr. Elliot Sawyer as
"the best competition held yet," he
congratulated the contestants on a job
well done. Mr. Kenneth Romer, the
school's Senior Master Administrator,
gave a motivational speech for better
luck next time. Ronald Murray advances
to the finals to represent Sherlin C.
Bootle on February 10th at Abaco
Central High School.
For several years now Abaco Central's
young chefs have been representing the
island of Abaco in the National Young
Chef Competition held in our nation's
capital. Ronald Murray entered into the
competition fighting a loosing battle.
Competing for Abaco Central was
Clarice Albury, an 11th grader for her


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first time. She had to uphold her school's
record for this event. Pressure was on
both competitors. Reigning victoriously
was of great importance to both of them.
They both had to complete the same task
as required of them before, under the
same conditions and time as the
The vigilant adjudicators for the finals
now comprised of one from each school
participating. Mr. Elliot Sawyer
represented S.C. Bootle and Mr. Walter
Lightbourne was provided by Abaco
Central. Chef Lightbourne is a graduate
of the Hotel Training College in Nassau
and is presently employed at the Tiki Hut
Restaurant in Marsh Harbour. He has
been working in this occupation for 22
The competitors were being scored on
originality and creativity of dish chosen,
aesthetic appeal, how well they followed
their recipe, use of preparation time,
organization and sanitation, nutritive
value of dish, flavour and taste of
finished results. Each competitor did
what was required of them for points.
Unfortunately, there could have only
been one winner.
To announce the winner of the
competition, Mr. Walter Lightbourn
announced that Clarice Albury received
356 points but Ronald Murray, scoring
374 points, won the title "Best Chef"
once again. Clarice Albury, preparing
Abaco Pilaf Rice and Loyalist Spice
Cake, performed well but made some
minor unmindful mistakes that affected
her results. In the end Ronald Murray's
prize winning Mahatma Magic Rice and
Coconut N' Cherry Loaf Cake earned
him the privilege to represent the island
of Abaco in the nationals.
Hope Town School
By Candace Key
Students and teachers alike were happy
to welcome back Mrs. Pamela
Bridgewater, Deputy Chief of Mission
from the United States Embassy in
Nassau who was visiting Hope Town


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The older children of the Hope Town School participate in the "Adopt-a-School" project
sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism to give the students a insight into our number one
industry. Here boys from the school are working in the kitchen of the Abaco Inn.
Photo by Candace Key

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Volleyball Coach Helps Abaco Coaches

By Stephanie Humblestone
Coach Amy Farber from Oral Roberts
University, Tulsa Oklahoma spent two
days in Abaco sharing her expertise with
volleyball enthusiasts.
Ms Farber, who is originally from
Minnesota, was Assistant Head Coach at
the University of Oklahoma, Head Coach
at North Eastern Illinois University in
Chicago before her present tenure as
Coach at Oral Roberts University. Her
team came 27th in the nation last year.
Her stay here in Abaco was organized
by the Volleyball Association of Nassau.
After watching the Youth National Team
last December, she was so impressed That
she expressed an interest in offering her
services as a volleyball coach. Her two
days in Abaco were spent instructing the
Abaco Central High School students
during the day and working with
individual players at night. From Abaco
she went to Nassau to further instruct.
Instrumental in coordinating her stay
in Abaco was Secretary to the Central
Abaco Council, Mr. Don Cornish. As

President of the Abaco Volleyball and
Basketball Association, Mr Cornish feels
very deeply that we should have more
exposure to international coaching.
Mr. Cornish pointed out that it is
important that we encourage talented
players here, provide them with the best
available training and realize, too, that
many of our youth do, in fact, go to the
United States for higher education. He
pointed out that sports such as volleyball
are becoming increasingly more attractive
and for some a door to scholarships and
a future livelihood. He stressed the
discipline side of sport and compared it
with the workplace where, as in a
volleyball game, we clearly need to be
aware of and respect defined roles.
Mr. Cornish was greatly indebted to
Ms. Farber for her contribution to
Abaco. She, too, was very happy to have
had the opportunity to visit these shores.
"Everyone has taken such good care of
me," she said over a meal at Wallys with
Mr. Cornish before going back for a
long afternoon of coaching.


Amy Farber spent
three days on Abaco
recently teaching the
school coaches the fine
points of volleyball.
She also conducted
seminars at the,
schools giving pointers
to the students. Miss
Farber was brought to
Abaco by the Abaco
Basketball and
Volleyball Association
from Nassau where
she is conducting
similar seminars. She
is presently coaching
at the Oral Roberts
University in Tulsa

The Pride of Abaco, an original oil painting by Bahamian artist Alton R. Lowe

Alton Lowe's Art Exhibit Captures Tradition

Time seems to stand still in many
settlements of the Bahamas Out Islands
with their clapboard houses and
festooning flowers, a characteristic
captured in this year's stunning display
of Alton Lowe paintings during the
artist's one-man exhibition in Nassau.
Tradition and historic continuity in
simple surroundings are themes
throughout Mr. Lowe's masterful
presentation which opens in Nassau on
March 28th. The 26 oil paintings in this
year's collection will be on public display

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PLEASE SEE Exhibit Page 38

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Reasonable fees. Call 367-4399 for information.


1997 1996
Net Income $10,206,703 $6,022,309
Total Assets $375,112,844 $300,050,666
Earnings per Share $0.32 $0.18
Ordinary Dividends $0.24 $0.20
per Share

By Order of the Board of Directors
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Corporate Secretary

School FROM Page 29
with her mother.
Adopt-a-School In Action
The senior students excitedly
participated in the "Adopt-a-School"
project. The Ministry of Tourism,
Ministry of Education and the Bahamas
Hotel Association pair up schools with
hotels throughout the Bahamas. Students
spend time during January and February
"working" at their adopted hotel,
experiencing all areas in the hotel
industry. Many of our students will end
up in some section of this profession and
this annual project gives them first hand
experience. After their job experience,
students either write an essay or do an
art project depicting their adopted hotel

and their experiences. The American
Express Company provides attractive
prizes and sponsors a banquet and award
ceremony in Nassau.
Dinner for Volunteers
Hope Town School is fortunate to
have a cadre of talented retired teachers,
artists, musical conductors, composers,
authors and folks who have led very
interesting and productive lives as friends
of our school. They donate supplies,
funds and much more importantly, their
valuable time to our students. Our
students have benefitted greatly from
their skills.
Each Valentine's Day we honour our
volunteers with a luncheon. This year
our volunteers are Mrs. Elaine Bennett,
Mr. and Mrs. Glyn Haines, Mrs. Betty

February 1998
Ruth Albury, Mrs. Kathy Weldon, Mr.
Gordon Wynn, Mr. Erich Kunzel and
Mrs. Adelaide Cummings and our
wonderful school neighbour, Mrs.
Suzanne Holcomb. What a difference a
volunteer makes!
Helpful mothers provided a delicious
Valentine Party for the students. Pink
punch and red cake put everyone in a
"lovely" mood for Valentine's Day.
Book Sale
Our PTA held a Valentine Scholastic
book sale. The successful fund-raiser
featured 300 popular children's titles. We
used the advertisement "Give your child
the love of reading this Valentine's Day -
instead of candy." The sale proved
popular with visitors here with children.
Manatees Visit Harbour
Students and teachers alike were
treated to a special surprise this week
when the two manatees that have been
cruising around Abaco visited Hope
Town's harbour. These slow-moving
docile sea mammals have spent several
days here getting to know us all! Capt.
Will Key took several trips through the
harbour with all our students to acquaint
them with this endangered species that
long ago were a common occurrence
here. The children called in unison to

The Abaeonlan Page 31

boats coming in the harbour to slow
down to idle speed to avoid hitting our
new friends. Deep slashes of recent
origin on one and many healed scars on
the back of the other one revealed the
fact that they'd had several unlucky
encounters with propellers already. The
grade 1 and 2 children returned to their
class and excitedly wrote a book about
their new friends and how lucky we were
to have them in our midst. Local dive
operators Tito Baldwin and Lambert
Gates are putting up a Manatee Crossing
sign at the entrance to our harbour to
remind people to slow down for our rare
Fire Drill at School
The Hope Town Fire and Rescue
Squad held a fire drill at school this
month. Only the teachers knew it was to
happen and the students behaved in a
mature responsible way exiting the
school. One child acted as a student
overcome with smoke and the fire
department demonstrated their
resuscitation skills in front of many
amused tourists who had followed the
fire truck to the school as its sirens
blared and lights flashed. The students
are now entered in the Name the Fire
Truck contest. Results next month.

Hope Town School relies greatly on all the volunteers who give their time and talents to
help the students. They are thanked by a luncheon held annually in their honoured
sponsored by the PTA and the school staff. Photo by Candace Key


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Crusade Draws Over 900 to Canvas Cathedral

Crusade FROM Page 1
involved with the project for the past ten
A huge tent, nick-named the Canvas
Cathedral and erected on the grounds of
Abaco Central High School, had the
capacity to accommodate 900 people.
Every night people came, all coming in
support of its message "to bring hope to
a hurting world." Friday night was a
youth night and Saturday a concert
evening. The services lasted
approximately two hours every night for
eight days.
This was an unusual occurrence as
crusades are normally held by individual
churches. This one was in response to a
need from the island-wide community.

Evangelist Barry Moore from London,
Canada, was receptive to the idea when
it was presented to him while he was
vacationing on Abaco last year. He
headed the crusade and was accompanied
by guest soloist Art Peri from
Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The gospel singing group Cooling
Waters from Freeport and singers Opal
Dawkins and Raymond Campbell all
brought their talents to the crusade. The
music group from New Visions were
there nightly, providing much of the
The well planned and organized
crusade was supported by most of the
churches on Abaco. Ferries and carloads
came from all the communities on
Abaco. Attendance ranged from 417 the

first night to over 900 inside the tent with
many more listening from the outside.
The final night an offering was taken to
support future crusades by Mr. Moore to
be held in Japan and South Africa. It
amounted to $5200.
The Barry Moore Ministries is a
Canadian organization which has been
having crusades since 1960 throughout
Canada and 70 other countries. He is
considered to be the Billy Graham of

Commonwealth Bank Names New Manager

The Commonwealth Bank, Marsh
Harbour Branch, has a new manager,
Mr. Barry Whiting, who assumed the
position on January 12th. Mr. Whiting is
a long time friend who has lived on
Abaco off and on for over thirty years.
He first came to Abaco in 1966 as
manager of the Canadian Imperial Bank
of Commerce. He was here just two
years when he married Kathy Lowe,
living in Marsh Harbour but originally
from Hope Town. The Whitings have
one daughter, Layna, and two
grandchildren, Brianna and Brian.
CIBC Bank transferred him frequently
during his 35 years of service with them.
He began in Canada but spent most of
those years in the Bahamas. He was on

Mr. Barry Whiting

Abaco on three of those assignments
including a nine year stint during the
1980s and early 1990s. He has finally
come home to stay and comments, "I'm
so glad to be home."


FROM Page 11

over the Bahamas are complaining. I
implore our government to get on the
band wagon, listen to the people.
Sometimes it's worth turning down a
dollar today for a thousand tomorrow.
God, in His infinite wisdom, has
placed us Bahamians in a beautiful and
bountiful country. It is up to us to
preserve and protect our rights as
Bahamians in order that we might hold
our heads high wherever we go. Most
otheULr people will respectL UItaL t and still
come to our paradise. As for the others
who just want to come and take, take,
take, and still complain, stay home! And
then there is the matter of the illegal
immigrant problem. Perhaps that will be
best addressed in another letter.
Thank you for allowing me to express
my concerns on this most important
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The Ahaconian Page 33

More South Abaco News

South FROM Page 4
home of the bride. Iris and Phillip Pinder
gave their only daughter, Sonja, in a
lovely private garden ceremony under a
palm frond arch to Tony Knowles, son of
Edwin and Elizabeth Knowles of
Mangrove Bush, Long Island. A host of
family and friends were in attendance to
wish the happy couple a long and happy
married life together. For the time being
the newlyweds will make their home in
New Business
T & T Take Away is now open for
business. Geraldine and Lambert Albury
have had plans to open their take-out
restaurant from their home for well over

a year but were held back when
Geraldine had a bad fall and broke her
ankle. The ankle is well now and they
had their grand opening the last Saturday
in January. They are providing
sandwiches and snacks, ice cream and
milk shakes, as well as full course
dinners (if you let them know in
advance). Be sure to give them a try;
their phone number is 366-2135.
Revival Services
The Assemblies of God hosted a
revival from February 9th through the
13th. Guest speakers were Patricia and
Tom McNorton from the United States
and through their encouragement, five
new souls were saved for Christ. The
McNortons went on to several other

The much anticipated Valentine's Tea for the ladies of Cherokee is an annual event
sponsored by the Epworth Methodist Church and hosted by Rev. Carla Culmer.

Weather and other conditionswill affect the tide. The predictions
shown on this chart are based on the normal conditions that existed
when NOAA/NOS and otheragencies gathered the data. Times shown
will be within a few minutes for the entire eastern Abaco area. Pelican
Harbour is lust inside North Bar Channel.

settlements on Abaco to spread God's
Methodists Host Valentine Party
Rev. Carla Culmer hosted the third
annual Valentine's Tea Party for the
ladies of Cherokee on February 11th.
There was tea and cakes, games and
prizes and even the weather cooperated.
It turned out to be a lovely afternoon and
was enjoyed by all those who attended.
Houses Being Constructed
Two more houses have begun
construction in Yellow Wood. I know
they are anxious to hear when BEC will
extend electrical service to their area.
The cable has been drawn across from
Casuarina but as yet Cherokee has not
been advised as to when we will be
connected to the main service lines and
generators in Marsh Harbour.
Town Meeting Held
There was a Town Meeting held with
the Local Board in Casuarina on
February 4th with the main purpose
being to submit the annual budget
requirements. Another general meeting
will be announced as soon as
Administrator Cunningham can find time
to fit it into his busy schedule.
Crossing Rocks
By Sandy Walker
Town Salutes Elder
The community of Crossing Rocks
held an appreciation service for Elder

Lernis and Sis. Rowena Cornish of
Dundas Town on January 25th at St.
Marks Baptist Church. Family, friends
and colleagues from the length and
breadth of Abaco came to the quaint
settlement of Crossing Rocks to join in
the celebration. The theme for this
occasion was A Spiritual Watchman using
the Scripture Ezekiel 33:1-4.
Elder Cornish has been spreading the
Word of God throughout the community
of Crossing Rocks for a very long time
in the form of street meetings and the
like. He is presently conducting a Bible
Study on Wednesday nights in the
Many tributes were made to this great
man and woman: from their children,
persons visiting and persons from the
Crossing Rocks community. The
community displayed their gratitude in
several ways: money, tributes and
personal items. The lady of the hour was
given a bouquet of flowers. The great
Spiritual Watchman, as he was called,
was given a plaque of appreciation.
A Tribute in Poetry
What Are You Giving?
What are you giving to others,
In the summer of your glad day?
Do you scatter both love and brightness?
Are you giving your best always?


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Cays FROM Page 8
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Mr. and Mrs. Artie Russell


FROM Page 1

kits, singing, story-telling and plaiting
the May pole. School groups provided
the various segments of the program. A
highlight of the program was a
presentation by the Junkanoo group of
Abaco Central High School under the
direction of Ms. Cavelle Macdonnell.
In addition to the students'
contributions, ladies of Murphy Town
sang a song which went back to Bluff
Point days and ladies of Sandy Point
sang an original song written by Jack
Mrs. Edwards organized Heritage Day
for her program to develop an
appreciation for our past and to
encourage respect for the environment.
Mrs. Edwards weekly program features
different cultural traditions from many

Bahamian islands.
About 150 students participated from
many communities. Ms. Nettica
Symonette, proprietor of Different of
Abaco at Casuarina Point, flew a group
of students from Moore's Island in for
the event. Other students came from
Green Turtle Cay, Crossing Rocks,

Cherokee, Sandy Point, S.C. Bootle
High School and Marsh Harbour.
Ms. Symonette provided lunch for the
entire group with the adults being treated
to an old-fashioned Bahamian meal
including fried fish, wild boar, conch
rice, grits and a variety of herb teas.

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Page 3 The Abaeonian February 1998

Waste FROM Page 22
The adage Think globally, Act locally
is very important to remember. We must
follow the future life of our garbage. It's
not out of our lives just because we don't
see it anymore when garbage collectors
pick it up. We must all learn to live a

life that encompasses responsibility and
resourcefully using and reusing our
natural resources and consumer products.
The Ministry of Education personnel
spent several days visiting area schools
after the workshops ended. The
delegation was lead by Mrs. Beverly J.T.
Taylor, who considers Abaco to be her
second home.

Election FROM Page 1
nomination. She was Terry Russell,
Postal Clerk from the Post Office at
Treasure Cay. As an uncontested
nominee, she was sworn in on the 31st of
January at the Treasure Cay Primary
Mrs. Russell will make up the full
complement of seven Town Committee

members who carry out the affairs of
Treasure Cay.
On the 9th of February the Treasure
Cay Town Committee elected Ruth Ann
Albury as the new Chairman of the Town
Committee. This makes her both a
Councillor, representing Treasure Cay,
and a Justice of the Peace. Additionally
she is Deputy Chairman of the Town
Planning Board for North Abaco.

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* "Gibraltar" Man-O-War Cay Settlement 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Charming Traditional Bahamian, Crow's Nest, Workshop, Laundry..............$200,000
* "Charlestown" Man-O-War Cay Settlement 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Built 1989 meticulously maintained, Bedroom Ocean View....................$215,000
* "Orchid Bay" Great Guana Cay Beautiful 1 + Acre Building Sites -Ocean Beach Frontage: from $200,000 Sea of Abaco frontage: from $110,000
* "Fisher Tract" Man-O-War Cay Lush wooded building sites Several available with semi-private dock access: from:.............................$75,000

FOR RENT "Arawak" Man-O-War Cay, Charming Cottage on Private Dock, Eastern Harbour Sleeps 5 A/C, T.V. $750.00 per week.

Contact: Derek Lee (242) 367 4608 or (242) 365 6156 Fax: (242) 367 4885

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10.8 acres with 195 feet of fabulous beachfront,
Good vegetation Only $120,000
Also: Tilloo Cay
3.4 acres sea to sea with 135 feet beach on both sides
Great location $120,000
Contact: Colin Lightbourn
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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.
Call 242-367-2677, FAX 3677 3/97

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Prestigious Eastern Shores, Marsh Harbour
Sea to sea, 3 bedrooms, 2 '2 baths, new
hardwood floors throughout, fully furnished
including antiques, guest house, mature
landscaping, docks, private beach with gazebo,
large garage, extensive storage space, 1990
Jeep Cherokee, 20' Mako, 16' Hobie Cat
Great Cistern Cay Brand new Bahamian
contemporary, central A/C, 3 bedrooms, 21t
baths, fantastic 1800 ocean view, private beach
access, decks, porches, patios $449,500
Marsh Harbour Excellent family home, 3
bedrooms, 2 full baths, family room, garage,
immaculate condition $235,000
Leisure Lee Three year old 2 bedroom
charmer, 2 full baths, canal frontage, deep
water dock, across from beach $226,500
Treasure Cay Condo Perfect condition, one
bedroom, boat slip, many new amenities
Treasure Cay Condo 2 bedrooms, 1 '/z bath,
good income producer, pool, tennis & golf
Elbow Cay Great Buy! Lot 100'x 150', approx.
2 miles south of Hope Town Just $30,000
Treasure Cay Stunning canal-front home,
central A/C, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, terrace,
deck, boat slip, mature landscaping, large
garage, private beach access $476,200
Treasure Cay Lovely new home, colonial
styling, central A/C, custom kitchen, cathedral
ceiling, 80' dock on canal, beach access,
Jacuzzi, landscaping $500,000
Treasure Cay Ocean Blvd. 2 adjacent lots
across from beach, exceptional value.
$34,000 & $35,000
Pelican Shores, Marsh Harbour Family
home on best beach in town, 4 bedrooms, 2
baths, self contained suite, large garage/
workshop. Many possibilities. $387,000
Pelican Shores, Marsh Harbour Angler's
choice, "Flower Garden," 4 bedrooms 2 bath,
traditional 2 story Bahamian design, balconies
on 3 sides, upper and lower, bar, serviced dock
on lagoon, boat ramp, beautiful gardens, new
driveway, satellite TV, air conditioned, fully
equipped, prime location. $355,000
Cherokee Sound historic village settlement, 2
bedroom cottage, quality construction,
storage/hobby room, A/C, corner lot, near
great beach and world class fishing grounds,
suitable for vacation rental $72,000
ExclusiveAffiliate of
International Re ty

Phone 242-367-3262/3 Fax 242-367-3260
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Will Exchange lots in FL (6), NC (1), MO
(35), & CO (6%'/ A) plus cash for cottage, small
island or land. Stanley 561-287-9294
Bahama Palm Shore 80 x 120 lot on hill
$10,000 Call 367-2817
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, 98 then contact owner on site.

mie R ihtbourn Real e{ate
CASUARINA POINT Large 2 story house in
good condition on 3 canal lots, great for
bonefish/diving lodge $400,000
beach home, swimming pool, solar panels,
great condition $310,000
MANJACK 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
GREEN TURTLE CAY beach front lot in
Bita Bay, $95,000
overlooking Coco Bay, 24,000+ sq. ft.
asking $77,000
TREASURE CAY Brand new 3 bed 2 1/2
bath, living, dining, double garage, on the
canal $490,000
TREASURE CAY 3 bed on '/4 acre, across
from beach $140,000
Adjacent lot available $25,000
TREASURE CAY Canal lots start $87,000
TREASURE CAY 3 bedroom house on 1/4
acre, across from beach $140,000
BOAT HARBOUR MARINA 3 storey newly
built, finest quality construction, Mexican
Satillo tiles, French Doors, 2 sheltered docks
MARSH HARBOUR 1+ acre hilltop in good
location, views of Marsh Harbour
Asking $240,000
Call for these or other properties in Abaco
Tel 242-325-1950 or 242-322-4148

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, $310,000 Call 242-367-4977
Green Turtle Cay Hilltop property,
approximately 1 V 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

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Guana Cay on the Southeast end of the
island. We want to find the right people to
share our magnificent 12 acre estate. We are
offering a prime tract of 2.1 acres plus a deep
water boat slip in our protected harbour. This
high elevation tract overlooks the harbour,
Foots Cay and the exceptional Sea of Abaco
and extends to the Atlantic Ocean. The main
part is cleared for immediate building. There is
a lawn, coconut palms, hibiscus and rich
topsoil for gardening and fruit trees. $350,000.
For information or appointment to view the
property, call 242-359-6218 or write to P.O.
Box AB 20315, Marsh Harbour.

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 9 one day fishing &
diving One day snorkeling & island hopping
* boat & guide 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



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

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
Leisure Lee Waterfront, seawall & dock, deep
water, underground utilities, cleared & ready
to build on choice lot $69,000, 561-223-9567
Little Harbour Beautiful secluded Bookies
Ba), beach frontage home on 2.5 acres, mature
landscaping, private, excellent diving &
fishing at your front door. A piece of heaven.
Please call Cherokee Radio 242-366-2000 and
ask for "Palm Ridge."
Man-O-War Large quiet wooded lots with
private path to fine beach, all with
underground elect. Some with private path to
harbour and dock location. Harcourt
Thompson, M-O-W Cay (242) 365-6060
Man-O-War Beautifully furnished oceanfront
3Br home on 3/4 acre, 2 Br. Guest house
w/ocean view, utility bldg. & garage, standby
gen., sat. dish, golf cart, 50,000 gal cistern, ++,
ready to live in, Call Nancy 365-6329
Man-O-War for sale by owner, prime ocean
front property bordering on Sea of Abaco
Call 242-365-6181

Man-u-war on uickues ay across me
harbour from Man-O-War marina with 100'
dock. Phone 242-365-6090 or 242-365-6178
Haziel L Albury, J.P., Man-O-War's most
experienced real estate broker, Lots from
$45,000, Vacation homes from $175,000. Call
242-365-6178 or 365-6090, Fax 365-6159
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 Bay front lot over %/ acre
landscaped and cleared for a home. $165,000.
Call 242-357-6617 or 512-261-6029
Scotland Cay Highest & best view on private
island, overlooking ocean and bay, 4 Br 3 Ba
modern almost everything new, 1 %/ acres, fruit
trees, beach, all amenities, 35 ft boat slip
included, complete ready to move in. Owner

Land & Sea

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

2, 3 & 4 Bedroom Models
Prices start at $99,000
Maintenance Free No Painting
Rust, Corrosion & Mildew Resistant
Hurricane & Windlift Resistant
Solid Concrete Technology
Fast Construction
Many Models Available
Island Home Subdivision
Long Beach, Abaco
30 miles south of Marsh Harbour
P.O. Box AB 20562, Marsh Harbour
Phone 366-2198
Leave Message with Operator
for Walter Hachborn

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 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
Spring City 3 bed I bath newly renovated
inside and out, fully furnished, satellite, fenced
back yard. Call 367-7061
Treasure Cay New house on canal, 2000 sq.
ft., Phone or Fax 365-8028
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

Cherokee Sound & Marsh Harbour, Daily &
Weekly Rentals, Call Glenn or Connie at 242-
367-2486 after 5:30
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
,art, Call 242-366-0557
Marsh Harbour, Hill Top Apartment for rent,
pink building, 2 bed 1 / 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
Marsh Harbour Business building 1400 sq.
ft. on Don MacKay Blvd, previously
Dr.Lundy's clinic. Call Erica at 367-2265
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)

real estate
407-952-8487 phone or fax

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Page 38 The Abamnlan February 1998

Exhibit FROM Page 30
The colourful and timeless mood this
year is highlighted by a series of
paintings of Cherokee Sound. Brilliant
depictions of Bahamian roses on canvas,
soon to be become images on Bahamian
postage stamps, add a vibrant sense of
life's continuous blooming in spring-like
Mr. Lowe, a native of Green Turtle
Cay, began his professional career as an
apprentice in Miami followed by
schooling in New York. He is a historic
and environmental preservationist a
theme which is evident in his hundreds of
paintings of Bahamian landscapes,
seascapes, people and florals.
Mr. Lowe founded the Albert Lowe
Museum and the Loyalist Memorial
Sculpture Garden, both on Green Turtle
Cay. He has been instrumental in
bringing concerts, lectures and theater
performances to Abaco.

Freeman FROM Page 27
market, it has for the past 18 months
been used effectively in a Staten Island
Hospital in New York particularly for the
ulcerated feet and ankle wounds of
Doubtlessly, Mr. Freeman is working
towards another patent from his home in
the Bahamas.

AA Meetings
The AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
group of Marsh Harbour meets
Monday and Thursdays on 6:30
p.m. at New Visions Church in
Abaco Shopping Centre.
The AA group in Hope Town
meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the

Sweeting FROM Page 23
sent back 150 illegal immigrants by jet
from Abaco to Haiti at great expense to
the taxpayer.
Stephanie: How do you feel about the
ecological movements in Abaco?
Mr. Sweeting: It's difficult to reach a
middle line between progress and
conservation but we should try. Basically
we did as we pleased before. Now we
have to stop and think and adapt to this
new way. Instead of using a mall, we
should use a fly swatter.
Stephanie: What is the government
doing about fishing in the spawning
Mr. Sweeting: This will be addressed
during this term. We have brought in a
26 foot patrol boat with twin 225 HP

engines capable of reaching a speed of 60
mph. We should move towards a closed
season for grouper and snapper like we
have with crawfish. Personally, I do not
fish during spawning season and I expect
other people to follow suit.
Stephanie: What problems do you see
ahead with the rapid growth of Abaco?
Mr. Sweeting: This past five years we
have done a good job. If we can get the
dock and airport going, this will help.
The government is committed to the
growth of Abaco. With Disney cruises
coming in, property prices will go up in
Sandy Point. We are building a new
subdivision in Marsh Harbour so that the
local people can afford housing, plus an
Administrative Building.
Stephanie: Do you feel you have a
good rapport with the people?
Mr. Sweeting: Yes, I do. I feel they

sometimes come to me as a last resort, in
frustration when all other channels have
failed but that's part of the tradition of
being an MP.
Stephanie: Are you often approached
with personal issues?
Mr. Sweeting: Yes, I am. I wish I
could do more in practical terms to help
people but, contrary to what some people
think, politicians are not loaded with
Stephanie: What have been the major
stumbling blocks and bugbears over the
past year?
Mr. Sweeting: As always red tape. You
need patience. The government has no
money. We in the Bahamas have no oil
fields or gold mines.
Stephanie: Do you enjoy your job, Mr.
Mr. Sweeting: Very much.

We Need Your Help

We, the 175 students of Moore's Island,
want to achieve and get ahead but our
geographical and financial position /f
makes it difficult to become involved
in Abaco events.
Transportation to the Abaco mainland
is expensive. We are one hour by boat
from Sandy Point, then another hour by
bus to Marsh Harbour. We do have
friends and relatives to help with overnight
accommodations but the trips are still ex-
pensive. Transportation, meals and over-
night expenses are a serious obstacle for us.
We want to get ahead but our resources and
opportunities on Moore's island are limited.
We are asking for your financial assistance.

This year's school goals are:
To have at least one computer
To participate in inter-school sports
Abaco primary and secondary schools
as well as schools nationally
To be part of the Abaco Games
To make educational field trips in Abaco
and other areas of the Bahamas
To become involved in other Abaco
) activities.
Financial assistance may be made to our
account 1027101 in the Royal Bank in Marsh
Harbour. You may contact the school principal,
Mr. Christopher Rahming, at 366-6012 for more
We welcome your help and suggestions.

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What are you giving to others,
For the gifts that you daily receive?
Are you spreading the gospel of Jesus,
That others may know and believe?
What are you giving to others
Out of your well-laden store?
For the blessings we give, in full measure,

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

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

Midway Painting
-- Mildew Removal

Painting Inside & outside 0 Pressure cleaning
& mildew removal Water-proofing Roof-
ing Rotten wood replaced Parking lots *
Leroy Tucker, Marsh Harbour, 367-3849
Mr. Magic Pressure Cleaning Services
Mold & mildew removed from all surfaces,
drives, walkways, decks, roofs, eaves &
fascia. On wood, cement, fiberglass, natural
rock, eic Mr. Magic makes dirt disappear. Call
Matthew Claridge at 365-8053 for more info.
Valentine Day Sailing, beaching, snorkeling.
Located in Treasure Cay. Lucky Lady sailed in
the 1997 Regatta. Contact Capt. Jones at 365-

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

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 $6,500 Call 365-4471
6 KW Onan air cooled diesel genset, older
unit but in good condition. Complete spare
parts package, B$l,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
Golf Clubs full set of Slot-line, excellent
condition $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,
Call Sidney Sands, 365-8028 or Fax 365-8508
Rowing Machine Lifestyler CardioFit total
body motion, low impact, upright, good
condition. $250 obo. 3 6 foot Spears $50
total, 12 lb. Weight belt $30. Contact 366-0135
Sony Stereo 10 components with 4 speakers
and cabinet. Remote Commander Model $790
Garden Speakers, commercial all weather by
Paramount of California $180
CD Player, Sony 5 disc with library
programming and remote $320
VCR Panasonic with on-screen programming
MGA TV with remote $350
Sony Handicam CCD TR51 Video 8 with
stereo zoom, fade in & out, superimposing, etc.
comes with 2 spare batteries, charger and
carrying case $690
Dresser, 5 Drawer upright $150
Bar chairs white resin outdoor-indoor with
cushions, never used $550
Silk carpet, 10 x 12 hand knotted silk from
Cashmere, 900 knots to the inch, never used
Persian carpets, two, hand knotted hall
runners 12 ft & 10 ft long $900 each
Singer sewing machine with zigzag and other
options, institutional model, very strong $95
Phone 365-8514 for information

The Father will give more and more.
Crossing Rocks Pearls
On November 13th Social Services
along with Frank Hepburn and the
Crossing Rocks community honored the
pearls of our community, the Senior
Citizens. this great event took place at
Leanie's Restaurant, Crossing Rocks.
Presiding over the ceremony was Mr.

Galvanized fencing for dog pen, large bird
aviariey, livestock, 100 feet 1" x 1" x 48" 14
gauge, Call Joe Kern 367-3986 or Fax 4478
Marine battery charger, New Guest "Smart
charger" 30 amps, 12 volt, charges up to 3
batteries simultaneously, $215. Call 367-3986
Panasonic Printer KX-P2123 24 pin dot
matrix printer, like new! $150 Call 365-5137

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

1986 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, only
55,000 miles, V8 engine. $5,800 Call 367-
1995 Hyundai Accent $12,500. Call 367-3783
after 5 pm

13' BostonWhaler with 25 hp Evinrude, phone
or Fax 365-8028
I" Bosion \hialcr 19S5 Montauk uith 19S5
90IHP Evinrude, includes altmnmum trailer,
VHF & depth finder. $9.500 Call 366-0080
17' Sailboat with cudd) cabin, Price $10,500
Call 242-365-6058
19" Albury Brothers runabout with
windshield, all wood in very good condition,
Price $7,500 Call 242-365-6058 -
20' Boat with fishwell and cuddy cabin. Boat
can be completed in three weeks. Price
$12,500 "The last one built on Abaco." Call
Sam 242-365-6058
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20' Bertram 20 HP Johnson on fiberglass
bracket, low hrs, new fuel tank, top with
enclosure. A very rugged and fast workhorse,
duty pd. Can be seen at sugar Loaf Cay across
from Eastern Shore. $8,500. Call Roger
Hansen, 904-384-3113 or Fax 904-384-6550
20' Shamrock 1982 runabout w/cuddy cabin,
windshield opens, folding navy top. 3 yr old
Indemar 220 hp V-8 (Ford 302), 2 batteries
w/selector switch, v berth with space below for
Porti-Poti, auto bilge pump, 2-20 gallon fuel
tanks 4 years old, teak transom platform, skeg
under prop. May be seen at Edwin's Boatyard,
Man-O-War, $9,500. Call 365-6006
22' Seacraft runabout, new Bimini, nearly new
150 hp Yamaha, new tank, Awlgrip, Taxes Pd,
$6,000 obo, See in Hope Town harbour, Toad
Hall. Call 366-0291

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
25' Mako 225 hp Johnson 1996 fully
equipped, Bimini top, dodger, fish finder,
Please contact Capt. Jones at 365-0438

February 1998

They feasted on lots of food and gift
items were distributed. The Crossing
Rocks All Age School's choir rendered
selections during the luncheon.
Thanksgiving Service
St. Marks Baptist Church celebrated
its Harvest Thanksgiving Service on

25' Seacat with SS T-top, twin 115 hp
engines, Call Heath Higgs at 367-4414 or Fax
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25' Catalina, Yamaha 9.9 hp elec. start tour
stroke outboard, 2'10" draft with keel up,
perfect daysailer or over-nighter, very clean.
Duty pd. $12,600. See at Abaco Yacht
Services. Call Scott or Crystal at 365-4033
27' Albin Cruiser, Westerbeke 100 uses
2GPH, low hrs, 70 gal. fuel, 40 gal. water,
galley, head, shower. Outfitted for deep sea
fishing, lots of storage space, swim platform &
ladder, digital depth sounder, VHF, Duty Pd,
$22,500. Call 242-359-6695 after 6 pm
30' Morgan sloop, centerboard, Perkins diesel,
excellent Greiner sails, spinnaker triradial, new
rigging, Awlgrip, Fabulous racing record,
Taxes Pd, $18,000 obo, See in Hope Town
harbour, Toad Hall, Call 366-0291
30' Scarab Sport 1986, completely refurnished
in 1994 & in mint condition. Twin 200 hp
Yamahas w/only 155 hrs on engines, counter
rotation w/Laser props, VHF radio, Depth
sounder & all canvass covers included.
$30,000. Serious inquiries only, Call 366-0065
during days. Located in Elbow Cay.

34' SEARAY Sundancer, twin 1996 454,
FWC, A/C, generator, ice maker, radar, Chart
Link, color fish, depth, windlass, outriggers,
VCR, head w/shower, sleeps 6, new interior,
carpet & cockpit vinyl, very nice boat. $45,000
or best offer, Call 367-3234
34' Wood Hull Sport Fisherman, 1986 Ford
Diesels, 1,000 hours, stainless fuel tanks, many
accessories, duty pd. $19,500 ono. Contact
Keith at Edwin's Boat Yard 365-6006 or P.O.
Box AB20357 Marsh Harbour.

34' UNIFLITE Sport Sedan, twin 210 HP
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

36' BOTEL houseboat, fully equipped, A/C,
stove, fridge, etc. Engine needs some work,
asking $10,000. Call Nassau 242-324-1147
after 5 P.M. or Cathy O'Kelleher 367-2835
after 6 P.M.
36' Fishing Boat w/two 3208 Cats, one
Westerbeke gen., extras. $38,000 or best offer,
Call 365-4261

39"4'ouseboat, good condition, no engine, in
Marsh Harbour. $14,000 Call 367-2184

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November 16th. The speaker for this
grand occasion was Rev. Roland Swain
of Dundas Town. Various churches from
throughout Abaco were represented.
Many fruits were on display to
commemorate Thanksgiving.

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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, $57,000 Voice
242-367-3986, Fax 242-367-4478

40' x 17' Houseboat 9' ceilings, open & airy,
loft, front & rear porch, air conditioned, fridge
& microwave. Duty Pd. A gem. $15,000. at
Marsh Harbour Marina, 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
70 HP Evinrude, brand new
60 HP Evinrude, used
200 HP Evinrude, two used engines
150 HP Mercury. two used
70 HP Johnson, used
Phone or fax 365-8028

16' 20' Rowboat, wooden in good condition,
Call 242-365-8978

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