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Abaconian ( 01-15-2007 )

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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 2, JANUARY 15th, 2007 Junkanoo Entertains on Green Turtle CayAnnual Junkanoo Rush Brings Crowds on New Years DayMin. Wisdom Revealed Housing and Sporting PlansBy Annabelle Cross Happy New Year! The new year got off to a noisy start as church bells rang, fire crackers popped and fireworks exploded in the air at the stroke of midnight. The weather was just right for outside events and both residents and visitors came out to welcome in the new year either at church services or with friends at parties. The celebrations continued into the wee hours of the morning; then it was home to finish off the traditional souse and to get a few hours rest before heading out for Junkanoo. For the people in the Shack there was no time for rest as they worked against the clock to get all the costumes pasted and tricked before show time. The day dawned to the sound of goat skin drums being tuned. All day long the ferries transported day visitors to what is for many the tradition of spending New Years Day on Green Turtle Cay. By noon the streets were lined with people chatting with friends as they enjoyed traditional Bahamian foods sold by the various vendors. The fresh conch salad was very popular, with people waiting for their The annual Junkanoo rush of Green Turtle Cay took place on New Years Day, drawing hundreds of spectators. The visitors were treated to conch salad and other popular Bahamian dishes as they waited for the show to begin and after the parade. The Green Turtle Ferry was kept busy ferrying people back and forth from the mainland. Please see Junknaoo Page 2MOW Youth Call for SantaEvery community has its own traditions. Man-O-War residents get together every Christmas morning to greet neighbors and friends and sing carols but more importantly call for Santa Claus. The children call until Santa arrives, bringing gifts for everyone. See story on page 6 The Hon. Neville Wisdom, Minister of Housing, with his wife, Mrs. Wisdom, visited Central Abaco on January 5. He held a meeting with town leaders at the Council office and discussed several topics relevant to Abaco issues. He is shown here on the left with his wife and Mr. Cubel Davis, Chief Councillor of the Central Abaco District. He itemized several projects under consideration for Abaco which would include sporting facilities on Moores Island and in Central Abaco. By Julian Lockhart The Bahamas tourism industry is about to take an unknown hit in the next few months as all American tourists will need to have valid, machine readable passports to return to the United States after January 23rd, 2007. The Bahamas government has been lobbying the United States for an extension but the only extension given was from January 1st to January 8th and finally the 23rd. The Bahamas saw over five million tourists visit its shores in 2006. This new regulation could cost the country up to a million visitors in 2007. The US Government gave Canada and Mexico an extension until 2008 and cruise ship passengers until 2009 to require passports. This new regulation resulted from the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which implemented national security measuresPassports Will Be Required for Americans Please see Passports Page 25

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REMEMBERABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING number to be called to enjoy the delicacy! By 2:30 p.m the music coming from up the hill was the signal to the crowd that dey comin. It was finally time for the Junkanoo Parade. The parade made its way down past the cemetery and through Parliament Street stopping at times for spectators to enjoy the music and the dance routine of more than 20 school girls. The little girls were adorable in their butterfly costumes as they tried to keep in step with the older girls in the dance routine. The older participants wore the bigger, more elaborate costumes, leaving the drummers and bellers in their silk suits to provide the traditional music. The parade continued around the entire town of New Plymouth and then it was back to the basketball court for a final performance. Months, days and hours go into preparing for the Junkanoo parade. Creating one large piece takes endless hours and can cost more than a thousand dollars. The Junkanoo Committee depends on the generosity of the business community to help fund this annual event that attracts many visitors to the island. This year 1000 Junkanoo wrist bands were donated to committee and sold during New Years Day. The proceeds will help fund the next parade! There were many school children in this years parade, ensuring that this age old cultural expression is passed on to the next generation. After an exciting Junkanoo parade and performance and as the sun set, people made their way to Settlement Point to enjoy the fireworks display. The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department held various fund raisers to fund the cost of the display and were also responsible for setting off the fire works. It was well worth the cost and effort with an amazing display that lasted almost 30 minutes bringing oohs and aahs from the crowd as each one burst into color in the night sky! Thank you to the Junkanoo Committee and Volunteer Fire Department for all the hard work in making New Years Day a fun filled, exciting start of 2007.December EventsThe entire month of December was a busy time on Green Turtle Cay as people prepared for the holidays. Awana Club held its holiday closing program early in the month to give the children a chance to prepare for the end of term exams. The Awana Sparks presented a lovely skit that told the true meaning of Christmas as well as explained the tradition of Santa and the special symbols of Christmas. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony was held at Quincentennial Park where the beautifully decorated Administrative building was the perfect background. There was an open house at the Roland The narrow streets of Green Turtle Cay present challenges for the Junkanoo parade as they are clogged with spectators and the corners are hard to maneuver around. News of the Cays JunkanooFrom Page 1 Please see Cays Page 4 The Green Turtle community expends a great amount of time, effort and money on its costumes. The event is very professional and reflets a great commitment. The event draws hundreds of spectators.

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January 15, 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 3 301-15-07 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 15, 2007 Tel : 367-2170Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco SALEcontinues on selected G.E. Appliances20% oFF Major Drawing WinnersPower Tools LinensHousewaresPot SetsShop, Save and Win!SALE 20% oFF First Prize Tanny Key: Fridge Second Prize Myron Albury: Stove Third Prize Steven Russell: Micr owaveFull 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 & PansAbaco Hardware Rosie Malone CrystalMarjel SmithWINNERS OF THE INSTANT IN STORE PRIZESRoberts Environmental Center. Each church held its annual Christmas program and worshipers filled the pews to enjoy each one. The tradition of the church Christmas program is one that continues even after so many of the old island traditions have been lost to more modern times. And all of the shiny bikes and new toys is proof that Santa found his way to Green Turtle Cay! On Boxing Day the second annual Childrens Christmas Party was held at the Basket Ball Court. Bonnie Guitche and Julie Smith head this committee that raised funds, organized and hosted the party. Earlier in the month they delivered gift baskets to the senior citizens. There was food for the children and adults and an appearance by Santa who presented each child with a gift. This was the only holiday event where the weather did not completely cooperate. A light, chilly drizzle discouraged people from staying to enjoy the games. Thank you to all who helped to make this fun day for the children. After two carefree weeks filled with fun activities, it was time for the children to go back to school. Some students had to return to an upcoming week of exams, while others would get the results of the exams taken in December. This is reason enough to wish Christmas would last all year!Upcoming EventsWith a few weeks to rest and get over the indulgences of the holidays, there seem to be more exciting events planned for GTC. First, its off to the Cacique More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 2 New Years Day is anticipated by many as the Green Turtle Cay community presents well organized, delightful entertainment to bring in the New Year. Junkanoo costumes are made in the traditional way that requires a great amount of time, labour and patience. Please see Cays Page 6

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 MARSH HARBOURThe Yamaha Outboard Distributor for Abaco The Denyo Distributor for the BahamasAbaco Outboard Engines SPECIALS SAVINGSSpecialIntroductory Prices OPEN: Mon Fri 8 am 5 pm ll ll l Tel: (242) 367-2452 ll ll l www.yamahaabaco.com P.O.Box AB20070 ll ll l FAX : (242) 367-2354 ll ll l Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas ll ll l email:yamahaabaco@hotmail.com Gas GeneratorsEF2600$695.00 EF5200$1695.00 EF6600$2700.00 USED ENGINESUSED GOLF CARTElectric 2 Passenger $4200.00 $5000.00 2001 -250hp $60002002 -200hp $4000 CONTROL BOXES Top Mount $495.00Side Mount $275.00Special Deals! Hydraulic Steering SystemSingle Ram Kit with hose$1350.00Dual Ram Kit with hose$1995.00 40kw$15,900Diesel GeneratorUSED Fiberglass Resin (Gal) $29.95White Gelcoat (Gal) $55.00White Gelcoat (Qt.) $22.00 CONTROL CABLES 10 $31.95 12 $32.95 14 $34.95 16 $36.95 18 $38.00 20 $39.95 22 $40.50 24 $41.50Supreme 33c modelFUEL FILTERRACOR S3227 $37.95 S3213 $37.95 S3221UL $37.95 Filter Assembly Complete$89.95Filter Assembly Element Only$26.95

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Page 6 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 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) 367-5241White 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 Town More News of the CaysAwards for Debbie Symonette and her friends at the Green Turtle Club. Debbie is a finalist in the annual tourism awards and in the hearts of all who know her, she is already a winner! Good Luck, Debbie! The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee will host two fund raisers in the upcoming weeks. The Fourth Annual Wine Tasting will be held at the Green Turtle Club on February 3rd. This popular event will be sponsored by Bristol Wines and Spirits. The Gully Roosters will provide live entertainment throughout the evening. Tickets are $40 in advance and can be purchased from committee members. On February 24th the Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee will host its second annual jewelry luncheon. Handmade, unique pieces using gold silver, gemstones and sea glass will be on display as guests enjoy a fabulous lunch prepared by the committee and friends. Tickets for the luncheon will go on sale after the Wine Tasting. All proceeds will help fund the Fourth Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival to be held May 4th, 5th and 6th. The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department will host its Third Annual Firemens Ball at the Green Turtle Club on February 17th. This popular event gives us another chance to dress up and enjoy a night of dancing and socializing while supporting a worthy cause. The Committee will hold a meeting to finalize plans and tickets will be available from the volunteer firefighters.Elections Must Not Divide UsAs we look forward to the planned events of this new year we also realize that this will also be an election year in The Bahamas. We have always had peaceful elections in our country and governments have changed without incident. But politics can also cause so much division in small communities. Hopefully, we can all exercise our right to vote and at the end of all the campaigning and rallies, we will emerge undivided and continue to work together in the GTC tradition!Man-O-WarBy Charmaine Albury People on Man-O-War Cay were blessed with Christmas programs at each of the three churches on the island. The kids were kept busy as many of them performed in all three programs. Job well done! On Christmas morning the community met at the volleyball court for the annual Christmas morning celebration. Everyone sang a few carols, then the kids all gathered together and called Santa Claus. Of course, Santa arrived with a huge sack filled with goodies for each child. Thanks. Santa! The Texaco Pirates will be playing again this year at the AAU International Softball Tournament at Disneys Wide World of Sports on January 18-20. Stay updated and view pictures from past tournaCaysFrom Page 4 Santa visits Man-O-War every Christmas morning bringing gifts and good cheer. The community comes together to welcome him. ABACO EXPRESS YOUR PERSONAL MAIL PLANE YOUR CHARTERED SEAT YOUR CARGO PLANE PICK UP AND COURIER 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 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 ments at www.fastpitchwest.com.

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 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 Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour 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 Pets & Garden Supplies MondayFriday : 9-5 Saturday: 9-3 Ph (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour AirportBy Jennifer Hudson The Abaco Beach Resort will present its 10th Annual Art Show in the Marquee at the resort on February 2-4. This year the organizers are planning to really celebrate with an even bigger event to mark the shows 10th anniversary. Between 40 45 artists are expected to exhibit this year which is more than usual. In addition to local artists, exhibitors will be coming from various islands throughout The Bahamas and also from the United States. Artists from outside the country will have work permits for the show. Artwork will include wall art, mixed media and jewellery. To give the show more of a festival atmosphere a caf will be set up in the marquee on the Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. where people can purchase light refreshments and sit to enjoy them without having to leave the show for something to eat and drink. Friday evening will be set aside as a sneak preview for invited guests and entrance will be by invitation only. Hors doeuvres and drinks will be served and viewers can admire the artwork to the accompaniment of live music. An Art Festival Hotel Package Special is being offered for out of town visitors to the show. This consists of a four-night stay for $149 per person per night double occupancy including breakfast. This is inclusive of all taxes and service charges. Persons who take advantage of this package will receive an invitation to the Friday night sneak preview. For more details the hotel my be contacted at 3672518. An exciting addition to the show this year will be a school art contest. All aspiring young student artists between the ages of 12-18 years are invited to participate using any medium. Information will be distributed to the schools and there will be no entry fee. Interested students are asked to write their name and telephone number on the back of their entries and drop them off to Wrackers Gallery before January 26. Pieces must be no larger than 16 by 20 inches. Entries will be judged by a panel of three judges before the opening of the show on February 2 and the three winners will not only receive prizes but will have the honour of having their artwork displayed at the show alongside that of the professional artists and may even be lucky enough to sell their work.Abaco Beach Resort Will Host Annual Art ShowArt Students, Take NoteRemember Register to VoteRoad Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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Page 8 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 Dave RalphThe Editor Says Thoughts on Abacos JunkanooThe 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, Portia Jonsson, Julian Lockhart, Vernique Russell, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Charmaine Albury, Lee Pinder 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 Stephanie Downs Keep it Up! Jay said. What do you think I am trying to do? I replied, panting under the strain. My knuckles were white from keeping it up. At the time I was wedged between the side of the house in Hope Town and a huge piece of plywood which was to form one slope of the sheds roof. If this thing falls, it will slice me in half, I whined. Dont be so dramatic Steph. Its falling, I screeched. No, it is not, Jay said calmly. How do you know? I replied. Because you are holding it! But I cant hold it much longer. Yes, you can, Steph. No, I cant, Jay. Youre fine, and it is fine. Neither of us is, I fired back. Do you want this roof changed or dont you? Jay asked. You know I do, Jay, but I value my life more. Trust me you can have both, he grinned. I do trust you but I dont trust my arms. On our last visit we had agreed that next time we would change the roof which was unsightly. Well, this was next time and my vivid imagination was conjuring up images of its being the last time. I was to end my days here at the mercy of a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of plywood in a narrow walkway twixt a stone wall and a rainwater tank. What a way to go! Give me a minute, he said as he changed batteries on the screwdriver. I didnt reply. Are you ok back there, Steph? he enquired. I am saving my breath, I replied. Well, save it! he laughed. I was trying to, I muttered. Ok! you can let go now, he said as he inserted two big screws into the wood. I stood aside and looked at our progress. Its coming on well, I enthused, quick to recover from my theatrical outburst which just amused Jay. It was a breeze holding up the other slope. I was an expert by now. No problem, I sang out when he enquired about my well being. He thinks I have limitless strength and can move mountains, I told my daughter, Tara, the following day, adding that he really should have married a man or one of those Amazon women. I know, I get the same thing, Mum, from Chris, but it is a huge compliment, she said reassuringly. I agree, I replied, but its hard to appreciate any kind of compliment when your life is hanging in the balance. Hes right, Mum, you are over dramatic at times, she laughed. When I went on to describe how we got the plywood from the lower dock to the house, she just shook her head. Mum, why didnt you ask Jack (as in Captain)? He has a truck. He is always so helpful but hes a busy man, I replied. So you balanced the sheets of wood on a wheelbarrow through the streets of Hope Town? No, we took them one at a time because the front tire of the wheelbarrow was about to pop when we tried them both, I explained. What a spectacle you must have been, she laughed. We had no choice, I said. At the dock Jay instructed me to pick up one side of each sheet. No way! I protested. Would I ever ask you do anything which could harm you? he asked. No, I replied tentatively lifting the wood on to awaiting wheelbarrow. The sheets were actually not that heavy, but they were almost as wide as the streets themselves. Dont let it fall, said Jay. How can I stop it? I moaned as the wheelbarrow bumped over the uneven pavement of the small settlement. Just put one finger lightly on it, he said. Why dont you stick her on top of it! a friend suggested as we passed Jacks. I wasnt sure quite how to take that remark so I just chuckled nervously. As we inched our way up some steps into an alleyway which leads to our house, I remember someone wishing us Merry Christmas. I grunted it back from under the sheet of wood. It was little surreal but then island life is at times. Getting the sheets off the barrow was a production and too painful to recall. After finishing the roof, we remembered that we had decking wood lying on the dock. Jay told me to take a break, but by this time I was energized. Try shouldering that piece of wood, a neighbour said. I was carrying it like a shopping bag! You do it, I felt like saying, feeling that I had shouldered enough for one day. At the end of our stay I looked at the new roof and deck we had built. Jay congratulated me on being a good assistant and I thanked him. When we were over the mutual admirations, he sat back and said in a contemplative way, I really enjoy physical work. Oh, I do, too, I mused especially when we are not doing it!The Ups and Downs of Paradise The Ups and Downs of Paradise The Ups and Downs of Paradise The Ups and Downs of Paradise The Ups and Downs of Paradise Keep It Up!Several public schools attempted to participate in the Junior Junkanoo scheduled for Saturday evening, December 16. However, a light rain began during the day and continued into the evening. The musical group from Abaco Central High School made the best of a poor situation by playing in the light rain. The cardboard costumes were kept dry for a later presentation. Abaco Central High School is the expected winner of any high school competition as it receives the most financial support and has the least distance to transport the participating members and the fragile but elaborate costumes. Its logical competitor, S.C. Bootle High School, has many logistical strikes against its being a serious competitor. Transporting 50 to 75 students the 40 miles to Marsh Harbour for a night parade is the first challenge. Trucking the elaborate individual float-pieces worn by individuals without damaging them is a additional challenge. They are fragile and subject to damage from wind, rain and careless handling. Moores Island made the effort to participate and brought a group to Marsh Harbour. This is quite a trip for them, and expensive. The students take a 40 60 minute boat ride into Sandy Point, then hire a bus for the hour drive into Marsh Harbour. They were quite disappointed that the event had to be postponed. Having used their budget for the futile trip to Marsh Harbour, which included an overnight stay, the Junkanoo Committee is exploring ways to fund their transportation for the Junior Junkanoo presentation rescheduled for mid-January. The Abaco Central High students were quite energized, even through the light rain, as they were anticipating going to Nassau the next day to participate in the Junior Junkanoo there. The Abaco Junior Junkanoo is now scheduled to be held in the early evening of January 11 in Marsh Harbour. The adult Junkanoo for Central Abaco was scheduled for the night of December 26 but was cancelled due to light rain. The next day word came from the Administrators office that the event had not been rescheduled. Even an inquiry in mid-afternoon on the 27th confirmed no rescheduled date. However, word was later broadcast on Radio Abaco that the parade would be held in the evening of December 27. Various persons said it was well attended to enjoy the program by two groups that performed. One was the Spring City Stingers and the other was the Murphy Town Supreme Dancers. A second Spring City group, the Rockers, backed out earlier as they were dissatisfied with the $2,000 seed money given them by government, claiming it was inadequate for the performance being requested. The money was returned. A fourth group also backed out. Green Turtle Cay stages an afternoon Junkanoo every New Years Day which is well attended. The town turns out in force and many residents and visitors from Abaco mainland go to Green Turtle Cay on the constant stream of ferries. These left the Treasure Cay ferry landing about every 20 minutes, each with 30 40 persons. Recognizing the challanges of trying to export their event, Green Turtle Cay does not pit one group against another with judges and prizes. The group encompasses all who want to participate, and they put on a magnificent daylight show. Surprisingly, when the parade finished in late afternoon, ferries were still taking boatloads of people to the island to enjoy the evening festivities. Wide spots in the narrow streets as well as yards bordering the roadway were converted into food vending stalls. It is truly a town event. The costumes, music and parade participants would compete well with the Marsh Harbour groups, but the improbable logistics of distance separated by water is recognized, and they are satisfied to display their effort locally. For photographers and spectators, the afternoon parade shows the costume colours and the float designs to everyones delight. The Junkanoo parade makes the circuit around New Plymouth on its narrow streets. The spectators are only inches away from the performers and their elaborate costumes. The Green Turtle Cay Junkanoo Committee has elected to put its show on during the afternoon to maximize viewing by spectators and to increase the potential revenue for food and souvenir vendors. This is in contrast to the Marsh Harbour parades which are at night. The students usually begin at 6 or 7 p.m. and the adults begin at 10 or 11 p.m. Although the area is well lighted, the police barricades keep the spectators farther away from the participants. The Central Abaco Committee has chosen to adhere to the time honoured parades which were typically in the early pre-dawn hours. They have conceded a bit to the modern world by moving the event to just before midnight. The better organized Junkanoo groups get requests for mini-performances for which they are paid and which helps support their financial needs. Singular groups are often seen as native culture and entertainment at restaurants, hotels, resorts and tourism activities. However, success can be a handicap. It was amusing watching a group perform at Snappas in Marsh Harbour on New Years Eve. Some of the elaborate costumes had problems getting through the entrance into the inside. Once inside, there was scant room to maneuver with the patrons already there. Perhaps regional Junkanoo displays similar to the Green Turtle Cay event would allow more groups to participate and grow without the threat of being overshadowed by large, well established and well funded groups. Regional groups would be in a good position to offer their services to Abacos growing and diverse resort community. The Green Turtle Junkanoo puts on a good performance without the pressure of competing with someone else.

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January 15, 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 EditorDangerous and Rude Operations of Certain Ferry DriversDear Editor, 21 Dec 06 :55 a.m. Donnie 7 was in reverse gear (to hold the ferry close to the dock). I saw that the captain had left the control station there was no one at the wheel. As I went closer to the stern, I saw him at the stern along with his helper. A boat should never be left in forward or reverse with no one at the controls. The practice of leaving a boat in gear causes the nearby boats tied up to the dock to surge about, sometimes while people are climbing in or out of them. But further to that, if a person were to fall overboard nearby, it would create a very dangerous situation if there was no one at the controls to quickly put the boat in neutral. But the same Donnie 7 (I dont know if it was being driven by the same captain) created a much more dangerous situation a day later which involved me and my passengers. 22 Dec. 3:15 p.m. I was going slowly (as the law requires while in the channel) out the Hope Town channel in a 17-foot Boston Whaler with my oldest son, his wife and my five-year-old grandson aboard. As I came abreast of Eagle Rock, I looked behind me and saw Donnie 7 on a plane dangerously close to running over me, not going off to one side of me, for there was no room for that, and I judge about 50 feet from my stern. Neither the ferry nor I had anywhere to go on either side so I quickly speeded up. When I was past Eagle Rock, I made a right turn after deciding that he would probably make a left turn toward the Marsh Harbour ferry landing. Then I had to deal with his big wake by quartering down it before I could go back to my intended course. I consider his running up on me like that very dangerous to me and my passengers. I clearly had the right of way. Had I not speeded up, he would not have been able to slow down sufficiently nor pass me because we were both still in the channel, restricted on one side by Eagle Rock and on the other side by very shallow water. I have often seen the ferries leaving Hope Town go on plane before the turn of the channel even before they can see who is in the straight east-west section of the channel. Some of the captains just dont care who is in the channel. A very dangerous and inconsiderate practice. A channel is part of a harbour and what laws govern the harbour also govern the approaches and channel into a harbour. In fact, the maneuvering room in the Hope Town channel is more restricted than the harbour itself. I am a licensed Bahamas class A Captain and I hear many complaints about the unsafe and rude practices of some, not all, of the Abaco Ferry Service drivers under the new ownership. As demonstrated by the previous ownership, we know that a ferry service can operate on time, safely and with polite consideration for other boats. It is within the powers of the Port Department to come down hard on these captains who break the Rules of the Road and ignore safe maritime procedures as well as common sense and consideration for other boaters. I suggest that others who share my concern write to Captain Cyril Roker, Port Director, Port Department, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, and report observed dangerous or rude experiences so that some appropriate action may be taken. I suggest that any complaint also be copied to The Abaconian. Sincerely, A Concerned CitizenHistorical IncidentThe Editor, On November 8th, 2006, I was at the dedication of Marsh Harbour Memorial Park. Mrs. Yvonne Key has done an excellent job there. People mentioned Captain Sherwin Archer and his service to Abaco over the years. I would like to add something to share on what kind of man he was who was respected by all. While he had the Tropical Trader, they were building Union Dock which was way out in Nassau Harbour. Captain Sherwin left Moores dock with the Trader loaded for Abaco just after dark. The steel piling at Union Dock was about water level. The Trader ran into the piling and smashed in her bow. Boats are built with a stem lining which the planks are fastened to. The stem is mainly for looks. Captain Sherwin reversed out, turned around and ran the Trader ashore on the eastern side of City Lumber Yard dock. Her bow was raised up by a shallow sand bar near the shore, which kept the damaged area above the water. My oldest brother, Clarie, and Sherwin went to school together and were lifetime friends. Sherwin called Clarie and in minutes his three sons, Emory, Gilbert and Lowell, had collected other boys from Sears Addition, known as Abaco Village, and were down at City Lumber dock unloading the Tropical Traders freight along with her crew. Clarie arranged for two trucks and the freight was carried to a warehouse. All this was done for a friend, at no cost to Sherwin. The Trader was taken to Symonettes Shipyard and a new stem installed. Sincerely, Jack LoweAn Unfortunate IncidentDear Editor, Please allow me a space in your letter column. Recently, I had a bad encounter with one of our local supermarkets. On December 17th I went to Maxwells Supermarket to pick up a few items. However. one of the items that I had to purchase was Huggies pampers. The price listed was $14.89, but to my surprise at the counter the pampers were rung up as $18.89. When I realized the difference, I brought it to the cashiers attention. She then called the floor supervisor. Shockingly, the floor supervisor said to me that I would have to pay $18.89 for the pampers. My reply to the supervisor was that price control states that you should pay the lowest price on the goods. He then replied that I would have to pay $18.89 or leave it. I asked to make a local phone call to the Marsh Harbour Police Station. I explained to the police what had happened. He informed me that I should pay $ 14.89 for the item. I then asked if a police officer could come to the shop to deal with this horrible situation. The police informed me that an officer would be right by. I waited at Maxwells for 45 minutes. To my surprise no one ever came. This situation has made me very bitter. After I left Maxwells, I stopped by the police station to find out why the officer never came. I was informed that the police called Maxwells to find out what had happened and was informed by the supervisor that I had changed the price. This encounter I wouldnt wish on my worst enemy. It made me sick to know that 1) The police are the peoples servants and are suppose to be there to protect the peoples rights. 2) That the store supervisor would make up a hilarious lie and the police would accept it. 3) If I had changed the price, the police should have still come TO LOCK ME UP. I clearly understand that Maxwells and Price Right have a monopoly. But situations like this should not be allowed to go on day after day. I am quite sure that I am not the only person something like this has happened to. Thanks for allowing me this space. Regards, Disgruntled customerSome Incidents Need Two OfficersDear Editor, Would you kindly print the following letter. As a concerned citizen of the Bahamas I write not just on my behalf but on the behalf of our police men and women who are responsible for the safety of the public. On December 30th a suspicious-looking man with a knife was seen lurking around Classic Coin Laundromat. A police reservist was there and she called the police. When the reservist left a hour later, no police had shown up so she went to the station to report it the second time. She took it upon herself to return to the laundry on December 31st to let me know what she had observed. She went with me to look around and found that someone had been sleeping in our hot water propane tank room. There were his personal belongings and evidence of smoking in the room! (That could have been very dangerous). I went in and called the Police for the third time. I was told the police would be there shortly. After waiting for two hours, one police officer showed up. I took him outside to show him what we had found earlier only to get the shock of my life. When I opened the door, the man was back in the room with his belongings. The police officer told him that he was under arrest and the man tried to run. But the policeman was able to get him out of the room. That is when I noticed he had a knife on him. I yelled to the police that he had a knife. The policeman was trying to put handcuffs on him when he got away. There was a chase and 20 minutes later the police officer came back to say that he had caught him and that I had to come to the station to make a compliant and give a statement. (I did when I got off work) The problem that I have is that I cannot understand why are they allowing the police to go to a crime seen alone. If there would have been two police officers there, all this would not have happened and there would not have been a chase to get him. And what if he would have got to the knife. The policeman could have been dead and myself or seriously injured. It might have sounded like it was a petty incident where you only needed one police but that was not the case. PLEASE HAVE OUR POLICE TRAVEL IN PAIRS FOR THEIR SAFETY AND OURS. B. KempWhats a Solution to the Crossing Beach Traffic Problem?Dear Editor, It would appear that many people are very concerned about the service and fees provided by Alburys Ferry Services, a privately operated company. Some are even indicating that the ferry service, as a public transportation system, should be regulated by the government. I dont know about that seeing as how Im not a very politicallyminded person. But my observations would be on how well other government systems work, or doesnt work, as the case may be. In my opinion the REAL problem here isnt the ferry service itself as much as the traffic hazards and parking problems that the ferry terminal location presents in Marsh Harbour together with the increasing demands of more commuter vehicles trying to park in a limited space. Over the last couple of years attempts have been made to increase available parking off the road in order to allow traffic to move more smoothly. The additional parking was a god-send and relieved some of the stress involved in negotiating the Crossing Beach area early mornings and late afternoons as workers head out to work or back to their families. Unfortunately, as is the case with our airport, the solution did not take into account the natural growth of Abaco. The additional off-street parking is now so much in demand that in order to snag a good spot a worker must make every effort to arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before departure. Even this doesnt necessarily guarantee a parking space as there are numerous other workers with the same plan in mind. In desperate attempts to find someplace to leave their cars for the day as they go off Please see Letters Page 26

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Page 10 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 By Jennifer Hudson Continental Connection, operated by Gulfstream International Airlines, hosted an Open House at Abaco Beach Resort on December 19th in appreciation of persons and businesses who frequently use the airline. Joining in the festivities were persons from the Ministry of Tourism, Immigration and Customs, travel agents, hoteliers, ZigZag Fuel Company and second-home owners. We began this tradition two years ago in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, and decided that we would like to extend it to Abaco for our SunPac, Frequent Commuter Coupon Book customers, said Wendy Clements, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Representing the airline in addition to Ms. Clemets were Mr. Tom Cooper, CEO and past owner; David Hackett, President; Roy Canter, Senior Vice President of Passenger Services; Sharon Smith, Station Manager for Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, and Tyrone Sawyer, Director of Airlift Development. Gulfstream is code shared with Continental Airlines and flies from West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami throughout the islands of the Bahamas. The airline first began flights to some islands of the Bahamas in 1989. At first it utilized 19-seat Beech 1900 aircraft and in 2004 added the 30-seat Embraer 120 to accommodate the increasing passenger load. Also that same year the airline was named the Bahamas Cacique Award winner, Airline of the Year. Mostly 30-seat aircraft are now used and the airline has achieved 90 percent on time performance for the past two years. Guests enjoyed refreshments while awaiting the arrival of Mr. Cooper and Mr. Hackett, who were to make speeches on behalf of the airline. We apologize for their being a little late but would like you to know that they are not coming on Gulfstream, quipped the Master of Ceremonies. Fortunately, they soon arrived to greet the assembled company. Mr. Cooper made brief remarks stating, Business keeps growing and this destination keeps getting better and better. Mr. Hackett thanked all present for their support. We fly 200 flights a day but our heart is the Out Islands of the Bahamas, he said. Then he spoke of a couple of changes which will take place shortly. A fourth flight will be added between Marsh Harbour and Fort Lauderdale each day leaving from Marsh Harbour at 9 a.m; a third Marsh Harbour West Palm Beach flight will come into effect mid-February and there have been many requests for a West Palm Treasure Cay service. Other destinations in North Florida from Marsh Harbour may also be looked at. Mr. Sawyer said that he works to improve service throughout the Bahamas and was impressed to see the widespread representation from the Abaco community. Abaco is looked at as a leader in tourism and I commend the staff of the Ministry of Tourism for the great job they are doing, he commented. He also thanked Gary Smith, Superintendent of Customs in Marsh Harbour, for the support of the Customs Department. Gulfstream is a real partner, he stated and ended with a request for the continual support of the Abaco community so that the partnership with Gulfstream can go from strength to strength. Mr. Tom Cooper, Gulfstream International Airlines founder and CEO, talks with Mr. Dave Bhuto, Commodore of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, and Mr. Ed Whitcraft, President of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association. Gulfstream International Airlines hosted an Open House on December 19 at Abaco Beach Resort in appreciation of the support Abaco gives them. Shown here are Gulfstream staff members Lorenzo Whitehead, Devona Hollingsworth, Lawanda Bootle, Exuma Station Manager, Tom Cooper, Leslie Cornish, Mary Beth Horn, Roy Cantor, Wendy Clements, Dominque Rolle, Sharon Smith, Mrs. Cantor, Ryan, Marsha Strachan and Dwane Adderley.Gulfstream Hosts an Open House

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 Ph : 242-367-2326 l 367-5960Available NOW!!!242-367-2326 242-367-5960 250 EFICall and Reserve YOURS Today!!!only $9,500Prices valid while supplies last225 Optimax $13,500 115 Optimax $9,200Three Year Warranty on Optimax Engines Two cycle weight Four cycle fuel economy 2007 Models150 Optimax $11,500 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 BIKESThe Hon Neville Wisdom, Minister of Housing, visited Central Abaco and met with local government officials on January 5. He discussed several topics important to Abaco. Government is planning upcoming repairs to several sporting facilities. The facilities on Abaco are in such disrepair that the associations cannot use them for sporting activities. One of Mr. Wisdoms goals on this visit is to see that repairs are expedited. Moores Island has been promised better sporting facilities. A new facility is well on the way as he is leaving plans with the Administrator. Improvements on several other sporting facilities will be placed on the fast track. There are many potential athletes on Abaco that need improved facilities to develop their full potential. By the time the next Bahama Games are held, hopefully Abaco athletes, trained on Abaco, will be able to compete, and not rely on athletes from elsewhere to represent Abaco. Mr. Wisdom is asking parents to support their children in various sports and enroll them when the opportunity arises. Youth in active sports programs are proven to be better citizens as they mature and continue their education. Proper sporting facilities in the Family Islands can be utilized by Tourism as training facilities for foreign sporting associations looking for places to train in more favorable climates than their native winter settings. Governments thrust in affordable housing is another of his pet projects and Abaco should see more effort in this direction. Mr. Wisdom recognizes the desperate need for housing on Abaco due to the unprecedented growth in the economy. The Department of Housing now has a list of 500 600 persons expressing an interest in affordable housing. One of the delays in this program is getting enough contractors qualified to undertake the construction of these homes. Phase two in Central Pines subdivision will see an additional 250 lots being made available. An expansion of Spring City is being studied. Mr. Wisdom said the Mud and Pigeon Peas problem is a complicated issue that developed over many years and will take years to resolve. Many of the residents there who are broadly named as illegal are discovered to be either Bahamian or have a basis for legal status even though this process may not be as efficient as desired. Effort to solve the immigrant problems will require a joint effort by the Ministry of Housing, Social Services, Immigration and others. Government recognizes the need for common labour such as gardening, landscaping, and the need for manual labour by contractors and those in agriculture. All the previous studies and recommendations on the immigrant problems and other housing issues are now being consolidated and government will be moving forward on this issue. Housing will not be made available to illegal persons, but Mr. Wisdom stated that the law must be applied with compassion. Government in Nassau is taking measures to remove squatters from government lands and this program is expected to expand to the Family Islands. Besides issues related to squatting on government land, there are other issues these communities present to society that must be addressed such as health and crime. They are also areas prone to calamities such as fire and flooding that are expensive to resolve satisfactorily. Mr. Wisdom asks that views, opinions and possible solutions on this topic be sent to his Ministry for consideration. Interested persons can leave their views with the Housing office in Marsh Harbour.Hon. Wisdom Discussed Abaco Issues 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

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Page 12 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 The 12th annual Evening Under The Stars was presented at the Rand Nature Centre in Freeport on December 1st and 2nd. Over 1000 guests got into the Christmas spirit on Friday night when the top restaurants in Freeport prepared gourmet entrees on The Nature Centre grounds. On Saturday craftspeople presented their wares to the public. Featured artists at the event were the Eddie Minnis family in the main gallery. Well known artist Eddie Minnis displayed a collection of his beautiful paintings and gave a lecture to the public. Abaco artists invited to the festive event were Raquel Russell, Jeep Byers and Marjolein Scott. All the proceeds will benefit the Bahamas National Trust on Grand Bahama.Abaco Artists Visit Festival in Freeport AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information. Three Abaco artists were invited to show their work at the Festival Noel in Freeport. Shown is Jeep Byers in the Abaco tent. The show was a benefit for the Bahamas National Trust on Grand Bahama.

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 Daily Service Marsh Harbour l l l l l Treasure Cay Daytona Beach l l l l l Melbourne l l l l l Ft. LauderdaleRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP STARTING FT. LAUDERDALE SERVICE APRIL 1, 2006 Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for informationA Town Meeting held in Cherokee Sound on December 13 attracted approximately 40 persons, mostly from Cherokee, although A few persons attended from Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shore, about 15 and 20 miles away respectively. Mr. Neil Campbell had been in Cherokee for an earlier formal meeting of the Town Committee but did not remain for the open town discussion. Traffic and road issues were primary items on the residents agenda, both the 11 miles of highway and the settlement roads. Abacos Police Chief, ASP Wayne Miller and Sgt. Henfield attended and answered questions related to traffic issues. Residents were upset that a month earlier that Administrator Campbell had advised the town of their responsibility for maintaining 11 miles of road between the settlement and the highway. He was unable to provide any funding for maintenance and the Cherokee budget did not have any funds for this. Neither was it clear that funding might be available for the new fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007. It was pointed out at the meeting that the road is not now solely to serve Cherokee. Several miles serve a vibrant farming community. The road also serves the Little Harbour residents and visitors. The new Abaco Club at Winding Bay is probably the heaviest user of this road with employee and resort traffic, contractor vehicles and equipment and finally their supply vehicles bringing food, construction materials, concrete and lumber. It was obvious that residents and the Cherokee Town committee were not pleased at being given this stretch of road without any funding for maintenance. A main complaint was the poor visibility at the sharp corners and curves due to overgrown weeds and brush. The many narrow curves are not properly marked in advance with signs. Cat eyes or reflectors are needed to alert night drivers. Brush needs to be cleared from the roadsides. Cherokee school children occasionally clean the roadsides of litter, bottles and cans as a community service. Apparently, a few signs and cat-eye reflectors were installed several years ago but not enough to properly signal the many curves. There are three abrupt 90-degree turns which should be better marked and perhaps illuminated with street lights now that an electric line follows the road. Yvonne Key of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee was praised for mowing the roadsides and clearing the brush on the curves to improve visibility but nothing has been done since. Residents complained to ASP Miller that speeding trucks and other large vehicles often force Cherokee residents off the road and that it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. Residents mentioned that speeding within town is also a serious problem. Recently the school put up movable barricades on the street near the school during school hours in an attempt to control traffic. Several residents refuse to abide by the barriers claiming that they are illegal. ASP Miller confirmed that the town can put them there, but that he has no legal recourse against those who ignore the barriers. [Ed: Towns can draft traffic rules, send them to Nassau for approval, then have them Gazetted which makes the traffic rules lawful. Spanish Wells did this several years ago.] He also stated that speeding offences must be witnessed by three persons willing to testify in court and supported by a video of the offense. He did suggest that speed bumps be constructed which are quite effective at controlling speed when properly constructed. Mr. Miller said he would request approved signs from Road Traffic which Local Government could then install. On complaints of loose dogs, Mr. Miller stated that the law is vague, only requiring that they be kept under control. One remedy he suggested is for aggrieved persons to file civil charges against owners of bad dogs. The police has no authority to contend with bad dogs unless ordered by the court. This procedure also applies to other nuisance animals. Mr. Miller stated that Cherokee was due to get a second constable, and he asked those who create mischief during the holidays to be sensible and not be destructive. Residents complained that they are not made aware of building applications in their area. They felt that they should have some voice in approving or disapproving buildings for their town. A newly constructed two-story apartment building on the waterfront was given as an example of not conforming with existing buildings either in size or appearance. The residents objected to being aware of inappropriate buildings as they are being erected and not at an earlier stage. Apparently applications for building plans are posted only in Sandy Point approximately 50 miles away. Zoning was suggested as a way to preserve the single family residential nature of Cherokee and to limit the construction of restaurants, bars and multiple family buildings. The chairman was asked on the status of a landowner who claims the adjoining swamp is his and is clearing the mangroves and placing fill in the area next to the bridge to the long dock. He stated that work was ordered to stop and Local Government is waiting on a reply from the Attorney Generals office. In conclusion, residents asked if town meetings like this could be held more often.Cherokee Holds Town Meeting Please see Town Meeting Page 26

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Page 16 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Central Abaco NewsThe Shops of the New Wm. H. BuildingBy Jennifer Hudson The new three-storey yellow building on Bay Street in Marsh Harbour, next to Sapodillys, is the William H. building, dedicated to the late William H. Claridge, a well known Nassau businessman and father of owners Robert and Brenda Claridge. They planned the building three years ago to house quality retail stores, the goal being to make Marsh Harbour a more upscale location which would encourage visitors to spend more time in Marsh Harbour. The building, which was built by Roberts company, RC Construction, comprises 6,000 square feet of space and presently houses three retail shops Tupps, Monkeys Uncle, Bahamas Outfitters and the offices of H.G. Christie Limited. The vacant office space on the second floor will be occupied by the prestigious Nassau law firm of Higgs and Johnson in February. While the owners have not made a final decision for the large space on the third floor, which has magnificent views across the harbour all the way down to Guana Cay, it will possibly be let as a large loft living space or divided into two smaller spaces. A complaint people made in the beginning was that there would not be not enough room for parking but there is actually no problem for, in addition to the spaces available in the front of the building, there is ample parking in the rear, stated Brenda.A Quality Wine ShopTupps is one of the first privatelyowned high-end wine stores with a wine selection that cannot be found anywhere else on Abaco with over 3,000 bottles on the shelves not including wines in the cellar, stated owner, Brenda Claridge. The store interior is very attractive, giving one the feeling of walking into a wine cellar which is exactly the atmosphere the owner was trying to create. Brenda studied the interiors of several wine shops in the United States and spent several months getting the interior how she wanted it to be. Instead of displaying the wines grouped in countries of origin like most wine shops, she has the wines displayed going from the lighter grapes to heavier grapes, the way the newer wine shops do. She carries many specialty wines from the United States and also from Spain, Italy, France and Argentina. In addition to the wines there is a full line of liquors and liqueurs including beers. An interesting beer called Bam Bay, which is a mix of beer, sour orange and grapefruit juice, is actually made by Brendas brother-in-law in Canada. Once a month Tupps will offer a wine tasting by invitation but Brenda says that they are also willing to open a bottle for a tasting in the shop for any serious wine drinker.A Unique Gift ShopMonkeys Uncle, located on the lower floor next to Tupps is an upscale gift shop selling unique gifts and home accessories and is open Monday Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Owned by Kathy OKelleher and Terry Thompson, the store carries an interesting and diverse array of items including glassware, silverware, wooden objects, linens, coffee table books and all natural handmade soaps. It is such a delightful Pandoras box with so many unique items that a list would be endless and one really needs to go and experience it for oneself. In addition to the imported goods there are paintings for sale by local artists and hand made and painted ceramics by Vincent McWeeney, past Abaco resident whom many remember. Special Clothing Shop Bahamas Oufitters, located on the second floor, is owned by Frank and Sarah Knowles and opened on December 9th. The store, that caries casual clothing for men, women and children, is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main brand names for men are Montego Mon and Columbia, while Star of India is the main brand for women. According to Manager, Please see Central Page 17 This prominent Wm. H. building is next to Sapodillys on the Marsh Harbour waterfront. It houses three shops, two offices and eventually may include an apartment. Sapodillys patio is visible on the right.

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 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 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 DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS!!!Tel (242) 367-2278VHF 16 SnappasFor 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 More Central Abaco NewsBeulah Wong, a new line will soon be in stock which is an all organic blend of silk and cotton from the company Indigenous. This store carries Exotic Recovery which is a line of room fragrances and scented candles and also an all natural line of sun care products.A Real Estate Company MovesH.G. Christie Limited Real Estate Company is located on the first and second floors, having moved from its previous location on Front Street during the first week of November. The company has undergone a major expansion, having not only spread out over a much greater square footage but has increased its staff by 100 percent. A weekly rental and a property management division has been added. The lower area consists of reception, greeting area, conference area and office of manager, Kathleen Albury while the upper area consists of the sales agents stations, and the rental and property manager, Lydia Bodamers office. There are two full time appraisers on staff. The company is expanding very rapidly and we will soon be hiring even more staff said Ms. Albury. We are still getting settled into our new, very modern space and we love it here, she added. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday but sales agents can be reached at any time of the day or evening and even on week-ends.Other Business NewsBy Samantha V. Evans Abaco Shopping Centers extension is CentralFrom Page 16 finally done and two businesses have moved in. Light Impression Tile and Music Store relocated from the original plaza to the western section. Owner David Lowe stated that the phone number and postal address remain the same. It has no new additions at this time but expects continued growth in 2007. Sugar Lips, a new ladies apparel and acPlease see Central Page 18

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Page 18 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 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 375-8717 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 9pm More Central Abaco Newscessories store, is now open in the new section of the plaza. The motto for the store, Fashion for Less, can be seen in the affordable prices throughout the store. Anything from flats to sandals to belts to costume jewelry can be found here. The fashions are bought from Los Angeles so trends from the East and West Coast can be found there. The owners of this hip ladies fashion store are Jason and Sophie Thompson. The phone number for the store is 367-0466 and thhe store hours are M-Fri. 10-6 and on Saturday 10-3.Hardware Store Celebrated 25 YearsBy Mirella Santillo Abaco Hardware celebrated its 25 th anniversary with a store wide sale. For two Saturdays in a row Marsh Harbours popular hardware store, Abaco Hardware, offered its patrons a 25 percent discount on every item in the store as a goodwill gesture towards its customers and in celebration of 25 years in business. With a live remote radio broadcast hosted by well known anchorman Silbert Mills, the store was full of people taking advantage of At 3 a.m. on Boxing Day, December 26, fire broke out in the home of Tony Stubbs on Archers Hill in Dundas Town. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly. The back section of the house was badly damaged by fire and smoke but the front of the hosue may have suffered smoke damage but was spared from fire damage. Shown are Firemen Mike Parotti and Danny Sawyer. CentralFrom Page 17 the sale to finish their Christmas shopping. Said one of the stores employees, Mr. Peter Rolle, It was packed during those two days. People were lining up at the registers to pay for their purchases.ITS and MBS Move into New PremisesBy Jennifer Hudson Intelligent Technology Solutions (ITS) and Marshalls Business Services (MBS) have opened in the building behind Lets Talk Wireless next to First Caribbean Bank and will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. ITS, owned by Timothy Roberts, began almost two years ago but has now moved from a home office to a commercial office. Tims main emphasis is the best possible service in the most professional way, and he says that he plans to keep prices competitive by always ordering on a per customer basis and only selling computers built with quality parts. Tim has eight years experience in the computer field, and the services he will offer include the building, upgrade and repair of computers, web design and web hosting, setting up and maintenance of networks and graphic design (ads, logos, brochures, flyers, business cards). MBS, owned by Rowland Marshall, specialises in marketing, advertising and promotional products, office stationery and office furniture. It can provide, through a company in Fort Lauderdale, printing on T shirts, promotional items, gift sets, uniforms, pens, calendars, party items and business cards and can bring in bulk orders at very reasonable prices and quicker than other local distributors. Mr. Marshall says, I will be targeting businesses, not the tourist market. He will also be bringing in top of the line golf equipment and some less expensive equipment for learners. With office furniture he can order from a catalog and bring it in with big savings to the customer. Mr. Marshall is exclusive agent on Abaco for Impact Images and has brochures for clients to select from. His motto is Availability, quality of product, on-time delivery and better prices. Please see Central Page 19

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 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-outboardshop@abacoinet.com Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp at lower than US prices Up to three year warranty Extensive parts Inventory Factory trained mechanics Dry boat storageAssociated 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 OBS MarineFreeport242.3529246 Authorized Distributor More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 18Murphy Town Holds Christmas ServiceBy Samantha V. Evans Every year the Murphy Town Local Government Committee holds a party for the community but this year the committee decided to have a Christmas service of thanksgiving instead. The service was held on December 21st at Bethany Gospel Chapel. Chief Councillor Cubell Davis brought greetings and opening remarks stating that there has been a lot of deaths in the community this year. He further commented that if they had had a beer fest they would have a full house but since they dePlease see Central Page 26 The Spring City Stingers rushed at Snappas Restaurant on New Years Eve, bringing in the New Year with lots of noise and excitement. The Stingers won first place in the competition held in Central Abaco on December 27. Even the young enjoyed wearing costumes and participating in the Spring City Stinger Junkanoo group. cided to gather in the house of the Lord many stayed at home. Pastor Christopher Dean, moderator, stated that in spite of all of the deaths and tragedy, this has been a fruitful year, especially since there has not been one hurricane to come our way. Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, stated that Mr. Davis and his team are to be commended for their efforts because he is passionate about Murphy Town and gives all of his decisions great thought before they are executed. ASP Miller, Abacos police chief, thanked the residents of Murphy Town for their support. He made a commitment to increase walk-abouts in the community so as to strengthen the partnership between the police and the community. Mr. Fritz Bootle stated that he is happy to be home with them

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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, AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson Moores Island is proud to have produced its first female Police Officer. WPC Valencia Curry graduated from the Police College in Freeport on November 23rd at the age of 19 and is now stationed with the Police Department in Marsh Harbour. Valencia lived with her mother on Moores Island during her early years and attended the Moores Island School where her teacher was Ms. Ruthamae Rolle. Ms. Rolle, who has since become principal of the school, is very proud of her former students achievement at becoming the first female police officer from that island. Valencia left Moores Island to continue her secondary education, first in Nassau for one year after which she came to stay with her father in Marsh Harbour and finished her secondary schooling at Abaco Central High School, graduating in 2004. She worked on Abaco for two years before deciding to fulfill the dream she had had since 10th grade of becoming a police officer. She traveled to Freeport in July to begin her training. The physical training aspect of the course took some time for Valencia to get used to. At first I found it hard, she confessed especially the running. I had to get up at 3 a.m. each morning to do exercises with all 40 of the other cadets in my training group which, in addition to running, included push ups, sit ups and pull ups for one and a half hours. After the exercise session we did fatigues which involved cleaning the college campus, offices, classrooms and police vehicles. Following fatigues we got ready for classes which began at 9 a.m. After a break for lunch at 1 p.m., we resumed classes at 3 p.m. until dinner at 5 p.m. At 7 p.m. we all had to fall in for a head count. Courses included the history of policing, different codes and divisions, a visit to the morgue, how to deal with accidents, learning to drive police vehicles and how to use guns. The first time I did gun practice I found it very hard and I could not hit the targets, admitted Valencia. However, after the third day it did not feel strange any more. I prefer the 9 mm. to the revolvers and rifles. Training also involved spending time observing in various police stations. My favourite part of the course was learning to drive the police vehicles; we did both theory and practical. We had to drive very fast, but it was in a specially designated area, not on the streets. We also learned the correct way to chauffeur Members of Parliament and other dignitaries. Every two months the recruits had to sit a major exam and then came the final graduation parade for all successful candidates. The newly graduated WPC Curry is now completing her probationary year. She will spend the first six months in Marsh Harbor after which she will be sent to serve on Moores Island. After her probationary year WPC Curry will sign on for a period of five yearsMoores Island Is Proud of First Police Woman as all fully trained police officers sign fiveyear renewable contracts. WPC Curry has been assigned to the Community Policing project and works along with Corporal Minnis. They cover the areas of Dundas Town, Murphy Town, Marsh Harbour and Spring City and sometimes also visit the cays, assessing the concerns of the residents in each area. Every Friday morning she flies to Moores Island to carry out Community Policing duties there during the weekend, flying back to Marsh Harbour on Monday morning. WPC Curry is enjoying her new vocation very much and highly recommends it as a career. She is delighted that her parents are very proud of her and wishes to thank her parents, pastors, friends and all who encouraged her and kept her in their prayers. Qualifications necessary for entering the Police College are six BGCSE passes which must include Math and English, or the candidate may sit the police entry exam. Also necessary are a copy of the applicants high school diploma, passport and birth certificate. An application form must be completed which is obtainable from the Marsh Harbour Police Station. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 30 years to begin training. By Julian Lockhart Radio Abaco was been off air for several days after a power surge knocked out its transmitter late on Monday night, January 1st, 2007. The electricity throughout Abaco went off shortly after 11 p.m. on New Years Day; and when it came back on, Radio Abaco was not as fortunate. Radio Abaco supplies Abaco with its only local broadcasting. Owner Silbert Mills said electronics experts fixed the problem. Mr. Mills said, We had a power surge and the transmitter got damaged from the power surge. I am not the expert but thePower Surge Knocked Radio Abaco off the Airengineer is checking it out. It is not frustrating because you have to do what you have to do. You are off the air first day of the year. This is not the first time it happened to us, but we know how to deal with it. There is no way to prevent this from happening again unless you went completely off from BEC, he added. Radio Abaco did receive some good news when Mr. Mills found out they could broadcast over the internet. Mr. Mills said, We found out that we were still on the internet so if anyone wanted to listen to us they could do so that way, Mr. Mills concluded. Valencia Curry

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Director of Sports for Abaco, Ishmael Stretch Morley, said the Hon. Neville Wisdom recently stated at a meeting that renovating the sporting facilities throughout the length of Abaco will commence shortly as they have already decided whose bids won in each town. Facilities will be repaired or built in Crossing Rocks, at the Murphy Town Park facilities, Fox Town Primary track will be looked at, Mount Hope and also the facilities in Coopers Town. Mr. Morley said, First of all, this year coming, all of the facilities on Abaco will be taken care of. That is already sorted out because we had a meeting last night (Friday, January 5th, 2007) at the Council office and the Hon. Neville Wisdom was at that meeting. He assured us that all of the sporting facilities in Abaco would be taken care of. A gym will be coming later, but his concerns were to get all the facilities fixed so the kids can practice on the playing fields. It is not really disappointing because it takes time when you send contracts into Nassau. They have to look at them and they need three quotes. So most of the time when we send the contracts to Nassau they call for an extra one. We are finally at that point where in another couple of days we will go forward with all the contracts sent into New Providence, he added. Considered the third island in the Bahamas behind New Providence and Grand Bahama, Abaco seriously lacks sporting facilities in any form. There is no gym on the island; the two softball fields that are functional need a lot of work. Besides a few basketball courts, there are no consistent areas for the youth to compete and train on. The best field is the one at the Murphy Town Park but the track surrounding the field is in disrepair. The student athletes have been crying out for sporting facilities not only to practice on but to compete on. There is hardly any consistent sporting competition between the schools on Abaco and although a lot has to do with the distance between the high schools, the lack of facilities to compete on is a major deterent. Abaco Central High student athlete Kevin Altidor said, It will be great to finally get our own facilities so most of our players will not have to go Nassau or Freeport. We can practice here and we wont have to always go there to compete. They can now come here and play, which will be better for us. It will make us better athletes in many ways. If we have a gym, we wont get hurt as much on the floor. Unlike playing outside if we fall, we wont get cut or bruises, Altidor added. Mr. Morley said the fixing of the facilities is definitely something they had to wait for but the wait will be worth it. Because of the lack of facilities and consistent competition, a number of top student athletes in Abaco transferred into high schools on Grand Bahama and New Providence. Mr. Morley is hoping that these athletes can now return home instead of traveling abroad to tap into their enormous talents. He added that he doesnt know yet if it was good for the Abaco student athletes to leave to go to Grand Bahama and New Providence. Once the graduation period rolls around in May and June, he will have a better feel if it was productive. The private high schools on Grand Bahama have been known for years to recruit other schools top athletes to give them a better opportunity to receive college scholarships in the United States. Mr. Morley said, It is very important because if you dont have any facilities to advance the program, none of the kids would be looked at to get scholarships. You have to have facilities in order for the kids to play and to practice on. I think facilities will be able to help our athletes compete on a higher level. Despite the inconvenience we had with the facilities being down, the Abaco athletes competed on a high level. Quite a few of the Abaco athletes went to school on Grand Bahama and New Providence. The only problem is the other islands are taking all the good athletes. It is all in good spirit and I hope that things work out for the kids that left. The idea was they would get scholarships, and I am hoping and praying they are able to get these scholarships, he concluded.Better Sporting Facilities Are Coming

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Evans After anticipating the excitement of the senior Junkanoo parade on Boxing Day, December 26th, scores of fans were disappointed when rain poured down from midafternoon until past the 10 p.m. hour when the parade was slated to start. Downtown Marsh Harbour was like a ghost town as Abaconians realized that there would be no parade that night. However, the parade was held the following night and even though many persons did not know of the new date, Junkanoo officials stated that they made the announcement several times over Radio Abaco. In spite of this apparent mix-up in dates, there was still a good crowd that came out to support the groups. This year only two groups took part in the Senior Junkanoo parade: the Supreme Dancers of Murphy Town and The Stingers of Spring City. The theme of the Supreme Dancers was Tribal Warfare and that of The Stingers was Protecting the Abaco Wildlife The parade began minutes before 10 p.m. with The Stingers performing first. After two laps in downtown Abaco, the four judges came up with the final scores. The best of the shoulder costume winner was Jonathan Johnson and runner up was Kirk Thompson. The winner will receive $250. The winner of best banner was The Stingers with 41 points. The Supreme Dancers received 32 points. The group that won for the best execution of the theme was The Stingers with 53 points while the Supreme Dancers received 48 points. The group that won the costumes category was The Stingers once again with 741 points while the Supreme Dancers received 644 points. The best music category was won by The Stingers with 2,553 and the Supreme Dancers received 2,414 points. Overall group performance winner was The Stingers with 496 points. The Supreme Dancers received 370 points. The total unofficial scores for each group are as follows: The Stingers: 3,884 and the Supreme Dancers: 3,508 points. The winning group will receive $3500 and the runner up $2500. The money will be released once details of the parade are finalized and any protests addressed. The youth officer for Abaco, Ishmael Stetch Morley, stated that he is disappointed that other groups did not enter. These groups being The Rockers from Spring City, whose leader is Colin Curry and The Murphy Town Dancers. Both groups stated that they did not enter because of lack of financial support. Mr. Morley continued by saying that the government is not supposed to finance the Junkanoo groups. They only assist with the seed money which to date stands at $2,000. He wants the groups to understand that in order for this seed money to be increased, the Minister of Youth must see a good product. So far, this has not been achieved. He wants to encourage the groups to have fund raisers throughout the year to assist with the rising cost of being a part of this lavishTwo Groups Competed in Senior Junkanooparade. The government released seed money for all four Junkanoo groups for the Boxing Day parade but to date only Mr. Colin Curry has returned his money to the Youth department. Mr. Morley wants to remind the remaining group leader that the money must be returned. On behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Housing, he wants to thank the two groups that participated in the parade to provide the locals and tourists with the Junkanoo experience that is almost synonymous with the Christmas season. By Samantha V. Evans For persons who have lived on Abaco for more than two years, they can probably remember when The Stingers first made their appearance in downtown Marsh Harbour in 2004. The leader of this group, Mr. Uriel Delancy, stated that he loves the Bahamian culture and sees his involvement as a way of passing on this tradition to the youth. He stated that they chose as their theme Protecting the Abaco Wildlife because of the wild horses that live in Treasure Cay. He hopes to make locals more aware of this so that they will protect them. Presently, the group has 35 persons, but he would like to see it grow to about 80. He plans to get more kids involved in 2007 and hopes that more Bahamian men especially will get involved in Junkanoo. He stated that one of his plans where the youth are concerned is to do some activities like fish fries and Junkanoo rush outs to motivate them to become a part of Junkanoo. The group is presently located in a gym in Spring City but they are hoping for a sponsor so that they can get a permanent Junkanoo shack. For the past two years he has written local business houses asking for support but has received no response. However, his group has been assisted by Snappas. The Stingers brought in the New Year by having a Junkanoo rush out at the eatery at the midnight hour. They also put on shows at various locations that help the group with expenses. He would like to see youth and their parents get more involved in their community activities such as Junkanoo. He gets a lot of interest from the Haitian/Bahamian kids but very little from Bahamian kids. He would like to see more Bahamian kids take an interest in preserving their culture. They are needed so that the culture can continue to live on after he is gone. He encourages males especially to get involved and to get of the blocks. He would like to appeal to the hoteliers to utilize Junkanoo groups so that the tourists can see what Junkanoo is all about yearround and develop an appreciation for the culture. In the very near future he would like to see business houses get involved in the parade because this will enable them to put on a more successful event. The Boxing Day parade cost his group approximately $6,000 and he looks for the expenses to increase to $10,000 for the December 2007The Stingers: Up Close and Personal Please see Stingers Page 26

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 By Samantha V. Evans The Tourism Industry is booming on Abaco and to ensure that all tourism personnel are current in all areas of this industry and that the visitors have the best tourism experience ever, Mr. Don Cornish, Manager of the Tourism office on Abaco, plans to implement the following initiatives in 2007. Community Tourism This initiative will educate communities about the tourism industry. Residents will learn about maintaining the streets and other resources so that tourists as well as Bahamians can get the maximum benefit from what God has given Abaco. He plans to work along with the churches and various community agencies to better all communities. Hopefully, leaders will be identified who can assist youth in the communities where they live. School Tourism This initiative will educate students about the world of tourism including all of the exciting careers that they can prepare for while in primary and high school. The aim is to prepare them early so that they can best embrace what tourism has to offer in the future. He wants to prepare leaders for tomorrow because he sees them as being the greatest partners in making The Bahamas a better place. He is especially interested in helping Central Abaco Primary School develop the playing field on the school grounds.. Training Department This department will be very active beginning in 2007 as it will serve many purposes. The upstairs board room at Memorial Plaza will be transformed into the training room. He plans to do a lot of staff training in this room as well as for businesses in the community. Some of the training programs to be offered are etiquette training, Bahamahost program, small hotel training, customer service training, website development and cultural training. All of this training will maximize the tourism product for all stakeholders. Cultural Training This program will be offered to foreign employees and employers as a way of bridging the cultural gap. He sees this as a way of the industry maintaining itself and its resources. He has developed a handbook for this particular training. Certified Programs These programs will be offered in bonefishing, tour guide and other tourism-related areas. A fact sheet has been developed on each community as well as scripts for those persons who want to be trained to do tours on Abaco. Youth Program He plans to work along with the youth officer, Mr. Ishmael Stretch Morley, to prepare a business plan for the youth. This will include different linkages i.e. sports. He wants to help the youth so that they will have the skills needed for them to function effectively when they graduate from high school. Therefore, he plans to begin working with them from primary school. One of the things he would like to see improved is the consistency of programs on the island. He wants to see one big activity a month that brings youth and their parents together. He wants par-Manager Spells Out Tourisms Plans for 2007ents more involved in youth programs by coming out to watch their children play or perform at least once every month. He feels that this will greatly improve that childs self esteem and that will spill over into every other area of that childs life. Many other things will be put in place to sustain the industry and celebrate Abacos history so that residents can share the islands rich culture with guests. They can educate the tourists on how this culture has impacted the present and will continue to impact the future of Abaco. He sees this as a way of connecting the dots where we are now to where we came from. 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 Digging

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Page 24 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 The funeral service for Vivian Henza Davis-Woodside 48, of Murphy Town, was held on December 30th at Zion Baptist Cathedral in Murphy Town. Rev. Christopher Dean officiated assisted by Rev. Leroy Thompson. Interment was in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Leroy Woodside; daughter Leeann Woodside; father Brennen Davis; sisters Sandra McKenzie, Helen Forbes, Joy and Cecile Davis; brothers Joseph, Hilton, Sylvan and Benjamin Davis; aunts Verleta Davis, Williamae Dawkins, Lerraine Farrington, Arementa McKenzie, Beverly Davis, Elsie and Inez Knowles; uncles Herchel and Hiram Davis, George McKenzie, Clifford and Leonard Knowles and Benjamin Dawkins; nieces; nephews; sister-in-law Addie Davis; step-children Sharon Octavien, Erma Simms, Maureen, Dory, Royette and Judith Woodside and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Vernerva Margaret Brown, 86, formerly of Marsh Harbour, was held on January 6 in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her daughter and sonin-law Catherine and Geoffrey McPhee; grandchildren Kim Dean, Marcella and Austin Wilson, Alexis and Terika Dean, Natasha-Huyler, Benjamin and Christopher McPhee; great-grandchildren Felicianna, Easternee and Valchino Williams, Anthonique Arnett, LaVonne Ferguson, Aysha, Alexis and Alijah Dean; great-greatgrandchildren; sisters-in-law; Pecola Mackey, Francina Butler-Watson, Cathleen Butler; brothers-in-law Herman Nixon, Alexander, William and Epheus Butler; nephews; nieces; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Lionel Knowles Fox, 60, formerly of Sandy Point, was held on January 6th in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. He is survived by his wife Victoria Fox; grandchildren Sidney Fox, Kischnell, Michael and Sophia Laing; grandchildren Colincia Laing and Kendera Farrington; great-grandchild Colissa McKinney; sisters Vernita Rahming, Patricia Hall, Theresa Thurston, Belinda Morley, Barbara and Tammy Knowles, Susan and Dianne Fox; brothers James and Joseph Knowles, Richard Lionel Boy and Robert Fox; brothers-in-law Stanford Ferguson, Henciel Johnson, Sidney, Theodore Morley, Leonard Rahming, Andrew Hall and Hently Thurston; sisters-in-law Thelma Ferguson, Eloise Ferguson, Henrietta, Marilyn Johnson, Sheila and Melvern Bain and Louise Knowles; godchild Felicia Armbrister; aunts Lillian Fox and Eva Mortimer; uncle Samuel Arthur; grandaunt Marina Knowles; aunts-in-law Dedrieana Arthur and Lizzieanna Ferguson; uncle-inlaw Wellington Ferguson; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Gloria Mikula Knowles, 51, of Treasure Cay was held on January 6th at Full Gospel Assembly in Sand Banks. Rev. Stafford Symonette officiated. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Coopers Town. She is survived by her children Katherine, Willis, Dedric and Romana Russell, Cutelle and Michelle Mikula Knowles and Shanda Campbell, mother Annie McIntosh; grandchildren Chrishantie Edgecome, Brianna Russell, Michelle Nicholson, Miguel Davis, Rayshan, Rayvonne, and Raynecia Campbell; brothers Roosevelt, Sam and Deoily McIntosh; sister Freeda McIntosh; parents-in-law Bernice and Dolly Nicholson; daughter-in-law Keisha Russell; sisters-inlaw Belinda, Urenia and Andrea McIntosh; aunts Savaletha, Evelyn, Mildred, Lucy, Miriam and Betty; uncles Kelvin, Ronald and Edwin; aunts-in-law Estelle, Florence,Obituaries of Family and FriendsRudy, Fena, Kathleen and Magnola; unclesin-law Orthnell, Hasting and Carl; nephews Radney, Jamal, Devon, Dennis, and Deoily; nieces Jamika and Deora; and many other relatives and friends. 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 : 242-367-0541

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 25 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367.2798 Fax: 367.5098 taken by the US following the September 11, 2001, attack. The intent is to ensure that the borders of America are protected. The Bahamas has been asked to issue passports that contain identification data of individual travelers that can be electronically scanned. Manager of the Abaco Tourism Office Don Cornish said, The greater interest is in airlines after 9/11, though they havent spelled that out. But it is fairly clear because they are allowing cruise ship passengers an exemption until 2009. We (Abaco) have a very small niche of regular customers with a 69 percent return rate. I believe, and I will probably put my head on the chopping block, that we have the savvier traveler. These persons have been traveling very frequently and they regard Abaco as home. Because they have a vested interest in the destination, they have probably already taken the necessary steps, he added. Mr. Cornish said he is almost certain Abaco will be less affected than the national average, but there will be significant business loss. Even if it is a two percent drop off, it will be significant. The first six months of 2007 will be the most crucial months as American travelers adjust to the new rules and apply for their passports. It takes six to eight weeks after applying to receive a passport; however, applicants can pay to expedite the process. Mr. Cornish recommends that hotel and rental property managers use their visitor data to notify their guests to apply for their passports early. He added that if every hotel and property manager on Abaco did that, it would lessen the impact of the situation. Mr. Cornish said, This situation is being pushed late. We were hoping to negotiate an extension so we havent gotten the message out to the American public as well as we could have. The spontaneous traveler, the person who jumps up and says lets go to The Bahamas next weekend, that individual we will lose. The persons who are more savvy and plan their vacation in advance will discover these new regulations when they go to their travel agents. Boaters represent about 10 percent of Abacos tourism business and Mr. Cornish said a 10 percent decrease in this area would represent a lot of money to be lost from the economy even for a short period of time. The Cruisers Net on the internet has done a good job in letting boaters know that they now need passports to reenter the United States. To offset anticipated lower numbers of US visitors to The Bahamas due to passport requirement, the Ministry of Tourism has been increasing its advertising in other markets, specifically in Canada, Europe and China. Especially in China, Tourism is trying to reach a new market and has been working on a contract for direct flights from China into The Bahamas. Mr. Cornish said, We are focusing on them now. We have a very strong effort now going on in China. The biggest challenge is getting them here. Canada is another option with the emergence of direct flights on the bargain airline West Jet. We have placed more emphasis on direct flights from Canada. I think that is going to help us if that market comes around and Canadian visitors see us as an alternative to their other destinations. Mr. Cornish said, Having the West Jet direct flights coming from Toronto (to The Bahamas) now help. We can be a lot better off because the Canadian numbers can be higher than they are now. We now can refocus on that market and especially for Abaco if we can rebuild the Treasure Cay market with the charter flights from Canada. PassportsFrom Page 1US Visitors Will Need PassportsNew Markets Are Being Explored The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms on the harbour front Curly Tails restaurant and bar on the waterfront See their ad Dive Abaco a complete dive facilityThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: themoorings@batelnet.bswww.conchinn.com Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you.The Conch Inn Marina Full service docks with power Cable TV connections Texaco fuel station Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W February 2007 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EST) 2 (EST) 3 (EST) 4 (EST) 5 (EST) 6 (EST) 7 (EST) 8 (EST) 9 (EST) 10 (EST) 11 (EST) 12 (EST) 13 (EST) 14 (EST) 15 (EST) 16 (EST) 17 (EST) 18 (EST) 19 (EST) 20 (EST) 21 (EST) 22 (EST) 23 (EST) 24 (EST) 25 (EST) 26 (EST) 27 (EST) 28 (EST) -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 1:11a -0.3 7:42a 2.7 2:04p -0.2 7:56p 2.2 1:58a -0.3 8:23a 2.7 2:42p -0.2 8:38p 2.3 2:41a -0.3 9:00a 2.6 3:18p -0.2 9:17p 2.3 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:23a -0.2 9:36a 2.6 3:51p -0.2 9:55p 2.4 4:03a -0.1 10:10a 2.4 4:24p -0.1 10:31p 2.4 4:42a 0.0 10:44a 2.3 4:56p 0.0 11:07p 2.4 5:22a 0.1 11:19a 2.2 5:29p 0.0 11:45p 2.3 6:05a 0.3 11:57a 2.1 6:06p 0.1 12:27a 2.3 6:53a 0.4 12:40p 2.0 6:48p 0.2 1:15a 2.3 7:48a 0.5 1:31p 1.9 7:38p 0.2 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 2:11a 2.3 8:50a 0.5 2:29p 1.8 8:36p 0.3 3:14a 2.3 9:55a 0.5 3:34p 1.8 9:38p 0.2 4:17a 2.4 10:56a 0.4 4:37p 1.9 10:40p 0.1 5:16a 2.6 11:50a 0.2 5:36p 2.1 11:39p -0.1 6:09a 2.8 12:38p 0.0 6:29p 2.3 12:34a -0.3 6:59a 2.9 1:23p -0.2 7:19p 2.5 1:27a -0.4 7:46a 3.0 2:07p -0.4 8:08p 2.8 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 2:18a -0.5 8:32a 3.0 2:49p -0.5 8:55p 2.9 3:09a -0.6 9:19a 3.0 3:32p -0.6 9:43p 3.0 4:00a -0.5 10:06a 2.8 4:16p -0.6 10:32p 3.0 4:53a -0.4 10:54a 2.6 5:03p -0.5 11:24p 3.0 5:49a -0.3 11:46a 2.4 5:53p -0.3 12:20a 2.8 6:50a -0.1 12:42p 2.2 6:49p -0.2 1:23a 2.7 7:57a 0.1 1:45p 2.0 7:52p -0.1 -1.0 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 2:33a 2.5 9:08a 0.2 2:55p 1.9 9:01p 0.0 3:46a 2.5 10:18a 0.2 4:05p 1.9 10:10p 0.0 4:53a 2.5 11:20a 0.2 5:10p 2.0 11:14p 0.0 5:51a 2.6 12:12p 0.1 6:05p 2.2 Monthly High & Low High February 18, 8:32a 3.0 ft Low February 19, 3:09a -0.6 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows by Nobeltec Corporation. (5 03) 579-1414 www.tides.com Tide North Bar ChannelFebruary 2007 34 ft. mono-hull or 37 or 45 ft. Catamaran Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new power boats Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new power boats 34 ft. mono-hull or 37 or 45 ft. Catamaran

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Page 26 The Abaconian January 15, 2007 to the cays to work, workers have had to resort to parking along the narrow road leading into Eastern Shores and in some cases, into homeowners driveways. I have seen cars parked on the rocks just above the water where one of the last hurricanes washed out most of the road into Eastern Shores I do have sympathy for the homeowners that must brave this fiasco of ill-parked cars daily and understand why they do not want workers parking in their driveways and along their narrow roadway. But I also have sympathy for the normal worker, running late to catch a ferry to their job, a job they may lose if they are late, and desperately trying to find a tiny corner to slip their vehicle into. Something has to be done. Right now there are paid parking spots. But if you take a drive to the Crossing Beach on any weekday morning, you will see that it is simply not enough. There seems to be vacant land in the vicinity of the ferry terminal which might be put to similar uses. While a paid parking lot may not be the most attractive thing to do with an undeveloped lot of land, it would seem to be a rather lucrative endeavor as the current paid parking rate is $50 per car per month. The confusion of trying to locate a parking space while 10 other people are doing the same thing makes for a rather tight squeeze on the narrow strip of land known as Crossing Beach. Add children and adults milling back and forth from cars to terminal. Now you have frustrated drivers and absent-minded people sharing the same strip of road as a throughway, a parking lot, a sidewalk and a drop-off/pick-up point. It amazes me how no one has gotten seriously injured yet. And I am sorry to say that I believe it is only a matter of time. Im not interested in who solves the problem of traffic and the ferry location. I cant. I dont own any of the property there, and I am not a member of public office. But we as citizens have the right to demand a resolution by SOMEONE. I am fearful though that a resolution may come too little, too late, as projects like our new airport and runway seem years away from breaking ground, much less completion. Does anyone have any ideas about what can be done to fix this tangled ball of string? Desperate for ChangesRegrets Not TeachingDear Editor, Please allow this letter space in your column. For the past year and a half I have taught at St. Frances de Sales School. I was the math teacher for 7th ,9th and 10th grades as well as the health and general science teacher for 7th ,8th and 9th grades. It was my intention to finish out the 2007 school year at St. Frances de Sales. At this time I am sorry to inform the students, parents and teachers of St. Frances de Sales school that due to personal reasons of health issues I will no longer be returning to teach. I wish the best for my students at St. Francis, and I especially hope that my grade 9 class does well on their BJCs. Even though I will not be returning to teach, I do love you all and will miss you very much. I hope you can understand my own reasons for doing this. Thank you for the space in your paper. Sincerely, Barbara Plossl-ClaridgeMore Letters LettersFrom Page 9 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 hse366-3121 www.lubberslodging.com 7 hseMan-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 06on this day of thanksgiving and plans to make his stay more permanent in the next few months. The message for the evening was delivered by Bishop Bert Williams, the pastor of CentralFrom Page 19 parade. He stated that his group was able to successfully meet their budget because they started raising funds early in the year so that they can spread out costs. He encourages anyone who is thinking about forming a Junkanoo group to get a strong leader who can plan for a successful parade. Finally, he would like to see the Ministry of Youth give the groups their seed money earlier in the year so that they can make purchases earlier. He looks forward to the day when the seed money is increased to $5,000 so that groups can prepare for a more competitive parade and give spectators a good down home show. StingersFrom Page 22 They felt that airing problems early would lead to better and more effective solutions. The chairman was agreeable to this and said town concerns could be presented to the District Council of which he is a member. He explained that the rules under which the Town Committee and the District Council operate are somewhat restrictive and neither he nor the Council could change the law. Town MeetingFrom Page 13 the host church. He told the residents that they should strive to live a life of peace not only at Christmas time but at all times. They should try to uplift each other and not to tear each other down. He stated that they should be living so peacefully that the police should not have much work to do. Advertise in The Abaconian

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 27 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 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 pm*2:30* (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 30 Dec 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 Not on Sundays

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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 2,JANUARY 15th, 2007 A total of 22 derelict vehicles were taken out to sea from Elbow Cay in mid-December. Lorin Senn organized the effort and his c rew made the vehicles ready for being dropped into the ocean to make a habitat for crawfish and fish. He and his crew drained all f luids from the vehicles, punched holes in any tanks, took out batteries and stripped out any materials that would float. The vehicles were collected at White Sound. Abacays Freight Company donated the use of one of its barges to haul the vehicles out to sea to form reefs. The Abacays crew explained that the vehicles will make a very good crawfish habitat for a couple of years. By that time the area will be populated with reef fish that will greatly reduce the number of crawfish.Derelict Vehicles Will Make New ReefsCommunity Committee Receives FundsThe Sandy Point Development Association was presented with funds from several businesses to assist in its goals to improve the community. President of the association, Ms. Della Kelly, accepted the funds. Mr. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Energy and the Environment, on the right, and Rex Albury of local government presented the check. See story on page 2. By Julian Lockhart Abaco has been asking government for an updated airport in Marsh Harbour for years and Minister of Works, the Hon. Bradley Roberts, promised the repairs on the terminal and new runway would commence over four months ago but no repairs have started to date. In March Mr. Roberts signed the paving contract with Bahamas Hot Mix. However, Prime Minister Perry Christie revised the plan for the Marsh Harbour airport after visiting in September to adjust for the need of a taxiway, fitting into the existing budget. The new plans have been approved and now all is needed is for the funds to be found to start construction. Manager of the Abaco Tourist office, Don Cornish, said the work on the Marsh Harbour airport should commence shortly on the word he has received lately. Mr. Cornish said, There are a number of standards we have been able to meet in terms of the airports at Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. I know that the airport initiative on the governments part is tied up in the bidding process with the terminal and we get the right runway and taxiway. I am hoping that the time line is much more clear once we get farther into January, once these technical reports have been received and who the contractor of record is for the terminal. We know who the runways contractor will be. It is just a matter of the additional $10 million. Once the Prime Minister came, it negated any commitments that were made Please see Airport Page 22Airport Repairs Should Commence SoonTourism Manager Sheds Light on Airport ImprovementsChurches Celebrated Christmas with ProgramsChurches throughout Abaco celebrated the holiday season with special services and Christmas programs. Change Ministries Church in Murphy Town put on a program on December 24 to celebrate the birth of Christ. By Samantha V. Evans Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24th, was a joyous day at Change Ministries International as the church celebrated the birthday of Christ. From the oldest to youngest, carols of joy, peace and love were sung throughout the church building. Some of the children entertained the congregation by sharing in their own words the meaning of Christmas. Twelve adults from the congregation found themselves singing the Twelve Days of Christmas in the most unusual harmony. It was indeed fun and hilarious. However, Pastor Samuel Cornish reminded the group that Christmas is a time of love, giving and hope. Please see Church Page 11 Please see Tourism Page 21 By Samantha V. Evans Abacos Tourism office now has a new manager, Mr. Don Cornish. On December 1, 2006, he officially began his new post. He describes himself as a passionate per-Abaco Welcomes New Tourism Managerson, especially about his community. He finds it amazing to see how people are so impressed with Abaco now, but as an Abaco

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Page 2 B The Abaconian January 15, 2007 P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 www.landandsearealty.com E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.com Leslie Pinder Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed upstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. $315,000 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Pelican Shores 2 Prestigious WATERFRONT lots on Pelican shores with deep water frontage and street frontage, already cleared with high and flat elevation. Lots can be sold individually Lot 1 approx 10,000 sq. ft. $569,000 Lot 2 approx. 12000 sq. ft. 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 3-acre mixed-use commercial with parking $97,000 Bahama Coral Island: 2 water view lots $20,000@ Bahama Palm Shores: undeveloped lot $19,950. Dundas Town: hill top sea view lot, near park $29,000 Great Cistern Cay: 3/2, water front SALE PENDING. Guana Cay: hilltop, dockage SALE PENDING Guana Cay: 7 acres sea to sea SOLD Leisure Lee: canal property SOLD Sand Bank Creek: 3/2, new build, dock $375,000. Sand Bank Creek: one acre water front $98,000. Treasure Cay: 100 luxury beach frontage $375,000. Turtle Rocks: view, beach access SALE PENDING Turtle Rocks: 2 one acre beach front $208,500@ For Rent: 3/2, central, water front $3,250./monthPhone: (242) 367-0365 Cell: (242) 357-6638Abaco, Bahamas Bill Thorndycraft & Sandra Evans www.AbacoWaterfrontProperties.com A Sandra Evans Company MaudCo Security Services MaudCo Security Services MaudCo Security Services MaudCo Security Services MaudCo Security Servicesis looking to hire responsible, mature individuals over the age of 25. Police experience / martial arts a plus. For further information, please call Tel : (242) 393-6188 (242) 393-6188 (242) 393-6188 (242) 393-6188 (242) 393-6188 or in Abaco, call Deon Edwards at Tel : (242) 454-7672. (242) 454-7672. (242) 454-7672. (242) 454-7672. (242) 454-7672. South Abaco NewsSandy PointBy Tonia FergusonHon. Ron Pinder Visits Sandy PointThe community of Sandy Point was visited by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Energy and the Environment, the Hon. Ron O. Pinder on December 14. The invitation to his visit came as a result of the clean-up efforts made by the Sandy Point Development Association. During their town meeting Mr. Pinder expressed his gratitude for the invitation and his commitment in assisting the associations campaign in beautifying Sandy Point. In his keynote address he identified matters that were bothersome to him: the burning of garbage that is still carried out in Sandy Point, derelict vehicles, the improper disposal of oil and the over-population of stray dogs. He provided remedies for these matters. Two that were of particular concern to him are the burning of garbage and the dog population. He took this time to discuss his ministrys plans for a new land-fill that will be constructed in South Abaco. While he was unable to present a date to the crowd that gathered at the Zion Baptist Church Hall, he was adamant that the ministry was in its final stages of planning. Regarding the dog population he encouraged existing owners to spay or neuter their dogs. Although such debate is not within his portfolio, he is willing to assist. He identified the Bahamas Humane Society as an ally in alleviating the over-grown dog population.Sandy Point Development Association Receives DonationsAt its recent town meeting held on December 14, the Sandy Point Development Association received monetary donations to assist in its clean-up efforts within the community. The president, Ms. Della Kelly, in a prior interview outlined the associations goals as follows: Removal of derelict vehicles Removal of used household furniture and appliances Floral beautification which will involve a combination of non-flowering and flowering plants The association received donations from Scotia Bank in Marsh Harbour, Michael A. Dean and Company, the Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic and H. G. Christie Limited Real Estate.Local Sandy Point Residents HonouredEvangelist Jason and Deacon Nicholas Roberts, residents of Sandy Point and sons of Reverend Napoleon Roberts, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point, have spent over 17 years in the gospel music industry within The Bahamas, inspiring the hearts of thousands throughout the United States and the Bahamas with their traditional sounds. They are also involved with special performance projects such as the Make a Wish Foundation. These brothers are committed to the continued development and growth of the gospel music industry within The Bahamas. As a result they were honoured on December 7 in New Providence at Breezes Super Club when they were recognized for their contribution to the advancement in gospel music by the Gospel Music Workshop of America.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderFund Raising Dinner HeldA fund raising dinner was held on the schoolgrounds for a local resident who has contracted cancer of the lip. The dinner was Please see South Page 4 Mr. Ron PInder, Parliamentary Secretary to the MInistry of Energy and the Environment, spoke to the residents of Sandy Point during his visit there on December 14. He brought out several issues that he would like to see resolved including burning garbage and a serious dog problem.

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3 B MARSH HARBOUR #3100WW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT Ten acre peninsula perfect for a marina or small development. Deep water with a dredged canal. $2,500,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2723 TILLOO DREAMWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT on the Sea of Abaco 1 bed 1 bath cottage, 1.33 acre of land, access to the Atlantic, shared dock. $597,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2516 CROSSWINDSSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA VV VV VIEWSIEWS IEWSIEWS IEWS 4 bed 3 bath 2,800 sq.ft. furnished family home with apartment, central A/C, generator. $820,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #2818 HARBOUR HOUSEHH HH HARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 2 acres, 200+ of protected deep water. 2,800 sq. ft. 4 bed, 3.5 bath home with excellent elevation. $1,950,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #1660 SERENITY HOUSEBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT E E E E ESTST STST ST AA AA A TETE TETE TE 290 ft. of sandy beach, modern 2 storey, 4 bed 4.5 bath 5,600 sq.ft. home on 2 expansive lots. $5,200,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #1669II II INVESTMENT NVESTMENT NVESTMENT NVESTMENT NVESTMENT O O O O OPPORPPOR PPORPPOR PPOR TUNITYTUNITY TUNITYTUNITY TUNITY 3 duplexes, each with 2 bed 2 bath and 750 sq. ft. Separate furnished 1 bed cottage. $770,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3079WW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT prime development. 4 acres, four 2 bed 2 bath cottages, pool. Potential as a marina /fishing lodge. $640,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com SUGAR LOAF CAY #2817 PARROT POINTWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT unique 4.96 acres, private marina, 2 bed 2 bath plus 1 bed 1 bath cottage. Electricity from mainland. $3,500,000George.Damianos@SothebysRealty.com 242.362.4211 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2934 SANDY SHORESBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, elevator, panoramic views, spacious verandahs & serene ambience. $1,700,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3076 BEACH VILLA 715 BB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT cozy 2 bed, 2 bath villa. Magni ficent beach, marina, golf and tennis near. Great vacation home or rental. $440,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.comwww.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2724 HUNKALOOSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA TT TT T OO OO O S S S S SEAEA EAEA EA with dock on the Sea of Abaco with a 2 bed 2 bath home plus guest cottage on 2+ acres. $995,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3073 MY ISLAND RETREATBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 4 bed, 3 bath retreat, cathedral ceilings, wraparound screened-in verandahs. Great views. $1,300,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com Stan Sawyer c 242.477.5821 Laurie Schreiner t 242.367.5046 Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 Jane Patterson t 242.366.056901-15-07GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR TLE CATLE CA TLE CATLE CA TLE CA YY YY Y COCO BAY LOT #3031 $650,000. BB BB B AHAMA CAHAMA C AHAMA CAHAMA C AHAMA C OROR OROR OR AL ISLAL ISL AL ISLAL ISL AL ISL ANDAND ANDAND ANDLot 58, Block 11, Subdivision 1. #3351 $24,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA YY YY YGalleon Bay CanalLot #3071 $250,000. Hilltop Estates 3 bed 2 bath #2115 $600,000. Home Sweet Home #3032 $250,000. Tranquility 3 bed 3 bath #3070 $235,000. Seagrapes Estate #2887 $3,500,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.477.5821 CC CC CONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ININ ININ IN S S S S SECTIONECTION ECTIONECTION ECTION A,A, A,A, A, P P P P PAA AA A GEGE GEGE GE 3 3 3 3 3 LUBBERS QUARTERS #3361 SUMMER VIEWWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT lot with dockage, 100 feet on the water with high elevation, eastside of Lubbers across from Tahiti Beach. $420,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #3248 VILLA ESPANOLATT TT TRR RR R OPICOPIC OPICOPIC OPIC ALAL ALAL AL 4 bed, 3 bath island home. Extreme privacy, yet close to town. Spacious formal dining room and kitchen. $1,200,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #3467 ABACO HOUSEBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT VILLASVILLAS VILLASVILLAS VILLAS each with spacious fully air-conditioned 3 bed 2 bath. Great views from wide verandahs. $835,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.2143 www.SIRbahamas.com UNDER CONTRACT TREASURE CAY #3072 Garden Villa 675 Charming 2 bed 2 bath one minute from Treasure Cay. Great rental opportunity or family retreat. Very private $300,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com LUBBERS QUARTERS #1851 FLIP FLOPSBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT Very private beach house on 1.19 acres of lush, tropical foliage, sleeps 4 with private dock and beach. $499,900Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2841 CARIBEPP PP PERFECTERFECT ERFECTERFECT ERFECT LOCLOC LOCLOC LOC AA AA A TIONTION TIONTION TION.. .. 3 bed 2 bath home with a spacious master bedroom steps from gorgeous Treasure Cay beach $215,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.comUNDER CONTRACT TREASURE CAY #3028 RUBYS LOVECC CC COMFOROMFOR OMFOROMFOR OMFOR TT TT T ABLEABLE ABLEABLE ABLE 3 bed 2 bath 1600 sq.ft home, converted garage close to the beach, needs TLC, furnished. $205,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.com UNDER OFFER TILLOO CAY #3657 FARSIDEWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT the most unique and desirable property in Abaco. 5 bed 6 bath, hangar and docking for 80 ft. vessel. US$6,850,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING SOLD SOLD

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Page 4 B The Abaconian January 15, 2007Aisle of Palm Realty.com Aisle of Palm Realty P.O.Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Brent Cartwright Maria Silvester Rhiannon Thomas WW WW We are a small company, e are a small company, e are a small company, e are a small company, e are a small company, BigBig BigBig Big on on on on on SERVICESERVICE SERVICESERVICE SERVICEBased on Trust and Honesty Based on Trust and Honesty Based on Trust and Honesty Based on Trust and Honesty Based on Trust and Honesty 1256 Guana Cay beachfront home with fantastic rental history Home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Recently reduced 1283 Bahama Palm Shores Interior lot directly across from the beach. Great price compared to recent sales of same lots 1180 Three bedroom home centrally located in Marsh Harbour with very spacious rooms. Large landscaped property 1208 Yellowwood Four hillside lots with great views. Close to Cherokee and The Abaco Club on W inding Bay. 1180 Jaffa Fabulous three story home in The Great Abaco Club at The Abaco Beach Resort Dock your yacht at your back door 1272 Bahama Palm Shores Beachfront lot.100 feet on spectacular beach. 1307 Great Cistern 5 acre Prime waterfront property ideal for private estate or small development. Of fers a small beach and elevations of 50+. 1312 Summerwind Great buy on a 2/2 home with beach access on bay and ocean side. V iews of bay and ocean. 1299 Bahama Palm Shores interior lots. All lots have beach access Currently starting at $25,000. website: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com website: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com website: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com website: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com website: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comMembers of Abaco MLS Please call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco. Ph: 242-367-0080 Fax: 242-367-0081email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com website : www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Kristin Williams ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SALE________________________________________________________________________ Ph. (242) 367-3186 Fax (242) 367-3469 E-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bs 15% OFF ALL SMALL APPLIANCES BBQ Grills Blenders Bread Makers Cooking Pots Can Openers Coffee Makers Electric Buffet Ranges Electric Kettles Electric Knives Food Processors Microwaves Espresso Maker Hand Mixers Irons Juice Extractors Rice Cookers Slow Cookers Toasters Vacuums DISHWASHERS DRYERS FREEZERS FRIDGES THIN TWIN COMBOS STOVES WASHERS 3 0% OFF all unassembled Furniture & Filing Cabinets WATER COOLERS RANGE HOODS Extended to January 31, 2007a great success and the organizers raised over $2200. The family of the patient wanted to thank the community for its support.Road Accident Between Two ResidentsTroy Sands and Jeff Williams were involved in a road accident around one of the many curves of the Cherokee road just before Christmas. Neither driver was seriously injured but Troys truck rolled over and was completely demolished. Troys mother is often riding in the passengers seat, but luckily that day she stayed at home.Road Barriers ReturnTo protect our school children during school hours road barriers have been placed across the roadway to make drivers aware that children are playing. Please observe these road barriers and take another route from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. while the children are in school. If you must have access through the road and move the barriers, please return them when you are finished. Remember our children are our most important assets.Watch out for Lady DriversThis is one of our newest drivers on the Cherokee inroads. Mariah Sawyer is just learning and, of course, does not yet know all the rules of the road. Therefore, we ask you to keep an eye out for these new underpowered vehicles on our roads and please do not exceed the 10 mph speed limit within the settlement. We thank you for your cooperation and our children thank you.Holiday CelebrationsThere were plenty of celebrations and parties over the holidays with it all starting the week before Christmas and finishing New Years Eve. After Santa handed out all the presents to the children on December 23, a crowd of about 250 persons were treated to soused pigs feet, soused chicken, curried mutton and curried chicken. A very happy recipient was heard to exclaim as he walked out of sight, Soused pigs feet and homemade Johnny cake, it dont get any better than this. It sounds as if hes no Scrooge and had a very Merry Christmas. The tree was big and beautiful, the fireworks display was spectacular and the shenanigans of the pranksters were kept to a minimum. Personally, in over 20 years I have never seen a more magnificent fireworks show in Cherokee, and all privately donated. But I hear from reliable sources that ours was nothing compared to the display in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. But then there has always been a little friendly rivalry between the two settlements plus a whole lot of exaggeration. New Years Eve saw 16 Guy Fawkes (some of them were personalized) propped up to burn, and afterwards there was a hot grill in the school yard to cook your steak on with all the side dishes supplied by the ladies of Cherokee. This is a first for the settlement. Before, many private parties were going on around the South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 2 A young driver enjoys the new vehicle she received for Christmas. She is sharing the road with regular traffic. place, but this year it was decided it would be more fun to bring everyone together for one big bash. As far as I know, there was no serious misbehaving and the fireworks went on till after 2 a.m. And, of course, the canon was set off at midnight, shaking all those who didnt come right out of their beds. However, some of the big bangers this year were really loud and very impressive. Anyway, Cherokee has survived another year and there is a brand new year ahead of us with lots of new and exciting things yet to come.Hope Town SettlementNew Ocean View Cottage for Sale by Owner 3 Bedroom/2 Bath + Office 200 Feet to Beautiful Beach Steps to Shops, Restaurants & Public Dock Carefully Engineered for Super-Low Maintenance Exposed Cedar Beam Cathedral Ceiling Open Plan Living/Dining/Kitchen 1400 SF Living Space 700 SF Porches & Decks Kitchen & Bath Finish Options Available Optional Finish with Additional Bedroom & Bath and/or Workshop Starting at $875,000 Tel: 242-366-0590/617-500-4157 Email: jerryw1030@yahoo.com Brokers Protected at 3%

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 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 atThis large lot is situated in a very nice neighbourhood and is very reasonably priced, with much to offer. Approx 9,000 sq. feet this ideal family lot backs onto the golf course. Perfect for the single family home. All utilities are already in place. Must see to appreciate value! 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! 2 bed 2 bath, one storey home with canal frontage. Hardy panel exterior, concrete base, Very well constructed. The interior needs to be completed to new the owners specifications. 10ft ceilings, large walk-in master closet. Decking out back, very private. Brand new, never lived in. This is the Bone Fishing Capital of Abaco #3338 $385,000Casuarina PointNEW 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 #3339 $45,000Treasure Cay LotCall 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, RealtorNOW 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 $375,000Villa San Paulo is a spacious, beautiful, 3 bed, 2 bath villa w/ wide, covered decks, ideal for entertaining just 20 ft from the sea. Includes a beautiful 27 ft sea front swimming pool edging the sea w/ a cabana at one end, stunning views. $1,600,000

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Page 6 B The Abaconian January 15, 2007 Royal Palm 3 BR, 3 BA furnished $553,500 SOLD 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 Razzall House, Treasure Cay Beach 4BR, 3BA Ocean front, fully furnished with excellent rental history. $1,735,000 Brigantine Bay canal Lot $365,000 SOLD 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 22, 23, 24, 25 $834,949 UNDER CONTRACT Anchorage Estates Lots 29 $691,642 UNDER CONTRACT Anchorage Estates Lots 21 and 30 SOLD Canal Lot 8 Block 198 Galleon Bay Drive $310,000 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 15, 2007 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, Marsh Harbour now boasts several discount stores including Price Busters, All Sorts Discount and Kalebs. What was their Christmas business like when it is a well known fact that Abaconians go to Florida for shopping? But not everyone on Abaco goes to Florida as the comments from shopkeepers show. It was the first Christmas for Kalebs which opened last May. That shop offers the most merchandise. From household goods, cosmetics, party supplies, tools, china to cleanup products, shoes, even under garments and old movies, there are too many items to list and all the prices are a bargain. Owner Anthony Roberts said that Christmas business was four times more than usual, the most popular items being toys and curtains. Besides buying toys for the children, people like to make their house nice for the holidays. At Price Busters, the first of the discount stores to open in our town, Mr. Jerry Wisdom is already getting ready for Valentines Day. Yes, he said, business was good. We sold at least 10 to 20 percent more than last year. We had more toys this year. Toys and gift items were the best sellers.Discount Stores Pleased with Christmas SeasonIf you patronized Kentucky Fried Chicken the week before Christmas, you must have noticed the pretty colored fourwheeled toys and bikes displayed in front of the neighboring store, Marsh Harbour Electronics. Well, they are all gone said the store attendant, We did very well with the toys, even if our shipment arrived a little too late. she said. We only order toys for Christmas and well soon be putting TVs and other electronic equipment back on the shelves. The owner of All Sorts Discount, Mrs. Portia Johnson, was out of town when this survey was done, but as a patron who bought toys there and from conversations with Mrs. Johnson prior to Christmas, we know that the shop did very well with the toys. So instead of fighting the Christmas crowds in Florida, why not buy local? There might not be as much choice yet, but it is coming. Shopping here for toys can be done in a more leisurely way. Carrying cumbersome parcels on small planes can be a stressing adventure, made even more so by having to pay for extra weight freight and duty upon arrival. By Samantha V. Evans After having several months with only a temporary manager, the Teachers and Salaried Workers Union now has a new manager, Mrs. Hadassah Marche, whose stay appears to be a permanent one. She began her post here on December 1st, 2006. She has been employed with this Union for the past five years and enjoys her work thoroughly. She got her training at the Freeport Branch where she had an opportunity to work in all areas except management. The past five years have been extremely interesting and has shaped her for this current post. She obtained her formal education at the College of the Bahamas in management. She has always had an interest in the business field. She grew up in a family where her mother was an entrepreneur which has helped to strengthen her skills. She is happy to have an opportunity to manage this branch. She has moved to Abaco along with her husband and young son. She would like to see this Abaco branch grow in many areas. She has several goals for the branch including getting young adults more interested in saving at an early age, promoting the different services that they offer and getting involved in and sponsoring youth-oriented programs in the community. 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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 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, beach 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 15th ,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 Mailin .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 15, 2007 Abaco Real Estate Agency Abacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyTelephone : (242) 367-2719 GUANA CAY GUANA BEACH FRONTLarge beach front lot 300 yards NE of Nippers $525,000 gross2 / 2 HOUSE IN SETTLEMENTGreat location 150 yards to beach next to Batelco & School, 21,000+ lot nice 2 / 2 house, $585,000 grossMALONE HOME3 bedroom 3 bathroom home 50,730 sq. ft. lot with 130 ft of protected waterfront. Located on the water between the settlement & Blue Water Grill. Generator house w/ standby generator and r/o water system. Must be seen to be appreciated. By appointment only. B$2,150,000 New Exclusive Interior lots 92B & 93A side-byside 21,500 sq. ft. each, good elevation, Great views, Dock access, only 200 to Sea of Abaco $270,000 each HARB. VIEW HAVEN & SUNRISE COTTAGE Top floor; 2 Bd w/ Queen Beds, 1 bath, one single room with futon, kitchen, living room, dining room, balcony. One single unit, 1 bd, 1 bath & futon. Central A/ C, T.V. Satellite, VCR, & CD Player, Ground floor; 1 bd w/ Queen bed, 1 bath, ground floor office, Cistern 48,000 gallon.SUNRISE COTTAGE1 Bd 1 bath, fully equipped kitchen, Central A/C., Satellite TV., CD Player Exclusive Listing View by appointment only : B$1,500,000 ,3 VACANT LOTS Located in settlement next to Batelco 1) 8251 sq. ft. 2) 7922 sq. ft. $160,000 each 3) 7593 sq. ft.HOPE TOWN / LUBBERS LUBBERS2 acres 115 waterfront $600,000 grossNew Abaco Ocean ClubLUBBERS Lots 39 & 40 $99,000 gross eachCHEROKEE WATCHING BAY, CHEROKEENew Subdivision, limited number of investor lots available. Interior lots from $50,000 Ocean view lots from $190,000 grossYELLOW WOOD CREEK1.17 Acre Hilltop lot Winding Bay Oceanviews $300,000 GrossSOUTH ABACO OLD KERR2 miles south of Bahama Palm Shores 10.8 acres, Great elevations $165,000 grossBAHAMA PALM SHORES 4 Interior lots from $25,000 MARSH HARBOUR REGATTAS OF ABACO3 2/2 fully furnished Units 203, 302, & 303 $315,000 eachSOUTH-WIND PELICAN SHORES34,385 sq. ft. with 175 on the road and 40 on the water (duck pond) with a very private protected dock. 1960s style 3/2 house and small guest cottage. This property has great potential in exclusive and much desired Pelican Shores. B$809,000 grossSUNRISE BAYNew Exclusive Harbour views, gated community, private marina slips available for purchase, Lot 35 7803 sq. ft. $175,000 only 6 lots remain in this beautiful subdivision from $184,000BAHAMA CORAL ISLANDNew Exclusive 11 Residential lots Priced from $10,000 to $17,000SWEETINGS VILLAGENew Exclusive Commercial with plan for 14 Town houses on 41,000 sq. ft. of corner property $198,000 4 residential lots available from $55,000Contact 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.comLONG BEACHBeach Front lot 13 $245,000 Lots 402 & 403 $155,000 each Lot 73 $29,500, Lot 126 $35,900 Lot 316 & 418 $50,000 each Lot 408 & 409 -$102,000 each, $185,000 for both CONTACT : BILL THOMPSON : 242-367-2719Guana Cay Exclusive 1 VACANT LOT NEW PRICE 10,400+ sq. ft.lot with great views, near Boat Harbour $125,000P.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 l Fax: (242) 367-2359 GUANA CAY New Exclusive Listing SEA SHORE VILLAS Guana Cay3 Town Houses; 2 B, 1.5 bath, Living & Dining room, full kitchen, tv, vcr, cd player, satellite, all central a/c, pool, deck & Gazebo. Fully furnished. l Gift Shop l Laundry l Storage l Marina, Exclusive Listing View by Appointment only. B$2,900,000MARSH HARBOUR EASTERN SHORESLOOKOUT HOUSE 3 bed 2 bath on exclusive Eastern Shores. This 1700 sq. ft. house is situated on 32,500 sq. ft. of Sea-to-Sea property, lush landscaping, wonderful views, of Man-O-War & Scotland Cay to the North & Sugar Loaf Cay /Lubbers to the South.. Private dock with boat lift, Central AC, Ceiling fans, Free standing fireplace. New Price $1,575,000 Visit Our Website www.abacobahamas.com15th January, 2007 North Abaco NewsNorth Abaco NewsBy Vernique RussellCoconuts ReopensLocated opposite of the main entrance of Treasure Cay is the unique restaurant Coconutts. After being closed for a few months for what is referred to as the off season, Coconutts has reopened its door and once again customers can enjoy scrumptious meals. Coconutts Restaurant offers a variety of Bahamian, American and Italian dishes with a special twist that adds a unique and unforgettable flavor. Owner Jarrod Cooper extends a special welcome to the community of Abaco to dine at Coconutts.Happy ChristeningLittle Prince Malachi Ayden Russell was dedicated/christened on December 17. The christening took place at Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay, officiated by Rev. Stafford Symonette. Proud parents of Prince Malachi, Mr. and Mrs. Vito Russell, treated family and friends to a beautiful lunch reception at the residence of grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Russell in Dormy Villas.Caf La Florence is OpenIts open, folks! Caf La Florence has opened its door in Marsh Harbour, you heard me correctly. You can now indulge in scrumptious and tasty meals hot from the kitchen or freshly baked bread and cinnamon rolls along with other freshly baked assorted cakes and cookies from the bakery. So if your in the Marsh Harbour area, stop by Caf La Florence, located in the yellow and white plaza adjacent to the Fire Station. Caf La Florence officially opened on December 23,2006 with an evening reception for its guests.Band Practice ResumesCalling all members of the Treasure Cay Community Marching Band to the practice site for a special meeting on January 20th at 12 noon. Band practice will resume at this time. Vacation is over and its time to By Vernique Russell One would surely assume, after years of being poorly spoken about in newspapers both locally and internationally, that service granted by the national flag carrier would have improved by now. While there are visible improvements at Bahamasair, my recent experience left me crying I get do right in. During the holiday break a friend and I traveled to Nassau for Junkanoo and all the other Christmas festivities. While the trip was quite successful, it was dampened on Friday, December 29th, when we arrived at the airport to return home. Upon arrival to the airport we learnt that the flight was oversold, and we would not be able to get on a flight until the following Tuesday. Talk about devastating and brutally cruel! I was crushed. After spending a week in Nassau already, I was ready to come home. However, my day only got worse when I asked the lady at the counter if they were paying for accommodations and meals until I left. She responded so kindly NO. In fact, I can still hear that response echoing through my ears. What am I supposed to do now? I wondered. Almost broke, cant get home and extremely devastated! Bahamasair do me right in! I definitely couldnt sit and cry and my chance to catch the fast ferry was gone for the boat had already sailed for Abaco. On Tuesday, after being confirmed again for a seat on the flight, I returned to the airport only to learn once again that there was no vacancy for me on the flight. If I had I checked in late, I wouldnt have minded. But I was at the airport on both occasions at 12:30 p.m. for the 3:45 p.m. flight on the 29th and the 6 p.m. on the 2nd and was turned away. Finally, I was able to secure a seat on Bahamasair on Friday January 5th, 2007, one week later that originally planned. Bahamasair MUST improve its services! It is wrong to leave people stranded without any assistance. How long will this problem continue to exist? I guess as soon as we get another carrier of the same size to provide services between Nassau and Abaco we will be faced with this dilemma. Yes, sir, Bahamasair do me right in! get serious and back to work. If youre interested in joining the Treasure Cay Community Band, a special invitation is extended to you to come to the St. Simon by the Sea Church on Saturdays from 10-2 weekly for practice. Bahamasair do me right inCentral Abaco Has New Street SignsBy Mirella Santillo After the Community Disaster Management Workshop that took place last fall, a committee of volunteers was formed, the Abaco Volunteer Interaction Team (AVIT), to help the communities of Central Abaco with preparing for a disaster and dealing with the aftermath. As a starting project, the committee was charged by the organizers of the workshop with the task of erecting six street signs. The team was given the money which was handed to the Administrator to see the project to completion. A week before Christmas, with the help of Mrs. G. Knowles, who coordinated the sign project with the Administrators office, and Mr. Roland Bevans at the Ministry of Works, six signs were erected in each community of Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town. Following up on that initiative, Dundas Town Committee had four more signs made. Mr. Augustine Williams confirmed that two signs are being made by the township. Shortly before the last local government elections, a resident of Murphy Town mentioned that one of the things she would like local government to do was the erection of street signs. Unfortunately, one year and a half later, there are still no new street signs in that township except for the ones just erected and one other privately erected. It was a concern of the organizers of the disaster workshop that in case of a major disaster for which outside help would be required, people would not know how to orient themselves without proper street names. 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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 B 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) Newly c onstructed 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 $317,900.15th January 2007UNDER CONTRACT"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 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. In Loving Memory of Sylvia Knowles Davis 1940-2002In his message, he encouraged his congregation not to get caught up in a date but to be happy that Jesus came so that we can face tomorrow. Too many times we forget Christ and focus on the gifts and everything else. It is important that, in spite of what the world says, we realize that there would be no Christmas without Christ. However, many persons are still so busy keeping up with the Jones that they forget about Christ. So just run your race at your own pace and do only what you can with what youve got. Pastor Cornish hoped that this Christmas will be a time well spend with your family and loved ones and not one that is spent comparing your gifts with that of others, he stated. He expressed that God wants all of us to have an abundant life now while we are on this earth and to be happy while here. It is not Gods plan for people to live with guilt and fear of a past life that haunts them, he explained. After we have lived an abundant, fulfilled life on this earth, all of us will spend eternity somewhere. Christmas Day is a day of celebration for a future that is secure. Let this Christmas Day be filled with peace on the earth and good will towards all men. ChurchFrom Page 1Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility Always in our hearts from Monaleata Knowles and grandchildren Lavargo Devonte Cardesha Giovanni Tamia including Famiy and Friends10th Annual Art Festival Abaco Beach Resort February 3-4

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Page 12 B The Abaconian January 15, 2007By Jennifer Hudson The Cancer Society of Abaco had a busy and successful year in 2006 promoting cancer awareness and providing assistance for cancer patients on Abaco. Airline tickets were provided by the Cancer Society for 20 patients seeking medical treatment abroad at a cost of $9,623 and $1,425 was donated towards defraying the cost of mammograms received by persons at the Auskell clinic. Twenty five dollars is donated towards the cost of each mammogram and 57 ladies took advantage of these subsidized mammograms. Three thousand dollars was sent to Nassau towards the care of patients at the Cancer Caring Centre. Half that amount was in honour of cancer patients still living and half in memory of those from Abaco who have passed on. Much of the money the Abaco Cancer Society donates for cancer care and prevention comes from money raised by its Thrift Shop which is run by a faithful group of volunteers. The shop is very popular with people who like to buy good quality items at bargain prices and is open two Saturday mornings each month. It is located in the Marsh Harbour library building and has recently doubled in size as it has been able to obtain the use of an additional room. The society is also grateful for donations it receives in memory of loved ones who have passed on and also from the community. Recently the Cancer Society of Abaco was presented with a cheque from the St. Francis de Sales School as a result of their Jeans Day and also a cheque from George Riviere, who made up the shortfall from the amount they were able to raise and present last year. Ricardo Miller, owner of the Island Pharmacy in Dove Plaza, makes frequent donations to the Cancer Society of money raised from donations he requests people make when they receive free testing in his store. In December a group of Girl Guides from Abaco Central High School sang Christmas Carols in the Abaco Shopping Centre on several different occasions which raised funds for the Cancer Society. Normally each year cancer screening clinics for both women and men are held in Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town and, whenever possible, Moores Island. However, in 2006 the cancer screening clinics were not held on Abaco nor in Nassau for various reasons though they may be resumed next year. Pap smears are done regularly throughout the year at the Government Clinic so no one needs go without being screened. A radio talk was held on Radio Abaco in October in connection with Cancer Awareness Month when Hugh Cottis and Marjolein Scott, President and Secretary of the Cancer Society, spoke on cancer awareness and answered questions. Dr. Sue Fairclough, physician at the Auskell Clinic, was also a member of the panel. Leaflets on cancer prevention were distributed throughout the town. Hugh Cottis gave a talk on cancer prevention to the Rotary Club in November and passed out literature there. Monthly meetings of society volunteers are held. Some additional facts and figures of how the Cancer Society of Abaco has assisted the community since 2000: 62 patients have been helped at a cost of $39,000 14 free clinics at a cost of $5,317 571 women screened for breast and cervical cancer $42,000 was contributed to the CancerThe Cancer Society of Abacos Year in Review Caring Centre in Nassau $I,000 has subsidized the cost of mammograms The Cancer Society of Abaco wishes to thank the community for its help. Donations of good quality, clean clothing and household items for the Thrift Shop are always welcome. Call 367-3744 or take to Brass and Leather Shop in the Abaco Shopping Centre in Marsh Harbour. Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Its Thrift Shop Call 367-3744 for info These offerings are subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without noticewww.bahamasrealty.bsemail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs I Tel 242-367-3262 I Fax 242-367-3260 YOUR FIRST CHOICE IN BAHAMIAN REAL ESTATE GUANA CAY GUANA CAY LYNARD CAYCROSSING ROCKSBAKERS HEIGHTS CASUARINA POINTGUANA CAY BAHAMA PALM SHORES TREASURE CAY BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA PALM SHORES PELICAN SHORESMARSH HARBOURBUSTIC BIGHT OFFICES IN OFFICES IN OFFICES IN OFFICES IN OFFICES INAbaco Nassau Exuma Eleuthera Long Island Harbour Island #10181: 3bd/2bths : $375,000This super home is nestled in the heart of the settlement, surrounded by lush specimen foliage, a winter garden and well maintained lawns. Panoramic views are enjoyed from the widows walk and porches.#10350: 2bd/1bth : $160,000Situated in the heart of the settlement, this cottage presents a multitude of opportunities for the imaginative buyer. Could transition well into a vacation or rental cottage. Steps away from ferry dock.#9297: Acreage : Serious InquiriesBordering the Sea of Abaco with Atlantic to the east, this expansive parcel boasts 77 fabulous acres, includes high elevations, dense native coppice, numerous coconut palm trees and white sand beaches.#9510: Residential Lots: $160,000Greenland Bay. Gorgeous, unspoiled beach front, dazzling white sand, rolling grassland interior. Parcels encompass 100 to 200 ft on the beach. Only one parcel may be sold in each instance at above starting price.#562105: Acreage : $1,360,000Prime development property located 11 miles north of Marsh Harbour on Queens higway. Features wooded rolling terrain with hills of up to 30 in elevation. Great potential for development.#562299: 3bd/2bths : $359,000Bright and sunny, sturdy concrete family home, just steps from the beach. 1,472 s.f. of living space, tile floors, crown molding. Perfectly suited for family or retirement home.#562031: Residential Lot : $395,000NEW! Gorgeous Atlantic Ocean front home site. Located adjacent to the Orchid Bay development with elevated rocky shore and beach. Densely vegetated with natural coppice and native trees.#10202: Acreage : $350,000Gorgeous, generously-sized home site on Eight Mile Bay beach. Approx. .85 acres of nicely elevated land thickly treed with native hardwoods and coconut palms. Wonderful views, wide sugar sand beaches.#562353: Residential Lot: $85,000Lovely, oversized multi-family residential lot in popular Anchorage Estates. Close to beaches and all amenities the resort and community offer. Invest in the future!#9935: Residential Lot: $24,000Lovely, homesite of approx. 10,000 sq.ft. with high elevation and views of the sea on the west of Abaco and the South side. Conveniently located just 3 miles north of Marsh Harbour.#562174: Acreage: $1,500,000Green Cay is a nature lovers paradise. Situated just 1/2 mile off the west coast of Great Abaco Island. Perfectly suited for private retreat, bonefishing resort, etc.#562133: 3bd/2bths: $347,000Fully furnished, with all new appliances and cabinets. Ideally located on quiet road, but close to Marsh Harbour. Excellent investment for rental or family home.#8928: 4bd/2bths : $422,000Secluded home, located directly across the lane from Eight Mile Bay and its gorgeous beach. Rooftop deck enjoys the best views of the area. Room to expand and add personal touch.#562332: 3bd/3bths : Executive RentalSpacious family home located on prestigious Pelican Shores. Long term lease only, references, first, last and security required. Lease pricing on request. UNDER CONTRACT NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACT NEW PRICE15 Jan 07

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January 15, 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! D D u u p p u u c c h h R R e e a a l l E E s s t t a a t t e e 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 LUBBERS QUARTERS Own a peice of paradise. Vacant lot that is on beatuiful, secluded Lubbers Quarters. Price $48,000 15 January 07 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 TREASURE CAYNice elevated lot in the beautiful development of Treasure Cay. Offering golfing, boating, deep-sea fishing, flat fishing and much more #13551Price: $90,000 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 SHORESThree bedroom, three bath, two storey home. Open concept beachside living on a spectacular Atlantic ocean lot. #13552 Price: $699,000 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 beds, 2 baths on a corner lot, 90x150. Enclosed & landscaped property with secluded garden area. #2837 Price: $350,000 NEW LISTING 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

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Page 14 B The Abaconian January 15, 2007 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. 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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 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 By Jennifer Hudson. Twenty-year-old Whitney McIntosh is an excellent role model for the young people of today, especially the girls. Whitney, who graduated from Abaco Central High School in 2003, is now a pilot. Getting to where she is today has not been an easy road for her, but Whitneys message to young people is,You can always achieve your goals; if you really want it, you can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. Whitneys keen interest in aviation began at a very early age. Her mother, Katheran Adderley, was a ticket agent and also a taxi driver, both of which led her to spend much time at the airport, and Whitney often had to go along with her. She loved to just be around planes and watch them taking off and landing. This fascination grew into an obsession. Whitney began hands on experience with Robbie Nixon of Cherokee Air and Edrick Symonette of Abaco Air at 14 years. Unable to come up with the $40,000 necessary for flight training upon graduation from school, Whitney went to work as Manager of the Internet Caf. After a while the company transferred her to Nassau where she began taking a Business Management Course at the College of the Bahamas. She finally achieved her goal of attending Flight School at 19 years and received her training with Airborne Systems at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. I was the only girl who had attended the school for many years and studied along with 10 guys, Whitney proudly says. She finished Flight School with her single and multi private and single and multi commercial license. A short time after graduation she was happy to be given the chance to get into the air with Cherokee Air with whom she has been flying for two months. Her routes are mainly to Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Nassau and Eleuthera. She flies the nine-seater Caravan and six-seater Aztec. Whitney flies about four to five hours a day and is still building time which means that she must have an experienced captain in the co-pilots seat. She has 300 more hours to accumulate before returning to Flight School for more training. After a practical test she will then be qualified to fly without a co-pilot. When asked if she had ever experienced a flight when something had gone wrong, Whitney told me of one occasion when she was still in training and was flying as copilot.The plane was returning from Cap Haitian when they lost their right engine and had to land in Exuma. Whitney said that she felt very calm and reassured the passengers who were understandably upset when they saw fire on the wing. One lady was crying but, fortunately, Whitney was able to speak Creole and so was able to calm her down. We secured the right engine, went into a dive and the wind extinguished the fire, explained Whitney, who said that she has been described as having a very good nerve. Whitney is a young lady with many great aspirations. She would like to become an Airline Transport Pilot which would entitle her to fly Boeing 707 aircraft. She will have to wait a few more years for this as one must be 23 years of age. Yet another goal this magnanimous young lady would like to fulfill is to start safe homes for young women who need help. I would like to provide somewhere where young women can have someone to confide in without being gossiped about and where they can be encouraged to be their best, says Whitney. I know how difficult it is for young girls growing up on Abaco. Many young women are confused and narrow-minded but need to be made to see that they do not have to follow the same pattern as their family has always done. My advice is to go away where you can learn respect for other people and cultures and, by widening your horizons, learn about yourself. Even though I was hindered by lack of finances, I went after my passion and proved that the sky is not the limit, enthuses Whitney. She credits her strong belief in God, the support of her church, Change Ministries, that reaches out to young people and the encouragement of her mother and her boyfriend for helping her get where she is today, It is her desire to encourage other young women to be the best that they can be.ACH Graduate Earns Pilots Wings Whitney McIntosh

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 B 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 Cathy Pinder of Marsh Harbour and her children found a bottle with a message on a beach about 20 miles south of Marsh Harbour. She is shown here with Kylie, Katie and Brady looking at the bottle. The bottle had to be smashed to retrieve the message which was put in the water on February 7, 2006. By the ships position they gave, 16.55 N and 48.35 W, they were in the Atlantic far east of the Lesser Antilles. The bottle was thrown off a 47-foot catamaran with four crew members. Inside the bottle were 10 Euro (dollars) and two cigarettes along with the message. The message contained an email address that the Pinders intend to contact. Beachcombers Find Message in a Bottle Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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Page 16 B The Abaconian January 15, 2007 Basketball Association Receives DonationBy Jennifer Hudson Recently Cay Mills was presented a cheque for the Abaco Basketball Association for $10,000 by Mr. Edward Divita, Senior Vice President of the Discovery Land Company and Bakers Bay Development. I am very grateful to Mr. Divita for making this donation, especially when he had been told that I had no interest in continuing after 25 years of service in the league. I was moving away from basketball as there is a group of guys trying to run the league. The league should have been back opening again from the first of October but though the group who wanted to succeed me are doing a lot of talking, after five meetings which I called by radio and telephone to try to move the league forward, they have not showed up, said Mr. Mills. Cay Mills thanked Mr. Divita for the confidence he has displayed in him and promised to start the basketball league up again in January. He would like to thank Bakers Bay on behalf of the Abaco Basketball Association for their continued support of basketball, the people of Abaco and the youth who are the future of our country. The cheque will be used towards fixing up the basketball facilities, paying outstanding bills and travel expenditure during the season, he stated. Mr. Mills said that although he had wanted someone else to take over the leadership, he will now be coming back to basketball. The players on the police team from Nassau encouraged him to continue and told him that he would be crazy to walk away from the game. They were impressed with how well behaved the crowds are at Abaco Basketball Association events. According to Mr. Mills, the players said that they were not going to play if he did not remain in the leadership role. If you love the game, you will continue, he replied. What really touched his heart and helped him decide to continue was when the kids cried on the last night of the basketball championship, and he received phone calls from kids who play basketball saying, We have nothing to do evenings or weekends now. Approximately 200 fans turn out to watch each game. Last year there were ten teams in the Abaco Basketball Association which involved 120 players. This was the first time Abaco had more teams than any other basketball league in the country, said Cay. We have won the Bahamas Basketball Federation five times in the past six years with three different teams but still get no help from the Ministry of Youth and Sports nor are any players ever invited to represent the Bahamas in overseas play, he lamented. Mr. Edward Divita of Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club presented a check to Cay Mills representing the Abaco Basketball Association. It will be used to fix basketball facilities and for travel expense. Sports NewsKarate Students Will CompeteBy Julian Lockhart Students at the Abaco Karate Academy will embark on four tournament journeys starting on January 20th on Grand Bahama which could lead to their qualifying for the Pan American Games in 2008. A number of Sensei Churton Tootes students will be competing at the Sensei Joye Ritchie-Greene Freeport Tournament, and depending on how Please see Sports Page 17

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 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. 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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 they do in this tournament and three others will determine whether they qualify for the Pan Am Games. This is the first tournament of the year and Sensei Toote said he is expecting big things from his dojo this year. Sensei Toote said, This tournament is very important to me because not only are we going to this tournament, but they are preparing for an event in July. If they are successful in this tournament and the tournaments to come, they will have a free ride going to the Pan American Games. They will qualify for the Pan American Games through these tournaments. I think we will see improvement and I see it already. Once the kids ask you questions, it is helpful. I feel about six will qualify but there could easily be more, he added. One of Abacos brightest prodigies is Sensei Agatha Curry, who at 16 has already been a black belt for almost two years. She is looking for a break-out year in 2007, starting with the tournament in Grand Bahama. She is also one of the top candidates to qualify for the Pan American Games. She is currently a 12th grade student at Abaco Central High School and wants to continue fighting and competing after she graduates. She feels qualifying for the Pan Am Games can be the launching pad for her. Sensei Curry said, I want to finish in first place, not mess up on my katas and just do the best I can. I have been training very hard and practicing on a new and better kata. I see myself qualifying for Pan American Games because after I graduate from school it will help me be better and go farther in karate. Karate is very important in me and I think I will qualify, Ms. Curry added. The Abaco Karate Academy is growing fast but Sensei Toote said they need community support in order to compete at the highest level. Sensei Toote said, What our aim is this year is to find sponsors; we need sponsors badly. That will be one of my main things this year. For most of the kids their parents dont have that kind of funding, but they have the talent. I want to embrace that talent and give them the opportunities. Hopefully, with sponsorships we can send more kids to tournaments. This program is working because it helps the kids become more occupied and our main objective is to give kids something to work for, Sensei Toote concluded. SportsFrom Page 16

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Page 18 B The Abaconian January 15, 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 Abaco Central HighStudents Will Raise ChickensBy Mirella Santillo On January 4th approximately 20 Abaco Central High School students from grade 9 to 12 attended a presentation on raising and maintaining healthy chickens. The introduction was made by the Principal, who stressed the importance of agriculture, not only as a means to make money, but as a service to help ones country to be self -sufficient. Lately a revival of agriculture has become part of the agenda of many government schools. So it does not come as a surprise that the new Principal of Abaco Central High School, Mr. Kendris Hield, dedicated a portion of unused grounds behind the school to agricultural projects. It is unfortunate that a country has to import these things (food items), he said. I want to raise your interest in agriculture, get some of you involved, even passionate about it. He announced his intention to have a full agricultural program not only with produce and chickens but also with goats and pigs by the beginning of the next school year. The training session was organized with the help of Rev. Kenneth Knowles, who explained how he got into chicken farming because of his wifes health. Having grown up with chickens running around the yard as a boy when chicken was a delicacy eaten once a week on Sunday, he decided to build a coop and raise chickens for meat and eggs for his familys consumption. Raising his own chickens assures him of the freshness of the eggs and the wholesomeness of the feed he gives them: no hormones or growth injections. He feeds his chicken a lot of grain and oyster shells for strong eggs. He reminded the students that they have to have interest and dedication. You must be willing to discipline yourselves into caring for your animals, in this case your chickens. Chickens are lovable birds. They are good companions. To prove his point, he brought with him some of his pet chickens: a oneweek-old baby chick Broiler, an eightmonth old chicken of the same species, a white female pigeon, that lays eggs, a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Golden Lace hen, that students were invited to hold. Mr. Knowles explained in detail the laying cycle of a hen, laying for 21 days, incubating for 21 days, feeding the chicks for another 21 days and laying again. He offered his hopes that perhaps soon, Abaco Central could provide the local stores with chicken. The seminar ended with a visit to the proposed grounds and coop that is nearly complete. Mr. Knowles made a few suggestions to make sure that the five chicks, the rooster and hen that he will donate the school have the proper housing. Students from grade 7 to grade 12 will be able to take agriculture as an elective subject under the expertise of Ms. Ingrid Gray, agriculture teacher, and Mr. Jack Hardy, planting consultant, advising students where and when to plant. School News Please see School Page 19 Students of Abaco Central High School are preparing to raise chickens. They are looking at a run-down chicken coop on the campus that will require repairing. Grade 6 students of Central Abaco Primary School proudly display T-shirts that they have tie-dyed. Mrs. Martha Smith has worked with the students and taught them several crafts.

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 B ... 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 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020Mammograms OfferedFor Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Michael Caplia Optometrist January 17, 2007 Dr. K.J.A. Rodgers Opthalmologist January 17, 2007 Dr. Duranda Ash Opthamologist January 25, 2007 Dr. Daniel Johnson Podiatrist January 25, 2007 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea January 25, 2007 Dr. Rosetta Ingraham, Dermatologist January 27, 2007 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) January 27, 2007Come Visit OurHealth FairJanuary 26 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Healthy Eating and Living Weight Control Happy HeartHypertension ClinicBlood Pressure Checks Cholesterol ChecksSuper Sugar?Diabetes Clinic Blood Sugar Check Mental Health Eye Screening 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 COCentral Abaco PrimaryStudents Learn to Tie and DyeBy Samantha V. Evans Grade six students of Central Abaco Primary School got another opportunity to learn a skill that can earn them money later in life. They learned to tie-dye. Mrs. Martha Smith ended her craft sessions with these students by teaching them how to tie and dye beginning in December of 2006. The students bought white t-shirts and Mrs. Smith bought the dye. She explained to them how to knot the t-shirts to create the desired design. She told them that each design will be original and would not be able to be duplicated by them or anyone else. That is one of the beauties of this type of design. The process of knotting the t-shirts took about a half hour per class. Both students and teachers were excited and very enthusiastic as the project got underway. Due to exams and other activities, they were unable to dye the t-shirts before the end of the first school term in December but finally got this process done on January 4th, 2007, when Mrs. Smith returned to walk them through the dying process. She stated that this process usually doesnt take long. But because there were over 50 students and they had limited containers for dying, it took about two class periods to complete. Once the t-shirts were dyed, the students laid them across the railings at the back of the school to dry. Thanks to the sunshine that day, the drying process took about an hour. When the t-shirts were dry, they were pressed to set the dye into the shirts. The students will use the tshirts for their Social Studies project the Election Process. The t-shirts were dyed two different colors to differentiate the two political parties.St. Francis de SalesCandidate for Whos Who Is NamedBy Samantha V. Evans It is that time again when primary schools across the Bahamas name their candidates for the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation Whos Who in Primary Award Program 2007. St. Francis de Sales has named Aisha Z. Jones, a sixth grade student, as its candidate. The grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Olive Simon, stated that she made a selection based on a number of areas including academics and personality. But what made her decision final was when she asked all of her students to bring in their portfolio, Aishas really impressed her. The principal, Mrs. J. Kumar, is very excited about this candidate and believes that she will do very well. Aisha has strong academics, is very involved in extra curricular activities and is a school prefect. She has an outgoing, friendly personality and presents herself with class and grace. She is not afraid to speak (or sing) in public and has done so at her school many times. She is well rounded and a pleasure to be around. All of the candidates have a list of criteria to meet including writing a 400-word essay on My Vision for a Better Bahamas. Each stuMore School News SchoolFrom Page 18 These students are tying their T-shirts preparatory to dyeing them. Please see School Page 23

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Page 20 B The Abaconian January 15, 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 Corner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-22501.3 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 Cay By Julian Lockhart Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting, said the new National Health Plan bill is a gimmick the PLP are only using to hopefully get votes in the upcoming election as election 2007 is closing in. The National Health Plan Bill has passed the House of Assembly and the Senate, but it has not been Gazetted to this date. Until that time it will not become law. However, even if the bill becomes a law, it is up to the minister to enact the law and Mr. Sweeting doesnt think the Minister of Health and National Insurance, Dr. Bernard Nottage, will enact the law before or anytime after the next election. Mr. Sweeting said, I think this will backfire on them. Clause 14 in there basically almost saying if private individuals are carrying health insurance now, they are basically saying you cannot cancel that when you pick up the new one being proposed now. Every single individual I have talked to whether companies or private individuals today said there is no way they will drop their private insurance. Even though we need to improve more on our national health scheme. But the health careMP Robert Sweeting Has Health Plan Doubtsis out there, though not as much as we need. I will not prejudge them but certainly from all the people I have contacted, they feel it will not be a good plan. You will see people dropping out of private insurance like flies because they cannot afford to pay both. The Bahamas currently spends almost $200 million on health insurance each year. This number will most likely rise, with a higher percentage of each persons salary going to the National Health Plan. The salary ceiling to be taxed is $60,000 per annum and the bill is proposing for $5 to be taxed out of every $100. National Insurance already has problems consistently collecting monies on the Family Islands as well as from self-employed or fishermen and will have to spend even more money to put in place people who can go after these monies on a consistent basis. The new plan says it will take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. Mr. Sweeting said this is a bad idea because now it allows women to have as many children as possible because they will be taken care of. The new law was created for women to have more time off for maternity leave but added in the law was that the employer would only be responsible once every three years. This was done to discourage women from having children every year because of the added cost to the health system and the burden on the employer financially. Mr. Sweeting said, They talk about the cradle to the grave thing and any tax you bring on every class of society will have to pay. They put a ceiling on it at $60,000 of what percentage you pay on. Even retired people now will have to pay and government employees will have to contribute. It should be done in conjunction with private insurance companies. Government doesnt run organizations well and there is always a waste of tax payers money, Mr. Sweeting added. Abaco f aces a major illegal immigration problem that is a burden on the education and health systems, and the health system will be even more burdened by this new plan. Illegal immigrants will not have to pay towards the new National Health Plan, just like they are not currently paying towards National Insurance, but they will be entitled to health care in all government facilities. The burden on the health system and hospitals in the Bahamas most likely will get worse as the hospitals and clincs are already operating at 100 percent capacity. Mr. Sweeting said, There is no question that illegal immigrants will get free service. I think Bahamians dont take advantage of it enough because they go over to the clinics and the lines are so great. Fifty percent of the patients treated are illegal immigrants. We will bear the burden of their health care. That, I believe, is international law and certainly in the states interest. If you have immigrants there, whether illegal or legal, to see that they get care when they are here. The same thing with the educational system and that is something we are stuck with. They are also painting the picture that you can have as many children as you like because we will take care of them from cradle to the grave, Mr. Sweeting concluded.Let Your Voice Be HeardRegister to Vote Robert Sweeting MP

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January 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 B 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 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 APARTMENTSGuana 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 Hope Town Settlement New ocean view 3 bed/2 bath + office, 200 feet to beach. $875,000. Tel 242-366-0590/ 617-500-4157. 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. $579,000 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 Dundas Town efficiency apartment for rent, water, light and cable included. Ph. 367-2252 Dundas Town 3 b / 2 1/2 bath, partly furnished, washer, dryer, A/C, water included. Call 242361-5003, 557-5144, 436-7343 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 Great vacation home rental near Disney World FL. 3 bed/ 2 bath. Phone 863-852-5295 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 367-3021 Dundas Town hillside lot with ocean view, 27,060 sq. ft. and 20 ft. private access from main road.. Call 242-324-3916, 242-557-9282,, fax 242-393-9964 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 Guana Cay 2 bdrm 2 bath w/ Jack & Jill shower. Magnificent views of Atlantic Ocean and Sea of Abaco. Incredible sunsets. $375,000 net to seller Call Danny 404-256-9626 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 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 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 native himself, born and raised here, he stated that it was not always this way. People of Abaco are now very progressive. They know how to step up to the plate and look at ways to create wealth. This is as a result of the many infrastructures here and they are here without much government help, he explained. He can remember as a boy walking from Dundas Town to Spring City to go to school because at that time the only high school was located there. So, he is used to working hard for what he wants and is not afraid of getting his hands dirty. He wants to make it clear that there was a bus system available but it was not very reliable. It had limitations due to the limited mechanics on the island at that time. He had to walk on unpaved roads which made walking more difficult, but he made it. He can remember the student body from grades 9-12 protesting under the leadership of Jimmy Lowe, Carlton Delancy and others due to lack of proper bus transportation. This was the only high school they had because Abaco Central High School did not come along until 1986. He can remember the wife of Mr. Hugh Cottis challenging him to look outside of the box at the big world and learn more about what it had to offer outside of Abaco. She spoke to that part of him that at that time had not blossomed. She opened his eyes to a new world that he was now intrigued by and wanted to learn more about. This resulted eventually in his going away to college to study education to become a teacher. He realized that in order to achieve great things he needed his education. He has always been greatly involved in sports and as a result of this was invited to attend Government High School by Neville Wisdom to better his skills. This was an opportunity for him to get a scholarship, but when he got injured playing soccer, he lost his chance for a scholarship. When this happened, he took the academic route to to to college. After he got his degree, he worked with Local Government before joining the Ministry of Tourism in 1999. He stated that he ended up in Tourism by accident. He had no interest in Tourism but once was asked by the then Director General to apply; he later did. Since joining this ministry, he has learned a great deal about tourism. Even though it was not his intention to become a part of it, he is happy that he did. Achieving to him was not a challenge. He knew that he wanted to make a difference and he has had many opportunities to do that. He is thankful that his community helped to prepare him to achieve great things so that he can in turn help others succeed. He has worked at the Fort Lauderdale Tourism office and traveled a great deal to learn all sections of this market. He spent three weeks in Nassau prior to coming back home. He is looking forward to tapping into the new Abaco market. He sees Abaco as being at a critical point and is happy to be here during this time. He is looking forward to showing everyone how they contribute to the tourism economy. The former director left a great plan in place so all he has to do is to make that plan his. He has prepared a business plan of his own to assist him in making this office the best ever. He has made some changes to his area since taking office. The Green Turtle Cay office was closed down; he shuffled staff at his office around to be more effective; and lessened the out-of-office workers down to two. He has weekly meetings with staff and feels that they are appreciative of the changes made. He has a staff of eight females to one male, him. He is excited to be a part of this team and executing all of the new projects they have planned for 2007 and beyond. ried workers and not only teachers. She wants the youth of Abaco to plan ahead and start saving at a young age. She hopes that the Junior Cooperative League can be started in some of the high schools in Abaco which encourages students from grades 9 to start saving for their prom or a college education.D. Cornish Comes Home to Manage Tourism TourismFrom Page 1 ManagerFrom Page 7 Mr. Don Cornish

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Page 22 B The Abaconian January 15, 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 Souvenirs 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 Sunshine Trucking Services For All Your Trucking Needs Dump Truck Crane Fork Lift Pay LoaderPh: 367-4061 ll ll l Fax: 367-3668 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 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 Night 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 Church If you would like your church listed here, call 367-2677Listing Eastern Abaco Region ofThe Methodist ChurchSt. James MethodistHope Town Sunday Services 9:30 & 11 a.m. Mission House 366-0400Epworth ChapelCherokee Sound Sunday Services 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Mission House 366-2249 Cell 466-9090 Email: revshale@yahoo.comSt. Andrews MethodistDundas Town Sunday Services 11 a.m & 7 p.m. Office 367-3050 Manse 367-4647All are welcome to worship with us Rev. Dr. Stephen Hale, Circuit Ministerpreviously because the engineers had to go back to the drawing board. Once those amendments were agreed, then it was a matter of trying to integrate the new request into the scope of work that was needed and determine the budget that was needed to go back to cabinet for new approval, he added. Ministry of Works was trying to figure out if they would use sand and seal or asphalt surface for the new runway and AirportFrom Page 1 taxiway, and Mr. Cornish said they have leaned towards using sand and seal. There is nowhere in the 2006-2007 budget for the repairs and additions to the Marsh Harbour airport, but government can pull money from a number of different areas to reach the $10 million estimated cost. Mr. Cornish said he is not concerned about the promises; he is concerned about the delivery because it will happen. It is just a matter of when. Elections are slated for later this year and a number of projects throughout The Bahamas should start before elections. Abaco was pushed back because of work that needed to be done to the airports on Andros, Exuma and Long Island. They have been focusing on Andros, Exuma and Long Island because I know those airports needed major work. It has affected their tourism. It is affecting ours and always has affected ours with the safety issues in having a proper standard, said Mr. Cornish. The repairs to the airport in Long Island have set tourism back with the difficulties of planes flying in with all the construction work going on. Mr. Cornish said, The anxiety that I have in my capacity, without getting into the political thing, has to do with the industry. Whether or not the airport will be built in a time when there will be minimal disruption and that is the key. It would have been perfect for us in September or sometime prior to the end of February because our peak season starts the end of February into early March. It is going to be a virtual nightmare to have major works going on, but I am sure we will find a way to work around it.Revised Plans Are Completed for Airport

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January 15, 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. Job Vacancy Experienced Legal Secretary required by a Professional Service Firm in Grand Bahama. Must be proficient in MS Word/Excel and have a good knowledge of conveyancing/commercial work. Excellent communication and organizational skills necessary,together with the ability to work efficiently in a demanding and fast paced environment. Applicant should apply in writing and submit Resume to: The Office Manager P.O. Box AB-20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Janitress wanted Send resume to email address COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats25 Parker with 225 HP 4-stroke Yamaha, fully equipped, outriggers, depth finder. DUTY PAID. Call 365-6004 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 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 17 Boston Whaler commercial 70 HP Johnson, center console, DUTY PAID, repainted low hours, located at Lighthouse Marina, HT. Call 307-733-4009 2000 Ford Explorer XLT Excellent condition. $12,500 OBO Call 242-359-0081 05 Hyundi, Tiscon Owner leaving island. $22,500. Call 367-2804, 242-436-5082 LAW Japanese Used Parts. Offering used auto parts directly from Japan. Sentra (B13 & B 14), Civic, Accord, Corolla, Surf, Windom, Prelude and more. We currently have engines, transmissions, body parts, etc. Call Levon Major @ 242-364-4653 shop or 242-455-3632 cell 24 hours. BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE19.4 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. $75000 OBO Call Leo 802223-2808 23' Mako 140 HP Mercury, low hours. 15,000.00 Contact National Marine for details 367-2326 24' Limestone Diesel Express Cruiser 1987, diesel engine, 9'6" beam, 400 hours, Volvo engine HP230, outdrive Duopro, Stored on a lift, DUTY PAID. $32,000 Tel: 242-365-8715 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 Commercial stove, 6 burners, raised griddle, 2 ovens. $1200 Call Greg at 366-3503 Those interested in purchasing this CD please call Mark Gates at 366-0817 or 365-6306. Price $15 BUSINESS FOR SALERetail business for sale in Marsh Harbour. Number 1 location. Call 367-7653 for information Your Ad Could Be Here Call 367-3202 Diesel Engine MERCHANDISE dent has to prepare a portfolio containing all of his or her certificates, report cards and other accolades to the foundation. The award program is held in Nassau during the month of May. The Foundation is in its 11th year and looks forward to giving out more scholarships to students this year. Last year 30 scholarships were given to sixth graders across the BahaSchoolFrom Page 19 Excitement filled the air on the night of December 16. For the second consecutive year Santa Claus made a special stop at Peter and Priscilla Pinders house in Cove Estates. Kids from all over Marsh Harbour stopped by to see Jolly Old St. Nick. They received gifts from Santa, candy canes and Christmas pencils. Appetizers, desserts and drinks were handed out. The kids gave Santa their Christmas lists before saying goodnight.Santa Made a Special Visit mas to assist with high school fees. The winner receives a $5000 scholarship. Congratulations to Aisha Jones on being named the Whos Who in Primary School candidate for St. Francis de Sales Catholic School. Aidyn Elizabeth Driggers was born on November 28 to Matthew and Ashley Driggers. Her grandparents are Wade and Martha Cash and her uncle is Adam Cash. Birth AnnouncementBy Mirella Santillo A few months ago, a Marsh Harbour resident found a bottle on the beach of Bahama Palm Shores. In the bottle was a message written in French by three school children, dated December 18, 1997; it was decorated with balloons, little people and brightly colored parcels and signed, Adelyne, Aurelien, Franck. The address was Ecole Sainte Marie, LampaulPlouarzel. Marjolene and Ed Scott, who became recipient of the message, tried to contact someone in France without much luck. So during my last trip home, I went to the source of the message and here is the story. The village of Lampaul-Plouarzel is located at the very western tip of Brittany and like here, its inhabitants live with the sea. Most of the men are fishermen or sailors. The message found on Abaco was the result of the actions of one of these sailors, a man who had a dream of discovering new horizons involving in that dream the residents not only of his town, but of others in the area and creating an interaction between the people of Brittany and the people he met during a journey that took him and his friends for two years far away from home. That man was Patrick Cloatre, who with three other companions built a sailing boat that they baptized Fmur (in honor of a famous Swiss cartoonist). The boat building and the financing of the journey were community projects sponsored by some of the towns people and the idea was to stay in touch with them during the voyage through telecommunication and to involve them upon their return by showing them the multitude of photographs they had taken and reading them the boats log The children of various schools of the region were wrote messages that were put in bottles and placed on the vessel before her departure. These bottles were thrown over board at various points during the journey that took the boat to Brazil, the South Atlantic Ocean, the Maldives and the Antarctic. Most of the bottles were found and contact established with the little town of Lampaul Plouarzel. For the children who had written the messages, it was a live lesson in geography, teaching them about other parts of the world. For the sponsors (one of them a retirement home) and the town people, it was an adventure lived through someone else.Follow-up on a Message Found in a BottleSupport Citizens Against Crime Aisha Jones

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