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Title: Abaconian
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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 01-01-2000
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Santa Brings Toys in DC3

Orlando Group Coordinates Toy Drive for Abaco Children

... ,rsitor Don Strube ojOrlando. organized aqloy drivge4or Abaco children. The Kissinmee-based Aission
T Crwas filed from tail to cockpit, br having room for four passengers. The toys were distributed primarily in
North Abaco. The Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club in Marsh Harbour collected toys for Central and South Abaco.

Disney Visits Abaco ____

By Stephanie Humblestone
Three days before Christmas a DC3
landed at the Treasure Cay airport over-
flowing with hundreds of toys for the chil-
dren of North Abaco. The wonderful gift to
Abaco and more specifically our children
was spearheaded by Don Strube, head of
an organisation called CFARE which
donated, collected and paid for the toys.
CFARE is an acronym for the Central
Florida Abaco Relief Fund which compris-
es a group of individuals dedicated to
assisting the people of Abaco in their
recovery after Hurricane Floyd. It was
founded by Don Strube, Jr, executive vice
president and co-owner of Color Wheel
Paints & Coatings in Orlando, Florida, and
a visitor to the Abaco islands for over 30
"In an effort to bring a little extra hap-
piness this holiday season to these needy
kids, we are sending a relief flight of
Christmas toys from Orlando," said Mr.
Strube, who has been busy ever since
Floyd decimated these islands.
Father Ken MacKenzie, Anglican
priest for Northern Abaco, met the plane
and began distributing the toys to

Please See DC3

Page 23

By Stephanie Humblestone
"That's why he's the boss!" said
Disney World ambassador Gregory
Taylor, pointing to Mickey Mouse as he
wrote supercalafragelisticextidaledousiu-
os on the blackboard of a Grade 4 class-
room at St. Frances de Sales School in
Marsh Harbour. Gregory was one of eight
of the Disney team who accompanied

Mickey Mouse on the two day tour of
Central and South Abaco schools in mid-
December. Handing out Mickey Mouse
shaped balloons and small model mini
mouse toys, they went from classroom to
Children uttered squeals of delight
and chorused, "We love you, Mickey!" as
Please See Disney Page 23

Mickey Mouse and entourage spent two days visiting schools in Central and South
Abaco. They brought trinkets as well as good cheer and happiness. The Disney
Company has been very generous reaching out to Abaco residents.

The choir of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel presented their traditional Christmas
Cantata. This years, production, Repeat the Sounding Joy, was their ninth pro-
gramme. The twenty voices performed on two consecutive nights in December

Santa Rides Through Towns

The Scurvy Few, the only
motorcycle club in the Bahamas, held
their annual parade and Christmas party
on December 19 in Marsh Harbour. A
parade of close to 20 motorcycles parad-
ed through Marsh Harbour, Dundas

Town and Murphy Town. They were
accompanied by the newest of the fire
trucks of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer
Fire Department and an ambulance of
Trauma One, Marsh Harbour's volunteer

Please See Scurvy

The Abaconian
7571 N.W. 78TH ST.
Medley, FL 33166-7530

Forward an Address Correction

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Page 2 The Abaconian January 1st, 2000

A portion of the Mud community in downtown Marsh Harbour is shown here. The waterfront on the upper left is the Pizza Hut docks and
the commercial freight dock on the upper right waterfront. The planned road access to the freight dock is in the wooded strip below the
waterfront. It was in this community that a night fire left 14 or more families homeless a year ago. The Mud is a low swampy area filled
by dredge spoil from the harbour in the mid 60s. During the rainy season it lives up to its name. A similar but smaller community, Sand
Banks, exists off the highway near Treasure Cay.

This is an aerial photo of the Pigeon Pea community behind Abaco Hardware, lower right, in Marsh Harbour. Approximately 150
dwellings are situated on the five acre site. Further back is a portion ofthe Mud area. Counting residences is difficult as many structures
house more than one family. Many of these people are looking forward to the new low cost subdivision being planned by government.
Although the housing density is much greater than the Mud, the land is higher and not prone to flooding. Many ofthe houses have running
water, electricity and indoor toilets. However, overall sanitation in both areas is marginal. Photos by Mike Lightbourne


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Y2K Is Overblown -
Only a Nuisance
By Alice Bain
Y2K has received such hype on the
world stage, and yet barring divine inter-
vention it is my belief that January 1,
2000, will be just another day on Abaco.
We have already gone through our "trial
by fire" this year-Hurricane Floyd.
Floyd's effects here were universal; not a
single Abaconian remained untouched. If
we were lucky enough to keep our houses,
then we dealt with floods and tidal surges.
If we were lucky enough to be unaffected
by these, then on a very basic level all of
us suffered lack of communication with
the outside world for those first five days
afterwards and lack of running water and
electricity for varying amounts of time
subsequently. During all of this,
Abaconians showed themselves to be a
strong and self-sufficient people, capable
of pulling together in a crisis and taking
care of themselves.
Y2K may indeed be a danger else-
where on the globe (although I have a feel-
ing it will be more of a nuisance), but as
we are not a potential terrorist target, what
can Y2K do that Floyd did not? In a worst-
case scenario we might lose our utilities,
but that would certainly not be a novel sit-
uation. So let us ring in the new year with
confidence that we can take what it has to
offer and pray that it doesn't offer us more
hurricanes like Floyd!

Eco Recovery
Will Be Slow
By Alice Bain
Any visitor to Abaco that arrives by
air has an excellent vantage point from
which to view the resurgence of our pine
forest, coppice and mangrove swamps.
Some areas are still brown, and especially
along the ocean shore just natth and
south of Crossing Rocks the effects of
saltwater intrusion are apparent; the surge
has left fan-shaped patterns of dead,
brown trees as the pines have no
tolerance for salt.
Local botanist John Hedden
commented, "Our native flora has done
very well. In fact, we now have an
abundance of fairly rare plants which is
pleasantly surprising. Spurges, passion
fruit, durantia repens, vitis (wild grape)
and tetrazygia bicolor are all very much
in evidence. Interestingly, after Hurricane
Floyd many trees came into flower,
which helped the wild birds out
considerably. The dead spots you can see
from the air in the pine forest should start
greening up next summer during the rainy
season, but the trees will take
considerably longer-ten or twelve
years-before they achieve the overstory
of leaves and branches that they had
before the storm."
One aspect of our native ecology
seems to have survived this active
hurricane season unscathed-the
mangroves are just as green and healthy
as they always have been, probably due
to the fact that the storm surge
submerged them and saved them from the
ravages of the wind. The Marls remain
one of the most beautiful aspects of
Abaco, and from the air their marbled
watercolor hues of clear greens, blues and
browns are quite breathtaking.

January 1st. 2000 The Abaconian Page 3

Fox Town Party
By Stephanie Humblestone
On the 27th of December the grounds
of Fox Town School in North Abaco were
alive with hundreds of children, not for
school but for a Christmas and New Year's

Party all rolled into one. They came from
near and far to celebrate one of the biggest
children's parties on Abaco this festive
season. While the stage was being set in
preparation for the arrival of the band by
members of nearby communities and vol-

unteers from Hope Town, the children
entertained themselves with games of soft-
ball and tag. With the first beat of the
music and the arrival of Santa Claus the
party suddenly took off and within
moments was in full swing.
Tiny children lined up to sit on
Santa's knee and others dashed off for
sodas, hot dogs and chicken at a nearby
table. When Master of Ceremonies Leroy
Thompson announced that it was present
time, there was an instant rush towards the
stage where over three hundred unwrapped
gifts donated by friend of Abaco Don
Strube were lain out.
Mr. Thompson and Town Committee
Chairman Leon Pinder along with Rev.

John McIntosh from Mount Hope distrib-
uted the presents trying as far as possible
to tailor each gift to each child. Two of the
key organizers, Jean-Pierre Filios and his
wife Monika, watched the presentation of
gifts, happy at the success of the occasion.
For the former owners of Bahasea in
Crown Haven it was a dream come true.
"We really felt that the children should
have the party this year, especially after
the hurricane," said Monika, who has been
largely responsible for the traditional
Crown Haven Chill Bar Annual Christmas
Monika was quick to acknowledge

Please See North

Page 23

Boxing Day on December 27th, found Santa Claus visiting Little Abaco. He aistrtoutea
gifts to hundreds of children. Santa's elves were many people of the Orlando area who
contributed gifts for the areas ofAbaco worsed hit by Hurricane Floyd.

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January 1st, 2000


Green Turtle Cay
By Annabelle Cross
As we near the end of 1999, we look
back at the events of the year and realize
how fortunate we are. Decorating my
home for the holidays made me realize
how fortunate I was to have a home this
Christmas and I thought of those who
had lost so much to Hurricane Floyd.
Green Turtle Cay has been buzzing
with activity this past month. Amy
Roberts School held its annual fund rais-
ing fair and raffle. Santa made an appear-
ance at the fair to hear Christmas wishes -
and enjoy the good food. The churches had
their annual programs and carol services.
The first annual Community
Christmas Tree Lighting was held at
Quincentennial Park on December 15. The
audience was entertained by the students
of Amy Roberts School who sang carols
and read the Christmas story. Blair
Johnson, a student of Tiny Turtles
Preschool, turned the switch to light the
Administrator Joseph Ferguson and
Acting Town Committee Chairman,
Lincoln Jones, were also in attendance.
They presented certificates of appreciation
to persons who went beyond the call of

duty to restore electricity and clean our
community after Hurricanes Dennis and
Floyd. Receiving certificates were
Thomas Sawyer, Roddie Sawyer and
Gavin Roberts, BEC employees Floyd
Johnson, Joel Reckley and Vincent
Cooper, Laura's Kitchen for providing
food to workers and Luke McIntosh for
removing debris.
December was an especially happy
month for two families and one couple.
Congratulations to Randy and Sophia
Curry on the birth of their daughter.
Kaitlan Suzanne was born on December
14 at Doctor's Hospital.
Santa brought a very special gift to
Floyd and Rose Johnson. Eight pound
Denzel Arnold arrived on Christmas Day.
Trent and Joy McIntosh were married
in Nassau on December 4. The couple
honeymooned in Canada. Congratulations
to the newlyweds!
As we near New Year's Eve, our
streets and shops are busy with visitors
and second home residents who will ring
in the new millennium with us. Bluff
House and Green Turtle Club are now
back in operation and filled with guests.
Much hard work and many, many long
hours went to make it possible for the

resorts to reopen for the holidays. Good
luck this coming year! Bluff House and
Green Turtle Club are hosting New Year's
Eve dinners and parties.
We missed the annual concert under
the stars at Alton Lowe's Garden Theatre
this year. Because of damage from the hur-
ricanes, it just didn't seem possible to
organize the event this year and it was
postponed until the spring. This month the
sad news reached our island that pianist
Steve Thomas had died suddenly. Steve
has been a part of the concerts through the
years. He will be missed.
Another sad note is the death of Mrs.
Cynthia Curry, who died in Nassau on
December 20. Mrs. Curry had been sick
for a while. She is survived by her husband
Paul; sons Wilfred and Greg; daughters
Marguerita Levarity, Northalee Cash and
Angela Bodie, her in-law, grandchildren,
great-grandchildren and numerous rela-
tives and friends.
As I write this, it's just a few days

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By Isobel Sherman
Six students will be offered the chance
to become certified SCUBA divers
starting in January and ending in May.
Five students from Abaco Central High
School and one student from St. Frances
de Sales School will be the first to take
this course. The course comes under the
umbrella of a volunteer programme
entitled SCUBA Scholarships for Abaco
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A Special Christmas
By Isobel Sherman
For over forty years a special
Christmas tradition has been held every
Christmas morning as children of residents
and visitors alike along with their parents
and friends assemble at the ball park in
Man-O-War. Santa arrives and gives gifts
to each child. Of course, Santa has had
plenty of helpers beforehand who donate
and wrap the presents, and he has plenty of
help on the morning as the children line up
by age groups for their gift. This past
Christmas over 70 children were given gifts
on Christmas morning. This is a nice tradi-
tion to keep into the twenty-first century.

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January 1st. 2000 The Abaconian Pagie5

The Phone Service Will Improve

Bullocks Harbour failure
restricts circuits to Nassau
Our telephone service to Nassau and
overseas has been marginal lately because
of equipment problems. The microwave
relay station in Bullocks Harbour in the
Berry Islands is having problems which
affects our service into Nassau and beyond.
Technicians are working to restore the
Bullocks Harbour station to full service.
Abaco is served by a chain of microwave
relay stations extending into Nassau. Abaco
stations are in Cooper's Town, Treasure
Cay, Marsh Harbour, Cherokee, and Sandy
Point. From Sandy Point the signals go to
the Berry Islands, then to North Andros and
finally into Nassau. Problems at any relay
station can disrupt the service.
The system normally has a back-teed
into Freeport with microwave repeater
towers. However, Hurricane Floyd
destroyed the station and the 209 foot tower
in Fox Town. The roof blew off the
building letting salt water into all the
electronic equipment. As the roof went, it
hit the tower which crumpled into a
spaghetti-like mess.
Abaco will not have a secondary
communications system into Freeport until
the Fox Town station is back on line which
may take a year. The equipment is custom
made for each installation and not sitting on
a shelf waiting for a purchaser.
Fiber optic cable being
installed on Abaco
In bringing the Abaco system to a higher
standard, a fiber optic cable is being
installed between Marsh Harbour and
Treasure Cay. The cable has 36 strands and
each strand is capable of transmitting
thousands of calls simultaneously. The
capacity is limited only by the equipment
feeding the signals to the glass fiber. This
cable is expected to be operational in
Ja.. ay; u 20Q0.. The consumer will noi
nonce any appreciable change when this
cable is on-line.
A similar cable now links Cooper's
Town with Treasure Cay. The intention is
to link the entire Abaco Island with the
fiber optic cable which will then replace the
microwave system. The towers will still be
used for cellular phone antennas and
perhaps for backup microwave service.
Communications into Nassau or Freeport
will still be by microwave towers jumping
across the waterways.
Internet service will improve
Later in January additional trunks or
circuits into Nassau will go on-line. The
consumer will see an improvement in
service when these circuits are available.
This will also allow quicker and more
reliable Internet access.

Little Abaco is to get limited
phone service
With the destruction of the phone station
in Fox Town, phone service in Little Abaco
was knocked out. A temporary wireless
system is being installed similar to that
serving Guana Cay from Treasure Cay
which will provide between 100 and 200
Additional lines are now
Batelco now reports that most areas,
except Little Abaco, are now served with
adequate lines and those without phones
should be able to get a phone connection.
Cables replaced after the storm were
replaced with a higher capacity cable
allowing more connections. Each customer
actually has two wires, not shared by
anyone else, connecting the phone to
Batelco. This is in contrast to the electric
system which distributes electricity the
length of the island with four wires.
Wireless systems are available for those
living in remote locations, although there is
a greater initial cost for these systems.
Cellular service is now digital
A recent upgrade throughout the
northern Bahamas converted the cellular
system from analog to digital signals. This
will give better and more reliable service.
Cellular customers may not notice a big
improvement until the additional trunks are
available into Nassau.
Privatization is coming
The anticipated privatization of Batelco
is a political consideration and the normal
Batelco staff is waiting like everyone else
for more information. Stories in the Nassau
papers suggests thatprivatization will occur
this year. The politicians declare that no
purchaser has been selected.
Several pieces of legislation have been
enacted preparatory to pri, atizaiion. One is
the setting up of a public utilries
commission to oversee all rates and other
issues related to the public utility
companies. This will take the rate structure
issue out of the political realm.
Long distance rates are expected to fall
dramatically while a fee may be instituted
for local calls after a predetermined time.
All of this is under study.
Additional phone and Internet
providers are coming
Withprivatization will come the opening
of the communications sector in the
Bahamas to other companies although the

purchaser of Batelco will be given
protection from competitors for a while.
The Prime Minister suggested that
competition in the cellular sector would
come immediately after privatization.
Cable Bahamas is positioned to provide
phone service to much of the Bahamas but
will not be allowed to give phone service,
at least for the immediate future. Removing
their monopoly on cable TV service in
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January 1st. 2000

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Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
Over the Holidays
Cherokee celebrated all the usual holi-
day festivities including the school's annu-
al Christmas play and Christmas party with
a visit from Santa; the community
Candlelight Service; the cutting and deco-
rating of the community tree in the center of
the village and the second visit from Santa
at the tree on Christmas Eve with dinner
served to over 300 persons afterwards. And,
of course, there was plenty of fireworks
over the holidays, a grand display of
"Guys" which were burnt at the spit on
New Year's Eve and the customary Watch
Night Service to see in the new year. The
mischief makers kept their foolishness to a
minimum and that kept everyone in a good
We wish to thank all those who pre-
pared food, served, cleaned up or helped in
any way for the many different gatherings
over the holidays for without your help we
would not have had such a happy holiday
season. It is always good to get together
with family and friends at any time of the
year, but Cherokee enjoys welcoming back
our many visitors and second home resi-
dents who choose to spend their holidays
with us.

By Isobel Sherman
Phone service on Abaco has been very
poor since Hurricane Floyd. Just when the
phone service should be improving after
three months of repairs, the holiday period
finds our island with very limited facilities
for long distance calling. Many residents
and visitors on Abaco as well as persons in
the rest of the Bahamas and the United
States had trouble making overseas calls
for the days before Christmas and during
the week after Christmas. Anyone wanting

Repairs in Progress
Thank you to everyone who has donat-
ed the use of their tools and equipment,
trucks and cars, or gave money, materials or
their labour to accomplish the repairs to the
Bridge and Long Dock. Our men have been
working very hard and are very grateful for
any help they can get. Even the Club
Cherokee members helped to clear away
the broken parts from the old dock which
was not an easy job, and we thank all those
who came out.
So far, the Bridge has been replaced,
the approach walkway to the dock has been
re-cemented and they have re-built over
360 feet of the Long Dock. Donations are
still coming in from many different sources.
All we can say is Thank You All for
Caring and please know that it is much
Engagement Announced
No wedding date has been set yet, but
on Christmas Eve Crystal Weatherford
accepted a proposal of marriage from Mark
Albury. Both these young people are resi-
dents of Cherokee and have been going
together for over, a year now. Mark works
in the construction business and Crystal is a
cashier at the local food store and undoubt-
edly they will continue to make their home
in Cherokee even after they are married.
We congratulate this happy young couple

to make overseas calls had to be persistent
in dialing to finally get a call through. To
date no explanation has been given.
On December 30 the overseas lines
were down again. These lines are used by
businesses to verify charge cards such as
Visa and MasterCard. There are many
tourists in town who travel mostly with
credit cards and because the credit
approval machines were down, they were
forced to pay cash. We are hurting our
tourist industry by refusing a person's

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and give them our very best wishes.
Memorial Services
A Memorial Service was held at
Epworth Chapel in Cherokee for James
Percival Pinder, who passed away in
October of this year. Even though he was
buried in Nassau in the Ebenezer Church
Cemetery, Mr. Percival was born in
Cherokee and served for many years as a
Lay Preacher in the Cherokee Methodist
Church. He will be greatly missed. Mr.
Percival and his wife, Evelyn, had many
friends and relatives in Cherokee and made
it their second home spending much of their
time in the community. We will not soon
forget his wonderful smile or his kind
understanding nature. We trust Miss Evelyn
will continue to spend as much time with us
in Cherokee as she can.
Our Weather
The thermometer managed to drop just
in time for Christmas and a couple of cold
fronts have kept it pretty chilly. However,
the sun continues to show up around mid-
morning, making for some very pleasant
and enjoyable weather (even though we
could use some rain). For our friends; fur-
ther north our lows have only dipped to 58

degrees which has not been cold enough to
deter the bonefishermen, who I might add,
have been very happy with the numbers of
fish they are landing these days. If our fish-
ermen are happy, we are happy.
Crossing Rocks
By Stephanie Humblestone
Christmas Sunday
The residents of Crossing Rocks felt
the warmth and love of many from near and
far this Christmas. The nearby community
of Long Bay showered the children with
gifts and treats as did Abaco's one and only
motorcycle club, the Scurvy Few. "Gifts
were coming from friends everywhere,"
said Sandy Walker, a resident and school-
teacher in the small settlement. Ms. Walker
was also moved by the generosity of Disney
who distributed many presents for the chil-
On the 26th of December St. Marks Baptist
Church in Crossing Rocks came alive with
a Singspiration. "Many talents were dis-
played throughout the night singing
Christmas carols and favourite songs,"
added Ms. Walker."

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New Year's Resolutions Taken Lightly

By Stephanie Humblestone
New Year's resolutions, like dieting,
are more often than not destined to be
broken. Made in all good faith and with
every positive intention imaginable, some
barely make it through the first week in
If the response from residents of
Marsh Harbour just a few days after
Christmas is any indication, then most
people resolved not to resolve this year.
The reasons were myriad, ranging from
a preoccupation with the aftermath of
Floyd ,"I haven't had time to think about
that after the hurricane" to "Well, I can
never keep them anyway so what is the

point of even trying." The very idea of
making a New Year's Resolution elicited
a shy giggle from some and a shrug from
others. Many gave philosophical answers
like "I am going to take one day at a
time," which really is all we can do
anyway. Some procrastinated, "I've still
got time" and "Not yet!" The funniest
and sauciest reply was, "I am only going
to have one sweetheart at a time!" said,
I might add, tongue-in-cheek, at least I
think so! In that same vein one young
man's grinning response was "I'm goin'
to stop lustin." His friend laughed and
said, "He's not serious."
It was an entertaining exercise posing

the question to people throughout Marsh
Harbour, entertaining until one lady
turned to me and said, "What's yours?"
I realized then that I had not a clue,
partly due to disillusionment at keeping a
resolution and laziness to formulate one.
"I am going to stop picking on you," one
lady smiled across at a co-worker when
I asked her what her New Year's
resolution was. A shopkeeper promised
one of her staff that she would try to be
more organised. A voice from a fellow
worker uttered, "We'll all keep you to
The mood of the people was good and
no one minded being asked. Some looked
blankly at me when I asked them, rather

like I did to the lady who volleyed the
question back to me. Although many
people were undecided, for those who
had given it some thought there was one
outstanding resolution. It was not dieting,
not to be more organised or anything so
mundane. It was to be closer to the Lord.
"To put God first," "To remember that
Jesus is Lord over my spirit, soul and
body every day of my life," "To draw
closer to Jesus," and "To go to church
every Sunday" were just some of the
heartfelt replies.
It is good to know that the crass
materialism of the Christmas period is
what it is by definition a superficial
reflection of our community.

Bogus B$100 Are In Circulation

The Central Bank of the Bahamas is
advising merchants to be aware of
counterfeit B$100 bills being circulated.
A real bill shows two features when held
up to a light that the fake money does not
have. A thread is visible inside the paper
when held to a light and an old sailboat is
seen in the clear area where no printing
exists. The public is advised to look for the
watermark and security thread which all

Bahamian bills contain. The watermark and
thread are actually inside the paper and
cannot be duplicated on the surface by
printing methods.
Three serial numbers on the bogus bills
are BD132515, BD132480 andBD132481.
Other bad serial numbers could show up.
The Central Bank asks that anyone
finding counterfeit notes should notify the
police immediately.

Copyright Act Comes Jan. 4

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April 1998 but not enforced pending
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Television programming may be affected.
Several Video rental stores in Nassau have
gone out of business as a result of this new
law. Video stores face $20,000 fines for

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Protected persons include authors,
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CD's, tapes, videos, paintings and arts and
crafts for example. Penalties range up to
$50,000 in fines to two years'
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We have just experienced the much
ballyhooed millennium the change over to
the start of a new thousand year period.
That got us to thinking about our calendar
and the how it came to be. It is a fascinating
story that began thousands of years before
Christ was born and still in modern times is
changing. The calendar is a way of reckon-
ing time and various systems were devel-
oped by ancient peoples including the
Pharaohs of Egypt and the Babylonians.
The Egyptians developed one of the more
accurate early calendars which helped their
people farm successfully.
Calendars can be based on different
concepts but it always has to do with
astronomy or the study of the sun, moon,
planets and stars. Our present calendar is
based on one earth revolution around the
sun which gives us the four seasons. Other
systems were based on the 29-day moon
cycle or on constellations or groups of stars.
The calendar we use is called the Gregorian
calendar, which is accepted by most coun-
tries of the world. It has 365 or 366 days
and is divided into 12 months which have
no relationship to the cycles of the moon.
However, even today there are about 40 dif-
ferent calendars in use throughout the
world, used primarily for setting religious
Our current calendar originated from
the Julian calendar introduced by Julius
Caesar about 45 BC which had 365 days
each year for three years and a leap year
with an extra day once every four years.
But this system calculated the year a bit
longer than reality and it gained a day every
128 years. As time went on, it became obvi-
ous that the winter solstice (shortest day of
the year) no longer occurred around
December 21 and the vernal equinox (equal
day and night) was no longer March 21.
In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII decreed
that ten days would be dropped from the
calendar to correct the accumulated mis-
takes. To further keep the days in line,
1700, 1800 and 1900 did not have the extra
leap year day while 2000 is a leap year.
This calendar is called the Gregorian calen-
dar and was accepted by the Catholic coun-
tries of Europe in the late 1500s. However,

the Protestant countries did not accept it for
many years and it has been as recent as the
1900s that many countries such as Russia,
China, Greece and Turkey accepted it. This
calendar is much more accurate but will be
ahead of the sun by one day by the year
Other calendars are still in use. The
Islamic calendar begins with Mohammed's
flight from Mecca and is based on the
cycles of the moon. Their year has no con-
nection with the orbiting of the earth around
the sun. The Jewish calendar uses both the
sun and the moon for keeping track of time.
Their years are linked to earth's orbit
around the sun while the months are linked
to the 29-day cycle of the moon.
Another interesting fact about the cal-
endar is how the numbering began with the
birth of Christ. Frequently, some incident in
history was the initial event from which
counting began. But with our calendar this
did not happen until the sixth century when
the scholar Dionysus compiled a table of
future Easter dates. At that time the years
were numbered from the beginning of the
reign of a Roman emperor. However,
Dionysus changed the numbering to begin
with the birth of Christ which he felt would
be more appropriate instead of a Roman
emperor who had martyred many
Christians. Most scholars feel that he did
not establish an accurate date for this
according to historical evidence. The
Gospel of Matthew states that Jesus Christ
was born during the reign of King Herod
the Great, who died in the year 4 BC. It is
probable that Jesus was actually born
around 7 BC. Further evidence suggests
Jesus was born in September or October.
However, early church leaders decided to
maintain the December date since many
pagan celebrations were held at that time
and they wanted to shift the emphasis to
Christian ideals.
Our holidays are partially fixed dates
such as Independence on July 10,
Christmas on December 25 and New Years
on January 1. But many Christian holidays
are based on the moon. Easter is the first
Sunday after the first full moon after the
spring equinox on March 21. That also
establishes the dates for Ash Wednesday,
Palm Sunday Good Friday and Pentecost
which gives us Whit Monday.
Current calendar interest centers
around the correct year to celebrate the mil-
lennium change. Counting millenniums is
confused by the fact that there was no year
zero during the time of the Roman Empire
and through the early Christian era. Early
calendars went from 1 B.C. to 1 A..D. with-
out an intervening year zero. The mathe-
matical concept of zero was unknown until
the 1500s. The first millennium began with
the year 1 A.D. and ended with the year
1000, the second millennium began with
the year 1001 and ended with the year
2000, the third millennium begins with the
year 2001 and ends with the year 3000.
Centuries are any 100 year period so chang-

ing centuries is less complicated. The twen-
tieth century can close in the year 1999 and
the twenty first century can begin with the
year 2000. For those who debate the correct
year to celebrate the millennium change,
we suggest that they celebrate twice as was

By Stephanie Humblestone
Do you ever feel like you are being
consumed and that one day you will wake
up on a conveyor belt with a label round
your neck?
On a recent trip to Florida, one of
those pre-Christmas flurries from which
you return totally frazzled, I felt just like
that. It was one mad mall (should be called
"maul") after another, one "Have a nice
day!" too many. Just when I thought the
craziness was over, Dadeland a distant
memory, the rental car returned, the bags
off-loaded from the airport bus, it started
all over again. If you think that cajoling is
cruel in Costcos, then just wait until you
join the check-in line of your chosen carri-
er a week before Christmas at the Miami
Airport. It makes an afternoon in Kids-R-
Us (my idea of pure misery) seem like a
day at the beach.
I \%as bent out of shape in every sense.
a sad victim of festive fervor, but I was
going home, home to my one traffic light,
no car-wash island where people still stroll
the streets and say "Good day." I had raped
the big city, taken my fill and moved on
like a fickle lover and now I was ready to
go home. Perhaps it was poetic that I

done in 1900 and 1901.
[More information is available in vari-
ous encyclopedias and at www.webex-
hibits.com/calendars for those with an
Internet connection.]

should suffer a little! I arrived at the airport
with my son two hours before the depar-
ture of the flight and stood in line, edging
a few inches forward every 20 minutes
and tripping over mine and everyone else's
luggage on my seemingly endless shuffle
in the direction of the check-in counter.
A couple from Marsh Harbour were
also going home. The only difference was
for them it was a reality and for me it was
not. I merrily waved to them something I
regret as they reached the counter where
they remained for the next half an hour,
totally oblivious to the long line, transfer-
ring items from one bag to the other in an
effort to comply with individual baggage
weight restrictions. The lady's top drawer
was shamelessly displayed along with her
favourite deodorant, soap and protective
items, all of which were strewn on the
floor by her husband in his scurry to re-
pack the bags. "We are never going to get
on the flight at this rate," I moaned to my
son who emitted one of those teenage
words which is hard to spell, something
like "Dah!" which apparently is the equiv-
alent to "You don't say!"
The upshot of all this was that by the
time we got to the check-in, we were curt-
ly informed, "The gate is closed!" When
the airline representative offered to book
us on the afternoon flight (penalty-free!) I
offered to speak with the manager who
remained safel) at the end of the tele-
phone. The inane conversation \ en some-
thing like this: "Why should passengers
with overweight bags be allowed to hold
up the line?"
"Why not?"
"Because it made me miss my flight which

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.0orje ;'4 W1, ectot

Upset with Firing
Re: Messrs. Ingraham and Dupuch
Having felt the wrath of our Prime
Minister in public, I know how Mr. Dupuch
feels. However, this particular outburst by
Mr. Ingraham, while typical, is very intrigu-
ing in the political scheme of things.
Comments in the wake of the firing of the
Minister for Consumer Welfare and
Aviation like "there is only one captain at a
time" etc. is more of a power play than
Mr. Ingraham has done much for the
economics of our country. Unfortunately, in
recent months some of the chinks in his
amour are beginning to show up. In the cli-
mate of freedom that the FNM has
advanced, it should be patently clear that
Mr. Ingraham's dominance of his Cabinet
and the party could not last forever. With
the rumoured exception of one or two mem-
bers of the Cabinet, the FNM
Parliamentarians have allowed this domi-
nance and are now faced with a dilemma.
They must either change the leadership for
the next election or end up like the PLP did
by believing that Sir Lynden was the only
person capable of leading his party and our
While there is no love lost between
both men, it appears that Mr. Dupuch was
fired because he visited Abaco, the Prime
Minister's "home town," to encourage party
officials to get organised for their conven-

tion in April 2000. For Mr. Ingraham to lose
his temper to the point of embarrassing him-
self and our country further undermines his
leadership ability and the stability of the
FNM, particularly in view of his stated posi-
tion that he will not run for a third term.
Mr. Ingraham exposes a lack of self-
confidence by firing Mr. Dupuch because of
his support for Mr. Wells. While Mr. Wells
is a successful politician, attorney and busi-
nessman, many of my generation would
prefer to see Mr. Tommy Tumquest make a
bid for and become the leader of the FNM
in 2002. Therefore, Mr. Ingraham's con-
cerns about losing out to Mr. Wells might
be unwarranted. However, in a democracy
with a large measure of freedom, individu-
als with drive and ability can advance their
cause. There are few Bahamians who
should understand this better than our Prime
To paraphrase a brilliant Bahamian,
"Change is oftentimes resisted, most times
misunderstood," (Prime Minster Hubert
Ingraham, Bahama Journal, Thursday,
December 23, 1999). Hopefully, Mr.
Ingraham will reflect on his own words over
the next couple weeks and return to a posi-
tion of consensus-building rather than his
reported dominance. If his position is the
correct one for the times, he will win out. If
it is wrong, he will lose. But the loss must
be through the collective decision making

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of the Cabinet, not the will of a "constitu-
tional dictator."
Your sincerely,
Rick Lowe

Clarification of Hearse
To: Editors
To clarify material in the 1 December
issue of The Abaconian. In the United
States at a medical conference in October,
1999, we collected equipment from sources
we have been dealing with for four years.
The hearse was purchased by us and for us
at auction with personal funds. No donated
funds were used. Since this area had no
hearse, we determined it to be a beneficial
addition to services on Abaco. We could
also transport the collected equipment in the
vehicle. A donation will be required for the
use of the hearse. This will provide a return
in invested personal funds, maintenance
and a contribution to Trauma One.
Ambulances are our primary concern.
Customs was indeed most helpful. We sin-
cerely thank the officers in this time of
extreme stress and heavy work load.
Our financial supporters remain few in
number. They know how much we need
and appreciate them. Still, one remains of
such stature that she deserves special com-
ment. All of Abaco owes Aunt Bea Shirley
of Man-O-War Cay the most sincere appre-
ciation. We have recommended her to the
Minister of Health and did expect a formal
presentation when the three times canceled
Emergency Medical Services week was to
take place. Always on the line of opera-
tions, we do not perhaps tell her or all of
you often enough how much your support

sonally purchased three of our units and still
remain financially encumbered by this ser-
vice. What Aunt Bea did in simple fact is
enable us to expand our fleet by two units
and our coverage area to most all of Abaco!
We put her funds where she wanted to see
them spent and did not service our debt. We
expanded our service. Because of her sup-
port we were able to reinforce contacts with
emergency servers who ultimately have
become sources for equipment like that
shipped in the hearse.
Aunt Bea's contributions total $25,000
in cash and four BLS aid kits. This repre-
sents about 20% of our total of $126,276.65
from all donations in four years three
months as of 22 December, 1999. We are
active 24 hours per day seven days per
week. We have responded to more than 500
calls at a per call cost of approximately
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Garbage, Garbage Everywhere
and No One to Pick It Up
Residents of Marsh Harbour, Dundas
Town and Murphy Town were up to their
eyeballs in garbage as the garbage truck did
not make any trips for 12 weeks and up to
14 weeks in some areas. Piles of ugly
garbage were seen on Forest Drive, Front
Street, Government Subdivision, Pelican
Shores and all the other residential areas in
these communities.
No one seemed to be able to finding a
remedy for the situation or requiring Abaco
Garbage Collection to find a way to remove
the garbage that they are being paid to
remove. Why?
Garbage causes rats and other
unhealthy insects and creatures around your
property. Stray dogs have a heyday with all
of the garbage. Residents were forced to
make trips to the dump. One resident in
Government Subdivision brought three
extra dump tins to hold her and her tenants'

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garbage and still that was not enough.
Someone should be asking, "Why did
it take so long for this mess to be cleaned
up?" Where was the officer for
Environmental Health in Abaco? What did
she do about the situation? What are we
doing to make sure it does not happen


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is reason enough."
"That is not my fault."
"It's not mine either."
I suggested that the departure check-in
time should be extended to two days if it
takes so much time with one party. Like an
automaton he recited, "Please make sure
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before take-off."
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"Sorry, the flight is delayed. Marsh
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"Severe weather!" we echoed.
The plane took off 30 minutes later. It
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Murphy Town Hosts a Boxing
Day Party
By Isobel Sherman
The members of the Murphy Town
Township Committee hosted a Boxing
Day Party for the residents of Murphy
Town on the 27th of December. Food and
drinks were offered for all as well as a DJ
who kept the people dancing. Members of
the Murphy Township Committee are Mr.
Jason Swain, Chairman; Mr. Cuebell
Davis, Jr., Deputy Chairman; Mr. Paul
Swain; Mr. Ronnie Johnson; Mr. Eugene
Reckley; Mr. Basil Wilmore and Mr.
Anderson Wilmore.
Christmas on Abaco
By Isobel Sherman
Despite having lived through one of
the worst hurricanes of the century and
two other hurricanes this year, residents of
Abaco got into the spirit of Christmas. In
some cases the spirit came later than nor-
mal but then this was far from a normal
year for Abaco residents.
The final week before Christmas saw
residents from the cays, Moore's Island
and all of the settlements on the mainland
traveling to Marsh Harbour to shop. The
crunch was on and so was the last minute
rush. Solomon Brothers and Golden
Harvest, the only large grocery stores on
Abaco, were pushed to their fullest capa-
bility. In many instances the stock just was
not available because the demand was so
great. After all unconfirmed reports state
that the Port of Palm Beach is still ship-
ping freight from October. Another hard-
ship is that Abaco Markets has not been
able to reopen Sawyer's Market to take
some of the strain off Golden Harvest
because of many problems in getting
equipment in and operational.

Many residents traveled to West Palm
Beach to do their Christmas shopping and
as a result there were some problems get-
ting the luggage back from the West Palm.
However, the businessmen I spoke with
said that sales had been up the week before
Christmas and they expected the usual last
minute rush on Thursday and Friday,
Christmas Eve.
Out Island Promotion Board
Hosts Luncheon
By Isobel Sherman
The Bahamas Out Island Promotion
Board hosted a luncheon at the Abaco
Beach Resort on the 16th of December.
The Promotion Board consists of hoteliers
and tourist related businesses which work
together to promote tourism. The purpose
of the luncheon was to apprise members
on Abaco the plans the Board has for the
upcoming season.
Barbara Koch and her staff of three
have moved their offices in Miami into the
same building that houses the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism. Ms. Koch feels this
gives the Out Island Promotion Board an
added advantage now because communi-
cation is easier and more funds have been
made available. Ms. Koch, who had just
toured 10 Out Islands in four days, was
enthusiastic about the season ahead. She
thanked Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco
Tourist office, who has kept the Promotion
Board informed of all situations after the
hurricanes in Abaco.
Ms. Nettica Symonette of Different of
Abaco and President of the Promotion
Board had high praises for Ms. Koch and
her team. She said the purpose of their vis-
iting each island was to meet with Local
Government officials so that these persons
would be more aware of the functions of

the Promotion Board.
Craig Roberts of Banyan Beach Club
in Treasure Cay and Treasurer of the
Promotion Board put in an urgent appeal
to Island Administrator Everette Hart to
ask the Prime Minister to intercede to
improve phone service. Many hotels
depend on phones for their reservations
from the States and at this time communi-
cation into Abaco from overseas is a major
problem. He said $5.7 million would be
spent this year to promote the Oat Islands
but hotels needed to be able to make reser-
vations. He spoke about promotions which
will be made on the world wide web.
Ms. Koch announced that beginning
in February a series of training sessions for
staff of resort and other tourist related

businesses will begin with Abaco being
first. The trainers will come to the resort
sites rather than the employees having to
travel elsewhere and lose work time. The
education programme will be an ongoing
one and will be structured to the specific
needs of the properties involved.
Ms. Koch announced that pho-
tographs and video will be taken of all of
the ten Out Islands to use in promotions all
over the world. The Promotion Board will
continue to send out a twice yearly
newsletter not only in printed form but
also electronically. It was Ms. Koch who
came to Abaco with two satellite phones
after Hurricane Floyd which allowed
many residents to get messages to relatives
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In Abaco call 242-367-2091 Fax: 367-2235 or call on VHF ch 16
P.O. Box AB-20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Office located above B&D Marine at the traffic light
In US call Palm Beach Steamship Company at 561-844-5387
Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 "13" East Port Road, Riviera Beach, FL 33404

The Murphy Town Town Committee members hosted a Christmas Partyfor their com-
munity. Left to Right Standing are Jason Swain Chairman, Eugene McDonald, Ronnie
Johnson, Paul Swain, Anderson Wilmore. Front L to R Elgie Reckley, deputy
Chairman, Cuebell Davis, Jr.

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Bar Opens Daily 10 a.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
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January 1st. 2000 The Abaconian Page 11

Parrots Survived the Storms

By Alice Bain
Our population of Abaco parrots was
scattered during the hurricane but
indications are that the majority of the
birds made it through the storm
successfully. Most estimates put the
population at about 1,000 birds before
Floyd, mostly living in the southeastern
pine forest on Great Abaco Island. Since
the storm they seem to have dispersed
more widely and directly thereafter they
were noted as far away as Marsh
Harbour and Sandy Point, although
whether this dispersion was due to the
high winds or the lack of forage after the
storm has not been ascertained. Diane
Claridge of the Bahamas Marine
Mammal Survey is familiar with the
parrots around Hole-in-the-Wall
lighthouse. "We used to only see them
during the summer months when the
seagrapes were ripe and then usually only
in the tops of trees. After Floyd they
were running around on the ground
eating the green seagrapes that had been
spared by the winds. They nest on the
ground and seeing them in that
environment really made you appreciate
how they function as ground birds."
This habit of nesting on the ground
has spelled trouble for the parrots in the
past and may yet cause trouble for them
in the future. Raccoons, a non-native
species, have arrived on the north end of
Great Abaco Island and are moving
south. Curtis Sands has been taking tours
to see the parrots since late 1994, and his
bird watching tour usually leaves
weekly-although there hasn't been any
demand for it since Floyd passed.
"Raccoons were introduced to Little
Abaco Island three or four years ago,"

says Curtis, "and have been moving
south ever since. The parrots have
enough to worry about nesting on the
ground and dealing with the feral cats,
soldier crabs and rats that prey on their
eggs and nestlings. The raccoons may be
the last straw for them." By recent
accounts the raccoons have now passed
Treasure Cay and will soon colonize the
Marsh Harbour area. When they reach
the Abaco parrots' nesting grounds in the
south, we will see whether the birds can
bear up under the additional stress.

Two Abaconians Are
Cacique Finalists

Two Abaconians are in line for the
Ministry of Tourism's Cacique Awards.
Alton Lowe of Green Turtle Cay is
competing in the Arts category while Lois
Albury of Man-O-War is competing in the
retail division. Mr. Lowe is a well known
artist and a founder of the Alton Lo e
Museum in Green Turtle Cay. Mrs. Albury
owns and operates the Sail Shop in Man-O-
War Cay.
Final selection will be made in January
with an elaborate ceremony at the Nassau
Marriott Hotel. The final selection will be
heavily weighted on how the candidates
have impacted and promoted the tounsm
industry in the Bahamas.

Central From Page 10
and friends who were concerned about
their welfare. The Board and their guests
were treated to a fabulous lunch prepared
by Chef Dietmar of Abaco Beach Resort.


Leaders of the Bahamas Out Island Promotion Board are shown above. From left to right,
Craig Roberts, Treasurer; Barbara Koch, Manager, Nettica Symonette, President; and
Manni Alexiou, Vice President.

e Frederick's Agency
A0 Bahamas Custom Brokers
Import & Exports Air & Sea
SMarsh Harbour, Treasure Cay & Green Turtle Cay

Albury' s Trucking
P.O. Box AB-20468
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
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Santa seemed to I
be everywhere on
Abaco this year.
He showed up at
many events :'
bringing ^0 ^
happiness and
goodies to cheer
children, many of
whom have
undergone very
stressful times as
a result of
Hurricane Floyd.
He is shown here
surrounded by
children at a
party in Marsh *
Har bour
sponsored by the
Royal Bahamas
Police Force on
December 23.


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Page 12 The Abaconian January 1st, 2000

Marinas Revive Slowly

By Alice Bain
Abaconians in general have used the
destruction wrought by Hurricane Floyd
as an impetus to improve. All the marinas
in Marsh Harbour suffered some damage
and as they rebuild they are revising their
plans to improve service to their
The Conch Inn Marina and the
Moorings was hard hit, but also one of
the first to complete repairs. The storm
destroyed most of their docks and flooded
all of their hotel rooms and some of their
offices. They have been open since the
first of November 1999, and the marina,
hotel, and boat charter service are all
operational. The Conch Inn took the
opportunity to replace their old septic
system which had been proving
inadequate, redecorated their offices and
replaced all the furniture in the hotel
rooms. Alistair McDonald commented on
The Moorings' boat charter business,
"This November has been our best
November to date. We were way over
budget! We have eighteen boats now,
which is down from twenty earlier this
year as we retired two of the older ones,
but we plan to have five more by the
middle of next year. Our boats were only
minimally damaged by the storm in any
case-most of the damage was cosmetic."

Next door Mangoes Restaurant and
Marina also suffered extensive damage.
They are now redesigning the restaurant
with a new entrance and landscaping the
grounds. The restaurant kitchens will be
upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment
and the boutique expanded. The marina
will provide not only water and
electricity, but cable TV and phone lines
also. A completion date has not been set
for the renovations, but Mangoes should
be up and running by early spring.
Harbour View Marina got off very
lightly in Floyd and is now fully
operational. The Bahamian-owned
company, Centrepiece Ltd., has just
bought the marina and plans many
improvements. The office will be
expanded, and the showers and toilet
facilities refurbished. The new owners
plan to landscape and generally improve
the appearance of the premises. Harbour
View Marina is still the base for Blue
Wave boat rentals, and plans for a pool
are being considered for next year. Triple
J Marina was badly damaged and had just
expanded its dock to 26 slips in 1998.
Dock rebuilding is still continuing and
will hopefully be completed in February
of 2000. The docks at Marsh Harbour



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The northeast winds and ten-foot surge
of Floyd breached the seawall at Boat
Harbour Marina, and many of the docks
were destroyed. Boat Harbour and the
Abaco Beach Resort have been closed for
extensive renovations since Floyd passed
although the hotel has opened temporarily
for the holiday season. Michelle Albury
commented, "We have had to pull out all
the remaining docks and are still in the
process of replacing them. Damage to the
hotel rooms was minimal, mostly water
damage on the upper storeys. We are
refinishing twenty-four of the rooms and
completely redoing the restaurant. The
marina pool is also getting refurbished,
and we're replacing the old tennis courts


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Gregory from Disney World talked to the
students at Abaco Central High School.
Mickey Visits Central
Abaco Schools;
By Isobel Sherman
On the 15th of December the students
of Abaco Central High School were treat-
ed for the first time by a Christmas visit by
the chief Disney mouse himself, Mickey
Mouse. Never let it be said that Mickey is
only for young children because grades 7-
12 enjoyed the visit as well as many of the
staff members (this writer in particular).
Persons traveling with Mickey included
Gregory of Disney World in Florida, who
was the spokesman for the group as well
as Mickey's interpreter.
Gregory's message was well suited to
the student population of Abaco Central

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High School. At an assembly he told them
how badly he had messed his life up in
high school. He got into alcohol and did
not study. Gregory said as a result of this
he was forced to join the United States
Army and fought in the Persian Gulf War.
He commented that whole experience
forced him to look at his life and turn it
around. He urged the young people to get
the most out of their education and to stay
away from drugs and alcohol. Gregory
went on to say that 55,000 persons are
employed at Disney World and some of
the students sitting in the.audience could
be future employees. He explained that
Disney World employs college graduates
as well.
Then it was time for a little fun.
Gregory threw around two balls into the
audience and asked questions about
Disney World. He also explained the latest
thriller ride, the Rock and Roll Roller
Coaster, and invited all of the students to
visit Disney World.
The finale was the appearance of
Mickey Mouse, who was greeted enthusi-
astically by the students as well as this
writer. Not only was I privileged to shake
Mickey's hand, I also received a hug and
kiss from Mickey and I kissed his cheek.
Mickey mingled with the students for a
few minutes before he and his entourage
went on to the next school.
Since Disney has bought Castaway
Cay, they have made yearly visits at
Christmas time to various schools but this
was their first time to visit Abaco Central
High School. Gregory told me he was
quite surprised at the welcome they
received from older students. Mickey,
Gregory and the rest were invited back
again and Gregory was asked to give a
longer motivational talk on his next trip as
teenagers seem to listen to young people
rather than their teachers and parents when
it comes to alcohol and drugs. The visit
was especially welcomed as this has been
a very tough term for all students and staff
at the school as well as the other schools in
Abaco due to the three hurricanes.

PTA Elects Officers
By Isobel Sherman
At a recent meeting of the Abaco
Central High School PTA the following
officers were elected for the school year
1999/2000: President Leonard
Edgecombe, Vice President Veronica
Nairn, Secretary Gwen Jones, Assistant
Secretary Maggie Cornish, Treasurer Jerry
Cornish, Assistant Treasurer Augustine
Williams, and Chaplain Rev. Samuel
McPhee. Also at the meeting the PTA pre-
sented certificates of appreciation to the

following persons: Mrs. Royann Swain,
principal, Mrs. Eva Adderley, Mrs. Ruth
Edgecombe, Mrs. Mary Sands, Mr. Edgar
Nairn, Mr. Jerry Cornish, Mr. Jack Hardy,
Mr. Mike Malone and Mr. Sherman
Swain. Hope Town Students Wins More
Student earns more awards
By Isobel Sherman
Jerome Salnor Menard, a graduate of
Abaco Central High School from Hope

Please See School

Page 15

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Fax: (242) 365-6039



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Mickey Mouse greets students at Abaco
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Lawnmowers & Garden Tools Carpet Sold & Installed
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January 1st. 2000 The Abaconian Page 15

Shanda Lightbourne, grade 11, works on
her Junkanoo skirt in civics class at
Abaco Central High School.

School From Page 14
Town, competed in an International
Culinary Classic held in Michigan on
November 29 to December 3. Jerome was
one of three team members, all of whom
are apprentice chefs at Sun Atlantis. All of
them are students at the Bahamas Hotel
training College in Nassau. The team
walked away with the gold medal in
Nation(als) at Dinner Competition, silver
medals in fish, knife skills and bread com-
Jerome is slated to complete his train-
ing at the Hotel Training College in June.
Congratulations, Jerome, and keep up the
good work. Abaco is proud of you and so
am I, your former Food and Nutrition
Teachers Attend One Day
By Isobel Sherman
Ten teachers from government
schools on Abaco recently attended a one-
day workshop in West Palm Beach,
Florida, on teaching reading to low achiev-
ing students. The presenter of this work-

Dr. Larry Beachy teaches excited H.T. students basic techniques in competitive

shop was Beverly Eisele, a recognized
educational consultant in the United
States. Attending the workshop were
Felamese Sawyer, Coordinator, Candice
Key and Nancy Burnett from Hope Town
Primary, Ruthmae Rolle and Jossette
Greene from Moore's Island All Age,
Ericka Gibson from Treasure Cay
Primary, Bridgeann Johnson from
Cooper's Town Primary and Beatrice
Moxey, Robertha Linsey and Louise Rose
from Central Abaco Primary.

Abaco I teachers attended a seminar m west raim eacn, rornaa. rresenter neverty
Eisele is seated in the center with the teachers.

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AA Meetings

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

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S Rotary Club's Activities
By Hugh Couis
The RoiarN Club of Abaco recently
received a %isit from the District
Governor. Robert Bodden. Mr. Bodden
hails from Grand Ca\man. one of the terri-
tories of Rotar District 7020.
Wile meeting with the officers of the
Abaco Club, he was appraised of the %ari-
ous projects the club has undertaken or has
planned Among these %\as the refurbish-
ment of the conage occupied by Marn
Roberts of Dundas Town. This structure
N\as provided bN Rotarn about 10 Nears
ago but received damage during this ) ear's
storms. With the aid of materials and
labour supplied b. Rotary and assistance
% ith roofing bN students of Forest Heights
Academy. it %as with pleasure that the
Club could report that NMar could again
occup. and enjo\ the independence of her
own residence.
Plans are afoot for the Club to further
assist needy persons with hurricane
repairs. Working with volunteer groups

front overseas. it is hoped relief may soon
be brought to those who remain \without
weatherproof shelter.
This is also the time of Near \when
members can be seen and heard ringing
bells at major shopping sites. The funds
raised go tow ards the pro% ision of some 80
food parcels for Abaco's most need. at
this Christmas season. This annual project
has consistently% gained the support of a
generous community and this year, despite
the many other demands for our hard
earned money, is pro\ ing to be no excep-
Just prior to District Governor
Bodden's departure a cheque in the
amount of $1,000 wsas handed him in
response to the appeal for Kid's Meals for
Hautl. This second $1.000 donation actual-
ly reflects the Club's attainment of its orig-
inal goal Hugh Conts, Chairperson of this
project, expressed his thanks to those indi-
viduals and businesses that made this pos-
sible. Particular thanks is given to Abaco
Central High School and Forest Heights
Academy, the only schools to answer the

The Scurvy Few, Marsh Harbour Motorcycle club held a raffle the proceeds of which
were donated to Sybil's House, a home for senior citizens in Dundas Town.

appeal and to the Kirk of the Pines and
Epworth Methodist Church, Cherokee.
Although target has been met, the appeal
remains open for further donations to this
w orthy cause. Be reminded that 14 cents
provides a meal for a hungry child in this
poorest country of the Western
Rotary, Abaco is also answering a
need for low cost housing in Haiti. Built
with Rotary volunteer labour and match-
ing grants from other clubs, small, basic
houses can be constructed at a cost of US
$500. Our contribution should provide two
such units.
Rotary wishes the Abaco community
the warmest of Seasonal Greetings along

with health, happiness and prosperity in
the new millennium. Our motto remains
Service Above Self
Ring the Bells
By Isobel Sherman
For the three Saturdays before
Christmas the Rotary Club of Abaco rang
the bells outside of Golden Harvest and
Solomon Brothers to collect money to pro-
vide Christmas food baskets for the needy.
According to secretary Sandra Albury the
response was much better than expected
considering all of the travails that have
happened on Abaco since the hurricanes.
This money will be used for baskets of
food to be taken to needy older people in
our communities.

The Scurvy Few lines up to begin their parade through Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town
and Murphy Town, they were accompanied by a Fire Engine and an Ambulance.

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1 1k Breakfast 8:30 10 a.m.
Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m.
Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til'
I Happy Hour 4:30 6:30 p.m.
Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8-11 p.m.
Restaurant & Bar Specializing in
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Hope Town Waterfront Bahamian Foods
Tel: 366-0247 or VHF 16

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5, 7, 9 Seat Aircraft - .^
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Abaco & Freeport
Route Frec. Dep. Time Arr. Time
Freeport/Treasure Daily 0700 0735
Fri-Sun 1630 1705
Treasure/Freeport Daily 0750 0825
Fri-Sun 1720 1755
Freeport/Marsh H. Dailly 0700 0745
Fri-Sun 1600 1645
Marsh H/Freeport Dailly 0800 0845
Fri-Sun 1700 1745
Freeport/Sandy Pt Fri-Sun 1230 1300
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Moores Is./Freeport Fri-Sun 1335 1420
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The Abaconian Page 17

mon'ss Mines Hosts Party

Friends enjoyed the chance to renew friendships. Shown above are Steve AIbury anda reg
Albury of Marsh Harbour enjoying a joke with Tommy Bethel from Hope Town.
J ...i; Jr" __ \1

Layna Camrrright was one of the winners of a door prize, a basket filled with goodies.
She is shown here with her husband Brent Cartwright and store manager Margaret
Malone, who organized the event.

Newlyweds Sandra and Robert Malone enjoyed the evening shopping and conversing with
friends. They are shown above talking with Sandra's co-worker, Pratt Albury.

Furniture Appliances
Stereo Equipment Tools
Toys etc.
Located across from Marco
Tel: 367-2184
Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday thru Saturday

Herbert and Minnie Key examine one of
the many rings on display at Solomon
Mines in Marsh Harbour as son Matthew
and girlfriend Michelle Weech look on.
Sales were brisk that evening as many
picked out their Christmas presents.

Rain I
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Equipped with
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Fresh Water Shower
and reliable
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VHF 16
Located west of the
Union Jack Dock
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Shipping & Freight Clearing
Imports & Exports by Air & Sea
Cruising Permits Extended
Boat Duties Handled
"One Call Does it All"
Tel:(242) 367-2089, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Visit our waterfront office on Front Street

Committed to a Higher Standard in Aviation

Air Charter Service
To Nassau, Freeport & Other Islands
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Tel: (242) 367-2089 or 2613 or 2530
P.O.Box AB 20485, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

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Or Even More, Paid in Full, In Advance
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Call Louise Snell in Nassau at (242) 326-6272 or
jackie Wilson in Abaco at 365-8286 or 365-8288 to
arrange a visit to your home or business.


Join us for Dinner in the air-conditioned
Upper Terrace Dining Room
Serving Lunch at the
World Famous Reef Bar & Grill
Fresh Water Pool Fun For the Family
Snorkeling just 30 feet from
our two mile long ocean beach
Air Conditioned Accommodations
Open Daily Reservations Suggested
Complimentary Dockage Call 366-0095 VHF 16

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January 1st. 2000




Page 18 The Abaconian

Local Government in Action

Town Planning 13 Dec 99
Permits submitted for approval totaled
$2.4 million in estimated construction costs.
Many applications for duplexes did not
have the common firewall extending 15
inches above the roof as required by the
Building Code. Alternatively, the interior
attic ceiling can be of fire resistant
construction for forty feet in either
direction. These plans were returned to the
architectural technicians for compliance.
Several plans were deferred for lack of
site information. This included a storage
shed behind Memorial Plaza as the exact
building site could not be determined.
Abaco Shopping Centre submitted a
sketch plan for approval in principle of a
12,800 square foot supermarket building
with approximately 40 parking spaces
utilizing the side of the building. The
applicant's architect was present to answer
questions. The need for an additional
supermarket was weighed against the
inadequate number of parking spaces the
site allows. The developer had proposed
opening an access road at the back of the
site at a previous meeting. It now turns out
that the legal access is compromised as the
old primary school buildings encroach on
the right-of-way and there is a squatter's
house on the roadway behind the store site.
All delivery access will have to be from the
front of the building through the customer
parking area.
Board members asked that the proposed
design be reduced to the original 10,800
square foot building but would allow

second floor storage above first floor
storage. Members were concerned that
parking will be just as bad as previously
since three additional bays to the existing
buildings have generated the need for more
parking while reducing the available
parking space.
Due to the configuration of the site,
reducing the building size does not increase
the parking area to any useful extent. It was
reluctantly concluded that the need for an
additional food store was greater than the
need to adhere to the parking requirements
of the Town Planning Act. Grocery patrons
will have to compete for parking spaces
now used by other merchants in the
shopping center. The plan was not
approved but the Board will consider a
revised plan at a later meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. with
unfinished business to be concluded at a
continuation meeting on December 20.
Town Planning 20 Dec 99
This meeting was adjourned when
agreement could not be reached on two
warehouses proposed in the vicinity of the
Abaco Water plant building situated on the
Keys tract. Two members wanted to know
more about the nature of the warehouses
and felt the plans should be reviewed by the
Marsh Harbour Town Committee since it
had commercial aspects. Other members
felt that the warehouse designation was
sufficient and that it did not need further
review since the location was not on a main
road. The issue will be brought up at a later
meeting after getting further advice.

People in the Newsj
By Stephanie Humblestone
Recently there have been several
promotions at the Royal Bahamas Police
Force office on Abaco. These include
Corporal 336 Simmons has been
promoted to Sergeant, Corporal 388
Moss is now Sergeant and WPC 969
Strachan is now Corporal.

Treasure Cay
Murderer to Hang
David Mitchell will be one of three
convicted murderers scheduled for
execution January 6 at the Fox Hill Prison
in Nassau according to the Ministry of
National Security. All appeals have been
exhausted. He was convicted of the May 9,
1994 murders of Horste and Traude
Henning in Treasure Cay. The couple were
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Visitors Guide to:

Scooters Cars

Boats Marinas

Taxis Restaurants

Restaurant Guide
Prices Low, ** Moderate, *** High
(Based on the range of dinner entrees)
-Provides transportation from town
+Picnic tables & restroom only
Marsh Harbour
Anglers 367-2158
C& G Restaurant ** 367-3227
Conch Inn Bistro *** 367-4444
Flippers ** 367-4657
Golden Grouper 367-2301
Kentucky Fried Chicken 367-2615
Snack Shack + 367-4005
Mavis Country Kitchen 367-2002
Sapodillys *** 367-2498
Sharkees + 367-3535
Wally's *** 367-2074
Dundas Town
Ambassador Inn 367-2022
Corner Restaurant 367-4346
Hope Town
Abaco Inn *** 366-0133
Boat House *** 366-0065
Cap'n Jacks 366-0247
Club Soleil *** 366-0003
Harbour's Edge ** 366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge 366-0095
Munchies + 366-0423
Rudy's Place *** 366-0062
Ena's Place ** 365-6187
Pavilion 365-6185
Hibiscus 365-6257
Guana Cay
Guana Beach Resort *** 365-5133
Guana Seaside *** 365-5106
Nippers *** 365-5143
Mermard Cafe 365-5137
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe "
Harbour Cafe 365-8635
Hudson's Delight 365-8648
Island Boil & Sports Bar ** 365-4082
Spnnaker Restaurant *** 365-8469
Touch of Class *** 365-8195
Traveller's Rest 365-8654
Airport Restaurant
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House *** 365-4200
Green Turtle Club *** 365-4271
Island Restaurant ** 365-4082
Laura's Kitchen ** 365-4287
Mclntosh's Restaurant 365-4625
New Plymouth Inn *** 365-4161
Rooster's Rest ** 365-4066
Sandy Point
Big J' s 366-4020
Oeishas 366-4139
Pete & Gays *** 366-4119
Seaside Inn Rest. *** 366-4120
Crossing Rocks
Leanies Restaurant 366-3219
Travis Midway Rest. 366-3217
Casuarina Point
Different of Abaco ** 366-2150
Cooper's Town
M & M Restaurant 365-0142
Lubber's Quarters
Yahoes 366-3110
Cracker P's VHF Ch.16
Little Harbour
Pete's Pub VHF Ch. 16
Green Turtle Ferry Dock
Harbour Caf6 365-8635

Medical Services

Marsh Harbour
Abaco Medical Clinic ............... 367-4240
Abaco Family Medicine .............. 367-2295
Government Clinic ................ .367-2510
Treasure Cay
Corbett Clinic .................... .365-8288
Sandy Point
Government Clinic ................. .366-4010
Green Turtle Cay
Government Clinic ................ .365-4028
Cooper's Town
Government Clinic ............. .. .365-0019
Hope Town
Government Clinic ................ .366-0458

Emergency Services
Police (Marsh Harbour) ...................... .367-2560
Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire & Rescue ............. 367-2000
Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue ........... .366-0023
Trauma One Ambulance Service ................ .367-2911

Taxi Cab Fares
For Central Abaco
Airport to: ................ .Charge for extra Passengers
Ferry Dock (to or from airport) ......... .$12.00 Add $3.00 ea.
Abaco Beach Hotel .............. $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Airport to Conch Inn ............ $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Harbour View .................. $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Golden Harvest ................ $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
BYS ........................ .$12.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Dove Plaza ................ ... $10.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Marsh Harbour School ........... .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Stop light .....................$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Westem Auto ..................$ 6.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Dundas Town .................. $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Government Dock ............. .$10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Ambassador Inn ......... ..... $10.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Murphy Town .................. $14.00 (over 2 add $4 ea)
Pelican Shores ................. $14.00 (over 2 add $4 ea)
Eastern Shores ................. $15.00 over 2 add $4 ea)
Spring City ................... .$15.00 (over 2 add $5 ea)
Gov. Clinic ................... $ 6.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Ferry dock to:
Great Abaco Beach ............. $ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Abaco Towns .................. $ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Conch Inn ................... ..$ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Wally's ...................... .$ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
BYS ..........................$ 2.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Jib Room ......................$ 5.00 (over 2 add $2 ea)
Stop Light .................... $ 6.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Dove Plaza .................... $ 6.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Govemment Dock ...............$ 7.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Government Clinic ............... $ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Westem Auto .................. $ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Ferry Dock ................... $ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
National Insurance .............. .$ 9.00 (over 2 add $3 ea)
Marsh Harbour Airport to:
Treasure Cay B ................ $55.00 (over 2 add $ 5 ea)
Airport Treas. Cay B ........... $65.00 (over 2 add $ 5 ea)
Little Harbour ............... $80.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Cherokee ............. ..... .$80.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Snake Cay ................... $35.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Big Mangrove ....... ........ $5.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Casuar;na Point .., $60.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Bahama Palm Shores ........... $70.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Crossing Rocks ............ .. .$100.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Sandy Point ................ .$135.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour
No children under three years to be paid.
Pets not in cages will be charged as passengers
Luggage over four pieces, add $.50 each additional
Surf Boards $3.00 each

Ferry Schedules

Albury's Ferry Service

One Way Fare Adult $ 7.00 Childrer
Round Trip Adult $10.00 Childrel
Charters are available at any time
Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 1

Marsh Harb. to Hope Town Daily 20 minute trip
9 am 10:30 am 12:15 pm 2 pm 4 pm 5:30 pm
Also 7:15 am except Sundays and holidays
Hope T. to Marsh Harb. Daily 20 minute trip
8am 9:45 am 11:30 am 1:30 pm 3 pm 4 pm
Also 5 pm except Sundays and holidays

Marsh Harb. to Man-O-War Daily 20 minute tip
10:30 am 4 pm 5:30 pm
Also 12:15 pm 2:30pm except Sundays
Man-O-War to Marsh H. Daily 20 minute trip
8 am 1:30 pm
Also 11:30 am 3:15 pm except Sundays
Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries
leave from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach

Marsh H. to Scot. Cay & Guana 30 minute trip
10:15 am 1:15 pm 3:30 pm 5:30 pm
Also 6:45 am except Sat. Sun. and holidays
Guana & Scodand Cay to Marsh H. 30 minute trip
8 am 11:30 am 2:30 pm 4:45 pm
Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries
leave from Conch Inn and Union Jack Dock

Green Turtle Ferry
One Way $7 (Children $3) Round Trip $11
(Depending on destination of passengers)
Charters are available at any time
Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Channel 16

Green Turde Cay to Treas. Cay Airport
Daily 89 11 12:15 1:30 3:00 4:30
Treas. Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay
Daily 8:30 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:304:305:00

n $4.00
n $5.00

Dive Shops
Marsh Harbour
Dive Abaco ..................... 367-2787
Abaco Beach Dive Shop ............367-4646
Hope Town
Dave's Dive Shop ............... 366-0029
Froggies ................... ... 366-0024
Man-O-War Dive Shop ............ 365-6013
Treasure Cay
JIC Divers Down. ...............365-8465
Green Turtle Cay
Brendal's Dive Shop.............. .365-4411
Green Turtle Cay Divers .......... .365-4271

Boats, Cars, Golf Carts, Bicycles,
Marsh Harbour
Cars and Scooters
H & L Car Rentals ....................... 367-2840
A & P Car Rentals ....................... 367-2655
Reliable Car Rentals ...................... .367-4234
Rent-A-Ride Bicycle & Scooter Rentals ........ .367-4289
Rental Wheels Scooters & Bike Rentals ....... .367-4643
Wilmac Car Rentals ...................... .367-4970
.................. .. . ... . .... .or 367-4313
Sea Horse Boat Rentals ................... 367-2513
Rich's Rentals ........................... 367-2742
Rainbow Rentals ......................... 367-4602
Blue Wave Boat Rentals .................... .367-3910
Power Cats Boat Rentals ................... 367-4620
Laysue Boat Rentals ......... ........... 367-4414
Pier 1 (one) ............................ 359-6982
Green Turtle Cay
Cay Cart Rental ......................... .365-4406
C & D Cart Rental ................... . 365-4084
D & P Cart Rental ............ .... .........365-4656
Guana Cay
Donna Sands Cart Rentals ..... .......... 365-5195
Guana Cay Cart Rentals ....... ............ 365-5016
Island Treasures Cart Rentals ..... .......... 365-6072
Hope Town
Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals ................... ..366-0292
Island Cart Rentals ..........................366-0448
Hope Town Cart Rentals ................... ...366-0064
Dave's Dive Shop Boat Rentals ................ 366-0029
Island Marine Boat Rentals .................. 366-0282
Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals .................. 366-0065
Treasure Cay
JIC Boar and Cart Rentals .................. .365-8465
Claridge's and Chris'Cart Rentals ........ ...365-8248
C & C Boat Rentals ...................... .365-8582
Alison Car Rentals ................... ... 365-8193
Comish Car Rentals ...................... .365-8623
Triple J Car Rentals ................... .VHF Ch 06

Abaco Marinas
Walker's Cay
Walker's Cay Marina 353-1252
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House 365-4200
Green Turtle Club 365-4271
Black Sound Marina 365-4531
Other Shore Club 365-4195
Abaco Yacht Service 365-4033
Treasure Cay
Treasure Cay Marina 365-8250
Man-O-War Marina 365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marina 367-2736
Conch Inn 367-4000
Harbour View Marina 367-2182
Marsh Harbour Marina 367 2700
Mangoes 367-2366
Triple J. Marine 367-2163
Abaco Yacht Haven 367-3079
Hope Town
Hope Town Marina 366-0003
Hope Town Hideaways 366-0224
Lighthouse Marina 366-0154
Sea Spray 366-0065
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Marina 365-0083
Guana Cay
Guana Beach Resort 365-5133
Orchid Bay 365-5175

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Boats coming from the United States can clear at Walker's Cay,
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Air Lines Serving Abaco
Air Sunshine from Ft. Lauderdale 367-2800
American Eagle from Miami 367-2231
Bahamasair from Nassau & Palm Bch 367-2095
Continental Connection
from Miami, Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch 367-3415
Major Air Service from Freeport 367-4826
Taino Air Services from Freeport 365-8245
Twin Air from Fort Lauderdale 365-8677
USAir from Ft. Laud and Palm Bch 367-2231
Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna Bch 367-4852
Abaco Air Charters *367-2266
Cherokee Air Charters *367-2089
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Page 20 The Abaconian

January 1st, 2000

By Alice Bain
To be perfectly scrupulous, the third
millennium anno domini does not begin
until January 1, 2001. The reason for this
is pretty easy to understand-we start
counting with 1, not with zero; in any case
the upcoming year is made special because
it is the meniscus between when the num-
bers roll over and when the new millenni-
um starts in earnest. It will be interesting
to see how the western world copes with
this perceived hurdle in the path to the
As a species, humanity has had plen-
ty of opportunity in the past century to do
away with itself. We have seen the art of
war evolve from the horrific trench war-
fare of the first World War, through the
development of tanks and bomber planes
and the ultimate blasphemy of nuclear
weapons in the second World War, to the
"virtual war" that the United States waged
on Iraq in the early nineties. We are so
efficient at killing one another-why have
we failed to self-destruct entirely? We
may have gained the barest shred of
insight during the past 100 years that
doing so is not in our best interest. That
sounds facetious, but in reality Humanity
is coming out of a long infancy and child-
hood, and we are only now beginning to
realize that our actions have conse-
The first spaceflights yielded the first
photo portraits of our world as it appears
from outside. It is a beautiful and fragile
place; for the first time we can visually
understand how small we are and how thin
the atmosphere around us that protects us
from the vacuum and hard radiation of
space. How wonderful is the technology
that enables us to see this! And yet that
same technology was developed due to the
antagonism between the United States and
the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In
fact, war has driven the development of
most (if not all) human technological inno-
vations. Even the Internet, much touted as
one of the keys to global communication
and cross-cultural understanding, was
fathered in part by ARPANET-A Cold
War military computer network which was
developed to link U.S. weapons bases.
It seems that for now, in the light of
trade agreements and an immense and per-
vasive global communications network, a
true Global Conflict is unlikely because it
is economically unfeasible and the ugli-
ness of even local conflicts makes them
hard to win popular support for. In addi-
tion to this, the current young generation
(of which I am a member and which I
refuse to apply a moniker to) are, at least
in the Western Hemisphere, mostly unin-

terested. in fighting for patriotic ideals.
Whether this is good or bad can be dis-
cussed ad nauseam, but it seems that
Global Suicide via Global War is no
longer as likely as it was.
Perversely, the very international eco-
nomic agreements that discourage global
war may be leading us towards a second
doom as international corporations ravage
the environment. We all know about the
Hole In The Ozone, and some of us worry
about the amount of rain forest being cut
down to create grazing for cattle that are
ultimately awarded the sorry fate of
becoming a McDonald's facsimile ham-
burger. Environmental pillage is not as
exciting as war-it doesn't get the same
news coverage as blood and gore, and in
nations where the majority of the populace
live in landscaped suburbs the very con-
cept of a natural environment seems alien
and possibly threatening. Press is occa-
sionally given to the number of species
that go extinct, but how real is this to any-
Not many people experience the sor-
row of losing forever a species which they
know and work with on a daily basis-just
a few eccentric naturalists on Mauritius or
in Madagascar. Ground water pollution is
a little more "real"-a lot of us worry
about what might be coming through the
tap, witness the astounding expansion in
the sales of bottled water during the past
two decades. Here on Abaco we are lucky
enough to suffer minimal air pollution, in
spite of the manner in which we dispose of
our garbage-but in the United States and
other industrialized nations smog has
become a real concern. It is easy to con-
demn pollution, but development is a
thornier issue. It is unlikely in the extreme
that the human population of the world
will cease expanding any time soon (i.e.
this generation), and development of our
land and the rampant and unscrupulous
mining of fossil fuels and metal ore are an
offshoot of this population increase.
The Millennium has been hyped as
many things; people seem to need a mean-
ing from it, and a combination of religious
apocalyptics and the Y2K bug have many
people worrying about the continuity of
Life As We Know It here on Earth. The
year 2000 is a marker, that is all. It is a

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place from which, if we are responsible,
we can stop and do a survey of ourselves,
what we have achieved and the damage we
have done. In the Twentieth Century we
have as a species only just comprehended
what a child learns within the first five
years of life: If you hurt someone, they
will hurt you back. Instead of punching the
kid next door, taking all his baseball cards
and then suffering retribution from his big
brother who breaks your arm, takes back
his baseball cards and all of yours as well,
it is more profitable and less painful for
everyone involved to go sit in the back
yard and trade them.
The lesson we have not yet learned is
this: If you keep sawing at the limb of the
tree you're sitting on, eventually it will
break and you will fall. If you keep sawing


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off branches, eventually the tree will die
and you.won't have anywhere left to sit!
As an eternal optimist, I believe that there
has to be a way to make the tree branch
more comfortable to sit on without killing
the tree. A tree is such a beautiful thing,
and our planet is beautiful as well.
Look at the satellite pictures of
Abaco, our small corer of it. Someone
has discovered that these pictures sell well
and made a poster-people put Abaco on
their walls, that's how beautiful it is. I
hope that we can accept the responsibility
of living here and develop the land without
raping it and destroying our own souls at
the same time. I hope that as a species we
can accept responsibility for this planet
that is our only home and accept responsi-
bility for ourselves and our future exis-
tence. We can have any future that we
imagine-let's make it a good one.


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January 1st. 2000 The Abaconian Page 21

By Isobel Sherman
The New Millennium
There has been so much hype the past
few years for the New Millennium and
wondering if you are Y2K ready that the
whole things is getting boring for many
persons. In our neighboring country the
United States many expensive celebra-
tions were planned for persons to buy tick-
ets to usher in the New Millennium. Now
according to a recent article in Time
Magazine, people are not buying. Most
Americans are going to do what they do
every New Year's Eve. In other words
they do not think it necessary to spend
hundreds or even thousands of dollars for
something that lasts exactly one second. In
fact, many persons say that the year 2000
is the last year of this century and the 21st
century does not begin until January 1,
Parties are being planned in the
Bahamas. Each island is getting a Count
Down Clock. Abaco Beach Resort is hav-
ing a big New Millennium Party at a cost
of $150 per person. Sapodilly's party will
be $70 per person.
As for myself personally I am tired of
the Y2K and New Millennium hype. It has
become a huge marketing strategy. Just
look at the last book for 1999 from Avon
cosmetics. I will be in church when the old
year ends and the new year begins. I do
not even make new year's resolutions and
I have not heard anyone saying they were
making new millennium resolutions.
The saddest part about all of this is
that I do not think we have done enough to
educate our young people about all of
inventions and advances in the world that
have happened since 1900. That is a
shame because in the world two world

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wars have been fought. Communism came
and disappeared except for four countries.
A war was fought in Viet Nam that caused
all kinds of unrest in the United States.
Racial barriers in the United States were
lowered and abolished. Women were
given the right to vote in The Bahamas
and in the United States. And many other
great things happened in the 20th Century.
One of the most important for us is that
The Bahamas became an independent
In these last few days of 1999 let us
think about all of the good things that have
happened in this century. More important-
ly, let us share that knowledge with a
young person who may not know what
happened and who will hopefully live long
enough into the 21st century to tell per-
sons yet unborn about what a fantastic
century the 20th century was.
What Happened to
Our Fish Pond?
Oh, what will happen to our little nat-
ural fish pond at the end of Tamarind
Drive and Forest Drive. That appears to be
the $64,000 question among residents of
Central Abaco. The pond which usually in
the rainy season turns into a large swamp
is filled with gold fish and beautiful water
lilies grow there also. Many a day cars can
be seen parked on the side while mothers,
fathers and their children look at the fish

and even catch some to take home. Some
feed the fish. Others stop and admire the
beautiful water lilies.
Well, on December 6th one of the
large earth moving machines brought in
by Waugh Construction to install the
infrastructure of Central Pines Estates was
in the fish pond. Many residents remarked
on this site and were upset because it was
assumed the fish pond would be left in its
natural beauty for the new residents of the
subdivision to enjoy.
Why can't we, as supposedly educat-
ed and environmentally conscious resi-
dents, see that the stripping and burning of
pine trees damages a natural habitat and
locations such as the fish pond need to be
preserved. Man can live in harmony with
both tress and ponds as well as all of the
other wonders of nature God has created.
The land clearing fires caused other bush


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fires to break out all the way to the back of
Abaco Central High School so not only
have we destroyed a beautiful pine barren,
we destroyed far more vegetation that
should have been left there for everyone to
enjoy. I know if the trees keep getting
uprooted and destroyed the way they are
now, the name Central Pines Estates will
not fit the subdivision, the word pine will
have to be removed unless the new home
owners plant their own pine trees.
Low Beams, Please
Why do drivers insist on driving at
night with their high beams on? Is it
because their low beams are not working?
Or is it because they cannot see without
the high beams? Or is it because they
never had their U.S. imported car lights
changed to angle the other side of the
Where are the police to enforce the
law? Where are the courteous drivers who
ask you to dim their lights, do they do it?
The majority do not so you are blinded.
Drivers, Forest Drive has light poles
on both sides and no shoulder to pull over.
High beams coming at you can blind you
and can cause an accident.

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The Dock Is Aging Faster

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The Margarita lays at the crumbling Marsh Harbour freight dock. Approximately $30,000
was spent by the Marsh Harbour Shipping Company and the United Abaco Shipping
company to restore the old government warehouse to a useable condition to protect arriving
freight after Hurricane Floyd tore of the 35 year old roof and doors.

Civil Servants Treated at T. Cay

A group of Treasure Cay business
people hosted an After Hurricanes Thank
You and Christmas Party on December
18 for all Abaco government officials
and employees. The party was held at
Banyan Beach Club Resort in Treasure
Cay and offered live entertainment, a
delicious buffet and drinks. The hosts
included Mr. Stuart W. Arnold, Mr.
William Hertz, Mr. and Mrs. Ossie
Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Roberts and
the Stenson Family.

Mr. Craig Roberts is pleased with the
response of the public to his new
development, the Bahamas Beach Club.
The first phase is almost sold out and
they are planning to begin accepting pre-
construction deposits on the next phase of
condominiums. The building of the first
phase is well under way. The Stenson
Family was introduced as the new
owners of the Banyan Beach Club
Resort. They have plans for providing an
even better resort with more amenities.

By Stephanie Humblestone
An accident on the evening of the 27th
of December at The Point in Little
Harbour brought several things to light.
Firstly, it spoke volumes about the high
quality of medical support care we have
on Abaco, and secondly, it emphasised
the insularity of the small community.
When a part-time resident of Little
Harbour fell 15 feet from a balcony on to
sheer rock, Dan Wiltfang of Trauma One
and Dr. Marc Binard, who gave clear
and explicit instructions over the
telephone on how best to deal with the
medical emergency and within moments
of the alert an ambulance was on its way
to Little Harbour. Miraculously, the 68-
year-old man survived the fall and the
ordeal of the traumatic journey along the
bumpy, rocky, meandering road from
Little Harbour to the paved Cherokee
road. For Dr. Marc it was yet another
emergency at the end of an unusually
busy three-day Christmas penocl wno


FROM Page 12

with a new set of lighted courts closer to
the hotel.
"We were finding that our old slips
had trouble accommodating some of the
newer and larger yachts, so our new
docks will be larger and better laid out.
Also we are upgrading the electrical
service to the slips. The new fuel dock
will be able to service up to three average
sized (50') boats at once."
Boat Harbour will have two or three
docks operational by the first of
February, and the facelift will be
complete before the first tournament of
the season in April.

stabilised the man and arranged for him
to be air-lifted to West Palm Beach.
The patient's wife and two friends
were impressed not only with the quick-
thinking residents of Little Harbour who
mobilised the medical team but also Dr.
Binard's high standard of medical care.
The injured man is faring well even
though he sustained several vertebral
One of the residents who assisted at
the accident scene expressed serious
concerns at the time about the state of the
road to Little Harbour. "It is times like
these that make us realise how pressing
an issue the grading of our road is." One
can only cringe at the thought of being
transported along it with the nature of the
man's injury. Let us hope that the year
2000 will be the year of repairing access
roads to small settlements like the one to
Little Harbour throughout Abaco.

Viola Elizabeth McIntosh, 71 of
Crown Haven, passed away. Her funeral
was on January 1 at St. Anne's Anglican
Church in Crown Haven and interment
was in' the Crown Haven Public
Cemetery. Officiating was Fr. Kenneth
Ms. McIntosh is survived by her
husband, Rollins McIntosh, Sr.; sons
Donald, Roland, Delvin, Victor, Rollins
McIntosh, Elvin Russell, Wellington
Pritchard; daughters Evelyn Saunders,
Monica Russell, Margarita Roberts,
Geneva Mcintosh and Arementha Curry;
mother Evelyn Russell; grandchildren;
great grandchildren; brothers; sisters; and
many relatives and friends including the
entire community of Little Abaco.

Millennium Clock Is Unveiled

A Millennium count-down clock was
unveiled in the early evening December 28
at the Administrator's office in Central
Abaco. Supplied by Nassau, the clock
displays the days, hours, minutes and
seconds until the end of this century and the
beginning of the year 2000. Similar clocks
were supplied to each district.
Among those speaking at the brief
ceremony was Silbert Mills, Chief
Councillor for Central Abaco, who told
how his people had advanced during the
past century, from one-room huts to ten-
room mansions, from flour sack clothes to
three piece suits, from kerosene and
charcoal to electricity.
Mr. Everette Hart, Island Administrator,
regretted that people now do not hold the
values of times gone by. He asked that
parents to take more control in instilling
moral values in their children.
Mr. Robert Sweeting, M.P. for South
Abaco, recounted the Man-O-War story

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told by Uncle Will of the Hope Town
official bringing the first kerosene to the
settlement and how the women and children
were sent to the ends of the island to get out
of harm's way when the first lamp was lit.
He could not verify the authenticity but had
heard Uncle Will recount the event
All speakers concluded that Abaco and
the Bahamas have come a long way during
the past 100 years.
The ten officials on the platform faced
the three persons in the audience.

David and Kathy Ralph are proud
to announce the arrival of their
grandchild, Kyle David, on
December 26, 1999. The happy
parents are Mark and Shelley Ralph
of Spring Hill, Florida.

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Marsh Harbour 242-367-2703

Parrot Cay *. 242-366-0282

Hope Town 242-366-0023

Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249

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North From Page 3
the kind efforts of all who made the after-
noon possible. The event was made possi-
ble through the generosity of businesses,
banks and individuals in Marsh Harbour
and the Hope Town Association which
donated the food, candy and drinks.
"It was a wonderful day and made
my Christmas," said Jerry Whiteleather
from Hope Town as he waved goodbye to
the children. As he hurried away, he
resolved not to wait a whole year before
the next party. We all second that.


From Page 21

Drivers, let us be courteous with each
other beginning now and continuing
through the New Millennium. Road
Traffic and Police, please take notice of

DC3 From Page 1
Blackwood, Cooper's Town, Cedar
Harbour, Mount Hope, Fox Town and
Crown Haven, many of the settlements
badly hit by Floyd. Among those present
to meet the plane were Bill and Billie
Davis, two generous members of the Fire
Road community who donated an ambu-
lance to Cooper's Town last month. Some

of the toys will be distributed at the
Christmas party at Fox Town Primary
School on the 27th of December.
Mickey From Page 1
the famous little character danced among
them with wishes of "Merry Christmas."
The visit was coordinated by District
Education Officer, Jackson McIntosh and
his assistant Felamese Sawyer.
Representing Abaco's Castaway Cay,
Disney's cruise boat destination, was
Manager Gunther Scmidt, Kiersten
Murane and Jill Eisel. Accompanying
Diane Hancock, Community Relations
Manager from Walt Disney World in
Florida were Gail Brown Lallem and and
Karrin Anderson.
The first day the group began at Forest
Heights Academy, then moved on to
Frances de Sales School, Agape School
and Central Abaco Primary School where
an invitation had been extended to the chil-
dren of schools on Hope Town, Man-O-
War Cay and Guana Cay. Abaco Central
High School was visited in the afternoon.
The second day the group went to Sandy
Point where Mickey entertained the chil-
dren of Sandy Point Primary School and
Crossing Rocks Primary School.
"Everybody loves Mickey, right?"
cheered one of the Disney team to a packed
classroom. "Right!" came back the reply.

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Containers & Building Materials

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Scurvy From Page 1
ambulance service. Santa Claus came for
the occasion and enjoyed riding through
town atop the fire engine. New toys were
collected for the needy children of Abaco
and were displayed on the motorcycles.
One of the members of the club, John
Sporcke, organized a fund raising in
Vermont, his native state and from the pro-
ceeds purchased about 300 toys which
were added to the toys collected locally.
The toys, half from abroad and
half collected locally, were distributed
mainly through the communities of Sandy
Point, Crossing Rocks, Murphy Town and
Dundas Town. "The whole idea is to col-
lect toys from the local community for dis-
tribution," said Treasurer of Scurvy Few,
Sid Dawes, who owns the Lofty Fig Motel

in Marsh Harbour.
Sybil's House, a senior citizen's
home in Dundas Town, also benefitted
from the Scurvy Few party. A 50/50 raffle
was held which gave the winner 50 percent
of the money raised from the sale of raffle
tickets while the club retained the other 50
percent. The winner of the raffle was Toni
Graham-Bell from the boat Gorgeous Girl.
She won $60 which she gave back-to the
club for using toward a worthy project.
The club put their share, $60, with it to
give the total to Sybil's House under the
direction of James and Sybil Williams.
Skeet LaChance, President of the
club, organized the event which concluded
with food and drinks.

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Hurricane Shutters
Decorative Aluminum
Gates & Grills
Marine Items
Boat T-tops
Fuel & Water Tanks

Machine Shop


On the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road
Marsh Harbour Tel: 367-4011 Fax: 367-4018


Painting Inside & outside Pressure cleaning
& mildew removal Water-proofing Roofing
* Rotten wood replaced Parking Lots
Leroy Tucker, Marsh Harbour.
Tel: (beeper) 340-8849


Black fiberglass locking tool box for pick-up
truck $100.00 "Consul" Kerosene refriger-
ator good condition $350.00. Contact "Palm
Ridge" VHF Chanel 16.
Draperies, bedspreads, blankets, blinds, furni-
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napkins, etc. art work, fabrics, vinyl and leather
from a major manufacturer's representative.
Samples and info upon request. BUY DIRECT
AND SAVE! Contact Ron at Fabrics and
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Fax: 407-957-1964.


For Sale 1989 Chevy Corsica 2.8 Fuel Injected
$4500.00 O.N.O. Call Cindy at 367-3472.

20' 1985 Grady White overnighter walk
around cuddy 170 hp Mercury 1.0. Lots of
extras $12,000 Two axle aluminum trailer
$2000. Call 366-4489.
20' Aquasport, center console with 115 HP
Yamaha used 9 hrs. Deck needs work. See at
Yamaha dealer. $9,950. Jim (505) 867-2969.
140 hp Suzuki outboard, oil injected. Just
overhauled, runs great. See at Yamaha dealer
$1,450. Jim (505) 867-2969.

1991 30' Walk Around Intrepid with twin
175 HP Johnsons, G.P.S. and depth finder and
more. Excellent condition. Call 367-3379
9 am 5 pm. $45,000

52' Houseboat 1988 custom aluminum hull, 2
Volvo turbo 130 HP dual prop I/O, 10 KW
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