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Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 04-15-2012
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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15th, 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 Contract signed for $12 million health care facility Funds raised for Lowe HouseRotary, Pilot, Scurvy Few and other civic clubs join together for a good causeAbove: A pensive young girl weighs her options for the lollipop-draw. This game, and others, were among the attractions that day. For the full story see page 2. Abaco brings home gold from CARIFTAAbove: Elroy McBride and Shane Jones arrive home from the CARIFTA games which young athletes hail from Moores Island. See page: 11 On April 10 the Abaco Commu nity Health Care Facilitys contract was signed. Coastline Construction and Devel opment Company Ltd. was the company ceremony took place on the grounds where the construction of the new health care facility is to begin shortly. The Prime Minister, Minister of Works, and Minister of cials present at the signing ceremony. The contract is for $11,969,280.60 and work is to be completed over a 60-week period. The health care facility, which was designed by New Providence-based archi was presented as a state-of-the-art property to the hundreds of business and com munity leaders in attendance. It will be a single storied building sprawling out over approximately 32,000 square feet includ ing auxiliary buildings to house a morgue traditional colonial characteristics. Island Administrator, Cephas Cooper, delivered opening remarks and acted as the master of ceremonies. The signing Please see Contract Page 5

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com Central AbacoCivic clubs raise money for Lowe House of Abaco partnered with The Scurvy Few, Interact Clubs and the Anchor and Pilot clubs. On the grounds of the Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour the groups spent the day grill ing, serving steak dinners, hosting games and doing other activities. They were raising funds for Angela and Brent Lowe whose home in Spring City has fallen into disrepair. Starting at noon, and lasting throughout the day, hungry crowds stopped by the Anglican Hall to pick up their steak dinner, order one of Abacos specialty burgers or play a few rounds of hoopla. The Lowe house, one of the original structures in Spring City built during the logging-days, was the focus of Love for the Lowes. The Lowe family needed to make necessary repairs to their home and requested a loan to complete the work. The loan was approved. However, the family hired an unscrupulous contractor who went to work laying down cement on the old wooden leaving the job ter the house was inspected. The inspec tion revealed the structure of the building had been compromised. Their house was suddenly made worthless. In order crucial repairs the Lowe fam ily needed to extend their mortgage. To extend their mortgage they needed bring value back to their house in order to back the loan. However, this was now impossible since the property had been condemned and become valueless overnight. The Lowe family has suffered from illness and has been unable to maintain gainful employment. Hearing of the Lowe familys plight, several civic and charitable clubs on Aba co decided to organize the Love for the Lowes event. Tickets were sold for the steak dinners and people were encouraged to visit the event for more fun that was planned for the day. The Pilot Club and Anchor Club sold cakes and desserts to those in the steak line who had a sweet tooth. The Scurvy Few helped set up the tents and booths and supervised some of the childrens games such as the bouncy castle. Interact members, the youth branch man the booths. It should be noted that these students took time out of their holi tary Club of Abaco also helped organize and staff the event. Tickets were sold beforehand for the steak dinners. However, patrons could buy tick ets to participate in any of the games or for drinks and cakes. Above: Steve Davis and Debbie Curry smile and sell tickets. Jo-Ann Bradley, current President of along with the rest of her club to make this fundraiser a reality. She expressed how happy she was with the participation, the civic clubs on Abaco to pull together to help one family. Everyone involved produced a herculean effort. After picking up their steak dinner, gourmet hot dog or hamburger, patrons were invited to the grounds behind the Anglican Hall were game and drink booths were set up. Visitors that day would also master, who made sure that everyone who wanted a chance at the several, valuable prizes had a chance at buying a ticket. Children were entertained by the bouncy castle, hoopla and lollipop guessing games. Adults in the crowd had entertainment as well. Though the day had its share of fun and entertainment, more money still needs to be raised. If you want to donate to the tary Club of Abaco or any of the organiza tions mentioned. Above: hefty steak dinners were served to everyone who bought a ticket. People lined many people who had a ticket stopped by for a meal to go. All money raised went to the Lowe House Project.News that needs reporting? Tweet at or Facebook The Abaconian with details.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Central Abacoof this contract, he said, marks another red letter day for the people of Abaco. He thanked the attending heads of government, religious leaders and others who had a critical role in the process. ment for Central and South Abaco addressed the crowd. Abacos time has come, he said in reference to current and planned government projects on Abaco. He continued, The expenses will pay dividends 100 fold. Before closing his remarks he told those gathered, The future is ours to create. The project is funded by the National Insurance Board. Patrick Ward, the chairman of the NIB, was present to deliver remarks. in fact, the current facility in Marsh Harbour. The new health care facility will be the twenty second health center the NIB has funded as part of its initiative of delivering a greater investment to The Baha mian people. Today its all about you, Mr. Ward remarked. After a stirring song selection by Wendy Sands, the Minister of Health, Dr. Hubert Minnis, took the podium. He announced that after the health care facility is completed in 60 weeks it will replace the current clinic in Marsh Harbour. The Honourable Dr. Minnis explained the push towards advancing tele-medicine, rotating specialists in and the possibilities of performing outpatient surgeries. The keynote address was brought by the resilience of its economy compare to other family islands. Youve led the way, in many ways, he said. He also said there was growing recognition of your importance, within central government. The same facility which is being constructed in Exuma is costing $2 million more than the one in Abaco. The Prime Minister tied this doing business in Abaco. On the topic of costs, the Prime Minister called the exten sive cavities under the grounds of the new Administrative Building and health care facility, regrettable, eliciting a chuckle from the crowd. He reminded Coastline Construction that 60 weeks was the deal. He asked that, as part of the deal, Coastline access local materials and services on Abaco as much as is possible. Twenty to thirty young people will also be trained on-site as part of a government initiative. nounced plans for the eventual creation of a new township in Marsh Harbour that will encompass the new government complex, health care facility and will reach to Cen tral Pines. The bank that wants the governments business, he said, will come to this part of town. Closing the ceremony was the sign ing of the contract. After the signing and Contract From Page 1 rush-out by students from Abaco Central High School.Abacos time has come ... The future is ours to create.Pictured below: Alvan Rolle, Project Ar chitect; Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis; the Hon. Neko Grant; Cephas Cooper, Senior Island Administrator; and Edison Key; Keith Ltd; Algernon Cargill, director NIB; Pat rick Ward, chairman NIB; Rev. Etienne Bowleg, deputy chairman NIB.Youve led the way, in many ways,

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 AbacoCarnival a success By Samantha Evans The Holiday Carnival was on Abaco for a little over three weeks and accord here was an absolute success. He stated got a chance to explore Abaco (including the blue holes) and visit many of the Cays. He stated that this island is beautiful and the people are some of the friendliest they have met in their world travels. The fact that they have numerous friends on the island made their stay even more enjoyable. During their stay on Abaco, the carnival was a huge hit with teens and families. to go out onto the grounds and speak with the patrons and they all had great things to say. He noted that they were especially pleased with the ride all you want bands. extremely busy but the last week was light. He believes that this is due to the fact that many persons believed that they had left already. While on Abaco they hired ten persons who turned out to be great employ ees. Additionally, they brought in 25-30 of their faithful workers from Nassau and Freeport who are familiar with how the Carnival works and have been employed sell stated that they have had no break-ins at the site or thefts. He is so grateful that Abaconians have enjoyed the few weeks they were here. He noted that what keeps them doing this are the kids. He enjoys watching them grin from ear to ear while on the rides or when they win a stuffed animal. These smiles are an indication that they had great fun. He and his team looks forward to the day when they can come more often and one thing that can aid that is the construc tion of a dock. This dock will allow big shipping vessels and cruise ships regular consistent access to the port to off load people and equipment. However, the Holiday Carnival is not scheduled to return for the next three years but they hope that this can be lessened but is dependent upon the powers that be. He sends high regards to all persons who made his team were not ready to leave but duty calls. The last day for the carnival was Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Fires keep Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue busyBy Timothy Roberts Barber Shop At 3 a.m. on March 28 Marsh HarMurphy Town across from Abaco Central High School. The building was totally enA nearby hydrant allowed a second It took over two hours to completely extin said that the building was unoccupied at the time. The police are investigating the possibility of arson as a bystander report that a car stopped at the site, and then sped away Car Fire Just before 1am on Wednesday, April 4, the Fire Department received a call to Methodist Church Grave Yard in Dundas Town. Engine Five was sent to the scene rolled over on its side and burning. FireWaste and Oil Fire Just before 3pm on April 4 a huge patch phone in Marsh Harbour to receive many calls. Initially there was a concern that it might be the BEC plant on the S.C. Bootle Highway because of the volume of solid black smoke seen by many concerned persons in Central Abaco, and even as far away as Hope Town. It was soon discov ered to be at the old dump close to the BEC plant where hundreds of gallons of old enThe oil was in a low depression where septic tank sludge is pumped and al lowed to dry. Concerns were raised over the toxic smoke being a combination of used oils, industrial chemicals and septic tank bacteria. No buildings were threatened but there are concerns that a high-water condition could take the oil out through the western marls. Wind shifts took occasional smoke through the Central Pines Subdivi sion. Using foam and the high pressure water cannon on top of Engine Five, most reach on the far side of the swampy area the scene at about sundown; however, that Firemen responded again the next when the septic-tank pump operator built a small causeway across the swampy area, allowing him to reach the far side. Investi gation into this matter is ongoing. Old Lumber Mill Home Burns Down April 7. The volunteers found the FerguThis wooden house built of native pine, heavy with resin and pitch, made a very Please see Fire Page 22

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 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! Central AbacoAuskell introduces new services on Abaco During her visit to Auskell Medical Center on March 30, Dr. Duranda Ash, an ophthalmologist, was just as ecstatic as her had been installed in her ofThe eye chair is equipped with a slit lamp to check eye pressure because glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and a phoropter, which determines if the patient will need glasses. Additional instruments included a computerized screen for checking vision, and Dr. Ash was able to switch from numbers to letters to shapes and increase and decrease their sizes. She also pointed out the autorefractor, which is a device used to check the prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Finally, the lensometer is used to determine if the patients current prescription is accurate or if changes need to be made to improve the prescription. Dr. Ash began offering her services through Auskell since 2007, and now visits the facility twice a month to provide more continuity of care to her patients. As she looked around at the state-of-the-art eye equipment around her, Dr. Ashs excite ment continued to build. You have the specialist, and all the high-tech equipment to go with it. Its a great day, she remarked. I am ecstatic, and so are my patients, and I am sure they will continue to be. Dr. Duranda Ash is scheduled to return to Auskell in mid-April. Lewis, a chiropractic physician, who spoke about two health services that will surgical spinal decompression, which is available for the treatment of herniated discs, disc protrusions, disc bulges or disc degenerations before surgical intervention is needed. At Auskell, a laser assisted or laser enhanced approach has also been incorporated into the spinal decompression procedure to speed healing and reduce pain more quickly. Over the years, Dr. Lewis admitted that he has become increasingly irritated with the number of failed back surgeries he has seen involving people who have undergone as many as three surgeries, yet still experience pain. However, he was pleased to announce that spinal decompression may be offered as soon as the end of April at Auskell. Dr. Lewis said that they Intend to have seminars to acquaint people with what they are doing and to demonstrated how spinal decompression works. As for what happens after decompression, he said it is no different than after back surgery because spinal rehabilitation and exercise You have the specialist, and all the high-tech equipment to go with it. Its a great day, Abaco National Park workday plannedThe Abaco National Park is 35 miles south of Marsh Harbour making it too far for many to visit a pine forest; however, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is in the process of putting together plans for mak ing the park more user friendly through more activities and amenities. On May 5th 2011, from 8-2pm, the BNT is hosting a work day at the Abaco National Park. If you are interested in helping the BNT improve your national park please join in. Help is needed in various areas including painting signs, painting benches and picnic tables, trail improvement, and trash pickup. This is also a great oppormals, including the Abaco parrot, found in the park by interacting with wardens and biologists who work in the area. Contact Caroline Stahala (Stahala@ bio.fsu.edu / 475-4504) or the BNT Abaco Also, if you are interested in participating but need a ride or have additional space to take people to the Abaco National Park, please let them know. South AbacoSAFA meets before Agri ExpoBy Mirella Santillo Few farmers attended the South Abaco Farmers Association meeting which took place on the eve of the long Easter weekend. But all the board members were present that evening of April 5, so a regular monthly meeting was held with Leslie Thompson presiding. He announced imme diately that the clearing of the lots would take place between April and June, advis ing the farmers that the cost of one hour of equipment rental would be matched by the Department of Agriculture, giving them two hours of machinery for the price of one. Barbara Gibson read the minutes of the March 15 meeting which was brief because of a political rally taking place in town. BAIC offering Persian Lime from Andros for sale at the price of $7.50 was minimum of 200 trees was required to be purchased. A member asked whether the canker ban was lifted and were told that it was lifted for trees grown within The Bahamas but not for trees grown in Florida. Farmers were reminded again to supply whatever produce they had to enter the All Abaco Agricultural and Marine place April 27-28. The farmers were encouraged to enter even if bush tea or jams were their only products. T-shirts will be on sale once forms have been submitted to the Department of Agriculture for approval. After the approval of the minutes Mr. Thompson addressed the concerns that had surfaced at the last meeting such as removing the cow grass, the problems with hogs and the clearing of the roads to access the lots. Those concerns had been forwarded to BAIC. Please see SAFA Page 10 Please see Auskel Page 13

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 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 // Politics as JunkanooI had my editorial for this issue all planned out and ready to type. That is, I did have it planned out until the bell hit the country and my hands are tied: this editorial will be about our politics. Most Bahamians love politics. We dont even need a secret ballot, all you have to do is sneeze and a fellow Bahamian will tell you his colour. It is a cultural storm that builds up during the months leading up to the day when ballots are cast and doesnt subside until months after. The rallies, speeches and parties all leading up to that allimportant date build on each other. Its a chorus that we all join in on until our voice is hoarse. It builds momentum, and as the momentum builds it drags people under its weight. Depending on who you talk to, the election cycle is either fun, serious this season is boring. That is because over the years we have been condi tioned to see election time as a spec tacle. The parties arent represented by their beliefs, accomplishments or ide als. Theyre represented simply by the colour of the shirts they give away at their rallies. Youre either red, or yellow or, more recently, green. When a partys entire belief system is boiled down to a colour or a chant its easy to not talk about the issues. Its easy to get swept up in the fever pitch of election and blame the countrys troubles on one side or the other. For a country whose politicians switch sides as often as they do it is incredible how much the colour of the other persons shirt matters. Where do they plan to take our country? What do they believe in? And, for that matter, what do we believe in? Certainly not a colour or a mantra. We need to remember that this spectacle we all engage in, yes we are all guilty, can be fun and, indeed, a guilty pleasure. But we can be blinded by the procession of rushing colour and trumpeting noise. This is not Junkanoo. This is so very important. The importance of what we as a country are about to do, vote, should not be lost. We, as a people, have a great opportunity that many in the world do not share and will never know. We are a free people with a democratic system of government. A blame. At least, it cant be solved that way by those who are put in charge. But if we as a people examine our choices and look beyond what colour were voting for and look instead at what this country must accomplish to succeed we may realize we need to do more than think up nick-names to badmouth our least favorite politician. A nickname never stopped a toothless law from being passed or a damag ing budget from being approved. Im not here to advocate for one side or the other. I cant do that. But I have long practiced listening to what each side has to say. You learn things that go beyond what each politician believes or has for her or his goals. You learn things about yourself and this empowers you to grasp a larger understanding of whats happening in this country. If we stay in the same circles and never talk or reason issues out with someone who opposes us there will never be growth. Not for us personally and certainly not for our country. We live in an echo chamber where everything bad that happens is the other partys fault. And well have our reasons why its their fault and they may be good, and they may be right, but at least we need to admit to ourselves how much more complicated the world is. We Bahamians have never lacked that deadly sin: pride. Were a prideful people who have, in fact, achieved much. But we have also built our little castles of entitlement. The politics of today play on our pride and thats what makes them so successful at the game and spectacle, but not successful in producing substance. We must demand that our politi cians produce substance. Pick your side. Weve got red, yellow or green. Weve made it real simple and we dont have to ask any more questions; especially if the ques tions are big. Its all a big game, a charade and spectacle. Its a Junkanoo rush for our entertainment. That, dear reader, is the attitude that will appease our pride but destroy us as a country. Features in This Issue:Community Calendar: Section B Page 20 Crossword Puzzle: Section B Page 17 Letters to The Editor: Section A Pages 9 & 19 National News: Section A Page 16 Entrepreneur Watch: Section A Page 20 Tide Chart: Section A Page 20 Spotlight on Debbie Symonette: Section A Page 13 Visitors Guide: Section A Page 23 Rental Home List: Section A Page 22 Classifieds: Section B Pages 22 & 23 Crime Report: Section B Page 16Lyford Cay Foundations Technical Training ScholarshipsApply Online NowThe Lyford Cay Foundations are accepting online applications from Bahamian citizens for technical training and vocational schol arships for study in the U.S., Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. These awards are directed primarily at individuals who wish to train or upgrade skills in areas where mians in the workforce. The application deadline is May 1, 2012. For details and to apply, please visit http:// www.lyfordcayfoundation.org

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 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! Las BrisasMarnies Marnie's Landing Private Marina, Gated, 5 Lots left Marnies Landing GREAT VALUE 100+ acres situated at entrance of world famous Treasure Cay Resort, overlooking historic Green Turtle Cay with 1500 of waterfront! Thurston BayDouble Beach Lots"Second Chance" 2 Bed/1 Bath Guana Cay Second ChanceBill Dillon New Name35,000+ square feet 143' Oceanfront North of Tahiti Beach Barefoot Breezes9 acres Sea to Sea Estate, 649' of sandy Beach, 625' of Sea of Abaco Bayfront, Peaceful & private. N. of Hope Town. 9 AcresTahiti Hai Donald SeasWe 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 $995K Sweetings Landing NEW PRICE! NEW PRICE! Price Reduction New Listing 3B/2B Beautiful home with amazing views located in White Sound, Elbow Cay with private dock. Rental History! $1.15M Letters to the Editor Illegal Bug TradeGuana Cay has some new visitors and Im wondering if they are guests of Bakers Bay Company (BBC). Evidence suggests spiders of the brown recluse type along with boogey man millipedes have come to town. Everybody knows what vagabond insects are when it comes to a free ride. Why theyre even worse then me. Now, you might ask. How is this possible? After all, back in 2004 BBC promised to get all their shrubs and grass locally on Abaco. (Are you paying atten Agriculture?) Well, as it turned out, Bakers is getting all that stuff from southern USA, home of the recluse spider and the millipede. They dont worry about bugs on the fancy verandas at BBC. Guys in headto-toe white costumes spray everything that moves, but down in the settlement we have good bugs and bees and fruit trees and gardens. We like to keep poison spray far away. There could have been many jobs in grass. That would have been very good for Abaco and it would have prevented bad bugs from coming into Guana Cay. Now what would you suppose happened to that promise made back in 2004? Its the same story; Not enough skilled workers? Hire foreigners!....Not enough shrubbery? Buy Foreign! Yes sir those jobs have gone to foreigners, like so many of the BBC jobs. It says in the paper that they are growing the golf course grass here. Seashore Paspallum grass-that uses little or no fertilizer. They are even offering it for sale to locals. Maybe little or no fertilizer for a regular lawn but not for a golf course!!! I cant afford a computer or that fancy internet stuff but I asked someone to Google Seashore Paspallum grass and it says in the plain Queens English that is needs 5 to 8 pounds per year per 1000 square feet. So that is between 217.5 to 348 lbs of fertiliz er per acre per year. Now multiply that by 100 acres of golf course and we are talk ing some serious fertilizer. My calculator dont even go that high. Anyway, back to the bugs. The way things are going, wed bet ter expect to see the Chinese Four-Eyed Spotted Beetle showing up on Guana Cay pretty soon. Bakers Bay Co. actually tried to bring in a ship full of plants (and God alone knows what else) from Columbia. Yes, thats right, Columbia, South America! Can you imagine all the snakes and bugs in that cargo? Bakers must have thought our customs people were blind! Luckily someone has some sense and sent them packing! Shame on you, Bakers Bay, for trying a dirty trick like that to save money. Too expensive to buy from Abaco? .Just like it was too expensive to conduct scien money bag before the environmental health for Great Guana Cay! How dare you! Your those fancy meetings. I may be a penniless person, as you say, but at least I have a conscience. Those rich folks who want a place on paradise are not going to want to be associated with Bakers Bay Golf Co and their illegal bug trade. And while we are talking about bugs and other animals, what happening to all the crabs at Bakers Bay? It said right there in the EIA and EMO that the land crabs would be an indication of how well Discovery Land took care of the environment. Well there is not one crab to be found anywhere near Bakers Bay. Things that make you scratch you head. How is a penni less man supposed to be able to make some crab soup and dough?! Aubery Clarke The Pennyless ManIncinerator for Guana Cay?We commend Bakers Bay Corporation (BBC) for their renewed commitment to follow through with their nearly forgotten agreement to handle the trash produced by greater Guana Cay. Incineration, however, brings serious concerns which should be openly addressed at a series of public meetings. Its impact on health, tourism, and property values must be examined. Not all incinerators are alike. Some have secondary burn provisions along with smoke stack scrubbers and emit a rela tively benign gas. Others are merely holes in the ground into which trash is bulldozed and burned openly. The latter system is not unlike what exists now on Guana Cay and we have all experienced discomfort from those burns. Long-term community-health problems frequently can be traced back to incinerators and numerous studies have linked certain cancers and diseases with the particulates produced from burning trash. Why not purcahse a few trash compacters and ship them to Marsh Harbour on the many barges that frequent BBC's dock instead.. Since the tourist economy is central to Guana Cay's survival, let us consider the tourist's point of view. To bring a fam ily of four to Guana and rent a house and eat for a week, the average household will pay about $8000.00. Clean air and water are undoubtedly some of our major attrac tions. Indeed, mention the word 'Baha mas' and people paint a vivid picture of clear blue skies and crystal aqua waters, contrasted with endless beaches...an idyl lic and accurate image. Now, staying with our visiting family, imagine their feeling of betrayal as smoke burns their eyes and irritates their throats. A wind shift has placed their cottage directly in the line of smoke from our burning garbage. If, as is increasingly common, one of their chil dren suffers from asthma, there may be an expensive,emergency trip to the doctor in Marsh Harbour. One bad experience guarPlease see Letters Page 19

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 South AbacoBefore communicating the answer from BAIC, Mr. Thompson announced that a 40 foot container had be purchased for $1800. Once renovated, it can be used to sell products and material to other farmers in order to generate revenues. This is necessary since the grant money is dwin dling down. The farmers were advised to use a special machine to remove the roots of the cow grass, but that alternative solutions were being sought due to the high expense involved with the machine. In reference to the wild hogs, the farmers were reminded that once in possession of their land they were responsible for dealing with the problems arising. BAIC was only there to as sist. It was suggested that they fence their lots to keep the hogs out. Duty-free material can be purchased from Florida to minimize the expenses. Mr. Thompson suggested that the mem bers get together to order in bulk from the United States. A positive point still to be investigated is that BAIC might be responsible for clearing the roads. One member asked about the container that was to be president of BAIC and MP for Central and South Abaco. Mr. Martin came up with a sketch of a greenhouse made with PVC pipes and net cloth. He brought a quote of $500 for material; the members would build it. He asked for assistance from the men to do it but most urgently for the building of the tractor shed. Damaged poles can be purchased from BEC cheaply, he said but they will have to be transported to the property. He would like to get to the building of the shed as soon as possible as BAIC has promised to supply a tractor once there is a safe place to store it. The board insisted that the members should join hands together to do as much as possible themselves. The point that members of the asso ciation should work together as often as possible was stressed several times during the meeting. Mr. Martin also mention the boards intention of having a formal ground breaking ceremony. He was hoping on deciding of a date that evening but too many people were absent. nancial report. She enumerated the various entries and expenses and announced that there was approximately $12,000 left from the grant. The biggest expense was bringing up to date the registration fees for the association. stressed the point that members should be up to date on their dues within two months with being part of SAFA. She then went over the details of the Agricultural Exposi tion. The price of a 10x10 booth with two eight feet tables ranges from $300 to 150, depending on what is being sold. She advised to contact Mr. Cornish at BAIC or Ms. Curry for more details or to reserve a space. The legal aspect of the association (documents of incorporation) and the necessity to maintain an accurate record of the payment of the dues were brought forward by a couple of members. The assembly was reminded that there will be a training workshop April 24-26.SAFA From Page 7 Roadway Clean-UpBy Lee Pinder The Abaco Club on Winding Bay arranged for their employees and family members to do a roadside clean-up and litter collection on Saturday, March 31, 2012. They covered both sides of the road up to the club, down through Yellow Wood and as far as the Cherokee parking lot an area of approximately three and a half miles. Afterwards a picnic and fun day at the beach was held at the Long Dock in Cherokee. Everyone brought a bathing suit and went for a swim. The new pavilion, barbecue and picnic area by the Long Dock in Cherokee was a perfect spot for this event and everyone seemed to have wonderful time. Island. Locals are doing their best to contain the blazes, however, unooperative winds Volunteers needed for park workdayThe Abaco National Park is 35 miles south of Marsh Harbour making it too far for many to visit a pine forest; however, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is in the process of putting together plans for making the park more user friendly. On May 5, 2011, from 8-2pm, the BNT is hosting a work day at the Abaco National Park. If you are interested in helping the BNT improve your national park please join in. Help is needed in various areas.This the plants and animals, including the Aba co parrot. Contact Caroline Stahala (Stahala@ bio.fsu.edu / 475-4504) or the BNT Abaco

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 South AbacoElroy McBride and Shane Jones bring home gold Jones and Elroy McBride stepped off the plane and onto the Marsh Harbour International Airports tarmac as champions. Wearing their bright, Bahamian colours proudly the young athletes from Moores Island All Age School displayed one more colour that blended seamlessly into their tracksuits: gold. Part of the record-setting Bahamian track team, who are collectively closing in on over 40 medals this year, Elroy and Shane each have a gold medal to their name. Moores Island is known for producing top athletic talent, and these young mens performances add to the legacy. Shane Jones competed in the under-20 boys relay team in the 4x100 meter. He and his teammates edged out Jamaica by 0.3 seconds to win the gold. Shane also took second in the 100 meter dash. The 4 x 400 meter relay team had Elroy McBride. Also from Moores Island, he and his team blew out their nearest com petitor by nearly ten seconds. The Abaconian wishes these young men, and their national teammates, all the success going forward. Look forward to an interview with all Abacos competitors in the coming issues. Above: Shane Jones and Elroy McBridehappy to be home. Even happier, perhaps, to be sporting gold medals. These two young athelby Gary Sawyer middle right representing Abaco Patroleum who was a sponsor of the team. They were also greeted by Celestine Swain, an ardent supporter who came all the way from Moores Island to greet the champions at the airport. Shane competed in the competed in the under 20 boys division. Together, they won a total of three medals: adding to The Bahamas growing medal-count

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery Cay Topics authors urge support of Bahamian lightstationsBy Janet Reingold On March 20, Annie Potts, the author of the visually and verbally compelling new book Last Lights: The HandWound Lighthouses of The Bahama Islands spoke to 80 women at the March Cay Topics luncheon at the Hope Town Harbor Lodge. Dave Gale, Founder of the Bahamas Light house Preservation Society, and author of two books Beneath Another Sky and and Dave shared with a rapt audience their knowledge of the history of eleven Baha mian lightstations, why they were built, and their changing status since construc tion. Potts told her audience that the light houses were originally built by the British to keep merchant sailing ships safely away from the shallow Bahama Banks, and that they have survived 150 years of time and weather. While most of the lightsta tions have been automated and are now unmanned, three of them still remain hand operated, attended by keepers. Presently, their use as primary aids to navigation is in question and they are in need of continual structural repairs. Few in the audience realized that the the worlds last remaining kerosene fueled The Abaco District team of School Administrators, under the direction of District Superintendent, Mrs. Helen Simmons-Johnson, recently held an Appreciation Luncheon at the Green Turtle Club in Green Turtle Cay for veteran educator and daughter of Abaco soil, Dr. Lenora Black. Dr. Black served as District Superintendent of Abaco and raised the educational standards with her dedicated leadership. The luncheon featured many speeches and games making for a light hearted yet heartfelt time for those who attended. for her leadership. The Caysand manually operated lighthouse. Ms. Potts encouraged her audience to join the effort to maintain this lighthouse as it is. Noting the combined talents and resources within the Abaco community she shared her passion and positive outlook for es and individuals throughout the world who have already helped the BLPS and the Port Department to keep the manual light houses going. While I can not see into the future, I have a good feeling about this lighthouse, Potts said. She added that all who care consider themselves the current stewards of this treasure of Bahamian history. unique opportunity here in Hope Town and Abaco: to save for the world the last manned lighthouse of its kind. Somehow it will be done, because it is the right thing to do. Its as simple as that. As if to accentuate the necessity for aiding the lighthouses historical existence, just after the talk was over a strong rain squall blew through, shortening the abil ity of the luncheon attendants to see any further than their immediate tables. However, everyone still managed to enjoy the beach-side setting at the Harbour Lodge and vividly see the importance of saving this last light. Books by Annie Potts and Dave Gale are available through Ebb Tide in Hope Town. To learn more about the Elbow CayLighthouse.com. To make a donation to the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society and help preserve the Elbow Cay Lighthouse, please contact: Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Toll Free: 1-866-6119791, Local: 1-242-366-0095. Or email: harbourlodge@abacoinet.com Appreciation luncheon held for Dr. Black on Green Turtle CayLooking to advertise? Email The Abaconian:abaconiannews@gmail.com

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 Chris Thompson Real EstateService you deserve. People you can trust. Guana Cay Darvin Curry We know Abaco! One call does it all! MORE PROPERTIES FOR SALE Lubber's Quarters Beach lot .901 acres with Dock, $310,000 Guana Cay Tree House heart of village, 5B/3B ,2 Storey, pool, $469,000Lynyard Palms, Lynyard Cay .985 acres w/134' water frontageSecluded island living 15 south of Hope Town. $180,000 Great starter home Star Dance Lodge Cottage Lighthouse Cove with dock 3.8 acres beachfront, 2 cottages, 3.8 Acres 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 Rental. Banana Cabana New Listing New Price 2B/2B Main House, 1B/1B Guest Quarters Oceanfront, Pool, Great Rental South of Hope Town $1.49M $229,900 On April 2, during perfect sea conditions, a group of volunteers headed south. The project, to replace mooring at Sandy National Trust. another trip back to complete the project as soon as more materials can be acquired is planned. Immediately after installation of the eight moorings there were boats im mediately tied to every one of them. This proves the need for these moorings to protect the reef as well as allowing more people to visit the park and enjoy its beauty. Mark and Patti Gonsalves want to thank the volunteers that pitched in and gave a helping hand to get this done, Steve and Mike at Dive Time of Man-O-War, Brown Tip Bottom Cleaning and Diving Services, Margurite Melikian, Paul Caval, Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Charlie Horne and John Sporck.Volunteers place Sandy Cay Reef mooringsWe will offer a broad full range spectrum of services that will include spe and rebalance muscles after a long period of time. He said that statistics have proven that decompression produces an 86 to 90 percent success rate for its patients whereas back surgery only yields a long-term As part of Auskells focus on health introduced. The program will utilize cardiovascular machines, supervised exercise target persons with hormonal imbalances Auskell From Page 7 or who need help with nutrition and diet in conjunction with exercise programs. Protein shakes and meal replacements will be offered as well as exercise clothing for those enrolled in the program. The Fitness Center will help with and again, the bottom line is to get healthy to control weight, healthy to control blood pressure, healthy to control diabetes and healthy to try and control your back pain. We are focused on the whole body approach, and continue to move forward with healthy means to keep you healthy, so that we will see a healthier and healthier Abaco as time goes on.Debbie celebrates 30 years at Green Turtle ClubDebbie Symonette has become an icon of sorts and one of the family as she now celebrates her thirtieth year as a part of the Green Turtle Club. Starting work on April 17, 1982 Debbie recalls the club as quaint resort with a small wooden dock and a restaurant which she has seen double in those years. In those early days she was a waitress and a maid for the Club eventually moving to help bartend. Working along with Lynn Johnmanagers of the Club) in the early days she said taught her a lot. Its been a great experience, she said. Ive gotten to know myself and to know many other people. I have learned a lot about what tourism is all about. She said she has also had the opportunity to travel a lot because of the many guests she has met over the years. She has been to New York, Florida, Atlanta and Portland, Maine among other places. She said she has met a lot of people, which she really enjoys, and she has a knack for remembering the many names and faces. Even more special to her now is seeing visitors children now grown up, returning with their children. It feels like you are a part of a large family, she remarked. In 2007 she was awarded the Cacique Employee of the Year Award for 2006/07 for which she said she owes a great deal to tor. In turn her own daughter is preparing to follow in her footsteps as LaShondra Curry studies Hospitality and Hotel Lodging at Johnson and Wales University. She said she owes so much to the many people she has worked with over the years from the owners Adam Showell and Ann Me riner, to Lynn and Molly McIntosh. Working with Linda nee Nesbitt, Pat McIntosh and all the staff have all impacted her life in many ways. I love them and look forward to working with them for many years to come, she said. She also thinks of Erklin McIntosh, tosh who monuments to longevity having been there for years before she arrived and remain until today. they treated me like family from the day I got here, she said. Debbie said she thanks God for the years she has been able to spend in Green Turtle Cay and at the Club and thanks the community and her family in Fox Town and Nassau for all their support over the years.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 STANDARD HARDWARE Lumber & Plumbing Supplies email: standardhardware@netbusiness.com Let Standard help you plant your Spring ideas! Lawnmowers Trimmers Chainsaws Irrigation Hoses We stock a wide variety of National NewsCourtesy of The Nassau Guardian Election Set for May 7By Taneka Thompson The next general election will be held on May 7, Prime Minister Hubert Ingralast night. Ingraham rang a symbolic bell sig contested race. The national address came six hours a proclamation from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes. Provost Marshal Ellison Greenslade read the proclamation on the steps on the House of Assembly at 2 p.m. Greenslade also read a second procla mation later in the day, revealing that Parliament will reconvene on May 23. Last night, the prime minister recounted the challenges his administration has faced from the 2008 global reces sion to a rise in violent crime. Ingraham said his government has been working relentlessly to eradicate criminal behavior and has focused on the social conditions that give rise to a crimi nal culture. In spite of these efforts, four years with 127 murders recorded in 2011. The prime minister urged all Bahami is a blight on our society that knows no party and no creed, he said. It makes no distinction. We, as a people, must stand as one against this menace perpetrated on our country; it is something too important for partisan politics to sidetrack us from. Ingraham said his government has made progress in restoring the countrys economic and national security. He also touted the various infrastructure projects his administration has presided over during its current term. Elsewhere, we are making progress in terms of economic recovery and national secu rity. And we have invested in making our country better every day, he said. These things were not done because we like roads or we like building; they were done because we love the people of our country. His comments were a reference to repeated criticisms from members of the the FNM is more concerned with creating infrastructure than investing in Bahamians. VOTE The prime minister also thanked Bahamians for trusting him to lead the nation for three non-consecutive terms. Ingraham urged all eligible people to vote on polling day regardless of their political persuasion. been challenges, successes and above all, hope for the future. As weve worked to achieve success and stability, there has been one guiding principle of my government: Our Bahama land belongs to us all, he said. Now we look to the future and the next election. As we begin this process, I want to ask all of our citizens to commit ting of this great democracy of ours. Whatever the outcome, this will be an historic election on many levels. Cast ing a ballot is a right of all registered voters. Equally as important, we must have a clean, free, fair and honest election as these are the most sacred aspects of democ racy. national observers from the Organization United States have been invited to monitor the May 7 election. People who are unable to vote on polling day because of travel plans, government assignments overseas, pregnancy, or hospitalization etc. will be able to vote in an advance poll. More than 172,000 Bahamians are registered to vote, the highest number ever.Asian distribution center in sights for GBPABy Jeffrey Todd The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) "needs a couple quick wins" to get it on the fast track to prosperity, according to Ian Fair, the incoming chairman. And high on the agenda, he said, is the establishment of a Chinese distribu tion center that would sell mass quantities of goods to corporations throughout North America, Latin America and the Carib bean. be in the works for months, may receive a much-needed kick-start with the appointment of Fair. As exclusively reported by Guardian Business last month, the top exreigns at the GBPA. Sarah St. George was also appointed as vice chairman. The appointment of Fair, who is also chairman of the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), deputy chairman of Butter man of Bahamas First Holdings Limited, could not come at a more crucial time. Grand Bahama, despite its close proximity to the U.S. and incentives for foreign businesses, has continued to struggle under Unemployment on Grand Bahama now stands at more than 21 percent, ac cording to the latest numbers from the Department of Statistics. Fair brings with him considerable international experience and a diverse professional background. AsiaMart, a brand that seeks to es tablish the Chinese distribution center, is a project in the sights of the GBPA. The new chairman described the concept of a distribution center as "a priority" and "an idea with an awful lot of poten tial". "We're in the business of granting licenses. We want what is best for Freeport. The minute I learned about the Asia Mart idea, I thought it had potential. It's Please see GBPA Page 23

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 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.comBahamian 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 barBoat House Restaurant Sunday Night BBQ Buffet Kids under 13, half price LIVE MUSIC by: Brown Tip Rake N Scrape Every Sunday 6:30 pm 9 pm Teachers Union workshop on Abaco By Samantha Evans President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (B.U.T.) Belinda Wilson and Quentin Laroda, Area Vice President for Grand Bahama, were on Abaco on Friday March 23 to hold a workshop and general meeting with its members. The theme choSolidarity Forever. The workshop began at 1pm with Quentin Laroda as the able His topic was an introduction to the Bahamas Union of Teachers. Laroda is no stranger to the union as he has served three terms in the B.U.T. and two terms in his current post. He began by stating that the B.U.T. has 4000 plus members but not many of them are unionists. He chose to introduce members to the history of the union so that they would know about their history and accomplishments, enhance their knowledge of the B.U.T., know what portance of the union and how it operates. He began with the history of the union which was started in 1947 by Mable Walker (founding president), Ivy Dumont and Carlton Francis. The union was recognized by the Government of the Bahamas in 1965 and joined Education International in 1977. The major responsibilities of the union at that time were to protect the rights of members and bargain for better terms and conditions of service. He described the dynamics of the executive body of the union and the roles of those major posts. Once done, he noted that the B.U.T. is set organization. Thanks to the shoulders upon which the current leadership stands, they are now pushing for more and better benHe spoke about great union leaders and their contribution to the development of the Bahamas. Some of those great leaders of Labour-, The Late Sir Clifford Darling -President of the Taxi Cab Union-, Dame Ivy Dumont -co-founder of the BUT-, the late Mable Walker -founder of the B.U.T-, major players in the Womens Suffrage Movement, the person after whom the Walkers Hall is named and Carlton E. Francis co-founder of the B.U.T. After he was done, President Wilson addressed the members. She spoke about Handling Grievances and Leadership. She began by addressing the rights of employ ees and types of grievances. She outlined the procedures for dealing with grievances and the importance of following protocol. She encouraged members to put their complaints in writing to the shop steward so that they can be addressed in a timely man ner. Next she spoke on leadership. He told members to work towards leaving a legacy behind as one day they will move off the scene. She told them to be secure in their post and be prepared to produce where they are planted. Finally she noted that when people do well that they should complement them rather than covet the other persons gifts or abilities. After she was done, she went over the Collective Bargaining Agreement and gave the members vital information of the changes that will come on stream before the end of the 2011-2012 school year. persons were able to sit with the president one-on-one to voice concerns.Immunization Training Program for NursesBy Mirella Santillo Seven nurses from Central Abaco, Hope Town and Sandy Point participated in a threeday training program held at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic from March 27-29. The program was aimed at stressing the importance of keeping track of the population of children to be immu nized, keeping the immunization records up to date, maintaining the vaccines potent by keeping them at a constant cold temperature and adhering to good hygiene practices in regard of storing the vaccines. Three former nurses now employed by the department of Immunization, Nurse Nurse Amelia Collie, had come from Nassau to provide the training in Marsh Harbour. They instructed the trainees of the procedures to follow to keep the cold chain such as checking the temperature of the refrigerator, how to proceed in case of sustained power loss by being ready to pack the vaccines immediately in a cooler with four cold packs. The instructors reminded them to maintain good hygiene measures such as cleaning the refrigerator once a month, storing the live vaccines on the top shelf with the non-live vaccines underneath and keeping the water containers on the bottom shelf. The last day of the training was dedicated to learning how to create charts of the children to be immunizedthe target populationand of the children actually being immunized. Charts have to be recorded on a monthly basis, in order not to miss anyone and to meet the target percentage of children immunized by the years end. The records have to be kept not only locally, but copies have to be sent to Nassau to the Department of Immunization, Department of Public Health. The train ees were told to keep track of the children coming from other countries and the chil dren leaving the island. It is important to note infant deaths and adjust their charts accordingly. They were reminded that to be fully immunized the children have to The seven nurses were subjected to a test at the end of the last session on Thursday, to ensure that they had absorbed and understood the content of the workshop. While Nurse Collie corrected the examination sheets, Nurse Bastian addressed the class reminding them that although The free, these two diseases were only a short distance away from our islands, hence the necessity to maintain the necessary precau tions to keep it that way. She acknowledged the womens dedi cation and urged them to keep working hard. Nurse Lewis could not help but stress again the importance of the cold chain. A parallel workshop was conducted during the same period of time in Coopers Town for the nurses of Fox Town, Coopers Town and Green Turtle Cay. A simi lar training workshop already took place on Eleuthera. Grand Bahamas is next on the agenda. Remember to check out The Abaconians Community Calendar.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 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 antees that our family of four will seek other destinations in the future. Is that what we want? Will property values be affected? What do you, the reader, think about this? Given the choice, would you live near an incinerator? How would you feel if one were to be built near your home? Without exception, every one of us would choose to be far, far away from an incinerator. (You can be sure the bank which holds your mortgage would agree.) Being up wind upon ignition is no guarantee you won't be down wind half way through the sched uled burn. This occurred on Guana Cay on April 3rd, 2012 with the island full of vacationers! Who will measure the destruc tive impact on property values if this kind of thing becomes a regular occurrence? So how about burning only when the wind is from a certain direction? If an incinerator were located on the Crown Land, where BBC already has the nasty parts of its infrastructure, a SW wind may blow the smoke NE. That would work....until the wind assumed its usual clocking. As soon as the wind crept a few more points west erly, the coastal breezes would sweep it in tight to the island and residents would be impacted. Every boating person is familiar with the tendency of winds to wrap of the weather maps. It's part if the mi cro-climate phenomenon. In short, getting Mother Nature to blow smoke away is a tricky proposition. If BBC suggests they can guarantee a 'no-impact' burn, consider the source. Bakers Bay Developers (or was it Discov ery Land Corporation back then?) failed miserably to consider the other 3/5ths of Letters From Page 9 2005-2006 season. Not a single resident will ever forget that. As fast as the bull dozers could work, all day and all night, the mangroves and gnarled, wind hardened shrubs of what is now the hundreds of acres of bare BBC, were burned. Pillars of smoke drifted endlessly over Guana Cay, dropping ash and soot. At night, the merci less inferno could be seen for miles. Our lungs have sucked in enough of what BBC produced that year. No more! A well designed solid waste facility environmentally responsible AND has the added advantage of producing methane, which can then be harnessed to create elec tricity. Considering the projected demand for electricity in the Abacos, this method must be seriously considered. Yet another high density, compacted trash. Marine engineering teams at universities around the world have experimented with this tech also have researched this system as part of When weighing the pros and cons of community decisions, one must endeavor to avoid the temptation to take the cheap to be the fastest and easiest and cheapest, very often carries the burden of the greatest consequences. There is no place here for the heavy-handed, dictatorial solution. will cause future generations to condemn stepping up to the plate, we insist the deci is a community matter necessitating full and open discovery and decision making. The Concerned Citizens of Great Guana Cay BusinessCourtesy of The Nassau Guardian Bahamas Telecommunications Com pany (BTC) customers throughout Abaco and the northern Bahamas will experience consistent, improved cellular service including faster speeds for downloads and browsing on smart phones when the company completes its revamp of the wireless "We have completed 35 of the 41 cell sites in Abaco to date and expect to have the remaining few completed within the next several weeks," said Marlon Johnson, vice president, brand and communica tions. "When the work is done, customers will enjoy greatly improved service, fewer dropped calls and much faster speeds as Abaco goes from a 2G platform to the blazing speed of 4G." New Providence is already blanketed in 4G, the fastest speed available for wire less users, a technology so new that com panies abroad in major markets where it has been introduced are tooting their horns and touting its strength, spending millions advertising its availability. Meantime in The Bahamas, Grand Bahama is nearly 100 percent converted to 4G and BTC said it hopes to have full national roll-out by late August with Abaco, Bimini and the Berry Islands to go live within days of each other about the middle of May. "Abaco was a large territory to cover because of all the small cays and the sprawling lay of the land," explained Johnson. "We have 45 cell sites in New Providence and 41 in Abaco despite the difference in population so you can see how comprehensive our coverage had to be. Because of the many small islands in addition to Great Abaco, a lot of the material had to be transported by boat or barge so it was a time-consuming task. Fortunately, we were blessed with good working weather for most of the winter which helped considerably." Johnson said the improved service in Abaco is expected to please the northern island's extensive boating population. "Abaco is the yachting capital of The Bahamas," Johnson noted, "attracting thousands of boaters every year. Unlike the rest of The Bahamas where the main season is November through April, Aba co's big season is summer when boaters come over primarily from South Florida. very pleasant surprise when they turn their of islands and cays has gone 4G. Many of them will be coming from areas where they do not yet have that kind of speed." Although work is about 80 percent completed on all cell sites and supporting infrastructure, the launch of 4G will not take place in stages, but will occur all at once when work on the islands and cays is 100 percent complete. 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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel May 2012 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONSSunsail Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts, 36 ft. mono-hull or 38 ft. catamaran BusinessEntrepreneur WatchFour S Take-A-way By Samantha Evans Molly Davis owns Four S Take-AWay adjacent to Shawnys Take-A-Way in Dundas Town. Ms. Davis decided to open this business because she stated that it is all day and every day. They specialize in down home cooking. Besides all types of souse they also provide soups and sandwiches. They proboil-up day and Thursday they provide various international dishes. In the coming months, they will open the bakery which will provide breads, guava duff, banana bread, cakes, cheese cake, pumpkin roll and the like. The catering service will also be operational soon and for this service they can cook any Bahamian dishes for any type of event. The only requirement is that a weeks notice is given. Other items they specialize in include ice cream, conch fritters, hot dogs and popcorn. They are open Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm. They can be contacted by calling 367-7777. The Garden of Eden Take -A-WayBy Samantha Evans On March 26, 2012 Annalyse Coakley opened her business: The Garden of Eden Take-A-Way on Forest Drive next to Island Grocers. Ms. Coakley stated that out cooking so she decided to venture into this business again. She stated that all of her steps to open this business were ordered by God as she was not looking to start a business. She is excited about this business and looks forward to all of the doors that will open for her. She specializes in snacks only such as wings and fries, cold cups, ice cream, pastries and pies, cupcakes and fresh conch salad. She is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 8pm. The phone contact for the business is 475-1050.Abaco Mini-Mart Convenience StoreContinuing a tradition inherited from his grandparents, and after 32 years working in the grocery business himself, Telford his own grocery store with the opening of Abaco Mini-Mart. He said this is something Ive want ed to do for a long time. We are starting at a convenience store level and well see where it goes. Abaco Mini-Mart is a small convenience store carrying a variety of products such as snacks, beverages, dry groceries and some produce at this time and he indicated he would expand this based on what customers need. Since opening on April 7 he says he has received a good response from shoppers, many of whom got to know him as there. We want to offer service, conve nience and good prices, he said. business in 1980 when he joined the staff of Golden Harvest. Since then he has been both managed stores for both major superyears in Nassau at the Lyford Cay City. He has spent the last ten years as both a Abaco Mini-Mart is open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm and is located Station. DishyAccording to the proprietor, Dakotah Delancy, Dishy means beautiful. And that is just what Dishy sells: beauty. Unique jewelry, cosmetics, lingerie and top-line body supplies can all be found at Dishy located upstairs in the build ing across from Curly Tails restaurant in Marsh Harbour. Fashionable and affordable guides her business. Victorias Secret lines, Bath brand accessories are found at low prices. Makeup applications and full pedicures are among the services she offers at her well decorated store. She designed a store to make her customers ask, Am I still in Abaco? She found opportunity to create a business when plans to attend university fell through this year. But that did not stop her determination because in February she launched her retail store. Things are going great, she said. Store hours are Mon-Thurs: 10am 6pm., and Fri-Sat: 10am-7:30pm. To contact Dishy call 458-9751 or through Black Berry Messenger: 282FA4E1.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 thrust" for employment on the island and the economy at large. Fair went on to mention "there are a lot of things out there that could happen quite soon" to further stimulate the econ omy in Grand Bahama. Other projects believed to be on the agenda include two waste treatment facilities to further support the island's already robust ship building and maintenance yard. Turtle Hill Resort and on Da Beach Bar & Grill Turtle Hill Resort and Villas & on Da Beach Bar and Grill, which is situated just minutes away from the quaint, popular, and historic settlement of Hope Town, is available for sale at a reduced price. This island resort has everything you would want or need including four 2 bed, 2 bath villas and two 3 bed, 3 bath villas, all with full kitchens, dining and living areas, and each boasting both pool and ocean views. The bar and grill sits at the edge of the dune overlooking the beach and has all the bells and whistles an efficient seaside restaurant/grill would need. REDUCED! For viewing and further info please contact the Listing Agent: Frank Knowles Contact him via: (242) 366 0024 Office (242) 577-0339 Cell Frank@ParadiseBahamas.comPriced at $3,600,000 Gross Follow Us: Further BusinessBAF Solutions donates to Cancer SocietyOn April 2, British American Financials their gratitude for the work the Abaco Cancer Society does for all those on the island whose lives have been affected by cancer. Lillian Cash was present to represent the Abaco Cancer Society and receive the gift. From left to right: Anthony Cartwright, Margel Smith, Lillian Cash, Nia Cooper and Rosemary Russell.Colina staff gives to Cancer Society tor, said the staff and management of Copersonally, to give back to the community and deciding that this time they would give to the Abaco Cancer Society. The Cancer Society was an easy choice for us because we all knew or are close to people who have had cancer, she said. They want to do something even bigger volved in giving to the community. comes, subscribers to 4G using BlackBer rys, Androids (like Samsung Galaxy) or iPhones will be able to upload to YouTube faster, download tunes, save or send photos, browse with Explorer or Firefox as accomplish the most basic task, making a phone call on speed dial faster than ever before. In conjunction with the new speed, store in Abaco April 26 in Treasure Cay.4G From Page 19 Resort VIPs arrive in Treasure Cay on board Delta Airbus brought in about twenty passengers who were brought in to tour properties at Bakers Bay Resort in great Guana Cay. Peter Russell and his crew at the Treasure Cay airport out the red carpet. an amazing idea. There isn't one in the region. Central America, North America, the Caribbean they can all come through Freeport." Fair said the GBPA is in the process of working through proposals, and no foren to any particular party. He did say, however, that the creation of a distribution center would be a "huge But as the dust settles in regards to Fair's appointment, the new chairman said the primary message, for now, is Grand Bahama is back in business.GBPA From Page 16 Know of any news? Call The Abaconian: 367-3200.

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 366-2075Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Barefoot 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 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooner s Landing 5 condos 365-6072 W aterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour areaAbaco 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 577-6764 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Sandy PointOeishas 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 365-8752Turtle RockVillas 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 2012Honesty and Quality You Can Count On242-357-6532 Dock Construction Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades Contact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Fire From Page 6 Engine Five, using the water canon es. Engine Two arrived and attacked the a small shed behind was also engulfed in brush. It was about 9 p.m. when embers gines returned to the station. The vacant house sat in a wooded area by itself and no other residences were threatened. This was one of the last houses still in Spring City that was built in the mid-1940s native pine lumber. The house was moved Bahama, by the Owens-Illinois pulpwood operation in 1956, then moved to Spring City in 1959. Shed Fire Mid-morning on April 8 two engines Upon further investigation it was dis covered that a Haitian shack had burned access. Firemen oversaw what remained buildings were threatened. Dumpster Fire One engine and two volunteers remid-morning on April 10. Typically, spring is our dry sea are close to buildings that are accessible. Homeowners whose property has coppice and brush adjacent are advised to keep the area around their buildings clear of brush winds can carry hot embers into new arin unexpected areas, sometimes even right change in strategy. A prolonged drought is fueling brush this spring. Lightning is not the main cause carded cigarettes, homeowners burning trash, farmers clearing their land or an occasional accident that drops live wires onto the ground. the BEC plant where hundreds of gallons of old engine oil had been dumped and set which created a health concern.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ............................ 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . ......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour . ................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town . ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ............................................ 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana . ....................................................................... 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop . ...................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . Green T urtle Cay . . . . Guana Cay . . . Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . T reasure Cay . . . . Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . . . . . Hope Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . + . Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War . ....... .......................... . Guana Cay . . . . . . T reasure Cay . . . . Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sandy Point Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers F ire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 F ire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 . . . . . . . . . Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay . . . . . . . . T reasure Cay . . . Man-O-W ar . . Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . . Hope T own . . . . . Spanish Cay . . Guana Cay . . . . . Tours & Excursions . . . . . . . . . S.Florida . . Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Extra $3 for each passengers above two ffective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, . ............................................................... $10 Ab Bch Resor t, Eastern Shore close, Ferry . ............................ $15 Spring City ........................... $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch . ................................ $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern . ................................................................ $20 Snake Cay . ................................................................................................. $35 Casuarina Point . .......................................................................................... $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour . ... .................................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore . .................................................................................. $90 Crossing Rocks . ... ....................................................................................... $105 Sandy Point . ............................................................................................ $150 Leisure Lee . ............................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry . ..................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort . ................................................................................... $85 Fox Town . ................................................................................................. $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel . ... .................................................... $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern . ................................................. $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock . ..................................................................... $10 Madeira P ark . .............................................................................................. $20 Sand Banks . ............................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort . ................................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee . ............................................................................................... $45 Black Wood . ............................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town . ..................................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour . .......................................................................................... $60 Wood Cay . ................................................................................................. $70 Mount Hope . ... ........................................................................................... $80 Fox Town . ................................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven . ............................................................................................ $90 Marsh Harbour airport . ............................................................................ $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport . .................................................. $80 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ........................................$85 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry...........................................$25 T Cay Hotel to Blue Hole.................................................$30 Attractions Albert Lowe Museum . ..................................... Green T urtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . .... Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . ....................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ....................... Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station . .......................................... Hope Town Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. . Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ........ Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry. ...................... Little Harbour Working boatyards . .......................................... Man-O-War cay Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures ask tourism 367-3067Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised March 9 12 All phones use area code 242 unless notedwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters Available Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutesFerry Schedules Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourisms Doranell Swain at 367-3067 Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Never start your engine without us!When it comes to Auto Insurance, remember the smart choice is Insurance Management. Smart people you can trust. AUTO INSURANCEINSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520FreeportPioneers Way P.O.Box F-42541 Tel: (242) 350-3500 Fax: (242) 350-3510AbacoQueen Elizabeth Dr. P.O.Box AB-20666 Tel: (242) 367-4204 Fax: (242) 367-4206EleutheraQueens Highway P.O.Box EL-25190 Tel: (242) 332Fax: (242) 332-2863ExumaQueens Highway George Town Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 25 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15th, 2012 U.S. Embassy recognizes Devin Major as contest winnerPress Release On March 27, the faculty and students of Moores Island All Age School formal ly celebrated the accomplishment of 10th grader Devin Major, the Abaco winner of the U.S. Embassys 2012 Dr. Martin LuOn hand to celebrate the achievement was Erica Thibault who noted that of the more than 120 essays submitted from students throughout The Bahamas, Devins essay was one of four submissions that were se lected for eloquently illustrating the power of a non-violent approach in advocating for justice and equality during the civil rights era. In front of the 150 member student body, Principal Dinnea Cooper and Ms. Please see Moores Page 4 As May 7 election looms local politics heat up The Member of Parliament for Central and South Abaco, Edison Key, joined his counterpart in the North, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, during the Red Splash event on Easter Weekend. Supporters and others attended the event at the Treasure Cay Public Beach for food, drinks and games. For the full story see page 12. PLP candidate for Central and South Abaco, Gary Sawyer left -, enjoyed a block party with campaign manager Junior Mernard center and West Grand Bahama and Bimini PLP Member of Parliament Obie Wilchcombe. The block party was originally intended to be a regular Tuesday night meeting for the PLP members at the headquarters in Marsh Harbour. However, with the announcement of the election for May 7 the On March 29, Democratic National Alliance candidate for Central and South Abaco, Roscoe Thompson III, held a street meeting under the Fig Tree in Guana Cay. He addressed citizens concerns for empowering local government, the environment and other topics. See page 14. Above: Moores Island All Age Schools English teacher, Principal, Dinnea Cooper, contest winner Devin Major and her proud mother, Monalisa Major. Devin won the U.S. Embassys 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Essay Contest. Devins essay was one of four submissions that were selected for eloquently illustrating the power of a non-violent approach in advocating for justice and equality during the civil rights era.

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Page 26 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Sandy Point community and FRIENDS restores beach along with Michael Parotti from Sugarland Nursery, 18 eager helpers from JA Pinder Primary and members of the Sandy Point community combined their efforts to restore a section of shoreline near the com munitys Government Dock that has been experiencing erosion and had no native vegetation. A cleanup was done to make sure the area was pristine. Native plants were also planted along the top of the beach to help prevent erosion and beautify the area. The students were very enthusiastic and did a great job carefully placing and watering the plants. The plants chosen for the restora tion are representative of those found in Bahamian coastal environments. Some of them, including the seagrape and cocoplum trees, will even provide fruit in the future. (built by a Sandy Point carpenter), so that the community can further enjoy the area. Special thanks were made to The Nature Conservancy for supporting the project and to the Sandy Point Town Council for providing assistance in preparing the area and watering the plants as they estab lish themselves. Children participate in annual Cherokee Easter Egg huntBy Lee Pinder Although the weather threatened rain on Good Friday the children were still able to join in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the old school grounds in Cherokee Sound. Two areas were designated, one for the smaller pre-school children and anoth er area for the 6 to 10 year olds. There were lots of eggs hidden for all of them to most. Afterwards, there were games and more prizes along with lots of food for everyone and candy for the children. And, School & Youth Newsas always, there was enough food left over to send a plate to the elderly and shut-ins. Of course, the grown-ups arent left out and the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all come to cheer the children on, sit and talk with neighbours and enjoy themselves. The ladies who organize this event all deserve a vote of thanks. Left: Cherokee children anticipate the annual Easter egg hunt. Despite threatening rain, everyone managed to have fun. Man-O-War students perform locally produced musicalThe students of Man-O-War Primary School students perform This is My Fathers World. The show was written by Deanna Stecker and performed beautifully by the children. lina Weatherford, Colin Ray Albury, Micah Albury, Brittany Weatherford, Serena Newton, Jeremiah Weatherford, Ryan Albury, Riley Albury, Katie Sands, Aaliyah Roberts, Nathan Sweeting, Erica Roberts, Noah Albury, Grace Albury. Photo courtesy: In His Time Photog raphy

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Page 28 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENTVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 School & Youth NewsBy Mirella Santillo On March 29, members of the Abaco Central High Schools Governor General Youth Award Club (GGYA) invited a representative of the Bahamas National Trust to the school. They presented him with noninvasive trees. the Bahamas National Trust, was handed a coco plum plant as a symbolic gesture by a student, Shawnardo Stirrup. The native species donated to the BNT as a celebra niversary of the Governor General Youth Award program in The Bahamas. ing the plants, among them coco plums, sea grapes, Christmas palm, coconut palms, hibiscus and orange geiger, to name only a few. The plants will be distributed to various communities. to go to all the islands settlements from them. The Bahamas National Trust was es tablished in 1959 Act of Parliament to create and manage the park system in The Babringing several infrastructural improve ments and additions to the park systems on Abaco. Abaco Central High Schools GGYA donates native plants to BNTAbove: Shawnardo Stirrup front and right hands a plant to Marvin Russell in front of Bahamas National Trust. Marvin Russell front and left is a park warden for the BNT and he intends to distribute the plants throughout Abacos communities. Thibault presented Devin with this years grand prize, an Apple iPad 2, as part of the schools weekly assembly. Devin then read her essay, which focused on the contributions made by activists Dr. Martin She also shared through her essay how she would take an active stance in her com munity to promote peace by encouraging her fellow students to resist negative peer pressure. Many high school teens celebrate with their classmates when they do wrong. I know these students are behaving in this way because they are simply bored and have not found their calling in life. I believe that, if our school had enough after school programs, more children would begin to use their time and youth for good, Devin said in front of her peers. Ms. Thibault noted that one of the highlights of the trip was an opportunity to meet Moores Island renowned youth track stars that are making their mark in both national and inter national athletics thanks to the support of the community including their volunteer coach. A few of Moores Island track students have gone onto college in the U.S. on athletic scholarships but many more students could do so with increased exposure and intensive academic prepara tion at an early age. Throughout her visit to the school, Ms. Thibault met students who have been recognized locally and nationally for their academic achievement demonstrating the impact that dedicated teachers can have on a community. In an effort to encourage all of the students of Moores Island All Age to continue to strive for academic success, the U.S. Embassy made a commitment to donate a library worth of books to Moores Island School that will arrive in the coming weeks.I believe that if our school had enough after school programs, more children would begin to use their time and youth for good, Moores From Page 1

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 29 bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily ICE RENTAL BIKES Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourT heHE placePLACE forFOR Y ourOUR entireENTIREautomobile AUT OMOBILE andAND truckTRUCK needsNEEDS Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm F riday and Saturday T el: (242) 367-2979 By Mirella Santillo dents With Ambitious Goals) sponsored of Most Distinguished Achiever for the by First Caribbean-CIBC was proclaimed Company of the year, the second consecu tive win for CIBC. The spacious Grace Gymnasium of Agape Christian School had been reshaped with lattice partitions and tastefully deco rated by Ms. Bakera Taylor, creating a more intimate atmosphere to accommodate the sixth annual JA Banquet and Award Ceremony. As they entered, female guests were ushered along a red carpet to their ta ble by three young men from Abaco Cen tral High School. Balloons provided color and a festive ambiance. Moderated with zest by Toast Mas ter Jamaro Thompson, a former Junior Achiever, the evening unrolled with mes sages from each companys president, but not before the Executive Director and Chief of Operations for Junior Achieve edged the stellar accomplishment of last years JAAbaco with the winning posi tion of Quitel Charleton in the 31st National Speech Competition and her victory Achiever. He announced the creation of a number of new opportunities for Bahamian youth with a budget for expansion of Junior Achievement on Abaco for Elemen tary and Junior programs, recognizing the leadership of Mr. Ishmael Stretch Morley, Chair man of the JA Board on Abaco and of his wife Dr. Chervon Morley who oversees the execution of the JA programs on the island. He offered his grati tude to all the contributors of the program and his congratulations to those who will achieve this evening, and urged them to spread their wings and with pas sion and pursue their purpose. Before dinner was served Mr. Lionel Eliott, former JA Executive Director who was responsible for developing JA on the Family Islands, bestowed a few words of advice to the younger female audience on how to dress properly. With an analogy to a jewelry store, where the cheaper items are displayed in the front and the more exclusive pieces guarded in the back, he urged the girls to not look cheap with too short dresses and wearing heels so School & Youth Newshigh they could hardly walk. He also informed the assembly that scholarships had been lost because of the email addresses of some Bahamian students containing sexual innuendos. The warnings were delivered amidst jokes, but the point was sent across. halted around 9:00 pm to allow people to line up at the buffet table where Baha mian food prepared by Merissa was being served. The head tables guests were catered by the local high school students. Mr. Thompson soon resumed his orchestration of the event on a more allegro tempo as the highlights of the evening unfolded: the announcements of the Most Distinguished Junior Achiever and the winning company. Without prolonging the suspense longer than necessary, Mr. Thompson proclaimed the results. New Corporate Company Award: SWAG Winner of the Sports Day Competition: BTCs CHAT nEZ and SWAG in a tie First Caribbean, with $72.00 return on a $3.00 investment Best product: Furniture Plus -First Caribbean And last but not least, the title of Most Accomplished Achiever went to Junior Achievers awards and appreciation banquet held Competition and the Interview. The guests of honor, Mr. and Ms. iott, Anthony Cartwright, Paula Morley and Laverne Cooper were invited to present the trophies. Charles, a student at SC Bootle High School, was presented with a lap top and a 4 year scholarship at the College of The Bahamas, compliments of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. It was a joyful event for teachers of the high school and advisors of SWAG, who cheered and hugged her as she returned to the table. Mr. Morley wishes to express heart felt thanks to all the corporate sponsors, those who sponsored a JA company throughout the year and the ones who helped support the expenses of the banquet and the trophies, such as Treasure Cay Ltd, Commonwealth Bank, BAF and Island Pharmacy. Above: group members of SOAR pose with Kathy Key. SOAR won the Bevans,Valencia Nesbitt, Rickanta Smith, Mrs. Key, Brie McKenzie, Shanae Morley, Leslie McDonaldPresident, Conrad Davis, Ashley Above: Rose Mika Charles, of SWAG, won the Most Distinguished Achiever award. From left to right: Paula Morley, Rose Mika Charles and Anthony Cartwright.

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Page 30 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com School & Youth NewsAbaco Central High School presents social science students of the monthAbaco Central High School held a special award ceremony for its social sciences students of the month. Second row from left to right: Vincent Ferguson, Kevin Pierre, Britnaey Bain and Bernise Oradin. The back from left to right: Social Science Teachers Ms. Farrington, Ms. Mills, Ms. Man-O-War School students achieving Above: these students traveled to Nassau to receive trophies from the Minister of Educa Weatherford, Aaliyah Roberts, and Grace Albury. left to right: Kalina Weatherford, Shania Sawyer and D.J. Bethel Below and right: Noah Albury and Erica Roberts were Man-O-War Schools second grade district. Photo courtesy of: In His Time Photography.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 31 bury, Alysia Boyce, Deanza Cox, Mat thew Grammatico, Nathan Grammatico, Blair Johnson, Briana Maxwell, Antwanae Smith and Shannon Steele. The primary school students received The students from grade twelve who made excellence for their accomplishment. Thirteen students received the sports guest speaker and special guests were given t-shirts and ceramic mugs. Before the ceremony ended, Senior gathering on behalf of Superintendent Hel en Simmons-Johnson. He told the students that they did not get to this place of distinc tion on their own. He added that they will now be the envy of their peers so they must remain focused and push onward towards graduation and college. He reminded them to main humble. The committee for this year was Neulessa Major, Cindy Hollingsworth and Chairman William Davis. By Samantha Evans the theme chosen for this years Bahamas Outstanding Student (BOS) Foundations 8th Awards Ceremony held on Abaco on March 29, 2012. The ceremony was held at Grace Gym and began at 6:30 pm. Wel Whylly, President and CEO of the Bahamas Outstanding Student Foundation. He commended the students for continuing to demonstrate their many abilities and proving that they are among those who are meeting the educational requirements of the Bahamas. He thanked Superintendent Helen Simmons-Johnson and the principals for their support and he pledged to continue highlighting the great academic and athletic work of stu dents through the BOS Foundation. Police Superintendent Noel Curry followed with brief remarks stating that at this time while students are being honored for doing great work, his department has a sixteen year old in custody for burglary. He renewed his pledge to the students and stated that Sgt. Joycelyn Smith is the matters that warrant police assistance. He told them to remember that the sky is no longer the limit but the starting point. He encouraged students to listen to their parents as they excel. Guest speaker for this awards ceremony was Pastor Samuel Cornish Senior Pastor of Change Ministries International. He began by saying that there are many distractions in the country today which are different from the distractions he experi enced some 20-30 years ago. Therefore, he noted that when young people are doing the right things we must applaud them. These young people being awarded have demonstrated that they have done the right thing so are worthy of being recognized. He told them that with hard work and constant focus they can achieve anything. School & Youth NewsTheir only limitation would be themselves and those persons who they allow to speak negativity to them. He gave the students six points to remember as they continue to strive for higher heights. He told them to stay focused because life goes in the direction of their focus. Secondly, he told them to believe in themselves especially when others do not believe in them. Thirdly, they should keep away from bad company. Their parents have taken the time to teach them morals, good character skills and standards so he admonished them to remember what their parents have thought them. He explained to them that bad behav ior is not inherited but is a learnt behavior. Next, they must study hard and dont be lazy. Fifth on the list is that they should respect authority which includes their teach ers, the law and older folks. Finally he told them to not let anythey are and to not let teachers, parents or peers tell them what they can and cant become. He stated that a teacher told him that he would never become anything and those words could have ruined his future but thank God he did not internalize them. Today he is a pastor of a church with a membership of 650 and just recently com pleted his Masters Degree. He applauded parents as they have pushed and watched over their children to ensure that they were excelling in school. believes that teaching is a calling as the pay teachers receive is minimal compared to their hard work and devotion to teaching children. After he spoke, the students were givdents received the Opal Award for having made a 3.0 GPA and above at their respec tive schools and seventy-two grade twelve students received the Emerald Award for making a 3.0 GPA or better. In the primary school, only one stu dent had a 4.0 GPA and that student was School. In grade 12, nine students had a 4.0 GPA and they all came from Forest Heights Academy. They were: Tyler Al -Over one hundred outstanding students honouredThe sky is no longer the limit, but the starting point. Books donated to CAPSBy Samantha Evans On Wednesday April 4 at 2pm, three students from Lake Highland Preparatory School donated two boxes of reading books to the Central Abaco Primary School Library. The books can be used by students from all grade levels. This donation of books will give the students community service hours for collecting, transporting, sorting and distributing the books. Janie Drummond, mother of the stu dents donating, is a second home owner who loves the community. So she inquired as to which school they could donate the reading books to. She was pointed towards Central Abaco Primary School. The students present for the donation were Amanda and Danielle Drummond who are in grades 10 and 8, and Christian Morris who is in grade 12. The books were donated to Library Supervisor Samantha V. Evans. Above: Students visiting Abaco from Lake Highland Preparatory School donated two primary School. Above: Amanda Drum mond, Danielle Drummond and Christian Morris pose with library supervisor Samantha Evans.

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Page 32 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 NOW AVAILABLE On-Line Ordering, Visit our website www.hopetownwinesandspirits.com School & Youth NewsKayla Wallace elected CAPS Teacher of the YearBy Samantha Evans Tell me, and Ill forget, show me and I may remember. Involve me, and Ill understand. This proverb is a creed that ments in her daily teachings in the class the position of Teacher of the Year at Cen tral Abaco Primary School 2012-2014. She is also currently the Grade Level Coposition for the past three years. Ms. Wallace is married to Israel Wal lace and they have two lovely children. A quality education is a passion that has always been sought by Ms. Wallace. She began her school life at C.W. Sawyer Primary School, completed her junior educa tion at S.C. McPherson Junior High and She then completed her tertiary education with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Sojourner Douglas College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Wallace entered the work force in 2001 as Corp. Program. Living true to her calling as being a change agent, Ms. Wallace entered the teaching profession on January 2003. She states that the rewards of teaching are incredible. These rewards are real ized each day when students achieve new skills, cooperate with their classmates and succeed as a team. She has contributed to education by implementing the Block Teaching Approach when she was grade level coordinator for grade two, and has written sev eral GLCT District Examinations. She has also helped with the imple mentation of the Drama Club at Central Abaco Primary, has written numerous skits for special assemblies, including the skit for the visitation of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and has also implemented the drill team at her school. Ms. Wallace consistently brings her bubbly personality into the classroom and motivates her stu dents with songs, poetry, skits and drama. St. Francis prepares for Spanish Day On March 27-28, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School began their two-day cel ebration of Spanish Day with a luncheon, and students and staff were given the option of purchasing two items: beef tacos and nachos. Meanwhile, Jessica HidalgoBrown, the schools Spanish teacher, encouraged the students to participate in the costume competition. She placed examples of Spanish clothing near one of the class rooms to help the children get ideas on what to wear. At the Spanish Concert held on the nia Nottage brought welcoming remarks. Primary school students sang Joyful, Joybefore the audience. Seventh grade stu called: Taboo by Don Omar. One of the featured performances was the Parade of Nations, which allowed stu dents to dress in the native costumes of the country they represented. The countries represented were Spain, Mexico, Costa Colombia and Argentina. Models were dressed exquisitely as they danced to the music of their respective countries while showing off what they were wearing. Abideme Simon was the winner of the speech competition, and she was given the opportunity to read her speech during Youth leaders and teens attend communication training seminarsBy Samantha Evans Youth leaders and teens from across Abaco attended the Trusted Adult Youth Communication Training where the focus was on reducing HIV/AIDS on the island of Abaco. The training was held at Central Abaco Primary School beginning on Friday March 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm and ending on Saturday March 31st at 4pm. Through research and observation, it has been recorded that a major barrier that is faced in The Bahamas in prevent ing HIV, STI or unwanted pregnancies amongst young people is their inability to have open, honest and effective commu nication with a trusted adult about aforementioned topics. Many adults have also reported that they do not feel prepared to have these conversations with the young people in their lives. This training is a part of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Project (CHAP) a two Cross aimed at providing both adults and young people with the information, skills, and tools necessary to communicate effec tively. Once they can better communicate on this topic then the country stands a bet ter chance at reducing new HIV infections amongst young people in New Providence and Family Islands. Ms. Jamie Strachan, the events facil itator, stated that the aim of the American means that there will be no reported new HIV/AIDS cases in The Bahamas. To do this they need to reach youth, train peer educators and host focus groups to hear the needs and concerns of the community. Training has been going well in New Prov idence, especially in the inner-city commu the training as been taken too. This Abaco training was suggested by Colin Scavella, a native Abaconian who wanted to do something great for his is against HIV/AIDS. He is a trainer with the CHAP program as well. The goal of CHAP is to sensitize communities about things they can do to decrease the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections. To do this, they go out into communities to educate people. At the Abaco training some 20 persons were in attendance. The adult session was led by Jamie Strachan and the teen sessions were led by Colin Scavella. Some of the topics were communication with children, parenting skills and tips, sex and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and sex and the church. The participants also engaged in role playing scenarios that happen in homes. Many personal situations were discussed resulting in adults and chil dren being more empowered and equipped to make better judgment calls. were brought together at which time they had a wrap up discussion on what they days. The sessions were very well received and the facilitators were asked to return to have a following session with the partici pants and others. Please see Spanish Page 9

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 33 were geared toward preparing them for their national examinations. Ms. Borsz said it was the second year that the junior team has won the competition. School & Youth Newsthe program. Simon was very detailed and animated in her speech as she talked about what The Bahamas has to offer in Spanish. Ms. Hidalgo-Brown soon announced the names of winners who had participated in the Speech Competition, Spelling Bee and Poster Competition. Awards were givwinners. Competitions were designed to allow primary and high school students to participate. The costume competition only had three contestants all of whom were sis ters; they were all selected as winners. Following the singing of the school brought brief remarks. Although she was assured that the students had enjoyed them selves, she was also hopeful that they had learned something new about the Spanish culture. She added that a lot of preparation had gone in to the success of the day as she expressed her gratitude to the teach ers particularly Hidalgo-Brown and Hazel Lorene, who worked tirelessly. Ms. Brown is a person of dedica tion, and she is a true example of what a ever, she had a lot of support from the staff. Brown for his support of his wife and the school. Before departing, she reminded students that school would close at noon on March 29 and re-open on April 16 for Easter break.Forest Heights wins math and science competition The Dept. of Educations Annual High School Math and Science Competi tion took place on March 28 with the participation of students from seven schools categories are divided up into two levels each and contain eight rounds in total for each category. Toward the end of the competition, the students compete in a speed level. Each time a new level or round began Agape Christian School, then Abaco Cen tral High School, Mary E. Albury School, Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de Sales School, S.C. Bootle High School and but the students were well-prepared and familiar with them because the questions had been submitted by their teachers for the competition and covered material that appears on their BGCSE examinations. At the end of it all, Forest Heights Academys all-male team of James Hull, Deanza Cox and Tyler Albury, emerged as the winners. Agape Christian School placed second and S. C. Bootle took third. Forest Heights also won the junior competition in the previous week. Lindsey Borsz, Forest Heights teach er, coached the students and commended them on their win. She said the questions Nassau Boy Scout Troops visit Abaco Boy Scouts from St. Thomas Mores Troop 46 and Columbus Primary Schools Troop 35 visited Abaco from March 30 to April 1 for a weekend of scouting. They headed directly to Treasure Cay from the Marsh Harbour International Airport to set up camp at St. Simon by the Sea Angli can Church. Leading up to their opening ceremony that evening, the scouts marched from Save-A-Lot to St. Johns Parish Hall before participating in an opening ceremony that was held in conjunction with the Abaco Sea Scouts. St. Thomas More Troop Leader Thomas Ferguson Sr. said he and the other leaders wanted the scouts to be in charge, so they allowed them to handle the entire and were joined by Thomas Ferguson Jr. Johnson of St. Johns Anglican Church was called on for the opening prayer, and following the national anthem and pledge, Adrian Newbold of the Abaco Sea Scouts gave the welcome address. The Abaco Central High School Band provided the entertainment, while the Ministry of Tourism assisted with refreshments. Please see Scouts Page 10 Spanish From Page 8 Brief remarks were made by South Abaco Island Administrator Benjamin Pinder, who apologized for the absence of several of his colleagues whose names were listed on the program. He extended a warm welcome to all the boys and girls scouts who were present during the ceremony. I know that Scouts is one of the oldest organizations, and it has done a tremen dous job in helping to shape the lives of young men and women here in this country and around the world, Pinder said. I was never fortunate to be a part of Scouts, and I wish I had the opportunity that you have. After Mr. Pinders remarks, all of the Scouts recited their Scout Motto, Promise and Law. The vote of thanks was given by Thomas Ferguson Sr., who commended the scouts on doing a good job. He said it so it was an unforgettable experience for them. Added to that, Ferguson said they received lots of support and assistance for their visit to Abaco. Weve found that its been a very exciting time for the Scouts, and because of this particular trip, I think were going to do a quite a few more, Ferguson disclosed. This Abaco trip has been very exciting to the point that they want to conthe parents are even more excited than the kids. When he had ended, the Scouts gave a thank you in song with a Bravo, bravo, bravo, bravissimo!

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Page 34 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 18th & 25th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine Please call for dates 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 Scouts From Page 10 Central Abaco Primary Library Held Disney Character ParadeBy Samantha Evans Library-card holders of Central Aba co Primary School had a treat this Easter as they got a chance to take part in a Disney Character Parade held at the school on Wednesday April 4, 2012 beginning at 2 pm. Eighteen students participated in the parade. As a part of this event, they were each given a character by Library Atten a set of rules which they had to follow. They had to make a costume and read a book or watch a movie about their charac ter. They also wrote a book report about the character. Some of the questions they had to answer were what the story was about, what role did the character play, what characteristics did the character have that are like theirs, what characteristics they would change about the character and what did the character do to become a hero at the end. Each book report had to be two paragraphs in length and read by each child to the entire school as a part of the Disney Character Parade. Some of the characters represented were Minnie Mouse, Cinder and the Little Mermaid. There were 100 total points that the students could receive for costume, presentation and creativity. At the end of the parade all partici cate. In third place was Savannah Valsaint with 363 points. In second place was Mia Clarke with 373 points and the winner was The prizes were Easter Baskets and reading books, a fun pack with reading books and a touch screen E-reader, respectively. The judges were Neulessa Ma organized by Samantha V. Evans, Library Supervisor, and assisted by Ms. Mcken zie. The event was named in honor of the late Mary Cartwright founding librarian of the school. Some Disney princesses pose for The Abaconians camera during the Disney Parade at Central Abaco Primary School on April 4, 2012 Delene Wilmott, Assistant Scout Leader of Columbus Primary Schools Troop 35, was thrilled about the trip. She explained that seven of their 44 scouts were on the visit to Abaco, and that it was a time for fun and fellowship with the other scouts as they participated in a number of landbased activities. At Columbus Primary, Cub Scouts is open from pre-school students to sixth graders, so there were Scouts as young as four years old in the group. Many of the Scouts shared their excitement over setting up their own tents that afternoon, and others looked forward tivities. A closing ceremony was scheduled shortly before the Scouts and their leaders and parents departed for Nassau on April 1. Also in attendance for the scouting trip were St. Thomas More Troop 46 Lead the St. Thomas Moore Parent Committee. School & Youth News Hope Town School news and eventsSubmitted by Candace Key We would like to congratulate Jasmin Aberle, a Grade 2 student, for winning Third Place in the District Grade 2 Spell ing Bee. Everyone always enjoys the schools Annual Parents, Grandparents and Vol unteers Breakfast. The children plan and cook the breakfast then proudly serve their creations to the guests. This year our theme was Times Toughcent Bahamian the theme as they enjoyed their Fire Engine and Grits and Tuna and Grits served with biscuits, fresh fruit and tea and coffee. District Superintendent, Mrs. Helen Felamease Sawyer and Ms. Eunice Mills also attended the delicious breakfast. The Hope Town Harbour Lodge and the Hope Town Coffee House are corporate sponsors for this event. During the Annual Breakfast Ms. of Numeracy and Literacy for the Abaco District, unveiled a large poster with a list of students who were to be honoured by the Minister of Education for the yearly National Awards for students placing with and Iowa Math National Exams given to Grades 2, 4 and 5. It is always a thrilling time for our students to travel to Nassau for this award ceremony, stay and eat in the hotel and see the sights of Nassau. This year the lucky group of 7 students were rewarded by visiting Government House, Christ Church Cathedral and the Pirate Museum. Shopping, hotel pool, Dunkin Donuts and Mc Donalds always add to the fun times! Congratulations to Stella Higgs Joey Gale and Lilly Higgs for winning BOTH the Literacy and Numeracy trophies ,Eloise Albury, Samara Cole, and Charlie Cash for winning the Literacy trophy and Madisyn Cole for winning the Numeracy trophy. Please see Hope Town Page 11

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 35 The schools PTA, under the fundraising expertise of Lindsey McCoy and of Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Hope Town Lodge by the pool area. For weeks the talented school children had been working on several forms of artwork to sell on that night. There was batik, watercolours and other forms of arts and crafts such as bookmarks and magnets offered. The kids pegged to into the hands of eager buyers. Many local artists offered their pictures and crafts to be on the silent auction ta ble which also drew a lot of interest and competitive bidding. It was a wonderful night of fundraising to aid the building of an additional building that will house the schools computer s and library. school had a Field Event Day at the soccer teers and community members as children cheering on the four house team competi tors. Sprints, softball throws, long jumps, lime in spoon races,relay races and sack races kept the kids moving all morning long. When all the ribbons were given out (each child won at least 1 ribbon) and the points were added up, the Mighty Marlin House under the leadership of teacher Justin Higgs came out victorious. A day full of egg colouring and Eas school. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is eagerly anticipated each year. Pre-School makes their own paper mache baskets to hunt their eggs with. It doesnt take long delicious surprises and money hidden inside. Then we all enjoyed a delicious party lunch and left for our break.Hope Town From Page 10 Left: The Mighty Marlins showing their Hope Town Schools Field Event Competi tion Below: Hope Town Primary Students pictured with Honourable Desmond Bannis ter, Minister of Education, at the Ministers Awards for Literacy and Numeracy held in Nassau. These students achieved near per fect scores on National reading and math tests administered yearly to certain grades. Pictured are: Stells Higgs, Joey Gale and Lilly Higgs for BOTH Numeracy and Liter acy, Eloise Albury, Charlie Cash and Samara Cole for Literacy and Madisyn Cole for Numeracy School & Youth NewsYouth leaders and teens attend communication training seminarsBy Samantha Evans Youth leaders and teens from across Abaco attended the Trusted Adult Youth Communication Training where the focus was on reducing HIV/AIDS on the island of Abaco. The training was held at Central Abaco Primary School beginning on Friday March 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm and ending on Saturday March 31st at 4pm. Through research and observation, it has been recorded that a major barrier that is faced in The Bahamas in prevent ing HIV, STI or unwanted pregnancies amongst young people is their inability to have open, honest and effective commu nication with a trusted adult about aforementioned topics. Many adults have also reported that they do not feel prepared to have these conversations with the young people in their lives. This training is a part of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Project (CHAP) a two Cross aimed at providing both adults and young people with the information, skills, and tools necessary to communicate effec tively. Once they can better communicate on this topic then the country stands a bet ter chance at reducing new HIV infections amongst young people in New Providence and Family Islands. Ms. Jamie Strachan, the events facil itator, stated that the aim of the American means that there will be no reported new HIV/AIDS cases in The Bahamas. To do this they need to reach youth, train peer educators and host focus groups to hear the needs and concerns of the community. Training has been going well in New Prov idence, especially in the inner-city commu the training as been taken too. This Abaco training was suggested by Colin Scavella, a native Abaconian who wanted to do something great for his is against HIV/AIDS. He is a trainer with the CHAP program as well. The goal of CHAP is to sensitize communities about things they can do to decrease the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections. To do this, they go out into communities to educate people. At the Abaco training some 20 persons were in attendance. The adult session was led by Jamie Strachan and the teen sessions were led by Colin Scavella. Some of the topics were communication with children, parenting skills and tips, sex and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and sex and the church. The participants also engaged in role playing scenarios that happen in homes. Many personal situations were discussed resulting in adults and chil dren being more empowered and equipped to make better judgment calls. were brought together at which time they had a wrap up discussion on what they days. The sessions were very well received and the facilitators were asked to return to have a following session with the partici pants and others. Above: Abaco students from Hope Town School and Forest heights Academy were invited to a luncheon with Prince Harry during his visit. They were invited for their efforts in environmental conservation and education. From left to right: Candace Key Principal of Hope Town School Aly Boyce -Eco Club President from Forest Heights and Student Eco Committee members from Hope Town School Charlie Cash and Lilly Higgs.Abaco girls meet Prince Harry during his recent visitPennies for Potcakes raises money for animal shelterThroughout stores on Abaco you will cakes. The money raised goes towards Pops Place Animal Shelter located by the grounds of the old dump. The current facilities on site house nearly two dozen potcake dogs that are either strays or have been abandoned. Jennie Zehler, advocate for the cause, manages the shelter and cares for the strays along with other volunteers. They have plans to add on to the current facility to better accommodate the dogs they care for. Besides feeding and providing a more loving home, Ms. Zehler also spays and neuters the animals. Contact Ms. Zehler at jenniesdoghouse@hotmail.com to learn more. Above: Amanda Drummond, Danielle Drummond Christian Morris, children and friend of local homeowners, helped collect and donate money to Pennies for Potcakes. Ms. Zehler middle right gave them a tour of the facility and spent the day bathing the dogs.

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Page 36 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 Politics & GovernmentPrime Minister mingles with constituents at Red Splash beach partyBy Rashida Murray ander Ingraham painted the Treasure Cay Beach red on Easter Monday. Supporters waited with anticipation for the appear ance of the Prime Minister at the newly restored public beach in Treasure Cay on April 10, 2012. A good number of supporters gath Splash event, which had been coordinated throughout The Bahamas for the Easter weekend, provided free food, free nonalcoholic beverages, and good clean fun on the beach. Acres were cleared to build convenient parking area. An accessible roadway to the beach for public access was made also. Locals were able to engage in games and water activities on the beautiful shores of Treasure Cay. It was around 2 pm in the afternoon, the moment many in the red-shirted crowd were antic ipating had arrived. At the appearance of the leader of the Free National Movement the crowd chanted youre simply the best, better than all the rest. After greeting his constituents and touring the facility, the prime minister took center stage to address the people with Editral and South Abaco standing beside him. The prime minister commented that the Free National Movement is going to make this election eight straight. He noted that people all over the Bahamas are turning the color red. He said, We are on our way to another victory. The Prime Minis ter informed the people that if they havent registered to vote yet it may be too late and if they have registered to vote make sure check their ballets red. In fact, at the writ ing of this article the register is now closed and the election has been called for May 7. The Prime Minister encouraged the supporters of Abaco to hold the fort. event on an Easter Monday, the day before the ringing of the bell. Mr. Ingrahams last words to his constituents were to send him back to take seat for the North and Mr. that the FNM government delivers. On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Prime Minister announced the election date for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has been set for May 7, 2012. Above and Left: Dennalee Curry and Matheir vendors tent. All smiles as they grilled up food for hungry Red Splash attendees. Below: Children search out Easter eggs hidden in the sand. Treasure Cays scenic and brilliant white beach was the venue for the governments Red Splash event. Police to begin new youth initiatives By Samantha Evans very unique task of policing both the main land and the cays. To add to this challenge, Abaco has few activities to keep the young people engaged which can sometimes result in them engaging in the wrong types of activities. To combat this, the police program is called the Drill Corp which will be coming on stream in the coming weeks. That program is geared towards teaching students rigorous parade and team building skills. The program will be held after school and facilitated by police ofenroll in this program. They are hoping that this program will lead into the Police Cadet Corp Program being introduced on the island which was created to be an elite program for young people desiring to learn more about the police force. Today, the program is used to assist deviant youth get their lives on track. The drill corps program will be voluntary and will meet once weekly. The next program that the police deThis program is geared towards those students who are on suspension. This will keep them engaged so that they are not idle to commit crimes. This program is for stu dents in grades 11 and 12 and is primarily for the public schools but the possibility of Please see Police Page 15 We are on our way to another victory

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Page 38 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Politics & GovernmentDNA holds street meeting in Guana CayBy Timothy Roberts The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) held a Street Meeting in Great Guana Cay under the Fig Tree on March 29 interacting with residents and speaking to them about environmental issues, jobs and representation. The Central and South Abaco Candi date for the DNA talked and told the gathered residents that he supports the empow ering of local government as local people have a better understanding of the needs of their communities. I did not come here to promise Guana Cay that I will give you new roads, or that I will do this or that. I only promise Guana Cay, and South Abaco, that I will in your community. He said that if elected he will come back to the people of each community to work together to deal with their needs. Its not about me, he said, its about us. Deciding what is best for the people of Abaco He reiterated his pledge that if elected he would give his salary to the Central and South Abaco minus travel expenses to go to Nassau for the House of Assembly to use in the communities. Im not doing this for me. This is about our future and our chil drens future. We have to change the way things are going right now. Mr. Thompson told the people of his reputation of representation during his time in local government and his record I am your right to have a say in your community. I only promise Guana Cay, and South Abaco, that I will stand up the people, Above: The Democratic National Alliance candidate for Central and South Abaco meets with supporters and undecideds beneath the Fig Tree in Guana Cay. Roscoe Thompson III spoke about empowering loof communities throughout Central and South Abaco. of transparency and accountability while serving as Chairman of Marsh Harbour Town Committee. He read from a speech written by his father when he ran for Free Nation al Movement (FNM) in South Aba co in 1982 noting that many of the same issues he spoke about then are still the same today. In 1982 he spoke about the need for water on the cays and today residents have to pay a lot of money for a basic necessity. He said that if elected he would have the opportunity to tackle the issues impor tant to the people of South Abaco and be their voice in central government. It is up to us to make the change, together we can do it, he said. A vote for the DNA is a vote for the DNA. FNM meet and greet in CherokeeBy Lee Pinder The FNM candidate for Central and South Abaco and Member of Parliament, March 30. The evening was a simple meet and greet with no speeches made. Mr. grounds to everyone there that night while he shook hands and socialized. There were familiar faces in the crowd with many wearing red t-shirts sporting different political messages. The Cherokee FNM stalwarts were all set up and ready by 6:30 pm awaiting the MP and his entourage from other parts of Abaco. Most had arrived by 7:15 pm in a motorcade with horns honking and red hot dogs. But it seems most stood in line ters right out of the skillet. A table full of homemade cakes, cookies and fudge was also available. The meet and greet continued until 10pm. donation from PLP candidate April 11 from the Progressive Liberal Partys candidate for Central and South Aba co, Gary Sawyer. The funds were donated to the local scholarship program as part of a recent matching grant promise from an anonymous donor. The time window given by the donor allowed for all money colMr. Sawyer said that this is a com mitment he continues to make to education and Abacos youth regardless of his politi cal actions or position in the business com munity. I just happened to be a candidate this time, he said. ries of events aimed at raising money to help send children to college. The next ers will be the Taste of Abaco Top Chef Competition in summer. If you would like Harbour. The number to call is 242-3676279. Above: PLP candidate for Souih Abaco, Gary Sawyer, hands a cheque to Abaco Path drive by an anonymous donor who has matched the funds for all donations to the schol arship organization

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 39 Politics & GovernmentPLP holds block party in anticipation of general electionThe evening of April 10, 2012 saw a gathering of supporters, and those looking for festivities, at the Progressive Liberal Partys headquarters in Marsh Harbour. A DJ was present to play a mix of Bahamian, pop and politically themed music. The PLP candidate for Central and South Abaco, Gary Sawyer was there to mingle with the crowd and enjoy the evening with supporters. Also present was Obie Wilchcombe: the Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, and the previous Minister of Tourism. emerged out of the PLPs regular Tuesday night meeting. However, this time they wanted to do something different, espe A. Ingraham was expected to announce the election that evening. Its a block party, Mr. Sawyers campaign manager, Junior Mernard, remarked, but were calling it a celebration. rang that bell! Drinks and food were served to the crowd. Many showed up in their bright gold shirts to show their support for the party. However, some arrived in neutral or red as onlookers as well. Despite the differences of opinion represented by the colour on their sleeve, all in the crowd appeared to get along and enjoy the evening. The election was scheduled by the Prime Minister for May 7. extending it to private schools as well is being looked at. The students will engage in a two hour then taken to a work site where they will spend the remaining days. At the end of the week they will attend a wrap up session. They will also have to write a report and an apology to the school. The students will then be monitored for the next six months. Parents will also have to attend the counseling sessions if their child is suspended. Program which is geared towards stu dents in primary school. In this program the students will learn manners and how to conduct themselves in public. The goal of these programs is for kids to know that the police are their friends. The polices primary goals do not include locking up young people, but if they get into mis chief they will be arrested. Interested school personnel can contact the police decharge of these programs is Sgt. Joycelyn Smith. of Community Policing on Abaco and has been spearheading this section since November of last year. She hopes that these we have an obligation to that have gone wrongprograms will help more youth become conscience of what it means to be productive citizens of the Bahamas. She noted that there are many Baha mians away for college who do not want to come home because of what they see going on in the country. Therefore, we have an wrong so that our children will want to return home to help develop the Bahamas once they have received their post-second ary education.Police From Page 12 U.S. Embassy Announces Family Island Wednesdays for Visa ApplicantsPress Release With the goal of providing the best possible service to Bahamian visa applicants throughout the archipelago, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau is now offering Wednesday afternoon appointments for applicants living on Grand Bahama and the Family Islands. With a Family Island Wednesday appointment, applicants will now be able to the Embassy for an early afternoon visa day. Visa applicants with afternoon apview by 3:00 p.m. The processing time for approved visas remains 24 hours for all applicants. Please see Visa Page 23

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Page 40 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 JOHN CASHREALTY www.treasurecayrentals.com Bahama Beach Club 2024 3 Bed 2 Bath 1645 sq. ft. Luxurious fully furnished second oor condo at Treasure Cay beachfront resort with pool bar/ restaurant. $700,000 Ocean Villa 911 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished, steps from Treasure Cay beach, excellent buy. $275,000 Sea Shells 3 Bed, 2 Bath home with exceptional privacy on Windward Beach. Stunning sunrise and Sea of Abaco views. $998,500 Royal Poinciana 2513 Oceanfront 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished condo with water views from every room! $545,000 Royal Palm 2338 2 Bed 2 Bath lower condo with 12 wide boat slip on Treasure Cay Marina. Fully furnished with customized kitchen and bathrooms. $470,000 Royal Palm 2480 3 Bed, 3 Bath upper level condo with boatslip and upgrades. $399,000 Royal Palm 2380 2 Bed, 2 Bath lower condo unit on Brigantine canal with large 16 wide boatslip. Excellent investment priced at $240,000 Las Brisas 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 Den 3000 sq ft private luxurious beachfront home on Windward Beach. $1,775,000 Mariners Cove 1510 Town House, 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath, professionally decorated, beautiful marina view. $249,500 Mariners Cove 1509 Town House, 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath, direct harbour view in desirable 1500 building. Fully furnished, includes garage. $244,500 Lot 8 Block 198 Brigantine canal homesite with 90 ft. of seawall in Treasure Cays most protected canal. Choice water views. $245,000 Lot 73 Block 199 13,635 sq. ft. canalfront homesite on Galleon Bay Rd with 90 of new seawall. Sea of Abaco views. $149,000 UNDER CONTRACTExecutive Leases:3 Bed 2 Bath charming 1800 sq ft newly renovated canal home with coastal chic decor, pool, dock, 2 min walk to TC Beach. $2,800 per month 3 bed 2 Bath 1645 sq ft 2nd oor luxurious Bahama Beach Club Resort Condo with pools, bars, restaurants on worlds top ten beach. $3,000 per month. 4 Bed 3 Bath luxurious beach home on Windward Beach, fully furnished, oce & den $3,800 per month John CashABR, BRI, CRS, Broker Abaco ChiropracticApril 16 April 21Call AA uskell TT oda y: 242-367-0020 *** A A sk f or D D r. L L ewis Some of the health conditions we see patients for: ABACO CHIROPRACTICABACO CHIROPRACTIC Man O War Hopetown NEW PATIENTS WELCOME! EE mail: DrLewis@HealthyLifeDoctors.comCall Auskell@ 367-0020 DD CStolen Vessel (Vessel recovered, suspects arrested and charged.)At 7:13pm on March 27, 2012, a 70 year old male of Crown Haven and a local captain reported that sometime between 5:30pm and 6:40pm on Monday March 27 2012, some unknown person/s stole a ferry boat owned by his employer. The vessel is a white with red stripe 27ft Boston Whaler with green top, twin 200hp Yamaha outboard engines attached. The vessel was moored at the Crown Haven Government Dock. Police action was requested. Arrest Update             A joint operation between ofDistrict and the boats owner led to the recovery of the vessel at about 12:15am on March 28, 2012, about ten miles south of Crown Haven, Abaco and three miles out of Freeport. The same was found in possession of one minor, d.o.b. 12/11/94 of Grand Bahamas and Jeremy Jones, d.o.b. 15/7/79 of Hanna Hill, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Both persons were arrested, charged, arraigned and remanded to Her Majesty Prison Fox Hill Nassau N.P., Bahamas.Causing Harm. (Suspect arrested & charged.)At 4:15am on March 31, 2012, a 38 year old female of the Mudd, Abaco, reported that at about 3:50am the same date she had just arrived home to her residence from a dance, when she met her male boyfriend, who was inside her residence. She further reported that her boyfriend attacked and beat her about the body. Police action requested.             Suspect Arrested At 11:40am on March 31, 2012, Ofrested the male boyfriend a 56 year old of Dundas Town, Abaco reference to this matter. The suspect was arrested, charged and arraigned on this offense.             Crime ReportBreach of Fisheries Act (Possession of Turtle)At 10:20am on March 31, 2012, the Fisheries Department, Abaco, came in at the M.H.P.S. with one male suspect a 42 years old of Dundas Town, Abaco, under arrest reference to Possession of Prohibit Article namely Turtle. He was arrested at 10:00am same date while in the area of Blvd, Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Suspect arrested and charged. The suspect was charged and released on $1,500.00 bail to attend court at 10:00am on April 4, 2012.   Shop breaking On Wednesday 28th March 2012, at on patrol reported that while at Marsh Harbour International Airport some unknown persons broke and entered The Bahamas Customs Department at Marsh Harbour International Airport. Entry was gained through the back glass door by smashing it. Police Action was requested.          tive Unit visited the scene. Investigations are continuing into this matter.   The Police Department is also appealing to members of the community who may have seen anything in relation to this matter or any other matter to please call 367-3437, 911, 919 or 367-2560   House Fire At 2:46am on 27th March, 2012, an anonymous caller contacted the M.H.P.S. and reported that a residence owned by a male of Murphy Town, Abaco, was on At 2:50am on 27th March, 2012, Vol the scene. A check was made for persons who maybe in the interior of the structure with negative results. According to neighbors, the owner of the wooden structure guished by the Volunteer Fire Department but totally destroyed. Investigation continues. Politics & Government Trac Safety & Rules Common Trac Infractions TIPS TO AVOID ACCIDENTSTrac Laws will be heavily enforced in 2012 SCHOOL ZONES Trac has such an eect on our lives that even non-drivers are impacted by it. Trac costs us time and money, aects our physical and mental well-being, and has consequences for the environment.ABC News

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 41 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 Across1: Conch 5: Moores 6: Hollywood 9: Guana 10: Harbour 14: Andros 16: Beach 17: Wrecking 20: Sisal 21: Junkanoo 22: Dove 24:GeorgiaDown 3: Loyalists 4: Coconut 8: Parrots 11: Atlantic 13: Crown 15: Lighthouses 18: Mangrove 19: Sand Across divers 4. Long Dock; Beagles 5. Lea ding Industry 7. Lea ves you high and dry 11. Porous rock; builds our islands 15. Irene, Floyd and Andrew 16. Abandoned City; logging 19. Salty tears; enjoys sea grass 20. The bush, not pine.Down1. Pink shallows-wader 2. Construction company given the hospitalcontract on Abaco. 3. PM's town 6. Docking and amenities 8. Echolocation; an underp er forming football team 9. Pine apples; destination of the Adventurers 10. A local dog 12. Alternative to anchors 13. Makes a good duff 14. Bahamas' "second city." 16. Sunset's direction 18. One masted sailboatThe Abaconian Crossword PuzzleAnswers from April 1, 2012 Crossword

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Page 42 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 By Mirella Santillo The Horticultural Society visited Man-O-War Cay's Garden Club on March 31. It was an event that kept all the visi tors conversations fueled for quite a while after the visit. The Society members enjoyed the warm hospitality they received and the marvelous plants they discovered in the gardens they visited. Growing tips they were also shared. A group of approximately eighteen people left Marsh Harbour on the 10:15 ferry to Man-O-War on Saturday March 31 to respond to the invitation of the Garden Club. They were welcomed on the cay by several ladies driving golf carts; in the welcoming committee was the Garden Clubs signed drivers who took them in a caravan through various alleys and back streets to discover some of the most beautiful gardens on the island.   The members of Garden Club had prepared a full agenda for their guests. They a tour of the Museum with enough time to spare to catch the 3:15 ferry back to Marsh Harbour. which was the site of an old citrus grove. Pathways and plant beds were lined with gathered from the shore. Blooming orchids hung from trees and several raised plots displayed healthy vegetables such as let tuce, tomatoes, eggplants and herbs. The artful landscaping and the abundance of erty seem much larger. Sun Dial was next on the tour. The group was led by the owner of the property, Gail Foust, who explained the various techniques she and her husband Doug had used to obtain a better harvest and control insects. Set on a street sloping towards the sea, the garden was a mixture of vegetables nasturtiums and alysums. Old pieces of carpet were used under the vegetable beds to keep moisture in and bugs out. Bloom ing orchids and exotic plants decorated the front of the house where a delightfully cozy patio nestled in the middle of lush tropical vegetation. Lunch was at Canary Wharf, the home of Ted and Barbara Dowty. The spa cious home overlooking the sea of Abaco served as both a restaurant and museum. The eclectic decor was a tasteful combination of antiques, special craft pieces and treasures from the sea.   Several of the ManO-War Garden Club members had pitched in to prepare lunch. The tour resumed with the hostess own garden. Walking distance from Canary Wharf was the property of Leslie Moore and Jerry Tubs. Ms. Moore's challenge was protect ing her garden from the wind and growing years to achieve the tropical atmosphere surrounding her house using local plants. Nearby, Mary-Ann Bassiers garden also showed evidence of adaptation to the shore environment: mulch held the sand in place, succulents multiplied healthily on the edges of pathways and native lilies were about to bloom. Last on the tour, Mr. and Ms. Pley dell-Bouverie garden offered mature trees and luscious vegetation. Near the entrance a blooming brassavola nodosa, nestled in a lignum vitae tree, immediately caught the orchid lovers' attention. The hostess greeted the visitors with photos of the grounds before she had applied herself for the last Man-O-War's Garden Club hosts Horticulture SocietyBelow: members of the Horticulture Society and Man-O-Wars Garden Club pose for a group photo at Barbara Dowtys house. Midway through the days events of touring gardens and sharing growing tips, the clubs met at Ms. Dowtys home to enjoy a lunch of fresh salads and snacks provided by Garden Club members. She mentioned having lost a lot of species in last years hurricane, among those some pigmy date trees. At the museum, Chana Albury and Carmen Newton, whose great grand-father owned the building, welcomed the visitors. They providing   information and answered questions. It was the last stop for the gardeners before reaching the ferry dock except for the few who could not resist indulging in a scoop of ice-cream before the return.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 43 ed when he had an encounter with angels and his life was changed forever. Various adults also performed poems and other pieces on the program throughout the night Earlier in the day, at 11am, the Seven Last Words of Christ was performed by seven speakers as a part of their Good FriJOB OPENINGBAKERS BAY GOLF AND OCEAN CLUBJOB DESCRIPTIONJOB OVERVIEW: The Landscape Manager is directly responsible 100% of the time for the ongoing review, direction and supervision of all landscape REQUIREMENTS: Managing all landscape maintenance and construction at Bakers Bay. Direct landscape contractors and review installation produce reports and punch lists including all aspects in the construction documents Be available to assist the landscape architect with onsite issues and design. manager (Anton) Review all plant material for bid and construction including travel to source if the situation dictates the need. Direct all salvage and de-vegetation efforts. prior to and during construction. Work with HOA and Sales as required to make lots presentable for sales and development. Assist & eventually develop material & equipment procurements as required to maintain areas not under direct contract Manage and direct the HOA landscape crew Develop or review budgets related to the above scope of workThe Landscape manager must have the following minimum experience:1. diseases 2. Understand the local environment and the plant material in that environment 3. Salvage methodology for native plants and palms 4. Irrigation materials, design and installation 5. Same or similar responsibility in a previous employment on a project of the same or similar scope and complexity. Better experience is a plus. 6. Staff management and direction is a critical responsibility and must have directed staff of more than 20. 7. Knowledge of plant importation requirements 8. Managed or run a nursery is a plus 9. Ability to set, manage and maintain budgets 10. Team oriented, results driven Interested applicants can forward their information to: hr@bakersbayclub.comAttn: Human Resources ManagerBakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club Great Guana Cay Abaco, Bahamas (242) 225-2128 Church NewsAnglican Church Picnic By Jennifer Hudson As far back as most locals can remember the Anglican Churches of St. John the Baptist, Marsh Harbour, and St. Martin, Sandy Point, have held their annual picnic on Easter Monday in Sandy Point. The picnic is traditionally held at the Sandy Point community picnic site but this year, owing to damage at the site caused by hurricane Irene last year, the event was held at the Government Dock. Normally the picnic is well attended by members of both churches, with church members from Marsh Harbour travelling up in the church bus, as well as being at tended by friends from the Sandy Point community. However, this year owing to a major event being held at the same time in North Abaco, only persons from Sandy Point were in attendance, although they Church and her family who travelled up from Marsh Harbour. Several tourists who were in Sandy joined in and enjoyed this truly Bahamian event. The picnic began at 11.00 am but the party really got going later with people enjoying themselves so much that several did not leave until midnight. While the ladies chatted and served the food, several of the men played dominoes and the children had fun in the sea. There was plenty of good food to enjoy including grilled ribs and chicken, conch salad and fritters, pies and guava duff. The money raised from the Easter Monday picnic goes towards the upkeep of the church buildings and though less was raised this year, Priest Warden of St. Martins Church, Nurse Estelle Pinder, said, We are thankful for what we got because every little bit helps. Next year in addition to having their regular crowd again, the organizers are hoping that the picnic site will have been repaired so that they will have more room to accommodate larger numbers. Easter play and service held by Voice of Deliverance ChurchBy Samantha Evans On Good Friday, April 5 at 7pm, the youth department of Voice of Deliverance Town Burial Society in Dundas Town. The Easter Production was two-parted. The the second one was a play called Change of Action written by two youth of the that is basis of the Christian holiday of Easter. The death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ are central tenants of the religion. Easter is celebrated to remind Christians of the great love Christ has for humanity. The Biblical event dramatized was by the youth. It gave them an opportunity love for his people. The second play, writ ten by Saleah and Carl, was about a young man who chose a path of selling drugs and leading a deviant lifestyle. Things started off good for the character, however that good life came to an end when he got shot. The story told about the battle he went through to decide what the outcome of his life would be. T the story unfoldday service. Services from the church can be seen on BCN at 6pm on Saturdays. The prayer line, 367-0091, is open during the service and is also the church contact during normal work hours.

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Page 44 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 $656,000Vacant land lot 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 HarbourThis complex consists of ve octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Crossing RocksTwo Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six ofces, restaurant and shops. Second Floor 10 units (1) bed (1) bath North Side of Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour. Appraisal $953,970 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 The Abaconian Community CalendarApril 15 May 1 For revisions, advertising opportunities or new entries call The Abaconian at 242-367-3200 April 14 Red Bone Tournament Coconut Bay Cleanup FNM Ignite Party April 18 Primary School Interschool Sports Day April 19 42nd Annual Abaco Anglers Tournament April 22 April 23 Friends of the Environment Earth Day celebration April 26 Treasure Cay BTC store grand opening April 27 2nd Bi-Annual All-Abaco Agricultural, Marine Resources & Agribusiness Expo April 28 Agri Expo Browns Bay Coastal Cleanup Christian Councelling Center Golf Tournament April 29 Antonius Roberts Art Show at Schooner Bay

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 45 Voice of Deliverance held church building fundraiser By Samantha Evans Voice of Deliverance Church held its church site on Forest Drive. The connec tion with Abaco and Apostle Leon Wallace was made by Minister Elizabeth Nixon Minister Nixon stated that Apostle Wallace had a dream that he was to start a church on Abaco so he was obedient to the call. Once Apostle Wallace came to Abaco, he met with Elder Oswald Nixon and the ground work for the start of the Abaco church began. Once the church opened, regular Sunday services began at 11am and 7pm and weekly prayer meeting and Bible study held. The senior pastor and overseer of the church is Edlin Scott who comes over every weekend for Sunday services. He is also the pastor of Morning Glory in Nassau. According to Elder Oswald Nixon, the building that the church currently occu pies is a temporary space as they have al ready applied for property on S. C. Bootle Highway. Once approval is granted, they More Church Newswill begin building the church. Once the church is built, it will have a pre-school, a halfway house and a youth center. February which was a cookout and on Eas ter Monday, April 9 starting at 11:30am. The church family of Voice of Deliver ance held a Cook Out and Family Fun Day at Browns Bay in Dundas Town. On the menu was various dinners including chick cake, pound cake and banana bread. The kids could also enjoy the bouncing castle, the beach and wonderful gospel reggae music. Crusade held at Grace Baptist ChurchBy Samantha Evans Grace Baptist Church held four days of crusades on Abaco March 28 to 30 under the theme Fire of the Holy Spirit. During the day they had leadership training by various gifted motivational speakers. Ac cording to coordinator of the events, Bish conclave last year but it was geared towards training pastors, leaders, lay workers, and business professionals. That event was hosted in conjunction with Grace Baptist Church. The leadership conference was moti the church needs development in practical knowledge. Historically, he noted, pastors addressed spiritual need but little emphasis was placed on real life experiences. A lot of times church becomes a place for becoming inspired not empowered. Thirty years ago, he stated, most pastors worked a secular job and studies on the weekends. He noted that the Bible states that people perish for lack of knowl edge not lack of faith. Therefore, this knowledge can be academic, general life knowledge or the like. Finally, he stated that people want practical teachings to help them deal with real life situations. Several speakers were brought in for who spoke on his experience and how God took him from the Ghetto to becoming a millionaire. Dr. Valorie Parker, a radio personality in Fort Lauderdale, motiva tional speaker and CEO and President of Soul of a Woman Foundation, a founda tion that deals with domestic violence and single parent issues, spoke on the topic Glory of God. She stated that no matter what you are going through you can embrace what God has for you. Further, she added that no matter what nay-sayers say, you should believe that God has a good plan for your life. She encouraged those in attendance to not let people dictate what they can become. She told them to participate in their own rescue and to remember that every dream needs activation. Dr. Eric Farmer was another of the speakers from Memphis Tennessee and he is a healing evangelist. He said that he is an avenue through which God heals. He has been in this ministry for 40 years and even though he has been to the Bahamas before, He told of the time that he was called to ministry at the young age of 15. Since then he has travelled to many countries around the world including Fiji, Austra lia and Africa. He claims to have the gift of healing and performed at Grace Baptist Church over the conference event. At the service he spoke about the power of the tongue and the words one speaks. He has two doctorate degrees and has written six books.

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Page 46 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 term lease $1800 monthly 561-694-0443 Marsh Harbour, The Crossing, luxurious 3 bed, 2 bath apartment now available for rent 367-5454 or 577-0277 Marsh Harbour, Spacious 2 bd/2 ba, fully furnished exec apt overlooking the harbour. Seeking annual lease. Serious enquires contact iggybiggy1@gmail.com, 367-3596 or 561-628-7946 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete and ready for BEC. $36,000. Call 458-1144 Cherokee Hill Top, lot # 16, approximately 10,000 square feet. Call 357-6883 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cays only private gated community, Marnies Landing. Elevated 1/2 acre parcel. Includes building plans, underground utilities and private boat slip. Fantastic views of Sea of beach. Excellent opportunity at $389,000. PosHope Town, North End, last remaining undeveloped bay side beach front lot. $425,000. Call 366-0707 or email jandkoakes@gmail. com Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,100/mon. Ph. 367-2431 Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath fully furnished, $2200 pm. Call after 5:30pm 367-2835 Great Cistern, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished home, with access to beach. $1,100/month. Call 475-4848 Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished week. Call 904-982-2762 Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or www.hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt, 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m Marsh Harbour, Cove Estates, 1 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished apt. $800/month. Call 4754848 Lubbers Quarters, new waterfront 3 bed, 3 bath home w/2 kitchens. Visit www.abacowa terfronthome.com or call 366-3147 Marsh Harbour, 4,000 sq. ft. triplex for sale with harbour view. Near Boat Harbour. $495,000. Call 376-2252 Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 REDUCED TO $349,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@gmail.com Treasure CayBeach Villa #646. Near Beach, remodel in 2008, 50% bigger, $330,000 Net to 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 canal view. $49,000. Call 242-427-0965Minimum 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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSMarsh Harbour, 1,200 sq. ft. 2 bed, 2 bath, views, near restaurants. $1,250/mo. Call 3762252 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, 1 bed,1 bath apt for rent. Call Amos at 367-3965 or 359-6684 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished, washer/dryer, central A/C. Interested persons contact 577-6571 Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Promote Your business Place a business classied Call Us For More Information 367-2677 or 367-3200 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 Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusAPPLIANCESGE 4.5 CU. FT. Refrigerator................... $260 IGLOO 1.7 CU. FT. Refrigerator ........... $150 GE & Emerson 1.1 Microwave ............ $130SOLID WOODDressers ..................................................... $750 Chest ........................................................... $450Commercial Carpet $12.50 sq. yd. Padding $5.50 sq. yd.8 Memory Foam MattressFull & Queen Size Phone: (242) 367-0546Visit our Showroom Located opposite the old Lowes Pharmacy Twin Regular Mattress .......................$160 Box Spring ..........................................$120 Full Regular Mattress .........................$210 Box Spring ..........................................$140 Queen Regular Mattress ....................$230 Box Spring ..........................................$155 Queen Orthopedic Mattress ..............$285 Box Spring ..........................................$165 Queen Pillow Top Mattress ................$510 Box Spring ..........................................$190 King Orthopedic Mattress .................$385 Box Spring ..........................................$250

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 47 Double Glass Door Freezer, turbo air, excel lent condition, model TGF-4F. $3,950. Reduced to $2,950 Call 577-2065 or 366-2065 Watermaker S&K, 1000 g.p.d; like new 772-485-4958 or e-mail: richard@kellers.net Ceiling Fans, two new Hunter Original Clas sic Model # 23856 in unopened boxes. Cost $329 each in US. One or both. Best offer .Also 200 ft. of 5/8 inch nylon anchor or dock line spliced to 50 ft. of 5/16 inch anchor chain. $400.value. Best offer. 365-8513 Iridium Satellite Phone, Attention mariners, explorers, survivalist, call from anywhere, land, sea, jungle. Only 3 hrs use. Original cost $1,500, NOW $1,000. Call 375-9925Minimum 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 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 22ft C Dory Angler, 2007. 90 hp 4-stroke Suzuki. Only used 4 mths. Wheel house with helm and rare dinette opposite. Large Vberth. fdurant@webhart.net for pictures and specs. 23 Regulator 2003 Classic w/ Evinrude ETEC 250 HP, repowered 9/2010, 56 hours and under warranty. Factory T-Top, Furuno NAV/ ers, Outriggers, Live Well, Trim Tabs, Salt Water Washdown, Fresh Water Shower, S/S towing bow plate. Trailer. Duty Paid. $30k. Call 242-577-1357 or email marcelmaury@ Me.com Marsh Harbour. 23 Albury Brothers Classic, new boat w/windshield, 225HP Mercury Optimax. 24 Formula, with 250 HP Yamaha engine. Asking $20,000. call 577-0340 25.5 Dusky, 28 over all length, twin 175HP Evinrude w/only 850 hrs. Custom yellow aw rides great. See at Outboard Shop, Marsh Harbour. Duty Paid $14,500. Must sell ASAP make offer. Call Johnny at 512-217-8000 26 J80, Unique Family Sailboat/Rocket ship, great condition, many recent upgrades. Includes: asymmetric spinnaker w/sprit, 2 mains, 2-105% jibs, OB engine. Sail away at 34 1997 Crusader, single 425hp Cummings, Contact Dan Forman at dsforman@gmail.com or 561-283-1861 and leave a message. Boat located in Hope Town. Asking $39,900.00 34 Mainship, with 230 Yanmar diesel and 8:00am 12:00pm and 1:00 pm 5:00pm. 2002 Ford Ranger, 4 cylinder engine, CD player, good condition. $7,500 OBO. Call 475-2807 2004 Ford F-150, 4X4 Super Crew 4 door Lariat, Tan Lthr, Burgundy Ext., 5.4L V8, 92k mi. $21k OBO. Call 242-577-1357 or email marcelmaury@Me.com. Marsh Harbour. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALEMercury 90HP Engine, practically new. $5500 OBO. Call 367-3202 or 357-6836 14 Novurania Rigid Inflatable; jet drive Evinrude 115, new turbojet out drive. Trailer, stable, playful! $2,500. 375-9281 or westno mad55@gmail.com 17 Offshore Skiff or Boat, 50HP Mercury, center console, 20 gal gas tank, runs well. $4,800 ONO. Call 466-5192 or 367-482221 Contender, all original hull with 225hp, 4-stroke Yamaha. Only 600 hrs. MUST SEE.$23,900 OBO. Call 577-034021 Polar Center Console, 2005, 150 HP Yamaha, 2-stroke, GPS-map, VHF, perfect condition. 90 hrs on engine $13,000. Call 32122 Hobie TriFoiler, double the wind speed. In good condition, with trailer. $2,800 4751389 Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 Two 2005 Honda Elements. One standard shift with 95,000 miles $1,200. One Automat ic transmission with 67,000 miles for $1,600. Call 375-7439 Local resort seeking Wedding & Events Sales Representative. Must have at least 4 years experience. Please send resume to natalie@ bahamabeachclub.com Visa From Page 15 Therefore, the Embassy advises applicants who plan to take advantage of Family Island Wednesdays appointment to either have their passports sent to their home via a courier service or arrange for a trusted friend or family member to retrieve their passport the following business day. For information on the visa process, applicants should visit the U.S. Embassys website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov Applicants who would like to take advantage of the special Wednesday appoint ments must inform the Visa Call Center of their Family Island or Turks and Caicos status when scheduling their visa appoint ments. To advertise or report news contact The Abaconian 367-3200 Afterhours: 577-2723 abaconiannews@gmail.com Twitter

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15th, 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 Contract signed for $12 million health care facility Funds raised for Lowe HouseRotary, Pilot, Scurvy Few and other civic clubs join together for a good causeAbove: A pensive young girl weighs her options for the lollipop-draw. This game, and others, were among the attractions that day. For the full story see page 2. Abaco brings home gold from CARIFTAAbove: Elroy McBride and Shane Jones arrive home from the CARIFTA games which young athletes hail from Moores Island. See page: 11 On April 10 the Abaco Commu nity Health Care Facilitys contract was signed. Coastline Construction and Devel opment Company Ltd. was the company ceremony took place on the grounds where the construction of the new health care facility is to begin shortly. The Prime Min ister, Minister of Works, and Minister of cials present at the signing ceremony. The contract is for $11,969,280.60 and work is to be completed over a 60-week period. The health care facility, which was designed by New Providence-based archi was presented as a state-of-the-art property to the hundreds of business and com munity leaders in attendance. It will be a single storied building sprawling out over approximately 32,000 square feet includ ing auxiliary buildings to house a morgue traditional colonial characteristics. Island Administrator, Cephas Cooper, delivered opening remarks and acted as the master of ceremonies. The signing Please see Contract Page 5

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com Central AbacoCivic clubs raise money for Lowe House of Abaco partnered with The Scurvy Few, Interact Clubs and the Anchor and Pilot clubs. On the grounds of the Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour the groups spent the day grill ing, serving steak dinners, hosting games and doing other activities. They were raising funds for Angela and Brent Lowe whose home in Spring City has fallen into dis repair. Starting at noon, and lasting throughout the day, hungry crowds stopped by the Anglican Hall to pick up their steak dinner, order one of Abacos specialty burgers or play a few rounds of hoopla. The Lowe house, one of the original structures in Spring City built during the logging-days, was the focus of Love for the Lowes. The Lowe family needed to make necessary repairs to their home and requested a loan to complete the work. The loan was approved. However, the fam ily hired an unscrupulous contractor who went to work laying down cement on the old wooden leaving the job ter the house was inspected. The inspec tion revealed the structure of the building had been com promised. Their house was suddenly made worthless. In order crucial repairs the Lowe fam ily needed to extend their mortgage. To extend their mortgage they needed bring value back to their house in order to back the loan. However, this was now impossible since the property had been condemned and become valueless overnight. The Lowe family has suffered from illness and has been unable to maintain gainful employment. Hearing of the Lowe familys plight, several civic and charitable clubs on Aba co decided to organize the Love for the Lowes event. Tickets were sold for the steak dinners and people were encouraged to visit the event for more fun that was planned for the day. The Pilot Club and Anchor Club sold cakes and desserts to those in the steak line who had a sweet tooth. The Scurvy Few helped set up the tents and booths and supervised some of the childrens games such as the bouncy castle. Interact members, the youth branch man the booths. It should be noted that these students took time out of their holi tary Club of Abaco also helped organize and staff the event. Tickets were sold beforehand for the steak dinners. However, patrons could buy tick ets to participate in any of the games or for drinks and cakes. Above: Steve Davis and Debbie Curry smile and sell tickets. Jo-Ann Bradley, current President of along with the rest of her club to make this fundraiser a reality. She expressed how happy she was with the participation, the civic clubs on Abaco to pull together to help one family. Everyone involved produced a herculean effort. After picking up their steak dinner, gourmet hot dog or hamburger, patrons were invited to the grounds behind the Anglican Hall were game and drink booths were set up. Visitors that day would also master, who made sure that everyone who wanted a chance at the several, valuable prizes had a chance at buying a ticket. Children were entertained by the bouncy castle, hoopla and lollipop guessing games. Adults in the crowd had entertainment as well. Though the day had its share of fun and entertainment, more money still needs to be raised. If you want to donate to the tary Club of Abaco or any of the organiza tions mentioned. Above: hefty steak dinners were served to everyone who bought a ticket. People lined many people who had a ticket stopped by for a meal to go. All money raised went to the Lowe House Project.News that needs reporting? Tweet at or Facebook The Abaconian with details.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Central Abacoof this contract, he said, marks another red letter day for the people of Abaco. He thanked the attending heads of government, religious leaders and others who had a critical role in the process. ment for Central and South Abaco addressed the crowd. Abacos time has come, he said in reference to current and planned government projects on Abaco. He continued, The expenses will pay dividends 100 fold. Before closing his remarks he told those gathered, The future is ours to create. The project is funded by the National Insurance Board. Patrick Ward, the chairman of the NIB, was present to deliver remarks. in fact, the current facility in Marsh Harbour. The new health care facility will be the twenty second health center the NIB has funded as part of its initiative of delivering a greater investment to The Baha mian people. Today its all about you, Mr. Ward remarked. After a stirring song selection by Wendy Sands, the Minister of Health, Dr. Hubert Minnis, took the podium. He announced that after the health care facility is completed in 60 weeks it will replace the current clinic in Marsh Harbour. The Honourable Dr. Minnis explained the push towards advancing tele-medicine, rotating specialists in and the possibilities of performing outpatient surgeries. The keynote address was brought by the resilience of its economy compare to other family islands. Youve led the way, in many ways, he said. He also said there was growing recognition of your importance, within central government. The same facility which is being constructed in Exuma is costing $2 million more than the one in Abaco. The Prime Minister tied this doing business in Abaco. On the topic of costs, the Prime Minister called the exten sive cavities under the grounds of the new Administrative Building and health care facility, regrettable, eliciting a chuckle from the crowd. He reminded Coastline Construction that 60 weeks was the deal. He asked that, as part of the deal, Coastline access local materials and services on Abaco as much as is possible. Twenty to thirty young people will also be trained on-site as part of a government initiative. nounced plans for the eventual creation of a new township in Marsh Harbour that will encompass the new government complex, health care facility and will reach to Cen tral Pines. The bank that wants the governments business, he said, will come to this part of town. Closing the ceremony was the sign ing of the contract. After the signing and Contract From Page 1 rush-out by students from Abaco Central High School.Abacos time has come ... The future is ours to create.Pictured below: Alvan Rolle, Project Ar chitect; Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; the Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis; the Hon. Neko Grant; Cephas Cooper, Senior Island Administrator; and Edison Key; Keith Ltd; Algernon Cargill, director NIB; Pat rick Ward, chairman NIB; Rev. Etienne Bowleg, deputy chairman NIB.Youve led the way, in many ways,

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 AbacoCarnival a success By Samantha Evans The Holiday Carnival was on Abaco for a little over three weeks and accord here was an absolute success. He stated got a chance to explore Abaco (including the blue holes) and visit many of the Cays. He stated that this island is beautiful and the people are some of the friendliest they have met in their world travels. The fact that they have numerous friends on the is land made their stay even more enjoyable. During their stay on Abaco, the carni val was a huge hit with teens and families. to go out onto the grounds and speak with the patrons and they all had great things to say. He noted that they were especially pleased with the ride all you want bands. extremely busy but the last week was light. He believes that this is due to the fact that many persons believed that they had left already. While on Abaco they hired ten persons who turned out to be great employ ees. Additionally, they brought in 25-30 of their faithful workers from Nassau and Freeport who are familiar with how the Carnival works and have been employed sell stated that they have had no break-ins at the site or thefts. He is so grateful that Abaconians have enjoyed the few weeks they were here. He noted that what keeps them doing this are the kids. He enjoys watching them grin from ear to ear while on the rides or when they win a stuffed animal. These smiles are an indication that they had great fun. He and his team looks forward to the day when they can come more often and one thing that can aid that is the construc tion of a dock. This dock will allow big shipping vessels and cruise ships regular consistent access to the port to off load people and equipment. However, the Holiday Carnival is not scheduled to return for the next three years but they hope that this can be lessened but is dependent upon the powers that be. He sends high regards to all persons who made his team were not ready to leave but duty calls. The last day for the carnival was Easter Sunday April 8, 2012. Fires keep Marsh Har bour Volunteer Fire and Rescue busyBy Timothy Roberts Barber Shop At 3 a.m. on March 28 Marsh HarMurphy Town across from Abaco Central High School. The building was totally enA nearby hydrant allowed a second It took over two hours to completely extin said that the building was unoccupied at the time. The police are investigating the possibility of arson as a bystander report that a car stopped at the site, and then sped away Car Fire Just before 1am on Wednesday, April 4, the Fire Department received a call to Methodist Church Grave Yard in Dundas Town. Engine Five was sent to the scene rolled over on its side and burning. FireWaste and Oil Fire Just before 3pm on April 4 a huge patch phone in Marsh Harbour to receive many calls. Initially there was a concern that it might be the BEC plant on the S.C. Bootle Highway because of the volume of solid black smoke seen by many concerned persons in Central Abaco, and even as far away as Hope Town. It was soon discov ered to be at the old dump close to the BEC plant where hundreds of gallons of old enThe oil was in a low depression where septic tank sludge is pumped and al lowed to dry. Concerns were raised over the toxic smoke being a combination of used oils, industrial chemicals and septic tank bacteria. No buildings were threatened but there are concerns that a high-water condition could take the oil out through the western marls. Wind shifts took occasional smoke through the Central Pines Subdivi sion. Using foam and the high pressure water cannon on top of Engine Five, most reach on the far side of the swampy area the scene at about sundown; however, that Firemen responded again the next when the septic-tank pump operator built a small causeway across the swampy area, allowing him to reach the far side. Investi gation into this matter is ongoing. Old Lumber Mill Home Burns Down April 7. The volunteers found the FerguThis wooden house built of native pine, heavy with resin and pitch, made a very Please see Fire Page 22

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 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! Central AbacoAuskell introduces new services on Abaco During her visit to Auskell Medical Center on March 30, Dr. Duranda Ash, an ophthalmologist, was just as ecstatic as her had been installed in her ofThe eye chair is equipped with a slit lamp to check eye pressure because glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness, and a phoropter, which determines if the patient will need glasses. Additional instruments included a computerized screen for checking vision, and Dr. Ash was able to switch from numbers to letters to shapes and increase and decrease their sizes. She also pointed out the autorefractor, which is a device used to check the prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Finally, the lensometer is used to determine if the patients current prescription is accurate or if changes need to be made to improve the prescription. Dr. Ash began offering her services through Auskell since 2007, and now visits the facility twice a month to provide more continuity of care to her patients. As she looked around at the state-of-the-art eye equipment around her, Dr. Ashs excite ment continued to build. You have the specialist, and all the high-tech equipment to go with it. Its a great day, she remarked. I am ecstatic, and so are my patients, and I am sure they will continue to be. Dr. Duranda Ash is scheduled to return to Auskell in mid-April. Lewis, a chiropractic physician, who spoke about two health services that will surgical spinal decompression, which is available for the treatment of herniated discs, disc protrusions, disc bulges or disc degenerations before surgical intervention is needed. At Auskell, a laser assisted or laser enhanced approach has also been incorporated into the spinal decompression procedure to speed healing and reduce pain more quickly. Over the years, Dr. Lewis admitted that he has become increasingly irritated with the number of failed back surgeries he has seen involving people who have undergone as many as three surgeries, yet still experience pain. However, he was pleased to announce that spinal decompression may be offered as soon as the end of April at Auskell. Dr. Lewis said that they Intend to have seminars to acquaint people with what they are doing and to demonstrated how spinal decompression works. As for what happens after decompression, he said it is no different than after back surgery because spinal rehabilitation and exercise You have the specialist, and all the high-tech equipment to go with it. Its a great day, Abaco National Park workday plannedThe Abaco National Park is 35 miles south of Marsh Harbour making it too far for many to visit a pine forest; however, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is in the process of putting together plans for mak ing the park more user friendly through more activities and amenities. On May 5th 2011, from 8-2pm, the BNT is hosting a work day at the Abaco National Park. If you are interested in helping the BNT improve your national park please join in. Help is needed in various areas including painting signs, painting benches and picnic tables, trail improvement, and trash pickup. This is also a great oppormals, including the Abaco parrot, found in the park by interacting with wardens and biologists who work in the area. Contact Caroline Stahala (Stahala@ bio.fsu.edu / 475-4504) or the BNT Abaco Also, if you are interested in participating but need a ride or have additional space to take people to the Abaco National Park, please let them know. South AbacoSAFA meets before Agri ExpoBy Mirella Santillo Few farmers attended the South Abaco Farmers Association meeting which took place on the eve of the long Easter weekend. But all the board members were present that evening of April 5, so a regular monthly meeting was held with Leslie Thompson presiding. He announced imme diately that the clearing of the lots would take place between April and June, advis ing the farmers that the cost of one hour of equipment rental would be matched by the Department of Agriculture, giving them two hours of machinery for the price of one. Barbara Gibson read the minutes of the March 15 meeting which was brief because of a political rally taking place in town. BAIC offering Persian Lime from Andros for sale at the price of $7.50 was minimum of 200 trees was required to be purchased. A member asked whether the canker ban was lifted and were told that it was lifted for trees grown within The Bahamas but not for trees grown in Florida. Farmers were reminded again to supply whatever produce they had to enter the All Abaco Agricultural and Marine place April 27-28. The farmers were encouraged to enter even if bush tea or jams were their only products. T-shirts will be on sale once forms have been submitted to the Department of Agriculture for approval. After the approval of the minutes Mr. Thompson addressed the concerns that had surfaced at the last meeting such as removing the cow grass, the problems with hogs and the clearing of the roads to access the lots. Those concerns had been forwarded to BAIC. Please see SAFA Page 10 Please see Auskel Page 13

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 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 // Politics as JunkanooI had my editorial for this issue all planned out and ready to type. That is, I did have it planned out until the bell hit the country and my hands are tied: this editorial will be about our politics. Most Bahamians love politics. We dont even need a secret ballot, all you have to do is sneeze and a fellow Bahamian will tell you his colour. It is a cultural storm that builds up during the months leading up to the day when ballots are cast and doesnt subside until months after. The rallies, speeches and parties all leading up to that allimportant date build on each other. Its a chorus that we all join in on until our voice is hoarse. It builds momentum, and as the momentum builds it drags people under its weight. Depending on who you talk to, the election cycle is either fun, serious this season is boring. That is because over the years we have been condi tioned to see election time as a spec tacle. The parties arent represented by their beliefs, accomplishments or ide als. Theyre represented simply by the colour of the shirts they give away at their rallies. Youre either red, or yellow or, more recently, green. When a partys entire belief system is boiled down to a colour or a chant its easy to not talk about the issues. Its easy to get swept up in the fever pitch of election and blame the countrys troubles on one side or the other. For a country whose politicians switch sides as often as they do it is incredible how much the colour of the other persons shirt matters. Where do they plan to take our country? What do they believe in? And, for that matter, what do we believe in? Certainly not a colour or a mantra. We need to remember that this spectacle we all engage in, yes we are all guilty, can be fun and, indeed, a guilty pleasure. But we can be blinded by the procession of rushing colour and trumpeting noise. This is not Junkanoo. This is so very important. The importance of what we as a country are about to do, vote, should not be lost. We, as a people, have a great opportunity that many in the world do not share and will never know. We are a free people with a democratic system of government. A blame. At least, it cant be solved that way by those who are put in charge. But if we as a people examine our choices and look beyond what colour were voting for and look instead at what this country must accomplish to succeed we may realize we need to do more than think up nick-names to badmouth our least favorite politician. A nickname never stopped a toothless law from being passed or a damag ing budget from being approved. Im not here to advocate for one side or the other. I cant do that. But I have long practiced listening to what each side has to say. You learn things that go beyond what each politician believes or has for her or his goals. You learn things about yourself and this empowers you to grasp a larger understanding of whats happening in this country. If we stay in the same circles and never talk or reason issues out with someone who opposes us there will never be growth. Not for us personally and certainly not for our country. We live in an echo chamber where everything bad that happens is the other partys fault. And well have our reasons why its their fault and they may be good, and they may be right, but at least we need to admit to ourselves how much more complicated the world is. We Bahamians have never lacked that deadly sin: pride. Were a prideful people who have, in fact, achieved much. But we have also built our little castles of entitlement. The politics of today play on our pride and thats what makes them so successful at the game and spectacle, but not successful in producing substance. We must demand that our politi cians produce substance. Pick your side. Weve got red, yellow or green. Weve made it real simple and we dont have to ask any more questions; especially if the ques tions are big. Its all a big game, a charade and spectacle. Its a Junkanoo rush for our entertainment. That, dear reader, is the attitude that will appease our pride but destroy us as a country. Features in This Issue:Community Calendar: Section B Page 20 Crossword Puzzle: Section B Page 17 Letters to The Editor: Section A Pages 9 & 19 National News: Section A Page 16 Entrepreneur Watch: Section A Page 20 Tide Chart: Section A Page 20 Spotlight on Debbie Symonette: Section A Page 13 Visitors Guide: Section A Page 23 Rental Home List: Section A Page 22 Classifieds: Section B Pages 22 & 23 Crime Report: Section B Page 16Lyford Cay Foun dations Technical Training Scholar shipsApply Online NowThe Lyford Cay Foundations are accepting online applications from Bahamian citizens for technical training and vocational schol arships for study in the U.S., Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. These awards are directed primarily at individuals who wish to train or upgrade skills in areas where mians in the workforce. The application deadline is May 1, 2012. 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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 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! Las BrisasMarnies Marnie's Landing Private Marina, Gated, 5 Lots left Marnies Landing GREAT VALUE 100+ acres situated at entrance of world famous Treasure Cay Resort, overlooking historic Green Turtle Cay with 1500 of waterfront! Thurston BayDouble Beach Lots"Second Chance" 2 Bed/1 Bath Guana Cay Second ChanceBill Dillon New Name35,000+ square feet 143' Oceanfront North of Tahiti Beach Barefoot Breezes9 acres Sea to Sea Estate, 649' of sandy Beach, 625' of Sea of Abaco Bayfront, Peaceful & private. N. of Hope Town. 9 AcresTahiti Hai Donald SeasWe 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 $995K Sweetings Landing NEW PRICE! NEW PRICE! Price Reduction New Listing 3B/2B Beautiful home with amazing views located in White Sound, Elbow Cay with private dock. Rental History! $1.15M Letters to the Editor Illegal Bug TradeGuana Cay has some new visitors and Im wondering if they are guests of Bakers Bay Company (BBC). Evidence suggests spiders of the brown recluse type along with boogey man millipedes have come to town. Everybody knows what vagabond insects are when it comes to a free ride. Why theyre even worse then me. Now, you might ask. How is this possible? After all, back in 2004 BBC promised to get all their shrubs and grass locally on Abaco. (Are you paying atten Agriculture?) Well, as it turned out, Bakers is getting all that stuff from southern USA, home of the recluse spider and the millipede. They dont worry about bugs on the fancy verandas at BBC. Guys in headto-toe white costumes spray everything that moves, but down in the settlement we have good bugs and bees and fruit trees and gardens. We like to keep poison spray far away. There could have been many jobs in grass. That would have been very good for Abaco and it would have prevented bad bugs from coming into Guana Cay. Now what would you suppose happened to that promise made back in 2004? Its the same story; Not enough skilled workers? Hire foreigners!....Not enough shrubbery? Buy Foreign! Yes sir those jobs have gone to foreigners, like so many of the BBC jobs. It says in the paper that they are growing the golf course grass here. Seashore Paspallum grass-that uses little or no fertilizer. They are even offering it for sale to locals. Maybe little or no fertilizer for a regular lawn but not for a golf course!!! I cant afford a computer or that fancy internet stuff but I asked someone to Google Seashore Paspallum grass and it says in the plain Queens English that is needs 5 to 8 pounds per year per 1000 square feet. So that is between 217.5 to 348 lbs of fertiliz er per acre per year. Now multiply that by 100 acres of golf course and we are talk ing some serious fertilizer. My calculator dont even go that high. Anyway, back to the bugs. The way things are going, wed bet ter expect to see the Chinese Four-Eyed Spotted Beetle showing up on Guana Cay pretty soon. Bakers Bay Co. actually tried to bring in a ship full of plants (and God alone knows what else) from Colum bia. Yes, thats right, Columbia, South America! Can you imagine all the snakes and bugs in that cargo? Bakers must have thought our customs people were blind! Luckily someone has some sense and sent them packing! Shame on you, Bakers Bay, for trying a dirty trick like that to save money. Too expensive to buy from Abaco? .Just like it was too expensive to conduct scien money bag before the environmental health for Great Guana Cay! How dare you! Your those fancy meetings. I may be a penniless person, as you say, but at least I have a conscience. Those rich folks who want a place on paradise are not going to want to be associated with Bakers Bay Golf Co and their illegal bug trade. And while we are talking about bugs and other animals, what happening to all the crabs at Bakers Bay? It said right there in the EIA and EMO that the land crabs would be an indication of how well Discovery Land took care of the environment. Well there is not one crab to be found anywhere near Bakers Bay. Things that make you scratch you head. How is a penni less man supposed to be able to make some crab soup and dough?! Aubery Clarke The Pennyless ManIncinerator for Guana Cay?We commend Bakers Bay Corporation (BBC) for their renewed commitment to follow through with their nearly forgotten agreement to handle the trash produced by greater Guana Cay. Incineration, however, brings serious concerns which should be openly addressed at a series of public meetings. Its impact on health, tourism, and property values must be examined. Not all incinerators are alike. Some have secondary burn provisions along with smoke stack scrubbers and emit a rela tively benign gas. Others are merely holes in the ground into which trash is bulldozed and burned openly. The latter system is not unlike what exists now on Guana Cay and we have all experienced discomfort from those burns. Long-term community-health problems frequently can be traced back to incinerators and numerous studies have linked certain cancers and diseases with the particulates produced from burning trash. Why not purcahse a few trash compacters and ship them to Marsh Harbour on the many barges that frequent BBC's dock instead.. Since the tourist economy is central to Guana Cay's survival, let us consider the tourist's point of view. To bring a fam ily of four to Guana and rent a house and eat for a week, the average household will pay about $8000.00. Clean air and water are undoubtedly some of our major attrac tions. Indeed, mention the word 'Baha mas' and people paint a vivid picture of clear blue skies and crystal aqua waters, contrasted with endless beaches...an idyl lic and accurate image. Now, staying with our visiting family, imagine their feeling of betrayal as smoke burns their eyes and irritates their throats. A wind shift has placed their cottage directly in the line of smoke from our burning garbage. If, as is increasingly common, one of their chil dren suffers from asthma, there may be an expensive,emergency trip to the doctor in Marsh Harbour. One bad experience guarPlease see Letters Page 19

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 South AbacoBefore communicating the answer from BAIC, Mr. Thompson announced that a 40 foot container had be purchased for $1800. Once renovated, it can be used to sell products and material to other farmers in order to generate revenues. This is necessary since the grant money is dwin dling down. The farmers were advised to use a special machine to remove the roots of the cow grass, but that alternative solutions were being sought due to the high expense involved with the machine. In reference to the wild hogs, the farmers were reminded that once in possession of their land they were responsible for dealing with the problems arising. BAIC was only there to as sist. It was suggested that they fence their lots to keep the hogs out. Duty-free material can be purchased from Florida to minimize the expenses. Mr. Thompson suggested that the mem bers get together to order in bulk from the United States. A positive point still to be investigated is that BAIC might be responsible for clearing the roads. One member asked about the container that was to be president of BAIC and MP for Central and South Abaco. Mr. Martin came up with a sketch of a greenhouse made with PVC pipes and net cloth. He brought a quote of $500 for material; the members would build it. He asked for assistance from the men to do it but most urgently for the building of the tractor shed. Damaged poles can be purchased from BEC cheaply, he said but they will have to be transported to the property. He would like to get to the building of the shed as soon as possible as BAIC has promised to supply a tractor once there is a safe place to store it. The board insisted that the members should join hands together to do as much as possible themselves. The point that members of the asso ciation should work together as often as possible was stressed several times during the meeting. Mr. Martin also mention the boards intention of having a formal ground breaking ceremony. He was hoping on deciding of a date that evening but too many people were absent. nancial report. She enumerated the various entries and expenses and announced that there was approximately $12,000 left from the grant. The biggest expense was bringing up to date the registration fees for the association. stressed the point that members should be up to date on their dues within two months with being part of SAFA. She then went over the details of the Agricultural Exposi tion. The price of a 10x10 booth with two eight feet tables ranges from $300 to 150, depending on what is being sold. She advised to contact Mr. Cornish at BAIC or Ms. Curry for more details or to reserve a space. The legal aspect of the association (documents of incorporation) and the necessity to maintain an accurate record of the payment of the dues were brought forward by a couple of members. The assembly was reminded that there will be a training workshop April 24-26.SAFA From Page 7 Roadway Clean-UpBy Lee Pinder The Abaco Club on Winding Bay arranged for their employees and family members to do a roadside clean-up and litter collection on Saturday, March 31, 2012. They covered both sides of the road up to the club, down through Yellow Wood and as far as the Cherokee parking lot an area of approximately three and a half miles. Afterwards a picnic and fun day at the beach was held at the Long Dock in Cherokee. Everyone brought a bathing suit and went for a swim. The new pavilion, barbecue and picnic area by the Long Dock in Cherokee was a perfect spot for this event and everyone seemed to have wonderful time. Island. Locals are doing their best to contain the blazes, however, unooperative winds Volunteers needed for park workdayThe Abaco National Park is 35 miles south of Marsh Harbour making it too far for many to visit a pine forest; however, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is in the process of putting together plans for making the park more user friendly. On May 5, 2011, from 8-2pm, the BNT is hosting a work day at the Abaco National Park. If you are interested in helping the BNT improve your national park please join in. Help is needed in various areas.This the plants and animals, including the Aba co parrot. Contact Caroline Stahala (Stahala@ bio.fsu.edu / 475-4504) or the BNT Abaco

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 South AbacoElroy McBride and Shane Jones bring home gold Jones and Elroy McBride stepped off the plane and onto the Marsh Harbour International Airports tarmac as champions. Wearing their bright, Bahamian colours proudly the young athletes from Moores Island All Age School displayed one more colour that blended seamlessly into their tracksuits: gold. Part of the record-setting Bahamian track team, who are collectively clos ing in on over 40 medals this year, Elroy and Shane each have a gold medal to their name. Moores Island is known for producing top athletic talent, and these young mens performances add to the legacy. Shane Jones competed in the under-20 boys relay team in the 4x100 meter. He and his teammates edged out Jamaica by 0.3 seconds to win the gold. Shane also took second in the 100 meter dash. The 4 x 400 meter relay team had Elroy McBride. Also from Moores Island, he and his team blew out their nearest com petitor by nearly ten seconds. The Abaconian wishes these young men, and their national teammates, all the success going forward. Look forward to an interview with all Abacos competitors in the coming issues. Above: Shane Jones and Elroy McBridehappy to be home. Even happier, perhaps, to be sporting gold medals. These two young athel by Gary Sawyer middle right representing Abaco Patroleum who was a sponsor of the team. They were also greeted by Celestine Swain, an ardent supporter who came all the way from Moores Island to greet the champions at the airport. Shane competed in the competed in the under 20 boys division. Together, they won a total of three medals: adding to The Bahamas growing medal-count

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 366-0023 Fax: (242) 366-0189 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-5460 Fax: (242) 367-2516VHF 16www.seahorseboatrentals.comComplimentary Pick Up & Delivery Cay Topics authors urge support of Bahamian lightstationsBy Janet Reingold On March 20, Annie Potts, the author of the visually and verbally compelling new book Last Lights: The HandWound Lighthouses of The Bahama Islands spoke to 80 women at the March Cay Topics luncheon at the Hope Town Harbor Lodge. Dave Gale, Founder of the Bahamas Light house Preservation Society, and author of two books Beneath Another Sky and and Dave shared with a rapt audience their knowledge of the history of eleven Baha mian lightstations, why they were built, and their changing status since construc tion. Potts told her audience that the light houses were originally built by the British to keep merchant sailing ships safely away from the shallow Bahama Banks, and that they have survived 150 years of time and weather. While most of the lightsta tions have been automated and are now unmanned, three of them still remain hand operated, attended by keepers. Presently, their use as primary aids to navigation is in question and they are in need of continual structural repairs. Few in the audience realized that the the worlds last remaining kerosene fueled The Abaco District team of School Administrators, under the direction of District Superintendent, Mrs. Helen Simmons-Johnson, recently held an Appreciation Luncheon at the Green Turtle Club in Green Turtle Cay for veteran educator and daughter of Abaco soil, Dr. Lenora Black. Dr. Black served as District Superintendent of Abaco and raised the educational standards with her dedicated leadership. The luncheon featured many speeches and games making for a light hearted yet heartfelt time for those who attended. for her leadership. The Caysand manually operated lighthouse. Ms. Potts encouraged her audience to join the effort to maintain this lighthouse as it is. Noting the combined talents and resources within the Abaco community she shared her passion and positive outlook for es and individuals throughout the world who have already helped the BLPS and the Port Department to keep the manual light houses going. While I can not see into the future, I have a good feeling about this lighthouse, Potts said. She added that all who care consider themselves the current stewards of this treasure of Bahamian history. unique opportunity here in Hope Town and Abaco: to save for the world the last manned lighthouse of its kind. Somehow it will be done, because it is the right thing to do. Its as simple as that. As if to accentuate the necessity for aiding the lighthouses historical existence, just after the talk was over a strong rain squall blew through, shortening the abil ity of the luncheon attendants to see any further than their immediate tables. However, everyone still managed to enjoy the beach-side setting at the Harbour Lodge and vividly see the importance of saving this last light. Books by Annie Potts and Dave Gale are available through Ebb Tide in Hope Town. To learn more about the Elbow CayLighthouse.com. To make a donation to the Bahamas Lighthouse Preservation Society and help preserve the Elbow Cay Lighthouse, please contact: Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Toll Free: 1-866-6119791, Local: 1-242-366-0095. Or email: harbourlodge@abacoinet.com Appreciation luncheon held for Dr. Black on Green Turtle CayLooking to advertise? Email The Abaconian:abaconiannews@gmail.com

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 Chris Thompson Real EstateService you deserve. People you can trust. Guana Cay Darvin Curry We know Abaco! One call does it all! MORE PROPERTIES FOR SALE Lubber's Quarters Beach lot .901 acres with Dock, $310,000 Guana Cay Tree House heart of village, 5B/3B ,2 Storey, pool, $469,000Lynyard Palms, Lynyard Cay .985 acres w/134' water frontageSecluded island living 15 south of Hope Town. $180,000 Great starter home Star Dance Lodge Cottage Lighthouse Cove with dock 3.8 acres beachfront, 2 cottages, 3.8 Acres 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 Rental. Banana Cabana New Listing New Price 2B/2B Main House, 1B/1B Guest Quarters Oceanfront, Pool, Great Rental South of Hope Town $1.49M $229,900 On April 2, during perfect sea conditions, a group of volunteers headed south. The project, to replace mooring at Sandy National Trust. another trip back to complete the project as soon as more materials can be acquired is planned. Immediately after installation of the eight moorings there were boats im mediately tied to every one of them. This proves the need for these moorings to protect the reef as well as allowing more people to visit the park and enjoy its beauty. Mark and Patti Gonsalves want to thank the volunteers that pitched in and gave a helping hand to get this done, Steve and Mike at Dive Time of Man-O-War, Brown Tip Bottom Cleaning and Diving Services, Margurite Melikian, Paul Caval, Elizabeth Eisenhauer, Charlie Horne and John Sporck.Volunteers place Sandy Cay Reef mooringsWe will offer a broad full range spectrum of services that will include spe and rebalance muscles after a long period of time. He said that statistics have proven that decompression produces an 86 to 90 percent success rate for its patients where as back surgery only yields a long-term As part of Auskells focus on health introduced. The program will utilize cardiovascular machines, supervised exercise target persons with hormonal imbalances Auskell From Page 7 or who need help with nutrition and diet in conjunction with exercise programs. Protein shakes and meal replacements will be offered as well as exercise clothing for those enrolled in the program. The Fitness Center will help with and again, the bottom line is to get healthy to control weight, healthy to control blood pressure, healthy to control diabetes and healthy to try and control your back pain. We are focused on the whole body approach, and continue to move forward with healthy means to keep you healthy, so that we will see a healthier and healthier Abaco as time goes on.Debbie celebrates 30 years at Green Turtle ClubDebbie Symonette has become an icon of sorts and one of the family as she now celebrates her thirtieth year as a part of the Green Turtle Club. Starting work on April 17, 1982 Debbie recalls the club as quaint resort with a small wooden dock and a restaurant which she has seen double in those years. In those early days she was a waitress and a maid for the Club eventually moving to help bartend. Working along with Lynn Johnmanagers of the Club) in the early days she said taught her a lot. Its been a great experience, she said. Ive gotten to know myself and to know many other people. I have learned a lot about what tourism is all about. She said she has also had the opportunity to travel a lot because of the many guests she has met over the years. She has been to New York, Florida, Atlanta and Portland, Maine among other places. She said she has met a lot of people, which she really enjoys, and she has a knack for remembering the many names and faces. Even more special to her now is seeing visitors children now grown up, returning with their children. It feels like you are a part of a large family, she remarked. In 2007 she was awarded the Cacique Employee of the Year Award for 2006/07 for which she said she owes a great deal to tor. In turn her own daughter is preparing to follow in her footsteps as LaShondra Curry studies Hospitality and Hotel Lodging at Johnson and Wales University. She said she owes so much to the many people she has worked with over the years from the owners Adam Showell and Ann Me riner, to Lynn and Molly Mc Intosh. Working with Linda nee Nesbitt, Pat McIntosh and all the staff have all impacted her life in many ways. I love them and look forward to working with them for many years to come, she said. She also thinks of Erklin McIntosh, tosh who monuments to longevity having been there for years before she arrived and remain until today. they treated me like family from the day I got here, she said. Debbie said she thanks God for the years she has been able to spend in Green Turtle Cay and at the Club and thanks the community and her family in Fox Town and Nassau for all their support over the years.

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 STANDARD HARDWARE Lumber & Plumbing Supplies email: standardhardware@netbusiness.com Let Standard help you plant your Spring ideas! Lawnmowers Trimmers Chainsaws Irrigation Hoses We stock a wide variety of National NewsCourtesy of The Nassau Guardian Election Set for May 7By Taneka Thompson The next general election will be held on May 7, Prime Minister Hubert Ingralast night. Ingraham rang a symbolic bell sig contested race. The national address came six hours a proclamation from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes. Provost Marshal Ellison Greenslade read the proclamation on the steps on the House of Assembly at 2 p.m. Greenslade also read a second procla mation later in the day, revealing that Parliament will reconvene on May 23. Last night, the prime minister recounted the challenges his administration has faced from the 2008 global reces sion to a rise in violent crime. Ingraham said his government has been working relentlessly to eradicate criminal behavior and has focused on the social conditions that give rise to a crimi nal culture. In spite of these efforts, four years with 127 murders recorded in 2011. The prime minister urged all Bahami is a blight on our society that knows no party and no creed, he said. It makes no distinction. We, as a people, must stand as one against this menace perpetrated on our country; it is something too important for partisan politics to sidetrack us from. Ingraham said his government has made progress in restoring the countrys economic and national security. He also touted the various infrastructure projects his administration has presided over during its current term. Elsewhere, we are making progress in terms of economic recovery and national secu rity. And we have invested in making our country better every day, he said. These things were not done because we like roads or we like building; they were done because we love the people of our country. His comments were a reference to repeated criticisms from members of the the FNM is more concerned with creating infrastructure than investing in Bahamians. VOTE The prime minister also thanked Bahamians for trusting him to lead the nation for three non-consecutive terms. Ingraham urged all eligible people to vote on polling day regardless of their political persuasion. been challenges, successes and above all, hope for the future. As weve worked to achieve success and stability, there has been one guiding principle of my government: Our Bahama land belongs to us all, he said. Now we look to the future and the next election. As we begin this process, I want to ask all of our citizens to commit ting of this great democracy of ours. Whatever the outcome, this will be an historic election on many levels. Cast ing a ballot is a right of all registered voters. Equally as important, we must have a clean, free, fair and honest election as these are the most sacred aspects of democ racy. national observers from the Organization United States have been invited to monitor the May 7 election. People who are unable to vote on polling day because of travel plans, government assignments overseas, pregnancy, or hospitalization etc. will be able to vote in an advance poll. More than 172,000 Bahamians are registered to vote, the highest number ever.Asian distribution cen ter in sights for GBPABy Jeffrey Todd The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) "needs a couple quick wins" to get it on the fast track to prosperity, according to Ian Fair, the incoming chairman. And high on the agenda, he said, is the establishment of a Chinese distribu tion center that would sell mass quantities of goods to corporations throughout North America, Latin America and the Carib bean. be in the works for months, may receive a much-needed kick-start with the appoint ment of Fair. As exclusively reported by Guardian Business last month, the top exreigns at the GBPA. Sarah St. George was also appointed as vice chairman. The appointment of Fair, who is also chairman of the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), deputy chairman of Butter man of Bahamas First Holdings Limited, could not come at a more crucial time. Grand Bahama, despite its close proximity to the U.S. and incentives for foreign businesses, has continued to struggle under Unemployment on Grand Bahama now stands at more than 21 percent, ac cording to the latest numbers from the Department of Statistics. Fair brings with him considerable international experience and a diverse professional background. AsiaMart, a brand that seeks to es tablish the Chinese distribution center, is a project in the sights of the GBPA. The new chairman described the concept of a distribution center as "a priority" and "an idea with an awful lot of poten tial". "We're in the business of granting licenses. We want what is best for Freeport. The minute I learned about the Asia Mart idea, I thought it had potential. It's Please see GBPA Page 23

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 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.comBahamian 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 barBoat House Restaurant Sunday Night BBQ Buffet Kids under 13, half price LIVE MUSIC by: Brown Tip Rake N Scrape Every Sunday 6:30 pm 9 pm Teachers Union workshop on Abaco By Samantha Evans President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (B.U.T.) Belinda Wilson and Quentin Laroda, Area Vice President for Grand Bahama, were on Abaco on Friday March 23 to hold a workshop and general meeting with its members. The theme choSolidarity Forever. The workshop began at 1pm with Quentin Laroda as the able His topic was an introduction to the Bahamas Union of Teachers. Laroda is no stranger to the union as he has served three terms in the B.U.T. and two terms in his current post. He began by stating that the B.U.T. has 4000 plus members but not many of them are unionists. He chose to introduce members to the history of the union so that they would know about their history and accomplishments, enhance their knowledge of the B.U.T., know what portance of the union and how it operates. He began with the history of the union which was started in 1947 by Mable Walker (founding president), Ivy Dumont and Carlton Francis. The union was recognized by the Government of the Bahamas in 1965 and joined Education International in 1977. The major responsibilities of the union at that time were to protect the rights of members and bargain for better terms and conditions of service. He described the dynamics of the executive body of the union and the roles of those major posts. Once done, he noted that the B.U.T. is set organization. Thanks to the shoulders upon which the current leadership stands, they are now pushing for more and better benHe spoke about great union leaders and their contribution to the development of the Bahamas. Some of those great leaders of Labour-, The Late Sir Clifford Darling -President of the Taxi Cab Union-, Dame Ivy Dumont -co-founder of the BUT-, the late Mable Walker -founder of the B.U.T-, major players in the Womens Suffrage Movement, the person after whom the Walkers Hall is named and Carlton E. Francis co-founder of the B.U.T. After he was done, President Wilson addressed the members. She spoke about Handling Grievances and Leadership. She began by addressing the rights of employ ees and types of grievances. She outlined the procedures for dealing with grievances and the importance of following protocol. She encouraged members to put their com plaints in writing to the shop steward so that they can be addressed in a timely man ner. Next she spoke on leadership. He told members to work towards leaving a legacy behind as one day they will move off the scene. She told them to be secure in their post and be prepared to produce where they are planted. Finally she noted that when people do well that they should complement them rather than covet the other persons gifts or abilities. After she was done, she went over the Collective Bargaining Agreement and gave the members vital information of the changes that will come on stream before the end of the 2011-2012 school year. persons were able to sit with the president one-on-one to voice concerns.Immunization Training Program for NursesBy Mirella Santillo Seven nurses from Central Abaco, Hope Town and Sandy Point participated in a threeday training program held at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic from March 27-29. The program was aimed at stressing the importance of keeping track of the population of children to be immu nized, keeping the immunization records up to date, maintaining the vaccines potent by keeping them at a constant cold tem perature and adhering to good hygiene practices in regard of storing the vaccines. Three former nurses now employed by the department of Immunization, Nurse Nurse Amelia Collie, had come from Nassau to provide the training in Marsh Harbour. They instructed the trainees of the procedures to follow to keep the cold chain such as checking the temperature of the refrigerator, how to proceed in case of sustained power loss by being ready to pack the vaccines immediately in a cooler with four cold packs. The instructors reminded them to maintain good hygiene measures such as cleaning the refrigerator once a month, storing the live vaccines on the top shelf with the non-live vaccines underneath and keeping the water containers on the bottom shelf. The last day of the training was dedi cated to learning how to create charts of the children to be immunizedthe target populationand of the children actually being immunized. Charts have to be recorded on a monthly basis, in order not to miss anyone and to meet the target percentage of children immunized by the years end. The records have to be kept not only locally, but copies have to be sent to Nassau to the Department of Immunization, Department of Public Health. The train ees were told to keep track of the children coming from other countries and the chil dren leaving the island. It is important to note infant deaths and adjust their charts accordingly. They were reminded that to be fully immunized the children have to The seven nurses were subjected to a test at the end of the last session on Thursday, to ensure that they had absorbed and understood the content of the workshop. While Nurse Collie corrected the examination sheets, Nurse Bastian addressed the class reminding them that although The free, these two diseases were only a short distance away from our islands, hence the necessity to maintain the necessary precau tions to keep it that way. She acknowledged the womens dedi cation and urged them to keep working hard. Nurse Lewis could not help but stress again the importance of the cold chain. A parallel workshop was conducted during the same period of time in Coopers Town for the nurses of Fox Town, Coopers Town and Green Turtle Cay. A simi lar training workshop already took place on Eleuthera. Grand Bahamas is next on the agenda. Remember to check out The Abaconians Community Calendar.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 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 antees that our family of four will seek other destinations in the future. Is that what we want? Will property values be affected? What do you, the reader, think about this? Given the choice, would you live near an incinerator? How would you feel if one were to be built near your home? Without exception, every one of us would choose to be far, far away from an incinerator. (You can be sure the bank which holds your mortgage would agree.) Being up wind upon ignition is no guarantee you won't be down wind half way through the sched uled burn. This occurred on Guana Cay on April 3rd, 2012 with the island full of vacationers! Who will measure the destruc tive impact on property values if this kind of thing becomes a regular occurrence? So how about burning only when the wind is from a certain direction? If an incinerator were located on the Crown Land, where BBC already has the nasty parts of its infrastructure, a SW wind may blow the smoke NE. That would work....until the wind assumed its usual clocking. As soon as the wind crept a few more points west erly, the coastal breezes would sweep it in tight to the island and residents would be impacted. Every boating person is familiar with the tendency of winds to wrap of the weather maps. It's part if the mi cro-climate phenomenon. In short, getting Mother Nature to blow smoke away is a tricky proposition. If BBC suggests they can guarantee a 'no-impact' burn, consider the source. Bakers Bay Developers (or was it Discov ery Land Corporation back then?) failed miserably to consider the other 3/5ths of Letters From Page 9 2005-2006 season. Not a single resident will ever forget that. As fast as the bull dozers could work, all day and all night, the mangroves and gnarled, wind hardened shrubs of what is now the hundreds of acres of bare BBC, were burned. Pillars of smoke drifted endlessly over Guana Cay, dropping ash and soot. At night, the merci less inferno could be seen for miles. Our lungs have sucked in enough of what BBC produced that year. No more! A well designed solid waste facility environmentally responsible AND has the added advantage of producing methane, which can then be harnessed to create elec tricity. Considering the projected demand for electricity in the Abacos, this method must be seriously considered. Yet another high density, compacted trash. Marine engineering teams at universities around the world have experimented with this tech also have researched this system as part of When weighing the pros and cons of community decisions, one must endeavor to avoid the temptation to take the cheap to be the fastest and easiest and cheapest, very often carries the burden of the greatest consequences. There is no place here for the heavy-handed, dictatorial solution. will cause future generations to condemn stepping up to the plate, we insist the deci is a community matter necessitating full and open discovery and decision making. The Concerned Citizens of Great Guana Cay BusinessCourtesy of The Nassau Guardian Bahamas Telecommunications Com pany (BTC) customers throughout Abaco and the northern Bahamas will experience consistent, improved cellular service including faster speeds for downloads and browsing on smart phones when the com pany completes its revamp of the wireless "We have completed 35 of the 41 cell sites in Abaco to date and expect to have the remaining few completed within the next several weeks," said Marlon Johnson, vice president, brand and communica tions. "When the work is done, customers will enjoy greatly improved service, fewer dropped calls and much faster speeds as Abaco goes from a 2G platform to the blazing speed of 4G." New Providence is already blanketed in 4G, the fastest speed available for wire less users, a technology so new that com panies abroad in major markets where it has been introduced are tooting their horns and touting its strength, spending millions advertising its availability. Meantime in The Bahamas, Grand Bahama is nearly 100 percent converted to 4G and BTC said it hopes to have full national roll-out by late August with Abaco, Bimini and the Berry Islands to go live within days of each other about the middle of May. "Abaco was a large territory to cover because of all the small cays and the sprawling lay of the land," explained Johnson. "We have 45 cell sites in New Providence and 41 in Abaco despite the difference in population so you can see how comprehensive our coverage had to be. Because of the many small islands in addition to Great Abaco, a lot of the mate rial had to be transported by boat or barge so it was a time-consuming task. Fortunately, we were blessed with good working weather for most of the winter which helped considerably." Johnson said the improved service in Abaco is expected to please the northern island's extensive boating population. "Abaco is the yachting capital of The Bahamas," Johnson noted, "attracting thousands of boaters every year. Unlike the rest of The Bahamas where the main season is November through April, Aba co's big season is summer when boaters come over primarily from South Florida. very pleasant surprise when they turn their of islands and cays has gone 4G. Many of them will be coming from areas where they do not yet have that kind of speed." Although work is about 80 percent completed on all cell sites and supporting infrastructure, the launch of 4G will not take place in stages, but will occur all at once when work on the islands and cays is 100 percent complete. When that date Abaco to receive cellular 4G by mid-May Please see 4G Page 21 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:

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel May 2012 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONSSunsail Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts, 36 ft. mono-hull or 38 ft. catamaran BusinessEntrepreneur WatchFour S Take-A-way By Samantha Evans Molly Davis owns Four S Take-AWay adjacent to Shawnys Take-A-Way in Dundas Town. Ms. Davis decided to open this business because she stated that it is all day and every day. They specialize in down home cooking. Besides all types of souse they also provide soups and sandwiches. They proboil-up day and Thursday they provide various international dishes. In the coming months, they will open the bakery which will provide breads, guava duff, banana bread, cakes, cheese cake, pumpkin roll and the like. The catering service will also be operational soon and for this service they can cook any Bahamian dishes for any type of event. The only requirement is that a weeks notice is given. Other items they specialize in include ice cream, conch fritters, hot dogs and popcorn. They are open Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm. They can be contacted by calling 367-7777. The Garden of Eden Take -A-WayBy Samantha Evans On March 26, 2012 Annalyse Coakley opened her business: The Garden of Eden Take-A-Way on Forest Drive next to Island Grocers. Ms. Coakley stated that out cooking so she decided to venture into this business again. She stated that all of her steps to open this business were ordered by God as she was not looking to start a business. She is excited about this business and looks forward to all of the doors that will open for her. She specializes in snacks only such as wings and fries, cold cups, ice cream, pastries and pies, cupcakes and fresh conch salad. She is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 8pm. The phone contact for the business is 475-1050.Abaco Mini-Mart Convenience StoreContinuing a tradition inherited from his grandparents, and after 32 years working in the grocery business himself, Telford his own grocery store with the opening of Abaco Mini-Mart. He said this is something Ive want ed to do for a long time. We are starting at a convenience store level and well see where it goes. Abaco Mini-Mart is a small convenience store carrying a variety of products such as snacks, beverages, dry groceries and some produce at this time and he indicated he would expand this based on what customers need. Since opening on April 7 he says he has received a good response from shoppers, many of whom got to know him as there. We want to offer service, conve nience and good prices, he said. business in 1980 when he joined the staff of Golden Harvest. Since then he has been both managed stores for both major superyears in Nassau at the Lyford Cay City. He has spent the last ten years as both a Abaco Mini-Mart is open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm and is located Station. DishyAccording to the proprietor, Dakotah Delancy, Dishy means beautiful. And that is just what Dishy sells: beauty. Unique jewelry, cosmetics, lingerie and top-line body supplies can all be found at Dishy located upstairs in the build ing across from Curly Tails restaurant in Marsh Harbour. Fashionable and affordable guides her business. Victorias Secret lines, Bath brand accessories are found at low prices. Makeup applications and full pedicures are among the services she offers at her well decorated store. She designed a store to make her customers ask, Am I still in Abaco? She found opportunity to create a busi ness when plans to attend university fell through this year. But that did not stop her determination because in February she launched her retail store. Things are going great, she said. Store hours are Mon-Thurs: 10am 6pm., and Fri-Sat: 10am-7:30pm. To contact Dishy call 458-9751 or through Black Berry Messenger: 282FA4E1.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 thrust" for employment on the island and the economy at large. Fair went on to mention "there are a lot of things out there that could happen quite soon" to further stimulate the econ omy in Grand Bahama. Other projects believed to be on the agenda include two waste treatment facilities to further support the island's already robust ship building and maintenance yard. Turtle Hill Resort and on Da Beach Bar & Grill Turtle Hill Resort and Villas & on Da Beach Bar and Grill, which is situated just minutes away from the quaint, popular, and historic settlement of Hope Town, is available for sale at a reduced price. This island resort has everything you would want or need including four 2 bed, 2 bath villas and two 3 bed, 3 bath villas, all with full kitchens, dining and living areas, and each boasting both pool and ocean views. The bar and grill sits at the edge of the dune overlooking the beach and has all the bells and whistles an efficient seaside restaurant/grill would need. REDUCED! For viewing and further info please contact the Listing Agent: Frank Knowles Contact him via: (242) 366 0024 Office (242) 577-0339 Cell Frank@ParadiseBahamas.comPriced at $3,600,000 Gross Follow Us: Further BusinessBAF Solutions donates to Cancer SocietyOn April 2, British American Financials their gratitude for the work the Abaco Cancer Society does for all those on the island whose lives have been affected by cancer. Lillian Cash was present to represent the Abaco Cancer Society and receive the gift. From left to right: Anthony Cartwright, Margel Smith, Lillian Cash, Nia Cooper and Rosemary Russell.Colina staff gives to Cancer Society tor, said the staff and management of Copersonally, to give back to the community and deciding that this time they would give to the Abaco Cancer Society. The Cancer Society was an easy choice for us because we all knew or are close to people who have had cancer, she said. They want to do something even bigger volved in giving to the community. comes, subscribers to 4G using BlackBer rys, Androids (like Samsung Galaxy) or iPhones will be able to upload to YouTube faster, download tunes, save or send photos, browse with Explorer or Firefox as accomplish the most basic task, making a phone call on speed dial faster than ever before. In conjunction with the new speed, store in Abaco April 26 in Treasure Cay.4G From Page 19 Resort VIPs arrive in Treasure Cay on board Delta Airbus brought in about twenty passengers who were brought in to tour properties at Bakers Bay Resort in great Guana Cay. Peter Russell and his crew at the Treasure Cay airport out the red carpet. an amazing idea. There isn't one in the region. Central America, North America, the Caribbean they can all come through Freeport." Fair said the GBPA is in the process of working through proposals, and no foren to any particular party. He did say, however, that the creation of a distribution center would be a "huge But as the dust settles in regards to Fair's appointment, the new chairman said the primary message, for now, is Grand Bahama is back in business.GBPA From Page 16 Know of any news? Call The Abaconian: 367-3200.

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 366-2075Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle Cay Barefoot 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 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour areaAbaco 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 577-6764 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151Sandy PointOeishas 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 365-8752Turtle RockVillas 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 2012Honesty and Quality You Can Count On242-357-6532 Dock Construction Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades Contact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtma rine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Fire From Page 6 Engine Five, using the water canon es. Engine Two arrived and attacked the a small shed behind was also engulfed in brush. It was about 9 p.m. when embers gines returned to the station. The vacant house sat in a wooded area by itself and no other residences were threatened. This was one of the last houses still in Spring City that was built in the mid-1940s native pine lumber. The house was moved Bahama, by the Owens-Illinois pulpwood operation in 1956, then moved to Spring City in 1959. Shed Fire Mid-morning on April 8 two engines Upon further investigation it was dis covered that a Haitian shack had burned access. Firemen oversaw what remained buildings were threatened. Dumpster Fire One engine and two volunteers remid-morning on April 10. Typically, spring is our dry sea are close to buildings that are accessible. Homeowners whose property has coppice and brush adjacent are advised to keep the area around their buildings clear of brush winds can carry hot embers into new arin unexpected areas, sometimes even right change in strategy. A prolonged drought is fueling brush this spring. Lightning is not the main cause carded cigarettes, homeowners burning trash, farmers clearing their land or an occasional accident that drops live wires onto the ground. the BEC plant where hundreds of gallons of old engine oil had been dumped and set which created a health concern.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour ............................ 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour ......................................... 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour ................................... 367-2787 Froggies, Hope Town ......................................................... 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay ............................................ 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay ............................................ 365-4411 Dive Guana ....................................................................... 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop ...................................................... 365-6013 Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour Green Turtle Cay Guana Cay Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War Hope Town Treasure Cay Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour + Hope Town + Little Harbour Lubbers Quarter Man-O-War ................................. Guana Cay Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay Sandy Point Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Marinas Green Turtle Cay Treasure Cay Man-O-War Marsh Harbour Hope Town Spanish Cay Guana Cay Tours & Excursions S.Florida Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Extra $3 for each passengers above two ffective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ............................................................... $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ............................ $15 Spring City ........................... $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ................................ $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ................................................................ $20 Snake Cay ................................................................................................. $35 Casuarina Point .......................................................................................... $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour ..................................................... $80 Bahama Palm Shore .................................................................................. $90 Crossing Rocks .......................................................................................... $105 Sandy Point ............................................................................................ $150 Leisure Lee ............................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ..................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ................................................................................... $85 Fox Town ................................................................................................. $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ....................................................... $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ................................................. $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Effective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ..................................................................... $10 Madeira Park .............................................................................................. $20 Sand Banks ............................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ................................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee ............................................................................................... $45 Black Wood ............................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town ..................................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour .......................................................................................... $60 Wood Cay ................................................................................................. $70 Mount Hope .............................................................................................. $80 Fox Town ................................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven ............................................................................................ $90 Marsh Harbour airport ............................................................................ $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport .................................................. $80 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ........................................$85 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry...........................................$25 T Cay Hotel to Blue Hole.................................................$30 Attractions Albert Lowe Museum ..................................... Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .... Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden ....................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ....................... Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station .......................................... Hope Town Walk to & swim on Mermaid Reef off M Harb. Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ........ Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry...................... Little Harbour Working boatyards .......................................... Man-O-War cay Miles of beach are generally on ocean exposures ask tourism 367-3067Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised March 9 12 All phones use area code 242 unless notedwww.abaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn Ph 365-8749 or 375-8123 VHF Ch 16 Charters Available Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutesFerry Schedules Tourisms People-to-People program Be matched with a local person or family with a similar interest such as Bird watching, Attending church, Foreign language, School class visit, Environmental interest. Marine, Native plants, History, Humane Society, etc. This is not a dating service or an offer for a free meal or lodging but an opportunity to meet someone locally with similar interests. Call Tourisms Doranell Swain at 367-3067 Charter Boats Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Never start your engine without us!When it comes to Auto Insurance, remember the smart choice is Insurance Management. Smart people you can trust. AUTO INSURANCEINSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520FreeportPioneers Way P.O.Box F-42541 Tel: (242) 350-3500 Fax: (242) 350-3510AbacoQueen Elizabeth Dr. P.O.Box AB-20666 Tel: (242) 367-4204 Fax: (242) 367-4206EleutheraQueens Highway P.O.Box EL-25190 Tel: (242) 332Fax: (242) 332-2863ExumaQueens Highway George Town Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 25 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15th, 2012 U.S. Embassy recognizes Devin Major as contest winnerPress Release On March 27, the faculty and students of Moores Island All Age School formal ly celebrated the accomplishment of 10th grader Devin Major, the Abaco winner of the U.S. Embassys 2012 Dr. Martin LuOn hand to celebrate the achievement was Erica Thibault who noted that of the more than 120 essays submitted from students throughout The Bahamas, Devins essay was one of four submissions that were se lected for eloquently illustrating the power of a non-violent approach in advocating for justice and equality during the civil rights era. In front of the 150 member student body, Principal Dinnea Cooper and Ms. Please see Moores Page 4 As May 7 election looms local politics heat up The Member of Parliament for Central and South Abaco, Edison Key, joined his counterpart in the North, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, during the Red Splash event on Easter Weekend. Supporters and others attended the event at the Treasure Cay Public Beach for food, drinks and games. For the full story see page 12. PLP candidate for Central and South Abaco, Gary Sawyer left -, enjoyed a block party with campaign manager Junior Mernard center and West Grand Bahama and Bimini PLP Member of Parliament Obie Wilchcombe. The block party was originally intended to be a regular Tuesday night meeting for the PLP mem bers at the headquarters in Marsh Harbour. However, with the announcement of the election for May 7 the On March 29, Democratic National Alliance candidate for Central and South Abaco, Roscoe Thompson III, held a street meeting under the Fig Tree in Guana Cay. He addressed citizens concerns for empowering local government, the environment and other topics. See page 14. Above: Moores Island All Age Schools English teacher, Principal, Dinnea Cooper, contest winner Devin Major and her proud mother, Monalisa Major. Devin won the U.S. Embassys 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Essay Contest. Devins essay was one of four submissions that were selected for eloquently illustrating the power of a non-violent approach in advocating for justice and equality during the civil rights era.

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Page 26 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Sandy Point community and FRIENDS restores beach along with Michael Parotti from Sugarland Nursery, 18 eager helpers from JA Pinder Primary and members of the Sandy Point community combined their efforts to restore a section of shoreline near the com munitys Government Dock that has been experiencing erosion and had no native vegetation. A cleanup was done to make sure the area was pristine. Native plants were also planted along the top of the beach to help prevent erosion and beautify the area. The students were very enthusiastic and did a great job carefully placing and watering the plants. The plants chosen for the restora tion are representative of those found in Bahamian coastal environments. Some of them, including the seagrape and cocoplum trees, will even provide fruit in the future. (built by a Sandy Point carpenter), so that the community can further enjoy the area. Special thanks were made to The Nature Conservancy for supporting the project and to the Sandy Point Town Council for providing assistance in preparing the area and watering the plants as they estab lish themselves. Children participate in annual Cherokee Easter Egg huntBy Lee Pinder Although the weather threatened rain on Good Friday the children were still able to join in the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the old school grounds in Cherokee Sound. Two areas were designated, one for the smaller pre-school children and anoth er area for the 6 to 10 year olds. There were lots of eggs hidden for all of them to most. Afterwards, there were games and more prizes along with lots of food for everyone and candy for the children. And, School & Youth Newsas always, there was enough food left over to send a plate to the elderly and shut-ins. Of course, the grown-ups arent left out and the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all come to cheer the children on, sit and talk with neighbours and enjoy themselves. The ladies who organize this event all deserve a vote of thanks. Left: Cherokee children anticipate the annual Easter egg hunt. Despite threatening rain, everyone managed to have fun. Man-O-War students perform locally produced musicalThe students of Man-O-War Primary School students perform This is My Fathers World. The show was written by Deanna Stecker and performed beautifully by the children. lina Weatherford, Colin Ray Albury, Micah Albury, Brittany Weatherford, Serena Newton, Jeremiah Weatherford, Ryan Albury, Riley Albury, Katie Sands, Aaliyah Roberts, Nathan Sweeting, Erica Roberts, Noah Albury, Grace Albury. Photo courtesy: In His Time Photog raphy

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Page 28 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction AIR COMPRESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RENTVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 School & Youth NewsBy Mirella Santillo On March 29, members of the Abaco Central High Schools Governor General Youth Award Club (GGYA) invited a representative of the Bahamas National Trust to the school. They presented him with noninvasive trees. the Bahamas National Trust, was handed a coco plum plant as a symbolic gesture by a student, Shawnardo Stirrup. The native species donated to the BNT as a celebra niversary of the Governor General Youth Award program in The Bahamas. ing the plants, among them coco plums, sea grapes, Christmas palm, coconut palms, hibiscus and orange geiger, to name only a few. The plants will be distributed to various communities. to go to all the islands settlements from them. The Bahamas National Trust was es tablished in 1959 Act of Parliament to create and manage the park system in The Babringing several infrastructural improve ments and additions to the park systems on Abaco. Abaco Central High Schools GGYA donates native plants to BNTAbove: Shawnardo Stirrup front and right hands a plant to Marvin Russell in front of Bahamas National Trust. Marvin Russell front and left is a park warden for the BNT and he intends to distribute the plants throughout Abacos communities. Thibault presented Devin with this years grand prize, an Apple iPad 2, as part of the schools weekly assembly. Devin then read her essay, which focused on the contributions made by activists Dr. Martin She also shared through her essay how she would take an active stance in her com munity to promote peace by encouraging her fellow students to resist negative peer pressure. Many high school teens celebrate with their classmates when they do wrong. I know these students are behaving in this way because they are simply bored and have not found their calling in life. I believe that, if our school had enough after school programs, more children would begin to use their time and youth for good, Devin said in front of her peers. Ms. Thibault noted that one of the highlights of the trip was an opportunity to meet Moores Island renowned youth track stars that are making their mark in both national and inter national athletics thanks to the support of the community including their volunteer coach. A few of Moores Island track students have gone onto college in the U.S. on athletic scholarships but many more students could do so with increased exposure and intensive academic prepara tion at an early age. Throughout her visit to the school, Ms. Thibault met students who have been recognized locally and nationally for their academic achievement demonstrating the impact that dedicated teachers can have on a community. In an effort to encourage all of the students of Moores Island All Age to continue to strive for academic success, the U.S. Embassy made a commitment to donate a library worth of books to Moores Island School that will arrive in the coming weeks.I believe that if our school had enough after school programs, more children would begin to use their time and youth for good, Moores From Page 1

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 29 bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner Daily ICE RENTAL BIKES Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDS Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 By Mirella Santillo dents With Ambitious Goals) sponsored of Most Distinguished Achiever for the by First Caribbean-CIBC was proclaimed Company of the year, the second consecu tive win for CIBC. The spacious Grace Gymnasium of Agape Christian School had been reshaped with lattice partitions and tastefully deco rated by Ms. Bakera Taylor, creating a more intimate atmosphere to accommodate the sixth annual JA Banquet and Award Ceremony. As they entered, female guests were ushered along a red carpet to their ta ble by three young men from Abaco Cen tral High School. Balloons provided color and a festive ambiance. Moderated with zest by Toast Mas ter Jamaro Thompson, a former Junior Achiever, the evening unrolled with mes sages from each companys president, but not before the Executive Director and Chief of Operations for Junior Achieve edged the stellar accomplishment of last years JAAbaco with the winning posi tion of Quitel Charleton in the 31st National Speech Competition and her victory Achiever. He announced the creation of a number of new opportunities for Bahamian youth with a budget for expansion of Junior Achievement on Abaco for Elemen tary and Junior programs, recognizing the leadership of Mr. Ishmael Stretch Morley, Chair man of the JA Board on Abaco and of his wife Dr. Chervon Morley who oversees the execution of the JA programs on the island. He offered his grati tude to all the contributors of the program and his congratulations to those who will achieve this evening, and urged them to spread their wings and with pas sion and pursue their purpose. Before dinner was served Mr. Lionel Eliott, former JA Executive Director who was responsible for developing JA on the Family Islands, bestowed a few words of advice to the younger female audience on how to dress properly. With an anal ogy to a jewelry store, where the cheaper items are displayed in the front and the more exclusive pieces guarded in the back, he urged the girls to not look cheap with too short dresses and wearing heels so School & Youth Newshigh they could hardly walk. He also informed the assembly that scholarships had been lost because of the email addresses of some Bahamian students containing sexual innuendos. The warnings were delivered amidst jokes, but the point was sent across. halted around 9:00 pm to allow people to line up at the buffet table where Baha mian food prepared by Merissa was being served. The head tables guests were ca tered by the local high school students. Mr. Thompson soon resumed his orchestration of the event on a more al legro tempo as the highlights of the eve ning unfolded: the announcements of the Most Distinguished Junior Achiever and the winning company. Without prolonging the suspense longer than necessary, Mr. Thompson proclaimed the results. New Corporate Company Award: SWAG Winner of the Sports Day Competi tion: BTCs CHAT nEZ and SWAG in a tie First Caribbean, with $72.00 return on a $3.00 investment Best product: Furniture Plus -First Caribbean And last but not least, the title of Most Accomplished Achiever went to Junior Achievers awards and appreciation banquet held Competition and the Interview. The guests of honor, Mr. and Ms. iott, Anthony Cartwright, Paula Morley and Laverne Cooper were invited to present the trophies. Charles, a student at SC Bootle High School, was presented with a lap top and a 4 year scholarship at the College of The Bahamas, compliments of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. It was a joyful event for teachers of the high school and advisors of SWAG, who cheered and hugged her as she returned to the table. Mr. Morley wishes to express heart felt thanks to all the corporate sponsors, those who sponsored a JA company throughout the year and the ones who helped support the expenses of the banquet and the trophies, such as Treasure Cay Ltd, Commonwealth Bank, BAF and Island Pharmacy. Above: group members of SOAR pose with Kathy Key. SOAR won the Bevans,Valencia Nesbitt, Rickanta Smith, Mrs. Key, Brie McKenzie, Shanae Morley, Leslie McDonaldPresident, Conrad Davis, Ashley Above: Rose Mika Charles, of SWAG, won the Most Distinguished Achiever award. From left to right: Paula Morley, Rose Mika Charles and Anthony Cartwright.

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Page 30 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com School & Youth NewsAbaco Central High School presents social science students of the monthAbaco Central High School held a special award ceremony for its social sciences students of the month. Second row from left to right: Vincent Ferguson, Kevin Pierre, Britnaey Bain and Bernise Oradin. The back from left to right: Social Science Teachers Ms. Farrington, Ms. Mills, Ms. Man-O-War School students achieving Above: these students traveled to Nassau to receive trophies from the Minister of Educa Weatherford, Aaliyah Roberts, and Grace Albury. left to right: Kalina Weatherford, Shania Sawyer and D.J. Bethel Below and right: Noah Albury and Erica Roberts were Man-O-War Schools second grade district. Photo courtesy of: In His Time Photography.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 31 bury, Alysia Boyce, Deanza Cox, Mat thew Grammatico, Nathan Grammatico, Blair Johnson, Briana Maxwell, Antwanae Smith and Shannon Steele. The primary school students received The students from grade twelve who made excellence for their accomplishment. Thirteen students received the sports guest speaker and special guests were given t-shirts and ceramic mugs. Before the ceremony ended, Senior gathering on behalf of Superintendent Hel en Simmons-Johnson. He told the students that they did not get to this place of distinc tion on their own. He added that they will now be the envy of their peers so they must remain focused and push onward towards graduation and college. He reminded them to main humble. The committee for this year was Neulessa Major, Cindy Hollingsworth and Chairman William Davis. By Samantha Evans the theme chosen for this years Bahamas Outstanding Student (BOS) Foundations 8th Awards Ceremony held on Abaco on March 29, 2012. The ceremony was held at Grace Gym and began at 6:30 pm. Wel Whylly, President and CEO of the Baha mas Outstanding Student Foundation. He commended the students for continuing to demonstrate their many abilities and proving that they are among those who are meeting the educational requirements of the Bahamas. He thanked Superintendent Helen Simmons-Johnson and the principals for their support and he pledged to continue highlighting the great academic and athletic work of stu dents through the BOS Foundation. Police Superintendent Noel Curry followed with brief remarks stating that at this time while students are being honored for doing great work, his department has a sixteen year old in custody for burglary. He renewed his pledge to the students and stated that Sgt. Joycelyn Smith is the matters that warrant police assistance. He told them to remember that the sky is no longer the limit but the starting point. He encouraged students to listen to their parents as they excel. Guest speaker for this awards ceremony was Pastor Samuel Cornish Senior Pastor of Change Ministries International. He began by saying that there are many distractions in the country today which are different from the distractions he experi enced some 20-30 years ago. Therefore, he noted that when young people are doing the right things we must applaud them. These young people being awarded have demonstrated that they have done the right thing so are worthy of being recognized. He told them that with hard work and constant focus they can achieve anything. School & Youth NewsTheir only limitation would be themselves and those persons who they allow to speak negativity to them. He gave the students six points to remember as they continue to strive for higher heights. He told them to stay focused because life goes in the direction of their focus. Secondly, he told them to believe in themselves especially when others do not believe in them. Thirdly, they should keep away from bad company. Their parents have taken the time to teach them morals, good character skills and standards so he admonished them to remember what their parents have thought them. He explained to them that bad behav ior is not inherited but is a learnt behavior. Next, they must study hard and dont be lazy. Fifth on the list is that they should respect authority which includes their teach ers, the law and older folks. Finally he told them to not let anythey are and to not let teachers, parents or peers tell them what they can and cant become. He stated that a teacher told him that he would never become anything and those words could have ruined his future but thank God he did not internalize them. Today he is a pastor of a church with a membership of 650 and just recently com pleted his Masters Degree. He applauded parents as they have pushed and watched over their children to ensure that they were excelling in school. believes that teaching is a calling as the pay teachers receive is minimal compared to their hard work and devotion to teaching children. After he spoke, the students were givdents received the Opal Award for having made a 3.0 GPA and above at their respec tive schools and seventy-two grade twelve students received the Emerald Award for making a 3.0 GPA or better. In the primary school, only one stu dent had a 4.0 GPA and that student was School. In grade 12, nine students had a 4.0 GPA and they all came from Forest Heights Academy. They were: Tyler Al -Over one hundred outstanding students honouredThe sky is no longer the limit, but the starting point. Books donated to CAPSBy Samantha Evans On Wednesday April 4 at 2pm, three students from Lake Highland Preparatory School donated two boxes of reading books to the Central Abaco Primary School Library. The books can be used by students from all grade levels. This donation of books will give the students community service hours for collecting, transporting, sorting and distributing the books. Janie Drummond, mother of the stu dents donating, is a second home owner who loves the community. So she inquired as to which school they could donate the reading books to. She was pointed towards Central Abaco Primary School. The students present for the donation were Amanda and Danielle Drummond who are in grades 10 and 8, and Christian Morris who is in grade 12. The books were donated to Library Supervisor Samantha V. Evans. Above: Students visiting Abaco from Lake Highland Preparatory School donated two primary School. Above: Amanda Drum mond, Danielle Drummond and Christian Morris pose with library supervisor Samantha Evans.

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Page 32 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 NOW AVAILABLE On-Line Ordering, Visit our website www.hopetownwinesandspirits.com School & Youth NewsKayla Wallace elected CAPS Teacher of the YearBy Samantha Evans Tell me, and Ill forget, show me and I may remember. Involve me, and Ill understand. This proverb is a creed that ments in her daily teachings in the class the position of Teacher of the Year at Cen tral Abaco Primary School 2012-2014. She is also currently the Grade Level Coposition for the past three years. Ms. Wallace is married to Israel Wal lace and they have two lovely children. A quality education is a passion that has always been sought by Ms. Wallace. She began her school life at C.W. Sawyer Primary School, completed her junior educa tion at S.C. McPherson Junior High and She then completed her tertiary education with a Bachelors Degree in Education from Sojourner Douglas College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Wallace entered the work force in 2001 as Corp. Program. Living true to her calling as being a change agent, Ms. Wallace entered the teaching profession on January 2003. She states that the rewards of teach ing are incredible. These rewards are real ized each day when students achieve new skills, cooperate with their classmates and succeed as a team. She has contributed to education by implementing the Block Teaching Approach when she was grade level coordinator for grade two, and has written sev eral GLCT District Examinations. She has also helped with the imple mentation of the Drama Club at Central Abaco Primary, has written numerous skits for special assemblies, including the skit for the visitation of His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes and has also implemented the drill team at her school. Ms. Wallace consistently brings her bubbly personality into the classroom and motivates her stu dents with songs, poetry, skits and drama. St. Francis prepares for Spanish Day On March 27-28, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School began their two-day cel ebration of Spanish Day with a luncheon, and students and staff were given the option of purchasing two items: beef tacos and nachos. Meanwhile, Jessica HidalgoBrown, the schools Spanish teacher, encouraged the students to participate in the costume competition. She placed examples of Spanish clothing near one of the class rooms to help the children get ideas on what to wear. At the Spanish Concert held on the nia Nottage brought welcoming remarks. Primary school students sang Joyful, Joybefore the audience. Seventh grade stu called: Taboo by Don Omar. One of the featured performances was the Parade of Nations, which allowed stu dents to dress in the native costumes of the country they represented. The countries represented were Spain, Mexico, Costa Colombia and Argentina. Models were dressed exquisitely as they danced to the music of their respective countries while showing off what they were wearing. Abideme Simon was the winner of the speech competition, and she was given the opportunity to read her speech during Youth leaders and teens attend communication training seminarsBy Samantha Evans Youth leaders and teens from across Abaco attended the Trusted Adult Youth Communication Training where the focus was on reducing HIV/AIDS on the island of Abaco. The training was held at Central Abaco Primary School beginning on Friday March 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm and ending on Saturday March 31st at 4pm. Through research and observation, it has been recorded that a major barrier that is faced in The Bahamas in prevent ing HIV, STI or unwanted pregnancies amongst young people is their inability to have open, honest and effective commu nication with a trusted adult about aforementioned topics. Many adults have also reported that they do not feel prepared to have these conversations with the young people in their lives. This training is a part of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Project (CHAP) a two Cross aimed at providing both adults and young people with the information, skills, and tools necessary to communicate effec tively. Once they can better communicate on this topic then the country stands a bet ter chance at reducing new HIV infections amongst young people in New Providence and Family Islands. Ms. Jamie Strachan, the events facil itator, stated that the aim of the American means that there will be no reported new HIV/AIDS cases in The Bahamas. To do this they need to reach youth, train peer educators and host focus groups to hear the needs and concerns of the community. Training has been going well in New Prov idence, especially in the inner-city commu the training as been taken too. This Abaco training was suggested by Colin Scavella, a native Abaconian who wanted to do something great for his is against HIV/AIDS. He is a trainer with the CHAP program as well. The goal of CHAP is to sensitize communities about things they can do to decrease the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections. To do this, they go out into communities to educate people. At the Abaco training some 20 persons were in attendance. The adult session was led by Jamie Strachan and the teen sessions were led by Colin Scavella. Some of the topics were communication with children, parenting skills and tips, sex and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and sex and the church. The participants also engaged in role playing scenarios that happen in homes. Many personal situations were discussed resulting in adults and chil dren being more empowered and equipped to make better judgment calls. were brought together at which time they had a wrap up discussion on what they days. The sessions were very well received and the facilitators were asked to return to have a following session with the partici pants and others. Please see Spanish Page 9

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 33 were geared toward preparing them for their national examinations. Ms. Borsz said it was the second year that the junior team has won the competition. School & Youth Newsthe program. Simon was very detailed and animated in her speech as she talked about what The Bahamas has to offer in Spanish. Ms. Hidalgo-Brown soon announced the names of winners who had participated in the Speech Competition, Spelling Bee and Poster Competition. Awards were givwinners. Competitions were designed to allow primary and high school students to participate. The costume competition only had three contestants all of whom were sis ters; they were all selected as winners. Following the singing of the school brought brief remarks. Although she was assured that the students had enjoyed them selves, she was also hopeful that they had learned something new about the Spanish culture. She added that a lot of preparation had gone in to the success of the day as she expressed her gratitude to the teach ers particularly Hidalgo-Brown and Hazel Lorene, who worked tirelessly. Ms. Brown is a person of dedica tion, and she is a true example of what a ever, she had a lot of support from the staff. Brown for his support of his wife and the school. Before departing, she reminded students that school would close at noon on March 29 and re-open on April 16 for Easter break.Forest Heights wins math and science competition The Dept. of Educations Annual High School Math and Science Competi tion took place on March 28 with the participation of students from seven schools categories are divided up into two levels each and contain eight rounds in total for each category. Toward the end of the com petition, the students compete in a speed level. Each time a new level or round began Agape Christian School, then Abaco Cen tral High School, Mary E. Albury School, Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de Sales School, S.C. Bootle High School and but the students were well-prepared and familiar with them because the questions had been submitted by their teachers for the competition and covered material that appears on their BGCSE examinations. At the end of it all, Forest Heights Academys all-male team of James Hull, Deanza Cox and Tyler Albury, emerged as the winners. Agape Christian School placed second and S. C. Bootle took third. Forest Heights also won the junior compe tition in the previous week. Lindsey Borsz, Forest Heights teach er, coached the students and commended them on their win. She said the questions Nassau Boy Scout Troops visit Abaco Boy Scouts from St. Thomas Mores Troop 46 and Columbus Primary Schools Troop 35 visited Abaco from March 30 to April 1 for a weekend of scouting. They headed directly to Treasure Cay from the Marsh Harbour International Airport to set up camp at St. Simon by the Sea Angli can Church. Leading up to their opening ceremony that evening, the scouts marched from Save-A-Lot to St. Johns Parish Hall before participating in an opening ceremo ny that was held in conjunction with the Abaco Sea Scouts. St. Thomas More Troop Leader Thomas Ferguson Sr. said he and the other leaders wanted the scouts to be in charge, so they allowed them to handle the entire and were joined by Thomas Ferguson Jr. Johnson of St. Johns Anglican Church was called on for the opening prayer, and following the national anthem and pledge, Adrian Newbold of the Abaco Sea Scouts gave the welcome address. The Abaco Central High School Band provided the entertainment, while the Ministry of Tourism assisted with refreshments. Please see Scouts Page 10 Spanish From Page 8 Brief remarks were made by South Abaco Island Administrator Benjamin Pinder, who apologized for the absence of several of his colleagues whose names were listed on the program. He extended a warm welcome to all the boys and girls scouts who were present during the ceremony. I know that Scouts is one of the oldest organizations, and it has done a tremen dous job in helping to shape the lives of young men and women here in this country and around the world, Pinder said. I was never fortunate to be a part of Scouts, and I wish I had the opportunity that you have. After Mr. Pinders remarks, all of the Scouts recited their Scout Motto, Promise and Law. The vote of thanks was given by Thomas Ferguson Sr., who commended the scouts on doing a good job. He said it so it was an unforgettable experience for them. Added to that, Ferguson said they received lots of support and assistance for their visit to Abaco. Weve found that its been a very exciting time for the Scouts, and because of this particular trip, I think were going to do a quite a few more, Ferguson disclosed. This Abaco trip has been very exciting to the point that they want to conthe parents are even more excited than the kids. When he had ended, the Scouts gave a thank you in song with a Bravo, bravo, bravo, bravissimo!

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Page 34 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 18th & 25th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine Please call for dates 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 Scouts From Page 10 Central Abaco Primary Library Held Disney Character ParadeBy Samantha Evans Library-card holders of Central Aba co Primary School had a treat this Easter as they got a chance to take part in a Disney Character Parade held at the school on Wednesday April 4, 2012 beginning at 2 pm. Eighteen students participated in the parade. As a part of this event, they were each given a character by Library Atten a set of rules which they had to follow. They had to make a costume and read a book or watch a movie about their charac ter. They also wrote a book report about the character. Some of the questions they had to answer were what the story was about, what role did the character play, what characteristics did the character have that are like theirs, what characteristics they would change about the character and what did the character do to become a hero at the end. Each book report had to be two paragraphs in length and read by each child to the entire school as a part of the Disney Character Parade. Some of the characters represented were Minnie Mouse, Cinder and the Little Mermaid. There were 100 total points that the students could receive for costume, presentation and creativity. At the end of the parade all partici cate. In third place was Savannah Valsaint with 363 points. In second place was Mia Clarke with 373 points and the winner was The prizes were Easter Baskets and reading books, a fun pack with reading books and a touch screen E-reader, respectively. The judges were Neulessa Ma organized by Samantha V. Evans, Library Supervisor, and assisted by Ms. Mcken zie. The event was named in honor of the late Mary Cartwright founding librarian of the school. Some Disney princesses pose for The Abaconians camera during the Disney Parade at Central Abaco Primary School on April 4, 2012 Delene Wilmott, Assistant Scout Leader of Columbus Primary Schools Troop 35, was thrilled about the trip. She explained that seven of their 44 scouts were on the visit to Abaco, and that it was a time for fun and fellowship with the other scouts as they participated in a number of landbased activities. At Columbus Primary, Cub Scouts is open from pre-school stu dents to sixth graders, so there were Scouts as young as four years old in the group. Many of the Scouts shared their excitement over setting up their own tents that afternoon, and others looked forward tivities. A closing ceremony was scheduled shortly before the Scouts and their leaders and parents departed for Nassau on April 1. Also in attendance for the scouting trip were St. Thomas More Troop 46 Lead the St. Thomas Moore Parent Committee. School & Youth News Hope Town School news and eventsSubmitted by Candace Key We would like to congratulate Jasmin Aberle, a Grade 2 student, for winning Third Place in the District Grade 2 Spell ing Bee. Everyone always enjoys the schools Annual Parents, Grandparents and Vol unteers Breakfast. The children plan and cook the breakfast then proudly serve their creations to the guests. This year our theme was Times Toughcent Bahamian the theme as they enjoyed their Fire Engine and Grits and Tuna and Grits served with biscuits, fresh fruit and tea and coffee. District Superintendent, Mrs. Helen Felamease Sawyer and Ms. Eunice Mills also attended the delicious breakfast. The Hope Town Harbour Lodge and the Hope Town Coffee House are corporate sponsors for this event. During the Annual Breakfast Ms. of Numeracy and Literacy for the Abaco District, unveiled a large poster with a list of students who were to be honoured by the Minister of Education for the yearly National Awards for students placing with and Iowa Math National Exams given to Grades 2, 4 and 5. It is always a thrilling time for our students to travel to Nassau for this award ceremony, stay and eat in the hotel and see the sights of Nassau. This year the lucky group of 7 students were rewarded by visiting Government House, Christ Church Cathedral and the Pirate Museum. Shopping, hotel pool, Dunkin Donuts and Mc Donalds always add to the fun times! Congratulations to Stella Higgs Joey Gale and Lilly Higgs for winning BOTH the Literacy and Numeracy trophies ,Eloise Albury, Samara Cole, and Charlie Cash for winning the Literacy trophy and Madisyn Cole for winning the Numeracy trophy. Please see Hope Town Page 11

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 35 The schools PTA, under the fundraising expertise of Lindsey McCoy and of Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Hope Town Lodge by the pool area. For weeks the talented school children had been working on several forms of artwork to sell on that night. There was batik, watercolours and other forms of arts and crafts such as bookmarks and magnets offered. The kids pegged to into the hands of eager buyers. Many local artists offered their pictures and crafts to be on the silent auction ta ble which also drew a lot of interest and competitive bidding. It was a wonderful night of fundraising to aid the building of an additional building that will house the schools computer s and library. school had a Field Event Day at the soccer teers and community members as children cheering on the four house team competi tors. Sprints, softball throws, long jumps, lime in spoon races,relay races and sack races kept the kids moving all morning long. When all the ribbons were given out (each child won at least 1 ribbon) and the points were added up, the Mighty Marlin House under the leadership of teacher Justin Higgs came out victorious. A day full of egg colouring and Eas school. The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is eagerly anticipated each year. Pre-School makes their own paper mache baskets to hunt their eggs with. It doesnt take long delicious surprises and money hidden inside. Then we all enjoyed a delicious party lunch and left for our break.Hope Town From Page 10 Left: The Mighty Marlins showing their Hope Town Schools Field Event Competi tion Below: Hope Town Primary Students pic tured with Honourable Desmond Bannis ter, Minister of Education, at the Ministers Awards for Literacy and Numeracy held in Nassau. These students achieved near per fect scores on National reading and math tests administered yearly to certain grades. Pictured are: Stells Higgs, Joey Gale and Lilly Higgs for BOTH Numeracy and Liter acy, Eloise Albury, Charlie Cash and Samara Cole for Literacy and Madisyn Cole for Numeracy School & Youth NewsYouth leaders and teens attend communication training seminarsBy Samantha Evans Youth leaders and teens from across Abaco attended the Trusted Adult Youth Communication Training where the focus was on reducing HIV/AIDS on the island of Abaco. The training was held at Central Abaco Primary School beginning on Friday March 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm and ending on Saturday March 31st at 4pm. Through research and observation, it has been recorded that a major barrier that is faced in The Bahamas in prevent ing HIV, STI or unwanted pregnancies amongst young people is their inability to have open, honest and effective commu nication with a trusted adult about aforementioned topics. Many adults have also reported that they do not feel prepared to have these conversations with the young people in their lives. This training is a part of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Project (CHAP) a two Cross aimed at providing both adults and young people with the information, skills, and tools necessary to communicate effec tively. Once they can better communicate on this topic then the country stands a bet ter chance at reducing new HIV infections amongst young people in New Providence and Family Islands. Ms. Jamie Strachan, the events facil itator, stated that the aim of the American means that there will be no reported new HIV/AIDS cases in The Bahamas. To do this they need to reach youth, train peer educators and host focus groups to hear the needs and concerns of the community. Training has been going well in New Prov idence, especially in the inner-city commu the training as been taken too. This Abaco training was suggested by Colin Scavella, a native Abaconian who wanted to do something great for his is against HIV/AIDS. He is a trainer with the CHAP program as well. The goal of CHAP is to sensitize communities about things they can do to decrease the rate of new HIV/AIDS infections. To do this, they go out into communities to educate people. At the Abaco training some 20 persons were in attendance. The adult session was led by Jamie Strachan and the teen sessions were led by Colin Scavella. Some of the topics were communication with children, parenting skills and tips, sex and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and sex and the church. The participants also engaged in role playing scenarios that happen in homes. Many personal situations were discussed resulting in adults and chil dren being more empowered and equipped to make better judgment calls. were brought together at which time they had a wrap up discussion on what they days. The sessions were very well received and the facilitators were asked to return to have a following session with the partici pants and others. Above: Abaco students from Hope Town School and Forest heights Academy were invited to a luncheon with Prince Harry during his visit. They were invited for their efforts in environmental conservation and education. From left to right: Candace Key Principal of Hope Town School Aly Boyce -Eco Club President from Forest Heights and Student Eco Committee members from Hope Town School Charlie Cash and Lilly Higgs.Abaco girls meet Prince Harry during his recent visitPennies for Potcakes raises money for animal shelterThroughout stores on Abaco you will cakes. The money raised goes towards Pops Place Animal Shelter located by the grounds of the old dump. The current facilities on site house nearly two dozen potcake dogs that are either strays or have been abandoned. Jennie Zehler, advocate for the cause, manages the shelter and cares for the strays along with other volunteers. They have plans to add on to the current facility to better accommodate the dogs they care for. Besides feeding and providing a more loving home, Ms. Zehler also spays and neuters the animals. Contact Ms. Zehler at jenniesdoghouse@hotmail.com to learn more. Above: Amanda Drummond, Danielle Drummond Christian Morris, children and friend of local homeowners, helped collect and donate money to Pennies for Potcakes. Ms. Zehler middle right gave them a tour of the facility and spent the day bathing the dogs.

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Page 36 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 Politics & GovernmentPrime Minister mingles with constituents at Red Splash beach partyBy Rashida Murray ander Ingraham painted the Treasure Cay Beach red on Easter Monday. Supporters waited with anticipation for the appear ance of the Prime Minister at the newly restored public beach in Treasure Cay on April 10, 2012. A good number of supporters gath Splash event, which had been coordinated throughout The Bahamas for the Easter weekend, provided free food, free nonalcoholic beverages, and good clean fun on the beach. Acres were cleared to build convenient parking area. An accessible roadway to the beach for public access was made also. Locals were able to engage in games and water activities on the beautiful shores of Treasure Cay. It was around 2 pm in the afternoon, the moment many in the red-shirted crowd were antic ipating had arrived. At the appearance of the leader of the Free National Movement the crowd chanted youre simply the best, better than all the rest. After greeting his constituents and touring the facility, the prime minister took center stage to address the people with Editral and South Abaco standing beside him. The prime minister commented that the Free National Movement is going to make this election eight straight. He noted that people all over the Bahamas are turning the color red. He said, We are on our way to another victory. The Prime Minis ter informed the people that if they havent registered to vote yet it may be too late and if they have registered to vote make sure check their ballets red. In fact, at the writ ing of this article the register is now closed and the election has been called for May 7. The Prime Minister encouraged the supporters of Abaco to hold the fort. event on an Easter Monday, the day before the ringing of the bell. Mr. Ingrahams last words to his constituents were to send him back to take seat for the North and Mr. that the FNM government delivers. On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, the Prime Minister announced the election date for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas has been set for May 7, 2012. Above and Left: Dennalee Curry and Matheir vendors tent. All smiles as they grilled up food for hungry Red Splash attendees. Below: Children search out Easter eggs hidden in the sand. Treasure Cays scenic and brilliant white beach was the venue for the governments Red Splash event. Police to begin new youth initiatives By Samantha Evans very unique task of policing both the main land and the cays. To add to this challenge, Abaco has few activities to keep the young people engaged which can sometimes result in them engaging in the wrong types of activities. To combat this, the police program is called the Drill Corp which will be coming on stream in the coming weeks. That program is geared towards teaching students rigorous parade and team building skills. The program will be held after school and facilitated by police ofenroll in this program. They are hoping that this program will lead into the Police Cadet Corp Program being introduced on the island which was created to be an elite program for young people desiring to learn more about the police force. Today, the program is used to assist deviant youth get their lives on track. The drill corps program will be voluntary and will meet once weekly. The next program that the police deThis program is geared towards those stu dents who are on suspension. This will keep them engaged so that they are not idle to commit crimes. This program is for stu dents in grades 11 and 12 and is primarily for the public schools but the possibility of Please see Police Page 15 We are on our way to another victory

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Page 38 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 Politics & GovernmentDNA holds street meeting in Guana CayBy Timothy Roberts The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) held a Street Meeting in Great Guana Cay under the Fig Tree on March 29 interacting with residents and speaking to them about environmental issues, jobs and representation. The Central and South Abaco Candi date for the DNA talked and told the gath ered residents that he supports the empow ering of local government as local people have a better understanding of the needs of their communities. I did not come here to promise Gua na Cay that I will give you new roads, or that I will do this or that. I only promise Guana Cay, and South Abaco, that I will in your community. He said that if elected he will come back to the people of each community to work together to deal with their needs. Its not about me, he said, its about us. Deciding what is best for the people of Abaco He reiterated his pledge that if elected he would give his salary to the Central and South Abaco minus travel expenses to go to Nassau for the House of Assembly to use in the communities. Im not doing this for me. This is about our future and our chil drens future. We have to change the way things are going right now. Mr. Thompson told the people of his reputation of representation during his time in local government and his record I am your right to have a say in your commu nity. I only promise Guana Cay, and South Abaco, that I will stand up the people, Above: The Democratic National Alliance candidate for Central and South Abaco meets with supporters and undecideds beneath the Fig Tree in Guana Cay. Roscoe Thompson III spoke about empowering loof communities throughout Central and South Abaco. of transparency and accountability while serving as Chairman of Marsh Harbour Town Committee. He read from a speech written by his father when he ran for Free Nation al Movement (FNM) in South Aba co in 1982 noting that many of the same issues he spoke about then are still the same today. In 1982 he spoke about the need for water on the cays and today residents have to pay a lot of money for a basic necessity. He said that if elected he would have the opportunity to tackle the issues impor tant to the people of South Abaco and be their voice in central government. It is up to us to make the change, together we can do it, he said. A vote for the DNA is a vote for the DNA. FNM meet and greet in CherokeeBy Lee Pinder The FNM candidate for Central and South Abaco and Member of Parliament, March 30. The evening was a simple meet and greet with no speeches made. Mr. grounds to everyone there that night while he shook hands and socialized. There were familiar faces in the crowd with many wearing red t-shirts sporting different political messages. The Cherokee FNM stalwarts were all set up and ready by 6:30 pm awaiting the MP and his entourage from other parts of Abaco. Most had arrived by 7:15 pm in a motorcade with horns honking and red hot dogs. But it seems most stood in line ters right out of the skillet. A table full of homemade cakes, cookies and fudge was also available. The meet and greet contin ued until 10pm. donation from PLP candidate April 11 from the Progressive Liberal Partys candidate for Central and South Aba co, Gary Sawyer. The funds were donated to the local scholarship program as part of a recent matching grant promise from an anonymous donor. The time window given by the donor allowed for all money col Mr. Sawyer said that this is a com mitment he continues to make to education and Abacos youth regardless of his politi cal actions or position in the business com munity. I just happened to be a candidate this time, he said. ries of events aimed at raising money to help send children to college. The next ers will be the Taste of Abaco Top Chef Competition in summer. If you would like Harbour. The number to call is 242-3676279. Above: PLP candidate for Souih Abaco, Gary Sawyer, hands a cheque to Abaco Path drive by an anonymous donor who has matched the funds for all donations to the schol arship organization

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 39 Politics & GovernmentPLP holds block party in anticipation of general electionThe evening of April 10, 2012 saw a gathering of supporters, and those looking for festivities, at the Progressive Liberal Partys headquarters in Marsh Harbour. A DJ was present to play a mix of Bahamian, pop and politically themed music. The PLP candidate for Central and South Abaco, Gary Sawyer was there to mingle with the crowd and enjoy the evening with supporters. Also present was Obie Wilchcombe: the Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini, and the previous Min ister of Tourism. emerged out of the PLPs regular Tuesday night meeting. However, this time they wanted to do something different, espe A. Ingraham was expected to announce the election that evening. Its a block party, Mr. Sawyers campaign manager, Junior Mernard, remarked, but were calling it a celebration. rang that bell! Drinks and food were served to the crowd. Many showed up in their bright gold shirts to show their support for the party. However, some arrived in neutral or red as onlookers as well. Despite the differences of opinion represented by the colour on their sleeve, all in the crowd appeared to get along and enjoy the evening. The election was scheduled by the Prime Minister for May 7. extending it to private schools as well is being looked at. The students will engage in a two hour then taken to a work site where they will spend the remaining days. At the end of the week they will attend a wrap up session. They will also have to write a report and an apology to the school. The students will then be monitored for the next six months. Parents will also have to attend the counseling sessions if their child is suspended. Program which is geared towards stu dents in primary school. In this program the students will learn manners and how to conduct themselves in public. The goal of these programs is for kids to know that the police are their friends. The polices primary goals do not include locking up young people, but if they get into mis chief they will be arrested. Interested school personnel can contact the police decharge of these programs is Sgt. Joycelyn Smith. of Community Policing on Abaco and has been spearheading this section since November of last year. She hopes that these we have an obligation to that have gone wrongprograms will help more youth become conscience of what it means to be productive citizens of the Bahamas. She noted that there are many Baha mians away for college who do not want to come home because of what they see going on in the country. Therefore, we have an wrong so that our children will want to return home to help develop the Bahamas once they have received their post-second ary education.Police From Page 12 U.S. Embassy Announces Family Island Wednesdays for Visa ApplicantsPress Release With the goal of providing the best possible service to Bahamian visa applicants throughout the archipelago, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau is now offering Wednesday afternoon appointments for applicants living on Grand Bahama and the Family Islands. With a Family Island Wednesday appointment, applicants will now be able to the Embassy for an early afternoon visa day. Visa applicants with afternoon apview by 3:00 p.m. The processing time for approved visas remains 24 hours for all applicants. Please see Visa Page 23

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Page 40 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 JOHN CASHREALTY www.treasurecayrentals.com Bahama Beach Club 2024 3 Bed 2 Bath 1645 sq. ft. Luxurious fully furnished second oor condo at Treasure Cay beachfront resort with pool bar/ restaurant. $700,000 Ocean Villa 911 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished, steps from Treasure Cay beach, excellent buy. $275,000 Sea Shells 3 Bed, 2 Bath home with exceptional privacy on Windward Beach. Stunning sunrise and Sea of Abaco views. $998,500 Royal Poinciana 2513 Oceanfront 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished condo with water views from every room! $545,000 Royal Palm 2338 2 Bed 2 Bath lower condo with 12 wide boat slip on Treasure Cay Marina. Fully furnished with customized kitchen and bathrooms. $470,000 Royal Palm 2480 3 Bed, 3 Bath upper level condo with boatslip and upgrades. $399,000 Royal Palm 2380 2 Bed, 2 Bath lower condo unit on Brigantine canal with large 16 wide boatslip. Excellent investment priced at $240,000 Las Brisas 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 Den 3000 sq ft private luxurious beachfront home on Windward Beach. $1,775,000 Mariners Cove 1510 Town House, 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath, professionally decorated, beautiful marina view. $249,500 Mariners Cove 1509 Town House, 2 Bed, 1.5 Bath, direct harbour view in desirable 1500 building. Fully furnished, includes garage. $244,500 Lot 8 Block 198 Brigantine canal homesite with 90 ft. of seawall in Treasure Cays most protected canal. Choice water views. $245,000 Lot 73 Block 199 13,635 sq. ft. canalfront homesite on Galleon Bay Rd with 90 of new seawall. Sea of Abaco views. $149,000 UNDER CONTRACTExecutive Leases:3 Bed 2 Bath charming 1800 sq ft newly renovated canal home with coastal chic decor, pool, dock, 2 min walk to TC Beach. $2,800 per month 3 bed 2 Bath 1645 sq ft 2nd oor luxurious Bahama Beach Club Resort Condo with pools, bars, restau rants on worlds top ten beach. $3,000 per month. 4 Bed 3 Bath luxurious beach home on Windward Beach, fully furnished, oce & den $3,800 per month John CashABR, BRI, CRS, Broker Abaco ChiropracticApril 16 April 21Call A uskell T oday: 242-367-0020 ***A sk for Dr. L ewis Some of the health conditions we see patients for: ABACO CHIROPRACTICABACO CHIROPRACTIC Man O War Hopetown NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!Email: DrLewis@HealthyLifeDoctors.comCall Auskell@ 367-0020 DCStolen Vessel (Vessel recovered, suspects arrested and charged.)At 7:13pm on March 27, 2012, a 70 year old male of Crown Haven and a local captain reported that sometime between 5:30pm and 6:40pm on Monday March 27 2012, some unknown person/s stole a ferry boat owned by his employer. The vessel is a white with red stripe 27ft Boston Whaler with green top, twin 200hp Yamaha outboard engines attached. The vessel was moored at the Crown Haven Government Dock. Police action was requested. Arrest Update A joint operation between ofDistrict and the boats owner led to the recovery of the vessel at about 12:15am on March 28, 2012, about ten miles south of Crown Haven, Abaco and three miles out of Freeport. The same was found in possession of one minor, d.o.b. 12/11/94 of Grand Bahamas and Jeremy Jones, d.o.b. 15/7/79 of Hanna Hill, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Both persons were arrested, charged, arraigned and remanded to Her Majesty Prison Fox Hill Nassau N.P., Bahamas.Causing Harm. (Suspect arrested & charged.)At 4:15am on March 31, 2012, a 38 year old female of the Mudd, Abaco, reported that at about 3:50am the same date she had just arrived home to her residence from a dance, when she met her male boyfriend, who was inside her residence. She further reported that her boyfriend attacked and beat her about the body. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested At 11:40am on March 31, 2012, Ofrested the male boyfriend a 56 year old of Dundas Town, Abaco reference to this matter. The suspect was arrested, charged and arraigned on this offense. Crime ReportBreach of Fisheries Act (Possession of Turtle)At 10:20am on March 31, 2012, the Fisheries Department, Abaco, came in at the M.H.P.S. with one male suspect a 42 years old of Dundas Town, Abaco, under arrest reference to Possession of Prohibit Article namely Turtle. He was arrested at 10:00am same date while in the area of Blvd, Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Suspect arrested and charged. The suspect was charged and released on $1,500.00 bail to attend court at 10:00am on April 4, 2012. Shop breaking On Wednesday 28th March 2012, at on patrol reported that while at Marsh Harbour International Airport some unknown persons broke and entered The Bahamas Customs Department at Marsh Harbour International Airport. Entry was gained through the back glass door by smashing it. Police Action was requested. tive Unit visited the scene. Investigations are continuing into this matter. The Police Department is also appealing to members of the community who may have seen anything in relation to this matter or any other matter to please call 367-3437, 911, 919 or 367-2560 House Fire At 2:46am on 27th March, 2012, an anonymous caller contacted the M.H.P.S. and reported that a residence owned by a male of Murphy Town, Abaco, was on At 2:50am on 27th March, 2012, Vol the scene. A check was made for persons who maybe in the interior of the structure with negative results. According to neigh bors, the owner of the wooden structure guished by the Volunteer Fire Department but totally destroyed. Investigation continues. Politics & Government Trac Safety & Rules Common Trac Infractions TIPS TO AVOID ACCIDENTSTrac Laws will be heavily enforced in 2012 SCHOOL ZONES Trac has such an eect on our lives that even non-drivers are impacted by it. Trac costs us time and money, aects our physical and mental well-being, and has consequences for the environment.ABC News

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 41 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 Across1: Conch 5: Moores 6: Hollywood 9: Guana 10: Harbour 14: Andros 16: Beach 17: Wrecking 20: Sisal 21: Junkanoo 22: Dove 24:GeorgiaDown 3: Loyalists 4: Coconut 8: Parrots 11: Atlantic 13: Crown 15: Lighthouses 18: Mangrove 19: Sand Across divers 4. Long Dock; Beagles 5. Leading Industry 7. Leaves you high and dry 11. Porous rock; builds our islands 15. Irene, Floyd and Andrew 16. Abandoned City; logging 19. Salty tears; enjoys sea grass 20. The bush, not pine.Down1. Pink shallows-wader 2. Construction company given the hospitalcontract on Abaco. 3. PM's town 6. Docking and amenities 8. Echolocation; an underper forming football team 9. Pineapples; destination of the Adventurers 10. A local dog 12. Alternative to anchors 13. Makes a good duff 14. Bahamas' "second city." 16. Sunset's direction 18. One masted sailboatThe Abaconian Crossword PuzzleAnswers from April 1, 2012 Crossword

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Page 42 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 By Mirella Santillo The Horticultural Society visited Man-O-War Cay's Garden Club on March 31. It was an event that kept all the visi tors conversations fueled for quite a while after the visit. The Society members enjoyed the warm hospitality they received and the marvelous plants they discovered in the gardens they visited. Growing tips they were also shared. A group of approximately eighteen people left Marsh Harbour on the 10:15 ferry to Man-O-War on Saturday March 31 to respond to the invitation of the Garden Club. They were welcomed on the cay by several ladies driving golf carts; in the wel coming committee was the Garden Clubs signed drivers who took them in a caravan through various alleys and back streets to discover some of the most beautiful gardens on the island. The members of Garden Club had prepared a full agenda for their guests. They a tour of the Museum with enough time to spare to catch the 3:15 ferry back to Marsh Harbour. which was the site of an old citrus grove. Pathways and plant beds were lined with gathered from the shore. Blooming orchids hung from trees and several raised plots displayed healthy vegetables such as let tuce, tomatoes, eggplants and herbs. The artful landscaping and the abundance of erty seem much larger. Sun Dial was next on the tour. The group was led by the owner of the property, Gail Foust, who explained the various techniques she and her husband Doug had used to obtain a better harvest and control insects. Set on a street sloping towards the sea, the garden was a mixture of vegetables nasturtiums and alysums. Old pieces of carpet were used under the vegetable beds to keep moisture in and bugs out. Bloom ing orchids and exotic plants decorated the front of the house where a delightfully cozy patio nestled in the middle of lush tropical vegetation. Lunch was at Canary Wharf, the home of Ted and Barbara Dowty. The spa cious home overlooking the sea of Abaco served as both a restaurant and museum. The eclectic decor was a tasteful combina tion of antiques, special craft pieces and treasures from the sea. Several of the ManO-War Garden Club members had pitched in to prepare lunch. The tour resumed with the hostess own garden. Walking distance from Canary Wharf was the property of Leslie Moore and Jerry Tubs. Ms. Moore's challenge was protect ing her garden from the wind and growing years to achieve the tropical atmosphere surrounding her house using local plants. Nearby, Mary-Ann Bassiers garden also showed evidence of adaptation to the shore environment: mulch held the sand in place, succulents multiplied healthily on the edges of pathways and native lilies were about to bloom. Last on the tour, Mr. and Ms. Pley dell-Bouverie garden offered mature trees and luscious vegetation. Near the entrance a blooming brassavola nodosa, nestled in a lignum vitae tree, immediately caught the orchid lovers' attention. The hostess greet ed the visitors with photos of the grounds before she had applied herself for the last Man-O-War's Garden Club hosts Horticulture SocietyBelow: members of the Horticulture Society and Man-O-Wars Garden Club pose for a group photo at Barbara Dowtys house. Midway through the days events of touring gardens and sharing growing tips, the clubs met at Ms. Dowtys home to enjoy a lunch of fresh salads and snacks provided by Garden Club members. She mentioned having lost a lot of species in last years hurricane, among those some pigmy date trees. At the museum, Chana Albury and Carmen Newton, whose great grand-father owned the building, welcomed the visitors. They providing information and answered questions. It was the last stop for the gardeners before reaching the ferry dock except for the few who could not resist indulging in a scoop of ice-cream before the return.

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 43 ed when he had an encounter with angels and his life was changed forever. Various adults also performed poems and other pieces on the program throughout the night Earlier in the day, at 11am, the Seven Last Words of Christ was performed by seven speakers as a part of their Good FriJOB OPENINGBAKERS BAY GOLF AND OCEAN CLUBJOB DESCRIPTIONJOB OVERVIEW: The Landscape Manager is directly responsible 100% of the time for the ongoing review, direction and supervision of all landscape REQUIREMENTS: Managing all landscape maintenance and construction at Bakers Bay. Direct landscape contractors and review installation produce reports and punch lists including all aspects in the construction documents Be available to assist the landscape architect with onsite issues and design. manager (Anton) Review all plant material for bid and construction including travel to source if the situation dictates the need. Direct all salvage and de-vegetation efforts. prior to and during construction. Work with HOA and Sales as required to make lots presentable for sales and development. Assist & eventually develop material & equipment procurements as required to maintain areas not under direct contract Manage and direct the HOA landscape crew Develop or review budgets related to the above scope of workThe Landscape manager must have the following minimum experience:1. diseases 2. Understand the local environment and the plant material in that environment 3. Salvage methodology for native plants and palms 4. Irrigation materials, design and installation 5. Same or similar responsibility in a previous employment on a project of the same or similar scope and complexity. Better experience is a plus. 6. Staff management and direction is a critical responsibility and must have directed staff of more than 20. 7. Knowledge of plant importation requirements 8. Managed or run a nursery is a plus 9. Ability to set, manage and maintain budgets 10. Team oriented, results driven Interested applicants can forward their information to: hr@bakersbayclub.comAttn: Human Resources ManagerBakers Bay Golf & Ocean Club Great Guana Cay Abaco, Bahamas (242) 225-2128 Church NewsAnglican Church Picnic By Jennifer Hudson As far back as most locals can remember the Anglican Churches of St. John the Baptist, Marsh Harbour, and St. Martin, Sandy Point, have held their annual picnic on Easter Monday in Sandy Point. The picnic is traditionally held at the Sandy Point community picnic site but this year, owing to damage at the site caused by hurricane Irene last year, the event was held at the Government Dock. Normally the picnic is well attended by members of both churches, with church members from Marsh Harbour travelling up in the church bus, as well as being at tended by friends from the Sandy Point community. However, this year owing to a major event being held at the same time in North Abaco, only persons from Sandy Point were in attendance, although they Church and her family who travelled up from Marsh Harbour. Several tourists who were in Sandy joined in and enjoyed this truly Bahamian event. The picnic began at 11.00 am but the party really got going later with people enjoying themselves so much that several did not leave until midnight. While the ladies chatted and served the food, several of the men played dominoes and the children had fun in the sea. There was plenty of good food to enjoy including grilled ribs and chicken, conch salad and fritters, pies and guava duff. The money raised from the Easter Monday picnic goes towards the upkeep of the church buildings and though less was raised this year, Priest Warden of St. Martins Church, Nurse Estelle Pinder, said, We are thankful for what we got because every little bit helps. Next year in addition to having their regular crowd again, the organizers are hoping that the picnic site will have been repaired so that they will have more room to accommodate larger numbers. Easter play and service held by Voice of Deliv erance ChurchBy Samantha Evans On Good Friday, April 5 at 7pm, the youth department of Voice of Deliverance Town Burial Society in Dundas Town. The Easter Production was two-parted. The the second one was a play called Change of Action written by two youth of the that is basis of the Christian holiday of Easter. The death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ are central tenants of the religion. Easter is celebrated to remind Christians of the great love Christ has for humanity. The Biblical event dramatized was by the youth. It gave them an opportunity love for his people. The second play, writ ten by Saleah and Carl, was about a young man who chose a path of selling drugs and leading a deviant lifestyle. Things started off good for the character, however that good life came to an end when he got shot. The story told about the battle he went through to decide what the outcome of his life would be. T the story unfold day service. Services from the church can be seen on BCN at 6pm on Saturdays. The prayer line, 367-0091, is open during the service and is also the church contact during normal work hours.

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Page 44 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 $656,000Vacant land lot 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 HarbourThis complex consists of ve octagon buildings. Three single storey buildings and two two-storey buildings. Known as Simmons Place. Appraised $491,000 For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact: The Commerical Credit Collection Unit at 242-502-1320 or 242-356-1685 or 242-502-0929 or 242-356-1608 Fax: 242-356-1638 Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to: The Manager, The Commercial Credit Collection Unit P.O. Box N 7518, Nassau, Bahamas Crossing RocksTwo Storey Commercial Building comprises of First Floor 4 (1) bed 1 bath and six ofces, restaurant and shops. Second Floor 10 units (1) bed (1) bath North Side of Main Rd. Appraisal TBAMarsh Harbour Two Storey Commercial Building Complex contains 10 commercial units Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour. Appraisal $953,970 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 The Abaconian Community CalendarApril 15 May 1 For revisions, advertising opportunities or new entries call The Abaconian at 242-367-3200 April 14 Red Bone Tournament Coconut Bay Cleanup FNM Ignite Party April 18 Primary School Interschool Sports Day April 19 42nd Annual Abaco Anglers Tournament April 22 April 23 Friends of the Environment Earth Day celebration April 26 Treasure Cay BTC store grand opening April 27 2nd Bi-Annual All-Abaco Agricultural, Marine Resources & Agribusiness Expo April 28 Agri Expo Browns Bay Coastal Cleanup Christian Councelling Center Golf Tournament April 29 Antonius Roberts Art Show at Schooner Bay

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 45 Voice of Deliverance held church building fundraiser By Samantha Evans Voice of Deliverance Church held its church site on Forest Drive. The connec tion with Abaco and Apostle Leon Wallace was made by Minister Elizabeth Nixon Minister Nixon stated that Apostle Wallace had a dream that he was to start a church on Abaco so he was obedient to the call. Once Apostle Wallace came to Aba co, he met with Elder Oswald Nixon and the ground work for the start of the Abaco church began. Once the church opened, regular Sunday services began at 11am and 7pm and weekly prayer meeting and Bible study held. The senior pastor and overseer of the church is Edlin Scott who comes over every weekend for Sunday services. He is also the pastor of Morning Glory in Nassau. According to Elder Oswald Nixon, the building that the church currently occu pies is a temporary space as they have al ready applied for property on S. C. Bootle Highway. Once approval is granted, they More Church Newswill begin building the church. Once the church is built, it will have a pre-school, a halfway house and a youth center. February which was a cookout and on Eas ter Monday, April 9 starting at 11:30am. The church family of Voice of Deliver ance held a Cook Out and Family Fun Day at Browns Bay in Dundas Town. On the menu was various dinners including chick cake, pound cake and banana bread. The kids could also enjoy the bouncing castle, the beach and wonderful gospel reggae music. Crusade held at Grace Baptist ChurchBy Samantha Evans Grace Baptist Church held four days of crusades on Abaco March 28 to 30 under the theme Fire of the Holy Spirit. Dur ing the day they had leadership training by various gifted motivational speakers. Ac cording to coordinator of the events, Bish conclave last year but it was geared towards training pastors, leaders, lay workers, and business professionals. That event was hosted in conjunction with Grace Baptist Church. The leadership conference was moti the church needs development in practical knowledge. Historically, he noted, pastors addressed spiritual need but little emphasis was placed on real life experiences. A lot of times church becomes a place for becoming inspired not empowered. Thirty years ago, he stated, most pastors worked a secular job and studies on the weekends. He noted that the Bible states that people perish for lack of knowl edge not lack of faith. Therefore, this knowledge can be academic, general life knowledge or the like. Finally, he stated that people want practical teachings to help them deal with real life situations. Several speakers were brought in for who spoke on his experience and how God took him from the Ghetto to becoming a millionaire. Dr. Valorie Parker, a radio personality in Fort Lauderdale, motiva tional speaker and CEO and President of Soul of a Woman Foundation, a founda tion that deals with domestic violence and single parent issues, spoke on the topic Glory of God. She stated that no matter what you are going through you can embrace what God has for you. Further, she added that no matter what nay-sayers say, you should believe that God has a good plan for your life. She encouraged those in attendance to not let people dictate what they can become. She told them to participate in their own rescue and to remember that every dream needs activation. Dr. Eric Farmer was another of the speakers from Memphis Tennessee and he is a healing evangelist. He said that he is an avenue through which God heals. He has been in this ministry for 40 years and even though he has been to the Bahamas before, He told of the time that he was called to ministry at the young age of 15. Since then he has travelled to many countries around the world including Fiji, Austra lia and Africa. He claims to have the gift of healing and performed at Grace Baptist Church over the conference event. At the service he spoke about the power of the tongue and the words one speaks. He has two doctorate degrees and has written six books.

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Page 46 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2012 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 term lease $1800 monthly 561-694-0443 Marsh Harbour, The Crossing, luxurious 3 bed, 2 bath apartment now available for rent 367-5454 or 577-0277 Marsh Harbour, Spacious 2 bd/2 ba, fully furnished exec apt overlooking the harbour. Seeking annual lease. Serious enquires contact iggybiggy1@gmail.com, 367-3596 or 561-628-7946 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@hotmail. com. Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Bahama Palm Shores, lot for sale, 100 x 150, at main entrance, water well complete and ready for BEC. $36,000. Call 458-1144 Cherokee Hill Top, lot # 16, approximately 10,000 square feet. Call 357-6883 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales. Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cays only private gated community, Marnies Landing. Elevated 1/2 acre parcel. Includes building plans, underground utilities and private boat slip. Fantastic views of Sea of beach. Excellent opportunity at $389,000. PosHope Town, North End, last remaining undeveloped bay side beach front lot. $425,000. Call 366-0707 or email jandkoakes@gmail. com Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,100/mon. Ph. 367-2431 Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath fully furnished, $2200 pm. Call after 5:30pm 367-2835 Great Cistern, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished home, with access to beach. $1,100/month. Call 475-4848 Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished week. Call 904-982-2762 Hope Town, Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or www.hopetown.com Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Gov Sub apt, 2 bed/2 bath, central A/C, newly renovated, fully furnished. Serious inquiries call 9-5 367-2951 or 5775086 after 5 p.m Marsh Harbour, Cove Estates, 1 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished apt. $800/month. Call 4754848 Lubbers Quarters, new waterfront 3 bed, 3 bath home w/2 kitchens. Visit www.abacowa terfronthome.com or call 366-3147 Marsh Harbour, 4,000 sq. ft. triplex for sale with harbour view. Near Boat Harbour. $495,000. Call 376-2252 Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 REDUCED TO $349,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@gmail.com Treasure CayBeach Villa #646. Near Beach, remodel in 2008, 50% bigger, $330,000 Net to 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 canal view. $49,000. Call 242-427-0965Minimum 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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSMarsh Harbour, 1,200 sq. ft. 2 bed, 2 bath, views, near restaurants. $1,250/mo. Call 3762252 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, 1 bed,1 bath apt for rent. Call Amos at 367-3965 or 359-6684 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, 2 bed, 1 bath, fully furnished, washer/dryer, central A/C. Interested persons contact 577-6571 Directory Big Cat EquipmentRentals: Promote Your business Place a business classied Call Us For More Information 367-2677 or 367-3200 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 Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusAPPLIANCESGE 4.5 CU. FT. Refrigerator ................... $260 IGLOO 1.7 CU. FT. Refrigerator ........... $150 GE & Emerson 1.1 Microwave ............ $130SOLID WOODDressers ..................................................... $750 Chest ........................................................... $450Commercial Carpet $12.50 sq. yd. Padding $5.50 sq. yd.8 Memory Foam MattressFull & Queen Size Phone: (242) 367-0546Visit our Showroom Located opposite the old Lowes Pharmacy Twin Regular Mattress ....................... $160 Box Spring .......................................... $120 Full Regular Mattress ......................... $210 Box Spring .......................................... $140 Queen Regular Mattress .................... $230 Box Spring .......................................... $155 Queen Orthopedic Mattress .............. $285 Box Spring .......................................... $165 Queen Pillow Top Mattress ................ $510 Box Spring .......................................... $190 King Orthopedic Mattress ................. $385 Box Spring .......................................... $250

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April 15, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 47 Double Glass Door Freezer, turbo air, excel lent condition, model TGF-4F. $3,950. Re duced to $2,950 Call 577-2065 or 366-2065 Watermaker S&K, 1000 g.p.d; like new 772-485-4958 or e-mail: richard@kellers.net Ceiling Fans, two new Hunter Original Clas sic Model # 23856 in unopened boxes. Cost $329 each in US. One or both. Best offer .Also 200 ft. of 5/8 inch nylon anchor or dock line spliced to 50 ft. of 5/16 inch anchor chain. $400.value. Best offer. 365-8513 Iridium Satellite Phone, Attention mariners, explorers, survivalist, call from anywhere, land, sea, jungle. Only 3 hrs use. Original cost $1,500, NOW $1,000. Call 375-9925Minimum 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 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 22ft C Dory Angler, 2007. 90 hp 4-stroke Suzuki. Only used 4 mths. Wheel house with helm and rare dinette opposite. Large Vberth. fdurant@webhart.net for pictures and specs. 23 Regulator 2003 Classic w/ Evinrude ETEC 250 HP, repowered 9/2010, 56 hours and under warranty. Factory T-Top, Furuno NAV/ ers, Outriggers, Live Well, Trim Tabs, Salt Water Washdown, Fresh Water Shower, S/S towing bow plate. Trailer. Duty Paid. $30k. Call 242-577-1357 or email marcelmaury@ Me.com Marsh Harbour. 23 Albury Brothers Classic, new boat w/windshield, 225HP Mercury Optimax. 24 Formula, with 250 HP Yamaha engine. Asking $20,000. call 577-0340 25.5 Dusky, 28 over all length, twin 175HP Evinrude w/only 850 hrs. Custom yellow aw rides great. See at Outboard Shop, Marsh Harbour. Duty Paid $14,500. Must sell ASAP make offer. Call Johnny at 512-217-8000 26 J80, Unique Family Sailboat/Rocket ship, great condition, many recent upgrades. Includes: asymmetric spinnaker w/sprit, 2 mains, 2-105% jibs, OB engine. Sail away at 34 1997 Crusader, single 425hp Cummings, Contact Dan Forman at dsforman@gmail.com or 561-283-1861 and leave a message. Boat located in Hope Town. Asking $39,900.00 34 Mainship, with 230 Yanmar diesel and 8:00am 12:00pm and 1:00 pm 5:00pm. 2002 Ford Ranger, 4 cylinder engine, CD player, good condition. $7,500 OBO. Call 475-2807 2004 Ford F-150, 4X4 Super Crew 4 door Lariat, Tan Lthr, Burgundy Ext., 5.4L V8, 92k mi. $21k OBO. Call 242-577-1357 or email marcelmaury@Me.com. Marsh Harbour. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALEMercury 90HP Engine, practically new. $5500 OBO. Call 367-3202 or 357-6836 14 Novurania Rigid Inflatable; jet drive Evinrude 115, new turbojet out drive. Trailer, stable, playful! $2,500. 375-9281 or westno mad55@gmail.com 17 Offshore Skiff or Boat, 50HP Mercury, center console, 20 gal gas tank, runs well. $4,800 ONO. Call 466-5192 or 367-482221 Contender, all original hull with 225hp, 4-stroke Yamaha. Only 600 hrs. MUST SEE.$23,900 OBO. Call 577-034021 Polar Center Console, 2005, 150 HP Yamaha, 2-stroke, GPS-map, VHF, perfect condition. 90 hrs on engine $13,000. Call 32122 Hobie TriFoiler, double the wind speed. In good condition, with trailer. $2,800 4751389 Buying? Selling?Want more business? A low cost ad like thiscan bring fast resultsCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 Two 2005 Honda Elements. One standard shift with 95,000 miles $1,200. One Automat ic transmission with 67,000 miles for $1,600. Call 375-7439 Local resort seeking Wedding & Events Sales Representative. Must have at least 4 years experience. Please send resume to natalie@ bahamabeachclub.com Visa From Page 15 Therefore, the Embassy advises applicants who plan to take advantage of Family Island Wednesdays appointment to either have their passports sent to their home via a courier service or arrange for a trusted friend or family member to retrieve their passport the following business day. For information on the visa process, applicants should visit the U.S. Embassys website at http://nassau.usembassy.gov Applicants who would like to take advantage of the special Wednesday appoint ments must inform the Visa Call Center of their Family Island or Turks and Caicos status when scheduling their visa appoint ments. To advertise or report news contact The Abaconian 367-3200 Afterhours: 577-2723 abaconiannews@gmail.com Twitter

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