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PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction VOLUME 15, NUMBER 1,JANUARY 1st, 2007 By Jennifer Hudson What a wonderful Christmas treat the members and friends of St. James Methodist Church, Hope Town, gave to the community on December 14 and 15 with the presentation of the play Mayhem in Bethlehem More than 80 people were involved in this giant of a production; over 40 young people in the actual cast and almost as many adults in the backPlease see Hope Town Play Page 2Mayhem In Bethlehem Entralled Audiences with Song and DramaBy Jennifer Hudson The Choir of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel presented its annual Christmas Cantata on December 17th and once again this year it was a blessing to all who attended. This is a popular event each Christmas season and one must arrive early in order to get a seat. The newly refurbished and beautifully decorated sanctuary was full to overflowing. Aware of the fact that everyone arrives early, the organizers thoughtfully arranged an interesting Bible quiz on the overhead projector while two of the teachers from Agape School played Christmas carols on a flute and piano with drum accompaniment which was delightful. Before the choir entered for the Cantata the audience was asked to join in the singing of carols to the accompaniment of guitars played by Rhonda Bill and Troy Albury which everyone seemed toMusic, Plays and Services Celebrate ChristmasCantata Is an Anticipated Event at Marsh Harbour Gospel ChapelThe twenty-one members of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel choir performed the Cantata Let There Be Light: a Christmas Celebration for audiences in Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. Choir numbers were interspersed with solos and other special music, and the problem was enjoyed by an overflow crowd. Phot o by Snap Shop Please see Cantata Page 22 stage crew. The performance was executed in the small church sanctuary which, had we not recognized it from its well known exterior, we would never have realized that we were in the church as it had been transformed into more of a community hall with a large stage instead of an altar. Admittance was by ticket only. By Vernique Russell The Department of Fisheries launched a campaign to eradicate the harvesting of undersize lobster through The Bahamas. In an effort to crack down, a stake-out was initiated at the Green Turtle Cay ferry landing area which is a high traffic area for the transport of lobster from Little Abaco to holding and processing stations and buyers. During the execution of the first stake-out, Mr. Carroll Laing and his team from the Department of Fisheries, North Abaco, intercepted a boat that was in possession of 1,500 pounds of lobster that were to be transported to a holding station at Green Turtle Cay. Visible inspection revealed that some of the lobster appeared to be undersize. The person on the boat was taken into custody. Upon close examination it was revealed that 623 pounds of the lobster were undersize. The person went before the Magistrates Court in Coopers Town, was found guilty of Please see Fisheries Page 22Fisheries Cracks Down on the Taking of Undersized CrawfishSanta Makes Early Visit to CherokeeThis is the 60th year that Cherokee Sound has welcomed Santa during an early visit to that community. This event is anticipated by children and adults alike and the town makes preparation for many visitors for the occasion. Santa arrives in a sleigh escorted by Ricky Sawyer and distributes gifts in the Epworth Chapel yard. Mr. Hartis Pinder assists him in making sure that the gifts get to the correct children. This year gifts included quite a few bicycles in addition to the many wrapped gifts. The Hope Town community annually presents a Christmas musical play to raise funds to send orphans to summer camp. This years production, Mayhem in Bethlehem, was another winner. Adults, young people, children, Bahamians and second-home owners work together for several months to prepare for the production. Shown here are the younger participants. Photo by Lisa Wilhoyte

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REMEMBERABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING Although there was not charge for the ticket, if you did not have one of those precious pieces of card, there was no way you could get in, no matter how eager, since the church can, unfortunately, only seat a very limited number of people. The production was so great that I wish everyone on Abaco could have seen it. This was the first year I have had the opportunity to get over to see the churchs Christmas production, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The joy, excitement and enthusiasm of the entire cast was infectious, and it was all those elements combined with excellent direction and technical back-up which resulted in such a professional performance. The short play, Mayhem In Bethlehem created by Dave Noel (what an appropriate name for a Christmas play writer) and Jay Rouse, was most unusual and took the form of a 30-minute Special Report by the NNN (Nosey News Network) Team. The entire cast was amazing, and it is truly remarkable the talent which is to be found within the small confines of Elbow Cay. The two news anchors, Noah Lot (Dylan Thompson) and Aree Porter (Nicole Maltarp) along with their three reporters, Lorna Limelight (Shannon Thompson), Vesta Gates (Tatum Thompson,) Freddi Factoid (Erin Patterson) and Randy Looney (Ben Patterson) all anchored the play very solidly while Bobie Joe Debonair (Stony Lowe), the advertising sponsor for hair tonic, kept the audience in stitches with his corny jokes and ever changing hair styles. Nobody would ever have guessed that Herod was actually Rhiannon Thomas. What a performance! Her singing, acting and affectations were all superb. The entire back-up cast which consisted of the Debonair Singers, NNN Jingle Singers, Kings, Jokester, Street People, Egyptian Dancers, Cameraman, Make up Tech, Shepherd, Angel Michael (who spent half the play cleverly suspended in mid-air looking very angelic), Little Angels, Sheep and, of course, Mary and Joseph all did a tremendous job. There was such a spirit of togetherness which came shining through. It was obvious just how much all the members had enjoyed working together to create the whole experience. The singers and actors were all very confident, and it was so professionally done that had I closed my eyes when the entire group were singing their opening number, Mayhem in Bethlehem, I could have imagined that I was listening to a Broadway production. Jane E ngle (who was also responsible for the choreography) and Carrie Cash did an absolutely superb job of directing the production. While everyone played his or her parts extremely well, the five little angels, some of whom were only three years of age, absolutely stole the show. One angel, who certainly showed no signs of stage fright was opening her tiny mouth as wide as she could to sing as loudly as she could (no matter that it was slightly off key!) while the little angel next to her found this so amusing that she could not sing for laughing. So many church and community members came together to make this production the success that it was including Dr. Larry Beachy (Set Design) and his wife Carol ( Costume Design), Craig Knowles and Peter Albury (Lighting), Noah Albury (Sound), Clay and Christian Wilhoyte (Special Effects) and many other stage crew and helpers who assisted with makeup, hair, wardrobe and stage management who, though too numerous to mention by name, Hope TownFrom Page 1Hope Town Production Raises Funds for OrphansThe entire cast for the play Mayhem in Bethlehem was backed up with many community assistants. The planning began many months prior to December with casting and practice sessions beginning in September. nevertheless played a very important role. The story was set in the 1950s and the costumes were most authentic. Congratulations to all for a job very well done. This very unusual Christmas play began with Mary and Joseph taking centre stage and a reminder by an announcer of the original Nativity story. Well, our storys nothing like that, we are then told and almost The Angel Michael was suspended in mid-air for half of the play, looking very angelic. Please see Hope Town Play Page 4

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 f 242.366.0164 Jane Patterson t 242.366.0035 c 242.375.8117 Laurie Schreiner t. 242.367.5046 h. 242.366.3143 c: 242.359.6216 Stan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 c 242.477.5821BB BB B AHAMA PAHAMA P AHAMA PAHAMA P AHAMA P ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORESSECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $40,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner : 242.367.5046 TILLTILL TILLTILL TILL OO OO O O CAO CA O CAO CA O CA YY YY Y TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION #1836 Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $150,000. OCEANFRONT LOT #3120 Docking on the Sea of Abaco Spectacular Sunrise! 100x190. $248,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 LL LL L UBBERS QUBBERS Q UBBERS QUBBERS Q UBBERS Q UU UU U ARAR ARAR AR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERS INTERIOR LOTS from $52,500. Lot 20 AOC #3164 Waterfront. $365,000. BEACHFRONT LOT #3357North end of Lubbers. 208 feet of beachfront, over 1 acre. $399,900. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD LUBBERS QUARTERS Lot 17 AOC #3346 #215,000. Laurie Schreiner 242.366.3143 BAHAMA PALM SHORES #2853 TRANQUIL BREEZESBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 4 bed, 4 bath home on 1 acre+ with 100 feet of sandy beach. Solid CBS construction. Price Reduced. $995,000LaurieSchreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3673 GREEN SHUTTERSHH HH HISTIST ISTIST IST ORICORIC ORICORIC ORIC 3 bed 2.5 bath saltbox cottage built in the late 1800s lovingly restored. Ocean beach a minute away. $695,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2859 FALKSNESTCC CC COMMUNITY OMMUNITY OMMUNITY OMMUNITY OMMUNITY DOCKDOCK DOCKDOCK DOCK STEPSSTEPS STEPSSTEPS STEPS AA AA A WW WW W AA AA A YY YY Y, 2 bed 2 bath, tastefully furnished. Large lot with room for another house $795,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2893 BORN AGAINSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA OFOF OFOF OF AA AA ABB BB B AA AA A COCO COCO CO in Lucayos, 2,076 sq. ft. excellent elevation, 3 bed 3 bath with apartment, shared dock. $1,175,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2681 RUDYS PLACETT TT TURNKEYURNKEY URNKEYURNKEY URNKEY B B B B BARAR ARAR AR ANDAND ANDAND AND R R R R RESTEST ESTEST EST AA AA A URANTURANT URANTURANT URANT or renovate into single or multi-family dwelling. Great investment. $ $ $ $ $ 325,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2989 ELBOW ROOM110 110 110 110 110 FTFT FTFT FT.. .. ON ON ON ON ON THETHE THETHE THE OCEANOCEAN OCEANOCEAN OCEAN, deeded dock slip in Marnies Landing, three master suites, swimming pool, absolutely turn key. $1,875,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2509 GAZEBO VILLASTT TT TWW WW W OO OO O H H H H HARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT VV VV VILLASILLAS ILLASILLAS ILLAS, each with 2 bed 2 bath, close to sandy beach, excellent rental history. Both for $1,590,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3125 SIROCCOOO OO OCEANFRCEANFR CEANFRCEANFR CEANFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 4 bed, 3 bath home with central A/C, tile throughout and cypress tongue and groove. $1,850,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l WHITE SOUND #3674 ALWAYS SUNDAYWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT cozy 2 bed, 2 bath cottage with private dock on the South end of Elbow Cay. $2,300,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2638 WINDOVERGG GG GORGEOUSORGEOUS ORGEOUSORGEOUS ORGEOUS S S S S SEAEA EAEA EA VV VV VIEWSIEWS IEWSIEWS IEWS with tranquil gardens, immaculately kept 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, close to beaches and dock. $975,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.comwww.SIRbahamas.com CC CC CONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ININ ININ IN S S S S SECTIONECTION ECTIONECTION ECTION B B B B B ,, ,, P P P P PAA AA A GEGE GEGE GE 3 3 3 3 301-01-07 GREEN TURTLE CAY #3208 TURTLES NESTHH HH HARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT estate, cottage, dock, pool, 2.7 acres. $3,800,000 HH HH HARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 2 bed 2 bath, 100 ft. dock permit. $950,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.comELBELB ELBELB ELB OO OO O W CAW CA W CAW CA W CA YY YY Y l l l l l HOPE THOPE T HOPE THOPE T HOPE T OO OO O WNWN WNWN WNBIG POINT #2969 acre beachfront property with 90 ft. beach, 1 mile south of town. US$595,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 NORTH END BEACHFRONT LOT #2279 120 ft. of pink sand. Build your dream home! $675,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED .WHITE SOUND #2866 Oceanfront lot steps from the public dock and beach. $495,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING FISHING POINT HILL #3307 Spectacular panoramic views of the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic Ocean. $150,000. Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 BIG POINT LOT 19 #3574 $150,000. Contact Jane Patterson 242.366.0569 WHITE SOUND #3312 Two beachfront lots with 120 ft. on the ocean. Deeded dock access. $800,000. Contact Jane Patterson 242.366.0569 UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT WHITE SOUND #3207 Lot B7 $434,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 WHITE SOUND #3450 Elevated 3.1 acres just South of Sea Spray. $1,600,000. Contact: Jane Patterson 242.366.0569 RUSSELL TRACT #3126 109 ft. on the Sea of Abaco $750,000. Contact: Jane Patterson 242.366.0569ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2813 BLUE HORIZONBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT on pink powder sand close to Hope Town village, 4 bed 2 bath, attached garage. $1,500,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3607 COZY CORNERWW WW WOODEDOODED OODEDOODED OODED R R R R RETREAETREA ETREAETREA ETREA TT TT T in Big Hill subdivision, 3 bed 2 bath with pool and A/C. Nicely landscaped. $800,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3376 COCONUT COTTAGEOO OO OCEANCEAN CEANCEAN CEAN VV VV VIEWIEW IEWIEW IEW on Breezy Hill, 4 bed 3 bath with guest cottage, excellent elevation, close to sandy beach. $598,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.comELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3317 AUNT PATS BAYPP PP PANORAMIC ANORAMIC ANORAMIC ANORAMIC ANORAMIC WW WW WAA AA A TERTER TERTER TER VV VV VIEWSIEWS IEWSIEWS IEWS, deeded dockage in White Sound Harbour, 1/3 acre building site. $498,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED NEW LISTING NEW LISTING ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2291 HONEYMOON VILLAII II INN NN N THETHE THETHE THE VV VV VILLAILLA ILLAILLA ILLA GEGE GEGE GE OF OF OF OF OF H H H H HOPEOPE OPEOPE OPE TT TT TOO OO O WNWN WNWN WN, 2 bed 2 bath, 50 paces from sandy beach, rents 35 weeks per year. $685,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACT

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Page 4 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Tel : 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Abaco Hardware SALEcontinueson selected G.E. Appliances20% oFF Lumber Power Tools Linens Housewares Pot Sets ALL YOU NEED & MORE....SALE 20% oFF Plywood to Moulding... We have it ALL...then dont forget to PAINT it all! Full array of items for you to chose from.... From Drills to Saws and much, much more... Sheet Sets, Towels and Linens Full array of Pots & PansBy Jennifer Hudson I have already written my thoughts on the wonderful evening provided by members and friends, especially the young people, of the St. James Methodist Church, but now I would like to mention the huge amount of work that went on behind the scenes in order for that to happen. Wheels were set in motion for the Christmas production as far back as the summer. Each year Carol Beachy, second-home owner on Elbow Cay, while back home in the States, searches through all the newest Christmas plays as soon as they are released. She selects a couple which that she sends to Carrie Cash and Jane Engle, producers, to choose from. Once Jane and Carrie have selected the play that they would like for the young people that year, they do the casting and get everything organized as to how many and what size. This information is sent back to Mrs. Beachy so that she can inventory of all the costumes and materials needed. She visits thrift shops to see what she can find suitable and this year was able to find some ex-Behind the Scenes of the Hope Town Playcellent outfits such as a trench coat and bell bottoms for reporter Vesta Gates which were very authentic. Whatever Mrs. Beachy cannot find in the thrift shops, she makes plans to sew and begins to look for patterns and materials. Once back on Abaco she sets to work with her band of volunteer seamstresses to make up the rest of the costumes for by that time the cast members have been selected. So she knows exactly how many angels, shepherds and kings to make for and has purchased accordingly. Rehearsals begin twice a week around the beginning of October. As the performance date draws near, they are stepped up to five nights per week, keeping everybody very busy. A mammoth task the week of the performance is to transform the church sanctuary into a theatre. Quite a large stage is needed to accommodate 41 cast members. But along comes Dr. Beachy with his trusty band of workers, and what was a beautiful church sanctuary during Sunday morning services has, by evening, been given more of a community centre feel. Dr. Beachy and crew set to work the minute service is over and have all the final touches made in time for rehearsal on stage Monday evening. Then on Saturday morning, the day after the final performance, the stage is dismantled once again in time for church the following day. The backdrop was a convincing skyline of Bethlehem, but is actually a bed sheet, says Larry Beachy. It has been painted over so many times that it actually looks and feels like canvas. Although Dr. and Mrs. Beachy are the backbone behind the costume and set design, they are quick to recognize and give praise to their wonderful band of helpers for, as they say, It is a great community effort. Dozens of church members and friends in the community wishing to help out come together each year in a tremendous team effort to organize lighting, special effects, sound, make up and 101 other tasks to bring the St. James Methodist Church, Hope Town, performance to fruition. Mayhem in Bethlehem was a play which included many songs. Even the young members of the cast were well rehearsed and knew their lines and songs well. the entire cast appears from the back of the church, charges onto the stage and the Mayhem begins. Though the play was lighthearted and fun, its serious message came shining through at the end when the five reporters and investigators involved in uncovering the story surrounding the question asked at the beginning, Who is the Christ Child in Bethlehem, is it someone we should know? discovered the answer. Once the reporters had uncovered all the facts in Bethlehem they understood and said, We came to Bethlehem in search of a story but it found us. We want Jesus to be the centre and anchor of our lives. The play closed with the beautiful song, Praise Him in Bethlehem Not only was Mayhem in Bethlehem an enjoyable experience for the young people Hope Town PlayFrom Page 2 Children and young people of all ages were included in the cast along with adults. Please see Hope Town Play Page 22

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation Join us for an evening ofCocktails Hors doeuvres Live Music Great things to buy Plus....LOTS OF FUNis proud to present its4 th Annual Fund Raising Auction Sale l ITALY Spend 10 days in a beautifully restored Italian monastery, nestled in the rolling hills of Umbria. Located half-way between Rome and Florence and close to some of Italys most spectacular and historic sites. During your stay, youll be wined and dined by a caring and professional staff. (4 couples max) DVD available.l CANYON LODGE Tuscon Spoil yourself with a one week stay in Tuscon. Revel in the luxurious spa and personal attention in one of the most beautiful locations in the US (1 couple max)l PARIS, FRANCE, One week in a luxury apartment in the heart of Paris (3 couples max)l ARDILAUN, Georgian Island, CANADA One week on the Georgian Bay Island, (4 couples max)l NEW YORK One week in a penthouse with breathtaking views of Central Park, the Hudson river, Statue of Liberty (1 couple)l CAPE COD One week in a 4 bedroom home, situated on the water (3 couple max)l CHICAGO OR ATLANTA One week in luxury 1 br. condo in the heart of the loop, shops, restaurants, museums, all within walking distance. (1 couple)l BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI Charter fishing trip for up to 6 paxl THE ABACO CLUB ON WINDING BAY One year FREE membership, use of facilitiesl Airline tickets, Ferry rides, Boat & Cart rentals Rentals, Furniture, Hotel stays, Arts and Crafts and Much More.. The Auction will be held in the marquee (tent) The Auction will be held in the marquee (tent) The Auction will be held in the marquee (tent) The Auction will be held in the marquee (tent) The Auction will be held in the marquee (tent) at the Abaco Beach R at the Abaco Beach R at the Abaco Beach R at the Abaco Beach R at the Abaco Beach R esort onesort on esort onesort on esort onSaturdaySaturday SaturdaySaturday Saturday March 10, March 10 March 10, March 10 March 10thth thth th, 2007 @ 6:00 2007 @ 6:00 2007 @ 6:00 2007 @ 6:00 2007 @ 6:00 p.m.p.m. p.m.p.m. p.m. A D M I S S I O N CALL OR EMAIL US & WE WILL SEND YOU AN INVITATION Ph: (242) 554-8061 judy@abacopathfinders.org PLEASE HELP USIf you have anything of value, whether it be merchandise, art or services which you are willing to donate to this upcoming acti on, please call Judy at 554-8061 to discuss a way in which you can help us in this worthy job of educating the young people of Abaco.FF FF FUNDSUNDS UNDSUNDS UNDS RAISEDRAISED RAISEDRAISED RAISED WILLWILL WILLWILL WILL BEBE BEBE BE TT TT T OO OO O PROPRO PROPRO PRO VIDEVIDE VIDEVIDE VIDE THETHE THETHE THE ONON ONON ON---GOINGGOING GOINGGOING GOING EDUCAEDUCA EDUCAEDUCA EDUCA TIONTION TIONTION TION OFOF OFOF OF STUDENTSSTUDENTS STUDENTSSTUDENTS STUDENTS OFOF OFOF OF A A A A ABACOBACO BACOBACO BACO.. .. .SOME OF OUR WONDERFUL SALE ITEMS ARE:

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Page 6 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 50 Deepwater Slips Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : seasprayres@abacoinet.com www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House RR RR R eses eses es tt tt t auraur auraur aur antant antant antCome for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Stew Fish Chicken Souse Cornbeef & Grits Steam Sausage & Grits Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope TownTree Lighting CeremonyBy Samantha V. Evans It was a cool, windy night of December 18th for the tree lighting ceremony and carol service of the Department of Urban Renewal and Central Abaco Local Government held at Abaco Central High School. The theme for the evening Silence the Violence, Embrace Peace was echoed by all speakers. Many top officials from various government ministries were present including the Chief Ccouncillor Cubell Davis, who brought greetings and welcomed the 50 plus persons who were present. Mother Merle Williams, a business woman and a well respected resident of Dundas Town, had the honor of lighting the tree. Several scriptures were read throughout the service by pastors in Marsh Harbour. Various persons sang Christmas carols including a ten-year-old student of St. Francis de Sales, Aisha Jones, who sang the National Anthem and a solo, and Grace Baptist Church Childrens Choir that sang two beautiful Christmas carols. They all did a wonderful job of reminding everyone that the reason for this evening and the season is and will always be Jesus Christ the King. Bishop Anthony Campbell, moderator, stated that the greatest gift given to man is acknowledged at Christmas time. Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator, one of the organizers of this event, stated that this event is fitting especially since the rate of murders and crime has escalated in our country in general and on Abaco particularly. More and more persons are having physical conflicts and seem to not be able to resolve conflicts amiable. He told them to rememCentral Abaco Newsstated that the same thing is true today. He concluded by saying that the only way there would be peace on earth is when all people are prepared to acknowledge the peace that Jesus brings. Even after His coming into the world, violence did not stop. He explained that the only way to silence the violence is to give God full control. Once this is done, then change will become visible in the lives of everyone who gives him full control. Deandra Armbrister and Mr. Kendris Hield ended the service with a closing song and the vote of thanks respectively. This event was organized by Ms. Elaine Martinborough, Director of Abacos Urban Renewal Office Please see Central Page 7 Iggy Biggy in Marsh Harbour was a popular shopping destination as that shop held an all day Open House on December 16, treating their customers to discounted prices and treats. Shoppers had a wide variety of gifts to choose from. The Central Abaco Local Government officials and Urban Renewal held a service including a tree lighting ceremony on December 18. The service was held at Abaco Central High School. Mother Merle had the honor of lighting the tree. Samantha Evans and her daughter, Aisha Jones, sang a Christmas carol at the tree lighting service. ber as they go into another year, to reach inwardly and discover what God has given each person and to use it for the betterment of all mankind. The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Pastor David Cartwright from the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel. He spoke about the wise men who saw a star and followed it to where the Christ Child was born. He said that it is important to not only read the Word but to be doers of the Word. He stated that Jesus was born during a time when there was a lot of violence in Rome. It was a very hostile time similar to the time we live in now where there is so much violence. When King Herod heard that they had come to worship the King of the Jews, he became angry and sought counsel with religious leaders. The Jewish leaders were ignorant to the fact that Jesus was born. He

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 Ph : 242-367-2326 l 367-5960250 EFI only $9,500Coming January 07Ph : 242-367-2326 l 242367-5960Call and Reserve YOURS today!!! A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICE RENTAL BIKESIggy Biggy Holds Open HouseBy Jennifer Hudson The Iggy Biggy Gift Shop on Bay Street in Marsh Harbour is a popular shopping spot for both tourists and locals and it has been especially busy, of course, recently with Christmas shoppers. On December 16 the store held an Open House all day when it offered 10 percent off all items in the store, not only to attract shoppers but also to say thank you for their patronage throughout the year. They offered a selection of Christmas goodies including homemade cookies and drinks for the refreshment of their customers. The store is an Aladdins cave of jewelry, clothing, bags, Abaco Ceramics, T shirts, Bahamian CDs, sunglasses, postcards, CentralFrom Page 6 More Central Abaco Newstropical and souvenir items. There was a festive spirit in the store as shoppers busily selected their purchases and one young lad, while his parents perused the many tantalizing items, kept himself amused having fun trying to get candy out of a sharks mouth before its jaw closed on his hand (a great way to keep the young ones busy while their parents did their shopping).The assistants were kept busy all day with sales and wrapping gifts, and the store manager was pleased with the steady flow of customers.Firemen Get Breathing ApparatusThirty breathing apparatus were received by the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department on December 16. The BA units, as they are known, came from the Ladys Isles and St. Helena Fire District, Beaufort, South Carolina, as they upgraded their equipment. Fire Chief Brucy Kline made the donation which was facilitated by Mr. Steve Skulnick, recently with the Marsh Harbour Fire Department. Mr. Joe NIlles delivered them to West Palm Beach. Ten of the BAs are being retained by the Marsh Harbour volunteers with ten going to Green Turtle Cay and ten going to Hope Town. Additionally, six older units are being sent to Nassau. The BA units resemble the scuba units used by divers. They give trained firemen 20 30 minutes of air to enter smoke-filled structures. They are used after much training and always with a back-up team ready While parents shopped, the younger shoppers enjoyed looking at the interesting items. Johanan Cartwright is trying to outwit a shark to get a candy from the sharks mouth. Please see Central Page 18

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Page 8 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Dave RalphThe Editor Says An Abaco Enigma the Second Home OwnerThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Graphic Artist: Kelli-Ann Sands Reporters/Writers: Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Julian Lockhart, Mirella Santillo, Vernique Russell Contributors: Leslie Kennedy Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Julian Lockhart This is the time of year where some of us are basking in love and happiness while others are lonely and feeling distraught with the lack of holiday love. Christmas has come and gone. Either we have spent the time reveling in the love of our families and the true meaning of Christmas the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ or wondering why we didnt get the gift we wanted and what is the big deal about Christmas anyway. For most of us we went to church this Christmas, as most Bahamians find their way into church at Christmas and Easter. New Years came and went once again with no end of the world. For some of us we brought in the new year in church and others celebrating with friends and family at the end of the countdown. A number of us have made New Years resolutions including the normal: I will lose weight, I will save more money this year, and I will be a better person and so on. For some, you are now wondering how you will pay for those gifts you bought knowing you couldnt afford them but wanting to put a smile on the face of the person tearing them open. The holidays and the new year bring different things out of each of us. But no matter who we are we move into the new year wondering what it will bring us, where we will end and what we will do differently. Here are a few New Years resolutions we all can sink our teeth into and create a better us and a better community here on Abaco. 1) There are a number of children on Abaco who wake up every morning wondering where their next meal will come from. Find out from your local church or community centers who needs help and donate your time or money to helping them eat, get better health care and an education. 2) Make a concerted effort to become closer to your God. Whilst doing this, you will become a better person, helping thoseViewpoint New Years ResolutionsViewpoint The Meaning of TEAMBy Vernique Russell For many years we were trained to think selfishly and to believe that we are only responsible for our well-being. However, it can clearly be seen in our communities that this selfish way of thinking has divided our comPlease see Viewpoint Page 22 The November 17 business section of the Nassau Guardian featured an article extolling the benefits to be derived from their new wave of second homeowners and the luxury rental villas now on the Exuma market. The thrust of the article was on the opportunity afforded new Bahamian companies to serve the high end rental market with concierge and booking services. Interestingly, the article contained references to Eleuthera and Paradise Island but pointedly omitted any reference to Abaco. That is probably just as well as we are doing very well without any additional hype from Nassau. Claims in the Guardian article of Exuma being the Boating Capital of the Bahamas will go unchallenged, at least by us. Abacos seven or more full service boat yards speak volumes about our boating activity. One of our growing boat storage yards bought a straddle carrier several years ago which cost well over half a million dollars. Another is now acquiring a massive fork-lift with a price tag in the three quarters of a million dollar range. These facts speak volumes about Abacos boating popularity. Besides the full service boat yards are a myriad of smaller storage yards for small and medium size outboard boats. At any given moment there must be hundreds of boats ashore waiting for their owners to return. Abaco and Exuma each offer a different scenario for boaters to enjoy. You can take your pick, but it would be hard to decide if one is better than the other. Although being a strong factor on our economic page, boats are not Abacos strong point. It is the proliferation of our second homeowners coupled with their willingness to rent their houses that has kept the Abaco economy moving above average for many years by anyones standard. Although rental houses are predominately owned by foreigners, there are many Bahamians on Abaco who own rental houses and market them quite successfully. The Exuma villa story extolled the virtues of the high end market which is indeed worth counting among ones clients. However, Exuma will discover in time that a hundred rental villas full of common visitors will also do wonders for their economy. Golf carts and boats will be rented. Guests will look for interesting places to eat out. Even when eating at their cottage, they need groceries, probably higher priced items than Bahamian macaroni and cheese. These are services which Bahamians will provide and capitalize on. A fleet of ten rental golf carts may cost between $40,000 and $75,000 depending whether an individual begins with a fleet of new or used carts. There are several individuals on Abaco with 30 or more carts in their fleet. A fleet of 10 rental outboards could be valued anywhere between $100,000 and $300,000. Abaco has rental boat agencies owning 10, 20 and 30 or more boats. A similar situation exists with the rental car companies. Then there are restaurants. Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay each may count as many as ten. A few of the larger restaurants may be foreign owned, particularly when associated with a resort. However, most are owned by local Bahamians who learned their trade on-the-job. The list of opportunities Bahamians have seized as a result of our second homeowners and the houses which they rent continues to grow. These Bahamian businessmen now form a substantial element of Abaco society and play an important part in the employment of Bahamian staff. Government ministries and agencies tend to ignore or overlook the secondary benefits the rental house market has bestowed on Abaco and instead they focus on the nebulous aspect of foreigners being in business here without government sanctions. The second home owners and their rental houses are a huge but unrecognized employer of Bahamians. If the rental house business in either Green Turtle Cay or Hope Town could be viewed as a single business venture, the effect to the local economy would be quickly evident. And, if some bureaucratic stroke could somehow shut this industry down, the local economies would be devastated. Second homeowners Do not ask for government concessions Do not ask for breaks on their property taxes Rarely have employment issues with Bahamian staff Infrequently impact the environment There are more benefits but there is not space here to cover them all. Bahamianowned rental houses contribute equally to the economy and local job market. We would be remiss if we did not admit that there may be a few second homeowners or rental houses that abuse the system but they are definitely in the minority. There are probably just as many Bahamians that abuse the system. However, Bahamians who beat the system are not hassled the way foreigners are. (It is easier for politicians to blame some of societys ills on the foreigners than to accept that some problems are self-induced.) Government needs to look at some of the inequalities which are often brought to their attention. In the Family Islands, foreign property owners pay real property tax while Bahamians are exempt. Foreign homeowners who can satisfy the residency requirement may get a $250,000 tax exemption. Very few of our second homeowners can claim eight months residence and therefore claim the residency exemption. Renting the house changes the designation to commercial and the exemption no longer applies. Bahamians in business, rental houses or otherwise, are subject to pay an annual Business License fee based on the annual revenue. By virtue of being foreign, second homeowners are not allowed to be in business and therefore do not participate in the Business License exercise. Hotels collect a six percent room tax from guests which does not apply to rental houses unless there are four or more bedrooms. Furthermore, hotels collect an additional six percent room fee, not a tax, imposed by one of the various hotel associations they may belong to. Membership is voluntary and this second six percent should not be imposed on guests if the property is not an association member. Therefore, hotels claim the rental houses begin with either a six or 12 percent advantage. Government ministries and agencies have been aware of these inequities for many years but for unknown reasons have been reluctant to level the tax base. They regularly make statements that changes are underway. Our focus here is the second homeowner and those who rent their houses. We must not discount the contribution by our resort properties which for the most part work in harmony with the rental properties to the common benefit of the Abaco economy. We find it interesting that Exuma has discovered the benefit of second homeowners and their villa rentals. We believe that if government allows and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit, the local economy will flourish. Exuma will reap the benefits that Abaco has been enjoying for over 30 years. munities and is destroying our future generations. In the yesteryears our ancestors and forefathers were uniquely bonded, my pain was your pain and my hurt your hurt. Nowadays, its if youre hurting, you hurt alone. The days when a meal for me was a meal for you exists no more and the sad part is that it is tearing our communities apart. If we can put aside the all for me attitude and become more considerate and work as a TEAM, indeed ,we will see a decrease in our crime rates and more peace on our street. The word TEAM is comprised of the letters t,e,a, and m. When looked at as an acrostic this is what it means: T Together E Everyone A Accomplishes M More Clearly the word team itself tells us that we are to work together for better homes and society. We are responsible for each others well being. We must not be caught up the I in this alone phrase but rather we must extend ourselves to ensure we all survive. We need to become one anothers keepers and look out for each other as God commanded us. There is no need for segregation among us. I believe that, as a nation, we have failed our children and young people when we teach them, (maybe not in word) that they must get good grades and dont help their friends who are not intellectually advance or when we send them to school with lunch packs filled with snacks and tell them not to share with kids of another race or nationality. It is in small situations like the above mentioned that we end up with greater problems of hatred and violence. Abaconians, we must work collectively and accomplish more for our future, we must unite and act only in love and on behalf of our future children and grandchildren. As you set your New Years resolutions, take a look around and evaluate our society. Let see how we can make this island a better place for all who come to our shores for visits, for ourselves who live here daily and for the future generations. Together we can accomplish more.

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Resort & hotel development Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. Phone and electric company changes Fishing, boating & sporting activities Immigration, taxes or duty changes Changes to laws and regulations Community events New business ventures Changes in airline service Actions by local governmentLetters to the Editor Battery Disposal Presents ProblemDear Editor, Would you kindly print the following letter. Open Letter to the Ministry of Environmental Health Abaco Representatives When I wanted to put my used golf cart batteries in the dump here on Elbow Cay, I was told, That is prohibited as AID no longer was willing to receive them. Since then I have stored them on my own property waiting patiently for information as to how I could dispose of them without causing harm to the environment. After reading Mr. Samuel Alburys letter, I checked the Man-O-War dump site and believe me it is clean. On two previous occasions when I went there by boat, I saw many, many batteries stored there. Now they are gone to where? Please would you let the Abaco public know where we too can dispose of our used batteries. Storage is a problem. Sincerely, Second Home Owner Elbow CayTaxi Overcharged RiderDear Editor, Please allow me a space in your letter column. I did not expect to be writing to your column so quickly again. On Friday of last week I took a taxi from Arawak Agency to the ferry and the taxi charged me $10 which I thought was too much. I checked into the fare and found out the fare is $5. So just yesterday I had to go from Arawak Agency to the ferry again and, sure enough, the taxi charged me $5 and confirmed to me that the fee is $5 and said to me, I know just who is that taxi is who is overcharging. This makes twice in the last year something like this has happened to me. One taxi charged me $15 from Abaco Hardware to the Union Jack Dock. I was always told by my father when someone does this kind of thing to you, you keep a man to masthead for them. In short, never hire them again. Some people never think about the second time; all they think of is now. Let me tell the taxis how you get repeats. On Sunday I went to North Eleuthera. I called the first taxi off line. When he got there, he said, Good Afternoon. Where is your luggage? I began to pull it off the trolley. He said, No, I will take care of it. You dont have to touch it. We drove to Genes Bay. While I was getting money out of my wallet to pay him, he had taken my luggage out of the taxi and went down the four steps and put it on top of the engine box on the boat. The question: How many taxi drivers would do this? I thanked him very much, gave him a tip and said ,You are a gentleman. When I got to Spanish Wells, I told my good friend, Mr. Dudley Higgs, about this guy and that I was going to write a piece in The Abaconian about him with such good service. Dudley said to me that it was Mr. David Albury. I said, Yes. He said, I used him a few days ago and found him to be the same way to me. Yesterday Dudley and myself came back from North Eleuthera to Marsh Harbour. What taxi do you think we used? Answer: Mr. David Alburys taxi. So being nice and not overcharging you will get repeats unlike the taxi I referred to you in Marsh Harbour. They will never get another job from me, and I will be telling others not to use them. I could call these taxi names out to the public in this letter, but I will give them a chance to do differently. Maybe after reading this letter they will change their attitude and their fare prices. Thanks for the space. Yours sincerely, Samuel D. AlburyAlburys Ferry Service Has DeterioratedDear Editor, Now what? HOW MUCH? Where? Unfortunately, these are phrases that are now regularly associated with Alburys Ferry Service. It seems that when you think it cant get any worse or more expensive it does! Alburys Ferry is just not what it used to be. Most of the ferry drivers are undependable, impolite, as well as inexperienced captains. Undependable because you dare not leave a package in their care and depend that it will get to where it is going. I forgot or I dont know are commonly used to explain the whereabouts of an important package, box or envelope. I must add that when the prior owner, Ralph Albury of Man-O-War, was in charge, his employees were friendly, reliable and courteous. You could be sure that when you sent something on the ferry, it would get to the other side without a problem. Impolite because it is difficult for some ferry mates to help anyone with bags or lend a hand on and off the boat. A note to the young and able you will be young only once and when you are old, you may want help getting from a boat onto a dock in rough weather! However, I would like to commend Kenyon, Brant and Jason and some of the mates (I apologize for not knowing their names) for doing a great job and always having smiles on their faces. Inexperience I know that on a few occasions a local has felt compelled to take the wheel or make sure that the captain knows where he is going on his after dark trips to Man-O-War. How can we pay so much money for a ferry ride when we cant fight the feeling to look over our shoulders because of paranoia? It would be tragic to hear of an accident caused by a ferry captains inexperience. Now dare we enter the topic of the new process to pay for your high priced ferry ride? A ferry service should be a public convenience, therefore the service provided (for a fee) should be a convenience to the public. Right? Not according to the owners of Alburys Ferry! The convenience is apparently an essential for the ferry captains and not the paying customer! THIS EXERCISE IS TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE CAPTAIN HAVING TO STOCK PILE CHANGE AND MAKING THESE TRANSACTIONS ON THE BOAT is the quote from the notices that are now posted on the ferry boats. The problem is well understood although this solution is not! Who has time to go into the ferry office and collect $3 or $4 when they are trying to catch a flight, a doctors appointment or any other time-consuming errand? This scheme was put together by the owners of the company (we wont call names) to earn a few extra bucks. We all know that very few people will have the time (or patience) to stand in line and wait their turn to collect such a small refund. There has to be a better answer! Please think about the inconvenience that this would cause before you complete your thought process! There are SO many loyal customers that have stood by you dont let us down now. On the other hand, Dennis Knowles, Manager, is doing a FANTASTIC job! Mr. Knowles, please know that you are very well liked and are thought of as an asset to the community as well one of the best things to ever happen to Alburys Ferry. We know that you follow your Big Boss and are only doing your job. Yourself, along with Millie, make an excellent pair in the main office of Alburys Ferry. You should be proud to be the face of a business where the Big Boss always seems to be in hiding. Keep it up! A disgusted paying customer

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Page 10 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 MondayFriday : 9-5 Saturday: 9-3Ph (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755 Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Don Mackay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour AirportAirport AirportAirport Airport Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With... Beautify Your Home & Garden With..... .. LOCALLY GROWN SOD Annuals Orchids Bromeliads Flowering Shrubs Silk Flowers Baskets Beautiful Gift Items Pet & Garden SuppliesMay your New Year be filled with Happiness & Prosperity! AMPLE PARKING IN THE REAR FOR ALL RETAIL STORES AND SAPODILLYS 2006 NOBLE ACONCAGUA Chardonnay 2006 NOBLE ACONCAGUA Sauvignon Blanc 2006 VINA AMALIA Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2002 NOBLE ACONCAGUA Malbec 2004 NOBLE ACONCAGUA Malbec Oak Special Reserve 2004 MONTEBLANCO Sparkling Winealso offering exclusivelylocated next to Sapodillys in Marsh Harbour, Abaco ll ll l Tel 367-2936/7 or 375-8717Police Officer from Montserrat Visits AbacoThe Deputy Commissioner of Police for Montserrat, Mr. Steve Foster, was in The Bahamas in an extended exchange training program to learn Bahamian community policing techniques and to teach the Bahamian police the techniques used in Montserrat. Although the population of Montserrat is presently just over 5000 but there are many similarities between the two societies. Montserrat is a small country, about two/thirds the size of New Providence and with a small population. But it experiences a tremendous influx of immigrants from other Caribbean countries, particularly Guyana. Its immigration policies are compounded by the fact that immigrants who manage to stay in the country for five years can apply for residency and in one more year are qualified to apply for British citizenship. Consequently, they have a high influx of people remaining for six years then moving on. They have similar school problems with children unable to speak any of the native English language. Montserrat has an active volcano which a few years caused many to leave, dropping the population to less than half the original number. While in The Bahamas he visited Grand Bahama and then came to Abaco by ferry from McLeans Town to experience our island. He was given a tour of the Abaco Club, a visit to Hope Town and trip through the Mud and Pigeon Peas.Hope Town DistrictCouncil MeetingDecember 15, 2006 (The meeting was underway on our reporters arrival at 12:50 p.m.) An inquiry from Guana Cay on a long standing request for a taxi plate is being considered. It is believed a plate may have been set aside for this before the moratorium on issuing additional taxi franchises was put in place. The formation of a new ManO-War Friendly Society (see footnote) is underway with three Council members chosen to sit on this new committee. Three settlement members are to be chosen by popular vote. Robert Malone of Hope Town was chosen to be a member-at-large. A similar Friendly Society is being formed in Hope Town but details were not given. A letter from the Minister of Local Government, Mr. Alfred Gray, to the Hope Town Council was read which gave an opinion by the Attorney General that appointments by Central Government to Local Government Councils and Town Committees are valid for the full term of the current body. Therefore, elections to replace appointed members are not required. This related to a petition by Man-O-War residents which requested elections to replace appointed members. Central government criticized the Hope Town Council along with two other unnamed Councils for not attending a recent Local Government Seminar in Nassau. However, it was explained that their limited budget has been fully allocated for necessary contracts and services, leaving no The Hope Town District Council was honoured by a visit by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ellison Greenslade and the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Montserrat, Mr. Steve Foster. He visited Abaco for a couple of days, making a trip Hope Town while the Council was in session. Seated are Mr. Foster and Mr. Greenslade. Standing are Councillors Harold Malone, Robert Malone and Glenn Laing, Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting, Councillors Joe Albury and Roy Cash.and on the right is ASP Wayne Miller, O/C Abaco Division. surplus, and the estimated $2,000 required for airfare, meals and hotel was not available. It was announced that the Man-O-War Wall of Heroes will be dedicated on January 13 in mid-afternoon. The lock on the Hope Town gate which limits traffic through the settlement was stolen. Apparently one of the 160 persons holding a key to the lock left it unlocked after passing through and it was subsequently stolen. Getting a new lock with 160 keys will take some time, and it was decided to secure the gate in the open position until a new lock is acquired. Contractors, merchants, residents and others who can justify their need to drive through the settlement are able to purchase a key to the gate. A property owner asked Council members to stop his neighboring property owner from establishing a commercial cement mixing operation on the property. There is no applicable zoning, and most properties are not bound by restrictive covenants. The request is under consideration. [Ed: When issues like this arise, Council members must pass judgement on an individual basis. After a decision is made, it appears that there is little enforcement available to either party. Decisions can be apNews of the Cays Please see Cays Page 11

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 Check out our large selection of fine wines & spirits in downtown Marsh Harbour... conveniently close to the water front. Check out our large selection of fine wines & spirits in downtown Marsh Harbour ... conveniently close to the water front.Queen Elizabeth Dr. Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure CayOPEN MONDAY SATURDAY : 9AM 6PMPh : (242) 367-2180 / Fax : (242) 367-5241 Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com Originals byLou Lihou Anne Ray Malcolm Rae William Johnson Shula Raney Fritz Keck Kim Rody Photography by TuppyLocal ArtistsBeth Sweeting Zandrick Jones Lori Thompson Dion Lewis Colyn ReesLocated Queen Elizabeth Drive, Marsh HarbourTel: 367.0579GALLERYOriginal Art lPrints lFramingBlue Sky pealed to the Minister for Local Government or in extreme cases to the Supreme Court.] Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting disclosed that the District had been allocated $6,000 to be shared by the three towns for Christmas clean-up. The contractor for Elbow Cay had recently submitted a bill for $1,000 for additional Christmas cleaning, apparently on the basis that he was given this amount last year for similar work. One Councillor wondered what was done as he did not notice any cleaning action beyond the ordinary monthly work. The Councillors for Man-O-War proposed to give their garbage contractor $2000 for additional clean-up work on Man-O-War Cay based on the contractors past record. The single representative for Guana Cay asked that its money be held pending a town discussion on how to spend it. The Guana Councillor submitted a bill for several hundred dollars for travel expenses when he returned on short notice to attend the Guana Cay Wall of Heroes dedication. After much discussion, the request was denied. He then asked for a letter authorizing travel on the ferry when attending Council meetings as he normally spends nearly $50 to attend the meetings when they are held in either Hope Town or Man-O-War Cay. He has been previously absorbing this expense. Since there are budgeted funds for travel, the request is under favorable consideration. [Ed: A day trip from Guana Cay to Hope Town by ferry presently requires two ferry rides totaling $46 and a taxi ride between the two ferry terminals.] CaysFrom Page 10 More News of the Cays Friendly Societies Not much information has been released on this topic, but it appears that Friendly Societies are to replace various community improvement associations now in place for community improvements. These would seem to operate parallel to and in cooperation with local government Councils and Town Committees. Current information suggests that four members of these societies are chosen by Council and three are voted on by the community. Many aspects of volunteer organizations on Abaco may be affected by this new Friendly Society movement. Information will be presented as it becomes known.Man-O-WarResidents Celebrate Holiday in ParkThe Man-O-War settlement held its annual holiday cookout on December 23 in its community park. Golf carts and bicycles came steadily through the day bringing residents to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Two main items on the menu were souse and roasted pork. This holiday gathering sees the largest Please see Cays Page 21

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 Offering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com Chris Thompson, Broker Greg Roberts, Broker* Private Islands Investment Property Waterfront Homes and Land Acreage Project/Property Management ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** South End, Elbow Cay Oceanfront Lot 1/2+ acre, suitable for main and guest cottage, adjacent to private Dorros Cove community at south end of Elbow Cay, close to restaurant and marina $750,000 Exclusive Listings White Sound Hilltop lot adjacent to Aunt Pats Bay in White Sound. 1/3 acre with private dock slip and views of the Sea of Abaco and Atlantic $355,000 CONCH QUEST Ocean front villa, 2 bedroom, 1 bath with room to expand. Open deck overlooks excellent surfing location. Just steps from marina and restaurant, rental history available. $795,000 High Hopes, North End, Elbow Cay Oceanfront home 3 bed/3 bath, large deck overlooking the Atlantic, fully furnished and excellent rental history $1,450,000 OCEAN FRONT WHITE SOUND Lots #13 & #14 with dockage on White Sound Bay $495,000 each. DORROS COVE Lot #18 with dock slip and ocean views $362,000 and Lot #21 with dock slip and panaramic views $425,000 and Lot #43 with dock slip and ocean/sea view $365,00 LYNARD CAY 3 acres on Sea of Abaco, north of pond $730,000. 1 acre north of pond on Sea of Abaco $365,000 .TranquilityLittle Orchard, Marsh Harbour 2 bedroom/2 bath house, perfect family home or excellent rental potential. Located close to restaurants, marina and beach $236,000Chris Thompson Real EstateFAR NIENTE,North End, Elbow Cay 4 bed / 4 bath on the Sea of Abaco North End, Elbow Cay. Large open oor plan, fully furnished, beautiful beach $3,900,000 BLEST NEST,North End, Elbow Cay High on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $1,425,000MAY HOUSE,North End, Elbow Cay Ocean front North End Elbow Cay large 1.5 acre property, 2 bed / 2bath villa, generator room, can be subdivided. Reduced price $3,900,000 TOWN BREAK,Hope Town 5 bed / 4 bath oceanfront turn key home on beautiful sandy beach, located at the north of historic Hope Town settlement. Open decking, beautiful decor and exellent rental history. $2,300,000 KIWI HOUSE,White Sound, Elbow CayNewly custom built Bahamian style home, 2-story, 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Expansive decking Pool, central AC, generator. Spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean $897,000SUMBLIME, Hope Town Settlement Historic Hope Town house with dockage. Main house 4 bed 2.5 bath with detached dock house. Rental history available. $1,600,000 MARNIES LANDING Private waterfront marina community of 1/2 acre lots. Lot #2B reduced to $399,000. Lot #2 Oceanfront $895,000 SOLDSerenity, White Sound, Elbow Cay private paradise peninsular home, 667ft. of waterfront. 4 bed/2 bath, detached gazebos, pool, bbq, outdoor showers, generator, watermaker and private dock. Shown by appointment $4,600,000 SOLDph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.022315th December 2006

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Page 14 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 North Abaco NewsBy Vernique RussellCommunity Meeting on AIDSA series of community meeting was held to inform residents throughout North Abaco on the HIV/AIDS status in The Bahamas with focus on Abaco. The meeting for residents in Treasure Cay, Fire Road, Blackwood and Coopers Town was held at the Community Clinic in Coopers Town. The meeting was very informative and the keynote speaker was Dr. Alfred Francois. Those attending the meeting were informed that Abaco still holds the third spot in the Bahamas. They were encouraged to get tested and reminded that knowledge is power. The meeting was properly attended by residents.North Abaco Township Lights Christmas TreeLights, gifts and a visit from Santa were featured as the District Townships in North Abaco held their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Treasure Cay at the Don Corbett basketball court. Chief Councillor Steve Pedican along with the contingent of elected men and women all gathered to reminisce on the birth of Christ. The ceremony was conducted by Mr. Eric Collie of the Coopers Town Township Committee. The messenger for the evening was Rev. Stafford Symonette of Full Gospel Assembly who encouraged those in attendance to keep Christ at the center of their holiday celebrations. The tree was lit by Lavan McKenzie of the Treasure Cay Township. Refreshments were provided Simpson McKinney and crew and the kids received special treats from Santa Steve.School NewsReport Card DayNational Report Card day will be held throughout the Bahamas on January 12th, 2007. Parents and guardians are requested to make themselves available to collect their childrens report cards. Remember your involvement plays a major role in your childrens performance.S.C. Bootle High SchoolA Dynamic TransformationWhen people hear about the Sherlin Bootle High School, only negative thoughts fill their minds. However, a new leaf has been turned and it is a great time to be a part of the school as its dynamic transformation reveals positive events daily. Positivism has swept through the walls of Sherlin Bootle and its result can be seen everywhere. Powered by the vision of Mr. Huel Moss Jr. and his faculty, the school has rocketed to great heights and achievements and is well on the way to accomplishing a lot more. When Mr. Moss set the school theme for this year, which is Achieving Success Through Improved Self-esteem and School Pride it seemed impossible to some that implementing a new attitude would be so effective. Today at the end of a term the results are visible. Students have developed a new sense of pride, school spirit and self-esteem for both their school and themselves. Students have been forced to become more responsible for their academic accomplishments and their actions. The dedication of the staff that always existed is more visible because students are now more involved, concerned and working harder, realizing that the teachers are only there to guide, inspire and educate them. Another factor that continues to contribute to this dynamic transformation is the no-tolerance policy. Students are well aware that if they do the crime, they will surely do time. No longer are students able to commit acts of violence and disrespect and not be punished; those days are gone and will not be returning. Students are being prepared for life after high school in every aspect. With that in mind once a student acts out in a manner that is disrespecting or violating, they are punished. This has encouraged students to think before they act and become a lot more responsible. While speaking with a student, he commented, If it wasnt for the new rules and guidelines, I would still be lost and confused. Parents and guests were proud to attend a recent function and see the entire student body properly attired in full uniform. The dynamic transformation at the high school has developed our girls and boys into young responsible men and women. It has forced them to display real characteristics of Mighty Dolphins, put on a new sense of pride and develope self-esteem.School Receives Benches/TablesPastor Jollian McIntosh of the National Church of God in Fire Road constructed and donated 10 benches and picnic tables to the Sherlin Bootle High School. For many years seating during recreational period has been a problem and finally students can sit to enjoy their lunch hour under the cool shade that the tent provides. A special thank you is extended to Pastor McIntosh for his kind donation; the teachers and students are most appreciative for the tables.2nd Annual Religious Studies WeekTogether We Can Make a Difference was the theme for the Second Annual Religious Studies Week. With its Scripture text taken from Nehemiah, the Religious Studies Department of S.C. Bootle hosted a fun-filled week of games, competitions and fun. The week began with a special assembly North Abaco News Restaurant&BarOntheHopeTownWaterfront 242.366.0247orVHF16Specializing in Bahamian Foods Open Monday thru Saturday Breakfast 8:3010:00 a.m.Lunch &Dinner 11:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.Bar Open 8:30 a.m.tilHappy Hour 5:006:30 p.m. Music Wed. & Fri. 8:00 11:00 p.m. Please see North Page 15

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine LUXURYCONDOMINIUMS J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs NEW Soft Serve & Milkshakes on the menu:NEWNew store hours:Open Mon Thur 10am 7pm ll ll l Fri & Sat 10 am 9pm New store hours:Open Mon Thur 10am 7pm ll ll l Fri & Sat 10 am 9pmwith guest speaker Mr. Patrick Glinton of Nassau. Mr. Glinton is an ex-con of Her Majestys Prison who served time on Death Row. He shared his life-changing testimony with the students and plea with the young men to stop the senseless fighting and increase the peace. This year the English Department presented a composition essay competition on the topic, Together We Can Make a Difference at S.C. Bootle The winner of that competition was Clarice Young. The Dolphin Idol Competition was also launched during the week. The only event that was exclusively for the Religious Studies students was the Its Academics Competition. Students from grades 7-9 who participated were quizzed on Religious Studies topics. The winners from that competition were First PlaceElaine Fenelus and Fredricka McIntosh, Second PlaceIndera Culmer and Brittany Nairn and Third Place Shandeka Cox and Timmesha Russell. All of the winners from any of the events held in conjunction with the Religious Studies week received trophies. The week culminated with a jeans and T-shirt day and mini concert featuring Mr. Lynx and DJ Counsellor. The Second Annual Religious studies week was a grand success and students are looking forward to next year.Dolphin IdolWe are all familiar with the American Idol program. Sherlin Bootle High School Religious Studies Department, under the direction of the head of department, Mrs. Demeritte, revamped the American Idol program and created the Dolphin Idol. Dolphin Idol allows students to display their singing talents with hope of becoming the ultimate Dolphin Idol. This year the excitement level was high as contestants underwent two rounds of eliminations and the competition was split into two divisions to accommodate more students. The divisions were Senior Idol and Junior Idol. After two round of competition the winners were Devon Cooper in the junior division and Gabrelle Rolle in the senior division. The Dolphin Idol is a part of the Religious Studies Week at the school.Thanks to School StaffOften we receive good and dedicated services from people who work in the service industry and we dont let them know how we appreciate them for their work. With this in mind, the parents of students that attend the Sherlin Bootle High school would like to say thank you to the Principal and staff of the school. Your hard work and dedication for the children in North Abaco are not going unnoticed and though its not teacher appreciation, we would just like to say thank you. Thank you for caring and going the extra mile for our children.CongratulationsCongratulations to the Sherlin Bootle Junior Basketball Team for outstanding performance at the Father Marcian Tournament in New Providence. They traveled along with Physical Education teacher Ms. Martin where they played against schools from throughout The Bahamas. Though you did not win the championship, we congratulate you for your outstanding performance and we are sure that the exposure and experience will be beneficial to you basketball skills. We know next year you will return as champs!Rotary Club Donates PlaqueThe Rotary Club of Abaco presented a Four-Way Test plague to the Sherlin Bootle High School. The message on the plague encourages students to evaluate what they think, say and do. The four-way test is quite simple and it only takes a moment to complete. One would simply ask themselves these four questions: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? These four questions put together a test that promotes morals and consideration. Principal Huel Moss along with his staff and students express their thanks to the Rotary Club of Abaco for its kind donation that will benefit everyone that is a part of Sherlin Bootle. More North Abaco News Please see North Page 16 NorthFrom Page 14

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Page 16 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Treasure Cay PrimaryHomeowners Brought Smiles to StudentsThe second homeowners of Treasure Cay once again hosted a Christmas party for students of Treasure Cay Primary School. For many years the associations have treated the children enrolled at the primary school, presenting them with gifts, prizes and warm meals prepared by Chef Simpson McKinney and his crew. Children were able to play games and enjoy a fun-filled day of activities and see Santa Claus. The faculty of Treasure Cay Primary say thank you to the homeowners for spreading holidays cheer to our students.School Receives Library BooksReading is the gateway to obtaining knowledge that will lead to ones success. Therefore the more one reads, the more power he/she obtains. Mrs. Anne Smith realized that reading is essential to the growth and development of our children and she along with friends donated new books to the library of Treasure Cay Primary School. Students can now read books of adventure, mystery, science fiction, imagination, facts and much more as they challenge their minds to think beyond the black and white and equip themselves with knowledge. Having a library is nothing strange to the students as the school has had a library of its owns. However, through the recent storms the books and supplies were destroyed. Now thanks to Mrs. Smith and friends students can now enjoy a full stocked library again. Parents and the community at large join in with the staff and students of Treasure Cay primary school and say thank you to Mrs. Smith.Church NewsProduction Was SuccessfulThe Full Gospel Assembly Christian Education Department thanks everyone who attended its Christmas Production 2006. The production was a grand success as the birth of Jesus was reenacted from two different perspectives. The juniors and teenagers recreated scenes of the birth of Christ as many of us know it or assumed it happened while the adults presented Fair Aint Fair which was the highlight of the Full Gospel Christmas production 2006. There is a lot of talk globally with the new Christian film The Nativity. The drama team of the Full Gospel Christian Education Department brought the movie closer to home at its recent Christmas Production in the stage play Fair Aint Fair Writer and producer for the play, Rashida Murray, invited the audience to view once again the miraculous birth of Christ. The play itself brought new light for many on the birth; it displayed truth and the forgiving love of God.People in the NewsFarewell to Mr. TooteThe Customs Department in Treasure Cay said farewell to Mr. Ricardo Toote in grand style. Mrs. Bridgette McKinney-Russell and Mrs. Dellarece Moss hosted an evening of celebration in Mr. Tootes honor at the Coconut Restaurant in Treasure Cay on December 20. The event brought together family, friends and well wishers to bid farewell and show appreciation for the work he has contributed while here in North Abaco. Thrilled by the number of well wishers that attended, Mr. Toote said in his address, Leaving Abaco is a sad moment for me. He stated that Abaco has become home to him, serving here for a second time. The warmth and hospitality shown to him and his family makes his departure even more difficult. He displayed great gratitude for the officers in whom he was in charge of and exclaimed proudly that was the best group of people that he has worked with in his life admitting that officers say Dellarece Moss kept him on his ps and qs. He however is ready to continual serve his country through dedicated and committed services wherever the road leads him. Well wishers and friends enjoyed the evening of fun as they said goodbye to Mr. Toote. Among well wishers was Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Theophilus Cox, and other government representatives.Welcome to New OfficerThe communities in North Abaco extend a special welcome to Custom Officer Michael Rolle, who is replacing Officer Ricardo Toote. We hope your stay here with us be pleasant and productive. As you work among us, may your service be diligent and full with integrity.Doctor Is BackAfter five weeks of vacation and resting, it is good to have Dr. Albert Francois back at the Coopers Town Community Clinic. His patients in North Abaco are overjoyed that he has returned to us safely and would like him to know that he was really missed. We realize that he, too, must take time to rest and relax. Welcome back home!Thanks to SubstituteThe community of North Abaco says thanks to Dr. Elfred Zantura, who has worked at the Community Clinic in Coopers Town for the last six weeks while Dr. Francois was away on vacation. We hope you enjoyed your stay with us as much as we enjoyed accommodating you. Thank you.Business Woman DiesMrs. Gloria Mikula, the wife of the late Michael Mikula, passed away in Florida after being hospitalized for almost a week. The communities of North Abaco share heartfelt More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 15 Please see North Page 17 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.com THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.comAuthorized Distributor Now In Stock Available Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4262 Island MarineParrot Cay242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineLong Island242.337.6226 Minns WatersportsExuma242.336.2604 O.B.S. MarineFreeport242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty Extensive parts inventory Factory trained mechanics Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay condolences with the family and encourage them to remember that earth still has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Be comforted by the warm memories that were shared and know that we are all praying for you. Among Mrs. Mikulas survivors are her daughters Katherine, Cutelle, Romana and sons Dedrick and Willis and many more.Wedding CongratulationsThe path that leads to happiness is so narrow that two cannot walk unless they become one Under the theme Candles and Jewels Florinda Lakeisha Thompson and Milton Earl Vaughn exchanged vows and weres joined in holy matrimony on December 9th. The beautiful candlelit ceremony was performed at the St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church in Treasure Cay and was officiated by Rev. Father Dwight Knowles. The ceremony was followed by a candlelit dinner reception at Coconuts Restaurant in Treasure Cay. Congratulations are extended to the Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn and it is our prayers that your marriage be filled with good cheer, good health and laughter.Business NewsCaf La FlorenceKnown worldwide for its rich large creamy cinnamon rolls and Bahamian-styles dishes is the Caf La Florence in Treasure Cay. Having served the community of Treasure Cay for over 15 years, Caf La Florence has expanded its wings and will provided the community of Marsh Harbour with its scrumptious meals and bakery items. Scheduled to open on December 23 it will offer a wide variety of assorted cakes, sandwiches, cinnamon rolls and daily lunch specials. The public is invited to stop and dine at Caf La Florence located on Queen Elizabeth Drive west in the newly constructed yellow and white plaza next to the fire station.Shipwreck OpensLocated in the quaint, quiet settlement of Wood Cay is a taste of Italy and The Bahamas stored in the newly opened restaurant and lounge Shipwreck. This trendy yet classy restaurant has afforded customers in the north the privilege of being wooed by the extensive variety on their menu. Shipwreck has provided entertainment at another level since opening its door. Customers can enjoy nights of Karaoke where they get to impersonate their favorite singer or band while entertaining the crowd. So if youre traveling along the Sherlin Bootle Highway in the Little Abaco area, stop by Shipwreck Restaurant and Lounge. You wont be disappointed.Seafood House Is OpenTreasure Cay Seafood is open. You have waited and the solution is finally here. The hassle and stress of having to travels further north for seafood is over. Located on Gunpowder Creek Drive is the newly opened seafood house that provides fresh seafood such as conch, fish and lobster among other seafood item at a reasonable price. So if you are in search of seafood, just visits the Treasure Cay Seafood Limited.Coopers TownLibrary and Community Center is PlannedThe talk of a library and community center being constructed in Coopers Town has rung through the ears of residents in that More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 16 community for years. Today the talk has been silenced by the recent work that began at the site located centrally in the community off the Sherlin Bootle Highway. A sign has already been posted at the location and initial work has begun. The community of Coopers Town has great need for these facilities and once completed residents will be most grateful. Residents are all looking forward to having a community center and library.Voters Registration Is OngoingPersons in North Abaco who are eligible to vote in the next upcoming general election are urged to register at the local facilities. The general election will be called before May 2nd, 2007 and in order to make your presence felt and voice heard you have to register before the register is closed. Lets get registered, you can register and not vote. Register so that you voice can demand the rights to be heard. Once again, if you are eligible to vote in the next election please register today to help make tomorrow brighter for all.

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Page 18 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Check out our specials and get $100 OFF on Sharp Stereo. DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS!!!Tel (242) 367-2278VHF 16 Snappas For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices Serving World Famous Grilled Food and Cocktails Located in Marsh Harbour on the water OPEN 7 days 11AM until For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices to enter the structure in the event of problems. Entering a smoke filled building while wearing fire protective gear, breathing inside a full face mask and dragging a fire hose is not an exercise for the timid.Farewell to Bill and Cathy SchweizerBy Jennifer Hudson Members and friends of the Kirk of the Pines Church in Marsh Harbour gathered at the home of Bill and Sandra Evans on the evening of December 13 to bid a fond farewell to Bill and Cathy Schweizer. Bill and Cathy have been faithful members of that church since their arrival in Marsh Harbour about 12 years ago and have dedicated time and talents to the church in so many ways. Cathy has been a member of the choir, organizer of refreshments for the fellowship time after church and has made innumerable crafts for church fairs while Bill has served as an Elder of the church and a very cheerful and welcoming greeter each Sunday. Bill and Cathy always opened their home for any church social function. As a token of appreciation Bill and Cathy were presented with gifts from the church which included a special one-of-a-kind decorative plate crafted by Karen McIntosh of Abaco Ceramics depicting the crest of the Kirk of the Pines in the Church colours which will be a very special memento for them. Bill and Cathy moved back to Cornell, Illinois, at the beginning of December as they had made the decision earlier in the year to return to be near all of their family. They flew back to Abaco for just a couple of days to be with church members and friends at the special Christmas dinner. Members of the Kirk of the Pines along with The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department received 30 breathing apparatus that will be shared with fire departments on Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town. Marsh Harbour firemen shown here are Beverly Sands, Matthew Key, Danny Sawyer, Ernie Albury, Mike Barry, Brent Key and Randy Albury. More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 7 Cathy and Bill Schweizer were given a farewell party on December 13 as they will be moving back to Illinois to be near family. They have been residents of Marsh Harbour for 12 years and have contributed greatly to the community as a Rotarian and as members of the Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church. A farewell gift from the church was a special ceramic plate created by Abaco Ceramics. Rotary (as Bill was also a very active member of that club), all his fishing buddies and their other Abaco friends will miss them both greatly.Donated Ambulance ArrivedAn ambulance was donated to Abaco Crash and Rescue and arrived on Abaco on December 19 via Tropical Shipping The shipping company gave the volunteer organization a special shipping rate of $100 which was paid by John W. Bethell III, Tropicals manager on Abaco. The ambulance was given by the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department in Delaware headed by Chief John Douglas and was facilitated by Mr. Ron Marvel, a frequent visitor to Marsh Harbour. The ambulance is a Ford E-350 chassis, a 1994 diesel model with 65,000 miles. It came substantially equipped Please see Central Page 19

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 Specializing inCarpets, Vinyl, Linolium, Installation of carpets available! Patio Furniture and Accessories for the home.NOW OPEN, in the Old C&A Building beside Lowes PharmacyOpen Mon Frid: 9:30am 4:00pm Closed Sat. & Sun.Telephone : 242-367-0541COMING SOON ...Christmas Items!!! COMING SOON ...Christmas Items!!! Whether you need residential collection once a week, regularly scheduled daily pick up for your business or periodic disposal service on a construction site.... Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste works with you to assess your needs and exceed your expectations! Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 ll ll l 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830Located at the Marsh Harbour Airport Roundabout, Marsh Harbour, Abaco ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All A second donated ambulance for Abaco Crash and Rescue arrived on Abaco on December 19. Abaco Crash and Rescue provides ambulance service for Central Abaco and covers many shifts for the government because of a lack of trained personnel provided by government. Shown here on the left is Mr. John W. Bethell III, who facilitated the shipping, paying the minimal charges. Members of the Abaco Crash and Rescue present were Jason Albury, Crash and Rescue Chief Colin Albury, Mickey Lowe and Susan Albury. including a portable 110-volt generator and a hydraulic jack for extracting victims More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 18 pinned in wreckage. Four of Abacos Crash and Rescue team were at the dock to accept the new ambulance. Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club gave out toys to the children of Central Abaco, Green Turtle Cay and Guana Cay on December 21. Indira Edwards, in dark glasses, is shown here in Dundas Town with some of the children who received the gifts.

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Page 20 The Abaconian January 1, 2007All electricity is subject to surges from time to time, which result in spikes or parasitic peaks that can be damaging to your household equipment and appliances. These spikes simply consume electricity, resulting in overheating, which can shorten the life of your appliances and wiring. In extreme cases electrical spikes can cause burns, blow outs and power cuts. Now, thanks to the XPower Energy Saver there is a smart way to reduce up to 25% off your electricity consumption each and every month.HERES HOW IT WORKSXPower Energy Saver improves the power factor by reducing the amount of electricity that is used from the utility company. This is accomplished by supplying electricity locally at the load by the use of specially designed capacitors. These advanced capacitors store the additional electricity needed for stabilizing electric current within an inductive load. Therefore, the amount of electricity purchased from the utility company by a power factor optimization has been greatly reduced, resulting in power savings for the home or office. If there was a way for you to reduce your BEC power bill up to 25% EVERY month, would you want to know about it?For more information or to purchase the product:CONTACT LAWRENCE COLLIE 242-367-2611 or 242-454-4875242-366-3264 in the evenings ... the battery with the lightning bolt of life!!!Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck / Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries DieselFULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!!(If an epic battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!) DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE WE DONT PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. .We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood More Central Abaco NewsA building being constructed without necessary approvals was knocked down by the Ministry of Works after notifying the owner. The building was located adjacent to the Mud and appeared to be used as a church. Although the roof was completed, the walls had not yet been constructed. Shops in Marsh Harbour were well stocked with goodies for the young. Bicycles and battery operated toy vehicles were popular, making the recipients very happy on Christmas Day. This year shoppers had a much greater variety of shops to browse for gifts as several new shops have opened in Marsh Harbour during the past several months.The existing shops have expanded their inventories to include many popular items. Another effort is underway to remove derelict vehicles from the Mud area in Marsh Harbour. Very wide shoulders along the new road from the port to Forest Drive is a convenient place for owners to leave these vehicles where they are left to rust and be an eyesore.. Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9 am 5 pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 11 Man-O-War continues to improve the facilities at a new recreational park. It is located on a penisula of Crown Land that was leased to the town for a dump and for a park. The park now has two gazebos and barbecuing facilities. A hammock swing in the park overlooking The Creek is a great place to relax and enjoy the view. Trees provide a shady place that is cool in the summertime. crowd converge on the park after 4 p.m. Participation is free with some families bringing dishes of food. Four quarters of a pig were put on a pit grill at 6 a.m. to be slow roasted for lunch. The Man-O-War park is believed to be unique in the Bahamas as the park shares the distinction of also serving as the town dump. More correctly, it is the staging area for the large containers which are barged to Marsh Harbour for disposal. The dump, or park, reflects the residents pride in their island and the effort which past and present local government and town improvement associations have devoted to their town. The park is the first part encountered when visiting the area. Shade trees and coconut trees are plentiful. Two gazebos have been erected and exhibit the workmanship Man-O-War craftsmen are famous for. Although garbage and trash pass through the park area on the way to the containers further out the peninsula, there is no evidence of debris of any sort either on the entrance road, in park area or further within the staging area. It is understood that a huge stockpile of dead batteries was recently sent to Marsh Harbour for disposal. There is no evidence of junk cars, carts, appliances or other bulky residual or construction refuse so often seen at town dumps. The dump area also serves as a staging area for BEC, Batelco and perhaps Cable Bahamas which use the spot to store cable spools and their service equipment. BEC has an elevated cement pad at the tip of the peninsula with a high voltage transformer bank and enclosed room with electrical switchgear serving the island. Ten finger docks have been constructed giving 20 boat slips using recycled piling from past hurricane reconstruction projects. The docks have been carefully built outside the protective mangroves. This ring of greenery also serves to hide elements of the park and dump area. A seawall has been Please see Cays Page 22

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Page 22 The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages5 cottages366-2075Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayCocobay Cottages6 cott365-5464 Island Properties +34 hse365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +30365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott365-5106 Harbour View Haven365-5028 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Sea Shore Villas365-5028 Wards Landing4 units 904-982-2762Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil 6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366-0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals +8 hse365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms367-2158 Abaco Real Estate +6 hse367-2719 Alesias 3 rms367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 3367-3980 Great Abaco Club + 12 hse367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott367-3600 Regattas (Prev. Abaco Towns) 32 effic367-0148Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 365-8500 Island Dreams + 45 hse365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms365-8801Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villa365-2222Web Sites with Abaco Informationhttp://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses Rev. Dec 06poss ession of undersize lobster and fined $3,000 with all fishing resources being confiscated by local Magistrate McKee. In an interview with Mr. Laing, he revealed that within the course of one week, the Department of Fisheries arrested two people for possession of undersize lobster totaling more than 1200 pounds. The Department of Fisheries is issuing a stern warning to all that are in the practice of harvesting undersize lobster. If caught, they will face prosecution according to Section18 and Section (2) Amendment 1995 and Section 68 of the Bahamas Fisheries Regulation. The Department of Fisheries will continue to monitor and police all buying stations, hoFisheriesFrom Page 1 Bags of crawfish tails were confiscated because there were many pounds of undersized tails. Fisheries officers are patroling Abaco waters to protect our marine resources. tels, restaurants and lobster fishing vessels to reduce the harvesting of undersize lobster so that substantial amounts will be available for future generations to come. The public is therefore advised that possession of undersize lobster is against Fisheries regulations in The Bahamas. enjoy, and Pastor David Cartwright sang the beautiful song Marys Boy Child Twenty-one choir members, under the direction of Kevin Sawyer, filled the sanctuary with a powerful sound as they performed the Cantata, Let There Be Light: a Christmas Celebration reaching the same high standard for which they have become known over the years. This lively cantata contained some real foot tapping rhythms as well as some poignant solos performed by choir members with very commanding voices. Soloists were Mrs. Londa Sawyer, who performed three items, Ms. Chelsea Sawyer, Mrs. Rhonda Bill, Mrs. Claire Marshall, Mr. Jonathan Cartwright and Mr. Troy Albury. Myron Sawyer, a 13-year-old student of Agape School, accompanied Claire Marshalls solo, Light a Candle in sign language which added a nice touch. Narrator for the cantata was Mr. Steven Bill. Thanks to the capable lighting and sound technicians, a series of striking images compiled by Troy Albury appeared throughout the Cantata and added greatly to its effectiveness. Pastor David Cartwright extended a warm welcome to those who had attended from other churches and urged everyone to not forget what the season is about. The choir traveled to Treasure Cay the preceding Wednesday where they presented the Cantata at the Community Centre. CantataFrom Page 1 around you and being a beacon for others. 3) Reach out to the person who you dislike the most and try to forge a relationship with him. We all have someone we dont like. But if we try to bridge that gap, it helps and one of which they could be very proud, it was also a meaningful fund raiser. A voluntary donation was received during the evening offertory to be used to send children from Bahamian orphanages to summer camp. This is part of the outreach ministries that St. James Church participates in via the Joel Project of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church. The aim was to raise $10,000 as a result of both performances. If anything was raised over that amount, it would be put towards the construction of a Community Centre in the vicinity of the Mission House. Hope Town Play From Page 4 constructed in the park section with an adjoining section serving as a public boat ramp. Additional work is scheduled as funds become available. CaysFrom Page 21 ViewpointFrom Page 8 to create more harmony amongst us. 4) We all have our opinions about the Haitian community on Abaco, whether we wish they were not here or we try to look the next way. We may not agree with their being here. But if we treat the Haitians like they are people, realizing they have come from a horrid situation and are only looking for a better life, the gap between the two communities can start to be bridged. 5) Do a better job of protecting the environment around us. We are only borrowing the earth. It doesnt belong to us. The beach, water and environment are Abacos top selling points for the countrys number one industry tourism. Instead of dumping on a beach or pathway, carry the garbage to the dump. Dont throw garbage out the car window. Wait until you reach a garbage bin and give your children a good example to follow in the future. 6) This is an election year, and we should make our politicians accountable for their actions and for the promises they make to their constituents. Dont just argue or debate or not say anything about politics, but realize that your vote can make a difference in what happens in the Bahamas. There are a number of other resolutions we can all make that will make Abaco and the communities we live in better. If we look within ourselves and try to make a concerted effort to become a better person, a better attitude will create a more symbiotic community. It is only the beginning of the year, but we all have a chance to make a difference in our lives and other peoples lives. Before he closed the evening with a blessing, Rev. Dr. Stephen Hale, Minister of the St. James Church, said, This play has not just been fun; it was planting seeds, and lives will be changed because of it. The play was recorded and DVDs will be available. Remember to Buckle Up

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.................367-0350 Dive Abaco, 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 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay.................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................... 365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop...........................365-6013 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, Cars367-4643 Richs 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 Donnies 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 Man-O-War 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 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental...............................366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless notedAlburys Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 2 4 5:45 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 6:30 Marsh Harbour > Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am 12:15 pm2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 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 6:45am 10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30Same 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 onlyGreen Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 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 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinationsAbaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure 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 timePinders Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. -Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans 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 McLeans 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 & trucksIslander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -call 366-4444 or 457-9958Enovahs 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 Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .... 366-4286 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 ..... 366-4233 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ......... 375-8068 Terrance Davis .... 367-4464 Buddy Pinder ....... 366-2163 Justin Sands ........ 367-3526 Danny Sawyer ..... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941 Man-O-War David Albury ........ 365-6059 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ........... 366-3259Bonefish GuidesCherokee 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 ODonald McIntosh..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 ........... 365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Curly Tails.........................$.............367-4444 Ginos...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken.....................367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys....................$$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Mother Merles................$$ Back Street Cafe............$$ Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Harbours Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Sea Spray.......................$$.........366-0065 Man-O-War Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Island Treats Snack Bar....................365-6501 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill.............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Harveys Island Grill........$$.............365-4389 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant....$$.............365-4625 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Nancys............................... Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge...................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Please bring errors & revisions to our attention Emergency ServicesPolice 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-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 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 Coopers Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay......365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point..............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town..................................Rev 28 Oct 06Compliments of The Abaconianwww.abaconian.com Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers 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 Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......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....365-5175Boats 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 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco 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 ..........................367-0169Majors 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 Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-3450 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 Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market........... $10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 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 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore .......$ 2 each Jib Room .................................................................$ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock .........................$ 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 05Treasure 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 Joes 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 Joes 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 Points of InterestAlbert 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 H Cafe Open Nights OnlyTo 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-O-War or Guana Cay Area code 242 unless noted otherwise

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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 1,JANUARY 1st, 2007 By Jennifer Hudson People who attended the Christmas Festival; Night of Grand Christmas Music presented by the Abaco Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force on December 15 at the Dundas Town Church of God were almost at a loss for words to describe the magnificent concert performed by the young people of the Golden Gates Assembly Youth Band from Nassau. It takes your breath away, said Mistress of Ceremonies, Reserve Inspector Moxey and I was blown away by their rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus, enthused ASP Miller, Abacos Chief of Police, who was instrumental in bringing the band to Abaco. I certainly had shivers up and down my spine at the great symphony of sound which filled the church when the whole band joined in tremendous fortissimo. The instruments were all meticulously tuned, something that is often not the case even in adult bands, so that at all times, whether in the several beautiful solos, the quieter band passages involving only a few instruments or the full band fortes the music was always beautifully tuneful. The discipline of the band and the rapport between players and their director was a delight to see as they carefully followed every musical direction. They did not justPolice Presented Young Musicians In Concert Please see Band Concert Page 2Guest Band and Local Youth Band Displayed TalentForty young people of the Golden Gates Assembly Youth Band from Nassau performed at the Assembly of God Church in Dundas Town on December 15. Under the direction of Sgt. Selwyn Adderley of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band, they impressed the audience with their talent and ability. The Abaco Community Marching Band also performed during the program.Agape School Performed Christmas PlayBy Jennifer Hudson Agape Schools Drama Department and Choir presented its Christmas Programme on December 10 and 11 and what a delightful occasion it was. Congratulations to director, Mrs. Rhonda Bill, and to all the students who took part and those who worked behind the scenes to present such an excellent performance. This was a surprisingly different slant on the Nativity story as it was told by John Balthazar, the only wise man left out of a nativity set which had been carelessly put away in its box the previous year and pieces had become mislaid. As Balthazar searched for his friends, the characters gradually became reunited and the nativity scene became complete, the message of Christmas was realized: Jesus came for us all, not just those who seem to fit in. Mrs. Kathy Covert, author of this unusual play, A Mutant Nativity was an elementary school teacher in the Canadian town where Director Rhonda Bill attended college. The drama presentation, which was kept moving along with a very confident performance by Brian Higgs as Balthazar, The cast of A Mutant Nativity is shown here with Ms. Rhonda Bill, right front, choir director of the Christmas play at the Agape Christian School. The play was presented to the public on December 10 and 11. Please see School Page 6Abaco Decorated for the HolidaysHomes and businesses the length of Abaco decorated for the holidays. At night a variety of lights and lighted scenes made our towns quite festive. By Julian Lockhart For decades Abaconians have referred to the Bahama parrot as the Abaco parrot and now they may actually be correct as Caroline Stahala is currently conducting genetic research on the Bahama parrot on Abaco and Inagua. Ms. Stahala with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from Panama City, Florida, has been working with the Bahama Parrot on both Abaco and Inagua. The results from the genetic research will be out by the middle of 2007 and will prove if the two flocks on Abaco and Inagua are different sub-species of the Amazon parrot. Ms. Stahala said, I am working on a Please see Parrots Page 17Our Bahama Parrot May Actually Be an Abaco Parrot

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This lot includes an inground swimming pool with landscaped area. $699,000 Exclusive, Call for Additional Info HIGH ROCK Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas www.landandsearealty.com Telephone : 242-367-4962E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lub-bers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVEJanuary 1, 2007Don MacKay Blvd. 2 buildings on 2 1/2 acres 1.3 million Exclusive Treasure Cay Carleton Landing Condos on the canal Call for info. Pelican Shores Elevated Lot on the Harbour. Great views Exclusive, Call for Info Casurina Point Lot $80,000.00 Bahama Palm Shores Lot in Section I Price $41,000 Regattas Units Rentals Daily, Weekly, Monthly CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontplay notes on a page (though they did this extremely well) but put their feelings and emotions into the music. A splendid array of classical music was presented including the very moving Let There Be Peace on Earth the popular Paul Anka selection featuring My Way, the joyful White Christmas and outstanding Christmas Festival The standard of musicianship exhibited by these young people made it hard to believe that the band has only been in existence for four years. The entire band consists of 80 young people plus another 15 in a beginners class. It performs each Sunday for services at the Golden Gates Assembly Church in Nassau and also in concerts for the wider community. During the last two years the band has performed concert tours in the United States in Washington and Charlotte. A group of 60 came to Abaco which included about 40 band members, a liturgical dance troupe, parents and chaperones. The band is to be commended not only on its musicianship but also the disciplined way in which the members conducted themselves. The group traveled to Abaco from Nassau on the Bahamas Fast Ferry which, unfortunately, was late due to some rough weather conditions. There was an hours journey by bus into Marsh Harbour from Sandy Point for these young people, causing them a considerable rush to get to the concert location. When they arrived at the concert hall after their five-hour journey and probably feeling more than a little jaded, they had no time to rest as they had to immediately, within a matter of minutes, be changed and seated with their instruments tuned ready to perform. These young people ranged in age from 8 to 19 years and are to be commended for their maturity and poise. The concert began with an impressive performance by the Abaco Police Community Youth Marching Band. Its 21 members entered from the rear of the church and were led in procession to stage by the drum corps which gave an impressive demonstration of drumming skills. The remainder of the band then joined in with a joyful rendition of Its Christmastime in the City Assistant Commissioner of Police and O/ C Grand Bahama and Northern Region, Mr. Ellison Greenslade, QPM, was in attendance and thanked the Nassau band for coming to Abaco and thanked ASP Miller for bringing them here. He congratulated the band on its level of musicianship and discipline and for setting the pace for the young people of Abaco to follow and he encouraged all young musicians to strive for excellence. Mr. Steve Foster, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Montserrat, was also in attendance. He was on Abaco for an official visit as part of an exchange programme between the Bahamas and Montserrat Police Force and he advised the young people to continue to work hard and strive to reach the sky as they will reap the rewards. The band was surprised and delighted to find that their Pastor, Ross Davis, and his wife had flown in from Nassau to be present. ASP Miller, in his vote of thanks, expressed appreciation to all persons who had assisted in any way, financial or otherwise, to make the concert a success. He thanked the band for putting on such a spectacular performance after their long journey by boat and road and other challenges they had had to meet. He was grateful that they showcased for the Abaco band, which has only been in existence for two years, what standard needs to be reached in order to be a first class band. The Golden Gates Band members stayed at Camp Abaco for the weekend and on Sunday morning performed during the morning service at Friendship Tabernacle in Dundas Town where they were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a small donation from the church. A workshop was held on Saturday for all aspiring young musicians and was attended by members of the Abaco Youth Marching Band ConcertFrom Page 1 Please see Band Concert Page 4 The Golden Gates Assembly Youth Band presented a concert at the Assembly of God Church in Dundas Town on December 15.However, several events were taking place that night so attendance at this special concert was poor.Visiting Band Assists Local Band

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Selwyn Adderley of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band who is Director of the Golden Gates Assembly Youth Band and is also in charge of Urban Renewal Community Bands. Should this young band return to Abaco next year, which I for one hope it will, I advise everyone to hear it as it is outstanding. It was a pity that there were not more people in the audience as to hear their splendid music and observe their dedication was indeed good for the soul. The police community bands throughout the Bahamas are doing a tremendous job of involving the youth in such a positive and rewarding activity. By Samantha V. Evans The Central Abaco Youth Marching Band on Abaco has had many stellar performances since they were formed about a year ago. The already strong band got an opportunity to sharpen its skills on December 16th at a Band Clinic held at Central Abaco Primary School. The clinic was led by Sgt. Selvin Adderley, Coordinator of Community Bands in The Bahamas. He is a part of the Golden Gates Band that came to Abaco to perform at the police concert held on December 15th at Church of God in Dundas Town. Accompanying him to assist with the training were six persons (one for each instrument) including Jerard Storr trumpet trainer, Delano Stubbs clarinet trainer and Alfrez Watkins saxaphone trainer, all of whom play with the Golden Gates Assembly Band in Nassau. He has worked with each of these young men and knows that they are very skilled in the area they now train in. Sgt. Adderley stated that he represents the Police Force with the Urban Renewal Project. Not only is he good at what he does, he enjoys it as well. The purpose of the workshop was to offer technical support. They will help the members to play better (i.e. hold instruments properly, get the best tone from instruments etc.). That workshop was the beginning of many to follow. Upon his return next year, he plans to bring back the young leaders from Golden Gates Assembly Band to interact and play with this youth band. He has been on the police force for the past 11 years but has been teaching young people for at least 15 years. He learned to play instruments at the Church of God in Nassau, the church he grew up in. After he learned to play, he started teaching young people in the church how to play. At age 19 he became Assistant Director of the Band. At age 23 he became the band director. At age 26 the Police Force sent him to Cat Island to work with the band program there. His stay was so successful that when he brought the band to Nassau to play, they won the Ministry of Youth Band Competition. They were later invited back to play at the 2002 Independence Parade at Clifford Park. Sgt. Adderley sees this workshop as an exchange program between Abaco and Nassau. He is happy to be able to work with the youth of Abacos band as he can tell that they have a lot of talent. The band coordinator, Cpl. Verenique Miller, has done a tremendous job with them and he commended her highly. He looks forward to this relationship blossoming into a lasting one and seeing the Abaco Youth Marching Band performing not only in Abaco but all over the Bahamas.Guest Musicians Held Band Clinic Band ConcertFrom Page 2 Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com VHF CH 16 Tues Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD The Central Abaco Community Youth Band, formed about one year ago, played at the band concert held on December 15 at the Assembly of God in Dundas Town. The next day some of the leaders of the Golden Gates Youth Band held a clinic at Central Abaco Primary School for local band musicians

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 B Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 367-0364 367-5642 Fax Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact (242) 393-4371 393-3829 394-7529 Fax 394-0057 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour Weekly with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm BeachLEGEND Loading Monday in Palm Beach Arriving Tuesday in Marsh Harbour LEGACY Loading Tuesday in Nassau Arriving Wednesday in Marsh Harbour Leaving Thursday for Nassau Both ships serving Green Turtle Cay Charter freight stops en route on requestDeans Shipping CoDeans Shipping office at the Marsh Harbour dock M/V LEGEND M/V LEGACY Frank Knowles Hope Town 242-375-8655 Donna Darville Marsh Harbour 242-367-SOLD (7653)The Abaco Real Estate Specialists!donna@paradisebahamas.com frank@paradisebahamas.comFeatured Properties Triplex in town, walking distance to restaurants, shops. Immaculate condition. All units rented. REDUCED from $465,000 to $405,000 Exclusive LOTS Long Beach minutes to beach $36,000 Gilpin Point beach access for all lots, half acre, each starting at $35,000 Bahama Coral Island Interior lot $18,000 SOLD Bahama Coral Island sea view, lot walking distance to beach $30,000 Shop our lisings online atwww.ParadiseBahamas.com By Mirella Santillo Two hooded merganser ducks were sighted during the Christmas bird count. A female was observed by one of the team on a pond, deep into the pine forest of South Abaco and the other one, (gender not recorded) was seen around the Crossing Rocks area. This rare visitor to The Bahamas was previously spotted a few days earlier by a birder, and it was a treat to be able to photograph it and observe it at length during the monitoring. For over an hour, the team of bird watchers composed of John Herald Bethell, leader, Marsden Lawley, Melanie Maseda and me, observed the bird diving for food for long periods of time, re-emerging and diving again, until finally satiated, it rested on the water preening itself. Another fairly uncommon bird to our area, a greater yellowlegs, was also observed feeding at the same spot, while a great egret majestically strolled in the background and a kingfisher took turns diving into the pond. Keeping up with the yearly Christmas bird count tradition, a group of bird watchers met early on December 16th near the entrance of the Abaco National Park, dividing there into four groups to cover an area of 15 miles in diameter. Besides Mr. Bethell, who was in charge of group observing in the National Park, remaining team leaders Mr. Reginald Patterson, Mr. Ron Pagliero and Mr. Ricky Johnson guided their respective groups to Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks and the west side of the pine forest. Each area was diligently observed by enthusiastic bird watchers who identified and recorded each sighting of the little feathered creatures. Besides the usual warblers, American redstarts, stripe-headed tanagers, crescenteyed pewees, red-tailed hawks, hummingbirds, kestrels and terns, a glossy ibis, another fairly rare bird on our shores, was sighted and more than a hundred Bahamian parrots were seen and heard! Altogether close to a thousand birds divided into 67 species were recorded. In spite of the still mild weather up North, it seems that Abaco is a popular wintering spot this year.Rare Duck Spotted During the Christmas Bird Count Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442Four groups of bird watchers did a bird count in South Abaco on December 16 in conjunction with the Audobon Society. Birders all over the world do Christmas counts to keep track of the health of our feathered friends. The four groups recorded sightings of 67 species. Birders doing the Christmas bird count saw two hooded merganser ducks that are quite rare on Abaco. Remember Register to Vote

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Page 6 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 ABACO EXPRESS YOUR PERSONAL MAIL PLANE YOUR CHARTERED SEAT YOUR CARGO PLANE PICK UP AND COURRIER SER VICEPassengers / Freight / Mail to Abaco2532 Old Okeechobee Road Ste.11 West Palm Beach / Marsh Harbour email :abacoexppbi@bellsouth.netPh: 561-689-1010 Fax: 561-689-9454 Bah: 242-367-3450 School Newswas liberally interspersed with songs from the choir. The choir was impressive; it was well rehearsed, spirited and harmonious. Many of the members sang solos or duets and Aly Boyce presented the song Noel in French. The instrumentalists provided strong backings for the choir on piano, saxophone and drums. A chimes group played some beautiful selections. All of the nativity scene characters played their parts well and a couple of the more out-going students who played the parts of a Sassy angel and a bossy mutant ninja soldier elicited some laughs from the audience as they really got into their characters. Joseph managed with only one arm all evening as his other one was taped up since he had fallen out of the box when it was taken down from the attic. Mary, the last member of the nativity group to be found, was played by Brianna Higgs who has been blessed with a very beautiful voice. She closed the scene by singing the solo Breath of Heaven which she sang with such feeling that it made a very moving ending to the programme. It was obvious that a lot of hard work had gone into this production and Principal of the School, Mrs. Cecile Albury, praised the students for their dedication and gave special mention to those from the cays. Participating students from as far as Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, Man O War Cay, Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks had stayed behind after school many days for rehearsals along with their fellow students from Marsh Harbour and this had meant much sacrifice for those living such a long way out, she said. All of the time put into rehearsals was obviously very worthwhile and all of the participants can be proud of a job well done.Forest Heights AcademyBy Leslie KennedyLa Notte ItaliansSoft lighting, balmy Bahamian breezes and the lilting voices of great Italian tenors created the ambiance at Forest Heights Academy on November 30th. The event La Notte Italiana was sponsored by the Forest Heights Academy PTA. This fund raiser transformed the school into an Italian Restaurant, and all who attended experienced a romantic evening of Italian food, games and music. Members of the PTA from all over Abaco prepared a variety of lasagna and spaghetti sauces which were a culinary delight followed by a dulci of Tiramisu. But the service topped the evening better than Parmesan cheese as members of Grade 12 SchoolFrom Page 1 Please see School Page 8 The PTA of Forest Heights Academy organized a special Italian night that featured Italian foods and entertainment at the school on November 30 to raise funds.The evening proved to be very successful and many are already anticipating the event next year. The choir of the Agape Christian School provided much of the music of the Christmas program presented for family and friends of the students. They enjoyed performing and the audience appreciated their efforts.

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayOnly minutes from Marsh Harbour & Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size & price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets, & views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition, & this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters #2200 & #2201 $70,0002 lots available each lot priced atCharming Bahamian Cottage sleeps 8 people. This property is a boaters delight within mins of Elbow Cay, w/ own large dock, Green Bananas is situated on a magnificant beach overlooking The fishing cut of Tilloo. It has 1 master bed, & a 10ft area that sleeps 6 & a smaller day bed in the living area. Fully furnished. Enjoy the Grand covered deck with a built in bar for entertaining. #2147 $833,000Green Bananas Cottage Lubbers Quarters14 +/acres. 330 feet of secluded beach front, 70 ft elevations, fruit trees, lush landscaping, small cottage with separate "snore box", a stones throw away from the world famous "Abaco Club". Winding roads throughout the property. Little Harbour 2 miles to the north. A developers paradise. Dont miss this exciting new business opportunity. Part ownership for sale in the Port of Call Marina, in Marsh Harbour. Conveniently located close to downtown in a busy tourist area. Call today to find out more! #3304 $179,900Marsh HarbourThere are 6 available, 1/2 Acre lots w/ own dock slip. All of these lovely homesites come w/ full access to the facilities of Ekali Estates. This includes, magnificent oceanfront, own dock slip in brand new marina,lush landscaped grounds & pool.$220,000 Vacant Lots18th Century Historic Man O War Cottage Hilltop corner lot & is just a 2 min walk to the beach.This classic historic loyalist cottage is complete w/ modern amenities including AC & an updated kitchen. 2 bed, 1 bath & a loft that can accommodate up to 4 people or 6 kids. Excellent views of Man O War harbor. Room for further development.NEW LISTING! EXCLUSIVE LISTINGSSpectacular ocean views from this choice hilltop location. Ideal for a subdivision, on rapidly growing Lubbers Quarters, 15,190 sq. ft of lush terrain, this immense acreage will give a great return on investment. A must see, as this location is in great demand. Ocean View Subdivision White Sound #1946 $300,000 #1955 $7,500,000Little Harbour Winding BayCall for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comJune E. Russell, BRIHope Town (242) 366-0601 Cell: (242) 554-9429 Fax: (242) 366-0602 patti@grahamrealestate.comPatti Love, Realtor NOW SUBDIVIDED INTO AN OCEANFRONT COMMUNITY WITH EXISTING HOMES FOR SALEThe Main House on 2 levels is Ekali a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath house. The Guest Quarters boast another 2 bed, 2 bath w/ full kitchen, open dining & sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. The existing 60ft dock is included with this property. $1,600,000 Set back on a hill Kashmir House is a unique home that offers a view of the ocean from every room. This very attractive, well built home sits at the center of the estate & is constructed with aluminum & hurricane proof glass. $1,300,000 Alcantara I & Alcantara II are 2 identical 4 bed, 4 bath homes, built using the best craftsmanship. Alcantara I & II sit on very high, solid concrete bases, overlooking the entire estate with an excellent view of the Bay of Abaco from the wrap around porch. $1,400,000 Ekali by The Seas a magnificent commercial property consisting of 5 upscale villas & 1 cozy cottage. Ekali lies in a lush tropical setting with beautifully landscaped gardens on the Sea of Abaco Now you can be a part of this idyllic community by the sea. Call Patti Love today to find out more about this exciting investment opportunity!Ekali by The Sea Ekali by The Sea Man O War Cay #3263 $375,000

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Page 8 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 took their guests orders and served them with poise and efficiency. During the evening, diners were entertained by music of Italian tenors, Conte and Bocelli, and acoustic guitar music by 9th grader, Avery Thompson. Games included translating Italian phrases and recognizing famous Italians with prizes of fine chocolates. Many thanks go out to all of the PTA members who graciously supported this event. This reporter highly recommends this lovely bistro. Unfortunately, reservations are necessary one year in advance, so put it on your calendars for next year. Ciao!Holiday CelebrationForest Heights Academy kicked off the holidays with a day of Christmas celebration on December 12. The day began with a competition where each class decorated the outside of its door. Each was clever with a ski lift tour of a village, a wide variety of Santas and bows and even a surfing Grinch. It was tough for the judges, but Grade Nine took first place. After lunch, emotions ran high with an afternoon of Christmas drama and music, putting students, friends and families into the spirit as the Forest Heights Drama Club entertained them with two one-act plays and a monologue. The Drama Club had been rehearsing for the day since September under the direction of Ms. Alana Carroll and Ms. Leslie Kennedy. The group was greeted by Mrs. Santa Claus, Cylie Hall, who lead them through the afternoon. The first play, The Missing List had Santas Elves, Stephanie Sweeting, Maxine Bass and Calvon Edgecombe, searching for the missing naughty and nice list as Santa, James Albury, contemplated canceling Christmas. However, the day was saved as the Christmas Toys, Aly Boyce, Chrispin Clarke and Sabrina Diehl, came alive and convinced the naughty elf, who had hidden the list in hopes of a Bahamian Christmas, to turn it over to Santa. They did this with the help of three selfless children, Danielle Moss, Erin Patterson and Chamon McIntosh, who melted the elfs heart. Next came a young girl, Nicole Maltarp, with a curiosity problem; she always peeks at her gifts. Then she and Danielle Moss added music to the day with their singing and dancing to Jingle Bell Rock The second play, The Christmas Coat took the audience to a cold Christmas Eve in the 1800s with two homeless teens, Alia Diehl, and Kheersan Simmons, longing for a home and a loving family. A generous stranger, Taj Anderson, shares a coat which, in true OHenry style, leads him to his long lost Grandmother, Antonia Wright, and brings the four together to become a family. Finally, Brittany Symonette ended the program reading the story of Christs birth from the Bible. Music accented the afternoon as pianist, Ms. Koops Moss, led the group in a Christmas Carol Sing-along. Even the usually temperamental microphones behaved fairly well as Roland Roberts, Duran Lowe and Denton and Randall Sawyer wired the actors for sound, and assistant to the directors, Chandi Lowe, took charge of the stage. It was a lovely day with one common thread: the importance of laughter, love and sharing, not just at Christmas, but all year round.Abaco Central HighSchool Holds Carol ServiceBy Samantha V. Evans Abaco Central High School held its annual Christmas Carol Service on December 12th at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour. The service has become a tradition for the school staff and they have always welcomed the general community to join them as they sing Christmas carols and read relevant scriptures to get in the Christmas mood. Today the church was filled to capacity as the entire grade 12 class was required to attend. Most of the teachers were also in attendance. Cindy Armbrister led the opening and closing prayer. Various selections were sung and scriptures read by teachers and students. The carol service ended with the usual candle lighting service which was led by school administrators. All were encouraged to remember that Jesus is the reason for the seaDrill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, More School News SchoolFrom Page 6 Please see School Page 10 Elf Calvon Edgecombe was one of the elves who searched for the naughty and nice Christmas list. It was part of a one-act play put on by the Drama Club of Forest Heights Academy at its Christmas celebration held on December 12, Friends of the EnvironmentInvites you to aNative Plant ExpoFeaturing Special Guest SpeakersWhen:Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 10:30 amWhere:Forest Heights Academy(on Don MacKay Blvd. in Marsh Harbour) Come and see what you can do to prevent plants like this invading YOUR Abaco Natural habitats. Each attendee will be give one native tree to plant or replace an invasive on your property.Shenique Albury and Blaine SweetingSpeaking on Propagation of Native PlantsandStacey MoultrieThe Bahamas Environment, Science and Technolgy Commissionspeaking on Invasive Plant SpeciesBrazilian pepper-tree Schinus terebinthifolius

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9 B Green Turtle Cay, Coco Bayvacant lot, beach access, 9000 sq.ft. -$89,000.00 (NEW LISTING) Bahama Palm Shoresvacant lot,approx.1/4 acre in size,US$30,000.00 (UNDER CONTRACT) *Long Beachvacant lot,1/4 acre in size, be ach access, $50,000.00 (REDUCED) Casuarina Pointvacant 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 Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available-Call for details. January 1st ,2007 .Bahama Palm Shores -#5670 3 bed, 4,876 sq ft island home on 2 acre lot with 220 of beachfront, generator and pool. $995,000.00Call 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 Yellowwood -#5427Incomplete 1bed/1bath home comprises 24,621 sq ft. Built of wood & durable cement siding. $135,000.00-Call Mailin 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. $820,000.00 Call Chris MAGNIFICENT ACREAGE"Pascoe House4.673 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 .ManjackCay -10 acres sea to sea. Beautiful beachfront at both sides. & protected anchorage. Great development property Offered at $2,000,000.00 Call one of our agents today. .Man-O-War Cay # 5509 3bed/ 3bath, two story home near Atlantic Ocean. Upstairs loft, 17.5 KW generator, outdoor patios, basement,manicured lawn. $750,000.00-Call Mailin .Leisure Lee-#5366 -3bed, 2bath 1,600 sq ft home with extensive wrap around screened porch and central A/C. Beach access. $295,000.00 Call Mailin Man-O-War Cay-#5451-Two cottages, both with 2 bds/2 bths, on 16,000 sq. ft. of waterfront property. 60,000 gallon cistern, and 15KW generator. $1,100,000.00 Call Mailin .Green Turtle Cay -#5347 -An island dream! 2 bed/2 bath beachfront home has a private dock and dredged channel. Offered at $2,300,000.00Call Chris www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Chris Farrington, BRI Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Ph# 242-365-4695 chris@coldwellbankerbahamas.com Lee Pinder Cherokee Sound, Abaco Ph# 242-366-2053 lee@coldwellbankerbahamas.com .Yellowwood Creek 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 each All three of these lots boast great elevations. Yellowwood is a few minutes away from Cherokee Sound, Little Harbour and Winding Bay.-Call Mailin Leisure Lee-#5739 A lovely 3 bed, 2 bath canal front home. Features 57 dock and over 17,000 sq.ft of property.$950,000Call Mailin Turtle Rocks-Multi family lot, 27,507 sq.ft., power & cable to boundary, beach access, $85,000.00 Call Claudius Yellowwood-2H-# 548437,368 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 -#5742Beachfront lot 200 x 416 Offered at US$550,000.00 Or split lot in half 100 x 416 Offered at US$300,000.00 Call Mailin .Treasure Cay-#5740 Beachfront 2 bed/2bath villa with a "Lagoon" style swimming pool. Offered at $636,000 Call Chris. Mailin Sands Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph.# 242-367-2992 mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comGreen Turtle Beach House #57773 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 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 INVESTMENT! CALL TODAY Offered at $635,000.00 Call Mailin 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 MailinHappy New Year .Green Turtle Cay, Big Bluff#5878 1/2 acre + waterfront lot, ideal lot for house & dock-Offered at $476,000.00-Call Chris NEW LISTING

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Page 10 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Abaco Real Estate Agency Abacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyTelephone : (242) 367-2719Contact Bill Thompson 477-5712 Lil Bill Albury or Elaine Thompson ABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 ll ll l Fax (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.com1st January, 2007Thank YouP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 l Fax: (242) 367-2359 lThank You Thank YouAS THIS NEW YEAR HAS JUST BEGUN, WE WOULD LIKE TO SAYThank YouTO ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS, FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES FOR YOUR BUSINESS AND SUPPORT DURING 2006 AND WE EXTEND TO EVERYONE A PEACEFUL, HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2007. More School Newsson. Ms. Armbrister sang silent night as the procession left the church.Wesley CollegeStudents Perform for Their ParentsBy Samantha V. Evans The well known band of Wesley College came out in full force on December 13th at Aldersgate Methodist Church for that schools Christmas Concert. Even though the band has a number of new members, they still played beautifully. The newly formed Primary School Recorder group joined the skilled musicians of the junior high school for one of the Christmas carols played. The band played familiar carols while the parents and guests got involved in the service as well by reading scriptures. The band honored the late Wensil Mario LaRoda who was a trumpeter in the school band before his death earlier this term. They will dedicate their first appearance at Junior Junkanoo to him as he was indeed an Angel. Principal of the school, Rev. Charles Carey, introduced the new band leader, Keno Clarke, who has been a member of the band for the past six years. He is now in grade 12. He plays the trumpet in the band and has the honor of teaching the younger students how to become a disciplined musician while maintaining an academic standing of excellence. St. Francis de SalesSchool Has a New School SignBy Samantha V. Evans After a hurricane blew down the St. Francis de Sales School sign two years ago, the school is happy that they have a new one thanks to Mr. Ireneo Ajero, art teacher, and Mr. Elmer Bongon, religion teacher. This is an amazing addition to the front entrance to the school especially since the PTA of St. Francis had this item as one of their projects for this school year. Replacing the sign was totally Mr. Ajeros idea. He and Mr. Bongon started the sign about a year ago but due to many other projects that needed more immediate attention at that time, it did get done. However, once they got started again, the entire sign took them about two days to complete. The words, school seal and waves on the sign are all hand craved by the duo who got most of it done (with the assistance of students) during art class sessions. The paint used on the sign is water proof to withstand the hardest rainfall. To ensure that it is safe, the sign is bolted to the ground. However, in the event of another hurricane the sign can be taken down and secured. Besides this project the two teachers have started to restore the school statue of St. Francis that also sits in front of the school. They want to see the school beautified from the front to the back and anything they can do to assist in making this happen, they are both committed to seeing it done. Mrs. Josephine Kumar, Principal, is happy to have them on her staff stating that they are both a blessing to The Bahamas as they are extremely gifted. Besides the two projects mentioned they plan to assist with landscaping and adding other art work to the front of the school.St. Francis de Sales ChristmasConcert Is PerformedBy Samantha V. Evans The True Meaning of Christmas was the theme of St. Francis Christmas Concert held on December 15th at St. Francis Catholic Church. A lengthy program was prepared for the packed church of parents and wellwishers. Each grade prepared an item that totally wowed the onlookers. The newly formed Drama and Coral Speaking Club opened the concert with an acting piece fit for Hollywood. It was a beautiful opening SchoolFrom Page 8 Please see School Page 11 These are two of the students of Wesley College who took part in its Christmas program held at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour. On the left is a new band leader, Keno Clarke, a trumpeter. On the left is Master Christian who performed well. St. Francis de Sales School has a new sign hand carved by two of the teachers of the school. The previous sign was destroyed by a hurricane two years ago. The two artists who designed and made the sign are Mr. Ireneo Ajero an Mr. Elmer Bongon.

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 BWINDWARD BEACH ROAD Darnell House REAL PACKAGE DEAL Canal front home fully furnished, vacant beach front lot, car / golf cart / 23 boat. Well planned home has 3 bedrooms / 3 bath, including master suite with 2 guest bed rooms, den, open livingroom, dining, kitchen, utility room, screened-in porch on canal side, large garage and covered carporte/breezeway, landscaping with fenced section. MUST SEE EXC. $1,284,000 FGS WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES Dream Point Special CBS split level home located on a corner lot near The Point with two choices of direct beach access. Upper level has master bedroom with ensuite bath plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the split level there is the main entry into a large open living/dining area, modern well-equipped 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. EXC. $996,300 FGS ROCK POINT 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. MLS $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. MUST SEE! EXC. $400,000 FGS Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts Sales Associate Everett Pinder(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: info@treasurecayrealestate.comMember NEW STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come inassorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and stuff. EXC. Starting at $25,000 FGS CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity Canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips Starting at $680,000 +14%closing 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Phase One SOLD OUT Phase Two COMING SOON 3. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $750,000 + 14% closing 4. BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $742,500 Plus 14% closing TREASURE LANDING Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished, direct beach access. EXC. $514,250 FGS ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool 2 bed / 2 bath lower unit, 16 wide slip, includes golf cart and 22 boat EXC. $553,500 FGS TREASURE HOUSE Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/ pool/waterfall. Good rental potential. Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home. MLS $636,000 + 7.5% closing Unit #9 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home MLS $575,000 + 7.5% closing BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Resale condos available in first completed project. Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES. Upstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den / optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished. EXC. $882,000 FGS Upstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished with many extra features including garage and Jeep Renegade. EXC. $900,000 FGS ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 1 Lower unit 2 bed / 2 bath, 15 wide boat slip, includes car. Newly decroated. MUST SEE EXC. $500,000 FGS Bldg 4 Downstaris end unit 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, 12 wide slip EXC. $435,600 FGS SAND DOLLAR Unit #3 Ocean front, downstairs 2 bed/2 bath, fully furnished. $726,000 FGS ROYAL POINCIANA Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and tennis 2 bed / 2 bath downstairs end unit with wrap-around deck. Never rented. Fully and tastefully furnished. Special must see unit. EXC. $665,500 FGS OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Special garden location near pool, 2 bed / 2 bath. Great rental unit with many repeat guests EXC.$369,000 FGS Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE EXC. $553,500 FGS SANDPIPER BEACH Lacey Daze Spectacular 4 bed/ 3 1/2 bath CBS home with panoramic ocean views and direct beach access from every room but one via decks and patios. The main house has living/ dining/ kitchen/ master bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with bath, powder room, double garage and utility/ workshop area in addition to private 1 bedroom/ 1 bath apartment. Many features. MUST SEE. EXC. $2,337,000 FGS LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on the beach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! MLS $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! MLS $820,000 + 7.5% closing OCEAN BLVD. CASUARINA BEACH Seagrapes Planned for Beach Living. This CBS ocean front home sits on 2+ acres fully landscaped. Plan includes 3 bed/ 3.5 bath with master suite and one guest bedroom facing ocean. Large open concept living/ dining/kitchen, with covered porch, all offer direct ocean views/ access. Some extra features include garage and large detached CBS garage/ workshop/boat storage. MLS $3,500,000 + 7.5% ClosingFor details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.comVACANT LOTS AVAILABLE Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000 FGS Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 FGS Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $267,000 FGS Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $50,000 FGS ABBREVIATION CODE EXC Exclusive listing FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price MLS Multiple Listing List price plus buyers closing SchoolFrom Page 10 Please see School Page 12 More School Newsto get all in the mood for an exciting night. This concert was indeed one of a kind as it became clear from the beginning that much time was spent preparing for tonights event. Students from the smallest to the biggest were elegantly attired in evening gowns fit for prom night lined up center stage to perform their Christmas act. Others wore tshirts that were personalized for the evening while others decided just to be color coordinated. Whether the students wore gowns or t-shirts, had natural curls or bought their curls, they all performed extremely well for a crowd that came prepared for a grand show. Needless-to-say, they were not disappointed. The moderators for the evening: Brittany Archer and Alex Forbes, reminded the guests that after the gifts are opened and the turkey eaten Jesus is and will remain the reason for the season. The Tornadoes Music and Motion Band made up of students, the music teacher and Mr. Elmer Bongon played a few Christmas pieces midprogram. It was all great! Two particular events stole the show tonight: the grade 5 class sang I Need an An-

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Page 12 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 YOUR FIRST CHOICE INBAHAMIAN REAL ESTATE CROSSING ROCKS BAKERS HEIGHTS www.bahamasrealty.bs email : abaco@bahamasrealty.bs I Tel 242-367-3262 l Fax 242-367-3260 The Bahamas These offerings are subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice EST. 1949R E A L T Y OFFICES IN:Abaco Nassau Exuma Eleuthera Long Island Harbour IslandOUR ENTIRE ORGANIZATION JOINS IN SENDINGHolidayGreetingsWITH EVERY GOOD WISH FOR THE NEW YEAR!gel and the father/daughter duet Walking in a Winter Wonderland sang by Chad and Brittany Taylor. To many this was the best concert ever put on by the school and all were very happy that they came. However, the event of the night that all waited for was the Junkanoo rush out by kindergarten and grade one. The little tykes were dressed in Junkanoo attire the colors of the Bahamian flag. What a marvelous way to end an already spectacular show. Every year this school has a most entertaining Christmas Concert. It is hoped that one day they will put on an island-wide production. Based on the talent that is in this school, it will be nothing less than a hit.Abaco Central HighNew Principal Brings ChangesBy Julian Lockhart These are the words not just echoing from the faculty at Abaco Central High School, but the student body at large as they take the school in a new direction. Abaco Central has seen a steady decline in academics, external exam grades and discipline over the last decade; however, here comes new principal Hendris Hield to the rescue as he tries to return the school to its glory days. Mr. Hield was appointed principal at the high school in September, 2006, has made immediate cosmetic changes around the school and is in the process on instilling a new attitude within the student population and within the faculty. More School News SchoolFrom Page 11 It hasnt been easy so far but from the outside looking in, Mr. Hield has started to make a difference on campus. Principal Hield said, Since I have come to this school there were a lot of things that I saw needed to be done and some have already been done. I saw the school needed a library and that was done. The grounds needed a little manicuring, and I made sure that was done to improve the environment of the school. I saw the need for security so we jumped right on that, and we are in the process of acquiring more security officers for day and night security. The school during the night time needed to be illuminated because it was too dark therefore more flood lights were installed. We looked at the curriculum and realized we had to align ourselves more with the curriculum, and we have started a complete campaign to acquire curriculum guidelines. We have created committees to look at our BJC and BGCSE results, Mr. Hield added. It will take a while for Hield to make a noticeable difference on campus, but so far he has tried to change image of the school and give the student population something to look forward to. A security booth was erected, security cameras around the property and an alarm system with motion sensors were added to the office to help protect the faculty, school Please see School Page 14 The St. Francis de Sales School choir performed at the Christmas program the school organized on December 15. Each grade of St. Francis de Sales School took part in the Christmas program. These are grade 3 students.

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 B www.erabahamas.com LUBBERS QUARTERSGorgeous waterfront lot available on nice secluded island with electric/phone ready. Motivated Seller. #3899Price: $299,000www.erabahamas.com CHEROKEE SOUNDExtraordinary property boasting scenic ocean views, located in a quiet private area with 1/2 acre lots available. #3035 Price: $210,000 SAND BAR AT CHEROKEEGreat potential for expansion, 2 acres of pristine waterfront property small villa & restaurant buildings. Spectacular views. #13088$2,455,000Visit our website today! Dupuch R R eal E E state Marsh Harbour Office POBox AB 20340, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel.: (242) 367-0288 Fax: (242) 367-0289 e-mail: jamesanddonna@erabahamas.com CASUARINA POINT Canal front lot with ocean access in quiet community. Water, electricity, cable and phone ready. Price $80,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Beautiful seaside community interior lots available with electricity/phones. Starting from $25,000 SAND BAR Lots with spectacular views of ocean and sound. Good value lots, fantastic potential for development. Price $169,000 BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND Nice homesite in growing community just North of Marsh Harbour. Starting from $16,000 LEISURE LEE Interior lots available with great coppice growth and within easy walking distance of beautiful, peaceful beach. Price$49,950 RED BAY Over 12 acres with deepwater, shoreline, great elevation and views of the Sea of Abaco and the outer Cays. Price $495,000 15 December 06 GREEN TURTLE CAY1.5 acres on gorgeous ocean beach with 135 feet of frontage and great elevations. This is the last available peice in this area. #2809Price: $820,000 MURPHY TOWNCute 2 bed, 1 bath home sits on large parcel of land. Can be subdivided. Landscaped with room for expansion. #13475 Price: $350,000 REDUCED PRICE CASUARINA POINTNice 4 bed, 4 bath furnished on gorgeous beachfront with views of the Atlantic. Generator, cable, phone, fenced, deck, turnkey! #2818Price: $580,000 CASUARINA POINTTwo storey waterfront 4 bed, 2 bath home situated on 120 of sea walled property. Boaters dream. Boat/car storage, boat ramp. #13312Price: $590,000 SWEETINGS TRACTLocated in a very nice area of Marsh Harbour. Has access to the water with a small beach which looks over to Hope Town & Lubbers. #3963 Price: $55,000NEW LISTING YELLOWOODExtraordinary hilltop property offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean, creeks and the Abaco Club. Motivated Seller. #13474Price: $85,000 WATCHING BAYSituated on 8 acres offering 250 feet of beachfront. 90 foot elevations and 35 foot dunes. One of a kind. #13482 Price: $2,185,000 LITTLE HARBOURComfortable CBS 2 bed, 2 bath home situated on approximately 4 acres with 135 beachfront and 70 elevations. Nicely landscaped. #13495Price: $1,450,000 LITTLE HARBOURLovely 2 bed, 2 bath home overlooking the harbour and channel entrance. Small private dock. Walking distance to beaches, fishing and dining. #13494 Price: $870,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESBeautiful 2 acre beachfront lots. Good elevations with gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean. Utilities available. $550,000 each. #13544 Price: $550,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESComfortable island style 3 bed, 3 bath on one acre of property. 100 of gorgeous beachfront. Come relax and enjoy the Bahamian lifestyle at its best. #13180 Price: $580,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLovely well kept CBS home featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths situated on a corner lot, 90x150. Garage area and screened porch. The property is enclosed and landscaped with a secluded garden area. #2837 Price: $350,000

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Page 14 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES 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.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New Listing! 9,000 sq. ft. lot within 100 feet of Coco Bay Beach. Close to Ocean Beach and Green Turtle Club. $350,000 plus 7% to close. New Listing! 4 acre sea-to-sea Bahamian estate with approximately 420 on the Atlantic Ocean and 300 on Black Sound, with private dock. Furnished main house has three bedrooms, two baths, fireplace, swimming pool, observation tower, gazebo and A/C in bedrooms. Attached furnished owner unit has one bedroom and one bath. Spectacular ocean views. 3 small boats, 2 all-terrain vehicles. Good elevation. Owner financing available. $4.75 million plus 7% to close. New Listing! 9,000 sq. ft. lot with unobstructed view of Coco Bay. Direct access to beach. Close to public dock and major resorts. $475,000 plus 7% to close. 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 closing costs in. SOLD Gillam Bay Beach Parcel SOLD Lot 5 Coco Bay EstatesMultiple Listing System What is MLS?A Multiple Listing System (MLS) allows participating Realtors to place their sellers homes on a database providing information to other licensed Realtors about these listings. This is greatly beneficial to the Seller as it is great exposure for your property. The MLS is quite important to the buyer as well. If your Realtor is a participating member of the MLS and is searching for suitable properties for you, this system is the best tool because your Realtor will have access to all properties listed by other members. Whether buying or selling make sure your Realtor is a member of the Multiple Listing Service of the Bahamas Real Estate Association, Abaco Chapter! The first MLS service in The Bahamas was launched on Abaco on October 1st and, to date, the participating members are: Ed & Cindy NewellAbaco Estate Services Bill ThompsonAbaco Real Estate Elaine ThompsonAbaco Real Estate Sandra EvansAbaco Waterfront Properties Bill ThorndycraftAbaco Waterfront Properties Brent CartwrightAisle of Palm Realty Maria SilvesterAisle of Palm Realty Rhiannon ThomasAisle of Palm Realty Chris RobertsBahamas Realty Abaco Molly RobertsBahamas Realty Abaco Chris FarringtonColdwell Banker Mailin SandsColdwell Banker Jane PattersonDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Laurie SchreinerDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Stan SawyerDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Kerry SullivanDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Donna ReesDupuch Real Estate James ReesDupuch Real Estate June RussellGraham Real Estate Dwayne WallasH.G. Christie Ltd John CashJohn Cash Realty (Ruth) Anne AlburyTreasure Cay Real Estate Everett PinderTreasure Cay Real Estate Marcellus RobertsTreasure Cay Real EstateAbaco Chapter The Bahamas Real Estate Association property and students. Mr. Hield said that all of the students were immediately made aware of the school rules, the discipline for breaking these rules and what was expected of them. He said the students are motivated and doing extremely well as far as discipline is concerned. The biggest problem facing Hield and his staff was the number of fights on campus and the free-for-all attitude of the student population. Principal Hield said, We have fewer fights, less conflicts, the harmony of the students is better and we saw that it is needed. We kept telling the students we are one, and we need to act as one. There is no Murphy Town, no Dundas Town, no Mud and no Pigeon Pea in Abaco Central High School. We must look at each other as one and treat each other as one. The students have been doing that. I can hear it coming from the communities as people are saying these students are looking at one another as brothers and sisters. In every institution you may have a little misunderstanding here and there but it is nothing major we couldnt deal with. This was one of the first things we jumped on the first day, he added. Academically it is going to take a little longer to fix the problems the school faces. They cannot be fixed with paint, new buildings or assemblies. The school currently has an E average for the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Exams (BGCSE) and Mr. Hield said this is the number one priority for him and his staff to improve this average immediately. The BGCSE is the top external examination in the country and shows how each school measures up against their counterparts throughout the Bahamas. Abaco Central used to be one of the top government schools in the country in the early to mid 1990s. Mr. Hield said that because of certain language barriers students may not be able to perform to their top potential. But they are creating programs that will deal with the strong Haitian influence on the campus. Principal Hield said, We cannot be happy with an E average and that is a pretty sad average. We are working towards improving that. We are putting in all the mechanisms to improve that. I definitely know come September or when the results come out Abaco Central will see improvements. In fact, I feel we will probably see a better improvement than we can possibly imagine. We are looking at moving to a certain point, but I believe we will move higher than what we are actually looking at being the More School News SchoolFrom Page 12 bench mark. We are looking at getting at least a D average, but I am looking for us to move beyond that and see better improvements than that, Mr. Hield added. The school buildings were painted at the beginning of the year. Mr. Hield said he informed the students that defacing school property is destroying government property and they will be prosecuted for doing so. Mr. Hield said he must say that all the teachers are on board with his programs, and they now have a full staff of teachers for the various subject areas. Improvement on the scale that Principal Hield and the faculty are trying to create will not happen over night. However, they understand it is a consistent process and will take years to get the school back to where it used to be. Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Long time teacher at the school, Mrs. Isobel Sherman, said she can see the improvements on campus already with discipline, less fights and the students seem more interested in their studies. She said, I have seen improvements since Mr. Hield has taken over. I have seen more respect and more no nonsense. There arent anymore rivalries and only what people want to make of it. There are no rivalries in this school between any factions and we are only rivals now with S.C. Bootle. It will take time to change because it cant change over night. This school at one time was one of the top schools in the Bahamas in BGCSE results, and it can come back up again. Parents have to get more involved for this to happen, Mrs. Sherman concluded. Mr. Kendris Hield

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 B The funeral service for Helen Anniwade Albury 92, formerly of Hope Town and Marsh Harbour was held at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on December 23. Bro. David Cartwright, assisted by Bro. Gurth Roberts, officiated. Interment was in Hope Town Public Cemetery. Anniwade is predeceased by her husband Cecil Albury; her father William Clarence Sands; her mother Ada Isabell Sands; brothers Clarence (Kingsley), Edgar and Bill Sands; sisters Ruth and Sheila Sands. She is survived by her daughter Carolyn; sisters Isabell and Katherine Sands and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Charles Edward Cash Sr., (Eddie) was born on February 13, 1931, in Hope Town to Dawson and Leonie Cash and passed away on December 1, 2006 at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife, Angela, to whom he was married for 51 years. The couple had five children, sons Charles, Rody and Clark and daughters Adrianne Key and Charlotte Malone. He is also survived by daughters-in-law Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas Theresa Cash and Lillian Cash; son-inlaw Al Key; grandsons Charlie, Billy, Alistair, Dawson and Otis; granddaughters Crystal, Beulah, Tabitha, Gina and Amy; grandd aughtersin-law Malissa Cash and Danielle Malone; grandsons-in-law Tommy Tribbett, Shannon Wong and Cameron Sands; great-grandsons Walker Wong and Jaden Sears; great-granddaughters Kennedy, Presley and Parker Cash; father and mother-in-law Joe and Blanche Darville; brother Dana Cash; sisters Clara Fenner, Gladys Jones and Yvonne Knowles; sisters-in-law Christine Cash, Sylvia Sturrup, Rosalie Jones and Paula Darville; brothers-in-law Harry Fenner, Graham Jones, Phil Knowles, Wesley Sturrup, Paul Johnson, Nelson, Lemont and Michael Darville; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. The funeral for Rosemary Clarke, 57, formerly of Moores Island was held in Nassau. Interment was also in Nassau. She is survived by her husband Capt. Franklyn Clarke; sons Sabrion and Capt. Kelvin Clarke; daughter Samantha Clarke; sisters Kathleen, Louise and Ethelmae Reckley; uncle Benjamin Dames; stepdaughters Joy Saunders, Betty Stuart and Delarese; step-sons Inswerth, Wilson and Benjamin Henderson; grandchildren Quintirio Arnett, Kentonique Cartwright, Keshawn Clarke, Kelvin Clarke Jr., El-Tano Bowe and Stafford Stuart; father-in-law Isaac Clarke; sistersin-law Elizabeth Reckley, Charlene Reckley, Alvida Lloyd, Elva Strachan, Betty Carke, Karen Clarke, Andrea Clarke-Johnson and Barbara Carey; brothers-in-law Austin, Eric, Kendal and Philip Clarke; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Mr. Eddie Cash

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Page 16 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Card of ThanksThe St. Andrews Methodist Church would like to thank the following merchants and people for their recent donations to our Harvest Day Blessing Program. All items donated were given to persons in Dundas Town and Murphy Town who were shut-in, sick or otherwise experiencing difficulties. Because of your generosity and the food items given, you helped us to fulfill Gods commandment to love our neighbor. Thank you and blessings to: Abaco Groceries, Ltd. Fruit & Vegetable Sales Lorna Maxwells (Solomons) Supercenter Mr. Evans Patrick Bethel Viola Johnson Mr. Call St. Andrews Methodist Childrenns Sunday School ClassArrest for Threats of Death A Murphy Town man was arrested on November 24 for making threats of death and throwing missiles at a female on November 15. Arrest for Unlawfully Carrying Arms A Dundas Town man was arrested on November 25 when found driving in Marsh Harbour with a 36-inch cutlass, a 10-inch knife and a screwdriver under the drivers seat. Sudden Death Reginald Anderson, 77, died on November 26 at his home in Dundas Town. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure. Causing Harm A Dundas Town woman was assaulted by her landlord on November 26 while at her residence. Rape On November 27 an underage girl of the Mud reported a rape that occurred on July 9 after midnight when she accepted a ride on leaving Solid Gold Night Club in Marsh Harbour. She was driven to a remote location and raped at knife point. Stolen Vessel Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club had a 25-foot Regulator outboard boat stolen from the Moorings Marina dock during the night of November 26. The twin-engine boat was valued at $120,000. Shop Breaking The first Assembly of God Church in Dundas Town on Forest Drive was broken into during the night of November 26 and a fan and radio were stolen. The items were later recovered in the rented room of a man living in the Mud. Assault with a Deadly Weapon A resident of Pigeon Peas in Marsh Harbour was assaulted about 8 a.m. on November 30 while on the basketball court between the Pigeon Peas and the Mud. He was hit twice over the left eye with a hand gun, then shot at twice. Damage A jeep parked at Subway Restaurant was vandalized by someone scratching the paint from one side to the next on the vehicle. This happened about 5:30 p.m. on November 30. Damage A woman living on Forest Drive reported that a woman she knew came to her house just after sundown on November 30 and damaged her front door with a rock. Stealing a homeowner on Poppys Way in Marsh Harbour reported that someone entered his property and stole two 48-quart coolers. This is believed to have happened during the night of November 29. Shop Breaking, Damage and Stealing During the night of November 30, the Treasure Cay airport terminal building was broken into and thoroughly ransacked with most ticket counters damaged. Additionally, the Customs and Immigration section were broken into with luggage and other items ransacked and items stolen. Arrest for Assault With A Deadly Weapon A Murphy Town man was arrested about 8 p.m. on December 1 in relation to an earlier assault with a deadly weapon. Assault About midnight on December 2 a man attending a residential party near the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic received injuries to his head when attacked by a group of men. A subsequent examination found two lacerations on his head and possibly a dislocated shoulder. He was sent to Nassau for further treatment. Threats of Harm and Arrest A Cedar Harbour woman reported that her daughter threatened to cut her throat, then threw stones at her which put her in fear of bodily harm. The daughter was arrested about 9 a.m. on December 3, about an hour after the incident. Shop Breaking St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of December 6. Stolen were various food items including 50 pounds of fish from a freezer. Damages to the structure and stolen items are esti-Police Crime Report By Jennifer Hudson A person has been apprehended by the police and will be placed before the courts in connection with the robbery which took place on December 12 in the parking lot of the Latter Rain Church in Dundas Town when two cars were broken into during the evening service. Access was gained to the vehicles by smashing a window and three handbags were stolen which contained passports, cell phones, jewelry and $800 in cash. A person was apprehended two days later in connection with this incident and a search is being conducted in the bushes around the area to try to recover the goods. Police have successfully retrieved a diesel generator valued at $14,000 which was stolen from the Abaco Shopping Center in December. The generator was found in a bushy area at the Mud as a result of information received and has been returned to its owner. Suspects are under arrest.Follow up on Two Police Incidentsmated to be $750. Shop Breaking and Damage The office of Caribbean Constructors in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of December 6. The building and safe suffered considerable damage as the burglars used an acetylene torch in a futile attempt to open the safe. Several persons are being questioned about this.

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 B "Mariners Cove Unit 1401" (Ref #655) Fully furnished 2 bed, 1 bath end unit overlooking marina/harbour. Complex offers pool and tennis courts, close to beach, restaurant and shops: Price $317,000. Rock Point Waterfront Lot (Ref # 586) Located on Rock Point Dr. 90 ft on Sea of Abaco at entrance to Treasure Cay Marina. 11,818 s/f enjoys cool south-easterly summer ocean breezes & also overlooks the bonefish flats of Gun Powder Creek to the west. Price: $299,500 Waterfront Lots" (Ref #260) Sea-walled waterfront lot on Galleon Bay Rd with spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco, cleared ready for construction, excellent value, Price $220,000 "One Bedroom Mariners Cove" (Ref #455) 1 bed, 1 bath fully furnished ground floor poolside unit. Mariners Cove offers pool, tennis courts, laundry facilities, on site management, good rental potential. Price $200,000. Flamingo Drive Lot 66 (Ref #558) Large residential lot situated on a quiet Flamingo Drive cul-de-sac, an ideal home building site, all utilities, including electricity, water, telephone, Cable TV & DSL access available at the lot line. Price: $46,785 Residential Inland Lot (Ref #442) Choice residential lot on paved Flamingo Drive, located just one block from Ocean Blvd.10,000 s/f & 80 on the road. All utilities are available at the property boundary, including TV & DSL. Price $45,000. Golf Course Area Corner Lot (Ref #559) Oversized corner lot # 7 offering paved street frontage on two sides, plus all utilities at lot line, enjoy the solitude & greenery of the golf course, just a few hundred feet away. Price: $35,100 LEISURE LEE: Canal Front Home" (Ref #214) 2 bedroom 2 bath single story CBS construction home, open living/kitchen on the end of a finger canal, tile floors, central A/C, low maintenance, 50 of bulkhead canal front with deep water and dock, fully furnished, includes vehicle. Close to beach access $465,000. Canal Corner Lot" (Ref #602) Cleared large corner lot 15,344 s/f with 197ft on protected canal with seawall, ready for building. $334,000. Canal Lot 206 (Ref #597) Cleared 11,242 s/f lot with 171 feet of bullheaded seawall, views of Treasure Cay and the Sea of Abaco. All utilities available. Price $265,000. LITTLE HARBOUR: Waterfront Property (Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. $608,000. Reduced!!! TURTLE ROCKS: South Hampton (Ref#683) Just completed 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2640 s/f beach front home on 1.416 acres, cutom kitchen, 950 s/f covered decks, pool fantastic Sea of Abaco views from virtually every room. $1,400,000. Turtles Rock (Ref #361) 3 bedroom 2.5 bath beach front home built in 2000 on 1.18 acres with 102 on the beach, very private area, fully furnished. $755,000. Joes Creek Vicinity Lot 15 (Ref# 567) Offering 2.139 acres with a 50 ft elevated ridge, 956ft deep from highway to Coromont Pond, ideal for private residence or small subdivision, electricity & telephone at highway, easy access to Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay. Price: $149,700 GUANA CAY: Two Commercial Lots (Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, lot#8 $299,000, lot#9 $349,000.00. MARSH HARBOUR: Sea View Lot with Dockage (Ref#493) Select residential lot in Great Abaco Club, 7,750 sq. ft. in size, finger dock for 25 vessel, direct access to Sea of Abaco, gated community, all utilities available, use of all resort amenities, close to restaurants, shops, etc reduced $395,000. GREEN TURTLE CAY: Beau Soleil (Ref#662) Beautiful 4 bed 5 bath Beachfront Estate Main House, Guest House and Apt. total 3,634 s/f on 0.878 acres on White Sound with 120 dock, fresh water pool 173 beach frontage, great elevation, magnificent views, furnished. $2,975,000. Oceanview Home (Ref#693) Newly built 4 bed, 2.5 bath, fully furnished 2 storey colonial style, 3,000 s/f + 300 s/f covered porches, residential neighborhood, beach access, large lot, ocean views. $778,000. Sea View Elevated Lot (Ref#684) Hilltop 0.405 acre parcel in planned residential community of Island Reach, perched high on White Sound Bluff, one of the highest elevations on Green Turtle Cay, overlooking the Sea of Abaco, $725,000. Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir BrokerABACO ESTATE SERVICESREAL ESTATE SALES ll ll l VACATION RENTALSPrime Real Estate Listing Throughout AbacoMembers Bahamas Real Estate AssociationWe Exceed Client Expectations! www.abacoestateservices.com Please contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime properties throughout Abaco.Phone: (242) 365.8752 ll ll l Cell: (242) 357.6570TREASURE CAY:"Argyll House" (Ref #483) Elegant & luxurious 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath Ocean Blvd. Estate approx. 6,900 s/f, on 1.6 acres with 153 on the beach, landscaped, fully furnished, high ceilings, marble floors, 2 car garage, includes vehicles. $4,900,000. Tradewinds (Ref # 589) Luxurious 1 acre beachfront estate 4 bedroom 3.5 bath main house on T.C. point beach plus 3 bedroom 3 bath 2 storey guest house. Spectacular views, superior architectural design and finishes throughout, fully furnished Price: $4,575,000 "Peace & Plenty" (Ref #503) Splendid 7 bedroom, 4.5 bath 2 storey, fully furnished Ocean Blvd beachfront estate, situated on 1.453 superbly landscaped acres with 163 feet of spectacular beach frontage, magnificent views, covered balconies, superior finishes, guest cottage, ideal location with privacy. $3,800,000. "Trident House" (Ref #317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished beach front home, 3,500 square feet, sensational beach & ocean views, many extras $2,500,000. "Final Approach" (Ref #601) Canal front 2 storey 5,500 s/f 6 bedrooms, 4.5 bath private home on large property, 100 private dock, 6 depth. Recently renovated, fully furnished, four car garage. Price $2,497,000 Oceana (Ref #498) Furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private home with open floor plan and British Colonial decor for elegant and comfortable living, located on Sandpiper Beach with magnificent views, garage, landscaped, beachside deck. $1,875,000. "Beachfront Vacant Lot" (Ref #462) 1.82 acre cleared lot with 144 of prime beach frontage, located on prestigious Ocean Blvd, all utilities available, limited beach lots available in this area. Price $1,695,000. Beach Lot (Ref # 590) Located on Leeward Beach near the T.C. Point with 136 of fabulous beach frontage, views of Green Turtle Cay, total of 28,700 s/f, ready for construction, all utilities available, quiet & secluded Cul de saq. Price: $1,330,000 Ocean Blvd. Beach Lot (Ref # 585) Prime location with 140ft on magnificent beach, total of 1.37 acres, partially cleared, all amenities at lot line. Price: $1,215,000 "Harbours Edge" (Ref #191) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 s/f harbour front home, 90 of bulkhead for dock with 8+/depth, waterfront views though large glass doors, open kitchen, interior decor includes hand painted tropical mural, 2 car garage, 1/3 acre lot with privacy walls, Mediterranean style pool, fully furnished. Price: $1,265,000. Pilot House (Ref #568) Waterfront 3 bedroom 3 bath 2 storey home overlooking Sea of Abaco on narrow peninsula for superior water views, drive through carport with private boat ramp, perfect house for bone-fishing enthusiast. Price: $1,160,000 Treasure Landings (Ref #600) N ewly constructed 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,300s/ f luxury condominiums, close to beach, marina, restaurants & shops. Superior finished, fully furnished. Price: $495,000. Financing available. "Brigantine Beach Condo" (Ref #369) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath bath townhouse with ocean views just steps from the beach, furnished, rental history $458,000. "Beach Villa 506" (Ref #636) 2 bed, 2bath garden view villa, completely renovated in 2005, all new furnishings & appliances. 1,250 s/f. Ideal rental property. Price $492,000. #3 Marlin Drive (Ref #492) 3 bedroom 3 bath single story CBS construction home, walking distance to beach & golf course. Modern kitchen, renovated, open decking on large lot. Price: $450,000 Galleon Bay Canal Lot" (Ref #422) Prime Canal Front cleared lot totaling 10,295 s/f and 88+ feet of protected canal water frontage situated on the wide expanse of pictureque Galleon Bay, quick access to the Sea of Abaco. $350,000. "Harbourfront Condo" (Ref #688) Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath ground level condominium with superb views of the Treasure Cay harbour & marina. Located in the Mariners Cove complex. Good rental history Price $345,000. Canal Lot on Galleon Bay (Ref #569) Protected canal lot near Galleon Bay entrance for quick access to Sea of Abaco, utilities at lot line, very well priced. Price: $331,500 "Two Bedroom Mariners Cove" (Ref #454) 2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished, two level poolside unit within view of Treasure Cay Marina and just a 5 minute walk from the Treasure Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing #455 to make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. Price $317,900.1st January 2007UNDER CONTRACTHappy New Year! genetic study and some of that information should be available to us in 2007. The genetic study will show us whether we still consider the Inagua and Abaco parrot as the same conservation unit. So we may find that yes they are the same conservation unit and genetically they are similar enough so they could interbreed. But we may also find that they are genetically distinct, and we have to protect them differently. We are trying to find out if they are the same sub-species of the Amazon parrot. The Bahamas can have two sub-species of the same parrot, she added. The Bahama parrots on Inagua nest in trees like their counterparts from around the world, but the flock on Abaco are the only parrots in the world that nest under ground. Ms. Stahala said they dont know if the Bahama parrot on Abaco has evolved until they are done with the genetic research, but the research will prove once and for all if the Bahamas has two distinct flocks or one sub-species. The Bahama parrot is an endangered species and protected throughout The Bahamas. Ms. Stahala said, It would be probably the Inagua parrot and the Abaco parrot, and we will have to adjust our management strategy. We know right now we ParrotsFrom Page 1 always have the option that we have two population of the same bird. But if we found that they were distinct enough that we only have one population of each, then there is no rescue population. If something happened to the Abaco parrot, then the Abaco parrot is gone. We are not there yet and we are just trying to find out what our options are, Ms. Stahala added. Because the parrot is endangered, if the two flocks are genetically different, there will be no fall back plan if the parrot on Abaco or Inagua is eradicated. This is why Friends of the Environment and the Bahamas National Trust are concerned about the results of the genetic research because it will help them create a better management plan for the two different flocks. Friends Executive Director Lindsey McCoy said, Hopefully this will just keep generating more interest in the parrot. We hope Abaconians will realize the importance of protecting these parrots when they realize this is the only place this parrot exists. We have it here, and it is our job to make sure it stays here so we have it for future generations. I dont know if they are two sub-species, and this is why we bring in scientists to tell us these things. We will have to protect the parrot even more because if they are gone here, they are gone forever, Mrs. McCoy concluded. Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3744 for info Royal Palm 3 BR, 3 BA furnished $553,500 UNDER CONTRACT 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 UNDER CONTRACT Atlantis 2BR, 2BA Canal front condo with 14 wide boat slip. Completely redone with furnishings. $549,000 Beach Villa 685 2 BR, 2 BA, steps away from pool and beach $275,000 Brigantine Bay canal Lot $365,000 SOLD 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 Bahama Beach Club 2055 $705,000 UNDER CONTRACT Anchorage Estates Lots 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 $834,949 UNDER CONTRACT Anchorage Estates Lots 29, 30 $691,642 UNDER CONTRACT Bahamas: 242-477-5056 242-365-8467 USA: 843-290-2254 843-278-0277 Fax: 242-365-8508 843-785-5528 Email:jic@oii.net ww.johncashrealty.comJohn Cash, B.R.I., C.R.S. Licensed Real Estate Broker Certified Residential SpecialistPO Box 22212 Treasure Cay, Abaco BahamasJanuary 1, 2007

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Page 18 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO NCR Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreAbaco PAbaco P Abaco PAbaco P Abaco P rint Shoprint Shop rint Shoprint Shop rint ShopFriendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing Services Friendly and Professional Printing ServicesLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Located in the Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Ph : (242) 367-3202 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201 Fax : (242) 367-3201FOR ALL YFOR ALL Y FOR ALL YFOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS!Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Call us today... Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday Monday Friday 9am 5pm9am 5pm 9am 5pm9am 5pm 9am 5pm B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367.2798 Fax: 367.5098 By Julian Lockhart The Bahama Parrot on Abaco is the only parrot in the world that nests under the ground as they use cavities in the southern part of Abaco to build nests and raise their young. Caroline Stahala with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from Panama City, Florida, has been working with the Bahama Parrot on both Abaco and Inagua and has installed 10 nest boxes in the Abaco National Park in an attempt to see if the parrot will nest in trees instead of under the ground. The nest boxes were placed in pairs at five locations where parrots have shown a tendency to nest. Ms. Stahala said, Right now the boxes are just to determine whether the birds are capable of nesting up in trees still. That is the only reason they are out there at this time. We dont want to move them or change their behavior, and we are not changing their behavior per se. We would just like to know if they are capable of nesting in trees. They are tree dwellers and most likely they nested in trees on Abaco as well. Because of destruction of habitat they are not able to do so. It is just another conservation option that can be put out on the table in the future when Bahamas National Trust and Friends of the Environment decide how to manage the parrot on Abaco. It is just an option and they will have more information, she added. The Bahama parrots on Inagua nest in tree cavities and the Abaco parrots most likely nested in tree cavities hundreds of years ago. There is no guarantee these parrots will start nesting in the boxes which are placed five meters above ground in the pine trees, but Ms. Stahala and Friends of the Environment will monitor the boxes monthly to see if the birds do make the move. The Abaco parrots are depending on coppice vegetation for their food source except during the nesting period which is from May through September. Up to now the focus has been on the nesting of the parrot but that the knowledge base has been expanded as the nesting process is not the only part of the parrot life that has to be protected and studied. The project has been funded by the Batchelor Foundation, Norcross Wildlife Foundation and the Rare Species Conservation Foundation. Ms. Stahala said, Parrots are adaptable. They have adapted to their surroundings. I dont want to call it evolving right now because evolving means the DNA has changed within the bird and we dont know that yet. We havent proved that. What we are trying to test here is whether that flexibility in nesting under ground or in trees is still there. If they dont nest in trees, it doesnt prove they have evolved, but it will cause us to have to look at the parrot differently. Our conservation strategy will have to change. The use of these nest boxes is very successful in other parts of the world and in some instances is the only place where parrots nest, Ms. Stahala added. Another reason the nest boxes may come in handy is to help with predation of the parrot and its young. Ms. Stahala said they are hoping it can help and this study will provide information for Friends and the Bahamas National Trust help pro-Bahama Parrots Get New Homes A Bahama parrot Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained35% off all rentals through February 11 W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$1295 23 Albury Bros$1015 22 Boston Whaler$ 945 20 Albury/Hydra$ 910 18 Privateer$ 665 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com tect the parrot. The parrot on Abaco is constantly in danger from feral cats and raccoons. Friends secretary Anita Knowles said the only thing that can truly help the parrot is to humanely deal with the predators. Mrs. Knowles said, I think this will help the Bahama parrot. The research that comes out of this will give us various ideas if they are going to use them. It can be used in translocation and if it comes down to our having to take them into captivity. I dont know if we are hoping they nest in these boxes. We just want to find out whether they will or wont. Nothing will protect them from predation except for control of the stray cats and raccoons and it has to be done in a careful, humane manner, Mrs. Knowles concluded.

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 B Special Summer/Fall Air Fare for Bahamian Residents All travel on these tickets must be completed by 12/15/2006. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket counters or through the Ft Lauderdale office and must be paid in full at time of purchase. Purchaser must present valid Bahamian passport with US visa, or valid passport ofanother country with valid Bahamian work permit and valid US visa at time ofpurchase. Tickets are non-refundable. Baggage allowance of 50 lbs including carry-on. Excess baggage traveling with you is $0.70 per pound and travels on a space available basis. All freight and excess luggage checked in at departure will travel within one week at the rate of $0.45 per pound.Abaco Price $190 plus US taxes of $38.65 and Bahamian departure tax ($15)Eleuthera Price $240 plus US and Bahamian taxesSPECIAL FREIGHT RATEDeliveries Thru October 31, 2006$0.45 per pound (DIM Weight Pricing)Marsh Harbour 367-0140 Treasure Cay 365-8660 Ft. Lauderdale 954-359-8266 North Eleuthera 335-1696 Governors Harbour 332-3340 Rock Sound 334-2795 In LIn L In LIn L In L oving Memoroving Memor oving Memoroving Memor oving Memor yy yy yfrom her loving daughter Bernadette Rose Hall and a gracious aunt to Arnold and Wayne Hallall residing on AbacoO God, grant us serenity To accept what cannot be changed, The courage to change what can be changed, And the wisdom to know the difference.Celebrating the birthday of Celebrating the birthday of Celebrating the birthday of Celebrating the birthday of Celebrating the birthday ofMarMar MarMar Mar gargar gargar gar et Ret R et Ret R et R ose Hall,ose Hall, ose Hall,ose Hall, ose Hall,youngest daughter of Aurelia and Roderick Charles Hall of Halls Oasis, Adelaide, N.P. Well Done Drilling ServicesCall us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation!Ph: (242) 367-4842 ll ll l Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Trenching: Trenching for underground utility services Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles planted Excavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator DiggingBy Julian Lockhart Invasive plants can be found throughout Abaco. Though they can be beautiful, grow easily and are easily acquired, they are very dangerous to the native plants in The Bahamas and destroy the local vegetation. This is why Friends of the Environment is hosting three Plant Fairs in the early part of 2007 to educate the public about the different invasive species, why they shouldnt be grown in The Bahamas and the alternative native plants that can be grown in their place. Two of the most dangerous invasive species grown on Abaco are casuarinas and the Hawaiian sea grape which, according to Friends Executive Director Lindsey McCoy, are taking over. Mrs. McCoy said, The plant fairs are very important. I dont think people intend to plant invasive species, I just dont think they know any better. So we have to get the word out and this is one major way that we do that. The casuarinas are bad because they spread so quickly and kill everything in their path. They have shallow root systems. When storms come, they blow over easily and loosen up the sand. Responsible land owners should know what is native and what is invasive. They dont know the harm the evasive species do, Mrs. McCoy added. The first Plant Fair will be January 20th at Forest Heights Academy starting at 10:30 a.m. The guest speakers will be Shenique Albury, Blaine Sweeting and Stacy Moultrie speaking on Invasive Plant Species. Ms. Moultrie is from the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission (BEST). Each attendee to the fair will receive a native plant and other native plants will be on sale. Mrs. McCoy said they are hoping the visitors to the fair will use the native plants to replace any invasive species they have. Also available at the fair will be rain barrels that are painted by local artists and will be up for bid. The barrels are to collect water for avid gardeners who know that the best water for plants is rain water. The second fair will be February 10th in Hope Town at the Methodist Church starting at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Allison Higgins from the Nature Conservancy in the Florida Keys speaking on Weeds to Watch. The third fair will be held in Treasure Cay in March but no date or place has been set yet though it most likely will be at the Community Center. Anyone interested in what the different protected or invasive species of plants are can visit www.bestcommission.com for a complete list. Mrs. McCoy said, They are detrimental in a few ways. One there is a reason why the Bahamas is the Bahamas and it looks different from other countries and places. If you have an evasive species take over, then suddenly it looks different; and then we dont look any different from anywhere else. Also there are a lot of problems in killing of native plants and that is what the birds and different animals depend on. There are berries to eat; and if you start killing off the native plants, it starts to affect to the whole ecosystem. Our beaches are being affected. As invasive species take over, they dont do as much at the natural plants do to keep the sand and dunes in place, Mrs. McCoy concluded.Plant Fairs Will Educate Public Hand painted rain barrels will be auctioned off at each of the plant fairs organized by Friends of the Environment. This rain barrel was designed and painted by local artists Lynne Key, Beth Sweeting and Margo Albury (not pictured). When they arent painting, Lynne works for Bahamas Realty, Margo works for H.G. Christie, and Beth co-owns and operates Salty Skys Market in Hope Town. Rain barrels decorated by these local artists. as well as others, will be auctioned off at the three upcoming Plant Fairs. The dream of a vacation on a secluded beach with all the luxuries of an exclusive island retreat has been wonderfully designed into this private residence, Sea Cliff, located in Treasure Cay, Abaco. Perched on a hillside with views of the renowned 3.5 mile Treasure Cay Beach and Marina, Sea Cliff is new 2 story 3 bedroom/3 bath located within footsteps off the beach and only a short walking distance to TC Hotel and Marina. This luxury residence includes every amenity and comfort imaginable: white gourmet kitchen, panoramic views from every bedroom with queen-sized poster beds and down comforters, elegant bathrooms with granite and tumbled marble, white linen draperies, and tile floors throughout. Fashionable furnishings mixed with imported antiques and original artwork create a truly romantic island feeling. A water purification system offers crystal clear drinking water. A tiled sun deck over 900 sf adjoins the house with an outside grill and fireplace. Private garage available for storage and a car. This exclusive hideaway is available for weekly ($2,350) or monthly ($7,350) stays for a truly relaxing and private escape into paradise. Contact Peter and Donna Fayerman at 561-371-3883 or fayerman@aol.com for further info and photos via e-mail. Sea Cliff is located directly across the street from the Bahama Beach Club. Have a great vacation!Sea Cliff Treasure CayPrivate Luxury Rental

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Page 20 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 SpecialInvestment Opportunity19+ acres of prime Abaco property running highway to sea. Protected creek on sea front, electricity and cable on highway View of Sea of Abaco and nearby cays This property has tremendous possiblities especially for marina type facility For more information call owner 356-7848 or 324-1328 William Priced nett $1.2 millionGet in on the Bahamas boom Beautiful Long Beach LotsFOR SALE BY OWNERl Possibly the finest beach anywhere l 1/2 to 1/3 acre lots elevations to 80 l All services installed underground l 28 miles south of Marsh HarbourBeach Lots from $200,000 Interior Lots from $69,995 Ocean view lots from $89,995JOHN E. PRATT : 242-366-3286FL 561-493-7571 DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr uctionuction uctionuction uctionl COMMERCIAL DOCKSl BOAT LIFTSl PRIVATE DOCKSl SEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONl DOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $170 $475 $790 26 Paramount $225 $675 $1100 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Ads inThe AbaconianBring ResultsBy Mirella Santillo Christmas is a busy time for the Rotary Club of Abaco. The Bell Ringing program started at the end of November and lasted for three weeks. Club members took turns ringing a bell in front of food stores, collecting donations to buy groceries for the needy people of the island. And were they rewarded, as they received more money this year than ever before. People, especially local residents, contributed generously, not merely giving their change but putting large amounts into the buckets. The money collected allowed the Rotary Club to buy enough dry goods and chicken to fill two boxes each, for 160 families. The groceries bought at the local food store with a generous discount from Mr. Chad Sawyer of Maxwells and Price Right were piled high in the Higgs family garage who lent that space to the Rotary Club until the boxes were filled and distributed. So instead of the regular Tuesday meeting at Back Street Caf, Rotary Club members gathered on Pelican Shores to dedicate the evening to packing. They were helped by four Interact students from St. Francis de Sales, Henry Williams, Randolph Humes, Georquel Delancy and Serenity Murray, all from Treasure Cay and by Mr. Frederik Gottliebs children who spent the following day wrapping toys. It took four hours to pack and load. Although it was hard work, it was done with a spirit of fun, which made the evening go by quickly. Pizza and refreshments had been provided and there was a jolly spirit about the gathering. The next three days were saved for distributing. Teams of two covered the whole island from Sandy Point in the South and all the settlements between Black Wood and Crown Haven. Central Abaco and the Mud were delivered on Friday while boxes were put on the ferries for the cays. The Rotary raised money to buy food for the needy people on Abaco. Boxes were distributed prior to Christmas to make many persons holiday season more enjoyable. Rotary Club Donated Food BasketsBy Julian Lockhart The 2006 Junior Junkanoo Parade was postponed until January 13th because of inclement weather. Ishmael Stretch Morley said the new parade should be better because the schools will have more time to prepare. Heavy rainfall on December 16th led to the Junkanoo Committee and the Principals Association postponing the parade. The reason they pushed it back a month was to allow the students to improve and mend their costumes before taking to the streets of down town Marsh Harbour. A number of people were disappointed with the change in date but understood there was nothing that could be done with the weather. Mr. Morley said, It was very disappointing but that is Mother Nature and there isnt anything you can do with Mother Nature. The date was decided by the representatives from the schools and they are a part of Junkanoo and they should have an input in that decision. When they return to school, they want to give the kids more time to get organized for the following week. I dont think it will take away the flavor once we start to promote it again. It will not affect the crowd, and come January 13th they will be out in full force. You will definitely see a better parade now. Fox Town Primary and Treasure Cay Primary are coming to knock off Central Abaco Primary. They will get more organized and will mend the costumes need to be mended, he added. Only one high school will be competing this year as S.C. Bootle decided not to take part in the parade, leaving a sure win for Abaco Central High. Abaco Central High Principal Kendris Hield said with or without any competition his students were coming out to put on a winning performance and will still give the crowd a parade something they will not forget. Mr. Morley said the competition will come from the primary schools as everyone will be gunning for the big dog Central Abaco Primary. The one school the rain did really hurt was Moores Island. Those students had the additional expense of flying to Marsh Harbour but were then unable to perform. It was a major disappointment and expense for them. However, local government is considering paying the expense of bringing Moores Island students back to Marsh Harbour for the January 13th parade, giving them a chance to show everyone how good they are. Mr. Morley said, This was most disappointing because Moores Island came across the water and everybody was looking for them to perform. I think once we get together, we will decide along with chairman, Mr. William Davis, and District Education Officer, Mr. Rudolph Smith, how best we can bring them back. We will look at paying for their trip back here. It will be very exciting because a lot of the kids from Moores Island have family in Dundas Town and Murphy Town and a lot of folks from this side of town were looking forward to coming out and supporting them, Morley concluded.Rain Postponed Junior Junkanoo

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 B 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 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEGuana 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 3655175 Ask for Robbie Guana Cay, Sea of Abaco, 400 frontag, dock w/lift poles, elevations on 1+acre. $950,000 net. Brokers welcome. Ph 242-357-6675 Little Harbour just completed, custom built, main house 1 bed 1 bath, tile throughout, screened porch, guest cottage 1 bed 1 bath, great ocean view, decks leading to private garden, shower, walk to Petes Pub and Winding Bay. $599,000 Call 242-375-8680 or deshazier@hotmail.com Lubbers Quarters, Jacks Jungle, beautiful interior, water front & hill top half acre+ lots available. Views of Tahiti Beach and Tilloo Cut. Deeded dock slip included. Roads completed. Electricity soon available. Prices starting at $125,000. Contact Sea Grape Realty @ 242-367-2749 or call 242-375-8828 Man-O-War 8 acres sea to sea, 4 cottages, will divide. 100 ft. dock, 800 ft water front. Contact 242-357-6700 or 772-321-5613 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Cherokee Sound Vacation rentals. 2 bed/ 2 bath, weekly, monthly. Please call 366-2111 or 305-304-0860 Great Cistern 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, front room, dining room, kitchen, 2-car garage and laundry, 3 story, wrap-around deck overlooking Sea of Abaco, access to beach. $3000/mo. Call 3576932 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 hopetown.com 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 Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cay lot, Dorros Cove deeded dock slip at Tahiti Beach. Panaramic views. $360,000 Call Steve 678-416-2213 Elbow Cay, Marnies 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 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEMan-O-War Cozy 2 bed/ 2 bath on 2 levels, 750 sq. ft. living area, partly furnished, covered deck all around, A/C, ocean view. $495,000. Call 365-6047 or 365-6165 Dickies 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 generator, 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 cottage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Panoramic view of ocean in all directions from top of hill. On approx. 3.75 accres, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. Call 508-5403240 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 Prime Corner LocationLittle Harbour Rd. & Cherokee Rd. 14+ wooded acres, 1,600 water frontage. 242-422-4496 Hope Town Land for SaleBy Owner In the settlement, Gillam St. $220,000 Tel: 242-422-2108 www.yourbahamas.com For Sale by Owner3/1.5 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 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE By Julian Lockhart Members and visitors of New Vision Ministries were treated to an amazing display of talent at its 13th Annual Heaven and Nature Sing and Ting on December 19th at the church. New Vision is renowned on Abaco for its music ministry and once again the members showed that singing for God, especially at Christmas, can bring out their best talents as people clapped. rose to their feet and were amazed by the talent of singers and dancers on display. Even Pastor Derek MC Mr. B Benjamin got some laughs out of the hundreds of spectators at some of his jokes. The young and the not so young of the New Vision Ministries church body displayed their talents through song and dance. Pastor Benjamin said, It was great and one of the better turnouts that we have ever had and the performances are always praiseworthy. We want to get people to come to church. We have to be as contemporary as our culture around us to reach the world. We are still praising the Lord but we can do it with the ear of the people out there, he added. The New Vision Ministries Praise Band is an integral part of the church service every Sunday morning and a number of people say they come to church to hear them sing and play. The band definitely didnt let the crowd down as it opened and closed the performances in style with a number of renditions and smooth beats. The event was planned and organized by Bro. Ted Pearce and Bro. David Lowe, who are in charge of the music ministry at New Vision. Jackie Williams with his soulful voice brought people to their feet as his voice boomed Jesus, What a Beautiful Child Kristen Pearce had a lot of people wanting to light a candle as her angelic voice had people on the edge of their seats. The individual performances ended with Chad Taylor and his infectious smile booming Christmas Time Again as he and everyone else proved that it isnt just the band with the incredible talent but the church body at large. Bro. Pearce said, It takes a little bit of practice and planning, but it all falls together perfectly on the day. We think it is a great way to bring the message of Christmas to the people. The youth are stepping up with the youth band and singers, and we were glad to see more of the youth take part. The band is an integral part of the worship here and God has blessed us with some very talented people, Pearce added. The most amazing talent was displayed by the youth who will one day take the place of a number of the older singers and keep on the tradition of New Visions music min-New Vision Singers Raise Their Voices to Christ for Christmas1.3 Acres, 225 ft. beach front 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths overall Guest cottage & 2 story apt. Stand-by generator Sea-to-Sea viewFresh water pool, 50,000 gallon cistern Phone, Cable, Direct TV, High-speed Internet Color photos at: www.sher-way.com Reduced $3,900,000 Email: Socheti@aol.com Will cooperate with local Realtors Sherees Way White Sound Elbow Cayistry. The youth band and singers Celisha Russell, Tonya Patterson and Brianna Higgs proved that the future is bright. Pastor Benjamin said, We have a great up and coming young core group of talent at New Vision, and God has been blessing us with talent. We have seen more young people joining church and getting into ministry, he concluded. Check out The Abaconian online atwww.abaconian.com

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Page 22 B The Abaconian January 1, 2007 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical SouvenirsSouvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Business Service Directory Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 BAHAMA TILELICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home AA AA A baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island PharPhar PharPhar Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 pm Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@yahoo.com Green ThumbPh : 1-2Ph : 1-2 Ph : 1-2Ph : 1-2 Ph : 1-2 42-4242-42425555 5555 55 1-51-5 1-51-5 1-5 299299 299299 299Sod & Plug Installation Marvin A. RussellP.O.Box AB20591 l Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas email : gigaman793@hotmail.com abacofarmproducts@hotmail.com ABACO COMPUTER SERVICESPh : 1-2Ph : 1-2 Ph : 1-2Ph : 1-2 Ph : 1-2 42-3642-36 42-3642-36 42-36 7-46817-4681 7-46817-4681 7-4681Specializing in sales & services of DVD Movies, Play Station 2, X Box Game Cube & Consoles New Computer Sales Computer Repairs email: abacocomputerservices@hotmail.comP.O.Box AB20591 l Marsh Harbour, Abaco Church If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677 Weekdays (Prayer Meeting) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday5:00 a.m. Monday Night7:00 p.m. Wednesday Night F.T.H.7:00 p.m. Friday Youth Night7:00 p.m. Tuesday, ThursdayFamily NightListing New Vision MinistriesOur Mission Turning people into devout followers of Jesus Christ Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Sunday Kids Korner 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Interactive Bible Study7:30 p.m. Thursday Prayer Time12:10 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 derekbenjamin@coralwave.com www.nvministries.com Dundas Town Church of GodWhere Everybody Is Somebody and Jesus Is Lord!Sunday Prayer Meeting6:00 a.m. Sunday School9:45 a.m. Morning Worship11:00 a.m. Evening Worship6:00 p.m. For Transportation call Rev. Jerry Cornish at 367-2457 or 367-4719 (church) or contact Bro. Val Nesbitt at 367-5565 Bishop Anthony Campbell242-367-4718 or cell phone 242-457-5565 Dtcog@coralwave.comJesus Saves We exist to: Reach, Develop, Train, Love and Send Rev. Dr. Stephen Hale, Minister Email revshale@yahoo.comEastern Abaco Region ofThe Methodist ChurchSt. Andrews MethodistDundas Town Sunday Services 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Office 367-3050 Manse 367-4647 Ministers Cell 466-9090St. James MethodistHope Town Sunday Services 9:30 & 11 a.m. Mission House 366-0400Epworth Chapel MethodistCherokee Sound Sunday Services 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Mission House 366-2249Finally, the parking lot of Lowes Pharmacy and Royal Bank of Canada in Marsh Harbour has been re-paved. The craters were very dangerous particularly when rain filled them so that they could not be seen. The paving was done just before Christmas, inconveniencing the pre-Christmas business taking place in that shopping center. Christmas shoppers in Marsh Harbour were continually faced with a lack of parking spaces. Many of the shopping areas were developed before traffic became so heavy. And unfortuantely, those in leadership positions are allowing additional shopping areas to be constructed with inadequate parking. So parking problems in town will escalate.Marsh Harbour Has Major Parking Problems Paving Has Improved Parking Area

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January 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 B 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 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Harbour View Grocery, Hope Town, Teller/ Stock person wanted. Must be computer literate. Call Thomas 366-0033 for appointment. COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats26 Wellcraft Scarab Must See DUTY PAID. For more info call 242-367-2089 or 3672613. 31' Hydrocat, with twin 200 HP Evinrude engines. DUTY PAID Asking $45,000 OBO. Please contact Mark @ 242-366-0342 for futher information. 31 Ocean Master, 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, 305-433-7577 34 Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat, DUTY PAID, 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $41,500. Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 35 Chris Craft Boat, A/C 6.5 Onan generator. Located in Hope Town. Great live aboard or island boat. Port engine runs fine. Starboard engine needs work $20,000. 12 Dinghy center counsol, 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 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 19.4 Cobia 150 HP Yamaha, 170 hrs. Bimini, mint condition, DUTY PAID. $15,000 Call 365-6432 23 Mako w/a, 1989 w 200 Yamaha, rebuilt in 1998. Low hrs. $8000 Call Leo 802-223-2808 2000 Ford Explorer XLT Excellent condition. $12,500 OBO Call 242-359-0081 05 Hyundi, Tiscon Owner leaving island. $22,500. Call 367-2804, 242-436-5082Employment OpportunityRoad 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: Qualifications: 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 drivers license Own vehicle would be an asset Applicants should submit resumes to: Attn: Human Resource Manager P.O. Box N-1004 Nassau, Bahamas Email: recruiter1004@yahoo.com BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE23' Mako 140 HP Mercury, low hours. 15,000.00 Contact National Marine for details 367-2326 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 242-3655032 or 954-258-9644 VHF Ch. 16 Ridgehouse Great Guana Cay 25 Grady White Sailfish, 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 215256-9990 or 25 Parker with 225 HP 4-stroke Yamaha, fully equipped, outriggers, depth finder. DUTY PAID. Call 365-6004 PERSONALRed-headed woodpecker looking for mate. Nest already built. Call 375-9092 As a child, Sonya Weatherford grew up in Man-O-War Cay and was exposed to art from a young age while helping her grandmother selling Androsia batik fabrics in her shop. Inspired by the bright colors and designs of this Bahamian-made batik, she started painting on T-shirts. Her inspiration grew as a student of Mrs. Westhover, a teacher for the children of the small community and an artist herself. While in school in Man-O-War, Sonya started painting on paper. This is a passion that has never left her. As a teenager, her style became more defined as well as the media she used, acrylic and pastels which she is still experimenting with today. Although married and working five days a week, Sonya, who now resides a few miles north of Marsh Harbour, still finds time for her hobby. In her home nestled in the forest, she has set up a small studio where she paints on week-ends. I have painted every week for the past few months, explaining how she has produced the 20 paintings that were entered in the Wine and Art Festival in Nassau sponsored by the Bahamas National Trust. Her subjects range from still life to landscapes to imaginary compositions. She is an admirer of the impressionist period. You have to have somebody to inspire you to begin with, she explained. I love Van Gogh and Monet, she added. There is a definite impressionist touch in her creations. Huge sunflowers and seascapes reminiscing of Van Gogh, a tabby cat in front of a green door which could remind one of Paul Cezanne. However, Sonya says that she is still trying to develop a new style, to render her own vision of the world around her. During the week, I think of the subject I will paint that weekend and create a composition in my head. She is experimenting with new media such as foil paper that she uses to produce semi-abstract creations and pen and ink used to render mostly portraits or single subjects. Up to now, Mrs. Weatherford has painted on 22-inch by 28-inch poster paper and has enrolled her husband to make frames, simple frames, some plain some with a routed edge, she explained that she chooses to enhance her paintings. The Wine and Art Festival was her first showing off Abaco, but she has displayed and sold her work at the Abaco Beach Resorts yearly art show for the last four years. Her large paintings sell for $350 each. You can reach Sonya Weatherford on her cell phone at 242-357-6657. Artist Experiments in Several MediaSonia WeatherfordTown Houses Are Slated for Yellowwood Three town houses, a restaurant and lounge are planned for the Yellowwod part of Cherokee Sound. The town houses will provide up-scale housing for 18 families. There have been some negative reactions to this project in Cherokee Sound as some residents there feel that they were not consulted before the project was approved. By Mirella Santillo In spite of several events occurring simultaneously on December 15th a good crowd showed up at Abaco Youth Ministry to enjoy an evening of singing and partake in refreshments. The function was a Christmas treat for senior citizens organized by Abaco Youth Ministry in conjunction with the Pilot and Anchor Clubs. The spectators were older, but most of the entertainers were younger people. With the dynamic participation of Mrs. Cindy Armbrister, both sang Christmas carols after Christmas carols urging the crowd to participate. During an intermezzo, people shared past Christmas memories and anecdotes. Some even took the stage to perform. The performance continued with Anchor members singing a solo, dancing and rapping.. After an address by the Pilots Club President, Mrs. Newlessa Major, the clubs Vice President, Mr. Bernard Paynes and the President Elect, Mr. Cecil Simon, the assembly gathered in the cafeteria where they were treated to chicken souse and Johnny cake and presented each elderly citizen with a present. Ms. Coral Johnson, project director for the Pilot Club, organized the evening with the assistance of fund raiser, Ms. Andrea Chu.Senior Citizens Were Entertained

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