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Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 04-01-2012
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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 7 APRIL 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 Abaco Family Fitness Weekend Fatal plane crash at Treasure Cay Airport Vessel holding 51 Haitian immigrants seized Features this issue Crossword Puzzle B 16 U-Boats off Abaco B 14 Community Calendar B 22 Candidate Debate Intro A 8 Entrepreneur Watch A 24 Tech SupportA 18 Three days of absolute fun in the sun Abaco Family Fitness weekend, coordinated by Lee McCoy, from March 23 25, 2012. Participants streamed from all across the globe to compete in events at the Coco Bar in Treasure Cay which was a prime location. Safety measures and precautions were effectively executed by the police department and the Treasure Cay Crash, Fire and Water Rescue Team. Residents and second home owners welcomed the change of pace from the humdrum everyday activities. This friendly athletic competition was something the whole family could enjoy. Please see AFFW Page 2

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com North AbacoActivities commenced on Friday eve ning around 5pm with a splash as contes tants swam a one mile open water event near the shoreline; followed by a soft opening ceremony. Robert Meister of the Treasure Cay Resort (a proud sponsor) expressed his gratitude to Lee McCoy and Ms. Wynsome Ferguson of the Ministry of Tourism, organizers of the events. For the Florida on Bahamasair. Tony Bethell-Ben third. Awards were presented to these athletes. one mile open water swim, a triathlon, a kiddy one mile run and a 5k/10k run. The events were categorized for sprinters and Olympians, male and female athletes reon Saturday morning. Individuals who competed for the sprint race had to swim a quarter mile, bike ride for 15 miles, and run a 3.1 miles distance. Results are as folIndividuals Sprint Triathlon Overall Placing Overall Time Lowe and Peter Wagner. Olympians covered twice the distance as the sprinters. Fatigue was the only challenge for these athletes whom were driven by the motiva Placing Time The crowd chee red at the arrival of the anchor for the mens relay team, Phil touched down just in time for him to com Bahamas Hotmix, met him at the exchange zone elated to pass the baton to his partIsaac of the Carribbean Landscaping Com pany had given Rob a strong start at the beginning of the triathlon by completing a 1500m swim in less than 25 minutes. The praiseworthy female relay team from Hope Town brought home the gold for their race. Representing Abaco proudly were Lindsey McCoy with a swim time of minutes. Fortunately, everyone went home a winner proudly wearing a medal for partic ipating within the various events; especialof the kids one mile race, Justin Fureich and Adrian Whylly winners of the 5k and Participants boasted of how pleased aco Family Fitness Event which was very well organized and patronized by proud sponsors including the Cycles Unlimited, Home Fabrics, A-Salt Weapon, Damia nos, Sothebys International, John Bull Ltd., Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co event likewise were appreciative including the Abaco Swim Club, Friends of the Environment and the Rotary Club of Abaco. The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend AFFW From Page 1

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 More North AbacoThere was a public presentation on March 20 in Coopers Town to discuss the multi-million dollar port and bridge projects that have been scheduled for the area. China Harbour Engineering Com pany (CHEC) offered a walk-through of the plans to the nearly 150 gathered. Also Minister of Works, and John Schaefer, enproject is the largest of several government initiatives planned for Abaco. This is a project that will transform Prime Minister] is determined not to leave the island the way he found it. Mr. went on to explain the vetting process that was involved in securing a deal for the port project. He described the team effort and positive atti tude amongst all parties involved that have brought the project along. Marsh Harbours port, which is currently undergoing repairs, was said to serve as the model. Alex Lee and Rain Yu, CHECs coordinators for the project on Abaco, went through details regarding the project. The long and 27 feet wide. This will include a three foot sidewalk. The bridge will fea ture a twelve foot clearance at high tide. The port will be built roughly three kilometers north of Coopers Town. It, for immigration and law enforcement and a placed at the entrance of the port. CHEC will provide the majority of the labour to complete the project and will import the main materials. They will consider using local concrete and other materials if it is not price restrictive. 30 Bahamians, such as truck drivers, clerks and security, will be directly employed by worth of labour will be locally contracted. Mr. Lee and Mr. Yu talked about win-win cooperation. They hinted at several public welfare initiatives CHEC would undertake throughout the progress of construction. One example they provided was importing school supplies for children. The rough timeline for completion of both projects is December 2013. The around June 2013 and will commence in October of this year. The port is scheduled to break ground in August of 2012. opened for questions. about the bridges clearance and dimen sions. He was concerned that the twelve foot clearance was too low and that not all audience member Mr. McIntosh responded saying, The south-side is a breeding ground, implying that a twelve foot clear ance would be enough for the type of ac tivities the creek would see. Mr. Tinker raised concerns about the projects impact on the future of the com munity and implored CHEC to reconsider how the project would commence. This is a project that will impact our lives, he continued, only 30 persons on a project of this scale? Mr. Tinker called on the young people in attendance, many of whom he said were looking for opportunities, to ask the tough questions. again to respond to the crowd. Under the budgetary constraints, he explained, this was what could be worked out. It was at a point where the project would either be scrapped or move forward and the admin istration opted for the best deal.Public forum discussing port and bridge projects held in Coopers TownThis is a project that will transform North Abaco,

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 More North Abaco Four persons perished when their single engine plane crashed March 25 during taking off from Treasure Cay Interna tional Airport en route to Florida. Beach, Florida and Dennis and Janie Sartoris of Jacksonville Florida, were killed in the accident which took place shortly after that perished as well. The couples, second home owners and longtime visitors to Treasure Cay, were en route to Fort Pierce, a city in St. Lucie County, Florida when their plane deviated into the pine forest on the side of the personnel were immediately dispatched Eugene Butler, acting director of vestigations into the crash were still in the preliminary stages and that it would be some time before they come up with caused the crash. He said their investigators here will portation Safety Board) from the United States and as well as an engineer from the manufacturer of the plane. Plane crash leaves four deadJohn Cash, a resident of Treasure Cay, knew the two couples personally. had known for more than ten years, had in the past few years received their pilots licenses. Dennis was a Dentist and owner of DCS Dental Laboratory in Jacksonville, Florida who, along with his wife, were known by friends and workers as very kind and caring people who gave to the com munity. draiser for the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. The event was held at the Treasure Sands Club located immedi ately outside the gates to Treasure Cay. The fundraiser was a huge success and good times were had by all, primarily due to the hard work of the organizers Diane Soloman & Carolyn Trudeau. Both ladies would like to thank all of the 150 people that attended and who donated so generously. Further funds were raised by a silent auction which attracted many bids on a multitude of items ranging from paintjob in encouraging people to get involved. The Treasure Sands Executive Chef, Antonio Huyler crafted an amazing display of fresh fruits and cheeses accompanied by a variety of canaps and champagne that was passed around to the guests. Songs and junkanoo were performed of the crowd. The arrangement was put together by Mr. Bill and was extremely well received. Diane and Carolyn would like to thank Mr. Bill, Lynn Major, Stacey Higgs, The Treasure Sands Club and all the teach ers, staff and volunteers for all their support and help in making the event a great success. Anyone who missed the event who would like to make a donation, please conECC has charity event at Treasure Sands Club

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Enjoy great dining at Anglers Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the waters edge in Marsh Harbour KaraokeTuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. Rake n ScrapeDance with Brown Tip every Friday night starting at 8:30 pm. Calypso NightClint Sawyer LIVE every Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Stephen ColebrookEnjoy Stephens versatile piano music and vocals Wednesday through Sunday.Contact us at 367-2158www.AbacoBeachResort.com Central AbacoBy Timothy Roberts Charge on Elbow Cay lead to the apprehension of 51 Haitian migrants who were anchored in the area of Tilloo and Cuby Jack Cay on Sunday, March 25. Acting on the tip, Corporal Smith investigated and, with the assistance of residents from Hope Town, the boat was towed to the government dock located at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. Troy Pritchard, a resident of Elbow Cay who was called upon to assist in bringing the Haitian vessel in, said he was called by Cpl. Smith who asked him to verify what he saw through the binoculars. He said he saw a vessel that was obvious ly heavy laden though only three persons He and another person took two boats out to the area because it was rough, and they towed the vessel to the dock. When the boat was disembarked there were found to be 51 persons of Haitian dewith all in fairly good health except for two who were suffering dehydration. The migrants, who traveled with lit tle to no possessions, were detained at the immigration compound with two groups There they are be detained at the detention center on Carmichael Road. searched but nothing of consequence was found onboard.51 migrants brought ashore USA donates $25K worth of rescue equipmentRepresentatives from the United and US Public Health Services in collabo March, 2012. The purpose of the exercise was to train and equip 10 individuals on the island in nearby waters. The training placed spe cial emphasis on water rescue in the event an aircraft crashes near an airport. from the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Branch and Marine Division, Airport Civil Aviation and Volunteers from the Abaco community. Participants included Danny Michael Parotti. worth of equipment was donated to the Abto assist with shoreline Water Rescue. ers, rescue ropes, rig haul sets, pulleys, water bottle bladders, goggles, rescue util ity ascenders, Carlson rescue boards, bat teries, carabiners, and Z Rig haul set.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Y ear) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface From the Editor's Desk // Like NassauI had intended for this editorial to be upbeat and positive and, who knows, it may just be by the end of it. However, I would be wrong to breeze over such a serious issue that has so violently made itself unable to be ignored. I am talking about the crime. The weekend of March 23 through 25 was shocking. Our quiet town, a label which we seem so desperate to maintain yet is becom ing harder to apply, was rocked by a number of violent crimes. I heard the sau, a lot. However, this sentiment has always bothered me. I could never understand why bothered me. Maybe it was how depressing the big city seemed; or perhaps the world that I imagined I lived in had no use for gangs and senseless murder and so I rejected the notion as if it were a sickening image. But now I know why, and its neither of those things. Its the sheer resignation of it. Its us sitting on our porch with friends and acquaintances, talking about how our country is going to hell in a hand basket and then moving on to the next topic. We are so convinced that our only option is to be consumed by some shapeless decay we so fondly ourselves to that fact, assign some party the blame and then are surprised when we hear about some teenager down the street getting stabbed. Its ok sau and there is nothing either you or me can do about it. Its progress, swallow it. But thats not true. Its not true that the crime problem we have is without remedy. But derstand what we are facing. And say ing crime problem is never accurate, its an umbrella term we use to sleep at night. Poor education, poverty, lack of pride in our community and an extraordinary amount of other factors are all lumped together in the box we call having a crime problem. We take that box and slap the label on it crimeand we lay it at the feet of someone other than ourselves. We blame the Christie administration, the Ingraham administration or that favorite scapegoat we Bahamians love to pin all of our social ills on, the Haitian immigrants. But me and you, no, were just victims of our own country going off the rails. I challenge you going forward to bring a new perspective to the crime problem and realize ways you can make a change. Your friend didnt get a gun put to his head because there is a crime problem. And there wasnt a hit and run because were becoming And if we as a community and a counto look it in the face I believe we will demon weve decided to roll over for. We can make this the country we want. Well, I said I would try and end this editorial on a positive note. I suppose in a way I have, but then again we started out on a pretty low note so any direction we went could only be up. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. As a special prize for you, dear reader, I will give you the answer to Again, I thank you all for continuing to read The Abaconian. Were working very hard to bring you the content and features the public demands. I just wish they werent so demanding. Hopefully our next editorial wont be so dire, and I apologize for scaring any of our visitors who are reading. Until next time.The Great Abaco Candidate DebateSince putting out the call in our previous issue we have received several responses from people as to what they want their candidates to discuss. Here is, again, a brief explanation: In the spirit of democracy and the political season we invite Abaconians to engage our islands six candidates. Vote on the issue that interestests you most and The Abaconian will pose the most popular issue to the three candidates from the two districts. Each candidate will be afforded up to 500 words to lay out their stance or plan regarding the topic and their answers will be published. In future issues they will be allowed to respond to their rivals words in this publication. This is to encourage healthy political discussion, and we need your help to make this a success. Vote either through email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Phone: 242-367-3200 Text Message: 242-577-2723 Facebook or Twitter Respond with your choice and your District (North, Central, South) A. How do you plan to empower local govt? B. What is your plan for immigration? C. What is your plan to combat crime? D. What is your plan to help the local economy

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today March 2012Name 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: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: 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! Hot wind at Bakers BayI read the press release from Bakers 2012 Abaconian with amusement. As a I have to clean up some of the facst buried in Bakers Bay sand. velopment and jobs. What we oppose in the huge give away of Crown Land, (our traditional land-crab territory); the dutyfree status given to Bakers Bay and the sec ond homes being build there, (which would have generated millions of dollars in revenue for the Bahamian Peoples education, medical facilities, and infrastructure); and the golf course. If you searched the world, golfers dreampretty.but stupid. Bakers Bay could have had a very nice development without the Crown Land, the duty-free status, and the golf course, but that the fertilizer would kill the reef. Three of the worlds most prominent reef scien tists said so. We shared this information with Bakers Bay. They didnt want to hear it. Ask all the farmers in the Bahamas and theyll tell you. Plants need fertilizer to grow in pure sand. Lots of fertilizer! And thats what we have blowing all over the concerned, the reason we lost court, as the judges told us, is because our country doesnt have any environment laws. The has helped the Bahamas get one step closer to remedying this situation. Bimini would hasnt succeeded to some degree in its efforts. They promised environmental monitoring and access to the results but so far we have gotten neither. We have always shared ours. There seems to be some confusion at Bakers anyway. First, Dr. Marshall tells ers Bay cant afford any testing, then he says that he decided to let nature take its Letters to the Editor course (so, just at the time they started fertilizing the golf course, he decided to stop monitoring) and now, in the ad in the Abaconian, he says the testing went on before, during and after development. Looks like what really needs testing is his memory. Of course, hes been a pretty busy instrumental in the approval of the Bakers Bay Environmental Management Plan working for Bakers Bay. And with all those the precise moment they are closest to the gold course, and all those cess pits aimed at Bakers Bay from the settlement, it is no wonder the poor man is exhausted, youd forget to conduct your testing, too under those conditions. Can Bakers Bay really believe that (Do they really believe you dont have any right to speak unless youre rich?) We lose reef. We know that it (and the mangroves which BBC destroyed) are the nurseries has a grass roots membership of hundreds; all Bakers Bay has is it grass roots in fertil izer!... and it has found its way to the reef. Anthony Roberts Junkanoo judging was unfairThe Murphy Town Super Stars Junkanoo group would like to express our disappointment in a few things that took place in the 2012 Junkanoo Parade which are in Abaco the judges need to be selected differently. If any group chooses a judge every other group should know who they are before the parade. This way any group leaders that may have an issue with a judge can have that one replaced. Reason being, a statement was made by a judge before the parade that the Murphy Town Super Stars can't beat the other group because he will be judging. Mr. Chairmen I don't think its fair for a judge to make such a statement about a group that is participating in the parade. It seems as though the judging system is not fair and is loyal to a particular Junkanoo group. Its obvious that the fans can see it. We the Murphy Town Super Stars would like to let the Junkanoo Commit tee know that if the committee and judging system doesnt change we will not take part in any parade in the future because it will be a waste of time. mittee needs to take into serious consider ation the way in which the groups prepare for the parade. For example Costumes should be locally built. If we as Junkanoo ers want to see Junkanoo grow in Abaco we need to stop what is going on now because we are failing when it comes to teaching the youth in our community. If we continue to allow costumes to come from in Abaco wont learn the art of our culture when it comes to Junkanoo. If one group can work hard all year to prepare for the parade, I think it's only fair that the others do so also, instead of costumes for their group to take part in an Abaco parade. I am not saying that we don't need do need their help to through workshops with our groups that teach us to perfect our craft and to be better builders with our costumes. But to have them to come and rush and bring costumes fully built, pasted and decorated is not fair at all to the other groups or the youth of Abaco. One of the main reasons the love of Junkanoo is dying in Abaco is because the youth and persons in Junkanoo groups have not been taught the creative arts of Junkanoo and encouraged to be excited about our cultural parade. Mr. Chairman if we don't stop the heavy import of Junkanoo costumes that come completed how will your kids that participate enjoy and appreciate Junkanoo as our culture. If this continues to happen Junkanoo in Abaco will become just like our cultural festival regatta. There is a whole lot of talent right here in Abaco that is not being developed and enhanced in Junkanoo and therefore they are being wasted. Mr. Chairmen, can you or your judges explain to me how can a costume that never changed on the second lap of the parade double the points? There is something to our group. Let us try to make the parade a truly Abaco Junkanoo parade displaying the sau, Freeport costume rush out.

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 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 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar More Central AbacoIsland Waves Cultural Center holds grand openingBy Canishka Alexander The grand opening for the Island to a good start on March 10 with a series of entertainers performing live onstage. As a supporter of the Support the Arts Move Island Waves founder, acknowledged the small but intimate group who had gathered to show their appreciation for the talent that is offered on the island. they express themselves, she explained. It was really good turnout, and Im happy with the group of people who came out. Stuart Limperes also pointed out sev eral food vendors who had set up booths to sell handcrafted items, art work, beverages and conch salad in support of the event. Her business partners include Shanishka stand where tasty conch fritters and coconut water were available for sale; Cornelia Reckley with turnovers and pastries at Lovely Reckleys Lovelys Island Tings salad stand; and Ellen Sands, an employee Theresa Haynes and Cleopatra Lightbourn of Abaco Food Processing Association were familiar faces among the vendors. Both women agreed that it was a good event, and Haynes added that the grand opening provided good exposure and offered another means of promoting the products that they make locally. Across from them were Ritchie Eyma and his wife Roshanne Minnis-Eyma, who are both artists. Their artwork captured colourful scenery and the expressive face of people that are commonly seen in Bahamian life. So far, Stuart Limperes has been able to provide piano, guitar, dance and voice lessons at the Island Waves center. A com munity garden as already been started banana plants. Soon, Stuart Limperes will be offering a tutoring program for students preparing for their national examinations. All in all, she is looking to unite Bahamians through the center. When she returned home in October of 2011 she taught music at Every Child Counts for a few months before giving herself a monthand-a-half deadline to organize the grand opening. There are a lot of things that can be done on this island, and its just about didnt mind doing it. When you really work hard and pursue what it is that you love to do, and you have a genuine passion for it, people get it and they jump on board because there are many people who are also pursuing that same thing. At the close of the grand-opening event, a poetry night and jam-out session were held at Island Waves. day Carnival was on Abaco and according response from locals has been great. The Carnival has become an annual tradition in become accustomed to the Carnivals annual novelty. The Carnival brought some of their Ray (Pirate Ship) and Flying Bobs. Becky noted they brought more kiddie rides this time which toddlers and little ones can ride on their own. They also introduced one hit. Ms. Hitchcock noted that were com ing in groups to enjoy the rides. Addition ally, they brought a game that you can win a prize every time. Other games include the water balloon race and the beer smash. Patrons can enjoy food such as pizza, cot ton candy, popcorn and food provided by soft drinks for kids and young adults. The one price to ride all you want is $15 and does not include admission. This price is also only good from Monday to Friday. Ms. Hitchcock wants patrons to remember that they must adhere to the weight and height stipulation of the rides. They have also sought the protection of the police and hired extra security to protect patrons cars and to keep persons safe as they walk through the parking lot. The carnival is open Monday to Friday 5 pm to 11 pm and on Saturday and Sundays from 3pm until. Admission for adults is $3.00 and $1.00 for children. Carnival returns to Abaco Like The Abaconian on Facebook for up to the minute news and special announcements.

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 South AbacoAfter-Shock lock down in Cherokee held a Lock Down on Friday, March 2 in the W. W. Sands Community Center with over two dozen young people between the ages of 10 and 17 participating. To some parents a Lock Down is a free babysitter, or, as it was described by one couple,a chance for a second honey moon. Whatever description you want to give it the kids love it. It is a chance for them to inter-act, meet new friends, play games and joke with each other, all while learning some life lessons on their own. Sheri and Andy Lowe, the adult lead ers of the group, respond and connect with this younger generation in a way that most cannot. They understand what these kids want and need, and part of that is a chance to let their hair down and have a good time with kids their own age. The Lock Down included inspira tional and fun movies, some competition between the two separate teams (one called Hopi and a second called Whapi), some games and lots of food. The kids started arriving at 7 pm on Friday evening and got very little sleep between then and when they woke up on Saturday morning around During past Lock Downs the teenag ers had a Treasure Hunt. This time they were challenged to build a shelter from nature as if they had been shipwrecked on a desert island. The kids had a good time and are all looking forward to the next Lock Down in Cherokee.Community rallies to repair theLong Dock once again Cherokees famous Long Dock, the longest wooden dock in The Bahamas at 770 feet, has once again been restored to all its grandeur after nearly complete devastation by Hurricane Irene in August of 2011. This is the sixth rebuilding of the dock since being knocked down and blocked off then local Board of Works for being too dangerous and in disrepair. Once again the work is being done by local volunteers. This was also the sec ond time the bridge creek was lost in that time period to passing hurricanes. Usually, pieces and parts of the decking have been located nearby or along the southern shoreline and found salvageable along with new lumber to replace lost sections. After Hurricane Irene the entire bridge washed into the nearby mangrove but was close enough to put back in place within a very short time. However, the Long Dock itself suffered quite extensive damage and has not been in a stable enough condition for use by the local boaters or swimmers since then. In addition, the wooden wheelchair walkway leading to the new pavilion and picnic area, or Hut, was also washed away with the surging waters, high tides and rage of the hurricane. It has since been retrieved and replaced. Once the Bridge was replaced the Hut became a favourite spot for beachcombers and walkers to rest and enjoy the beautiful view and observe the restoration work being done. Of course, nothing gets done in Cherokee without the help and donations of our second-home owners, local family and many friends, and the rebuilding of the Long Dock is no exception. We thank them all. The rebuilding takes uncounted hours of back-breaking labour. But it is a labour of love. The community wants to thank those who were involved. Our Long Dock draws people from many places on Abaco as well as from abroad. Visitors who return to the little settlement will be happy to see the dock is back. Unmarked boat found abandoned

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Chris Thompson Real Estate Service you deserve. People you can trust. Guana Cay Darvin Curry Paradise4B/3B House & 2B/1B Guest House on high dune between Atlantic Ocean & Sea of Abaco. 435' beach frontage on ocean & 200' on the bay.$5.6 MAerial w/insertFinders Keepers 3B/3B Immaculate home stocked w/amenities includes two private dock slips. Great Views! $1.195M Las BrisasMarnies Marnie's Landing Private Marina, Gated, 5 Lots left $590K+ Marnies Landing GREAT VALUE 100+ acres situated at entrance of world famous Treasure Cay Resort, overlooking historic Green Turtle Cay with 1500 of waterfront! $3.9M Thurston BayDouble Beach Lots"Second Chance" 2 Bed/1 Bath Guana Cay $250K Second ChanceBill Dillon New Name35,000+ square feet 143' Oceanfront North of Tahiti Beach $997,500 Barefoot Breezes9 acres Sea to Sea Estate, 649' of sandy Beach, 625' of Sea of Abaco Bayfront, Peaceful & private. 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 More South & Central The CaysSAFA farmers attend emergency meeting An emergency farmers meeting was called for members of the South Abaco Farmers Association on March 15 at Cen tral Abaco Primary School (CAPS). Ac cording to Shanishka Bain, SAFAs director of Public Relations, elections for the new board of directors took place on are excited about the possibilities of 2012, and are eager to implement training and infrastructure projects under the leadership of the associations new president, Leslie Thompson. During the meeting, information was given on land clearance, lime trees from Andros that would be distributed among the farmers, a tomatoes-and-limes workshop and the upcoming All Abaco Agricul tural, Marine Resources and Agribusiness Exposition. We called an emergency meeting to inform them that its time for land clear we know ahead of time, we want to let their land cleaned, and the Dept. of Agriculture would match whatever time that you have, Thompson explained. If you paid for two hours, they would match the two hours. As for their plans this year, Thompson said they will work together as a association, and also training for farmers on planting and harvesting their crops. He said that once they continue to move quickly, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has pledged to assist them. Everyone is working together hand in hand, and they all seem to be very moti vated, Thompson observed. There was a large gathering of farmers who attended the meeting, and he said it was an indication of the excitement felt among the farmers because they are involved in whats going on and are able to share their input. Farmers were reminded that $20 membership dues must be paid every month, and registration for new members is $15. The next meeting is scheduled for April 5 at CAPS. Whale shark spotted off the back of Hope Town ocean and very rare for this part of the world, was seen by several locals boating on the ocean side of Elbow Cay. Zach PinJohnson were the lucky spotters who photographed the animal. It was about 25ft long and seemed rather curious, recalled Ms. Borsz, a teacher at Forest Heights Academy in Marsh Harbour, it was hanging around for a while so we touched it! Mr. Pinder, a mechanic by trade, speculated that it enjoyed the warm water that was coming out of their outboard enand came so close to the boat that they were able to pet the leviathan. a gentle giant. Though reports of whale sharks have been made around Crooked Island, records of the species in Abaco are hard to come by. Perhaps Mr. Pinder and If you have any information otherwise, or have interesting encounters of your own, please contact The Abaconian at us in your photos. Authorities have revealed that arson Barber Shop across the road from Abaco Central High School in the early morning hours of March 27. the owner was away at the time of the incident. A witness in the area said they heard a vehicle pass the area followed by an exMarsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue was called to the scene and by the time they arrived the building was already fully engaged. The police suspect arson and the investigation is ongoing.Murphy Town Barber Shop Burns Down Email your photos and stories to abaconiannews@gmail.com

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 The Cays Continued Tom Hazel receives GTC community supports school A crowd of people arrived at the grounds of Amy Roberts Primary School raising event aimed at collecting money to systems had been donated to the school and dents that the PTA decided to try to obtain ing the school. Turtle Cay, and beyond, came together to attend the function and to donate money, items and time. It was a family event with entertainment for children and adults. There was food galore from conch fritters to fried chicken, macaroni and cheese to guava duff, among other goodies. The many games included the ever popular bouncing castle that not only provided fun for the kids but also served as a shelter when the threatening cloud that When they dared to leave the bleach ers set under the huge almond tree that shaded the school yard, parents and visitors participated in the cake walk in the hope of going home with one of the homebaked cakes donated by parents. They could also visit the basketball court where local artists displayed their crafts and buy locally made straw bags, shell crafts, jewelry and pine needle baskets. A fundraising would not be complete busy selling tickets, so many people stayed until the end of the day in spite of the rain popular prizes such as a trip on Silver Airlines, BahamasAir or IBC Travel; a picknick on Man Jack with Lincoln Jones Pic nic, a weekend in Treasure Cay with golf cart or two nights stay in Florida at Best Western. According to the organizers it was a very successful event. They were pleased with the attendance and the money they collected. Hope Town community center meetingOn March 23 some members of the Hope Town community gathered in the St. James Methodist Church to discuss the planning and construction of a community necessary funds and where to build it, have long tempered the progress of the project. However, recent developments addressing these issues have brought the community the donation of land by the Methodist vided by Mr. Rudy Verspoor has allowed for a realistic dialogue to take place. Paul Thompson, president of the Hope Town Community Center Commit tee, opened the meeting by welcoming the crowd and explaining the purpose of said, and the committee was looking for feedback from the entire community. The land was donated by the Meth odist Church, he explained, and it is the property where the Mission House is locat ed in the middle of town. Mr. Thompson also explained that substantial seed money would be provided by Mr. Verspoor in memory of his late wife, Patty Verspoor. Mr. Thompson reiterated that the plans presented were conceptual and adjustable. He also committed to thoroughly planning the project so as not to leave it partially completed. Mr. Verspoor was asked to address the crowd. Im not prone to visions, he said referring to the idea behind the com munity center, but Pattys death got me thinking how to best commemorate her life. He continued on about his love for Hope Town and how quickly they were converted from tourists to active commu nity members. He and the committee knew, he said, that the entire project had to be endorsed by the community or else it would not work. He joked that this may be the First thing for Hope Town that nobody opposes, referring to Elbow Cays dynamic history of independence, self-starters and passionate ly opinionated townsfolk. He proposed a $50,000 initial grant from himself, followed by an additional $50,000 matching grant. From this point he explained fundraisers and private donations would have to make up the rest. Michael Myers, architect, was then asked to present his concept. Finding the right property, said Mr. Myers, was the center of town. He continued on to Please see Center Page 17

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Honesty and Quality You Can Count On242-357-6532 Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More... Contact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 described the dimensions and walk through the sketches. The building will be seventy feet by forty and built forty feet back from the crest of the dune. He described the Oceans ide view this would allow. The building would feature a deck, walkways, vented windows, an extended stage and a cathe dral-style ceiling. The building would total square feet below the deck and building. After the unveiling of the plans Mr. explained the current concept would cost each month. The vision would be that the center would be self-funding by hosting events and fundraisers. He also said that since this would be built on church land no alcohol sales or consumption would be vember 1 of this year. tions. The audience inquired about hurricane insurance, considering the centers proposed ocean-side location, and learned that it was not included in the costs as it was too expensive. Concerns were raised alcohol sales it would be impossible to raise the amount of money necessary. Oth ers in the audience rebutted this statement, asserting that it would not only be possible, but it would set a precedent the commu nitys children could admire. There were questions about the loca tion, size and cost of the building. Some disagreed with what they perceived as unnecessary complications surrounding the size and ocean-side location. One person suggested allowing community members to write in their questions for consideration. It was suggested by one audience member to reconsider the actual purpose of the center and build it to that purpose, making most of the issues raised unneces sary. The next meeting concerning the Hope Town community center is slated for the end of April.Center From Page 13 Fowl Cays established as national parkBy Timothy Roberts The Bahamas has added one more national park to its list of nearly 30 with the Environment Minister Earl Deveaux announced March 12. The monu mental event which was announced at sau included the expansion of two existing national Park and the Andros Park. In October sion of The 50th Trust, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham announced his intention to expand the national parks system of The Bahamas, Mr. Deveaux said. He said I am honored to announce tional Park, a new national park for Abaco between Scotland Cay and Man o War Cay; the expansion of the Conception Isof Andros. He noted that the Abaco Islands in the BNT trains law Marine Protected Areas Areas (MPAs) at the Ministry of Tourisms Abaco Training Center. In attendance were Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Customs Department along with centered around introductions and house keeping matters, which then trickled down As they began to move into the heart an MPA is, their purpose, the habitats and resources found in these areas and the benlocal MPA. with a talk on enforcement as he outlined the Bylaws of the Land and Sea Park. The document educated the participants on what is and what is not allowed to take place in protected areas. During her presentation, Lakeshia Anderson, parks planner, addressed the Fisheries Legislation of The Bahamas. According to this particular document, regulations are put in place to ensure the conresources found in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of The Bahamas. The legislation determines the type its and closed season for certain species, as well as the prohibition of harvesting of them. In the last two to three years there have been amendments to the regulations on sharks and marine turtles. Anderson also touched on the regulations relating to residents and what is required from them. their knowledge of MPAs, and then Lindy in their endeavours to protect their parks. co-patrolling and information training. unteer deputy park wardens would be appointed and be able assist them further. The following day, the group met at the Crossing Beach and was taken to the center of the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park for a dive. The area spanned an impressive 2,100 acres. This is the crown jewel of the Peli coral cover and some good diversity, so you will see a lot of corals you wouldnt normally see outside of protected areas and in reasonable health. Upon completion of the tour of the it had been a useful dive and was hopeful that it is only the beginning of an expansion of their partnerships that already exist. ally build a partnership, so that when the northern Bahamas boast six national parks marine charts as a protected area. Local people recognized that the area was special and it has long been a popular recreational site. reached from most central Abaco Cays and settlements. The park has steadily become attractive to scuba divers and is extremely popular area for local boating and snorkel spots in untouched water are renowned. These parks are created to enhance and expand the way of life for all Bahamians. We invite you to use, see and enjoy them wisely, said Deveaux. Eric Carey, Executive Direc tor of the Bahamas ment of The Baha mas again showed ership today. The creation of these parks demonstrates the value of partnerships to conservation. tures Hope in South Andros, Andros Mr. Carey said that The Bahamas, like many other countries, is committed to protecting 20% of the marine environ ment. Today with these new parks, The Bahamas made a giant step towards mak ing this a reality. to create this volunteer warden force, we would have the support of our partners to properly.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery Licensed Boat Captain Available for: Tenth annual Writers Read held in Hope Town The tenth annual Writers Read, head lined by the Hope Town Writers Circle reigning diva, Adelaide Cummings, was held at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, lar event was well attended by local resi dents and visitors, with a full house each evening. Announcer Janet Reingold introduced ers Circle who presented varied offerings, included Circle exercises, family memoirs, prose and poetry. The special guest reader was Summer Primary School. Summer recently won the Primary Division, Commonwealth of the Bahamas Poetry Contest, following which award and read her winning poem, The Field of Words. On the closing evening, Tom Hazel, Harbour Lodge manager, surprised Adelaide with a re-creation of the cover from her newest book, Encore, due out in mid-April. Dressed appropriately, Summer The Cays Continuedpresented Mrs. Cummings with a bouquet held by the ballerina on the books cover. The Writers Read has become one of the highlights of Hope Towns winter sea son. It is produced by the Writers Circle, which meets each Thursday morning from 10 to noon at the Hope Town Sailing Club. The forty-six members reside on land and and range in age from 17 to Adelaide. Anyone who writes, and who would like to share and learn, is encouraged to attend. Scam artist computer techs targeting Abaco Tech support scammers have moved operations into The Bahamas, targeting Abaco residents with cold calls imperson ating employees of software or internet service providers. Cold calling scams have been a common annoyance throughout the world for years, however recently the technique is being used in Abaco to breech the security of many residents computers. Typically the caller impersonates an Microsoft themselves and attempts to trick their victim into buying questionable anti-virus programs or PC optimization software. Their tactics include the use of Microsofts Event Viewer, a legitimate piece of software included in Microsoft products that lists various errors and com mon issues within a system; it is common for errors to be present in this case. However, to a person who is not technically inclined this box can seem a nightmare. By listing off thousands of simple errors as viruses and malware, the caller can then convince the victim to allow control of their computer to be given this so called the victim is opening their computer up to misuse and possible theft of important passwords and information. The caller will then instruct you to download free software and ask for personal information in order to identify your computer. Within a matter of moments a formerly clean and safe computer is now riddled with viruses and can be used remotely by a hacker to attack other com puters. To add insult to injury many of these callers will ask for your credit card information so they may sell you the software to clean your computer of the viruses they had just put on it. Fortunately, software companies rarely if ever contact their clients by phone about a technical support issue, so if an unsolicited call comes through claiming to be an employee of one of these companies you can take it as a good indication of a scam. If someone does call and asks any computer related questions you are unsure about, call a trusted IT professional such for any advice or concerns you might have. Tech SupportBrought to you by: Science & Tech

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 The Abaco Scientist is a website dedi conversation about Abaco and The Baha mas. Several respected scientists contribute to its published content and upkeep. The Abaconian decided to contact the websites manager, Dr. Craig Layman, to learn more. -Who started the website and who contributes?-Dr. Craig Layman, Marine Ecologist from Florida International University, in conjunc tion with our local partner Friends of the Environment. Currently we are building the group of contributing scientists, with the vision of -What is the purpose of The Abaco Scientist?-My goal for the site is to become a "one-stop" source for all things science in The Bahamas. There are dozens of world class research programs centered in The Bahamas, but the research information is spread among numerous publications, websites and other sources. The goal is look when they have a question or other -Do you see young people be coming more involved in their is land's ecology and research?-I am hoping the site becomes one mechanism by which students learn more about the country's environment, and have a route to become more involved. By linking to Facebook (and eventually Twitter), I hope to provide a more "modern" way that students can access the amazing research that is being conducted. -There have been a number of discoveries and exciting science hap-The Abaco Scientist aims to promote discovery, education and science in Abacopen on Abaco (Blue Holes, Croco diles, Mangrove restoration) what have you found to be the most excit ing or intriguing?I think the blue hole fossils are the ally, the caves associated with blue holes are just fascinating. From an ecological standpoint, I am amazed by Rocky Point (the tip of the island near Sandy Point). I have made a couple of posts on it on the just phenomenal. -What is the most pressing issue impacting Abaco today that is being studied and discussed on The Abaco Scientist?-The most pressing issue is clearly development especially major resorts and everything associated with that. The Bakers Bay controversy is only the latest example, but there will be one develop ment after another, and each poses its own challenges and issues.-Closing thoughts?-Overall, I just want the site to be a central source for all Bahamians; any time someone has a question about science, I navigate to the topics they are interested in. A cool side note the main paper search engine in academia is called Web of Science. If you input the keyword "Bais intended to get this information out to the public. encourages our readers to visit The Abaco Scientist and learn more about our incredible islands. Visit the Abaco Sicentist at I am amazed by Rocky Point. ... The number of there is just phenomenal. Parrot presentation in Treasure Cay In a talk organized by the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association line Stahala M.S., researcher studying the Abaco parrot, talked about Abacos parks and conservation efforts at Treasure Cay Carey, told the group about the recent expansion of the national parks in The Bahamas, including the Fowl Cay Park in Aba co. There are six national parks in Abaco from near Walkers Cay in the north to Hole-in-the-Wall in the south. He said that while they are a nongovernment organization charged with the task of managing the national parks of The Bahamas they also invest in research, such as the research being done by Ms. Stahala. Ms. Stahala told the audience that though the Abaco population now stands at about 3000, Bahama Parrots were historically found on several islands throughout The Bahamas but today can only be found on Abaco and Inagua with a small group cent years. The last group outside these islands was wiped out in Acklins in the Ms. Stahala is currently studying the social behavior and importance of group size of the Bahama Parrot as well as working on means of protecting parrots and their nests from predation. She will also be updating the population count in a few months. progress made both in research and in the development of the parks in The Bahamas and she looks forward to promoting tourism in the parks. infrastructure in the parks to attract visi tors and wildlife drives and would like to see the Coppice area, home to a variety of birds, become a protected area. Cay Events put on seven events each year with accents on cultural and educa tional topics that promote community fellowship. Committee member Dewey Chase they have had many kinds of presentations from a concert pianist to the woman who climbed Mount Everest. Science & Tech

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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 beach condo, 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. "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. "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. 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. Camelot Windward Beach #1699 Inspiring 3 bed, 3 bath, 2,600 s/f turn-key furnished beach home on 19,000 s/f parcel with 101 sandy beach frontage. Refurbished in 2000. Well Maintained, Includes 2003 Suzuki vehicle $1,299,000. 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 bed, 3 bath, 1,800 sq. ft. furnished home on 27,908 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront parcel with 153 of bulkheaded seawall & dock. $1,308,000. 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. $299,000. "Dolphin Watch" -Galleon Bay # 1534 3 bed, 3.5 bath furnished home (including 2 bed, 2 bath guest cottage). 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Well maintained, overlooks Brigantine Bay, includes private dock & boat slip. $295,000. Beach Villa 527-#1852, Charmimg 2 bed, 2 bath furnished, near pool/beach, shopping $199,000. 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. 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. 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.UNDER CONTRACT 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. Atlantis Condo # 2203 # 1000 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level, 1,000 s/f furnished waterfront unit, includes fully serviced boat slip & golf cart garage. Overlooks Brigantine Bay, Optional Boat Lift. Near beach. $464,000. Atlantis Condo # 2202 # 987 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level furnished canalfront unit, w/ boat slip, boat lift, golf cart, garage. "Turn-Key", Near beach. $485,000. Our Paradise Place Cottages 6 -# 2049 4 Bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 2,900 s/f under roof beachfront residence. Turn-key furnished. Excellent condition. Includes golf cart. $949,000.HousesCarleton 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.CondosBahama Beach Club # 2025 #2057 3 bed, 3 bath ground level condo, 1,650 sq. ft. living space, tastefully decorated and furnished, well maintained. Great sea and pool views. Enjoys excellent rental income. $599,000. Royal Poinciana # 2512 #2060 3 bed, 3 bath, 2nd level furnished beachfront condo, includes loft, on site pool & tennis court. Great sea views, excellent rental income potential. $449,000.NEW LISTINGRoyal Palm # 2477 # 2052 3 bed, 3 bath, upper level 1,264 s/f tastefully furnished end unit condo. Includes 2 extra large private boat slips. Great water views. $399,000. NEW LISTINGBeach Villa # 715 # 2072 2 bed, 2 bath, 950 s/f turn-key furnished beachfront villa. Well maintained, excellent vacation rental income potential. $499,000. UNDER CONTRACTR E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D # 2084 Thompson Beach Cottage 3 bed, 2 bath turnkey furnished beachfront home on Windward Beach. 19,000 s/f parcel with 103 sandy beach frontage. Spectacular sea views $1,150,000. #2073 Best Priced Condo # 1211 1 bed, 1 bath, 462 s/f ground level furnished harbourfront condo. Great harbour views. $149,000. Mariners Cove Condominiums#1181 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour front condo, tastefully refurbished $559,000. # 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. #985 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level harbourfront end unit. Refurbished in 2000 $249,950. #655 2 bed, 1 bath condo with marina view $249,000. #1942 1 bed, 1 bath, 450 s/f 2nd level furnished unit overlooking community pool. $199,000. #959 2 bed, 1 bath furnished 2 level condo overlooking marina, includes garage. $189,000. #1805 2 bed, 1.5 bath, 800 s/f, 2 level harbourside condo, tastefully furnished/decorated, well maintained. $ 179,000.NEW LISTINGCarrollville #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. NEW LISTING

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 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 Expect ations! .abacoestateservices.comAPR. 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. $2,200,000. 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 beach condo, 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. "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. "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. 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. Camelot Windward Beach #1699 Inspiring 3 bed, 3 bath, 2,600 s/f turn-key furnished beach home on 19,000 s/f parcel with 101 sandy beach frontage. Refurbished in 2000. Well Maintained, Includes 2003 Suzuki vehicle $1,299,000. 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 CAYMembersRising 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 bed, 3 bath, 1,800 sq. ft. furnished home on 27,908 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront parcel with 153 of bulkheaded seawall & dock. $1,308,000. 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. $299,000. "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. 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 $499,000. 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 $329,000. 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. 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. 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. $365,000. 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. 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. $595,000. Beach Villa 607 # 1982 2 bed, 2 bath, 900 s/f villa, furnished near beach, pool, shops & marina. $249,000. 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 # 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. $295,000. Beach Villa 527-#1852, Charmimg 2 bed, 2 bath furnished, near pool/beach, shopping $199,000. 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. 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. 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.UNDER CONTRACT 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. Atlantis Condo # 2203 # 1000 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level, 1,000 s/f furnished waterfront unit, includes fully serviced boat slip & golf cart garage. Overlooks Brigantine Bay, Optional Boat Lift. Near beach. $464,000. Atlantis Condo # 2202 # 987 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level furnished canalfront unit, w/ boat slip, boat lift, golf cart, garage. "Turn-Key", Near beach. $485,000. Our Paradise Place Cottages 6 -# 2049 4 Bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 2,900 s/f under roof beachfront residence. Turn-key furnished. Excellent condition. Includes golf cart. $949,000.HousesCarleton 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.CondosBahama Beach Club # 2025 #2057 3 bed, 3 bath ground level condo, 1,650 sq. ft. living space, tastefully decorated and furnished, well maintained. Great sea and pool views. Enjoys excellent rental income. $599,000. Royal Poinciana # 2512 #2060 3 bed, 3 bath, 2nd level furnished beachfront condo, includes loft, on site pool & tennis court. Great sea views, excellent rental income potential. $449,000.NEW LISTINGRoyal Palm # 2477 # 2052 3 bed, 3 bath, upper level 1,264 s/f tastefully furnished end unit condo. Includes 2 extra large private boat slips. Great water views. $399,000. NEW LISTINGBeach Villa # 715 # 2072 2 bed, 2 bath, 950 s/f turn-key furnished beachfront villa. Well maintained, excellent vacation rental income potential. $499,000. UNDER CONTRACTR E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D # 2084 Thompson Beach Cottage 3 bed, 2 bath turnkey furnished beachfront home on Windward Beach. 19,000 s/f parcel with 103 sandy beach frontage. Spectacular sea views $1,150,000. #2073 Best Priced Condo # 1211 1 bed, 1 bath, 462 s/f ground level furnished harbourfront condo. Great harbour views. $149,000. Mariners Cove Condominiums#1181 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour front condo, tastefully refurbished $559,000. # 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. #985 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level harbourfront end unit. Refurbished in 2000 $249,950. #655 2 bed, 1 bath condo with marina view $249,000. #1942 1 bed, 1 bath, 450 s/f 2nd level furnished unit overlooking community pool. $199,000. #959 2 bed, 1 bath furnished 2 level condo overlooking marina, includes garage. $189,000. #1805 2 bed, 1.5 bath, 800 s/f, 2 level harbourside condo, tastefully furnished/decorated, well maintained. $ 179,000.NEW LISTINGCarrollville #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. NEW LISTING

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKES Remembering Family and FriendsFuneral Service for Remilus Alti dor, 71, affec tionately called "Booka" of Marsh Harbour Abaco, and formerly of Haiti who a.m. at Trumpet Assembly Dundas Town and interment will follow in Central Pines Cemetery Marsh Harbour Abaco. His memories will be greatly cherMariann Senor, Yozile Cliquot, Daniella nel, Harold, Edward, Harold and Ronald Altidor, Emmanuel, Joel and Steve Senor Julien Riche and Don Cornish; daughterD'Andre Vilmar, Demetrius, Denzel and Paul, Portia, Shamara, Leah and Fabiola a devoted friend and care-taker, Sylvia Benito, Chineque and Sofoni Saintil, Isna Alcinord, Jules Dalmond, Aloude Dumercy, Andre Jacobs, Ellen Petit, the Vilmar family, Japhet, Benchere, the Demosthene family, the Swain family, the Mills fam ily, the entire Pigeon Peas, Marsh harbour, Dundas Town, The Trumpet Asfamily and The Church Of Christ family Madeline Pierre, Dr. Bonaby and Princess Margaret Hospital family, along with other friends and family who were blessed to have known him. Funeral Service for Por dent of Queens Cove, Freeport and formerly of Crown Haven, Abaco will be held on SaturAnnes Anglican Church, Crown Haven, Crown Haven Public Cemetery. Left to cherish her memories are her Xavier Pinder and Lashonna Taylor; son William Pinder Jr. (B.J.) father Hermis Edwin Pinder, William, Joseph and Jef frey Pinder, Evangelist Ricardo Ingraham, Min. Oliver McIntosh, Deacon Stanley Patrica Thomas, Min. Alma Pinder, CynLinda Ingraham, Jackie and Edith Pinder McIntosh, Elvin Russell, Wellington Bain, Wellington Pritchard, Rev. Hayward, Arnold Thomas, Henry and Jerry Russell, Ralph Russell, Maxwell Roberts, Sidney leb Lightbourne, Bill Russell, Carey Russell, Wellington Sears and Chris Munroe; Monica Russell, Margarita Roberts, Sandra Munroe, Arementha Curry, Barbra McIntosh, Christine, Bethsheba Pritchard, Rachel McIntosh, Roslyn Campbell, Dolly Parker, Althea Lightbourne, Min. Mildred Thomas, Jennymae Russell, Sherryl Russell, Pricilla McIntosh and Agatha Russell Louise Lewis and Lottie Russell and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Yager Funeral Home & Crematorium, Queens Highway on Thursday until service time on Saturday. Clifford Marsh Harbour was called home March services were held March 17th in Marsh ated and was assisted by Pastor Ted Pearce, Pastor Dave Lowe and Pastor Derek Benja min. He is survived by his three daughters Cash. One son Raymond Sands. Three sonCliff Cash. Two granddaughters Priscilla Pinder, RayShell Sands. Six grandsons ing, Harrison Albury Cameron Albury and RJ Sands. One grandson-in-law Peter Pinder. Three granddaughters-in-law Judy Five great granddaughters Celena RusBrynley Sweeting. Two great grandsons Sands, Phyllis Sands, Patricia Albury and Jackie Albury. Three nephews Bernice Sawyer, Troy Sands and Monty Roberts. One niece Celeste Sweeting. Other famman Sands, William (Billy) Sands, Laurel Phyllis Cornea, Roger and Laurel Pinder, Dr. B Swarna and Dr. S Swarna.Clifford years, two children Raymond and Joanna, one sister Olive Smith One sister-in-law Elizabeth Roberts and two brother-in-laws Colin Reese and Albert Albury. I love you Ma Riah William Alvin Thorndycraft25 December 1938 9 April 2010 Deeply missed by his wife, their family and friends With AppreciationA special and sincere thanks to: My incredibly strong daughter Priscilla and her husband Peter, my son Brent, sister Nancy, her Husband Cliff, and my husband Herbert for all the support and Love they showed daddy over the past few years. Words cannot express my gratitude for everything you Did to make sure dad received the best care possible. Your compassion and help has made this road a bit easier. You are truly appreciated. Love Minnie

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 and oors installed Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site: 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 Time catches up with us all and with each passing year there are new chal lenges we all must face. Often we think about heart disease, cancer and we are also afraid of having a stroke. What many people do not think about is their longev ity and what could happen when you live a long life. Alzheimer's and dementia can happen as you get much older. It might sound crazy but having a long life, which is what we all pray for, has its own set of challenges. I have had to deal with many patients recently who have serious memory loss. What family members often fail to recognize is what can happen to your fam ily members when they start to lose their memory. Simple things like making their own meals can be a challenge or they may forget to eat or they may leave the cook top on after making something which can the neighborhood can lead to disorienta tion and getting lost which can be a terrifying experience. The elderly can often forget to take their medicine or take it too often lead ing to serious health consequences. Often the elderly do not want to lose their inde pendence and they can be very stubborn. Their children tend to give into their demands to be left alone after all it is not in our nature to order our parents around. The problem is that we need to recognize our parents failing mental status and act accordingly; it is in their best interest. all need to plan for the time, if it comes, where our parents need our help. The last thing any of us want is to have an accident Longevity and dealing with the problems of agingSponging industry prepped for revivalThe Bahamas Commercial Fishing Alliance (BCFA) has plans to revitalize the sponging industry in The Bahamas. Working alongside the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), able industry. practically eliminated due to widespread disease, shows promise once again. With a potential $1 million loan from the IDB, the BCFA and BAIC appear to be serious about jump starting the industry. Currently, Bahamian spongers may be selling their product way under value and research is being done by the BCFA to determine Changes will have to be made to the practice of sponging if it is to be sustain able. Using a cutting tool and leaving the root in place will allow for future harvests. It takes approximately nine to twelve months for the sponge to grow back from its root. Current methods include removal of whole sponges which does not guarantee a new sponge will take its place. Businesswhich ends our loved ones life especially if it is an accident which could have been avoided. tion may be or how many times you are shut down by your parents please be persistent and make plans for them. These plans may make all of your lives easier, safer and more peaceful in the end. Abaco Beach Resort, which is translating into promising numbers for the islands bottom line, according to the resorts Director of Reservation and Leisure Sales rest of 2012 will be extremely positive, despite last years dip in numbers. He noted that group bookings is just one area thats picking up, as there tournaments and other events next month. ing tournaments scheduled as well for this year, which is really good, he said. conference in February. We have a medical conference in April. We have a big group coming out ing to be hosting the Custom Shootout, a provide a lot of excitement here at the property, he shared. He admitted that business last year had dipped to its lowest level as a result of the global economic recession. year in July, there has been steady growth. He believes that most properties on the ments. ton believes that Abaco has been able to fare well in comparison to other Baha mian destinations, because Abaconians are proud and strong in preserving their cultural heritage. It is an awesome experience and thats because of these surrounding cays. When you look at the Marsh Harbour area to have the ability to go to Hope Town or tions in The Bahamas that are going to offer you that type of experience. He continued, You could be staying in Marsh Harbour and go to Elbow Cay for the day and come back. Each of these islands has its own characteristics that offer unique Bahamian charm, he added. tion of a new airport terminal in Marsh that island, are welcomed additions to the island. Once these projects are com indelible impression on guests coming into Abaco. Right now, you hear constant com plaints about the airport. When you look at the number of visitors that come to the island, it doesnt make sense to have an airport where people basically sit outside after checking in in all types of weather, Travel should be an enjoyable experience and the airport is really the living room of your country. So if you make your living room extremely comfortable and nice, then you are going to be looking at a very satisfying guest experience. He continued, Its time that we rein the Abacos. Vacationing here is not cheap, especially the room rates. It is probably one of the priciest places that you can come to from the Caribbean region, from an airlines standpoint. Its going to go a long way in customer satisfaction. Another bone of contention for visi tors and residents alike has been the acces sibility to affordable healthcare. One of the major complaints and fears that any visitor would have, includ ing second home owners, is what if I get sick. Abaco in particular gets a lot of It is at that age where you can begin to experience most of your health concerns, Occupancy up 60 percent at Abaco Beach Resort

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 BusinessEntrepreneur WatchKKs Cupcakes home-based catering business that makes mini-cakes. It was started in October 2011. she came from a family of bakers. Her York bakes too. Her mom used to bake but now leaves that to her. She stated that she has baking in her genes. started baking and loved it. She started baking the box cake but found that she did not like how the cakes always tasted the same. So two years ago she started baking from scratch and fell in love with making minicakes. She is a self-taught baker and named She bakes a variety of cupcakes and treats including red velvet cupcakes, blue velvet cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, chocolate vodka raspberry cupcakes, banana cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, brownie cupcakes and cheesecake cupcakes. Treats include cookies, banana bread and cinnamon buns. Her business is located in Coopers Town but Clear Shots Videos Michel Mitch Filf-Aime owns Abacos newest videography business. He started his services in mid-February and is quickly about the quality of his services. Mitch is no stranger to the recording business as he started out editing videos and noticed that not many persons were in the recording business. So, he decided to start his own. He provides videography services for weddings, parties, concerts, special events, music videos and recordings for gradua tions. He works by appointment and his services are available seven days a week. she does deliver. Her cupcakes range from $15 to $30 per dozen and she can provide a cupcake stand if needed. Shes hoping to expand soon but at ple of months she will be applying for the governments Self-Starter grant so that she can establish herself in Marsh Harbour. (HD) which makes his quality stand out from the rest. Even though his business is still young, he can boost of having recorded the junior and senior Junkanoo parades, the Horizon Academy School. He has many weddings and private events coming up so encourages interested persons to book in advance. For those persons who need recording done at the last minute, they can also give Clear Shots live.com.New Livery Car Service Willie Albury is the owner of a Livery Car Service, which predominantly operates out of the Marsh Harbour Interna tional Airport. Recently, Albury was able after he purchased a new vehicle and was allowed to bring it on the island duty free. Albury bought a brand new 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, and with the governments exemption, he saved approximately $50,000. He said the process was as sim ple as him traveling to the United States to purchase the vehicle, and then he traveled Finally, after a broker had made up the entry for him to take to the Bahamas Customs Department, he was able to drive off in the vehicle. The vehicle came fully equipped with key features like the vision camera that al lows him to see certain stationary objects behind him while traveling in reverse at low speeds, and also the side blind zone alert, which helps him with seeing objects are in his blind spot. Albury said he was happy to be able to improve on the quality of the vehicle he owned as the community grows and the infrastructure improves. He described the Suburban as the best you can drive in, and several visi hire service. With the Livery Plate, Albury with the business he receives when called on for his specialty car service. I picked up a couple of passengers, and they were amazed to see the type of vehicle for them to travel in to go to the airport, Albury said.

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 25 CarQuest to Expand to Freeport Stephen Albury, proprietor of CarQuest in Dundas Town, Abaco, plans to invest over $1 million to expand his auto parts business and open a distribution hub in Freeport before the end of 2012. out what is needed here, and when he goes to Freeport he will do the same thing so he will know what is needed in parts. the property and are now talking with the Port Authority as well as taking a group CarQuest Auto Parts is an interna tional retail chain with more than 3,000 bean region. The new Abaco outlet is said complete inventory of parts and services, including sourcing of non-stocking parts from a full network of suppliers. Mr. Albury said that Freeport will become the distribution center for the Bahamas because of the bonded issue. Car year the average car being shipped to the country is ten plus years old. Mr. Albury said expanding to Freeport allows the luxury of stocking more inventory with no additional capital. He said the company's pricing would likely set a new benchmark in the Bahamian market. Regarding his recently-opened Abaco store, Mr. Albury said that business at his recently opened Abaco store was up about 25 per cent in February compared to Janu ary and he expects that to continue until year's end. "We expect that single and double digit growth until we get to about the end of the year, and then I think we will plateau a bit." Mr. Albury said that just under $750,000 was invested in the Abaco outlet, with four additional employees being added to its 12-member staff. Further BusinessFood processing workshops offered by BAIC By Canishka Alexander The Tomatoes and Limes Workshop, High School, was organized by the Baha mas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC). Tonjia Burrows and Donna Burrows, assistant manager of BAICs Food Processing Unit, explained that they had questioned persons living on sev eral islands about excess produce that led to the most wastage. Among the items list ed were tomatoes, onions, hairy mangoes and limes. Their products dont have to sit somewhere and waste because there are things that you can do with them before they get to the spoilers area. You can process them, and make many products out of them and add value to them, Burrows pointed out. Jamaican food processing expert attached to BAIC, said they taught participants how to make ketchup, spicy tomato jam, pizza sauce and tomato beverages as well as can died lime peels and fresh and frozen lime juice. Included in the workshop was a presentation on the equipment used for testing in order to meet industry standards, and then there was a sanitation presentation to Abaco can grow weddings industry Jennifer Hudson. A wedding symposium, organized by the Abaco Ministry of Tourism, and coordinated by Ms. Michele Mikula, was held Below Decks at the Abaco Beach Renumber of Abacos wedding planners and vendors took the opportunity to attend this were all presidents of various Bridal Associations who are extremely experienced in all aspects of planning a wedding and whose goal for the seminar was to educate Abacos wedding consultants to bring the very best standards to weddings on Abaco and make it the best destination in the Caribbean. Ava Burke-Thompson, Senior Man ager of Weddings and Honeymoons with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, wel of The Bahamas Bridal Association, who gave an overview of the association and stated that the Bahamas Bridal Association is a catalyst in the wedding industry. We believe that if we are to be the best in wedding destinations we must promise quality of service at the highest short overview of the wedding program begun in the Bahamas many years ago by wedding which began the tourism wedding to the growth in the number of weddings it was decided to outsource to private coordinators. Wedding coordinators present were invited to join the Bahamas Bridal Association and to uphold the industrys highest standard. Janet Albury, President of Wed dings Beautiful, Bahamas and Caribbean, within the Wedding Business. Although the wedding industry is a growing industry it has been impacted ceremonies in 2011. The size of the wed ding is also much smaller; whereas before between 50 and 100 people travelled here to 10 guests and we are seeing more elope ments. Despite this we are still providing quality service. Peoples ability to come and pay for a destination wedding has tak en a hit but I can see the market trying to demonstrate good manufacturing practices. Both women were pleased with the participation and interest of Abaconians attending the workshop. They said that many of the participants will prepare simi lar products for sale at the upcoming AllAbaco Agricultural, Marine Resources and AgriBusiness Expo 2012 later this month. So far, they received the same feed back from the same type of workshops that have been held on Andros and Eleuthera, and after Abaco their next stops included Long Island and Exuma. Burrows said that harvest and processing go hand and hand with farming, amount of was wastage and imports to The Bahamas must decrease. The workshop it self is integrated into the mission of BAIC for post-harvest intervention in reducing Burrows encouraged persons to conbounce back, she stated. Ms. Albury demonstrated with some the year 2000 her company coordinated nated 3,752 foreign marriages. However, Andrews Sunkel, President of Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, whose topic RBC celebrates twenty four years in AbacoC the successful wedding professional. She emphasized the importance of marketing which includes advertisements, mail outs, bridal shows, promotional giveaways, website listings and such networks as Face book, Twitter and Printerest. You must be active in the social media which is actually mind-boggling and overwhelming but blogging on Facebook and Twitter are a must and blog must be kept up-to-date, she advised.

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Page 26 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release greens Abacos residents and visitors alike are now enjoying some of the freshest and most nutritious food you can eat organic sprouts and microgreens grown right here What started as a hobby last year has quickly grown into a thriving business with their products being delivered to food stores, restaurants and individuals throughout Abaco, as well as to Harbour Island. Some ments in the Bahamas The Landing in Harbour Island; Balducci nos Fine Foods, The Organic Store and LyClub, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Bakers Bay and The Abaco Club in Abaco are Weve clearly tapped into an underserved niche in the marketplace, says up with the demand for our products, but we are growing and adapting quickly and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Among the products offered are Baby Pea Shoots, Radish Sprouts, Broccoli Sprouts, Italian sprout mixes, Baby Arugula and Wheatgrass for juicing. These mi crogreens and sprouts are delicious in sal ads, on sandwiches, with scrambled eggs and omelets, in rice dishes, as a garnish for dishes your imagination is the only limit! Microgreens and sprouts contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, chlorophyll and antioxidants true superfoods. They are literally bursting with nutrition and are incredibly good for maintaining healthy digestion, detoxi100% organically and naturally, no chemi cals or pesticides are used whatsoever. "I have heard people say 'Do what you love and love what you do', and I can honestly say when I'm working our farm there's nothing else I'd rather be doing, says Rachael. One of our customers told us he renewed his lease on a rental home in Hope Town just because he can get our greens. That was a great compli ment!" with Out-Island Eco and are now proud to say that all of their products are offered in environmentally friendly compostable conThese containers are reusable, but when they eventually end up in the trash, they naturally decompose and so do not contrib ute to Abacos waste. taurants throughout Abaco, Harbour Island Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albur y Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Rosies Place 352-5458Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green T urtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island P roperties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue P roperties + 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 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean F rontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 W ards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Cr ystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay P rop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope T own Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 T anny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 T urtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooner s Landing 5 condos 365-6072 W aterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco T owns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 P elican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-0748 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Oeishas Resort 366-4139 P ete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon s Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 T reasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Ser vices 365-8752Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Wood CayTangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 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.comRev. March 2012

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 27 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 T urtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . T reasure Cay . 365-8623 . 365-8582 . . Visitors Guide town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . 367-7272 . . . . 367-3778 . . . . . . . . 367-2366 . . + . 367-3796 . . 367-2278 . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ....... .......................... . Guana Cay . . . . . . T reasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Everyone reads The Abaconian . . . . . 365-8288 . . . . Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . 32 . . . . . . T reasure Cay . . . Man-O-W ar . 26 . Marsh Harbour . . . 75 . . 36 . . 29 . . Hope T own . . 6 . . . Spanish Cay . 75 . Guana Cay . . . 37 . . Tours & Excursions . 367-2266 . . . . . . . . . 367-2266 . . . . . . Snake Cay . . . . . . Leisure Lee . . . . . . . . Sand Banks . . Leisure Lee . . . Cedar Harbour . . . . Crown Haven . . . Attractions . . . . Hope T own . Hope T own . . T reasure Cay farm road . Little Harbour . to our attention All phones use area code 242 unless notedwww.abaconian.com Sundays or holidays Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 29 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 7 APRIL 1ST, 2012 Two swimmers to represent Abaco at CARIFTA Miss Earth Bahamas visits with studentsOn March 22 through 23, Miss EarthBahamas visited Abaco. She, along with local Miss Abaco, Chandi Lowe, stopped to schools throughout the island to share a message of environmental conservation ism with the kids. They were scheduled to visit Coopers Town primary, Treasure Cay Primary, Abaco Central High School, Long Bay School, Central Abaco Primary, Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy and St Francis. sented The Bahamas in pageants in the Philippines. Her third time in Abaco, she said she was here to deliver a message to young girls that its not just looking pretty. Miss Earth Bahamas carries with it the message of protecting the environment. Each school she and Miss Abaco encouraged them to think about the envi ronment. By creating eight simple rules 11-year-old son of Bill and Victoria Albury, he will be swimming up to seven events. Two Abaco swimmers will compete Abaconian highlights both of them here.Albury HiggsAlbury Higgs, daughter of Chris and Pleasants Higgs, will be swimming in elev en events this year in the 2012 CARIFTA Swimming Championships which will be held April 12-15 She will swim in eight individual 50 Meter Breaststroke 100 Meter Breaststroke 200 Meter Breaststroke 200 Meter Freestyle 200 Meter Individual Medley 200x50 Meter Freestyle Medley Relay Relay With many of her current personal has been chosen again to represent the Bahamas on the Bahamas Swim Federation ming competitively since the age of six for Swift Swimming, and she is coached by Her favorite events are all of the breaststroke races and the 200 freestyle. Her experience last year in the 2011 Please see CARIFTA Page 10 Please see Earth Page 2

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Page 30 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 she hopes to educate children about the im portance of conservation. The eight rules she and Chandi Lowe marine life, ride bikes and walk, recycle, plant trees, turn off electronics, turn off the water, ease up on the video games and plant a garden. She said it was a pleasure coming to Abaco. The hospitality she received made all the travelling easier. Towards the end of her trip she received a special thank you basket from the Abaco Ministry of Tourism. Ms. Wynsom Ferguson presented her with the basket. The next step for our local beauty queen, Chandi Lowe, is a visit to China. There she will compete against an interna tional cast of pageant goers. Earth From Page 1

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Page 32 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 School & Youth NewsDrill squad to compete nationally On Saturday March 17 practice began for the Abaco Supreme Drill Team at Centwelve have an opportunity to join Abacos ing. As other students join they will be trained in the individual areas. Each child will have an opportunity to display their talents and be a part of a team that will foster an attitude of self-motivation and discipline. They will meet every Saturday lead ing up to July 10 so they will be ready to tural Show to be held in Marsh Harbour. The drill instructor on Saturday was will be introduced to the dance and step the weeks progress. Each student paid a A four dollar fee is to be paid each class. The money collected will be used to purchase all dress attire, batons, pom poms, hand ribbons and other miscella neous items each child will need. Interested Ranger Guides practice community service Abaco Central High School is the only high school on Abaco that has an in grades 10 through 12 can join Ranger program that makes sure the students do a variety of different things while mak ing friends and challenging themselves to improve their skills and learn new things. ing for oneself, enjoying the outdoors, becoming a homemaker, giving service, getting to know people, exploring the arts, camping and beach picnicking. They can challenge themselves by earning badges sportswoman just to name a few. Since they get to help choose their activities they community service and a set of values tional organization that has more than 10 million girls and women in more than 100 countries. is expected to do 27 hours of community service each year; some of which can go toward their school graduation community service requirements. Each year they take part in the International Coastal Clean-up, visit the old folks home, assist with Brownies and Modern Languages Week celebrated at Abaco schools A joint celebration of Modern Languages Week was held for students of Horizons Academy and Wesley College. Seora Mahalia Levarity was the modera tor for the occasion; however, she was as sisted by students from both schools. There were a number of upbeat performances on the agenda, and the students went from singing to poem recitations, dialogues and skits. two guest speakers during the ceremony. Illeana Leary represented Creole speaking ish presentation. Both speakers talked about the importance of knowing a second language. For Leary, it has assisted her greatly on the job, and the same was true for Johns. However, Leary was fortunate to know Creole from birth. Johns, on the other hand, didnt learn Spanish until the Following another poem and dance by the students, the audience heard from Rev. Charles Carey, principal of Wesley College; and Simmone Mullings, principal of Horizons Academy. Rev. Carey was familiar with several the languages had helped him during his extensive travels. Meanwhile, Ms. Mullings emphaacknowledged the hard work of Seora Levarity in helping the children to learn and appreciate learning another language. A Spanish meal was served after the ceremony.Fox Town Primary wins grade two spelling bee It was an exciting day for those twen ty-six grade two spellers from primary schools across Abaco. They gathered at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall on Friday Spelling Bee. grade two students quickly exhausted the seen list. After seven rounds on this list of words they were given to study, thirteen rounds were spent on the unseen list. These young spellers proved quickly that they had a good command of their phonet ics, languages of origin and the other skills necessary. At the end of the competition Treavaughn Demeritte of Fox Town Primary School emerged as the winner. In third place was Erica Roberts of Man-OWar School and in second place was Jasmin Aberle of Hope Town School. Superinten dent Helen Simmons-Johnson presented the There was a festive atmosphere at Abaco Central High School on March 12 as the school celebrated the annual Com monwealth Day with speeches, poetry, music, dances and food. Large posters in the yard informed the curious about each mas. There was even a bush medicine table attended by one of the coaches, Mr. Vogel Williams, who played bush doctor for the day. Ms. Oma Ramdin, the moderator, announced the activities from a raised Department of Education which included the Director of Culture, Dr. Linda MoxeyBrown, who was visiting Abaco for the occasion and the Island Administrators Cephas Cooper and Whelma Colebrook. A parade of students dressed in the colours of each country represented heralded the mornings activities. The senior assistant, Ethlene McIntosh, delivered the Queens message which this year was unThat theme was upheld by Dr. Moxey-Brown who starting singing All of We is One as she reached the stage to deliver her address. She reminded the assembly that in spite of different cultural expressions, which she enumerated, people were basically the same in their emotions. Then it was time for the show. Seven girls dancing to reggae music and other Jamaican beats entertained the audience with a lively performance. They were applauded and cheered. The next ful costumes danced to a rhythm similar to Arabian music. But the rhythm soon picked up as a boy joined them in the dance, awak ening the applause of the public. St. Lucias culture was presented to boy mimed offering his catch in an empty basket. Last, welcomed by even louder cheers, eight girls performed a truly Bahamian song Boom Pineapple Wine; they were followed by rake & scrape music perthan Darville and Clevano Dawkins. There was still more to come. As the audience left their seats to walk around and inspect the displays, a sound of Junkanoo drums could be heard in the background. Soon the members of the schools Junkanoo group came rushing through the school yard dressedup in their colourful attire with head gear, cow bells, trombones and drums. A crowd soon formed in one of the classroom where tasty food from the featured countries awaited the hungry. It was served by a native of each island, Mr. from The Bahamas. Abaco Central High celebrates Commonwealth Day and connects cultures Commonwealth Day held at S.C. Bootle High participated in Commonwealth Day activi ties. According to Principal Huel Moss, Jamaica, Trinidad, Canada, the United represented. Each country made a dramatic enwaved high, the drum beat sounded out, and various cultural items from each country were portrayed, he recalled. The stu dents were dressed in the attire and colors everyone was entertained by the singing of folk songs and the playing of ring games. Moss added that a brief history of each country was also given. There was produced by individual countries includ ing prepared food that was known to each country. He said that all in all, S.C. Bootle was transformed into the Caribbean with all the countries that were represented as they merged into one. Some of Abaco Central High Schools follow an eight point program that chal lenges them to improve themselves. Please see Guides Page 7

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 33 Customs Brokers Guana Freight Services 242-365-5190 guanafreight@hotmail.comPerformance at Agape Christian School Agape Christian School presented a detook part, most of whom were onstage the entire time. The children of grades 1 and 2 formed the chorus while the grade three students performed the speaking and acting The chorus members sang with great enthusiasm and enhanced their songs with lively actions. The children with speaking got a single line or entry which made it a very professional performance for students so young. The three narrators deserve special mention; they had a great deal to remember and they spoke their lines with part of Joseph was played by Roman Pinder who also deserves special mention for the conviction and clarity with which he played the role. they say hes just a dreamer, was, of course based on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers and was written by Agape schools music teacher Ms. Courtney Romer. She wrote both the dialogue and the songs which she set to tracks familiar to the children. The children all learnt their songs and speaking parts during music les sons followed by a lot of work at home and then came together to practice as an entire group a couple of times a week. Following the performance, a delight ed Ms. Romer stated how very proud she was of all of the children who participated Angels Academy celebrates Spanish and Indian cultures Modern Languages Week was ac knowledged by the students and staff of Angels Academy on March 22, and Seora Mahalia Levarity also led in the ceremony Our Link to the World. Following the prayer and welcome address, Principal Barbara Johnson congratu lated the students on being well-rounded in based on their achievements. Ms. Johnson also thanked everyone for their continuous support of the school. ish as well as Indian, so youre in for a special treat today, and upon completion we have Indian foods and Spanish foods. Feast, sit and enjoy, she said. come forward with their presentation on More School & Youth Newsas they did an amazing job. Thanks were given to all who assisted, beginning with er at the school, was thanked for the excel lent job she did with props and costumes and parents and teachers were thanked for supplying the materials. Appreciation was also expressed to the people who managed the sound system. All proceeds received at the show will be put into the drama department to make it even better for next year, it was explained. A performance of another play written by Ms. Romer will be staged by the upper grades next month. have the Joy. More presentations took dents performed in a Spanish skit about the activities they like to do and are involved in. ny was Sonia McDonald, who talked about the challenges she faced with not knowing English. She recalled a time when she went both Spanish and English. There was another song and dance before Annie John, who is Indian, led students in an Indian dance. Seora Ma halia also called on Rev. Charles Carey to share his experience with languages, and he concluded his speech by reciting Psalm shared some Creole phrases with the audi ence. At the end of the ceremony, guests were invited to sample the Indian and Spanish meal that had been prepared while Seora Levarity played games like Simon Says and the piata with the students.ACHS Junior Councilors begin community projects cil of Abaco Central High School held their cil members were accompanied by other student volunteers as they picked up garbage from Abaco Central High School all the way to Change Ministries at the end of Murphy Town. The cleanup is one of three that they plan to engage in before school closes in June. The next one will be in Dundas a local beach. They hope other schools will participate in this coastal cleanup. meet bi-weekly during the lunch break at the school and plan projects. According to coordinator of the junior councilors for this school, Phillippa Farrington, the students plan to engage in two school based projects as well. two classrooms to beautify and the second one is to purchase uniforms for the school track team. Their success with these two projects depends on funding. To this end they are seeking to partner with businesses who want to assist them with any of these projects whether by donating supplies or funds. Further, she added, they are looking for a company or corporation to donate large, empty oil barrels so that they can place them around the community to limit littering. Student? Keep The Abaconian up to date with your school events. Like us on Facebook.

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Page 34 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 LITTLE HARBOUR 2.3 acres direct waterfront $350,000.00 20,000 sq. ft. Hilltop lot with starter cottage, harbour and ocean views $198,000.00 Home on 2 acres on Little Harbour 100 private dock, landscaped $695,000.00SCHOONER BAYScheduled Tours Available Call 367-0737 Island Lot#20, includes Dockage $239,000.00 Other lot options availableLONG BEACH Next to Schooner Bay 3/2 Home beach access under $ 250,000.00 Lots starting at $30,000.00 Hilltop lots with ocean view $150,000.00 Gorgeous beach front lot $250,000.00CASUARINA POINT Entrance to bay, waterfront lot, panoramic views $98,000.00 Sea view lot, 100 ft. to beach. $42,500.00 4/4 Beach front duplex $405,000.00 Lots $37,000.00 and up Beach House 3/2 $795,000.00 4/2.5 Beach House, great vacation home $550,000.00LUBBERS QUARTERS Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000.00 Additional lots available.BAHAMA PALM SHORES 2 Acre beach front estate lot $550,000.00 Beautiful interior lots, starting at $21,700.00 1 Acre beach front estate lot $295,000.00 Pinehurst lots $10,000.00 & $11,000.00 TREASURE CAY Home site one lot in from beach $60,000.00 Rock Point waterfront lot, exc price $185,000.00Cherokee Ocean view, beach access, utilities $125,000.00 Watching Bay hilltop lot $99,000.00Hope Town Lot close to town, beach access $149,500.00 www.islandpropertiesbahamas.comTel: (242) 367-0737 Fax: (242) 367-0736IPB has positions available for licensed real estate agents. BROKERS James and Donna Rees Chris and Molly Roberts Vacation & long Term Rentals Casuarina Point 2 bed/2 bathRegattas Condos 2 bed/2 bathLong Beach 3 bed/ 2 bath students were featured and the issue before that one student was featured. In this issue, you will meet three more students who will the coveted title as the Most Outstanding Mikayla, a humble yet determined and ea ger sixth-grader, has been awarded the title of top student at Agape Christian School. Mikayla has been involved in various ac tivities that have helped her to cultivate her growth in learning and maturity. A recent accomplishment has been playing the lead ing role of Dorothy in the musical The Wizard of Oz, which required several months of rehearsals. She has been active has participated in Friends of the Environment Discovery Club. She is presently learning to play the piano and has taken Youth Services. In addition, she assists Agape school family is proud of what Mi kayla has accomplished and look forward to even greater successes. The second nominee is Jaquay Sands. Jaquay is an 11-year old sixth-grader at the Cooper's Town Primary School. She is very intelligent, which has earned her been very much involved in the life of her school, participating in various spelling bee competitions, school clubs (e.g., Sunblies and school choir, just to name a few. She is actively involved in her church's youth group. Jaquay is a student who other students can emulate. Her school family is very proud to have her as their Primary School Student of the Year. The outstanding student from no is an outstanding student who exudes the qualities of excellence, discipline and purpose. This vibrant eleven year old has maintained his superior standard of work throughout his primary school life excel ling in Spelling Bees, sports and national examinations. He came third in the sixth grade spelling bee, placed second in the has maintained his principal list status with student subject awards, honor roll award, and student of the month in grade 5. He is a member of the Moores Island Exterminator Track and Field Club, is involved in youth group, the school choir and the and believes in equality. In the future he hopes to become a track star and an airline pilot. He is the son of Ruthmae Rolle an educator. More School & Youth NewsSt. Francis Anchor Club assists a fellow student Before the presentation was made on March 23, St. Francis Teacher Monique Curry, who is a member of the Abaco Rainbow Pilot Club, began by stating the focus of the club is to promote the aware ness of and assist people with brain-related disorders. They also assist the elderly and those with genuine needs. She added that the Anchor Club, which is the youth arm of the Pilot Club, takes on the responsi bility of organizing meaningful projects to assist others. With that said, Ms. Curry introduced Brandisha Russell, president-elect, and Ms. Octavia Dean-McIntosh, project man ager. Dean-McIntosh explained that their latest project was undertaken to help one of their very own. They created a guess the jar around the school for three weeks, and allowed students to pay one dollar for two guesses to determine how much candy was in the jar. Anchor Club members made a spe cial presentation to one of their fellow students that day. Curry asked that the fam ilys identity be kept private, and gave The Abaconian some details. She said that the mother of a student who attends the school was diagnosed with cancer and recently underwent chemotherapy. To assist the bers raised money through the project, and made payments on the students account. They made a presentation of receipts to regave them to a family member on behalf of the student.Three more Outstanding Student of the Year nominees The Abaconian re shall recently

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 35 Long Bay School PTA Hosts Second Annual Spring Variety Show The second annual Spring Variety Show was held at Long Bay School on 7pm. There were numerous items on the program, all of which were delightful. The event started late but once it began the tal ent displayed was undeniably good. Some of the talent came from Ashton Sawyer who sang a special song that spoke of hope for a peaceful nation. The Long Bay School choir and drama team performed two dynamic pieces that were so well done that the audience could not help but give each a standing ovation. Male and female models from the student population worked the runway like top models showcasing casual fashion from The stiletto heels worn can all be found at Russells Department Store in Marsh Harbour. The tiny tots models were also well represented as they modeled casual wear from Muck-A-Mucks. Other performers on the program were Rapper Patrick, Mr. Carby, Long Bay School Teacher, Brandon Davis, Akeem Adderley, and Lauren Pineapple. Ms. Jacqueline Collie gave a tribute to the late Ms. Jerutha Etienne who was the PTA Secretary and a devote parent for many years. Ms. Collie stated that she played a pivotal role in the school and will be missed. Following the presentation two of her daughters gave a tribute; one in poem form and one in song. The latter was done by Long Bay student Tirshantha Etienne. the modeling of the formal wear all of Outlet. The vote of thanks was given by PTA President Mona Bain who thanked the PTA Board and parents for their support. Refreshment were on sale throughout the night. More School & Youth NewsHorizons students form government ment at Horizons Academy was held on starting this student government movement at the school was tenth grader Felix MunTwo political parties were born; Vision in Progression (VIP) and Moving Forward Together (MFT). VIP organized and launched its cam paign by giving out free candy and t-shirts rally where they presented their candidates who then gave speeches about their partys platform and responded to questions from the students. MFT was a no show for the rally so VIP was able to sway the voters. This process was followed by elec teachers. The voting public spoke loud and clear and VIP was declared the winner. A part of their platform is to develop peer disciplinary procedures, organize sports days and host fundraisers. To date, they have built a podium and bench for the school and hosted a movie Horizons Academy is very proud of the VIP party and commends them for all of the work they have done so far. Further, they look forward to VIP helping to launch ing weeks.Grade Twelve Students Take Part in Job Training Horizons Academy has three grade 12 students who have been engaged in work experience for the past two to four weeks. The purpose of the work experi ence is to expose them to the careers they have expressed interest in. Rolanda Williams began her career experience at Auskell Medical Center on March 1 and stated that the exposure has been great. She was able to do some receptionist work including answering the phone, taking appointments, running errands and working in the lab where she learned how to draw blood. She was able to speak with the doctors to learn about the requirements to become a physician. Rolanda stated that she is interested in becom ing a pediatrician and decided upon this ca reer because she loves childredn. The second student is Morana Fersaid was exciting. Most of the work she ning documents, property management, learning how appraisals are done and list ing properties. Morana stated that she has always been fascinated with house design, staging homes and all details of real estate. She is sure that real estate is the right area she has chosen for her career. Henrick Theagan spent his work experience month at Yamaha. He stated that his experience has opened his eyes to his career of choice. He likes working with his hands so this experience was ideal for him. While at Yamaha, he serviced boat engines, cleaned boats, learned about basic boat parts and that boats have a lot of small less, he loved his experience and is excited about his career chosen. The students visited their work sites a few of the many students who participate in school work-experience programs annually. Green Turtle students visit Prime MinisterAbaco students compete in National Chef competition By Canishka Alexander on March 15 for seniors. According to Huel Moss, principal of S.C. Bootle High School, two students from the school entered the competition. Vanessa Jean represented Abaco well in the junior division and placed tors in her category. Jean also received third place with her rice dish called yel named Fruity Lootie. In the senior division, Sherika competitors. Her prizes consisted of a $5,000-scholarship, $75 in cash, a knife set, a silver medal and a trip to attend a culinary camp at Johnson &Wales Uniwas given the name Blackwood Delight while her rice was dubbed Abaco Express. We would like to thank Patrick Fetch from the Treasure Cay Hotel, Refrom the Spinnaker Restaurant of for all their assistance. Without them it would not be possible, Moss said. Congratulations good work. Students receive medals, trophies for sports By Canishka Alexander More than a month after competing in their Inter-House Track & Field Competition, which took place on February 2 and 3, students of S.C. Bootle High School gathered to receive medals and trophies for Students were ecstatic to receive their rewards for their participation. Huel Moss, principal, said that some of the stu dents were recipients of up to seven med als and trophies, and the chimes and ringing of medals could be heard throughout the day as students proudly displayed their awards around their necks. Denise Taylor-McIntosh, the physi cal education teacher, kept the lively ceremony going in her role as moderator. Moss said that the Tigers House won this years competition; however, he congratu lated all of the athletes. raise funds for the Cancer Society. Ranger Last year they made jewelry. This year the students also made smoothies, cooked Chinese food and made a bulletin board at school. They also discuss topics that affect females. In guiding, girls are challenged to use their minds, think for themselves, make healthy decisions, avoid active members. The leader of the Ranger pm at the school.Guides From Page 4 If you want to see you story published submit your stories to The Abaconian:abaconiannews@gmail.com

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Page 36 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Church NewsWomen of Zion Baptist Cathedral Host Conference Under the theme Unleash Me, the women of Zion Baptist Cathedral met for four days of dynamic prayer and impar tation of knowledge given by powerful women in ministry. The services were held March 7 to the 11 at 7pm nightly at the church. The focus of the conference was on the story of Lazarus. Wednesday night, which was the opening night, was set aside just for prayer and preparation of the sanctuary. On Friday night, the speaker was Pastor who spoke about the spiritual warfare that women face. On Friday evening, the speaker was Pastor Brenda Archer of Lat ter Rain Ministries. She said that what happened with Lazarus could have only been On Sunday March 11, two services were held and the speaker at both services was Prophetess Tamara Simmons from sau. At the morning service she spoke about what it means to be unleashed. She gave the ladies strategies to use so that they can function at their best and protect themselves in the various roles they play as mothers, wives, women in ministry, and in their role as women. On Sunday evening at 7pm, she to the women about the process of death, burial, and resurrection. Women from churches all over Abaco attended. Praise and worship was provided by the Zion Cathedral Praise Team. Zion Baptist Youth Ministry Features Pre-Easter Production In the Shadow of the Cross was the name of the Pre-Easter Production held by Zion Baptist Youth Department on Sunday March 25 beginning at 7pm. It was a packed church as persons from various denominations were in attendance during this season of Lent. The play was written by Youth Leader Leroy Thompson who stated that he was inspired to write this script out of his desire to get the youth involved in the Lent celebration. The drama was dedi cated to those men and women who have fallen as a result of violence in our land. Before the play began, Pastor Christopher Dean gave a brief history lesson on the incidents that took place before Jesus went to the cross. The focus of the play was a dysfunctional family. The mother was the only Christian in the home, the husband and the wifes brother were al coholics, the daughter Mary had a drug dealer boyfriend and her son was living a dangerous life. As the story unfolded, Mary became pregnant and moved out of the house with her boyfriend. She gave up an eight year scholarship for medical school when she made this decision. Her mother was dis traught. After years of praying, the mother started to slowly see changes. However, it eventually took tragedy to bring both chil The play was humorous but touched hope for loved ones was a key message of the play.Swains to open leadership and development center Rev. Mark and Vernelle Swain are two Abaconians who have been away from home for about fourteen years as they took advantage of an opportunity to pursue degrees abroad through church connections. They both attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where Ms. Swain obtained a Masters Degree in Theology and a Masters Degree in Counseling and her husband obtained a Masters Degree in Theology with a minor in Counseling. After four years at the Seminary, Ms. Swain began her career as a Case Man ager and part-time counselor. In 2003, they moved to Memphis Tennessee after her husband completed his degree. She worked at Universal Health Services Adolescent Treatment Facility as a therapist. She worked with kids with bipolar, trauma, sexual abuse and other issues. She obtained her counseling license in Memphis while there. ners Community Church. From 2003 to Tennessee and worked with the Commu nity Centers of Memphis which dealt with youth and senior citizens. der in the Presbyterian Churches of Ameri ca. Later he became a church strategist and was able to raise over $250,000 through networking and fundraising. ville, Tennessee. They then moved to At lanta in 2010 and remained there until they moved back to Abaco in mid-September 2011. aco they have plans to start the Wellsprings Center for Leadership and Development. Their motto is Advancing the kingdom through Teaching, Training, Mentoring, ing. Mr. Swain is also overseeing the Baraka Church and running his late fathers taxi business. His wife is volunteer ing at Every Child Counts, works once a week at Horizons Academy, and offers mentoring services. Once they get Wellsprings Center open they will plan seminars and workshops for churches and community groups. The church workshops will be geared towards helping churches develop and grow. The vision is to partner with the community. The counseling services will be provided for at-risk children, therapy for individuals, groups and parents, camps for troubled youth, and counseling for substance and drug abuse victims. The leadership services will include, sermon development, strategies for church growth, preparing leaders for seminary and bible college, and provide mediation ditionally, Rev. Swain will offer motiva tional seminars for corporations. They are also available for school talks and semi nars. At Wellsprings Center, the Swains hope to partner with churches to strengthen the community. The Swains can be con

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 37 Busy Day of Crime cal police department with a heavy workload dealing with criminal matters from armed robbery to assault with a vehicle and even murder. Murder anonymous call that there was a male that was bleeding in the area of the Road Trafresident of the area, bleeding from a stab wound to the neck area. He was given immediate medical at tention and carried to the Marsh Harbour cumbed to his wounds. Police are questioning a man whom they will successfully wrap up the investi gation into this murder in a short time. Run Down man lying in the road near a liquor store on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Police responded along with a Doctor from Auskell Medical Clinic who gave immediate medical assis tance to the young man. The young man had been run over by a vehicle. He was then airlifted to Princess treatment where he is currently in stable condition. They were able to take into custody they will bring closure to this matter in short order. Armed Robber area of the Carnival on Forest Drive heard what he believed to be a gunshot. Upon investigation he found a local Marsh Harbour businessman who told him that he had just been robbed at gunpoint of his watch by a dirt road to the north. ten inches tall with dark complexion and a round face. He was dressed in dark clothes and had a cloth over his face. Police are requesting assistance from the community in their ongoing investigation. Customer docking Homemade bread vegetables Green Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontHope Town District Council Paul Thompson, project manager for Joes Cay, thanked the council for their approval and pledged to work closely with the council and community of Hope Town, keeping them informed as the project progresses. He said he felt in the long run it would be good for the community. Mr. Sweeting took time at the begin ning of the meeting to recognize Anna Albury for representing her school and the people of Abaco well during the visit of Prince Harry to The Bahamas in March. The councilors also observed a moment of silence for recently deceased Hope Town resident Margaret Sweeting and also for After the council read the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Program for the Joes Cay development and having many questions answered by the developer, Mr. Sweeting announced that they approved the development as presented. Council member Michael Albury (who has responsibility for environmental affairs) reported about the meeting that he and two other council members attended Cay Reef Association and Dr. Livingston Marshall, Senior Vice President of Environmental and Community Affairs at Bakers Bay. He said they discussed their concerns with the reef and that the council will be seeking the opinion of an independent reef biologist and will proceed based on their arrangement and said they will act on what the science reveals. Mr. Albury also said that Bakers Bay agreed to move forward with plans for a community center and will meet with the community and council to discuss it before the end of the year. Bakers Bay is also considering an incinerator at this time to deal with garbage rather than to continue shipping trash from the island to the main land. The Council received a Memorandum of Understanding for the nurse the government promised for Man-O-War. The Hope Town Community Center Committee arranged a meeting to discuss plans for the Community Center with residents. They said they have received a size able donation and are looking at the possibility of building on property owned by St. James Methodist Church. Plans for an additional building for the Hope Town School were reviewed and approved pending review by the Ministry of Education.CORRECTIONS:In the previous edition of The Abaco nian the report on the Hope Town District Sawyer said he has record as a lobbyist who has helped get roads paved and the school expanded in Man-O-War Cay. The shared that he has a record as a lobbyist who has helped get roads paved and the school expanded in Hope Town. Also it was said that the council approved the paving of a road by Robert Lowe. It should have stated that the Council viewed the application favorably pending written letters of permission from nearby property owners concerned. Also after receiving the letters of approval from surrounding property owners the application will need to be approved by the Department of Lands and Surveys before approval. Politics and Government The Dundas Town Township held a brief meeting on Tuesday March 20, 2012 the commencement of the work for the Cul tural Center at Ocean View Park. Ocean View Park is one of the major landmarks in Dundas Town and a favorite place for sports and community events. In the coming weeks, this landmark stage of work to be done will be the sea wall. The construction of this seawall will allow boaters to dock at the Center and shop the vendors. This work will go out to tender for two weeks then awarded to the person who can best meet the needs as outlined on the plans. Any interested contractor can visit mal working hours to view the plans and to collect the scope of work. At the meeting the plans so that all members present would be able to view it in its entirety. Dundas Town to commence work on cultural center

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Page 38 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 SportsAbaco Swimmers Qualify for 2012 Nationals The Abaco Swim Club traveled to 23 to participate in the SWAT Invitational der boys Maddox Pinder; Eight and under and eleven to twelve boys, Miller Albury. and Brenda Sawyer accompanied the group proud parents. Our parents are all so supportive and we thank them for all they do, Ms. Sawyer said. Ms. Sawyer said that Maddox Pinder, the youngest swimmer the Abaco Swim Club at the meet, after his 50 me ter freestyle trial got out of the pool and automatically looked at the time clock for ready knows that his "Time" is what it's all heat. Trent Albury and Miller Albury also In eight and under Paxton Albury made a qualifying time in the 50 me ter backstroke earning her the Academic Award. The Academic Award goes to swimmers eight and under that have a 3.0 or higher grade average and make a qualifying time in one of the heats. The rules are that they need to only countrys top swim event. There will be another meet after sometime near the end of April. We have great expectations for our swimmers at They are all working very hard. a positive one, and she looks forward to this year's event being held here in The Bahamas. When asked her thoughts on the upcoming games, she replied "I know there is a lot of great competition coming to swim in I feel good about how much I have trained for this. I am ready and hope to get many personal bests out of this competition. I am so proud to be able to represent my country again." Albury returned home after last year's Carifta Swimming Championships in Barbados with 5 medals, helping secure Miller AlburyMiller Albury, 11-year-old son of Bill and Victoria Albury, will be swimming up to seven events in the upcoming CARIFTA He will be taking part in seven events, 50 Meter Back stroke 100 Meter Back Stroke 200 Meter Back stroke 200 Meter Individual Medley 200 Meter Freestyle Medley 200 Meter Medley Relay Meter Freestyle Medley Backstroke is his strong stroke, but Freestyle is his favorite stroke. When asked which stoke is his least favorite, Miller says "it a toss-up between but"I know there is a lot of great competition ... but I feel good about how much I have trained for this. least favorite (it is really HARD!). Miller acknowledges that the compe to attend. To prepare, he has been training hard over the last few weeks with both Abaco Swim Club Coaches here locally the rest of the CARIFTA Team. He says "This was a goal of mine, to be a part of the Bahamian CARIFTA swim team, so I am really happy, but I know it is going to be hard work. I just want to represent the Bahamas well and improve on my own personal performance. I am so proud to be a part of this, especially since "This was a goal of mine ... I am so proud to be a part of this. Special Olympics torch run will raise awareness partnered with Every Child Counts staff to form a committee and organize a torch run for Abacos Special Olympic athletes. The torch run, which is scheduled for May 12, is expected to become an annual event as it raises the communitys awareness of Special Olympics and gives them opportunities to assist the athletes. In attendance at the meeting on cole Denardin, ECC teacher; Sgt. Jocelyn Please see Olympics Page 11 CARIFTA From Page 1 Womens teams open 2012 softball season By Canishka Alexander The 2012 softball season opened on March 17 at Bakers Field in Coopers of the Abaco Softball Association, was excited about what this season will offer. Were ready now, and you know this is the second weekend where only the ladies have been playing, but this weekend thats coming we will open with our men, he explained. Softball is back, and its up and running in Abaco. According to Bootle, there are eight teams participating in the league four mens teams and four womens. On opening night, the Talk of the Town Tornadoes and F.E.S. Peacocks womens teams leaving the Peacocks to settle with 11 points. went up against another veteran team the Lady Sluggers. This time the Tornadoes bit off more than they could chew. The Lady Sluggers were merciless as they maintained a 10-point lead on the Tornadoes, who had not scored any points well into the fourth inning. However, the Tornadoes did their best to make a comeback by scoring three points between the bottom of the fourth ininnings. But it was all they would score Please see Page 16

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 39 Dr. Rashida Brown-Clarke; Psychiatry Please call for date Dr. Charles Diggis: General Surgery/Lap Band Surgery Please call for dates Dr. Arthur Clarke: General Surgery & Urology April 27th Dr. Carnille Farquharson; Family Medicine April 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine April 13th Dr. Lucio Pedro; Obstetrics/Gynecology Please call for dates Dr. Timothy Williams, General Practice Please call for dates Dr. Marc Binard, General Practice Please call for dates Dr. George Charit; General Practice, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Daily Dr. George CharitMEDI cC AL D D IRE c C T OR Integrated Medical Centeris pleased to announce the schedule of Clinics for April 2012 Walk in Welcome Same D ay Appointments No Long Waits N o referrals needed The place where complete healing begins e-mail: imcabaco@gmail.com TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL OUR FRIENDLY STAFF AT 367-1304/225-8014 OR FOR EMERGENCIES 458-1234 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, $469,000 Elbow Cay, Hope Town "Marnie's Landing Lot 6" w/ Dock Slip in gated community. $850,000 The Fig Tree Lighthouse Cove with dock Hibiscus Carolina Wind 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 2B/2B Main House, 1B/1B Guest Quarters Oceanfront, Pool, Great Rental South of Hope Town $1.49M Smith of Community Policing; Wynsome Ferguson, manager of the Abaco Tourist superintendent of the Dept. of Education; and Caroline Sawyer. Denardin said she had spoken earlier with Inspector Julian Butler, who is the 2012 international liaison for Special Olympics in The Bahamas, and he gave a breakdown of what happens during the event. They discussed possible routes, the number of participants that would be involved and how the route would be sectioned out. The route will encompass the communities of Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town. Denardin added that there will be full participation from though all will not be able to participate in the Special Olympics. Although the event focuses on exposure for Special Olympics, it is also a way More SportsOlympics From Page 10 to acquire coaches. So far Denardin has been head coach with the responsibility of leading the athletes in every sport. It is a daunting task because a soccer team has to be formed by April, and shortly after that a basketball and track team. Coaches are needed for each sport. Although she receives assistance from ECC staff members and volunteers, they are still hoping to get more people involved in the sporting events. The Special Olympics organization has an online spe -Junior Achievement Sports Day The members of four Junior Achieve ment groups, CHAT n EZ (BTC), PLUSH and SOAR (First Caribbean-CIBC), met at Murphy Town Park in the morning of March 17 to participate in the annual JA sports competition. The SC Bootle High School group was well represented with not only stu dents and advisors but also parents and friends; Ms. Iris Henchell, Ms. Juaneth Curry and Ms. Charlotte Collins, advisors for the First Caribbean-CIBCs company, CHAT n EZ and Furniture Plus PLUSH also had a good number of participants. The JA Chairman, Stretch Morley orches trated the event and acted as referee in the basketball games. WAVE was the only representative of his lay that was won by Chat n EZ in front egg and spoon race with SOAR in second position. The winner of the sack race was ond time. The four groups participated in a series of short basketball games with the the second game. PLUSH and SOAR competed for the third place title in a third game won by BTCs team. CHAT n EZ was the overall winner, position in front of SOAR. The points earned during Sports Day will be added to the overall points the will determine the years winning company. Please see Olympics Page 17

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Page 40 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 More Politics and Government DNA St Patricks fun day grill out fun day and grill out on St. Patricks Day with the goal of raising money for a worthy cause or project for South Abaco. Roscoe Thompson III, candidate for that he has chosen a different route in his fundraising efforts focusing instead on giving back to the commu nity instead of using the money for his campaign. This campaign is about the people of South Abaco, and meeting their needs, he said. I am doing this for them and for our children and their children. The event, which started midafter noon, was designed to be a fun day for the whole family with hamburgers, hotdogs and sweets for sale and later grilled steak and chicken dinners. Meanwhile children enjoyed themselves with an assortment of games and in the bouncing castle. A DJ was hired to play the music for the afternoon and evening providing entertainment for young and old alike with a wide variety of music. The evening was deemed successful amount of money was raised to be used in the communities in Central and South Abaco.This campaign is about the people of South Abaco, Opening of FNM headquarters at Sandy Point The Central and South Abaco conopened its satellite headquarters in Sandy motorcade left the Central and South Abaco headquarters in Marsh Harbour at 2 pm en route to Sandy Point, detouring into Spring City and Crossing Rocks to greet cles joined the motorcade at various points along the route including Cherokee Sound, Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores. housed in the Masonic Recreation Hall, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, who stated how delighted he was to be in beautiful Sandy Point. years representing you in Abaco and at the national level. This government in the last has been invested during the entire past 25 years. $200 million has been invested into South and Central Abaco. How has Sandy you may ask. A brand-new $105 million generating facility has been built at Wilson City which supports Sandy Point as well as the wider community of Abaco and a new airport terminal and runway also supports Sandy Point and the South. Everything taking place in Marsh Harbour is also for your ally grateful for as we move into the 21st century. South Central Abaco. This is your time Sandy Point, he said. During the next smaller communities and I am here to do everyone to make sure that they register since it is not long now. During a dedica tory prayer by Deacon Paul Pinder of the Sandy Point Church, people were urged to put their trust blessing was invoked upon the new head quarters and his guidance was sought for peace to prevail during election time. Everybody was then invited to mix and mingle and have fun. The crowd enjoyed socializing, discussing policies amongst themselves dogs, hamburgers and beverages. A large group of people turned out to witness the occasion from the youngest Torchbearers porter since its inception and still enjoys coming out to support her party.This government years has invested more in Abaco than has been invested during the entire past Everything taking place in Marsh Harbour is also for your benare things you can be really grateful for FNM holds rally at Marsh Harbour headquartersA large crowd of party supporters and onlookers gathered in the Lowes Pharmacy Movements Central and South Abaco constituency headquarters opening. Several prominent government and party members were in attendance and delivered remarks. The Member of Parliament for Central and Honourable Hubert Ingraham also adThe Master of Ceremonies, David Wallace guided the evening of speakers and entertainment. Addressing the large contin reminded them You will not be voting for an MP, but for a PM. The invocation was was followed by a saxophone performance McIntosh. Patricia Curry, the vibrant young president of the South Abaco torchbearers, delivered the welcoming remarks. Our liver campaign slogan, has been earned. She continued on to list several government projects on and outside of Abaco that have Further remarks were brought by Heather Hunt, Howard Johnson and Pakfor Marathon, South Eleuthera and West vided their views about opportunities the Bahamians and the governments record. You know you dont like those potholes, Ms. Edgecombe remarked, referring to ongoing, nationwide infrastructure upgrades and the current, poor condition of roads in Marsh Harbour and Central Abaco. Please see FNM Page 13

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 41 Tilloo Pond is a perfect place to start a family legacy.The luxurious estate is set on 11 acres on Tilloo Cay and includes a very rare, safe harbour. The villa has three separate buildings connected by curved, covered walkways. Built in 2004, the triplex has over 11,000 sq. ft. of indoor/ outdoor living. The private master quarters is its own separate villa, and there is a total of five bedroom suites, with more than enough room for 10 to 12 people to sleep very comfortably. The estate is approved as a resort with a rental income history The estate fronts the Sea of Abaco, with the Atlantic Ocean behind. The incredible price of $3.35 million U.S. includes the art and furnishings imported from around the world.) To arrange a tour, call Tony or Stephanie Treco at (242) 357-6608 or for more information, visit www.BahamasHome.net or call Gaylord Layton at (303) 762-8893 or email gaylord@taysidellc.com.WWW.BAHAMASHOME.COM More Politics and Government After a short break with entertain ment by Christian Massive, Hubert Minstage. He told the crowd that under Hubert Ingraham The Bahamas was one of only four nations in the world to not lay off civil servants during the recession. Zhivarho Laing, Charles Maynard and Tommy Turnquest procession of speakers before stage to perform. Edison the performance by taking the stage along with family and supporters. He explained that if you took the last three let ters of his name you get s-o-n. So, he crowd, This is no time for young people with no experience who talk foolishness. He remarked on his own political career, saying My political life is about service. He continued, Papa (referring to the people, so that is what I set to do. He warned that, during the contentious political season, he had some heavy bombshells. Im dangerous. -FNM From Page 12 troducing the Prime Minister. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham walked through the crowd towards the stage where he em He addressed the crowd saying, We are, I believe, the better party for The Bahamas. Playing on the theme of colours, he said, Colour Red didnt just come to and Cherokee Sound to Crown Haven. He then announced a series of family fun days, to be called Red Splash, that will happen across the country starting Easter Monday. Abaco is today a model of small island sustainable development, Mr. Ingraham told the crowd, And in our next ernment. He reassured the crowd, The best is yet to come. The Prime Minister announced the near opening of the Administrative Build ing and claimed the building will become the heart of the new Central Abaco Township which includes the Central Pines housing subdivision, a new library and the new community hospital. He said the contract for the new hospital was expected to be signed by the end of March. The Leonard Thompson International Airport, Mr. Ingraham assured, is on budget and on time. Behind Abacos termi nal will be the second busiest in the country. He reminded the crowd that the new airport was being constructed by local Coopers Town people. Among the current projects the Prime Minister mentioned, he promised that Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town will be getting paved black top roads which his constituents in Coopers Town and Fire Road have enjoyed for years. Sweetings Track, he continued, will be getting improved water service in short order. After laying out his vision for Abaco, Mr. Ingraham turned to attack the Opposition. He claimed the PLP and its members do not have Bahamians best interests at heart. He cited sales of land in Mayagua na and warned that he believed the PLP cookie jar. The PM continued on to praise Ediof Abaco. I understand some here on Abaco are concerned that his work on the national level has kept him out of his constituency more than you desire, he said referring other Family Islands, I want you to know that Edison is pursuing your interests regardless to where he may be. Abaco is the third largest econo my in The Bahamas, the Prime Minis ter said, It is important that you are represented by competent and effective MPs. He went on to say about In reference to the crime problem, the mering crime and violence in the country. Mr. Ingraham went on to say, Despite the challenges of today, the country is moving in the right direction. Mr. Ingraham, before ending his son III. A vote for Roscoe Thompson is a vote for the PLP. He went on to invite Mr. Thompson to come home, referring Mr. Thompson has since rejected the Mr. Ingraham said that the bell was ter closing his speech he met with fellow party members and supporters in front of Abaco is today a model of small island sustainable development ... the best is yet to come. Despite the challenges of today, the country is moving in the right direction.

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Page 42 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 tacks on the Bahamas of World War and Abaco were the focal point (this would shift to the Windward Passage the Allied merchant seamen buried in the Bahamas are still located on Abaco. Out of 111 patrols to the area, over 20 scoured the coast of Abaco; a dozen rounded Hole in the Wall Light, and ten others rounded the island to the north. Countless others passed between Abaco and Bermuda. Twelve ships were sunk near or east of Abaco, including the Mamura, Clan Skene, Tonsbergsfjord, Montevideo, Raphael Semmes, Everalda, Fairport, and Yorkmoor. either Hope Town or Cross Harbour within 17 miles of Elbow Cay Light. Many others used Hole in the Wall as a navigational aid after Atlantic crossings, mostly from France. The three attacks on Allied merchant ships which were closest to Abaco were the O. A. tonian, sunk 115 miles away by the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli on 13 March, and the Athelqueen, also sunk by the Enrico Tazzoli, two days later tons of precious shipping was lost off Abacos shores in just a ten-day period. sunk in the entire million-square-mile region during the war. It was also the The Daytonian survivors were rescued by a Dutch ship the Rotter dam a few days after it was sunk. Since the survivors were not taken to ticle will focus on the landing of surday to sink. During that time Capt. back and forth to the ship getting fuel for their motor lifeboat and sending SOS messages (which the Americans received but did not respond to). Just after midnight on the 7th of March the 32 survivors in two boats (a dead British crewman was left on board) made it to the base of Hole in the Wall Light but wisely refused to cross the reefs at night. Fortunately for them, at 2 am a schooner came out of the dark and hailed them. This was possibly the Arena, over 50 feet and skippered by Capt. Sherwin Archer and his son Bobby. The schooner towed them all of that morning to the rail-head at Cross Harbour, which led to the logging community of Cornwall. The settlement was described, in language land with only three white families nurse. Mr. J. W. Roberts of the Aba co Lumber Company also a Member of Parliament helped to accommo date the men and arrange for transport following day. Sadly one of the crew, 57-year-old widower and former miner was left behind and died amongst the lumbermen. They buried him on the spot and the grave was only recently re-discovered. Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Wind sor, who was head of the Bahamas Red Cross in support of her husband, were hospitalized and all but one Cana dian were taken to Florida and thence again. Several of the crew were sunk on other vessels, and a number of them were killed in the war. ton British molasses tanker en route from the Liverpool area to Port Everglades Florida in ballast to load a cargo for England. Though she was convoy for most of the round trip, as she approached Abaco the ship was unescorted and alone. On the 10th of of the ship Charles Racine, sunk by the Italian submarine Finzi north of Puerto Rico. On the 13th she learned of the destruction of the Daytonian by another Italian sub, the Tazzoli, east of Abaco, and on its track. Then, on the 15th of March Captain Roberts ship took a direct hit from a torpedo and rapidly began to sink. When the submarine, under Count Carlo Fecia di Cossato, surfaced, British gunner V. Coleman was waiting. enough to force the submarine into a crash dive. The momentum of the at tacker was such that it could not submerge enough before passing beneath the ship. As a result the bow of the submarine was badly damaged and the torpedo tubes bent. The sub was crippled for the balance of the patrol. The men abandoned the sinking Athelqueen. Then the sub surfaced again near the bow, where the guns could not reach the ship sank. three boats and made for Elbow Cay, the west. One man, the Second Engineer, had a broken arm from the torpedo explosion. The boats arrived off 17 March at different times. Captain go round the island to the lee, but was caught in the reef surge. After trying to row away, the exhausted men gave up and aimed for shore, trying to bump their way to safety. It worked, and the men landed on the beach, where they rested in the dark. The other two boats were not so was overturned in the surf and 5 men were tossed into the waves and refused to get back on board. The Third Ofmade it back outside the surf line, while the 5 swimmers stuck out for shore. Three of them drowned, and their bodies were not immediately recovered, however two survived. The Chief Mates boat and they waited till sunrise. At that time, Radio Operator came to tow us in one navigating and the second steering through the reefs. At sunrise, Captain Roberts wrote that he looked round the island and saw some small boys looking at us, so I spoke to them and asked if there were many people on the island, at which time they ran away and brought along dre. The commissioner took us up to us in the various houses and sent for a that on the beach he was met by is landers and taken to houses where we were given food and found a place to rest. The Methodist ministers home was swamped by the addition of 20odd crew members. ers couldnt have been kinder to us. The Roman Catholic priest visited us and offered to let our families know we were safe One islander took me to his cane and his palm trees. He generously cuts some cane and a coconut for me to eat A woman islander wove me a hat from some kind of vegetation. The one thing that surprised me was seeing a small girl wheeling a pram which contained a recently born baby. I was woman and that the baby was hers. A few days later the men were tak Content S., the same vessel which had than ten days before. The British sail ors gave their 3 large lifeboats to the islanders, who towed them to the ship while singing a hymn with the line Lucerne and Rozelda hotels, where the Duke of Windsor bought them a beer. After some recuperation time the Athelqueen sailors were repatriated to England via Montreal, Canada in various convoys. Alan Heald was sunk two more times within two months and afterwards moved to a shore job. The three dead men, Harold Jones, aged 21, William Proctor, 30, and David W. Firth, 52, are buried behind the berm under cairns of local stones. A monument was recently erected in their memory. O. 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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 45 MUST SELL Great Guana Cay Colonial style commerical building known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Appraised $656,000 No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivision Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commercial building known as Faith Convention Center. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour 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 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit Crossing Rocksrant and shops. Second Floor 10 units (1) bed (1) bath North Side of Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour. Appraisal $953,970 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com NOTICE NOTICE NOTICEMay the following persons please collect their Jewellery repairs immediately. Lenora Wallace; Repair # 4942 Misty McLaughlin; Repair # 4905 Ryan S. Laroda; Repair # 4581 Darren Lightbourn; Repair # 4921 JEWELS GEMS & MORE367-2418 From Page 10 Little League Baseball players prepare for Eleuthera tournament In the past several weeks, the All Abaco Little League Baseball Association has been hosting a series of fundraisers to assist their players with travel expenses for upcoming tournaments in April and May. As a result, the Twins Plumbing Marlins team will head to Eleuthera from April Thanks to the communitys support, the fundraisers held in March have greatly assisted the teams. The association mem bers provided food and drinks, bouncing castle and other childrens activities, and they organized a scrimmage between the More Sportsas the Lady Sluggers were shut down the game with a score of 10-3. Lady Sluggers Pitcher Rhonda Eldon game despite their lack of practice. However, she anticipated that they would be more than ready as they prepared to face the Tornadoes again on March31. Bootle said a mens game between place on March 30 at Bakers Field as well as a game between female players of the R.J. Runners and F.E.S. Peacocks teams The games resume on April 13 with game takes place between the Tornadoes ners compete against the Lady Sluggers, and the Destroyers take on the D & R Sluggers at the Murphy Town Park. The R.J. p.m. at Bakers Field on April 15. players and parents. Part proceeds went toward the Eleuthera trip while the remain ing portion will go toward the May tourna ment that will be held on Abaco. There were also several meetings elections were held for positions needing to dent of the All Abaco Little League Base ball Association along with Elvis Curry as vice president, and Charmica Curry as the secretary; Marilyn Innocent, treasurer; Tammy Albury, assistant treasurer; and Theresa Albury, chaplain. cial training course that is administered by the University of West Virginia at a cost of $35 for those interested in becoming coaches. Anyone can be involved, and it would just be like an afterschool thing or on weekends to get these teams a little ways, and they are doing well, but we who could coach. Last year, Denardin and three of the students were privileged to attend the well Murray, Deangela Murray competed and returned with a number of medals for their noteworthy achievements.Olympics From Page 11 See news happening? Call The Abaconian: 367-3200

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Page 46 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, in conjunction with the Inter-Development Bank, is in the process of nalizing a proposal for the Revitalization of the Sponging Industry in The Bahamas. All Persons interested in being involved in the Project are asked to register with BAIC in Nassau and the Family Islands or with the Island Administrator.BAIC Marsh Harbour Ofce:(242) 367-0066 A real gutsy lady and full-time Organist at Epworth Chapel in Cherokee Sound, Margaret Schutemak er, road her three-wheeled bicycle in the Cherokee Community Clinic Walk/Bike A Thon on February 25 and managed to her age category and one for raising $700 in sponsorships. race where a young man (10 years old) fell off his bicycle which resulted in a skinned elbow. Obviously, she was unable to adhis fears and got him quickly back to his transferred to the paramedic which was close by to be patched up. There were two other accidents, one involving a skinned knee (by a gentleman who admitted he was watching the girls instead of the road) and few bruises and a bump on the head by one of the bikers who fell off at the half-way point. However, the race. Even though Ms. Margaret can be seen peddling around Cherokee streets almost any day of the week, she does suffer with a bad ankle and her daily jaunts are probably not more than a short distance from her front door. We feel she was very courageous to attempt this race, but she obviously holds a special place in herheart for and wanted to do her part. Trained in Scotland, she came to and her husband, Marinus, bought a home and she has been here for the people of Cherokee whenever there was an accident employee, but rather as a good neigh rooting for Ms. Margaret to complete the course. Ms. Margaret is now a widow, a loyal church attendee, conducts Tuesday night Bible Study and has assisted with besides playing the church organ for any occasion. She has one daughter living in spected in Cherokee and will also be here for the people of Cherokee once our Clinic is completed. First Anniversary for Soup Kitchen Epworth Methodist Church and the ladies of the congregation celebrate their meals to the elderly and shut-ins of Cherokee. Each month they prepared and deliv ered meals to the residents regardless of the community. Sometimes it is hot soup once even a fresh fruit salad. The elderly look forward to seeing the ladies knock at their door and welcome them each month with a smile and appreci ate the few minutes of greeting and conver of the day and the ladies enjoy seeing them as well and being able to visit, if only for a few minutes. The minister of the church, Reverend nity and helped to set it up as an out-reach ministry and saw it as a way for the church to do something good within the communi ty. Many are unable to attend church anymore and todays elderly do not receive as much attention by their family and friends as in years gone by and they are extremely grateful. church ladies, but it is also supported and sponsored by generous donations from church members, individuals and various businessesmen in the greater Abaco com munity for which we are all very grateful. The ladies vow to continue this la bour of love for as long as there is a need or as long as they feel they can make a difference. Press Release MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT CLAIM OVER OFFSHORE DRILLof The The Bahamas position with respect to oil exploration and exploitation within the territorial waters of The Bahamas. The Minister advises that, notwith standing the pressure of commercial interests, the same rationale which led the oil exploration exists today. Prior to even considering drilling in our waters, The Bahamas seeks to have the following comprehensive and robust proviEnvironmental Policy Safety Policy Tax Policy Revenue Policy Training and Employment Policy Contingency Plans Insurance Requirement and Standards Decommissioning Policy and Standards Further, consideration would not be public dialogue. THE MORATORIUM, WHICH FOR THE FUTURE.

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 47 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: UNDER CONTRACT NEW PRICE REDUCTION! $1.2 million UNDER CONTRACT The Pink Cottage UNDER CONTRACT $899,000 NEW PRICE REDUCTION $225,000 New!!! $650,000 UNDER CONTRACT Beau Soleil $595,000 PRICE REDUCTION $895,000 Asking Price $475,000 Roberts House $395,000 Summer Breeze PRICE REDUCTION $495,000 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022 Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea Dr. Tonya HallGatroenterology Ms. Antoinette Lightbourne Ultrasound www.auskellmedical.comDr. Freeman Lockhart -Orthopedic Surgeon Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram For Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practitioner is on staff Monday through SaturdayDr. Keith Lewis -Chiropractor Dr. Gerhard Klassen -General surgeon Dr. Augustin Ohueyi Dr. Shamanique Bodie -Gynecologist/ Obstetrician Dr. Ronald Knowles -Obstetrician / Gynecologist Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Duranda Ash -Ophthamologist Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist Govt gets outside The government announced March York City Police Commissioner William Bratton as it explores all avenues in its We will show no tolerance and we will not rest until the scourge of crime is eliminated from our society, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in a statement. That statement also noted that, UnMr. Bratton implemented a no tolerance policy to ensure that petty crime does not lead to an overall escalation of criminal behavior. He also increased the diversity of makeup of the cities in question, as well as discouraging police corruption, acting tough on gangs and involving law-abiding elements of the society in crime prevention. The statement said the exploratory visit by Bratton will include meetings force. There will be a brief press statement During its current administration, the government has battled a sharp increase in violent crime with four murder records reOn the campaign trail, crime is a key issue for all parties. Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) National NewsCourtesy of The Nassau GuardianLeader Perry Christie has declared that his party is the only party with an effective leadership needed to address the problem. The statement released yesterday takes crime very seriously and is relent lessly pursuing bold solutions to curb crime and maintain our peaceful way of life in The Bahamas. Crime is a social issue the government is determined to solve by any neces sary legal means. To that end, the government is involving all elements of society The statement said that in addition cluding reforming, increasing and equip ping the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and passing a very strong anti-crime legislative package, the government invited Bratton for discussions. York based risk consultancy. A former police chief, he became renowned for his successful contributions to solving crime issues in much tougher Angeles, the statement noted. Turnquest said, The government is look plan, incorporating elements from people and organizations such as Mr. Bratton, who have real life expertise in reversing crime escalation in very tough locations. The statement added that any such information that is rendered useful will be implemented and reinforced by the Royal Bahamas Police Force led by Commission Turnquest said, The aim is to leave signed at rooting out crime and ensuring The Bahamas remains a safe haven for all its citizens and visitors alike. Our lawful and peaceful way of life must and will be preserved.Earl Deveaux slams oil drilling critics The minister of the environment cerning recent accusations on oil drilling in The Bahamas. Earl Deveaux told the House of Assembly yesterday that accusing companies and elected members of Parliament "of doing things they are not doing" was unnecessary, and could have been avoided if the proper channels were followed. The declaration came as the House of Assembly passed a historic Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that promises to give everyday Bahamians the right to ac cess information held by government and its agencies, such as the Bahamas Electric ity Company (BEC), Water and Sewerage Deveaux said the result of making such allegations required "a defense from a friendly government, a response from the company, when at all times the information was available to anyone who sim ply asked". At a time when we're debating and discussing the passage of freedom of information, the minister pointed out he had never received a single request concerning oil drilling activities form his political rivals. Last week, the Bahamas Petroleum that it has not contracted an oil rig for exploratory drilling in The Bahamas. The statement was followed by a declaration from the Chinese Embassy, which moved to dispel notions that it was in negotiations with BPC and the government to gain an oil drilling contract. The People's Republic of China insisted it has not entered into these discussions. The statements were in response to mounting concerns and accusations from government was actively engaged in negotiations with oil drilling companies and information was being withheld from the general public. To illustrate his commitment to trans parency, Deveaux further referenced the in April 2010. "We provided weekly updates on the possible of impact of oil in The Bahamas. We had three trips to Cay Sal to inform the Bahamian people on the likely impact should it hit our waters and shores," he said. The minster also highlighted a photographic journal of Cay Sal, Bimini, Andros and Ocean Cay, and a report done by the Living Oceans Foundation. "All of the information was public and for the asking," he said. Please see Drilling Page 20

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Page 48 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 LOG CABIN Ref# 9679Cabin House; 1 full bedroom; 1 sleeping loft; 1 bathroom; Turtle Rock, Abaco $161,000BUSTICK BIGHT Ref# 9608These fully furbished 1 bed, 1 bath cottage refused S.C. Bootle Highway $240,000CHAT & CHILL RESTAURANT Ref# 9608A building that can be is for a variety of business or personal offers, Dundas Town $455,000COVE ESTATES Ref#9648Commercial building; 5 unit 2 storey; 2 befroom; 2 bathrooms, Marsh Harbour $714,000VACANT LAND Lot#2 Ref#9677 S.C. Bootle $32,000VACANT LAND Ref# 9678Vacant lot; 1,060 acres in Turtle Rock off S.C. Bootle Highway $75,000CANAL LOT Ref# 9140 $360,000 (REDUCED)VACANT LAND Ref# 9133 Beach Drive, Treasure Cay $115,000 (REDUCED)VACANT LAND Ref# 9699 Pines, Marsh Harbour $31,000ATLANTIS CONDO Ref# 9141Nestled in the beautiful resort commuity of Treasure Cay, Abaco, is a spectacular tropical-themed two bedroom/two bath waterfront condo $425,000 (REDUCED) Terrance Strachan Estate Agent Annstacia Sweeting-Storr Estate Agent Shoine Strachan Estate Apprentice Man-O-War Sea to SeaAtlantic Ocean Abaco Sound Choice Man-O-War property, 8.36 acres (willing to divide), 400 feet ocean frontage, about 400 feet on Sea of Abaco. 3 Cottages & highest point on Man-O-War Cay with 360 degree view of 37 cays. Bayside has furnished hill-top home with commanding view & two separate bedrooms with 100 foot dock and breakwa ter. Owner Financing Available. Contact Jack Albury 242-367-2333 / 242-477-5270 or kingofjack@gmail.com Groceries Toiletries Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat .WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Scenes of fun at the carnival Deveaux went on to detail other as pects of the FOI bill, including the hiring of an information commissioner to handle inquiries for information. He said the mea sures promote openness, protect whistle blowers and encourages organizations to maintain records. Ryan Pinder, the representative for Elizabeth, praised the general concept behind the FOI, but criticized some of the "murky" provisions. to seek general consultation on such a land mark piece of legislation. "The issue of this bill should transcend political parties. It is a piece of legis lation that is vitally important to make sure it delivers on its intended purpose," Pinder told the House of Assembly. The representative for Elizabeth said the current bill is "based almost entirely" on similar legislation in the Cayman Islands, saying "we do not want to legislate for ourselves". He expressed concerns over whether elements of the bill would be incompatible with The Bahamas, and noted that no clear timeline has even been given for its imple mentation. In particular, Pinder highlighted the essentially overrides the FOI bill. The act, he said, allows government agencies to deny any requests that may be contrary to the "public interest". "But what is the public interest?" he asked. "In my opinion, the term public more objectivity in an otherwise murky statement." Logistics and actually dealing with requests are another concern, the Elizabeth representative noted, as each agency will the required 30 day period. The current FOI bill does not adequately lay out this approach, he said. Drilling From Page 19 Have news or an event you want to share with The Abaconian? Email us: abaconiannews@gmail.com

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 49 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt, 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Marsh Harbour, Cozy island home, 3 br/2 bath, 1500sf fully furnished just bring your clothes, master suite with bonus room, water views, pool, great location on Pelican Shores, avail imed., nonsmoking home, Short or long Marsh Harbour, Spacious 2 bd/2 ba, fully furnished exec apt overlooking the harbour. Seeking annual lease. Serious enquires contact iggyMarsh Harbour, 1,200 sq. ft. 2 bed, 2 bath, fully furnished, washer & dryer, A/C, harbour 2252 Marsh Harbour, Cove Estates, 1 bed, 1 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Village, 1 bed, 1 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Buying? Selling?Want more business? can bring fast resultsCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete Cherokee Hill Top, Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cays only private gated community, Marnies 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 Great Guana Cay, 3 interior lots & 1 water front lot along with 3 bed, 2 bath house overlooking ocean and bay, includes one dock slip. Asking $575,000 for all four lots and house. ALSO 3 additional interior lots for sale 50% details Hope Town, North End, last remaining uncom Lubbers Quarters, new waterfront 3 bed, 3 bath home w/2 kitchens. Visit www.abacowa Marsh Harbour, Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath fully furnished, turnkey home. First, last & security dep. Great Cistern, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished home, with access to beach. $1,100/month. Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished & equipped. $1,100/mo. Also available by the Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. www.hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, The Crossing, luxurious 3 bed, 2 bath apartment now available for rent with pool, dock, cable & internet. Please call Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. REDUCED TO Treasure Caypool, marina, & stores. 3 BR 2 BA, complete seller. Brokers welcome. View and contact at www.blueskyabaco.com Treasure Cay Lot, one block from beach. Excellent Buy. Call 225-3211 Treasure Cay, residential in-land lot, with caMinimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Horticultural Society meeting about succulents and cacti The March 12 meeting of the Baha mas Horticultural Society-Abaco Branch was about cacti and succulents. It took the members away from Marsh Harbour to Bahama Palm Shores. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Chamie, a peaceful place surrounded by trees and facing the beautiful ocean beach, was the venue. Approximately thirty people gath passionately about both the thorny plants and the thick leaves ones that form the are succulents, but not all succulents are Cacti.) Ms. Cadman made her presenta tion in front of a table loaded with plants and that she sometimes picked up to dem onstrate a point. She explained how that type of plants had evolved to sustain long that would retain water in the case of suc culents or replacing the leaves with thorns in the case of cacti to reduce evaporation. Some will even drop their leaves altogether during dry times. She said that people (she admitted being one of them) start collecting succulents because they are usually attracted by the diversity they offer. They can be found all over the place, not just in deserts, she said. Succulents can be found in mountainous areas, as well as along beaches. Their appearance is also very varied. Two plants of the same species can look different, some with variegated leaves, some with plain leaves for example. Collectors often tend to collect only one species because it com prises so many types of plants. Ms. Cadman spoke very enthusiasti cally of her hobby, stating that she started with one cactus offered by her grandmoth er a long time ago and has now a greenhouse and a garden full of succulents. When speaking about caring for sucneed water and that they were resistant to pests and diseases. Succulents can support drought but they do need some water, if not too much, she said. They do need some attention too, as they could be attacked by scales and fertilizing them now and again Although they grow slowly, they can be propagated very easily. Most of them do as well in ground (in a sandy soil) as they do in pots but Ms. Cadman said she prefers to grow hers in pots. Among the plants she brought for sale, that were grabbed by avid buyers as soon as the presentation was over, were various types of Aloe. The meeting ended with the plants auction which as usual was quite successful with Mr. Jack Hardy the perfect auction eer, driving the prices up without anyone realizing what was happening. SMYC organizes St Patricks Day parade BEC repairs downed electric poles in Blackwood Looking to advertise? Call us at 367-3200

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Page 50 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954.958.0445 954.958.0447 (fax)On Demand Aircraft Charter Services Linked to US Customs via AMS for goods shipped to the U.S. Call Us Today! Your Cargo Specialists Rentals: Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and Replaced Need That Extra Help With Your Studies?GLAT, BJC, BGCSECopies of previous Examination papers for sale atAbaco 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 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 Want More BUSINESS? Then what are you waiting for?Promote your Business by Placing a Business Classied. Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or abaconiannews@gmail.com The Abaconian Community Calendar April March 31: Love for the Lowes April 5: ing April 12: April 13 April 14 April 27: April 28: Check The Abaconians Facebook Page for updated Calendar Entries

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 51 Double Glass Door Freezer, turbo air, excel Watermaker S&K, 1000 g.p.d; like new elec. motor & cat pump. Well maintained, $3,500 Replacement $10,000. Call Richard Chickens for Sale, lays brown, blue & green Ceiling Fans, two new Hunter Original Clas Also nylon anchor or dock line Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE COURSES MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-320117 Mitzi Skiff, 18.5 Albury Brothers, with 115 Etac ask 21 Contender, all original hull with 225hp, 21 Sea Ray Laguna, center console w/175HP Mercury, Bimini with front and side curtains, trim tabs, hydraulic steering. DUTY PAID, 21 Polar Center Console, 2005, 150 HP 23 Albury Brothers Classic, new boat w/windshield, 225HP Mercury Optimax. 24 Formula, custom hardtop & windshield, with 250 HP Yamaha engine. Asking $20,000. 25.5 Dusky, Chart plotter & Hummingbird bottom ma chine, Sony CD stereo w/ XM radio. Looks & rides great. See at Outboard Shop, Marsh HarMust sell ASAP 26 J80, Unique Family Sailboat/Rocket ship, great condition, many recent upgrades. mains, 2-105% jibs, OB engine. Sail away at 28 Chris Craft, gas tank. For more information call Buddy at 31 Ocean Master, tuna tower, outriggers, 34 1997 Crusader, low hours and runs great! Upper & lower 34 Mainship, with 230 Yanmar diesel and Learn Haitian, Spanish or French, Fast and easy, using the latest methods in language ac quisition. Register now. Tuition $150. Call 1999 Club Car, up or golf, gas, lightly used, side curtains & 2002 Ford Ranger, player, good condition. $7,500 OBO. Call BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALESmall Boat Trailer, two wheel road ready 14 Novurania Rigid Inflatable; jet drive Evinrude 115, new turbojet out drive. Trailer, cover, ctr console, 10 draft. Runs great, fast, 17 Offshore Skiff or Boat, 50HP Mercury, center console, 20 gal gas tank, runs well. 2007 Chevy Malibu, clean title, excellent running condition. Serious enquiries only. Call 2008 Club Car Golf Cart, gas, pristine condiSee news happening in your neck of the woods? Call The Abaconian to get a reporter down to your area. 367-3200 or after hours 577-2723

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 7 APRIL 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 Abaco Family Fitness Weekend Fatal plane crash at Treasure Cay Airport Vessel holding 51 Haitian immigrants seized Features this issue Crossword Puzzle B 16 U-Boats off Abaco B 14 Community Calendar B 22 Candidate Debate Intro A 8 Entrepreneur Watch A 24 Tech SupportA 18 Three days of absolute fun in the sun Abaco Family Fitness weekend, coordinated by Lee McCoy, from March 23 25, 2012. Participants streamed from all across the globe to compete in events at the Coco Bar in Treasure Cay which was a prime location. Safety measures and precautions were effectively executed by the police department and the Treasure Cay Crash, Fire and Water Rescue Team. Res idents and second home owners welcomed the change of pace from the humdrum everyday activities. This friendly athletic competition was something the whole fam ily could enjoy. Please see AFFW Page 2

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com North AbacoActivities commenced on Friday eve ning around 5pm with a splash as contes tants swam a one mile open water event near the shoreline; followed by a soft opening ceremony. Robert Meister of the Treasure Cay Resort (a proud sponsor) expressed his gratitude to Lee McCoy and Ms. Wynsome Ferguson of the Ministry of Tourism, organizers of the events. For the Florida on Bahamasair. Tony Bethell-Ben third. Awards were presented to these ath letes. one mile open water swim, a triathlon, a kiddy one mile run and a 5k/10k run. The events were categorized for sprinters and Olympians, male and female athletes reon Saturday morning. Individuals who competed for the sprint race had to swim a quarter mile, bike ride for 15 miles, and run a 3.1 miles distance. Results are as folIndividuals Sprint Triathlon Overall Placing Overall Time Lowe and Peter Wagner. Olympians covered twice the distance as the sprinters. Fatigue was the only challenge for these athletes whom were driven by the motiva Placing Time The crowd cheered at the arrival of the anchor for the mens relay team, Phil touched down just in time for him to com Bahamas Hotmix, met him at the exchange zone elated to pass the baton to his partIsaac of the Carribbean Landscaping Com pany had given Rob a strong start at the beginning of the triathlon by completing a 1500m swim in less than 25 minutes. The praiseworthy female relay team from Hope Town brought home the gold for their race. Representing Abaco proudly were Lindsey McCoy with a swim time of minutes. Fortunately, everyone went home a winner proudly wearing a medal for partic ipating within the various events; especial of the kids one mile race, Justin Fureich and Adrian Whylly winners of the 5k and Participants boasted of how pleased aco Family Fitness Event which was very well organized and patronized by proud sponsors including the Cycles Unlimited, Home Fabrics, A-Salt Weapon, Damia nos, Sothebys International, John Bull Ltd., Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co event likewise were appreciative including the Abaco Swim Club, Friends of the Environment and the Rotary Club of Abaco. The Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend AFFW From Page 1

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 More North AbacoThere was a public presentation on March 20 in Coopers Town to discuss the multi-million dollar port and bridge projects that have been scheduled for the area. China Harbour Engineering Com pany (CHEC) offered a walk-through of the plans to the nearly 150 gathered. Also Minister of Works, and John Schaefer, enproject is the largest of several government initiatives planned for Abaco. This is a project that will transform Prime Minister] is determined not to leave the island the way he found it. Mr. went on to explain the vetting process that was involved in securing a deal for the port project. He described the team effort and positive atti tude amongst all parties involved that have brought the project along. Marsh Harbours port, which is currently undergoing repairs, was said to serve as the model. Alex Lee and Rain Yu, CHECs coordinators for the project on Abaco, went through details regarding the project. The long and 27 feet wide. This will include a three foot sidewalk. The bridge will fea ture a twelve foot clearance at high tide. The port will be built roughly three kilometers north of Coopers Town. It, for immigration and law enforcement and a placed at the entrance of the port. CHEC will provide the majority of the labour to complete the project and will import the main materials. They will consider using local concrete and other materials if it is not price restrictive. 30 Bahamians, such as truck drivers, clerks and security, will be directly employed by worth of labour will be locally contracted. Mr. Lee and Mr. Yu talked about win-win cooperation. They hinted at several public welfare initiatives CHEC would undertake throughout the progress of construction. One example they provided was importing school supplies for children. The rough timeline for completion of both projects is December 2013. The around June 2013 and will commence in October of this year. The port is scheduled to break ground in August of 2012. opened for questions. about the bridges clearance and dimen sions. He was concerned that the twelve foot clearance was too low and that not all audience member Mr. McIntosh responded saying, The south-side is a breeding ground, implying that a twelve foot clear ance would be enough for the type of ac tivities the creek would see. Mr. Tinker raised concerns about the projects impact on the future of the com munity and implored CHEC to reconsider how the project would commence. This is a project that will impact our lives, he continued, only 30 persons on a project of this scale? Mr. Tinker called on the young people in attendance, many of whom he said were looking for opportunities, to ask the tough questions. again to respond to the crowd. Under the budgetary constraints, he explained, this was what could be worked out. It was at a point where the project would either be scrapped or move forward and the admin istration opted for the best deal.Public forum discussing port and bridge projects held in Coopers TownThis is a project that will transform North Abaco,

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 More North Abaco Four persons perished when their single engine plane crashed March 25 during taking off from Treasure Cay Interna tional Airport en route to Florida. Beach, Florida and Dennis and Janie Sartoris of Jacksonville Florida, were killed in the accident which took place shortly after that perished as well. The couples, second home owners and longtime visitors to Treasure Cay, were en route to Fort Pierce, a city in St. Lucie County, Florida when their plane deviated into the pine forest on the side of the personnel were immediately dispatched Eugene Butler, acting director of vestigations into the crash were still in the preliminary stages and that it would be some time before they come up with caused the crash. He said their investigators here will portation Safety Board) from the United States and as well as an engineer from the manufacturer of the plane. Plane crash leaves four deadJohn Cash, a resident of Treasure Cay, knew the two couples personally. had known for more than ten years, had in the past few years received their pilots licenses. Dennis was a Dentist and owner of DCS Dental Laboratory in Jacksonville, Florida who, along with his wife, were known by friends and workers as very kind and caring people who gave to the com munity. draiser for the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. The event was held at the Treasure Sands Club located immedi ately outside the gates to Treasure Cay. The fundraiser was a huge success and good times were had by all, primarily due to the hard work of the organizers Diane Soloman & Carolyn Trudeau. Both ladies would like to thank all of the 150 people that attended and who donated so generously. Further funds were raised by a silent auction which attracted many bids on a multitude of items ranging from paint job in encouraging people to get involved. The Treasure Sands Executive Chef, Antonio Huyler crafted an amazing display of fresh fruits and cheeses accompanied by a variety of canaps and champagne that was passed around to the guests. Songs and junkanoo were performed of the crowd. The arrangement was put together by Mr. Bill and was extremely well received. Diane and Carolyn would like to thank Mr. Bill, Lynn Major, Stacey Higgs, The Treasure Sands Club and all the teach ers, staff and volunteers for all their support and help in making the event a great success. Anyone who missed the event who would like to make a donation, please conECC has charity event at Treasure Sands Club

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Enjoy great dining at Anglers Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the waters edge in Marsh Harbour KaraokeTuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. Rake n ScrapeDance with Brown Tip every Friday night starting at 8:30 pm. Calypso NightClint Sawyer LIVE every Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Stephen ColebrookEnjoy Stephens versatile piano music and vocals Wednesday through Sunday.Contact us at 367-2158www.AbacoBeachResort.com Central AbacoBy Timothy Roberts Charge on Elbow Cay lead to the apprehension of 51 Haitian migrants who were anchored in the area of Tilloo and Cuby Jack Cay on Sunday, March 25. Acting on the tip, Corporal Smith investigated and, with the assistance of residents from Hope Town, the boat was towed to the government dock located at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. Troy Pritchard, a resident of Elbow Cay who was called upon to assist in bringing the Haitian vessel in, said he was called by Cpl. Smith who asked him to verify what he saw through the binoculars. He said he saw a vessel that was obvious ly heavy laden though only three persons He and another person took two boats out to the area because it was rough, and they towed the vessel to the dock. When the boat was disembarked there were found to be 51 persons of Haitian dewith all in fairly good health except for two who were suffering dehydration. The migrants, who traveled with lit tle to no possessions, were detained at the immigration compound with two groups There they are be detained at the detention center on Carmichael Road. searched but nothing of consequence was found onboard.51 migrants brought ashore USA donates $25K worth of rescue equipmentRepresentatives from the United and US Public Health Services in collabo March, 2012. The purpose of the exercise was to train and equip 10 individuals on the island in nearby waters. The training placed spe cial emphasis on water rescue in the event an aircraft crashes near an airport. from the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Branch and Marine Division, Airport Civil Aviation and Volunteers from the Abaco community. Participants included Danny Michael Parotti. worth of equipment was donated to the Abto assist with shoreline Water Rescue. ers, rescue ropes, rig haul sets, pulleys, water bottle bladders, goggles, rescue util ity ascenders, Carlson rescue boards, bat teries, carabiners, and Z Rig haul set.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface From the Editor's Desk // Like NassauI had intended for this editorial to be upbeat and positive and, who knows, it may just be by the end of it. However, I would be wrong to breeze over such a serious issue that has so violently made itself unable to be ignored. I am talking about the crime. The weekend of March 23 through 25 was shocking. Our quiet town, a label which we seem so desperate to maintain yet is becom ing harder to apply, was rocked by a number of violent crimes. I heard the sau, a lot. However, this sentiment has always bothered me. I could never understand why bothered me. Maybe it was how depressing the big city seemed; or perhaps the world that I imagined I lived in had no use for gangs and senseless murder and so I rejected the notion as if it were a sickening image. But now I know why, and its neither of those things. Its the sheer resignation of it. Its us sitting on our porch with friends and acquaintances, talking about how our country is going to hell in a hand basket and then moving on to the next topic. We are so convinced that our only option is to be consumed by some shapeless decay we so fondly ourselves to that fact, assign some party the blame and then are surprised when we hear about some teenager down the street getting stabbed. Its ok sau and there is nothing either you or me can do about it. Its progress, swallow it. But thats not true. Its not true that the crime problem we have is without remedy. But derstand what we are facing. And say ing crime problem is never accurate, its an umbrella term we use to sleep at night. Poor education, poverty, lack of pride in our community and an extraordinary amount of other factors are all lumped together in the box we call having a crime problem. We take that box and slap the la bel on it crimeand we lay it at the feet of someone other than ourselves. We blame the Christie administration, the Ingraham administration or that favorite scapegoat we Bahamians love to pin all of our social ills on, the Hai tian immigrants. But me and you, no, were just victims of our own country going off the rails. I challenge you going forward to bring a new perspective to the crime problem and realize ways you can make a change. Your friend didnt get a gun put to his head because there is a crime problem. And there wasnt a hit and run because were becoming And if we as a community and a counto look it in the face I believe we will demon weve decided to roll over for. We can make this the country we want. Well, I said I would try and end this editorial on a positive note. I suppose in a way I have, but then again we started out on a pretty low note so any direction we went could only be up. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. As a special prize for you, dear reader, I will give you the answer to Again, I thank you all for continuing to read The Abaconian. Were working very hard to bring you the content and features the public demands. I just wish they werent so demanding. Hopefully our next editorial wont be so dire, and I apologize for scaring any of our visitors who are reading. Until next time.The Great Abaco Candidate DebateSince putting out the call in our previous issue we have received several responses from people as to what they want their candidates to discuss. Here is, again, a brief explanation: In the spirit of democracy and the political sea son we invite Abaconians to engage our islands six candidates. Vote on the issue that interestests you most and The Abaconian will pose the most popular issue to the three candidates from the two districts. Each candidate will be afforded up to 500 words to lay out their stance or plan regarding the topic and their answers will be published. In future is sues they will be allowed to respond to their ri vals words in this publication. This is to encourage healthy political discussion, and we need your help to make this a success. Vote either through email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Phone: 242-367-3200 Text Message: 242-577-2723 Facebook or Twitter Respond with your choice and your District (North, Central, South) A. How do you plan to empower local govt? B. What is your plan for immigration? C. What is your plan to combat crime? D. What is your plan to help the local economy

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Order The Abaconian Today March 2012Name 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: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: 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! Hot wind at Bakers BayI read the press release from Bakers 2012 Abaconian with amusement. As a I have to clean up some of the facst buried in Bakers Bay sand. velopment and jobs. What we oppose in the huge give away of Crown Land, (our traditional land-crab territory); the dutyfree status given to Bakers Bay and the sec ond homes being build there, (which would have generated millions of dollars in revenue for the Bahamian Peoples education, medical facilities, and infrastructure); and the golf course. If you searched the world, golfers dreampretty.but stupid. Bakers Bay could have had a very nice development without the Crown Land, the duty-free status, and the golf course, but that the fertilizer would kill the reef. Three of the worlds most prominent reef scien tists said so. We shared this information with Bakers Bay. They didnt want to hear it. Ask all the farmers in the Bahamas and theyll tell you. Plants need fertilizer to grow in pure sand. Lots of fertilizer! And thats what we have blowing all over the concerned, the reason we lost court, as the judges told us, is because our country doesnt have any environment laws. The has helped the Bahamas get one step closer to remedying this situation. Bimini would hasnt succeeded to some degree in its efforts. They promised environmental monitoring and access to the results but so far we have gotten neither. We have always shared ours. There seems to be some confusion at Bakers anyway. First, Dr. Marshall tells ers Bay cant afford any testing, then he says that he decided to let nature take its Letters to the Editor course (so, just at the time they started fertilizing the golf course, he decided to stop monitoring) and now, in the ad in the Abaconian, he says the testing went on before, during and after development. Looks like what really needs testing is his memory. Of course, hes been a pretty busy instrumental in the approval of the Bakers Bay Environmental Management Plan working for Bakers Bay. And with all those the precise moment they are closest to the gold course, and all those cess pits aimed at Bakers Bay from the settlement, it is no wonder the poor man is exhausted, youd forget to conduct your testing, too under those conditions. Can Bakers Bay really believe that (Do they really believe you dont have any right to speak unless youre rich?) We lose reef. We know that it (and the mangroves which BBC destroyed) are the nurseries has a grass roots membership of hundreds; all Bakers Bay has is it grass roots in fertil izer!... and it has found its way to the reef. Anthony Roberts Junkanoo judging was unfairThe Murphy Town Super Stars Junkanoo group would like to express our dis appointment in a few things that took place in the 2012 Junkanoo Parade which are in Abaco the judges need to be selected differently. If any group chooses a judge every other group should know who they are before the parade. This way any group leaders that may have an issue with a judge can have that one replaced. Reason being, a statement was made by a judge before the parade that the Murphy Town Super Stars can't beat the other group because he will be judging. Mr. Chairmen I don't think its fair for a judge to make such a statement about a group that is participating in the parade. It seems as though the judging system is not fair and is loyal to a particular Junkanoo group. Its obvious that the fans can see it. We the Murphy Town Super Stars would like to let the Junkanoo Commit tee know that if the committee and judging system doesnt change we will not take part in any parade in the future because it will be a waste of time. mittee needs to take into serious consider ation the way in which the groups prepare for the parade. For example Costumes should be locally built. If we as Junkanoo ers want to see Junkanoo grow in Abaco we need to stop what is going on now because we are failing when it comes to teaching the youth in our community. If we continue to allow costumes to come from in Abaco wont learn the art of our culture when it comes to Junkanoo. If one group can work hard all year to prepare for the parade, I think it's only fair that the others do so also, instead of costumes for their group to take part in an Abaco parade. I am not saying that we don't need do need their help to through workshops with our groups that teach us to perfect our craft and to be better builders with our costumes. But to have them to come and rush and bring costumes fully built, pasted and decorated is not fair at all to the other groups or the youth of Abaco. One of the main reasons the love of Junkanoo is dying in Abaco is because the youth and persons in Junkanoo groups have not been taught the creative arts of Junkanoo and encouraged to be excited about our cultural parade. Mr. Chairman if we don't stop the heavy import of Junkanoo costumes that come completed how will your kids that participate enjoy and appreciate Junkanoo as our culture. If this continues to happen Junkanoo in Abaco will become just like our cultural festival regatta. There is a whole lot of talent right here in Abaco that is not being developed and enhanced in Junkanoo and therefore they are being wasted. Mr. Chairmen, can you or your judges explain to me how can a costume that never changed on the second lap of the parade double the points? There is something to our group. Let us try to make the parade a truly Abaco Junkanoo parade displaying the sau, Freeport costume rush out.

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 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 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar More Central AbacoIsland Waves Cultural Center holds grand openingBy Canishka Alexander The grand opening for the Island to a good start on March 10 with a series of entertainers performing live onstage. As a supporter of the Support the Arts Move Island Waves founder, acknowledged the small but intimate group who had gathered to show their appreciation for the talent that is offered on the island. they express themselves, she explained. It was really good turnout, and Im happy with the group of people who came out. Stuart Limperes also pointed out sev eral food vendors who had set up booths to sell handcrafted items, art work, beverages and conch salad in support of the event. Her business partners include Shanishka stand where tasty conch fritters and coco nut water were available for sale; Cornelia Reckley with turnovers and pastries at Lovely Reckleys Lovelys Island Tings salad stand; and Ellen Sands, an employee Theresa Haynes and Cleopatra Light bourn of Abaco Food Processing Association were familiar faces among the vendors. Both women agreed that it was a good event, and Haynes added that the grand opening provided good exposure and offered another means of promoting the products that they make locally. Across from them were Ritchie Eyma and his wife Roshanne Minnis-Eyma, who are both artists. Their artwork captured colourful scenery and the expressive face of people that are commonly seen in Bahamian life. So far, Stuart Limperes has been able to provide piano, guitar, dance and voice lessons at the Island Waves center. A com munity garden as already been started banana plants. Soon, Stuart Limperes will be offering a tutoring program for students preparing for their national examinations. All in all, she is looking to unite Bahamians through the center. When she returned home in October of 2011 she taught music at Every Child Counts for a few months before giving herself a monthand-a-half deadline to organize the grand opening. There are a lot of things that can be done on this island, and its just about didnt mind doing it. When you really work hard and pursue what it is that you love to do, and you have a genuine passion for it, people get it and they jump on board because there are many people who are also pursuing that same thing. At the close of the grand-opening event, a poetry night and jam-out session were held at Island Waves. day Carnival was on Abaco and according response from locals has been great. The Carnival has become an annual tradition in become accustomed to the Carnivals annual novelty. The Carnival brought some of their Ray (Pirate Ship) and Flying Bobs. Becky noted they brought more kiddie rides this time which toddlers and little ones can ride on their own. They also introduced one hit. Ms. Hitchcock noted that were com ing in groups to enjoy the rides. Addition ally, they brought a game that you can win a prize every time. Other games include the water balloon race and the beer smash. Patrons can enjoy food such as pizza, cot ton candy, popcorn and food provided by soft drinks for kids and young adults. The one price to ride all you want is $15 and does not include admission. This price is also only good from Monday to Friday. Ms. Hitchcock wants patrons to remember that they must adhere to the weight and height stipulation of the rides. They have also sought the protection of the police and hired extra security to protect patrons cars and to keep persons safe as they walk through the parking lot. The carnival is open Monday to Friday 5 pm to 11 pm and on Saturday and Sundays from 3pm until. Admission for adults is $3.00 and $1.00 for children. Carnival returns to Abaco Like The Abaconian on Facebook for up to the minute news and special announcements.

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 South AbacoAfter-Shock lock down in Cherokee held a Lock Down on Friday, March 2 in the W. W. Sands Community Center with over two dozen young people between the ages of 10 and 17 participating. To some parents a Lock Down is a free babysitter, or, as it was described by one couple,a chance for a second honey moon. Whatever description you want to give it the kids love it. It is a chance for them to inter-act, meet new friends, play games and joke with each other, all while learning some life lessons on their own. Sheri and Andy Lowe, the adult lead ers of the group, respond and connect with this younger generation in a way that most cannot. They understand what these kids want and need, and part of that is a chance to let their hair down and have a good time with kids their own age. The Lock Down included inspira tional and fun movies, some competition between the two separate teams (one called Hopi and a second called Whapi), some games and lots of food. The kids started arriving at 7 pm on Friday evening and got very little sleep between then and when they woke up on Saturday morning around During past Lock Downs the teenag ers had a Treasure Hunt. This time they were challenged to build a shelter from nature as if they had been shipwrecked on a desert island. The kids had a good time and are all looking forward to the next Lock Down in Cherokee.Community rallies to repair theLong Dock once again Cherokees famous Long Dock, the longest wooden dock in The Bahamas at 770 feet, has once again been restored to all its grandeur after nearly complete devastation by Hurricane Irene in August of 2011. This is the sixth rebuilding of the dock since being knocked down and blocked off then local Board of Works for being too dangerous and in disrepair. Once again the work is being done by local volunteers. This was also the sec ond time the bridge creek was lost in that time period to passing hurricanes. Usually, pieces and parts of the decking have been located nearby or along the southern shoreline and found salvageable along with new lumber to replace lost sections. After Hurricane Irene the entire bridge washed into the nearby mangrove but was close enough to put back in place within a very short time. However, the Long Dock itself suffered quite extensive damage and has not been in a stable enough condition for use by the local boaters or swimmers since then. In addition, the wooden wheelchair walkway leading to the new pavilion and picnic area, or Hut, was also washed away with the surging waters, high tides and rage of the hurricane. It has since been retrieved and replaced. Once the Bridge was replaced the Hut became a favourite spot for beachcombers and walkers to rest and enjoy the beautiful view and observe the restoration work being done. Of course, nothing gets done in Cherokee without the help and donations of our second-home owners, local family and many friends, and the rebuilding of the Long Dock is no exception. We thank them all. The rebuilding takes uncounted hours of back-breaking labour. But it is a labour of love. The community wants to thank those who were involved. Our Long Dock draws people from many places on Abaco as well as from abroad. Visitors who return to the little settlement will be happy to see the dock is back. Unmarked boat found abandoned

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Chris Thompson Real Estate Service you deserve. People you can trust. Guana Cay Darvin Curry Paradise4B/3B House & 2B/1B Guest House on high dune between Atlantic Ocean & Sea of Abaco. 435' beach frontage on ocean & 200' on the bay.$5.6 MAerial w/insertFinders Keepers 3B/3B Immaculate home stocked w/amenities includes two private dock slips. Great Views! $1.195M Las BrisasMarnies Marnie's Landing Private Marina, Gated, 5 Lots left $590K+ Marnies Landing GREAT VALUE 100+ acres situated at entrance of world famous Treasure Cay Resort, overlooking historic Green Turtle Cay with 1500 of waterfront! $3.9M Thurston BayDouble Beach Lots"Second Chance" 2 Bed/1 Bath Guana Cay $250K Second ChanceBill Dillon New Name35,000+ square feet 143' Oceanfront North of Tahiti Beach $997,500 Barefoot Breezes9 acres Sea to Sea Estate, 649' of sandy Beach, 625' of Sea of Abaco Bayfront, Peaceful & private. 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 More South & Central The CaysSAFA farmers attend emergency meeting An emergency farmers meeting was called for members of the South Abaco Farmers Association on March 15 at Cen tral Abaco Primary School (CAPS). Ac cording to Shanishka Bain, SAFAs director of Public Relations, elections for the new board of directors took place on are excited about the possibilities of 2012, and are eager to implement training and infrastructure projects under the leadership of the associations new president, Leslie Thompson. During the meeting, information was given on land clearance, lime trees from Andros that would be distributed among the farmers, a tomatoes-and-limes workshop and the upcoming All Abaco Agricul tural, Marine Resources and Agribusiness Exposition. We called an emergency meeting to inform them that its time for land clear we know ahead of time, we want to let their land cleaned, and the Dept. of Agriculture would match whatever time that you have, Thompson explained. If you paid for two hours, they would match the two hours. As for their plans this year, Thompson said they will work together as a association, and also training for farmers on planting and harvesting their crops. He said that once they continue to move quickly, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has pledged to assist them. Everyone is working together hand in hand, and they all seem to be very moti vated, Thompson observed. There was a large gathering of farmers who attended the meeting, and he said it was an indication of the excitement felt among the farmers because they are involved in whats going on and are able to share their input. Farmers were reminded that $20 membership dues must be paid every month, and registration for new members is $15. The next meeting is scheduled for April 5 at CAPS. Whale shark spotted off the back of Hope Town ocean and very rare for this part of the world, was seen by several locals boating on the ocean side of Elbow Cay. Zach PinJohnson were the lucky spotters who photographed the animal. It was about 25ft long and seemed rather curious, recalled Ms. Borsz, a teacher at Forest Heights Academy in Marsh Harbour, it was hanging around for a while so we touched it! Mr. Pinder, a mechanic by trade, speculated that it enjoyed the warm water that was coming out of their outboard enand came so close to the boat that they were able to pet the leviathan. a gentle giant. Though reports of whale sharks have been made around Crooked Island, records of the species in Abaco are hard to come by. Perhaps Mr. Pinder and If you have any information otherwise, or have interesting encounters of your own, please contact The Abaconian at us in your photos. Authorities have revealed that arson Barber Shop across the road from Abaco Central High School in the early morning hours of March 27. the owner was away at the time of the inci dent. A witness in the area said they heard a vehicle pass the area followed by an exMarsh Harbour Volunteer Fire & Rescue was called to the scene and by the time they arrived the building was already fully engaged. The police suspect arson and the investigation is ongoing.Murphy Town Barber Shop Burns Down Email your photos and stories to abaconiannews@gmail.com

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 The Cays Continued Tom Hazel receives GTC community supports school A crowd of people arrived at the grounds of Amy Roberts Primary School raising event aimed at collecting money to systems had been donated to the school and dents that the PTA decided to try to obtain ing the school. Turtle Cay, and beyond, came together to attend the function and to donate money, items and time. It was a family event with entertainment for children and adults. There was food galore from conch fritters to fried chicken, macaroni and cheese to guava duff, among other goodies. The many games included the ever popular bouncing castle that not only provided fun for the kids but also served as a shelter when the threatening cloud that When they dared to leave the bleach ers set under the huge almond tree that shaded the school yard, parents and visitors participated in the cake walk in the hope of going home with one of the homebaked cakes donated by parents. They could also visit the basketball court where local artists displayed their crafts and buy locally made straw bags, shell crafts, jewelry and pine needle baskets. A fundraising would not be complete busy selling tickets, so many people stayed until the end of the day in spite of the rain popular prizes such as a trip on Silver Airlines, BahamasAir or IBC Travel; a picknick on Man Jack with Lincoln Jones Pic nic, a weekend in Treasure Cay with golf cart or two nights stay in Florida at Best Western. According to the organizers it was a very successful event. They were pleased with the attendance and the money they collected. Hope Town community center meetingOn March 23 some members of the Hope Town community gathered in the St. James Methodist Church to discuss the planning and construction of a community necessary funds and where to build it, have long tempered the progress of the project. However, recent developments addressing these issues have brought the community the donation of land by the Methodist vided by Mr. Rudy Verspoor has allowed for a realistic dialogue to take place. Paul Thompson, president of the Hope Town Community Center Commit tee, opened the meeting by welcoming the crowd and explaining the purpose of said, and the committee was looking for feedback from the entire community. The land was donated by the Meth odist Church, he explained, and it is the property where the Mission House is locat ed in the middle of town. Mr. Thompson also explained that substantial seed money would be provided by Mr. Verspoor in memory of his late wife, Patty Verspoor. Mr. Thompson reiterated that the plans presented were conceptual and adjustable. He also committed to thoroughly planning the project so as not to leave it partially completed. Mr. Verspoor was asked to address the crowd. Im not prone to visions, he said referring to the idea behind the com munity center, but Pattys death got me thinking how to best commemorate her life. He continued on about his love for Hope Town and how quickly they were converted from tourists to active commu nity members. He and the committee knew, he said, that the entire project had to be endorsed by the community or else it would not work. He joked that this may be the First thing for Hope Town that nobody opposes, referring to Elbow Cays dynamic history of independence, self-starters and passionate ly opinionated townsfolk. He proposed a $50,000 initial grant from himself, followed by an additional $50,000 matching grant. From this point he explained fundraisers and private donations would have to make up the rest. Michael Myers, architect, was then asked to present his concept. Finding the right property, said Mr. Myers, was the center of town. He continued on to Please see Center Page 17

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Honesty and Quality You Can Count On242-357-6532 Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More... Contact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtma rine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 described the dimensions and walk through the sketches. The building will be seventy feet by forty and built forty feet back from the crest of the dune. He described the Oceans ide view this would allow. The building would feature a deck, walkways, vented windows, an extended stage and a cathe dral-style ceiling. The building would total square feet below the deck and building. After the unveiling of the plans Mr. explained the current concept would cost each month. The vision would be that the center would be self-funding by hosting events and fundraisers. He also said that since this would be built on church land no alcohol sales or consumption would be vember 1 of this year. tions. The audience inquired about hurricane insurance, considering the centers proposed ocean-side location, and learned that it was not included in the costs as it was too expensive. Concerns were raised alcohol sales it would be impossible to raise the amount of money necessary. Oth ers in the audience rebutted this statement, asserting that it would not only be possible, but it would set a precedent the commu nitys children could admire. There were questions about the loca tion, size and cost of the building. Some disagreed with what they perceived as unnecessary complications surrounding the size and ocean-side location. One person suggested allowing community members to write in their questions for consideration. It was suggested by one audience member to reconsider the actual purpose of the center and build it to that purpose, making most of the issues raised unneces sary. The next meeting concerning the Hope Town community center is slated for the end of April.Center From Page 13 Fowl Cays established as national parkBy Timothy Roberts The Bahamas has added one more national park to its list of nearly 30 with the Environment Minister Earl Deveaux announced March 12. The monu mental event which was announced at sau included the expansion of two existing national Park and the Andros Park. In October sion of The 50th Trust, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham announced his intention to expand the national parks system of The Bahamas, Mr. Deveaux said. He said I am honored to announce tional Park, a new national park for Abaco between Scotland Cay and Man o War Cay; the expansion of the Conception Isof Andros. He noted that the Abaco Islands in the BNT trains law Marine Protected Areas Areas (MPAs) at the Ministry of Tourisms Abaco Training Center. In attendance were Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Customs Department along with centered around introductions and house keeping matters, which then trickled down As they began to move into the heart an MPA is, their purpose, the habitats and resources found in these areas and the benlocal MPA. with a talk on enforcement as he outlined the Bylaws of the Land and Sea Park. The document educated the participants on what is and what is not allowed to take place in protected areas. During her presentation, Lakeshia Anderson, parks planner, addressed the Fisheries Legislation of The Bahamas. Ac cording to this particular document, regulations are put in place to ensure the conresources found in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of The Bahamas. The legislation determines the type its and closed season for certain species, as well as the prohibition of harvesting of them. In the last two to three years there have been amendments to the regulations on sharks and marine turtles. Anderson also touched on the regulations relating to residents and what is required from them. their knowledge of MPAs, and then Lindy in their endeavours to protect their parks. co-patrolling and information training. unteer deputy park wardens would be appointed and be able assist them further. The following day, the group met at the Crossing Beach and was taken to the center of the Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park for a dive. The area spanned an im pressive 2,100 acres. This is the crown jewel of the Peli coral cover and some good diversity, so you will see a lot of corals you wouldnt normally see outside of protected areas and in reasonable health. Upon completion of the tour of the it had been a useful dive and was hopeful that it is only the beginning of an expansion of their partnerships that already exist. ally build a partnership, so that when the northern Bahamas boast six national parks marine charts as a protected area. Local people recognized that the area was special and it has long been a popular recreational site. reached from most central Abaco Cays and settlements. The park has steadily become attractive to scuba divers and is extremely popular area for local boating and snorkel spots in untouched water are renowned. These parks are created to enhance and expand the way of life for all Bahamians. We invite you to use, see and enjoy them wisely, said Deveaux. Eric Carey, Executive Direc tor of the Bahamas ment of The Baha mas again showed ership today. The creation of these parks demonstrates the value of partnerships to conservation. tures Hope in South Andros, Andros Mr. Carey said that The Bahamas, like many other countries, is committed to protecting 20% of the marine environ ment. Today with these new parks, The Bahamas made a giant step towards mak ing this a reality. to create this volunteer warden force, we would have the support of our partners to properly.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery Licensed Boat Captain Available for: Tenth annual Writers Read held in Hope Town The tenth annual Writers Read, head lined by the Hope Town Writers Circle reigning diva, Adelaide Cummings, was held at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, lar event was well attended by local resi dents and visitors, with a full house each evening. Announcer Janet Reingold introduced ers Circle who presented varied offerings, included Circle exercises, family memoirs, prose and poetry. The special guest reader was Summer Primary School. Summer recently won the Primary Division, Commonwealth of the Bahamas Poetry Contest, following which award and read her winning poem, The Field of Words. On the closing evening, Tom Hazel, Harbour Lodge manager, surprised Adelaide with a re-creation of the cover from her newest book, Encore, due out in mid-April. Dressed appropriately, Summer The Cays Continuedpresented Mrs. Cummings with a bouquet held by the ballerina on the books cover. The Writers Read has become one of the highlights of Hope Towns winter sea son. It is produced by the Writers Circle, which meets each Thursday morning from 10 to noon at the Hope Town Sailing Club. The forty-six members reside on land and and range in age from 17 to Adelaide. Anyone who writes, and who would like to share and learn, is encouraged to attend. Scam artist computer techs targeting Abaco Tech support scammers have moved operations into The Bahamas, targeting Abaco residents with cold calls imperson ating employees of software or internet service providers. Cold calling scams have been a common annoyance throughout the world for years, however recently the technique is being used in Abaco to breech the security of many residents computers. Typically the caller impersonates an Microsoft themselves and attempts to trick their victim into buying questionable anti-virus programs or PC optimization software. Their tactics include the use of Microsofts Event Viewer, a legitimate piece of software included in Microsoft products that lists various errors and com mon issues within a system; it is common for errors to be present in this case. However, to a person who is not technically inclined this box can seem a nightmare. By listing off thousands of simple errors as viruses and malware, the caller can then convince the victim to allow control of their computer to be given this so called the victim is opening their computer up to misuse and possible theft of important passwords and information. The caller will then instruct you to download free software and ask for personal information in order to identify your computer. Within a matter of moments a formerly clean and safe computer is now riddled with viruses and can be used remotely by a hacker to attack other com puters. To add insult to injury many of these callers will ask for your credit card information so they may sell you the software to clean your computer of the viruses they had just put on it. Fortunately, software companies rarely if ever contact their clients by phone about a technical support issue, so if an unsolicited call comes through claiming to be an employee of one of these companies you can take it as a good indication of a scam. If someone does call and asks any computer related questions you are unsure about, call a trusted IT professional such for any advice or concerns you might have. Tech SupportBrought to you by: Science & Tech

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 The Abaco Scientist is a website dedi conversation about Abaco and The Baha mas. Several respected scientists contrib ute to its published content and upkeep. The Abaconian decided to contact the websites manager, Dr. Craig Layman, to learn more. -Who started the website and who contributes?-Dr. Craig Layman, Marine Ecologist from Florida International University, in conjunc tion with our local partner Friends of the Environment. Currently we are building the group of contributing scientists, with the vision of -What is the purpose of The Abaco Scientist?-My goal for the site is to become a "one-stop" source for all things science in The Bahamas. There are dozens of world class research programs centered in The Bahamas, but the research information is spread among numerous publications, websites and other sources. The goal is look when they have a question or other -Do you see young people be coming more involved in their is land's ecology and research?-I am hoping the site becomes one mechanism by which students learn more about the country's environment, and have a route to become more involved. By link ing to Facebook (and eventually Twitter), I hope to provide a more "modern" way that students can access the amazing research that is being conducted. -There have been a number of discoveries and exciting science hap-The Abaco Scientist aims to promote discovery, education and science in Abacopen on Abaco (Blue Holes, Croco diles, Mangrove restoration) what have you found to be the most excit ing or intriguing?I think the blue hole fossils are the ally, the caves associated with blue holes are just fascinating. From an ecological standpoint, I am amazed by Rocky Point (the tip of the island near Sandy Point). I have made a couple of posts on it on the just phenomenal. -What is the most pressing issue impacting Abaco today that is being studied and discussed on The Abaco Scientist?-The most pressing issue is clearly development especially major resorts and everything associated with that. The Bakers Bay controversy is only the latest example, but there will be one develop ment after another, and each poses its own challenges and issues.-Closing thoughts?-Overall, I just want the site to be a central source for all Bahamians; any time someone has a question about science, I navigate to the topics they are interested in. A cool side note the main paper search engine in academia is called Web of Science. If you input the keyword "Bais intended to get this information out to the public. encourages our readers to visit The Abaco Scientist and learn more about our incredible islands. Visit the Abaco Sicentist at I am amazed by Rocky Point. ... The number of there is just phenomenal. Parrot presentation in Treasure Cay In a talk organized by the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association line Stahala M.S., researcher studying the Abaco parrot, talked about Abacos parks and conservation efforts at Treasure Cay Carey, told the group about the recent expansion of the national parks in The Baha mas, including the Fowl Cay Park in Aba co. There are six national parks in Abaco from near Walkers Cay in the north to Hole-in-the-Wall in the south. He said that while they are a nongovernment organization charged with the task of managing the national parks of The Bahamas they also invest in research, such as the research being done by Ms. Stahala. Ms. Stahala told the audience that though the Abaco population now stands at about 3000, Bahama Parrots were histori cally found on several islands throughout The Bahamas but today can only be found on Abaco and Inagua with a small group cent years. The last group outside these islands was wiped out in Acklins in the Ms. Stahala is currently studying the social behavior and importance of group size of the Bahama Parrot as well as working on means of protecting parrots and their nests from predation. She will also be updating the population count in a few months. progress made both in research and in the development of the parks in The Bahamas and she looks forward to promoting tourism in the parks. infrastructure in the parks to attract visi tors and wildlife drives and would like to see the Coppice area, home to a variety of birds, become a protected area. Cay Events put on seven events each year with accents on cultural and educa tional topics that promote community fel lowship. Committee member Dewey Chase they have had many kinds of presentations from a concert pianist to the woman who climbed Mount Everest. Science & Tech

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Sales T eam 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 AssociationW e Exceed Client Expect ations! .abacoestateservices.comAPR. 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. $2,200,000. 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 beach condo, 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. "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. "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. 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. Camelot Windward Beach #1699 Inspiring 3 bed, 3 bath, 2,600 s/f turn-key furnished beach home on 19,000 s/f parcel with 101 sandy beach frontage. R efurbished in 2000. Well Maintained, Includes 2003 Suzuki vehicle $1,299,000. 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 bed, 3 bath, 1,800 sq. ft. furnished home on 27,908 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront parcel with 153 of bulkheaded seawall & dock. $1,308,000. 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. $299,000. "Dolphin Watch" -Galleon Bay # 1534 3 bed, 3.5 bath furnished home (including 2 bed, 2 bath guest cottage). 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Well maintained, overlooks Brigantine Bay, includes private dock & boat slip. $295,000. Beach Villa 527-#1852, Charmimg 2 bed, 2 bath furnished, near pool/beach, shopping $199,000. 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. 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. 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.UNDER CONTRACT 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. Atlantis Condo # 2203 # 1000 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level, 1,000 s/f furnished waterfront unit, includes fully serviced boat slip & golf cart garage. Overlooks Brigantine Bay, Optional Boat Lift. Near beach. $464,000. Atlantis Condo # 2202 # 987 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level furnished canalfront unit, w/ boat slip, boat lift, golf cart, garage. "Turn-Key", Near beach. $485,000. Our Paradise Place Cottages 6 -# 2049 4 Bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 2,900 s/f under roof beachfront residence. Turn-key furnished. Excellent condition. Includes golf cart. $949,000.HousesCarleton 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.CondosBahama Beach Club # 2025 #2057 3 bed, 3 bath ground level condo, 1,650 sq. ft. living space, tastefully decorated and furnished, well maintained. Great sea and pool views. Enjoys excellent rental income. $599,000. Royal Poinciana # 2512 #2060 3 bed, 3 bath, 2nd level furnished beachfront condo, includes loft, on site pool & tennis court. Great sea views, excellent rental income potential. $449,000.NEW LISTINGRoyal Palm # 2477 # 2052 3 bed, 3 bath, upper level 1,264 s/f tastefully furnished end unit condo. Includes 2 extra large private boat slips. Great water views. $399,000. NEW LISTINGBeach Villa # 715 # 2072 2 bed, 2 bath, 950 s/f turn-key furnished beachfront villa. Well maintained, excellent vacation rental income potential. $499,000. UNDER CONTRACTR E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D # 2084 Thompson Beach Cottage 3 bed, 2 bath turnkey furnished beachfront home on Windward Beach. 19,000 s/f parcel with 103 sandy beach frontage. Spectacular sea views $1,150,000. #2073 Best Priced Condo # 1211 1 bed, 1 bath, 462 s/f ground level furnished harbourfront condo. Great harbour views. $149,000. Mariners Cove Condominiums#1181 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour front condo, tastefully refurbished $559,000. # 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. #985 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level harbourfront end unit. Refurbished in 2000 $249,950. #655 2 bed, 1 bath condo with marina view $249,000. #1942 1 bed, 1 bath, 450 s/f 2nd level furnished unit overlooking community pool. $199,000. #959 2 bed, 1 bath furnished 2 level condo overlooking marina, includes garage. $189,000. #1805 2 bed, 1.5 bath, 800 s/f, 2 level harbourside condo, tastefully furnished/decorated, well maintained. $ 179,000.NEW LISTINGCarrollville #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. NEW LISTING

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 Sales T eam 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 AssociationW e Exceed Client Expect ations! .abacoestateservices.comAPR. 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. $2,200,000. 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 beach condo, 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. "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. "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. 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. Camelot Windward Beach #1699 Inspiring 3 bed, 3 bath, 2,600 s/f turn-key furnished beach home on 19,000 s/f parcel with 101 sandy beach frontage. R efurbished in 2000. Well Maintained, Includes 2003 Suzuki vehicle $1,299,000. 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 CAYMembersRising 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 bed, 3 bath, 1,800 sq. ft. furnished home on 27,908 s/f Sea of Abaco waterfront parcel with 153 of bulkheaded seawall & dock. $1,308,000. 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. $299,000. "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. 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 $499,000. 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 $329,000. 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. 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. 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. $365,000. 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. 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. $595,000. Beach Villa 607 # 1982 2 bed, 2 bath, 900 s/f villa, furnished near beach, pool, shops & marina. $249,000. 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 # 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. $295,000. Beach Villa 527-#1852, Charmimg 2 bed, 2 bath furnished, near pool/beach, shopping $199,000. 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. 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. 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.UNDER CONTRACT 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. Atlantis Condo # 2203 # 1000 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level, 1,000 s/f furnished waterfront unit, includes fully serviced boat slip & golf cart garage. Overlooks Brigantine Bay, Optional Boat Lift. Near beach. $464,000. Atlantis Condo # 2202 # 987 2 bed, 2 bath, 2nd level furnished canalfront unit, w/ boat slip, boat lift, golf cart, garage. "Turn-Key", Near beach. $485,000. Our Paradise Place Cottages 6 -# 2049 4 Bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 2,900 s/f under roof beachfront residence. Turn-key furnished. Excellent condition. Includes golf cart. $949,000.HousesCarleton 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.CondosBahama Beach Club # 2025 #2057 3 bed, 3 bath ground level condo, 1,650 sq. ft. living space, tastefully decorated and furnished, well maintained. Great sea and pool views. Enjoys excellent rental income. $599,000. Royal Poinciana # 2512 #2060 3 bed, 3 bath, 2nd level furnished beachfront condo, includes loft, on site pool & tennis court. Great sea views, excellent rental income potential. $449,000.NEW LISTINGRoyal Palm # 2477 # 2052 3 bed, 3 bath, upper level 1,264 s/f tastefully furnished end unit condo. Includes 2 extra large private boat slips. Great water views. $399,000. NEW LISTINGBeach Villa # 715 # 2072 2 bed, 2 bath, 950 s/f turn-key furnished beachfront villa. Well maintained, excellent vacation rental income potential. $499,000. UNDER CONTRACTR E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D R E D U C E D # 2084 Thompson Beach Cottage 3 bed, 2 bath turnkey furnished beachfront home on Windward Beach. 19,000 s/f parcel with 103 sandy beach frontage. Spectacular sea views $1,150,000. #2073 Best Priced Condo # 1211 1 bed, 1 bath, 462 s/f ground level furnished harbourfront condo. Great harbour views. $149,000. Mariners Cove Condominiums#1181 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 level, 1,650 s/f furnished harbour front condo, tastefully refurbished $559,000. # 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. #985 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 level harbourfront end unit. Refurbished in 2000 $249,950. #655 2 bed, 1 bath condo with marina view $249,000. #1942 1 bed, 1 bath, 450 s/f 2nd level furnished unit overlooking community pool. $199,000. #959 2 bed, 1 bath furnished 2 level condo overlooking marina, includes garage. $189,000. #1805 2 bed, 1.5 bath, 800 s/f, 2 level harbourside condo, tastefully furnished/decorated, well maintained. $ 179,000.NEW LISTINGCarrollville #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. NEW LISTING

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m ICE RENTAL BIKES Remembering Family and FriendsFuneral Service for Remilus Alti dor, 71, affec tionately called "Booka" of Marsh Harbour Abaco, and formerly of Haiti who a.m. at Trumpet Assembly Dundas Town and interment will follow in Central Pines Cemetery Marsh Harbour Abaco. His memories will be greatly cherMariann Senor, Yozile Cliquot, Daniella nel, Harold, Edward, Harold and Ronald Altidor, Emmanuel, Joel and Steve Senor Julien Riche and Don Cornish; daughterD'Andre Vilmar, Demetrius, Denzel and Paul, Portia, Shamara, Leah and Fabiola a devoted friend and care-taker, Sylvia Benito, Chineque and Sofoni Saintil, Isna Alcinord, Jules Dalmond, Aloude Dumercy, Andre Jacobs, Ellen Petit, the Vilmar family, Japhet, Benchere, the Demosthene family, the Swain family, the Mills fam ily, the entire Pigeon Peas, Marsh harbour, Dundas Town, The Trumpet Asfamily and The Church Of Christ family Madeline Pierre, Dr. Bonaby and Princess Margaret Hospital family, along with other friends and family who were blessed to have known him. Funeral Service for Por dent of Queens Cove, Freeport and formerly of Crown Haven, Abaco will be held on SaturAnnes Anglican Church, Crown Haven, Crown Haven Public Cemetery. Left to cherish her memories are her Xavier Pinder and Lashonna Taylor; son William Pinder Jr. (B.J.) father Hermis Edwin Pinder, William, Joseph and Jef frey Pinder, Evangelist Ricardo Ingraham, Min. Oliver McIntosh, Deacon Stanley Patrica Thomas, Min. Alma Pinder, CynLinda Ingraham, Jackie and Edith Pinder McIntosh, Elvin Russell, Wellington Bain, Wellington Pritchard, Rev. Hayward, Arnold Thomas, Henry and Jerry Russell, Ralph Russell, Maxwell Roberts, Sidney leb Lightbourne, Bill Russell, Carey Russell, Wellington Sears and Chris Munroe; Monica Russell, Margarita Roberts, Sandra Munroe, Arementha Curry, Barbra McIntosh, Christine, Bethsheba Pritchard, Rachel McIntosh, Roslyn Campbell, Dolly Parker, Althea Lightbourne, Min. Mildred Thomas, Jennymae Russell, Sherryl Russell, Pricilla McIntosh and Agatha Russell Louise Lewis and Lottie Russell and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Yager Funeral Home & Crematorium, Queens Highway on Thursday until service time on Saturday. Clifford Marsh Harbour was called home March services were held March 17th in Marsh ated and was assisted by Pastor Ted Pearce, Pastor Dave Lowe and Pastor Derek Benja min. He is survived by his three daughters Cash. One son Raymond Sands. Three sonCliff Cash. Two granddaughters Priscilla Pinder, RayShell Sands. Six grandsons ing, Harrison Albury Cameron Albury and RJ Sands. One grandson-in-law Peter Pinder. Three granddaughters-in-law Judy Five great granddaughters Celena RusBrynley Sweeting. Two great grandsons Sands, Phyllis Sands, Patricia Albury and Jackie Albury. Three nephews Bernice Sawyer, Troy Sands and Monty Roberts. One niece Celeste Sweeting. Other fam man Sands, William (Billy) Sands, Laurel Phyllis Cornea, Roger and Laurel Pinder, Dr. B Swarna and Dr. S Swarna.Clifford years, two children Raymond and Joanna, one sister Olive Smith One sister-in-law Elizabeth Roberts and two brother-in-laws Colin Reese and Albert Albury. I love you Ma Riah William Alvin Thorndycraft25 December 1938 9 April 2010 Deeply missed by his wife, their family and friends With AppreciationA special and sincere thanks to: My incredibly strong daughter Priscilla and her husband Peter, my son Brent, sister Nancy, her Husband Cliff, and my husband Herbert for all the support and Love they showed daddy over the past few years. Words cannot express my gratitude for everything you Did to make sure dad received the best care possible. Your compassion and help has made this road a bit easier. You are truly appreciated. Love Minnie

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 and oors installed Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site: 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 Time catches up with us all and with each passing year there are new chal lenges we all must face. Often we think about heart disease, cancer and we are also afraid of having a stroke. What many people do not think about is their longev ity and what could happen when you live a long life. Alzheimer's and dementia can happen as you get much older. It might sound crazy but having a long life, which is what we all pray for, has its own set of challenges. I have had to deal with many patients recently who have serious memory loss. What family members often fail to recognize is what can happen to your fam ily members when they start to lose their memory. Simple things like making their own meals can be a challenge or they may forget to eat or they may leave the cook top on after making something which can the neighborhood can lead to disorienta tion and getting lost which can be a terrifying experience. The elderly can often forget to take their medicine or take it too often lead ing to serious health consequences. Often the elderly do not want to lose their inde pendence and they can be very stubborn. Their children tend to give into their demands to be left alone after all it is not in our nature to order our parents around. The problem is that we need to recognize our parents failing mental status and act accordingly; it is in their best interest. all need to plan for the time, if it comes, where our parents need our help. The last thing any of us want is to have an accident Longevity and dealing with the problems of agingSponging industry prepped for revivalThe Bahamas Commercial Fishing Alliance (BCFA) has plans to revitalize the sponging industry in The Bahamas. Working alongside the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), able industry. practically eliminated due to widespread disease, shows promise once again. With a potential $1 million loan from the IDB, the BCFA and BAIC appear to be serious about jump starting the industry. Currently, Bahamian spongers may be selling their product way under value and research is being done by the BCFA to determine Changes will have to be made to the practice of sponging if it is to be sustain able. Using a cutting tool and leaving the root in place will allow for future harvests. It takes approximately nine to twelve months for the sponge to grow back from its root. Current methods include removal of whole sponges which does not guarantee a new sponge will take its place. Businesswhich ends our loved ones life especially if it is an accident which could have been avoided. tion may be or how many times you are shut down by your parents please be persistent and make plans for them. These plans may make all of your lives easier, safer and more peaceful in the end. Abaco Beach Resort, which is translating into promising numbers for the islands bottom line, according to the resorts Director of Reservation and Leisure Sales rest of 2012 will be extremely positive, despite last years dip in numbers. He noted that group bookings is just one area thats picking up, as there tournaments and other events next month. ing tournaments scheduled as well for this year, which is really good, he said. conference in February. We have a medical conference in April. We have a big group coming out ing to be hosting the Custom Shootout, a provide a lot of excitement here at the property, he shared. He admitted that business last year had dipped to its lowest level as a result of the global economic recession. year in July, there has been steady growth. He believes that most properties on the ments. ton believes that Abaco has been able to fare well in comparison to other Baha mian destinations, because Abaconians are proud and strong in preserving their cultural heritage. It is an awesome experience and thats because of these surrounding cays. When you look at the Marsh Harbour area to have the ability to go to Hope Town or tions in The Bahamas that are going to offer you that type of experience. He continued, You could be staying in Marsh Harbour and go to Elbow Cay for the day and come back. Each of these islands has its own characteristics that offer unique Bahamian charm, he added. tion of a new airport terminal in Marsh that island, are welcomed additions to the island. Once these projects are com indelible impression on guests coming into Abaco. Right now, you hear constant com plaints about the airport. When you look at the number of visitors that come to the island, it doesnt make sense to have an airport where people basically sit outside after checking in in all types of weather, Travel should be an enjoyable experience and the airport is really the living room of your country. So if you make your living room extremely comfortable and nice, then you are going to be looking at a very satisfying guest experience. He continued, Its time that we rein the Abacos. Vacationing here is not cheap, especially the room rates. It is probably one of the priciest places that you can come to from the Caribbean region, from an airlines standpoint. Its going to go a long way in customer satisfaction. Another bone of contention for visi tors and residents alike has been the acces sibility to affordable healthcare. One of the major complaints and fears that any visitor would have, includ ing second home owners, is what if I get sick. Abaco in particular gets a lot of It is at that age where you can begin to experience most of your health concerns, Occupancy up 60 percent at Abaco Beach Resort

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 BusinessEntrepreneur WatchKKs Cupcakes home-based catering business that makes mini-cakes. It was started in October 2011. she came from a family of bakers. Her York bakes too. Her mom used to bake but now leaves that to her. She stated that she has baking in her genes. started baking and loved it. She started baking the box cake but found that she did not like how the cakes always tasted the same. So two years ago she started baking from scratch and fell in love with making minicakes. She is a self-taught baker and named She bakes a variety of cupcakes and treats including red velvet cupcakes, blue velvet cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, chocolate vodka raspberry cupcakes, banana cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, brownie cupcakes and cheesecake cupcakes. Treats include cookies, banana bread and cinnamon buns. Her business is located in Coopers Town but Clear Shots Videos Michel Mitch Filf-Aime owns Abacos newest videography business. He started his services in mid-February and is quickly about the quality of his services. Mitch is no stranger to the recording busi ness as he started out editing videos and noticed that not many persons were in the recording business. So, he decided to start his own. He provides videography services for weddings, parties, concerts, special events, music videos and recordings for gradua tions. He works by appointment and his services are available seven days a week. she does deliver. Her cupcakes range from $15 to $30 per dozen and she can provide a cupcake stand if needed. Shes hoping to expand soon but at ple of months she will be applying for the governments Self-Starter grant so that she can establish herself in Marsh Harbour. (HD) which makes his quality stand out from the rest. Even though his business is still young, he can boost of having recorded the junior and senior Junkanoo parades, the Horizon Academy School. He has many weddings and private events coming up so encourages interested persons to book in advance. For those persons who need recording done at the last minute, they can also give Clear Shots live.com.New Livery Car Service Willie Albury is the owner of a Livery Car Service, which predominantly operates out of the Marsh Harbour Interna tional Airport. Recently, Albury was able after he purchased a new vehicle and was allowed to bring it on the island duty free. Albury bought a brand new 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, and with the governments exemption, he saved approximately $50,000. He said the process was as sim ple as him traveling to the United States to purchase the vehicle, and then he traveled Finally, after a broker had made up the entry for him to take to the Bahamas Customs Department, he was able to drive off in the vehicle. The vehicle came fully equipped with key features like the vision camera that al lows him to see certain stationary objects behind him while traveling in reverse at low speeds, and also the side blind zone alert, which helps him with seeing objects are in his blind spot. Albury said he was happy to be able to improve on the quality of the vehicle he owned as the community grows and the infrastructure improves. He described the Suburban as the best you can drive in, and several visi hire service. With the Livery Plate, Albury with the business he receives when called on for his specialty car service. I picked up a couple of passengers, and they were amazed to see the type of vehicle for them to travel in to go to the airport, Albury said.

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 25 CarQuest to Expand to Freeport Stephen Albury, proprietor of CarQuest in Dundas Town, Abaco, plans to invest over $1 million to expand his auto parts business and open a distribution hub in Freeport before the end of 2012. out what is needed here, and when he goes to Freeport he will do the same thing so he will know what is needed in parts. the property and are now talking with the Port Authority as well as taking a group CarQuest Auto Parts is an interna tional retail chain with more than 3,000 bean region. The new Abaco outlet is said complete inventory of parts and services, including sourcing of non-stocking parts from a full network of suppliers. Mr. Albury said that Freeport will become the distribution center for the Bahamas because of the bonded issue. Car year the average car being shipped to the country is ten plus years old. Mr. Albury said expanding to Freeport allows the luxury of stocking more inventory with no additional capital. He said the company's pricing would likely set a new benchmark in the Bahamian market. Regarding his recently-opened Abaco store, Mr. Albury said that business at his recently opened Abaco store was up about 25 per cent in February compared to Janu ary and he expects that to continue until year's end. "We expect that single and double digit growth until we get to about the end of the year, and then I think we will plateau a bit." Mr. Albury said that just under $750,000 was invested in the Abaco outlet, with four additional employees being added to its 12-member staff. Further BusinessFood processing workshops offered by BAIC By Canishka Alexander The Tomatoes and Limes Workshop, High School, was organized by the Baha mas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC). Tonjia Burrows and Donna Burrows, assistant manager of BAICs Food Processing Unit, explained that they had questioned persons living on sev eral islands about excess produce that led to the most wastage. Among the items list ed were tomatoes, onions, hairy mangoes and limes. Their products dont have to sit somewhere and waste because there are things that you can do with them before they get to the spoilers area. You can process them, and make many products out of them and add value to them, Burrows pointed out. Jamaican food processing expert attached to BAIC, said they taught participants how to make ketchup, spicy tomato jam, pizza sauce and tomato beverages as well as can died lime peels and fresh and frozen lime juice. Included in the workshop was a presentation on the equipment used for testing in order to meet industry standards, and then there was a sanitation presentation to Abaco can grow weddings industry Jennifer Hudson. A wedding symposium, organized by the Abaco Ministry of Tourism, and coordinated by Ms. Michele Mikula, was held Below Decks at the Abaco Beach Renumber of Abacos wedding planners and vendors took the opportunity to attend this were all presidents of various Bridal Associations who are extremely experienced in all aspects of planning a wedding and whose goal for the seminar was to educate Abacos wedding consultants to bring the very best standards to weddings on Abaco and make it the best destination in the Caribbean. Ava Burke-Thompson, Senior Man ager of Weddings and Honeymoons with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, wel of The Bahamas Bridal Association, who gave an overview of the association and stated that the Bahamas Bridal Association is a catalyst in the wedding industry. We believe that if we are to be the best in wedding destinations we must promise quality of service at the highest short overview of the wedding program begun in the Bahamas many years ago by wedding which began the tourism wedding to the growth in the number of weddings it was decided to outsource to private coordinators. Wedding coordinators present were invited to join the Bahamas Bridal Association and to uphold the industrys highest standard. Janet Albury, President of Wed dings Beautiful, Bahamas and Caribbean, within the Wedding Business. Although the wedding industry is a growing industry it has been impacted ceremonies in 2011. The size of the wed ding is also much smaller; whereas before between 50 and 100 people travelled here to 10 guests and we are seeing more elope ments. Despite this we are still providing quality service. Peoples ability to come and pay for a destination wedding has tak en a hit but I can see the market trying to demonstrate good manufacturing practices. Both women were pleased with the participation and interest of Abaconians attending the workshop. They said that many of the participants will prepare simi lar products for sale at the upcoming AllAbaco Agricultural, Marine Resources and AgriBusiness Expo 2012 later this month. So far, they received the same feed back from the same type of workshops that have been held on Andros and Eleuthera, and after Abaco their next stops included Long Island and Exuma. Burrows said that harvest and processing go hand and hand with farming, amount of was wastage and imports to The Bahamas must decrease. The workshop it self is integrated into the mission of BAIC for post-harvest intervention in reducing Burrows encouraged persons to conbounce back, she stated. Ms. Albury demonstrated with some the year 2000 her company coordinated nated 3,752 foreign marriages. However, Andrews Sunkel, President of Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, whose topic RBC celebrates twenty four years in AbacoC the successful wedding professional. She emphasized the importance of marketing which includes advertisements, mail outs, bridal shows, promotional giveaways, website listings and such networks as Face book, Twitter and Printerest. You must be active in the social me dia which is actually mind-boggling and overwhelming but blogging on Facebook and Twitter are a must and blog must be kept up-to-date, she advised.

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Page 26 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release greens Abacos residents and visitors alike are now enjoying some of the freshest and most nutritious food you can eat organic sprouts and microgreens grown right here What started as a hobby last year has quickly grown into a thriving business with their products being delivered to food stores, restaurants and individuals throughout Abaco, as well as to Harbour Island. Some ments in the Bahamas The Landing in Harbour Island; Balducci nos Fine Foods, The Organic Store and LyClub, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Bakers Bay and The Abaco Club in Abaco are Weve clearly tapped into an underserved niche in the marketplace, says up with the demand for our products, but we are growing and adapting quickly and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Among the products offered are Baby Pea Shoots, Radish Sprouts, Broccoli Sprouts, Italian sprout mixes, Baby Arugula and Wheatgrass for juicing. These mi crogreens and sprouts are delicious in sal ads, on sandwiches, with scrambled eggs and omelets, in rice dishes, as a garnish for dishes your imagination is the only limit! Microgreens and sprouts contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, chlorophyll and antioxidants true superfoods. They are literally bursting with nutrition and are incredibly good for maintaining healthy digestion, detoxi 100% organically and naturally, no chemi cals or pesticides are used whatsoever. "I have heard people say 'Do what you love and love what you do', and I can honestly say when I'm working our farm there's nothing else I'd rather be doing, says Rachael. One of our customers told us he renewed his lease on a rental home in Hope Town just because he can get our greens. That was a great compli ment!" with Out-Island Eco and are now proud to say that all of their products are offered in environmentally friendly compostable conThese containers are reusable, but when they eventually end up in the trash, they naturally decompose and so do not contrib ute to Abacos waste. taurants throughout Abaco, Harbour Island Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075Rosies Place 352-5458Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 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 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 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 366-3121Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 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 32 apts 577-0748 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 800-628-1447Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services 365-8752Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Wood CayTangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 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.comRev. March 2012

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 27 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 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 Everyone reads The Abaconian 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 367-2266 367-2266 Snake Cay Leisure Lee Sand Banks Leisure Lee Cedar Harbour Crown Haven Attractions Hope Town Hope Town Treasure Cay farm road Little Harbour to our attention All phones use area code 242 unless notedwww.abaconian.com Sundays or holidays Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 29 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 7 APRIL 1ST, 2012 Two swimmers to represent Abaco at CARIFTA Miss Earth Bahamas visits with studentsOn March 22 through 23, Miss EarthBahamas visited Abaco. She, along with local Miss Abaco, Chandi Lowe, stopped to schools throughout the island to share a message of environmental conservation ism with the kids. They were scheduled to visit Coopers Town primary, Treasure Cay Primary, Abaco Central High School, Long Bay School, Central Abaco Primary, Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy and St Francis. sented The Bahamas in pageants in the Philippines. Her third time in Abaco, she said she was here to deliver a message to young girls that its not just looking pretty. Miss Earth Bahamas carries with it the message of protecting the environment. Each school she and Miss Abaco encouraged them to think about the envi ronment. By creating eight simple rules 11-year-old son of Bill and Victoria Albury, he will be swimming up to seven events. Two Abaco swimmers will compete Abaconian highlights both of them here.Albury HiggsAlbury Higgs, daughter of Chris and Pleasants Higgs, will be swimming in elev en events this year in the 2012 CARIFTA Swimming Championships which will be held April 12-15 She will swim in eight individual 50 Meter Breaststroke 100 Meter Breaststroke 200 Meter Breaststroke 200 Meter Freestyle 200 Meter Individual Medley 200x50 Meter Freestyle Medley Relay Relay With many of her current personal has been chosen again to represent the Bahamas on the Bahamas Swim Federation ming competitively since the age of six for Swift Swimming, and she is coached by Her favorite events are all of the breaststroke races and the 200 freestyle. Her experience last year in the 2011 Please see CARIFTA Page 10 Please see Earth Page 2

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Page 30 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 she hopes to educate children about the im portance of conservation. The eight rules she and Chandi Lowe marine life, ride bikes and walk, recycle, plant trees, turn off electronics, turn off the water, ease up on the video games and plant a garden. She said it was a pleasure coming to Abaco. The hospitality she received made all the travelling easier. Towards the end of her trip she received a special thank you basket from the Abaco Ministry of Tourism. Ms. Wynsom Ferguson presented her with the basket. The next step for our local beauty queen, Chandi Lowe, is a visit to China. There she will compete against an interna tional cast of pageant goers. Earth From Page 1

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Page 32 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 School & Youth NewsDrill squad to compete nationally On Saturday March 17 practice began for the Abaco Supreme Drill Team at Centwelve have an opportunity to join Abacos ing. As other students join they will be trained in the individual areas. Each child will have an opportunity to display their talents and be a part of a team that will foster an attitude of self-motivation and discipline. They will meet every Saturday lead ing up to July 10 so they will be ready to tural Show to be held in Marsh Harbour. The drill instructor on Saturday was will be introduced to the dance and step the weeks progress. Each student paid a A four dollar fee is to be paid each class. The money collected will be used to purchase all dress attire, batons, pom poms, hand ribbons and other miscella neous items each child will need. Interested Ranger Guides practice community service Abaco Central High School is the only high school on Abaco that has an in grades 10 through 12 can join Ranger program that makes sure the students do a variety of different things while mak ing friends and challenging themselves to improve their skills and learn new things. ing for oneself, enjoying the outdoors, becoming a homemaker, giving service, getting to know people, exploring the arts, camping and beach picnicking. They can challenge themselves by earning badges sportswoman just to name a few. Since they get to help choose their activities they community service and a set of values tional organization that has more than 10 million girls and women in more than 100 countries. is expected to do 27 hours of community service each year; some of which can go toward their school graduation community service requirements. Each year they take part in the International Coastal Clean-up, visit the old folks home, assist with Brownies and Modern Languages Week celebrated at Abaco schools A joint celebration of Modern Languages Week was held for students of Horizons Academy and Wesley College. Seora Mahalia Levarity was the modera tor for the occasion; however, she was as sisted by students from both schools. There were a number of upbeat performances on the agenda, and the students went from singing to poem recitations, dia logues and skits. two guest speakers during the ceremony. Illeana Leary represented Creole speaking ish presentation. Both speakers talked about the importance of knowing a second language. For Leary, it has assisted her greatly on the job, and the same was true for Johns. However, Leary was fortunate to know Creole from birth. Johns, on the other hand, didnt learn Spanish until the Following another poem and dance by the students, the audience heard from Rev. Charles Carey, principal of Wesley College; and Simmone Mullings, principal of Horizons Academy. Rev. Carey was familiar with several the languages had helped him during his extensive travels. Meanwhile, Ms. Mullings emphaacknowledged the hard work of Seora Levarity in helping the children to learn and appreciate learning another language. A Spanish meal was served after the ceremony.Fox Town Primary wins grade two spelling bee It was an exciting day for those twen ty-six grade two spellers from primary schools across Abaco. They gathered at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall on Friday Spelling Bee. grade two students quickly exhausted the seen list. After seven rounds on this list of words they were given to study, thirteen rounds were spent on the unseen list. These young spellers proved quickly that they had a good command of their phonet ics, languages of origin and the other skills necessary. At the end of the competition Treavaughn Demeritte of Fox Town Primary School emerged as the winner. In third place was Erica Roberts of Man-OWar School and in second place was Jasmin Aberle of Hope Town School. Superinten dent Helen Simmons-Johnson presented the There was a festive atmosphere at Abaco Central High School on March 12 as the school celebrated the annual Com monwealth Day with speeches, poetry, music, dances and food. Large posters in the yard informed the curious about each mas. There was even a bush medicine table attended by one of the coaches, Mr. Vogel Williams, who played bush doctor for the day. Ms. Oma Ramdin, the moderator, announced the activities from a raised Department of Education which included the Director of Culture, Dr. Linda MoxeyBrown, who was visiting Abaco for the occasion and the Island Administrators Cephas Cooper and Whelma Colebrook. A parade of students dressed in the colours of each country represented heralded the mornings activities. The senior assistant, Ethlene McIntosh, delivered the Queens message which this year was unThat theme was upheld by Dr. Moxey-Brown who starting singing All of We is One as she reached the stage to deliver her address. She reminded the assembly that in spite of different cultural expres sions, which she enumerated, people were basically the same in their emotions. Then it was time for the show. Seven girls dancing to reggae music and other Jamaican beats entertained the audience with a lively performance. They were applauded and cheered. The next ful costumes danced to a rhythm similar to Arabian music. But the rhythm soon picked up as a boy joined them in the dance, awak ening the applause of the public. St. Lucias culture was presented to boy mimed offering his catch in an empty basket. Last, welcomed by even louder cheers, eight girls performed a truly Baha mian song Boom Pineapple Wine; they were followed by rake & scrape music perthan Darville and Clevano Dawkins. There was still more to come. As the audience left their seats to walk around and inspect the displays, a sound of Junkanoo drums could be heard in the background. Soon the members of the schools Junkanoo group came rushing through the school yard dressedup in their colourful attire with head gear, cow bells, trombones and drums. A crowd soon formed in one of the classroom where tasty food from the fea tured countries awaited the hungry. It was served by a native of each island, Mr. from The Bahamas. Abaco Central High celebrates Commonwealth Day and connects cultures Commonwealth Day held at S.C. Bootle High participated in Commonwealth Day activi ties. According to Principal Huel Moss, Jamaica, Trinidad, Canada, the United represented. Each country made a dramatic enwaved high, the drum beat sounded out, and various cultural items from each coun try were portrayed, he recalled. The stu dents were dressed in the attire and colors everyone was entertained by the singing of folk songs and the playing of ring games. Moss added that a brief history of each country was also given. There was produced by individual countries includ ing prepared food that was known to each country. He said that all in all, S.C. Bootle was transformed into the Caribbean with all the countries that were represented as they merged into one. Some of Abaco Central High Schools follow an eight point program that chal lenges them to improve themselves. Please see Guides Page 7

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 33 Customs Brokers Guana Freight Services 242-365-5190 guanafreight@hotmail.comPerformance at Agape Christian School Agape Christian School presented a detook part, most of whom were onstage the entire time. The children of grades 1 and 2 formed the chorus while the grade three students performed the speaking and acting The chorus members sang with great enthusiasm and enhanced their songs with lively actions. The children with speaking got a single line or entry which made it a very professional performance for students so young. The three narrators deserve special mention; they had a great deal to remember and they spoke their lines with part of Joseph was played by Roman Pinder who also deserves special mention for the conviction and clarity with which he played the role. they say hes just a dreamer, was, of course based on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers and was written by Agape schools music teacher Ms. Courtney Romer. She wrote both the dialogue and the songs which she set to tracks familiar to the children. The children all learnt their songs and speaking parts during music les sons followed by a lot of work at home and then came together to practice as an entire group a couple of times a week. Following the performance, a delight ed Ms. Romer stated how very proud she was of all of the children who participated Angels Academy celebrates Spanish and Indian cultures Modern Languages Week was ac knowledged by the students and staff of Angels Academy on March 22, and Seora Mahalia Levarity also led in the ceremony Our Link to the World. Following the prayer and welcome address, Principal Barbara Johnson congratu lated the students on being well-rounded in based on their achievements. Ms. Johnson also thanked everyone for their continuous support of the school. ish as well as Indian, so youre in for a special treat today, and upon completion we have Indian foods and Spanish foods. Feast, sit and enjoy, she said. come forward with their presentation on More School & Youth Newsas they did an amazing job. Thanks were given to all who assisted, beginning with er at the school, was thanked for the excel lent job she did with props and costumes and parents and teachers were thanked for supplying the materials. Appreciation was also expressed to the people who managed the sound system. All proceeds received at the show will be put into the drama department to make it even better for next year, it was explained. A performance of another play written by Ms. Romer will be staged by the upper grades next month. have the Joy. More presentations took dents performed in a Spanish skit about the activities they like to do and are involved in. ny was Sonia McDonald, who talked about the challenges she faced with not knowing English. She recalled a time when she went both Spanish and English. There was another song and dance before Annie John, who is Indian, led students in an Indian dance. Seora Ma halia also called on Rev. Charles Carey to share his experience with languages, and he concluded his speech by reciting Psalm shared some Creole phrases with the audi ence. At the end of the ceremony, guests were invited to sample the Indian and Spanish meal that had been prepared while Seora Levarity played games like Simon Says and the piata with the students.ACHS Junior Councilors begin community projects cil of Abaco Central High School held their cil members were accompanied by other student volunteers as they picked up garbage from Abaco Central High School all the way to Change Ministries at the end of Murphy Town. The cleanup is one of three that they plan to engage in before school closes in June. The next one will be in Dundas a local beach. They hope other schools will participate in this coastal cleanup. meet bi-weekly during the lunch break at the school and plan projects. According to coordinator of the junior councilors for this school, Phillippa Farrington, the students plan to engage in two school based projects as well. two classrooms to beautify and the second one is to purchase uniforms for the school track team. Their success with these two projects depends on funding. To this end they are seeking to partner with businesses who want to assist them with any of these projects whether by donating supplies or funds. Further, she added, they are looking for a company or corporation to donate large, empty oil barrels so that they can place them around the community to limit littering. Student? Keep The Abaconian up to date with your school events. Like us on Facebook.

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Page 34 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 LITTLE HARBOUR 2.3 acres direct waterfront $350,000.00 20,000 sq. ft. Hilltop lot with starter cottage, harbour and ocean views $198,000.00 Home on 2 acres on Little Harbour 100 private dock, landscaped $695,000.00SCHOONER BAYScheduled Tours Available Call 367-0737 Island Lot#20, includes Dockage $239,000.00 Other lot options availableLONG BEACH Next to Schooner Bay 3/2 Home beach access under $ 250,000.00 Lots starting at $30,000.00 Hilltop lots with ocean view $150,000.00 Gorgeous beach front lot $250,000.00CASUARINA POINT Entrance to bay, waterfront lot, panoramic views $98,000.00 Sea view lot, 100 ft. to beach. $42,500.00 4/4 Beach front duplex $405,000.00 Lots $37,000.00 and up Beach House 3/2 $795,000.00 4/2.5 Beach House, great vacation home $550,000.00LUBBERS QUARTERS Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000.00 Additional lots available.BAHAMA PALM SHORES 2 Acre beach front estate lot $550,000.00 Beautiful interior lots, starting at $21,700.00 1 Acre beach front estate lot $295,000.00 Pinehurst lots $10,000.00 & $11,000.00 TREASURE CAY Home site one lot in from beach $60,000.00 Rock Point waterfront lot, exc price $185,000.00Cherokee Ocean view, beach access, utilities $125,000.00 Watching Bay hilltop lot $99,000.00Hope Town Lot close to town, beach access $149,500.00 www.islandpropertiesbahamas.comTel: (242) 367-0737 Fax: (242) 367-0736IPB has positions available for licensed real estate agents. BROKERS James and Donna Rees Chris and Molly Roberts Vacation & long Term Rentals Casuarina Point 2 bed/2 bathRegattas Condos 2 bed/2 bathLong Beach 3 bed/ 2 bath students were featured and the issue before that one student was featured. In this issue, you will meet three more students who will the coveted title as the Most Outstanding Mikayla, a humble yet determined and ea ger sixth-grader, has been awarded the title of top student at Agape Christian School. Mikayla has been involved in various ac tivities that have helped her to cultivate her growth in learning and maturity. A recent accomplishment has been playing the lead ing role of Dorothy in the musical The Wizard of Oz, which required several months of rehearsals. She has been active has participated in Friends of the Environment Discovery Club. She is presently learning to play the piano and has taken Youth Services. In addition, she assists Agape school family is proud of what Mi kayla has accomplished and look forward to even greater successes. The second nominee is Jaquay Sands. Jaquay is an 11-year old sixth-grader at the Cooper's Town Primary School. She is very intelligent, which has earned her been very much involved in the life of her school, participating in various spelling bee competitions, school clubs (e.g., Sunblies and school choir, just to name a few. She is actively involved in her church's youth group. Jaquay is a student who other students can emulate. Her school family is very proud to have her as their Primary School Student of the Year. The outstanding student from no is an outstanding student who exudes the qualities of excellence, discipline and purpose. This vibrant eleven year old has maintained his superior standard of work throughout his primary school life excel ling in Spelling Bees, sports and national examinations. He came third in the sixth grade spelling bee, placed second in the has maintained his principal list status with student subject awards, honor roll award, and student of the month in grade 5. He is a member of the Moores Island Exterminator Track and Field Club, is involved in youth group, the school choir and the and believes in equality. In the future he hopes to become a track star and an airline pilot. He is the son of Ruthmae Rolle an educator. More School & Youth NewsSt. Francis Anchor Club assists a fellow student Before the presentation was made on March 23, St. Francis Teacher Monique Curry, who is a member of the Abaco Rainbow Pilot Club, began by stating the focus of the club is to promote the aware ness of and assist people with brain-related disorders. They also assist the elderly and those with genuine needs. She added that the Anchor Club, which is the youth arm of the Pilot Club, takes on the responsi bility of organizing meaningful projects to assist others. With that said, Ms. Curry introduced Brandisha Russell, president-elect, and Ms. Octavia Dean-McIntosh, project man ager. Dean-McIntosh explained that their latest project was undertaken to help one of their very own. They created a guess the jar around the school for three weeks, and allowed students to pay one dollar for two guesses to determine how much candy was in the jar. Anchor Club members made a spe cial presentation to one of their fellow stu dents that day. Curry asked that the fam ilys identity be kept private, and gave The Abaconian some details. She said that the mother of a student who attends the school was diagnosed with cancer and recently underwent chemotherapy. To assist the bers raised money through the project, and made payments on the students account. They made a presentation of receipts to regave them to a family member on behalf of the student.Three more Outstanding Student of the Year nominees The Abaconian re shall recently

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 35 Long Bay School PTA Hosts Second Annual Spring Variety Show The second annual Spring Variety Show was held at Long Bay School on 7pm. There were numerous items on the program, all of which were delightful. The event started late but once it began the tal ent displayed was undeniably good. Some of the talent came from Ashton Sawyer who sang a special song that spoke of hope for a peaceful nation. The Long Bay School choir and drama team performed two dynamic pieces that were so well done that the audience could not help but give each a standing ovation. Male and female models from the student population worked the runway like top models showcasing casual fashion from The stiletto heels worn can all be found at Russells Department Store in Marsh Harbour. The tiny tots models were also well represented as they modeled casual wear from Muck-A-Mucks. Other performers on the program were Rapper Patrick, Mr. Carby, Long Bay School Teacher, Brandon Davis, Akeem Adderley, and Lauren Pineapple. Ms. Jacqueline Collie gave a tribute to the late Ms. Jerutha Etienne who was the PTA Secretary and a devote parent for many years. Ms. Collie stated that she played a pivotal role in the school and will be missed. Following the presentation two of her daughters gave a tribute; one in poem form and one in song. The latter was done by Long Bay student Tirshantha Etienne. the modeling of the formal wear all of Outlet. The vote of thanks was given by PTA President Mona Bain who thanked the PTA Board and parents for their support. Refreshment were on sale throughout the night. More School & Youth NewsHorizons students form government ment at Horizons Academy was held on starting this student government movement at the school was tenth grader Felix MunTwo political parties were born; Vision in Progression (VIP) and Moving Forward Together (MFT). VIP organized and launched its cam paign by giving out free candy and t-shirts rally where they presented their candidates who then gave speeches about their partys platform and responded to questions from the students. MFT was a no show for the rally so VIP was able to sway the voters. This process was followed by elec teachers. The voting public spoke loud and clear and VIP was declared the winner. A part of their platform is to develop peer disciplinary procedures, organize sports days and host fundraisers. To date, they have built a podium and bench for the school and hosted a movie Horizons Academy is very proud of the VIP party and commends them for all of the work they have done so far. Further, they look forward to VIP helping to launch ing weeks.Grade Twelve Students Take Part in Job Training Horizons Academy has three grade 12 students who have been engaged in work experience for the past two to four weeks. The purpose of the work experi ence is to expose them to the careers they have expressed interest in. Rolanda Williams began her career experience at Auskell Medical Center on March 1 and stated that the exposure has been great. She was able to do some receptionist work including answering the phone, taking appointments, running errands and working in the lab where she learned how to draw blood. She was able to speak with the doctors to learn about the requirements to become a physician. Rolanda stated that she is interested in becom ing a pediatrician and decided upon this ca reer because she loves childredn. The second student is Morana Fersaid was exciting. Most of the work she ning documents, property management, learning how appraisals are done and list ing properties. Morana stated that she has always been fascinated with house design, staging homes and all details of real estate. She is sure that real estate is the right area she has chosen for her career. Henrick Theagan spent his work experience month at Yamaha. He stated that his experience has opened his eyes to his career of choice. He likes working with his hands so this experience was ideal for him. While at Yamaha, he serviced boat engines, cleaned boats, learned about basic boat parts and that boats have a lot of small less, he loved his experience and is excited about his career chosen. The students visited their work sites a few of the many students who participate in school work-experience programs annu ally. Green Turtle students visit Prime MinisterAbaco students compete in National Chef competition By Canishka Alexander on March 15 for seniors. According to Huel Moss, principal of S.C. Bootle High School, two students from the school entered the competition. Vanessa Jean represented Abaco well in the junior division and placed tors in her category. Jean also received third place with her rice dish called yel named Fruity Lootie. In the senior division, Sherika competitors. Her prizes consisted of a $5,000-scholarship, $75 in cash, a knife set, a silver medal and a trip to attend a culinary camp at Johnson &Wales Uniwas given the name Blackwood Delight while her rice was dubbed Abaco Express. We would like to thank Patrick Fetch from the Treasure Cay Hotel, Refrom the Spinnaker Restaurant of for all their assistance. Without them it would not be possible, Moss said. Congratulations good work. Students receive medals, trophies for sports By Canishka Alexander More than a month after competing in their Inter-House Track & Field Competition, which took place on February 2 and 3, students of S.C. Bootle High School gathered to receive medals and trophies for Students were ecstatic to receive their rewards for their participation. Huel Moss, principal, said that some of the stu dents were recipients of up to seven med als and trophies, and the chimes and ringing of medals could be heard throughout the day as students proudly displayed their awards around their necks. Denise Taylor-McIntosh, the physi cal education teacher, kept the lively ceremony going in her role as moderator. Moss said that the Tigers House won this years competition; however, he congratu lated all of the athletes. raise funds for the Cancer Society. Ranger Last year they made jewelry. This year the students also made smoothies, cooked Chinese food and made a bulletin board at school. They also discuss topics that affect females. In guiding, girls are challenged to use their minds, think for themselves, make healthy decisions, avoid active members. The leader of the Ranger pm at the school.Guides From Page 4 If you want to see you story published submit your stories to The Abaconian:abaconiannews@gmail.com

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Page 36 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Church NewsWomen of Zion Baptist Cathedral Host Conference Under the theme Unleash Me, the women of Zion Baptist Cathedral met for four days of dynamic prayer and impar tation of knowledge given by powerful women in ministry. The services were held March 7 to the 11 at 7pm nightly at the church. The focus of the conference was on the story of Lazarus. Wednesday night, which was the opening night, was set aside just for prayer and preparation of the sanctuary. On Friday night, the speaker was Pastor who spoke about the spiritual warfare that women face. On Friday evening, the speaker was Pastor Brenda Archer of Lat ter Rain Ministries. She said that what happened with Lazarus could have only been On Sunday March 11, two services were held and the speaker at both services was Prophetess Tamara Simmons from sau. At the morning service she spoke about what it means to be unleashed. She gave the ladies strategies to use so that they can function at their best and protect themselves in the various roles they play as mothers, wives, women in ministry, and in their role as women. On Sunday evening at 7pm, she to the women about the process of death, burial, and resurrection. Women from churches all over Abaco attended. Praise and worship was provided by the Zion Cathedral Praise Team. Zion Baptist Youth Ministry Features Pre-Easter Production In the Shadow of the Cross was the name of the Pre-Easter Production held by Zion Baptist Youth Department on Sunday March 25 beginning at 7pm. It was a packed church as persons from various denominations were in attendance during this season of Lent. The play was written by Youth Leader Leroy Thompson who stated that he was inspired to write this script out of his desire to get the youth involved in the Lent celebration. The drama was dedi cated to those men and women who have fallen as a result of violence in our land. Before the play began, Pastor Christopher Dean gave a brief history lesson on the incidents that took place before Jesus went to the cross. The focus of the play was a dysfunctional family. The mother was the only Christian in the home, the husband and the wifes brother were al coholics, the daughter Mary had a drug dealer boyfriend and her son was living a dangerous life. As the story unfolded, Mary became pregnant and moved out of the house with her boyfriend. She gave up an eight year scholarship for medical school when she made this decision. Her mother was dis traught. After years of praying, the mother started to slowly see changes. However, it eventually took tragedy to bring both chil The play was humorous but touched hope for loved ones was a key message of the play.Swains to open leadership and development center Rev. Mark and Vernelle Swain are two Abaconians who have been away from home for about fourteen years as they took advantage of an opportunity to pursue degrees abroad through church connections. They both attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri where Ms. Swain obtained a Masters Degree in Theology and a Masters Degree in Counseling and her husband obtained a Masters Degree in Theology with a minor in Counseling. After four years at the Seminary, Ms. Swain began her career as a Case Man ager and part-time counselor. In 2003, they moved to Memphis Tennessee after her husband completed his degree. She worked at Universal Health Services Adolescent Treatment Facility as a therapist. She worked with kids with bipolar, trauma, sexual abuse and other issues. She obtained her counseling license in Memphis while there. ners Community Church. From 2003 to Tennessee and worked with the Commu nity Centers of Memphis which dealt with youth and senior citizens. der in the Presbyterian Churches of Ameri ca. Later he became a church strategist and was able to raise over $250,000 through networking and fundraising. ville, Tennessee. They then moved to At lanta in 2010 and remained there until they moved back to Abaco in mid-September 2011. aco they have plans to start the Wellsprings Center for Leadership and Development. Their motto is Advancing the kingdom through Teaching, Training, Mentoring, ing. Mr. Swain is also overseeing the Baraka Church and running his late fathers taxi business. His wife is volunteer ing at Every Child Counts, works once a week at Horizons Academy, and offers mentoring services. Once they get Wellsprings Center open they will plan seminars and workshops for churches and community groups. The church workshops will be geared towards helping churches develop and grow. The vision is to partner with the com munity. The counseling services will be provided for at-risk children, therapy for individuals, groups and parents, camps for troubled youth, and counseling for substance and drug abuse victims. The leadership services will include, sermon development, strategies for church growth, preparing leaders for seminary and bible college, and provide mediation ditionally, Rev. Swain will offer motiva tional seminars for corporations. They are also available for school talks and semi nars. At Wellsprings Center, the Swains hope to partner with churches to strengthen the community. The Swains can be con

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 37 Busy Day of Crime cal police department with a heavy workload dealing with criminal matters from armed robbery to assault with a vehicle and even murder. Murder anonymous call that there was a male that was bleeding in the area of the Road Trafresident of the area, bleeding from a stab wound to the neck area. He was given immediate medical at tention and carried to the Marsh Harbour cumbed to his wounds. Police are questioning a man whom they will successfully wrap up the investi gation into this murder in a short time. Run Down man lying in the road near a liquor store on Queen Elizabeth Drive. Police responded along with a Doctor from Auskell Medical Clinic who gave immediate medical assis tance to the young man. The young man had been run over by a vehicle. He was then airlifted to Princess treatment where he is currently in stable condition. They were able to take into custody they will bring closure to this matter in short order. Armed Robber area of the Carnival on Forest Drive heard what he believed to be a gunshot. Upon investigation he found a local Marsh Harbour businessman who told him that he had just been robbed at gunpoint of his watch by a dirt road to the north. ten inches tall with dark complexion and a round face. He was dressed in dark clothes and had a cloth over his face. Police are requesting assistance from the community in their ongoing investigation. Customer docking Homemade bread vegetables Green Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontHope Town District Council Paul Thompson, project manager for Joes Cay, thanked the council for their approval and pledged to work closely with the council and community of Hope Town, keeping them informed as the project progresses. He said he felt in the long run it would be good for the community. Mr. Sweeting took time at the begin ning of the meeting to recognize Anna Al bury for representing her school and the people of Abaco well during the visit of Prince Harry to The Bahamas in March. The councilors also observed a moment of silence for recently deceased Hope Town resident Margaret Sweeting and also for After the council read the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Program for the Joes Cay development and having many questions answered by the developer, Mr. Sweeting announced that they approved the development as presented. Council member Michael Albury (who has responsibility for environmental affairs) reported about the meeting that he and two other council members attended Cay Reef Association and Dr. Livingston Marshall, Senior Vice President of Environmental and Community Affairs at Bakers Bay. He said they discussed their concerns with the reef and that the council will be seeking the opinion of an independent reef biologist and will proceed based on their arrangement and said they will act on what the science reveals. Mr. Albury also said that Bakers Bay agreed to move forward with plans for a community center and will meet with the community and council to discuss it before the end of the year. Bakers Bay is also considering an incinerator at this time to deal with garbage rather than to continue shipping trash from the island to the main land. The Council received a Memorandum of Understanding for the nurse the government promised for Man-O-War. The Hope Town Community Center Committee arranged a meeting to discuss plans for the Community Center with resi dents. They said they have received a size able donation and are looking at the possibility of building on property owned by St. James Methodist Church. Plans for an additional building for the Hope Town School were reviewed and approved pending review by the Ministry of Education.CORRECTIONS:In the previous edition of The Abaco nian the report on the Hope Town District Sawyer said he has record as a lobbyist who has helped get roads paved and the school expanded in Man-O-War Cay. The shared that he has a record as a lobbyist who has helped get roads paved and the school expanded in Hope Town. Also it was said that the council approved the paving of a road by Robert Lowe. It should have stated that the Council viewed the application favorably pending written letters of permission from nearby property owners concerned. Also after receiving the letters of approval from surrounding property owners the application will need to be approved by the Department of Lands and Surveys before approval. Politics and Government The Dundas Town Township held a brief meeting on Tuesday March 20, 2012 the commencement of the work for the Cul tural Center at Ocean View Park. Ocean View Park is one of the major landmarks in Dundas Town and a favorite place for sports and community events. In the coming weeks, this landmark stage of work to be done will be the sea wall. The construction of this seawall will allow boaters to dock at the Center and shop the vendors. This work will go out to tender for two weeks then awarded to the person who can best meet the needs as outlined on the plans. Any interested contractor can visit mal working hours to view the plans and to collect the scope of work. At the meeting the plans so that all members present would be able to view it in its entirety. Dundas Town to commence work on cultural center

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Page 38 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 SportsAbaco Swimmers Qualify for 2012 Nationals The Abaco Swim Club traveled to 23 to participate in the SWAT Invitational der boys Maddox Pinder; Eight and under and eleven to twelve boys, Miller Albury. and Brenda Sawyer accompanied the group proud parents. Our parents are all so supportive and we thank them for all they do, Ms. Sawyer said. Ms. Sawyer said that Maddox Pinder, the youngest swimmer the Abaco Swim Club at the meet, after his 50 me ter freestyle trial got out of the pool and automatically looked at the time clock for ready knows that his "Time" is what it's all heat. Trent Albury and Miller Albury also In eight and under Paxton Albury made a qualifying time in the 50 me ter backstroke earning her the Academic Award. The Academic Award goes to swimmers eight and under that have a 3.0 or higher grade average and make a quali fying time in one of the heats. The rules are that they need to only countrys top swim event. There will be another meet after sometime near the end of April. We have great expectations for our swimmers at They are all working very hard. a positive one, and she looks forward to this year's event being held here in The Bahamas. When asked her thoughts on the upcoming games, she replied "I know there is a lot of great competition coming to swim in I feel good about how much I have trained for this. I am ready and hope to get many personal bests out of this competition. I am so proud to be able to represent my country again." Albury returned home after last year's Carifta Swimming Championships in Barbados with 5 medals, helping secure Miller AlburyMiller Albury, 11-year-old son of Bill and Victoria Albury, will be swimming up to seven events in the upcoming CARIFTA He will be taking part in seven events, 50 Meter Back stroke 100 Meter Back Stroke 200 Meter Back stroke 200 Meter Individual Medley 200 Meter Freestyle Medley 200 Meter Medley Relay Meter Freestyle Medley Backstroke is his strong stroke, but Freestyle is his favorite stroke. When asked which stoke is his least favorite, Miller says "it a toss-up between but"I know there is a lot of great competition ... but I feel good about how much I have trained for this. least favorite (it is really HARD!). Miller acknowledges that the compe to attend. To prepare, he has been train ing hard over the last few weeks with both Abaco Swim Club Coaches here locally the rest of the CARIFTA Team. He says "This was a goal of mine, to be a part of the Bahamian CARIFTA swim team, so I am really happy, but I know it is going to be hard work. I just want to represent the Bahamas well and improve on my own personal performance. I am so proud to be a part of this, especially since "This was a goal of mine ... I am so proud to be a part of this. Special Olympics torch run will raise awareness partnered with Every Child Counts staff to form a committee and organize a torch run for Abacos Special Olympic athletes. The torch run, which is scheduled for May 12, is expected to become an annual event as it raises the communitys awareness of Special Olympics and gives them opportunities to assist the athletes. In attendance at the meeting on cole Denardin, ECC teacher; Sgt. Jocelyn Please see Olympics Page 11 CARIFTA From Page 1 Womens teams open 2012 softball season By Canishka Alexander The 2012 softball season opened on March 17 at Bakers Field in Coopers of the Abaco Softball Association, was excited about what this season will offer. Were ready now, and you know this is the second weekend where only the ladies have been playing, but this weekend thats coming we will open with our men, he explained. Softball is back, and its up and running in Abaco. According to Bootle, there are eight teams participating in the league four mens teams and four womens. On open ing night, the Talk of the Town Tornadoes and F.E.S. Peacocks womens teams leaving the Peacocks to settle with 11 points. went up against another veteran team the Lady Sluggers. This time the Tornadoes bit off more than they could chew. The Lady Sluggers were merciless as they maintained a 10-point lead on the Tornadoes, who had not scored any points well into the fourth inning. However, the Tornadoes did their best to make a comeback by scoring three points between the bottom of the fourth ininnings. But it was all they would score Please see Page 16

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 39 Dr. Rashida Brown-Clarke; Psychiatry Please call for date Dr. Charles Diggis: General Surgery/Lap Band Surgery Please call for dates Dr. Arthur Clarke: General Surgery & Urology April 27th Dr. Carnille Farquharson; Family Medicine April 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine April 13th Dr. Lucio Pedro; Obstetrics/Gynecology Please call for dates Dr. Timothy Williams, General Practice Please call for dates Dr. Marc Binard, General Practice Please call for dates Dr. George Charit; General Practice, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Daily Dr. George CharitMEDIC AL DIREC TOR Integrated Medical Centeris pleased to announce the schedule of Clinics for April 2012 Walk in Welcome Same Day Appointments No Long Waits No referrals needed The place where complete healing begins e-mail: imcabaco@gmail.com TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL OUR FRIENDLY STAFF AT 367-1304/225-8014 OR FOR EMERGENCIES 458-1234 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, $469,000 Elbow Cay, Hope Town "Marnie's Landing Lot 6" w/ Dock Slip in gated community. $850,000 The Fig Tree Lighthouse Cove with dock Hibiscus Carolina Wind 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 2B/2B Main House, 1B/1B Guest Quarters Oceanfront, Pool, Great Rental South of Hope Town $1.49M Smith of Community Policing; Wynsome Ferguson, manager of the Abaco Tourist superintendent of the Dept. of Education; and Caroline Sawyer. Denardin said she had spoken earlier with Inspector Julian Butler, who is the 2012 international liaison for Special Olympics in The Bahamas, and he gave a breakdown of what happens during the event. They discussed possible routes, the number of participants that would be involved and how the route would be sec tioned out. The route will encompass the communities of Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town. Denardin added that there will be full participation from though all will not be able to participate in the Special Olympics. Although the event focuses on expo sure for Special Olympics, it is also a way More SportsOlympics From Page 10 to acquire coaches. So far Denardin has been head coach with the responsibility of leading the athletes in every sport. It is a daunting task because a soccer team has to be formed by April, and shortly after that a basketball and track team. Coaches are needed for each sport. Although she receives assistance from ECC staff members and volunteers, they are still hoping to get more people involved in the sporting events. The Special Olympics organization has an online spe -Junior Achievement Sports Day The members of four Junior Achieve ment groups, CHAT n EZ (BTC), PLUSH and SOAR (First Caribbean-CIBC), met at Murphy Town Park in the morning of March 17 to participate in the annual JA sports competition. The SC Bootle High School group was well represented with not only stu dents and advisors but also parents and friends; Ms. Iris Henchell, Ms. Juaneth Curry and Ms. Charlotte Collins, advisors for the First Caribbean-CIBCs company, CHAT n EZ and Furniture Plus PLUSH also had a good number of participants. The JA Chairman, Stretch Morley orches trated the event and acted as referee in the basketball games. WAVE was the only representative of his lay that was won by Chat n EZ in front egg and spoon race with SOAR in second position. The winner of the sack race was ond time. The four groups participated in a series of short basketball games with the the second game. PLUSH and SOAR competed for the third place title in a third game won by BTCs team. CHAT n EZ was the overall winner, position in front of SOAR. The points earned during Sports Day will be added to the overall points the will determine the years winning company. Please see Olympics Page 17

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Page 40 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 More Politics and Government DNA St Patricks fun day grill out fun day and grill out on St. Patricks Day with the goal of raising money for a worthy cause or project for South Abaco. Roscoe Thompson III, candidate for that he has chosen a different route in his fundraising efforts focusing instead on giving back to the commu nity instead of using the money for his campaign. This campaign is about the people of South Abaco, and meeting their needs, he said. I am doing this for them and for our children and their children. The event, which started midafter noon, was designed to be a fun day for the whole family with hamburgers, hotdogs and sweets for sale and later grilled steak and chicken dinners. Meanwhile children enjoyed themselves with an assortment of games and in the bouncing castle. A DJ was hired to play the music for the afternoon and evening providing entertainment for young and old alike with a wide variety of music. The evening was deemed successful amount of money was raised to be used in the communities in Central and South Abaco.This campaign is about the people of South Abaco, Opening of FNM headquarters at Sandy Point The Central and South Abaco conopened its satellite headquarters in Sandy motorcade left the Central and South Abaco headquarters in Marsh Harbour at 2 pm en route to Sandy Point, detouring into Spring City and Crossing Rocks to greet cles joined the motorcade at various points along the route including Cherokee Sound, Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores. housed in the Masonic Recreation Hall, Member of Parliament for South Abaco, who stated how delighted he was to be in beautiful Sandy Point. years representing you in Abaco and at the national level. This government in the last has been invested during the entire past 25 years. $200 million has been invested into South and Central Abaco. How has Sandy you may ask. A brand-new $105 million gener ating facility has been built at Wilson City which supports Sandy Point as well as the wid er community of Abaco and a new airport terminal and runway also supports Sandy Point and the South. Everything taking place in Marsh Harbour is also for your ally grateful for as we move into the 21st century. South Central Abaco. This is your time Sandy Point, he said. During the next smaller communities and I am here to do everyone to make sure that they register since it is not long now. During a dedica tory prayer by Deacon Paul Pinder of the Sandy Point Church, people were urged to put their trust blessing was invoked upon the new head quarters and his guidance was sought for peace to prevail during election time. Everybody was then invited to mix and mingle and have fun. The crowd enjoyed socializing, discussing policies amongst themselves dogs, hamburgers and beverages. A large group of people turned out to witness the occasion from the youngest Torchbearers porter since its inception and still enjoys coming out to support her party.This government years has in vested more in Abaco than has been in vested during the entire past Everything taking place in Marsh Har bour is also for your ben are things you can be really grateful for FNM holds rally at Marsh Harbour headquartersA large crowd of party supporters and onlookers gathered in the Lowes Pharmacy Movements Central and South Abaco constituency headquarters opening. Several prominent government and party members were in attendance and delivered remarks. The Member of Parliament for Central and Honourable Hubert Ingraham also adThe Master of Ceremonies, David Wallace guided the evening of speakers and entertainment. Addressing the large contin reminded them You will not be voting for an MP, but for a PM. The invocation was was followed by a saxophone performance McIntosh. Patricia Curry, the vibrant young president of the South Abaco torchbearers, delivered the welcoming remarks. Our liver campaign slogan, has been earned. She continued on to list several government projects on and outside of Abaco that have Further remarks were brought by Heather Hunt, Howard Johnson and Pakfor Marathon, South Eleuthera and West vided their views about opportunities the Bahamians and the governments record. You know you dont like those potholes, Ms. Edgecombe remarked, referring to ongoing, nationwide infrastructure upgrades and the current, poor condition of roads in Marsh Harbour and Central Abaco. Please see FNM Page 13

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 41 Tilloo Pond is a perfect place to start a family legacy.The luxurious estate is set on 11 acres on Tilloo Cay and includes a very rare, safe harbour. The villa has three separate buildings connected by curved, covered walkways. Built in 2004, the triplex has over 11,000 sq. ft. of indoor/ outdoor living. The private master quarters is its own separate villa, and there is a total of five bedroom suites, with more than enough room for 10 to 12 people to sleep very comfortably. The estate is approved as a resort with a rental income history The estate fronts the Sea of Abaco, with the Atlantic Ocean behind. The incredible price of $3.35 million U.S. includes the art and furnishings imported from around the world.) To arrange a tour, call Tony or Stephanie Treco at (242) 357-6608 or for more information, visit www.BahamasHome.net or call Gaylord Layton at (303) 762-8893 or email gaylord@taysidellc.com.WWW.BAHAMASHOME.COM More Politics and Government After a short break with entertain ment by Christian Massive, Hubert Min stage. He told the crowd that under Hubert Ingraham The Bahamas was one of only four nations in the world to not lay off civil servants during the recession. Zhivarho Laing, Charles Maynard and Tommy Turnquest procession of speakers before stage to perform. Edison the performance by taking the stage along with family and supporters. He explained that if you took the last three let ters of his name you get s-o-n. So, he crowd, This is no time for young people with no experience who talk foolishness. He remarked on his own political career, saying My political life is about service. He continued, Papa (referring to the people, so that is what I set to do. He warned that, during the contentious political season, he had some heavy bomb shells. Im dangerous. -FNM From Page 12 troducing the Prime Minister. The Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham walked through the crowd towards the stage where he em He addressed the crowd saying, We are, I believe, the better party for The Bahamas. Playing on the theme of colours, he said, Colour Red didnt just come to and Cherokee Sound to Crown Haven. He then announced a series of family fun days, to be called Red Splash, that will happen across the country starting Easter Monday. Abaco is today a model of small island sustainable development, Mr. Ingraham told the crowd, And in our next ernment. He reassured the crowd, The best is yet to come. The Prime Minister announced the near opening of the Administrative Build ing and claimed the building will become the heart of the new Central Abaco Township which includes the Central Pines housing subdivision, a new library and the new community hospital. He said the contract for the new hospital was expected to be signed by the end of March. The Leonard Thompson International Airport, Mr. Ingraham as sured, is on budget and on time. Behind Abacos termi nal will be the second busiest in the country. He reminded the crowd that the new airport was being constructed by local Coopers Town people. Among the current projects the Prime Minister mentioned, he promised that Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town will be getting paved black top roads which his constituents in Coopers Town and Fire Road have enjoyed for years. Sweetings Track, he continued, will be getting improved water service in short order. After laying out his vision for Abaco, Mr. Ingraham turned to attack the Opposi tion. He claimed the PLP and its members do not have Bahamians best interests at heart. He cited sales of land in Mayagua na and warned that he believed the PLP cookie jar. The PM continued on to praise Ediof Abaco. I understand some here on Abaco are concerned that his work on the national level has kept him out of his constituency more than you desire, he said referring other Family Islands, I want you to know that Edison is pursuing your interests regardless to where he may be. Abaco is the third largest econo my in The Bahamas, the Prime Minis ter said, It is important that you are represented by competent and effective MPs. He went on to say about In reference to the crime problem, the mering crime and violence in the country. Mr. Ingraham went on to say, Despite the challenges of today, the country is moving in the right direction. Mr. Ingraham, before ending his son III. A vote for Roscoe Thompson is a vote for the PLP. He went on to invite Mr. Thompson to come home, referring Mr. Thompson has since rejected the Mr. Ingraham said that the bell was ter closing his speech he met with fellow party members and supporters in front of Abaco is to day a model of small island sustainable development ... the best is yet to come. Despite the challenges of today, the country is moving in the right direction.

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Page 42 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 tacks on the Bahamas of World War and Abaco were the focal point (this would shift to the Windward Passage the Allied merchant seamen buried in the Bahamas are still located on Abaco. Out of 111 patrols to the area, over 20 scoured the coast of Abaco; a dozen rounded Hole in the Wall Light, and ten others rounded the island to the north. Countless others passed between Abaco and Bermuda. Twelve ships were sunk near or east of Abaco, including the Mamura, Clan Skene, Tonsbergsfjord, Montevideo, Raphael Semmes, Everalda, Fairport, and Yorkmoor. either Hope Town or Cross Harbour within 17 miles of Elbow Cay Light. Many others used Hole in the Wall as a navigational aid after Atlantic crossings, mostly from France. The three attacks on Allied merchant ships which were closest to Abaco were the O. A. tonian, sunk 115 miles away by the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli on 13 March, and the Athelqueen, also sunk by the Enrico Tazzoli, two days later tons of precious shipping was lost off Abacos shores in just a ten-day period. sunk in the entire million-square-mile region during the war. It was also the The Daytonian survivors were rescued by a Dutch ship the Rotter dam a few days after it was sunk. Since the survivors were not taken to ticle will focus on the landing of surday to sink. During that time Capt. back and forth to the ship getting fuel for their motor lifeboat and sending SOS messages (which the Americans received but did not respond to). Just after midnight on the 7th of March the 32 survivors in two boats (a dead British crewman was left on board) made it to the base of Hole in the Wall Light but wisely refused to cross the reefs at night. Fortunately for them, at 2 am a schooner came out of the dark and hailed them. This was possibly the Arena, over 50 feet and skippered by Capt. Sherwin Archer and his son Bobby. The schooner towed them all of that morning to the rail-head at Cross Harbour, which led to the logging community of Cornwall. The settlement was described, in language land with only three white families nurse. Mr. J. W. Roberts of the Aba co Lumber Company also a Member of Parliament helped to accommo date the men and arrange for transport following day. Sadly one of the crew, 57-year-old widower and former miner was left behind and died amongst the lumbermen. They buried him on the spot and the grave was only recently re-discovered. Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Wind sor, who was head of the Bahamas Red Cross in support of her husband, were hospitalized and all but one Cana dian were taken to Florida and thence again. Several of the crew were sunk on other vessels, and a number of them were killed in the war. ton British molasses tanker en route from the Liverpool area to Port Everglades Florida in ballast to load a cargo for England. Though she was convoy for most of the round trip, as she approached Abaco the ship was unescorted and alone. On the 10th of of the ship Charles Racine, sunk by the Italian submarine Finzi north of Puerto Rico. On the 13th she learned of the destruction of the Daytonian by another Italian sub, the Tazzoli, east of Abaco, and on its track. Then, on the 15th of March Captain Roberts ship took a direct hit from a torpedo and rapidly began to sink. When the submarine, under Count Carlo Fecia di Cossato, surfaced, British gunner V. Coleman was waiting. enough to force the submarine into a crash dive. The momentum of the at tacker was such that it could not submerge enough before passing beneath the ship. As a result the bow of the submarine was badly damaged and the torpedo tubes bent. The sub was crippled for the balance of the patrol. The men abandoned the sinking Athelqueen. Then the sub surfaced again near the bow, where the guns could not reach the ship sank. three boats and made for Elbow Cay, the west. One man, the Second Engineer, had a broken arm from the torpedo explosion. The boats arrived off 17 March at different times. Captain go round the island to the lee, but was caught in the reef surge. After trying to row away, the exhausted men gave up and aimed for shore, trying to bump their way to safety. It worked, and the men landed on the beach, where they rested in the dark. The other two boats were not so was overturned in the surf and 5 men were tossed into the waves and refused to get back on board. The Third Ofmade it back outside the surf line, while the 5 swimmers stuck out for shore. Three of them drowned, and their bodies were not immediately recovered, however two survived. The Chief Mates boat and they waited till sunrise. At that time, Radio Operator came to tow us in one navigating and the second steering through the reefs. At sunrise, Captain Roberts wrote that he looked round the island and saw some small boys looking at us, so I spoke to them and asked if there were many people on the island, at which time they ran away and brought along dre. The commissioner took us up to us in the various houses and sent for a that on the beach he was met by is landers and taken to houses where we were given food and found a place to rest. The Methodist ministers home was swamped by the addition of 20odd crew members. ers couldnt have been kinder to us. The Roman Catholic priest visited us and offered to let our families know we were safe One islander took me to his cane and his palm trees. He generously cuts some cane and a coconut for me to eat A woman islander wove me a hat from some kind of vegetation. The one thing that surprised me was seeing a small girl wheeling a pram which contained a recently born baby. I was woman and that the baby was hers. A few days later the men were tak Content S., the same vessel which had than ten days before. The British sail ors gave their 3 large lifeboats to the islanders, who towed them to the ship while singing a hymn with the line Lucerne and Rozelda hotels, where the Duke of Windsor bought them a beer. After some recuperation time the Athelqueen sailors were repatriated to England via Montreal, Canada in various convoys. Alan Heald was sunk two more times within two months and afterwards moved to a shore job. The three dead men, Harold Jones, aged 21, William Proctor, 30, and David W. Firth, 52, are buried behind the berm under cairns of local stones. A monument was recently erected in their memory. O. 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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 45 MUST SELL Great Guana Cay Colonial style commerical building known as Art Cafe situate in the vicinity of the public dock in the settlement of Guana Cay. Appraised $656,000 No. 15 & 17, portion of Orchid Bay Subdivision Property comprises of 7,500 square feet. Appraised $90,000 for both or $45,000 per lot. Marsh Harbour Multi-purpose commercial building known as Faith Convention Center. Multipurpose $1.7 millionMarsh Harbour 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 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit Crossing Rocksrant and shops. Second Floor 10 units (1) bed (1) bath North Side of Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour. Appraisal $953,970 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 56-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com NOTICE NOTICE NOTICEMay the following persons please collect their Jewellery repairs immediately. Lenora Wallace; Repair # 4942 Misty McLaughlin; Repair # 4905 Ryan S. Laroda; Repair # 4581 Darren Lightbourn; Repair # 4921 JEWELS GEMS & MORE367-2418 From Page 10 Little League Baseball players prepare for Eleuthera tournament In the past several weeks, the All Abaco Little League Baseball Association has been hosting a series of fundraisers to assist their players with travel expenses for upcoming tournaments in April and May. As a result, the Twins Plumbing Marlins team will head to Eleuthera from April Thanks to the communitys support, the fundraisers held in March have greatly assisted the teams. The association mem bers provided food and drinks, bouncing castle and other childrens activities, and they organized a scrimmage between the More Sportsas the Lady Sluggers were shut down the game with a score of 10-3. Lady Sluggers Pitcher Rhonda Eldon game despite their lack of practice. However, she anticipated that they would be more than ready as they prepared to face the Tornadoes again on March31. Bootle said a mens game between place on March 30 at Bakers Field as well as a game between female players of the R.J. Runners and F.E.S. Peacocks teams The games resume on April 13 with game takes place between the Tornadoes ners compete against the Lady Sluggers, and the Destroyers take on the D & R Sluggers at the Murphy Town Park. The R.J. p.m. at Bakers Field on April 15. players and parents. Part proceeds went toward the Eleuthera trip while the remain ing portion will go toward the May tourna ment that will be held on Abaco. There were also several meetings elections were held for positions needing to dent of the All Abaco Little League Base ball Association along with Elvis Curry as vice president, and Charmica Curry as the secretary; Marilyn Innocent, treasurer; Tammy Albury, assistant treasurer; and Theresa Albury, chaplain. cial training course that is administered by the University of West Virginia at a cost of $35 for those interested in becoming coaches. Anyone can be involved, and it would just be like an afterschool thing or on weekends to get these teams a little ways, and they are doing well, but we who could coach. Last year, Denardin and three of the students were privileged to attend the well Murray, Deangela Murray competed and returned with a number of medals for their noteworthy achievements.Olympics From Page 11 See news happening? Call The Abaconian: 367-3200

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Page 46 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, in conjunction with the Inter-Development Bank, is in the process of nalizing a proposal for the Revitalization of the Sponging Industry in The Bahamas. All Persons interested in being involved in the Project are asked to register with BAIC in Nassau and the Family Islands or with the Island Administrator.BAIC Marsh Harbour Ofce:(242) 367-0066 A real gutsy lady and full-time Organist at Epworth Chapel in Cherokee Sound, Margaret Schutemak er, road her three-wheeled bicycle in the Cherokee Community Clinic Walk/Bike A Thon on February 25 and managed to her age category and one for raising $700 in sponsorships. race where a young man (10 years old) fell off his bicycle which resulted in a skinned elbow. Obviously, she was unable to adhis fears and got him quickly back to his transferred to the paramedic which was close by to be patched up. There were two other accidents, one involving a skinned knee (by a gentleman who admitted he was watching the girls instead of the road) and few bruises and a bump on the head by one of the bikers who fell off at the half-way point. However, the race. Even though Ms. Margaret can be seen peddling around Cherokee streets almost any day of the week, she does suffer with a bad ankle and her daily jaunts are probably not more than a short distance from her front door. We feel she was very courageous to attempt this race, but she obviously holds a special place in herheart for and wanted to do her part. Trained in Scotland, she came to and her husband, Marinus, bought a home and she has been here for the people of Cherokee whenever there was an accident employee, but rather as a good neigh rooting for Ms. Margaret to complete the course. Ms. Margaret is now a widow, a loyal church attendee, conducts Tuesday night Bible Study and has assisted with besides playing the church organ for any occasion. She has one daughter living in spected in Cherokee and will also be here for the people of Cherokee once our Clinic is completed. First Anniversary for Soup Kitchen Epworth Methodist Church and the ladies of the congregation celebrate their meals to the elderly and shut-ins of Cherokee. Each month they prepared and deliv ered meals to the residents regardless of the community. Sometimes it is hot soup once even a fresh fruit salad. The elderly look forward to seeing the ladies knock at their door and welcome them each month with a smile and appreci ate the few minutes of greeting and conver of the day and the ladies enjoy seeing them as well and being able to visit, if only for a few minutes. The minister of the church, Reverend nity and helped to set it up as an out-reach ministry and saw it as a way for the church to do something good within the communi ty. Many are unable to attend church anymore and todays elderly do not receive as much attention by their family and friends as in years gone by and they are extremely grateful. church ladies, but it is also supported and sponsored by generous donations from church members, individuals and various businessesmen in the greater Abaco com munity for which we are all very grateful. The ladies vow to continue this la bour of love for as long as there is a need or as long as they feel they can make a difference. Press Release MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT CLAIM OVER OFFSHORE DRILLof The The Bahamas position with respect to oil exploration and exploitation within the territorial waters of The Bahamas. The Minister advises that, notwith standing the pressure of commercial interests, the same rationale which led the oil exploration exists today. Prior to even considering drilling in our waters, The Bahamas seeks to have the following comprehensive and robust proviEnvironmental Policy Safety Policy Tax Policy Revenue Policy Training and Employment Policy Contingency Plans Insurance Requirement and Standards Decommissioning Policy and Standards Further, consideration would not be public dialogue. THE MORATORIUM, WHICH FOR THE FUTURE.

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 47 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: UNDER CONTRACT NEW PRICE REDUCTION! $1.2 million UNDER CONTRACT The Pink Cottage UNDER CONTRACT $899,000 NEW PRICE REDUCTION $225,000 New!!! $650,000 UNDER CONTRACT Beau Soleil $595,000 PRICE REDUCTION $895,000 Asking Price $475,000 Roberts House $395,000 Summer Breeze PRICE REDUCTION $495,000 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022 Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am-7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician, Echocardiogram Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea Dr. Tonya HallGatroenterology Ms. Antoinette Lightbourne Ultrasound www.auskellmedical.comDr. Freeman Lockhart -Orthopedic Surgeon Ms. Nikeia Watson Mammogram For Appointments Call 367-0020Extended Care (After Hours) Call 577-0113A General Practitioner is on staff Monday through SaturdayDr. Keith Lewis -Chiropractor Dr. Gerhard Klassen -General surgeon Dr. Augustin Ohueyi Dr. Shamanique Bodie -Gynecologist/ Obstetrician Dr. Ronald Knowles -Obstetrician / Gynecologist Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Duranda Ash -Ophthamologist Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist Govt gets outside The government announced March York City Police Commissioner William Bratton as it explores all avenues in its We will show no tolerance and we will not rest until the scourge of crime is eliminated from our society, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in a statement. That statement also noted that, UnMr. Bratton implemented a no tolerance policy to ensure that petty crime does not lead to an overall escalation of criminal behavior. He also increased the diversity of makeup of the cities in question, as well as discouraging police corruption, acting tough on gangs and involving law-abiding elements of the society in crime preven tion. The statement said the exploratory visit by Bratton will include meetings force. There will be a brief press statement During its current administration, the government has battled a sharp increase in violent crime with four murder records reOn the campaign trail, crime is a key issue for all parties. Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) National NewsCourtesy of The Nassau GuardianLeader Perry Christie has declared that his party is the only party with an effective leadership needed to address the problem. The statement released yesterday takes crime very seriously and is relent lessly pursuing bold solutions to curb crime and maintain our peaceful way of life in The Bahamas. Crime is a social issue the government is determined to solve by any neces sary legal means. To that end, the government is involving all elements of society The statement said that in addition cluding reforming, increasing and equip ping the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and passing a very strong anti-crime legislative package, the government invited Bratton for discussions. York based risk consultancy. A former police chief, he became renowned for his successful contributions to solving crime issues in much tougher Angeles, the statement noted. Turnquest said, The government is look plan, incorporating elements from people and organizations such as Mr. Bratton, who have real life expertise in reversing crime escalation in very tough locations. The statement added that any such information that is rendered useful will be implemented and reinforced by the Royal Bahamas Police Force led by Commission Turnquest said, The aim is to leave signed at rooting out crime and ensuring The Bahamas remains a safe haven for all its citizens and visitors alike. Our lawful and peaceful way of life must and will be preserved.Earl Deveaux slams oil drilling critics The minister of the environment cerning recent accusations on oil drilling in The Bahamas. Earl Deveaux told the House of Assembly yesterday that accusing companies and elected members of Parliament "of doing things they are not doing" was unnecessary, and could have been avoided if the proper channels were followed. The declaration came as the House of Assembly passed a historic Freedom of Information (FOI) bill that promises to give everyday Bahamians the right to ac cess information held by government and its agencies, such as the Bahamas Electric ity Company (BEC), Water and Sewerage Deveaux said the result of making such allegations required "a defense from a friendly government, a response from the company, when at all times the information was available to anyone who sim ply asked". At a time when we're debating and discussing the passage of freedom of information, the minister pointed out he had never received a single request concerning oil drilling activities form his political rivals. Last week, the Bahamas Petroleum that it has not contracted an oil rig for exploratory drilling in The Bahamas. The statement was followed by a declaration from the Chinese Embassy, which moved to dispel notions that it was in negotiations with BPC and the government to gain an oil drilling contract. The People's Republic of China insisted it has not entered into these discussions. The statements were in response to mounting concerns and accusations from government was actively engaged in negotiations with oil drilling companies and information was being withheld from the general public. To illustrate his commitment to trans parency, Deveaux further referenced the in April 2010. "We provided weekly updates on the possible of impact of oil in The Bahamas. We had three trips to Cay Sal to inform the Bahamian people on the likely impact should it hit our waters and shores," he said. The minster also highlighted a photo graphic journal of Cay Sal, Bimini, Andros and Ocean Cay, and a report done by the Living Oceans Foundation. "All of the information was public and for the asking," he said. Please see Drilling Page 20

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Page 48 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 LOG CABIN Ref# 9679Cabin House; 1 full bedroom; 1 sleeping loft; 1 bathroom; Turtle Rock, Abaco $161,000BUSTICK BIGHT Ref# 9608These fully furbished 1 bed, 1 bath cottage refused S.C. Bootle Highway $240,000CHAT & CHILL RESTAURANT Ref# 9608A building that can be is for a variety of business or personal offers, Dundas Town $455,000COVE ESTATES Ref#9648Commercial building; 5 unit 2 storey; 2 befroom; 2 bathrooms, Marsh Harbour $714,000VACANT LAND Lot#2 Ref#9677 S.C. Bootle $32,000VACANT LAND Ref# 9678Vacant lot; 1,060 acres in Turtle Rock off S.C. Bootle Highway $75,000CANAL LOT Ref# 9140 $360,000 (REDUCED)VACANT LAND Ref# 9133 Beach Drive, Treasure Cay $115,000 (REDUCED)VACANT LAND Ref# 9699 Pines, Marsh Harbour $31,000ATLANTIS CONDO Ref# 9141Nestled in the beautiful resort commuity of Treasure Cay, Abaco, is a spectacular tropical-themed two bedroom/two bath waterfront condo $425,000 (REDUCED) Terrance Strachan Estate Agent Annstacia Sweeting-Storr Estate Agent Shoine Strachan Estate Apprentice Man-O-War Sea to SeaAtlantic Ocean Abaco Sound Choice Man-O-War property, 8.36 acres (willing to divide), 400 feet ocean frontage, about 400 feet on Sea of Abaco. 3 Cottages & highest point on Man-O-War Cay with 360 degree view of 37 cays. Bayside has furnished hill-top home with commanding view & two separate bedrooms with 100 foot dock and breakwa ter. Owner Financing Available. Contact Jack Albury 242-367-2333 / 242-477-5270 or kingofjack@gmail.com Groceries Toiletries . Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat .WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Scenes of fun at the carnival Deveaux went on to detail other as pects of the FOI bill, including the hiring of an information commissioner to handle inquiries for information. He said the mea sures promote openness, protect whistle blowers and encourages organizations to maintain records. Ryan Pinder, the representative for Elizabeth, praised the general concept behind the FOI, but criticized some of the "murky" provisions. to seek general consultation on such a land mark piece of legislation. "The issue of this bill should transcend political parties. It is a piece of legis lation that is vitally important to make sure it delivers on its intended purpose," Pinder told the House of Assembly. The representative for Elizabeth said the current bill is "based almost entirely" on similar legislation in the Cayman Islands, saying "we do not want to legislate for ourselves". He expressed concerns over whether elements of the bill would be incompatible with The Bahamas, and noted that no clear timeline has even been given for its imple mentation. In particular, Pinder highlighted the essentially overrides the FOI bill. The act, he said, allows government agencies to deny any requests that may be contrary to the "public interest". "But what is the public interest?" he asked. "In my opinion, the term public more objectivity in an otherwise murky statement." Logistics and actually dealing with requests are another concern, the Elizabeth representative noted, as each agency will the required 30 day period. The current FOI bill does not adequately lay out this approach, he said. Drilling From Page 19 Have news or an event you want to share with The Aba conian? Email us: abaconiannews@gmail.com

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 49 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt, 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Marsh Harbour, Cozy island home, 3 br/2 bath, 1500sf fully furnished just bring your clothes, master suite with bonus room, water views, pool, great location on Pelican Shores, avail imed., nonsmoking home, Short or long Marsh Harbour, Spacious 2 bd/2 ba, fully furnished exec apt overlooking the harbour. Seeking annual lease. Serious enquires contact iggyMarsh Harbour, 1,200 sq. ft. 2 bed, 2 bath, fully furnished, washer & dryer, A/C, harbour 2252 Marsh Harbour, Cove Estates, 1 bed, 1 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Village, 1 bed, 1 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Buying? Selling?Want more business? can bring fast resultsCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete Cherokee Hill Top, Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cays only private gated community, Marnies 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 Great Guana Cay, 3 interior lots & 1 water front lot along with 3 bed, 2 bath house overlooking ocean and bay, includes one dock slip. Asking $575,000 for all four lots and house. ALSO 3 additional interior lots for sale 50% details Hope Town, North End, last remaining uncom Lubbers Quarters, new waterfront 3 bed, 3 bath home w/2 kitchens. Visit www.abacowa Marsh Harbour, Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath fully furnished, turnkey home. First, last & security dep. Great Cistern, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished home, with access to beach. $1,100/month. Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished & equipped. $1,100/mo. Also available by the Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. www.hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, The Crossing, luxurious 3 bed, 2 bath apartment now available for rent with pool, dock, cable & internet. Please call Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. REDUCED TO Treasure Caypool, marina, & stores. 3 BR 2 BA, complete seller. Brokers welcome. View and contact at www.blueskyabaco.com Treasure Cay Lot, one block from beach. Excellent Buy. Call 225-3211 Treasure Cay, residential in-land lot, with caMinimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Horticultural Society meeting about succulents and cacti The March 12 meeting of the Baha mas Horticultural Society-Abaco Branch was about cacti and succulents. It took the members away from Marsh Harbour to Bahama Palm Shores. The home of Mr. and Mrs. Chamie, a peaceful place surrounded by trees and facing the beautiful ocean beach, was the venue. Approximately thirty people gath passionately about both the thorny plants and the thick leaves ones that form the are succulents, but not all succulents are Cacti.) Ms. Cadman made her presenta tion in front of a table loaded with plants and that she sometimes picked up to dem onstrate a point. She explained how that type of plants had evolved to sustain long that would retain water in the case of suc culents or replacing the leaves with thorns in the case of cacti to reduce evaporation. Some will even drop their leaves altogether during dry times. She said that people (she admitted being one of them) start collecting succulents because they are usually attracted by the diversity they offer. They can be found all over the place, not just in deserts, she said. Succulents can be found in mountainous areas, as well as along beaches. Their appearance is also very varied. Two plants of the same species can look different, some with variegated leaves, some with plain leaves for example. Collectors often tend to collect only one species because it com prises so many types of plants. Ms. Cadman spoke very enthusiasti cally of her hobby, stating that she started with one cactus offered by her grandmoth er a long time ago and has now a greenhouse and a garden full of succulents. When speaking about caring for suc need water and that they were resistant to pests and diseases. Succulents can support drought but they do need some water, if not too much, she said. They do need some attention too, as they could be attacked by scales and fertilizing them now and again Although they grow slowly, they can be propagated very easily. Most of them do as well in ground (in a sandy soil) as they do in pots but Ms. Cadman said she prefers to grow hers in pots. Among the plants she brought for sale, that were grabbed by avid buyers as soon as the presentation was over, were various types of Aloe. The meeting ended with the plants auction which as usual was quite successful with Mr. Jack Hardy the perfect auction eer, driving the prices up without anyone realizing what was happening. SMYC organizes St Patricks Day parade BEC repairs downed electric poles in Blackwood Looking to advertise? Call us at 367-3200

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Page 50 Section A The Abaconian April 1, 2012 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954.958.0445 954.958.0447 (fax)On Demand Aircraft Charter Services Linked to US Customs via AMS for goods shipped to the U.S. Call Us Today! Your Cargo Specialists Rentals: Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and Replaced Need That Extra Help With Your Studies?GLAT, BJC, BGCSECopies of previous Examination papers for sale atAbaco 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 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 Want More BUSINESS? Then what are you waiting for?Promote your Business by Placing a Business Classied. Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or abaconiannews@gmail.com The Abaconian Community Calendar April March 31: Love for the Lowes April 5: ing April 12: April 13 April 14 April 27: April 28: Check The Abaconians Facebook Page for updated Calendar Entries

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April 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 51 Double Glass Door Freezer, turbo air, excel Watermaker S&K, 1000 g.p.d; like new elec. motor & cat pump. Well maintained, $3,500 Replacement $10,000. Call Richard Chickens for Sale, lays brown, blue & green Ceiling Fans, two new Hunter Original Clas Also nylon anchor or dock line Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE COURSES MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE Buying? Selling?Want more business? can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-320117 Mitzi Skiff, 18.5 Albury Brothers, with 115 Etac ask 21 Contender, all original hull with 225hp, 21 Sea Ray Laguna, center console w/175HP Mercury, Bimini with front and side curtains, trim tabs, hydraulic steering. DUTY PAID, 21 Polar Center Console, 2005, 150 HP 23 Albury Brothers Classic, new boat w/windshield, 225HP Mercury Optimax. 24 Formula, custom hardtop & windshield, with 250 HP Yamaha engine. Asking $20,000. 25.5 Dusky, Chart plotter & Hummingbird bottom ma chine, Sony CD stereo w/ XM radio. Looks & rides great. See at Outboard Shop, Marsh HarMust sell ASAP 26 J80, Unique Family Sailboat/Rocket ship, great condition, many recent upgrades. mains, 2-105% jibs, OB engine. Sail away at 28 Chris Craft, gas tank. For more information call Buddy at 31 Ocean Master, tuna tower, outriggers, 34 1997 Crusader, low hours and runs great! Upper & lower 34 Mainship, with 230 Yanmar diesel and Learn Haitian, Spanish or French, Fast and easy, using the latest methods in language ac quisition. Register now. Tuition $150. Call 1999 Club Car, up or golf, gas, lightly used, side curtains & 2002 Ford Ranger, player, good condition. $7,500 OBO. Call BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALESmall Boat Trailer, two wheel road ready 14 Novurania Rigid Inflatable; jet drive Evinrude 115, new turbojet out drive. Trailer, cover, ctr console, 10 draft. Runs great, fast, 17 Offshore Skiff or Boat, 50HP Mercury, center console, 20 gal gas tank, runs well. 2007 Chevy Malibu, clean title, excellent running condition. Serious enquiries only. Call 2008 Club Car Golf Cart, gas, pristine condi See news happening in your neck of the woods? Call The Abaconian to get a reporter down to your area. 367-3200 or after hours 577-2723

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