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Publisher: Bradley Albury
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 02-01-2013
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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 3 FEBRUARY 1st, 2012 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WEST PALM BCH FL Permit NO 4595 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested By Jennifer Hudson The Annual Bahamas National Trust Art for the Parks Art Show once again brought together a large group of Bahami an artists and craftsmen from Nassau and Grand Bahama as well as Abaco to raise awareness and funding for Abacos six na tional parks. The show opened on January 25 with an evening cocktail party and silent auction. At the short opening ceremony BNT Executive Director, Eric Carey, expressed his pleasure that the talented artists had once again come together here on Abaco to assist the BNT. The six national parks of Abaco parks system, he said. He also mentioned the two new proposed Abaco national parks at Snake Cay and the Blue Holes, both in South Abaco. He asked for a minutes si lence in honour of Ricky Johnson, Abacos well known nature guide and enthusiast, who sadly passed away earlier in the week. The Hon. Renardo Curry, M.P. for North Abaco, spoke in support of the Bahamas National Trust and then David Knowles, Director of Parks, gave a vote of thanks to the artists, sponsors, support ers, volunteers and guests. He also thanked Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director, BNT, who, he stated, Started everything Art for the Parks paints need for conservation By Timothy Roberts Bahamians voted overwhelmingly against the regularization and taxation of web shop gaming and a national lottery at the polls on Monday, January 28 and now wait to see if Prime Minister Perry Chris tie sticks to his word and shuts down web shops in The Bahamas. turnout appeared to be just about 46 per cent with over 79,000 of 172,130 (from last voters register) registered. On question one Do you support the regularization and taxation of web shop gaming? The Yes vote garnered 30,767 (39%) vote to the No votes 48,012 (61%). On question two Do you support the establishment of a national lot tery? The Yes vote was counted at 32,170 (41%) and the No vote captured 46,961 (59%). Results from the Bains Town and Grants Town constituency as well as the Please see Art Page 2 Abaco rejects referendum Prime Minister orders numbers houses to shut down Above: a Vote No protest organized by First Assemblies of God in downtown Marsh Harbour on referendum day. Please see Gambling Page 18 Police shooting leaves questions By Timothy Roberts According to the Royal Bahamas Po killed a 35-year-old man near the Haitian shanty town called the Mudd on Wednes day January 23, 2013, around 7:45 p.m. as Job Munnings, a local reggae artist who went by the stage name Mr. Versatile, an innocent man. The Nassau Guardian Reported that Assistant Commissioner Emerick Seymour Please see Shooting Page 18 Above: scene of the shooting in the Mudd on Jan 23. Job Mr. Versatile Munnings was reports that lingered after the shooting have frustrated many who knew Mr. Munnings. Above: a patron at the Art for the Parks event admires a collection of work by Dave Lowe. The annual event, hosted at Abaco Beach Resort by the Bahamas National Trust, aims to raise awareness about parks around The Bahamas and, in particular, Abaco. Abaco Abacos environment whos consistent enthusiasm was remembered during the opening remarks.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com and is still here. Most of the thirty exhibiting artists support the show year after year and art ten buying new pieces for their collections. Kevin Carroll of KP Photography has now chosen to make Abaco his home, hav ing relocated here from Nassau since April. He is a self-taught artist with 35 years of experience and specializes in scenic pho tography both colour and black and white. He achieves the very vibrant colours in his colour photography by what he describes as tweaking the colours for artistic effect. He also specializes in architectural and aerial photography and many of his photo graphs are displayed in hotels and business es with some being commissioned for the new Bahamar project. His black-and-white photographs are reminiscent of the memora ble photography of the late Colin Rees who is sadly missed from this show. Mr. Carroll says that he is often compared to Mr. Rees and deems this a great compliment. I am not trying to copy his work but feel that I been left by this great photographer, stated Mr. Carroll. Gina Marche is the owner of Coco nut Treasures from Freeport. Everything she makes is, therefore, crafted from coco nut shell and her jewelry, Christmas tree or naments, magnets and clips show the versa tility and different hues of the coconut shell. Linda Turtle exhibits frequently in Nassau, where she resides, and this year decided to bring her stained glass work to Abaco. Her vibrant sun catchers, candle holders and mobiles were very eye-catching addition to the show. Erica Feszt is a young artist from a very artistic family. Although this was nate a hand-painted stool last year for the silent auction. Erica paints in watercolours and acrylics and especially enjoys painting women. She describes her work as a cross between reality and fantasy. I want people to relate to their feelings through my paint ings and get in touch with themselves, she stated. Her brother, Atilla, with whom she shared a stall, has exhibited for many years at the Art for The Parks and encouraged her to join in this year. He paints in acrylic and terms his work fashion art. As well as de signing patterns for textiles and clothing he also does murals and was recently awarded the prestigious Jackson Burnside Award for Visual Artists in Nassau. Their mother, Joli Feszt is an art teacher who sometimes also exhibits at this show. Mary Strachan of Abaco was display After an absence of four years, water colour on silk artist Marjolein Scott, was back again this year. In addition to her orig inal artwork and giclee prints on canvas, tile, postcards and mugs, she was display ing her stunning new line of high-quality Tshirts which are adorned with exquisite all over designs taken from her original works. The artwork on display was very var ied and guests were able to view and pur chase paintings in all mediums including oils, acrylics and water colours as well as jewelry, photography, bags, pine needle baskets, handcrafted wood products, jew elry and fabric art. Funds for the BNT were also raised colourful quilt beautifully made and donated by Abaco artist Kim Roberts. Complimenta ry wines were generously provided by Bris tol Wines and Spirits and hors doeuvres by the Abaco Beach Resort. Persons from the Bahamas National Trust were on hand to answer questions and encourage people to sign on as members or renew their memberships. They also had a variety of BNT goods such as T-shirts and books on sale. Nancy Albury, Project Co ordinator of the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation, manned a booth to give people an awareness of the beauty and importance of Blue Holes and the work of the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation. Information was handed out on the exciting proposal for the South Abaco Blue Holes National Park. Results were announced for the stu dent BNT art competition entitled Nature Rocks and winning entries were posted for art show guests to admire. Entrants were re quired to design a CD cover with a nature theme. Some even went as far as to write songs. The winners were students from the following schools: Category I: Crossing Rocks Primary School Treasure Cay Primary School Man o War Primary School. Category II: All three winners from Mary E. Al bury High School Category III: Abaco Central High School S.C. Bootle High School S.C. Bootle High School. Overall winner with a cover entitled Born to be Wild was Celena Russell, a stu dent at Creative Art Studio. Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Di rector of the Bahamas National Trust, ex pressed her appreciation for the continued sponsorship of the Abaco Beach Resort through these tough economic times. She was thrilled that so many artists are coming forward wanting to be in the show and was delighted with all the activity at the BNT booth with much interest from guests in be coming members. This very popular annual event con tinued throughout the weekend with the addition of many outdoor activities on the Saturday. This gave people the opportunity to come back and purchase arts and crafts while enjoying the many additional ecofriendly events. Art From Page 1 Above: two art lovers proudly display their recent purchases. Artwork by Timmy Higgs.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Central & All Abaco Airport Authority board members tour new airport terminal Board members of the Airport Au thority toured the new Marsh Harbour ter minal on Jan. 16 to gather what Anthony McKinney, chairman of the Airport Au thority, called an impression of the facil ity. Noting that the terminal is not com plete with lots more work to be carried out, McKinney still described the building As far as Family Island infrastructure is concerned, McKinney said the terminal was well above the norm. He was joined by Manita Wisdom, deputy chairman; Milo Butler III., general manager; Dr. Gregory Carey, Annischka Holmes-Moncur, Michael Foster, direc advisor to the board. Also accompanying them was MP for South Abaco Edison Key; Donald Dean, principal of The Ar chitects Incorporated; James Edgecombe, principal of FES Construction; and Bobby Jones of Civil Aviation. Based on their observations, he and his colleagues would give their opinions of the building instead of a written report. McKinney shared that the airport meets some of the criteria both nation ally and internationally, however, some things need to be done to bring it up to pre-clearance standards. He admitted that those standards were not anticipated, but that a facility of this scope and magnitude ought to be used to its maximum. Simply put, he said the Marsh Har bour terminal should receive as many of the facilities as Freeport and Nassau has. While McKinney could not say for certain if pre-clearance was being considered, he did say that it should be. McKinney explained that the Airport Authority had no remit in the construc tion of the terminal, but going forward a change would be necessary in the way air ports on the Family Island are run, and that Airport Authority may have a role to play in that. In fact, he said, that is the direction in which the company intends to go. The Airport Authority is the airport authority for The Bahamas not for Nassau. It is a matter of what scope of work it is asked to do, and that is something that is not at my level, McKinney said. Airport Authority really can do everything as far as managing, security clearance for airports, Nassau Airport Development Com pany (NAD) is a company that is a sub sidiary of the Airport Authority, so NAD is wholly owned by the Airport Author ity. NAD has a management contract with Vantage [Airport Group] out of Vancou ver, and that is who manages NAD. NAD is owned by the people of The Bahamas. Meanwhile, Mr. Key said he was pleased to be a part of the tour. He recalled being at the airport contract signing and has seen the progress from then to now. Like McKinney, he was pleased with building. Its elaborate and should be a build ing that supplies Abacos needs for many years to come. He was hopeful that Abaco will soon offer pre-clearance service. Abaco has the second busiest air port, and we are growing. I think that Abaco will play a major role in the future development not only of Abaco, but of the entire Bahamas, Mr. Key envisioned. We are one nation and one people. At one point, Mr. Key was a licensed control tower as well. He said that Abaco has been fortunate to never have had an ac cident with planes coming in and colliding. tower. It should be a plus. he concluded. Abaco.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant OFFERING SPECIAL MARINA RATES$500 a month for vessels 50 feet or more $300 a month for vessels under 50 feetSpecial effective from August 2012 to February 28, 2013 Central & All Abaco Tourism Information Center opens on tourist strip in Marsh Harbour Press Release Steps away from the tourist strip in Marsh Harbour is the newly opened Sat Harbour Place-Suite B (Rhonda Hull's Building), will serve as a Tourist Infor mation Center that will be open Mon day through Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm. have the convenience of stopping by to pick up complimentary brochures, guides and maps to help them better discover and explore Abaco and its surrounding Cays. A friendly tourism representative will also be on hand to ensure that our visitors get the most out of their stay by answer ing questions and sharing information on tours, attractions, events, day trips, lodg ing, dining and shopping experiences. tourist area of Marsh Harbour, after they were relocated to the Government Com at Harbour Place, it will make it far more accessible for our visitors to take advan tage of the resourceful information that is available to them on the Abacos. A Cookout was held in aid of Dan Russells Medical Expenses on Jan. 19 at the BAIC Park offering a silent auc tion, bouncing castle, hoopla game, food, desserts and drinks for supporters of the event. During the morning hours, people stopped by to purchase chicken and wild boar/pork souse with Johnny cake. In the afternoon, there was a choice of chicken (fried, BBQ or baked), barbecue ribs or Man Sawyer contributed a few hours of playing music for Dan, whom he called a good friend. Meanwhile, the food line kept growing and growing. Dans brother Charlie Russell ex plained that the fundraiser was needed to assist Dan because he has throat cancer and has no medical insurance. Charlie said that a tumour has to be removed from Dans throat, and once it heals, he will have to undergo plastic surgery to close Community rallies to assist Dan Russell with medical expenses materialized overnight between January 24 and January 25 and went completely across the road. The cut in the road ap peared between the shanty town known as the Mudd and a group of houses on the op posite side of the road and seems to have been made by a circular saw. Ministry of was authorized to cut into the road. Road damaged due to mysterious illegal cutting Please see Medical Page 7

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Central & All Abaco up the opening by his throat. Following Dans surgery in Cuba, he will remain hospitalized for 10 days to two weeks. Charlie estimated that the surgery cost around $15,000 and perhaps a bit more with plastic surgery. Presently, Dan has a tube inserted in his throat for him to breathe, and although he experiences no pain, he must regularly have his throat dressings changed. As an erman, Dan is hopeful that he will have a successful surgery and recovery for his continued livelihood. Of course, Dan has had quiet moments where he seemed anx ious about doing the surgery to restore his health. Meanwhile, Charlie thanked Me linda Pinder and Fallon Albury for their tremendous help and support as well as Maria Albury and Adele McDonald. He also thanked the community of Abaco. It was a whole-island effort, and we are thankful for the prayers and the sup port, he said. Melinda Pinder was also grateful as she shared comments with her Facebook friends: Thanks everyone for all of your help; its amazing when so many persons work together what can be accomplished! Medical From Page 6 In the middle of January, Woslee Construction embarked upon a community project to patch potholes in Central Abaco. According to Don Wilmott, general super a way to give back is something the com pany has always done. to six years, Woslee has been helping the community by donating computers and lap tops to local schools. Theyve also assisted local churches like Friendship Tabernacle Church and Grace Baptist Church among others. On Jan. 16, several employees were Central Pines Estates Subdivision. shared. Every day, when we come to work we see a lot of potholes all over Aba co. We want to do this community service three times a week for two to three hours. The plan is to take workers on a twomile route from where they are based at the complex and go half a mile into Cen tral Pines to address potholes then double back to Forest Drive on the main strip and extend their service to K & S Gas Station on Don Mackay Boulevard. They will be applying the all-weather blacktop patch to areas riddled with potholes throughout the evening and sometimes throughout the day. There was a lady who dropped in one of the holes and burst her tire, and that made us want to do something until the Woslee patches potholes throughout Central Abaco community As roads continue to deteriorate, one company gives back plying blacktop to potholes throughout the community three times a week. Its only a little thing they decided to do to help the community. Its just us its in us.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Snooze The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas Logo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper. 2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 32168 7,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian Today JUNE 2012 Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe? The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card Visa WE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA I recently started walking in the mornings. Not just the morning morning. I mean the REAL mornings. 5:30 am kind of mornings. Ive started doing this as part of some misguided ery excuse I can to talk myself out of it. You never sound more rational to yourself when its still dark out. If theres one thing you should know about me, among the many things you should not know about me, is that I am not, never have and never will be a morning person. Im a night owl. In fact Im writing this editorial, the one youre reading right now, at the eleventh hour. Its been dark for a long time out there and its the time of night that parents invented ghouls for in order to keep their kids away from. Alas, these are the hours Im more fa miliar with. But Ive learned these are not the hours that will make me better as a person. Those kind of hours, the ones that are so vital to self-improve ment are the ones that dont come easily. The ones that seem counter to your nature. Dont we all wish we could stay Arent we all the best salesmen for the path of least resistance? Ever heard of horse whisperers or, more popularly, dog whisperer? Well, we are mewhisperers. We all know exactly what to say to ourselves. We know exactly what we want to hear. We are tus quo. Here comes the part of the editori al where I transition from some vague metaphor to an even more vague series of points. If one thing, I am predict able. Expand this outward from us as stage it becomes much more harmful because when tough decisions must be made its not just ourselves, indi vidually, we have to argue against, it our brain, the pathways, love lighting up to things we want to hear. This is why it is so important to keep ourselves accountable. Why we must be able to consistently step back and charge each other with better stew ardship of our communities and our country. When I sleep through my alarm or conveniently horse-whisper resolution in the morning, I have all take steps to correct it for the next morning. 24 hour cycles: very easy to diagnose and adjust. Society is a little less tangible. And we are much less likely to realize we are sleeping through our alarms. Alarms are sounding all around us. We must have the courage to rise up. While the snooze button is conve nient (passing the blame, borrowing more money, brushing problems under the rug) we will eventually wake up in a cold sweat and realize just how much weve slept through. So I ask you to commit yourself to something this week, this month, this year that will actively make you a better person. Because making your community and society. It will mag nify there. And pretty soon hitting the snooze button wont be an option. Hold yourself accountable. Hold your neighbors and friends account able. Help each other wake up. Community Calendar and Bazaar and St. Johns Anglican Hall

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 as he was needed more urgently there. I later learned from the manager that another mistake had occurred and that it had been assumed that the phone problems were was dispatched to Treasure Cay. Stuff happens right? I am as human as the next person, and I usually make lots of mistakes, and I really dont fault the technician who started all this mess. I is the lack of customer service that I re ceived later. So here are my suggestions to Batelco executives: There is a value to saving a customer and the customers story is crafted by how you handle the situ ation. When a mistake happens and you do something wrong you should make nice right away. Make that a priority and make sure your customer knows it. Inform your customer service reps so they know too. Think about how much a saved customer is worth. How much does a negative story cost Batelco? How much does a lost cus tomer cost? All you have to do to turn around the negative into the positive is add something extra that the customer was not expecting. Something that would add a smile. Some thing that would add a good to the situa tion, and make a pleasant surprise the last memory the customer has. In this case that something might be restoring phone and internet service within a day, not within a week or not charging the customer for the week that the phone and internet was out of service and empowering the customer service rep. to do that. It might be allo cating extra minutes for the cell phone usage the customers used to try and sort Fundraiser Thank You Dear Editor; Thanks to God and to those who made this fundraiser for Dan Russell pos sible. Thanks to the overwhelming sup port shown for Dans Medical Fundraiser. Thanks to the business places, stores and people that donated food items, drinks, water, ice and funds. And to those that cooked food, desserts, helped serve and set up, you are also appreciated. Also, to each one that purchased food, drinks and contributed in any manner, thanks, you all made this possible. I want to personally thank Melinda Pinder, Maria Albury and Adelle McDon ald. Working with you ladies made it easy. Its amazing what can be accomplished when people can agree and work together. Thanks from Dan Russell and Fam ily, -Charlie Russell Letters to the Editor Up a Pole Dear Editor; I was done wrong by Batelco. Here is my story and my suggestions to the com pany for improvement. On Thursday, 10th of January a technician was up a pole in my remote community of Cherokee Sound working on some lines. He inadver tently caused my telephone number to ring three streets over at a neighbors house. My phone went dead as did my internet connection. My neighbors phone number failed to work as well. There were simi lar complaints from others that evening. It Society for Pothole Preservation Citizens of Abaco please dont stand idly by and watch the destruction of our Historic Potholes. We have grown up with these truly wondrous marvels. They have become part of our very identity, our culture, as it were. With no impact study, a contract to repair these island-style, mini grand can yons was signed for 1.2 million, calling an end to spilt coffee, soft drinks and up ended ice cream cones in the back seat, not middle of a rainy night. We will virtually lose touch with our friends that sell frontend alignments, tires, radiators, auto parts in general. It is likely to initiate a veritable avalanche of decreas ing insurance rates. The daily skill test of driving from A to B will be put on the back burner. The ability of our dearly loved Taxi Drivers to was said by the grapevine that the repair person was called via cell phone to alert him to the problem and to ask him to re turn and make adjustments. Reportedly he responded that he was on his way back to Marsh Harbour and unwilling to return. You can imagine the irritation that call to Batelcos customers service depart ment early Friday morning. I was given the standard apology from a person at a desk in Freeport and was told it would and seven days before my internet recon nected.) After listening to what happened the customer service rep suggested that I drive the 25 miles into Marsh Harbour to lodge a personal complaint with the customer ser vice reps there. That is what I, and others, did. I was told that there was a technician in Cherokee at that moment making right what went wrong. The customer service rep even made a phone call to the manager ing taken care of right then. Again, nice apologies were offered. I returned to Cherokee and .did not see any technician up a pole. My phone number was still ringing to my neighbors home and my phone was still dead. A walk around the settlement found a technician there had been a technician in Cherokee to his bucket up the pole to start work he was called and told to stop what he was doing and drive 50 miles North to Treasure Cay, out the matter. The customers perception of good or bad service is the measure of your suc cess or failure. And right now, with all the challenges you face both internally and externally, you need to build not damage, your customer relationships. Jo-Ann Bradley Cherokee Sound Please see Letters Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 By Timothy Roberts An Abaconian has decided to move out of the house she owns and pay rent af ter years of receiving no assistance from government agencies, both current and previous, in preventing illegal building and dumping to occur within inches of her property boundary. Martha Dee Dee Russell said that after more than eight years she just cant take it anymore and has given up hope of receiving any help from the government or the Police Department as a pile of gar bage at the back of the immigrant shanty town known as the Pigeon Peas has grown to over twelve feet high just inches from her fence. The Pigeon Peas is overcrowded with huts built inches apart and Ms. Russell has watched helplessly as it has grown. She pointed out a home that recently expanded and the wall is just inches from her back fence. I cant even put up a new fence. She said. She complained that children are out playing until after midnight and have on sell also suffers from a respiratory disease known as COPD and cannot take inhala tion of smoke. She also said that some children have even climber her fence and killed some of her cats. Across the road in front of her home lies the larger shanty town known as the Mudd. Ms. Russell said that loud music plays until late in the night and you can see them drunks [urinating] along the side of the road; its disgusting. This is what we Central & All Abaco Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSFantasy Too 2B/2B Spacious starter home. Master bedroom entire 2nd floor w/ocean view balcony, ensuite bath. First floor large guest room w/Jack & Jill bath. One lot from beach! $425K BSD 9 Acres Sea to Sea Your Private Island escape, next to quaint village w/working lighthouse! 625 Bay front shoreline perfect for dock. 649 Beach w/reef just o shore. 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Great for large families! $1.875 M USD NEW PRICE NEW PRICE Sea Spray Resort & Marina Valentines Dinner 15th February, 2013 All Entrees Include Soup, Salad, Appetizer and DessertSaladBaby Spinach with cherry tomato and mango served with raspberry dressingSoupCreamy Potato & Bacon SoupAppetizerPoached Shrimp with lemon horseradish sauce EntreeRadicchio and Mushroom Chicken boneless chicken breast stuffed with mushroom, fresh sage and herbs $30.00Jack Daniels Grilled Tenderloingrilled tenderloin with sauteed ,mushroom topped with Chef Carltons Jack Daniel sauce $40.00Grouper Almondine seared grouper topped w/ roasted almonds in a lemon butter sauce $35.00DessertChocolate Sweetheart Cheese Cake Live Music by Clint Sawyer live with; it aint right. When dealing with the police over the children who killed some of her cats she said she gave the police the name of the childrens father. I even took pictures of him; he came right to my fence and threat ened me. Her lawyer even carried pic tures to the police and they said they could she said pointing to a house within feet of her fence. I have called [the Department of] Immigration to get rid of illegals; because these are illegals most of them. I have called the Ministry of Works because you are not supposed to build any closer than ten feet to a boundary. She said she was all but cussed out by someone at the Min istry of Works and said the Department of Health told her aint nothing we can do. She said the Department of Immigration said they would come and check it out, but that day aint come yet. She said shes even been told by Haitians that she doesnt have the rights that they have in The Bahamas. When she bought her house she had to pay fees and get deeds conveyed and more, but they can build wherever and whenever with no wor ries. She said she asks the Prime Minis ter to come buy my two houses because I want to get out of this country; Im ashamed to even know I was born in this country. So Im packing up my stuff and moving. Nearly eight years Ive put up with this and these last two years has got ten much worse. Resident forced to abandon home due to pressure from illegal community Above: the home of Abaco resident Dee Dee Russell (far right) overshadowed by a mounting pile of garbage on the fringe of the illegal community of the Pigeon Peas. Ms. Russell has for years reached out to various governmental organizations for help. Right: the mound of trash over twelve feet high has grown unimpeded for years as liv ing conditions in the area worsened. Resi dents such as Ms. Russell as well as legal immigrants to this country who are seeking a better life are confronted with unchecked illegal activity.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Central & All Abaco By Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Cancer Society begins the New Year with a new president. At a meeting on January 5, Jo-Ann Bradley was elected to this position taking over the same. In accepting the position of President, Ms. Bradley stated that she was not only pleased but also humbled to have been elected since the society has been led by very competent people throughout the years. She stated that she has always been very impressed with the Abaco Cancer Society as it is a very strong organization here and helps many cancer patients each year with their travel expenses. Since she herself has breast cancer, Ms. Bradley feels that this enables her to bring special strengths to the society. I have been in remission now for three years and feel wonderful thanks to modern medicine. Because of my situation I am able to empathize with cancer pa tients and understand what they are going through. This, I feel, makes me uniquely able to work with the people of Abaco in this capacity, she declared. Ms. Bradley acknowledged the work of the Abaco Cancer Society Thrift Shop, saying how pleased she is with the excellent work it is doing in raising funds to assist cancer patients with airfares to their places of treatment. The Thrift Shop is the brain child of Marjolein Scott and is manned by a very hardworking group of volunteers every Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. After having to close for several weeks due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, the Thrift Shop reopened just be fore Christmas with record breaking num Above: New President Jo-Ann Bradley (4th from left), Patient Advocate Veronica Saun ders (3rd from left), Vice President/Thrift Shop Manager Marjolein Scott (extreme left), New president introduced for the Abaco Cancer Society bers of customers who had obviously been missing their Saturday morning shopping at the best shop in town. The society is very grateful for the patronage of its cus tomers and would also like to thank those persons who donated plentifully so that the shop could be well stocked for its reopen ing. Donations of clothing, household goods, books and furniture are welcomed on an ongoing basis and may be brought to the shop on Saturday mornings or left at Abaco Groceries during their open hours. Although a long way off yet, Presi dent Bradley would like people to mark on their calendars the Abaco Cancer Societys major fundraiser of the year which will be an Art Show on November 30 to be held at Petes Pub in Little Harbour. Also the Cancer Society will be holding a Walk athon, date to be announced. appreciation given by Abaco Police Press Release On Friday 18th, January 2013, a cer Simms of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Mr. Simms was also issued a cheque in the amount of $50.00 for services ren dered to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Abaco Unit over the years. Being the individual he is, Ryan Simms during the year 2010 found an of fensive instrument in a public domain. Once the instrument was located he quickly necessary steps were taken to stop any fur ther crime being carried out. As a result of Mr. Simms actions the environment remains sterile from further breaches of the law and Mr. Simms is not ed for his act of honesty, while facing a critical decision. As a result the Royal Bahamas Police Force Abaco Unit saluted Ryan Simms for an outstanding job. Mr. Simms is employed at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Below: Ryan Simms being awarded his cer

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Honesty and Quality You Can Count On Brandon Thompson 242-357-6532 Dock Construction Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyle Boat Lifts Sales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years And Much More... Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience Contact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Haitian boats wreck south of Little Harbour By Timothy Roberts As a result of a combined effort of the Department of Immigration, Royal Baha mas Defense Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force, 63 Haitians were apprehend ed shortly after making landfall in South Abaco on January 10. Shortly after 11pm a report came into the Marsh Harbour Police Station of a Haitian vessel coming ashore just south of Little Harbour. The migrants made landfall aboard a 43 foot motor vessel and a 23 foot demolished between the rocks and waves. Authorities apprehended 32 undocu mented Haitian nationals from bushes along the road to Little Harbour in the ear ly morning hours and, with the assistance of additional Department of Immigration through the day. Apart from being dehydrated, the migrants all appeared to be in fair health. Two drivers of two private vehicles that were in the area at the time are assisting Police in their investigation. The immigrants reported that they had been at sea for two weeks. They re portedly said that they had come together to make the trip without the aid of a smug gler. While in Abaco the additional Im of small raids and pickups resulting in the apprehension of an additional fourteen un documented immigrants. The undocumented immigrants were and detention until they are repatriated. Above: the intact 23 motor boat and remains of a 43 vessel that over 60 undocument ed immigrants made landfall in. Authorities captured several dozen illegal immigrants throughout the day and are working with the boat drivers to complete the investigation. South Abaco By Jennifer Hudson A group of ladies gathers each Tues day morning in Bahama Palm shores armed with parchment, paint, brushes, easels, water and a large helping of enthusiasm. These talented ladies gather together to en joy painting the beauties of nature which surround them. The group formed approx imately one year ago and while numbers vary from week to week they usually num ber between six and eight. While the group is not off-limits to men, so far none have expressed an inter est in joining. In order to keep the group relaxed and informal meetings are not ad vertised but anyone wishing to join is wel come. The ladies look to member-artist Ann Capling for professional guidance since she has completed a Visual Arts Course in Ottawa but it is stressed that no one is in charge of the group, they all watch one another, share and learn from each other. While none of the other members, apart Bahama Palm Shores Art Group explores nature through canvas from Ms. Capling, has received any formal art training they are all very talented and feel that they are making great progress with Ms. Caplings guidance. Their styles are very varied and while one lady paints in very vibrant colours the others all tend to paint in more subdued hues. While they all enjoy painting their beautiful surroundings, a couple of them have now discovered that they also enjoy portrait painting. Each week they visit a different loca tion where, after a brief look around they all begin to scatter in various directions to paint whatever catches their eye. Their which was followed by meetings in various members gardens. We make an early morning start since the light is much better for painting in the early morning or the late evening. The shadows are longer then, the sun is too bright in the middle of the day, explained Ms. Capling. While the members rely on Ms. Ca pling for ideas they often come up with their own. They have tried various tech niques such as painting with one colour, painting with only one brush and negative painting which involves painting the back ground around an object and then the ob ject which has not been painted will stand out. Normally they begin with a pencil sketch of their subject and then begin to pencil in the values from light to dark, explained Ms. Capling. The group members work at home lowing week and several of them are quite ing several which they bring and share with their friends at the next meeting. The members enjoy sitting quietly amidst the beauties of nature while putting paint to paper which they describe as their invi tation to be alone and also enjoy getting together at the home of one of the artists to survey and discuss their work and glean new ideas. to the discussion of painting as anyone is invited to read a poem or share something special which adds something very unique to this art group.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 Enjoy great dining at Anglers Restaurant or casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the waters edge in Marsh Harbour BBQ WEDNESDAYS Ribs and chicken $22.00 STEAK NIGHT FRIDAYS Happy Hour 6 to 8pm Steak Dinner $22 BROWN TIP AT THE POOL BAR Friday and Saturday starting at 8 pm ESTIN SAWYER Enjoy Estins melodic Bahamian guitar and vocals. Tuesday through Sunday 6:30 10:00 pm 367-2158 AbacoBeachResort.com Dr. Rashida Brown-Clarke; Psychiatry Please call for date Dr. Charles Diggis: General Surgery/Lap Band Surgery Please call for dates Dr. Arthur Clarke: Jan 31st & Call for other dates Dr. Carnille Farquharson; Family Medicine Feb 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine Call for dates Dr. F. Bartlett; Pediatrics Please call for dates Dr. Lucio Pedro; Obstetrics/Gynecology Please call for dates Dr. Timothy Williams, General Practice Please call for dates Dr. N. Akazie, Please call for dates Dr. Marc Binard, General Practice & Internal Medicine Feb 4th Feb 15th Dr. George Charit; General Practice, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Daily Dr. Rogers; Opthamologist Feb 21st Dr. George Charit MEDICAL DIRECTOR Integrated Medical Center is pleased to announce the schedule of Clinics for February 2013 Walk in Welcome Same Day Appointments No Long Waits No referrals needed The place where complete healing begins e-mail: imcabaco@gmail.com SLEEP APNEA TESTING NOW AVAILABLE & STAT IN-HOUSE BLOOD RESULTS TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL OUR FRIENDLY STAFF South Abaco Press Release The weather was not looking good for an afternoon of sailing, but the weather cleared for a good day of RC Laser racing in Little Harbour. Several enthusiasts met at Petes Pub for some lunch and then set the course and had a practice race. Usu ally one practice race is held to get the bugs worked out and to give new sailors a and the course. Sailing happened right off the beach in Little Harbour, so a high tide was neces sary. Winds and seas on the other side of the dune were very rough, but the harbour provided shelter and good steady B rig rac ing. Jim Kaighin humbly won all the rac es, so it was a close race for second place. Randy Key and Dwayne Wallas traded 2nds and 3rds, but Dwayne had one more 2nd place and took the second spot overall. After the racing, the group moved to the Palm Room and enjoyed Lenores famous brownies. The group again thanks Amy Sands for again taking pictures and counting down the starts. Also thanks to Amanda Darville for some additional pic ture taking. Thanks to Dave and Lenore Mulock for setting the course and running the races. Round 3 scheduled for Treasure Cay on January 26 has been postponed and will tour is Schooner Bay, Saturday February 23. RC Laser Sailing Event moves to Little Harbour By Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Asso programme in 2009 for two reasons: 1. To prove opinions on how the i.e., their spawning locations, travel cor ridor and home range. 2. To prove the locations where areas. The overall effort of research on and education towards the goal of longterm management. Tagging programmes are also in effect in Grand Bahama, Eleu thera, South Andros, Cuba, Mexico and Belize. A lot of people dont think of pro but it is very economically important to the Bahamas, stated Cindy Pinder, Secretary of AFFGA. The Nassau grouper is pro tected by a closed season when spawning in order to prevent spawning aggregations in there being no grouper in the future. If this could prove irreparable harm to the million into the Bahamian economy annu ally with 5 million of that coming from Abaco. This is all very new cutting edge tats and which would ruin their spawning grounds such as cruise ship ports, marinas, hotel developments or oil tanker ground ings. Hopefully it will enable us to better In 2009 AFFGA applied to the grant in Cross Harbour, South Abaco, to protect the area against building. This ap plication was passed and forwarded to the Ministry of the Environment in 2010 for a zoning order but the application has stalled and we are still trying to get the area pro tected, she stated. Cape Eleuthera Institute, Bahamas Na tional Trust and Fisheries Conservation Foundation have all been working on the ging was begun in Abaco in 2009 with a large group effort taking place in 2010. In October 2012 it was repeated on a large scale but this was unfortunately interrupted by Hurricane Sandy and had to be halted after two days. The tagging during those two days was done by Capt. Buddy Pinder, Capt. Dee Albury and three persons from Cape Eleuthera Institute. The tagging was resumed over Thanksgiving as a joint ef fort between Zack Judd, Aaron Adams of Buddy Pinder, Justin Sands, Paul Pinder, Jody Albury, Tom Albury and Richard Sound, Sandy Point, Marsh Harbour and tagged with spaghetti tags. Tagging took place in the marls and this provides information on how they leave their home range, the travel corridor they use and their spawning location. Most of the recaptures occur less than 1 mile Buddy Pinder in the Marls in November 2010 was recaptured 776 days later in Jan uary 2013 near Pigeon Island in Eleuthera 106 miles, informed Ms. Pinder. with a tag are asked to report it. The tag looks like a very thin piece of spaghetti about 1 inches long and will be found the tag will be found the contact informa tion www.tarbone.org telephone: 242 334 8552. Also will be seen the tag number which will be a four digit number preced ed by three letters. 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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 TREASURE CAY Rock Point waterfront lot, exc price $185,000 Golf Course Lot $35,000 MAKE OFFER 3/2 Royal Palm Condo $325,000 MARSH HARBOUR Commercial lot near John Bull $125,000 LYNYARD CAY 3 Waterfront lots, one with dock starting at $178,000. OWNER MOTIVATED LONG BEACH Next to Schooner Bay 3/2 Home beach access under $ 195,000 Lots starting at $30,000 Hilltop lots with ocean view $150,000 Gorgeous beach front lot $250,000 LITTLE HARBOUR Half acre oceanfront lot $65,000 20,000 sq. ft. Hilltop lot with starter cottage, harbour and ocean views $198,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES 3/3, 2160 sq. ft. beach home $399,500 2 Acre beach front estate lot $550,000 Beautiful interior lots, starting at $17,000 1 Acre beach front estate lot $295,000 Pinehurst lots $10,000 & $11,000 LUBBERS QUARTERS Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000 Additional lots available. HOPE TOWN Lot close to town, beach access $130,000 SCHOONER SUBDIVISION Lot 58 50ft Elevation, views of Atlantic & Beach. Off grid living. $50,000 SCHOONER BAY Harbour side lots, studio apartments, 1 and 2 bedroom Harbour side condos available. CASUARINA POINT REDUCED! Entrance to bay, waterfront lot, panoramic views $88,000 Sea view lot, 100 ft. to beach. $38,500 Lots $35,000 and up 3/2 Beachfront home + apartment $875,000 3/2 Beachfront home with detached income Producing apartments $795,000. TURNKEY www.islandpropertiesbahamas.com Tel: (242) 367-0737 Fax: (242) 367-0736 BROKERS: Chris & Molly Roberts REDUCED AGAIN! Home on beautiful Little Harbour, 2 acres with 100 private dock & private cave entrance. $495,000 4/4, Beachfront home w/large kitchen, multiple living & sitting area, gazebos, covered porches with expan sive decking & viewing tower. OWNER FINANCING $875,000 The Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour announces the availability of a limited number of luxury condominiums for sale at The Harbour Residences For more information visit www.AbacoBeachResort.com or call 242-367-2585 or 242-367-2158 The Cays New curator at the Albert Lowes Museum on Green Turtle Cay By Mirella Santillo At the end of 2012, Ivy Roberts, the long-time Curator of the Albert Lowes Museum on Green Turtle Cay, retired. She was replaced at the beginning of January 2013 by Christopher Farrington, a resident of New Plymouth, who moved to Green Turtle in 1989. With roots in Nassau and on Long Is land, Mr. Farrington lived in Nassau where he was a pilot for Bahamas Air from 1970 to 1976. He then operated a Marine Sales and Repair business until a Resort Man agers position opening at the Green Turtle Club brought him to Abaco. He managed the popular resort for ten years at which time he decided to go into Real Estate to compliment his wifes job as property man ager. He worked for Coldwell Banker until obtaining his Real Estate Brokers License and starting his own company in 2010. His busy work schedule did not pre vent him for keeping up with some of his hobbies, one of these tracing his ancestors roots. His meeting with Joy LoweJossi, an expert in genealogy who participated in several Island Roots Heritage Festivals, transformed the simple hobby into a quest. When the owner of the Albert Lowes Museum, Alton Lowe, decided to catalogue the many marine artifacts he had inherited or collected over the years, he sought the help of Mr. Farringon who said he has al ways been in love with history, especially marine and local history. By then he was ready to engage in a new position. In 2012, they started to renovate the museums basement where many of the relicts were kept and to transform it in an exhibition gallery. The gallery will be called the Wreckers Gallery. Of course the gallery will also be a showcase for Mr. Lowes art work. There will be various exhibitions, such as Men of the Sea and Woman exhibition which is currently being put together, will concentrate on cultural ac tivities on Abaco from the opening of the museum to present time. most of the time, Alton Lowe as well, at the museum from 9:00am to 12:00pm and from 1:00pm until 4:00 pm. luncheon,for ladies who listen, lunch and learn, is a highlight of the season for many in create delicious, inventive meals both aboard and ashore. This cruising "foodie" shared her best tips, favourite tools, secrets for success, and stories about cooking and cruising from Cay Topics luncheon held in Hope Town

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 North Abaco Murphy Town holds By Mirella Santillo Six members of the Murphy Town Committee met in the evening of January agenda was the resolution of a payment is sue between the Chairman and a contrac tor. The contractor was invited to give his side of the story, and after a lengthy de bate, Eugene Dawkins approved the mo tion of paying the requested sum by four monthly installments. He was seconded by Paul Curry. One member objected to the motion. During the discussion, Administrator Preston Cunningham reminded the com mittee members to clearly explain to pro spective contract holders of the work they the case of emergency work requiring pay ment that has to be done. He also said that a price should always be agreed upon in advance in order to avoid misunderstand ings. Mr. Cunningham is planning to in spect roads in the Murphy Town district to evaluate whether the repair work falls under the jurisdiction of Central or Local Government. The issue of the Great Cistern Gar bage not being picked up for three weeks the second week of January, but a lot of trash had been spread out over the whole area. The Chairman said he would take care of having it cleaned up momentarily. Only the electrical work is to be com pleted before the Burial Society can be re opened. According to Chairman Simms it will be ready by the end of January. Police appreciation party held in Treasure Cay 2012, according to police, has been a busy year in North Abaco. Some crimes had visible signs of increase and signs of decrease in other areas but they believe resi dents were certain that police did their best to ensure that justice prevailed. At the end of the last year the North Abaco branch of with pride for their knowing, without a doubt, that they put their best foot forward. With that in mind, the Royal Bahamas Police Force North Abaco Branch gathered together with well-wishers and the commu nity to celebrate its successes in 2012. The event took place in the form of a party cel ebration at the Treasure Cay Public Beach cers and supporters were in attendance. The community did its part to say thank you to the people who keep the streets and com munity safe by contributing food and drinks to assist. The menu featured many popular Ba hamian dishes and a large variety of bev erages. The sound of Caribbean and Baha danced the night away into the early morn port that they received from the community and hopes that the support would continue throughout the year. The party was held on January 4. Also, the work on the Community Center's site is scheduled to start at the end of the month. Central & All Abaco Centreville Constituency showed the great est support for the Yes vote. Prime Minister Christie said in a statement following the results: All offending web-shop owners and operators are placed on notice that all their gaming operations, including all on line gaming and the numbers games, must cease with immediate effect. Failure to do so will leave all such web shop owners, operators and web shop gaming patrons exposed to arrest and criminal prosecution without further notice or warning. The Prime Minister urged web-shop operators to cooperate to prevent relevant law enforcement authorities from having to take coercive action to compel the nec essary result. The Abaconian will The No Vote campaign expressed great satisfaction in the initial results of the referendum. I am not surprised, said Dr. Ranford Patterson, president of the Baha mas Christian Council. Bahamians were able to see through all the gifts and stuff that they (the Vote Yes campaign) were doing, the bribery that they were trying to do. Our message played a major role in this. This is a major victory for the church. Island Luck CEO Sebas Bastian said the outcome was disappointing. Obvious ly, I would have preferred a yes vote, he said. I am disappointed in the low number of people who were interested in the pro cess. I wasnt expecting it to be that low. It really speaks to the fact that the people rejected the process, not gambling. Unfortunately it was made political. I feel bad for my employees who are now in limbo. I will hustle and survive some how, but what will they do? Asked if his web shops will open to morrow, he said, I am still watching the results. I havent made a decision. Free National Movement Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis reported that he was pleased with the results and said that I am very, very happy that the Bahamian people have spoken. Mr. Minnis had pushed a No I congratulate both the Bahamian people and church and this has galvanized the church and the Bahamian people will realize how important the church is to our society, and it also shows how important a role the church must play for us moving forward, not only in morality but keeping governments on the right path and ensuring that the government does whats best for the people. Gambling From Page 1 said The individual attempted to disarm who was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later by a local doctor on the island. Tabitha Munnings, the victims sis ter, said her brother was not a troublemak er. She said her family does not believe the account told by police about the shooting and wants answers to why Munnings was shot. Abaco to meet with police on January 24 and then met with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on January 25. There have been no updates from the police on the outcome of those meetings. The inspector said to me they were conducting a patrol last night, at a dark building, and my brother and this guy [were there], Ms. Munnings said. The police approached the building and appar ently my brother got into a struggle with the police and the gun miss and went off. She said police said her brother was shot twice in the chest. My question was, If the gun miss and went off, how could he be shot in the chest twice? They said investigations [are] pending; were looking more into it, she said. I told them I wasnt buying that story because it didnt make sense. She said people who claimed they witnessed the shooting said her brother was an innocent man who walked into the They didnt say my brother was armed, they didnt say they approached my bother to arrest my brother for so and so. Munnings said her brother was a mu sician who was often seen around town selling his music and he had two young children. He was a straightforward person; he would let you know whats on his mind, she said. But he wasnt a troublesome person. Many people here in Abaco said he was a humble person. He never bothered nobody; he just sold his DVDs. Munnings said her family wants the Royal Bahamas Police Force to properly investigate the shooting and provide jus tice. charged nature of this story, only the facts and details known at the time of publica tion were included in this article. Shooting From Page 1

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to construction Visit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing Crime Report Armed Robbery At 8:55pm on 19th January, 2013, a 34 year old male of the Mudd, Ab aco, reported that sometime around 7:00pm same date while walking out the Pigeon Peas towards his residence in the Mudd, Abaco, he was robbed by a slim, dark, tall male dressed in light blue long sleeve shirt and dark colour long pants. The male was armed with a silver coloured handgun. The culprit stole $400.00 in Bahamian one hun dred dollar bills from his pocket and made good his escape. He does not know the cul prits name but he knows him by face and knows where he lives in the Mudd. Police action requested. Unit Abaco outpost are investigating this matter. Investigation continues. Stealing From a Dwelling (Suspect arrested charged.) At 4:00pm on 11th January, 2013, a 41 year old male of Dundas Town, Aba co, reported that sometime around 3:34am on Thursday 3rd January, 2013, a male dressed in dark clothing that he knows en tered his residence and stole $300.00. The suspect when asked stated that he borrowed the cash and intends to pay it back. Police action requested. Update Abaco Outpost arrested the suspect in this matter and charged him with the offence. Investigation continues. Causing Harm. (Suspet arrested and charged.) On Saturday 12th January, 2013,at about 3:02p.m, a 32 year old female of the Pigeon Peas, Marsh Harbour reported to the Marsh Harbour police station that some time around 3:00p.m. same date, while in the Pigeon Peas, a female known to her threw some rocks at her and one hit her in the face causing injury. Police action re quested. Suspect Arrested AT 3:20 pm, a 29 year old female of the Pigeon Peas was arrested. Investigation continues. Threats of Death & Assault with a Deadly Weap on. (Suspect arrested and charged.) At 4:30pm on 10th January, 2013, a 23 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Aba co reported that sometime around 3:55pm same date while at a local gas company on Don McKay Blvd., a male known to him at tempted to knock him down with the vehicle he was driving and threatened to kill him. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested On 11th January, 2013, the male sus pect in this matter of Dundas Town was ar rested reference to this matter and charged. Investigation continues. Threats of Death. (Suspect arrested and charged.) At 1:21pm on 11th January, 2013, a 28 year old male of Crockett Drive Marsh Harbour, came in at the Marsh Harbour Po lice Station and reported that on Thursday 10th January 2013, sometime around 3:45 pm, while in the parking lot of a local gas company located don mckay blvd, he saw a male known to him, an arguement ensued resulting in the male threatening to kill him putting him in fear for his life. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested On 11th January, 2013, the male sus pect in this matter of Dundas Town was ar rested reference to this matter and charged. Investigation continues. Illegal Landing. (Haitian Nationals arrested and sent to Detention) At 11:05pm on 10th January, 2013, an anonymous caller reported that a Haitian Vessels came ashore in the area of Little Harbour. Police assistance requested. from Sandy Point assisted by Defence Force a total of sixty-three (63) Haitian Nationals. They were taken to the Immigration Depart ment for processing. Threats of Death & As sault. (Suspect arrested and Charged.) At 9:37 am on Tuesday 8th January 2013 a 27 year old female of Pigeon Peas, Abaco came to M.H.P.S. and reported that sometime around 9:00 a.m. on 8-1-12 while she was at her residence she got into an ar gument with her sisters boyfriend which resulted in him attempting to hit her with a bottle. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested At 10:40am on 9th January, 2013, of old male of The Mudd, Abaco, in reference to this matter. He was brought to M.H.P.S. where he was charged. He was arraigned on 10/1/13, pleaded not guilty and given bail in the amount of $3,000.00. Threats of Death & Causing Harm. (Suspect arrested) At 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday 8th Janu ary 2013, a 28 year old female of the Pi geon Peas, Abaco came to M.H.P.S. and reported that sometime around 9:00 a.m. same date, while she was near the basket ball court in Pigeon Peas, Abaco she was approached by her childrens father who started arguing about his children. This led to him hitting her with a rock and beating her about the body. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested At 10:40am on 9th January, 2013, a 32 year old male of The Mudd, Abaco, was arrested in reference to this matter. He was brought to M.H.P.S. where he was charged. He was arraigned on 10/1/13, $500.00. The defendant pleaded not guilty to Threats of Death and given bail in the amount of $3,000.00. Shopbreaking At 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday 8th Janu ary 2013, a 33 year old of Pelican Shores, Abaco contacted MHPS and reported that at about 5:30 p.m. while checking his of he knew in said establishment without his to the scene where they arrested a 56 year old male (of no known address) in refer ence to Shopbreaking. He was transported to Marsh Harbour Police Station where he was charged for the offence. The defendant was arraigned on 10/1/13. He was not al lowed to enter a plea because of his mental condition and was remanded to Sandilands. Housebreaking At 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday 8th January 2013, a 26 year old male of Forest Drive, Abaco, came to MHPS and reported that sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on 8-1-13 culprit(s) broke into his apart ment and stole his black Acer laptop val ued at $700.00. Police action requested. Detective Unit Abaco outpost are investigat ing this matter. Enquiries are continuing. Housebreaking At 11:25am on 7th January, 2013, a 38 year old male of Murphy Town, Abaco, reported that sometime between 12:00pm on 21st December, 2013 and 8:30am on 7th January, 2013, some unknown person/s entered his residence through and stole two mattresses valued at $450.00. Police action requested. tral Detective Unit Abaco outpost are inves tigating this matter. Enquiries are continu ing. DRUG ARREST On 8/1/2013 sometime around aco were on mobile patrol on forest drive in Dundas Town when they arrested a 25 year old male suspected reference to being in possession of marijuana. The suspect resisted violently before being subdued. The brown tobacco-like paper was re trieved in the presence of the suspect which had a grassy substance in it believed to be marijuana. He was later transported to the MHPS where he was charged. Housebreaking At 8:00am on 25th January, 2013, a 42 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Aba co, reported that sometime between 7:00am on 21st January, 2013 and 7:00am on 25th January, 2013, some unknown person/s en tered into his residence and stole an assorted of mixed currency, and an assortment of jewelry. Police action requested Station are investigating this matter. Assault At 6:15pm 22nd January, 2013, a 43 year old male of Dundas Town, Abaco, re ported that sometime around 12:30pm same date while at work, a co-worker known to him assaulted him. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Stealing from a Vessel and Trespassing At 2:00am on 27th January, 2013, of arrested three (3) boys ages 11 years; 13 years and 9 years of age all of The Mudd, Abaco for stealing and trespassing. These boys were arrested on the premises of a local boat yard located in Dundas Town where they were found in possession of an assortment of stolen items including an IPod, screw driver, blanket, food items, etc. Investigation continues. On Saturday 26th January 2013 at about 2:00 am an anonymous caller con tacted the Marsh Harbour Police Station and forest Drive, in the area of Texaco Service Station involving two vehicle, Police assis tance is requested. General Information. white 1996 Honda Civic driven by a 23 year old male of Dundas Town and a second ve hicle a 2003 Blue and white Nissan Pickup truck registered to Bahamas Electricity Co operation and driven by a 36 year old male of Dundas Town. Both vehicles received extensive damages. 1. The 23 year old male received in juries to the upper body area and was taken by ambulance to the M.H. Government Clinic. (Deceased.) 2. The 36 year old male received to the face area and was alert. (Treated and discharged.) The scene was visited by members of the Marsh Harbour Emergency Medical Team. It appears that speed was a major fac tor in this incident. An intensive investiga tion has been launched into this matter. Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site: abacomarbleandgranite.com

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 drive from the airport to the ferry landing history and not pass on to future genera tions. Whatever happens, do not notify Ministry of Works, depriving them of rip ping up the freshly laid tar. -Coalition for the Preservation of Historic Potholes Don Wood Marsh Harbour Letters to the Editor Letters From Page 9 Reaching out to a Friend Dear Editor, Again, please allow a little space in your paper for the following. Open letter to Martha Russell: Mar tha, we are no strangers, we talk some times. We are some family, your Pa Hor ton from Hope Town, my Granma Nettie was from Hope Town, her father was Hil ton Russell. I dont write this to criticize you or blast you, I care about you and your long time problem with some neighbors in [The Mudd], Marsh Harbour. Ive read your letters to The Abaco nian and heard you on ZNS radio, Nassau. I know it seems that no one cares! Its Sad! Haitian pastors and police should have had der why you vex, I know its stress. It is enough for you to cuss you and me to cuss! I know one lady in local government that ago. I dont know why theres the delay. If neighbors discipline the kids, bush crack, problem gone! Find a preacher that can Paley Creole and who believes in tell ing people what water baptism is all about. Prayer can help also! P.S. Martha, next letter please dont blame Prime Minister Ingraham or Christie and please start letter with Sir or Mr. Prime Minister. Ok, you can say, we say, sorry for things. As a boy I knew Nurse Chris tie, good woman back then, she treated my problem. Problem was an [unfortunate] ant sting. No Progress To Perry Christie, When are you going to be an honest man and do something about the illegal immigrants? I have now moved out of my home because these people are building day and night. The kids are such a nasty bunch; they are still hurting the cats and dogs. It is not good to call the popos ,if they do come they just talk sweet to the illegals and leave. Well so much for being for the Bahamian people. I guess that is what you like, the white people to have to leave their homes because you refuse to do anything with them. Well the people that work in the Treasury, what do they do all day? One month now I went for my money the court ordered, but every time I call about get ting it there is some excuse that it is not ready yet. What do these people do all day? I guess Perry needs it for the Hai tians. White people dont count since he went in. Well anyway Perry, shame on you for not sending someone to stop the [stuff] from going on. Well, like I said, you gave this coun try away. -Martha Russell I feel good that Nurse Chirstie bor rowed my comic books for Prime Minister Christie (now), and his brother to look and read and yes she brought them back, ok. God bless her memory. Everyone I know spoke well of her. Im not PLP, but I wish no harm to come to Prime Minister Christie, or the former Prime Minister Ingraham. May God bless The Bahamas and help us see our need to turn from our wicked tickets and all chances to win. People usu ally lose more then they win. I brought two didnt win stuff, but I won a smile from the lady of which the school bears her name. -Read Bible and do right. -Lee Lowe ReNu U Salon The growing community of Treasure Cay has been afforded the opportunity to have in its vicinity Renu U Salon. Renu U salon is a new establishment offering the in the Brent Lowe Plaza on the Sherlin Bootle Highway, a block before the Trea sure Cay Airport. Owner, Tanya McIntosh, graduat ed from the halls of Sherlin Bootle High School in 2011, with her heart set on be coming a doctor of cosmology. On December 21, 2012, ReNu U opened their door to the general public, of fering the latest styles and all the basic hair care service. The salon is also equipped with a nail technician who provides any and all services when it comes to hands and feet. The salon is open daily Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, with the ex ception of Wednesday. Walk-ins are welcomed but appoint ments are preferred. It is the desire of the owner to ensure that every customers leav ing feeling like royalty. At ReNu U, it is their mission statement to combine acces sibility, professionalism and creativity to offer you the latest designs in nail and hair technology. Not only is customer satisfaction guaranteed, but it is the norm. They are encouraging the public to look out for their holidays specials. Interested person can reach the salon at 577-0737 or 475-2032. They are encour aging you to come in today and let them ReNu U! Gift of Life Consultant Group The road to obtaining proper docu mentation to work in the Bahamas for im the hope of easing the burden of the im migrant when applying for work permits and citizenship, the Gift of Life Consultant Group was born. Operating currently as a home-based business, the owners seek to provide assistance. The other side of the business is a connection kit for adoption. The group themselves in a pregnant situation with an other option. Choose life and be a blessing Business Entrepreneur Watch to someone else by giving a baby up for adoption, is what they say. They are fully operational and are mainly an online business. They are hop area once they have built their clientele. The company is hoping to make a great impact on the local community here in Abaco by creating opportunities for all. The company can currently be reached at Champs Porch Barber Shop Trevor Swain is a local entrepreneur, role model and resident of Murphy Town. He is the owner of a number of businesses and his latest business, Champs Porch Barber Shop, is not only providing a much needed service for the residents of Murphy and Dundas Town, but the entire commu nity of Abaco in general. Champs Porch Barber Shop is open Monday to Friday 5pm to 8pm and on Sundays all day to ac commodate those persons who work all day and cannot make it to the Barber Shop until they get off from work. Services pro vided for males include shape-ups, shav ings, clips, cuts and designs. Services for females include semi-fade, skin fade, Mo hawks, and eye brow cutting. He recently added a new service to his business in the form of a stylist, who does braiding and weaving Mondays to Saturdays 9am until 8pm. For an appointment call 475-1031.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 Entrepreneur Watch Further Business Flawless Diva Beauty Parlour On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Flawless Diva Beauty Parlour opened its doors next door to the Church of the Lat ter Rain in Dundas Town. Owners Mizpah Johnson and Latoya Meoche Swain decid ed to join forces and open this business. Mizpah is no stranger to the beauty world, but her niece just received her cosmetology They specialize in hair care for fe males such as cuts, perms, and treatments along with weaves. They also sell make up, weave, hand bags, beauty supplies, and accessories. In the future they plan to offer classes for budding beauticians. They are open Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm. They will be adding a nail technician and another beautician to their staff very soon. They can be contact ed by calling 559-8433 or 646-2621. Sweets by Meeks opens on top floor of Dove Plaza Tamika McIntosh, proprietor of Sweets by Meeks, offers a delicious line up of pastries to tantalize the taste buds of her customers. Located in Suite #206 of the Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Sweets by Meeks has an eye-catching display of cupcakes; pies and tarts; cheesecakes, cookies; doughnuts; danishes; and cakes for every occasion. Tamika entered the culinary profes sion as a hotline chef at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, and soon discovered that she had a passion for making pastries. As she operates in this new venture, Tamika pledged to deliver optimum customer ser vice by providing quality, and creatively made products. So far, her customers have given her positive feedback on her busi ness Facebook page after trying out her daily pastry samples. I try to make something I would like, Tamika said. I have to be happy my customers. Tamika is assisted by Maggie Saun ders, who is also committed to delivering outstanding customer service. Maggie said that their top seller has been the chocolate cake stuffed with cheesecake. Customers also have the options of ordering vanilla sponge cake, carrot cake, Devils food cake, yellow cake, pina colada cake, and red velvet cake. Twenty four hours notice is required for all orders and a minimum of 72 hours for wedding cakes. Customers can also highlight their special occasion with Edible Images, cake toppers and candles at an ad ditional cost. Sweets by Meeks is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The telephone number is:(242)475-1851. Real estate market sees improvements piece and presented as-is. Overall, in my view 2013 will be an improvement on the previous year, which was better than the one before that, which was better than 2010. I am seeing slow ing back to the real estate market. The US and European press is no longer scare mongering about the real estate market, unsustainability of the governments of the world. Whether to buy real estate or hold coming back to the market after 4 years following the housing bubble which, I believe, was basically a result of an over Anecdotal evidence I can give you relate to the condo market in Abaco. There are a large number of condos in Treasure Cay (I think over 500 units) and of those typically 5-10% are on the market for sale all the time, it is just the nature of catering to retired individuals who become less able to travel and therefore need to sell their island condo. Between 2008 and mid 2010 there were 6 sales of condo units in Treasure Cay (2 sales per year). For the years 2011 and 2012, there have been 11 sales in the Treasure Cay Condo market (5.5 sales per year, more than double the previous years). If that isnt a good real estate market indicator, I dont know what is. I see condo buyers are typically cau tious people, they dont want to deal with landscapers, want the security of a commu nity, it is usually easy to rent and manage. If you see these cautious people buying for the market generally. There is a similar story for condos in Marsh Harbour, which aside from the brand new Crossing project, the only con dos here are the Regattas which saw ab solutely no sales activity from mid 2007 until mid 2012. That is a 40+ unit condo complex that didnt see a single sale for 5 years. The dam broke last year and there was one sale with another one probably lower prices than during the bubble years of 2006/2007. Typical pricing was up to $360,000 in 2007 and current pricing is at a more reasonable $245,000 price tag. The above two overviews of micro markets are, I think, a good gauge for the state of the real estate market gener ally. People are starting to come out of are starting to grow again. Overall, I am seeing an increase in my personal real estate business. Inqui Please see Real Page 22

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Cherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental Agents Lubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Island Dreams Rental + 357-6576 Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Wood Cay Tangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 villa 365-2222 Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http.//www.abacocottage.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com Rev. March 2012 ries from potential buyers on the upswing. Local Bahamians are starting to try to buy real estate a bit more which means the lo cal economy is improving. On the other hand I also have an increase in people wanting to sell, so perhaps all those folks who knew that they had to wait it out to sell they have reached the end of their hold ing capacity and need to get things sold to Paralleling all of that, Abaco has a very robust real estate market. As of to day, 507 actively marketed properties are for sale right now in Abaco on the Baha mas MLS database. Contrast that with 507 currently on the MLS as actives in Nassau (including PI). Astounding isnt it? As far as expired listings (unsolds) Abaco has 1,100+ while Nassau has 1,500+. Nas sau shows 487 sold properties, while Aba co shows only 205 solds. Peripherally, the real estate market in Abaco will be directly and positively im pacted by the pending opening of the new airport terminal, modernizing air travel to the island. Additionally, if we get direct air service to another major hub in the US (Delta from Atlanta?) it will further en hance our tourism business and our real estate market. There is also underway the construction of a new government medical clinic which will give retirees and second home owners a boost of comfort and peace of mind while living or visiting here, that there is adequate medical care in the event of an emergency. Lastly, if you have not yet toured the Further Business Real From Page 21 new government complex you should. It is beautiful and offers complete govt servic es and departments including an extension of the Public Treasury and soon perhaps an arm of the Registrar. It is a testament to Abaco to grow and continue to contribute to the economy and coffers of the Baha mas. I expect 2013 to be a good year, but it will not rival the activity we saw in the market in 2006/2007. A client was recent ly telling about how the 5s are good years and the 0s are bad. And I think he may be on to something 2005 good, 2010 bad. 1995 good (tech bubble), 2000 bad (tech bubble busted) so on that vein, we should be building up to 2015 which should be a good year. Lets hope so. Woslee steadily progresses on construction of Teachers Credit Union on Abaco The construction of Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-Operative Credit Union Limiteds Business Complex on Abaco began during the last week of September 2012. Now just a few months later, the site is noticeably buzzing with activity. As he began the tour of the construc tion site, Don Wilmott, general superin tendent of Woslee Construction, pointed to a series of buildings lined up in al phabetical order from A to F. Beginning with Building A, which is located near the front entrance that faces Central Pines Estate, he revealed that it would house a food store. The total square footage of the site totals between 55,000 to 64,000, Wilmott supplied. To put its size in better perspective, the newly completed Govern ment Complex that was also built by Wo slee is between 64,000 to 66,000 sq. feet. Some portions of the building rise to two stories. Others remain at a single-sto ry level. Across from Building C where there are plans for a restaurant, the layout veers sharply to the left toward Buildings D and E where workers were beginning to prepare slabs for the construction of of a popular fast food restaurant occupying that space. Building F completes the cir cuit as the Teachers and Salaried Workers Credit Union and Bank facility. Wilmott said with the addition of the Teachers Credit Union Business complex in the area, it is becoming the second phase of Abacos newest downtown area with the completion of the Government Complex, and other government projects coming on stream. Of course, Woslee has had its share of challenges with most of the land be a permanent deterrent to the upgrade in Abacos infrastructural boom. Wilmott added that the Teachers Credit Union building will be beautiful once completed with a complimentary parking and garden area. Currently, 60 people are employed by Woslee, and Wilmott indicated the number of employed persons will increase to 12 or more workers as they move up some of the roofs like the one atop the food store. There were plans to install purlins on the food stores roof toward the end of January. Amazingly, of those employed, only two people on the site are not from Abaco and one of them is Mr. Wilmott himself. Working along with Wilmott is Oneil Moss, project manager who is mostly sta Smith, the site project manager. We encourage subcontractors to hire locals and bring them on because we want to make this an Abaco community type project. We want to say: This is example of what they can do, Wilmott boasted. He noted that every area of expertise plastering, form, concrete work, plumb ing, electrical, and air-conditioning they are all subcontractors from Abaco. This is a prime example that Wo slee is for the people of Abaco and Ba hamians.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour ................................. 367-0350 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town ................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay ...................................... 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay ....................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana ................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop ................................................365-6013 Cars & Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals .............................. 367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals ........................................... 367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals ....................................... 367-5570 Cruise Abaco. .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals ............................. .367-4000 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals ....................................... 365-4119 Kool Karts ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals ............................................ 375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals ..................................... 354-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco ............................................. 321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Cats Paw Boat Rentals ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart ................................................. 366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals .................................. 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals .......................................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals .............................. 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental ................................................ 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals ............................................ 366-0069 Treasure Cay Adventure on Prozac Kayak ............................ 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals ........................................... 365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks ............................. 365-8749 Bonefish Guides Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Abaco Pizza. ................................ $ .................. 367-4488 Anglers ................................... $$$ .................. 367-2158 Curly Tails ............................... $$$ .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper ........................ $ .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest ....................... $ .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House ....................... $ .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place ............................. ..$ .................. 367-2880 Junovias......................................$...................367-1271 Jib Room .................................. $$ .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... $ .................. 367-2615 Mangoes ................................. $$$ .................. 367-2366 Pops Place + .............................. $ .................. 367-3796 Snack Shack + ............................ $ .................. 367-4005 Snappas .................................... $$ .................. 367-2278 Wallys .................................... $$$ .................. 367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn .............................. $$$ .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks ................................ $$ .................. 366-0247 Harbours Edge ......................... $$ .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) .............. $ ................. .366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge .................. $$$ .................. 366-0095 Munchies .................................... $ .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach .............................. $$ .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray ............................... $$ .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................ $ .................. 366-0788 Little Harbour Petes Pub .................................. $$ .................. 366-3503 Lubbers Quarter Cracker Ps ................................. $$ .................. 366-3139 Man-O-War Bradleys on the Harbour ............. $ .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine ................................. $ .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................ $ .................. 365-6501 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Market Place ...... $$$ .................. 612-1021 Grabbers ................................... $$ .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay ............................... $$$ .................. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ................ $ .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe ............................. $ ................. .365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant ............. $$$ .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class ........................ $$$ .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................ $$$ ................. .365-9385 Green Turtle Cay Blu House ............................. $$$ .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro ...................... $$ .................. 365-4200 Green Turtle Club .................... $$$ .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill ................... $$ .................. 365-4389 McIntoshs Restaurant .............. $$ .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant ............. $$ .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn .................... $$ .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill $$ ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe .................. $$ .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners .............................. $$ .................. 365-4060 Sandy Point Nancys ...................................... $$ .................. 366-4120 Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic ................................ 367-0020 Integrated Medical Center .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency ............................................... 458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ................................... 367-0049 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour ........................... 367-2510 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay ........................................ 365-8288 Government Clinic, Coopers Town ............................. 365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay .......................... 365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town .................................. 366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point ................................. 366-4010 Government Clinic, Fox Town ..................................... 365-2172 Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Green Turtle Cay Blu House ....................... 45 ......... F ......... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club .............. 32 ......... F ......... 365-4271 Black Sound Marina .......... 15 ..................... 365-4531 Other Shore Club ............... 12 ......... F ......... 365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service ........... 10 ......... F ......... 365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina ........ 150 ......... F ......... 365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina .......... 26 ......... F ......... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina ...... 183 ......... F ......... 367-2158 Conch Inn .......................... 75 ......... F ......... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina ........ 36 ......... F ......... 367-2182 Mangoes Marina ............... 29 ..................... 367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ...... 52 ......... F ......... 367 2700 Hope Town Hope Town Marina ............ 16 ..................... 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways ................................ 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina .............. 6 ......... F ......... 366-0154 Sea Spray .......................... 60 ......... F ......... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina ........... 75 ......... F ......... 365-0083 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Marina .......... 158 ......... F ......... 365-5802 Guana Hide-aways ............ 37 ..................... 577-0003 Orchid Bay ......................... 64 ........ F ......... 365-5175 Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental ....................... 475-9616 ................ 367-2936 ......................... 367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure ............................... 577-0004 ..................... 367-0350 Adventure on Prozac T Cay ............................ 365-8749 ...................... 365-4411 ........................... 365-8506 .......... 367-2787 ............. 366-0024 Airlines Serving Abaco Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........................... 367-2266 American Eagle Miami ..................................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud ............................ 367-2095 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach .............................................. 367-3415 Sky Bahamas Nassau ......................................................... 367-0996 Western Air Nassau ........................................................... 367-3722 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters ........................................................ 367-3450 Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08 Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........................................ $15 Spring City ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore ......................................................................... $90 Crossing Rocks ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................................... $10 Madeira Park .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole ........................................................ $30 Attractions Albert Lowe Museum ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station .................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry ...................... Little Harbour Working boatyards ..................................... Man-O-War cay Pocket Beaches Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) Items of interest Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised Dec 2012 All phones use area code 242 unless noted www.theabaconian.com Alburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay F rom Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Green Turtle Ferry Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Abaco Adventures Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. The Great Abaco Express Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour 375-8068 477-5996 367-0367 375-8550 366-2163 367-3526 367-3577 367-3941 North Abaco 477-5037 365-0120 365-0024 365-2405 Sandy Point 366-4323 366-4107 366-4249 366-4486 Treasure Cay 559-9117 Casaurina Point 366-3058 Cherokee 366-2107 366-2115 366-2284 366-2177 Crossing Rocks 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay 365-4261 365-4070 Hope Town 366-0234 366-3141 Man-O-War 365-6502 Charter Fishing Boats 366-0101 366-0266 366-0245 366-3143 365-5140 Dental Services Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Pharmacy Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Veterinary Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Great Guana Cay Green Turtle Cay Man-O-War Cay Hope Town Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay 242-365-4648 242-367-3450 242-367-2935 242-365-6416 242-366-0029 Please view all of our exclusive listings atwww.AbacoCaysRealty.com Contact us at: info@abacocaysrealty.com 242-365-4648 ELBOW CAY BERKLEYS BLUFF31,000 s.f. 0.7116 Acre 100 of Atlantic ocean frontage 275 depth Great elevations overlooks surfers beach. #HTV1125 BRING OFFERS REDUCED $325,000. GREAT GUANA CAY SEA TO BAY 148,104 s.f. 3.40 Acre Sea to Sea parcel 201.87 on the Atlantic Ocean 159.15 on the Sea of Abaco overlooking private harbour inclusive 2 boat slips Great elevations Can be Divided. #GGV1008 $1,472,000. CLAIRES BEACH Beachfront building site 31,243 s.f. 0.717 Acre 117 of Atlantic beachfront Dock access good elevations superb ocean views. #GGV1006 $478,000. LOST SHAKER 36,839 s.f. 0.847 Acre 65 of Atlantic beachfront -Dolphin Beach Estates oversized parcel good elevationseasement to beach. #GGV1000 $460,000. ATLANTIS 19,239 s.f. 0.4417 Acre 95 of Atlantic beachfront Dolphin Beach Estates Semi-private dock. #GGV1135 FORCLOSURE MUST SELL! $350,000. SEAVIEW Dolphin Beach Estates 24,292 s.f. 0.557 Acre 136 prime waterfront great elevations fabulous views of Delias Cay and the Sea of Abaco. Shared dock access or can build a private dock on shoreline 8 depth at MLW #GGV1118 $368,000. GREEN TURTLE CAY COCONUT BEACH 63,815 s.f. 1.465 Acre Prime beach front lot secluded beach cove on north end-driveway in place and approved building plans available GTV1172 NEW $675,000. PLAYING HOOKY15,948 s.f. 0.3661 Acre Prime building site Unobstructed views of Coco Bay Public dock accessBeach access #GTV1080 $240,000. OCEANVIEW LOT 22,141 s.f. 0.508 acres corner lot Atlantic beach and ocean views beach road access 30 away close proximity to Green Turtle Club. Snorkeling just oshore. #GTV1157 $275,000. CONCHED OUT -Lot 2 30,361 s.f. 0.697 Acre 125 of Atlantic beachfront 12 elevations #GTV1008 -$350,000. Lot 3 36,440 s.f. 0.836 Acre 117 on Coco Bay30 elevations #GTV1206 $697,000. Lot 4 36,440 s.f. 0.836 Acre 117 on Coco Bay 25 elevations #GTV1207 $697,000. NO NAME CAY PARCELS 1. One Acre +/345 of Atlantic shoreline $225,000. 2. One Acre +/250 of Atlantic Shoreline $259,000. 3. One and a Half Acres +/525 of Atlantic Shoreline $418,000. Combine all three for a very private estate. #NCV1188 $225,000 $418,000. SEABREEZE 14,960 s.f. 0.343 Acre close to ocean beach clubs & town. #GTV1173 $145,000. COCO BAY BREEZE Prime building site .2699 Acre Dock Access Beach Access. #GTV1007 $47,500. MAN O WAR CAY SUMMERPLACE 10,719 s.f. 0.246 Acre Prime building site over 150 of Sea of Abaco frontage private dock fabulous Sea of Abaco views. #MWV1082 UNDER CONTRACT CENTRAL ABACO SAND BANKS CREEK LOTS 4&5 #4 1.120 Acres 97.42 on the creek. #5 1.155 Acres 100.92 on the creek. Both lots creek to highway near Treasure Cay. #CAV1182 $89,500. Green Turtle Cay7,264 s.f. 0.166 Acre 877 s.f. 3 Bd.-1 Bath 12 x 16 Shed 90 L Shaped Dock PGT Storm Windows Galvilume Metal Roof 1/2 or Full Ownership Oered #GTH1197 $174,000 $347,000 Green Turtle Cay3 Bedroom, 3 Baths 1,282 s.f. under air 887 s.f ground oor bed-bath-garage 1,597 s.f. decks 15,710s.f. 0.360 Acre 200 on Coco Bay Beach 8,000 gallon cistern #GTH1152 $1,285,000Green Turtle Cay 4 Bd, 2 Bth 1,962 s.f. 2 kitchens 30,874 s.f. 0.708 Acres 360 views 30 elevations Centrally Located #GTH1192 $1,200,000 Man O War CayNorthern Tip of MOW Sea to Sea Parcels 3 Options Available Private Marina 8MLW Private Beaches Exceptional Estate Great Elevations Price Upon Request Man O War CaySea to Sea property 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1,096 s.f. Beach Res. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 625 s.f. Guest Cottage Land 0.764 Acre Workshop/Laundry #MWH1164 $1,040,000 Cherokee Sound30,600 s.f. 0.702 Acre 2,040 s.f. Residence 280 s.f. Guest House 3 Bed 3 Bath 1120 s.f. Covered Decks 90 s.f. Open Decks Ocean Views 1/2 mile to Settlement #CSH1209 $570,000 Green Turtle Cay1,190 s.f. Residence Land 2.68 Acres 150.60 Atlantic Beach 196.60 Coco Bay Beach Dock 50% Shared #GTH1169 Green Turtle CayMarina Resort for Sale +/-621 on Black Sound available +/-378 Sea of Abaco frontage available +/2.78 Acres Restaurant & Pool Bar Shell Fuel Dock Great for private estate #GTH1151 $3,470,000 Green Turtle Cay1,823 s.f. 0.0419 Acre 1,723 s.f. 2 bd, 2 bth On Settlement Harbour Corner Lot Workshop/Garage Fully Furnished/turn key City water Great Rental Property Water views #GTH1193 $375,000 Green Turtle Cay17,191 s.f. 0.394 Acre 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Covered Screen Porch Wood Floors Shellstone Tile Dead End Road/Private Community Dock Access #GTH1149 $499,000 Great Guana Cay12,105 s.f. 0.277 Acre 60 Atlantic Beach 642 s.f. 2 bd 2 bth 336 s.f. open decks Beautiful views of Atlantic Ocean 10,000 gal. cistern Close to town #GGH1191 $499,000 Great Guana Cay18,321 s.f 0.420 Acre 110 Atlantic Beach +/1000 s.f. 3 Bd 2 Bth master on second level Abacos best beach golf cart 6 KW standby gen. Rental History #GGH1204 $675,000 Man O War Cay 10,056 s.f. 0.23 Acre 1,200 s.f. Residence 192 s.f. Snore Box 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath 16,000 gal. cistern 17 KW Diesel Gen. Central A/C + Split Unit #MWH1024 $499,000 Green Turtle Cay 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 928 s.f. 74,182 s.f. 1.703 Acre 198 of Gilliam Bay Beach 478 on the Sea of Abaco Overlooks town ats Boneshermens Dream Property #GTH1205 $399,000 RED BAY & LOGGERHEAD CREEK 0.233 67.42 Acres of prime development opportunity, possibilities unlimited. ACV1184 ACV1185 ACV1186 $139,000 $1,685,500. SOUTH ABACO LITTLE HARBOUR LOT 42,166 s.f. 9.68 Acre 165 on Hurricane Hole Easement to Little Harbour 2,773 s.f. 10 wide. #SAV1208 $255,000. THE GATEWAY AT WINDING BAYOver 16 Acres of prime development property 1,638 linear ft of creek frontage. Great location for Eco-Resort or commercial property. Located at the entrance to Winding Bay (Ritz Carlton) and Little Harbour, just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour airport. SAV1198 REDUCED $1,200,000. Green Turtle Cay4 Bd, 4 Bth 4,948 s.f. / 2 levels 19,083 s.f. 0.438 Each level private living space/kitchen Sea of Abaco Dock/boatlift/10,000 #GTH1181 $1,699,000 Chris Plummer Green Turtle Cay Guana Cay Faron Sawyer Scotland Cay Marsh Harbour Silbert Mills Marsh Harbour James Pleydell-Bouverie Man O War Cay Paul Thompson Elbow Cay Elbow CayBest Estate on Elbow Cay -Beach lot 2.24 Acres 419 Atlantic Beachfront 395 on Canal 2 Cottages with dock Creek Parcel 1.39 Acres 160 on Nigh Creek 25 Elevations #HTH1200 $2,999,900 REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED UNDER CONTRACT REDUCED Abaco Cays Realty, Ltd.Specializing in the Gems of Abaco, her Cays REDUCED Scotland Cay -13,601 s.f. 0.312 Acre 84 on canal 2,678 s.f. Residence 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Dock & Lift 15,000 lb 60x20 Dock slip/marina garage #SCH1196 $1,399,000 Green Turtle Cay 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath 2,048 s.f. 4,617 s.f. 0.106 Acre 4 Single Townhouses Resort/Accommodation Views of the Sea of Abaco 384 s.f. of sun porches Rental History Located at Blu House Resort #GTH1199 $499,000 REDUCED

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 3 FEBRUARY 1st, 2012 By Canishka Alexander Matthew Grammatico, of Forest Heights Academy, received the overall top BGCSE results for private schools and overall top BGCSE student for 2012 in The Bahamas at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technologys annual National Awards presentation on Jan.17. According to this budding prodigy, this has been his greatest accomplishment to date. Without question, Matthew said of his achievement, it was incredible to receive an award of such distinction after having set the goal many years ago. Although he had set such a high stan dard for himself, however, Matthew stated that he was nervous about the outcome and even underestimated his performance jects. In preparation for the BGCSE exami nations, he began studying months in ad vance and was devoted to a study schedule. I also studied from textbooks and ensured I understood the content, [and] not just memorized it. I also did many past pa pers and put my all into the coursework, Matthew recalled. I also set the goal of receiving the best results when I collected a BJC award in Nassau. I sat next to that years recipients of the award, and said to myself, I really want that to be me. Having a goal to work towards encouraged me to study. Matthew encouraged students to do what he did by studying months in ad vance, and avoid leaving things until the last minute. He suggested taking as many subjects as possible to better prepare them for college and to increase their chances of winning an award. He added: I would tell them that with hard work and determination any thing is possible. Grateful to his supporters, Matthew thanked all of the teachers and faculty at Forest Heights Academy particularly those teachers who offered extra classes, and his former teachers at St. Francis de Sales He was appreciative to his family for al ways being supportive of him. Matthew is currently attending Chel sea Independent College in London, and is studying his GCE A-Levels. He has hopes to attend university this fall where he will study Natural Sciences. Once he completes his undergraduate studies, he plans to pur sue a masters degree, and quite possibly become an educator someday. Matthew Grammatico recognized as top BGCSE student in the country Above: Matthew Grammatico top BGCSE student in the entire country. Historic 120 mile run raises reef awareness Above: Rhonda Claridge about 30 miles into her run from Crown Haven to Sandy Point. In an interview with The Abaconian she said that this is the point, just north of the Treasure Cay Airport, that she most felt like giving up. She still had another 90 miles, and hours, to go. She was thrilled with how friendly all the passing motorists were and was overwhelmed by the show of support from each community she passed. For more on the story see page 12.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Press Release Each year, thanks to the sponsorship of Hope Town Association, a small group of volunteers band together to revive the Junkanoo tradition in Hope Town. Inter ested youth of Hope Town are invited to join Junkanoo workshops in order to learn music and choreography and create cos tumes. A theme based on current events or local culture is chosen to inspire the cos tumes and dance. This year's theme was Celebrat ing Sailing in Abaco. Many of the youth Junkanoo group are also part of the Junior Sailing Program, so they were very excited about the theme. Students dedicated themselves to Sat urday morning workshops and proudly dis played their hard work during an afternoon parade on New Year's Eve through the settlement. A Junkanoo group from Trea sure Cay was hired to help with the music for the parade. Locals and visitors lined the streets, cameras in hand, to watch the group go by. This has become a popular event in Hope Town, especially for those unable to attend late night events. Thanks go to Monise John, Justin and Amanda Higgs, Olivia Patterson and Erika Russell for their efforts as well as the other volunteers. For more information about the Youth Junkanoo program or to contrib ute, please contact Hope Town Association (via Lory Kenyon, 366-0121). School & Youth News Junior Junkanoo parades through Hope Town Above: the Junior Junkanoo Group in Hope Town celebrate the theme Sailing in Abaco. On Saturday, January 26 Angels Academy held its annual Souse-Out and Walk-a-Thon. Students, from Pre-Kin dergarten to Grade Six, raised funds from sponsors and walked from the school (lo cated along Front Street in Marsh Harbour) to the Crossing and back. During the walk and afterwards, volunteers at the school dished out containers of chicken, pork and pigs feet souse along with johnny cake. The fundraiser netted the school a sum slightly over the $3,000 mark. Since buying the school in 2012, Michelle Roark has emphasized improv ing the availability of learning tools for the schools students. An expanded library and new equipment for a computer lab are some of the accomplishments to date. The Souse-Out, along with the other annual fundraiser, the Wine and Cheese Night, will go towards furthering educational op portunities for the students at Angels Acad emy. Souse-Out and Walk-a-Thon at Angels Academy engages parents, community Above: students from Angels Academy complete their walk-a-thon.

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Abaco Central High School recognizes students at awards assembly By Mirella Santillo Abaco Central High School were recog nized for their achievements during the 2011-2012 year at a special assembly held at the school on the morning of January 22, 2013. The long ceremony had the theme Committed to Excellence. Moderated, as usual, by two students, Gina Raymond ville and Kirkland McIntosh, it was also a showcase for many other students who demonstrated their talents in reciting poet ry, singing and interpreting musical pieces in the school band. A panel of educators, among them the District Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black, the Principal, Ricardo Ferguson and the Representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ishmael Morley, was present. The popular Principal Ferguson took the stand amid cheers to speak about the qualities needed to achieve excellence, such as determination, drive, desire and discipline, which he called the four Ds. Other advices he offered were to be truth ful, to have a good attitude, to use time wisely, to have clean language, to develop a sense of urgency, to be punctual, to de mand respect and to surround oneself with positive people. Dr. Black acknowledged the parents who had come to witness the rewarding School & Youth News of their childrens achievements. ..To a greater degree it is the parents support that determines the success of students, she assured. She then congratulated the students on their achievements, saying that they served as a role model for their peers. She proudly announced that the top try came from ACH and that the top score for History in the BGCSE also came from the school. She expressed the hope that this year twelfth graders would go beyond those results. Rev. Willish Johnson, who has an impressive education background, has been on Abaco since she was appointed at St John Anglican Church in 2010. As the guest speaker she gave a very up-beat and motivating speech, illustrated by several stories. Education is the passport to the fu ture, for it belonged to the ones who pre pare today was her introduction, as she urged the parents to take control of their childrens life by taking away everything that could deter them from studying, citing the story of Dr. Ben Carson whose mother took away his TV privileges and sent him to the library instead. Complementing the teachers, she advocated patience and cour age as she stated that the very students who discourage you, need you more than they know. She reminded students to be commit ted and to behave and present themselves according to what they want for their fu ture. She urged them to commit to excel lence in all areas of their lives, academi cally, socially, athletically and spiritually. The awards presentation started with students most improved and most outstand ing in various subjects until the distribution of the Special GGYA Awards, recognizing calling students with the highest GPA in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. GGYA Awards went to Cloder St Fleur, Payton Stubbs, Malesha Joseph, Jessica Pierre, Gina Raymondville and Joanne Jeune. The highest GPA in grade7 was achieved by two students: Destiny Sey mour and Sam Cajuste. In grade 8 the award went to Kadesha Canton; it went to Isaiah Seymour in grade 9, to Conrad Cornish in grade 10 and to Olujimi Scott in grade 11. The recipients were cheered by the body of students and congratulated by Dr. Black as she handed them their awards. Above: Some of the Abaco Central High School students who were recognized at the spe cial awards assembly on January 22. Principal Ricardo Ferguson (foreground far-right) has emphasized excellence among the student body since taking over the post at Abacos largest high school. ECC student returns from study abroad in Italy By Mirella Santillo Meeting with Blake Russell, barely one week after his return to Abaco from a six month stay in Italy, he was already working on a, art piece to put in a fund raising event for Every Child Counts school. The enthusiasm he brought back from his European experience was obvious Please see Italy Page 5

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Fredericks Agency Ltd. Customs Brokers Customs Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign ports Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Phone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum Certified Propeller Repair Technician The ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas School & Youth News Italy From Page 4 through the way he described his trip: from the many plane rides (West Palm Beach to Chicago, Chicago to London, London to San Giovani, near Viterbo in Lazio where he stayed from July 2, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at the home of Rita Pesseri, a former resident of Hope Town, who had coached him in art in Marsh Harbour a few years ago. She did so in Italy as well, introduc ing him to a new media-oilthat soon be came his favourite painting material. According to Blake, while in Italy, he developed a better understanding of the human body in terms of an art subject by studying muscles and limbs. He learned how to mix and blend colours and use tem perature tones. He was also introduced to a new discipline that he intends to pursue: sculpting. I did not know I had so many hid den talents, confessed the young man who planned to make use of them all in his future career. Of course, he also learned enough Italian to get by. Ms. Pessari introduced him, as well, to yoga as a means to get in control of his life, something, he said, has become very useful. His several visits to Rome and to the many surrounding towns were cultural ex periences that will stay with him forever, he said. He visited museums, churches and posed besides public fountains. In the rural areas he picked olives, learned how to make olive oil and harvested grapes to make wine. He brought back many photo graphs, including some that will be used as art material. Back in Marsh Harbour, at ECC, he is attending classes to graduate in June and is still working on perfecting his art work. I hope to go back to Italy one day, perhaps twenty years from now, were his parting words. Above: Blake Rusell, ECC student, visited many landmarks in Italy, here he is at a Colosseum in Rome. Majority Rule Day celebrated among Abaco schools History particularly poignant for Abaco By Canishka Alexander Public and private schools through out Abaco observed the 46th Anniversary of Majority Rule in The Bahamas and the 40th Year of Independence on Jan. 10. St. Francis de Sales Catholic School was among them. Cecil Simon, History teacher, ad monished students to pay careful attention to what was being done as part of their pos itive experience at St. Francis, so that they could tell their children and grandchildren about it in the future. Simon subsequently turned the cer emony over to Marlique Hield, modera tor, who was joined by her peers in the singing of the national anthem, prayer, and Scripture reading. Abidemi Simon intro duced Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills of the Baha mas Christian Network (BCN) as the guest speaker. Dr. Mills highlighted the journey of how The Bahamas has gotten to where we are today expounding on the voyage of Christopher Columbus to our shores, and later on to the abolishment of the slave trade. Despite gaining freedom in the 1800s, black women were not allowed to vote un til Nov. 26, 1962. Indeed, businesses and politics were controlled by whites. Dr. Mills noted, however, that in the early 1900s, token blacks were allowed into the mainstream of politics. Having experienced the injustices of bits of what his mother had told him. My mother could not go to theaters because she was black. She couldnt go to certain restaurants in Nassau because she was black. The sign read: Whites only, no coloureds allowed, he said. Preju dice was alive and well in The Bahamas. We cant imagine a Bahamas or Abaco like that. In a government led by Great Brit ain, Dr. Mills said they began to gradu ally chip away at the attitudes of suppres sion and prejudice. The United Bahamian Party (UBP) became the governing party when The Bahamas was allowed to make decisions on their own, and soon the Pro gressive Liberal Party (PLP) was formed. Meanwhile, the Martin Luther King Jr. movement in America had a dramatic im pact on blacks in The Bahamas. In 1965, the UBP was accused of win elections. On Black Tuesday, For mer Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Sir Lynden Pindling, took the mace, the symbol of authority, out of Parliament by throwing it out of the window. The act showed that power had been taken from the white minority and placed in the hands of the black majority. Sir Milo Butler then tossed the hourglass out of the window. In 1967, an election was held on Jan. 10. The election results came in with 18 seats for the UBP and 18 for the PLP. Above: St Francis students, of both white and black heritage, learn about their common, and recent, history. Many of their parents and grandparents witnessed or participated in the struggles associated with the march towards majority rule and the legacy it left behind. Please see Majority Page 6

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Sids Food Store Groceries Toiletries Souvenirs Serving New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade Breads WIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay Tel: (242) 365-4055 It was a dead tie. Sir Randol Fawkes representing the Labour Party, and Sir Alvin Braynen as an independent candidate both joined the PLP to form the new government of The Bahamas. On that day, 46 years ago, because those two men joined with the Progressive Liberal Party, the advent of majority rule was realized, Dr. Mills voice thundered. There was a chanting in the streets of the capital, there was dancing in the streets School & Youth News Majority From Page 5 here in Abaco. Black Bahamians had been able to become victorious in becoming the winners and leaders of our nation. It ended an era of the white minority, handing over the power to the black majority. But for Abaco it didnt end there. Dr. Mills said that the move didnt settle well with Abaco because many people were not supportive of black majority rule. When the PLP petitioned the British government to make The Bahamas an independent na tion, Abaco resisted not wanting to go with the majority. It was stated that we in Abaco wanted to be our own country. Central Abaco Primary reenacts scenes from Majority Rule Day By Samantha Evans On Thursday January 10, 2013 public schools across the Commonwealth of The Bahamas were called upon to remember the events of January 10, 1967, which marked Majority Rule Day. All of these schools were asked to host a thirty minute assem bly. At Central Abaco Primary School, the principal read the message from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes which spoke about the struggles prior to majority rule and the opportunities it brought to all peo ple of the Bahamas especially people of color. Sir Foulkes stated that this is prob ably the most important day since the end of slavery in the colony of The Bahamas in On January 10, the administration, staff, students and facility managers of S. C. Bootle High School paused from their regularly scheduled classes for a short assembly highlight ing Majority Rule Day. The Social Science Department, headed by Laura Lee Davis, was responsible for coor dinating this special event. The assembly was moderated by three 12th grade students: Clydesha Cornish, Keiasha Curry, and Sherrie Romer. Above: The schools choir led by Mr. Enzil Cooper sang a bi-lingual rendition entitled: I am Delivered. Audea Russell, a student of S.C. Bootle High, read a poem called The matter was so serious that the British government ordered Sir Lynden and an Abaco delegation to travel to Parlia ment in London to debate whether Abaco should remain a British colony or become independent with the rest of The Bahamas. According to MP for South Abaco Edi son Key he is the only surviving member of that PLP delegation that made the his toric visit. Dr. Mills said: The implication of Abaco wanting to secede from the re mainder of The Bahamas is far-reaching and plays deeply in the matter of Majority Rule. History has it that the British govern ment rejected the Abaco delegations peti tion to remain a British colony. Forty six years later, we stand on the accomplish ments of that day a day when freedom and justice was made available to all men. 1834. This day is celebrated to remember the decision made by the majority of the people of African descent. In a sense, this day is seen as the second emancipation day in The Bahamas. Sir Foulkes recalled that the mental shackles and chains that hin dered the growth of people of colour. A play written by Kayla Wallace -Dis trict Teacher of the Yearassisted by Ro berta Lindsay showcased the talent of some the events of that day prior to Sir Randol Fawkes and Sir Alvin Bryanen joining the Progressive Liberal Party and thus forming the new majority government. In attendance was retired principal Shirley Butler-Barr, Felemease Sawyer Christian Council Pastor Stephen Knowles, and many parents of Central Abaco Prima ry School. At Abaco Central High School, in front of a panel of guests comprised of Ruth Smith, with the Department of Education, Administrator Cunningham, PTA President Solukee to the Majority Rule Day of 1967 were narrated by Jessica Pierre and Harmony Williams. Moderated by two students, Olujimi Scott and Paytan Stubbs, the assembly unfolded with skits about the political situation in the 50's and 60's and with impersonations of Sir Lynden Pindling, particularly when he threw the House of Assembly Speakers Mace out of the window on Black Tuesday. Teacher Yasmin Glinton read a poem she had composed and musical medleys of old Ba hamian songs were performed by the school band (above) or the school choir. Majority Rule Day has made so many things possible for us. Colour doesnt matter anymore, but who you are and what you can dream of. A selection was sung by the school choir before Principal Josephine Kumar addressed the school by reading a Major ity Rule Day message from the Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foul kes. She told students that their generation is a privileged one thanks to Bahamian stalwarts who were courageous enough to today. Conversely, she expressed that her biggest fear is that the students will refuse to learn their history. Nevertheless, she still encouraged them to rise above medi ocrity and to build upon the legacy of their forefathers.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 ABACO FREIGHT COURIER SERVICES Ocean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo St. Francis de Sales wins Grade Six Spelling Bee By Samantha Evans Twenty-three spellers took part in the Grade 6 Spelling Bee held at St. Andrews Methodist Hall on Friday, January 11 be ginning at 10am. The Spelling Bee began with a devotional, then the competition kicked into full gear. The spellers spent nine rounds on the seen list of words before they were given words from the unseen list. At this point six spellers remained and the competition heated up. After six rounds on the unseen list, the top three spellers remained. In third place was Dionne Alleyne of Moores Is land All School, in second place was Ki ara White of Agape Christian School and the winner was Leota Davis of St. Francis de Sales School. The coach receiving the trophy on behalf of St. Francis de Sales School was Ms. SimonGrade 6 teacher. Success Training College recruitment campaign on the way By Samantha Evans Persons who missed the Fall recruit ment of Success Training College now have another opportunity to enroll for the Winter semester which will begin in several weeks. On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Sharon Rolle, Administrator for the college, was on Abaco for the recruitment process. She met with those persons who were interested in starting their college level education this term. She told them that Success Training College has a great track record on the island of providing af fordable quality education to persons of all ish the curriculum so they have made the right choice. She told them the expectations of the college, fees and tuitions and how long it would take them to complete their Asso ciates Degree. Those persons who were present were interested in Early Childhood Education, Paralegal Studies and Business Administration but the college also offers degree programs in Human Resources Management and Accounts. Even though Business Administration is the most popular degree program on the island, interest is growing in other areas and, hopefully, the college will graduate its the coming years. School & Youth News Smith Memorial students excelling at the BJC Level By Samantha Evans Smith Memorial is a local school lently making their mark in the BJC exams with their students performing extremely well and moving on to high school where they continue to excel academically. Rev. Hamfreth Rahming and his wife have been running the Smith Memorial Academy for many years now and they run a very strict school compound. The little school that sits on the hill next to the Miriam Cornish Clinic in Dun das Town, is a now sought after school for Junior High School instruction. Accord ing to Ms. Rahming, they do not allow abilities. They work the students hard and challenge them to pull out the best God has placed within them. They know what is re quired for their students to advance so they work towards achieving those goals daily. The children are disciplined and com mitted to upholding the standards of the school and embrace the vision of their teachers. This year, three of the former grade nine students were honoured at the District Awards Ceremony held on Friday, January 18, for performing exceptionally well on their BJC exams. The students, Jonnajah Bootle, La manda Burrows and Paulette Burrows, er. Smith Memorial begins at 8:30am and ends at 2:30pm. CAPS awards students of excellence By Canishka Alexander Thanking God for Students of Ex cellence was the celebratory theme for Central Abaco Primary Schools Awards Day Ceremony on Jan.11. Two hundred and thirty three students were recognized for their accomplishments. A hearty welcome was given by preschool students followed by a selection by the Grade 5 trio made up of Keith Mor timer, Angelique and Antonique Palmer. The students sang Mary Marys Cant Give Up Now. Moderator Tanae Roberts, head girl for Central Abaco Primary, soon intro duced Pastor Kyle Johnson, youth minis ter at First Assembly of God Church, to students and teachers. Pastor Johnson was welcomed as a dynamic man of God and as the guest speaker for the ceremony. In his remarks, Pastor Johnson began with the biblical story of David, and talked about how David was chosen from among his brothers to carry out Gods work. The students were encouraged to adopt Godly principles and to become soaring eagles who strive for excellence. Led by George Mills and Leroy Thompson, the schools senior assistants, students in each grade level were rec ognized for their academic excellence. Robertha Lindsay, Grade 5 Coordinator, and Kayla Wallace, District Teacher of the Year, assisted with the distribution of awards to 139 students on the Honour Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA); 43 on the Vice Principals List (3.5-3.79 GPA); and 13 students on the Principals List (3.8-4.0 GPA). Nine teen students were awarded for being the most outstanding in their respective grades, and 19 others received most improved cer parents wore shirts that read: "My Child is an Honour Student at Central Abaco Pri mary." The ceremony was brought to a close by Jeffernique Victor, who gave the vote of thanks. Above: Student Benjamin Cornish receives an award from Ms. Mercius, school trea surer. Students to enroll for this semester will receive a 25% discount off of tuition only which is a great help for working adults. Interested persons can contact Enid White-Gardiner, the local coordinator at the Public Treasury, or Success Training 7162. Dundas Town Township launches BGCSE classes By Samantha Evans The Local Government Township Committee launched their latest initiative where they offer BGCSE classes to Grade 12 students and recent high school gradu ates. According to Chairman Faran New bold, these classes have been a dream of the committee for the past year or two but fer them. This year, he noted, they have made provisions to ensure that classes will be done to help improve the passes the stu dents in the Dundas Town and Central Pines Communities receive. He added that they would have liked to offer classes for BJC candidates but they decided to give the graduates their full attention since they are about to enter the work or college world. The classes being offered are Math and English Language Skills, and will be held from January 22 to May 8, 2013. The classes will be held at the Dundas Town Burial Society on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The coordinator of the classes is Samantha V. Evans.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Artist Highlight Sebastian Andrews By Jennifer Hudson Eighteen year old Sebastian Andrews is just beginning to understand and more fully explore his innate artistic talent as the result of being selected as this years schol arship student at Walter Bartmans Hope Town painting workshop held on Elbow Cay from January 3-13. Mr. Bartman is est art teachers and conducts workshops all over the world. Sebastian has loved to draw since a very early age, drawing cartoon characters from the shows he watched on television from about the age of six or seven. His talents were encouraged as a student at St. Francis de Sales School by his art teacher, Mr. Ajero. Most of the work Sebastian did at school was with coloured pencils and he credits Mr. Ajero with giving him much good instruction in the art of working in this medium. Sebastian remembers always doing well in art lessons at school. He took and passed the BJC art examination and also BGSE Art. He is particularly interested in graphic design and so chose this as his sub ject for BGSE achieving a good result. Sebastian was selected as this years scholarship student to attend Walt Bat mans Annual Painting Workshop in Hope Town. The selection of a promising young artist each year is made by Abaco art ist Marlee Mason. Sebastian attended the workshop for its entire duration of ten days going across on the 9.00am ferry and stay ing each day until the last ferry in order to His ferry transportation was spon sored by Alburys Ferry Service. ing rather nervous because he had never worked in paints before and was now amongst a group of 28 competent artists. However, the group quickly made him feel at home and were all very helpful to him. They were all very nice and gave me canvasses, brushes and paints and helped me a lot. Mr. Bartman was an excellent teacher who gave me tips and took me through the steps in painting, stated Se bastian. which was of coconut trees with the wa ter in the background was not too good, lamented Sebastian. However, he made so much progress during the ten days that at the end of the workshop he sold two paint ings and a drawing at the local art show which was very exciting for him. Mr. Bartman was very impressed with Sebastian, whom he described as a pleasure to work with. He came with the skills and ability I look for in a scholarship student. His draw ing ability is exceptional, he just lacked an understanding of painting because he had limited experience and had never painted outdoors, stated Mr. Bartman. In the workshop Sebastian was given an under standing of how to compose a composi tion and work with oil paint outdoors and he learned to paint boats, water, clouds, ful series of paintings. All the artists felt that he was truly gifted and hope that he continues his dream of being an artist. He gained a lot of knowledge to help him on his career path. I liked his dedication, he was very committed and I enjoyed working with him and look forward to following his career, stated Mr. Bartman. Sebastians goal is to become a graphic designer and he would like to try and obtain a scholarship to art college. In the meantime he is putting his skills to good use by painting portraits for people and is also working on a mural of a ga zebo in his mothers massage studio which should greatly add to the clients feeling of relaxation. For the Hope Town workshop, art ist Marlee Mason supplied Sebastian with a basic art kit to which other artists added but Ms. Mason is delighted to announce that Furniture Plus has agreed to provide all the necessary art supplies for future scholarship students. Furniture Plus will also this week be providing the funds for the purchase of a beginning set containing an easel, oil paints, brushes, palette knives and canvas for Sebastian to continue devel oping his artistic talents. Above: teen artist, Sebastian Andrews, displaying some of his watercolours. Sebastian was selected, on scholarship, to attend the Walter Bartman Painting Workshop.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Sports By Mirella Santillo The Tenth Annual Rotary Club of Abaco Golf Tournament, an annual fund raising event which took place on January 12th in Treasure Cay, was blessed with the perfect weather. The event is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Abaco and in past years has allowed the club to pursue civic and community projects that tournament was the Clubs recent support of Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue in Treasure Cay which recently received an emergency vehicle dedicated to carry the jaws-of-life thanks to Rotarians efforts. The forty golfers, who met early that morning, were divided into teams of four. Rotary Club Golf Tournament raises money for community projects The tournament, which lasted the whole morning, was a well disputed event which ended with two teams tied. The team com prised of Steve Wainwright, Sandy Hamel, George Riviere and Fran Relow won based on handicap. Many of the golfers and Rotarians met again at six oclock at Spinnaker Res taurant for the award presentation dinner, which was preceeded by a cocktail hour and the opportunity to bid in a silent auc tion on a variety of items donated by lo cal businesses. Popular items comprised of an Adirondack armchair built by Rotarian Chris Roberts, a gicle print of sea grapes donated by Timothy Higgs, a stay in a 3 bedroom cottage on Harbour Island com pliments of Deborah Curry as well as a straw purse designed by Lillian Cash. various amounts, one donated by Dane Pritchard for pest extermination, another for services at Abaco Gas, and for drinks or food at Snappas Bar & Grill. MC for the evening, Jo-Ann Bradley, and Rotary Club President Dwayne Wallas, welcomed the guests and invited them to partake in the meal which was a cornucopia of dish es prepared by Chef Noel St. Claude and his crew. There was something for every taste: pan-fried grouper with lemon sauce, spare ribs with mushroom sauce and roast ed chicken with side orders of baby green beans, sauted potatoes, rice and salad, as well as an assortment of desserts. While diners enjoyed their meal, door prizes were called by Rotary Past President Bryan Thompson. Brass & Leather, the Burns House Group and Abaco Gold were among other generous donors. Fire Chief Colin Albury offered his thanks to the Rotary Club for its support of Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue in Trea sure Cay, especially for the funds which The Rotary Club of Abacos efforts go towards many different projects on-island and abroad. Above: an emergency vehicle provided in part by Rotary Club to Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue Above: golfer, Lloyd Williams, lines up a put under the watchful eye of teammate Roscoe Thompson. The pressure was on as each of the teams competed for the top prize. Please see Rotary Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Sports allowed the department to purchase the Jaws-of-Life, which he mentioned were used a couple of days prior in a car acci dent, saving an injured automobilist. It was then time for the award pre sentation. Shawn Thompson received a trophy for the Longest Drive. His female counter part was Inger Kleim. The Closest-to-the-Pin male winner was Ted Donaldson; the female winner was Pat Comber. The runner-up team was composed of Michael Lenthall, Neil Rice, Frederick Gottlieb and Pat Comber who was the only one present to receive the trophy. Mr. Wainwright did not attend the dinner, but his three partners, Sandy Hamel, George Riviere and Fran Relow, received their awards with smiles from Ro tary President Elect Desmond Bootle and his wife Audra. Above: the winning team presented with their trophies by Rotary President-Elect Des mond Bootle (far right) and his wife Audra (far left.) The winning team consisted of Sandy Hamel, George Riviere, Fran Relow, and -not picturedSteve Wainwright. Rotary From Page 9 BBF President appoints members to resume basketball night league on Abaco Above: a Jan 9 game between Agape and SC Bootle players highlights atleticism on Abaco. A night league will bring communi ties together outside of school sports. By Canishka Alexander While at the Agape Basketball TipOff Classic held last year, Bahamas Bas ketball Federation (BBF) President Charles "Softly" Robins saw that there was a need to resume a basketball league on Abaco. According to Coach Wayde Adderley, Robins appointed a few members to take the torch and get the league started to pro mote basketball. In September, a formal election will be held in order to realign the board mem bers. The appointed members include: Coach Wayde Adderley, president; God frey Rolle, vice president; William Davis, Jamal Hepburn, secretary. Coach Adderley gave an overview of the formation of night league basketball on Abaco, and so far, theyve received great interest in the sport. Games were expected to begin on Jan.11 in Mt. Hope, and con tinue every weekend going forth by rotat ing games from one community to another. Coach Adderley commended Wilton Saunders for being instrumental in basket ball in the North Abaco community add ing that they planned to start with about six teams in the league. At the end of the ab breviated season, the members would put a team together to send to the BBF tourna ment, or if they were to host the tourna ment on Abaco, they wanted to have some representation at that time. To make up teams, Godfrey Rolle ex plained that they looked at communities, and were targeting Sandy Point, Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Treasure Cay, Mt. Hope, and Coopers Town. The members are still waiting to receive word from Cen tral Pines, Green Turtle Cay, Crossing Rocks and Spring City, where players ex pressed interest and made commitments to support the league. Rolle emphasized that the players only have half a season with about two months before the BBF tourna ment rolls around during Easter. Meanwhile William Davis was excit ed about reinvigorating the Abaco Basket ball Association, and getting all communi ties involved. Basketball used to be the most ex citing sport, and was family oriented with the competition and camaraderie; it was the sport that glued Abaco together as an Please see BBF Page 11

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Dynamic Dolphins and Agape Christian Schools Eagles. The games were held at Grace Gym nasium just after school with the girls play competitors with the Dolphins leading slightly to a victory of 21 to 14. The junior boys game was next. It team scoring 20 before the break; but the SC Bootle Dolphins took the lead in the second half, keeping it to the end of the game; they won 38 to 29. However, the Dolphins never had a chance in the third game played between the two senior teams. Try as they might, they could not beat the swiftness and skill of the Eagles who started to score as soon as the game started and went on scoring. Timothy Bullard, who just recently joined the Eagles, scored the most baskets. Other names to mention are John Saunders, Jaron Cornish, Gregory Mon roe, Kevin Deveaux and Godfrey Rolle. to 29. It was a great game for the Eagles. Coach Adderley mentioned that his Games will be held every Wednesday until the end of the championship. island and kept communities in touch with one another, Davis reminisced. Based on those facts, we decided to take up the mantle. Were trying to get the basketball association back on the level where it used to be, and put the energies of our young men to doing some very positive things. Davis sees the night league as a way to occupy the time of young men with in terest in the sport, and as a way to repre sent our communities and island through basketball, and even one day the country. Like their colleagues, both Eustace Penn and Jamal Hepburn are eagerly looking forward to the season, and Penn predicted that it will be a good and com petitive one. Hepburn was delighted that Robins did what he did for the league not Sports BBF From Page 10 ing that its been a long time coming. He and Rolle plan to go back out on the court as well. And so as everyone does their part, Davis said that he hoped the business com munity will smile on the league by partner ing with them to harness young peoples energies and turn them into something positive. This would be a great gesture for any business to partner with us with help ing young men in positive directions. High school basketball games resume By Mirella Santillo The highschool basketball season resumed on January 9 with three games played between SC Bootle High Schools Above: players at the Jan 9 game speed across the court.

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 DATE: Friday 22nd February, 2013 7 p.m. CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMCONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE PRESENTS A TOWN MEETING ON Light refreshments will be served Come share your views; submit your suggestions & comments on any changes you would like to make to the Constitution of The Bahamas at: Sports Historic island-long run supports reefs Press Release On Saturday January 12, Rhonda Claridge made history by running the length of Abaco from Crown Haven in the north to Sandy Point in the south (roughly 120 miles) to raise awareness of the plight of disappearing coral reefs and to raise funds for Abacos conservation organiza tion Friends of the Environment. Rhonda has had a successful career in ultra-running she has completed around the world, but Saturdays event was her longest and hard est run to date. Despite the overwhelming challenge amount of support that was shown from the entire island of Abaco. Crowds came out in every settlement to yell words of en couragement and their enthusiasm was in fectious. Residents made signs and posted them on lamp posts along the highway and many individuals joined her along the way either on bike or on foot. A visitor that has been coming to Abaco for many years, Chris Fitzpatrick, rode her bike with Rhonda for almost 12 hours from Crown Haven to Marsh Har bour. Brother James rode his bike from Coopers Town to Treasure Cay generating support all along the way, urging people to come out of their houses. He got the cus toms and booking agents at the Treasure Cay airport to step outside and cheer her on. An eleventh grade student ran from Marsh Harbour to Spring City alongside Rhonda barefoot. Others rode their bikes ting their own personal records. Rhonda took on this challenge af ter reading an alarming article about the global status of coral reefs in the British newspaper The Independent. According to the article coral reef ecosystems are not predicted to survive past this century. Pro fessor Peter Sale of the University of Syd ney, a top United Nations scientist who has studied the Great Barrier Reef for decades, explained that humankinds burning of fos sil fuels has led to warmer sea water tem are killing reefs. The report stated that children today are likely to be the last generation to see coral reefs, Claridge says. Having been born in a country that has the third-largest barrier reef in the world, and that relies ing, and having a personal connection to the magical underwater world of reefs, I was stunned. Claridge, 45, grew up in Nassau and spent many weekends with her fam ily anchored off of an island, playing in the sea. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had those experiences. One of my earliest memories is of swimming with my mother, wearing a mask... an image of some pur ple and yellow fairy basslets in a reef hole, caught in a ray of sunlight. She lived for a few years in Abaco and was an active member of Friends of the Environment, before moving to the high country of Southwestern Colorado, where she teaches English at Colorado Mesa Uni versity. When you leave the Bahamas and come back, its rareness really strikes you. The sea is not only beautiful; its alive, and it supports the whole Caribbean. discovered a talent for long-distance run ning or ultrarunning: I dont have any exceptional athletic skills, but I can hang in there a long time. Limited to short visits to the islands, Claridge has wanted to con tribute more to conservation of the Baha mian ecology, so she decided to raise mon ey for Friends of the Environment over the holidays by running the length of Abacos largest island on January 12th. FRIENDS largely facilitates and co mas, so that we get a big picture of changes that are occurring in our environment and have the hard evidence necessary for ad vocating new policies. FRIENDS also de votes enormous resources to educating the next generation about our environment: Kids go snorkeling, pick up garbage, work alongside scientists. They are going to be in a position to manage and conserve our natural resources when they grow up. Though she acknowledges that it is the effects of global oil and gas use, Clar idge feels that the Bahamian government could be more outspoken internationally about the impacts of carbon burning on our coral reefs, and more proactive at home about conserving our natural heritage. She ran in the hopes that people would pledge currency per mile of the run, and that the very generous will double their in 22 hours and 45 minutes. You can still donate in support of Rhondas run by visit ing Friends of the Environments website: www.FriendsoftheEnvironment.org or sending checks to Friends of the Environ ment, PO Box AB 20755, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, please note on the check that it is in support of Rhondas run. Above: Rhonda Claridge (center in blue) joined by supporters for a section of her run.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Sports Abaconians compete in Marathon Bahamas By Adrian Whylly Several people from Abaco partici pated in Marathon Bahamas 2013 in Nas sau on Jan. 20. With more than 560 par ticipants competing in the half marathon, there were well over 1,000 participants registered for the entire event (including the full marathon runners). Those running the half marathon ran 13.2 miles, while the full marathon run ners completed 26.2 miles beginning at Cay. Below are the names of the partici pants and the time they took to complete their respective races: ish line at Marathon Bahamas. -Brent Cartwright, Brian Higgs, Adrian Whylly, Kimberly Sturrup, Tony BethelBenet. By Canishka Alexander Trophies and ribbons adorned the swimmers from the Abaco Swim Club who attended the Swift/Gunite Pools In vitational Swim Meet on the weekend of Jan.19 at the Betty Kelly Kenning Nation al Swim Complex. The Abaconian met with six of the seven swimmers who attended the meet this week to hear about their successes. Kiana Hicks was not present during the interview. She placed second overall for girls 8 and under. Eight-year-old swimmer, Carter the 50, 100 and 200 free, and 50 breast. group. The smallest of them all Maddox Pinder, 6, swam in the 100 and 200 free, Meanwhile, Miller Albury, 13, par Back row from left are: Jewel Pinder, Taylor Albury, Suzie Pinder. Front row from left are: Miller Albury, Carter Albury, Maddox Pinder. Not pictured: Kiana Hicks. Abaco Swim Club improves times for nationals Please see Swim Page 18

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Ron-Paul Cabinets Plus Visit our Showroom Located Opposite the old Lowes Pharmacy Owners: Ronnie & Pauline Roberts Phone: (242) 367-0546 Mattresses Box Springs Bed Frames Serta Pillowtop Mattress.. Queen $440 Twin Box Spring $120 Full Mattress $245 Queen Orthopedic Mattress $305 King Orthopedic Mattress $400 Metal Twin Over Full Bunk Bed $550 with 2 Reg Mattress $950 Metal Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed $450 with 2 Reg Mattress $780 Wooden Twin Over Twin Bunk Bed Only $575 with 2 Reg Mattress $905 CARPET & PADDING 4 Biscuit Joiner w/ Carring Case $195 1000 Assort Biscuits $105 Bosch Colt Palm Grip Router Kit w/ Carring Case $275 Black & Decker Jig Saw $130 Adirondack Chairs Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana Cay & Scotland Cay 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay guanafreight@hotmail.com School & Youth News By Mirella Santillo Marsh Harbour residents showed up in large number to participate in a fund Counts, the well-known Marsh Harbour school for special needs children. The event took place at the Jib Room Restaurant and Bar on the evening of Janu had offered their restaurant as a venue for the event. On the menu that night was grilled chicken or beef burgers with all the trimmings. The guests were given until 7:00 pm to eat their dinner before engaging in the much-awaited Bingo games. Connie Caccamo and Mary Gottlieb moderated the event. The numbers were to be called by the very dynamic Charlie Cook who had the audience laughing at his puns, while explaining how the games would be ran. Volunteers walked the room, offering the much in demand bingo cards to the players. There were no money winnings, but whoever called BINGO would receive $100.00 compliments of Maxwells Super announced before each game. Every so often, Ms. Gottlieb called the door prize numbers. At the end of the evening, patrons left with either a bottle of wine donated by Tupps Wines-BeerSpir its or by Frederick Gottlieb & Co., another carried a gift bag bearing the label of Mon keys Uncle or Java Coffee House, another again had a small bag of soaps made by ECC students. There was also a compli mentary lunch for two at the Jib Room do Before leaving, a Bingo winner gave back her grocery gift card to the school so it could be used for much needed supplies. She urged people to do the same and quite a few did. Another guest addressed the au dience and proposed make a donation and we will match itand that suggestion too, was well received among the partici pants. It was the second time that a Bingo game took place at the Jib Room Restau and it has become a popular event that will most likely be repeated next year if not sooner. Ms. Gottlieb, Ms. Caccamo, Wendie Bishop and Susan Harward were the volun teers who organized the function. Above: Charlie Cook calling Bingo numbers at the recent ECC event which was held at the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour. ECC hosts Bingo Night at Jib Room By Canishka Alexander Excellence for AllYes, We Say So! was the Department of Educations theme for the Abaco District Award Cer emony, which took place on Jan. 18 at New Visions Ministries. Highlights of the ceremony included a selection by Abaco Central High Schools Boys Choir and St. Francis de Sales Schools Male Teachers Ensemble. In her remarks, Dr. Lenora Black, district superintendent, challenged students to remain committed to excellence. Sub sequently, she announced that on Jan.17, the Examination and Assessment Divi sion of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology held its annual National Awards presentation and exhibition under the theme Rewarding Excellence in Na tional Examinations to focus on the 2012 Education (BGCSE) results. Twenty eight students from Abaco were recognized during the ceremony. Among them was Matthew Grammatico, whom Dr. Black said made history for Abaco. Grammatico, a student of Forest Heights Academy, received eight As, and three Bs on the BGCSE examinations. This is no common feat; it is extraor dinary, Dr. Black emphasized. Approxi mately 5,000 students wrote BGCSEs, so, Abaco, that speaks volumes. Ending her remarks, Dr. Black ex pressed thanks for the level of synergy among Abacos 26 schools, and thanked teachers, administrators, parents, guard ians, second homeowners and business houses in the community for their commit ment to excellence. Thereafter, Rev. Jacinta Neilly, was introduced as the guest speaker. Rev. Neil ly told students that Abaco is on a map of greatness, so they must continue to pursue excellence in every way. Like the Bibli cal Daniel, she explained that he used what God had entrusted in him, so in the same way, students must do excellent things to make room for their gifts. In the end, Dan Awards were soon presented to each school beginning with top achievers in the primary schools, all-age schools and high schools on the island. There were some who were awarded on a national and in ternational level in sports categories of Na tional Track and Field and Carifta meets namely Moores Island All-Age Schools under 20 female and male teams, and El roy McBride as a Carifta Gold Medalist; and the Bahamas National Judo Champion ships. At the RBC Bahamas National Swim Championships outstanding contributions were made by Lilly Higgs, Miller Albury and Margaret Albury Higgs. Higgs attained high point trophies and a slate of top-place wins at the RBC Bahamas National Swim Championships; Caribbean Island Swim ming Championships; and Carifta. awards for the National Arts Festival where St. Francis de Sales Moores Island, Central Abaco Primary, James A. Pinder, Abaco Central High repeatedly placed in gold, silver and bronze categories. Special mention was made of Garni qua Stuart, a recent graduate of Moores Island All Age. Stuart placed second in and most outstanding dancer. As a result, she received the Hubert Farrington Special Award. Additional national awards were made to students, who placed in the Coast al Awareness Month Poster Competition; National Young Chef Competition; and the National Poster Competition. S. C. Boo tles Model United Nations (MUNS) team Abaco students excel in national and district awards Please see Awards Page 14

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen Foods Phone or Fax : 366-2022 Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am7pm The Place to be is Cherokee! Cherokee Food Fair CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed ice Green Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072 Located on the harbour front Cyber Learning Center awards excellence for By Samantha Evans On Tuesday January 22, 2013 begin ning at 6pm, Cyber Learning Center held their First Quarter Awards Ceremony (cov ering September to December 2012) at the new school location in the JoshHann Plaza on Don Mackay Blvd. Parents gathered to share the good news of their childrens per formance and to learn what they can do to help their children achieve excellence for the remainder of the school term. Sharon Greene, principal, spoke on the schools theme: Believe! Achieve! Suc ceed! She told the parents that they must continue to encourage their children to achieve. They must always be engaged in some type of activity that will help them to believe, achieve, and succeed. She told the students that they have to believe in themselves which is required for them to succeed. She reminded them to stay grounded in their work, complete their homework assignments given, produce good work and to get to bed on time. After she spoke, the awards were distributed. The top achiever awards went too: Kia Ewing-Kindergar ten, Quashawn Smith-Grade 1, Dashawn Smith-Grade 2, Blaine Toote-Grade 3 Jayden Edgecombe-Upper Primary, and Cody Albury-Juniors. The Best Behaved Award went to Jayden Edgecombe. The most improved awards went Arvanae Rolle-Grade 2, Randall Sawyer-Grade 3, and Kiajaha Reckley-Upper Primary. School & Youth News tions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs last year. The remainder of the awards was giv en to recipients of the Ministers Awards for Numeracy and Literacy; GLAT; BJC results of 5 Bs or better; BGCSE results of 5 Bs or better; and overall top winners of GLAT, BJC and BGCSE. The winners included: Ava Koepper of Agape Christian School for Top GLAT Grade 3; Top GLAT Grade 6 Giovanno Rolle of Moores Is land All-Age School; Abacos Top BJC (Public Schools): Lenisse Merlien 4 As, 3 Bs, 1 C (S. C. Bootle High School). For Abacos top BJC results among private schools, it was a four-way tie with 6 As and 1 B among Jonnalee McIntosh of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School; Catalina Albury of Forest Heights Acad emy; Rebecca Roberts of Forest Heights Academy; and Sujith Swarna of Forest Heights Academy. Top BJC craft in the country was awarded to Jasmine Robyn Miller of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. There was another tie between Lenisse Merlien of S.C. Bootle High and Sujith Swarna for the Top BJC Mathemat ics Score in the Country. In public schools, Barbrianna Dawkins of Abaco Central High attained top BGCSE marks for -Abaco. Matthew Grammatico of Forest Heights Academy for the overall top BGCSE results for pri vate schools and overall top BGCSE stu dent for 2012. Awards From Page 13 Above: Lenisse Merlien of S.C. Bootle High, receiving her award for top BJC score in mathematics. She shared this honourin a tie with another Abaco student Sujith Swarna, of Forest Heights. Above: Catalina Albury, of Forest Heights, receives her award for top BJC results for private school. Pilot Club donates food items to elderly in North Abaco By Canishka Alexander On Jan.19, the Central Abaco Pri mary School Anchors along with Abaco Pilot Club Youth Director Neulessa Major and advisors Cindi Hollingsworth, Chris tine Brown and Paul Knowles travelled to North Abaco to distribute care bags to se nior citizens. Leroy Thompson assisted as the driver, and he easily found the homes of the senior citizens. Ms. Major said that everyone had a great time. We really enjoyed giving back. We packed 40 bags of food items, which we gave out and hope to do it [again] in the near future. Above: members and advisors of the CAPS Anchor Club and Youth Pilot Club dis tributed care bags to the elderly in North Abaco on January 19. Leeroy Thompson assisted the groups as the driver.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$175,000.00. NEW!!! The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/ oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00. NEW PRICE!!! Three bedrooms two and a half baths spacious home with swim/spa. Close to Atlantic Ocean Beach and public dock. Rear of property fronts onto large private pond surrounded by dedicated reserve. $410,000.00. NEW!! Two elevated waterfront parcels on the Blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. Approximately 1/4 acre each with 85 each on the water. Naturally deep water for a dock. Priced to sell TOGETHER for a total of $ 395,000 + 7 1/2% to close.UNDER CONTRACT 1 1/2 acre parcel with sea views in Coco Bay Exceptional Buy! JUST REDUCED! Hillside lot, 5,449 sq. ft., at the Sea of Abaco boasting stunning water views! Dedicated boat slip for up to a 35 boat at private shared dock. 6 1/2 draft at low tide. Water and power to site. Asking price $ 200,000 .SOLD! 11,000 sq. ft. lot in Coco Bay just steps from beach and public dock. Asking price $30,000.Deck house cottage. One bedroom one bath cottage on WHITE SOUND waterfront with dock. Property stretches from waterfront on the Sea of Abaco to WHITE SOUND waterfront. $335,000 Waterfront 100 year old two bedroom one bath basically furnished cottage. Located in the heart of the settlement of New Plymouth. Spacious rear patio. Golf cart parking. Just steps from public dock; ferry; restaurants and shops. Owner re-locating. $275,000 PRICE REDUCTION Furnished two master bedrooms with A/C, waterfront hilltop cottage. Kit/liv/din, cable TV, dock, overlooking Settlement Creek $225,000 SOLD! Two-year-old 4 bedroom, 2 bath furnished house. $575,000 PRICE REDUCTION!!! Rustic furnished two bedroom two bath cottage sea to sea on White Sound and the Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in private dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking Price $435,000 Church News New Rehoboth Ministries joins hunger in schools By Samantha Evans There are many children on the island of Abaco who go hungry every day and some of them only get a meal to eat while at school and this is due to the many min istries that donate lunch to schools across Abaco on a daily basis. Another minis try has joined this effort, New Rehoboth Ministries, and according to Pastor Earlyn Baillou and his wife Joan, they heard of the wonderful work Lovely Reckley was doing among school aged children on the island. On Tuesday, January 15, the church Guidance Department of Central Abaco Primary School where counselor Samantha Evans can feed up to one hundred children on a daily basis if this amount of lunch was available, but they have not gotten dona tions to feed this many children yet for the school year. droves only to be turned away due to insuf was greatly needed which allowed Ms. Ev ans and the school to feed children who would have otherwise gone hungry. This is ted their resources to assisting every Tues day but plan to do more for this school and others once resources increase. They encourage other churches to adopt a school; any school on the island of Abaco. Zion Baptist Fox Town Church installs new pastor By Vernique Russell The journey for Pastor Daniel Curry began in 1990 when he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. Since that day of re demption in 1990, he got busy in the works of the ministry and worked continually. His he was promoted to the Deacons board, a position that he maintained for a few years. His passion however has always been with the young people of the ministry so when he was appointed as Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher and District Youth Coordinator at Zion Baptist Fox Town Church, it came as no surprise that he tially. When the late Rev. Merlin McIn tosh passed away in July 2012 after serv ing faithfully as senior pastor for 15 year, Pastor Daniel Curry had met the criteria and was commissioned to serve as Senior Pastor. On Sunday, January 13 at 3pm, hun dreds gathered to celebrate the milestone in the life of the Zion Baptist Fox Town Church and in the life of Pastor Curry. The service was uplifting and a true tes timony of Gods faithfulness. He was or dained and installed as Pastor by Bishop B. Wenith Davis out of Nassau. Bishop Davis is the President of the Zion United Convention in the Bahamas. Pastor Curry is the only pastor at the church at this time thus Senior Pastor. The community of North Abaco ex tends warmest regards and congratulation to Pastor Curry and the Zion Baptist Fox Town family. Above: Pastor Daniel Curry being ordained as Senior Pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town, Abaco. His journey to his position started in 1990. First Assembly begins marriage ministry By Samantha Evans According to the church, marriage is a covenant that two people make with God to live together and become one. But some cerns and seek consul. On Saturday, Janu ary 5, First Assembly of God launched their marriage ministry called Marriage Formu la: 2HB1 (two hearts become one). The event was hosted by Bradley and Lovely Reckley at their home at 7pm with approximately 16 couples in attendance. This ministry was initiated by Pastor De ion Gibson and his wife. They stated that what concerns them is that the divorce rate among Christians is so high that they want to create a healthy atmosphere for Chris tian couples. The purpose of this ministry is to provide counseling for: young married couples and those who have issues such as nancial struggles or just need help so that they can reconcile their marriage. engaged were also invited so that they can get an insight into what they will be getting into when they get married. The couples en gaged in interactive games to see how well the couples knew each other. They had a great time; in fact, some of the men real ized that some of the problems they encoun tered can be prevented if they pay attention to details, respect their wives, wake up and become men of integrity. Finally, they dealt with ex-spouses tor Gibson realizes that healthy couples will create healthy communities so this ministry is vital with the divorce statistics increasing. Ms. Gibson sees this ministry growing into an extension of a cell group where couples can learn to pray and read the Bible to gether. Couples from any denomination are welcomed if they believe this will be a good outlet for them. Gatherings are held the last Friday of each month at a location to be announced. First Assembly of God will be hosting a marriage retreat over the Good Friday weekend which will be open to couples from anywhere across The Bahamas and will be held on one of the beautiful cays in Abaco. for information.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Abaco Club at Winding Bay Human Resources Manager Working knowledge of The Bahamas Employment Act & National Insurance Program Minimum 2 years experience in a human resourcesrelated position Flexible Work Schedule Prefer on-island Abaco candidates Will consider minimal relocation assistance within Bahamas Pay for experience within $45k $55k range All interested candidates apply online www.mvwcareers. com directly to req # 486 (Human Resources Manager) for immediate consideration Oasis Landscaping & Recycling Service Under New ManagementContact Jeery Harding at: 242-445-7321 For all future maintenance, landscaping and recycling services contact Jeery Harding With 30 years experience in the landscaping and property management eld, he can provide a wide variety of services. Insights for your Innerspring Systems: How a series of actions yield intentional results every time Submitted by Whitney Bain Its all around us; patterns and de signs, framework and structure. For some time now scientist have recognized how close a parallel there is between the animal kingdom and human society. If you were to consider the ant and its labyrinth-like tunnels in an ant hill, you would quickly realize that our arterial highways are simi lar if not eerily identical. Taking an over head view of a busy city soon shows how of the ants busily gathering food and re sources and then instinctively stopping at a four-way, allowing another ant to proceed and afterwards moving ahead themselves. Why is the company Apple so in novative? One might say that they have achieved that level of success because of technology or skilled manpower, but argu ably the other companies have the same technology with which they can affect the outcome of their own products. So if Ap ple has access to the same technology, the same human resource and similar organic resources; why do they standout, year after year and product after product. Could it be that they approach things differently? Rather than view the potential client they seek to identify what the masses need or desire and then build strategy and ma chines around those needs. I have heard it said that Apple builds machines that you did not even know you needed and when to acquiring it; the look, the feel, the in teractive experience. What is the allure of these devices? Why do they captivate per sons so? Why is our physical movement as a society so closely similar to that of the As I considered these questions I came to the conclusion that powerful sys tems are at work. In the background, be hind the scenes and sometimes oblivious to the observer; systems orchestrate the outcomes of all kinds of activities. They are so powerful that individuals, groups, societies, nations and regions are know ingly and unknowingly affected by the subtle impression of a word or barometric pressure increases or by the opinion of one designer at a Spring Fashion Show. Join me as we take a look at this far-reaching phenomenon known as systems. Success is Intentional Businesses are the result of a vision of someone who has a driving passion to see the conceptual become reality. As this concept develops in the womb of the mind it must be nurtured and eventually brought to maturity. Once the developed con cept has been delivered we see the result of what the person was thinking months before. Wrapped up in this conceptual result, which is now a reality; are many systems. When a baby is born they come complete with all the systems necessary to maintain and extend its life; the skeletal, respiratory and reproductive systems are all there. While it will take the child a while to be acquainted with the systems, the daily interaction that comes from need as well as the desire to experiment; allows the baby to discover the beauty and power of the systems that give it continued life. And so a business concept is also delivered with systems that must be discovered and experimented with. As a business do you experiment enough? Are you comfortable with just doing things how they have always been done? Are you aware of the systems that exist in your business, that need to be un derstood and developed? Do you recog nize how powerful your business is, and how great an impact it can have on your current customers? Success is easy to come by, just stick with what you are do ing and eventually you will succeed! However, there is a caveat; there must be a method to your madness as the saying goes, you must plan the success you desire and have a proper method to exe cute the plan. This is what systems are all about; it is the creation of a method where an intended outcome is realized through a planned series of actions. The Quality Sci ences are aimed at educating persons about the creation of systems that produce identi Opinion ing a recipe for pound cake gives you the same result over and over again, so fol lowing a designed system of actions would always give you the desired outcome, or at least get you very close to it. Recogniz ing that opening the oven door may cause some variation in how your pound cake can cause slight variations in the applica tion of the system of action being applied to a situation but it almost always gets you on the target or very close to it. So lets look at a system of actions that can as sist you in achieving intentional success in your business life; Identify output this means that you need to identify the arena in which you want to operate; whether retail (sale of goods and services to the end customer), wholesale (B2B, sale of goods and services to business), professional service provider (doctor, lawyer, technician), professional facilitator (teacher, social worker) or na tion builder (parent, government worker). If you are already in one of these arenas then you can adopt the steps that follow to make your position clearer thereby en hancing your impact to the population you serve. customers for each of the areas I listed be fore and some of the customers may very well use one or more of the services listed above or over the course of their lifetimes. If you want to improve the success of your business you must know who your custom ers are. Identify customer needs it is busi ness suicide to create a series of products or services without determining if there is a market for it. It is critical to any business venture to identify the segments of the pop ulation that fall in the arena in which it op erates; next it must study the segment and identify its needs. Conducting a market test is crucial to gauge the level of prod uct/service acceptance or rejection. This can be done through surveys, taste tests, interviews and focus groups. Generate potential solutions once your market segment is scrutinized you can then present solutions for each of those enable you to offer tailor-made solutions level of the product or service delivered. The byproduct of this action is customer loyalty. The bespoke nature of your prod uct or service delivery communicates a level of caring to your customer that goes for goods and creates an emotional attach ment. This is the concept I recommend you use in supplying goods and services. Dont just sell goods to a customer, let your customers know that you genuinely care; and you will become a friend that happens to provide this or that product or service. Overwhelmingly, customers will buy from people they trust. At this the system you need to sell your product or service. Plan implementation there must be a method to how you present your solu tions to your marketplace. You must select the most suitable delivery method and plan its introduction carefully by laying out pro gressive steps that would take you to your Please see Insights Page 18

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 K idzR U s Happy Valentines Day Chocolates I LOVE YOU BE MINE Valentines Day Chocolate Teddy Bears Balloons Gifts, Cards & Decorations We also carry Toys, Childrens Clothing & Party Supplies We are located in Dove Plaza (next to Golden Grouper) Hours: Monday Saturday 9:am to 5:pm Tel: 475-1571 ABACO ISLAND PHARMACY LTD.We have moved! Next to ECC and across from BTC, Marsh Harbour 367.2544 tel 367.6544 faxabacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Supplements 8:30am 6pm Sundays 9am 4pm Business Service Directory Abaco Glass Company Window Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Commercial Store Fronts Installed and Replaced Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Yale Windows Rentals : Services: Big Cat Equipment THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IS TO MARKET AND PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. One way to get your business known is to start with a BUSINESS CLASSIFIED for only $45 per issue for B&W or opt for our six issue discount rate. Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or email: abaconiannews@gmail.com GET YOUR BUSINESS KNOWN!! Nassau 242-457-4SOD (4763) or 225-4SOD (4763) Abaco 242-357-6975 Fax: 242-367-2424 GRASS GRASS GRASS From Our Farm to Your Door! We Now Have SOD for Immediate Delivery! Located Don MacKay Blvd and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard Accepted ticipated in the 50, 100 and 200 back as well as the 50 and 100 free. Although he dropped time on all of his events, he was not as disappointed because he competed against swimmers whose ages ranged from 13 to 17 years old. Nevertheless, Miller made personal best times, and was a few milliseconds off from qualifying for Carifta in one of his events. Christopher Pinder, Abaco Swim Club coach, added that Miller Albury will continue training toward his goal for Cari fta. For the girls, Jewel Pinder, 10, swam in the 200 individual medley (IM), 100 and 200 free, 50 and 100 back, 50 overall in the 9-10 girls age group. Next to her was 10-year-old Taylor Albury, who participated in the 50, 100 ishes, Taylor earned a silver, and three bronze medals. Finally, Suzie Pinder, 10, swam in 50 and 200 breast, 200 free and 50 back. She placed third in the 50 breast. Pinder was proud to announce that every one of the swimmers made it to the We had three of the seven place in top overall in their age groups; we had two third places and one second place, he explained. For the swimmers who did not have times to compete in nationals, Pinder said that each swimmer that went on the trip placed a national time in at least one event. The swimmers will attend another swim meet later this month. Also at the Swift meet in Nassau was Albury Higgs, who won all seven of her races in the 11-12 girls age group. She is expected to build on her successes at the Carifta Swimming Championships. Sports Swim From Page 13 desired conclusion. In short, use the infor mation you gathered in your market tests and interviews to service the market in an intelligent, well planned fashion. This point marks the activation of the systems you have created for the promotion you are working on. Implementing the solutions putting solutions to work is very exciting. Once you have done your home-work well you can expect a great acceptance of the solu tions from your core market. The level to which you implement the solution can leave such an impact that it causes portions of your market to become evangelists for your products and services. These raving fans will spread the word about what you are doing and your product or service will then become infectious. This is the out come of a system in action. By its very nature it dictates actions and habits and without any prompting from you the sys tem will live and thrive vicariously through your core market. Selecting measurements many cash registers and accounting systems have the capacity to perform some level of measure ment. Measurements tell you how well you are doing when compared to what you planned. Measurements show what is do ing well and what needs to be improved. A key part of this exercise is capturing information or data. Customer informa tion is a rich resource and when acted upon correctly will bring sustained business vi ability. If you are not currently captur ing it you are allowing future revenue to walk out of your business. The action of data mining will allow future decisions to have a stronger likelihood of success be cause key pieces of information tell how a customer will respond to a new product or service in the future. Opinion Evaluating the results as I indicated at the beginning, following a recipe will almost always bring you to your desired outcome however, there are variables that can affect that end result and so it is vital to know what you wanted the outcome to be, see what it actually turn out to be and then make adjustments to your implementation strategy as you recycle the products or services into the system of actions once again. Several years ago I had the pleasure of communicating with Mr. Simon Coo per, the then President and Chief Operat pany. It was a very pleasant exchange and one that I will remember. As the com pany planned its direction for that coming year he said something in a communica tion piece that has profoundly impacted my written to you today; he said that restless renewal means developing a culture where we never sit still but constantly challenge, innovate and improve our processes. Inno vation is more important than ever because todays luxury market is changing and we need to adapt to meet the needs of our evolving guests. Now this was stated to those in the hospitality profession but you can just insert your own market or profes sion to get the point of what he is saying. I encourage you to be open to change and desirous of working to make your op eration better today than it was yesterday through an intentional plan for success aided by a system of actions. If you have any questions or comments about this ar ticle you can send them to whitney_bain@ yahoo.com. In the next article we will explore why your company or organiza tion needs more than a Vision and Mission Statement in order to reach its full poten tial. Insights From Page 17

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY VEHICLES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE NEW 8KW Diesel Generator, in soundproof box $7,500. Call 577-0340 Electrical Supplies For Sale: 1,500 feet of 1-0 Copper Wire, 1,500 feet of 3-0 Copper Wire, One 4 Can Meter Panel with breakers. Duty paid, over ordered. Priced for quick sale. Please call 553-7965 ask for Percy. Hardy Diesel Generator powered by John Deere Engine. MTS PowerProducts 28KW with a MTS 200 Amp Automatic transfer switch with a JOHN DEERE Engine (diesel), 36kw, 2007Valued at $20,000. Will sell it for $14,000. Negotiable. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net S&K 1500 GPD Water Maker Valued at $17.000.00. Will sell it for $12,000. Negotia ble. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net French Doors for Sale. 72 FL French door. White aluminum. Clear Glass. Right Hand door. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net Valentines Boopsie Baskets & More $25 (Cider, Chocolate, Card), $40 (Bath & Body, Cider, Chocolate ) Located in the Lowes bild ing. Call for more information 458-6314 MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 26 Blue Water Pro with one 150 Yamaha engine & aluminum trailer. $7,500 Call 5537965 ask for Percy. 41 Canadian Custom Built Sailboat, The Famous Lucky Lady owned by Capt. Charles Jones. Retired from high seas. Call 365-0438 50 British Made Fairline, Surf Song, a fre quent visitor to Abaco, is for sale. She is fully equipped for live-aboard cruising. Look up her on www.Yachtworld.com. Locally call Doug Moody on Skype 772-905-3596 or Surf Song on VHF-68.Ante, adellabem nes consus BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 13 ft Whaler with 30 HMHS o/b Yamaha Motor low hours. $2,900 for both. Will sell separately. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net 23 to 27 Boat Rental Fleet for sale. Good Business opportunity. Call for more informa tion 577-3737 35 Custom Steel Cruiser 3500 hrs on re built Perkins Diesel motor. Currently cruising the Abacos. Price $22,000. Email: joken.eh@ gmail.com or call 475-2125 36 GULFSTAR TRAWLER, Exceptional liveaboard cruiser. Twin Perkins 85hp die sels, 6.5kWt generator, 1kWt inverter, A/C, fully equipped galley with propane stove/oven, chest freezer, refrigerator, microwave and ice maker. Twin cabins with electric heads. 10ft Rib with 9hp outboard on davits. GPS, depth sounders, VHFs. Three anchors with 200ft chain with winch. TV/DVD/VCR and two stereo systems. Bahamian Registered, ly ing Marsh Harbour. Contact gjlynch@rogers. com, (613) 491-1091. Possible timeshare for likeminded cruisers. Price $120,000. Home Fabrics Abaco, Job Openings. 1. A full time Fabric Sales Associate. Sewing experience and knowledge of fabrics and dress making is required. 2. A full Time Sales Associate. Crafting & Sewing knowledge preferred. Please forward all resumes to Home Fabric Abaco store directly or email them to HFABACO@GMAIL.COM. Phone 367-6003 2000 Ford Ranger Truck black, radio, CD, A/C, bed liner. Needs an engine. Will consider any serious offer. Please call 475-3226. 2006 Chevy Avalanche, Two tone ext, grey leather int, AC, charger, 39,000 MLS. Asking $18,OOO. Dune Auto Imports 341-2338/4340882 2006 Ford Fusion for sale. Great running con dition. $9500 or nearest offer. Call 475-9947. ALSO PS3s for sale $350 Just In!!!! 2007 Chevy Equinox 3.4V6,Gold ext,tan cloth int,AC,CD, 88K, just serviced, runs excellent. Asking $14,000 O.N.O. Dune Auto Imports 242-341-2338/434-0882 2007 Yamaha YBR 125 cc for sale. Asking $1150. Please call 577-0041 Gotta GoGotta GoGotta GO! One 17 open console boat ready for engine $ 2,700 ONO. One 20 Pro-Line boat ready for en gine. $ 4,600 ONO. New Garmin GPS 421s still in box $500.00 ONO. One 20 trailer completely rebuilt, with new parts. $2,050. No reasonable offer refused. Call 366-2802 Get Results Advertise with a Classified RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS WANTED TO BUY Wanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@ho tmail.com. Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished & equipped. $1,100/mo. Also available by the week. Call 904-982-2762 Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath, turn key access to sea. $2200/month. Call 554-9872 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 1 bath furnished apt. Washer, dryer and generator. Quiet area. $1,000/m. Call 225-0414 or 458-7574 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Hope Town, North End, last remaining unde veloped bay-side beach-front lot in North End Hope Town $415,000. Call 242-366-0707 or jandkoakes@gmail.com Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. RE DUCED to $299,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@gmail.com Tilloo Cay Cottage for sale. Deep water dock. $395K. Call 242-554-8291 Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Scotland Cay, Private Island Rare opportu nity, paved 3400 airstrip, paved roads, marina, tropical lagoon & miles of beaches. Beautiful Hawaiian designed HOUSE, 2 bed, 2 bath + 8 slider glass doors & 4 sets of double window for views. Cathedral open beam ceilings. Room to expand. Sits on 1/2 ac of lushly landscaped RIDGE TOP with spectacular views of Ocean coral reefs AND Caribbean Bay. Wraparound deck, diesel gen. 24,000g cistern, Lowest priced home in high end community! Priced well below appraised value at $297k US. 850962-1077 or DebbieWP@att.net Dundas Town Hill Top residential Lot, over looking Sea of Abaco, near Radio Abaco,Lot # 09 G. 6,835 square feet. Call 559 8553 Guana Cay, Dolphin Beach Estate, lot 88D, hill top, 40 elevation on the Sea of Abaco. Spectacular views on both sides, on paved road. Asking $140,000. Call 352-256-0999 or E-mail: ricker3147@yahoo.com Sweetings Village, 2 bed, 2 bath home. Hill top lot, surrounding waterviews, fenced yard $1300 per month. Call 367-3529 or 577-0016 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, Effe ciency for rent, 1bed/1bath, furnished. 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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 3 FEBRUARY 1st, 2012 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested By Jennifer Hudson The Annual Bahamas National Trust Art for the Parks Art Show once again brought together a large group of Bahami an artists and craftsmen from Nassau and Grand Bahama as well as Abaco to raise awareness and funding for Abacos six na tional parks. The show opened on January 25 with an evening cocktail party and silent auction. At the short opening ceremony BNT Executive Director, Eric Carey, expressed his pleasure that the talented artists had once again come together here on Abaco to assist the BNT. The six national parks of Abaco parks system, he said. He also mentioned the two new proposed Abaco national parks at Snake Cay and the Blue Holes, both in South Abaco. He asked for a minutes si lence in honour of Ricky Johnson, Abacos well known nature guide and enthusiast, who sadly passed away earlier in the week. The Hon. Renardo Curry, M.P. for North Abaco, spoke in support of the Bahamas National Trust and then David Knowles, Director of Parks, gave a vote of thanks to the artists, sponsors, support ers, volunteers and guests. He also thanked Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director, BNT, who, he stated, Started everything Art for the Parks paints need for conservation By Timothy Roberts Bahamians voted overwhelmingly against the regularization and taxation of web shop gaming and a national lottery at the polls on Monday, January 28 and now wait to see if Prime Minister Perry Christie sticks to his word and shuts down web shops in The Bahamas. turnout appeared to be just about 46 per cent with over 79,000 of 172,130 (from last voters register) registered. On question one Do you support the regularization and taxation of web shop gaming? The Yes vote garnered 30,767 (39%) vote to the No votes 48,012 (61%). On question two Do you support the establishment of a national lot tery? The Yes vote was counted at 32,170 (41%) and the No vote captured 46,961 (59%). Results from the Bains Town and Grants Town constituency as well as the Please see Art Page 2 Abaco rejects referendumPrime Minister orders numbers houses to shut downAbove: a Vote No protest organized by First Assemblies of God in downtown Marsh Harbour on referendum day. Please see Gambling Page 18 Police shooting leaves questions By Timothy Roberts According to the Royal Bahamas Po killed a 35-year-old man near the Haitian shanty town called the Mudd on Wednes day January 23, 2013, around 7:45 p.m. as Job Munnings, a local reggae artist who went by the stage name Mr. Versatile, an innocent man. The Nassau Guardian Reported that Assistant Commissioner Emerick Seymour Please see Shooting Page 18 Above: scene of the shooting in the Mudd on Jan 23. Job Mr. Versatile Munnings was reports that lingered after the shooting have frustrated many who knew Mr. Munnings. Above: a patron at the Art for the Parks event admires a collection of work by Dave Lowe. The annual event, hosted at Abaco Beach Resort by the Bahamas National Trust, aims to raise awareness about parks around The Bahamas and, in particular, Abaco. Abaco Abacos environment whos consistent enthusiasm was remembered during the opening remarks.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com and is still here. Most of the thirty exhibiting artists support the show year after year and art ten buying new pieces for their collections. Kevin Carroll of KP Photography has now chosen to make Abaco his home, hav ing relocated here from Nassau since April. He is a self-taught artist with 35 years of experience and specializes in scenic pho tography both colour and black and white. He achieves the very vibrant colours in his colour photography by what he describes as tweaking the colours for artistic effect. He also specializes in architectural and aerial photography and many of his photo graphs are displayed in hotels and business es with some being commissioned for the new Bahamar project. His black-and-white photographs are reminiscent of the memora ble photography of the late Colin Rees who is sadly missed from this show. Mr. Carroll says that he is often compared to Mr. Rees and deems this a great compliment. I am not trying to copy his work but feel that I been left by this great photographer, stated Mr. Carroll. Gina Marche is the owner of Coco nut Treasures from Freeport. Everything she makes is, therefore, crafted from coco nut shell and her jewelry, Christmas tree or naments, magnets and clips show the versa tility and different hues of the coconut shell. Linda Turtle exhibits frequently in Nassau, where she resides, and this year decided to bring her stained glass work to Abaco. Her vibrant sun catchers, candle holders and mobiles were very eye-catching addition to the show. Erica Feszt is a young artist from a very artistic family. Although this was nate a hand-painted stool last year for the silent auction. Erica paints in watercolours and acrylics and especially enjoys painting women. She describes her work as a cross between reality and fantasy. I want people to relate to their feelings through my paint ings and get in touch with themselves, she stated. Her brother, Atilla, with whom she shared a stall, has exhibited for many years at the Art for The Parks and encouraged her to join in this year. He paints in acrylic and terms his work fashion art. As well as de signing patterns for textiles and clothing he also does murals and was recently awarded the prestigious Jackson Burnside Award for Visual Artists in Nassau. Their mother, Joli Feszt is an art teacher who sometimes also exhibits at this show. Mary Strachan of Abaco was display After an absence of four years, water colour on silk artist Marjolein Scott, was back again this year. In addition to her orig inal artwork and giclee prints on canvas, tile, postcards and mugs, she was display ing her stunning new line of high-quality Tshirts which are adorned with exquisite all over designs taken from her original works. The artwork on display was very var ied and guests were able to view and pur chase paintings in all mediums including oils, acrylics and water colours as well as jewelry, photography, bags, pine needle baskets, handcrafted wood products, jew elry and fabric art. Funds for the BNT were also raised colourful quilt beautifully made and donated by Abaco artist Kim Roberts. Complimenta ry wines were generously provided by Bris tol Wines and Spirits and hors doeuvres by the Abaco Beach Resort. Persons from the Bahamas National Trust were on hand to answer questions and encourage people to sign on as members or renew their memberships. They also had a variety of BNT goods such as T-shirts and books on sale. Nancy Albury, Project Co ordinator of the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation, manned a booth to give people an awareness of the beauty and importance of Blue Holes and the work of the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation. Information was handed out on the exciting proposal for the South Abaco Blue Holes National Park. Results were announced for the stu dent BNT art competition entitled Nature Rocks and winning entries were posted for art show guests to admire. Entrants were re quired to design a CD cover with a nature theme. Some even went as far as to write songs. The winners were students from the following schools: Category I: Crossing Rocks Primary School Treasure Cay Primary School Man o War Primary School. Category II: All three winners from Mary E. Al bury High School Category III: Abaco Central High School S.C. Bootle High School S.C. Bootle High School. Overall winner with a cover entitled Born to be Wild was Celena Russell, a stu dent at Creative Art Studio. Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Di rector of the Bahamas National Trust, ex pressed her appreciation for the continued sponsorship of the Abaco Beach Resort through these tough economic times. She was thrilled that so many artists are coming forward wanting to be in the show and was delighted with all the activity at the BNT booth with much interest from guests in be coming members. This very popular annual event con tinued throughout the weekend with the addition of many outdoor activities on the Saturday. This gave people the opportunity to come back and purchase arts and crafts while enjoying the many additional ecofriendly events.Art From Page 1 Above: two art lovers proudly display their recent purchases. Artwork by Timmy Higgs.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Central & All Abaco Airport Authority board members tour new airport terminal Board members of the Airport Authority toured the new Marsh Harbour ter minal on Jan. 16 to gather what Anthony McKinney, chairman of the Airport Au thority, called an impression of the facil ity. Noting that the terminal is not complete with lots more work to be carried out, McKinney still described the building As far as Family Island infrastructure is concerned, McKinney said the terminal was well above the norm. He was joined by Manita Wisdom, deputy chairman; Milo Butler III., general manager; Dr. Gregory Carey, Annischka Holmes-Moncur, Michael Foster, direc advisor to the board. Also accompanying them was MP for South Abaco Edison Key; Donald Dean, principal of The Ar chitects Incorporated; James Edgecombe, principal of FES Construction; and Bobby Jones of Civil Aviation. Based on their observations, he and his colleagues would give their opinions of the building instead of a written report. McKinney shared that the airport meets some of the criteria both nation ally and internationally, however, some things need to be done to bring it up to pre-clearance standards. He admitted that those standards were not anticipated, but that a facility of this scope and magnitude ought to be used to its maximum. Simply put, he said the Marsh Harbour terminal should receive as many of the facilities as Freeport and Nassau has. While McKinney could not say for certain if pre-clearance was being considered, he did say that it should be. McKinney explained that the Airport Authority had no remit in the construc tion of the terminal, but going forward a change would be necessary in the way air ports on the Family Island are run, and that Airport Authority may have a role to play in that. In fact, he said, that is the direction in which the company intends to go. The Airport Authority is the airport authority for The Bahamas not for Nassau. It is a matter of what scope of work it is asked to do, and that is something that is not at my level, McKinney said. Airport Authority really can do everything as far as managing, security clearance for airports, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is a company that is a sub sidiary of the Airport Authority, so NAD is wholly owned by the Airport Authority. NAD has a management contract with Vantage [Airport Group] out of Vancou ver, and that is who manages NAD. NAD is owned by the people of The Bahamas. Meanwhile, Mr. Key said he was pleased to be a part of the tour. He recalled being at the airport contract signing and has seen the progress from then to now. Like McKinney, he was pleased with building. Its elaborate and should be a build ing that supplies Abacos needs for many years to come. He was hopeful that Abaco will soon offer pre-clearance service. Abaco has the second busiest air port, and we are growing. I think that Abaco will play a major role in the future development not only of Abaco, but of the entire Bahamas, Mr. Key envisioned. We are one nation and one people. At one point, Mr. Key was a licensed control tower as well. He said that Abaco has been fortunate to never have had an ac cident with planes coming in and colliding. tower. It should be a plus. he concluded. Abaco.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant OFFERING SPECIAL MARINA RATES$500 a month for vessels 50 feet or more $300 a month for vessels under 50 feetSpecial effective from August 2012 to February 28, 2013 Central & All Abaco Tourism Information Center opens on tourist strip in Marsh HarbourPress Release Steps away from the tourist strip in Marsh Harbour is the newly opened Sat Harbour Place-Suite B (Rhonda Hull's Building), will serve as a Tourist Infor mation Center that will be open Mon day through Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm. have the convenience of stopping by to pick up complimentary brochures, guides and maps to help them better discover and explore Abaco and its surrounding Cays. A friendly tourism representative will also be on hand to ensure that our visitors get the most out of their stay by answer ing questions and sharing information on tours, attractions, events, day trips, lodg ing, dining and shopping experiences. tourist area of Marsh Harbour, after they were relocated to the Government Com at Harbour Place, it will make it far more accessible for our visitors to take advan tage of the resourceful information that is available to them on the Abacos. A Cookout was held in aid of Dan Russells Medical Expenses on Jan. 19 at the BAIC Park offering a silent auc tion, bouncing castle, hoopla game, food, desserts and drinks for supporters of the event. During the morning hours, people stopped by to purchase chicken and wild boar/pork souse with Johnny cake. In the afternoon, there was a choice of chicken (fried, BBQ or baked), barbecue ribs or Man Sawyer contributed a few hours of playing music for Dan, whom he called a good friend. Meanwhile, the food line kept growing and growing. Dans brother Charlie Russell ex plained that the fundraiser was needed to assist Dan because he has throat cancer and has no medical insurance. Charlie said that a tumour has to be removed from Dans throat, and once it heals, he will have to undergo plastic surgery to close Community rallies to assist Dan Russell with medical expenses materialized overnight between January 24 and January 25 and went completely across the road. The cut in the road ap peared between the shanty town known as the Mudd and a group of houses on the opposite side of the road and seems to have been made by a circular saw. Ministry of was authorized to cut into the road.Road damaged due to mysterious illegal cutting Please see Medical Page 7

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Central & All Abaco up the opening by his throat. Following Dans surgery in Cuba, he will remain hospitalized for 10 days to two weeks. Charlie estimated that the surgery cost around $15,000 and perhaps a bit more with plastic surgery. Presently, Dan has a tube inserted in his throat for him to breathe, and although he experiences no pain, he must regularly have his throat dressings changed. As an erman, Dan is hopeful that he will have a successful surgery and recovery for his continued livelihood. Of course, Dan has had quiet moments where he seemed anx ious about doing the surgery to restore his health. Meanwhile, Charlie thanked Me linda Pinder and Fallon Albury for their tremendous help and support as well as Maria Albury and Adele McDonald. He also thanked the community of Abaco. It was a whole-island effort, and we are thankful for the prayers and the sup port, he said. Melinda Pinder was also grateful as she shared comments with her Facebook friends: Thanks everyone for all of your help; its amazing when so many persons work together what can be accomplished!Medical From Page 6 In the middle of January, Woslee Construction embarked upon a community project to patch potholes in Central Abaco. According to Don Wilmott, general supera way to give back is something the com pany has always done. to six years, Woslee has been helping the community by donating computers and lap tops to local schools. Theyve also assisted local churches like Friendship Tabernacle Church and Grace Baptist Church among others. On Jan. 16, several employees were Central Pines Estates Subdivision. shared. Every day, when we come to work we see a lot of potholes all over Aba co. We want to do this community service three times a week for two to three hours. The plan is to take workers on a twomile route from where they are based at the complex and go half a mile into Central Pines to address potholes then double back to Forest Drive on the main strip and extend their service to K & S Gas Station on Don Mackay Boulevard. They will be applying the all-weather blacktop patch to areas riddled with potholes throughout the evening and sometimes throughout the day. There was a lady who dropped in one of the holes and burst her tire, and that made us want to do something until the Woslee patches potholes throughout Central Abaco community As roads continue to deteriorate, one company gives back plying blacktop to potholes throughout the community three times a week. Its only a little thing they decided to do to help the community. Its just us its in us.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Snooze The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinderen Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian TodayJUNE 2012Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISAI recently started walking in the mornings. Not just the morning morning. I mean the REAL mornings. 5:30 am kind of mornings. Ive started doing this as part of some misguided ery excuse I can to talk myself out of it. You never sound more rational to yourself when its still dark out. If theres one thing you should know about me, among the many things you should not know about me, is that I am not, never have and never will be a morning person. Im a night owl. In fact Im writing this editorial, the one youre reading right now, at the eleventh hour. Its been dark for a long time out there and its the time of night that parents invented ghouls for in order to keep their kids away from. Alas, these are the hours Im more fa miliar with. But Ive learned these are not the hours that will make me better as a person. Those kind of hours, the ones that are so vital to self-improve ment are the ones that dont come easily. The ones that seem counter to your nature. Dont we all wish we could stay Arent we all the best salesmen for the path of least resistance? Ever heard of horse whisperers or, more popularly, dog whisperer? Well, we are mewhisperers. We all know exactly what to say to ourselves. We know exactly what we want to hear. We are tus quo. Here comes the part of the editori al where I transition from some vague metaphor to an even more vague series of points. If one thing, I am predict able. Expand this outward from us as stage it becomes much more harmful because when tough decisions must be made its not just ourselves, indi vidually, we have to argue against, it our brain, the pathways, love lighting up to things we want to hear. This is why it is so important to keep ourselves accountable. Why we must be able to consistently step back and charge each other with better stew ardship of our communities and our country. When I sleep through my alarm or conveniently horse-whisper resolution in the morning, I have all take steps to correct it for the next morning. 24 hour cycles: very easy to diagnose and adjust. Society is a little less tangible. And we are much less likely to realize we are sleeping through our alarms. Alarms are sounding all around us. We must have the courage to rise up. While the snooze button is conve nient (passing the blame, borrowing more money, brushing problems under the rug) we will eventually wake up in a cold sweat and realize just how much weve slept through. So I ask you to commit yourself to something this week, this month, this year that will actively make you a better person. Because making your community and society. It will mag nify there. And pretty soon hitting the snooze button wont be an option. Hold yourself accountable. Hold your neighbors and friends account able. Help each other wake up.Community Calendar and Bazaar and St. Johns Anglican Hall

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 as he was needed more urgently there. I later learned from the manager that another mistake had occurred and that it had been assumed that the phone problems were was dispatched to Treasure Cay. Stuff happens right? I am as human as the next person, and I usually make lots of mistakes, and I really dont fault the technician who started all this mess. I is the lack of customer service that I re ceived later. So here are my suggestions to Batelco executives: There is a value to saving a customer and the customers story is crafted by how you handle the situation. When a mistake happens and you do something wrong you should make nice right away. Make that a priority and make sure your customer knows it. Inform your customer service reps so they know too. Think about how much a saved customer is worth. How much does a negative story cost Batelco? How much does a lost cus tomer cost? All you have to do to turn around the negative into the positive is add something extra that the customer was not expecting. Something that would add a smile. Some thing that would add a good to the situa tion, and make a pleasant surprise the last memory the customer has. In this case that something might be restoring phone and internet service within a day, not within a week or not charging the customer for the week that the phone and internet was out of service and empowering the customer service rep. to do that. It might be allocating extra minutes for the cell phone usage the customers used to try and sort Fundraiser Thank YouDear Editor; Thanks to God and to those who made this fundraiser for Dan Russell pos sible. Thanks to the overwhelming support shown for Dans Medical Fundraiser. Thanks to the business places, stores and people that donated food items, drinks, water, ice and funds. And to those that cooked food, desserts, helped serve and set up, you are also appreciated. Also, to each one that purchased food, drinks and contributed in any manner, thanks, you all made this possible. I want to personally thank Melinda Pinder, Maria Albury and Adelle McDonald. Working with you ladies made it easy. Its amazing what can be accomplished when people can agree and work together. Thanks from Dan Russell and Fam ily, -Charlie RussellLetters to the Editor Up a PoleDear Editor; I was done wrong by Batelco. Here is my story and my suggestions to the com pany for improvement. On Thursday, 10th of January a technician was up a pole in my remote community of Cherokee Sound working on some lines. He inadver tently caused my telephone number to ring three streets over at a neighbors house. My phone went dead as did my internet connection. My neighbors phone number failed to work as well. There were simi lar complaints from others that evening. It Society for Pothole PreservationCitizens of Abaco please dont stand idly by and watch the destruction of our Historic Potholes. We have grown up with these truly wondrous marvels. They have become part of our very identity, our culture, as it were. With no impact study, a contract to repair these island-style, mini grand can yons was signed for 1.2 million, calling an end to spilt coffee, soft drinks and up ended ice cream cones in the back seat, not middle of a rainy night. We will virtually lose touch with our friends that sell frontend alignments, tires, radiators, auto parts in general. It is likely to initiate a veritable avalanche of decreasing insurance rates. The daily skill test of driving from A to B will be put on the back burner. The ability of our dearly loved Taxi Drivers to was said by the grapevine that the repair person was called via cell phone to alert him to the problem and to ask him to re turn and make adjustments. Reportedly he responded that he was on his way back to Marsh Harbour and unwilling to return. You can imagine the irritation that call to Batelcos customers service depart ment early Friday morning. I was given the standard apology from a person at a desk in Freeport and was told it would and seven days before my internet recon nected.) After listening to what happened the customer service rep suggested that I drive the 25 miles into Marsh Harbour to lodge a personal complaint with the customer service reps there. That is what I, and others, did. I was told that there was a technician in Cherokee at that moment making right what went wrong. The customer service rep even made a phone call to the manager ing taken care of right then. Again, nice apologies were offered. I returned to Cherokee and .did not see any technician up a pole. My phone number was still ringing to my neighbors home and my phone was still dead. A walk around the settlement found a technician there had been a technician in Cherokee to his bucket up the pole to start work he was called and told to stop what he was doing and drive 50 miles North to Treasure Cay, out the matter. The customers perception of good or bad service is the measure of your suc cess or failure. And right now, with all the challenges you face both internally and externally, you need to build not damage, your customer relationships. Jo-Ann Bradley Cherokee Sound Please see Letters Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 By Timothy Roberts An Abaconian has decided to move out of the house she owns and pay rent af ter years of receiving no assistance from government agencies, both current and previous, in preventing illegal building and dumping to occur within inches of her property boundary. Martha Dee Dee Russell said that after more than eight years she just cant take it anymore and has given up hope of receiving any help from the government or the Police Department as a pile of garbage at the back of the immigrant shanty town known as the Pigeon Peas has grown to over twelve feet high just inches from her fence. The Pigeon Peas is overcrowded with huts built inches apart and Ms. Russell has watched helplessly as it has grown. She pointed out a home that recently expanded and the wall is just inches from her back fence. I cant even put up a new fence. She said. She complained that children are out playing until after midnight and have on sell also suffers from a respiratory disease known as COPD and cannot take inhala tion of smoke. She also said that some children have even climber her fence and killed some of her cats. Across the road in front of her home lies the larger shanty town known as the Mudd. Ms. Russell said that loud music plays until late in the night and you can see them drunks [urinating] along the side of the road; its disgusting. This is what we Central & All Abaco Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSFantasy Too 2B/2B Spacious starter home. Master bedroom entire 2nd floor w/ocean view balcony, ensuite bath. First floor large guest room w/Jack & Jill bath. One lot from beach! $425K BSD 9 Acres Sea to Sea Your Private Island escape, next to quaint village w/working lighthouse! 625 Bay front shoreline perfect for dock. 649 Beach w/reef just o shore. 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Great for large families! $1.875 M USD NEW PRICE NEW PRICE Sea Spray Resort & Marina Valentines Dinner 15th February, 2013 All Entrees Include Soup, Salad, Appetizer and DessertSaladBaby Spinach with cherry tomato and mango served with raspberry dressingSoupCreamy Potato & Bacon SoupAppetizerPoached Shrimp with lemon horseradish sauce EntreeRadicchio and Mushroom Chicken boneless chicken breast stuffed with mushroom, fresh sage and herbs $30.00Jack Daniels Grilled Tenderloingrilled tenderloin with sauteed ,mushroom topped with Chef Carltons Jack Daniel sauce $40.00Grouper Almondine seared grouper topped w/ roasted almonds in a lemon butter sauce $35.00DessertChocolate Sweetheart Cheese Cake Live Music by Clint Sawyer live with; it aint right. When dealing with the police over the children who killed some of her cats she said she gave the police the name of the childrens father. I even took pictures of him; he came right to my fence and threatened me. Her lawyer even carried pic tures to the police and they said they could she said pointing to a house within feet of her fence. I have called [the Department of] Immigration to get rid of illegals; because these are illegals most of them. I have called the Ministry of Works because you are not supposed to build any closer than ten feet to a boundary. She said she was all but cussed out by someone at the Min istry of Works and said the Department of Health told her aint nothing we can do. She said the Department of Immigration said they would come and check it out, but that day aint come yet. She said shes even been told by Haitians that she doesnt have the rights that they have in The Bahamas. When she bought her house she had to pay fees and get deeds conveyed and more, but they can build wherever and whenever with no wor ries. She said she asks the Prime Minis ter to come buy my two houses because I want to get out of this country; Im ashamed to even know I was born in this country. So Im packing up my stuff and moving. Nearly eight years Ive put up with this and these last two years has gotten much worse.Resident forced to abandon home due to pressure from illegal community Above: the home of Abaco resident Dee Dee Russell (far right) overshadowed by a mounting pile of garbage on the fringe of the illegal community of the Pigeon Peas. Ms. Russell has for years reached out to various governmental organizations for help. Right: the mound of trash over twelve feet high has grown unimpeded for years as liv ing conditions in the area worsened. Resi dents such as Ms. Russell as well as legal immigrants to this country who are seeking a better life are confronted with unchecked illegal activity.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Central & All Abaco By Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Cancer Society begins the New Year with a new president. At a meeting on January 5, Jo-Ann Bradley was elected to this position taking over the same. In accepting the position of President, Ms. Bradley stated that she was not only pleased but also humbled to have been elected since the society has been led by very competent people throughout the years. She stated that she has always been very impressed with the Abaco Cancer Society as it is a very strong organization here and helps many cancer patients each year with their travel expenses. Since she herself has breast cancer, Ms. Bradley feels that this enables her to bring special strengths to the society. I have been in remission now for three years and feel wonderful thanks to modern medicine. Because of my situation I am able to empathize with cancer patients and understand what they are going through. This, I feel, makes me uniquely able to work with the people of Abaco in this capacity, she declared. Ms. Bradley acknowledged the work of the Abaco Cancer Society Thrift Shop, saying how pleased she is with the excellent work it is doing in raising funds to assist cancer patients with airfares to their places of treatment. The Thrift Shop is the brainchild of Marjolein Scott and is manned by a very hardworking group of volunteers every Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. After having to close for several weeks due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, the Thrift Shop reopened just be fore Christmas with record breaking numAbove: New President Jo-Ann Bradley (4th from left), Patient Advocate Veronica Saun ders (3rd from left), Vice President/Thrift Shop Manager Marjolein Scott (extreme left), New president introduced for the Abaco Cancer Societybers of customers who had obviously been missing their Saturday morning shopping at the best shop in town. The society is very grateful for the patronage of its cus tomers and would also like to thank those persons who donated plentifully so that the shop could be well stocked for its reopen ing. Donations of clothing, household goods, books and furniture are welcomed on an ongoing basis and may be brought to the shop on Saturday mornings or left at Abaco Groceries during their open hours. Although a long way off yet, President Bradley would like people to mark on their calendars the Abaco Cancer Societys major fundraiser of the year which will be an Art Show on November 30 to be held at Petes Pub in Little Harbour. Also the Cancer Society will be holding a Walk athon, date to be announced. appreciation given by Abaco PolicePress Release On Friday 18th, January 2013, a cer Simms of Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Mr. Simms was also issued a cheque in the amount of $50.00 for services rendered to the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Abaco Unit over the years. Being the individual he is, Ryan Simms during the year 2010 found an of fensive instrument in a public domain. Once the instrument was located he quickly necessary steps were taken to stop any further crime being carried out. As a result of Mr. Simms actions the environment remains sterile from further breaches of the law and Mr. Simms is not ed for his act of honesty, while facing a critical decision. As a result the Royal Bahamas Police Force Abaco Unit saluted Ryan Simms for an outstanding job. Mr. Simms is employed at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Below: Ryan Simms being awarded his cer

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon Thompson242-357-6532 Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Haitian boats wreck south of Little HarbourBy Timothy Roberts As a result of a combined effort of the Department of Immigration, Royal Baha mas Defense Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force, 63 Haitians were apprehend ed shortly after making landfall in South Abaco on January 10. Shortly after 11pm a report came into the Marsh Harbour Police Station of a Haitian vessel coming ashore just south of Little Harbour. The migrants made landfall aboard a 43 foot motor vessel and a 23 foot demolished between the rocks and waves. Authorities apprehended 32 undocu mented Haitian nationals from bushes along the road to Little Harbour in the ear ly morning hours and, with the assistance of additional Department of Immigration through the day. Apart from being dehydrated, the migrants all appeared to be in fair health. Two drivers of two private vehicles that were in the area at the time are assisting Police in their investigation. The immigrants reported that they had been at sea for two weeks. They reportedly said that they had come together to make the trip without the aid of a smug gler. While in Abaco the additional Im of small raids and pickups resulting in the apprehension of an additional fourteen undocumented immigrants. The undocumented immigrants were and detention until they are repatriated. Above: the intact 23 motor boat and remains of a 43 vessel that over 60 undocument ed immigrants made landfall in. Authorities captured several dozen illegal immigrants throughout the day and are working with the boat drivers to complete the investigation. South Abaco By Jennifer Hudson A group of ladies gathers each Tues day morning in Bahama Palm shores armed with parchment, paint, brushes, easels, water and a large helping of enthusiasm. These talented ladies gather together to en joy painting the beauties of nature which surround them. The group formed approximately one year ago and while numbers vary from week to week they usually num ber between six and eight. While the group is not off-limits to men, so far none have expressed an inter est in joining. In order to keep the group relaxed and informal meetings are not ad vertised but anyone wishing to join is welcome. The ladies look to member-artist Ann Capling for professional guidance since she has completed a Visual Arts Course in Ottawa but it is stressed that no one is in charge of the group, they all watch one another, share and learn from each other. While none of the other members, apart Bahama Palm Shores Art Group explores nature through canvasfrom Ms. Capling, has received any formal art training they are all very talented and feel that they are making great progress with Ms. Caplings guidance. Their styles are very varied and while one lady paints in very vibrant colours the others all tend to paint in more subdued hues. While they all enjoy painting their beautiful surroundings, a couple of them have now discovered that they also enjoy portrait painting. Each week they visit a different location where, after a brief look around they all begin to scatter in various directions to paint whatever catches their eye. Their which was followed by meetings in various members gardens. We make an early morning start since the light is much better for painting in the early morning or the late evening. The shadows are longer then, the sun is too bright in the middle of the day, explained Ms. Capling. While the members rely on Ms. Ca pling for ideas they often come up with their own. They have tried various tech niques such as painting with one colour, painting with only one brush and negative painting which involves painting the background around an object and then the object which has not been painted will stand out. Normally they begin with a pencil sketch of their subject and then begin to pencil in the values from light to dark, explained Ms. Capling. The group members work at home lowing week and several of them are quite ing several which they bring and share with their friends at the next meeting. The members enjoy sitting quietly amidst the beauties of nature while putting paint to paper which they describe as their invi tation to be alone and also enjoy getting together at the home of one of the artists to survey and discuss their work and glean new ideas. to the discussion of painting as anyone is invited to read a poem or share something special which adds something very unique to this art group.

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Usually one practice race is held to get the bugs worked out and to give new sailors a and the course. Sailing happened right off the beach in Little Harbour, so a high tide was neces sary. Winds and seas on the other side of the dune were very rough, but the harbour provided shelter and good steady B rig rac ing. Jim Kaighin humbly won all the rac es, so it was a close race for second place. Randy Key and Dwayne Wallas traded 2nds and 3rds, but Dwayne had one more 2nd place and took the second spot overall. After the racing, the group moved to the Palm Room and enjoyed Lenores famous brownies. The group again thanks Amy Sands for again taking pictures and counting down the starts. Also thanks to Amanda Darville for some additional pic ture taking. Thanks to Dave and Lenore Mulock for setting the course and running the races. Round 3 scheduled for Treasure Cay on January 26 has been postponed and will tour is Schooner Bay, Saturday February 23. RC Laser Sailing Event moves to Little Harbour By Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Assoprogramme in 2009 for two reasons: 1. To prove opinions on how the i.e., their spawning locations, travel corridor and home range. 2. To prove the locations where areas. The overall effort of research on and education towards the goal of longterm management. Tagging programmes are also in effect in Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, South Andros, Cuba, Mexico and Belize. A lot of people dont think of probut it is very economically important to the Bahamas, stated Cindy Pinder, Secretary of AFFGA. The Nassau grouper is pro tected by a closed season when spawning in order to prevent spawning aggregations in there being no grouper in the future. If this could prove irreparable harm to the million into the Bahamian economy annually with 5 million of that coming from Abaco. This is all very new cutting edge tats and which would ruin their spawning grounds such as cruise ship ports, marinas, hotel developments or oil tanker ground ings. Hopefully it will enable us to better In 2009 AFFGA applied to the grant in Cross Harbour, South Abaco, to protect the area against building. This ap plication was passed and forwarded to the Ministry of the Environment in 2010 for a zoning order but the application has stalled and we are still trying to get the area pro tected, she stated. Cape Eleuthera Institute, Bahamas National Trust and Fisheries Conservation Foundation have all been working on the ging was begun in Abaco in 2009 with a large group effort taking place in 2010. In October 2012 it was repeated on a large scale but this was unfortunately interrupted by Hurricane Sandy and had to be halted after two days. The tagging during those two days was done by Capt. Buddy Pinder, Capt. Dee Albury and three persons from Cape Eleuthera Institute. The tagging was resumed over Thanksgiving as a joint effort between Zack Judd, Aaron Adams of Buddy Pinder, Justin Sands, Paul Pinder, Jody Albury, Tom Albury and Richard Sound, Sandy Point, Marsh Harbour and tagged with spaghetti tags. Tagging took place in the marls and this provides information on how they leave their home range, the travel corridor they use and their spawning location. Most of the recaptures occur less than 1 mile Buddy Pinder in the Marls in November 2010 was recaptured 776 days later in Jan uary 2013 near Pigeon Island in Eleuthera 106 miles, informed Ms. Pinder. with a tag are asked to report it. The tag looks like a very thin piece of spaghetti about 1 inches long and will be found the tag will be found the contact informa tion www.tarbone.org telephone: 242 334 8552. Also will be seen the tag number which will be a four digit number preced ed by three letters. When reporting to the website, telephone number or any of the are asked to state the date found, the loca number. in Abacos marls

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 North Abaco Murphy Town holds By Mirella Santillo Six members of the Murphy Town Committee met in the evening of January agenda was the resolution of a payment is sue between the Chairman and a contrac tor. The contractor was invited to give his side of the story, and after a lengthy debate, Eugene Dawkins approved the motion of paying the requested sum by four monthly installments. He was seconded by Paul Curry. One member objected to the motion. During the discussion, Administrator Preston Cunningham reminded the com mittee members to clearly explain to pro spective contract holders of the work they the case of emergency work requiring pay ment that has to be done. He also said that a price should always be agreed upon in advance in order to avoid misunderstand ings. Mr. Cunningham is planning to in spect roads in the Murphy Town district to evaluate whether the repair work falls under the jurisdiction of Central or Local Government. The issue of the Great Cistern Garbage not being picked up for three weeks the second week of January, but a lot of trash had been spread out over the whole area. The Chairman said he would take care of having it cleaned up momentarily. Only the electrical work is to be com pleted before the Burial Society can be re opened. According to Chairman Simms it will be ready by the end of January. Police appreciation party held in Treasure Cay 2012, according to police, has been a busy year in North Abaco. Some crimes had visible signs of increase and signs of decrease in other areas but they believe resi dents were certain that police did their best to ensure that justice prevailed. At the end of the last year the North Abaco branch of with pride for their knowing, without a doubt, that they put their best foot forward. With that in mind, the Royal Bahamas Police Force North Abaco Branch gathered together with well-wishers and the commu nity to celebrate its successes in 2012. The event took place in the form of a party cel ebration at the Treasure Cay Public Beach cers and supporters were in attendance. The community did its part to say thank you to the people who keep the streets and com munity safe by contributing food and drinks to assist. The menu featured many popular Ba hamian dishes and a large variety of bev erages. The sound of Caribbean and Baha danced the night away into the early morn port that they received from the community and hopes that the support would continue throughout the year. The party was held on January 4. Also, the work on the Community Center's site is scheduled to start at the end of the month. Central & All Abaco Centreville Constituency showed the great est support for the Yes vote. Prime Minister Christie said in a statement following the results: All offending web-shop owners and operators are placed on notice that all their gaming operations, including all online gaming and the numbers games, must cease with immediate effect. Failure to do so will leave all such web shop owners, operators and web shop gaming patrons exposed to arrest and criminal prosecution without further notice or warning. The Prime Minister urged web-shop operators to cooperate to prevent relevant law enforcement authorities from having to take coercive action to compel the nec essary result. The Abaconian will The No Vote campaign expressed great satisfaction in the initial results of the referendum. I am not surprised, said Dr. Ranford Patterson, president of the Baha mas Christian Council. Bahamians were able to see through all the gifts and stuff that they (the Vote Yes campaign) were doing, the bribery that they were trying to do. Our message played a major role in this. This is a major victory for the church. Island Luck CEO Sebas Bastian said the outcome was disappointing. Obvious ly, I would have preferred a yes vote, he said. I am disappointed in the low number of people who were interested in the process. I wasnt expecting it to be that low. It really speaks to the fact that the people rejected the process, not gambling. Unfortunately it was made political. I feel bad for my employees who are now in limbo. I will hustle and survive some how, but what will they do? Asked if his web shops will open to morrow, he said, I am still watching the results. I havent made a decision. Free National Movement Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis reported that he was pleased with the results and said that I am very, very happy that the Bahamian people have spoken. Mr. Minnis had pushed a No I congratulate both the Bahamian people and church and this has galvanized the church and the Bahamian people will realize how important the church is to our society, and it also shows how important a role the church must play for us moving forward, not only in morality but keeping governments on the right path and ensuring that the government does whats best for the people.Gambling From Page 1 said The individual attempted to disarm who was pronounced dead on the scene a short time later by a local doctor on the island. Tabitha Munnings, the victims sister, said her brother was not a troublemak er. She said her family does not believe the account told by police about the shooting and wants answers to why Munnings was shot. Abaco to meet with police on January 24 and then met with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on January 25. There have been no updates from the police on the outcome of those meetings. The inspector said to me they were conducting a patrol last night, at a dark building, and my brother and this guy [were there], Ms. Munnings said. The police approached the building and appar ently my brother got into a struggle with the police and the gun miss and went off. She said police said her brother was shot twice in the chest. My question was, If the gun miss and went off, how could he be shot in the chest twice? They said investigations [are] pending; were looking more into it, she said. I told them I wasnt buying that story because it didnt make sense. She said people who claimed they witnessed the shooting said her brother was an innocent man who walked into the They didnt say my brother was armed, they didnt say they approached my bother to arrest my brother for so and so. Munnings said her brother was a mu sician who was often seen around town selling his music and he had two young children. He was a straightforward person; he would let you know whats on his mind, she said. But he wasnt a troublesome person. Many people here in Abaco said he was a humble person. He never bothered nobody; he just sold his DVDs. Munnings said her family wants the Royal Bahamas Police Force to properly investigate the shooting and provide jus tice. charged nature of this story, only the facts and details known at the time of publica tion were included in this article. Shooting From Page 1

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 ROCK imported & local SAND imported & local 8 CONCRETE BLOCKS 50LBS BAGS ROCK & SAND Abacos cornerstone to constructionVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town Water Front beside Parkers Landing Crime Report Armed Robbery At 8:55pm on 19th January, 2013, a 34 year old male of the Mudd, Ab aco, reported that sometime around 7:00pm same date while walking out the Pigeon Peas towards his residence in the Mudd, Abaco, he was robbed by a slim, dark, tall male dressed in light blue long sleeve shirt and dark colour long pants. The male was armed with a silver coloured handgun. The culprit stole $400.00 in Bahamian one hun dred dollar bills from his pocket and made good his escape. He does not know the cul prits name but he knows him by face and knows where he lives in the Mudd. Police action requested. Unit Abaco outpost are investigating this matter. Investigation continues.Stealing From a Dwelling (Suspect arrested charged.)At 4:00pm on 11th January, 2013, a 41 year old male of Dundas Town, Aba co, reported that sometime around 3:34am on Thursday 3rd January, 2013, a male dressed in dark clothing that he knows en tered his residence and stole $300.00. The suspect when asked stated that he borrowed the cash and intends to pay it back. Police action requested. Update Abaco Outpost arrested the suspect in this matter and charged him with the offence. Investigation continues. Causing Harm. (Suspet arrested and charged.)On Saturday 12th January, 2013,at about 3:02p.m, a 32 year old female of the Pigeon Peas, Marsh Harbour reported to the Marsh Harbour police station that some time around 3:00p.m. same date, while in the Pigeon Peas, a female known to her threw some rocks at her and one hit her in the face causing injury. Police action re quested. Suspect Arrested AT 3:20 pm, a 29 year old female of the Pigeon Peas was arrested. Investigation continues. Threats of Death & Assault with a Deadly Weap on. (Suspect arrested and charged.)At 4:30pm on 10th January, 2013, a 23 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Aba co reported that sometime around 3:55pm same date while at a local gas company on Don McKay Blvd., a male known to him at tempted to knock him down with the vehicle he was driving and threatened to kill him. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested On 11th January, 2013, the male sus pect in this matter of Dundas Town was ar rested reference to this matter and charged. Investigation continues. Threats of Death. (Suspect arrested and charged.)At 1:21pm on 11th January, 2013, a 28 year old male of Crockett Drive Marsh Harbour, came in at the Marsh Harbour Po lice Station and reported that on Thursday 10th January 2013, sometime around 3:45 pm, while in the parking lot of a local gas company located don mckay blvd, he saw a male known to him, an arguement ensued resulting in the male threatening to kill him putting him in fear for his life. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested On 11th January, 2013, the male sus pect in this matter of Dundas Town was ar rested reference to this matter and charged. Investigation continues. Illegal Landing. (Haitian Nationals arrested and sent to Detention)At 11:05pm on 10th January, 2013, an anonymous caller reported that a Haitian Vessels came ashore in the area of Little Harbour. Police assistance requested. from Sandy Point assisted by Defence Force a total of sixty-three (63) Haitian Nationals. They were taken to the Immigration Depart ment for processing. Threats of Death & As sault. (Suspect arrested and Charged.) At 9:37 am on Tuesday 8th January 2013 a 27 year old female of Pigeon Peas, Abaco came to M.H.P.S. and reported that sometime around 9:00 a.m. on 8-1-12 while she was at her residence she got into an ar gument with her sisters boyfriend which resulted in him attempting to hit her with a bottle. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested At 10:40am on 9th January, 2013, of old male of The Mudd, Abaco, in reference to this matter. He was brought to M.H.P.S. where he was charged. He was arraigned on 10/1/13, pleaded not guilty and given bail in the amount of $3,000.00. Threats of Death & Causing Harm. (Suspect arrested) At 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday 8th Janu ary 2013, a 28 year old female of the Pi geon Peas, Abaco came to M.H.P.S. and reported that sometime around 9:00 a.m. same date, while she was near the basket ball court in Pigeon Peas, Abaco she was approached by her childrens father who started arguing about his children. This led to him hitting her with a rock and beating her about the body. Police action requested. Suspect Arrested At 10:40am on 9th January, 2013, a 32 year old male of The Mudd, Abaco, was arrested in reference to this matter. He was brought to M.H.P.S. where he was charged. He was arraigned on 10/1/13, $500.00. The defendant pleaded not guilty to Threats of Death and given bail in the amount of $3,000.00. ShopbreakingAt 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday 8th Janu ary 2013, a 33 year old of Pelican Shores, Abaco contacted MHPS and reported that at about 5:30 p.m. while checking his of he knew in said establishment without his to the scene where they arrested a 56 year old male (of no known address) in refer ence to Shopbreaking. He was transported to Marsh Harbour Police Station where he was charged for the offence. The defendant was arraigned on 10/1/13. He was not al lowed to enter a plea because of his mental condition and was remanded to Sandilands. HousebreakingAt 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday 8th January 2013, a 26 year old male of Forest Drive, Abaco, came to MHPS and reported that sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on 8-1-13 culprit(s) broke into his apart ment and stole his black Acer laptop val ued at $700.00. Police action requested. Detective Unit Abaco outpost are investigat ing this matter. Enquiries are continuing. HousebreakingAt 11:25am on 7th January, 2013, a 38 year old male of Murphy Town, Abaco, reported that sometime between 12:00pm on 21st December, 2013 and 8:30am on 7th January, 2013, some unknown person/s entered his residence through and stole two mattresses valued at $450.00. Police action requested. tral Detective Unit Abaco outpost are inves tigating this matter. Enquiries are continu ing. DRUG ARRESTOn 8/1/2013 sometime around aco were on mobile patrol on forest drive in Dundas Town when they arrested a 25 year old male suspected reference to being in possession of marijuana. The suspect resisted violently before being subdued. The brown tobacco-like paper was re trieved in the presence of the suspect which had a grassy substance in it believed to be marijuana. He was later transported to the MHPS where he was charged. HousebreakingAt 8:00am on 25th January, 2013, a 42 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Aba co, reported that sometime between 7:00am on 21st January, 2013 and 7:00am on 25th January, 2013, some unknown person/s en tered into his residence and stole an assorted of mixed currency, and an assortment of jewelry. Police action requested Station are investigating this matter. AssaultAt 6:15pm 22nd January, 2013, a 43 year old male of Dundas Town, Abaco, re ported that sometime around 12:30pm same date while at work, a co-worker known to him assaulted him. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Stealing from a Vessel and Trespassing At 2:00am on 27th January, 2013, of arrested three (3) boys ages 11 years; 13 years and 9 years of age all of The Mudd, Abaco for stealing and trespassing. These boys were arrested on the premises of a local boat yard located in Dundas Town where they were found in possession of an assortment of stolen items including an IPod, screw driver, blanket, food items, etc. Investigation continues. On Saturday 26th January 2013 at about 2:00 am an anonymous caller con tacted the Marsh Harbour Police Station and forest Drive, in the area of Texaco Service Station involving two vehicle, Police assis tance is requested. General Information. white 1996 Honda Civic driven by a 23 year old male of Dundas Town and a second ve hicle a 2003 Blue and white Nissan Pickup truck registered to Bahamas Electricity Co operation and driven by a 36 year old male of Dundas Town. Both vehicles received extensive damages. 1. The 23 year old male received in juries to the upper body area and was taken by ambulance to the M.H. Government Clinic. (Deceased.) 2. The 36 year old male received to the face area and was alert. (Treated and discharged.) 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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 drive from the airport to the ferry landing history and not pass on to future genera tions. Whatever happens, do not notify Ministry of Works, depriving them of rip ping up the freshly laid tar. -Coalition for the Preservation of Historic Potholes Don Wood Marsh HarbourLetters to the Editor Letters From Page 9 Reaching out to a FriendDear Editor, Again, please allow a little space in your paper for the following. Open letter to Martha Russell: Martha, we are no strangers, we talk some times. We are some family, your Pa Horton from Hope Town, my Granma Nettie was from Hope Town, her father was Hilton Russell. I dont write this to criticize you or blast you, I care about you and your long time problem with some neighbors in [The Mudd], Marsh Harbour. Ive read your letters to The Abaco nian and heard you on ZNS radio, Nassau. I know it seems that no one cares! Its Sad! Haitian pastors and police should have had der why you vex, I know its stress. It is enough for you to cuss you and me to cuss! I know one lady in local government that ago. I dont know why theres the delay. If neighbors discipline the kids, bush crack, problem gone! Find a preacher that can Paley Creole and who believes in tell ing people what water baptism is all about. Prayer can help also! P.S. Martha, next letter please dont blame Prime Minister Ingraham or Christie and please start letter with Sir or Mr. Prime Minister. Ok, you can say, we say, sorry for things. As a boy I knew Nurse Christie, good woman back then, she treated my problem. Problem was an [unfortunate] ant sting. No ProgressTo Perry Christie, When are you going to be an honest man and do something about the illegal immigrants? I have now moved out of my home because these people are building day and night. The kids are such a nasty bunch; they are still hurting the cats and dogs. It is not good to call the popos ,if they do come they just talk sweet to the illegals and leave. Well so much for being for the Bahamian people. I guess that is what you like, the white people to have to leave their homes because you refuse to do anything with them. Well the people that work in the Treasury, what do they do all day? One month now I went for my money the court ordered, but every time I call about get ting it there is some excuse that it is not ready yet. What do these people do all day? I guess Perry needs it for the Hai tians. White people dont count since he went in. Well anyway Perry, shame on you for not sending someone to stop the [stuff] from going on. Well, like I said, you gave this coun try away. -Martha Russell I feel good that Nurse Chirstie bor rowed my comic books for Prime Minister Christie (now), and his brother to look and read and yes she brought them back, ok. God bless her memory. Everyone I know spoke well of her. Im not PLP, but I wish no harm to come to Prime Minister Christie, or the former Prime Minister Ingraham. May God bless The Bahamas and help us see our need to turn from our wicked tickets and all chances to win. People usu ally lose more then they win. I brought two didnt win stuff, but I won a smile from the lady of which the school bears her name. -Read Bible and do right. -Lee Lowe ReNu U Salon The growing community of Treasure Cay has been afforded the opportunity to have in its vicinity Renu U Salon. Renu U salon is a new establishment offering the in the Brent Lowe Plaza on the Sherlin Bootle Highway, a block before the Trea sure Cay Airport. Owner, Tanya McIntosh, graduated from the halls of Sherlin Bootle High School in 2011, with her heart set on be coming a doctor of cosmology. On December 21, 2012, ReNu U opened their door to the general public, of fering the latest styles and all the basic hair care service. The salon is also equipped with a nail technician who provides any and all services when it comes to hands and feet. The salon is open daily Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm, with the ex ception of Wednesday. Walk-ins are welcomed but appoint ments are preferred. It is the desire of the owner to ensure that every customers leav ing feeling like royalty. At ReNu U, it is their mission statement to combine acces sibility, professionalism and creativity to offer you the latest designs in nail and hair technology. Not only is customer satisfaction guaranteed, but it is the norm. They are encouraging the public to look out for their holidays specials. Interested person can reach the salon at 577-0737 or 475-2032. They are encour aging you to come in today and let them ReNu U! Gift of Life Consultant Group The road to obtaining proper docu mentation to work in the Bahamas for im the hope of easing the burden of the im migrant when applying for work permits and citizenship, the Gift of Life Consultant Group was born. Operating currently as a home-based business, the owners seek to provide assistance. The other side of the business is a connection kit for adoption. The group themselves in a pregnant situation with another option. Choose life and be a blessing Business Entrepreneur Watch to someone else by giving a baby up for adoption, is what they say. They are fully operational and are mainly an online business. They are hop area once they have built their clientele. The company is hoping to make a great impact on the local community here in Abaco by creating opportunities for all. The company can currently be reached at Champs Porch Barber Shop Trevor Swain is a local entrepreneur, role model and resident of Murphy Town. He is the owner of a number of businesses and his latest business, Champs Porch Barber Shop, is not only providing a much needed service for the residents of Murphy and Dundas Town, but the entire commu nity of Abaco in general. Champs Porch Barber Shop is open Monday to Friday 5pm to 8pm and on Sundays all day to accommodate those persons who work all day and cannot make it to the Barber Shop until they get off from work. Services pro vided for males include shape-ups, shav ings, clips, cuts and designs. Services for females include semi-fade, skin fade, Mo hawks, and eye brow cutting. He recently added a new service to his business in the form of a stylist, who does braiding and weaving Mondays to Saturdays 9am until 8pm. For an appointment call 475-1031.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 Entrepreneur Watch Further Business Flawless Diva Beauty Parlour On Thursday, January 10, 2013, Flawless Diva Beauty Parlour opened its doors next door to the Church of the Latter Rain in Dundas Town. Owners Mizpah Johnson and Latoya Meoche Swain decid ed to join forces and open this business. Mizpah is no stranger to the beauty world, but her niece just received her cosmetology They specialize in hair care for fe males such as cuts, perms, and treatments along with weaves. They also sell make up, weave, hand bags, beauty supplies, and accessories. In the future they plan to offer classes for budding beauticians. They are open Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9am to 6pm. They will be adding a nail technician and another beautician to their staff very soon. They can be contact ed by calling 559-8433 or 646-2621. Sweets by Meeks opens on top floor of Dove Plaza Tamika McIntosh, proprietor of Sweets by Meeks, offers a delicious line up of pastries to tantalize the taste buds of her customers. Located in Suite #206 of the Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Sweets by Meeks has an eye-catching display of cupcakes; pies and tarts; cheesecakes, cookies; doughnuts; danishes; and cakes for every occasion. Tamika entered the culinary profession as a hotline chef at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, and soon discovered that she had a passion for making pastries. As she operates in this new venture, Tamika pledged to deliver optimum customer service by providing quality, and creatively made products. So far, her customers have given her positive feedback on her business Facebook page after trying out her daily pastry samples. I try to make something I would like, Tamika said. I have to be happy my customers. Tamika is assisted by Maggie Saunders, who is also committed to delivering outstanding customer service. Maggie said that their top seller has been the chocolate cake stuffed with cheesecake. Customers also have the options of ordering vanilla sponge cake, carrot cake, Devils food cake, yellow cake, pina colada cake, and red velvet cake. Twenty four hours notice is required for all orders and a minimum of 72 hours for wedding cakes. Customers can also highlight their special occasion with Edible Images, cake toppers and candles at an additional cost. Sweets by Meeks is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The telephone number is:(242)475-1851. Real estate market sees improvements piece and presented as-is. Overall, in my view 2013 will be an improvement on the previous year, which was better than the one before that, which was better than 2010. I am seeing slow ing back to the real estate market. The US and European press is no longer scare mongering about the real estate market, unsustainability of the governments of the world. Whether to buy real estate or hold coming back to the market after 4 years following the housing bubble which, I believe, was basically a result of an overAnecdotal evidence I can give you relate to the condo market in Abaco. There are a large number of condos in Treasure Cay (I think over 500 units) and of those typically 5-10% are on the market for sale all the time, it is just the nature of catering to retired individuals who become less able to travel and therefore need to sell their island condo. Between 2008 and mid 2010 there were 6 sales of condo units in Treasure Cay (2 sales per year). For the years 2011 and 2012, there have been 11 sales in the Treasure Cay Condo market (5.5 sales per year, more than double the previous years). If that isnt a good real estate market indicator, I dont know what is. I see condo buyers are typically cau tious people, they dont want to deal with landscapers, want the security of a community, it is usually easy to rent and manage. If you see these cautious people buying for the market generally. There is a similar story for condos in Marsh Harbour, which aside from the brand new Crossing project, the only con dos here are the Regattas which saw ab solutely no sales activity from mid 2007 until mid 2012. That is a 40+ unit condo complex that didnt see a single sale for 5 years. The dam broke last year and there was one sale with another one probably lower prices than during the bubble years of 2006/2007. Typical pricing was up to $360,000 in 2007 and current pricing is at a more reasonable $245,000 price tag. The above two overviews of micro markets are, I think, a good gauge for the state of the real estate market gener ally. People are starting to come out of are starting to grow again. Overall, I am seeing an increase in my personal real estate business. InquiPlease see Real Page 22

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 en-GBArea Code 242 unless listed otherwiseen-GB en-GB Island-wide Abaco Listingsen-GBAbaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576en-GB en-GBAbaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529en-GBCherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 en-GBGrand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 en-GBGreen Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 en-GBGuana Cay Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 en-GBHope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 en-GBHotels and House Rental Agentsen-GBLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121 en-GBMan-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 en-GBMarsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151 en-GBSandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 en-GBSpanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 en-GBTreasure Cay Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Island Dreams Rental + 357-6576 en-GBTurtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 en-GB en-GBWood Cay Tangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 villa 365-2222 en-GBWeb Sites with Abaco Informationen-GB en-GB http://www.abaconian.comen-GB http://www.abacoinet.comen-GB http.//www.abacoinfo.comen-GB http.//www.abacocottage.comen-GB + agents with multiple cottages and housesen-GB http://www.abacos.comen-GB http://www.oii.neten-GB http://www.bahamas.comen-GBRev. March 2012 ries from potential buyers on the upswing. Local Bahamians are starting to try to buy real estate a bit more which means the local economy is improving. On the other hand I also have an increase in people wanting to sell, so perhaps all those folks who knew that they had to wait it out to sell they have reached the end of their hold ing capacity and need to get things sold to Paralleling all of that, Abaco has a very robust real estate market. As of today, 507 actively marketed properties are for sale right now in Abaco on the Baha mas MLS database. Contrast that with 507 currently on the MLS as actives in Nassau (including PI). Astounding isnt it? As far as expired listings (unsolds) Abaco has 1,100+ while Nassau has 1,500+. Nassau shows 487 sold properties, while Aba co shows only 205 solds. Peripherally, the real estate market in Abaco will be directly and positively impacted by the pending opening of the new airport terminal, modernizing air travel to the island. Additionally, if we get direct air service to another major hub in the US (Delta from Atlanta?) it will further en hance our tourism business and our real estate market. There is also underway the construction of a new government medical clinic which will give retirees and second home owners a boost of comfort and peace of mind while living or visiting here, that there is adequate medical care in the event of an emergency. Lastly, if you have not yet toured the Further Business Real From Page 21 new government complex you should. It is beautiful and offers complete govt servic es and departments including an extension of the Public Treasury and soon perhaps an arm of the Registrar. It is a testament to Abaco to grow and continue to contribute to the economy and coffers of the Bahamas. I expect 2013 to be a good year, but it will not rival the activity we saw in the market in 2006/2007. A client was recent ly telling about how the 5s are good years and the 0s are bad. And I think he may be on to something 2005 good, 2010 bad. 1995 good (tech bubble), 2000 bad (tech bubble busted) so on that vein, we should be building up to 2015 which should be a good year. Lets hope so. Woslee steadily progresses on construction of Teachers Credit Union on Abaco The construction of Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-Operative Credit Union Limiteds Business Complex on Abaco began during the last week of September 2012. Now just a few months later, the site is noticeably buzzing with activity. As he began the tour of the construc tion site, Don Wilmott, general superin tendent of Woslee Construction, pointed to a series of buildings lined up in al phabetical order from A to F. Beginning with Building A, which is located near the front entrance that faces Central Pines Estate, he revealed that it would house a food store. The total square footage of the site totals between 55,000 to 64,000, Wilmott supplied. To put its size in better perspective, the newly completed Govern ment Complex that was also built by Wo slee is between 64,000 to 66,000 sq. feet. Some portions of the building rise to two stories. Others remain at a single-sto ry level. Across from Building C where there are plans for a restaurant, the layout veers sharply to the left toward Buildings D and E where workers were beginning to prepare slabs for the construction of of a popular fast food restaurant occupying that space. Building F completes the cir cuit as the Teachers and Salaried Workers Credit Union and Bank facility. Wilmott said with the addition of the Teachers Credit Union Business complex in the area, it is becoming the second phase of Abacos newest downtown area with the completion of the Government Complex, and other government projects coming on stream. Of course, Woslee has had its share of challenges with most of the land be a permanent deterrent to the upgrade in Abacos infrastructural boom. Wilmott added that the Teachers Credit Union building will be beautiful once completed with a complimentary parking and garden area. Currently, 60 people are employed by Woslee, and Wilmott indicated the number of employed persons will increase to 12 or more workers as they move up some of the roofs like the one atop the food store. There were plans to install purlins on the food stores roof toward the end of January. Amazingly, of those employed, only two people on the site are not from Abaco and one of them is Mr. Wilmott himself. Working along with Wilmott is Oneil Moss, project manager who is mostly sta Smith, the site project manager. We encourage subcontractors to hire locals and bring them on because we want to make this an Abaco community type project. We want to say: This is example of what they can do, Wilmott boasted. He noted that every area of expertise plastering, form, concrete work, plumb ing, electrical, and air-conditioning they are all subcontractors from Abaco. This is a prime example that Wo slee is for the people of Abaco and Ba hamians.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour . ................................. 367-0350 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town . ................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ...................................... 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ....................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana . ................................................................ 365-5178Man-O-War Dive Shop . ................................................365-6013 Cars & Cart Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals . ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals . .............................. 367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals . ........................................... 367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals . .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals . ................................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals . ....................................... 367-5570 Cruise Abaco. . .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) . ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals . ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars . .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals . ............................. .367-4000 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental . .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental . ............................................. 365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals . ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental . ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals . ....................................... 365-4119 Kool Karts . ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals . ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes . ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals . ............................................ 375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals . ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes . ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals . ..................................... 354-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco . ............................................. 321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals . ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental . ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Cats Paw Boat Rentals . ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart . ................................................. 366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals . .................................. 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals . .......................................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals .............................. 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental . ................................................ 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals . ............................................ 366-0069 Treasure Cay Adventure on Prozac Kayak . ............................ 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. . ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts . ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals . .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals . ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals . ........................................... 365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks . ............................. 365-8749 Bonefish Guides Visitors Guide Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Abaco Pizza. . ................................ $ . .................. 367-4488 Anglers . ................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2158 Curly Tails . ............................... $$$ . .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper . ........................ $ . .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest . ....................... $ . .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House . ....................... $ . .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place . ............................. ..$ . .................. 367-2880 Junovias......................................$...................367-1271 Jib Room . .................................. $$ . .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken . ............... $ . .................. 367-2615 Mangoes . ................................. $$$ . .................. 367-2366 Pops Place + . .............................. $ . .................. 367-3796 Snack Shack + . ............................ $ . .................. 367-4005 Snappas . .................................... $$ . .................. 367-2278 Wallys . .................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2074 Hope Town Abaco Inn . .............................. $$$ . .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks . ................................ $$ . .................. 366-0247 Harbours Edge . ......................... $$ . .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) . .............. $ . ................. .366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge . .................. $$$ . .................. 366-0095 Munchies . .................................... $ . .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach . .............................. $$ . .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray . ............................... $$ . .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + . ............................ $ . .................. 366-0788 Little Harbour Petes Pub . .................................. $$ . .................. 366-3503 Lubbers Quarter Cracker Ps . ................................. $$ . .................. 366-3139 Man-O-War Bradleys on the Harbour . ............. $ . .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine . ................................. $ . .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar . ................ $ . .................. 365-6501 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Market Place . ...... $$$ . .................. 612-1021 Grabbers . ................................... $$ . .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ . ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay . ............................... $$$ . .................. 365-5175 Treasure Cay Coco Beach Bar & Grill. . ................ $ . .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe . ............................. $ . ................. .365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant . ............. $$$ . .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class . ........................ $$$ . .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club . ................ $$$ . ................. .365-9385 Green Turtle Cay Blu House . ............................. $$$ . .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro . ...................... $$ . .................. 365-4200 Green Turtle Club . .................... $$$ . .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill . ................... $$ . .................. 365-4389 McIntoshs Restaurant . .............. $$ . .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant . ............. $$ . .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn . .................... $$ . .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill . $$ . ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe . .................. $$ . .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners . .............................. $$ . .................. 365-4060 Sandy Point Nancys ...................................... $$ . .................. 366-4120Everyone reads The Abaconian Emergency Services Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 T reasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic . ................................ 367-0020 Integrated Medical Center . .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency . ............................................... 458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre . ................................... 367-0049 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour . ........................... 367-2510 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay . ........................................ 365-8288 Government Clinic, Coopers Town . ............................. 365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay . .......................... 365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town . .................................. 366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point . ................................. 366-4010 Government Clinic, Fox Town . ..................................... 365-2172 Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Green Turtle Cay Blu House ....................... 45 . ......... F . ......... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club . .............. 32 . ......... F . ......... 365-4271 Black Sound Marina . .......... 15 . ..................... 365-4531 Other Shore Club . ............... 12 . ......... F . ......... 365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service ........... 10 . ......... F . ......... 365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina . ........ 150 . ......... F . ......... 365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina . .......... 26 . ......... F . ......... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina . ...... 183 . ......... F . ......... 367-2158 Conch Inn . .......................... 75 . ......... F . ......... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina . ........ 36 . ......... F . ......... 367-2182 Mangoes Marina . ............... 29 . ..................... 367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina . ...... 52 . ......... F . ......... 367 2700 Hope Town Hope Town Marina . ............ 16 . ..................... 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways . ................................ 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina . .............. 6 . ......... F . ......... 366-0154 Sea Spray . .......................... 60 . ......... F . ......... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina . ........... 75 . ......... F . ......... 365-0083 Guana Cay Bakers Bay Marina . .......... 158 . ......... F . ......... 365-5802 Guana Hide-aways . ............ 37 . ..................... 577-0003 Orchid Bay . ......................... 64 . ........ F . ......... 365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Abaco Eco Tours & Kayak rental . ....................... 475-9616 . ................ 367-2936 . ......................... 367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure . ............................... 577-0004 . ..................... 367-0350 Adventure on Prozac T Cay . ............................ 365-8749 . ...................... 365-4411 . ........................... 365-8506 . .......... 367-2787 . ............. 366-0024 Airlines Serving Abaco Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is . ........................... 367-2266 American Eagle Miami . ..................................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud . ............................ 367-2095 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach . .............................................. 367-3415 Sky Bahamas Nassau . ......................................... ................ 367-0996 Western Air Nassau . ......................................... .................. 367-3722 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air . .............................................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters . ........................................................ 367-3450 Taxi Cab Fares one or two passengers Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, . ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry . ........................................ $15 Spring City . ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch . ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay . ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour . ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore . ......................................... ................................ $90 Crossing Rocks . ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point . ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee . ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry . ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town . ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel . ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern . .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock . ......................................... ...................... $10 Madeira Park . .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks . ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee . ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood . ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town . ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour . ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay . ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope . .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town . .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven . ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport . ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport . .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour . ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry . ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole . ........................................................ $30 Attractions Albert Lowe Museum . ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station . .................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour . ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry . ...................... Little Harbour Working boatyards . ..................................... Man-O-War cayPocket Beaches Miles of beach (most exposed to ocean) Items of interest Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised Dec 2012 All phones use area code 242 unless notedwww.theabaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Green Turtle Ferry Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth onlyAbaco Adventures Pinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Bahamas Ferries Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. The Great Abaco Express* Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour . 375-8068 . 477-5996 . 367-0367 . 375-8550 . 366-2163 . 367-3526 . 367-3577 . 367-3941 North Abaco . 477-5037 . 365-0120 . 365-0024 . 365-2405 Sandy Point . 366-4323 . 366-4107 . 366-4249 . 366-4486 Treasure Cay . 559-9117 Casaurina Point . 366-3058 Cherokee . 366-2107 . 366-2115 . 366-2284 . 366-2177 Crossing Rocks . 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay . 365-4261 . 365-4070 Hope Town . 366-0234 . 366-3141 Man-O-War . 365-6502 Charter Fishing Boats . 366-0101 . 366-0266 . 366-0245 . 366-3143 . . 365-5140 Dental Services Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Pharmacy Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Veterinary Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Great Guana Cay Green Turtle Cay Man-O-War Cay Hope Town Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay 242-365-4648 242-367-3450 242-367-2935 242-365-6416 242-366-0029 Please view all of our exclusive listings atwww.AbacoCaysRealty.com Contact us at: info@abacocaysrealty.com 242-365-4648 ELBOW CAY BERKLEYS BLUFF31,000 s.f. 0.7116 Acre 100 of Atlantic ocean frontage 275 depth Great elevations overlooks surfers beach. #HTV1125 BRING OFFERS REDUCED $325,000. GREAT GUANA CAY SEA TO BAY 148,104 s.f. 3.40 Acre Sea to Sea parcel 201.87 on the Atlantic Ocean 159.15 on the Sea of Abaco overlooking private harbour inclusive 2 boat slips Great elevations Can be Divided. #GGV1008 $1,472,000. CLAIRES BEACH Beachfront building site 31,243 s.f. 0.717 Acre 117 of Atlantic beachfront Dock access good elevations superb ocean views. #GGV1006 $478,000. LOST SHAKER 36,839 s.f. 0.847 Acre 65 of Atlantic beachfront -Dolphin Beach Estates oversized parcel good elevationseasement to beach. #GGV1000 $460,000. ATLANTIS 19,239 s.f. 0.4417 Acre 95 of Atlantic beachfront Dolphin Beach Estates Semi-private dock. #GGV1135 FORCLOSURE MUST SELL! $350,000. SEAVIEW Dolphin Beach Estates 24,292 s.f. 0.557 Acre 136 prime waterfront great elevations fabulous views of Delias Cay and the Sea of Abaco. Shared dock access or can build a private dock on shoreline 8 depth at MLW #GGV1118 $368,000. GREEN TURTLE CAY COCONUT BEACH 63,815 s.f. 1.465 Acre Prime beach front lot secluded beach cove on north end-driveway in place and approved building plans available GTV1172 NEW $675,000. PLAYING HOOKY15,948 s.f. 0.3661 Acre Prime building site Unobstructed views of Coco Bay Public dock accessBeach access #GTV1080 $240,000. OCEANVIEW LOT 22,141 s.f. 0.508 acres corner lot Atlantic beach and ocean views beach road access 30 away close proximity to Green Turtle Club. Snorkeling just oshore. #GTV1157 $275,000. CONCHED OUT -Lot 2 30,361 s.f. 0.697 Acre 125 of Atlantic beachfront 12 elevations #GTV1008 -$350,000. Lot 3 36,440 s.f. 0.836 Acre 117 on Coco Bay30 elevations #GTV1206 $697,000. Lot 4 36,440 s.f. 0.836 Acre 117 on Coco Bay 25 elevations #GTV1207 $697,000. NO NAME CAY PARCELS 1. One Acre +/345 of Atlantic shoreline $225,000. 2. One Acre +/250 of Atlantic Shoreline $259,000. 3. One and a Half Acres +/525 of Atlantic Shoreline $418,000. Combine all three for a very private estate. #NCV1188 $225,000 $418,000. SEABREEZE 14,960 s.f. 0.343 Acre close to ocean beach clubs & town. #GTV1173 $145,000. COCO BAY BREEZE Prime building site .2699 Acre Dock Access Beach Access. #GTV1007 $47,500. MAN O WAR CAY SUMMERPLACE 10,719 s.f. 0.246 Acre Prime building site over 150 of Sea of Abaco frontage private dock fabulous Sea of Abaco views. #MWV1082 UNDER CONTRACT CENTRAL ABACO SAND BANKS CREEK LOTS 4&5 #4 1.120 Acres 97.42 on the creek. #5 1.155 Acres 100.92 on the creek. Both lots creek to highway near Treasure Cay. #CAV1182 $89,500. Green Turtle Cay7,264 s.f. 0.166 Acre 877 s.f. 3 Bd.-1 Bath 12 x 16 Shed 90 L Shaped Dock PGT Storm Windows Galvilume Metal Roof 1/2 or Full Ownership Oered #GTH1197 $174,000 $347,000 Green Turtle Cay3 Bedroom, 3 Baths 1,282 s.f. under air 887 s.f ground oor bed-bath-garage 1,597 s.f. decks 15,710s.f. 0.360 Acre 200 on Coco Bay Beach 8,000 gallon cistern #GTH1152 $1,285,000Green Turtle Cay 4 Bd, 2 Bth 1,962 s.f. 2 kitchens 30,874 s.f. 0.708 Acres 360 views 30 elevations Centrally Located #GTH1192 $1,200,000 Man O War CayNorthern Tip of MOW Sea to Sea Parcels 3 Options Available Private Marina 8MLW Private Beaches Exceptional Estate Great Elevations Price Upon Request Man O War CaySea to Sea property 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 1,096 s.f. Beach Res. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath 625 s.f. Guest Cottage Land 0.764 Acre Workshop/Laundry #MWH1164 $1,040,000 Cherokee Sound30,600 s.f. 0.702 Acre 2,040 s.f. Residence 280 s.f. Guest House 3 Bed 3 Bath 1120 s.f. Covered Decks 90 s.f. Open Decks Ocean Views 1/2 mile to Settlement #CSH1209 $570,000 Green Turtle Cay1,190 s.f. Residence Land 2.68 Acres 150.60 Atlantic Beach 196.60 Coco Bay Beach Dock 50% Shared #GTH1169 Green Turtle CayMarina Resort for Sale +/-621 on Black Sound available +/-378 Sea of Abaco frontage available +/2.78 Acres Restaurant & Pool Bar Shell Fuel Dock Great for private estate #GTH1151 $3,470,000 Green Turtle Cay1,823 s.f. 0.0419 Acre 1,723 s.f. 2 bd, 2 bth On Settlement Harbour Corner Lot Workshop/Garage Fully Furnished/turn key City water Great Rental Property Water views #GTH1193 $375,000 Green Turtle Cay17,191 s.f. 0.394 Acre 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Covered Screen Porch Wood Floors Shellstone Tile Dead End Road/Private Community Dock Access #GTH1149 $499,000 Great Guana Cay12,105 s.f. 0.277 Acre 60 Atlantic Beach 642 s.f. 2 bd 2 bth 336 s.f. open decks Beautiful views of Atlantic Ocean 10,000 gal. cistern Close to town #GGH1191 $499,000 Great Guana Cay18,321 s.f 0.420 Acre 110 Atlantic Beach +/1000 s.f. 3 Bd 2 Bth master on second level Abacos best beach golf cart 6 KW standby gen. Rental History #GGH1204 $675,000 Man O War Cay 10,056 s.f. 0.23 Acre 1,200 s.f. Residence 192 s.f. Snore Box 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath 16,000 gal. cistern 17 KW Diesel Gen. Central A/C + Split Unit #MWH1024 $499,000 Green Turtle Cay 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath 928 s.f. 74,182 s.f. 1.703 Acre 198 of Gilliam Bay Beach 478 on the Sea of Abaco Overlooks town ats Boneshermens Dream Property #GTH1205 $399,000 RED BAY & LOGGERHEAD CREEK 0.233 67.42 Acres of prime development opportunity, possibilities unlimited. ACV1184 ACV1185 ACV1186 $139,000 $1,685,500. SOUTH ABACO LITTLE HARBOUR LOT 42,166 s.f. 9.68 Acre 165 on Hurricane Hole Easement to Little Harbour 2,773 s.f. 10 wide. #SAV1208 $255,000. THE GATEWAY AT WINDING BAYOver 16 Acres of prime development property 1,638 linear ft of creek frontage. Great location for Eco-Resort or commercial property. Located at the entrance to Winding Bay (Ritz Carlton) and Little Harbour, just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour airport. SAV1198 REDUCED $1,200,000. Green Turtle Cay4 Bd, 4 Bth 4,948 s.f. / 2 levels 19,083 s.f. 0.438 Each level private living space/kitchen Sea of Abaco Dock/boatlift/10,000 #GTH1181 $1,699,000 Chris Plummer Green Turtle Cay Guana Cay Faron Sawyer Scotland Cay Marsh Harbour Silbert Mills Marsh Harbour James Pleydell-Bouverie Man O War Cay Paul Thompson Elbow Cay Elbow CayBest Estate on Elbow Cay -Beach lot 2.24 Acres 419 Atlantic Beachfront 395 on Canal 2 Cottages with dock Creek Parcel 1.39 Acres 160 on Nigh Creek 25 Elevations #HTH1200 $2,999,900 REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED REDUCED UNDER CONTRACT REDUCED Abaco Cays Realty, Ltd.Specializing in the Gems of Abaco, her Cays REDUCED Scotland Cay -13,601 s.f. 0.312 Acre 84 on canal 2,678 s.f. Residence 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Dock & Lift 15,000 lb 60x20 Dock slip/marina garage #SCH1196 $1,399,000 Green Turtle Cay 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath 2,048 s.f. 4,617 s.f. 0.106 Acre 4 Single Townhouses Resort/Accommodation Views of the Sea of Abaco 384 s.f. of sun porches Rental History Located at Blu House Resort #GTH1199 $499,000 REDUCED

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 3 FEBRUARY 1st, 2012 By Canishka Alexander Matthew Grammatico, of Forest Heights Academy, received the overall top BGCSE results for private schools and overall top BGCSE student for 2012 in The Bahamas at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technologys annual National Awards presentation on Jan.17. According to this budding prodigy, this has been his greatest accomplishment to date. Without question, Matthew said of his achievement, it was incredible to receive an award of such distinction after having set the goal many years ago. Although he had set such a high stan dard for himself, however, Matthew stated that he was nervous about the outcome and even underestimated his performance jects. In preparation for the BGCSE exami nations, he began studying months in advance and was devoted to a study schedule. I also studied from textbooks and ensured I understood the content, [and] not just memorized it. I also did many past papers and put my all into the coursework, Matthew recalled. I also set the goal of receiving the best results when I collected a BJC award in Nassau. I sat next to that years recipients of the award, and said to myself, I really want that to be me. Having a goal to work towards encouraged me to study. Matthew encouraged students to do what he did by studying months in ad vance, and avoid leaving things until the last minute. He suggested taking as many subjects as possible to better prepare them for college and to increase their chances of winning an award. He added: I would tell them that with hard work and determination any thing is possible. Grateful to his supporters, Matthew thanked all of the teachers and faculty at Forest Heights Academy particularly those teachers who offered extra classes, and his former teachers at St. Francis de Sales He was appreciative to his family for always being supportive of him. Matthew is currently attending Chelsea Independent College in London, and is studying his GCE A-Levels. He has hopes to attend university this fall where he will study Natural Sciences. Once he completes his undergraduate studies, he plans to pursue a masters degree, and quite possibly become an educator someday.Matthew Grammatico recognized as top BGCSE student in the country Above: Matthew Grammatico top BGCSE student in the entire country.Historic 120 mile run raises reef awarenessAbove: Rhonda Claridge about 30 miles into her run from Crown Haven to Sandy Point. In an interview with The Abaconian she said that this is the point, just north of the Treasure Cay Airport, that she most felt like giving up. She still had another 90 miles, and hours, to go. She was thrilled with how friendly all the passing motorists were and was overwhelmed by the show of support from each community she passed. For more on the story see page 12.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Press Release Each year, thanks to the sponsorship of Hope Town Association, a small group of volunteers band together to revive the Junkanoo tradition in Hope Town. Inter ested youth of Hope Town are invited to join Junkanoo workshops in order to learn music and choreography and create costumes. A theme based on current events or local culture is chosen to inspire the costumes and dance. This year's theme was Celebrat ing Sailing in Abaco. Many of the youth Junkanoo group are also part of the Junior Sailing Program, so they were very excited about the theme. Students dedicated themselves to Saturday morning workshops and proudly displayed their hard work during an afternoon parade on New Year's Eve through the settlement. A Junkanoo group from Treasure Cay was hired to help with the music for the parade. Locals and visitors lined the streets, cameras in hand, to watch the group go by. This has become a popular event in Hope Town, especially for those unable to attend late night events. Thanks go to Monise John, Justin and Amanda Higgs, Olivia Patterson and Erika Russell for their efforts as well as the other volunteers. For more information about the Youth Junkanoo program or to contrib ute, please contact Hope Town Association (via Lory Kenyon, 366-0121). School & Youth News Junior Junkanoo parades through Hope TownAbove: the Junior Junkanoo Group in Hope Town celebrate the theme Sailing in Abaco. On Saturday, January 26 Angels Academy held its annual Souse-Out and Walk-a-Thon. Students, from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Six, raised funds from sponsors and walked from the school (lo cated along Front Street in Marsh Harbour) to the Crossing and back. During the walk and afterwards, volunteers at the school dished out containers of chicken, pork and pigs feet souse along with johnny cake. The fundraiser netted the school a sum slightly over the $3,000 mark. Since buying the school in 2012, Michelle Roark has emphasized improving the availability of learning tools for the schools students. An expanded library and new equipment for a computer lab are some of the accomplishments to date. The Souse-Out, along with the other annual fundraiser, the Wine and Cheese Night, will go towards furthering educational opportunities for the students at Angels Acad emy.Souse-Out and Walk-a-Thon at Angels Academy engages parents, community Above: students from Angels Academy complete their walk-a-thon.

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Abaco Central High School recognizes students at awards assemblyBy Mirella Santillo Abaco Central High School were recognized for their achievements during the 2011-2012 year at a special assembly held at the school on the morning of January 22, 2013. The long ceremony had the theme Committed to Excellence. Moderated, as usual, by two students, Gina Raymond ville and Kirkland McIntosh, it was also a showcase for many other students who demonstrated their talents in reciting poet ry, singing and interpreting musical pieces in the school band. A panel of educators, among them the District Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black, the Principal, Ricardo Ferguson and the Representative of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ishmael Morley, was present. The popular Principal Ferguson took the stand amid cheers to speak about the qualities needed to achieve excellence, such as determination, drive, desire and discipline, which he called the four Ds. Other advices he offered were to be truthful, to have a good attitude, to use time wisely, to have clean language, to develop a sense of urgency, to be punctual, to demand respect and to surround oneself with positive people. Dr. Black acknowledged the parents who had come to witness the rewarding School & Youth News of their childrens achievements. ..To a greater degree it is the parents support that determines the success of students, she assured. She then congratulated the students on their achievements, saying that they served as a role model for their peers. She proudly announced that the top try came from ACH and that the top score for History in the BGCSE also came from the school. She expressed the hope that this year twelfth graders would go beyond those results. Rev. Willish Johnson, who has an impressive education background, has been on Abaco since she was appointed at St John Anglican Church in 2010. As the guest speaker she gave a very up-beat and motivating speech, illustrated by several stories. Education is the passport to the future, for it belonged to the ones who pre pare today was her introduction, as she urged the parents to take control of their childrens life by taking away everything that could deter them from studying, citing the story of Dr. Ben Carson whose mother took away his TV privileges and sent him to the library instead. Complementing the teachers, she advocated patience and courage as she stated that the very students who discourage you, need you more than they know. She reminded students to be commit ted and to behave and present themselves according to what they want for their fu ture. She urged them to commit to excel lence in all areas of their lives, academi cally, socially, athletically and spiritually. The awards presentation started with students most improved and most outstand ing in various subjects until the distribution of the Special GGYA Awards, recognizing calling students with the highest GPA in grades 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. GGYA Awards went to Cloder St Fleur, Payton Stubbs, Malesha Joseph, Jessica Pierre, Gina Raymondville and Joanne Jeune. The highest GPA in grade7 was achieved by two students: Destiny Seymour and Sam Cajuste. In grade 8 the award went to Kadesha Canton; it went to Isaiah Seymour in grade 9, to Conrad Cornish in grade 10 and to Olujimi Scott in grade 11. The recipients were cheered by the body of students and congratulated by Dr. Black as she handed them their awards. Above: Some of the Abaco Central High School students who were recognized at the spe cial awards assembly on January 22. Principal Ricardo Ferguson (foreground far-right) has emphasized excellence among the student body since taking over the post at Abacos largest high school. ECC student returns from study abroad in Italy By Mirella Santillo Meeting with Blake Russell, barely one week after his return to Abaco from a six month stay in Italy, he was already working on a, art piece to put in a fund raising event for Every Child Counts school. The enthusiasm he brought back from his European experience was obvious Please see Italy Page 5

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas School & Youth News Italy From Page 4 through the way he described his trip: from the many plane rides (West Palm Beach to Chicago, Chicago to London, London to San Giovani, near Viterbo in Lazio where he stayed from July 2, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at the home of Rita Pesseri, a former resident of Hope Town, who had coached him in art in Marsh Harbour a few years ago. She did so in Italy as well, introduc ing him to a new media-oilthat soon be came his favourite painting material. According to Blake, while in Italy, he developed a better understanding of the human body in terms of an art subject by studying muscles and limbs. He learned how to mix and blend colours and use tem perature tones. He was also introduced to a new discipline that he intends to pursue: sculpting. I did not know I had so many hid den talents, confessed the young man who planned to make use of them all in his future career. Of course, he also learned enough Italian to get by. Ms. Pessari introduced him, as well, to yoga as a means to get in control of his life, something, he said, has become very useful. His several visits to Rome and to the many surrounding towns were cultural experiences that will stay with him forever, he said. He visited museums, churches and posed besides public fountains. In the rural areas he picked olives, learned how to make olive oil and harvested grapes to make wine. He brought back many photo graphs, including some that will be used as art material. Back in Marsh Harbour, at ECC, he is attending classes to graduate in June and is still working on perfecting his art work. I hope to go back to Italy one day, perhaps twenty years from now, were his parting words. Above: Blake Rusell, ECC student, visited many landmarks in Italy, here he is at a Colosseum in Rome. Majority Rule Day celebrated among Abaco schools History particularly poignant for Abaco By Canishka Alexander Public and private schools through out Abaco observed the 46th Anniversary of Majority Rule in The Bahamas and the 40th Year of Independence on Jan. 10. St. Francis de Sales Catholic School was among them. Cecil Simon, History teacher, admonished students to pay careful attention to what was being done as part of their pos itive experience at St. Francis, so that they could tell their children and grandchildren about it in the future. Simon subsequently turned the ceremony over to Marlique Hield, modera tor, who was joined by her peers in the singing of the national anthem, prayer, and Scripture reading. Abidemi Simon introduced Rev. Dr. Silbert Mills of the Baha mas Christian Network (BCN) as the guest speaker. Dr. Mills highlighted the journey of how The Bahamas has gotten to where we are today expounding on the voyage of Christopher Columbus to our shores, and later on to the abolishment of the slave trade. Despite gaining freedom in the 1800s, black women were not allowed to vote until Nov. 26, 1962. Indeed, businesses and politics were controlled by whites. Dr. Mills noted, however, that in the early 1900s, token blacks were allowed into the mainstream of politics. Having experienced the injustices of bits of what his mother had told him. My mother could not go to theaters because she was black. She couldnt go to certain restaurants in Nassau because she was black. The sign read: Whites only, no coloureds allowed, he said. Preju dice was alive and well in The Bahamas. We cant imagine a Bahamas or Abaco like that. In a government led by Great Britain, Dr. Mills said they began to gradually chip away at the attitudes of suppression and prejudice. The United Bahamian Party (UBP) became the governing party when The Bahamas was allowed to make decisions on their own, and soon the Pro gressive Liberal Party (PLP) was formed. Meanwhile, the Martin Luther King Jr. movement in America had a dramatic impact on blacks in The Bahamas. In 1965, the UBP was accused of win elections. On Black Tuesday, Former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Sir Lynden Pindling, took the mace, the symbol of authority, out of Parliament by throwing it out of the window. The act showed that power had been taken from the white minority and placed in the hands of the black majority. Sir Milo Butler then tossed the hourglass out of the window. In 1967, an election was held on Jan. 10. The election results came in with 18 seats for the UBP and 18 for the PLP. Above: St Francis students, of both white and black heritage, learn about their common, and recent, history. Many of their parents and grandparents witnessed or participated in the struggles associated with the march towards majority rule and the legacy it left behind. Please see Majority Page 6

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Frozen Meat Dry and Canned Goods Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 It was a dead tie. Sir Randol Fawkes representing the Labour Party, and Sir Alvin Braynen as an independent candidate both joined the PLP to form the new government of The Bahamas. On that day, 46 years ago, because those two men joined with the Progressive Liberal Party, the advent of majority rule was realized, Dr. Mills voice thundered. There was a chanting in the streets of the capital, there was dancing in the streets School & Youth News Majority From Page 5 here in Abaco. Black Bahamians had been able to become victorious in becoming the winners and leaders of our nation. It ended an era of the white minority, handing over the power to the black majority. But for Abaco it didnt end there. Dr. Mills said that the move didnt settle well with Abaco because many people were not supportive of black majority rule. When the PLP petitioned the British government to make The Bahamas an independent nation, Abaco resisted not wanting to go with the majority. It was stated that we in Abaco wanted to be our own country. Central Abaco Primary reenacts scenes from Majority Rule DayBy Samantha Evans On Thursday January 10, 2013 public schools across the Commonwealth of The Bahamas were called upon to remember the events of January 10, 1967, which marked Majority Rule Day. All of these schools were asked to host a thirty minute assem bly. At Central Abaco Primary School, the principal read the message from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes which spoke about the struggles prior to majority rule and the opportunities it brought to all people of the Bahamas especially people of color. Sir Foulkes stated that this is probably the most important day since the end of slavery in the colony of The Bahamas in On January 10, the administration, staff, students and facility managers of S. C. Bootle High School paused from their regularly scheduled classes for a short assembly highlight ing Majority Rule Day. The Social Science Department, headed by Laura Lee Davis, was responsible for coordinating this special event. The assembly was moderated by three 12th grade students: Clydesha Cornish, Keiasha Curry, and Sherrie Romer. Above: The schools choir led by Mr. Enzil Cooper sang a bi-lingual rendition entitled: I am Delivered. Audea Russell, a student of S.C. Bootle High, read a poem called The matter was so serious that the British government ordered Sir Lynden and an Abaco delegation to travel to Parlia ment in London to debate whether Abaco should remain a British colony or become independent with the rest of The Bahamas. According to MP for South Abaco Edi son Key he is the only surviving member of that PLP delegation that made the his toric visit. Dr. Mills said: The implication of Abaco wanting to secede from the remainder of The Bahamas is far-reaching and plays deeply in the matter of Majority Rule. History has it that the British govern ment rejected the Abaco delegations peti tion to remain a British colony. Forty six years later, we stand on the accomplish ments of that day a day when freedom and justice was made available to all men. 1834. This day is celebrated to remember the decision made by the majority of the people of African descent. In a sense, this day is seen as the second emancipation day in The Bahamas. Sir Foulkes recalled that the mental shackles and chains that hindered the growth of people of colour. A play written by Kayla Wallace -Dis trict Teacher of the Yearassisted by Roberta Lindsay showcased the talent of some the events of that day prior to Sir Randol Fawkes and Sir Alvin Bryanen joining the Progressive Liberal Party and thus forming the new majority government. In attendance was retired principal Shirley Butler-Barr, Felemease Sawyer Christian Council Pastor Stephen Knowles, and many parents of Central Abaco Prima ry School. At Abaco Central High School, in front of a panel of guests comprised of Ruth Smith, with the Department of Education, Administrator Cunningham, PTA President Solukee to the Majority Rule Day of 1967 were narrated by Jessica Pierre and Harmony Williams. Moderated by two students, Olujimi Scott and Paytan Stubbs, the assembly unfolded with skits about the political situation in the 50's and 60's and with impersonations of Sir Lynden Pindling, particularly when he threw the House of Assembly Speakers Mace out of the window on Black Tuesday. Teacher Yasmin Glinton read a poem she had composed and musical medleys of old Ba hamian songs were performed by the school band (above) or the school choir. Majority Rule Day has made so many things possible for us. Colour doesnt matter anymore, but who you are and what you can dream of. A selection was sung by the school choir before Principal Josephine Kumar addressed the school by reading a Major ity Rule Day message from the Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur Foul kes. She told students that their generation is a privileged one thanks to Bahamian stalwarts who were courageous enough to today. Conversely, she expressed that her biggest fear is that the students will refuse to learn their history. Nevertheless, she still encouraged them to rise above medi ocrity and to build upon the legacy of their forefathers.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 ABACO FREIGHTCOURIER SERVICESOcean Air 6671 W Indiantown Rd, Suite 50-453 Jupiter, Florida 33458 Walk-in and special handling nick@abacofreight.com Nick Mazzeo St. Francis de Sales wins Grade Six Spelling BeeBy Samantha Evans Twenty-three spellers took part in the Grade 6 Spelling Bee held at St. Andrews Methodist Hall on Friday, January 11 be ginning at 10am. The Spelling Bee began with a devotional, then the competition kicked into full gear. The spellers spent nine rounds on the seen list of words before they were given words from the unseen list. At this point six spellers remained and the competition heated up. After six rounds on the unseen list, the top three spellers remained. In third place was Dionne Alleyne of Moores Is land All School, in second place was Ki ara White of Agape Christian School and the winner was Leota Davis of St. Francis de Sales School. The coach receiving the trophy on behalf of St. Francis de Sales School was Ms. SimonGrade 6 teacher. Success Training College recruitment campaign on the wayBy Samantha Evans Persons who missed the Fall recruit ment of Success Training College now have another opportunity to enroll for the Winter semester which will begin in several weeks. On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Sharon Rolle, Administrator for the college, was on Abaco for the recruitment process. She met with those persons who were interested in starting their college level education this term. She told them that Success Training College has a great track record on the island of providing affordable quality education to persons of all ish the curriculum so they have made the right choice. She told them the expectations of the college, fees and tuitions and how long it would take them to complete their Asso ciates Degree. Those persons who were present were interested in Early Childhood Education, Paralegal Studies and Business Administration but the college also offers degree programs in Human Resources Management and Accounts. Even though Business Administration is the most popular degree program on the island, interest is growing in other areas and, hopefully, the college will graduate its the coming years. School & Youth News Smith Memorial students excelling at the BJC LevelBy Samantha Evans Smith Memorial is a local school lently making their mark in the BJC exams with their students performing extremely well and moving on to high school where they continue to excel academically. Rev. Hamfreth Rahming and his wife have been running the Smith Memorial Academy for many years now and they run a very strict school compound. The little school that sits on the hill next to the Miriam Cornish Clinic in Dundas Town, is a now sought after school for Junior High School instruction. Accord ing to Ms. Rahming, they do not allow abilities. They work the students hard and challenge them to pull out the best God has placed within them. They know what is re quired for their students to advance so they work towards achieving those goals daily. The children are disciplined and com mitted to upholding the standards of the school and embrace the vision of their teachers. This year, three of the former grade nine students were honoured at the District Awards Ceremony held on Friday, January 18, for performing exceptionally well on their BJC exams. The students, Jonnajah Bootle, La manda Burrows and Paulette Burrows, er. Smith Memorial begins at 8:30am and ends at 2:30pm. CAPS awards students of excellence By Canishka Alexander Thanking God for Students of Ex cellence was the celebratory theme for Central Abaco Primary Schools Awards Day Ceremony on Jan.11. Two hundred and thirty three students were recognized for their accomplishments. A hearty welcome was given by preschool students followed by a selection by the Grade 5 trio made up of Keith Mortimer, Angelique and Antonique Palmer. The students sang Mary Marys Cant Give Up Now. Moderator Tanae Roberts, head girl for Central Abaco Primary, soon introduced Pastor Kyle Johnson, youth minister at First Assembly of God Church, to students and teachers. Pastor Johnson was welcomed as a dynamic man of God and as the guest speaker for the ceremony. In his remarks, Pastor Johnson began with the biblical story of David, and talked about how David was chosen from among his brothers to carry out Gods work. The students were encouraged to adopt Godly principles and to become soaring eagles who strive for excellence. Led by George Mills and Leroy Thompson, the schools senior assistants, students in each grade level were rec ognized for their academic excellence. Robertha Lindsay, Grade 5 Coordinator, and Kayla Wallace, District Teacher of the Year, assisted with the distribution of awards to 139 students on the Honour Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA); 43 on the Vice Principals List (3.5-3.79 GPA); and 13 students on the Principals List (3.8-4.0 GPA). Nineteen students were awarded for being the most outstanding in their respective grades, and 19 others received most improved cer parents wore shirts that read: "My Child is an Honour Student at Central Abaco Primary." The ceremony was brought to a close by Jeffernique Victor, who gave the vote of thanks. Above: Student Benjamin Cornish receives an award from Ms. Mercius, school trea surer. Students to enroll for this semester will receive a 25% discount off of tuition only which is a great help for working adults. Interested persons can contact Enid White-Gardiner, the local coordinator at the Public Treasury, or Success Training 7162. Dundas Town Township launches BGCSE classesBy Samantha Evans The Local Government Township Committee launched their latest initiative where they offer BGCSE classes to Grade 12 students and recent high school graduates. According to Chairman Faran New bold, these classes have been a dream of the committee for the past year or two but fer them. This year, he noted, they have made provisions to ensure that classes will be done to help improve the passes the stu dents in the Dundas Town and Central Pines Communities receive. He added that they would have liked to offer classes for BJC candidates but they decided to give the graduates their full attention since they are about to enter the work or college world. The classes being offered are Math and English Language Skills, and will be held from January 22 to May 8, 2013. The classes will be held at the Dundas Town Burial Society on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The coordinator of the classes is Samantha V. Evans.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Artist Highlight Sebastian AndrewsBy Jennifer Hudson Eighteen year old Sebastian Andrews is just beginning to understand and more fully explore his innate artistic talent as the result of being selected as this years scholarship student at Walter Bartmans Hope Town painting workshop held on Elbow Cay from January 3-13. Mr. Bartman is est art teachers and conducts workshops all over the world. Sebastian has loved to draw since a very early age, drawing cartoon characters from the shows he watched on television from about the age of six or seven. His talents were encouraged as a student at St. Francis de Sales School by his art teacher, Mr. Ajero. Most of the work Sebastian did at school was with coloured pencils and he credits Mr. Ajero with giving him much good instruction in the art of working in this medium. Sebastian remembers always doing well in art lessons at school. He took and passed the BJC art examination and also BGSE Art. He is particularly interested in graphic design and so chose this as his sub ject for BGSE achieving a good result. Sebastian was selected as this years scholarship student to attend Walt Batmans Annual Painting Workshop in Hope Town. The selection of a promising young artist each year is made by Abaco art ist Marlee Mason. Sebastian attended the workshop for its entire duration of ten days going across on the 9.00am ferry and stay ing each day until the last ferry in order to His ferry transportation was sponsored by Alburys Ferry Service. ing rather nervous because he had never worked in paints before and was now amongst a group of 28 competent artists. However, the group quickly made him feel at home and were all very helpful to him. They were all very nice and gave me canvasses, brushes and paints and helped me a lot. Mr. Bartman was an excellent teacher who gave me tips and took me through the steps in painting, stated Sebastian. which was of coconut trees with the wa ter in the background was not too good, lamented Sebastian. However, he made so much progress during the ten days that at the end of the workshop he sold two paint ings and a drawing at the local art show which was very exciting for him. Mr. Bartman was very impressed with Sebastian, whom he described as a pleasure to work with. He came with the skills and ability I look for in a scholarship student. His draw ing ability is exceptional, he just lacked an understanding of painting because he had limited experience and had never painted outdoors, stated Mr. Bartman. In the workshop Sebastian was given an understanding of how to compose a composi tion and work with oil paint outdoors and he learned to paint boats, water, clouds, ful series of paintings. All the artists felt that he was truly gifted and hope that he continues his dream of being an artist. He gained a lot of knowledge to help him on his career path. I liked his dedication, he was very committed and I enjoyed working with him and look forward to following his career, stated Mr. Bartman. Sebastians goal is to become a graphic designer and he would like to try and obtain a scholarship to art college. In the meantime he is putting his skills to good use by painting portraits for people and is also working on a mural of a gazebo in his mothers massage studio which should greatly add to the clients feeling of relaxation. For the Hope Town workshop, artist Marlee Mason supplied Sebastian with a basic art kit to which other artists added but Ms. Mason is delighted to announce that Furniture Plus has agreed to provide all the necessary art supplies for future scholarship students. Furniture Plus will also this week be providing the funds for the purchase of a beginning set containing an easel, oil paints, brushes, palette knives and canvas for Sebastian to continue devel oping his artistic talents. Above: teen artist, Sebastian Andrews, displaying some of his watercolours. Sebastian was selected, on scholarship, to attend the Walter Bartman Painting Workshop.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 Sports By Mirella Santillo The Tenth Annual Rotary Club of Abaco Golf Tournament, an annual fund raising event which took place on January 12th in Treasure Cay, was blessed with the perfect weather. The event is the major fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Abaco and in past years has allowed the club to pursue civic and community projects that tournament was the Clubs recent support of Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue in Treasure Cay which recently received an emergency vehicle dedicated to carry the jaws-of-life thanks to Rotarians efforts. The forty golfers, who met early that morning, were divided into teams of four. Rotary Club Golf Tournament raises money for community projectsThe tournament, which lasted the whole morning, was a well disputed event which ended with two teams tied. The team com prised of Steve Wainwright, Sandy Hamel, George Riviere and Fran Relow won based on handicap. Many of the golfers and Rotarians met again at six oclock at Spinnaker Restaurant for the award presentation dinner, which was preceeded by a cocktail hour and the opportunity to bid in a silent auc tion on a variety of items donated by lo cal businesses. Popular items comprised of an Adirondack armchair built by Rotarian Chris Roberts, a gicle print of sea grapes donated by Timothy Higgs, a stay in a 3 bedroom cottage on Harbour Island com pliments of Deborah Curry as well as a straw purse designed by Lillian Cash. various amounts, one donated by Dane Pritchard for pest extermination, another for services at Abaco Gas, and for drinks or food at Snappas Bar & Grill. MC for the evening, Jo-Ann Bradley, and Rotary Club President Dwayne Wallas, welcomed the guests and invited them to partake in the meal which was a cornucopia of dish es prepared by Chef Noel St. Claude and his crew. There was something for every taste: pan-fried grouper with lemon sauce, spare ribs with mushroom sauce and roast ed chicken with side orders of baby green beans, sauted potatoes, rice and salad, as well as an assortment of desserts. While diners enjoyed their meal, door prizes were called by Rotary Past President Bryan Thompson. Brass & Leather, the Burns House Group and Abaco Gold were among other generous donors. Fire Chief Colin Albury offered his thanks to the Rotary Club for its support of Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue in Trea sure Cay, especially for the funds which The Rotary Club of Abacos efforts go towards many different projects on-island and abroad. Above: an emergency vehicle provided in part by Rotary Club to Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue Above: golfer, Lloyd Williams, lines up a put under the watchful eye of teammate Roscoe Thompson. The pressure was on as each of the teams competed for the top prize. Please see Rotary Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 Sports allowed the department to purchase the Jaws-of-Life, which he mentioned were used a couple of days prior in a car acci dent, saving an injured automobilist. It was then time for the award pre sentation. Shawn Thompson received a trophy for the Longest Drive. His female counter part was Inger Kleim. The Closest-to-the-Pin male winner was Ted Donaldson; the female winner was Pat Comber. The runner-up team was composed of Michael Lenthall, Neil Rice, Frederick Gottlieb and Pat Comber who was the only one present to receive the trophy. Mr. Wainwright did not attend the dinner, but his three partners, Sandy Hamel, George Riviere and Fran Relow, received their awards with smiles from Ro tary President Elect Desmond Bootle and his wife Audra. Above: the winning team presented with their trophies by Rotary President-Elect Des mond Bootle (far right) and his wife Audra (far left.) The winning team consisted of Sandy Hamel, George Riviere, Fran Relow, and -not picturedSteve Wainwright.Rotary From Page 9 BBF President appoints members to resume basketball night league on AbacoAbove: a Jan 9 game between Agape and SC Bootle players highlights atleticism on Abaco. A night league will bring communities together outside of school sports. By Canishka Alexander While at the Agape Basketball TipOff Classic held last year, Bahamas Bas ketball Federation (BBF) President Charles "Softly" Robins saw that there was a need to resume a basketball league on Abaco. According to Coach Wayde Adderley, Robins appointed a few members to take the torch and get the league started to promote basketball. In September, a formal election will be held in order to realign the board mem bers. The appointed members include: Coach Wayde Adderley, president; God frey Rolle, vice president; William Davis, Jamal Hepburn, secretary. Coach Adderley gave an overview of the formation of night league basketball on Abaco, and so far, theyve received great interest in the sport. Games were expected to begin on Jan.11 in Mt. Hope, and con tinue every weekend going forth by rotat ing games from one community to another. Coach Adderley commended Wilton Saunders for being instrumental in basket ball in the North Abaco community add ing that they planned to start with about six teams in the league. At the end of the abbreviated season, the members would put a team together to send to the BBF tourna ment, or if they were to host the tournament on Abaco, they wanted to have some representation at that time. To make up teams, Godfrey Rolle ex plained that they looked at communities, and were targeting Sandy Point, Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Treasure Cay, Mt. Hope, and Coopers Town. The members are still waiting to receive word from Central Pines, Green Turtle Cay, Crossing Rocks and Spring City, where players expressed interest and made commitments to support the league. Rolle emphasized that the players only have half a season with about two months before the BBF tourna ment rolls around during Easter. Meanwhile William Davis was excit ed about reinvigorating the Abaco Basket ball Association, and getting all communi ties involved. Basketball used to be the most ex citing sport, and was family oriented with the competition and camaraderie; it was the sport that glued Abaco together as an Please see BBF Page 11

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Dynamic Dolphins and Agape Christian Schools Eagles. The games were held at Grace Gym nasium just after school with the girls playcompetitors with the Dolphins leading slightly to a victory of 21 to 14. The junior boys game was next. It team scoring 20 before the break; but the SC Bootle Dolphins took the lead in the second half, keeping it to the end of the game; they won 38 to 29. However, the Dolphins never had a chance in the third game played between the two senior teams. Try as they might, they could not beat the swiftness and skill of the Eagles who started to score as soon as the game started and went on scoring. Timothy Bullard, who just recently joined the Eagles, scored the most baskets. Other names to mention are John Saunders, Jaron Cornish, Gregory Monroe, Kevin Deveaux and Godfrey Rolle. to 29. It was a great game for the Eagles. Coach Adderley mentioned that his Games will be held every Wednesday until the end of the championship. island and kept communities in touch with one another, Davis reminisced. Based on those facts, we decided to take up the mantle. Were trying to get the basketball association back on the level where it used to be, and put the energies of our young men to doing some very positive things. Davis sees the night league as a way to occupy the time of young men with interest in the sport, and as a way to represent our communities and island through basketball, and even one day the country. Like their colleagues, both Eustace Penn and Jamal Hepburn are eagerly looking forward to the season, and Penn predicted that it will be a good and com petitive one. Hepburn was delighted that Robins did what he did for the league not SportsBBF From Page 10 ing that its been a long time coming. He and Rolle plan to go back out on the court as well. And so as everyone does their part, Davis said that he hoped the business com munity will smile on the league by partner ing with them to harness young peoples energies and turn them into something positive. This would be a great gesture for any business to partner with us with help ing young men in positive directions. High school basketball games resumeBy Mirella Santillo The highschool basketball season resumed on January 9 with three games played between SC Bootle High Schools Above: players at the Jan 9 game speed across the court.

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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 DATE: Friday 22nd February, 2013 7 p.m. CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMCONSTITUTIONAL COMMITTEE PRESENTS A TOWN MEETING ON Light refreshments will be served Come share your views; submit your suggestions & comments on any changes you would like to make to the Constitution of The Bahamas at: Sports Historic island-long run supports reefsPress Release On Saturday January 12, Rhonda Claridge made history by running the length of Abaco from Crown Haven in the north to Sandy Point in the south (roughly 120 miles) to raise awareness of the plight of disappearing coral reefs and to raise funds for Abacos conservation organiza tion Friends of the Environment. Rhonda has had a successful career in ultra-running she has completed around the world, but Saturdays event was her longest and hard est run to date. Despite the overwhelming challenge amount of support that was shown from the entire island of Abaco. Crowds came out in every settlement to yell words of en couragement and their enthusiasm was infectious. Residents made signs and posted them on lamp posts along the highway and many individuals joined her along the way either on bike or on foot. A visitor that has been coming to Abaco for many years, Chris Fitzpatrick, rode her bike with Rhonda for almost 12 hours from Crown Haven to Marsh Har bour. Brother James rode his bike from Coopers Town to Treasure Cay generating support all along the way, urging people to come out of their houses. He got the customs and booking agents at the Treasure Cay airport to step outside and cheer her on. An eleventh grade student ran from Marsh Harbour to Spring City alongside Rhonda barefoot. Others rode their bikes ting their own personal records. Rhonda took on this challenge af ter reading an alarming article about the global status of coral reefs in the British newspaper The Independent. According to the article coral reef ecosystems are not predicted to survive past this century. Pro fessor Peter Sale of the University of Sydney, a top United Nations scientist who has studied the Great Barrier Reef for decades, explained that humankinds burning of fos sil fuels has led to warmer sea water tem are killing reefs. The report stated that children today are likely to be the last generation to see coral reefs, Claridge says. Having been born in a country that has the third-largest barrier reef in the world, and that relies ing, and having a personal connection to the magical underwater world of reefs, I was stunned. Claridge, 45, grew up in Nassau and spent many weekends with her fam ily anchored off of an island, playing in the sea. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had those experiences. One of my earliest memories is of swimming with my mother, wearing a mask... an image of some pur ple and yellow fairy basslets in a reef hole, caught in a ray of sunlight. She lived for a few years in Abaco and was an active member of Friends of the Environment, before moving to the high country of Southwestern Colorado, where she teaches English at Colorado Mesa University. When you leave the Bahamas and come back, its rareness really strikes you. The sea is not only beautiful; its alive, and it supports the whole Caribbean. discovered a talent for long-distance running or ultrarunning: I dont have any exceptional athletic skills, but I can hang in there a long time. Limited to short visits to the islands, Claridge has wanted to con tribute more to conservation of the Baha mian ecology, so she decided to raise mon ey for Friends of the Environment over the holidays by running the length of Abacos largest island on January 12th. FRIENDS largely facilitates and co mas, so that we get a big picture of changes that are occurring in our environment and have the hard evidence necessary for ad vocating new policies. FRIENDS also devotes enormous resources to educating the next generation about our environment: Kids go snorkeling, pick up garbage, work alongside scientists. They are going to be in a position to manage and conserve our natural resources when they grow up. Though she acknowledges that it is the effects of global oil and gas use, Claridge feels that the Bahamian government could be more outspoken internationally about the impacts of carbon burning on our coral reefs, and more proactive at home about conserving our natural heritage. She ran in the hopes that people would pledge currency per mile of the run, and that the very generous will double their in 22 hours and 45 minutes. You can still donate in support of Rhondas run by visit ing Friends of the Environments website: www.FriendsoftheEnvironment.org or sending checks to Friends of the Environ ment, PO Box AB 20755, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, please note on the check that it is in support of Rhondas run. Above: Rhonda Claridge (center in blue) joined by supporters for a section of her run.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Sports Abaconians compete in Marathon BahamasBy Adrian Whylly Several people from Abaco partici pated in Marathon Bahamas 2013 in Nassau on Jan. 20. With more than 560 participants competing in the half marathon, there were well over 1,000 participants registered for the entire event (including the full marathon runners). Those running the half marathon ran 13.2 miles, while the full marathon runners completed 26.2 miles beginning at Cay. Below are the names of the partici pants and the time they took to complete their respective races: ish line at Marathon Bahamas. -Brent Cartwright, Brian Higgs, Adrian Whylly, Kimberly Sturrup, Tony BethelBenet. By Canishka Alexander Trophies and ribbons adorned the swimmers from the Abaco Swim Club who attended the Swift/Gunite Pools In vitational Swim Meet on the weekend of Jan.19 at the Betty Kelly Kenning Nation al Swim Complex. The Abaconian met with six of the seven swimmers who attended the meet this week to hear about their successes. Kiana Hicks was not present during the interview. She placed second overall for girls 8 and under. Eight-year-old swimmer, Carter the 50, 100 and 200 free, and 50 breast. group. The smallest of them all Maddox Pinder, 6, swam in the 100 and 200 free, Meanwhile, Miller Albury, 13, par Back row from left are: Jewel Pinder, Taylor Albury, Suzie Pinder. Front row from left are: Miller Albury, Carter Albury, Maddox Pinder. Not pictured: Kiana Hicks. Abaco Swim Club improves times for nationalsPlease see Swim Page 18

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The event took place at the Jib Room Restaurant and Bar on the evening of Januhad offered their restaurant as a venue for the event. On the menu that night was grilled chicken or beef burgers with all the trimmings. The guests were given until 7:00 pm to eat their dinner before engaging in the much-awaited Bingo games. Connie Caccamo and Mary Gottlieb moderated the event. The numbers were to be called by the very dynamic Charlie Cook who had the audience laughing at his puns, while explaining how the games would be ran. Volunteers walked the room, offering the much in demand bingo cards to the players. There were no money winnings, but whoever called BINGO would receive $100.00 compliments of Maxwells Superannounced before each game. Every so often, Ms. Gottlieb called the door prize numbers. At the end of the evening, patrons left with either a bottle of wine donated by Tupps Wines-BeerSpir its or by Frederick Gottlieb & Co., another carried a gift bag bearing the label of Monkeys Uncle or Java Coffee House, another again had a small bag of soaps made by ECC students. There was also a compli mentary lunch for two at the Jib Room doBefore leaving, a Bingo winner gave back her grocery gift card to the school so it could be used for much needed supplies. She urged people to do the same and quite a few did. Another guest addressed the audience and proposed make a donation and we will match itand that suggestion too, was well received among the partici pants. It was the second time that a Bingo game took place at the Jib Room Restau and it has become a popular event that will most likely be repeated next year if not sooner. Ms. Gottlieb, Ms. Caccamo, Wendie Bishop and Susan Harward were the volunteers who organized the function. Above: Charlie Cook calling Bingo numbers at the recent ECC event which was held at the Jib Room in Marsh Harbour. ECC hosts Bingo Night at Jib Room By Canishka Alexander Excellence for AllYes, We Say So! was the Department of Educations theme for the Abaco District Award Ceremony, which took place on Jan. 18 at New Visions Ministries. Highlights of the ceremony included a selection by Abaco Central High Schools Boys Choir and St. Francis de Sales Schools Male Teachers Ensemble. In her remarks, Dr. Lenora Black, district superintendent, challenged students to remain committed to excellence. Subsequently, she announced that on Jan.17, the Examination and Assessment Division of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology held its annual National Awards presentation and exhibition under the theme Rewarding Excellence in Na tional Examinations to focus on the 2012 Education (BGCSE) results. Twenty eight students from Abaco were recognized during the ceremony. Among them was Matthew Grammatico, whom Dr. Black said made history for Abaco. Grammatico, a student of Forest Heights Academy, received eight As, and three Bs on the BGCSE examinations. This is no common feat; it is extraordinary, Dr. Black emphasized. Approxi mately 5,000 students wrote BGCSEs, so, Abaco, that speaks volumes. Ending her remarks, Dr. Black expressed thanks for the level of synergy among Abacos 26 schools, and thanked teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, second homeowners and business houses in the community for their commit ment to excellence. Thereafter, Rev. Jacinta Neilly, was introduced as the guest speaker. Rev. Neil ly told students that Abaco is on a map of greatness, so they must continue to pursue excellence in every way. Like the Bibli cal Daniel, she explained that he used what God had entrusted in him, so in the same way, students must do excellent things to make room for their gifts. In the end, Dan Awards were soon presented to each school beginning with top achievers in the primary schools, all-age schools and high schools on the island. There were some who were awarded on a national and international level in sports categories of Na tional Track and Field and Carifta meets namely Moores Island All-Age Schools under 20 female and male teams, and Elroy McBride as a Carifta Gold Medalist; and the Bahamas National Judo Champion ships. At the RBC Bahamas National Swim Championships outstanding contributions were made by Lilly Higgs, Miller Albury and Margaret Albury Higgs. Higgs attained high point trophies and a slate of top-place wins at the RBC Bahamas National Swim Championships; Caribbean Island Swimming Championships; and Carifta. awards for the National Arts Festival where St. Francis de Sales Moores Island, Central Abaco Primary, James A. Pinder, Abaco Central High repeatedly placed in gold, silver and bronze categories. Special mention was made of Garni qua Stuart, a recent graduate of Moores Island All Age. Stuart placed second in and most outstanding dancer. As a result, she received the Hubert Farrington Special Award. Additional national awards were made to students, who placed in the Coast al Awareness Month Poster Competition; National Young Chef Competition; and the National Poster Competition. S. C. Bootles Model United Nations (MUNS) team -Abaco students excel in national and district awards Please see Awards Page 14

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Cyber Learning Center awards excellence for By Samantha Evans On Tuesday January 22, 2013 begin ning at 6pm, Cyber Learning Center held their First Quarter Awards Ceremony (covering September to December 2012) at the new school location in the JoshHann Plaza on Don Mackay Blvd. Parents gathered to share the good news of their childrens performance and to learn what they can do to help their children achieve excellence for the remainder of the school term. Sharon Greene, principal, spoke on the schools theme: Believe! Achieve! Succeed! She told the parents that they must continue to encourage their children to achieve. They must always be engaged in some type of activity that will help them to believe, achieve, and succeed. She told the students that they have to believe in themselves which is required for them to succeed. She reminded them to stay grounded in their work, complete their homework assignments given, produce good work and to get to bed on time. After she spoke, the awards were distributed. The top achiever awards went too: Kia Ewing-Kindergar ten, Quashawn Smith-Grade 1, Dashawn Smith-Grade 2, Blaine Toote-Grade 3 Jayden Edgecombe-Upper Primary, and Cody Albury-Juniors. The Best Behaved Award went to Jayden Edgecombe. The most improved awards went Arvanae Rolle-Grade 2, Randall Sawyer-Grade 3, and Kiajaha Reckley-Upper Primary. School & Youth News tions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs last year. The remainder of the awards was giv en to recipients of the Ministers Awards for Numeracy and Literacy; GLAT; BJC results of 5 Bs or better; BGCSE results of 5 Bs or better; and overall top winners of GLAT, BJC and BGCSE. The winners included: Ava Koepper of Agape Christian School for Top GLAT Grade 3; Top GLAT Grade 6 Giovanno Rolle of Moores Is land All-Age School; Abacos Top BJC (Public Schools): Lenisse Merlien 4 As, 3 Bs, 1 C (S. C. Bootle High School). For Abacos top BJC results among private schools, it was a four-way tie with 6 As and 1 B among Jonnalee McIntosh of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School; Catalina Albury of Forest Heights Acad emy; Rebecca Roberts of Forest Heights Academy; and Sujith Swarna of Forest Heights Academy. Top BJC craft in the country was awarded to Jasmine Robyn Miller of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. There was another tie between Lenisse Merlien of S.C. Bootle High and Sujith Swarna for the Top BJC Mathemat ics Score in the Country. In public schools, Barbrianna Dawkins of Abaco Central High attained top BGCSE marks for -Abaco. Matthew Grammatico of Forest Heights Academy for the overall top BGCSE results for pri vate schools and overall top BGCSE stu dent for 2012. Awards From Page 13 Above: Lenisse Merlien of S.C. Bootle High, receiving her award for top BJC score in mathematics. She shared this honourin a tie with another Abaco student Sujith Swarna, of Forest Heights. Above: Catalina Albury, of Forest Heights, receives her award for top BJC results for private school. Pilot Club donates food items to elderly in North AbacoBy Canishka Alexander On Jan.19, the Central Abaco Pri mary School Anchors along with Abaco Pilot Club Youth Director Neulessa Major and advisors Cindi Hollingsworth, Chris tine Brown and Paul Knowles travelled to North Abaco to distribute care bags to senior citizens. Leroy Thompson assisted as the driver, and he easily found the homes of the senior citizens. Ms. Major said that everyone had a great time. We really enjoyed giving back. We packed 40 bags of food items, which we gave out and hope to do it [again] in the near future. Above: members and advisors of the CAPS Anchor Club and Youth Pilot Club dis tributed care bags to the elderly in North Abaco on January 19. Leeroy Thompson assisted the groups as the driver.

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$175,000.00. NEW!!! The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/ oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00. NEW PRICE!!! Three bedrooms two and a half baths spacious home with swim/spa. Close to Atlantic Ocean Beach and public dock. Rear of property fronts onto large private pond surrounded by dedicated reserve. $410,000.00. NEW!! Two elevated waterfront parcels on the Blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. Approximately 1/4 acre each with 85 each on the water. Naturally deep water for a dock. Priced to sell TOGETHER for a total of $ 395,000 + 7 1/2% to close.UNDER CONTRACT 1 1/2 acre parcel with sea views in Coco Bay Exceptional Buy! JUST REDUCED! Hillside lot, 5,449 sq. ft., at the Sea of Abaco boasting stunning water views! Dedicated boat slip for up to a 35 boat at private shared dock. 6 1/2 draft at low tide. Water and power to site. Asking price $ 200,000 .SOLD! 11,000 sq. ft. lot in Coco Bay just steps from beach and public dock. Asking price $30,000.Deck house cottage. One bedroom one bath cottage on WHITE SOUND waterfront with dock. Property stretches from waterfront on the Sea of Abaco to WHITE SOUND waterfront. $335,000 Waterfront 100 year old two bedroom one bath basically furnished cottage. Located in the heart of the settlement of New Plymouth. Spacious rear patio. Golf cart parking. Just steps from public dock; ferry; restaurants and shops. Owner re-locating. $275,000 PRICE REDUCTION Furnished two master bedrooms with A/C, waterfront hilltop cottage. Kit/liv/din, cable TV, dock, overlooking Settlement Creek $225,000 SOLD! Two-year-old 4 bedroom, 2 bath furnished house. $575,000 PRICE REDUCTION!!! Rustic furnished two bedroom two bath cottage sea to sea on White Sound and the Sea of Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in private dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking Price $435,000 Church News New Rehoboth Ministries joins hunger in schoolsBy Samantha Evans There are many children on the island of Abaco who go hungry every day and some of them only get a meal to eat while at school and this is due to the many min istries that donate lunch to schools across Abaco on a daily basis. Another minis try has joined this effort, New Rehoboth Ministries, and according to Pastor Earlyn Baillou and his wife Joan, they heard of the wonderful work Lovely Reckley was doing among school aged children on the island. On Tuesday, January 15, the church Guidance Department of Central Abaco Primary School where counselor Samantha Evans can feed up to one hundred children on a daily basis if this amount of lunch was available, but they have not gotten donations to feed this many children yet for the school year. droves only to be turned away due to insufwas greatly needed which allowed Ms. Evans and the school to feed children who would have otherwise gone hungry. This is ted their resources to assisting every Tues day but plan to do more for this school and others once resources increase. They encourage other churches to adopt a school; any school on the island of Abaco. Zion Baptist Fox Town Church installs new pastorBy Vernique Russell The journey for Pastor Daniel Curry began in 1990 when he accepted the Lord as his personal Savior. Since that day of re demption in 1990, he got busy in the works of the ministry and worked continually. His he was promoted to the Deacons board, a position that he maintained for a few years. His passion however has always been with the young people of the ministry so when he was appointed as Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher and District Youth Coordinator at Zion Baptist Fox Town Church, it came as no surprise that he tially. When the late Rev. Merlin McIn tosh passed away in July 2012 after serv ing faithfully as senior pastor for 15 year, Pastor Daniel Curry had met the criteria and was commissioned to serve as Senior Pastor. On Sunday, January 13 at 3pm, hundreds gathered to celebrate the milestone in the life of the Zion Baptist Fox Town Church and in the life of Pastor Curry. The service was uplifting and a true tes timony of Gods faithfulness. He was ordained and installed as Pastor by Bishop B. Wenith Davis out of Nassau. Bishop Davis is the President of the Zion United Convention in the Bahamas. Pastor Curry is the only pastor at the church at this time thus Senior Pastor. The community of North Abaco ex tends warmest regards and congratulation to Pastor Curry and the Zion Baptist Fox Town family. Above: Pastor Daniel Curry being ordained as Senior Pastor at Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town, Abaco. His journey to his position started in 1990. First Assembly begins marriage ministryBy Samantha Evans According to the church, marriage is a covenant that two people make with God to live together and become one. But some cerns and seek consul. On Saturday, Janu ary 5, First Assembly of God launched their marriage ministry called Marriage Formu la: 2HB1 (two hearts become one). The event was hosted by Bradley and Lovely Reckley at their home at 7pm with approximately 16 couples in attendance. This ministry was initiated by Pastor De ion Gibson and his wife. They stated that what concerns them is that the divorce rate among Christians is so high that they want to create a healthy atmosphere for Chris tian couples. The purpose of this ministry is to provide counseling for: young married couples and those who have issues such as nancial struggles or just need help so that they can reconcile their marriage. engaged were also invited so that they can get an insight into what they will be getting into when they get married. The couples en gaged in interactive games to see how well the couples knew each other. They had a great time; in fact, some of the men real ized that some of the problems they encoun tered can be prevented if they pay attention to details, respect their wives, wake up and become men of integrity. Finally, they dealt with ex-spouses tor Gibson realizes that healthy couples will create healthy communities so this ministry is vital with the divorce statistics increasing. Ms. Gibson sees this ministry growing into an extension of a cell group where couples can learn to pray and read the Bible to gether. Couples from any denomination are welcomed if they believe this will be a good outlet for them. Gatherings are held the last Friday of each month at a location to be announced. First Assembly of God will be hosting a marriage retreat over the Good Friday weekend which will be open to couples from anywhere across The Bahamas and will be held on one of the beautiful cays in Abaco. for information.

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 en-GBAbaco Club at Winding Bay en-GBHuman Resources Manageren-GB en-GB en-GBWorking knowledge of The Bahamas Employment Act & en-GB en-GB National Insurance Programen-GB en-GB en-GBMinimum 2 years experience in a human resources-en-GB en-GB related positionen-GB en-GB en-GBFlexible Work Scheduleen-GB en-GB en-GBPrefer on-island Abaco candidatesen-GB en-GB Will consider minimal relocation assistance within en-GB en-GB Bahamasen-GB en-GB en-GBPay for experience within $45k $55k rangeen-GB en-GBAll interested candidates apply online www.mvwcareers.en-GB com directly to req # 486 (Human Resources Manager) en-GB for immediate consideration Oasis Landscaping & Recycling Service Under New ManagementContact Jeery Harding at: 242-445-7321 For all future maintenance, landscaping and recycling services contact Jeery Harding With 30 years experience in the landscaping and property management eld, he can provide a wide variety of services. Insights for your InnerspringSystems: How a series of actions yield intentional results every time Submitted by Whitney Bain Its all around us; patterns and de signs, framework and structure. For some time now scientist have recognized how close a parallel there is between the animal kingdom and human society. If you were to consider the ant and its labyrinth-like tunnels in an ant hill, you would quickly realize that our arterial highways are simi lar if not eerily identical. Taking an overhead view of a busy city soon shows how of the ants busily gathering food and resources and then instinctively stopping at a four-way, allowing another ant to proceed and afterwards moving ahead themselves. Why is the company Apple so in novative? One might say that they have achieved that level of success because of technology or skilled manpower, but arguably the other companies have the same technology with which they can affect the outcome of their own products. So if Ap ple has access to the same technology, the same human resource and similar organic resources; why do they standout, year after year and product after product. Could it be that they approach things differently? Rather than view the potential client they seek to identify what the masses need or desire and then build strategy and ma chines around those needs. I have heard it said that Apple builds machines that you did not even know you needed and when to acquiring it; the look, the feel, the in teractive experience. What is the allure of these devices? Why do they captivate per sons so? Why is our physical movement as a society so closely similar to that of the As I considered these questions I came to the conclusion that powerful sys tems are at work. In the background, behind the scenes and sometimes oblivious to the observer; systems orchestrate the outcomes of all kinds of activities. They are so powerful that individuals, groups, societies, nations and regions are know ingly and unknowingly affected by the subtle impression of a word or barometric pressure increases or by the opinion of one designer at a Spring Fashion Show. Join me as we take a look at this far-reaching phenomenon known as systems. Success is Intentional Businesses are the result of a vision of someone who has a driving passion to see the conceptual become reality. As this concept develops in the womb of the mind it must be nurtured and eventually brought to maturity. Once the developed con cept has been delivered we see the result of what the person was thinking months before. Wrapped up in this conceptual result, which is now a reality; are many systems. When a baby is born they come complete with all the systems necessary to maintain and extend its life; the skeletal, respiratory and reproductive systems are all there. While it will take the child a while to be acquainted with the systems, the daily interaction that comes from need as well as the desire to experiment; allows the baby to discover the beauty and power of the systems that give it continued life. And so a business concept is also delivered with systems that must be discovered and experimented with. As a business do you experiment enough? Are you comfortable with just doing things how they have always been done? Are you aware of the systems that exist in your business, that need to be un derstood and developed? Do you recog nize how powerful your business is, and how great an impact it can have on your current customers? Success is easy to come by, just stick with what you are do ing and eventually you will succeed! However, there is a caveat; there must be a method to your madness as the saying goes, you must plan the success you desire and have a proper method to exe cute the plan. This is what systems are all about; it is the creation of a method where an intended outcome is realized through a planned series of actions. The Quality Sci ences are aimed at educating persons about the creation of systems that produce identi Opinion ing a recipe for pound cake gives you the same result over and over again, so following a designed system of actions would always give you the desired outcome, or at least get you very close to it. Recogniz ing that opening the oven door may cause some variation in how your pound cake can cause slight variations in the applica tion of the system of action being applied to a situation but it almost always gets you on the target or very close to it. So lets look at a system of actions that can assist you in achieving intentional success in your business life; Identify output this means that you need to identify the arena in which you want to operate; whether retail (sale of goods and services to the end customer), wholesale (B2B, sale of goods and services to business), professional service provider (doctor, lawyer, technician), professional facilitator (teacher, social worker) or na tion builder (parent, government worker). If you are already in one of these arenas then you can adopt the steps that follow to make your position clearer thereby en hancing your impact to the population you serve. customers for each of the areas I listed be fore and some of the customers may very well use one or more of the services listed above or over the course of their lifetimes. If you want to improve the success of your business you must know who your custom ers are. Identify customer needs it is business suicide to create a series of products or services without determining if there is a market for it. It is critical to any business venture to identify the segments of the population that fall in the arena in which it op erates; next it must study the segment and identify its needs. Conducting a market test is crucial to gauge the level of product/service acceptance or rejection. This can be done through surveys, taste tests, interviews and focus groups. Generate potential solutions once your market segment is scrutinized you can then present solutions for each of those enable you to offer tailor-made solutions level of the product or service delivered. The byproduct of this action is customer loyalty. The bespoke nature of your prod uct or service delivery communicates a level of caring to your customer that goes for goods and creates an emotional attach ment. This is the concept I recommend you use in supplying goods and services. Dont just sell goods to a customer, let your customers know that you genuinely care; and you will become a friend that happens to provide this or that product or service. Overwhelmingly, customers will buy from people they trust. At this the system you need to sell your product or service. Plan implementation there must be a method to how you present your solu tions to your marketplace. You must select the most suitable delivery method and plan its introduction carefully by laying out progressive steps that would take you to your Please see Insights Page 18

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian February 1, 2013 K en-GBidzR en-GBU en-GBs Happy Valentines Day Chocolates en-GB en-GBI LOVE YOU BE en-GBMINE Valentines Day Chocolate Teddy Bears Balloons Gifts, Cards & Decorations en-GBWe also carry Toys, Childrens Clothing en-GB & Party Supplies We are located in Dove Plaza (next to Golden Grouper) en-GBHours: Monday Saturday 9:am to 5:pm Tel: 475-1571 ABACO ISLAND PHARMACY LTD.We have moved! Next to ECC and across from BTC, Marsh Harbour 367.2544 tel 367.6544 faxabacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Supplements 8:30am 6pm Sundays 9am 4pm Business Service Directory Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedDon MacKay Blvd. 367-2442 Yale Windows Rentals: Services: Big Cat Equipment THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IS TO MARKET AND PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. One way to get your business known is to start with a BUSINESS CLASSIFIED for only $45 per issue for B&W or opt for our six issue discount rate. Contact Us For More Information 367-3200 or email: abaconiannews@gmail.com GET YOUR BUSINESS KNOWN!! en-GBNassau 242-457-4SOD (4763) or 225-4SOD (4763)en-GB Abaco 242-357-6975 Fax: 242-367-2424 GRASS GRASS GRASS en-GBFrom Our Farm to Your Door!en-GBWe Now Have en-GBSODen-GBfor Immediateen-GB Delivery! Located Don MacKay Blvd en-GBand Airporten-GBPhone 367-2431 Marsh Harbouren-GB Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5en-GB Visa and MasterCard Accepted ticipated in the 50, 100 and 200 back as well as the 50 and 100 free. Although he dropped time on all of his events, he was not as disappointed because he competed against swimmers whose ages ranged from 13 to 17 years old. Nevertheless, Miller made personal best times, and was a few milliseconds off from qualifying for Carifta in one of his events. Christopher Pinder, Abaco Swim Club coach, added that Miller Albury will continue training toward his goal for Cari fta. For the girls, Jewel Pinder, 10, swam in the 200 individual medley (IM), 100 and 200 free, 50 and 100 back, 50 overall in the 9-10 girls age group. Next to her was 10-year-old Taylor Albury, who participated in the 50, 100 ishes, Taylor earned a silver, and three bronze medals. Finally, Suzie Pinder, 10, swam in 50 and 200 breast, 200 free and 50 back. She placed third in the 50 breast. Pinder was proud to announce that every one of the swimmers made it to the We had three of the seven place in top overall in their age groups; we had two third places and one second place, he explained. For the swimmers who did not have times to compete in nationals, Pinder said that each swimmer that went on the trip placed a national time in at least one event. The swimmers will attend another swim meet later this month. Also at the Swift meet in Nassau was Albury Higgs, who won all seven of her races in the 11-12 girls age group. She is expected to build on her successes at the Carifta Swimming Championships. SportsSwim From Page 13 desired conclusion. In short, use the information you gathered in your market tests and interviews to service the market in an intelligent, well planned fashion. This point marks the activation of the systems you have created for the promotion you are working on. Implementing the solutions putting solutions to work is very exciting. Once you have done your home-work well you can expect a great acceptance of the solu tions from your core market. The level to which you implement the solution can leave such an impact that it causes portions of your market to become evangelists for your products and services. These raving fans will spread the word about what you are doing and your product or service will then become infectious. This is the out come of a system in action. By its very nature it dictates actions and habits and without any prompting from you the system will live and thrive vicariously through your core market. Selecting measurements many cash registers and accounting systems have the capacity to perform some level of measure ment. Measurements tell you how well you are doing when compared to what you planned. Measurements show what is do ing well and what needs to be improved. A key part of this exercise is capturing information or data. Customer informa tion is a rich resource and when acted upon correctly will bring sustained business viability. If you are not currently captur ing it you are allowing future revenue to walk out of your business. The action of data mining will allow future decisions to have a stronger likelihood of success be cause key pieces of information tell how a customer will respond to a new product or service in the future. Opinion Evaluating the results as I indicated at the beginning, following a recipe will almost always bring you to your desired outcome however, there are variables that can affect that end result and so it is vital to know what you wanted the outcome to be, see what it actually turn out to be and then make adjustments to your implementation strategy as you recycle the products or services into the system of actions once again. Several years ago I had the pleasure of communicating with Mr. Simon Coo per, the then President and Chief Operat pany. It was a very pleasant exchange and one that I will remember. As the com pany planned its direction for that coming year he said something in a communica tion piece that has profoundly impacted my written to you today; he said that restless renewal means developing a culture where we never sit still but constantly challenge, innovate and improve our processes. Innovation is more important than ever because todays luxury market is changing and we need to adapt to meet the needs of our evolving guests. Now this was stated to those in the hospitality profession but you can just insert your own market or profession to get the point of what he is saying. I encourage you to be open to change and desirous of working to make your op eration better today than it was yesterday through an intentional plan for success aided by a system of actions. If you have any questions or comments about this article you can send them to whitney_bain@ yahoo.com. In the next article we will explore why your company or organiza tion needs more than a Vision and Mission Statement in order to reach its full poten tial. Insights From Page 17

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February 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY VEHICLES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALENEW 8KW Diesel Generator, in soundproof box $7,500. Call 577-0340 Electrical Supplies For Sale: 1,500 feet of 1-0 Copper Wire, 1,500 feet of 3-0 Copper Wire, One 4 Can Meter Panel with breakers. Duty paid, over ordered. Priced for quick sale. Please call 553-7965 ask for Percy. Hardy Diesel Generator powered by John Deere Engine. MTS PowerProducts 28KW with a MTS 200 Amp Automatic transfer switch with a JOHN DEERE Engine (diesel), 36kw, 2007Valued at $20,000. Will sell it for $14,000. Negotiable. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net S&K 1500 GPD Water Maker Valued at $17.000.00. Will sell it for $12,000. Negotia ble. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net French Doors for Sale. 72 FL French door. White aluminum. Clear Glass. Right Hand door. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net Valentines Boopsie Baskets & More $25 (Cider, Chocolate, Card), $40 (Bath & Body, Cider, Chocolate ) Located in the Lowes bild ing. Call for more information 458-6314 MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE26 Blue Water Pro with one 150 Yamaha engine & aluminum trailer. $7,500 Call 5537965 ask for Percy. 41 Canadian Custom Built Sailboat, The Famous Lucky Lady owned by Capt. Charles Jones. Retired from high seas. Call 365-0438 50 British Made Fairline, Surf Song, a fre quent visitor to Abaco, is for sale. She is fully equipped for live-aboard cruising. Look up her on www.Yachtworld.com. Locally call Doug Moody on Skype 772-905-3596 or Surf Song on VHF-68.Ante, adellabem nes consus BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE13 ft Whaler with 30 HMHS o/b Yamaha Motor low hours. $2,900 for both. Will sell separately. Elbow Cay, Call 242 366 0668 or email: nouveauny@optonline.net 23 to 27 Boat Rental Fleet for sale. Good Business opportunity. Call for more informa tion 577-3737 35 Custom Steel Cruiser 3500 hrs on rebuilt Perkins Diesel motor. Currently cruising the Abacos. Price $22,000. Email: joken.eh@ gmail.com or call 475-2125 36 GULFSTAR TRAWLER, Exceptional liveaboard cruiser. Twin Perkins 85hp die sels, 6.5kWt generator, 1kWt inverter, A/C, fully equipped galley with propane stove/oven, chest freezer, refrigerator, microwave and ice maker. Twin cabins with electric heads. 10ft Rib with 9hp outboard on davits. GPS, depth sounders, VHFs. Three anchors with 200ft chain with winch. TV/DVD/VCR and two stereo systems. Bahamian Registered, lying Marsh Harbour. Contact gjlynch@rogers. com, (613) 491-1091. Possible timeshare for likeminded cruisers. Price $120,000. Home Fabrics Abaco, Job Openings. 1. A full time Fabric Sales Associate. Sewing experience and knowledge of fabrics and dress making is required. 2. A full Time Sales Associate. Crafting & Sewing knowledge preferred. Please forward all resumes to Home Fabric Abaco store directly or email them to HFABACO@GMAIL.COM. Phone 367-6003 2000 Ford Ranger Truck black, radio, CD, A/C, bed liner. Needs an engine. Will consider any serious offer. Please call 475-3226. 2006 Chevy Avalanche, Two tone ext, grey leather int, AC, charger, 39,000 MLS. Asking $18,OOO. Dune Auto Imports 341-2338/4340882 2006 Ford Fusion for sale. Great running con dition. $9500 or nearest offer. Call 475-9947. ALSO PS3s for sale $350 Just In!!!! 2007 Chevy Equinox 3.4V6,Gold ext,tan cloth int,AC,CD, 88K, just serviced, runs excellent. Asking $14,000 O.N.O. Dune Auto Imports 242-341-2338/434-0882 2007 Yamaha YBR 125 cc for sale. Asking $1150. Please call 577-0041 Gotta GoGotta GoGotta GO! One 17 open console boat ready for engine $ 2,700 ONO. One 20 Pro-Line boat ready for engine. $ 4,600 ONO. New Garmin GPS 421s still in box $500.00 ONO. One 20 trailer completely rebuilt, with new parts. $2,050. No reasonable offer refused. Call 366-2802 Get ResultsAdvertise with a Classified RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@ho tmail.com. Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished & equipped. $1,100/mo. Also available by the week. Call 904-982-2762 Great Cistern, 3 bed, 2 bath, turn key access to sea. $2200/month. Call 554-9872 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, 2 bed, 1 bath furnished apt. Washer, dryer and generator. Quiet area. $1,000/m. Call 225-0414 or 458-7574 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEHope Town, North End, last remaining unde veloped bay-side beach-front lot in North End Hope Town $415,000. Call 242-366-0707 or jandkoakes@gmail.com Treasure Cay Canal front property with 111 dock, boat lift, davits, & cleaning station. REDUCED to $299,000. Call 305-245-6043 or hquin1902@gmail.com Tilloo Cay Cottage for sale. Deep water dock. $395K. Call 242-554-8291 Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Scotland Cay, Private Island Rare opportu nity, paved 3400 airstrip, paved roads, marina, tropical lagoon & miles of beaches. Beautiful Hawaiian designed HOUSE, 2 bed, 2 bath + 8 slider glass doors & 4 sets of double window for views. Cathedral open beam ceilings. Room to expand. Sits on 1/2 ac of lushly landscaped RIDGE TOP with spectacular views of Ocean coral reefs AND Caribbean Bay. Wraparound deck, diesel gen. 24,000g cistern, Lowest priced home in high end community! Priced well below appraised value at $297k US. 850962-1077 or DebbieWP@att.net Dundas Town Hill Top, residential Lot, overlooking Sea of Abaco, near Radio Abaco,Lot # 09 G. 6,835 square feet. Call 559 8553 Guana Cay, Dolphin Beach Estate, lot 88D, hill top, 40 elevation on the Sea of Abaco. Spectacular views on both sides, on paved road. Asking $140,000. Call 352-256-0999 or E-mail: ricker3147@yahoo.com Sweetings Village, 2 bed, 2 bath home. Hill top lot, surrounding waterviews, fenced yard $1300 per month. Call 367-3529 or 577-0016 Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, Effe ciency for rent, 1bed/1bath, furnished. 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