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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 10, MAY 15th, 2007 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 Island Roots Festival draws hundredsA pirate theme brought interest in cays pastThe Fourth Annual Island Roots Festival brought together Abaconians from all communities as well as many visitors from Florida and elsewhere. The festival provided two days of entertainment, games, informative talks, demonstrations of bygone skills and s kits about pirates. Shown here are the students of the Tiny Turtles Pre-school who sang several songs and are accompanied here by so me of the pirates who came from Florida.The school is under the direction of Mrs. Annabelle Cross, a contributor to The Abaconian.Bahamian darts team has two AbaconiansThe National Masters Dart Tournament was held on Abaco on May 4 and 5. The team was named that will represent The Bahamas at the World Cup Championship to be held in the Netherlands in October. The winners of the tournament are shown above. They are Shane Sawyer, Tony Moree, Angela Russell, Trudy Johnson, Harry Brown, Barry Payne, Pepper Russell. On the far right is Malcolm Spicer, President of the Bahamas Darts Association. Mr. Sawyer and Ms. Russell are the two Abaconians who will be going to the Netherlands. See story on page 25... Wayne Mitchell, Treasurer for NAUI Worldwide, presents Friends of the Environment with $25,000 toward the creation of an Education Center in Marsh Harbour to provide a site for students, residents and visitors to learn more about Abacos unique and beautiful environment. Receiving the gift for Friends is dShan Maycock, Education Officer. Olivia Patterson and Lindsey McCoy, both with Friends, were also present. See story on page 7..$25,000 grant will go toward Education CenterBy Mirella Santillo Green Turtle Cays Island Roots Heritage Festival was officially opened on May 4th by Commissioner Lopez from Key West, who stated without Green Turtle Cay, there would not be a Key West as we know it now. The festival was created in 1977 to celebrate the first year anniversary of the sisterhood between Key West and New Plymouth. It was not held for 27 years but the festival has gained growing popularity since its return in 2004. It is a cultural and entertaining event aimed at reminding people of the islands history and of their roots. It also is intended to keep alive the ties between New Plymouth and Key West, which share a common Loyalist heritage. This years theme was Pirates and it is only normal that the pirate ship of the Conch Republic, (Key West) the schooner Wolf heralded the festivities with a cannonade followed by a statement from the Admiral and First Sea Lord, Captain Finbar Gittleman, We come not to plunder, merely to enjoy. The Wolfs first mate Julie Blossom McEnroe and the crew of the schooner, were joined by the Pyrates of the Coast Please see Festival Page 7 By Jennifer Hudson In a ceremony at the Marsh Harbour International Airport on March 13, 2006, the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister for Works, and the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister for Aviation, signed a contract with Bahamas Hot Mix for the repaving of the airport runway which for some time had been in a deplorable and dangerous condition. Work did not begin immediately since there was much dissension about the closing of the airport while the runway was being constructed and the Ministry of Aviation took some time to decide on which way they wanted to go about it. It was finally decided to construct a new parallel runway south of the existing runway. The old runway will be repaired and resurfaced as a taxiway. This way will notWork on airport runway continues Please see Airport Page 26.


Page 2 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007By Mirella Santillo The genealogy booth, manned by Mr. Alton Lowe and Mrs. Joy Lowe-Jossi, a resident of Oregon who grew up in Nassau but who can trace her ancestors to the first settlers on Green Turtle Cay, was a hub of constant activity during the Green Turtle Cay Roots Heritage Festival. People came to see a display of old photographs not only of distant relatives but also of themselves as children. Then they invariably found themselves at the table which was littered with books and research data compiled by Mrs. LoweJossi with the hope of finding more about It has been a major source of research, she explained. While in Nassau, she spent time at the archives, gathering a lot of information in The genealogy of Wyannie Malone However, a recent source of data regarding Bahamian names, The Bahamas DNA Project through which people can find their ancestors through a match of DNA, allowed her to fill a gap concerning one of her great-grandmothers. Mrs. LoweJossi, a Lowe from Green Turtle Cay, discovered that one of her great-grandmothers that she only knew by her first name, Frances Jane, was a Pinder from Cherokee Sound, an exciting discovery for the researcher. Being a Lowe, she explained, that name has been my main interest, but marriage has brought everybody else. ByMany were interested in their geneologythe Currys, Roberts, Pinders, Malones, Adams or Alburys, whichever their family name was. A descendent of the first marriage on Abaco between a Curry and a Lowe, Mrs. Lowe-Jossi, as well as her distant cousin Mr. Alton Lowe, was always interested in finding her roots. I have had that interest since childhood and so had Alton, she said. Information passed by older family members was soon supplemented by data contained in the book Kinfolks written by William Curry Harlee and first published in 1934. Mrs. Lowe-Jossi recalls that as a young girl, she used to go to her uncles house to consult the book. marriage all the people intertwine. I am trying to follow each surname because we have grown to be such a large number. We have very close ties to people who went to Key West, but we also find relatives all over the United States. The best source is from ones family and listening to other families, she stated. Genealogy is a hobby for Mrs. LoweJossi, a very time consuming one, but also a very exciting one. She mentioned Kinfolks again which was reprinted in 1998. It carries a lot of information and history, she said, but I would like to see it carried further, she added, toying with the idea that she might be the one to carry the torch adding information to the book by using each surname. The geneology booth was very popular as Bahamians discovered information about their ancestors. Green Turtle Cay descendants Joy Lowe Jossi, now living in Oregon, and Alton Lowe brought together their research efforts to share with festival-goers. Also displayed were many interesting old photographs. Shown here are, left to right, Mr. Michael Lightbourne, an American who is a descendant of the Lowe family, Mrs. Jossi being interviewed by Ms. Shelley Austin and Mr. Reg Patterson. A tug-of-war competition was a popular activity at the Island Roots Festival. Children participated in sack races, stilts and took swings at a pinata. BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS BAHAMAS ADDRESS P.O. 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May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3 A Kerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 Jane Patterson t 242.366.0035 Laurie Schreiner t. 242.367.5046 Stan Sawyer t 242.365.8198BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION THREE Block 14, Lot 20 $40,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 TILLOO CAY 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 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 242.366.0035 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.. .. ON ON ON ON ON THETHE THETHE THE OCEANOCEAN OCEANOCEAN OCEAN, deeded dock slip in Marnies Landing, three master suites, swimming pool, absolutely turn key. $1,790,000.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 242.366.0035 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 #2279NN NN NORTHORTH ORTHORTH ORTH E E E E ENDND NDND ND B B B B BEACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT EACHFRONT Lot with 120 linear feet of pink sand. Excellent swimming beach. Build your dream home! $675,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.comwww.SIRbahamas.com CONTINUED IN SECTION B, PAGE 3ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN 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 close to public dock and beach, all amenities and 10 minutes from the village. $495,000. Contact Kerry Sullivan: 242.366.0163 BIG POINT LOT 19 #3574 $150,000. Good Elevation-Ocean Views Contact: Jane Patterson 242.366.0035 WHITE SOUND #3312 Two beachfront lots with 120 ft. on the ocean. Deeded dock access. $750,000. Contact Jane Patterson: 242.366.0035 UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT WHITE SOUND #3450 3.1 acres just South of Sea Spray. $1,600,000. Contact Jane Patterson : 242.366.0035 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Lot #5 in Aunt Pats Bay subdivision, beautiful views of the ocean and white Sound Harbour, priced at $475,000. Contact Jane Patterson: 242.366.0035ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #2813 BLUE HORIZONBB BB BEAEA EAEA EA CHFRCHFR CHFRCHFR CHFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT on pink powder sand close to Hope Town village, 4 bed 2 bath, attached garage. $1,500,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3607 COZY CORNERWW WW WOODEDOODED OODEDOODED OODED R R R R RETREAETREA ETREAETREA ETREA TT TT T in Big Hill subdivision, 3 bed 2 bath with pool and A/C. Nicely landscaped. $695,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0035 www.SIRbahamas.com NEW LISTING PRICE REDUCED 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 242.366.0035 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 cott age with private dock on the South end of Elbow Cay. Lush gardens. $2,300,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0035 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 242.366.0035 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3673 GREEN SHUTTERSHH HH HISTIST ISTIST IST ORICORIC ORICORIC ORIC 3 bed 2.5 bath saltbox cottage built in the late 1800s lovingly restored. Ocean beach a minute away. $695,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0035 www.SIRbahamas.com LUBBERS QUARTERS INTERIOR LOTS from $52,500. BEACHFRONT LOT #3357North end of Lubbers. 1 acre with spectacular sunsets. $299,000. NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Lot #16 AOC #3410 great lot with access to water within 100ft. priced to sell at $125,000 Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.504 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Lot #143 Abaco Ocean Club Lubbers Quarters is approximately 11,450 sq. ft. Featuring views of the Sea Of Abaco with natural vegetation. Wonderful home site. Priced at $150,000. Contact: Bill Albury at 242.367.5046Bill Albury t 242.367.5046 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 elemation deeded dockage in White Sound Harbour 1.3 Acre building site. $495,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.com ELBOW CAY l HOPE TOWN #3114 FALKS NESTCC CC COMMUNITY OMMUNITY OMMUNITY OMMUNITY OMMUNITY DOCKDOCK DOCKDOCK DOCK STEPSSTEPS STEPSSTEPS STEPS AA AA A WW WW W AA AA A YY YY Y, 2 bed 2 bath, tastefully furnished. Large lot with room for another house $690,000.Jane.Patterson@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0035 www.SIRbahamas.com PRICE REDUCED UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT PRICE REDUCED


Page 4 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007By Julian Lockhart They came from near and far as hundreds of people from Abaco, The Bahamas and the United States flocked to the shores of Green Turtle Cay on May 4-6 for the 4th Annual Green Turtle Cay Heritage Festival. The festival is a major fund raiser as well as an opportunity for visitors to get a feel for what Abaco has to offer from its historic New Plymouth settlement to Abacos quant villages, beautiful beaches, natural harbours and delightful dishes. Visitors were greeted to a pirates theme with a pirate ship, shirts, souvenirs and pirate fights throughout the day to entertain the crowds. There were vendors selling art and jewelry, some selling food and Bahamian delicacies and others selling alcohol to quench the thirsty. Entertainment during the day was a mix of the world famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band, Jessie Pearl, pirate fights put on by the visiting pirates from Florida and local artists performing. On Saturday night the adults were treated to the voice of Avvy and his famous Ghost Move and On My Bread performing into the night and bringing those who stayed late to their feet dancing to the soca music. Nadia Campbell, who came from New Providence to sell her handmade gallery jewelry, said I enjoyed the festival. We didnt sell as much as we wanted but met all the nice people. It was just nice being out there and enjoying the weekend. Everyone around here is so friendly and you seem to make friends right away, she added. Ms. Campbells comments were echoed by a number of visitors to Green Turtle Cay for the first time, who all said they were made to feel welcome right away and it was like the island opened itself up for everyone. The Abaco Ministry of Tourism is a partner with the Green Turtle Cay Heritage Festival committee and Director Don Cornish said he felt the festival is growing every year. For it to continue to grow they have to step up and ensure they improve each year. However, he said this years festival was a lot of fun. Though it seemed less people were out on Friday, Saturday definitely drew the crowd as in years past. Despite the considerable heat and lack of breeze throughout the weekend and the non escapable dust flying all around, pa-Festival-goers saw many activities and exhibitsA group of pirates from the East Coast of Florida enacted skits and had mock sword fights to entertain the crowds. Everyone enjoyed their antics. With a pirate theme, one of the attractions was a stock. One of the visiting pirates showed how it worked. trons were consistently remarking on how much fun they were having and they would definitely be back next year. Ms. Campbell said, Even if I dont come back next year to sell jewelry, I will try and get my friends to come just for the festival and the experience of being in Green Turtle Cay, she concluded.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 A By Mirella Santillo One of the highlights of this years Island Roots Festival were the informative talks that were offered.Sandra RileyWell known author Sandra Riley, who wrote Homeward Bound a History of The Bahamas to1850 is knowledgeable about Abaco since that book refers to its settling by the Loyalists. Once more she attended the Green Turtle Cay Roots Heritage Festival. This year, dressed as a pirate, the theme of the festival, she talked about Anne Bonney and Mary Read, two famous women pirates associated with Calico Jack Rackam, who frequented Green Turtle Cay during their adventurous life on the seas. These two ladies, infamous ladies as they are labeled, are also the subjects of two other books by Ms. Sandra Riley: Sisters of the Sea and Sometimes Towards Eden Ms. Riley, who has done research on Bahamian history for the last 35 years, talked about their lives, outlining all that is historically known about the two women and some of their men companions. The Treaty of Utretch in 1713, she explained, flooded The Bahamas with pirates. They traded, fished, and wrecked for supplies, making their way as best as they could. Many inhabitants traded with the pirates, she informed the group. As part of her presentation, a cast dressed as pirates impersonating Mary Read, Anne Bonney, Calico Jack and Black Bart, read excerpts of a play that Ms. Riley had adapted for the occasion. Matt Lowe, another local pirate after whom one of the cays is named, was also represented in a monologue. Although she recognized that many pirates committed atrocities, Ms. Riley endowed them of more human personalities than the ones that usually accompany them and found excuses for their deeds: times were difficult and it was a way to survive.Brian LapointeMr. Lapointe spoke on the conservation of our coral reefs from pirates to present. Another topic of interest broached during the festival was the destruction of the Florida reefs by pollution, human waste and run-off from the Everglades. That situation, predicted Brian Lapointe, is very close to happening to Abaco. During a disturbing presentation, Mr. Lapointe, a marine biologist researcher based in Fort Pierce with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, outlined the results from close to 20 years of research around the Florida Keys and The Bahamas and more specifically around Abaco. A visitor to Green Turtle Cay since 1990, Mr. Lapointe started his presentation by saying, I have always been interested in presenting the delicate ecology of the reefs and waking up the locals interest in preserving the reefs. He continued to explain that a typical impact on the reef is caused by what people do such as walking on the reefs, over-fishing, bleaching, but land pollution and pollution falling from the skies have the most destructive effects, he said. Nutrient runoff in the fresh water system can cause harmful algae blooms, such as red tide that are washed out into the ocean. Phosphorus and nitrogen are the main culprits, feeding algae responsible for causing mass mortalities among wild and farmed fish and shellfish and consequently human illness and death from contaminated fish. As early as 1954 it was assumed that farm run-offs were causing the death of marine mammals. More recent studies have proven that nutrients coming from millions of acres of sugar cane in Florida are bleeding into the ocean through the mangroves, killing coral masses formed thousands of years ago. Green algae, fed by nitrogen is spreading rapidly, smothering the reefs. He recalled how the coral reefs of the Florida Keys, especially Looe Key, used to be the number one destination for diving; now, he said, there is only one organism found around that area and the government is making artificial diving spots out of shipwrecks. The number of grunts, groupers and snappers has decreased by 75 percent while the number of parrot fish which feed on algae has increased by 100 percent. Swimmers have recently died from being exposed to a deadly skin eating-bacteria on the West Coast of Florida. There is no remedy so far for that ailment, except staying out of the ocean. Alarmed by the situation in Florida, Mr. Lapointe initiated a study project closer to The Bahamas and starting seeing the same problems developing. Studies before 2004 demonstrated that the causes for Black Band disease that kills sea fans and algae growth, were run-offs from injection wells and treated sewerage. The algae was removed by Hurricane Frances but recent observation showed that the algae is growing again.Many enjoyed informative talks Please see Talks Page 6 Sandra Riley Brian Lapointe


Page 6 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Check out our large selection of fine wines & spirits in downtown Marsh Harbour... conveniently close to the water front Check out our large selection of fine wines & spirits in downtown Marsh Harbour ... conveniently close to the water front.Queen Elizabeth Dr. Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure CayOPEN MONDAY SATURDAY : 9AM 6PMPh : (242) 367-2180 / Fax : (242) 367-5241Red drift algae (sea weed) caused by excess nitrogen is present around Green Turtle Cay. Around the Black Sound area the scientists found an invasive algae, Caulerpa Ollivieri, never seen in the Caribbean or The Bahamas before, driven by land sewerage. Around No Name Cay, the presence of bacterial algae has been detected and Black Band disease observed in sea fans around an underground spring near Manjack. Has anyone thought what could be the impact of reef destruction on The Bahamas? While the sea is the main tourist attraction, it is also one of the main food sources for the country. Reef destruction would mean a huge decrease in the edible fish population. This decrease has already been noted by local environmentalists. The water quality in The Bahamas has worsened on shore, but it can still support coral growth on offshore reefs, stated Mr. Lapointe. However, we must take measures to protect the Caribbean reefs. One of these would be to limit the use of commercial fertilizers and find alternative ways to fertilize crops. Another way, as painful as it may be for the economy, would be to monitor high density developments and therefore rapid population growth.Bob CarrBob Carr, well known archeologist spoke on his recent discoveries at Preachers Cave on Eleuthera Floridian Robert Carr has been another frequent visitor and researcher in The Bahamas. An archeologist by trade, he was instrumental in identifying objects found at Carleton as being of Loyalists provenance. Pieces of English ceramic and military buttons of that period were the key to the answer. That site was important, he explained. It was where close to 1000 people from New York, Savannah and Charleston settled with the hope of developing agriculture. He added that in 1789, a hurricane destroyed most of the settlement covering everything. Only a superficial exploration was conducted at Carleton, and Mr. Carr is planning to resume digging in that area convinced that more things will be found. He is working with government towards a project of restoring Carleton as a Loyalist village on the same line as Jamestown in Virginia. The presentation he shared with the audience, however, was on another archeological dig he just concluded on Eleuthera at a site called Preachers Cave. Mr. Carr said that, at first, he was not too optimistic about finding anything of importance because it was such an obvious place for artifacts, that it had been searched many times before. However, after identifying areas which had not been previously dug, he was overwhelmed by his trove. Evidence of the cave having been occupied by three different groups of people emerged. The first were Indians, the second settlers from the Eleutheran Adventures and the third an African settlement. The graves of seven Lucayan Indians were found, revealing ailments that had not been seen before. Mr. Carr thinks that the cave was an Indian burial site and that at one point hundreds of bodies might have been there. The Lucayans were buried in groups of two or three, placed like a T. In some the heads were missing. Another was found face down with his hands tied in the back. Was he killed as a sacrifice or by an enemy? The answer will never be known. Two women had wraps around their heads and shoulders and a medicine pouch containing shells, a tattooing pen and ochre die was found close to them. A triton shell found on the site was carbon dated as 680 AD. The William, which left Bermuda in 1648 to go to Eleuthera, hit a reef about one mile from that island. Records mention that the ship was lost and one person was killed. Within two miles, the survivors found the cave with evidence that people had lived there. It is assumed that they threw bones and artifacts away and took shelter in the cave, named after an old man in his eighties who was their spiritual leader, a TalksFrom Page 5 Reef preservation and archeology were discussedBob Carr preacher. Mr. Carr is of the opinion that the first months must have brought a tremendous amount of suffering to the settlers. The bodies of two women were found in coffins. So unsuccessful was their adventure that they constructed a ship and sailed to Virginia. Bones of horses, pigs and rats (which they must have brought with them) were also unearthed. The third cultural element is the presence of three black people who must have come with the Eleutheran Adventurers. A copper coin minted in Spain in 1621 to 26 could have belonged to a black person. More trace element analysis are being done. Mr. Carr has the intention to go back to Eleuthera to look at other parts of the cave. In the meantime he plans to be on Abaco soon to make preparations for the Carleton project due to start before the end of the year.


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The grant was presented by Wayne Mitchell, Finance Director of the NAUI Board of Directors, to Lindsey McCoy, Executive Director of Friends, Olivia Patterson, Program Coordinator, and dShan Maycock, Education Officer. The Center will be used to focus on teaching Abacos children about the marine environment, how the various life forms contribute to the total health of the coral reef and how to monitor and gauge growth and/or decline of those various life forms. The NAUIs motto is Safety thru Education and Friends main method of achieving their mission is education, so the two fit together naturally. Friends has bought artificial reef ball molds and guided Abaco students, who built and installed 22 reef balls at Mermaid Reef. The balls are made with a PH neutral concrete that is conducive to coral, sponge and algae growth. Abaco students are now being trained to measure growth, count fish populations and identify various coral diseases in order to track the life forms these reef balls may attract. Friends Board Member Tim Higgs, owner of Abaco Dive Adventures and a NAUI Instructor, will instruct and certify dShan and Olivia as NAUI Skin Diver Instructors. They, in turn, will train and certify the students of Abaco to snorkel so they can monitor reefs. Wayne Mitchell will assist Tim and the education officers. Goals of the NAUI Board include contributions to Marine Ecology projects worldwide and increasing NAUIs name exposure to the public. NAUIs contribution to Friends Education Center will go a long way toward furthering NAUIs goals because Friends education program has the potential to be replicated and spread throughout The Bahamas. The new Education Center will enable Friends to bring the Bahamas National Trusts successful Discovery Club program to Abaco, open a native plant nursery and create and expand other programs to benefit the community. The total budget for the Education Center is $100,000. The NAUI grant puts Friends well on its way to completing the Centers funding.Grant will go to Education Center FestivalFrom Page 1 a group of performing pirates from Central Florida and by Brandy Eheridge from Islamorada, Florida, impersonating Anne Bonney. Together they interacted with the children, mingled with the crowd, organizing games for the younger ones and keeping the adults interested with several shows of skilled sword fights and play-acting. Tug of war, sack races, three-legged race, playing the hoopla and looking for hidden treasures were some of the events which kept the children occupied while parents browsed through the many arts and crafts displays, partook of food and drinks or attended the various informative talks that were given in the cool environment of the Administrators office. There was music galore with performances by Matt Lowe & Friends, Island Spices Kevin McIntosh, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, Gary Mc Donald and Avery Thompson. The Amy Roberts Primary School students and the Tiny Turtles from the pre-school demonstrated their musical talents by singing a few songs. The comic this year was Ms. Jessie Pearl, who entertained the audience with her Bahamian humor. There was the usual Maypole dance, and the Royal Police Force Marching Band put on its famous show. Good old-fashioned entertainment included a conch cracking contest, a dinghy race and a sculling demonstration. 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Page 8 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Julian Lockhart, Vernique Russell, Mirella Santillo Contributors: Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address) 990 Old Dixie Hwy #14 Lake Park, FL 334037,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Dave RalphThe Editor Says Local govt. could be more effectiveLetters to the EditorElection Day Done GoneDear Editor, Another Election Day has come and gone without any major problems. As a Party Observer I found the experience very enlightening, something each voter should experience at least once in their lifetime. It might give us a better prospective of how government works (something we have all complained about from time to time, but something very few of us really know anything about). It seemed that all of the officials were well informed and well schooled in the procedures and rules of the day, both from the Government Officials to the Local government was established in the Family Islands in 1996 and is now into the fourth three-year term. The intention was to bring government closer to the people, to let local people make the decisions affecting their communities. The present councils and town committees demit office at the end of June 2008 with newly elected persons taking office in July. In July of this year the three councils on the Abaco mainland will either perpetuate the statutory boards or appoint new chairmen and board members as two years is their term limit. These three Second Schedule District Councils are the North Abaco, Central Abaco and South Abaco Councils. The three boards with the most activity are Town Planning, Licensing and Port Authority. Our four Schedule III Councils, Hope Town, Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay and Moores Island, have one more year to serve. These four councils are all inclusive and incorporate the authority of statutory boards. Our observations suggest the program has yielded reasonable results when judged by the following: mowing the grass in school yards, parks and public areas mowing and cleaning roadside verges picking up residential trash minor maintenance to schools and public buildings issuing of shop licenses (Not the annual business licenses) issuing of building permits The local government process has not been particularly successful when measured by the ability to maintain or impose town or neighborhood values refuse or limit undesirable businesses attempt planning for future growth seek methods to improve traffic congestion request help or just get Nassaus attention successfully lobby for adequate funding allow residents to see how local budgets are spent attract sincere elected or appointed candidates interact successfully with governmental agencies have government agencies seek and value local opinions hold the mandated public meeting prior to making budget recommendations At the national level, government has not been attentive to the successes, failures or shortcomings of local government. The process is somewhat akin to giving a child his allowance to keep him quiet and sending him off. Over the past five or more years, government has alluded to revisions to the Local Government Act. The general tone of these announcements was that Local Government would be given more power and authority. Recently, legislation was said to be under consideration to improve the system but no details were released other than to say administrators were to be classed as grade 1, 2, 3 or 4. That was not particularly informative. The changes were not introduced in Parliament and any revisions must now come from the newly elected government. District councils are assigned geographical territories which is a logical choice given the Bahamas archipelagic nature. However, in the case of Central Abaco it would make more sense to consider area economics when defining boundaries instead of arbitrary lines between communities. Many of our central Abaco towns are intrinsically linked by tourism, high school education, medical facilities, shipping and freight handling, workers commuting to and from towns, garbage disposal and airport activity. Our local government elected and appointed officials have offered their time to manage and solve local problems. The fact that they are now sitting on a council, committee or statutory board does not make them an expert on the topics they are presented with. Neither does their official position suggest that they no longer need to consult with their communities. They still must delve into current and future issues at the local level and seek appropriate solutions. Conversely, elected officials and civil servants in Nassau are not intimately privy to all of our problems and acceptable options to resolve them. There needs to be much more interplay and consultation between governmental agencies, both local and central, and affected residents. We may not always have the best solution but neither is governments solution always good. When serious differences arise and unpopular decisions must be made, reasons should be forthcoming. The greater good to the community-at-large often overrides local objections. An example was governments purchase of private land several years ago to facilitate Marsh Harbours port expansion. Several years ago, Green Turtle Cay was separated from the North Abaco Council and given singular status as a Schedule Three Council. Its economy is similar to that of Hope Town, Man-O-War or Guana Cay. This seems to be working well and this model should be extended to most of the towns in Central Abaco. Even greater goals could be accomplished if the central Abaco economies could be combined with the Hope Town Council merging with Central Abaco Council. This would give continuity to the governing process and recognize the economic engine of Central Abaco. The individual towns should then begin control of their own towns decisions for town planning, licensing and port authority. This would streamline the appeal process by giving a local but higher authority, the Council, to hear appeals. Further appeals would then go to Nassau. The other major change needed is to recognize the dynamic growth and the economic impact of Central Abaco and give local government a town manager who would take orders from the Council. This qualified person would give continuity and order to the process. A million dollar budget could use some professional management help. Savings from effective management would probably offset the persons salary. The position of town manager would also provide excellent training for future administrators or other government positions. Whether you agree or disagree with the style of the four chief Councillors who have served to date in Central Abaco, they all concede that the demands on a persons time are severe, particularly when considering they all had full time jobs. The first local government secretary in Central Abaco was a college graduate in governmental studies and performed at a managerial level even though the job description did not indicate this. We are referring to the councils working secretary, not the administrators position as an executive secretary to the council. The person in this managerial position could lend assistance and guidance to the other chief councillors and the councils secretaries. Administrators must now teach new councillors and committee members their chores and obligations as well as the limitations imposed on local government. In this district, a city manager would relieve the administrator of some of his managerial burdens. To those who complain that local government is not effective, we can only ask if they would prefer to relinquish what little power is held locally to let a bureaucrat in Nassau make these decisions? It was the Ingraham government that originally instituted local government. Perhaps during this new five-year term, again headed by him, Mr. Ingraham will encourage and implement further changes to the system. We hope that the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Local Government will consult with those close to the system. Party Observers. Actually there were no undue occurrences at our polling station, and as a result everything moved along smoothly and without incidence thanks to the professional attitude of those volunteering there that day. It appeared at times that some of the voters were actually shy and embarrassed about doing their constitutional duty. Voting is definitely a privilege of our democracy and should be a proud occasion not to be taken lightly or without reverence. If the time comes that we are no longer given the right to vote as we please, that will be the time for concern. But in the meantime, take note that we have passed another milestone, and it is now time to get back to being neighbours and friends while we work together to make a better Bahamas. Lee PinderTraffic Light WorksDear Editor, Stop the press it has happened. After months of malfunction the traffic light has been returned to its proper function a few days after the election. I received my National Geographic for May on May 4. Pretty good for second class mail. The real news is that early this week I received the March and April issues. Do you suppose the message is getting out.You people are on a government payroll because there is work to do. Get on with the job or look elsewhere for employment. Go to it, Hubert route out the rot and corruption at. all levels of government. That cookie jar you mentioned belongs to us taxpayers. Watch out for the sticky fingers, crack them on the knuckles.. After five years there are a whole bunch of them out there who have become much too comfortable with this life style. Al Cooper Ed. note: It was coincidental that the specialized cable and relay arrived and the necessary equipment for installing these became available about to the time of the election. Check Outwww.abaconian.comThe Abaconians Web SiteMost Recent Issue Archive Issues Pictures Maps Business Listing History


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9 AOrder 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 government By John Hedden As Abaco grows and develops ever more rapidly we need to take pause for a few moments. Reflect. Economic growth is essential for development, and we all know that. It provides for improved living standards, better welfare systems, improved infrastructure, construction growth, and in a tourist economy, more and more resort project initiations. Employment rates increase, people spend more, and communities tend to feel fatter and happier. Expanding economies require more and more physical space, and land values elevate as property demand becomes more competitive. Remote areas of the landscape become more attractive for both speculative investments as well as for social infrastructural development. As pressure increases on remote areas, so does the pressure on endemic and indigenous ecosystems, habitats, species and land forms. We must all remember that the attractiveness of our country relies on and is a product of our natural resources and ecosystems. Our beautiful beaches and shallow seas are a synergy with our living coral reef habitats, which maintain a protective barrier against the extreme ravages of winter storms and hurricanes. Our swamp lands, creeks, and marls generate unique forests full of unusual birds, insects, crustaceans, fish, reptiles, and now mammals. These same tidal creek systems provide nursery areas for our commercially exploited marine species, including lobsters, scale fish, and the highly desired land crab. These same tidal low lands provide a buffer zone between the pinelands and the raw exposure of the oceans and deep seas. They also provide a gradient along which the fresh water run off from the aquifers of the pine yards can flow seawards, and so help support our unique mangrove habitats. The pine forest areas are essential for the generation of the high levels of rainfall experienced in all the northern islands of the Bahamas. Fresh potable water is the result, and presently we have an ample supply. These pine areas have also been periodically developed for large scale agricultural production systems of many thousands of acres. The drier coppice and hilly greenlands are again unique in species and habitats, providing large amounts of forage for native bird species and reptiles, butterflies and moths. These areas occur mainly along the coast behind the beautiful beaches and have become high value real estate ripe for the foreign capital we so urgently require. I could go on and on quoting examples of natural systems and commercial values so important for the Bahamian economy. However, as earlier mentioned, we rely totally on our natural systems for our very high standard of living. We also want and need to keep it this way. As development takes place and the pressure on natural systems increases, so does the potential for destructive practices. We as a people have already seen the need for habitat and species protection. The Inagua National Park [flamingos], the Exuma Marine Park [marine ecosystems] and the Abaco National Park [parrots] are examples where species conservation dictates habitat protection to support those species. This is why protected areas tend to be so large. Environmentalists would be much happier if all the sensitive areas were protected and conserved with severe limitations on development. However, we all realise that to maintain our well being and provide for future generations physical expansion and development go hand in hand with improved standards of living. This why we need to take pause. Reflect. In our headlong rush for development we must all accept that to protect our way of life we also need to protect and nurture our natural environment. To this end we must take on the onus of acting responsibly. We need to learn to plan for development, and we need lots of information to be able to plan. So we need access to the knowledge of Localised information Resource assessment and environmental considerations Existing institutions, structures and operations in the area Future area growth, demands, and consequences Regulations and legal aspects Taxation and exemptions Consequences of irresponsible actions The above represent just a few examples of information we need in order to plan effectively for development. It also clearly demonstrates the need for consultation. Local councils, local communities, local governmental agencies all have a wealth of information available for planning. However, they all become impotent when local input is bypassed, and central government is utilised to more rapidly approve a development project. There are instances where approval may never be sought because local monitoring is ineffective because of arrogance and because of lack of knowledge and thought. All three present a potential for permanent environmental damage. Here on Abaco we presently have three examples of recent infringement on natural systems with the potential for future severe consequences. Two involve the Government of The Bahamas [arrogance], and the thirdVV VV V iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint Planning for developmenta lack of thought and consultation by a local equipment operator. The central government, in its quest to provide an improvement in the waste handling facilities of The Bahamas, has seen fit to forge ahead with the construction of a waste landfill site and two satellite transfer stations with no real local consultation, no apparent seeking of permits and approvals, and no consideration for the Abaco environment. The result has been the ongoing construction of two waste [reception and] transfer sites situate in environmentally and socially sensitive areas where permanent irreversible damage to local potable water sources, agricultural, and ecotouristic institutions are not only possible, but likely. The third involves the use of heavy equipment to begin land clearing and road preparation in the protected area of the Abaco National Park. This presents a distinct and probable threat to the contiguity of the area and its eventual fragmentation. Once this happens, then irreversible damage to the ecology of the park becomes apparent. The above examples all expose a lack of consideration and concern for the local Abaco landscape, and a total disregard for local institutions and welfare. In the case of the Bahamian government this is both frivolous and irresponsible and reflects a level of incompetence only exceeded by its arrogance in its refusal to take a reparative course of action. All the above cases present a real and potentially devastating effect on our natural heritage and ecosystems. The implications for the future are immense. The only way to prevent future instances and occurrences such as these is for the Abaco community to prepare a comprehensive Plan for Development which must take into consideration all the facets implicit in a growth strategy for the island. These must include social, economic and infrastructural considerations, land and marine systems, ownership, access, resource exploitation and other environmental considerations. Other physical factors such as climate, sea levels, weather changes, coastline resilience, habitat alterations and effects on resource health and conservation need to be considered. This is especially so for potable water, commercially exploited species, nursery areas, historical and ecologically sensitive sites such as blue holes and virgin lands. It is important to consider that with a rapidly developing economy and a huge area of unexploited resources, including prime land for real estate development, Abaco holds the potential to become the seat of the economy for future growth in the Bahamas. It is terrifying to think of the consequences of this without a proper and implemented plan for development. The choice is ours. Take pause for a moment. Reflect. All New All the TimeHandbags T shirtsIggy Biggys Got It Goin On Iggy Biggys Got It Goin On Iggy Biggys Got It Goin On Iggy Biggys Got It Goin On Iggy Biggys Got It Goin OnJewelry Clothing Shoes Gifts


Page 10 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Cedar Harbour holds Community CelebrationBy Vernique Russell Descendants and current residents of the quiet settlement of Cedar Harbour located in Little Abaco joined together as one big happy family to give God thanks for the blessings He bestowed upon them and to celebrate their heritage and history. This years Community Celebration marked the seventh year since the committee hosted the first one and the growth from then to now has changed the entire structure of the festive celebrations. When the event was first launched, it was a day of celebration around the time of the Easter weekend. It has now bloomed into a weekend of fun, food, cultural display and thanksgiving. Residents old and young display their talents through skits and dance. This year the festivities were no different. On Friday and Saturday night, the crowd was entertained through culture and music, allowing those in attendance to socialize and fellowship. On Sunday night the agenda took another route when its focus was directed toward giving God thanks. The New Direction of Treasure Cay performed among other local talents. The 7th Annual Cedar Harbour Community Celebration was dubbed a success by organizers and the committee is looking forward to next years event. Hats off to the organizers for a job well done!Keep North Abaco CleanBy Vernique Russell As you drive along the streets in some areas of North Abaco you will notice the side roads are filled with garbage. North Abaconians, please, lets take pride in our communities, our streets and lets keep North Abaco clean. This is where we live and our children live. Our children and youth are affected by what we do and what they see us do. Children learn with their eyes whatever they see you do is what they will do. Parents, promote cleanliness, teach your children to respect their surroundings and environment, teach them not to litter. Our surrounding reflects on us so lets come together and work together to keep North Abaco clean, green and pristine. After all, this is where we live. Beach PartyBy Vernique Russell The North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race will host another beach party on May 28th at the public beach in Treasure Cay. This event will serve as a fund raiser to defray expenses for the upcoming 2nd Annual Summer Festival & North Abaco NewsPower Boat Race in July. The public is invited to come out and support the committee in this venture. Bring your kids and your friends and dont forget anyone for there is fun for everyone. There will be lots of food, music and fun, fun and more fun.Crash Rescue is coming to Treasure CayBy Vernique Russell The Crash Rescue team is coming to Treasure Cay. They are now recruiting volunteers to work along with them. Presently, there is no ambulance or any emergency services in Treasure Cay and the time has come when we can have these services available right here in Treasure Cay. Anyone who is interested in becoming a team player with this service can do so by calling 5599911 for further information as soon as possible.News of the YouthSuccess Kids Academys First GraduationBy Vernique Russell On September 4th Success Kids Academy opened its door for the first time. After almost one completed academic year, Principal Regena Moxey and the graduating class of 2007 will celebrate their first commencement exercise under the theme Rise up and grasp the future. Eight tiny toddlers will complete the preschool chapter of their life and start a new one that will bring new challenges and new opportunities. With this in mind, the staff and students of Success Kids Academy cordially invite the general public to be a part of their grand celebration on June 8th. The venue for this event is Revival Time Pentecostal Church in Coopers Town beginning at 7:30 p.m. Parents and friends are encouraged to come out to this history-making event.Basketball Camp Cook-OutBy Vernique Russell The Treasure Cay Youth in Action Sports Club will hold a cook-out on May 19th at the Treasure Cay Park. This cook-out is in aide of the youth club travelling to Grand Bahama to participate in Hoytes Basketball Classic Tournament on May 31st-June 3rd. The committee is calling on the wider community to support our boys and girls as they strive for excellence and gain exposure through athletic performance experiences with other youths. The Treasure Cay Branch of the Youth In Action is headed by Mr. Godfrey Rolle Jr.Church NewsFriendship Missions 2nd Annual Womens ConferenceBy Vernique Russell Friendship Mission in Coopers Town under the leadership of Rev. Ronald and Ruthie McIntosh hosted its second annual Women of Purpose Conference. The Conference convened on May 10 and climaxed on May 12th with a prayer breakfast at the Community Hall in Fire Road. Guests speakers for the conference were Min. Brenda Archer of Latter Rain Ministry in Dundas Town and Min. Leonara Sands of Bethel Restoration and Deliverance Center in Nassau. Congratulations to the committee for a job well done.Womens ConferenceBy Vernique Russell Revival Time Pentecostal Ministries in Crown Haven will host its 10th Annual Womens Conference on May 21st 27th. The theme for this conference is Moving to a higher grounds Services will take place from MondayFriday beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly. On Saturday there will be a grand concert and on Sunday the Womens Conference will climax at 3 p.m. The public is invited to come.Life Gate MinistriesBy Vernique Russell Life Gate Christian Ministries International will host its first annual Building a Kingdom Generation Conference on May 24th and 25th at the church grounds in Coopers Town. The guest speaker is national and international speaker Dr. Jennifer Deavaux of Nassau. A special invitation is extended to everyone to come.Cities of Refuge EventsBy Vernique Russell Revival services were held Cities of Refuge Ministries in Treasure Cay held revival services May 14 thru 16th at the church. Guest speaker for this event was Min. Sanya Flemings of Houston, Texas, and Music Min. De-angela Flemings-Johnson of Symnara, Georgia. Under the theme Can you stand to be blessed ? God spoke lives were changed. Hope was freely given. The Pastoral and Executive Board of Cities of Refuge extends thanks to all who came out to fellowship with them. Fun day and car wash Cities of Refuge Ministries will host a Fun Day and Car Wash on May 26th at the Treasure Cay Park. There will be lots of Please see North Page 11


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 1 1 Agames, food and fun. The public is invited to come out and make this event a great success. Looking forward to seeing you there. Family BBQ & Grill-Out In an effort to give the youths of the assembly a memorable summer the leaders of Youth Invasion will host a Family BBQ and Grill-Out on June 9th. This event is to raise funds in order to defray the cost of travelling expense for their first Youth Summer Get-Away Vacation in August. On sale will be ribs and chicken served with your choice of baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, corn, green salad and dinner rolls for a donation of $10. There will also be cakes, pies, guava duff, conch fritters and conch salad on sale. We are anticipating seeing you there to support our young people in this worthy cost. Come and lend your support to the young people of Youth Invasion. The BBQ and Grill-Out will begin at 11 a.m. until. This is an event you cant afford to miss. The youth department of Cities of Refuge is calling all youths who do not have a church home to come be a part of our youth invasion. Youth Invasion will be held every Friday at Cities of Refuge. We are calling on you to come and be a part of an expressive and excited movement among the youths. We dare you to be different and come and join us, your seat awaits you.People in the NewsCongratulations!By Vernique Russell Congratulations to Cpl. Ashley Hammer Hepburn, who was recently proNorthFrom Page 11 More North Abaco Newsmoted during the police promotion exercise. Cpl. Hepburn recently earned the status of sergeant. He has been very instrumental in the North Abaco district, especial among our young men. He has played a key role at the Sherlin Bootle High School working in conjunction with the principal and staff to ensure that law and order are strictly enforced at the school. Once again the communities congratulate him on a well deserved promotion. Continue to strive for excellence, knowing your labour is not in vain.Wedding BellsBy Vernique Russell The two shall become one, one flesh, one spirit and one union. On April 28th at Unity Baptist Church in Treasure Cay Ms. Cherly Farrington and Mr. Zhivargo Cooper were joined together in holy matrimony at 3 p.m. Officiated by Rev. John McIntosh of New Hope Baptist Church, they exchanged vows and committed themselves to live together forever. The couple will reside in Treasure Cay. Congratulations are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Zhivargo Cooper as they begin their lives together. By Vernique Russell Often we human beings are blinded by the power of political persuasion. We see things based on our party preference and sometimes we miss the mark by a large margin. The other day I was approached by a group of persons who asked me to write an article concerning the conditions of the airport. While I am in total agreement that both airports on Abaco are in desperate need of being renovated and upgraded, I was saddened to see that these people had turned the issue into one of politics instead of genuine concerns. While others may choose to point fingers and cast blame, I am convinced of one thing. We are not maturing as a people; we still only see things through the eyes of our political persuasion. For the past few years, both the airport at Marsh Harbour and the one at Treasure Cay have been operating in deplorable states and there must be some renovations made extremely soon. However, in the mini report that was prepared by the ladies, they concluded by asking, Where is the government in all of this? a question that I thought was quite unfair and unreasonable. Whenever politics influences our judgement, clearly we act, think and speak on biased terms. According to the ladies, for the last three years the airport of Marsh Harbour has been operating with no air conditioning or insufficient seating and space for the travelling public and visitors alike among other things. While her object was to condemn the newly elected government for failure to correct those problems, I found it quite strange that they were comfortable with these same conditions during the reign of their political party. But now that they no longer hold the upper hand, its a problem. Personally, my view is that no matter who is in the power seat, the airports need repairs! We have to reach the level where we as Bahamians can look beyond our point of views and persuasions and render fair and decisive judgements. Dont allow your views to be driven by spite and vengeance but instead give the newly elected government that has only been in power for barely three weeks an opportunity to deliver on their promises. No matter who you chose to vote for or who you prefer to run this country, it is all of our jobs to ensure that we correct whats wrong and we find a way to live together. Open your mouth and voice your opinion to see growth and a better life in our country. Do not bring down and discriminate our leaders. After all we are in this together.VV VV V iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint .iewpoint iewpoint The Power of Political PersuasionMr. and Mrs. Cooper


Page 12 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Serenity, White Sound, Elbow CayPrivate paradise peninsular home, 667ft. of waterfront. 4 bed/2 bath, detached gazebos, pool, bbq, outdoor showers, generator, water-maker and private dock. Shown by appointment $4,600,000 MARNIES LANDINGPrivate waterfront marina community of 1/2 acre lots. Lot #2B reduced to $399,000. Lot #2 Oceanfront $895,000. SOLDFAR NIENTENorth End, Elbow Cay 4 bed / 4 bath on the Sea of Abaco North End, Elbow Cay. Large open Foor plan, fully furnished, beautiful beach $3,900,000 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 $750,000TRANQUILITYLittle Orchard, Marsh Harbour 2 bedroom/2 bath house, perfect family home or excellent rental potential. Located close to restaurants, marina and beach $236,000CONCH QUESTOcean 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. $675,000 SOLDMAY HOUSE, North End Elbow Cay Ocean front Large 1.5 acre property, 2 bed / 2 bath villa, generator room, can be subdivided Reduced $2,900,000TOWN BREAKHope Town 5 bed / 4 bath ocean-front turn key home on beautiful sandy beach, located north of historic Hope Town settlement. Open decking, beautiful decor and exellent rental history. $2,300.000KIWI HOUSEWhite Sound, Elbow Cay Newly custom-built Bahamian style home, 2-story, 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Expansive decking, Pool, central AC, generator. Spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean $897,000SUMBLIMEHope 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 White SoundHilltop 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 $355,000High HopesNorth 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 eachWhite SoundOcean Front Lots #15 and 16, both with dockage on White Sound bay, and just steps away from marina and restaurantsDORROS COVELot #18 with dock slip and ocean views $362,000 Lot #21 with dock slip and panaramic views $425,000 Lot #43 with dock slip and ocean/sea view $365,000LYNYARD CAY3 acres on Sea of Abaco, north of pond $730,000 1 acre north of pond on Sea of Abaco $365,000SOLD15 May 07


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 ACorner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250By Julian Lockhart Member of Parliament Tommy Turnquest was named Minister of National Security and Immigration by newly elected Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, and now has a major task ahead of him in dealing with illegal immigration in The Bahamas. Prime Minister Ingraham said the reason they attached both portfolios together was because of the connection between the two ministries. Instead of two ministries working together but apart, they can be together working towards one common goal. Mr. Turnquest, like the rest of the Free National Movement members, has not taken office yet. But he has been Minister of Immigration previously and realizes the difficulty of the situation facing him and his government in an attempt to help manage the illegal immigration problems facing The Bahamas and Abaco. Min. Turnquest said, I served as Minister of Immigration before so I am fairly familiar with some of the issues and we will have a two pronged approach at immigration. One dealing with enforcement of our borders, enforcement of illegal immigrants making sure they are apprehended and repatriated in a timely manner. But there is another side of immigration and that is ensuring that we are careful in terms of who we allow in terms of our investments. We have to be sensitive in our investment policies and immigration and we have to balance that. We are not into gimmicks and telling people what we have signed. We want to make sure every Bahamian wants to work, he added. Mr. Turnquest said one of the positives of having the portfolio of Immigration as part of the National Security Ministry is they can work a little bit more closely in one ministry. They have to do a better job of interception before the illegal immigrants get ashore. Abaco has one of the largest illegal immigrant populations in The Bahamas and it has been a consistent strain on the social and education system on the island. However, the Haitian population on Abaco has helped the economy out by being productive members of the work force. But Mr. Turnquest said anyone found hiring illegal immigrants without proper paper work will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Also the FNM Government plans to address the situation and the growing concerns over the Mud and Pigeon Pea as to how best deal with those communities andMinister Discusses Immigration Problemsresettling the individuals who are legal to remain in the Bahamas. Both communities pose health concerns with the outbreak of diseases, consistent worries about fires and crime. Mr. Turnquest said, We have to address it (Mud and Pigeon Pea) and it is not a problem that is going away if just left by itself. We will have to take proactive action against it. Our law is very clear in terms of what ought to happen. We have to make sure when a person reaches the age of 18, before their 19th birthday, if they apply, that we process their application in a timely fashion. What happens as it drags on, people become agitated, they feel a sense of frustration and that is the stage where the problem becomes acute. We have to deal with those persons who hire illegal immigrants. We have to recognize those persons who need work permits and we have to determine that if a number of work permits are needed, then we will deal with that. First, we have to ensure that Bahamians are back to work so they are fully utilized, Mr. Turnquest added. The government is not looking to just round up everyone in raids to deal with the illegal immigration problems and are looking into more humane ways to find out who is legal, who deserves status and who needs to be deported. If an illegal immigrant woman has a child in The Bahamas, that child is not automatically a Bahamian. However, that child is not stateless but takes on the citizenship of the country where its parents are from. Thus, if a mother is in The Bahamas illegally and is deported, her child or children will be deported with her. This all takes a lot of manpower and equipment, which leads to the government spending a lot of money to manage and find a way to correct a growing illegal immigration problem. Mr. Turnquest said the Defense Force, Police and Immigration all require substantial resources and there is no question that they will have to find ways to fund these agencies and provide the resources they need. He added there is no doubt there will be a pull on their resources. Mr. Turnquest said, They will have to go with their parents, that child must go with their parents. There is absolutely no other way to do it. The whole immigration issue causes tremendous strain on our social services system, on our educational and health systems, so we have to deal with it. It is just not good enough to say, Fine, I will be a cowboy and say I will round up people. We have to look at it from a multi-faceted approach and deal with those issues. We cannot say these persons are stateless because they are not stateless. There really is not a problem for a person born in the Bahamas and our law is clear they are not Bahamians and are the nationality of their parents, so they are not stateless, Mr. Turnquest added. Visit Palm Beach County for The Best of Everything Fly Chalks International AirlinesDaily Turboprop Service to West Palm BeachJet Service Coming Soon


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Page 16 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007 New freight service to AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson The Betty K Agencies Ltd. now provides twice weekly ocean freight service into Marsh Harbour from the ports of Miami, Florida, and Nassau. The companys two boats, M/V Betty K VI and M/V Betty K VII run from Miami to Nassau every Tuesday and Thursday and to Abaco on Friday. Arrival into Marsh Harbour is scheduled for first thing Friday morning. The Betty K company has had boats plying between Miami and Nassau for 87 years since it began serving the Bahamas in 1920 and, according to Abacos General Manager, Kristal Malone, Management decided that it was now time to try including Abaco. Ms. Malone described how much easier this will make things for people wanting to shop in Miami. This is the only boat coming here out of Miami. Before this people had to drive to Palm Beach to have their freight shipped across. Many people shop in Miami since it is cheaper and now they can put their purchases onto the boat right in Miami. The warehouse is situated on the Miami River near the Miami airport opposite dollar Rent-A-Car. The Miami warehouse hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. This means that whatever day of the week people are shopping they will be able to take their goods to the warehouse where it will be secured. The company provides fast, reliable and affordable shipping for palletized cargo, building materials, household goods/furniture, cars, trucks, boats, groceries and more. The Nassau warehouse is on Bradley Street in Palmdale and is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Abaco office is situated on Don MacKay Boulevard. Freight may be shipped to Marsh Harbour from Miami or Nassau. The Betty K VI is 204 feet in length and the Betty K.VII is 240 feet. The vessels carry 20-foot and 40-foot hi cube containers of which they can accommodate 25 to 30. They also carry 20 foot refrigerated containers as well as a three tier rack for vehicles and a new feature called SecurBox. Ms. Malone is excited about the SecurBox system as it eliminates pilferage, damage and breakage and is very convenient for the user. The SecurBoxes come in four sizes: 20 cubic feet, 43 cubic feet, 73 cubic feet and 78 cubic feet with prices ranging from $145-$290 from Miami to Abaco and from $50-$195 from Nassau to Abaco, according to size. The smallest SecurBox is mainly for auto parts and the rest are for shopping. You pack the box yourself. If you are going to be shopping for several days, you can add to the box on successive days. Once full you watch them seal the box and you are given a seal number, stated Ms. Malone. Once landed here the SecurBox clearance system is so much easier as you just go straight to customs and fill in the regular declaration form and no shipping agent is required as long as your items are personal. Businesses, however, must complete all paperwork and customs procedures. Mr. Jack Sands is President of Betty K Agencies Ltd. and comes to Marsh Harbour every week from the companys main office in Nassau. Ms. Anita Pratt, Nassaus Head of Sales and Marketing, stated, We offer affordable rates and believe in customer service above all other. Abaco Manager, Krystal Malone said, The company is now looking forward to serving the people of Abaco.Abaco Groceries doubled their warehouse space.By Mirella Santillo Abaco Groceries in Marsh Harbour will celebrate its third year in business in August. It has been so successful that its owners just finished the construction of a 6000square-feet addition that doubles the store space. Abaco is developing and we are keeping up with the demand, said Mr. Ian Roberts, one of the partners. Abaco Groceries opened as a wholesaler catering not only to restaurants and other businesses but also to the general public. Mr. Ian Roberts mentioned that the freezer capacity is now doubled and with the increased space, more products will be available. We are expanding our lines, he explained. To accommodate smaller families, Central Abaco News Please see Central Page 17 The M/V Betty K VI is shown at the freight dock in Marsh Harbour. The boat began coming regularly to Abaco on May 6 and will be on a weekly schedule. In the foreground are the cement weights for channel markers coming into the Marsh Harbour port. The channel is narrow and most of the pilings that marked the channel when it was dredged are missing, causing a couple of the freight boats to go aground. The new markers will be lit so boats will have no difficultly coming in at any hour of the day or night. A local company has begun putting them in place.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 A the grocery store is also offering smaller quantities. There have not been any changes to the structure of the store except for the addition which blends perfectly with the lines of the building. The entrance will remain where it is; however sliding doors will be installed to facilitate entrance and exit with the large shopping carts. Mrs. Melissa Roberts, also a partner, wished to remind the public that the store offers deliveries to Marsh Harbour businesses and to freight boats. A weekly delivery service to Sandy Point is now availableAbaco Neem Weight Loss Challenge EndsBy Jennifer Hudson Several very happy (and much slimmer) people gathered at the Abaco Neem office in Marsh Harbour on April 30 for the final afternoon of the Abaco Neem Weight Loss Challenge. The challenge began on February 1 and over the course of the following three months persons who were enrolled followed a regimen of healthy eating and exercise and were encouraged to take part in a group walk several times a week. The resulting average weight loss per person was 23 pounds. Daphne de Gregory, Manager of Abaco Neem and organiser of the event, was very pleased with the result stating, Although there were two winners of the monetary prize, everyone was, in fact, a winner because everyone lost weight. Winner of the grand prize was taxi driver, Sharon Hunt, who lost a total of 52 pounds during the three months. Sharon has had to buy a new wardrobe for her svelte new figure as she has proudly gone from a size 33 to a size 12. It wasnt easy but it was worth it, she admitted. Determination was the number one factor in getting to be the winner. My mind was made up from the beginning to change my whole way of eating and exercising. I ate only healthy foods and exercised every morning and afternoon. Bertram Mills, Junior, came in a very close second with a weight loss of 50 pounds. Since he also had made such a valiant effort, the organisers of the event gave him a runner-up prize. Mr Mills attributed his success to the vegan lifestyle he has adopted and a strong exercise programme. Two factors really caused me to take control of my weight; my cholesterol was steadily climbing for a three-year period and I saw a friend suffering from colorectal cancer. In addition to this stimulus to change my lifestyle, I was tired of being fat. Being fat takes a lot of effort and energy and leads to inertia and boredom. Mr. Mills was the only man taking part More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 16 in the challenge and he wanted to know, Where are the other men ? They are supposed to be role models for our children. Mr. Nick Maioulis, owner of Abaco Neem, added that it is, in fact, easier for men to lose weight than women. Another two members of the Mills family also participated in the challenge as they wanted to do it as a family. Julia lost 37 pounds and Tishura lost Please see Central Page 18 Progress is being made on the solid waste landfill that is located on the road to Snake Cay. This landfill is planned to accept garbage from the entire island of Abaco including the cays. The landfill design has large level areas lined with a heavy plastic lining that will contain all substances. This black lining can be seen above. As an area fills up it will be covered with quarry. Two transfer areas are being constructed, one in Little Abaco and the other on the road to Cherokee. Garbage will be trucked from these two transfer areas to the landfill. We have been told that when this is operational, all local dumps will be closed.


Page 18 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007 BETTY K AGENCIESWeekly Freight Service between MIAMI, NASSAU and MARSH HARBOUR, ABACOBetty K Agencies, Ltd. Don MacKay Blvd. P.O. Box AB 20116 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-0593 Fax: 242-367-0594 Betty K. Agencies Ltd. C. Trevor Kelly Bldg. East Street North P.O. Box N 351, Nassau, Bahamas Ph: 242-322-2142 Fax: 242-322-6089 Betty K. Agencies (USA) LLC 3701 NW South River Drive Miami, Florida 33142 Ph: 305-635-4650 Fax: 305-635-4651Miami Office Abaco Office Nassau Office Nassau DepotBradley Street opposite Kemps Funeral Home in Palmdale Accepts freight Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 12 noon to 7 p.m. 17 pounds. Twenty-two persons enrolled in the challenge at the same time except for Felamease Sawyer, who joined the programme one month after everybody else. She did extremely well in losing 27 pounds in that short time. Ms. Sawyer is very eager for the programme to run for a second time and so plans are underway to organise a second challenge. Some people dropped out because they did not value what they invested in, stated Ms. De Gregory. Janice Pinder, Jane Collins and Coral Johnson were named most dedicated walkers and a special thank you was extended to Theresa and July for walking with and encouraging the group.Art Guild organizesBy Mirella Santillo In April the Abaco Art Guild elected a new board with Mrs. Anyes Adams as president and Mr. Michael Adams as vice president. The new secretary is Mrs. Cathy Dohn while Mrs. Jo-Ann Bradley remains the treasurer. To start her tenure, Mrs. Adams organized a painting session with a model at her home on Guana Cay for interested artists and a monthly art show at Caf La Florence. Each month new artists will have the possibility to exhibit their work at the popular caf located next to the Fire Station. More Central Abaco NewsThat event was inaugurated on May 3rd with live music and hors doeuvres. The artists for the month of May are Brigitte Bowyer-Carey, showing water colors of still life and fauna, Michael Adams palette knife paintings in acrylics and water colors and Jo-Ann Bradley exhibiting marine scenes.Central Pines updateBy Samantha V. Evans In an effort to maintain and improve the safety and quality of life for the residents of the Central Pines Sub-division, the Central Pines Association continues to work to fulfill this. Since the start, the residents have had to work hard but they are pleased to report that they have had some successes. The Crime Watch Mobile Unit patrols on a regular basis to safe guard the homes in the neighborhood. As a result of this, a Peeping Tom was discovered outside a neighbors window and the police was called. Crime signs have been put up around the sub-division. Thanks to the help of Mr. Paul Mills, two large dumpsters are in place and collected regularly from those locations. Residents can request door-to-door pick up for a small fee. All derelict vehicles have been removed. President Bernadette Hall was happy to state that many of the residents now have telephone service and many more are presently getting service. This is a great accomplishment for the Association. There is still a big stray dog problem that is getting worse because persons who own dogs are not taking proper care of them. Residents are asked to secure their animals so that they dont roam the streets including female dogs with litters of puppies. Another area where they are still having problems is with the petition for cable service. After working with one of the local Cable Bahamas technicians for a long time and coming so close to getting cable service, the technician was transferred to another island. Now they have to start over! However, they plan to take their request to the highest authority or even boycott if they have too. They all agree that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! The Central Pines Association invites residents to join them as they fight to keep their area safe and clean, and to demand the quality of service for all. A recent Family Fun Day was held to raise funds for a Central Pines Community Center.Disaster management meetingBy Mirella Santillo Summer is approaching and with it the threat of hurricanes. Because of the destructive impact of the last few hurricanes on The Bahamas and the United States, preparedness has been on the minds of many people. Government agencies (NEMA/ FEMA), international organizations (Red Cross, Echo) and volunteer committees (AVIT on Abaco) have undertaken to spread disaster awareness and disaster management through seminars and training sessions. In an effort to address the subject, Mrs. Elaine Martinborough from Urban Renewal organized a meeting for local government representatives with Mrs. Beryl Armbrister, who came from the U.S. Embassy in NasCentralFrom Page 17 Please see Central Page 19 The winners of the Abaco Neem Weight Loss Challenge were presented with their monetary prizes. Sharon Hunt, second from left, lost 52 pounds and now wears a size 12. Nick Maioulis is presenting the check to her. Runner up was Bertram Mills, Jr., who lost 50 pounds. Ms. Daphne de Gregory is presenting his check.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 A Mr. Edison Key My family joins me in expressing sincere thanks and appreciation to the wonderful people of South Abaco for your overwhelming support and confidence in electing me to represent you as your Member of Parliament for the next five years. There is much work to be done, and I am assured that together, with the help of Almighty God, we will get the job done. Edison KeyTo God Be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done!Thank You, South Abaco! Thank You, South Abaco! ... 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!sau to give a presentation on the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. She represents the United States organizations in The Bahamas and also in CentralFrom Page 18 More Central Abaco NewsBelize, St. Kitts, Nevis and St. Lucia. Mrs. Armbrister outlined the objectives of that agency which is based in Washington, D.C. It provides humanitarian assistance in case of major disasters by saving lives, alleviating human suffering and reducing the economic impact of disasters. The Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance works in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization. There are mandatory prerequisites for receiving assistance from that organization: the disaster has to be beyond the ability of the affected country to respond it must be of sufficient magnitude to warrant the United States intervention assistance has to be requested. Once these criteria are met, the Chief of Mission, usually the United States Ambassador, may declare that a disaster exists, she explained. Some of the aid available could be: aircraft at the disposition of the affected country for damage assessment relief commodities technical specialists regional advisors funding for proposals from national government agencies, international agencies or United Nations agencies for relief and rehabilitation Funding is paid directly to the service providers who have to be clearly identified and not to a government agency of the country. Mrs. Armbrister said that networking with non-government organizations such as the Rotary, if present, is encouraged. These organizations usually oversee the distribution of food and non-food supplies, primary and emergency health care, water and sanitation and shelter and housing, camp management and refugees protection and logistics and warehousing. The major scope of the Foreign Disaster Mrs. Beryl Armbrister from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau explained the assistance available from the United States after a disaster. There are specific qualification that are required before they will offer assistance. Shown here is Mrs. Armbrister, left, and Ms. Salomie Gibson of the Social Services offices on Abaco. Please see Central Page 26


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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 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 LauderdaleBy Eric Carey, Director Bahamas National Trust Recent research in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park shows that threatened coral reefs can be helped to recover by protecting fish species in marine reserves. Scientists from the University of Exeter in Britain, the American Museum of Natural Historys Center for Biodiversity Conservation and their collaborators have already demonstrated that reserves are an effective way of preventing the over-exploitation of valuable marine resources like grouper. A further study published this week in the U.S. journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows for the first time how marine reserves can also help coral reefs re-establish and grow by promoting fish species that graze on harmful algae. Both studies were done in the 171squaremile Exuma park, a marine reserve administered by the Bahamas National Trust. The BNT is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation created by parliament in 1959 to manage the countrys national park system. These results from the Exuma park show how vital it is to implement our goal of protecting 20 per cent of Bahamian reefs and other marine habitats, as well as to actively manage our reef fisheries, according to Eric Carey, BNT executive director. The scientists involved in the Exuma study are part of the Bahamas Biocomplexity Project, a multi-agency programme focusing on coral marine ecosystems in The Bahamas. The Project is funded largely by the US National Science Foundation and is headed by Dr. Dan Brumbaugh of the American Museum of Natural History. They are trying to understand, through observation and modeling, how an expanding network of ecologically connected marine reserves affect biodiversity, fisheries, and human welfare inside and outside the reserves. In addition to containing tremendous biodiversity, coral reefs throughout the Caribbean support local fisheries and important tourist industries. Researchers are building statistical and theoretical models of the natural and human processes that can influence the conservation and economic functions of a network of reserves and protected areas. Marine reserves are areas of the sea that are protected against potentially damaging human activity such as fishing and prospecting. Currently, only 1.4% of the worlds coral reefs are located within marine reserves. Researchers, found that the number of young corals doubled in areas where parrotfish and other native fish were protected by a fishing ban. They concluded that the reserve enabled young corals to survive well because algae and seaweed, which often prevent coral from taking hold and growing on rocks and existing reefs, were controlled by grazing parrotfish. We know that if you stop killing fish youll end up with more fish, but what hasnt been clear is what the ecological effects are of having more fish in a reef system, said Dr. Brumbaugh. Some have worried that protecting too many predators would result in a decline in herbivores, which would subsequently cause an increase in algal cover. Weve seen that you actually get less algae because there are enough herbivorous species like parrotfish to keep it in check despite the presence of more predators. This shows that not only is a marine reserve good for fishes, its also good for corals. According to Peter Mumby, a professor at the University of Exeter who is lead author of the research paper, this is the first evidence scientists have found that marine reserves benefit coral. Reefs are unique ecosystems that have supported thousands of fish and other marine species for millions of years. Dr Mumby said. We estimate that humans have already destroyed around 30 per cent of the worlds reefs, and climate change is now causing further damage. These findings illustrate the need to maintain high levMarine preserves benefit reefsels of parrotfish on reefs in order to give corals a fighting chance of recovering. In addition to foreign funding agencies, the study was supported by the Bahamas Department of Marine. Resources and the Bahamas National Trust. In 2000, the government declared its intention to protect 20 per cent of the Bahamian marine environment within a network of marine reserves, and is currently working to implement five reserves. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was created in 1958 and became a marine fishery reserve in 1986 one of the first such protected areas in the wider Caribbean.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 21 A Replace your old countertops with locally made tops of Marble & Granite For More Information Call 242-367-4726(Abaco Ace Hardware)Marsh Harbour, Abaco its all aboutPEACE OF MINDall is safe and secur e Nassau Collins Ave 242 322 2341 Thompson Blvd 242 325 8776 Mall at Marathon 242 393 6286 Family Islands Freeport 242 3527119 Abaco 242 367 2688 Exuma 242 336 2420 www.jsjohnson.comMOTOR HOME LIFE TRAVEL By Julian Lockhart After years of trying to put together a proper recycling plan for Abaco, Friends of the Environment in conjunction with the Abaco Tourist Office has finally seen its hard work pay off. With the Mills Brothers Fabricating company joining forces with these two, the plan came to fruition with Friends of the Environment and Tourism setting up all the depots throughout Abaco, educating the public on the importance of recycling and Paul Mills company doing the work of picking up the goods to be recycled, setting up a base of operation and shipping them off the island. Mills Brothers Fabricating is in partnership with Caribbean Recycling of New Providence and their base of operation is just north of the BEC power plant on the S.C. Bootle Highway. Mr. Mills was originally from Murphy Town but has been living in the United States for over 20 years. He decided to move back to Abaco to expand his business as he builds compactors and garbage containers. He said, I am in the garbage business and I have been working with waste management in Ft Lauderdale. I decided to come home. Friends of the Environment, Tourism and Environmental Health contacted me and it sounded like a good idea because we all wanted to clean up our island because this island is a tourist destination. They started it but they turned it over to me because I had the garbage truck, the facility to handle it and the enthusiasm to do it. People will recycle. I just had two phone calls from the cays that they are shipping batteries, old aluminum parts, old cars and cans to me. I guarantee it will work. The way we are housing garbage over here is totally wrong because the containers should be closed in and with no smell, Mr. Mills added. The Mills Brothers Fabrication will recycle all aluminum goods such as cans and wheels, batteries, radiators, catalytic convertors, air conditioners, fridges, stripped or non-stripped copper, outboard motors including props, old heavy equipment and steel. Mr. Mills will pick up all recycling goods from the depots set up by Friends of the Environment throughout Abaco. He will also pay for scrap aluminum, copper and other metal or steel recyclable items if the person takes them to the depot. However, if Mr. Mills has to pick them up, then he cannot pay for the goods. Friends of the Environment board member Bernadette Hall said they are currently touching almost every point of Abaco and in every settlement. They are hoping to have every school, church, business and home recycling. Ms. Hall said anyone is interested in bottle recycling should contact her at the Ministry of Tourism office or call Lindsey McCoy at Friends of the Environment. Ms. Hall said, This is fabulous, it is great and we are excited about it because this will help the landfill. This will also help with the education process because, as you know, global warming is becoming an issue. We will be using this as education in the schools and also hopefully the adults. Pollution is a serious issue with batteries, so we are really pleased that we will be able to get the batteries out of the landfill. We have articles from other countries where batteries have been going into landfills and the medical challenges they have caused with young children being born with serious defects. This will absolutely help the environment and not only with the debris but also health-wise and our tourism industry. Hopefully, this will help keep everything clean, green and pristine, she concluded.Recycling program is expanding


Page 22 A The Abaconian May 15, 2007 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 BIKESTreasure Cay hosts White Marlin TournamentBy Julian Lockhart The Juel Marie proved that patience is virtue and the race isnt over until the fat lady has sung as it came from behind during the final 35 minutes of the Bahamas White Marlin Open to win the three-day tournament in Treasure Cay. Leading the White Marlin Open was Dixie Devil with 750 points which led its closest competitor, Bodacious, by 150 points. But that was when Juel Marie hooked two white marlins to put them in position for the win. With a white marlin release on day two, Juel Marie already had 300 points. With the quick release of the first white marlin, it brought them even with Bodacious. Then they released their second white marlin with only minutes remaining to move ahead of Dixie Devil. The three-day light tackle tournament was sponsored by Hatteras Yachts and MarineMax Yachts and Brokerage and had a fleet of 24 boats competing. Dixie Devils captain, Patrick Borgan, said, We werent disappointed at all. That is just how it goes in this game. The guys who won are very good friends of mine so I figured if it couldnt be me, I am just happy it was them for sure. You have to go all the time and hard work pays off, he added. Dixie Devil released three blue marlin, three sailfish and one white marlin to take second place and Bodacious couldnt capitalize on two solid days of fishing by adding any points on the final day. This tournament is open to any Bahamian boat that wants to enter. The entrance fee is $1,200. In the Fun Fish categories, the largest dolphin trophy was taken by Mistress which brought a 61-pound fish to the weigh scale. For the second year in a row, Fisherman Joe-Kel won the tuna category weighing in a 38-pound yellowfin tuna.Boat Harbour hosts BBCs first legBy Julian Lockhart The Dixie Devil went into the last day of fishing with a slim lead But after finally hooking their first two blue marlins of the week, they were able to easily win the first leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship held at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. This is the 34th year for t he BBC and the first leg was held from April 22-27. It was a fast start for a number of boats, but they couldnt compete with the Dixie Devil. It was also the top release boat of the week. The Dixie Devil finished with 2,600 points after reeling in 12 sailfish, one white marlin and on the last day two blue marlins. The BBC is a catch and release tournament. Each boat has to pull in the fish and take a digital image of it with a date and time that can be clearly seen before releasing it. Capt. Borgan of the Dixie Devil said, It is definitely a nice way to start things off. We have been working very hard. My mate, Kyle Francis, is the one who does all the work. He makes me look good. I have the easy job, all I do is drive. We have been seeing a lot of fish and we had a good week up in Treasure Cay last week with that tournament (Bahamas White Marlin Open). We saw five blue marlins that week and I kept waiting to see a blue marlin this week and it finally happened today (Friday). There are five legs of the BBC with the Harbour Island leg next at the Valentines Marina and Harbour Island Yacht Club. The competition then returns to Abaco for the Central Abaco Championships and Treasure Cay Championships, which are both in Treasure Cay. The close out tournament is the Boat Harbour Championships. Boats earn points in three different ways with each boat receiving points for just participating, fish points and then bonus points for finishing first, second or third. It helped Dixie Devil a lot because of the number of points that separated them from second place and also grabbing the early points for winning the first leg. Mr. Borgan said that all they have to do now is continue their hard work and hopefully the luck of the last couple of weeks stay with them as they continue fishing throughout the summer. Anyone can enter the BBC and it is open to Bahamians if they want to enter. The entry fee is $1,800, which includes all social functions for up to four people. The boat is responsible for it own dockage, fuel and other expenses. There was one Bahamian captain, Scott Eldon, captaining a yacht from New York. Finishing second was Captain Jack with 1,641 points and Shameless finished third with 1,300 points. Mr. Borgan said, It does take pressure off and makes it easier going into the other legs. We will keep working real hard and doing what we have been doing. It is definitely a nice way to start. I cant begin to tell you the hard work this team has done over the last couple of months to put ourselves in the right position to get lucky, he concluded.Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament ResultsBy Karen Huff-Lowe This year the Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament celebrated its 37th year of anglers fishing our Abaco waters on April 19th 26th. Although the weather hindered many from participating, those that did had a good time landing some nice fish. The anglers also enjoyed socializing at the awards banquet and partaking of the delicious food provided by Cracker Ps on Lubbers Quarters on April 27th. The conflict of the dates with school and the tournament kept some junior anglers from participating as well, but those who were able to fish had some wonderful accomplishments. As a matter of fact, the only billfish landed this year was by a junior angler. Thus, we continue to encourage junior anglers to get out there and fish. Once again, the tournament was honoured to award the winners beautiful handmade trophies from our local Little Harbour artist, Mr. Pete Johnston. Persons receiving awards this year are as follows:Junior/Junior Class (12 and under) Boys: 1st place: Jacob Komaniak, 50 lb. shark 2nd place: Jacob Komaniak, 21-inch bonefishJunior Class (13 to 16 years) Boys: 1st place: Stony Lowe, Sailfish 2nd place: Stony Lowe, 16 # dolphinMens Division: Please see Tournaments Page 23It is the season for fishing tournaments 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


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 A 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 Syd Roberts received awards for his 13.5pound dolphin on 8# test line and a 21-pound dolphin on a fly rod. Bob Sheffield was awarded for his 23-pound, 18-pound and 24-pound dolphin entries in the 12#, 80# test and wire line classes, respectively. Shane Carroll caught a 22-pound dolphin on 16# test and a 20-pound dolphin on a hand line to win awards. Brett Osbourne won with his 28-pound and 32-pound dolphin entries on 20# and 130# test lines. Ross Thompson landed the largest dolphin in the tournament weighing in at 32 pounds on a 30# test line. Rafael Roca won a trophy with a nice 25-pound dolphin in the 50# test line category. Ron Anno won an award in the bonefish category for a 21-inch bonefish landed.Womens Division: Jane Thompson received an award for a 14-pound barracuda on a 12# test line. Lisa Hardiman took home a trophy for her 20pound dolphin on 50# test line. Peggy Magee received awards for her 19-pound and 26-pound dolphins caught on 80# and 130# test lines, respectively. Karen HuffLowe was awarded for her entry of a 12pound dolphin landed on a hand line. Special Awards: The Kelly Vernis Memorial Trophy for the largest fish weighed in by a lady angler was awarded to Peggy Magee. Mr. Sydney Roberts, owner of Nokomis received the award for the overall Best Boat Trophy. We encourage anyone who is interested in participating next year to make plans to visit our islands in the spring and sign up for the tournament that will be held April 17-25th, 2008. All are welcome! We hope to see more junior anglers out there fishing and bringing along their friends to participate as well in the tournament next year.Hatteras wins the ShootoutBy Julian Lockhart Fish Tales went into day three of the 28th Annual Bertram Hatteras Shootout with only 200 points and not looking as if they had any chance of winning the four-day tournament held from May 9-12. However, Fish Tales definitely ended up with a tale to tell as they ended up with three blue marlin releases on day three to storm into first place and to school the rest of the field in winning with a total of 1,700 points at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina. Going into day three, the tournament which features Bertram and Hatteras yachts competing for first place and the bragging rights for one more year as to which company is better, it was a close fight but no one expected Fish Tales to be the one to win it all. Hatteras ended up with the overall title as they finished with a total of 9,700 points over the three days, easily holding off Bertram with a total of 7,000 points. Both companies had five top 10 finishes but Hatteras, led by Fish Tales finished first and second and had three of the top four overall finishes. Hatterascal that ended up finishing second with 1,400 points got off to a fast start on day one with a total of 1,000 points with two blue marlin releases. However, they couldnt continue the momentum with only two white marlin releases the final two days. Finishing third was Bertrams Matrix with two blue and one white release for a total of 1,200 points and fourth place went to Sweetums with one blue, two white and NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sundaytwo sailfish for a total of 1,100 points. Bertram took the lead on day one but couldnt maintain its momentum as Hatteras stormed back in day two and then blew them away in day three for the overall win. Hatteras had a total of 14 blue marlin, 12 white and three sailfish while Bertram finished with 11 blue, seven white and one sailfish. In the Bertram/Hatteras newsletter they said they would like to thank the two title sponsors for their support and participation. It added that the tournament is still top five in the world and it is still THE SHOOTOUT. TournamentsFrom Page 22Locals and visitors alike go for the big fish Dont Drink and Drive


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Interment was in The Grand Bahama Memorial Park. He is survived by his wife Rachael; son Adam; daughters Bridgette and Danielle; sons-in-law Todd and Billy; daughter-in-law Sonya; grandchildren Eric and Lynsi, sisters Nellie, Ella and Mollie; brothers Scott, Willis and Ray; brothers-in-law Sidney, Warren, Brian, Earl, Marty, Ronald, Lowell and Billy; sisters-in-law Kay, Gloria, Debbie, Pam, Bonnie, Paulette, Evelyn, Sherrie, Gina, Vickie, Jackie and Sue; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Hiram Davis, 82, originally of Bluff Point, recently of Murphy Town, was held on May 20 at the Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church. Officiating was Pastor Ricardo V. Bain, Pastor Leonardo D.K. Rahming and Pastor Michael A Smith. Interment was in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. His is survived by his wife Verleta Davis; sons Prince, Cardinal, Hank, Terrance, Fritz and Harrison; daughters Gwendolyn, Wently, Ruth and Norma; sister Edith Clarke; sons-in-law Eustace, Henry, Aaron, and Howard Sr; daughters-in-law Melvease, Barbara, Anita, Leigh, Audrey and Gerry; grandchildren Edley, Fredericka, Ricardo, Rex, Steve, Timothy, Quincy, Angela, Rhonda, Tamika, Jerome, Clinton, Marco, Quinshikka, Kareem, Olympia, Sheriska, Henrietta, Ashney, Ashton, Ashron, Eronique, Howard Milton Jr, Taja, Leotha, Talia, Terrance Jr, Fritz Jr, Adwardo, Marva, Wendy, Mario, Anwar, Ahmard, Beion, Marcia, Renarldo, Juliette, Anishka and Wesley; granddaughters-in-law Joy Swain and Jackie Bootle; grandsons-in-law Terrance McDonald, Brent Lowe, and Carl Archer; great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Flora Lowe, Gertrude and Willamae Dawkins, Cleola and Lana Sawyer and Eulamae Pinder; brothers-in-law Estin and Abraham Sawyer, Leonard and Clifford Knowles, Benjamin Dawkins and Brennen and Davis; nieces Marjorie, Nora, Ellouise, Mahalia Lisa, Crystal, Roxaleta, Cecile, Sandra, Joy, Helen, Florence, Deidre, Cindy, Sharon, Lisa, Donna, Misty, Patricia and Carla; nephews Henley, Vandyke Benjamin, Joseph, Roswell, George, Basil, Johnny, Charles, Vaughn, Tony, Bernard, Leslie, Zander, Mark, Marvin, Ernest and Timothy; godchildren Barbara, Thurston, Michael, Dawkins, Rudolph Smith and Rodney Bootle and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Julienne Soutien 64, of Marsh Harbour was held on May 12 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Marsh Harbour. Father Roger Madrazo officiated and interment followed in the public cemetery in Marsh Harbour. She is survived by her husband Exantus Murf Pierre; brothers Edwa and Wilfred Soutien; sisters Juslaine and Endre Soutien; brothers and sisters-in-law Vergela Laws, Celita, Vernel, Wilvaunson and John Charment and Milane Louis; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Laverne Theresa Maynard, 47, of Dundas Town was held on May 19 at the Church of Christ in Marsh Harbour. Officiating was Pastor Jason Quashie, assisted by Min. Leslie Rolle. Interment was in the Dundas Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her sons Edward, Terran, Valton and David; daughters Inez, Merilyn, Noella and Brittany; grandchildren Omar and Meldeka; daughter-in-law Peaches; brothers Ruel Smith, Sultan Sands, Anthony and Stephen Douglas and Nehemiah Saunders; sisters Evelyn Henfield, Olive Forbes and Kariss Gray; brothers-in-law Bishop Clifford Henfield and Pastor Cecil Forbes; sisters-in-law Vemie Smith, Almeta Sands, Debramae and Jacqueline Douglas and Venetta Saunders; uncles Arnold Hepburn and Samuel Davis; aunts Ileen Mackey, Rebecca Simms, Dendelia and Modena Hepburn; nieces and nephews including Min. Darren Henfield, Clifford Jr., Carlos, David, Sydney, Toyan, Trevan, Ryan, Alonzo, Michael, Rudy, Sultan Jr. Neil, Justin, Jamaal, Darronn, Jerrod, Mark, Zhivargo, Treyvaughn, Stacy, Sabrina, Genova, Ann, Jacqueline, Triad, Julia, Daneisha, Lynn, Cecilia, Jennifer, Tiffany, Amanda, Natasha, Nekhira, Nemara, Nerissa, Mispah, Priscilla, Lakeisha and Lateisha, Jada and Sanfa; nieces-in-law Diedre, Judith and Etilda Henfield, Lakeisha Douglas and Beryl McIntosh; nephews-in-law Shawn Robins, Ramon Adderley, George Wilmore, Javares McIntosh, Johnny Saunders and Lavar Emile, grandnieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral services for Alva Sinclair Knowles 51, of Dundas Town was held in Nassau. Interment was also in Nassau. He is survived by his wife Kathleen; children Kenva, Gino, Jimmy, Nicky and Tracey; mother Sheila Knowles; sisters Belinda, Barbara, Lynn and Portia Knowles, Thelma Saunders and Janet Sargeant; brothers Alexander, Derek, Vance and Wilfred Knowles; aunt Ivy Gibson; uncles Davie Gibson and Endell Adderley; nieces Shamon, Alexandria, Delcara, Shanell, Ashley, Samantha, Devonia, Toya and Melissa; nephews Alexander Jr., Demerick, Shawn, Delinson, Leonardo, Ronald, Derek Jr., Keith, David, Aruthur. Narada, Philip, Vernon Jr., Melvin Jr., Mychal, Stephon, Joetiko and Vanhuesen; mother-in-law E.V. Sands; father-in-law George Sands; sisterin-laws Maxine Knowles, Sandra, Mary, Bibi, Brenda, Regina, Melanie, Tanzania and Betty Sands, and Albertha Edgecombe; brothers-in-laws Arthur Saunders, Vernon Sargeant, Sam Huyler, Henry, Bruce, Perry and Gary Sands; grandnieces; grandnephews; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends Obituaries of Family and Friends


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 25 ABy Mirella Santillo There was nearly a religious atmosphere at the National Masters Tournament being held at Hummingbird Restaurant in Marsh Harbour during the evening of May 4th and the afternoon of May 5th as the qualifying trials for the selection of the Bahamas National Darts Team was on.Marsh Harbour hosts National Dart TournamentEight people from the Nassau Darts Association, five from Grand Bahama Darts Association and 11 from the Abaco Darts Association competed for two days in a round-robin style tournament. They were focusing intensely on the darts board while spectators and players waiting their turns whispered. The event continued to the wee hours of Friday morning, resuming on Saturday from noon till six p.m., after which the trophies were awarded. Ms. Trudy Johnson from Nassau came first with 115.5 points with Ms. Angela Russell of Abaco coming second for the ladies with a total of 71.5 points. Mr. Harry Brown came in first with 202 points. Mr. Barry Payne was in second place while Mr. Tony Moree came in third position. All three men are from the Nassau Darts Association. Mr. Shane Sawyer from Abaco qualified with 141 points and a fourth place. The six people who qualified will travel to the Netherlands in October to defend the Bahamas National Team in the World Darts Federations World Cup Championships. The World Cup is held every two years, explained Mr. Malcolm Spicer, President of the Bahamas Darts Federation, and we have been contestants in many countries. However, the participation of Ms. Russell and Mr. Sawyer marks the first time in many years that members of Abaco club qualified to compete in the World Cup. Mr. Malcom Spicer explained the way the players obtained their points. It is though a system that awards points for games won, number of darts thrown and score above 95. The fewer darts thrown to complete a game, the more points would be awarded to the player. Each match included three games of 501. This means that the men played a total of 45 games between them and the ladies 21 games. It was a grueling process, Mr. Spicer added, and it was quite a display of the game of darts. He mentioned that one of the most impressive highlights was when Mr. Payne recorded a 12 dart game. He added that the team will continue to practice until the trip to the Netherlands in preparation for the tournament and is asking for the support of the Ministry of Sports, the corporate community and the general public. The National Dart Tournament came to Abaco for its annual competition that was held at Hummingbird Restaurant. There are three associations in The Bahamas, Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco. The winning team will travel to the Netherlands in October for the World Cup Championship. Buckle Up... Its The Law! The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. 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Page 26 A The Abaconian May 15, 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 inconvenience any of the airline operations. Final drawings with the approval to go ahead were sent to Mr. Harlin Johnson, manager on Abaco for Bahamas Hot Mix, early this year. Bahamas Hot Mix staked out the new runway about two months ago and has now started clearing for the 6,100 foot runway. We are presently in the process of pushing up the soil so we can get to the lime rock, stated Mr. Johnson. Some of the clearing work has been sub-contracted out.We have to excavate the marshy area to whatever depth we find solid rock. We will then put lime rock base back into the excavated areas up to six to eight inches in layers. These will be compacted until we reach ground level. Once all marsh areas AirportFrom Page 1 Assistance, however, is to provide resources to prepare key people in the countries at risk in the fields of shelter management, initial assessment, damage assessment and needs analysis and training for instructors. Some of these courses may be available on Abaco before the summer and the people attending the meeting agreed that Shelter Management and Initial Assessment were subjects they would like to learn. A tentative date of June 11-14 was set. CentralFrom Page 19 are approved, then we will start leveling the existing base, explained Mr. Johnson. When this is complete, then we can start preparations for the base work of the entire runway. Density compaction will be tested throughout the process. Once done, the final decision will be made as to when to start paving. It may be in the latter part of this year. While I was speaking with Mr. Johnson, he received a telephone call informing him that the new Hot Mix Asphalt Plant which has been purchased specially for this runway will soon be arriving on Abaco from the United States. Many music lovers on Abaco will remember the very popular concerts presented in Hope Town and Marsh Harbour a few years ago by the Bahamas Concert Orchestra on three occasions. The orchestra, consisting of approximately 25 members at the time, flew here by charter flight with its entourage, not only of musicians, but also instruments both large and small which then had to be transported by truck and ferry to the concert location at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. This was no mean feat as the cargo consisted of not only a set of regular drums but also two large kettle drums and unwieldy double bases which, in their cases, looked more like oversized coffins. In addition to some splendid standing ovations, the orchestra also earned the unusual distinction at one of the performances at the Abaco Beach Hotel Pavilion of possibly being one of the only orchestras in the world to have a streaker run through in front of the orchestra during the performance! On May 5th in Nassau, this now 60member symphony orchestra plus 50member Bahamas Concert Orchestra Chorus presented a special performance of the very moving work by Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man; A Mass For Peace in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Mr. E. Clement Bethel, well known Bahamian musician and composer. Mrs. Jennifer Hudson, who writes for The Abaconian and is now Abacos resident violinist, founded the orchestra in 1991 and returned to Nassau to play first violin in the concert. She was presented with a bouquet at the close of the concert in recognition of her founding of the orchestra. She hopes to be able to get the orchestra to Abaco again sometime in the near future.Orchestra performs special Commemoration ConcertCanker survey is underwayBy Mirella Santillo Three officers from the Ministry of Agriculture in Nassau came to Abaco during the last week of April to conduct an inspection of the citrus farms that had to be destroyed because of citrus canker. This initial inspection is to be continued by the local staff of the Department of Agriculture, commented Mr. David Knowles, the officer in charge on Abaco, until the whole island has been inspected. It is too early yet, he said, to determine if the deadly fungus has been completely eradicated from Abaco. 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May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 27 A Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour....367-2963 Above & Below, Marsh Harbour.................367-0350 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 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 28 Apr 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 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud...........367-2095 Chaulks Ft. Lauderdale............................... 954-359-0329 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................367-3415 Island Express Ft Lauderdale..........................367-0169Southern Air Nassau.......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Calypso Fort Lauderdale ......................367-0140 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 Its an adventure 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 10, MAY 15th, 2007Eight Police promoted to SargeantBy Mirella Santillo In March 2007 two veterans of the Royal Police Force posted in Marsh Harbour, ASP Wayne Miller and Chief Insp. Godfrey Ferguson, received confirmation that the promotion they had been awarded the previous year had become effective. ASP Wayne Miller is now Superintendent of Police while Chief Inspector Godfrey Ferguson is now Assistant Superintendent of Police. I am still the officer in charge, explained Mr. Miller, but Mr. Ferguson will be given more responsibilities. That announcement was followed a few days later by the promotion of several policemen on Abaco. In a ceremony held on April 30th eight corporals were promoted to the rank of sergeant: Corporals Paul Johnson, Ashley Hepburn, Corrie Scott, Larry Rolle, Jennifer Rolle, Christopher Farquharson, Anton Knowles and Remy Minnis. In another ceremony later that same day nine constables were promoted to corporals. They were Officers William Smith, Jerome Ferguson, Mark Lewis, Cassidy Smith, Vernique Miller, Dominico Boyd, Christopher Higgs, Valentino Smith and Erika Colebrook. It was the most promotions at one time on Abaco, commented Supt. Miller. Con-Local officers advanced instead of bringing in othersOn April 30 several officers assigned to Abaco were promoted. Shown here is the group who were promoted to the rank of sergeant Seated are Insp. Gregory Barr, ASP Godfrey Ferguson, Supt. Wayne Miller and Insp. Delancy. Standing, first row, are Sgt. Larry Rolle and W/Sgt Jennifer Rolle. Standing, back row, are Sgt. Remy Minnis, Sgt. Paul Johnson, D/Sgt. Christopher Farquharson, Sg t Antoine Knowles, Sgt. Corrie Scott and Ashley Hepburn.. Please see Police Page 2 By Julian Lockhart Mans best friend got a chance on May 12 to make its handlers look good at the Second Annual Abaco Dog Training Club All Breed Obedience Trial, sanctioned by the Bahamas Kennel Club, in Marsh Harbour. A number of dogs from Abaco, all breeds and sizes, proved they are just as good and in a lot of cases better than their counterparts throughout The Bahamas. Maureen Koepp and her two dogs, Splash and Katie, and Amanda Darville with India have won more obedience titles than any other dogs in The Bahamas and this is without any professional trainers on Abaco. There were 13 dogs in the competition with 10 from Abaco, two from New Provi-Dog training club held dog showSeveral Abaco dogs won titles at the Dog Training Club Obedience Trial held in Marsh Harbour on May 12. The top three dogs in obedience training in The Bahamas are in Marsh Harbour. Mrs. Maureen Koepp owns two of them and Mrs. Amanda Darville owns the third one. Shown above is the judge for the show, Mr. John Mett from Savannah, Georgia, who is an AKC accredited judge. WIth him are Mrs. Kim Roberts with Trooper, Mrs. Koepp with Katie and Mrs. Darville with India. Please see Dog Show Page 6 By Mirella Santillo In order to boost creativity among local residents and increase the production of Bahamianmade craft items, the Director of the local Tourism Office, Mr. Don Cornish, organized two jewelry-making classes which were coordinated by Mrs.Jewelry making class was popularTwo classes taught the skills necessary to make bead and wire jewelry. The women enjoyed learning and some are hoping to use their new skills to earn extra income by making jewelry. Please see Jewelry Page 16 A bulldozer began widening one of the track roads in the Abaco National Park, pushing down trees with its wide blade. When this was discovered, the Bahamas National Trust was notified as national parks come under their jurisdiction. Mr. Eric Carey, Director of the Bahamas National Trust came to Abaco to investigate. Mr. Carey felt that is was a case of miscommunication between the heavy equipment operator and developers. Much of the land along the shore line adjoining the park is privately owned. The owners have a right to access their land. One of the pieces of land is under consideration for a tourist facility. The prospective owners need to survey the land and hired a heavy equipment operator to grade an existing track road to allow surveyors to get to the property. Please see National Park Page 16BNT investigates road work


Page 2 B The Abaconian May 15, 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 UNDER CONTRACT 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 Condo 2 bed, 2 bath, A/C, turnkey, with pool $640,000RENTALS AVAILABLEShop our lisings online atwww.ParadiseBahamas.com May 15, 07Big Bamboo Elbow Cay Charming 3 bedroom/ 2 bathroom island home nestled on a half acre hillside lot with spectacular views of the bay & sunset. Private dock slip included. 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Luxury Estate: Please contact us for details Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 gratulations to all, he continued, but to whom much is given, much is expected. More responsibilities will be expected of us all. He reminded them that policing is not done in the police station but on the streets and stressed the role they have to play in training and guiding junior officers. I trust you, I beg of you to make sure that what you do in the line of duty shows integrity. The integrity of the force has been questioned at times; it is up to all of us to maintain this integrity and to gain the trust of the communities. You judge a man by what he does when nobody is looking, he ended. Mr. Miller pointed out that instead of bringing outsiders here as supervising officers, the government has elected to promote officers in station, a show of respect towards the Police Force of Abaco.Police receive communication equipmentBy Mirella Santillo The Abacos police department has been equipped with a new state-of-the-art wireless communication system that will enable them to communicate from one end of the island to the other. From Marsh Harbour I can now communicate to Walkers Cay or to Moores Island, commented Supt. Wayne Miller, Abacos police chief. Once the system is fully set up, the police will be able to reach any island of The Bahamas.Creole Speaking Officer BotinBy Mirella Santillo If you have gone to go to the Mud or Pigeon Peas recently, you might have noticed a police officer strolling through one of the settlements. Since March 9th Officer Nelson Botin has been assigned to the two Haitian settlements. Officer Botin was born in Nassau of a Haitian mother who immigrated by herself to The Bahamas. The policeman who was sent from Nassau because of his Haitian background explained that at the beginning of his assignment, he received mixed emotions from the residents of the settlements who thought that perhaps he was there to report them to Immigration or to spy on them. But because he speaks Creole, people started to relax and come to him with their complaints. It is hard for them to go to the Police Station. There is a language problem and a fear of being reported to Immigration, he explained. Anyhow, most of the grievance is from domestic problems, he added. Their status problem and the state of their accommodations help sow the seeds of unhappy relationships. They get frustrated because they dont see any headway, he went on. In spite of his background and his understanding of the problems linked to the two immigrants settlements, Officer Botin has not encouraged any friendships among the residents. I get involved with the kids sometimes, playing marbles or ball, but I am a Police Officer first and do not want to encourage anything that would interfere with my job. Anyway, he said, most of them are law abiding people. There is only a little group of trouble makers. Asked what solution he sees to what is generally recognized as a problem, he thought for a while before answering prayers first. During a recent meeting organized by the Police News PoliceFrom Page 1 Please see Police Page 20 In a ceremony on the afternoon of April 30 nine constables stationed on Abaco were promoted to corporals. Shown here are, seated, ASP Godfrey Ferguson, Supt. Wayne Miller and Insp. Gregory Barr. Standing are Cpl. Edison Mark Lewis, Cpl. Christopher Higgs, Cpl. Cassidy Smith, WPC Erika Colebrooke, D/Cpl. Ballentino Smith, W/Cpl. Vernique Miller, Cpl. Jerome Ferguson, D/Cpl. Dominico Boyd and Cpl. Wilshire Smith.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 3 B HIGH ROCKS #3248 VILLA ESPANOLASS SS SEAEA EAEA EA VV VV VIEWIEW IEWIEW IEW Mediterranean-style 4 bed 3 bath home. Completely private. Formal living/dining rooms. Fully furnished. $980,000.Bill.Albury@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com TILLOO CAY #2723 TILLOO DREAMYY YY YOU OU OU OU 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. $868,000.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 #3079 SAND BANKS HARBOURWW 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 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.com05/15/07BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND LOT 58, BLOCK 11, SUBDIVISION I #3351 Reduced to $24,000. Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298 MARSH HARBOUR 10-ACRES ON WATERFRONT #3100 $2,500,000. Contact Laurie Schreiner: 242.367.5046 GREEN TURTLE CAY COCO BAY LOT #3031 $650,000. Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298 TREASURE CAY HOME SWEET HOME #3032 $250,000.Contact Stan Sawyer: 242.577.0298 CONTINUED IN SECTION A, PAGE 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. $795,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 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 #3748 OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITYAA 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. gar age/storage. 100 ft. dock permit. Lot 15,000 sq. ft. plus. $950,000.Stan.Sawyer@SothebysRealty.com 242.577.0298 www.SIRbahamas.com 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. $345,000Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com GUANA CAY #3001 GUANA BEACH HOUSEQQ QQ QUAINTUAINT UAINTUAINT UAINT beach house with 2 bed, 1 bath on stunning sandy beach property dimensions: 60 ft. on the water x 242 ft. deep. $650,000.Kerry.Sullivan@SothebysRealty.com 242.366.0163 www.SIRbahamas.comTILLOO CAY #3792 ONE WATERFRONT ACREWW WW WAA AA A TERFRTERFR TERFRTERFR TERFR ONTONT ONTONT ONT great elevation and room for a protected dock with water depth. $350,000.Laurie.Schreiner@SothebysRealty.com 242.367.5046 www.SIRbahamas.com MARSH HARBOUR #1306 REGATTAS oF ABACOUU UU UPSCPSC PSCPSC PSC ALEALE ALEALE ALE 1,150 sq. ft. 2bed 2 bath beachfront apartment. Quality built interior, mordern Luxury amenities. $2,800p/mVirginia.Damianos@SothebysRealty.com 242.322.2305 www.SIRbahamas.comKerry Sullivan t 242.366.0163 Jane Patterson t 242.366.0035 Laurie Schreiner t. 242.367.5046 Stan Sawyer t 242.365.8198 Bill Albury t 242.367.5046 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING PRICE REDUCED FOR RENT NEW LISTING UNDER CONTRACT PRICE REDUCED NEW PRICE PRICE REDUCED UNDER CONTRACT


Page 4 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007Aisle 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 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 Family Empowerment SeminarBy Samantha V. Evans The family has been the topic of focus a lot recently as many church leaders and educators have been trying to discover the reasons for the decline in the performance of students in school, the increase of domestic violence in our country and the increase in the many social ills that have been plaguing our communities. To this end Pastor Nigel London, the Administrator of Soul Saving Ministries decided that a conference was a necessity. The conference was held over April 18th20th at the Church of God in Dundas Town under the theme Family Resurrection and Empowerment Conference which addressed the principles needed for believers to let Christ be their righteous example. Pastor London focused on the family, finances and leadership. He has been an ordained minister for a year but has been working in the ministry for over 15 years. He wants to see families reunited and dedicating their lives fully to the principles of the kingdom of God. He sees love as the core of every home. He wants children to realize the significance of having great regard for their parents. He would like to see fathers get more involved in the lives of their children, especially in the areas of mentoring and guidance. All of the speakers were very firm on family as all of them play a pivotal role in their own families. Over the three nights numerous church groups came out so that their youth could be blessed by the messages. On the first night Pastor London spoke on the topic premarital syndrome (PMS) and addressed what persons should do to get ready for marriage. Apostle Raymond Wells spoke on what to do when marriage has occurred and Apostle Farquharson spoke on the power of agreement in marriage.Adventists Promote Better LivingBy Samantha V. Evans Earlier this year Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church held its Better Living Health Conference in the parking lot of the Loyalist Plaza. The focus of this event was on helping persons to manage their health, weight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Many doctors of natural medicine believe that diabetes can be cured using herbs, healthy eating and regular exercise. One such doctor is Dr. Steve Preddie from Florida who spoke about diabetes and other diseases, explaining to them that these diseases can be kept under control by taking herbal products. He stated that the success of these natural products have been so good that no other form of medicine needs to be taken along with them. Other presenters were Drs. Leon and Alvira Higgs from the Better Living Center in Nassau who spoke about natural health laws such as sunshine, fresh air, exercise, healthy eating and drinking lots of water. They also prepared sample vegan meals and gave out free recipes. Mr. Collie stated that those persons who are adopting a healthy life style should exercise at least five times each week, eat sparingly, especially at night, drink lots of water, and not smoke or drink alcohol as they can neutralize the benefits of adapting a healthy life style. Long Bay School teaches students the importance of eating healthy foods and taking care of themselves. They learn that there is an alternative way to eat. Many of the students stick with this healthier way even into adulthood. Once persons make the necessary changes to their life, they will begin to feel good about themselves and see benefits in their body structure and vitals such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the like. Mr. Collie acknowledges that life style changes are hard to make but the benefits are worth it.Praise and Worship SeminarBy Samantha V. Evans Praising to Worship was the theme under which the first Praise and Worship Seminar was held on Abaco hosted by Grace Baptist Church in conjunction with Bahamas Faith Ministries International. This event was held over the weekend of April 20th-22nd at Grace Baptist in Dundas Town. Church worship leaders, ushers, musicians, dancers and those desiring to serve in church ministries gathered to learn from the visiting team. Church News Please see Church Page 5 A group from the Bahamas Faith Ministries International in Nassau held a Praise and Worship seminar at Grace Baptist Church in Dundas Town. Representatives from many churches attended and realized that their Praise and Worship could be much more meaningful. Sandy Edwards from Abaco is second from the right.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 5 B This seminar was the brain child of the Asst. Pastor of Grace Baptist, Mr. Livingston Edwards, who was inspired by an event he attended in Freeport. Upon his return to Abaco, he presented the idea to senior pastor Bishop Clifford Henfield ,who agreed and the planning began. The opening night was a moving experience as 20 churches were represented. They were entertained by the team of visitors from Nassau including many well known performers. After the team showcased some of what they came to teach the hundreds of church workers, Min. Mark Bethel, the Praise and Worship Leader from Nassau. took center stage. He stated that he was honored to expose the audience to samples of what praise and worship can become in Abaco churches. He stated that church goers need to take part in praise and worship. He and his team plan to teach church personnel how to make the church experience meaningful for all persons. The directors from the dance and banner ministries were very encouraged and felt it necessary to comment on their experience. Ms. Scott stated that the reception was excellent and her expectations were far exceeded She was able to benefit from their comments, questions, and concerns. Mrs. Maxine Evans, director of the Banner Ministry, stated that she was happy to impart what knowledge God gave to her to those in attendance. She wants to encourage them to have the right attitude because even though they may preach it, sing it, or teach it, people want to see them living all that they have said. The seminar ended with a church service on Sunday morning.New Vision extension is blessedBy Julian Lockhart New Vision Ministries took another step forward in creating an atmosphere where their members could worship in comfort with the blessing of their new extension and official opening on April 15. The church first opened its doors in 1994 in Abaco Shopping Center before moving to its current building on Jerusalem Drive in 2000 when Pastor Derek Benjamin stepped to the pulpit. Since then it has grown immensely and is doing its best to meet the demands of its parishioners. The new extension to New Vision is 4,800 square feet with three nursery rooms, eight Sunday School rooms, a conference room and Pastor Benjamins office. Pastor Benjamin said, It is another vision realized in the life of the church and for the purpose it is going to be used for. For Gods glory in educating the children and making them to become more like Christ. This allows us to have the facilities to do that. We were in cramped quarters previously, jammed up in the church, and now they have the separate classrooms where the lessons can be more effective, he said. New Vision has one of the largest youth groups on Abaco. In order to maintain this strong following, the Sunday School classes are paramount in getting the younger children in touch with their Christian faith. Pastor Benjamin said it in important for the church to build relationships and to teach the children the relationship they can have with Jesus Christ. New Vision Youth Pastor Chris Pinder said, We are using it for classes for chilMore Church News ChurchFrom Page 4 dren ministries and it will help with some after activities for us. It was not very difficult once we came up with the plan and everyone jumped on board. We knew what we needed to raise and we raised it. The new construction cost $475,000, From donations and pledges $212,000 was raised from the church members. A Christian singing group from Grand Bahama, the Lion of Judah Sounds, entertained young people at New Vision Ministries on May 12. The event was a fund raiser for a group of girls to attend a conference in the United States. That church has a very active program for young people. Concert with rythymBy Julian Lockhart Almost 100 teenagers proved on May 12, that the church and Christian music still has its draw for the young people. The New B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367.2798 Fax: 367.5098 Please see Church Page 21


Page 6 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 9 Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection ofBrass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless SteelHurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting ll ll l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 ll ll l Fax (242) 365-6039 dence and one from Minnesota. The most impressive dog/handler combo was Brenda Sawyer and her 16-month golden retriever, Shadow, as they surprised everyone by passing three tests in the novice division to earn her Companion Dog title. A dog and handler must pass three tests with two different judges to earn each level in obedience training. There are four divisions in obedience trial with beginners, novice (companion dog), open (companion dog excellence) and the top utility (utility dog). Mrs. Sawyer said, I felt awesome. I did not expect to come out here this weekend and do this. I didnt think we were ready, but Maureen, Kim and Mandy thought we were ready so we tried. We did lots of training and lots of work. This is the first time I have done it. But when I got him, I wanted him to obey and not to run wild, she added. Also receiving titles were Ms. Darville with India, Mrs. Koepp with Katie, and Sarah Leonard with Sunday. All earned their titles. Ms. Leonard with Sunday also completed their utility title and Mrs. Koepp and Splash passed one test in the utility division. Sunday is Ms. Leonards fifth dog to pass the utility title in The Bahamas, as she has been showing dogs in the Bahamas for the last 18 years. As a professional judge, trainer and breeder, Ms. Leonard put on a short demonstration as to how best to start training a dog, not only for showing in the ring but to be a better pet at home. Mrs. Sawyer said she feels everyone on Abaco who has a dog should go through the basic obedience training because that way the dog will obey the owner and know who is master. Kim Roberts with Trooper, Mrs. Sawyer with Shadow and Ms. Leonard with Sunday earned their rally novice titles. Austin Koepp with Katie, Dianne Fletcher with her Sheltie, Tonya Gay with Foxey and Ms. Leonard with Sunday all completed their rally advanced titles. Ms. Darville with India, Mrs. Koepp with Katie and Mrs. Roberts with Maya completed their rally excellent titles. Timmy Roberts and his dachshund started off slowly but by the end of the third test in the beginners level was able to finish with the highest score of 180. Ms. Leonard said, Everybody should have his dog trained and I recommend that they should be trained about 18 weeks in a good obedience class so they can be a well mannered dog and a good house dog. This by far is the best training club I have seen in a long time. The instructors go to camps in the United States for training. The quality of the dogs is really good and it shows in the titles won this weekend. Every dog that comes from here is so good. I dont think people realize there is a dog school here. The Abaco Dog Training Club has training classes all year long in the lot next to Bristol Wines and Spirits in Marsh Harbour. The club began about four years ago and two years ago became a chapter under the Bahamas Kennel Club. There are many levels of obedience if a person wants to enter a dog in a competition. However, all puppies and even grown dogs should receive some training just to make them a better pet. Mrs. Maureen Koepp is the organizer of the club. Dog Show featured well trained Abaco dogs Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 367-0364 367-5642 Fax Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 844-5387 M/V Legacy c/o Palm Beach Steamship 158 B East Port Road Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact (242) 393-4371 393-3829 394-7529 Fax 394-0057 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New ProvidenceServing Marsh Harbour Weekly with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm BeachLEGEND loading Monday in Palm Beach Arriving Tuesday in Marsh Harbour LEGACY Loading Tuesday in Nassau Arriving Wednesday in Marsh Harbour Leaving Thursday for Nassau Both ships serving Green Turtle Cay Charter freight stops en route on request Deans Shipping CoDeans Shipping office at the Marsh Harbour dock M/V LEGEND M/V LEGACY


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 7 B #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. #3263$375,00018th Century Historic Man O War Cottage Hilltop corner lot and is just a 2 min walk to the beach. This classic historic Loyalist cottage is complete w/ modern amenities including A/C and an updated kitchen, 2 bed, 1 bath and a loft that can accommodate up to 4 people or 6 kids. Excellent views of Man O War harbour. Room for futher development.West Wind White Sound Man O War Cay#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#3391$299,000In the quaint settlement of Hope Town in the lane overlooking the Hope Town harbour behind the famous bakery of Vernons Grocery is a 100-year-old home that needs a handyman to bring it to life again. It is two floors and exterior wood is made of Abaco Pine.Treasure Cay Lot Hope Town#2200 & #2201 Abaco 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 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 $120,000 Abaco Ocean Club Beautifully located vacant lot with a magnificient view of the Sea of Abaco and only steps away from the community dock. This lot is close to the water and across from the beach. Ocean View Subdivision$300,000 Spectacular ocean views from this choice hilltop location. Ideal for a subdivision on rapidly growing Lubbers Quarters. 15,190 sq. ft. of lush terrain, this immense acreage will give a great return on investment. A must see, as this location is in great demand.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


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Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste Bahamas Waste works with you to assess your needs and exceeds your expectations! Compactors and open top containers available. Specalizing in construction and demolition waste. Portable toilets coming soon. Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 Telephone : (242) 357-6888 ll ll l 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830 367-0830Located at the Marsh Harbour Airport Roundabout, Marsh Harbour, Abaco 466-3990 By Candace Key The trip home is always more fun when you are laden down with trophies and new titles! Thats just how it was for the excited group of 7 dog owners/handlers from Abaco as they returned from the annual Bahamas Kennel Clubs International Dog Show and Obedience Trials.Some of these dogs have so many titles they should appear in the Dog Hall of Fame It just goes to show that with patience, rewards of kindness and love and determinationany title can be reached. Dog showing is a wonderful family hobby and taking care of and training a dog properly can be a valuable family activity. The award winning group is Mrs. Candace Key from Hope Town with her Bedlington Terrier, International Best in Show, American and Bahamian Champion Breezy won the Terrier Group at the show. Breezy is also shown in the States as a champion and has many Best of Breeds there. Mrs. Kim Roberts with her Golden Retreiver, Maya, won three titles. Maya was the first dog on Abaco to earn the Rally Advanced title. Mrs. Mandy Darville is the newest addition to this traveling group of handlers and their dogs. She has done very well with her dog named India. India just earned the first leg (section or part) toward her CDE title. Mrs. Maureen Koepp showed her Standard Poodle Splash. Splash just won the last leg on her CDE title and also finished the RE title. Splash won High in Trial at this show, meaning she outscored all dogs entered in the obedience section of the show. Quite an accomplishment! Maureen and her son Austin both show their Shetland Sheepdog, Katie. Katie is now working on her RA title. Austin especially enjoys showing in Junior Handling Class. In those classes the judge watches how skillfully the young handler guides his dog around the ring. In this case the handler is judged, not the dog. Austin has proved his skill in this class, often winning Top Junior Handler with Splash or Katie. Mrs. Janice Hocking and husband, Mr. David Brown, enjoy showing their black Standard Poodle Flash, who is Splashs sire. He just won the second Challenge Certificate needed for his Bahamian Conformation title. Flash and his people live on Scotland Cay and in Maine. These dogs have earned quite a reputation at the Nassau shows. Mrs. Key has won more International Best in Shows and Best in Shows than any other person has. There are only four dogs in the Bahamas with the Rally Advanced Title. Three of them are from Abaco: Maya, Splash and India. There are only two dogs in the Bahamas with their Rally Excellent title and Splash is one of them. Splash has five obedience titles. This makes her the Most Obedience titled dog in the Bahamas. India has three titles which just goes to show how smart a Potcake is! India is the most Obedience Titled Potcake in the Bahamas. No matter how big or small, purebred or Potcake, dogs make wonderful companions. Treating a dog with love and respect enriches your life as well as theirs. Its a long proven medical fact that taking care of a dog or any pet calms a person resulting in lower blood pressure and pet owners are proven to live longer. So, put a leash on your dog and go for a walk. Enjoy the relationship you build with your Best Friend! Ribbons and trophy pictures abounded surrounding the successful Abaco team who attended the Bahamas Kennel Club International Dog Show held in Nassau. Dogs and their owners from the Bahamas, U.S. and Canada compete for prizes in conformation and obedience events. Shown here are Mrs. Candace Key, Mrs. Kim Roberts, Mrs. Amanda Darville, Mrs. Maureen Koepp, Austin Koepp, Mrs. Janice Hocking and Mr. David Brown. Abaco Dog Handlers Return From Nassau Show Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre Sea Star Car Rental Foest Heights Academy New Vision Ministries


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 9 B 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 15, 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. 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. "Oceana" (Ref # 498) Furnished 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath private home with open floor plan and British Colonial decor for elegant, comfortable living. Located on Sandpiper Beach with magnificent views, garage, landscaped, beachside deck $1,875,000. "Harbour's Edge" ( Ref # 191) 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 s/f harbour front home, 90' of bulkhead for dock with 8'+/depth, waterfront views through large glass doors, open kitchen, interior decor includes hand painted tropical mural, 2 car garage, 1/3 acre lot with privacy walls. Mediterranean style pool, fully furnished. $1,265,000. Harbourfront Condo (Ref # 688) Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath ground level condominium with superb views of Treasure Cay harbour & marina. Located in Mariner's Cove complex. Good rental history $345,000. UNDER CONTRACT Beachfront Vacant Lot (Ref # 462) 1.82 acre cleared lot with 144' of prime beach frontage, located on prestigious Ocean Blvd. All utilities available. Limited beach lots available in this area $1,695,000. TREASURE CAY "Doub le 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. LEISURE LEE Beach Villa # 506 (Ref # 636) 2 bed, 2 bath garden view villa, completely renovated in 2005, all new furnishings & appliances. 1,250 s/f beautiful living space, Private garden patios Reduced $435,000. Canal Lot on Galleon Bay (Ref # 569) Protected canal lot near Galleon Bay entrance for quick access to Sea of Abaco, all utilities at lot line, very well priced $350,000. UNDER CONTRACT Large Canal Lot # 195 (Ref # 602) Choice corner canal lot at junction of four canals, offering spacious 15,344 s/f with 197' of sea-walled, deep water canal frontage on two canals. Fully cleared, all utilities available, fantastic views. Close to pristine sandy beach. $334,000.SOLD SOLD SOLD


Page 10 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 By Jennifer Hudson Brian Kakuk is a well known name in international dive circles as he has taken part in world-class expeditions in The Bahamas, United States and Mexico since the early 1990s. He currently has more than 2000 exploration dives to his credit. His name is now becoming more and more familiar to the people of Abaco since he began working here almost three years ago on the Sawmill Sink Project. Mr. Kakuk is a veteran explorer with more than 17 years of underwater cave exploration in The Bahamas under his belt. He grew up in California, then entered the United States military as a navy diver. In 1988 he came to The Bahamas and worked for seven years at the Autec base on Andros. After that he moved on to Exuma as Diving Safety Officer for the Caribbean Research Centre and for the last three or four years has travelled over the entire Bahamas working with the film industry. He has worked as Dive Safety Officer for underwater filming and has also starred in and assisted in the production of the underwater scenes in such films as Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 Into the Blue and The Cave He has appeared in a feature for the Discovery Channel. Mr. Kakuk settled in Marsh Harbour in May of 2006 to begin Bahamas Underground, a cave and technical diving training and adventure facility which he owns in conjunction with Mr. Michael Albury. This is the only such facility in The Bahamas and provides training and guiding services in deep diving, mixed gas diving and rebreather diving in some of the best blue holes and underwater caves in the area. Mr. Kakuk can provide training in all levels of cave and technical diving including Megalodon CCR as well as provide guiding services for small groups of cave divers. The facility offers all equipment and experience to make Bahamian cavern and cave diving the best experience possible. We may expand into dry cave tours and kayaking to fill a void in this area. There is fantastic kayaking and the opportunity for many different tours to explore geology and bats, for instance, enthused Mr. Kakuk. Almost three years ago Mr Kakuk was hired to cave dive in The Bahamas and one day was looking around during decompression. It was at that point that the whole excitement of the Sawmill Sink Project began. The Sawmill Sink Project has revealed more than 35 freshwater crocodile skulls, nine tortoiseshells of a completely new species never before known to science as well as remnants of extinct birds, snakes and bats. I had been looking for the right place, people and caves for 10 years and this was it, stated Mr Kakuk. This has led to a joint project between the Bahamas Caves Research Foundation and the Florida National History Museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His environmental and conservation efforts have earned him a reputation with the Bahamas government and environmental NGOs as an expert in blue hole and underwater cave environments of the Bahamas. His work at Sawmill Sink is ongoing and is being funded by the Bahamas Government for two years. He is currently working on the largest informational data base on Bahamian Blue Holes ever created and has presented a conservation proposal to the Bahamas Government for the protection of over 100 blue holes nationwide. The blue holes are incredible ecosystems; they are time capsules of Bahamian history from times before we were here to since we have come. These provide our water supply but unfortunately garbage isDiver is adding to Bahamas knowledge of the past Please see Diver Page 13 Brian Kakuk is discovering much about the history of The Bahamas centuries ago as he dives in blue holes, finding fossils that tell of past animals and plants. His diving techniques are highly skilled and quite dangerous. However, he is bringing up from the depths remnants from the past that are astonishing scientists. He is shown here in one of Abacos caves. The stalagtites shown here were formed when the cave was dry as they do not form in water. Now the cave is completely submerged. 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 CAYB AHAMA PALM SHORESTREASURE CAYBAHAMA CORAL ISLAND PELICAN SHORES MARSH 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: Res. Lot: $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.#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 CONTRACT1 Apr 07 #562885: Residential Lot: $575,900Rare offering: Stunning 23,558 square foot home site on Scotland Cay. Sea of Abaco frontage of 150.22, nicely shelterd hard shore, well elevated. NEW SCOTLAND CAY


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 11 B May 15th 2007 .Bahama Palm Shores -#5670 3 bed, 4,876 sq ft island home on 2 acre lot with 220 of beachfront, generator and pool. $995,000.00Call Mailin .Green Turtle Cay-#5532-2 bed/2 bath beach house on Bita Bay. Central A/C, fully equipped kitchen & much more. Great rental history Offered at $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 #5777-3 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 view lot, this 2,300 sq. ft. 3 bed/3 bath house is tastefully furnished & 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 Colonial-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. Comprises 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. Itadjoins 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 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. .This CBS 3 bed/ 2 bath home features 1,600 sq.ft of living space. It was built in 1999 and very well-kept. 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 .GTC #6077 2bed /2.5 bath house in Harbour View Estates. Nearby docking is available at Little Harbour.Tastefully furnished, beautifully landscaped grounds. Excellent rental history Offered at $490,000.00 Call Chris .GTC #6076-3bed/2.5 bath house overlooking an ornamental pond. Near beaches,town & public docks. The house is offered unfurnished, ceramic tiles Throughout,ceiling fans, central AC. Offered at $645,000.00 Call Chris NEW LISTING NEW LISTING


Page 12 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Independence Drive, P.O. Box N-4815 Nassau, Bahamas Tel ephone: 242-461-1000 Fax: 242-361-2525 www. babnancial.com Dear Valued Clients & Fellow Bahamians,I take pride in introducing British American Financial, the new face of the oldest, most trusted Insurance Company in the Bahamas. I am honored to advise that The Best Just Got Better! Established in 1920 as British American Insurance Company, we have a rich legacy as a leader in the community, providing protection for generations past your forefathers and mine and offering security for future generations. Back then, we dedicated ourselves to meeting the insurance needs of our clients. Walking door to door and working closely with our policyholders. Our career agents maintained a personal touch with you and ensured our sustained success. Today, despite our growth, I am happy to say that we have continued and will continue to offer the personal touch. You should expect to receive a level of quality service that is second-to-none. As we enter this new phase of our development, the re-energized British American is a 100% Bahamian-owned, full-service nancial company. We are pleased to advise that all rights and benets under your policies and contracts will continue and remain unchanged. Building on our legacy, we continue to offer the best and most exible Life, Financial Services and Health Insurance products, designed to suit Bahamians from every walk of life. Our line of products include Mortgages, Retirement Planning, Personal and Corporate Pension Plans; Savings and Investments such as Annuities and Mutual Funds. We offer a wide range of Financial Services to assist with planning for your future, no matter how little or how much you may have. We believe that discipline and a consistent prudent approach to money management will always win the day. We have three ofces in Nassau including our head ofce at Independence Drive and two branch ofces on Rosetta Street and Carmichael Road. Building on the legacy of going where the people are, we have expanded to George Town, Exuma, Freeport, Grand Bahama and Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Our career agents on the Family Islands are all fully equipped with the latest technology including hand-held PDA devices to offer you speedy and efcient service. As we continue to innovate and grow, we promise to never lose sight of whats most important you, our valued clients. We will keep our ngers on the pulse of the Bahamas and strive to provide dynamic and innovative programs that meet your unique needs. You will continue to feel our presence in your neighborhood through our sponsorships of Youth Programs, Breast Cancer Awareness and other Community Events that change lives. With 87 years behind us, and so many more years ahead, you can count on us to always be there for you and your loved ones. As we celebrate this important stage in the evolution of our Company, we invite you to feel free to call us or drop into any of our branches for a free nancial consultation. British American Financial will continue to be the best, offering you innovation excellence in service coupled with the latest technology to meet your individual needs and to continuously provide you with Financial Solutions for Life. Sincerely, I. Chester Cooper President & CEO


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 13 Bfound in these blue holes. Please do not throw anything into the blue holes, urges Mr. Kakuk. Another very serious message he wishes to pass on to people is, These places are not for undertaking open water diving activities. Training and equipment are needed to be very specialised otherwise the chance of getting out is not very good! It involves very specialized dive teaching as some of the spaces are incredibly small. I get calls to bring bodies out of caves, warns diver Kakuk. Mr. Kakuk is incredibly experienced and has participated in a National Geographic project in North Florida where he was under water for 21 hours. He frequently performs saturation dives which involve staying underwater for 8 1/2 hours at a depth of 300 feet. This type of dive requires 16 hours of decompression which is done in a recompression chamber. Here in the Bahamas dives are mostly two to three hours in duration at depths of about 140 to 180 feet. The blue hole in Treasure Cay is 250 feet deep, Sawmill Sink is 170 feet deep and a blue hole near Cherokee has a depth of 350 feet. The Sawmill Sink Blue Hole is the only one which is off-limits to cave divers. It will eventually be opened back up once all the data needed to complete the project has been procured. Sawmill Sink is presently being digitally mapped. It is illegal for anyone except a properly authorized archaeologiDiverFrom Page 10 Please see Diver Page 16Caves are revealing the pastLEEWARD 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 $907,500 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 3 bed / 3 bath upper unit $897,900 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 $859,900 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 CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT


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Students will be educated about how blue holes are nothing to be afraid of. and they will be instructed about the marine life of blue holes, their importance for fresh water, how it can become polluted and the importance of blue holes for tourism. The curriculum will be designed to be taught by teachers but divers, archaeologists and paleontologists will add show and tell so that the students can examine the actual artifacts. Mr. Kakuk started Bahamas Underworld in July 2006 and states, It is my first attempt to own my own business. I am extremely interested in the conservation of Blue Holes in the Bahamas and I feel that this type of business has the potential to show a significant source of tourism dollars. It is my desire to get the government on board. Bahamas Underground presents no competition to other dive operations on Abaco, states Mr. Kakuk. Divers must already be advanced divers who are looking for some type of adventure. It is a very intensive eight-day course involving 16 dives. Divers learn how to be very independent and able to survive in closed overhead environments (caves). Three locals are presently taking the class. I receive business from all over the world. As a contrast to his extremely busy and dangerous life as a cave diver and explorer and his interesting forays into the world of movie making, Mr. Kakuk also writes for DiverFrom Page 13 JewelryFrom Page 1 Millie Dawkins and Mrs. Darnell Swain. They invited two skilled trainers from Nassau to impart their knowledge to a group of nearly 30 women, who met for four evenings at the Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town. The first seminar which started on May 7th consisted of learning how to make jewelry items findings and beads made with sand and glue. The products can then be used to create earrings, necklaces and whatever else a whimsical perThe developers and the BNT had previous discussions which the BNT appreciated. The BNT feels that it can work things out amiably before there are misunderstandings and problems. It can ward off negative problems afterwards. The developers wanted to cut survey lines so they would know the boundaries and size of the property. They need more information than what they have now to be able to draw up plans to be presented to government. They will have an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done to present to government. The Abaco National Park with the parrots will weigh heavily on any decision about the development. The heavy equipment operator worked with a large tractor with a wide blade instead of using a small tractor that would have just improved the existing road. He mistakenly began working on Road 49 but then moved to Road 50. The resulting damage was not from trying to improve the road National ParkFrom Page 1 diving magazines. His next exciting venture is to oversee underwater safety for a world record diving attempt which will be made by a free diver in a blue hole on Long Island. This blue hole was chosen as it has a depth of 663 feet and is the deepest in the world. The diver will wear no fins and the dive is expected to take between three and four minutes. We are very fortunate to have someone of Mr. Kakuks calibre here on Abaco to not only train advanced divers and add a further dimension to the field of tourism but for the wealth of information he is garnering about past and present ecosystems on Abaco and where this knowledge can lead us in the future. but rather the blade was wider than the existing road. The major damage was pushing the bush off into the pine forest in some place up to 20 to 30 feet damaging the forest understory. Concerns were raised as it was believed that parrot nests are quite close to the edge of that road. Mr. Carey wants to determine the impact on the actual nests of these endangered parrots. The developers will fund a full assessment of the damage by Caroline Stahala. She did previous studies on the parrots in that area and will assess the situation. A report will be compiled on studies by her and other international naturalists. Another heavy equipment operator advised that when he was approached by the developers, they wanted the work done quickly, specifically wanting only to access the property. The tractor was removed from the area. Any future work will be done by hand. No work will be done during nesting season. son could think of. The class was taught by Ms. Monique Whyms, who said that the procedure came to her in a revelation. The first evening the class learned techniques and was given a list of materials. On Tuesday night all the participants were busy mixing the ingredients together to make beads. The participants proudly exhibited their creations at the end of the course; earrings and necklaces were the most popular. The next two days were dedicated to learning the technique of wiring jewelry. The class was taught by Mrs. Yvette Glinton, an expert in wiring and jewelry wrapping. This work was more complex than the previous one and required more tools and material. Much of the material needed for the projects was handed out in a kit and some of the tools and beads were offered for sale. Most of Wednesday night was spent practicing how to make a perfectly round loop. It is a technique that can be the base of many creative projects and a must to know for the amateur jeweler. Many participants used the beads they had made in the first seminar to create their projects. Mrs. Glinton said she was ready to come back to Abaco to teach more advanced techniques when people wanted her to. Most of the participants were very excited about their newly acquired knowledge. Many of them had also participated in other craft classes offered by BAIC such as coconut and conch jewelry making and straw plaiting.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 17 B 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 Well Done Drilling ServicesCall us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation! Call us today for a free consultation!Ph: (242) 367-4842 ll ll l Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Trenching: Trenching for underground utility services Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles planted Excavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator DiggingBy Julian Lockhart Abaco, like the rest of the Bahamas, is facing a major stray dog issue that could easily turn into an epidemic if something isnt done soon to correct the problem. Everyone can easily see the problem as stray dogs are consistently wandering the streets and neighbourhoods of Abaco. A lot of these so called stray dogs are actually not, because they are owned by someone. However, if a dog is not licensed, is wandering the streets or is on a run, then they are considered stray dogs. It usually starts out with a cute, little fluffy puppy that either an adult or a child falls in love with. But all of a sudden it grows up to be a not so cute dog and all of a sudden the love isnt there anymore. This is when the problems start. First, dogs are pack animals; stray dogs will form packs. If someone is not consistently feeding these dogs, they start to hunt as a pack. There have been numerous cases in New Providence where packs of stray dogs have attacked children while walking home from school or outside playing and have even attacked adults. How long will it take for this to happen on Abaco? An island that depends on tourism where tourists walk the street and need to feel safe, where kids walk from school and a place where pack dogs are running loose, it can start a lot of problems. These are all problems that can happen and very soon if something is not done about the stray dog and the number of puppies being born every year. The Abaco Ministry of Tourism is putting together an Abaco Humane Society to deal with some of the problems. Friends of the Environment also understands the negative affects of stray dogs and cats and has made several recommendations as to how to deal with the problem before it gets worse. There are a number of other small privatelyrun humane societies here on Abaco, but it seems as if they all cant get together because of personal politics. This is the time to put aside those differences to do what is best for the animals in question and the community at large. First, pet owners need to be more responsible. If your yard is not fenced in or big enough for a proper run, then dont get a puppy unless you plan to keep it in the house. Also it is law that every dog should be licensed. This can be done so at the Department of Agriculture. Secondly, unless you plan on breeding a dog and you have proper housing for the dogs and the puppies and you know the people who will get the puppies, then spay or neuter your dog. Thirdly, train your dog. It doesnt have to be trained to be a guard dog or to put in a show, but just to be a better pet and to protect the rest of the community from a wild and uncontrollable dog. The Abaco Dog Training Club runs obedience clinics all year long for puppies to full grown dogs, and they do a great job of making both owner and pet more disciplined. For all the stray dogs out there, something has to be done. Many people are against putting them down. If you dont agree with euthanasia, then board a number of these stray dogs in your own yard and feed them. How can one say stray dogs that can eventually lead to major community problems should not be put down peacefully if homes cannot be found, if you arent willing to take in some of these dogs and be financially responsible for them. Most of these dogs are starving, have diseases and are not happy. So the humane thing would be to put them out of their misery so the population can be lessened. And yes, I know what your argument will be. Should we put humans to sleep who are sick, starving or may have diseases? You know it is not the same. I love animals and have raised dogs all my life. We do need more responsible owners. But until that happens, something else has to be put in place to ensure the safety of our children and visitors who decide they want to walk instead of drive in a vehicle. There is no quick fix solution. 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Page 18 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MOREContractor Prices Available CALL/FAX365-8749oremail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PRICES BELOW U.S. RETAIL A Man with a MissionBy Jennifer Hudson There are many people who would not recognize the name George Wilmore; but if you say The Conch Man or Showbo, they know exactly who you mean. George has been chopping up conch salad for locals and visitors alike for the past 20 years and can be found on most days at his little conch salad stand perched at the waters edge between Harbour View Marina and Mangos Restaurant in Marsh Harbour. He has been in that spot for eight years, before which he was at the government dock and prior to that he started out on the back of a pickup truck. Originally, George was a lobster fisherman but lamented the fact that when people started laying lobster traps, the whole circumstances surrounding lobster fishing changed. Peoples attitudes changed and the situation became very serious. It became too much of a pirate life on the sea, and so I decided to get out and do something different, stated George, whose father taught him the sea life and always encouraged him to work for himself. Since working out of his own conch stand, George has talked with people from all over the world. This has taken me to a new level, opened my mind and taught me to think outside the box. People love my conch salad and have taken me to such places as Buffalo and Upstate New York to do parties for them, says George. His experiences with the tourists have taught him, Visitors do not want to come to be Americanized but want to get down with the Bahamian people and interact. When they feel good and are having a good time, they will spend more money, George commented. This thinking set George on a mission to do something about getting our Bahamian culture full force back to how it used to be with fully Bahamian entertainment, music, cooking and island crafts. In fact, I would like to see every island in the Bahamas with its population interested in seeing that tourism is the number one industry and each island striving to be the best in the country. Cultural experiences are needed for every island to target international markets. Locals need to set up for the visitors with such Bahamian essentials as carving, straw and craft work, ring play and entertainment. In order to bring more visitors here we must present our culture to them. George would also like to see better service in food stores, hardware stores, gas stations and other places of service. Abaco is growing bumper-to-bumper and people must understand that service is important. Good attitudes are imperative; people should not take their problems to the job. Employers should also learn how to treat their workers. George would like to see a Community Village here on Abaco selling all local goods from fruit and vegetables to crafts and offering hair braiding, carving, straw work, Junkanoo work and true Bahamian music instead of reggae and rap to encourage people to be entrepreneurs. He would like to see a stateof-the-art centre established especially for young people to be taught these indigent Bahamian skills so that when they come out of school, they will have a trade and therefore not be idle. They could be let out of school for a couple of lessons a week in order to learn these skills, feels George. Last November a seed began to take root in Georges mind which grew until he felt that he had to take his idea to Don Cornish, Director of Tourism for Abaco. After laying it all on the table, he was thrilled to find that not only did Mr. Cornish listen but felt that, indeed, it was a wonderful idea and well worth acting upon. This meeting has led to the formation of a large contingent of persons who traveled to Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida, to stage a week of Bahamian culture and to People in the News Please see People Page 19 George Wilmore, better known as The Conch Man, keeps visitors and locals supplied with conch salad that he makes at his conch stand in Marsh Harbour.


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 19 B Located at Abaco Beach ResortFull Service Dive Center Friendly Professional StaffScuba Diving, Snorkeling, Island Hopping, Sunset Tours Private Charters, Air Fills, Sales and RentalsAbaco 242-367-0350 US 321-206-9197 www.AboveAndBelowAbaco.com Golf Car DepotThree thousand used Club Cars in stock Call Today 954-941-3918 714-240-9456 www.golfcardepot.com educate locals there to the exciting ethnicity the Bahamas has to offer. A colourful picture of George working at his famous conch stand was painted by local well known artist, Marjolein Scott. It was originally intended that the painting would be auctioned during the event in Florida with half the funds going to assist George with his expenses. But when Mr. Ron Hucke, one of the persons from Florida involved in the organization of this event, came to Abaco recently and saw the painting at Georges conch stand, he immediately bought it. I have a passion about what I am trying to do but am seeking no glory; let God get the glory. I just want to set the pace to benefit the people of the Bahamas, states PeopleFrom Page 18 More People in the NewsGeorge, who will be a wonderful ambassador on the trip and is ready to work hard to see Bahamian culture really promoted here on Abaco for our tourists.Real estate agent completes courseBy Jennifer Hudson Bill Thorndycraft of Abaco Waterfront Properties has just returned from Fort Lauderdale where he completed a specialized course in todays technology that was conducted by the Council of Residential Specialists of the National Association of Realtors. This course is one in a series of professional education sequences required to qualify for the coveted Certifed Residential Specialist (CRS) designation and is the final requisite for Bill to acquire his Bahamian real estate brokers license. To gain greater efficiency, segments of the course highlighted acquiring skills in technology, including PDAs, digital cameras and contact managers as well as a basic understanding of how to market via agent web sites and e-mail. In affiliation with National Association of Realtors and as part of its on-going program of promoting the Bill Thorndycraft professionalism of the residential sales associate, the Council of Residential Specialists courses are presented throughout the US and in The Bahamas. Cancer Society Thrift ShopOpen Third Saturday 9 a.m. -12 Noon 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


Page 20 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Department of Social Services, Mr. Botin addressed the audience in Creole, explaining his background and the struggles he went through when he was growing up. I can relate to them, he explained. Since I came here, Ive learnt to appreciate the small things in life.Police Road Traffic Department have new officeBy Mirella Santillo At the end of February the Police moved its Road Traffic section to part of the old Sawyers Supermarket off Don MacKay Boulevard. The new premises are spacious with a reception area and several offices. A staff of two, Sgt. Henfield and Reserve Officer Janice Jones, presently handle the daily load of accident reports and traffic violations. Later on we will try to get sufficient staff to run two shifts effectively, explained Sgt. Henfield, but it is doubtful that it will happen before the summer. The office deals with problems occurring on land not only in Central Abaco but as far as Treasure Cay and handles traffic offenses such as parking tickets, lack of insurance or inspection, lost or stolen vehicles, documents or car plates and accidents reports. If something happens in Treasure Cay, explained Sgt. Henfield, the report would be sent here to Marsh Harbours main traffic office to be recorded. It will then be sent back to Coopers Town to be tried there. An average of 15 new cars are licensed every month on the island, increasing the traffic to dangerous proportions. Sgt. Henfield would like to remind everyone to drive safely and respect the speed limit. Road Traffic is presently working closely with the Ministry of Works regarding speed signs and school signs, he said. He assured that once the signs are in place, the speed PoliceFrom Page 2 By Julian Lockhart The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band has received numerous accolades from around the world and is touted as of the best marching bands in the world. The Abaco Police Community Youth Marching Band is hoping to at least be good enough to follow in their footsteps. What started as a pet project of Supt. Wayne Miller when he first came to Abaco in 2005 has grown into a strong contingent of 50-60 performers, who are all proving to be masterful and the band is preparing to take Abaco by storm. The marching band plays brass and wind instruments and, of course, has a strong drum line. Despite being called a youth marching band, there are a number of older members, The age group is from eight to however old someone wants to join. Supt. Miller said, When I came to Abaco what was glaring to me was the fact that there werent many extra curricular activities for the kids after school. I, myself, was a product of the youth band. I grew up in the Boys Brigade Band. I joined Boys Brigade from the tender age of five and it had a profound impact on my life. I was a member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band for sometime and I know the effect it has and the discipline that one needs to be a good musician. Young people are attracted to music. It gives them something to do. Gives them a sense of identity and allows them to grow up feeling accomplished in one way or the other. They can always transform the kind of discipline they get from music and transfer it into the rest of their lives. I thought the band was a good way to do that, and so far it has been a success, he added. W/Cpl. Miller is directing the band and is fully dedicated to the youth. Insp. Dennis Sturrup of the police band assists with the Moores Island youth band. Chief Supt. Sylvester George, who is the director of the police band, continues to lend the youth band his support and whenever there is a need for officers to assist with the training he does so. Supt. Miller is now organizing a work shop that will take place in June when all band members on Abaco and those who wish to join the band can take part. Sgt. James Hutchinson and Supt. Miller were the ones who started the band and did the initial training with the brass and wind instruments as both are accomplished musicians. They are looking to put on a concert later in the year as the band improves. It will be available to play at functions on Abaco. The majority of universities in the United States offer full scholarships to band members and the youth bands offer participants the opportunity to gain a full ride to gain a college education. Supt. Miller believes the band can be a feeder system for the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and there are members from the band currently working with the youth band. He said, Getting scholarships is our ultimate goal. We want this band to be seen as a stepping stone or feeder system for the police band as well as for these kids to have a viable opportunity to go to university and get a musical scholarship. That is our ultimate goal and hopefully other parents will see that the band as a viable opportunity for their kids to receive a higher education and that is what we are striving for, Supt. Miller concluded.Police youth band is progressing wellwill be strictly enforced by laser guns. The two officers are enjoying the bright and spacious premises that have been recently refurbished and painted. They are waiting for new furniture that will complete the decoration of this new department.Cook out furnishes new officeBy Mirella Santillo As a fund raising event to help furnish and decorate the recently opened office of Police Road Traffic, the local Police Department organized a cook-out on April 21st. The event took place in the parking lot of the old Sawyers Market where the new office is located. The function was organized by Sgt. Henfield with the help of Cpl. Knowles and Reserve Officer Janice Jones. Manning the barbeque was Mr. Richard Gibbs, who was in charge of cooking steaks and chicken which were served by Mr. Martin. Beer, wine and soft drinks were available. A constant stream of people came and for dinners, mentioned Reserve Officer Deborah Deveaux. There was a line at lunch time, she said, but most people took their food away. We could not get a tent, there was none available, commented Sgt. Henfield, who thought that the lack of shade might have been one of the reason for people not staying. However, he said that the event was very successful. Enough money was raised to buy nice furniture for the waiting area of the office. Cancer SocietyDonate Used Items to Be Sold in Their Thrift Shop Call 367-3744 for infoSupport the


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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 ChurchFrom Page 4 Vision Youth Group, led by Pastor Chris Pinder, has done a great job of finding ways to attract young people to church on weekends for youth groups and events by reaching out to them with what interests them. This time it was a Christian group from Grand Bahama, Lion of Judah Sounds with four performers and a disc jockey entertaining the crowd with secular beats but lyrics about God, salvation and avoiding the dangers and pitfalls that are set to capture the impressionable minds of the young people. Mr. Pinder said, It is really good to see all of these young people out here praising God. This is a way to reach anyone, it bridges the gap and it can get everyone on the same page and have some fun. We have to relate to people on a true sense on a true relating level. I think with them coming here and having fun leads to their thinking about praising God and changing what they think about it, he added. Pastor Chris has proven that it is not hard to reach the young people as long as you are willing to reach out to them, gain their trust and relate to them on what they are dealing with on a daily basis. This is the mandate of Lion of Judah Sounds, as they travel through The Bahamas performing and preaching the word of God at the same time. They sing Christian rap, reggae and dance hall and this was only a small fraction of their group. It took a while to get the youth to their feet. But once they started feeling the beat, they too joined in the dancing, singing and seemed to be enjoying themselves with the dancing of their peers on stage with the visiting performers. The concert was a fund raiser for Revolve, which is a group of young girls at New Vision who travel to a conference every year in the United States. On May 8th representatives from Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. held a Community Meeting at New Mission Baptist Church in Marsh Harbour to discuss the arrival of Western Union to Marsh Harbour. For too long Haitians working here on Abaco have had to risk sending money to their loved ones by way of acquaintances/friends/relatives or other personal courier services. This was neither timely nor safe. However, Fidelity is opening its Money Centre in the Abaco Shopping Centre in June, and any qualified person will be able to send or receive money all over the world quickly and safely on Abaco. Fidelity represents Western Union in The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and the Cayman Island s. Their office, called the Money Centre by Fidelity, will offer Western Union money transfer service, prepaid visa cards, bill paying and other retail banking services. The main focus for the opening will be Western Union money transfer services. In order to send money, initial approval is needed from Central Bank which Fidelity will assist with. The staff of Fidelitys Money Centre held a Sign Up and Send promotion on May 17th 19th at the premises in the Abaco Shopping Centre. Many people stopped in to express their enthusiasm and returned with their paperwork. Fidelitys Money Centre will be holding another Western Union Sign up and Send promotion at their offices on June 7th, 8th and 9th. The approval process takes between two to three weeks. When approval is sent back to Money Centre, funds can be transferred immediately. Visitors can also send or receive cash. They can get immediate service on presenting their passports.Fidelity Will Open Money Centre The wedding of Robert Alexander Nixon II to Sophillia Amanda Dixon took place on March 24, 2007, in Weston, Florida. The reception followed in Boca Raton. Mr. Nixon is the son of Robbie and Joan Nixon and Mrs. Dixon is the daughter of Gary and Daphne Dixon. Mrs. Dixon is in her final year at Florida International University studying business management. Mr. Nixon is opening a business, JRR Importers and Exporters, to serve the island of Abaco. The couple will be residing in Weston, Florida.Wedding Bells Rang Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe toThe AbaconianToday


Page 22 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO 2007 Summer Camp Permission Slip & Registration FormIf you would like your child to attend the Friends of the Environment Environmental Summer Camp, please complete this form and take it to the Friends office in Marsh Harbour or send it to: FRIENDS PO Box AB 20755 Marsh Harbour, Abaco I, __________________________, have agreed to allow my child, ________________________ to attend the FRIENDS Environmental Camp and to participate in all camp activities including trips. I agree that I will not hold FRIENDS or any camp staff liable for any accident or injury that may occur during this time. Location: Marsh Harbour Please Circle one: Senior Camp (ages10-13) June 25th July 13th Junior Camp (ages 7-9) July 16th August 3rd Location: Coopers Town Please Circle one: Senior Camp (ages 10-15) June 25th July 13th Junior Camp (ages 7-9) July 16th August 3rd Location: Sandy Point Please Circle one: Junior Camp (ages 7-9) June 25th July 13th Senior Camp (ages10-13) July 16th August 3rd Signature: ______________________ Date: ______________ Deadline for applications is June 20th 2007. Complete this application and return to FRIENDS. The office is located in the D&S Plaza above Dougs Place. If you need further assistance FRIENDS, 367-2721. 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 By Julian Lockhart The first project Friends of the Environment started under their new education initiative was teaching the students of Abaco the importance of coral reefs by building artificial reefs to be placed along Mermaid Reef off Pelican Shores. After months of building the reef balls, youth from the New Vision Ministries Youth Group, teachers from Agape Christian Academy and members of Friends launched the final 15 artificial reef balls last month. With the placement of these reef balls, Friends has now added 22 artificial reefs to alleviate the pressure on the natural reef, which is the most snorkelled area in Marsh Harbour. The reef balls were trucked to beach on the north side of Pelican Shores and then floated out to Mermaid Reef. Friends project coordinator Olivia Patterson said, This was definitely a big step because it takes a lot of manpower to put them in the water. The guys managed to do it pretty quickly. So we were very thankful. It was a combination of students and the youth group from New Vision Ministries that saved the day. It definitely did make the job easier and it cut down on our work by a couple of days, she added. Friends vice-president Jim Richards said it was great that the youth group showed up during their holiday to help because they were able to get all 15 reef balls on the reef in an hour and a half time and it was very successful. He added that a lot of these same youth helped make the reef balls, so it was good to have them place them on the reefs. They will be able to come back and watch the fish move in and the coral grow. Students from the different schools in Abaco helped build the reef balls by mixing and pouring cement into fiber glass moulds, then letting them set overnight before removing the moulds. An average artificial reef ball that was poured weighs around 300 pounds. They had to be floated out to their designated area, then dropped into the water by deflating the floating device in them. Ms. Patterson does not know if they will add more artificial reefs to the Mermaid Reef because they want to monitor them to see how they affect the area. However, they do want to keep the school children involved in the reef ball program. She feels that this first program was definitely a success. She sees students in town all the time and they are asking her when they will get to swim out to the reef balls and are really excited. Ms. Patterson said, What we are trying to do with the artificial reefs is expand the area at Mermaid Reef so that there is a larger surface to snorkel and provide more habitat for fish and other marine life. The secondary benefit of the artificial reefs is they will protect the natural reefs from debris in the current. It will hit the artificial reef first before it hits the coral. I would like to leave them there for a while, then monitor them. The school kids are going to help us with that and then see how it goes. Initially, we had planned for more, but it is a small area, she concluded. This is just one of the many education projects that Friends is currently running, Anyone who wants to get involved with the programs can contact the office just above Dougs Place.Summer camps will highlight the environmentBy Lindsey McCoy This summer Friends of the Environment will be offering summer camps in southern, central and northern Abaco communities, as well a traveling camp that visits the cays. The camps will be based on the successful Sandy Point Environmental Camp (SPEC) that was started in 2003 by the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey now known as the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO). SPEC was created to provide constructive and interactive summer activities for Sandy Point children with the aim of increasing environmental awareness in The Bahamas. Some of you may have been following the progress of SPEC over the years. The children of Sandy Point have learned to kayak, snorkel, in some cases swim, pitch a tent, identify constellations, identify native and invasive plants, and join researchers in collecting data on local Bottlenose Dolphins. As part of Friends burgeoning education program, they have partnered with Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization to expand the Sandy Point Environmental Camp model throughout Abaco. All camp activities will be designed to highlight the local environment and to teach new outdoor skills. They will all be day camps. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. and will be open to youth living on Abaco who have pre-registered for the camp. In Marsh Harbour the schedule will be: Senior Camp (ages 10-13) June 25-July 13 Junior Camp (ages 7-9) July 16-August 3 In Coopers Town the schedule will be: Senior Camp (ages 10-15) June 25-July 13 Junior Camp (ages 7-9) July 16-August 3 In Sandy Point the schedule will be: Junior Camp (ages 7-9) June 25th -July 13th Senior Camp (ages 10-13) July 16-August 3 Applications can be obtained online, from the Friends of the Environment office in Marsh Harbour or on this page. They are located in the D&S Plaza above Dougs Place. Applications are due by June 20. For more information call 3672721 or visit www.friendsoftheenvironment.org.Reef balls are in place


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 23 B MURPHY TOWN Crown Allotment No. 77 All that lot of land having an area of 6,790 sq ft, being Crown Allotment No. 77, of Murphy Town, Abaco, Bahamas. Located on the subject property is a single storey single family concrete building. This house is less than 5 yr old and is in good condition with approximately 1,750 sq, ft of living space, and contains 3-bedrooms, 2-bathrooms, living room, dining, kitchen, laundry, and utility spaces. There is no significant improvements or deterioration evident. The property is very well drained and not susceptible to flooding. Landscaping efforts are still in remedial stages. All major public and private utilities are situate within 100ft of the subject site. Property bounderies are clearly delineated. The subject property is situate off the Front Street, Murphy Town, Abaco and is painted light yellow trimmed dark yellow. APPRAISAL $167,580.00DUNDAS TOWNLot No. 21, Crown Allotment, this is vacant land approximately 10,810 sq. ft. situated off S.C. Bootle Drive. Appraisal $15,890.00MURPHY TOWN Lot 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. 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. APPRAISAL $30,000.00. MURPHY TOWN Lot No. 120 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. This property is situated off the Front Street in Murphy Town, Abaco. APPRAISAL $154,476.00. INVESTMENT OPPOR INVESTMENT OPPOR INVESTMENT OPPOR INVESTMENT OPPOR INVESTMENT OPPOR TUNITYTUNITY TUNITYTUNITY TUNITY (Abaco) (Abaco) (Abaco) (Abaco) (Abaco) MUST SELL MUST SELL MUST SELL MUST SELL MUST SELLDUNDAS TOWN Crown Allotment 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. APPRAISAL $268,225.00 May 15, 2007 The Abaconian MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTIESFor conditions of sale and other information contact Philip White @ 242-502-3077 email philip.white@scotiabank.com or Harry Collie @ 242-502-3034 email harry.collie@scotiabank.com Fax 242-356-3851 Vacant PropertiesBLACKWOODAll 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.


Page 24 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 By Jennifer Hudson Seventeen-year-old Beth Albury is a young lady with a dedicated and generous spirit and a meaningful goal in mind. Beth graduated from Agape Christian School in May 2006 and will enter Pensacola Christian College in September 2007 where she will study Elementary Education and then, upon graduation, transfer to another college to specialise in Special Education for a further two years. Originally, Beth was interested in a career in the field of space with the goal of eventually working with the NASA Space Agency but her plansBeth Albury Volunteers at Every Child Counts Please see Beth Page 25 changed when she felt called into the vocation of Special Education. Instead of going straight off to college after graduation from high school, Beth wanted to gain some experience in the field of special education so she approached Mrs. Major, Principal of the Every Child Counts School, to ask if she could be a teachers aide. Mrs. Major was delighted, saying that she always loves to have volunteers to help in the school. Beth accepted no pay for her job so has worked the whole year voluntarily with just having her ferry fare paid to and from Man-O-War Cay where she lives with her parents Donna and Bernard Albury. Beth plans to continue helping throughout her summer vacation Beth has worked as the teachers aide mainly with Ms. Ellen Hardy and her eightto 13-year-old class but has also helped other teachers as the need arose. I really, really like it, enthused Beth. I enjoy the interaction with the children and sometimes just talking with them. It is difficult to tell just by seeing some of the children that they have problems but they all need special consideration like speaking a little slower so that they can understand. I help individuals with By Vernique Russell Where has the peace gone in our streets? Where is the respect for one another gone in our streets? Where has the love gone in our street? The answers for these questions as disturbing as they may seem all have one thing in common and that is that the love. peace and respect for one another in our streets is dying everyday. We have lost our brotherly love towards our fellow bother and sisters. We have allowed pride, greed and selfishness to prevent us from living the life we ought to with each other. The only question left to answer is why? Many people choose to blame the young ladies who are becoming mothers at a much earlier age and are left to raise these kids by themselves, stating that they cant raise these children up in the right direction. My observation finds this accusation to be very biased. Then there are those who blame the massive abuse of drugs and alcohol and others would say that the churches have failed to teach our people how to show love. Whatever the reason you may think, the result is a lack of peace, respect, love and unity on our street. One thing is for sure. It is the duty of all of us bring them back to our homes, schools and streets. We cant allow our young people to continue on the track they are on now. How long will we sit back and be prisoners in our streets? Fellow Bahamians, we rely on the government for everything. We want them to fix the roads, build schools, clinics, etc. While these are their duties, there are some things that we can start doing ourselves. It is time we stop asking what can the government do for us and start doing what we can for ourselves. We are responsible for the young people in our communities. Whether they come from homes with just a mother or both parents, it is our jobs to reach out and help these young people. We must work handin-hand and partnership with the church and the schools to train our children in the right way. Our young men have lost their respect for each others lives and their fear of God has disappeared. But in spite of all this, we must be willing to stand in the gap and be that mother or father that a child needs, or that listening ear, or that prayer warrior interceding on their behalf. We have become too greedy and selfish. We have forgotten the ways of the yesteryears and have cling to our selfish gain. My fellow Bahamians, it is our duty to win our streets back. There have been 25 murders that were recorded for 2007 already in the country in the first few months. The government can assist, but they cant do it alone. We are responsible even more than they are for safeguarding our streets. Stop allowing religious barriers to tear us apart; it is time for us to unite and fight the issue of crime and bring peace back to our streets.VV VV V iewpointiewpoint iewpointiewpoint iewpointCalling for Peace Civic OrganizationsPilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Tuesdays, 6 p.m., weekly at Back Street Cafe, Abaco Beach Resort


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 25 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE RENTAL HOUSES AND 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 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 Marsh Harbour 2 bed/ 2.5 bath town house located behind John Bull. $2000 per month. Pls call 359-6455 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 SALEElbow 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 Beth Albury took a year after high school to volunteer as a teachers aide at the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. She plans to study Special Education when she attends college in September. HappyHappy HappyHappy Happy BirthdayBirthday BirthdayBirthday Birthday NancyNancy NancyNancy NancyI Love YI Love Y I Love YI Love Y I Love Y ouou ouou ou SusanSusan SusanSusan Susan Two new fire trucks have recently been acquired for Abaco thanks to the effort and generosity of Mr. Tim Carrere, who helped get the trucks from the Carolinas to Florida and then ultimately across to Abaco. One was delivered to the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue and one to Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue. This past February a Rolex watch was auctioned off by the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department and Mr. Carrere was the lucky winner. He and his family visited Hope Town this past month and a dinner was held in his honour at which time he was presented with his watch. Several Elbow Cay businesses contributed to the success of the event and the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue would like to thank all who helped in any way. Shown here are Fire Chief Bonnie Hall; Betty Schoonmaker, organizer and chef, Mr. Carrere.Auction Winner Receives Rolex problems, hear them read and give a lot of help with maths. Beth also assists with cleaning and watching over the children during their lunch break and after school. This young lady is very wise for her age and has a message she would like to get out to other young people: If anyone feels in their heart that they would like to volunteer, it is a good learning experience not only for your college resume but to grow as a person. Beth felt a particular calling to work with specially challenged children since one of her first cousins was born blind, she has a friend with Downs Syndrome and another friend with dyslexia. I would like to help children with problems so that they can adjust better as they grow up. I feel upset when I see people being treated badly, she says. Mrs. Major is very impressed with Beths volunteerism. It is admirable that somebody of Beths age figures out what she wants to do and donates a whole year of her time to our kids. She will make a great Special Education teacher. BethFrom Page 24 Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results


Page 26 B The Abaconian May 15, 2007 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs Business Service Directory Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Sick Copier?Call the Copier DoctorWe make house calls! Most brands serviced We make business quality rubber stamps: Deposit Stamps, Daters, Address Stamps Self-inking and traditional stylesCall 367-4709 BAHAMA TILELICENSED INSURED Office : 367-7072Larry LoweCell : 477-5966 Marble l Granite l Ceramic Porcelain l Mud Work l Kitchens Bathrooms l Entire Home AA AA A baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island baco Island PharPhar PharPhar Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 pm Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph. 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Fax 367-6544 islanpharmacy@yahoo.com Sunshine Trucking Services For All Your Trucking Needs Dump Truck Crane Fork Lift Pay LoaderPh: 367-4061 ll ll l Fax: 367-3668 DIESEL S S OLUTIONSMarine & Diesel EquipmentAdrian Mott Certified Diesel Mechanic Trouble Shooting & Service Repairs For American & Japanese Models Ph:242-466-9093 Free Estimates 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 Passion FlowerLocated opposite Bellevue Business Depot Ph: 367-3166 Open Mon-Fri 8:30 am 5:30 pm Sat 10:30 am 5 pm. Fridays 4:30 5:30 Happy Hour on cut flowers, 15% off Mae SecurityMichael McDonald6 years security experience Ph 242-465-4145 Credible Dependable Honest Service Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help? A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 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 MinisterSix-year-old Justiss McEwan was one of the competitors who competed in the Abaco Karate Academy Tournament held on April 14. He has been studying karate since October 2006 and was promoted to a yellow belt on April 12. He won the fourth place medal for his individual kata.Karate Student Came Fourth Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island


May 15, 2007 The Abaconian Page 27 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service 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 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 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 COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats24 Mako with brand new (less than 10 hours) twin 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 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 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEIce Maker Machine $2500, double door stand-up cooler $1500. Call 367-5906 or 4365105 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 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 20 Stapleton with 150HP Yamaha 4 stroke $10,500. Call for info 366-0430 20 Albury Brothers 2001, w/ 200 HP Yamaha Saltwater Series 2-Stroke, only 225 hours, recently serviced. Man-O-War built, DUTY PAID Excellent condition. $42,000 Call 577-0111 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 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESDaytime Housekeeper to clean, cook and drive. Minimum age 35. Must have a passport. Some evening work required to take care of children. Tel. 367-2030 In an effort to prepare young people to become leaders of this country, the organizers of Bridging the Gap Youth Program have identified six youth whom they have begun training to become youth leaders. The students had their first training sessions in April and will have their last session on May 26 after which time they will be installed as youth leaders. The facilitators for these sessions were Ms. Samantha Evans, Mrs. Beverley Archer, Ms. Margaret Phillips and Pastor Derek Benjamin. The purpose of these sessions is to properly prepare them to handle different situations that can arise amongst their peers and to equip them with the tools they will need to be successful at resolving any possible situation. They learned topics such as decision making skills, qualities of effective leaders, goal setting, communication skills, and working with diverse groups. The six youth leaders are Stayse Edmond, Vanissa Darville, Robyn Young, Aisha Jones, Shavanti Darville, and Alexander Ben. They are shown here with Mrs.Archer. They will receive continuous training throughout the year.Students Attend Leadership Training On one beautiful morning in Hope Town, a group of Red Hat Ladies gathered on the beach for some fun in the sun. You are never too old to enjoy the beach. They held a competition to see who could create the loveliest mermaid. This lovely mermaid was the decided winner with all her jewels and hair. Her artists were Joette McCully and Kathye Fairman both of Hope Town. The Red ht Ladies, some local but mostly winter residents of Hope Town meet weekly at Captain Jacks Restaurant and play cards during happy hour. Other times during the winter months they meet for lunch, crafts and volunteer work. When the snow birds return to their state homes they stay in touch with e-mail and phone calls...to meet again the following winter. Photo by Cindy MerrillRed Hat Ladies Create Mermaids


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