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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 3, FEBRUARY 1st, 2007By Julian Lockhart The Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Leslie Miller, said that the new fishing regulations governing catch limits for foreigners have been a law since December 28th, 2006, and all islands throughout The Bahamas should be enforcing it. The new fishing regulations made to Regulation 48 of the Fisheries Regulations were put in place by the Progressive Liberal Party to monitor and control the amount of marine resources taken from Bahamian waters by foreigners, especially American sports fishermen. Minister Miller said, The new fisheries regulations became law as of the 28th of December, 2006. Yesterday in Parliament I again made the representation to show Parliament and all of my colleagues, the Bahamian people and the world alike that it is now officially the new policy of the Government of The Bahamas through the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources. The new law entails that first and foremost every marina in this country have a minimum signage of four feet by eight feet, preferably in plastic, indicating the new catch limits. Instead of per person bag limits, it is now a bag limit for the boat, irrespective of the number of persons on board. The regulation was drastically cut by 6080 percent. No foreign fisherman is allowed to take any conch out of our waters, he added. Please see Regulations Page 2New Fishing Regulations Are in EffectForeigners Have Greatly Reduced Bag LimitsJunior Junkanoo Shows Off Seven SchoolsBTVI Will Begin Local Classes Fox Town Students Assist with Tagging FishThis elaborate float led the Abaco Central High School students at the Junior Junkanoo parade held in Marsh Harbour on January 11. The school did an outstanding job of creating costumes, coordinating their group and producing great music. Abaco Central w as the only high school competing, so won first place. Other schools competed in the All Age division and the Primary School divis ion. Moores Island had a group of 25 students who came for the second time. They had traveled from Moores Island in December when the Junior Junkanoo was first scheduled only to be disappointed because rain cancelled the event. They had financial assistance with the second trip as it is quite costly in boat transportation, bus transportation and overnight accommodation. Fifty prospective students took a placement examination preparatory to beginning classes at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute that will open here next month. Abaco is the first Family Island to be offered classes and will probably begin with office administration, carpentry and electrical installation. See story on page 4. Eleven Fox Town students assisted with tagging fish in Broad Creek, the mangrove creek area behind Camp Abaco at Witches Point. Broad Creek is another area where part of the creek has been blocked off from the main part by an access road. This affects the productivity of the area which is a nursery for the fish that inhabit reefs. In the back are John Quattrocchi, the scientist tagging the fish, and Olivia Patterson on the left, representative of Friends of the Environment. On the right are Mrs. Russell, a teacher, and Mrs. Jance Cornish, a parent, both accompanying the students. Tagging the fish allows them to be tracked to determine their movement in the area. It is preparatory to restoring the circulation of the water in the creek. The students also learned about the three types of mangroves growing in the area. See story on page 5.

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Page 2 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS P.O. 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REMEMBERABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING Regulation 48 (Ch. 244 Subsidiary Legislation of The Bahamas 2000) now reads: 48. (1) In sports fishing the following rules apply a. A person shall fish by the traditional method of angling with a hook or lure attached to a line held in the hand or attached to a pole, rod or reel; b. A person, unless otherwise authorized by the respective permit, shall not use a spear, a fish trap, or a net other than a landing net; c. Each vessel shall use not more than six (6) rods or reels unless the operator is in possession of a permit authorizing the use of more rods or reels; d. Any migratory fishery resource that is caught shall not in total consist of more than six (6) Kingfish, Dolphin, Tuna or Wahoo per vessel and any resource not intended to be used shall not be injured unnecessarily, but be returned to the sea alive; (2) The limitations specified in (1)(d) and (e) shall also apply to a Bahamian vessel engaged in fishing for purposes other than commercial by persons who are not Bahamians; (3) Subject to paragraph (1) no vessel shall have on board any fish unless its head and tail is intact. The general public is advised that the 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 BIKESQueen Conch is considered to be an endangered species throughout much of its range within the wider Caribbean area, including The Bahamas. The Government, in an effort to ensure the continued sustain ability of local conch stocks, has decided to prohibit the harvesting of the species by foreign boaters. Mr. Miller said it is doesnt make sense to him that foreign fishermen deplete the countrys valuable stock because they do not have much fish in Florida and they have no conchs. The Bahamas is the top destination for sports fishermen and Abaco is one of their main stops when visiting the Bahamas. Mr. Miller said, We have had a lot of RegulationsFrom Page 1 e-mails coming to my office and elsewhere from the Floridian fishermen complaining that they would wish for the catch to go back to the way it was. My answer to that is very simple. The country that I live in is called the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and we implement laws that would safeguard what God has given us. The Bahamas is a small country. The United States of America protects its own interest. Likewise we have an obligation to the persons who puts us in office to do what is necessary to protect and also to provide for Bahamians yet unborn. That fish in our waters will flourish and expand as the Bahamas expands, Mr. Miller added. 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 PricesNew Fishing Regulations Will Also Protect Conch

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 h 242.366.0717 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 242.365.8198BB 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 Beachfront lot in protected cove with high elevation and community dock. $250,000 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. 1 acre with spectacular sunsets. $299,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 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. 15 KW generator. $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 HATCHET HOUSEBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 2 bed 1 bath in historic Hope Town near the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Great swimming $705,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2893 BORN AGAINSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA OF OF OF OF 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 #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, professionally decorated. $795,000 eachKerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2609 MAGNUSON HOUSeBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 3 bed, 3 bath home with wrap-around deck offering great views of the oceans and privacy. $1,500,000Jane.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 3 302-01-07 GREEN TURTLE CAY #3208 TURTLES NESTHH HH HARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT estate, cottage, dock, pool, 2.7 acres. $3,800,000 HH HH HARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 2 bed 2 bath, 100 ft. dock permit. $950,000Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.477.5821 www.SIRbahamas.comELBELB ELBELB ELB OO OO O W CAW CA W CAW CA W CA YY YY Y l l l l l HOPE THOPE T HOPE THOPE T HOPE T OO OO O WNWN WNWN WNBIG POINT #2969 acre beachfront property with 90 ft. beach, 1 mile south of town. US$595,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 NORTH END BEACHFRONT LOT #2279 120 ft. of pink sand. Build your dream home! $675,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 WHITE SOUND #2866 Oceanfront lot steps from the pub lic dock and beach. Close to all amenities and 10 minutes from the village. $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 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING #10 OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY Beautiful building site in residental neighbourhood. View of the Atlantic, steps from sandy beach and good surf. $140,000. 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. $695,000Jane.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 PRICE REDUCED 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 OFOF OFOF 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 NEW PRICE 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 NEW LISTING

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Page 4 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 Buds & Blooms Fresh & Silk Floral Arrangements The Shop for Valentines DayCandles Lingerie Chocolates Gift ItemsCome in and ask about our specials Suite 110 Memorial Plaza 367-BUDS By Julian Lockhart Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute is finally on Abaco as 50 Abaconians showed up on January 19th to take the placement examination at Abaco Central High School. The placement exam was not an entrance exam as anyone who is over the age of 16 can enter BTVI, even if they do not have a high school diploma. The exam was only to test each individuals level of understanding in math and English. There will be another placement exam given on January 25th at the high school, starting at 6 p.m. and registration will take place at the same time. Coordinator for BTVI for the Northern Bahamas, Mr. Fred Delancy, said, I believe this is going to be very important to Abaco simply because there seems to be a lacking in a lot of trade areas. We are preparing people to take advantage of those jobs, especially the technical jobs, that are becoming available daily. Because our people are not trained, they are not able to do that right now. I think Abaconians will take advantage of this, and as a matter of fact, they have been calling me all the way in Grand Bahama on a daily basis asking questions. Not only individuals on Abaco will benefit, but the island itself will benefit, Mr.Delancy added. Registration is $100 for Bahamians and all Bahamians can attend BTVI for free. However, non-Bahamians have to pay a $300 registration fee and a fee of $150 per credit to attend BTVI. Like any other institution internationally, out-of-state or country students pay a higher non-resident fee and BTVI follows as other tertiary institutions. The government is currently looking into Haitians and other nationalities born in the Bahamas to decide if they will get the same consideration of not having to pay to attend BTVI on Abaco. There has not been a definite decision on what will be offered right away but so far office administration, carpentry and electrical wiring are going to be offered until the demand is determined. However, since all students are required to take the general studies, students can come take these courses in the first semester until their course of study is offered. Most core classes are between three to four credits and the general studies classes like English, Math, First Aid and Employability Skills are two credits. To complete BTVI a student must complete each class with a C or above and complete the internship. Job Training runs for eight weeks and the person has to work eight hours a week. Mr. Delancy said they will look into making special considerations for part time students who work full time. Mr. Delancy said, Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute was created for Bahamians to acquire skills so they can become marketable. The question of Haitian status has been raised in Nassau and Freeport as well, and we are giving consideration of persons born on Abaco. They can be called residents but nothing is official yet. Hopefully, by next week I will have some word on that. Up to now they have to pay, but registration wont be before next week Thursday (January 25th). Before that period we will inform everyone what the situation is. I cant comment on who should pay or not. I can only comment on what the Bahamas government says that Bahamians are not required to pay the course fee, Mr. Delancy concluded.Vocational and Technical Courses Will Be OfferedThe Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute will hold classes at the Abaco Central High School campus. Mr. Kendris Hield is passing out exam papers to the prospective students while Mr. Fred Delancy is discussing the benefits of getting further education. Check out The Abaconian at www.abaconian.com

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 60 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 antBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Live Music by the Hope Town IslandersEvery Saturday Night 7 pm untilExtended Happy Hour on Band Nights 5 pm to 7 pm CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front By Mirella Santillo For 11 students in grades 5 and 6 from Fox Town Primary School in Little Abaco, it was an unusual field trip: wading ankle deep in the mud of a mangrove swamp to catch some fish and tag them. But, according to their comments at the end of the trip, they all learnt something and they all had fun. Driven by tour operator, Mrs. Glendar Knowles, who picked them up at the school, the group, which included a teacher, Mrs. Russell, and a parent, Mrs. Janice Cornish, met scientist John Quattrocchi near Camp Abaco in the early afternoon. Accompanying the group was Ms. Olivia Patterson with Friends of the Environment, a coordinator for the project. During a brief introduction, Mr. Quattrocchi explained to the children that because of the worlds population growth, there will soon be few environments like this one left. So, he said, we have to find ways to preserve them. He told them about mangroves and tidal creeks such as this one where part of the creek has been blocked by a road, preventing the tide to reach the blocked area. We specialize in eco-system restoration, he explained, by putting culverts under a road to allow the tide to flow the way it used to. We also study the fish in the creeks and today we are going to focus on one very important species, the grey snapper. Today, he told the children, we are all going to be junior scientists. The best way to find out what creatures are doing, he continued, is to watch them and ask questions. So today ask as many questions as you want and start learning. For nearly two hours the group waded in the swamp learning about the three different species of mangroves. They watched the scientist catch and tag two School Master fish that Courtney McIntosh and U. J. Mills released back in the creek. Kwame Martin commented that he liked watching the fish being opened and the tag put in. Mrs. Russell had already accompanied the children to Marsh Harbour when they made a reef balls. She said that she enjoyed that kind of field trip because she likes anything that has to do with the ocean. She explained that most of the children attending the outing have mangrove swamps next to where they live. It was a really good education, she said of the trip. It is going to teach them to better respect the mangrove areas. It sent a message to them of how to preserve their environment. They are going to look at the mangroves in a new light. Mr. Quattrocchi said that the children had a lot of experience with fishing and were comfortable grabbing fish and crabs. They were a good group to work with. The scientist has been on Abaco since Christmas tagging fish at Cross Harbour not only to follow their whereabouts but also to find out what the grey snapper eats. Sixth grader Jaron Cornish said he learnt the difference between the three kind of mangroves. It was good, said Tod Bassett. Id like to do it again. Gendella Russell also thought it was a good trip and I learnt how to tag a fish, while Iesha Johnson said that besides tagging a fish, she now knows about the red, black and white mangrove trees.Reef Ball UpdateThe exciting reef ball project initiated in last fall is well under way with seven reef balls in place at Mermaid Reef and 12 more in the making. These will be added to the existing ones within the next two months. Fourteen schools from the main island and the cays have participated so far in the project, under the tutelage of Friends of the Environment. This program is aimed at involving students so they become aware of their environment and learn how to care for it. All the balls were made by students of these schools who will continue to keep track of the evolution of their balls by checking on them at regular intervals. Ms. Olivia Patterson, the present supervisor of the project, said that as soon as the weather warms up the students who have been involved in making the balls will return to Mermaid Reef to snorkel and check on the progress of the project.Students Learn Value of Mangrove Areas

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Page 6 The Abaconian February 1, 2007Sandy PointBy Tonia FergusonStudents Allowed to Tag AlongStudents of the James A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point were full of excitement as Friends of the Environments staff engaged them in hands-on activities in their field trip to Cross Harbour Creek Restoration January 9. The recent field trip allowed the students of grades three and six to observe some of the activities conducted by scientists there. They viewed a fish surgery. A fish was incised and inserted with a tag or a tracking device which tracks the fishs movement in and out of the area. In addition, the students were taught how to catch the fish without harming the fish by carefully positioning the bait. As the adventure continued, students armored up in their snorkels and surveyed the bottom of the wetland. Here they learnt the names and characteristics of the different mangroves and how to differentiate between them. Then they were taken on a nature walk. Olivia Patterson, Program Coordinator, identified and discussed trees along the coast line. By the end of the day, the students possessed a thorough knowledge of the purpose of Cross Harbour Restoration Creek, of the types of mangroves and the purpose of the wetlands. Although the trip was over, in its quest to increase environmental education in schools, Friends of the Environment presented a Mangroves Education Kit to the school.Let There Be Lights And Sandy Points Air Strip Was LitOn January 12 Sandy Point was recorded as the eighth air strip since the latter part of September that had lights installed along its runway. Officials from the Ministry of Works and Civil Aviation were on hand to demonstrate the proper use of the remote control operated lights to police officials from the South Abaco District. According to officials Philip Outten and Maxwell Johnson, a similar exercise was done on Moores Island within the same week. This exercise has been going on from the South Abaco NewsStudents of the J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point worked with scientist John Quattrocchi in catching fish to be tagged or having a tracking device installed. This group was working in Cross Harbour where culverts have been installed to allow the water to flow through the entire creek system. latter part of September. The lights have been installed on other islands throughout the Bahamas by the Ministry of Works and the Department of Civil Aviation for emergency purposes. Also on hand for the demonstration was Mr. Neil Campbell, Administrator for South Abaco and Moores Island. He expressed his admiration for Minister of Transportation and Aviation, the Hon. Glenys HannaMartin, M.P. He shared his thoughts of her efforts stating that they showed commitment to the needs of the people living in those areas where emergency flights proved to be challenging. Several police officers were shown how to control the newly installed airstrip lights. Here Officer Cpl. Lisa Campbell is operating the remote control device. The Ministry of Works is installing lights for emergency flights at many of the Family Island airstrips. Lights on the Moores Island airstrip are also installed. Please see South Page 7 Come and experience island elegance whiles enjoying a delicious four course meal with an enchanting view ofthe Atlantic. Complimentary g glass o of c c hampagne w with f f resh s strawberries o on y your a arrival.Soup Lobster Bisque Salad Belgian Endive and pear salad with radicchio, Gorgonzola cheese and caramelized walnuts. Served with our homemade signature dressing EntreesHerb W W alnut C C rusted G G lazed R R ack o o f L L amb Six lollipop herbed rosemary NewZealand Rack ofLamb, served with whipped mashed plantains and fresh asparagus Grouper O O scar Fresh native local Grouper Fillet, topped with lump crab meat, fresh asparagus and finished with a bearnaise sause. Served with whipped roasted garlic infused mashed potatoes Beef W W ellington Roasted Fillet ofbeefencased in a puffpastry and served with mushroom gravy. Served with whipped roasted garlic infused mashed potatoes Dessert White Chocolate Cheesecake $50.00 (per person)Call for Information at 366-0133 or VHF 16 for reservations

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Page 8 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 Dave RalphThe Editor Says Local Governments Budget ExerciseThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Graphic Artist: Kelli-Ann Sands Reporters/Writers: Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Julian Lockhart, Vernique Russell, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Tonia Ferguson, 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 Whats up, mom? The surf is, I said. What is? The surf is. I thought thats what you said. I was in Virginia Beach on the phone to my son at the time. I just got a surf board, I said, feeling very cool. It is great when you feel cool around your children, even if it is shortlived as in this case. Thats awesome, mom, he said with characteristic supportiveness. Well, I figured I would try to catch a few, I said. Catch a few in surfing lingo means to ride a few good waves. My son is a long time surfer, having grown up in Hope Town and surfed Garbanzo and the rest of the notable breaks with the best of them. I thought I would practice in Virginia before I bring my board down to Elbow Cay, I said. Good idea, he replied, a little too quick to agree. I have my own bar of Mr. Zogs wax, straight from California, I told a friend, which is the best for your stick. Her bewildered expression prompted me to quickly explain that it prevents slipping on the surf board. I was to discover it would take more than that to keep me and the board together. Crazy glue might have been more effective. I was excited and raring to go. When the surf was up, I was going to be on top of it. What more could I ask? I was married to a surfer. I had my own personal trainer and my son was available for extra tuition. I want to surf, I announced to my husband. Being supportive, like my son, he smiled and said, Great Steph. Go for it! Having danced and ice skated, I figured it would be a breeze. If I could balance on the narrow blade of an ice skate, then I could surely stand on a wide (by comparison) piece of fiberglass measuring seven feet in length. Theres so much more room to maneuver. All I had to do was stay on! We started in the nursery waves with me belly down on the board. They were pitifully small, but they kept moving beneath me (duh!) which meant I had to constantly shift my weight. I was anything but stable. New muscles cried out for recognition. Standing up and actually balancing on the board seemed light years away and I was to discover it was and still is! Youll get the hang of it, my husband reassured me. In what lifetime, I asked. Just stick with it, he added. Stick being the operative word, I moaned. So hows your surfing, my son asked me the next time he called. O.K. I answered, hiding my despondency. My erstwhile bravado was long gone and my coolness was rapidly diminishing. My second time out might as well have been my first. Progress was miserably slow. My husband suggested I try to ride a small wave on my belly to the shore just to get the feel of it. Bravely, I agreed. Hang on tight, he shouted as I positioned myself. Go with this one, he said but the wave had already crashed over my head. Mercifully, the board and I remained together and I was still conscious. Go for the next one. When I say hold on, this time hold on and dont look back, he instructed. And, he emphasized, never turn your back on a wave unless you are going to take it. I did as he said and held on tight for dear life as I was catapulted through the air. There was no turning back. My body slid from one side of the board to the other. Several times I almost turned completely over. I increased my grip and felt the shore rushing towards me. I thought my body was in line with the treetops. It seemed an eternity. My biggest fear was having the board crash down on my head. Finally, after being propelled through the water like a rocket, I was deposited in a disheveled heap on the beach. My hair hang like a ragged curtain over my face. I staggered on to the sand, leash and board in tow. It was an ungainly sight. No wonder this is classified as an extreme sport I thought to myself. In the wrong hands it is dangerous and these hands of mine qualified. Ok! Well done. You survived. I want to do more than that, I spluttered. I can do that sitting in a rocking chair on the porch. Ignoring my quip, he said, Now its time to get on the board. Local government town committees are reviewing their budgets for the next fiscal year during the month of February. Abacos seven district councils will go through this exercise in March. Essentially, the town committees are asking for funding, although begging might be a better word, for area maintenance, residential garbage collection, cleaning and mowing road verges and other chores. Nassau reviews these budget requests and the Minister for Local Government meets with each council throughout the country in April or May. This gives the Minister a personal insight into each areas budget requests on the premise that he can better represent local concerns when the figures are debated and set by Cabinet. Nothing is heard further until the figures are released publicly in July, which is the beginning of the new fiscal year. The Central Abaco District Council gets the largest allocation in the country, traditionally just over $1 million. This is shared four ways with the three townships of Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town, Murphy Town and the Council itself, based on the earlier February and March submissions. One million dollars sounds like a lot but it soon disappears when allocated for garbage collection, maintenance to public schools, airport, clinic and other pubic buildings as well as parks, cemeteries and beaches. Some towns manage to successfully include funding for contingencies while others have their budget fully committed with nothing left for the unexpected. The Hope Town Council was recently criticized for not attending a local government workshop in Nassau. Its budget was fully committed and the members were unable to squeeze the money for plane tickets, accommodations, meals and the other incidental expenses. This unfunded expense often happens when administrators request funding from the Councils for some local event required by Nassau. Nearly all the councils and town committees suffer from a shortage of funds for the responsibilities required of them. For example, government opened the 500-lot Central Pines subdivision in Dundas Town several years ago. The responsibilities of the Dundas Town Committee were increased by 500 lots, but no provision was made to fund the cost for garbage collection or road verge maintenance. This new residential area has several miles of roads to be maintained. Work has begun on expanding this subdivision by an additional 250 lots to the east. The residents in the first phase are not receiving the services required by law and are complaining of their second-class status. The problems of this subdivision are just one example of inadequate funding. We, and central government in Nassau, recognize that Abaco is growing. Acknowledging our growth, a Treasury office was recently established in Marsh Harbour. Although officials extolled the additional services we will receive as a result of this office, a main component of their workload is to enhance the revenue collection by the various government agencies on Abaco. The tax collectors want more diligence in collecting their due, but those responsible for our local government allowance are too miserly when providing the funds for community needs. The February and March budget exercises should be carefully prepared with the reasons for increased funding logically stated. It is not sufficient to say that the town is bigger and therefore needs more money. Logical reasons must be given but even then, additional funding may not be forthcoming. Logic that is apparent to a community may not be apparent to those in distant Nassau. In April or May, the Minister of Local Government will personally review next years figures with each district council to get an in-depth understanding of the requests. In theory, this helps him argue in support of each councils budget when presented to Cabinet. The April budget meeting with the Minister would be an opportune time for our local government representatives to firmly plead their respective cases on behalf of their townships and council areas. The Local Government Act requires the town committees or the Schedule III Councils to hold an open town meeting before budgets are submitted to get input on area needs and assist in making next years budget. Insufficient funding has continually been a problem. The Local Government Act recommends that Chief Councillors meet for the common good of the island. We feel that the chronic problems of marginal budgets is island-wide and the chief councillors could develop strategies for pressuring Nassau for more funding commensurate with our growing requirements. As a matter of interest, Abaco has seven district councils with three defined as Schedule II and four are defined as Schedule III. The Schedule II Councils represent a large area with several towns while the Schedule III Councils are generally confined to a single populated island. Moores Island, Grand Cay and Green Turtle Cay are straight forward Schedule III Councils representing a single island. Singularly, they exercise the authority of a Town Committee, a Council and all the statutory boards: Town Planning, Licensing, Port, Hotel Licensing and Road Traffic. The Hope Town Schedule III Council is an anomaly of sorts as it operates as a unified council but is, in fact, comprised of three disparate island towns. Settlement to settlement, Guana Cay is about seven miles from Man-O-War Cay. Hope Town is an additional three and a half miles away, all separated by water with no direct public ferry service between them. Meetings are awkward to attend as the Councillors may have to charter a ferry; use a scheduled ferry into Marsh Harbour, then transfer to another ferry; or use their own boat if the weather is good. Night meetings, particularly in the winter, add to the transportation difficulties. The Central Abaco District is the largest in the Family Islands large being defined as population served, budget received, economic activity, school size, airport activity, port and shipping activity and other indicators. Fortunately, it is one of the more compact districts extending from Spring City to Murphy Town, perhaps ten miles by good road. In contrast, the South Abaco District Council extends from Cherokee to Sandy Point, about 50 miles, with Sandy Point being the governing seat. The activity there is much less, although the Abaco Club at Winding Bay is increasing the level of economic activity. There are several rather large projects on the drawing boards for South Abaco which have not been publicly announced yet. The North Abaco District Council shares some of the logistical problems of the south as it extends from Treasure Cay to Crown Haven, about 43.5 miles, with Coopers Town being the governing seat and being approximately in the middle. Treasure Cay is the main economic engine since Green Turtle Cay was given separate status.The Make-up of Our Local Gover The Make-up of Our Local Gover The Make-up of Our Local Gover The Make-up of Our Local Gover The Make-up of Our Local Gover nmentnment nmentnment nmentThe Ups and Downs of P The Ups and Downs of P The Ups and Downs of P The Ups and Downs of P The Ups and Downs of P aradisearadise aradisearadise aradise Surfs Up! Please see Surfs Up Page 21

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MarineFreeport242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty Extensive parts inventory Factory trained mechanics 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 DiggingBaseball and Softball on AbacoDear Sir, Thanks for publishing my first letter on the above captioned topic. I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to publish this one as well. The word sports should leave a sour taste in the mouths of sports enthusiasts throughout the length and breath of Abaco. Pardon me for being so blunt about it but the truth does hurt sometimes. Lets face it, in the 1980s sports played an important role in the lives of most Abaconians. Everybody lived for the weekend when the softball park in Marsh Harbour had standing room only. Competition was fierce with mens teams from Green Turtle Cay, Coopers Town, Black Wood, Marsh Harbour, Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Cherokee Sound and ManO-War Cay competing year after year for the coveted crown and a chance to represent Abaco at the National Championships. The softball park was where families gathered because the atmosphere was safe and the competition keen. Then there was the added treat of traveling to Coopers Town and the cays to engage teams from those communities in competition on their own home turf. It was thrilling just to watch the home town supporters as they cheered and jeered. In fact, during the 1980s the best players from throughout the country moved to Abaco just to play softball; that is how vibrant and healthy the softball atmosphere was in those days. Even the womens league was in full swing. Abacos best women players competed during the 1980s, and they were a force to reckon with, sometimes defeating the power houses of Nassau and Freeport. If I am not mistaken, I believe one or two of our girls even made the National Team; I know that a few of our boys did. Tony (Bubba) Douglas and Marty Sawyer are two names that readily come to mind. Then the 1990s ushered in what appeared to be a demonic spirit, and everything came to a screeching halt. Just like the movie Gone With The Wind softball became a memory, and life as we knew it changed forever. There has been an attempt in North Abaco to revive the sport and it seems to be having the success reminiscent of the 1980s. Credit for this resurgence must be given to the hard working men of Coopers Town. However, the once beautifully groomed softball field in Marsh Harbour is nothing but an eyesore with a dirty track road running through it and weeds covering what was once the outfield making the whole thing pitifully unrecognizable. Maybe Anderson (Papa Nasty) Wilmore was able to see into the future after all. The softball field in Murphy Town, which he started, is the only one of its kind in Central Abaco. It is not yet where it should be but it is more than three quarters of the way there. After all, how much can one man do? Anyway, though the picture looks gloomy, all is not lost. I think Abaco has regained some of its glory due in large measure to the untiring efforts of men like Kevin McIntosh, Nigel Bootle and Gary Smith, who are dedicated to the success of mens softball on the island by keeping the flame lit in North Abaco. However, Central Abaco is marching to another beat. Presently, there is no organized programme that is available to young boys and girls where they can build their character through positive interaction and friendly competition in sporting activities. It is incumbent upon us to harness the energy and polish the raw athletic talent that the young people of Abaco possess. Therefore, in an attempt to do precisely that a few of us have come together to start a Little League Baseball Programme for boys five to 16 years old in the Central Abaco area. New Providence and Grand Bahama have successfully operated Little League Baseball Programmes from as far back as the 1980s and 1990s respectively. Eleuthera has done the same for at least five years or longer if my memory serves me right. Young boys from five to 16 years of age and older are given the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league, and then they have a chance to travel to other islands and different countries to compete in national and international baseball tournaments. The young boys who roam our communities after school are desperately searching for something to do; and if there is nothing positive to offer them, they will naturally turn to the alternative. And we know the misery associated with that. We can provide an avenue where young boys can socialize in a fun-filled, family-oriented environment despite the gross inadequacies of equipment and parks to launch the programme. We are prepared to work with what we have until such time as we are able to construct a Little League baseball field in the Central Abaco District. I will speak to this issue at a latter date, but I will hasten to say that in the interim we have been given permission to use the Murphy Town softball field to launch our baseball programme and subsequently to conduct our games. Anyone who wants to be part of this history making event is freely welcomed. We are targeting the end of February as our launching date and would be delighted to have you join us. Yours sincerely, Leslie Rolle Baseball Coach Anyone interested in contacting Mr. Rolle can locate him at the Ministry of Education Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. The phone number is 3675394.

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Page 10 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 By Julian Lockhart Hundreds of Bahamians and foreigners gathered on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour to partake in the Abaco Junior Junkanoo Parade on January 11th that left the crowd dancing in the streets. Seven schools from throughout Abaco came together for the best Junior Junkanoo Parade Abaco has experienced according to a number of fans on hand. Despite the parade being postponed for a month, it still went off with flare. The parade was supposed to take place on December 16th but because of inclement weather was moved forward and the extra time paid off for the schools as they came out on fire. The schools competing were Central Abaco Primary, Fox Town Primary, Treasure Cay Primary, Amy Roberts All Age School, Wesley College, Moores Island and Abaco Central High School. Abaco Junkanoo Committee Chairman William Davis said, I am extremely impressed and as a matter of fact I am pretty much blown away. When I look at the productivity, it shows the dedication and the amount of work that has gone into the preparation that has gone into this parade. Most definitely more of the high schools need to compete. The District Superintendent of Education said just yesterday in a meeting more of the schools pledged their support in terms of participation for next Junior Junkanoo, Mr. Davis added. The parade started slowly; but once Central Abaco Primary kicked things off, the spectators hands kept clapping and feet moving to the beat of the Junkanoo music. The primary school came out strong with the theme Rock Back To Da Island Down Home Style with strong dancers and great music. They were followed by Fox Town Primary with their Once Upon an Enchanted Time theme with a beautiful, bright pink banner. Treasure Cay sported an All Things Bright-N-Beautiful theme and despite being a small group were formidable. Amy Roberts had the best on-theshoulder pieces with their Wild Life theme. Wesley College had to have every member of their school rushing with the theme We Have the Kingdom honoring their late fellow student, Wenzel Laroda, who died in a car accident last year. Moores Island All Age School brought 25 members as local government helped to bring them back, and they did not disappoint with Remembering the Good Ole Days Despite being the only high school competing, Abaco Central High School still came out fighting with The Great Flood and their banner had Noah, two giraffes and two lions and solid music from their brass and drums. Abaco Central definitely got the crowd moving as they danced on the side and in the streets. Ms. Nicki Ferguson, who rushes with Roots in New Providence, said it was like Fox Town Primary School had lots of color and interesting designs in their costumes depicting the theme Once Upon an Enchanted Time. Amy Roberts Primary School of Green Turtle Cay drew on the talent of their New Years Day celebration to have outstanding costumes. Please see Junkanoo Page 11Junior Junkanoo Drew a Huge Crowd Appetizer Lobster Chowder Entree Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin Skewer with peppers, onions and portobello mushrooms or Roast Cornish Game Hen with cornbread, raisin and apple stuffingorSeared Mahi Mahi Fillet with Teriyaki Soy glaze Sides Garlic Mashed Potatoes Fresh Asparagus Dessert Icecream Pie with Strawberry Sauce $39.00 per person (plus gratuity) Valentine D D inner M M enu February 14th Time: 7pm Abaco B Beach R R esort a a nd B Boat H Harbour T T el: ( (242) 3 367 -2 2158

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 being back on Bay Street. It is really wonderful for the Family Islands do such a good job. They are not on par with Nassau exactly but they are doing good. If they can get more support in preparing better costumes, the costumes and the parade would be better. This makes me feel that I am back on Bay Street, Ms. Ferguson added. Junkanoo has a way of making the most stiff and non-rhythmic person dance to the beat of the drums and cowbells. It is impossible to feel the beat of the drums cascading through ones bones and deep Central Abaco Primary School, the largest school on Abaco, had lots of community help in making their float and costumes Treasure Cay Primary School had a banner to lead their group of dancers and musicians. Their theme was All Things Bright N Beautiful. JunkanooFrom Page 10 into the soul without standing and moving to the beat. One group of tourists said this is the best native celebration they had ever seen, and it is amazing the musical talents portrayed from the young Bahamians. Katherine Kratky from St Louis, Missouri, said, This is absolutely fabulous and this is the first time I have seen something like this. We have seen the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans but this is much more fun because the kids are involved. I am absolutely amazed at the work these kids put into these costumes, their acts, their timing and their music; it is just absolutely wonderful. I think the music is wonderful and it is something that everybody can enjoy and it gets into your bones, Mrs. Kratky concluded. Rudolph Smith said, I was very impressed with the performance level of all the groups. The music was great, the costumes were excellent and the choreography was excellent. When we looked at Abaco Central High School, I was saying we could match that group with any other high school in the Commonwealth. When you look at them and compare them to our senior groups in Abaco, they did an excellent job. Junior Junkanoo is growing because last year we had only four schools participating and this year we had seven groups. Obviously when you look at the product you can see the dedication. All it means is if the senior groups put in the same kind of dedication they can have the same kind of product. We are kind of lucky because this is the future of Junkanoo in Abaco. If the future of Junkanoo is already putting together this type of product, imagine what happens when they become the senior groups? Junior Junkanoo has a good following, especially in some of the remote settlements. It brings the community together. Most of the communities assist and they come out to enjoy their hard work. We have tried to include the tourists. If the parade had taken place in the Christmas season, we would have had a lot more tourists out there, Mr. Smith added.Music and Dancing Impressed Spectators

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Page 14 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 Hope TownMuseum Prepares for Heritage DayBy Tony Bennett The Wyannie Malone Museum in Hope Town is hard at work finishing the buildings and finalizing the program for 2007 Heritage Days Celebration on March 2nd and 3rd. Everyone is invited to visit during the official opening of the new Museum complex and the 30th anniversary of the Museum Society during these fun-filled days. The celebration will start at 9:45 a.m. on March 2nd with a re-enactment of the 1785 Loyalist Landing at the harbour beach in the centre of the Hope Town settlement. The participants, many of them children, all descendants of the original settlers and all in period costume, will land in small News of the Caysboats from the schooner, S/V William H. Albury. The Heritage Days events will continue through Friday and Saturday and will incorporate the dedication of the Museum complex and the new Elbow Reef Monument at the Cholera Graveyard. The monument will be dedicated to Souls Lost at Sea off the Elbow Cay Reef. There will be a Heritage Dinner and Art Auction at the Hopeo Town Harbour Lodge on Friday night starting at 7 p.m. The Art Auction will be held during the dinner. A special ferry from Froggies Out Island Adventures will run to and from Marsh Harbour leaving Marsh Harbour at 6 and returning at 10 p.m. Reservations for the dinner must be made at least one week in advance to the Hope Town Harbour Lodge telephone 366-0095. Other events during the Heritage Days include maypole dancing, old time games and other presentations by the schoolchildren. On Friday, it is expected that schoolc hildren from all over Abaco will be present. There will be a boat and flag parade on Saturday and on both days there will be a genealogy tent featuring the latest information about Bahamian settlers that links them back to North America and Europe. You will be able to participate in games of chance, raffles, traditional Bahamian crafts displays and Bahamian food booths. Tours of the museum and the schooner, M/V William H. Albury and much, much more will be available for all to enjoy. For safetys sake and to provide room for the events it is expected that the roads through Hope Town will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Full details of the program are available on the museum web site: www.hopetownmuseum.comBack in Town with New Exciting ProjectsBy Mirella Santillo Our famous artist from Green Turtle Cay, the renown painter Mr. Alton Lowe, came back to Abaco a few days before Christmas after a long stay abroad. However, it must have been a very inspiring leave, as he returned home ready for a brand new art show which will premiere on February 23rd, followed by a musical performance the day after. For the past three decades, Mr. Lowe had a one-man art show at the Nassau Beach Hotel on New Providence. However, that hotel is being demolished So the artist decided to have the exhibition at his home on Green Turtle Cay. His Victorian manThis is the scene from Heritage Day of 2006. This annual event draws people from all over Abaco and brings the history of Abaco to life in displays, re-enactments, games and demonstrations. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the openingof the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum shown in the background. sion, that sits high on a hill with a panoramic view of the cay, is the perfect setting. The painter is getting the house ready for the show which will become an annual event. Past hurricane damage is being fixed, the delicate gingerbread woodwork is being repaired and the whole house repainted. The grounds which boast numerous native plant species that the artist loves to paint and that will be the subject of most of the new show, are being prepared for the concert that will take place outside. So mark your calendars for these dates. Mr. Lowe is sending invitations for the private viewing on February 23rd. The gallery will be open to the public the following day and the show will run for one month. The concert A Magical Evening of Musical Memories will take place on February 24th and will feature performers such as Joy Martone, James Mastin, Terrance Brown, Luisa Black and Mel Arnold. They will take us back to the good old times of Broadway musicals, but they will also perform contemporary music. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are on sale at Brass and Leather in Marsh Harbour and at the Albert Lowe Museum on Green Turtle Cay. During the artists absence from Abaco, the Bahamas Post Office put out a new issue of 14 stamps representing local flowers that were painted by the artist prior his leaving The Bahamas. This stamp series, titled A Tropical Flowering Paradise came out during the summer and will be used by the Postal Services for the next five years. However, the artist is already working on the next issue!

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 By Julian Lockhart The new fishing regulations for visitors to The Bahamas are now being enforced, and it is left to be seen how it will affect a major facet of Abacos tourism product. Boaters, which include sports fisherman, cruisers and stay-overs, make up 10 percent of the tourism dollars on Abaco, and a number of Florida sports fisherman have already complained to government and media outlets that the new regulations are too harsh. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Leslie Miller, said he doesnt feel the regulations will affect tourism anywhere in The Bahamas. Minister Miller said, I dont think this will affect tourism. When one looks at the true picture if a sports fisherman comes to the Bahamas from Florida, what generally takes place? He will normally be on a 3040 foot small yacht, he fills his boat with fuel, all his groceries in stock with beers, wines and everything else. His contribution to the Bahamian economy is so negligible that it is not even worth considering. One guy wrote to me saying he spends an average of $4,000 a year fishing in our waters, and he takes back hundreds of pounds of fish. I say to him that the average straw worker when they go to Florida on their third trip, they have already spent over $4,000. So he is not doing me any favors and I prefer that he spends that money in Florida if he is going to deplete my waters and take out of the Bahamas as much as $5,000 pounds of fish a year, he added. Mr. Miller said it has gotten so bad in many of the Family Islands, especially on Abaco, that the American fisherman are now bold enough that they sell their catch back to Gurth Russell at the Marsh Harbour Importers/Exporters. He added that the Bahamas waters do not belong to the American fisherman and that all he wants them to do is respect the laws of the Bahamas, just like everyone else has to respect the laws of America. Don Cornish, Manager of the Abaco Tourist office, said the regulations had to be put in place because the Bahamas has to protect its resources for Bahamians first. He said that when the boating entry fee was changed, there was a lot of negative publicity that came out of it and a lot of it had to do with Tourism not doing a good job of getting the information out before the rules were changed. The entry fee was $100 and was moved to $300 for boats over 35 feet and $150 for boats 18 to 35 feet but that includes a fishing license for the boat whilst it is in The Bahamas. Mr. Cornish said, One of the things we have to differentiate is what exactly does the visitor want. Historically, we have used fishing as an incentive, as an inducement for people to come to the Bahamas. I know there are always going to be some opinions attached to policies. Resources, even though we want to share them with our visitors, are really for Bahamians and residents of the Bahamas. Customers of the Bahamas, especially the ones who repeat, have an interest in our resources whether it is to lounge on the beach or fish. We have to have limits and what the magic number is I dont know. I havent heard any negative press or feed back as yet but the boat show is next month in Miami and that is usually the first barometerWill Tourism Be Affected by New Fishing Regulations?we can use, Mr. Cornish added. Despite the new regulations there arent a lot of places where American sports fisherman can go to that will offer all the amenities, beautiful waters and access that the Bahamas has. Minister Miller said, When this idea first came up in cabinet, there was a dispute that they were not going to come to the Bahamas. Lets be honest, where else are they going with the waters that God has given us. They have some choices; they can go to Jamaica, they can go to the gulf of Mexico. Or the Cuban Americans can go in Cuban waters and let them see what happens when they get there. The MIGs will blow them out of the water as soon as they enter. They wont go there because they know there is no place in this hemisphere that is better than The Bahamas and that is why they keep coming. We welcome all of our tourist but you cannot continue to deplete the waters of The Bahamas, Mr. Miller concluded. B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367.2798 Fax: 367.5098

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Page 16 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 Abaco Has New Health InspectorBy Samantha V. Evans Ms. Teddy Neely is the new health inspector at Environmental Health Abaco. She is originally from Eleuthera but has worked with this department for 16 years. Eleven of those years were spent in Nassau and five on Cat Island where she recently transferred from. Her interest in this department came about because she likes hands-on work, and she gets to do a lot of that on this job. She has been on the island for the past six months and finds the work to be done very challenging. She was transferred to Abaco to help control various issues and is more than prepared to do so. As a health inspector, she has to inspect all meat coming into the country, handles licenses for shops and businesses, inspects new buildings for occupancy and inspects all food vendors (and restaurants). She ensures that restaurants are free of rodents, flies and vectors. When there are rodents and insects, she refers these matters to the Vector Control Officer who is attached to this department. Businesses are inspected once per year or if the department receives a complaint about the food or any other matter that customers view as important. Ms. Neely has a challenge to help control the litter problem in Abaco which is a very big challenge. She feels that educational awareness in schools and churches is needed and can be requested by persons in the community for Environmental Health to come in and facilitate. She would like to see persons who do indiscriminate dumping go before the courts to be prosecuted. The department has the responsibility to monitor areas and residential blocks and to ask residents to keep surroundings clean. However, the department is small so not a lot of the latter can be done. She stated that three Health Inspector Trainees are presently being trained. She hopes that they will be assigned to the Abaco office to help make what they do more effective and consistent. She does advise residents to construct proper garbage booths to store garbage so they are not overturned by dogs. She sees many stray dogs on the island as contributing greatly to the litter problem because they turn over and tear open all unsecured garbage bags. She would like to see an incentive put in place to encourage homeowners (especially) to keep their yard clean. One such incentive is the Best Kept Yard competition. Once this is started in one community it can motivate others to do the same. She feels that more garbage trucks are needed so that regular garbage collection can be done. She is concerned by the amount of litter on the shores because this can be an eye sore for tourists. Ms. Neely is concerned that all of this litter can kill the mangroves which can result in fish and other sea life dying out. She cautions fishermen to not litter while they are out to sea because the garbage floats back to the shore. She has some concerns where the liabil ity of contractors is concerned. She wants to remind persons who are building to be sure that the contractor they hire is properly licensed and skilled in building codes. When she comes out to inspector a building and the work is not done properly, she has to stop the construction until the building is brought up to the standard outlined in the Bahamas building code. She wants to remind food vendors that they need to have a health certificate in order to work in any food establishment. Classes are coordinated by this department at least twice per month. Private classes are offered for establishments with ten or more employees to be trained. The class takes about three hours and the certificate is good for one year.Realtor ExcelsSandra Evans of Abaco Waterfront Properties has the distinction of recently being awarded the Certified Residential People in the NewsSpecialist and the Certified Residential Broker awards. Both of these prestigious designations required extensive course work, many years of management experience and a high level of sales production. Sandra explains her commitment to further education by saying, Our international clients are very knowledgeable and sophisticated. They appreciate and are reassured when we provide them with levels of expertise, accountability, service and technological innovation which are equal to the leading standards in their own countries. Equally important, we have established the superior degree of dedication to which we feel our valuable Bahamian clientele is entitled. Sandra Evans, BRI, CRS, CRB, CIPS Teddy NeelyNIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All A wide variety ofLCD televisions in stockJunior Achievers Attend OrientationBy Samantha V. Evans Junior Achievers had a special treat on January 13th as they gathered at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall for Junior Achievers (JA) Orientation. Advisors from the three sponsoring companies were also present. The sponsors are BEC, Batelco and Water and Sewerage. Mr. Ron Dames, Project Manager for Junior Achievement on Grand Bahama, and Mr. Lionel Elliot, Director of Junior Achievement Bahamas, flew into Abaco for this event. Mr. Dames led most of the sessions of the day and told the achievers that he has been involved in Junior Achievement for many years and has seen achievers make a lot of great products. He stated that JA has changed a lot over the years and the quality of products has drastically improved. He encouraged them to make products that they can market to the most elite clients. He shared his life story of how he wanted to go off to college right after graduating. But he was not granted a scholarship even though he graduated in the top five percent of his class. Although this happened, he stated that he did not lose sight of his dream because he knew that if he wanted a college education, he needed to work for a while. He worked at BORCO on Grand Bahama for four years until he was given a scholarship by the company to attend college. He told the young people to have an idea of what they want to become in life and to focus on it even when disappointments come. Even though he didnt achieve his dream right away, he never wavered. He told them to not be surprised if they lose some friends along the way as they discover their place in life. He encouraged them to keep their eyes on the prize and think BIG. He engaged the students in various activities which taught them about how to deliver top service to their clients and how to handle different situation they will encounter. The rules and regulations of JA were read; then the companies registered their names and the achievers received their JA pins. Mr. Elliott spoke to the students of the benefits of Junior Achievement. Before he mentioned them, he told the students to practice being Club Newspeople of integrity. It is important that they learn how to balance all of the activities they are involved in so that they do not fall behind in their school work. He challenged them to beat the top sales record ever in JA Bahamas which is $7,100 achieved by a young lady from the Batelco company in Nassau some years ago. To date, no one has been able to beat this in total sales. Some of the benefits of JA that were mentioned included receiving scholarships to institutions of higher learning, networking, traveling and interviewing. These are some of the powerful tools of JA that students all have an opportunity to achieve. He told them that one of the Abaco achievers will be granted a scholarship to college at the end of this JA year in June but only the best person will get it. Mr. Elliott encouraged the students to be people of excellence at all times. He told them that advisors recommend them for the prestigious awards and trips mentioned above so they must decide in their mind that they will be more than an average achiever. Mr. Ron Dames, Project Manager for Junior Achievement on Grand Bahama, instructed the new Junior Achiever club members during an orientation held on January 13. Three new clubs are being formed in Central Abaco that will be sponsored by BEC, Batelco and Water and Sewerage Corporations. The day-long seminar, held at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall, introduced the students to all facets of the Junior Achiever program. Whether you need regularly scheduled pick up for your business or periodic disposal service on a construction site.... Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste works with you to assess your needs and exceeds your expectations! Compactors and open top containers available. Specalizing in construction and demolition waste. Portable toilets coming soon. Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 ll ll l 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830Located at the Marsh Harbour Airport Roundabout, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

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Page 18 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $100 $270 $595 26 Paramount $150 $380 $850 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour By Jennifer Hudson According to Patrick J Bethels mother, it was a cold wintry night when he was born in the isolated settlement of Cherokee Sound on February 11th, 1933, just a few months after the severe storm of 1932. He was the first of six sons born to Granville and Lorna Bethel (nee Sawyer). His father was a ninth generation descendant of Wyannie Malone and his mothers roots are believed to go back to the Eleutheran Adventurers. Patrick remembers vividly being taken to school at the age of five years by his mother where he sat in an eight-foot wooden desk with three or four other children with a slate on which to write. His teacher on his first day was Dorothea McDonald, a young lady of the settlement who, he reckons, was only about 14 years old, for in those days there were no trained teachers. The more responsible boys and girls served as monitors who assisted the headmaster and taught grades 1-3. The children in Grades 4 and up were taught by the headmaster until they left school at the age of 14. While Patrick was a student, the headmaster was Walter W. Sands, a local resident who spent his entire teaching career of 30 years in the Cherokee Sound School and whom he remembers well as a strict disciplinarian and great contributor to the school and community. The curriculum was limited almost entirely to reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic at first, but a smattering of a few historical dates, geographical facts and some elementary hygiene was added further up the school. A little music for the older children simply consisted of singing a few songs such as, Rule Britannia Cockles and Mussels and Barbara Allen (such British songs were evidence of the Bahamas being under British rule in those days ). Patrick passed the school Leaving Certificate in 1948 which he considered a great achievement, the examination having only been introduced to Out Island Schools the previous year. In those days, church played a very prominent role in the social life of the community. There were no video games, DVDs or cable television so many people in the Out Islands went to church whenever its doors were open. In the case of the Methodist Church in Cherokee, this was at least seven times a week. The church gatherings enabled people to maintain a closer relationship with others in the community and upheld high moral and Christian standards. Since there was no entertainment, it was common for people, both young and old, to gather for an evening in a common place to discuss local island and world events. There were three special places where the locals met which Patrick remembers fondly. The adult men met between sunset and 8 p.m. at Mr. Bruces Well across from one of the local shops where discussions took place on the topics of religion, politics and local affairs such as fishing and hunting. The gathering place for teenagers was the Long Dock at the end of town. It was not really considered proper to spend the evening there until one had left school and many love matches were made there. Until old enough to meet at the Long Dock, the children spent their time playing at The Tank, a rainwater cistern by the school. At the time of Patricks growing up in Cherokee there were no university trained doctors on Abaco, though Dr. Robert Stratton resided in Marsh Harbour and Dr. Water Kendrick on Green Turtle Cay. These medical missionaries would visit Cherokee once or twice a year to hold church services at which time they would also care for the physical health of the population. Whenever someone became ill, he was treated at home and if his condition did not improve, he visited Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay or Nassau. Most medical problems were treated by the basic over-thecounter drugs that were available or with bush medicine. Paregoric was used to relieve babies gripe and make them sleep, eucalyptus oil, Vicks Salve and Jamaican healing oil were used when one had a flu or chest cold, boiled Senna leaves and Milk of Magnesia for constipation, peppermint for the old folks when they felt weak and British oil for rubbing when one hurt or strained the back. Some of the popular bush medicines were castor oil leaves and cerasee tea for flu and colds, leaves of the white sage boiled and used as a tea or sponge bath for chickenpox and measles, dill weed brewed as a tea given to babies for the gripes, periwinkle or sailor cap tea for diabetes or sugar of the blood, shepherds needle leaves and flowers boiled for sick stomach and cooling the blood and aloes for burns, sunburn and sores. If further medical help was needed, it was no easy feat to reach a doctor. Patrick remembers one afternoon, probably in the summer of 1940, when two cousins were playing in the water near the dock and one of the boys got something embedded in his foot. Patricks father had to take the young man by boat for a mile or two followed by a mile walk across a rough, rocky path known as the Cay Road to a boat on the other side of the peninsula in order to get to Marsh Harbour for Dr Stratton to administer treatment. Patrick grew up in Cherokee during World War II days and, although there were some hardships, he felt that life was not really too bad. The men continued to fish (the staple diet was fish and conch supplemented by mussels and whelks) while the women and children were left to cultivate small patches of corn, potatoes, peas and sugarcane on land nearby. Grits, which were a staple, were made by crushing the yellow corn in a hand grinder. The children often went to the mill after school to grind corn into grits for the next mornings breakfast. They also dug roots of the arrowroot plant, known as Bay Rush, which could be found growing wild in the pine forest. This was grated to a powder, made into a starch-like gruel and fed to young children as well as the sick. It was also used as a starch into which clothes were submerged and dried before ironing (much more labour-intensive but much better for the environment than Niagara spray starch in an aerosol can!) Clothes and other household goods were in short supply and one made do with what one had. The common fabric was the cotton from the bag which contained the flour, and it was common to hear the expression flour bag (Robin Hood) drawers or panties. The man of the household had one suit which was probably the one he was married in and this was only used on special occasions. The women made their own clothes as well as those of their children. Each adult had only one pair of shoes and children wore shoes only to church, weddings, funerals or at Christmas. During the war years the mail boat would arrive with a limited supply of flour, sugar, lard, butter and corned beef. These items had to be rationed and shopkeepers sold their basics to their regular customers. Although there was a good supply of flour, sugar and butter were rationed and a person was only able to purchase about two pounds of sugar and a quarter pound of butter once every two weeks. Cherokee was a fishing village as far back as the second half of the 19th century and fishing was the settlements most important industry. Fishing smacks were built in Cherokee as well as in other settlements throughout Abaco. These were about 48 feet overall and 32 feet on the keel with two cabins for sleeping and a galley for cooking. The smack was manned by eight to ten fishermen who went out five or six times a year on voyages lasting from five to seven weeks. The fish were caught in nets about 300 feet long and 12 feet deep and were carried by live well to Nassau markets. In the summer the catch consisted of jacks or goggle eyes and in winter it was snappers, grunts, and yellow tails. Fishing was bothA Look Back at Growing Up in Cherokee Please see Patrick Bethel Page 19 Patrick J. Bethel

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 is a private charter plane company providing safe, reliable transportation to and from the islands of the Bahamas and southeastern Florida. has opened its new facility at the Marsh Harbour International Airport, we are a full service FBO with Customs, Immigration, services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want.CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0536 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-367-3450 Fax.# 242-367-3451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviationhard and dangerous and the fishermen often lost their lives when their boats capsized or were destroyed by hurricanes or whirlwinds. After fishing, the second most important industry in Cherokee was boatbuilding and Cherokee was a leading community in the building of fishing smacks. The frames were cut from hardwoods such as Madeira and dogwood with the keel, stern and planks built from native pine; It was hard work when the only tools available were hand saws, planes and adzes. There remains no doubt in Patricks mind that Benjamin Sawyer, known by everyone as Benny, was the finest boat builder Cherokee ever produced. Benny built 22 boats during his boat-building career ranging in length from 12 feet to 102 feet. One of his boats, which became famous, was the Pinocchio which was later renamed the Cyrano and was the boat in which William F. Buckley made the transatlantic crossing described in his popular book Airborne Another very important industry for the community of Cherokee for more than 20 years (until approximately 1955) was shelling. The main shell collected was the cup shell, commonly known as the toenail, since it resembled a human toenail. The shells, which were scooped up from the sand mixed with gravel and broken pieces, were brought back to the settlement, spread out on the concrete streets to dry and then later swept up and taken inside for sorting. Men, women and children would sit around the table at night and sort the good shells from the gravel. Pay was about one shilling for every gallon of shells sorted. Finally, the shells were transported to Nassau by mail boat and then exported to the United States where they were used for buttons and souvenirs. Patrick remembers well the exciting time when, shortly after World War II, his father who operated a small grocery store, decided to purchase a kerosene refrigerator in order to be able to keep some fresh meat in stock and sell ice cream cubes and cold sodas. Until then there were no refrigerators in the settlement and ice was only seen when a block was brought in a barrel of sawdust every few weeks on the fortnightly mail boat. Everyone was very excited about this refrigerator and were amazed at this machine which could make ice and was worked by lighting a wick which burnt kerosene from a tank and had to be checked periodically to make sure that it did not smoke. The first electricity supply for the settlement came in 1947 from a small generator that was purchased to provide electricity for the Methodist Church. Until then many of the children and even some of the old folk had never seen an electric light as one would have had to visit Nassau or Marsh Harbour or go aboard a boat that would occasionally anchor off the settlement in order to see such an innovation. The fishing industry began to decline in the second half of the 1950s and by 1965 there were only two fishing vessels in Cherokee. When Owens Illinois began to cut pine late in 1959, many of the fishermen and the younger generation went to work at this company while oth ers moved to Freeport so that by 1968 the population had declined to just over 100 with many families having moved to Marsh Harbour. In 1970 the population of the school was under 20. The community was often referred to as a settlement of old folk and sometime in the late 70s more than 25 percent of the population was over the age of 60. In 1986 a rough road was opened which linked Marsh Harbour to Cherokee. A few families moved in from Nassau and Freeport in the second half of the 80s and a wellstocked food store was built. Young people began moving back and have built lovely homes. The paving of the road in 1997 enabled people to travel daily to Marsh Harbour to work. There are now also several second-home residents who have built houses in the settlement and Cherokee has experienced a turnaround in its economy. Patrick describes the community as having the relaxed, undisturbed atmosphere that residents of Nassau, Freeport and the United States are looking for. During Patricks childhood in Cherokee there was a population of about 400 with six black families comprising about 8 percent of the population. Everyone lived together in harmony attending the same school and church with the men fishing on the same vessel though there was little mixing at the social level. Patrick remembers fondly many men and women of the community too numerous to mention for their high moral and Christian standards and the captains of the fishing vessels as well as those who remain in his mind because of their humorous personality. He can still picture Lebrey Albury, who would often go into the bush for a day or two to hunt for wild boar, returning with three hogs, one over each shoulder and one across his forehead. Myrtie Pinder, commonly known as Ma Myrtie is remembered for the night she got lost coming from the Spit now known as Casuarina Point one dark stormy night. Patrick can still hear her now, shouting from the back of Chicken Cay Creek, Come for me, I strayed. Calvin Pinder, commonly known as Capn Bubbers, when his corn mill broke while farming at Yellow Wood, put a sign outside his hut which read No more grinding. Many characters from the village were known by unusual nicknames such as Eddie Albury, Old Bricks; Joseph Bethel, Dody Say Bread; and Willie Roberts, Old Brass; to name but a few. Compared to the present day when many children have everything handed to them on a silver platter, Patrick Bethel feels that in the 30s and 40s children adopted a very positive attitude to work at an early age. Responsibility was thrust upon their shoulders soon after leaving school which caused them to quickly become responsible members of the community. (Acknowledgements to Patrick Bethel for the use of his book Growing up In Cherokee, 1935 1950). Patrick J. Bethels Early Days Patrick BethelFrom Page 18 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. .We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood

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Precisely how I got to the shore I dont recall, but I do remember later (when I could speak) likening the journey to the maximum cycle of a tumble dryer. I recall emerging, battle scarred, stunned and disoriented way down the beach to the startled stares of a group of sunbathers. Oh, the ignominy of it! I was so pleased I was not on Elbow Cay where I know everyone. Occasionally my son asks about my surfing progress. I reply that I prefer using a remote control. I have learned a whole new respect for surfers. On Elbow Cay they ride the waves right to the edge of treacherous coral and go out after major storms in high winds and crashing surf. Waves are unpredictable. Judgment is a key ingredient to survival and balance is paramount. The concept of surfers being out to lunch and laid back is totally false. It takes high levels of physical and mental control. I know. I dont have it. I still like to body surf and play in the waves. But when the surfs up in paradise, I am usually to be found down on the sand, sunning or taking photographs. It has not yet happened that the surf and I are up together. And yes, my surf board remains in Virginia Beach Much to the relief of my son! By Samantha V. Evans Friendship Tabernacle held its first Mens Retreat over the weekend of January 5th 6th to help empower men with the tools to take their rightful place as head of the household and family. The theme was What Is a Man? Mr. Wensel McBride, organizer of the retreat, stated that since 1995 he has had the vision to minister to men. Recently, that vision resurfaced and led to this retreat which he plans to make an annual event. The guest speaker for the retreat was Rev. John Patton of Christ Community Church in Tennessee. He and Mr. McBride spent several months planning the event. The connection with Rev. Patton and the Christ Community Church goes back for many years. Lectures were held by Rev. Patton as well as small group sessions where men discussed sub-topics within the group that are all applicable to the everyday life for a man and brainstormed ways to become more effective. Mr. McBride stated that the response by men in the community was moderate. He had hoped that the topic itself would have interested more men in learning about their role in the family, especially Gods plan for mankind. He is saddened that men are so lax in our society. Mr. McBride admits that he always viewed the role of men as the breadwinner and not having to learn so much to be all that God intended for them to be. Some of the highlights he and other men By Michelle Mikula Abaco is once again in the running to receive coveted Cacique Awards, which is the highest national honour Bahamians can receive within the tourism and hospitality industry. The Cacique Awards Blue Ribbon Panel has selected four finalists from this destination who will vie for this award in various categories on January 26th in Nassau. The names of the finalists and their categories are Pete Johnston of Petes Pub and Gallery for Creative Arts, Susan Debbie Symonette of Green Turtle Club and Marina for Employee of the Year, Johnny Roberts of Nippers Beach Bar and Grill for Sustainable Tourism and Andy Albury ofAbacos National Cacique FinalistsFriendship Tabernacle Held Mens Retreatlearned from the Retreat were: 1. Man has to love Jesus as Savior, 2. Man has to reject passivity and accept the responsibility that God has planned for his life, 3. When a woman becomes a Christian 75 percent of the family follows but when a man becomes a Christian 93 percent of his family follows. These results are from a survey conducted in the United States, but Mr. McBride believes that it is also true for the Bahamian society. He looks forward to the retreat next year and has plans for making it better. He feels that the first weekend in the year is good because this is when men make resolutions for themselves and their families so they can move forward and see themselves as what they want to be. One of the things he plans to add next year is an open forum for men to express themselves. He feels that the reason so many women dominate the home is because men are not prepared or do not step up to their role. He sees this as possibly becoming confusing to the children and contributes to the breakdown in the family. To continue to motivate and encourage the men of this church, they hold regular meetings to fellowship and discuss any issues and concerns they may be having in their families. Emerson Workshop for Handicraft. The finalists were selected based on their years of distinguished service and product development activities which directly impact the Bahamas tourism experience. The Ministry of Tourism will highlight all finalists throughout The Bahamas in many exciting ways leading up to the awards ceremony. One of the acts of acknowledgment will be a photograph on a display banner on each finalists island, which will bring recognition to them by both locals and visitors. Ms. Bernadette Hall of the Abaco Tourist office will escort this years nominees to Nassau for the award ceremony where the winners will be named. Surfs Up From Page 8FOR ALL YFOR ALL Y FOR ALL YFOR ALL Y FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS! OUR PRINTING NEEDS!

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 Friends of the EnvironmentPresents Trivia CornerHint: I walk about on two legs, though sometimes it doesnt look like it. I feed by pumping food into my mouth and filtering out what I want. I am usually found with others like me, but we may not look exactly alike (you know what they say You are what you eat!) I spend part of the year in a place where the Erickson Brothers started their business. What am I? Find the answer on page 11 of The Abaconian Each month Friends of the Environment will present a Trivia Corner question about a native species of The Bahamas. The answer will appear in the second section of the paper. Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained35% off all rentals through February 11 W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$1295 23 Albury Bros$1015 22 Boston Whaler$ 945 20 Albury/Hydra$ 910 18 Privateer$ 665Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com North Abaco NewsBy Vernique RussellArthur DAoust & Company in ConcertInternationally acclaimed musicians Arthur DAoust and company performed live in concert at the community center in Treasure Cay on January 17. An afterglow took place after the concert. Arthur DAoust and company were brought to Abaco by Cay Events.Wedding BellsThe community of Treasure Cay will celebrate its first exchange of vows on February 24th. On this day Ms. Eve Russell of Green Turtle Cay and Mr. Leo Williams of Treasure Cay will be joined in holy matrimony at Full Gospel Assembly at 8 a.m. The ceremony will be officiated by Rev. Stafford Symonette and a breakfast reception will follow at the Full Gospel Fellowship Hall. Eve is the daughter of Rebecca and Brian Russell and Leo is the son of the late Moxey and Sybli Williams of Treasure Cay.Welcome to a New ResidentOn December 22nd a bouncing baby boy was born at Doctors Hospital in Nassau. The handsome prince was named Shaiel Kayloh Moxey. Shaiel is the first son of Ms. Claudette Osias of Treasure Cay. Congratulations to Claudette on the birth of your firstborn.A New TeacherThe family of Sherlin Bootle High School along with the communities of North Abaco proudly welcomes Ms. Pamela Moss. Ms. Moss is replacing Ms. Walters of the language department. The communities of North Abaco extend a warm welcome to you.Abundant Living Exercise Classes ResumeWalking away pounds for Jesus is the theme at the Abundant Living Walk Aerobics Club at Full Gospel Assembly. Walk Aerobics is a club that meets bi-weekly to exercise, and encourage. Exercise is an important part of keeping healthy and with this in mind kids and adults alike gather to get fit. The sessions usually last for fortyfive to an hour. If you are looking for a spot to work and a fun group of people to do it with, come to Full Gospel fellowship hall and join in the fun. Together lets get fit for Jesus. Sessions are on Mondays at 7pm, Fridays at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 6:30 am.Kulas ClosesKulas wholesale and retail store located at the entrance of Treasure Cay has closed its doors. Management apologizes for any inconvenience this closure has cost and extends a heart felt thank you to all who patronized the business while open.Sherlin Bootle High School Will Host Town MeetingThe Sherlin Bootle High school hosted a community meeting at the Anglican Church in Blackwood on January 17th. This meeting addressed important matter and concerns. North Abaco News Buckle Up... Its the Law!

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Page 22 The Abaconian February 1, 2007 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseIsland-wide Abaco ListingsAbaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Casuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder + 3 hse366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages5 cottages366-2075Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayCocobay Cottages6 cott365-5464 Island Properties +34 hse365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties +30365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Donna Sands +12 hse365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott365-5106 Harbour View Haven365-5028 Ocean Frontier 519-389-4846 Sea Shore Villas365-5028 Wards Landing4 units 904-982-2762Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm366-0133 Club Soleil 6 rm 1 cott366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop +53 hse366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm366 0095 Hope T Hideaways +63 hse366-0224 Hope T Villas + 3 hse366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages +3 hse366-0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas366-0065 Tanny Key +43 hse366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas366-0557Hotels and House Rental AgentsLubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse366-3121 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 06 Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass Company Abaco Glass CompanyWindow Glass and Mirrors Cut and Installed Screens Made and Repaired Commercial Store Fronts Installed and ReplacedYale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour on Don MacKay Blvd. 367-2442The government dock in Sandy Point has had extensive repairs.The contractor, Mr. Hilton Bain, began the dock repairs in November 2006 and completed the work on January 9, 2007. The work included re-planking the entire dock which is about 120 feet long by 20 feet wide and replacing the damaged stringers.Culverts can be seen in the foreground that were installed earlier in an attempt to restore natural currents. The construction of the ramp caused the beach to the north to slowly erode. SouthFrom Page 7 Things just keep getting better for Raquel as her third show, which was in Freeport in December, topped everything and her paintings sold out. She will next be exhibiting her paintings at the Abaco Beach Resorts Annual Art Festival which will run February 3-5 and then at a show on Green Turtle Cay in April. Although born in Freeport, Raquel is really a Sandy Point girl as her entire family is from Sandy Point. Although her mother moved to Freeport, all holidays were spent in Sandy Point, and Raquel moved back there permanently eight years ago when she married her husband, Al, a Sandy Point man. Raquel always enjoyed art in school and after leaving school had jobs painting backdrops for photographers, she herself being an avid photographer. She always enjoyed drawing, but it wasnt until her husband gave her a paint set that she got into painting. That was just eight months ago, and it is amazing to see just how this self taught artists career has taken off in such a short time. At first I gave away all my artwork as gifts because I never thought it could be a career for me, said this humble lady. I sold other peoples things in my shop on Castaway Cay plus some of my craft work as I love to make jewelry boxes and wood crafts. Then artist Marjolein Scott saw some of Raquels paintings and immediately recognized her talent. I was my own worst critic, said Raquel, but Ms. Scott was very encouraging and began including me in whatever was going on. I really appreciate that. Within a short time I began selling my paintings. Raquel can hardly believe the success she has had since then. I am thankful to God for everything; that is where my talent comes from. I am very appreciative of all that the Lord has given me, says this committed Christian who has named her company, Cross Creations Art and is a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and President of the Young Womens Ministry. If I like something, I will get into it, says Raquel who completes a painting in one day. Once I get an idea I get very excited and so get to work on it immediately. If it is not finished in one day, I lose interest, she admits. Raquel is a night owl and loves to paint in the middle of the night when the house is quiet and still. She often does not get to bed until four oclock in the morning and is up again just after 6 a.m. but does try to catch a short nap during the day while her fisherman husband (who is very patient and supportive of her career) is at work and her five-year-old son is in school. Whenever her son sees his mother painting, he wants to do it, too, so she bought him his own paint set. Raquel does not know as yet if he will show any talent, for at present he is just Messy Marvin, she says. This very gifted lady who likes to work with her hands is also a confessed gadget freak who loves computers and enjoys taking her computer apart, owns three cell phones and four cameras. Raquel may be contacted at 366-4484 or 954-495-4867 or islandgirl8957@g mail.com. More South Abaco News

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.................367-0350 Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbour...................... 367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour....367-2963 Froggies, Hope Town................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay..................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.......................... 365-8111 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay.................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................... 365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop...........................365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 B & B Boat Rentals............................367-7368 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 Quality Star Texaco Cars...................367-2979 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 pm2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45* Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45am 10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30Same day fare Adult prepaid oneway $16 / Round Trip $22, Onboard fare $20 & 25 (rebate available) Kids 6-11 half fare, Under 6 free From Union Jack Dock Except SundaysGreen 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...................366-4477Everyone 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 21 Jan 07Compliments 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 3, FEBRUARY 1st, 2007 Soccer Season Is Well Under WayBy Mirella Santillo Abaco Football Association started a new exciting soccer season when games resumed on November 19th. Two new teams, Hope Town and New Stars have joined the league which now comprises eight teams. As far as results, last years first place winner, Abaco United, and second place winner, Show Offs, are still leading the way so far. The Show Offs won three out of the four games they played with a stand-off in the fourth and Abacom United beat its opponents three times out of three. The Medics, Tigers, Stanley Steelers and the Bahama Star, now called the K&Q Stars, are still very much in the game. A new interesting feature this year is the addition of a Knock Out Cup that will be disputed in three rounds. The first game of round one will take place on February 11th at Murphy Town Park. Mark your calendars. The game schedule each Sunday remains the same as last year with a game at 1 p.m. and another game at 3 p.m. But this year there is also a Saturday game at one oclock. Another interesting factor, according to Mr. Malcolm Spicer, the league s President, is that more Bahamians have The Murphy Town Park is lively every weekend with several soccer games played there on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Eight teams compete that includes two new teams this year. This game was between the Treasure Cay XXXXXXX and the XXXX Stanley Steelers. The XXXXXXX with a score of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXEight Teams Compete Every Week EndThe Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club held a Chili Cook-off on January 8 at Abaco Beach Resort. This competition for men only drew 31 contestants and showed off a variety of chili. The winners are shown here. Bob Williams on Shade Mor was the overall winner; John DeWetter also on the Shade More won spicy category; Fred Gassman on the Linda G won for his hot variety; and Robert Wilson on Island Girl won the mild division. After the judging, all the members enjoyed the a meal of chili.Yachters Award Chili ChefsBy Julian Lockhart Bob Williams, captain of Shade Mor once again showed off his culinary skills by winning the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club Chili Cook-off on January 9th at Abaco Beach Resort. For the past six years members of the RMHYC have been treated to the culinary expertise of their By Mirella Santillo With the dedication of a proper roofed stage, built with the help of Bakers Bay, the vision of Goombay Park as a cultural Bahamian village takes a step farther. Goombay Park which opened in 2003 was dedicated to the expression of Bahamian culture in a natural environment. Mr. Don Cornish, Manager of the Tourist Office on Abaco, reminded us during the dedication on December 12th of the newly roofed stage. He reminisced that when the park concept was first discussed, Marsh Harbour Town Councillor, Mrs. Yvonne Key, and he had many visions for the area. It was not only going to be just a park where people could watch performers and a place where Bahamians and tourists alike couldBakers Bay Assisted with Goombay Stage Roof Every year improvements are made to the Goombay Park adjacent to the freight dock in Marsh Harbour. Recently a roof was constructed over the stage with financing from Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. The construction was dedicated on January 12. American citizens are now required to have valid passports to return to the United States. This new regulation went into effect on Jan 23. In The Abaconian of January 15 we inadvertently stated that U.S. citizens needed a machine readable passport but we were in error. It must be a valid passport. We regret the error.U.S. Citizens Must Have Passports Please see Soccer Page 11 Please see Chili Page 27 Please see Goombay Park Page 8 Abaco Beach Resort will be holding its much anticipated Art Festival on February 3 and 4. This show features local artists as well as well known artists from the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the United Sates. A private showing will open the show on the evening of February 2. Many unique pieces of art will be featured and many will be offered for sale. Watercolors, oil paintings, watercolors on silk, sculptures, carvings and models will be on display as well as fabric art and outstanding photography. All persons interested in art will enjoy this collection of outstanding art. The show will be open Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Art Festival Will Be February 3-4

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Page 2 B The Abaconian February 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 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana CayHope Town Settlement 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%New Ocean View Cottage for Sale by Owner By Mirella Santillo There was standing room only for the presentation organized by Friends of the Environment at the annual Native Plant Show. During a brief introduction, Mrs. Lindsey McCoy, Executive Director of Friends, outlined the projects that Friends of the Environment has been involved with including the creation of cement reef balls to enhance existing reefs, creek restoration and terrestrial projects, such as the plant fair, the distribution of informative flyers, education of the public about invasive species, birding events, scientific research support and environmental education. Introduced by Mr. David Knowles, Ministry of Agricultures Officer for Abaco, Mr. Blaine Sweeting and Ms. Shenique Albury made a joint presentation on their experience on replacing invasive species and propagating native plants. We eradicated casuarina trees on three miles of beaches (at Winding Bay), said Mr. Sweeting, and restored the dunes to what they were before the casuarina trees invaded. We planted sea oats and natives such as beach bear, sea Purslane, spider lily, sea ox eye, he said. He explained that these plants trap the sand as it is being blown, making the dunes grow. Ms. Albury pointed out, Before Bakers Bay cleared the casuarina trees, we salvaged the plants (we wanted to keep). We saved some more than others because it was more convenient and they were faster to propagate. Ms. Albury mentioned that instead of being burnt, the casuarina tree were mulched and the mulch used to put around plants to preserve humidity or on the pathways to prevent the grass from growing. Both explained how to propagate native plants such as prickly pear cacti, beach creepers, Turks caps (also called wild hibiscus), paspalum grass, black and white mangroves, bay cedar, by cuttings that were dipped in rooting hormones and planted in starter blocks. Another process is air layering or mossing. This is done by making a cut in a tree, filling it with wet moss that has been soaked for a couple of weeks and wrapping it with tin foil or transplanting. Ms. Albury concluded her presentation by enumerating the lessons learnt at Bakers Bay: Coastal and dune plants are easily propagated by cutting or transplanting. Grow the plants in a soil mixture similar to the environment of the plant removed Protect the root system Prune, prune Answering a comment from the audience that certain plants do not like being transplanted, Mr. Sweeting advised people to prune the roots, especially thatch palms and palm trees in general. Put cow manure in the hole or a 0-46-0 fertilizer. Add Superthrive hormone which prevents the plant from going into distress and water a lot for the first two months. When you take a cutting, he explained, remove nearly all the leaves. That helps with water loss. Composted seaweed is an excellent fertilizer. Make sure you rinse all the salt out. Experiment with different plants. Why use natives? asked Ms. Albury. It is cheaper. They help conserve water as they need less watering than exotic plants. They give better hurricane protection. They help maintain bio-diversity for plant and wild life. They give a sense of place. Such was the interest on the subjects discussed that people in the audience asked the speakers if they could put all the information discussed in a booklet. Next, Mr. Knowles introduced Mrs. Stacey Wells-Moultrie of the BEST Commission, who came from Nassau for the show to talk about invasive species. After her presentation, people returned to the patio where rain barrels and jars of mango jam were being auctioned. The jams brought $20 each. The rain barrels sold from $50 to $290. Mr. Jim Richard, the Princi-Native Plants Were Highlighted Please see Native Plants Page 20 About 80 persons attended the Native Plant Show sponsored by Friends of the Environment that promoted the use of native plants in landscaping. Three speakers brought out the benefits of native plants and described the efforts at Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club in preserving and propagating native plants.

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Page 4 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007Aisle of Palm Realty.co m 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 Honesty1256 Guana Cay beachfront home with fantastic rental history Home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Recently reduced 1208 Yellowwood Four hillside lots with great views. Close to Cherokee and The Abaco Club on W inding Bay. 1180 Three bedroom home centrally located in Marsh Harbour with very spacious rooms. Large landscaped property 1320 Guana Hilltop Fabulous all around views from 55' elevated lot. 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Ph: 242-367-0080 Fax: 242-367-0081email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com website : www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Kristin Williams By Jennifer Hudson Customs and Immigration employees have banded together in a combined self help effort to improve their workplace, the condition of which they had found to be unacceptable for quite some time. The Customs and Immigration building at the Marsh Harbour International Airport has been in a very dilapidated state for years and employees of those departments were tired of working in such appalling conditions and were embarrassed at seeing tourists pouring in daily who had to witness the degrading sight and use unsanitary bathrooms, I was told and I was shown photographs to illustrate the point. The building has been in a filthy state with peeling and grubby paintwork, broken tiles which not only look bad but are actually dangerous, huge holes eaten by rats in the walls and ceiling and a toilet actually broken away from the floor for over a year and a half, stated Cay Mills, a taxi driver who is at the airport daily and who was asked by the disgruntled employees to assist them in doing something about this problem. They were humiliated by hearing the tourists oohing and aahing about the terrible conditions and wondering what kind of people can put up with such inadequate conditions for so long. Both men and women visitors would ask if there was another bathroom they could use. According to a member of the Customs Department the air conditioner in their office was covered in mould and fungus and considered extremely unhealthy. There had been problems with the air conditioner which were brought to the attention of Airport Manager Bobby Jones even before Hurricanes Francis and Jean. However, nothing was done. After the hurricanes the situation became much worse with water pouring down the inside walls. The responsibility for the upkeep of the airport facilities lies with the Department of Civil Aviation. However, since nothing has been done by that department and since the promised new airport is nowhere in sight, the frustrated airport employees had had enough of begging and pleading with the airport manager and in November decided to take the matter into their own hands with the assistance of Mr. Cay Mills. According to Mr. Mills, Local Government has had $15,000 allocated this year since June for the airport so he felt as if they should have done something to fix it up by now. However, nothing was done. How easy it is to do something if you care, said Mr. Mills who, along with airport Customs and Immigration employees, had renovations completed within two weeks. Standard Hardware donated paint, Abaco Hardware donated toilets, Mr. J. Lawrence, a second-home owner donated a new air conditioner for the Customs Department and Mr. Mills bought paint brushes and Hardy board planks to repair the walls and ceiling. Mr. Mills said, I was overjoyed to see Customs and Immigration officers working together after hours to paint the place themselves. They began the project during the last week in November and finished in the first week of December so that the appearance of the area was hugely improved for the large influx of visitors who always arrive for Christmas and New Year. Mr. Mills, speaking on the peoples behalf, said, It was a Christmas present for the Customs and Immigration Departments and the District. I spoke with a member of the Airport Customs Department who had done some of the painting and she told me how relieved she is to see the clean, freshly painted walls and the bright sanitary bathrooms. However, she stated, There are still broken floor tiles which need replacing and we are wondering how long it will take for the authorities to do anything. Mr. Mills suggested that the Ministry of Tourism should be involved as we need to make a good impression for our visitors.Customs and Immigration Officers Renovate Their WorkplaceThis large hand-painted copy of the Coat of Arms of The Bahamas decorates one wall of the Customs and Immigration office at the Marsh Harbour airport. By Jennifer Hudson Those of you who enjoyed reading part one of Chester Thompsons autobiographical book The Long Day Wanes A Memoir of Love and War, Part One will be pleased to find that its sequel is now out. The author left us cliff-hanging at the end of Part One, wanting to follow further his exploits and learn the outcome of his tender and passionate romance with his childhood friend, Annabel. Part One began with the authors reminiscences as a man in his 80s sitting alone on his hilltop looking across the pale blue waters of the Sound of Abaco and Part Two ended with this same old man awaiting the arrival of his granddaughters and, while waiting, dozing off into a world where I see my dear Annabel moving just above the ground as she seemed to do in life. I reach out but cannot touch her. The chapters in between take us on a journey with Chester, a young man in his 20s, across the Atlantic Ocean to England and with him through his training in the Royal Navy and his harrowing experiences on a destroyer in World War II. But it also takes us on another journey in which his war exploits are tempered by good times spent with his adoptive families in the countryside of England and his blossoming romance with his beloved Annabel. In Part Two, Chester continues his wartime reminiscences, now as commander of the LCT 527, and tells of the part he and his vessel played in The Big Landing on the beaches of Normandy. He leads us to share not only in the excitement of victory but also, sadly, in the tragedy of a broken heart. Part Two of the book actually completes a trilogy which began with Chester Thompsons widely acclaimed book The Fledgling which described his early boyhood years in Hope Town. I wonder if there is another book for us to look forward to in his plans, taking us ever further on his lifes interesting journey? Book ReviewThe Long Day W The Long Day W The Long Day W The Long Day W The Long Day W anesanes anesanes anesChester Thompson

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 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 6 B The Abaconian February 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 request Deans 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 Like other Abaco settlements, Green Turtle Cay was settled by Loyalists during the American Revolution. They endured and the settlement of New Plymouth grew and was at one time the largest settlement on Abaco, reaching its peak during the pineapple industry of the 19th century. Like much of the Bahamas it has a history of boom times and bad times. Hurricanes and failed industries caused some to leave in search of a better life while many stayed and endured the hardships. Today the island of Green Turtle Cay with its town of New Plymouth is one of the most prosperous in The Bahamas. The community is eager to preserve its heritage. Two groups of concerned citizens working to preserve the history for future generations are the Architectural Preservation Foundation and the Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee. The First Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival was held in May 2004 and was a huge success with relatives and friends traveling from the United States and all over The Bahamas to celebrate their heritage. The festivals of 2005 and 2006 were also very successful. The Fourth Annual Festival is planned for May 4 6, 2007. At the 2006 festival a photographic display gave us glimpse into the past and how our town and our ancestors looked. For some of the younger people it was their first look at their ancestors. This display was one of the most popular at the festival. The photographs were collected from relatives over a few weeks. The committee hopes to add more photographs to the 2007 display. It is seeking photographs, memorabilia and anecdotes from the past. If you have photographs of families, friends, events, the town and the homes, please share them. Original photographs were not displayed, but were scanned and reprinted. If you are interested in sharing your glimpses into our past or learning more about the Island Roots Heritage Festival and the Architectural Preservation Foundation, please contact Carolyn Cash at 365-4206 or email Nativecreations@hotmail.coin or David Bethel at 365-4234 or email david@oii.net. This was the water front of Green Turtle Cay before the Hurricane of 1932. That storm destroyed many buildings in the town and changed the shape of the peninsular. This picture came from Anne Sawyer. This is a picture of the Anglican Church in Green Turtle Cay, again before the Hurricane of 1932. The church was destroyed in the storm.Island Roots Committee Wants PhotosSupport Citizens Against Crime

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 B Nassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660Showing Integrity Every DayOnly minutes from Marsh Harbour & Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size & price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets, & views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition, & this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters #2200 & #2201 $70,0002 lots available each lot priced 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 8 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 John Bull invites you to give a gift of love, January 26th to February 14th as we support The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation. Add the Gift of Love bracelet to your Valentines Day purchase for a donation of one dollar. Your special gift will assist the foundation in defraying medical and surgical costs for children with heart disease.@?LoveGiveAGiftofLove^ give a gift ofFEBRUARY 14THMarsh Harbour, Abaco (242) 367-2473& winA 14K GOLD FIGARO LINKCHAINEnter to win with any purchase from John Bull, Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Diamante Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com Dr. Barry L. Russell February 2 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major February 7 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available The Marsh Harbour branch of the Royal Bank of Canada welcomed a new manager at a reception attended by clients of the bank. Mr. Antonio Eyma is shown here with Mrs. Joyce Riviere, previously the manager who has now been promoted to Manager of the Family Islands. On the right is Mrs. Marva Mercius, Operations Manager. Bill Green caught this large bonefish caught in the Marls on November 14, 2006. Danny Sawyer was the guide and the fish was caught on a light fly rod with a 10 pound tipit with a fly that Danny tied himself. It took approximately 25 minutes to boat him and he almost escaped twice with 75 yards of line. This fish was released unharmed to catch another day.Mr. Green has been coming to Abaco for 12 years and loves it. Goombay ParkFrom Page 1 enjoy conch salad and fried fish while listening to local music. No, they had in mind the idea of a whole Bahamian village, where people could watch artists and craftsmen do their art in brightly colored shacks, where there would be changing booths for the performers and toilets for the spectators, all set among a landscape of rock gardens, surrounded by indigenous trees for shade and proper parking. The landscaping was not to be limited to the grounds but also included a reinforced seawall and boat access. All this takes money and Mrs. Key mentioned many times that it would be several years before the project reached completion. One more step was taken towards that goal with the building of a performing stage covered with a roof. Last year many performances had to be cancelled because of bad weather including July 10th Independence Days celebrations. Mr. Cornish thanked the developers for helping towards that goal This is the reason why we are grateful to one of our business partners Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club that has been very generous, he said. Dr. Livingston Marshall, representing the developers of Bakers Bay, said he saw ways where Bakers Bay could help when I was presented with the project by Ms. Jeritzan Outten. He mentioned that with a new trend in more laid back developments, from high rise hotels to resorts such as Bakers Bay, you will continue to see Discovery Land/ Bakers Bay support such project as this one. Ms. Wynsome Ferguson with the Ministry of Tourism presented representatives of Bakers Bay, Mr. Douglas Shipman, Dr. Marshall and Ms. Indira Edwards with a thank you plaque that states To Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club in appreciation for improving the Abaco tourist product. Ms. Ferguson also thanked the builder, Mr. Claude Collins. Also, a dedication plaque was unveiled that states Roof kindly facilitated through the kind generosity of Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club. It will be affixed on the structure under the roof. The assembly was invited afterwards to partake in refreshments at the Tourisms office in Memorial Plaza. Central Abaco News Drive SafelyDont Be an Abaco FatalityVisitor Was Pleased with Bonfishing

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9 B Green Turtle Cay, Coco Bayvacant lot, beach access, 9000 sq.ft. -$89,000.00 (NEW LISTING) Bahama Palm Shoresvacant lot,approx.1/4 acre in size,US$30,000.00 (UNDER CONTRACT) *Long Beachvacant lot,1/4 acre in size, 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 February 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, 2007By Jennifer Hudson Alburys Ferry Service will, in July of this year, mark its third year of operation under the present ownership of Scott Albury. Some changes have occurred during this time which, according to office manager Capt. Dennis Knowles and Port Capt. Pedro Maycock, have been instituted in the pursuit of excellence and for the safety of customers. Capt. Knowles, who was brought from Nassau to manage the operation, has 41 years expertise in the area of safety and customer service in transportation-affiliated jobs. He spent 29 years in aviation and prior to becoming a commercial pilot was chief of maintenance for Pan American Airlines in the Bahamas covering their Freeport, Rock Sound and Nassau operations with six mechanics working under his supervision. So safety is normal to me, he stated. All of Alburys ferry captains are fully trained and receive continuous training in sessions once a month held by Port Captain Maycock. All captains must also hold the STCW certificate from the Port Authority in order to have their licences renewed. This was mandated over two years ago at about the time Mr. Scott Albury took over the running of the ferry, and it ensures that captains can deal with medical emergencies including administering CPR, fire aboard a boat or a sinking vessel. The captains are also required to do a condensed version as a refresher course throughout the year. Management is trying to get the Ministry of Tourism to offer a condensed version of the Bahamahost programme periodically throughout the year for the boat captains to improve inter-personal skills. Many of the captains have been brought from Nassau and Freeport, and all have from three to seven years of experience on boats. One has worked on the fast ferry, Sea Wind and several have worked on boats for various dive companies in Nassau. They have all received specific training on Abaco on the use of Alburys ferry boats and to learn the routes. Capt. Maycock feels that they have a good team but says that there is still a little tweaking to be done, just a polishing of their skills. The captains now wear uniforms to present a professional look. All maintenance procedures are adhered to as far as overhauling with Ralph and Lucas Albury doing most of the maintenance in Man-O-War. Cleaning crews work on the boat each day to make sure that they are clean for the customers, and the janitorial staff has had to be increased from two to four. This was necessary in order to cope with the disorder which is left on the ferry boats each day. The boats that transport schoolchildren are left with the most mess as the children leave food on the floor and sometimes even release the fire extinguishers, bemoaned Mr. Maycock. The fleet now consists of 11 boats, the largest of which is 55 feet and the smallest 34 feet which cover 58 scheduled segments or trips per day. There are 11 captains and six mates on staff. The hiring of mates was necessary under STCW rules since there must now be a mate on board in addition to the captain on any boat carrying more than 12 people. Due to the less than perfect times in which we live, Alburys Ferry Service has found it necessary to implement some changes regarding ticket sales, explained Mr. Knowles. Captains do not want to carry bags of cash all day on the boat for obvious reasons. Therefore, in order to rectify this, persons traveling on the ferry are now required to purchase their tickets in the office at the ferry dock before boarding the boat. Ticket prices remain the same. But if a ticket is purchased on board, a slightly higher charge is made with the difference in fare being refundable once a person submits his ticket stub. A person may go into the office to claim his refund, use it towards a taxi fare or hold onto his stubs until he have collected enough to use them to pay for a ferry fare. We would like the public to understand that the fare has not increased to $20 and $25 as some believe, and we would like to get the message out to please pick up tickets ahead of time. We, the Management of Alburys Ferry Service realise that there have been some teething troubles with this new ticketing process and are doing all we can to fine tune the system in our quest to please the customer. We plan as soon as possible to have satellite offices for the sale of tickets on all the cays that we service. We understand that people do not like change, but we are only bringing the ticketing process into line with other transportation services such as ferry services in other countries, airlines, busses and cruise ships, stated Mr. Knowles. In an effort to help the local community, Alburys Ferry Service has made available a frequent travelers card at a cost of $100 with no expiration date that can be used for 10 one-way trips or five round-trips. Workers on the cays are still able to purchase the workers cards at a cost of $55 which is good for 10 punches or trips or covers a five-day work week. These commuter cards translate to a round-trip fare of $11. There have been no fare increases since January of 2006 when a fuel surcharge of $5 was added to the workers card, one dollar to the one-way and two dollars to the round-trip tickets. Ferry management says that it has done its best to keep expenses down even though costs have increased. They have purchased an additional boat, had to double the number of staff and replace equipmentAlburys Ferry Expands to Match Area GrowthThese are two of the the fleet of 11 ferry boats of Alburys Ferry Service. These are two of the larger boats that service Hope Town. Please see Ferries Page 11

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 B A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and AccessoriesElaine Summerville, ManagerMonday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 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 Groundsmen Needed for Hope Town & Marsh HarbourQuotations are invited from qualified individuals or firms to carry out Maintenance to the grounds at Hope Town Light House. Quotations are invited from qualified individuals or firms to carry out Maintenance to the grounds at the Port Department, Marsh Harbour Maintenance includes: Mowing Grass Weeding & Trimming Cleaning Grounds Tenders should be sealed and forwarded on or before Monday, February 12, 2007, to: Captain Cyril Roker, Port Administrator Contact the Port Department if further information regarding the scope of work is needed. Captain Cyril A. Roker Port Administrator.PORT DEPARTMENTMarsh Harbour, Abaco The BahamasPhone 367-0038NOTICE Fourteen persons were selected by the Hope Town District Council to be honoured as Heroes in the Man-O-War community. Plaques commemorating them were unveiled during a short ceremony in the afternoon of January 13, 2007. Included in the gathering were a few of the honoured persons themselves and family members of those honoured but no longer alive. Those honoured were William H. Albury, Haziel Albury, Walter Sweeting, Norman Albury, James Cyril Albury, Sr., William Edward Albury, Willard Albury, Thomas Sweeting, Wilson Sands, Arthur Eldon, Vernon Albury, Percival Sweeting, Andy Albury and Antonio Albury. The event was moderated by Mr. Scott Weatherford with remarks given by Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting on each person honoured. Adhering to local custom, the 60 70 persons attending were given a buffet lunch afterwards, prepared by town ladies. joined the teams that were previously mostly made up of Haitians players. The games are still under police supervision. Entrance fee is $3 for adults, $1 for children. Beer, sodas and food are available. As promised by the Hon. Neville Wisdom during a recent visit, it is expected that the field and track at the Murphy Town Park will soon be improved and that bleachers and fencing will be built. According to Mr. Stretch Morley, the youth coordinator for Abaco, bids for repairing the various Abaco school parks are in the process of being submitted to Nassau and work should start imminently. In the meantime, Abaco Central High Schools Principal, Mr. Kendris Hield, together with Mr. Morley and assisted by parents and teachers, have joined forces to clean and mow the grass at Murphy Town Park. SoccerFrom Page 1 stolen off boats such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits and make repairs to docks even when damaged by non-ferry boats. Management is very aware of the horrendous parking situation and has tried all in its power to do something to rectify it but to no avail. An engineering drawing was made of a plan to alleviate the parking problem and include a turnabout for traffic. This was submitted to local government but no reply has been received. The company has also tried to acquire spare land next to the ferry office in order to make a full-sized parking lot but have been unsuccessful. We would be very pleased to be able to purchase any land nearby for a car park and will do whatever it takes to alleviate the parking problem. We are working hard to try to find a solution, stated both the owner and manager of Alburys Ferry Service. FerriesFrom Page 10Man-O-War Unveils Its Heroes WallThe dedication of the Man-O-War Wall of Heroes was held on January 13 and those honoured or family members of those who have passed away were recognized. Shown here are, standing, Arthur Eldon, Scott Weatherford, Elizabeth Key, Tony Albury, Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting, Sandra Albury, Walter Sweeting, Joe Albury, Andy Albury, MP Robert Sweeting and Willard Albury. Seated are Ritchie Albury, Sally Sweeting, Mary Albury, Ptricia Albury, Sara Albury.

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Page 12 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007Shop breaking Police responded to the Burns House Liquor Store after midnight on December 26 in response to an alarm signal. The front door was found to be smashed. House breaking A Dundas Town residence was broken into sometime between noon December 23 and December 27. Arrested for disorderly behavior A Dundas Town man was arrested about 10:30 p.m. on December 27 during the Junkanoo parade in Marsh Harbour. He was using obscene language, acting disorderly and resisted arrest. He was subsequently released on $500 bail pending a court appearance. Causing harm A resident of the Mud was assaulted by two men armed with cutlasses while walking on the highway adjoining the Mud settlement. He suffered cuts on his arms and head in the attack that occurred about 11 a.m. on December 28. Causing harm While driving in Dundas Town about 3 p.m. on December 29, a Marsh Harbour woman had a rock thrown at her car by a young woman, causing damage to the car and resulting in the driver colliding with another vehicle. A subsequent confrontation between the two women resulted in the driver receiving injuries to her left eye. A 17-year-old girl was arrested for causing damage and injuries and later released on $1500 bond. Housebreaking A mother in Murphy Town reported that during the day of December 20 her adult son entered her house without her consent and stole food items. Attempted burglary A woman living on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour had an attempted burglary when a screen was removed and a window opened on her apartment during the night of December 29. Attempted housebreaking and threats of death A burglar attempted to break into an apartment in Dundas Town during the morning of December 31. A note threatening death was left at the scene. Shop breaking, vagrancy, unlawfully carrying arms and resisting arrest On the morning of December 31 personal effects were discovered in a storeroom at the Classic Coin Laundry in Marsh Harbour. When the police investigated, they discovered a man lying there. He violently resisted arrest and temporarily escaped but was subsequently caught and found to have a 12inch knife in his possession. Stolen boat A Lubbers Quarters man anchored his boat at Snake Cay to go kayaking on December 31. On returning, he found that his boat has been stolen. The next day the police discovered the boat anchored at a small cay about five miles south of Snake Cay. Armed robbery About 10 p.m. on January 3 an anonymous caller alerted the police to an armed robbery by three gunmen at A & A Convenience Store on Crockett Drive in Marsh Harbour. The masked robbers had two handguns and fired shots inside the store. They escaped with cash and cell phone cards. Two 9mm shell casings were recovered by the police. Stealing While walking in the vicinity of the Souse House on Crockett Drive in Marsh Harbour, a Dundas Town man was assaulted by two young men who took his Oakley sun shades and ran into the Mud. Arrest for possession of dangerous drugs A Dundas Town woman was arrested in Coopers Town late in the afternoon of January 4 when she was discovered to have 2 grams of marijuana in her car. Shop breaking Computer Creations in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of January 5 with various games and an X box game being stolen. Stealing A Blackwood resident had his car broken into during the day of January 8 while parked by the bay. Cash and house keys were stolen. The robber than went to his house and stole additional cash and a shotgun. Possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply A Crown Haven man was arrested on January 8 when found in possession of marijuana and cocaine on his person. Assault While at work at Abaco Beach Resort mid-morning on January 10, a Dundas Town woman was choked and beaten by a young man of Dundas Town whom she identified. Stealing from a vehicle On January 10 a pickup truck parked at K & S Service Station was broken into and electronic items were believed to have been stolen. Threats of death and assault with a deadly instrument The estranged husband of a Spring City woman phoned her and threatened to kill her and her family, putting her in fear of her life and the lives of her family. This past August, he had attacked her with a knife in the presence of his mother. Throwing missiles Late in the afternoon of January 10 a Dundas Town man was arrested for breaking beer bottles and acting in a disorderly manner while on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour. Stealing from a dwelling home A Blackwood man was arrested on January 10 for stealing from a dwelling home. Damage Police were advised at 3 a.m. on January 11that a man in the Mud had damaged a $180 water meter. Rape A Dundas Town man was arrested about 10:30 p.m. on January 11 for the rape of 16-year-old girl. Threats of death About 9:30 p.m on January 11 police in Treasure Cay were unable to rouse an intoxicated man who had earlier threatened to kill his wife. Arson About 3:45 a.m. on January 11 police in Marsh Harbour were advised of a fire in a six-unit condominium in Treasure Cay. Subsequently, a second floor unit and the adjoining unit were totally destroyed by fire which took four hours to extinguish. The entire building may be condemned. The vacant condominium belonged to the woman earlier threatened by her husband. The husband was found and arrested for arson. Assault A high school student was assaulted by the mother of a female student as a result of an argument between the two students at a local high school. This happened about noon on January 12 near AID in Marsh Harbour. Resisting arrest A woman involved as an aggressor participant in an earlier reported rape was arrested about 5 a.m. on January 12 when entering the Marsh Harbour Police Station. While resisting arrest, she pulled her breast out of her shirt exposing her body in an act of defiance. Causing harm Police sent a woman living in the Mud to the clinic after she reported her husband beat her and hit her in the temple with a rock. This happened about 11 p.m. on January 13. Unlawfully carrying arms Police disarmed a resident of Pigeon Peas when he pulled out a knife, then successfully fled about 2:30 a.m. on January 14 He was later arrested.Police Crime Report 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. 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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 B Phone: (242) 367-0365 Cell: (242) 357-6638Abaco, Bahamas Bill Thorndycraft & Sandra Evans www.AbacoWaterfrontProperties.com A Sandra Evans CompanyUnique opportunity to acquire 3+ acres of commercial property in fast growing community near Marsh Harbour. Ideally suited for mixed use: shopping center, retail bays, service center, professional offices and/ or multi-housing. Buy for future development as the 700+ neighbouring sites are improved. Solid subsoil, well drained elevation, road access. Competitively priced at $97,000 + buyers legals and stamp duty. Abaco Investment Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,Alleged Rapist Is ChargedBy Julian Lockhart An Abaco couple was remanded to Her Majestys Prison for the alleged rape and unlawful detention of a 16-year-old minor on January 11th, 2007. Christopher Archer, 30, and his 17-year-old girlfriend of Dundas Town were held without bail until March 21st, as Magistrate Crawford McKee denied the defense attorneys application for bail when Prosecutor Sargent Collie stated that Mr. Archer was released from prison last year for rape. The couple was remanded on January 14th in the Magistrate Court in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Archer was charged in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama in 2001 for rape. The alleged victim was lured from the Junior Junkanoo Parade between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to Crossing Beach where she was allegedly detained by the female accomplice and raped by Mr. Archer. Officer in Charge for Abaco, ASP Wayne Miller said, I believe we have sufficient evidence for this case to go to the Supreme Court, but again it is up to the magistrate. I think we can make a case in the Magistrate Court. I wish to commend the officers involved in the investigation. They worked hard to bring this matter to head and made sure all the is are dotted and the ts are crossed in this particular matter. We were able to move quickly to gather the necessary reports and conclude the investigation in a timely manner so that these persons could be put before the court Monday morning, he added. The Abaco police are currently doing a preliminary inquiry and thus Ms. Sands and Mr. Archer were not required to enter a plea. They will return to Abaco on March 21st when Magistrate McKee will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to the Supreme Court with the case. The female accused has been charged with unlawful detention with the intent to have sexual intercourse and the threat of death and Mr. Archer is charged with one count of rape. Members of the alleged victims family and friends of the family gathered outside the Magistrate Court and became incensed when the girlfriend was escorted from the court by the police. The angry crowd rushed the accused female and the police officer as others gathered around and attacked them but the police officers on hand were able to safely get her into an awaiting vehicle. The sister of the accused said, I went to the court house. I was just standing there and all these people tried to grab her whilst the police was holding her and then it turned into a fight. I dont understand what is going on. The protection by the police was very low and it isnt suppose to go down like that, she added. The police did a good job of containing the situation and not allowing it to get completely out of hand other that a number of threats issued from the crowd and pushing. ASP Miller said, The incident was very unfortunate. Abaco is normally a peaceful and quiet place and a rape of this kind has really sent shock waves throughout the community. With a young person involved and with a person she has trusted, it really is unfortunate, ASP Miller concluded.Police Are Holding Several on Serious ChargesTwo Are Held for Armed RobberyBy Jennifer Hudson On January 3 at approximately 10:20 p.m. police in Marsh Harbour received a report of an armed robbery at Alvarez Brothers Convenience Store in Marsh Harbour. When police arrived at the scene, they received information from an employee on duty at the time indicating that the store had been robbed by three masked gunmen. Two of the gunmen held black handguns while the third was unarmed. The men fired two shots, one knocking out a light and the other coming to rest in the roof near one of the stores security cameras. The men demanded cash and were given an undisclosed amount from both registers. They also took a container with a number of cellular phone cards. The culprits fled on foot in a westerly direction. 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Page 14 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd Business Systems department ended the year by honoring its employees during an awards ceremony held on December 28, 2006. The ceremony which was held to reccognize the employees for their outstanding contribution to the department was attended by Mrs. Bernadette Christie, wife of the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Mrs. Christie, who was the keynote speaker congratulated and thanked the members of stafffor the hardwork and determination that they displayed during the year. In her remarks, she encouraged them to work together and informed them that teamwork was essential for any company to succeed. Mrs. Christie told the members of the Business Systems department that their dedication to the company and keen interest in teamwork are both necessarycomponents for an organization like BTC to excel. Finally,she thanked the management staffof BTC for taking the initiative and time to honour and recognize the outstanding employees of the department, and also for showing them appreciation in a forum like an awards ceremony. On behalf of the Boardof Directors, Executive Management and staff of BTC, we would like to congratulate fourth quarter winners Michelle Wallace, Joel Deveaux, Tanya Ranger, Frank Deveaux, Ted Ferguson, William Percentie and Tyrone Cunningham and the overall winners Marsha Taylor, Samuel Bain, Wayde Butterfield and Tyrone Cunningham on a job well done.BTC Business SystemsOutstanding Employees Awards Outstanding Service Award: Presented to Ms. Marsha Taylor by Mr. Dale Knowles, BTC VP Network Services and Mrs Bernadette Christie Manager of The Year Award: Presented to Mr Samuel Bain by Mr Dale Knowles, BTC VP Network Services and Mrs Bernadette ChristieEmployee of The Year Award: Presented to Mr Tyrone Cunningham by Mr Dale Knowles, BTC VP Network Services and Mrs Bernadette ChristieSupervisor of The Year Award: Presented by Mr Dale Knowles, BTC VP Network Services and Mrs Bernadette Christie to Wayde Butterfield accepted by Samuel Bain on behalf of Mr Butterfield Keynote Speaker: Mrs Bernadette Christie Congratulates the staffof BTC Business Services Department Monthly Winner Sept and Oct: Ms Michelle Wallace Monthly Winner Sept: Mr Joel Deveaux Monthly Winner Sept: MsTanya Ranger Monthly Winner Oct: Mr Ted Ferguson Monthly Winner Oct: Mr William Precente Monthly Winner Oct: Mr Tyrone CunninghamMonthly Winner Sept: Mr Frank Deveaux not picturedJANUARY 15, 2007

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Page 16 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 School News St Francis de SalesStudents Earn AwardsBy Mirella Santillo Over 100 students from kindergarten to grade 6 gathered on January 17th at St. Francis de Sales School to receive the award certificates for their work and achievement during the first school term. Many parents came to watch the ceremony, taking time away from work to support their children. Ms. Shannals Johnson, Head Mistress, explained that each student from kindergarten to grade 2 received a certificate for good work, study habits and good Christian attitude and behavior. Seven students in grade 3 were awarded First Honors while twelve received Second Honors. In grade 4 four students received First Honors and 16 students Second Honors. In grade 5 seven received First Honors and twelve, Second Honors. There was no one to deserve First Honors in grade 6, but nine student were awarded Second Honors, a fact that displeased the Principal, Mrs. Kumar. Class room teachers together with Ms. Shannals Johnson handed out the certificates to their respective students, under the appreciative eye of Mrs. Kumar. Ms. Johnson said that although there is always room for improvement, she was pleased with the results. On behalf of the administration and the staff of St. Francis, she said, I would like to congratulate the students for their achievement.Scjhool Holds Prayer ServiceBy Samantha V. Evans On January 5th St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held its New Years Day Service at the Catholic Church. Leading the service was Mr. Elmer Bongon, who told the students that many persons believe that what one does on New Years Day will set the precedence for what is done throughout the rest of the year. He encouraged the students to re-visit the goals they set last year and learn from them. They should make the commitment to change the bad to good, the old to new and the negative to positive. If something is not productive, he told them to leave it alone. It is important that last years goals are reviewed and the achievement acknowledged. Mr. Bongon stated that he believes in encouraging students to set New Years resolutions so that they can improve those areas of struggle. He read some of the resolutions made by students that were realistic for them but brought much humor to the student body and adults present. He explained that these resolutions are promises the students made to themselves. But they must be prepared to put action behind the promises because faith without works is dead. After he spoke the group sang hymns and recited prayers for the sick, the diseased, and for a productive school year as well as asking Gods protection and blessings throughout this year. St. Francis de Sales School honoured the students who did outstanding work during the fall term. The students with First Honours are shown here. These are the students at St. Francis de Sales School who earned Second Honours. Please see School Page 17

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 B Central Abaco Primary SchoolPolicing Program ResumesBy Samantha V. Evans With crime against persons having increased on Abaco during 2006, the Royal Bahamas Police Force plans to continue the school policing program at Abaco schools to teach the students how to become disciplined and resolve conflicts without fighting. On January 10th Cpl. Remy Minnis and Police Const. Valincie Curry, started the program at Central Abaco Primary School. Eighteen students have been identified for the program and were eager to continue the program that is in its second year at the school. The Guidance Department along with the school administrators identified the students for this special program. Please see School Page 18 SchoolFrom Page 16 More School NewsCpl. Remy MInnis and Const Valincia Curry work with 18 students of Central Abaco Primary School in a school policing program, teaching them to work with others to resolve conflict. The officers spoke to the students in the multi-purpose room at the school before taking them outside to teach them basic drills. Cpl. Minnis told the students to put their energy into positive things this year. He is excited to continue the program that will be more interactive this year. He and P/C Curry are there to help them learn the best they can while in school by teaching them to become more disciplined students. He encouraged them to make the best of their school days by listening to their teachers because they have the education and knowledge that the students need. He stated that he hopes that they feel comfortable enough to talk to him about any problem they may be having. He encouraged them to utilize the police officers as well as the school counselor. J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSRESIDENTIAL/INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs NEW Soft Serve & Milkshakes on the menu:NEWOpen Mon Thur 10am 7pm ll ll l Fri & Sat 10 am 9pm Open Mon Thur 10am 7pm ll ll l Fri & Sat 10 am 9pm Mashed Potatos & Gravy Potato Wedges Fish Sandwiches Remember to Buckle Up

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Page 18 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 Friends of the EnvironmentTrivia Corner AnswerAnswer: West Indian Pink Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) The West Indian Pink Flamingo is one of the most easily recognizable birds of The Bahamas. When they sleep, flamingos sometimes tuck one leg up into their body and balance on the other. Great Inagua in the southern Bahamas is home to the worlds largest breeding colony of West Indian Flamingos. In the early 1900s the Erickson Brothers revived the salt industry in Inagua, damming off portions of Lake Rosa to create salt pans. The salt industry was later taken over by the Mortons Salt Company, who expanded the company and now ships salt for industrial purposes all over the world. Many of the salt pans are home to a tiny crustacean called a brine shrimp (you may know them as Sea Monkeys), which is a popular food for flamingoes. The salt company hatches brine shrimp in their pans because brine shrimp help reduce algae levels by grazing. Flamingos feed by skimming the top of their curved beak above the muddy bottom and using their piston-like tongue to pump water into their mouths. They then filter out brine shrimp and other food items. The more rich a flamingos diet is the more brilliant their colouring is. Flamingo chicks have gray down and a straight bill.College of the Bahamas Holds OrientationBy Samantha V. Evans Receiving a higher education was the dream of just about every high school student in the Bahamas in recent years, but it does not appear that that dream lives on today. On January 10th students enrolled in the bachelors degree program in Business Administration and those interested in joining the program met at the Learning Resource Center in Marsh Harbour for student orientation. Coordinator of COB Abaco, Mr. Bertram Mills stated that he has had some challenges implementing programs here on the island. Many persons are just not interested in higher learning once they graduate from high school. A number of classes were slated to be introduced here when he started three years ago; but he found that once the initial excitement dies, so does the dream of a higher education. He expressed concern in this but has done as much advertisement as can be done. He wants the public to understand that the College of the Bahamas will not consider building a campus here until he can consistently fill the classes that are presently being offered. To his disappointment, this has not been done yet and the office has been open for seven years. Presently there are 10 persons enrolled in the bachelor degree program. They will be starting the second year of classes on January 14th at the Abaco Central High School with English 119 and Math 140. Two new teachers for these courses are Mrs. Sophia Miller and Ms. Vanessa James. The entire program takes five years to complete because Sixth grade students from 11 schools competed in a Spelling Bee on January 17. The Ministry of Education organizes spelling bees at each grade level each school year. Every students who competes is given a certificate. Ms. Felamease Sawyer coordinates the events. More School News SchoolFrom Page 17 the students attend parttime. Mr. Mills is pleased to report that they have had a number of students from the Abaco campus graduate with their bachelors degree in Education and a few persons completed the electrical certificate course. He is looking forward to starting another bachelors degree program in Education as well as a single phase I electrical course beginning in September 2007.Grade Six Spelling BeeBy Samantha V. Evans Once a month Every Child Counts has an Open House when parents, supporters and interested persons can visit the school while it is in sesson. The school works with children not able to attend normal classrooms and is supported entirely by donations and nominal tuition fees. Please see School Page 20

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 BWINDWARD BEACH ROAD Darnell House REAL PACKAGE DEAL Canal front home fully furnished, vacant beach front lot, car / golf cart / 23 boat. Well planned home has 3 bedrooms / 3 bath, including master suite with 2 guest bed rooms, den, open livingroom, dining, kitchen, utility room, screened-in porch on canal side, large garage and covered carporte/breezeway, landscaping with fenced section. MUST SEE EXC. $1,284,000 FGS WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES Dream Point Special CBS split level home located on a corner lot near The Point with two choices of direct beach access. Upper level has master bedroom with ensuite bath plus two guest bdrooms and bath. On the split level there is the main entry into a large open living/dining area, modern well-equipped kitchen. All rooms open onto a wrap-around partially covered deck overlooking the garden. Ground level has an extra large garage/ workshop with lots of storage. EXC. $996,300 FGS ROCK POINT Pilot House special unique location with a commanding, enviable view of the Sea of Abaco. Water front home, 2 storey, CBS/ frame. Upstairs master and guest bed, 2 baths, large living/ dinning/ open kitchen; lower level 1bed / 1 bath, 2 car garage plus 1 car/boat garage. MLS $1,160,000 + 7.5% closing Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE! EXC. $400,000 FGS Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts Sales Associate Everett Pinder(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: info@treasurecayrealestate.comMember NEW STORAGE UNITS, centrally located in Treasure Cay town centre. Storage units come inassorted sizes for boats, cars, golf carts and stuff. EXC. Starting at $25,000 FGS CONDOMIUM DEVELOPMENTS 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity Canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips Starting at $680,000 +14%closing 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips Phase One SOLD OUT Phase Two COMING SOON 3. THE COTTAGES Now the newest oceanfront development on Treasure Cay beach com prising individual luxury units Starting at $750,000 + 14% closing 4. BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / onsite pool and many other features Starting at $742,500 Plus 14% closing TREASURE LANDING Unit #4 Upstairs 3 bed/2bath fully furnished, direct beach access. EXC. $514,250 FGS ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool 2 bed / 2 bath lower unit, 16 wide slip, includes golf cart and 22 boat EXC. $553,500 FGS TREASURE HOUSE Ocean front luxury octagonal units with lagoon/ pool/waterfall. Good rental potential. Unit #7 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home. MLS $636,000 + 7.5% closing Unit #9 Two storey 2 bed/ 2 bath home MLS $575,000 + 7.5% closing BAHAMA BEACH CLUB Resale condos available in first completed project. Ready to go. Both units never rented but definite potential. MUST SEE PROPERTIES. Upstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den / optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished. EXC. $882,000 FGS Upstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished with many extra features including garage and Jeep Renegade. EXC. $900,000 FGS ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 1 Lower unit 2 bed / 2 bath, 15 wide boat slip, includes car. Newly decroated. MUST SEE EXC. $500,000 FGS Bldg 4 Downstaris end unit 2 bed / 2 bath, totally redone, 12 wide slip EXC. $435,600 FGS SAND DOLLAR Unit #3 Ocean front, downstairs 2 bed/2 bath, fully furnished. $726,000 FGS ROYAL POINCIANA Ocean Front Condos with on site pool and tennis 2 bed / 2 bath downstairs end unit with wrap-around deck. Never rented. Fully and tastefully furnished. Special must see unit. EXC. $665,500 FGS OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Special garden location near pool, 2 bed / 2 bath. Great rental unit with many repeat guests EXC.$369,000 FGS Second row beach with direct ocean access. Great view. 2 bed / 2 bath, many special features. MUST SEE EXC. $553,500 FGS SANDPIPER BEACH Lacey Daze Spectacular 4 bed/ 3 1/2 bath CBS home with panoramic ocean views and direct beach access from every room but one via decks and patios. The main house has living/ dining/ kitchen/ master bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms with bath, powder room, double garage and utility/ workshop area in addition to private 1 bedroom/ 1 bath apartment. Many features. MUST SEE. EXC. $2,337,000 FGS LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on the beach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath in the main house with detached garage / bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! MLS $2,500,000 + 7.5% closing Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot across from 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! MLS $820,000 + 7.5% closing OCEAN BLVD. CASUARINA BEACH Seagrapes Planned for Beach Living. This CBS ocean front home sits on 2+ acres fully landscaped. Plan includes 3 bed/ 3.5 bath with master suite and one guest bedroom facing ocean. Large open concept living/ dining/kitchen, with covered porch, all offer direct ocean views/ access. Some extra features include garage and large detached CBS garage/ workshop/boat storage. MLS $3,500,000 + 7.5% ClosingFor details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.comVACANT LOTS AVAILABLE Ocean front properties Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. Sand Piper Beach Sunrise Point Beginning at $1,250,000 FGS Canal Front Beginning at $264,500 FGS Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $267,000 FGS Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $50,000 FGS ABBREVIATION CODE EXC Exclusive listing FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price MLS Multiple Listing List price plus buyers closing SchoolFrom Page 18 On January 17th, 22 students from 11 schools gathered at the Learning Resource Center in Abaco for the grade six Spelling Bee. Entering the competition for the first time was Cyber Learning Center. After some 20 rounds in a battle for the first place trophy, Charles Bain of Central Abaco Primary School was declared the winner. The second place trophy went to Cathy Weatherford of Man-O-War Primary and the third place trophy was won by Jake Consulta of Cyber Learning Center. The coaches for the winning contestant were Mrs. Theodora Fernander and Ms. Samantha V. Evans. Mrs. Fernander is the class teacher of Charles Bain and started practicing with him but recently enlisted the help of Ms. Evans to intensify the practice, to practice with the team regularly and to get the students motivated for the big day. All of the practice paid off for this winner from Central Abaco Primary School today. A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery

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Page 20 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 Would you like the opportunity to be employed with an international company whose focus is on training, development and growth of employees, providing a suitable environment to nurture and keep exceptional people who not only have the right skill, expertise, and professional ethics, but can also adapt to different conditions and respond to the changing needs of the market? If so, you are invited to attend the Freeport Container Ports JOB FAIR on the following dates and places:Wednesday:February 7, 2007 03:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. PLACE:Abaco Central High School Thursday:February 8, 2007 09:00 a.m. 12:00 noon PLACE:Abaco Central High SchoolFREEPORFREEPOR FREEPORFREEPOR FREEPOR T CONTT CONT T CONTT CONT T CONT AINER PORAINER POR AINER PORAINER POR AINER POR T Job Opportunities T Job Opportunities T Job Opportunities T Job Opportunities T Job OpportunitiesWe will have: On-the-spot testing and evaluation On-the-spot interviews Assessments (where applicable) Please bring with you: A valid original Police Certificate (must be within 3 months) A copy of your Passport A copy of your Drivers Licence A copy of your National Insurance Card 1 Passport-sized PhotographSecurity Officers (contractual)Requirements: 21 years or older Minimum of 2 BGCSEs including Math and English with C or better passes Good unaided vision and hearing Excellent verbal and written communication skills High standard of physical fitness At least 3 years experience performing Security Duties, including but not limited to inspections, investigations and reportingAPPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM1 Berthing Coordinator 4 Vessel ControllersRequirements: 18 years or older Minimum of 5 BGCEs with C or better passes Computer literate with basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel Exceptional written, oral communication and organizational skills Good unaided normal vision and hearing High standard of physical fitness *Stevedores (Contractual)Requirements: 21 years or older Good reading, writing, and math skills Excellent unaided normal vision and hearing High standard of physical fitness Unafraid of heights Physical fitness subject to standard assessment and medical examination For more information, please call: Mrs. Lisa Gibson Telephone:242 350-8000 Freeport Container Port P.O. Box F-42465, Freeport, Grand Bahama, BahamasAvailable Positions include (but are not limited to) the following: 4 Operations Assistants 4 Yard Planners Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas By Mirella Santillo Invasive species have been a popular topic in the recent months with many agricultural agencies and in particular with Friends of the Environment that is launching a campaign against the casuarina trees. So it came as no surprise that the organization invited an expert on invasive species to speak at its annual Native Plant Show on January 20th at Forest Heights Academy. The speaker was Mrs. Stacey WellsMoultrie, studied marine science and fisheries at the University of the West Indies and obtained a masters degree from Dalhousie University. She spent time in Eleuthera studying invasive species. She is a member of the BEST Commission and is Deputy President of The Bahamas National Trust. What is an invasive species? It is an ecological explosion, the spread of an introduced species getting out of control, therefore linked to problems in a native environment. Non-native plants are categorized as alien i.e a plant introduced from another country. Many food crops are now alien, or exotic, also meaning from foreign origin. The word invasive means spreading naturally without the assistance of man. When species spread in a new area, it is because they do not have any natural predators. Any organism has the potential of becoming invasive. It is difficult to predict if a plant is going to be invasive, Mrs. Moultri explained. Not all alien plant are invasive. Some of them wont survive if we do not take care of them. Some may become weeds, but they do not spread out of their immediate environment. How is a plant invasive? It establishes itself alone quickly by abundant seed production or vigorous vegetative reproduction. It has a seed dispersal mechanism through insects, birds or humans. It does not have any predators. These plants corrupt the eco-system and change the physical properties of an environment. They can change the PH in the soil; they can lead to the extinction of native plants and animals. They change the fire regime by increasing the supply of fuel. They can spread diseases in the native plants community. How do these species become introduced? Sometimes, people take them intentionally to a new area to resolve a problem, such as the mongoose introduced on Jamaica to control the snake population, but which became invasive. We have to make sure that we do not make the problem worse, Mrs. Moultrie said. Sometimes we bring in exotic pets with the risk of the animals escaping in the wild. Sometimes seeds or grains travel in ballast water or on imported vehicles or through travel or transport. Remember the four Ts: travel, transport, tourism and trade. Why are islands more vulnerable? Island species often have small populations and are unique due to their isolation. Most island species do not compete very well, said Mrs. Moultrie. She went on to describe and itemize some of the most invasive species presently on Abaco. The casuarina tree was brought here intentionally to make protective hedges along the coastline, but these were not maintained properly. She enumerated the qualities of that tree, the main negative attribute of which is that it is very aggressive. Casuarina trees are good as ornamental hedges; they give shade; they are salt tolerant and are good colonizers as they can even grow on rocks. They are good for firewood and to make charcoal. However, they contribute to beach erosion and interfer with turtle nesting. They do not do well in hurricanes as their shallow root systems does not hold sand well. They blow over, allowing the sand to wash away.Invasive Species Are a Threat to Islands Please see Invasive Plants Page 21 Friends of the Environment sponsored a Native Plant Fair to educate the public about the benefits of using native plants in landscaping. During the event, Director Jim Richard auctioned off rain barrels that had been painted by local artists. He is shown with several of the barrels intended to catch rainwater to be used for watering plants..

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 BMultiple Listing System What is MLS?A Multiple Listing System (MLS) allows participating Realtors to place their sellers homes on a database providing information to other licensed Realtors about these listings. This is greatly beneficial to the Seller as it is great exposure for your property. The MLS is quite important to the buyer as well. If your Realtor is a participating member of the MLS and is searching for suitable properties for you, this system is the best tool because your Realtor will have access to all properties listed by other members. Whether buying or selling make sure your Realtor is a member of the Multiple Listing Service of the Bahamas Real Estate Association, Abaco Chapter! The first MLS service in The Bahamas was launched on Abaco on October 1st and, to date, the participating members are: Chris PlummerAbaco Cays Realty Cindy NewellAbaco Estate Services Ed NewellAbaco Estate Services Bill ThompsonAbaco Real Estate Elaine ThompsonAbaco Real Estate Sandra EvansAbaco Waterfront Properties Bill ThorndycraftAbaco Waterfront Properties Brent CartwrightAisle of Palm Realty Maria SilvesterAisle of Palm Realty Rhiannon ThomasAisle of Palm Realty Chris RobertsBahamas Realty Abaco Molly RobertsBahamas Realty Abaco Chris FarringtonColdwell Banker Mailin SandsColdwell Banker Jane PattersonDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Laurie SchreinerDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Stan SawyerDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Kerry SullivanDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Donna ReesDupuch Real Estate James ReesDupuch Real Estate June RussellGraham Real Estate Neil AberleH.G. Christie Ltd Kathleen AlburyH.G. Christie Ltd John ChristieH.G. Christie Ltd Dwayne WallasH.G. Christie Ltd John CashJohn Cash Realty (Ruth) Anne AlburyTreasure Cay Real Estate Everett PinderTreasure Cay Real Estate Marcellus RobertsTreasure Cay Real EstateAbaco Chapter The Bahamas Real Estate Association pal of Forest Heights High School where the event was taking place, graciously handled the barbecue for hot dogs and hamburgers that were so good, they disappeared before the show was over. Many potted native plants were awaiting a new owner and people picked them out before leaving the premises. Coco plums, dog woods, yellow elder, the national tree of The Bahamas, sea grapes, braziletto, horse flesh, Madeira and more were all part of the give-away plants. A second species on the eradications list is the Brazilian pepper, sometimes called Florida holly or Bahamian holly. That tree came here from Florida and is from the same family as poison wood. It can cause very serious allergies. When you want to destroy one of those trees, the whole root system has to be pulled out. It is very difficult to get rid off. Next on the list is Melaleuca Quinquenervia that poses a threat to the mangroves. That plant sucks up large quantities of water and is very difficult to eradicate as its seed pods explode in thousands of seeds. That plant changes the fire routine. It is also called bottle brush tree because of it white puffy flowers. Hawaiian sea-grape or also called exotic scaevola spreads like wild fire, said Mrs. Moultrie. It is similar to the native scaevola which has smaller and fatter leaves. One thing we need to do is to prevent invasive species from entering the country. Native PlantsFrom Page 2 Invasive PlantsFrom Page 20 We have to ask nurseries, garden clubs and others for help. Our agriculture representative, Mr. David Knowles, is traveling shortly to Trinidad to obtain funding to battle invasive species. The challenges we face, Mrs. Mourtire explained, are limited funding and no dedicated staff. Therefore, the solution is to maximize the resources and take advantage of every opportunity. Youth in Action Has Resumed BasketballBy Mirella Santillo Following a good soccer season, the basketball program of Youth in Action started on January 20th at Ocean View Park. Fortyfive children registered in the following categories: under 16, under 14, under 12 and under 10. Among them were several youth who have been with the program since the beginning. The new students will be taught the principles of the game every SatThese boys have regularly played all sports in the Youth in Action since it bagan five years ago. They are Samuel Bauziele, Tomiko Williams, Kingsley Cajuste and Corderro Carey. They are now able to assist the younger players. urday from 10 to 12 while the other five who have been with Youth in Action for the last four years and have already participated in out of town competition who have all played in Freeport last year and Davis Vilmar who went to Las Vegas, will brush up on their technics. The program is under the supervision of Youth Coordinator for Abaco, Mr. Ishmael Stretch Morley.

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Page 22 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 E-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.oceanblueproperties.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New listing! 1/3 acre oceanfront lot with 120' on sandy beach on north end of Munjack Cay. Use of private shared dock on Sea of Abaco. $295,000 plus 7% to close. New listing! New construction project. Model cottage on site already sold! Two bedrooms, two full baths. 30'x42' cottage with attached 9'x12' garage/ shed. Just steps to Coco Bay Beach. Central A/C. Reverse osmosis system. Ceiling fans throughout. Stove & side by side refrigerator included. $495,000 plus 7% to close. New listing! 12,000 sq.ft. lot with 75' on Bluff Harbour waterfront. High elevation with outstanding water views. Use of private shared dock. $650,000 plus 7% to close. New Listing! 4 acre sea-to-sea Bahamian estate with approximately 420 on the Atlantic Ocean and 300 on Black Sound, with private dock. Furnished main house has three bedrooms, two baths, fireplace, swimming pool, observation tower, gazebo and A/C in bedrooms. Attached furnished owner unit has one bedroom and one bath. Spectacular ocean views. 3 small boats, 2 all-terrain vehicles. Good elevation. Owner financing available. $4.75 million plus 7% to close. 22,000 sq. ft. inland lot within walking distance of Lagoon Beach Cove on the north end of Munjack Cay. Access roads to private shared dock on the Sea of Abaco and the beach road to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. $85,000.00 plus 7% Two story furnished home with outstanding views of Black Sound and Gillam Bay. 1.67 acres. Total three bedrooms; three baths; two kitchens/ living/dining areas. Central A/C. Guest house with one bedroom and one bath. Two vehicles. 120 dock on hurricane sheltered Black Sound. Large porch and surrounding deck. $1.99 million, includes all closing fees. 190 water front 12,500 sq. ft. lot on Coco Bay. Dredged channel. Good elevation, private dock. $650,000 plus 7% to close. New Listing! 19,175 sq. ft. lot within walking distance of two great beaches and a major resort. $201,300 with all closing costs in. Two bedroom two bath furnished home with enclosed porch, large deck, laundry room, and generator. New free-standing carport shelter. 1/4 acre. $485,000 with all closing costs in. 15,870 sq. ft. lot with views of and access to Atlantic Ocean. $250,000 inclusive of all closing costs. 85 of beach front on Bight O Bay. One acre. Can build four homes with outlying buildings. $840,000 with all closing costs in. New listing! Mainland Abaco. Two deep water waterfront lots on Sea of Abaco. Approximately 18,000 sq. ft. each. Utilities available. $150,000 and $185,000 each with all closing costs in. New listing! Mainland Abaco. Ten acre parcel with 150 on Abaco Highway and water front on Angel Fish Creek. Near Fire Road. $325,000 with all closing costs in. SOLD Gillam Bay Beach Parcel SOLD Lot 5 Coco Bay Estates Bridging the Gap ProgramThirty students from schools across Abaco can boost of being better prepared for their future since they have been attending Bridging the Gap Youth Program on Saturdays. The program began in November 2006 for students from grades 512 who learn various skills needed for them to become the best God intends for them to become. The objectives of the program are to provide students with weekly group sessions to learn about various topics, to provide positive mentorship, to equip students with the tools needed so they can become empowered to make better choices, to properly groom them to become young men and women of distinction, to teach them how to become more caring by engaging them in community outreach projects and to provide them with apprenticeship opportunities when they get in high school. Also attached to the program is a police drill and military-type tattoo program to teach the students basic police drills that is a great form of discipline. The students learn a new command every Saturday. So far they have learned most of the basic commands and should be starting to march very soon. All of the students who attend the program have learnt a lot and have much fun. The group meets at Central Abaco Primary School. The students who come to the program come for different reasons. Some need help becoming more focused in school while others need help understanding (and embracing) the value of the education they are now getting. Then again others just come because they want to make the best out of Saturday, a day when there is really not much for youth to do on Abaco. There are five persons involved in the program as facilitators. They are Elaine Martinborough, who takes care of all of the community outreach projects, Margaret Phillips, who works on securing mentors Youth Newsand other supporters for the group, Cpl. Remy Minnis, who coordinates the police drills and tattoo part of the program, Felemease Sawyer, who works with mentoring the girls, and Samantha V. Evans, who coordinates the program. Even though each facilitator has a portfolio that they are responsible for, everyone works together as a team and pitches in where ever assistance is needed. Even though Ms. Evans conducts most of the group sessions, the other facilitators participate as well. No more students are being taken for this group but a new session will be started at a later date. A special thank you is extended to the parents of the students who come out to the program on Saturday. The facilitators are committed to assisting the youth of Abaco to become good, better, best and they can only do it with parental support and prayer. This is one of the few active youth programs that are registered with the Abaco Ministry of Youth office and is sanctioned (and monitored) by the Central Abaco Youth Council Board. Bridging the Gap is a Saturday program for students from several school in grades 5-12 to help them become better citizens. Also included are military drills Remember Register to Vote

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 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 $2,625,000 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 constructed 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,300s/ f luxury condominiums, close to beach, marina, restaurants & shops. Superior finished, fully furnished. Price: $495,000. Financing available. "Brigantine Beach Condo" (Ref #369) 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath bath townhouse with ocean views just steps from the beach, furnished, rental history $458,000. "Beach Villa 506" (Ref #636) 2 bed, 2bath garden view villa, completely renovated in 2005, all new furnishings & appliances. 1,250 s/f. Ideal rental property. Price $492,000. #3 Marlin Drive (Ref #492) 3 bedroom 3 bath single story CBS construction home, walking distance to beach & golf course. Modern kitchen, renovated, open decking on large lot. Price: $450,000 Galleon Bay Canal Lot" (Ref #422) Prime Canal Front cleared lot totaling 10,295 s/f and 88+ feet of protected canal water frontage situated on the wide expanse of pictureque Galleon Bay, quick access to the Sea of Abaco. $350,000. "Harbourfront Condo" (Ref #688) Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath ground level condominium with superb views of the Treasure Cay harbour & marina. Located in the Mariners Cove complex. Good rental history Price $345,000. Canal Lot on Galleon Bay (Ref #569) Protected canal lot near Galleon Bay entrance for quick access to Sea of Abaco, utilities at lot line, very well priced. Price: $331,500 "Two Bedroom Mariners Cove" (Ref #454) 2 bedroom, 1 bath fully furnished, two level poolside unit within view of Treasure Cay Marina and just a 5 minute walk from the Treasure Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing #455 to make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. Price $317,900.1st February 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.UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com VHF CH 16 Tues Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD ... the 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 WARRANTYBy Vernique RussellWedding BellsThe community of Treasure Cay will celebrate its first exchange of vows on February 24th. On this day Ms. Eve Russell of Green Turtle Cay and Mr. Leo Williams of Treasure Cay will be joined in holy matrimony at Full Gospel Assembly at 8 a.m. The ceremony will be officiated by Rev. Stafford Symonette and a breakfast reception will follow at the Full Gospel Fellowship Hall. Eve is the daughter of Rebecca and Brian Russell and Leo is the son of the late Moxey and Sybli Williams of Treasure Cay.Welcome to a New ResidentOn December 22nd a bouncing baby boy was born at Doctors Hospital in Nassau. The handsome prince was named Shaiel Kayloh Moxey. Shaiel is the first son of Ms. Claudette Osias of Treasure Cay. Congratulations to Claudette on the birth of your firstborn.New Teacher ArrivesThe family of Sherlin Bootle High School along with the communities of North Abaco proudly welcomes Ms. Pamela Moss. Ms. Moss is replacing Ms. Walters of the language department. The communities of North Abaco extend a warm welcome to you.Exercise Classes ResumeWalking away pounds for Jesus is the theme at the Abundant Living Walk Aerobics Club at Full Gospel Assembly. Walk Aerobics is a club that meets bi-weekly to exercise, and encourage. Exercise is an important part of keeping healthy and with this in mind kids and adults alike gather to get fit. The sessions usually last for forty-five to an hour. If you are looking for a spot to work and a fun group of people to do it with, come to Full Gospel fellowship hall and join in the fun. Together lets get fit for Jesus. Sessions are on Mondays at 7pm, Fridays at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 6:30 am.Kulas ClosesKulas wholesale and retail store located at the entrance of Treasure Cay has closed its doors. Management apologizes for any inconvenience this closure has cost and extends a heart felt thank you to all who patronized the business while open.High School Will Host Town MeetingThe Sherlin Bootle High school hosted a community meeting at the Anglican Church in Blackwood on January 17th. This meeting addressed important matter and concerns. North Abaco News

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Page 24 B The Abaconian February 15, 2007 1.3 Acres, 225 ft. beach front 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bath overall Guest cottage & 2 story apt. Caretaker or maids apt. Stand-by generatorFresh water pool, 50,000 gallon cistern Phone, Cable, Direct TV, High-speed Internet Color photos at: www.sher-way.com Asking $4,450,000 Email: SachetI@aol.com Will cooperate with local RealtorsSherees Way Elbow Cay Special Summer/Fall Air Fare for Bahamian Residents All travel on these tickets must be completed by 12/15/2006. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket counters or through the Ft Lauderdale office and must be paid in full at time of purchase. Purchaser must present valid Bahamian passport with US visa, or valid passport ofanother country with valid Bahamian work permit and valid US visa at time ofpurchase. Tickets are non-refundable. Baggage allowance of 50 lbs including carry-on. Excess baggage traveling with you is $0.70 per pound and travels on a space available basis. All freight and excess luggage checked in at departure will travel within one week at the rate of $0.45 per pound.Abaco Price $190 plus US taxes of $38.65 and Bahamian departure tax ($15)Eleuthera Price $240 plus US and Bahamian taxesSPECIAL FREIGHT RATEDeliveries Thru October 31, 2006$0.45 per pound (DIM Weight Pricing)Marsh Harbour 367-0140 Treasure Cay 365-8660 Ft. Lauderdale 954-359-8266 North Eleuthera 335-1696 Governors Harbour 332-3340 Rock Sound 334-2795 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 COPALM SHORES OWNERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL G G ENERAL M M EETING will be held on Friday, February 23rd, 2007 at Jack and Kathy Nesbitts HomeALL LANDOWNERS & RESIDENTS OF BAHAMA PALM SHORES WELCOME! The funeral service for Clifton McDonald 48, of Murphy Town was held at Strong Tower Community Church International in Murphy Town on January 20. Pastor Stephen N. Knowles officiated assisted by Pastor Christopher Dean. Interment was in Murphy Town Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Jennifer McDonald; parents Douglas and Leota McDonald; daughter Latoya McDonald; step-daughter Calecia Davis; sons Clifton Jr., Gerard, Clifftino and Macquel McDonald; step-son Dale Spencer; sisters Tanya McDonald, Vangie McIntosh and Romona Bethel; adopted sister Lorrain Nesbitt; brothers Glen, Gary and Patrick McDonald; mother-in-law Ethel Simpson; father-in-law Louis Brown; aunts Hilma Curry, Inez Knowles and Winnifred McDonald; uncle Leonard Knowles; sisters-in-law Ansula andObituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and FriendsOwenta McDonald, Pauline Calma, Stephanie, Rose, Sandra, Yvonne; brothers-in-law Mario Bethel, Danny McIntosh, Mark, Paul, John; daughter-in-law Camille McDonald; nieces Younnique, Rhianna, Lechan, Aniska, Brittany, Ariel and Patrenda McDonald, Raznae, Razheme and Rakasha McIntosh and Tierra Bethel; nephews Jamal and Trinity McDonald and Senario Bethel and many other relatives and friends. Mr. Fredrick Marcel Bain, 57, of Cedar Harbour died at his residence on January 16. He is survived by his wife Gwendolyn Bain; sons Clarence Bain, Leonard Whymns, Osmond Munnings and Stephen Clarke; daughters Erica Bain, Ingrid Bain and Suzette Morley; sister Gloria Jones; brother Maxwell Bain; nieces; nephews; grandchildren; great-granddaughter and many other relatives and friends. Beegie Adair Live ConcertVery Talented Jazz Pianist Performing in a trio withChris Brown, drummer Roger Spencer, bassist7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 17 Community Center, Treasure Cay Tickets $30 Libba King 365-8075By Julian Lockhart Abaco Central High School went into the Abaco Junior Junkanoo parade knowing they would have no competition and yet still put on an amazing performance on January 11th. Abaco Central was the only high school competing in the parade; but when the group took to the street on Don MacKay Boulevard, hundreds of spectators found themselves dancing in the street to the beat of the music vibrating from the drums and brass of Abaco Central. School principal Kendris Hield said, Abaco Central High School is a community-minded high school. As far as we are concerned it was our obligation to go out there and to actually put on a great performance for the community of Abaco so families, friends and people can come together as one. All the communities can come together as one and enjoy a proper show and actually go home feeling good about being an Abaconian, feel good about Abaco Central High School and feel good about this whole community of Abaco in general. I am extremely proud of the students and the enthusiasm they showed in the parade. I am proud of Mrs. Laurie Thompson and the way she performed and produced. I would like to commend all the teachers who helped, he added. Mr. Hield said it was definitely team work that made the parade a success because they had people who cooked food and other teachers who came out to paste as well. Abaco Central was the last school out of the gates and came out with the theme The Great Flood with a solid float, nice on-theshoulder pieces and their choreography was on point. But it was their music with a mixture of brass, drums and cowbells that got the crowd into a frenzy and made spectators say they felt like they were on Bay Street in New Providence. A lot of mention has been made that Abaco Central could compete in New Providence or Grand Bahama at their Junior Junkanoo parade and give the top schools a run for their money. Mr. Hield definitely feels his school can compete and not just compete but also win parades on either island. However, it would cost the school over $10,000 for travel and costumes to compete on the same level because the schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama have more money and products at their disposal.Abaco Centrals Junkanoo Is #1

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 25 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS404-256-9626 Guana Cay, Orchid Bay Subdivision Lot for sale 75 x 100, great elevation and close to town, nicely paved road and underground utilities. All lots already sold last one available. Call 3655175 Ask for Robbie Guana Cay 2 lots, 90 x 250 each, w/ great elevation and views of Sea of Abaco. $65,000 each. Call 365-5175 or 365-5149. 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 Cozy 2 bed/ 2 bath on 2 levels, 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 Great Cistern, 1 Bdrm cottage, fully furnished, Sea of Abaco views, beach access, suits single person or couple. $1,000 per month (includes utilities) Call 359 6442 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. Priced reduced to $350,000 net to seller Call Danny PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE750 sq. ft. living area, partly furnished, covered deck all around, A/C, ocean view. $495,000. Call 365-6047 or 365-6165 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 Dickies Cay, Man-O-War, 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, living room, sitting room, kitchen, laundry, wrap-around porch, swimming pool and deck. 14,000 gal rain water, 40 KW generator, dock and boat lift 10,000 lbs. and much more. Asking $1,500,000. Call Sam Albury 365-6058 for details and appointment for view. Scotland Cay, 2 adjoining lots for sale, ocean beach on private island. Private paved runway and marina slips available. Each lot 125 on beach x 260 deep. Call 970-333-1055 Scotland Cay home on private island with paved runway. 4 building complex on 300 of beach front. Details at www.summercampabacos.com Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 1 br/ 2 ba cottage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Panoramic view of ocean in all directions from top of hill. On approx. 3.75 accres, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. Call 508-5403240 or e-mail jvlvworthington@adelphia.net Land for sale: 1 acre tracts of land on Bustick Bay located 6 miles north of Marsh Harbour next to the Abaco Highway. 130 feet on the waterfront. Electricity on site. Price: $185,000 Phone: 1-242-324-1476 Land for sale: 15 acre tract of land next to the Abaco Highway located in between Marsh 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 By Jennifer Hudson Dr. Trevor Archer was just a lad of seven when he left Abaco with his family in 1967. He now resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and returned for the first time in 30 years for a few days between Christmas and New Years (apart from two short visits as a teenager), bringing with him his wife and family. His desire was to revisit his childhood home and show his wife and four children his island roots. Trevor Archer spent the first seven years of his life in Coopers Town where his father, Norman, was headmaster of the school. However, in 1966, Trevor, along with his four sisters moved into Marsh Harbour. (His older brother, Leonard, who is now High Commissioner to the Caribbean, was at the time teaching on Cat Island, and his older sister was a nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital). The road at that time between Coopers Town and Marsh Harbour was in a very poor state and travel along it was slow. Trevor remembers the family spending the next six months living with his fathers mother, Mama Liza, in a house near what is now Stoplight Corner. In 1967 the family moved to Nassau where Trevor finished his schooling. After completing his secondary education at Government High School, Trevor entered Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, from which he graduated with a PhD in Biochemistry with Honours and later a PhD in Biochemistry. While at university he met his future wife, Janet, and after graduation they both took up appointments at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1991 Dr. Archer was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario. In recognition of his excellent productivity in a highly competitive field, he was recognized as NCIC Career Scientist. In 1996 he was appointed Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Oncology, division of Experiment Oncology, London Regional Cancer Centre, London, Ontario. In May 2003 Dr. Archer became Chief at the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis (Cancer Research) after competing in a national search. He was elected because of his excellent scientific reputation, experience and interpersonal skills. In his position as Chief, Dr Archer overseas 55 scientists working in research groups. Dr. Archer has published many articles and is in constant demand as a speaker at national and international meetings. He has been cited as one of the top scientists in North America and the world in the area of molecular endocrinology. On his return to the place of his birth and childhood home, Dr. Archer found only a cleared lot where his grandmothers house had once stood, and the area looked so much smaller than it had seemed to him as a child in contrast to the size of the new Marsh Harbour. The only house he recognized in the whole of Marsh Harbour was Uncle Beechers house, the green and white house still standing beside the Port Authority. On driving into Coopers Town Dr, Archer got the distinct feeling of recognizing the shore front and the beautiful sea view and realized that he had forgotten just how beautiful Abaco is. His childhood home was gone and the expanded school covered the ground where it once had stood. The original school building was still there but had been incorporated into a newer, much larger school. Other than the school, all the other buildings he had known as a child were gone. A post office and restaurant presented a new image for him. Although he found the settlement to be bigger and far more developed than when he left, it actually appeared small to him, a fact he attributes to a combination of childhood memory and having since lived in much larger places. He was delighted to meet with Archie McDonald whom he last saw when he was seven and enjoyed reminiscing about old times. Another joy for him was the chance to see again his Uncle Joe Hudson, cousins Gary and Ricardo Smith and other family and friends. Trevors wife and children also greatly enjoyed their visit, fell in love with Abaco and are hoping to persuade him to purchase some land here so that they can make many return visits. Dr. Archer is a fine role model for the young people of Abaco today. He did not come from a wealthy family, his mother, Delaine, was a homemaker and his father, Norman, a school teacher, but Trevor has shown that by hard work and determination, a persons highest goals can be achieved. There is no excuse for sitting back and being satisfied with second best. So all you young people take a leaf out of Dr. Trevor Archers book and go for it.A Son of the Soil Traces His Roots Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Archer

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Page 26 B The Abaconian February 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 SouvenirsSouvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Business Service Directory Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 BAHAMA TILELICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home AA AA A baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island PharPhar PharPhar Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 pm Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@yahoo.com 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 Abaco Electric Motor & Generator RepairsRewind, Rebuild, Repair HP 200 HP All Types of Electric MotorsElectric Pumps, Generators, Power ToolsAir Compressor Repairs Sonith Lockhart 367-3273, -0262 Forest Drive, Dundas TownWe guarantee service, price & your satisfaction Coming SoonPassion FlowerLocated opposite Bellevue Business Deport Ph 367-3166 Grandmother Glendar Knowles is holding Keiano Knowles, a baby boy born on October 26, 2006. Kieano is the son of Kadren and Sonoveia Knowles, Mrs. Knowles son and daughter-in-law. bitten on the ankle. The dog was hit by two by shots which were fired at it. The robbers were seen leaving in a dark colored sedan. The police have arrested two persons found in possession of the phone cards, and they are warning the public not to buy phone cards off the streets. If anyone sees a person with a large number of phone cards or is approached by such a person, he/she is asked to contact the Marsh Harbour Police Station immediately. This matter remains under investigation. Mrs. Audrey Alvarez, owner of the store, is entreating other business owners to be CrimeFrom Page 13 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 Ministervery alert. She has been in business for over 20 years and states that she has never experienced any break-ins or robberies during that whole time but with the rapid growth of Abaco unfortunate things are happening. She was not in the store at the time as it was being manned by her 14-year-old son and a female employee. But it was reported that the gunmen first fired a shot, then poked the guns into the faces of her son and the employee who, fortunately, remained calm, handled the situation very well and made no eye contact with the men throughout the very frightening ordeal. The employee opened the cash registers and gave the gunmen all of the money. But according to Ms Alvarez, the fact that the gunmen then fired a second shot may mean that the robbers might have been displeased at the amount they got as she makes it a point never to keep much cash in the store. Fortunately, neither the employee nor the son was hurt. As soon as the gunmen left the store, the employee phoned the police who came immediately and received high praise from Mrs. Alvarez. According to Mrs. Alvarez, the police were able to obtain a lot of information from the 13 security cameras which are strategically placed in the store. Extra precautionary measures are now being taken to further secure the store.Proud Grandmother

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February 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 27 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 Please note that the following positions are now available at The Abaco Club, RC Ltd. 1Transport Assistant 1Sous Chef 1Chef de Partie (PM shift) 1Pre (Pantry) Cook 2Spa Attendant 1Pay Master 1Beach Manager 1Kitchen Steward 2Guest Relations Coordinators (Sales) 5Room Attendants 3Housemen 1Linen. Room Attendant / Presser 5Housekeeping Room Attendants 1Snr. Housekeeping Manager 1Reservation Agent 1Valet driver (Housekeeping) 1Maintenance Technician 1Painter 1Air-conditioned Refrigeration Assistant 1Chief Kitchen Steward 4Kitchen Stewards (Male) COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats25 Grady White Sailfish, w/ 2 225 HP Evinrudes, cuddy cabin, depth sounder, DUTY PAID, good condition. Asking US $16,000 At Green Turtle Shipyard. Call 365-4648 or 215256-9990 or 25 Parker with 225 HP 4-stroke Yamaha, fully equipped, outriggers, depth finder. DUTY PAID. Call 365-6004 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 2000 Ford Explorer XLT Excellent condition. $12,500 OBO Call 242-359-0081 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. 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. Asking price US $11,000 Call 307733-4009 18 Aire Sea Tiger inflatable kayak Foot peddle controlled rudder. Easily carries 2 people. Stores in small places. Extremely stable and quiet. Great for touring, bonefishing. Very good condition. $2000. Call 365-8423. 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. 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: 242-365-8175 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 MERCHANDISECommercial stove, 6 burners, raised griddle, 2 ovens. $1200 OBO Call Greg at 366-3503 Those interested in purchasing this CD please call Mark Gates at 366-2817 or 365-6306. Price $15 Retail business for sale in Marsh Harbour. Number 1 location. Call 367-7653 for information EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESCurly Tails Restaurant & Bar is seeking to fill the following positions: Bartender (experienced)/Cook/Server and Dishwasher. Applicants should apply in person at Curly Tails Restaurant @ the Conch Inn, Marsh Harbour. Tel. 367-4444 Looking for experienced bartender must be personable, honest and intelligent. Beautiful resort on Green Turtle Cay is looking to add a key player to their team! Telephone 365-4247 ask for Renee, or fax resume to 365-4248. Possible live in position. ChiliFrom Page 1 captains, as a number of the men diced, chopped and cooked down some good oldfashioned chili. Capt. Williams has won the cook-off two of the six years and said he will be back once again next year hopefully to win again and enjoy himself. There were 31 men competing in the competition. Winning the mild division was Robert Wilson aboard Sea Island Girl hot went to Fred Gassman on the Linda G and also on Shade Mor John DeWetter won the spicy division. Mr. Williams said, I enjoyed it immensely and I am extremely happy in winning. I do this because I like the club, I like The Bahamas and I like the Bahamian people. It is great and I dont know if it proves I am a good chef; maybe I paid the judges off. I have competed for five years and I have won twice. I will definitely be back next year. This night is fantastic and we all get a lot out of this, Mr. Williams added. The competition is open only to men; and after the judging is finished, everyone chows down on chilli, corn bread and salad There is an open bar all evening. There was chili made with beef, chicken and even a vegetarian chili for those who stay away from meat. Each entrant gives $15 to go towards making their chili and are also given a bottle of Bacardi Rum for entering the competition. Each winner is given a bottle of Nassau Royal and Mr. Williams also received a Burgee Yacht Club Flag. Commodore Dave Bluto said the event is just for fun and to bring all the members together, of which most have traveled to the Bahamas to enjoy the beauty of the Abacos. Mr. Bluto said they work closely with Don Cornish at the Abaco Tourism office and there are postings on their website (rmhyc.com) with how to get to Abaco, how to navigate the waterways and what to do once they get to Abaco. The next scheduled event for the club is a Pirates of the Caribbean party on February 6th and all attendees must wear costumes. Mr. Bluto said, It is fun and it is kind of a macho thing we are still allowed to get away with. All the guys cook the chilli and we have some very good chefs in our yacht club. We reward everyone for just entering. You will probably see 150-180 members here tonight who all come over to the Abacos. There are some who live here but most of us are on boats and come here for the winter. We are good for tourism and we work for tourism. We have our own website and we promote the Abacos. We love the people, we love the idea of having all these island to go to for variety and we just love it here, Commodore Bluto concluded. Some of the chefs who competed in the Chili Cook-off of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club are enjoying their own creations. In the center is Dave Bluto, Commodore of the club. Two of Abacos Chief Councillors, Jeremy Sweeting of the Hope Town District Council and Steve Pedican of the North Abaco District Council, met informally over lunch on January 20 to discuss common issues and to look for common strategies at solving problems. There were no minutes, no agenda and no announcements, but they felt that there was merit to their coming together, and would like to meet with more of the chief councillors, perhaps monthly. The two men felt that there were enough common issues that would ultimately benefit by mutual cooperation, particularly if a larger group of chief councilors could form a consensus. They expect to extend an invitation to the other chief councillors on Abaco and hold another lunch gathering sometime in February. This was the first meeting of this nature since Local Government was implemented on Abaco about 12 years ago. Actually, The Local government Act suggests chief councillors should meet together for the common good of the island.Chief Councillors Discussed Problems BUSINESS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE

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