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Publication Date: 02-01-2012
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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 3 FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested Minister Grant inspects new airport terminalMinister reviews several projects on AbacoThe Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Works and Housing, third from left, was pleased with the progress of the construction of the new airport terminal at the Marsh Harbour airport. Showing him the work is Fletcher McIntosh, senior partner of FES Construction, the company that won the contract. On the left is John Schaeffer, Abacos Works engineer, and on the right is Administrator Cephas Cooper. Abaco Sea Scouts receive sailboat for trainingReminderRegister to VoteThere is still time to register to vote in the national elections to be held this spring. White Sound dune is improved The recently formed Sea Scout Troop had a welcome donation. Len Bucko, a frequent visitor to Abaco, donated his 32-foot Endeavor Buckoneer to the Troop so the boys can learn seamanship and navigation. The troop is led by Lee Johnson, who is excited about the boat and the potential for his Scouts. Shown are Troop leader Johnson, Mr. Bucko and Suluke Innocent, who assists with the Scout program. Mr. Johnson expects the boat to assist in the developme of his young Scouts. See story on page 15. The dune at White Sound on Elbow Cay has been temporarily strengthened. A local resident has pushed sand that washes in each day back on the dune. Although unstable, this will protect the road and limit further damage. The large boulders along the edge of the road were put there by government to protect motorists. The Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Housing, made a whirlwind tour of Abaco inspecting the progress of his Ministrys projects in Spring City, Central Pines, Coopers Town and Crown Haven. Gov ernment is working to provide low cost houses and lots for the residents in these areas. During his trip he met privately with various contractors who are working on governments low cost housing scheme. While here, Mr. Grant, as Minister of Works, took the opportunity for a quick look at progress on the new airport termi nal in Marsh Harbour, the site for a minihospital in Dundas Town and the nearly completed government administration building in Dundas Town. Mr. Grant, who has been Minister of Works for several years, was recently given the added responsibility as Minister of Housing. Mr. Grant is hoping to soon see families occupying the new houses in Spring City where the roads were recently paved. Mr. Grant was quite pleased with the progress on the terminal and the admin istration building. The National Insurance Board will soon be taking possession of the administration building with government offices moving in soon after. For more details of his trip see page 20. The dune at White Sound, Elbow Cay, has had erosion problems since Hurricane Floyd in 1999 when the dune was first breached in the low southern part and badly eroded in the high northern area. The road connecting the souther part of Elbow Cay to the rest of the cay is along Please see White Sound Page 22

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com By Timothy Roberts Almost 300 low-cost lots and 48 lowcost homes are going to be made avail able on Abaco to qualified Bahamians as preliminary clearing has begun in Central Pines, Coopers Town and Crown Haven, according to Minister of Housing, the Hon. Neko Grant. These are in addition to the recents houses and lots made available in Spring City. Mr. Grant, while visiting on January 11 to view the preliminary work which has already started, said the government has many plans on the drawing board for the de velopment of affordable homes on Abaco. Presently 30 homes in Spring City are ready for occupancy. They are just waiting for the necessary documents to be processed before handing the new owners their keys, and they hope to do so in short order. Mr. Grant said preliminary work has begun in Central Pines, Coopers Town and Crown Haven and it is just a matter of installing proper infrastructure, including electricity, water and road paving. In Coo pers Town government is setting aside nearly nine acres of land on which they will build 48 low cost homes. The area is located between Seven Hills and S.C. Bootle Highway. In Central Pines his Ministry is engaged in phase one of the expansion on the west ern side of the existing subdivision and will be making 56 additional home lots avail able. The lots are located between Central Pines and the Marsh Harbour Power Plant and roads have already begun to be pushed. In Crown Haven the government is structuring the existing Crown land to pro-Minister of Housing inspects progressThe Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Works and Housing, third from right, inspected the area of new houses in Spring City. The roads were recently paved and all utilities are in. About 30 houses are complete, just waiting on paperwork before the new owners move in. A new area of lots is being prepared in Central Pines, west of the presently occupied area. Mr. Grant is shown second from left, speaking with Shannon Albury, whose company, Big Cat, is doing the road work. Also shown are Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary of Housing, and Kevin McIntosh, manager of Abaco Housing office. Edison Key, MP for South Abaco, and Minister Neko Grant are inspecting the new ad ministration building in Dundas Town that is nearly complete and ready for occupancy. Please see Grant Page 21

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 3 HOPE TOWN | ELBOW CAY #11680 Big Rock Hill One acre oceanfront, 140 on the Atlantic. US$665,000. Kerry Sullivan #10785 Eleven at Big Point 1/2 acre beachfront building site. US$395,000. Kerry Sullivan #12584 Heron View NEW OFFERING North End lot with 50% dock ownership and Sea of Abaco view US$283,000. Kerry Sullivan #13179 Hope Town Point Lot 70A & B North end building site. B$125,000. & B$145,000. Kerry Sullivan #10342 New Settlement Hillside lots with water views starting at $140,000. Kerry Sullivan #13827 Lucayos Lot 27 UNDER CONTRACT Beautifully elevated site. US $195,000. Kerry Sullivan #11440 North End Lot 51A & B Ocean Views $185,000. &$195,000. Jane Patterson #15471Ocean View Community Lot 1 Beautifully wooded lot in quiet residential community with view of the Atlantic from a second storey. B$ 165,000.LUBBERS QUARTERS#11512 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 18 Steps to water, dockage available. $150,000. Laurie Schreiner #10312 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 46 Large waterfront lot. Stunning views. $250,000. Laurie Schreiner #13186 Abaco Ocean Club Lots 21 & 22 Two adjoining lots & boat slip. $149,900. Laurie Schreiner #3947 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 143 Approximately 11,450 sq. ft. $150,000. Bill Albury #10707 Abaco Ocean Club Lot 152 NEW PRICE dockage. $119,900. Laurie SchreinerTILLOO CAY#10599 Fabulous Beachfront Lot. Best Beach Location. NEW PRICE $375,000. Stan Sawyer #4671 Sea Views, high elevation, 1/2 acre. FURTHER REDUCED $135,000. Stan Sawyer #11897 Tilloo Beach Subdivision Lot 27 Superior elevation, shared dock. $115,000. Kerry Sullivan #10287 One Waterfront Acre Great elevation, room for dock. $220,000. Laurie Schreiner Feb1stSection A, 2011 HOPE TOWN #12823NORTH STAR WATERFRONT Private, spacious 2 / 2 home, close to beach and dockage. US$975,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com LOTS & ACREAGE LARGE LOT PRIVATE HOPE TOWN #13823FOUR WINDS 3b/ 3b on the Sea of Abaco with deepwater dock, 2+ acres of private grounds, many upgrades. B$1,600,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com DEEP WATER DOCKHOPE TOWN #14661COCO PLUM Newly built 3b 2bmain house & 2b 2b guest cottage on a quiet lane across the street from one of the best beaches on the island. US$750,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.comHOPE TOWN #13742QUACK CAY OCEAN VIEWS This 3 / 2 bath home has high ceilings,large kitchen, close to town. US$1,200,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com WHITE SANDY BEACHGeorge Damianos Broker, Owner t 242.362.4211 Kerry Sullivan Broker t 242.366.0163 Laurie Schreiner Estate Agent t 242.367.5046 Jane Patterson Estate Agent t 242.366.0035 Stan Sawyer Estate Agent t 242.577.0298 Bill Albury Estate Agent t 242.367.5046 Chris Albury Estate Agent t 242.367.5046Member of the Bahamas MLS Kristi Wong Estate Agent t 242.367.5046 Leslie Pinder Estate Agent t 242.367.5046 NEW PRICEHOPE TOWN #12088CLIFFORD SAWYER HOUSE Historic refurbished 3/2 home with pool, detached studio, great rental. $875,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com CLOSE TO ALL AMENITIES EXCELLENT VALUE H ope Town L ubbers Quarters T illoo Cay HOPE TOWN #11225AERIE OCEANVIEWS 3/2 home nestled in the dunes, close to town, and ocean beach. US$595,000.. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com DOCK SLIP IN THE CREEK HOPE TOWN #13458FRESCA OCEAN VIEWS Spacious 4 bed, 31/2 bath, with pool, close to beach US$595,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com UNDER CONTRACTHOPE TOWN #13593HILL TOP Absolutely fabulous, newly renovated Key West-style, 4/2, swimming pool, high end finishes, harbour views. US$995,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com TURN KEY HOPE TOWN #12051 VALENTINES Situated in town this 3/2 bath is steps to the beach and dockage, good rental. US$500,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com HISTORIC HOMEHOPE TOWN #13590LIL HOPE 2 bed/2 bath Loyalist cottage across from the Mission House. Walk to shops & restaurants, good rental. US$350,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com BEACHES NEARBYHOPE TOWN #13081CLOUD NINE In the Quiet north end of Elbow Cay is this 2/2 home on a nice size lot, close to dockage. US$465,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com TUCKED AWAYHOPE TOWN #13839VERDE VISTA BUTTONWOOD BAYVery private 4/3 home is amongst the native trees, close to dockage. $399,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com SECLUDED SETTINGTILLOO CAY #14333TRANQUILITY This 2 bed 2 bath home has stunning views & sits on 3 acres with pool & 80 ft dock and private boat basin. US$1,350,000. Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com PRIVACYTILLOO CAY #14306COCO LOBOS 8 acres with sweeping views of the Sea of Abaco & the Atlantic, tucked away in a protected cove w/ 3 bedroom home with 100 ft. dock US$1,785,000. Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com TILLOO CAY #11546TOP-A-TILLOO Where can you get brand new construction with views for this price? Short walk to beach & dockage. US$199,500. Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com EXCEPTIONAL VALUE LUBBERS QUARTERS #12309 HUMMINGBIRD COTTAGE & GARDEN COTTAGETwo cottages with total 3 bed 2 bath, deeded dockage and beach across the street. $350,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com UNBEATABLE DEAL LUBBERS QUARTERS #15236TY BACH Immaculate 2b 2b w/ spacious & steel appliances, AC, dockage. $395,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com OWNER FINANCINGLUBBERS QUARTERS #10482Surround yourself in luxury & enjoy stress free living in this well appointed 3b 2b home. Fantastic views. Deeded dock slip & many extras US$575,000. Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com NEW PRICE LUBBERS QUARTE RS #14073 SUNSET HILL 2,800 sq.ft. 3 bed 3 bath home with incredible views of the Sea of Abaco. Beachfront & dockage on the east side of the island. US$695,000. Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com BEACH & DOCKAGEHOPE TOWN #13590HARBOUR HILL 100 ft of beachfront at the entrance of Hope Town harbour with unobstructed views of the lighthouse. House plans included. US$395,000. GREAT LOCATION EXPANSIVE VIEWSHOPE TOWN #15195JOANIES LOT Great Value, elevated 1/2 acre located in Dorros Cove, expansive views. US$220,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com HOPE TOWN #10350SHEPHERD NEEDLE HILL 3.7 acres on the Sea of Abaco with phenomenal elevation. Deep water dockage potential. US$995,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com SPECTACULAR VIEWS HOPE TOWN #14872MAY HOUSE OceanfrontThis cozy round design 2/2 home situated on 11/2 acre. Near dockage and beaches. US$1,695,000. Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com PANORAMIC VIEW HOPE TOWN #15429 TAHITI HAI DORROS COVE Spacious 4b/2b plus island-style dcor. Dock slip included. US$995,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com NEW LISTING rody.com NEW LISTINGHOPE TOWN MERLEES PLACE Heritage home in the heart of the village; 2b 1b recently renovated, well maintained, covered porch, large lot B$470,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com NEW LISTINGHOPE TOWN #15458TOP OF THE WORLD Fully furnished loyalist style 2b, 1b cottage high on a hill w/ mature trees in a very private area of White Sound US$395,000. Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com

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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 V ACANT LAND/ HOMES REDUCED Guana Sea Side Village 3,080 sq. Beach access. $44,000 Bahama Coral Island 10,000 sq. access to electricity. $19,000 Bahama Palm Shores Residential lots available. Starting at $26,500 Schooner Bay Little Bridge Beach oceanfront lot. $365,000 Marsh Harbour, vacant lots next door to Sunrise Bay Starting at $79,000 Lubbers Quarters nice sea view lot with dock slip $99,000Mike Lightbourn President 242-393-8630 Mailin Sands Marsh Harbour 242-367-2992 Shirley Carroll Marsh Harbour 242-367-2992 Pleasants Higgs Hope Town 242-366-0797Hope Town Oceanfront lot 55 of beach. NOW $595,000 Lubbers Quarters Waterfront lot. 100 x 200. $199,500 Little Abaco Waterfront acreage with power. $49,000 Long Beach 1/4 acre lot in quiet community. $41,500 Hope Town 2b/2b with great views! $599,000 Dundas Town 9,000 sq. lot on Christie Street. $40,000 Murphy Town Residential lots. Financing available. From $45,000 Little Harbour 12,399 sq. lot with views. $110,000 Sweetings Village 9,000 sq. vacant lot. $48,000 Yellowwood Hilltop lots w/views of Cherokee Creeks. From $88,500 MERMAID COTTAGE Man-O-War Adorable 2 bed/2 bath cottage with wrap around porch. Features generator and central A/C. Furnished and close to beach. $299,000-Ref. #7549 MAN-O-WAR CAY 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. e two stories comprise 2,754 sq. of living space. Fixer upper with lots of potential. Patios with sea views. $299,000-Ref. #7616 LUBBERS QUARTERSLuxury on Lubbers Quarters! Custom 2,000 sq. home on .85 acres with beach, dock and amazing views. Fully turn-key with many amenities including boat and golf cart. US $999,000-Ref. #7757 pleasants@coldwellbankerbahamas.comGUANA CAY Oceanfront living! Charming 3 bed/3bath furnished cottage on Guana Cays Dolphin Beach. Quiet community but close to all the action on Guana. Great rental history. $775,000-Ref. #7310 DAY BREAK Man-O-War 3 bed/3 bath home on double oceanfront lot. Exquisite views of the Atlantic Ocean. Wrap around porch and 150 of rocky shoreline. $899,900-Ref. #7205 TUCKED AWAY Sand Banks 2 bed/2 bath home on 1.4 acres of land running from the highway to the Sea of Abaco. 80 of water frontage. $210,000-Ref. #6582 BAHAMA PALM SHORES 2 bed/2 bath, 2,000 sq. home with spacious living area with a bonus gaming room. Located on a dead end road oering private surroundings. $299,000-Ref. #7320 MAN-O-WAR CAY 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a 8,729 sq. lot. Catch nice peaks of the Atlantic ocean from the porch. e home is mostly furnishedwith a 30 KW generator and extra storage facilities. $295,000-Ref. #7704 COZY COTTAGE MAN-O-WAR CAY Bahamian style 2 bed, 1.5 bath adorable cottage. Centrally located and close to harbour and lovely beaches. Priced to Sell! $275,000-Ref. #7675 THE RESIDENCES AT ABACO BEACH RESORTBeautifully appointed 2 and 3 bed condos with panoramic marina, ocean and island views. e residences oer sophisticated club amenities along with an authentic out island lifestyle. From $742,300-Ref. #7754 colin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comHOPE TOWN Build your dream home on this oceanfront property on a beautiful beach in the heart of the settlement. Steps away from all of Hope Towns amenities. $495,000-Ref. #7095 SKY VIEW Marsh Harbour-4 bed/2.5 bath hilltop sanctuary. is 1.4 acre treasure features a pool, 4,250 sq. residence and landscaped grounds. $999,000-Ref. #7364 CASUARINA POINTLocated across the canal this 2 bed, 2 bath home features a 3 sided porch, enclosed yard, high ceilings, mini split a/c. Just minutes to the beach and deep sea shing. $245,000-Ref. #7705 MAN-O-WAR CAY 4 bed/3 bath spacious island home on 6,300 sq. lot. Features wrap around porch, central a/c, laundry room, and sun patio. $345,000-Ref. #7380 AYNYA Dickies CaySea to Sea property, 3,500 sq. house with swimming pool, private deep water dock on Man O War Cays protected harbour. Unsurpassed views! $1,300,000-Ref. #7559 mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.com HIGH ROCKS Yellow Elder Charming 3 bed, 2 bath cottage with 144 feet of waterfront on the Sea of Abaco with a bulk head in place and a prime space for a dock. $775,000-Ref. #7703 LUBBERS QUARTERS Authentic island living in this cozy 3b/3b cottage steps away from the sea in Lubbers Abaco Ocean Club. Quick boat ride to Tahiti Beach, Hope Town or deep sea shing. $459,000-Ref. #7745 LITTLE HARBOURElevated lot with incredible views of Atlantic, harbour and the creeks. $149,000-Ref. #7500 Lot with views and completed foundation. $99,000-Ref. #7176 TILLOO CAY Stunning 11 acre estate on sea to sea property. Boasts 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms throughout three luxurious villas. Other features include a fully equipped dock in a protected cove, a day dock, beach, pool, jacuzzi hot tub and unsurpassed views of the Sea of Abaco. A secluded, private island feel with communities close by. $4,200,000 Ref. #7162 mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.com SCHOONER BAY Prime harbourfront lot (54x75) with extensive views $380,000-Ref. #7613 Little bridge beach lot (52x50) with views of the harbour and ocean. $198,000-Ref. #7612 NEW EXCLUSIVE HIGH ROCKS Back on the market at an even better price! Views plus more with this unique 7 bed/5 bath property. Three separate living quarters, room for guests or monthly income from renters. US $675,000-Ref. #7718 MAKE AN OFFER NEW EXCLUSIVE MAN-O-WAR CAY Bahamian style hilltop home on large plot oering views of the protected creek and Sea of Abaco. Includes boat house and private dock. $825,000-Ref. #7365 CASURINA POINT 3 bed/2 bath home in a quiet area. 1,624 sq. of air conditioned living space located across from the canal. Well designed and fully furnished. $199,900-Ref. #7344 REDUCED STEAL OF A DEAL NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE REDUCED REDUCED NEW EXCLUSIVE LUBBERS QUARTERS Island retreat! Two homes on this 9 acre sea to sea property facing beautiful Tahiti Beach. Large private dock and endless possibilities. $1,675,000-Ref. #7167 REDUCED REDUCED NEW EXCLUSIVE REDUCED NEW EXCLUSIVE

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Friday, January 13, 2012 The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) apologizes to its consumers for the recent outages experienced on the island. Between Thursday night (January 12) and the morning of Friday (January 13) residents would have experienced four island-wide outages. The first outage at 10 p.m. on Thursday was related to tests being conducted at Wilson City Power Station (WCPS). The next three outages 1:20 a.m., 3:20 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. were the result of inclement weather on Friday. There was also a fifth outage later on Friday due to a recorded system disturbance. A team from Abaco Operations along with personnel from New Providence con ducted further testing of the system during the early hours of January 17. Some con sumers would have experienced an inter ruption to their supply during this time. Additional testing is planned in the near future while BEC works to minimize the likelihood and duration of outages affect ing its consumers on Abaco as a result of weather and other unforeseen system dis turbances. The testing will be scheduled to minimize the impact to consumers. The Corporation apologizes to all of its Abaco customers for any inconvenience caused during these outages and contin ues to assure its customers that it remains fully committed to providing an uninter rupted supply of electricity on the island.A Message from BEC By Mirella Santillo The Rotary Club of Abaco and the Abaco Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting on January 17 to hear about the public share offering for the Arawak Cay Port Development company in Nassau. Three presenters explained the Initial Public Offering of one million shares in the port management com pany that is located on Arawak Cay. As the completion date of the Nassau Container Port approaches, the trio of ex ecutive officers are promoting the offer of shares to the Bahamian public who will jointly own 20 percent of the company if all of the one million shares are sold. Arawak Port Development Ltd and the Government of The Bahamas will each own 40 percent of the remaining shares. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting held at Abaco Beach Hotel. The first presenter, Michael Maura, Chief Executive Officer of the Arawak Port Devel opment Ltd., gave a brief history of his experience, having held managing positions in several large companies. He outlined the structure of Arawak Cay Port Development Ltd, the developing and managing company of Nassau Container Port. He showed plans of the 56-acre new port facility which will offer larger transit space for trucks, six berths and a 40,000-squarefoot terminal building, housing two custom areas. This will facilitate customs trans actions while offering more control on the goods being unloaded. He explained in depth why relocating the container port on Arawak Cay will not only be beneficial for the shipping industry but also allow for revitalizing the area of Bay Street where the port was located He foresees an archi tectural renewal and a redevelopment that will provide a commercial and economic boost for that area. He described the phases of construction of the Arawak Cay facility, supported by plans and announced full shipping activity on Arawak Cay by July 2012. Dion Bethel, the Chief Financial Officer of the company, gave information on the struc ture of the share offering, explaining that two million shares were owned by the gov ernment and two million shares were owned privately. One million shares were being offered to the public at $10 dollars a share with a minimum purchase of 50 shares. He went over the construction budget which will cost $83 million, $43 million of which have been supplied by the Royal Bank of Canada as a bridge loan, the balance by stakeholders. He presented the buying of stock as a long term investment with low percentage divi dends available at the end of 2013 increasing slowly over the next years. The soundness of the operation is sup ported by a lease of 45 years and by the understanding that no other port will be al lowed within a 20-mile radius for the next 20 years. This was explained by Kenwood Kerr with Providence Advisors Ltd., the agent responsible for handling the pur chase of the shares. Application forms were available. Each application will be reviewed and buyers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All inquiries should be di rected to either Mr. Kerr or Carol Bur rows at Providence Advisors Ltd at 242328-7115. The Rotary Club of Abaco and the Abaco Chamber of Commerce joined to hear present ers explain the public share offering for the Arawak Cay Port Development company. Shown are Michael Maura, CEO of the Arawak Port Development Ltd.; Jo-Ann Bradley, President of the Rotary Club; Dion Bethel, CFO of the company; and Kenwood Kerr with Providence Advisors Ltd. Nassau port shares are offered to the public

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Colina Insurance holds Appreciation Day By Samantha V. Evans Colina Insurance Abaco held a Custom er Appreciation Day on January 14 at the office in Marsh Harbour. This was their first Customer Appreciation Day and the staff intends for it to become an annual event. During this time agents were able to meet with their clients and give them cal endars and other 2012 items. The clients were able to take their children to have a good time. According to Associate Branch Manager Elrod Outten, this event was Colinas way of giving back. They wanted to let customers know that they do not take them for granted. He realizes that as they have been trying to remain afloat during these rough times they could have neglect ed their plans. But they kept them current. Mr. Outten feels that the day was good as many persons came to ask questions and gain in formation. The office was open during this time to al low customers to make payments which was another benefit af forded them. Mr. Out ten noted that Colina Insurance is a people company that provides general insur ance, individual and group medical, indi vidual and group pen sion and savings. Colina is hiring, so had a career booth at the Customer Appreciation Event. Mr. Outten said that they are always looking for quality people to add to their team. Patrons enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, a bouncing castle and music throughout the day as wll as a health check.Marsh Harbour dinghy dock is replaced By Rick Brenneman Rear Commodore (Communications) The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club is pleased to announce that the Marsh Harbour dinghy dock, destroyed by Hurricane Irene, has now been replaced with a newly built, larger and stronger dock located in the same spot beside the Union Jack dock on Front Street. Many cruisers and visitors to The Bahamas spend a significant amount of time on the hook. The scenery and natural protection offered by the beautiful harbour in Marsh Harbour and the many attractions and provisioning opportunities in town make it a favorite place to drop anchor. Anyone familiar with cruising and spending time at anchor is keenly aware of the physical and safety challenges often encountered when landing a dinghy. Tidal swings of three to four feet, a rocky or coral strewn shoreline and a busy and bustling harbour add to the challenge. The RMHYC was founded on Decem ber 12, 1980, and has maintained a din ghy dock in Marsh Harbour for the past ten or more years. The By-Laws of the Central Abaco News Please see Central Page 7 Colina Imperial Insurance Appreciation Day included a health fair. A nurse from Auskell Medical Center tested blood pres sure, cholesterol, glucose and iron. The dinghy dock at the Union Jack dock is complete. This dock serves many boaters as boaters and homeowners from the cays use it as well as boaters in Marsh Harbour since it is convenient to the center of Marsh Harbour. Pictures courtesy of Peter Sutherland and David Bauereis Members of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club have replaced the dinghy dock at the Union Jack Dock in Marsh Harbour. The Club has constructed the dinghy dock and main tained it for years. But Hurricane Irene completely destroyed the original dock.

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily Appetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKES ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENT Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing More Central Abaco News Central From Page 6 Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club specify that the purpose of the Yacht Club is to provide fellowship, information and support services to cruisers, landholders and others who enjoy visits and extended stays in the environs of the Hub of Abaco. This new dinghy dock has been built and will be maintained by RMHYC for use by everyone in the harbour. Hurricane Irene completely destroyed the old dinghy dock which had been built in 2001 under the guidance of Past Com modore John Mitchell. With Irene doing her damage in the summer of 2011, the RMHYC had time to engineer and prepare for the docks replacement and have work crews ready to go into action just after the Christmas and New Year holidays. Com modore Margo Caldy encouraged the Club to proceed with building a new dock, Vice Commodore David Bauereis took on the steering role and Rear Commodore (Spe cial Projects) Joe Caccamo designed the new dock and directed a group of Club volunteers in its construction. The dock was built locally on the beachfront property of one of the club members, towed into the harbour, attached to the Union Jack pier and a ramp was constructed on site to enable cruisers burdened with purchases from Marsh Harbour merchants to safely return to their vessels. The club thanks Helen and Peter Sutherland for allowing us to use the private beach in front of their home on Pelican Shores as a construction and staging area. With many of the work crew staying on boats in Boat Harbour Marina, we thank Abaco Beach Resort for providing a truck to move people and tools to the work site.The Magistrates Court sponsored seminarsBy Jennifer Hudson Ancella Evans-Williams, Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate, was the speaker at two recent seminars held at the Courthouse in Marsh Harbour sponsored by the Mag istrates Court. A seminar for the Justices of the Peace was held on January 5. Topics covered were the role and function of Jus tices of the Peace, ethical considerations, powers and duties of Justices of the Peace in court, bail principles and the prepara tion of affidavits and wills. A summary was given of the conduct of both a criminal trial and a civil trial. Important legislation covered were the Magistrates Act, Crimi nal Procedure Code, Penal Code and the Bail Act. A seminar for Juvenile Panelists that included persons from North Abaco was held on January 6. Topics covered were an overview of the Child Protection Act, conduct of a criminal trial, mitigating factors, sentencing and community service when appropriate and new development in the law. Magistrate Williams was very pleased with the attendance at both seminars. The fact that so many people attended and the interest shown speaks volumes about the level of civic mindedness on Abaco and is very encouraging, said Mrs. Williams. A training session for the Chairmen of the Town Planning Committees and all Abacos new magistrate, Ancella Evans-Williams, recently conducted two seminars, one for justices of the peace and the other for those who serve on juvenile panels as shown in this picture. Mrs. Williams plans more seminars for other groups. Citizens have been registering to vote in the new register since October 2010. Now as national elections will soon be called, the new voters cards are available for pick up. All who have registered can pick them up at the administrators office in their district. Those who have not registered still have time but the time is limited. The government urges all citizens to register. These ladies are in the office in Marsh Harbour.Voter cards are being issuedPlease see Central Page 10

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 The Editor Says . Our event calendar is activeThe Abaconian David & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address 990 Old Dixie Hwy #8 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Stephanie Humblestone Did you see that? I asked my friend, Bonnie Hall, proprietor of Sip Sip, an up scale bar situated on the upper road in the heart of Hope Town. We were sitting out on her deck watch ing the world go by, waving to all who passed. Children shouted, Hi, Miss Bonnie, Hello, Miss Stephanie, as they skipped through town. It was an idyllic setting. I got up, leaned over the railings of the wooden deck and watched the dark streak of metal disappear into the distance to wards the north end. Receding with it was a loud revving noise and a cloud of filthy smoke. He must have been going all of 30 mph, if not more, I said, still shocked from witnessing a speeding motorcycle in the settlement. Bonnie informed me it was an almost daily occurrence. In all my years living in Hope Town I have never seen such a thing. I exclaimed. Supposing a small child, an elderly person or an animal appeared from one of the many side roads Walking in Hope Town has become a perilous exercise of late. Stepping out of my house on to the lower road a few weeks ago, I was almost mowed down by a cyclist who was going so fast that he appeared to be attempting to break a speed limit. He swerved and forced me into a front yard. Breathless and shocked, I emerged unscathed but surprised that this could be happening in the settlement. Watch out! I cried, but he did not hear my cries. By the time I turned my head, he was out of sight, leaving only a trail of dust in his wake. Had he been young, I might have attrib uted his lack of judgment and foolhardiness to the follies of youth. But this individual was a local and well into his sixties or may be even seventies. As much as I may admire him for his prowess in the saddle, I have to question his lack of caution. At the wheel of a motor car he would have definitely been guilty of reckless driving and been ticketed. It seems that one can get away with murder or potential murder on the streets of Hope Town. The newly paved streets of the settlement have become an invitation to pedal faster, accelerate whatever motor ized vehicle you possess and get to your destination in breakneck time. To my mind this is all very well as long as it is your neck you are breaking and not someone elses. It is a strange twist of fate that improv ing the roads has increased the possibility for accidents. Both residents and visitors to Hope Town traditionally stroll through town. The pace is slow. In fact, one is said to talk rather than walk through the settle ment. One stops, interacts with folk, ex changes pleasantries and goes about ones business quietly. At one time there was no motorized traf fic in Hope Town; it was safe to wander through town. One did not have to watch the side turnings or fear being run over. In fact, it was this very quality which attract ed me to Elbow Cay. I felt the little roads in the centre of town safe for my small children to ride their bicycles and run. It was a far cry from the dangerous streets of Nassau. I truly believed I had found a haven on Earth, and for the most part it has been. Only in recent times has it been a major concern, not just of mine but locals, who see accidents waiting to happen. It is only a question of time until a child comes into contact with a large truck which rumbles by or that motorcyclist (I believe there is only one) careening through town. I was prompted to write this column by a whisper in my ear from a local who said, Write about something which matters; bring this concern to the attention of the public. I could not think of a better use of space in the newspaper than to possibly avert a small or possibly major mishap. I decided to take a break from my amusing mode and endeavour to get the message across to the speed junkies of Hope Town that vehicles bikes, golf carts, trucks, motorcycles all can maim and even kill innocent pedestri ans when abused. The roads of Hope Town, small and narrow as they are, were never designed to be a speedway. In fact, they were not even intended to be driven on. They are and essentially always were intended for those on foot. It is a privilege that any kind of vehicle is allowed on them. With increasing expansion, commer cial trucks and truckling are both inevi -The Hope Town 500In My Humble OpinonPlease see Humblestone Page 9 The recent afternoon Junkanoo on Green Turtle Cay began our active fourmonth festival season. Seven more public events are still on the calender through the end of April. The annual Art for the Parks art show at Abaco Beach Resort is now under the aus pices of the Bahamas National Trust as a major fundraising event for its Abaco pro grams. The show begins in the afternoon of January 27 for students with a reception that evening. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this exhibition on January 28 when hourly presentations will augment the art displays. Additionally, there will be special attractions for children, budding artists and those interested in Abacos his tory. The show attracts local people, visitors, boaters and second homeowners. A minimal fee is charged. The Man-O-War Flea Market takes place on February 18 and is the Man-OWar Schools main fundraising event. The public is encouraged to attend and extra ferries are usually scheduled to accom modate those attending from the mainland. It is very popular with locals and second homeowners who renew friendships with those living in our scattered island settle ments. Five hundred or more people will attend to look for bargains they cannot do without, to enjoy good island food and to socialize. This event draws heavily on the native Man-O-War population with substantial support from our boaters and sec ond homeowners. Two Junkanoo rushes take place a week later; school children in the early evening of February 24 and adults on February 25. Each of these Marsh Harbour events will easily draw 1,000 or more fans to watch the parade and get their fill of down-home Bahamian cooking from whole meals to snacks and sweets. These two Junkanoo events are open to all, but the spectators will be overwhelmingly local Bahamians. The second annual Abaco Marine Flea Market takes place on February 25 in the school yard of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Many of our Abaco residents are oriented to the water either commercially or for recreation so the maritime theme is well accepted. It began last year, and we expect that this years showing and atten dance will be even larger. Abacos mari time culture is enjoyed by a vast number of people looking to augment their marine interests. This event is created by the same organization that produces the world-fa mous annual marine flea market in Dania, Florida. Hope Towns Wyannie Malone Histori cal Museum will sponsor its Heritage Day on March 3 as a social and cultural event worth attending. Check the ferry schedules as there may be extra boats to handle the anticipated crowd. This is one day among many when parking at the Crossing Beach ferry area is woefully inadequate. Atten dance will be heavily oriented to Elbow Cay residents with a substantial number of locals and second homeowners arriving by ferry from the mainland. The last public event on the spring cal ender is the agricultural exposition on April 28 in Marsh Harbour. This bi-annual event is a combined effort among various groups and agencies staged at BAICs Farmers Market across from the BEC office on Don MacKay Boulevard. This will be its sec ond showing, having skipped last year. It showcases our farmers produce and ma rine resources and can be expected to have an extensive display of native crafts. Fresh fruit, vegetables and native crafts will all be available to purchase. This is an all-day event lasting well into the evening. Those using ferries can have a wholesome experi ence during the day in time to return on an afternoon ferry. Attendance during the day and evening can easily top 1,000 with a healthy mixture of locals and visitors. Omitted during this four-month summary through April are various functions by organizations with an entrance or participation fee. This would include fishing tournaments, social balls by Friends, con certs by Every Child Counts and Abaco Pathfinders and events by other organiza tions. The various communities and organiza tions plan these events for several reasons. They financially support a variety of our communities institutions including our schools, national parks, museums, culture, artists and craftsmen as well as to bring public awareness to many of our organiza tions. It is because of these events that we can continually improve our communities and services through the efforts of volun teers and government departments). At the same time, they provide a variety of entertainment and are valuable social events bringing communities together. One of the comments we frequently hear is that Abaconians are so friendly and helpful. We agree. With all these events it is one way that Abaconians reach out to our visitors, whether they are second ho meowners, boaters or short term visitors, as well as to our neighbours. An additional benefit is that many of these events are opportunities for us to sell our art work, our crafts and our produce. Each event is unique, each offers a different perspective of our towns. And who knows. Maybe some of those attending will decide that Abaco is a great place and will join us on a more permanent basis. All of these events require a lot of work, cooperation and organization. But they are worth it. Our Prime Minister was so impressed by the Christmas Festival he attended several years ago that he rec ommended that other island communities stage a similar event patterned after the one he attended here. Just as the archipelagic nature of The Bahamas makes it difficult and expensive to bring about the feeling of One Bahamas so does the archipelagic nature of Abaco make it difficult and expensive to foster unity. These diverse community events help to bring our settlements and island communities closer. They demonstrate that working together we can accomplish our goals and we can make our communities better. Abaco residents and visitors can look forward to an active three months start ing with Art for the Parks on January 27. These events are quite varied and interest ing. Plan to attend as many as you can. They are all worthwhile.List of Winter Events Jan 1 Junkanoo new years day Green Turtle Cay Jan 27-29 Art for the Parks Marsh Harbour art exhibition Feb 18 Man-O-War flea market Feb 24 Jr Junkanoo, Marsh Harbour Feb 25 Sr Junkanoo, Marsh Harbour Feb 25 Abaco Marine Flea Market Treasure Cay Mar 3 Wyannie Malone Heritage Day Hope Town Apr 28 All Abaco Agriculture Expo Marsh Harbour

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #8, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed A long-time visitor marries on Man-O-WarDear Editor, As a former second homeowner and visitor I would to relate our recent experi ence on a little piece of paradise called Man-O-War Cay. I fell in love with Man-O-War many, many years ago, and my fianc fell in love with Man-O-War seven or eight years ago. After making the decision to get mar ried, the only place to have the marriage performed was Man-O-War Cay. After much planning with Neil Albury of Brad leys Restaurant, formerly Hibiscus Caf, the date was set for December 7, 2011. Neil catered the reception and all the wed ding arrangements. The cake was also of his design. The ceremony was officiated by Ver non Malone, a friend of many years. The flowers were handled by JT and Leslie Tubbs and the photographer was Charmaine Albury. The ceremony was attended by friends and relatives. It was a beautiful and blessed day for an 87 and 85 year old couple. Anyone who is looking for beauty and satisfaction should call upon Neil Albury on Man-O-War for any spectacular occasion. Many thanks to everyone. MOW, we love you. Miss Alice and Mr. Frank Pops Place is Abacos only animal shelterDear Editor, Im writing this letter in response to many enquiries Ive received from people about Pops Shelter for Dogs. Pops Shelter is a sanctuary for stray and abandoned dogs and is located at the site of the old Abaco dump. It is the islands only shelter. It is well maintained and affords green spaces for dogs to exercise whilst providing adequate shelter in the form of covered areas and handmade wooden ken nels. These serve as secure places for pups to grow in safety and havens for those in need of special care. The shelter was the brainchild of Wil lis Weatherford (Pop of Pops Place), who has been responsible for the construction of the shelter with some voluntary assistance. Various individuals have offered their support to provide water, materials for roofing and pallets for fencing. For their generous donations, the shelter is very thankful. Many thanks to all. Jennie Zehler Letters to the Editortable. This is an undeniable fact of life, but awareness needs to be maintained. Hope Town is still a tiny village, not an indus trial metropolis. It is sustained and nurtured by a tourist market which is founded on its charm and laid back nature. This does not include ma niacal skate boarders and fast trucks tear ing up the roads and disturbing the much sought after peace of the small, offshore cay. As always, it takes just a few individuals to ruin it for everyone. I like to think Humblestone From Page 8 By Samantha V. Evans January 6 was an exciting one for Aba conians who are environmentally con science. This was the second time that Friends of the Environment has hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The young people viewed films and en gaged in activities in a separate room at New Vision Ministries while the adults viewed films in the auditorium. The young people saw a film entitled Take Care of the Coral Reefs. They learned about coral reefs, animals that live on the coral reefs and those that depend on them for food, how the reefs are being destroyed and what they can do to protect the reefs. Other top ics that the students learned about included not using spears and chemicals, not over fishing and not catching baby fish. The adults saw several short films which were all focused on environmental care. The films included Saving the Penguins, Saving the Whales, Evolution and Extinc tion, Bag It, 1% of the Story and more. The 1% for the Planet was about an organization that encourages businesses and individuals that are environmentally con science to be involved. The film Evolution and Extinction spoke about changes in the ecosystem and how, due to development, some animals are becoming extinct. Bag It spoke about plastic bags and how they are killing over 100,000 animals an nually. Due to this, plastic bags are being banned in states and countries all over the world. Countries such as Australia, Chi na, Arabia and South Africa have already banned the use of plastic bags. Ireland and Washington State charge for use of plastic bags. The film further stated that humans need to live in harmony with the ecosys tem, or we, too, will disappear. In order to reduce the damage that plastic is caus ing, everyone is encouraged to cut back on plastic use, dont drink bottled water, buy less stuff, clean up the community and sim plify your life. Other films continued with participants learning about reducing carbon emissions by cycling instead of driving cars, conser vation photography which invokes change through photos, and keeping the coast clear. Since James Boyce won the film compe tition which was launched for high schools last year, he shared his film with those present. His film was called Whats So Great about Turtles? Friends has launched two photography competitions this year for adults and one for students. The first prize for the students will be an IPOD which was donated by the U.S. Embassy.Film Festival stressed environmental preservationNote to our readersIt is the policy of The Abaconian that we do not publish unsigned letters. We will, however, accept signed letters and honor requests to withhold names. they are thoughtless rather than bad, and all these thoughtless people need is a gentle reminderwhich is what I am trying to do in this column. If drivers seek speed, sign up for the box car derby held annually on Big Hill outside of town. And when practicing for it, do it far from the settlement. Hope Town is one of the prettiest and most special places on the planet. Safety in all aspects has always been its signature. Safety is paramount to its future and the future of its locals and tourists.White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINASpecial Discounted Dock Rates September 1 February 28 WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBoat House RestaurantBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar Showing football games on Sundays 1-6 Free appetizersEnjoy a Romanic Night with Ronnie Butler12 February 2012 Support the Cancer Society Donate Used Items to Be Sold in

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Chief Councillors will be held on Febru ary 17 in the courthouse. These seminars are just the beginning of many which will be held in the future because I believe in the importance of education, stated Mrs. Williams. Experiencing GodBy Jennifer Hudson Dr. David Allen, renowned psychia trist from Nassau, presented his first Ab aco seminar for 2012 on January 6 at the Central From Page 7 More Central Abaco News Christian Counseling Centre. He spoke on the theme Experiencing God and this first session promised to be the beginning of an encouraging and uplifting series. Experiencing God requires stopping and recognizing that its really about God. The sad thing about modern life is that it is hard to find time for stillness. But one must slow down, let go and let God. This is difficult to accept because we like to be in control. But we must make the move to be our true selves in God. Our self-absorption will then open to patience and to humility which is one of the most godly qualities, and we will become more concerned about others. As we get older we lose the awe we once had but experiencing God is keeping the awe alive, stated Dr. Allen. He encourages people to experience the silence of stillness and to constantly keep in mind the passage from Psalm 46, Be still and know that I am God. God comes to us in ordinary life and is present with us in the doing of ordinary tasks. In him we move and have our being. God is speaking to us all day in everything. We should make the internal ization Christ lives in us. (Galatians 2) He is always breaking through. Dr. Allen closed this section of his talk by reminding those gathered that stillness is learning to let things go. Dr. Allen continued through a series of reflections from the promise made to Gods people of the coming Messiah, the divine encounters of the characters in the Christ mas story and the birth of Jesus. His final reflection was on the miracle of God becom ing flesh. Immanuel God is with us! Of all the beliefs, all the dogmas and doctrines, we are given a God who dwells among us becomes one of us the Divine bursting onto to the human experience. Not only is He in our midst, He reaches out to us, shares our concerns and walks us into truth and love. Please see Central Page 11 The new air traffic control tower and fire/crash rescue facility is under construction on the south side of the runway at the Marsh Harbour airport. A new road leading to the facility has recently been paved with hot mix. Access road to control tower is pavedA re-engagement ceremony took place on January 16 at the District Council office in Marsh Harbour. Re-engagement is the process of police officers committing to another tour of duty. Seated are Administrator Cephas Cooper and Police Supt. Noel Curry. Those re-engaging are Cpl. 1356 Sullivan, PC 146 Rolle, Woman Cpl. 248 Joycelyn Smith, Sgt. 700 Hepburn, Sgt. 1529 Hubert Smith.

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Alton Lowe of Green Turtle Cay hosted the Horticulture Society of Abaco. The group toured his extensive gardens, then enjoyed viewing his paintings in his gallery. He is shown here regaling them about incidents of his life on Green Turtle Cay. More Central Abaco News Central From Page 10 Garden club tours Alton Lowes GardenBy Mirella Santillo Thirty-three people traveled to Green Turtle Cay on January 14 to tour the garden and art gallery of well known local artist Alton Lowe. Some came as far away as Sandy Point. Before the tour began, they listened to the host telling them about the history of the property and about the various plants and trees landscaping the garden. The large garden which is usually an array of colors was badly damaged by Hurricane Irene. Mr. Lowe said that 30 truckloads of debris had already been hauled away and he regretted the state of the grounds (which still looked very manicured and colorful). Visitors only had to use their imagination to guess what it will be when everything is blooming again. Mr. Lowe likes to mix native species with imported species. For a landscap ing effect, trees were often located in the middle of large beds secured by low stone walls. The beds display various types of plants. After the tour the group settled on a deck off the gallery. Many toured the gallery, a large room displaying a myriad of the art ists paintings. Most of them represented flowers while others depicted local scenes. All were detailed and vibrant so you felt like smelling the flowers or addressing the people on the canvas. Several pieces by sculptor James Mastin were showcased on antique tables. Mr. Lowe entertained them with anec dotes from his youth and shared with them his forthcoming projects. The first will be an exhibit in the Albert Lowe Museum of old and more recent photographs of local events. Shirley Higgs, sister of the founder of the Hope Town Histori cal Museum, suggested they should be later loaned to that Museum. The second of the art ists many visions for the near future is to resume plays and mu sicals at the gallery in November. Heritage roses were also a topic of con versation. They are becoming rare on the island and the Horti cultural Societys Presi dent, Anita Knowles, urged people to propa gate them if they have the opportunity.Spring City Rockers appeal for assistance By Samantha V. Evans Hurricane Irene left its mark on Abaco and many persons are still recovering from its devastation. The Spring City Rockers junkanoo group had its shack destroyed by the hurricane. The group applied for assistance from NEMA which was approved. But for some reason they cannot receive the funds, Please see Central Page 14 administration buildingMinister Neko Grant looked over the boxes at the post office in the new administration building. The boxes have outside access so will be available 24 hours a day. Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas

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N. of Hope Town. $11.75M 9 AcresTahiti Hai Bali HaiWe know Abaco! One call does it all! Elbow Cay, Buttonwood Bay #17 12,000 square feet $150,000 Elbow Cay, Buttonwood Bay #47 13,500 square feet $140,000 Double Beach Lots White Sound Includes Dock Permit $399K each MORE PROPERTIES FOR SALE 3B/2B, Hope Town Village Rental history Dock & waterfront lot $1.1M Sweetings Landing NEW PRICE! NEW PRICE! Price Reduction 6B/6.5B residence overlooking Tahiti Beach. Pool, Hot Tub, generator & water maker. 200' + dock. Great Rental History. Lots of extras. $5.4M voucher or the materials needed to rebuild their shack. It is now just a month before the parade, and they are not sure that they will be able to rush due to limited space. They have started some framing of the new shack but are concerned that they will not have it finished in time to complete their costumes. They appeal to the powers that be and the public for supplies and material so that they can complete their shack. Their budget for the Junkanoo Parade is $40,000 but that has been severely inter rupted as they have already invested some $3000 of their personal money into the framing of the shack. The new building has been extended to include a section just for pasting and one just for working on their Central From Page 11 More Central Abaco News banner. The height of the building has been extended as well so that they can have stor age space for their completed costumes.Island Luck donates to Spring City Rockers By Canishka Alexander The Spring City Rockers Junkanoo Group received a $2,000 cheque from Is land Luck Web Caf on January 20. Al though funds are urgently needed to rebuild the groups shack that was destroyed during Hurricane Irene last year, Spring City Rockers Leader Colon Curry said the funds will go toward their participation in the upcoming Love Rush Junkanoo Parade later in February. He enthusiastically thanked Island Luck representatives for their generous donation which he was ho peful would prompt oth er corporate sponsors to assist in a similar fashion. Sherilyn Cooper, assistant secretary for the Spring City Rockers Fundraising Committee, made a direct appeal to the community for further assistance. They need about $17,000 and are planning to carry out several fundraisers on weekends to continue to raise funds. You will see members of the Spring City Rockers group with beautiful cans, and were asking for donations, Mrs. Cooper said. Time is of the essence, so anything, five cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, it will all add up. So please support culture.A new businessBy Samantha V. Evans In October 2011 Basil McKinney be gan Basils Landscaping in Murphy Town. Since he began his business, he has been having great success and is looking for ward to the day that he can expand his business. He specializes in landscape de sign and landscape maintenance. He also removes debris from yards prior to or during construction. He can offer weekly and monthly services to include tree trimming and weed control. He worked at a large company for five years where he learned about and special ized in landscaping design. He can assist persons with starting their vegetable garden as well. His wife, Keva McKinney, has worked in the janitorial industry for over five years and does house and office cleaning. She can assist persons with spring cleaning, deep cleaning and regular house or office cleaning. They can be contacted at 475-5643 or 559-9779. They work by contract or appointment so inter ested persons can call for an appointment. The Spring City Rockers have been handicapped preparing for the February competition as their shack was destroyed by Hurricane Irene. They have appealed for asisstance. Island Luck recently donated to them. Shown are Colette Bootle, secretary of Spring City Rockers fundraising committee; Tawnique Clarke, Island Luck employee; Colon Curry, Spring City Rockers Leader; Widlyne Burrows, Island Luck employee; and Sherilyn Cooper, assistant secretary of fundraising. A Marsh Harbour A fire in Central Pines brought out three fire trucks and a group of dedicated fire fighters including Ashtin Bethel, one of three active women in the group. Remember to Buckle Up

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Sailboat will be for trainingBy Jennifer Hudson The first Sea Scout Troop of Abaco re ceived a wonderful New Years gift. On January 6 Len Bucko of San Diego, Cali fornia, presented a 32-foot sailboat to Troop leader Lee Johnson for use in the training of the young men of the First Sea Scout Troop. This donation is truly a blessing, stated Mr Johnson. The boat is completely sea worthy so there is no work needing to be done on it and it is ready to go. Mr. Bucko has had a boat here for the last nine years and has been a frequent visitor to Abaco. He is a very keen pro fessional underwater photographer and has worked with Above and Below Abaco and is a friend of Brian Kakuk, world-famous cave diver with whom he has worked on several movies. Mr. Bucko receives The Abaconian regularly at home in San Diego and so learned of the Abaco Sea Scouts and their need of donations. He feels a real affinity for the Scouts as he himself was a Cub Scout and his mother was a den mother and later as sistant Scoutmaster. Being a Scout and thus having responsibility filled a void for me growing up with a single mom. When I saw the article about the Sea Scouts, I felt it would be a great opportunity to pass on my boat to someone else. It is a perfect boat for the islands as it has a shallow draft and plenty of room. Scout leader Johnson, when accepting the gift of the boat on behalf of the Sea Scouts, expressed both his excitement and gratefulness. This is the first of its kind for the Sea Scouts of The Bahamas and will open up a whole new world of seamanship for our youth, he said. Tom and Linda Leffler, owners of Marsh Harbour Marina, have generously donated some slip time for the boat. The boat is a 32-foot Endeavor which is 30 years old and in excellent condition still with a lot of life in it. It is a sailboat with a diesel engine and draws only 3.5 feet of water so is perfect for the waters around Abaco. Also included is an inflat able boat with a brand-new engine. The sailboat is appropriately named the Buckoneer. Whenever Mr. Bucko is visiting Abaco, he will captain the boat. Mean while the Sea Scouts will be maintaining it. His long-term view is for the boys to work towards getting their Captains license and possibly following it as a career path. One of Mr Johnsons major goals is to provide as many career opportunities in marine seamanship as possible for the young men of the troop.DNA donates to Sea ScoutsBy Timothy Roberts Because of his interest in the youth of Abaco and The Bahamas, Roscoe Thomp son III, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for South Abaco, raised money to assist the Abaco Sea Scouts with the hope that more youth will get involved in positive activities. Mr. Thompson presented Scout Leader Lee Johnson with a check for $600 on January 12, money that was raised during a Change For Change event at the traffic light in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Johnson wants to thank Mr. Thompson for his interest in the youth. This rep resents a commitment to the youth of the nation. This will allow the Sea Scouts to Sea Scouts receive donationsRoscoe Thompson III, right, presents a check to Sea Scout leader Lee Johnson, who recently orgnaized the first Sea Scout Troop on Abaco. continue to function and more importantly to reach out to the chil dren of tomorrow, he said. Mr. Thompson said the DNA is focused on the youth of the coun try. Everything we do is for our children and their children and their childrens chil dren. Its not about us; its about them! The Abaco Sea Scouts is a Boy Scout Club that is sponsored by St. Johns the Bap tist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour with the mission of devel oping character and good values in young boys while training them to be responsible in and around the sea.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Sales Team of Ed Newell Broker Cindy Newell Sales Agent James Moir Nassau OceABACO ESTATE SERVICESREAL ESTATE SALESACATION RENTALSPrime Real Estate Listings Throughout AbacoMembers Bahamas Real Estate AssociationWe Exceed Client Expectations! .abacoestateservices.comFEB. 1, 2012Please contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout TREASURE CAY"Tranquility" # 1307 4 bed, 5 bath, tastefully furnished 2 level canal home on 2 lots. 3,580 s/f under roof, plus decks/balconies. 90' canal frontage, dock, boat lift, Great water views, excellent condition. $2,20 0,000.TREASURE CAY"Windward Palms" # 1454 Splendid 3 bed, 2 bath furnished Windward Beach home. 2,500 s/f under roof plus 1,600 s/f patios & walks on 16,000 s/f landscaped parcel with 100' sandy beach. Meticulously maintained, Many extras, superior sea views. $1,500,000 . Bahama Beach Club 2047 # 1468 3 bed, 3 bath, ground level Phase 5 unit, 1,750 s/f living space condo, close to beach, tastefully furnished, numerous upgrades & enhancements. Superb sea views. $887,000. Bahama Beach Club 2020 # 1139 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,650 s/f 2nd level beachfront condo, Stunningly furnished, elegantly decorated. Superior beach & ocean views. $872,000. Cutwater Way Canal Home #1524 3 bed, 3 bath, 3,600 s/f home on Brigantine Bay. Newly built in 2008, elegantly furnished, many upgraded features. 144' bulkhead, 70' dock, boat lift. $1,995,000.Mariner's Cove Condominiums: # 1181 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour front condo. tastefully refurbished. $599,000. # 985 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level harbour front end unit, Refurbished in 2000 $249,950.# 655 2 bed, 1 bath condo with marina view $249,000. #959 2 bed, 1 bath furnished 2 level condo overlooking marina, includes garage $199,000. "Summertime" # 1550 Ocean Blvd. Superb 3 bed, 2 bath beach home plus 2 bed, 2 bath guest house. 3,600 s/f under air plus 4,100 s/f open & covered patios. Tastefully furnished. 1.37 acres, 133' beach frontage. $3,995,000."Girasole"# 1551Delightful 4 bed, 4.5 bath elevated Italian villa style beach home, plus 2 bed, 2 bath separate guest accomodations. Elegantly furnished, many upgrades/extras. 45,000 s/f landscaped grounds, 100' + beach frontage. $4,450,000. Royal Palm # 2311 # 1573 2 bed, 2 bath 950 s/f furnished ground level condo overlooking harbour & marina. Well maintained, Owner occupied (not a rental unit). Includes boat slip & storage unit. $299,000. "Toad Hall" # 1373 5 bed/4 bath, 4,000 s/f 2 level Ocean Blvd. furnished ocean view home includes 1 bed/1 bath apartment on 12,000 s/f parcel. Private beach access. $399,000. Houses CondosTreasure House # 4 # 1582 Charming 2 bed, 2 bath fully renovated & tastefully furnished 1,000 s/f Topsider style beachside villa. Many upgrades. Community pool, well maintained beachfront complex. $499,950. Brigantine Bay Canal Home # 1589 Newly built 4 bed, 4 bath unfurnished home. 3,150 s/f under air, 4,850 s/f total. Many extras.15,306 s/f parcel, 91' canal frontage, lay-along & finger docks, boat lift. $2,995,000. "Kokomo", Brigantine Bay #1509 Charming 3 bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 3,000 s/f tastefully furnished canal home. Recently renovated and upgraded. 10,915 s/f parcel with 102' canal frontage, pool, spa, dock & boat lift. 3,000 s/f balcony, pool & patio decks. $1,399,000. Carleton Landing Carriage House # 1 # 16213 bed, 3 bath, 1,755 s/f ground level furnished condo on Brigantine Bay. New construction. Includes community pool, finger dock/private slip, 2 garages. $855,000. Sand Dollar Condo # 7 #1456 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,000 s/f ground level furnished beachfront condo. Well maintained, superb sea views, comunity pool. Best Value! $405,000. "Camelot" # 1234 Beachfront Estate. New custom designed 4 bed, 4 bath, elegantly furnished Ocean Blvd home, plus 2 bed, 1 bath guest house. Total 7,793 s/f under roof on 1.5 acres with 150 beach frontage, Beachside pool. $ 5,200,000. Turquoise #1696 Ocean Blvd 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2,127 s/f furnished beach home on oversized 1.561 acre parcel with 170 of sandy Treasure Cay Beach frontage. $1,899,000. Atlantis Condo 2117 # 1741-Turn-key, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 875 s/f ground level furnished unit. Well maintained, overlooks Brigantine Bay, includes private dock & boat slip. $295,000. Ocean Villa 916 #17372 bed, 2 bath turn-key 900 s/f furnished villa. Unobstructed sea views, Close to beach. Good vacation rental potential. $429,995. Treasure House # 11 # 1592 Delightful 2 bed, 2 bath comfortably furnished 1,000 s/f Topsider style beachside villa. Community pool, well maintained villa. Exceptional sea & beach views. $549,995. Royal Palm Condo # 2420 # 1546 3 bed, 3 bath, (including loft) 2nd level, 1,264 s/f furnished condo. Great harbour & marina views. Well maintained, near beach, excellent rental income potential. $429,000. TREASURE CAYMembers Rising Sun # 1780 Windward Beach, 3 bed, 2.5 bath 2,118 s/f furnished home on 25,925 s/f parcel with 150 of sandy beach frontage. Superb sea views! $1,310,000. Royal Palm Condo # 2424 # 1399 3 bed, 3 bath, (including loft) 2nd level, 1,264 s/f furnished condo overlooking harbour. Well maintained, near beach, excellent rental income potential. $549,000. Turtle View # 1778 3 bed, 2 bath, 4,088 sq. ft. elegantly furnished home on landscaped 14,000 s/f parcel with 68 frontage on Treasure Cay Beach. $2,559,000. Package Price option to include Galleon Bay bulkheaded canal lot with dock & garage. $2,774,000. Treasure House # 2#1777 2 bed, 2 bath topsider style 1,000 s/f furnished beachside villa. Exceptional elevated Sea & Treasure Cay Beach views. Just a few steps to beach & pool. $569,000. Helens Point # 1791 4 bedroom, 3 bath, approx. 1,800 sq. ft. tastefully furnished home on 27,908 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront parcel with 153 of bulkheaded seawall & dock. $1,308,000.#1805 2 bed, 1.5 bath, 800 s/f, 2 level harbourside condo, tastefully furnished/decorated, well maintained. $189,000. Treasure House # 8 #1697 Beachside 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,000 s/f furnished Topsider villa. Community pool, great sea views. $399,000. Royal Poinciana # 2511 # 1483 Deluxe 2 bed, 2 bath ground level furnished 1,300 s/f beachfront condo. Well maintained. Great sea views, excellent rental income potential. $499,000. Beach Villa 673-#1847, 2 bed, 2 bath furnished 1,000 s/f, Near pool/beach, refurbished, well maintained. $359,000. "Dolphin Watch" -Galleon Bay # 1534 3 bed, 3.5 bath furnished home (including 2 bed, 2 bath guest cottage). Total 2,800 s/f living space. 18,000 s/f parcel, 74' bulkheaded canal frontage with dock. $949,000. Beach Villas # 526 # 1851 Charming 2 bed, 2 bath furnished villa near beach, pool & shopping $299,950. Bahama Beach Club 2029 # 755 3 bed, 2 bath ground level furnished condo, 1,650 s/f. Golf cart & garage included. Lowest priced condo at BBC. $549,000. Royal Palm # 2435 # 1881 3 bed, 3 bath 2nd level turn-key furnished 1,264 s/f harbourfront condo. Well maintained end unit. Sensational marina views $549,000. Royal Palm # 2403 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath, 2nd level, 1,264 s/f turn-key furnished harbourfront condo. Totally renovated & refurbished in 2008. Many upgrades, well maintained, owner occupied. Fantastic marina views. $499,000. #1898 Starfish Cottage Beach Villa 503A & B 2 adjoining, self contained 1 bed, 1 bath furnished villas near beach. Great Rental Income Potential $369,000. Royal Poinciana Beachfront Condo # 2505-Phase 4 # 716) Premier 3 level, 3 bed, 4.5 bath, plus loft newly built condo. 2,860 s/f under roof, 644 s/f covered/open balconies/porches. OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE! $1,995,000. R E D U C E D R E D U C E D Sanddollar Condo # 3 # 1599 2 bed, 2 bath 1,000 s/f ground level furnished unit, Sensational sea views, community pool, Golf course nearby $499,000. #1942 1 bed, 1 bath, 450 s/f, 2nd level furnished unit overlooking community pool. $199,000. Royal Palm # 2306 # 1941 2 bed, 2 bath 950 s/f furnished ground level condo overlooking harbour & marina. Includes boat slip & storage unit. Beach nearby. $299,000. #1921 3 Marlin Dr. 3 bed, 3 bath, 1,276 s/f furnished home near beach on 12,800 s/f parcel $399,000. Beach Villa # 605 # 1635 1 bed, 2 bath well maintained & elegantly furnished "turn-key" villa. Washer/dryer. Many extras & upgrades. Can be modified for 2nd bedroom. Close to beach. $375,000. Trident House #317 3 Bed, 3.5 Bath furnished beachfront home on Treasure Cay Beach. 3,500 s/f living space, 2 garages, 16,000 s/f parcel with 100 sandy beach frontage. Fabulous Sea Views $1,850,000.R E D U C E D R E D U C E D Palm Bay Harbourfront Townhouse # 2 #1071 Newly constructed, furnished 3 bed, 3.5 bath, 2 level, 2,077 s/f home. Superior quality major appliances. Exceptional water views. Owner Financing $899,000. Laguna Delightful Canal Home # 1875 3 bed, 2 bath, turn-key furnished 1,550 s/f Brigantine Bay home with dock, 16,000 lb boat lift, van, golf cart. $669,000. Beach Villa 607 # 1982 2 bed, 2 bath, 900 s/f furnished villa near beach, pool, shops & marina $279,000. Bahama Beach Club # 2005 # 13703 bed, 2 bath ground level 1,645 s/f comfortably furnished condo. Awesome sea views from most rooms Overlooks beach and pool. Great vacation residence. $822,000. Carleton Landing Carriage House # 3 # 19843 bed, 3 bath, 1,755 s/f unfurnished ground level condo on Brigantine Bay. New construction. Community pool, finger dock/private slip, 2 garages. NOW $ 639,000.R E D U C E D Carleton Landing Carriage House # 2 & 4 # 16203 bed, 3 bath, 1,755 s/f unfurnished 2nd level condos on Brigantine Bay. New construction. Community pool, finger dock/private slip, 2 garages. EACH $ 799,000. Bahama Beach Club # 2035 # 1981 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,650 s/f furnished ground level condo. Overlooks pool & beach. Best Priced Condo at Bahama Beach Club $529,000. Atlantis Condo 2109 # 1990-Turn-key, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,000 s/f ground level furnished unit. Well maintained, overlooks Brigantine Bay, includes private dock & boat slip. $349,000. NEW LISTING SOLDBeach Villa 527-#1852, Charmimg 2 bed, 2 bath furnished, near pool/beach, shopping $199,000. SOLDPineapple Point Resort, Unit 3#1700 Newly built, tastefully furnished 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,100 s/f ground level luxury waterfront condo. Private deep water dock, Fantastic water views, community pool. $749,000. Carrollville #1352 -Near Treasure Cay -3 bed, 2 bath, 2,100 s/f hilltop home on 6 acres from highway to Sea. 165water frontage. Spectacular sea views. $595,000. Harbours Edge # 2000 3 bed, 3 bath furnished Harbourfront Home, sensational panoramic harbour views, 3,033 s/f under roof. 15,210 s/f landscaped parcel, 90 deep water frontage $995,000. NEW LISTINGR E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D Elysium #1460 4 bed, 2 bath, 2,840 s/f under roof furnished home on 2 lots (22,000 s/f) on Ocean Blvd. Includes double garage. Close to beach. $525,000.R E D U C E D Top of the Rock # 2014 3 bed, 3 bath turnkey furnished home, 1,824 s/f living space, 740 s/f covered porches, double garage. 198 beach frontage on 2 lot parcel. Fantastic elevated views along entire Treasure Cay Beach. $2,300,000.NEW LISTING# 2010 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,236 s/f 2 level furnished harbourfront condo. Fully refurbished in 2004. Close to beach & marina $479,000.NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACTR E D U C E D Royal Palm # 2317 #1467 2 bed, 2 bath ground level 950 s/f furnished harbourfront condo, includes private boat slip & finger dock. Great harbour views, close to beach. $275,000.NEW LISTING

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 ABACO ESTATE SERVICESREAL ESTATE SALESACATION RENTALSPrime Real Estate Listings Throughout AbacoMembers Bahamas Real Estate AssociationWe Exceed Client Expectations! .abacoestateservices.comFED. 1, 2012 (B)Please contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Residential Parcels # 1845 11,531 s/f canal lot, 100 canal frontage, boat slip, dock, ramp, 12,000lb boat lift, electrical power & water. Accommodates up to 80 boat. $275,000. # 704 10,400 s/f elevated canal lot w/104' deep weater canal frontage. Sea views, walk to beach. $239,500. # 1080 12,100 s/f canal parcel with 110' sea walled canal frontage. Boat davits installed. Reduced $187,500. # 1593 10,590 s/f canal lot with 120' of bulkheaded seawall installed. All utilities available. $199,000.TURTLE ROCKS LEISURE LEEBeach Front Parcel # 714 -45,343 s/f parcel, 100' ocean beach frontage. Electricity available. Ideal site for permanent residence or vacation home. $325,000. BAHAMA PALM SHORESInland Lot Near Beach # 1176 Large 21,450 s/f level lot on main street, electricity & telephone available. $49,500. Beach Home 1532 3 bed, 3.5 bath elevated 2 level semi furnished home, 1,874 s/f under air, 1,500 s/f covered porches on 0.89 acres, 93' sandy beach frontage. Panoramic sea views. $799,990. "Sea View" Great Abaco Club # 1203 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,880 s/f furnished sea view home, plus 280 s/f of open deck on 4,918 s/f parcel. Well maintained, gated community, great rental income potential. Includes private deep water dock. $699,000. Pelican Shores Harbourfront Home # 1563 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 5,600 sq. ft. tastefully furnished home with pool & dock. Well maintained, superior quality construction, many extras. 1 acre+/landscaped, 115' water frontage. $3,495,000. Brigantine Bay # 1173 & 1174 2 adjacent deep water canal parcels, each 11,200 s/f, 80' bulk head, 140' depth. Cleared, utilities available. EACH $299,950. Galleon Bay # 1473 Approx. 10,000 s/f canal parcel,100'+ of sea-walled protected water frontage. utilities available. Easy access to sea. $349,950. Brigantine Bay # 1494 18,807 s/f cleared parcel 120' deep water bulk-headed frontage. $270,000. Treasure Cay Canal Parcels Galleon Bay # 1441 28,072 s/f cleared parcel, 64' of bulkhead with dock & dock house. $498,500. Brigantine Bay # 1559 16,108 s/f level, cleared parcel with 164' of bulk headed & protected water frontage. Dock & dolphin pilings installed. $599,000. TREASURE CAYBrigantine Bay # 1598 Cleared lots 1 & 2A, 19,300 s/f 130' bulkheaded frontage, new dock. $495,000. GUANA CAY"Secret Beach"# 1267/1268 -Ocean Front Elevated Parcels 9A (19,190 s/f ) & 9B (16,144 s/f) lots, each with 100' +/of Atlantic Ocean rocky shoreline & sand beach frontage. Prime building sites. EACH $199,000. Orchid Bay Beachfront Parcel 25 #1530 1.173 acre Atlantic Ocean lot, 130' sandy beach frontage. Excellent elevations, spectacular ocean views. Orchid Bay amenities include utilities, marina, restaurant, pool, tennis courts, beach pavillion, paved roads. $1,499,000. MARSH HARBOURBrigantine Bay # 1662 Two adjoining single family residential lots, 13,602 s/f total with combined 144 of sea-walled frontage. All utilities available. Superb water views. $785,000.Sales Team of Ed Newell Broker Cindy Newell Sales Agent James Moir Nassau OceCoco Beach #1676 Newly built 3 bed, 3 bath, 3 level fully furnished beachfront home, 1,700 s/f under air, 1,290 s/f open patios. 0.93 acre parcel with 101 sandy beachfront, plus dock and boat lift. Sensational sea views from virtually every room. $999,000. Windward Beach Drive Beach Parcel #1693 Oversized 17,000 s/f parcel with 100 powder sand beach frontage & 2 tier sea wall. All utilities available. Suberb sea views. $599,000. MembersTreasure Cay Harbourfront Lot #1804 13,678 s/f landscaped parcel, 153 of bulkheaded seawall,140 of lay-along docks, garage, water & electricity $499,000. Commercial Bldg. #1792 6,000 s/f retail & warehouse bldgs on 20,000 s/f parcel in heart of town. 4 tenants, monthly rental income. $499,000. Summer Dreams # 1814 -Furnished 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2.5 storey oceanview home on 7,408 s/f parcel. 2,000 s/f under air, 1,000 s/f covered porches. Dock slip included. MOTIVATED SELLER! $595,000. Ocean Ridge Estates # 594 7 ocean & sea view residential lots from 7,686 sq. ft. to 16,740 sq. ft. Underground electrical infrastructure in place, dockage available in Boat Harbour, ocean & sea common community areas. Lots from $155,500. Regattas of Abaco # 27 #1853 2 bed, 2 bath, 825 s/f 2nd level turn-key furnished condo near to beach, shops, marina, etc. $184,900. Canalfront Home #1865 2 bed, 2 bath furnished home, recently built in 2003. 11,378 s/f parcel, 120 bulk-headed canal frontage, 78 lay-along dock. $549,000. Galleon Bay # 422 Prime 10,295 s/f cleared canal lot, 88+ protected canal frontage. Sea-walled, plus dock & davit pilings. All utilities available. $350,000 Beach Lot # 1815 0.94 Acre beach parcel with 120 of Sea of Abaco sandy beach frontage. Electricity & telephone available, great water views. $225,000. # 602 Large 15,344 s/f cleared & level lot with 197 of fully seawalled, protected canal frontage. Water installed, other utilities available. $249,000. Inland Lots 17 & 18, Blk. 4 # 1868 2 adjoining lots of 10,000 s/f each. Short walk to beach. Each at $27,500. CASUARINA POINTCasuarina Cottage # 1866 2 bed, 1 bath, 816 s/f semi-furnished cottage on 14,000 s/f lot with 127 of canal frontage with boat ramp. $175,000. Inland Lots 11 & 12 #1661 2 adjoining lots, 9,600 s/f each in Sect.4. Short walk to Atlantic beach. Electricity available. Each $24,600. # 811 10,400 s/f sea view corner lot with 194' of road frontage. Walk to beach. All utilities available. $89,950. Ocean View Lot # 168 # 1854 9,680 s/f lot close to beach. All utilities available. $60,000. #1902 Leisure Lee Inland Lot # 170 Sea view parcel with 13,459 s/f Near Beach REDUCED TO $75,000. # 1846 Yellowbird 2 bed, 2 bath, turn-key furnished elevated canalfront home. 1,900 s/f under roof. 80 lay-along dock, plus boat slip, ramp & lift. OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE $550,000. Treasure Cay Drive Inland Lot #1692 Prime residential lot # 3 less than 200 from Treasure Cay Beach. All utilities available. 10,000 s/f $77,850. "Ridge Runner" # 11856 bed, 4 bath, 3,100 s/f furnished home-main house, separate master suite, guest cottage, pool & dock. 1.74 elevated acres, 330' shoreline. Superb panoramic water views. $1,995,000. REDUCED GREAT CISTERN CAY# 1787 Rivendell Rustic 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,284 s/f. furnished beach cottage on 2 building lots total 41,800 s/f 236 sandy beach frontage & 2 garages. $599,000.GREEN TURTLE CAYLot A The Bluff # 1910 15,600 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront lot, 89 hard rock shoreline, 30 elevations, Near Bluff House, great sea views $491,000. Treasure Cay Sea Views Lots 10 & 11. #1908 2 adjoining inland lots on Windward Beach Drive. Total 21,600 s/f. All utilities available. EACH $74,995. Brigantine Bay # 1622-1632 A selection of 11 adjoining level & cleared canal lots ranging in size from 11,673 s/f to 19,068 s/f with deep water canal frontages from 74 to 173. All lots with bulkheaded sea walls installed. All utilities available. Great water views along sheltered Brigantine Bay. Listing # 1632 also includes 2 finger docks installed. From $266,000. to $753,000. Superb Beachfront Parcel # 1362 Treasure Cay Blvd. Level & cleared lot, 12,600 s/f 90' sandy beach frontage. Breath-taking sea views. $1,275,000. Beachfront Parcel Ocean Blvd. # 876 1.5 acres with 100' of beach frontage, on spectacular Treasure Cay Beach. All utilities available Gorgeous beach & sea views. $1,195,000. Beach & Canal Lot Package #941Windward Beach lot of 17,542 s/f with 100' of beach frontage on Sea of Abaco, PLUS Galleon Bay lot of 17,955 s/f wi th approx. 76' of sea-walled canal frontage. $1,446 ,000.Vacant LandOcean Blvd. Beach Parcel #1842 Exceptionally oversized 1.26 acre beach lot, 165 beach frontage. All utilities available. $1,499,000. Treasure Cay Beach Parcels Boiling Hole Lot 18 # 1827 Sea of Abaco waterfront lot, 17,472 sq. ft. with 100 hard rock shoreline & magnificent sea views. All utilities available. $79,000.NORTH ABACOTreasure Cay Inland Lot # 12, Block 194 #1954 10,980 s/f cleared & level lot ready for building, all utilities available. Brigantine Bay Views. $69,000. Blackwood Waterfront Parcel # 1521 38,514 s/f parcel,167' of deep water Sea of Abaco frontage and highway frontage. Topography well suited for a marina site. Utilities available $98,500. UNDER CONTRACTSand Banks Creek Acreage -#1988 24 acres at Treasure Cay entrance, 539 water frontage, 1,060 road frontage, good elevations. Ideal for commercial development. $995,000.NEW LISTINGOcean Blvd. Lot 90, Block 2 #1992 Unusually large beachfront lot with 140 of sandy beach frontage. Ideal for estate home. Sensational sea views! All utilities available. $1,499,000. Treasure Cay Inland Parcels Brigantine Canal # 1971 17,300 s/f parcel, 123 sea walled frontage, All utilities available, Sea of Abaco views. $199,000.NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Treasure Cay Area Development ParcelREDUCED REDUCED REDUCED# 1844 2 adjoining deep water, sheltered canal lots, 9,900 s/f each, 50 x 50 shared dredged boat slip, 150 lay-along docks each. Near beach. EACH REDUCED TO $149,000.REDUCEDRegattas of Abaco 408 #2009 2 Bed, 2 bath 2nd level 1,200 sq. ft furnished condo. Well maintained, great harbour views. Near to town & beach $289,000.NEW LISTINGREDUCED REDUCED Treasure Cay Inland Parcels Multi-family Residential Lot #1774 21,826 s/f parcel zoned multi-family near Treasure Cay Beach. Close to shops, restaurants, etc. Ideal for guest villas. $499,000. UNDER CONTRACTWave Watch # 2030 Turnkey furnished 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 level ocean view home. 2,000 s/f living, 1,000 s/f elevated perimeter decks, 14,067 s/f parcel. Unparalled ocean views. $499,950. NEW LISTINGTreasure Cay Drive Inland Lot #2036 Prime residential lot # 17, close top Treasure Cay Beach. All utilities available. 10,000 s/f $77,850. Windward Beach Lots 12 & 13 # 2031 100 sandy beach frontage, 44,675 s/f cleared, walled parcel. All utilities available. Fabulous sea views. $1,499,000.NEW LISTING

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 The funeral service for Mary Freda Bethel was held on January 13 at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel. Bro. David Cartwright and Bro. Peter Brind officiated. She was predeceased by her husband Charles Bethel, son George Ste ven Bethel and brotherin-law Jason Higgs. She is survived by chil dren Freda Pauline Roberts, Charles Tillman Bethel and Deborah Denise Darville; sons-inlaw Ronnie Roberts and David Darville; daughter-in-law Stephanie Bethel; grand daughters Lisa McCoy and Vanessa Roberts; grandsons Victor Roberts, Shayne Bethel and Charles Darville; grandson-inlaw David McCoy; granddaughter-in-law Dina Roberts; great-grandson, Aaron Roberts; great-granddaughters Gabrielle McCoy and Hailee Roberts; Dudley and Mar garet Rose Bethel and family; and many other relatives and friends. Fred J. Parotti of Casuarina Point passed away on December 23, 2011. A celebration of his life was held at Casuarina Point on January 14, 2012. He is survived by his wife Ann; son Michael and wife, Susan Parotti; daughters Eliza beth (Mrs. Claude Collins), Susan and her husband Richard Cartwright, Regina and husband Sarone Kennedy; grandchildren Chamara and husband Rustin Rolle, Daryl and wife Amy Sawyer, and Jillian Parotti; great-grandchildren Rachel and Brandon Rolle; brother Hartley and his wife Dianne Parotti and family; sisters Rosemary Payne and family and Marie Parotti; brother-inlaw Bobby and wife Joan Eldon and family; sister-in-law Roberta Parotti and family; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service of Carolyn Yvonne Carrie Miller-Newbold 39, of Spring City was held on January 14 at Shiloh Bap tist Church on Grand Cay. Rev. John Rus sell officiat ed, assisted by Deacon Terry Lew is. Inter ment was in the Grand Cay Public Cemetery on Grand Cay. She is survived by her husband Hermis Ethon New bold; daughters Juliette, Herminique and Sherdera; son Latico; adopted son Dino Gilbert; stepchildren Hermis Jr, Shoga, Urich (UJ), Jacqueline, Onieshsa Clar marion and Shannon Watkens; parents Ed ward and Romelda Miller; sisters Sabrina Russell, Stacy Russell, Latanya Miller and Kathy Saunders; brothers Michael, Edward Jr., Warren and Charles Eddie Miller; nieces and nephews Sherina, Kermont, Dermont and Maria Russell, Ken drick, Dejon and Joshua Russell, Tamia and Derinique Miller, Asia Saunders, Mayleasha, Mikelo, Tatianna, Lashae, Jameko, Jamarie, Edrea Miller and Quintierra; aunts Olivia Pierre, Mabel Grant, Alice Miller, Drucilla Whimp, Anna Thompson, Tersa Hanna, Rochell McIntosh, Wildalean Higgs, Ruth Seymour and Lerinique Saunders; uncles Redwin and Freddie Miller, Ronald and Harold Grant, Preston Thompson, Wendal Saunders and Oswald Seymour; grandaunts Julia Wells, Evelyn Russell and Gelita Armbrister; granduncle William Grant; parents-in-law Roosevelt Newbold and Jacqueline Fergu son; sisters-in-law Maylean and LaGeisha Miller; brothers-in-law Kermit Grady and Kenny Russell; godparent Corraine Rolle; godchildren Shawn Rogers, Aheandrea Thomas, Jamarion Woodside and Tysha nique Cunningham; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Joann Percis Gomez Martin, 46, of Murphy Town was held on January 14 at Zion Baptist Cathedral in Murphy Town. Rev. Christopher Dean officiated assisted by Rev. Everette Strachan and Rev. Leroy Thompson. Interment was in Murphy Town Public Cemetery in Murphy Town. She is survived by her husband James Martin Sr., sons James Jr., Jody and Myles Martin; parents James Venable and Eulamae Gomez; sisters Patricia Dawkins, Paula Cartwright, Harriet Gomez, Gay lene Brice and Charlene McDonald; brothers Oscar, Barry and Greg Gomez; parents-in-law Melfred and Gretel Martin; brothers-in-law George and Rufus Martin, Lenny Dawkins, Kevin Cartwright, Keith McDonald Sr., Melchizedek Brice Sr., Carl Pratt and George Fernander; nieces Cicely, Aleshia, Amelia and Gabrielle Go mez, Tabitha Cartwright, Rachel Brice, Lachell and Kiara Fernander, Tremeice, Tranae and Geomia Martin, Deondrea Wilkinson; nephews Rashad and Isaiah Gomez, Keith McDonald Jr., Melchizedek Brice Jr., George Jr., Sheldon, Shaquille, Shaqueme, Tre and Maleek Martin, Brandon and Cory Pratt, Dikembe Wilkinson and Sean Carter; aunts Marjorie Stubbs, Christine Dean, Susan Knowles, Jacque line Johnson, Gelita Lewis, Yvonne Rolle, Edith, Florina, Marilyn, Jennive, Leta, Linda and Agatha Simms; uncles Don ald, Sherwood, Cyril, John and Jonathan Simms, Clifford Stubbs, Jonathan Parker, Rev. Christopher Dean, Joseph Knowles, Franklin Johnson, Alphonso Lewis and Timothy Rolle; god-father Estin Sawyer; grandaunts Vernell Davis, Marjorie Mc Donald, Evangelist Marilyn Ingraham and Bernice Simms; cousins Brenda Roberts and family, Elizabeth Cornish and fam ily, Barbara Dawkins and family, Shervin Johnson and family, Cubell Davis Jr., and family, Nixon Johnson and family, Debbie Roldan and family, Billy, Dudley and Re naldo Davis, William Johnson and family, Marjorie Martin and family, Tamara Mc Intosh and family, Errol Curry, Rex and Steve Davis, Lance Stubbs, Servina Major and family, Marco Simms and family, Ka tie Jacques and family, Tiffany Williams and family, Antonia Williams and family, Jessica McKinney and family, McGerrette, Donavan, Jerrod and Erica Simms, John Albury and family, Bernadette Hepburn and family, Sherwood Jr., and family, Ta sha Mills and family, Paul Simms and fam ily, Maggon and Keffee Simms, Kenneth Cornish and family, Shandlene Grant and family, Jonnette Munroe and family, Las hunda Aranha and family, Hillary Reckley and family, Geoffery Rutter and family, Carla Parker and family, Delvern Simms and family, Elton McKenzie and family, Nikki McDonald, Jeremy Simms and fami ly, Teneka Curry and family, Sherique Dill and family, Sheneka, Shantell and Cryil Jr., Simms, Chervain Stuart and family, Lachrissa Scriven and family, Corderro and Trudy Dean, Sabrina Rolle and family, Josette Knowles, Felicity, Kim, Trevain, Jonathan Jr., and Abraham Simms, Cosma, Charisma and Franklin Jr., Johnson, Alkeisha, Alphonso III and Gabriel Lewis, Tavonya, Deandra and Kayla Rolle, Ada Guillaume and family, Leland Simms and family, George Mullings and family, Si mon Mullings and family, Wellington Mullings and family; and many other rela tives and friends. Thomas Bethel, 70, passed away on January 13. His funeral service was held at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour on January 21. Pastor Derek Benjamin and Pastor Dave Lowe officiated. He is survived by his wife Eleanor; daughter Donna; son-in-law Reg; grandson Ryan; Obituaries of Family and FriendsMary Freda Bethel Carolyn Carrie Newbold Fred J. Parotti Joann Percis Martin Please see Obituaries Page 19

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 granddaugh ter Tonya; sisters Caro lyn, Cheryl and Patrice; sister-inlaws Janet, Annie, Ret ta, Myrtie and Cheryl; brothers-inlaw Chuck, Stan, Ron, Roy, Michael and Scott; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. He was pre-deceased by his parents Elta and Vivian Bethel; in-laws, Eric and Ber nice Lowe; daughter Patricia; son Michael; brothers-in-law Jerry and Perry; and sisterin-law Kathy. The funeral service for Bertram Liv ingston Williams 87, of Dundas Town was held on January 21 at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town. Pastor Jacinta Ma rie Neely officiated, assisted by Bro. Gary Sawyer. Interment followed in the Dundas Town Public Cemetery. He is sur vived by his children Livingston, Tyrone, Larry, Paul, Jacky and Michael Williams, Eleanor Darville, Willamae Moss, Me lissa and Michelle Williams; grandchildren Shantique, Lasonya, Racquel, Telisha, Shakeesa, Tanisha, Turkessa, Demetria, Shonie, Jamal, Jacksill, Roger, ONeil, Re naldo, Nikal, Harmony, Teron, DLamar, Ryan, Judymae, Reno, Vernamae and Prescola; granddaughters-in-law Shakera, Jackie, Bridgette and Melissa; grandsonsin-law Patrice Moss, Barry Wright, Bruce Missick and Ashton; daughters-in-law Et tamae, Alrica, Louise, Lavern and Chandra Williams and Jonice Lockhart Lamb; sonin-law Patrick Moss; great-grandchildren Trinard, Amarrah, Cameron, Barrisha, Shannon, Kaiden, Terrell, Kameron, Trea sure, Terano, Tashawn and Aleah; nieces and nephews Gelita Ingraham, Paula Ad ams, Vanrea, Viola, Danora, Audrey, Jo anna, Lisa, Felisha, Tishka, Carla, Ede na, Charisma, Standard, Hansel, Vernal, Ricky, Christopher, Tacoma, Audley and Rudolph Balfour; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Demetrius Williams, 20, The Bight, Moores Island, was held on January 21 at St Matthews Na tive Baptist Church in The Bight. Pastor Pres ton Knowles officiated assisted by Pastor An thony Wil liams, Pastor Nixon Simms and Rev. Samuel Davis. Interment followed in the Public Cemetery on Moores Island. He is survived by his mother Esther Wil liams; father Rev. Ishmael Williams; sister Kimberley Gibson; nephew David E. Gib son Jr., brother-in-law David Gibson Sr.; grand mothers Pastor Geneva Williams and Melvina McBride; grandfather Solo mon Hield; aunts Lindel Delancy, Linda McBride, Pheva Roberts, Ruthharin and Myrthis Williams, Pandora and Victoria Meld, Veronica Stuart, Shavonne Swain and Edith Brown; uncles Wilfred, Charles, Jerome and Pedro Hield, Charles Williams, Vascille Stuart, Alexander Ronard and Ty rone Davis; aunts-in-law Sabrina, Meltina and Maria Hield, Nathalie Williams, Peggy Stuart, Annette Ronard and Francis Davis; uncles-in-law Kevin Delancy, Utlas Mc Bride, Nicolas Roberts, Johnathan Stuart, Joshua Swain, Ricardo Brown; Charles Williams Jr., Dencil McBride, Nigel Mc Bride, Annissa, Sharece, Ellison, Tyreek Melrose Davis, Ellissa and Stevanna, Ste phon Thompson, Nikita, Davia, Daisha and Davanna Douglas, Vanessa McBride, Ebony Swain, Daphane, Sharain, Otis and Raquel Brown, Vitera, Viesha and Vacille Stuart, Joel Swain, Johnathan and Cecil Stuart, Alicia Elliott and Rashard, Ronard, Samantha, Santrecia, Darren, Wiltrico, Marecia, Marecio, Pedro Jr., Charla, Vic toria, Amanda and Charlsea Hield, Labraun Delancy, Nicolas Jr., Nickeem and Nick ael Roberts; and many other relatives and friends.More Obituaries of Family and Friends Bertram Williams Demetrius Williams Thomas Bethel Obituaries From Page 18 Local leaders meet with US Senator on mutual security issuesSenator Tom Harkin from Iowa met with government leaders on Abaco concerned with security. Shown are Police Supt. Noel Curry; Clement Bosfield, Superintendent of Customs for Abaco, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Cephas Cooper; Senator Harkin; and Arneth Rolle Hannah, Superintendent of Immigration for Abaco. Senator Harkin is a long time visitor to Abaco as he has had a second home on Elbow Cay for about 40 years.

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs Brokers Enjoy great dining at Anglers Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the waters edge in Marsh Harbour Happy Hour Friday night from 6 to 8 pm Dance with Brown Tip every Friday night starting at 8 pm. Stephen Colebrook Enjoy Stephens versatile piano music and vocals Tuesday through Sunday.Contact us at 367-2158www.AbacoBeachResort.com By Mirella Santillo On January 18 Dr. Brendamae Cleare, VP of Academic Affairs at the College of The Bahamas, and Jamal Smith, Crewing Manager for Campbell Shipping Ltd, visit ed Marsh Harbour to meet with the principals of all the schools on Abaco. The meeting, held at the Department of Education office, explored the possibility of holding a Maritime Summer Camp on the island for three weeks in July. For the past three years Campbell Shipping has been sponsoring summer camps, the first two years in Nassau, last year in Freeport. Because of the success with approximately 100 students attended each camp, it was decided to offer the pro gram to 50 Abaco students in grades 8 and 9. It will be a theoretical camp during which students will learn about maritime navigation, mathematics and English among other subjects. The goal, ex plained Dr. Cleare, is speeding up the cadet program so it can be linked to a bachelorss degree program at the College of The Bahamas. It was the first trip to Abaco concerning that project for both Dr. Cleare and Mr. Smith. They will come back to find for a suitable venue. A registration fee of $450 will be charged; everything else will be supplied by Campbell Shipping for the duration of the camp, mentioned Mr. Smith. Interested students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Dr. Cleare can be reached at 242-3024310 or 4309; Mr. Smiths number at Campbell Shipping is 242-397-1795. Dr. Brendamae Cleare from the College of the Baha mas came to Abaco with Jamal Smith to discuss hav ing a Marine Cadet Summer Camp here. They spoke to a meeting of principals explaining that they want to prepare the students so the Marine Cadet program can be linked to a degree from the College.Maritime Cadet Summer Camp may be held on Abaco Register to Vote TodayRemember you do not much time until elections fundraiser. Members gather old fish ing tackle, boat parts, unused dive gear, even that old boat in someones back yard. It is amazing what you can accu mulate but equally impressive is how easy it is to turn old nautical gear into cash for a worthwhile cause. Several individuals have come for ward offering to sell nautical merchan dise in their booth on a consignment ba sis. This arrangement is perfect for those with only have a few items to sell, said Mr. Albury. Typically, the consignment seller works on a 20 percent commission for items sold. Like all vendors at the Abaco Ma rine Flea Market, consignment sellers must be preregistered. Likewise, those wishing to locate a consignment vendor should call 242-427-0412 for contact in formation. Anyone interested in selling items at the Abaco Marine Flea Market can find complete details and registration forms on the events website www.abaco marinefleamarket.com. Organizers of the Abaco Marine Flea Market have created areas within the event for Nautical Arts & Crafts and for sales by groups and organizations. According to Donnie Albury, With the large community of talented artists throughout Abaco, it is only natural that the Abaco Marine Flea Market has a sep arate section devoted to Nautical Arts & Crafts. The same is true for groups or or ganizations that wish to utilize the event as a fundraiser for the organization or a specific project. The Abaco Marine Flea Market is for anyone with an interest in things nautical. These same people appreciate seascapes and paintings of boats, not to mention their fascination with shell art and nauti cal jewelry. Mr. Albury continued, We have had a good response from the art community and have created the Nauti cal Arts & Crafts area to showcase their work. The Abaco Marine Flea Market pres ents a great opportunity for groups and organizations to utilize the event as a Abaco Marine Flea Market Adds Special Sections

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 For reservations please call our partner Continental Airlines:1-800-523-3273 or 1-800-231-0856WWW.CONTINENTAL.COM CODE-SHARE Flying to Florida?Flights now streaming daily. vide the area with an additional 230 low cost house lots on both the north and south sides of the community. These lots will be close to the shore line on both sides and will include a limited number of commercial lots. The pushing of roads has begun Grant From Page 2 here as well. He is very pleased to receive information that there is a good response from persons interested in homes and lots in these settle ments. Mr. Grant will keep the public informed of the development of these areas moving forward. The Hon. Neko Grant, center, viewed the area in Crown Haven that is being prepared for dividing into low cost lots for residents in Little Abaco. Shown are Gordon Major, Direc tor of Housing; Mr. Grant; Edison Key, MP for South Abaco; Lorraine Armbrister, Acting Permanent Secretary with Housing; and Litchfield Rolle in the Department of Housing. Land has been prepared in Coopers Town for a government subdivision. The site was on Mr. Grants itinerary. Shown on the site are Councillor Eric Collie; Councillor Clyde Cornish; Ejnar Cornish, who heads Abacos BAIC office; and MP Edison Key. By Jennifer Hudson Peacocks in The Bahamas? Yes, indeed. A family of peafowl is a much loved part of the community of Casuarina Point. The fam ily consists presently of five birds, one mature (and quite elderly) male peacock, two younger male peacocks and two female peahens. Their home is on the grounds of the abandoned bonefish lodge Different of Abaco. They were brought here originally by Nettica Symonette, who established the lodge. Since she aban doned the place more than six years ago, only the peafowl now remain. The average life span of peafowl in the wild is 20 years and originally the number of peafowl at Netties was consider ably larger. But due to predation by wild cats and stray dogs, the numbers have dwindled. Each female lays approximate ly 24 eggs each year, but many are eaten by birds such as buzzards and man-o-war birds even before they have time to hatch. These magnificent birds live in trees but nest on the ground and are ground feeders. They are perfectly capable of finding enough food for themselves amongst all the plants, insects and small creatures, but they love the treats brought for them by residents and visitors. Every day between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. they leave their sanc tuary in the bush and congregate on the road. They are smart creatures and know that this is the time many people are pass ing on their way home from work and that they will probably receive the remains of lunches and other treats which people save for them. Often people walk down the road with their children and grandchildren as the children love to feed the peacocks who enjoy just about anything. Although these birds can be testy, I have seen them actu ally taking bread from a childs hand. The male peacock is one of the most ostentatiously adorned creatures on earth, known for its beautiful, large iridescent tails with the blue, gold and red eye markings. Originally from India and Southern Asia, peacocks have left captiv ity and developed free roaming populations in several countries. The Casuarina Point community is very protective of its five very special pets. The Peacocks of Casuarina PointThe beautiful male peacock leads his flock on the road at Casuarina Point waiting for a hand-out. These birds are well loved by the residents who feed them scraps. They seem to enjoy a variety of food.

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 the top of the dune. This past summer with Hurricane Irene and during the fall when Abaco was subjected to several severe rages, the dune was breached three times in the south fill ing the road with sand. The waves undercut the dune to the north to the point that vehicles had to drive partly on the road and partly on the property adjoining the road to the west. After repeated attempts to have central government assist, government recently paid $47,000 to have large boulders put along the edge of the road to keep motor ists safe. A local individual has now paid, at his own expense, to have sand pushed up daily from the beach to replace the sand that recent storms have washed out. Another individual is willing to purchase a bulldozer to be kept on Elbow Cay if he can get a concession from the government on the duty. He would then be willing to push the sand from the beach to build up White Sound From Page 1 the dune on a monthly contractual basis on the entire length of the cay. The replacement sand that is being pushed up the dune is not stable and will have to be continually renewed. The resi dents will be planting sea oats and other beach and dune plants that will help to hold and stabilize the sand. However, this will be effective only on the top one-third of the dune. The lower areas of the dune will have to be refurbished every time there is a rage or storm waves. After Hurricane Floyd in 1999the Elbow Cay residents were alarmed at the severe damage to the dune. They began a pro gram of pushing sand back to the dune that washed onto the beach. It was a successful program in keeping further damage from occurring, although it was not a permanent solution to the problem. Any permanent solution will be very expensive. One ho meowner along the dune did reinforce the dune before he built his house. It has been very successful as the dune washes away on both sides of his house but he has not had any damage to his section of the dune. The is the dune just prior to the efforts of a resident to push sand up daily that washes ashore. The palets on the road were to keep vehicles away from the edge. Rev. Apr 11 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana CayDive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Donna Sands + 12 hse 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort 6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside 8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil 6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 7 villas 888-812-2243 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 3 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House 6 rms 367-3980 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic 367-0148 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 4 units 365-8033 Island Dreams + 45 hse 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa 365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http.//www.abacocottage.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com By Samantha V. Evans It is no secret that Junkanoo is a big deal in the Bahamas. In fact, so many Bahamians have contributed to the advancement of this cultural expression that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture along with the Junkanoo Committee has been honoring these persons via the Na tional Junkanoo Legends Circle for numer ous years. On Decem ber 13 Colon Curry of Spring City joined those men and women in the Legends Circle when he was inducted at Government House. Mr. Curry is the leader of the Spring City Rockers and has been steering this group for the past 26 years. He started the group in 1976 with his longtime friend Antho ny Gibson. In 1990 he accompa nied the Abaco Central High School Junkanoo group to Nassau for the Junior Junkanoo parade and to the summer Fete Colon Curry is inducted into National Junkanoo CircleColon Curry as seen in a recent junkanoo rush. in Toronto, Canada. He led the Spring City Rockers to 10 consecutive wins from 1998 to 2008. This group still remains the defending champions. His love and passion for Junkanoo is endless. He is one of the newest honorees to join the 30 Legends from across The Bahamas.Voters, remember to register

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................. 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . .......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ..................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town . ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ............................................. 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana . ........................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop . ....................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour . 367-2655 . 367-7368 . . . . 367-2979 . . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . Treasure Cay . 365-8623 . 365-8582 . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . 367-7272 . . . . 367-3778 . . . . . . . . 367-2366 . . + . 367-3796 . . 367-2278 . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ................................. . Guana Cay . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Point Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9112 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services . . . . . 365-8288 . . . . Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . 32 . . . . . . Treasure Cay . . . Man-O-War . 26 . Marsh Harbour . . . 75 . . 36 . . 29 . . Hope Town . . 6 . . . Spanish Cay . 75 . Guana Cay . . . 37 . . Tours & Excursions Airlines Serving Abaco . 367-2266 . . . . . . . . Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida . 367-2266 . Taxi Cab Fares ffective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attractions Albert Lowe Museum . ....................................... Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . ....... Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . .......................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ........................ Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station . ........................................... Hope Town Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. . .. Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ............. Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry. ........................ Little Harbour Working boatyards . ........................................... Man-O-War cay Pocket beaches Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures Items of interest ask tourism 367-3067Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised 16 Nov 11 Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh Harbour>Hope Town 7:15am 9:00am 10:30am 12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00 am 9:45am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00pm 6:30pm Marsh Harbour>Man-O-War 10:30am 12:15pm 2:30pm 4:00pm 5:45pm Return: 8:00am 11:30am 1:30pm 3:15pm 5:00pm Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 10:30am 1:30pm 3:30pm 5:45pm Return: 8 am 11:30am 2:30pm 4:45pm 6:30pm Note: During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the office for the changes. T Cay Airport>Green T Cay 8:30am 10:30am 11:30am 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30pm 5:00pm Return: 8am 9am 11am 12:15pm 1:30pm 3:00pm 4:30pm Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters AvailableTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday departs 11:00am & returns 3:30 p.m. $40 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Saturday departs 9:30 am, $45 RT Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven return Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 Hour Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 The Great Abaco Express Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourisms Doranell Swain at 367-3067 for more informa tion. Email: dswain@bahamas.com Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Abaco Cays Realty, Ltd.Great Guana Cay Green Turtle Cay Man-O-War Cay Hope Town Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Chris Plummer Managing Broker Faron Sawyer Broker Bill Johnston Silbert Mills Tara Claridge Chris Claridge Sarah Sams James Pleydell-Bouverie 242-365-4648 242-367-3450 242-577-6674 242-367-2935 242-359-6201 242-375-8558 242-365-4648 242-365-6417 Please view all of our exclusive listings atwww.AbacoCaysRealty.com Contact us at: info@abacocaysrealty.com 242-365-4648 Specializing in the Gems of Abaco, her Cays ELBOW CAY BERKLEYS BLUFF31,000 s.f. 0.7116 Acre 100 of Atlantic ocean frontage 275 depth Great elevations overlooks surfers beach. #HTV1125 BRING OFFERS NEW PRICE $375,000. GREAT GUANA CAY SEA TO BAY 148,104 s.f. 3.40 Acre Sea to Sea parcel 201.87 on the Atlantic Ocean 159.15 on the Sea of Abaco overlooking private harbour inclusive 2 boat slips Great elevations Can be Divided. #GGV1008 $1,472,000. SURFERS BEACH 31,299 s.f. 0.718 Acre 110 on pristine Atlantic beachfront up to 25 elevations paved road and electricity in place. Access to shared dock. Combine with.Lost Shaker for a total of 68,138 s.f. 1.56 Acre site. #GGV1156 $388,000. CLAIRES BEACH Beachfront building site 31,243 s.f. 0.717 Acre 117 of Atlantic beachfront Dock access good elevations superb ocean views. #GGV1006 $478,000. LOST SHAKER 36,839 s.f. 0.847 Acre 65 of Atlantic beachfront -Dolphin Beach Estates oversized parcel good elevationseasement to beach. #GGV1000 $460,000. ATLANTIS 19,239 s.f. 0.4417 Acre 95 of Atlantic beachfront Dolphin Beach Estates Semi-private dock. #GGV1135 FORCLOSURE MUST SELL! $350,000. SEAVIEW Dolphin Beach Estates 24,292 s.f. 0.557 Acre 136 prime waterfront great elevations fabulous views of Delias Cay and the Sea of Abaco. Shared dock access or can build a private dock on shoreline 8 depth at MLW #GGV1118 $368,000. MIRABELLA 15,174 s.f. 0.384 Acre lot one of Guanas highest elevations with panoramic views of the Atlantic and Sea of Abaco Paved road and underground electrice in place Deeded rights to shared dock in Susans Cove. #GGV1153 $99,900. GREEN TURTLE CAY COCONUT BEACH 63,815 s.f. 1.465 Acre Prime beach front lot secluded beach cove on north end-driveway in place and approved building plans available GTV1172 NEW $675,000. PLAYING HOOKY15,948 s.f. 0.3661 Acre Prime building site Unobstructed views of Coco Bay Public dock accessBeach access #GTV1080 $240,000. MADERIA HILL 65,208 s.f. 1.497 Acre = Dock Access Beach Access Great elevations. BANK OWNED MUST SELL! #GTV1009 $395,000. CONCHED OUT 30,361 s.f. 0.697 Acre 125 of Atlantic beachfront 12 elevations beautiful ocean views very private areaadditional acreage available. #GTV1008 BRING OFFERS -$325,000. NO NAME CAY PARCELS 1. One Acre +/345 of Atlantic shoreline $159,000. 2. One Acre +/250 of Atlantic Shoreline 3. One and a Half Acres +/525 of Atlantic Shoreline. #NCV1188 OCEANVIEW LOT 22,141 s.f. 0.508 Acre overlooks pristine beachfront on Atlantic side snorkeling reef just o shore Great view close proximity to Green Turtle Club. #GTV1157 UNDER CONTRACT SEABREEZE 14,960 s.f. 0.343 Acre close to ocean beach clubs & town. #GTV1173 $145,000. COCO BAY BREEZE Prime building site .2699 Acre Dock Access Beach Access. #GTV1007 $47,500. MAN O WAR CAY SUMMERPLACE 10,719 s.f. 0.246 Acre Prime building site over 150 of Sea of Abaco frontage private dock fabulous Sea of Abaco views. #MWV1082 $185,000. TREASURE CAY GALLEON BAY LOT 4 10,000 s.f. 0.229 Acre 80 of waterfront private dock deck & storage Utilities to dock #TCV1187 $349,000. ANCHORAGE ESTATES 14,250 s.f. 0.327 Acre Corner Lot centrally located golf course beach access Treasure Cay Marina.#TCV1174-MOTIVATED SELLER-BRING OFFERS$130,000. SAND BANKS CREEK LOTS 4&5 #4 1.120 Acres 97.42 on the creek. #5 1.155 Acres 100.92 on the creek. Both lots creek to highway near Treasure Cay. #CAV1182 $89,500. BAKERS CREEK 17 Lots 10,567 16,031s.f. paved roads underground utilities water access -beach/commons areapanoramic views $646.00 per month bank nancing to qualied buyers with 10% down. #ACV1180 $55,000. a lot Green Turtle Cay33,342 s.f. 0.765 Acre 161.30 on Coco Bay 3,300 s.f. 3 Bd.-3 Bath Double Garage 600s.f. Impact Doors/Windows Turkish Stone Floors Galvilume Metal Roof 13 KW Generator Ultra Violet System #GTH1162 $2,050,000 Green Turtle Cay3 Bedroom, 3 Baths 1,282 s.f. under air 887 s.f ground oor bed-bath-garage 1,597 s.f. decks 15,710s.f. 0.360 Acre 200 on Coco Bay Beach 8,000 gallon cistern #GTH1152 $1,285,000Green Turtle Cay 4 Bd, 2 Bth 1,962 s.f. 2 kitchens 30,874 s.f. 0.708 Acres 360 views 30 elevations Centrally Located #GTH1192 $1,200,000 C Man O War Cay103,237 s.f. 2.37 Acre Sea to Sea Parcel 339.94 on Atlantic 125 on Sea of Abaco 1,000 sf 2 bd/1 bth 510 sf Guest /1bd. 1bth Garage/Gen. Shed Dockage / membership Sea Glass Association #MWH1178 $3,500,000 Green Turtle Cay2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1,355 s.f. of Residence 23,546 s.f. 0.54 Acre 125.78 on White Sound 127.28 on Sea of Abaco Private sea to sea 2 docks deep draft Boat Access Only 50 KW Generator #GTH1137 $995,000 Man O War CaySea to Sea property 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1,096 s.f. Beach Res. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 625 s.f. Guest Cottage Land 0.764 Acre Workshop/Laundry #MWH1164 $1,090,000 Man O War Cay 2 Bd, 2 Bth 2,664 s.f. Residence 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath 838 s.f. Guest House Land Sea-to-Sea 43,800 sf/1.1 Acres 98' Ocean Front Private Dock/Creek Fabulous Views #MWH1116 $3,750,000 Man O War Cay134,491s.f. 3.08 Acres Sea to Sea Parcel 695.49 on Atlantic 290.65 Sea of Abaco 4,056 s.f. 3 bd, 3bth 1,595 sf guest cottages Garage/GeneratorShed Dock-12,000 lb boatlift Innity Pool #MWH1159 $5,790,000 Green Turtle Cay2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1,190 s.f. Residence Sea to Sea Land 2.68 Acres 150.60 Atlantic Beach 196.60 Coco Bay Beach Dock 50% Shared #GTH1165 $990,000 Green Turtle CayMarina Resort for Sale 1500 on Black Sound available 1114 Sea of Abaco frontage available +/2.78 Acres Restaurant & Pool Bar Shell Fuel Dock 1.5 Add. Acres Avail. #GTH1151 $4,100,000 Green Turtle Cay1,823 s.f. 0.0419 Acre 1,723 s.f. 2 bd, 2 bth On Settlement Harbour Corner Lot Workshop/Garage Fully Furnished/turn key City water Great Rental Property Water views #GTH1193 $390,000 Green Turtle Cay17,191 s.f. 0.394 Acre 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Covered Screen Porch Wood Floors Shellstone Tile Dead End Road/Private Community Dock Access #GTH1149 $599,000 Great Guana Cay22,694 s.f. 0.520 Acre 97.42 on Sea of Abaco 1,950 s.f. 3 bd 2 bth 256 s.f. Guest House T&G clear cypress Mahongany oors -Generator Rights to Shared Dock #GGH1158 $1,170,000 Great Guana Cay12,105 s.f 0.227 Acre 60 Atlantic Beach 1,558 s.f. 3 Bd 1 Bth Crows Peak lounge Abacos best beach Near Nippers & Town Rental History #GGH1190 $735,000 Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores31,399 s.f. 0.720 Acre 229 on Sea of Abaco 3,600 s.f. Residence 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath in-law suite downstairs Total renovation in 07 Double car garage #MHH1163 Green Turtle Cay 4 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath 2,448 s.f. of Luxury 27,965 s.f. 0.642 Acre 90 on Gilliam Bay Wood Floors Double Golf Cart garage 2,356 s.f. Wrap/decks Built 2009 Tastefully Decorated #GTH1179 $2,990,000 UNDER CONTRACT CENTRAL ABACO BAHAMA PALM SHORES LOT 44 16, 117 s.f. 0.37 Acre Corner Lot close to beach, shopping & airport utilities. #ACV1189 $45,000. Green Turtle Cay4 Bd, 4 Bth 4,948 s.f. / 2 levels 19,083 s.f. 0.438 Each level private living space/kitchen Sea of Abaco Dock/boatlift/10,000 #GTH1181 $1,990,000

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VOLUME 20 NUMBER 3 FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012 S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town now has a Junior Local Government Council in operation. S.C. Bootle has been very enthusiastic in the preparation of electing the council. Johnley Ferguson, center, Consultant to Ministry of Lands and Local Gov ernment, was present to swear in the newly elected Council members. Shown are Administrator for North Abaco, Theophilus Cox; Terrannise Taylor; Oliver Forbes; Ashley Murray; Mr. Ferguson; Audia Russell; Patiqua Cooper; Clydesha Cornish; Andquone Burrows; and Administrator for Central Abaco, Cephas Cooper. Two Councillors were absent due to representing the school at a debate in Nassau. They are Rose Mika Charles and Sherrie Romer. This is the second year that the program has been in effect. Last year the only school included in the program on Abaco was Abaco Central High School in Murphy Town. A meeting was held for security personnel in Marsh Harbour. This was followed by a tour of the new airport terminal under construction in Marsh Harbour. The group was led by Fletcher McIntosh, senior partner of FES Construction, the company that won the contract. Shown are Anthony Campbell, Supervisor of Road Traffic at the Marsh Harbour airport; Police Supt. Noel Curry; Bobby Jones, manager of both Abaco air ports; Wynsome Ferguson, manager of Abacos Tourism office; Mr. McIntosh; Arneth Rolle Hannah, Superintendent of Immigration for Abaco; Administrator Cephas Coo per; Kendi Anderson with Abacos Tourism office; Patricia Clarke with airport secu rity; and Clement Bosfield, Superintendent of Customs for Abaco. See story on page 2. A charter plane landed at the Treasure Cay airport with a group of guests headed to Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club on Guana Cay. The charter was an Air Canada Airbus A320 that came from New York for a weekend of fun. The group was a mix of members and prospective buyers and, according to Jeffery Jones, Sales Promotion, the weekend was extremely successful. See story on page 2. Students are excited to have local government Government agencies tour new terminal Large charter plane brings guests for Bakers Bay By Timothy Roberts The newly elected Junior Councillors at S.C. Bottle High School in Coopers Town were sworn in during a ceremony held at the school on January 20 by Johnley Ferguson, Consultant at the Ministry of Lands and Local Government who encouraged them to soar like eagles. In what was called a red letter day by Deputy Chief Councillor for North Abaco, Ejnar Cornish, nine S.C. Bootle students, two boys and seven girls, were sworn in as Junior Councillors after being elected the previous day in elections held at the school. Mr. Ferguson told the students, You are our future; we just happen to be the wind beneath your wings to cause you to fly and soar to higher heights. This country needs every one of you our future doctors, lawyers, teachers and gardeners and you have something special to strive for; you are in the land where the Prime Minister came from, he said. He told the students that it is intended that these nine persons will have a closer look at what governance is all about. Aba Please see School Page 9 Two projects for North Abaco will soon be underway. Government signed an agree ment with the Chinese government for a loan of $40 million for two infrastructural devel opments on Abaco to create a port two miles north of Coopers Town and to construct a bridge to replace the present causeway be tween Great Abaco and Little Abaco. The North Abaco port project will con sist of the creation of a 45-acre internation al and domestic cargo port in North Abaco at Conch Rock Creek, two miles north of Coopers Town. The port will encompass a bulk cargo berth, a container berth and an oil product berth. It will include space for a marina with fueling facilities, boat main tenance, storage facilities and office rental spaces. It will have administrative facilities for the Immigration and Customs Departments, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as well as warehouse facilities. The Little Abaco bridge project will construct a bridge on the S.C. Bottle Highway linking Great Abaco and Little Abaco, replacing the causeway which is presently across Angel Fish Creek. The bridge will allow a water flow that will restore the fish ing grounds. With the present causeway, the fish nursery area is cut off from the open water that used to be well stocked with fish. Small boats will be able to go from the south side to the north without the long trip around Little Abaco.Two projects in North Abaco will soon begin Music Doing Goods world-class musi cians are coming to Abaco to perform ben efit concerts for Every Child Counts. Mark your Calendars! Concerts will take place on February 21 at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge on Elbow Cay and February 22 at Abaco Beach Resort. Music Doing Good selected Every Child Counts because the group wishes to im prove the lives of children in The Bahamas with special education and health needs. It deploys its musical talents to accomplish its mission, Philanthropy Through Music, to generate support for outstanding nonprofit organizations. Pooled proceeds from every concert enable their audiences to do something good while being entertained and having fun. When you attend these concerts, you Every Child CountsPlease see Concerts Page 2

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 By Timothy Roberts To give representatives of government agencies an idea of what is going on at the new terminal under construction at the Marsh Harbour airport, they were given a tour by Fletcher McIntosh, Managing Part ner of FES Construction, on January 11. Mr. McIntosh said they are presently putting in the guts of the building, such as sheetrock, rough electrical and plumb ing, including fire suppression lines. They are finalizing the last portion of roof trusses. He said that aside from weather-related setbacks, construction progresses smooth ly. He added that they have a self-imposed deadline to finish in five months and 19 days, which he feels they can make barring any setbacks. He hopes to be finished plastering sheet meet and mix with musicians, artists and community-minded audience members. You become a partner philanthropist, us ing music to change childrens lives. Music Doing Goods artists are a talent ed ensemble of national and international singers. Their concerts offer diverse musi cal genres from Broadway blockbusters to classical favorites, from jazz standards to original compositions. There promises to be something for everyone. Every Child Counts is a perfect fit for Music Doing Good. ECC provides es sential alternative education for children with learning, developmental or physical disabilities, regardless of financial, family or social restraints. ECCs academic, functional, and vocational education helps Concerts From Page 1 who plans to open a Fixed Base Operation at the Treasure Cay airport later this year, said he was happy with the way the project turned out and looks forward to rolling out the red carpet for future flights. Mr. Blumenthal commended the ef forts by the Treasure Cay airport staff. He hopes to replicate the entire experience in the future. He said this is the first of many flights as Bakers Bay expects to bring in more potential buyers through Treasure Cay. As the jet took off, the sight, uncom mon on Abaco, left behind a giddy sense of accomplishment for all involved. By Bradley Albury Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club re cently flew in a group of high profile cli entele to tour the resort on the north end of Great Guana Cay. Discovery Land Com pany, the parent corporation of Bakers Bay, used Air Canadas first-class charter service to bring in 50-plus passengers. Considering the potential money to be spent by the passengers, the quality of ser vice needed to impress. Craig Blumenthal, Director of Aviation for Discovery Club, remarked on the professionalism and ex cellent service provided by the crew of the Air Canada flight. Just as importantly, he continued, was the effort from Pete Russell and the Treasure Cay FBO crew. Mr. Russell, knowing the importance of the flight and the level of service nec essary, went to work on short notice building, according to Mr. Blumenthal, the first known instance of wooden air-stairs for this type of aircraft. About 20-feet high, the stairs were draped in bright blue and red fabrics. A red carpet was laid out as the passengers disem barked. Mr. Russell, The Airbus A320 that brought prospective purchasers to Bak ers Bay came with a staff to serve the group. Bakers Bay plans more flights to bring prospective investors. The planes will use the Treasure Cay airport because of the runway width required by this plane. prospective buyersrock by the end of January and will be putting in ceiling and floor tiles by mid-Feb ruary, then may begin doing finish work. The air traffic control tower cab, which came in two clam-shell halves, arrived at the site on January 23 and he hopes to have it assembled and installed by mid-February as well. The road to the control tower has been paved. The new taxi stand, Mr. McIntosh said, is now completed and waiting to be painted after which it can be put to use by the taxi drivers. Road works are taking place in various parts of the parking lot and roads have been raised in order to avoid flooding. He noted that new drains have been put in on the air side of the terminal which he expects will alleviate flooding during heavy rains.Security issues are highlighted at new terminal every child become a citizen contributing to society, a productive worker, and a suc cessful, self-sufficient family member. An evening benefit concert will be held on February 21 at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $50. All ticket proceeds benefit Every Child Counts. An second benefit concert will be held on February 22 at Abaco Beach Resort. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from Every Child Counts School, phone 367-2505, or from Monkeys Uncle, phone 367-3223. Come help the children of Every Child Counts. Together, as philanthropists and performing arts enthusiasts, we can change the world.

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 3 SUMNERESTATE$4,500,000 63acreswithover6,000ft.ofwater frontageisidealforanestateordevelopment. Ref.AS11783 BLUFFHARBOUR$2,100,000 Unique2bedroomwaterfronthome on2acres,plusdock. Ref.AS11826 PALMCOURT $86,000 14,398sq.ft.cul-de-saclotwith houseplans. Ref.AS11525 NEWPLYMOUTH$72,000each 3lotsnearthebeachrangefrom 7,683to9,051sq.ft. Ref.AS11825 GILLIAMBAY $1,165,000 One-of-a-kind,3bdrmhomewith SeaofAbacoviews. Ref.AS11746 GILLAMSTREET $299,000 UnderContract! 2bdrmhomeona 3,842sq.ft.lot. Ref.AS11692 WHITESOUND $199,000 15,500sq.ft.beachfrontlotjust southofAbacoInn. Ref.AS11702 HOPETOWN/ELBOWCAY GREENTURTLECAY GUANACAY TREASURECAYCROSSINGBEACH$595,000/$695,000 Luxuriousandaffordable,2and3 bdrmwaterfrontcondoswithpool. Ref.AS11055/AS10903/AS10904 GREATCISTERN $299,000 Thistriplexisanexcellentincome producingproperty. Ref.AS11634 MARSHHARBOUR$249,000 Spacious4bdrm,3bathhomeinLittleOrchard. Ref.AS11761 MARSHHARBOUR$248,000 Delightful2bdrm,2bathupperlevel unit. Ref.AS11281 MARSHHARBOUR$190,000 7,630sq.ft.canallotinthegated GreatAbacoClubcommunity.Lowestpriceever! Ref.AS10731 MARSHHARBOUR Ready-to-build,8,709sq.ft.homesitewithviewsoftheAtlanticandHopeTownscandy-striped lighthouseisneartoeverythingandperfectforyourgetawayretreatoryear-roundhome. ROBBIEBETHEL.242.577.8533.Robbie@HGChristie.com. $75,000.Ref.PS10614 LUBBERSQUARTERS RENTALSTAHITIBEACH $999,000 One-ofa-kind2bedroombeachfront homeonalmostanacre,plusa30 ft.boatslip. Ref.AS11582 SEAVIEWSUBD.$125,000/$165,000 Approx.20,000sq.ft.hilltoplotswith dockslip. Ref.AS11569/AS11581 ABACOMAINLANDSCHOONERBAY$2,100,000 Traditional,Bahamianharbourvillagewitha18,530sq.ft.beachfront lot plus to-be-built4bdrm,3bath luxuryhome. Ref.AS11766 WINDINGBAY $500,000 Unique17,000sq.ft.lotperchedhigh onacliffcapturesdramaticviewsof theocean. Ref.AS11263 BUSTICBIGHT $149,000 56,604sq.ftopenzonedlotinahigh trafficlocationhasendlessdevelopmentopportunities. Ref.AS11488 BAHAMAPALMSHORES$22,500 Affordable,10,000sq.ft.lotsinan up-and-comingneighbourhoodnear thebeach. Ref.AS11739/AS11740 ROYALPALM $450,000 Fullyfurnished,2bdrm,2bathcanal frontcondowithitsveryowndock space. Ref.AS11777 LUKKAISPLITROCK$795,000 15acrewaterfronttract. Ref.AS11554 GALLEONBAY $299,000 12,000sq.ft.canallot. Ref.AS11705 JOESCAY $2,225,000 30acrePrivateIslandhasbeaches stretching1,500ft.,andpossibilities foramarina. Ref.AS10800 BASINHARBOURCAY$194,500 8acreparcelonsecludedcayisthe perfectgetaway. Ref.AS10897 NIGHCREEK $249,000 0.376acreswith65ft.ofwater frontage. Ref.AS11743 HOPETOWNHARBOUR$195,000 2,280sq.ft.beachlotattheentrance ofHopeTownHarbourhas panoramicviews. Ref.AS11433 NORTHEND $170,000 13,005sq.ft.propertynearthe beachanddock. Ref.AS11694 BAKERSBAY $4,250,000 1.14beachacresatBakersBay Golf&OceanClub. Ref.AS11503 BOATHARBOUR$1,390,000 43,560sq.ft.propertyoffersa6 bdrmwaterfronthome. Ref.AS10945 GREATGUANACAY$175,000 20,424sq.ft.oceanviewlotwith beachaccess. Ref.AS10624 DOLPHINBEACHESTATES$165,000 18,200sq.ft.lotonahillsidewith viewsoftheAtlantic. Ref.AS11722 DOLPHINBEACHESTATES$149,000 25,703sq.ft.lotofferspanoramic seaviews. Ref.AS11639 SHIPWRECKSUBD.$70,000 6,811sq.ft.seaviewlothasdock andbeachaccess. Ref.AS10891 MARSHHARBOUR$3,800/month Exceptional4bdrmhomeisfurnishedandpureluxury. Sleeps8 Ref.AR10619 MARSHHARBOUR$2,500/month 3bdrmhilltopretreatwithseaviews inthePelicanShorescommunity. Sleeps6 Ref.AR10600 MARSHHARBOUR$2,200/month Fullyequipped2bdrmcondooverlookspoolandtenniscourts. Sleeps6 Ref.AR10620 MARSHHARBOUR$3,000/week Private2bdrmvacationvillacapturespicture-perfectviews. Sleeps4 Ref.AR10607 CASUARINAPOINT$295,000 Secludedandfullyequipped,3bedroom,1bathhousewithprivatedock and205ft.ofcanalfrontageisafishermansparadise. Ref.AS11648 HOPETOWN $980/week Charming,intimateandconveniently locatedintheheartofHopeTownis this1bdrmrental. Sleeps4. Ref.AR10610 OCEANRIDGEESTATES$89,500 NewPrice! 7,723sq.ft.oceanand bayviewlot. Ref.AS11764 GREATCISTERN $76,500 30,000sq.ft.hilltoplotsituatednear totheSeaofAbacohasutilities available. Ref.AS10866 OTHERCAYS MARSHHARBOUR 242.367.5454 561.902.1800 HOPETOWN 242.366.0700 954.762.7127 GREENTURTLECAY 242.365.4191 E:Sales@HGChristie.comJOHNCHRISTIE 242.357.7572February1,2012 CONNECTWITHUS NEILABERLE 242.577.0277 DWAYNEWALLAS 242.359.6046 ROBBIEBETHEL 242.577.8533 SAMARAALBURY 242.359.2542 LEAHPINDER 242.577.6764 KRISTILOWE 242.357.6649 ADRIANLOWE 242.577.4111 ltd.Celebrating 9 0 Y E A R S as The Trusted Authority in Bahamas Real Estatewww.HGChristie.com HGChristies SWEET d e a l

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 LITTLE HARBOUR 2.3 acres waterfront $350,000.00 20,000 sq. ft. Hilltop lot with starter cottage, harbour and ocean views $198,000.00 2 bedroom gated home on Tom Currys Point hilltop, dock, landscaped $699,000.00SCHOONER BAYTours Now Available Call 367-0737 Harbour Island Lot 20 Free Dockage $239,000.00LONG BEACHNext to Schooner Bay 3/2 Interior homes beach access $ 274,000.00 Interior Lots starting at $30,000.00 Hilltop lots with ocean views $150,000.00CASUARINA POINT Canal front lot, excellent views $98,000.00 Ocean view lot, steps to beach. $42,500.00 4/4 Beach front duplex $405,000.00 Sea view 2/2 duplex $120,000.00 Interior lots $37,000.00 $45,000.00 Beach House 3/2 $795,000.00 Beach House 4/2.5 $550,000.00BAHAMA PALM SHORES 2 acre beach front lot $550,000.00 1/4 acre lots available starting at $23,000.00 Lot with unobstructed ocean view $98,000.00 1 acre beach front lot $295,000.00TREASURE CAY Home site one lot in from beach $60,000.00CHEROKEEHILL TOP Atlantic Ocean views, beach access, elevated, utilities $125,000.00 Watching Bay hilltop lot $99,000.00www.islandpropertiesbahamas.comTel: (242) 367-0737 Fax: (242) 367-0736IPB has positions available for licensed real estate agents. James and Donna Rees BROKERSRENTALSCasaurina Point -2 bed/2 bath Cherokee Sound By Lee PinderObituaries A Loss To Cherokee It is always a sad time of the year when just before Christmas there is a death. On December 17 Ella Lorraine (Pinder) Sawyer passed away suddenly. She was the older of two children and was prede ceased by her sister Una Albury. Born in Cherokee to Brailey and Violet Pin der on September 28, 1929, and she certainly lived a long and fruitful life. Lorraine married her childhood sweetheart Carroll Sawyer, and they had two children, a daughter Gwenny, who died when she was only in her teens, and Trevor, who grew up to follow in his fathers footsteps as a local building contractor and served on the local Board of Works for many years. Lorraine was a school monitor under headmaster Walter Sands at the Cherokee All-Age School and later taught school full time during the absence of an available teacher to serve in Cherokee. This was an example of her dedication to her community and her real concern for the education of the children. She served as the assistant princi pal even after a principal was appointed. She was also the post mistress for many years and a committed Methodist as a result of the religious upbringing of her father who was the Sunday School Superintendent. After retirement, she and her husband Carroll became quite well known for their jams, jellies and preserved local fruit which they sold under the name of Sawyers Jams to many of the local food stores. They did tomato jam, pickled watermelon rind and preserved coco plums and candied tam erinds, just to mention a few, to compete with foreign products, and they did quite well and had a loyal following. Lorraines many friends visited Chero kee from many different continents and felt she was a member of their own family. She leaves behind her husband Carroll, her son Trevor, her daughter-in-law Jennifer, and one granddaughter Amanda, plus a host of close personal friends that will certainly miss her. May she Rest In Peace.Remembering A FriendLillian Mavis (Lowe) Sands was born on June 21, 1938, to Deweese and Lillian Lowe and passed away on January 13th, 2012, with her family and friends at her side after a long period of pain and suf fering. Known by her middle name Mavis, she spent her entire life in Cherokee Sound and was always known for her compassion and generosity. A faithful church-goer and long time Christian, she loved to sing fa miliar hymns and often did duets in church with her husband, Bateman. He was the telegrapher and telephone operator and a lay-pastor in the local Assemblies of God church and she taught Sunday school. They kept the church doors open through bad weather and bad times. Mavis was well known on Abaco, and she knew many Abaconians, if not by their first name then surely she had known their family. She was a great cook and an ex cellent baker and often walked the track road with her eldest son Billy when he was very young to reach customers in Crossing Rocks or Lake City (a distance of ten miles or more). Her father before her had kept a small food store, and she kept a small shop to sell material, notions and small trinkets to help supplement the family income She and her husband loved gardening and always had something growing and something to share. Whenever the weather would allow, you could see them heading off in their little boat to catch a meal of fish or to go whelking on Duck Cay. Just the week before her passing, her nurses took her out to the Long Dock to enjoy the ocean breezes. Mr. Bateman still makes the trip twice a day everyday. For many years Mr. Bateman trans ported the government doctor to and from Cherokee when they came to visit, and Ms. Mavis made sure they had a hot meal while they were here and probably a bag of conch to take back home with them. In fact, she always added a little extra to her pot so that she could share it. You would often see her walking the roads carrying a plate of food to one of the shut-ins or elderly. You might even say Ms. Mavis was the resident nutritionist, too, as she studied and knew a great deal about vitamins and food supple ments and would recommend a vitamin regiment when asked. She always tried to help persons to improve their health. She leaves behind her husband, Bate man; a sister Carolyn Charge; brothers Noel and Brady; loving children William, Royce, Jackie, Laurel and Beth; and a host of other family members and friends. It is not easy to sum up a persons life time in a few short sentences, but I know she had a great influence on many lives and its hard to believe she is gone. May she Rest In Peace. We will miss her.Walk/Bike-A-ThonOur second fundraiser for our new clinic will be a Walk-a-thon/Bike-a Thon. The race will take place on Saturday, February 25, at 10 a.m. starting in the parking lot next to the new clinic building site in Cherokee Sound and extend to the entrance of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, returning to the Cherokee Sound School grounds, a distance of six miles. There will be a tro phy for winners in each age group and for each event. If we have enough entrants who feel capable, we will consider a longer coarse for a selected few. There will be a first-aid table along the route with medical assis tance available, plus water-stops at strate gic intervals. Persons interested in participating should sign in and pick up a registered sponsor sheet from one of the following Commit tee Members: Sandra Albury, Rex Albury, John Hudson, Kenneth Albury, Vashti Albury, Ron Parker or Andrew Fry. In addition, there will be a Souse-Out at the finish line as well as hamburgers on the grill available for a nominal fee. All sponsorship monies collected and proceeds from the food and drinks will go towards the Building Fund for the new clinic in Cherokee. If you cant join in, come as a specta tor and cheer the participants on. Come out for a day of fun and good food. We know you will enjoy yourself and remember to bring a friend.Soup KitchenOn the menu this month was Conch Chowder which almost everyone enjoys. We served 29 shut-ins and elderly Chero kee residents. Thanks to a very generous benefactor who donated the conch as well as $200 in cash to help us replenish our other supplies. The people of Abaco con tinue to support us and make our job easier. 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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and floors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com P.O. Box AB-20180, Marsh Harbour, AbacoMammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practioner is on staff Monday through SaturdayCall Auskell for dates of other doctorsFor a free mammogram, contact the Cancer Society or Mrs. Marjolein Scott at 367-3744 to find out the criteria. Dr. Shamanique Bodie Gynecologist/ Obstetrician February 4, 2012 Dr. Augustin Ohueyi Dermatologist/ Internist February 4, 2012 Dr. Tonya Hall Gatroenterology February 4, 2012 Dr. Matthew Orem Chiropractor February 6-11, 2012 Dr. Ronald Knowles Obstetrician / Gynecologist February 8, 2012 Ms. Antoinette Lightbourne Ultrasound February 8, 2012 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea February 9, 2012 Dr. Sophia Neely Physical Therapy February 11, 2012 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist February 11, 2012 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing February 18, 2012 Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram February 18, 2012 Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist February 22, 2012 Dr. FreemanLockhart Orthopedic Surgeon February 24, 2012 Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram February 25, 2012 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) February 25, 2012 Dr. Gerhard Klassen General surgeon Date Pending Armed Robbery On January 11 three masked males stole $100 at gun point from a restaurant on Crockett Drive in Marsh Harbour. Three suspects were arrested in reference to this crime. Stolen Vehicle On January 11 a Dundas Town resident reported that his Chero kee Jeep vehicle wasa stolen from in front of his residence. Damage On January 12 about 5 a.m. a police officer reported that she saw some one throwing an object through the win dow of the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour. Disorderly Behavior In A Police Station On January 12 a man in custody was using obscene language and behaving in a disorderly manner. He was warned but continued his behaviour. As a result the suspect was further charged with Disorderly Behavior. Causing Harm On January 12 a resi dent of Murphy Town reported that her boyfriend hit her on her shoulder with a piece of wood while she was at her resi dence. Police recorded a written statement from her and from a witness who was pres ent during the assault. Housebreaking On January 13 some one broke into a residence in Spring City and stole a Play Station game and an X Box game. Possession of Dangerous Drugs with Intent to Supply On January 14 an officer stopped a car with three persons, one from Murphy Town, one from Spring City and one from Marsh Harbour. During a search the officer found three packages containing 48 grams of marijuana. The three were charged. Possession of Dangerous Drugs On January 16 a police officer recovered a packet of suspected marijuana thrown from a vehicle. Two of the four occupants of the car were from Dundas Town and the other two were from the Mud. They were charged with this offence and released on bail.Police Crime Report The three men who held up a take-out in Marsh Harbour and stole $100 were sent to Nassau for arraignment. They are Shamel Reckley, Pedro Williams and Drew Albury. The man on the right is a police officer. House Breaking On January 18 a resi dent of Murphy Town reported that someone broke into his resi dence and stole some of his clothes and ten nis shoes valued at about $2,000. Assault Report On January 18 a Murphy Town resident reported that while walking she was grabbed by her head and pushed down. When she screamed, her assailant ran off. By Mirella Santillo One of the topics covered at the sci ence conference last month was research on conch. Catherine Booker was one of three people involved in research on conch in three locations since 2009. She explained how the research was conduct ed and what were the results so far. Three islands were targeted for the study: the Berry Islands in 2009, An dros in 2010 and Exuma in 2011. Areas of one hectare (about 2.5 acres) were marked in each location to assess the stock of conchs in those specific areas. Around Rum Cay 18 conchs per hectare were found. Near Andros, that number jumped to 118 per hectares around the grassy cays. Waderick Wells and Lee Stocking Is land were the two places checked in the Exuma cays. A larger concentration near Waderick Wells which is a protected area was found than on Lee Stocking Island which is fished. Ms. Booker expressed a concern about the results found there, the highest density being 31 conchs per hectare. She offered a comparison with Cuba where 1500 conchs per hectare can still be found. The census was followed by recover ing data on the number of adults, juve nile and mating pairs and measuring the thickness of their lips to determine their age. The researchers noted that there were more older conchs on the Wader ick Wells shelf. On Lee Stocking Island they found younger mollusks that were not ready to reproduce. Overall there is a density decline in both locations but on Lee Stocking Island the younger conchs are being fished without the possibility to reproduce. According to Ms. Booker, the solution would be a closed season and a ban on the use of hooka for conch fishing.Research on conch Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Flyers Programs Letterheads

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 HT Lodge hosts BASRA FundraiserBy Timothy Roberts The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue (BASRA) fundraiser hosted by the Hope Town Harbour Lodge saw great support from local residents and second homeowners during a black tie dinner event on January 20. The event, sponsored by the Lodge and Burns House Limited (Veuve Cliquot and Hennessey), featured a $100 five-course gourmet meal, including delicious beef tenderloin, with complimentary wines and champagnes which were thoroughly enjoyed by the guests. On January 16 a silent auction was opened, featuring books, large print photo graphs and artwork, wooden tables painted by Kim Rody containing marine life, Guy Harvey prints, wines and spirits and more. Participants in the bidding could bid daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with bidding closing on January 20. Tom Hazel, Manager of the Lodge, said the turnout was great and exceeded last years event by 15 to 20 percent, bringing increased financial support to the Abaco branch of BASRA. It is one of those or ganizations much like Hope Town Fire & Rescue that helps everyone when needed with no hesitation or reservation, Mr. Hazel said of their support for BASRA. Veuve Clicquot and Hennessey along with Burns House sponsored the evenings choice beverage. They were so impressed this year with the turnout they committed to this coming year halfway through the dinner, Mr. Hazel said. Local residents, second home owners, local businesses and artists donated a variety of items for the silent auction as well as a raffle that featured a Club Car Golf Cart which was won by Dr. Ken Langston. BASRA is a 100 percent volunteer marine search and rescue, firefighting and medical emergency service that was started in Hope Town by Dave Gale in 1962, 50 years ago. The service presently employs the use of a rigid inflatable rescue boat (formerly used by the U.S. Navy) refitted with an outboard engine.Hope Town sailing racing season begins By Carol Pahl The Hope Town Sailing Clubs 2012 races are off to a roaring start. The first cruising boat race was held on January 11. Six boats participated including the Class A sloop, Abaco Rage Finishing first on adjusted time and winner of the S. Yeardley Smith Trophy was Past Commodore Al Shapiro sailing his trimaran Quest Second place went to Jay Evans skippering Sundog and Dave Hanafourde, skippering Second Wind, took third place honors. Although the first three boats were diverse in size and design, they finished within 64 seconds of each other on cor rected time. The home ports of the racers were also diverse with the first three from Hope Town, Man-O-War and Lubbers and other boats from Guana Cay and Sidney, Australia. News of the CaysPlease see Cays Page 7 For the second year Hope Town Harbour Lodge has hosted a fundraising dinner party for Abacos Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association. This years event was even more suc cessful that last years. The event concluded a week-long silent auction that added to the funds raised. The BASRA fundraising was co-sponsored by Burns House Group liquor distributor. Shown are Answell Johnson, brand manager for Venne Cliquet; Chantelle Sands, Island Manager; Leslie Archer, Sales Rep; Vanessa Hardy and Monique Miller, both with Burns House Group; and Geoffrey Bourlly, Marekting manager for Moet Hennessy.

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com Doug Wiseman, MGRM Nick Mazzeo Then on January 15, receiving a rush of pure adrenaline, nine Sunfish sailors came out in 15 knots of wind for the first regatta of the season. First place finisher after the three-race series was Jeff Gale. Second place went to Matt McCoy, and Rear Commodore Dave Pahl took home a third place cup. For more information, great photos, and a complete list of the seasons race dates, visit www.hopetownsailingclub.com All Hope Town Sailing Club races are exciting for racers and spectators alike. Skippers do not need to be members of the club to race and there are no entry fees. Come out and enjoy the fun!Yard sale raises money for animalsBy Bradley Albury Both Hope Town locals and the ac tive second homeowner community came together in Jarrett Park on January 20. Friends of Abaco Animals, a non-profit animal care organization, held a large yard sale and bake sale to raise both money and awareness for Abacos mistreated animals. The event attracted many. Curious visitors departing the nearby ferry dock, bargain hunters and those looking for a cause to support flowed into and out of the park. The sale, a yearly event, is supported almost entirely by the active and diverse Hope Town community. Cheryl Noice, a key organizer of the event, expressed her gratitude to everyone who came to support Friends of Abaco Animals. She said that all clothing items that do not get sold that day are donated to the Cancer Society. All other goods which are not sold are donated to various relevant charities. The great turnout and pleasant weather contributed to the events success. Sailing ProgramBy Sue and George Holloway Junior Sailing has resumed in Hope Town. Seventeen young sailors registered for 2012, our seventh year in operation. Thanks to all the kids, parents, volunteers, instructors and donors who have made this program a success. This 12-week course has two classes each Saturday one for the Green Fleet and one for the more experienced sailors. Matt McCoy again is the lead instructor with volunteers to help supervise the sail ors and provide pointers. We encourage onlookers. So come up to the north beach on Elbow Cay any Sat urday and watch the kids progress. You will be amazed to see how fast they learn and improve every week. Volunteers are welcome. In Hope Town contact Matt McCoy, Ron Engle, Rhiannon Thomas or Sue Holloway. Hope Town District Council holds meetingBy Timothy Roberts On January 19, during the first meet ing of the Hope Town District Council for 2012, a presentation was made by Paul Thompson, Managing Director of the proposed Joes Cay development, as they seek the Councils recommendation to begin dredging. The initial proposal for Joes Cay was turned down by the Council in 2010 primarily due to density issues as the proj ect showed 21 villas to be built on four More News of the CaysCays From Page 6 DatesFebruary 6-11Call242-367-0020 For an appointment The Hope Town Sailing club holds a series of races each winter for their members and any other visiting boats that want to enter. This shows the Abaco Rage, Second Wind, and Quest at the start of the first HTSC cruising boat race of the season. The Rage is a Class A sloop, built in Man-O-War, that competes in races throughout the Bahamas. Please see Cays Page 8 The Hope Town Sailing Club held a series of races for its Sunfish fleet on January 15. The wind was blowing, creating a challenge for the sailors. Jeff Gale was the winner of all three races. For Reservations: Bahamas 242.365.8500 USA/Canada 800.284.0382 www.BahamaBeachClub.com Spacious 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom rentals Voted: Best Beach in the Caribbean Two resort restaurants oceanfront dining Two fresh water pools and Jacuzzis Nearby 18 hole Golf course and 150 slip marina Free WiFi & long distance calls to the USA & Canada real luxury. real bahamas.A BEACHFRONT VILLA... FOR THE PRICE OF A HOTEL ROOM!

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 plus acres of land. There were problems with the breakwater and possible damage to mangroves. The Council indicated they would consider the project with amend ments which included the building of no more than five villas. The group later filed an appeal which they won to some degree as the government granted them up to 10 villas which will take up about 16 percent of land mass. Mr. Thompson is wanting to be granted permission to dredge the eastern side of Joes Cay in order to provide work access and to make possible access for other ser vices including medical services (evacua tion route). He is seeking to dredge to a depth of five feet and this will become the main dock for accessing the cay and will Cays From Page 7 More News of the Cayseventually employ a small barge to ferry golf carts to and from the area. Mr. Thompson, the former manager of Lyford Cay Club in New Providence, said the club will consist of 10 luxury villas each with its own boat slip. Each villa is expected to go on the market for $4.5 mil lion to $6.5 million per villa. There will be five docks with two slips each for villa owners. The clubhouse will support the needs of the villa owners but will be open to the public as well. He anticipates that they will employ up to 60 Bahamian staff (mostly, if not all, from Abaco). Mr. Thompson said they did an Environ mental Impact Assessment (EIA), prompted by the BEST Commission, as well as an En vironmental Management Plan which they provided to the Council for review. The EIA was produced by Caribbean Coastal Services who did a thorough hydrographic survey and other tests and evaluations cost ing the developers over $100,000. He in dicated that they will choose crushed rock or concrete for surfacing access roads; no blacktop will be used. Council member Michael Albury asked if the developers have funds set aside for dealing with environmental issues which could be beneficial to the area, such as restoring tidal flow through the overgrown mangrove creek. He added that he would like to see them set up a bond with some money for scientific surveys partnering with local government and environmental groups like Friends of the Environment. Mr. Thompson said they have not yet thought about it but they are open to the idea and are willing to work with local environmental groups. Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting discussed it with the members and agreed that the Council will review the EIA informa tion, then plan a town meeting to discuss it with the community. Bill Fuller, a resident whose property neighbors Joes Cay, expressed his con cerns of the easement on the side of his property as well as where it borders the creek where the proposed dredging will occur. He felt the dredging could be to his advantage, and it will likely benefit the tidal creek. A resident of Guana Cay attended the meeting to share concerns about an appli cation being considered by the Council for a restaurant on Guana Cays front street across from the school road. The resident said the land is actually less than what is shown on the plan. The concerns the resident noted have to do with the bulkhead as they are quite Hope Town has an active junior sailing program that teaches the young people how to sail. This is the seventh year that the program has been in operation. The Hope Town Sailing Club sponsors the program and maintains a fleet of Optimists for the youth. The crowd was great at the fundraising yard sale benefitting Friends of Abaco Animals held at Jarrett Park in Hope Town on January 20. Visitors, second homeowners and locals turn out for events in Hope Town. Please see Cays Page 13

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: ceiling in great room, fireplace, large decks. Central A/C. View of Coco Bay. Locat ed 40 feet from Coco Bay Beach.Short walk to public dock. Asking price $650,000 separate guest cottage. Total four bedrooms five baths. 1/2 acre. Large swimming pool. Dock. Beach. Many amenities. Commanding views of White Sound Harbour. PRICE REDUCTION to $1.25 M High elevation. 1600 ft. wrap-around deck with new 300 sq. ft. screened-in porch. New swimming dock and new dock with lift. Isuzu and golf cart included. Spec tacular setting! $1.5 million. co. Fourth bedroom suite has all round view of Green Turtle Cay. A/C. Swimming Pool. Designated dock slip. Great rental. PRICE REDUCTION $995,000 Coco Bay Beach. Public dock nearby. Ground floor will be 2 beds and 1 bath. Up per floor will be one bedroom one bath. Over 1,000 sq.ft. of living space on each floor. $895,000 Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in prvate dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking price $660,000 Kit/liv/din. Short walk to town. Dock. $330,000 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $395,000 located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf cart garage. Established rental history. PRICE REDUCTION $495,000 Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana Cay & Scotland Cay Office Phone 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay guanafreight@hotmail.com School News co Central High did not have an election as they only had nine students nominate He encouraged those who did not win to not let it bother them but to continue to work for their community and for their school. The Junior Councillors will learn how road traffic functions, why taxi driv ers have a different plate and how local government spends money. He told them to keep one thing in mind, No one can do it for you. Always tell yourself, I must be the best of the best. Mr. Cornish congratulated the students for being elected and said the North Abaco District Council would provide them with whatever assistance is necessary. He en -School From Page 1 couraged them to humble themselves and do the best they can as they serve the stu dents of the school. This is the area where integrity is the watchword. When we provide you with funds, we expect to see you do something positive and tangible with it, he said The Junior Council program launched last year and Abaco Central High School was the only Abaco school to participate in the pilot program. This year both Abaco Central and S.C. Bootle High School are participating.S.C. Bootle presents neo-pop artBy Rashida Murray Tapping into mainstream neo-pop art of Romero Britto were some very inspired grade 10 art students at S.C. Bootle High. Under the supervision of art teacher Tif fany Williams, the assignment for a group activity was to study the artists work, de velop a theme and create an art piece for an in-class presentation on January 19. Britto, a Brazilian artist, is widely rec ognized for his signature methods, vibrant colors and diverse patterns regardless of the media used. For these students, it appeared as if they started with an idea that embraced the con cept of love. The art class was divided into three teams working on their themes over a period of three weeks. Themes included A New Day of Love illustrating a heart with angel wings and halo, The First Kiss com memorating St Valentines Day, and Lend ing a Helping Hand, paying homage to the spirit of civility. The goal was not only to work for a satisfactory grade but to create a design for a mural to cover an entire wall at S.C. Bootle High School. One by one the groups did presentations explaining their use of complimentary and contrasting colors in the various patterns. The key element was not to lose their focal point in the artwork considering how busy the colors and patterns were. While students were presenting, the art class was pleasantly interrupted by visitors from the Abaco Central High School who were touring the school. The groups were able to give a brief presentation to the visit ing students about their Britto project. The segment ended with teams assess ing each others work and providing feed back during a classroom critique. Projects were submitted for grading. Ms. Williams informed the class that once the choice design has been declared, plans for mural development will proceed this semester.Abaco defeats Long Island in debateBy Rashida Murray It takes a village to raise a child. This statement raises the subject of societal ac countability, an argument presented by the S.C. Bootle High Schools debate team representing Abaco. The team was debat ing against Long Island at the National Debate Competition on January 20. It was a two-hour competition with a jostling rebuttal led by Sherrie Romer. Around noon the announcement came that Abaco was declared the winner while Long Students at S.C. Bootle High School created art work patterned after the art of Brazilian aritist Romero Brito. One of the goals of the art project is to create a design that will be painted on a wall of the school. Please see School Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Chris Thompson Real EstateService you deserve. People you can trust. Guana Cay Darvin Curry We know Abaco! One call does it all! MORE PROPERTIES FOR SALE Lubber's Quarters Beach lot .901 acres with Dock, $310,000 Guana Cay Tree House heart of village, 5B/3B ,2 Storey, pool, $469,000Lynyard Palms, Lynyard Cay .985 acres w/134' water frontageSecluded island living 15 south of Hope Town. $180,000 The Fig Tree Lighthouse Cove with dock Hibiscus Fantasy Too Great starter home for a Elbow Room You can have it all, beach & dock. 1 of 6 beach lots in upscale Marnie's Landing. Fabulous views, easy access to marina & your own protected private dock slip. $850K Lot 6 Marnies Landing Tiloo Lot #10 Banana Cabana New Listing New Listing 2B/2B Main House, 1B/1B Guest Quarters Oceanfront, Pool, Great Rental South of Hope Town $1.49M Island was sorely struck down. Awarded best speaker was Rose Mika Charles. The Abaco debate team now prepares to com pete again nationally on February 17. Last year S.C. Bootle won the district debating competition overall, advancing the team of speakers to the national level. Rose Mika Charles, Sherrie Romer and Chantell Bernadine, coached by Nadira Kawalram, the head of the Language Department, represented Abaco well in Nas sau. Opposing the moot Be it resolved par ents should be morally and legally respon sible for their childs action, the Abaco team delivered an emphatic argument that appealed to the judges empathy for par-School From Page 9 More School News ents of delinquent children. It reinforces the concept that child rearing is a great responsibility to the extent it requires the watchful eyes of the larger community. are sworn inBy Samantha V. Evans For the second year Abaco Central High School is taking part in the Junior Council lor Program spearheaded by the Ministry of Local Government. January 20 was a proud day for nine students in the tenth and eleventh grades who spent some time in training leading up to this day. On October 7 they began their training which took place in two phases: education and election. Since they went into this pro cess unopposed, there was no election. The swear ing-in ceremony was moderated by several Junior Councillors and was led by LaShanta Fowler and Mr. Cephas Cooper. The nine unopposed Junior Councillors are Lakera Archer, Tallia Bastian, Akeem Adderley, Jordan Lorose, Aubrey Reckley, Shanoy Beatle, Jessica Toussaint, Makdat Etienne and Austron Johnson. The students have not yet decided on what projects they will address but as soon as they elect the Junior Chief Councillor and Junior Deputy Chief Councillor they will discuss their projects. The local coordinator is Philippa Far rington assisted by S. McMullan. Present for the ceremony was Johnlee Ferguson, a distinguished educator and consultant in Local Government. He spoke to the Councillors stating that the song I Believe I Can Fly was most inspiring because if the students truly believe that they can fly, then they will because they have leaders and teachers who have already proven that they can fly. He said that the Bahamas is progressive and has done extremely well over the past 40 years. Many who came before them did not know where they were headed but January 13 was an exciting day for 25 students who took part in the Grade Six Spelling Bee held at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall. The competition was long and had coaches and parents edgy the entire time. At the end of the competition the winner was Kate Sims of Agape Christian School. In second place was Tierra Beth el of Long Bay School and in third place was Giovanno Rolle of Moores Island All-Age School. Superintendent Helen SimmonsJohnson encouraged them and commended them. She told them that she realizes that some of the words were hard never but never give up when they get tired. She appealed to them to continue working hard. All of the participants were presented with certifi cates, then the top three received their trophies.Kate Sims wins Grade Six Spelling Bee Nine Junior Councillors were sworn-in at Abaco Central High School. They went in un opposed so no election was held. Johnley Ferguson, center, represented the Ministry of Local Government during the ceremony. spread their wings and have flown to great heights as a nation. He added that Abaco has been doing well while other islands have been struggling. In 1996 the Government of The Bahamas introduced Local Government and he stated that it was the greatest thing done for the Family Islands. Now the Junior Council Program came to be. The students have been given an opportunity many stu Please see School Page 11

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Auto Parts & Accessories Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 dents may never experience. Through this program, they will get insight into how government systems work. These nine came into this program unopposed but, he explained, they are required to lead by example, and they should be pacesetters. He told the students to continue to excel because when they do, the sky is the limit for what they can achieve. Also addressing the Junior Councillors was Principal Albert Jones, who remi nisced on the foundation laid by the first nine Junior Councillors and wished the in coming Junior Councilors well. Administrator Cephas Cooper noted that More School News School From Page 10 last year was significant as the first nine made them proud. They did well and laid a solid foundation upon which these new Ju nior Councillors can build. The first group set a pace that they are encouraged to fol low. He pledged his support by giving them exposure as well as financial support. have Biblical themeBy Samantha V. Evans One hundred two strong will be the size of the Junkanoo group from Central Abaco Primary School. Team leaders Geoffrey Victor and Neulessa Major have been hard at work since the new school term began and now have a vibrant committee along with parents to ensure that they are ready for Junior Junkanoo on February24. The defending champions will have a Biblical theme as they sing praises to the Bible. They have a surprise this year that will make history for the school. They will have a quantity of off the shoulders worn by girl dancers and cowbellers. They plan to keep their title by putting on a dynamic winning performance. They have been in the shack working hard every day and night and plan to re main there until show time. All costumes are being made at the school by parents and staff. Nursing program resumes By Samantha V. Evans Nurses and doctors of the Department of Public Health visit public schools annu ally as part of their school health program. During mid-January the nurses began their assessments at Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town. They checked the files of the older students to ensure that they had all of their shots. When they return, they will give students a physical which will include an eye exam, and stu dents needing shots will receive them then. The grade one students will also be seen during their school visits.Boys to Men SeminarBy Mirella Santillo On January 11 three well known speak ers shared negative and positive experienc es in their lives with an audience of more than 100 male students from Abaco Central High School. They shared a common link: at one point: they had dedicated their life to God to change peoples lives. The purpose of the seminar was to instill values of respect, dedication and responsibility among the boys by showing them where peer-pressure and wrong decisions could lead to and how, by recognizing their Please see School Page 13 A seminar was held for boys at Abaco Central High School. Three presenters spoke to them. David Caskey, Dave Burrows and Carolos Reid are shown in the front. This is only some of the boys attending.

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 self-worth, they could achieve success. Two of the facilitators, Carlos Reid and Dave Burrows, had rough youths. They had chosen what they thought was a quick path to money and easy life. They belonged to gangs, consumed and sold drugs and ultimately were arrested. In the case of Mr. Reid it was a near death experience that brought the consciousness that if he did not change his way of life, he would be dead like most of his friends. In the case of Mr. Burrows, it was the dedication of family members, who by showing him a different way of life, brought about his conversion. Both presenters honestly admitted their former involvement with crime, drug abuse, drug dealing, stealing and fighting. The third speacker, David Caskey, did School From Page 11 More School News not go through the rebellious phases that his copresenters crossed: he dedicated his live to God by becoming a missionary 31 years ago. His presentation focused on two important questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Without the knowledge of God, we do not really know who we are, he ascer tained. Why am I here? What am I re ally worth? What makes my life worth living? The answers to all these questions are found in the Bible. Real happiness in life comes from serving and loving other people. Love the Lord thy God; love thy neighbor as thyself. Lastly, he urged the boys to respect girls.Abaco Central PTA will hold a walk-a-thonBy Mirella Santillo Abaco Central High School PTA will hold a fundraising walk-a-thon on February 4 to raise funds to undertake repairs and improvements to the school. People interested in participating are to meet at the high school that day at 6 a.m. to regis ter. They will be bussed to Crossing Beach from where they will walk back the seven miles to the school. There will be various water stations along the way and police as sistance with traffic. A registration fee of $15 for adult and children over 12 will entitle the participant to a T-shirt. Children under twelve will pay $12. The money raised will help the PTA replace the front gate, add lighting on the school grounds, increase security on the campus and buy more text books. Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery often damaged in severe storms. This be comes more of a concern as the location of the cesspit will be behind the bulkhead. Traditional cesspits eventually leech out into harbour. Guana Cay has no pumping system nor does it have an area to dispose of such waste. The resident said that the harbour is well used and boaters and children still swim there. Also, the proposed restaurant is in front of four other properties and would hinder their views. The location will likely cause traffic and parking problems being near the intersection where the school road meets the front street. The resident is concerned that it will set an unmanageable precedent for future considerations and said, If we cant control it, dont let it happen. The Council members indicated that they have heard from the Ministry of Works and there is an issue with the cess pit. The other issue before the Council is that the size of the actual property is incon sistent with the plans. The Council needs a deed and some information from Lands and Surveys before making a decision. The Council and the people of Hope Town expressed great gratitude to the Bethels of Lighthouse Marina for agree ing to relocate the boat racks at Lighthouse Marina. There were many complaints from the community when the racks went up that they detracted from the picturesque view of the lighthouse. The owners have relo cated them in order cause less disruption of the view. It was reported that repairs have been completed on the main dock and freight dock on Guana Cay. The work on the two docks was carried out by Troy Albury.Cays From Page 8

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Marsh Harbour Town Committee Jan. 11 By Timothy Roberts The support of the Marsh Harbour Po lice Department was sought by the Marsh Harbour Town Committee as the mem bers prepare to push access roads through the Haitian immigrant town known as the Mud. Supt. Noel Curry was asked by Yvonne Key, Chairman of the Town Committee, if he would promise his support through ensuring that illegal businesses and other activities would not be allowed to continue along the roads they push. We want to go on an expensive venture, but not if the police dont assist, she said. Mrs. Key said they are proposing to push roads from the western corner of the old Marsh Harbour softball field on Poppys Way through to Charles Sawyer Boulevard (the port road) and another road to connect Crockett Drive to the end of Poppys Way. The roads would open up the area, bringing better visibility and access to the area of the Mud and would be beneficial to the police. She noted the South Abaco Member of Parliament, Edi son Key, has donated $5000 towards the work. Mrs. Key indicated that the Committee would be ready to start by January 16 but did not want to proceed without the as surance of the police. She noted the presence of an auto repair garage owned by a Haitian migrant is in the path of the road they wish to push. She asked that it be shut down. Supt. Curry told the Committee that the police should not take the blame for lack of enforcement as there are other agencies that are supposed to deal with many of the issues that are taking place. He said the removal of derelict vehicles is the respon sibility of the Department of Environmen tal Health and that it is its responsibility to deal with the removal of those vehicles. He told the Committee that the Police Department would have no problem assist ing them; however, regarding the illegal garage he said the owner should be given a 14-day notice to shut down and remove the vehicles. He said it would not be right to give just one business this notice as oth er illegal businesses are in operation and ought to be given the same notice. Committee Member Henry Williams agreed to do a walk-through with a police officer to determine how many notices ought to be drawn up. Commenting on the discussion, Admin istrator Cephas Cooper indicated to Supt. Curry that he understands the growing level of frustration among local Bahamians as they are kept in line and are made to obey the letter of the law while illegal im migrants are allowed to build homes and businesses with no repercussions. He said that there needs to be a dialogue to get a concentrated effort to address this situa tion. Supt. Curry said, We need to work together to make Abaco a better place, as he indicated that there are larger issues go ing on in the Mud. He revealed that there are eight local men that are wearing elec tronic monitoring ankle bracelets and indi cated that they have been seen frequenting the area of the Mud. Committee member Kandy Pinder said that with the works going on in Marsh Harbour, the airport terminal and the promised road works, she would like to encourage businesses in Marsh Harbour to spruce up their storefronts to make the town look nicer and cleaner. She suggested a competition with prizes or a plaque which could be presented at the July 10 Independence Celebrations for the best business storefront. Ms. Pinder said that she and others would like to see a special event happen in Marsh Harbour for Christmas. Other communities like Cherokee Sound have a Christmas Eve event but Marsh Harbour usually has nothing happening. Murphy Town Committee January 16 By Mirella Santillo The Great Cistern garbage situation was the first item discussed by the Mur phy Town Committee at its first meeting of 2012. Several attempts at controlling the de positing of construction debris, the flood ing around the bin and the dogs spreading thrash everywhere have been unsuccess ful. The Chairman proposed removing the bin located on the Great Cistern road and introducing door to door collection in the Great Cistern area twice a week. The mo tion was approved. The problem of larger waste disposal remained. A large dumpster will be placed at the Community Center on Forest Drive on a quarterly basis for people to dispose of furniture or other bulky discarded items. A correction to the last meeting min utes was an increase in expenditure for the South Side dock repair. Chairman DShawn Simms brought up the subject of the renovation of the Burial Society building. He had a quote for win dows and French doors from a local hardware. The quotes were not accepted as one member thought that suppliers in Nassau could offer a better price. However, they decided to send out tenders for labor im mediately. The utility bills were discussed includ ing an old water bill that the new Committee will have to pay. An added expense was the maintenance of four streets that were not included in the original mainte nance plan. One member proposed having some members of his Junkanoo group help on a one-time basis clearing those streets in exchange for support for the Junkanoo group. Administrator Cephas Cooper went over the budget, pointing out the areas of saving and the areas of deficit. He suggested re structuring the activity centers and moving funds from one activity center to an other to adjust the flow of expenditures A $300 donation to the Abaco Central High School PTA and a $200 donation to the softball Little league were approved. The meeting ended with Mr. Cooper reminding the Committee of the swearingin of the Junior Council at Abaco Central High School on January 20. Mr. Cooper wanted to ascertain that Committee mem bers would attend the function.Local Government at Work Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 By James Hull, MD Flu season is here and we have not had any big outbreaks so far this year or anoth er swine flu epidemic. What happens when things are quiet is that most people get complacent and do not get their vaccine. A few years ago when there was more publicity coming out of the United States about flu related deaths, I was unable to get enough vaccines for the demand we had. People on line were offering $1,000 for a vaccine. Do not wait for an outbreak. It may be too late if you do. So how do you stop yourself from getting the flu? We need to look at some facts about the flu and then you can better understand how to avoid getting it. The flu enters into your body through mucous membranes like your eyes, nose and mouth. So how does the flu get into your eyes, nose or mouth? Your hands. Most people do not realize that they touch their face three to five times per minute which adds up to hundreds if not a few thousand time per day. The flu virus can live up to eight hours on surfaces. So if you think about it when you open a door, touch a counter top, shake a hand or touch anything, you may have picked up a flu virus. It is only a matter of time before you touch your face and when you do you now have the flu. The flu is an infection that kills around 30,000 people per year in the United States. What you can do to avoid getting the flu is to clean, clean and then clean your hands again. When using soap, you should wash for 30 seconds and then you can touch your face. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers work very well at killing the flu virus. I would carry hand sanitizer all of the time and use it liberally. You should try to stay away from sick people and limit your contact with them and remember, sick people touch things that you might, so be careful. Finally, you should protect yourself and get the vaccine. Here are a few myths that will not give you the flu bare feet on cold tiles, a cold wind or rain on your head. Please read this article again and make sure you understand what can give you the flu. Take it seriously because it is a killer. For even more information on the flu please visit this web page http://www. cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/preventing.htm.Your HealthFlu season is here again The Governor General recently visited the Johnstons Art Studio in Little Harbour and was given a tour of the bronze casting foundry and artists studio. Mr. Tyler Johnston is presenting the sculpture on behalf of his father, Peter Johnston, thanking him for his visit to Little Harbour and for his acknowledg ment of the valuable cultural contributions the Johnston have made to Bahamian soci ety. Mr. Tyler Johnston is the grandson of internationally known sculptor Randolph Johnston, who created the national monuments of Sir Milo Butler and the Bahami an Woman and Child. The sculpture of a green turtle was made in Little Harbour, using an ancient bronze casting technique. The studio in Little Harbour is the only bronze casting foundry in The Bahamas and has created special methods of casting bronze that only exist in the Bahamas. Tyler Johnston is shown presenting a bronze sculpture of a green turtle to the Governor General, Sir Arthur Foulkes as thanks for visiting the Johnston Studio and Foundry in Little Harbour. Shown at the presentation are Alicia Oxley, Historic Preservation Architect; Dean Patrick Adderley, Chairman AMMC Board; Governor General Sir Arthur Hannah Foulkes; Tyler Johnston; Madam Lady Joan Foulkes; Benjamin Pinder, Administrator for South Abaco; and Katrina Cartwright, Bahamian artist.Artist presents sculpture to the Governor GeneralAbaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Flyers Programs Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe to The Abaconian Today

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 By Jennifer Hudson At an open meeting of the Abaco Cancer Society held on January 10, Jo-Ann Bradley gave a very interesting and informative talk on breast cancer to promote awareness about the disease. When she came to live on Abaco, five years went by that she did not have a mam mogram. One night she felt a hard nodule the size of a pea in one of her breasts and feared the worst. When it turned black, she knew she was in trouble. When she finally went to a clinic in the States, she was given an ultrasound and immediate biopsy; then the news that ev erybody dreads, it was, indeed, cancer. As the cancer was already advanced, she opted for a double mastectomy and underwent surgery within two days. This was followed by chemotherapy for nine months, then radiation. She was told that the tumour was extremely fast growing and very aggressive, but the doctors caught the cancer before it had entered into lymph nodes. She is now back on Abaco, feeling fine and glad that the ordeal is behind her. Mrs. Bradley wants to stress how very, very important regular mammograms are. The National Cancer Institute recommends a mammogram for all women over the age of 40 every one to two years while the American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram every year. If you feel a lump get a doctor to look at it very quickly, do not wait, she ad vises. She strongly recommends self breast examination every month. Several other breast cancer survivors were present at the meeting and shared experiences with the audience. This proved to be a very worthwhile and eye-opening meeting. Abaco Cancer Society President, Lilian Cash, reminded people of the op portunity of free mammograms for women over the age of 35 years who have never had a mammogram. Interested persons may obtain forms from the Cancer Society Thrift Shop on Saturdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Some of Mrs. Bradleys findings were very encouraging. One study following 10,000 women for five years showed that the odds of dying from breast cancer were just slightly higher than from other unre lated causes. If the breast cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes, the odds of dy ing of other causes were greater than the risk of death from breast cancer. Mrs. Bradley discussed the possible dangers to health of pesticide exposure and stated that studies have shown that some of the chemicals commonly used in pesticides are of special interest to cancer research ers because they have some estrogen-like qualities. Higher levels of estrogen in the blood are linked to increased risk of breast cancer. For this reason, many studies have looked at whether exposure to these chemi cals might be linked to breast cancer. International research has shown a high rate of advanced breast cancer in young women in The Bahamas. In the Bahamas 48 percent of the patients with breast cancer are under 50 years old and 48 percent of patients have stage III disease when they go to a doctor. This is in contrast to the United States where breast cancer is com monly thought of as a disease of older women. The next meeting of the Abaco Cancer Society will be held on February 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Forest Heights Academy.Talk on Breast Cancer AwarenessBy Mirella Santillo The ninth annual golf tournament of the Rotary Club of Abaco was held on Janu ary 14 at Treasure Cay. Forty-nine golfers participated. They were blessed with a beautiful weather, sunny and mild. Al though none of players managed a holein-one, they all had a great time, finishing the course by lunch time. The prizes for a hole-in-one, a Suzuki Swift and a Yamaha Electric Golf Cart, went unclaimed. The Awards Banquet that took place the same evening at Spinnakers was well attended by golfers and Rotarians. The silent auction that preceded the dinner had many people bidding on items ranging from a four and half litter bottle of Grey Goose Vodka to art work, tools and deco rative items. The food prepared by Chef St. Claude was outstanding. Beautiful trophies awaited the winning teams and runner-up teams. They were presented by Desmond and Audra Bootle. The Four-Man Scramble winners were Garreth Reid, Doris Leeker and Bruce Patterson. Roscoe Thompson accepted the trophy on behalf of the runner-up team, as Ken LaFrenniere, Alex Bain and Jan Goulding from Bahamas Palm Shore were unable to attend the banquet. Each of the FourMan-Scramble teams had only three par ticipants. Even though the organizers considered it a great success, the event, which is the Rotary Club major fund raiser, did not bring as much money as in previous years. After expenses, the Club netted only about half the amount of last year.Rotary Club holds its annual golf tournamentWinners of the Four-Man Scramble hold their awards. They are Bruce Patterson, left, and Doris Leeker, second from right. They were presented their awards by Desmond and Audra Bootle. The third member, Garreth Reid, was not able to attend the dinner. It Pays to Advertise

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 U.S. scientists confirm that reef on Great Guana Cay is sick and dying due to fertilizer seeping from shoreline golf course built by Discovery Land Company at Bakers Bay. Marine biologists reported at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference in January that reef-killing fertilizers are seeping from a controversial, shoreline golf mega-development on Great Guana Cay and are causing coral disease and reefsmothering algae blooms on one of the Ba hamas pristine coral reefs Scientists in January 2012 surveyed the reefs on Great Guana Cay and confirmed residents worst nightmare: coral diseases and algae had risen dramatically on the reefs nearest the sprawling Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club since its 2010 con struction. Golf courses require heavy doses of fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides to remain green and attractive. Scientists say this toxic dose of chemicals is seep ing through the islands porous limestone foundation, speeding growth of algae on the fragile reef and weakening corals, mak ing them much more susceptible to disease. These observations provide unambigu ous evidence of high nutrient inputs from the golf course to the near-shore waters with strong negative impacts on water quality and environmental health, along with strong indications that the effects are spreading to the coral reefs offshore, explained Dr. Tom Goreau, who co-present ed the findings at a science conference this month in Abaco. Dr. Thomas Goreau and Dr. James Cer vino are respected U.S. coral reef scientists who have been voluntarily monitoring the health of the reef in relation to Bakers Bay construction activities since 2005. They returned in early January 2012 and per formed an independent rapid assessment of the reefs. They found clear proof that the section of the golf course on the northwest ern tip of the Bakers Bay development is leaching nutrients into the water. This is the area where the golf course comes closest to the water and no buffers exist between the water and the course. Red and green algae present along the shoreline in dicate nutrients are entering the water. The scientists travelled along the entire shoreline of the seven-mile island, and this is the only place where the algae are present in such concentrations. These algae had not been there before the golf course. A video at http://www.notesfromthero ad.com/sgcr clearly shows the algae at this site. At this same URL there is the pre liminary report of the scientists that was presented a the Abaco Science conference in Marsh Harbour earlier this month. The scientists also visited reefs off of the north end of Guana Cay and other sites both up-current and down-current of the site. These are the same sites they visited six years ago. In 2005 and 2006 these sites were described as nearly pristine and very little evidence of coral disease. Only one case of coral disease was noted. In 2012, 17 cases of coral disease were noted at the north end of Guana and only three cases at Fowl Cay and one at the north control site. These surveys were conducted at sites that are frequented by local dive operators and they were checked at the exact same locations as were checked in 2005 and 2006. Algae levels were also higher with increased levels of cyanobacteria a smothering algae that grows well with the presence of nutrients. Developers initially promised the fol lowing: canals that would catch the water to be recycled zones of special vegetation along the coast to absorb tainted water that escaped the other measures neath the golf course greens to prevent runoff and contamination of groundwater require little fertilizer and very little chem icals environmental team from University of Miami and promised the public would be given access to their data. The video clearly shows that these measures were either not followed and are woefully inadequate as the fertilizer is en tering the water and affecting reef health said Troy Albury, Save Guana Cay Reef president Save Guana Cay Reef was formed in 2005 in response to the proposed golf course development on the north end of Guana Cay on Abaco. Our immediate con cern was the effects of golf course chemi cals and fertilizer on surrounding reefs that in some places were within yards of the shoreline. The government and the de velopers dismissed our concerns and went ahead with the golf course, which was completed around 2010. Save Guana Cay Reef has not received any of their promised scientific monitoring reports and, in fact, the team from the University of Mi ami says it has not been affiliated with the project since 2008 before the course was even completed. We call upon the appropriate authori ties to investigate and control this pollution problem before it is too late and one of our most precious resources is destroyed.Coral reef is dying because of mega-developmentViewpoint CURRYS FOOD STORE Homemade bread Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Green Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 By Marc Binard, MDLabadie VillageI shook the iron bars on the door of the clinic. It was locked up tight. I heard a small voice behind me, Cli nique ferme. Clinic closed. I turned to find a small boy, barefoot in ragged shorts, chewing on a large stick of sugar cane. Big soulful eyes, he studied me with the unabashed curiosity of youth. Even in Labadie, a blan (white man) is still a novelty. Pouki sa? Why, I ask my young friend. Eleksion Even the children know that this week there is a presidential election in Haiti. All Haitians recognize that election time can bring unexpected violence. Unfortunately, this blan doctor did not foresee that an election would close the clinic. I was hauling a load of medical supplies and equipment for the clinic from Wiscon sin and had hoped to hand deliver it to the clinic nurse or Cuban doctor. Six months ago, I had taken the nurse and doctors orders for their most dire needs and had now brought them back to Haiti to deliver them to the clinic staff. The needs were amazingly simple: an otoscope to diagnose ear infections, a fetal Doppler to hear fe tal heart beats, a nebulizer to treat asthma and, of course, medications; all this for a clinic responsible for the health of 15,000 to 20,000 people. Ki moun fet prezidan? Who will be president? I asked the boy. Tet Kale. Tet Kale! he replied with unbridled enthusiasm. Michel Martelly, aka Tet Kale or bald head, a popular Haitian singer was the choice of the people but many feared that the election would be rigged so that Mani gat, a main stream politician, would take the election. I left the clinic with my new friend at my side. We were soon followed by an ever growing group of curious adults and children. Reaching the harbourside, I sat my heavily laden backpack down and found a shady spot at a table under a royal poinciana tree. Naively, I didnt realize that most of my companions already knew who I was, my name, my occupation and the fact that I owned a ti terre, a lot, in the village. I was Docteur Ti Marc Doctor Little Marc. I earned the nickname Little Marc during my first trip to Haiti 40 years ago in March 1971. In a few minutes medical complaints were vocalized, shirts came up seeking a good sounding, throats were made avail able for examination, children with bloated bellies were presented for de-worming, hernias were reduced, rashes examined, all in the shade of the royal poinciana tree. As always, I asked about local medical conditions to ascertain where the greatest needs were. How much for a visit to the local gov ernment clinic? dollars Haitian. ($10 US) And if you dont have the money? Ou mouri. You die. How much if you need to be hospital ized in Cap Haitian? dollars Haitian. ($30 US) And if you dont have the money. Ou mouri. You die. The government nurse was located, and I was able to drop off the medical sup plies and equipment. My trips to Haiti have many goals, and this was the most important one to realize. One mission ac complished. Beach Hotel, Labadie, HaitiMy plans to stay with my friend Tim have also been dashed due to the election. Tim is stuck at the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic. He had left a few days before to collect his wife Kim, who had flown from New York to Santiago but now was held up at the Dominican Repub lic Haiti border which was sealed due to security concerns with the Haitian election. I had initially planned to camp on my lot which adjoins Tims lot and house in Labadie. I had picked an ideal shaded spot on a bluff overlooking what is now called Marcs Beach but my tent was shipped too late. My only option was to stay with my neighbors to the south, Belly Beach Bar, Restaurant and Hotel. Since we share a 300-foot property boundary, it only seemed natural that we get acquainted. I checked into the hotel and was pleased to discover the rate for a waterfront room was $22 a night. A rum and coke at the bar was 50 gourdes or $1.25 US and this was for one half pint of rum with a 16-ounce coke and two large glasses full of ice. I could stay here for quite some time without running out of cash, perhaps a lifetime. I settled in with a $.30 rum and coke and ordered dinner. An evening mist settled in over the mountains gently cascading into the sea with backdrop of a setting sun. A lateen-rigged sloop glided in on the eve ning breeze bringing in my lobster dinner. I am home. Ferry Dock, Labadie VillageGetting around this corner of Haiti, as on Abaco, largely involves taking ferries or water taxis. Roads are mostly impass able so the water route is the most efficient method to get around. This morning I am taking the water taxi from my hotel room at Belly Beach Hotel back to Labadie village. I hop into the 20foot wooden skiff and pay my $.10 fare. My bon jour is returned by most of the 20 or so passengers. I am anxious to get back to Labadie vil lage to see two great friends of mine. Ted Okie and his girlfriend Tracey are waiting for me at the ferry dock in Labadie. Six years before Ted and Tracey had sailed from New York to Abaco with the intent of sailing to Exuma to study Haitian sloops. I convinced Ted that he needed to sail to Haiti, not Exuma, if he intended to study Haitian wooden boat building. Subsequent ly, I helped him sail his 25-foot wooden sloop from Provo to Cap Haitian. Ted and Tracey spent several months sailing the north coast of Haiti, studying and documenting Haitian wooden boat construction. Teds article in Wooden Boat magazine nicely documented their research. Ted and Tracey fell in love with Haiti during this cruise and now had re turned to Haiti. Tracey had taken a semes ter from college in New York to document the historic buildings in Cap Haitian while Ted continued to research Haitian wooden boat building and help Labadie village with infrastructure issues. As the wooden skiff neared the dock, I could easily make out Teds blonde tousled head. I yelled, Hey, blan! Ted extended a hand and with a brisk handshake pulled me up from the boat. Before we had time to catch up on things, I saw a limp body being dragged up the dock. Better do your doctor ting, Ted said. The patient was a young male, unrespon sive and limp. I had no equipment except a stethoscope packed in my laptop bag. I performed a cursory examination on the dock. The man was unresponsive but had a pulse and was breathing. There was no evidence of trauma. His family gave the history that he had a crise or sezi this morning, an attack or seizure. He needed to get to Cap Haitian. This would involve a 20-minute ferry ride to the main ferry dock, then a 45-minute ride to go the eight miles to Cap Haitian. We loaded the man, Lionel, into the bot tom of the wooden skiff. Water lapping in the bilges, I cleared his airway and did a more complete neurological examination. In the US I would have had immediate ac cess to labs, CT scans, MRIs and special ists, but here in the bilge of a small, leak ing, wooden boat, I had a stethoscope, my hands and fluency in Creole. I stabilized Richards neck and airway and raised his legs in case he had a low blood pressure. I checked his eyes and pu pils. Hmmm, eyes deviated left. Then his left arm twitched. My in the bilge di agnosis was on-going seizures, right brain hemispheric focus with left-sided seizures. I felt his for head for a fever, there was none. Was it a tumor? meningitis? epilep sy? Who could know. He needed to get to the hospital. Richards wife, three children and father passively observed my efforts in the bilge and answered my questions. Lionel was a fisherman, 32 years old, usually in good health but had recently developed severe headaches and had lost some weight. The main ferry dock in Labadie actually did not have a dock; we had to disembark in the water and carry our limp patient onto the beach. No ambulance here, no calling 911. There was a tap tap, an open-back, Japa nese pick-up truck fully loaded and ready to leave for Cap Haitian. I met the driver and explained the circumstances, Lionel had to get to Cap or he would surely die. The driver did not seem too enthusias tic about losing a truckload of passengers until I produced a $20 bill. The truck was quickly emptied, and our patient was se cured in the pick-up bed, his neck and head stabilized with sacks of rice and coffee. I pressed $40 into Richards wifes hand, recalling my earlier conversation in Labadie that if one didnt have $30 to get into the hospital in Cap, Ou mouri. You die. Kay Ted and Tracey (name of Ted and Traceys home)Labadie VillageTed and Tracey have been living in Haiti for three months. They have rented Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusC all or visit our showroom acyMarsh Harbour Ph: 367-0546 Mattress Box Springs Bed Frames GE 4.5 CU. FT. Refrigerator $300 IGLOO 1.7 CU. FT. Refrigerator $180 GE & Emerson 1.1 Microwave $150 SOLID WOODDressers $750 Chest $450 & $525 Commercial Carpet $12.50 sq.yd. Padding $5.50 sq.yd. Space Heater $35 Elec Oil-filled Radiator heater $90 Bunk Beds Twin Regular Mattress........$150 Box Spring..............................$115 Full Regular Mattress..........$200 Box Spring..............................$130 Queen Regular Mattress......$240 Box Spring..............................$165 Queen Orthopedic Mattress.$285 Box Spring..............................$180 Queen Pillow Top Mattress..$550 Box Spring..............................$190 King Orthopedic Mattress....$385 Box Spring..............................$250Haiti, Spring 2011 as experienced by Marc Binard Binard From Page 19 In some areas of Haiti much of the transportation is by boat, similar to Abaco. This is delivery serivce at work

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 a harbourside bungalow for $5.25 a day from the mayor of the village. There were, of course, a few issues with the home. Ted had enquired whether the home had running water and had been assured that this was pas de pwoblem. A newly con structed concrete, fresh water cistern was proudly pointed out on the roof. Gran Cistern, enpil (plenty) watah. On their first night in the home Ted and Tracey did find their running water. The water was literally running out of the walls, light sockets and electrical outlets. Seems there was a slight miscalculation on the concrete mixture The cistern was leaking like a sieve. Fortunately, the elec tricity, as is often the case, was off so there was no risk of electrocution. Bathing was now done with a cup out of a five-gallon bucket. Ted renegotiated the rent from $5.50 down to $5.25. On my tour of the home, I spotted a sharp Japanese saw at the bedside. Security issues, Ted? No. Rats as big as cats, just nailed one last nite. Yikes! Traceys three-month stay in Haiti had been busy. In addition to her university work recording all of Cap Haitians histor ic buildings, Tracey was also teaching an evening English class to the Labadie villag ers. With the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a major employer in the area, speaking English is a major asset in landing a job. Later in the evening I was amused to sit back on Kay Teds seaside deck and hear the class recite their English lesson. The class read in unison Customer service is very important. Tracey had endeared herself to the people of Labadie. This connection was not only because of her striking good looks. Traceys caf au lait complexion and tall stature were the pleasing product of a Swedish father and Dominican mother. It was her fluency in Creole that connected her to the people. Her Creole was amazingly good though when she spoke English, it was with a slight Swedish accent. Her yess were sort of a yah mon, without the mon. Ted had also been busy. In addition to scouring the area for wooden boat projects, he had helped two village men start a Tshirt painting business and was working on a trash management system for the village. Apparently, relative prosperity had the un fortunate byproduct of increasing volumes of trash, mostly disposable drink containers which were previously unaffordable. Ted had been working with Kay Ti Moun, literally house of children internet caf. Roberto, the proprietor, was doing his best to run the small school which provided computer lessons to the village children for $3 a week per pupil. School expenses were offset by charging adults for internet time on the schools three ancient laptops. Robertos problem was reliable electricity. He already had one solar panel but needed another plus batteries and inverter. The Bon Bagay Haiti fund made a donation to help this happen since this is the type of enterprise I like to support: a health or educa tional entity that is primarily Haitian run, sustainable without continuous infusions of foreign capital and has an achievable short term goal to help it to succeed. Teds new T-shirt painting business was already mak ing Kay Ti Moun T-shirts which were selling well at the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line resort. Synergy and co-operation, a combination that will help Haiti succeed. English classes over, Ted announced that tonight we will go into town for dinner. No need to get dressed up, Ted and Tracey have taken all their meals from the street vendors in the village. One US dollar gets each of us a plateful of stewed goat, beans and rice and fried plantain, all cooked on an open fire, accompanied by a cold Haitian Prestige beer. This is a meal fit for a king. Later that night I take the ferry back to Belly Beach. I am the sole occupant and am mesmerized by the beautiful night sky, rising moon and twinkling lights of the vil lage receding in our wake. As I step off the boat, I pay the captain and enquire what happened to my patient Lionel. Oh, Li mouri. Hes dead. My mood is immediately darkened as I find my way back to my room. Cap Haitian Hotel Roi ChristopheTed, Tracey and I had decided to spend the day in town. Two moto-taxis were hired and we took the short but perilous ride from Labadie to Cap Haitian. Ted and Traceys motorcycle chauffeur seemed experienced as he gunned the 125cc mo torbike up the mountain road riding three up. My driver seemed less experienced, but he appeared eager to make up for his experience with extra speed. I kept my eyes fixed forward and tried not to look at the precipitous drop offs on the side of the road. Of course, there was always the oncoming truck traffic, most without ad equate brakes. We spent the day in Cap but found that most businesses were already shuttered for it was election eve and there were many concerns regarding security. Night time was quickly approaching and we decided not to risk a ride back to the vil lage in the dark. We decided to splurge on dinner and a hotel room at the Roi Chris tophe. I took my first shower in many days since my room at the Belly Beach Hotel had the same five-gallon bucket and cup bathing system as Kay Ted and Tracey, though fortunately without the waterlogged walls and electrical outlets. Tracey was tired and wisely returned to her room while Ted and I decided to stroll the deserted election eve streets of Cap. The town was shuttered up tight. No pedestrians, not even a stray dog. We walked past the police station and found all six policemen standing outside. Amazingly, this is the entire police force for Cap, a city of 600,000 people. The officers were surprised to see these two blans walking the deserted streets at night but offered no warnings. We chatted briefly about the election and proceeded up the street to check out sailboats in the port. Ted and I wandered the streets of Cap, amazed that, in fact, the entire city was shut down. We admired the French colonial buildings with their elaborate ironwork. Rounding a blind corner, we heard music and voices. Expecting to find an open bar, Ted and I instead found a self-contained party. A pickup truck, boom box, cooler full of beer and sidewalk dancers made up Cap Haitians only election eve party. Enthusiastic invitations to join the celebration were impossible to decline. It seems this impromptu party was hosted by a Manigat supporter, a concrete-block plant owner whose improbable name was Block. Ted and I enjoyed a few moments of political discourse and mobile discoteque before we continued our late night survey of Cap. A few blocks away we came upon a Changes Dr. Binard sees are encouragingPlease see Binard Page 18 Please see Binard Page 22 This is a taxi, haiti style.Marc Binard, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine,will be at Integrated Medicine on February 7-21 Call 367-1304 for an appointment

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 MUST SELL Great Guana Cay Colonial style commerical build ing known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Appraised $656,000Vacant land lot No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivi sion Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commer cial building known as Faith Convention Cen ter. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Crossing RocksTwo Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Har bour. Appraisal $953,970 Best Investment in Little Harbour $279,000 1-419-610-6336 Monarch Air Group 5535 NW 23 Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954.958.0445 954.958.0447 (fax)On Demand Aircraft Charter Services Call Us Today! Your Cargo Specialists By Jennifer Hudson The government clinic in Marsh Harbour took a leap forward in the New Year by offering medical care with its first live, two-way telemedicine dermatology clinic with specialists in Nassaus Princess Mar garet hospital. The Hon. Dr. Hubert Min nis, Minister of Health, and Dr. Herbert Olander, a dermatologist, were both in the Nassau office for this first use of the new system on January 21, 2011. The new tech nology uses two high-resolution cameras allowing a specialist in Nassau to examine patients in the Marsh Harbour clinic. Dermatology clinics are held on Friday morn ings and clinics with specialists in heart, ear, eye and other areas may be included as the system expands into other medical areas. The farming community was encouraged by the establishment of a major new farm project in North Abaco. Abaco became the home of a new organic farm boasting a variety of vegetables, Irish potatoes, tropical fruit, citrus and dairy products, all grown organically and processed locally. Paul Baker, an entrepreneur from Texas, estab lished Abaco Foods Ltd, an organic farm on 1500 acres of land. A large amount of heavy equipment was brought in, and the road to the area has been improved. The farm will provide employment for many Bahamians.February eventsThe Abaco darts team was jubilant on winning the Gold Cup Tournament held in Marsh Harbour at the beginning of February. They were competing with teams from three other islands and swept the Gold Cup, undefeated in all events. It was the second time in 27 years that the Abaco darts team had won this prestigious Gold Cup Tournament, the first being in 1993. At a town meeting held in Sandy Point on February 8 the new doctor for Sandy Point, Dr. Margot Seymour, was intro duced to the audience. She professed a desire to address obesity on Abaco noting the very high percentage of overweight persons on the island. Also introduced was registered nurse Doreen Clark, who arrived in Sandy Point before Christmas. Eleven residents of Abaco, ranging in age from three years to 82 years, were sworn in as new citizens of the Bahamas in the New Year by Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, the Hon. Brent Symonette. The ceremony was held at the courtroom in Marsh Harbour and was witnessed by several other dignitaries from Nassau as well as Abaco. Mr. Symonette informed the new citizens about the responsibility which comes with citizenship. March eventsSujith Swarna, an eighth grade student at Forest Heights Academy, became the national spelling bee champion during the 2011 championships held in New Provi dence, emerging the winner over 18 other national finalists. On his return to Marsh Harbour he was greeted at the airport by a grand reception of friends, classmates, teachers and other education and local gov ernment officials. A fire that had plagued Central Abaco for six days spread to the Bahamas Elec tricity Corporation power plant in Murphy Town where transformers and drums of used oil were ignited. In addition to the three trucks of the Marsh Harbour Vol unteer Fire Department, fire trucks came from Treasure Cay and the Marsh Harbour airport and were assisted by firemen from Guana Cay, Man-O-War, Hope Town, Ca suarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores.April events Forest Heights Academy celebrated its 20th anniversary on April 9. Alumni and former teachers returned to help celebrate and mingled with the students and current faculty. A Boeing 727 aircraft made its inaugu ral flight to Abaco. This is recognized as the largest aircraft ever to land on Abaco. It brought a group of 50 people from New York to go to the Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. The plane used the facilities of Cherokee Air and had no problem with the Marsh Harbour airport with its new ex tended runway. Work began in April on the preparation of installing a new transmission line be tween the new power plant at Wilson City and the present power station in Murphy Town. BEC officials explained that the construction of just over 10 miles of over head transmission lines is a necessary part of the plan to provide Abaco with electric ity. The line will run west along the Capt. Ernest Dean Highway and will run under ground where it passes the Marsh Harbour Airport. Fire ripped through the Mud, an immigrant community in Marsh Harbour, on April 27, destroying about 40 homes and leaving about 140 residents homeless. The fire spread quickly through the immigrant community due to the narrow access roads or no roads at all nearby, crowded condi tions, household belongings along the track roads and the lack of fire hydrants. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the other fire depart ments throughout Abaco.May eventsAnna Albury, a blind student and head girl at Hope Town Primary School, was named the National Primary School Student of the Year in a ceremony in Nassau on May 21. She received a $6000 scholar ship for her further education and a laptop computer. A couple of weeks later she returned to Nassau as a guest of a couple of television programmes and while there she visited the House of Assembly. Three other Abaco students won scholarships: Rebekah Higgs of Agape Christian School, Lachelle Lightbourn of St. Francis de Sales School and Felicia Roberts of Man-O-War Primary School. The first Abaco Sea Scout Troop was formed early in the year and on May 23 was invested by members of the Scouting Association of The Bahamas. The Troop consists of 30 boys aged between the ages of seven and 17. Sixteen of these boys form the troop at St. John the Baptist in Marsh Harbour and 14 are in the troop in Sandy Point.On June 24 Rev. Willish Johnson was installed as Rector of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour in an impressive ceremony at which the Rt. Rev. Laish Boyd, Bishop of the Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, along with other rectors officiated. Rev. Johnson holds the distinction of being the first Bahamian woman rector of the Angli can Church of The Bahamas. This installa tion took place at a time when the church is celebrating 150 years as a diocese. United States Ambassador to The Baha mas, Nicole Avant, accompanied by repre sentatives of the United States Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defense Force, visited schoolchildren on Abaco to share boat and water safety tips and to distribute life jack ets to students.Abaco hosted nine international teams for the 12th Annual International Little League World Series tournament from July Highlights of the year 2011Please see Highlights Page 21

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE MOBILE HOME FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEMinimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT OR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete and ready for BEC. $36,000. Call 458-1144 Cherokee Hill Top, lot # 16, approximately 10,000 square feet. Call 357-6883 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cays only private gated community, Marines Landing. Elevated 1/2 acre parcel. Includes building plans, underground utilities and private boat slip. Fantastic views of Sea of Abaco & ocean. About 100 yard walk to the beach. Excellent opportunity at $389,000. Possible owner financing. 941-928-2187 Hope Town, North End, last remaining undeveloped bay side beach front lot. $425,000. Call 366-0707 or email jandkoakes@gmail.com Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,200/mon. Ph. 367-2431 Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or www.hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m Marsh Harbour, 1,200 sq. ft. 2 bed, 2 bath, fully furnished, washer & dryer, A/C, harbour views, near restaurants. $1,250/mo. Call 3762252 Marsh Harbour, Pelican Shores, water view, 3 bed, 2 bath, furnished, 1,500sf, inground pool, SF home, avail Jan 1, non-smoker only, pet ok, private street, annual lease US $1,800. Call 561-248-1097 or email: waterlabs@att.net Treasure Cay, 2 bed, 2 bath unfurnished villa. Also for rent on Ocean Blvd 2 bed, 1.5 bath beach cottage, fully furnished, A/C & W/D. Call 365-4105. Treasure Cay, Charming 3 bed 2 bath 1800 sq. ft. canal front home with tropical decor, pool, dockage for two boats and only a two min. walk to Treasure Cays world reknown beach. $2800/ month for 12 month lease. Call 242-477-5056 or 843-278-0277 www.treasurecayrentals.com Treasure Cay, Windward Beach luxurious beach front home, fully furnished. 4 bed, 3 bath, office & den for $3,800/month for 12 month lease. Call 242-477-5056 or 843-2780277 www.treasurecayrentals.com Turtle Rocks, furnished Log Cabin 12 mi. NW of Marsh Harbour. One full bdrm, one sleeping loft, one bath. Large screened-in porch. Includes internet, Direct TV & water. For sale OR long term rental $850 mo. Call 475-7871 or email dwebbwedr@aol.com 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fully furnished Mobile Home. 5 minutes from Palm Beach Airport on Congress opposite Dog Tracks. Price $15,000. Call 367-2052 or 3672442 Little Abaco, 6.25 acre waterfront lot in north Abaco. REDUCED to $45,000. A GREAT DEAL! Call 366-0797 or 242-427-5316 Marsh Harbour, 4,000 sq. ft. triplex for sale with harbour view. Near Boat Harbour. $495,000. Call 376-2252 Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. REDUCED TO $349,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@gmail.com Treasure CayBeach Villa #646. Near Beach, pool, marina, & stores. 3 BR 2 BA, complete remodel in 2008, 50% bigger, $330,000 Net to seller. Brokers welcome. View and contact at www.blueskyabaco.com 15-23. Two Bahamian teams also compet ed. The tournament was a major event for Abaco. Baseball parks in Murphy Town and Coopers Town were specially pre pared for the event. The old clinic building in Cherokee Sound, which had stood derelict for about 25 years, was demolished on July 21 to make room for a new clinic building. Sev eral residents, local government represen tatives from South Abaco and persons from the Abaco Club on Winding Bay were present to witness this memorable event which was just the start of what promises to be a very exciting project. A state-ofthe-art clinic, almost three times the size of the previous clinic, has been designed. The Abaco Club will be donating materials while the committee is hoping that volun teers will help with labour.August eventsThe Hon. Neko Grant, Minister of Works, and the Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, held a public meeting on July 29 to present plans for a gymnasium. This will be built on the 38-acre site in Dundas Town to the west of the new administration building. Ground is being cleared and prepared for the new Marsh Harbour airport terminal just west of the present terminal. It is anticipated that the contract will be with FES Construction and will be signed soon.September eventsThe signing of the contract for the con struction of a new $27.3 million terminal building, air traffic control tower and fire/ crash/rescue facility at the Marsh Har bour International Airport took place on September 1 near the site of the future building. The contract was awarded to FES Construction from Freeport. Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, stated at the signing that on completion, the new airport ter minal will be named the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in hon our of the man who single-handedly did a great deal to improve and expand the economy of Abaco. Several members of The Bahamas House of Assembly along with dignitaries from Abaco and an owner of FES Construction were present for the signing. By October con struction of the new terminal was well underway.October eventsThe Prime Minister inspected a hill top site at the corner of S.C. Bootle Highway and the new bypass road to the airport which will be the location for a new mini-hospital. It was expected that ground would be broken later in the year. This building will be anoth er major addition to the approximately 140 acre site where government is con solidating its facilities in Central Abaco which include the almost completed administration building and anticipated gymnasium. Also in the same month the govern ment signed a $40 million contract with China Harbour Engineering Company which will include the construction of a new port in North Abaco and a bridge linking North Abaco and Little Abaco. The bridge is expected to be completed in February 2013 and the port in No vember 2013. Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Works, stat ed that the existing 300-foot long cause way constructed 50 years ago across Angelfish Creek has negatively impacted the surrounding marine ecosystem with the old causeway cutting off tidal flow and fish migration between the islands and adversely affecting ecosystems, most notably fish. The new bridge will be constructed on the north side of the existing earth fill causeway and will allow water to flow, re storing tidal flow and allowing small boats to travel between the north and south sides of Abaco.November eventsThe Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Joan Foulkes visited all government schools on Abaco at the beginning of November in commemo ration of One Bahamas, a national concept to bring about pride and unity throughout the country. While on Abaco, they also toured several government clinics, the new power plant Wilson City, three historical museums, the Memorial Sculpture Garden on Green Turtle Cay and Johnstons studio with its foundry and gallery at Little Har bour where the two sculptures in Nassau of Sir Milo Butler and the Bahamian woman were created and cast in bronze by the late Randolf Johnston. Rage seas grounded the MV Legacy on Lynyard Cay. The Legacy, the mail boat that provides weekly service between Nas sau and Abaco, was broadsided by a 13foot wave as it attempted to enter North Bar channel on November 9. The rage was the worst that anyone has seen for more than 50 years. Two tugs eventually pulled the boat off the cay, and it was towed to Marsh Harbour where the freight was offloaded and then towed onto Freeport for repairs. The nine passengers and nine crew members of the legacy were rescued by US Coast Guard helicopter and there were, for tunately, no serious injuries.December eventsUpwards of 2000 people attended the an nual Christmas Festival in Marsh Harbour on December 3 at the BAIC Farmers Market site. This year craft and food vendors shared space under two open metal-roofed pavilions. Hundreds turned out for the 13th Annual Box Cart races on November 26 on Elbow Cay. Christian Wilhoyte won both the adult downhill and slalom categories Miss Nvandria Rolle of Moores Island won the Miss Abaco crown on the final event on December 18 at the Abaco Beach Resort. Her prizes included a one-month trip to China, a $4000 scholarship to the College of the Bahamas, $1000 cash prize and many other items She is presently a freshmen at the College of the Bahamas. A man was murdered on December 9 in an execution-style hit at his home in Sweet ings Village. Claude Collins died soon after being shot multiple times when he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. It is believed that the in cident relates to a missing load of cocaine.More highlights of the year 2011Highlights From Page 20 for Grouper in your meals

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Page 22 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon ThompsonDock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 traditional rum shop which was still open. We could say with certainty that this was the only establishment open in Cap Hai tian. Inside, men played dominoes while discussing politics. Players looked at us in amazement, white apparitions who appeared in their tiny bar on a deserted election evening. Ted and I settled in, bought Binard From Page 19 the players a round of drinks and proceeded to become engaged in political discourse. The entire bar was filled with Tet Kale supporters, and they were quite vocal in their support. We cheered and raised many toasts to Haitis potential new president. The festive atmosphere was broken when a Toyota pick-up truck screeched to a halt outside the rum shop. I was horrified to recognize the truck and its occupants as the mobile party of Manigat supporters we had met earlier. Block and his crew unloaded into the rum shop and ordered drinks, all the while chanting Manigat pou Prezidan. I looked at Ted and in an instant realized we were in a volatile situation. Two blans in an illegal rum shop on election eve now filled with rum-fueled opponents in a hotly contested Haitian election. Given the same situation in the US, we would have been killed. Here in Haiti, we decided to just re lax into it and keep our cool. Within min utes, the heated political dialogue cooled down with cold beer and slapping of domi noes. Ted and I watched in amazement as the rum shops occupants found a common ground and became convivial. We bid our new friends Bon Nuit and headed back to the hotel. The gate at the Hotel was locked. The security guard had abandoned his usual post by the gate due to security concerns and was safely in the hotel. He was also soundly asleep. No amount of shouting or gate shaking could rouse him. Ted surveyed the 12-foot high gate topped with iron spikes and announced I am going over. I watched Ted slither over the gate, miraculously escaping im palement. I had no alternative. As I climbed over the gate, Jimmy Buffetts song chorus popped into my head Growing older but not up. International Airport Cap Haitian HaitiAs usual, I am eating my pre-flight breakfast of stewed conch and legimes. This time, however, I am given a seat of honor. I am invited to eat at the taxi drivers table. I am well known to the vendors at the airport. On past trips I have always bought my meals and coffee from the ven dors in a small dusty square behind the air port. On previous trips I have fed the street urchins who used to roam the airport, but they were no longer present. This is a new, more prosperous Haiti, and street urchins arent part of the scene. They have been banned from the airport. Too unsettling for the blan arriving by air, I suppose. I tuck into my breakfast and sip the rich Haitian coffee sweetened with a tablespoon of cane sugar. The election is over and Tet Kale is the winner. I am inwardly proud that Haiti has completed an elec tion without violence, and there will be a smooth transfer of power. I reflect on my short trip. I am continually amazed at how much one can pack into a short Haiti trip. With the generous support of Abaconians and Wisconsinites, the Bon Bagay fund was able to help many Haitians, the Labadie clinic was stocked with meds and equipment, three children were able to get urgently needed surgery in Cap Haitian, one Labadie villager was able to continue his university studies, Kay Ti Moun internet school now has solar power and the school in Fort Bourgeois continues to be rebuilt. These are small projects in a country with big needs but small steps in the right direction. Little by little the bird builds his nest says the Creole proverb. While I am gratified with making the aforementioned projects happen. I am even more gratified to see an infusion of new young blood into Haiti. I am thrilled to find people like Roberto at Kay Ti Moun making a livelihood while supporting Hai tis children. I am also secretly pleased to have afflicted young people like Ted and Tracey with my Haiti addiction and they have, in turn, afflicted their friends. I was pleased to meet their friends Seychelles and Emyl in Labadie, a young couple who had sailed their 1937 steel-hulled 35-foot cutter from Cape Cod to The Bahamas and Caribbean. By far, Haiti was their favorite stop. This infusion of youthful homegrown and foreign enthusiasm and expertise will hopefully soon lift Haiti out of its present situation. While the problems facing Haiti remain daunting and sometimes seem insurmount able, I am cautiously optimistic that Haiti is on track to fully develop her potential as a nation and a people. Yes, there is still a lot of work to be done. My own job will be done when there are no more Lionels, young men dying in the bilges of leaking boats. The plane lifted off and I gazed out at Haitis powerful mountains and rugged coastline. I realized that for the first time since the earthquake, I did not shed a tear as I departed. I guess I knew now that Hai ti and I were both in a better place, and I would be back very very soon.Remember Conservation begins with YOU

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February 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 Business Service Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Services: Abaco A & D Trucking Call us Timothy or Adele P.O. Box AB 20432, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Com Yale WindowsDon MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Need That Extra Help With Your Studies?Copies of previous Examination papers for sale at Shopping Centre 367-3202 ABACO ISLAND PHARMACY LTD.We have moved! Next to ECC and across from BTC, Marsh Harbour 367.2544 tel 367.6544 faxabacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Supplements 8:30am 6pm Sundays 9am 4pm Want More BUSINESS? Then what are you waiting for? Promote your Business by Placing a Business Classied. Call Us For More Information367-2677 or 367-3200 SIMMONS Security & InvestigationsSecurity Guards Armored Van Security Cameras Burglar Alarms Private Investigations Credit CollectionsResidential Commercial MarineFreeportTel: (242) 351-8321 Fax: (242) 351-1460AbacoTel: (242) 367-0321 Fax: (242) 351-1460 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Additional lines at $2 per line Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE SERVICES Items for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EQUIPMENT FOR SALE 10,800 gal capacity, four sections, top access hatch. Di mensions 15 diameter, 8 height. Make an offer. Call 366-0040 E-Z Loader Boat Trailer, TEZR 25/27, 7000 lbs. Galvanized and in good condition. Asking $2,800. Call 367-4681 Pro Boss Power Washer 2600 psi $350 New Sportsman 4000 watts $350, Concrete Power w/ 8 HP Honda engine, Ingco Singe Tank air compressor $175. Call 577-6656 Abaco Dinghy, Wind Rose built by Joe Al bury has been fully restored by and is located at Edwins boatyard & is offered for sale. In trested parties should contact creid@current builders.com or 954-818-6919 18 Boston Whaler, w/ 200 HP Yamaha en gine, w/trailer & center console. $10,000. Call 577-6656 20 Bertram, with cuddy cabin. New every thing including stringers and new Allgrip paint. No Motor. $13,900 OBO. Call 577-0340 21 Contender, all original hull with 225hp, 4-stroke Yamaha. Only 600 hrs. MUST SEE.$23,900 OBO. Call 577-0340 Honda 225HP, low hours. New Bimini top. Dont miss our on this Now only $14,000 OBO. Call 365-5148 or 475-5559 Team Member Wanted for full time office assistant position in the Treasure Cay area. Applicant required to have a minimum of 5 yrs experience & be self motivated. Experi ence must be related to Quick Books, graphic design, Microsoft Office and creative writing skills. Must possess high B.G.C.S.E. grades and high school diploma,valid drivers license with own transportation & current police re cord. Please e-mail resume for consideration to: abacoposition@gmail.com SEEKING ROOMMATELooking for female partner to co-rent apart ment located in Dundas Town. Call 554-4105 for more information. Daily Maid Services. Honest & dependable, general cleaning & washing services. The dirt ier the better. $70 a day. Call 242-553-3048 25 Celebrity Cudy cabin walk around. 454 Chevy B19 block, closed cooling, alumi num duel axel trailer. Boat always garaged. $12,900. Call 366-4114 or 366-4096 26 1967 Pearson Ariel Sailboat, 8 HP Yamaha, DUTY PAID, $3,000. Hope Town. Call 242-366-0154 single 425hp Cummings, low hours and runs great! Upper & lower helm, perfect commercial dive or fishing boat. Contact Dan Forman at dsforman@gmail.com or 561-283-1861 and leave a message. Boat located in Hope Town. Asking $39,900.00 wishes to thank them for their continued kindnesses.Nativity ExhibitOn Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 28 and 29, Cherokee will be putting on an fantastic display of miniature nativity and manger scenes. At our last show in January 2010 we were able to have 45 different ones to display and anticipate having even more this time. There will be a small entrance fee and light refreshments will be served. There are always lots of island-wide events happening this time of the year, but we hope you will find the time to come out and see our showing of nativity scenes. It is certainly something different, and we know you will enjoy it.South From Page 14 By Rashida Murray At times luggage and bags accidently get lost, misplaced or left behind. Often there is a delay of retrieving the lost luggage. The Junior Achiever Company at Sherlin C. Bootle High named SWAG, Stu dents with Ambitious Goals Strategize, is being innovative, thinking outside the box. This vibrant group of students now has a product for all travelers bag tags. Selling at $5 each, the company is introducing this signature product that appeals to the consumer needs. SWAG bag tags are becoming the new est fashion trend to hit North Abaco. Cer tainly, the sale of tags is an effort of the community not only to support the JA company but to be pro-active travelers. An S.C. Bootle High School student proud ly shows the name tag that his JA company is selling to identify luggage. The SWAG Company is the first time for several years that S.C. Bootle has had a JA company their new product Police reminder to motorists: Obey the speed limits. The life you save may be your own.

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Page 24 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2012 BeachFront! Private4bedroombeachresidence inasoughtafterseasidecommunity hassuperiorappointments. $3,499,000.Ref.AS11793 TREASURECAYNewPrice! OffTheGridbeachfronthomeon 2.46acreshas5bedrooms,multiple decksandastoundingviews. $1,950,000.Ref.AS11366 LITTLEHARBOURExclusive! Attentiontodetailandislanddecor gracethis3bedroom,Key-West stylehomeinLeewardYachtClub. $1,754,500.Ref.AS11805 GREENTURTLECAYExclusive! Stunning4bedroomVictorianstyle homewithdockslipcapturesbreathtakingviewsfromeverydirection. $1,295,000.Ref.AS11409 GREENTURTLECAYWINDINGBAY: 1.7acresoflandwith 200ft.ofgorgeousbeachfront. $1,500,000.Ref.AS10803 ELBOWCAY : 19,974sq.ft.lotwith 120ft.onthebeach. $459,000.Ref.AS11568 HOPETOWN : Rare0.376acrelot with65ft.ofharbourfrontage. $249,000.Ref.AS11743 LUBBERSQUARTERS : 19,338sq.ft.lot withdockslipatSeaviewSubd. $125,000.Ref.AS11569 BAKERSCREEK: 13,500sq.ft.ocean viewlotinanewdevelopment. $79,500.Ref.AS11368 ELBOWCAY: 9,826sq.ft.investment siteispricedforaquicksale. $69,500.Ref.AS11492 JOESCREEK: Almost1acrebetween MarshHarbourandTreasureCay. $54,990.Ref.AS11455 NewPrice! This6bedroomgolf/oceanviewestateoffers2guestcottages,apool, plus jacuzzi. $5,950,000.Ref.AS11098 WINDINGBAYLYNYARDCAY : 77acresofseato seabeachfrontproperty. $3,995,000.Ref.AS11618 GREENTURTLECAY : Beachfrontestatehas292ft.ontheAtlantic. $900,000.Ref.AS11711 LITTLEHARBOUR : Gorgeous2.3acre harbourfrontparcelofland. $495,000.Ref.AS11548 DORROSCOVE : Halfacreloton ElbowCaynexttoTahitiBeach. $364,000.Ref.PS10577 ELBOWCAY: 15,500sq.ft.lotwith75 ft.ofbeachfront. $199,000.Ref.AS11702 ELBOWCAY : 13,005sq.ft.loton NorthEndisnearagorgeousbeach. $170,000.Ref.AS11694 GUANACAY : 18,200sq.ft.ocean viewlotnearbeach. $165,000.Ref.AS11722 Exclusive! Situatedonaprotectedcovebeach, thisdelightful3bedroomhomeexemplifiestastefulbeachsideliving. $949,500.Ref.AS11552 ELBOWCAYUnderContract! Turn-key,4bedroomhomeonthe canalhasascreened-inBahama Room,pool,dockandboatlift. $899,000.Ref.AS11270 MARSHHARBOURExecuveLiving! Furnished3bedroom,2bathhome onadoublelotenjoysamenitiesof thegatedGreatAbacoClub. $899,000.Ref.AS11049 MARSHHARBOURSeaViews! Onnearly0.5acres,this2bedroom, 2bathwaterfrontcottageiscomplete withaprivatedockslip. $840,000.Ref.AS11450 LUBBERSQUARTERSNewPrice! Lowmaintenance,2bedroomcottageon1.5acresatLongBayhas roomtoexpandand140ft.ofbeach. $795,000.Ref.AS11322 GREENTURTLECAYRareFind! Cozy3bedroomislandcottagehas numerousdecksandpatios,alarge poolandisacrossfromthebeach. $749,000.Ref.PS10665 ELBOWCAYExclusive! Valuepacked,4bedroom,2.5bath turn-keyhomeatgatedSunriseBay hasoptionaldockageandboatlift. $899,000.Ref.AS11745 MARSHHARBOURGreatInvestment! Soldtogetherandstepsfromthe water,withaboatslipincluded,are two,2bedroom,1bathhomes. $399,500.Ref.AS11553 LUBBERSQUARTERSExclusive! Tastefullyfurnished,2bedroom,2 bathhomeonaquietcul-de-sacis perfectforentertaining. $399,000.Ref.AS11821 MARSHHARBOURExclusive! Quaint3bedroom,2bathcottage, minutesfromthebeach,isoffered fullyfurnishedandincludes2bikes. $380,000.Ref.AS11538 GREENTURTLECAYCanalFront! Charming2bedroom,2bathhome onthecanalistheperfectstarter homeforayoungcoupleorfamily. $340,000.Ref.AS11835 CASUARINAPOINTTurn-Key! Elegant3bedroom,3.5bath,penthousecondooverlookstheCrossing Beachandincludesa30ft.dockslip. $575,000.Ref.AS10576 MARSHHARBOUR MARSHHARBOUR 242.367.5454 561.902.1800 HOPETOWN 242.366.0700 954.762.7127 GREENTURTLECAY 242.365.4191 E:Sales@HGChristie.comJOHNCHRISTIE 242.357.7572February1,2012 CONNECTWITHUS NEILABERLE 242.577.0277 DWAYNEWALLAS 242.359.6046 ROBBIEBETHEL 242.577.8533 SAMARAALBURY 242.359.2542 LEAHPINDER 242.577.6764 KRISTILOWE 242.357.6649 ADRIANLOWE 242.577.4111 HGChristies e l e c t PROPERTY ltd.Celebrating 9 0 Y E A R S as The Trusted Authority in Bahamas Real Estatewww.HGChristie.com CASUARINA POINTPriced to Sell! Renovated inside and out, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath ocean view home in a peaceful community is tastefully furnished and located just steps from the beach and boat ramp. NEIL ABERLE. 242.577.0277. Neil@HGChristie.com. $184,000. Ref. AS11775