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Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 04-15-2013
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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15, 2013 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WEST PALM BCH FL Permit NO 4595 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested By Jennifer Hudson A community meeting was held in the J.A. Pinder Primary School at Sandy Point on March 26 for all of the commu nities of South Abaco. Presenters were David Knowles, Bahamas National Trust; Wynsome Ferguson, Ministry of Tour ism; Greg Kelly, Schooner Bay; Michael Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farms and Administrator for South Abaco, Josh ua Smith. Moderating the meeting was Stanley White, Chief Councilor for South Abaco. Following an opening prayer by John Hudson, Local Government Chairman for the Township of Cherokee Sound, Casua rina Point and Bahama Palm Shores, Da vid Knowles presented a brief overview of Sandy Point Community Meeting details South Abaco issues what is happening in South Abaco. stated that of the 27 national parks man aged by the Bahamas National Trust, six of these are in Abaco with two more propos als and one proposed conservation area. The Abaco National Park, which is situated close to Sandy Point, is a priority for the BNT, stated Mr. Knowles. We will be implementing trails, identifying places of interest and trying to get the com munity interested and involved in the Na tional Park. We want to promote the parks as an ecotourism industry which will in clude nature tour guides, kayaking, a busi ness centre and the opportunity for people Above and left to right: Michael Lightbourn, Administartor Joshua Smith, Stanley White, Greg Kelly, Wynsome Darville, David Knowles. Please see South Page 5 Above and left to right: Troy Albury, Willard Albury, Sally Eldon, Arthur Eldon, Robert Sweeting, Jeremy Sweeting, Senator Gary Sawyer, Min. of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Abaco Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham standing in front of Man-O-Wars Wall of Heroes. This year Maurice Albury was honoured with a plaque on the Wall. By Jennifer Hudson The people of Man O War Cay cel ebrated their third biennial Sojer Day on April 13. This day is set apart every two years to celebrate the Cay and its heritage and this year Man O War Cays boatbuild ing legacy was its particular focus. A great deal of time and effort was put in by the committee organizing a day full of very in teresting events highlighting its past. The day began with an opening cer emony at 10 am on the volleyball court. The special guest was the Honourable Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism. During his keynote address be thanked the people of Man O War Cay on behalf of the people of The Bahamas for what this community is doing and drew attention to Man O Wars great reputation for boat building. The boating industry has been an important source of our growth and de velopment long before the advent of the airplane, he stated and he was presented with a half model of a boat which had been crafted by Andy Albury. He praised the honouree of the day, Scott Weatherford, for building a legacy; He did what he did and believed in it, it was his passion. He has given his heart and Sojer Day celebrates Man-O-Wars boatbuilding legacy Please see Sojer Page 10 Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta set sail in Marsh Harbour Sailors enjoyed two days of perfect weather for the 23rd Annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta in Marsh Harbours harbour. This year Andrew Wilhoyte took his second straight story see page 2.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com Good attendance brings tough competition to Homer Lowe Regatta By Timothy Roberts The Twenty-third consecutive Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta saw ideal weather and wind and good participation as Hope Towns Andrew Wilhoyte took his second during the two day competition at Marsh Harbour on April 6 and 7. After the skippers meeting at Snap pas the sailors wasted no time in getting day but Andrew Wilhoyte took races two through four on Saturday placing him at a comfortable advantage. During the sec ond day of racing Dwayne Wallas took the overall and Andrew Wilhoyte put the ex clamation point on the regatta winning the Andrew was grateful for his second consecutive win of the regatta and took the opportunity to encourage the junior sailors. This is the twelfth year I have sailed in the regatta; since I was a junior. I want to encourage all of you [juniors] to keep at it; keep sailing. You guys sailed a great race. In the Opti Class Joey Gale, last den Sands, from Cherokee, won the sec ond race before the lunch break at Snap races three and four and the points were Central & All Abaco tight in the Opti Class. On day two twelve year-old Branden Sands won the last two races sewing-up the regatta in the Opti Class. Joey Gale came just 2 points ahead of 4th place Opti sailor Chloe Sweeting. Branden said that it was a really great experience and we did a lot of stuff in this one that we didnt do in the last one. I feel I did really good I did my best. The large group of moored boats in the harbour really enjoyed watching the races up close. Racers would sometimes they got real familiar with the sailors and were cheering the competitors on while taking pictures. The Regatta committee is made up of Liann Key Kaighin, Lenore and David Mulock, who also ran the race committee boat, and James and Anne Pleydell-Bouv erie assisted with setting the marks on the race course as well. The committee thanked the assistance of Faron Sawyer and Rhonda Hull. Snap pas is always a great place to host an event and worked out well as regatta headquar ters for the weekend, thanks again to Bill Albury. Participants came from Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Man-O-War and Cherokee Above: competitors in the Opti Class division. Class, respectively.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 FURNITURE PLUS South Abaco to sell goods produced locally which will munity. The two new proposed parks are also in South Abaco; one is the Blue Hole at Sawmill Sink and the other is the East Abaco Creeks which is the only mangrove system on the east side of Abaco. The pro posed conservation area is the Cross Har bour Creeks system and the area offshore. This is a major spawning area for major developments. The proposal was Association along with Friends of the En vironment and we are moving forward with government on this proposal. The Marls are also being put forward as a pro tected area and we welcome comments, he stated. Another project in which the Baha mas National Trust is involved is the light house at Hole in the Wall. This is dear to everyone. We are in terested in seeing it restored and are trying to keep this a high priority with the govern ment. Our major goal is to develop it as a touristic product. The Bahamas National trust wants to establish a heritage trail from one end of Abaco to the other. This trail will visit places of interest and tell stories and pro vide an interesting activity for visitors to Abaco. The Ministry of tourism is a major stakeholder in this. Presently there is a two-year forestry initiative project being carried out headed by a consultant from the Netherlands. Ge netic work has proved that Abaco has the will be training and second year a pilot project which will be a fairly large-scale operation of selective harvesting from the forest. Persons will also be trained to work on the project. Mr. Knowles concluded his talk by inviting everyone, especially groups, to which eventually will include trails, direc tional signs and a campsite among other amenities. Marcus Davis can be contacted Wynsome Darville covered items of interest to South Abaco which included which Benjamin Pratt will be Executive Director. The Ministry sees the need to pro tect this very special treasure and encour council, she stated. Her next topic was coastal awareness month and the efforts to bring an aware ness of the importance of protecting the coastline and doing cleanups. April 20 is the date designated for the cleanup of beaches in South Abaco between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Garbage bags will be pro vided by the Ministry of Tourism. Keep America Beautiful and The Baha mas must participate in order to keep their standing with this important American en tity. Sun, Sand and Sea Flying was a pro posed activity to take place at the airport in Sandy Point from April 4 7. People from the United States and Bahamas who to participate and persons from the Sandy Point community will have the opportunity duce stalls. Glen Kelly, Schooner Bay Town Manager, stated that the Commons of South Abaco is a foundation formed to take care of 100 acres of Crown land on Schooner Bay to serve as an economic em South From Page 5 powerment zone for the people of South Abaco. This can provide opportunities for businesses such as light manufacturing, ag riculture, recreational activities and waste management. He stated that the most suc cessful business to date is the Lightbourn Family Farm and invited Michael Light bourn to speak on this project. years ago in an area close to spring city but last October we moved the operation to the Commons at Schooner Bay because of the opportunities offered there. We do both raised bed and hydroponic farming which enables us to grow a large variety of pro duce 11 months out of the year. We grow solely for the local community and market and do not export produce abroad. Diet is a big part of living a better life so eating healthy and buying fresh is very important. Food security is big in todays world, he commented. Mr. Lightbourn offered an invitation to all to visit his farm at Schooner Bay from Monday to Friday to see the opera tion, take kids to participate in hands-on activities and purchase freshly grown veg etables. South Island Solar is another of Mr. Lightbourns business ventures. He has Lodge at Schooner Bay with a solar system and will offer information on solar to any one interested. Solar has changed from 10 years ago; it is now more feasible and af fordable, he stated Administrator Smith closed out the meeting by imparting several pieces of in formation applicable to South Abaco. 1. A constitutional committee will be visiting Abaco on April 25 and will hold meetings in North and Central Abaco and on Moores Island. Mr. Smith stated: It is important for everyone to know their rights as they govern your life and people can take away your rights if you do not know them. I encourage everyone to attend one of these meetings. 2. He reiterated that the Sandy point airport will be closed between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm on April 4-7 to accommo date the hobby pilots. 3. The Declaration of Exigency has been extended from February 4 for another 90 days. After that no more items pertain ing to Hurricane Sandy will be allowed to be brought in duty free. 4. The Ministry of Youth is trying to strengthen the organization of youth in the Bahamas. There will be a training workshop in Abaco from April 21-25 to train people ages 16 to 29. This is in order for the government to train young people before they lend money for businesses. Five persons are to be recommended from South Abaco and Mr. Smith has requested local government council members to seek out persons to be recommended. Time was then allotted for a question and answer period and topics such as the sible bank at Schooner Bay, and develop ments and opportunities for South Abaco were discussed. The meeting closed with a presentation by Greg Kelly on behalf of the Commons of Schooner Bay. At a previous community meeting in Sandy Point chess instructor Spurgeon Dames had expressed the desire to provide a meaningful recreational activity for the people of that community. This presenta tion was as a result of that request and con sisted of chess sets and instructional books. Mr. Dames desires to form a commu nity chess club for all ages and all abilities from beginners to advanced. It is proposed that this will take place all year every Sat urday from 6 pm until. Mr. Dames can be contacted at 366 4386.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 White Sound, Elbow Cay FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065 email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.com Bahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun. Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year Round Come lounge at The Helm, our indoor bar Boat House Restaurant Tuesday Night BBQ Buffet ALL YOU CAN EAT $20.00 per person LIVE MUSIC by: Clint Sawyer Join in the limbo with Desmond Cartwright Every Tuesday 6:30 pm 9 pm Starting April 9th South Abaco Horticultural Society meeting marks record attendance By Mirella Santillo The March meeting of the Horticul tural Society took place on Saturday March 16 at the Lightbourn Farm at Schooner Bay. Over sixty people attended, com prised of members and several guests, the most people ever to come to a meeting. As people arrived, they were directed to the parking lot and then driven by golf carts to the site of the farm where rows of cabbages, peppers, tomatoes and okras among other vegetables caught the eyes of the new comers. The meeting started with President Ximena Thompson welcoming the assem bly. She explained the function of the Soci ety for the new guests and gave an update of the agenda for the next two months. There will be a demonstration on orchid repotting at her house on April 13 and a visit to Leanne Keys Emerald Organics Ltd. near Cherokee, May 11. It was decided that the auction would be performed before the farms visit, so Gardener Jack proceeded to offer a variety of plants, among them mint, Cuban thyme, Shasta Daisy, Madagascar Olive, aloes, different species of bromeliads and more which were rapidly bought. Michael Lightbourn then gave a syn opsis of the farms history, from when it was created a few years ago in the bush, accessible only by a three mile drive on a road full of potholes. Since then, Michael and Jennifer Lightbourn have become a regular presence in March Harbour offer ing fresh produce available at Abaco Gro ceries and at the monthly Da Market held in front of the Bahamas National Trust Of When they were approached by Schooner Bay project Manager, Glen Kel ly, offering them to relocate to the resort, they accepted readily, loving the easy ac cess to Ernest Dean Highway and the lim ited amount of clearing to do. They moved six months ago and through hard work, they now have a thriving operation that is still growing together with their popular ity, spread through word of mouth by their regular customers. The tour took the visitors among the raised beds of sand and humus soil where certain vegetables were growing and to the hydroponic area where stacked towers plants, various salads, and peppers. They are irrigated through pipes carrying fertil izer and water monitored by a central sys tem that controls the right amount of each to supply. The tour also included a visit to the nurseries and a fruit orchard. Soil and nursery plants irrigation is provided by water treated through reverse osmosis. There is also a rain water cistern on site used for construction, landscap March. Mr. Kelly, who also attended the meeting, gave information about the farms setting and the resort. He explained that the Lightbourns bought the ornamentals and natives that were contained in the two green houses. Those plants were grown to supply homeowners with landscaping ma terial. Some have already been resold to new sites owners by the Lightbourns. While her husband conducted the tour, Jennifer was putting together what ever people had ordered: Romaine lettuce, several kinds of tomatoes, sweet peppers, mix greens, dill and more were getting ready to be picked up after lunch. The lunch was served at the Beach Cabana. Approximately thirty people were taken by golf carts to the small restaurant located near the beach. There was eating al fresco on a terrace or inside but from both loca tions enjoyed a fantastic view and a cool breeze. The farm is open six days a week (closed on Sunday). People are welcome to come and buy produce directly from the farm. Mr. Lightbourn said that eventually people will be able to pick their vegetables. Above: a young boy sits next to one of the model planes during the event at the Sandy Point Airstrip. Sandy Point hosts model airplane show On April 4 7 local model airplane enthusiasts from across Abaco traveled to the Sany Point airport to show off their sets and meet fellow enthusiasts. The airport was closed down from 10am to 4 pm on each of these days. Though a larger crowd was expected, those who attended nevertheless had fun

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 North Abaco Grand Cay Homecoming brings community together By Vernique Russell The residents of the most northern settlement in Abaco, Grand Cay, wel comed visitors to its shores for their an nual Easter festivities. Every year during the Easter holiday weekend, the settlement celebrates it homecoming. The homecoming provides an oppor tunity for residents to come together for fellowshipping and reunions. The festivi ties began on Thursday evening and ended on Monday, April 1. Activities for the homecoming included gospel concerts, a church service and a talent night. Many residents from the mainland of Abaco and Grand Bahama joined the locals for the festivities. The weekend was enjoyed by all who attended and organizers were once again appreciative for the support they continue to receive and the chance to bring people of the soil home in the spirit of fellowship The homecoming has been celebrated for over 15 years. Beth Dixon in Concert entertains Treasure Cay By Vernique Russell Cay their season of events on April 3 with their signature event for the spring season: Beth Dixon in concert. The concert was held at the community center in Treasure Cay. At tendees came from as far as Central Abaco The event was well attended and guests were in for a treat. Ms. Dixon treated the attendees a stu pendous evening of music. She performed 16 rags and waltzes. The event was fol lowed the popular ice cream social that brought all the men out. Cds from the evening are available for resale at the Rose Mary Roberts Library. Proceeds from the evening will aide both the community center and Cay Events. Hilda Sachno, chairperson of the Cay Event Board, said it has been a very successful season. The committee will be in November of this year for another excit ing season of events. Top of the Bay Fest held in Crown Haven By Vernique Russell Top of the Bay Restaurant came to life as it joined the Kalik family in igniting the 40 year celebrations. We will celebrate 40 years as a country and Kalik is also cel ebrating its 40th birthday as the Beer of the Bahamas. With that in mind, Top of the Bay and Burns House took the celebra tion train to Crown Haven. On Thursday, April 4, many lo cal residents in North Abaco traveled to Crown Haven to be a part of the celebra tion. The celebration began at 4pm and went well into early morning of April 5. Many specials were on the drink menu and delicious food was also available for sale. The event was a great success and sphere of the celebration. Top of the Bay will host more events leading up to our 40th Anniversary of In dependence. New sign installed in Treasure Cay By Vernique Russell The Treasure Cay Community Cen ter is proud to boast that they are now home to a brand new, beautiful sign lo cated in the front of the building. The sign was the joint effort of the Rose Mary Rob erts Library, the Community Church and the Cay Events Committee and was funded by the aforementioned boards. The sign hosts community happen ings boards for each entity. The sign has a light on the inside that comes to life at night. A beautiful sunset scene is also dis played on the sign with the name of the wall with the inscription, Treasure Cay Community Center, Est. 1970. The committees are proud to have accomplished their goal and bringing rec ognition to the center. They wish to say thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the sign and wall. Booths for Books Dear Editor; Thank you for the very enthusiastic write up concerning the Yard Sale held on March 2. I will attempt to give you a brief history of this event and the Library's con nection. The Yard Sale was started mainly to fund the Treasury Cay Library; helping to purchase supplies, equipment and of course books. It started 20 plus years ago, the brainchild of Jerry Roberts, his wife Rose Mary and other ardent supporters. Every one has spare items in their homes which they hate to part with carelessly but for a good cause such as our Library they have themselves and their library, a very much loved and respected institution in Treasure Cay. This annual event has morphed into the rather large event witnessed on March 2. It has grown so much that the Library Committee this year along with support from Treasure Cay Limited actively con trolled the number of vendors. This sale day in March and will most likely continue to do so. The library was named in honour of Rose Mary Roberts upon her passing early 2001. We here in Treasure Cay love our little library which we boast to be very complete and up-to-date, in fact visitors from away have said that it is much better than theirs back home. We are housed in the Treasure Cay Community Centre and operate under their auspices, contributing towards the Centre. Our thanks this year, as always, to our many volunteer helpers who man the largest 'booth' at the sale, to the other ven dors, purchasers and of course Treasure Cay Limited for providing the space and security. Respectfully, Virginia Curry Head Librarian Letters to the Editor

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Hand Line The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas Logo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper. 2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 32168 7,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian Today JUNE 2012 Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe? The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card Visa WE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA Glance over, just off to the right, and look at that community calendar. April and May sure are shaping up to be quite busy, no? In particular you ments. Yes, tournament season is here. A time when it is completely accepted, encouraged even, to spend hours out in ing with your buddies. But make no mistake: it is serious business. There ing tournament season. The cost just to enter some of these tournaments auto matically sets the bar for how serious these things are. Luckily for me, I love hand line taking to the high seas. So I dont have to worry about dropping a couple doz en grand to have fun. But I know many, many people love the thrill of that chase. When the to overcome, and the rolling seas are no deterrent: thats what makes these tournaments so much fun. As those big, beautiful, sportsco, the Guana Cay leg of the Bahamas event in the seasons lineup, I can only hope for fair weather and jolly spirits. Its no secret that these events have a great impact on our season. Depend ing on the fuel, food, libations and bait the shopping and restaurant trips their spouses and children engage in, we could see a great couple months. But dont let the sight of the big rigs and state-of-the-art rods get you down. You can have plenty of fun without all that hardware. If you are a guest to our beauti ful islands there are plenty of charter boat captains who are more than happy to take you and your family or bud dies out to see all the true secret spots. Check page 23, we have many of these guides listed. And if you are a local, again dont fret. Yes these are our waters to pro tect, conserve and market to visitors. But that doesnt mean you shouldnt grab your son or daughter this week end, go down the shore and throw out a hand line with some conch reds as bait. It doesnt matter what you catch. Pick up next months The Aba conian for a likely more serious-intone editorial. Itll likely be something about the Dig Up roads (as the song goes) or the incredible feet-dragging being witnesses at the airport construc tion. Community Calander ment Cookout (BAIC Park) Cheese Event the highway Cay Leg free rum punch see B Page 19) Cay)

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Letters to the Editor Coyote Ugly Dear Editor: I was dismayed to read the article in the April 1 edition about the potential in troduction of coyotes into Abaco to control the feral raccoon population. Abaconians, we must not be stam peded by these Texans. Like that other in vasive species, the casuarina tree, we must learn to accept raccoons for what they are an annoyance that won't stop multiplying. I would suggest that an alternative to the coyotes would be the Feral Raccoon Usage Management Program. FRUMP humanely captures the animals and holds there are many. For example, I understand that a re cent issue of Bon Appetit has a tasty recipe that incorporates raccoon with peas-n-rice. Further, a cottage industry could emerge with the making of retro caps that anyone over 60 would recognize. The caps, complete with tail to protect one's neck from the sun, could start a new fash ion trend internationally. A central holding location would be needed. And, now that all the potholes in Marsh Harbour have been repaired, people driving faster will injure more raccoons, thus also necessitating a place for them to be nursed back to health for future use. I would propose the new Marsh Har bour Airport Terminal as an available tem porary shelter, at least until the Terminal is completed in the next 4 or 5 years. Remember that feral raccoons join ing feral cats produce that rare breed, the Great rac-cat whose nighttime banshee-like screams drowns out those annoying mid night-crowing roosters. So, send those coyotes packing. Sincerely Davy Crockett In Full Support of Wiley Coyote, The Abaco Mascot. Dear Editor; I was so happy to see that a group of investors looking to ensure their own tax breaks were considerate enough to want to bring another invasive species to Abaco, a truly wonderful idea!! I am not sure how much a couple dozen coyotes cost, but if they are already wild and hunted, they should be fairly cheap to purchase so I am not sure how the big tax breaks will be explained, but it is a great idea! It is a wonderful idea as the poor hungry Coyotes have already eaten all the raccoons, squirrels, rabbits in their natural habitat and are looking for warmer, bluer waters in Abaco. It will be sooooo nice for them. I spend a lot of time exploring Abaco and in my estimation the most densely rac coon population areas are in North Abaco, due to the food in the Coppice land and on the shore/mangroves, which support one raccoon per acre? So if Mr. Coyote eats one raccoon per week for one year.soon But it is an excellent idea to import coyotes as they will all sign an agreement not to eat wild hogs, domestic goats, sheep, pigs, parrots and small children when they become hungry. It is a good idea as coy otes are excellent swimmers and maybe we can train them to also dive and eat the in It is interesting to note that coyotes can breed with dogs and the offspring are called coydogs which in turn can also breed! I have come across packs of wild dogs that appear to be hunting raccoons/cats but have also been dangerously aggressive to me also. Hmmmm, but once you stay out Brining in coyotes is a fantastic idea as I aIso hear there are coyote hunts in the U.S. to reduce their troublesome popula tion. Now we have a new niche in Tour ism, The Great Abaco Coyote Hunt held annually between the months of January to December. A situation to confront Dear Editor; It was great to be back home again, even as a visitor. On more than one occa sion I have suggested a solution to address the growing illegal Haitian population. Having had two Haitian godchildren for 20 years I myself have been deep in side the mud, which is a huge city within a city. Every woman I saw was carrying a child and pregnant with another one. This is a real situation that requires addressing, not avoiding. I understand now that the gangs within the mud have contact with the Colombians and are now the drug dealers. people not of our country. the Auskell Clinic and staff it with a Hai tian counselor to advise people and be the community liaison with the Commission Next is to build a square U-shaped concrete set of single story apartments, move them into the housing, and bulldoze then pay rent to the owners of that land or be evicted. Then repeat the process until I also suggest that the Defense Force also put some recruitment posters up and get some fellows in the mud to join up and have anonymous intel. I only hope that Commissioner ap Manager and he will go down in history serious problem. Best, Concerned Observer Abaco has spoken: NO COYOTES! The story which ran on this page in the April 1 Edition, also known as the April Fools Edition, was about a group wanting to import coyotes to Abaco. After serious backlash from the community the group has scrapped the plan. Please see Coyote Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 The Cays soul to the community, stated Mr. Wilch combe. He also saluted Dave Gale for be ing awarded the Ministry of Tourisms Ca cique Lifetime Achievement Award. Second homeowners were also praised by Mr. Wilchcombe who thanked them for being a part of Man O War Cay. Our country would not be where it is to day without them, he commented. Senator Gary Sawyer, who hails from a Man O War Cay boatbuilding family, also brought remarks. He described the cay as; A peaceful, tranquil community which is a gem of the Bahama Islands. He noted how the boatbuilding trade is evident even in the carpentry of today. Edison Key, Member of Parliament also has roots in Man O War Cay as this is where his grandmother was from. He com craftsmen are from Man O War Cay and that it is too bad that the younger genera tion is not carrying on this old tradition. He remembered the day when a per son could buy an 11 foot dinghy for .12 shillings whereas nowadays a 3 foot long model will cost $500. He congratulated the residents on the cleanliness of the island showing the pride they have in their island. A highlight of each Sojer Day cer emony is the presentation of the Life time Achievement Award. This year the honouree was Scott Weatherford and his biography was read by his granddaughter Mailin Sands. Mr. Weatherford is the third child of seven born on May 18, 1944 to Arthur and Marie Weatherford. He was described as a well-respected entrepreneur, Justice of the Peace, church leader, skipper, boat builder and an all-around contributor to his community. In 2009 he was awarded the for his outstanding and dedicated commu nity service. Scott Weatherford practically grew up in a boatyard and at the age of full-time employee at the boatyard later on becoming part owner after Uncle Will passed away. In 1975 Mr. Weatherford sold the boatyard and started a new business, Man O War Hardware which he owned and op erated until 1980 when he took on a new venture in Marsh Harbour. Together with a few partners he bought Sea Breeze Ltd and renamed it Standard Hardware. In the late 80s he became the sole owner of Stan dard Hardware and remained so until 1996 when he sold it to William Billy Lowe but he remains there today managing the dayto-day business of the company. He stated that he was humbled to have been recog nized in this way. Each Sojer Day another plaque is added to the Wall of Heroes. This year a plaque honouring Maurice Albury was added. Glenn Albury, Maurices grand son, read his biography which stated that 14. Not only is he noted for building sail ing dinghies and sloops, he leaves behind a great legacy in the wonderful families who live on and carry out his boat building legacy. Musical performances added to the enjoyment of this informative ceremony which was ably moderated by Masters of Ceremony Arthur Eldon and Jeremy Sweeting. The children of the Small World Learning Centre and Man O War Primary School presented selections as did second homeowners Pete and Dorothy Lund. Mr. and Ms. Lund, who sang and played guitar and banjo respectively, have written many songs about their beloved Man O War Cay, one of which was sung by the school children and which has now become Man Dave Gale made a presentation of the original light from the North East and Dickeys Cay Point to the Man O War Museum which was gratefully accepted by museum docent Chana Albury. Many interesting activities had been organized following the opening ceremony that it was possible to spend the entire day becoming immersed in the history of Man O War Cay. All along the sea road from Edwins boat yard #2 to Joes studio many Man O War built boats were on display in cluding the Abaco Rage, Lady Di, Rough Waters and Bananaquit. At Edwins home shed there was a photo display of Then and Now and at Edwins boat yard #2 an historical slide show was presented with another photo display. At Joe Alburys studio antiques were showcased and he gave demonstra tions on sisal rope making and the old-time way of sharpening tools. There was also a display of sculling in the harbour. An interesting historic self-guided walking tour took one throughout the whole settlement to visit various landmarks and admire many historic residences. The Man O War Marina was the venue for an art and craft show and food, fun and games. Left to right: Scott Weatherford, MP Edison Key, Senator Gary Sawyer, Arthur Eldon, Min. Obie Wilchcombe. Sojer From Page 1

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Honesty and Quality You Can Count On Brandon ompson 242-357-6532 Dock Construction Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyle Boat Lifts Sales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years And Much More... Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience Contact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Business Young Abaco chef gives back to community By Samantha Evans Richardson Pata is a young chef in his mid-twenties who has many accolades under his belt. And his career is just begin ning. Pata, as he is affectionately called, graduated from Abaco Central High School then went to the College of the Bahamas where he received his degree in Culinary Arts. He stated that his journey was not easy because being a non-Bahamian meant that he had to pay a little more for his edu cation, but it was worth it. He had to work a few jobs more than the average college student but he was not about to live his life with regrets. After completing his degree, he spoke of the many great chefs he worked under includ ing some of the best chefs at Atlantis Para dise Island. Pata stated that he started dab bling around with food at the age of seven was truly born. He believes that every student should that they want to learn all they can about it and perfect it. To him cooking and baking brings out that passion in him. Ricardson is now the co-owner of Flava Culinary Services which allows him to cook for some of the wealthiest guests that grace the island of Abaco. His services are available to locals and guests, and he is in such demand right now that guests book him, months in advance. He noted that God has been extremely good to him to the point that he now wants pursue their passion. He has entrusted the assistance of his former school counselor Samantha V. Evans to select a recipient. Ms. Evans has in-turn spoken to a local college who will make a selection based on the passion and determination one of their college students has towards pursuing a tertiary level education. This recipient will receive this gift during the start of the Fall Semester 2013. Ricardson had a chance to share his sto ry with some students late in March and looks forward to inspiring more students in weeks, months and years to come. He believes that God has been good to him and blessed him with much success but he keeps all of his success to himself. There fore, he gives back as often as he can to community projects and now to schools. Divorce and matrimonial services now offered by wellPress Release Rhonda L.C. Hull, Managing Direc that divorce matters require extra care and consideration because of the emotion al aspects involved in dissolving marriag es, child custody and property division. In this vein she is pleased to announce vorce and matrimonial matters. by an attorney who cares someone who understands what you are going through, who will be there to listen when you need to be heard, who will be honest with you ciously to help you achieve the best pos sible results. ists, Joan Ferguson, is a former Stipendi ary and Circuit Court Magistrate, famil matters. It is important that our divorce attorneys have the experience with child custody, child support, visitation, prop erty rights, property division, alimony and the recovery of attorneys fees, says Hull. She was also keen to stress that her team approaches every child custody dis pute with the utmost care, taking the time to fully understand the clients needs and concerns so they can develop a plan of ac tion that is best for all concerned. Child custody is typically one of the most hotly disputed areas of a divorce, says Hull. Parents have strong opinions regarding how their children should be raised, and determining physical and le gal custody is therefore of utmost impor tance. Child support and visitation tie in to custody as well, so there is a lot to sort out in these matters. Hull also felt that choosing the right divorce attorney could make an enor mous difference in the outcome of your divorce. We are very pleased that L.C. town Marsh Harbour, which allows our and save hundreds of dollars on airplane tickets, hotel and rental cars when they need to talk with an attorney about their divorce. website at www.lchull.com or contact them 242.367.2030. New agent joins dynamic HG Christie Abaco team agent. Press Release April 5, 2013 (The Bahamas) HG Christie Ltd. welcomed the addition of es tate agent Frank Knowles to their Abaco Team in Hope Town, Abaco this week. Frank Knowles, known affectionately as Frankie, brings a decade of real es tate knowledge and successful entrepre neurial knowledge to his new brokerage, HG Christie Ltd. Frank is a resident of the Hope Town Settlement and Elbow Cay community, where he has resided for over 20 years. As the proprietor of Abaco Tknowledge are board and extensive. A loving husband and father to two adorable daughters, Ryan and Meredith, Franks friendly and likeable demeanor friendly, yet savvy, Abaco Team. A fellow associate stated, We are excited to have Frank become a part of our thriving team and continue to grow his real estate career with us. We are certain that the contribu tion of his many abilities and knowledge, accumulated through his various avenues of experience, will compliment our talent ed HGC Team exceptionally well. HG Christie Ltd., Vice President / Managing Director, John Christie, went on to share, We are very proud to announce that Frank Knowles of Hope Town/Elbow Cay, Abaco has joined our dynamic HG Christie Team. HG Christie is constantly looking for ways to improve our compa nys service to our valued discerning cli ents and enjoy welcoming bright talent to such as Frank will help to make a great thing even greater! To contact HG Christie Ltd: Sales@ HGCHristie.com / 242-322-1041/ 242366-0700/ www.HGChristie.com Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSCrystal Villas Charming 2B/2B villas w/ocean views located in Dorros Cove near Tahiti Beach, great for weekend getaways or extended stays. Perfect for couples or large groups renting more than one villa. Shared pool, dock slip & back up generator $1,600/wk (1-2) $200/wk extra person. Each Villa Max. 4 Abaco Blue Upscale 2B/2B home w/ 1B/1B guest apartment with panoramic views. Brand New Pool just added completes this upscale home that invites relaxation. Dock slip in town. $3,000/wk (1-4). Max 4. Include Guest Apt. $1,000/wk (1-2) Max 2. Oasis Luxury 4B/4.5B hilltop estate near Tahiti Beach w/ pool and fantastic views. This is the perfect home for family vacations, wedding groups/ Honeymoons or a Corporate Retreat.$8,900/wk (1-4) $800/wk per extra person. Max 10Endless Summer Unique 4B/3B waterfront home located in prestigious Eastern Shores. Features include a 80 dock, high ceilings, central air and a 15KW generator. Panoramic Ocean Views. Rental History! $1.368 M USD Casa Luisa Island-style 3B/2B home w/private pool situated in a great neighborhood just a short walk to On Da Beach Bar and Grill. The house is located across from one of the best beaches on Elbow Cay. $660 K USD Marnies Landing Great investment opportunity! Purchase vacant land to build your dream home in fast growing community. Marnies Landing is located on the Southern End of Elbow Cay. Very near to Tahiti Beach this private community is great for families. Call today to nd out about available options! 9 acres Sea to Sea Your own Private estate, but connected to a quaint village complete w/working lighthouse! 625 fronts Sea of Abaco shoreline perfect for dockage. 649 Beach with live reef just oshore. Limited time oering as acreage. $11.75 M USD Star Dance Cottage Located on Lubbers Quarters this cozy 2 bed, 1 bath cottage with 179.4 linear ft. of beach front and a 200 private dock would make a great starter home. $1.2 M Carolina Wind Dramatically set on a peninsula with panoramic views this 5 bed, 4 bath home features a private pool, dock and back up generator! $2.875 M USD NEW LISTING

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Press Release Leading environmental expert, Kath leen Sullivan-Sealey (Associate Professor at the Department of Biology. University of Miami), says: Clifton Bay is under massive threat. Coral reef is being destroyed, oil spills are increasing and the conch population risks dying out. The root of all this damage is the lack ing, tourism, transport, coastal develop ment and other human activities. The conservation and protection of term interests. To address these critical threats, Kathleen and other leading names in the throughout The Bahamas and the United States have joined together to form the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay. The Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay (CPCB) is a group of highly-respected individuals drawn from a range of back grounds, united by a shared desire to pro tect Clifton Bay and other marine environ ments surrounding New Providence Island and The Bahamas. Members include: Keith Wisdom, Chairman of the Clifton Heritage Au thority; Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey, Asso ciate Professor at The University of Mi ami; Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Waterkeeper Alliance; Fred Smith, President, Grand Bahama Human Rights Association; Tonya Bastian Galanis, Principal, Eugene Dupuch Law School; William Hunter, Acting President; Ronald Thompson, Former Ambassador to The Environment; Bennet Atkinson, Clifton Heritage Authority; Louis Bacon, Chairman And Founder, Moore Charitable Foundation, Moore Bahamas Foundation; Hon. Nicholas F. Brady, Former Treasury Secretary of the United States of America; Stuart Cove, President, Dive Bahamas; Manuel Cutillas, Chairman, Lyford Cay Foundation; Peter Douglas, The Andros Conservancy; Romauld Ferreira, Environ Godfrey, Executive Director, Sea Turtle Conservancy; William Hunter, Lyford Cay Foundation; Jessica Minnis, Associate Professor, College of The Bahamas; Craig Symonette, Chairman, Bahamas Ferries; Joseph Darville, Vice President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association; Troy Albury, President, Save Guana Cay Reef Association. Starting today, the Coalition will pro vide unwavering support to Bahamian con servation, environmental and educational organizations. These include the Bahamas National Trust, the Andros Conservancy and Trust, the Bahamas Reef Environ ment Education Foundation; Clifton Heri tage National Park; Friends of the Envi ronment; Swim for Ocean Survival; The Island School; The Nature Conservancy, Young Marine Explorers, Save Guana Cay National News Reef Association, The Grand Bahama Hu man Rights Association and Abaco Cares. The Coalition will also be calling on all Bahamians to enlist in its advocacy campaigns, designed to encourage effec tive land use decisions and habitat restora tion efforts. In this vein the Coalition has launched today an informative and inter active website www.protectcliftonbay. org, which explains their goals and allows like-minded supporters to join and help our campaign to save the natural resources of The Bahamas. Supporters will be able to sign peti tions on line and share these on Facebook and Twitter. The group is calling on the youth to help Save The Bays, Save Our Seas and Save Our Environment! The group urges that more oversight is needed of what is going on under Ba hamians and the Governments noses. To help bring this about, the Coalition will be campaigning for the passage of an Envi ronmental Protection Act and a Freedom of Information Act, both of which have been promised by the FNM and the PLP. Coalition member and leading envi ronmental lawyer, Fred Smith said, The Coalition will be vocal and active in pur suit of our environmental protection objec tives. Romauld Ferreira added, The impli cations of what is going on at Clifton Bay are really serious, for the environment, both in The Bahamas and beyond. We are acting locally, thinking globally. has faced grave environmental threats. In the late 1990s it faced major danger from plans to create a 600-home golf course de velopment. Thanks to the collective efforts of the Bahamian government, Bahamians, environmentalists and conservation organi zations, the Clifton Heritage Authority was established enshrining the protection of the land site. The Clifton Park now stands as a testament to the importance Bahamians place on preserving the natural beauty of their land and maintaining a direct connec tion to their history. The Coalition says its time for action once more to Save the Bay and Save the Marine Environment. Without immediate action to stop harmful developments and ensure effective oversight and regulation, Clifton Bays future is in peril, claimed the coalition. Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey says: If indi viduals are allowed to do whatever they want without repercussions, young people are discouraged. They just feel like money talks. They need to see the law applies to everyone. The Coalition vows to change this. For more information about the Co alition to Protect Clifton Bay, visit the website at: www.protectcliftonbay.org Clifton Bay faces massive threat says environmental expert Coalition formed By Canishka Alexander A company called TSE, owned by Brent and Cindy Symonette, opened its doors during the month of February. Ac cording to the companys slogan Power ing Abaco from the Sun, TSE specializes in solar hot water heaters, charge control lers, inverters and solar panels and other solar-powered products. Complete off-grid solar sales and installation are also avail able. We are also selling solar-powered generators, which will be available in a month here on Abaco, Ms. Symonette added. We provide estimates for home owners who wish to implement solar in their homes. We can take you off BEC [service] completely, or we can assist with gradually moving you away from BEC. The Symonettes are in the process of installing a system in their home, so they, too, will experience the tremendous ben and others is to never have to pay another electric bill, that we will have power when BEC is down, and that the power that we have is free from the sun, [so] no fuel is needed to use a gas/diesel generator. How much longer can we really af ford to pay BEC? Ms. Symonette asked. And the biggest question is why would we want to when we can provide our own power for free. A lot of people are intimi dated by the initial cost of solar, however, you can invest and build your system. You do not have to buy an entire system at once tem. So far, they have installed three sys tems on Abaco. Two of the systems are completely off the grid, so the custom ers are able to generate their own power. The other system is a partial system where the customer has to start slowly and build their system over time. She happily stated that the customer has seen a 40 percent decrease in his BEC bill since his partial system has been installed. At TSE, they also rebuild, replace and repair starters and alternators for the industrial, commercial and marine indus tries. Ms. Symonette guaranteed that cus tomers will enjoy the best prices in town, and receive the fastest turn-around time for items imported from the United States. TSE is located in Marsh Harbour across the street from Curly Tails Restau rant. Business hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call them today at (242)458-5418, or send an e-mail to bsy monette@gmail.com. Business TSE specializes in solar-powered products

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel May 2013 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail Work Dear Editor; Thank you Mr. Editor for allowing me the space in your paper. The Marsh Harbour Auto Parts years in business. In less than a year from closing someone was interested in renting one half of the building and their business was opened to the public in a few weeks. Within six months I had another interested tenant for the other half of the building. Because the buildings electricity has al ways been generated through one meter it became necessary to install another meter. My only knowledge of knowing how the lights come on. I am now faced with doing the necessary changes. After many questions and much inquiring a friend sug gested I check with an electrician who has done some work for her, recommending him highly, and gave me his phone num ber. I called him right away but he was very busy at the time and recommended another young man and assured me that he was quite capable of doing the job. After calling the young man he was very much interested and we met at the site and I showed him the two units. He tried explaining a few things to me, made no sense to me, but I trusted him. The only thing I knew is that there has to be a meter for each unit and some changes to wiring. He seemed to know what he was doing. We agreed on a price and with a deposit he started the work. This work was done in middle of November 2012 and upon his word that the work was completed he was paid the balance. In Late January 2013 my second ten ant went down to BEC to pay her deposit and get the power turned on but BEC was not aware of any work in this building for a new meter, they were only aware of the meter that has always been there. The going on; confused I headed down to BEC this electrician did not compete the job. The spec form had never been turned in to Ministry of Works. No spec form, no inspection of work, no inspection of work, no electricity. After a call from the lady at BEC to electrician he tells her the inspector is com ing in the next week and will get the forms into Ministry of Works for the inspection. After leaving BEC I called the electri cian for an explanation, there were a few things I needed to discuss with him. He agreed to meet me at the work site after never showed up. I called again the next day and again he said he would be there that afternoon, well that went on till the next afternoon, no show, no call. February 4th the inspector has ar rived for a few days, Im told by the Min istry of Works. On the second day the in spector is taken to the site by the young man, Inspects one half of the building and leaves. I learn of this the next day. When I call Ministry of Works they inform me the inspector was leaving that afternoon. I am, frustrated, angry and trying to keep it together. I asked them if they have any suggestions on what I could do. I needed It is such a good idea that all civic groups, environmentalist and tour groups should fully endorse. It is so brilliant an idea that with two minutes of research on the internet, I found that coyotes natural enemies are bears and wolves. Hey I want credit for this idea! Lets import bears and wolves to control the coyotes!!! They are bigger and badder! Regards, D. Letters to the Editor Letters From Page 9 to get this place inspected. She suggested After a couple calls I found and elec trician that agreed to meet me in an hour at the site. He arrived less than an hour, checked everything and promised he would take care of everything and he did. That same evening he called me to inform me that it was done and he had a copy of the inspection for me to take to BEC. I thanked him and paid him for his service which was $400. To the young man who came to my rescue, you know who you are, I will be forever grateful. Thank you! told him I had to pay an additional $400 for another electrical to complete the job and forms and he said, well I guess I do owe you some money. He promised to pay me that Friday of the same week but never did. After the third week he is not answering his phone. For anyone out there who is looking to hire Electrician, I can give you the name and number of one you dont want to hire. Waiting for a court date. See you there young man! Sincerely, Betty M. Albury

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 The Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour announces the availability of a limited number of luxury condominiums for sale at The Harbour Residences For more information visit www.AbacoBeachResort.com or call 242-367-2585 or 242-367-2158 The Cays By Jennifer Hudson The Hummingbird Cottage Art Cen tre in Hope Town was the perfect setting for a concert of Baroque music on March standing room only and people packed into every available nook and cranny for this delightful concert. It is certainly a rare treat these days to witness a performance of baroque music for viola da gamba and harpsichord. Viola da gamba is a member of the viol family of bowed, fretted and stringed musical instruments which were developed in the mid-to late 15th century. It is similar to the violoncello and is played between the legs (viola da gamba means leg viol). It dif fers in that the cello has four strings and the Viola da gamba has seven strings and the bow is held underhand. The viola da gamba has a subdued mellow tone which is best heard in a small place and so the Hummingbird Cottage Art Gallery was a perfect location. The viola da gamba was beautifully complemented by the harpsichord. Instrumentalists were Marcy Jean Brenner and Barry Talley both of whom are winter visitors to Abaco. Marcy Jean Brenner says that she which musical instrument to play but when she went to study at Oberlin College and Conservatory she fell in love with the viola da gamba. She had already specialized in baroque music having decided to earn a de gree in harpsichord performance as well as German literature. A Fulbright scholarship took her to Vienna and she spent the next 28 years studying, teaching, freelancing and start ing a family. Since her recent return to the United States she spends her time between Rhode Island and Hope Town. She and her husband, Michael, arrived in January on the motor ketch Trade Wind for their sec ond season in Hope Town Harbour. As fate would have it Ms. Brenner and her husband met Barry and Marcia Talley last year while both of their cruising boats were anchored off Lynyard Cay. She discovered that Barry also attended Ober lin Conservatory. He studied piano but de cided that he preferred making music with lots of other people so he added another spent most of his professional life. After completing graduate degrees at the Peabody Conservatory he held a num ber of professional positions in the Balti more-Washington area before receiving an appointment as chairman of the music de partment at the United States Naval Acad emy in Annapolis, a position he held for 36 years. During this time he led student ensembles in thousands of performances throughout the United States and Europe. He retired in 2007 and now spends winters in the Bahamas aboard Troubadour and at his house on Dickies Cay with his wife who is a mystery writer of some renown. Ms. Brenner and Mr. Talley teamed up to donate their time and talents for what they termed an impromptu performance which was indeed delightful. The program included music from the 16th to 18th cen tury Renaissance and Baroque periods. Following the concert the audience was invited by Robbie Bethel, manager of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre, to leave donations at the door towards the Centres KidsArt program. These donations will go towards sup plying art supplies, classes and sponsor ships to any child that would like to par ticipate. Classical Concert entertains at Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Cherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental Agents Lubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Island Dreams Rental + 357-6576 Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Wood Cay Tangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 villa 365-2222 Web Sites with Abaco Information http://www.abaconian.com http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http.//www.abacocottage.com + agents with multiple cottages and houses http://www.abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com Rev. March 2012 ere & Back.....Again EFFECTIVE: JULY 2012 Ph: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 REGULAR FERRY SCHEDULE Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute ride 7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm / 5:45pm Hope Town to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pm Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute ride 7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* 4:00pm / 5:45pm *Except Sundays and Holidays Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pm *Except Sundays and Holidays Marsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cay 30 minute ride 6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pm Scotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour 8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pm Any stops outside the main harbour will be a minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or over will remain at regular charge. During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the oce for any changes. REGULAR FERRY FARES One Way: $17.00 Round Trip Open Return: $27.00 Children 6-11: Half Price Children 5 and under: Free Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn. Prices subject to change without notice. Alburys Ferry Service Central & All Abaco 4th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade Press Release The Strawberry Monkeys 4th annual St. Patricks Day Parade was full of mer rymaking as it proceeded down Bay Street. Almost, but not quite 100, Irish for the day boaters, Abaconians and a few dogs joined in the worlds shortest St. Patricks ish outside Snappas. Leading the parade was Grand Mar shal Tom Barrineau and Phillis Cornea fol lowed by a green wave where each par ticipant received a free sampling of St. Paddys punch, compliments of Snappas. Large helpings of corn beef and cabbage was also available as Irish brew and Grogs was served into the evening along with the crowed joining in with Irish music. The Strawberry Monkey Yacht Club continues to sponsor Sunday Bocce at their club house across from Snappas in addition to organizing fun events throughout the winter and spring months. Firemen need your help buildings, equipment, fruit trees and crops. The volunteers of the Marsh Harbour Vol unteer Fire and Rescue recently spent hours late into the night working around the periphery of Spring City to protect the residences there. The next day they reacted to panicked calls from farm residents who were threat City as brisk winds were blowing embers through the forest and across road breaks, No persons were injured and no residences were lost but equipment, crops and fruit trees were destroyed. Unfortu moving through the forest or coppice. Persons whose residences are close to forest or coppice land are urged to clear debris from around their houses and have a working garden hose handy. The hose will or around the building. Windows should be closed to prevent embers from blowing embers can blow into attic spaces. Farmers who still have crops in the ground should mow, disc or harrow within and around the planted area to reduce the Lots that have been cleared with the debris piled against the back property line as the dead trees and brush will feed a very sites are often threatened by this back-lot dents whose lots are against coppice or for est land. record at protecting individual structures. John Conley (right), Commodore of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, pres ents a check for $2,000 as a donation from the Club to Chris Prewitt of BASRA (Baha mas Air Sea Rescue Association). RMHYC donates to BASRA available. All residents should survey their gers.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2963 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town ................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay ...................................... 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay ....................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana ................................................................ 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop ................................................365-6013 A & P Car Rentals ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals .............................. 367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals ........................................... 367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals ....................................... 367-5570 Cruise Abaco. .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals ............................. .367-4000 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals ....................................... 365-4119 Kool Karts ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals ............................................ 375-8055 Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals ..................................... 354-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco ............................................. 321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Cats Paw Boat Rentals ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart ................................................. 366-0530 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 Adventure on Prozac Kayak ............................ 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals ........................................... 365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks ............................. 365-8749 Visitors Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Abaco Pizza. ................................ $ .................. 367-4488 Anglers ................................... $$$ .................. 367-2158 Curly Tails ............................... $$$ .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper ........................ $ .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest ....................... $ .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House ....................... $ .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place ............................. ..$ .................. 367-2880 Junovias......................................$...................367-1271 Jib Room .................................. $$ .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... $ .................. 367-2615 Mangoes ................................. $$$ .................. 367-2366 Pops Place + .............................. $ .................. 367-3796 Snack Shack + ............................ $ .................. 367-4005 Snappas .................................... $$ .................. 367-2278 Wallys .................................... $$$ .................. 367-2074 Abaco Inn .............................. $$$ .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks ................................ $$ .................. 366-0247 Harbours Edge ......................... $$ .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) .............. $ ................. .366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge .................. $$$ .................. 366-0095 Munchies .................................... $ .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach .............................. $$ .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray ............................... $$ .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................ $ .................. 366-0788 Petes Pub .................................. $$ .................. 366-3503 Cracker Ps ................................. $$ .................. 366-3139 Bradleys on the Harbour ............. $ .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine ................................. $ .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................ $ .................. 365-6501 Bakers Bay Market Place ...... $$$ .................. 612-1021 Grabbers ................................... $$ .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay ............................... $$$ .................. 365-5175 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ................ $ .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe ............................. $ ................. .365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant ............. $$$ .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class ........................ $$$ .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................ $$$ ................. .365-9385 Blu House ............................. $$$ .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro ...................... $$ .................. 365-4200 Green Turtle Club .................... $$$ .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill ................... $$ .................. 365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntoshs Restaurant .............. $$ .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant ............. $$ .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn .................... $$ .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill $$ ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe .................. $$ .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners .............................. $$ .................. 365-4060 Nancys ...................................... $$ .................. 366-4120 Everyone reads The Abaconian Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic ................................ 367-0020 Integrated Medical Center .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency ............................................... 458-1234 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 ..................................... 365-2172 Blu 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 Service ........... 10 ......... F ......... 365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26.........F...........365-4191 Treasure Cay Marina ........ 150 ......... F ......... 365-8250 Man-O-War Marina .......... 26 ......... F ......... 365-6008 Boat Harbour Marina ...... 183 ......... F ......... 367-2158 Conch Inn .......................... 75 ......... F ......... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina ........ 36 ......... F ......... 367-2182 Mangoes Marina ............... 29 ..................... 367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ...... 52 ......... F ......... 367 2700 Hope Town Marina ............ 16 ..................... 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways ................................ 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina .............. 6 ......... F ......... 366-0154 Sea Spray .......................... 60 ......... F ......... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Marina ........... 75 ......... F ......... 365-0083 Bakers Bay Marina .......... 158 ......... F ......... 365-5802 Guana Hide-aways ............ 37 ..................... 577-0003 Orchid Bay ......................... 64 ........ F ......... 365-5175 Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour ................ 367-2936 ......................... 367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure ............................... 577-0004 Adventure on Prozac T Cay ............................ 365-8749 ...................... 365-4411 ........................... 365-8506 .......... 367-2787 ............. 366-0024 Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........................... 367-2266 AirGate Aviation New Smyrna Beach.....................................367-1900 American Eagle Miami ..................................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud ............................ 367-2095 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Orlando Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach .............................................. 367-3415 Sky Bahamas Nassau ......................................................... 367-0996 Western Air Nassau ........................................................... 367-3722 Abaco Air .............................................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters ........................................................ 367-3450 Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08 Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........................................ $15 Spring City ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore ......................................................................... $90 Crossing Rocks ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................................... $10 Madeira Park .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole ........................................................ $30 Albert Lowe Museum ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station .................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry ...................... Little Harbour Working boatyards ..................................... Man-O-War cay Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised Dec 2012 All phones use area code 242 unless noted www.theabaconian.com Alburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay F rom Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour North Abaco Sandy Point Treasure Cay Casaurina Point Cherokee Crossing Rocks Green Turtle Cay Hope Town Man-O-War Charter Fishing Boats Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062

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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 MARINE INSURANCE Protection On Land And Sea Work is for people who dont know how to fish! Enjoy Life, while Insurance Management works for you.INSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520FreeportPioneers Way P.O.Box F-42541 Tel: (242) 350-3500 Fax: (242) 350-3510AbacoQueen Elizabeth Dr. P.O.Box AB-20666 Tel: (242) 367-4204 Fax: (242) 367-4206EleutheraQueens Highway P.O.Box EL-25190 Tel: (242) 332-2862 Fax: (242) 332-2863ExumaQueens Highway George Town Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15th, 2013 By Canishka Alexander Red ribbons, symbolic of Christs Maundy Thursday Service on March 28 at the Government Complex. Maundy Thurs day, which is also known as Holy Thurs day is the Christian feast, or holy day, that takes place on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the apostles. The theme: The Cross Makes the Difference, was expounded upon by Moderator Leslie Rolle as he rejoiced in the realization that despite Jesus death, it to believers. Following two Scripture readings, and the singing of congregational hymns, PC 3051 Valentino Oliver of the Royal Bahamas Police Force delivered a mov ing solo serenading the audience with the words of a song called Tomorrow by BeBe and CeCe Winans. Among the distinguished guests was MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, and Central / South Abaco MP Edison Key and his wife Kathy Key. During his remarks, Senior Island Administrator Preston Cun ningham said that in a time where there is so much crime, hatred and bad things happening, there is an urgent need for our countrys citizens to go to the cross of Christ. Please see Maundy Page 17 Maundy Thursday Service held at Govt Complex Abaconians excel at CARIFTA Abaco athletes brought back the hardware from the CARIFTA Games. Three swimmers and one relay runner were among the medal-winning Bahamian team. Above: a welcoming committee (including Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham, Ministry of Sports Rep. Ishmael Morley, District Supt. of Education Dr. Lenora Black, Central / South Abaco MP Edison Key and his wife Kathy Key, as well as family and friends greet Miller Albury, Margaret Albury Higgs and Lilly Albury. James Williams, who ran and scored bronze on the relay team, was not present. See page 11 for the stories. Above: the Maundy Thursday service held at the Government Complex incorporated the theme: The Cross Makes the Difference. Special guests of the event included North Abaco MP Renardo Curry, Centra; / South Abaco MP and his wife Edison and Kathy Key, Senior Island Admin Preston Cunningham, Min. of Sports rep Ishmael Morley, District Supt. of Education Dr. Black and others.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 ABACO REAL EST School & Youth News By Mirella Santillo In front of a panel of distinguished aco, Renardo Curry, Senior Administrator Preston Cunningham, District of Educa tion Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black and the President of the Outstanding Students Foundation, Trevor Whylly, grade 6 stu dents and grade 12 students from eight primary schools and eight high schools, among them some all-age schools, were rewarded for their academic and sport per formances. or a trophy, students had to have a mini Outstanding Students honoured at 9th Annual Awards Ceremony mum of a 3.00 GPA average in academics or in sports. Six students made it to the top of the academic achievement list, with a 4.00 GPA. They were six graders Bethany Higgs from Agape Christian School and Isaac Collie, from Long Bay School as well as twelve graders Rebecca Strachan, Amanda McIntosh and Alexandra Phillpot from Forest Heights Academy and Cathy Weatherford from Mary E Albury Acad emy on Man-O-War Cay. In the primary school division over eighty students achieved a GPA higher than 3.00 and in the high school division In his remarks, Administrator Cun ningham reminded the audience that the success of a nation hinges on the educa tion of its youth. He explained why as a child growing up in a poor family, he had promised himself not to give up and to stay focused; it paid up, he said. So, keep your eyes on the prize and continue to do well he admonished. Dr. Lenora Black also passed advice along to the children. You have been placed in the inner circle, she told them. As we seek to improve our nation, lets not forget that each of us has a role to play. It is my prayer that you continue to keep your eyes on the prize. Mr. Whylly, a former senator and the CEO of the Outstanding Students Founda tion, commented on the fact that the func tion used to take place in Nassau until 2004. But, he said, "what better place to be rewarded than at home?" He reminded the students that parents and teachers were also part of their achievement and asked the parents to continue to support their children in any means possible and not only through grade six, but through high school and college also. Mr. Curry acknowledged the par ents who had come to give their full sup port to their children. It is imperative that we continue to strive for excellence, he said. The Bahamian Government is dou bling its investment in education, he an nounced, and as a Member of Parliament, I want to commit that the kids receive a good education. Then the moderator, William Davis, went on to call the students to be awarded, pass them out. Two Long Bay Students, the above mentioned Isaac Collie with 4.00 and Blaine Altidor with 3.69 made the list of achievers. Seven Coopers Town Primary School students were mentioned with the highest GPA of 3.59 going to Chilandra Edward. Above: Jaron Cornish, an exceptional bas ketball player who was awarded. Please see Outstanding Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Besides Bethany Higgs, eleven Agape Christian School were also called to re Albury and Kiary White had a 3.90 aver age. Colin Ray Albury from Man-O-War Primary School had the highest average of 3.88 among the three students who quali Twelve Treasure Cay Primary School students made the list with Kaitlyn Russell and Whitney Mitchell reaching 3.62. Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay had seven students quali fying, so did Hope Town Primary School. The highest GPA of 3.78 went to Joshua Russell, one of the four Fox Town Three Cherokee Primary School's kids were mentioned, the highest GPA of 3.40 obtained by Branden Sands. A 3.4 av erage was also obtained by Oscar Pinder of J A Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point. Twelve students from Central Abaco Primary School obtained an average over 3.00, two of them, Izaiah Newbold and Maliyah Forbes with 3.76; twelve St Fran cis de Sales students made the list, Dikem be Wilkinson at the top with 3.80. students who had a GPA superior to 3.00, eleven of them belonged to Agape Chris School & Youth News Outstanding From Page 2 tian School; eleven as well came from SC Bootle Highschool, among them Sherrie Romer and Rose Mika Charles with a 3.58 GPA. Altogether, Forest Heights Academy had eight students with a high average. George C. Cross and Miranda Albury with 3.90 followed closely the three above men tioned girls. Eight students from St Francis de and 3.67 were the highest average obtained respectively by Charese Kemp and Jake Consulta. Nine students from Abaco Central High school had a GPA over 3.00 with Olujimi Scott reaching 3.50. Two students from Moores Island reached a 3.12 average and seven students from Long Bay were mentioned with Alei sha Gomez topping the list with 3.29. Mary E Albury of Man-O-War sent one student, the above mentioned Cathy Weatherford. Thirty four primary school students achieved an average superior to 3.00 in sports while seventeen high school stu from Agape Christian School, one of the best high school basketball players in the country. The function was coordinated by Wil liam Tony Davis who donated the tro phies and Neulessa Major. By Jennifer Hudson The Event of the Year stated a no tice board outside the Hummingbird Cot tage Art Centre in Hope Town on April 2. This was An Evening of Art, Wine and Tapas presented by the Parent Teacher Association of the Hope Town School to raise funds for the school. The organizers were very pleased with the attendance for the event which drew about 50% more than had been anticipated. Many parents and community mem bers worked hard to make this a very pleasant and successful event. They were thanked by Candace Key, former Principal of the Hope Town School who then intro duced a very special guest, Lorraine Bas tianJones. Ms. Jones is the niece of the late well known Bahamian artist, Amos Ferguson, who was the major featured artist of the evening. She is the executor of Mr. Fer gusons will and made all of the arrange ments to bring many of his paintings over to Hope Town for the event. Ms. Bastian-Jones thanked the people An Evening of Art, Wine and Tapas held for PTA at Hummingbird Cottage Above: a second grade student displaying a piece of art. of Hope Town for their warm welcome and made presentations of albums crafted from native materials on behalf of her late uncle to people for showing much love and appreciation for Uncle Amos work. She also presented CDs of Amos work to Justin Higgs, Principal of the school to be shown to the students and also to Christy Young, owner of the Hummingbird Cot tage Art Centre. She mentioned what a philanthropic person her uncle was and that he used to sell some of his paintings so that he could assist people in the com munity. Amos Ferguson is a true Bahamian folk artist known for his brilliantly co loured paintings of Bible stories and Ba hamian scenes. He began by using house paint on cardboard and wood and used such things as nail heads and sticks to get the effect he wanted. His paintings adorned the entire space of the larger of the two galleries at Hummingbird along with one large painting by Alton Lowe. Please see Tapas Page 5

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site: abacomarbleandgranite.com School & Youth News Mr. Lowes painting, entitled Land ing Day, was painted to celebrate the bi centennial of Hope Town and featured a young girl planting the Union Jack into the sand of Hope Town Harbour represen tative of the arrival of Loyalist Wyannie Malone. In the gallery of the main house were paintings by Jonathan Bethel, Kim Rody, Brigitte Bowyer-Carey, Arnie Cas savant and Walter Bartman. A large and varied selection of art work by students of the Hope Town School was on display outside on the lawn and a collage of colourful cats entitled Too Many Meows, created by second grade students was also up for bid in the silent auction. This attractive and unusual piece looked as if it would engender a very pleas ing sum according to the bids on the paper. All of the artwork was on sale and the students present were very excited to have some of their artwork purchased. Sixth grade students were selling a variety of their decorated paper weights and book marks. Other items up for bid in the silent auction included one day boat rentals, sea glass and coconut jewelry, a Harl Taylor designer bag, mosaic mirror, dinner for two with Tom at the Abaco Inn and art work. Selections of easy listening music provided by violinist Jennifer Hudson provided a relaxing atmosphere while the attendees enjoyed socializing, tasting the many wines from Tupps Fine Wines, Beers and Spirits in Marsh Harbour and sampling delicious tapas. Tania Duncan of Abaco Spice tantalized the palate with Dolphin Crudo, which consisted of many delicacies such as gazpacho, platanos fritos and escebeche. his stone crab cake with salsa and Tuscan sushi relish while Kelly Fair and Sean Tul ly offered tomato mozzarella skewers and fresh home-made country bread promoting their business: Abaco Buzz. Candice Key drew peoples attention to a giant size poster listing equipment of which the Hope Town School is in need. This included items such as gym mats, ceiling fans, computers, boombox/CD player, iPad speakers, computer software, sports equipment and art supplies. People came forward and generously contributed towards many of these items, signing their name alongside whatever they wished to donate. The PTA members and organizers of this event were delighted with the gener ous donations to the schools wish list and very pleasant evening in aid of the school. Tapas From Page 4 By Samantha Evans Crossing Rocks School ventured all the way up from South Abaco to visit the Government Complex in Marsh Harbour this month. The school paid a courtesy call to Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham was very impressed with the level of questions that the students asked. He gave a brief but detailed descrip tion of his duties as an Island Administra tor. One student from Grade 1 was curious to know where he lived. Mr. Cunningham, a bit surprised, told the students he lived at Government House. After about half an hour of discus sion, Mr. Cunningham expressed how good he felt that the students visited the complex and also informed them that they to grace the halls of the Prime Ministers After the group left the Administrator they paid homage to Dr. Lenora J. Black District Superintendent of Education for the Abaco District. Crossing Rocks Primary visits the Government Complex the Prime Minister. By Samantha Evans Crossing Rocks Primary won 1st Place in The Bahamas National Trust Arts for The Parks Competition. The competi tion was very enjoyable for the students. They created the front and back cover for a album in which they recorded one of their six songs entitled Pride of Abaco. Crossing Rocks Primary participates in Art Competition Above: Some Crossing Rocks students at the Art for the Parks event. Head Start Academy hosts By Vernique Russell Head Start Academy hosted their 1st for the students took place at the school grounds. Students were able to participate in events such as the amazing race, egg and spoon race, sack races and regular meter races. The school was divided into three house Blue Marlins, Green Turtles and Red Lobsters. Parents and well-wishers joined the star athletes and staff for the big day. The students gave their best in every event and were very grateful for the opportunity to show off their athletics talents and abilities. At the end of the event the winners of the sports day were the Blue Marlins. All the other teams are already gearing up for next year to claim the title. Head Start Academy is located in Treasure Cay in the former four-plex building. The school currently accommo dates students in the K to Grade 1 catego ries with plans to expand this Fall. Crossing Rocks Primary Celebrated Parents Night By Samantha Evans It was a night of fun and frolicing for the parents of Crossing Rocks Prima ry School. Principal Simone Pinder was pleased with the great turn-out and thanked each parent for supporting the develop ment of their children. Ten points were awarded to each child who was represented. Parents thanked the staff for the night and requested that it be come a monthly event. Some activities they engaged in during the night were Jeopardy, Bingo and Name that Show but the hit ac tivity was Musical Chairs; which made the parents feel like a kid again. Parents also feasted on a scrumptious meal pre pared for them.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Man-O-War Hardware Non-Corrosive Hardware An Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & Monel Bolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel Bolts Stainless Steel Hurricane Clips #1 Lumber Plain & Pressure Treated Pine, Fir, Cypress Teak & Mahogany Interior, Exterior & Marine PLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander Numerous children on Abaco live with a condition that affects the spine called scoliosis. The spine appears to be straight in a person with a normal spine when viewed from the front or back. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be curved. Although some are unwilling to talk about their condition, four courageous female students shared their experiences last month to help others identify the early warning signs of scoliosis therefore avoid ing surgery, and in some instances, death. Let me introduce you to Tatia Mc Intosh, Romea Rolle, Leandra Rolle and Joanne Brave. For the most part, girls are more like ly to be affected than boys overall. While there are many types and causes of sco liosis, most fall within the categories of: congenital scoliosis, neuromuscular scolio category is idiopathic scoliosis, and is the most common type of scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis commonly affects those between the ages of 10 to 16 years, and progresses through the growth spurt years. Persons with scoliosis tend to have uneven shoulders, a prominent shoulder blade, uneven waist, or lean to one side. In Scoliosis impacts the lives of Abaco students The incredible stories of four brave girls some cases, scoliosis can affect childbirth in females. Scoliosis curves are initially detected on school screening exams, by a child's pe diatrician or family doctor, or by a parent. The person must then undergo a careful bone examination, and an X-ray to evalu ate the magnitude of the curve. Surgery is considered for those whose spinal curves measure greater than 40 degrees; however, bracing is the usual treatment option. Leainer McIntosh detected the con dition in her 15-year-old daughter, Tatia, who has a double curve that measures over 60 degrees. Leainer said that she, her mother and another one of her daugh ters have a slight curve in their spines. Although scoliosis sometimes affects her lungs and breathing causing some discom fort, Tatia can still comfortably participate in sports. She wears a full-body brace, and is actually wearing a second brace. Fortunately, Leainer said the doctors visits are not expensive with Dr. Valentino Grimes, orthopedic and spinal surgeon, at the Bahamas Medical Center. She looked forward to Tatias surgery over the Easter holiday adding that surgeons from Atlanta travel to Nassau frequently to offer free surgery in support of the Crippled Chil drens Fund for local children. During the procedure, metallic im plants are utilized to correct some of the curvature and hold it in the correct posi tion by joining the vertebrae together per manently. It is called spinal fusion. The Bahamas Medical Center Web site stated that Dr. Grimes recently led a team of doctors and specialists to provide critical treatment for several local children suffering from physically debilitating ail ments. Dr. Grimes joined forces with the Physically Challenged Children Commit tee to provide necessary surgeries for these children to give back to the community he knows and loves. The children had severe cases of scoliosis with some showing 90 degree arcs in their spines. The news that Romea Miracle Rolle, 14, had scoliosis was shocking to her mother, Nicole Rolle, in September 2012. Nicole recalled that her daughter Romea would say that she looked twisted, but she was always modeling in their home, so she wasnt overly concerned. However, the day before school began, Romea put on her school uniform. This time, her condition was quite noticeable to Nicole. She said her skirt was lopsided, Nicole recalled. I really wasnt paying close attention to it probably because I wasnt looking for it, but it became very obvious. You could notice by her waist band that one side was really higher than the other, she said. Overwhelmed, Nicole began to cry. She remembered previous occasions when her daughter would walk humped over and wondered if that was an indication from then, or if her bad posture had contributed to her having scoliosis. because she doesnt like to sit up straight, Nicole admitted. I told her that if she didnt watch it she was going to be hump backed not realizing that that was the case already. As a member of the Defence Force Rangers program, Romea was never one to complain about feeling tired during drills, but that was about to change. At the last Rangers Installation Ceremony, she had to step off the line because her back began to hurt, and she felt a bit woozy. Nicole said that Dr. George Charite, medical director of Integrated Medical Centre, referred Romea to a specialist named Dr. Freeland Lockhart. Fortunate ly, Romea was able to acquire bracing in time, but it meant that her mothers worst showed that Romeas back was curved at brace, and all appeared to be well. How ever, after conducting another X-ray, backward causing Romeas spine to curve more. no one else in the family has scoliosis. ing depressed, but as resilient teenagers go, her worry soon shifted to maintaining Romea soon had more reason to celebrate because Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry Christie, was visiting North Abaco during the bi-election the day her mother was having a fundraiser for her. The prime minister was so moved by her condition when he saw her that he pledged to assist her mother with her medical expenses. Mr. Christie took care of Romeas medical expenses. In August, Romea will do a followup examination to see if the curve is at a standstill, or if it continues to progress. Please see Courage Page 7

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 Ron-Paul Cabinets Plus Visit our Showroom Located Opposite the old Lowes Pharmacy Owners: Ronnie & Pauline Roberts Phone: (242) 367-0546 Twin Reg Mattress & Box Spring $290..SALE $265 Full Reg Mattress & Box Spring $360..SALE $335 Queen Reg Mattress & Box Spring $400..SALE $370 Queen Orthopedic Mattress & Box Spring $465..SALE $430 King Orthopedic Mattress & Box Spring $680..SALE $640 Serta Queen Pillow Top Mattress $440..SALE $410 Full Memory Foam Mattress $620..SALE $450 GE Adirondack Chairs with Ottoman $275 SALE PRICE $230 Twin Over Twin Wooden Bunk Bed Only $675.. SALE PRICE $525 Twin Over Twin Metal Bunk Bed Only $575.. SALE PRICE $400 Twin over Full Metal Bunk Bed Only $675.. SALE PRICE $500 Carpet & Padding Display Kitchen Cabinets Thumbs Up Gardening Club teaches youth about farming By Samantha Evans Children ages 3 to 14 years have been enjoying the Thumbs Up Gardening Club which meets every Saturday from 9am to 4pm at the farm of Vashti Far rington. They learn about food, how to eat healthier and how to take care of their own personal garden. It gives the youth a chance to engage in outdoor activities like she did when she was growing up, she explained. She hopes that they will learn to appreciate what farming has to offer and the importance of fruits and vegetables to their body. They grow vegetables such as green pepper, cabbage, zucchini, and lettuce. Once their vegetables are mature, they take them home for their families to enjoy. They recently started growing fruits such as sugar apple, mango, pear, juju and hog plum which have not matured as yet. Each child is given a 20 by 20 foot piece of land to farm on. Before the kids begin to farm their lot, they learn about the theory part of farming. They learn the various types of farming, about crops and livestock, and about dif ferent types of vegetables and fruits they will grow and how to care for them. Once the kids have out grown their plot of land, they are given a larger plot to grow on. To date there are 37 students in the program that come from various schools. Besides farming, the students all learn how to make crafts, petting and caring for ani mals and teamwork through game playing. The day is structured just like school with snack and lunch times. Soon, Vashti plans to offer a farming program on Sun days for families. Persons interested in her program can call 375-9816. School & Youth News Like Tatia, Romea does experience some discomfort particularly after standing for long periods of time, but wearing the brace doesnt prohibit her from exercising or do ing what she needs to do. In the case of Leandra Rolle, she re ceived her diagnosis in August of 2011. Since then, the outgoing, down-to-earth 16-year-old student-athlete said there have been no dramatic changes in her life be sides changing her clothing size to be less I noticed that her waist appeared to be dropped, and around her shoulders looked humped, her mother, Ruby Rolle, explained. Ruby added that her oldest daughter has scoliosis, too, but it is less pronounced. At school, Leandra said her friends also began to notice a difference in the way she walked, but she is still able to partici pate in the 400 meter run as well as basket ball and volleyball events. Occasionally, she feels a bit painful when she wakes up in the morning, but generally there is no discomfort. When Leandras X-ray was done in 2011, the curvature of her spine measured at 53 degrees, but her mother is certain that the number has increased since then because her condition is so advanced that the brace cannot be used. Bracing costs between $1,800 to $2,000, which is a small price to pay when of $250,000 or more. Leandra and her parents have met with Dr. Chambers and Dr. Valentino Grimes, and she has been placed on a waiting list for those eligible for surgery. andra is fearful of what the condition is do ing to her body, and she is hoping that the problem can be corrected, so she can go on to live a healthy life. Ruby is hoping that something happens sooner rather than later to assist her daughter. For encouragement, she and Leainer speak to each other occa sionally to exchange mutual support. I hope it doesnt affect any of my or gans later, Leandra acknowledged, and I am afraid that after the surgery, I will be Courage From Page 6 paralyzed and not be able to walk again. Like Leandra and her mother, Nicole has similar fears for Romea after learning that the bones in a person with scoliosis can shift until they puncture vital organs lead ing to death. Nicole realizes that scoliosis is connected to growth in the body, so she constantly observes her younger daughter to see if she is developing the condition. Fortunately, people have not made fun of most of these young women because of their condition. In Romeas case, her mother said that if anything the students at her school have been sympathetic. Lean dra found that many are not familiar with scoliosis, and have asked what scoliosis is when she shares that she has the condition. But for 17-year-old girl Joanne Brave, her experience has brought her tor ment. People have not been so nice to her, and she has been teased more times than she cares to remember because of her ap pearance. I am a nice, but shy person; I act this way because of my scoliosis, Joanne supplied. People stare at me, and they call me names. I dont want to call attention to myself. to hide the hump because of how she has been treated. Her mother Suzanne Moralus discov ered Joanne had scoliosis when she was nine years old. Joanne remembered travel ling to Nassau when she was 12 or 13 years old to see a Dr. Munnings, who wanted to do an operation at that time. Since then, though, no operation has been done to cor with a brace. Now Joanne is severely bent over. More than anything she hopes to be able to have surgery because she is looking for ward to being a hair stylist when she com pletes high school or becoming a history teacher if she attends college. To bring greater awareness about sco liosis, Joanne is even willing to do presen tations to educate people on what scoliosis is, and its effects because she desperately her spine to go away. Its not a very good position to be in, Joanne lamented. New school to open its doors to struggling students By Vernique Russell One on One Academy plans to open its doors to serve the children and parents of Abaco this August. They will cater to children who struggle in large classrooms, suffer from learning disabilities or who just need extra help with their academics. Cur rently the owners have opened its doors for registrations and to assess the demand for the service. They plan to offer very small class rooms but each child will be treated as a special case. Testing is also available to as sess your childs current level. On May 4, specialists from their part ner company, Sylvan, will be on the island to conduct testing. If you are interesting in enrolling your child or having them tested please contact 525-8067 for further infor mation. The school will be located in the Marsh Harbour area. Legacy, leadership tools presented for senior students By Canishka Alexander On March 19, three excited senior students from Horizons Academy attended a one-day seminar at Grabbers on Guana Cay. They were accompanied by Sim mone Bowe-Mullings, administrator, and Churton Toote, P.E. teacher at Horizons. Whitney Bain, chief facilitator of Whit sun Leadership Group Ltd., was the guest speaker. The location offered a relaxed atmo sphere for the small group to take a closer look at their upcoming graduation theme: Keeping the Vision Alive for a Better Generation, and to determine what their legacy and leadership qualities are. Bain segmented the seminar into two parts: Your Vision, Your Legacy, and Leadership Skills for the Emerging Lead asked the students about what drives them as individuals. As they focused on legacy, he told them that it is not only important to leave a legacy, but to live a legacy. Take each and every step with pur pose, Bain advised. The students participated in a legacy exercise on how they wish to be viewed and remembered by their family mem bers, at their school and churches, and in the community. They were also engaged in a 360 Degree Perspective Exercise, and listened to an Audio Insert from the Suc cess for Teens Foundation called: Little Things Matter. They learned that it takes practice to become better at doing things, and that sometimes success means going against what is popular and having to make For the leadership presentation, Bain spoke about the mind, heart, voice and life and image of a leader. Bain introduced a concept called Mental RDA (Recommend ed Daily Allowance) to help the students Please see Leadership Page 8

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Above: Whitney Bain of Whitsun Leadership Group making his presentation on legacy and leadership to Horizons Academy senior students on March 19. determine what they need on a daily ba sis like rest, proper nutrition and exercise, and also positive thoughts. Students were amazed to learn that the heart has brain cells according to a Web site called Ted. com, and that the heart has the ability to tell the brain what to do. Emotional intelligence goes beyond the surface, and engages the person in the deepest part of their lives [or] their es sence, Bain shared. Caring comes from the heart. As for the voice of the leader, there are two voices: physical and non-verbal. Again, Bain encouraged the students to live purposefully as he left them with a vid eo insert by Les Brown, who emphasized School & Youth News Leadership From Page 7 the phrase Its Possible as they seek to as leaders. Whitney Bain facilitates two pro grams on Abaco. One is called L.I.F.E., which is an acronym for: Learning, Iden tifying, Facilitating and Execution, and the other is Innerspring Youth Program/ TV. Both programs provide leadership and personal development training to young people between the ages of 12 to 19. For more information, Whitney Bain can be contacted by e-mail at Whitney_ bain@yahoo.com or by phone at 1-242458-0675. By Aaliyah Roberts 4th Grade Student Hello! My name is Aaliyah Roberts. I am a fourth grader at the Man-O-War Primary School. I had the privilege of in terviewing Ms. Barbara Dowty and Mr. ect they are creating at our town corner on Man-O-War Cay. The idea came about for this project after seeing that this area needed some sprucing up as Ms. Barbara put it. Ms. Barbara, a member of the Man -OWar Garden Club, asked Mr. Walter Sweeting, my uncle, if they would be able to use that area to start this project. Mr. Walter told her sure and he also said that he had al ways wanted to build a bench and garden in memory of Derek Lee: so on with the project! They got the idea in late November and planned in December through the New Year and then started in February. So, it has been in the works for about four months. The main contributors of this proj ect have been the Man -OWar Garden Club, Mr. Walter, Ms. Barbara, and Mr. Doug. They actually began working on February 18th. Their goal was to have it The amount of workers is around project was to create a place that the tour ists would be able to come and sit down as well as a place where the community would still be able to use. The kids will continue to use this area to sell their goods. Also, they will still be using the building for hardware storage. Mr. Dougs favorite part is watching the people and their reactions to see an area of the town that has changed completely and to become a nice park, green space, and plaza for the years to come. Ms. Bar baras favorite part is hearing all the posi tive feedback from the community and all of the memories about that area. Mr. Walter told them that they used to pull a small boat around town to gather money for the Methodist Church. They used to ring a bell for Sunday school ev ery Sunday and also every Christmas Eve. She said this used to be the gathering spot on Christmas, New Years, and many other occasions. As of now, their planning team does the near future, but they have been pre sented with a number of ideas, and may be looking towards improving another area of the town later on. They are looking for members of the Man -OWar Garden Club and the com munity to help with the landscaping and the trying to include native plants that will help to represent the Bahamas. So, if you can volunteer some of your time, come down to the town corner with your paint brushes up. Ms. Barbara said they are hoping to have a dedication ceremony by the end of April. A great big thank you to Ms. Bar bara, Mr. Doug, Mr. Walter, The Man -OWar Garden Club and everyone else who has helped it any way as this an all volunteer project. It is exciting to see this area becoming such a beautiful place for us all to enjoy! An interview with Barbara Dowty and Doug Foust Above: Barbara Dowty and Doug Foust in front of the Methodist Church in Man-O-War

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 TREASURE CAY Royal Palm Condo, Second/third story unit with private dock slip and finger dock. Four community pools. OWNER MOTIVATED $298,000 Rock Point, bulkheaded waterfront lot, exc price $150,000 Golf Course Lot $35,000 MAKE OFFER 3/2 Royal Palm Condo $298,000MARSH HARBOUR Commercial lot near John Bull $125,000 Just under 1 beachfront acre 2/2 cottage $390,000 3/3, 2160 sq. ft. beach home $399,500 Beautiful interior lots, starting at $17,000 1 Acre beach front estate lot $295,000 Pinehurst lots $7,000 & $11,000 9 + acres 8 Mile Bay Beach access $199,000GUANA CAY 2/2 Great Atlantic Views, shared dock, steps to the beach, rental income $265,900CASUARINA POINT REDUCED! Entrance to bay, waterfront lot, panoramic views $88,000 Lots $35,000 and up 3/2 Beachfront home + apartment $875,000 3/2 Beachfront home with detached income Producing apartments $795,000. 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REDUCED $30,000SCHOONER BAY Harbour side lots, studio apartments, 1 and 2 bedroom Harbour side condos available.LUBBERS QUARTERS Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000 Additional lots available.HOPE TOWN Lot close to town, beach access $130,000 ROYAL PALM CONDOTREASURE CAYWaterfront condo with private dock! Three bed/three bath, two story, open plan Best Price in Treasure Cay!US $298,000 Artist Highlight By Jennifer Hudson Donnie Wood is an artisan extraor dinaire; there doesnt seem to be anything he cannot turn his hand to. Always look ing to expand his horizons, he says; As soon as I get comfortable in a medium I push on to do something I have not done before. Therefore, he is able to create in many different mediums. His studio is an absolute treasure trove of his creations and is an extremely interesting place to visit. He has inherited his artistic talents from his fathers line of the family since his father and grandfather were both art ists and carpenters. It is over thirty years now since Donnie made his home in Marsh Harbour next to Memorial Plaza. Donnie has an interesting story as to how he came to settle in Marsh Harbour. Upon leaving school in the United States he studied commercial art and became a silk screen painter. He had a desire, how ever, to escape from the United States where he was living in Delray Beach, Florida. He was always interested in boats as he was from a seafaring heritage. His grandfather went to sea in Newfoundland at the age of thirteen. Donnies inherited carpentry skills also played a part in his decision to build and rig a boat and set out to sea. While at sea Donnie needed some Knock on Wood thing to occupy his time and also provide some form of income so he decided to ones he made by cutting out sketches he had made on various types of wood in cluding mahogany, guava, maple and cherry wood. Then he shaped them with a them by carving out details with an exacto knife. This was very time consuming to carve each one and since Donnie found that he began to sell them off his neck for as fast as he made them. He needed to streamline his operastion. When he became experienced with other tools he found that he could make ten in one day. Donnie found that this was a good little business which he could operate right off his boat anywhere he was. Af ter about six years he went to Exuma and soon had his little groupers in 13 shops in Exuma, Eleuthera, Abaco, Nassau and Rum Cay. However, he found that after carving literally thousands of these little carving wooden grouper and decided to move onto other things. He only makes these little grouper nowadays by special request. The entire time I was interviewing Donnie for this story he sat carving a little grouper for me and I could see the painstaking work that goes into each one. Fortuitously, Donnie met an Ameri can fellow boater who, when he saw the little grouper, suggested that he should cast them in gold. Although Donnie had never done any gold work before, he was eager to give it try so he followed the professionals instructions to carve a model in wax and then let him cast it in the United States. This arrangement worked well and Donnie began creating grouper in gold and silver and then also turtles. He then bought all the equipment he needed in Florida to cast them himself. I made a lot of mistakes. The fear of making mis takes is what stops most people, but I per severed and learned from my mistakes, he philosophized. Once comfortable with this craft Donnie was ready to push on to another medium and so began sculpting bronze pieces and large wood carvings. Donnie has completed many large wood carv and even furniture. He has recently built his own house and has hand carved all of his furniture including a very ornate headboard for his bed. One of his recent wood sculptures of a 12 foot blue marlin made of cedar stands near the beach at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay pointing beautifully painted by well-known artist, Marjolein Scott. Presently, Donnie is working on carving Mother Theresas poem onto a large board. This is a very painstaking piece of work but it is something he really wanted to do and which he has now al most completed. There is a beautiful stat ue of Mother Theresa with a small child at her side in his studio which he carved in bronze some time ago. He is also working on another very interesting project which consists of carv ing a large map of all the islands of the Bahamas. Donnies latest urge is to do something really big so it will be very interesting to see what idea he comes up with next. Don Woods Originals studio is a treasure trove of his work. Not only are there many examples of his work in me diums already mentioned but he is also a talented artist and also has paintings on display. He has branched out into many jewellery designs which, in addition to gold and silver include gemstones. His work can be purchased from his studio in Marsh Harbour and also from Native Creations in Green Turtle Cay and Ebb Tide in Hope Town. He also takes commissions and will customize pieces for his clients. Don Wood can be contact ed at 3673681 or 553 7917. Above: Donnie Wood in his studio in Marsh Harbour sculpting a little grouper. Mr. Wood is well known for his work in many different artistic mediums.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Dr. Arthur Clarke: Apr 26th Dr. Carnille Farquharson; Family Medicine Apr 17th & 24th Dr. Winston Forbes; Cardiology/Internal Medicine Call for dates Dr. F. Bartlett; Pediatrics Call for dates Dr. Lucio Pedro; Obstetrics/Gynecology Apr 27th Dr. Timothy Williams, General Practice Call for dates Dr. N. Akazie, Call for dates Dr. Marc Binard, General Practice & Internal Medicine Apr 12th & Apr 29th to May 10th Dr. George Charit; General Practice, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Daily Dr. Rogers; Opthamologist Call for dates Dr. George Charit MEDICAL DIRECTOR Integrated Medical Center is pleased to announce the schedule of Clinics for April 2013 Walk in Welcome Same Day Appointments No Long Waits No referrals needed The place where complete healing begins e-mail: imcabaco@gmail.com SLEEP APNEA TESTING NOW AVAILABLE & STAT IN-HOUSE BLOOD RESULTS TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT CALL OUR FRIENDLY STAFF TO BRANDON SAWYERFOR A JOB WELL DONE ON ACHIEVING HIS HELICOPTER PILOT LICENSE LOVE, MOM & DAD DREAMS DO COME TRUE CONGRATULATIONS Sports Crossing Rocks native chases down bronze medal Above: James Williams, 19 years old of Crossing Rocks, Abaco captured the bronze medal at CARIFTA in the 4x400M Relay. By Timothy Roberts FTA Games, The Bahamas team of James Williams, Janeko Cartwright, Stephen Dirty Newbold and Andre Colebrooke, in that order, captured the bronze medal, in the 4x400M Relay Bronze Medal in a time of 3:07.44. lay was 19-year-old James Williams, na tive of Crossing Rocks, Abaco and part of the Moors Island Exterminators track team. a really good experience. He added that it was great running with some of the top athletes in the Caribbean. Team Captain in Moors Island, James trains under Pastor Anthony Williams who has established a successful track program on the island. James also ran in the Open 400M and came second in that heat and placed sev enth overall. So right now I am the sev enth fastest in the Caribbean and the fastest quarter mile in high school, he said. He enjoyed being able to meet with other Bahamian athletes and get to know some of them. It was a great experience and I plan to continue to train and com pete, he said. James has also competed in the Penns Relays last year and will be going again this year on April 25 to Philadelphia with the Moors Island Track Team to com pete again. By Timothy Roberts Three swimmers from Abaco made their mark at this years CARIFTA Games, both nationally and individually, bring ing home medals and setting personal best times at the competition held in Jamaica in early April. Margaret Albury Higgs: Distinguishing herself with an im pressive body of work over the last few years at both the local and regional level, Margaret Albury-Higgs increased her gold count in this years CARIFTA competi tion. Alburys debuted in the 13-14 age group at this years CARIFTA Swimming medals, dominating her group and achiev ing the high point total for the second con secutive year. Albury also helped capture Silver in 400M Medley relay for 13-14 Girls. She swept the breaststroke compe tition taking gold in the 50M, 100M and 200M breaststroke and added two gold place in both the 200M and 400M. Albury said it was a really good ex perience. It was really good with all the countries I have known them now for three years, so I knew some people already and it was good to see friends again. She said I was in the lower end of my age group so I didnt know how it was going to be, but I just went there and did my best. It was fun racing and I enjoyed the competition. Miller Albury: In Miller Alburys second CARIFTA competition he captured two bronze med als in 400M Medley Relay and 200M Free style Relay and set personal best times. He said the experience was great es pecial due to the fact that my head coach decided to put me on the relays at the last minute and thats how I ended up acquiring the two bronze medals. Miller said the event taught us about teamwork and dedication to the sport, but it also showed you what type of competi tion youre up against at that level. He said it was a fantastic competi tion everyone did really good and bet tered most of their times. I personally bettered all of my times as well as placing third in the two relays, seventh out of 36 in 100M backstroke and also two ninths out of 40. Lily Higgs: Sister of Albury, Lilly Higgs this ming Championships in the 11-12 girls age group and set personal best times in all her events. In all my races I set personal best times and in the 100M Breaststroke I made nerve-wrecking because I didnt know what to expect but it was a great experi ence and I got to know a lot of people. Lily swam several freestyle races the 100M, 200M and 400M Freestyle and also swam in the 200M IM and 100M breaststroke. She said the experience taught her that you really need to practice because it is really tough competition, but its worth practicing and you realize how hard you need to practice. She said looks forward to going to more competitions in the fu ture. High Praise: Minister of Parliament for Central and South Abaco, Edison Key said he was pleased to be able to greet the swimmers at the airport. In Jamaica they have made us so proud. When we look at these young people and where we have come in forty years we are now bringing home gold! he said. As Bahamians we should all be proud of our young people and give them and whatever we can do to get them into bigger stuff, Abaco swimmers make waves at CARIFTA Above: Miller Albury performing backstroke at the CARIFTA Games. Please see CARIFTA Page 16

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Sports Ishmael Stretch Morley Youth Co ordinator at Abacos Ministry of Youth offered congratulations on behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson, all the young people from Abaco who participated in CARIFTA, es pecially the swimmers for bringing back the gold and representing the Bahamas well; as making Abaco proud. He also thanked them for putting swimming on the map again. MoneyGram held promotion at soccer game By Mirella Santillo Afternoon soccer at Murphy Town Park on March 24 could have looked like ordinary Sunday soccer game, except for the presence of several staff members of Money Gram-Cash N Goamong them the local branch manager, Nea Cooper, and the General Manager, Jayson Clarke, who had come from Nassau for the occa sion. They were there not only to promote the company but mostly to show their gratitude to the players, most of them their clients. They had brought with them many promotional items, including brace let bands, soccer ball key chain and small towels that they had distributed to the play ers and were giving people as they enter the park. It is a way to give back as nearly all the players are our clients, explained Mr. Clarke, himself a footballer. We are even looking into an eventual partnership with the League and already had a meeting with the League President, Malcolm Spicer. That day two games were being were playing against Fresh. It was a slow game, not for lack of running, as the play ers raced endlessly from one end of the 1-1. The second game was between Aba com United and Abaco Heat, the Treasure Cay team. Most of the action took place in the second half. At half time Abacom had scored a goal that was matched at the be ginning of the second half by Abaco Heat. The advantage came to Abacom a few min utes before the end of the game when one of the players managed a great goal from Abacom United 2Abaco Heat 1. At nearly half way through the sea son, Abacom United has the lead with 14 points in front of Fresh with 13 points. The Hope Town Show Stoppers are in third po sition with 10 points. Fresh has 5 points, Abaco Heat 4 points and the Show Offs close the list with 2 points. Mr. Spicer was hoping to organize Friday evening games, but so far two games were cancelled, on March 22 be cause some of the spotlights were not prop erly working; the March 28 game did not take place for lack of players. Above: League President Malcolm Spicer with MoneyGram representatives. Below: a Hope Town Show Stoppers player chases down the soccer ball. Chester ThompsonMemorial AnnouncementAn Abaco memorial service for Chester ompson will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 21st at Big Hill Elbow Cay, Abaco. Chester is remembered by family as a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was the fourth son of Captain William Maurice ompson and Lena Muriel ne Albury, and brother to Hartis, Leonard, Roscoe, Maurice, Harvin, Velma and Dawson (Joe). Mr. ompson is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Juliana and Christina, eleven grandchildren and two great grandsons. Whilst we mourn the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather, and friend, we also celebrate his life. Memorials may be made to the Abaco charity of your choice. CARIFTA From Page 11 Above: Albury Higgs, center, beating out her opponents for the gold.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Church News The audience was once again enter tained by the Abaco District Combined Choir as they sang the hymns: The Blood, and Because He Lives. Basing her Maundy Thursday ad dress on the Book of John 13, Rev. Will ish Johnson of St. Johns Anglican Church, who was the guest speaker, highlighted the commandment that we must love one another. The familiar story tells of Jesus love even in the face of betrayal and denial by two of his disciples, yet He still washed their feet and communed with them. What an awesome love to humble ourselves in love to those who despise us, to those who betray us, she perceived. Through an ordinary thing Jesus showed the meaning of love. Rev. Johnson then posed pertinent questions to those gathered there by ask ing: Can we identify with Jesus? and How can you love God who you cannot see, and not love who you can see? Al though the answer was not an easy one, she admonished them that as bearers of His name, we are called to embody and mani fest His love a love that must be extended to our enemies as well. What does the love of God compel us to do? Rev. Johnson queried. Loving is not merely just in words. Jesus loved in action, and it was a love that led Him to the cross. The Abaco District Combined Choir closed the Maundy Thursday Service with the closing song: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus. Maundy From Page 1 Cherokee church reaches out for its neighbour By Lee Pinder This is a story of one neighbour helping another. Cherokee Sound is a small settlement with approximately 160 residents and whenever there is a need in the community the people come together to help each other. Epworth Methodist Chapel is in the process of trying to raise funds in order to do some much needed re pairs to save their old landmark building. The Assemblies of God are a neighbour ing church, and the only other church in Cherokee. In Cherokee it is not a matter of what church you attend, rather, if Im needed, I want to help do my part. So, persons from both churches worked together to bring this program de picting Christs death and resurrection to the public. On Good Friday Peggy Albury and Charmaine Saunders, both members of The Assemblies of God Church, combined their talents and managed to bring together a large portion of the entire community (Methodists and Evangelists alike) to put on The Story of Easter. This is not unusual for Ms. Albury, she has done Christmas Plays for many death and assention into heaven in the form of a play. Charmaine conducted the musi cal pieces as well as the narration. The evening progressed with live ac tors in costumes (handmade by Peggy Al bury) acting out the parts and the narrator telling the story just as it was told in the Bible with Pontius Pilot condemning Je thorns, his agonizing trek to Calvary and the crowds taunting cruelty. Jesus was put on a cross while Death lurked about in the background. He was buried in the tomb and, yes, Ms. Albury constructed a lifelike tomb with a makeshift rock to roll away, and, yes, he arose in pure white raiments holding the golden key to Heavens gate. Jesus was played by Darrel Pinder, the present Pastor of The Assemblies of God Church in Cherokee, but there were too many other persons in the play to name them all. The accompanying musical ren ditions helped the audience to more easily understand the old, old story they have all grown up with. One of the musical renditions was sung in four different languages by three foreign nationals as well as one Bahamian singing in English, which was very mov ing. The entire program proceeded with only a few very minor glitches and hard ly any pauses, the entertainers were well rehearsed as they have been meeting for practices for several weeks. The play took place at The Assemblies of God Church by family and friends with many out-oftowners. As the evening began, right on time, Peggy Albury announced there would be a free-will donation taken up as patrons exited the church, with the money would go towards the Methodist Church Building Fund. And while people congregated on the sidewalk in front of the church enjoying the delicious refreshments they announced that they had collected over $1,500. Ms. Albury said she was asked why the collection was going to another church and she told them, Thats why were here to help one another. Culprits break into, vandalize local church building By Canishka Alexander Between March 20 to March 21, the Marsh Harbour Church of God was broken into. According to Bishop Clayton McIn tosh, senior pastor, Elder William New bold went to the building to collect some chairs on the morning of March 22, and discovered that the building had been bro ken into. He reported the incident to the police. The perpetrators broke into the building through a bathroom window and through a window behind the pulpit. Two thousand dollars worth of equipment was stolen, and included two speakers, mic jacks and a power supply cord. The cord was cut in half with one half of it taken and the other left behind. My only desire is that whoever went in there and stole the stuff I issue a war rant of arrest through the Holy Spirit that the Spirit would convict them, touch their heart and save their soul, so that they will acknowledge what they did was wrong, Bishop McIntosh declared. The culprits also stripped the cop per from the air condition unit, and left the church building in disarray. Although the members have repaired all they could, their worship service has been adversely impacted. It affects our worship service, but we will work it out with Gods help, he continued. We have plans to move from the building, so we dont want to have to invest much more money in there. Its just a slight set back. A few years before, the church build ing was broken into and a mixer board and refrigerator were stolen. The offend ers also vandalized the building by put mornings they turn the electricity off before the church members come to the building. Such reckless behavior can endanger their own lives, but the wrongdoers continue their sacrilegious efforts, unimpeded. We had bars on the windows, so it surprised us with the area they came through. We made provisions to secure the to come through, Bishop McIntosh said. Someone once told me Never lock up They planned it out because of the way they came in there with power tools. When people can steal from the church it is serious. Lenten Tea and Fashion Show held at Anglican Hall By Samantha Evans On Sunday, March 24, the Anglican Church Women (ACW) held their annual Lenten Tea Party at St. John the Baptist Parish Church Hall under the theme, Its a Family Affair and indeed it was. There was entertainment galore with prizes and surprises. The master of ceremony for the event was Shelly Austin who used charm and charismatic appeal to get the audience in volved. Members also received awards for their involvement in the table decorating competition that took place earlier in the year. The top three participants were hon ored at the tea party with trophies and combe and Rev. Willish Johnson. The overall winner was Velma Strachan whose royalty. Throughout the evening, the audience was entertained by Tannah Newbold and Cadero Dean who sang and Destiny Stra chan who danced. Next there was a fashion show with Rev. Johnson and Mr. Johnson gracing the runway. There was a hat mak ing competition and each participant had to model their spring bonnet. The judges for this auspicious occa sion were Starlene Penelus, Dianne Wil liams and Eleanor Darville. Finally during the evening, there was a parade of hats of all colors, sizes, and shapes which graced the runway. This was a wonderful activity for a Sunday evening inclusive of sooth ing music provided by Lydell Strachan. The chairpersons for this grand time were Kayla Wallace and Wynsome Ferguson. Easter observed in North Abaco By Vernique Russell Many churches in the community of resurrection of the Lord Jesus as observed in the Christian church. On Friday, April 29, a special Good Friday services were Most services began at 10 am and lasted for about two hours. The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus was a popular title given Please see Easter Page 18

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Among those hosting productions was Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay and New Life Ministries International. The highlight of the Production at Full Gospel was the stage play entitled, More Than Conquerors. On Easter Monday, Life Gate Minis and wholesome fun. The beaches were also a main attraction and a venue of choice. The entire weekend was a very peaceful one that brought families and loved ones together. Church News Easter From Page 17 By Vernique Russell Scores of people joined the New Life Ministries International on Saturday, March 23 for their fundraiser in the form of A Gala Dinner. The event was hosted to raise funds for the completion of the Guests came from as far as the Cay man Island to celebrate with the ministries as they build to elevate the Kingdom of Heaven. New Life has been making a mark since they opened their doors in Coopers Town. The senior pastor of the ministry is Bishop Cedric Bullard. The dinner was staged at the church guests included the singing sensation Pas tor Rudy Roberts and the Sensational Sev en, Bro. Albert Brennen and other local gospel music guest. Guest speaker for the event was Bishop Cardinal McIntosh. The event was dubbed as a success and organizers were extremely grateful to all those who took time out their busy schedule to contribute to the success of the event. They extend Gods richest blessings and favour to you for your kindness. Ebenezer Baptist holds Church Fair By Vernique Russell The Ebenezer Baptist Church hosted a grand fair on Saturday, March 30 in aid of the church building and maintenance. The fair was held on the park and featured the popular Bahamian Easter dishes along with other Bahamian delights. The day started at 11am and ran until late evening. Dozens of people stopped by in search of the homecoming but their dis appointment was cured by the scrumptious food sold at the fair. Although the com mittee was disappointed that it was unable to host the homecoming due to last minute circumstances they were extremely glad funds for their ventures. family atmosphere and provided a venue for old friends to catch and new friends to connect. The event was dubbed a success and organizers were glad for the support they received. New senior deaconess installed By Vernique Russell Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay held a special service on Sunday, April 7 at 11am to install the new senior deaconess in the person of Deaconess Flor was held by Deaconess Olive Forbes for the past 15 plus years. tegrity and dedicated to the time that she resigned in January. Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Rev. Patrick Paul was on the island for the installation and de livered the keynote address a well as the inductee ceremony. Deaconess Sawyer accepted her of dedicatedly. She is honoured to have been elected for such a prestigious position and pledges to do her endeavored best as she labours in the vineyard of the Master. The ministry is happy to welcome Minister Sawyer to the position of senior deaconess. A reception followed the ser vice and it provided a wonderful time of fellowship and socializing. By Mirella Santillo A supportive audience compris ing members of the business community, among them MP for Central / South Aba co, Edison Key and his wife Kathleen, at tended a gospel concert in the evening of March 23. Held at the Grace Gymnasium, Re demption Song: a medley of Gospel songs concert organized by the Christian Coun seling Center of Abaco to help the organi zation with running expenses. sion of the Nassau Counseling Center, with the help of Pastor Frederick Arnet and members of the Nassau Board, the Abaco Counseling Center is dedicated to help people of any age in need of counseling during any kind of life crisis, be it health, marital problems, money management, de pression or just loneliness. Many people are referred to the Center by schools or Social Services. The local members, the Chairman, Pastor David Cartwright, the Treasurer, Pastor Dereck Benjamin, the Secretary, Margaret Smith and members Ruth Smith, Rachael Johnson and Pastor Mark Anthony Swain participated in the function, deliver ing the opening and closing prayers, wel coming the audience and singing. The well-known Good News Quar tet and Bro. Michael Symonette had come from Nassau to add their talent to the ones of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Choir and of the local pastors. Nineteen members of the Marsh Har bour Gospel Choir (two had been unable to attend) opened the concert with sev eral selections with Bro. Kevin Sawyer as conductor. Pastor David Cartwright per formed a solo before a video presentation showing testimonies of several people who had dared ask for counseling (people are sometimes embarrassed to ask for help). They were all very positive about the help they had received and said their lives had been changed after they took the step. The snack shop was open and a table displaying mouth-watering cookies and pies brought many of the attendees over to indulge during the intermission. The con cert continued with several great renditions by the Good News Quartet and more songs by the Marsh Harbour Gospel Choir, with solos by Londa Sawyer and Troy Albury, interrupted by selections from Bro. Mi chael Symonette and Pastor Steve Eldon. The Christian Counseling Center is to hold its second golf tournament at the Treasure Cay Golf Course on April 6. Fund raising concert at Grace Christian Counselling Center Above: the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel entertaining the audience during the Christian Counselling Centers Redemption Songs Easter Concert. The Center

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 THE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEX TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administrators Oce..........................242-699-0000 Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016 Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032 Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052 Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067 Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092 National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639 Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647 Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152 Local Government Council.................242-699-0165 Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171 Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177 Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182 Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187 Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200 Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202 Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217 Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228 Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241 Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE By Timothy Roberts One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality. Allen West, former United States Congressman One of the duties charged to the government of a country is to objectively maintain social order, free from discrimi nation, with the view to keeping the peace of a nation. How well a nations social order is maintained determines the social health of a nation. When one reads the daily news paper it does not take long to see that our country is terribly ill and in need of emer gency care. nation is a vine with many roots; yet there is a common root for most of our issues lack of enforcement. Illegal immigration is one such root issue that has widespread consequences that stem from lack of en forcement. As a resident of Abaco for many years, and having spent time here as a youth, I have seen the ripple effect that lack of enforcement has brought to this is lands society. It is the 800 pound gorilla everyone talks about from time to time yet there is no hope that it will be dealt with. (the largest people group entering ille gally) are numerous shanty towns unau thorized makeshift slums built of plywood and scrap lumber and lacking proper sani tation. While New Providence claims that, at last count, they are believed to have 37 shanty towns, Abaco claims some of the largest in size. The Mudd and Pigeon Pea two shanty towns that sit side by side in the heart of Marsh Harbour are home to thousands of illegal immigrants. Obviously these large illegal com munities did not spring up overnight but took a course of decades to develop. As best as can be learned the genesis of these particular communities in Abaco started four or more decades ago during the more successful years of agriculture in Abaco. It is believed that the door to Hai tian migrants was cracked open by Scott and Matson (S&M) Farms during the late 1950s when S & M bought the Crockett acreage and brought in Haitians or pos sibly found enough here to meet their needs. Initially the farms brought in only male workers, but eventually wives, siblings and children were sent for and smuggled in. sion was granted for a house to be built on the southern side of what is now called the Pigeon Peas to a Haitian migrant named Arnold. In a matter of a few years a small shanty town appeared as more Haitians but permission from the property owner whose land bordered the area that came to be known as the Pigeon Peas. Nearby Pigeon Pea was the Marsh Harbour Primary School, since aban Opinion remember as a child being able to see the small shanty town of Pigeon Pea from the not large. On the northwest side of the softball The name came about because that is where the dredge pumped the spoil when it dredged a channel into the harbour of Marsh Harbour in the 1960s. The land, which is Crown Land, was a low lying swamp and still to this day mud each time it rains. In the early 1980s one had to wander far along overgrown Over the next decade the two shanty towns grew tremendously as more family members and others seeking work and a new life in the prosperous island of Abaco made their way across sometimes treach erous waters. Recognizing the growing problem of shanty towns and illegal immigration in Marsh Harbour a group of people came together to form a group called Abaco Concerned Citizens. This group, and many others who have tried since to deal with the same issue, fell short of their goals in stopping the expansion of these towns due to resistance from central gov ernment. group of citizens tried to legally put a stop to and control these illegal communities there has been no change except now the problem is bigger and further entrenched. Almost anyone you speak to concerning these shanty towns has no hope that the situation will ever be resolved. With these shanty towns being built in plain view could it be said that the gov ernment agencies are aiding and abetting? Previous to their move to the new govern ment complex in Central Abaco the De partment of Immigration was located just a few hundred feet away from arguably the largest shanty town in The Bahamas. Beyond occasional raids on the com munities little else is done to deal with il legal migrants. Meanwhile tensions rise between locals and the migrants that inhabit these shanty towns. The complaints are numer ous and the solutions are wanting as a sense of fear grows that something may ignite the powder keg and create a larger, more contentious situation. Social order erodes as enforcement agencies neglect the issues at hand. To many the shanty towns have be come a blight on the map of Central Ab aco. An area that poses a serious health risk to the residents of the shanty town and the surrounding communities alike due to open cesspits and outside toilets in Its an area that is a hazardous mess of electrical and telephone wires which are strewn from tree to home and run across the tops of roads and paths. The as poorly constructed wooden structures are built sometimes inches apart; the last Its also home to many illegal activi ties and has become a haven for both local and foreign criminals. There are reports of underage prostitution, drugs and weap ons among other contraband being avail able in The Mudd. There are also numerous infractions of the law as immigrants squat on private and government property, build without permits, operate unlicensed businesses and illegally share phones, cable and elec tricity. The continued lack of enforcement of numerous laws has led to frustration among Bahamians who say it is unjust to require Bahamians to follow the rule of law while illegal immigrants break the same laws with apparent impunity. Even now there are numerous homes built in The Mudd by Bahamians who have dared government agencies to stop them and there are some who actually live there while others have built and rented to the residents of the area. What are the solutions to this unre lenting dilemma? Do we round everyone up and ship them all out? Do we regular ize everyone? Do we allow them to buy/ build homes legally in low cost areas? It is impossible to adequately touch on the issues, let alone to address plausi ble solutions to an intricately complicated problem that has grown over the past four decades. Now central government says it has plans to deal with the issue of shanty towns and illegal immigrants. Minister of Immigration, Fred Mitchell announced that in one year work permits for common labourers will not be granted. While it appears a promising solu tion the question quickly arises as to who An Unrelenting Problem move? The majority of Bahamians refuse to do common labour and some would even rather be unemployed than to do cer tain tasks labelled as Haitian work. Whatever the promises are from government, irrespective of political loy alties, the majority of Bahamians have lost faith that those elected will deal with this issue. Meanwhile Mr. Mitchell says the issue of shanty towns is more complex than it seems because these communities have their protectors throughout the elite class of the country. The Prime Minis ter, Perry Christie, also notes that histori cally governments have lacked the politi cal will to tackle this issue. The issue of illegal immigration, es pecially as regards Haitian migrants, is a much layered one. It is impossible to cover adequately all the numerous issues and sub-issues relevant. The question of who to blame often comes up and to look at the whole pic ture there are people to blame from regu lar citizens who are exploiting or making money from transportation and cheap la making extra money on the side to politi cians who either lack the will or use the situation for political gain; we all have a part to play in the problem as it is today. The onus is on us to work together for the right solution. The one thing we must not do is let it continue as is.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 the back porch of The Manse. Patrick Bethel is running an Auction for the an nual Missionary Meeting. Home made items await on the table (jams, cakes and fudge). By Lee Pinder Epworth Chapel is just one more of our old landmarks that has to be preserved for future generations of Bahamians. And just like the W.W. Sands Community Cen ter which was restored in 2004 with the communitys help and dedicated to one of our local pillars of society. Mr. Walter Sands was the local Justice of the Peace, the principal of the old school and a local preacher at the Methodist Church. The communitys latest endeavour is the building of a local Clinic to have a place for the Government Health Provider to visit with some of its ageing population; the people of Cherokee Sound have shown their good stewardship, steadfast determi nation and capabilities to get a job done. Now the Methodist church in Chero kee is in much need of repairs, and once again the community is coming together to save and restore this local landmark. The Methodist Church was built in Cherokee Sound in 1827, quite a few years Joseph Ward arrived in 1816. We have more recently become a member of the Ba hamas Conference of Methodist Churches (BCMC) which was only founded twenty years ago and who now have mostly Ba hamian Ministers serving in their 35 other churches throughout the Bahamas. How ever, we understand that worship services had been held in private homes in Chero and at some point a house was re-built on the original site and the new church was moved to its larger and more central loca tion where it is today. This second church was then de stroyed by a hurricane in 1932. It was a larger than the existing church with the walls extending out to the foundation holding the buttresses and built of wood, yet beautiful with stained glass windows with two sets of doors on either end of the church, two on the eastern end and two on the west. At that time, the Brethren Church also had a large following in Cherokee, but closed their doors when they did not have a regular Pastor to lead them and discon tinued their meetings some time after The Assemblies of God church was built here in the late 1940s. Today only the two churches are still here and both are active in the community. Prior to the 1970s most ministers came to the Bahamas from England since the Methodist work was a part of the Meth odist Missionary Society of England. The to the Abaco Circuit by the MCCA was Charles Sweeting during the 1970s and who later went on to become President of the BCMC. Then, like now, local preachers were the mainstay of the churches, but due to hard economic times a large portion of the residents abandoned the Out Islands and went in search of more gainful employ ment. The sponging industry died out and the sailing smacks. While many residents left the faith ful local preachers carried on the work of God. Men like Walter Sands, teacher and History & Heritage local Justice of the Peace, Granville Bethel and Hilland Sands, both boat Captains, Arnold Sands, shop keeper, Joe Albury (Pa Joe), Whitney Pinder, boat builder and farmer and Stanley Bethel, local constable were all lay-preachers at one time or an other. These men stayed in Cherokee and were the adhesive that held the community together throughout the lean years. Some moved to Nassau with family members, while others persons went to the Florida was building his railroad, which was later also destroyed by a hurricane. Many workmen lost their lives during that time, but some of those who survived can still claim Bahamian roots and their family members come to Abaco to cel ebrate their annual Heritage Day Festival or whenever there is a Cherokee Day Cel or they come back on vacations in search of their family members. Burrel Sands kept a home in Chero kee until the early 1980s and came back to preach whenever he could and even Benjamin Sawyer, Cherokees Master Boat Builder, preached on occasion, when called upon. Children, grand-children and great-grand-children of these dedicated men, remember a different way of life, and kindness, one where neighbour helped timeless lessons taught on a Sunday after noon at the Methodist Sunday school where all the children attended, whether the fam ily members were church goers or not. ishing with over 400 residents, the largest settlement in Abaco back then. The Chero kee church also has many unique traditions that they have kept over the years. First, and foremost is their missionary boat The John Wesley (which is the last remaining missionary boat left in Abaco) and even though it was retired to the attic of the Manse for many years and fell into a sad state of disrepair, it is again taken out once each year during Missionary Meetings. This is an age-old tradition where the church raises monies through their members savings banks, collections and auctions in order to meet their charitable greater community. The little savings banks were handed out to the children who would take them around the community ev ery Saturday morning to collect pennies for Missions. Those children who collected the most received little badges of achievement, for which they were very proud. The Missions boat was hand carved out of tamarind wood by a member of the church sometime around the late 1800s and was always a big part of the Mission ary Meetings. Each year a Captain and crew were appointed to man the boat, pull it around the settlement on its wagon and collect items for auction. It may have been a freshly baked pie or loaf of bread or a that morning. All added to the excitement of the day and this boat still holds a place of honour in the church near the podium and is a nostalgic reminder of days gone by. Saving the old landmarks of Cherokee: Part I Above: the back porch of The Manse. Patrick Bethel is running an Auction for the an

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Stealing At 9:30am on 21st march, 2013, a 57 year old male of Crockett Drive, Abaco, reported that sometime between 3:00am on 19th march, 2103 and 7:00am on 21st march, 2013, some unknown person stole copper cable valued at $5,000.00 from his construction site on Guana Cay. Police ac tion requested. Investigation continues. and Fighting (arrested and charged) cers of the MHPS reported while on mobile premises of a local sports bar located Don both suspects a 24 year old male of Dun das Town and a 26 year old male of Mur phy Town. Both suspects were brought to MHPS where they were charged. Investigation is being continued into this matter. Housebreaking At 5:00pm on 18th march, 2013, a 44 year old male of a local apartment com plex located at Central Pines reported that sometime between 5:00am and 5:00pm on same date, some unknown person/s entered screen Vizio t.v. One Playstation 3 game, one Portable Playstation, 3 games, seven cd's & an assortment of cloths and food items. Police action requested. Investigation Continues. Threats of Harm (sarrested and charged) with obscene language and harm while in the Murphy Town community. Suspect arrested and charged At 8:05pm on 22/3/13, a 23 year old male of Murphy Town was arrested for these offences. He was brought to MHPS where he was charged with the offenc es. Housbreaking (arrested and charged) At 3:00pm on 24th march, 2013, a lo cal pastor age 46 year old of Dundas Town reported that sometime between 8:20am and 6:00pm on 6th march, 2013, some unknown person/s broke into his residence and stole a number of watches, a wedding band, cash and an assortment of cloths. He suspects his brother-n-law. Because he was seen wearing the sto len cloths. Police action was requested. Suspect arrested. On Monday 25th, March 2013, the suspect in this matter was arrested and charged. (suspect arrested) At 11:20pm on 24th march, 2013, of with a 21 year old male of Pelican Shores under arrested reference to possession of dangerous drugs and resisting arrest. He was arrested in the area of RBC located in Marsh Harbour. Investigation continues. The suspect was charged in this mat ter. Threats of death (arrested and charged) At 3:45am on 2nd April, 2013, a 47 year old male of Dundas Town reported to the MHPS that while at work a man known to him of Forest Drive threatened him with harm putting him in fear for his life. Police action requested. suspect arrested and charged On 3rd April, 2013, a 43 year old male of Dundas Town was arrested reference to this matter. The suspect was interviewed and charged with this offence Shopbreaking At 7:50 a.m. On 2nd April, 2013, a 40 year old male of Murphy Town report ed to MHPS that his business place, situ ated in Murphy Town, was entered. Police action requested. Investigations are continuing at this time. Possession of dangerous drugs arrest (arrested and charged) At 3:30 p.m. On April 4, 2013 of reported arresting a 33 year old male of Dundas Town in reference to possession of dangerous drugs namely marijuana. Police action requested. The suspect admitted to the offence. The suspect was charged and released on $500.00 bill to attend court on 10/4/13. Causing Harm (arrested and charged) On Monday 01.04.13 at about 3:00pm a 32 year old male of Grand Cay reported to the Grand Cay Police Station that about 9:00pm on Sunday 31.03.13 while in the area of the Grand Cay All Age he was knocked in the back by a male with a large rock. Police action requested into this matter. Suspect arrested & charged On Monday 01.04.13 at about 3:50pm rested and cautioned a 23 year old male of Grand Cay with regards to this offence, The suspect was later granted bail in the sum of $1000.00 with one surety. (arrested and charged) At 3:19am on 7th April, 2013, a 19 year old male of Fire Road reported that sometime around 2:30am same date while at a females residence in Dundas Town a male known to him smashed the front wind shield & damaged the hood to his 1999 Honda Accord with a rock. Police action requested. Suspect arrested & charged cers of the MHPS arrested the suspect in this matter, a 32 year old male of Marsh Harbour. He was released on $1000.00 bail to attend court at 10:00am on 11/4/13. Crime Report

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15, 2013 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested By Jennifer Hudson A community meeting was held in the J.A. Pinder Primary School at Sandy Point on March 26 for all of the commu nities of South Abaco. Presenters were David Knowles, Bahamas National Trust; Wynsome Ferguson, Ministry of Tourism; Greg Kelly, Schooner Bay; Michael Lightbourn of Lightbourn Family Farms and Administrator for South Abaco, Joshua Smith. Moderating the meeting was Stanley White, Chief Councilor for South Abaco. Following an opening prayer by John Hudson, Local Government Chairman for the Township of Cherokee Sound, Casua rina Point and Bahama Palm Shores, David Knowles presented a brief overview of Sandy Point Community Meeting details South Abaco issueswhat is happening in South Abaco. stated that of the 27 national parks man aged by the Bahamas National Trust, six of these are in Abaco with two more proposals and one proposed conservation area. The Abaco National Park, which is situated close to Sandy Point, is a priority for the BNT, stated Mr. Knowles. We will be implementing trails, identifying places of interest and trying to get the community interested and involved in the National Park. We want to promote the parks as an ecotourism industry which will include nature tour guides, kayaking, a busi ness centre and the opportunity for people Above and left to right: Michael Lightbourn, Administartor Joshua Smith, Stanley White, Greg Kelly, Wynsome Darville, David Knowles. Please see South Page 5 Above and left to right: Troy Albury, Willard Albury, Sally Eldon, Arthur Eldon, Robert Sweeting, Jeremy Sweeting, Senator Gary Sawyer, Min. of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Abaco Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham standing in front of Man-O-Wars Wall of Heroes. This year Maurice Albury was honoured with a plaque on the Wall. By Jennifer Hudson The people of Man O War Cay cel ebrated their third biennial Sojer Day on April 13. This day is set apart every two years to celebrate the Cay and its heritage and this year Man O War Cays boatbuild ing legacy was its particular focus. A great deal of time and effort was put in by the committee organizing a day full of very in teresting events highlighting its past. The day began with an opening ceremony at 10 am on the volleyball court. The special guest was the Honourable Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism. During his keynote address be thanked the people of Man O War Cay on behalf of the people of The Bahamas for what this community is doing and drew attention to Man O Wars great reputation for boat building. The boating industry has been an important source of our growth and de velopment long before the advent of the airplane, he stated and he was presented with a half model of a boat which had been crafted by Andy Albury. He praised the honouree of the day, Scott Weatherford, for building a legacy; He did what he did and believed in it, it was his passion. He has given his heart and Sojer Day celebrates Man-O-Wars boatbuilding legacyPlease see Sojer Page 10 Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta set sail in Marsh HarbourSailors enjoyed two days of perfect weather for the 23rd Annual Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta in Marsh Harbours harbour. This year Andrew Wilhoyte took his second straight story see page 2.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com Good attendance brings tough competition to Homer Lowe RegattaBy Timothy Roberts The Twenty-third consecutive Homer Lowe Memorial Regatta saw ideal weather and wind and good participation as Hope Towns Andrew Wilhoyte took his second during the two day competition at Marsh Harbour on April 6 and 7. After the skippers meeting at Snappas the sailors wasted no time in getting day but Andrew Wilhoyte took races two through four on Saturday placing him at a comfortable advantage. During the sec ond day of racing Dwayne Wallas took the overall and Andrew Wilhoyte put the exclamation point on the regatta winning the Andrew was grateful for his second consecutive win of the regatta and took the opportunity to encourage the junior sailors. This is the twelfth year I have sailed in the regatta; since I was a junior. I want to encourage all of you [juniors] to keep at it; keep sailing. You guys sailed a great race. In the Opti Class Joey Gale, last den Sands, from Cherokee, won the sec ond race before the lunch break at Snap races three and four and the points were Central & All Abaco tight in the Opti Class. On day two twelve year-old Branden Sands won the last two races sewing-up the regatta in the Opti Class. Joey Gale came just 2 points ahead of 4th place Opti sailor Chloe Sweeting. Branden said that it was a really great experience and we did a lot of stuff in this one that we didnt do in the last one. I feel I did really good I did my best. The large group of moored boats in the harbour really enjoyed watching the races up close. Racers would sometimes they got real familiar with the sailors and were cheering the competitors on while taking pictures. The Regatta committee is made up of Liann Key Kaighin, Lenore and David Mulock, who also ran the race committee boat, and James and Anne Pleydell-Bouv erie assisted with setting the marks on the race course as well. The committee thanked the assistance of Faron Sawyer and Rhonda Hull. Snap pas is always a great place to host an event and worked out well as regatta headquar ters for the weekend, thanks again to Bill Albury. Participants came from Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Man-O-War and Cherokee Above: competitors in the Opti Class division. Class, respectively.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 FURNITURE PLUS South Abaco to sell goods produced locally which will munity. The two new proposed parks are also in South Abaco; one is the Blue Hole at Sawmill Sink and the other is the East Abaco Creeks which is the only mangrove system on the east side of Abaco. The pro posed conservation area is the Cross Harbour Creeks system and the area offshore. This is a major spawning area for major developments. The proposal was Association along with Friends of the Environment and we are moving forward with government on this proposal. The Marls are also being put forward as a pro tected area and we welcome comments, he stated. Another project in which the Baha mas National Trust is involved is the light house at Hole in the Wall. This is dear to everyone. We are interested in seeing it restored and are trying to keep this a high priority with the government. Our major goal is to develop it as a touristic product. The Bahamas National trust wants to establish a heritage trail from one end of Abaco to the other. This trail will visit places of interest and tell stories and pro vide an interesting activity for visitors to Abaco. The Ministry of tourism is a major stakeholder in this. Presently there is a two-year forestry initiative project being carried out headed by a consultant from the Netherlands. Ge netic work has proved that Abaco has the will be training and second year a pilot project which will be a fairly large-scale operation of selective harvesting from the forest. Persons will also be trained to work on the project. Mr. Knowles concluded his talk by inviting everyone, especially groups, to which eventually will include trails, direc tional signs and a campsite among other amenities. Marcus Davis can be contacted Wynsome Darville covered items of interest to South Abaco which included which Benjamin Pratt will be Executive Director. The Ministry sees the need to protect this very special treasure and encourcouncil, she stated. Her next topic was coastal awareness month and the efforts to bring an awareness of the importance of protecting the coastline and doing cleanups. April 20 is the date designated for the cleanup of beaches in South Abaco between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. Garbage bags will be provided by the Ministry of Tourism. Keep America Beautiful and The Bahamas must participate in order to keep their standing with this important American entity. Sun, Sand and Sea Flying was a proposed activity to take place at the airport in Sandy Point from April 4 7. People from the United States and Bahamas who to participate and persons from the Sandy Point community will have the opportunity duce stalls. Glen Kelly, Schooner Bay Town Manager, stated that the Commons of South Abaco is a foundation formed to take care of 100 acres of Crown land on Schooner Bay to serve as an economic em -South From Page 5 powerment zone for the people of South Abaco. This can provide opportunities for businesses such as light manufacturing, ag riculture, recreational activities and waste management. He stated that the most suc cessful business to date is the Lightbourn Family Farm and invited Michael Light bourn to speak on this project. years ago in an area close to spring city but last October we moved the operation to the Commons at Schooner Bay because of the opportunities offered there. We do both raised bed and hydroponic farming which enables us to grow a large variety of pro duce 11 months out of the year. We grow solely for the local community and market and do not export produce abroad. Diet is a big part of living a better life so eating healthy and buying fresh is very important. Food security is big in todays world, he commented. Mr. Lightbourn offered an invitation to all to visit his farm at Schooner Bay from Monday to Friday to see the opera tion, take kids to participate in hands-on activities and purchase freshly grown veg etables. South Island Solar is another of Mr. Lightbourns business ventures. He has Lodge at Schooner Bay with a solar system and will offer information on solar to anyone interested. Solar has changed from 10 years ago; it is now more feasible and affordable, he stated Administrator Smith closed out the meeting by imparting several pieces of information applicable to South Abaco. 1. A constitutional committee will be visiting Abaco on April 25 and will hold meetings in North and Central Abaco and on Moores Island. Mr. Smith stated: It is important for everyone to know their rights as they govern your life and people can take away your rights if you do not know them. I encourage everyone to attend one of these meetings. 2. He reiterated that the Sandy point airport will be closed between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm on April 4-7 to accommo date the hobby pilots. 3. The Declaration of Exigency has been extended from February 4 for another 90 days. After that no more items pertain ing to Hurricane Sandy will be allowed to be brought in duty free. 4. The Ministry of Youth is trying to strengthen the organization of youth in the Bahamas. There will be a training workshop in Abaco from April 21-25 to train people ages 16 to 29. This is in order for the government to train young people before they lend money for businesses. Five persons are to be recommended from South Abaco and Mr. Smith has requested local government council members to seek out persons to be recommended. Time was then allotted for a question and answer period and topics such as the sible bank at Schooner Bay, and develop ments and opportunities for South Abaco were discussed. The meeting closed with a presentation by Greg Kelly on behalf of the Commons of Schooner Bay. At a previous community meeting in Sandy Point chess instructor Spurgeon Dames had expressed the desire to provide a meaningful recreational activity for the people of that community. This presenta tion was as a result of that request and con sisted of chess sets and instructional books. Mr. Dames desires to form a commu nity chess club for all ages and all abilities from beginners to advanced. It is proposed that this will take place all year every Sat urday from 6 pm until. Mr. Dames can be contacted at 366 4386.

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLAS For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant Tuesday Night BBQ Buffet ALL YOU CAN EAT $20.00 per person LIVE MUSIC by: Clint Sawyer Join in the limbo with Desmond Cartwright Every Tuesday 6:30 pm 9 pm Starting April 9th South Abaco Horticultural Society meeting marks record attendance By Mirella Santillo The March meeting of the Horticul tural Society took place on Saturday March 16 at the Lightbourn Farm at Schooner Bay. Over sixty people attended, com prised of members and several guests, the most people ever to come to a meeting. As people arrived, they were directed to the parking lot and then driven by golf carts to the site of the farm where rows of cabbages, peppers, tomatoes and okras among other vegetables caught the eyes of the new comers. The meeting started with President Ximena Thompson welcoming the assem bly. She explained the function of the Society for the new guests and gave an update of the agenda for the next two months. There will be a demonstration on orchid repotting at her house on April 13 and a visit to Leanne Keys Emerald Organics Ltd. near Cherokee, May 11. It was decided that the auction would be performed before the farms visit, so Gardener Jack proceeded to offer a variety of plants, among them mint, Cuban thyme, Shasta Daisy, Madagascar Olive, aloes, different species of bromeliads and more which were rapidly bought. Michael Lightbourn then gave a synopsis of the farms history, from when it was created a few years ago in the bush, accessible only by a three mile drive on a road full of potholes. Since then, Michael and Jennifer Lightbourn have become a regular presence in March Harbour offer ing fresh produce available at Abaco Gro ceries and at the monthly Da Market held in front of the Bahamas National Trust Of When they were approached by Schooner Bay project Manager, Glen Kelly, offering them to relocate to the resort, they accepted readily, loving the easy ac cess to Ernest Dean Highway and the lim ited amount of clearing to do. They moved six months ago and through hard work, they now have a thriving operation that is still growing together with their popular ity, spread through word of mouth by their regular customers. The tour took the visitors among the raised beds of sand and humus soil where certain vegetables were growing and to the hydroponic area where stacked towers plants, various salads, and peppers. They are irrigated through pipes carrying fertil izer and water monitored by a central sys tem that controls the right amount of each to supply. The tour also included a visit to the nurseries and a fruit orchard. Soil and nursery plants irrigation is provided by water treated through reverse osmosis. There is also a rain water cistern on site used for construction, landscap March. Mr. Kelly, who also attended the meeting, gave information about the farms setting and the resort. He explained that the Lightbourns bought the ornamentals and natives that were contained in the two green houses. Those plants were grown to supply homeowners with landscaping ma terial. Some have already been resold to new sites owners by the Lightbourns. While her husband conducted the tour, Jennifer was putting together what ever people had ordered: Romaine lettuce, several kinds of tomatoes, sweet peppers, mix greens, dill and more were getting ready to be picked up after lunch. The lunch was served at the Beach Cabana. Approximately thirty people were taken by golf carts to the small restaurant located near the beach. There was eating al fresco on a terrace or inside but from both loca tions enjoyed a fantastic view and a cool breeze. The farm is open six days a week (closed on Sunday). People are welcome to come and buy produce directly from the farm. Mr. Lightbourn said that eventually people will be able to pick their vegetables. Above: a young boy sits next to one of the model planes during the event at the Sandy Point Airstrip.Sandy Point hosts model airplane showOn April 4 7 local model airplane enthusiasts from across Abaco traveled to the Sany Point airport to show off their sets and meet fellow enthusiasts. The airport was closed down from 10am to 4 pm on each of these days. Though a larger crowd was expected, those who attended nevertheless had fun

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 North Abaco Grand Cay Homecoming brings community togetherBy Vernique Russell The residents of the most northern settlement in Abaco, Grand Cay, welcomed visitors to its shores for their an nual Easter festivities. Every year during the Easter holiday weekend, the settlement celebrates it homecoming. The homecoming provides an opportunity for residents to come together for fellowshipping and reunions. The festivi ties began on Thursday evening and ended on Monday, April 1. Activities for the homecoming included gospel concerts, a church service and a talent night. Many residents from the mainland of Abaco and Grand Bahama joined the locals for the festivities. The weekend was enjoyed by all who attended and organizers were once again appreciative for the support they continue to receive and the chance to bring people of the soil home in the spirit of fellowship The homecoming has been celebrated for over 15 years. Beth Dixon in Concert entertains Treasure CayBy Vernique Russell Cay their season of events on April 3 with their signature event for the spring season: Beth Dixon in concert. The concert was held at the community center in Treasure Cay. At tendees came from as far as Central Abaco The event was well attended and guests were in for a treat. Ms. Dixon treated the attendees a stu pendous evening of music. She performed 16 rags and waltzes. The event was fol lowed the popular ice cream social that brought all the men out. Cds from the evening are available for resale at the Rose Mary Roberts Library. Proceeds from the evening will aide both the community center and Cay Events. Hilda Sachno, chairperson of the Cay Event Board, said it has been a very successful season. The committee will be in November of this year for another excit ing season of events. Top of the Bay Fest held in Crown HavenBy Vernique Russell Top of the Bay Restaurant came to life as it joined the Kalik family in igniting the 40 year celebrations. We will celebrate 40 years as a country and Kalik is also cel ebrating its 40th birthday as the Beer of the Bahamas. With that in mind, Top of the Bay and Burns House took the celebra tion train to Crown Haven. On Thursday, April 4, many local residents in North Abaco traveled to Crown Haven to be a part of the celebra tion. The celebration began at 4pm and went well into early morning of April 5. Many specials were on the drink menu and delicious food was also available for sale. The event was a great success and sphere of the celebration. Top of the Bay will host more events leading up to our 40th Anniversary of Independence. New sign installed in Treasure CayBy Vernique Russell The Treasure Cay Community Cen ter is proud to boast that they are now home to a brand new, beautiful sign lo cated in the front of the building. The sign was the joint effort of the Rose Mary Rob erts Library, the Community Church and the Cay Events Committee and was funded by the aforementioned boards. The sign hosts community happen ings boards for each entity. The sign has a light on the inside that comes to life at night. A beautiful sunset scene is also displayed on the sign with the name of the wall with the inscription, Treasure Cay Community Center, Est. 1970. The committees are proud to have accomplished their goal and bringing rec ognition to the center. They wish to say thank you to all those who contributed to the success of the sign and wall.Booths for BooksDear Editor; Thank you for the very enthusiastic write up concerning the Yard Sale held on March 2. I will attempt to give you a brief history of this event and the Library's con nection. The Yard Sale was started mainly to fund the Treasury Cay Library; helping to purchase supplies, equipment and of course books. It started 20 plus years ago, the brainchild of Jerry Roberts, his wife Rose Mary and other ardent supporters. Every one has spare items in their homes which they hate to part with carelessly but for a good cause such as our Library they have themselves and their library, a very much loved and respected institution in Treasure Cay. This annual event has morphed into the rather large event witnessed on March 2. It has grown so much that the Library Committee this year along with support from Treasure Cay Limited actively controlled the number of vendors. This sale day in March and will most likely continue to do so. The library was named in honour of Rose Mary Roberts upon her passing early 2001. We here in Treasure Cay love our little library which we boast to be very complete and up-to-date, in fact visitors from away have said that it is much better than theirs back home. We are housed in the Treasure Cay Community Centre and operate under their auspices, contributing towards the Centre. Our thanks this year, as always, to our many volunteer helpers who man the largest 'booth' at the sale, to the other ven dors, purchasers and of course Treasure Cay Limited for providing the space and security. Respectfully, Virginia Curry Head LibrarianLetters to the Editor

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Hand Line The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinderen Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian TodayJUNE 2012Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISAGlance over, just off to the right, and look at that community calendar. April and May sure are shaping up to be quite busy, no? In particular you ments. Yes, tournament season is here. A time when it is completely accepted, encouraged even, to spend hours out in ing with your buddies. But make no mistake: it is serious business. There ing tournament season. The cost just to enter some of these tournaments auto matically sets the bar for how serious these things are. Luckily for me, I love hand line taking to the high seas. So I dont have to worry about dropping a couple dozen grand to have fun. But I know many, many people love the thrill of that chase. When the to overcome, and the rolling seas are no deterrent: thats what makes these tournaments so much fun. As those big, beautiful, sportsco, the Guana Cay leg of the Bahamas event in the seasons lineup, I can only hope for fair weather and jolly spirits. Its no secret that these events have a great impact on our season. Depend ing on the fuel, food, libations and bait the shopping and restaurant trips their spouses and children engage in, we could see a great couple months. But dont let the sight of the big rigs and state-of-the-art rods get you down. You can have plenty of fun without all that hardware. If you are a guest to our beauti ful islands there are plenty of charter boat captains who are more than happy to take you and your family or bud dies out to see all the true secret spots. Check page 23, we have many of these guides listed. And if you are a local, again dont fret. Yes these are our waters to protect, conserve and market to visitors. But that doesnt mean you shouldnt grab your son or daughter this week end, go down the shore and throw out a hand line with some conch reds as bait. It doesnt matter what you catch. Pick up next months The Aba conian for a likely more serious-intone editorial. Itll likely be something about the Dig Up roads (as the song goes) or the incredible feet-dragging being witnesses at the airport construc tion. Community Calanderment Cookout (BAIC Park) Cheese Event the highway Cay Leg free rum punch see B Page 19) Cay)

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Letters to the EditorCoyote UglyDear Editor: I was dismayed to read the article in the April 1 edition about the potential in troduction of coyotes into Abaco to control the feral raccoon population. Abaconians, we must not be stam peded by these Texans. Like that other invasive species, the casuarina tree, we must learn to accept raccoons for what they are an annoyance that won't stop multiplying. I would suggest that an alternative to the coyotes would be the Feral Raccoon Usage Management Program. FRUMP humanely captures the animals and holds there are many. For example, I understand that a re cent issue of Bon Appetit has a tasty recipe that incorporates raccoon with peas-n-rice. Further, a cottage industry could emerge with the making of retro caps that anyone over 60 would recognize. The caps, complete with tail to protect one's neck from the sun, could start a new fashion trend internationally. A central holding location would be needed. And, now that all the potholes in Marsh Harbour have been repaired, people driving faster will injure more raccoons, thus also necessitating a place for them to be nursed back to health for future use. I would propose the new Marsh Har bour Airport Terminal as an available tem porary shelter, at least until the Terminal is completed in the next 4 or 5 years. Remember that feral raccoons join ing feral cats produce that rare breed, the Great rac-cat whose nighttime banshee-like screams drowns out those annoying mid night-crowing roosters. So, send those coyotes packing. Sincerely Davy CrockettIn Full Support of Wiley Coyote, The Abaco Mascot.Dear Editor; I was so happy to see that a group of investors looking to ensure their own tax breaks were considerate enough to want to bring another invasive species to Abaco, a truly wonderful idea!! I am not sure how much a couple dozen coyotes cost, but if they are already wild and hunted, they should be fairly cheap to purchase so I am not sure how the big tax breaks will be explained, but it is a great idea! It is a wonderful idea as the poor hungry Coyotes have already eaten all the raccoons, squirrels, rabbits in their natural habitat and are looking for warmer, bluer waters in Abaco. It will be sooooo nice for them. I spend a lot of time exploring Abaco and in my estimation the most densely raccoon population areas are in North Abaco, due to the food in the Coppice land and on the shore/mangroves, which support one raccoon per acre? So if Mr. Coyote eats one raccoon per week for one year.soon But it is an excellent idea to import coyotes as they will all sign an agreement not to eat wild hogs, domestic goats, sheep, pigs, parrots and small children when they become hungry. It is a good idea as coyotes are excellent swimmers and maybe we can train them to also dive and eat the in It is interesting to note that coyotes can breed with dogs and the offspring are called coydogs which in turn can also breed! I have come across packs of wild dogs that appear to be hunting raccoons/cats but have also been dangerously aggressive to me also. Hmmmm, but once you stay out Brining in coyotes is a fantastic idea as I aIso hear there are coyote hunts in the U.S. to reduce their troublesome population. Now we have a new niche in Tourism, The Great Abaco Coyote Hunt held annually between the months of January to December. A situation to confrontDear Editor; It was great to be back home again, even as a visitor. On more than one occa sion I have suggested a solution to address the growing illegal Haitian population. Having had two Haitian godchildren for 20 years I myself have been deep in side the mud, which is a huge city within a city. Every woman I saw was carrying a child and pregnant with another one. This is a real situation that requires addressing, not avoiding. I understand now that the gangs within the mud have contact with the Colombians and are now the drug dealers. people not of our country. the Auskell Clinic and staff it with a Haitian counselor to advise people and be the community liaison with the Commission Next is to build a square U-shaped concrete set of single story apartments, move them into the housing, and bulldoze then pay rent to the owners of that land or be evicted. Then repeat the process until I also suggest that the Defense Force also put some recruitment posters up and get some fellows in the mud to join up and have anonymous intel. I only hope that Commissioner apManager and he will go down in history serious problem. Best, Concerned ObserverAbaco has spoken: NO COYOTES!The story which ran on this page in the April 1 Edition, also known as the April Fools Edition, was about a group wanting to import coyotes to Abaco. After serious backlash from the community the group has scrapped the plan. Please see Coyote Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 The Cays soul to the community, stated Mr. Wilch combe. He also saluted Dave Gale for be ing awarded the Ministry of Tourisms Ca cique Lifetime Achievement Award. Second homeowners were also praised by Mr. Wilchcombe who thanked them for being a part of Man O War Cay. Our country would not be where it is today without them, he commented. Senator Gary Sawyer, who hails from a Man O War Cay boatbuilding family, also brought remarks. He described the cay as; A peaceful, tranquil community which is a gem of the Bahama Islands. He noted how the boatbuilding trade is evident even in the carpentry of today. Edison Key, Member of Parliament also has roots in Man O War Cay as this is where his grandmother was from. He com craftsmen are from Man O War Cay and that it is too bad that the younger genera tion is not carrying on this old tradition. He remembered the day when a person could buy an 11 foot dinghy for .12 shillings whereas nowadays a 3 foot long model will cost $500. He congratulated the residents on the cleanliness of the island showing the pride they have in their island. A highlight of each Sojer Day ceremony is the presentation of the Life time Achievement Award. This year the honouree was Scott Weatherford and his biography was read by his granddaughter Mailin Sands. Mr. Weatherford is the third child of seven born on May 18, 1944 to Arthur and Marie Weatherford. He was described as a well-respected entrepreneur, Justice of the Peace, church leader, skipper, boat builder and an all-around contributor to his community. In 2009 he was awarded the for his outstanding and dedicated commu nity service. Scott Weatherford practically grew up in a boatyard and at the age of full-time employee at the boatyard later on becoming part owner after Uncle Will passed away. In 1975 Mr. Weatherford sold the boatyard and started a new business, Man O War Hardware which he owned and op erated until 1980 when he took on a new venture in Marsh Harbour. Together with a few partners he bought Sea Breeze Ltd and renamed it Standard Hardware. In the late 80s he became the sole owner of Standard Hardware and remained so until 1996 when he sold it to William Billy Lowe but he remains there today managing the dayto-day business of the company. He stated that he was humbled to have been recog nized in this way. Each Sojer Day another plaque is added to the Wall of Heroes. This year a plaque honouring Maurice Albury was added. Glenn Albury, Maurices grandson, read his biography which stated that 14. Not only is he noted for building sail ing dinghies and sloops, he leaves behind a great legacy in the wonderful families who live on and carry out his boat building legacy. Musical performances added to the enjoyment of this informative ceremony which was ably moderated by Masters of Ceremony Arthur Eldon and Jeremy Sweeting. The children of the Small World Learning Centre and Man O War Primary School presented selections as did second homeowners Pete and Dorothy Lund. Mr. and Ms. Lund, who sang and played guitar and banjo respectively, have written many songs about their beloved Man O War Cay, one of which was sung by the school children and which has now become Man Dave Gale made a presentation of the original light from the North East and Dickeys Cay Point to the Man O War Museum which was gratefully accepted by museum docent Chana Albury. Many interesting activities had been organized following the opening ceremony that it was possible to spend the entire day becoming immersed in the history of Man O War Cay. All along the sea road from Edwins boat yard #2 to Joes studio many Man O War built boats were on display in cluding the Abaco Rage, Lady Di, Rough Waters and Bananaquit. At Edwins home shed there was a photo display of Then and Now and at Edwins boat yard #2 an historical slide show was presented with another photo display. At Joe Alburys studio antiques were showcased and he gave demonstra tions on sisal rope making and the old-time way of sharpening tools. There was also a display of sculling in the harbour. An interesting historic self-guided walking tour took one throughout the whole settlement to visit various landmarks and admire many historic residences. The Man O War Marina was the venue for an art and craft show and food, fun and games. Left to right: Scott Weatherford, MP Edison Key, Senator Gary Sawyer, Arthur Eldon, Min. Obie Wilchcombe.Sojer From Page 1

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He had to work a few jobs more than the average college student but he was not about to live his life with regrets. After completing his degree, he spoke of the many great chefs he worked under includ ing some of the best chefs at Atlantis Para dise Island. Pata stated that he started dabbling around with food at the age of seven was truly born. He believes that every student should that they want to learn all they can about it and perfect it. To him cooking and baking brings out that passion in him. Ricardson is now the co-owner of Flava Culinary Services which allows him to cook for some of the wealthiest guests that grace the island of Abaco. His services are available to locals and guests, and he is in such demand right now that guests book him, months in advance. He noted that God has been extremely good to him to the point that he now wants pursue their passion. He has entrusted the assistance of his former school counselor Samantha V. Evans to select a recipient. Ms. Evans has in-turn spoken to a local college who will make a selection based on the passion and determination one of their college students has towards pursuing a tertiary level education. This recipient will receive this gift during the start of the Fall Semester 2013. Ricardson had a chance to share his sto ry with some students late in March and looks forward to inspiring more students in weeks, months and years to come. He believes that God has been good to him and blessed him with much success but he keeps all of his success to himself. There fore, he gives back as often as he can to community projects and now to schools. Divorce and matrimonial services now offered by wellPress Release Rhonda L.C. Hull, Managing Direc that divorce matters require extra care and consideration because of the emotion al aspects involved in dissolving marriag es, child custody and property division. In this vein she is pleased to announce vorce and matrimonial matters. by an attorney who cares someone who understands what you are going through, who will be there to listen when you need to be heard, who will be honest with you ciously to help you achieve the best pos sible results. ists, Joan Ferguson, is a former Stipendi ary and Circuit Court Magistrate, famil matters. It is important that our divorce attorneys have the experience with child custody, child support, visitation, prop erty rights, property division, alimony and the recovery of attorneys fees, says Hull. She was also keen to stress that her team approaches every child custody dis pute with the utmost care, taking the time to fully understand the clients needs and concerns so they can develop a plan of ac tion that is best for all concerned. Child custody is typically one of the most hotly disputed areas of a divorce, says Hull. Parents have strong opinions regarding how their children should be raised, and determining physical and le gal custody is therefore of utmost impor tance. Child support and visitation tie in to custody as well, so there is a lot to sort out in these matters. Hull also felt that choosing the right divorce attorney could make an enor mous difference in the outcome of your divorce. We are very pleased that L.C. town Marsh Harbour, which allows our and save hundreds of dollars on airplane tickets, hotel and rental cars when they need to talk with an attorney about their divorce. website at www.lchull.com or contact them 242.367.2030. New agent joins dynamic HG Christie Abaco team agent. Press Release April 5, 2013 (The Bahamas) HG Christie Ltd. welcomed the addition of estate agent Frank Knowles to their Abaco Team in Hope Town, Abaco this week. Frank Knowles, known affectionately as Frankie, brings a decade of real es tate knowledge and successful entrepreneurial knowledge to his new brokerage, HG Christie Ltd. Frank is a resident of the Hope Town Settlement and Elbow Cay community, where he has resided for over 20 years. As the proprietor of Abaco Tknowledge are board and extensive. A loving husband and father to two adorable daughters, Ryan and Meredith, Franks friendly and likeable demeanor friendly, yet savvy, Abaco Team. A fellow associate stated, We are excited to have Frank become a part of our thriving team and continue to grow his real estate career with us. We are certain that the contribu tion of his many abilities and knowledge, accumulated through his various avenues of experience, will compliment our talent ed HGC Team exceptionally well. HG Christie Ltd., Vice President / Managing Director, John Christie, went on to share, We are very proud to announce that Frank Knowles of Hope Town/Elbow Cay, Abaco has joined our dynamic HG Christie Team. HG Christie is constantly looking for ways to improve our companys service to our valued discerning cli ents and enjoy welcoming bright talent to such as Frank will help to make a great thing even greater! To contact HG Christie Ltd: Sales@ HGCHristie.com / 242-322-1041/ 242366-0700/ www.HGChristie.com Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSCrystal Villas Charming 2B/2B villas w/ocean views located in Dorros Cove near Tahiti Beach, great for weekend getaways or extended stays. Perfect for couples or large groups renting more than one villa. Shared pool, dock slip & back up generator $1,600/wk (1-2) $200/wk extra person. Each Villa Max. 4 Abaco Blue Upscale 2B/2B home w/ 1B/1B guest apartment with panoramic views. 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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 Press Release Leading environmental expert, Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey (Associate Professor at the Department of Biology. University of Miami), says: Clifton Bay is under massive threat. Coral reef is being destroyed, oil spills are increasing and the conch population risks dying out. The root of all this damage is the lack ing, tourism, transport, coastal develop ment and other human activities. The conservation and protection of term interests. To address these critical threats, Kathleen and other leading names in the throughout The Bahamas and the United States have joined together to form the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay. The Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay (CPCB) is a group of highly-respected individuals drawn from a range of backgrounds, united by a shared desire to protect Clifton Bay and other marine environ ments surrounding New Providence Island and The Bahamas. Members include: Keith Wisdom, Chairman of the Clifton Heritage Authority; Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey, Asso ciate Professor at The University of Mi ami; Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Founder and Chairman of the Waterkeeper Alliance; Fred Smith, President, Grand Bahama Human Rights Association; Tonya Bastian Galanis, Principal, Eugene Dupuch Law School; William Hunter, Acting President; Ronald Thompson, Former Ambassador to The Environment; Bennet Atkinson, Clifton Heritage Authority; Louis Bacon, Chairman And Founder, Moore Charitable Foundation, Moore Bahamas Foundation; Hon. Nicholas F. Brady, Former Treasury Secretary of the United States of America; Stuart Cove, President, Dive Bahamas; Manuel Cutillas, Chairman, Lyford Cay Foundation; Peter Douglas, The Andros Conservancy; Romauld Ferreira, EnvironGodfrey, Executive Director, Sea Turtle Conservancy; William Hunter, Lyford Cay Foundation; Jessica Minnis, Associate Professor, College of The Bahamas; Craig Symonette, Chairman, Bahamas Ferries; Joseph Darville, Vice President of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association; Troy Albury, President, Save Guana Cay Reef Association. Starting today, the Coalition will pro vide unwavering support to Bahamian conservation, environmental and educational organizations. These include the Bahamas National Trust, the Andros Conservancy and Trust, the Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation; Clifton Heri tage National Park; Friends of the Environment; Swim for Ocean Survival; The Island School; The Nature Conservancy, Young Marine Explorers, Save Guana Cay National News Reef Association, The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association and Abaco Cares. The Coalition will also be calling on all Bahamians to enlist in its advocacy campaigns, designed to encourage effec tive land use decisions and habitat restora tion efforts. In this vein the Coalition has launched today an informative and inter active website www.protectcliftonbay. org, which explains their goals and allows like-minded supporters to join and help our campaign to save the natural resources of The Bahamas. Supporters will be able to sign peti tions on line and share these on Facebook and Twitter. The group is calling on the youth to help Save The Bays, Save Our Seas and Save Our Environment! The group urges that more oversight is needed of what is going on under Ba hamians and the Governments noses. To help bring this about, the Coalition will be campaigning for the passage of an Envi ronmental Protection Act and a Freedom of Information Act, both of which have been promised by the FNM and the PLP. Coalition member and leading envi ronmental lawyer, Fred Smith said, The Coalition will be vocal and active in pursuit of our environmental protection objectives. Romauld Ferreira added, The impli cations of what is going on at Clifton Bay are really serious, for the environment, both in The Bahamas and beyond. We are acting locally, thinking globally. has faced grave environmental threats. In the late 1990s it faced major danger from plans to create a 600-home golf course de velopment. Thanks to the collective efforts of the Bahamian government, Bahamians, environmentalists and conservation organi zations, the Clifton Heritage Authority was established enshrining the protection of the land site. The Clifton Park now stands as a testament to the importance Bahamians place on preserving the natural beauty of their land and maintaining a direct connec tion to their history. The Coalition says its time for action once more to Save the Bay and Save the Marine Environment. Without immediate action to stop harmful developments and ensure effective oversight and regulation, Clifton Bays future is in peril, claimed the coalition. Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey says: If indi viduals are allowed to do whatever they want without repercussions, young people are discouraged. They just feel like money talks. They need to see the law applies to everyone. The Coalition vows to change this. For more information about the Co alition to Protect Clifton Bay, visit the website at: www.protectcliftonbay.org Clifton Bay faces massive threat says environmental expertCoalition formed By Canishka Alexander A company called TSE, owned by Brent and Cindy Symonette, opened its doors during the month of February. According to the companys slogan Power ing Abaco from the Sun, TSE specializes in solar hot water heaters, charge controllers, inverters and solar panels and other solar-powered products. Complete off-grid solar sales and installation are also avail able. We are also selling solar-powered generators, which will be available in a month here on Abaco, Ms. Symonette added. We provide estimates for homeowners who wish to implement solar in their homes. We can take you off BEC [service] completely, or we can assist with gradually moving you away from BEC. The Symonettes are in the process of installing a system in their home, so they, too, will experience the tremendous benand others is to never have to pay another electric bill, that we will have power when BEC is down, and that the power that we have is free from the sun, [so] no fuel is needed to use a gas/diesel generator. How much longer can we really afford to pay BEC? Ms. Symonette asked. And the biggest question is why would we want to when we can provide our own power for free. A lot of people are intimi dated by the initial cost of solar, however, you can invest and build your system. You do not have to buy an entire system at once tem. So far, they have installed three sys tems on Abaco. Two of the systems are completely off the grid, so the custom ers are able to generate their own power. The other system is a partial system where the customer has to start slowly and build their system over time. She happily stated that the customer has seen a 40 percent decrease in his BEC bill since his partial system has been installed. At TSE, they also rebuild, replace and repair starters and alternators for the industrial, commercial and marine industries. Ms. Symonette guaranteed that cus tomers will enjoy the best prices in town, and receive the fastest turn-around time for items imported from the United States. TSE is located in Marsh Harbour across the street from Curly Tails Restau rant. Business hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call them today at (242)458-5418, or send an e-mail to bsymonette@gmail.com. Business TSE specializes in solar-powered products

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 The Moorings Yacht ChartersThe Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class The Conch Inn Resort Curly Tails The Conch Inn Resort and Marina Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Conch Inn Marina Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel May 2013 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 36 ft. mono hull or 38 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONS Sunsail WorkDear Editor; Thank you Mr. Editor for allowing me the space in your paper. The Marsh Harbour Auto Parts years in business. In less than a year from closing someone was interested in renting one half of the building and their business was opened to the public in a few weeks. Within six months I had another interested tenant for the other half of the building. Because the buildings electricity has al ways been generated through one meter it became necessary to install another meter. My only knowledge of knowing how the lights come on. I am now faced with doing the necessary changes. After many questions and much inquiring a friend suggested I check with an electrician who has done some work for her, recommending him highly, and gave me his phone num ber. I called him right away but he was very busy at the time and recommended another young man and assured me that he was quite capable of doing the job. After calling the young man he was very much interested and we met at the site and I showed him the two units. He tried explaining a few things to me, made no sense to me, but I trusted him. The only thing I knew is that there has to be a meter for each unit and some changes to wiring. He seemed to know what he was doing. We agreed on a price and with a deposit he started the work. This work was done in middle of November 2012 and upon his word that the work was completed he was paid the balance. In Late January 2013 my second tenant went down to BEC to pay her deposit and get the power turned on but BEC was not aware of any work in this building for a new meter, they were only aware of the meter that has always been there. The going on; confused I headed down to BEC this electrician did not compete the job. The spec form had never been turned in to Ministry of Works. No spec form, no inspection of work, no inspection of work, no electricity. After a call from the lady at BEC to electrician he tells her the inspector is com ing in the next week and will get the forms into Ministry of Works for the inspection. After leaving BEC I called the electri cian for an explanation, there were a few things I needed to discuss with him. He agreed to meet me at the work site after never showed up. I called again the next day and again he said he would be there that afternoon, well that went on till the next afternoon, no show, no call. February 4th the inspector has arrived for a few days, Im told by the Ministry of Works. On the second day the in spector is taken to the site by the young man, Inspects one half of the building and leaves. I learn of this the next day. When I call Ministry of Works they inform me the inspector was leaving that afternoon. I am, frustrated, angry and trying to keep it together. I asked them if they have any suggestions on what I could do. I needed It is such a good idea that all civic groups, environmentalist and tour groups should fully endorse. It is so brilliant an idea that with two minutes of research on the internet, I found that coyotes natural enemies are bears and wolves. Hey I want credit for this idea! Lets import bears and wolves to control the coyotes!!! They are bigger and badder! Regards, D.Letters to the Editor Letters From Page 9 to get this place inspected. She suggested After a couple calls I found and elec trician that agreed to meet me in an hour at the site. He arrived less than an hour, checked everything and promised he would take care of everything and he did. That same evening he called me to inform me that it was done and he had a copy of the inspection for me to take to BEC. I thanked him and paid him for his service which was $400. To the young man who came to my rescue, you know who you are, I will be forever grateful. Thank you! told him I had to pay an additional $400 for another electrical to complete the job and forms and he said, well I guess I do owe you some money. He promised to pay me that Friday of the same week but never did. After the third week he is not answering his phone. For anyone out there who is looking to hire Electrician, I can give you the name and number of one you dont want to hire. Waiting for a court date. See you there young man! Sincerely, Betty M. Albury

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 The en-GB en-GBAbaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbouren-GB announces the availability of a limited number of en-GB luxury condominiums for sale aten-GBThe Harbour en-GBResidencesen-GB en-GBFor more information visiten-GBwww.AbacoBeachResort.com en-GB or call 242-367-2585 or 242-367-2158 The Cays By Jennifer Hudson The Hummingbird Cottage Art Cen tre in Hope Town was the perfect setting for a concert of Baroque music on March standing room only and people packed into every available nook and cranny for this delightful concert. It is certainly a rare treat these days to witness a performance of baroque music for viola da gamba and harpsichord. Viola da gamba is a member of the viol family of bowed, fretted and stringed musical instruments which were developed in the mid-to late 15th century. It is similar to the violoncello and is played between the legs (viola da gamba means leg viol). It dif fers in that the cello has four strings and the Viola da gamba has seven strings and the bow is held underhand. The viola da gamba has a subdued mellow tone which is best heard in a small place and so the Hummingbird Cottage Art Gallery was a perfect location. The viola da gamba was beautifully complemented by the harpsichord. Instrumentalists were Marcy Jean Brenner and Barry Talley both of whom are winter visitors to Abaco. Marcy Jean Brenner says that she which musical instrument to play but when she went to study at Oberlin College and Conservatory she fell in love with the viola da gamba. She had already specialized in baroque music having decided to earn a de gree in harpsichord performance as well as German literature. A Fulbright scholarship took her to Vienna and she spent the next 28 years studying, teaching, freelancing and start ing a family. Since her recent return to the United States she spends her time between Rhode Island and Hope Town. She and her husband, Michael, arrived in January on the motor ketch Trade Wind for their sec ond season in Hope Town Harbour. As fate would have it Ms. Brenner and her husband met Barry and Marcia Talley last year while both of their cruising boats were anchored off Lynyard Cay. She discovered that Barry also attended Oberlin Conservatory. He studied piano but de cided that he preferred making music with lots of other people so he added another spent most of his professional life. After completing graduate degrees at the Peabody Conservatory he held a num ber of professional positions in the Balti more-Washington area before receiving an appointment as chairman of the music department at the United States Naval Acad emy in Annapolis, a position he held for 36 years. During this time he led student ensembles in thousands of performances throughout the United States and Europe. He retired in 2007 and now spends winters in the Bahamas aboard Troubadour and at his house on Dickies Cay with his wife who is a mystery writer of some renown. Ms. Brenner and Mr. Talley teamed up to donate their time and talents for what they termed an impromptu performance which was indeed delightful. The program included music from the 16th to 18th cen tury Renaissance and Baroque periods. Following the concert the audience was invited by Robbie Bethel, manager of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre, to leave donations at the door towards the Centres KidsArt program. These donations will go towards sup plying art supplies, classes and sponsorships to any child that would like to par ticipate.Classical Concert entertains at Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian April 15, 2013 en-GBArea Code 242 unless listed otherwiseen-GB en-GB Island-wide Abaco Listingsen-GBAbaco Cottage + 114 hse 366-0576en-GB en-GBAbaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529en-GBCherokee Lee Pinder + 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 en-GBGrand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 en-GBGreen Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4247 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties + 34 hse 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties + 34 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 en-GBGuana Cay Dive Guana + 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands + 9 hse 365-5140 en-GBHope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop + 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways + 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 366-0003 Hope T Villas + 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages + 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key + 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 en-GBHotels and House Rental Agentsen-GBLubbers Quarters Sea Level Cottages 4 hse 366-3121 en-GBMan-O-War Island Home Rentals + 2 hse 365-6048 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072 Waterway Rentals + 14 hse 365-6143 en-GBMarsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate + 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy + 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie + 11 hse 367-4151 en-GBSandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 en-GBSpanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 en-GBTreasure Cay Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort + 95 rms 365-8801 Marks Bungalows 4 units 365-8506 Abaco Estate Services + 365-8752 Island Dreams Rental + 357-6576 en-GBTurtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 en-GB en-GBWood Cay Tangelo Hotel 14 rm 1 villa 365-2222 en-GBWeb Sites with Abaco Informationen-GB en-GB http://www.abaconian.comen-GB http://www.abacoinet.comen-GB http.//www.abacoinfo.comen-GB http.//www.abacocottage.comen-GB + agents with multiple cottages and housesen-GB http://www.abacos.comen-GB http://www.oii.neten-GB http://www.bahamas.comen-GBRev. March 2012 en-GBere & Back.....Againen-GBEFFECTIVE: JULY 2012en-GBPh: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 en-GBREGULAR FERRY SCHEDULEen-GB Marsh Harbour to Hope Townen-GB20 minute rideen-GB7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pmen-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GBHope Town to Marsh Harbouren-GB8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pmen-GB 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pmen-GBMarsh Harbour to Man-O-Waren-GB20 minute rideen-GB7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* en-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GB *Except Sundays and Holidaysen-GBMan-O-War to Marsh Harbour en-GB8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pmen-GB *Except Sundays and Holidaysen-GBMarsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cayen-GB30 minute rideen-GB6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pmen-GBScotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbouren-GB8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pmen-GBAny stops outside the main harbour will be aen-GB minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or overen-GB will remain at regular charge.en-GBDuring the month of August through December there en-GB are some adjustments made to the schedule.en-GB You are advised to contact the oce for any changes.en-GBREGULAR FERRY FARESen-GBOne Way: $17.00en-GB Round Trip Open Return: $27.00en-GB Children 6-11: Half Priceen-GB Children 5 and under: Freeen-GB Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart fromen-GB the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. en-GB Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn.en-GB Prices subject to change without notice.en-GBAlburys Ferry Service Central & All Abaco 4th Annual St. Patricks Day ParadePress Release The Strawberry Monkeys 4th annual St. Patricks Day Parade was full of merrymaking as it proceeded down Bay Street. Almost, but not quite 100, Irish for the day boaters, Abaconians and a few dogs joined in the worlds shortest St. Patricks ish outside Snappas. Leading the parade was Grand Mar shal Tom Barrineau and Phillis Cornea fol lowed by a green wave where each participant received a free sampling of St. Paddys punch, compliments of Snappas. Large helpings of corn beef and cabbage was also available as Irish brew and Grogs was served into the evening along with the crowed joining in with Irish music. The Strawberry Monkey Yacht Club continues to sponsor Sunday Bocce at their club house across from Snappas in addition to organizing fun events throughout the winter and spring months. Firemen need your help buildings, equipment, fruit trees and crops. The volunteers of the Marsh Harbour Vol unteer Fire and Rescue recently spent hours late into the night working around the periphery of Spring City to protect the residences there. The next day they reacted to panicked calls from farm residents who were threat City as brisk winds were blowing embers through the forest and across road breaks, No persons were injured and no residences were lost but equipment, crops and fruit trees were destroyed. Unfortumoving through the forest or coppice. Persons whose residences are close to forest or coppice land are urged to clear debris from around their houses and have a working garden hose handy. The hose will or around the building. Windows should be closed to prevent embers from blowing embers can blow into attic spaces. Farmers who still have crops in the ground should mow, disc or harrow within and around the planted area to reduce the Lots that have been cleared with the debris piled against the back property line as the dead trees and brush will feed a very sites are often threatened by this back-lot dents whose lots are against coppice or for est land. record at protecting individual structures. John Conley (right), Commodore of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club, pres ents a check for $2,000 as a donation from the Club to Chris Prewitt of BASRA (Baha mas Air Sea Rescue Association). RMHYC donates to BASRA available. All residents should survey their gers.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 23 Dive Shops Abaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2963 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town . ................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay . ...................................... 365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay . ....................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana . ................................................................ 365-5178Man-O-War Dive Shop . ................................................365-6013 A & P Car Rentals . ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals . .............................. 367-1035 B & B Boat Rentals . ........................................... 367-7368 Bargain Car Rentals . .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals . ................................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals . ....................................... 367-5570 Cruise Abaco. . .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) . ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals . ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars . .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals . .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals . ............................. .367-4000 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental . .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental . ............................................. 365-4084 Cruising Cart Rentals . ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental . ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals . ....................................... 365-4119 Kool Karts . ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals . ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes . ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals . ............................................ 375-8055 Donna Sands Cart Rentals . ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes . ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals . ..................................... 354-5175 Lubbers Quarters Cruise Abaco . ............................................. 321-220-8796 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals . ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental . ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Cats Paw Boat Rentals . ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart . ................................................. 366-0530 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 Adventure on Prozac Kayak . ............................ 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. . ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts . ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals . .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals . ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals . ........................................... 365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks . ............................. 365-8749 Visitors Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) + Picnic tables & restroom only Provides ride from town Abaco Pizza. . ................................ $ . .................. 367-4488 Anglers . ................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2158 Curly Tails . ............................... $$$ . .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper . ........................ $ . .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest . ....................... $ . .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House . ....................... $ . .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place . ............................. ..$ . .................. 367-2880 Junovias......................................$...................367-1271 Jib Room . .................................. $$ . .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken . ............... $ . .................. 367-2615 Mangoes . ................................. $$$ . .................. 367-2366 Pops Place + . .............................. $ . .................. 367-3796 Snack Shack + . ............................ $ . .................. 367-4005 Snappas . .................................... $$ . .................. 367-2278 Wallys . .................................... $$$ . .................. 367-2074 Abaco Inn . .............................. $$$ . .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks . ................................ $$ . .................. 366-0247 Harbours Edge . ......................... $$ . .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) . .............. $ . ................. .366-0760 H T Harbour Lodge . .................. $$$ . .................. 366-0095 Munchies . .................................... $ . .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach . .............................. $$ . .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray . ............................... $$ . .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + . ............................ $ . .................. 366-0788 Petes Pub . .................................. $$ . .................. 366-3503 Cracker Ps . ................................. $$ . .................. 366-3139 Bradleys on the Harbour . ............. $ . .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine . ................................. $ . .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar . ................ $ . .................. 365-6501 Bakers Bay Market Place . ...... $$$ . .................. 612-1021 Grabbers . ................................... $$ . .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ . ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay . ............................... $$$ . .................. 365-5175 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. . ................ $ . .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe . ............................. $ . ................. .365-8354 Spinnaker Restaurant . ............. $$$ . .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class . ........................ $$$ . .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club . ................ $$$ . ................. .365-9385 Blu House . ............................. $$$ . .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro . ...................... $$ . .................. 365-4200 Green Turtle Club . .................... $$$ . .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill . ................... $$ . .................. 365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntoshs Restaurant . .............. $$ . .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant . ............. $$ . .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn . .................... $$ . .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill . $$ . ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe . .................. $$ . .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners . .............................. $$ . .................. 365-4060 Nancys ...................................... $$ . .................. 366-4120Everyone reads The Abaconian Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 T reasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour . ..................... 367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic . ................................ 367-0020 Integrated Medical Center . .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency . ............................................... 458-1234 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 . ..................................... 365-2172 Blu 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 Service ........... 10 . ......... F . ......... 365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26.........F...........365-4191 Treasure Cay Marina . ........ 150 . ......... F . ......... 365-8250 Man-O-War Marina . .......... 26 . ......... F . ......... 365-6008 Boat Harbour Marina . ...... 183 . ......... F . ......... 367-2158 Conch Inn . .......................... 75 . ......... F . ......... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina . ........ 36 . ......... F . ......... 367-2182 Mangoes Marina . ............... 29 . ..................... 367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina . ...... 52 . ......... F . ......... 367 2700 Hope Town Marina . ............ 16 . ..................... 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways . ................................ 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina . .............. 6 . ......... F . ......... 366-0154 Sea Spray . .......................... 60 . ......... F . ......... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Marina . ........... 75 . ......... F . ......... 365-0083 Bakers Bay Marina . .......... 158 . ......... F . ......... 365-5802 Guana Hide-aways . ............ 37 . ..................... 577-0003 Orchid Bay . ......................... 64 . ........ F . ......... 365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour . ................ 367-2936 . ......................... 367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure . ............................... 577-0004 Adventure on Prozac T Cay . ............................ 365-8749 . ...................... 365-4411 . ........................... 365-8506 . .......... 367-2787 . ............. 366-0024 Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is . ........................... 367-2266 AirGate Aviation New Smyrna Beach.....................................367-1900 American Eagle Miami . ..................................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud . ............................ 367-2095 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Orlando Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach . .............................................. 367-3415 Sky Bahamas Nassau . ......................................... ................ 367-0996 Western Air Nassau . ......................................... .................. 367-3722 Abaco Air . .............................................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters . ........................................................ 367-3450 Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, . ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry . ........................................ $15 Spring City . ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch . ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay . ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour . ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore . ......................................... ................................ $90 Crossing Rocks . ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point . ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee . ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry . ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town . ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel . ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern . .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock . ......................................... ...................... $10 Madeira Park . .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks . ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee . ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood . ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town . ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour . ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay . ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope . .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town . .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven . ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport . ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport . .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour . ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry . ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole . ........................................................ $30 Albert Lowe Museum . ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits . .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden . .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum . ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Light Station . .................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour . ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole . ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry . ...................... Little Harbour Working boatyards . ..................................... Man-O-War cay Bring errors & revisions to our attention Revised Dec 2012 All phones use area code 242 unless notedwww.theabaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour . . . . . . . . North Abaco . . . . Sandy Point . . . . Treasure Cay . Casaurina Point . Cherokee . . . . Crossing Rocks . Green Turtle Cay . . Hope Town . . Man-O-War . Charter Fishing Boats . . . . . . Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 8 APRIL 15th, 2013 By Canishka Alexander Red ribbons, symbolic of Christs Maundy Thursday Service on March 28 at the Government Complex. Maundy Thursday, which is also known as Holy Thurs day is the Christian feast, or holy day, that takes place on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the apostles. The theme: The Cross Makes the Difference, was expounded upon by Moderator Leslie Rolle as he rejoiced in the realization that despite Jesus death, it to believers. Following two Scripture readings, and the singing of congregational hymns, PC 3051 Valentino Oliver of the Royal Bahamas Police Force delivered a moving solo serenading the audience with the words of a song called Tomorrow by BeBe and CeCe Winans. Among the distinguished guests was MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, and Central / South Abaco MP Edison Key and his wife Kathy Key. During his remarks, Senior Island Administrator Preston Cun ningham said that in a time where there is so much crime, hatred and bad things happening, there is an urgent need for our countrys citizens to go to the cross of Christ. Please see Maundy Page 17 Maundy Thursday Service held at Govt ComplexAbaconians excel at CARIFTAAbaco athletes brought back the hardware from the CARIFTA Games. Three swimmers and one relay runner were among the medal-winning Bahamian team. Above: a welcoming committee (including Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham, Ministry of Sports Rep. Ishmael Morley, District Supt. of Education Dr. Lenora Black, Central / South Abaco MP Edison Key and his wife Kathy Key, as well as family and friends greet Miller Albury, Margaret Albury Higgs and Lilly Albury. James Williams, who ran and scored bronze on the relay team, was not present. See page 11 for the stories. Above: the Maundy Thursday service held at the Government Complex incorporated the theme: The Cross Makes the Difference. Special guests of the event included North Abaco MP Renardo Curry, Centra; / South Abaco MP and his wife Edison and Kathy Key, Senior Island Admin Preston Cunningham, Min. of Sports rep Ishmael Morley, District Supt. of Education Dr. Black and others.

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 ABACO REAL EST School & Youth News By Mirella Santillo In front of a panel of distinguished aco, Renardo Curry, Senior Administrator Preston Cunningham, District of Educa tion Superintendent, Dr. Lenora Black and the President of the Outstanding Students Foundation, Trevor Whylly, grade 6 stu dents and grade 12 students from eight primary schools and eight high schools, among them some all-age schools, were rewarded for their academic and sport per formances. or a trophy, students had to have a mini Outstanding Students honoured at 9th Annual Awards Ceremonymum of a 3.00 GPA average in academics or in sports. Six students made it to the top of the academic achievement list, with a 4.00 GPA. They were six graders Bethany Higgs from Agape Christian School and Isaac Collie, from Long Bay School as well as twelve graders Rebecca Strachan, Amanda McIntosh and Alexandra Phillpot from Forest Heights Academy and Cathy Weatherford from Mary E Albury Acad emy on Man-O-War Cay. In the primary school division over eighty students achieved a GPA higher than 3.00 and in the high school division In his remarks, Administrator Cun ningham reminded the audience that the success of a nation hinges on the education of its youth. He explained why as a child growing up in a poor family, he had promised himself not to give up and to stay focused; it paid up, he said. So, keep your eyes on the prize and continue to do well he admonished. Dr. Lenora Black also passed advice along to the children. You have been placed in the inner circle, she told them. As we seek to improve our nation, lets not forget that each of us has a role to play. It is my prayer that you continue to keep your eyes on the prize. Mr. Whylly, a former senator and the CEO of the Outstanding Students Founda tion, commented on the fact that the func tion used to take place in Nassau until 2004. But, he said, "what better place to be rewarded than at home?" He reminded the students that parents and teachers were also part of their achievement and asked the parents to continue to support their children in any means possible and not only through grade six, but through high school and college also. Mr. Curry acknowledged the parents who had come to give their full support to their children. It is imperative that we continue to strive for excellence, he said. The Bahamian Government is dou bling its investment in education, he an nounced, and as a Member of Parliament, I want to commit that the kids receive a good education. Then the moderator, William Davis, went on to call the students to be awarded, pass them out. Two Long Bay Students, the above mentioned Isaac Collie with 4.00 and Blaine Altidor with 3.69 made the list of achievers. Seven Coopers Town Primary School students were mentioned with the highest GPA of 3.59 going to Chilandra Edward. Above: Jaron Cornish, an exceptional basketball player who was awarded. Please see Outstanding Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Besides Bethany Higgs, eleven Agape Christian School were also called to re Albury and Kiary White had a 3.90 aver age. Colin Ray Albury from Man-O-War Primary School had the highest average of 3.88 among the three students who quali Twelve Treasure Cay Primary School students made the list with Kaitlyn Russell and Whitney Mitchell reaching 3.62. Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay had seven students quali fying, so did Hope Town Primary School. The highest GPA of 3.78 went to Joshua Russell, one of the four Fox Town Three Cherokee Primary School's kids were mentioned, the highest GPA of 3.40 obtained by Branden Sands. A 3.4 average was also obtained by Oscar Pinder of J A Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point. Twelve students from Central Abaco Primary School obtained an average over 3.00, two of them, Izaiah Newbold and Maliyah Forbes with 3.76; twelve St Fran cis de Sales students made the list, Dikem be Wilkinson at the top with 3.80. students who had a GPA superior to 3.00, eleven of them belonged to Agape Chris School & Youth News Outstanding From Page 2 tian School; eleven as well came from SC Bootle Highschool, among them Sherrie Romer and Rose Mika Charles with a 3.58 GPA. Altogether, Forest Heights Academy had eight students with a high average. George C. Cross and Miranda Albury with 3.90 followed closely the three above men tioned girls. Eight students from St Francis de and 3.67 were the highest average obtained respectively by Charese Kemp and Jake Consulta. Nine students from Abaco Central High school had a GPA over 3.00 with Olujimi Scott reaching 3.50. Two students from Moores Island reached a 3.12 average and seven students from Long Bay were mentioned with Alei sha Gomez topping the list with 3.29. Mary E Albury of Man-O-War sent one student, the above mentioned Cathy Weatherford. Thirty four primary school students achieved an average superior to 3.00 in sports while seventeen high school stufrom Agape Christian School, one of the best high school basketball players in the country. The function was coordinated by Wil liam Tony Davis who donated the trophies and Neulessa Major. By Jennifer Hudson The Event of the Year stated a no tice board outside the Hummingbird Cot tage Art Centre in Hope Town on April 2. This was An Evening of Art, Wine and Tapas presented by the Parent Teacher Association of the Hope Town School to raise funds for the school. The organizers were very pleased with the attendance for the event which drew about 50% more than had been anticipated. Many parents and community mem bers worked hard to make this a very pleasant and successful event. They were thanked by Candace Key, former Principal of the Hope Town School who then intro duced a very special guest, Lorraine BastianJones. Ms. Jones is the niece of the late well known Bahamian artist, Amos Ferguson, who was the major featured artist of the evening. She is the executor of Mr. Fergusons will and made all of the arrange ments to bring many of his paintings over to Hope Town for the event. Ms. Bastian-Jones thanked the people An Evening of Art, Wine and Tapas held for PTA at Hummingbird CottageAbove: a second grade student displaying a piece of art. of Hope Town for their warm welcome and made presentations of albums crafted from native materials on behalf of her late uncle to people for showing much love and appreciation for Uncle Amos work. She also presented CDs of Amos work to Justin Higgs, Principal of the school to be shown to the students and also to Christy Young, owner of the Hummingbird Cottage Art Centre. She mentioned what a philanthropic person her uncle was and that he used to sell some of his paintings so that he could assist people in the com munity. Amos Ferguson is a true Bahamian folk artist known for his brilliantly co loured paintings of Bible stories and Ba hamian scenes. He began by using house paint on cardboard and wood and used such things as nail heads and sticks to get the effect he wanted. His paintings adorned the entire space of the larger of the two galleries at Hummingbird along with one large painting by Alton Lowe. Please see Tapas Page 5

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com School & Youth News Mr. Lowes painting, entitled Land ing Day, was painted to celebrate the bi centennial of Hope Town and featured a young girl planting the Union Jack into the sand of Hope Town Harbour represen tative of the arrival of Loyalist Wyannie Malone. In the gallery of the main house were paintings by Jonathan Bethel, Kim Rody, Brigitte Bowyer-Carey, Arnie Cas savant and Walter Bartman. A large and varied selection of art work by students of the Hope Town School was on display outside on the lawn and a collage of colourful cats entitled Too Many Meows, created by second grade students was also up for bid in the silent auction. This attractive and unusual piece looked as if it would engender a very pleas ing sum according to the bids on the paper. All of the artwork was on sale and the students present were very excited to have some of their artwork purchased. Sixth grade students were selling a variety of their decorated paper weights and book marks. Other items up for bid in the silent auction included one day boat rentals, sea glass and coconut jewelry, a Harl Taylor designer bag, mosaic mirror, dinner for two with Tom at the Abaco Inn and art work. Selections of easy listening music provided by violinist Jennifer Hudson provided a relaxing atmosphere while the attendees enjoyed socializing, tasting the many wines from Tupps Fine Wines, Beers and Spirits in Marsh Harbour and sampling delicious tapas. Tania Duncan of Abaco Spice tantalized the palate with Dolphin Crudo, which consisted of many delicacies such as gazpacho, platanos fritos and escebeche. his stone crab cake with salsa and Tuscan sushi relish while Kelly Fair and Sean Tul ly offered tomato mozzarella skewers and fresh home-made country bread promoting their business: Abaco Buzz. Candice Key drew peoples attention to a giant size poster listing equipment of which the Hope Town School is in need. This included items such as gym mats, ceiling fans, computers, boombox/CD player, iPad speakers, computer software, sports equipment and art supplies. People came forward and generously contributed towards many of these items, signing their name alongside whatever they wished to donate. The PTA members and organizers of this event were delighted with the gener ous donations to the schools wish list and very pleasant evening in aid of the school. Tapas From Page 4 By Samantha Evans Crossing Rocks School ventured all the way up from South Abaco to visit the Government Complex in Marsh Harbour this month. The school paid a courtesy call to Senior Island Administrator Preston Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham was very impressed with the level of questions that the students asked. He gave a brief but detailed description of his duties as an Island Administra tor. One student from Grade 1 was curious to know where he lived. Mr. Cunningham, a bit surprised, told the students he lived at Government House. After about half an hour of discus sion, Mr. Cunningham expressed how good he felt that the students visited the complex and also informed them that they to grace the halls of the Prime Ministers After the group left the Administrator they paid homage to Dr. Lenora J. Black District Superintendent of Education for the Abaco District. Crossing Rocks Primary visits the Government Complex the Prime Minister. By Samantha Evans Crossing Rocks Primary won 1st Place in The Bahamas National Trust Arts for The Parks Competition. The competi tion was very enjoyable for the students. They created the front and back cover for a album in which they recorded one of their six songs entitled Pride of Abaco. Crossing Rocks Primary participates in Art CompetitionAbove: Some Crossing Rocks students at the Art for the Parks event. Head Start Academy hosts By Vernique Russell Head Start Academy hosted their 1st for the students took place at the school grounds. Students were able to participate in events such as the amazing race, egg and spoon race, sack races and regular meter races. The school was divided into three house Blue Marlins, Green Turtles and Red Lobsters. Parents and well-wishers joined the star athletes and staff for the big day. The students gave their best in every event and were very grateful for the opportunity to show off their athletics talents and abilities. At the end of the event the winners of the sports day were the Blue Marlins. All the other teams are already gearing up for next year to claim the title. Head Start Academy is located in Treasure Cay in the former four-plex building. The school currently accommo dates students in the K to Grade 1 catego ries with plans to expand this Fall. Crossing Rocks Primary Celebrated Parents NightBy Samantha Evans It was a night of fun and frolicing for the parents of Crossing Rocks Primary School. Principal Simone Pinder was pleased with the great turn-out and thanked each parent for supporting the develop ment of their children. Ten points were awarded to each child who was represented. Parents thanked the staff for the night and requested that it become a monthly event. Some activities they engaged in during the night were Jeopardy, Bingo and Name that Show but the hit ac tivity was Musical Chairs; which made the parents feel like a kid again. 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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting l Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander Numerous children on Abaco live with a condition that affects the spine called scoliosis. The spine appears to be straight in a person with a normal spine when viewed from the front or back. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be curved. Although some are unwilling to talk about their condition, four courageous female students shared their experiences last month to help others identify the early warning signs of scoliosis therefore avoid ing surgery, and in some instances, death. Let me introduce you to Tatia Mc Intosh, Romea Rolle, Leandra Rolle and Joanne Brave. For the most part, girls are more likely to be affected than boys overall. While there are many types and causes of sco liosis, most fall within the categories of: congenital scoliosis, neuromuscular scolio category is idiopathic scoliosis, and is the most common type of scoliosis. Idiopathic scoliosis commonly affects those between the ages of 10 to 16 years, and progresses through the growth spurt years. Persons with scoliosis tend to have uneven shoulders, a prominent shoulder blade, uneven waist, or lean to one side. In Scoliosis impacts the lives of Abaco studentsThe incredible stories of four brave girlssome cases, scoliosis can affect childbirth in females. Scoliosis curves are initially detected on school screening exams, by a child's pediatrician or family doctor, or by a parent. The person must then undergo a careful bone examination, and an X-ray to evaluate the magnitude of the curve. Surgery is considered for those whose spinal curves measure greater than 40 degrees; however, bracing is the usual treatment option. Leainer McIntosh detected the con dition in her 15-year-old daughter, Tatia, who has a double curve that measures over 60 degrees. Leainer said that she, her mother and another one of her daugh ters have a slight curve in their spines. Although scoliosis sometimes affects her lungs and breathing causing some discom fort, Tatia can still comfortably participate in sports. She wears a full-body brace, and is actually wearing a second brace. Fortunately, Leainer said the doctors visits are not expensive with Dr. Valentino Grimes, orthopedic and spinal surgeon, at the Bahamas Medical Center. She looked forward to Tatias surgery over the Easter holiday adding that surgeons from Atlanta travel to Nassau frequently to offer free surgery in support of the Crippled Chil drens Fund for local children. During the procedure, metallic im plants are utilized to correct some of the curvature and hold it in the correct posi tion by joining the vertebrae together per manently. It is called spinal fusion. The Bahamas Medical Center Web site stated that Dr. Grimes recently led a team of doctors and specialists to provide critical treatment for several local children suffering from physically debilitating ail ments. Dr. Grimes joined forces with the Physically Challenged Children Commit tee to provide necessary surgeries for these children to give back to the community he knows and loves. The children had severe cases of scoliosis with some showing 90 degree arcs in their spines. The news that Romea Miracle Rolle, 14, had scoliosis was shocking to her mother, Nicole Rolle, in September 2012. Nicole recalled that her daughter Romea would say that she looked twisted, but she was always modeling in their home, so she wasnt overly concerned. However, the day before school began, Romea put on her school uniform. This time, her condition was quite noticeable to Nicole. She said her skirt was lopsided, Nicole recalled. I really wasnt paying close attention to it probably because I wasnt looking for it, but it became very obvious. You could notice by her waist band that one side was really higher than the other, she said. Overwhelmed, Nicole began to cry. She remembered previous occasions when her daughter would walk humped over and wondered if that was an indication from then, or if her bad posture had contributed to her having scoliosis. because she doesnt like to sit up straight, Nicole admitted. I told her that if she didnt watch it she was going to be hump backed not realizing that that was the case already. As a member of the Defence Force Rangers program, Romea was never one to complain about feeling tired during drills, but that was about to change. At the last Rangers Installation Ceremony, she had to step off the line because her back began to hurt, and she felt a bit woozy. Nicole said that Dr. George Charite, medical director of Integrated Medical Centre, referred Romea to a specialist named Dr. Freeland Lockhart. Fortunate ly, Romea was able to acquire bracing in time, but it meant that her mothers worst showed that Romeas back was curved at brace, and all appeared to be well. How ever, after conducting another X-ray, backward causing Romeas spine to curve more. no one else in the family has scoliosis. ing depressed, but as resilient teenagers go, her worry soon shifted to maintaining Romea soon had more reason to celebrate because Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry Christie, was visiting North Abaco during the bi-election the day her mother was having a fundraiser for her. The prime minister was so moved by her condition when he saw her that he pledged to assist her mother with her medical expenses. Mr. Christie took care of Romeas medical expenses. In August, Romea will do a followup examination to see if the curve is at a standstill, or if it continues to progress. Please see Courage Page 7

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SALE PRICE $500 en-GBCarpet &en-GB Padding Display Kitchen Cabinets Thumbs Up Gardening Club teaches youth about farming By Samantha Evans Children ages 3 to 14 years have been enjoying the Thumbs Up Gardening Club which meets every Saturday from 9am to 4pm at the farm of Vashti Farrington. They learn about food, how to eat healthier and how to take care of their own personal garden. It gives the youth a chance to engage in outdoor activities like she did when she was growing up, she explained. She hopes that they will learn to appreciate what farming has to offer and the importance of fruits and vegetables to their body. They grow vegetables such as green pepper, cabbage, zucchini, and lettuce. Once their vegetables are mature, they take them home for their families to enjoy. They recently started growing fruits such as sugar apple, mango, pear, juju and hog plum which have not matured as yet. Each child is given a 20 by 20 foot piece of land to farm on. Before the kids begin to farm their lot, they learn about the theory part of farming. They learn the various types of farming, about crops and livestock, and about dif ferent types of vegetables and fruits they will grow and how to care for them. Once the kids have out grown their plot of land, they are given a larger plot to grow on. To date there are 37 students in the program that come from various schools. Besides farming, the students all learn how to make crafts, petting and caring for ani mals and teamwork through game playing. The day is structured just like school with snack and lunch times. Soon, Vashti plans to offer a farming program on Sun days for families. Persons interested in her program can call 375-9816. School & Youth News Like Tatia, Romea does experience some discomfort particularly after standing for long periods of time, but wearing the brace doesnt prohibit her from exercising or do ing what she needs to do. In the case of Leandra Rolle, she received her diagnosis in August of 2011. Since then, the outgoing, down-to-earth 16-year-old student-athlete said there have been no dramatic changes in her life be sides changing her clothing size to be less I noticed that her waist appeared to be dropped, and around her shoulders looked humped, her mother, Ruby Rolle, explained. Ruby added that her oldest daughter has scoliosis, too, but it is less pronounced. At school, Leandra said her friends also began to notice a difference in the way she walked, but she is still able to partici pate in the 400 meter run as well as basket ball and volleyball events. Occasionally, she feels a bit painful when she wakes up in the morning, but generally there is no discomfort. When Leandras X-ray was done in 2011, the curvature of her spine measured at 53 degrees, but her mother is certain that the number has increased since then because her condition is so advanced that the brace cannot be used. Bracing costs between $1,800 to $2,000, which is a small price to pay when of $250,000 or more. Leandra and her parents have met with Dr. Chambers and Dr. Valentino Grimes, and she has been placed on a waiting list for those eligible for surgery. andra is fearful of what the condition is do ing to her body, and she is hoping that the problem can be corrected, so she can go on to live a healthy life. Ruby is hoping that something happens sooner rather than later to assist her daughter. For encouragement, she and Leainer speak to each other occa sionally to exchange mutual support. I hope it doesnt affect any of my organs later, Leandra acknowledged, and I am afraid that after the surgery, I will be Courage From Page 6 paralyzed and not be able to walk again. Like Leandra and her mother, Nicole has similar fears for Romea after learning that the bones in a person with scoliosis can shift until they puncture vital organs lead ing to death. Nicole realizes that scoliosis is connected to growth in the body, so she constantly observes her younger daughter to see if she is developing the condition. Fortunately, people have not made fun of most of these young women because of their condition. In Romeas case, her mother said that if anything the students at her school have been sympathetic. Leandra found that many are not familiar with scoliosis, and have asked what scoliosis is when she shares that she has the condition. But for 17-year-old girl Joanne Brave, her experience has brought her torment. People have not been so nice to her, and she has been teased more times than she cares to remember because of her appearance. I am a nice, but shy person; I act this way because of my scoliosis, Joanne supplied. People stare at me, and they call me names. I dont want to call attention to myself. to hide the hump because of how she has been treated. Her mother Suzanne Moralus discov ered Joanne had scoliosis when she was nine years old. Joanne remembered travel ling to Nassau when she was 12 or 13 years old to see a Dr. Munnings, who wanted to do an operation at that time. Since then, though, no operation has been done to corwith a brace. Now Joanne is severely bent over. More than anything she hopes to be able to have surgery because she is looking forward to being a hair stylist when she com pletes high school or becoming a history teacher if she attends college. To bring greater awareness about sco liosis, Joanne is even willing to do presen tations to educate people on what scoliosis is, and its effects because she desperately her spine to go away. Its not a very good position to be in, Joanne lamented. New school to open its doors to struggling studentsBy Vernique Russell One on One Academy plans to open its doors to serve the children and parents of Abaco this August. They will cater to children who struggle in large classrooms, suffer from learning disabilities or who just need extra help with their academics. Cur rently the owners have opened its doors for registrations and to assess the demand for the service. They plan to offer very small class rooms but each child will be treated as a special case. Testing is also available to as sess your childs current level. On May 4, specialists from their part ner company, Sylvan, will be on the island to conduct testing. If you are interesting in enrolling your child or having them tested please contact 525-8067 for further information. The school will be located in the Marsh Harbour area. Legacy, leadership tools presented for senior students By Canishka Alexander On March 19, three excited senior students from Horizons Academy attended a one-day seminar at Grabbers on Guana Cay. They were accompanied by Sim mone Bowe-Mullings, administrator, and Churton Toote, P.E. teacher at Horizons. Whitney Bain, chief facilitator of Whit sun Leadership Group Ltd., was the guest speaker. The location offered a relaxed atmo sphere for the small group to take a closer look at their upcoming graduation theme: Keeping the Vision Alive for a Better Generation, and to determine what their legacy and leadership qualities are. Bain segmented the seminar into two parts: Your Vision, Your Legacy, and Leadership Skills for the Emerging Leadasked the students about what drives them as individuals. As they focused on legacy, he told them that it is not only important to leave a legacy, but to live a legacy. Take each and every step with purpose, Bain advised. The students participated in a legacy exercise on how they wish to be viewed and remembered by their family mem bers, at their school and churches, and in the community. They were also engaged in a 360 Degree Perspective Exercise, and listened to an Audio Insert from the Success for Teens Foundation called: Little Things Matter. They learned that it takes practice to become better at doing things, and that sometimes success means going against what is popular and having to make For the leadership presentation, Bain spoke about the mind, heart, voice and life and image of a leader. Bain introduced a concept called Mental RDA (Recommend ed Daily Allowance) to help the students Please see Leadership Page 8

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 Above: Whitney Bain of Whitsun Leadership Group making his presentation on legacy and leadership to Horizons Academy senior students on March 19. determine what they need on a daily basis like rest, proper nutrition and exercise, and also positive thoughts. Students were amazed to learn that the heart has brain cells according to a Web site called Ted. com, and that the heart has the ability to tell the brain what to do. Emotional intelligence goes beyond the surface, and engages the person in the deepest part of their lives [or] their essence, Bain shared. Caring comes from the heart. As for the voice of the leader, there are two voices: physical and non-verbal. Again, Bain encouraged the students to live purposefully as he left them with a video insert by Les Brown, who emphasized School & Youth News Leadership From Page 7 the phrase Its Possible as they seek to as leaders. Whitney Bain facilitates two pro grams on Abaco. One is called L.I.F.E., which is an acronym for: Learning, Iden tifying, Facilitating and Execution, and the other is Innerspring Youth Program/ TV. Both programs provide leadership and personal development training to young people between the ages of 12 to 19. For more information, Whitney Bain can be contacted by e-mail at Whitney_ bain@yahoo.com or by phone at 1-242458-0675. By Aaliyah Roberts 4th Grade Student Hello! My name is Aaliyah Roberts. I am a fourth grader at the Man-O-War Primary School. I had the privilege of in terviewing Ms. Barbara Dowty and Mr. ect they are creating at our town corner on Man-O-War Cay. The idea came about for this project after seeing that this area needed some sprucing up as Ms. Barbara put it. Ms. Barbara, a member of the Man -OWar Garden Club, asked Mr. Walter Sweeting, my uncle, if they would be able to use that area to start this project. Mr. Walter told her sure and he also said that he had al ways wanted to build a bench and garden in memory of Derek Lee: so on with the project! They got the idea in late November and planned in December through the New Year and then started in February. So, it has been in the works for about four months. The main contributors of this proj ect have been the Man -OWar Garden Club, Mr. Walter, Ms. Barbara, and Mr. Doug. They actually began working on February 18th. Their goal was to have it The amount of workers is around project was to create a place that the tourists would be able to come and sit down as well as a place where the community would still be able to use. The kids will continue to use this area to sell their goods. Also, they will still be using the building for hardware storage. Mr. Dougs favorite part is watching the people and their reactions to see an area of the town that has changed completely and to become a nice park, green space, and plaza for the years to come. Ms. Barbaras favorite part is hearing all the posi tive feedback from the community and all of the memories about that area. Mr. Walter told them that they used to pull a small boat around town to gather money for the Methodist Church. They used to ring a bell for Sunday school ev ery Sunday and also every Christmas Eve. She said this used to be the gathering spot on Christmas, New Years, and many other occasions. As of now, their planning team does the near future, but they have been pre sented with a number of ideas, and may be looking towards improving another area of the town later on. They are looking for members of the Man -OWar Garden Club and the com munity to help with the landscaping and the trying to include native plants that will help to represent the Bahamas. So, if you can volunteer some of your time, come down to the town corner with your paint brushes up. Ms. Barbara said they are hoping to have a dedication ceremony by the end of April. A great big thank you to Ms. Bar bara, Mr. Doug, Mr. Walter, The Man -OWar Garden Club and everyone else who has helped it any way as this an all volunteer project. It is exciting to see this area becoming such a beautiful place for us all to enjoy! An interview with Barbara Dowty and Doug FoustAbove: Barbara Dowty and Doug Foust in front of the Methodist Church in Man-O-War

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REDUCED $30,000SCHOONER BAY Harbour side lots, studio apartments, 1 and 2 bedroom Harbour side condos available.LUBBERS QUARTERS Jacks Jungle homesite & dockage $135,000 Additional lots available.HOPE TOWN Lot close to town, beach access $130,000 ROYAL PALM CONDOTREASURE CAYWaterfront condo with private dock! Three bed/three bath, two story, open plan Best Price in Treasure Cay!US $298,000 Artist Highlight By Jennifer Hudson Donnie Wood is an artisan extraor dinaire; there doesnt seem to be anything he cannot turn his hand to. Always look ing to expand his horizons, he says; As soon as I get comfortable in a medium I push on to do something I have not done before. Therefore, he is able to create in many different mediums. His studio is an absolute treasure trove of his creations and is an extremely interesting place to visit. He has inherited his artistic talents from his fathers line of the family since his father and grandfather were both art ists and carpenters. It is over thirty years now since Donnie made his home in Marsh Harbour next to Memorial Plaza. Donnie has an interesting story as to how he came to settle in Marsh Harbour. Upon leaving school in the United States he studied commercial art and became a silk screen painter. He had a desire, how ever, to escape from the United States where he was living in Delray Beach, Florida. He was always interested in boats as he was from a seafaring heritage. His grandfather went to sea in Newfoundland at the age of thirteen. Donnies inherited carpentry skills also played a part in his decision to build and rig a boat and set out to sea. While at sea Donnie needed some Knock on Woodthing to occupy his time and also provide some form of income so he decided to ones he made by cutting out sketches he had made on various types of wood in cluding mahogany, guava, maple and cherry wood. Then he shaped them with a them by carving out details with an exacto knife. This was very time consuming to carve each one and since Donnie found that he began to sell them off his neck for as fast as he made them. He needed to streamline his operastion. When he became experienced with other tools he found that he could make ten in one day. Donnie found that this was a good little business which he could operate right off his boat anywhere he was. Af ter about six years he went to Exuma and soon had his little groupers in 13 shops in Exuma, Eleuthera, Abaco, Nassau and Rum Cay. However, he found that after carving literally thousands of these little carving wooden grouper and decided to move onto other things. He only makes these little grouper nowadays by special request. The entire time I was interviewing Donnie for this story he sat carving a little grouper for me and I could see the painstaking work that goes into each one. Fortuitously, Donnie met an Ameri can fellow boater who, when he saw the little grouper, suggested that he should cast them in gold. Although Donnie had never done any gold work before, he was eager to give it try so he followed the professionals instructions to carve a model in wax and then let him cast it in the United States. This arrangement worked well and Donnie began creating grouper in gold and silver and then also turtles. He then bought all the equipment he needed in Florida to cast them himself. I made a lot of mistakes. The fear of making mis takes is what stops most people, but I per severed and learned from my mistakes, he philosophized. Once comfortable with this craft Donnie was ready to push on to another medium and so began sculpting bronze pieces and large wood carvings. Donnie has completed many large wood carv and even furniture. He has recently built his own house and has hand carved all of his furniture including a very ornate headboard for his bed. One of his recent wood sculptures of a 12 foot blue marlin made of cedar stands near the beach at the Abaco Club on Winding Bay pointing beautifully painted by well-known artist, Marjolein Scott. Presently, Donnie is working on carving Mother Theresas poem onto a large board. This is a very painstaking piece of work but it is something he really wanted to do and which he has now al most completed. There is a beautiful stat ue of Mother Theresa with a small child at her side in his studio which he carved in bronze some time ago. He is also working on another very interesting project which consists of carv ing a large map of all the islands of the Bahamas. Donnies latest urge is to do something really big so it will be very interesting to see what idea he comes up with next. Don Woods Originals studio is a treasure trove of his work. Not only are there many examples of his work in me diums already mentioned but he is also a talented artist and also has paintings on display. He has branched out into many jewellery designs which, in addition to gold and silver include gemstones. His work can be purchased from his studio in Marsh Harbour and also from Native Creations in Green Turtle Cay and Ebb Tide in Hope Town. He also takes commissions and will customize pieces for his clients. Don Wood can be contact ed at 3673681 or 553 7917. Above: Donnie Wood in his studio in Marsh Harbour sculpting a little grouper. Mr. Wood is well known for his work in many different artistic mediums.

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By Timothy Roberts FTA Games, The Bahamas team of James Williams, Janeko Cartwright, Stephen Dirty Newbold and Andre Colebrooke, in that order, captured the bronze medal, in the 4x400M Relay Bronze Medal in a time of 3:07.44. lay was 19-year-old James Williams, na tive of Crossing Rocks, Abaco and part of the Moors Island Exterminators track team. a really good experience. He added that it was great running with some of the top athletes in the Caribbean. Team Captain in Moors Island, James trains under Pastor Anthony Williams who has established a successful track program on the island. James also ran in the Open 400M and came second in that heat and placed seventh overall. So right now I am the seventh fastest in the Caribbean and the fastest quarter mile in high school, he said. He enjoyed being able to meet with other Bahamian athletes and get to know some of them. It was a great experience and I plan to continue to train and com pete, he said. James has also competed in the Penns Relays last year and will be going again this year on April 25 to Philadelphia with the Moors Island Track Team to com pete again. By Timothy Roberts Three swimmers from Abaco made their mark at this years CARIFTA Games, both nationally and individually, bring ing home medals and setting personal best times at the competition held in Jamaica in early April. Margaret Albury Higgs: Distinguishing herself with an im pressive body of work over the last few years at both the local and regional level, Margaret Albury-Higgs increased her gold count in this years CARIFTA competi tion. Alburys debuted in the 13-14 age group at this years CARIFTA Swimming medals, dominating her group and achiev ing the high point total for the second consecutive year. Albury also helped capture Silver in 400M Medley relay for 13-14 Girls. She swept the breaststroke compe tition taking gold in the 50M, 100M and 200M breaststroke and added two gold place in both the 200M and 400M. Albury said it was a really good ex perience. It was really good with all the countries I have known them now for three years, so I knew some people already and it was good to see friends again. She said I was in the lower end of my age group so I didnt know how it was going to be, but I just went there and did my best. It was fun racing and I enjoyed the competition. Miller Albury: In Miller Alburys second CARIFTA competition he captured two bronze med als in 400M Medley Relay and 200M Freestyle Relay and set personal best times. He said the experience was great es pecial due to the fact that my head coach decided to put me on the relays at the last minute and thats how I ended up acquiring the two bronze medals. Miller said the event taught us about teamwork and dedication to the sport, but it also showed you what type of competi tion youre up against at that level. He said it was a fantastic competi tion everyone did really good and bet tered most of their times. I personally bettered all of my times as well as placing third in the two relays, seventh out of 36 in 100M backstroke and also two ninths out of 40. Lily Higgs: Sister of Albury, Lilly Higgs this ming Championships in the 11-12 girls age group and set personal best times in all her events. In all my races I set personal best times and in the 100M Breaststroke I made nerve-wrecking because I didnt know what to expect but it was a great experi ence and I got to know a lot of people. Lily swam several freestyle races the 100M, 200M and 400M Freestyle and also swam in the 200M IM and 100M breaststroke. She said the experience taught her that you really need to practice because it is really tough competition, but its worth practicing and you realize how hard you need to practice. She said looks forward to going to more competitions in the fu ture. High Praise: Minister of Parliament for Central and South Abaco, Edison Key said he was pleased to be able to greet the swimmers at the airport. In Jamaica they have made us so proud. When we look at these young people and where we have come in forty years we are now bringing home gold! he said. As Bahamians we should all be proud of our young people and give them and whatever we can do to get them into bigger stuff,Abaco swimmers make waves at CARIFTA Above: Miller Albury performing backstroke at the CARIFTA Games. Please see CARIFTA Page 16

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 SportsIshmael Stretch Morley Youth Co ordinator at Abacos Ministry of Youth offered congratulations on behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson, all the young people from Abaco who participated in CARIFTA, especially the swimmers for bringing back the gold and representing the Bahamas well; as making Abaco proud. He also thanked them for putting swimming on the map again. MoneyGram held promotion at soccer gameBy Mirella Santillo Afternoon soccer at Murphy Town Park on March 24 could have looked like ordinary Sunday soccer game, except for the presence of several staff members of Money Gram-Cash N Goamong them the local branch manager, Nea Cooper, and the General Manager, Jayson Clarke, who had come from Nassau for the occa sion. They were there not only to promote the company but mostly to show their gratitude to the players, most of them their clients. They had brought with them many promotional items, including bracelet bands, soccer ball key chain and small towels that they had distributed to the play ers and were giving people as they enter the park. It is a way to give back as nearly all the players are our clients, explained Mr. Clarke, himself a footballer. We are even looking into an eventual partnership with the League and already had a meeting with the League President, Malcolm Spicer. That day two games were being were playing against Fresh. It was a slow game, not for lack of running, as the play ers raced endlessly from one end of the 1-1. The second game was between Aba com United and Abaco Heat, the Treasure Cay team. Most of the action took place in the second half. At half time Abacom had scored a goal that was matched at the beginning of the second half by Abaco Heat. The advantage came to Abacom a few min utes before the end of the game when one of the players managed a great goal from Abacom United 2Abaco Heat 1. At nearly half way through the sea son, Abacom United has the lead with 14 points in front of Fresh with 13 points. The Hope Town Show Stoppers are in third po sition with 10 points. Fresh has 5 points, Abaco Heat 4 points and the Show Offs close the list with 2 points. Mr. Spicer was hoping to organize Friday evening games, but so far two games were cancelled, on March 22 because some of the spotlights were not prop erly working; the March 28 game did not take place for lack of players. Above: League President Malcolm Spicer with MoneyGram representatives. Below: a Hope Town Show Stoppers player chases down the soccer ball. Chester ThompsonMemorial AnnouncementAn Abaco memorial service for Chester ompson will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 21st at Big Hill Elbow Cay, Abaco. Chester is remembered by family as a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was the fourth son of Captain William Maurice ompson and Lena Muriel ne Albury, and brother to Hartis, Leonard, Roscoe, Maurice, Harvin, Velma and Dawson (Joe). Mr. ompson is survived by his wife Joan, daughters Juliana and Christina, eleven grandchildren and two great grandsons. Whilst we mourn the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather, and friend, we also celebrate his life. Memorials may be made to the Abaco charity of your choice. CARIFTA From Page 11 Above: Albury Higgs, center, beating out her opponents for the gold.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Church News The audience was once again enter tained by the Abaco District Combined Choir as they sang the hymns: The Blood, and Because He Lives. Basing her Maundy Thursday ad dress on the Book of John 13, Rev. Will ish Johnson of St. Johns Anglican Church, who was the guest speaker, highlighted the commandment that we must love one another. The familiar story tells of Jesus love even in the face of betrayal and denial by two of his disciples, yet He still washed their feet and communed with them. What an awesome love to humble ourselves in love to those who despise us, to those who betray us, she perceived. Through an ordinary thing Jesus showed the meaning of love. Rev. Johnson then posed pertinent questions to those gathered there by ask ing: Can we identify with Jesus? and How can you love God who you cannot see, and not love who you can see? Al though the answer was not an easy one, she admonished them that as bearers of His name, we are called to embody and mani fest His love a love that must be extended to our enemies as well. What does the love of God compel us to do? Rev. Johnson queried. Loving is not merely just in words. Jesus loved in action, and it was a love that led Him to the cross. The Abaco District Combined Choir closed the Maundy Thursday Service with the closing song: Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.Maundy From Page 1 Cherokee church reaches out for its neighbourBy Lee Pinder This is a story of one neighbour helping another. Cherokee Sound is a small settlement with approximately 160 residents and whenever there is a need in the community the people come together to help each other. Epworth Methodist Chapel is in the process of trying to raise funds in order to do some much needed repairs to save their old landmark building. The Assemblies of God are a neighbour ing church, and the only other church in Cherokee. In Cherokee it is not a matter of what church you attend, rather, if Im needed, I want to help do my part. So, persons from both churches worked together to bring this program depicting Christs death and resurrection to the public. On Good Friday Peggy Albury and Charmaine Saunders, both members of The Assemblies of God Church, combined their talents and managed to bring together a large portion of the entire community (Methodists and Evangelists alike) to put on The Story of Easter. This is not unusual for Ms. Albury, she has done Christmas Plays for many death and assention into heaven in the form of a play. Charmaine conducted the musical pieces as well as the narration. The evening progressed with live ac tors in costumes (handmade by Peggy Al bury) acting out the parts and the narrator telling the story just as it was told in the Bible with Pontius Pilot condemning Je thorns, his agonizing trek to Calvary and the crowds taunting cruelty. Jesus was put on a cross while Death lurked about in the background. He was buried in the tomb and, yes, Ms. Albury constructed a lifelike tomb with a makeshift rock to roll away, and, yes, he arose in pure white raiments holding the golden key to Heavens gate. Jesus was played by Darrel Pinder, the present Pastor of The Assemblies of God Church in Cherokee, but there were too many other persons in the play to name them all. The accompanying musical renditions helped the audience to more easily understand the old, old story they have all grown up with. One of the musical renditions was sung in four different languages by three foreign nationals as well as one Bahamian singing in English, which was very mov ing. The entire program proceeded with only a few very minor glitches and hardly any pauses, the entertainers were well rehearsed as they have been meeting for practices for several weeks. The play took place at The Assemblies of God Church by family and friends with many out-oftowners. As the evening began, right on time, Peggy Albury announced there would be a free-will donation taken up as patrons exited the church, with the money would go towards the Methodist Church Building Fund. And while people congregated on the sidewalk in front of the church enjoying the delicious refreshments they announced that they had collected over $1,500. Ms. Albury said she was asked why the collection was going to another church and she told them, Thats why were here to help one another. Culprits break into, vandalize local church building By Canishka Alexander Between March 20 to March 21, the Marsh Harbour Church of God was broken into. According to Bishop Clayton McIn tosh, senior pastor, Elder William Newbold went to the building to collect some chairs on the morning of March 22, and discovered that the building had been bro ken into. He reported the incident to the police. The perpetrators broke into the building through a bathroom window and through a window behind the pulpit. Two thousand dollars worth of equipment was stolen, and included two speakers, mic jacks and a power supply cord. The cord was cut in half with one half of it taken and the other left behind. My only desire is that whoever went in there and stole the stuff I issue a war rant of arrest through the Holy Spirit that the Spirit would convict them, touch their heart and save their soul, so that they will acknowledge what they did was wrong, Bishop McIntosh declared. The culprits also stripped the cop per from the air condition unit, and left the church building in disarray. Although the members have repaired all they could, their worship service has been adversely impacted. It affects our worship service, but we will work it out with Gods help, he continued. We have plans to move from the building, so we dont want to have to invest much more money in there. Its just a slight set back. A few years before, the church build ing was broken into and a mixer board and refrigerator were stolen. The offend ers also vandalized the building by put mornings they turn the electricity off before the church members come to the building. Such reckless behavior can endanger their own lives, but the wrongdoers continue their sacrilegious efforts, unimpeded. We had bars on the windows, so it surprised us with the area they came through. We made provisions to secure the to come through, Bishop McIntosh said. Someone once told me Never lock up They planned it out because of the way they came in there with power tools. When people can steal from the church it is serious. Lenten Tea and Fashion Show held at Anglican HallBy Samantha Evans On Sunday, March 24, the Anglican Church Women (ACW) held their annual Lenten Tea Party at St. John the Baptist Parish Church Hall under the theme, Its a Family Affair and indeed it was. There was entertainment galore with prizes and surprises. The master of ceremony for the event was Shelly Austin who used charm and charismatic appeal to get the audience in volved. Members also received awards for their involvement in the table decorating competition that took place earlier in the year. The top three participants were honored at the tea party with trophies and combe and Rev. Willish Johnson. The overall winner was Velma Strachan whose royalty. Throughout the evening, the audience was entertained by Tannah Newbold and Cadero Dean who sang and Destiny Stra chan who danced. Next there was a fashion show with Rev. Johnson and Mr. Johnson gracing the runway. There was a hat mak ing competition and each participant had to model their spring bonnet. The judges for this auspicious occa sion were Starlene Penelus, Dianne Wil liams and Eleanor Darville. Finally during the evening, there was a parade of hats of all colors, sizes, and shapes which graced the runway. This was a wonderful activity for a Sunday evening inclusive of sooth ing music provided by Lydell Strachan. The chairpersons for this grand time were Kayla Wallace and Wynsome Ferguson. Easter observed in North AbacoBy Vernique Russell Many churches in the community of resurrection of the Lord Jesus as observed in the Christian church. On Friday, April 29, a special Good Friday services were Most services began at 10 am and lasted for about two hours. The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus was a popular title given Please see Easter Page 18

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Among those hosting productions was Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay and New Life Ministries International. The highlight of the Production at Full Gospel was the stage play entitled, More Than Conquerors. On Easter Monday, Life Gate Minis and wholesome fun. The beaches were also a main attraction and a venue of choice. The entire weekend was a very peaceful one that brought families and loved ones together. Church News Easter From Page 17 By Vernique Russell Scores of people joined the New Life Ministries International on Saturday, March 23 for their fundraiser in the form of A Gala Dinner. The event was hosted to raise funds for the completion of the Guests came from as far as the Cay man Island to celebrate with the ministries as they build to elevate the Kingdom of Heaven. New Life has been making a mark since they opened their doors in Coopers Town. The senior pastor of the ministry is Bishop Cedric Bullard. The dinner was staged at the church guests included the singing sensation Pastor Rudy Roberts and the Sensational Seven, Bro. Albert Brennen and other local gospel music guest. Guest speaker for the event was Bishop Cardinal McIntosh. The event was dubbed as a success and organizers were extremely grateful to all those who took time out their busy schedule to contribute to the success of the event. They extend Gods richest blessings and favour to you for your kindness. Ebenezer Baptist holds Church FairBy Vernique Russell The Ebenezer Baptist Church hosted a grand fair on Saturday, March 30 in aid of the church building and maintenance. The fair was held on the park and featured the popular Bahamian Easter dishes along with other Bahamian delights. The day started at 11am and ran until late evening. Dozens of people stopped by in search of the homecoming but their dis appointment was cured by the scrumptious food sold at the fair. Although the com mittee was disappointed that it was unable to host the homecoming due to last minute circumstances they were extremely glad funds for their ventures. family atmosphere and provided a venue for old friends to catch and new friends to connect. The event was dubbed a success and organizers were glad for the support they received. New senior deaconess installed By Vernique Russell Full Gospel Assembly in Treasure Cay held a special service on Sunday, April 7 at 11am to install the new senior deaconess in the person of Deaconess Florwas held by Deaconess Olive Forbes for the past 15 plus years. tegrity and dedicated to the time that she resigned in January. Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Rev. Patrick Paul was on the island for the installation and de livered the keynote address a well as the inductee ceremony. Deaconess Sawyer accepted her ofdedicatedly. She is honoured to have been elected for such a prestigious position and pledges to do her endeavored best as she labours in the vineyard of the Master. The ministry is happy to welcome Minister Sawyer to the position of senior deaconess. A reception followed the service and it provided a wonderful time of fellowship and socializing. By Mirella Santillo A supportive audience compris ing members of the business community, among them MP for Central / South Aba co, Edison Key and his wife Kathleen, at tended a gospel concert in the evening of March 23. Held at the Grace Gymnasium, Re demption Song: a medley of Gospel songs concert organized by the Christian Counseling Center of Abaco to help the organi zation with running expenses. sion of the Nassau Counseling Center, with the help of Pastor Frederick Arnet and members of the Nassau Board, the Abaco Counseling Center is dedicated to help people of any age in need of counseling during any kind of life crisis, be it health, marital problems, money management, de pression or just loneliness. Many people are referred to the Center by schools or Social Services. The local members, the Chairman, Pastor David Cartwright, the Treasurer, Pastor Dereck Benjamin, the Secretary, Margaret Smith and members Ruth Smith, Rachael Johnson and Pastor Mark Anthony Swain participated in the function, deliver ing the opening and closing prayers, wel coming the audience and singing. The well-known Good News Quartet and Bro. Michael Symonette had come from Nassau to add their talent to the ones of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Choir and of the local pastors. Nineteen members of the Marsh Har bour Gospel Choir (two had been unable to attend) opened the concert with sev eral selections with Bro. Kevin Sawyer as conductor. Pastor David Cartwright performed a solo before a video presentation showing testimonies of several people who had dared ask for counseling (people are sometimes embarrassed to ask for help). They were all very positive about the help they had received and said their lives had been changed after they took the step. The snack shop was open and a table displaying mouth-watering cookies and pies brought many of the attendees over to indulge during the intermission. The con cert continued with several great renditions by the Good News Quartet and more songs by the Marsh Harbour Gospel Choir, with solos by Londa Sawyer and Troy Albury, interrupted by selections from Bro. Mi chael Symonette and Pastor Steve Eldon. The Christian Counseling Center is to hold its second golf tournament at the Treasure Cay Golf Course on April 6.Fund raising concert at Grace Christian Counselling Center Above: the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel entertaining the audience during the Christian Counselling Centers Redemption Songs Easter Concert. The Center

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 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 Open 7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm F riday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Across 3. A place to see captive animals. 6. He was charged and ________. 8. Sight, hearing, smell, touch and ______. 10. Draw your ticket and win a prize in this game of chance. 15. Disease which affects the spine. _________; Idea thats unrealistically imaginative. 17. The Old one is a country the new one is a state. 18. Tragic accident happened on this Bahamian island due partly to lack of runway lights.Down 1. Man O W ar Cay is famous for this industry. 2. The best medicine. 4. To top something; common card game concept. 5. Golf tournament held in Augusta, Georgia. 9. North Korea Capital. 11. A sailors greeting. 12. Lapis _______; a rich blue mineral. 13. Not sweet; a type of orange. 14. Former Iron British PM. Across 1. ARACHNIDS Spiders and scorpions. 3. PRIDE This comes before the fall. 4. PASSOVER Jewish holiday celebrating the exodus. 6. CANARY Sing like a _______. 10. FOOL Anybody can be on of these on April 1. 11. ADVERTISING Necesarry for many newspapers success. 15. EASTER Christian holiday celebratring the resurrection. 16. RORSCHACH This test involves ink blots. 17. ARRANGEMENT Flowers are sometimes made into an _______. 18. POLY Down 2. SMEDA Acronym for new small business legislation. 4. PATHFINDERS Raises money to send Abaco students to college. 5. ARTHURS _________ Town, capital of Cat Island. 6. CLOWNFISH Hide out in anemones; Nemo. 7. BANANA Fruit high in potassium. 8. TATTOO A piece of art found on 9. QUEEN Rock and Roll band known for its rhapsody. 12. TRIGGER something you pull. 13. CARIFTA This sporting event is being held in Nassau this year, except for the swimming. 14. FANTASY Not reality. April 1 Crossword Answers

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian April 15, 2013 en-GBTHE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEXen-GB TELEPHONE NUMBERS en-GBAdministrators Oce..........................242-699-0000en-GB Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016en-GB Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032en-GB Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052en-GB Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067en-GB Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092en-GB National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639en-GB Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647en-GB Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 en-GB Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152en-GB Local Government Council.................242-699-0165en-GB Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171en-GB Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177en-GB Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182en-GB Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187en-GB Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200en-GB Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202en-GB Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217en-GB Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228en-GB Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241en-GB Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 en-GBFOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE By Timothy Roberts One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security, and also our local criminality. Allen West, former United States Congressman One of the duties charged to the government of a country is to objectively maintain social order, free from discrimi nation, with the view to keeping the peace of a nation. How well a nations social order is maintained determines the social health of a nation. When one reads the daily news paper it does not take long to see that our country is terribly ill and in need of emer gency care. nation is a vine with many roots; yet there is a common root for most of our issues lack of enforcement. Illegal immigration is one such root issue that has widespread consequences that stem from lack of en forcement. As a resident of Abaco for many years, and having spent time here as a youth, I have seen the ripple effect that lack of enforcement has brought to this is lands society. It is the 800 pound gorilla everyone talks about from time to time yet there is no hope that it will be dealt with. (the largest people group entering ille gally) are numerous shanty towns unau thorized makeshift slums built of plywood and scrap lumber and lacking proper sani tation. While New Providence claims that, at last count, they are believed to have 37 shanty towns, Abaco claims some of the largest in size. The Mudd and Pigeon Pea two shanty towns that sit side by side in the heart of Marsh Harbour are home to thousands of illegal immigrants. Obviously these large illegal com munities did not spring up overnight but took a course of decades to develop. As best as can be learned the genesis of these particular communities in Abaco started four or more decades ago during the more successful years of agriculture in Abaco. It is believed that the door to Hai tian migrants was cracked open by Scott and Matson (S&M) Farms during the late 1950s when S & M bought the Crockett acreage and brought in Haitians or pos sibly found enough here to meet their needs. Initially the farms brought in only male workers, but eventually wives, siblings and children were sent for and smuggled in. sion was granted for a house to be built on the southern side of what is now called the Pigeon Peas to a Haitian migrant named Arnold. In a matter of a few years a small shanty town appeared as more Haitians but permission from the property owner whose land bordered the area that came to be known as the Pigeon Peas. Nearby Pigeon Pea was the Marsh Harbour Primary School, since aban Opinion remember as a child being able to see the small shanty town of Pigeon Pea from the not large. On the northwest side of the softball The name came about because that is where the dredge pumped the spoil when it dredged a channel into the harbour of Marsh Harbour in the 1960s. The land, which is Crown Land, was a low lying swamp and still to this day mud each time it rains. In the early 1980s one had to wander far along overgrown Over the next decade the two shanty towns grew tremendously as more family members and others seeking work and a new life in the prosperous island of Abaco made their way across sometimes treach erous waters. Recognizing the growing problem of shanty towns and illegal immigration in Marsh Harbour a group of people came together to form a group called Abaco Concerned Citizens. This group, and many others who have tried since to deal with the same issue, fell short of their goals in stopping the expansion of these towns due to resistance from central gov ernment. group of citizens tried to legally put a stop to and control these illegal communities there has been no change except now the problem is bigger and further entrenched. Almost anyone you speak to concerning these shanty towns has no hope that the situation will ever be resolved. With these shanty towns being built in plain view could it be said that the gov ernment agencies are aiding and abetting? Previous to their move to the new govern ment complex in Central Abaco the De partment of Immigration was located just a few hundred feet away from arguably the largest shanty town in The Bahamas. Beyond occasional raids on the com munities little else is done to deal with il legal migrants. Meanwhile tensions rise between locals and the migrants that inhabit these shanty towns. The complaints are numer ous and the solutions are wanting as a sense of fear grows that something may ignite the powder keg and create a larger, more contentious situation. Social order erodes as enforcement agencies neglect the issues at hand. To many the shanty towns have be come a blight on the map of Central Ab aco. An area that poses a serious health risk to the residents of the shanty town and the surrounding communities alike due to open cesspits and outside toilets in Its an area that is a hazardous mess of electrical and telephone wires which are strewn from tree to home and run across the tops of roads and paths. The as poorly constructed wooden structures are built sometimes inches apart; the last Its also home to many illegal activi ties and has become a haven for both local and foreign criminals. There are reports of underage prostitution, drugs and weap ons among other contraband being avail able in The Mudd. There are also numerous infractions of the law as immigrants squat on private and government property, build without permits, operate unlicensed businesses and illegally share phones, cable and elec tricity. The continued lack of enforcement of numerous laws has led to frustration among Bahamians who say it is unjust to require Bahamians to follow the rule of law while illegal immigrants break the same laws with apparent impunity. Even now there are numerous homes built in The Mudd by Bahamians who have dared government agencies to stop them and there are some who actually live there while others have built and rented to the residents of the area. What are the solutions to this unre lenting dilemma? Do we round everyone up and ship them all out? Do we regular ize everyone? Do we allow them to buy/ build homes legally in low cost areas? It is impossible to adequately touch on the issues, let alone to address plausi ble solutions to an intricately complicated problem that has grown over the past four decades. Now central government says it has plans to deal with the issue of shanty towns and illegal immigrants. Minister of Immigration, Fred Mitchell announced that in one year work permits for common labourers will not be granted. While it appears a promising solu tion the question quickly arises as to who An Unrelenting Problem move? The majority of Bahamians refuse to do common labour and some would even rather be unemployed than to do cer tain tasks labelled as Haitian work. Whatever the promises are from government, irrespective of political loy alties, the majority of Bahamians have lost faith that those elected will deal with this issue. Meanwhile Mr. Mitchell says the issue of shanty towns is more complex than it seems because these communities have their protectors throughout the elite class of the country. The Prime Minis ter, Perry Christie, also notes that histori cally governments have lacked the politi cal will to tackle this issue. The issue of illegal immigration, es pecially as regards Haitian migrants, is a much layered one. It is impossible to cover adequately all the numerous issues and sub-issues relevant. The question of who to blame often comes up and to look at the whole pic ture there are people to blame from regu lar citizens who are exploiting or making money from transportation and cheap la making extra money on the side to politi cians who either lack the will or use the situation for political gain; we all have a part to play in the problem as it is today. The onus is on us to work together for the right solution. The one thing we must not do is let it continue as is.

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April 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 the back porch of The Manse. Patrick Bethel is running an Auction for the an nual Missionary Meeting. Homemade items await on the table (jams, cakes and fudge). By Lee Pinder Epworth Chapel is just one more of our old landmarks that has to be preserved for future generations of Bahamians. And just like the W.W. Sands Community Cen ter which was restored in 2004 with the communitys help and dedicated to one of our local pillars of society. Mr. Walter Sands was the local Justice of the Peace, the principal of the old school and a local preacher at the Methodist Church. The communitys latest endeavour is the building of a local Clinic to have a place for the Government Health Provider to visit with some of its ageing population; the people of Cherokee Sound have shown their good stewardship, steadfast determi nation and capabilities to get a job done. Now the Methodist church in Chero kee is in much need of repairs, and once again the community is coming together to save and restore this local landmark. The Methodist Church was built in Cherokee Sound in 1827, quite a few years Joseph Ward arrived in 1816. We have more recently become a member of the Ba hamas Conference of Methodist Churches (BCMC) which was only founded twenty years ago and who now have mostly Ba hamian Ministers serving in their 35 other churches throughout the Bahamas. How ever, we understand that worship services had been held in private homes in Chero and at some point a house was re-built on the original site and the new church was moved to its larger and more central loca tion where it is today. This second church was then de stroyed by a hurricane in 1932. It was a larger than the existing church with the walls extending out to the foundation holding the buttresses and built of wood, yet beautiful with stained glass windows with two sets of doors on either end of the church, two on the eastern end and two on the west. At that time, the Brethren Church also had a large following in Cherokee, but closed their doors when they did not have a regular Pastor to lead them and discon tinued their meetings some time after The Assemblies of God church was built here in the late 1940s. Today only the two churches are still here and both are active in the community. Prior to the 1970s most ministers came to the Bahamas from England since the Methodist work was a part of the Meth odist Missionary Society of England. The to the Abaco Circuit by the MCCA was Charles Sweeting during the 1970s and who later went on to become President of the BCMC. Then, like now, local preachers were the mainstay of the churches, but due to hard economic times a large portion of the residents abandoned the Out Islands and went in search of more gainful employ ment. The sponging industry died out and the sailing smacks. While many residents left the faith ful local preachers carried on the work of God. Men like Walter Sands, teacher and History & Heritage local Justice of the Peace, Granville Bethel and Hilland Sands, both boat Captains, Arnold Sands, shop keeper, Joe Albury (Pa Joe), Whitney Pinder, boat builder and farmer and Stanley Bethel, local constable were all lay-preachers at one time or an other. These men stayed in Cherokee and were the adhesive that held the community together throughout the lean years. Some moved to Nassau with family members, while others persons went to the Florida was building his railroad, which was later also destroyed by a hurricane. Many workmen lost their lives during that time, but some of those who survived can still claim Bahamian roots and their family members come to Abaco to cel ebrate their annual Heritage Day Festival or whenever there is a Cherokee Day Celor they come back on vacations in search of their family members. Burrel Sands kept a home in Cherokee until the early 1980s and came back to preach whenever he could and even Benjamin Sawyer, Cherokees Master Boat Builder, preached on occasion, when called upon. Children, grand-children and great-grand-children of these dedicated men, remember a different way of life, and kindness, one where neighbour helped timeless lessons taught on a Sunday after noon at the Methodist Sunday school where all the children attended, whether the fam ily members were church goers or not. ishing with over 400 residents, the largest settlement in Abaco back then. The Chero kee church also has many unique traditions that they have kept over the years. First, and foremost is their missionary boat The John Wesley (which is the last remaining missionary boat left in Abaco) and even though it was retired to the attic of the Manse for many years and fell into a sad state of disrepair, it is again taken out once each year during Missionary Meetings. This is an age-old tradition where the church raises monies through their members savings banks, collections and auctions in order to meet their charitable greater community. The little savings banks were handed out to the children who would take them around the community every Saturday morning to collect pennies for Missions. Those children who collected the most received little badges of achievement, for which they were very proud. The Missions boat was hand carved out of tamarind wood by a member of the church sometime around the late 1800s and was always a big part of the Mission ary Meetings. Each year a Captain and crew were appointed to man the boat, pull it around the settlement on its wagon and collect items for auction. It may have been a freshly baked pie or loaf of bread or a that morning. All added to the excitement of the day and this boat still holds a place of honour in the church near the podium and is a nostalgic reminder of days gone by. Saving the old landmarks of Cherokee: Part I Above: the back porch of The Manse. Patrick Bethel is running an Auction for the an-

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