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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 5, MARCH 1st, 2007 By Jennifer Hudson The Royal Bahamas Police Force, Abaco District, and other law enforcement agencies led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band marched through the narrow streets of Sandy Point on the afternoon of February 4 on the way to their annual church service. Participating were the Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Bahamas Customs Department, The Bahamas Immigration Department, Road Traffic Department and young members of the police community marching band. Each year the service takes place in a different settlement on Abaco and this year it was held at Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. The church was filled to capacity and the rafters rose to the joyful hymn singing of the very large congregation accompanied by the rousing music of the Royal Bahamas Police Force band. Members of the various organisations, pastors and church members took part in the Scripture readings, musical selections and responsive readings. The sermon was preached by Pastor Napoleon Roberts, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church who expressed thanks to all of the law enforcement and government agencies present and prayed that they be kept from the dangers of life theyZion Baptist Hosts Uniform OfficersSandy Point Hosted Church Service for Uniformed Agencies Please see Church Page 16 The Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band led the procession to the Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point. In the procession were Police, Immigration and Customs officers. It is a tradition that these officers worship together at the beginning of each year. The change to Daylight Savings Time will occur on March 11, the second Sunday in March, to coincide with the change in the United States, Canada and other countries. Advance clocks one hour at bedtime on the 10th or early on Sunday morning. Eastern Standard time will be observed again on Sunday, November 4, the first Sunday in November. This is a world-wide effort to better utilize daylight and conserve electricity. Previously, the time change was on the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October. Advance Clocks One Hour March 11Daylight Savings Time begins 2 a.m. March 11. Set your clocks ahead one hour earlier either at bedtime on March 10 or on the morning of March 11. Daylight Saving Time Begins March 11 Arch Bishop Patrick Pinder Visits Catholic SchoolsMoores Is. Youth Get Band InstructionArchbishop Patrick Pinder of the Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos spent a day visiting St. Francis de Sales School and Every Child Counts, both in Marsh Harbour. He and Ms. Claudette Rolle, Director of Catholic Education, visit each of the 14 Catholic schools annually. He chatted with children in each room including this classroom at St. Francis de Sales. St. Francis offers classes from pre-kindergarten through high school. Every Child Counts is a school for students who cannot cope in a normal classroom, whether their problems are neurological or physical. Moores Island Community band had a one-day training session when several members of the Royal Bahamas Police Marching band visited the island. The Band was formed less than one year ago but they can now play one selection. See story on page 20

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REMEMBERABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING By Julian Lockhart The government of the Bahamas feels it is receiving a very small portion of the potential economic benefits from the largely expanding marina and boating industry and thus has asked a marina task force to recommend changes to the policies relating to this industry. The task force, led by Malcolm Martini, a consultant from Canada; Rochelle Newbold of the Bahamas Environmental, Science and Technology Commission; and Professor Dennis Nixon, was in Marsh Harbour on February 12th to discuss amendments to the existing policies with marina and hotel owners. Ten percent of Abacos tourism dollars is derived from the boating industry and with the saturation of the Florida market, that number only looks to go up, considerably, in the future. Though nothing has been determined yet and the draft is just in the infancy form, local marina owners and managers were able to voice their opinion on what should be done and what should be changed in the new policy. The study done by the Ministry of Tourism and other government agencies states that the marina sector currently generate $25 million in revenues per annum but the Bahamas Treasury sees little of that money in taxes. The draft policy said The Bahamas levied an annual charge of $6.15 and $1.95 per linear foot of dock space for commercial and private slips respectively in Family Islands. For the first 10 months in 2006, the Port Controllers Office had collected $156,000 in charges from New Providence, but just $115,000 from the Family Islands. However, Captain Cyril Roker, Assistant Controller for the Bahamas and Port Administrator for Abaco, said in 2006 they collected $228,810.80 for private docks, commercial docks and moorings and $480,000 for the Marsh Harbour freight dock. So Abaco alone doubles the number stated in the figures collected for the Family Islands. Mr. Martini said, I sure hope this works in The Bahamas. There is a great opportunity here. In the policy business we call it a moment when we are opening the policy window. Marinas are being discussed in a wide range, and it is time to take a look at the entire contribution of marinas to the Bahamian economy. The marrinas provide jobs and their boating clients support the economic activities in the area, but the marinas must contribute to sustainable tourism and make sure their environmental foot print is minimized. The boats that will be coming here are already accustomed to living in the most heavily regulated environment in the world in Florida. They are accustomed to strict regulations and in most cases are surprised when they come to The Bahamas and the same rules are not in affect, he added. One suggestion to alleviate the taxes on marinas, especially the small ones, was, instead of levying a set tax on docks, a owner would pay a six percent tax on their revenues. Thus in the slow season they are only asked to pay on what they make. All of the marina operators on hand were in favor of this proposal and said it could help make the rest of the draft proposal easier to accept. The present per foot levy applies equally to a marina on Inagua as to one on Abaco, irrespectively of the marine activity. Mr. Martini said this is the only way the government can continue reaping consistent benefits from marinas and dockominiums. Even though the person does not own the sea bed or Queens Bottom, he has a long term lease on it. Another recommendation was to charge property owners who have a dock, whether private or commercial, real property tax on the seabed their docks are anchored to. Those in attendance felt that this will be double taxing as they will already be paying taxes on their revenues for the dock slips. All commercial marinas will be required to have a pump out station under the new policies, and one suggestion to ensure that boaters are not pumping into the harbors is the use of red pills in bilges and holding tanks. Pump-out requirements would have to phased in gradually as pump-out facilities became available. There are no pump-out stations on Abaco at this time. A mobile pump-out truck is available in Marsh Harbour. Troy Cornea, owner of Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour, said he would put in a pump out station tomorrow if he knew government had already established somewhere for them to carry the waste product once they pump it out of the boats. The problem is that Abaco does not have a waste refinement process. Mr. Cornea said, I dont know what ideas will accepted until they come up with a better proposal. This is just in its infancyFees for Seabed Use Are Being StudiedMr. Malcolm Martini with the Ministry of Energy and Environment is consulting marina owners and others involved with the shoreline on the use of the seabed by private businesses and individuals. He held a meeting in Dundas Town with interested persons to discuss ways that government can have a bigger return by government for the use of the seabed. He is shown here talking the Mr. Chris Roberts and Mr. Troy Cornea. Please see Marine Use Page 26

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March 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 242.365.8198 c 242.577.0298BB 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. UNDER CONTRACT 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 MARSH HARBOUR #1306 REGATTAS OF ABACOUU UU UPSCPSC PSCPSC PSC ALEALE ALEALE ALE 1,150-sq. ft. 2 bed 2 bath beachfront apartment. Quality built interior, modern luxury amenities. Rent at $2,800 p/m Rent at $2,800 p/m Rent at $2,800 p/m Rent at $2,800 p/m Rent at $2,800 p/mVirginia.Damianos@SothebysRealty.com 242.322.2305 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 SEA EA EA EA EA OFOF OFOF OF AA AA ABB BB B AA AA A COCO COCO CO in Lucayos, 2,076 sq. ft. excellent elevation, 3 bed 3 bath with apartment, shared dock. $1,175,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2989 ELBOW ROOM110 110 110 110 110 FTFT FTFT FT.. .. ONON ONON 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 HOPE TOWN #3763 SHEREES WAYBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT E E E E ESTST STST ST AA AA A TETE TETE TE with 225 ft on white sand beach, close to White Sound public dock, 7 bed 7.5 bath. $3,900,000Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 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 3 303-01-07ELBELB 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 public dock and beach. Close to all amenities and 10 minutes from the village. $495,000. Contact Kerry Su llivan: 242.366.0163 UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT 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 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW PRICE ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #23114 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 $690,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com PRICE REDUCED NEW LISTING ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3125 SIROCCOOO OO OCEANFRCEANFR CEANFRCEANFR CEANFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT 4 bed, 3 bath home with central A/C, tile throughout and cypress tongue and groove. $1,850,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3674 ALWAYS SUNDAYWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT cozy 2 bed, 2 bath co ttage with private dock on the South end of Elbow Cay. Lush gardens. $2,300,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com FOR RENT 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 #2649 SILVER PLUMECC CC CHARMINGHARMING HARMINGHARMING HARMING 2 bed, 2 bath home with cozy pine interior and tiled floor. Dock and beach access steps away. $800,000Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com

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Page 4 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 By Jennifer Hudson Art aficionados attended this years art show in record numbers and the artists were very pleased at the interest shown in their work and the number of persons who actually purchased pieces. Most of our regular local artists were once again in attendance with the exception of several who come to mind, Ann Ray, Marlee Mason and Pete Johnston, but there was very little representation from Nassau this year. Several artists from Freeport were making appearances at the show for the second and even third time as they said that they enjoy the experience of the good art community here on Abaco. It was good to see some new faces on the scene this year, some locals and some from Freeport who had been encouraged to try out the Abaco art scene by Marjolein Scott and Jeep Byers when they were over there for Festival Noel in December. Tonia Van Mill has been hiding her light under a bushel. She has lived on Abaco for many years and yet I (and I would suspect the majority of people here) had no idea that she is an artist and, indeed, a very talented one. Tonia paints in oils and the detail in her underwater scenes is meticulous. Her work drew much attention from the crowd at the art show, especially her picture of a group of stingrays seen through the translucent waters, which was stunning. Tonia, I discovered, had been painting for years much earlier in her life and then decided to take it up again seriously about six months ago and was, fortunately for us, persuaded to exhibit at the show as her work is refreshingly different. Nancy Angstadt, whose paintings capture the atmosphere of island life, was encouraged to exhibit by her friend Mrs. Tonya Van Mill. Having spent many years working hard at a job in Pennsylvania, Nancy has now retired to Abaco where she finds it exciting to have time on her hands in which to paint. She is very impressed with the art community of Abaco and finds the artists extremely talented and friendly. Teleri Jones has been a winter visitor to Elbow Cay for the past seven years, but this was her first art show on Abaco though her work is displayed at galleries in Harbour Island and Nassau. Her work, which sells under the name Island Abstracts is uniquely different. Since it is so different, she wondered how it would be received but was very pleased at the interest shown in her work. Teleri, whose background is in product design such as ceramic tableware, ties and handbags, has specialised in the study of materials such as crystal, leather and metal. She works in natural vibrant colours which she says celebrate the natural wonders of the Bahamas in a quirky, joyful and yet sophisticated way. Her collage and mixed media pieces were simple, vibrant and stunning. She has carefully studied the coconut tree and cleverly includes all parts of the tree and fruit into her designs. Rosemarie Laing is a young artist who hails from Nassau but is currently living on Abaco. She studied art education at the College of The Bahamas and, though she has entered her work in two exhibitions at the college, this was her first major show so she admitted that she was a little nervous. Rosemarie studied graphic design which is evident in her large striking pieces. She paints in acrylic and uses spatulas, nails, wood and, in fact, anything she can find to get the texture she wants. I like to build up a texture in layers rather than just have a flat background so that people really want to take a closer look, she said. Tonia Van Mill showed at the Art Festival for the first time. She is a long time secondhome owner in Marsh Harbour. Rosemary Laing from Nassau is a young up-and-coming artist with great potential. Please see Art Show Page 5 Natalia Zanotti, a native of Argentina but resident of Freeport for the past six years, was excited to be on Abaco for the show. She was a little apprehensive, not knowing quite what to expect as this was the first time she had ever shown her work. She found, however, that the artists were most accommodating, and she enjoyed the enrichment she gained from them. Natalias eclectic subjects were very colorful and happy. She paints as therapy and a way to explore the fantastic world of art and have fun. It was amazing when viewing her attractive work that she had only been painting for one year. Though she had always had a passion for art, she actually discovered her talent when she was experiencing a very difficult time in her life and the artisColyn Rees had many new photographs in his display. Well known for his photographs of Abaco in the 1950s, he has recently begun taking digital photographs of the same locations, specifically aerials showing the changes taking place all over Abaco.Abaco Beach Held Its 10th Annual Art Festival

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 Ph : 242-367-2326 l 367-5960242-367-2326 242-367-5960 Reserve YOURS Now Call Today!!!225 Optimax $13,500 115 Optimax $9,200 150 Optimax $11,500 250 EFIonly $9,500Prices valid while supplies last 90 Two stroke $5,690 Elec. start Power trim2007 ModelsThree-year Warranty on Optimax Engines Two cycle weight Four cycle fuel economy A Unisex SalonManicures & Pedicures Ofra Cosmetics Matrix, Redkin and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 Art ShowFrom Page 4 tic talent she had always felt inside found its way out. It was good to see Zandric Jones, an upand-coming young Abaconian, showing his work again this year and to notice the exceptional maturity he has developed in his work over the past few years. Zandric began showing at the Abaco Beach Resort show soon after graduating from Abaco Central High School in 1999. He then went off to study painting at the College of The Bahamas before receiving a scholarship to the Vancouver Film School to study 3-D animation and visual effects. His work was much admired and talked about by many during the evening and one of his large paintings sold almost as soon as the preview evening opened. This gifted young man, who has always had a love for art, admits that he started painting and drawing on walls in his home as soon as he could hold a pencil. Adina Dolce, a 15-year-old student who attends Abaco Central High School, showed her work for the first time at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge Art Show in December where she was delighted to sell her first painting. This very enthusiastic young artist who paints in oil and shows much promise continued to do well at the Abaco Beach Resort show. Jeep Byers, who was known for years for his water colours of nature, has recently adopted a new look to his work. Jeep now paints in acrylic on canvas in what he describes as a very colourful and more Bahamian style. People are looking for something cheerful, and I have had a great response to this new style, he said. Bob Zwickels work also has a new look. I have incorporated todays technology into my work. I am selling enhanced Giclee prints which I have retouched and re-signed making them more valuable. These are extremely durable and the inks, which offer two million colours, are guaranteed for 90 years. Through computer technology I am Tim Higgs dispayed his exceptional under water photographs of reef inhabitants. This was his second show. able to greatly enhance the colours and these large high-quality prints are proving very popular, he stated. Trishka Knowles, one of the event organisers, stated that the Abaco Beach Resort really wanted to make this 10th anniversary show a memorable occasion and, by the comments I heard from people who attended the show, they definitely seem to have achieved their goal. Nicole Angelico displayed her oil on canvas work. She depicts historical scenes in her paintings. A Wide Variety of Art Was DisplayedMaureen Koepps finely detailed quilts depict underwater scenes. And now she is expanding into beach and village scenes.

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Page 6 The Abaconian March 1, 2007AUCTION SALE is proud to present its5th AnnualFund Raising Auction Sale Join us for an evening of Cocktails Hors doeuvresLive MusicGreat things to buyAdmission by Invitation Only.......... Call us and we will send you an invite! 242-554-8061 Judy judy@abacopathfinders.orgAuction will be held at The Marquee (Tent) at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour on Saturday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. To raise funds for the on going education of the students of Abaco. Ferries leave Hope Town and Man-O-War 5:15 PM SHARP GULFSTREAM CONTINENTAL CHEROKEE AIR ABACO AIR ISLAND EXPRESS PAINT YOUR BOTTOMEdwins Boat Yard will professionally prepare and paint any previously painted boat bottom up to 23 2 night stay on Green Turtle CayABACO INN1 week stay in a villa with a view of the Atlantic rollers & calm waters of the Bay of AbacoABACO BEACH RESORTOne week stay in one of their finest suitesHOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGEOne week stay in a ocean side cabana within walking distance of Hope TownANTIQUES -FURNITURE NAUTICAL STUFF MIRRORS -DINING SETS BRASS CLEATS NET FLOATS -LAMPS WOODEN MERMAID CASES OF WINE BOAT RENTALSSea Horse Boat Rentals Richs Rentals GOLF CART RENTALSIsland Cart Rentals Hope Town Cart Rentals Abaco PathfindersBLUFF HOUSE ALBURYS FERRYOne year pass on Alburys Ferry Service (non-transferable) 8 ft. Hand carved wooden crocodile Fiberglass toilet monkey FISHING CHARTERSWill Key Seagull Charters Bonefish DundeeDIVING20 person cruisedive-eat Nippers Two tank dive Abaco Dive HOME MAINTENANCEOne year of quarterly maintenance Xtreme Pest Control March 10th

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Page 8 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Dave RalphThe Editor Says Will Nassau Consider Our Input?The 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, Luzena, Mirella Santillo, Vernique Russell Contributors: Tonia Ferguson, John Hedden, Candace Key, Haziel McDonald, Lee Pinder, Kathy Weldon 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 Two recent events showed government operating at each end of the public spectrum. One was a public consultation on taxation issues impacting marinas, docks and other facilities using the seabed. The other was the quiet construction of two garbage transfer facilities, causing a quiet rebellion locally. Lets begin with the consultation. Twenty to 30 marine-oriented persons attended a five-hour presentation and discussion on proposed changes to the various tax or fee options being considered for those using the seabed. Mr. Malcolm Martini, a Canadian consultant with the Ministry of Energy and the Environment, presented current and possible changes to the taxes and fees collected by The Bahamas government. Cabinet has recently discovered that marinas are an important component of many resort developments, particularly in the Family Islands, and that governments share of the revenue is not realistic. All of this is predicated on the world-wide concept that the seabed belongs to government for its use, allocation and taxation. The presentation included the present situation in The Bahamas on private and commercial docks and a comparison of how Florida and other states handle their docks and seabed use. The consulting group included representatives from the Port Department, the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission, and a sustainable tourism representative along with a noted lawyer from Rhode Island who specializes in marine issues. It was said emphatically that whatever changes are implemented, they must not imperil the existing relationship between our marine industry and our marine visitors. The environment, marine-oriented businesses, the public, marine tourism and other interests must all be considered while formulating a country-wide policy. The goal is to equitably increase governments revenue while allowing the business sector to operate profitably within acceptable environmental and public interest guidelines. Although the current Bahamian situation was presented, there was an apparent willingness to listen to local concerns and suggestions for changes. In fact, similar meetings were scheduled for Grand Bahama, Exuma, Eleuthera and Nassau. A report with suggested changes to policies, laws, procedures and fee structures will be made for Cabinets review and possible implementation. Extensive discussions centered on harbour pollution and the need for pumpout facilities. Apparently Georgetown, Exuma, is about to get a pilot plant for land and marine sewage. This is a compact plant designed for minimal spaces and may be suitable for many island locations. The refreshing part of the meeting was the willingness of government representatives to listen and to accept suggestions from those present. The panel hopes to present its recommendations to Cabinet by early summer. What may come from this exercise remains to be seen and any changes are probably a year or two away from being implemented. In any event, changes can be expected in the taxation, lease or fee schedules now imposed against docks, marinas and other seabed uses. The consultation was an interesting exercise, but it remains to be seen what the final result will be. At the other end of the open consultation process was the recent awareness of two garbage transfer stations being constructed on Abaco without any local knowledge or consultation. The first station is well under way on the Cherokee road and the second has recently begun in Little Abaco just west of the causeway. The Cherokee site is not far from the well field serving the Abaco Club and which will soon supply Cherokee Sound. It is adjacent to a goat farm. The 50 persons attending a hastily called meeting concerning this facility questioned the logistics, economics and environmental soundness of its operation. The site is believed to be intended to accept all the garbage and trash from Cherokee, the Abaco Club and all points south to Sandy Point. The trash from the various communities will be collected in large open-top bins, then trucked to the new landfill site eight miles farther north on the Snake Cay road. These bins are often seen at construction sites and are now used to carry garbage from Hope Town and Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour. It appears that the Sandy Point trash contractor will drive 40 miles to this new transfer site, unload and return home. The unanswered question was why not go eight more miles and be done with it, without creating another pollution source to our water lens. A similar transfer site is apparently being constructed on Little Abaco close to the bridge. We are told that a large block of virgin forest is being cleared which will be the trash collection station for North Abaco with large containers, then trucked to the Snake Cay landfill. Without benefit of a hydrology study, it would appear that this site is on the eastern edge of the water lens supplying Cedar Harbour. The water lens in Little Abaco should be a protected resource and not be imperiled by garbage or other hazardous development. Whether Treasure Cay trash will go north 30 miles to be consolidated with Little Abaco Trash or go south direct to the new landfill site is not known. Treasure Cay is about equal distance from either site. It is about 58 miles from the Little Abaco transfer site to the landfill near Snake Cay. The new Little Abaco site has been striped of the topsoil preparatory to constructing the garbage transfer facility. There is an additional area cleared for apparent quarry removal. This particular site is in one of the last remaining virgin pine forest areas on Abaco. The two transfer sites, Cherokee and Little Abaco, represent a substantial capital expense with an implied substantial annual operation expense. Then there is the arbitrary disruption to the Abaco landscape and the possible contamination of our valuable fresh water lens. Although the intent is to improve the system for the collection and disposal of garbage and trash, it is not at all clear that this is being accomplished. In this case, local consultation would have gone a long way to either put local fears aside or inject a local element of concern. It appears that once the system is in place, we will be told how it works. The landfill site near Snake Cay is more than a year behind schedule with no completion date in sight. There is virtually no information on its operational logistics and expenses, manpower requirements or tipping fees which the public and commercial operators will pay to take trash there. The Nassau perception is that Abaco people are not yet mature enough to be given this information or to be asked for their input. By Vernique Russell Over the past years, there have been countless articles about the abuse of our marine creatures. In spite of the attempts at migration, restoration and agitation, there seem to be an increase in the abuse especially in the north. Recent trends have shown the rise of undersized marine creatures being caught. When questioned divers, often complain about the appearances of lobsters underwater claiming that they seem larger. These are seasoned divers! There is great concern of the amount of reported cases of people being caught with undersized marine animals. However, there should be more concerned at the ones that go unreported. How often are these creatures captured? Who are the ones that are guilty? How often are the creatures captured? Is it the local divers or the local buyers? Maybe it is the fisheries officers, the black market consumers inclusive of the local restaurants? Maybe we are all guilty! There is uncertainty in this matter, is this a case of just greed, ignorance or both. These same fishermen that practice in the harvesting of undersized marine animals are the same ones to complain about the scarcity of lobster and conch each season. They fail to recognize the link between harvesting undersized marine animals and their decline. Harvesting undersize sea creatures means that the animal has little time to reproduce. This further means when we consider that out of the 300,000-600,000 eggs for the lobster or conch, less than half of these would survive to maturity. In addition to the natural predators, greed leads to interference from humans predators. We must realize the dangers and protect our marine lives for future generations. Some dangers that divers who harvest undersize marine creatures are Destruction to food chain/balance of nature Future loss of revenue for the Bahamas government Complete extinction of these marine creatures The question now is, who do we hold responsible for this crisis? While the answer for that may vary, the real fact is we have contributed in one way or another and its time we help ourselves. Therefore, we are suggesting that we put in place the following for recommendations: Subsidized employment for more marine/fisheries officers Education of the public through more marine seminars and workshops Liaising with and supporting environment groups such as Friends of the Environment Encouragement of community selfhelp programs Stiffer penalties for poaching/infraction of the laws referring to these creatures More involvement from the local governments perspectives through the posting of signs/reminders near bay sides. Realization of individuals responsibility to report infractions or abuse of the law Add Marine Biology as a separate subject in all schools, including primary level Consider and prepare for mariculture Revival of any existing and rise of new Fishing Associations to address concerns and find other ways to preserve and regulate the nearby reefs within their vicinities. In addition, they would align themselves with international organizations as this is a global problem. Mandate perpetrators to perform some duty toward the marine environment that they are destroying. It is our responsibility as citizens of the Bahamas to persevere and protect our waters and creatures that abide undersea. We MUST help ourselves!VV VV V iewpointiewpoint iewpointiewpoint iewpointWe Need to Help Our Environment

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9Order The Abaconian Today Apr 2006Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 990 Old Dixie Hwy, #14, Lake Park, FL 33403 or: P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Resort & hotel development Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. Phone and electric company changes Fishing, boating & sporting activities Immigration, taxes or duty changes Changes to laws and regulations Community events New business ventures Changes in airline service Actions by local governmentLetters to the Editor Fishing Regulations Will Hurt TourismDear Sir: If Mr. Miller (the Hon.) hasnt had any negative feed-back regarding the new fishing regulations for tourists, then please allow me the honour of being among the first to enlighten him. The changes in the regulations are only going to affect the honest tourist who currently obeys the laws. The people he speaks of who take hundreds of thousands of pounds of illegal catch are the ones no one ever sees: they do not check into customs, do not pay for a fishing permit and do not spend money in the Bahamas. They ply the edge of the Banks and then leave. He should start focusing on those people, not the average tourist who takes a small catch to enjoy eating fresh seafood while they cruise. It will take him only a few years to figure out that the changes he touts will NOT stop the loss of the resources. His reasoning is faulty. Bahamians and Haitians have already depleted the conch fishery on their own. The few of us who take a few lobster or conch are NOT the ones who are depleting the resources, and it makes no sense to punish us. Secondly, the Bahamas does not have a monopoly on good clear water and fishing resources. Our own Florida Keys are excellent, and with early attention to preservation of our resources, our fishery has recovered and we can take fish, lobster, and conch (in Federal waters). Also, American boaters are welcome in Cuba and many people are starting to go there. The fishery is virgin and the Cubans make it easy for us to visit. So dont think we are going to subject ourselves to your snobbish attitude and show up in the Bahamas by default. You will find that we are not interested in visiting where we are not welcome, and we are not interested in spending money where we are not welcome. When the American boating community becomes apprised of Mr. Millers attitude toward them, I think he will see a noticeable reduction in tourism on Abaco. Guess what! It is not going to hurt us it going to hurt the Bahamians, especially those who earn their living on Abaco and enjoy the dollars we used to spend there. I, for one, dont need to waste my time making the difficult crossing and spending a small fortune to enjoy six lobsters and be treated like dirt by the government. Donna JonesAppreciates AssistanceTo the Editor, We survivors of the disastrous fire early morning of January 12, 2007, at Royal Palm want to thank God for saving our lives and thank the brave and efficient volunteers of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department for their expedient arrival and quick action to limit the blaze to the upper units in the six-unit Building No. 1 at Royal Palm in Treasure Cay. It threatened the lives of the six occupants of adjacent units. It claimed the life of our beloved cat Dini, who was trapped in our unit below and nearly claimed our lives, too, with the dense smoke. Luckily, Lorna was awakened by a loud noise in the upper unit, and we got out just in time in our bare feet. We want to thank the Treasure Cay Airport Fire Department for its equally successful effort to contain the flames and save the next building from being engulfed as well. Also we want to thank the many other volunteers from Atlantis and other units and homes including boaters in the harbour for striving with limited means to fight the fire before the fire department volunteers arrived and who also helped us clean up afterwards. We would like to thank Hagen Peters, President of Royal Palm Condo Association for his valiant efforts to rebuild, as we love it here and want to stay. Thank you all. Lorna and Bill FirstbrookSmall Boaters Will Go ElsewhereDear Editor, Bimini is the small boat capital of The Bahamas. As you know, it is very near Miami and Fort Lauderdale, and with good weather it is a wonderful trip. The past 14 years a group of four friends with four boats, all 23 and 25 footers, have been traveling to Bimini twice and sometimes three times a year to fish and spend time with our good friends on North Bimini. We have always stayed at Weech Marina and Hotel, paying in cash for four dock spaces and four rooms for three nights. We compensate the dock master, the night watchman, and the maids. We purchase, also in cash, ice, beer, booze and fuel. Also eating breakfast out every morning and dinner out at least one night. And yes, we do bring ice and food with us so we can barbecue the fish that we catch. We have always fished under The Bahamian bag limits and have purchased conch from the locals to take home with us, last year over $400 worth. So we do leave some green in Bimini. We disagree with Mr. Miller. Not everyone fishes the Bahamas in large war canoes and do not spend any money when they are there. I have been at Treasure Cay and Boat Harbour and have seen how much money is spent at these places. He is either very stupid or not very well informed. But, it has always seemed that Central Government is not interested in the well being of the Out Island people at all. The purpose of this note is to let you know that we just canceled our trip to Bimini for the Memorial Day weekend after 14 years of really great times. We have booked in the Florida Keys, because, after all, the purpose for making the trip is to fish. The cost for a small boater now far exceeds the fish that we may catch and now can keep. We are not trying to make a statement here. It is their country and they must do what they must. Time will tell, as always. But, our Bimini weekends look to be very much over. Too bad, indeed; we have bad some really wonderful experiences in the Land of the Sea and Sun. Neil and Deborah CurryCommends New Fishing RegulationsDear Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources on the new fishing regulations that came into effect on January 1 of this year. I must also commend the government and the Ministry for over the last three years putting into effect a season for Nassau grouper, which I feel has improved the population for that species over this time period. I have personally talked with a number of fishermen who have noticed an increase in the grouper population and have noticed a great increase in the number of juvenile grouper; this is evidence of the effectiveness of this law. Many thanks should also be extended to all law abiding citizens and visitors who have respected this regulation which, by doing so, has secured its success. Many of you who have read this paper faithfully over the years know that during the past five or six years I have written several letters concerning the issue of poaching and over-fishing. This is an issue of grave concern to most Bahamians and is an issue that has deserved prompt attention for quite some time. The issue of crawfish poaching and overfishing should have been dealt with some 15 or 20 years ago, but better late than never. The regulations that have been put in place I hope will have a positive effect on the crawfish industry and hopefully will rehabilitate this industry. I also applaud and support the recent decisions on the regulations for conch. I would hope that this regulation would be rewarded with an increase in our conch stocks throughout our conching grounds. If this move does not help, then I would recommend that further steps be taken to facilitate a season for conch. I am a young Bahamian in my early 20s, and I have noticed this decline in my observation. The older generations can see a massive decline, looking at it from a longer time span. As for the effectiveness and whether these new regulations will prove to be a success in sustaining our marine life, the key will continue to be ENFORCEMENT. If the laws are not enforced, then it is a wasted effort. However, if the laws are enforced and the judiciary hands down stiff penalties to all offenders, I feel that our fishing habitats will recuperate and replenish in short order. I would like to make a call to our commercial fishermen to form a Fishermens Association to demand enforcement and to see that all persons, Bahamian and foreign, adhere to the regulations. Again, Mr. Editor, I thank you for your space, and again thank the government for hearing the cries of the people on this issue, and for taking the correct action. Yours faithfully, Jeremy T. SweetingPolice BrutalityDear Editor, On Saturday February 3rd, 2007, I went to see my brother in the Pigeon Peas. I was standing up outside of the house door for about five minutes when three police, one of them was Sgt. Johnson, came up to me, grabbed me, handcuffed me and started to push, punch and gun butt me without any questions. They proceeded to throw me on the ground and kicked me repeatedly like I was a ball. When they finished physically abusing me, they picked me up and saw that I was not the person they were looking for. They uncuffed me, and without a word of apology or anything, they left. I feel very disrespected. I am not a DOG! I am a Bahamian citizen. And Sgt. Johnson, who knows me, didnt even have the decency to apologize for the actions of himself and the other two officers. They need to start treating people like humans and not dogs. Sincerely, Volvick Louis

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Page 10 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Check out our large selection of fine wines & spirits in downtown Marsh Harbour... conveniently close to the water front Check out our large selection of fine wines & spirits in downtown Marsh Harbour ... conveniently close to the water front. Marsh Harbour Open Monday Friday 9 a.m. 6p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Ph. 367-2180 Treasure Cay Open Monday Friday 9 .m. 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. 4 p.m. Ph 367-5241 By Mirella Santillo It was standing room only at the meeting held on February 7th to oppose the construction of a garbage transfer station on the Cherokee Road next to Rev. Charles Careys goat farm. Mr. Al Key, who had started a petition, brought it to the attention of Mr. John Hedden. They were joined by Mr. Patrick Bethel. The three of them decided to bring the issue to the public and organized a meeting to hear the concerns of the public. The session was attended not only by residents of the area concerned with pollution of their aquifer but also by various Central Abaco residents. First to take the stand, Mr. Al Key explained his reasons for opposing the transfer station. He talked about our aquifer system and the part blue holes play in our underground water supply. The north aquifer is addressed by blue holes in water and on land, the south aquifer by blue holes on land, he stated. However, he explained that through data gathered by cave divers over many years, it was concluded that all the blue holes are connected together by an underground cave system. When one aquifer becomes polluted, the others will soon follow. Besides, he said, The Cherokee aquifer is very small. He expressed his concern that with more developments and more people moving in the area, it will soon be depleted and polluted, the more so with a garbage transfer station so close. If we allow that to happen, what youll be doing is towing water from Marsh Harbour. I dont know any more ways to say that if we allow the dumping site, it is going to affect our children and grandchildren. I intend to do something about it. Our water system is our first priority he concluded. Mr. Hedden stated, We cannot let our water system be destroyed. He exposed four points of concern. He cited the case of other countries such as Australia, where water is recycled from waste. We have access to clear, potable water, he continued, and we are doing our best to mess it up. Environmental issues are my main concern. He explained that pollution by destroying the marine plants, reefs, coral and fish, affects our lives all the way to tourism, our livelyhood. We have to think about those coming after us. His second concern was the lack of consultation. Nobody in the public was aware of what was going on until construction of the transfer station had already started. We have to devise a mean of consultation between public servants. The third point he made was the location of the transfer station which is only eight miles from the future Snake Cay solid waste facility. Why has it been placed where it is? he asked. I do not see the logic behind it. Is it going to be cost effective? I do not see how it can save money. As a member of the public, I have to know about these things. If informed, I can make a decision about that facility that government has already decided to do. Mr. Hadden said he was also bothered by environmental issues on the Spring City Road where many lots are being cleared to accommodate derelict vehicles. These lots are in the well field. These areas should be protected. They produce the potable water for the communities of Abaco. In view of the environmental issue generated by the dumping site, its cost effectiveness and its threats to the potable water supply to future generations, Mr. Hadden suggested that it was time for Abaco to develop land zoning on the island. Mr. Al Key mentioned that he had consulted with the Abaco Club at Winding Bay and read a letter stating that the resort was also opposed to the site. Mr. Keith Thompson, the new manager of the Water and Sewerage department on Abaco, was questioned about the issue. He responded that he was only here to observe. I only found out yesterday. No one knew about it, he added. Concerning the water reserve, it is something we are looking at. As far as the transfer site, we did not know about it. Ms. Christine Green from the Envrionmental Health office on Abaco said that she did not have all the answers to the questions and hoped that the person who did was on the island. However, she con-Garbage Transfer in Water Reserve Area Is OpposedThis is the site of a transfer station intended to accept garbage from the communities in South Abaco. Garbage will then be tra nsported eight miles to the solid waste facility which is located near Snake Cay. At a recent meeting in Marsh Harbour many voiced oppostion to the site as it is near the well field for Winding Bay and farms.The ladnfill facility is not completed as a liner has not arriv ed. Please see Transfer Station Page 26

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 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 BIKES By Julian Lockhart A day after becoming a completely owned Bahamian commodity, British American Insurance Company officially opened their office in Marsh Harbour with a grand opening on February 8th at the Hull Plaza. British American has been a part of the Abaco community for decades but has never had a full time office based on the island. President and CEO, Chester Cooper, and a number of vice-presidents made the trip to Abaco for the grand opening and to ensure Abaconians that they are here to stay. The official ribbon cutting were performed by Maggie Sweeting, wife of Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Robert Sweeting. Mr. Cooper said, These are exciting times for British American. Only yesterday we announced that British American is 100 percent Bahamian-owned entity. We thought it would be our first cause of business to come here to Abaco to establish our branch in Marsh Harbour, something we ought to have done 10 years ago. I thank you for welcoming us here with open arms. We promise we are here to stay like we have been in the Bahamas for 87 years. We have now re-energized our company. The significance of this branch here today means we will be able to provide for Abaco the same level of quality service we have provided across the Bahamas. Mr. Cooper said they want Abaco to benefit from their services the same way that the rest of the Bahamas has and they offer everything from mortgages to insurance to basic financial services for the individual or company. He added that they have to ratchet up their business on Abaco because of the development and growth of the economy on the island and British American wants to help build the economy and community of Abaco. The entire British American Abaco office will be manned by Abaconians as they want people who know the community and the peoples needs. Mr. Sweeting said, It is my privilege as the member of parliament for the past 15 years to welcome British American here to Abaco. Abaco is a growing and thriving community and I can remember when the first bank came to Abaco and the first insurance company came here. Insurance has become a big part of our community here on Abaco and for some time to come we will be dependent on health insurance from private companies. I will encourage people to pay more attention to insurance policies. We here on Abaco take great pride in our businesses and most of them are owned by Bahamians. I am sure you (British American) will do well here in our community, he concluded.British American Opens Local OfficeMrs. Maggie Sweeting had the honour of cutting the ribbon to open the new office of British American Insurance Company on February 8. The office in the Hull Building in Marsh Harbour will offer a full range of financial services. Beside her is Robert Sweeting, MP, representative for South Abaco.

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Page 12 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Central Abaco NewsPathfinders Will Hold Annual AuctionBy Kathy Weldon The popular and much anticipated Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Auction will be held again this year in the tent of the Abaco Beach Resort on March 10 at 6 p.m. Over the last four years, this event has become one of the social highlights of the winter/ spring season, drawing bigger crowds each time. It is an evening of fun, food, comedy, suspense and excitement with the drama of both silent and live auctions. The fabulous prizes include exotic furniture, staysin villas, summer homes, hotels, and this year, a spa. Beautiful art work and jewelry from local artisans, fishing charters and boat rentals will also be available for bidding. Many of the items will be listed in the advertisement in this issue of The Abaconian. However, while the auction has quickly become a source of entertainment for the Abaco community, it should be remembered that the primary and practical purpose of this event is to raise money to provide scholarships for our local students so that they may reach their full potential. In doing so, they also enrich our community. Since its inception in 2001, Pathfinders has assisted 67 students with their education. A number have graduated and are fulfilling their educational goals as teachers, doctors, accountants and nurses. These students and Pathfinders want to thank all of you who have donated your services, your art, your time, your business and your money. Your continued support will give hope and motivation to those current 11th and 12th grade students who are wondering now how they will ever be able to make it to college or vocational school. You may call 242-554-8061 or email: judy@abacopathfinders.org for the free tickets that will admit you to the auction and a preview of the auction items.Dance Academy ExpandsBy Samantha V. Evans After a successful Nutcracker Production during the Christmas holiday, the Marsh Harbour Dance Academy got dozens of phone calls from parents wanting their children to be a part of the Dance Academy. Registration for new and returning students was held during the middle of January and classes resumed days after that. Mrs. Elaine Pilon, Dance Instructor, stated that now that they have this performance under their belt, she is focusing on more intense ballet training. Everyone can agree that for the students to perform so flawlessly as they did in the Nutcracker, they needed to be trained. As a part of this current training they will learn various small synopsis such as A Whole New World and Anne and various movie musical pieces. They will also learn circle dance which is a combination of special songs and dances. The dancers will perform these pieces for their parents. Even though Mrs. Pilon has not given a great deal of thought to what the next production will be or when, she did say that it will be a play. Presently, there are 62 dancers enrolled in the dance program ranging from 5-17 years. Mrs. Pilon has made a number of changes to the program including the introduction of ballet uniforms for the students. This is a part of teaching them discipline, she stated, and it makes them a more unified group. The colors of the uniform for the younger girls are pink or black leotards, pink tights and shoes. The older girls wear a one piece uniform with pink tights and shoes. Ms. Pilon now has a full contingent of dancers so she is busy five days out of the week. On Mondays and Fridays she meets with the older girls and Tuesday and Wednesday she meets with the girls ages seven through eleven and with the babies (ages 4-6) on Thursdays. Realtor Holds Open HouseBy Jennifer Hudson An Open House was hosted on February 3 by Sandra Evans Real Estate Sales for a viewing of Far Horizons a spectacular property for sale within the gated community of the Great Abaco Club in Marsh Harbour. Far Horizons is a custom-built home to a design based on an 18th century West Indian governors residence. Outfitted throughout with solid cypress, hardwood Dance lessons are very popular in the Marsh Harbour area after the outstanding production of the Nutcracker this past December. Now the students are learning more ballet techniques under the guidance of dance teacher, Mrs. Elaine Pilon. Please see Central Page 13 Free Delivery Service375-8718NEW WINESarriving from all over the world .New Zealand South Africa Australia Italy California Argentina Full line of Liquors Beers LiqueursCome in and taste some of our favorite wines Saturdays Wine Sale Days11:30am to 5:00 pm$3.00 Bacardi Drinks & $3.50 Miller Light, Corona & Stella 5:00 pm 7:30 pmMartini Mondays 2 for 1 Martinis all night Different Flavor featured every week Tropical Tuesday $3.00 Goombay Smash & The House Special DILLY WILLY all night Wednesday Night Happy Hour all night Live entertainment with James the Jukebox Malone Thirsty Thursday's t his is a Night for the Beer Drinkers 2 for $6 Miller Light, Corona & Stella Friday Night 2 for $5 Bacardi Drinks, $3.50 Miller Light, Corona & StellaNew Menu Coming Soon

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 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 pmOpen Monday thru Saturday Breakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Music Wednesday and Friday Nights Satellite Sports TV Ice for Sale Restaurant & Bar On the Hope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16Specializing in Bahamian Foods Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay floors and Mexican tile, this home has been perfectly maintained. The home and adjacent building site both offer high elevation with two-way water views and lush tropical landscaping. The location of this property within the Great Abaco Club places it in one of the most desirable boating communities on Abaco and the only one which is centrally located. This home and its separately offered adjacent property, each provide sheltered dockage for up to a 65-foot yacht plus a lie-along dock for a 25-foot runabout. Ownership includes beach, tennis and health club membership for two people. This property is being offered for sale at the price of US$1.149 million with an adjacent lot priced at $575,000. The property was being shown by Mrs. Sandra Evans.Bigger and BetterBy Mirella Santillo Island Petals, a popular flower and gift shop has moved a few doors away to a brand new, larger space located in the recently completed addition of Abaco Shopping Centre. When I visited the shop, it was decorated with hearts, balloons and stuffed animals ready for Valentines Day a week away. The new location is nearly twice as large as the previous one and with that much space Ms. Fox is going to expand the inventory of the shop, introducing more home decor CentralFrom Page 12 Central Abaco Newsand accent furniture such as side tables, mirrors and paintings. We are still catering with fresh and silk flowers, she added. Flowers account for 75 percent of our business. She excitedly described the space reserved for the fresh flowers. It contained a refrigerator and all the material for the arrangements that are presently prepared by Ms. Jaime Sweeting.Cuddles Toy Store and Gift ShopBy Jennifer Hudson The new Cuddles Toy Store and Gift Shop can be found tucked away behind Memorial Plaza and is well worth seeking out if you wish to find a great selection of inexpensive toys and gift items. A large attractive sign on the road beside Memorial Plaza makes the store easy to locate and you will receive a pleasant welcome from owner/manager Alanna Thompson. The store carries a wide selection of toys, clothes, games, jewellery, stuffed animals, pillows, candles, stickers, body products and hand knitted and crocheted baby blankets. Also as each holiday comes around it carries a line of appropriate holiday gift items. Cuddles opened its doors at the beginning of December and to celebrate its threemonth anniversary, Ms. Thompson said that she would like to give something back to her valued customers. Anyone who spends $20 or more in the store between February 2 and March 2 may enter his or her child to win one of two baskets full of goodies. The drawing will take place on March 4. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Ms. Thompson is pleased with the patronage she has received, in fact so much so that she says she already has plans to expand the store sometime this year. Open House at the Far Horizons house in Great Abaco Club drew many people to admire the custom-built home. Cancer Society Thrift ShopOpen Third Saturday 9 a.m. -12 Noon

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Page 14 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 TO EVERYONEWHO HELPED MAKE OUR COMPANY A SUCCESS, OUR CUSTOMERS, STAFFAND SHAREHOLDERS,ONE BILLIONTHANKS Over $1 Billion Dollars in Total Assets and Growing 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 March 2 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major March 14 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental FleetAt the Head of the HarbourRental Rates March, April, May Daily3-dayWeekly 21 Boat$170$475$790 26 Boat$250$650$1200 Rental Rate June, July Daily3-dayWeekly 21 Boat$170$475$790 26 Boat$250$700$1300 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Flyers ProgramsHeritage DaysHope Town March 2-3Exhibits Programs Games Food

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 Offering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com Chris Thompson, Broker Greg Roberts, Broker* Private Islands Investment Property Waterfront Homes and Land Acreage Project/Property Management ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** South End, Elbow Cay Oceanfront Lot 1/2+ acre, suitable for main and guest cottage, adjacent to private Dorros Cove community at south end of Elbow Cay, close to restaurant and marina $750,000 Exclusive Listings White Sound Hilltop lot adjacent to Aunt Pats Bay in White Sound. 1/3 acre with private dock slip and views of the Sea of Abaco and Atlantic $355,000 CONCH QUEST Ocean front villa, 2 bedroom, 1 bath with room to expand. Open deck overlooks excellent surfing location. Just steps from marina and restaurant, rental history available. $795,000 High Hopes, North End, Elbow Cay Oceanfront home 3 bed/3 bath, large deck overlooking the Atlantic, fully furnished and excellent rental history $1,450,000 OCEAN FRONT WHITE SOUND Lots #13 & #14 with dockage on White Sound Bay $495,000 each. DORROS COVE Lot #18 with dock slip and ocean views $362,000 and Lot #21 with dock slip and panaramic views $425,000 and Lot #43 with dock slip and ocean/sea view $365,00 LYNARD CAY 3 acres on Sea of Abaco, north of pond $730,000. 1 acre north of pond on Sea of Abaco $365,000 .TranquilityLittle Orchard, Marsh Harbour 2 bedroom/2 bath house, perfect family home or excellent rental potential. Located close to restaurants, marina and beach $236,000Chris Thompson Real EstateFAR NIENTE,North End, Elbow Cay 4 bed / 4 bath on the Sea of Abaco North End, Elbow Cay. Large open oor plan, fully furnished, beautiful beach $3,900,000 BLEST NEST,North End, Elbow Cay High on ocean dune at North End. 3 bed / 3 bath (detached guest cottage) panoramic views, excellent rental history $1,425,000MAY HOUSE,North End, Elbow Cay Ocean front North End Elbow Cay large 1.5 acre property, 2 bed / 2bath villa, generator room, can be subdivided. Reduced price $2,900,000 TOWN BREAK,Hope Town 5 bed / 4 bath oceanfront turn key home on beautiful sandy beach, located at the north of historic Hope Town settlement. Open decking, beautiful decor and exellent rental history. $2,300,000 KIWI HOUSE,White Sound, Elbow CayNewly custom built Bahamian style home, 2-story, 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Expansive decking Pool, central AC, generator. Spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean $897,000SUMBLIME, Hope Town Settlement Historic Hope Town house with dockage. Main house 4 bed 2.5 bath with detached dock house. Rental history available. $1,600,000 MARNIES LANDING Private waterfront marina community of 1/2 acre lots. Lot #2B reduced to $399,000. Lot #2 Oceanfront $895,000 SOLDSerenity, White Sound, Elbow Cay private paradise peninsular home, 667ft. of waterfront. 4 bed/2 bath, detached gazebos, pool, bbq, outdoor showers, generator, watermaker and private dock. Shown by appointment $4,600,000 SOLDph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.022315th December 2006 UNDER CONTRACT $675,000REDUCED

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Page 16 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 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, Fuel, VIP Lounge and many other five star services. We handle all your aircraft ground handling service needs the way you want. CHEROKEE AVIATION Tel.# 242-367-0525 Fax.# 242-367-0526 VHF 122.80P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : fboinfo@cherokeeair.comCHEROKEE AIR Tel.# 242-3673450 Fax.# 242-3673451P.O.Box AB 20485 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email : info@cherokeeair.comCherokee Air Cherokee Aviation Whether you need residential collection once a week, regularly scheduled daily pick up for your business or periodic disposal service on a construction site.... Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste works with you to assess your needs and exceed your expectations! Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 ll ll l 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830Located at the Marsh Harbour Airport Roundabout, Marsh Harbour, Abaco ChurchFrom Page 1 face from day-to-day. The pastor admonished them not to be too busy fighting crime that they forget about God and suggested that they try Jesus, He will never fail. Offerings were presented to Pastor Napoleon Roberts by ASP Wayne Miller on behalf of the Police Department, Mr. Gary Smith on behalf of the Customs Department, Mr. Spence Dorsette on behalf of the Immigration Department and Mr. Neil Campbell on behalf of the Island Administrators. Mr. Campbell, Administrator for the South Abaco District, spoke for Mr. Revis Rolle, Administrator for the Central Abaco District, and Mr. Theophilus Cox, Administrator for the North Abaco District, reminding people how serious it is for the police to go out to do their work in order for us to be able to live in comfort and he asked for appreciation and prayers to be shown on behalf of the officers. Chief Supt. Rahming presented apologies from Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Farquaharson, and Insp. Greenslade as circumstances had prevented them from being present. He thanked ASP Miller on their behalf for putting the service together. The annual police service always ends with a very moving ceremony for the remembrance of the deceased. The names of those who had fallen from the ranks during the year 2006 with the date of their deaths were read by officers from their departments. This was followed by the lowering of the Royal Bahamas Police Force standard during the playing of the last Post and Reveille by two of the bands trumpeters. Following the benediction, the dignitaries left the church in procession behind the standard bearers. Outside the church all the law-enforcement officers fell in and once again marched along the main Sandy Point Road led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band. The service was conducted by the Abaco Christian Council and moderator throughout the service was Pastor A.B. Lewis of Victory Tabernacle, who is Secretary of the Council. Special guests, which included Chief Supt. Basil Rahming, Second Officerin-Charge of the Northern Region, Grand Bahama; Supt. Russell, who is now stationed in Grand Bahama after serving on Abaco for quite some time; other senior members of the Police Force from Grand Bahama; ASP Wayne Miller, Officerin-Charge of the Abaco District; Supt. of Customs, Mr. Gary Smith; Supt. of Immigration, Mr. Church NewsSpence Dorsette; and island administrators, were all welcomed by Bishop Clifford Henfield of Grace Baptist Church, Treasurer of the Abaco Christian Council.United Church ServiceBy Jennifer Hudson On the morning of February 4 a Regional Worship Service was held in the St James Methodist Church at Hope Town. Worshiping together were congregations from the St. James Methodist Church, Hope Town; St. Andrewss Methodist Church, Dundas Town; Epworth Methodist Chapel, Cherokee Sound and Kirk of the Pines Presbyterian Church, Marsh Harbour. A fellowship service takes place several times a year at each of the Methodist churches within the eastern region and is greatly looked forward to by all of the congregations. The Kirk of the Pines is always invited to join in these services as very close ties were formed between that church and the Methodist churches by Rev. Carla Culmer, who affectionately referred to its members as her Please see Church Page 17 Special music made the combined Methodist and Presbyterian service on February 4 a memorable one. These are Hope Town members singing a hymn.

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 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 MaintainedOur Customers Get Extra Attention 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 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 frontPresbyterian Methodists. Two ferry boats left the dock in Marsh Harbour at 9 a.m. to carry members from the various churches over to St James. The beautiful little church was packed with standing room only. Each of the churches presented beautiful choral selections, the St. Andrews Dancers performed a liturgical dance which was very well received and the young people of St James accompanied some of the hymns on their ocarinas. The service began with the presentation of credentials to Lay Preachers Bro. Vernon Malone of St. James Church and Bro. Craig Cornish of St. Andrews Church. These credentials from the Conference of the Methodist Church in Nassau provide for these two stalwarts of the Methodist Church to now be able to administer the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Rev. Dr. Stephen Hale stated that he requested this from the Conference since the positioning of the churches over such a wide area makes it impossible for him to be in all churches to administer the Sacrament on a given day. An inspirational sermon was preached by Rev. Dr. Hale, Pastor of the three Methodist churches of the region, in which he stated, Life is a journey with Jesus Christ in which he demands you to listen. Nowadays people seem to feel the need to be stimulated all the time by music, computers and computer games, but we need to take time to rest in His spirit. We must not, however, fall asleep while waiting. Are you awake or are you asleep? he asked. Jesus Christ needs us to joyfully build the kingdom of God in this world. The children in the church are the promise of tomorrow but the adults are the foundation. Mr. Abraham McIntyre, who hails from a church in Tennessee and is presently Director of Methodist Habitat in James Cistern, Eleuthera, and Mr. Gareth Newton, an Androsian who is also a volunteer with Methodist Habitat in Eleuthera, both gave an overview of their work with Methodist Habitat. Volunteers from the United States and locals are engaged in emergency home repairs and new home construction. Volunteers range from ninth-grade students to 83year-old retirees, anyone can help, said Mr. McIntyre. It is not about the blocks, these can fall down or be destroyed in a fire, but it is about loving and serving each other and meeting each others needs in all ways. He concluded by saying that he would love to see more Bahamians step out and help, not for the money but for the joy of service. After this lovely service the entire congregation walked down to the Mission House for a delicious fellowship lunch provided by the ladies of St James Methodist Church, Hope Town.Strategies for Effective LivingBy Samantha V. Evans In the Bahamas many parents are losing their children. When they are 13 years old, many parents seem to not have any influence on them. These words were spoken More Church News Please see Church Page 16 by Dr. Wayne Thompson on February 4th when he visited Change Ministries for two explosive sessions on Strategies for Effective Living He further stated that parents need to start making better decisions so that they would be in a position to help their children and to positively influence them when it really counts. He stated that it is important that parents lead the family and not have the family lead them. In order for this to happen they need to have strategies for effective living in their marriage, parenting, community, on the job, and at church. He told the parents present that he understands that it is not easy, but it is important that they make decisions that will allow them to be as effective as they can be in all aspects of their lives including their marPlease see Church Page 18

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Page 18 The Abaconian March 1, 2007older that desire a spiritual renewal in their lives. This year the retreat, TEC VIII took place on Grand Bahama during the weekend of January 19 21. Merlyne Dieujuste and I attended this retreat. We met some very cool young people our age who are now friends for life. The weekend was filled with activities including talks and testimonies by past TECkers. Their personal stories and life experiences were moving and inspiring. The theme for the retreat was Be a Light and we were all encouraged to be a light and shine forth. The purpose of TEC is to 1. Meet new people and make friends 2. Think through some of your problems 3. Examine your relationship with God 4. Fulfill your obligation to attend a retreat 5. Find out where you are going with your life 6. Have some time away from school, home, and work 7. Understand better who you are 8. Other personal reasons. From the time we reached the retreat, our cell phones and our watches were taken from us. We were told to participate, not anticipate, and that was repeated each time we asked a question in regards to what comes next. Of all the retreats that I have been to, this has certainly been the best one. I look forward in taking part in any upcoming TEC retreat. INDONESIAN FURNITUREExperience the beauty of Tahiti....with our exotic pieces to decorate your home...... the Far East has come to us ... the Far East has come to us...Tel : 242-357-6903Located in the new two storey yellow building next to the fire station.with EXQUISITE with EXQUISITECome In and VisitAbacos newest furniture store on Queen Elizabeth Dr. OPEN : TOPEN : T OPEN : TOPEN : T OPEN : T ues. Frid. 10am-5:30pm ues. Frid. 10am-5:30pm ues. Frid. 10am-5:30pm ues. Frid. 10am-5:30pm ues. 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LOCALLY GROWN SOD Annuals Orchids Bromeliads Flowering Shrubs Silk Flowers Baskets Beautiful Gift Items Pets & Garden Supplies MondayFriday : 9-5 Saturday: 9-3 Ph (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airport Don MacKay Blvd. ~ near Marsh Harbour Airportriage because their children may listen to what they say. But ultimately, they are watching what they do. He told them to exercise their faith in God and to diligently seek Him because once they do, He will direct their path. The two part session ended that evening with questions from couples and parentsRetreat Proved to Be BeneficialBy Luzena TEC is the acronym for To Encounter Christ and was the name of a retreat put on by the Catholic Church for 20 year olds and ChurchFrom Page 17 More Church NewsWomen Learn about Nutrition and WellnessBy Samanth.V.. Evans In an effort to educate its members, especially the female members, on ways to live a life of healthy nutritional and wellness practices, Change Ministries International held a one-night seminar on February 13thunder the theme: Women in Action Present for the one-day event were Nurse Fernander, Nursing Officer in Charge of the Abaco District, and Registered Nurse Daniel Ekpa. Both nurses spoke to the 40 persons who were present and challenged them to adjust their eating habits so that they can live a happier, more fulfilling life. Nurse Ekpa stated that wellness is a positive state of the healthy body, mind, and spirit. When the body is healthy, you look healthy, feel good, and live long lives. Good nutrition (what you eat), can also affect one living a healthy life style. Nurse Fernander challenged the females present to get regular breast exams, medical check ups including a pap spear, mammogram, cholesterol and sugar level tests and blood pressure. Nurse Ekpa introduced them to DASH which stands for Diet Approach to Stop Hypertension. The basic thing one can do to is to reduce the intake of sodium in the diet. Basically, it holds liquid which can result in damaged blood vessels and problems with the heart. He recommends that persons willing to comply with DASH should not consume more than 2000-2300 mg of sodium per day. They must make a decision to take care of their body and stick with it. He told them that DASH has been proven to reduce high blood pressure among participants in the United States. However, he stated that there can be no reduction in weight unless there is a reduction in calories. In order to reduce calories he suggested six basic things that they can do. One, they should not smoke or use tobacco. He explained that nicotine contains 4,800 chemicals that can drastically increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke or respiratory disease. Two, they must exercise which will get muscles toned, cause heart muscles to contract and reduce blood pressure. Three, reduce stress. He encouraged them to not rush for things; what they cant get, leave it. He pleaded with them to find a better way to handle problems rather than worrying. This is an easy way to increase your stress level. Four, eat a healthy diet avoiding saturated and transfats that are known as solid fats. They are the enemies of the heart. Five, do not drink alcohol Six, get regular check ups. He told parents to teach their children how to eat properly because old age begins while you are young. Indeed, you are what you eat! At the end of the seminar the two nurses did free sugar testing, blood pressure checks and taught ladies how to give themselves a breast exam.Couples SeminarBy Samantha V. Evans The week end of February 9-11 gave seven couples and a number of singles an opportunity to better their relationship by attending the Growing in Love workshop Women who attended a seminar on wellness and nutrition had their blood pressure and sugar levels checked. Please see Church Page 19

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 held at Abaco Beach Resort. Presenters were Pastor Michael and Lynn Smith from Grand Bahama and Pastor Derek Bignall from Jamaica. Many topics were discussed over these three days including How to Win at Marriage, The Art of Effective Communication, Keeping Romance Alive in Marriage, Meeting Needs in a Loving Family, Secrets of the Opposite Sex, Money Man Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Pastor of Marsh Harbour Seventeenth Day Adventist Church, stated that he feels that the seminar was a success. He expected a wider cross section of couples but some persons communicated that they were afraid to come because the matters they were presently battling in their relationship were very deep. He plans to have the seminar again next year because he sees Family Life issues as needing major improvement. The married couples present learned that they need to share with their spouse and focus more on family life. Some of the couples expressed that they do not understand the opposite sex very well, and men stating that they are concerned that their wives do not take advice from them. This was a very productive session that brought out a lot of very important concerns that needed immediate attention so that the family can flourish. The men learned that women love affection and to communicate. The women learned that men need some sort of recreational outlet and value family life as being most important. The single persons who were present did not feel out of place. In fact, it helped them by giving them ideas of how to prepare for marriage and family life. On Saturday evening, sessions were held for singles to address their views on the single life. Many of them viewed being single as a bad thing but the session showed them some of the advantages of being single such as being able to focus on their career and to be in control of their own money. Some of them stated that they do not see qualities in the opposite sex that they are looking for in a spouse. Others expressed the fact that they feel pressured by married people to get married. The presenter told them to be confident in themselves and to go after their career right now while they are single and just wait on God and be of good cheer while they do. ChurchFrom Page 17 More Church News People in the News Farewell to Mr. Paul BartlettBy Jennifer Hudson Marsh Harbour had to say farewell on February 17 to one of its leading community members. Mr. Paul Bartlett, Branch Manager of First Caribbean International Bank in Marsh Harbour for the past five and a half years, left to take up the position of Manager of the Harbour Bay Branch in Nassau. This, in fact, marked the end of Mr. Bartletts third appointment in Marsh Harbour. The first time he came to the bank as a teller in 1981 since there was a shortage of tellers at that time. The bank was still known then as Barclays Bank and was under the management of Graeme Jones. In 1995 he returned again as Assistant Manager of Barclays Bank in Marsh Harbour where he remained for three years. In 2001 he came as the Manager of Barclays Bank and oversaw the merger of Barclays Bank with CIBC to become the First Caribbean International Bank. Mr. Bartlett said that he was very sad to leave as he has made many friends on Abaco and has enjoyed participating in the social life and many charitable functions. I have enjoyed my time at the bank here and it has been a pleasure working with such nice customers and employees. Mr. Bartlett stated that taking over from him will be Ms. Iris Henschell, who has been with the bank for a number of years. This is the first time that an Abaconian who has risen up through the ranks will become manager of the bank. Many well wishers gathered at a bon voyage party on February 9 at the home of Vanria Lightbourn to bid a fond farewell to a very good friend who will be missed, not only for his leadership, but for his quiet and gracious manner and the welcoming smile he always had for his bank customers.Students Make Honour RollJamal Roosevelt McIntosh has made the distinguished record of a perfect 4.0 GPA at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and was named a Presidents Scholar. The fall semester was his last semester there as he graduated in December. He is the son of Roosevelt and Belinda McIntosh. Amanda Meagan Sawyer, also a senior at Florida Southern College was honored by by being named on the Deans List for the 2006 fall semester. She eared a GPA between 3.7 and 3.9. She is the daughter of Trevor and Jennifer Sawyer.9

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Page 20 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 South Abaco NewsMoores IslandCommunity Marching Band WorkshopBy Jennifer Hudson Information from Ruthamae Rolle The Moores Island Community Marching Band was officially formed on May 21 of last year with 41 students of the Moores Island All-age school. On February 2 these aspiring young musicians received a real boost when several members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band visited their school to conduct a music workshop. The all-day workshop was facilitated by Inspector Dennis Sturrup, Sgt. James Hutchison, Sgt. King Johnson, PC Treco Johnson, PC Rudolph Pratt, all from Nassau, and WPC Vernique Miller, who is stationed in Marsh Harbour. According to Ms. Ruthamae Rolle, Principal of the school, the workshop was very productive and the students were left excited and motivated as they were able to play a selection by the end of the day. The band is comprised of 19 boys and 22 girls all between the ages of nine and 14 years. Each member has his/ her own instrument. Practice sessions are held on average once a month, but it is hoped to increase practice sessions to twice a month. The music sessions are directed by Insp. Sturrup and WPC Miller; marching drill practices are led by WPC Curry. On days when no one is able to fill in, Principal Rolle supervises the practice sessions. Though the young band has not yet performed at any functions, it is greatly looking forward to its first public performance.Sandy PointDr. Craig Layman Explained His Creek ProjectBy Tonia Ferguson Dr. Craig Layman along with the education officer at Friends of the Environment traveled to Sandy Point on February 1 to meet with the residents there to share his Adopt-a-Fish, Adopt-a-School Program. Dr. Layman is known for his work in Cross Harbour which involves the tracking of fish movements in and out of the creek. He spoke to a small gathering which included students from the James A. Pinder Primary School. He presented his three main reasons why he is passionate about the project. For him his greatest joy was that it involved the students of Abaco Island. The project has allowed hands-on involvement for many school students throughout Abaco. He outlined the procedure which includes catching, tagging and tracking the fish. The latter can actually be done by logging onto the website. Students are able to monitor the movements of fish they would have assisted tagging. Dr. Layman would like to return to Sandy Point with hopes of addressing a larger gathering.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderTracking Fish Movements in Tidal CreeksDr. Craig Layman, a graduate of both Yale and University of Texas and connected with Florida International University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, visited Cherokee on February 2nd to give an update on his research on fish movements in the tidal creek at Cross Harbour in southern Abaco. He has been doing research work for F.I.U. in different areas of The Bahamas for seven years. This is only one of several projects that he has been involved with in The Bahamas working in colaberation with the government. On Abaco he works with Friends of the Environment for the future of our islands. He solicited student participation from the local schools and has been quite impressed with the young peoples keen interest and understanding of the work he is doing and hopes that it will entice some of them to become research scientist themselves. The results of this work is a matter of record and is shared with other scientists all over the world. In fact, Dr. Layman pointed out Please see South Page 21 Dr. Craig Layman met with residents of Sandy Point on February 1 to discuss his project at Cross Harbour. He is tracking the movement of fish in and out of the creek by means of tagged fish. Come in and see our fine collection

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Page 22 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 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 NCRForms Invoice Cashiers Tickets Receipts Purchase Orders Custom Forms and more... No Carbon RequiredNumberedPerforatedBooked2, 3, 4 part FormsLocated in the Abaco Shopping Center, Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 3673-202 Fax: (242) 367-3201eMail: abacoprint@batelnet.bs By Julian Lockhart In an attempt to foster a better working relationship and create synergy between the numerous government departments, Island Administrator Revis Rolle holds monthly meetings with heads of government departments. At the meeting on January 30 these government leaders met along with business owners and members of the island councils. Brought in to speak to them was motivational speaker Roosevelt Finlayson and British American Insurance Company vice-president, Herbert Newbold and financial services manager Cecillia A. Cox. Participants at the meeting were able to voice concerns between departments, share departmental news and partake in discussions with Mr. Finlayson and the other guests on how to create a better work place and be better leaders in their community. Mr. Finlayson told them that they need to be more creative and their collaboration will not only help their office to be more productive but also help the country to move forward and quality of service to be at a higher premium. The one point of emphasis was the working relationships between the different agencies as one government office did not seem to know what the other was doing and thus the development and process were hindered. Brought in to speak about the new National Health Plan, Mr. Newbold said the plan has forced insurance companies to tailor their plans to cover areas where the national plan will be weak and they will basically be for supplemental care. He added that he expects a number of companies to drop their private health plans because they cannot afford to pay both the private insurance as well as the new health plan. However, some people will decide they will want more coverage and at a lower cost than they are paying now. Some companies will decide to pay for the supplemental care. Mr. Newbold said, The integration of this plan with individual health plans or company sponsored comprehensive major medical will cause some people to do things differently but the overall impact will be positive. No one saw this government initiative coming as quickly as it came, and we have not had the opportunity to adjust our plans. But when we have a clearer view of what their benefits will be, we can quickly adjust our plans, he added. Ms. Cox said that too many people focus on the present but very rarely look at the future. When they do, it is too late and retirement has sneaked up on an individual. They have to continue working because they did not save. Mr. Newbold said the economy of Abaco is doing very well and with the community thriving, individuals need to think of the future and save for a rainy day. Hurricanes have damaged Abaco in recent years. Those who bounced back quicker were those who had money saved and made provisions for not having the same income as they did before. Ms. Cox said, Retirement is not that far away and you have to save for it. Financial planning helps you to use your money to get the most out of life. Without a financial plan and with impulsive buying individuals may make it hard to make ends meet. The heads of government departments in the Marsh Harbour area meet monthly to discuss common problems and policies. At their meeting on January 30 Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, invited motivational speaker, Mr. Roosevelt Finlayson to address the group. Also invited were Mr. Herbert Newbold and Ms. Cecillia Cox, both with British American Insurance Company, to discuss the new National Health Insurance plan. Shown here are Mr. Newbold, Ms. Cox, Mr. Rolle and Mr. Finlayson. 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: 242-367-3450Speakers Address Government Heads

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 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 Bahamas Post Office issued four sets of stamps on the Blainvilles Beaked Whale earlier this year. The stamps are 15 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents and 60 cents. Beaked whales are said to account for around a quarter of the worlds whale and dolphin species. Little is known about Blainvilles Beaked Whales and they are rarely seen. There is a resident population in northern Bahamas waters as they prefer tropical and warm temperature water habitats in general and usually they are found in small groups of three to six. The male Blainvilles Beaked Whale is a remarkably odd-looking cetacean. It possesses a huge pair of teeth that grow from large bulges in its lower jaw almost like a pair of horns. These can get so encrusted with barnacles that it appears as if the whale is sporting a pair of poms-poms on top of its head. A flattened forehead and large spots, possibly scars created by the teeth of sharks and parasites, are the main characteristics by which the species can be distinguished. There have been mass strandings of Blainvilles Beaked Whales in The Bahamas which have been attributed to acoustic trauma resulting from nearby naval exercises. It is only in the last few years that researchers have been able to study these elusive creatures at sea. They can grow up to five metres in length, weighing more than a ton. They are thought to feed on squid, deep sea fish and possibly sea urchins and starfish. They are able to stay submerged for up to 45 minutes and, fortunately for them, this species is of no commercial interest.New Stamps Feature Blainvilles Beaked Whales

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Page 24 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 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 By John Hedden What are the major concerns over introduced, invasive, or exotic species? Every country in the world and every geographical area has been exposed to introduced or invasive species. Some are intentionally imported for the benefit of the local human population to provide food, clothing, aesthetics or manufacturing. Others appear in an area or habitat due to the vagaries of nature. The chances of successful establishment are in favour of the exotic when cultivation is involved, as in agriculture and horticulture. In fact, agriculture is the single largest global contributor to indigenous habitat, ecological and species destruction. Originally this was mainly due to physical clearing of land followed by the introduction of foreign species, but modern agriculture has introduced complexes of climatic, energy, hydrological, soil, chemical, and hybridisation to the list of deleterious factors for the global ecology. Twelve thousand years ago the first sedentary farming was practiced in Asia (rice cultivation), and from that time invasive species have been introduced to every single habitat in the world. So the question remains, What are the concerns? The answer lies with perception of the relative benefit to the local human population. In the Bahamas we would never move to eliminate goats, sheep, pigs, sapodilla, maize, potatoes and a myriad of other cultivated species from our country. Yet some of these have had undoubted negative impact on our local environment. Others have been imported into the Bahamian archipelago for aesthetic reasons and have since become entrenched in the local ecosystem. One of the most prominent is the Casuarina, or Australian pine. Though only introduced some 100 (or so) years ago this species has at the same time become both loved and detested. Functionally, it has been used for garden hedging, ornamentals and also as a serviceable windbreak. By becoming established ubiquitously along our seashores and beaches the Casuarina has provided excellent shading for beach-going Bahamians. Environmentalists, however, consider this tree one of the most noxious of pests, not least, because of its effect on marine dune destruction and ridge breaching during storms and tidal surges. In the modern world where communication is instant and access to previously remote areas is easy, movement of biological organisms becomes more and more apparent. Thus arises the concern for epidemics of HIV, Avian flu, drug resistant tuberculosis, agricultural diseases and pests, all being considered invasive species. Others include the lion fish, wild domestic cats, the racoon, and the much touted Hawaiian sea grape. The idea of controls then becomes necessary, especially when the local environment apparently becomes overrun by a particular species. Strategies need to be well thought out before implementation takes place. Unfortunately, emotions often become involved, and resulting control actions are often irrational and ineffective. The introduced species then become well established and over time seem to have become a part of the native habitat. Each foreign species introduced will have modified the invaded habitat while becoming established. These include humans, their livestock, and all their other biological attachments. So what is to be done about these invaders and their ecological effects? The answer can only come after a myriad of factors, and questions, have been considered. These include species identification, how did it get here? what damage does it do? how can we control it? what will we replace it with? Is it really possible to control it? are there benefits of this species? and so on. Once considerations have been made, we are then able to take a course of action, if any, to deal with the invader. The purists look to total eradication, but this is often impractical or impossible; and so other less drastic actions may be in order. Other considerations are also important, and these include ecological, climatic, developmental and biological threats which may outweigh the invasive threat being considered. Think well over the Casuarina threat. Is eradication a priority, or even possible, or should global warming (sea level increases) be taken into consideration first? After all, both will destroy our present shoreline, but in addition, global warming will destroy our protective reef systems, thus exposing us to a higher threat from summer storms. Finally, it is important to consider that since the beginning of life on this planet, over half of the species ever in existence, have become extinct. Furthermore, many species of organism die out having never been documented. Extinction of a species occurs as a result of the same factors in play with invasive species. Introduction of exotics to an area, competition for space, food, light, habitat modification, pathogens, pests and parasites and so on. However, life still exists on the planet in spite of this. It must be remembered that the whole earth ecological systems actually make the world a living organism (Gea), with physical and biological (organic) systems very closely intertwined. Bearing this in mind, we must understand that species invasion is but just one of many factors threatening the planet. Industrialisation, pollution, natural resource depletion, energy generation and wasting and global warming are all essential for consideration. It is essential that we as human beings take heed of this as we manipulate and exploit our environment. Otherwise, we may become one of these extinct species.VV VV V iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint Changes that Invasive Species Bring

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 25Rodney W. BraynenPhone No. (242) 393-1874001 FI.B.A. B. Arch.P0. Box N-1423 Nassau, Bah. John W. DarvillePhone No. (242) 394-2600002 Dip. Arch.,PO. Box N-4556 Nassau, Bah R.I.B.A., I.B.A. Amos J. FergusonPhone No. (242) 393-0079 003FI.B.A., A.PA,P0. Box SS-6261, Nassau, Bah B. Arch., M. Arch. Anthony J. Jervis, LB.APhone No. (242) 323-2628005 B.E.D., B. Arch. M. Arch.P0. Box N-7273 Nassau, Bah Alvan K. Rolle I.B.A.Phone (242) 326-8141006 B. d pitched the Queens tea in the water.)Arch. Tech. P0. Box N-7401 Nassau, Bah Douglas R. A. Smith,Phone No. (242) 394-2600007 R.I.B.A., LBA,P.O. Bo x N-4556, Nassau, Bah Dip. Arch., BSc., Msc. Gordon C. Major,Phone No. (242) 357-8741008 I.B.A., B. Arch. Tech.PO. Box N-3326 Nassau, Bah Arthur ColebrookePhone No. (242) 322-4061009 PO. Box N-3745, Nassau, Bah Jonathan A. Adderley,Phone No. (242) 393-8893010 I.B.A., B.E.D., Dip. Arch.,P.O. Box N-9585, Nassau, Bah M.A., P.U.G. Michael C. Alexiou, LB.APhone No. (242) 325-7383011 B. Arch.P.0. Box N-672 Nassau, Bah Reginald W. ArmbristerPhone No. (242) 323-3157 012 B. Arch.PO. Box EE-16704 Nassau, Bah. Neil Behagg,Phone No. (242) 327-8109013 R.I.B.A., I.B.A., Dip. Arch.PO. Box CB-11187 Nassau, Bah. Gaetano A. BonamyPhone No. (242) 367-2496014 B. Arch.PO. Box AB-20676 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Trevor BridgewaterPhone No. (242) 394-0014015 B.A., M. Arch.PO. Box N-8244 Nassau, Bah Victor R. CartwrightPhone No. (242) 324-1896016 B. Arch.PO. Box N-4383 Nassau, Baha Winston G. JonesPhone No. (242) 325-1520019 R.I.B.A.,P.O. Box SS-5377, Nassau, Bah Dip. Arch Dip. U.D Kenneth V. LamPhone No. (242) 326-2114020 R.I.B.A., M.B.AP.O. Box SS-5730 Nassau, Bah Iram LewisPhone No. (242) 361-4972021 Arch.P.O. Box CR-56998 Nassau, Bah John L. McKenziePhone No. (242) 393-8415022 B. Arch.PO. Box N-3356 Nassau, Bah Clinton W. PearcePhone No. (242) 424-1463023 B. Arch.PO. Box EE-17989 Nassau, Bah. Andrew 0. StirlingPhone No. (242) 393-7883024 R.I.B.A., A.I.A.PO. Box SS-5399, Nassau, Bah.PUBLIC NOTICE PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS BOARD LICENSED ARCHITECTSCommonwealth of The Bahamas Established by Act of Parliament 1994 P.O. Box CB-13040, 143 Nassau, Bahamas The Professional Architects Act, 1994 empowers the Professional Architects Board to issue licenses to persons qualified to pr actice as Professional Architects in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Act stipulates, no person shall hold himself/out as a Professional Architect or engage in public practice unless he is the holder of a valid licence. Any person who contravenes this provision is guilty of an offence and is l iable on summary conviction to a fine, imprisonment or both. Public Notice is hereby given that only the persons listed hereunder are licensed by the Professional Architects Board to practice as Professional Architects in The Bahamas until January 31, 2008.B. Arch. W. Kevin SweetingPhone No. (242) 394-8150025 B.A., B. 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Box F-41609, Freeport, Grand Bahama Bruce LaFleur,Phone No. (242) 328-7240060 A.PA., A.I.A.PO. Box FH-14435, Nassau, Bah. B. Sc. Envin., Des. M. Arch. Michael J. Moss, LB.APhone No. (242) 356-5913061 PO. Box N-7091, Nassau, Bah. Garth W. SawyerPhone No. (242) 464-1798063 PO. Box EX-29276, Exuma, Bah. Enrique RoldanPhone No. (242) 394-8396064 P0. Box N-1771, Nassau, Bah. Neville BosfieldPhone No. (242) 322-1900065 B. Arch.P.O. Box SS-6351 Nassau, Bah. Wesley G.R. ThompsonPhone No. (242) 557-3718066 P.O. Box 29101, Nassau, Bah. Leo D. FerugsonPhone No. (242) 324-5566067 PO. Box SS-6261, Nassau, Bah. Timothy H. Neill, R.I.B.A.Phone No. (242) 366.3110071 Dip. Arch.P.O. Box AB-20006 Marsh Harbour, Abaco John W. McCardy, I.B.A.Phone No. (242) 332-2987072 B. Arch.P.O. Box EL-25078 Governors Harbour, Eleuthera Alberto G. Suighi, I.B.A.Phone No. (242) 327-2335073 Phd. Arch.P.O. Box CB-13177 Nassau, Bah Hyacinth AllenPhone No. (242) 323-4991074 B. Arch.P.O. Box N-966 Nassau, Bah. Tyrone Burrows, I.B.A.Phone No. (242) 382-0611075 B. Arch.P 0. Box N-9876 Nassau, Bahamas Dwight M. ThompsonPhone No. (242) 327-3220076 I.B.A., B. Arch.PO. Box CB-13826 Nassau, Bah. Jennifer A SaundersPhone No. (242) 327-1411077 B. Arch.P.O. Box CB-12364 Nassau, Bah Livingston ForbesPhone No. (242) 356-9738078 B. Arch.PO. Box N-4230 Nassau, Bah. Hiram H. LockhartPhone No. (242) 328-7789079 P0. Box CB-13452, Nassau, Bah. Pier BaldacciPhone No. (242) 323-4764080 P0. Box N-4674, Nassau, Bah. Lawrence ChrisholmPhone No. (242) 356-6261082 P0. Box N-9025, Nassau, Bah. Bruce M. StewartPhone No. (242) 323-8800083 I.B.A., A.I.A., B. Arch.P0. Box N-366 Nassau, Bah. Michael A. DiggisPhone No. (242) 394-1886084 Leo A. MillerPhone No. (242) 326-8141T006 P 0. Box 6583, Nassau, Bahamas Wayde C. RussellPhone No. (242) 341-6144T013 B.A. Arch.PO. Box CR-12976, Nassau, Bah. Henry A. DelancyPhone No. (242) 325-0111T016 Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera Michael A. JonesPhone No. (242) 337-0025T018 PO. Box N-3049, Nassau, Bah. B. Arch.P.O. Box N-1207 Nassau, Bah. Thomas M. DeanPhone No. (242) 324-1170085 B. Arch., M. Arch.PO. Box N-540, Nassau, Bah. Dirk K. SaundersPhone No. (242) 557-2308087 B. Arch.P.O. Box CR-54122 Nassau, Bah Godwin CargillPhone No. (242) 356-0218088 P0. Box EE-16270, Nassau, Bah. Robert WhittinghamPhone No. (242) 322-6591089 P0. Box CB-13846, Nassau, Bah. Stephen J. BainPhone No. (242) 356-6029090 B. Arch.PO.Box N-10083 Nassau, Bah. Jeremiah MoxeyPhone No. (242) 341-4846091 B. Arch.P0. Box CR 54501 Nassau Bah C. Bernardo DeleveauxPhone No. (242) 325-5103092 P0. Box GT 2277, Nassau, Bah. Lawrence C. SmithPhone No. (242) 427-1565093 P.O. Box N-1412, Nassau, Bah, Harold S. JohnsonPhone No. (242) 364-4694095 B. Sc. Arch. Tech.PO. Box N-9420 Nassau, Bah. Mark W. HendersonPhone No. (242) 327-3274096 R.I.B.A., B. Sc. B. Arch.PO. Box CB-12436 Nassau, Bah. Kevin R. BrycePhone No. (242) 356-4538097 B. Sc. Arch. Eng.P0. Box SS-19909 Nassau, Bahamas Mark A. Smith, I.B.A.Phone No. (242) 328-0486098 B, Arch., M.L.A.P0. Box SS-6888 Nassau, Bah. Copeland Moxey, I.B.APhone No. (242) 457-2107099 B. Arch.P.O. Box CB-12689 Nassau, Bah Carlos J. Hepburn, I.B.A.Phone No. (242) 394-5166101 B. Arch.P0. Box CR-54090 Nassau, Bah. Ian A. BullardPhone No. (242) 362-2719102 B. Arch.PO. Box CR-54746 Nassau, Bah. Timothy F. JohnsonPhone No. (242) 364-7813103 B. Arch.P.O. Box SS-6906 Nassau, Bah. Tariq J. OBrienPhone No. (242) 328-1705104 B.A., Dip. Arch.P.O. Box N-9116 Nassau, Bah. Mark M. BraithwaitePhone No. (242) 327-7259105 B. Arts, B. Arch.PO. Box CB-11454 Nassau, Bah. Stefan P RussellPhone No. (242) 341-4982106 I.B.A.,B. Arch.P.O. Box CR-54423 Nassau, Bah Terry Jeanne P Thompson Phone (242) 362-6306107 I.B.A., B.E.D.S.P.O. Box N-402, Nassau, Bah. Kesana M. HuntPhone No. (242) 352-4835108 B. Arch.PO. Box F-43578 Freeport, Grand Bahama Ian Brent CrearyPhone No. (242) 394-1886109 B. Arch.P0. Box N-3857 Nassau, Bah.PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS BOARD LICENSED ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIANSPROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS ACT, 1994Public Notice is hereby given that the persons listed hereunder are licensed by the Professional Architects Board to practice as Professional Archiectural Technicians until January 31, 2008.Roscoe Sounders-Kemp Phone (242) 457-5890T021 P 0. Box F 40530, Freeport, Grand Bahama Laurin L. KnowlesPhone No. (242) 337-0025T026 Mangrove Bush, Long Island, Bah. Ryan A. ArcherPhone No. (242) 367-2001T028 B. Sc Arch. Tech.P.O. Box 579, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Livingston V. EvansPhone NO, (242) 352-3558T030 Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bah. C. Jenkin WilliamsPhone No. (242) 352-2500T032 P0. Box F-44107, Freeport, Grand Bahama Solomon J. SmithPhone No. (242) 361-6517T045 PO. Box N-10888, Nassau, Bah. Wilfred B. DorsettPhone No. (242) 324-5529T047 P0. Box N-842, Nassau, Bahamas Coralyn T AdderleyPhone No. (242) 341-1247T049 PO. Box GT 2315, Nassau, Bah. Jermaine EvansPhone No. (242) 352-3365T051 P0. Box F-6083, Freeport, Grand Bahama Trevor ButterfieldPhone No. (242) 352-7154T053 PO. Box F-44042, Freeport, Grand Bahama Brent KeyPhone No. (242) 367-4143T054 PO. Box AB-20702 Abaco,Bahamas

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Page 26 The Abaconian March 1, 2007Area 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 Up to 3 daily flights between Fort Lauderdale andMarsh Harbour/Treasure Cay On twin-engine Cessna 402c aircraftFort Lauderdale International Airport Ph. 954-359-0380, Fx 954-359-7944islandexpressair@yahoo.comMarsh Harbour 242-367-3597 Treasure Cay 242-365-8741 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 Potatoes & Gravy Potato Wedges Fish Sandwiches Transfer stationFrom Page 10 tinued saying that it was her understanding that town meetings were held to discuss land fills and transfer stations. I do not know if they are on the same property (as discussed). Information was sent to various administrators on Abaco. Notice was posted on major newspapers. Transfer stations are not dump sites, she added. The garbage will be put there to be sorted out and taken to Snake Cay. Everything will be stored in containers on a concrete platform. The questions have to be addressed to the project manager, she concluded. The audience was invited by Mr. Bethel to question and comment and many participated. Mr. Stone McEwan confirmed that the letter read by Mr. Key was the clubs position. He explained that the resort had offered a compactor that would take care of the garbage of Yellow Wood, Cherokee Sound and Winding Bay. The compacted thrash would then be transported to Snake Cay. All was needed was for BEC to provide power for the machine. We got a response from them wanting $10,000 to install the power. The clubs owners did not think they had to pay for that hook up. That is the situation right now today, he ended. Mr. Richard Curry had an explanation on how to avoid having a dump site. The easiest way is to buy two 40-foot containers. They would take care of Cherokee. We are trying to get rid of problems caused by one dump site. Why do we want problems with two dump sites? Most concerned of all because his farm is adjacent to the transfer station was Rev. Carey, who found out one day that 20y feet of his property was being bulldozed by the people clearing the site. He brought the fact to the machine operator without any luck. They went on tearing up his land. A fact that seemed to distress people was that no one knew who was behind the clearing. They are under contract from the government. This is being put in place by the Department of Health Services, Ms. Green finally answered. Someone said they were flabbergasted that the government could have a surveyor there and bulldozers clearing that land and Water and Sewerage did not know about it. Mr. Miaoulis complained that Abaco had been promised a Master Plan and never got it. There is no transparency, no communication, he said. Many aspects of pollution on the island were also brought up, such as the derelict cars and kerosene being dropped over the well fields every time a plane takes off. Mr. Pat Smith reminded the audience, If they dont have the proper deep well and lining in the new dump site (Snake Cay), we are going to be in a sad condition. Mr. Edison Key and Mr. Gary Sawyer both voiced their concern and their support for the residents opposition of the transfer station. Rev. Carey suggested that a committee be formed to address the problem stage right now. When they come back with more defined guidelines, we can then address them at that point. I would rather pay the six percent on revenues and I think that is fair if you base your tax on your dock based on revenue. That is good for everyone. You make no money, you pay no taxes. When you make money, you pay the taxes. If government can implement these regulations, they can help. There has always been a problem with government implementing their new policies. Man power has always been a concern for government and them carrying out their new regulations, Mr. Cornea added. immediately. Mr. Patrick Bethel, Mr. Al Key and Mr. John Hadden were chosen by the audience as its representatives. They were joined later by Mr. Bill Johnson. A letter of concern was sent on the 8th of February to the Minister of Environmental Health, the Hon. Marcus Bethel, to invite him to come to Abaco and discuss the issue. No answer had been received by publication date. Marine UseFrom Page 2Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.Raffle Tickets Event TicketsPlain, numbered or with stubs

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.................367-0350 Dive Abaco, Marsh Harbour...................... 367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour....367-2963 Froggies, Hope Town................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay..................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.......................... 365-8111 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay.................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................... 365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop...........................365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 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 Frank ie 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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Page 28 The Abaconian March 1, 2007 M M A A R R C C H H 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 7 7 In its continuing effort to improve its telecommunications services, The Bahamas Telecommunication Company Ltd. (BTC) wishes to inform its valued customers and the general public that, a routine equipment upgrade will be conducted on the network that provides its high speed internet service beginning January 29 th and concluding February 28 th 2007. However the public is assured that services will not be disrupted during this upgrade and every effort will be taken to complete this project in the shortest possible time. High Speed Internet UpgradeThe Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Nickola Gomez-Dawkins as the companys new Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO). This twenty-five year veteran in the field of Management Information Systems (MIS) has been employed with BTC for the past fifteen years. During this time Nickola has worked in the MIS Department holding such positions as Systems Analyst, Senior Manager MIS and IT Business Systems. Nickola holds an Associate of Art Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the College of The Bahamas, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with a minor in Accounting from Mankato State University and a Masters in Business Administrations from the University of Miami. She is also a Fellow in the Life Management Institute (FLMI). In addition, Nickola has also completed many post graduate coursed in Europe, Canada, United States and The Caribbean. Additional, Nickola is the Vice President of the Pilot Club of Nassau and a former Trustee for The Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU). Active in her church, Holy Cross, she is a member of the Usher Ministry and Parish Youth Council, Co-Leader of the Junior Usher Ministry and a Guider of the 19 th Bahamas Girl Guides and Rangers. Nickola is the daughter of Patrick and Jeanie Gomez and is married to Mucan Dawkins, the couple has one child, Gabrielle Jade. On behalf of the Board of Directors, Executive M anagement and staff of BTC we congratulate Nickola and wish her well in her new position. Nickola Gomez-DawkinsActing Chief Information OfficerDawkins appointed as BTC new Acting CIO

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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 5, MARCH 1st, 2007 The Man-O-War Texaco Pirates fastpitch softball team competed in the AAU Fastpitch Tournament in Orlando, Florida, recently and were excited to win the bronze third place trophy. This was the fifth year that they competed there and was their best year. The team members are, back row, Grant Albury, Jeff Hook, Doug Sleep, Louie Juglar, Lyle Sawyer, Andrew Albury, Robb Scheller, Darren rogers, Kyle Magnessun and in the front row Haziel McDonald, Nathanial Malone, Cheno, Adney Bethel, William Weatherford, Fred Sweeting, and Greg Gardiner. Their team included a pitcher from Canada, one from Michigan and the Bah amas best, Edney (The Heat) Bethel.See story on page 2. The Port Department is making progress at removing the barge that is grounded on the reef near Johnnies Cay between Man-O-War and Hope Town. The government awarded a contract to a company from Freeport, Grand Bahama, but after the bid was accepted the bidder raised its bid. Now the government has had to begin again getting new bids. This process has taken about six months, and it now has bids from U.S. companies. The company that is expected to turn in the winning bid flew in to do a final onsite inspection on February 20. Capt. Cyril Roker, Assistant Port Controller for The Bahamas and Port Administrator for Abaco, expects that within two weeks the government will have the final figure on the bid. The bid that the Freeport company turned in was almost $1 million but the final bid will be well over $1 million. The company expected to win the bid is a salvage company from Fort Lauderdale. It will be containing all oils and fuel aboard and will take it ashore for proper disposal. The company plans to remove the high structure first, then cut up the barge, float the pieces to tow them out to sea and sink them in deep water. The salvage company is under US strict guidelines to protect the environment and will be subject to the same guidelines here in The Bahamas. The barge went ashore on the reef south of Man-O-War during Hurricane Wilma in October 2005.Grounded Barge Will Be RemovedSalvage Company May Be Chosen in Two WeeksMOW Team Wins Bronze in US Competition Pirates Ball Brought out CostumesThe Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club held its annual Pirates Ball on February 6. It featured a treasure hunt for booty around the Abaco Beach Resort and ended with a costume competition. Shown above are Terry Ziegler and Peggy ONeill enjoying the festive party. See story on page 18 By Candace Key Hope Town students in Grades 5 and 6, assisted by teacher, Mr. Justin Higgs, and videographer, Mr. Matt McCoy, recently removed a huge green fishing net from the reef that is the schools UNESCO Sandwatch project test site. The net had been deposited on the popular swim-to reef (that lies less than 50 feet offshore in front of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge) during Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances several years ago, but was just brought to the Principals attention recently by visitors snorkeling on the reef. Mrs. Candace Key promised the frequent visitors that her senior students would tackle the problem on the first calm day. Several days later Mr. Higgs, Mr. McCoy and four students donned snorkel gear and swam to the reef. At first, they shook their heads in amazement at the sheer size and weight of the net. They regrouped on shore and decided the solution was to cut sections of the net away to reduce the mass. Huge chunks were removed and the tired but enthusiastic group managed to finally pop the remaining net off the coral heads. The damage to the reef was apparent when the net was finally removed. It took the entire group to drag the net out of the water and up to the beach.Hope Town Students Provide Reef Relief Please see Cays Page 2Concert Raised Funds for Cancer VictimsTwo cancer patients received much needed funds from a gospel concert held at Ocean View Park on February 9. Mr. Alvin Knowles and Harriet Williams from Dundas Town and Murphy Town each received a check for $3,000. The concert featured the Voices of Zion from Zion Baptist Church in Sandy Point, the New Direction from the Full Gospel Assembly of God in Treasure Cay and the Christian Massive from Nassau. Other church groups also performed. Ms. Gwen Martin, proprietor of Special Touch Beauty Salon, organized the event and many individuals and businesses donated funds and food. Mr. Knowles is accepting his check in the studio of Radio Abaco. Standing in the photo are Ms. Martin, Ms. Jackie Robins and Mrs. Kathleen Knowles. By Mirella Santillo A little distraught because most students thought that science was the least exciting subject, Grade 5 teacher, Ms. Monique Curry, organized a science fair, inviting children from grades 3 to 6 to show their experiments. She thought that by participating in a project, they would develop love and appreciation for science. By early morning on February 9th all the projects were displayed in St Francis Catholic Church ready to be judged. Four judges with experience in teaching and scientific fields met to look at the projects and interview each participating student. It took several hours for Mr. Michael Malone, Mr. Silbert Mills, Ms. Lauren Riviere and Mr. Jesus Hernandez, to examine the displays and hear each students explanation on how they chose their experiment and how they proceeded to build it. Fifty-one exhibits on display included subjects such as natural science, astrology, chemistry, physics, as-Science Fair Showed Enthusiam Please see School Page 10

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Page 2 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.com THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: theoutboardshop@abacoinet.comAuthorized Distributor Now In Stock Available Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4262 Island MarineParrot Cay242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineLong Island242.337.6226 Minns WatersportsExuma242.336.2604 O.B.S. MarineFreeport242.352.9246 Up to three year warranty Extensive parts inventory Factory trained mechanics 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. $320,000 EXCLUSIVE Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed / 2 bath, down stairs unit, overlooking Marsh Harbour, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. $320,000 EXCLUSIVE 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. 12,000 sq. ft. This lot includes an in-ground 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: les liepinder@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 EXCLUSIVEMarch 15, 2007 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $710,000 Don 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 Bahama Palm Shores Lot in Section I Price $41,000 Regattas Units Rentals Daily, Weekly, Monthly News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 1 Please see School Page 4 The Hope Town school is involved in an ongoing UNESCO project of beach restoration called Sandwatch. They continually monitor their test site beach to determine how the beach withstands development, hurricanes and natural weathering changes. So far the students have monitored many aspects of the beach currents, tides, wave action, water quality and beach usage. They have conducted tourist interviews to determine knowledge of reef etiquette and then designed a informational brochure for reef sustainability. This activity actually put them on the reef and the group will monitor hoped-for improvements now that the net has been removed. Mother Nature and future snorkelers send their thanks to you guys!Man-O-WarBy Haziel McDonald The Texaco Pirates Fastpitch Softball Team returned from Orlando, Florida, where they played in the AAU Fastpitch Tournament. This included 32 teams in total. Teams from all over the world participated, from countries such as: Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, the Virgin Islands, Columbia, Canada and the United States. This is the fifth year the Pirates have participated in this event. This year, the Pirates had their best finish ever, with a third place finish and bringing home bronze medals. This years Pirates team from Abaco included: one pitcher from Canada, one from Michigan and the Bahamas best, Edney (The Heat) Bethel. Also, there were a couple of U.S. National team players that joined up and played with the Pirates at this tournament. The Pirates finished with a record of six wins and one loss, defeating teams such as Mexicos National team (6-5) and the Venezuela team which consisted of National team players. Ednay Bethel put on a great performance overall. He not only helped provide our team with three wins with his pitching, but also, coming from his batting were three home runs. Other players with home runs were: Grant Albury with two and William Weatherford and Lyle Sawyer each with one. The next tournament for the Pirates will be in Miami on March 2 4. Teams that the Pirates will be playing against in Miami will be Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Nicargua, and multiple teams from Florida. The Pirates are excited and building on this great performance at the AAU Tournament! We are looking forward to participating in a couple more tournaments this year. The Pirates will be hosting its first tournament in Man-O-War Cay in May, 2007, where top teams from Canada and the United States will be participating.Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross The hustle and bustle of the holidays were over and it seemed that life should get back to a slower pace as it usually does in winter. But January did not offer much winter and the upcoming weeks promised to be full of things to do and places to go!Cacique WinnerFirst, it was off to the Cacique Awards for nominee Debbie Symonette of the Green Turtle Club. A large group of friends and co-workers accompanied Debbie to the awards ceremony in Nassau on January 27th. During the ceremony a very emotional Debbie accepted her award as Employee of the Year. Debbie looks back on her 24 years at Green Turtle Club and is grateful to all the people she has worked with during that time. It is Debbies wonderful personality that has earned her this prestigious award and so many wonderful friends. Green Turtle Club can now boast of four Cacique Award winners; Mr. Vertrum Lowe, Mr. Ray Lowe, Ms. Lynn Johnson and now Ms. Debbie Symonette!Wine TastingThe Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee held its 4th Annual Wine Tasting on February 3rd. The event was sponsored by Bristol Wines and Spirits and hosted by the Green Turtle Club. More than 200 people came out to support the event and enjoy an evening of fine wine, delicious hors doeuvres and entertainment by our very own Gully Roosters. It was a very successful evening and all proceeds will help fund the 2007 Island Roots Heritage Festival on May 4th, 5th and 6th. The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee is grateful for the continued support of its fund raising events by both local residents and those who travel from other Abaco communities. A special thank you to Brian Major and Bristol Wines and Spirits for sponsoring the Wine Tasting and to Ms. Lynn Johnson and her helpful staff at the Green Turtle Club for hosting the event!Basketball Classic Was HeldGreen Turtle Cays Consultative Committee held its first annual Police Basketball Classic on February 10th. Basketball teams from all over Abaco were invited to participate. In the end five teams of 12 17 year olds competed in a round robin tournament. At the end of the event the Flyers were the overall winners, followed by the GTC Rockers and the Lakers. The Most Valuable Player award went to Arlington Wells and Brandon McIntosh was declared the Most Improved Player. All the participants were awarded medals and the win-

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3 B MARSH HARBOUR #3100WW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT Ten acre peninsula perfect for a marina or small development. Deep water with a dredged canal. $2,500,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2723 TILLOO DREAMYY YY YOUOU OUOU OU CC CC C ANAN ANAN AN TT TT T DUPLICDUPLIC DUPLICDUPLIC DUPLIC AA AA A TETE TETE TE THISTHIS THISTHIS THIS FORFOR FORFOR FOR THISTHIS THISTHIS THIS PRICEPRICE PRICEPRICE PRICE 1 bed house with dock on the Sea of Abaco and access to the Atlantic. $300,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #2516 CROSSWINDSSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA VV VV VIEWSIEWS IEWSIEWS IEWS 4 bed 3 bath 2,800 sq.ft. furnished family home with apartment, central A/C, generator. $820,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #1660 SERENITY HOUSEBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT E E E E ESTST STST ST AA AA A TETE TETE TE 290 ft. of sandy beach, modern 2 storey, 4 bed 4.5 bath 5,600 sq.ft. home on 2 expansive lots. $5,200,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3079WW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT prime development. 4 acres, four 2 bed 2 bath cottages, pool. Potential as a marina /fishing lodge. $640,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com SUGAR LOAF CAY #2817 PARROT POINTWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT unique 4.96 acres, private marina, 2 bed 2 bath plus 1 bed 1 bath cottage. Electricity from mainland. $3,500,000.George.Damianos@SothebysRealty.com 242.362.4211 www.SIRbahamas.com www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2724 HUNKALOOSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA TT TT T OO OO O S S S S SEAEA EAEA EA with dock on the Sea of Abaco with a 2 bed 2 bath home plus guest cottage on 2+ acres. $995,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TREASURE CAY #3073 MY ISLAND RETREATBB BB BEACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT 4 bed, 3 bath retreat, cathedral ceilings, wraparound screened-in verandahs. Great views. $1,300,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.comStan Sawyer c 242.477.5821 Laurie Schreiner t 242.367.5046 Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 Jane Patterson t 242.366.056903-01-07GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR GREEN TUR TLE CATLE CA TLE CATLE CA TLE CA YY YY Y COCO BAY LOT #3031 $650,000. BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLANDLot 58, Block 11, Subdivision 1. #3351 $24,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298 TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA YY YY Y Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298Home Sweet Home #3032 $250,000. Tranquility 3 bed 3 bath #3070 $235,000. Seagrapes Estate #2887 $3,500,000. UNDER CONTRACTGalleon BayCanal Lot #3071 $250,000. CC CC CONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ININ ININ IN S S S S SECTIONECTION ECTIONECTION ECTION A, P A, P A, P A, P A, PAGEAGE AGEAGE AGE 3 3 3 3 3 MARSH HARBOUR #3467 ABACO HOUSEBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT VILLASVILLAS VILLASVILLAS VILLAS each with spacious fully air-conditioned 3 bed 2 bath. Great views from wide verandahs. $835,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.2143 www.SIRbahamas.com LUBBERS QUARTERS #1851 FLIP FLOPSBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT Very private beach house on 1.19 acres of lush, tropical foliage, sleeps 4 with private dock and beach. $440,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #3657 FARSIDEWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT the most unique and desirable property in Abaco. 5 bed 6 bath, hangar and docking for 80 ft. vessel. US$6,850,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING TREASURE CAY #2115 HILLTOP ESTATES3 bed 2 bath home on 6 acres 60 ft above sea level with views and hundreds of fruits trees and a cottage. $650,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com GREEN TURTLE CAY #3208 TURTLES NESTHH HH HARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT estate, cottage, dock, pool, 2.7 acres. $3,800,000. HH HH HARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT 2 bed 2 bath, 100 ft. dock permit. $950,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW 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. $498,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #3248 VILLA ESPANOLATT TT TRR RR R OPICOPIC OPICOPIC OPIC ALAL ALAL AL 4 bed, 3 bath island home. Extreme privacy, yet close to town. Spacious formal dining room and kitchen. $1,200,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.comPRICE REDUCED LUBBERS QUARTERS #3785 WILLS PLACE1 1 1 1 1 YY YY YEAREAR EAREAR EAR N N N N NEWEW EWEW EW 2 bed 2 bath home, with vaulted ceilings. Gourmet kitchen. 1,472 sq.ft. of deck and community dock. $520,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2279NN NN NOROR OROR OR THTH THTH TH E E E E ENDND NDND ND B B B B BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT L L L L LOO OO O TT TT T with 120 linear ft. of pink sand. Excellent swimming beach. Build your dream home! $675,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com 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. $685,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com GREEN TURTLE CAY #3031 COCO BAYHH HH HARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT 115 ft. dredged cannel, 40 ft. dock. Close proximity to resorts and beach. Perfect home site. $650,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.comGREEN TURTLE CAY #3208 TRANQUILITYHH HH HARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFRARBOURFR ARBOURFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT Two storey 2 bed 2 bath home with 925 sq.ft. storage. 100 ft. dock permit. Lot 15, 000 sq. ft. plus. $950,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING NEW LISTING

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Page 4 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 More News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 5 CaysFrom Page 3 ning teams were awarded trophies. A 10minute exhibition game between senior players probably brought the most entertainment of the day! Late last year the committee held a contest for a T-shirt design. Two students of Amy Roberts Primary, Krista Curry and Tannisha Charlton, won the contest and their art work is on the official T-shirts. Tshirts are still available from committee members. The proceeds will help sponsor the next event. Thank you to the committee for organizing this exciting event.Torchbearers Hosted a Steak-outThe Torchbearers Association of the Free National Movement held a steak out at Settlement Point on February 2nd. A large group of FNM supporters from Green Turtle Cay and other North Abaco communities came out in support of their political party. The member of Parliament for North Abaco, former Prime Minister, the Hon. Hubert Ingraham, and the partys candidate for South Abaco, Mr. Edison Key, were in attendance. It is expected that a general election will be called within the next few months, so it is likely that we will see more of these political events.Firemens Ball Raised Operating FundsAnother weekend meant yet another event! The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department held its third annual Firemans Ball on February 17th at the Green Turtle Club. It was a very chilly evening, and the dining areas were filled to capacity as everyone enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner. After dinner there was a brief award presentation and then it was on to the entertainment of the evening. Once again our own Kevin McIntosh (Island Spice) was on hand along with Billy Roberts and Avery Thompson. The special guest for the evening was the famous tenor, Daniel Rodriguez, also known as the Singing Policeman. Mr. Rodriguez had vacationed here recently and met members of the Volunteer Fire Department. An invitation was extended to him to sing at the fund raiser and he accepted. Mr. Rodriguez began singing as a young boy growing up in New York City and presented his first recital at Carnegie Hall at age 16. At 19 he put aside music to raise his family and worked at various jobs, eventually becoming a New York City Police Officer. He was an official singer for the NYPDs Ceremonial Unit and sang at memorials after the September 11 attacks. In 2001 Mr. Rodriguez sang for Placido Domingo and was invited to study with him in Washington. Since then he has performed at many high profile events and has recorded three albums. He is now officially retired from the NYPD. Mr. Rodriguez sang selections from Broadway plays and also in Spanish and Italian to a captivated audience on the clear, but chilly night. He thanked the Volunteer Fire Department for inviting him and told briefly of his experiences since pursuing a musical career. It was a pleasure to have Mr. Rodriguez entertain what was quite possibly one of his smallest audiences! And for those of us living in a small community it is always a pleasure to be exposed to different cultural experiences. It was a successful evening and all proceeds will be used to purchase rescue/ emergency equipment.Dinner and Jewelry Show Is ScheduledBut February activities are not over with just yet! The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee will host an early dinner and Jewelry Show on February 24th at the home of Pat and Louise Green. Under the theme Glittering Treats for the Body and Soul Teresa Ellis Cetto will display her hand crafted jewelry. Ms. Cetto was an apprentice of the late Randolph Johnston of Little Harbour. She uses precious metals, gemstones and beach glass to create her original and unique pieces. The Island Roots Heritage Festival Committee members will offer an early dinner to those in attendance to enjoy along with the jewelry. Tickets for this event are limited and are available from committee members.An Evening of Music Will Again EntertainAlso on the evening of February 24th, Alton Lowe will host an evening of music at his Gallery on Black Sound. James Mastin and Joy Martone along with other singers and musicians will entertain. James and Joy are no strangers to Green Turtle Cay, having entertained at many of Mr. Lowes and the Abaco Cultural Society events.School NewsLike the rest of the community, Amy Roberts Primary School has also been busy with extra curricular events. Early in January the school competed in the annual Abaco Junior Junkanoo Competition that had been postponed. Because Amy Roberts has a small student body, it would be hard to compete against the large primary schools, so they compete in the All Age School division. This allows GTCs high school students to be a part of the group. Under the guidance of Floyd Johnson and Brent Curry the group won first place in their division. Congratulations to the Junkanoo group! Then it was off to the grade six spelling The Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Firemens Ball to raise funds for equipment. Special musician for the occasion was Daniel Rodriguez, the Singing Policeman. Shown here are Junior Roberts, Fire Chief; Mr. Rodriguez; and Fireman Thomas Sawyer. 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Ph: 242-367-0080 Fax: 242-367-0081 email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty .com Kristin Williams1304 New Listing Yellowwood Large oceanfront lot close to Cherokee Sound and Winding Bay Aisle of Palm announces the opening of their new branch on Guana Cay. Rhiannon Thomas is the only licensed BREA agent residing full time on the island and will be managing the office there. Call her today at 3655003 for a list of available properties or email: rhiannon@aisleofpalmrealty.com 1180 Jaffa Fabulous three story home in The Great Abaco Club at The Abaco Beach Resort. Dock your yacht at your back door 1336 New Listing Ocean view home in Little Harbour with 1/1 master suite upstairs and 2/1 self contained unit downstairs. 1335 New Listing Ocean view cottage in Little Harbour 2/2 with spacious layout and great patios. 1208 Yellowwood Four hillside lots with great views. Close to Cherokee and The Abaco Club on Winding Bay 1299 Bahama Palm Shores interior lots. All lots have beach access Currently starting at $25,000. 1337 New Listing 3/2 home on Guana. Bay and ocean access. Lovely interior 1260 Royal Harbour waterfront lot with excellent views and dock permit approved. 1307 Great Cistern 5 acre Prime waterfront property ideal for private estate or small development. Of fers a small beach and elevations of 50+. 1256 Guana Cay Great new price of $999,900 on a 3/2 beach front home with fantastic rental history 1320 Guana Hilltop Fabulous all around views from 55' elevated lot. Beach access only 300' away 1312 Summerwind Great buy on a 2/2 home with beach access on bay and ocean side. V iews of bay and ocean. 1272 Bahama Palm Shores Beachfront lot.100 feet on spectacular beach. Guana Cay Office

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 B Abaco Real Estate Agency Abacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate Agencywww.AbacoBahamas.com 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 $240,000 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 ,1 VACANT LOT NEW PRICE 10,400+ sq.ft ot with gret views, near Boat Harbour $125,000HOPE 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 BAHAMA PALM SHORESLot just across form the beach Lot # 6 Block 16 Section 3. $150,000 grossMARSH 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$600,000 grossSUNRISE BAYNew Exclusive Harbour views, gated community, private marina slips available for purchase, only 4 lots remain in this beautiful subdivision from $184,000BAHAMA CORAL ISLANDNew Exclusive 5 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 $55,000LONG BEACHLots 402 & 403 $175,000 each Lot 73 $ 50,000, Lot 126 $ 50,000 Lot 316 & 418 $50,000 each Lot 408 & 409 $ 90,000 each CONTACT : BILL THOMPSON : 242-367-2719 or 477-5712 or ELAINE THOMPSONP.O.Box AB20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph : (242) 367-2719 l Fax: (242) 367-2359 GUANA CAYHOME AND APARTMENT 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 4 bed 3 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 15th February, 20072 Story home, 3 Bed, 2 Bath 1200 sq.ft on 2nd floor. 2 Bed, 2 Bath apartment 900 sq.ft on 1st floorCompletely tiled, furnished & turn key. 24,000 gal cistern located on lot 46 Dolphin Beach Estates 70 x 140 Must see to appreciate. B$635,000 gross. Hope 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 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 4 bee for Amanda McIntosh, Colby Cross and Abigail Jones. Amanda took fourth place, just missing a chance for a trophy. A week later students Kirkland McIntosh, Tatia McIntosh and Jamal Johnson represented the school at the fifth grade level. Then it was the fourth grades Rebecca Roberts, Christian McIntosh and Christa Sawyers turn to give it a try. Both Rebecca and Christian got out on a technicality. But they are all winners and it was a wonderful experience. Amanda McIntosh later represented the school in the Abaco district spelling bee. Amanda has participated in every spelling bee since first grade. While she did not win at the district level, she is definitely Amy Roberts Primarys Top Speller! In January, 10 students from the fifth and sixth grades did a book report on mangroves and earned a chance to participate in the Adopt -A-Fish, Adopt-A -School project sponsored by Friends of the Environment. The ten students spent January 15th with Dr. Craig Layman, who is in charge of the Cross Harbour Restoration Project, where they tagged fish to study their movements online. They all returned home muddy and excited about their day in the swamp! Colby Cross is Amy Roberts Primary Schools nominee for the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year competition. This prestigious competition was established in 1997 to recognize young, talented primary school students throughout the Bahamas. An application requirement was a 400-word essay on the topic My Vision For A Better Bahamas Colby is a sixth grade honor roll student and the first boy to represent Amy Roberts Primary at this event. Congratulations Colby, and good luck! Amy Roberts Primarys Annual Fair and Grand Raffle will be held on March 31st at the school. Plans are being made for a day of games, fun, food and a chance to win great prizes. Please come out and support the school. Meanwhile, the sixth graders are having their bake sales to raise money for their field trip in June. Each sixth grade class visits Nassau for an educational, fun filled trip at the end of the last term.Local GovernmentThe Local Government District Council The Island Roots Heritage Festival committee held its fourth annual Wine Tasting that is fund raising event to fund the festival. The event was well attended despite the cold weather. held its first meeting of the year on January 18th. The usual concerns of the dump, speeding and lack of parking were discussed. Volunteer Fire Chief Junior Roberts gave an update of the emergency equipment that the department received. He is still trying to acquire land to build a permanent building to house the fire truck and equipment. Also discussed was the lack of support and funding for Junkanoo. The New Years Day Parade costs approximately $10,000, but donations are not nearly enough to cover the cost. Please see Cays Page 17 Colby Cross

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Page 6 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Phone: (242) 367-0365 Cell: (242) 357-6638Abaco, Bahamas Bill Thorndycraft & Sandra Evans www.AbacoWaterfrontProperties.com A Sandra Evans Company NEW! Great Abaco CLub luxury home $1.149 million NEW! Great Abaco Club luxury lot $575,000 3-acre mixed-use commercial with parking $97,000 Bahama Coral Island: 2 water view lots $20,000@ Bahama Palm Shores: undeveloped lot $19,950. Great Cistern Cay: 3/2, water front SALE PENDING. Guana Cay: hilltop, dockage SALE PENDING Guana Cay: 7 acres sea to sea SOLD Leisure Lee: canal property SOLD Sand Bank Creek: 3/2, new build, dock $375,000. Sand Bank Creek: one acre waterfront $98,000. Treasure Cay: 100 luxury frontage SALE PENDING. Turtle Rocks: view, beach access SALE PENDING Turtle Rocks: 2 one acre beach front $208,500@ For Rent: 3/2, central, water front $3,250./month North Abaco News Please see North Page 8 By Vernique RussellFNMs Walk AboutAs preparations are being made for Election 2007, the Free National Movement (FNM) leader, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, conducted a walk about on Green Turtle Cay on February 9th. The Member of Parliament for North Abaco and former Prime Minister, with his team, went from house to house, knocking on doors and becoming familiar with the people in that area. He outlined the FNMs plan for the country, if he is elected to serve. Residents were also afforded the opportunity to voice their concerns to Mr. Ingraham, have questions answered and tell the MP what they would like to see happen on Abaco, especially Green Turtle Cay, during the next five years. The walk bridged the gap between the residents and their representative and allowed them to get to know him better.Steak-Out and SocialThe Torchbearers Association was formed in the 1970s by the FNM for young members to provide training for those who sought to become involved in national politics or hold office within the senior branch. Though they have existed for 30 plus years, the Torchbearers Association North Abaco Branch was launched in May of 2006. Since then, the president, Gary Smith, his executive team and members have been working tirelessly to educate, inform and entertain. From its inception the Torchbearers have held events that served as both fund raisers and socials for it members and residents of the community. They work along with the senior association branch members. On February 10th the Torchbearers and the FNM Senior Branch hosted a Social/ Fund raiser at Green Turtle Cay. On site for this event was North Abaco MP, Hubert Ingraham, along with Mr. Edison Key, the nominated candidate for South Abaco. The events committee, under the direction of Dwayne Edgecombe, was able to pull off a very successful event. The monies raised assist both the Senior Branch and Torchbearer with expenses and development. The Association thanks to all who supported them.After School ProgramsIn other to assist students to reach their maximum protential academically, the Principal and staff at the Sherlin Bootle High School implemented an after school program for students who are struggling in various subject areas. There are programs for the social and athletic development of students. Classes are offered on Mondays and Tuesday from 34:30. They have classes in every academic area and also sporting activities providing one-on-one instructions. Teachers volunteer their time and the there is no charge for classes. Bus service is provided for the students following the sessions.CongratulationsCongratulations to Charo Williams, who placed third in the District Spelling Competition. Though he did not win the competition, he was the top male student in the competition and top in the government schools represented.Impressed by Parent Turn-outNational Report Card Day was held throughout the country on January 12th. Principal Huel Moss is proud to report that 99 percent of parents enrolled at Sherlin Bootle High School collect their childrens report card. This year showed a dramatic improvement in parental involvement at the school. For the first year in over 15 years teachers have experienced seeing many parents. Mr. Moss is excited to see that parents are concerned about their childrens education. He is assured that student will perform at higher standards knowing that their parents are more interested. Teachers were grateful for the opportunity to update parents and discussed their childrens weaknesses and strengths. Principal Moss and his staff are expressing gratitude to the parents and they look forward to having parents working along with them for the rest of this school year.Agriculture DepartmentThe Agriculture Department students at the Sherlin Bootle High School were the proud recipients of 200 chicks provided through the agriculture program. Students are already raising pigs and they grow tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage and more. Student are given the chance to receive hands-on experience in farming and raising animals and growing vegetables. The head of the department, Mr. Scott, is offering agriculture as a career choice for his students. He hopes that students who select agriculture will be inspired to pursue this work. 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Page 8 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 E-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.oceanblueproperties.comSales, Rentals and Property ManagementON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New listing! 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 Sea Cliff, 3 BR 3 BA luxury residence, within steps of beach, professionally decorated. $1,220,000 NEW LISTING Mariners Cove 1509 Town House, 2 BR 1 1/ 2 BA, direct harbour view in desirable 1500 building. Fully furnished, includes garage. $365,000 NEW LISTING Royal Palm 3 BR, 3 BA furnished $553,500 SOLD Royal Palm 2 BR, 2 BA Marina front condo, fully furnished, with boat slip. Tropical decor $575,000 Helen's Point, Galleon Bay Waterfront 4 BR, 3 BA Home, Sea of Abaco views $1,388,000 Galleon Bay Road Homesite overlooking Treasure Cay Marina $405,000 SOLD Atlantis 2 BR, 2 BA Canal front condo with 14 wide boat slip. Completely redone with furnishings. $549,000 Beach Villa 685 2 BR, 2 BA, steps away from pool and beach $275,000 UNDER CONTRACT Razzall House, Treasure Cay Beach 4 BR, 3 BA Ocean front, fully furnished with excellent rental history. $1,735,000 Parker Place, Galleon Bay, spacious 4 BR waterfront home with beautiful Sea of Abaco views. $995,000.000 Treasure House, Ocean front 2 BR, 2 BA Island decor, top-sider villa overlooking gigantic lagoon pool $579,000 Royal Palm 2 BR 2 BA on marina with beautiful furnishings and boat slip. $562,000 Bahama Beach Club 3 BR, 3 BA $705,000 UNDER CONTRACT Anchorage Estates Lots 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 $834,949 UNDER CONTRACT Anchorage Estates Lots 29 and 30 $691,642 SOLD Canal Lot 8 Block 198 Galleon Bay Drive $310,000 SOLD Bahamas: 242-477-5056 USA: 843-278-0277 Fax: 242-365-8508 Email:jic@oii.net www.johncashrealty.comJohn Cash, B.R.I., C.R.S. Licensed Real Estate Broker Certified Residential SpecialistPO Box 22212 Treasure Cay Abaco BahamasMarch 1, 2007 More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 6 days at Sherlin Bootle High School. With the school divided into four teams, the Lions, Tigers, Cougars and Panthers, the Dynamic Dolphins took off their fins and roared as wild cats devouring any competition in sight for the right to be crowned champions. The competition began on February 1st and lasted until that February 5th. Athletes participated in track and field events and teachers even participated in events. After three of days of exciting competition the first place winner and recipient of the Charles Chuck Colebrooke trophy were the Lions with a total of 633 points. Coming in second were the Cougars, Panthers in third and Tigers in fourth. The exciting teachers relay (4x200) was won by Mrs. Sabrina Russell, Mrs. Tina Roberts, Mr. Garvin Daziel and Mr. Enzil Cooper. Congratulations to all the hard working athletes who participated in this year and hats off to the Physical Education Department headed by Ms. Martin. Principal Moss, the staff and the students of Sherlin Bootle would like to thank Mr. Colebrooke of Diamond Seven Convenience Store in Coopers Town for donating the trophy for the award ceremony. Mr. Colebrooke has been a pillar of strength to the school for quite some time and his continual support is greatly appreciated.BTVI Follow UpFrom the initial conversation with Mr. Fred Delancy, who is responsible for BTVI Northern Bahamas, work and assessment of offering courses in North Abaco are still being conducted. Hopefully, a conclusion should be reached by mid-March. Persons who are interested can still sign up to be enrolled. Presently, there is a great demand for classes in Computers, Nail Technology, Intro to Computers, Tile Laying and Office Base Training Classes. However, other areas have not been ruled out. The school would require a minimum of eight persons to offer any class. Students that are anticipating enrolling in the classes are required to pay $250 prior to classes and a registration fee of $100. Students will be responsible for their books and supplies. If you are in the North Abaco area and have an interest in any course that is available through BTVI, please contact me, Vernique Russell, at 365-8720 or 4420019 as soon as possible. If you are interested in a course that has not been listed, do not hesitate to contact me. This is a great opportunity and be sure to reserve your seat when classes begins.Top Students RecognizedFollowing the recently held Sport Days at Sherlin Bootle High School, the top male and female athletes were honored during the special medal and awards assembly held at the school. These athletes participated in multi-events and finished top in the competition. Students received medals and trophies. The House Trophy was won by the Lions. The top male students were Julian Cornish, Jerome McDonald, Leon Pierre and Francis Delva. The top female students were Cyndera Parker, Timmesha Russell, Shenna Francis and Ashley Clarke. Congratulations to all the students for a job well done.Fish FriesIn an effort to defray the expenses of the North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race, the committee has launched weekend Fish Fries at the ferry landing in Treasure Cay. The Fish Fries begin at 5 p.m. and run until. The event so far is growing and North Abaco residents are encouraged to come to make the Summer Festival a success. Lots of food, music and fun are offered.

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9 B Green Turtle Cay, Coco Bayvacant lot, beach access, 9000 sq.ft. -$89,000.00 (NEW LISTING) Green Turtle Cay, Island Reachvacant lot,16,390 sq.ft., 106 on Sea of Abaco, Beautiful views & sunsets. $450,000.00 (NEW LISTING) *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. March 1st, 2007 .Bahama Palm Shores -#5670 3 bed, 4,876 sq ft island home on 2 acre lot with 220 of beachfront, generator and pool. $995,000.00Call Mailin .Green Turtle Cay-#5532-2 bed/2 bath beach house on Bita Bay. Central A/C, fully equipped kitchen & much more. Great rental history Offered at $1,200,000.00 Call Chris Yellowwood -#5427Incomplete 1bed/1bath home comprises 24,621 sq ft. Built of wood & durable cement siding. Great starter home! $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 .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 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. $890,000.00 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 Sales Associate Member of the Abaco Multiple Listing Service 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 Two waterfront parcels currently available. Both parcels are just over an acre and sit directly on the rocky shoreline of the Atlantic. Lot #3 is offered at $312,000 and lot #4 is offered at $300,000. Adjoining Lot #3 is a hilltop lot that is approx 3/4 of an acre and looks out over the Atlantic. Offered at $195,000.00 These lots are all close to Winding Bay and Cherokee Sound. Leisure Lee-#5739 A lovely 3 bed, 2 bath canal front home. Features 57 dock and over 17,000 sq.ft of property. Common Beach Access $790,000.00-Call Mailin Turtle Rocks-Multi family lot, 27,507 sq.ft., power & cable to boundary, beach access, $85,000.00 Yellowwood-2H-# 548437,368 sq.ft., featuring 184 on the Atlantic rocky shoreline, minutes away from Cherokee Sound and Winding Bay. $265,000.00 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 Sales Associate Member of the Abaco Multiple Listing Service Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph.# 242-367-2992 mailin@coldwellbankerbahamas.comGTC Beach House #57773 bed/3 bath w/ loft. 2 bed/1bath below. Wrap around porches, generator, water maker,central A/C. 1.6 acres. $1,850,000.00 Call Chris Lubbers-#5617-Vacant lot comprises 10,094 sq.ft and is one lot in from the Sea of Abaco. Offered at $99,500.00-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 .Leisure Lee-#5366 This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is tucked away in Leisure Lee and offers privacy and tranquility. Features about 1,600 sq.ft of li ving space. Also features his and hers closets and a spacious en suite master bath. Open floor plan makes it easy and fun for en tertaining family and friends. The large wrap around screened in porch adds charm and makes outdoor entertaining easy as you enjoy the gentle island breezes. Community beach access is only minutes away. Why rent when you can own your own home?! $295,000Call Mailin Your Paradise Awaits You4.673 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. Admired by many, but can be owned by you! US$4,500,000-Call Mailin Bahama Palm ShoresVacant lot, approx. 1/4 acre in size, two blocks from the beach. $30,000.00 Call Lee PinderNEW LISTING REDUCED NEW EXCLUSIVECasuarina PointThis CBS 3 bedroom 2 bath home features 1,600 sq.ft of living space. It was built in 1999 and very well-kept. Located across from the community boat ramp. Also features 1x 6 v.joint cypress ceilings, ceramic tiles and utility room. Being sold furnished. Priced to sell! $299,000 Call Mailin REDUCED

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Page 10 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 367-0364 367-5642 Fax Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact (242) 393-4371 393-3829 394-7529 Fax 394-0057 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour Weekly with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm BeachLEGEND Loading Monday in Palm Beach Arriving Tuesday in Marsh Harbour LEGACY Loading Tuesday in Nassau Arriving Wednesday in Marsh Harbour Leaving Thursday for Nassau Both ships serving Green Turtle Cay Charter freight stops en route on requestDeans Shipping CoDeans Shipping office at the Marsh Harbour dock M/V LEGEND M/V LEGACY Frank Knowles Hope Town 242-375-8655 Donna Darville Marsh Harbour 242-367-SOLD (7653)The Abaco Real Estate Specialists!donna@paradisebahamas.com frank@paradisebahamas.comFeatured Properties Triplex in town, walking distance to restaurants, shops. Immaculate condition. All units rented. REDUCED from $465,000 to $405,000 Exclusive LOTS Long Beach minutes to beach $36,000 Gilpin Point beach access for all lots, half acre, each starting at $35,000 Bahama Coral Island Interior lot $18,000 SOLD Bahama Coral Island sea view, lot walking distance to beach $30,000 Shop our lisings online atwww.ParadiseBahamas.com trology and statistics. Many were creative experiments including a solar powered car, an artificial crystal-growing kit, a display of the solar system, a method of growing plants without soil, an explanation of electricity, a testing for vitamin C in various brands of orange juice, a survey among people showing that the expensive brand (in this case cereals) is not necessarily what they like best, the life cycle of a bean from seed to plant, showing how a water powered turbine works and many more. An eye catching project was Can I predict the weather? by Yelena Pursaud. Her conclusion was, By observing the earths atmosphere, I can forecast the weather most of the time. To demonstrate her hypothesis, Yelena observed the type of clouds present and constructed instruments to measure the air pressure, the wind speed and direction. The project was well documented and she explained it in detail when interrogated. There were 10 volcano eruption demonstrations, complete with red food coloring, vinegar, baking soda and dish washing liquid. Some of the children did not know much about volcanoes apart from putting together the chemical experiment. They thought it was great fun to see the lava erupt after all the ingredients had been placed into the crater, but others such as Da Shane Knowles, dressed in a white scientists shirt, had more detailed knowledge of the phenomenon. An interesting project, displayed by Hector Valez, was the effect of gravity on plant s growth. He showed that, as experimented in space by NASA plants cannot grow without gravity. Research on diabetes by grade 6 student, Rickanta Smith, was well documented. Her display showed an array of food, some causing diabetes and others that did not. She explained the different type of diabetes and medicines used to control it. Another six grader, Brendon Pinder, demonstrated in a very simple way how to create a magnet. A learning survey by Yael Sawyer demonstrated whether people could memorize a six digit number better by hearing or seeing it. She tested approximately 20y people and demonstrated that more girls remembered School NewsThese students of St. Francis de Sales School were the winners of its science fair exhibits. They are Pedro Maycock, Rickanta Smith, Hector Velez, Yael Sawyer, Pavel Bailey, Severiano Pedican, Joshua Archer, and Yelena Persuad. SchoolFrom Page 1 the number by seeing it and more boys by hearing it. A great display by Pedro Maycock showed the problems caused by the blockage of a tidal creek and how to restore the water flow with culverts. He reconstructed the creek, the blockage, placed the culverts and released his fish that swam through the culverts. His knowledge of the types of mangroves and the fish found in a creek was very precise. The students were judged by the presentation of their projects, by their knowledge of the experiment and by the way they explained it. The award distribution took place at the church the following evening. Excited children and parents, who in some cases had more than a little role in their childrens creations, awaited the results impatiently, armed with cameras. Every child participating received a certificate of achievement and a medal. Trophies were handed out for the first and second place in each grade. The winners were Grade 3 Yalena Pursaud, first, and Joshua Archer, second Grade 4 Pavel Bailey, first, and Severiano Pedican, second SchoolFrom Page 11

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 B Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir BrokerABACO ESTATE SERVICESREAL ESTATE SALES VACATION RENTALSPrime Real Estate Listing Throughout AbacoMembers Bahamas Real Estate AssociationWe Exceed Client Expectations! 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 Cell: (242) 357.6570 www.abacoestateservices.comTREASURE 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. 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.March 1, 2007"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 $435,000. Reduced No Problem (Ref #718) 2 bedroom 2 bath Villa, fully furnished, close to beach, shops, restaurants & marina, furnished, screened lanai, extra storage, central A/C. Price: $399,000 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: $350,000. "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. "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. 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 Canal Lot (Ref # 744) 68 of protected canal frontage, enjoys both Sea of Abaco and Galleon Bay views, all utilities available, cleared, 19,256 s/f Price: $425,000 Beach Villa 504 A & B (Ref # 743) Two 1 bedroom 1 bath adjoining Garden Villas, each with full kitchen and living, excellent rental history as individual or combined units. Sold Together, furnished, turn key Price: $380,000 Galleon Bay Home (Ref # 745) 3 bedroom 2 bath single story 1,550 s/f canal front home, fully furnished, located on elevated landscaped lot, car port and garage, deep water dock with boat lift, includes Van and golf cart. Price: $1,148,000 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 Eleavated Canal Lot (Ref #704) Located on deep water canal with 104 of protected frontage, 10,400 s/f, all utilities available, near beach access, quiet residential community. Price: $299,000 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: 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. 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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACTGrade 5 Yael Sawyer, first, and Hector Valez, second Grade 6 Pedro Maycock, first, and Rickanta Smith, second The Principal, Mrs. Josephine Kumar, and Ms. Curry were extremely pleased with the students participation and the success of the fair. I have already put it to the teachers, said Ms. Curry, that next year participation in the fair will be from kindergarten to grade six. SchoolFrom Page 10 More School NewsCentral Abaco PrimaryLiteracy Month is LaunchedBy Samantha V. Evans On February 1st Literacy Month was launched at Central Abaco Primary School under the theme Reading The Powerhouse of Knowledge The first event held was a Radio Show at the local radio station, Radio Abaco on the same day. Present for that show was Mrs. Coral Johnson, Librarian at the primary school and coordinator of the Literacy Committee, and others. The purpose of this month is to get children and adults more involved in reading. Mrs. Ruby Rolle, English teacher at Abaco Central High School, spoke about literacy. In most dictionaries, it is defined as the ability to read and write. Today, literacy has been expanded to be the ability to locate, evaluate, use and communicate. Mrs. Kim Miller, a parent at Central Abaco Primary School, spoke from the perspective of a parent and gave parents tips on how to help their children become better readers. Most children will learn to read while in school but others will not. However, whether they learn to read or not can depend largely upon parents helping and encouraging their children. Some of these tips include Helping children acquire as much knowledge as they can Talking to your children about their experiences Encouraging them to think about events Reading to your children Monitoring your childrens school performance. Please see School Page 12

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Page 12 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayThere are a number of events planned for this month. On February 2nd the door competition was held at Central Abaco Primary School. Each class decorated its door using the theme for the month as their incentive. Four judges from the community judged the 21 doors. Mrs. Eleanor Darville, one of the judges described some of the doors as cute, very innovative and creative. It was evident by the looks of the well decorated doors that the competition would be stiff and, indeed, it was. The winner for upper primary was Ms. Lindsays Grade 4 and the winner for lower primary was Mrs. Majors Grade 1. The overall winner was Grade 4 whose design will be printed onto the Literacy Month t-shirts. Honorable mention was given to Ms. Phillips Grade 4, the Special Education class, that came in second place for upper primary. The winning classes will receive their prizes at the climax of Literacy month on February 28th.Nurse Teaches about Personal HealthBy Samantha V. Evans Finding persons who are still committed to educating youth about how to make their lives better can be difficult at times but retired nurse of 40 years, Barbara Reckley, More School News SchoolFrom Page 11 Retired Nurse Barbara Reckley, a well known person on Abaco, instructed students at Central Abaco Primary School on personal hygiene and healthy living. Once again 19 students from Central Abaco Primary School have excelled and earned a certificate and pin as students of the month for January. These students are Wisler Desiline preschool, Yolnicka Jeune grade 1; Clodine Floridor grade 1; Paige Stubbs grade 1; Amelia Gomez grade 1; Jackline Jean-Jacques grade 2; Kenny Pierre grade 3; Guetly St. Fleur grade 3; Frandjina Eldor grade 3; Kadesha Canton grade 3; Sunshine Forbes grade 4; Wilda Cadet grade 4; Bertram Minns grade 4; John St. Fort grade 4; Madeisha Lowe grade 5; Gabriel Davis grade 5; Shamika Simms grade 5; Valesha Johnson grade 5; and Tallia Bastian grade 6. has committed herself to work with the children of Bridging the Gap Youth Program to teach them about important heath issues they need to know in order to live healthy lives. Her first session with them was held on February 3rd at Central Abaco Primary School. She chose as her topic Personal Hygiene She told the youngsters that personal hygiene is the science of taking care and maintaining good health. It supports practices that promote good health. She told them that when she was growing up that they did not have running water in the house so they had to use a tin tub to bathe in.Now most homes have running water so they are able to take longer baths. She told them to keep their sleep area as clean as possible so they do not get bed or Please see School Page 14 These offerings are subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without noticewww.bahamasrealty.bsemail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs I Tel 242-367-3262 I Fax 242-367-3260 YOUR FIRST CHOICE IN BAHAMIAN REAL ESTATE GUANA CAY GUANA CAY LYNARD CAYCROSSING ROCKSBAKERS HEIGHTS CASUARINA POINTGUANA CAY BAHAMA PALM SHORES TREASURE CAY BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA PALM SHORES PELICAN SHORESMARSH HARBOURBUSTIC BIGHT OFFICES IN OFFICES IN OFFICES IN OFFICES IN OFFICES INAbaco Nassau Exuma Eleuthera Long Island Harbour Island #10181: 3bd/2bths : $375,000This super home is nestled in the heart of the settlement, surrounded by lush specimen foliage, a winter garden and well maintained lawns. Panoramic views are enjoyed from the widows walk and porches.#10350: 2bd/1bth : $160,000Situated in the heart of the settlement, this cottage presents a multitude of opportunities for the imaginative buyer. Could transition well into a vacation or rental cottage. Steps away from ferry dock.#9297: Acreage : Serious InquiriesBordering the Sea of Abaco with Atlantic to the east, this expansive parcel boasts 77 fabulous acres, includes high elevations, dense native coppice, numerous coconut palm trees and white sand beaches.#9510: Residential Lots: $160,000Greenland Bay. Gorgeous, unspoiled beach front, dazzling white sand, rolling grassland interior. Parcels encompass 100 to 200 ft on the beach. Only one parcel may be sold in each instance at above starting price.#562105: Acreage : $1,360,000Prime development property located 11 miles north of Marsh Harbour on Queens higway. Features wooded rolling terrain with hills of up to 30 in elevation. Great potential for development.#562299: 3bd/2bths : $359,000Bright and sunny, sturdy concrete family home, just steps from the beach. 1,472 s.f. of living space, tile floors, crown molding. Perfectly suited for family or retirement home.#562031: Residential Lot : $395,000NEW! Gorgeous Atlantic Ocean front home site. Located adjacent to the Orchid Bay development with elevated rocky shore and beach. Densely vegetated with natural coppice and native trees.#10202: Acreage : $350,000Gorgeous, generously-sized home site on Eight Mile Bay beach. Approx. .85 acres of nicely elevated land thickly treed with native hardwoods and coconut palms. Wonderful views, wide sugar sand beaches.#562353: Residential Lot: $85,000Lovely, oversized multi-family residential lot in popular Anchorage Estates. Close to beaches and all amenities the resort and community offer. Invest in the future!#9935: Residential Lot: $24,000Lovely, homesite of approx. 10,000 sq.ft. with high elevation and views of the sea on the west of Abaco and the South side. Conveniently located just 3 miles north of Marsh Harbour.#562174: Acreage: $1,500,000Green Cay is a nature lovers paradise. Situated just 1/2 mile off the west coast of Great Abaco Island. Perfectly suited for private retreat, bonefishing resort, etc.#562133: 3bd/2bths: $347,000Fully furnished, with all new appliances and cabinets. Ideally located on quiet road, but close to Marsh Harbour. Excellent investment for rental or family home.#8928: 4bd/2bths : $422,000Secluded home, located directly across the lane from Eight Mile Bay and its gorgeous beach. Rooftop deck enjoys the best views of the area. Room to expand and add personal touch.#562332: 3bd/3bths : Executive RentalSpacious family home located on prestigious Pelican Shores. Long term lease only, references, first, last and security required. Lease pricing on request. UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT NEW PRICE15 Jan 07

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It is also important to wash their hair at least once per week and brush their teeth after each meal which should be at least three times daily. She demonstrated how they should properly brush and floss their teeth. She ended her session by reminding the children that it is important that they visit the dentist every six months for a complete examination and cleaning.Students Learn OrigamiBy Samantha V. Evans It is becoming very clear that Abaco schools have a lot of talented children. On February 3rd I got an opportunity to meet yet another one of them, Avery Thompson, a student of Forest Height Academy. He is very good at Origami and spent two hours teaching 30 students the art of paper folding. They made a frog and a boat on their first day which is great. Making the boat was a bit difficult but the students were up for a challenge. What made this very exciting is that some of the students are in the special education class at Central Abaco Primary School. The class teacher, Ms. Margaret Phillips, has made a commitment to expose her students to as many hands-on activities as possible so that they can have many opportunities to choose from to support themselves when they become adults. Avery is committed to teaching the students as much as he can and as many things as he can about Origami. His first encounter with them was great and he looks forward to all of the sessions to come.Job Fair Was Held at Abaco Central HighBy Samantha V. Evans A team of executives and support staff came to Abaco to hold a job fair in hopes of finding persons to fill openings at the Ports Division of Hutchinson Ports Holding from Freeport, Grand Bahama. The job fair began on February 7th at Abaco Central High School. Several positions were being advertised including the position of financial analyst. The Human Resources Director, Mrs. Malvese Capron, stated that the company held a similar job fair in Nassau last week but chose to come to Abaco because of its proximity to Grand Bahama. She felt that if someone was hired here, the relocation would be a little easier. The last day of the job fair was on February 8th at which time five or six students of Abaco Central High School were interviewed for jobs. Mrs. Capron stated that this second day was good as a number of persons from the neighboring communities were interviewed. Accompanying Mrs. Capron to Abaco was Lisa Gibson, Assistant Manager of Recruitment; Alarie Turner, Security Manager; Marvin Hudson, Labour and Deployment Manager; Jamieson Deveaux, Trainer; and Yolanda Basden, Office Assistant.Students Learn About Bahamian CultureBy Samantha V. Evans Students at St. Francis de Sales School had a great experience on February 2nd when they had their presentation on Bahamian Culture. Students showed how appreciative they are of their culture by dressing in Bahamian attire, making Bahamian dishes such as coconut cake, conch fritters, conch salad, fried fish and switcher (lemon aide) to share with their class mates. One student, Aisha Jones, took two Bahamian-made dolls wearing dresses made of straw with Androsia in prints and a crocheted dress. She even brought in an ornament made of drift wood and Christmas ornaments made of straw and raffia. Leroy Thompson wore an Androsia shirt and a straw hat stating how creative Bahamians are. He is proud to be a part of this culture. Another student, Sherese Kemp, explained that the Bahamas is a unique place in many ways and what we have to offer is first class. In the oral presentations the students addressed topics such as Bahamian music, food, clothing, the people, national symbols, and crafts. The crafts displayed were provided by Mrs. Martha Smith. At the end of the oral presentations, all students had to turn in a formal written report on everything that was presented. These senior students did an extremely good job depicting things Bahamian. Appreciation is extended to the class teacher, Mrs. Olive Simon, for opening the classroom to parents for viewing.Grade 4 Spelling BeeBy Samantha V. Evans This competition proved to be fierce on February 9th as 22 students from schools across Abaco gathered at the Learning ReMore School News SchoolFrom Page 12 Grade 6 students at St. Francis de Sales School have been learning about Bahamian culture, food, clothing, dolls, ornaments and crafts. Please see School Page 15Oceanfront land with high rock bluffsCoconut groves, unobstructed views to Africa Hurricane Hole dock slip included Deeded Right of Way to North Beach Cabana Club and the infamous Cannon Reef Minutes to bonefish flats, boiling holes, sea park Cannon deck on north beach Marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin fishing Cast your fly, then cast your fish in bronze at the Johnston Art Foundry SchoolAncient Volvo burial ground for Pirates of the Caribbean TreasureLynyard Cay 100 ft. water front lots from $95,000 242-366-3503 pete@petespub.comBy appointment only References required In-house builder only Petes Pub ClubRLHYC, 1964 Little Harbour, AbacoPeter Johnston is offering land for sale to selected members only

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 B 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 source Center for the grade four Spelling Bee. Parents, coaches and on-lookers cheered and lobbied for their favorite contestant, trying to make it as difficult as possible for the four judges to declare a winner. After 22 rounds, the following winners were declared by the judges. In third place was Fredericka Storr of J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point, second place Frederick Pinder from J.A.Pinder and the winner, Tristan Albury from Agape Christian School. These students had an awesome ability to spell and pronounce words and almost devoured the seen list so they are all to be commended. Accepting the trophy on behalf of the coach was Mrs. Cecile Albury, Principal of Agape Christian School. All of the Spelling Bee officials thank and congratulate parents and coaches for a job well done.Central Abaco PrimaryNew Spanish Teacher ArrivesBy Samantha V. Evans Students at Central Abaco Primary School got a needed addition to their school in the form of a new Spanish Teacher, Mr. Richard Akompi who originates from Ghana, Africa. Even though he is from Africa, Mr. Akompi spent most of his life in Cuba where he was raised and schooled. He stated that this is his first time in the Bahamas as a teacher. He stated that he is also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, but he would rather work as a Spanish teacher. He stated that he learned of the position from his step-brother in Nassau and applied. He explained that since he arrived in Abaco on January 17th, everyone has been so helpful and friendly. He has met a lot of interesting people and he expresses his sincerest gratitude to everyone who showed him kindness. He hopes to accomplish the goal to teach the students introductory Spanish courses. Since most of them claim English as their first language, he hopes that they will be able to understand and speak basic Spanish by the end of this school year in June.St. Francis de Sales Student Wins More School News Please see School Page 14 The top spellers on Abaco will represent Abaco at the National Spelling Bee in March. In first place was R. Octavia DeanMcIntosh, seventh grader from St. Francis de Sales School. The second place trophy went to Paxton Lowe an eighth grader of Agape Christian School and third place went to Charo Williams a eight grade student of S.C. Bootle High School. The winners of the Grade 4 Spelling Bee were Tristan Albury of Agape Christian School, first place, Frederick Pinder of J.A. Pinder Primary School, second place, and Fredericka Storr of J.A. Pinder Primary School, third place. They are shown with Mrs. Cecile Albury, Principal of Agape Christian School. Please see School Page 16 Registration forms and information on the location for the CPR instruction can be picked up from Ms. C.E. Martinborough at the Urban Renewal Office located in Dove Plaza, Suite # 204, Marsh Harbour. Registration fee is $10. The deadline for registration is March 6th. The instructors are: Mr. Damario Barton National Training Officer Ms Diane Turnquest Bahamas Red Cross Disaster ManagerA light lunch will be served. A DIPECHO V Project Barbara Johnson is pleased to announce that the Bahamas Red Cross & ECHO (European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office) will be hosting a community First Aid/CPR Certified Course on Saturday. March 10, 2007, from 9-5 pm.EUROPEAN COMMISSIONHumanitarian Aid THE BAHAMAS RED CROSS Red Cross and ECHO are offering CPR certification

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Page 16 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007Multiple 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 Newell Abaco 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 Sawyer Damianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Kerry SullivanDamianos Sothebys Intl. Realty Donna Rees Dupuch Real Estate James Rees Dupuch Real Estate June RussellGraham Real Estate Neil Aberle H.G. Christie Ltd Kathleen AlburyH.G. Christie Ltd John ChristieH.G. Christie Ltd Dwayne WallasH.G. Christie Ltd John Cash John Cash Realty (Ruth) Anne AlburyTreasure Cay Real Estate Everett PinderTreasure Cay Real Estate Marcellus RobertsTreasure Cay Real EstateAbaco Chapter The Bahamas Real Estate Association the National Spelling BeeBy Samantha V. Evans Abaco held its 9th Spelling Bee on January 31st at the Learning Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. Twenty-five students from schools all across Abaco gathered at the Center to compete to be named the best speller on Abaco. In attendance was Mr. Charles Carter, CEO of the Nassau Guardian, the major sponsor of the Spelling Bee. During the opening ceremony Mr. Carter stated that this is the tenth year for the Spelling Bee in the Bahamas and they have a grand event planned for the students who will be competing on March 25th in Nassau. When the spelling began, it was clear from the outset that this would be a very tough competition. The students ranged in grade from 5-8. The students were so knowledgeable of the seen list that the decision was made to move to the unseen list after only eleven rounds. After 20 rounds they ran out of words. This is the first time that this has happened in Spelling Bee history on Abaco. A winner was More School News B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367.2798 Fax: 367.5098 SchoolFrom Page 15 finally declared after 26 rounds. The winner was R. Octavia Dean-McIntosh, a grade seven student from St. Francis de Sales School. The second place trophy went to Paxton Lowe a grade eight student of Agape Christian School and third place went to Charo Williams a grade eight student of S.C. Bootle High School. The trophies for this event were sponsored by the Nassau Guardian and presented to the students by Mr. Charles Carter. Congratulations to all of the students as they did a fantastic job representing their respective schools.Plans For National Spelling Bee in NassauBy Samantha V. Evans Mr. Carter was excited to be present for this 9th Spelling Bee on Abaco. He was especially proud of all of the students and congratulated them for a job well done. He saw Octavia Dean-McIntosh as being an excellent speller who should do well in Nassau. He stated that there are wonderful prizes to be given out at this 10th Spelling Bee, especially since they have new sponsors who have come on board this year including BEC. Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, AbacoThe events are slated to begin on March 22nd with a tour and lunch on The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, one of the sponsors. On Friday they will attend an elegant reception at Government House with His Excellence the Governor General A.D. Hanna. They will also have a grand tour of Atlantis. Sunday will be the big day when the Spelling Bee will be held at the Radisson Convention Center. Octavia will do well as her school is behind her. Octavia is the daughter of Ms. Valerie Dean and Mr. Clifford McIntosh II. AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Friday at noon and at 7 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets the third Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. each month at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for additional information.

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 BLEEWARD 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% Closing 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 $825,000 Plus 14% closing 5. ROYAL POINCIANA TOWNHOUSES with onsite pool and tennis, newly completed luxury townhouse units directly on Treaure Cay Beach totalling 3 bed/ 4 1/2 baths plus loft bedroom/ den Ground floor garage, 2 bed/ 2 bath with ocean front patio First floor open concept living / dining/ kitchen plus master bedrom suite, all ocean views with patio/ balcony Loft bedroom/ den with ocean view $1908,000 + 14% Closing MARINERS COVE Townhouse condos with on-site tennis and heated pool Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath, fully fur nished, never rented, extra feathures. MUST SEE EXC $351,000 + 7.5% closing Marina view, 2 bed/ 1 1/2 bath, fully fur nished, good rental potential. EXC $325,950 FGS 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 / op tional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished. EXC. $882,000 FGS Downstairs unit 3 bed / 2 bath with den/ optional 4th bed. Completely and tastefully furnished with many extra features including garage and Ford Taurus $1,002,000 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. Included with its own entrance is a private 1 bedroom/ 1 bath apartment with an open living/ dining/ kitchen with its own deck. Many features. MUST SEE. EXC. $2,220,000 FGS GALLEON BAY DRIVE Gramling House newly built, 2 storey home located on Galleon Bay canal with a 45 dock. Upper level has 4 bed/ 2 bath. Open living/ dining/ kitchen. Lower level has 2 bed/ 1 bath, laundry room plus covered open boat/ car storage EXC $907,500 FGSFor 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 $290,950 FGS Rock Point Waterfront, bulkheaded Beginning at $293,225 FGS Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $60,000 FGS ABBREVIATION CODE EXC Exclusive listing FGS Full gross or all-inclusive price MLS Multiple Listing List price plus buyers closing CaysFrom Page 5 It Pays toAdvertiseAn unsigned letter that was circulated through the community to suggest there was some secret plan to make the town an historic district that would be controlled by a select few was also discussed. The idea of New Plymouth being designated as an historic district is not new and not a secret. The established rules and regulations for a Historic District would come from a government department, not a select few. The history of our community should be preserved for future generations. Every island in this country has clear water and beautiful beaches, but our rich history makes our community special! This lively meeting was well attended After an unseasonably warm January, winter has come to Abaco! But we wont complain because summer will be here soon enough and the temperature will rise to 90 plus sticky, hot degrees! AHHHH! I cant wait!

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Page 18 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Applications available Lyford Cay Foundation Scholarships The Lyford Cay Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now bein g accepted for academic scholarships at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Apply for: US $7,500/yr Lyford Cay Foundation Awards Cdn$7,500/yr The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation Awards Estelle Siebens Excellence Awards in specialized disciplines Applications available from all secondary school guidance counsellors, Financial Aid Office at C.O.B. or through the Lyford Cay Foundation at P.O. Box N-7776, Nassau, Bahamas Or online at www.lyfordcayfoundation.com DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION MARCH 31, 2007 Forest Heights AcademyEntrance Test for Grade 7March 17, 2007 9 A.M. (Limited space available in other grades) Please contact administratin for additional information Telephone 367-3639By Rita Reis Wieczorek M/V Magnum Opus Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club pirates and their guests had a wonderful funfilled afternoon and evening in the Marquee Tent at Abaco Beach Resort. The afternoon began with a hunt for booty around the grounds of the resort. Pirates were assigned to teams of about 10-15 people when the party started to search for clues that would lead to the pirates hidden booty. Each team was given a ships name and a treasure map with a set of directions. When the group found its first clue, they found directions for finding their second clue. There were 10 clue cards for each team to find the buried booty. The team that recovered their 10 clues first ending up with the buried treasure was the winners. Trinity Team won the game! Those pirates were from the Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room. Rover Team got honorable mentioned as they found the booty through deductive reasoning before they found all 10 clues. If this game sounds complex, it was quite elaborate, but a lot of laughter and jokes were shared among the pirates as they stole, pillaged and robbed their way through the maze of their clues on the grounds of the resort. There were two bars set up to keep the thirsty hunters from going dry during this activity. Plenty of grog and drinks were served along with heavy appetizers that doubled as dinner for most people. TheClub Members Enjoyed Pirate Partybartender extraordinaire was Paul Graham from the M/V Odyssey He was a busy man all evening long! The MC for the evening was Jim Fenn from the M/V Fennders He was terrific! In addition to keeping the evening festivities in order, he told stories and sang a few songs. Jim was thanked with a bottle of rum! Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum! The costumes that members and their guests put together were quite original and very imaginative. It was hard to recognize some members who were so done up in their outfits and make-up, it was difficult to initially place them as members of our club. You had to stare at them for a few minutes before you could recognize them. Of course, there was a costume contest with prizes for the most piratical won by Dennis Karkow from M/ V Walkabout and Commodore Dave Bluto from the M/V Chablis most original which was won by Bette and David Bauereis on the S/V Tar Heel and the best overall costume or the grand winners that was taken by Karen and Steve OBrien on the M/V Christmas. Two little boys won the best small pirates awards for their costumes; Johnny Piperato on the M/V Kimberly Ann and Joey Lo Russo, his friend, who lives at Rum Runners a villa on the canal at the Abaco Beach Club Resort. The judges had a difficult time deciding the winners in this contest. The pirates given the responsibility for selecting the winners were Ted Baker from the m/v Brenda J, Elinor Vitek on m/v Lazy Bones and Sue and Ray Vallerie from the m/v Last Dance. After dinner Jim Fenn our MC continued the program for the evening. Next on the agenda, we had either individuals or groups present ditties, songs, stories or shanties that they either wrote or that were taken from other artists. The ditty winner was the group Piph, best song was won by the Lazy Bones Singers and the best story award was won by Jim Fenn. The show was terrific-no one realized we had such talented pirates in the Club. Hardy, har, har, har! This event was planned and executed by couples from 3 boats: Robert and Carolyn Wilson on their new m/v Sea 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 Island Girl, Margo Caldy and Dennis Krakow from the m/v Walkabout and Steve and Karen OBrien from the m/v Christmas. These 6 members did an excellent job and many members want to know when we are going to have the next pirates party? The photographs from this event were taken by Connie Murgo our photographer for Club events in 2007. Connie lives on the m/v The Rose in the Bahamas during the winter and she travels to Rhode Island on her boat each summer to visit her family. The next event takes place on February 13 when the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club has their annual meeting. Watch the web for a summary of the meeting with photographs.

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 B Employment Opportunity Assistant Manager, Commercial & Mortgage Lending, Abaco Branch We are considering applications for an Assistant Manager, Commercial & Mortgage Lending to provide a superior level of financial advice and service to corporate and high net worth clients: Core Responsibilities: Sell and deliver both credit and non-credit products and services to Corporate and High Net Worth clients Assist with the formulation of and implementation of targets, budgets and business plan for the corporate portfolio Achieve growth, retention, profitability and other targets for the corporate portfolio Prepare credit applications for submission, with supporting recommendation to Credit Risk Management Assist in conducting client needs assessments, identifying opportunities for cross and up-selling Follow-up with client and support functions to ensure timely completion of product requests and transactions and resolution of inquiries and issues Perform some service functions for customers and work with Branch officers to ensure the customer service needs are met Carry out a range of lending activities including but not limited to: Interviewing applicants to determine purpose of credit requirements i.e. mortgage/loan/overdraft Advising applicants of financing options-term, rate costs, etc. Determining credit acceptability based on credit score and other tools Providing rationale and approving credit within authorized limit or making recommendation to Management for those in excess of lending authority Managing the oversight of collateral including registration of legal documents, insurance and escrows Managing the Mortgage portfolio collection activities including collecting delinquent loans, negotiating with delinquent borrowers, foreclosures, repossessions and other legal steps in recovery Qualifications, Skills & Experience:Substantial work experience in loans and risk management with a full understanding of financial statements and the ability to analyze the informationExperience in dealing with corporate executives, high net-worth clients and professional contactsGood interpersonal skills to work effectively with customers and successfully handle complaintsSound knowledge of products, pricing, services and applicability to customer requirementsSound knowledge of branch processes including product and service sales deliverySound knowledge of mortgage lending Remuneration Package: Commonwealth Bank is a Great place to work! We offer an exciting work environment with opportunity for growth and development. We also offer a competitive compensation package, which includes performance based incentives, health, vision, dental and life insurances and a pension plan.Interested persons should submit their resumes in WRITING or E-mail along with copies of their certificates before March 2, 2007 to: HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT Re: Assistant Manager, Commercial & Mortgage Lending, Abaco Branch P.O. Box SS-6263 Nassau Bahamas Telefax: 394-0758 E-mail address:anne.lightbourn@combankltd.com CreativeRelations.net Technical Scholarships available $7,500 Lyford Cay Foundation Technical Training Awards Train for careers in Agriculture/agribusiness Air conditioning/refrigeration Auto, marine & aviation mechanics Construction & related trades Diesel technology & mechanics Heavy equipment operation Machine shop/welding Computer service technology Hospitality & tourism Technical instruction & education Health care, medical technology & more Apply today Applicants must be Bahamian with high school diploma Plan to pursue a vocation valuable to The Bahamas Pledge to return to The Bahamas upon graduation Other qualifications may apply Applications available from The Managers Office, BTVI, or write to Technical Training Scholarships, Lyford Cay Foundation, P.O. Box N 7776, Nassau. or online at www.lyfordcayfoundation.com DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATION MAY 1, 200 MAY 1, 200MAY 1, 200 MAY 1, 2007 77 7 The funeral service for Woodis Herbert Key, 81, formerly of Marsh Harbour was in Nassau on February 17 and interment was in Nassau. He is survived by his sons Herbert, Seth, Zyndal and Kranston Key; daughters Sandra, Jackie, WPC Wenderlee King and Min. Katrina Key; daughters-in-law Minnie, Marjorie and Rose Key; sons-in-law Paul Roberts, Robert Malone and Pastor Prince King; grandchildren Bernadette, Brent, Priscilla, Matthew, Carmen, Vanice, Maurizio, Felisha, Elisha, Sean, Deswood, Shannon, Shawn, Kadero, Kranston Jr, Shavon, Delkeno and Kranstonia, Octavia, Mark and Savannah, great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Eugene Pedican 64, formerly of Green Turtle Cay was held on February 17 in Nassau and interment was in Nassau. He is survived by his sons Stanley and Steve Pedican; daughter Coralee Pedican; grandchildren, Ahmad Nortelus and Mataya Cox; brothers Earnal, Bruce, Roy and Clarence Pedican Jr.; sisters Viola Curry, Winifred Bodie, Deborah McIntosh, Inez and Eleanor Pedican; brothers-in-law Livingston Bodie and Pinchie McIntosh; sisters-in-law Gail and Gertrude Pedican; nieces Patricia Bootle, Faye McIntosh, Selena and Patryce Curry, Jennifer Pritchard, Denise and Margaret Bodie, Carla, Nyka, Earlene, Jennifer, Necree,Obituaries of Family and FriendsRoyann and Biyonka Pedican, Sandra Burrows, Jennifer Pedican, Bridgett Armbrister, Brenda Davis, Abby Gail Babbs, Wendy Sands, Donna Knowles, Deneak Butler, Shanna McIntosh, Shena Roberts, Denalee Penn, Nacoya and Ohanisha Pedican; nephews Ronald Bootle, Quintin, Craig, Ricardo, Dwayne and Anton Curry, Selkirk, Michael, Troy, Terrance, Mark, Darron, Philip, Julian, Mark and Marcus Pedican, Geno Simms, Baron Attenborough, Rudolph and Marvin Ferguson, David Simms, Jeffery Thompson, Eddie and Perry Bodie; grandnieces; grandnephews; great-grandnieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Mark Sarto Greene 51, of Sandy Point was held on February 17th at the Assembly of God Church in Sandy Point. Rev. Erskine Wells officiated assisted by Deacon Paul Pinder. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Sandy Point. He is survived by his children Marguerite Bullard and Marco Greene; grandchildren Steffon and Antonia Greene, Deigo and Danzel Bullard; son-in-law Bradley Bullard; daughter-in-law Chanley Greene; brothers Vertelese Joseph, James and David Greene; brother-in-law Astanor Aimonour; sistersin-law Annie and Leona Greene; nieces Lamercie, Marguerite, Lecia, Christine, Yolette, Michelin, Sologne, Shantel, Lillian, Cotrina Pinder, Ceila Johnson, Ramona Brown, Davantee, Julie, Lawanda, Donae, Kendia, Deaysa, Sema, Alicia, Alisha, Allanka, Alvonel, Jamila, Kendisha, and Kenisha; nephews Alvin, Sintenie, Danero, Jameson, and Lavardo Greene, Leonardo Burrows, Gregory and Vladamir, Luke Lalanne, Al Pinder, Desmond Johnson, Kendal and Kadan Brown, Alvin Jr., and Anwar Seymour; god-child Cassey Thomas, and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Fredrica Louise Cornish-Albury, 43, of Blackwood was held on February 17th at Holy Saviour Anglican Church in Blackwood. Fr. Dwight Rolle officiated. Interment was in the cemetery in Blackwood. She is survived by her husband John Albury; father Donald Cornish; grandfather George Bonaby; mother-in-law Lillian Russell; adopted daughters Jalicia and Iakara Lira Albury; sisters Carolyn Pedican, Fayann and Sandramae Cornish, Shelia Williams and Portia Russell; brothers Roy, Leonard, Washington, Jason Derrick Cornish; adopted sis ter Alvair Johnson; stepbrothers Stanley McIntosh, Ricardo Davis, Effie Edgecombe and David Williams; sisters-in-law Damita and Kenisha Cornish, Donnalee and Jackie McIntosh; nieces Leantea, Faynicia, Tshura. Liza, Dirabley, Derrinique, Deija, Brittney, Leonique, Dormarria and Kenadee Cornish, Kaywaanya Pedican, Patricia Poitier, Crystal Levarity, Garanette, Evara, Vana and Whitney Curry, Stacy Penn and Charmile Adderley; nephews Antoine and Santino Curry, Kaywaan and Kelianeko Pedican, Michael Levarity Jr., Pedro and Philip Poitier Jr., Trevor Rolle. John, Jermey, Daniel, Delory, Rickero, Troyn, Leonard Jr. and Javaughn Cornish; grandnieces; aunts; uncles; grandaunts; granduncles; step-sisters Louise and Linda Mcintosh; brothers-in-law Selkirk Pedican, Godfrey Green, Jamaal Russell, Alexander Williams, James, Wilfred and Paul Russell, Willis Munroe, Carlton McIntosh and Godfrey Green; god-child Lakiesha Reckley and many other relatives and friends.

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Page 20 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 All that parcel of land having an area of 14,400 sq ft, being a portion of the Dundas Town Crown Allotment. This land is rectangular in shape with dimensions of 80 ft by 180. Located on the above mentioned lot is a concrete block structure with dimensions of 27 x 40. This house is an approximate 30 yr old single family residence comprising of 3-bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining area and kitchen. This house is in fairly good condition for its age with a projected future life of about 25 to 30 more years. The land rises above road level, to a height in excess of approximately 15 ft above sea level, with no likelihood of flooding in a hurricane. The grounds are sparsely landscaped. Appraised value $90,000Investment Opportunity (Abaco) Must SellOne two bedrooms, 1 bathroom, triplex. Approximately 9,000 sq. ft. lot no. 18B with an area for a small shop. Age-12 years the land is a portion of one of the Dundas Town Crown Allotment parcels stretching from Forest Drive to Front Street, being just under a quarter acre in size and on the lowside. A concrete block structure, with asphalt shingle roof and L-shape in design with a total length of 70 x 26 ft. Plus 50 x 22 ft. 2,920 sq. Ft. the interior walls are concrete blocks; ceiling is sheet rock and the floors of vinyl tiles. Appraised value $268,225 All that lot of land having an area of approximately 10,400 sq. ft. Being a portion of Lot No. 60, of the original Murphy Town Crown Allotment situated in the settlement called and known as Murphy Town Crown. The subject property presently contains a single storey wooden/concrete structure. The subject building is being utilized as a primary dwelling with approximately 900 sq. ft. of interior floor space containing 2bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living room, dining room and kitchen spaces. The building appears structurally sound. However, the interior and exterior are in need of refurbishment to improve aesthetics. The building has an additional sealed floor adjourning which can accommodate construction of a duplex unit. The property landscape is not relevant at this stage. All utilities are within 100 ft of the property. Appraised value $75,660 All that lot of land having an area of 6,790 sq ft, being Crown Allotment No. 77, of Murphy Town, Abaco, Bahamas. Located on the subject property is a single storey single family concrete building. This house is less than 5 yr old and is in good condition with approximately 1,750 sq, ft of living space, and contains 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, living room, dining, kitchen, laundry, and utility spaces. There is no significant improvements or deterioration evident. The property is very well drained and not susceptible to flooding. Landscaping efforts are still in remedial stages. All major public and private utilities are situate within 100ft of the subject site. Property bounderies are clearly delineated. The subject property is situate off the Front Street, Murphy Town, Abaco and is painted light yellow trimmed dark yellow. Appraised value $167,5805. Vacant property Dundas TownLot No. 21, Crown Allotment, this is vacant land approximately 10,810 sq. ft. situated off S.C. Bootle Drive. Appraised value: $15,890.00For more information Contact P.O. Box N-7518 Nassau, NP, Bahamas Phone 242-502-3017 or 242-326-1771 2.Murphy Town 3.Dundas Town 4.Murphy Town 1.Dundas Town

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSMan-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 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. Boats, dock, golf carts, tennis included. Details at www.summercampabacos.com Sweetings Tract 3b/ 2b, fenced, landscaped yard. Rental opportunity/ investment. $200,000 net. Financing not available. Call 367-2010. 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 Treasure Cay, brand new luxury water front condos with deep water docks. 1-800-545-0395 www.pineapplepointresort.com 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 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Great Cistern 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, front room, dining room, kitchen, 2-car garage and laundry, 3 story, wrap-around deck overlooking Sea of Abaco, access to beach. $3000/mo. Call 3576932 or 359-6303 Green Turtle Cay, White Sound. 2 bed/ 2 bath. $1200/ week. 242-365-4208 pr 352-360-5512 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 Cherokee Sound, Yellowwood hilltop lot for sale by owner. Gorgeious views of Winding Bay and Atlantic Ocean. $80,000 net. Call 367-3021 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 404-256-9626 Guana Cay, Orchid Bay Subdivision Lot for sale 75 x 100, great elevation and close to town, nicely paved road and underground utilities. All lots already sold last one available. Call 3655175 Ask for Robbie PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE 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 Guana Cay Sea of Abaco, 400 frontage, dock w/lift poles, elevations on 1+ acre. $950,000 net. Brokers welcome. Ph 242-357-6675 or 3655149 Hope Town Settlement New ocean view 3 bed/2 bath + office, 200 feet to beach. $875,000. Tel 242-366-0590/ 617-500-4157. Leisure Lee Water front lot, 100 ft. deep water on front canal, dock, utilities, premier location with ocean views, totally protected, $299,000. Call 904-813-5732 or murphmclean@yahoo.com Lubbers Quarters, Jacks Jungle, Beautiful Interior, waterfront & hilltop half acre + lots available. Views of Tahiti Beach and Tilloo Cut. Deeded dock slip included. Roads completed. Electricity soon available. Prices starting at $110,000. www.lubberslandforsale.com. Contact Sea Grape Realty @ (242) 367-2749 or call (242) 367-0886. Lubbers Quarters Land and/or house for sale. Please contact us at: conch@ctinternet.com Your Ad Could Be Here Call 367-3202 Land for sale: 15 acre tract of land next to the Abaco Highway located in between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Land elevations over 30 feet. Nice hilltop views. Price: $25,000 per acre. Ideal site for small subdivision or industrial park. Phone: 1-242-324-1476 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. 367-2442By Dr. Elwood D. Bracey, M.D. Do you realize that a large portion of the virgin pine forest on Little Abaco has been bulldozed to create a dump transfer site and a nearby pristine portion of never logged forest stripped for fill? This environmentally destructive activity is directed by the Bahamian government in Nassau despite the already existing dump a few miles away. Does this benefit Abaconians? Precious few of our tax revenues that go to Nassau come back to Abaco and is this how we want them spent? Did locals have any part in this act of environmental terrorism to destroy the best of our natural pine forest never to be seen by future generation? I think not. While birding in Northern Abaco with Tony White of Nassau, Board member of the Bahamas National Trust and author of Where to Find Birds in the Bahamas Bruce Hallett of Atlanta, author of the recently published photographic guide Birds of the Bahamas and Hagen Peters of Treasure Cay, active member of the Friends of the Environment, we drove down a freshly bulldozed road to a large expanse (a half-mile square) of recently denuded forest and asked Devado Smith of Super C Marine, Whats goin on here? He said, We cleared a site for the Little Abaco dump transfer site. We heard a bulldozer actively working a half mile further into the forest. How about there? Mr. Smith replied,Strippin for fill. Whats that? Strippin the land to get the fill underneath. As a concerned environmentalist and member of the Bahamas National Trust and the Friends of the Environment on Abaco, I ask you,What are we doing using the most unspoiled land to sort and deposit the worst of mans legacy our garbage, trash, old and broken refrigerators and cars when theres an existing dump site nearby? I called Nassau to speak with Donald Cooper, Head of the BEST(Bahamas Environmental Science and Technology) Commission and was referred to Stacy Moultrie, responsible for Abaco trash. Maria Heald took my request for a copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment study to be faxed to me. No fax came within two days. So I called back and was told they dont deal with solid waste and I would need to talk with Henry Moxie of Environmental Services. He was always in a meeting or out of the office, but his secretary Melanie McKenzie said she would ask his permission to send me a copy of the Environmental Impact Assessment study. No fax or return call ever came. I suspect no such study was ever done. Some governmental official in Nassau decided this is what were going to do and it will be in this location-similar to what has been done with the dump transfer site along the road to Cherokee in Southern Abaco without concern for the environment or the wishes and needs of the local people. This is the same type governmental thinking that has allowed used car lots and unsightly clearings along the tourist-traveled road between Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay. Similarly, the pine forest behind the Treasure Cay dump has been wantonly bulldozed for topsoil and fill apparently without permit. All this is done without utilizing the pine logs heaped up to rot or be burned. Im sad for the future generations on Abaco and angry with those who have raped our forests today.The Rape of Abacos Forests A large area of virgin pine forest is being destroyed for a transfer station for garbage on Little Abaco. The pine woods are a natural resource and Little Abaco has the last of the virgin pine woods on Abaco. The transfer station will hold garbage until it can be trucked to the landfill site south of Spring City.

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Page 22 B The Abaconian March 1, 2007 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical SouvenirsSouvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Business Service Directory Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 BAHAMA TILELICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home AA AA A baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island PharPhar PharPhar Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 pm Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@yahoo.com BLACKS CONSTRUCTIONConstruction Projects from Start to FinishFrom Residential to Commercial Projects with over 30 yrs Experience Assitance with Financial PreConstruction LoansPhone: 2 2 42 -4 4 75 -1 1 956 DIESEL S S OLUTIONSMarine & Diesel EquipmentAdrian Mott Certified Diesel Mechanic Trouble Shooting & Service Repairs For American & Japanese Models Ph:242-466-9093 Free Estimates PERFORMANCE MARINEFor All Your Outboard Needs! Factory Trained Mechanic with 12 Years experience Service, Repair and More!Darrell Pinder366-2004 or 475-1667 performancemarine@abacoinet.com 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 Minister DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr Caribbean Marine Constr uctionuction uctionuction uctionl COMMERCIAL DOCKSl BOAT LIFTSl PRIVATE DOCKSl SEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONl DOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellular: 357.6564P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour Abaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Flyers Tickets Brochures Certificates NCR Forms Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Laminations Envelopes Menus Labels ...More Open 9am 5pm Mon. Fri.Abaco Print ShopRegister to Vote

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March 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Yacht Delivery Worldwide Sail/Power USCG licensed Captain circumnavigator Art Steffey 772 545-9829 South Florida artsteffey@yahoo.com boatdelivery.mysite.com 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) 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. Sales Agent Abaco Real Estate Agency, Ltd. is seeking a FULL time BREA licensed sales agent for the Marsh Harbour office. Must have computer knowledge, reliable transportation, willing to make sales calls to all areas of Abaco. contact Bill Thompson 367-2719. Driver / Salesperson, 25 yrs older, Chelseas Choice, courteous, responsible. Phone 3674842. Call for further information COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats24 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 30 Scarab with cuddy cabin, twin 150 Yamahas (great on gas), great condition. Hull completely refurbished in 2006. Hull & engines painted white awlgrip, 2 bilge pumps, sound system, VHF, new cushions, cosole cover, rocket launcher seat, new battery switch and wiring. Asking $30,000 OBO. Call Charles Pinder @ 357-6982 31' Hydrocat, with twin 200 HP Evinrude engines. DUTY PAID Asking $45,000 OBO. Please contact Mark @ 242-366-0342 for futher information. 31 Ocean Master, open cockpit fishing boat, 2 250 HP Yamaha 2 stroke, autopilot, outriggers & fishing rods, live bait locker. DUTY PAID. US $34,000 Call 242-365-8101, 305-433-7577 34 Catalina 1988 shoal draft sailboat, DUTY PAID, 27 HP Yanmar, 12 v. refrig, many upgrades. Lying Abacos. $41,500. Call 828-6690828 Fax 828-664-1710 35 Chris Craft Boat, A/C, 6.5 Onan generator. Located in Hope Town. Great live aboard or island boat. Port engine runs fine. Starboard engine needs work. $20,000. 12 dinghy, center console, 25 HP Mercury. DUTY PAID Both for $23,000. Call 366-0617 45 #1 hull, fiberglass crawfishing boat with stabilizers. Call 367-2707 or 375-3830 04 Suzuki Ignis Excellent Condition, Only 3000 miles. Brand New Paint Job. Asking $9,000 Or Make An Offer. Contact 577-0132 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. 200 HP Volvo Diesel Engine, Bobtail, rebuilt 2006, excellent condition. Ph 559-8196 or VHF Ch 16 Highway ask for Junior Sands 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 18.5 Albury Bros skiff, 70 HP Yamaha, low hours, Bimini. $12,000 Call 366-0318 23 Compac $14,500. Well equipped, tough sloop is ideal for gunk holing around Abaco. Call 366-0458 23' Mako 140 HP Mercury, low hours. 15,000. Contact National Marine for details 367-2326 24' Albemarle Hardtop 1979 w/ Volvo Diesel rebuilt in 04 S280 outdrive, DUTY PAID $6000 See at Abaco Outboard. Call Roy 4750294 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 MERCHANDISECommercial stove, 6 burners, raised griddle, 2 ovens. $1200 OBO Call Greg at 366-3503 Hitachi elecric jack-hammer/ chipping hammer. Price $750. Bought in the US. Call 4669093 BUSINESS FOR SALERetail business for sale in Marsh Harbour. Prime location. Call 367-7653 or 367-3472 after 5 p.m. for information EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESDamianos Sothebys International Realty, Marsh Harbour & Hope Town offices. Administrators/Receptionists required. Professional communication and organizational skills necessary, along with knowledge of MS Word/ Excel, Internet & Email. Please send resume to fax 242.362.6098 or email to Maxine.Hussey@SothebysRealty.com. BOAT WANTEDWanted sailboat daysailer approx 25. Good condition. Pls call 242-365-8824 By Jennifer Hudson On February 2 members of the executive board of the Abaco Central High Schools Anchor Club, along with their adviser, Ms. Philippa Farrington, visited with the students of Mr. Mars class at the Every Child Counts School. The entire club was unable to be present as the school was planning its house sports day but the four members of the executive committee represented the club well. The aim of the meeting was to encourage social interaction be-ECC and ACH Anchor Club Join ForcesThe Anchor Club of Abaco Central High School is teaming with students at Every Child Counts to do community service. The students of ECC need more social interaction and community service will develop this. ECC is a privately-funded school for students with developmental or physical problems. It is dependent on support from the community. tween the two schools and to plan a project which will give the students exposure outside of school and be able to work together to tackle important issues in the community. The students of ECC had been looking forward very excitedly to this meeting. A list of issues which they felt needed addressing in the community had been prepared in advance by the ECC students and included: Trash and littering the students suggested adopting a block which they would clean up and maintain and plant some plants to beautify the area Shoreline clean up Cleaning up parks which are in decay Graffiti removal by repainting walls Shopping for groceries for shut-ins Mowing lawns for elderly people House painting Both schools were unanimous in choosing to paint a house for some elderly or disabled person in the community. Since Abaco Central High Schools Anchor Club has previously had experience of painting a house as a project, they were able to offer ideas on the best way to go about it. Ms. Farrington agreed to identify a house which fit the criteria for assistance and a further planning meeting was scheduled for February 16. By Mirella Santillo Dart afficionados met on February 4th to hold trials aimed at creating a team of players for Abaco. Five women and nine men were chosen who will represent Abaco in the National Gold Cup. Twenty-six people participated in the qualification, most of them regular players, shooting darts for hours till the wee hours of the morning, reported Mr. Malcom Spicer, the leagues President. The best players from Nassau, Abaco and Grand Bahama make the National team, which has now competed internationally for 19 consecutive years. Besides the international scene there are island to island tournaments, he went on, which Abaco won once in 1993. I hope to repeat it this year, he said. There is also the Champions Cup. The best team in each league will meet together in the Champions Cup to find the National Teams Champions. There are presently six teams on Abaco: the Casuarina Stars, the D & R Dragons, the Humming Birds Hummers (a womens team), the Foundations (Dundas Town), the Snappas Snipers and the Spring City Sixers. Another competition is the National Masters Tournament, an individual competition, which will be held this year on Abaco on May 4th and 5th. The best players in this tournament will represent The Bahamas in the World Cup, which will be disputed in Holland.Dart Competition

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