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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 9, MAY 1st, 2007 FNM Wins National ElectionFNM Leader Hubert Ingraham will form next governmentThe M/V Betty K VI sailed for the first time into the port at Marsh Harbour on May 6 bringing freight from Miami. This boat or a sister ship will be making weekly trips here bringing freight from Miami and Nassau. This ship is 200 feet long and can carry 25-30 containers. It has a rack that can carry nine vehicles three tiers high. Palletized freight is carried below deck. The ship is owned by the Betty K Line. These ladies are proud of the hats they made during a course they took to learn straw work. The course was offered in Central Abaco by the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation and was taught by Eldena Miller. Shown here are, front row, Judith Nesbitt, Sheila Simms, Gelattea Archer, Lula Campbell and Justina Winder. In the back row are Olivia Nesbitt, Tiffany Turnquest, Instructor Miller, Marjorie Roberts and Lorraine Edgecombe. The two victorious candidates for Abaco were Mr. Edison Key, who will represent South Abaco, and the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, who will represent North Abaco, both Free National Movement members. Since the leader of the FNM is Mr. Ingraham, he will be the countrys next Prime Minister. He was sworn in on May 4 by the Governor General, Mr. Arthur Hanna. The Bahamas has a Parliamentary form of government and under the Bahamian Constitution the normal term of office is five years, although the Prime Minister can call an election early if he chooses to.New Freight Service Begins for Abaco Women Learn Straw Techniques Please see Election Page 4 By Julian Lockhart Hundreds of Free National Movement supporters gathered at the Treasure Cay Airport and joined hundreds more at the Ingraham Park in Coopers Town to greet their newly sworn in Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham on May 4. Mr. Ingraham became Prime Minister for his third term after his party defeated the Progressive Liberal Party 23-18 during the general election on May 2 and a series of recounts on May 3 and 4 to see if the PLP was going to stay in power for another term. Mr. Ingraham thanked the people of the Bahamas who summoned me back to service once again for the victory and said Bahamians should be proud that the 2007 elections were free, fair and peaceful. Abaco definitely did its part in ensuring the FNM would get back in power as the people went out in masses to vote and Mr. Ingraham in the north and Edison Key in the south easily won their seats. Because Mr. Ingraham was elected from North Abaco and because he has such willing support, this was the first place he wanted to celebrate his new term in office, with his people in Abaco. Mr. Ingraham earlier served two terms from 19922002. Mr. Ingraham said, The campaign is over, victory is ours. We are together again and this is my third term. We were up against a compromised government who was determined to be in office. They abused their authority and sought to hold on to power and mismanaged the entire process. The voice of the people of the Bahamas has been heard. This morning I took the oath of office of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas for the third time. This was an achievement made possible only because of you. I came early to By Leazona Richard Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation has been providing scholarship funds to students of Abaco since 2001. Recipients are attending colleges and universities in The Bahamas, Caribbean, U.S. and Canada. Ten additional students were selected this spring from a large number of applicants. They will begin their college work in the fall. The decision was a difficult one, with many outstanding applicants. The following students were selected for awards: Devonnya Russell, who is currently at-Abaco Pathfinders announces new recipients for 2007tending S.C. Bootle High School, will be attending the College of the Bahamas. She will pursue an education in medicine. She is the daughter of Grovernor and Yvonne Russell of Fox Town. Kettlyne Durosca is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School who is currently attending Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico where she is studying medicine. Her parents are Toni and Rose Durosca of Fire Road. Naason Sands is a student at Abaco CenPlease see Pathfinders Page 23

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REMEMBERABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING ABACO SHIPPING South AbacoRegistered voters 2813 E KeyG Sawyer #1 Guana Cay7115 #2 Man-O-War12960 #3 Hope Town15164 #4 Marsh Harbour25243 #5 Marsh Harbour15950 #6 Marsh Harbour266154 #7 Spring City6067 #8 Cherokee Sound12730 #9 Casuarina Point6727 #10 Crossing Rocks7486 #11 Sandy Point135178 #12 Moores Island60306 Total15521083 North Abaco Registered voters 3765 F BootleH IngrahamN ClaridgeC Mills #1 Grand Cay6518026 #2 Fox Town13720200 #3 Cedar Harbour277305 #4 Coopers Town12229504 #5 Coopers Town1497701 #6 Treasure Cay6225620 #7 Green Turtle Cay11719704 #8 Murphy Town287104156 #9 Dundas Town120221192 #10 Dundas Town133153062 #11 Murphy Town16897041 Total138718556276 By Samantha Evans On Election Day, May 2nd, as I moved from polling division to polling division to see if Abaconians had election fever, it became clear as I visited Central Abaco Primary School in particular where polling divisions nine and ten were located, that Election Fever was in the air. Well, at least for the Free National Movement. All I could see was red shirts with the touch on them that made it clear that this party was preparing to win this 2007 general election. I talked with several site workers and one of the ladies who worked with the FNM stated that she realizes that shirts do not vote but from what she is seeing, the red shirts were speaking loud and clear. She was very pleased with the flow of persons coming into vote and stated that after one in the afternoon, they were looking for the crowd to swarm in. Several Presiding Officers were on site to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Mr. Jimmy Williams, a team captain/coordinator for the Progressive Liberal Party (Division 7 and 8) stated that everything was running smoothly. He was concerned that the 100 yard boundary was being enforced and that no one was allowed to come on the premises with any type of paraphernalia or to campaign. For additional re-enforcement, at least half a dozen police officers were stationed at this site in particular and two at the Anglican Parish Hall. Mr. Williams was pleased that the voters were very enthusiastic as they knew exactly who they wanted to vote for. Everything was pleasant and the people were very mannerly. At the Anglican Parish Hall there was a minor upset earlier but the Presiding Officer for that site quickly asked the gathering crowd to disperse. During the afternoon, the pace did pick up and persons started to position themselves outside various Polling Divisions as 6 p.m. drew near. Officers assigned to polling divisions #6, #9 and #10 stated that they had no incidents. Everyone The leaders of the Free National Movement are jubilant in their victory at the polls on May 2. The Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, center, is the countrys Prime Minister, sworn in on May 4. On the left is Brent Symonette, the new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and on the right is Tommy Turnquest, new Minister of National Security and Immigration. Election Fever Was Hot on May 2abided by the rules and regulations set by the Parliamentary Commission Office. Each candidate was properly represented inside and outside by party workers to ensure that everything ran well. And the Presiding Officers were in full control of their divisions. Around 3:30 p.m. Mr. Bootle, PLP candidate for North Abaco, arrived at Central Abaco Primary School accompanied by Attorney Wayne Munroe from Nassau. He came to see how things were looking for his party and to ensure that there were no incidents. Mr. Munroe stated that he was asked to accompany Mr. Bootle by the PLP to ensure that all election laws were being carried out according the Voting Act which he had with him. This Act ensures that persons do not campaign on premises; they do not stand or gather near the polling divisions and the like. He stated that he only had to deal with one incident earlier in the day. At the close of the voting process, an initial count of the ballots was done by the Presiding Officer with representatives from each party and the Royal Bahamas PoliceVoting Results for AbacoForce present. The ballot boxes were then returned to the appropriate Police station where they were held until the officiate vote count the next morning.

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May 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 SHORES SECTION 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. 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. BEACHFRONT LOT #3357North end of Lubbers. 1 acre with spectacular sunsets. $299,000. UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT Lot 20 AOC #3164 Waterfront. $365,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3760 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 $705,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2893 BORN AGAINSS SS SEAEA EAEA EA OF OF OF OF OF AA AA ABB BB B AA AA A COCO COCO CO in Lucayos, 2,076 sq. ft. excellent elevation, 3 bed 3 bath with apartment, shared dock. $1,175,000.Kerry.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. $1,875,000.Kerry.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 BEACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT 3 bed, 3 bath home with wrap-around deck offering great views of the oceans and privacy. $1,500,000.Jane.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. $3,900,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3824 PINK SANDSS SS SUPERBUPERB UPERBUPERB UPERB B B B B BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT L L L L LOO OO O TT TT T just south of Turtle Hill with excellent elevation in private residential area. Incl udes house plans. $1,100,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.comwww.SIRbahamas.com CC CC CONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ONTINUED ININ ININ IN S S S S SECTIONECTION ECTIONECTION ECTION B, P B, P B, P B, P B, PAGEAGE AGEAGE AGE 3 3 3 3 304-01-07ELBELB 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 WN BIG POINT #2969 acre beachfront property with 90 ft. beach, 1 mile south of town. US$595,000. 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 Sullivan: 242.366.0163 BIG POINT LOT 19 #3574 $150,000. High elevation, fantastic view, peaceful settlement. Contact Jane Patterson 242.366.0569 WHITE SOUND #3312 Two beachfront lots with 120 ft. on the ocean. Deeded dock access. $750,000. Contact Jane Patterson 242.366.0569 UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT NORTH END BEACHFRONT LOT #2279 120 ft. of pink sand. Build your dream home! $675,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Lot 10 Fishing Point Hill #3844 Vacant lot west of Rudys Place restaurant with shared dock. $200,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT Lot 7B Fishing Point Hill #3845 Sea of Abaco views, shared dock. $250,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan 242.366.0163 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. $1,500,000.Jane.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 cottage with private dock on the South end of Elbow Cay. Lush gardens. $2,300,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com BAHAMA PALM SHORES #2853 TRANQUIL BREEZESBB BB BEACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT 4 bed, 4 bath home on 1 acre+ with 100 feet of beach. Solid CBS construction. 15 KW generator. $995,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 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. $975,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3855 HARBOUR LIGHTSHH HH HARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT 3 bed 3 bath home, dock house, guest house all with great li ghthouse views and a private dock. US$990,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING Damianos Sotheb Damianos Sotheb Damianos Sotheb Damianos Sotheb Damianos Sotheb yy yy y s Inters Inter s Inters Inter s Inter national Realty national Realty national Realty national Realty national Realty is pleased to announce that is pleased to announce that is pleased to announce that is pleased to announce that is pleased to announce that Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill AlbAlb AlbAlb Alb urur urur ur yy yy y has has has has has joined our joined our joined our joined our joined our Abaco team of Abaco team of Abaco team of Abaco team of Abaco team of profprof profprof prof essionalessional essionalessional essional realtor realtor realtor realtor realtor s.s. s.s. s.Bill Bill Bill Bill Bill AlbAlb AlbAlb Alb urur urur ur yy yy y Marsh Harbour Office t 242.367.5046 c 242.577.29.29 Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.comIn 2000, after many trips to Abaco, Bill and his family decided to make Marsh Harbour their home. He opened the popular restaurant Snappas, built a new home in Sunrise Bay, Marsh Harbour, and also worked as a realtor. Bill is a member of many civic organizations, and a founding member of the Bahamas American Football Association. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially boating around the Abaco Cays with his family. Bill is looking forward to hearing from friends and clients. Call him or stop in at the Marsh Harbour office. In his new position as salesman with Damianos Sothebys International Realty he is able to list and sell property in the Abacos and throughout the Bahamas.

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Page 4 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 By Julian Lockhart Hundreds of Free National Movement supporters screamed in delight when it was announced that their candidate, Edison Key, was going to be the next Member of Parliament for South Abaco. Mr. Key won the seat in his first campaign as a member of the Free National Movement during the general election on May 2, defeating his opponent Gary Sawyer. After 30 years as candidate for the Progressive Liberal Party, Mr. Key came over to the FNM where he received the support of those who have opposed him for so long in earning the right to represent South Abaco for the third time. Mr. Key ran against retired FNM candidate Robert Sweeting in the last two elections, in which he lost to him. It wasnt close as Mr. Key won by 471 votes, winning eight of the 12 polling divisions, finishing with 1552 votes to Mr. Sawyers 1083. Mr. Key said, It is just a beautiful feeling. Maybe I should have been here a long time ago. Now I realize the people here appreciate me. All my life I have swam against the tide and took the rough side of the mountain. Tonight I realized that the FNMs have put their arms around me with so much love. I am just overwhelmed by the amount of people who came out and worked so hard for me. In the Mud and Pigeon Pea where we had 200 Haitian Bahamians looks like we got about 90 percent of their votes. This PLP is a very corrupt PLP and I have worked for the PLP since 1972 and I have never seen anything like this. I am pleased to represent the people of Abaco for the third time and I feel great things are about to happen here in Abaco, he added. Mr. Key said that after working so hard for Moores Island for so long over the years, he was disappointed that he only received 60 of the 366 votes cast on the island. However, he added that they are still his people, he is their representative and he say thank you, thank you, thank you. I came also to tell you I will continue to pursue your interest, to make life better for you, your children and your childrens children. I owe you a huge debt of gratitude and I am very anxious to repay this debt, he added. Mr. Ingraham said he will continue to represent North Abaco with all his energy and he owes them much. He also promised that BahamasAir will return to Treasure Cay with daily flights to and from New Providence. Mr. Ingraham said, By your vote for me and the FNM you confirmed that the Bahamian people were tired of the PLP. You confirmed you wanted to return to government in the sunshine, accountable and responsible. You want a principled government and in short you want a government you can trust. The people of the Bahamas determined at the polls that they can trust the FNM. I have a first class team made of intelligent, accountable and focused men and women, all committed and dedicated to making the Bahamas better. We are on the job and we are working for you, he concluded. In a press release from the former prime minister and now leader of the opposition, Election From Page 1FNM victory comments by Edison KeyCrowds turned out in Coopers Town, Mr. Hubert Ingrahams home town, to welcome back their leader who had just been voted in as their representative for the seventh time. The victory party was held at Ingraham Park on May 4 after Mr. Ingraham had been sworn in as the countrys new Prime Minister that morning. He thanked them for their support through the years, when he was a PLP candidate, then as an Independent candidate and finally as a FNM candidate. will always do well for them. Now that Mr. Key and the FNM are in power time will tell if they accomplish everything they promised for Abaco during their campaigns. Mr. Key said, We will definitely do everything we promise. World conditions can change things but once everything goes as we planned, we should be able to accomplish everything we promised, he concluded. Perry Christie congratulated Mr. Ingraham and assured him of his co-operation for the continued progress of our beloved Bahamas. He thanked Bahamians for allowing him to serve as prime minister for the past five years and thanked the people of the Farm Road and Centreville constituency for electing him to represent them in the House of Assembly once again. This was the first time in Bahamian history that an administration only served one term and the first time a government lost an election in the midst of a growing economy. The people of Abaco were treated to a party with free food and drinks all night long at Ingraham Park, where the supporters of the FNM and those who just joined forces celebrated the victory. Making the trip with the Prime Minister were two newly appointed ministers, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Brent Symonette; Minister of National Security and Immigration, Mr. Tommy Turnquest. Also accompanying him were Mr. Sydney Collie; Mr. Neko Grant; Mr. Ken Russell; and Mr. Dion Foulkes.

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 By Julian Lockhart Going into the 2007 general elections Progressive Liberal Party candidate for South Abaco, Gary Sawyer, felt he had more than a strong chance to secure the seat for the PLP for the first time in 15 years. However, the people of South Abaco spoke through their votes and instead gave the Free National Movements candidate Edison Key the majority to become as the new Member of Parliament for South Abaco on May 2. It wasnt close as Mr. Key won by 471 votes, winning eight out of the 12 polling divisions finishing with 1551 votes to Mr. Sawyers 1080. Mr. Sawyer said, I am disappointed in some of the areas but that is just the way in the political world. You win some, you lose some. If I was to do it all over in far as running the campaign, I would do it the same way I did it. I know without a doubt we ran an above board, clean campaign. There was no mud slinging. If it takes me stooping to certain levels to be successful, Gary Sawyer will never be successful in politics or business. That is just the way I operate my life and I have no regrets. I thought it would have been a lot closer but as I said before I have principals and I have lived by those principals. If the people of South Abaco and the Bahamas as a whole feels that is what they want, the people have spoken, he added. Mr. Sawyer only won four of the 12 polling divisions in South Abaco. Eligible voters in the South did come out in full force as 2631 of the 2812 who were registered went to the polling stations and cast their ballots. The mood was very somber at the South Abaco PLP headquarters late on May 2, but Mr. Sawyer said he has no regrets and is happy with the way he ran his campaign. Mr. Sawyer did dominate Moores Island where he won 306 of the 366 votes and he said Moores Island has always been a PLP stronghold and no one will convince him that will change. Mr. Sawyer said, I will always be involved. Now if I will offer myself as a candidate again, that remains to be seen. Five years is a long time. To do it all over again I would still do it. I have no regrets with me offering myself. This was a difficult decision for me because I am very involved with my businesses. I wish Mr. Key all the best and success because it should be about South Abaco and its people, he concluded. At a rally prior to the national election on May 2, the two Progressive Liberal Party candidates for Abaco brought their leader, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, center, then Prime Minister, to speak to the Abaco people. Mr. Gary Sawyer, left, ran in South Abaco and Mr. Fritz Bootle ran in North Abaco. Mr. Christie kept his seat in Parliament but both PLP Abaco candidates lost their bid to represent Abaco. Gary Sawyer comments on the PLP loss ... the Far East has come to us..INDONESIAN FURNITURELocated on Queen Elizabeth Dr.in the new two storey yellow building next to the fire station.Tel: (242) 367-0521Experience the beauty of Tahiti... ....with exotic pieces to decorate your home.Come in visit Abacos newest furniture store! NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday

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Page 6 The Abaconian May 1, 2007These are the notes from which Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, delivered at the governing partys victory celebration in Nassau on May 5. Good Evening, Bahamas. The people have spoken! They are out, we are in and they are going to stay out! They did their best to keep us out and to stop us from winning the election. And after we won they found all kinds of excuses. The PLP doesnt know how to lose you know. When we won in 1992 they called us an interim government. Now they say they are checking with lawyers let them keep checking. They failed to ensure that we had the maximum number of people to vote, they gerrymandered the boundaries, they caused the Constituencies Boundaries Report to be late. By their own account and admission, they padded the public payroll signed countless contracts, many of which will have to be re-visited by us I had a look at some of the decisions they made the week before the election, and that cookie jar was a joke compared to what they were attempting to do in The Bahamas. They paid monies directly to constituents. The lines outside a former Ministers constituency office in West End and Bimini where the police had to be called were very long. So confident were they that they had bought the election that some Cabinet Ministers failed to vacate their government offices on time. I dont know what Allyson Maynard thought because she kept counting and counting and counting and the numbers would not change. Pinewood said no to that lady and yes to our man Byran Woodside. The late for everything government couldnt even leave office on time! Perry Christie knew by 8 p.m. on Wednesday night that the PLP had lost the government. He didnt concede until after 10:30 p.m. And after he conceded, the PLP still told its supporters that they had won the election. All day Thursday they permitted their lackeys to gather all over the country to stir up trouble among the people and to tell their supporters they had won the election. They [also] had a radio talk show host, who I assume you heard for the last time last week. I assume that she and Steve McKinney will find their own ZNS. Now Perry Christie tells his supporters that he has some reports of election irregularities that his legal team will investigate. We heard the reports too; plenty reports. Cars burned down in Kennedy, able-bodied persons having people to vote for them. I am ashamed that on Perry Christies watch there was more political interference in the electoral process than at any time, even under Pindling. Let history record that Perry Christie is no democrat he is out, he must stay out. I want Perry Christie and all of them to know that their legal team can do whatever they like in this land. The legal authorities in The Bahamas will do their jobs without direction from the political directorate (as has been the custom in recent times). And I want Perry Christie and his legal team to know that if the appropriate and legal authorities are satisfied that the reports they have received of illegal activities by the former governing party in buying votes; intimidating voters or interfering with individuals rights to exercise their free will in choosing their parliamentary representatives on Election Day whether in Bimini and West End, in Fort Charlotte, in Exuma, in MICAL, in Fox Hill or elsewhere around our country the chips will fall where they may. Too many members in the former government have no respect for the law; they disrespected our democratic institutions and believed they had a divine right to govern. They are consumed by an insatiable greed for power and self-aggrandizement. Too many of them believe they are entitled to govern this land and only the PLP is entitled to do so. But as the song says, this land was made for you and me. In our book that means everybody including the FNM. Let me say this as clearly and as slowly as I can: the FNM won the election. Period. We will defend our victory against any and all. If the need arises, we will return to you for a bigger majority. You know when children discover a cheater in their midst they often chastise by saying to the offender God dont like ugly. Well, there has been a lot of ugly behaviour in the ranks of the former governing party. For those who like to say that the voice of the people is the voice of God, I say, the people have spoken; the FNM is victorious and we are now the government of The Bahamas. I understand even more clearly now why they didnt want us to win. While we were out here campaigning, they were busy at Cabinet agreeing to sell BTC secretly. During the campaign they were telling the employees of BTC that Ingraham will sell BTC, and they would lose their jobs. Well, they agreed to sell BTC last week. Dont be concerned. We will review every line of the deal. And there is no circumstance under which BTC can be sold on credit no deal about installment payments. All monies up front. And what you will do after you get it must be clearly stated. And you must demonstrate that you have the money, the means and the technology to do it otherwise no deal. I say this for the benefit of all those who now believe they have a deal done. We are also going to put a stop to some of these outrageous contracts they have given because it isnt fair to the Bahamas. In fact, I cry shame on Perry Christie for being the head honcho in the attempted rape of The Bahamas. Nothing is that important in politics. If the people want you, they will vote for you. If they dont want you, go home! FNMs, Fellow Bahamians, I want us to do what is right, but I also want us to be generous in our victory. Let us together expand opportunities for all, promote social justice and increase prosperity for all. We will begin early next week to implement our trust agenda for the Bahamian people. We will strengthen our defences against crime, well deal with illegal immigration, well cause access to land for Bahamians to be available, we will promote a strong, stable economy with increased Bahamian ownership, we will respect our environment and protect our resources, we will raise standards in education and thereby ensure a better future for our youth, we will provide improved access to health care for all, we will ensure that all Bahamians have access to health insurance, and we will preserve and promote our heritage. Together lets take our country on the road to responsible, honest and accountable government in the sunshine. Lets achieve unity in our land with a government dedicated to serving all Bahamians, black and white, middle class, rich and poor, young and old, able and disabled. By Monday [May 7] we will have a full Cabinet in place. All persons elected by us cannot be ministers. Whenever you make a choice you please one and displease the other. Be assured I do the best I can, but there are too many government ministries and I am going to reduce the number of ministries in the government. Which means I have too many permanent secretaries. I have too many this and that, so I have to do what I have to do. Lets move, ladies and gentlemen towards a government dedicated to serving all Bahamians. Let us work together in: feeding the hungry; giving drink to the thirsty; clothing the naked; caring for the sick; including the excluded; inspiring our youth; honouring our elders; showing tolerance for others; healing and unifying this nation; and taking care of those who have been victimized, those who got a bad deal with those government houses, those who have been unfairly treated, those who have been wronged. Come unto us. We have the opportunity now to participate in a great ritual of national renewal. Let us begin from this point forward.Prime Minister Delivers Victory Speech 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. 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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 Nassau: Collins Ave 322 2341 Thompson Blvd 325 8776 Mall at Marathon 393 6286 Family Islands: Freeport 242 352 7119 Abaco 242 367 2688 Exuma 242 336 2420What about your motor insurance? Dont find out by accident that you dont have the coverage you thought you had. Ask about our Protected No Claims Discount and No Fault Benefit.Our agents are waiting for your call. By Julian Lockhart Abaco was chosen as the test island as the Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems Centre (BNGIS) conducted the Centres first national field data collection exercise. The exercise will facilitate part of the Centres mandate under the Land Use Policy and Administration Project (LUPAP) to build the countrys digital information resources and is expected to lead to the better collection, management and sharing of information on the countrys resources. It is further expected to lead to improved land use planning and administration within the Bahamas. All information on roads, electrical components, water availability, homes, marshes, crown land, census, schools, ecologically sensitive areas, government offices and any geographical information will be available to the majority of the public through a website. People will be able to go on line and specifically ask how many school age children live within 500 feet of a particular school and get the data once it is inputted. Mrs. Valrie Grant-Harry, the International Development Bank consultant and Geographic Profile Coordinator for the LUPAPA project said, Three islands were presented to me in this project and Abaco was decided as the island to move forward. This is a big step and is supposed to serve as the model to replicate for all the islands of the Bahamas and you can appreciate down to where all the ATMs are in the Bahamas. This can help with disaster management. It will put the Bahamas in a forward light and make sure the data is there to make good decisions and value added products. I have worked all over the Caribbean and this has been a unique experience. I thought I was coming to Abaco but I realized this is mainland Abaco and there are all the different cays. When we think of special data we normally limit it to land related data but we have to carry it to the marine resources, she added. Mrs. Harry said they were able to collect data on many aspects of the island and some of the surrounding cays The LUPAP field surveying and spatial data collection activities encompass a wide spectrum of surveying and facilities mapping, using advanced digital surveying technologies and computer software systems such as GIS and GPS. This will be the first time that a multi-agency GIS data capturing exercise will take place in the Bahamas and is what is needed to achieve a successful National Spatial Data Infrastructure. The group had a target date for the end of July and it has been pushed back a little. Mrs. Harry said they are expected to have all data, including imagery, by the end of the year and have a profile for Abaco. The program will be using commercial satellites which are based in the United States and they wont be using any aerial photography because it can become more expensive and the satellite imagery will be sufficient. Developers will now be able to have their experts take the information already gathered by using the data layers and running the analysis. The parcel information system will be used to help to manage Crown Land and to be able to put it to better use. The project will help to establish where the best farm-Team Collects Data on Abaco for GISThe GIS team on Abaco lead by Mrs. Valrie Grant-Harry, on the left, reviews the instructions on the use of the handheld global positioning satellite receivers and data recorders. The teams are going into the Abaco communities, woodlands and other areas to record buildings, geographical features, utilities, highways, roads and other features. This infomation will be overlaid on maps, allowing detailed specific information to be retrieved on request. Some of this information will eventually be available to the public. Please see GIS Page 25

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Page 8 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 Dave RalphVV VV V iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint FNM Takes Back GovernmentThe Editor Says Anticipating ChangesBy Julian Lockhart The people have spoken! The 2007 general election saw the most registered voters ever take to the polls on May 2 to voice their opinion as to which party they wanted running their country for the next five years. In one of the closest and highly contested elections in Bahamian history, the voice of the people was heard as the Free National Movement defeated the Progressive Liberal Party 23-18 to regain the government after a five year hiatus. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was sworn into office on May 4 and was given the key to the Bahamas for at least five years to correct the wrongs that the FNM said the PLP did to the image of the country whilst they were in power. This is Mr. Ingrahams third term as Prime Minister after serving in that position from 1992-2002. He is the Member of Parliament for North Abaco who voted him in for the seventh consecutive term, beginning in 1977. That was the easy part. Now this FNM government has to live up to all the promises that they made during their campaign to the Bahamian people. One thing the last two elections have proved is the young people of the Bahamas do not hold loyalties to any particular party and will vote a government in and then vote them right back out. This was the first time in Bahamian history that an administration only served one term and the first time a government lost an election in the midst of a growing economy. Unlike their fathers and grandfathers, the young people of The Bahamas hold no emotional ties to the PLP or the FNM. They dont vote for party but are voting for the best leader to run their country for the future. The Bahamian voter is now educated, more traveled and have seen the wrongs of past governments to judge what they need for the present government to do. Gone are the days when a politician can make empty promises, where the government in power can pave some roads, put up some lights, buy votes for $500, slap some paint on their dirt and put band-aids on gaping wounds to try and sell a bill of goods to the country. Bahamians demand more and will fight for what they deserve and the best way to do it is at the polls where their voices can be heard loud and clear. If this FNM government does not fulfill their promises and complete the outline of its manifesto, then they, too, will be voted out in five years. Abaco is on the cusp of a financial boom because of the new developments that are already in place and those that Government changed hands at the close of May 2 with the FNM taking a majority of the 41 seats in Parliament, 23 18. There are suggestions that a couple of outcomes may be contested in court. The Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham was sworn in on May 4. He appointed three cabinet members that same day with a promise that the balance will be made public on May 7, only three days after taking the oath of office. Having the Prime Ministers job earlier for two terms has given him a head start on the governing process. One of the administrations early jobs will be to review budget preparations left by the disposed PLP government as figures must be in place for the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2007. We will have some idea of where the country is headed when those figures are released. Many promises were made during the short campaign with promises recorded in the FNM Manifesto, a booklet outlining the FNM vision for their five-year term. We must remember that these campaign promises have a five-year period in which to surface. We must also concede that in five years circumstances and priorities can change. During Mr. Ingrahams first few days in his first term, several islands were hit hard by Hurricane Andrew. This required diverting funds from other projects to assist the storm-ravaged areas. During Mr. Ingrahams second fiveyear term as Prime Minister, Abaco were hit hard with Hurricane Floyd which also caused expensive repairs to several islands, the straw market burned to the ground in Nassau causing large labour disruptions, and the 9/11 terrorism attack in the United States caused a drop in tourism and a corresponding drop in revenues. The effects of Hurricane Floyd and several other hurricanes have largely been restored, and tourism has generally rebounded. The straw market still remains a Nassau political and social problem to be resolved. have promised to start in the very near future. The first thing this FNM government will have to do is to continue the renovations at the Marsh Harbour airport so Abaco can continue to reap the financial windfall of the economic stability that now besets Abaco. The people of Abaco, just like that of the rest of the Bahamas, cannot allow the government to forget they work for them and as easily as they hired them, they can fire them. Governments have to be held accountable for their actions, for what they spend, what infrastructure is added, how the youth are educated and how the economy continues to grow steadily and with a solid foundation. There is no more time for gimmicks, but time for action and solidarity from the top that can then trickle to each Bahamian for their individual growth. Mr. Ingraham said that he has a first class team made up of intelligent, accountable and focused men and women, all committed and dedicated to making the Bahamas better. He added that they are on the job and are working for the people of the Bahamas. The first couple of months will show a lot and this current FNM government has been given five years to prove they can walk their talk. If not, like the PLP government that was just voted out, they will find themselves struggling to get the people of the Bahamas to back them once again. A trend has been set, and it is time for Bahamians to continue pushing and proving to their representatives that they have the power and will wield this power when it counts if they do not fulfill their jobs to the best of their abilities. Abaco has a myriad of issues to be resolved or reviewed. Illegal immigration is a national issue to be reviewed and brought under control. Secondary to the national aspects of the issue is the matter of resolving Abacos three established ghetto settlements and putting more effort on holding the line on a fourth expanding settlement. Enough studies and reports have been made over the years with well thoughtout ways of addressing the problem. These reports should be dusted off and consolidated. The easier recommendations should be implemented with realistic effort toward the more complex solutions. We must all remember that it is the expanding Abaco economy that supports those living in these communities. The local government system must be strengthened and assisted to be more functional. It must be funded realistically to cover the costs of the responsibilities that they are mandated to do. An example of inadequate funding is the situation in Central Pines Estates with houses springing up like bracken fern after a fire. Yet for all of governments insistence on providing utilities before houses could be built, several years later phones are just now becoming commonplace. Residents do not have cable connections and no provision has been made for funding household garbage collection. In order to attract qualified candidates to serve in local government, the system must be given more authority or at least support the little authority they have. Examples abound in this vein. Permits are obtained for construction, then owners can go off on a tangent and shrug their shoulders at efforts to bring them into line as nothing of consequence happens when they deviate from their plans. Other projects that might be controversial within a neighborhood bypass the local oversight process altogether and get their permits in Nassau. Even for controversial projects that come before local committees, there is often not enough backbone to deny the request or at least ask that the project be revised to conform to community standards. Parking at some new buildings is so minimal that with each occupant having only one space for an employee, only one or two spaces remain for customers or clients. Other issues arise which should be resolved locally. Perhaps there should be more help from Nassau in helping local government fulfill its mandate. Every three years elections put in a new group of amateurs who must learn the system because very few persons willing to serve a consecutive term. Administrators are to guide the process, but they often have their own agenda. Those new to the process must assume that the all powerful administrator knows best and that they must go along for the ride not so. In the case of Central Abaco, the system is ripe for a professional city manager. This would not diminish the role of the council or the chief councillor. They would still decide on the community issues with the manager implementing these decisions. A person in this position would add some continuity to the present upheaval every three years. A qualified person would also reduce the time demands which chief councillors are now burdened with. Immigrant ghettos and local government, two major areas in need of help. The airport is the third major item to be tackled but it may be headed in the right direction. A contract was issued at the end of February to begin a 6100-foot parallel runway to the existing runway. On completion, the present runway will become a taxiway. Without any hard evidence, there has been mention of a new terminal building and control tower. We expect to hear more publicly on this in the near future. We are not suggesting that there are only three major issues affecting Abaco but these are three that readily come to mind. Both parties alluded to reviewing the fishing rules which were hastily put in place and which are not clearly understood. Perhaps these rules will be revised and simplified. In thanking the North Abaco people for re-electing him to a seventh term and his subsequent role as Prime Minister, Mr. Ingraham announced the resumption of Bahamasair service between Treasure Cay and Nassau. For the millions that Bahamasair loses each year, serving the Treasure Cay airport should not make much difference. 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May 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 governmentNew fishing regulations will hurt AbacoDear Editor: As a follow up to my January editorial letter, have the locals been upset or done anything about the new fishing regulations? The Florida Sportsman May issue page 186 has recommended to go somewhere else and avoid the Bahamas because of the limit change. What a shame. After returning to the States after six months on Abaco, a lot of us regulars are planning to stay at another location next year. We spent between $25,000 and $60,000 per boat and one nice wedding this year on your island. We know in the realm of things this a drop in the bucket to your government. Hopefully, new visitors will not see or experience deterioration of your friendly family islands as we have seen transpire. Good luck with your crusade. We hope you can convince the people that change in the wrong direction sometimes creates a dead end for what was originally so respected and admired for the sake of greed. Thanks for your efforts through your newspaper, Carl Swanson [ Editors note:A national election on May 2 changed the governing party. Perhaps the new team will see things differenly. ]Vacation homeowners bring big benefits Dear Sir: This letter has been in the planning stages for quite some time. With election rhetoric in full throttle, this seems to be the right moment to talk about the huge and important contribution made by the ex-patriots who purchase property in The Bahamas. Contrary to popular myth, The Bahamas is not being bought out by foreigners. Last year the Bahamas Real Estate Association ordered statistics be compiled showing the proportion of real estate transactions involving Bahamians or legal residents. In the case of our company, that percentage was 45 percent of all transactions. I suggest that this is overall average. The vacation homeowner is one of the most significant contributors to our prosperous way of life here on Abaco. These homeowners pay enormous amounts of stamp tax, legal fees and real estate commissions. They employ Bahamian building contractors, dock builders, landscapers, house painters, housekeepers and gardeners. They buy decorations from our gift shops, jewelry from our craftspeople, and paintings and resort clothes from many other purveyors. They patronize hairdressers, gas stations, liquor stores, grocery stores, florists and computer stores. They eat in all classes of restaurants. They rent boats. They take taxis. They open BEC, BTC, Cable Bahamas and bank accounts. Most importantly, they donate lavishly to scholarship funds, animal rescue, BASRA, lighthouse preservation, community arts and heritage festivals, Toys for Tots, historic restoration, museums, settlement beautification and more. The individual homeowner does not get deferred Real Property Tax or Hotel Encouragement Act duty exemptions. They put a lot of money into our economy and it trickles down into every, hopefully grateful, pocket in our community. Thank you for your attention. Sandra Evans, BrokerSecond homeowners contribute heavilyDear Editor Ex Minister, and ex MP Leslie Miller, came to Abaco before the recent election and proclaimed that second homeowners contribute nothing to the Bahamian economy. Is it really surprising that he, along with his government, lost their positions in the recent elections? We must credit the electorate with having enough sense to realize that when people in positions of ministerial responsibility make such indescribably irresponsible and inaccurate statements they deserve to be thrown out on their ear. Perhaps Samuel D. Albury can enlighten us as to the reason for his ex ministers choice of language which was, and remains, offensive to so many? Yours, Enlightened VoterConcerned about our woods firesDear Editor: It was a shame to watch about a mile of pine forest burn on South Abaco the last weekend in April. Very late Saturday night, sometimes a bright orange glow could be seen as flames roared up again in a new place. I understand that this was in a place very difficult for firefighters to reach and hopefully no one was affected as well. This shows that firefighting can be very difficult in the islands. Perhaps a solution could be found in techniques used for fighting forest fires in remote areas in Americas Northwest. Large tanker airplanes can drop water on fires from the air. Because of an airplanes speed and range, one aircraft could reach and protect a large part of the entire Bahamaian nation. Kept full of fresh water, the tanker aircraft can drop an enormous amount of water directly onto a large fire. The aircraft can fill up again either by skimming above the water and pumping up water from a hose or returning to the nearest airport. This saves firefighters from having to work in impossible and dangerous areas like forests far from any water supply. Obviously, dropping fresh water will be better. For a building fire threatening other buildings, water can be dropped so as to make more of a rain-like mist. No doubt there is no money in the budget. Perhaps private donations could be raised either by applying for grants or as campaign for private donations. Many fire engines are purchased that way in the U.S. Sixty years ago, my grandmother organized an effort in Boston to raise money from private donations buy a Liberty Ship for the war effort. Or perhaps a cooperative arrangement might be found with Florida that also needs such a plane for fighting fires in the Everglades. Of course, this also shows how important it is not to throw empty bottles in the wrong place where they can start fires from the sun. Jon MoseleyThanks to the Fire DepartmentChief John Hall Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department Dear Chief Hall, I am writing this letter to express a heartfelt Thank You from all the residents of Leisure Lee for your quick response to the bush fires in our neighborhood this week. Two houses and a garage were definitely saved because of the actions of volunteers. Brother Bob, Beverly, Ernest, Steven, Randy and others that I cant name (please forgive my short memory) were tremendous, hard working dedicated folk and very much appreciated. The Leisure Lee Property Owners Association is enclosing a check for $1,000 to help with your operation. Thank you again for your assistance. Sincerely, Leisure Lee Property Owners Association Ted King, PresidentEnvironment includes all flora and faunaDear Sir: Your editorial of April 15 Minimizing Environmental Changes was enjoyable and thought provoking! But surely our concept of the environment should go far beyond garbage and garbage collecting, and on physical conditions of the islands. I seem to remember that sometime ago I gave you a copy of an article of mine entitled The Primeval Forest Revisited It was an attempt to answer some objections to an earlier article raised by a professor of ornithology on my original article about the forests which were seen in The Bahamas by the early visitors. But still I feel that the earlier article was sound, and indeed more enjoyable to read. So I would like to give you a copy of the one of 1977 (with apologies for the print being technically poor.) It was interesting that all those first visitors to these islands seemed oblivious to the beaches. It was the wildlife and the trees which fascinated them. They wrote of mahogany (madeira to us), brasilleto, mastic and gum-elemi and others which I cannot recognise off-hand. They wrote of turtles, iguanas and monk seals. They wrote that the soils of the Bahamas were thin and poor, easily exhausted. You write it is the beaches and clear water that draw visitors to the Bahamas and the other Bahamian islands. But through the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, little value was placed on the beaches. I tend to question this, and suspect that it may have been true on Abaco. But certainly in Nassau where I grew up, beaches were appreciated by both locals and visitors alike families visited beaches and swam and picnicked there when I was a boy (in the 1930s I must confess.) Pictures and postcards showed tourists on Paradise Beach as long ago as 1900. Here on Abaco I suspect men spent much of their lives working on and around the sea so when the weekend came they already had had enough of it! I suspect rather, too, that it was the physical development of Nassau, the traffic and crowding of the 60s and 70s which drove visitors to Abaco to look for less hectic and crowded vacation areas. Not only tourists, but also people born in Nassau, like myself and my friend the late Jack Patterson (author of Native Trees of the Bahamas ) also wanted to get away from development and enjoy living in a more natural world where there were pine trees and parrots. fresh air and all sorts of other native trees and birds. In the 1930s one could see small groupers, grunts, barracudas, rays and occasionally crawfish in Nassau harbour and in Montague Bay. Neither fish nor sensible people can be found swimming in Nassau harbour now! Progress, development if we should call it that, took all these things away from us. I do not wish to dwell on the subject, but rather to point out that living things, too, are important parts of the environment. Let us not forget them! Scarcity of open waterfront may have have a bearing on the picture, too. Aldo Leopold, when professor at the University Wisconsin, wrote in 1948, One of the fastest-shrinking categories of wilderness is coastlines. Cottages and tourist roads have all but annihilated wild coasts on both oceans, and Lake Superior is now losing the last remnant of shoreline on the Great Lakes. On reading this I found it hard to believe, but a visit with my son in Wisconsin last year gave me the chance to listen to a friend of his now working for a state land planning agency. He said that in Wisconsin, which with its coast on Lake Superior and all its many small interior lakes (together having perhaps as much waterfront as The Bahamas) so much lake shore property is taken up by second homes that it is becoming a political issue in the state. Sincerely, Michael LightbournResponse to the forum letterTo: The Editor, Re: Beware of Web Site, Abaconian, April 15 issue As a member of the forum referred to in the abovementioned letter, I was surprised and puzzled by Be Informeds comments. When I learned that local business owners are being bullied into withdrawing advertising from the website, I decided it was time to speak up. First, let me clarify that although Im a member of the forum, I am in no way affiliated with the site or its owners or administrators. 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Page 10 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 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 May 25 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major May 16 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available By Samantha Evans Early on the Saturday morning, April 28th, the energetic staff of Bahamas Electricity Corporation held its Walk-a-thon. Beginning at the office on Don MacKay Boulevard employees walked to the Marsh Harbour Airport Roundabout and back. They were all tired, sweaty and hungry at the end of the walk. Members of the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) also joined them on this walk. The first employee to complete the brisk walk was Mr. George Martin, an employee of the Distribution Unit, who completed the walk in 35 minutes. He stated that he walked three quarters of the way and ran the rest of it. This was a great exercise for all. At the end of the walk, the staff gathered back at the office where they enjoyed stew conch and various souse dishes. This walk-a-thon is the third activity held by BEC to celebrate 50 years of quality service. The second event was a health seminar held a few days earlier. The seminar was held at the Anglican Parish Hall and the speakers were Nurse Daniel Ekpa and Nurse Tishura Mills of the March Harbour Government Clinic. The focus of the seminar was to encourage the staff to be more aware of their health and to make healthier choices which will increase their life span. They were able to get their blood pressure and sugar levels tested during the seminar. While BEC celebrates a milestone in quality service, they want the general public to know that they are more committed to them than ever. They held a customer appreciation lunch to show customers that they are important to them. This was the first event on their list of celebrations which was held earlier in the year. Mr. George Martin spoke on behalf of the corporation since he has been with the company for 20 years and can attest to the excellent service BEC provides. He stated that they do their best to restore service as quickly as possible. He encourages customers to conserve energy as much as possible to reduce the increase in their electrical bill. He stated that BEC has plans to upgrade a lot of distribution networks very soon including improving the voltage supply lines in many areas. Other expansions are in the works and will be brought to the publics attention once they are approved. He stated that customers can conserve power by considering the following: not leaving lights on, checking water heaters and getting them Employees of Bahamas Electricity Corporation and their families held a Walk-a-thon on April 28 as one of their activities to commemorate the companys 50 years of service. The event took place in Marsh Harbour and was followed by souse and stew conch.BEC Celebrates Fifty Yearsserviced regularly. Water heaters, in particular, do not have to be left on all day. If customers turn them off when they are not in use, they will see a reduction in their electric bill. Leaving air condition units on and lack of proper maintenance also increases the electric bill as well as. The latter causes the unit to work harder to cool the room. A good reading for thermostats is about 78o when families are home and 85o during the day when the house is empty. Basically, customers need to adhere to the instructions on the appliances when they purchased. If they do this, they will begin to see bills go down. He suggests that persons who are building ensure that rooms are properly insulated and that they use florescent bulbs as opposed to regular bulbs. These will decrease light consumption. BEC plans to have additional activities throughout the remainder of this year to celebrate 50 years of excellent service to the people of the Bahamas. SPECIAL FREIGHT RATEMarsh Harbour 367-0140 Treasure Cay 365-8660 Ft. Lauderdale 954-359-8266 North Eleuthera 335-1696 Governors Harbour 332-3340 Rock Sound 334-2795 www.abaconian.com Maps History Photos

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 By Mirella Santillo A parenting workshop took place on April 23rd and received a great response within the Haitian community. It was organized by Mrs. Salomie Gibson, head of Social Services on Abaco. It was standing room only in the meeting room of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour, where approximately 60 people attended the meeting which dealt with general parenting. Safety and health issues were explained and demonstrated by Nurse Fernander and moral and legal concerns approached by Mrs. Sandra Edwards, Dr. Sue Fairclough and Pastor Stephen Knowles. Nurse Fernander talked about the importance of immunization and of keeping harmful chemicals out of reach of children, (a recent case was cited of kerosenes ingestion by a small child). She gave a live demonstration with a baby from the audience on how to save a child from choking, Mrs. Edwards took the stand and asked the parents questions to help them realize that they must take an interest in their children and must know where they are. She talked about parental responsibility towards children. Parents, she affirmed, it is your responsibility to be involved in your childs life, to know where they are at all time. Parents need to make sure they follow a healthy diet and ensure their safety from people out there that may want to hurt them. Be there for them. Do your best to help them. Ask social services, ask a pastor, ask a nurse, an educator, someone you trust, for help. Next, Officer Botin, who was recently assigned to the Mud and the Peas, addressed the congregation in Creole to share with them his background and remind them that they were not alone in their present situation, that even the police could identify what they were going through relating to accommodations and family situations. Dr. Sue Fairclough covered in detail all the negative impacts of cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and marijuana smoking. Smoking a cigarette might make you look cool, she said, but it destroys your lungs and nowadays, smokers are not allowed in public places. She pointed out that the use of marijuana is illegal. Since the smell is very strong, it is easy for the police to detect it. Users may be arrested and sent to prison. She went over the negative health effect of smoking the herb which can lead to too much eating, paranoia, anxiety and laziness. Pastor Knowles of Strong Tower Christian Church was the last speaker. Dont let the police, Social Services or anybody tell you what to do with your children, he stated, addressing a prior quote that beating a child could lead to problems with the law. They are yours only and your responsibility. He strongly advocated that the parents take their parenting job very seriously. The Bible says that every child is a gift of God. He reminded them that Jesus loved little children, quoting Him, Let the children come to me. So, being a parent is important, it is a serious job, he continued. Little 12-year-old girls and 14-yearold boys should not be parents. He reminded them that God wanted to send a child to a home with a mother and a father, explaining how decisive for discipline the role of a father in a family is. Too many children have only one parent because the other parent does not want the responsibility. But, he pointed out, if you find yourself as a single mother, dont be discouraged; look for help from a family member, from your friends or from public services. Mrs. Gibson ended the seminar by saying, I agree with a lot of things Pastor Knowles said, but the purpose of this workshop is to learn how to discipline the children without hurting them. Here in The Bahamas child abuse is a crime. We are hoping that you have learnt ways to nurture your children and ways to help them, she ended. Pastor Knowles explained that by saying be strong and take charge of your children, he did not mean to beat them if they did wrong, but be firm and determined and mean what you say. The workshop was extremely well received by the Haitian people who asked that there be more of these seminars on a regular basis and in a larger place so more could attend. The translation from English to Creole was done by Ms. Luzena Dumercy and Ms. Marie Peubien. Everyone present was invited to stay, socialize and partake in the refreshments that had been prepared. The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour was filled when Social Services organized a parenting workshop for the Haitian community. Safety and health issues were discussed by a variety of experts, both private and public.Parenting Workshop Was for Haitians

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Page 12 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 family guardians calendar photo contest a celebration of nature14 winning entries will appear in Family Guardians 2008 calendar. Winning entries receive a gift certificate valued at $400 each. Entry deadline is May 31, 2007RULES1 Family Guardians Annual Calendar Photo Contest is open to all photographers. The title for the companys 2008 calendar will be A CELEBRATION OF NATURE. Photographs may be of any subject (animate or inanimate) or a scene which is a striking example of nature as f oundin The Bahama Islands. All photographs must be taken in The Bahamas. 2 DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MAY 31, 2007. 3 All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre, Village and Eastern Road Roundabout, Nassau, between 9 :00am and 5:00pm weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked Calendar Contest. 4 All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form available at any Family Guardian office or when published in the newspapers. 5 Only colour images in horizontal format will be considered. Images must be provided as 35mm film or digital images on CD. 35mmfilm can be positive (slides) or colour negatives.Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger). Digital images showing any signsof photo manipulation, resolution enhancementor compr ession will be rejected. To ensure the best colour reproduction, digital images should be supplied in RAW, TIFF or high quality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB). All entries must be supplied with prints which will be used in the j udging process. (Note: prints submitted without 35mm slides or negatives or CDs will not be eligible). The photographers name and photo subject should bewritten on the reverse of the print. 6 Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Preference wi ll be given to fauna photographed in its natural state, rather than in captivity. The photographs selected will appear in Family Guardians 2008 calendar. The decision of the judges will be final. 7 All entries are submitted at the owners risk. It is the companys intention to return all entries in their original condition. However, Family Guardian willassume no liability for any loss, damage or deterioration. 8A gift certificate valued at $400 will be presented for each of the photographs selected. More than one entry from a single photographer may be selected. Photographic credits will be given in the calendar. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos. 9 The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of Family Gua rdian and the company reserves the right to use such in the future. 10 Employees of Family Guardian, its affiliated companies or family members are not eligible. 11 Previously published photos are not eligible. SALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU P.O. BOX SS 6232 2008 CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST ENTRY FORMNAME .......................................................................................................................... TEL BUSINESS...............................................HOME..................................................... P.O. BOX ........................STREET ADDRESS................................................................. SIGNATURE.................................................................................................................. DATE.................................NUMBER OF PHOTOS ENTERED...................(maximum of 5)I agree that in the event that one or more of my entered photographs is selected as a winner in the 2008 Family Guardian Calendar Photo Contest it wll become the property of Family GuardianI nsurance Co. Ltd., and I assign to Family Guardian all rights pertaining to its use in any way whatsoever. I also confirm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not been previously published.Return with photos to: Calendar Contest, Family Guardian Corporate Centre, Village & Eastern Road Roundabout, Nassau, Bahamas ENTRY DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2007 Photo by Tim Higgs Family Guardians 2007 Calendar 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 Hope TownSchool NewsBy Candace KeyArt Education Made Fun!Mrs. Eleanor Epler, docent at the Yale University Museum of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, recently paid her yearly visit to students at our school to share her love of art with the children. She brings posters and pictures of interesting and famous types of art and opens their eyes to the masters and various art forms. The students always look forward to her visit and are made all the more worldly by her shared information.Sports DayOur students enjoyed an afternoon of track and field events at the School Sports Day. Volunteer coaches Patrick Stewart and Sgt. Johnson have been working with the students on several events in preparation for the Abaco School Track Meet. Fathers, mothers and other community volunteers acted as time keepers and measurement judges for the fast paced afternoon. Our school sincerely appreciates the time given to us by our dedicated community volunteers. There is always plenty of fun to go around!National Coastal Awareness CompetitionGrades 5 and 6 with teacher, Mr. Justin Higgs, have been doing many environmental projects over this school year in continuation of the schools involvement in the UNESCO Sandwatch Project and other environmental concerns. Other projects evolved from work on this project. One side project was the removal of a huge net that had settled on the schools test site patch reef. Students also worked on the choked Cross Harbour mangrove removal, fish tagging, reef ball making and snorkeled on the reef to observe the success of that project. Recently, they conducted studies on the growth and density of the sea oats they helped plant on the re-built dunes after the last hurricanes and spoke to public officials and a foreign homeowner about their displeasure with the homeowner who gained extra land by removing a heritage tree and pushing sand out over sea oats planted by the students. The schools entry into the National Coastal Awareness Competition was titled Children Constructively Caring and centered around the need for stronger regulations to protect our coastal regions. The project covered research in three coastal regions: Mangroves and Wetlands, Coastal Reefs, and Beaches and Dunes. Their project won First Place in the Primary Division nationwide! Judges were treated to a thorough explanation of the students many on-going projects, an underwater video shot by Mr. Matt Mc Coy as the students cut the net off the reef and conducted the sea oat and water testing studies, and a comic book written by Hope Town students showing how children CAN make a difference in their environment among the large projects. Lance Roberts, James Boyce, Shawn Loinee, Principal Mrs. Candace Key and mother Mrs. Cha Boyce all traveled to Nassau for the competition. They also enjoyed some free time visiting Ardastra Gardens, Fort Charlotte and the organic Goodfellow Farms while there.Primary Schools Track and Field MeetWhile some students were in Nassau competing in the environmental arena, many more were vying for medals at the Abaco Primary Track Meet. Our school is very proud of Macneisha Alfred, Grade 3 student, for winning a Gold Medal in the softball throw! Macneisha will now join the other successful students from all over Abaco who will travel to Nassau later this month for the National Primary Track and Field Meet.Earth DayIt appears this month is definitely the one for competitions! The day following upon their successful showing in Nassau, the entire Hope Town School traveled to Marsh Harbour to participate in Abaco Earth Day. The fun-day filled with exhibits, movies, speakers and a competition was sponsored News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 13 Mrs. Eleanor Epler presents the children at the Hope Town School with exciting art and art history lessons on her annual visit from the Yale University Art Museum. Mrs. Eleanor Phillips, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy, left, and Mrs. Beverly Taylor of the Ministry of Tourism, right, congratulate Hope Town students Shawn Loinee, James Boyce and Lance Roberts on their first place win in the Primary Division of the National Coastal Awareness Competition held in Nassau. The boys were proud to each receive snorkeling gear as their prize. This will enable them to continue their environmenal projects on the reef in style.

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 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 CaysFrom Page 12 On your mark! Get set! Go! Hope Town School volunteer sports coach, Patrick Stewart sets runners on their way at the Sports Day Track and Field Meet. Another community volunteer, Adam Lawrence is seen raking the long jump pit. by Friends of the Environment and the Ministry of Tourism. Once again our entry that had won in Nassau was victorious! Our Lower Primary entries won Second Place as well. Their entries consisted of reef diPlease see Cays Page 26 oramas, pictures created using trash, a trashed continents poster and even a Reef Trivial Pursuit game! Prizes of environmental books, tapes and educational gift cerMore News of the Cays Hope Town School students removed a net from a coral head that would have eventually killed that part of the reef.

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Page 14 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 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 May 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.Queen Elizabeth Dr. Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure CayOPEN MONDAY SATURDAY : 9AM 6PMPh : (242) 367-2180 / Fax : (242) 367-5241By Olivia Patterson The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (formerly known as Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey) is a Bahamian non-profit organization dedicated to research and education with the goal of contributing to the conservation of marine mammals. The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation (BMMRO) conducts vessel surveys to catalogue the populations of marine mammals in The Bahamas. Most of its research efforts have been concentrated on Abaco, as BMMRO has been stationed here since 1992. The main research technique employed by BMMRO is photo-identification a process where photographs are taken of all whales and dolphins that the researchers encounter. Each animal has unique characteristics that can be used to tell them apart, much like humans having unique sets of fingerprints. To supplement the data collected by photo-identification, samples of sloughed skin and feces are collected for genetic analysis. To date, BMMRO has documented 24 species of marine mammals in The Bahamas. While all species are interesting and vital components of the marine environment, perhaps the most alluring is the family of whales called beaked whales. There are currently 21 known species of beaked whales in the world. However, the natural behaviour of beaked whales makes them difficult to study. Some species of beaked whales are so elusive that they are known only from stranded specimens. Three species of beaked whale have been documented in The Bahamas: Blainvilles beaked whale, Cuviers beaked whale and Gervais beaked whale. South Abaco is one of the leading study sites in the world for these deep diving whales, where they feed along the steep canyon walls of the Great Bahama Canyon just off Sandy Point, where BMMRO is located. A mass stranding of beaked whales occurred in the Bahamas on March 15th, 2000, due to sound pollution from a Navy sonar exercise in NW Providence Channel. Fourteen beaked whales stranded, three of which were stranded on Sandy Point beach directly in front of BMMROs research station. As a result, scientists worldwide recognized the importance of learning more about the biology and physiology of these elusive whales and because BMMRO has such an extensive set of baseline data, it was decided to focus these efforts in The Bahamas. To fill this knowledge gap, BMMRO has launched the Bahamas Beaked Whale Ecology Study with the support of a grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The three-year project includes three months of dedicated survey effort of the deep water canyons and basins of the northern and central Bahamas aboard the R/V Odyssey a 95-foot sailboat owned by the Ocean Alliance. The first 30-day survey is scheduled to begin on May 5th departing from Freeport. The scientific team will be led by BMMROs Director, Diane Claridge, and includes Charlotte Dunn, Olivia Patterson and Edward Adderley (all Bahamians), as well as Leigh Hickmott and Kiya Gornik from the United Kingdom and United States, respectively. Dr. Jonathan Gordon of the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) based at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland will also join the cruise to test a new underwater listening device that Navy vessels will be able to use to detect beaked whales acoustically and avoid conducting sonar tests in areas where beaked whales are found. The main goals of the survey will be to learn how many beaked whales there are in the Great Bahama Canyon, where they are found and how they are related to beaked whales outside the canyon. To do this, the Odyssey will run zig-zag transect lines across Northeast and Northwest Providence Channels and Tongue of the Ocean while the scientists conduct visual searches for whales using high-powered binoculars called Big Eyes. When beaked whales are sighted, a team will be deployed in a skiff to obtain identification photographs and tissue samples of the whales. Six days of the cruise will be spent working in conjunction with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) at the AUTEC base in Andros. BMMRO will be helping NUWC test the accuracy of their bottom-mounted hydrophone array in the detection and identification of cetacean species. When asked about the project, Ms. Claridge said, This study will have great implications for marine mammal conservation in The Bahamas and will help us to apply our findings around Abaco on a much broader scope. For example, we have given our data to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to develop a model to predict important habitats for cetaceans which has shown that Rocky Point just off Sandy Point is preferred habitat for some resident species. BMMRO will now be able to test how well the TNC model predicts important habitats elsewhere in the canyon. Information gained from this cruise will also contribute to the first comprehensive survey of marine mammals in the Tongue of the Ocean. This baseline data will help assess the impacts of naval operations at the AUTEC base on Andros and perhaps lead to more effective mitigation of their activities. If the Odyssey encounters unfavorable weather for surveying, the research crew plans to go ashore in nearby towns to give informative presentations about Bahamian marine mammals. For more information about BMMRO visit www.bahamaswhales.org and look for the Odyssey cruising near you!Three-Year Beaked Whale Study BeginsBeaked whales are quite rare and elusive. The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization is beginning a three-year study of the three species of beaked whales that are found in Bahamian waters. The organizations headquarters is in Sandy Point. This is an adult male Blainvilles beaked whale.

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Call for information and a quote, GIS From Page 7 By Julian Lockhart Retailers, jewelry stores, food stores, restaurants, car and bike rental companies, hotels and guest houses look forward to the sportfishing season where they make the majority of their money during the spring when the fishing tournaments are held on Abaco. The Bahamas Billfish Championship series is one of the largest tournaments on Abaco. The first leg was held at the Abaco Beach Club and Boat Harbour Marina in April with 76 yachts competing. The BBC and other tournaments bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local communities creating many extra jobs at the same time. Sales Manager at Boat Harbour, Kevie Thomas, said, These tournaments are very important to our economy. All the restaurants rely on the tournaments because we actually bring the people in. Winding Bay and Bakers Bay dont really cater to the rest of the community. They bring their people in and that is where they stay. But with the marina we bring in 200 boats and 82 rooms and all of these people have to eat every night. So the restaurants, the food stores, the gift shops; everybody is getting something from these people when they come here. Everybody is looking forward to these tournaments. The wealth is spread all around. The repeat business here at the resort is almost 78 percent and they have been coming here for eight to 10 years, she added. Each yacht at the tournament spends on average $10,000 per boat for the week on fuel and on average additional $5,000 for the week for housing, food and drinks and any other incidentals they may purchase whilst in Abaco. Boat Harbour has to hire extra staff during the boating season for all the fishing tournaments they host. Mrs. Thomas said this includes at least 15 boat washers every day at the marina. Monica Higgs, one of the owners of Abaco Gold, a tournament sponsor, said the owners and crew of the yachts at the tournaments support all the local businesses by buying groceries, gifts, clothing and they are here for so long they have to supply their boats when they are on Abaco. She added that most of the money that the jewelry stores make is during the fishing season when most of the boaters are in dock. Mrs. Thomas is afraid that negative comments made by former Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Leslie Miller towards foreign boaters and fishermen may affect their bottom line in years to come. She said if these owners, who are millionaires, are continuously offended or feel they are not welcome, they will find elsewhere to go and businesses throughout Abaco will feel the immediate impact financially. She said, Some of our guests did take offense to it and I feel he (Mr. Miller) should apologize because it wasnt said well and you cant stereotype everybody for a few that do the wrong thing. Most of our guests do not break the laws. Also the laws are not clear at all and people arent sure what they are supposed to do and not do. This way there is no room for error. If they carry their business anywhere else, it will impact Marsh Harbour greatly. Our guests use the taxis and a staff of 100 right here will be without work. The restaurants will be impacted. When Boat Harbour is empty, so are the restaurants in town; and when we are full, so are the restaurants in town, she concluded.Fishing rules and the economying land is on Abaco and GIS can help enhance agriculture to enhance more streamlined farming. Once all the data is gathered and the soil scientist have collected all the information, a person doesnt have to be a scientist to understand the information because everything will be color coded and on the site for use. Director Carol Albury said the updating procedures are something they need to work on and they have not determined yet how often the data will be updated and who is responsible for what data. This new program will be similar to Google Earth but more specific to the Bahamas with more specialized information. Mrs. Albury said, We are having a specialist mobilized to put in place mechanism for systematic data exchange of information. When we talk about building GIS data sets, you are not only talking about going out there and collecting information, we have to be concerned about security and updating procedures. Private citizens will be able to access this information unless it is restricted for specific reasons. For example, the department has by law restricted one from seeing household data. We will begin building the countrys information resources in order to address the lack of digital data required for mapping, managing and monitoring economic development and to expand GIS to the Family Islands, which in turn will allow Local Government officials on these islands to assess to modern tools which will assist them in better managing the countrys natural resources, she concluded.

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Page 18 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 Sandy PointCoastal Awareness Month is brought to Sandy PointBy Tonia Ferguson Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Friends of the Environment travelled to the fishing community of Sandy Point on April 12 to hold a town meeting at the Assembly of God Church to introduce the 3rd Annual National Coastal Awareness Months activities. The theme was Litter Presenter and Education Officer of Friends of the Environment, DShan Maycock, discussed general environmental concerns regarding litter and its threats to the environment. These concerns included the use of chemicals by some fishermen and dumping garbage into the sea their threat: killing of marine life, in particular coral reefs. Bernadette Hall from the Ministry of Tourism presented the small audience with proposed solutions of how they can become involved with keeping Abaco beautiful. At this time she outlined the focus of the campaign cleaning up beaches, waterfront areas, roadsides, and implementing the KAB (Keep Abaco Beautiful) Program. The program would allow for an educational process that will change the behaviours and improve communities through a focus on litter prevention, beautification and community improvement, and waste reduction. The activities which were planned for the month of April were intended to have areas adopted and maintained by businesses, schools, churches and civic groups. Residents were encouraged to participate as they would be joining islands such as Grand Bahama, New Providence, Exuma, and Eleuthera. While Ms. Hall commended Ms. Della Kelly, president of the Sandy Point Development Committee, and the residents for their ongoing clean-up campaign in the community, the mood was changed by a nonresident and once clean-up volunteer. His comments suggested that the residents of Sandy Point were lazy and nasty. Residents were quite offended by the remarks and expressed their desire that the gentleman never return. Assistant Administrator, Neil Campbell who acted as a referee thanked the volunteer for his past efforts. He took this time to enlighten the audience the gentleman in particular of accomplishments made in an effort to beautify the settlement. Some of these accomplishments included the installation of street lights, repairs to the government dock, the clearing of the perimeter of the airport, clearing of verges, removal of derelict vehicles and abandoned buildings and the instituting of over a dozen garbage bins around the community. On this note, the meeting came to a close.Rocky Point developers respond to Opposition LetterBy Tonia Ferguson In a letter addressed to former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, dated March 29, Diane Claridge, Director at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation based in Sandy Point, outlined concerns of the proposed Rocky Point development. (See website www.bahamaswhales.org) The Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation documents the occurrence, distribution and abundance of marine mammals in the Bahamas to contribute towards the conservation of these species both locally and globally. According to Ms. Claridge the development will include a 147-room mixed-use hotel and approximately 100 two-storey condos and homes. It will also include a 120-slip marina. The proposed development where the developer has purchased 50 acres of land and plans to acquire an additional 300 acres of Crown Land including the duck pond is within a half mile of an area used by the organisation for the past ten years to study the population of Blainvilles beaked whales. Ms. Claridges letter outlines concerns of the developments effects to the populations of the beaked whales and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The letter also addresses socio-economic and ecological concerns. Some ecological concerns are that the purchased 50 acres is predominantly fresh and salt-water wetlands. The land is a South Abaco NewsThis is an aerial view of the Rocky Point area that is slated for a hotel, residential development and marina. The area is south of the Sandy Point airport and would encompassing about 350 acres of wetlands, coppice and pine forest. Fifty acres were purchased privately while the rest will be Crown Land. Please see South Page 26

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 ABACO EXPRESS YOUR PERSONAL MAIL PLANE YOUR CHARTERED SEAT YOUR CARGO PLANE PICK UP AND COURIER SER VICEPassengers / Freight / Mail to Abaco2532 Old Okeechobee Road Ste.11 West Palm Beach / Marsh Harbour email :abacoexppbi@bellsouth.netPh: 561-689-1010 Fax: 561-689-9454 Bah: 242-367-3450 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!Best Beach in the CaribbeanCaribbean Travel &Life Magazine LUXURYCONDOMINIUMS Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament is scheduledTreasure Cay Hotel Resort will hold its 24th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament on June 10-15. The tournament is a qualifier for the Rolex/IGFA Offshore Championship and is a modified release tournament offering four days of fishing, social parties, dinners and fun competitions. Multiple awards are given for billfish, with additional awards for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Release point standings must be verified by participants digital and/or video camera. The cameras have to have the ability to verify the time and date the photo was taken. The tournament is known for its great food and camaraderie with social events families can enjoy. An average of 275 anglers and guests attend each tournament from many states in the U.S. as well as other countries. Other 2007 tournaments at Treasure Cay Hotel Resort include the third leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship scheduled for May 20-25 and the fourth leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship scheduled for June 3-8. Visit www.treasurecay.com or www.treasurecayfishing.com for details on these events.Hubert is Back!By Vernique Russell On May 2nd the constituents of North Abaco made history and re-elected the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham as their representative to the House of Assembly for the seventh consecutive time. Though this in itself is significant, this time the constituents also voted for a Prime Minister. Mr. Ingraham through a democratic process within his party (the Free National Movement) was elected once again to serve the party in the capacity of leader. After stepping down from the post leading into the May 2002 election, he was called back to national duty from his retirement by the people of North Abaco and the Bahamas at large, thus allowing him to be elected for a seventh time as Member of Parliament and a third time as Prime Minister. On Wednesday tens of thousand of Bahamians entered their polling divisions throughout the country to make the X for the candidate of their choice. At the end of the day, the Free National Movement was declared the unofficial winners for the Election 2007. On Friday morning at 5 a.m. or little after they were declared the official winners. Though many rumors spread, the FNM party was still successfully named the governing party for the next five years, winning in 23 constituencies and the Progressive Liberal Party became the official opposition with 18 seats. This win for Mr. Ingraham was also a historic addition for our national record as he became the first leader to lead his party to victory that didnt allow the prior government to serve two consecutive terms. North Abaco congratulates the Mr. Ingraham and encourages him to do his best and continue to lead this country with integrity, accountability and transparency as he and his party once again deliver good governance to the people. Indeed, you are, Simply the Best!Happy Mothers DayBy Vernique Russell Happy Mothers Day is extended to all the wonderful mothers of North Abaco. Mothers Day is on May 13th and children are reminded to do something special for your mom on that day for all the sacrifices and dedication that she had invested into you. We wish every mother in North Abaco a happy and pleasant Mothers Day and it is our prayers that you enjoy your day to the fullest.School NewsCongratulationsBy Vernique Russell Special congratulations are extended to the Mighty Dolphins of Sherlin Bootle High North Abaco News Please see North Page 20

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Page 20 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA 60 Deepwater Slips Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Garbonzo Reef Bar WATERFRONT VILLAS One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour Full kitchen/air cond/sat TVFor local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : seasprayres@abacoinet.com www.seasprayresort.comBoat House Boat House Boat House Boat House Boat House RR RR R eses eses es tt tt t auraur auraur aur antant antant antBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Live Music by the Hope Town IslandersEvery Saturday Night 7 pm untilExtended Happy Hour on Band Nights 5 pm to 7 pm 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 School who won the Inter-School Track and Field Meet for seventh consecutive year. Once again the Dolphins prove that they are the kings and queens of the sea. The outstanding performances and efforts by students have paid off, giving members of the track team bragging rights until the next meet is held in 2008. Once again the championship trophy has made the north its home and it appears as it not going anywhere any time soon. Congratulations to all of the students who worked extremely hard to ensure success and to Coach Martin for a job well done.Girls and Boys SeminarBy Vernique Russell The annual girls and boys seminars that are held at the Sherlin Bootle High School addressed many social ills that are present in our society and provided students with positive solutions to deal with these issues. The girls and boys are separated during the presentations which are conducted in sessions giving both counterparts the opportunity to voice their opinions and ask questions freely among their peers and members of their sex. Ms. Keira Cox of School Physiological Services in Grand Bahama addressed the girls. Her topic was conflict resolution and self esteem. Through her motivational speech she encouraged the girls to reach for more and believe in themselves. She gave the young ladies positive methods for dealing with conflicts without resorting to violence. On the boys side Supt. Wayne Miller emphasized to the boys the importance of refraining from criminal activities. He encouraged the boys to be fruitful and More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 19 Please see North Page 21 Ms. Keira Cox of School Psychological Services in Freeport addressed the All Girls Seminar at S.C. Bootle High School. Her topic was conflict resolution and self esteem. Note that the seminar is taking place under the tent that students worked hard to raise money for. It is used for assemblies, for lunch and break periods and for meetings such as this. Supt. Wayne Miller conducts a one-on-one session at the All Boys Seminar at S.C. Bootle High School. His topic was Avoiding Criminal Activity

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367.2798 Fax: 367.5098 honest citizens and advised them to not be caught up in the negativity that surrounds them but to make a difference.Recent Events at Sherlin Bootle High SchoolBy Vernique Russell Principal Huel Moss, teachers and students have been busy during the completion of this school year 2006-2007. Students have been busy academically, athletically and socially. Mrs. Demeritte has spent a lot of time preparing her students for life outside high school, allowing them to experience the hardship that life can sometime bring their way when least expected. Students in her class have had hands-on experience on caring for babies as a teenager. Demonstrating the responsibilities of caring for a young baby and still trying to complete high school was the object for the project and students had to dedicate themselves to dolls as if they were real babies. In contrast to life Mrs. Demeritte has invited her students to experience the sting of death that life often brings. Through dramatization students acted out a funeral and graveyard scene. The students of grade 12 in preparation for departure from high school and into the real world were treated to a session on the importance of saving hosted by a repreNorthFrom Page 20 More North Abaco Newssentative from Teachers and Salaried Worker Credit Union. Students also took part in the Adopt a Beach program and worked tirelessly to clean the public beach area in North Abaco that is just a few miles south of Blackwood. Students are now preparing for national examinations and graduation. This has been an exciting school year thus far, and students are still anticipating more events before some of them close the chapter of life in school permanently.Stay FocusedBy Vernique Russell With less than two months remaining in this school, the young people of North Abaco are encouraged to stay focused and work hard for success. Examinations are just around the corner and students are encouraged to create time to study and revise their work before entering the examination arena. Only what you put in can come out; therefore study hard and reach your goals. Remember, education unlocks the door to Please see North Page 24 As part of the Religious Studies program, Ms. Demerittes students at S.C. Bootle High School dramatize a funeral and graveside scene. Students in Ms. Demerittes Religious Studies Class learn the rigors and responsibitities of caring for a baby while they are still in school. A doll is being used as a resource tool.

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Page 22 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 Ive found the forum to be one of the best online, interactive sources of information about Abaco, and if the ever-increasing membership numbers are any indication, Im not alone. The forum is a fun, friendly community of locals, visitors, second homeowners and others, all of whom love and enjoy discussing Abaco. For the most part, discussions revolve around the usual tourism-related topics: weather, what to pack, where to stay, how to get there, etc. Like Abaconian readers, forum members are free to express their opinions on any topic related to Abaco, provided the discussion is respectful. Naturally, as in any community, the discussion can occasionally become heated, but at the end of the day, were all friends and we all love Abaco. Incorrect or out-of-date information is always a risk when visiting online information sources. However, I can tell you that over the course of planning a Green Turtle Cay wedding from some distance away, Ive received lots of helpful, timely and, most important, accurate information from forum members. In the meantime, I remain perplexed as to why this individual could be so threatened by a website that supports the free exchange of ideas and information about Abaco. Sincerely yours, A. Diedrick [ Editors note: The website added the text about the intimidation of the advertiser. We have been assured that it did not come from the individual on Abaco. ]Supports the forumTo Whom It May Concern, I am a relative newcomer as far as being a visitor to the beautiful islands of Abaco. It has made such an immediate impact with us that this May 2007 will be our third consecutive trip. This time we have decided to stay on Great Guana Cay. I have utilized the forum website as a tool to plan our trip and as a resource regarding the region and its weather and commerce. It also has a definite entertainment value. I have passed this wonderful resource on to friends and people who express an interest in Abaco after hearing of our trips. During our past trips, as well as the upcoming one, we have used the services of Vintage Props and Jets, Dodge Cruising Guide, Nippers and have passed on the information of Medjet Assist to my 77-yearold mother who accompanied us last year. We also use their link to find cottages and places to stay. I find it deeply disturbing that someone has taken it upon themselves to voice such a caustic and mean-spirited rant with the intent of bullying advertisers. It is totally misleading and without merit, and in my opinion, seems to have an air of unstableness about it. We do take notice of the comings and goings on the forum and it is with great concern that someone has caused such an adverse reaction. The forum is much more open-minded and allows certain freedoms of expression that are not found on the other Abaco board. I think its membership will continue to grow and flourish, despite the paranoid ramblings of a select few narrow-minded individuals. Patricia A. Puzo [ Editors Note: We know and have con tacted the person who was intimidated to remove their ad. No such statement was made but the intimidation was added by someone at the website. ]More Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9 Please see Letters Page 23Wants to be informedDear Editor: Thank you for printing my letter. I am writing in response to the letter to the editor in the April 15, 2007, Abaconian from Be Informed. I found the forum by accident (after reading a derogatory comment about the forum on another message board). I have enjoyed reading the Abaco Message Board since Hurricane Floyd. I think both message boards are a place for people to say hello, talk about their vacations and seek advice. They provide fast and inexpensive communication. It is up to the reader to Be Informed and decide if the information given is to be disregarded or merits further investigation. The forum has a more liberal attitude that allows for a discussion of a wider range of topics. It segregates the topics and it clearly advises the reader of such content. I think it is important to know all sides of any issue of discussion so I can Be Informed and decide what I want. I read various other news sources (including this paper) about the Bahamas so I consider myself to Be Informed. One drawback to the various sources of information provided by Be Informed is that they would involve long distance calls, unreturned calls and/or unanswered e-mails and you are still relying on someone elses opinion. Tim AbbottSupports free speechDear Editor, In regards to Be Informeds letter in last weeks paper, we take issue with the misinformation they are spreading about the forum. The forum is a place where members can freely discuss their love of Abaco on varied topics. Everyone has an opinion. While we do not always agree on all things, discussions are open, thoughtful and passionate. Isnt this what free speech is all about? Sincerely, Rick and Tina FergusonSupports bulletin boardDear Sir, I was saddened to see the anonymous letter to your editor you recently printed re one of the Internet-based bulletin boards. The writer was ill advised at best. This bulletin board, like others about Abaco, provides important, current info for tourists especially, but also second homeowners and Bahamians about Abaco. It also allows for the free democratic exchange of ideas about Abaco and the Bahamas, just as been happening in the Bahamas in the recent runup to the May 2 election. While I disagree in many regards with the writer, he or she should have the right to send letter to your

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 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 LettersFrom Page 24 good paper which I am a subscriber to. She or her should, as should be your editorial policy, identify themselves. As a good mentor once told me, If you think it is important enough to put down on paper, you should be happy and proud to put your name on it. A healthy exchange of different ideas is good for the websites, good for newspapers like The Abaconian good for the Bahamas and good for democracy. Sunlight in business and politics is important. Anonymous letters defeat that sunlight. I hope with my name happily and proudly affixed below, you will print it. Skip Hudgins [ Editors Note: While we also prefer signed letters, we will withhold names on request. We have concluded that more is gained by allowing unsigned letters than by restricting them, However, we will not print letters that we do not know the writer or that there is a real person behind the name. In small communities such as ours, it is too easy for neighbors and others to be offended and ostracize those expressing their opinions.]Appreciates forumTo the Editor, My wife and I have been visiting Abaco since 1995. It is almost our exclusive vacation destination. We rarely go anywhere else. At present, we both give and receive valuable information from the forum. This site is operated by Americans who also visit Abaco often. We give info to mostly Americans from an Americans point of view. Obviously, we love Abaco and encourage all we meet to visit. In addition, this site allows political questions to be answered and allows any warts to show that may exist. As a result of this rounded and uncensored information being allowed, new visitors are assured that they are getting the real info and not some sugar-coated version. Because of this openness, this forum has been growing by leaps and bounds. Simply put, people trust it. Any advertiser who participates on this forum is obviously a good business operator with nothing to fear but getting too busy. My wife and I have no financial ties to the forum whatsoever. We simply appreciate this type of operation and will come to its defense when it is attacked by someone with a hidden agenda. The more successful this forum becomes, then the more visitors there will be in Abaco. We hope the Abaconians think this is a good thing. Sincerely, Ken Parrott [ Editors Note: The advertiser who was allegedly intimidated withdrew advertising when shown negative aspects by two other local business persons. That person reviewed the site and drew their own conclusion. There was no local intimidation. That person was irate that the webmaster (1) published the letter on the web without permission and (2) changed the tone of the letter inferring that the person had been intimidated to withdraw their advertising. ]More Letters to the Editor tral High School and hopes to attend the College of the Bahamas where he will study culinary arts. He is the son of Donna Burrows and Robert Sands. Tajah Deveaux attends Abaco Central High School. She will be studying accounting at the College of the Bahamas. She is the daughter of Adamae Deveaux of Murphy Town. Andre Singh currently attends Abaco Central High School. He hopes to pursue an architectural degree at City College in New York. His parents are Partap and Gualty Singh of Marsh Harbour. Latonia King is a student at Abaco Central High School who will pursue a degree in banking and finance at the College of the Bahamas. Her parents are Patrice Neely and Anthony King. Nickesia Jones is a graduate of Abaco Central High School. She is studying biology at York College in New York. Nickesia is the daughter of Ingrid Gray of Marsh Harbour. Cheynea Turnquest currently attends Forest Heights Academy and wants to pursue a degree in accounting and photography at the College of the Bahamas. She is the daughter of Camille Lowe of CasuaPathfindersFrom Page 1 rina Point. Ashley Knowles attends Forest Heights Academy and will be pursuing a degree in business management at Florida Southern University. Her parents are Craig and Linda Knowles of Hope Town. Christine Fleurimond currently attends Forest Heights Academy. She plans to attend the College of the Bahamas where she will study nursing. Her parents are Lacieuse and Roalin Timothee of Treasure Cay. A reception for these new scholarship recipients and their families will be held on June 3 at Abaco Beach Resort. The students dreams are being realized because of the generosity of individuals and businesses of the Abaco community thank you. Congratulations, new recipients make us proud! Hints for Helping Our EnvironmentReplace conventional lightbulbs with florescent bulbs. uses 1/3 electricity lasts 10 times longer generates only 30% of heat Saves more than $30 (in US) over life time of bulb much more expensive initially It Pays to Advertise

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Page 24 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices Serving World Famous Grilled Food and Cocktails Located in Marsh Harbour on the water OPEN 7 days 11AM until DAILY HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS!!!Tel (242) 367-2278VHF 16 SnappasFor Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices For Relaxed Casual Dining at Great Prices More North Abaco Newssuccess. Hard work along with determination will guarantee your success. Stay focused!Church NewsRevival servicesBy Vernique Russell Cities of Refuge Non-Denomination and Restoration Ministries will host a Fun in the Park Day on May 5th. This event will take place at the Treasure Cay Park and will begin at 11 am. The menu will include delicious fry fish and pancake, chicken and macaroni, conch fritter, sweet treats and more. You are invited to come out and be a part of this fun venture. Cities of Refuge invites you to attend three nights of revival featuring Mrs. Sonia Flemings of Houston, Texas. The theme for this revival is Can you stand to be blessed? This revival will also host a praise and worship session under the theme True Worship by an anointed music minister also from Texas and a Psalmist from Georgia. Nightly services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on May 14thMay 16th. The public is invited to be a part of these life-changing services. Cities of Refuge is located in Treasure Cay at the Brent Lowe Plaza off the Sherlin Bootle Highway, one block south of the airport. The youth department of Cities of Refuge is calling all youths who do not have a church home to be a part of their Youth Invasion. Youth Invasion will be held every Tuesday at the church. You can come and be a part of an expressive and excited movement among the youth. We ask you to join them. Introducing youth invasion at Cities of Refuge, you dont want to miss this. NorthFrom Page 21 A representative from the Teachers and Salaried Credit Union spoke to grade 12 students of S.C. Bootle High School about the improtance of saving. Womens ConferenceBy Vernique Russell Friendship Mission in Coopers Town will host a Women Conference on May 10th and 11th at the church in Coopers Town. The guest speaker for this conference is Min. Brenda Archer of Latter Rain Ministries in Dundas Town and Min. Leonara Sands of Bethel Restoration in New Providence. Registration forms are available at the church and the fee is $25. Calling all women throughout the island of Abaco to come and be a part of these powerful two nights of services.Prayer for Our NationBy Vernique Russell End Time Harvest in Crown Haven hosted a prayer services for our nation on May 1st at the church. Church members from all the North end of the island came together to pray for our nation and ask God to have His way. Prayers were also lifted up for the election exercise and our leaders, our youths and against violence during our democratic process. The pastor of End Time Harvest is Pastor Tyrone Mills.RevivalBy Vernique Russell Open Door Ministries in Fox Town held three nights of revival services with guest speaker, Min. Thelma Gibson, from Grand Bahama. The service offered those who attended a time to move their hands in worship and praise. Open Door Ministries thanks those who worshiped with them making the revival a grand success. Rev. George Russell is the senior pastor of Open Door Ministries. As part of the National Coastal Awareness Month program, the students of S.C. Bootle cleaned along a road leading to the North Abaco Public Beach. They cleaned out the garbage that had been thrown into a blue hole in the vicinity and cleaned the beach area. The students did this as part of their Adopt a Beach program organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Friends of the Environment. Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax 242-367-3136 Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 25 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front By Julian Lockhart Former Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Leslie Miller, made a number of comments in January that more than offended the sports fishermen who frequent Abaco from the United States for pleasure and the numerous tournaments throughout the year. He said the contribution to the Bahamian economy by the sports fisherman is so negligible that it is not even worth considering when it came to the impact of the new fishing regulations on tourism. Mr. Miller added there are a few other places these avid boaters can go, but they wont go there because there is no place else like The Bahamas in this hemisphere. These comments and others have brought an uproar from the boating community and the local fishing guides as they feel it will hurt tourism on Abaco. A number of individuals at the first leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championships at the Boat Harbour Marina voiced their displeasure. Bahamian boat captain Scott Eldon, who was competing in the BBC, said, The article said that there is no where else for Floridians to go, there are no fish in Florida and people arent happy about what was said. These guys have millions of dollars and they come over and spend money in the hotels, they spend money at the docks, they spend money at the bars and restaurants. They are insulted more than anything else. No one was bothered about the rules, but by what was said. Most people will abide by the rules. The guys who come here and go fishing for the tournaments catching dolphin and wahoo really slow them down. At the Palm Beach Boat Show people were telling me they didnt care about the rules it was just what was said about them. They dont have to come here and the average boat that comes here is 60 feet and you have to be very careful what you say because people with money get insulted real easy, Mr. Eldon added. The new fishing regulations were put in place to monitor the amount of fish and marine resources that foreigners could readily remove from Bahamian waters on a daily basis. It restricts the amount of fish that can be removed, no spear fishing unless with a special license and no conch at all on board a foreignowned vessel or one where foreigners are fishing from. Mr. Eldon and others said they have no problem with the new regulations, though some said they are a bit severe and need to be clarified more. If foreign sports fishermen decide to go elsewhere because of comments like those of Mr. Miller or the fishing regulations being too severe, then a number of businesses on Abaco will lose a major part of their yearly intake. Mr. Eldon said there are few people who would take advantage of the fishing in the Bahamas and most are only going to take what they are supposed to. He added the majority of the abuse is done by boats which come over from Florida and run over to Bimini or Memory Rock to fish and then go back without clearing in or out. Former Prime Minister Perry Christie said, I dont expect ministers to cause people to take offense to their statements. When it comes down to the laws of The Bahamas, we have to make decisions that are best for the country. The best interest of the country may sometimes strike a balance between ensuring that the country is protected and the fishing grounds are protected. But at the same time not to the point where we cut off our nose to spite our face. We have to recognize that tourism has played a major role in the growth of our country and the quality of life to people. Leslie [Miller] has tried to consult the actual fisherman in the decisions he has made and we have to consult the people who this will impact, he concluded.MP Christie commented on fishing rules

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Page 26 The Abaconian May 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 Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco Regardless of the Destination, Please Call Us Today to Quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIPDaily Service Between Marsh Harbour / Treasure Cay and Melbourne, Daytona Beach Fort Lauderdaletificate, presented in the reusable Green Bags were much appreciated .What a great day to see what students who care can do to save our most important feature -the Environment. Remember we do not own the environment, we are only borrowing it from future generations!Grade 2 Spelling BeeWhile Earth Day was going on, across town another hotly contested Spelling Bee was taking place. Children and parents work harder on these bees each year with dedicated students setting their sights on a trophy, typically working up to six months on word lists. This was the case of our amazing Anna Albury and her coach mother Teresa and aide Lindsey Brown. Anna is blind but is our shining example of what ANY child can do with determination. Spelling loud and proud, Anna once again won Second Place and proudly brought home her second trophy in Spelling Bees! Watch out, swimming competitors she also flies in the pool! We are very proud of you, Anna, for your never ending cheery disposition and the way you take on life with a laugh. You are an inspiration to us all! CaysFrom Page 13 SouthFrom Page 18 drainage area in storms and prevents flooding of Sandy Point. The area provides a feeding habitat for the endangered Bahama Parrot, and the development may cause damage to soft and hard corals. Ms. Claridge noted that her concerns mirror those of the Inter-American Development Bank, that the Bahamas needs an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan. She suggested that until implementation of such a plan, large-scale coastal developments should cease. It was these concerns that prompted her to request a public meeting in Sandy Point. Responding to the letter, the developers held a town meeting in Sandy Point on April 12. The gathering of approximately 100 people listened attentively as the developers made their address. They detailed the plans of the development and informed the audience of their intent to make employment available to everyone who wants a job. A concern outlined by Ms. Claridge was addressed the creation of a beach. Referring to a map of Rocky Point, the developer showed the previous existence of a beach. While Ms. Claridge had other concerns, the developer at the time was unable to provide her with responses. The last question of the evening posed by an eager young resident was, When will the development begin? In reply, the developer stated that they expected to begin within months. This excited the crowd who seemed to welcome the proposed development. Save Abacos Marine Environment is not just a plea it is also one of Friends of the Environments newest conservation efforts. The idea of Save Abacos Marine Environment (SAME) came from Stafford Patterson, owner and manager of Sea Horse Boat Rentals in Marsh Harbour. Friends has supported marine conservation in the past by community education and by installing moorings at local reefs. However, these moorings are under constant need of repair. Not only that, but our marine environment is so important to the economy and culture of The Bahamas that a lot more needs to be done to protect it. The SAME program is appealing to local businesses to help Friends in a donation collection program for a marine conservation fund. Participating businesses will soon be displaying a SAME poster, and aSave Abacos Marine Environment!colourful donation container will be available for anyone wishing to support the program. The program has just begun, but Friends already has Sea Horse Boat Rentals and Island Marine on board. With the help of Tim Higgs, Friends Board member and owner of Abaco Dive Adventures, the program has been adapted for dive shops as well. Froggies Out Island Adventures, Abaco Dive Adventures, Dive Guana, Dive Abaco, Treasure Divers and Above & Below Abaco are all participating! We are very lucky that The Bahamas can still boast a gorgeous marine environment, but we are still under the influence of many negative impacts. You may have heard the saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Lets step in before things get worse. Lets preserve our seas. 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 Support the Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3744 for info

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.................367-0350 Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour....367-2963 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour............. 367-2787 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-War 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..............365-8749 Abaco Ferry Service MH/HT One way $15 / RT $20 Children 6 12 half fare, Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:00am 8:50 10:10 12: pm 1:55 3:15 5:10 (Limited Sunday Schedule) Return 8:10 am 9:30 10:50 2:35 pm 3:55 5:50 Marsh Harbour > White Sound 7am 12pm 3:15 Return 7:40 1:10 4:25 Alburys Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 367-0290 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour > Hope Town 7:15 am 9 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 10:30 am 12:15 pm 2:30*(M-Sat) 4 5:45* Return 8 am 11:30 1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) 4:30 Marsh H. > Guana Cay (& Scotland Cay with advance notice) from Conch Inn (6:45am Union Jack Dock) 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, Kids 6-11 half, Under 6 freeGreen Turtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green T Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 T Cay Airport to Green T Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5New Plymouth one way adult $10 (Children $7) Round trip $15 Extra to some G T Cay docksAbaco 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 time Pinders 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 return 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 & trucks Islander Express Bus M Harbour & Sandy Point -call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. The Great Abaco Express Marsh Harbour bus to N Abaco Call 367-2165 Lv Marsh H. 5 am & 12:30 pm, connect with ferry to Grand Bahama & bus to Freeport Lv Crown Haven 9:30 am & 5:30 pm bringing ferry passengers to Marsh Harbour 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...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Mother Merles................$$ 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.............$$$.............365-5230 Grabbers......................$$$.............365-5133 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 Rev 15 Mar 07 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..................................Compliments 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 Harbour 367-2936 Above & Below Marsh Harbour 367-0350 Dive Abaco 1978, Marsh Harbour 367-2787 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 Fran kie 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 & Coope rs 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 Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes from Crossing Beach Marsh Harbour to Guana Cay 40 minutes Ferry Schedules Departure times shown Daily service unless noted

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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 9, MAY 1st, 2007Sunfish and Optimists Compete in Homer Lowe Memorial RegattaMarsh Harbour Hosts Sailing RegattaA total of 45 Sunfish and Optimists competed in the harbour of Marsh Harbour on April 28. Sailors came from several Abaco towns and from Nassau, freeport and the States for the 17th annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta. Mr. Lowes son, Jimmie Lowe, was the overall winner of the regatta. In first place in the Optimist class was Danny deCardenas, also from Nassau. Victory Tabernacle Church broke ground for its new building on April 29. The building is on the last cross road in Murphy Town. Pastor A.B. Lewis is shown in the center while his wife and other ministers look on. See story on page 23. S.C. Bootle students demonstrated their talents for the adjudicators of the National Arts Festival when they visited the school. Students who are selected will go to Nassau to perform in a national competition. The adjudicators visited several government schools on Abaco. See story on page 8 By Julian Lockhart It couldnt be a more fitting ending for the 17th Annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta than for Mr. Lowes son, Jimmie Lowe, to win the largest regatta they have held on Abaco, even though he was sailing in a borrowed Sunfish. Mr. Lowe has won before but said with all of the boats that showed up this year, it made it even more special as he held off 25 other Sunfish to win. Finishing second in the Sunfish class was George Damianos from Nassau, and Jim Kaighin from Abaco finished third. Forty-five boats in the Sunfish and Optimist classes took place in the one-day regatta on April 28th in the harbour of Marsh Harbour. The base for the regatta was Snappas Bar and Grill. Mr. Lowe said, I have won it quite a few times before, but it is great to win it again. We had 25 Sunfish out there, the largest Sunfish fleet we have had in Marsh Harbour and so it is good to be able to win it. The most pleasurable thing about this regatta is we have had as few as six or seven boats at this regatta and we had 43 today. Please see Sunfish Page 2 Church Leaders Break Ground S.C. Bootle Performs for JudgesBy Mirella Santillo April 27th was observed as Earth Day on Abaco and to celebrate the occasion Friends of the Environment in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism organized a seminar for all the school children of Abaco. Earth Day is to be a global reminder of the importance of saving the environment and is observed worldwide. The function, which took place at New Visions Ministries, was designed as a learning experience but also as a fun event. The students from Abaco Central Primary School, Hope Town Primary, Man-O-War Primary, Cyber Learning Center, St. Francis de Sales, Wesley College, S.C. Bootle High School and Forest Heights Academy were among the schools which attended and had prepared environment-related projects to be entered into a competition.. While judges were going around to examine the exhibits to grade them, Mrs. Lindsey McCoy of Friends asked the students to think of at least one thing they could do to save the earth. They were subsequently quizzed for their answers towards the end of the morning. Most of the exhibits were very creative such as the one put together by Hope Town Upper Primary called Cross Harbour Edition of Trivial Pursuit This brain storm of 4th grade teacher Nancy Burnett and parent Bonnie Hall, this game gathered a crowd of young players and rewarded Hope Towns Upper Primary School with the first prize for that age category. Cyber Learning Center produced a project related to Parks and Protected Areas while Central Abaco Pri-Abaco Observes Earth Day Please see Earth Day Page 15 Save Guana Cay Reef Association has been invited to send delegates to the United Nations Commission that will be discussing Sustainable Development in third world countries at their New York City offices in early May. The Guana Cay Association began their fight in early 2005 and are still fighting to save their tiny island from what they see as over development destruction. They are now widely recognized in The Bahamas as the grass roots non-governmental organization opposing the Bakers Bay Club Development on Great Guana Cays pristine northeastern end. The Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCR) is now pushing for environmental protection laws for the entire Bahamas. Please see SGCR Page 22 SGCR Will Make UN PresentationThe attending members from Save Guana Cay Reef have been accredited and will join the historic meeting attended by other member nations from around the world, UN agencies, international funding agencies, the private sector and the press. Global mangrove protection will be a central issue, and Alfredo Quarto, the President of Mangrove Action Project will join SGCR to speak on behalf of mangrove protection in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The Association will present videos, scientific documentation and photographic evidence of their concerns about unchecked development from islands

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Page 2 The Abaconian May 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 Also to have all the kids out here, we had 22 kids out there, which is great. It is even more special since it is honoring my father. I am pretty active with the kids program and anyone should come and see this regatta and see what the entire effort is about, he added. Sailors from Abaco, New Providence, and Grand Bahama and as far away as Canada tacked in and out of buoys in the harbour to complete five races. Mr. Lowe said with the number of boats continuously rising each year they are proving that more children are taking an interest in sailing. There were 26 Sunfish boats and 19 Optimists and more than half of the competitors were under 18. There were supposed to be seven legs of RegattaFrom Page 1Sunfish sailors from Abaco3rdJim Kaighin 5thAndrew Wilhoyte 6thDwayne Wallas 8thMatthew McCoy 18thChristian Wilhoyte 19thJody Lowe 22ndJoe Thompson Optimist sailors from Abaco7thDylan Thompson 9thNoah Albury 10thTristan Albury 11thBen Patterson 12thShannon Thompson 14thStony Lowe 16thNicole Maltarp 19thCandice Trembley the regatta; but because of time restraints, the intense heat and the lack of a consistently strong wind, the regatta was confined to five races instead. All of the competitors were noticeably burned and all admitted to being extremely exhausted after hours of consistent sailing. Winning the Optimist class was Danny deCardenas, who had to do some nifty sailing during the last race to hold off second place winner Shaquille Dean for the victory. Finishing third was Bianca WagnerIlling, all from Nassau.Abaco hosts Karate tournamentBy Julian Lockhart Only days after 20 Karate students received their new belts, Sensei Churton Toote saw his dojo more than hold its own against Sports NewsAll the picturesque sails of the Sunfish and Optimists dotted the harbour of Marsh Harbour during the Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta. Five races on April 28 completed the regatta. Seven boats are rounding a mark. those from New Providence and Grand Bahama at the Abaco Karate Academy Tournament on April 14. The Abaco tournament is one of six on the Bahamas circuit during the year and 14 competitors came from the karate clubs in New Providence and nine from the karate clubs on Grand Bahama. The tournament was held at the New Vision Ministries building and was sponsored by Price Right, Marsh Harbour Exporters/ Importers and Cuddles Gift Store. Sensei Toote said, I am quite pleased with the turnout from Freeport and Nassau. I am pleased with this competition because at our last tournament two months ago our students didnt do quite well at all. We are Please see Sports Page 18 The Love Shack 3 BR 3.5 BA ocean front estate situated on 2 100-foot wide lots. Stunning view from every room $2.2 million NEW LISTING Internal home site on Brigantine Bay Road, adjacent to water front greenway $101,000 NEW LISTING Seascape 3 BR 3 BA ocean front home on extra wide Windward Beach homesite. Garage and new furniture $1,620,000 NEW LISTING Sea Cliff, 3 BR 3 BA luxury residence, within steps of beach, professionally decorated. $1,220,000 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 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 $1,560,000 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 John Cash, B.R.I., C.R.S. Licensed Real Estate Broker Certified Residential SpecialistPO Box 22212 Treasure Cay Abaco BahamasApril 15, 2007 Bahamas: 242-477-5056 USA: 843-278-0277 Fax: 242-365-8508 Email:jic@oii.net www.johncashrealty.com

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3 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 AA AA A TT TT T 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. $2,875,000.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 242.577.0298 Laurie Schreiner t 242.367.5046 Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 Jane Patterson t 242.366.056905/01/07BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED PRICE REDUCED Lot 58, Block 11, Subdivision 1. #3351 $24,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298GREEN TURTLE CAY GREEN TURTLE CAY GREEN TURTLE CAY GREEN TURTLE CAY GREEN TURTLE CAYCOCO BAY LOT #3031 $650,000.TREASURE CAY TREASURE CAY TREASURE CAY TREASURE CAY TREASURE CAYHome Sweet Home #3032 $250,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298. 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 pri vate 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 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 #3546 LOT 10 OCEAN VIEWAA AA ATLANTICTLANTIC TLANTICTLANTIC TLANTIC WW WW WAA AA A TERTER TERTER TER VV VV VIEWSIEWS IEWSIEWS IEWS, beautiful elevation, beach access, fabulous surfing, perfcect location for island home. $140,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.comLUBBERS QUARTERS #3850 SEA WINDWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT on the Sea of Abaco. 2 bedroom 1 bath home with a dock with good water at low tide. $460,000 Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 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#3208C Turtle CottageHH HH HARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT ARBOURFRONT 2 bed 2 bath home, 925 sq.ft. garage/storage. 100 ft. dock permit. Lot 15,000 sq. ft. plus. $950,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.comNEW LISTING 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, superb elevation, deeded dockage in White Sound Harbour, 1/3 acre building site. $495,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING 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.comLUBBERS QUARTERS #3851 SEA BREEZEVV VV VIEWIEW IEWIEW IEW OFOF OFOF OF THETHE THETHE THE S S S S SEAEA EAEA EA OFOF OFOF OF AA AA ABB BB B AA AA A COCO COCO CO.. .. .Newly constructed 2 bed/1 bath home. Steps from a beautiful beach. Shared dock. $345,000 Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 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. $695,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0569 www.SIRbahamas.comBill Albury t 242.367.5046 UNDER CONTRACT PRICE REDUCED NEW PRICE

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Page 4 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph. 242-367-4962 www.landandsearealty.com E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.com Leslie Pinder Regattas of Abaco CONDO 2 bed upstairs / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security. $320,000 UNDER CONTRACT 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: lesliepinder@hotmail.com or leslie@landandsearealty.comIf We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!HIGH ROCK 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lub-bers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, Exclusive 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level CALL for INFO EXCLUSIVEApril 1, 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. Prime commercial property downtown Marsh Harbour, approx 2.5 acres $2.3 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 Phone: (242) 367-0365 Cell: (242) 357-6638 Cell: (242) 577-0347Abaco, Bahamas Bill Thorndycraft & Sandra Evans www.AbacoWaterfrontProperties.com A Sandra Evans Company Bahama Palm Shores: Beachfront at this price? $50,000 buys pure Heaven. Bahama Palm Shores: Wonderful price for solid beachfront lot $175,000. Bahama Palm Shores: Great views, near beach access $50,000. Great Cistern Cay: Best value dockage property. 100+ on Sea of Abaco. $175,000. Sand Bank Creek: Secluded family home with dockage $375,000. Sand Bank Creek: 1 acre with boat ramp. Very private. $97,000. Turtle Rocks: Only one property left. Pristine beachfront $208,500. Luxury Estate: Please contact us for details Combining the best of both the 2 and 4-Stroke worlds, the new 1.5 Litre OptiMax delivers low-emissions technology with 2-Stroke performance.Up to 45% better fuel economy Lighter than 4-StrokesPh : 242-367-2326 l 367-5960115 ll ll l 90 ll ll l 75The 1.5L OptiMax School NewsAbaco High School Track MeetBy Julian Lockhart The S.C. Bootle High School Dolphins track and field team took the early lead on day one of the Abaco High School Track and Field Meet and never let up as they held off a hard charging Abaco Central High to win the two-day meet on March 15-16 at the Murphy Town Park. The Dolphins dominated the girls divisions and that made the difference as they finished with 979 points, 70 points ahead of Abaco Central that finished second with 907 points. Finishing third was Moores Island All-age School with 337 points and St. Francis de Sales ended up fourth with 253 points. Also competing was Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy and Long Bay School. The student athletes competed in three different age groups under-20, under-17 and under-15. Dolphins coach Donnavette Martin said, I feel good that we won. We have done okay and I feel we still could have done better. My girls dominated and that is definitely what won it for us. Our girls are much stronger than the guys because we have more girls that are willing to put in the effort than the guys. Our females dominated in total and our under-20 males dominated, she added. Despite only traveling with 20 student athletes, Moores Island proved to be quite formidable and annihilated the field in the girls under-15 division. The problem for Moores Island in competing with the other two government schools was their lack of numbers as the school goes up only to grade 10. The school did not have enough senior students to compete in the under-20 age group. The athletes from Moores Island proved that they can compete with those from the big island on Abaco. They just need the opportunity, equipment and facilities for training. They garnered two of the trophies for top athletes in individual divisions. Prestina Knowles was top athlete in the under-15 girls division and the top performer in the under-20 boys division was Ashbon Culmer. The Moores Island All-age School principal, Ms. Ruthmae Rolle, said, I was very, very proud of the girls because a number of them were sixth graders and you will see some of them again if we make it over to the primary school meet. The girl who won the 1,200 meters is in sixth grade. That was the strongest division that we had. This speaks much to the amount of talent here in this school. We knew we were going to get a couple of medals but I didnt expect them to perform that well. Another surprise was the under-20 kids in the field events and how well they did, she added. Abaco Central felt it had the team to win the entire meet and principal Kendris Hield said S.C. Bootle just got away. It will be Please see School Page 6 For the seventh consecutive year S.C. Bootle Dynamic Dolphins have dominated the Inter-school Track and Field Competition held in Murphy Town in March. All the high schools on Abaco participated including Moores Island. S.C. Bootle student Julian Cornish is shown receiving one of the many medals won by the school.

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 #1852$1,200,000Beautiful home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Private dock permit already approved. Ideal family hideaway with access to the road to Cay and private water access. 2 of the 4 bedrooms have private quarters and bathrooms. Ideal for entertaining, there is a bar set into the living room and a cosy fireplace to enjoy on those cooler tropical evenings. Wraparound decks are the perfect spot to enjoy the stunning ocean view. # 1946$300,000Spectacular ocean views from this choice hilltop location. Ideal subdivision, on rapidly growing Elbow Cay, 15,190 sq. ft of lush terrain, this immense acreage will give a great return on investment. A must see, as this location is in great demand.West Wind White Sound#3304 $179,900Dont miss this exciting new business opportunity. Part ownership for sale in the Port of Call Marina in Marsh Harbour. Conveniently located close to downtown in a busy tourist area. Call today to find out more! #3338 $385,0002 bed 2 bath one storey home with canal frontage. Hardy panel exterior, concrete base, very well constructed. The interior needs to be completed to the new owners specifications. Decking out back, very private. Brand new, never lived in. This is the Bone Fishing Capital of Abaco. NEW LISTING! #3339 $45,000This large lot is situated in a very nice neighbourhood and is very reasonably priced with much to offer. Approx. 9,000 sq. ft. this ideal family lot backs onto the golf course. Perfect for the single family home. All utilities are already in place. Must see to appreciate value!Marsh Harbour Casuarina Point#3729$720,000In the heart of the settlement of Hope Town is a well established commercial building that has been there for over 30 years and has served the community by accommodating a variety of businesses and shops. The second floor is a two bedroom / two bath apartment which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Great investment!Treasure Cay LotHope TownAbaco Ocean Club 2 lots available each lot priced at $70,000. Only minutes from Marsh Harbour and Elbow Cay, there are two 80 x 125 choice lots available. Identical in size and price, both lots can boast picturesque sunsets and views of the Sea of Abaco. There is soon to be dockage close by. Roads are in great condition and this desirable location is walking distance from the local restaurant. Tahiti Beach is a skiff ride across. # 3456$180,000 Abaco Ocean Club Magnificient lot of 20,040 sq. ft. in an upcoming subdivision of Lubbers. Down the lane you can sit to watch the magical Bahamian sunset.Lubbers Quarters#3390 $100,000 Abaco Ocean Club Beautifully located vacant lot with a magnificient view of the Sea of Abaco and only steps away from the community dock. Ocean View Subdivision$300,000 Spectacular ocean views from this choice hilltop location. Ideal subdivision on rapidly growing Elbow Cay. 15,190 sq. ft. of lush terrain. A must see, as this location is in great demand.Lubbers Quarters Elbow Cay White Sound Alcantara I and Alcantara II are 2 4 bed, 4 bath homes built using the best craftsmanship. Elevated on very high solid concrete bases, overlooking the entire estate with an excellent view of the Bay of Abaco from the wrap-around porch. Alcantara I w/ pool $950,000, Alcantara II $890,000 The Main House on 2 levels is Ekali, a beautiful 3 bed, 3 bath house. The Guest Quarters boasts another 2 bed, 2 bath w/ full kitchen, open dining and sitting room. Just outside the lovely French doors on the sea side is a spacious deck. The existing 60 ft. dock is included with this property. $1,300,000 S et back on a hill Cashmere House is a unique 3 bed, 2 bath home that offers a view of the ocean from every room. This very attractive, well built home sits at the center of the estate and is constructed with aluminum and hurricane proof glass $998,000 Villa San Paulo is a spacious, beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath villa w/ wide, covered decks, ideal for entertaining, just 20 ft. from the sea. Includes a beautiful 27 ft. sea front swimming pool edging the sea w/ a cabana at one end. Stunning views. $1,600,000EXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Commercial Building

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Page 6 The Abaconian May 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 ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery the last time so long as he is principal that the school lost. The downfall for Abaco More School News SchoolFrom Page 4 Please see School Page 8 Central was their female divisions, compiling such little points that they were not able to make up for the dominance in the male divisions. The school did win two to athlete division titles as Shane Jones captured the under-15 boys crown and Andrew McIntosh the under-17 boys division. The under-17 girls division was won by Anquanique Huyler from S.C. Bootle and also from the Dolphins, Cyndea Parker won the under-20 girls division. Mr. Hield said, Everybody wants to be number one and I believe Abaco Central High School could have been number one, but we had some misfortunes. I commend S.C. Bootle on the work they have done and I commend also all the private schools for coming out as well as the government schools. S.C. Bootle, you have to look out because we were right on your tail. All we have to do is get up on our girls and get them going. I am sure that next year we are going to be number one. I congratulate S.C. Bootle for their hard work but understand that next year the crown is not their own, he concluded.Abaco Primary Track MeetBy Julian Lockhart Central Abaco Primarys track and field coach Geoffrey Victor said he came to take no prisoners and that is exactly what he did as his school dominated the Abaco Primary School Track and Field Meet held on April 25-26 at the Murphy Town Sports Facilities. Mr. Victor has the advantage of having the largest primary school in Abaco, but said size is only one factor. He still had to train his athletes and they went out and performed great. Central Abaco Primary won six of the eight most outstanding athletes during the two-day meet and just barely missed out on winning the other two. Mr. Victor said, I am disappointed we didnt win all eight, but other than that I feel good that we won six out of eight. In Central Pines there is a hill and we did a lot of training on that hill. I expected them to do well and they expected to do well. I am very proud of them. Being the largest school on the island I have a lot to pick from and I expect us to win meets like these, he added. Winning the under-8 boys was Ricardo Fawkes who won the 400-metre and finished second in the 75m. Central Abaco Primary won both the under-10 girls and Mrs. Paula Young, teacher at S.C. Bootle High School, poses in front of the schools entry in the National Coastal Awareness Competition with two students. The competition was in Nassau to celebrate Coastal Awareness Month. Forest Heights students Danielle Moss and Nicole Maltarp explain their environmental survey project to students at the National Coastal Awareness Competition held in Nassau. Entries in primary, junior high and senior high categories came in from eight different islands.

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 May 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 $995,000.00 Call Chris Green Turtle Cay-1.6 acre beachfront lot located on the most beautiful beach on the island. Approx. 130 on the beach and 560 deep. $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 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.comLeisure 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 .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 Bahama Palm ShoresVacant lot, approx. 1/4 acre in size, two blocks from the beach. $30,000.00 Call Lee Two side by side vacant lots, $30,000.00 each-Call MailinREDUCEDNEW PRICE Green Turtle -#6023-Perched on a spectacular sea vi ew lot, this 2,300 sq. ft. 3 bed/3 bath house is tastefully furni shed & has a dock, swimming pool & large deck. Built in 2006, the front of the island-style home is graced with a veranda and framed in shade trees. It is equipped with high speed internet, an integrated sound system and a 1, 000 gal per day water maker. The home is located near beaches & charming resorts. Offered at $1,265,000-Call ChrisNEW LISTING GREEN TURTLE-Located on a postcard pretty island, the Leeward Yacht Club is a community of 23 3-bedroom Colo nial-style homes. The homes front scenic Black Sound, parks & common areas. Dockage is available. Leeward YachtClub is modeled after Abacoshistoric New Plymouth, a white picket-fence village of New England-style cottages, quaint restaurants & bars. Homes starting at $1,050,000 Call one of are agents today! .Yellowwood Creek Lot 1-Hilltop Lot with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the world class Abaco Club Resort and the gorgeous three mile Winding Bay Beach. Comp rises approx. 0.75 acres.-Offered at US$195,000.00 Lot 3-Waterfront Located on the rocky shoreline, this lot comprises just over anacre with approx. 175 of waterfront & has unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. It adjoins lot 4, which is also available. Electricity is near both lots. Offered at US$312,000.00 Lot 4-Waterfront This lot is just over an acre & covers approx. 175 of rocky shoreline. Unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. Offered at US$300,000.00 Call Mailin 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 living space. Also features his and hers closets and a spacious en suite master bath. Open floor plan makes it easy and fun for entertaining 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?! -Call Mailin This CBS 3 bed 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 4.673 acres, approx. 600 ft of harbour front in Pelican Shores area with a deep water dock. Property features main residence, several guest cottages and more US$4,500,000-Call Mailin .under contract Green Turtle Cay, Coco Bayacre vacant lot, ocean views-$150,000.00 (NEW LISTING) Green Turtle Cay, Coco Bayvacant lot, beach access, 9000 sq.ft. -$89,000.00 (UNDER CONTRACT) 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.

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Page 8 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 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 LIGHTING SHOWROOMNOW OPENJ & J ELECTRICLIGHTING & ELECTRICAL SUPPLIESPh 367-5145CEILING FANS EXHAUST FANS CHANDELIERS TRACK LIGHTS EXIT LIGHTS EMERGENCY LIGHTS PIPE AND FITTINGS WIRE BREAKERS PANELS FUSES CONTACTORS RELAYS STANDBY SYSTEMSDon MacKay Boulevard Marsh Harbour Across the street from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church boys division as Kevantia Reckley was first in the 100m and 200m and finished second in the long jump and Kyle Smith was first in the 100m and 200m. Shavesse Eyma captured the under-12 girls division by winning the 100m and finishing third in the 200m. In a second clean sweep, Central Abaco Primary won both the boys and girls division in the under-14 age group as Samantha Miller won the 400m and the long jump and finished second in the 100m. Delano Davis was first in the 100m, 400m and the long jump. Winning the other two most outstanding athlete crowns were Maija Miller from Fox Town Primary in the under-8 division as she won the 75m and 400m and Rocky Louis in the under-12 boys division by winning the 1200 and 400m. Frank Hepburn feels there is a bright future once again for Abaco track and field with the strong performances from a number of athletes during the two-day meet. This is where Olympic medalists Savatheda Fynes and Troy McIntosh got their start as they went on to represent the Bahamas at the highest levels. However, it starts with proper training, good coaching and solid diet from when they are in primary school so it carries on throughout their career. Mr. Hepburn said, I was very impressed. I have seen outstanding performances; and if not records, close to record breaking performances by some of the athletes. There is a future, and I see hope for many of these kids achieving a free educaMore School News SchoolFrom Page 6 Please see School Page 9 Central Abaco Primary School dominated the Abaco Primary Track and Field Competition held in Murphy Town on April 25 and 26. tion through track and field. It is the training, working with the kids, trying to educate parents and train them all in the right way now. As we progress, we have to get professional coaches, he added. The only facilities to compete on in Abaco is the track at the Murphy Town Sports Facilities, and it is far from ideal for young athletes to be running and jumping on the hard concrete surface. Injuries are definite in a number of these young athletes future if they continue training and competing and substandard facilities. Mr. Hepburn said the facilities have to get better, and there has been a promise to upgrade the facilities that are already in place. He said, We are working with what we have but definitely on the drawing board there must be facilities.National Arts Festival PreliminariesBy Samantha V. Evans The National Arts Festival is a prestigious performing arts festival that the Cultural Affairs Division of the Prime Ministers Office holds every year. The committee of five adjudicators traveled to Abaco over the week of April 22nd to view talents prepared by the local students and adults. They travel all over the Bahamas to see what talents the various islands have. All of the pieces performed whether they be songs, dances, skits, drama or poetry must be the original work of a Bahamian. It is a great way for talented Bahamians to be seen, heard and travel the world. Eight fifth and sixth grade students made up the group that performed from Central Abaco Primary School. They performed two group pieces and several students performed individual pieces. At the end of their presentations, the students heard critiques from Ms. Cartwright, who critiqued them on spoken pieces and Mr. Adderley, who critiqued them on their singing. The students were given distinction and merit ratings. The Committee members visited Abaco Central High School on this same day where more than ten students performed for them in areas including dance, song and instru-

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9LEEWARD 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 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 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. $640,000 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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACTmental pieces. Music teacher at the school Miss Pauline Brice stated that one of the students was named as being the best drummer in the Bahamas in his category and he is only in grade seven. Young Sontonyo Stuart is well on his way and may very well be invited to Nassau to showcase his talents on the Tom Tom drum. The Committee rated his style as unique and outstanding. They absolutely loved his arrangement and stated that they have never heard such an arrangement before. They admired his pulse and the crispness of his sound. He received a rating of high distinction. What an honor for such a young, talented Abaco student. Other persons to perform from this school included: Astin Roberts, Richard Bain, and Ramon Nottage on the trumpet, Albert Russell on the keyboard, Ramando Fawkes with a solo drum perforMore School News Please see School Page 10 Please see School Page 8

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Page 10 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 For more information contact: Marsh Harbour Office t 242.367.5046 f 242.367.5045 SIRbahamas.comSUGAR LOAF CAY #2817 PARROT POINTWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT unique one of a kind property. Pristine island located just a few hundred yards east of Marsh Harbour. 4.96 acres with 1/2 mile of water frontage and private marina. 300 linear feet of dockage with 6 feet of water at low tide. 2 bed 2 bath with main house plus 1 bed 1 bath cottage. Electricity and telephone utilites from mainland. Ample fresh water and five above ground cisterns and much more. NOW $2,875,000. mance, Latesha Telci singing, Sonovia Bain and Tanika Russell dancing, and Troy Seymour playing the recorder. They came from grades seven, nine, and ten. Miss Brice stated that these students are very talented musicians and to showcase them even further, she is planning a recital for May 23rd on the school grounds so that their parents, teachers, peers and the general public can hear them in action. The theme for the recital is The Colours of Spring: Showcasing a Collection of Recital Pieces. Now that this preliminary rating is over, students and teachers alike have to wait with all fingers and toes crossed and pray that they are rated the best in their category and earn themselves a space at the National Arts Festival to be held in May on the island of Nassau. More School News NEW & Fries Only $4.95 Popcorn ShrimpNEWOpen Mon Thur 10am 7pm l Fri & Sat 10 am 9pmMashed Potatoes & Gravy Potato Wedges Fish SandwichesOpen Mon Thur 10am 7pm l Fri & Sat 10 am 9pmGeneral Knowledge CompetitionBy Samantha V. Evans The Abaco District General Knowledge Competition was held at the Learning Resources Unit on April 20th when seven schools entered four students each to compete in the subjects of Mathematics, General Knowledge, Social Studies and Science. It was clear from the start that this competition would be a long, stiff one. Students had individual and group questions. They had to ask questions from each of the categories to ensure that they did not only pick topics that they considered to be easy. At the end of the competition, the three best schools were awarded trophies. They are in first place Central Abaco Primary School, in second place Amy Roberts and in third place Man-O-War. The winning school will represent Abaco at the General Knowledge Competition scheduled for May 24th in Nassau. Central Abaco Primary School was declared the winner hands down but there was a four way tie for second and third place. Therefore, a tie breaker was held to declare the second and third place positions.Vice Principal is honouredBy Samantha V. Evans Ms. Vanessa James, the vice principal at Abaco Central High School, was honored recently in Nassau for winning the National Teacher of the Year Award for the Northeastern District in Nassau. She served at Donald Davis Junior School when she received this honor. In fact, she is still the reigning Teacher of the Year there until 2008. She, along with four other winners, was presented with the latest computer system by the Minister of Education, Mr. Alfred Sears, two Scotia Bank Executives, and Acting Director Mr. Cecil Thompson. Scotia Bank donated the computers. Ms. James was showered with other gifts for receiving such a prestigious honor and being named one of the top winners. Congratulations to Ms. James for achieving such a high level of excellence and raising the bar just a little higher for her students and colleagues alike. Please see School Page 9 SchoolFrom Page 11 Winners of the General Knowledge Competition show their certificates and trophies. This is an island-wide competition for all primary schools and the top school will represent Abaco at the General Knowledge Competition in Nassau. Ms. Vanessa James was named National Teacher of the Year for her teaching last year in Nassau. She is now the vice principal at Abaco Central High School. She is shown here with Mr. Cecil Thompson, Acting Director of Education.

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 Sales Team of Ed & Cindy Newell James Moir BrokerABACO ESTATE SERVICESREAL ESTATE SALES VACATION RENTALSPrime Real Estate Listings Throughout AbacoMembers Bahamas Real Estate AssociationWe Exceed Client Expectations!Phone: (242) 365.8752 Cell: (242) 577.6570 www.abacoestateservices.comTREASURE CAY (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. $4,575,000. "Peace & Plenty" "Trident House" Treasure Landings Brigantine Beach CondoMay 1, 2007(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: $317,900. (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. $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. $66,000. 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. $45,000. Beach V illa 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 $380,000.Galleon Bay Home 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. $265,000. Elevated 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 $299,000. LITTLE HARBOUR (Ref #347) 2.2 acres, sea to sea, total 280' water frontage, ideal for boat dockage in protected Little Harbour, large natural cave. Reduced Price $608,000. TURTLE ROCKS (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. GUANA CAY (Ref#368) 2 adjoining lots, harbour front road location, across from the public dock, total frontage 161 feet, MARSH HARBOUR (Ref#493) Select residential lot in Great Abaco Club, 7,750 s/f 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, etcReduced $299,000. 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. (Main House & Apt. also available separately) 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, lar ge 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, over looking the Sea of Abaco, $725,000. BAHAMA PALM SHORES ABACO CLUB AT WINDING BAY (Ref#727) Spectacular 1.1 acre estate lot overlooking the 18th hole with superb elevation & magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Easy access to the clubhouse and amenities. $3,015,000. Just Off The Beach (Ref # 771)Attractive, fully furnished, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,244 sq. ft. home just one block from Treasure Cay Beach $345,000. Joe's Creek Vicinity Lot 15 ( Ref# 567) 2.139 acres on highway with 50 ft. elevated ridge & 956' depth. Ideal for private residence or small subdivision, electricity & telephone available. $149,700. Canal Front Home (Ref # 124) 2 bedroom 2 bath fully furnished home, open living/kitchen. 50' bulkhead & dock on deep water protected canal, close to beach. Reduced Price $348,000. Atlantic Oceanfront Parcel (Ref#746) Approx. 1 acre residential parcel with 154' of elevated shoreline on Atlantic Ocean, near Orchid Bay community, great ocean views. $395,000. Windward Beach New Home (Ref# 780) 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq. ft. new home with 106' of seawalled sandy beachfront, steps to beach and sensational Sea of Abaco views. $1,150,000. 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 sac. $1,330,000. Restaurant For Sale (Ref # 781) Fully equipped & furnished 2,818 sq. ft. restaurant located at Treasure Cay highway interection. Situated on 26,136 sq. ft. parcel. Seating capacity of approx. 70. Great location catering to Treasure Cay community. $517,000. Lot # 2 "Argyll House" "Final Approach" Beach Villa 507 (Ref # 782) Newly renovated, 2 bed, 2 bath villa. 1,150 sq. ft. tastefully furnished, plus 592 sq. ft. exterior patios. Many extras, 5 minute walk to beach, close to marina, shops and golf course. $490,000.Please contact us for additional details on this sampling of our featured listings or for information on our other prime proper ties throughout AbacoTwo Bedroom Mariner's Cove Mariner's Cove Unit 1401 One Bedroom Mariner's Cove Treasure Cay Beach Lot (Ref # 654) Prime elevated parcel of 12,800 s/f with 118' of pristine beach frontage in protected cove. Fully cleared, all utilities available, superior sea views. $1,480,000. Gal leon Bay Canal Lot (Ref #422) Prime Canal Front cleared lot totaling 10,295 s/f and 88' + of protected canal water frontage situated on the wide expanse of picturesque Galleon Bay, quick access to the Sea ofAbaco. $350,000. LEISURE LEE "Double Eagle" (Ref # 757) 3 bed, 3 bath, plus loft, fully furnished home on 11,619 s/f canal front parcel. 95' sea wall, 68' fully serviced, deep water dock. 2,500 s/f living space, recently renovated. Underground utilities. 250' from beach access. $776,000. Waterfront Property "Turtle's Rock" Two Commercial Lots Lot # 8: $299,000. Lot # 9: $349,000. Sea View Lot with Dockage Atlantic Ocean Beach Front Parcel (Ref # 714) 45,343 s/f parcel with 100' beach frontage on fantastic 8 mile beach. Electricity available at road boundary. Ideal for permanent residence or vacation home. $349,000. Inland Lot Near Beach (Ref # 756) Large 13,000 s/f lot near white sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches, native vegetation, Good road access. $38,000. (Ref # 503) Splendid 7 bed, 4.5 bath 2 storey, fully furnished Ocean Blvd beachfront estate, situated in 1.453 superbly landscaped acres with 163' of spectacular beach frontage, magnificent views, covered balconies, superior finishes, guest cotage, ideal location with privacy. $3,800,000. (Ref # 601) Canal front 2 storey, 5,500 s/f 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath private home on large property, 100' private dock, 6' depth. Recently renovated, fully furnished, 4 car garage $2,625,000. (Ref # 317) Superb 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath fully furnished, 3,500 sq. ft. beach front home. Sensational beach & ocean views, many extras. $2,500,000. (Ref # 745) 3 bedroom, 2 bath single storey, 1,550 sq. ft. canal front home, fully furnished, located on elevated landscaped lot, carport & garage, deep water dock with boat lift. Includes van & golf cart. $1,148,000. (Ref # 600) Newly constructed 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,300 sq. ft. luxury condominiums, close to beach, marina, restaurants & shops. Superior finishes, fully furnished. Financing Available $495,000. (Ref # 369) 2 bed, 2.5 bath townhouse with ocean views, just steps from the beach, furnished, rental history. $458,000. Atlantis Condo # 2209 (Ref #770) Elegantly furnished & well maintained 2 bed, 2 bath 2nd level condo, vaulted ceilings overlooking Brigantine Bay. Includes boat slip & finger dock.for 32' boat. $549,000. 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. $3 99,000. "Home, Sweet Home" (Ref # 784) 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,240 s/f fully furnished home situated on 13,500 s/f lot close to beach. Adjoining lot also available. $268,000. (Ref # 454) 2 bed, 1 bath fully furnished, two level poolside unit within view of Trasure Cay Marina & just a 5 minute walk from Treasure Cay Beach. Can be combined with listing # 455 to make a 3 bed/2bath with open living area. $317,900. Mariner's Cove Unit # 1411(Ref # 807) 1 bedroom, 1 bath ,fully furnished ground level condo overlooking Treasure Cay Marina. Well maintained, includes pool, tennis courts, close to beach. $222,000. Please see School Page 10 More School News SchoolFrom Page 14Octavia Places Seventh in Spelling Bee in NassauBy Samantha V. Evans Octavia Dean McIntosh placed seventh at the National Spelling Bee held in Nassau last month. She stated that she came out of the competition with dignity, confidence and pride but cried when she got off stage. Later, she was able to joke and laugh with the other students. Even though she didnt win, she was very happy for the winner. Placing seventh was a great accomplishment for her personally, for Abaco and for St. Francis de Sales School in particular where she is a student. Octavia was prepared for the competition and only wanted to do her best. She had a very rigorous training schedule with her coach, Ms. Miriam Fredericks. This included studying from 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Next year she plans to win the Bahamas National Spelling Bee. When she goes to Washington, if she doesnt win, she will settle for second place. While in Nassau, she with the other contestants toured the Royal Caribbean Cruise liner which she described as huge. They visited Blue Lagoon Island and Government House where she took a picture with His Excellency A.D. Hanna. They visited Atlantis where orientation took place on the first night.Students take field trip to NassauBy Samantha Evans On April 17th 40 students comprising of fourth and fifth graders from Central Abaco Primary School along with seven chaperons embarked on an exciting adventure to Octavia Dean McIntosh

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Page 12 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 Halyard Quay is the newest luxury condominium development just steps from all the amenities of Treasure Cay & One of the 10 Best Beaches in the WorldNational GeographicComing Soon halyardquay.com Island Living ... at the Right Price! Island Living ... at the Right Price! Included 15 Dock Slip and Private GarageContact David or Robin Phillips Toll Free: (866) 631-6914 Tel/Fax: (242) 365-4092 Email: abaco-homes@hotmail.com1568 & 2108 square feet living 252 square feet covered porch Truly Spacious! 3 & 4 bedrooms available 15 ft. dock slips included Private garage included Large Owner Lock-Up Rental option available Privacy only 2 condos per building All condos with water views Turn-Key Packages Available Cathedral 10 foot high ceilings Metal Roof Stainless Steel Appliances Granite Countertops Travertine Tile Throughout Pre-Construction Prices Starting in the $600sHalyard QuayHalyard Quay Halyard QuayHalyard Quay Halyard QuayLuxurLuxur LuxurLuxur Luxur y Condominiums Ty Condominiums T y Condominiums Ty Condominiums T y Condominiums T rr rr r easureasur easureasur easur e Caye Cay e Caye Cay e Cay Abaco, Bahamas, Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas, Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas

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Page 14 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 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. 367-2442 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 New Providence. They visited many historical sites such as Government House, Fort Fincastle, Fort Montagu, Fox Hill Prison, the Boys and Girls Industrial School, the sixty-six steps, the House of Assembly and the Royal Bahams Defense Force Base. This trip, designed to be both fun-filled and educational, took the students on whirlwind adventures to Dolphin Encounters, SchoolFrom Page 11 More School News Air ConditionersNow in stock 5000 BTU$19820 20 20 20 20 Flat TV Flat TV Flat TV Flat TV Flat TV $207$207 $207$207 $207PP PP P anasonic Mini System anasonic Mini System anasonic Mini System anasonic Mini System anasonic Mini SystemSale $295Sale $295 Sale $295Sale $295 Sale $295EurekaEureka EurekaEureka EurekaBaglessBagless BaglessBagless Bagless VV VV V acuumacuum acuumacuum acuumSALESALE SALESALE SALE $139$139 $139$139 $139Abacos Largest Appliance ShowroonNOW OPENAdventure Learning Center, Ardastra Gardens, Arawak Cay, Galleria Cinemas and the Mall of Marathon. The students were educated on various Bahamian historical facts and cultures through tours which included an exuberant bus safari tour organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Mr. Lamont Rahming. Students and their chaperones returned to Abaco on April 21st with a wealth of knowledge and memories that will last a lifetime. Four of the teachers from the primary school were on the trip as well. Forty students of Central Abaco Primary School visited Nassau as an education adventure. They were kept very busy with tours and visits to many interesting locations there. Grade two Spelling BeeBy Samantha Evans This has been a very long season for the Spelling Bee competitions and on April 27th 25 grade two students from 13 schools on Abaco gathered at the Learning Resource Center to compete for the trophy given out to the best spellers. The competition was a little lenient for these young ones, allowing them a second chance to spell a word corrected if they missed it the first time. In the end the top three spellers were announced. In first place was Shanti Duncanson from J.A. Pinder School, second place winner was Anna Albury from Hope Town School and third place winner was Felicia Roberts of ManO-War School. The trophies for this event were donated by L.V. Construction.Students Learn Social Studies on the RoadBy Samantha Evans The grade two rockets of Central Abaco These are the winners of the grade two Spelling Bee. There were 25 competitors. Winners were Shanti Duncanson in first, right; Anna Albury in second, left; and Felicia Roberts in third, center. Anna did very well despite being totally blind. Please see School Page 18

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 15 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 LYNYARD 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 : $349,500NEW! 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 PRICEApr 1Y 07 cmyk 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 Well Done Drilling ServicesCall us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation!Ph: (242) 367-4842 ll ll l Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Trenching: Trenching for underground utility services Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles planted Excavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Earth DayFrom Page 1 Mrs. Bonnie Hall of Hope Town is explaining how to play the Cross Harbour Edition of Trivial Pursuit, a game that the Hope Town School students created as their entry for the Earth Day competition. They won first place with the game. mary presented a research project on the mangroves with information obtained from field trips to Cross Harbour and Camp Abaco. Under the supervision of Senior Mistress, Ms. Patricia Campbell, the students had put together a collage of what is found in a mangrove creeks and live samples of the various types of mangroves and button woods. Forest Heights Academy, which came first in the Lower Secondary category, conducted an environmental survey among residents of various communities from South Abaco to Coopers Town. The project was to establish the general knowledge of Abaconians relating to the environment. Twenty-five questions Earth Day emphasized protecting the environmentsuch as Where do conch breed? What is the national bird of The Bahamas? When are you able to hunt parrots? What is the weight of an adult turtle? were asked of various age groups of the population. Ms. Casuarina McKinney with BREEF, an environmental organization in Nassau, made a presentation. She emphasized the importance of the local marine resources, identifying the different habitats and explaining why they were so important. She outlined the various threats to these habitats and what should be done to preserve them. As their science project, S.C. Bootle High School brought a video showing the schools involvement in the North Abaco Public Beach cleaning project that was started as part of the Keep Abaco Beautiful campaign. Supported by the Ministry of Tourism and supervised by teachers, Ms. Simone Baptiste and Mr. Enzil Cooper, the project was aimed at restoring the public beach to its pristine condition by removing the trash that had accumulated, by adding sand that had been removed for construction and landscaping the access to the beach. The inauguration of that project took place on April 28. The event ended with lunch after the distribution of the awards that were handed out by Ms. Mc Kinney and Ms. Veronica Gomez with the Department of Environmental Health. Each prize consisted of one of the green bags filled with documentation items.

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Page 16 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 Frank Knowles Hope Town Cell 242-577-0339 Donna Darville Marsh Harbour 242-367-SOLD (7653)The Abaco Real Estate Specialists!donna@paradisebahamas.com frank@paradisebahamas.comFeatured PropertiesBahama Coral Island Interior lot $18,000 SOLD Bahama Coral Island Sea view, walking distance to beach $30,000 SOLD Bahama Coral Island Walking distance to beach $25,000 Bahama Coral Island Walking distance to beach, 2 bed, 1 bath with extra lot. $150,000 Yellowwood Hillside lot, fantastic views, near Cherokee and Winding Bay Starting at $76,000 Treasure Cay 2 bed, 2 bath cottage with views of creek, on large lot. $200,000 Treasure Cay Condo 2 bed, 2 bath, A/C, turnkey, with pool $640,000 RENTAL Marsh Harbour Hilltop with view of Sea of Abaco, 2 bed, 2 bath $2800/month Shop our lisings online atwww.ParadiseBahamas.com April 15, 07Drug possession While behind a white Ford in the vacinity of Bustic Bight on February 21, police observed the driver throwing items out the window. The driver abandoned the car and escaped but was identified by the police. Two bags of a compressed substance were recovered and are being processed for identification. Threats of harm Near noon on February 21 a young man from Sandy Point was about a block from the police station where he was threatened to be chapped up, putting him in fear of his life. Drowning A 16-foot outboard boat left Scotland Cay about 2 p.m. on March 3 with five men on board. While off Dundas Town the engine stopped. The boat took on water and eventually sank. Four of the men were rescued by a passing sailboat. The fifth man could not swim and was last seen alive hanging on to a cooler. Guana Cay Crash and Rescue later recovered his body. Two of those rescued were flown to Nassau for further treatment. Vandalism On returning from Freeport on March 4, a Murphy Town resident found his apartments had been vandalized with damage to the water meters and a gas line and white paint was spread on his frontdoor glass. Possession of dangerous drugs A Hope Town resident was arrested on March 11 about 5 p.m. while at Nippers on Guana Cay when found in possession of 11 packages of marijuana. Shotgun found A resident alerted police to a shotgun in the bushes in Spring City. The 12 gauge Benelli shotgun was recovered by police in mid-afternoon on March 13 Throwing missiles A car belonging to a Spring City woman was damaged by rocks thrown by her exboyfriend of the Mud. This happened near the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour at 11 p.m. on March 13. Causing harm A resident of Pigeon Peas was slapped three times by a woman living in the Mud, causing injuries and which broke his $950 gold chain. This occurred about 10:40 p.m. on March 13 by a woman he identified. Boat accident An American visitor in a boat accident was treated at the government clinic for head lacerations about 5 a.m. on March 14. Apparently his boat hit a rock earlier that morning between Guana Cay and Scotland Cay due to his apparent intoxication. Attempted stealing Two 225 HP Mercury outboard engines were discovered removed and lying on the ground behind a 30-foot boat on a trailer in the yard of an Americans second home in Fire Road. This was reported to the police about 8 a.m. on March 15. Sudden death About 6 p.m. on March 16, Derick Sands was found lifeless at his Sand Banks residence by his brother. He had a medical history and foul play was not suspected. Possession of dangerous drugs A Freeport resident was arrested on Grand Cay about 5 p.m. on March 17 when found with four bags of cocaine. Causing harm Near midnight while at a Haitian dance in the Mud on March 18, a Marsh Harbour man was hit in the head with a bottle while dancing with a young lady. Apparently the assailant wanted the company of the lady. Causing harm An attack by a North Abaco man in a night club near the Marsh Harbour airport at 3:30 a.m. on March 18 resulted in injuries to an off-duty policeman hired to keep peace and injuries to two others. One injured person was flown to Nassau with a stab wound to the abdomen. Stealing from a car About 9 p.m. on March 17, a Coopers Town man loaned his car to a relative who went to a night club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. A fight later took place causing the man to leave, but he left his friends car there. On returning the next day, he found that the CD player, speakers and a 2000 watt amplifier were missing with a total value exceeding $800. Assault threats About 6:30 p.m. on March 18, a Murphy Town man was threatened with being assaulted and subsequently hit with an ice cube by a man he identified who lives in the Mud. Drugs found A car was searched on the government dock in Marsh Harbour about 9:30 p.m. on March 21. Drugs were found and a Murphy Town man was arrested. House fire A 2:30 a.m. call on March 21 to the police reported a house on fire in the Mud area of Marsh Harbour. Volunteer firemen were called but an estimated 20 houses were destroyed before the fire was brought under control. There were no reported injuries or deaths. Shop breaking The Jimmy Ds Restaurant on Forest Drive in Dundas Town was broken into sometime between 1 and 8 a.m. on March 21. Unlawfully carrying arms Two men of Coopers Town were arrested shortly after midnight on March 21 when discovered in the Abaco Shopping Centre area of Marsh Harbour, each with 5-inch blade knives. Causing harm A Coopers Town man was attacked by a group of young men while at a night club on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. This happened about mid-afternoon on March 21. Structural fire Violas Laundromat in Dundas Town was discovered on fire shortly before daybreak on March 22. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department responded. The laundromat was totally destroyed but a nearby residence was spared. House breaking The caretaker of a Fox Town foreign-owned second home reported a break-in sometime prior to March 25. Stolen were a battery powered drill and construction hardware valued at $385. Subsequently the items were returned with efforts by the culprit to suppress charges. Assault with a deadly weapon Before noon on March 25, a previous renter put a Murphy Town man in fear for his life by confronting him with a cutlas and stating that he was going to deal with him. He further stated that if he could not deal with him, he would get someone who could deal with him. Stealing A woman living on Forest Drive in Murphy Town was visited by a friend about 9:30 p.m. on March 30. During the visit, the resident left the house for a few minutes. On returning, her daughter told her that her wallet with money was missing. Causing harm A father living on Forest Drive in Dundas Town reported that hisPolice Crime Report Please see Police Page 17 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. Spanish Italian. .We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17son was hit on the head with a bottle shortly after mid-night on April 1by an unknown assailant while at a party in Marsh Harbour. Fraudulent water connection Water and Sewer personnel were advised of an illegal water connection in the vicinity of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour. A resident of the Mud was notified on April 1 of intended prosecution. Assault Just before 5 a.m. on April 1, a woman suffered pain when punched in the chest by her boyfriend while at a friends house in Spring City. The boyfriend was arrested soon after the incident. Stealing Just before noon on April 1, a Murphy Town woman discovered that a $240 CD player had been stolen from her car while parked at her residence. Possession of dangerous drugs At midday on April 2, a Murphy Town man and his girlfriend were arrested when a search warrant was executed on their home and drugs were found. Drugs found Police found a 1 ounce bag of marijuana in mid-afternoon on April 4 on a track road behind a house in Murphy Town. Possession of dangerous drugs The execution of a search warrant on a residence in Fox Town disclosed three plastic wraps of cocaine and two plastic wraps of marijuana. The owner of the house and his girlfriend were arrested. Stealing While playing soccer in Murphy Town late in the afternoon of March 30, a young woman had her $300 cell phone stolen. Stealing An American guest staying in a unlocked house on Guana Cay had two Ipods, a charger, speaker system and cash stolen sometime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on April 3. House breaking A house in Crown Haven was broken into sometime between March 29 and April 5 although nothing appeared to have been stolen. House breaking The second-home of an American in Fire Road was broken into sometime between January 30 and March 8. Stolen were electrical tools, DVD player, cell phone and satellite receiver. Shop breaking About 2 p.m. on April 6 someone broke into Matildac Snack Shop on West Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, and stole a small quantity of silver coins. Threats of Death & Assault An hour before midnight on April 6 a woman living in the Mud was awakened by her boyfriend. He choked her, hit her with a piece of plywood, punched both of her breasts and threatened to kill her. About 30 minutes later the boyfriend was arrested. Unlawful Sexual Intercourse While visiting in Nassau on March 7, a resident of Central Pines Subdivision was made aware that his 14-year-old sister-in-law was having sex with a known adult male. Investigation is underway. Damage About 2:30 a.m. on April 9, while at Tardies Night Club, a Spring City woman had the rear window on her car smashed by her boyfriend. Causing Harm Case About 8:30 p.m. on April 10 a woman entered her house in Fire Road and was struck from behind on both of her arms sustaining injuries. She did not see her assailant. Threats of Death About an hour past mid-night on March 31, a woman was assaulted by her ex-husband at Tardies Night club when he threw a drink on her, grabbed her by the throat and threatened to kill her or have someone else kill her. Unlawful sexual intercourse About 1 p.m. on April 11 a Dundas Town mother took her 15-year-old daughter to the government clinic on suspicions of sexual activity. An exam confirmed this and the girl subsequently identified a 15-year-old boy who she had sex with. Uncontrollable child A nine-year-old boy living with his sister in the Mud was surrendered to the police as an uncontrollable child on April 11. He would often remain away from home for weeks at a time, then return at 1 a.m. He once stole a cell phone and traded it for a game. Even though his school guidance counselor had taken him to the police station several times, he is still considered an uncontrollable child and he was placed in the custody of Social Services. House breaking A woman living on South Side Road in Murphy Town had her house broken into between 11:30 a.m. and 12 noon on April 12. A DVD player and assorted DVD movies were stolen. Threats of harm A young man was at Ingrahams Park in Coopers Town about 10 p.m. on April 12 when, for no apparent reason, another young man he knew threatened to shoot him. Stolen vehicle A Murphy Town resident had his car stolen either during the day or the night of April 13. It was later found in Murphy Town with minor damages. House breaking A Murphy Town woman had her house broken into during the night of April 13 with money being stolen out of her wallet. House breaking During the afternoon or early evening of April 15, a house in the Mud was broken into and a purse containing three Bahamian passports and one Haitian passport was stolen. House breaking A residence in Sandy Point was broken into between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 15 and a small safe containing cash belonging to a seafood company was stolen along with a bag containing 20 cigars marked S. Damage Two tires were punctured during the night of April 15 on a car and on a truck while parked in the yard of a CoopersPolice Crime Report PoliceFrom Page 16 Please see Police Page 18Aisle of Palm Realty.com Aisle of Palm Realty offers a team of professional and trustworthy estate agents to represent buyers and sellers throughout all of Abaco. Contact one of our agents today to get started with a purchase of that dream property or to list with a team that knows how to network.Brent Cartwright, Broker, BRI Phone 367-0080 brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com Brent has 9 years experience in the Abaco market and works closely with his team to ensure all clients benefit from his knowledge and expertise. Rhiannon Thomas Guana Cay Phone 365-5003 rhiannon@aisleofpalmrealty.com Giselle McIntosh Green Turtle Cay Phone 365-4655 giselle@aisleofpalmrealtycom Kristin Williams Mainland Abaco Phone 367-0080 kristin@aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria Silvester, BRI Mainland Abaco and the Cays Phone 367-0080 maria@aisleofpalmrealty.com Junior Mernard Hope Town / Elbow Cay Phone 366-0361 junior@aisleofpalmrealtycom Mikhil Shah Mainland Abaco Phone 367-0080 mikhil@aisleofpalmrealty.comAisle of Palm Realty P.O.Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: 242-367-0080 Fax: 242-367-0081email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com website : www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Wishes you aHappy Mothers Day Sales, Service & Warranty Stop by and check us out!Don MacKay Boulevard, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-3186 Fax 367-3469 Email: marcoac@batelnet.bs Up to 3 daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour/Treasure CayOn twin-engine Cessna 402c aircraftFort Lauderdale International Airport Ph. 954-359-0380, Fx 954-359-7944Marsh Harbour 242-367-0169 Treasure Cay 242-365-8741islandexpressair@yahoo.com

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Page 18 The Abaconian May 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 Era Dupuch Real Estate James Rees Era 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 Oceanfront 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 Town resident. A suspect was named. Threats of death At mid-day on April 16 a Coopers Town man was put in fear of his life when a man he knew made threatening remarks, saying I going to kill you, I going to break your neck, stay right there tell I come back. Assault A Coopers Town man suffered pain when slapped in the face while in the vicinity of the FNM headquarters. His T-shirt was also damaged in the assault about sundown on April 16. House breaking A Spring City caretaker reported an apartment under his care had been broken into during the night of April 15. He was unsure if anything was missing. Shop breaking The AID store in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of April 16 by a window being smashed. A sum of money was taken. House breaking A house in Bahama Coral Island was broken into during the night of April 16 with nothing apparently being taken. Causing harm A man was beaten on April 17 while near his residence in the Mud area of Marsh Harbour. Cultivation of marijuana On executing a search warrant April 17 in Spring City, three persons were arrested when young marijuana plants were discovered in pots behind their house. PoliceFrom Page 17 competing with the kids from Freeport and Nassau and the only problem is these kids need more exposure. They need to travel to international tournaments, he added. Finishing with gold medals for the Abaco Karate Academy were Dave Odeus, Talia Davis, Malik Fenelus, Dominico Boyd and Agatha Curry. Grabbing silver medals were Johnathan Johnson with two, Kristi Wong, Andrea Risberg, DAndre Vilmar with two, Dave Odeus, Leotha Davis, Agatha Curry, Joshua Wong and Malik Fenelus. Bronze medals were won by Anthony Roberts, Talia Davis, Travar Blanc, Susan Albury, Cameron Fox and Joshua Wong. The junior grand champion was Michelle Foulkes from Nassau, her third straight grand champion at a tournament. Receiving yellow belts were Gabriel Wong, Cameron and Christian Fox, Joshua Moss, Talia and Leotha Davis, Charles Pinder Jr., Trevor Blanc and Dave Odeus. Green belts were earned by Dominico Boyd, Seanna Albury, Angelo Escartmant, Deandre Vilmar and Sara Higgs. Receiving the green stripe belt, which is between green and purple, were Jamie Sweeting and DAndra Johnson. Lashelle Lightbourne got the only purple belt and Joshua Wong and Charles Pinder, Sr. moved up to brown belt. SportsFrom Page 2 By Mirella Santillo Chalks Airline began daily flight service between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay to Fort Lauderdale on April 4th. Mr. Albert Vidale, a manager from Florida, explained that additional daily flights between Fort Lauderdale and Abaco are being added. On May 24th the company will inaugurate a jet service to Palm Beach. This will be the first scheduled jet service on Abaco. The promotional fare for either destination is $ 208.20 round trip, including all taxes. Mr. Vitale said that the prices will go up in June to $149 round trip plus taxes. The highest it will be, he promised, is $350 round trip. However, Bahamians are offered an Island Pack, a book of eight fully flexible tickets for $1250. These tickets can be used at will, either one way at the time, round trips to the same destination or to different routes and there is no penalty for changing the date. The flights between Abaco and Florida will be with 30 and 50passenger planes. In Marsh Harbour Chalks Airlines counter is located just inside the door of the terminal and is manned by Randy King and Shaniqua Smith as supervisors and Yvette Simmons as the ticket agent. Mr. Michael Albury is the island manager. The local telephone number: 367-1111 or one can book on line at www.FlyChalks.com. Chalks Airline began between Miami and Bimini in1919 and was known for its familiar seaplanes that served Bimini and Nassau in the 60s and 70s. Only one accident has marred the companys safe record during over 80 years of flying. It has the distinction of being the oldest airline in the world. Primary School blasted off again with another exciting field trip February 20th They along with their teachers were ecstatic as they ventured out on their Social Studies field trip under the theme People Who Help Us in Our Community They toured the Customs Department, the Immigration Department, Abaco Air, Radio Abaco,and Auskell Medical Clinic. SchoolFrom Page 14Chalks now serves Abaco Jet service begins May 24

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 ... the battery with the lightning bolt of life!!!Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck / Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries DieselFULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!! GUARANTEE!!(If an epic battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!) DELIVERY SERVICE AVAILABLE WE DONT PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO 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 FAST RELIABLE SERVICE 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 By Samantha Evans The BodyTalk System is a state-of-theart energy medicine is based on increasing the levels of internal communication within the body, stimulating the bodys own ability to regain and maintain a healthy balance. The system requires intensive training and is designed to be used by any layperson or health care provider to bring significant improvement in health using five simple techniques that can be learned in one day and implemented in ten minutes. Over the weekend of April 26th-30th participants were introduced to this system over the first two days and exposed to the five simple techniques over the last two days of the training. These five techniques are: Cortices, Switching, Hydration, Body Chemistry and Reciprocals. The first two nights were free open instruction sessions that were held at the Moorings and the last two sessions were full-day sessions that were held at Forest Height Academy. The parThe funeral for Louise Evelyn Lady Whyms, 67, formerly of Crown Haven was held on May 5 in Nassau Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her daughter Sandra Whyms-Grant; sons John, Samuel Jr. and Neil Whyms; brothers Arthur, Rubin, Freddie and Elijah Curry; daughters-in-law Beulah, Lisa, Cassandra and Ismae Whyms; son-in-law Warren Grant; step-sons Ambrose, Raymond and Shannon Whyms, Terrance Miller; step-daughters Mae Ferguson and Judymae Whyms; sisters-in-Body Talk was health seminarticipants were exposed to Fast Aid Techniques which combines a number of the above mentioned techniques. It is designed to work on its own to resolve simple issues but in serious conditions it is designed to be used safely until specialized health care arrives. The presenter for this training, Robyn Whatley-Kahn, is an international presenter with BodyTalk and has been in the health care profession for 25 years. She has been an instructor with this program for the past five years and stated that she loves it more than her healthcare profession. Robyn stated that BodyTalk aims to find out what is not communicating in your body any longer and to get the body in balance. She stated that everything that is done is safe and it works. The program was created by Dr. John Veltheim over 10 years ago. law Mildred Butler, Roselda Sawyer, Theresa Burrows, Judy Patrice and Rena Wemyss, Maria Smith, Arementha and Myrtle Curry, Lorraine Curry; brothers-inlaw Henry, Raphael and Joseph Whyms, Andrew Burrows, Tyrone Sawyer; grandchildren Jamaal, Melissa, Diandra, Jonique, Samaris, Samone and Khadaff, Secoya, Asa, Shaneal, Larenz and Neil Jr, Whyms; Deann, Deandra, Jamaine and Jasmine Grant; great-grandchild Crestello Whyms; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends

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Page 20 The Abaconian May 1, 20072 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 $90,000.00Investment Opportunity (Abaco) Must Sell1 One 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 $268,225.00 3 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 3bedrooms, 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 $167,580.00 7 Vacant property Dundas Town Lot 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 242-502-3077 or 242-326-1771 1.Dundas Town5 All that parcel of land having an approximate area of 9,000 sq. ft., Located on the above mentioned lot is a single family wooden structure, 25 ft by 40 Ft with asphalt shingled roof. This house is approximately 15 years old and comprising of 3-bedrooms, 2bathrooms, living/dining area and kitchen. This house is in need of some serious repairs. The future life of this house depends on the repairs that will be carried out. Without repairs it is not more than about 5 years. If upgrading and maintenance is carried out it could be longer. 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. Appraisal: $30,000.00. This house is located off the main Murphy Town road about 150 ft to the northeast of the corner and is painted light green trimmed white.Single storey 3.Murphy Town 2.Dundas Town4 Lot no. 120 Murphy Town All that lot of land and improvements having an area of 5,040 sq. ft. being portion of lot # 120 of the original Murphy Town Crown Allotments. This property is comprised of a two storey concrete and wood structure still under construction consisting of approximately 1,728 sq. ft. of enclosed living space. The said building is utilized as a triplex apartment complex, with a 2-bedroom dwelling on the upper storey. The lower portion of the building houses two units, each with 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, living/dining and kitchen spaces. The building is in average condition and appears to be structurally sound. The building also demonstrates a need for scheduled maintenance. The property is partially landscaped with boundaries clearly delineated. All major private and public utilities are situate within one hundred feet of the property site. Appraisal: $154, 476.00. This property is situated off the Front Street in Murphy Town, Abaco. 4.Murphy Town 6. Blackwood, Abaco All that lot of land having an area of approximately 258,064 sq. Ft. This property is yet to reach its highest and best use. It is ideally suited to single or multi-family development as is the nature of surrounding properties within the community. The site may also serve well as a commercial site as the area remains un-zoned. The property remains largely in its original state. It is covered with low brush and broad leaf coppice vegetation interspersed with broad strands of mature yellow pine indigenous to the area. The property is well drained and represents no immediate flooding danger under normal conditions. Appraisal: $219,354.40. The subject property is vacant and is situated at the southeastern entrance of the community of Blackwood, Abaco. The property is undivided and comprises approximately 6 acres of a larger tract of land of approximately 26 acres.5Murphy Town

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 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 APARTMENTSLeisure 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 Leisue Lee, waterfront community between Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour, 100 ft waterfront, 6ft low tide, dock and boat slip, water, telephone & elect. Ready to bill $350,000 owner financing 4 lots available. 772-288-9941 Lubbers Quarters Land and/or house for sale. Please contact us at: conch@ctinternet.com Man-O-War 8 acres sea to sea, 4 cottages, will divide. 100 ft. dock, 800 ft water front. Contact 242-357-6700 or 772-321-5613 Marsh Harbour duplex for sale in Govt Sub. Pls call 359-6303 or 367-5867 or 577-0171 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 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Dundas Town 1 bedroom apartment. Call 3753640 Great Cistern 3 bed/ 2/.5 bath 3 story overlooking Sea of Abaco. Pls call 359-6303 or 3675867 or 577-0171 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 Sweetings Tract 1 bed / 1 bath. Call Amos @ 367-3965, cell 359-6624 Yellowwood/ Cherokee Sound, close to the Abaco Club, great condition, incredible ocean & bay views. 4 bed/ 2 bath. $1400/ wk or 6 month to 1 yr. lease $2500/ month. Call 401439-7283 www.paradiseawaitsyou.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEDundas Town hillside lot with ocean view,150 x 150sq. ft, 20ft. private access from main road. Call 242-324-3916, 242-557-9282, Fax 242393-8864 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, deeded slip in protected marina, sweeping Atlantic views. $395,000. Rick at 305-481-0970 or richardmoeller@bellsouth.net 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 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. 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 Scotland Cay Bay lot on Sea of Abaco. 25,558 sq. ft. 173 on water.. $550,000. Contact ms.cellaneous@mail.com Tilloo Cay charming hideaway, 1 br/ 2 ba cottage, safe haven, tucked in cove with dock. Panoramic view of ocean in all directions from top of hill. On approx. 3.75 accres, sea to sea. Generator, battery and solar powered. Call 508-5403240 or e-mail jvlvworthington@adelphia.net 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 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 Great Real Estate Investment Opportunity! Pricing under current market value. Go to www.lubberslandforsale.com Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, beach front villa, 3 story, 2 br/ 2ba, all new appliances and furniture. Completely refurbished, repainted, new Mexican-style tile throughout. Situated on beautiful 6-mile-long white sand beach. $185,000 USD net. Call 242-367-8382 or 772-563-0666 By Mirella Santillo Bank employees, shop owners and housewives were among the those who registered for the straw plaiting class organized by the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation. It started on April 23rd and so many women wanted to attend that the group had to be divided in two and the hours extended to fit everybody. The students were first shown the basic of plaiting and taken on a field trip to learn the type of palm most suitable for the work and where to find it. They learnt that the silver top is the most durable with a life expectancy of five years. They were also taught the techniques for drying and processing it into the right material for plaiting. They were shown how to use the stripes made with plaiting the strands of straw to make various items from handbags to hats, portfolios, place mats and more. To graduate from the course, the participants were expected to make two handbags, one of their own design, one hat, one portfolio, one wallet and four place mats. They had to show that they could plait four different types of plaits. The trainer was a lady from Atkins, Mrs. Eldena Miller, who was selected to conduct the training program because of her many years of experience and her willingness to impart her knowledge in the straw craft industry. She is selfemployed in that field, specializing in bag making. Over the years, she has participated in many local and international shows and seminars. The course continued for eight days, with classes, officially ending on April 30. However, both classes met on May 1 to enjoy a social evening and partake in refreshments graciously prepared by Mrs. Merissa Allen in gratitude to the teacher who went out of her way to accommodate the participants. Many also gave her small presents of things they had learnt to do in other crafts classes. During that evening, many displayed their work, some of them modeling the hats they had created while some were still finishing the items they had started. Some ladies had taken the class to learn a new hobby, such as Mrs. Lorraine Edgecombe. Others, such as Mrs. Chrystal Swain, hope to use their knowledge to create an on line business. Mrs. Colette Bootle and Mrs. Tiffany Turnquest would like to use straw plaiting as a commercial endeavor. There will be a graduation ceremony at some future date. Participants will then bring the items they have made during the course. The straw plaiting seminar was the third of a series of on going classes organized by BAIC. The next class will teach shell jewelry making and will be followed by coconut craft and again straw plaiting. Mrs. Patrice Cox is the local coordinator for these projects. By Samantha V. Evans First Caribbean Banks all over the Caribbean are celebrating five years operating under their new name. The celebrations will be spread out over ten months from January to October. The Abaco branch began its celebrations when they went to church at Changed Ministries International on March 25th. The new manager, Ms. Iris Henchell, and some of the staff attended service. On April 21st the employees took part in a walk-a-thon when they ran from the branch on Don MacKay Boulevard to the airport round-about and back again. Wow, what a run! At the end of the run, trophies were given out in four categories: kids, over 40, over 30 and over 20. The winners are as follows: kids Aliyah Adderley first place; Tyneil Adderley second place; Lakeia Archer third place; and 40+ Misty Davis firstBAIC offered a straw plaiting classplace; Iris Henchell second place; and Zoe Hepburn third place; 30+ Steve Davis winner; Rhonda Eldon second place; Nanette Adderley third place; and 20+ Quinn Davis winner; Kim Roberts second place; Javon Black third place. Only employees of the bank could win trophies. The employees enjoyed lots of food and drink at the end of the presentations. The chairperson of the committee, Juanyette Curry, stated that they have an activity planned for each month. During the month of May they will hold the preliminaries for the First Caribbean Idol which promises to be priceless. The person winning the local event will attend the finale in Nassau during the month of June. All First Caribbean banks in The Bahamas and the Caribbean hold the same events on the same dates.First Caribbean Celebrates Five YearsEmployees of the First Caribbean Bank are celebrating five years since the merger of CIBC and Barclays. One of their activities was a walk-a thon on April 21.

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Page 22 The Abaconian May 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 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 Say HappyDelivery Available Store Hours 9-5:30 We are here in Marsh Harbour... next to Insurance Management.We supply all your health and nutritional needsStore Hours Mon Fri 9 6:3Sat 9 1 Telephone : (242) 367-0462Gold Card Day1st, 2nd, & 3rd day of each new month with Flowers & ChocolatesPassion FlowerPh: 367-3166 Discounts available on group ordersFlorist & Gift ShopMothers Day Mae SecurityMichael McDonald6 years security experience Ph 242-465-4145 Credible Dependable Honest ServicePersons interested in being a part of the tour development process for Abaco are asked to contact Bernadette Hall at the Abaco Tourist Office 367-3067 throughout The Bahamas. Loss of mangroves, threats to coral reefs and fish habitat will be their primary focus. The group will be joining other organizations in presenting the issue on the floor of the UN on May 7th at which time they hope to capture the attention of the world as they work to save The Bahamas reefs, beaches and oceans. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share our collection of research with other island nations facSGCRFrom Page 1 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 Ministering similar concerns, said Sidney Weatherford, Guana Cay resident and association member. We are absolutely not opposed to development, says SGCR President Troy Albury. We just want the developments to be better planned, the impacts monitored and most importantly environmentally safe for the surrounding reefs. This visit is a historical one for the association and the Bahamians who started the campaign. It is the first time a Bahamian delegation has attended the UN on environmental issues and the SGCR members are thrilled to be representing their country and to know that their concerns will be heard internationally. Save Guana Cay Reef continues to battle the proposed Bakers Bay Club on the grounds that the developments footprint is much too large and destructive for this small island whose economy relies on small-scale tourism and fishing.

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May 1, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23By Samantha Evans Victory Tabernacle held its ground breaking ceremony on April 29th at the new church grounds in Murphy Town. This is a very great achievement for Pastor Alonzo Bernard Lewis and his wife, Evangelist Lewis, along with their church family, who was able to make such a bold leap of faith after only five years as a ministry. This ministry began on October 5th, 2003, and was designed to reach people from all walks of life. Sister Beryl Gibbs, the church secretary, stated that they are a ministry of integrity led by a humble man of God, Pastor Lewis. The service was well attended by various ministers from all across Abaco. The message was delivered by Bishop V.G. Clarke, Senior Pastor of Calvary Deliverance Church on Nassau who chose as his topic: Teamwork the Key to Advancing the Vision of This Church He told Pastor Lewis that he will need strong, committed people to help him to make this vision a reality. The bishop stated that he is very pleased that this pastor is doing what he has been ordained to do. Bishop Clarke is looking forward to this church being a pillar of strength in the community and the members will be a blessing to the entire community. Bishop Clarke told him to not expect for everyone to understand his vision for this new house of God because God gave him the vision and no one else. All of the ministers present were invited to take part in the ground braking portion of the service. The service ended with continued fellowship over light refreshments.Victory Tabernacle Breaks GroundSixty people from Change Ministries were up early on the lovely cool morning to participate in a health walk to raise funds for the Cancer Society of Abaco. The walkers set off from Ocean View Park in Dundas Town and arrived at Island Bakery where they presented a cheque for $2,000 to the Cancer Society which Jennifer Hudson, member of the society, received. The health walk was spearheaded by the Women in Action group of Change Ministries Church and was planned as a climax to their health seminar which was held earlier in the week. The event was coordinated by Carman Cornish, wife of the church pastor. Pastor Cornish and his wife are focusing on helping people become more health conscious and assisting people who are suffering. The health seminar and walk were the first projects for this year for the Women in Action group. More than 90 percent of the church members supported the walk by buying T-shirts to benefit the event.Health Walk for Cancer SocietyAds in The Abaconian Bring Results 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 Whether you want to manage your weight, lower your cholesteral, change body composition, or just eat healthier, we have a plan for you. For more information please contact Vernique 365-8720 or 442-0019 or 18 or visit http://anne.lose20.com. Lawn mower repairs, headliner replacement (vehicle ceiling) For more info call 475-2668 or 577-0121 Private Music Lessons piamo, brass and woodwind instruments. Theory and BGCSE. Call 367-4500 after 3 p.m. 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) Sea Spray Resort & Marina on Elbow Cay is now hiring; Front Desk Office day and summer night shift Dock Assistant day shift Gas Attendant day shift for the summer Part time accounting day shift Please send resume to Sea Spray Resort & Marina Fax # 366-0384 or apply in person NO PHONE CALLS A reliable and trustworthy cleaning company is seeking mature, honest, dedicated and hardworking individuals with a minimum of 2 years experience in commercial and industrial cleaning. Serious applicants 25 years or older can submit the following: Copies of the first 4 pages of a valid passport 1 resume 1 current police record 2 passport photos 3 character references, two (2) of which must be from former employers Copies of existing certificates All documents must be in a legal sized, sealed manila envelope addressed Team Player and hand delivered to the front desk at the Post Office, Marsh Harbour, on or before May 24, 2007 COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats24 Mako with brand new (less than 10 hours) twin 150 Yamaha 4 stroke engines. Engines still under warranty. $25,000 OBO Will sell engines alone $20,000 OBO DUTY PAID Call 242-3655032 or 954-258-9644 VHF Ch. 16 Ridgehouse Great Guana Cay 25 Mako older model, in excellent condition. DUTY PAID. Boat in Sandy Point. Best offer 375-9724 25 Mako 1979, center console, hydraulic steering, VHF, fish finder, outriggers, down rod, starboard hatches, Biminis, cushions, all in beautiful condition. 225 Evinrude just completely serviced, bottom painted. $15,500 Call 3658188 28 Bertram 1976. Boat is in excellent condition. Needs motors. $12,000 O.B.O. Boat in Green Turtle ship yard. Call: 477-5991 29' Chris Craft w/ 200 HP Mercury. Holds 120 gals. gas & 65 gals. water, new bottom paint, 04/07. Has fridge, stove, sleeps 4-5. Ready to go. Asking $24,000. Call Grant @ 359-6208 for more info. 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 36 Catalina sailboat, good condition, DUTY PAID, located on Abaco, extras, $36,000 Call 561-249-4282 Donald Sands 91 Toyota 4 x 4 Call after 5 p.m. 242-3654261 1999 Buick Century leather interior, A.C working $6,000 O.B.O. 1998 Dodge Ram $11,000. O.B.O. Call:464-5975 2002 Club Golf Car privately owned, never in rental service, new batteries, 4-seater, on Green Turtle Cay. $3300 Call 365-4107 An above ground pool, 24 round and 4 deep. brand new, still in box., If interested call 3654359 Serious inquires only BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIESBahamas expansion of Melaleucas $780 million company. Looking for entrepreneurs. Must with have internet access. Home business promoting environmentally-safe products. No direct sales. Referral marketing. Investment $250-$400 U.S. Earn anywhere from $550 to $2000 a month. Contact Vernique at 365-8720 or 442-0019 or visit http://www.200biz.com/ anne Restaurant & Lounge, Treasure Cay, :Prime commercial property located on highway at Treasure Cay entrance. Fully equipped restaurant bldg, 20 dining tables with seating capacity of 70. Great potential catering to affluent Treasure Cay community. Tel: (242) 365-8752 200 HP Volvo Diesel Engine, Bobtail, rebuilt 2006, excellent condition. Ph 559-8196 or VHF Ch 16 Highway ask for Junior Sands 15.5 fiberglass flats boat, built on a Dolphin hull by foreman of Sea Craft Boat Company for his personal use. Tiller steering. Two live wells. Built 1983. DUTY PAID Old 55 HP Evinrude. Old trailer. $5000 Call 367-3986 16' Paramount with brand new 90 HP Yamaha engine. Only 70 hours on engine. Hull in great shape. Ready to go! Great riding boat. $11,500 with trailer $9,500 w/out trailer Contact 3655003 20 Stapleton with 150HP Yamaha 4 stroke $10,500. Call for info 366-0430 20 Wellcraft, trailer, 200 HP Yahama engine. $7500 ONO Call 466-5021 or 577-0008 23 Compac $14,500. Well equipped, tough sloop is ideal for gunk holing around Abaco. Call 366-0458 23 SeaOx CC with T-Top, w/ 225 Johnson Ocean Runner, leaning post & rocket launchers, new tandem trailer, engine runs excellent. $17,900 Duty Paid. Leave Message 207226-7455, abacogatoloco@yahoo.co 23' Mako 140 HP Mercury, low hours. 15,000. Contact National Marine for details 367-2326 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE1988 Mac MS 300 24 flat bed w/lift, 106,000 miles. $14,000 Call 365-8373 Young person with boating experince and strong swmming skills, to work at a small dive shop. Only Bahamians drug free, high school graduate need apply. Please call 365-5178 Looking for a mature woman live-in housekeeper to take care of elderly lady, 5 days a week, must have experience, 2 references and an up-to-date police record. Call for an interview #366-2230 between 8:30 3:30 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE

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Page 24 The Abaconian May 1, 2007 MAY, 2007 BTC vigorously launches cutting edge communication services throughout many of the Family IslandsIsland Hopping is not only for the vacationer but also, for technology. During the month of April 2007, BTC completed the challenge of keeping the Islands of the Bahamas Connected To The World with the implementation of GSM Cellular Service and BlackBerry. GSM is the most commonly known and used cellular platform for many international providers and BlackBerry a hand held device that is truly representative of an office in the palm of your hands. A press conference was held on April 4th to announce the commissioning of GSM service on the islands of Ragged Island and Rum Cay. The rollercoaster of events began on April 20th, as Executive Management and Support Staff traveled from island to island unveiling GSM and BlackBerry services and the opening of Cyber Worlds to support these new services. BTC landed on Berry Island and rolled out the red carpet for residents. Attendees at the launch of GSM, BlackBerry and Cyber World ribbon cutting ceremony were entertained by students from RN Gomez All Age School. According to Mr. Vincent Peet, Member of Parliament for Berry Island launching these services was a critical step in the further development of the Berry Islands. April 25th, BTC landed on Long Island and with more pageantry and flair announced the arrival of GSM and BlackBerry services. On hand were BTC Executives, Member of Parliament for the island Mr. Larry Cartwright, and Former Ministry of Utilities & Environment Sen. Dr. Marcus Bethel. April 27th, BTC arrived in Inagua to complete what had begun with the commissioning of the BDSNi Cable (Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network International) in December 2006. On this day April 27th the choices for the residents and visitors of Inagua were expanded, as new opportunities in communications services became available. Inagua has benefited two fold, as the BDSNi cable runs through the island offering superior land line and internet service and is also capable of providing internet television service. With the introduction of GSM and BlackBerry added to the complement BTCs products cellular service has entered a new realm. The Annual Exuma Regatta lured thousands to the island, the arrival of GSM, BlackBerry and Cyberworld on April 29th, was the highlight of the weekend, as many were able to experience of the newest and most innovative technology in the communications industry to date first hand. In winding down BTCs island hopping adventure, the final stop was the island of Andros. With Andros being the largest island in the archipelago and poised to be a contender in the agricultural and tourism industries, it was only fitting the BTC bring the newest communication technologies to the island. Andros increased popularity, having been explored by famous marine driver Jacque Costeau, also being the back drop of the reality show The Bachelor and the home AUTEC (Atlantic Underwater Testing and Evaluation Centre) testing facility. The implementation of these services is instrumental in the continued development of the island and the Bahamas as a whole. As BTC landed on each island it also touched the residents of each. BTC took its well known Neighbourhood Connect Program to the islands of Andros, Long Island and Berry Island. BTC also adopted a shelter at the airport while in the Berry Islands and adopted the George Town Community Park. Presently, BTCs network handles more than 2.1million calls per day, over 181,000 text messages and allows 10,000 or more visitors per day access to the network. BTC has poured $114 million into the development of these services specifically for the Family Islands. This is just a portion of the total $353 million that has been allotted for the development and implementation of cutting edge technology within the next five years.