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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 24,DECEMBER 15th, 2006

Festival Draws Huge Crowds

Entertainment, Music, Dog Show, Competitions and Karate Made for Popular Event

By Jennifer Hudson
The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band
brought an air of festivity to the annual
Christmas Festival held on December 9th
on the grassy area opposite Memorial Plaza.
Always much anticipated, the band
once again delighted the crowd with its
joyful renditions of many well loved
Christmas carols as they marched up and
down Queen Elizabeth Drive, also per-
forming many precision drills for which
they are noted. One little spectator was
taken by surprise when the Drum Major
drew her out of the crowd and had her
help him (or was it the other way
around?) to carry the mace and lead the
band as they marched to the strains of The
Happy Wanderer. What an exciting piece
of news she had to share with her friends
at school on Monday morning.
The cool windy weather seemed to have
kept the crowd a little thinner than usual
but the food stalls were doing a good trade
as people were purchasing food to keep
them warm.
The festival began at 12 noon with a
parade of the Scurvy Few Motorcyclists,
who then gathered for a blessing by Rev.
Dr. Stephen Hale, Minister of the Meth-
odist Churches of the Eastern Abaco Re-
gion. Rev. Hale invoked a blessing for
the motorcyclists that they remain safe
throughout the coming year and for their
Please see Festival Page 2

Junior Junaknoo December 16 Marsh Harbour
Senior Junkanoo December 26 Marsh Harbour
Junaknoo January 1 Green Turtle Cay

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Page 2 The Abaconian December 15. 2006

Festival Created a Holiday Mood

Festival From Page 1
continued work with Toys for Tots and
other projects in the community. Very
much in tune with bikers, having him-
self been a biker, Rev. Hale also gave a
short and meaningful talk to the group.
It was disappointing for the organiz-
ers of the Festival and for those who sat
waiting patiently for a long time for the
Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism
to arrive to open the fair when finally no
one showed up.
Though a couple of stalls had hand-
made items for sale such as purses, quilts,
cushions, crochet and wood crafts, the
majority of stalls seemed to be selling toys
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and bric-a-brac this year.
Several musical items were pre-
sented including performances by the
Jes'Us Quartet, St. Francis de Sales
School Choir, Voices of Zion Gospel
Group, Gary "Soul Man" MacDonald,
Larry Ford, the New Entry Band and the
Abaco Youth Marching Band. Other ac-
tivities included a Karate demonstration,
dog show and presentation by Trumpet
Assembly Praise Dancers. Once again
this year the Abaco Club in conjunction
with Ritz Carlton made a presentation of
gifts to all the children present.
A competition was held for all in-
Please see Festival Page 5

The Abaco Club on Winding Way gave away hundreds of gifts
to children who attended the Christmas Festival. One of Santa's
helpers is giving them out.

St. Francis de Sales
School choir was one
of the music groups
to entertain the
crowds at the
Christmas Festival
on December 9.
Entertainment was
continual while
people shopped for
Christmas gifts,
donated toys for
needy children, ate,
socialized with
friends and neigh
bours and enjoyed

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Abaco 's Crash and Rescue demonstrated its Jaws-of Life equipment that cuts cars apart
to rescue the people inside. The Jaws-of Life has cutters and spreaders of several types ro
pry a car apart.

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December 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 5

People from All Towns Enjoyed the Festival

Festival From Page 2
terested in Junkanoo participation and
several young people entered the drum-
ming, cowbell ringing and head and face

mask competition.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force
Pop Band added to the party spirit as the
evening wore on with its own special
brand of lively music before the festivi-

Karate Demonstration Drew a Crowd

By Julian Lockhart
The Abaco Karate
Academy showed off its
skills and what the stu-
dents are learning in
class during the third
Annual Christmas Ba-
zaar on December 9th ..
in Marsh Harbour. ':: ":
A number of chil-
dren and four adults dis-
played their kata moves
and Joshua Wong
showed the ecstatic fans
some throws when he
flipped Sensei Churton
Toote to his back.
Mr. Toote said they
just wanted to show the
public what actually goes Sensei Churton 7
on at the academy and skills. Here twoj
what they could expect Joshua Wong, ai
to learn if they join.
The karate academy has classes every
Monday and Wednesday beginning at 5:30
p.m. for ages 4-and-up and are held in the
old Cyber Learning Center room above
Mr. Toote said, "I wasn't really happy
because everybody didn't show up. I only
had four adults but I really wanted to show
off the kids. I want to expose the kids more

oote had his Karate students demonstrate their
year old Blaine Toote is tackling his dad while
ge 7, watches.

than anything else. I think the public re-
spects what we do and most of them don't
know what we are doing and theyjust know
karate. They don't understand that karate
is a form of discipline. I think we will now
have more kids come out. We had kids out
there who used to come to class and stopped
and they said they are now going to come
back," Toote concluded.

ties were brought to a
close with a firework
display. Then, just be-
fore everyone went
home, persons from
the Abaco Office of
the Ministry of Tour-
ism brought this year's
Christmas Festival to a
close by distributing
Christmas goodies to
all who had braved the
weather to the end.

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Paae 8 The Abaconian December 15. 2006

The Editor Says ..Would Better Tax Collection Bring More Funding?

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Speakers at the recent workshop on Rev-
enue Enhancement brought out some inter-
esting points that bear further thought.
Several of the government speakers
stressed cooperation between the different
government agencies and appropriate busi-
nesses in the private sector to get more ac-
curate values for land and residences for
tax assessment purposes. The complaint was
made that documented property values al-
ways lag real values as set by market forces.
A piece of land bought for $100,000
years ago may be found to fetch $1 million
today, which effectively re-establishes the
assessment value. For example, during a
ten-year span for the example given, the
property did not remain at a $100,000 value
for nine years, then jump to $1 million in
the tenth year. Those in government's as-
sessment department would like to see the
system reflect this increase more realisti-
cally as that would provide a much better
tax return.
Viewing this scenario from another
angle, Abaco's rising property values would
contribute significantly more to the Trea-
sury if annual declared values could keet
pace with actual market values. Viewing
real estate prices in advertisements is in-
dicative of values but is not the final word.
The price listed is the amount the owner
hopes to receive but a lower price is often
In the earlier example, a purchaser may
discover that the $1 million piece of land
can be had for $800,000 in immediate cash.
This is where the term "market forces"
comes into play.
The Hon. Michael Halketis, Parliamen-
tary Secretary to the Treasury, said that
proper revenue collection ensures that re-
sources are available to provide necessary
services. This statement implies that if
Abaco was more diligent at revenue collec-
tion, we would have more funding at the
Local Government level an interesting
Mr. Harrison Thompson, Permanent Sec-
retary for the Ministry of Local Government,
added that we must work together to ensure
that all entitled revenue is collected.
He then quoted the financial section of
the Local Government Act which states that
funding for town committees shall be by
funding by Parliament, funding declared by

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the Minister or by rebates of up to 100 per-
cent of the following amounts collected
within the town committee area:
Building permit fees
Firearm licenses
Dock and boat license fees
Business license and shop license fees
Liquor, music and dancing license fees
District Councils were to be funded in a
similar manner with rebates of up to 50 per
cent of the following:
Car, truck and taxi license fees
Airport landing fees, parking etc.
Hotel licensing fees
Real property tax
Note the qualifying statement "up to"
without qualifying who is to make this de-
termination. Neither is it clear that any of
the three possibilities for funding, that is
by Parliament, the Minister or by rebate,
is preferred or if the three methods share in
this funding.
When the Act came into effect in 1996,
government chose to fund the councils and
town committees solely through appropria-
tions by Parliament, and they did not imple-
ment any of the rebate provisions. One rea-
son given was that some islands could not
survive based on this funding scheme.

By Stephanie Downs
Wake up and smell the coffee!
I wish.
Sometimes family in the U.K. phone a
tad too early in the day. They are five hours
ahead of us so while some of us are still in
lahlah land they are up and about and think-
ing about lunch.
It was one such morning. The phone
rang. A bright breezy familiar voice said,
"Stephanie, are you awake?"
I grunted something inaudible and then,
after enduring all the transatlantic apolo-
gies (for which we are legend), I quipped,
"Don't worry. I had to get up to answer
the phone."
The hackneyed joke never fails to elicit
a titter as it did on this occasion.
A concerned "Have you had your cof-
fee, Steph?" was followed by another effu-
sive apology and a "Well, I'll let you.......
I never did hear the "go." But I went any-
I ran into the kitchen, throwing the dead
portable on to the couch en route.
The overhead fan had come to a slow
standstill, its whirr replaced by the start up
of generators rapidly springing into action
on the small cay. I gazed out of the kitchen
Unfazed by the temporary loss of power
and the burring of machinery, the
bananaquits were busily fighting for space
on the bird feeder while their companions
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After reiterating this original funding as
found in the Act, Mr. Thompson suggested
that "once the foundation was laid, Abaco
could petition for funding under this scheme
as originally intended." This is another in-
teresting thought.
Coupled together, several of the above
statements and concepts bear more consid-
eration by our district councils and town
1) "Proper revenue collection ensures
resources are available." Although most
government ministers and senior civil ser-
vants admit that Abaco's contribution is sig-
nificant and growing, it is apparently not
considered enough to fund the requirements
of our expanding economy.
2) "We must work together to ensure
that all revenue is collected." Is improved
collection the key to ensuring that more re-
sources are available for either Abaco or
local government?
3) With a proper foundation, local fund-
ing might be shifted from an arbitrary amount
to a percentage of our revenue or perhaps to
a combination of the two methods. What must
Abaco do and who is to gage the merits of
our 'foundation' in order that better funding
is provided or allowed?

It was so good to see them back after so
many years and so many storms. And I,
too, was pleased to be home.
Well, I was until I looked at the unground
coffee beans sitting on the counter next to
the electric grinder.
I pride myself in solving problems (some
of which, of course, I create!) but this one
was beyond me.
Everything from rocks lying in the yard
to a pestle and mortar I had somewhere
came to mind as a substitute for the power-
less grinder.
Equally powerless and all else having
failed, I opened the bag of beans and sim-
ply inhaled.
Oh! smell the coffee . and oh! feel
the pain of withdrawal.
I smiled to myself as a scene in Three
Men in a Boatby Jerome K. Jerome flashed
through my mind.
Tired, exhausted and ravenous by their
adventures and mishaps, the "boatmen" tie
up alongside the river to enjoy some canned
food only to discover they have no can
opener. Now, I knew how they felt. Their
frustration knew no end.
As did mine.
I glanced at the clock. It was 7 a.m.
Capt'n Jacks doesn't open until 8.30 a.m.
although I knew if I went in there at 8 a.m.
Lana would take pity on me and serve me
That was an hour away. It seemed like a
lifetime. I turned on the gas for tea!
I was desperate but not that desperate.
As I filled the kettle, I said a few unkind
things about BEC which I knew I would
retract when power was restored.
Despite the fact that I was weaned on
tea, it's just not the same in the morning.
Like the rest of the "civilized" world, I am
addicted to coffee as a kick start to a new
The kettle was just reaching its climatic
whistle when the overhead fan began to
turn, a beep came from the living area as
the portable came to life, and there was a
soft murmur from the fridge which I had
wisely kept closed during the whole ordeal.
I opened it, grabbed the milk, turned off
the kettle and began grinding.
Thank you BEC, I love you!
The phone rang again

Abaco is growing, the population is in-
creasing, the economy is expanding ,yet
funding has remained fairly stagnant for
four or more years, even though our rev-
enue to the Treasury is increasing.
Now we are asked to work harder to col-
lect more for the Treasury with a minimal
suggestion that we might be rewarded for
the effort on application.
The politicians and senior civil servants
sense that the Abaco economy is capable of
providing a higher return to the Treasury.
Increased revenue collection is a major goal
of the new Treasury Office recently estab-
lished in Marsh Harbour.
Now that government is putting its hand
deeper into Abaco's pocket, we should col-
lectively put Abaco's hand on government's
shoulder and ask for a proper allowance.
Two of Abaco's Chief Councillors were
at the recent workshop. Whether they got
the same message we got remains to be seen.
Maybe there was no message but was
merely political rhetoric.
In any event, it behooves us to collec-
tively work for more funding. Consistent
pressure by the Abaco community could
benefit us.

"Did you hang up on me?" laughed the
transatlantic voice.
"As if .. !" I protested.
"Just give me a minute," I said.
With my free hand I poured the ground
beans into the filter, the water into the ma-
chine and pressed the button. The red light
came on.
"Have you had your cof...." faded from
4000 miles. The wonders of technology and
that little red light were cruelly shattered as
once more the overhead fan slowed to a
standstill. The gurgling water stopped and
the red light went off.
This has to be Chinese torture, I re-
flected. I decided to call it a day or rather a
"morning" and went for a long walk on the
Forty-five minutes later I had two cups
of hot steaming freshly brewed coffee at
"Jacks." I had to thank BEC for my won-
derful morning walk and, as always "Jacks"
for its great breakfast. No one in the world
poaches eggs to perfection like they do.
On my return to my little house in the
centre of Hope Town there was a pot of
coffee awaiting me which, after sitting for
over an hour, smelt like an old ash tray.
According to Starbucks (and they should
know) coffee stays fresh for 27 minutes.
There was also a message flashing on
my answering machine. England, no doubt!
As I write this from Virginia, snow
storms are ravaging the mid-west United
States, and there are extensive power out-
My heart goes out to them not only be-
cause these affect larger issues than coffee
but also because I have less faith in their
restorative "powers" than I do in those of
When you consider the insularity of the
Abaco cays and the entire Bahamas com-
pared to that, BEC does a remarkable job.
I have seen technicians waist-high in rough
waters and in ripping winds repairing elec-
trical cables.
However, for me to sing such praises it
is best to catch me after I have had my
morning coffee electrical power permit-

The Ups and Downs of Paradise

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Page 9

Letters to the Editor

Hope Town Council Is
Doing Good Work
Dear Editor,
Please allow me a space in your letter
In your November issue I read where
someone wrote and said that the Hope
Town Council had made some unfortu-
nate decisions.
Well, I must tell the public that the former
Hope Town Council made some, too.
In 2002 I won the bid for the garbage
but I never was awarded the job even
though the administrator, Mr. Hart (the
outgoing administrator) and was told by
the new administrator Mr. Williams that
I must have the job.
I had already bought a new truck for
the job and was in the position to buy a
barge and a Bobcat in order to do the
job. My plans were to do a good job like
the Hope Town Council is doing now.
Now if for some reason someone
doesn't believe what I said about my not
getting the job, just get a copy of the min-
utes at the Hope Town Council office and
see for yourself.
Now back to the removal of garbage,
the dump site, cleaning of road sides, etc.
Never have these places I named above
been kept the way they are now, except
when Mr. Isaac did it. The dump site has
been cleaned up like you would not be-
lieve. (See it for yourself.) There are still
about 15 or 20 pilings down at the end of
the dump site that should have not been
put there in the first place. The first thing
you see when you enter the western
harbour or when you come through the
canal is these old condemned pilings.
I understand the Hope Town Council
is going to see that they get removed. I
hope before this Christmas.
Now to the road sides, no one has ever
seen the road sides cleaned the way they
are now. Before, there was weed killer
put on the sides of the roads. It looked
like fire had swept the whole of Man-O-
War settlement. Bushes were cut and left
in heaps for weeks at a time. Some were
removed and some pushed in the bushes.
On the street I live on, Albury's Av-
enue, it was common to see this. Come
look at it today and see for yourself.
While I'm on Albury's Avenue, I've
been here for 37 years and there has never

been any road work done by the Hope
Town Council on this street. The last
money spent on this road was when the
PLP first took office in 1976.
But I understand the Hope Town Coun-
cil is working along with Mr. Alfred Gray
to see that Albury's Avenue gets some at-
tention. If not, when I get to convention,
the government will be hearing from me.
Albury's Avenue is long overdue. Also
the road leading to Albury's Avenue, that
is the road (cross road) between Edwin's
Boat Yard No. 1 and Albury's Harbour
Can you believe that the former Coun-
cil had just about all the roads on Man-
O-War renewed and left out this cross
road and Albury's Avenue. I beg the
Hope Town Council to see that this road
gets some attention. When I see this hap-
pen, then I will know you are the best
Council ever.
Although I've seen some things hap-
pen that I thought would never happen
since you all took over. I always said
since I was not awarded the garbage job
that the Hon. Prime Minister could not
get that job. But I've had to change my
mind about that. The new Hope Town
Council has broken that yoke.
I'm hoping that all the money collected
from the government docks, etc. that the
Council will see to putting a new dock at
the dump site. Also please, please, pave
the road to the dump site. This should
have been done in the past 10 or 15 years.
Every time we have rain it becomes a
Now a word to the Chief Councillor,
keep up the good work. Do what is right
so that when you leave office, you can
stand proud. I know you have a big job
on your shoulders for such a young man.
But you can do it.
Now I know I will have someone or
ones come back at me. But frankly, I
don't care. I've told the truth and the
Bible says the truth will set you free. I'm
writing this against the will of my fam-
ily. But when I see things that are not
so, I can't help but speak by mind. Ijust
officially retired on September 24 at 9:30
a.m. to be exact. Now I have plenty of
time on had. So maybe you will be hear-
ing from me again.
Really, when I get a newspaper, the
first thing I do is look at the headlines,

then to the letter section to see what is
on people's minds.
Thanks again for the space in your col-
Yours sincerely,
Samuel D. Albury
Ferry Rates Are Too High
Dear Editor,
I would like to know if anyone else is
tired of being ripped off by the new
Albury's Ferry. Transportation is an es-
sential service. Taxi drivers cannot uni-
laterally raise their prices; they are regu-
lated by the government. Right now it
cost just under $100 for a family of four
to go to Hope Town and spend their tour-
ist dollars. With lunch and a little shop-
ping, it could cost them $300 to visit us.
The workers are being stretched to the
limit. Families in Marsh Harbour who
wanted to take their children to the beach
on the cays this summer couldn't afford
to. And I hear they gunna raise it again!

At 1,000 passengers (a guess) a day, at
an average of $15 round trip, they're re-
ceiving over $5 million a year. This is a
monopoly which is illegal in most countries.
The Auditor General needs to audit this com-
pany, and the Minister of Transport needs
to investigate this.
Their contact numbers are below for any-
one who wants to voice his opinion. Do it
Minister of Transport
The Hon Glenys Hanna Martin MP
Attorney General's Office
Jacquelyn Murray
Permanent Secretary
attgenps @batelnet.bs
Thank you.
A Citizen

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December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Paae 11

Shoppers Enjoyed Block Party

By Jennifer Hudson
Twinkling lights outside the stores on Bay
Street in the vicinity of the Abaco Beach
Resort's entrance shone through the grey,
chilly and rainy evening on December 8th
to provide a festive atmosphere for Marsh
Harbour's Christmas Block Party. The
stores of Wrackers, John Bull, Abaco Gold,
Russell's Fashions and the Conch Pearl
Gallery and Bahamas Realty once again
combined to provide an opportunity for
people to browse through their stores, do
some Christmas shopping or make their own
Christmas list for Santa. A lot of people
turned out and many purchases were made.
Several were lucky enough to win prizes in

the free draw at Wrackers. Each store pro-
vided a variety of tasty foods and drinks
which added greatly to the social atmosphere
and festivity of the evening.
This was the first Abaco block party for
Sheree Russell, Manager of John Bull. Ms.
Russell has been employed by John Bull in
Nassau for seven years where a huge party
is put on each year but she "was very im-
pressed with Abaco's block party and how
nice the stores are." Her store was offering
at sale prices some items from the magnifi-
cent array of jewelry on display and she
announced that, though not here in time for
the Open House, a new line of jewelry by
John Hardy from Bali which is completely

hand crafted will be arriving next week.
The store had an excellent choice of watches
from the more casual brightly-colored
TechnoMarine, for which John Bull is of-
ficial agent, to the more high end lines of
Cartier, Rolex, Breitling and TAGHeuer
along with hand bags, make-up and their
usual plethora of perfumes and colognes.
Abaco Gold's Manager, Monique Higgs,
was pleased with the number of people who
visited the store and said, "It was a great
kick off to the Christmas season." The shop
had a great selection of jewelry, both their
own Abaco Gold handmade pieces and
other lines "from all over." In the clothing
department there were new lines from Guy

Harvey for men and Fresh Produce for
Russell's fashions was celebrating its one
year anniversary, having opened its doors
on December 9, the evening of the Christ-
mas Open House last year. An attractive
selection of tropical print dresses and flip
flops caught my eye as I entered, but they
have many other garments to choose from.
"Our linens are very popular," stated
Owner/Manager Andrea Russell. The store
was offering a special deal on shoes for the
evening whereby anyone buying two pairs

Please see Block Party Page 20

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Shoppers enjoy the open house events that many of the shops in Marsh Harbour have in
the weeks leading up to Christmas. The Block Party is a combined effort of six businesses
near Royal Harbour at the entrance to Abaco Beach Resort. The occasion gave shoppers
the opportunity to browse and purchase in a party atmosphere with holiday music and
delicious snacks. These three ladies are in John Bull. Later in the evening they were
entertained by a Junkanoo rush.

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Our menu will include:
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Eggs Benedict
Scrambled Eggs
Chicken Souse
Steamed Grouper
Bacon & Sausage
Grits & Home Fries

Johnny Cake
Danish & Croissants

(Gratuities not included)
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* Spectacular 3;-mile beach
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* Marina-view restaurant & bar
* Pool. tennis, watersports
* 150-slip full-service marina
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* Hotel rooms, 2 or 3 BR suites
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Passed Hors d'oeuvres From 7:00pm 8:00pm
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Crab Spring Rolls
Sushi Rolls
Lobster Pumpkin Bisque
Mixed Greens with Passion Fruit Vinaigrette
Grilled Angus Tenderloin with Portobello Mushrooms
Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp
Duchesse Potato
Baby Green Beans
Chocolate Fudge Snowball with Raspberry Sauce

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Featuring three of The Bahamas' Top Artists
K.B., Colyn McDonald and
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South Abaco News

Sandy Point
By Tonia Ferguson
Who Let the Crabs Out?
Sandy Point residents were treated to a
spectacular performance by the "crab
dancer," one of the country's best enter-
tainers, Elon Moxey. On December 3 the
residents from Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks
and other settlements made a bee line for
the Regatta Site in Sandy Point. The event
was organized by the Sandy Point Regatta
Committee headed by Della Kelly, a local
resident. The event was the climax of the
committee's weekly fish fry. According to
Ms. Kelly, the event served as a year-end
bang closure and a reminder to its faithful
supporters of how spectacular it will con-
tinue to be when it resumes on February

25, 2007. The fish fry is a fund-raising event
held weekly to assist in rebuilding the hur-
ricane-devastated community.
Clean-up, Clean-up,
Everybody Clean-up
This was the tune played by the Sandy
Point Development Association on Novem-
ber 3 as the members, volunteers and resi-
dents cleaned up the community. This was
joint effort by South Abaco's Local Gov-
ernment and the Sandy Point Development
Association. Ms. Della Kelly, the
Association's President, said the goals of
the newly elected association is three-
Removal of derelict vehicles
Removal of used household furniture
and appliances
Floral Beautification which will in-

Minnie Mouse visited the J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point on December 4. The
children shown here were excited to receive Mickey Mouse headpieces and trinkets. Disney
sends a different character each year to entertain the students in several schools.

an9 Happy New Year 2007

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volve a combination of non-flowering and
flowering plants.
The decision has seen the removal of
approximately 30 vehicles and the tearing
down of dilapidated buildings left in rubble
by the recent hurricanes. Ms. Kelly is
pleased about the efforts made by the
association's members and the residents who
cooperated fully and of volunteers who as-
sisted in the transport of items to the public
Abaco National Park
Community Meeting
The Bahamas National Trust in conjunc-
tion with Friends of the Environment met
in the community of Sandy Point on De-
cember 4. In attendance were Mr. Eric
Carey, Director of Parks and Science Liai-
son; Anita Knowles of Friends of the Envi-
ronment; Mr. Rovel Roker, Chief Coun-
cillor of Sandy Point; and other members

from the Trust, Friends and local residents.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide
a brief overview of the Abaco National Park
and parks in The Bahamas at large. The
speaker, Mr. Carey, presented the small
gathering each with a draft of a General
Management Plan for the Abaco National
Park. The public was invited to comment
on the plan and how the park can become
integrated with their lives. Some residents
expressed that their knowledge of the park
is limited and queried some ways which the
matter could be addressed. It is hoped that
efforts would be made to identify persons
within the Sandy Point community who are
willing to become knowledgeable about the
park and can divulge such knowledge within
the school and community at large.

Please see South Page 15

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December 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 15

More South Abaco News

ers to the school but not only that, a few by the grateful parents of the young people ents had already decided that they would
South From Page 14 weeks later he surprised staff and students of the track club and at that time asked if try to raise funds to purchase air condition-
Disney's "Minnie" Visits by returning with another gift, this time 10 the school needed help. When told that a ers for the school, but before they could
Students of the James A. Pinder Primary air-conditioning units. A former student of computer would be very welcome as there even get that off the ground Mr. Neymour
School were given an early Christmas treat the school is now attending the Bishop M. were none in the school, Mr. Neymour arrived with his wonderful gift, stated Ms.
on December 6 as members of the Disney Eldon High School in Freeport on a schol- asked how many classes were in the school. Rolle.
Cruise Line along with Minnie Mouse vis- arship provided by Mr. Neymour, who saw Instead of one computer he then donated When presenting the air conditioners to
cited the school. Students sat with gaping that she was an excellent athlete who would 10 computers to the school, one for each the school, Mr. Neymour said that it is his
mouths as they listened to the story of benefit from the training facilities there. classroom. desire to help smaller island schools which
Aladdin. Following the story, read by a Mr. Neymour, who is greatly involved Much to the surprise and delight of staff may otherwise become overlooked.
crew member, Minnie Mouse made a grand in community work in Freeport, is a sports and students, this extremely generous man "Moore's Island School is such," he says,
entrance and drew the students to roars. Just enthusiast who became involved with the arrived back on Moore's Island a couple of "as there are no second home owners liv-
before leaving, the students were presented Moore's Island school through its athletes weeks later with 10 air-conditioning units
with Christmas trinkets. in the track and field programme. He was for the classrooms along with several boxes Please see South Page 76
made aware of the need for assistance for of text books and encyclopedias. "The par-
Moore's Island Moore's Island athletes by Pastor Anthony
School Receives Computers Williams, the team's coach and since then
and Air Conditioners has been a great blessing to the school and INNOVATIVE ISLAND CUISINE
By Jennifer Hudson its students. Whenever a team travels toOP N DA
The Moore's Island All Age School has Freeport for track and field competition, ___ OPEN 7 _DAYS
been blessed by the friendship of a very Mr. Neymour greatly assists with financ- Breakfast am 11am
generous Freeport businessman whom Prin- ing the venture by providing charter planes aKastllam
cipal Ruthmae Rolle calls its "angel." Sev- for the teams, ground transportation and ac- Lunch ll:30am 3pm
eral weeks ago Mr. Basil Neymour, owner commodations.Dinner 5:30m 9pm
of Neymour Construction Company in Mr. Neymour was invited to Moore'st & B (NO DNNeIMR MNNIGH5p
Freeport, generously donated 10 comput- Island earlier this year to attend an appre-
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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Managed Club
wishes to take the opportunity during this holiday season to thank
all of our staff, contractors, suppliers and all others who have
helped with the incredible strides we have made in the past year.

We wish you and your Families a very

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South From Page 15
ing on the island to see its need and assist."
He feels compelled to help because he him-
self grew up on Andros under similar con-
ditions, and he wants the "kids of Moore's
Island to have access to all the amenities
that kids in Nassau, Freeport and the rest
of The Bahamas have." Mr. Neymour
stated, "I am a happy man because I am
able to share some of what God has blessed
me with and I will have the privilege of
seeing the students progress in the future."
Principal Rolle says that the District Su-
perintendent and Administrator for South
Abaco will be installing the air-condition-
ers and added, "All of the staff and stu-
dents are elated and so very grateful for
these gifts. The students are longing for
summer to come so that they can enjoy the
Cherokee Sound
Meeting Discusses
National Park
By Lee Pinder
Eric Carey, Director of Parks and Science
Liaison for the Bahamas National Trust, pre-
sented the Trust's updated proposal for a
General Management Plan for a parrot pre-
serve park near Hole-in-ihe-Wall on the south-
ern end of Abaco. A seasoned and very con-
vincing speaker, Mr. Carey outlined the plan
for the park and their eventual conservation
Accompanying Mr. Carey were his assis-
tant, Ms. Janeen Bullard; David Knowles,
Abaco's Agriculture officer; Elvardo Thomp-
son, Partnership Coordinator for The Nature
Conservancy; and a few representatives from

Friends of The Environment here on Abaco.
Mr. Carey gave the national park's over-
view with its missions, goals and objectives.
He expressed how important public comments
were and how they could influence the final
plan. He emphasized that all direct comments
are recorded and followed up on. He ex-
plained that his outline laid out a 15-year plan
of what they want to achieve. He pointed out
that the Bahamas National Trust is set up to
protect biodiversity: birds, mammals, plant
and sea life. The objective is to manage na-
tional parks, natural resource conservation,
environmental protection and follow through
on historic preservation.
Mr. Carey pointed out that a visit by
schoolchildren to the intended area in 1994
and their very convincing letters written to
the Prime Minister to "save the parrots" is
the reason this plan for a national park for
Abaco is now being considered. There is a
danger of our local parrots becoming extinct
because of the feral cat problem and that it is
imperative we have a vision into the future if
we are to save the parrots.
The Bahamas National Trust acknowledges
that one of its biggest concerns lies with the
hunters who have always had free reign of
the area now to be designated as a national
park and the fears that they will be excluded
from hunting there. Mr. Carey assured us
that our people can enjoy the park, but not to
the detriment of the species the park is trying
to protect. He pointed out that he absolutely
needed the hunters' support and felt that the
parrots were definitely not a target of the
hunters when they are hog hunting or when
they are looking for the white crowned pi-
geon. Both of these have different seasons
from the season when the parrots were nest-

ing, and therefore, caused no problem. He
didn't want to believe that any hunter would
intentionally harm our parrots.
Mr. Carey's only concern was with the
safety of the hunting dogs when they are try-
ing to trap the feral cats. However, he had
an answer for this problem by saying that his
offices would be posting visible signs and
red flags in the trapping areas as a warning
to the hunters and would make sure that the
scheduled time when the traps would be set
would be well publicized to warn the hunters
to stay away for a week to 10 days when this
process would be taking place. In fact, he is
hoping that the hunters will volunteer to as-

sist them in this trapping process to eradicate
the feral cats.
Another big concern was the forest fires
that over the years some damage has been
done because of the wild fires, but pointed
out that fires keep the forest alive and that
they would be doing some controlled fires.
As the Trust did at the last meeting in Oc-
tober, Mr. Carey asked for public comments
or suggestions. He could not emphasize
enough the importance of local participation
and understanding of what the Trust is trying
to do. He commented that maybe the older
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Concerns for Bahamas Tourism

By Jennifer Hudson
The Inter-American Bank recently pro-
posed a $3.84 million loan to the Bahamian
government for the Integrated Coastal Zone
Management project. At the same time ex-
pressing its concerns about the impact present
large scale development projects in coastal
areas will have on the environment and ulti-
mately on Bahamas tourism if there is not
careful monitoring of land use policy and
sound environmental management practices.
The coastal resources of the Bahamas are
extensive and of great economic importance
and must be carefully managed by "a regu-
latory and legislative framework for manag-
ing its coastal resources." The IDB suggested
that the responsibility for managing the Ba-
hamas' coastal resources should be consoli-

dated as the present diversification among
several government agencies is "a hurdle to
consistent management."
It was stated that while some Environmen-
tal Impact Assessments have been carried out,
they have primarily focused on foreign in-
vestment projects and findings have not al-
ways been accessible. Lack of consideration
for environmental impacts has led to several
negative impacts on Bahamas Tourism such
as the abandonment of some resort facilities
on Eleuthera and Grand Bahama, major
dredging without adequate environmental
impact or other scientific assessments, traf-
fic congestion and other detrimental circum-
It is not known at this time how this will
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Abaco Hosts Workshop on Revenue Enhancement

By Samantha V. Evans
December 8th was exciting for Abaco
professionals in real estate, building con-
tracting, local government, town planning
and others who gathered at St. Andrews
Methodist Hall in Dundas Town for Abaco's
first workshop on Revenue Enhancement.
Many top officials from Local Government,
Ministry of Public Works and The Minis-
try of Finance in Nassau were present.
The purposes for this conclave were to
review the property assessment process, to
review relevant legislation and legal require-
ments, to explore linkages between private
stakeholders and government agencies, to
be familiar with available resources in gov-
ernment and the private sector and the inte-
gration of these resources in the assessment
and collection process.
The Hon. Michael Halkitis, Permanent
Secretary for the Ministry of Finance,
brought opening remarks. He stated that he
is pleased to see key persons at the work-
shop who can address issues concerning
revenue enhancement so that at the end of
these sessions all parties would be that much
more informed.
He commented that even though they will
give specific information on how valuation
is done, experience has shown that the valu-
ations used for real property tax are always
less than the market value for properties.
He trusts that this gap will be lessened after
this workshop.
Revenue collected from real property
forms an important part of government's
annual revenue, and it is important that the
revenue from this and other sources due to
the Treasury are accounted for and col-
lected. He stressed that it is important that
revenue collection is not compromised. He
stated, "The process is in hand to ensure

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that all properties which should be on the
register for tax purposes are included."
Homeowners must be reminded that they
must report any improvements to property
that will increase the value of their prop-
erty to the Chief Valuation Officer.
Mr. Halkitis stated that customer service
is important. This is why an office of the
Treasury was recently opened in Marsh
Harbour. This office will have access to
information and together with the
Administrator's office deal with any ques-
tions that may arise.
He made it clear that Abaco forms a very
important part of the revenue process but
stopped short of releasing Abaco's revenue
figures. He was told in Nassau that release
of revenue figures was apt to arouse Abaco
He informed the participants that a Rev-
enue Compliance Unit was recently created
by the Ministry of Finance to look into the
receipt of revenue to ensure that the gov-
ernment receives all revenue due in line with
established legislation, that the amounts are
being paid on a timely basis and that the
data which supports payments are accurate.
Th services of this compliance unit will ex-
tend to Abaco. He stated, it will involve
reviewing revenue being collected with re-
spect to real property tax, business license,
hotel room (tax), port and harbour fees,
passenger (departure) tax and landing fees
as well as checking the concessions extended
to hotels and developers.
Mr. Halkitis saw this seminar as very
timely and should put all present in the right
frame of mind for these developments in-
cluding revenue compliance. When revenue
is properly administered, resources are
available to provide the services due to the
Bahamian people and eliminate the need for

central government to increase taxation.
After his presentation Mr. Halkitis declared
the workshop open.
The facilitators presented some of the
challenges they face in their specific areas
and presented some of the changes that are
coming on stream or that need to be con-
Mr. Harrison Thompson, Permanent
Secretary of Local Government and Con-
sumer Affairs, stated that it is important to
have interaction on issues like this to im-
prove the image of the country. This work-
shop is another first for the Senior Admin-
istrator and his team; and they are to be
commended. He hopes that this will be an
annual event.
He stated that there is legislation that
governs revenue collection (i.e. who should
pay and how much). But it is up to Local
Government, Town Planning Board and
others to ensure that
taxes are collected be-
cause without the rev-
enue not much will be .
done in this country. He
stressed to all of the
leaders present that they
must work together to
ensure that all revenue
is collected.
The Local Govern-
ment Act provides that
up to 100 percent of cer-
tain the taxes collected
locally may be returned
for maintenance to the Ms. Raquele GreI
island which collected and Mr. Joseph
it. However, this provi- License/Valuation
sion was not enabled revenue enhance
when it was realized agencies that hab
that many of the less de-

veloped islands did not have sufficient rev-
enues for this method of funding to sustain
It was suggested that once all of the
proper foundations are laid, Abaco could
petition government to receive full provi-
sions as stated in the Act.
Mr. Thompson said that government con-
siders that all second-home owners are rent-
ing their properties and therefore pay the
commercial tax rate. Home owners not rent-
ing must visit the tax valuation office and
declare this fact.
He said that Abaco has over 6,000 for-
eign property owners and properties on El-
bow Cay and Guana Cay will be re-
evualated in 2007.
Ms. Raquele Green, Attorney and Act-

Please see Workshop Page 19

en, Attorney and Acting Engineer Public Works
Whylly, Senior Field Supervisor with Business
n Unit, were presenters at the workshop on
meant. The workshop brought ;, ,i tit, several
ve to do with revenue collection.

abaco. mn
Toast the New Year as we celebrate
Our Fifth Annual Masquerade Ball which features:
A Six Course Dinner, Party Favors,
A complimentary glass of Champagne on arrival,
A Live Junkanoo Band @ 10:00pm

First Course
Seared Sesame ahi Tuna n Belgian endive lettuce cups

Second Course
Sweet Corn & Shrimp Bisque

Third Course
Mesculn field Green topped with qorgonzola
complimented by a touch of caramelized walnuts

Fourth Course
Twice Roasted Crisp Duckling
Roast Duckling (1, I, 1i,, I and served crisp with a orange mandarin sauce,
Served with wild iii1 I ii)om rice and fresh buttered II i .. I vertss

Lobster Therimidor
Fresh Local Lobster meat in Mornay sauce topped with cheese gratin &
,1111 I i )oms, Served with fresh buttered II ii ,I vertss and i l, I i .potatoes,

Prime Rib Roast of Beef
Sliced off the bone with creamy 'i I , i H11sauce,
Served wth ih1 I, potatoes and fresh buttered I1 i i I vertss.

Fifth Course
Imported Cheeses and Fruits

Sixth Course
Marble Walnut Cheese Cake
Price Per Person : $80.00 ngratity inrliided
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Seating 6:00pm 8:30pm

Seafo isque

& sliced vine pened tomatoes iic vinaigrette

Hab Roastl 1 ith Giblet SbIid
Slow oen roasted Turky widi a gelr stffino served iti lh wipd garlic
allied polalos, rich pail gra", & Brussels sprous & W lnls

Mahi Mabi Imnerial
Freshly nai alilel sluffed with lump nrah meal
& finished wilh a savor' lemon caper sauce. Sewd wili island rice,
& fires sleaiiied Brussels sprouls and walnuts.

Filet Oscar
Our lender 8oz filel is lopped wilh lobster in a semi-glazed sauce,
asparagus & a creamy iollaiidaise sauce

Chlristman P igwi ise dy butter

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December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Paae 19

Taxes and Fees Are Significant

Workshop From Page 18
ing Engineer with the Ministry of Public
Works, spoke on building control matters.
She stated that her department ensures that
all new buildings are constructed to code,
especially that buildings are safe and prop-
erly structured. She stressed the importance
of code compliance.
She was questioned on the practice of
plans bypassing local authorities and being
approved in Nassau. She said this is not
proper or legal as approval must come from
local authorities. Projects outside the scope
of local authorities must still go to Nassau
with local recommendations. On further
questioning she said the local district coun-
cils have the authority to stop construction
when circumstances warrant.
Ms. Vanria Lightbourne, Attorney-at-
Law, spoke about the challenges attorneys
face concerning real estate, especially when
it comes to

that land on
Abaco has
appreciated a \ *
great deal
over the
years and
that reassess- Vanria Lightbourne spoke
ments need about the legal aspects of
to be done dealing with government.
more often.
Ms. Light-bourne mentioned that the
stamping process for documents has been
accelerated by government's recently en-
acted 10 percent penalty fee against law-
yers for documents not stamped within six

Mr. Joseph Whylly, Senior Field Super-
visor with Business License/Valuation Unit,
spoke about the valuation of properties. His
topic brought many questions from the au-
dience, specifically concerning the levying
of taxes on second home owner's who rent.
He explained the difference in taxes paid
by homes solely occupied by the owner as
opposed to those available for rent which
then puts them in the commercial category.
He stated that taxes are calculated based on
the size, structure, location and whether it
has a pool, hot tub or other amenities all
of which adds to the value.
Mr. Joseph Norris, Property Vualation
Officer for Abaco, spoke on the challenges
of valuation collections. He stated that his
office will soon be on-line with the Trea-
sury in Nassau and then be able to access
individual files instantly. One of his major
areas of concern is that some purchasers
and vendors declare a reduced value to ap-
pear on the conveyance with an unstated
balance paid outside the legal system and
government may lose as much as $40,000 -
$100,000 on each transaction.
Mr. Whylly assured Mr. Norris that his
concerns are presently being addressed and
that he will soon have aerial shots of prop-
erty to assist in the valuation process.
Mr. Christopher Roberts, President of
Abaco Real Estate Association, spoke about
Abaco's real estate market. Abaco's real
estate industry is thriving on the demand
by developers and second-home owners, he
Rising property values on Abaco are
making it difficult for Bahamians to pur-
chase property. Affordable property is avail-
able but not in desirable areas. Foreigners
see The Bahamas as a stable and model

country which second-home owners ac-
knowledge by investing here. He would like
to see zoning in place because this would
help maintain property values.

Land development will increase property
values. However, many Bahamians own
Please see Workshop Page 22

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Christmas Came Alive During the Block Party

SBlock Party From Page 1I

of shoes could have the third at a reduced
price. Though the clothing has been mainly
for women and children, Ms. Russell said that
more men's clothing lines will be coming in.
. She was also proud to show her new Nail Sa-
/ lon which opened on November 29th and of-
fers air brushing.
Outside the Conch Pearl Gallery Garnelle
Stuart's keyboard music welcomed people into
the store to sit and enjoy some of the delight-
ful foods prepared by Jo-Ann and Peter them-
selves. Inside, Peter was behind his work
bench always eager to show his beautiful
conch pearl jewelry which, he says," is so
popular it sells like crazy and amounts to 75
percent of business." All the conch pearls are
'eter Bradley, owner of the Conch Pearl, enjoys conversation provided by local fisherman. Present for the
ith Steve Knowles, who does beautiful carvings from native evening were woodturners Mick Guy from
7oods. Nassau and Stephen Knowles from Abaco, -
who both have some beautiful pieces on dis-
play in the store. Also on sale in the Conch hoppers were pleased with the merchandise that the
Pearl Gallery is Marlee Mason's sea glass jew- Shoppers were pleased with the merchandise that they foun
Pearl Gallery is Marlee Mason's sea glass jew in the six shops that combined to have a Block Party
elry and paintings and sculptures by Bahamian December 8. These two ladies are in Abaco Gold where th
Wrackers was a veritable treasure trove of enjoyed examining atjewelry
7Z ,unique gift items, distinctive clothing lines for
men and women, jew-
elry and more. The
art gallery was brim-
ming with artwork BEACH BAR
from many local art- & GRILL
." ists, some of whom on Guana Cay
have recently begun -Serving
working in different Lunch & Dinner
I, kAmediums and with
brighter more flam- :" Pig Roast
SEvery Sunday
)iska Weithucter and Ruth Albury enjoy looking at the jewelry Please see Party ti
nd ornaments at Wrackers. The Block party makes it fun to do Page 21
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boyant colours. "We have some new art-
ists in the gallery and now carry paint-
ings by Raquel Russell, Claire Nops and
Nancy Angstadt and photography by Tim
Higgs in addition to our other regular ex-
hibitors," stated Manager Mrs. Linda
This pleasant evening was brought to a
climax with a rush out by the Spring City
Stingers Junkanoo Band.

December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Page 21

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South From Page 76
generation is a little less tolerant of the dan-
gers at hand and could take it as an exclusion
to the way things have always been, which is
not the case at all, but felt that their offices
were making real inroads and an impression
on the schoolchildren. They are beginning to
understand that it is their future they are try-
ing to protect.
Recycling Begins
An aluminum recycling project sponsored
by the Friends of the Environment has been
set up in Cherokee. The project is very
important to our ecology and is something
we should have been doing for a long time. I
don't believe anyone has ever given an esti-
mate as to just how many sodas are imported
and sold on the island every week, but I bet
it would stagger even the most liberal thinker
(possibly this could be a very interesting
school project).
It is my understanding that Freeman Rob-
erts will pick up any aluminum cans in Chero-
kee as long as they are separately bagged
and put alongside our regular trash container
on Tuesday and Fridays. Or, there is a large
collection bin that has been placed at the en-
trance to our dump where individuals can
drop off their own bags. It is hoped that this
bin will be used only for aluminum cans and
not other trash. When the bin is full, it will
be emptied by a Friends representative.
These aluminum cans take a very long time
to break down and cause clutter to our land

fill areas so removing them from our midst
is very important. We applaud the Friends
of the Environment for seeing this need to
recycle and addressing it head on.

Workshop From Page 79

land but do not have the financial resources
to develop it as roads, utilities and other
improvements may cost more than they paid
for the land. He stressed that the land origi-
nally sold in Central Pines Estates for ap-
proximately $14,000 per lot was a bargain
that Bahamians were slow to recognize.
He stressed that the litter problem has
gotten seriously out of control all over the
island. He mentioned the junkyards on the
highway north of the BEC generation plant
as a prime example. They should have been
out of sight well off the highway. He said
he is embarrassed as he passes these eye-
sores when taking investors to Treasure
The final speaker for this conclave was
Mr. Don Cornish, Manager of the Tour-
ism office on Abaco. He stated that we now
live in the era of the "Boutique Hotel."
Abaco has a large second-home owner base
and approximately 24 marinas. Even though
Abaco has the highest guest return rate in
the Bahamas of 69 per cent, he sees it nec-
essary to create a niche market by 1) better
property management, 2) by persons invest-

ing in tourist cottages, 3) and bed and break-
fast homes so that Abaco can have enough
tourism accommodations. He stressed the
importance of Abaco having a distinguish-
able "brand identity" that is different from
the other islands of The Bahamas. Once this
is established known, a marketing and pro-
motion plan will have to be developed.
Mr. Cornish emphasized that Abaco's

growth and expected increase in visitor traf-
fic requires a modern airport. The positive
experience that visitors have is vital to the
survival of our tourism industry through
repeat visits and new visitors. They will then
promote The Bahamas as the best destina-
tion in this region.
All presenters and participants received
certificates when the workshop ended.

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Amendment to Ferry Schedule

Please be advised the following schedule will be ii -j.f -
effect for Decemeber 25th, 2006 Christmas Da) onl%:

Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 9:00am
Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 4:00pm
Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 10:30am
Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 4:00pm
Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay 10:30am
Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay 3:30pm
(There will be no charter

We atAlbury's Ferry apology
and wish every one
and a Prop

Hope Town to Marsh Harbour 9:45am
Hope Town to Marsh Harbour 5:00pm
Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 11:30am
Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 4:30pm
Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour 11:30am
Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour 4:45pm
service unless it is an emergency)

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e a very Merry Christmas
perous New Year.

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* Curly Tails restaurant and bar
on the waterfront See their ad
* Dive Abaco a complete dive facility

Monthly High & Low
High January 20, 8:52a 3.0 ft
LowJanuary22, 4:44p-0.5ft

The Conch Inn Resort and Marina
PO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004
Email: themoorings@batelnet.bs

Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.


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Emergency Services
Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560
The following services are provided by volunteers
Fire- Marsh Harbour 367-2000
Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935
Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16
Fire- Green Turtle Cay 365-4133
Fire Man-0-War 365-6911
BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16
Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbour 367-3752
Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749

Medical Services
Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour 367-2295
Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............ 367-0020
Marsh Harbour Medical Centre .............. 367-0049
Government Clinic Marsh Harbour ........ 367-2510
Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay ................... 365-8288
Government Clinic Cooper's 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 ............................

Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers
Plus extra for each passengers above two
Between Marsh Harbour Airport and
Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr $12 + $3
Bristol Cellers thru A Beach Hotel or Gov't dock thru
Dundas Town $10 +$3
Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer's Market $10+ $2
Gov't Clinic thru Western Auto $6 +$2
Gov freight dock through Dundas Town $10 + $3
Murphy Town to Shell Sta $14 + $4
Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house $14 + $4
Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house $14 + $4
Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house $16 + $5
Great Cistern $20 + $5
Spring City $15 + $5
Snake Cay $35+$10
Treasure Cay $60 + $10
Casuarina Point $60 + $10
Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores $70 + $ 10
Little Harbour or Cherokee $80 + $10
Crossing Rocks $100 + $10
Sandy Point $135 + $10
Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and:
Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally's & Eastern Shore $ 2 each
Jib Room $ 3 each
Solomon's Super Center $5 + $3
Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov't dock $ 6 + $3
Government Freight Dock $7 + $3
Gov Clinic, W Auto or Nat Insurance $ 9 + $3
Mother Merle restaurant $10 + $3
Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour
Children under three free Caged pets as people
Luggage $1.00 each over four, Surf boards $4.00 ea.
Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective 13 Nov 05
Treasure Cay Resort $20 + $5
Madeira Park $14 + $4
Green Turtle Cay ferry dock $8 + $4
Moxy $18+$5
Bahamas Star farm $24 + $5
Sand Banks $24+ $5
Joe's Creek, Leisure Lee $44 + $10
Black Wood $18 + $5
Fire Road & Cooper's Town $37 + $5
Cedar Harbour $55 + $5
Wood Cay $60 + $5
Mount Hope $65+$5
Fox Town $70 + $5
Crown Haven $75 + $5
Marsh Harbour Airport $75 + $10
T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour $65 + $10
T C Hotel to G Turtle Ferry (Blue Hole $24) $18 + $ 5
T C Hotel to Bonefish Marles $22 + $5
T C Hotel to Joe's Creek $35 + $5
T C Hotel to Moxey $16 + $5
T C Hotel to Banyan Bch Club XX $6 + $3
Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport $75 + $10

Airlines Serving Abaco
Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is 367-2266
Air Florida Ft Lauderdale 367-5599
Air Sunshine Ft Lauderdale 367-2800
American Eagle Miami 367-2231
Bahamasair Nassau,W Palm B, Ft Laud 367-2095
Continental Connection Miami
Ft Laud and W Palm Beach 367-3415
Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale 367-0179
Island Express Ft Lauderdale 367-0169-
Major's Air Service Freeport 367-4826
Southern Air Nassau 367-2498
Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale 367-0140
USAir Ft Laud and W Palm Bch 367-2231
Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B 367-4852
Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale 954-359-0292
Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida
AbacoAir 367-2266
Cherokee Air Charters 367-3450

Dive Shops
Above & Below, Marsh Harbour .................367-0350
DiveAbaco, Marsh Harbour ...................... 367-2787
Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour ....367-2963
Froggies, Hope Town ................................. 366-0431
Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay .................. 365-8465
Treasure Cay Adventures ....................... 365-8111
Brendal's Dive, Green T. Cay .................... 365-4411
Dive Guana ................................... 365-5178
Man-O-War Dive Shop ...........................365-6013


Compliments of The Abaconian

Area code 242 unless noted otherwise

Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted
Albury's Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16
Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach
7:15 9am 10:30 12:15 pm 2 4 5:45
Return 8am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 6:30
Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War20 minute trip from Crossing Beach
10:30 am 12:15 pm 2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45
Return 8am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30
Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) 40 min. from Conch Inn
6 45amt 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 5:45
Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30
Same day fare Adult oneway $15/Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6
From Union Jack Dock Except holidays Hope Town late trips Fri & Sat only
Green Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 428, 41517 VHF Ch 16
Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airport
8am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30
Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay
8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5
One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations
Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16 --
Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT
T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT
T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25, call for time
Pinder's Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -
Crown Haven, Abaco to McLean's Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm
McLean's Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm
Fare $45 OW/ $90 RT Children half fare Call Abaco 365-2356 for information
Bus between Freeport and McLean's Town Rental automobiles at both terminals.
Bahamas Ferries Sandy Point to Nassau under 4 Hr. Call Sandy Point 366-4119
or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 for sailing dates Adults $95 RT, $55 OW Cars & trucks
Islander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -call 366-4444 or 457-9958
Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh
Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon.
The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165
Lv Marsh H. 5 am & 12:30 pm, connect with ferry to Grand Bahama & bus to Freeport
Lv Crown Haven 9:30 am & 5:30 pm bringing ferry passengers to Marsh Harbour
From Freeport take cruise ship to Ft. Lauderdale or ferry to West Palm Beach

Points of Interest
Albert Lowe Museum........................... Green Turtle Cay
Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibitsGreen Turtle Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden.............. Green Turtle Cay
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ............ Hope Town
Elbow Cay Light Station............................... Hope Town
Walk to & swim onMermaid Reef off M Harb. Pelican Shore
Drive to & swim in Blue Hole off Treasure Cay farm road

Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone
Walker's Cay
Walker's Cay ................................ Closed
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff 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 Marinal50 ...... F .... 365-8250
Man-O-War Marina ... 26 ...... F .... 365-6008
Marsh Harbour
Boat Harbour Marina183 ...... F .... 367-2736
Conch Inn ................. 75 ...... F .... 367-4000
Harbour View Marina 36 ...... F .... 367-2182
Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700
Hope Town
Hope Town Marina.... 16 .............. 366-0003
Hope Town Hideaways ................. 366-0224
Lighthouse Marina ...... 6 ...... F .... 366-0154
Sea Spray ................. 50 ...... F .... 366-0065
Spanish Cay
Spanish Cay Marina 75 ...... F .... 365-0083
Guana Cay
Orchid Bay................ 32 ...... F .... 365-5175
Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay,
Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour

Tours & Excursions
Abaco Island Tours Marsh Har. 367-2936
Above & Below* Marsh Harbour 367-0350
Brendals Dive Green Turtle Cay 365-4411
Excursion boat* Froggies* Hope T 366-0024
Excursion boat* Froggies Hope T 366-0431


Bonefish Guides
Sandy Point
Patrick Roberts.... 3664286
Nicholas Roberts
Derrick Gaitor
Ferdinand Burrows366-4133
Vernal Burrows
Kendall White
Anthony Bain ....... 366-4107
Floyd Burrows ..... 366-4175
Links Adderly....... 366-4335
Valentino Lightbourne
Ricky Burrows ..... 3664233
Marsh Harbour
JodyAlbury ......... 375-8068
Terrance Davis .... 367-4464
Buddy Pinder....... 366-2163
Justin Sands ....... 367-3526
Danny Sawyer..... 367-3577
Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941
David Albury ........ 365-6059
Crossing Rocks
Fony Russell ...........366-3259

Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111
Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177
Marty Sawyer.......... 366-2115
Noel Lowe ............... 366-2107
Randy Sawyer .........366-2284
Casaurina Point
Junior Albury ............366-3058
Budy Pinder ............. 366-2165
Hope Town
Maitland Lowe .........366-0234
North Abaco
O'Donald Mclntosh ..477-5037
Pope McKenzie .......477-5894
Orthnell Russell .......365-0125
Alexander Rolle .......365-0120
Edward Rolle ...........365-0024
Green Turtle Cay
Ronnie Sawyer ........365-4070
Jeff Survance...........365-4040
Ricky Sawyer........... 365-4261

To Abaco by land and sea from Florida Take Discovery Cruise
Line (954-971-7347) from Ft. Lauderdale or CloudX ferry (866-473-3779) from
West Palm Beach to Freeport Bus to McLeans Town Ferry to Crown Haven *
Bus to Green Turtle Ferry or Marsh Harbour *Taxi to Marsh Harbour ferry dock
* Ferry to Hope Town, Man-0-War or Guana Cay
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Visitors' Guide
Restaurants Services Transportation

Restaurant Guide
Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper
(Based on dinner entree range)
+ Picnic tables & restroom only I Provides ride from town
Marsh Harbour
Anglers ................. $$$ ............. 367-2158
Curly Tails ......................... $............. 367-4444
G ino's ............................... $............. 367-2002
Golden Grouper ............... ..........367-2301
Hummingbird .................. $$ .............367-2922
Jamie's Place ................... $............. 367-2880
Jib Room ........................ $$ .............367-2700
Kentucky Fried Chicken ....................367-2615
Mangoes ..................... $$$ ............. 367-2366
Pop's Place....................... $.....+ ....367-3796
Sapodilly's .................. $$$ ............. 367-3498
Sea Shells ............$.... $ ......... 367-4460
Snack Shack ........................ $.....+ .... 367-4005
Snappas ........................... $ ......... 367-2278
Subway ...................................... 367-2798
Wallys ......................... $$$ ............. 367-2074
Dundas Town
Mother Merle's ................ $$
Back Street Cafe ............ $$
Hope Town
Abaco Inn ................... $$$ .............366-0133
Cap'n Jacks ...................... $............. 366-0247
Harbour's Edge ............. $$.............366-0087
H T Harbour Lodge ....... $$$............. 366-0095
Munchies .......................... ..+ .... 366-0423
Sea Spray ................ $$ f... ....366-0065
Hibiscus ................................. .... 365-6380
Island Treats Snack Bar .................... 365-6501
Guana Cay
Blue Water Grill ............ $$$.............365-5230
Guana Seaside............. $$$.............365-5106
Nippers ............... $$$........... .. 365-5143
Orchid Bay ....................................... 265-5175
Treasure Cay
Florence's Cafe ................ $
Coconuts ....................
Harbour Cafe .................... $............. 365-8635
Hudson's Delight ............ $.............365-8648
Spinnaker Restaurant... $$$.............365-8469
Touch of Class .............. $$$.............365-8195
Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House ................... $$$ .............365-4200
Jolly Roger Bistro ........... $$.............365-4200
Green Turtle Club ......... $$$.............365-4271
Harvey's Island Grill ....... $$.............365-4389
Laura's Kitchen ............... $$.............365-4287
Mclntosh's Restaurant.... $$............. 365-4625
Plymouth Rock Cafe .......................... 365-4234
Rooster's Rest................ $$............. 365-4066
Sundowners..................................... 365-4060
Wrecking Tree Restaurant
Harbour Cafe (ferry dock) I H Cafe Open Nights Only
Sandy Point
Nancy's .......................
Pete & Gays ................. $$$............. 366-4119
Rickmon Bonefish Lodge .................. 366-4477

Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts
Rentals Marsh Harbour
A & P Car Rentals.............................. 367-2655
Bargain Car Rentals ....................... 367-0500
Blue Wave Boat Rentals ............... 367-3910
Concept Boat Rentals ....................... 367-5570
Laysue Boat Rentals ......................... 367-4414
Pier One Boat Rentals....................... 367-3587
Power Cat Boat Rentals .................... 367-4620
Rainbow Boat Rentals ....................... 367-4602
Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars 367-4643
Rich's Boat Rentals ........................... 367-2742
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 367-2513
Sea Star Car Rentals......................... 367-4887
Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313
Green Turtle Cay
Bay Street Rentals............ 477-5300 365-4070
Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental .. 365-4411
C & D Cart Rental .............................. 365-4084
D & P Cart Rental .............................. 365-4655
Donnie's Boat Rentals ....................... 365-4119
Loggerhead Boat Rental.................... 365-5461
New Plymouth Cart Rentals .365-4188 or 4149
Reef Boat Rentals ............................. 365-4145
Sea Side Carts .................................. 477-5497
T &A Cart Rentals ............................. 375-8055
Guana Cay
Donna Sands Cart Rentals..............365-5195
Dive Guana Boats & bikes ................ 365-5178
Conch Pearl Boat Rentals ............. 365-6059
Island Treasures Cart Rentals ........... 365-6072
Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals ................. 365-6024
Water Ways Boat Rent .. 357-6540 & 365-6143
Hope Town
Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals ................ 366-0292
Cat's Paw Boat Rentals..................... 366-0380
Hope Town Cart Rentals.................... 366-0064
Island Cart Rentals ............................ 366-0448
Island Marine Boat Rentals .............. 366-0282
J R's Cart Rental ............................ 366-0361
Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................... 366-0023
Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals......... 366-0065
T & N Cart Rentals ............................ 366-0069
Treasure Cay
Alison Car Rent ................................. 365-8193
Cas's Carts ................................. 365-8771
Claridge's Cart Rentals...................... 365-8248
Cornish Car Rentals .......................... 365-8623
JIC Boat Rentals ............................... 365-8465
Rich's Boat Rentals .................. 365-8582
Triple J Car Rentals ......................... 365-8761
Abaco Adventures Kayaks .............. 365-8749


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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 24,DECEMBER 15th, 2006

Batelco Introduced GSM Cell Phones

$14.1 New Cell Phone System Will Give Better Service

Minnie Mouse Thrills ECC Students

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Winding Bay Supports Junkanoo with Donation

By Julian Lockhart
The Abaco Junkanoo Committee got a
huge boost in reaching their goal of $15,000
for Junior and Senior Junkanoo parades in
2006 with a sizeable donation of $5,000 from
Winding Bay on December 8th.

The funds needed by the committee are
for prize money for the two parades, Junior
Junkanoo on December 16th and the senior
parade on Boxing Day, as well as transpor-
tation for the groups to get their costumes to
the route.

Junkanoo Committee Chairman William
Davis said, "I think the committee is very
excited about the participation of Winding
Bay. It has been very difficult finding cor-
Please see Junkanoo Page 14

Bahamas Telecommunications Corpo-
ration announced its new cellular system
on December 6 when the Hon. Bradley
Roberts, Minister of Works, officially
launched the GSM cellular system on
Abaco. The Batelco office in Marsh
Harbour was renamed BTC's Abaco
Cyber World facility.
Over the past several months Batelco
has erected 39 towers throughout Abaco
at a cost of $14.1 million. This will give
cellular service to many communities on
Abaco that have not had cellular service
previously. Additionally several other ser-
vices became available to Abaco residents
such as Blackberry, EZ Pay, I-Connect
(a faster DSL internet service) and VIBE.
Blackberries, which allow e-mail and
internet connections, will now work wher-
ever the GSM phone will work.
Unannounced, Batelco began signing up
customers for the new service on Decem-
ber 4 when they gave away 1000 GSM
SIMM chips which is the brains in the
new GSM phones. Word quickly spread
as so many people showed up that police
had to control the number of persons al-
lowed in the building at a time. The SIMM
chip could be installed in any GSM phone
that then gave the recipient a local phone
number which had previously been a
Nassau or Freeport phone number. This
give away was part of the BETA testing
of the new system for two days prior to
the public launch.
The new phones are available at the
Batelco office and independent shops.
They can be programed by Batelo either
as prepaid with cards purchased at many
locations or as postpaid with a monthly
billing by Batelco.
GSM is a new system for The Bahamas
but is widely used throughout the rest of
the world. The GSM cell phones can be

Please see Batelco Page 2

Leonard Thompson Signs New Book

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New Cell Phones Can Be Used Internationally

Batelco From Page 1
used in over 150 foreign countries. The
current system in use here has been
TDMA which will be phased out in one
or two years. The GSM system uses newer
technology and the equipment is made to a
higher standard. The system can accommo-
date a higher volume of calls, has a better
ability to upgrade and facilitates internet
Mr. Roberts announced that Batelco will
soon launch a new parallel system allowing
roaming services for visitors who use
CDMA phones. Batelco is currently install-

GSM cell phones were made available by B&
on December 4. Police were on hand to coi
and limit the number ofpersons in the Batelc
time. Batelco has spent $14.1 million installii
Abaco. The GSM phones are widely used wor
areas on Abaco will now be able to use the n

ing this system that will allow visitors on
Abaco to use Sprint or Verizon Technol-
ogy cell phones that are different from the
GSM system. This system will cost $6.1
million and will be installed in only in se-
lected locations throughout the country with
high tourism volume.
Mr. Roberts will soon announce that gov-
ernment will be commissioning a $60 mil-
lion Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network
International. This is a fiberoptic system
joining all the major islands in a ring loop
and connects Haiti with a cable to Inagua.
This is presently the only international fi-
ber optic cable connection to Haiti. This
connection will allow Batelco to share in
the revenue to all calls
going to Haiti via the
underwater cable.
The domestic loop
'* means that calls can be
routed in either direc-
tion on the ring. If there
is damage to the cable
/', in one area, the service
will not be interrupted
as the calls can be
routed in another direc-
tion. Abaco is con-
nected through Sandy
Point to Andros and to
Cat Island. It is also
connected from
Cooper's Town to
McLean's Town on
aelco beginning Grand Bahama. "Abaco
ntrol the crowds
is now one of the most
o building at one secured islands in The
ng the system on Bahamas for interna-
ldwide and most tional fiber optic con-
qew system.

nectivity, Mr. Roberts
said. Another loop con-
nects the Bahamas to the
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico, Trinidad,
Central American coun-
tries, Mexico and Mi-
Mr. Roberts assured
the people living on the
cays that Batelco is
working to fix the sys-
tem where telephones
are suffering from
chronic failure. Guana
Cay will be serviced di-
rectly with an underwa-
ter fiber optic cable.

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Coastal Clean-up Shows Littering Is an Abaco Problem

By Julian Lockhart
Abaco has some of the most beautiful
beaches and coastlines in the world, and this
is one of the main reasons thousands of visi-
tors flock to its shores every year.
However, the results from the Interna-
tional Coastal Clean-up Month proved that
Abaconians don't take pride in their num-
ber one resource because of the amount of
garbage found along with beaches and coasts
throughout Abaco.
Businesses, schools and the community
at large joined forces in a combined effort
with Friends of the Environment and Min-
istry of Tourism in collaboration with the
International Coastal Clean-up Day to clean-
up the coasts of Abaco during the month of
Friends Executive Director Lindsey
McCoy said, "We are thrilled that we have
had such increased participation from this
year over last year. Clean-up is so impor-
tant to increase awareness of the problem
of trash in our community. This year 80
percent of the trash cleaned up was a result
of recreational and beach activities. Which
means it is our garbage. It is not true that
most of the garbage comes from cruise

ships or other offshore vessels; it is gar-
bage that we are leaving there," she added.
Friends and the Ministry of Tourism
worked hand-in-hand with this project and
got great support from all the schools in
Abaco. A number of businesses also stepped
up to keep their beaches and coastline clean
by picking up garbage as well.
Thousands of cans, bottles and thank-you
plastic bags were collected along with nu-
merous other products that were either left
on the beaches or dumped there.
In 2005 105 people picked up about 70
bags of garbage over a 10-mile area of coast-
line and 70 percent of the garage collected
came from shoreline production.
This year 170 persons helped out, col-
lecting over 3,000 pounds of garbage
from 40 miles of coast line. Eighty per-
cent of the garbage collected came from
shoreline and recreational activities and
only 10.5 percent from ocean and water-
way activities.
Bernadette Harding from the Abaco
Ministry of Tourism said, "The Septem-
ber Coastal Clean-up I thought went very
well compared to the year before. A lot
of that has to do with Friends of the En-

vironment and their as-
sistance in helping us
recruit the schools. We
want to educate our
communities and our
schools. I am just glad
to see so many schools
participate this year.
We have to educate the
community at large,"
Harding added.
Friends has intro-
duced an education
program into the
schools of Abaco and
is attempting to teach

from the ground

up with the students and hopefully it flows
over into the rest of the community.
Tourism directly or indirectly affects
75 percent of the Bahamian economy and
that figure is probably higher on Abaco.
If the littering continues, especially on
the beaches and coastline, it will take
away from the natural beauty that attracts
millions of tourist to the Bahamian shores
each year.
Mrs. Harding said, "The easiest way
to sum that up is every time you take a

dollar out take away 75 cents. If the 75
cents isn't there, that is all we have in
our economy. You will realize how im-
portant tourism is to us if you think of it
that way. Sometime I realize we have to
educate ourselves in getting out of the idea
that our roadsides are dumps. The path-
ways leading to the beaches people are
using as dumps and they are not the city
dumps. Would you like somebody to
come to your backyard and throw their
garbage out? No!" Harding concluded.



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Paae 6 B The Abaconian December 15. 2006

Children Loved a Visit from Santa and Games

By Portia Jonsson
Jolly Ole St. Nick aka Santa Claus came
all the way from the North Pole just for the
little girls and boys at the Third Abaco
Christmas Festival this past weekend. The
kids were treated to a free Polaroid photo
with him, compliments of the Scurvy Few
Motorcycle Club of Abaco.
The Scurvy Few also staged a bike drive
through the streets of Abaco sporting their
club's jackets while riding on brightly pol-
ished motorbikes. You could hear the roar
of the engines a mile away. This year was
the club's ninth annual Toys For Tots drive.
A week before the festival gift bins were
placed in banks throughout town and the
community was asked to assist in donating
toys for the less fortunate children through-
out Abaco. Mr. Skeet LaChance of the
Scurvy Few said they will be able to dis-

tribute 1000 toys to the boys and girls front
Moore's Island in the South to Grand Ca
in the North.
The club also sold hot dogs, hamburg
ers, cotton candy and drinks. Although the:
are not a community club, the Scurvy Fev
assists the community in many ways. Dur
ing the summer months, fans are donated
to the elderly in the community.
Free Christmas stockings were giver
to each child who visited the Abaco Clul
at Winding Bay's booth and said, "Merr3
Christmas and a Happy New Year." The;
were loaded with goodies all children]
love. The bouncing castle, hoop-la, tak
a chance and toss the bean bag were also
popular with the kids. The long queue a
the bouncing castle did not deter them a
they waited patiently for their turn for
10-minute jump.

n Food was one of the
y highlights at this
year's festival. Local
restaurants including
y like Mangoes, Hum-
w mingbird, Back Street
- Caf6 and the Pinnacle
d served their mouth ,
watering specialties ..
n while other food ven-
b dors dished up native
y dishes like crab and
y rice, conch and rice,
n jerked chicken and
e pork and, of course,
o conch salad. Forest
it Heights Academy and
s Agape Christian
a School sold cakes,
cupcakes, popcorn and
other treats.
Rain showers earlier A wide variety of food was offered at the Christmas Festiv
in the day and the cool Sweets were featured at several booths including the delicious
weather threatened the confectionaries of the Sweet Tooth Factory in Dundas Tou
festival, but the skies They were all made by Tina Roland.
cleared and the crowd
turned out in full support of the Third wonderful display of Christmas spirit.
Annual Abaco Christmas Festival. It was a

The Scurvy Few Motocycle Club holds its annual Toys for Tots program at the Christmas
Festival. Members appeal to the public for new toys that they give to needy children in all
the communities of Abaco. They are shown here just before roaring off for a parade
through Central Abaco.

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Real. Icalhn 117.0 yards I:, beacr
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Page 8 B The Abaconian December 15, 2006

Church News

N Vi i H ld It eating gr p

Thanksgiving dinner
BylJulian Lockhart
For most, Thanksgiving is a time where
one gets to eat turkey and all the fixings, sit
around and watch football and spend time
with family members they may not want to
At New Vision Ministries on November
21st Pastor Derek Benjamin and his staff
along with numerous volunteers from the
church gave back to the church members
and the Abaco community around them a
special Thanksgiving dinner and concert.
Pastor Benjamin said if New Vision is
not reaching out to the community, they are
not doing their mandate from God to love
their neighbors.
Over 400 men, women and children
showed up for a fun-filled night of good

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to give thanks for everything they have re-
ceived in their lives.
Pastor Derek said, "This is fantastic. This
does our heart good. We expected about
300 people but we have prepared for 500,
so the more the merrier. We have to estab-
lish relationships with people. We don't
believe in rushing intimacy because that
takes time. The thing is for them to get an
inside look at New Vision and for us to build
a relationship with them.
"A lot of the programs we have are out-
reach programs. From basketball on Satur-
day night with Center Court where it is not
just New Vision kids to food and money
distribution programs monthly," Pastor
Derek commented.
There was more than enough food at New
Vision to feed everyone who showed up as
people were able to carry and Pastor Ben-

New Vision Ministries held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Concert, inviting the
Abaco community to join them. After a very satisfying Thanksgiving dinner, church members
provided a variety of musical numbers by its church band, vocalists and this special
children's choir.

jamin said it is
just a blessing .
of giving that
so much was
From tur-
key and ham to
stuffing, sweet
potato pie,
macaroni and
cheese, guava
duff, you name
it, it was there,
as plates were
packed, tum- Zion Baptist Church in A
mies were bring women closer to G
filled and spir- Pintard, Cecilia Moxey a
its were uplifted with fellowship and great
singing from the New Vision band and
church members.
Thanksgiving is not a Bahamian holiday,
but Pastor Benjamin said one doesn't have
to need a reason to celebrate a holiday, just
get together with friends and family for fun.
New Vision has done a great job in reach-
ing out to the community, including Marsh
Harbour in all their activities and programs.
Youth Pastor Chris Pinder said it is im-
portant for a church to find ways to show
the community they care and want to be a
part of their lives. Pastor Chris added that
the church is not four walls but everyone at
Pastor Derek said, "It is important to give
thanks everyday; everyday should be a
Thanksgiving Day. It is just wonderful to
have an opportunity to celebrate any holi-
"Thanksgiving is about giving thanks to
God for what he is doing in New Vision's

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Murphy Town held a Women's Conference to
;od. The leaders were Sybil Ferguson, Greta
nd Alfreda Ferguson, the main speaker.
life and what He has done in the past, Pas-
tor Benjamin concluded.
Zion Baptist
Women's Conference
By Samantha V Evans
Calling Elizabeth and Maiy! My Baby is
This was the theme of Murphy Town's
Zion Baptist Cathedral's Women's Confer-
ence held over two days beginning Decem-
ber 2nd. The organizer of this event was
Cindy Armbrister, who stated that this is a
weekend of women getting together to men-
tor one another, washing feet, being in the
presence of God and making each other
come into their season of fruitfulness. The
first night of the conference was filled with
dynamic speakers who all focused their pre-
sentation around the theme.
The speakers for this night were Greta

Please see Church Page 22

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"Pascoe House"

4.673 acre property comprises approx. 600 ft of
harbour front in the prestigious Pelican Shores area and
features a deep water dock.
The 2-bed, 1.5- bath Pascoe House has 2,500 sq ft of
living space with the living room and patio commanding
gorgeous harbour views. The property includes a 2 bed/2
bath guest cottage with porch, a 1 bed/1 bath cottage, dock
house, one car garage and generator house. Beautifully
landscaped garden.
US$4,500,000-Call Mailin


Lee Pinder
Cherokee Sound, Abaco
Ph# 242-366-2053


Sweetings' Village-#5779- Newly
built triplex, CBS, each unit is
2bed/2bath,cental AC, backup
generator, hurricane shutters.
Phone & cable TV installed. Sits on
9,200 sq.ft, lot. GREAT
Offered at $635,000.00 Call Mailir

Treasure Cay- #5740
Beachfront 2 bed/2bath villa
with a "Lagoon" style
swimming pool. Offered at
$636,000 Call Chris.

Lubbers-#5617- Vacant
lot comprises 10,094 sq.ft
and is one lot in from the
Sea of Abaco. Offered at
$110,000.00-Call Mailin

Green Turtle Cay-#5532- 2
bed/2 bath beach house on Bita
Bay. Central A/C, fully
equipped kitchen & much more.
Great rental history Offered at
$1,200,000.00 Call Chris

Man-O-War Cay # 5509 3bed/
3bath, two story home near
Atlantic Ocean. Upstairs loft,
17.5 KW generator, outdoor
patios, basement,manicured lawn
S750,000.00-Call Mailin

Yellowwood- 2H- # 5484-
37,368 sq.ft., featuring 184' on
the Atlantic rocky shoreline,
minutes away from Cherokee
Sound and Winding Bay.
$275,000.00 -Call Mailin

Bahama Palm Shores #5670 3 Leisure Lee-#5739 A lovely 3
bed, 4,876 sq ft island home on 2 bed, 2 bath canal front home.
acre lot with 220' of beachfront, Features 57' dock and over
generator and pool. $995,000.00- 17,000 sq.ft of property.$950,000
Call Mailin Call Mailin

Green Turtle Cay- #5191
Luxurious 5bed/4bath home
located on 2.5 mile sandy beach.
Wrap around verandas. Offered
at $2,500,000- Call Chris


Turtle Rocks- Multi family lot,
27,507 sq.ft., power & cable to
boundary, beach access,
$85,000.00 Call Claudius

Man-O-War Cay-#5451 -Two
cottages, both with 2 bds/2 bths,
on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront
property. 60,000 _i .1,n cistern,
and 15KW generator.
$1,100,000.00 -Call Mailin


Yellowwood #5427-
Incomplete Ibed/1bath home
comprises 24,621 sq ft. Built of
wood & durable cement siding.
S135,000.00- Call Mailin

A 1.1 11 &

Green Turtle Cay -#5347 -An
island dream! 2 bed/2 bath
beachfront home has a private
dock and dredged channel.
Offered at $2,300,000.00-
Call Chris

Green Turtle Cay- 1.6 acre
beachfront lot located on the
most beautiful beach on the
island. Approx. 130' on the
beach and 560' deep.
S820,000.00 -Call Chris

Manjack Cay 10 acres sea to sea
Beautiful beachfront at 'oil, iJe,
& protected anchorage. G C.1t
development property -1 Il'r i J l
$2,000,000.00 -Call one of our
agents today.

Yellowwood Creek
.I ; T Lot 19K- 1.470 acre parcel, runs approx. 365' on the
''- Atlantic rocky shoreline. -$399,000

Lot 19L and 19M- both lots comprise 1.171 acres
and feature stunning views of the Atlantic.-$299,000
All three of these lots boast great elevations.

i Yellowwood is a few minutes away from Cherokee
& Sound, Little Harbour and Winding Bay.- Call


Green Turtle Beach House #5777-
3 bed/3 bath w/ loft upstairs ,2
bed/1bath below. Wrap around
porches, generator, water maker,
central A/C. 1.6 acres. Offered at
$1,850,000.00 -Call Chris

* Green Turtle Cay, Coco Bay- vacant lot, beach access, 9000 sq.ft. $89,000.00 (NEW LISTING)
* Bahama Palm Shores- vacant lot,approx. 1/4 acre in size,US$30,000.00 (UNDER CONTRACT)
*Long Beach- vacant lot,1/4 acre in size, beach access, $50,000.00 (REDUCED)
*Casuarina Point- vacant lot in quiet community, 10,000 sq.ft and situated across from the canal.-$80,000
*Sand Banks- Canal property, small home, mature fruit trees. Very private. Lots also available -Call for details.
*Bahama Coral Island- vacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available- Call for details.


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Book Review: Sea To Sky

By Jennifer Hudson.
What a delight! Capt. Leonard
Thompson's new book Sea To Sky is out
just in time for Christmas. This would
make a unique and charming Christmas
gift and is a book which everyone from
children to old 'sea salts' can enjoy.
Capt Leonard's previous book, I
Wanted Wings which has been enjoyed
by many, was a book of a more serious
nature, chronicling his experiences as a pi-
lot, politician and developer plus his many
exploits in the Royal Canadian Air Force
during World War II. His new book, how-
ever, is a collection of short stories which,
while touching on some of the aspects of
his life mentioned in I Wanted Wings, con-
tains far more lighthearted reminiscences
sprinkled with a large dose of Capt.
Thompson's great humour. This book, Sea
To Sky, does indeed chronicle his life from
sea loving Island Boy to Flying Man, lover
of planes.
I have looked forward to the printing
of this book ever since I used to see Capt.

Leonard writing down his stories at his
dining room table every Tuesday after-
noon while I gave his granddaughter a
violin lesson at the other end of the room.
He would often talk to me about his plans
for the book and read me snippets which
whet my appetite for more.
Now the book is here and right from the
beginning I knew it would be a lot of fun.
On the very first page Cap's wonderful sense
of humour comes shining through as he
describes wearing his very first pair of shoes
at the age of ten. "Surrounded by full pews
and the quiet found only in church, I
squeaked all the way up the aisle and every
head turned as I walked past." I can just
picture him with a charming wry grin on
his face thoroughly enjoying reliving every
story as he wrote it.
The happiness of his time growing up in
Hope Town is evident throughout the book
and, although there was sadness as some of
the children did not survive until adulthood
due to lack of medical care, he can still say,
"After traveling the world, I truly believe

Author Signs Book About

Early Life in Hope Town

Capt. Leonard Thompson, author of Sea
to Skywas at the gift shop Monkey's Uncle
on December 9th for the signing of his new
book. At least that is what was advertised.
But I think he was having such a good time
that he didn't want to leave as he was there
talking to customers and well wishers a lot
later than that. Always with a yarn at the
ready, Cap was delighting people with sto-
ries even while signing their books.

When asked how he felt now that his book
is out, he replied in his humble way, "Re-
lieved!" But the joy on his face showed that
he was also delighted. I think he must have
done quite well in sales as he was rubbing
his hand which he said was tired!
Capt. Thompson was accompanied by his
daughter-in- law, Peggy, who was respon-
sible for publishing the book.

the best place for a boy to grow up, then (in
1917) as now, is Hope Town, Elbow Cay,
Abaco, Bahamas."
This book is a wonderful medley of
humour, emotion, adventure and excite-
ment all blending to form a treasure trove
of insights into the way of life in what
Capt. Leonard describes as "the good old
days." There are stories covering boat-
ing, fishing, treasure hunting, courting
island style, flying mishaps, famous en-
counters, island gossip and the strange
ways of folks which caused some very
amusing escapades.
Each of the stories is further enhanced
with a delightful illustration by Jim
Marsh, Capt. Leonard's artist nephew,
whose drawings, with their fine detail,
help recreate the essence of "old time"
Hope Town and its people.
Sea To Sky grew out of the desire of
family and friends to have Capt. Leonard

write down for posterity the stories they
loved to hear him tell. Thank goodness
for Peggy Thompson his "bossy daugh-
ter- in-law" who persuaded and assisted
him in doing exactly that. We are greatly
indebted to both, for this book is an in-
valuable record of days gone by and an
important slice of Bahamian history.
If you are looking for a unique gift for
Christmas or any other occasion or just a
treat for yourself, I recommend Sea To
Sky. Whether one has only a few minutes
to read one story at a time or an after-
noon in which to sit and enjoy the whole
book, Sea To Skywill transport you back
on a therapeutic journey to another time
in which, though in many ways hard,
"each and every day was an adventure."
Sea to Sky is available at Monkey's
Uncle, the new gift shop on Bay Street
next to Sapodilly's Restaurant.


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Christmas is Still about Christ

By Samantha V Evans
This is the time of the year when songs
like Christmas Is Coming; the Goose Is
Getting Fat are in the air that reminds us
that the Christmas season is actually upon
us. Many children look forward to Christ-
mas all year long but for them this season is
about the gifts, the beautifully decorated
Christmas tree, the cookies and shopping.
However, Christmas time is really about
the Birth of Christ, a day of love, family,
togetherness and peace on earth. It is up to
everyone to choose to keep Christ at the
center of this tradition and make Him wel-
come in all hearts as we remind ourselves
that He truly is the "reason for the season."
Gift-giving is one of the most important


John Cash, B.R.I.,C.R.S.
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Certified Residential Specialist

parts of this tradition. This custom can be
traced back to when the wise men brought
gifts for the Christ Child in Bethlehem.
Greater than the gifts we give one another
is God's gift to us; the gift of His Son.
Through Jesus Christ we have eternal life.
Most of all, the best gift to give at
Christmastime is the gift of yourself. Make
a promise to yourself that you will not be
too busy that you miss all of the love and
closeness of your family. No matter how
many gifts you receive or how much food
you eat or even how beautiful the Christ-
mas tree is, remember that Christmas is the
day when we celebrate Christ's birth. So
give your best this Christmas....give the gift
of YOU!


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PO Box 22212 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamas
Royal Palm 3 BR, 3 BA furnished $553,500 Beach Villa 685 2 BR, 2 BA, steps away from pool
UNDER CONTRACT and beach $275,000

Steiner House, Treasure Cay Road 4 BR,
2 1/2 BA $809,000. SOLD
Royal Palm 2 BR, 2 BA Marina front condo, fully
furnished, with boat slip. Tropical decor $575,000
Helen's Point, Galleon Bay Waterfront 4 BR, 3
BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $1,388,000
Galleon Bay Road Homesite overlooking
Treasure Cay Marina $405,000
Atlantis 2BR, 2BA Canal front condo with 14' wide
boat slip. Completely redone with furnishings.


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Razzall House, Treasure Cay Beach 4BR, 3BA
Ocean front, fully furnished with excellent rental
history. $1,735,000
Parker Place, Galleon Bay, spacious 4BR
Waterfront home with beautiful Sea of Abaco
views. $995,000.000
Treasure House, Ocean front 2 BR, 2 BA Island
decor top-sider villa overlooking gigantic lagoon
pool $579,000
Royal Palm 2 BR 2 BA on marina with beautiful
furnishings and boat slip.$562,000 NEW LISTING.

December 15. 2006

Happy Holidays!


Thank you for your patronage! Have a prosperous New Year

The Abaco Real Estate Specialists!

Donna Darville
Marsh Harbour L
242-367-SOLD (7653)


Frank Knowles
Hope Town


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Sales Team of 1 Bahamas Real Estate
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Prime Real Estate Listing Throughout Abaco
TRE;SRE C A "Two Bedroom Mariner s Cove
Zef#483) Elegant & luxurious 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath (Ref #454) 2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished, two
ocean Blvd. Estate approx. 6,900 s/f, on 1.6 acres level poolside unit within view of Treasure Cay
ith 153' on the beach, landscaped, fully furnished, Marina and just a 5 minute walk from the Treasure
igh ceilings, marble floors, 2 car garage, includes Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing #455 to
vehicles. $4,900,000. make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. Price
[ef# 589) Luxurious 1 acre beachfront estate 4 "Mariners Cove Unit 1401"
bedroom 3.5 bath main house on T.C. point beach (Ref #655) Fully furnished 2 bed, 1 bath end unit
lus 3 bedroom 3 bath 2 storey guest house. Spec- overlooking marina/harbour. Complex offers pool
cular views, superior architectural design and fin- and tennis courts, close to beach, restaurant and
hes throughout, fully furnished Price: $4,575,000 shops: Price $317,000.
"Peace & Plenty" Rock Point Waterfront Lot
ef#503) Splendid 7 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2 storey, (Ref # 586) Located on Rock Point Dr. 90 ft on
lly furnished Ocean Blvd beachfront estate, situ- Sea ofAbaco at entrance to Treasure Cay Marina.
ed on 1.453 superbly landscaped acres with 163' 11,818 s/f, enjoys cool south-easterly summer
et of spectacular beach frontage, magnificent ocean breezes & also overlooks the bonefish flats
views, covered balconies, superior finishes, guest of Gun Powder Creektothe west. Price: $299,500
wattage, ideal location with privacy. $3,800,000.- -
"Trident House" (Ref#260) Four adjoining sea-walled waterfront
ef #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully fur- lots on Galleon Bay Rd with spectacular views of
ished beach front home, 3,500 square feet, sensa- the Sea of Abaco, cleared ready for construction,
onal beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000. excellent value, Price $220,000 each.
"Final Approach" "One Bedroom Mariner's Cove"
lef #601) Canal front 2 storey 5,500 s/f 6 bed- (Ref #455) 1 bed, 1 bath fully furnished ground
>oms, 4.5 bath private home on large property, 100' floor poolside unit. Mariner's Cove offers pool,
ivate dock, 6' depth. Recently renovated, fully tennis courts, laundry facilities, on site manage-
irished, four car garage. Price $2,497,000 ment, good rental potential. Price $200,000.
"Oceana" Joe's Creek Vicinity Lot 15
[ef #498) Furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private (Ref# 567) Offering 2.139 acres with a 50 ft el-
ome with open floor plan and British Colonial de- evated ridge, 956ft deep from highway to Coromont
or for elegant and comfortable living, located on Pond, ideal for private residence or small subdivi-
andpiper Beach with magnificent views, garage, sion, electricity & telephone at highway, easy ac-
ndscaped, beachside deck. $1,875,000. cess to Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay. Price:
T cantLot"
[ef#462) 1 ..., I.. I lot with 144' of prime "OneBedroom Marner s Cove"
eachfrontage, located on prestigiousOceanBlvd, (Ref#439) Fully furnished and meticulously main-
1 utilities available, limited beach lots available in taied one bedroom, one bath ground level,
is area. Price $1,695,000. p.. .'I .. "--".. ..I...... '.l completely reno-
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Beach Lot 1 ."".", II., ...... lots of amenities.
Zef# 590) Located on Leeward Beach near the T.C. Rental potential Price $185,000.
point with 136' of fabulous beach frontage, views
: Green Turtle Cay, total of 28,700 s/f, ready for "Flamingo Drive Lot 66"
instruction, all utilities available, quiet & secluded (Ref #558) Large residential lot situated on a quiet
ul de saq. Price: $1,330,000 Flamingo Drive cul-de-sac, an ideal home build-
ing site, all utilities, including electricity, water, tele-
Ocean Blvd Beach Lot phone, Cable TV & DSL access available at the lot
lef# 585) Prime location with 140ft on magnifi- ine. Price: $46,785
nt beach, total of 1.37 acres, partially cleared, allRedentialnlandLot"
nenities at lot line. Price: $1,215,000 "Resldentlal Inland Lot"
(Ref #442) Choice residential lot on paved Fla-
"Harbour 's Edge" mingo Drive, located just one block from Ocean
ef#191) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sf harbour Blv.10,000 s/f & 80' on the road. All utilities are
ont home, 90' of bulkhead for dock with 8+/- depth, available at the property boundary, including TV
aterfront views though large glass doors, open & DSL. Price $45,000.
kitchen, interior decor includes hand painted tropi-
1l mural, 2 car garage, 1/3 acre lot with privacy Golf CourseArea Corner Lot
alls, Mediterranean style pool, fully furnished. (Ref#559) Oversized coer lot # 7 offering paved
rice: $1,265,000. street frontage on two sides, plus all utilities at lot
line, enjoy the solitude & greenery of the golf
"Pilot House" course, just a few hundred feet away. Price: $35,100
Zef #568) Waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bath 2 storey
ome overlooking Sea of Abaco on narrow penin- LESURE LEE "
la for superior water views, drive through carport "Canal Front Home
ith private boat ramp, perfect house for bone-fish- (Ref #214) 2 bedroom 2 bath single story CBS
ig enthusiast. Price: $1,160,000 construction home, open living/kitchen on the end
ofa finger canal, tile floors, centralA/C, low main-
Treasure Landings tenance, 50' ofbulkhead canal front with deep water
[ef#600) Newly constructed 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,300s/ and dock, fully furnished, includes vehicle. Close
luxury condominiums, close to beach, marina, res- to beach access $465,000.
turants& shops. Superior finished, fully furnished.Canal Corner Lot"
rice: $495,000. Financing available. (Ref#602) Cleared large comer lot 15,344 s/f with
"Four Bedroom Mariner's Cove" 197ft on protected canal with seawall, ready for
[ef #454) Luxurious fully furnished 4 bedroom, 3 building. $334,000.
ath two level waterfront condominium overlook-
ig both Treasure Cay Marina and poolside. Large "CanalLot 206"
kitchen for entertaining, master suite overlooks ma- (Ref #597) Cleared 11,242 s/f lot with 171 feet of
na with sitting area and balcony. Price $462,500. bullheaded seawall, views of Treasure Cay and the
Sea ofAbaco. All utilities available. Price $265,000.
"Bngantine Beaa o"
ef#369)2 bedranoom,tine Be townhouse with LITTLE HARBOUR:
#6)2bedro om ihtownhouse"Waterfront Property"
ocean views just the beach, furnished, "Waterfront Property
ntal history t f e (Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water
frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little
"Beach Villa 506" Harbour, large natural cave. $608,000. Reduced!!!
[ef #636) 2 bed, 2bath garden view villa, com-
letely renovated in 2005, all new furnishings & TURTLE ROCKS
pliances. 1,250 s/f. Ideal rental property. Price "Turtle's Rock"
492,000. (Ref #361) 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach front home
built in 2000 on 1.18 acres with 102' on the beach,
"#3 Marlin Drive very private area, fully furnished. $755,000.
Zef #492) 3 bedroom 3 bath single story CBS con-
ruction home, walking distance to beach & golf G UANA CAYK
burse. Modem kitchen, renovated, open decking ( 3) 2 Two Commercal, Lots
n large lot. Price: $450,000 (Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road lo-
cation, across from the public dock, total frontage
Canal Lot 161 feet, lot#8 $299,000, lot#9 $349,000.00.
ef #556) Well situated residential canal front par-
1 overlooking the wide expanse of the protected ARSHHARBOUR:
waterss of Brigantine Bay. 15,306 s/f & 91 feet of "Sea View Lot with Dockage"
lkhead, cleared & leveled, ready for construction (Ref#493) Select residential lot in Great Abaco
363,000. Club, 7,750 sq. ft. in size, finger dock for 25' ves-
sel, direct access to Sea of Abaco, gated commu-
"Galleon Bay CanalLot" nity, all utilities available, use of allresort ameni-
ef#422) Prime Canal Front cl d lot totaling ties, close to restaurants, shops, etc reduced
0,295 s/f and 88+ feet of acrol & canal water $395,000.
ontage situated onthe se of picturesque
alleon Bay, quictlllro the Sea of Abaco. GREEN TURTLE CAY:
350,000 LjWt"Beau Soleil"
(Ref#662) Beautiful 4 bed 5 bath Beachfront Es-
"Canal Lot on Galleon Bay" tate Main House, Guest House and Apt. total 3,634
ef #569) Protected canal lot near Galleon Bay en- s/f on 0.878 acres on White Sound with 120' dock,
ance for quick access to Sea of Abaco, utilities at fresh water pool 173' beach frontage, great eleva-
t line, very well priced. Price: $331,500 tion, magnificent views, furnished. $2,975,000.

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Junkanoo News

Junkanoo From Page 1
porate sponsors. Our target for this year
being $15,000, Winding Bay has now ac-
counted for a third of our target.
"With their having done that, we are sure
others will follow and we should meet our
target. It will be shared with both the se-
nior and junior Junkanoo parade for prize
money and transportation for the groups to
and from the parade. It is difficult to raise
funds because we are relying on the corpo-
rate citizens, Mr. Davis added.
The Junkanoo parades are not just for
Bahamians but also for the visitors to the
shores of Abaco who partake in the festivi-

ties and enjoy the number one cultural event
in the Bahamas.
Abaco Club General Manager Floyd
Swain said this is why they want to help
with Junkanoo as much as possible because
their patrons enjoy the costumes and mu-
sic, and it lends to the over all atmosphere
of Abaco.
Mr. Swain also presented a check for
$2,000 to the Spring City Rockers, the win-
ners of the last six Abaco parades, to help
alleviate the cost of their preparation for
Boxing Day.
Mr. Swain said, "Winding Bay and its
owners believe in The Bahamas; they be-
lieve in the cultural events that are put on

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Abaco Club on Winding Bay made a donation to the Abaco Junaknoo Committee. This
money will go toward prizes and transportation. The donation was presented to the
committee by Mr. Floyd Swain, Manager of the Abaco Club. Shown here are Steve
Gardiner, Mr. William Davis, Mr. Colon Curry and Mr. Ismael "Stretch Morley, all
with the Junkanoo Committee, Mr. Swain and Mr. Pat Smith of Winding Bay and Mr.
Revis Rolle, Senior Administroator for Central Abaco.

every year. And we also have a group that
we sponsor out of Spring City that we con-
sistently support. We just enjoy doing it. It
helps tourism and that is one of the reasons
we are so excited by it. Our people love to
see the Junkanoo costumes, and we try to
assist in any way we can, he added.
Mr. Davis is pleading for more corpo-
rate sponsors to step up and alleviate the
cost of the parade as Junkanoo is the one
event that brings everyone together and is
for everyone on Abaco. Unlike New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama where the com-
mittees are able to raise money for the pa-
rade through ticket sales of bleacher seats,
on Abaco the parade is free for all to watch.
Mr. Davis said they want to keep the
parade free for all for as long as possible,
but can only improve the parade by the help
of corporate sponsorship.
Mr. Davis said, "As far as there not be-
ing any bleachers, for right now it is good
because whoever reaches first gets the best
spot. We would like the Junkanoo parades
on Abaco to remain free, in terms of not
paying for any space until we can build it
up to a level where we can afford to have

individuals pay. Right now I think we are
about two years from that," he concluded.
Rockers Pull Out of
Boxing Day Parade
BylJulian Lockhart
The Abaco Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade
will not be the same this year as six-time
winner Spring City Rockers have decided
to not participate this year because of fi-
nancial issues.
The Rockers have dominated Junkanoo
on Abaco, winning the last six years, but
avid Junkanoo fans will not have the op-
portunity this year to enjoy the excitement
the group brings to the parade.
Reading from a press release on Decem-
ber 8th, Rockers' leader Colin Curry said
theyjust don't have the finances to perform
at the level they are used to and need more
support from the corporate community. Mr.
Curry said, "The Spring City Rockers'
Junkanoo group announces its regret in its
decision to not participate in this Boxing
Day 2006 Junkanoo Parade. This decision
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is based on the insufficient funding. Our
sponsors from previous years have not re-
sponded to our appeal this year and the gov-
ernment has not lived up to its promise for
more seed money. As a result we find it
necessary to not participate in the parade.
"The Spring City Rockers received a
check totaling $2,000 from the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture and after careful
consideration the group concluded this
amount was insufficient to pull off a parade
in high quality as we have done in the past.
The fact we did not receive the full amount
of prize money for winning last year's pa-
rade also determined this decision not to
participate in this year's Junkanoo parade,
Mr. Curry added.
The Rockers also receive a $2,000 check
from Winding Bay, who has sponsored and
supported the group for the last couple of
years, and Mr. Curry said he is grateful for

their support but it cannot even cover their
losses from last year. He said they are un-
willing to digress and are accustomed to
producing a product that rivals those in
Grand Bahama and New Providence so they
cannot perform under these economic con-
Abaco Junkanoo Committee Chairman
William Davis said the parade will be hurt
with the Rockers pulling out but they have
to continue and the other four groups com-
peting have to step up and make the parade
just as fun.
The Junkanoo Committee has been ask-
ing for corporate sponsors themselves and
received a $5,000 check from Winding Bay
to support the 2006 parade.
Mr. Davis said, "The Rockers always
made a very good representation and for
the lack of numbers (of groups) I think it
will hurt. Spring City always brought a de-
gree of excitement to the parade, but, of
course, Junkanoo must grow and it must go
on. We cannot beholden by one group alone.

We hoped they would have reconsidered.
However, they did not do so and hopefully
next year they will take a second look. They
will have to realize that Junkanoo has to be
bigger than just one group.
"We do have a lack of proper sponsor-
ship and to some extent Junkanoo has to
prove something to the corporate sponsors
for them to assist. I don't think this will
cause us not get sponsorship once the pa-
rade continues," he added.
Mr. Davis said he did find out that the

Rockers didn't receive all of their prize
money from last year and he made Mr.
Curry a promise that the rest of their prize
money would be given to them before this
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is sorry that they weren't able to perform
for their loyal fans.

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North Abaco
By Vernique Russell
Community News
Community Meeting
in Little Abaco
Community-minded persons recently held
a town meeting to address the social ills that
are bombarding the communities on Little
Abaco. The meeting took place on Novem-
ber 30th at the Fox Town Primary School.
Though the meeting was poorly attended by
residents, it was very successful as those in
attendance put their heads together to find
solutions for these ills. The major concern
from residents was the massive increase in
crime especially drugs, gambling and mo-
lestation. Also mentioned was the lack of
activities for the young people in Little
Abaco. It was decided by those in atten-
dance that a committee should be formed
that will address these issues. The mission
of the committee is to develop educational,
social and spiritual guidance while provid-
ing wholesome and fruitful programs.
The name of the committee is Commu-
nity Against Crime (CAC) and is headed
by Chairman Daniel Curry and Deputy
Chairman Leslie McIntosh. Sgt. Johnson is
the secretary. The first project on the
committee's agenda is to build a commu-
nity center. The committee will meet again
on November 7. All interested persons are
encouraged to contact one of the committee
members for further information. A special
invitation is extended to all residents espe-
cially the churches on Little Abaco to be-
come a part of the team. Together let's make
Little Abaco a safe haven for all.

Business News
Ring the Alarm Call to
Tighten Security
ASP Wayne Miller, officer in charge of
Abaco, has rung the alarm calling on all
business owners to tighten their security
measures and protect themselves this Christ-
mas season. "This is the time of year when
an increase is seen in crimes," said ASP
Miller, and he has advised the business
owners of Abaco to take the necessary pre-
cautions to protect themselves, their employ-
ees and their assets. We know that Abaco
is a growing island and crime is definitely
most likely to make its presence felt among
us. Business owners in North Abaco, safe-
guard you and yours this holiday season.
Da Spot Open Its Door
North Abaco, it's finally here. For
months we have watched the construction
and changes made to the area that was
cleared down just a mile north of
Blackwood. Well the wait is over and Da
Spot will open its door with a weekend of
festivities. The fun is set to begin on De-
cember 15th and run through 17th. There
will be music, food, barbecue, conch salad
and grilled food. Music will be provided by
DJ Gold Digger from Nassau and DJ Bones.
There will be a live calypso band and a dutty
wine competition. Come out and enter to
win $100 in cash prizes. Abaco, this is one
event you can't miss! It's all going down at
Da Spot, located one mile north of

Church News
Celebrate the Real Reason
for the Season
Dr. Allan Mills and the family of
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cedar Harbour
cordially invite the general public to cel-
ebrate Christmas with them. Their annual
Christmas production is scheduled to take
place on December 17th at 7 p.m. Join them
as they celebrate Christ, who is the real rea-
son for this season.
The Catholic Church
Reflects on the Season
The members of the St Mary and An-
drew Catholic church in Treasure Cay gath-
ered on December 6th to receive their ad-
vent mission. This is a time of reflection

and reconciliation within the church body.
The mission was by Father Reginald
Spiritual Warfare Revival
Pastor Mark D. Knowles of Holy Ghost
and Fire Deliverance Centre in Nassau along
with his team of ministers hosted revival
services in North Abaco for three nights.
The revival services were dynamic and pow-
erful and called upon those who attended to
live a life of holiness and purity unto God.
The spirit of witchcraft was among other
topics that the revival covered. Pastor
Knowles encouraged the people of Abaco
to put on all their gear and stand against the
viles of the enemy fully equipped for battle.
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decorated wedding cake. They were all exceptionally beautiful. The judges chose this
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The revival services were held at the com-
munity hall in Fire Road on December 6th-
Treasure Cay's Christmas
Tree Lighting
The annually Treasure Cay Christmas
Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on
December 15th, 2006. The ceremony will
be held at the Don Corbett Basketball Court
at 7 p.m. The committee is requesting that
we put aside political and religious barriers
and unite as a people and celebrate the sea-
son of giving and sharing and meanly re-
member the birth of Christ. The public is
invited to attend.

School News
Sherlin Bootle 1st Cake
Decorating Competition
Beautiful, extravagant, an excellent display
of art at its best; these words can all be used
to describe the first annual cake decorating
competition recently held at the Sherlin Bootle
High School. Students displayed their talents
and creativity as they decorated wedding cakes
and character cakes.
Judges of the competition were amazed by
the students' work and were like a "rock in a
hard place" when it was time to choose a
winner. However. a winner had to be an-
nounced and the results were as follows: 1st
place Jacora McIntosh and Jasmine Cor-
nish, 2nd place- Sedia Cornish and Shevenia
Russell and 3rd place Samantha Thomas
and Devonya McIntosh. There was also food
on sale. Proceeds were for the graduation

class. The event was a grand success and the
school is definitely looking forward to the
next Cake Decorating Competition. Con-
gratulation to the winners!
Agriculture Department
Receives Piglets
Sherlin Bootle Agriculture Department
received six piglets for its livestock pro-
gram. The students will be able to raise and
nurture the piglets and eventually they will
fest off the piglets after they are fully grown.
Mr. Scott, who is the head of that depart-
ment, is hoping to acquire some chickens
for next term. The Agriculture Department
is soaring to new heights and parents you

are invited to be apart of their successes.
Support Staff Recognized
Bernetta Bullard, Marjorie McIntosh,
Lisa Rolle, Candamae Murphy, Eleanor
Bootle and Freddie McIntosh together make
up the support staff at Sherlin Bootle High
School. Recently, the principal and his staff
took time to let them know that their work
and service is greatly appreciated. The sup-
port staff was honored in November at which
time they were presented with fruit baskets
and certificates of appreciation.

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School Begins the
Christmas Festivities
The staff and students of Sherlin Bootle
began the Christmas festivities with their
first annual candlelight service and choral
service. Parents and well wishers braved
the cold weather to celebrate the true mean-
ing for this season with the staff and stu-
With only candles burning students re-
cited poems, performed in singing and
dance. There was also a rendition by the
support staff choir who received a standing
ovation at the end of their performance.
Divine Dancers, the school dance group,
made their debut performance. The service

was a blessing to all that attended.
Principal Huel Moss and his staff say
thank you to all that attended and look for-
ward to seeing you next year.
Dynamic Dolphins Competes
The Dynamic Dolphin's senior boys bas-
ketball team competed in the Eight Mile
Rock High School basketball tournament on
Grand Bahama. Though they didn't win the
tournament, the boys were able to get some
exposure, and the trip was an overall suc-
cess to them. They were the only Family
Island represented.
The junior boys basketball team is also
getting some exposure at the Father Marcian
Peter Tournament in New Providence. They
are the only Family Island team represented
and are expecting to finish victorious.

The support staff of S. C. Bootle High School were recognized for their good work and
were presented with certificates and fruit baskets. They are, front row, Marjorie, Lisa
CandaMae and Vernetta. In the back are Freddie, Sr. Master Hepburn, Sr. Mistress
Russell, Principal Huel Moss and Eleanor.

Students Assist Churches
While the spirit of giving and sharing is
setting the mood throughout the world, the
students of Sherlin Bootle answered the call
to join in and share some gladness. It started
with the thanksgiving celebration when stu-
dents were asked to bring items for the food
drive. Students responded awesomely by
bringing their items. The students' response
was prompted by the prizes that were of-
fered by Mr. Moss. There was a prize for
the class that donated the most items and
the class that brought in the most decorated
box. The items were donated to churches
in Little Abaco for distribution. Next year
the items will be distributed in another settle-
ment in North Abaco until all the settlement
would have received assistance. In case you
are wondering, the prizes the students won
were cheesecakes bake by Mr. Moss him-
self. The classes that won were Grade 9 (2)
for the best decorated box and Grade 10 (2)
for the most items.
An Interview with Police
Officer Gary McIntosh
The S.C. Bootle High School, like any
other school, is an institution of learning.
Therefore, the environment must be con-
ducive to learn. Sadly, during the very re-
cent past times this has not been the case.
There have been numerous cases of vio-
lent altercations, students disrespecting
teachers, not coming to school in the proper
attire and a negative attitude and behavior
towards each other was at an all time high.
With all of this going on daily, it was defi-
nitely no surprise that the grade point aver-
age of most students was at an all time low.
It was not that the students were not able to

achieve high GPA's but the greatest con-
tributor to the students' broken spirit was
the fear of being attacked or involved in an
altercation during the day.
The environment of a learning institution,
as we all know, is supposed to be a home
away from home for our children, a place
where parents feel free to send their chil-
dren without having to be concerned, an-
ticipating a call from the school or police
station informing them that their children
had gotten hurt during an incident at the
This year S.C. Bootle realized that some-
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about a much needed change. As a result
school policing was implemented and what
a positive change it has made. We have
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However, I am concerned about the high and improved self esteem. I am sure this Cooper's Town
North From Page 78 percentage of students who come from would help to mold positive character for
encountered challengers but the no nonsense single-parent homes. Predominantly, they them as individuals, for the community and Primary School
approach that was taken from day one has are single-parent homes with only mothers country. 2006 Awards & Thanksgiving
overridden all challenges. The mischievous and often the mother is at work trying to Finally, I am thankful for the positive Service
students were dealt with, often time repri- provide for her offspring. Today in our so- changes at S.C. Bootle High school and look By Vernique Russell
manded in the earshot of their peers, thereby city, teenage pregnancies have increased forward to the continual support of the com- Excitement and thanksgiving filled the air
sending them a message that the police were and there are many children raising chil- munity. In order to ensure a bright future on November 23rd as teachers, students,
there to bring about positive change. Our dren. I am calling on the state, the church for our country we must keep God in the parents and guests assembled at Revival
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kitchen. All rooms open onto a wrap-around
partially covered deck overlooking the garden.
Ground level has an extra large garage/
workshop with lots of storage. $996,300
"Pilot House" special unique location with a
commanding, enviable view of the Sea of
Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/
frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths,
large living/ dinning/ open kitchen; lower level
1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat
garage. $1,160,000 + 7.5 closing
Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each
level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath,
living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment.
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Ocean front properties
Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd.
Sand Piper Beach
Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000
Canal Front Beginning at $264,500
Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded
Beginning at $267,000
Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $50,000

Treasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities.
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More North Abaco News

North From Page 19
School. The service was well attended by
parents and well wishers of the students who
wanted to share in their children's success
while at the same time joining their voices
in singing praises to Almighty God for His
wonderful blessings during the year.
Awards and gifts were presented to stu-
dents in grades one to five during the 2005
- 2006 academic year in the following cat-
Most improved
Academic Achievement
Nine students made the Principal's List.
These recipients must attain a GPA of 3.5
to 4.0. Proud awardees were DeAngelo
McIntosh, Halle Bastian, Jayden McIntosh,
Keeon Daziel, Chelsea Bowe, Jonnalee
McIntosh and Hiram McIntosh, Jr. Two
students were specially lauded for maintain-
ing a perfect 4.0 GPA. They are Gardel
Parker (two years in a row) and Antonia
Nixon. Additionally, 36 students were
praised for making the Honour Roll after
obtaining a GPA of 3.0 to 3.49. Parents as
well as students were proud as awards were
presented to students for their hard work
and diligence over the past school year.
This special occasion was also used to
present Prefects for the present school year
with their badges. Mr. Michael Rolle, Prin-
cipal, and Mrs. S. Sands, Senior Assistant,
did the honors.
The guest speaker was Bishop Terrence
Strachan of Life Gate Ministries Interna-
tional. He gave students six keys for Suc-
cess: 1. Set goals 2. Believe in oneself 3.
Get knowledge by making reading a habit
4. Have good ethics 5. Be respectful to
everyone 6. Never stop learning.

The school designed a competition to
determine which class would bring in the
most canned goods for Thanksgiving. As a
result, an enormous amount of items were
collected. These were turned over to the
Department of Social Services for distribu-
tion to needy persons within the commu-
Special guests in attendance included Mr.
Theophalus Cox, Administrator for the
North; Mr. Kendris Hield, Principal of
Abaco Central High; Mr. Samuel Rolle,
President of the Boys Club of the Bahamas;
and Mr. Ellerston Smith, Vice President of
Texaco Bahamas, the major sponsor of the
Boys Club.
The service culminated with the staff,
invited guests and parents feasting on
Thanksgiving meals, which resulted in great
People in the News
The communities in North Abaco wel-
come back home Demario McIntosh.
Demario left Abaco earlier this year and
returned to us with a new portfolio. He is
now Police Constable Demario McIntosh.
He recently graduated from the Royal Ba-
hamas Police College. He is a resident of
the Fire Road community and son of proud
mother, Anita McIntosh. We are all proud
of him. Presently he is posted at the Marsh
Harbour Police Station. We are looking for-
ward to his one day being posted in North
Abaco. Congratulations on a job well done
and welcome home!
Const. McIntosh, it is great to have you
back home and we encourage you to con-
tinue to serve your country and your people

At this time of year most people deco-
rate their homes, churches or offices. While
many will purchase decorations, some will
look for plants in our environment that will
bring holiday cheer indoors. Many tropical
and semi-tropical plants have exotic look-
ing flowers and greenery that lend them-
selves to holiday decorating.
One plant, the Brazilian pepper, also
called Florida holly, is found throughout
Abaco and is a very attractive small tree.
At this time of year the trees have clusters
of attractive glossy red berries in its foliage
of small green leaves. Cuttings make an easy
attractive Christmasy decoration that last
well. However, this is to warn the public
not to use Brazilian pepper in their decora-
The Brazilian pepper plant was intro-
duced into Florida in the early 1800s and
has spread extensively. Until recently ag-
ricultural experts did not know how in-
vasive it would become. It is now cover-
ing thousands of acres in Florida, being
one of the most invasive species there and
has been spread to many countries around

the world, replacing native species.
This invasive species was introduced on
Abaco in the 1960s because the person
thought it was a very attractive plant. At
that time officials did not realize how inva-
sive the plant would become. It has since
extended its range the length of Abaco and
is a threat to our native species.
Besides being invasive, it is highly poi-
sonous. At this time of year especially
the public needs to be warned that it can
cause reactions in many people. Contact
with most parts of the plant can cause an
itchy skin rash and sometimes inflamma-
tion and swelling of the face and eyes.
The rash can be very serious and pain-
ful. The flowers and berries can cause
respiratory irritation. Just trimming a
plant can cause allergic reactions.
Although it is commonly called Bra-
zilian pepper or Florida holly it is nei-
ther in the pepper plant nor is it a holly.
It is in the family that includes poison
ivy, poison oak and poisonwood. We rec-
ommend that it not be used as part of your
Christmas decorations.

Than 1g You

for your support throughout

the Year and Wishing You

A Very Merry Christmas.



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Obituaries of Family and Friends

The funeral for Emily Jane Bartlett,
89, formerly of Green Turtle Cay was
held on December 2 in Freeport. Bro.
Maxwell Dean officiated and burial was
on Grand Bahama.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law
Debbie Rigby; grandchildren Mrs. Julia
Sands, Mrs. Barbara Stubbs, Mercer
Johnson and Charlene Rigby; adopted
grandchildren Knox Russell; Rob Saw-
yer, Maria McIntosh and Bev Rolle;
grandsons-in-law John Sands and
Courtney Stubbs; great-grandchildren
Julian, Jared, Jasmine, Javen and Wadra
Sands, Courtney Stubbs, Shanique, Mark,
Marqui, Marissa and Jodi Johnson, Al-
exandria Gibson, Charles Rigby II,
Yasmine and Blake Jackson, Marcus and
Shane Lord; Knox and Anne Russell,
Ebony, Esi and Ernie Sawyer, and Matea
McIntosh, great-great-grandchildren

Jayden and Jordan Sands; sisters-in-law
Veronica Russell, Zela Louise Bartlett
and Rosane Bartlett; nephews; nieces; and
many other relatives and friends.
The funeral for Reginald "Reggie"
Anderson Jr., 77, of Dundas Town was
held on December 2 at the Latter Rain
Ministries in Dundas Town. Pastor
Alexander Archer Sr., assisted by Pastor
Alphonso Lewis, officiated and interment
was in Dundas Town Public Cemetery.
He is survived by his children Maisie,
Tyrone, Laura, Vanria, Jeffery, Brenda,
Stella, Sidney and Fredericka; grandchil-
dren Camille and Carlos, Desmond,
Ricardo. Stacey, Taj, Eyvonha, Jasmine,
Crystal, Vandyke and Requel, Chea, Ja-
son, Cameron, Alexander Jr., Natasha
and Shawn, Monique, Dwayne and
Michelle, Sharon, Bernard, Charmaine,
Herbral, Kevin, Tiffany, Brenda and

Crockett Drive & Don MacKay Boulevard
Marsh Harbour, Abaco phone 367-2655
K Percy Albury, Owner/ Manager

Sales, Rentals and Property Management
Member B.R.E.A.
G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636
E-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.oceanblueproperties.com
New Listing! 9,000 sq. ft. lot with unobstructed view of Coco Bay. Direct
access to beach. Close to public dock and major resorts. $550,000 with all
closing costs in.
22,000 sq. ft. inland lot within walking distance of Lagoon Beach Cove on the
north end of Munjack Cay. Access roads to private shared dock on the Sea of
Abaco and the beach road to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. $85,000.00 plus 7%
Two story furnished home with outstanding views of Black Sound and Gillam
Bay. 1.67 acres. Total three bedrooms; three baths; two kitchens/living/dining
areas. Central A/C. Guest house with one bedroom and one bath. Two vehicles.
120' dock on hurricane sheltered Black Sound. Large porch and surrounding
deck. $1.99 million, includes all closing fees.
190' water front 12,500 sq. ft. lot on Coco Bay. Dredged channel. Good
elevation. $650,000 plus 7% to close.
New Listing! 19,175 sq. ft. lot within walking distance of two great beaches
and a major resort. $201,300 with all closing costs in.
Two bedroom two bath furnished home with enclosed porch, large deck,
laundry room, and generator. New free-standing carport shelter. 1/4 acre.
$485,000 with all closing costs in.
15,870 sq. ft. lot with views of and access to Atlantic Ocean. $250,000
inclusive of all closing costs.
85' of beach front on Bight O Bay. One acre. Can build four homes with
outlying buildings. $840,000 with all clsoing costs in.
New listing! Mainland Abaco. Two deep water waterfront lots on Sea of
Abaco. Approximately 18,000 sq. ft. each. Utilities available. $150,000 and
$185,000 each with all closing costs in.
New listing! Mainland Abaco. Ten acre parcel with 150' on Abaco Highway
and water front on Angel Fish Creek. Near Fire Road. $325,000 with all clos-
ing costs in.
SOLD Gillam Bay Beach Parcel
SOLD Lot 5 Coco Bay Estates

Frank Sr., Karen, Sherrill, Michelle and
Randy, Theresa and Jackie, Edwin and
Patricia Sounders; great-grandchildren
Acacia, Arianna, Deneisha, Donta,
Asheron, Ondra and Vanessa, Shanara,
DeCoyo, Shadia, Isaiah, Bernard,
Daveron, Natassia; Syan, Dominique,
Kera, Miranda, Marissa, Sharonne,
Randera, Randell, Jonell, Shaquel,
Johnell, Frank Jr., Britney, Garbiel and
Giovanna; Sister Eugene; nieces Sylvia,
Salomie, Margaret, Karen, Brenda,
Florene, Doris, Jestina, Remelda,
Brendamae, Florence, Gwen, Sylvia,

Pleasant, Mary, Elizabeth, Cindy,
Norma, Gwen, Sandy, Norma and
Patricia, Deanne; nephews Simeon,
Alfred, Betram, Washington, Michael,
Ricardo, Peter, Amos, Moses, Wencil,
Audley, David, Roy, Hanna and Joshua
Lewis; sisters-in-law Catherine Hinsey,
Gwen Hanna and Margaret Lewis;
brother-in-law Pennerman Hanna; sons-
in-law William Albury and Pastor
Alexander Archer Sr.; daughter-in-law
Carol Anderson; and many other relatives
and friends.


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Church From Page 8
Pintard and Alfreda Ferguson from
Freeport, Grand Bahama, who was the main
speaker for the conference. The main mes-
sage from her sermon was to prepare people
to deliver the gifts and dreams God has
placed in them. She was happy that the older
women were able to mentor the younger
women and advise them on how to discover
God's purpose for their lives. Accompany-
ing her to this conference was Sister Sybil
Ferguson and Deaconess Cecilia Moxey.
Christian Counseling
Center Orientation
By Samantha V Evans
The Christian Counseling Center is seek-
ing to train 20 lay counselors to help address
the counseling needs of Abaco including sub-
stance abuse, marital, family and career coun-
seling. A meeting was held about a year ago
at the Abaco Beach Resort when members of

the community came together to share a vi-
sion: to help hurting people on Abaco by seek-
ing to enhance counseling services on the is-
land. This meeting was the beginning of a
fruitful relationship between Abaco and Pas-
tor Arnett from the Christian Counseling
Center in Nassau.
Persons who are interested in being
trained to assist attended an orientation held
at Central Abaco Primary School on De-
cember 2. The meeting was led by Gina
Guttuso, a volunteer with the Christian
Counseling Center. There were 12 persons
present for the informative meeting and
anyone with questions was able to ask them
at this time. Some persons did have reser-
vations about the process because there were
many things that were not clear. The facili-
tators for the three-part training will be Dr.
Susan Newbold and Mr. Vicente Roberts,
both from the College of the Bahamas of-
fice in Nassau; persons were asked to con-
tact them with their questions. The training
sessions will begin in January 2007.

Insurance Agents Host Open House

By Jennifer Hudson
The Abaco Insurance Agency joined
with their affiliate, the Star General Bro-
kerage Company based in Freeport to host
an open house at the Jib Room on Decem-
ber 6th. According to Manager of Abaco
Insurance Agency, Gentry Morris, his
agency has decided to move into the medi-
cal and health insurance field in addition to
the General Insurance previously offered
and the open house provided the opportu-
nity to present the new plans to the people
of Abaco. Invitations were extended to the
medical profession, prominent business
people, educators and existing clients who
were able to watch a video of the services
provided and ask questions while enjoying
On November 30th Star General In-
surance Agents and Brokers Ltd. was ap-
pointed by International Medical Group
(IMG) as its Managing General Agent in
the Bahamas, enabling it to offer interna-

tional insurance plans to Bahamian citizens
and international expatriates living in The
Bahamas. Herbert Thompson, President of
Star General Insurance, said, "We are proud
to be representing an international company
of the caliber and size of International Medi-
cal Group, and this addition will provide
the Bahamian market with a diverse group
of medical plans which are both attractive
and affordable and tailored to meet all medi-
cal insurance needs."
The company offers several different
plans to accommodate a wide variety of
needs and Mr. Morris said, "I am excited
about providing better and more economi-
cal benefits; IMG has a very good plan with
very reasonable rates."
Persons interested in learning more
about this coverage may contact Mr. Mor-
ris at Abaco Insurance Agency or check the
following websites
www.stargeneralinsurance.com or

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will relieve the burden on pastors.

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plans. Shown here are Mr. Gentry Morris, Mr. A. Wallace, Ms. Dianne Russell, Mr. Jim
Smith, Mr. David Maddox and Mr. Winston Moss.

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December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Paae 23 B

A Knight in Shining Armour

By Jennifer Hudson
Can you imagine how you would feel if, just
one month after your wedding, you lost your
wedding ring? Paul and Terri Gossett, a young
couple from Utah, found out exactly how that
feels recently for when they returned to their
home on Guana Cay, Terri realized that she lost
her beautiful diamond wedding ring on the beach.
After spending several days frantically sifting
through sand to no avail and much disappoint-
ment, they decided to put out a plea over the
Cruiser's Net for anyone with a metal detector
to please come to Guana Cay and meet with
Troy at Dive Guana.
Bob and Phyllis Hall, who were at the time
residing at the home they often visit in Great
Cistern, heard the request; and since they own a
metal detector, were only too happy to oblige.
They fueled up their boat and took off across to
Guana to meet with Troy, who took them to

meet Terri and Paul. They all drove to the area
where the ring was believed to be and began to
search with the metal detector through the many
cans and bottle tops which had been flung up
onto the dune by the ocean over the years. "Fi-
nally we got a clean hit and unearthed a beauti-
ful diamond ring," said Bob. What a wonderful
ending to the search for Paul and Terri who had
probably at one point thought they would never
see their new wedding ring again.
"There were tears of joy and a big kiss for
me which I deemed a good reward," said Bob,
who would not accept a monetary reward for
doing a good deed. "Metal detecting is a great
hobby and finding and returning a ring is just
one aspect of it," he said.
After some picture taking to remember the
occasion, Bob and Phyllis returned home feel-
ing good that "we had put a ring back where it


Paul and Terri Gossett were enjoying their vacation on Guana Cay when they discovered
that Mrs. Gossett had lost her wedding ring on the beach. They looked extensively but to
no avail. But a knight with a metal detector named Bob Hall kindly traveled to Guana to
locate the ring. It was found and the returned to the happy couple.

Junkanoo From Page 75
Mr. Davis said, "The prize money they
were initially supposed to have gotten I
understand they didn't get it. However, I
made commitments to them that they would
have gotten it before this parade, and I told
them I would have made sure they would
have got it I am not sure why they would
have made that an issue because the prom-
ise was made they would get it," Davis con-

Remember to
Buckle Up





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Phone: (242) 367-0365
Cell: (242) 357-6638
Abaco, Bahamas

Civic Organizations
Kiwanis Club of Great Abaco
Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerel's
Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932
Pilot Club of Abaco
Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco
Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457
Pilot Club of South Abaco
Last Thursday. month, J.A. Pinder
School, Sandy Point, 366-4001
Rotary Club of Abaco
Tuesday, 6 p.m., weekly at Back
Street Cafe, Dundas Town

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I .'..... Dundas Town -

-3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
....... ...- 1,452 s.f. Residence.
18,000 sq.ft '
0.41 acre of land
50' Elevation
SGreat Views of the
/ Sea of Abaco.

"Hilltop #AS 10723 $199,500.

Elbow Cay -
. .>. *" Dorros Cove
6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths.
3,600 s.f. Residence.
2 Connected Buildings
Ocean Waterfront
Amazing Views
Swimming Pool
Private Boat Slip
S Furnished.
#AB112- $1,750,000.

Great Guana Cay -
Dolphin Beach Estates
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
1,150 s.f. Residence
760 s.f. Covered Porch
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
490 s.f. Apartment
Workshop a
Great Views
Near Settlement
"Junkanoo Splash" #AS10689 $640,000.

Great Cistern -
3Bedrooms, 3 Baths.
2,400 s.f. Residence
193' on the Sea of Abaco
Amazing Views
22,371 s.f. of land

#AS10749 $995,000
"Paradise Point"

Marsh Harbour
Great Abaco
S H -3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.
S2,800 s.f. Residence.
-Beautiful Landscaping
Private Dockage
S65' & 25' vessels
Fabulous Views of Cays
and Sea of Abaco.
"FaTl Hmi, ,ll,r." #AS10717- $1,395,000

Marsh Harbour
Great Abaco Club
7- 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.
2,300 s.f. Residence.
On 2 Lots totaling
10,000 s.f.
Swimming Pool
90' Of Private Dockage
Fabulous Views
#AB149 $1,525,000

Casurina Point -
Mainland Abaco
-4 Bedrooms, 1 Baths.
-1040 s.f. Residence.
-.81 Acre / Double Lot.
-331' of Canal Frontage
- 2 docks
- Atlantic Access /
Flats Fishing

#AS10721- $595,000.

Elbow Cay -
- 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.
- 1,370 s.f. Residence.
- 13,600 sq.ft-
0.31 acre of land
- Great Views of the
Sea of Abaco.
- Access to Lucayos dock.

#PS10596- $875,000.

Great Guana Cay -
Dolphin Beach Estates
-5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.
-3,000 s.f. Residence
-Open Decks.
-100' of Beachfront
-Over 1/2 Acre
-Superb Ocean Views
-Fully Furnished.

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#AB123 $1,271,000. l

Great Guana Cay
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
930 s.f. Residence
750 s.f. of Decks
250' on Sea of Abaco
47,930 s.f. 1.1 acres
SAmple space for
additional Residences
J Great elevation
P ""." i Fabulous Views
Dock Permit approved Ip
tr /)/ D .ll,./"| #TS10559 $1,385,000.

Great Guana Cay -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths.
1,686 s.f. Residence
725 s.f. Open Decks.
80' of Prime Beachfront

Superb Ocean Views
Semi-private Dock
Fully Furnished.
.- Great Rental History
1,,",th Hll" #AB142 $1,380,000.

Great Guana Cay -
Dolphin Beach Estates
4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths.
... -2,100 s.f. Residence
!iD- 670 s.f. Raised Decks.
Over 1/2 Acre
S- Great Views
Beach & Dock Access


"Puraida" #AS 10668- $838,000. *-S".-, .2 :: ,,

Great Guana Cay

7 Bedrooms, 4 Baths.
3,100 s.f. Residence.
330 feet of waterfront.
1.74 Acres
Private 100' Dock.
Swimming pool
- Superb Bay Views
- Furnished.
#TS10583- $2,850,000.

Man-O-War Cay
-2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.
-1,921 s.f. Residence.
-2 Bedroom, 1 Bath
- 400 s.f. Guest Cabin
-172' Ocean Beach Front
-1.189 Acres
Beautifully Landscaped
Semi-Private Dock
Fabulous Views
#AB150- $1,840,000.
Man-O-War Cay -
The Creek
-2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath.
-974 s.f. Residence
-1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
-268 s.f. -Dock House
-Land over 1/2 Acre
-Private 66' Dock.
Superb Views
#AB122 $1,450,000.

Man-O-War Cay -
-4 Bedrooms, 4 Bath.
-1,255 s.f. Residence
768 s.f Covered Decks
812 s.f Open Decks
Rooftop Skydeck
SLand 17,792 s.f
Fabulous Views

S #AS10609- $975,000.

Green Turtle Cay -
5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths.
3,900 s.f Residence.
2000 s.f Wraparound
Land .84 Acre Parcel
250' Atlantic Beachfront.
Great Rental History

V. ,h #TS10581- $2,545,000.

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Man-O-War Cay -
-2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath.
-1,270 s.f. Residence.
-1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
400 s.f. Guest House
-Workshop Crow's
Nest for great views.
-0.373 Acre
Beautifully Landscaped
#AS10585 $595,000.

Marsh Harbour
Cove Estates

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
2,216 sq.ft. Residence
-1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
Downstairs Apartment
14,500 s.f. of Land
Good Central Location

Softhe Dove" AS10598 -$491,500.

Murphy Town
SRental Complex
5 Residential Units in
3 Buildings.
4 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
1 3 Bedroom, 2 bath
Total of 3,300 sq.ft. of
S Living Space.
,. - Over 24,000 sq.ft. of land

I I l #AS10724 $575,000.

Great Guana Cay
2 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths
-960 s.f. Residence
Fully Furnished
Atlantic and Bay Views
Great Rental History
-5,000 s.f. of land
Bahamian Style Cottage

"SandCastle" #AS10752 $375,000.

Tilloo Cay
2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths
800 s.f. Cottage
3.75 Acres Sea-to-sea
109' on Sea of Abaco
106' on Sea ofAbaco
Boat Basin
Protected Dock
Dock on Sea of Abaco
Fabulous Views
Swimming Pool
/1r/14-Bleted" h #AB8118- $1,850,000.

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VOLUME 14, NUMBER 24,DECEMBER 15th, 2006

HIV/AIDS Week Concluded with March

HIVIAIDS Week Emphasizes Education

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ByJulian. Lockhart the school's security
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first government school in The Bahamas to eras, five of which ai
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system free of any funds from Local Gov- office and flood lights
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its nickname true as they are Soaring Eagles, community and the hai
reaching new heights in terms of technol- body.
ogy amongst their fellow schools in The "Many people may
Bahamas in its efforts to protect the student
population, teachers and property. On this Please see School
day Mr. Kendris Hield, principal, opened

booth equipped with
There are seven cam-
re wireless, an alarm
sensors in the school
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Page 8

By Samantha V Evans
The week of activities for HIV/AIDS
Awareness Week in Abaco climaxed with a
march and rally on December 1st. The march
began at the Ministry of Education Resource
Center on Don MacKay Boulevard with
about 100 persons, mostly students. Despite
the committee sending information packages
out to all the schools in Abaco and the cays,
only three schools participated in this year's
march: Central Abaco Primary, Abaco Cen-
tral High and Wesley College, with the ma-
jority of the students coming from Central
Abaco Primary.
The march was led by the band from
Wesley College. The march was a long one
but once they arrived at Central Abaco Pri-
mary, a brief rally was held. Two Central
Abaco Primary School students took part,
Micheal Singh reading the welcome and
Victory Dickson reading a poem.
Mrs. Sandy Edwards led the chants and
gave a brief overview of the week. She told
the students to learn all they can about the
virus so that they can keep themselves safe.
The rally ended with snacks and goodies for
the students.

Please see HIV/AIDS Page 2

New Fishing Rules Are Proposed

The Hon. Leslie Miller, Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries, recently an-
nounced new fishing rules which he said
would become effective January 1, 2007.
The following changes were given dur-
ing a speech in the House of Assembly
and are directed to the Sport Fishing
Section of the regulations which impact
These changes have been under re-
view for six or more months and their

enactment is anticipated. As this is writ-
ten, there has been no public notice that
these changes will be in effect on Janu-
ary 1, 2007. Fisheries officers on Abaco
are aware of the proposed changes but
they have not received any notice of a
date for the proposed changes.

Please see Rules Page 22

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Trained Dogs Show Their Skills
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Paae 2 C The Abaconian December 15. 2006

HIVIAIDS Talk Show Promotes Safety

By Samantha V Evans
In a continuing attempt to educate the pub-
lic about HIV/AIDS, Mrs. Sandy Edwards,
Coordinator of the Committee, said
Abaconians are not taking the disease seri-
ously and are still living loose lives and are
teaching their children the same values.
On November 30th a few representatives
from the HIV/AIDS Committee along with
Keith Kemp, Director of Youth for Posi-
tive Living in Nassau, visited Radio Abaco
to inform Abaconians of the changes to the
virus and other facts they need to know.
Also present at Radio Abaco was Mrs.
Edwards and Nurse Iris Fernander, a Health
Mrs. Edwards said many persons do not
take part in the activities including the
church services that are held to educate the
public. She hopes that next year the church
will be so full that people will be standing
on the outside.
Nurse Fernander stated that HIV is on
the increase and Abaconians need to be

aware of this to start making better choices
when it comes to sex and sexual partners.
Persons who suspect that they may have the
virus should not be afraid, but know that
the test is available at government clinics.
The test is free for ante natal patients, civil
servants and children. Even though the test
is available, it can only be given with con-
sent from the patient.
Prior to administering the test each per-
son is counseled on what the possible out-
come can be so they hopefully will not be
surprised if the test comes back positive.
Once the results come back the patient is
given his or her results. If the test is posi-
tive, they are once again counseled and en-
couraged to remain calm. They are referred
to the HIV/AIDS Center in Nassau to be
placed on medication to keep them healthy.
Mrs. Edwards stated that it is important
to educate the pubic, and they have been
doing this by visiting the schools and hold-
ing workshops because young people are
where the most new cases come from. Mr.

Jeffernique A; -n i, was the first
place winner of the HIV/AIDS
poster contest. She and the
second place winner both attend
) St. Francis de Sales School.
Her winning poster is shown

Kemp has been visiting schools while on
Abaco including the private schools. He
stated that the leading group to be infected
with AIDS is teenagers ages 15-29 and this
is the leading cause of death among them as
well. If they do not stop being promiscu-
ous, they will contract the virus by age 19
and be dead by age 29. This is very serious
and scary stuff for today's youth.
Mr. Kemp stated that he travels all around
the Caribbean region talking to young people
about the virus and they respect The Baha-
mas and what this country is doing because
we are finding solutions when other coun-
tries are not. The Bahamas is looked at as a
country to model. However, the HIV/AIDS
Center is concerned about the alarming num-
ber of adolescents who are becoming in-
fected. For every male that is infected there
are two to three females infected based on
the latest statistics.
Mrs. Edwards hopes that teachers would
buy into this appeal and encourage their stu-
dents to practice a healthy lifestyle. She,
along with her team, does all she can by
training peer counselors but more can still
be done. These counselors are trained so
that they can educate their peers about the
seriousness of this virus and how to help
them solve teen-based problems. However,
teachers and other educators need to do their
part as well so that we can save this genera-
He concluded by encouraging persons
who like to get tattoos on their body to be
very careful because they can not be sure
that the needles used to give them tattoos
are clean or sterilized. He encouraged any-
one who feels that they must have a tattoo
to purchase their own kit to ensure that the
apparatus used is clean and properly steril-

ized. He appealed to barbers and beauti-
cians to properly sterilize hair cutters be-
fore using them on the head on the next
client because one of the ways HIV/AIDS
is transmitted is through the blood stream.
If a client has bumps or cuts in his/her head
that bleed, the virus can be transmitted. This
information is not to alarm anyone but to
encourage the general public to take proper
precautions because this virus is out there
and it is increasing rapidly across the length
and breath of the Bahamas. Prevention is
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December 15, 2006 The Abaconian Page 3 C

Dogs Strut Their Stuff at Christmas Festival

By Julian Lockhart
Abaconians and visitors at the Third
Annual Christmas Bazaar were treated to a
show of obedience and tricks by their four-
legged friends on December 9th.
The Ministry of Tourism in conjunction
with the Abaco Humane Society put on the
dog show and dozens of fans were able to
partake in the competitions for most typical
potcake, best trick, curliest tail and best
Numerous people brought
their dogs out to the bazaar re- IV
sulting in all kinds of breeds, ,,,
shapes, sizes and colors of dogs '
enjoying their time to shine.
Ministry of Tourism's .'
Bernadette Hardy said, "I thought
the turnout was very good and I .
am really happy that everybody
enjoyed it. We had a lot of kids
participating. It shows that there
is interest and parents should en-
courage their kids to interact or
use their animals as an alterna-
tive activity for their kids as well.
We hope this will help the public
awareness and we were here last
year and slowly but surely we are
growing with the organization.
We have to educate people and
show there is more to be done
with the animals."
One of the top complaints by
tourists when leaving The Baha-
mas is the number of stray dogs
roaming the streets of Abaco.
This is one of the reasons
Abaco's Tourism office is edu- The sta
eating the public about taking demons
care of and keeping their dogs testsof
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off the street.
The first part of the event was an obedi-
ence show put on by five dogs which are
trained by Maureen Koepp of the Abaco
Dog Training Club. The dogs and their
owners displayed different obedience exer-
cises, then ran through an obstacle course.
Mrs. Koepp said it is very important for
Abaconians to train their dogs because it
not only protects them and others but the
dog as well. Any breed of dog can be trained

ndard poodle belonging to Maureen Koepp
'rated his skills as he went through a series of
jumping, going through a hoop and going
a tunnel.

including potcakes, and it makes it easier
to live with a dog if they are trained be-
cause the owner can control the dogs easier.
Mrs. Koepp said, "This is just great be-
cause the whole goal of our dog club is to
help people who don't have control of their
dogs but could bring them to a beginner
class and gain control. One of the biggest
complaints we have from people is not be-
ing able to take their dogs for a walk be-
cause their dogs are pulling them down the
road. For them to be able to come to begin-
ners' class and when they get control of their
dogs they have better, well mannered pet
to live with. I think it is very important to

"If you don't have control of your dog
and you go outside, one, the owner can get
hurt because the dog can physically pull them
down, and if they get spooked, they can run
into the street and get knocked over by a
vehicle," she added.
Training classes will start again the third
week of January and the beginning course
is six weeks long and costs $50. The train-
ing is done in the fenced-in yard across the
street from Standard Hardware.
Three dogs and their owners from Abaco
will be traveling to New Providence in Janu-

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Page 4 C The Abaconian December 15, 2006

News of the Cays

Hope Town
Heritage Day Celebrations
Are Planned
By Ray Brown
New Year's Day is just around the cor-
ner and it is not too soon to mark down
some important dates on your 2007 calen-
dar. On Friday and Saturday, March 2-3,
Hope Town will host a very special Heri-
tage Day celebration that promises to be one
of the most rewarding and exciting events
of the year, appealing to every member of
the family.
Visitors will have a unique opportunity
to pull back the curtain of time and glimpse
the past through cos-
tumed re-enactments of
historical events, dis-
plays of traditional
crafts and foods and .
"old-time" children's
Also featured will be
the Grand Opening of the -
new buildings of the
Wyannie Malone His-
torical Museum, cel- -
ebrating its 30th anniver-
sary and the dedication Thesecondbuild
The second build
of a monument honoring is finally being c
those lost at sea. during the Herit
during the Herit

Music will be provided by the Marsh
Harbour Police Youth Band and other per-
formers, and the superbly crafted schooner,
Wm. H. Albury, built in Man-O-War Cay
in 1964, will be available for cruises.
Lots of good food, an art auction and the
always popular Beautiful Knee Contest will
round things out. For those with an interest
in family history, the resources of a geneal-
ogy tent will help put you in touch with your
personal heritage.
Many more events and displays are
planned and a number of distinguished
guests and speakers will be on hand to share
their interest and knowledge during this very
special happening.

ing of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum
completed. The official opening will take place
age Day celebration on March 2 3.

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Green Turtle Cay
Reef Relief Re-opens
Capt Roland Roberts House
will host and Open House and
Holiday Reception on December
Reef Relief announces the re-
opening of the Captain Roland
Roberts House Environmental
Center in New Plymouth, Green
Turtle Cay, for the fifth
consecutive year with a Holiday
Open House and Reception :
planned for December 23rd. The
facility is closed during Reef
hurricane season but will now be Rece
open for the rest of the year for Hou,
visiting boaters, travelers and
residents of Green Turtle Cay. Reef
Relief operates the center in cooperation

f Relief will host an Open House and Holiday
optionn on December 23 at Capt. Roland Robert's

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Best Wishes
from A administrator

Greetings to you and yours during this Yuletide Season.
It is truly a pleasure to serve your city which is the
fastest growing in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Together with Almighty God during this ensuing year 2007,
we will experience a bountiful harvest and achievements
beyond our wildest imagination.
Therefore, I invite you to be a change agent for the positive
changes that you wish to see in the world around you,
and it will truly be a better place.
Merry Christmas and
a Blessed and Prosperous New Year!


December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Paae 5 C

Member of Parliament for North Abaco
and Leader of the Free National N Io\emient

This is a very special time of year for Christians everywhere
as we prepare to celebrate the miracle of Christmas with family and
friends. It is also that time of the year when we extend goodwill and
good cheer to those among us who are alone
or away from their own homes.

And so it is a special pleasure for me to extend warm wishes
for a blessed Christmas season to all the residents
and visitors to my island home of Abaco.

We have much to be thankful for this year; very especially
we are grateful that our island and indeed the entire Bahamas
were spared during this year's hurricane season. We remember those
who continue to rebuild their lives following the devastation caused by
punishing storms in 2004 and 2005.

Abaconians are known for their kindness and generosity and so I
am confident that once again this year many of our residents will
continue their holiday tradition and share their bounty not
only with their families and friends but also with the
less fortunate in our community.

I also take this opportunity to recognize and thank the many
citizens, residents and businesses who continued throughout the year
their noble tradition of community outreach to those in need .

SAnd I thank those in government service, in the uniform
branches, in our schools, clinics and in the wider technical and
public sectors for their continued service to the people of Abaco.

I particularly want to thank the many Abaconians who have been
my inspiration, motivation and incentive to public service. Your faith in
me and your untiring support has permitted us together, to achieve great
things for Abaco and for The Bahamas.

With your continued support and with the help of our Almighty
Father I pray that the New Year will bring opportunities for all of us to
render even greater service to our island and to make our
Commonwealth a better place for all.

On behalf of the Free National Movement, my family and
myself, I am pleased to wish you a blessed, peaceful and safe Christmas,
and the special joy that the Christ Child brings.

Paae 6 C The Abaconian December 15. 2006

The Abaco Club Entertains Honour Students

Abaco Central High School celebrated
the academic achievements of its students
on November 23. The celebration included
the presentation of trophies sponsored by
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay as well as
other awards and certificates for deserving
students. The highlight of the assembly was
the guest speaker, Mr. Stone McEwan,
Public Relations Officer for the Abaco Club.
Mr. McEwan's topic, How to Achieve,
encouraged students to always do their best
in any endeavor they undertake, whether it
be for themselves, their family, their school,
their community, or for The Bahamas in
general. In particular, Stone urged the stu-
dents to recognize that there is a potential

Dog Show From Page 3
ary to compete in an obedience competi-
tion. Making the trip will be Mrs. Koepp
and her standard poodle, Splash; Kim Rob-
erts and her golden retriever, Maya; and
Amanda Darville with her potcake, India.
This trio has won numerous obedience
awards at Bahamas Kennel Club events and
Maya is one of only two dogs in The Baha-
mas with a Rally Advanced Title in obedi-
ence training.
Mrs. Koepp said, "We have had several
different breeds in our class. We are not
doing any classes until the beginning of
January because we have been concentrat-
ing on getting ready to go to Nassau in Janu-
ary for an obedience competition. Our dogs
have some obedience titles and it is a lot of
fun. You find that you get a much deeper
relationship with your dog and you become
a team. We offer from beginners to inter-
mediate to more advanced classes and we
start back the third week of January," Mrs.
Koepp concluded.

achiever in each of them it was up to them
to "decide whether they wanted to expend
the time and effort to make that achiever
come alive."
Mr. McEwan provided some thoughts on
what was required for the students to be-
come an achiever, including having a dream
or vision they believe in and are passionate
about, being optimistic, having courage,
being properly prepared, understanding the
value of a team, having patience, and being
willing work hard to make their dreams
come true.
As a special treat for the 18 honor roll
students and three Principal's Award students,
Mr. McEwan invited them and the Awards
Day Committee to have lunch and a tour of
Abaco Club on November 30, 2006.
As part of the red carpet treatment ex-
tended, Mr. McEwan welcomed the group
as well as served as the official host.
After lunch several staff members ad-
dressed the students. Executive Chef, Mr.
Simeon Hall, motivated the students to lis-
ten to their teachers because teachers know
what they are saying. After finishing school,
he realized that his teachers were right about
what they had told him. He proudly an-
nounced that he is always learning and he
uses his vacation to study and take courses
in cooking. He reminded students about the
importance of education by explaining how
he used mathematics in the preparation of
the meals at the Club.
Mr. Mark Bethel, the Food and Bever-
age Director, spoke about his experience in
England. Now that he has returned home,
he is using the knowledge which he gained
overseas to bring a superior quality of ser-
vice to the tourism product in the Bahamas
and to the Abaco Club in particular.
Mr. Mark Scott, the Resident Director,

The Abaco Club of Winding Bay entertained the honour students of Abaco Central High
School on November 30. The students enjoyed a tour of the development, a delicious
lunch and a close-up encounter with the horses there. The students are shown here with a
school committee and Abaco Club employees.

encouraged the students to study and achieve
high standards of academic performance.
He admitted that the Club's objective is to

hire qualified Bahamian professionals who
can perform the jobs that foreigners are now
doing at the Club.

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December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Page 7 C

Viewpoint... Get Involved

By Vernique Russell
Being raised in the North Abaco com-
munity for the vast majority of my life
has afforded me the privilege to observe
the people's mentality, traits and behav-
ior, and after all these years I have con-
cluded that North Abaconians are ex-
tremely relaxed, passive and lackadaisi-
cal people. This job that I currently hold
as writer for the Abaconian has given me
the opportunity to attend meetings, fo-
rums, etc. and from my observations we
as North Abaconians are too relaxed.
North Abaco, we must become in-
volved and more concerned about issues

that we are faced with. Some we are
forced to live with but others are issues
that can and need to be changed. We are
punishing ourselves, children, grandchil-
dren and future generations when we sit
on a do-nothing seat and allow things to
Recently, a series of town meetings
was held to address problems that our
communities are facing and, indeed, I
must say the attendance was extremely
poor. How can we then as a people cry
for change if we do nothing or if we don't
get involved and attend these town meet-
ings? Do we not realize that the sole pur-

pose of these meetings is to inform and
educate while collecting concerns and
finding the best solutions to deal with
them? Maybe we are of the opinion that
changes comes by thinking, just think it
and it happens.
Well, I am so sorry to inform you that
it is definitely not how it happens; a
thought without work is dead. These town
meetings are put into place for our good,
and we must be a part of them. Educa-
tion is power; the only way to know is to
be there. Let your voices be heard and
speak up, find out what is happening in
your community. Don't be surprised by

the events when they are happening but
instead be a part of the decision-making
We don't have to live with whatever
they throw us, we can make changes.
North Abaconians, please be more con-
cerned and get involved. Together let's
work with our local leaders and authority
figures. Put aside political and religious
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is a historic milestone for government
schools in The Bahamas and it is coming
from Marsh Harbour. It is significant for a
school of this size to take initiative to put
together what many others have talked
about, security, said Stephen Plakaris, the
Deputy Director of Government Schools
Security responsible for the Northern Ba-
hamas. "They are not just finding fault or
pointing fingers at government or what the
Ministry is going to do. This is a self help
initiative and independence, taking the ini-
tiative in finding the money, resources and
putting it all together. The students built this

and the students can do this in any other
high school in The Bahamas. This is a fan-
tastic relationship between students, parents
and principals, Mr. Plakaris added.
Since taking over as principal at ACH in
September, Mr. Hield has done his best to
improve the conditions for the students and
teachers to learn and work in. The lack of
security at the school has been a problem
for years, and Mr. Hield knew he had to
change the perception that the inmates were
running the asylum and he had to take charge
of the discipline of the school.
This isn't the only thing that Mr. Hield
is trying to improve. He is working to im-
prove the academic level of the student

population, and his love for technology has
led to further improvements on campus.
Along with the security improvements,
ACH is the first government school to in-
stall a distance learning program into its
curriculum. Students at ACH can tap into
classrooms all over the world and have a
chance to learn about different cultures via
the internet without leaving their class-
Mr. Hield said the school is committed
to excellence, and it has to seize the oppor-
tunities presented to them. He realizes the
use of technology in The Bahamas is a must
and should be a number one priority. He
added that he is hoping that other schools
can follow and realize that they can change
the way they go about in educating their
students. "I am extremely pleased that we
are able to pioneer such a venture. It is some-
thing that is needed in our school system. I
have ventured through five schools and one
of the major problems is the crime and

break-ins. Vandals coming into the schools
and destroying them," he said.
"It is extremely important that we crack
down on this and ensure that our schools
are safe. It is not only about the cameras,
but we are in a technological age, and it
will determine who is going to survive in
this global world.
"We must start to venture into distance
learning. We will be able to communicate
with other colleges, schools, sit in the class-
room, logging onto classrooms in the United
States, Britain, around the world and the
rest of The Bahamas, he added.
The alarm system in the school office is
connected to the police station, and they will
respond to any disturbances at the school.
The wireless cameras are connected to
the internet and various persons with the
password can monitor what happens on the

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to reduce the amount of vandalism that the school suffers from. Donations from the
communitypaid for the equipment and materials while students did much of the construction.
It is the first government school in the country to put in its own security system.

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campus during school hours and through-
out the night.
Mr. Plakaris said all the technology in
the world and no matter how many security
guards are on campus, it doesn't ensure that
there will be no altercations on campus. But
it will help to break these altercations up
quicker and create an overall safer environ-
"Security or security officers in schools
will not prevent any problems from hap-
pening. They have a role to do and a part to
play. You can have 15 security officers in a

school, and you will still have incidents and
break-ins," said Mr. Plakaris. "When par-
ents, teachers and students all see themselves
as security officers, it works out better, just
like a neighborhood watch. Someone must
have the commanding role and we need se-
curity in all of our schools," he concluded.
ACH Wins District Debate
By Samantha V Evans
It was a well earned overall win for the
trio of the Abaco Central High School De-
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and Rose Roberts with 757 points who
wowed the audience andjudges as they pre-
sented an opposing argument on the topic

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St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall in
Dundas Town. Their opponent, S.C. Bootle
High School, did not show up. Also pre-
senting that day were Forest Heights Acad-
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Height presented on the topic Corporal Pun-
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speaking event.
St. Francis Celebrated
World AIDS Day
By Samantha V Evans
St Francis de Sales school celebrated
World AIDS Day with the rest of the world
on December 1st by wearing the national t-
shirt that read, Stop AIDS Keep the Prom
ise and holding a service at the school.
World AIDS Day is observed in the Baha-
mas because the country struggles with the
virus and The Bahamas needs to lend its
support and solidarity to the world. The
AIDS Secretariat and the AIDS Foundation
of the Bahamas take this opportunity to edu-
cate the Bahamian public about this deadly
virus. The speaker for the service was Head
Nurse Iris Fernander, who informed the stu-
dents about the dangerous virus and how to

avoid it. The students interacted very well
with her. They were interested in learning
the different ways that HIV is transmitted,
what HIV/AIDS stands for and what they
can do to keep themselves safe.
Some adults think that AIDS has nothing
to do with children. But children hear and
see the same things about AIDS that adults
do. Some of this information they learn is
inaccurate and sometimes highly prejudiced.
Children are affected by this disease espe-
cially if they have a loved one who is living
with this illness. As of December 2004,
there were 292 children ages 10-19 living
with the virus in The Bahamas. If children
are to be able to protect themselves from
HIV and care about people who are infected,
they need access to good, factual informa-
tion. But knowing the facts is not enough.
Children need to be able to ask questions
about HIV and AIDS, and they need op-
portunities to explore some of their beliefs

and feelings. Children sense how their par-
ents feel about things from the way they
behave. It is important to be clear about
what one's beliefs and attitudes on things
related to this virus are. It is important that
parents support the school when they edu-
cate their children about a disease that is
reaping havoc on Bahamian youth.
Athletes Shine at Marathon
By Samantha V Evans
The 2006 Relay Marathon took place on
December 2 beginning at Treasure Cay and
ending at Murphy Town Park. Central
Abaco Primary School was the only school
to enter in the primary school division. The
race for the younger entrants covered 13
miles. Each student ran approximately three
and a half miles in relay style. They claimed

first place in this event. Each student re-
ceived a first place medal and the school
received two trophies to add to its already
large collection. The students who took part
in the marathon relay were Tracey Laurent,
Samantha Miller, Britney Severe, Jonaldo
Polycarpe, Steven Gardiner, John Aristil,
Nicholas Darville, Deon Nesbitt, Charles
Bain, Shakeen Henchell, and Kyle Smith.
These students are mostly in grades five and
six with one student being in grade four.
The coach for this team is Mr. Geoffrey
Mr. Ishmael "Stretch" Morley stated that
he looks forward to this becoming an an-

Please see School Page 11

The students of St. Francis de Sales observed World AIDS Day by wearing a t shirt
promoting healthy lifestyles. The Bahamas is actively trying to educate the public about
the disease and assists patients in ~g, ni the newest treatment.

First Caribbean International Bank has supported the grade six level of Central Abaco
Primary School since last school year, and this year they continued to do the same by
donating a SRA ReadingLaboratory Kit to the grade six class on December 4th. ri, ,, 111'11t
the kit was Mrs. Zoe Hepburn from the bank. The reading kit covers primary school and
is a great tool to ensure that all students are reading on level by the time they graduate to
high school.

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nual event because Abaco has a lot of tal-
ented athletes. He sees races like this one
as being important to developing speed and
stamina in the students so that when they
go to Nassau and Freeport to compete in
such events they will have been trained to
run long distances. He also plans to invite
teams from Nassau and Freeport to enter
the marathon relay next December.
Forest Heights Is
Vindicated on the Gridiron
After a disappointing loss to Agape Chris-
tian School last week. Forest Heights

Academy's football team rallied to beat
Abaco Central High School 44-9 on
Wednesday, December 6, and beat Agape
21-14 on December 7.
When ACH arrived on Tuesday, the For-
est Heights team was a bit daunted as ACH
had the apparent advantage of size, but it
soon became apparent that speed was on
the side of FHA as they had the lead most
of the game. Due to a late start, the second
half had to be completed on Wednesday.
But FHA held their momentum and finished
the game in high spirits, feeling they were
ready for Agape's team whom they were to
face the next evening.
Once again FHA was challenged by

Agape which had a strong defense, backed
by the imposing force of Rashad Reckley.
The had to fight hard for this win and at-
tributed it to turnovers, with four intercep-
tions by Donnovan White. Cameron
Sweeting was quarter backing this week and
buckled down to join the team with confi-
dence. It was, however, not an easy win as
the game had to go into overtime with FHA
scoring first and White intercepting Agape's
final attempt to score.

When asked about the obvious turn-
around, the team members gave great ku-
dos to Chris Pinder, who hadjust taken over
coaching last week. Coach Pinder is proud
of the team and when asked about the dif-
ference this week, he said, "It was about
getting back to the basic fundamentals with
the boys."

Please see School Page 12

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St. Francis de Sales School awards their students for great work. Each month the top
students in the school receive certificates for their performances. The students honoured
for September were Georquel Delancy, Diandra McIntosh, Lynzandria Archer, Kamir
Reckley, Teresha Burrows, Sashoy Campbell, Shanorry Moxey, Brandysha Russell, Jessica
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School From Page 11

Thanksgiving Service at
Central Abaco Primary
By Samantha V Evans
Under the theme Maintaining an Attitude
of Gratitude, Central Abaco Primary School
held its celebration of Thanksgiving on No-
vember 30th. Each grade level was respon-
sible for performing an item at the assembly.
Each class creatively decorated a box to place
their canned and non-perishable goods into
and placed them on tables to be graded by

the three judges: Ms. Eleanor Darville, Mrs.
Coral Johnson and Ms. Samantha V. Evans.
The most creative box was Ms. Lowe's grade
1. Ms. McQueen's grade 6 won for the class
with the most items donated. Grade 1 stu-
dents was treated to ice cream and grade 6
received a floating trophy to be placed in their
classroom until it is won by another class next
Thanksgiving. The students of this class
learned that it does pay to give.
The guest speaker for this celebration was

Please see School Page 13

After 28 vigorous rounds of the Grade 7 Spelling Bee held on November 24th, at St.
Andrews Methodist Church Hall in Dundas Town, Agape Christian School student Vicente
Chea was declared the winner. It was clear from the start that he was an excellent speller
and would be a force to contend with. His coach was Mr. Rich Roberts. Taking home the
second place trophy was Roverna Smith from Long Bay School. The third place trophy
went to Matthew Grammatico from St. Francis de Sales. All 20 contestants did a wonderful
job and earned the i, , ,-in, ,n they received.

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Dr. Stephen Hale, Methodist Pastor. He said
that each person has a name that identifies
them and is remembered. But they must be
careful what activities they get involved in.
He told the students that as a boy, he some-
times made bad decisions and choices and
became known as a bad person. Therefore,
he was punished a lot for the bad things he
did. He had a friend by the name of Charlie
who was a girl. She loved Jesus but was not
a very strong academic student. She was
teased a lot. But no matter what children
would say to her, she never said a mean thing

to them. Dr. Hale said to them that this is
what it means to be a good person and to
bare good fruit.
Rev. Hale stated that while in high school,
he continued to get into bad things and one
night his friend Larry crashed his car and
died. He died because he chose to do the
wrong things and messed around with drugs.
Larry was disobedient to God and his par-
ents and it caused him his life. After his
friend's death, Pastor Hale stated that he went
to church for the first time. On that night, he
made a decision that he was not going to be
bad anymore. He encouraged all of the stu-
dents to love one another and to love God.

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for the evening was meatballs, shrimp,
golden droplets, potato salad, other cold
salads and a table full of delicious desserts.
And the food was all healthy including the
desserts. The food was prepared by Princi-
pal Jacqueline Collie, Mrs. Carla Wright
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like regular food. The only difference is that
they use 100 percent vegetarian products

which means all food is made from veg-
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Character Family Fun Day Entertained the Youth

By Samantha V Evans
Hundreds of men, women, and chil-
dren attended the Character Family Fun
day organized by All Out Advertising and
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cember 2nd at Ocean View Park in
Dundas Town. Barbara Saunders along
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some family fun for the residents that
morning. She stated that this idea came
to her some time ago after she saw events
being planned for adults but very little or
none for the children.
This led to the Character Family Fun
day. The first such event took place in
Freeport about three weeks ago and was
a major success. She stated that all of the
character costumes and expenses for this
event were provided by her. She is self
employed so she is able to give as much

of her time as needed to make each event
a success.
The children enjoyed face painting, the
bouncing castle, games and lots to eat as
they waited for the Character Show to be-
gin which was the highlight of the day.
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Spider Man and Elmo took center stage
to entertain the children. Each character
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hands. After the initial show the charac-
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stated they plan to take this show on the
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is happy doing this, especially since it
gives parents something positive and fun
to do with their children on the week-
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so that she can continue to put smiles on
the faces of the children.

Lots of well loved television characters visited Abaco entertaining young people. Barbara
Saunders from Grand Bahama brought the characters who danced and mingled with the
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It is a special pleasure for me to once again extend very warm
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a time when family and friends gather and when many of us
welcome those who are alone into our homes and hearts.
This generosity of spirit is very much a part of our Bahamian
character and so we hope that once again this year many of us
will use the season to share with friends and neighbours and
also with the less fortunate.
On Abaco, we are pained by the continued inadequate response
to the conditions prevailing in our poorest communities in the
Mud and Pigeon Pea, and of resulting increased strain on the
wider community.
The stresses and demands of modern living continue to inflict
unacceptable costs on our communities around the country. Our
country continues to be marred by an unacceptably high inci-
dence of traffic fatalities, domestic violence, and murder.
In the midst of challenges we are reminded to be grateful for
what we have and to remember to give thanks to God for His
many blessings.
We take this opportunity on behalf of the Free National Move-
ment to recognize and thank the many in our communities, both
private enterprise and individual donors, who respond to trag-
edies by opening their hearts, their homes and their wallets in
support of those impacted by disaster. We thank especially all
those individuals, businesses and non-government organizations
who continue to give time and financial resources to national
charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to the care of
orphaned and abandoned children, the aged, the victims of di-
sasters, the sick and the shut-ins. That response continues to be
generous and for this we must all be grateful.

The Free National Movement extends special thanks to all those
in the public and government service who continue to give good
service. We are especially conscious of those who will work dur-
ing the season so that others of us may enjoy the holidays, mem-
bers of our police and defence forces, of the fire brigade and of
the prison service as well as our police reservists. And we ex-
press thanks to the other branches of the uniformed service, the
staff of customs and immigration, road traffic, civil aviation and
the port departments.
And, we recognize the dedication of doctors, nurses, health care
workers, social service workers and assistants who labour to im-
prove the well-being of people throughout our land.
To public officers generally, we remain in your debt; we thank
you from the bottom of our hearts for the service you render to
To teachers, teachers aides and support staff of all government,
church and privately operated schools, We voice the thanks and
appreciation of our Party.
On behalf of the Free National Movement, ourfamilies and our-
selves, we am pleased to wish you a blessed, peaceful and safe
Christmas, and the joy that only Christ can bring.

Thanks from Robert Sweeting

P.S. Let me take this opportunity to personally thank all of my
constituents for their support over the last 15 years and for al-
lowing me the opportunity to serve Abaco for these many years.
I did my best. I now ask for your support for our party and
candidate in the next general election.

Once again many thanks and appreciation. May God continue
to bless and keep you in the coming year.

Sincerely, Robert Sweeting



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Sports News

ACH Soars on the Road
By Julian Lockhart
The Abaco Central High Soaring Eagles
(ACH) dominated the first Abaco Road
Race, a 26.2 mile marathon from Treasure
Cay to the Murphy Town Park on Decem-
ber 2nd. Teams of eight runners competed
in the marathon with the boys running a
mile each before passing the baton and the
girls, junior boys and primary school teams
running half a mile each over 13 miles.
The Soaring Eagles won the under-17
boys finishing in 3:02.02 followed by their
under-19 boys' team in 3:13.09 with the
S.C. Bootle Dolphins under-19 team fin-
ishing off the race in 3:19.47.
Soaring Eagles coach Vogal Williams
said, "This is only the first step and we still
have a long way to go. We are trying to
build towards Nationals. I would like to take
some of them to the North Andros Invita-
tional, then we have the Carifta Trials, and
I would like to take some of the better ones
there. But definitely I want to get them ready
for Nationals. Some of them will compete
with the better schools, I am not saying all,
but when we go to Nationals they will know
we were there," added Williams, who
planned the race as a way to get the student
athletes ready for the track season.
Abaco Central also won the girls divi-
sion finishing in an impressive 1:38.58,
which was only a minute behind the S.C.
Bootle junior boys, who competed by them-
selves and finished in 1:37.35. Three S.C.
Bootle girls' teams finished behind Abaco
Central and came across the finish line
within a minute of each other. Only one

primary school took place with Central
Abaco Primary cruising to an uncontested
Dolphins' coach Lyndon Scott said his
team was not at full strength with a number
of his senior boys competing in the Eight
Mile Rock Basketball Tournament in Grand
However, both coaches were pleased with
the performance of their teams as they pre-
pare for the Abaco Track and Field Meet
and then Nationals next year in New Provi-
Mr. Williams was disappointed that only
two of the high schools on Abaco took part
in the road race and feels the other schools
need to start supporting sporting events on
the island. He added that a lot of schools
use the excuse they don't have coaches or
teachers to work with the students. But
Williams said if they cared like they say
they do, the teachers and principals would
take the time to get their student athletes
Mr. Scott said, "We came out half
strength because most of the guys are play-
ing basketball at the Eight Mile Rock Tour-
nament. It is a nice thing for Abaco. I said
we may as well still come but we didn't
have our full team. I wouldn't have said we
would have won but it would have been
better if I had my senior boys. My senior
girls had some cake decorations and I hear
they couldn't come. But it is good training
for the kids. We don't have anything on
Abaco as such but something like this is
very good for them for their conditioning,
and it will prepare them for Nationals," he

The older
boys ran 26
miles in
relays while
the younger .
students and
girls ran 13
miles in
relays in the
first school
held on
Abaco. This
event was
organized by Coach Vogal Williams at Abaco Central High School and involved two high
schools, Abaco Central and S. C. Bootle High School, but only one primary school, Central
Abaco Primary. This race showed the runners what long distance running is like and
begins their training for the nationals to be held next year.




Club News

Two Youth Groups Present
Goods to Social Services
By Samantha V Evans
Members of the Interact and Anchor
Clubs of St. Francis de Sales School pre-
sented approximately 12 boxes of canned
goods and non-perishable items collected on
Thanksgiving Day to the Department of
Social Services in Marsh Harbour to dis-
tribute to the senior citizens and needy fami-
lies on Abaco. Each class presented a box
to the school during the Thanksgiving Ser-
vice held on November 23rd. The presen-
tation was made on Wednesday at 12:30p.m.
at the Social Services office. Accompany
ing the students was Mr. Cecil Simon, An-
chor Club Leader, and Mrs. Barbara
Claridge, Interact Leader of the school. The
students presenting the goods were Steven
Pedican, Brittany Archer, Alex Forbes,


Dominique Evans, Patrick McIntosh, and
Antonique Adderly, all students of grade
11 and 12. Accepting the goods were So-
cial Workers Mrs. Kim Miller, Mrs. Serena
Brown-Simms, and Mrs. Barbara Williams.
Junior Achievement Clubs
Have Three Sponsors
By Samantha V Evans
A committee has been formed to orga-
nize several Junior Achiever Clubs on
Abaco. A meeting was held with sponsors,
advisors, principals and board members to
allow all parties to meet sponsors and to
organize when and where each sponsor will
meet with students. The sponsors for Jun-
ior Achievement for 2006-07 are Water and
Sewerage, BEC and Batelco. It appears as

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Sports News

Lightbourn Wins Gold
for Abaco Karate
By Julian Lockhart
Sensei Churton Toote was disappointed
with his team but six-year-old LaChelle
Lightbourn gave him something to smile
about as she won her Kata (form) at the
Bahamas Karate Federation Tournament
Circuit hosted by Sensei George Brennan
on November 18.
Competing in the 7-8-year-old girls' di-
vision LaChelle proved to be the best of the
field as she brought home Abaco Karate
Academy's only first place at the tourna-
ment held in New Providence. She said, "I
feel really good about winning because my
gramps (William Cheney) gave me $100.
He promised me if I won first place he would
give it to me. Winning first place made me
feel very, very happy. It was not hard be-
cause I know it. I didn't have a lot of com-
petition and the other competitors were not
that good. I was the best because I do well
in my Katas," she added.
Sensei Toote carried 11 competitors with
him and six of them were competing for the
first time, getting a taste of what it feels
like to be on the mat against a foreign com-
Abaco Karate Academy did win five
medals with the other four being third place
finishes besides LaChelle's gold.
Mr. Toote said despite winning the five
medals he was still disappointed in the per-
formances as he felt they should have done
a lot better but just underestimated the com-
Finishing in the top three were Kristi

Wong in women's adult Kata, Matthew
Deveaux finished third in both Kata and
Kumite (fighting) in the boys 14-15 divi-
sion and Agatha Curry finished third in the
girls 16-17 Kumite.
Also competing were Jonathan Johnson,
D'Andra Johnson, Joshua Wong, Andrea
Risberg, Sara Higgs, Susan Albury and two-
year-old Blaine Toote.
Sensei Toote said, "We have a lot of work
to do. The competition wasn't as difficult
as we thought it was going to be, and we
just didn't perform at all. As for now we
will prepare ourselves for all of those things,
and we will deal with it one day at a time. I
was not happy but mostly we took down
beginners to get a feel as to what it feels
like to take part in tournaments. But I took
down five seasoned persons, and I was look-
ing for something from them and it didn't
happen. We just underestimated in what it
was going to be, he added.
Some of the fighters felt that they were
cheated out of medals as the point system
was different from any they have seen be-
fore, and they were not awarded points
which they have been in the past during their
Mr. Toote said despite the point system
being foreign to them, if they were better
prepared, it wouldn't have made a differ-
ence. So now they will work even harder
as they prepare for their next competition
in January. "The scoring system was a little
different from what we are used before and
that will come with practice as well. We
will be much prepared next time," said
Toote. "Whether we were cheated or not,
next time it will be war, and we will learn

from it. You go to win. But if you lose, to
me it is still a win, so I am not disappointed,
Toote concluded.
Rockers Pull Out of
Boxing Day Parade
By Julian Lockhart
The Abaco Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade
will not be the same this year as six-time
winner Spring City Rockers have decided
to not participate this year because of fi-
nancial issues.
The Rockers have dominated Junkanoo
on Abaco, winning the last six years, but
avid Junkanoo fans will not have the op-
portunity this year to enjoy the excitement
the group brings to the parade.
Reading from a press release on Decem-
ber 8th, Rockers' leader Colin Curry said
theyjust don't have the finances to perform
at the level they are used to and need more
support from the corporate community. Mr.
Curry said, "The Spring City Rockers'
Junkanoo group announces its regret in its
decision to not participate in this Boxing
Day 2006 Junkanoo Parade. This decision
is based on the insufficient funding. Our
sponsors from previous years have not re-
sponded to our appeal this year and the gov-
ernment has not lived up to its promise for
more seed money. As a result we find it
necessary to not participate in the parade.
"The Spring City Rockers received a
check totaling $2,000 from the Ministry of
Youth, Sports and Culture and after careful
consideration the group concluded this
amount was insufficient to pull off a parade
in high quality as we have done in the past.
The fact we did not receive the full amount

of prize money for winning last year's pa-
rade also determined this decision not to
participate in this year's Junkanoo parade,"
Mr. Curry added.
The Rockers also receive a $2,000 check
from Winding Bay, who has sponsored and
supported the group for the last couple of
years, and Mr. Curry said he is grateful for
their support but it cannot even cover their
losses from last year. He said they are un-
willing to digress and are accustomed to
producing a product that rivals those in
Grand Bahama and New Providence so they
cannot perform under these economic con-
Abaco Junkanoo Committee Chairman
William Davis said the parade will be hurt
with the Rockers pulling out but they have
to continue and the other four groups com-
peting have to step up and make the parade
just as fun.
The Junkanoo Committee has been ask-
ing for corporate sponsors themselves and
received a $5,000 check from Winding Bay
to support the 2006 parade.
Mr. Davis said, "The Rockers always
made a very good representation and for
the lack of numbers (of groups) I think it
will hurt. Spring City always brought a de-
gree of excitement to the parade, but, of
course, Junkanoo must grow and it must go
on. We cannot beholden by one group alone.
We hoped they would have reconsidered.
However, they did not do so and hopefully
next year they will take a second look. They
will have to realize that Junkanoo has to be

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bigger than just one group.
"We do have a lack of proper sponsor-
ship and to some extent Junkanoo has to
prove something to the corporate sponsors
for them to assist. I don't think this will
cause us not get sponsorship once the pa-
rade continues, he added.
Mr. Davis said he did find out that the
Rockers didn't receive all of their prize
money from last year and he made Mr.
Curry a promise that the rest of their prize
money would be given to them before this
year's parade.
Mr. Curry said they will have to regroup
and look at coming back next year, and he
is sorry that they weren't able to perform
for their loyal fans.
Mr. Davis said, "The prize money they
were initially supposed to have gotten I un-

derstand they didn't get it. However, I made
commitments to them that they would have
gotten it before this parade, and I told them
I would have made sure they would have
got it I am not sure why they would have
made that an issue because the promise was
made they would get it," Davis concluded.
Flag Football Tournament
$500 cash prize
Tired of just watching football? You now
have a chance to get off the couch and play
some football at the Abaco Towns Flag
Football Tournament on December 31st,
2006, and at the Murphy Town Park on
January 1st, 2007.
In an attempt to create more sporting
events for the youth and adult enthusiasts at
large, Julian Lockhart teamed with Abaco
Towns to start what they hope to be the first
of many tournaments throughout the year.


wi6w lovely it is to take this time
to greet our dearest friends.

This year we have encountered many
challenges, but with the combined
effort of local officials and the
community, we were able to
bring resolution.

4 i i enter this yule tide season, let us not forget
the ii ue meaning of Christmas, which is the birth
,il our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

L eO us remember and keep in our heart and mind,
lesus' gospel while on earth, Peace on earth,
,ti will towards men.

So let us give thanks to our Lord, his only Son
anti cherish this Christmas.

Oin half of my family, the Murphy Town
Cimmnnittee and myself, I would like to wish you
,- I y merry Christmas filled with happiness,
joy, peace and a prosperous and productive new

Cubel Davis Jr.
Chief Councillor for Central Abaco District


The winning team will receive $500 and
there will be a $50 entrance fee for each
team. Teams must be no less than seven
players and no more than 10, with players
ranging from 14 and up and either male or
Everyone will be competing in the same
category; however, there will be minimal
physical contact, no tackling and interna-
tional flag football rules will be enforced.
Chris Smith of Abaco Towns said they
want to help as much as possible in giving
the youth of Abaco an opportunity to com-
pete in sports because it fosters healthy and
productive lifestyles.
Flag football helps to teach the sport to
the young and gives the older players an
opportunity to relive their glory years when
they could have played tackle football.
Teams must register by December 29th
and can do so by contacting Mr. Lockhart

at 242-426-4014 for farther information.
Each team will be given a set of rules to
abide by and must produce one player who
can also be a referee if called upon. The
tournament will start on the Sunday at 1 p.m.
at Abaco Towns and conclude on Monday,
New Year's Day, beginning at 10 a.m.
Teams will have a five-minute grace period
between games.
Part of the proceeds will go towards the
New Vision Ministries Youth Group sum-
mer trip.
Mr. Lockhart said, "I have played foot-
ball for many years and I understand the
discipline and fortitude it helps to foster in
those who play the sport. Football can be a
very dangerous sport, but flag football takes
away the physicality of the sport and leaves

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Marsh Harbour Clinic

Promotes Healthy Life Styles

By Samantha V Evans
November 24th was a quiet morning
but at 9 a.m. patients at the Marsh
Harbour Clinic received a talk on Healthy
Lifestyles from Nurse Daniel Ekpa, who
is in charge of chronic and non-commu-
nicable Diseases at the clinic. He told the
persons present that it is important for
them to take care of their nutritional
health by watching what they eat and by
exercising. The number one killer of per-
sons in the Bahamas and in the Carib-
bean region is hypertension.
Healthy Lifestyles is an initiative of the
Ministry of Health to help every person
living in The Bahamas to make healthy
choices and for all communities to work
together for a long healthy life. Better
lifestyle habits can help reduce the risk
of lifestyle related diseases such as hy-
pertension, diabetes, heart disease, obe-
sity and stroke. Practicing a healthy
lifestyle can benefit each person by in-
creasing his health and wellness, decreas-
ing illnesses and premature death, less-
ening chances of cardiovascular disease,
increasing productivity, reducing medi-
cal bills and lessening burden on hospi-
tals and medical offices.
As a part of this initiative, interested
patients can request a Healthy Lifestyle
Passport which will hold all of their per-
sonal information, medical history, things
that they need to do to promote better
health such as losing weight or exercis-

Nurse Daniel Ekpa promotes a healthy
lifestyle at the Marsh Harbour government
ing. Some things persons can do to pro-
mote a healthy lifestyle are: eat foods low
in fat and sugar, eat lots of fruits and
vegetables, limit the amount of refined,
processed carbohydrates and starches,
avoid or limit sodas, most commercial
juices, fried chips and snacks, foods with
lots of sodium, cakes, cookies and sweets,
drink plenty water, limit greasy, fried
foods, eat smaller portions and have a
general health examination once every
year. Nurse Ekpa is employed at Marsh
Harbour Clinic and will be happy to give
anyone a Healthy Lifestyle Passport on
request. This is a great way to stay in
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Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9
Picture and 4 lines $25
Additional lines at $2 per line
Display classified $18 per column inch
We can take the photo within the Marsh
Harbour area or use your photo.
Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677

BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100 + private Out
Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free list
ing. Call 1 800 462 2426
Cherokee Sound Vacation resort. For rent by
day or week. Call 242 323 4416 or 366 2075
Great Cistern 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, front room,
dining room, kitchen, 2 car garage and laun
dry, 3 story, wrap around deck overlooking Sea
of Abaco, access to beach. $3000/mo. Call 357
6932 or 359 6303
Green Turtle Cay, White Sound. 2 bed/ 2 bath.
$1200/ week. 242 365 4208 pr 352 383 3933
Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale
homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for
special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope
Town Hideaways 242 366 0224 or

Casuarina Point 3 bedrooms/2 bath, newly
built within steps of one of the prettiest beaches.
1,472 sq.ft, landscaped yard, very spacious. Call
242 367 3262
Cherokee Sound, Yellowwood hilltop lot for
sale by owner. Gorgeious views of Winding Bay
and Atlantic Ocean. $80,000 net. Call 367 3201
Elbow Cay's Best Houses and Land, rentals
and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242
366 0224 or fax 242 366 0434. On the internet
at www.hopetown.com
Elbow Cay lot, Dorros Cove, deeded dock slip
at Tahiti Beach. Panaramic views. $360,000 Call
Steve 678 416 2213
Elbow Cay, Marnie's Landing, 1/2 acre lot,
private dock slip, Atlantic views, beach path
access. Reduced below appraisal. $395,000. Call
Rick at 305 481 0970
Great Cistern 2 lots, 90' x 250' each, w/ great
elevation and views of Sea of Abaco. $65,000
each. Call 365 5175 Ask for Robbie.
Guana Cay, 3 bed/2 bath, 500 yards to beach,
good rental history, Priced reduced $229,000.
Call Danny 404 256 9626

Hope Town Land for Sale
By Owner
In the settlement, Gillam St.
Tel: 242 422 2108 www.yourbahamas.com

Guana Cay 2 bdrm 2 bath w/ Jack & Jill
shower. Magnificent views of Atlantic Ocean
and Sea of Abaco. Incredible sunsets. $375,000
net to seller Call Danny 404 256 9626
Guana Cay, Orchid Bay Subdivision Lot for
sale 75 x 100, great elevation and close to town,
nicely paved road and underground utilities. All
lots already sold last one available. Call 365
5175 Ask for Robbie
Guana Cay, Sea of Abaco, 1 + acre, 405' wa
ter frontage, elevations, dock w/permit in place.
$1,175,000 Ph. 970 328 7330
Lubbers Quarters, "Jack's Jungle," beauti
ful interior, water front & hill top half acre+
lots available. Views of Tahiti Beach and Tilloo
Cut. Deeded dock slip included. Roads com-
pleted. Electricity soon available. Prices start
ing at $125,000. Contact Sea Grape Realty @
242 367 2749 or call 242 375 8828

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Man-O-War 8 acres sea to sea, 4 cottages, will
divide. 100 ft. dock, 800 ft water front. Con
tact 242 357 6700 or 772 321 5613

Prime Corner Location
Little Harbour Rd. & Cherokee Rd.
14+ wooded acres, 1,600 water frontage.
242 422 4496

Dickie's Cay, Man-O-War, 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2
bathrooms, living room, sitting room, kitchen,
laundry, wrap around porch, swimming pool
and deck. 14,000 gal rain water, 40 KW gen
erator, dock and boat lift 10,000 lbs. and much
more. Asking $1,500,000. Call Sam Albury
365 6058 for details and appointment for view.
Scotland Cay, 2 adjoining lots for sale, ocean
beach on private island. Private paved runway
and marina slips available. Each lot 125' on
beach x 260' deep. Call 970 333 1055
Scotland Cay home on private island with paved
runway. 4 building complex on 300' of beach
front. Details at www.summercampabacos.com
Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 1 br/ 2 ba cot
tage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Pan
oramic view of ocean in all directions from top
of hill. On approx. 3.75 accres, sea to sea. Gen
erator, battery and solar powered. Call 508 540
3240 or e mail jvlvworthington@adelphia.net
Land for sale: 1 acre tracts of land on Bustick
Bay located 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour
next to the Abaco Highway. 130 feet on the
waterfront. Electricity on site. Price: $185,000
Phone: 1 242 324 1476
Land for sale: 15 acre tract of land next to
the Abaco Highway located in between Marsh
Harbour and Treasure Cay. Land elevations
over 30 feet. Nice hilltop views. Price: $25,000
per acre. Ideal site for small subdivision or
industrial park. Phone: 1 242 324 1476

For Sale by Owner
3/1.5 house with 1/1 apartment, 3 garages
on Ocean Blvd, ocean view
2 adjacent lots, 1 w/ ocean & canal view
Treasure Cay Call 954 495 9453

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Houses and Land Foer Rent and Fr Sale

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Lay Counselers Will Be Trained

By Samantha V Evans
The Christian Counseling Center is seek-
ing to develop and train twenty lay counse-
lors to help address the counseling needs of
Abaco including substance abuse, marital,
family and career counseling. A meeting
was held about a year ago at Abaco Beach
Resort when members of the community
came together to share a vision: to help
hurting people on Abaco by seeking to en-
hance counseling services on the island.
This meeting was the beginning of a fruit-
ful relationship between Abaco and Pastor
Arnett from the Christian Counseling Cen-
Persons who are interested in being
trained to assist in this vein attended an ori-
entation held at Central Abaco Primary
School on December 2nd from 10a.m.-12
noon. The meeting was led by Gina
Guttuso, a volunteer with the Christian
Counseling Center. There were 12 persons

present for the informational meeting. Per-
sons with questions were able to ask them
at this time. Some persons did have reser-
vations about this process because there
were many things that were not clear. The
facilitators for the three part training are
Dr. Susan Newbold and Mr. Vicente Rob-
erts both from The College of the Bahamas
office on Nassau; who persons were also
asked to contact with their questions. The
training sessions will begin in January 2007.

Rules From Page 7

A summary of the proposed changes are:
From six crawfish per person to six
per vessel
From six conch per person to prohib-
iting the catching of conch
From 20 pounds of demersal fish (such
as grouper, snapper, etc) per person to 20
pounds per vessel

From a total of six pelagic species (dol-
phin, kingfish, wahoo, tuna) per person to
six per vessel
All fish retained must be kept with head
and tail intact while aboard the vessel or
transported by air to facilitate identification
during inspection.
An exception to the catch limits for ap-
proved fishing tournaments will be allowed
with catch limits stated in the tournament
Other conditions under the Sport Fish-
ing Section of the regulations are expected
to remain as presently stated.

Clubs From Page 17
if all clubs will meet in Marsh Harbour.
Three schools, St. Francis de Sales School,
Agape Christian School and Abaco Central
High School, have volunteered their facili-
ties for use by sponsoring companies. All
companies were advised to get back to the
Board of Directors as soon as possible so

that they can be assigned students before
the close of school for this first term and to
hold their first meeting. All companies will
be fully running by the start of the new
school year in January 2007.

Sports From Page 19
the fun behind. Hopefully, a number of
teams will sign up to compete in this tour-
nament, which will be two days of fun and
laughs. The owners at Abaco Towns have
proved their concern for the youth and
sports at large by joining forces for this
"This will be a safe and fun environ-
ment for anyone who is interested and will
be a good opportunity for families to come
out in support of one another," Mr.
Lockhart concluded.


Eastern Abaco Region of
The Methodist Church
St. Andrews Methodist St. James Methodist Epworth Chapel Methodist
Dundas Town Hope Town Cherokee Sound
Sunday Services 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Sunday Services 9:30 & 11 a.m. Sunday Services 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Office 367-3050 Mission House 366-0400 Mission House 366-2249
Manse 367-4647
Minister's Cell 466-9090 Rev. Dr. Stephen Hale, Minister Email revshale@yahoo.com

New Vision Ministries

[ Our Mission
"Turning people into
SI devout followers of
| dJesus Christ"

Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Kids' Korner 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday Interactive Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Prayer Time 12:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Friday Youth Night (high school & up) 7:30 p.m.
Pastors / Leaders
Derek Benjamin Ted Pearce David Lowe
Youth Pastor: Chris Pinder
For Directions call 242-367-3324


Church Office Hours :Tuesday Fridays 10am- 3pm
P.O.Box AB20699, Murphy Town, Abaco, Bahamas
Tel I Fax: (242) 367-2972
Email: change87@hotmail.oom

Dundas Town Church of God
Where Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is

We exist to:
fReach, Develop,
Train, Love
and Send
Sunday Weekdays (I
Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Monday Night
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Night ET.H.
Evening Worthin 6:00 p.m. fridayYouth Night
Jesus f Saves Tuesday,Thursday

For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457
or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565
Bishop Anthony Campbell
242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 Dtcog@coralwave.com

5:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Family Night

Business Service Directory

Abaco Island Pharmacy
Prescriptions Testing
Beauty Supplies Vitamins
Ricardo Miller,
Hours 8:30 am- 6 pm
Sunday 9 am 12 Noon
Ph. 367 2544
Cell 554-8183
Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb.
Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@yahoo.com

S Sick Copier?
Call the Copier Doctor
We make house calls!
Most brands serviced
We make business quality rubber stamps:
Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps
Self inking and traditional styles
Call 367-4709

`711 Specializing in sales & services of
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New Computer Sales
ibafr==. Computer Repairs
Ph : 1-242-37-4681

Sunshine Trucking Services
For All Your Trucking Needs



Marble i Granite i Ceramic
Porcelain i Mud Work i Kitchens
Bathrooms i Entire Home
Larry Lowe
Cell : 477-5966
Office : 367-7072

Big Cat Equipment
Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor,
Payloader, Dump Truck
Services: Land clearing, Trenching
Fill, rock and sand

Fax: 242-367-2464
Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250
Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839

GOPHp-R you
Randy or Dawn Pinder The Airport
Ph: 242-375-8466 a The Ferry Dock
Ph: 242-359-6066 a The Freight Dock
Fax: 242-367-3671 Food Stores
gopheryou@abacolnet.com Liquor Stores

Green Thumb

Sod & Plug Installation
Marvin A. Russell
PO BoxAB20591 i Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
email gigaman793@hotmailcom
abacofarmproducts@hotmalI cor
Ph: 1-242-551-5299

Iropical Souvenirs
Straw Baskets Shirts Hats
Casual Wear Gifts Souvenirs
Located Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport
Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour
Mon Sat 7:30- 5 Sun 10 5
Visa and MasterCard Accepted


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If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677

December 15. 2006 The Abaconian Paae 23 C

Viewpoint ...

By Vernique Russell
Over the past years there have been count-
less articles about the abuse of our marine
creatures, in particular crawfish. In spite of
the attempts at conservation, there seems to
be an increase in the abuse especially in the
north. Recent trends have shown the rise of
undersized marine creatures being caught.
When questioned, divers often complain about
the appearance of lobsters underwater claim-
ing that they seem larger. These are seasoned
There is great concern about the number
of reported cases of people being caught with
undersized marine animals. However, there
should be more concern about the ones that
go unreported. How often are these crawfish
captured? Who are the ones that are guilty?
Is it the local divers or the local buyers?
Maybe it is the fisheries officers, the "black
market" consumers inclusive of the local res-
taurants? Maybe we are all guilty! There is
uncertainty in this matter. Is this a case of
just greed, ignorance or both. These same
fishermen who practice harvesting undersized
crawfish are the same ones to complain about
the scarcity of crawfish and conch each sea-
son. They fail to recognize the link between
harvesting undersized marine animals and
their decline.
Harvesting undersize sea creatures means
that the animal has little time to reproduce.
This further means when we consider that
out of the 300,000 600,000 eggs in the case
of lobster or conch, less than half of these
survive to maturity. In addition to the natural
predators, is it greed that leads to interfer-
ence from humans predators? We must real-
ize the dangers and protect our marine lives

We Need to Help Our Environment

for future generations. Some dangers that
divers who harvest undersize marine crea-
tures are
Destruction to food chain/balance of
Future loss of revenue for the Bahamas
Complete extinction of these marine crea-
The question now is: who do we hold re-
sponsible for this crisis? While the answer
for that may vary, the real fact is we have all
contributed in one way or another and it is
time we help ourselves. Therefore, we are
suggesting that we put in place the following
Subsidized employment for more ma-
rine/fisheries officers
Education of the public through more
marine seminars and workshops
Liaising with and supporting environ-
ment groups such as Friends of the Environ-
Encouragement of community self-help
Stiffer penalties for poaching/infraction
of the laws referring to these creatures
More involvement from the local
government's perspectives through the post-
ing of signs/reminders near bay sides.
Realization of individual's responsibil-
ity to report infraction or abuse of the law
Add marine biology as a separate sub-
ject in all schools, including primary level
Consider and prepare for mari-culture
Revive any existing fishing associations
and organize new associations to address con-
cerns and find other ways to preserve the
nearby reefs within their vicinities. In addi-

tion, they would align themselves with inter- are destroying.
national organizations as this is a global prob- It is our responsibility as citizens of the
lem. Bahamas to persevere and protect our waters
Mandate perpetrators to perform some and creatures that abide undersea. We MUST
duty toward the marine environment that they help ourselves!


with a Church Service

By Samantha V. Evans
Stop AIDS...Keep the Promise was the
theme for HIV/AIDS week on Abaco and
the theme of the third annual church service
held to usher in the week of activities. The
service was held on November 26th at Grace
Baptist Church. World AIDS day was held
to open the minds of people around the world
to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS
and to ensure them that they have the sup-
port of everyone. This celebration also helps
the general public to realize the importance
of protection from HIV/AIDS. The entire
program was youth centered, allowing them
to take part fully as youth speakers, dancers,
singers, protocol and welcome and hostesses.
The guest speaker for the service was a
young lady from Nassau who is infected with
the virus. At the time when she became posi-
tive, there was a lot of stigma and discrimi-
nation attached. Many Bahamians believed
that only Haitians and homosexuals contracted
the virus but we now know that this is not
true. In fact, Bahamians and heterosexuals
are the largest groups of infected persons. It
is this type of thinking that leads to labeling
and discrimination. The speaker stated that
even though statistics stated that 10,000 per-

sons are infected, this is not the actual num-
ber because many older persons are carrying
the virus as well and they do not know. Many
persons between the ages of 15-29 are in-
fected. Two main reasons this age group is
targeted are because they are materialistic and
they have low self-esteem.
She encouraged parents to be there for their
children. Too many parents are too busy for
their children. She told parents that it is im-
portant for them to talk to their children and
to be a friend to their children so that they
will feel comfortable to talk to them about
anything, especially during those teenage
years. She cautioned parents that if they do
not make time for their children and if they
do not talk to their children, they will find
someone else to talk to.
The speaker is happy to be alive to be an
ambassador against this epidemic. She wants
to educate young people about it so that they
can make a difference and if necessary, a
change. Even though she has the virus, she
still believes that prevention is better than cure.
She thanks God that she is healthy, she is
working, and she can be a positive example
for young people. She encouraged employ-
ers to give persons with the virus a job and
not discriminate.

Classified Advertisements

Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9
Picture and 4 lines $25
Additional lines at $2 per line
Display classified $18 per column inch
We can take the photo within the Marsh
Harbour area or use your photo.
Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677

Harbour View Grocery, Hope Town, Teller/
Stock person wanted. Must be computer liter
ate. Call Thomas 366-0033 for appointment.

Employment Opportunity
Road Technician -Abaco
Position Description:
Company seeks to employ a Road
Technician to assist with installation and
training for "Point-Of-Sale" related
equipment. The successful applicant should
possess the following:
Minimum of two years experience in
technical field OR Pursuing A.A. Degree
in Computer Science or related field
Must be Computer Literate
Minimum Requirements:
Excellent organizational skills
Ability to prioritize and multitask
Ability to train and confidently
communicate with customers
Excellent interpersonal skills
Valid driver's license
Own vehicle would be an asset
Applicants should submit resumes to:
Attn: Human Resource Manager
P.O. Box N-1004
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: recruiter 1004@yahoo. com

Hi! I am a well versed and experienced book
keeper looking for full time or part time work
within a creative environment. Have over 5
years experience in addition to a thorough
knowledge of Quickbooks. Will commute to
Hope Town. If interested, please contact me &
I will be more than happy to forward my cover
letter & resume. Call 367-0886 or 375-8828

For all your vertical and mini-blind needs con
tact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031.
Sales and Service

Cotton Candy Are you having Christmas par
ties? Fun days or any special functions? Call
"Patt," the cotton candy lady at tel 554-4105
for more information


New 10" high therapedic mattress with
memory foam, cost $1800 Full-size. Makes
bed too high for owner. $1400 OBO Call 367

16.5' Malibu 84 with 2003 50 HP Mercury
(3 hrs) w/trailer $6450. Can be seen at
National Marine. See Royce or call 367-2326

22' Grady White Seafarer '88 w/200 HP
Johnson, cuddy cabin. DUTY PAID. Asking
$17,000. At Outboard Shop. Call 367-2703 or

23' Mako 140 HP Mercury, low hours.
15,000.00 Contact National Marine for details

24' Mako with brand new (less than 10 hours)
twin 225 Yamaha 4 stroke engines. Engines
still under warranty. $25,000 OBO Will sell
engines alone $20,000 OBO DUTY PAID Call
242-365-5032 or 954-258-9644 VHF Ch. 16
"Ridgehouse" Great Guana Cay

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25' Grady White Sailfish, '88, w/ 2 225 HP
Evinrudes, cuddy cabin, depth sounder, DUTY
PAID, good condition. Asking US $16,000 At
Green Turtle Shipyard. Call 365-4648 or 215
256-9990 or < cachowns@verizon.net >

26' Wellcraft Scarab "Must See" DUTY
PAID. For more info call 242-367-2089 or 367

31' Hydrocat, '98, with twin 200 HP Evinrude
engines. DUTY PAID Asking $45,000 OBO.
Please contact Mark @ 242-366-0342 for further
31' Ocean Master, '88, open cockpit fishing
boat, 2- 250 HP Yamaha 2 stroke, autopilot,
outriggers & fishing rods, live bait locker.
DUTY PAID. US $34,000 Call 242-365-8101,
34' Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat, DUTY
PAID, 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many up
grades. Lying Abacos. $41,500. Call 828-669
0828 Fax 828-664-1710
35' Chris Craft Boat, A/C 6.5 Onan genera
tor. Located in Hope Town. Great live aboard
or island boat. Port engine runs fine. Starboard
engine needs work $20,000. 12' Dinghy, cen
ter counsel, 25HP Mercury. DUTY PAID Both
for $23,000.Call 366-0617
45' #1 hull, fiberglass crawfishing boat with
stabilizers. Call 367-2707 or 375-3830

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