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Title: Abaconian
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Language: English
Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Creation Date: December 1, 1998
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Sport Writers

Treated to

Bonefish Trip
Different of Abaco in conjunction with
The Ministry of Tourism hosted a group
of writers and journalists on a bone
fishing tour. The group included one man
from the BBC who is preparing a one
hour documentary to be aired on the
BBC on Bo\ing Day and again on
January 2nd A representative from the
Miami Herald, publishers and free lance
% uruers writing for a variety of
publications were hosted on a five-day
trip that included Grand Bahama, Abaco
and Andros. They had a day of bone
fishing off North Riding Point on Grand
Bahama, bone Fished in the marls of
Abaco on [two dads and concluded with
- tishine on Andros.
Th mrnen concluded that the bone
fishing was superb on Abaco. They
urged Abaconians to protect their shallow
flat- a, hin. ti hin Lain pla3.\ a much
I' 1-r,.. r-r diiic hheconom\ of our island
ut Man it is now. On the first day on Abaco
one man caught 13 bone fish. They
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Oil Discovery Waits on Tests

By Stephanie Humblestone
Mr. Joseph Russell firmly believes
that he has struck oil in the yard of his
small house which is situated in Cooper's
Town on the front road next to the
Church of God church.
Mr. Russell, who is a native of
Cooper's Town, dug 100 feet through
hard crystal with a rig rented from John
Williams of Dundas Town. When the
drill reached 100 feet, the bit brought up
a dark substance. He and his family have
no doubt that there is oil on his property.
"This was a vision from God." He
continued that a vein of oil goes straight
from the Persian Gulf to Cooper's Town.
He hopes that his prosperous find will

benefit the Bahamas and its government
to help sick and needy people. "This is
not for greed nor for my own profit," he
stated, adding that the Lord had showed
him where to dig. A self-described
Evangelist, Mr. Russell believes this
happened at an opportune time. "It is a
spiritual blessing in the Year of Jubilee,"
he said.
On the 15th of November Wayne
Lufer and John Harvil from Bois d'Arc,
an oil and gas exploration company based
in Houston, Texas, took rock and water
samples back to the United States to be
analyzed. Mr. Russell believes that the
result should be ready in a couple of


Page 34

Vendors Face Court Charges

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 7th of November the Marsh
Harbour Police conducted a search of
Pigeon Peas and the Mud for vendors
operating without licenses. Twelve
people were arrested for peddling a
variety of items ranging from potato
chips to tennis shoes.
Deputy Superintendent Mortimer of
Marsh Harbour Police Station said that

three weeks ago he had sent officers into
The Mud to inform those selling along
the roadside and in vacant lots that they
had to be in possession of a license. "It
is illegal to sell without a Vendors
Permit; those arrested have been charged
and will appear in the Magistrates Court
on December 2nd," he said.
The arrested persons may be fined up
to $150 each.

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By Isobel Sherman
Remembrance Day was observed in
Central Abaco on November 8th. A
Remembrance Service was held by
several uniformed youth organizations on
Abaco at the Church of Christ in Marsh
Harbour. After the church service these
groups along with the Wesley College
band marched from the Church of Christ
in Marsh Harbour through town to the
grounds of Abaco Pizza Hut. There was
a short ceremony during which a wreath
was placed in the sea to remember all
those heroes who have perished at sea.
The youth groups included the Boy
Scouts, Boys and Girls Brigade and
Wesley College.
Remembrance Day, called Veterans
Day in the United States, is
commemorated on November 11th each
year in many countries as a tribute to
veterans who gave their lives during war
time for their countries. It was originally
set aside to honour those who died in
World War I and World War II. It was
first observed after the armistice was
signed bringing World War I to a close
in 1918.
Abaco has very few veterans but these
were honoured along with veterans
among our many visitors.

By Stephanie Humblestone
Central Abaco District Council in
conjunction with the Ministry of Works
in Nassau is currently making plans to
improve road safety in central Abaco.
According to Councillor Mike Malone, a
working team and materials are being
sent from Nassau to add road name
signs, signs indicating dangerous curves,
center line stripes and turning arrows.
"We have purchased a street marking
machine and have all the paint so we are
ready to go," said Mr. Malone, who is
eagerly awaiting assistance from Nassau.
He envisages that the project will be
completed within six months.
Six more stop lights will be installed
in Marsh Harbour where there is
presently only one. They will be in the
following places: at S.C. Bootle Highway
and Don MacKay Boulevard (Abaco
Wholesale), Crockett Drive and Don
MacKay Boulevard (K & S Auto
Service), Crockett Drive and Forest
Drive, South Side and Forest Drive (Tall
Pines Shell Station), S.C. Bootle and
South Side (Kipco's Comer), Bay Street
and Queen Elizabeth Drive (Sandy's

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The Girls Brigade lead the Boy Scouts in the Remembrance Day Parade through Marsh
Harbour to the waterfront service.

Representatives from the Girl Scouts and
the Girls. Brigade prepare to throw a
commemorative wreath into the sea in
remembrance of those who perished at sea.
This seaside service took place at
Admiral's Yacht Haven on November 8th.

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Page 4 The Abaconian December 1st, 1998

South Abaco News

Cherokee Sound
By Danny and Lee Pinder
Class Reunion
We recently had in our midst six very
lovely ladies. They visited in Cherokee for
one week during the latter part of
October. One of these ladies was familiar
to me, so I stopped and introduced myself
and we all soon became fast friends.
As it happens, these ladies were all
members of the last graduating class from
the Florida State College for Women in
Tallahassee in 1947. They told me that in
1948 their school became Florida State
University, you know, home of the
Florida Seminoles football team.
It seems there are fifteen remaining
graduates who still keep in touch and take
short vacations together twice a year and,
they have been doing this every year since
they graduated. This time their trip just
happened to be to Cherokee. It seems all
fifteen graduates are not always available
to go, but as many as can make it travel
and meet twice a year, often to far off
places. Most of them still reside in
Florida, but are in many different cities
and the bi-annual get together keeps them
The one lady I did know was Bo Ward,
a Cherokee second-home owner who has
been coming to Cherokee for over twenty
years, and is well known by almost
everyone here.
It was a lovely experience meeting the
ladies and hearing of their life-long
friendships and associations. We hope that
they will again choose Cherokee as one of
their biannual get-together spots.

A Helping Hand
In Ireland they are called the "little
people," in Scandinavia they are "trolls,"
Mother Goose has "fairies and elves" and
in the Bahamas I've heard them referred
to as "chick-chameys." Whatever you
want to call them, they are sometime
mischief makers but sometime invisible
Anyone who has traveled to Little Har-
bour or Cherokee after dark knows the
necessity of our "Cherokee 11 miles" sign.
It helps you to make the turn and not pass
the road by. Well, someone repaired it
and it is standing straight and tall once
more. Thank you.
In addition, another "someone" has
replaced some rotten boards on the Long
Dock that were recently washed away by
the extremely high tides brought on
during Hurricane Mitch's pass over
Cherokee. The missing boards certainly
could have resulted in an innocent person
having a very bad fall. So, again, thank
you to two concerned citizens who gave a
few minutes to think of others and to do
a good deed.
A Sign of the Times
Progress, what is progress?
I have just learned that BATELCO will
soon be erecting a chain link fence around
their building and will be adding bars to
the windows. A sign of the times we live
in. They call it progress, but is it? How
The Passing of a Living
Long before even moving to Abaco I
heard of Mr. Leabrey. I'm sure he has

been immortalized in many stories written
about Cherokee life. It was not just the
wonderment of children, old-wives tales
or bragging of the men who knew him
well, but these stories seemed to me to
encompass Hercules, Davie Crockett and
Paul Bunyan all wrapped into one. It
didn't seem possible that he was even a
living person. His courage and stamina
seemed to be unattainable by others
around him.

Certainly the first time I met him I was
in awe of the legend that had preceded
him. But, I shouldn't have been worried.
Because personally, I found him to be
friendly, warm and humorous and for the
last 13 years I saw him almost daily. He
never failed to smile and pass the
pleasantries of the day with me as a

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Page6 The Abaconian December 1st, 1998

Student Parliamentarians Rule for a Day

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 13th of November Opal
Dawkins from Abaco Central High
School, Neil Hingle from Forest Heights
Academy, Nadia Russell from S.C.
Bootle High School and Anwar Reckley
from Long Bay School participated in a
mock session of Parliament in the House
of Assembly in Nassau.
The young people from Abaco joined
61 other students from schools

[Ed. Two of the student representatives
from Abaco to the Youth in Parliament
debate consented to write about their
experience. We are pleased to present
those papers here.]
By Neil Hingle, Grade 10
Forest Heights Academy
Accompanied by my principal, Mr.
Mike Meeson, I flew to Nassau to
represent Forest Heights Academy in the
first Youth in Parliament debate which
was organized by The Family Planning
Association of The Bahamas. Our journey
began in Nassau at a reception at the
Government House where I socialized
with my follow youth parliamentarians,
64 in total from throughout the Bahamas,

throughout the Bahamas to debate issues
ranging from teen pregnancy to the
implementation of a curfew for children
under 16 years of age.
For several days prior to the debate
they were versed in parliamentary
protocol and.elected among themselves a
Speaker, Chief Clerk and other
governing and opposition parties.
On Friday morning Parliament was
opened. The group was divided into two.

even Long Cay.
We were greeted at Government House
by local dignitaries and were assigned
personal mentors to further our
knowledge regarding parliamentary
procedures and teen pregnancy. Following
the ceremonies, we all gathered together
and drew ballets to determine our party,
The Galatians (opposition), The Ephesians
(opposition) and The Corinthians (the
governing party). I was on the Galatians
Party. We discussed a plan and our
strategy regarding the debate. We all
departed for a good night's sleep to
prepare for the practice debate and the

PLEASE SEE Parliament Page 35

While those selected to speak in the
morning session debated, the rest of the
group prepared for the afternoon debate
in another room at the House and
watched their fellow parliamentarians by
monitor television.
Cabinet ministers, prominent members
of Nassau society, proud parents,
spectators, press and television crews
filled the Strangers Gallery. For many it
was standing room only. The air was
charged with the fire of young ideas and
opinions. Many gave eloquent speeches
which were delivered with a confidence
well beyond their years. Madam Speaker,
Crystal Degregory, a grade 12 student
from Freeport High School, kept order in
the House. She demanded adherence to
House decorum and dismissed two
youngsters for disrespect but then

readmitted them.
During the afternoon session members
of the opposition posed questions about
key matters to the governing party.
"Minister of Transport, are there plans
ahead for improvement of airports
throughout the Bahamas? If so, when and
please give details." At times some of the
replies from the government were
amusing to the audience. When laughter
broke out, Madam Speaker pounded her
fist and threatened to clear the Gallery -
along with the Ministers! People shifted
in their seats and quieted down.
Each student was presented with a
plaque at the end of the day. The young
people left each other with a little
sadness, having established a strong
rapport and shared an unforgettable

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Page 8 The Abaconlan December 1st. 1998

News of the Cays

Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
The Second All Abaco Regatta is now
history. Congratulations to all the
winners and especially to the crew of the
Abaco Rage! Rough, windy weather
delayed the start of the activities. The
weather then turned beautiful almost
summer like without thunderstorms and
the activities were enjoyed by all.
Our community experienced high
winds, rain and high tides from the
remnants of Hurricane Mitch. There was
some tree damage, but we were once
again spared any real loss or damage.
The holiday season is fast
approaching. Sunday School groups are
busy rehearsing for their Christmas
programmes. The Green Turtle Cay
Chapter of the Abaco Cultural Society
will present a Christmas concert under
the stars. A Dreamer's Holiday, featuring
James Maston, Joy Martone, Steve
Thomas, Mel Arnold, Sandra Riley and
Travis Neff, is scheduled for December
5th at Alton Lowe's Garden Theatre.
Green Turtle Cay has its first florist
shop. Creative Native on Parliament
Street offers fresh and silk floral

Family Guardian
Pledges Support for
Family Guardian has announced that
beginning in 1999 it will make an annual
award of $20,000 to the College of the
Bahamas to assist deserving Bahamian
students to pursue their goals of further
Since 1988 the company has awarded
$10,000 annually to the school to assist
students to achieve their associate
degrees. Students are selected by the
College based on Family Guardian's
requirements that they meet a specified
minimum grade point average and
represent both New Providence and the
Family Islands. Over the past ten years,
the company has made awards to 46
"We at Family Guardian are
committed to playing a significant role in
the education of our country's youth,"
remarked Anne Higgs, Vice President of
Public Relations & Human Resources at
Family Guardian.
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apply to be considered for a scholarship.
You can contact Ms. Cheryl Carey,
Director of Financial Aid at the College,
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there are until Christmas. I'll be last
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Happy Holidays!

Hope Town
Raffle to Raise Money for
Abaco Rage
The crew of the Abaco Rage is raising
funds by raffling off a 17-foot Boston
Whaler with a 70 HP Evinrude outboard
motor. The boat comes fully equipped
and ready to go. The profit will go

toward the expense of maintaining the
boat and buying new sails. The drawing
of the lucky ticket will be on December
28th at the Box Car Derby held at Big
Hill on Elbow Cay.
Tickets can be bought from any of the
Abaco Rage crew and at many business
places for $20 each. Tickets will be for

sale in Marsh Harbour, Man-O-War,
Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and
Hope Town. A poster will be displayed
at the locations where tickets are
available. They are hoping to sell 1000
tickets. They ask the public to buy tickets
in support of the only Abaco-owned
regatta boat.

The crew of the Abaco Rage wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season. They ask for your
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Special Education Teacher to Help Students

By Lyn Major
During the past few months working
with the Every Child Counts, Special
Education Initiative, we have met children
with severe disabilities who tragically are
not able to attend school because of them.
Eric and Bronson are two of these
children in our community who have been
diagnosed with Autism and Down's
Syndrome and require specialized
expertise to reach their potential and
integrate into society. Unfortunately, our
schools are not equipped to deal with such
children. Eric and Bronson's parents have
been trying desperately to find a school
situation for their sons.
We are now struggling with them to
determine how Eric, Bronson and the
other severely disabled children in our
community can be brought into a school
setting equipped with personnel trained to
work with their special needs. There are
no easy solutions on an island where
Special Education classes do not exist.
But we believe a solution must be found
by marshaling our resources to provide at
least a part-time self-contained classroom
by September of 1999. Eric and Bronson,
like every other child, can be educated to

work to their potential, can benefit from
the socialization of their peers and can
teach their schoolmates important lessons
in compassion and spirituality.
Their mothers tell us that each morning
these little boys wake up, get their lunch
boxes ready and wait to go to school. We
must put their waiting to an end but it is
only together that we will be able to begin
the specialized situation that these
children need and deserve.
We have also met children who for
unknown reasons are not achieving in
school. Among the behaviors they exhibit
are difficulties with attention and
concentration, disorganization, inability to
read fluently and accurately, difficulty
with written work, confusion with math
processes, poor memory and excessive
movement and talking,
Often times, it takes the aid of a
specialist like Robert Imperata to evaluate
these children to determine if a learning
disability exists or if the school problems
are being caused by other factors such as
emotional stress, poor nutrition or lack ot
training in good study habits. Whatever
the' cause may be, it is certain that the
child is suffering and in need of

intervention. Many times, children are
considered failures when they are actually
unable to change their behaviors and
improve their performance without help
and positive reinforcement.
The mission of the Every. Child Counts
program is to assemble resources to ease
the frustration of students in Abaco who
are currently experiencing learning
difficulties, some of whom are learning
disabled. We intend to do this primarily
by demonstrating strategies geared to the
education of struggling students to
teachers, parents and volunteers. The first
of a series of workshops to facilitate this
was a Reading Workshop held at St.
Francis de Sales School on November
28th with trainers in attendance from

Florida International University in Miami.
The workshops ares free of charge and all
are welcome.
Volunteers for Every Child Counts are
needed in many capacities such as
mentoring, tutoring, distributing
materials, helping in the creation of a
computerized database of strategies to be
matched with specific disabilities and the
creation of a Website to link our schools
and teachers with specialists at Florida
International University who will aid them
in creating programs for children with
specific disabilities, utilizing all of the
resources that are being assembled.
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. Can Our Growth Be Managed?

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Housewives look ahead and plan their
shopping list.
Young couples plan ahead for their
dream home.
Parents plan ahead for their children's
Businessmen look at trends and plan
their future marketing strategy.
Government agencies look at trends
and plan for the future.
WHO is planning for Marsh Harbour's
future? It seems we are leaving it up to
Nassau so we can grumble about it when it
doesn't suite us.

We are constantly being urged to plan
for 20 30 years in the future. Here are
some examples of projects that may have
served their time.
The Kipco junk yard was allowed to
grow in the farthest comer of Marsh
Harbour, out of everyone's way. The
facility serves a need but this eyesore is
now in a part of town with real growth
The airport terminal was built in the late
1970's and was a huge improvement over
the previous building. It was soon
outgrown and was cleverly constructed in
a way that precluded expansion.
The Marsh Harbour well field was
established in the early 1960's beside the
Marsh Harbour airport. It has served the
area admirably for 35 years but is now
beginning to impede Marsh Harbour's
southerly growth which is the only
direction for expansion.
The dump was moved in the mid 1980's
from its location near Government
Subdivision to the present site on S. C.
Bootle Highway. That site is now across
the street from the new 500 acre Central
Pines subdivision.
BEC acquired the power plant in the mid
1980's and moved it from its old site
beside the Conch Inn way out to a remote
spot on the S. C. Bootle Highway near the
dump. Now it is adjoining the new Central
Pines Subdivision and will probably need
to be expanded again to keep up with the
area's growth.
It is generally conceded that the Marsh
Harbour port facilities are outgrown,
inadequate and need serious attention.

By Stephanie Humblestone
I can honestly say that I didn't know
which end was up when I first moved
into my house in Hope Town!
An imposing looking machine sat in
the comer of the living room, the likes of
which I had never seen before. About the
same size as a double toaster, it
resembled a small engine and appeared to
be endowed with a life all of its own.
It fluctuated between emitting odd
crackling sounds and being disquietingly
silent. In the wake of these would follow
short, sharp, staccato broadcasts.
This is a bit like a cross between Big
Brother and The Truman Show, I said to
myself looking suspiciously at the talking
"Just Hangin'? Just Hangin'?"
"Just Hangin,'" came the reply. "Go
to Channel 12."

Plans have been made for a total up-grade
of this facility. However, there seems to be
a slight shift in local thinking as to whether
this is the right spot for an expanded port to
serve Abaco for the next 20 years. Do we
want containers and semi's rolling through
town they way they do in downtown
When the harbour consultants were
convinced that we wanted a bigger port in
the middle of Marsh Harbour, they obliged
with a grand design. Is that what we want
to live with for the next 20 years?
A sanitary land fill study suggested a site
in the hills in the Snake Cay triangle for a
new dump site which sounds reasonable.
The well field is mentioned as moving
south of the airport toward Spring City
which looks good on paper.
These two sites were probably chosen
for their suitability. We wonder if there
was any effort to coordinate these projects
on a master plan to avoid conflicts. Is there
any long range conflict between the well
field and dump site over the next 20 -30
Roads and traffic flow in Marsh Harbour
are becoming marginal. We sit back and
complain but who is considering long term
solutions. Bermuda tackled this problem by
restricting the size and quantity of cars
allowed by each family. Sounds drastic and
is probably not a solution for us but drastic
innovation of some sort may be in order.

"Can you turn it off?" I asked my
neighbour, pointing towards the
offending object.
"What, the VHF?" he asked
I nodded and cautiously approached
the machine which was how going a mile
a minute. I slid my hand along its side
and said out loud.
"Now which way is up?" For some
reason this elicited some merriment from
him who by this time was probably
wondering how equipped I was for island
I soon adjusted to my new fangled toy
which, unlike my telephone, did not just
speak when spoken to!
Just keeping it on throughout the day
was an education in itself. It was like a
continuing soap.
I soon fell into the trap of following
the dramas. Who could resist switching
to Mrs. Albury's channel when Mr.
Malone was in hot pursuit? I learnt how
to boil fish and bake Johnny cake. I
discovered who did what, where and with
But I never had occasion to use it until
one evening.
My son was at a friend's house at
Dorros Cove, which is at the far south
tip of the island. Telephone wires had not
ventured that far. It was getting dark and
I was worried. I approached the VHF
and put on my best telephone voice (you
have to be natural, casual and "cool"
when speaking on the VHF!)
"Traymar. Traymar. Hello, this is
Stephanie Humblestone. Would you
please go Channel 14?"
All I got was a groan at the other end
which I clearly recognized as coming
from my son.
"Mum!" he said on his return. "Just
stay away from the VHF, please!"
embarrassed by both my ineptitude and
my "ridiculous" British accent!
The CB radio (Citizen Band) was
superseded by the VHF radio in the mid-
seventies in Hope Town. It was intended
at one time almost exclusively for marine
use. Today settlements like Hope Town

Parking is starting to be a problem in
some parts of town. Future businesses may
have to allocate more space for parking.
The time is coming when marginal parking
may not be allowed.
Beautification has been an overworked
word lately, but that doesn't mean the idea
should be discarded. There are too many
sections of Marsh harbour where pavement
has replaced trees and shrubs. The time
may come when landscaping becomes a
requirement and not an option. Coconut
Grove community in Florida requires a tree
be planted for every tree that is removed.
Many Florida towns require new
businesses and residences be landscaped
before an occupancy certificate is issued.
Central Abaco is ready for residential,
commercial and industrial zoning. It is easy
to accept that we need zoning rules.
However, it is not sd easy to make and
implement the actual zoning in an
acceptable manner. A lot of existing
businesses will have to be "grandfathered"
in and pressure will be made to allow just
one more since someone else has already
done it.
Town planning committees have
historically dealt with issues of the day and
perhaps construction plans for tomorrow
but have not made any attempt to plan for
the long term. Dealing with intangible
future issues is not an easy job. One
problem is that we do not know the Nassau

are largely dependent on it for
communicating with isolated areas of the
island where there are no telephone lines.
It is also used to supplement other forms
of communication. The VHF is
constantly on at hotels, in many
restaurants, bars, on the ferry and in
shops. It is a minute by minute account
of life in the settlement a flourishing
gossip vine and busy bush telegraph.
The hip-held (actually called hand-
held) VHF is very popular. I always feel
the accompanying dress code should be
scrubs with hemostats clipped on them
rather than T-shirt, shorts and sneakers!
The carriers look like they're off to a
trauma scene, not to mend a broken pipe
or build a fence.
Apart from the VHF being a boon to
business, a social asset and a source of
tasty tidbits, it is an invaluable asset to
emergency situations. Hope Town Fire
and Rescue has its own channel. The fire
fighters communicate on a private
channel during a fire. Letty Martz, our
wonderful island nurse (literally our life
saver), co-ordinates ferries and medical
back-up services through the VHF.
In the days before the telephone,
everyone knew when there was a medical
emergency because everyone was
listening in! On one occasion Marsh
Harbour residents heard a patient was
being brought over in the dead of night
and many drove to the airport to light the
runway with their headlights for the
small charter to take off. Now that is
true community support.
Channel 16 is the stand-by channel in
the Abacos. Channel 22 is reserved for
'the Coast Guard. The Cruisers' Net
which gives weather and local
information is located on Channel 68.
Local residents have a Jokers' Net every
morning which keeps us all well amused.
The VHF has a radius of only 10-20
miles but it increases with altitude. I
recently heard of a girl who climbs on a
dresser in Marsh Harbour to talk to her
beloved in Hope Town and neighbour of

PLEASE SEE Humblestone

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legal and administrative routes needed to
resolve some of the issues.
Zoning and many other areas requires
some hand holding from Nassau until we
are comfortable with the process.
Abaco has reached the point where an
advisory group of some description should
be formed to look into our future. We may
be ready for a regional planning group to
be formed to identify problems and
propose solutions. Advice should be sought
from people with exposure and vision. It is
difficult to dream when you have not seen
greater things. Perhaps this should be a
volunteer community group and not be
politically appointed.
Input should be sought from people
familiar with other locations having
problems similar to ours. Other
communities have likely faced some of the
same problems we are experiencing and
their solutions may be appropriate for us.
A group of this nature does not need any
authority since they are only making long
range recommendations free of political or
budget constraints. Politicians and civil
servants would review the suggestions for
political and financial considerations.
We are being told more frequently that
we need to take charge of our community
and shape it into something we are proud
of. They are right.
Marsh Harbour must March Harder.


The Ahaeonlan Paae 11

Storm Relief Donations Headed for Central America

By Stephanie Humblestone
Caring members of the Abaco
community have formed an All Abaco
Relief Fund Committee prompted by the
recent disaster in Central America caused
by Hurricane Mitch.
On the 18th of November the newly
formed committee met to discuss ways in
which they could offer assistance to
disaster-struck Honduras and Nicaragua.
Those present were Chief Councillor
Mike Malone, Patrick Bethel, Bishop
Clifford Henfield, Mike Meeson, Oliver
Ferguson, Chairman of Green Turtle Cay
Township Ross Sawyer and Marjolaine
It was agreed that the above people
mobilise forces within themselves and the

Tips for Traffic Safety
By Stephanie Humblestone
Marsh Harbour Police would like to
encourage better awareness of road
safety. f,. remind people to dip their
i. .; v when anprachinp oncming
iratle ana to be esoec'aily vigilant now
hal -.,i aC back at s Chool.
inspector Joc 1.. rge* .l ie t J
bc carel ai all h- times but particularly
between the hours of 8 to 9:30 a.m. when
r.-' are walking to school and 2:30 to
4 p.m. when they are on their way home.
He also stresses to parents the need ,,n
educating their children in pedestrian
safety, for example training young
children to walk close to the curb and not
to play at pedestrians' crossings.
Although it is now not compulsory in
the Bahamas, drivers should always wear
a seat belt. Legislation is underway to
require seat belts in the near future.
Remember, never drink and drive. Small
children should never sit on the knee of
the driver. "They act as cushions and feel
the full impact in a collision," said
Inspector Hinsey, who said this is a
bookable offence.
He added that there have been six
vehicular and two motorbike fatalities so
far this year on Abaco. Helmets are to be
worn by all motorcyclists and police in
the Marsh Harbour area will book
motorcyclists who are not wearing them.
Inspector Hinsey would like to see
individuals offering private defensive
driving courses similar to the ones
attended by police. Police throughout the
Bahamas, including the Abacos, are
required to take the course at the Police
College in Nassau.

community to raise funds and
contributions for the victims of Mitch.
Following the luncheon Mike Malone
organised for flyers to be distributed
amongst the community inviting people
to bring whatever they could afford to
his office at Great Abaco Shipping on
Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh
"We will accept anything and
everything; it can be money or goods
such as blankets, linen, etc." So far,
people have been generous in bringing
plastic bags full of donations. In fact,
Mr. Malone has a room gradually filling
up with large black plastic bags.
A massive fund raising drive is
planned in the weeks to come. "We are
aiming at receiving $50 from every
business receptive to the idea," said Mr.
Malone, who envisages Boy Scouts and
youngsters outside banks collecting $1
from people on a Friday afternoons.
Patrick Bethel and Oliver F-r.-iiiun
intend motivating teachers and students in
Abaco's 20 schools to participate in the
relief fund. A "Can Day" is being
-..i.-e' for Thanksgiving. Children
will be asked to bring in a canned -
Bishop Henfield plans to devise a way of
reaching all the 56 churches in .A baco 't
encourage the congregations to give
generously to this worthy cause.
When there is sufficient material to fill
a container, the contributions will be
shipped to Florida through Mike

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by a Florida relief company, Seaboard
Marine, which will then transport it free
of charge to Honduras and Nicaragua. It
is hoped that the first container will be
on its way by mid-December. Monetary
donations will be paid to the Bahamas
Red Cross, which will then buy
medications and other needed supplies
for the distressed South American

The committee is welcoming
volunteers all over Abaco to help in any
way they can. A volunteer from each of
the cays will be responsible for
transporting the contributions by freight
boat to Marsh Harbour.
The All Abaco Relief Fund will be a
growing body which will have reserves
in the future for immediate help with
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School News

Abaco Students Travel
By Isobel Sherman
During the week of the 9th of
November four students from Abaco
Central High traveled to Nassau for two
separate events. Opal Dawkins,
accompanied by Ms. Gaitor, history
teacher, traveled to Nassau to participate
in the Youth Parliament sponsored by the
Family Planning Association of Nassau.
The Parliamentary debate was televised'
on ZNS TV 13.
Colin Scavella, Grade 11, Marva
Berman, Grade 12, and Latesha Balkaran,
grade 12, traveled to Nassau with Ms. Jill
Saunders, English language teacher, to
participate in a speech competition
sponsored by the new educational
magazine Creative Education. The
contests was held on the 11th and 12th of
,November at the Bahamas Hotel Training
College. The first prize was a $5,000
scholarship tenable at the College of The
Bahamas. The topic of the speech was
Youths' Contribution to Nation Building
into the New Millennium.

S.C. Bootle Students
By Isobel Sherman
Three students from North Abaco
traveled to Nassau on the 10th of
November to participate in two different
events in Nassau.. Accompanying them
was Ms. Cynthia James, English language
teacher. Nadia Russell of Fox Town and
in grade 12, represented the school at the
Youth Parliament sponsored by the
Family Planning Association. In
addition, she joined two other students,
Vashti Lachhman, Grade 12 of Fox
Town, and Reshada Murray, Grade 12 of
Treasure Cay, at a debate being
sponsored by CARICOM. According to
Mr. Leslie Rolle, principal, his school
was invited to participate in this debate.
The debate centers around the free
movement of citizens of CARICOM
countries within the Caribbean area.
Primary School Sports
By Geoffrey Victor
On November 13th the primary school

softball championships were held at the
Murphy Town ball park. Three teams had
already advanced into the playoff rounds
including the Crossing Rocks Tornadoes,
number one seeded team, the St. Francis
de Sales Saints, number two seeded team,
and the Green Turtle Cay Turtles,
number three seeded.
Playing for the fourth spot were the
Man-O-War and Fox Town primary
schools. Fox Town eventually defeated
Man-O-War to move on the final spot.
In the semi-finals, the Saints defeated
the Turtles 20 to 10 and the Tornadoes
defeated the Fox Town Primary in order
to defend their title. So there you had
Crossing Rocks and St. Francis in the
championship game with the winner
moving on to represent Abacc on Grand
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4-0 lead. However, with a few
adjustments by head coach Victor, the
Saints got three runs and trailed the
champs 7-3.
With one more inning to play, the
score was 12-8 in favor of Crossing
Rocks. Realizing this was the season on
the line, Coach Victor rallied the team
and the Saints came through with seven
runs. The game finished with the Saints
winning 15-13, defeating the Crossing
Rocks team that held the title for 12
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FNM Opens a Constituency Office in Marsh Harbour

By Stephanie Humblestone
The Free National Movement has
opened a party office in the Abaco
Shopping Centre in Marsh Harbour which

is open to the public every week day. It is
the office for both the South Abaco and
the North Abaco Constituencies. Modeled
on its Nassau counterparts, it will be a

place where people can air their views
personally with Robert Sweeting, MP for
South Abaco.
Receptionist Patrice Miller Johnson,.
who worked at one time for Island
Administrator Everette Hart, is managing
the office. "Why complain about issues
outside when you can come here and
voice them," she commented. Ms. Miller
hopes that people will avail themselves of
this service and make appointments with
her to speak to Mr. Sweeting.
The office will be open Monday
through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Lunch will be from 3-4 p.m. Mr.
Sweeting will be in office on Monday and
Friday afternoons and at other times by

appointment. Mr. Sweeting suggests that
appointments be made for Monday and
Friday afternoons.
FNM Women's Associa-
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By Isobel Sherman
On the 7th of November the Abaco
FNM Women's Association held a five
mile walk-a-thon to raise funds to send
delegates to the FNM National Women's
Convention to be held later this month in
Nassau. The ladies walked from the
airport round-about to Crossing Beach a
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Youth Activities

Results of Scout
By Isobel Sherman
On the 12th of November the Abaco
Scouts held a brief reception at Jimmy

Dr. Elaine Lundy received the most votes
and took the top prize in the Boy Scouts
fund raising contest to name Abaco's most
beautiful woman. Lovely Reckley presents
the award on behalf of the Scouts.

William's Bay View Restaurant on the
water front in Dundas Town to announce
the winner of the Most Beautiful Woman
in Abaco contest. The winner was Dr.
Elaine Lundy with 320 votes. Dr. Lundy
received a round trip for two with
accommodations to Fort Lauderdale
courtesy of Trinity Travel, a make over
from Glamourama Beauty Salon and a gift
certificate from the Seventeen Shop.
The month-long fund raiser in which
persons paid one dollar to nominate who
they thought was the most beautiful
woman on Abaco has been a success.
This statement was made by Assistant
Commissioner of Scouting on Abaco, Mr.
Huel Moss, Jr. He estimated that the
Scouts made between $2500 and $3000
from the fund raiser.
Mr. Moss went on to say that beauty is
in the eye of the beholder and he was
happy to say that he felt most persons
saw the fund raiser in that light. Mr.
Moss thanked the fund raising committee
which was comprised of Mr. Serone
Kennedy, Mr. Claude Pike, Mrs.
Charmica Moss, Ms. Monique Curry and
Scout Logan Hanna.

Mr. Moss then announced that the first
runner up was Ms. Orlean Sands from
Marsh Harbor with 280 votes. She
received a certificate for lunch for two at
Bay View Restaurant. Bridgette Thurston
of Treasure Cay was second runner up
with 249 votes. She received a gift
certificate from Little Switzerland. The
third runner up was Miranda Burrows of
Sandy Point.
Additionally, Mr. Moss thanked the
following sponsors for making this fund
raiser a success.
Abaco Scout News
By Isobel Sherman
Abaco's Assistant Scout

Commissioners Drexel Major and Huel
Moss, Jr. traveled to Nassau on
November 7th to attend the 1998 National
Scouts Leaders Conference held at Scout
Headquarters. On Friday night the
participants went on a boat cruise.
The next day was a full day of business
sessions. Mr. Felix Stubbs, President of
the Association, officially opened the
conference. The sessions included policy
matters, scouting from a Christian
perspective, fund raising and marketing
tips and training schedules. The idea of
starting Beaver Scouts for children
between the ages of 5-7 was discussed.

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Appointment of New
By David Cote
Don G. Cornish, an Abaco son,
distinguished himself recently when he
was appointed President of the Bahamas
Volleyball Federation the first non-
resident of New Providence to hold this
post. Mr. Cornish, who is the President of
the Abaco Basketball Association and,
until he accepted this new post, was also
President of the Abaco Volleyball
Association, replaced outgoing President
Anthony Roach. Mr. Roach served one
year of a three-year term but had to step
down for personal reasons.
The first important function of the new
President was to attend the International
Volleyball Congress in Tokyo, Japan,
from the 27th to 31st of October. The
Congress, which is the world governing
body for volleyball federations,
confederations and associations, meets
every two years in a pre-designated host
country. The home country of the
Congress is Lausanne, Switzerland.
The aims of the Congress were to
review the game-playing practices and
regulations of volleyball bodies the world
over to ensure uniformity of performance.
The Congress intends to emphasize
volleyball as a spectator sport and elevate
it to the viewing level of other ball sports.
Strategies were examined to attract more
players, more sponsors and to review
television rights concerning the
advertisement of the game.
This year's Congress, which took the
form of workshops and session meetings,
was held at the Chinzan-So Four Seasons
Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, with championship
volleyball games of various categories
played all over the country. There were
109 delegates and 30 proxies representing
some of the 209 member-countries of the
Congress. Mr. Cornish was the sole
representative for the Bahamas.
Each region of the world has a "home-
base" working committee at a
Development Centre in a member-country
with a full-time office staff in place to
which an association can refer questions
and table disputes. The Volleyball
Development Centre for the Bahamas is
based in the Dominican Republic.
The Federation's thrust is geared
towards reviewing the provisions of its
Constitution. The next meeting of the
Congress will be held in the summer of
2000 around the time of the Olympics in
Sydney, Australia.
Mr. Cornish's tenure as President will
end in December of the year 2000. Mr.
David Darville, First Vice-President of the
Abaco Volleyball Association, has
assumed the responsibilities of the
presidency on Abaco in Mr. Cornish's
place until elections are held in January,
1999. Thus far, the female volleyball
teams of Abaco have attracted more
players but Mr. Cornish anticipates a
stronger male representation in the near

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Basketball Begins
By Isobel Sherman
On the 6th of November the Abaco
Basketball Association began their 1998-
99 season with two games played at
Ocean View Park in Dundas Town.
The new Crossing Rocks Cobras lost to
the Treasure Cay Full Gospel Crusaders
84-69. Kalsey Rolle had 20 points for the
Crusaders, followed by Godfrey Rolle
with 19 points. For the Cobras Neville
Williams had 20 points followed by Peter
Russell with 18 points.
In the feature game The Police Crime
Stoppers stopped the BJ Bombers of Mt.
Hope 69-61. Max Thervil had 18 points
for the Crime Stoppers and Ramond
Saunders and Ryan Williams each had 14
points. Levar McIntosh had 16 points and
Kenny Rolle had 15 points for the
According to President Don Cornish
the league looks for -much competition
during the season between the teams. The
reigning champs are the Moore's Island
More Basketball Events
By Isobel Sherman
On November 13th basketball action
was at Estmargeo Park in Mt. Hope.
Prior to the game a brief memorial
service was held to honour former BJ
Bomber Renaldo "Jay" McIntosh, who
was characterized as a "Young Giant."
The Abaco Basketball Association made a
presentation of his framed jersey #10 as a

memento to the BJ Bombers and the
family of Jay during the ceremony.
In the feature game the Full Gospel
Crusaders from Treasure Cay were
defeated soundly by the BJ Bombers 89-
70. It was a very physical game and the

Bombers were led by the scoring of Levar
McIntosh with 24 points and Kenny Rolle
with 15 points.
For the Crusaders Jamaal Russell led
the team with 18 points and Kalsey Rolle
chipped in with 14 points

Don G. Cornish, Bahamas Volleyball Federation President, represented the Bahamas at
the 26th World Congress of the International Volleyball Federation in Tokyo, Japan on
October 27th 31st. Mr. Cornish was the lone Bahamian delegate. One hundred thirty-
nine countries were represented. The Congress dealt with issues related to improving the
game of volleyball as well as rule changes. A number of rule changes were implemented
and will be announced soon for the benefit of the public.


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from fhe I)itchef of... ZAZY DAYS1

Portabello Mushrooms
By Sam Hoffer
Have you seen the huge brown
mushrooms in the market and wondered
what they were called but, more over,
what do you do with them! They are
portabello mushrooms and in our kitchen
we have fallen in love with them.
Years ago brown skinned mushrooms
were normal but then consumers wanted
white mushrooms. A regular brown
mushroom, allowed to mature a few
days, all of a sudden becomes a
portabello. In the late 1980's portabellos
were discovered by the food world.
Some gourmet gave them their fancy
Italian name and now they are on menus
everywhere. They have a very meaty
flavor. If you are trying to eat more
vegetarian meals but miss the meat, their
taste will satisfy that craving.
Grilled Portabellos, Peppers
and Onions
For a light main meal, you can serve
this over mixed salad greens that have
been tossed with some of the vinaigrette.
Homemade croutons are a welcome
addition to the tossed salad or serve the
dish as written as a side dish.
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
/2 cup olive oil (preferably extra
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoons grated lemon peel
6 each 4" portabello mushrooms,
stemmed, gills cut out and discarded
2 large red bell peppers, halved,

2 large green bell peppers (or yellow),
halved, seeded
2 large red onions, cut into /2' thick
Prepare barbecue grill to medium high
heat. Whisk vinegar, oil, thyme and
lemon peel in large bowl to blend.
Season with salt and pepper. Brush
vinaigrette over vegetables (don't use
all). Grill until mushrooms are tender
and juicy and peppers and onions are
crisp-tender, about 12 minutes per side.
Cut mushrooms and peppers into /2"
thick strips. Toss with vinaigrette in
bowl. Serve at room temperature. Serves
Portabello Pasta
This is quick to prepare and low in
fat. A green salad dressed with balsamic
vinaigrette is an ideal accompaniment.
When available, please buy fresh
Parmesan or Romano cheese. It is vastly
superior and no more expensive than the
canned variety.
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced
8 oz. portabello mushrooms, stemmed,
gills removed and discarded, thickly
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
1 14 /2-oz. can tomatoes, drained and
chopped, juices reserved
12 oz. pasta (fettuccine or linguini)
4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a

Student Travels to Barbados

By Isobel Sherman
Two Grade 12 students, Shazara Bootle
of Abaco Central High School and
Rashida Murray of S.C. Bootle High
School, traveled to Nassau on the 12th of
September to take part in a conference at
Nassau Marriott's Crystal Palace. The
conference lasted three days and among
the speakers were Honourable Minister of
State for Youth and Sports Zhivargo
Laing and the Permanent Secretary for the
Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Anita
After the Conference delegates from
over 18 countries in the Caribbean and
Canada boarded a mail boat to go to
Camp Symonette on Eleuthera for Youth
Explosion 98. The Royal Bahamas
Defense Force provided an escort boat.
Seventy-five delegates participated in a
ten-day session on such topics as culture
and physical fitness. These discussions
created a regional youth vision for the
21st century which is One Region,
Different Cultures, One Goal.
After the ten days at Camp Symonette,
the delegates returned to Nassau to
participate in a mock assembly in the
House of Assembly. Issues debated were
poverty, education, discrimination and
environmental health.
This assembly was used as a forum to
choose persons to travel to Bridgetown,
Barbados, to attend a three-day
conference. Shazara Bottle was chosen to
represent CARICOM at this conference.
The topic of the Youth Summit on
Barbados was AdolescentSexualBehavior.
It was decided by the delegates attending
the conference that abstinence should be
promoted and condoms should be given to
young persons at certain centers.
Shazara was grateful for the
opportunity to attend all three conferences.
She was given a chance to meet different

persons from different cultures and
countries with similar goals and similar
yet different traditions. However, she
quickly added that it is still Better in The

boil. In the meantime, in a large skillet,
heat oil over medium-low heat. Add
onion and cook, stirring occasionally,
until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add
mushrooms, garlic and thyme. Cover and
cook, stirring occasionally, until
mushrooms are browned and release their
juices, about 7 to 8 minutes. Uncover,
add wine or broth and cook until reduced
to a glaze, 4 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes
and their juices. Adjust heat to maintain

a gentle simmer and cook until
thickened, 10 to 15 minutes more.
Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente,
10 to 12 minutes. Drain and toss with
mushroom sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan
cheese and serve. Makes about 4
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Oil Spill Contingency Plans Should Be in Place

The Bahamas government has hired an
environmental consultant to prepare a
contingency plan for oil spills. The plan,
recently submitted by Rear Admiral
Michael Stacey of Marine Pollution
Consultancies in England, will allow
emergency action to be immediately

Mr. Stacey, accompanied by Mr. J.
Anthony McKinney, Deputy Permanent
Secretary with the Department of Local
Government, spoke to about 40 interested
persons at the Anglican Parish Hall in
Marsh Harbour on November 10th, 1998.
It was pointed out by Mr. McKinney that
emergencies occur at unexpected times and

places. Plans for any type of emergency
must allow for an appropriate response
with definite lines of responsibility.
"The environment belongs to us and we
must protect it," said Mr. McKinney. More
precisely, "We don't own it but merely are
holding it in trust for our children and
future generations to use and enjoy," he
continued. Mr. Chrisfield Johnson, Deputy
Administrator for North Abaco, said in
conclusion, "We are caretakers of our
environment. We live here. We must
protect what we have. Others can pollute
and leave but we are here for the long
Mr. Stacey pointed out that the Bahamas
is located in a maritime crossroads. Ships
of all sorts pass through and around the
Bahamian archipelago. Tankers, freighters,
container ships and cruise ships all pass

through the Bahamas on their way to and
from South and Central America, the
United States, Canada, Europe and further
ports. Some of these along with smaller
ships ply their trade within the islands. It is
not realistic to assume that we are immune
to an accident. For this reason the
government is formulating emergency
plans and lines of authority.
Mr. Stacey told the group that nature is
very resilient and can heal many natural
accidents given time. Oil spills are virtually
all man-made and are, therefore,
impossible to eliminate totally. Training
and diligence should reduce the incidence
of these accidents.
Most oil spills reduce their volume by
25% in the first 48 hours as the volatile


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Rear Admiral Michael Stacey, right, J. Anthony McKinney, Deputy Permanent Secretary
with the Department of Local Government in Nassau and M.P. Robert Sweeting discuss the
need for an oil spill contingency plan for Abaco and the Bahamas in general. Mr. Stacey
was invited by the Bahamas government to prepare a plan and bring the Family Island
residents up-to-date on the need for a contingency plan.


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Central Abaco

Garnet's Walkway
By Isobel Sherman
A special church service was held at
Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marsh
Harbour on the 4th of October to
dedicate a walkway in the memory of
Captain Garnet Archer. The Schneider
family, headed by Mrs. Effie Schneider,
built the walkway from the timbers of the
Deborah K II that was sunk last year to

make a man-made reef off the waters of
Abaco. The late Captain Garnet Archer
served Abaco for over thirty years as
mail boat Captain of the Deborah K I and
then Deborah K II.
The naming of the walkway followed
a luncheon at the Ambassador Inn after
the church service. The walkway allows
visitors to walk safely along Queen
Elizabeth Drive between the electric sub-
station and Conch Inn. The Schneiders

have landscaped with plants and flowers
behind the walkway and erected a sign
with the name Garnet's Walkway.
New Air Service
Vintage Props and Jets began offering
service to Marsh Harbour from West
Palm Beach on November 6th. With a
fleet of three planes they fly on
Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays and
Sunday. The round trip fare is $199.
Their special for shopping is $219 round
trip which includes two nights'
accommodations with double occupancy
at a Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn.
The hotel is across the street from a
large mall. Transportation to and from
the airport is provided.

Garden Society to Meet
The Tropical Fruit and Garden Society
of Abaco will hold their first meeting of
the 1998-1999 season on December 5th
at Jack Hardy's residence in Murphy
Town. The meeting will feature
Container Gardening and will begin at 1
p.m. Container Gardening is a option for
many who have unfavorable growing
conditions or very limited space. A plant
auction will be held.
Anyone interested in gardening,
growing fruit trees, vegetables or just a
few decorative plants, is welcome to
attend. Guest speakers discussing specific
areas of gardening are featured at each


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Captain Garnett Archer's Walk is a short section of sidewalk made from the hatch timbers
of his Deborah K II mailboat. The walkway and the landscaping behind it were made by
Louis and Effie Schneider in remembrance of Capt. Garnett.

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By Sinclair Frederick
Last time I said that I think we can
develop an interesting and significant
computer based "industry" here on
Abaco. Here are four fields we can use
to get going.
First, let's get together a phrase to
cover this kind of industry, how about
Information Technology? This really isn't
"computer science," nothing that
technical, and it has a simple
abbreviation IT.
First and foremost, we have a tourism
industry already established and the
Internet is playing an important part.
Here is what we can do in that area now:
1) Web page design. This is really
easy technically and it's fun. You can do
it for your own business or for friends or
as a free-lance for others. With TV
you've grown up with electronic ads.
Here you can try your hand and get paid
for it.

2) Create images, graphics, photos for
the Web. Web pages need good graphics
and photographs and video is coming
(audio is already here, we need that,
too). If your interests are in these areas,
you need to learn to use the powerful
computer based graphics and multimedia
design tools available for desktop
3) For the more technically inclined
the whole business of networking
computers, both within a single office
and using telecommunications techniques
to tie together systems in different
locations, is growing by leaps and
bounds and requires technical, hands-on
expertise to set the networks up and keep
them running smoothly.
4) And the Web isn't the only place
that needs some IT skills. There is still a
need for the printed word brochures,
flyers, newspapers, newsletters. The
desktop software for publishing is

December 1st, 1998 The A

icon Cays, Part II

powerful and complex, but once
mastered, pays its practitioners quite
OK, here are four areas where one can

haeonian Page 19

employ IT skills here on Abaco. In the
next article I'll share my ideas on how
we can get started developing the skills

Our Reefs Need to Be Protected

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
reefs remain among the most healthy,
beautiful and productive reefs in the

Four members of the Interact Club visited Pontiac, Illinois, for ten days as guests of
Rotarians there. They were, 1. to r., Raquel Thurston, Antwanya Miller, Shazara
Bootle and Shaquiera Adderley shown at their departure at the airport with Drexel
Major, who accompanied them. Already in Pontiac were Peter and Tracy Sexton, who
were coordinating their itenary. Four Interact members from Pontiac will visit Abaco
for ten days in June. The Abaco girls were anticipating shopping, attending school
and visiting a Rotary Club.

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Capt. Billy Robert's Ghost Keeps Watch

By Sara Parker
Ghost stories and profitable
preservation are a way of life at historic
New Plymouth, once the second largest
city in The Bahamas. Established by
American Loyalists in 1783, it is now
home to about 500 mostly Loyalist
descendants in a proud cluster of pastel
clapboards clinging tenaciously to the
southwestern tip of Green Turtle Cay.
Where wreckers wreaked havoc on
shipping, lobster fishing and tourism now
vie for supremacy.
"Wally goes crazy if anyone wants to
change ANYTHING," admiringly
confides a member of the very effective
Architectural Preservation Foundation of
Green Turtle Cay. "Wally" Davis owns
and manages the beautifully restored New
Plymouth Club and Inn "downtown"
opposite the magnificent Loyalist
Memorial Sculpture Garden for which the
tiny town is so famous.
Wally also hosts the ghost of Capt.
Billy Roberts, reported to watch over the


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Inn's guests and residents while rocking
on his upstairs veranda. Wally knows
historic surroundings, painstakingly
restored for comfort and charm, are
major attractions for the tourists who then
patronize the rest of the Cay's offerings,
especially the lobster.
Wally's (and the Captain's) Inn was the
very appropriate scene for the
Foundation's major public effort, a Fund
Raising Tasting of Wines and
Nonalcoholic Wine sponsored by the
William Brewer Company Ltd. and its
subsidiary Bristol Cellars. Funds raised
are being used to restore New Plymouth's
old gaol (jail).The real goal of the elegant
wine tasting, however, was to spread the
gospel of preservation on the Cay and to
every place the wine tasting guests lived
or visited, says Mrs. Kathleen Bethell,
one of the eight founding members of the
The $1,000 raised was seed money,
resulting in donations used for restoring
the old jail and attracting many new
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restoring the old jail, ordering hinges as
apropos as possible, replications. The
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major repair work such as cutting stones
and antiquing the wooden doors," reports
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The town's business people do the
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historic sites are the sights tourists want
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According to Ms. Grace Turner of the
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Even New Plymouth's jail, now being
restored, is much older than expected.
Experts date the old jail and "especially
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plantation days, instead of 1910," says
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knowledge of New Plymouth history.
Asked about the
ghostly Captain,
Wally Davis pauses
and says, perfectly
straight faced,
There is
something to it,
you know. At least
half a dozen
different guests
have asked about
the 'old sea captain
upstairs,' or
mentioned the
balcony rocker
rocking with no
one in it. We tell
them it may indeed
be Capt. Billy
Roberts, still
protecting his
original home built
in the 1830s."
Capt. Billy's
portrait ironically
hangs in the dining
room of the New
Plymouth Inn,
perhaps an eternal
temptation to the
ghost of the man
who, according to The old"goal" i
a local legend, date to the ear
"ended his life in attraction. Athoi
the Inn by is still standing c

self imposed starvation, fearful that his
many enemies in the village of New
Plymouth had poisoned his food supplies.
Legend has it that buried under the Inn,
or on the grounds, is his sea chest
containing the treasures of many
clandestine voyages."

n New Plymouth settlement is now believed to
ly 1800's and is being restored as a town
wgh not as prominent, Marsh Harbour's old jail
on Soldier road.

The Story of the All Abaco Regatta T-Shirts
By Isobel Sherman

There is an interesting story about the
All Abaco Regatta T shirts. The
organizing committee had given the job
of printing the T shirts to a Freeport
firm and wanted the logo from their
poster in colour on the shirts. The T
shirts were to be delivered in time to be
on sale by the 23rd of October.
According to Mrs. Lee Wilson of the
All Abaco Regatta Committee, after
many attempts to contact the firm, the
committee was told they could only print
the logo in black and white. This was
not satisfactory and the order was
cancelled. There would be no T shirts.
Then "out of the blue" a couple who

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walked into the Administrator's Office to
volunteer their help with the regatta. Joy
and Skip Moss had the ability to put the
logo on the T shirts. The All Abaco
Regatta Committee secured the necessary
materials for them including plain white
T shirts and the couple printed them with
the full colour logo.
Literally the All Abaco Regatta went,
in a matter of moments, from having no
T shirts to having several hundred with
the beautiful colourful logo. The
committee sponsored an T shirt Day on
the 23rd of October. A very kind deed

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Dance Students Will Perform

By Isobel Sherman
For more than four years Mrs.
Marjolein Scott has been teaching ballet
weekly to little ballerinas from ages three
to 11 years. The classes meet every
Tuesday afternoon at St. John the Baptist
Anglican Church parish hall in Marsh
Harbour. The little ballerinas are taught
the basic steps in ballet from pointe to
pliate. Mrs. Scott, who volunteers her
time, works through the Ministry of
Youth and the charge is $4 per week
which covers the cost of the hall.
The highlight every year is their
performance at the annual Christmas
Bazaar. Sometimes Mrs. Scott has a
small recital at the parish hall for the
parents of her ballerinas.
Mrs. Scott danced professionally in
Southeast Asia. Originally from Holland,
she and her husband reside in Great
The popularity of her ballet class
grows each year. Three years ago she
stopped teaching the older girls 12 and
up because there was no demand.
However, last winter she started a jazz
dance class for older girls on Tuesday
afternoons after her ballet class and this

has proven popular. These girls are
preparing to perform at this year's
Christmas Bazaar as well as at the ballet
Just last month Mrs. Scott added a
ballet class for older girls 10 years and
up on Thursday afternoons. She did this
because there was a need for an older
class as some of her original students had
grown and she wanted to teach some
advanced ballet to them. She needed
space in the smaller girls' class as well.

A kind and gentle soul, Mrs. Scott is
loved by all of her students. At the end
of every class there is a treat. It may be
a cookie or a drink of juice or a sticker
to proudly wear home.
My daughter Tecuma has been in love
with ballet since she was three years old.
When ballet classes were offered, she
was one of Mrs. Scott's first students.
When Mrs. Scott stopped teaching the
older girls, my daughter continued
helping Mrs. Scott each week with the

small girls' class. Now she is in the jazz
class and the older girls' ballet class.
They say every little girl dreams of
becoming a ballerina. Well, Mrs. Scott is
helping to make those dreams come true
every Tuesday with the girls dressed in
pink leotards and tutus. With smiling
faces they dance to the steps Mrs. Scott
has taught them. Come out and see all of
Mrs. Scott's students perform at the
Christmas Bazaar on December 5th.
In addition to being a talented dancer
and choreographer, Mrs. Scott is known
for her beautiful paintings done on silk.
You can view them at Cultural Illusions,
Abaco Ceramics and at the Abaco Beach
Resort Art Show on January 23rd.

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Ben Curry, 84, passed away on
November 13th at his home in Murphy
Town. His funeral was on November
22nd at the new building of Bethany
Gospel Chapel in Murphy Town.
Officiating was Pastor David Cartwright
assisted by Rev. Stafford Symonette and
Elder Lucian Curry. Interment was in the
Murphy Town Public Cemetery.
Mr. Curry was one of the original
residents who moved to Murphy Town in
1941 when his settlement of Bluff Point

on the South Side of Abaco was moved
to its present location as a result of a
severe hurricane which did extensive
He is survived by his wife Hilma; sons
Erskine, Beltram, Lucian and Edward;
daughters Beverly Davis, Prescola
Edgecombe and Lucy Symonette; adopted
daughter Roxeleta Dean; grandchildren;
great grandchildren and numerous other
relatives and friends.

A memorial service for John
Deglanville Gates, 76, was held in
Nassau on November 19th. Mr. Gates
was from Hope Town although he had
resided in Nassau for many years.
He is survived by his wife Katrina
Gates; son David; daughters Anne
Pinder, Minerva Russell, Minette
Gordon, Gaylene Mcklow, Vemona
Webber, Hazel Rosskamp and Donna
Webb; brother Percival Gates; sister
Sylvia, grandchildren and many others.


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Beachcomber's Delight Is an Environmentalist's Fright

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severe storms during their passages.
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their cargo overboard, usually in
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Page 24 The Abaconian December 1st, 1998

Invasive Brazilian Pepper Is a Harmful Exotic

By Permission: Bahamas National Trust
Observing a strong and growing
presence of the Brazilian Pepper tree,
Schinus terebinthifolius, the Bahamas
National Trust invited Bob Doren,
assistant director of the Everglades
National Park Research Center, to come
to Nassau to discuss Brazilian pepper and
other invasive exotics such as Melaleuca
and the Casuarina.
Mr. Doren advised that the Brazilian
pepper is referred to as a "biological
pollutant" because it adapts well to a
habitat that is not its own, dominates
native plants and eventually replaces
entire natural plant communities. It is
also highly toxic and can trigger flu like
symptoms, sneezing and sinus congestion
in some individuals; its sap can cause a
rash, severe itching and swelling of the
eyes. Grazing animals such as horses and
cows have been known to die from eating
the leaves. As its vernacular name

suggests, the dried fruits of Brazilian
pepper are used as a spice and sold in the
United States as "pink peppercorn." Its
use in this way is inappropriate and
potentially dangerous.
Brazilian Pepper provides relatively
poor wildlife habitat. In a study of use of
a mature stand of Brazilian pepper by
native avifauna, it was found that avian
species and total population density
declined when compared to native
pinelands and forest edge habitats. Such
results, expected when a species-rich
habitat is replaced by one which is
biologically less diverse, stress the need
to protect native habitats from exotic,
pest plant encroachment.
The Brazilian pepper is an evergreen
shrub or small tree 10 to 20 feet tall. The
flowers of the Brazilian pepper are
produced in showy branched
inflorescence. On the female trees,
flowering is followed by the production
of small bright red fleshy berries

Brazilian Pepper

Ed. We have included this article so
we could also issue a warning against
using the berries and leaves of this plant
for holiday decorations. Many people are
highly allergic to it and some have severe
reactions including irritating skin rashes,
eye inflammation, facial swelling,
headaches and respiratory distress. This
factor is in addition to its being very
invasive in our natural environment.

containing a single seed. Fruit production
occurs from November to February and
the bright ornamental berries have
resulted in the tree becoming known
locally as Bahamian holly or Florida
Site inspections during Mr. Doren's
visit confirmed the growing presence of
the Brazilian pepper. Dr. John
Hammerton of the Ministry of
Agriculture showed great concern over
the spread of this invasive species and
will be making recommendations to the

Ministry as to how to control the spread.
Mr. Doren's visit was possible through
a Memorandum of Understanding
between the Bahamas National Trust and
the US National Parks Service a
cooperative agreement between the like-
minded agencies.
Ed. note: Brazilian pepper is extremely
hard to eradicate as it will grow from
seeds, branches, cuttings or a root left in
the ground. A stump can be killed by
cutting close to the ground, then applying
Brush-Be-Gon, a very potent herbicide.

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The Ahamonlan Page 25

Parrots Are Imperiled by Advancing Raccoons

Raccoons are a menace and are rapidly
spreading through Abaco. It is thought
that they have come to Abaco from
Grand Bahama by way of Strangers Cay.
They are an introduced species which
will multiply rapidly and will spread their
range throughout the entire island within
a few years. Raccoons are thought to be
"cute" and some feel they want to make
them into pets. But they do not make
good pets and eventually they go free
only to become a menace to our sensitive
island ecological balance.
According to Mr. Pericles Maillus,
Past President of the Bahamas National
Trust, they are poised to become "an
environmental calamity which will be
disastrous to nesting birds, particularly
native ducks and the mangrove nesting
white crown pigeons. They will destroy
masses of land crabs and will devastate
farmers' crops, especially bananas and
corn. Once they move into parrot
territory, they will cause the rapid
extinction of our Abaco parrots."
Additionally, their feces carry a parasitic
worm which causes death in young
Mr. Maillus feels very strongly that
there needs to be a public education
program begun immediately to acquaint
the public with the environmental disaster
which Abaco would suffer if the animals
are allowed to inhabit the island at will.

He recommends that a sighting network
be set up immediately to define the exact
area that they have moved into and then
a humane system of eliminating them
now before their range becomes too
extensive. It is known that they inhabit
Little Abaco and the northern part of the
main island of Abaco. They have been
seen on the road between Blackwood and
Treasure Cay.
When an animal is heavily hunted,
extinction usually follows. However,
with raccoons they will be very hard to
eradicate as they will go into dense bush
and can survive on a variety of fruits and
other vegetation found throughout our
Several years ago a Biodiversity
Convention was held which brought up
the problems, especially for islands, that
the introduction of an alien species can
create. The Convention resulted in an
agreement which requires the eradication
of invasive and alien species of plants
and animals. The Bahamas was a
signatory to that agreement so has a
responsibility to plan a program to
eliminate this foreign species.
Mr. Maillus, while he was President
of the Bahamas National Trust, initiated
a program of eliminating the cats from
our newly formed Abaco National Park
to protect the Abaco parrots. There was
an outcry from the Bahamas Humane

Society which lodged a complaint against
the proposal with the Royal Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in
An inspector from that organization
came and inspected the situation. He was


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AN OPrNrO Public Landscaping Should Use More Native Plants

We have had many visitors to Marsh
Harbour comment on the need to beautify
the town area. Some businesses and
individuals have put in palm trees, shrubs
and flowering plants to make their
environs attractive. But much more needs
to be done. It is a trend that we need to
keep developing for a long time. There
are long stretches with no trees or
planted areas. Trees in particular are
As we develop beautifully planted
areas, we would like to present some
concepts to consider, stressing that
planning should precede plant;-. Our
main thrust is that we should think not
only of today and instant beauty but be
practical and consider the maintenance of
the public areas in the future.
First of all, Bahamian shrubs and
plants be used for several reasons.
Beautiful plants and trees grow here
naturally, many of which are sold in
other parts of the world as decorative
plants. We live in a wonderful place with
beautiful vegetation. We need to show
our visitors that we are proud of
ourselves and our environment. There is
a tremendous variety of native plants to
choose from. Our park areas could be a
showplace to demonstrate to second-
home owners and others the choices they
have and the look they will achieve by
using various native plants.
Other benefits for choosing native
plants are that they are going to be
hardier and grow better because they are
used to our climate, our soil and our
seasonal changes. They belong here.
They will be resistant to the bugs and
diseases that are here and will not need
the fussy care which costs money as well
as requiring technical supervision.
The trees that are planted in public
places need to be sized for the future.
Different kinds of trees have different
shapes and sizes at maturity. There are
places where a large shade tree is
desirable which will grow tall and
spreading. In other places trees need to
upright and narrow along a fence or in a
narrow area. Parking areas require trees
which do not grow tall but stay in a short
to medium height as well as being
There are some spectacularly beautiful
trees which bloom at various times in the
spring and summer. However, they drop
their leaves in the fall and are bare all
winter long. The winter is a time we
have many visitors. So trees should be
considered which are beautiful during our
tourist seasons. We should limit the use
of trees which create a mess by
dropping fruit or seeds as they will
require more clean-up time. These can be
used away from well manicured areas,
perhaps along highways.
One complaint is that many native
trees are slow growing. This is only
partially correct. In their native state
many like the madeira are slow growing.
So is the pine tree in our forests.
However, our growing conditions are
very poor. Limestone rock and very little
soil with few nutrients are the culprits.
When seeds from our pine trees are
grown in other parts of the world, they
can get harvestable sized trees in 15 to
20 years whereas our trees take 40 to 60
years to acquire the same size trunk. If
we plant with additional soil and fertilize,
then we will be surprised at the rate of
When flowering plants such as
hibiscus and oleanders are planned, we
need to pick out the hardier colors and
types, putting them in locations which
allow them to grow naturally and not
needing constant pruning. Many plants

with colorful leaves such as crotons and
copper-match-me-not can give great color
with low maintenance and sometimes are
hardier than the showy flowers.
Highly decorative plants should not be
used in some locations as they need more
care than can be given. Plants along a
roadway are one example. These need
.:'.-ii'rr and watering during dry
periods or they look straggly. Many of
these plants are not luxuriant unless
watered during dry spells. The hibiscus
along the airport road are a good
example, scrawny, unattractive bushes
with few flowers which need to replaced
with more hardy plants and trees.
Parks and public areas need grass to
really look attractive but lawns can be
expensive to maintain. One low
maintenance grass common here is zoysia
grass which has been grown here for a
very long time. It is ideal for public
areas as it can tolerate heavy traffic. It
requires very little mowing, it stays
green year round, even during the
winter, it doesn't require fertilizing, it is
not susceptible to bugs such as chinch
bugs, it does not require watering during
dry periods. Who could ask for more of
any grass? This "native" zoysia grass is
also very salt tolerant, for any of our
readers who live close to the sea. The
same is not true of the imported zoysia.
One additional idea is to have casual
gardens which require less maintenance
than more formal ones. Trimmed hedges
are beautiful but very labour intensive. If
hedges are needed, then plants should be
used which naturally do not grow big and
ones which look good when not carefully
trimmed. These will grow slower and
will not always be trying to attain their
natural height of 60 to 80 feet.
Why stress low maintenance so

strongly? Now that we are responsible
for paying the contracts for maintenance,
it is our money which we have to
allocate. If we put in gardens and plants
which need trimming, clipping, pruning,
weeding, this will require money from
our budget. This is the time to plan for
the future. We have to decide what we
want to spend our money on and we
strongly urge that we plan our
beautification to be efficient to maintain.
Another reason for low maintenance is
our labour situation. Government has
made a major effort to reduce the
number of illegal immigrants we have in
our country. Contracts for maintenance
will be made with a Bahamian but the
chances are very good that the labour

will be done by illegal immigrants. If we
are trying to reduce their numbers, it
does not make sense to create work for
them since we all recognize that
Bahamians do not generally like doing
menial work such as this.
It is hoped that slowly the look of
Marsh Harbour will be improved. Some
visitors are intimating that Marsh
Harbour is unattractive to the point that
they are not happy visiting it, We need to
work harder to beautify, to plant trees
and bushes. It will take much co-
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Christmas Bazaar Is Good Holiday Fun

By Isobel Sherman
The annual Christmas Bazaar is slated
to be held on the 5th of December across
from Golden Harvest. Heading the
Bazaar committee this year are Charles
Cooke and Jillian Albury.
Plans call for a number of stalls with
all kinds of items from food to Christmas
decorations for the whole family to come
out and enjoy. The bazaar will open at
11 a.m. and continue until early evening.

Entertainment will include a ballet
presentation by the classes of Marjolein
Scott, Karate demonstrations, a dog
show, and a Jr. Junkanoo by students
from Abaco Central High School.
Beginning at 5 p.m. a series of choirs
and singers will perform.
For further information contact Jillian
at 367-2817 or Charles at 367-4602. Both
numbers are daytime numbers.

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one on Abaco is prepared to use this quantity which is the property of the Bahamas
government. It is one of the last remnants of the sugar mill which shut down in 1970 and was
later acquired by government. A slow leak is probably the best disposal method letting rain
cleanse the surrounding area and with mother nature slowly absorbing the diluted molasses.
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South FROM Page 4
There was always some evidence of his
labours sitting on his porch, either
watermelons or pumpkins, beautiful ripe
tomatoes, sweet potatoes or fresh young
okra. He farmed the land all his life and
produced an unrecorded amount of
produce to help feed his own large family
as well as the other residents of Cherokee,
Abaco, Nassau and many of the Out
Islands (as they were once called).
However, Mr. Leabrey was probably
better known for his tracking and hunting

skills. He led many a brave man as well
as one very adventurous woman by the
name of Owanta Gottlieb (which many of
you may remember) on numerous wild
boar hunts. These hunts usually entailed a
very dangerously chase through the pine
barrens, around rock holes, possibly into
dark caves, through wild undergrowth
which could include hazardous nicker
vines or, at the very least, the ever present
poisonwood. An ordeal which could leave
a person seriously injured, definitely tired
and most probably lost..... and that before
they even caught the hog.

One more thing Leabrey was
affectionately known for was his
"Wompers." Cut from old car tires and
held on with short pieces of rope, they
were individually fashioned for the wearer
and were an ideal sandal for tromping
through the woods or over jagged rocks.
A friend of mine is very proud of her
"Wompers" and still wears them once in
awhile, but her's are quite stylishly tied
on with bright strips of flowered cloth.
Over the years many stories have been
passed down in our settlement about the
extraordinary exploits of Mr. Leabrey and
this is why he became a legend in his own

time. Hopefully, generations to come will
not forget Mr. Leabrey, but carry on his
legacy by telling and re-telling these
stories and help future generations to keep
in touch with these little pieces of
Cherokee history. No, wild boar hunting
is not for the faint of heart and Mr.
Leabrey earned his reputation for courage,
stamina and prowess over the years. He
was truly a giant of a man, in my humble
opinion, in more ways than one.
Mr. Leabrey passed away quietly in his
sleep on November 11th after a short


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School FROM Page12
Softball Champions and head coach Geoff
Victor. Also congratulations go to all the
schools and coaches which participated in
the 1998 season.
Abaco Students
By Isobel Sherman
On the 16th of November four students
from Abaco ware among the students
honoured in the nation by the Testing and
Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of
Education. Kenneth Strachan, Head Boy
of the Class of 1998 at S.C. Bootle High
School, was awarded a plaque for having
the highest BGCSE Examination results in
Religious Knowledge. Kenneth is
currently a student at the College of The
Bahamas. Shavini Lachhman, also a
member of the Class of 1998 at S.C.
Bootle, was awarded a plaque for the best
BGCSE Examination results on the island
of Abaco. She is currently studying at
Hunter College in New York City.
Jessica Sawyer, a member of the Class

of 1998 at Abaco Central High School,
received an award for the highest results
in the nation in the BGCSE Typing
Examination. Jessica works at CIBC
Bahamas Ltd. in Marsh Harbour and
RND Cinema, Abaco. She is hoping to
continue her education in the near future.
Adam Key, a Grade 10 student at
Abaco Central, received an award for the
best BJC Examination results on the
island of Abaco for 1998.
School Changes Name
By Isobel Sherman
The Ministry of Education has made a
minor change in the names of two schools
here on Abaco. S.C. Bootle Secondary
will now be called S.C. Bootle High
School and Abaco Central Secondary will
now be called Abaco Central High
PTA Is Organizing to
Assist with Problems
By Stephanie Humblestone
Abaco Central High School PTA
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known in no uncertain terms that they
would aggressively address the problems
at the school and produce tangible results
very soon.
President of the PTA, Silbert Mills of
Radio Abaco, who has an 8th grader in
the school, expressed confidence in the
members of the executive committee.
"Each member has been assigned a
portfolio." These are areas of
responsibility and concern. They range
from matters concerning the physical
plant, such as rest rooms and
maintenance, to parent communications
and social events. The responsibilities
have been carefully designated so that
each member of the committee can focus
his/her attention in that area, recruit
assistance and hopefully improve it.
The objective of the PTA is pure and
simple, Cooperation, Not Confrontation.

Apart from the many structural
problems, especially the rest rooms
which are far from adequate, Mr. Mills
expressed concern in the lack of
participation and cooperation from
"My mother always attended our
PTA's. It was expected and considered
important. Today parents only pull
together when there is a crisis. We can
not wait until then," he said.
He went on to say that team work is
what is needed and this will be shown
when parents, teachers and students come
together to paint the school. Chief
Councillor Mike Malone has provided the
school with a couple of hundred gallons
of paint so work should begin soon.
Mr. Mills is eager to see everyone
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School FROM Page 29
the process and getting satisfaction from
the finished job.
Members of the Executive Committee
are Mr. Silbert Mills, President, Mr.
Leonard Edgecombe, Vice President,
Mrs. Laverne Maynard, Secretary, Mrs.
Greta Strachan-Culmer, Assistant
Secretary, Mrs. Veronica Nairn,
Treasurer, Mrs. Teresa Pinder, Assistant
Treasurer, Mrs. Sharon Dorsette,
The next PTA meetings will be held
on the 24th of November and the 1st of
December. District Superintendent
Jackson McIntosh and Chief Councillor
Mike Malone will receive invitations to

St. Francis de Sale students get ready for their Halloween costume party and parade.

stage while the whole school lauded their
choice for the best costume with a
resounding clap of hands.
To usher in the four-game activity day,
the two champions of the masquerade led
the crowd in a parade around the sports
field. Grade levels from Pre-K to Grade
8 lined up in their house teams and put on
a truly "spirited" competition. The
rotation of events included "The Bell
Race," "The Sack Race," "Filling-the-
Water-Bucket" and that old favorite, "The
Egg and Spoon Race." The competition
was steep, but in the end, Green House
came out on top.
To round out a perfect day, the urging

chants of determined students coaxed staff
members into a final egg- and-spoon race.
Afterwards members of the PTA assisted
with the preparation of a hot dog roast for
Anchor Club of Abaco
By David Cote
Students of Abaco Central High School
united to form a new youth service club
on Abaco. The Anchor Club of Abaco
held a mini-seminar at the Green Turtle
Club during the weekend of November
14-15. The Club's 18 members gathered
to determine its calendar of events, select

attend. Mr. Mills urges more parents to
attend to take an active interest in what
their children are doing at school. He
intends to make the meeting more
interesting, even with skits and children
involvement so that the parent-child gap
can be bridged.
St. Francis de Sales'
Halloween Party
By David Cote
On October 30th a ghoulish array of
ghosts and goblins arrested regular school
functions at St. Francis de Sales Catholic
School to delve into some devilishly good
fun! The day began with a competition
for the best costume. Competitors
representing each sports house took the

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specific community projects and to further
organize this new and exciting youth
The first of their 16 scheduled projects
will be in conjunction with the Pilot
Club's campaign on road safety
awareness. Funds raised from a recent
bake sale and from a booth at the up-
coming Christmas Bazaar will be used to
construct pedestrian crossings at the new
elementary public school. Executive
members include President Colin
Scavella, Vice President Charles Smith,
Secretary Logan Hanna and Treasurer
Dien Hinsey.
The Club was initiated by Pilot Club
executives, Mrs. Neulessa Lundy-Major
(Youth Coordinator), Mrs. Zalli Moon
Chu (Youth Advisor) and Ms. Giselle
Salandy. To find out the interest in a
club, Mrs. Lundy-Major proposed the
idea to students at Abaco Central at a
recent assembly. The idea was warmly
received and plans to start a club began
immediately. Mrs. Lundy-Major says she
"always wanted to do something for the
teens in our community and has been
inspired to see the level of enthusiasm in
the young people."
Membership is co-ed and is open to
students between the ages of 13-18. The
strong student interest from the other
local high schools has encouraged the
Youth Coordinator to consider whether or
not to have separate clubs at each school
or to maintain one membership with the
understanding that meetings would be
rotated from school to school. The next
scheduled meeting will be during the
week of November 16 in Marsh Harbour
at Abaco Central. There will also be a
regional meeting for members during
February 24-26 in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Anchor Club is an international
organization of young people which has
over 10,000 members and more than 300
clubs worldwide. The Club is the youth
division of Pilot Club International. It
provides young people with a vehicle to
develop leadership and organizational

AA Meetings
The AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)
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community service to society. In the
Bahamas there are three clubs in Freeport
and two in Nassau. Congratulations to the
youths of Abaco who have undertaken
this important initiative and best wishes
for every success.
Walk-a-thon for A New
Basketball Court
By David Cote
The students and staff of St. Francis de
Sales School united at 9:00 a.m. on
November 14 to participate in the
school's annual Walk-a-thon. Under the
ideal conditions of a perfect sunny
Saturday morning, participants came
prepared with hats, sun block, and tightly
tied pairs of tennis. For the past two
weeks students have been hard at work
gathering sponsors and pledges and now
the day of testing had finally arrived. The
walkers from all age groups and grade
levels briskly set their pace with each
determined stride carrying them
confidently to the finish line.
The march spanned from the parking
lot of the Seventeen Shop and quietly
meandered its way to Crossing Beach.
We turned right at the Ranch where
participants quenched their thirst at the


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Police Reservists One Year Later

By Stephanie Humblestone
Thirty-five Police Reservists from
Abaco celebrated one year of active duty
on the 14th of November at Trinity
Baptist Church in Treasure Cay. The
following day they attended another
service at Thomas Moore Church in
Wood Cay and a luncheon at the Tangelo
Two prominent Reservists, ASP
Reservist Assistant Superintendent Gibson

and Reservist Sergeant Cooper, the
Liaison Officer for Reservists in the
Bahamas, came from Freeport to attend
the functions. Also present were visiting
police officers from Nassau.
"These men are determined to be
relentless. No one has dropped out over
the past year; they have been a great
support and we couldn't have managed
without them," said Inspector Joel Hinsey
of Marsh Harbour Police Station.

Is Your Car up to Code?

By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 20th of November the streets of
Marsh Harbour were lined with men in
blue. P..',i,: officers were systematically
Slr.r.-ini- and checking all vehicles to
make sure that licensing and inspection
slips were current.
"We are taking a more pro-active
approach to road safety," said Inspector
Joel Hinsey of Marsh Harbour Police
Station," who is concerned about careless
driving, poor adherence to road
regulations and defective vehicles.
In light of all the above there will be
an on-going check of all motorised
vehicles. "There are numerous persons
with U.S. purchased vehicles which still

have headlights tilted to the left. Many,
too, have malfunctioning dimmers and
brights, bald tires, shattered windshields
and faulty brakes," continued Inspector
Hinsey, warning that the police here in
Marsh Harbour intend being extra vigilant
in the future. He stated that vehicles
which had been passed for inspection but
now have a defect will be required to be'
The campaign has been sparked by a
growing concern on the part of the police
and the community by the number of road
accidents. "Already we have had eight
fatalities this year," said Inspector

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meeting. Yearly fees are $15 per couple.
The Hardy's residence is south off Forest
Drive just before the campus of Abaco
Central High School. Mr. Hardy is
president of the Garden Society and his
wife Valerie is treasurer. For more
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Abaconians to Compete
in Junkanoo Competition
By Isobel Sherman
As a result of an Abaco Island
Junkanoo Competition which was held on
the 31st of October after the closing
ceremonies of the All Abaco Regatta at
Regatta Village, some Abaconians will be
traveling to Nassau to compete in the
National Junkanoo Competition. This will
be held on December 19th.

Kirk Thompson, Sr. and Churton
Toote, both of Dundas Town, will be
vying for the title of the best two-man
horn blowers in the Bahamas. Kirk
Thompson, Jr. will be competing in the
best drummer section. He placed fourth
overall in the national competition last
year and is looking for a first place
finish. The five-man combo competing
will be Herbert Knowles, Mark Douglas,
Kirk Thompson, Jr., Churton Toote and
Kirk Thompson, Sr. The cowbeller
competing will be Herbert Knowles and
he will also compete in the best dancing
Former Principal Now
Island Administrator
By Isabel Sherman
Mr. Cephas Cooper, former
principal of Abaco Central High
School, has been assigned as Island

Administrator for Exuma. Previously
he had been Island Administrator for
Crooked Island, Acklins District. Mr.
Cooper received his training in Local
Government in Nassau and Eleuthera.

Abaco College
Student Honoured

By Stephanie Humblestone
Juanette Stewart, who graduated from
ACH in 1997, has been awarded the title
of All American College Student of the
Year. This is a list of outstanding college
students named each year. Juanette is
studying accounting at Florida Memorial
College. She is the daughter of George
Stewart and Cathy Jones.

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Boat Parage will take place on December
17th. All boats wanting to participate
should contact Bo Roberts at Mangoes
Marina for further details. The
organizers are again hoping to. have a
fireworks display following the parade.
Again this year, it will depend on the
generous donations of individuals and
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Mr. Terry Hilts on the right responds to a banker's joke with Scotia Bank manager Fred
Bowe, left, and Commonwealth Bank manager Barry Whiting, center, at the Rotary Club
where Mr. Hilts spoke on the Bahamas Stock Exchange.

HumblestoneFROM Page 10
hers who has been known to scale his
roof to communicate with Little Harbour
about 50 miles away.
You won't find me on any dressers ofr
roof tops if the telephone is out. I will
stay incommunicado. Besides, I am still
grappling with the fact that when I am
ostensibly talking to one person, I am in
reality talking with the entire island!
Oil FROM Page 1
weeks but for him it is a foregone
The general feeling in Cooper's Town
is support for Mr. Russell. "I'm
reserving my judgement but I think it's
possible," said a bystander from
Cooper's Town.
The visual analysis by the two men
from Texas did not indicate the presence
of oil. They explained that oil floats on
water. The water samples which they
collected did not exhibit any of this.

Raccoons FROM Page 25
relieved when he realized that the system
recommended was allowing packs of
hunting dogs to tree the cats, then using
12 gauge shot guns to eliminate them. He
said it was the best way and mentioned
that they used a similar system in
England to lower the rabbit count when
it became too populated.

P.O. Box AB 22284
PHONE 242-365-8028 HOME, 8507 OFFICE, 8508 FAX

In the Estate of Donald C. Evans, Deceased
NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claims or demands against the above-named Estate are
requested to send the same duly certified to the under-
signed on or before the 31st day of December, 1998.
An Notice is hereby also given that at he expiration
of time above-mentioned the assets of the decreased will
be distributed among the persons entitled thereto having
regard only to the claims of which the Executrix shall then
have had notice.
Second Floor, Dove Plaza
P.O. Box AB-20415
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Attorney for the Executrix

FROM Page 13

Delegates off to
By Isobel Sherman
A number of women who are members
of the FNM Women's Association of
Abaco traveled to Nassau to participate in
the FNM Women's Convention that was
held the 18th 20th November in Nassau.
Heading the delegation to Nassau is
Mrs. Maria Bethel of Cherokee Sound,
President of the FNM Women's
Association of Abaco. The Prime
Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A.
Ingraham was scheduled to give the
keynote address. The sessions were to be
televised on ZNS TV 13.

Your four-year-old
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If your male pet hasn't been
neutered, he's probably fathering
some of the millions of unwanted
dogs and cats that must be put
to death each year.
You can't stop your pets from
acting naturally. But if you love
them, you'll have them spayed
or neutered.
Talk to your veterinarian. Or
contact us for more information.
Abaco Animals Require Kindness
Call 367-3262 or 367-2817
for Information



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Lessons Augmented with Parliamentary Session

Parliament FROM Page 6
tour of Atlantis the following day.
We began at 9:00 in the House of
Assembly and were guided through the
procedures and decorum acceptable to the
House. After four hours of practice,
without revealing our secret weapons of
argument, we were all eagerly prepared
for the actual debate.
Next on our agenda was an exciting
tour of Atlantis followed by lunch. We
were divided into two groups and
introduced to our courteous and
experienced tour guides. We were
chaperoned through casinos, aquariums

housing exquisite sea life, and the hotel's
recently renovated interior. After the tour
we were ready for lunch. Following
lunch, we were driven to Christ Church
At the massive cathedral, we assembled
in our parties to discuss our strategies.
At 6:00 p.m. we all sat in the first pew of
the cathedral. Our minister led the service
giving encouraging words of advice. Our
group led the church in a hymn called
Lord, I'm Available to You accompanied
by a talented orchestra. After the service
we were instructed to meet at parliament
the following morning at 9:00.
That morning everyone was punctual

and eager to see what parliament was all
about. The group chosen to speak about
the specific topic was seated in the house
while those who weren't, were down-
stairs discussing their strategies while
viewing their fellow parliamentarians on
ZNS. The House was privileged to have
present many Cabinet Ministers and other
important people who appreciated the
humor and content of the youth
Topics discussed in the first session
included teen pregnancy with emphasis on
the roles of the father and the
implementation of a youth corps. Madam
Speaker adjourned the House for lunch
and the youth parliamentarians were
bussed to The Bahamas Tourism Training
College for lunch. We were treated to a
large buffet and dessert which quenched
our appetite and prepared us for the
second session of the House.
The second session began with a
question period in which the youth
opposition parties asked the youth
governing party various open questions.
After that, one of the bills debated was
for a national curfew. Parliament ended at

5:30 p.m. with all of the youth
parliamentarians receiving a plaque
presented by their personal mentor stating
that they had participated in a youth
session of parliament.
Student is Thankful for
By Opal Dawkins, 12th Grade
Abaco Central High School
I can say that my time in Nassau at the
Youth in Parliament debate was well
spent. I had the entitlement of being
seated as one of the official opposition in
the House of Assembly. I had the
privilege of meeting new friends and
educating myself on their views about
social issues affecting us teens and what
can be done to control these problems.
Most importantly, I am profound to say
that I travelled as a representative for my
school, Abaco Central High School, and
I've represented them well. I would like
to say to the student body of Abaco
Central that I am most grateful to you for
implanting your trust within me to
represent you in The House. I thank you

Students sit in the mock Parliament session in the House of Assembly in Nassau



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FROM Page 17

substances evaporate, or a 100-ton spill
will be reduced to 75 tons. However, after
48 hours the remaining oil absorbs water
and increases in weight fourfold. The 75
tons mentioned earlier will become 300
tons. This is why initial clean-up efforts are
crucial before the "toxic mousse," as it is
called, becomes four times larger.
There are three depots world-wide
where equipment, dispersant chemicals and
expertise are available for immediate
response. They are in England, Singapore
and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Locally,
equipment and expertise are located at
Freeport and South Riding Point on Grand
Mr. Stacey stressed that should a spill
occur, professional help should be
requested immediately. People and
equipment are available on short notice for
immediate response. Modem supertankers
are a quarter of a mile long and hold
500,000 tons of oil. A local response
cannot cope with this potential volume.
The local coastal tankers serving Abaco
have some equipment and knowledge for
minor spills. The local oil companies
should be consulted and will be found to be
helpful for minor local spills. Their staff
have had training on the prevention and
clean-up procedures for spills.
Mr. Stacey asked that the Bahamas and
specifically Abaco make a priority list or
sensitivity map of areas needing attention
so a response team can devote their
energies most effectively. Areas might
include fisheries breeding grounds,
mangrove hatcheries or tourism areas.
These priorities may change during the
year depending on local conditions.
An international fund exists for paying
for clean-up costs and the Bahamas is a
beneficiary of this fund. The international
oil companies contribute into this fund
which serves as an insurance policy for the
Accidents can be reduced but will not be
eliminated due to the human element. The
oil companies offer educational materials
and this resource should be investigated for
local school use.
Ships may be registered in countries
worldwide but they are governed by the
laws of the host country they are in for
resolving problems. Fines can be levied
against polluters and this avenue should be
aggressively enforced against delinquent
ships as a deterrent to future problems.
Maritime interests should be aware that the
Bahamas is serious about keeping its
waters and islands clean and will
aggressively prosecute polluters.


FROM Page 9

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efforts to make Eric and Bronson's dream
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FROM Page 31

first water break. As we headed along the
back road, students braved the yelps of
some curious canines that marked the
route by faithfully guarding against any
daring trespassers. Understandably the
weary of foot and the faint of heart took
this as their cue to retreat to the steel
walls of the support bus. The next water
stop was at the Solomon's parking 16ot.
From there it was smooth sailing through
Marsh Harbour and on to Crossing
Supportive parents and members of the
PTA awaited the weary walkers with ice
cold sodas and sizzling fresh grilled hot
dogs. After lunch many students took a

Anne Albury
VHF radio 10 or 16
"Four Winds"
Tel. 242-365-8568

cool dip in the ocean or played in the
playground. As the promises of pledges
and sponsors continue to come in, we
hope the dream of a new basketball court
will be realized in the very near future.


FROM Page 14

On Saturday evening Leader Warrants
and several special awards were given at
a dinner presentation.
The policy issues discussed will be
voted on at their Annual General meeting
in December to be held at Government
Boys' Brigade
The 28th Abaco Company of the
Boys' Brigade celebrated Founder's Day

Marcellus Roberts
VHF radio 16
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Tel. 242-365-8064


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Tel: 242-325-1950 or Fax 242-325-2765

on October 25th with a special service at
Aldersgate Methodist Church. The
celebration also included a Brigade camp
at Discovery Village on October 23rd to
25th. The camp was led by Mr. Jamicko
Forde, Warrant Officer in the 1st Nassau
Bahamas Company holding the highest
award in the Brigade the Queen's
The Boys' Brigade is an organization
which promotes habits of obedience,
reverence, discipline and self-respect. It
was founded by Sir William Alexander
Smith in Scotland to promote the
advancement of Christ's kingdom among
boys and has as its motto Sure and


Kenny Long's ducks greet the Guana Cay School children at his Long's Landing dock. The
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Beach front on a magnificent 3V1 mile beach or
On a Marina with private boat slips
All with pool and tennis privileges
Special Discounts offered September & October

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Over 200 lots starting at $25,000 also acreage,
oceanfront, hilltop and bayside fots
Pinder's Cottages, 2 & 3 bedroom, $650 to
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under 3 mo starting at $165,000 includes lot,
about 1000 Sq ft house with 2 bedroom, 2
bath, deck, porch & 12,000 gal cistern,
Call Edmund or Cher6 Pinder at 365-5046 or
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Great Cistern 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 level
house with all around decks, great views of
the Cays, private beach access. Phone 367-
3544 anytime or 367-3042 from 9-5
Green Turtle Cay One acre lot. 150' frontage
on most desirable ocean beach, Reef yards
away. $250,000 Call (802) 848-7627
Green Turtle Cay Limited number of prime
waterfront lots, approx. I acre on White Sound
and Sea of Abaco. Also lots with elevation to
60' w/magnificent views of White Sound, Sea
of Abaco, Atlantic Ocean & Bluff Harbour.
Call 242-365-4462
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.
Leisure Lee waterfront lot, best location, sea
walled, underground electric, water, solid land
- no fill, large trees, 400' from beach. Direct
from owner, was $39,500. Quick sale S29,500
includes conveyance & stamp tax.' Tom
Roberts 242-322-4782 or 324-2015

like Lightbourn Kea/ ales
GREEN TURTLE CAY Black Sound adjacent
to Abaco Yacht Services, 100 ft. harbour front
lot. $300,000
GREAT SALE CAY 380 acres sea to sea,
Call for details
BILLY BO CAY 4 acres on south side, 5
minutes from south side dock. $150,000
SANDY POINT 50 acres south west comer of
Abaco. South of the Sandy Point airport. Loads
of waier frontage. Call for details.
beach home, swimming pool, solar panels, great
condition $310,000
GREEN TURTLE CAY beach front lot in
Bita Bay, $95,000
overlooking Coco Bay, 24,000+ sq. ft..
Asking $77,000
TREASURE CAY 3 bed on '/4 acre, across
from beach $140,000
Adjacent lot available $25,000
ELBOW CAY 6 acres beachfront $635,000
Ocean front lot 82 x 205 $120,000
BOAT HARBOUR MARINA 3 storey newly
built, finest quality construction, Mexican
Satillo tiles, French doors, 2 sheltered docks
Call for details
MARSH HARBOUR 1+ acre on Stede Bonnet.
Views of Marsh Harbour $100,000
TREASURE CAY Canal lot $87,000
Interior lot $10,000
Golf course lot $15,000
TREASURE CAY 3 bedroom house on 1/4
acre, across from beach. $140,000
CASUARINA POINT Large 2 storey house in
good condition on 3 canal lots, great for
bonefish/diving lodge $400,000
Lot 80 x 125 across from beach $15,000
LONG BEACH hilltop, interior and beach lots,
underground elec. and water, prices vary
Call for these or other properties in Abaco
Tel 242-325-1950 or 242-322-4148


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Waterfront lots with private boat slips
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Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152

Elbow Cay's Best Houses and Land,
Rentals and Sales. Hope Town Hideaways
Call 242-366-0224.or Fax 242-366-0434
On the internet at www.hopetown.com
Leisure Lee Waterfront, seawall & dock, deep
water, underground utilities, cleared & ready
to build on choice lot $79,900, 561-223-9567
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 Estate, 5 years young, 2 story, 4
bed/4 bath, 3400 sq ft. under A/C, insulated,
50 K+, cistern, furnished, dock, beach. Must
see. $850K 242-365-6312 or 561-832-9776
Man-O-War two lots on the ocean side, 67' x
110' and 72' x 130'. Better price if bought
together. Call 365-6103 day or 365-6246 night
Marsh Harbour Govt. Subdivision, 3 bed 2
bath, 2143 sq. ft., 3,000 gal. cistern, garage,
satellite. Call Kevin 367-2333 at work or 367-
3033 after 5 PM.
Marsh Harbour 3 bed I bath (Key's Track
opposite Govt. Sub.) fully furnished, A/C,
fenced-in yard. $120,000 net. Call Debbie 367-
2991 (W) or 367-4778 (H)
Scotland Cay Completely furnished 3
bedroom 2 bath two story CBS home, built
1985.Large deck and dock(adjacent vacant lot
and marina lot also available) Asking $450,000
Call Don at 954-565-8900 Ext 2353
Treasure Cay Beach front condo, Royal
Poinciana 2 bed/2 bath beach condo, end unit
with wrap around deck. Motivated seller, bring
offer, priced at $270,000. Call 242-365-8538,
Fax 242-365-8587. Treasure Cay Real Estate

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Land & Sea

Commercial & Residential
Homes Apts. 0 Rentals Acreage
Leisure Lee inland lots from $15,000
canal lots from $18,000
Island homes- Ocean view home, 2 story, 2
bed 2 bath upstairs, I bed I bath downstairs,
with separate entrance, great rental unit
asking US$298,000
P.O. Box AB 20179
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Office phone & Fax 242-367-3276

Cherokee Sound & Marsh Harbour, Daily &
Weekly Rentals, Call Glenn or Connie at
242-367-2486 after 5:30 or
E-mail trentals@batelnet.bs
Hope Town Turtle Hill ocean view 4 cottages,
2 bed 2 bath, all with kitchens, air conditioned,
pool, private access to beach, includes golf
cart, Call 242-366-0557
Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale
homes. Private pools, docks. Reunions, special
occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town
Hideaways 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434
Little Harbour 2 person cottage $375/week, 5
person house $625/week on water near Pete's
Pub, Call 813-805-2479 (Long term rate avail.)
Matt Lowe's Cay, Rent the only house on 50
acre private island, sleeps 12, lots of porches
and decks, beaches, fruit trees, 10 minutes
from Marsh Harbour in protected Abaco
Sound, 24 ft boat optional, Call 242-367-2677
or FAX 367-3677
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December 1st, 1998

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Writers FROM Page 1
The group was accompanied by Nalini
Bethel, Manager of Special Events with
the Ministry of Tourism, and Jennifer
Maguire of BSMG, the public relations
firm from New York working with the
Ministry. The firm organizes and
coordinates special events for the
Ministry. With the group was Benjamin
Pratt with the Ministry. Ms. Sherry
Parker of the Tourism office in Marsh
Harbour hosted the group during their
time orl Abaco.
Different of Abaco hosted a cocktail
party and dinner for the group and
included a variety of Abaco residents.
The party began at Ms. Nettie
Symonette's barbecue entertainment area
at the beach and offered drinks and a
variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres in a
delightful outdoor setting. A dinner
followed in the main lodge and offered a
sampling of a wide variety of Bahamian
dishes, wild boar, fish prepared several
ways, conch, salads, a selection of
Bahamian breads and concluded with
guava duff and coconut cake.
The group was presented with

souvenir gifts from A & K Liquors,
Little Switzerland and Different of
Ms. Symonette is planning an Abaco
Day on December 12th beginning at noon
continuing until midnight. She invites
everyone to come to enjoy being together
for a day of fun with good food and
drink in a congenial natural environment.

Mrs. Nettica Symonette of Different of
Abaco takes a break with one of the
bonefish sports writers hosted at her club.

Ms. Sherry Parker of Tourism holds a shirt given to Mr. Martin James from London's BBC.
Sharing the moment is Mrs. Nalini Bethel from Tourism with another sports writer. On the
right is Mrs. Jennifer Maguire of the BSMG public relations firm in New York who put
together this familiarization trip.


1st Annual

Jingle Bell

5 K Walk/Run Race

Families of the Abaco's
Support a local charity!

Start Time: 4:30 pm

Saturday, December 19, 1998
Wear your Santa hats,
Bells on your shoes,
amK walk or run around
T ih ;T ,. .f.... .... ",ad th Pelican Shores Area.

i is Is II or everyone,l aviu
runners and families.
Put the children in the
strollers, or roller blades
(no bikes please), and 1
have some fun!!!!! w

Register at:



$10.00 Early Registration fee
includes T-Shirt, Jingle Bells
for your shoes, race numbers
and other great prizes!!!

$15.00 after December 12th.

e to get into the
istmas Spirit.

Ior The Abaco Tourism Office

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The family of the late ALICE MYRTLE HALL (nee Qates) ex-
tend our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and relatives who prayed,
telephoned, visited, gave condolences and food, sent floral arrange-
ments and sympathy cards and made donations in Mom's memory to
the Cancer Society (Abaco) and traveled and attended her home go-
ing service, "thanks so much." We were truly blessed and comforted
by all the kind things you had to say about our Mother, a beautiful
lady inside and out our and your loss is heaven's gain.

Our thanks also go to Diane Kemp and the staff of Kemp's Funeral
Home for taking care of all the funeral arrangements so efficiently, the
Bible Truth Hall family in Nassau and Marsh Harbour for the en-
couragement, to Bros. Robbie Higgs, Van Stratton, Bobby Higgs,
David Cartwright, Bob Cornea, Donald Roberts and Martin Loyley
and Mark, Keith and Peter Gates for a comforting and challenging
service, to Therese Albury, who played the organ, to Rowan Higgs
andJohnnie Pinder, who.ushered and to Dr. Elaine Lundy.

God bless all of you, THE CHILDREN
Al, Buck, Jim, Dorry Bea
and Evan, Ossie and Qean tte

Congratulations to All the Beautiful Women of Abaco
The following women listed below were acknowledged by their husbands,
boyfriends, family and friends. Thanks for supporting the Scouts of Abaco
Sue Adams, Katrina Adderley, Monica Adderley. Rena Adderley, Brandisha Adderley, Mrs. Albury,
Virginia Albury, Maria Albury, Lavem Albury, Ruby Albury, Theresa Albury. Clara Alcimne,
Rosaline Allysee, Benita Altidor, Vany Anela, Karen Antonio, Beverly Archer, Evelyn Archer,
Sandra Archer, Ladera Arnette, Penny Bain, Gwen Balve, Debbie Bannister, Mary John Baptise,
Deborah Basden, Claire Basden, Cinquitta Basden, Carol Basden, Lenora Bastian, Marva Berman,
Louise Bethel, Holly Bethel, Glenda Bethel, Tilly Bethel, Sebrina Bethel, Sandra Boaie, Vastia
Bodie, Christine Bostwick, Crystal Bostwick, Ronnie Bowe, Latiska Bowleg, Gertrude Bullard,
Shikera Burrows, Sharon Burrows, Latrisha Burrows, Miranda Burrows, Gwendolyn Carey, Patrell
Carey, Sharell Carey, Deborah Carol, Shamsi Cartwright, Tami Cash, Jonett Casinir, Challis,
Michelle Clandiez, Gennivive Chapman, Penella Chapman, Eugenia Chapman, Natasha Charles,
Dashineak Charlton, Milane Charmant, Zally Chu, Cindy, Roselda Clarke, Mrs. Clarke, Cheryl
Clarke, Vanessa Collins, Patrice Cooper, Hortence Cooper, Estella Cooper, Patricia Cornish, Tonia
Cornish, Renatta Cornish, Meralin Cornish, Jerona Curry, Monique Curry, Jasmine Curry, Julie
Curry, Memos Daniels, Annie Darville, Diana Davis, Pleasant Dawkins, Judy Dawkins, Opal
Dawkins, Shenieka Dawkins,. Marietta Decius, Norma Delancy, Pat Elkins, Sarah Fenelus, Nicki
Ferguson, Chavis Ferguson, Wynsome Ferguson, Chriselda Flowers, Jasmine Fox, Raquel Gaitor,
Galeta, Ellen Geed, Beryll Gibbs, Enza Gibson, Nicky, Gomg, Betsy Gravowski, Alexandria Green,
Julie Green, Ellen Greyfin, Keresa Hall, Grace Hamilton, Karen Hanna, Valezie Hardy, Cassandra
Hardy, Jannet Harris, Uatihia Hawley, Mrs. Hegney, Veronica Henderson, Felicia Henfield,
Dendella Hepburn, Mrs. Hepburn, Alana Higgs, Tara Hingle, Edwina Johnson, Andrea Johnson,
Dela Jones, Madline Joseph, Rodzilla, June, Patrice Kemp, Caroline Kent, Lynn Key, Lisa Key,
Susan Knowles, L. Lachhman. Wendy Laroda, Cindy Lightbourne, Val Lightbourne, Lisa, Brenda
Louidor, Lovette Louis, Joyce Lowe, Elaine Lundy, Kristal Macone, Bernadette Major, Melanie
Malone, Charlotte Malone, Laverne Maynard, Catherine McDonald, Charlene McDonald, Tanya
McDonald, Shiela McDonald, Owenta McDonald, Radial McIntosh, Regina McIntosh, Wendy
McKenny, Natasha McKenzie, Shevonne McKenzie, Margaret Meeres, Monique Miller, Patrice
Miller/Johnson, Katiesha Mills, Kathy Morefield, Charmica Moss, Kissi Murry, Nita Needa, Tina
Nesbitt, Sherell Newbold, Shaquera Newbold, Mellisa Newbold, Viola Newbold, Antoinese
Nicholas, Linda Noel, Glenda Noel, Bonney O'Brien, Jana Parotti, Ann Parotti, Chamara Parotti,
Regina Parotti/Kennedy, Wiliane Paul, Paula, Brooke Pearce, Maxine Petit, Olivia Pierre, Yvonne
Pike, Sueann Pinder, Sandra Pinder, Kyhia Pollard, Waseela Rahim, Lovely Reckley, Donnalee
Reckley, Nyosha Reckley, Amanda Reckley, Oslai Reckley, Bridget Reckley, Corie Reckley,
Rabenette Richardson, Claudine Roberts, Jackie Robins, Magie Rodrick, Joyclyn Rolle, Seanica
Rolle, Beverly Rolle, Latoya Rolle, Shelly Russell, Sue Ann Russell, Louise Russell, Brenda Russell,
Myrtis Russell, Reshera Russell, Johnna Russell, Anita Russell, Giselle Salandy, Orlean Sands,
Donna Sands, Tamica Sands, Wendy Sands, Shirley Saunders, Winnifred Sawyer, Felisa Sawyer,
Dranaza Sawyer, Erica Seymour, Isobel Sherman, Lashunda Simms, Shantel Simms, Agatha Simms,
Fredricka Smith, Tiffany Smith, Maryann Smith/Deveaux, Sonic, Greta Strachan/Culmer, Mary
Strachan, Marie Strachan, Stuart Stuart, Vangie Stuart, Juanyette Stuart, Terry Stuart, Ruby Stuart,
Laine Summerville, Emma Swain, Shantel Swain, Rozena Swain, Maria Sylvester, Melainie
Symonette, Melinda Symonette, Linda Thervil, Sophia Thomas, Shaquilla Thompson, Peggy
Thompson, Sophia Thompson, Margaret Thompson, Rosalyn Thompson, Bridgette Thurston, Celeste
Toni, Desiree Toote, Sonja Toote, Rochelle Turnquest, Yvonne Victor, Edmona Vilma, Cheri
Walcott, Shanika Wallace, Datherine Weatherford, Wensilee Williams, Janene Williams, Nakia
Williams, Elva Williams, Greta Wilmont, Ethellee Wilson, Lee Wilson.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Trinity Travel & Tours, Jeremy Wong, Patrick Bethel,
Abaco Water, Gardener's Eden, Seventeen Shop, Sherry Burrows & Glamourama, Bayview
Restaurant, Yvone Pike, Golden Harvest, Solomon's Wholesale, Abaco Market, Royal Bank,
Batelco, BEC, Waterworks, Central Convenience Store, All Abaco Regatta Committee, and
the people of Abaco for making this fund raiser the success it was Scout Association of the
Bahamas, Abaco District.

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December 1st, 1998

Soutr FROM Page 28 iCBCUU.
Charles Leabrey Albury, born May
illness. During his final days he was 30th, 1920, died November 11th, 1998. and five great-grandchildren. Funeral
surrounded by his many family members He is survived by one sister and two services were held at the Assemblies of
and friends who I know will miss him brothers, two daughters and three sons, God Church and burial was at Cherokee
greatly. It is truly the passing of a living fifteengranddaughters, nineteengrandsons Sound.

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