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Title: Abaconian
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Language: English
Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 01-15-2000
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1 January

1st, 2000

Gottlieb Heads Bahamasair

New Management Team Is To Turn Bahamasair Around

Fire Truck Arrives for Dundas Town

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Dundas Town took delivery on a 750-gal Ford Fire Engine on January 13. The engine was bought with community dona-
tions raised by Silbert Mills on Radio Abaco. The 1970 truck cost about $14,000 landed. Two donors, Pine Woods
Nursery and Aunt Bea of Man-O-War, were the primary donors, each giving $5,000. In the photo above Mr. Mills along
with Troy Mills, Rev. Earlyn Baillou and others are going over various aspects of the pumping system with Claude Sawyer
and John Hall of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department. Dundas Town expects to put together a volunteer orga-
nization to the Marsh Harbour fire service to maintain the equipment and train in fire fighting methods. Within a few
days they responded to their first emergency call.

Hope Town Welcomes the Millennium
By Stephanie Humblestone was a great success and a tribute to the was much revelry throughout the nig
Thousands welcomed the New careful planning and initiative of many on people circled the ball field buying d
Year and Millennium at a huge party held Elbow Cay. Originally the brainchild of and guava duff from concession st
on the ball field in Hope Town. The event long time Hope Town residents Michael Some were dressed in sparkling cl

and Patti Myers, the celebration prepara-
tions reflected much time and energy.
All the restaurants and bars
closed at 10 pm, so residents and visitors
flocked to the ball field several hours
before countdown to dance and listen to
the live band, Ipso Facto, which had been
brought in from the United States. There

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with Mardi Gras masks while others were
bundled up in wooly sweaters and long
pants to ward off the cold of the night. Just
after the stroke of midnight an impressive
firework display heralded in the next cen-
tury. It was a family occasion which went

Please See Millennium

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Abaconian Named
By Stephanie Humblestone
Frederik Gottlieb has been
appointed Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Bahamasair Holdings
Limited, effective as from January 4th. Mr.
Gottlieb is a practicing lawyer with his
own law firm in Marsh Harbour. He has
held many prominent positions over the
years. From 1987-92 he was a member of
Parliament for the constituency of South
Abaco. He went on to become Chairman
of the Water and Sewerage Corporation
from 1992-1997. Immediately prior to his
appointment with Bahamasair, he was
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Bahamas Development Bank from 1998 to
Born in Pine Ridge Grand
Bahama in 1950, Mr. Gottlieb is the son of
the late Ejnar F. Gottlieb, MD, and Owanta
Gottlieb, who moved with their family to
Abaco in 1959. He was educated in
Jamaica and England.
With a law degree from the
University of London, he was called to the
Bar in Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1979 and
to the Bahamas Bar in the same year.
From 1979-1986 he practiced law in
Freeport until he moved to Abaco where he
set up the law practice of Callendars,
Sawyer, Klonaris and Smith.
Since 1986 Mr. Gottlieb has been
practicing law on Abaco and now has his
own law practice. He and his wife Mary
have three children, twin girls aged eight
and one boy aged seven.

Two Abaconians Named

for Cacique Awards

Two Abaco people have been
selected as recipients of Cacique Award
winners for 1999. Mr. Alton Lowe was
named for The Arts because of his involve-
ment with the Alton Lowe Museum in
Green Turtle Cay which he began. Mrs. Lois
Albury was named in the Retail category for
her business which she began, Albury's Sail
Shop in Man-O-War. These two individuals
will be presented with their awards later by
the Governor General, Sir Orville
The Cacique Award Scheme was
initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to rec-
ognize outstanding citizens throughout the
Bahamas and a few international companies

and individuals who have contributed sig-
nificantly to this country in areas which
encourage tourism. There are 25 categories
in which they recognize outstanding

Mr. Frederik Gottlieb
Bahamasair Chairman

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Page 2 The Abaconian January 15th. 2000

Bahamasair Expects to Improve Service

By Stephanie Humblestone
As of the 4th of January of this
year Marsh Harbour lawyer, Mr. Frederik
Gottlieb assumed the government-appoint-
ed position of Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Bahamasair. Mr. Gottlieb has
now been relieved of his post as Chairman
of the Bahamas Development Bank and
will be, in his own word, "juggling my time
between my law practice and Bahamasair."
What some may feel to be a thank-
less task, Mr. Gottlieb has taken on with
reluctance, optimism and determination.
Along with fellow members of the Board of
Bahamasair, he addressed employees of the
national flag carrier on the 14th of January
in the Anglican Parish Hall in Marsh
Harbour. Describing Bahamasair as in "dire
straits," he quoted a $15 million recorded
annual loss last year on gross revenues of
$80 million and stated that major changes
had to come from every level, from the
"Board to the janitors."

Mr. Gottlieb was accompanied by'
Mr. Paul Major, now Managing Director of
Bahamasair who was previously with the
Bahamas Development Bank; Mrs. Emily
Colebrook, Corporate Secretary; Captain
Patrick Rolle, Deputy General Manager;
Mr. John Fowler, Director of Customer
Services; and Mr. Fred Cooper, Director of
Northern Services.
Touching sensitive points and
home truths, many of the employees lis-
tened as he painted some of the staff as
"sultry and downright unfriendly."
Warning that such attitudes would no
longer be tolerated, Mr. Gottlieb said
unequivocally, "Persons who do not per-
form will be out." According to the well
known lawyer, this is not "business as
usual." If the national flag carrier is to sur-
vive, there have to be fundamental changes
in the company. "There may be changes in
positions and this is not to spite anyone," he
said, explaining that some people may be


Piirt'red above ithe Balanmusair personnel auending ithl metinteetii wi th ie netIw manage-
ment team on the 14th of January. They are 1. to r. John Fowler, Emily Colebrooke,
Stephanie Roberts, Paul Major, Lillian Lewis and Fred Cooper. Standing behind are
Captain Patrick Rolle and Frederik Gottlieb.

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more suited to different jobs which would
better benefit them and the company.
This extreme message was sec-
onded by Mr. Paul Major, who did not
mince his words on the subject. "If we fail
with all the latitude we are being given to
improve, then we will go to Plan B, which
is to replace Bahamasair with a foreign
company. Not all Caribbean countries have
national flag carriers," he stated bluntly. He
stressed that there will be an end to late
departures and unreliability. Time to spare,
fly Bahamasair will be replaced with Ifyou
got time to spare, go elsewhere.

Itemising problems ranging from
faulty public relations and dilapidated air-
craft with tattered interiors to demoralized
staff and corruption, Mr. Major vowed that
every area of concern would be readily
addressed. They were stem words for the
personnel of Bahamasair. Time will now
tell if the new Board is able to save the sink-
ing airline and if it can instill in its employ-
ees the necessary attitudes and values.
Changes will occur such as night
flights to Abaco, Eleuthera, and Exumas,
new routes to the United States and an
upgrading of planes.

Execution Took Place
David Mitchell was hanged on Commission on Human Rights but it did
January 6 at the Fox Hill Prison in Nassau. not produce a recommendation. In
Mr. Mitchell, aged 27 was guilty of the December of last year the Advisory
murder of Horste and Traude Henning Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy
while they were sleeping in their home in considered the case and advised the gov-
Treasure Cay on May 9, 1994. He left the emment that his case was not a proper one
scene of the murder in the truck owned by to receive the prerogative of mercy.
the Hennings. He was arraigned in Three were scheduled to be
Cooper's Town on July 20 and was sen- hanged but one of the three committed sui-
tenced to hang by the Supreme Court. cide the previous day and the other was
Since his sentencing, Mr. granted a stay of execution.
Mitchell has twice appealed to the Court of Executions in the Bahamas are
Appeal and twice petitioned the Judicial very controversial, and it is expected that
Committee of the Privy Council in London there will be protests by human rights
and each time his case was dismissed. He activists who want to abolish capital pun-
also petitioned the Inter-American ishment.

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January 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 3

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Page 4 The Abaconian January 15th, 2000

News o te ays
_0 ays

Great Guana Cay
By Emily Bethel
It's hard to believe that we are now in
the year 2000. However, we wish every-
one the best for this year. Our island is
looking good and we will continue to
strive to make it a beautiful place, not only
for the tourists who come from far and
near but also for us who live here.
We had lots of visitors during the
Christmas holiday and also for the new
millennium. Everyone seemed to have a
great time just visiting with one another
and meeting new people. There were many
fireworks from individuals but Nippers put
on a big show for all at Midnight. The
greatest of all during this time, no one was
hurt so that made Christmas and New
Years even better.
The Seaside Gospel Chapel held its
Cantata on December 19. The theme was I
Wish You, Jesus. All enjoyed the evening
with the youth doing most of the singing.
Refreshments were served afterwards and
all enjoyed the fellowship.
Congratulations to SallyAnn and
Mandy Garcia on the birth of their baby
boy, Mike Steve, born on December 10 in
West Palm Beach. Proud grandparents are
Steve and Nancy Sands.
Congratulations also to Gina and
Ronald Roberts on the birth of their baby

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girl, Shania Alexis, born on December 15
in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Shania's sis-
ter, Shannon, is pretty proud of her
younger sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Bethel are happy
to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Natasha, to Doug Albury of
Man-O-War, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Warren Albury. Best wishes and God's
blessings to both as they make plans for

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Our sympathy goes to the family of
Mrs. Hannah Roberts, especially one of
her granddaughters who lives here on
Guana Cay. Mrs. Hannah was born in
1922 and was married to Mr. George

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She loved the Lord and did her best to
please Him. On January 4, Mrs. Hannah
was called home to her Lord. The funeral
service was held in Freeport, Grand
Bahama, on January 9.
As you can see, we seem to have start-
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Man-O-War Cay
By Pat Elkins
Happy Birthday, Pa Percy
Mr. Percival Sweeting celebrated his
80th birthday on December 8, 1999. The
occasion was celebrated with a luncheon
given in his honor. The afternoon was full
of love, laughter and music. It was a won-
derful day that will be remembered by all.
Family and friends extend their love and
best wishes for this birthday and many
more birthdays to come.
Lighting Contest Prize
Grand Prize winner of the third annu-
al Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus lighting
contest was Joshua Malone. His yard, dec-
orated front and back, captured the spirit
of the season with lights, reindeer and
other symbols of the season.

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Congratulations, Joshua, and all the other
winners. The community thanks you and
all who decorated their homes for bright-
ening our holidays.
School News Flea
School is back in session after the
Christmas holidays and faculty, parents
and students are busy preparing for the
annual Flea Market. It will be held on
February 19 at the Man-O-War Marina
grounds. Donations are welcome and may
be directed to the school or any parent.


January 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 5

Church News
Reaping the Harvest Crusade will be
having an Abaco Crusade nightly on
February 7 to 11, 2000, beginning a 7:30
p.m. under the direction of Pastor Mario
Moxey. These services will be held at the
Anglican Hall in Marsh Harbour. Special
music each night will be provided by the
Harvest Crusade Choir which will include
local musicians. They will be presenting a
concert on February 6 beginning at 8 p.m.
Movies will be shown prior to the services
on several evening that week.

Pilot Club Plans Dinner
The Pilot Club of Abaco will be host-
ing its second annual dinner dance in aid of
medical care for victims of head injuries
and for brain research. This year's event
will be held on March 4, 2000, at the Below
Decks Room of the Abaco Beach Hotel.
The theme is Restoration Celebration.
Cocktails are at 7 p.m. and dinner and danc-
ing start promptly at 8 until. Golden Oldies
music will be provided by the incompara-
ble Geo, the Leo and there will be door
prizes galore. Tickets are priced at $35 and
are now on sale from Charlamae
Ferander. Veronica Naim and all other
Pilot Club members TheN 're going fast'
The Pliot Club of Abaco is a charitable
organization that has been aci iel\,
involved in the local communities since it
received its charter in Ma\. 1997. The club
renders assistance Ito local persons in need
while de~elopin,, lajsing friendships.

Upcoming Events at
Cultural Illusions
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The popularity of the quilting classes at
Cultural Illusions has led Kim Roberts and
her staff to add another beginners' class on
Monday and an intermediate class on
Tuesday. In addition, Cultural Illusions
will be offering classes in hand applique as
well as a children s class where they will
make a Turtle Pillow.
Patrick Lose, a well known quilter in
the United States, will be offering a class
sometime in the future. He is so popular
that the Stepping Stones Guild (a quilting
club) in Nassau wants to travel to Abaco for
his class.
A contingent of quilters will be travel-
ing to Nassau on the 29th of January to see

the Steeping Stones Guild Quilt Show.
Kim is still selling a selection of magazines
at U.S. prices. She expects to be increasing
her supplies for quilting and other craft sup-
Phone Directories
Are Available
Batelco offices on Abaco have
received the phone directories for the year
2000. Anyone with phone service can pick
up a directory at the closest Batelco office.
Again this year the directory for Abaco has
both the white listing and the yellow pages
for Abaco as well as the white pages for the
rest of the Bahamas. A helpful listing of
government offices is on pages 41 to 43 in
the yellow pages. The special chart on page
42 in the yellow pages is handy but is not
complete as it has not be updated for sever-
al years.
Again this year the phone compa-
ny has combined all the towns on Abaco
into one listing. There are many people on
all the Family Islands who each year
request that the Family Island sections of
the directory be broken down into listings
by community but that has not yet been


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Award Earned by
Police Chief
By Stephanie Humblestone
Assistant Superintendent of Police
Leeland Russell, Chief of Police on Abaco,
was presented with a medal for Meritorious
Service at the Presentation of Medals to
Officers of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force on the 14th of December. The award
ceremony was held at Government House
in Nassau and was attended by His
Excellency Sir Orville Turnquest, the
Governor General of the Bahamas, who
presented the awards to recipients who
have exhibited outstanding service to the
community. ASP Russell received the
Long Service and Good Conduct Award in
1993 while stationed in Nassau.
He came to Abaco on the 1st of August
1999 from Andros. With much to contend
with since his arrival, he is now looking
forward to "fostering better relations with
the community." One of the main projects
on his agenda is Police Month in March
which will enrich public relations. The
police will go out into the community giv-
ing talks on social issues such as drugs and
sex. "This is focused mainly on young peo-

ASP Russell
pie and will be taking place throughout the
Bahamas," said ASP Russell.
It's a Girl
By Isobel Sherman
A six pound baby girl was born
Christmas Eve 1999 to Peter and Tracey
Sexton. The Sextons left in June to return to
England having taught at Abaco Central for
nine years. The name of the baby is
Tamara. The Sextons live in Kent,
England, where Mr. Sexton is the Manager
of the Geography Department at a small
government secondary school for girls.
While here Mr. Sexton was very

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January 15th. 2000

Cherokee Sound
By Lee Pinder
If you've ever been to Cherokee,
undoubtedly you've met Mr. Clifton
Sawyer. A pleasant, very congenial and
easily recognizable old gentleman. He was
born here, married a local girl, had his
family here, farmed near here and went
smack fishing with his brother Benny. In
later years most people knew him for the
beautiful shells he collected and sold to
tourists, (I use this term lightly because
even till today, Cherokee does not enter-
tain all that many "tourists.") However,
people can still depend on Mr. Clifton to
have some very special and unusual shell
tucked away somewhere that he is willing
to sell you if you are looking for one.
Born March 3, eighty-one years ago,
Mr. Clifton has lived in Cherokee all his
life. After marrying his childhood sweet-
heart, Miss Irene Pinder, they moved into
his father-in-law's home and he had lived
there ever since, over 53 years, never own-
ing a home of his own. They had eight chil-
dren but only five are still living. He lost his
wife to cancer quite a few years ago.
However, on the first day of the new
millennium, Mr. Clifton finally moved into
a home of his own after his old home was
so badly damaged by Hurricane Floyd.
Family and friends came together under the
supervision of his second son Daniel and
built him a brand new home. There was an
official ribbon-cutting, speeches and
refreshments served to help celebrate the
occasion. You could see from his face how
truly appreciative and touched Mr. Clifton
was for all the work that had been done for
him and on his behalf. As he turned the key
in the front door, he said, "I'm doing some-
thing now that I have never done before in
my life, and that is stepping into my own

home and I thank God for letting me live to
see this day."
School News
A new year is underway and the stu-
dents have put together a scrapbook or
journal which includes pictures as well as
their own written accounts of their experi-
ences during Hurricane Floyd. The school
principal says she feels that this was a
good way for the children to express their
anxieties or any uncomfortable feelings
they might have gone through during the
storm. Sometimes we tend to forget that
our young people often have completely
different feelings towards life and death
situations from the many storms like the
one we experienced this past year.
Anyway, she suggested that 'the parents
may want to come by the schoolhouse and
take a look at what their children have
written in the journal. She says, "It may
surprise you.'
Another project to help the students
come to the realization of all the damage
and destruction Abaco experienced during
Floyd, they put together boxes filled with
whatever items they thought could be uti-
lized by someone their age who lost every-
thing including their homes as a result of
the storm. The boxes were then wrapped,
marked for Boy or Girl and an age, then
delivered to one of the harder hit settle-
.ments of Abaco. I feel that this was an
extremely thoughtful and generous gift
that the children could do for other chil-
dren less fortunate than themselves.
Another Visit with
During the week before Christmas the
schoolchildren were treated to an outing
and another visit with Mickey Mouse.
Even though it was a rainy day I think

Cherokee All-Age Elementary School students holding their Hurricane relief packages.
December 1999.

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everyone alike enjoyed the morning's
drive to Sandy Point to have the personal
experience of meeting such a popular, dis-
tinguished and international goodwill
ambassador. Some of the younger ones
were even a little too awe-inspired, but
needles to say, everyone will be sure to
remember the day and came home with a

small gift from the big mouse himself.
In Sunday School
Just before the end of the year, The
Sunday School class at Epworth Chapel
wrote letters of greetings to an orphan boy
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January 15th. 2000 The Abaconlan Pag 7

Abaco Now Has Two Class A Workboats

Will Represent Abaco
By Siephl nic Humblestone
Man-O- War, sister sloop to the Abaco
Raige is now being restored in much the
same manner as TIhe R,agj' was in 1998.
Entrusted to Christopher Lighihoume on
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in future regattas.

Post Hurricane Floyd
Update of Green Turtle
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By the Cliurle.sworlh-Nauwn Family
We at the Green Turtle Club
and Marina are very pleased to
announce that the mammoth task of
putting all the pieces back together
again has been a great success and The
Club is back! Thank go to many peo-
ple who helped in many ways to bring
about the improvements to our Club.
They have all worked tirelessly to
achieve the repairs and refurbishing.
The Green Turtle Club has
been significantly improved and refur-
bished with an all new patio. restau-
rant and kitchen, reconstructed recep-
tion, bar and dining rooms and refur-
bished pool rooms. An all new Dive
and Marina Center is scheduled for
completion in mid-March. The new

"We have put it in the responsibility
of Christopher Lightboume, and it will be
sailed by crews from both Man-O-War and
Hope Town," said Darwin Sands,
Manager of Ed in's Boat Yard.
Delighted at the new addition to the
fleet, Christopher is enthusiastic about ren-
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her seaworthy in time for the All Abaco
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quicker than expected, he may even have it
ready for the Georgetown Regatta in May.

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With his right hand man, Ron Engle of
Hope Town, and Kisha Joy of Man-O-
War, he is presently preparing for the boat
to be moved to I.ighlhouse Marina where
it will be hauled to be cleaned and painted.
Ron is largely responsible for overseeing
the maintenance work and Kisha is in
charge of fund raising. Christopher is con-
fident that assistance will be forthcoming
as time goes on but at the moment he is
grateful to these two individuals who have
proved to be invaluable to the venture.
The boat needs work on the deck, the
exterior, a new boom, rudder and sails,"
said Christopher. Even though it sank in
Hurricane Floyd, it was time worn and in

need of a total overhaul. He is confident
that the response to funding and executing
the repairs will be as successful as it was
with The Rage which was a huge commu-
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The Man-O-War was built by Edwin
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years ago. It raced against The Rage and
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Under the colonial governing system,
which all these islands were under, we
blindly accepted the decisions and projects
given by the colonial masters. Advance
notice was not usually given and projects
predetermined in London or Nassau would
happen without any local input or fore-
Even after independence, all decisions
were made in Nassau and were carried out
with little or no regard for the wants and
needs of the local population. Projects
under both of these systems were usually
begun just prior to election time and some-
times work ended on election day leaving
the project half finished.
In the past few years Abaco has seen
remarkable progress in its infrastructure.
We have forgotten the days when down-
town Marsh Harbour flooded after every
rain or when it took two hours to avoid the
pot holes on a drive to Treasure Cay in an
older car. However, Abaco is grow ing at a
phenomenal pace and some of the infra-
structure is not keeping pace.
The much anticipated 400 plus lot
Central Pines Subdivision is finally under-
way with land clearing. Dundas Town resi-
dents recently complained that a historic
fish pond was being destroyed. Apparently
their plea was heard in time to save most of
it. Allowing or asking for local input would
create much good will and give a sense of
local participation. Besides, local knowl-
edge is frequently as valuable as the best
textbook plan. Keeping the community
appraised of the progress would go a long
There is a new awareness for informa-
tion handling, computer use, and allied arts
in order that future Bahamians can compete
in the new world order. However, there is
no point on dumping computers on every
Abaco school without a master teacher to
teach the teachers. In many schools the stu-
dents are ahead of the teachers in manipu-
lating the computers. This does not mean
that the students are using them to any
degree of their full potential.
Central government has not been par-
ticularly forthcoming in keeping us advised
on the airport and dock renovations. We

may have the second busiest airport in the
country in terms of aircraft landing and tak-
ing off but it is still without a taxiway.
Planes taxi down the runway when their
turn comes. A taxiway would let arriving
and departing aircraft clear the runway for
other aircraft to use. Airport improvements
have not been mentioned for quite a while.
At the moment Batelco seems unable
to accommodate itself to either storm
reconstruction or area growth. Although
management assures the public that every-
thing is back to normal, the reality is that
the system has a long way to go before it is
back to normal. The system appears to be
quite fragile and without back-up provi-
sions. Scores of houses and businesses
have not been reconnected. However, we
are reassured again that in several weeks
there will be a quantum leap in the Batelco
system. Their image with the public would
be much better if they would keep us
informed, both of the problems and the up-
BEC is presently presenting a much
better image to the public and appeared to
be more responsive after the storm.
Comparing the two companies may not be
fair as in comparing apples and oranges.
However, the BEC linesmen appeared to be
busier and to score more successes after the
The private sector was recently given
duty concessions by government to spur
building and get the economy back on
track. Construction seems to be at an all
time high with people quitting their jobs to
enter the higher paying construction indus-

"I think I'm going out of my mind!"
And it's not, as the song goes, "Over you!"
If any of us is pushed right over the
edge, it will not be from winds exceeding
100 mph but from that tormenting phrase
"All circuits are busy". And just what does
"busy" mean? Is it a synonym for "occu-
pied' which is tantamount to saying the sys-
tem is still functioning, just not for "you" or
is it a euphemism for "out of order" which
implies malfunction or no function at all?
It is not only the fact that the telephone
on Abaco is an unreliable form of commu-
nication that is frustrating, it is more that we
do not understand why. We are given a
multitude of reasons, many of which con-

Now it remains to be seen if Local and
Central Government can accommodate this
boom growth. There are many areas that
need attention.
A few of the proposed dock improve-
ments are badly needed now. A deeper
channel would increase our freight capacity
and the bypass road would relieve traffic
congestion. Both are a component of the
overall plan. The amount of freight arriving
at our port must be at record levels.
However, there is no mention of the status
of any of the improvements.
Local government during the last
term asked for and were told that six traf-
fic lights were slated for Marsh Harbour.
The present Council inquired about the
lights and was told no one knows about
them but competent persons would come
and make a survey.
A similar story concerns road mark-
ing. We are still waiting for the relevant
expert to arrive and assist with the marking.
The traffic in Marsh Harbour is get-
ting more and more congested and proper
traffic control lights, road marking and
other measures might make life behind
the wheel easier.
Parking is getting more critical as the
number of businesses and vehicles increase.
Lunch hour traffic congestion in the five
restaurant area between Wally's and the
Conch Inn is very noticeable. Parking at
each establishment is marginal with drivers
backing out into the oncoming traffic. The
Conch Inn and Mangoes both saw the need
for more parking and recently took appro-.

flict cables up, lowers down....the prob-
lem originates in Freeport, Andros....the
Moon! Sometimes when there are too many
excuses the real one is masked or not pre-
sent. It is a bit like multiple choice at the
moment. Chose the reason you are most
comfortable with and accept it although you
know on a deeper level that it is not really
the correct one.
"Dialing out" or rather "trying to dial
out" can be a full time job and wearing on
the fingers. It is a lesson in patience, tenac-
ity and faith. There is no rhyme or reason ,
no pattern to "get through." It is a pot-luck,
random exercise. Lift the receiver, pray and
then curse often in the same breath.
Not being able to place a call is com-
pounded only by not being able to lodge a
complaint, which is the natural follow-up to
a break-down of any service, and in addi-

We Appreciate Assistance
Dear Sir:
We want to share our appreciation to
those individuals in Hope Town who made
the Santa's Arrival project a success this
year. Neil Hingle (alias the son of renowned
author Stephanie Humblestone) was one of
the best Santas to serve that noble position
in years. Chauffeured by Harold Malone
and his 25 horse open water sleigh, Santa
made the rounds of boats in the harbour
spreading Christmas cheer and candy to one
and all. His good nature so impressed some
of the boat people that they came ashore and
rented cottages for next Christmas. Once in
the park, our barefoot Santa charmed all the
sundry with his ebullient Ho, Ho, Ho's and
his photo ops for the children.
Thanks also go to Malone Estates TNG
for providing the handout goodies and Mrs.
Candy Key for providing costume assis-
Thanks, everybody for your help, espe-
cially Neil.

private steps.
Town Planning is going to be hard
pressed to enforce adequate parking at new
projects. Everyone wants a big building on
their small lot and professes that all the
business will be from walk-in pedestrians
so parking is not necessary. Street parking
is not an option as the narrow streets barely
cope with the heavier traffic.
In years to come, the present water-
front section of Marsh Harbour will proba-
bly be known as the old town with expan-
sion south to the airport known as the new
town. The geography south will allow for
wider roads, side roads, alternate roads and
perhaps roadside parking. The lots are big-
ger and it is easier to include a building and
adequate parking.
The same restrictions are true for the
front street in Dundas Town and Murphy
Town. Forest Drive has the potential for a
wider street and building lots with proper
parking. Growth here will have to contend
with the BEC power poles which were
cleverly placed on the edge of the pavement
limiting future road width.
An area that badly needs attention is
an attempt at long range planning by Town
Planning. That will be difficult as it is new
territory without precedent or a resident
"expert" to seek guidance. Roads, traffic,
commercial docks, the waterfront, harbour
pollution and zoning are a few of the areas
needing fertile thought.
We may not be able to plan for the
millennium, the century or even the next
decade. However, we should make an
attempt at the next several years.

tion, a cathartic measure. Even this is
denied us. It is Catch 22. You "can't get
out" to Nassau to complain to Batelco's
main office about not being able "to get
"All circuits are busy!"
As we are unable to locate the problem
and address those responsible we are forced
to find scapegoats. This fluctuates between
pointing the finger at our local Batelco
office which appears charming on the sur-
face and as vexed as we are and at the coun-
try as a whole. Our dysfunctional telephone
system is becoming as common a subject to
Bahamians as the weather is to the British.
It is as gratifying to see a man in a blue shirt
up a pole fiddling with wires on Abaco as it
is to see the sun shine in England. Maybe

Please See Humblestone

Page 20

Yours sincerely,
Vernon Malone, Chairman
Hope Town Association

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It is my privilege to have to been.cho-
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and market his remarkable life story. A
great part of his latter years was spent in the
Bahamas where he was affectionately
known as "Gumpy" or if not in too good a
mood, "Grumpy."
I have negotiated successfully to have
the book published and there is a very
strong possibility that a film will also be
made. I believe this would be beneficial to
Marsh Harbour and the Abacos.
Now to my request directed to your readers.
Has anyone photographs or anecdotes
which could be printed concerning Mr.
Gumprecht? If so, please contact the news-
paper where they will be forwarded to me.
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More Letters


From Page 8

Yours sincerely,
D.I. Cooper, Sereniti
Mangoes Marina

Bahamians and the Law
Dear Editor,
Up until the late nineteen-sixties most
Bahamians were serious law abiding citi-
zens, both black and white. Why was this?
Well, because we had law enforcement
officers that took no baloney from anybody.
If you committed the slightest infraction,
you were booked and taken before the
We had officers like Errington
(Bumpy) Watkins and Lawrence Major and
many others whom the officers of today
would do well to learn all about and try
their best to emulate.
We also had magistrates who took no
foolishness. People like Maxwell
Thompson and John Bailey and others. I
know because I paid numerous fines for
traffic offenses as well as for fighting,
swearing and disorderly behaviour. That
was the good old Bahamas.
Today? Ha!
If the law officers of today were to do
their jobs properly, the court in Marsh
Harbour would have to be in session daily
to accommodate the volume of cases.
For example, taxi drivers would be
booked daily for speeding, many of us
would be booked for the way we approach
the traffic light and drive through the red
light and I wouldn't even mention the
Haitians with their new nineteen ninety-
nine and two thousand year cars, BMW's,
Lexuses, Continentals and Mercedes.
I just had to add a little humour to this.
But in all seriousness unless and until we
start preventing minor infractions, we could
never expect to get serious crime under
It is this writer's opinion that the
younger generations of drivers do not even
know when they are breaking the law so
they have to be taught,
I say to do this law officers have to
book anybody and everybody for traffic
offenses and take us all to court. In minor
offenses the magistrates can, if they so
choose, to deal leniently with the offender.
Happy and a prosperous 2K to all
Bahamians, especially Abaconians.
Jim Hall.

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vice Abaco is receiving from Batelco.
Except for intermittent poor service, I along
with the rest of Abaco have virtually been
without telephone service since Hurricane
Dennis in late August of last year.
Oftentimes these days the service is so poor
that I cannot get through to Nassau or
Freeport, much less outside the country.
I know that the problems associated
with the hurricanes were unexpected and to
a large extent unavoidable.
However, shortly after the hurricane
just about the time the problems were sup-
posedly corrected, one of the submarine
cables between Grand Bahama and South
Florida was damaged by a ship. This again
knocked Abaco out of service. It took
approximately three weeks to repair that
cable. During the waiting period we were
told that once the cable was fixed, then the
telephone services would return to normal.
Unfortunately, that has not been the case.
Today I tried "hundreds" of times to reach
Nassau from Abaco and then tried to reach
Abaco from Nassau. I have not been able to
get through at all. The operator just apolo-
gized to me for the lack of service and said
that all of the circuits were busy.
I have decided that enough is enough.
Something needs to be done now. Not
tomorrow, Now. If this situation persists
much longer, I will have to close shop and
declare bankruptcy. I am deadly serious. I
have lost thousands of dollars because of
the lack of telephone service. And I know
that I am not alone.
Let me say a word on behalf of the res-
idents of Little Abaco. Hurricane Floyd tore
down the telephone tower in Fox Town and
to date there has been absolutely nothing
done to even begin repair and restoration of
telephone service in that part of Abaco.
This is a disgrace, an absolute disgrace.
Abaco people pay their fair share of taxes,
too. Something needs to be done immedi-
ately to restore service all over the island of
Lastly, to add insult to injury, Batelco
has the gall to send out telephone bills.
What the h*** are we paying for?
Hopefully, one of the solutions to this
national disgrace is by bringing it to the
attention of the general public. Maybe we
should all join together and refuse to pay
Batelco for the "lack of service" and
demand that they pay us for loss of revenue.
Yours sincerely,
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An Appeal to the Prime
Rt. Hon. Hubert, A Ingraham
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Dear Sir,
I respectfully request your assistance
and intervention with the grave problem we
are all having with Batelco. Since
Hurricane Floyd, our local telephone sys-
tem is intermittent, lines do not work and
international calls are almost non-existent.

When potential guests do manage to contact
us, they complain that they have been dial-
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Not only are our forward bookings
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January 15th. 2000

Student Sails Aboard Schooner

By Stephanie Humblestone
Last summer after graduating from
Forest Heights Academy, Jason Wiltfang
joined the Class Afloat programme and
took to the high seas with forty other
youngsters from around the world. The
youngest student on board and the only
one from the Bahamas, Jason began the
first leg of his adventure by flying to San
Diego where he boarded the 189-foot
Barquentine square rigged vessel which
was to become his home for the next aca-
demic year.
Now on Christmas break, Jason is
back on Abaco with a treasure house of
stories and memories and many more to
follow when he returns to "Class Afloat
later this month. His eyes lit up as he
recounted his wondrous experiences in the
South Pacific, Australia and Africa.
Jason's journey began with a 10 day sail to
Hawaii during which he and his classmates
familiarised themselves with the boat, set-
ting and trimming sails and learning all
that they could from the professional crew
of 10.

Life on board the ship is tough and
demanding. In addition to having watch
duties, the students are expected to excel
in their studies and attend all the general
subjects on the syllabus as well as anthro-
pology, marine biology and philosophy.
They visited two islands in Hawaii,
and from there the "school" sailed to the
Marshall Islands, where they met a youth
group and were treated to traditional food,
watched native dancing and visited a place
which made outrigger canoes. After three
days they proceeded farther down the
Pacific, stopping en route at notable World
War II sites. In the Solomon Islands each
student stayed with a family and learnt
about island lifestyles.
In sharp contrast they later spent two
days in the outback of Australia, roughing
it, going on crocodile safaris and viewing
Aborigine art. Back to civilisation, they
stocked up with necessities in Darwin,
then moved on to what Jason described as
"the best port," Bali, which was an eight-
day sail from Australia.
There they breakfasted overlooking
rice fields and volcanoes, visited temples
and immersed themselves in local art.
By far the longest time on board ship was
the journey from Bali to the Christmas
Islands which took one month, making
stops at small islands on the way, many of
which are deserted. When they arrived in
the Seychelles, they stayed for three days
before sailing on to Madagascar, where
they went on a safari.
A six day sail to South Africa took
them to Durban from where Jason flew to
Cape Town and then on to Miami and
home to Abaco. A breathtaking journey
for anyone, especially a 16-year-old boy.
On returning to Durban he will sail to
Cape Town, then Namibia, Brazil,
Bermuda, Boston and finally end his Class
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Marsh Harbour Town Committee
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Those persons approved for receiving
hurricane repair materials but unable to
actually receive supplies due to a shortage



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have been removed from the list while $30,000 above their contracted obligations
persons not originally approved now in maintaining the dump site due to storm
appear. These revisions were apparently debris. The company is looking for
made without Town Committee approval or financial reimbursement as they have
E & B Waste management has spent PLEASE SEE Local Gov't Page 12

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continued with the dump maintenance
although it was far above their normal
Mr. Malone told the Town Committee
members that the garbage contract requires
that the contractor must provide an alternate
truck when necessary or not be paid in
which case the Council must locate another
contractor. The existing contractor was paid
$8,000 for November although no garbage
was picked up in Murphy Town, Dundas
Town or Marsh Harbour from private
residences. Mr. Malone believed that the
December payment would be withheld.
Committee member Allan Lowe asked
who was responsible for removing the
sunken catamaran on the harbour shoreline.
He also wanted three piling removed which
were snapped off at the water line and are a
danger to boats at high tide when they may
not be visible. This will be brought to the
Port Board's attention.
Committee member Mrs. Yvonne Key
felt the group was not performing to the
best interest of the town and that Marsh
Harbour is not getting its share of attention.
She believed that the committee members
should return to the Council and lobby for
those things important to Marsh Harbour.
Specifically she mentioned that uninsured
Marsh Harbour residents suffering storm
damage did not receive any government
furnished roofing materials for
Mrs. Key also said a week of heavy
equipment use for cleaning up the hurricane
debris was forfeited to Dundas Town due to
a lack of representation.
Mrs. Key was upset that the freight dock
is such a mess and is a reflection on Marsh
Harbour although the Council is
responsible for the dock area. She is also
concerned that Marsh Harbour will not get
an adequate budget when it is prepared in
the next month or two.
Mrs. Key felt that the Committee is not
working for the betterment of Marsh
Harbour and wants to see some changes.

Road Traffic 6 January 2000
Self drive franchise plates will only be
issued by the Administrator after approved
cars are actually available for inspection.
Self drive plates will not be given on the
basis of approval by the Board as
previously done. Many plates have been
issued but are not in service. Present
approvals are valid for 90 days, at which
time the approval is void if not activated by
producing a suitable vehicle. Then the
applicant can reapply if still interested.
Many applications appeared to be
duplicates of previous attempts to obtain
franchises. Members concluded that the
earlier system was not particularly

responsive in advising applicants that they
had been approved and frustrated persons
continue to apply. The Board is
investigating ways to better advise the
public of their decisions.

Licensing 6 January 2000
A liquor license application for a
building on Don MacKay Boulevard was
deferred pending clarification with the
chairperson who was absent. It was
believed that Nassau may have imposed a
moratorium on granting further liquor

Central Abaco Council 13 Jan 2000 50
A personal plea was made by Eddie and O FF
Marilyn Sawyer of E & B Waste
Management which has the contract to MARKED
maintain the dump. They are now $30,000 PRICES ON ALL
in debt over their contract requirements due T-SHIRTS &
to the excessive debris from three SWEAT SHIRTS
hurricanes. No provision was made in
anticipation for the excess work generated
by the storms. Mr. Sawyer is expecting to
stop work at the end of January if no
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financial help can be made. Mr. Sawyer
told Council members that a D8 dozer will
be needed for several days to push the
larger debris, trucks, trailers and buildings.
Council agreed to write the Prime
Minister for hurricane relief assistance with
the dump.
A discussion centered on Council
employees, specifically janitorial staff, who
are sick and have a family member fill in
for them. The discussion concerned an
employee who may not be capable of
further work and has a family member
holding the job. At what point should
termination be considered and the job be
opened for bidding. A committee of three
was chosen to look into the specific
Mr. Jason Swain, Deputy Chief
Councillor, announced that the garbage
collection is now under control and that
some persons made the problem sound
larger that it really was.
Chief Councillor Silbert Mills led the
members through a budget reallocation
exercise to find $31,559.40 needed to pay
outstanding bills left from the previous
council. It was determined that $30,500 was
available by reducing allocations in some
areas and using the surplus accumulating in
some areas. The final $1,059 was taken
from Marsh Harbour's budget since they
incurred a larger portion of the debt than
other towns.
Council member Cubel Davis Jr. asked
for an update on the status of the missing
Marsh Harbour Council members. Mr.
Mills stated the Act is clear in stating that
after three missed meetings, a member is
automatically out. Therefore, he does not
consider those persons members of the
Council any longer.
Mr. Mills went on to sa) "the Council
had been subverted" since the previous
Chief Councillor has access to Council
minutes without benefit of working with the
Council. Mr. Jason Swain stated that David
Williams attended most meetings and
therefore should continue to be recognized
as a Council member.
A deferred application by Town
Planning concerning a building with
minimal parking was appealed to Council
for approval. It was determined that the
issue had not been totally resolved by Town
Planning and an appeal was not in order
until Town Planning made a final statement
on the matter.
A letter will be written to central
government asking for help to rebuild three
public docks destroyed in the fall storms.
These are Crossing Beach dock, Union Jack
dock and the South Side dock.
A letter was read from the Prime
Minister's office stating that no work must
be done to sand dunes until further notice.

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A request by the Marsh Harbour Town
Committee to use the Council office was
Council was informed that 12 taxi plates
are available for Central Abaco, in increase
over the previous six which were allotted.
One more plate will now be issued to each
of the three towns with three plates held in
reserve. Two plates were recently assigned
to each town committee who have the local
authority to assign them. Since Council has
the authority to disburse the plates, Mr.
Jason Swain wants the 12 plates to be held
by the Council and not by the
Administrator as is presently done.
Councilman Faron Newbold asked why
central government issues the contract for
the school renovation but no input of
supervision is requested from the Council
which is responsible for the school.
Members agreed with Mr. Newbold that the
Council should be more involved in what is
taking place with the school repairs even
though they did not issue the contract. They
will have the responsibility later of
maintaining what is now being repaired.
- Mr. Newbold would like to pursue
sidewalks on Forest Drive where work is
being done on the new subdivision.
Council members discussed a trip to
Nassau in the next month or two to visit

It was mentioned that central
government is considering a plan to allow
local suppliers to furnish storm relief
materials to those persons who did not
receive their approved items.
A letter was read from the local Tourism
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Council members decided to beautify the
airport round-about. Various businesses
may be asked to support this project.
The three and a half hour meeting closed
a few minutes before 11 p.m.

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Page 14 The Abaconian

January 15th, 2000

Chief Councillor Reports to Central Abaco

[This address was broadcast by Mr.
Silbert Mills, Chief Councillor for the
CentralAbaco District, on'fanuary 14. We
print it verbatim in its entirety.]
This new Central Abaco District
Council was sworn in in late July 1999.
The nine representatives at that time were
myself, Chief Councillor; Jason Swain,
Deputy Chief Councillor and Chairman of
Murphy Town Town Committee; Mike
Malone, Chairman Marsh Harbour; Carl
Archer, Cubel Davis, Jr., William
Johnston, Faron Newbold, Beris Pinder
and David Williams.
July 27th was the first sitting of
Council. Three members were absent,
Malone, Pinder and Johnston. The one
million dollar budget was debated and rat-
ified by the Council under the supervision
of Island Administrator Everette Hart.
Councillors allocated $125,432.64 to the
Marsh Harbour Town Committee, an
increase of $31,200 above the previous
year. Councillors allocated $74,134 to the
Dundas Town Committee, an increase of
$29,100 above the previous year.
Councillors allocated $72,700 to the
Murphy Town Town Committee, an
increase of $42,700 above the previous
year. And Councillor retained $727,733.36
for the Council, an increase of $89,160
above the previous year.
During the budget meeting Island
Administrator Hart informed Councillors
that the previous Council had left a deficit
created by paying salaries to workmen
from the Ministry of Works. The total esti-
mate of the deficit was $55,000. New
Councillors questioned the deficit and
petitioned the minister to give the deficit
his urgent attention.
Two days later on July 29th Council
met and appointed the Statutory Boards:
Town Planning, Licencing Authority, Port
Authority, Hotel Licencing, Tourism
Advisory and four members of the island-
wide Road Traffic Board. There has been
some internal challenges with the Boards,
but that's expected with anything new. For
the most part the Statutory Boards has
functioned well with Town Planning being
the most challenging and active commit-
The same three members from Marsh
Harbour Committee, Malone, Pinder &
Johnston, continued to absent themselves.
Councillors continued meeting throughout
August visiting sites in Spring City, the
schools, the clinic and docks. Councillors
also recommended to government that
Bustick Bight be zoned for tourist and
related commercial development.
Councillors spent much time in
August preparing the Abaco Central High
School appropriating $15,000 to ready the
school, $7,000.00 of which was for win-
dows louvers. Councillors employed a
handyman for the high school and the gov-
ernment clinic and required that school
yard men remain on campus constantly
manicuring the facilities.
Councillors representing the Marsh
Harbour Committee continued to absent
Council met again on September 2
and resolved their project for schools and
satisfied contracts for upkeep to dump site.
Marsh Harbour Committee made pub-
lic that their intentions to resign in the
Guardian. (Date) and in a news report
aired on ZNS 810 articulated by Bemis
Pinder stating that all Marsh Harbour
Committee members would continue to
absent themselves on moral values.
Then Hurricane Dennis hit followed
by Hurricane Floyd. One quarter of those
persons affected by the storm has been sat-
isfied. The relief efforts has been distress-

ing to Councillors. You must know that we
could only do so much. We have done our
best. Councillor were a small part of the
equation when it came to the hurricane
I must say personally that disrespect
shown Council with the formation of
Abaco Command Center and one Scott
Lewis went deep. We are please, however,
that the Prime Minister set their house in
order. Today Council is still denied the'
privilege of knowing what monies or relief
supplies came in under the Abaco
Command Center.
Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd has
caused great pain to our budget. There was
massive clean up required in this district.
Central government sent $20,000 to assist,
a figure that was far less than what was
needed. The cost of cleaning up the town
was approximately $33,000. Council uti-
lized approximately $13,000 from the bud-
get to assist in the clean up effort. We still
need another $20,000 to assist in the dump
upkeep following the hurricane.
Councillors met in October to assess
the district's position in the aftermath of
Hurricane Floyd with a view to redistrib-
ute the budget in order to meet the clean up
demands and outstanding needs in the dis-
trict. Finally for October Don Cornish, the
Office Manager who served for three
years, informed Council of his resignation
which became effective November 30th.
During November the Council was
ordered by central government to pay out-
standing bills totaling $50,000 plus
incurred by previous Council. It should be
noted that the immediate former Chief
Councillor continued to frustrate our abili-
ty to address the outstanding accounts b)
not attending meetings. Could you imag-
ine taking on a new business and the pre-
vious manager refuse to co-operate; refus-
es to explain for the now $32,000 out-
I wish to now address the outstanding
bills. The records indicates that
$10,767.50 of the bills are for street signs
and post for the erection of those signs
ordered by the Marsh Harbour Township
Committee, $5,508.90 for sundry works in
Hope Town, $7,830.46 for sundry works
in Man-O-War and Guana Cay, $1,220 for
street signs for Murphy Town Town
Committee, $6,232.54 for sundry matters
relating to the Council, totaling
$31,559.40 in debt.
I am personally satisfied that if there
was prudent spending practices in some of
the cases, note, some of the cases, the
District may not have been obligated to
such a deficit. During May and June of
1999 orders were, based on receipts avail-
able, placed for $7,350.74 orth of goods.
This amount represents a figure that the
committee did not have in its original bud-
get and were not authorized by Council to
spend over their budget.
Council is happy to announce that last
evening Councillors voted to redistribute
and cut the budget to satisfy those persons
who monies are owed to. Council apolo-
gizes to those merchants who suffered
because prudent spending practices was
not adhered to.
I should now take a look at the airport. The
Central District Council received $15,000
for upkeep to the airport terminal area. As
of December 17th, 1999, halfway through
our first year, Council spent $5,269.31 on
the terminal area. Almost 50 percent of the
amount was expended on repairing the
runway lights alone. The terminal area did
suffer damage during the hurricane. The
Ministry of Works agreed to do the major
repairs. Tenders are now being received.
The airport is supervised by Councillor

Carl Archer and Councillor Cubel Davis,
Jr. The airport manager is Bobby Jones.
The School Districts: Council budget-
ed $30,000 for district schools and as of:
December 9th, $17,404.94 have been
spent on the district schools. Eight-five
percent of that amount was expended in
getting the school ready. There was over
$7,000 for window repairs alone. Council
has leased several water coolers for Abaco
Central High and Central Abaco Primary
School which are maintained by Council's
budget. Council's handyman, Jeff Mills,
has been a remarkable asset to the progres-
sive maintenance approach employed by
this Council. Council continues to dia-
logue with the District Education
Superintendent regarding the hiring of
security personnel for the school grounds.
The sporting facilities at the Abaco Central
High School was severely damaged by
Hurricane Floyd and was addressed last
evening at Council. Council has appointed
a select committee to deal with the refur-
bishment of the park at the school.
The Clinic: Council employed a
handyman who resigned abruptly in
November. A new appointment was made
just recently. There are some challenges at
the clinic that are being addressed. The
clinic and schools are supervised by
Councillor Faron Newbold and Councillor
David Williams.
The Government Dock: Previous
Council indicated in its budget $5,500 to
maintain the ports, harbour, and docks and
as of December 17th, $1,861.86 was spent
in that category mainly to remove the pal-
lets and other debris from the public dock
on a regular basis.
The Dump Site: Council continues to
emplo) E & D Waste to maintain the
dump site. The enormous amount of trash
as a result of hurricanes Dennis and Floyd
and Irene has caused additional strain for
the contractor who went outside the scope
of his contract to help the community with
maintaining the dump site.
Ladies and gentlemen, The Garbage
Collection: Council was made aware of the
equipment maintenance challenges
encountered by the contractor Abaco
Sanitation Services. On two occasions dur-
ing the several week breakdown, Council
employed persons to assist in the collec-
tion. Though burdensome, the matter is
now resolved and the contractor has
assured Council that a back up system is
now in place.
Salaries: There are a number of per-
sons including janitress, office personnel,
Town Committee members, Councillors
and handymen, building inspectors, etc.
who are on either contract or stipend with
Council responsible for their salaries. The
accumulative amount to satisfy this cate-
gory totals, to the end of December 1999,
Council is happy to report that all
three town committees are exercising
sound spending practices and are remain-
ing within budgets. It is important to note
that Council did not receive their budget
for the months of August 1999 until
September 24th, 1999. September monies
arrived October 27th. October monies
arrived November 22nd. November's
money never arrived until December 17th.
As of today's date, Council has not
received its operating monies for the
month of December 1999. The delay in
central government making deposits to
Council's account has cause great strain on
the system. Moreover, it poses additional
challenges in Council's ability to resolve
outstanding debt. If monthly transfers
were received in a timely manner, it would
be conceivable that the outstanding debts

could be satisfied immediately.
For the first six months in office,
Council has exercised prudent spending
habitss and has been careful to remain with-
in the scope of the budget, monitoring the
various Activity Centers and line items on
a regular bases. At the end of December
1999 Council is happy to report that the
expenditure totaled $462,112.94.
There are several outstanding
accounts payable that came in close to the
end of 1999. When these factors are con-
sidered, Council will likely enjoy a surplus
of about $25,000, all of which is expected
LU UV appIJedU tL LM uo U tLb cL.UW.e oUy lpevi-
ous Council.
Council has been able to complete its
bidding without any help from members of
the Marsh Harbour Town Committee
elected to serve at Council level. Their
failure to attend and participate in Council
is a travesty. Around the table is where it
counts. Marsh Harbour, Spring City com-
munities deserve to be represented. Local
government is not about acting like party
government. There's no "They win, we
lost." There's no governing party over here
and opposition party over there.
The five Councillors who attend are
for the next two and one half years going
to serve. We, by the help of the good Lord,
are not going away. I say, we are not, Lord
willing, going anywhere. We will continue
to do what we have been elected to do with
or without those who chose to hold an
entire community hostage.
I will say this personally and not on
behalf of the Council, I await any further
attack from members of that committee, in
particular the Council. Any further attacks
and I \ ill dispatch a stealth % ith informa-
tion, information that is likely to cause
close family members to shed tears. I
remind you again, no one standing in this
community today can pass the puritanical
test of purity that some are demanding and
when I launch my stealth, I will show you
that they have not been voracious in their
I must say this for the record. I have
been personally offended by many of the
articles in The Abaconian. I have white
friends from the United States, Canada,
Europe, Nassau, Freeport and Abaco, who
question why we were depicted in a car-
toon as potential thieves. The Abaconian
has done me a disservice by writing lies
and later gently recanting their statement.
But I say, ladies and gentlemen, that goes
with the territory. When you open yourself
for public scrutiny, take your licks, get up
and keep on ticking. Keep throwing the
blows, Abaconian. I'll take them left, I'll
take them right and when the bell sounds
ending round three, I'll still be standing.
All we as young Bahamians ask is that
we be given the opportunity to serve our
community. We've asked to serve and you
the people has granted our request. I thank
God. I wish to thank the Government of
the Bahamas for their confidence
expressed, especially our Prime Minister. I
thank my Deputy Chief Councillor, Jason
Swain, Councillor Carl Archer, Councillor
Cubel Davis, and Councillor Faron
Newbold and Councillor David Williams.
Together we will take
this Central Abaco District to the next
level. To my family, I thank you for toler-
ating my late hours and my long hours at
Council. To the fine staff at the Council's
office, Administrator Everette Hart and
staff, Statutory Board Members, all those
who chose to serve with us. I say thank
you. Let's work together and let's stay
together. May God bless you and let's con-
tinue to take Central Abaco to the next
level together.

January 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 15

Response to the Chief Councillor's Address

By Michael Malone, Previous Chief
Councilor for Central Abaco

I would like to reply to some of
the statements made in the public broad-
cast by Chief Councillor for Central
Abaco, Silbert Mills, on January 14, 2000.
Included in the address was the informa-
tion that the Council allocated monies to
Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and
Murphy Town. This is simply not the case.
The budget for each town was set last
spring. The Council is not the body which
decided the amounts for each town. It
merely forwards the money to each
Committee when it is sent from Nassau.
Mr. Mills reported that all three communi-
ties were staying within their budgets. I
would like to point out that it appears that
the Council has spent approximately 60
percent of their yearly budget but the year
is only half over.
In August the present Council
took the responsibility of Crossing Beach
and the corresponding maintenance money
from the Marsh Harbour Town
Committee. They also cancelled the
money allocated for the Marsh Harbour
Volunteer Fire Department and Trauma
One, both valuable assets to the welfare of
all three of our communities. These
monies were not reinstated until the end of
last year. In the Crossing Beach situation
the Local Government Act makes it quite
clear that the towns are responsible for
After Hurricane Floyd the Abaco
Relief Command was begun by private
individuals to assist the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force in securing and distributing
relief nems to needy persons. The bank
account that was opened never had much
money and it required two signatures, one
of which had to be Administrator Everette
Hart or Mr. Melvin Seymour, either of
which can be contacted for details of the
accounting. It was not Council money nor
government money but was donated to
help in the relief effort. However, all sup-
plies and money were available for the
Defense Force under Lt. Darville to orga-
nize and distribute. I note that you chose to

boycott this relief effort.
The complaint was made that the
previous Council members were not pre-
sent at meetings to assist the newly elected
members. It is not normal when one group
is voted out of office that they assist the
group who were voted in. I do not recall
Mr. Ingraham asking assistance from Sir
Lynden after the election in August 1992.
Relating to the deficit left by my Council,
I would like to set the record straight. The
deficit was caused by our paying the five
Ministry of Works personnel employed in
Central Abaco District and by paying the
stipends of the Board members and
Council members. We were instructed by
Nassau to do this even though it had not
been included in the budget for 1998-
1999. We were informed by Nassau on
March 11 that additional monies would be
sent to offset this expense. However, when
my term of office was over, the monies
had not yet been sent. We were able to
reduce the amount of the deficit by
approximately $20,000 by cutting back
our expenses in other areas. For the last
few months no money was spent except to
pay contracts. It is interesting to note that
the deficit mentioned was given as
$55,000 at the beginning of your address
but by the end of the talk was reduced to
To set straight the matter of street
signs, the Council agreed to order street
signs for Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town
and Murphy Town. This was done in late
February or early March. The Abaco Sign
Shop had to order reflective material to
accommodate requirements from Nassau.
The order was completed and a bill was
sent in June. The posts for installing the
street signs were purchased by an individ-
ual and were not part of the deficit figure
mentioned in the address.
I have noticed that the payments
to Abaco Sanitation Services have
increased from $7500 to $8000 monthly.
This is an increase from $90,000 to
$96,000 yearly. Abaco Sanitation Services
has a three year contract which does not
expire until the end of 2000. I wonder how
his payments could be increased when the

contract was not re-tendered. Additionally,
this decision was made secretly, not made
in a Council meeting as there is no record
of it in the minutes. My Council did
increase the garbage collection amount in
the budget from $90,000 to $96,000 but
this was not intended to be used for the
current contract but rather as a buffer for
unexpected expenses and other trash relat-
ed expenses.
I am wanting an explanation
about the payments made to Abaco
Sanitation Services during the eight to ten
week interval when garbage was not
picked up. In your address you mentioned
that on two occasions the Council hired
persons to help with the garbage situation.
According to the contract, it is the man-
agement of Abaco Sanitation Services
which is responsible for providing a back-
up system and for absorbing the expense
of this replacement. I would like to know
if this is the way it happened.
Incidentally, I question whether it
is legal for the holder of the largest con-
tract in Central Abaco to still be eligible to
serve as a Councillor.
The previous Council set up a
contract with E & D Waste Services to
keep the dump site clean. Since Hurricane
Floyd the company has had to bulldoze the
dump site several times weekly and has
spent in excess of $30,000 more than what
they have been paid in order to keep the
area clean. At one time 19 trucks were
bringing debris to the area. In your address
you say, "The enormous amount of trash
as a result of hurricanes Dennis and Floyd
and Irene has caused additional strain for
the contractor who went outside the scope
of his contract to help the community with
maintaining the dump site." Why is it that
the Council saw fit to increase the pay-
ments to Abaco Sanitation Services for no
additional benefits and yet has not consid-
ered paying E & D Waste anything extra

for all the additional work that has been
required to maintain the dump since the
Mr. Mills, you complained that
the monthly money from Nassau did not
arrive in a timely manner. However, you
must realize that the first monies received
was for two months, the first and last
month of the fiscal year.. This gave you an
extra month's amount to use during the
year but no more money will come for the
last month. And I question that the checks
are late. We received our stipends for
December before Christmas. We would
not have been paid the December stipend
if December's money had not arrived.
I will conclude by asking about two bun-
dles of plywood (each bundle containing
52 sheets) which were purchased for hurri-
cane shutters for the airport and the
schools prior to Hurricane Dennis. It is
interesting to note that the schools are con-
structed with metal louvre windows which
form shutters so they do not require addi-
tional wood shutters. I am asking what
happened to the 104 sheets of plywood
after the storm which cost approximately
There are many more questions that could
be asked but these will suffice for now.

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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January 15th. 2000

School News

S.C. Bootle High
By Paul Sattem
The Dynamic Dolphins Basketball
Team of S.C. Bootle High School came
back proud from the Catholic High
Tournament in Freeport. We faced the
number two team and the number three
team in the nation. We did defeat St.
Anne's High School from Nassau but lost
to Catholic High School and Jack
Hayward High School by only 11 points.
Capt. Elvardo McIntosh brought home tro-
phies for Most Points Average Scored per
game and Second Team All Star. Co-Capt.
Jamado Curry brought home a trophy for
Most Steals per game.
We were especially proud to see our
former Dynamic Dolphin Justin Heild get
his first place trophy for his new team,
Tabernacle Baptist. Justin received a
scholarship there because of his good
skills, good behaviour and good grades.
The other team members of the Dynamic
Dolphins contributing were Deniro
McIntosh, Jermaine Miller, Julian Cooper,
Damine Pratt, Jay Russell, Angelo Bowe,
Raphael Murray, Angelo Russell, Team
Manager Clifford Hanna coached by
Coach Paul Sattem and Assistant Coach
Kenny Rolle. Special thanks to
Headmaster Leslie Rolle and head of P.E.
Shelomi Wheeler.
Thanks to Jim and Tracy Nawn and
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Mrs. Charlesworth of Green Turtle Club,
Paul Thompson, Craig Walkine, Mr.
Derrick Benjamin and Mr. Herbert Roberts.
Many people have poured their lives into
these boys to bring them to this level. We
appreciate the support of everyone.
Abaco Central
High School
By Isobel Sherman
Teacher of the Year Named
Abaco Central High School recently
named Mr. Ryan Mootoo its 1999/2000
Teacher of the Year. Mr. Mootoo has been
teaching graphical communications at
Abaco Central for two and one half years
and is a citizen of Guyana.
Christmas Exams
Christmas exams will be held the end
of February at Abaco Central. One might
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Mr. Ryan Mootoo

Fanil\ Guardian Inurance gave diaries or the \.ear 2000 as a special gift to t
Dynamic Dolphins ofS. C. Bootle High School. These diaries are for their homework and
test assignments. Special Thanks to Catherine Pattkrson and Ann Higgs for making this
possible. Pictured left to right are Mr. Leslie Rolle, Principal; Kelly LaRoda, Head Girl;
Tina Roberts, Vice Principal; and Cassius Rolle, Head Boy.

wonder why Christmas Exams in used the extra three
February. Well, the answer is Floyd and having examinations
Irene. Due to the lost time because of those the students up witl
two hurricanes the Administration decided
to have exams after Christmas. Teachers Please See School

weeks gained by not
at Christmas to catch
h their work and get
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S. C. Bootle Dynamic Dolphin Basketball team at Supreme Court tour in
famed lawyer Phillip Davis.

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January 15th. 2000 The Abaconian Page 17

By Isobel Sherman
Once again the telephone system
failed. It failed the week before Christmas,
the week after Christmas and the first
week of the brand new year. No one could
make calls out of Abaco to anywhere in
the Bahamas, United States or anywhere
in the world for that matter. No one could
fax and much less use their new digital
cellular phones. What was even more frus-
trating was that we lost thousands of dol-
lars because no one could call Abaco to
reserve a room or boat. It is even harder to
call Abaco from the United States than it is
for us to call out and lately that had been a
virtual impossibility.
I also write a column for the
Nassau Guardian. It took me literally three
hours to fax four pages to them because of
mal-functioning phone lines or whatever
one wants to call the problem. I laugh
when I see on ZNS TV 13 advertisements
by Batelco for the Norstar system. First of
all, when the electricity fails, you have no
phone unless you have an "old fashioned"
back up phone. You could not even pay

Will We Ever Have Normal Telephone Service?

your phone bill if you went to Batelco
recently because the computers were down
and could not bring up the bill. We were
one of the families which did not receive a
telephone bill. I bought a debit card to use
when I am out of my home and need to
make a overseas call. It is now two weeks
old and I still have the $20 on it because
when I have tried to use it the system has
been down.
Marsh Harbour is the third city in
the Bahamas and Abaco is the fastest grow-
ing island in the Bahamas. This telephone
problem should be addressed as quickly as
possible and rectified. One source told me
that the problem is only on Abaco. No other
island has the telephone problems we have.
We are a touristic economy. If potential vis-
itors cannot call or fax to make reserva-
tions, we will lose money. Unless a person
knows that it is virtually impossible to get

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through and he must call over and over and
over, we will lose tourists. Even the officers
of the Out Island Promotion Board have
tried to bring this situation to the attention
of the authorities.
But once again there is silence in
the places where noises should be made
and like most things, the complaints are
heard in Golden Harvest or other places.
This is the year 2000. We need RELI-
Still No Good Source of Books

magazines and pocket books. However,
the selection of pocketbooks has been
extremely small, extremely expensive and
not a good selection at all for a reader. An
example is a book which sells in the U.S.
for $7.50 used to cost $9.35 in Abaco
Office Products. The same book now costs
$11.95 in Golden Harvest. Yes, I know the
books and magazines are coming from
Nassau but why not from the previous sup-
plier Abaco Office Products was using?
For readers young and old there
still is no place that has a good selection of
paperback books. Maybe there is a mes-
sage there. Instead of shopping for clothes,
beauty aids, etc. when we visit the U.S.,
we readers will have to save our suitcases
for a good supply of reading books.

I was so happy when I heard that
Abaco Markets Ltd. would be supplying

CJ's Welding
Aluminum & Stainless Welding Machine Shop

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

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Page 18 The Abaconian January 15th. 2000

Work Begins on New


S.C. Bootle Dynamic Dolphins receive trophies. Left to right Jamado Curry Most
Steals, Karen Major from Major Air presenting the trophies and Elvardo McIntosh,
2nd Team All Star and most points scored average per game.

School From Page 16
them back on track. This was a very suc-
cessful move.
Examinations in practical subjects will
begin February 14th and examinations in
academic subjects will begin on the 21st of
Master Teacher and
Senior Teachers Are
Mr. Huel Moss, Abaco's 1998/99
Teacher of the Year, was recently appoint-
ed a Master Teacher. Congratulations to
Mr. Moss. Three teachers on its staff were
recently appointed Senior Teachers includ-
ing Mrs. Isobel Sherman, home econom-
ics, Mr. Jack Hardy, English and Mr.
Julian Anderson, our new Vice Principal.
He received a Senior Teacher appointment
as a result of his assessment at his former
posting at a high school in Nassau.
School Still Needs
When students and teachers returned
on January 4th to begin the second term, it
was assumed that the eight classroom
block damaged in Hurricane Floyd would
be fully repaired. However, the second
floor with four classrooms still needs to be
painted and have light fixtures installed
and nothing has been done to the first floor
classrooms. In addition, the staff room area
has been ripped up and left without finish-
ing. It is disheartening to see that three
months after the hurricanes students and
teachers still must walk around to find an

empty classroom because the repairs on
the building are not finished.
S.C. Bottle High School in Cooper's
Town which had much worse physical
damage has had virtually all of the repairs
finished according to Mr. Leslie Rolle,
principal of the school. The carpentry
room was condemned and the library still
needs some repair but other than that S.C.
Bottle is back up and running.
Abaco Central is up and running but
most of the damages from the hurricane are
still visible including large pine trees in the
front yard that were knocked down.
Gospel Choir to Travel
The Abaco Central High School's
Gospel Choir is slated to travel to Florida
Memorial College in Miami on February
24-27. The purpose of the trip is two fold,
first to see Florida Memorial College and
to record some music at the college's
recording facilities. Also planned is a side
trip to Orlando.
The choir members are at present rais-
ing funds for the trip. A Gospel Concert by
the choir was held on January 14 at Zion
Baptist Church. Mr. Alfred Dean, music
teacher at the school, is the choir director.
Inter-House Sports
Inter-house sports at Abaco Central
will take place on February 24th. The com-
peting houses are Arawaks, Lucayans,
Caribs and Tainos. A competition for a
logo for each house was held in November
and the winning logos will appear on each
house's T shirt.

Green Turtle


Post Hurricane Floyd Update & Thanks

We are very pleased to announce
that the mammoth task of putting all the
pieces back together again has been a great
success and The Club is Back!
Thanks go to the dedication and
hard work of our General Manager, Lynn
Johnson, and Resort Managers Tim and
Meredith Hoffman, and Mr. Everything,
Ray Lowe, who were always willing to go
that extra mile to get the job done; to long-
time employees Vertrum Lowe and Erkie
McIntosh, who continued to come to work
every morning when their own homes were
severely damaged; to Office Manager
Linda McIntosh, who was always so opti-
mistic even when there was no office; to
Jennifer Sawyer for just being Jennifer and
who always managed to answer the phone
amidst all the debris in such a pleasant man-
ner; to Executive Chef Michael Howell,
who found an occupation (roofing in the
Tropics!) that is as hot as the kitchen; to
Dive Operator Mark Knowles, who had to
trade in his dive tanks for a hammer and
chain saw; to Dockmaster Oliver Bethel,
Warren Johnson and Rodney Curry, who
demonstrated their versatility by becoming
such a great construction team without
boats or a marina; to Ellie Brooks and his
famous chicken souse Friday lunch breaks;
and to the rest of the Green Turtle Club staff
who continued to hang in there in such a
trying time.

Special thanks go to Green Turtle
Cay's local builders Reggie Sawyer and
Wade Cash and their talented work crews
who have made it all possible for the re-
construction of the resort and marina
respectively; to the arcItectural UrIsigl Ut
multi-talented USAir Captain Syd Curtis
(who also plays a mean Fender Strat); To
the many hours and after hours of electrical
work performed by locals Donny Adderly
and Omri McIntosh; to Tony Lockhart and
his hard-working team of Kentucky
Wildcats; to West Palm Beach's Clair
Thomas, Thomas Hauersperger and
Richard Tiffin, who were willing to come
out and lend their considerable talents at a
moment's notice; to the carpentry skills of
Ben and Dan Fasset of upstate New York;
to Lighthouse Point's Ken Batzer, who
helped to get us much needed roofing mate-
rial as soon as the airport re-opened; to For
Lauderdale's Maureen Anstey and all her
fund raising efforts not only for our Pat and
Louise Fund but also for Abaco in general;
to Pete Pelaez of RTI Hotel Supply, whose
last minute heroics enabled us to serve din-
ner in a carpeted dining room; to Axel of
Carib Air, who flew out our Oriental rugs
on Christmas Day; and to all our friends for
their support and encouragement.
The Club Is Back!
Even Better Than Ever

By Stephanie Humblestone
With three trailers on site, heavy
equipment from Fort Lauderdale and
Freeport and five labourers working nine
hours a day six days a week, work has
begun in earnest on the 400-lot Central
Pines Estates subdivision. With Waugh
Construction Ltd. as the contractor and
Chairman of Marsh Harbour Town
Committee, Mr. Mike Malone, as Site
Manager, it is hoped that the first section
of the much awaited subdivision will be
completed within ten months to a year.
Work is currently centered on a 55-
lot area on the west side of Central Abaco
Primary School. The ground is being lev-
eled and cleared in preparation of Phase I
which will be the building of six and a half
miles of roads, electrical installation

By Isobel Sherman
The two shipping companies in Marsh
Harbour, Marsh Harbour Shipping and
United Abaco Shipping, have started to
clean up the government freight dock in
Marsh Harbour and although there is still

including overhead street lighting and the
running of water lines.
Mr. Malone pointed out a 2000-foot-
long storm drainage area close to the 55
lots from which 30,000 cubic yards of fill
will be removed to be used for base work
throughout the subdivision. The fish pond
within the area of the subdivision, which
was of concern to some people, is to be
saved and protected.
"We will start full force on January
24th with water mains, road works and an
additional work crew of five men from
Freeport and six from Abaco," said Mr.
Malone, who sees the subdivision as a
great boon to the economy in terms of the
labour and shipping markets and, when
completed, providing relief to the housing
problem on Abaco.

much debris to be removed, the dock is
looking much better. There is an enormous
number of pallets on the dock. It is a shame
that more of them could not be sent back to
Palm Beach to be reused to bring more
freight over.

* Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment
* Juke Boxes & Video Games
* Musical Instruments
* Marine" Electronics
* Office Equipment
* Cash Registers
* Computers
* Microwaves
* FAX Machines
* Electronic Organs
* Medical Equipment
* Automotive & Marine Electronics
* Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone Devices

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200 Fresh cars & trucks every week!

Sources include:
Factory lease returns from
Ford Motor Co.
Chevrolet Motor Div.
Nissan of America
2 to 3 year old prime cars & trucks
Bank cars & repos
Nations Bank, 1st Union Bank & Bank of America
All makes & models
reconditioned & ready for sale

Save big money NO middle man
Great Value
Order by phone or come to West Palm Beach on any Wednesday
and we'll be happy to show you the vehicle of your choice.
Abaco references on request

Dock Clean Up Begins

January 15th. 2000 The Abaconlan Page 19

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
Anyl.... 367-2158
C& G Restaurant ** 367-3227
Conch Inn Bistro *** 367-4444
Flippers ** 367-4657
Golden Grouper 3b7.2301
Kentucky Fried Chicken 367-2615
Snack Shack + 367-4005
Mavis Country Kitchen 367-2002
Sapodillys 367 2498
Sharkees + ** 367-3535
Wally's *** 36720,4
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
MNermad Cafe 365-5137
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe
Harbour Cafe 365-8635
Hudson's Delight 365-8648
Island Boll & Sports Bar 365-4082
Spinnaker 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
Coopers 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 F rIa ,., Medicine ..... .... .. .367-2295
Government Clinic ..... ...... .367-2510
Treasure Cay
Corbett i_.rhn, ....... ... . ..... 3.. 5 ."88
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)
Western 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 ca)
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 ............. $ 200 (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)
Government 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 eas)
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 ... ...... .. ..50.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Casuarlna Point 560.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Bahama Palm Shores ...........$70.00 (over 2 add $10 ea)
Crossing Rocks ............. .$100.00 (over 2 add $10 ca)
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

Alburv's Ferrv Service

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 ......... ...... ... 367.265b
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 367-43 13
Sea Horse Boat Rernals .. ......... . . .. 367-2513
Rich's Rentals ,...................... .367-2742
Rainbow Rentals ..... .............. .367-4602
Blue Wave Boat Rentali. ........ ..... . .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 Boat and Cart Rentals ................ ..365-8465
Claridge's and Chris'Cart Rentals ........ . 365-8248
C & C Boat Rentals ........ .... ......... 365-8582
Alison Car Rentals ....................... .365-8193
Cornish 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

75 slips
15 slips
32 slips
15 slips
12 slips
10 slips
150 slips
26 slips
183 slips
75 slips
36 slips
52 slips
29 slips
S24 slips
7 slips
16 slips
6 slips
24 slips
75 slips
22 slips
32 slips

Fuel facilities Bahamas Area Code 242
Boats coming from the United States can clear at Walker's Cay,
Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour.

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 :3lr, 367-2231
Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna Bch 367-4852
Abaco Air Charters *367-2266
Cherokee Air Charters *367-2089
* Local companies u ttri,.. charters to and from South Florida and within
the Bahamas

Fares "
One Way Fare Adult S 7.00 Chldrei
Round Trip Adult $10.00 Childrei
Charters are available at any time
Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 1

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

Marsh Hub. to Man-O-War Dally 20 minute trip
10:30 am 4 pm 5;30 pm
Also 12:15 pm 2:30 pm except Sundays
Man-O-War to Mar H. Daily 20 minute tip
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 30minute tip
10:15 am 1:15 pm 3:30 pm 5:30 pm
Also 6:45 am except Sat. Sun. and hold.id L
Guana & Scotand 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 Cy to Trea. Cay Airport
DadI, 89 11 12:15 1:30 3:00 4 30
Trees. 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

Pa 2 The Abaconlan January Ith 2000


Letters From Page 9
ours and other small resorts closing, periph-
eral businesses stores, restaurants, mari-
nas, etc, will also be forced to close.
In addition, even when we do have
guests, we are unable to run their credit
cards through upon check-out, since the
lines are not working. This causes embar-
rassment and difficulty to both us and the
guests. Funds that should be coming into
our banks are sitting on our desk waiting to
be approved and deposited, and in the
meantime, payroll and bills continue to pile
up expecting to be paid.
During the last three months we have
made a tremendous and conscientious
eTfort constructing, renovating and return-
ing our resort back into a habitable and
attractive location. Now we find that we
have few future reservations because of the
lack of telephone service and therefore a
very small return on our investment of hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars in hurricane
As you are well aware, tourism is this
country's major source of income. If I were
a potential guest who was living in Ohio
looking for the warmth of the Bahamas for
my vacation and could never get through on
the "242" numbers, I would most probably
decide to visit the "warmth" of Mexico,
Aruba or Jamaica.
Please, Mr. Prime Minister, we ask
that you take whatever measures necessary
to restore reliable operation of local and
national telephone communications before
we all go out of business.
Thank you in anticipation.
Judy Saul-Novo, Abaco Inn

Irritated by Discrimination
Dear F.diilr
I am a \ young woman age 21 years old.
In August of 1998 I applied for a job as a
female mechanic. I was pulitel turned
down. I ithou'Iht it was because they did not
need anyone else at the time. A few weeks
later I applied for a business .icensc to open
up a hike shop for fi\ing motorcycles.
\.,iiii 1 was turned down. \Whnc I put the
question to lhcim as to why 1 had been
turned down, not once, but twice, I was told
that respectable ounii women did not do
that kind oi work. I told them that durinii
my travels throulghltiu the United stIes, and
the Bahamas, I had noticed of several occa-
sions, female mechanics.
My question is WHY is there such a
discrimination ajainiis women ha\ ing jobs
such as the above?
A Concerned Citizen of Abaco


Waterfront or Hilltop
Homes and Lots for Sale
Home Fun in the Sun
Go Fishing or Diving
Explore the islands
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Between the Deep Blue Ocean
and the Turquoise Sea of Abaco
Tel: 365-5195
VHF 16 Young Lovers

From Page 8

more so.
Having Batelco workers on Elbow Cay
is like having the carnival or circus in town.
It elicits about as much excitement. We usu-
ally follow them through the streets like the
Pied Piper of Hamelin. To say people are
disgruntled would be an understatement.
However, sometimes humour prevails when
all else fails. Outside one house in the mid-
dle of the settlement the owners hung the
offending wires of their lifeless phone with
the pleading message "Help!" It drew the
attention of the Batelco crew and a laugh
with it. The wires have been removed from
the roadside so I assume the situation has
been remedied.
If I write with a certain equanimity it is
because MY telephone is functioning fine
and my outgoing calls have been few
recently. If I were running a business here
and were unable to communicate oversees,
I am sure I would be climbing the walls or
the telephone poles by now. If I were a vis-
itor running a business from here, I would
reconsider my choice of country.
So who do we blame as blame we must" A
government a hundred miles away? A pub-
lic telephone company which is in the
throes of change and re-structure? An island
branch which fails to produce an adequate
explanation to its customers? The media
which does not delve deep enough into the

Anne Albury
Marcellus Roberts
(242) 365-8538 Ph
(242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax

causes of the problem to inform the people?
The elements which erode cables and lines?
Alexander Graham Bell for inventing the
infernal machine 134 years ago? Ourselves
for our dependency? We are back to multi-
ple choice!
The "no outside line" syndrome is further
aggravated by the inaccessibility to the
Internet. "No line" equals "No Net" and this
is for some of us the ultimate withdrawal.
"No Net" is fast becoming like "No
Caffeine." It is painful, a physical wrench.
In addition, there is a multitude of ramifica-
tions to not being able to make internation-
al calls credit cards cannot be processed,
faxes sent...and the beat, not the ring goes
On a more optimistic note, I have that
enduring belief in the system and the coun-
try behind it. I recall one unbearable sum-
mer when the power bickered on and off for
months. BEC was then our target of despair.
We knew that eventually the problem
would be rectified and things would resume
some level of normalcy. It was just a ques-
tion of when.
This, too, will pass. I suppose we
should be grateful that we have some conti-
nuity of our power supply. At least we can
see to dial the numbers on our tele-
phones......... even if it is a fruitless exer-

Central From Page 5
active in the Rotary Club of Abaco. Max,
their pot cake dog, was released from a six-
month quarantine period on November
24th. He is having a time adjusting to his
new environment being born in the
Bahamas but Tracey reported before she
had the baby that Max was getting used to
his new home. The students still miss Mr.
Sexton's geography class and Mrs. Sexton's
classes. He was Abaco Central's first
Teacher of the Year.


From Page 1

off peacefully and without incidence.
The Marsh Harbour Police sent
over six police officers, a precautionary
measure to ensure safety for the large
gathering. The officers were conspicuous
throughout the evening Although for
them a "dry" evening, they, nonetheless,
appeared to enjoy the festivities and the
Following the fireworks was
Junkanoo which sparked off more excite-
ment as the crowds followed the perform-
ers around the ball field. The band played
on well into the early hours of the morn-
ing, long after most people had gone home
to bed for the few who had decided to see
the first sunrise of the year 2000.


Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists

Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool
h. et I 3 bed / 3 bath 18' wide slip $273,000
3 bed / 3 bath OL $266,000
I'lhae 1I 2 bed / 2 bath $224,000
3 bed / 3 bath -17'6" wde sp $266,000
3 bed / 3 bath -12' slip $339,000
Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool
i3ldg. 2 1 bed / 1 bath boat slip $140,000
2 bed / 2 bath boat slip $182,000
Bldg. 5 2 bed / 2 bath 11'6" wide slip $170,000
Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool
Garden/Pool View 1 bed / 1 bath beginning at $64,000
2 bed / 1 bath I SOL )ing at $73,000
Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath beginning at $78,000
2 bed / 1 V bath beginning at $118,000
Studio Efficiency $47,000
2 bed / 2 bath (unique downstairs) $114,000
Ocean Villa Subdivision
2 bed / 2 bath special garden location with
ocean view down greenway $220,000
Beach Villa Subdivision
Duplex 2 x 1 bed /1 bath beginning at $108,000
Standard 2 bed / 2 bath beginning at $114,000
Oceanfront condo with on-site Tennis and Pool
Phase II 2 bed/ 2 bath lower unit $303,000
Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/waterfall
2 bed /2 bath octagonal house $275,000
Two storey unit with full ocean view from upper level
Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath
Upstairs Living / Dining / Kitchen
1/2 bath / balcony $182,000

"Crosswind" located on a natural lake with
direct greenway access to beach, split level home
3 bed / 2 bath w/adjacent 1 bed / 1 bath
efficiency apartment, very 'irgt' lot $333,000
"Abvil" Delightful ocean front island s ome,
3 bed / 3 bath, all rooms i. V I-
deck access, great rental pl r-p $466,000
"Love Shack" estate size home on 2 ocean front lots
3,600 sq. ft. 3 bed/ 3 Vi bathi with garage $1.3.31,000
"Marina Villa" canal front one storey 3 bed /
2 bath Bahama room, garage dock, includes
adjacent road side lot $424,000
"Island Times" canal front modern home 3 bed / 2V2
bath, wrap around porch, double garage $486,000
"Sandpiper" ocean front 1 1 lots two storey home
3 bed / 3 bath garage, ocean and garden decks,
lush landscaping $700,000
"Chameleon Bay" located on 150' widip-ean front lot
with fantastic views, main ho I, bath, guest
wing 2 bed 1 bath with kitcle,, $570,000
Galleon Bay & Brigantine Bay
Canal Front beginning at $79,000
Golf Course beginning at $16,000
Windward Beach beginning at $150,000
Casuarina Beach /Ocean Boulevard
Ocean Front $360,000
Interior $16,000- $25,000
New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay
Beach. 3 bed / 2 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and
many other features Starting at $295,000

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Treasure Cay has one of the worlds best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further Information. We don't only sell here, we live here and love it.
Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail tcltd@batelnet.bs

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From Page 6

long way off in Africa in a country called
Zimbabwe Each month they send a small
amount of money to help with his upkeep,
education, health care and living expens-
es. The children often discuss the little
boy and talk of him as if they know him
personally. It gives them a very warm
feeling to know that the children are so
concerned about someone they realize is
less fortunate than thcmselve. that lives
half-way around the world from them
May God Bles All the Little Children.


From Page 7

Mangoes Restaurant
and Marina
By Penny Turtle
Dennis, Floyd and Irene visited
Mangoes Restaurant and Marina. We had
hurricane parties for all the guests at the
marina plus many visitors and with a lot of
hard work and help from eer)one, none.
of the boats was damiagcd Many thanks to'
Big Mike and Buddy Smith.
Unfortunately, the damage sus-
tained in the kitchens and in the outer por-
tion of the marina was more extensive.
Renovations have started and an upgraded
and revitalized Mangoes should be up and
going by early spring

presently under construction with a sched-
uled completion of mid-February.
The Green Turtle Club has taken
steps to deal with phone difficulties calling
into the Bahamas and can now easily be
reached for reservations at 1-877-207-
6671, 1-800-254-2617 for Fax/Voice
Messages, 1-242-365-4271 and E-mail at
greenturtleclubi@'oii net.
The Club is Back Even Better
than Ever

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Treasure Cay's
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Tel/Fax: 242-365-8061
S... P.O. Box AB 22182
Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

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" House & Landscape Plants
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* Hatteras Hammocks

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Mon Fri. 9 5
Sat 9 2
Phone 367-2674
Fax 367-4755
In Marsh Harbour
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Minimum for 3 Lnes in one issue $9
Picture and 4 lines $25.00
Additional lines at $2.00 per line.
Display classified $18 per column inch
We can take the photo within the
Marsh Harbour area or use your photo.
Call 242-367-2677 Fax: 242-367-3677' 3/97


Inrem.llonl MRealt
Lubbers Quarters. Good elevation. Large
building envelope. Close to the marina.
Great value. List #3820. $49,000
White Sound. Residential/commercial site
on Elbow Cay. Fruit trees. View from sec-
ond story. List #4168. $56,000
Leisure Lee. Beautiful raised island style
home on the beach. Screened porch. Deep
water canal lot across road available. List
#4164. $405,000
Treasure Cay. Luxury unit. Views of the
marina. 3 bed, 3 bath. Beautifully fur-
nished Dock. List #3806. Call
Tresure Cay. 2 gorgeous home sites. Buy
one or both. View of the sea from a 2nd
story 10,500 s. each List #4205, 4205
Telephone: (242) 367-3262/3
Fax: (242)367.3260
Elbow Cay's Best Houses and Land. rentals
and Sales Hope Town Hideaways Call 242-
366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434 On the internet
at www.hopetown.com

Each Office is Independently
Owned and Operated
Phone 242-367-2992
Fiax: 242-367-4800
mall: coldbank@oll.net
Making Real Estate Real Easy
Featuring the finest is residential, commercial,
vacation homes and Investment propertIes.
Sandy Point Bcachfront lot 8000 sq. ft. Great
building site.
Little Harbour EXCLUSIVE 5 oceanfront
lot with specuccular views in fast selling location.
Pelican Shores 3 bed, 2 bath home sits on a
double lot. Home uas recently renovated with no
expense spared
Spanish Cay Two waterfront lots a.aliable. I
bayside and I oceanfront.
Business in Marsh Harbour for sale, call for
Sand Banks Over 9 acres of lush green land
with over 400 feet of waterfront. '
Green Turtle Cay Many lots to choose from
including hilltop, oceanfront and beachfront.
Several homes available too.
Call Today to List your property with us
or enquire about our many listed properties.
Located one building East of Memorial Plaza
P,O. Box A820530,
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas

Green Turtle Cay, 3 bedroom / 2 bath 1900
s.f. home in Bethel Estates on large comer lot.
I block to ocean beach and Black Sound. cen-
tral air, cable TV, new appliances, 2 large
porches. Completely furnished. $225,000 net to
owner. 365-4471.
Little Harbour 1/2 acre + ocean view lot with
sand beach access -private, on ridge with beau-
tiful view. One mie south of Little Harbour
Contact Palm Ridge" VHtF Chanel 16.

Helping people find their
Dream Spot since 1978.
Beach Front, Hilltop, Acreage,
Residential, Commercial, &
Investment Property.
We also have rental
property available.
P.O. BOX AB 20404
FAX 367-2359

Little Harbour Cement block house on
ridge with 2+ acres overlooking the "boil-
ers" on Bookie's Beach. One mile south of
Little Harbour. 100 feet of sand beach
frontage Private, excellent fishing and div-
ing. More land available. Contact "Palm
Ridge" VHF channel 16.
Little Harbour 1 1/3 acre; Harbour frontage,
Guest House, Tennis Court, incredible views &
breezes; $325,000.00. VHF ch. 11 "Jolly
Roger" 970-349-7296.
Little Harbour Repairmans Special 2 bed, 2
bath house many extras, boat house, large
dock, approx. 1 acre. House needs work from
Hurricane Floyd. Buy now and save $285,000
net. AS IS. Tel: 359-6064.
Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on
Crockett Dr. $120.000, Call Charlotte at 367-
3201 days or 366-3067 evenings.
Yellow Wood Beautiful acreage in Yellow
Wood, near Cherokee Call 367-4760 daytime.
Property for sale In Abaco. Serious inquiries
only. Listings at Palm Shore, Casuarnna, Marsh
Harbour (commercial), Murphy Town, Israel,
Private Cays. Tel: 367-2651.

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Waterfront lots with private boat slips
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starting at $170,000
Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152
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Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale
homes. Private pools, docks. Reunions, special
occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town
Hidacaays. 242-366-0224 Fax: 242-366-0434.
Matt Lowe's Cay, Rent the only house on 50
acre private island, sleeps 12, lots of porches
and decks, beaches, fruit trees, 10 minutes from
Marsh Harbour in protected Abaco Sound. Call
242-367-2677 or Fax 242-367-3677.
Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free list-
ing. Call 1-800-GO-BAHAMAS (1-800-462-
2426). http://www.bahamasvacations.com
3 Bedroom Oceanfront vacation house in
Little Harbour, Gourmet kitchen, gorgeous
views. $850 per week. Call (812) 949-0789

real estate
Tel: 407-254-4901
Fax: 407-242-1346


Things to look for:
* New and larger kitchens with state-of-
the-art equipment
* Larger boutique with exciting new lines
of clothing.
* Marina will have not only cable televi-
sion, but also telephones to all of the slips.
* Washing machines next to the bath-
In addition, of course, the popular
cabana on the pool deck where marina
guests can have their private parties.
All in all, with a professionally landscaped
entrance and better parking facilities, the
year 2000 will see a brand new and excit-
ing Mangoes.

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Cays From Page 4
The school wishes to thank all the busi-
nesses in advance for their generosity. It
has been a difficult year and even though
many businesses suffered hurricane dam-
age, they are willing to help the school in
some capacity Please support these mer-
chants during the coming year.
Annie Mac Albury Kittoe passed
away in Nassau on January 2, 2000. She
was born in 1927 and married Capt. Lloyd
Albury. They were the parents of eight
children. After the passing of Lloyd, she
married George Kittoe of Chicago,
Illinois. He passed away on April 3, 1998.
She was a loving, caring mother and good
friend. She will be missed by the entire
Annie Mac is survived by four daugh-
ters, Alice Key, Linda Cove, Theresa
Albury and Donna Albury; three sons
Tyrone, Carson and Andre (predeceased by
one son, Don); three sisters Hanna Roberts,
Eva Key and Sally Sweeting. 18 grandchil-
dren and seven greal-grandchildren.
Her sister, Hanna Roberts, died one

day after Annie Mac. She lived in Freeport
and the funeral services were held there.
Hope Town
Piped Music for Elbow Cay
By Sephanue Humblestone
Walling across the water and through
the small settlement of Hope Town, as if
healing the recently decimated island,
comes the poignant strains of bagpipes
every evening at 6 p.m. On the Bethel's
dock a tall, imposing young man stands
straight gazing out at the harbour as he
plays the hagpipcs and behind and beside
him sit residents and visitors of the small
cay, transfixed and captivated by the beau-
ty of the music.
Thirteen-year-old Misty Russell rush-
es to the dock as soon as she sees Captain
Cameron Maclachlan approach with his
bagpipes. "I come here because it is so
pretty to hear him playing," says Misty.
Cameron is a first time visitor to Elbow
Cay and staying in his uncle's house in the
heart of town. Here to catch his breath
before joining the Royal Air Force, he will
soon move on to Belfast in Northern
Ireland to join his regiment.

A native of Nova Scotia, his back- stay in Hope Town is nearly over and with
ground is in aviation, a far cry from the it sadly is the musical interlude for all who
bagpipes, but Abaco seems to attract the live and are visiting Elbow Cay.
unusual and the unpredictable. Cameron's Plaaea Saa Cave Peas 23

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Rentals & Sales

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Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas
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Excavation, Utilities, Base Work, Surface Treatment
Cold Mix, Hot Mix, Coal Tar Emulsion Sealer
Stripping & Asphalt Related Products
PO. Box AB 20184 P.O. Box CB 10990
Marsh Harbour. Abaco, Bahamas Nasau, NP, Bahamas
Tel 242-367-396 Fax: 242-367-3959 Tel: 242-377-6361 Fax 377-2193

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January 15th. 2000 The Abaconlan age 23.

Big Equipment Works on
Elbow Cay
By Stephanie Humblestone
"All the movers and shakers are
here," said a Hope Town resident as he
watched the 200-foot barge dock along-
side an area of reclaimed land at the south-
ern end of White Sound. Indeed they were.
The arrival of the 40-foot-wide vessel
from Jacksonville with its massive cargo
had drawn many people from all sectors of
the community to witness the off loading
of heavy equipment and lumber.
To mark the coming of the new year
and millennium, on the 7th of January the
Elbow Cay Restoration Committee

brought in machinery to make a serious
indent into the clean up of the hurricane
stricken island. On board the barge were
bulldozers, back-hoes and an excavator to
remove the debris left over from Floyd.
Along with the consignment were dock
building equipment and materials for two
budding dock builders, cousins Chris and
Bill Thompson and steel girders for a pri-
vate home on Elbow Cay.

Heavy equipment arrived in Hope Town to
help with the restoration of Elbow Cay
after the destruction caused by Hurricane

Rate for one issue $9.00-for 3 lines
(minimum) $2 each additional line.
Picture and 4 lines $25
We will take the photo In the
Marsh Harbour area.
Display classified $18 per column inch.
Call 242-367-2677 or Fax 367-3677

Painting Inside & outside I'xLtsuie cleaning
& mildew removal Water-priHfing Rt oling
* Rotten wood replkacd P.rking Lots *
Leroy Tl'uker. Marsh Harbour.
Tel: (hbeerrr) 340-8849

GET W:ET!! With a Dolphin fiberglass pool
and all Jacuzzi pumps. Great designs, great
prices. Call Chris TIhompson 242-366-0224

S 36 on Lo I6'wide x24" ita
115 VAC wi 220-240 VAC 50
Hi '000 -ift
AlJ i-or1 IlA.i C are food gode
a flI~eaB iWl and aluminum
iNSF Lilled UL Approv l
pp ',p ErIv .runMl 5(It

Make over $100 a day. 'Mr. Donut' Donut
Machine. Makes up to 900 donuts per hour (will
show you the books!) You can see what you can
do a day. C('os $6,000 will sell for $4,000 with
all the extras. Call Leslie 367-49b2.

Water Storage Cisterns, 6 sizes available, less
than $1 per gallon, Factor) direct. Call Dolphin
F-hcrgI,&s% ProdULis at (305) 247-1748.
Clothing retail store fi\turcs Tel: 367-2992
Computer (corner) desk. $145 Call 1673202.

I)rarlech Computerized drafting. Low
priced plans for: Houses, duplexes, apart-
ments, businesses. Tel: Abaco 365.1)ss8
Nassau: 1-242-323-7910

Buying? Selling?
Need Qualified HelpT
Want more business?
A low cost ad like this can
bring fast results.
Call 367-2677 367-3201
Fax: 367-3677

20' 1985 Grady White overnighter walk
around cuddy 170 hp Mercury 1.0. Lots of
extras $12,000 Two axle aluminum iraler
$2000. Call 366-4489.
20' Aquasport, center console with 115 IP
Yamaha used 9 hrs. Deck needs work. See at
Yamaha dealer. $q.50O Jim (505) x16- 296')

24' Fish Nautique 350 Ford. Girea I'lhilg &
economical transportation. $13,000.00
Tardom Trailer $1,000.00 VHF ch. II "Jolly
Rriger Tel: 907-349-7296.

News of Abaco
Listen to
100 Jamz 100.1FM
8:30 a.m.
Monday Friday

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Come grow with us!

is presently considering applications for a
at its MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO branch

Commonwealth Bank is the premier Bahamian Bank with branches located in Nassau,
Freeport and Marsh Harbour, Abaco, We are committed to delivering superior quality
service, to training and developing our employees, to providing an acceptable return
to our shareholders and to promoting economic growth and stability In the community.

This position provides an excellent opportunity for individuals seeking
a meaningful career in banking. It is open to candidates with the
following minimum requirements:
* High School diploma or equivalent.
* Minimum of 3 (three) Bahamas General Certificate of
Secondary Education (BGCSE) with grades "C" or higher.
Personal Attributes
* Good interpersonal communication skills.
* Excellent work attitude, punctuality and attendance record.

Benefits Provided
* Competitve salary.
* Health and Life Insurance.
* Pension Plan.
* Other benefits.

Interested persons should submit their resumes IN WRITING along
with copies of school certificates before January 28th, 2000 to:

The Manager
P.O. Box AB-20582
Marsh Harbour, Abaco


is presently considering applications for a
at its MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO branch
Commonwealth Bank is the premier Bahamian Bank with branches located in Nassau,
Freeport and Marsh Harbour, Abaco. We are committed to delivering superior quality
service, to training and developing our employees, to providing an acceptable return
to our shareholders and to promoting economic growth and stability in the community.
* 1-2 years secretarial experience.
* Associates degree in Secretarial Science or Business Administration.
* Minimum 3 (three) Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary
Education (BGCSE) with grades "C" or higher.
* Good PC skills (MS Word, MS Excel, Lotus 1-2-3).
* Typing skills 50 w.p.m.
* Shorthand/Speedwrlting 50 w.p.m.
* Excellent command of the English Language, both written and oral.
Personal Attributes
* Excellent work attitude, punctuality and attendance record.
* Highly confidential in nature.
* Ability to interact with others in a professional manner.
* Ability to learn new tasks quickly.
Benefits Provided
* Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
* Health and Life Insurance.
* Pension Plan.
* Other benefits.
Interested persons should submit their resumes IN WRITING along
with copies of their certificates before January 31st, 2000 to:

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box AB-20582
Marsh Harbour, Abaco


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January 15th. 2000