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Publisher: Bradley Albury
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 05-15-2013
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00093713/00242
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Title: Abaconian
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Bradley Albury
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 05-15-2013
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Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 10 MAY 15th, 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 Timothy Roberts The Ninth Annual Island Roots Heri tage Festival (IRHF) in Green Turtle Cay overcame challenging weather conditions, including a waterspout turned tornado, to host yet another successful event Abaco Style on May 3 and 4. Though an early rain shower at the beginning of the day and a waterspout turned tornado landed just after the open ing ceremony completed in the evening the rest of the three-day event continued un daunted and was enjoyed by all who came whether from abroad or locally. The Festival had a host of events taking place all starting with the opening prayer and national anthems of both The Bahamas and The United States of Amer ica. There were myriad activities through out the weekend with something for every one whether participating or just spectating including several tug-of-war matches with children and adults taking part. A popular event during the Festival was top spinning and pegging which gave a number of children the ability to show off their expertise and allowed some Island Roots Heritage Festival beats drum of history By Mirella Santillo On May 13, Mr. John W Dinkelman, Charge dAffaires at the United States Em bassy in Nassau, visited Abaco, accompa nied by his son Michael and Educational Aide Katie Roach. Mr. Dinkelman had come to Abaco at the invitation of Every Child Counts Director Lyn Major who had asked for his sponsorship in the Special Olympics Torch Run. The US Embassy delegation was met at the Airport Roundabout at 9:00 am by US Embassy Charge dAffaires carries Special Olympics Torch for ECC representatives of Every Child Counts -teachers, parents and athletesand by Ma rine William Bateman and Reams Powers from Tennessee, vacationing on the island with their families. They had found out about the Special Olympics Torch Run and had decided to participate. With the torch held high by the Unit ed States Charge d Affaires, the group Please see Torch Page 5 Simmons Construction road repair contract expanded To begin work on airport roundabout Simmons Construction, who had been contracted to repair problem areas on Central Abacos roads, has been directed to carry out repairs on the airport roundabout in Marsh Harbour to connect the roads in a three phase project. As of press time the amount the original contract of $1.3 million has been increased by was not released. The airport roundabout was not in the original scope of works for Simmons and co. See page 16 for more details. Above: Students of ECC and supporters during the Special Olympics Torch Run ceremony. Please see IRHF Page 2 Above: the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marching Band performing for the crowds at Green Turtle Cays Island Roots Heritage Fes tival. Many fun events and performances greeted visitors.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com adults to rejuvenate their skills. The chil dren were also given the chance to compete in a lime and spoon race for prizes as well as participate in a historical scavenger hunt during the day. A conch breaking contest was also held as a couple of men and a trio of wom en got a quick lesson and then was given the chance to compete against each other. Children from the settlement put on Pole, a centuries old British tradition, and then helped the audience to get in on the plaiting too. There was also a variety of fun and cultural entertainment throughout the The Cays IRHF From Page 1 weekend from the improvisational com edy provided through Island Waves Com munity Center to the ever popular Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marching and Pop Bands as well as performances by Amy Roberts Primary School and the Tiny Turtles during the day. At night guests were entertained by a variety of Bahamian musicians including Tea Time, Brown Tip Rake and Scrape, New Entry Band, The Gully Roosters and the Bahamian legend Eddie Minnis in addition to being treated with the colorful and beautiful sights and sounds of Junk anoo by Junior Junkanoo Champions For est Heights and the local Green Turtle Cay little Island Slammers. The weekend was concluded by an ecumenical service held under the tent at Settlement Point where churches from Green Turtle Cay came together and gave thanks. The service featured singing by the Church of God and the New Plymouth Gospel Chapel and Rev. Charles Carey of the Methodist Church gave the sermon. During the weekend the Festival was attended to by three lovely Loyalist ladies dressed in authentic time period dresses. They participated in several events and helped organize and run several activities. Throughout Friday and Saturday a number of informative talks were carried such as information on native habitats by the Bahamas National Trust and family tree research by Peter Roberts along with a video presentation by Sandra Riley on the Taino people. The family tree research group lead by Peter Roberts set up in the Gospel Cha pel Education Hall where they took saliva samples for DNA tests and assisted persons There was also a talk on Abacos his tory by Forest Heights teacher and Hope Town native, Shane Cash while at the Cap tain Roberts Environmental Center bush medicine garden they shared information on bush medicine and made some native tea. The opening ceremony commenced with Sir Peter Anderson, Secretary Gen Above: no Bahamian cultural event would be complete without a game of dominoes. Above: conch cracking is a serious sport. Several ladies are cheered on to see who can retrieve the conch meat the fastest. Please see Roots Page 10

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 FURNITURE PLUS roundabout led by a policeman on a motor Several groups of people had volun teered to carry the torch, so there were eleven relay stations and the Torch passed nal destination on the grounds of ECC. Students from Forest Heights Acad emy, St Francis de Sales and Wesley Col lege, a representative from the Rotary Club of Abaco, volunteers from the Hope Town Fire and Rescue Department, from the Po lice as well as other community members took the relay. The torch was picked up at Abaco Gas by Detective Boyd who passed it to Ashanti Duncanson and Gregory Whymms from St Francis de Sales running with their teacher Georgia William. It then went to Forest Heights Academys teacher Tia Knowles accompanied by two students Ian Knowles and Charlie Cash. From there it went to Rayanne Dawn Malone, a local business employee and to several Ryerson University students on residence at ECC from Canada. Finally Hope Town Fire and Rescue Departments Bonnie Hall and Tami Cash held it for a leg and gave it to Wesley Colleges Charles Carey Jr. and Troy Seymour. By then the runners (walkers) had reached Front Street where Ann-Mary Moss Koops was waiting with a group of students to cheer the participants and pick up the Torch for the last leg. by Detective Boyds son, Domenico, with runners and students following. They were received at the school with applauds and ovations. Mr. Dinkelman, who had been wait by Lyn Major who thanked him for his presence and invited him to speak. I brought my son Michael and our friend Katie to see what a great place ECC was. said Mr. Dinkelman, adding I love coming to Abaco because everybody cares about one another. His address was followed by a musi cal show put on by several ECC students. Vincent Major performed a lively interpre tation of Michael Jacksons Billy Jean. There was a duet by Eric and Myron Saw yer; a solo by little Quayshawn Cheramin and a poem read by Rosemeleine Baptiste. Ronel Escarment, did a perfect and heart felt rendition of a popular song which brought tears to peopleeyes. He was ac claimed warmly for his performance. Tre neil Brice who had walked from the round about to the school only using a walker and The show ended around lunch time and by then the hungry could purchase an Italian lunch of Lasagna, baked Zitti or Spaghetti. The money from the lunch sale is to help with the expenses of taking the ath letes to Nassau to participate in the Special Olympics taking place the weekend of June 15. That participation requires funding that the school and many parents cannot fully afford. The coordinator for the event, ECC art teacher Nicole de Nardin, explained that the Torch Run was held ahead of the Special Olympics to involve Abaco and raise awareness in the event. Participating in The Special Olym pics, she said, is not only about competing but also about getting the students involved in a community bigger than the school. It is an opportunity for them to see that they are not alone in their struggle, hence the necessity of community support. Central & All Abaco Torch From Page 1 Government seeks consultations on a By Timothy Roberts The Department of Marine Resourc es, with the support of the EU-funded ACP Fish II Programme, is working to develop a new Fisheries Act for The Bahamas. The purpose behind drafting a new management in The Bahamas and to create a modem, robust and effective legal frame work that will best serve the needs and in The ACP FISH II Programme is a pean Development Fund on behalf of ACP of states) countries. The aim of the pro ment in ACP countries so as to ensure that these countries are exploited in a sustain able manner. With the assistance of two interna tional legal experts, the Department will develop a new draft Act and will consult widely with stakeholders through a series of meetings, community consultations and a National Consultation in order to ensure all views are accommodated in the new legislation. of Marine Resources will organize a series of community consultations in order to en communities. They will have meetings in Grand Cay and Marsh Harbour on May 30 and in Sandy Point and Mount Hope on May 31. The purposes of the Community Consultations are to outline the planned consultation and drafting process, provide an overview of the proposals for the new Fisheries Act, and obtain comments, sug gestions and views from stakeholders on well as the proposals presented. The Department is reaching out to men, processors and exporters as well as tives; anyone who has an interest or a stake in the Fishing Industry. The drafting of a new Fisheries Act will be implemented through a series of activities starting with pre-consultation meetings with the Department for Marine Resources and other stakeholders in Nas sau and the Family Islands. The group will compile a Status Re port, analyzing the current situation and ing initial recommendations on the content for the draft Fisheries Act. Then they will hold a series of community consultations, in twelve locations, to enable stakeholders to input views and suggestions for the draft Fisheries Act. A National Consultation, on the draft Act which will be organized by the De partment of Marine Resources, with the support of the project team and a National Validation Workshop, to be held in Nas sau, at which a revised draft Act (taking account of the results of the National Con sultation) will be presented and discussed with key stakeholders. Finally they will complete the Draft Fisheries Act, taking account of the results of the National Workshop. The Community Consultation process Nassau, expected to be on 22 May, by the Please see Fisheries Page 6

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian May 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 Prime Minister. Consultation Meetings and Times: May 30: Grand Cay 12pm Marsh Harbour, Parish Hall 6:30pm May 31: Sandy Point, JA Pinder School 6:30pm Mount Hope, New Hope Baptist 6:30pm Ferry Service and transportation will be provided for those who need it from the Cays. Call 699-0202 for more informa tion. Central & All Abaco Fisheries From Page 5 Dominoes tournament a big part of community By Canishka Alexander Half Check is the meeting place for a rousing game of dominoes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Murphy Town every day once the weather permits. Traditionally, a group of about 50 men make up the Half Check Association with eight teams represented whenever tournaments are held. Association Leader Rockland Boodle agreed that dominoes is recreational for them, and that it is an event that brings them together in the community. On Tues days, grilled food is prepared and served, and the men pool their funds together to purchase drinks. Chicken souse, wild boar and dough, pig feet souse and crab soup are customary items served on the menu courtesy of Jason Davis, an association leader. Association Leaders Boodle and Da vis have been responsible for the organi zation of tournaments, and then there are a few members, namely Nesbitt and Mc Bride, who help to control the book scor ing. Don Wilmott, a member, said that there are always those people who think they can avenge themselves, but end up getting beat every time. He elicits a round of laughter from his colleagues based on that statement even the ones he is referring to. The tour naments are organized to be fair straight across the board for everybody involved. tournaments, and trophies are awarded for The rules allow one player to sit down for at least 20 games as long as he contin ues to wins, so the winners stay down, and losers get up. The fee schedule for play ers in the tournament is $10 per player and $20 to partner. There is also an agreement among the players to pay $10 every week as a form of dues to help the association to grow. Under the elongated branches of a coconut tree that casts shade over the roof of the dominoe shack where the men con gregate, a sense of camaraderie looms over them during their games even though they are opponents looking to secure a win. Ex citement builds as the seated players check their dominoes in hand for their next play slamming down their pieces on the tabletop satisfyingly. Wilmott said they plan to contact teams from Nassau, Grand Bahama, Eleu thera, Exuma, Jamaica and the United States to come over to Abaco to play in tournaments. Within the next two months, they are hoping to rent one of the halls on the island to get a team from Nassau to par ticipate. It will be an island-wide event, and we are looking for the best players throughout the islands, Wilmott assured. And best players means that the tour nament is open to anyone who can play, and that includes females. Above: a few members of the Half Check Dominoes Association Abaco Sporting Complex on the Horizon By Timothy Roberts A representative from the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture along with a multi-agency team to meet with a small group of stakeholders to discuss ideas for a sporting facility in Abaco on May 9. Eugene Poitier, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture explained that the government is seeking to increase the countrys ability to develop new talent and manage elite talent by building sporting complexes at interna tional standards on several island in The Bahamas. He also said that this is a front burn er project for the government and that they are indeed working to not just acquire ideas, needs and wants from each location but will be working to design, build, equip and manage the facilities. He said this initial visit was designed to visit the site and to meet with stakehold ers to help us with our planning process and to help us develop our vision board for a sporting complex here in Abaco. Abaco is slated to be the home of the Integrated Building Services (IBS) who was contracted to serve as master planning, Civil Engineer designer, construction man agement and project quality control for the Ministry. Please see Sporting Page 7

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Central & All Abaco Sporting From Page 5 Nick Dean, Principal of IBS, said This is a part of the governments project to increase the level of sporting awareness, activity and expertise on the family islands and hopefully increasing our resource pool when it comes to selecting national teams. We also want to, like Jamaica, en courage our elite athletes to return home and train here instead of living abroad, he added. The stakeholders present were asked for input into the type of facilities they would like to see for Abaco and that their advice would be taken into consideration within the budget they have been allowed. softball and baseball, soccer and swim ming. Mr. Dean noted that they plan to en sure that within their budget that they will be able to build and equip the facilities as well as make sure the facilities is managed After the discussion the team visited the proposed site in Murphy Town next to Abaco Central High School to assess the facilities and the land available. The team included representatives from BEC and Water and Sewerage as well as a consul Abaco is projected to receive a sport complex in Central Abaco and Moors Is land is slated to receive a proper track and gram are Eleuthera and Exuma. Marsh Harbour Town Committee By David Ralph Roving Reporter The Marsh Harbour Town Commit tee met on April 10 at the new Adminis tration building with seven of their nine members present. The Central Abaco District Council is made up of the three towns of Marsh Har bour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town. The statutory boards that serve this area are made up of representatives from the three towns. However, there is little com munity interest in serving on these boards and they seldom meet. The chairman of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee suggested that the du ties of these boards be turned over to the relevant government agency to accommo date progress. Another member did not want to give up oversight entirely as many items coming up need community input or oversight. Nassau does not know the spe able community decisions. The boards are Town Planning, Port Authority and Hotel Licensing. Local governments oversight and au thority for issuing shop licenses and liquor licenses was taken away last year. Port be assigned to the Port Department as the Local Government Port Board has not met in many months. This means that proj ects for docks and other coastal improve ments cannot proceed without permission. The Administrator asked that mem bers consider the Local Government Act for suggested changes or amendments as it is under review for possible changes. Members were unanimous in want ing to be designated a District III Council that would include just Marsh Harbour and Spring City. This would follow the prece dent set for the Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town Districts. District III Councils do not have statutory boards but handle all town matters themselves. The chairman asked members to sup port her desire that Marsh Harbour be as signed a meeting location within their town different locations for their meetings with in the Government Complex. The admin istrator felt that access to the large board room adjacent to the Prime Ministers of best location. The chairman presented a January press release by the Minister of the Envi ronment and Housing on governments ini tiative on ridding the country of immigrant shanty towns. She asked the administrator to get more information on this initiative and how it would impact the immigrant ar eas on Abaco. Continued new construction in the Mudd settlement adjacent to the bypass road was mentioned. In one instance the space between two close houses has been enclosed and a door added, giving a new space to rent. Questions were asked on how this type of illegal expansion can be stopped. Members were concerned that the airport tower must be raised by 20 feet to comply with international regulations. If this is correct, this will require a special crane to come from Freeport to lift the top cab off so the tower can be heightened. Then the crane will have to return later to put the top back on. The crane is alleged to cost about $300,000 per trip. Members are suggesting that offending pine trees be cut allowing better visibility. An excess water bill for Spring City building was discussed. This government building was originally used as a school by the Owens Illinois sugar operation. It then Abaco. Now it houses several entities. Apparently a single water-meter serves a bar and a laundromat, both private businesses, as well as public restrooms uti lized by the bar. The nine-month bill will be paid, but the Town Committee is re questing that separate water connections be installed. The Town Committee member from Spring City asked for funding for a privacy fence to separate the bar patrons from the children using the public restroom and the ship money remaining in the budget, vari ous members will personally contribute to have approximately 16 feet of privacy fence put in place.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Moderation 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 Community Calendar hind Sea Spray Elbow Cay) If you werent to the Green Turtle Cay Island Roots Heritage Festival a couple weekends ago you missed out. It is the granddaddy of all the Abaco Cays heritage festivals. And thats saying a lot coming from a Hope Town kid. While I wouldnt say Hope Town and Green Turtle have an amorphous, friendly rivalry going on, I will say this: there seems to be two types of visitors to our cays those who call New Plymouth their home base and then those who wouldnt trade the El bow Cay Lighthouse for anything else in the world. Of course this is an exag geration. But there is a point in there somewhere. Im too tired from think ing about our terrible, shameful roads That being said, I had a fantastic time in Green Turtle for the Heritage Festival. The crowds were impressive. The entertainment lively. The food delight fully Bahamian (read: extra greasy with double portions.)And the schedul ing was obviously painstakingly orga nized by those involved. It is both impressive and encour aging to know the passion exists to get a festival of this magnitude off the ground. Its a festival so fun it spills over into another country, that is New Plymouths sister city in Key West, Florida. It demonstrated everything thats right with our country. The comradery among locals and visitors. The back to your roots feeling from seeing visitors from all across Abaco and The Bahamas living it up with each other during the several day event. The fact that Bahamians still buy into and invest into these events is a feel-good indica tor that we still hold our culture dear. Its a good thing we have culture to rely on in this country, because we certainly wont have money very much longer. Not the government, because its wasting money and political capital on road repair projects that dont actu ally repair anything for the long term. And certainly not us. Because when we are not, collectively, pumping millions into the central government we are re placing our vehicles and renting cranes to pull them out of these craters. Im sorry. Im writing about the roads again. I shouldnt worry so much. Surely if we all keep quiet things will work out best for Abaco. But thats not what I saw in Green Turtle. What I saw at the Festival was one community reaching out to the others. And the other communities responding. I saw people who wanted something, who had something to be proud of, make things happen. You can see it all over Abaco. Every set tlement has the spirit of Do. As in, We can do this. It is not the blindness of unwaver ing pride in our island that will build us. It is not nave, uncoordinated ef fort that will bring us progress. And it is not angry demands unattached to reality that will get us what these com munities need. But listen. We can be proud of Abaco. We can do things for Abaco. And we can demand better for Abaco. It is the spirit of these things that build successful heritage festivals. And it is the moderation of these things that can build Abaco.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Road Repairs? What Road Repairs! Dear Editor: I want to address a situation I am sure all Abaconians, especially those who live in, work at and traverse through Marsh Harbour, are upset about; the state of the roads in Marsh Harbour and the poor pav ing job that is going on. I am bothered for several reasons. First, the government hired yet again a company from out of town to do a job that we have persons more than capable of do ing. That is certainly cost prohibitive as the company from Nassau has to bring equip ment and personnel to Abaco incurring ad ditional costs in transportation and housing among other things. Second, the quality of the work is abysmal. I dont like to put down someone elses work, but it appears to me (and Im not alone in my assessment) that this com pany does not have any experience in road paving at all. It appears they are on their third attempt to resurface the area in front of Memorial Plaza. Third, I think it is a major waste of OUR money; $1.3 million and we know there are always cost overruns. Its a waste because we keep hearing that the govern ment will indeed pave from the Airport Roundabout to (or almost to) Alburys Fer ry at the Crossing with Hot Mix. If indeed that is so why not just let the Ministry of Works do one of the jobs they are here for and patch the pot holes until the hot Mix paving starts? Alternatively, if they are not indeed going to pave our roads with Hot Mix then Letters to the Editor this quality of work again is a waste of money. It has been shown time and time that the quality cannot withstand a decent rain. So if we get no Hot Mix we are con demned to worse roads than when they started and a $1.3 million (or more) bill that OUR tax dollars are paying for! Is anyone from the Ministry of Works actually monitoring the work? Are we hon estly to believe the excuse that the weather and people driving over it is what set them back? I have noted on several occasions they have done work to the portion of road at Memorial Plaza on days that if you checked the weather you know we are going to have rain. If you cannot properly polices assistance. Abaco is sick and tired of getting less than we deserve, and it seems we are al ways getting the end of the stick the smells bad! -Irate Abaconian Hope Town Helpers Hope Town is described by most as a one-of-a-kind vacation destination, but what goes on behind the scenes? Locals do their best to accommodate all of the on coming visitors, but who is in charge of helping out the locals? That is usually the job of the Community Helpers. isnt it? Hope Town is one of the more popular Family Islands, bringing in more money than most and it seems as though we get rewarded with a nurse who is constantly being summoned back to Marsh Harbour which makes her of no use to the locals who cant just hop on a ferry every time bogus charges. Hope Town needs a nurse who will enjoy being here and who will stick around long enough to get to know the locals, instead of just being here part time. Hope Town needs a new Police Of switched every 6 (six) months and the one we have now has exceeded that and seems as though he has a become too comfort able, we were not looking for a someone to bully the locals around, just a Police Of If Hope Town can be described as a one-of-a-kind vacation destination to tour ist then why cant it be a one-of-a-kind liv ing destination for locals? This was not written to bash the helpers of this community, it was simply written to shine some light. -Concerned in Hope Town No Service, No Pride Dear Editor: As a frequent passenger on a cer tain ferry operating in Marsh Harbour, it is with great sadness that we are seeing a dramatic and steady decline in an opera tion that was once one of the best run busi nesses in The Bahamas. At one time this ferry service was the life-blood of Abaco, serving and supporting the residents of Abaco. Today, I would suggest that the word "Service" not be associated with this business. Under new ownership, services that were once provided by courteous and at tentive employees gradually became a thing of the past and new policies are at tempting to run the business as if it were an airline. I would suggest that the owners take a closer look at their ferry operation and its policies and realize that even small er airlines serving Abaco offer much more than their business does. When customers arrive at the dock no employees are present until minutes before departure, nor are there signs to tell them which dock and what boat will take them to their destination. Ultimately, customers are "greeted" by employees who clearly lack respect and genuine appreciation for customers. Customers now pay $5 for each bag beyond 3 bags, regardless of weight or size. To add insult to injury, customers now tote their own luggage and drivers are rarely on hand to help load bags into the boat or offer assistance. The unprofessional attire and casual attitude of personnel does nothing to boost now pay $10 round trip for each pet that must remain in a kennel. Keeping up with maintenance has evidently become a chal lenge and often boats belch oily smoke, broken windows are the norm and heavily damaged rub rails are the result of careless or inept drivers. There are few ferries around the world that charge more and provide less for a 20 minute ferry ride. It is apparent little interest in providing a service that was once the pride of Abaco. -Unhappy Passenger More Letters see Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 Abaco Hardware eral of the Conch Republic (also known as Key West), blowing the conch shell and was also attended by Key West Mayor Craig Cates. Mr. Cates said he was glad to be a part of the festivities and is proud of his Bahamian ancestry his grandfather was from Rock Sound, Eleuthera and his grandmothers family was from Elbow Cay and Key West is proud of their Ba hama Roots. moved to Key West he meet amazing peo ple known as Conchs who he said were the most beautiful, welcoming and won derful people on earth. The Cays Roots From Page 2 Neil Campbell, North Abaco Admin istrator and keynote speaker, said it is the governments objective through formal and informal education that we will fully un derstand and appreciate our culture and the heritage of our language, music, expres sions, food, religion and myths. He noted the wonderful bond of the sister cities of Green Turtle Cay and Key West that has forged the special annual festival. It is my belief that through the ex pression of music, dance, art, storytelling and the like, coupled with mouthwatering food and warm hospitality the linkage be tween our European and African ancestry is preserved and celebrated. Karen McIntosh, IRHF Commit tee Chairman, gave special thanks for the strong support she gets from her committee and also from the Ministry of Tourism in producing the festival year after year. She also shared thanks for Mr. Campbell and the local government of Green Turtle Cay. She noted that Settlement Point had been destroyed twice by hurricanes since the last Festival in 2011, but thanks to the commitment and effort of Randy and Rody Sawyer the park was restored complete with electricity and water in time for the event. She thanked all those in the commu nity who have taken pride in their history and their community as they prepared to host the festival and all the visitors. Above: the crowd was quick to join in the festivities. Above: Stephen Lowe practices for the top spinning competition by balancing a spinning top on hand. Man O War Cay Fire and Rescue Association debuts Lil Amber By Jennifer Hudson The Man O War Cay Fire and Rescue Association was started in 2000 when the ing in the deaths of three people including a young child, was the result of a faulty generator after Hurricane Floyd. from Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and brought over to the cay. It was discovered, manageable on those tiny roads and that it would not be possible to reach many of the homes in that truck. The decision was made, therefore, several months ago to transport the Hahn truck over to Marsh Harbour for the use of their Fire Depart ment. According to Man O Wars Fire Chief, Mr. Roy Russell, that truck is an excellent pumper. Mr. Russell realized that what was needed on Man O War Cay was a much more compact vehicle capable of getting into all the nooks and crannies of the cay since all the roads are actually golf cart paths. He therefore set about designing a purpose built vehicle. He began with a golf cart which is larger and sturdier than the normal everyday run around vehicle and Please see Fire Page 21

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 Standard Hard Central & All Abaco Simmons alerts public to road construction detours Above: Phase 2 and Phase 3 of Bill Simmons Constructions upcoming road repair project at the airport roundabout. Phase 1 details the area before beginning their effort to connect the work done on the airport terminal roads and the main highway. Bill Simmons Construction was signed on by the government for a $1.3 million project to repair certain roads in the vicinity of Dundas Town, Murphy Town and Marsh Harbour earlier in the year. The miles of patching and sealing work in Cen tral Abaco. The airport roundabout project is seemingly in addition to the original four month contract signed in January. The construction will occur primarily in three phases. Bill Simmons Construc tion is awaiting the Bahamas Electricity the area before proceeding. A spokesman for the company indicated it would begin shortly. During the construction detours will be made around blocked off sections of road. The expected detours are shown to the left and on page 1. Over the past four months Simmons road repair crews have worked on several stretches of road throughout Central Aba co. Notably, earlier in May residents and business owners near expressed frustration and outrage due to their perception of the quality of work being carried out. An area of particular concern to residents was the stretch of road in front of Memorial Plaza. Its disgusting. We have people on this island who could do a hundred times better job than what Ive seen. It is worse now than before they started repairing it, an anonymous resident of the area said. Please see Roads Page 21

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 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 Shopbreaking At 6:40am on April 11 a female resi dent of Spring City, Abaco, reported that person(s) broke into her shop located Don McKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Po lice investigation continues. Causing Harm male of Fox Lane, Dundas Town, reported that on the same day, at about 3:06pm his son of same address was struck to the head with an object by another student while at a local high school in Abaco. Police investi gation into this matter is continuing. Stealing At 11:50am on April 13 a 44 year old female of Dundas Town, reported that a 33 Coby TV was missing from a local motel in Marsh Harbour. Police investiga tion continues. Housebreaking (Suspects Arrested) female of Hope Town, Abaco reported that sometime between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the same day some unknown person en tered her residence and stole cash. Police investigation continues. Two suspects were arrested and are assisting the police with their investigations into this matter. Possession of Unlicensed Firearm, Ammunition and Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Suspect Arrested and Charged) Marsh Harbour Police Station arrested one Jerry Sanon of the Pigeon Peas in reference ammunition and possession of dangerous one black escort shotgun with four shotgun ammunition and one silver .32 revolver with brown handle with one .32 ammu nition. The suspect was also found with a small plastic bag containing marijuana. He attended court on April 29, where he pleaded guilty to the offence of possession sess of dangerous drugs. Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Suspect Arrested and Charged) Marsh Harbour Police Station and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) while on pa trol in the area of Christie Street, Dundas Town observed a group of males near a known drug area acting suspicious. Upon away hastily acting very suspicious. He was caught and searched and found in pos session of dangerous drugs, namely mari juana. The suspect was later charged for the offence and scheduled for court on May 1. Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Suspect Arrested and Charged) On Friday, April 26 sometime around lice Station and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) while on patrol in the area of Christie Street Dundas Town observed a to act suspiciously. As a result the male was searched and found in possession of dangerous drugs namely marijuana. The suspect was charged for the of fence and scheduled to attend magistrates court on April 29. Shopbreaking & Stealing old male of Treasure Cay reported that and 9:00am on April 25 some unknown person(s) broke into a teaching institution and stole a JVC C-210 stereo system from a classroom. Police investigation contin ues. Attempted Stealing and Causing Damages At 2:00pm on April 24 a 56 year old male of Crossing Rocks and employee at a local port department reported that some time around 9:30am on the same date a man known to him gained access to the storage area of that establishment by cut ting a hole in the fence and was caught at tempting to steal parts from a vehicle. Po lice investigation continues. Assault (Suspect Arrested and Charged) female of Spring City reported that a lady know to her came to her residence creating a disturbance and assaulted her. m.h.p.s. Arrested the suspect a 33 year old female also of Spring City in refer The accused was interviewed and charged. Causing Harm (Suspect Arrested and Charged) old male of Murphy Town reported that sometime around 6:00pm on the same date while in the Mudd a male known to him hit him across the eye with a metal object. Police arrested the suspect a 45 year old male of the Mudd and the investigation continues. Causing Harm (Suspect Arrested and Charged) At 5:50am on April 20 a 53 year old male of Murphy Town reported that sometime around 9:00pm on the same date while returning home from the government clinic his step-son beat him about the body because he came home late. Police arrested and charged the suspect in this matter and the investigation continues. Stealing from a Vessel A 43 year old male of Marsh Har bour, Abaco reported that sometime be known person(s) entered a vessel at Marsh sions. Police action requested. Investiga tions are continuing into this matter. Disorderly Behavior, Obscene Language & Failing to Give Name (Suspect arrested and charged) lice Station arrested a 26 year old male of Simms Drive Murphy Town for disorderly behavior, obscene language and failing to give his name and address. He was arrest ed at the Resident of his girlfriend at Mur phy Town. He is expected to be charged for these offences. Unlawful Possession Station arrested a 15 year old juvenile of the Pigeon Peas, Marsh Harbour ,Abaco for being in possession of a black IBM think Pad laptop in which he could not give a satisfactory account where he get it from. He was reported arrested in the area of the Abaco Shopping Center situated on Don McKay Blvd Marsh Harbour. He is expected to be charged for this offence. Obstruction Station Hope town Abaco reported that at he was making an arrest at Hope Town in the area of a local restaurant of a male sus pect wanted for the offence of housebreak ing a man known to him, also of Hope Town, made several attempts to prevent him in arresting the suspect resulting in the male who prevented the arrest being ar rested for obstruction and resisting arrest. See suspicious activity? Call 911 or 919 Crime Report

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 A Guana Cay Cheat Dear Editor: We have been coming to The Ba hamas by boat since 1991. We enjoy the wonderful, friendly and helpful people of this country and all the beautiful islands. This time, coming from Green Turtle on our way to Marsh Harbour, we an chored in Guana Harbor on Great Guana Cay. We have stopped there every time to take a walk around, to the beach and look at stores. We stopped at the Vegetable Stand and got to talk to an elderly man, who we have met a number of times. We wanted to buy some fresh conch. First he offered mind was set on conch for dinner. On our way back from the beach, we stopped again. This time he produced a bag which was supposed to contain 4 pounds. When I lifted the bag, I corrected him and said: "These are not 4 pounds!" No, he said, they are 3 pounds. Well, I paid him Back on the boat I got my scale out to weigh the conch, as I was very suspicious. And the result was, that this "gentleman" What a cheat! Maybe, if you should decide to print this letter, he may read it and his con science will bother him. This man is NOT an example of the Letters to the Editor rest of the good people of The Bahamas. We have many friends here, honest, loving and hardworking people. We just thought that a cheat like that should be put in the pillory. Thank you very much for your atten tion. Sincerely yours, "Bavaria". GTC Library Left to Wither The Green Turtle Cay Library has been a great asset to the community for many years, providing a variety of servic es to the public, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. The library has no source of income other than an annual government stipend, however no funds have been re ceived since August, 2011. I have been assured by the National Director of Library Services in Nassau that the funds were indeed budgeted for this library, however in spite of multiple requests via phone, email and personal at tempts, still no money is forthcoming and the library will likely be forced to close soon. Those in power who control these nity asset and allow this to happen. -Jackie Patrick Green Turtle Cay Library The Cays By Timothy Roberts In the midst of festivities on Green Turtle Cay on May 3 a massive waterspout made landfall on the north side of the is land cause damage to two homes before dissipating; fortunately no one was injured. Just moments after the completion of the opening ceremony for the Ninth An nual Island Roots Heritage Festival a wa terspout was spotted north of Green Turtle Cay. Residents and guests took pictures and videos while the music began to play; however, a few minutes later after the wa terspout had noticeably increased in size and had apparently made landfall the Festi val Chairman, Karen McIntosh interrupted the music and advised everyone to seek safety. The waterspout, now an on-land tor nado moved from the north side of Green Turtle Cay towards Black Sound causing mostly cosmetic damage to trees. David Bethel, owner of New Plym outh Liquors, received damage to one corner of his home as the tornado caused the wall to buckle. A red truck in the front yard also received damage as a large tree was uprooted and landed on it. It was also reported that a home oc cupied by visitors was hit twice by the tornado, blowing out the windows and scattering glass, debris, water and sand throughout the home. The Green Turtle Cay Fire Depart ment responded quickly after the tornado hit to assist the victims of the storm. Tornado hits Green Turtle Cay during festival Above: the large waterspout-turned-tornado as it makes landfall.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 partment saved Standard Hardware by the building. They also helped more recently Every two years a member of the American Heart Association visits Man in CPR. According to Mr. Russell, many of their calls are for emergency sickness cases. Fire Chief Roy Russell is assisted by his deputy, George Philpott and President of the Man O War Fire and Rescue, Walter Sweeting. 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 sponder vehicle. The adaptations, such as slides for the pumps to slide in and out on, were carried out by CJs Welding in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Russell is very pleased with the adapted vehicle which he says Works real well. It includes all of the necessities for medical equipment. The pumps are able to pump water from rain water cisterns. The portable pumps slide on and off so that they can be carried by boat and, in fact, Fires From Page 10 The Cays all of the equipment comes off and can be loaded into boats when necessary. The there by boat, stated Mr. Russell. This unique vehicle has been named Lil Am ber in memory of the young girl who lost Fortunately, the Man O War Cay Fire approximately once every three years on the Cay but they also help in Marsh Har bour whenever their assistance is needed. There they assist by pumping sea water. Mr. Russell is proud to say that when as Harbour, the Man O War Cay Fire De Above: Fire Chief Roy Russell and Fire and Rescue President Walter Sweeting with Man O Wars unique Fire Rescue vehicle. They are supposed to be professional road builders. They cant plan for a little rain? the resident said in regards to company spokespeople blaming weather conditions for the almost immediate degrading of that particular stretch of road. Bill Simmons Construction has since revisited the area several times to again re-grade and re-seal it. Barring further degradation of that road, a motorist who frequents the road concedes it is acceptable but expresses concern about the next heavy rain. Working separately from Simmons Construction, the Department of Works has carried out patching along certain areas throughout Central Abaco. However, their crew is often in short-supply of patching materials which is sent from Nassau. Roads From Page 16

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian May 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 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 Abaco woman wins Bronner Bros. Makeup Competition By Canishka Alexander On Feb.14, a group of 10 women from Restoration Academy School of Sa lon Professionals travelled to Atlanta to compete in the famous 65-year-old Bron ner Bros. competition show. Two days Competition Challenge took place and was sponsored by Ruby Kisses Cosmetics. Two of the 10 women from Restora tion Academy entered the competition by paying a $50-fee to participate. There were 13 competitors from around the world and among them were Nemara Saunders and Latiska Bowleg-Moore from Abaco. For the competition, the two women were required to prep their live mod event. The women competed in front of a live audience of more than 300 people with 30 minutes to transform their models for Round One, which was a bridal look. Only one of the women from Restora tion Academy was chosen to move on to were chosen in total. They were given 30 minutes to transform their bridal look into a night-on-the-town look. Judges included Dave Ray nicknamed The Beauty Surgeon; Ray is an interna tional award-winning stylist, educator, platform artist and author with more than 29 years in the industry. He has recently written two educational publications en titled: Mind Your Business and What Is Good Hair? Ray was joined by Image Branding Beauty Consultant and Interna tional Celebrity Hair Stylist Sherita Cherry along with one other famous judge. Above: Latiska Bowleg-Moore, winner of tion in Atlanta on Feb.16. The judges mentioned that they were looking for the proper choice of founda tion for skin colour, blending of makeup, eye shadow and eyebrows along with other techniques. Latiska made history by not only winning this competition, but the judges also mentioned that the score was Latiska Bowleg-Moore made an his toric representation of Restoration Acade my School of Salon Professionals and The Bahamas. Her prizes included $500, 1st Place Winner Bronner Bros. Beginners Makeup Challenge trophy, and $250 worth of Ruby Kisses Cosmetics products. Latis kas model Rashae Davis will be featured in next years Bronner Bros. Magazine. Thank God for the gift that He has given me, and Sharman Davis for giv ing me the opportunity to represent her school, Latiska said. Also my family and friends who supported me because the trip would not have been possible without the combination of them all. South Abaco The awards ceremony for the Little Harbour Dolphin Derby was held on Sat urday, May 11. A jovial, informal event punctuated by jokes and brief stories, the awards were handed out at Petes Pub. The event started precisely at 5 pm Ba hamian time. Besides the awards for the regular ed out for a variety of off-the-wall achieve one, as well as Most questionable story. Everyone a winner at Little Harbour Dolphin Derby The prizes were, of course, fashioned by Pete Johnston of Petes Pub and Gallery fame. The actual prizes were as follows: Biggest Dolphin41lbs, caught by Biggest Tuna64lbs, caught by Tyler Albury, on Cloud 9 dan on Cloud 9 Biggest Grouper33lbs, tied by Greg Johnston on the Menu and Terrance Al bury on Cloud 9. This was the twenty sixth Little Har bour Dolphin Derby. Above: a happy angler accepts a bronze sculpture from Pete Johnston for his participa tion in the Dolphin Derby.

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May 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 May 15, 2013 HOME INSURANCE Your Peace Of Mind Is Important To Us! Insurance Management makes home protection a priority with the most dependable protection in The Bahamas. It's how they've earned their good reputation. Coverage you can rely on.INSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520Freeport1, Pioneers 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 P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 10 MAY 15th, 2013 By Jennifer Hudson Young sailor Branden Sands is re ally going places. He will be heading to Bermuda and Italy this coming summer as a result of his recent sailing success es. Branden has been named to the Ba hamas Junior National Sailing Team by the Bahamas Sailing Association (BSA). Branden is presently a grade 6 student at the Cherokee Sound Primary School and will have just celebrated his 13th birth day when he competes in these prestigious championships. Branden has competed in four major national and international sailing regattas a third-place win overall out of 90 sailors in the Optimist class. The top three sail ors were chosen to represent the Bahamas in the World Championship which is the top sailing regatta. (There is no Optimist class in the Olympics as that is for larger boats only). The team will be accompanied by the Director of the Bahamas National Sailing Association, Robert Dunkley, who is their coach. Brandens father, Timothy, has been asked to go as Team Leader. Bran Young Abaco sailor to represent The Bahamas in World Championship Above: Branden Sands, of Cherokee Sound, was one of the top three sailors chosen to represent The Bahamas in the World Champion ship later in the summer. Branden will be 13 when he competes in the Optimist North American Championship in Bermuda from July 2-11 and the Optimist World Championship on Lake Garda Italy from July 15-26. Please see Sailor Page 2 please see page 10. Above: Creter's Bulldogs Pitcher Lyle Sawyer pitching to a Treasure Cay Jets player. Record attendance greets players at softball opener

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 ABACO REAL EST den will participate in the Optimist North American Championship in Bermuda from July 2-11 and the Optimist World Championship on Lake Garda Italy from July 15-26. Lake Garda is a very well-known sailing destination. The other young sail ors going to these regattas from The Ba hamas are all from Nassau and Branden sail in any of these regattas. David Valentine, Director of the Grand Bahama Sailing Club Optimist Fleet who is the Captain for the Baha mas sees great potential in Branden. He sometimes comes to Cherokee Sound to coach and is an incredible motivator, states Timothy Sands, Brandens father. Sailing is a sport which requires much strength because wind conditions make it hard and In order to be in top physical shape Branden participates in a personal At the Optimist World Challenge prior to the competition there will be one practice day and one day for measure ments, weighing boats and equipment. Rules are extremely strict and even a rudder which is 1 mm too long will be competitors travelling from afar are un able to take their own boats they charter brand-new boats from a company on site School & Youth News Sailor From Page 1 but will take their own sails. Branden will actually compete in eight days of sailing. Branden has been working very hard to make the team and is on cloud nine at this opportunity to travel and participate in these prestigious championships. He and his father are hoping that this will motivate other young sailors. Hope Town and is a member of the Hope Town Sailing Club. This past weekend Branden received another feather in his cap when he won the Homer Lowe Op As well as working hard with his sailing Branden also works hard in school and has just been nominated for the prestigious Bahamian Student of the Year award. He is another hobby he loves. Branden is a gifted artist, a talent he has inherited from his uncle, the famous painter Alton Lowe. Travelling to these regattas will be expensive so funding is now an issue for Branden. Several fundraisers are being planned by community-minded persons so anyone wishing to help this young sailor pursue his dreams and represent The Ba hamas will have the opportunity to do so. Interested persons can follow Branden on his Facebook page at www.facebook. com/abaco sailing. By Canishka Alexander Following an accident in 1998, Grand Bahama resident Frank Outten was prompted to spread cheer and the Word of God to young people throughout the Ba hamas. As owner and manager of Franks annual Franks IceCream and Back-toSchool Bible Summer Job Program. Whitney Bain of Innerspring Youth Franks IceCream Bible Summer Job Program registration on Abaco Top prize is Jaguar Car Program said that for the Summer Job pro gram, students can register online at http:// www.franksicecream.com or complete the registration form. While registration forms can be collected from all Franks IceCream store locations and Program Sponsors lo cation, this year participants on Abaco can pick up registration forms and register 19/20 year old & under category winner from Abaco. Please see Franks Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 with Bain at Latter Rain Church in Dundas Town. The registration fee is $10, and an ad ditional $10 for the audio Bible. Registra tion ends on July 31. By referring customers to Franks IceCream Store or a participating spon sor store, students earn 10 percent of all referred sales every two weeks until the program is completed. As for the Bible contest, students must correctly answer the questions on the New Testament Bible Exam, which is held in early August. Fol lowing the Bible Exam, an Awards Cer emony is held about two weeks later to reward the winners. The grand prize for this year is a Jag uar Car. First place winners like Ashley won the 19-20 year old and under category last year, received $1,000 cash and a lap top/iPad. Second place winners received $500 and other prizes, and third place win ners were awarded $300 and prizes. All supplies. There are seven age group categories with three levels in each one. In addition to is looking to soon provide a house as well for the blessed winner because his goal is to continue to get people back into the Word and to transform their lives. School & Youth News Franks From Page 2 Bain proudly stated that this is the second year for Abaco to compete. Patrick Huyler, one of the church members of Lat ter Rain Church, was doing some research on selling ice cream and began looking for someone who could assist him. Huyler ended up meeting Frank Outten. In preparation for this years con test, Bain is hopeful that more children will get involved this year. Outten was ap proached about holding the exam at Latter Rain Church, and he agreed. Bain said he is excited about opening registration this month at Latter Rain Church and will be Besides Ashley, six other persons attended the Awards Ceremony from his church last year along with three women from First Baraka Church with Pastor Sitoir Paster ain. Overall, however, there were a host of people in attendance. In order to be successful at an event of this magnitude, Outten partners with companies to obtain prizes and monetary assistance. The companies also extend sponsorship to the Bible program and as sist with job training. There is a large team of people who make this happen, Bain commented. dents, and Outten plans to hold the cere mony wherever the winner is from in the near future. Bain said that throughout this month, he will be contacting local busi nesses in reference to the summer program and contacting various youth programs to register their students for the program. There is no exclusion because this is something for all of Abaco and the cays, Bain said. This is a great thing to keep kids focused. Visit http://franksicecream.com for more information on the Franks IceCream Bible Summer Job Program. Also, contact Whitney Bain by e-mail atWhitney_bain@ yahoo.com, or by phone at 1-242-4580675. SC Bootle students place in IBS Build-ABridge Competition Press Release In association with The College of High School participated in the IBS BuildAbove: S. C. Bootle High School at the IBS Bridge Building Competition in Nassau. From left: Antonese Kersaint, Sandlee Brutus, Keeon Daziel, Teacher Mr. Gavin Daziel, Kerry Fleuridor and Johnny August. Please see Bridge Page 5 Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSA Tranquil Landing Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath home overlooking the Hope Town Harbour with amazing views and spectacular sunsets! Private dock and gazebo. Convenient to everything. Sleeps 6. Starting at $2,700/wk plus tax Tahiti SunsetStunning 4 bed 2 bath home w/ views of the Sea of Abaco & a private dock in Dorros Cove. Features include high end furnishings & stainless steel appliances. 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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 School & Youth News Bridge From Page 4 A-Bridge Competition held in Nassau on April 25 under the theme, Can Your Bridge Handle the Load? S. C. Bootle was the only school representing the island of Abaco. The objective of the exercise was Physics and Technology can come together to build a bridge out of 100 popsicle sticks to accommodate as much weight as pos sible. The students, Keeon Daziel, Sandlee Brutus, Johnny August, Kerry Fleuri dor and Antonese Kersaint accompanied by their teacher, Gavin Daziel secured which included St. Andrews School, St. Augustines College, Anatol Rodgers High School, St. Johns College, C. R. Walker Senior High School, Doris Johnson Se nior High School, and Kingsway Acad emy among others. S. C. Bootles bridge was built with the required 100 popsicle sticks and was able to carry a weight of 95 pounds before breaking. "Going forward, the students and their teacher are looking forward to becoming future winners. Hats off to the boys for a job well done. Keep up the good work!" Canadian students assist at Every Child Counts School By Jennifer Hudson Nineteen students from Ryerson Uni versity in Toronto, Canada, are spending several weeks assisting at the Every Child while four will be staying on until the end of June. All of the students, except one who has already graduated, are in their third or fourth year of study so several will be graduating upon their completion of their work at ECC. Last year seven stu dents from Ryerson assisted in a similar program which was so successful that this year it has more than doubled in size. Six of the students are in the Early Childhood Studies Department at the Uni versity. Four of these are working with younger children and two are assisting in the academic classes. The other 13 young people are Social Work students and are running three programs with the older children in the mornings: 1. A dance/ movement program throughout the entire school. 2. An athletic program throughout the school involving soccer and volleyball since six of the students are varsity ath letes. 3. An art program as two of the stu dents have an art background. In the afternoons the social work stu dents work on four projects: 1. Age-appropriate programs for the whole school. 2. Rights of the child. 3. Age appropriate body responsibil ity which includes physical abuse, inappro priate touching and name-calling involving the body. The students will be compiling and disseminating information on disabili ties for parents and organizing in school seminars on physical disabilities, person ality disabilities, learning disabilities and autism. 4. A fundraising group will build on the work already begun by last years stu dents. The students want to create an aware ness of these important issues both here in the Every Child Counts School and outside in the community and other schools. All of the students have been carefully select ed by sociology professor, Jean Golden, who accompanies the students each year. Informational seminars are given and the resumes of interested students are carefully scrutinized before selections are made. Some of the students are able to get rec ognition for their work as a credit on their academic course but for the majority of students the work is purely voluntary. All students raise funds to pay their own way. Professor Golden states that the University would like to establish a course here at ECC as a university course credit. When I spoke with the students, they had been working at ECC for one week and were very enthusiastic about their pro grams which they felt were going well. They were very impressed with the school, Above: Nineteen Ryerson University from Toronto, Canada are spending several weeks on Abaco to assist with the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. Programs they are starting/assisting with include athletic programs, an art program, and programs to observing that all its programs are very well run and they were also impressed at how all the teachers include all of the chil dren in everything even the most severely disabled. They were captivated by the chil polite and respectful and they were moved by how helpful the children are to each other with the more able helping the less able. Outside of school hours the students are enjoying discovering the island and all Abaco has to offer but expressed horror at the high prices in the grocery store. They have all bonded strongly with the students at ECC and say that they will be very sad when it is time to leave. Camp Rock to provide summer fun By Vernique Russell The spring has arrived and before you know it school will be out and summer will be here. This season often leave par ents to wonder what is there for children to do while school is out. One answer is now here: Camp Rock. Camp Rock will include educational and social development programs. Each week for seven weeks, the camp for its campers. From boot camp to money camp, everything under the sun will be covered. Harbour and will accommodate 30 campers between the ages of 3-13. If you have chil dren and are interested in enrolling them in the camp, please contact 242-525-8067.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 School & Youth News I Gat A Right Seminar launched during Child Protection Month in April By Canishka Alexander Representatives from the National Child Protection Council, which is an ad Services and Community Development, launched their I Gat a Right Seminar on Abaco on April 19. The seminar was held and sixth grade students with six schools represented. Dr. Novia Carter-Higgs, co-chair man for the National Child Protection Council, explained that the month of April celebrated under the theme: Protecting Children in a Changing World. The I Gat A Right Seminar was launched in Novem ber 2012, and is geared to inform children everywhere of their rights according to the convention for the rights of a child. The purpose like I said is to make sure every child knows their rights, but to make sure that they understand that with those rights come responsibility as well, Dr. Carter-Higgs emphasized. The seminar, she said, was just a springboard to come back and do some re inforcement and to train some more of the students. As they continue to develop the program, again they want to make sure the children of The Bahamas know their rights and are given the opportunity to share what their major concerns are as well. As they held their discussions a quote tor screen, stating that: There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more im portant than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free fear and want and that they can grow up in peace. The students were separated into fam ily groups to decide how the rights of chil dren were affected by the scenarios given to them. Scenarios ranged from an eightyear-old packing boy who comes from a poor family that does not have a car to an Indian law, which allows children as young as eight years old to get married. Dr. Carter Higgs said that these types of off-the-wall scenarios helps them to empathize with children all over the world. Although they may not have the same concern, there are children elsewhere who have those concerns. She was accompanied by Pastor Gil Protection Council; Jasmaine Harper, council member, and a representative of vices Department. The group also had plans to visit Eleu thera to launch the I Gat A Right Seminar there following their trip to Abaco. They have successfully completed two sessions in New Providence. St. Francis captures at MUNS By Canishka Alexander St. Francis de Sales Schools Debat the Crown Ballroom in the Coral Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island. lique Hield, Diazhanee Gibson, Joshua Robins and Abidemi Simon and accom cil Simon, and Olive Simon, teacher and chaperone. Five students were trained to include Rajeev Clarke, but only four at that was presented based on the school that gave the best response to a simulated question based on operations of UN. at the school within the years to come, The students were given the oppor tunity to win the trophy during a segment only two minutes to respond. Represent ing the country of Brazil, Diazhanee said they were given questions on North Korea making a torpedo attack on South Korea and the United States. Abidemi discussed lique spoke on the solution they had come up with. The students gave the best response. The objective was to see how well students are in command with operations of the United Nations, and how they would respond to the kind of scenario they were to note that the students are going places because the competition opens them up to deal of exposure for young minds. He said that the only preparation for the scenario was students having a good understanding of the workings of the United Nations in its entirety other wise they would not be able to react to the question at all. Principal (Josephine Kumar) recognizes that this kind of achievement shows that the students are familiar with the opera place trophy. Fifteen schools competed overall, and S.C. Bootle High School was the host school because they won last year. Abi demi Simon was the only student who had by next year, they are sure to be an even more professional lot. These young minds these are the future of The Bahamas diplomatic counsel; its exposing them to that kind that Abaco can produce these kinds of people. said the she enjoyed an awesome experi ence, and that it had been different from what she had expected. She recalled the tension felt among the schools as they competed for one prize. However, she congratulated her peers on a phenomenal job for their participation and obtaining their trophy. nee commented that she had been scared addressing their questions, which resulted in winning the prize. experience, and he had fun interacting with the other schools. Abidemi, who had competed before, said she was ac customed to the working of the UN and perience. Although Rajeev did not attend, he was still able to speak from the perspec tive of going through the training. Over all, he was appreciative of the experience because he has never been a part of public speaking. He expressed hope in partici pating next, to assist his colleagues in se St. Francis de Sales School placed second overall in the competition last year. Above: the winning St. Francis Model United Nations team. Left to right: Marlique Hield, Diazhanee Gibson, Joshua Robins, Abidemi Simon and Rajeev Clarke. They are joined by Advisor and Teacher Mr. Cecil Simon, who is standing behind them.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 John Cash Realty JOHN CASHREALTY www.treasurecayrentals.com Beach Villa 635 2 Bed 2 Bath 1,025 sq. ft. charming renovated villa, large garage, many extras & upgrades. $279,000 NEW LISTING Royal Palm 2338 2 Bed 2 Bath newly furnished lower condo with boat slip & storage locker, very smart upgrades $289,000 NEW LISTING Bahama Beach Club 2024 3 Bed 2 Bath 1645 sq. ft. Luxurious fully furnished second oor condo at Treasure Cay beachfront resort with pool bar/ restaurant. $675,000 NEW PRICE Ocean Villa 911 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished, steps from Treasure Cay beach, excellent buy. $275,000 Ocean Villa 917 2 Bed, 2 Bath charming & colorful fully furnished, rental ready villa with ocean views $345,000 NEW LISTING Twin Palms 3 Bed, 2 Bath charming 1800 sq. ft. newly renovated home with pool & dock and 2 min walk to T. C. 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Excellent investment priced at $240,000 Las Brisas 4 Bed, 3 Bath 2 Den 3000 sq ft private luxurious beachfront home on Windward Beach. $1,775,000 Royal Palm 2309 2 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished lower condo, situated between two pools w/boat slip on Treasure Cay Marina. $249,000 NEW LISTING Royal Palm 2377 2 bed, 2 bath fully furnished lower condo on Brigantine Bay w/boat lift $279,000 NEW LISTING Lot 8 Block 198 Brigantine canal homesite with 90 ft. of seawall in Treasure Cays most protected canal. Choice water views. $235,000 NEW PRICE Lot 73 Block 199 13,635 sq. ft. canalfront homesite on Galleon Bay Rd with 90 of new seawall. Sea of Abaco views. $149,000 Beach Villa 648 2 bed, 2 bath with dining room addition, just steps from pool and Worlds Top 10 beaches! $224,900 NEW LISTING John CashABR, BRI, CRS, Broker UNDER CONTRACT SOLD SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT SOLD UNDER CONTRACT Ron-Paul Cabinets Plus Visit our Showroom Located Opposite the old Lowes Pharmacy Owners: Ronnie & Pauline Roberts Phone: (242) 367-0546 Twin Box Spring.... $120 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 $390 Full Memory Foam Mattress $620..SALE $400 GE Adirondack Chairs with Ottoman $275 SALE PRICE $220 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 Youth / Business News By Canishka Alexander for Employment and Business Opportu nity (CEBO) Youth Training Workshop was held at the Government Complex. The of Youth, Sports and Culture with Nadia Cash introduced participants to a full and energizing four days of the program, which was developed by a group of per sons from the Caribbean Community oth CEBO began as a program targeting the youth who were marginalized in their communities, and those with no vision or goals for the future. A Second Chance Project was soon developed to address the main problem plaguing the youth who felt that there was no hope of doing better because they were given no tools to make money or to care for their families. Through CEBO, the youth were given the opportunity to learn about entre preneurship and start their own businesses. The steps included having them start a simulated business, and ensuring that ev erything in the program was hands on and interactive. Cash explained that the pro condensed to four days for Abaco partici pants. The full-day sessions were offered to approximately 25 participants. The group began by completing per were and who their teammates were. Next, they were given a speed teaming event to write their interests down on index cards, and develop business groups based on those interests. The Bank of CEBO loaned them a small amount of money, so that they could formulate a business, sell prod ucts and make their money back. Cash pointed out that everything they learned was related to how they were going to start their own businesses. Par time management, sales and marketing, budgeting, legal aspects of business, prob lem solving and team building exercises, ness idea and plan. Although it was a lot of material to cover, she promised a funWere going to have fun, and I keep on stressing that because I dont believe in teaching and learning without having fun, Cash said. After a fun exercise of forming groups ed a list of the full member states and the partial states noting that there was not only the need to bring the Caribbeans voice to the world, but a voice to the young people of the Caribbean. Remarkably, 60 percent of the Caribbeans unemployed population is under 30 years old. During their closing ceremony on Preston Cunningham and Stephen Wilson to address the students. Cunningham said he saw great business persons in their midst were distributed to persons who had com pleted the program, group members made presentations to demonstrate what they had accomplished throughout the week. was Tropical Sports Inc., which produced the Dragon Herbal Energy Drink. The drink consisted of natural ingredients or and love vine. The drink is good for back aches, sprains and as an energy booster and impotency in men. The company looks to become the premier supplier of natural products that contribute to a healthy life style and expand locally each year. Next up was Albury Sounds Incor porated, which targeted young people on Abaco who are musically inclined. The business promoted individuals as artists by recording and distributing their music for Voice of the Youth. An all-female group Island Swag BENYA shared how they had sold lo cally handcrafted products and jewelry and associate members of A Taste of Heaven, an all-Bahamian owned franchise company that provides catering and food delivery service for small businesses and large-scale businesses to enhance the food and bever age industry. Two cycles of CEBO has already been completed in Nassau before Cash and Jamaica, Dominica, Belize, Barbados and Guyana, and there are plans to take the program to additional island in The Baha mas. "We want to go beyond just having a program, and follow up with one-day ses sions and mentorship," Cash added. "We are liaising with countries to make CEBO more recognizable in societies as a premier business training program." With that in mind, Cash said they by July as they continue to develop CEBO. CEBO Workshop offers business training to youth Above: Group photo of CEBO participants at their closing ceremony on May 2.

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian May 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 Quality Star Auto Service Station And Garage Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour THE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDS We 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 Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 School & Youth News Success Training College now accepting applications for Fall Semester By Samantha Evans On Saturday April 13, 2013, Suc cess Training College held orientation for the new semester but what is unique about this university is that they are the only col lege on island that can provide high school graduates and adults with the opportunity to receive an Associates Degree while Press Release Teaching is deemed a noble profes sion. This idea was clearly embraced by the students of S.C. Bootle as they showed their appreciation for their teachers on Teachers Appreciation Day. Christine Curry, a parent, brought brief remarks. She admonished the stu dents to always respect their teachers as they are the ones that impart knowledge and training which will see them through life. She cited the names of students who passed through S.C. Bootle, and who are now prominent people in the community and country. The students portrayed their love for the teachers through songs, speeches and gifts. They admitted to not being what Teachers Appreciation Day held at S.C. Bootle they should be, but through it all, they proclaimed their love for their teachers. A skit was performed by the students to show the importance of listening to instructions. Various students imitated the personalities trayed him as a stern principal who does not let them get away with anything. All in all, Teachers' Appreciation Day at S.C. Bootle was a wonderful event. The teachers were well attired in their black Tshirts, which boldly stated: "I Love Teach ing" and the reasons for declaring this statement. The shirts were sponsored by the Future Teacher of The Bahamas Cadets at S. C. Bootle High School. St. Cloud University offers scholarships for summer program By Canishka Alexander Dr. Robert Johnson, professor of Eth nic Studies at St. Cloud University, held Church on April 3 encouraging parents to enroll their students in the free college summer program offered by the university. Last year, Perkell Collie was the only Bahamian student to attend the program in enjoyed an unforgettable experience. As project director for Pre-College Programs at St. Cloud, Dr. Johnson visited Abaco students to extend the offer to them to participate in the Advanced Program in Technology and Science. Regrettably, the small number of parents and students at tending the meeting indicated that there was very little interest in what was being offered. For two weeks leading up to the locally. In his remarks, Dr. Johnson said that the program offers opportunities for youth ages 8 to 18 years old to attend summer programs at the campus, and that it has a two-fold global focus. There are a number of students, who are from all over the world. Secondly, we also have students from different parts of the world attending our programs, he shared. Because Bahamians have been par ticipating in the program for the past two years, he wanted to see at least 20 students from Abaco take advantage of the oppor tunity. The program, Dr. Johnson, said is heavily subsidized, and students are of fered scholarships based on their family He added that all students will have most of their expenses like tuition, academ ic fees, books or room and board paid for; however, if the family is able to make a contribution, it will be requested. The pro grams range from one week to four weeks depending upon the grade level. Younger students spend one week at St. Cloud, while high school students are enrolled for three and four weeks. While Perkell was there, she completed a project on saliva, and put together an awesome video presen tation based on her experience with other students from around the world. The Department of Educations Dis trict Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black gave her full support. She said that the program provides an opportunity for students to be engaged in an extraordinary experience. They are also able to learn a little about college life and are given an opportunity to decide on a career path. Its nothing like hands on, she rea soned. We can tell them, we can provide the vicarious experiences for them, but liv ing it and being a part of it teaches exactly what they would have been exposed to in the classrooms. Because the interest by parents and students was very low, the offer was ex tended to other islands to make up the 20 students. However, for those parents who did enroll their children into the program, they were informed that Dr. Johnson would be in contact with them within a couple of weeks. Dr. Johnson was accompanied by his wife, Nurse Icephine Johnson, during his visit. Please see Success Page 9

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 they work. They are promoting their As sociates Degree Program to high school graduates this year because of their new relationship with Nova Southeastern Uni versity. This relationship allows them to be the feeder school for this university which means that they provide the students with degree and Nova provides them with the last two years. This program is excellent for parents who want their children to remain home either because they are too young to go away on their own or if they island or country. Director of the extended learning program of Success Training College is excited about this relationship and is en couraging more students to remain at home to study with Success. This college offers affordable tuition rates that can be paid monthly over the course of the semester. They also have well trained instructors who are degreed professionals from the communities where these students live. The degrees offered include: Busi ness Administration, Accounts, Early Childhood Education, Human Resources Primary Education, and Computer Infor mation Systems. The college is now taking applications for the Fall semester (Septem ber 2013) and will be taking application forms all through the summer. Interested persons can contact Sharon Rolle at 2257162 or Enid White at 475-2957. School & Youth News Success From Page 8 Agape celebrates our nations 40th Independence Anniversary By Canishka Alexander Agape Christian Schools staff mem bers and students held a special service to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Ba smoothly as they called on students to give their contributions. Patrick Bethel was one of the guest speakers for the auspicious ceremony. I voted for independence, I cam paigned for independence, and Ive never regretted it, Bethel expressed in his open ing remarks. He vividly recalled the eve of In dependence at Clifford Park where there were thousands of Bahamians gathered, Bethel favoured independence after living under the conditions of colonial gov ernance in the Out Islands. He and many others felt like second-class citizens whose rights were denied in many instances. He outlined four areas of Bahamian life that have undergone drastic changes since Independence, and that have helped to build our Bahamaland like the muchincreased middle class; the improvement of our educational system; healthcare up grades in the Family Islands; and the in troduction of the National Insurance Board (NIB). There were a few more recitations by Williams Bill Swain spoke. Swain owned the island. He told the audience how grate ful he was for the opportunity to speak to them as he began to share his memories of growing up in The Bahamas; seeing The Bahamas become an Independent Nation; and his thoughts on The Bahamas celebra tion of 40 years of Independence. Born in Bluff Point on Oct.5, 1931, Swain attended the All-Age School before going to live in Nassau with his uncle to attend school. Growing up in The Bahamas wasnt easy. There were good days and there were bad days, he said. From his memory, he came back to Abaco and resumed his Sweeting. The students used to work three school. He fondly remembered The Bahamas becoming an independent nation; however, in Abaco it wasnt easy during those times, and the word independent was not read ily accepted. Independence was desired, but there were those who did not want to gain independence at that point. Yet, for those who longed for an inde pendent Bahamas their wish was granted. Here we are 40 years now we are celebrating an independent nation, he said proudly. Its through Gods grace, its through Gods mercy, and its through His enabling power which sustains us and brought us where we are. We can rejoice as we lift up our heads to the rising sun, and as we march forward together to build this Bahamaland let us do it with fervrence, let us do it together, let us do it willingly to know that we are our brothers keeper. Together let us put our hands to the plow, let us work together for the good of our nation as we are now an independent land. This country is ours, let us appreciate it, let us work hard to better the conditions of all people that live in this Bahamaland, and together we will march together with one purpose, one goal for a better Baha Above: Patrick Bethel reminisces on pre-Independence days in The Bahamas, and the changes that came in the wake of an independent Bahamas during a special service at

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 MINI SPLIT AIR-CONDITION UNITS 1.0 ton $711.25 1.5 ton $998.75 2.0 ton $1,248.75 STAY COOL & COMFORTABLE THIS SUMMER WITH A MINI SPLIT Don McKay Blvd Ph: 242-367-3186 Fax: 242-367-3469 in April to the Gateway Christian Academy Basketball Tournament, according to Coach Shantell Penn. ACH was represented by two junior teams in the tournament. Junior Team The Senior Boys team received second place after being defeated by Gateway Christian Academy. Photo courtesy Coach Shantell Penn. ACH teams attend Gateway Basketball Tournament 2013 in Bimini Sports By Mirella Santillo The last round of the soccer Knockout 19 between Abacom United and the Trea sure Cay Heat. The preliminary round of the Knock out Cup was won by Flesh against Fresh, score of 4-2 for Flesh was decided by pen alty kicks in overtime. According to the spectators, the April 21 game was one of the best of the season. been forfeited since the Hope Town Show stoppers did not show up to play at the scheduled time. The second round of the Knockout Showoffs and Heat in the second game. Both games were played on the defensive. Abacom and Flesh were tied 0-0 at the advantage to Abacom United by scoring a 1-0 for Abacom United, eliminating Flesh but in spite of a more aggressive game in the second half by the Showoffs, they nev er took the chance to equalize. It should be an exciting match to watch. There will be a regular league match Abacom United will be this years league winner as no other team will be able to make up its 4 points advantage before the end of the season. Presently, Fresh is in second position with 13 points. Abacom United and Heat to meet Football Knock-Out Cup features series of exciting games Above: players from Heat and Showoffs trying to control the ball. North Abaco Baseball team receives donation of a truck The North Abaco Baseball team received a donation of a 2007 GMC Sierra double cab truck to transport players to and from their baseball games at the Murphy Town Ball Field. Homeowner Donald Rossi and his family made the substantial donation to the Little League team four months ago, and it has been a big help, Coach Nigel Bootle said. We just got it licensed and insured, so we want to thank him for a job well done, Bootle lauded. The kids are happy and the parents are all happy about the donation. Above: North Abaco Baseball team poses in front of the GMC truck donated by Donald Rossi and family earlier this year.

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 Marjolein Scotts new medium allows for wearable art By Jennifer Hudson Congratulations were in order to art an honourable mention at the prestigious Delray Beach Art Show in Florida. This is an annual event which is held in down town Delray Beach and features over 700 artists and crafters. This was its 51st year showing here. The event is a three-day show and the judges visit each booth at the beginning of and the artwork are judged and the judges her Florida Contessa, Debbie Lindo, to be tropical and professional. She was de lighted to receive this honourable mention at such a major show. grew up in the Orient and East Africa. art before making her way to the United States, via Great Britain, Portugal and Costa Rica, and eventually The Bahamas. for her exquisite watercolour on silk paint ings. The technique involved is based on the Indonesian art of batik. Each painting can take weeks to produce the vibrant co lours on natural silk. All of her paintings her in her beautiful surroundings. She adds a special delicate touch of whimsy and is Artist Highlight especially fond of incorporating mermaids into her work. perhaps the result of her many years of teaching ballet to young children. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections all over the world and can be seen here on Abaco at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, Bakers Bay and in many res taurants and private homes. Her company, Barefoot Contessa, produces a line of products that incorporate reproductions of her work. These include high-quality giclee prints on canvas, tile art and postcards. Her newest enterprise is a line of T-shirts printed all over with designs from her original artwork which are quite stunning and proving to be very popular. ies and boutiques in The Bahamas and the United States. Barefoot Contessa T-shirts can be found locally at DIVE ABACO! in Harbour. munity tirelessly for over 20 years on the board of the Abaco Cancer Society of which she is now Vice President. She is also the mastermind behind the Abaco Cancer Society Thrift Shop which she runs with the help of a band of volunteers. regarding her artwork or the Abaco Can cer Society may do so at barefootcontes sas@hotmail.com or abacocancersociety@ gmail.com. Her artwork can be viewed online at www.barefoot-contessa-art.com. modeled by Celia Rogers. Announces its new location in Marsh Harbour: Deans Shipping Building located o Queens Highway by the Government Dock Phone number 242-367-4262 and Fax 242-367-4263 Oce hours are Monday Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Now with sailings twice a week. G & G Shipping has always strived on excellent customer service and is constantly searching for better ways to serve our customers. Thank you for choosing G & G Shipping for all your ocean shipping needs and for your continued support. G & G Shipping 1300 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Phone: 954-920-9292 Fax: 954-925-4859 Website: www.gandgshipping.com

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander In a songful and heartfelt expres sion, students of Crossing Rocks Primary Hepburn at their Patrons Day on April 16. Next, students of Grade 1 through 5 deliv performance, the audience recognized that he is a frank, resilient, awesome and ambi tious man who is never one to settle and kind to all he meets. comed Principal Simone Pinder to the po friends with their honouree, and how she has enjoyed many good conversations re garding education with him. She said that ing Rocks Primary still owes him. standard, and I must inform you sir, that Crossing Rocks School is a force to reckon to climb the excellence ladder having won many competitions. She also thanked him for his ability to get things done quickly especially if it is for the school or for his community. Hepburn was recited by fourth grade stu dents Eddison Saunders and Brianna Rus given by former students, family members ment of his exemplary life. Former Island Administrator Benja Above: Dr. Cecil Thompson; Lerline Hepburn; and Frank Hepburn, the honouree. priviledge to stand before him, and to ren der his support to him for a job well done and for accomplishing the amount of things he has done. I think you have done a wonderful biography, Dr. Cecil Thompson, under hama, addressed those in attendance. He, Hepburn, whom he called a dear friend. Their friendship stemmed from the days of attending San Salvador Teachers College back in 1968. You could tell he was a leader; he liked things to be done his way, Dr. Thompson recalled. He distinguished himself. He came from a college where the motto was: Gladly I learn; gladly I teach. Wherever he served whether it was in Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, Ragged Island All-Age School, his signature is indelible where he served in terms of ex traordinary dedication, extraordinary car ing, extraordinary competence, extraordi nary participation and involvement in all aspects of education. He replaced a living legend in Sandy Point James A. Pinder one of the great educators who came out of Grand Bahama. did such an excellent job in Sandy Point that the people there have never let him go, and that whenever there is a tribute being tion from Sandy Point there. were given by Charles Walker, Preston Cunningham, and Sandy Walker from the Dept. of Education as well as Senior Is land Administrator Preston Cunningham. in dance. During the ceremony, Patrick Tyrill living in the community. He described him as a role model and a true stalwart of the faith. When you have a man like Bro. Hepburn, who has really taken his religion to the community, where people can speak well about him, it makes my heart very proud, Tyrill said. And so Bro. Hep burn, I salute you sir, and I want to let you know that I love you. He also com mended his wife, Lerline Hepburn, for be ing beautiful on the outside and inside, and for supporting her husband. A video presentation was shown highlighting expressions of love by close Hepburn with regard to the schools love and appreciation for what he has done. In never knew he would have been given the opportunity to hear such good things said about him. I count it a priviledge, and I give Almighty God the praise for all of it. All burn expressed. I give God thanks and praise that I am alive today to hear the things that you have said. Thanking his friends and family for their attendance as well as colleagues and former students, he said: Thank you, thank you. Again I knew that you loved me, but I didnt know this much, and I want to say openly, I love yall twice as much. Crossing Rocks Primary celebrates Frank Hepburn: A Man of Excellence

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 School & Youth News Eunice Mills honoured by CAPS By Samantha Evans All public schools across the Baha mas were required to celebrate Patrons Day which was held on Tuesday April 16, 2013. The school body of Central Abaco Primary School chose to honor Eunice A lavish assembly was planned for Former students of this well accomplished educator were invited to participate in the assembly including Joshua Robbins who head girl, read the history of the school stating that Central Abaco Primary School was an amalgamation of Dundas Town Pri principal but she accomplished more than this school, implement school rules, train new and old teachers, set the vision for the institution, and encourage teachers to establish after-school programs and clubs. Kayla Wallace, District Teacher of the Year, read the biography of the hon was educated on the island of Abaco and began her educational journey as a young teacher which took her to Grand Bahama where she taught for many years before re turning home to become the principal from 1997 to 2010. committees and has held membership with several different organizations includ ing Girls Guides Organization where she served as Brownie Leader from 19801997, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and a plaque by one of her most memo rable students, Destiny of Grade 4, who made her days to work most enjoyable. Destiny could not hold back the tears as she served at the best she could while at this school and thanked the team of teach ers she worked with as she believes that they made her job as principal mush easier. She was accompanied by her only child, Shantell Penn, and some of her colleagues cial selection was also done by Sherry Rolle a parent of the school. Also in atten dance were members of the schools Parent Teacher Association and parents. Above: a student presents Eunice Mills with a plaque. By Canishka Alexander A Patrons Day Assembly in honour Pinder was held at J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point on April 16. In a Paul Pinder invited guests to sing a favou rite song of the schools patron. Leading the opening prayer was Frank Hepburn, former principal and colleague. productive institution between the years of 1975 to 1980, and motivated Sandy Point students to capture many district sporting events in basketball, volleyball and softball during those years. In fact, the school captured gold in the National Track and Field Competition as well. In 1978, Percy Burrows received a honourary award for achieving the highest number of GCE O levels in the country by attaining 12 GCEs and nine As. Grades 1 and 2 students gave a wel performed an acrostic. Former Island Ad ministrator Benjamin Pinder, who is also a Green, former teacher monitor, both gave when they knew him. returned to the front of the classroom again for a choral speaking demonstration. In his remarks, Dr. Cecil Thompson, undersec gave residents and students a brief history of the school during the time of Teacher When I came to Sandy Point some 33 years ago, all of the senior persons re In fact, in death they referred to him as teacher, Thompson said. Grandparents, great-grandparents, parents everybody, Teacher, Teacher, Teacher. School. James Pinder was a student of that school a brilliant student and all of these things the students talked about. He was as a teacher monitor, Thompson contin school is this all of those famous persons whose names I mentioned and others at a school named in his honour. Recognizing additional stalwarts of the community, Thompson told students that an Englishman called James Light bourne founded the community of Sandy Point. Lightbourne, his son-in-law John Roberts were responsible for building of the Anglican Church, and three distin guished gentlemen were also responsible for the establishment and building of the ment. The school was then named Sandy Point All Age before it was renamed after James Alfred Pinder. The Shining Stars complemented the previous activities by performing in a dance to the late Whitney Houstons hit song: I Look to You. Thereafter, the audience listened to an audio recording of Virginia Light bourn, who was unable to attend the event because of a recent accident. The special event drew to a close with a tribute to edu cators, a selection by the school choir, vote of thanks, closing prayer and closing song. Above: Current students of J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point.

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 242-646-7072 Percy Strachan honoured as patron at Moores Island All-Age School By Sherrel Johnson In our quiet moments there are so many that deserve our recognition. And sometimes in the noise of the today, we overlook those who have been there all heroes deserve our special prayers for the work they have done to advance the goals and ideals of this nation. The people of School & Youth News chan, this years patron and honouree. He All-Age School. was offered the position of principal. For merly he was a teacher at the Eastern Se nior School in New Providence, Bahamas. This years patron came by the Gertude, a sailboat that was owned by a local resi dent at the time. He met three monitors upon his arrival to the island: Lawny, Ha zel and Jummy. The building that is cur rently at the eastern side of the present campus was the original school used by as principal there were roughly 150 people tenure as principal from 1949-1959, he re counts that a robust gentleman known by the residents as Papa Key transported the students to and from school by boat much as he still does today by bus. was very little preparation made for his received him with love. A local resident whose house had not been occupied at the However, upon the owners arrival back to the island, he was relocated to the home of It was here he and his wife resided climb up a ladder to get to their sleeping quarters. Undoubtedly, while the position of head teacher was a coveted one, it by no means came without personal hardship. Despite being poorly treated by the der the conditions. His face still radiates Please see Strachan Page 19 Above: Mr Strachan receiving his plaque.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 with a smile as he remembers his students of yester year who were always well-be haved. ebrated his 90th birthday, thanks God for the kind people he met and the kind of re ception he received because as it puts it, He had a time getting things organized. amazed at the progress the school has made. Namely, he points to such improve ments as the establishment of a teachers residence, the expansion of the school to encompass a high school section and an overall change in the landscape. The former principal cites that he found just three stoned structures when he arrived to the island. Today, in the is lands two sentlements, Hard Bargain and The Bight, stone structures are relatively the norm. The islands population has also increased several times over. Today the population numbers around 700 people as chan found upon his arrival. ingness to go where few would go even today. Even while his employer was mis treating him, valiantly he forged ahead to enhance what he found. How many of us could honestly say we would live up to our assignment if we had been treated so harshly? another question. Why do we do what we that it was certainly not for monetary gain. island as head teacher, there was no com munication from headquarters nor did he receive an increment. The former prin cipal also admits that the special assembly held by the school in his honour was the edgement is a sobering reminder that if monetary gain and praise are what we live for in education, then we would do well to prepare ourselves for a life of discontent. This giant of a man gave his most valuable gifts: his youth, time and energy and got very little in return. Yet, at the age of 90 there is a glow about him. School & Youth News Over the years he has kept his mind ing, he has been endowed with the will to thrive in the most arduous circumstances. Indeed it was an honour and a moment of experiences. He is a man truly deserving of this special assembly and more. The for this timely and well-deserving special assembly. Strachan From Page 18 ECC: The First Steps about the founding and work of the Every Child Counts School. Stay tuned for anoth er segment in following issues. By Ruth Harkin made arrangements to adopt twin boys. They had met twenty years earlier when Dominican sisters of Caldwell NJ. Tru man was from Long Island in the Bahamas and had come to Hope Town to live and work with his Aunt Edith Kemp. He be came passionate about boating and Abaco. Shortly after their marriage in 1976, Lyn was diagnosed with breast cancer and plans for family delayed while she was be ing treated for the disease and they were both dealing with this and a number of family situations which required their at tention. It was many years later when Lyn and Truman were able to consider adopting consuming. Despite the obstacles, Lyn and Tru ceived a positive response from Jamaica. Against all odds, they agreed to adopt three year old twin boys sight unseen. On the weekend before Christmas Vincent and James. The twins had been abandoned at one day old and had been living in a meager orphanage ever since. They were under nourished, didn't speak, didn't respond to their names, and ate off Undaunted, Lyn and Truman brought them to Hope Town. They expected chal lenges due to their neglectful treatment, but it took over two years to really understand the extent of these challenges. The boys condition wasn't all due to environment and the severity of the social and commu nication delays led to a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder. But as Lyn says, "at that point, they were ours and not to be abandoned again. Lyn went to their priest and friend, Father Stan Kolasa and another friend Dr. Sharon Kossack from FIU for suggestions for help. Together they approached Arch bishop Lawrence Burke who was also Ja maican and head of the Archdiocese of the Bahamas at that time. Please see ECC Page 20

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 PROPERTY FOR SALEBUSINESS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY POSSIBLE USES INCLUDE A BONEFISHING LODGE2 partially completed 2 storey wooden structures each comprising plans for 4 suites with master bedroom and bath, guest bedroom and bath, kitchen and great room. Location: About a mile northeast of the settlement of Cherokee in close proximity to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay and the related development. Property Size: 60,026 sq. ft. -1,378 acres (W-100 ft, L-591 ft) Appraised in 2012 at $598,000 Appraised value is provided as a market indicator only Telephone inquiries and/or written oers with telephone contact and postal address should be submitted to:Attention: C. Hall P.O. Box N-8329, Nassau, Bahamas Tel: 242-394-9929 Fax: 242-393-4288We reserve the right to reject and/or refuse any oer Terms: 10% upon acceptance; balance upon completionLot 9 Yellow Wood, Cherokee Sound, Abaco He approved a research project to ac cess the numbers and educational needs of children like Vincent and James on Abaco. abilities were not in school and many in school displayed evidence of learning dis abilities and were in need of instruction not provided by a regular school. After learning the results of the search, Archbishop Burke and the Catholic Board of Education approved beginning a small program at St. Francis if Lyn and others would take on the challenge of fund raising to support the program. Lyn was at that time the Guidance Counselor at St. Francis de Sales School. Funds were raised to bring one special ed ucation teacher to Abaco to begin services terms of logistics so in the next two years, a small special education classroom was begun with one teacher and 12 students in a trailer at the school which served as a library and then in a separate trailer on were being trained by Dr. Kossack and vis iting professors from Florida International University on diagnosis and remediation of special needs students. In 2001, Lyn was in Florida recover ing from cancer surgery. A friend, Sherri Sochet, who had a home in Hope Town came to visit. Her husband Ira came along. Ira had never met Lyn before, but he was captivated by her and the story of the school. He said, "You need a building to have a school." They started to think big. Lyn knew the former convent building on vacant. Iras Florida Care Foundation contributed $60,000 for the renovations. The Archbishop agreed the school would pay $1.00 a year for the lease. But when he suggested a period of three years, Ira drawing on his Jewish heritage objected saying "three years is not long enough. Even Isaac in the Old Testament gave La ben 7 years with an option to renew for another 7 years," he told the Archbishop. Amused, the Archbishop agreed assuming the program was working. This was all an extraordinary idea. There were no schools like this on Abaco and few in the rest of The Bahamas they could use as a model. The Catholic Board of Education agreed to govern the school as long as funds were raised for renovat ing, operating, and expanding the school to service only special needs children. In 2003, the school moved to the new location. It started with 2 teachers, 22 History and Heritage ECC From Page 19 students and $50,000 for the school year. There were very few resources with a big vision and a bigger need than either Lyn, Ira, or the church could have imagined. The students came. The church ap plied for work permits and provided in surance. Foundations like the Endover the Lyford Cay Foundation, and private individuals contributed funds to keep the school open but the issues Lyn and others faced were mammoth. What should be taught? Who should teach? Then there was the issue of raising money and ensuring children were accept ed. Every solved problem turned up a new one, but dollars raised somehow found a match. Was this really going to work? Lyn didn't know. She just kept moving forward. Saving the old landmarks of Cherokee: Part II highlighting several historical events and landmarks in Cherokee Sound. For the previous segment see April 15, Section B Page 21. By Lee Pinder The boat and its missionary voy ages around the settlement were probably carved somewhere in the late 1800s. At 400 residents and was the largest settle ment in Abaco. The boat probably made its last of ment in the early 1980, almost thirty years ago, then was put away in the attic storage and fell into a sad state of disrepair. It has since been restored and is once again part and Auction were normally held in Au season. catch was kept in live wells in order to coming in from other islands. Years lat er, when sailing was not as fast and ef switched to spearing the more lucrative ers onboard the mother boat and as re sult would be gone from home for shorter periods of time. banks, shaped like the globe, would be taken around the settlement every Satur day morning by the children to collect collected the most contributions received badges of which they were very proud. Today all the members and adherents who These donation boxes are turned in added to the amount raised in auction, held on the Saturday afternoon, along with the collection taken up at the special service sionary weekends and there was always a friendly competition between Cherokees would raise. In 1932 an Irishman, the Rev. Wal ter Crowe, was serving in the Abaco Cir cuit and was dedicated to re-building the hurricane ravaged church. A contractor and masons were dispatched from church headquarters in Nassau to construct a stronger building that could survive our infrequent, yet destructive storms. However, local residents did their part as well. They built the limestone structure that still stands today, but since the latest restoration work has begun and the old plaster has been stripped away, it is apparent that the building blocks used must have come from someplace other than around Cherokee. No one knows where they came from, but the nearest quarry at that time was located in Wilson City on the main land of Abaco. The contractor must have there fore realized it would be far better to use blocks that could be gotten locally than try and bring something in from Nassau and they could only have been transported Women and even schoolchildren helped as well by hauling sand by the bucketful from the beach each evening and smashing big rocks into smaller ones that the masons needed for the next day. Other supplies and necessities had to come via the weekly mail boat from Nas sau, weather permitting. This new church was therefore built. All this had to be done without mod ern machinery or electric tools. The work was completed and Rev. Crowe dedicated the new church To the Glory of God in 1934 only two years after it had been rav aged by the hurricane. In 1946 a second tradition was born. Rev. Handel Brown with church members and others from the community put up a huge local pine tree in the church yard every December 24th. As we have said there wasnt any electricity in the settlement at that time, but the tree was still gaily decorated for Christmas by the schoolchildren with paper chains and homemade stars made from tinfoil collected from chewing gum a diesel generator that provided lighting and fans in the church and a refrigerator for the mission house.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 ~I WOULD GATHER CHILDREN~ An adaptation of Edies favorite poem Some would gather money Along the path of life Some would gather roses And rest from worldly strife. But I would gather children From among the thorns of sin, I would seek the boys and girls Who have precious souls within. For money cannot enter In that land of endless day, And roses that are gathered Soon will wilt along the way. But oh, the laughing children, As I cross the sunset sea, And as the gates swing wide to heaven, I can take them in with me! In Loving Memory On July 18, 1952, Robbie and Alice Weatherford welcomed their third and nal daughter into the world, Edith Elizabeth. Edie, as she be came known, would become one of Abacos most well known and loved individuals because of the life she lived in service to our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. At the tender age of ve she accepted Jesus into her heart and became born again on September 11, 1957, as written in her Bible. At 15 years of age, she was impressed to begin childrens meeting in her home at Man-O-War Cay. This was only the beginning, as for over forty years she has been totally dedicated to childrens ministry, holding Bible schools all over the mainland of Abaco from north to south, and all throughout the cays. She also taught Sunday school along with her sister Sarah Ann at the International Gospel Mission in Marsh Harbour for over thirty of those years. There wasnt a Vacation Bible School that she wasnt a part of in Man-O-War Cay, in some shape or form. Visiting preachers to the island were always welcomed with a loaf of her homemade bread. Children who attended Sunday school were given a Little Debbie pie each week. Many will remember her Bible lessons she taught in school assemblies all over Abaco. There isnt enough paper to write down all of the good things Edie did, nor would she want us to. She would only want you to know that just as she gave her heart and life to the Lord, you can do so, too, if you will only call upon the Lord and believe in Him. Edie touched the lives of many far and wide, young and old alike. She will always be remembered with fondness for the love she showed to each and everyone she met, for the kind words she spoke, her generosity, her faithful church attendance, and for the devotion to her Saviour that she demonstrated by the extraordinary life she lived and her tireless eorts to win boys and girls for the Lord Jesus Christ. After two years of having one health problem after another, from recurring bouts of shingles to severe dysphagia and ataxia-like symptoms, the Lord called her home and met her on the road at her be loved home in Man-O-War Cay on April 26, 2013. There is no doubt that she heard the Saviour say, Well done, thou good and faithful servant, well done. Edith is survived by her two loving sisters, Tuppy and Sarah Ann; her devoted brother, Pastor Robin Weatherford; her sister-in-law, Myrna; her two beloved nieces, Tabitha Stortenbecker and Priscilla Weatherford; her nephew, Jake Stortenbecker; and a host of family and friends whom she held dear to her heart. Edith Elizabeth WeatherfordJULY 18, 1952 APRIL 26, 2013 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 A service of praise and thanks giving for the late Tiffany Estella Smith-Sidor 36 a resident of Grace Ave. Dundas Town, Abaco wase held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at Grace Baptist ing was be Pastor Shawn Robins assisted by Bishop Archilaus Cooper Interment was follow in Dundas Town cemetery. Left to cherish Tiffanys memories are her husband: Frantzy Sidor; children: and Rudy Smith; mother-in-law: Bernise Sidor; father-in-law: Paul Sidor; sisters: Uneak Outten, Jennifer Saunders, Natasha and Amanda Smith; brothers: Craig Coo and Jennifer Dorsette; uncles: Bishop Ar chilaus Cooper, Rev. Hartman Cooper, Eric and Henry Cooper, Anthony Doug las, Sultan Sands, Nehemiah Saunders, and Ricardo Smith; sisters-in-law: Edith Sidor and Shatoya Smith; brothers-in-law: ews: Theo, Torriano and Synoved Saun Derick Stuart, Trey Smith, Rudy Jr. and Derisha Stuart, Roverna and Assidy Smith; grandnephews: Cassidy Paul and Treko Saunders; god children: Brandon, Alexis of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Funeral Ser vice for Catechist George Wash ington Reckley age 87 affection ately called Pa of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, who died at his residence April 14th, was held at St. Peters Anglican Church, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. The Right Reverend Bishop Laish Z. Boyd assisted by Revd Father D.E. Angelo N. Bowe and Revd Willish in the Public Cemetery Green Turtle Cay Abaco. He is predeceased by grand-daugh ter: Chandell Reckley. Left to cherish his memories are:His wife: Barbara, Sons: Bradley, Wayne, Gilbert and Joel Reckley, Daughters-in-law: Lovely, Donna Lee, Bridget and Lories Reckley, Step-children: Desmond Hepburn, Siblings: Leroy and berta Russell, Grand-children: Cornelia, Cornelius, Wayne Jr., Dwayne, Danielle, Keran, Wayanna, Waynette, Azriel, Ra shad, Joel Jr., Javon and Jayden Reckley, Great grand-children: Shawnelia Reckley, Adaria Bain, Chelshanno Adderley, Chel sea and Ellie Reckley, DAndre, Scarlett ris Nicholson Jr. In-laws: Sonya and Jen Russell, Step-in-laws: Bernadette and De ell Lowe,Numerous: nieces, nephews and cousins and many more family and friends. Born in Cher okee Sound to Leon and Florence Sands on the 6th of Eric Sands peacefully slipped away on the 16th of April, 2013 after a long illness. He had three other brothers, Gurney, Chris and Clifford, and two sisters, Olive and Shirley. Eric grew up in Cherokee Sound, lived here all his life, attended school studying under his uncle Walter W. Sands, a staunch taskmaster that molded many head-strong and successful men who be came very smart business-men when they Like many Cherokee men he went 1950s and 60s and like his father, he en joyed farming and took over the keeping of the Lights at Duck Cay and on the top of the hill for many years until a solar lights were installed just a few years back. He also worked as a seaman along with Captain Archie Bethel as well as his Deborah K and Abaco Sands, all carry ing freight out of Nassau to Abaco. He knew them well and loved to sing the hymns in his church where he wor shipped all his life. He was also a longvisiting the elderly, sick and shut-ins in years. A familiar face in Cherokee, a friend to all his neighbours and a faithful church goer, and although he never married or had any children of his own, he will be In Peace. In loving Blanch Sands Thomp son age 71, who 2013. Funeral ser vice was held in Hialeah, Florida on Sands on August 14, 1941, in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, the second child of Borrel with her 2 brothers and 2 sisters until she was 19 at which time she moved to Nas sau. In 1962, Blanch met Raymond and on November 8, 1963 they were married and a few years later their daughter Cindy. Eventually Shea Scobey was welcomed as Blanches daughter-in-law, followed by Adam Bowling, her son-in-law. Finally the grandchildren began to arrive starting with Scobey Thompson, followed by Josh Bowling, Jess Bowling, Trinity Thompson and Tanner Thompson. Blanch had a long and full life spend ing much of her time helping her extended family. She was a giving person and made a positive impact on so many lives. 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Page 22 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS NEW COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIED Call 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS WANTED TO BUY Wanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@ho tmail.com. Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished week. Call 904-982-2762 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, at 367-2660 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Marsh Harbour, Government Sub, For sale by owner Duplex located in. Large corner lot of land. Can easily be converted into 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. $325,000 Net. Phone 242-342-5066/357-0386. Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Villiage, For sale by owner, 3,200 sq.ft Triplex. 3 2 bed, 2 bath, aprox 1,000 sq.ft each. For details call 367-2289 or 357-6813 The New Plymouth Inn, Located in historic New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. The inn features quiet Colonial charm with 11 guest rooms, 50 seat restaurant and bar, garden and porate retreat, school for art, culinary, ocean research or family home. Designated historic landmark, circa 1820. Tax exempt. For sale by the owner of forty years. Priced to sell! Call 1-242-365-4138 or 242-559-9104. Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Villiage 1 bed, apt available for rent, fully furnished w/washer Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Villiage, 2 bed, to bath, central A/C, fully funrished, all ap pli ances. Call 367-5351 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Get Results Advertise with a Classified TODAY ABACO ISLAND PHARMACY LTD.We have moved! Next to ECC and across from BTC, Marsh Harbour 367.2544 tel 367.6544 faxabacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Supplements 8:30am 6pm Sundays 9am 4pm Business Service Directory Rentals : Services: Big Cat Equipment THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IS TO MARKET AND PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. One way to get your business known is to start with a BUSINESS CLASSIFIED for only $45 per issue for B&W or opt for our six issue discount rate. GET YOUR BUSINESS KNOWN!! Nassau 242-457-4SOD (4763) or 225-4SOD (4763) Abaco 242-357-6975 Fax: 242-367-2424 GRASS GRASS GRASS From Our Farm to Your Door! SOD for Immediate Located Don MacKay Blvd and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard Accepted ***NOTICE*** I Colette Rolle Bootle is no longer aliated with G&G Shipping Company. Any Inquires please call G&G Shippings oce at 1-954-920-9292 Zion Baptist District Convention held in North Abaco By Vernique Russell Superintendent Christopher Dean and the family of Baptist churches locally from Sandy Point to Fox Town prepared for Convention 2013. This event is the most anticipated on their calendar. 18. The venue for this year is Unity Baptist Church in Treasure Cay. Guest speakers will hail from the Baptist district ministries in Nassau and locally. Convention 2013 includes day and night sessions. The highlight service is Church News Jesus Is the Answer Crusade takes place in Spring City By Canishka Alexander Led by Apostle Alex Archer, senior pastor of the Church of the Latter Rain, a two-night crusade called Jesus is the An swer, took place on April 11 to 12 at the Spring City Basketball Court. Apostle Ar cher sought to provide the answers to the questions: Why am I here? Where am I going? How do I get there? the Latter Rain praise dancers and praise team members were featured as they min istered to those in the audience. During his remarks, Apostle Archer announced that Jesus wants to bring change in our lives as he warned against allowing money and material things to have control over us. After reading 1 Thessalonians 4:16, he asked the audience if they are rapture ready. His response was that the rapture will only take those who receive Jesus as Lord. the Book of Acts, he said that just as Jesus ascended into Heaven in the same manner He will descend. Only those washed in the blood of Jesus will hear the shout, and the trumpet sound. He warned that the scales of sin must be washed off because it is the only way that Jesus will be seen. Scripture readings were also taken from Luke 21:25 and Revelation 20, which outlined the signs of the end of time con But hope remains in the midst of such widespread distress and destruction, and that hope comes through Jesus Christs blood that was shed on Calvary. Apostle Archer said that once these signs are witnessed, lift up your heads for you redemption draweth nigh. Be cause the second rapture has no power, he rapture. He revealed that people sitting in their homes in Spring City, and under the sound of his voice would feel the presence of God, and that there would be a visitation of the Holy Ghost. At the end of the crusade, Apostle Archer called children and their parents to the altar for a prayer of blessing. He pled with parents to guide their children in godly principles. Finally, he ended by thanking the community for the use of their facilities, and promised that God will re veal Himself that week to people who do not know Him. Please see Answer

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 Previously, Genesis held a concert at Victory Tabernacle Church, which is pastored by Pastor A.B. Lewis. Simmons said that the members used to practice at a community center in Abaco; however, they now practice at Victory Tabernacle on Thursdays. CONGRATULATIONS NICHOLAS Local Boy Scores High MarksNicholas Malone was a student of Hope Town School, later moved to Jacksonville, Florida and served in the US Army with deployment in Iraq. Upon his return started his studies at ITT Tech in Criminology and Forensic Technology, completing with a 4.0 GPA. On May 1, 2013 he was invited to the National Technical Honors Scociety of ITT Tech. Nicholas is the son of Buddy & Patrice of Hope Town. SON WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU! VEHICLES FOR SALE NEW COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIED Call 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 VEHICLES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE GOTTA GOGOTTA GOGOTTA GOOne 17 open console boa t, ready for engine $ 2,600.00 ONO. One 20 Pro-Line boat ready for engine. $4,300.00 ONO One 20 trailer completely rebuilt, with new parts. $ 13 2011 Boston Whaler Sport/Duty Paid/40hp 407.796.7354 or gojena@bellsouth.net BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 1996-Toyota Windom 2.5, White/Brown, Ra dio, CD, A/C. Runs hot, needs a head gasket and front brake pads. Will consider best of fer above $1,000.00. Car is in Treasure Cay. Please call 475-3226. 2001 Cabrio Volkwagon Convertable, 4 new tires, cold A/C, great fuel milage. Asking $6,900. Call 367-0001 or 375-9873 2005 T160 Bob Cat axle trailer $14,900.00. Call 367-2631 after 6pm 2005 Yamaha maculate condition, milage 2,104 w/ added mets $9,500.00. Call 367-2631 after 6pm 2006 Ford Fusion automatic, runs great. Call 475-9947 Get Results Advertise with a Classified 17 Hobie Cat, good condition, duty paid, blue hull, vivid sail. Asking $1,600. Located on Tilloo Cay. E-mail: toobluetilloo@yahoo. com 25 Classic Mako, powered by a 300HP Ya maha, high pressure injected, little over 1200 hrs. Asking $12,000 OBO. Call 242-3655006, 475-2479 26 1994 Mako, twin 150 4s stroke (less than 400 hrs) live well, cd player, new speakers Furuno Depth Finder, Garmin GPS $27,500 Contact 305-242-6043 or hquin1902@gmail. com 28 Blackfin Original outboard con series outboards running, in good condition. Bahamas duty paid and registered.Tower with dual station controls Forward cabin with head 110v dockside plug in 18k or best offerBoat is phone 242 366-0154 or 305 735-8550 31 Tiara, 1990, Duty paid. Tuna tower. Needs engine wk. $20k obo. Truman major HT (242) 366-0101. Peggy FL (561) 789-3996 34 DEHLER Sloop in very good condition, Yanmar Diesel Engine 27HP, with only 600 working hours. Well equipped i.e. Spinnaker, Wind Generator. Located in Abaco, Duty paid. Asking US $34.000,Email: chiemgau@live.de 34 Crusader, Northern Light generator, Garman GPS sys Stone crab and grouper trap pulley. $38,000 OBO. Sleeps 6. Call 365-5006, 475-2479 or 475-3701 22 cu.ft. side by side Kenmore refrigerator/ freezer with icemaker $595 G.E. 30 elec tric range/oven $450 G.E. 30 built-in mi crowave oven $125 Hunter Original 4 blade ceiling fan good condition. Tel: 577-0263 47 Flat Screen VIZIO Smart TV built in WFI, full HD, 1080p. New $1,000. Call 4759947 2007 EZGO Gas Shuttle Golf Cart very good condition, on Scotland Cay. $5000 Call 321-777-0068 or e-mail: n5dl@hotmail.com I feel victory, and a stirring and changing in this community, he observed. People will give their lives to Him in their homes. Church News Answer From Page 22 Genesis members honour elderly in Moores Island By Canishka Alexander Genesis gospel group members Zel Stuart, Lenward Cornish, Lloyd Russell, Collie Swain and Nixon Johnson organized lands older persons over the Easter holi days. The concert was held at Zion Baptist Honourees at the concert includ Simms; Jonathan Dean; and Geneva Wil liams. After being honoured, Dean ex pressed that he wants to see more love displayed in the community. Simmons recalled that the elderly gentleman was so overwhelmed because he has never been honoured in that manner, and said that he greatly appreciated what was done on the other honourees behalf. awarded one half of the athletes there with plaques for their athletic achievements. Genesis has been in existence for ap proximately four years, and was founded by Eddie Rolle. Genesis is in the process Simmons explained that their intent is to meet the spiritual and physical aspects of their audiences in an effort to cater to the whole man, and thatGenesis mem bers are all committed, and have a desire to become more involved community-wise with the young and the old. Were looking forward to making a great impact in Abaco and elsewhere to spread ministry, Simmons conveyed. terested in adding a young lady they met there who sang so impressively. Because of their long-term goal to ef fectively reach out to hurting young men, Simmons disclosed that they will soon go on the streets to do ministry. Genesis mem bers will also collect canned goods and dis tribute them throughout the community.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 10 MAY 15th, 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 Timothy Roberts The Ninth Annual Island Roots Heritage Festival (IRHF) in Green Turtle Cay overcame challenging weather conditions, including a waterspout turned tornado, to host yet another successful event Abaco Style on May 3 and 4. Though an early rain shower at the beginning of the day and a waterspout turned tornado landed just after the opening ceremony completed in the evening the rest of the three-day event continued undaunted and was enjoyed by all who came whether from abroad or locally. The Festival had a host of events taking place all starting with the opening prayer and national anthems of both The Bahamas and The United States of Amer ica. There were myriad activities through out the weekend with something for everyone whether participating or just spectating including several tug-of-war matches with children and adults taking part. A popular event during the Festival was top spinning and pegging which gave a number of children the ability to show off their expertise and allowed some Island Roots Heritage Festival beats drum of history By Mirella Santillo On May 13, Mr. John W Dinkelman, Charge dAffaires at the United States Embassy in Nassau, visited Abaco, accompa nied by his son Michael and Educational Aide Katie Roach. Mr. Dinkelman had come to Abaco at the invitation of Every Child Counts Director Lyn Major who had asked for his sponsorship in the Special Olympics Torch Run. The US Embassy delegation was met at the Airport Roundabout at 9:00 am by US Embassy Charge dAffaires carries Special Olympics Torch for ECCrepresentatives of Every Child Counts -teachers, parents and athletesand by Ma rine William Bateman and Reams Powers from Tennessee, vacationing on the island with their families. They had found out about the Special Olympics Torch Run and had decided to participate. With the torch held high by the Unit ed States Charge d Affaires, the group Please see Torch Page 5 Simmons Construction road repair contract expandedTo begin work on airport roundaboutSimmons Construction, who had been contracted to repair problem areas on Central Abacos roads, has been directed to carry out repairs on the airport roundabout in Marsh Harbour to connect the roads in a three phase project. As of press time the amount the original contract of $1.3 million has been increased by was not released. The airport roundabout was not in the original scope of works for Simmons and co. See page 16 for more details. Above: Students of ECC and supporters during the Special Olympics Torch Run ceremony. Please see IRHF Page 2 Above: the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marching Band performing for the crowds at Green Turtle Cays Island Roots Heritage Fes tival. Many fun events and performances greeted visitors.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com adults to rejuvenate their skills. The chil dren were also given the chance to compete in a lime and spoon race for prizes as well as participate in a historical scavenger hunt during the day. A conch breaking contest was also held as a couple of men and a trio of women got a quick lesson and then was given the chance to compete against each other. Children from the settlement put on Pole, a centuries old British tradition, and then helped the audience to get in on the plaiting too. There was also a variety of fun and cultural entertainment throughout the The Cays IRHF From Page 1 weekend from the improvisational com edy provided through Island Waves Com munity Center to the ever popular Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marching and Pop Bands as well as performances by Amy Roberts Primary School and the Tiny Turtles during the day. At night guests were entertained by a variety of Bahamian musicians including Tea Time, Brown Tip Rake and Scrape, New Entry Band, The Gully Roosters and the Bahamian legend Eddie Minnis in addition to being treated with the colorful and beautiful sights and sounds of Junkanoo by Junior Junkanoo Champions Forest Heights and the local Green Turtle Cay little Island Slammers. The weekend was concluded by an ecumenical service held under the tent at Settlement Point where churches from Green Turtle Cay came together and gave thanks. The service featured singing by the Church of God and the New Plymouth Gospel Chapel and Rev. Charles Carey of the Methodist Church gave the sermon. During the weekend the Festival was attended to by three lovely Loyalist ladies dressed in authentic time period dresses. They participated in several events and helped organize and run several activities. Throughout Friday and Saturday a number of informative talks were carried such as information on native habitats by the Bahamas National Trust and family tree research by Peter Roberts along with a video presentation by Sandra Riley on the Taino people. The family tree research group lead by Peter Roberts set up in the Gospel Cha pel Education Hall where they took saliva samples for DNA tests and assisted persons There was also a talk on Abacos history by Forest Heights teacher and Hope Town native, Shane Cash while at the Cap tain Roberts Environmental Center bush medicine garden they shared information on bush medicine and made some native tea. The opening ceremony commenced with Sir Peter Anderson, Secretary GenAbove: no Bahamian cultural event would be complete without a game of dominoes. Above: conch cracking is a serious sport. Several ladies are cheered on to see who can retrieve the conch meat the fastest. Please see Roots Page 10

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 FURNITURE PLUS roundabout led by a policeman on a motor Several groups of people had volunteered to carry the torch, so there were eleven relay stations and the Torch passed nal destination on the grounds of ECC. Students from Forest Heights Acad emy, St Francis de Sales and Wesley College, a representative from the Rotary Club of Abaco, volunteers from the Hope Town Fire and Rescue Department, from the Police as well as other community members took the relay. The torch was picked up at Abaco Gas by Detective Boyd who passed it to Ashanti Duncanson and Gregory Whymms from St Francis de Sales running with their teacher Georgia William. It then went to Forest Heights Academys teacher Tia Knowles accompanied by two students Ian Knowles and Charlie Cash. From there it went to Rayanne Dawn Malone, a local business employee and to several Ryerson University students on residence at ECC from Canada. Finally Hope Town Fire and Rescue Departments Bonnie Hall and Tami Cash held it for a leg and gave it to Wesley Colleges Charles Carey Jr. and Troy Seymour. By then the runners (walkers) had reached Front Street where Ann-Mary Moss Koops was waiting with a group of students to cheer the participants and pick up the Torch for the last leg. by Detective Boyds son, Domenico, with runners and students following. They were received at the school with applauds and ovations. Mr. Dinkelman, who had been wait by Lyn Major who thanked him for his presence and invited him to speak. I brought my son Michael and our friend Katie to see what a great place ECC was. said Mr. Dinkelman, adding I love coming to Abaco because everybody cares about one another. His address was followed by a musi cal show put on by several ECC students. Vincent Major performed a lively interpre tation of Michael Jacksons Billy Jean. There was a duet by Eric and Myron Sawyer; a solo by little Quayshawn Cheramin and a poem read by Rosemeleine Baptiste. Ronel Escarment, did a perfect and heartfelt rendition of a popular song which brought tears to peopleeyes. He was acclaimed warmly for his performance. Treneil Brice who had walked from the roundabout to the school only using a walker and The show ended around lunch time and by then the hungry could purchase an Italian lunch of Lasagna, baked Zitti or Spaghetti. The money from the lunch sale is to help with the expenses of taking the ath letes to Nassau to participate in the Special Olympics taking place the weekend of June 15. That participation requires funding that the school and many parents cannot fully afford. The coordinator for the event, ECC art teacher Nicole de Nardin, explained that the Torch Run was held ahead of the Special Olympics to involve Abaco and raise awareness in the event. Participating in The Special Olym pics, she said, is not only about competing but also about getting the students involved in a community bigger than the school. It is an opportunity for them to see that they are not alone in their struggle, hence the necessity of community support. Central & All Abaco Torch From Page 1 Government seeks consultations on a By Timothy Roberts The Department of Marine Resourc es, with the support of the EU-funded ACP Fish II Programme, is working to develop a new Fisheries Act for The Bahamas. The purpose behind drafting a new management in The Bahamas and to create a modem, robust and effective legal frame work that will best serve the needs and in The ACP FISH II Programme is a pean Development Fund on behalf of ACP of states) countries. The aim of the pro ment in ACP countries so as to ensure that these countries are exploited in a sustain able manner. With the assistance of two interna tional legal experts, the Department will develop a new draft Act and will consult widely with stakeholders through a series of meetings, community consultations and a National Consultation in order to ensure all views are accommodated in the new legislation. of Marine Resources will organize a series of community consultations in order to en communities. They will have meetings in Grand Cay and Marsh Harbour on May 30 and in Sandy Point and Mount Hope on May 31. The purposes of the Community Consultations are to outline the planned consultation and drafting process, provide an overview of the proposals for the new Fisheries Act, and obtain comments, sug gestions and views from stakeholders on well as the proposals presented. The Department is reaching out to men, processors and exporters as well as tives; anyone who has an interest or a stake in the Fishing Industry. The drafting of a new Fisheries Act will be implemented through a series of activities starting with pre-consultation meetings with the Department for Marine Resources and other stakeholders in Nas sau and the Family Islands. The group will compile a Status Re port, analyzing the current situation and ing initial recommendations on the content for the draft Fisheries Act. Then they will hold a series of community consultations, in twelve locations, to enable stakeholders to input views and suggestions for the draft Fisheries Act. A National Consultation, on the draft Act which will be organized by the Department of Marine Resources, with the support of the project team and a National Validation Workshop, to be held in Nas sau, at which a revised draft Act (taking account of the results of the National Con sultation) will be presented and discussed with key stakeholders. Finally they will complete the Draft Fisheries Act, taking account of the results of the National Workshop. 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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian May 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 Prime Minister. Consultation Meetings and Times: May 30: Grand Cay 12pm Marsh Harbour, Parish Hall 6:30pm May 31: Sandy Point, JA Pinder School 6:30pm Mount Hope, New Hope Baptist 6:30pm Ferry Service and transportation will be provided for those who need it from the Cays. Call 699-0202 for more informa tion. Central & All Abaco Fisheries From Page 5 Dominoes tournament a big part of communityBy Canishka Alexander Half Check is the meeting place for a rousing game of dominoes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Murphy Town every day once the weather permits. Traditionally, a group of about 50 men make up the Half Check Association with eight teams represented whenever tournaments are held. Association Leader Rockland Boodle agreed that dominoes is recreational for them, and that it is an event that brings them together in the community. On Tues days, grilled food is prepared and served, and the men pool their funds together to purchase drinks. Chicken souse, wild boar and dough, pig feet souse and crab soup are customary items served on the menu courtesy of Jason Davis, an association leader. Association Leaders Boodle and Da vis have been responsible for the organi zation of tournaments, and then there are a few members, namely Nesbitt and Mc Bride, who help to control the book scoring. Don Wilmott, a member, said that there are always those people who think they can avenge themselves, but end up getting beat every time. He elicits a round of laughter from his colleagues based on that statement even the ones he is referring to. The tour naments are organized to be fair straight across the board for everybody involved. tournaments, and trophies are awarded for The rules allow one player to sit down for at least 20 games as long as he contin ues to wins, so the winners stay down, and losers get up. The fee schedule for play ers in the tournament is $10 per player and $20 to partner. There is also an agreement among the players to pay $10 every week as a form of dues to help the association to grow. Under the elongated branches of a coconut tree that casts shade over the roof of the dominoe shack where the men congregate, a sense of camaraderie looms over them during their games even though they are opponents looking to secure a win. Ex citement builds as the seated players check their dominoes in hand for their next play slamming down their pieces on the tabletop satisfyingly. Wilmott said they plan to contact teams from Nassau, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Exuma, Jamaica and the United States to come over to Abaco to play in tournaments. Within the next two months, they are hoping to rent one of the halls on the island to get a team from Nassau to participate. It will be an island-wide event, and we are looking for the best players throughout the islands, Wilmott assured. And best players means that the tour nament is open to anyone who can play, and that includes females. Above: a few members of the Half Check Dominoes Association Abaco Sporting Complex on the HorizonBy Timothy Roberts A representative from the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture along with a multi-agency team to meet with a small group of stakeholders to discuss ideas for a sporting facility in Abaco on May 9. Eugene Poitier, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture explained that the government is seeking to increase the countrys ability to develop new talent and manage elite talent by building sporting complexes at interna tional standards on several island in The Bahamas. He also said that this is a front burner project for the government and that they are indeed working to not just acquire ideas, needs and wants from each location but will be working to design, build, equip and manage the facilities. He said this initial visit was designed to visit the site and to meet with stakehold ers to help us with our planning process and to help us develop our vision board for a sporting complex here in Abaco. Abaco is slated to be the home of the Integrated Building Services (IBS) who was contracted to serve as master planning, Civil Engineer designer, construction management and project quality control for the Ministry. Please see Sporting Page 7

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Central & All Abaco Sporting From Page 5 Nick Dean, Principal of IBS, said This is a part of the governments project to increase the level of sporting awareness, activity and expertise on the family islands and hopefully increasing our resource pool when it comes to selecting national teams. We also want to, like Jamaica, en courage our elite athletes to return home and train here instead of living abroad, he added. The stakeholders present were asked for input into the type of facilities they would like to see for Abaco and that their advice would be taken into consideration within the budget they have been allowed. softball and baseball, soccer and swim ming. Mr. Dean noted that they plan to en sure that within their budget that they will be able to build and equip the facilities as well as make sure the facilities is managed After the discussion the team visited the proposed site in Murphy Town next to Abaco Central High School to assess the facilities and the land available. The team included representatives from BEC and Water and Sewerage as well as a consul Abaco is projected to receive a sport complex in Central Abaco and Moors Is land is slated to receive a proper track and gram are Eleuthera and Exuma. Marsh Harbour Town Committee By David Ralph Roving Reporter The Marsh Harbour Town Committee met on April 10 at the new Adminis tration building with seven of their nine members present. The Central Abaco District Council is made up of the three towns of Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town and Murphy Town. The statutory boards that serve this area are made up of representatives from the three towns. However, there is little community interest in serving on these boards and they seldom meet. The chairman of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee suggested that the duties of these boards be turned over to the relevant government agency to accommo date progress. Another member did not want to give up oversight entirely as many items coming up need community input or oversight. Nassau does not know the speable community decisions. The boards are Town Planning, Port Authority and Hotel Licensing. Local governments oversight and authority for issuing shop licenses and liquor licenses was taken away last year. Port be assigned to the Port Department as the Local Government Port Board has not met in many months. This means that proj ects for docks and other coastal improve ments cannot proceed without permission. The Administrator asked that mem bers consider the Local Government Act for suggested changes or amendments as it is under review for possible changes. Members were unanimous in want ing to be designated a District III Council that would include just Marsh Harbour and Spring City. This would follow the prece dent set for the Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town Districts. District III Councils do not have statutory boards but handle all town matters themselves. The chairman asked members to sup port her desire that Marsh Harbour be assigned a meeting location within their town different locations for their meetings within the Government Complex. The admin istrator felt that access to the large board room adjacent to the Prime Ministers ofbest location. The chairman presented a January press release by the Minister of the Envi ronment and Housing on governments initiative on ridding the country of immigrant shanty towns. She asked the administrator to get more information on this initiative and how it would impact the immigrant ar eas on Abaco. Continued new construction in the Mudd settlement adjacent to the bypass road was mentioned. In one instance the space between two close houses has been enclosed and a door added, giving a new space to rent. Questions were asked on how this type of illegal expansion can be stopped. Members were concerned that the airport tower must be raised by 20 feet to comply with international regulations. If this is correct, this will require a special crane to come from Freeport to lift the top cab off so the tower can be heightened. Then the crane will have to return later to put the top back on. The crane is alleged to cost about $300,000 per trip. Members are suggesting that offending pine trees be cut allowing better visibility. An excess water bill for Spring City building was discussed. This government building was originally used as a school by the Owens Illinois sugar operation. It then Abaco. Now it houses several entities. Apparently a single water-meter serves a bar and a laundromat, both private businesses, as well as public restrooms uti lized by the bar. The nine-month bill will be paid, but the Town Committee is re questing that separate water connections be installed. The Town Committee member from Spring City asked for funding for a privacy fence to separate the bar patrons from the children using the public restroom and the ship money remaining in the budget, vari ous members will personally contribute to have approximately 16 feet of privacy fence put in place.

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Moderation 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/VISACommunity Calendar hind Sea Spray Elbow Cay) If you werent to the Green Turtle Cay Island Roots Heritage Festival a couple weekends ago you missed out. It is the granddaddy of all the Abaco Cays heritage festivals. And thats saying a lot coming from a Hope Town kid. While I wouldnt say Hope Town and Green Turtle have an amorphous, friendly rivalry going on, I will say this: there seems to be two types of visitors to our cays those who call New Plymouth their home base and then those who wouldnt trade the El bow Cay Lighthouse for anything else in the world. Of course this is an exag geration. But there is a point in there somewhere. Im too tired from think ing about our terrible, shameful roads That being said, I had a fantastic time in Green Turtle for the Heritage Festival. The crowds were impressive. The entertainment lively. The food delight fully Bahamian (read: extra greasy with double portions.)And the schedul ing was obviously painstakingly organized by those involved. It is both impressive and encour aging to know the passion exists to get a festival of this magnitude off the ground. Its a festival so fun it spills over into another country, that is New Plymouths sister city in Key West, Florida. It demonstrated everything thats right with our country. The comradery among locals and visitors. The back to your roots feeling from seeing visitors from all across Abaco and The Bahamas living it up with each other during the several day event. The fact that Bahamians still buy into and invest into these events is a feel-good indica tor that we still hold our culture dear. Its a good thing we have culture to rely on in this country, because we certainly wont have money very much longer. Not the government, because its wasting money and political capital on road repair projects that dont actu ally repair anything for the long term. And certainly not us. Because when we are not, collectively, pumping millions into the central government we are re placing our vehicles and renting cranes to pull them out of these craters. Im sorry. Im writing about the roads again. I shouldnt worry so much. Surely if we all keep quiet things will work out best for Abaco. But thats not what I saw in Green Turtle. What I saw at the Festival was one community reaching out to the others. And the other communities responding. I saw people who wanted something, who had something to be proud of, make things happen. You can see it all over Abaco. Every set tlement has the spirit of Do. As in, We can do this. It is not the blindness of unwaver ing pride in our island that will build us. It is not nave, uncoordinated ef fort that will bring us progress. And it is not angry demands unattached to reality that will get us what these com munities need. But listen. We can be proud of Abaco. We can do things for Abaco. And we can demand better for Abaco. It is the spirit of these things that build successful heritage festivals. And it is the moderation of these things that can build Abaco.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Road Repairs? What Road Repairs!Dear Editor: I want to address a situation I am sure all Abaconians, especially those who live in, work at and traverse through Marsh Harbour, are upset about; the state of the roads in Marsh Harbour and the poor paving job that is going on. I am bothered for several reasons. First, the government hired yet again a company from out of town to do a job that we have persons more than capable of do ing. That is certainly cost prohibitive as the company from Nassau has to bring equip ment and personnel to Abaco incurring ad ditional costs in transportation and housing among other things. Second, the quality of the work is abysmal. I dont like to put down someone elses work, but it appears to me (and Im not alone in my assessment) that this com pany does not have any experience in road paving at all. It appears they are on their third attempt to resurface the area in front of Memorial Plaza. Third, I think it is a major waste of OUR money; $1.3 million and we know there are always cost overruns. Its a waste because we keep hearing that the government will indeed pave from the Airport Roundabout to (or almost to) Alburys Ferry at the Crossing with Hot Mix. If indeed that is so why not just let the Ministry of Works do one of the jobs they are here for and patch the pot holes until the hot Mix paving starts? Alternatively, if they are not indeed going to pave our roads with Hot Mix then Letters to the Editor this quality of work again is a waste of money. It has been shown time and time that the quality cannot withstand a decent rain. So if we get no Hot Mix we are con demned to worse roads than when they started and a $1.3 million (or more) bill that OUR tax dollars are paying for! Is anyone from the Ministry of Works actually monitoring the work? Are we honestly to believe the excuse that the weather and people driving over it is what set them back? I have noted on several occasions they have done work to the portion of road at Memorial Plaza on days that if you checked the weather you know we are going to have rain. If you cannot properly polices assistance. Abaco is sick and tired of getting less than we deserve, and it seems we are always getting the end of the stick the smells bad! -Irate AbaconianHope Town HelpersHope Town is described by most as a one-of-a-kind vacation destination, but what goes on behind the scenes? Locals do their best to accommodate all of the on coming visitors, but who is in charge of helping out the locals? That is usually the job of the Community Helpers. isnt it? Hope Town is one of the more popular Family Islands, bringing in more money than most and it seems as though we get rewarded with a nurse who is constantly being summoned back to Marsh Harbour which makes her of no use to the locals who cant just hop on a ferry every time bogus charges. Hope Town needs a nurse who will enjoy being here and who will stick around long enough to get to know the locals, instead of just being here part time. Hope Town needs a new Police Of switched every 6 (six) months and the one we have now has exceeded that and seems as though he has a become too comfortable, we were not looking for a someone to bully the locals around, just a Police OfIf Hope Town can be described as a one-of-a-kind vacation destination to tourist then why cant it be a one-of-a-kind liv ing destination for locals? This was not written to bash the helpers of this community, it was simply written to shine some light. -Concerned in Hope TownNo Service, No PrideDear Editor: As a frequent passenger on a cer tain ferry operating in Marsh Harbour, it is with great sadness that we are seeing a dramatic and steady decline in an opera tion that was once one of the best run busi nesses in The Bahamas. At one time this ferry service was the life-blood of Abaco, serving and supporting the residents of Abaco. Today, I would suggest that the word "Service" not be associated with this business. Under new ownership, services that were once provided by courteous and attentive employees gradually became a thing of the past and new policies are at tempting to run the business as if it were an airline. I would suggest that the owners take a closer look at their ferry operation and its policies and realize that even small er airlines serving Abaco offer much more than their business does. When customers arrive at the dock no employees are present until minutes before departure, nor are there signs to tell them which dock and what boat will take them to their destination. Ultimately, customers are "greeted" by employees who clearly lack respect and genuine appreciation for customers. Customers now pay $5 for each bag beyond 3 bags, regardless of weight or size. To add insult to injury, customers now tote their own luggage and drivers are rarely on hand to help load bags into the boat or offer assistance. The unprofessional attire and casual attitude of personnel does nothing to boost now pay $10 round trip for each pet that must remain in a kennel. Keeping up with maintenance has evidently become a chal lenge and often boats belch oily smoke, broken windows are the norm and heavily damaged rub rails are the result of careless or inept drivers. There are few ferries around the world that charge more and provide less for a 20 minute ferry ride. It is apparent little interest in providing a service that was once the pride of Abaco. -Unhappy PassengerMore Letters see Page 20

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Page 10 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 Abaco Hardware eral of the Conch Republic (also known as Key West), blowing the conch shell and was also attended by Key West Mayor Craig Cates. Mr. Cates said he was glad to be a part of the festivities and is proud of his Bahamian ancestry his grandfather was from Rock Sound, Eleuthera and his grandmothers family was from Elbow Cay and Key West is proud of their Ba hama Roots. moved to Key West he meet amazing people known as Conchs who he said were the most beautiful, welcoming and wonderful people on earth. The Cays Roots From Page 2 Neil Campbell, North Abaco Admin istrator and keynote speaker, said it is the governments objective through formal and informal education that we will fully un derstand and appreciate our culture and the heritage of our language, music, expressions, food, religion and myths. He noted the wonderful bond of the sister cities of Green Turtle Cay and Key West that has forged the special annual festival. It is my belief that through the ex pression of music, dance, art, storytelling and the like, coupled with mouthwatering food and warm hospitality the linkage be tween our European and African ancestry is preserved and celebrated. Karen McIntosh, IRHF Commit tee Chairman, gave special thanks for the strong support she gets from her committee and also from the Ministry of Tourism in producing the festival year after year. She also shared thanks for Mr. Campbell and the local government of Green Turtle Cay. She noted that Settlement Point had been destroyed twice by hurricanes since the last Festival in 2011, but thanks to the commitment and effort of Randy and Rody Sawyer the park was restored complete with electricity and water in time for the event. She thanked all those in the commu nity who have taken pride in their history and their community as they prepared to host the festival and all the visitors. Above: the crowd was quick to join in the festivities. Above: Stephen Lowe practices for the top spinning competition by balancing a spinning top on hand. Man O War Cay Fire and Rescue Association debuts Lil AmberBy Jennifer Hudson The Man O War Cay Fire and Rescue Association was started in 2000 when the ing in the deaths of three people including a young child, was the result of a faulty generator after Hurricane Floyd. from Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and brought over to the cay. It was discovered, manageable on those tiny roads and that it would not be possible to reach many of the homes in that truck. The decision was made, therefore, several months ago to transport the Hahn truck over to Marsh Harbour for the use of their Fire Depart ment. According to Man O Wars Fire Chief, Mr. Roy Russell, that truck is an excellent pumper. Mr. Russell realized that what was needed on Man O War Cay was a much more compact vehicle capable of getting into all the nooks and crannies of the cay since all the roads are actually golf cart paths. He therefore set about designing a purpose built vehicle. He began with a golf cart which is larger and sturdier than the normal everyday run around vehicle and Please see Fire Page 21

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 Standard Hard Central & All Abaco Simmons alerts public to road construction detoursAbove: Phase 2 and Phase 3 of Bill Simmons Constructions upcoming road repair project at the airport roundabout. Phase 1 details the area before beginning their effort to connect the work done on the airport terminal roads and the main highway. Bill Simmons Construction was signed on by the government for a $1.3 million project to repair certain roads in the vicinity of Dundas Town, Murphy Town and Marsh Harbour earlier in the year. The miles of patching and sealing work in Cen tral Abaco. The airport roundabout project is seemingly in addition to the original four month contract signed in January. The construction will occur primarily in three phases. Bill Simmons Construc tion is awaiting the Bahamas Electricity the area before proceeding. A spokesman for the company indicated it would begin shortly. During the construction detours will be made around blocked off sections of road. The expected detours are shown to the left and on page 1. Over the past four months Simmons road repair crews have worked on several stretches of road throughout Central Aba co. Notably, earlier in May residents and business owners near expressed frustration and outrage due to their perception of the quality of work being carried out. An area of particular concern to residents was the stretch of road in front of Memorial Plaza. Its disgusting. We have people on this island who could do a hundred times better job than what Ive seen. It is worse now than before they started repairing it, an anonymous resident of the area said. Please see Roads Page 21

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 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 ShopbreakingAt 6:40am on April 11 a female resi dent of Spring City, Abaco, reported that person(s) broke into her shop located Don McKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Po lice investigation continues. Causing Harm male of Fox Lane, Dundas Town, reported that on the same day, at about 3:06pm his son of same address was struck to the head with an object by another student while at a local high school in Abaco. Police investi gation into this matter is continuing.StealingAt 11:50am on April 13 a 44 year old female of Dundas Town, reported that a 33 Coby TV was missing from a local motel in Marsh Harbour. Police investiga tion continues.Housebreaking (Suspects Arrested) female of Hope Town, Abaco reported that sometime between 10:00am and 4:00pm on the same day some unknown person en tered her residence and stole cash. Police investigation continues. Two suspects were arrested and are assisting the police with their investigations into this matter.Possession of Unlicensed Firearm, Ammunition and Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Suspect Arrested and Charged) Marsh Harbour Police Station arrested one Jerry Sanon of the Pigeon Peas in reference ammunition and possession of dangerous one black escort shotgun with four shotgun ammunition and one silver .32 revolver with brown handle with one .32 ammu nition. The suspect was also found with a small plastic bag containing marijuana. He attended court on April 29, where he pleaded guilty to the offence of possession sess of dangerous drugs. Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Suspect Arrested and Charged) Marsh Harbour Police Station and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) while on pa trol in the area of Christie Street, Dundas Town observed a group of males near a known drug area acting suspicious. Upon away hastily acting very suspicious. He was caught and searched and found in possession of dangerous drugs, namely mari juana. The suspect was later charged for the offence and scheduled for court on May 1. Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Suspect Arrested and Charged)On Friday, April 26 sometime around lice Station and Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) while on patrol in the area of Christie Street Dundas Town observed a to act suspiciously. As a result the male was searched and found in possession of dangerous drugs namely marijuana. The suspect was charged for the of fence and scheduled to attend magistrates court on April 29.Shopbreaking & Stealing old male of Treasure Cay reported that and 9:00am on April 25 some unknown person(s) broke into a teaching institution and stole a JVC C-210 stereo system from a classroom. Police investigation contin ues. Attempted Stealing and Causing DamagesAt 2:00pm on April 24 a 56 year old male of Crossing Rocks and employee at a local port department reported that some time around 9:30am on the same date a man known to him gained access to the storage area of that establishment by cut ting a hole in the fence and was caught at tempting to steal parts from a vehicle. Po lice investigation continues.Assault (Suspect Arrested and Charged) female of Spring City reported that a lady know to her came to her residence creating a disturbance and assaulted her. m.h.p.s. Arrested the suspect a 33 year old female also of Spring City in refer The accused was interviewed and charged. Causing Harm (Suspect Arrested and Charged) old male of Murphy Town reported that sometime around 6:00pm on the same date while in the Mudd a male known to him hit him across the eye with a metal object. Police arrested the suspect a 45 year old male of the Mudd and the investigation continues. Causing Harm (Suspect Arrested and Charged)At 5:50am on April 20 a 53 year old male of Murphy Town reported that sometime around 9:00pm on the same date while returning home from the government clinic his step-son beat him about the body because he came home late. Police arrested and charged the suspect in this matter and the investigation continues.Stealing from a VesselA 43 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Abaco reported that sometime beknown person(s) entered a vessel at Marsh sions. Police action requested. Investiga tions are continuing into this matter.Disorderly Behavior, Obscene Language & Failing to Give Name (Suspect arrested and charged)lice Station arrested a 26 year old male of Simms Drive Murphy Town for disorderly behavior, obscene language and failing to give his name and address. He was arrest ed at the Resident of his girlfriend at Mur phy Town. He is expected to be charged for these offences.Unlawful Possession Station arrested a 15 year old juvenile of the Pigeon Peas, Marsh Harbour ,Abaco for being in possession of a black IBM think Pad laptop in which he could not give a satisfactory account where he get it from. He was reported arrested in the area of the Abaco Shopping Center situated on Don McKay Blvd Marsh Harbour. He is expected to be charged for this offence.Obstruction Station Hope town Abaco reported that at he was making an arrest at Hope Town in the area of a local restaurant of a male sus pect wanted for the offence of housebreak ing a man known to him, also of Hope Town, made several attempts to prevent him in arresting the suspect resulting in the male who prevented the arrest being ar rested for obstruction and resisting arrest.See suspicious activity? Call 911 or 919Crime Report

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Page 20 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 A Guana Cay CheatDear Editor: We have been coming to The Ba hamas by boat since 1991. We enjoy the wonderful, friendly and helpful people of this country and all the beautiful islands. This time, coming from Green Turtle on our way to Marsh Harbour, we an chored in Guana Harbor on Great Guana Cay. We have stopped there every time to take a walk around, to the beach and look at stores. We stopped at the Vegetable Stand and got to talk to an elderly man, who we have met a number of times. We wanted to buy some fresh conch. First he offered mind was set on conch for dinner. On our way back from the beach, we stopped again. This time he produced a bag which was supposed to contain 4 pounds. When I lifted the bag, I corrected him and said: "These are not 4 pounds!" No, he said, they are 3 pounds. Well, I paid him Back on the boat I got my scale out to weigh the conch, as I was very suspicious. And the result was, that this "gentleman" What a cheat! Maybe, if you should decide to print this letter, he may read it and his con science will bother him. This man is NOT an example of the Letters to the Editor rest of the good people of The Bahamas. We have many friends here, honest, loving and hardworking people. We just thought that a cheat like that should be put in the pillory. Thank you very much for your atten tion. Sincerely yours, "Bavaria".GTC Library Left to Wither The Green Turtle Cay Library has been a great asset to the community for many years, providing a variety of servic es to the public, and is staffed entirely by volunteers. The library has no source of income other than an annual government stipend, however no funds have been re ceived since August, 2011. I have been assured by the National Director of Library Services in Nassau that the funds were indeed budgeted for this library, however in spite of multiple requests via phone, email and personal at tempts, still no money is forthcoming and the library will likely be forced to close soon. Those in power who control these nity asset and allow this to happen. -Jackie Patrick Green Turtle Cay Library The Cays By Timothy Roberts In the midst of festivities on Green Turtle Cay on May 3 a massive waterspout made landfall on the north side of the island cause damage to two homes before dissipating; fortunately no one was injured. Just moments after the completion of the opening ceremony for the Ninth An nual Island Roots Heritage Festival a waterspout was spotted north of Green Turtle Cay. Residents and guests took pictures and videos while the music began to play; however, a few minutes later after the wa terspout had noticeably increased in size and had apparently made landfall the Festi val Chairman, Karen McIntosh interrupted the music and advised everyone to seek safety. The waterspout, now an on-land tornado moved from the north side of Green Turtle Cay towards Black Sound causing mostly cosmetic damage to trees. David Bethel, owner of New Plymouth Liquors, received damage to one corner of his home as the tornado caused the wall to buckle. A red truck in the front yard also received damage as a large tree was uprooted and landed on it. It was also reported that a home oc cupied by visitors was hit twice by the tornado, blowing out the windows and scattering glass, debris, water and sand throughout the home. The Green Turtle Cay Fire Depart ment responded quickly after the tornado hit to assist the victims of the storm. Tornado hits Green Turtle Cay during festivalAbove: the large waterspout-turned-tornado as it makes landfall.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 partment saved Standard Hardware by the building. They also helped more recently Every two years a member of the American Heart Association visits Man in CPR. According to Mr. Russell, many of their calls are for emergency sickness cases. Fire Chief Roy Russell is assisted by his deputy, George Philpott and President of the Man O War Fire and Rescue, Walter Sweeting. 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 sponder vehicle. The adaptations, such as slides for the pumps to slide in and out on, were carried out by CJs Welding in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Russell is very pleased with the adapted vehicle which he says Works real well. It includes all of the necessities for medical equipment. The pumps are able to pump water from rain water cisterns. The portable pumps slide on and off so that they can be carried by boat and, in fact, Fires From Page 10 The Cays all of the equipment comes off and can be loaded into boats when necessary. The there by boat, stated Mr. Russell. This unique vehicle has been named Lil Amber in memory of the young girl who lost Fortunately, the Man O War Cay Fire approximately once every three years on the Cay but they also help in Marsh Harbour whenever their assistance is needed. There they assist by pumping sea water. Mr. Russell is proud to say that when asHarbour, the Man O War Cay Fire De Above: Fire Chief Roy Russell and Fire and Rescue President Walter Sweeting with Man O Wars unique Fire Rescue vehicle. They are supposed to be professional road builders. They cant plan for a little rain? the resident said in regards to company spokespeople blaming weather conditions for the almost immediate degrading of that particular stretch of road. Bill Simmons Construction has since revisited the area several times to again re-grade and re-seal it. Barring further degradation of that road, a motorist who frequents the road concedes it is acceptable but expresses concern about the next heavy rain. Working separately from Simmons Construction, the Department of Works has carried out patching along certain areas throughout Central Abaco. However, their crew is often in short-supply of patching materials which is sent from Nassau.Roads From Page 16

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Page 22 Section A The Abaconian May 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 ServiceHonesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon ompson242-357-6532 Dock ConstructionResidential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleBoat LiftsSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsAnd Much More...Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experienceContact us today! www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Abaco woman wins Bronner Bros. Makeup Competition By Canishka Alexander On Feb.14, a group of 10 women from Restoration Academy School of Sa lon Professionals travelled to Atlanta to compete in the famous 65-year-old Bronner Bros. competition show. Two days Competition Challenge took place and was sponsored by Ruby Kisses Cosmetics. Two of the 10 women from Restora tion Academy entered the competition by paying a $50-fee to participate. There were 13 competitors from around the world and among them were Nemara Saunders and Latiska Bowleg-Moore from Abaco. For the competition, the two women were required to prep their live modevent. The women competed in front of a live audience of more than 300 people with 30 minutes to transform their models for Round One, which was a bridal look. Only one of the women from Restora tion Academy was chosen to move on to were chosen in total. They were given 30 minutes to transform their bridal look into a night-on-the-town look. Judges included Dave Ray nicknamed The Beauty Surgeon; Ray is an interna tional award-winning stylist, educator, platform artist and author with more than 29 years in the industry. He has recently written two educational publications entitled: Mind Your Business and What Is Good Hair? Ray was joined by Image Branding Beauty Consultant and Interna tional Celebrity Hair Stylist Sherita Cherry along with one other famous judge. Above: Latiska Bowleg-Moore, winner of tion in Atlanta on Feb.16. The judges mentioned that they were looking for the proper choice of founda tion for skin colour, blending of makeup, eye shadow and eyebrows along with other techniques. Latiska made history by not only winning this competition, but the judges also mentioned that the score was Latiska Bowleg-Moore made an historic representation of Restoration Acade my School of Salon Professionals and The Bahamas. Her prizes included $500, 1st Place Winner Bronner Bros. Beginners Makeup Challenge trophy, and $250 worth of Ruby Kisses Cosmetics products. Latis kas model Rashae Davis will be featured in next years Bronner Bros. Magazine. Thank God for the gift that He has given me, and Sharman Davis for giv ing me the opportunity to represent her school, Latiska said. Also my family and friends who supported me because the trip would not have been possible without the combination of them all. South Abaco The awards ceremony for the Little Harbour Dolphin Derby was held on Sat urday, May 11. A jovial, informal event punctuated by jokes and brief stories, the awards were handed out at Petes Pub. The event started precisely at 5 pm Ba hamian time. Besides the awards for the regular ed out for a variety of off-the-wall achieve one, as well as Most questionable story. Everyone a winner at Little Harbour Dolphin DerbyThe prizes were, of course, fashioned by Pete Johnston of Petes Pub and Gallery fame. The actual prizes were as follows: Biggest Dolphin41lbs, caught by Biggest Tuna64lbs, caught by Tyler Albury, on Cloud 9 dan on Cloud 9 Biggest Grouper33lbs, tied by Greg Johnston on the Menu and Terrance Albury on Cloud 9. This was the twenty sixth Little Harbour Dolphin Derby. Above: a happy angler accepts a bronze sculpture from Pete Johnston for his participa tion in the Dolphin Derby.

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May 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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Page 24 Section A The Abaconian May 15, 2013 HOME INSURANCE Your Peace Of Mind Is Important To Us! Insurance Management makes home protection a priority with the most dependable protection in The Bahamas. It's how they've earned their good reputation. Coverage you can rely on.INSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED. INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS email: info@imbabaco.comNassauRosetta Street P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 394-5555 Fax: (242) 323-6520Freeport1, Pioneers 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 P.O.Box SS-6283 Tel: (242) 336-2304 Fax: (242) 336-2305

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 10 MAY 15th, 2013 By Jennifer Hudson Young sailor Branden Sands is re ally going places. He will be heading to Bermuda and Italy this coming summer as a result of his recent sailing success es. Branden has been named to the Ba hamas Junior National Sailing Team by the Bahamas Sailing Association (BSA). Branden is presently a grade 6 student at the Cherokee Sound Primary School and will have just celebrated his 13th birth day when he competes in these prestigious championships. Branden has competed in four major national and international sailing regattas a third-place win overall out of 90 sailors in the Optimist class. The top three sail ors were chosen to represent the Bahamas in the World Championship which is the top sailing regatta. (There is no Optimist class in the Olympics as that is for larger boats only). The team will be accompanied by the Director of the Bahamas National Sailing Association, Robert Dunkley, who is their coach. Brandens father, Timothy, has been asked to go as Team Leader. Bran Young Abaco sailor to represent The Bahamas in World ChampionshipAbove: Branden Sands, of Cherokee Sound, was one of the top three sailors chosen to represent The Bahamas in the World Champion ship later in the summer. Branden will be 13 when he competes in the Optimist North American Championship in Bermuda from July 2-11 and the Optimist World Championship on Lake Garda Italy from July 15-26. Please see Sailor Page 2 please see page 10. Above: Creter's Bulldogs Pitcher Lyle Sawyer pitching to a Treasure Cay Jets player.Record attendance greets players at softball opener

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 ABACO REAL EST den will participate in the Optimist North American Championship in Bermuda from July 2-11 and the Optimist World Championship on Lake Garda Italy from July 15-26. Lake Garda is a very well-known sailing destination. The other young sail ors going to these regattas from The Ba hamas are all from Nassau and Branden sail in any of these regattas. David Valentine, Director of the Grand Bahama Sailing Club Optimist Fleet who is the Captain for the Baha mas sees great potential in Branden. He sometimes comes to Cherokee Sound to coach and is an incredible motivator, states Timothy Sands, Brandens father. Sailing is a sport which requires much strength because wind conditions make it hard and In order to be in top physical shape Branden participates in a personal At the Optimist World Challenge prior to the competition there will be one practice day and one day for measure ments, weighing boats and equipment. Rules are extremely strict and even a rudder which is 1 mm too long will be competitors travelling from afar are un able to take their own boats they charter brand-new boats from a company on site School & Youth News Sailor From Page 1 but will take their own sails. Branden will actually compete in eight days of sailing. Branden has been working very hard to make the team and is on cloud nine at this opportunity to travel and participate in these prestigious championships. He and his father are hoping that this will motivate other young sailors. Hope Town and is a member of the Hope Town Sailing Club. This past weekend Branden received another feather in his cap when he won the Homer Lowe Op As well as working hard with his sailing Branden also works hard in school and has just been nominated for the prestigious Bahamian Student of the Year award. He is another hobby he loves. Branden is a gifted artist, a talent he has inherited from his uncle, the famous painter Alton Lowe. Travelling to these regattas will be expensive so funding is now an issue for Branden. Several fundraisers are being planned by community-minded persons so anyone wishing to help this young sailor pursue his dreams and represent The Ba hamas will have the opportunity to do so. Interested persons can follow Branden on his Facebook page at www.facebook. com/abaco sailing. By Canishka Alexander Following an accident in 1998, Grand Bahama resident Frank Outten was prompted to spread cheer and the Word of God to young people throughout the Ba hamas. As owner and manager of Franks annual Franks IceCream and Back-toSchool Bible Summer Job Program. Whitney Bain of Innerspring Youth Franks IceCream Bible Summer Job Program registration on AbacoTop prize is Jaguar CarProgram said that for the Summer Job program, students can register online at http:// www.franksicecream.com or complete the registration form. While registration forms can be collected from all Franks IceCream store locations and Program Sponsors location, this year participants on Abaco can pick up registration forms and register 19/20 year old & under category winner from Abaco. Please see Franks Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 with Bain at Latter Rain Church in Dundas Town. The registration fee is $10, and an ad ditional $10 for the audio Bible. Registra tion ends on July 31. By referring customers to Franks IceCream Store or a participating spon sor store, students earn 10 percent of all referred sales every two weeks until the program is completed. As for the Bible contest, students must correctly answer the questions on the New Testament Bible Exam, which is held in early August. Following the Bible Exam, an Awards Ceremony is held about two weeks later to reward the winners. The grand prize for this year is a Jag uar Car. First place winners like Ashley won the 19-20 year old and under category last year, received $1,000 cash and a lap top/iPad. Second place winners received $500 and other prizes, and third place win ners were awarded $300 and prizes. All supplies. There are seven age group categories with three levels in each one. In addition to is looking to soon provide a house as well for the blessed winner because his goal is to continue to get people back into the Word and to transform their lives. School & Youth News Franks From Page 2 Bain proudly stated that this is the second year for Abaco to compete. Patrick Huyler, one of the church members of Lat ter Rain Church, was doing some research on selling ice cream and began looking for someone who could assist him. Huyler ended up meeting Frank Outten. In preparation for this years con test, Bain is hopeful that more children will get involved this year. Outten was ap proached about holding the exam at Latter Rain Church, and he agreed. Bain said he is excited about opening registration this month at Latter Rain Church and will be Besides Ashley, six other persons attended the Awards Ceremony from his church last year along with three women from First Baraka Church with Pastor Sitoir Paster ain. Overall, however, there were a host of people in attendance. In order to be successful at an event of this magnitude, Outten partners with companies to obtain prizes and monetary assistance. The companies also extend sponsorship to the Bible program and assist with job training. There is a large team of people who make this happen, Bain commented. dents, and Outten plans to hold the cere mony wherever the winner is from in the near future. Bain said that throughout this month, he will be contacting local busi nesses in reference to the summer program and contacting various youth programs to register their students for the program. There is no exclusion because this is something for all of Abaco and the cays, Bain said. This is a great thing to keep kids focused. Visit http://franksicecream.com for more information on the Franks IceCream Bible Summer Job Program. Also, contact Whitney Bain by e-mail atWhitney_bain@ yahoo.com, or by phone at 1-242-4580675. SC Bootle students place in IBS Build-ABridge Competition Press Release In association with The College of High School participated in the IBS BuildAbove: S. C. Bootle High School at the IBS Bridge Building Competition in Nassau. From left: Antonese Kersaint, Sandlee Brutus, Keeon Daziel, Teacher Mr. Gavin Daziel, Kerry Fleuridor and Johnny August. Please see Bridge Page 5 Specializing in Residential & Commercial Real Estate throughout The Abacos HOPE TOWN HIDEAWAYSA Tranquil Landing Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath home overlooking the Hope Town Harbour with amazing views and spectacular sunsets! Private dock and gazebo. Convenient to everything. Sleeps 6. Starting at $2,700/wk plus tax Tahiti SunsetStunning 4 bed 2 bath home w/ views of the Sea of Abaco & a private dock in Dorros Cove. Features include high end furnishings & stainless steel appliances. 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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 School & Youth News Bridge From Page 4 A-Bridge Competition held in Nassau on April 25 under the theme, Can Your Bridge Handle the Load? S. C. Bootle was the only school representing the island of Abaco. The objective of the exercise was Physics and Technology can come together to build a bridge out of 100 popsicle sticks to accommodate as much weight as pos sible. The students, Keeon Daziel, Sandlee Brutus, Johnny August, Kerry Fleuridor and Antonese Kersaint accompanied by their teacher, Gavin Daziel secured which included St. Andrews School, St. Augustines College, Anatol Rodgers High School, St. Johns College, C. R. Walker Senior High School, Doris Johnson Senior High School, and Kingsway Acad emy among others. S. C. Bootles bridge was built with the required 100 popsicle sticks and was able to carry a weight of 95 pounds before breaking. "Going forward, the students and their teacher are looking forward to becoming future winners. Hats off to the boys for a job well done. Keep up the good work!" Canadian students assist at Every Child Counts SchoolBy Jennifer Hudson Nineteen students from Ryerson Uni versity in Toronto, Canada, are spending several weeks assisting at the Every Child while four will be staying on until the end of June. All of the students, except one who has already graduated, are in their third or fourth year of study so several will be graduating upon their completion of their work at ECC. Last year seven stu dents from Ryerson assisted in a similar program which was so successful that this year it has more than doubled in size. Six of the students are in the Early Childhood Studies Department at the Uni versity. Four of these are working with younger children and two are assisting in the academic classes. The other 13 young people are Social Work students and are running three programs with the older children in the mornings: 1. A dance/ movement program throughout the entire school. 2. An athletic program throughout the school involving soccer and volleyball since six of the students are varsity ath letes. 3. An art program as two of the stu dents have an art background. In the afternoons the social work stu dents work on four projects: 1. Age-appropriate programs for the whole school. 2. Rights of the child. 3. Age appropriate body responsibil ity which includes physical abuse, inappro priate touching and name-calling involving the body. The students will be compiling and disseminating information on disabili ties for parents and organizing in school seminars on physical disabilities, personality disabilities, learning disabilities and autism. 4. A fundraising group will build on the work already begun by last years stu dents. The students want to create an aware ness of these important issues both here in the Every Child Counts School and outside in the community and other schools. All of the students have been carefully select ed by sociology professor, Jean Golden, who accompanies the students each year. Informational seminars are given and the resumes of interested students are carefully scrutinized before selections are made. Some of the students are able to get recognition for their work as a credit on their academic course but for the majority of students the work is purely voluntary. All students raise funds to pay their own way. Professor Golden states that the University would like to establish a course here at ECC as a university course credit. When I spoke with the students, they had been working at ECC for one week and were very enthusiastic about their programs which they felt were going well. They were very impressed with the school, Above: Nineteen Ryerson University from Toronto, Canada are spending several weeks on Abaco to assist with the Every Child Counts School in Marsh Harbour. Programs they are starting/assisting with include athletic programs, an art program, and programs to observing that all its programs are very well run and they were also impressed at how all the teachers include all of the chil dren in everything even the most severely disabled. They were captivated by the chil polite and respectful and they were moved by how helpful the children are to each other with the more able helping the less able. Outside of school hours the students are enjoying discovering the island and all Abaco has to offer but expressed horror at the high prices in the grocery store. They have all bonded strongly with the students at ECC and say that they will be very sad when it is time to leave. Camp Rock to provide summer funBy Vernique Russell The spring has arrived and before you know it school will be out and summer will be here. This season often leave par ents to wonder what is there for children to do while school is out. One answer is now here: Camp Rock. Camp Rock will include educational and social development programs. Each week for seven weeks, the camp for its campers. From boot camp to money camp, everything under the sun will be covered. Harbour and will accommodate 30 campers between the ages of 3-13. If you have chil dren and are interested in enrolling them in the camp, please contact 242-525-8067.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 School & Youth News I Gat A Right Seminar launched during Child Protection Month in April By Canishka Alexander Representatives from the National Child Protection Council, which is an ad Services and Community Development, launched their I Gat a Right Seminar on Abaco on April 19. The seminar was held and sixth grade students with six schools represented. Dr. Novia Carter-Higgs, co-chair man for the National Child Protection Council, explained that the month of April celebrated under the theme: Protecting Children in a Changing World. The I Gat A Right Seminar was launched in Novem ber 2012, and is geared to inform children everywhere of their rights according to the convention for the rights of a child. The purpose like I said is to make sure every child knows their rights, but to make sure that they understand that with those rights come responsibility as well, Dr. Carter-Higgs emphasized. The seminar, she said, was just a springboard to come back and do some re inforcement and to train some more of the students. As they continue to develop the program, again they want to make sure the children of The Bahamas know their rights and are given the opportunity to share what their major concerns are as well. As they held their discussions a quote tor screen, stating that: There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more im portant than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free fear and want and that they can grow up in peace. The students were separated into family groups to decide how the rights of chil dren were affected by the scenarios given to them. Scenarios ranged from an eightyear-old packing boy who comes from a poor family that does not have a car to an Indian law, which allows children as young as eight years old to get married. Dr. Carter Higgs said that these types of off-the-wall scenarios helps them to empathize with children all over the world. Although they may not have the same concern, there are children elsewhere who have those concerns. She was accompanied by Pastor Gil Protection Council; Jasmaine Harper, council member, and a representative of vices Department. The group also had plans to visit Eleuthera to launch the I Gat A Right Seminar there following their trip to Abaco. They have successfully completed two sessions in New Providence. St. Francis captures at MUNS By Canishka Alexander St. Francis de Sales Schools Debat the Crown Ballroom in the Coral Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island. lique Hield, Diazhanee Gibson, Joshua Robins and Abidemi Simon and accom cil Simon, and Olive Simon, teacher and chaperone. Five students were trained to include Rajeev Clarke, but only four at that was presented based on the school that gave the best response to a simulated question based on operations of UN. at the school within the years to come, The students were given the oppor tunity to win the trophy during a segment only two minutes to respond. Represent ing the country of Brazil, Diazhanee said they were given questions on North Korea making a torpedo attack on South Korea and the United States. Abidemi discussed lique spoke on the solution they had come up with. The students gave the best response. The objective was to see how well students are in command with operations of the United Nations, and how they would respond to the kind of scenario they were to note that the students are going places because the competition opens them up to deal of exposure for young minds. He said that the only preparation for the scenario was students having a good understanding of the workings of the United Nations in its entirety other wise they would not be able to react to the question at all. Principal (Josephine Kumar) recognizes that this kind of achievement shows that the students are familiar with the opera place trophy. Fifteen schools competed overall, and S.C. Bootle High School was the host school because they won last year. Abi demi Simon was the only student who had by next year, they are sure to be an even more professional lot. These young minds these are the future of The Bahamas diplomatic counsel; its exposing them to that kind that Abaco can produce these kinds of people. said the she enjoyed an awesome experi ence, and that it had been different from what she had expected. She recalled the tension felt among the schools as they competed for one prize. However, she congratulated her peers on a phenomenal job for their participation and obtaining their trophy. nee commented that she had been scared addressing their questions, which resulted in winning the prize. experience, and he had fun interacting with the other schools. Abidemi, who had competed before, said she was ac customed to the working of the UN and perience. Although Rajeev did not attend, he was still able to speak from the perspec tive of going through the training. Over all, he was appreciative of the experience because he has never been a part of public speaking. He expressed hope in partici pating next, to assist his colleagues in se St. Francis de Sales School placed second overall in the competition last year. Above: the winning St. Francis Model United Nations team. Left to right: Marlique Hield, Diazhanee Gibson, Joshua Robins, Abidemi Simon and Rajeev Clarke. They are joined by Advisor and Teacher Mr. Cecil Simon, who is standing behind them.

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Through CEBO, the youth were given the opportunity to learn about entre preneurship and start their own businesses. The steps included having them start a simulated business, and ensuring that everything in the program was hands on and interactive. Cash explained that the procondensed to four days for Abaco participants. The full-day sessions were offered to approximately 25 participants. The group began by completing perwere and who their teammates were. Next, they were given a speed teaming event to write their interests down on index cards, and develop business groups based on those interests. The Bank of CEBO loaned them a small amount of money, so that they could formulate a business, sell prod ucts and make their money back. Cash pointed out that everything they learned was related to how they were going to start their own businesses. Partime management, sales and marketing, budgeting, legal aspects of business, problem solving and team building exercises, ness idea and plan. Although it was a lot of material to cover, she promised a funWere going to have fun, and I keep on stressing that because I dont believe in teaching and learning without having fun, Cash said. After a fun exercise of forming groups ed a list of the full member states and the partial states noting that there was not only the need to bring the Caribbeans voice to the world, but a voice to the young people of the Caribbean. Remarkably, 60 percent of the Caribbeans unemployed population is under 30 years old. During their closing ceremony on Preston Cunningham and Stephen Wilson to address the students. Cunningham said he saw great business persons in their midst were distributed to persons who had com pleted the program, group members made presentations to demonstrate what they had accomplished throughout the week. was Tropical Sports Inc., which produced the Dragon Herbal Energy Drink. The drink consisted of natural ingredients or and love vine. The drink is good for back aches, sprains and as an energy booster and impotency in men. The company looks to become the premier supplier of natural products that contribute to a healthy life style and expand locally each year. Next up was Albury Sounds Incorporated, which targeted young people on Abaco who are musically inclined. The business promoted individuals as artists by recording and distributing their music for Voice of the Youth. An all-female group Island Swag BENYA shared how they had sold lo cally handcrafted products and jewelry and associate members of A Taste of Heaven, an all-Bahamian owned franchise company that provides catering and food delivery service for small businesses and large-scale businesses to enhance the food and bever age industry. Two cycles of CEBO has already been completed in Nassau before Cash and Jamaica, Dominica, Belize, Barbados and Guyana, and there are plans to take the program to additional island in The Baha mas. "We want to go beyond just having a program, and follow up with one-day ses sions and mentorship," Cash added. "We are liaising with countries to make CEBO more recognizable in societies as a premier business training program." With that in mind, Cash said they by July as they continue to develop CEBO.CEBO Workshop offers business training to youth Above: Group photo of CEBO participants at their closing ceremony on May 2.

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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 School & Youth News Success Training College now accepting applications for Fall SemesterBy Samantha Evans On Saturday April 13, 2013, Suc cess Training College held orientation for the new semester but what is unique about this university is that they are the only col lege on island that can provide high school graduates and adults with the opportunity to receive an Associates Degree while Press Release Teaching is deemed a noble profes sion. This idea was clearly embraced by the students of S.C. Bootle as they showed their appreciation for their teachers on Teachers Appreciation Day. Christine Curry, a parent, brought brief remarks. She admonished the students to always respect their teachers as they are the ones that impart knowledge and training which will see them through life. She cited the names of students who passed through S.C. Bootle, and who are now prominent people in the community and country. The students portrayed their love for the teachers through songs, speeches and gifts. They admitted to not being what Teachers Appreciation Day held at S.C. Bootlethey should be, but through it all, they proclaimed their love for their teachers. A skit was performed by the students to show the importance of listening to instructions. Various students imitated the personalities trayed him as a stern principal who does not let them get away with anything. All in all, Teachers' Appreciation Day at S.C. Bootle was a wonderful event. The teachers were well attired in their black Tshirts, which boldly stated: "I Love Teach ing" and the reasons for declaring this statement. The shirts were sponsored by the Future Teacher of The Bahamas Cadets at S. C. Bootle High School. St. Cloud University offers scholarships for summer program By Canishka Alexander Dr. Robert Johnson, professor of Eth nic Studies at St. Cloud University, held Church on April 3 encouraging parents to enroll their students in the free college summer program offered by the university. Last year, Perkell Collie was the only Bahamian student to attend the program in enjoyed an unforgettable experience. As project director for Pre-College Programs at St. Cloud, Dr. Johnson visited Abaco students to extend the offer to them to participate in the Advanced Program in Technology and Science. Regrettably, the small number of parents and students at tending the meeting indicated that there was very little interest in what was being offered. For two weeks leading up to the locally. In his remarks, Dr. Johnson said that the program offers opportunities for youth ages 8 to 18 years old to attend summer programs at the campus, and that it has a two-fold global focus. There are a number of students, who are from all over the world. Secondly, we also have students from different parts of the world attending our programs, he shared. Because Bahamians have been participating in the program for the past two years, he wanted to see at least 20 students from Abaco take advantage of the opportunity. The program, Dr. Johnson, said is heavily subsidized, and students are offered scholarships based on their family He added that all students will have most of their expenses like tuition, academ ic fees, books or room and board paid for; however, if the family is able to make a contribution, it will be requested. The pro grams range from one week to four weeks depending upon the grade level. Younger students spend one week at St. Cloud, while high school students are enrolled for three and four weeks. While Perkell was there, she completed a project on saliva, and put together an awesome video presen tation based on her experience with other students from around the world. The Department of Educations Dis trict Superintendent Dr. Lenora Black gave her full support. She said that the program provides an opportunity for students to be engaged in an extraordinary experience. They are also able to learn a little about college life and are given an opportunity to decide on a career path. Its nothing like hands on, she rea soned. We can tell them, we can provide the vicarious experiences for them, but liv ing it and being a part of it teaches exactly what they would have been exposed to in the classrooms. Because the interest by parents and students was very low, the offer was ex tended to other islands to make up the 20 students. However, for those parents who did enroll their children into the program, they were informed that Dr. Johnson would be in contact with them within a couple of weeks. Dr. Johnson was accompanied by his wife, Nurse Icephine Johnson, during his visit. Please see Success Page 9

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 they work. They are promoting their As sociates Degree Program to high school graduates this year because of their new relationship with Nova Southeastern University. This relationship allows them to be the feeder school for this university which means that they provide the students with degree and Nova provides them with the last two years. This program is excellent for parents who want their children to remain home either because they are too young to go away on their own or if they island or country. Director of the extended learning program of Success Training College is excited about this relationship and is en couraging more students to remain at home to study with Success. This college offers affordable tuition rates that can be paid monthly over the course of the semester. They also have well trained instructors who are degreed professionals from the communities where these students live. The degrees offered include: Busi ness Administration, Accounts, Early Childhood Education, Human Resources Primary Education, and Computer Information Systems. The college is now taking applications for the Fall semester (Septem ber 2013) and will be taking application forms all through the summer. Interested persons can contact Sharon Rolle at 2257162 or Enid White at 475-2957. School & Youth News Success From Page 8 Agape celebrates our nations 40th Independence Anniversary By Canishka Alexander Agape Christian Schools staff mem bers and students held a special service to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Basmoothly as they called on students to give their contributions. Patrick Bethel was one of the guest speakers for the auspicious ceremony. I voted for independence, I cam paigned for independence, and Ive never regretted it, Bethel expressed in his open ing remarks. He vividly recalled the eve of Independence at Clifford Park where there were thousands of Bahamians gathered, Bethel favoured independence after living under the conditions of colonial gov ernance in the Out Islands. He and many others felt like second-class citizens whose rights were denied in many instances. He outlined four areas of Bahamian life that have undergone drastic changes since Independence, and that have helped to build our Bahamaland like the muchincreased middle class; the improvement of our educational system; healthcare upgrades in the Family Islands; and the in troduction of the National Insurance Board (NIB). There were a few more recitations by Williams Bill Swain spoke. Swain owned the island. He told the audience how grate ful he was for the opportunity to speak to them as he began to share his memories of growing up in The Bahamas; seeing The Bahamas become an Independent Nation; and his thoughts on The Bahamas celebra tion of 40 years of Independence. Born in Bluff Point on Oct.5, 1931, Swain attended the All-Age School before going to live in Nassau with his uncle to attend school. Growing up in The Bahamas wasnt easy. There were good days and there were bad days, he said. From his memory, he came back to Abaco and resumed his Sweeting. The students used to work three school. He fondly remembered The Bahamas becoming an independent nation; however, in Abaco it wasnt easy during those times, and the word independent was not read ily accepted. Independence was desired, but there were those who did not want to gain independence at that point. Yet, for those who longed for an inde pendent Bahamas their wish was granted. Here we are 40 years now we are celebrating an independent nation, he said proudly. Its through Gods grace, its through Gods mercy, and its through His enabling power which sustains us and brought us where we are. We can rejoice as we lift up our heads to the rising sun, and as we march forward together to build this Bahamaland let us do it with fervrence, let us do it together, let us do it willingly to know that we are our brothers keeper. Together let us put our hands to the plow, let us work together for the good of our nation as we are now an independent land. This country is ours, let us appreciate it, let us work hard to better the conditions of all people that live in this Bahamaland, and together we will march together with one purpose, one goal for a better BahaAbove: Patrick Bethel reminisces on pre-Independence days in The Bahamas, and the changes that came in the wake of an independent Bahamas during a special service at

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 en-GBMINI SPLITen-GB AIR-CONDITION UNITSen-GB1.0 ton $711.25en-GB 1.5 ton $998.75en-GB 2.0 ton $1,248.75en-GBSTAY COOL & COMFORTABLE THIS SUMMER WITH A MINI SPLITen-GB Don McKay Blvd Ph: 242-367-3186 Fax: 242-367-3469 in April to the Gateway Christian Academy Basketball Tournament, according to Coach Shantell Penn. ACH was represented by two junior teams in the tournament. Junior Team The Senior Boys team received second place after being defeated by Gateway Christian Academy. Photo courtesy Coach Shantell Penn. ACH teams attend Gateway Basketball Tournament 2013 in Bimini Sports By Mirella Santillo The last round of the soccer Knockout 19 between Abacom United and the Trea sure Cay Heat. The preliminary round of the Knockout Cup was won by Flesh against Fresh, score of 4-2 for Flesh was decided by pen alty kicks in overtime. According to the spectators, the April 21 game was one of the best of the season. been forfeited since the Hope Town Showstoppers did not show up to play at the scheduled time. The second round of the Knockout Showoffs and Heat in the second game. Both games were played on the defensive. Abacom and Flesh were tied 0-0 at the advantage to Abacom United by scoring a 1-0 for Abacom United, eliminating Flesh but in spite of a more aggressive game in the second half by the Showoffs, they nev er took the chance to equalize. It should be an exciting match to watch. There will be a regular league match Abacom United will be this years league winner as no other team will be able to make up its 4 points advantage before the end of the season. Presently, Fresh is in second position with 13 points. Abacom United and Heat to meet Football Knock-Out Cup features series of exciting gamesAbove: players from Heat and Showoffs trying to control the ball. North Abaco Baseball team receives donation of a truckThe North Abaco Baseball team received a donation of a 2007 GMC Sierra double cab truck to transport players to and from their baseball games at the Murphy Town Ball Field. Homeowner Donald Rossi and his family made the substantial donation to the Little League team four months ago, and it has been a big help, Coach Nigel Bootle said. We just got it licensed and insured, so we want to thank him for a job well done, Bootle lauded. The kids are happy and the parents are all happy about the donation. Above: North Abaco Baseball team poses in front of the GMC truck donated by Donald Rossi and family earlier this year.

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Page 14 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 Marjolein Scotts new medium allows for wearable artBy Jennifer Hudson Congratulations were in order to art an honourable mention at the prestigious Delray Beach Art Show in Florida. This is an annual event which is held in down town Delray Beach and features over 700 artists and crafters. This was its 51st year showing here. The event is a three-day show and the judges visit each booth at the beginning of and the artwork are judged and the judges her Florida Contessa, Debbie Lindo, to be tropical and professional. She was de lighted to receive this honourable mention at such a major show. grew up in the Orient and East Africa. art before making her way to the United States, via Great Britain, Portugal and Costa Rica, and eventually The Bahamas. for her exquisite watercolour on silk paint ings. The technique involved is based on the Indonesian art of batik. Each painting can take weeks to produce the vibrant colours on natural silk. All of her paintings her in her beautiful surroundings. She adds a special delicate touch of whimsy and is Artist Highlight especially fond of incorporating mermaids into her work. perhaps the result of her many years of teaching ballet to young children. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections all over the world and can be seen here on Abaco at the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, Bakers Bay and in many restaurants and private homes. Her company, Barefoot Contessa, produces a line of products that incorporate reproductions of her work. These include high-quality giclee prints on canvas, tile art and postcards. Her newest enterprise is a line of T-shirts printed all over with designs from her original artwork which are quite stunning and proving to be very popular. ies and boutiques in The Bahamas and the United States. Barefoot Contessa T-shirts can be found locally at DIVE ABACO! in Harbour. munity tirelessly for over 20 years on the board of the Abaco Cancer Society of which she is now Vice President. She is also the mastermind behind the Abaco Cancer Society Thrift Shop which she runs with the help of a band of volunteers. regarding her artwork or the Abaco Can cer Society may do so at barefootcontes sas@hotmail.com or abacocancersociety@ gmail.com. Her artwork can be viewed online at www.barefoot-contessa-art.com. modeled by Celia Rogers. Announces its new location in Marsh Harbour: Deans Shipping Building located o Queens Highway by the Government Dock Phone number 242-367-4262 and Fax 242-367-4263 Oce hours are Monday Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Now with sailings twice a week. G & G Shipping has always strived on excellent customer service and is constantly searching for better ways to serve our customers. Thank you for choosing G & G Shipping for all your ocean shipping needs and for your continued support. G & G Shipping 1300 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 Phone: 954-920-9292 Fax: 954-925-4859 Website: www.gandgshipping.com

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 School & Youth News By Canishka Alexander In a songful and heartfelt expres sion, students of Crossing Rocks Primary Hepburn at their Patrons Day on April 16. Next, students of Grade 1 through 5 deliv performance, the audience recognized that he is a frank, resilient, awesome and ambitious man who is never one to settle and kind to all he meets. comed Principal Simone Pinder to the po friends with their honouree, and how she has enjoyed many good conversations regarding education with him. She said that ing Rocks Primary still owes him. standard, and I must inform you sir, that Crossing Rocks School is a force to reckon to climb the excellence ladder having won many competitions. She also thanked him for his ability to get things done quickly especially if it is for the school or for his community. Hepburn was recited by fourth grade stu dents Eddison Saunders and Brianna Rusgiven by former students, family members ment of his exemplary life. Former Island Administrator BenjaAbove: Dr. Cecil Thompson; Lerline Hepburn; and Frank Hepburn, the honouree. priviledge to stand before him, and to ren der his support to him for a job well done and for accomplishing the amount of things he has done. I think you have done a wonderful biography, Dr. Cecil Thompson, under hama, addressed those in attendance. He, Hepburn, whom he called a dear friend. Their friendship stemmed from the days of attending San Salvador Teachers College back in 1968. You could tell he was a leader; he liked things to be done his way, Dr. Thompson recalled. He distinguished himself. He came from a college where the motto was: Gladly I learn; gladly I teach. Wherever he served whether it was in Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, Ragged Island All-Age School, his signature is indelible where he served in terms of ex traordinary dedication, extraordinary caring, extraordinary competence, extraordi nary participation and involvement in all aspects of education. He replaced a living legend in Sandy Point James A. Pinder one of the great educators who came out of Grand Bahama. did such an excellent job in Sandy Point that the people there have never let him go, and that whenever there is a tribute being tion from Sandy Point there. were given by Charles Walker, Preston Cunningham, and Sandy Walker from the Dept. of Education as well as Senior Is land Administrator Preston Cunningham. in dance. During the ceremony, Patrick Tyrill living in the community. He described him as a role model and a true stalwart of the faith. When you have a man like Bro. Hepburn, who has really taken his religion to the community, where people can speak well about him, it makes my heart very proud, Tyrill said. And so Bro. Hep burn, I salute you sir, and I want to let you know that I love you. He also com mended his wife, Lerline Hepburn, for be ing beautiful on the outside and inside, and for supporting her husband. A video presentation was shown highlighting expressions of love by close Hepburn with regard to the schools love and appreciation for what he has done. In never knew he would have been given the opportunity to hear such good things said about him. I count it a priviledge, and I give Almighty God the praise for all of it. All burn expressed. I give God thanks and praise that I am alive today to hear the things that you have said. Thanking his friends and family for their attendance as well as colleagues and former students, he said: Thank you, thank you. Again I knew that you loved me, but I didnt know this much, and I want to say openly, I love yall twice as much.Crossing Rocks Primary celebrates Frank Hepburn: A Man of Excellence

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Page 16 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 School & Youth News Eunice Mills honoured by CAPSBy Samantha Evans All public schools across the Baha mas were required to celebrate Patrons Day which was held on Tuesday April 16, 2013. The school body of Central Abaco Primary School chose to honor Eunice A lavish assembly was planned for Former students of this well accomplished educator were invited to participate in the assembly including Joshua Robbins who head girl, read the history of the school stating that Central Abaco Primary School was an amalgamation of Dundas Town Priprincipal but she accomplished more than this school, implement school rules, train new and old teachers, set the vision for the institution, and encourage teachers to establish after-school programs and clubs. Kayla Wallace, District Teacher of the Year, read the biography of the honwas educated on the island of Abaco and began her educational journey as a young teacher which took her to Grand Bahama where she taught for many years before re turning home to become the principal from 1997 to 2010. committees and has held membership with several different organizations includ ing Girls Guides Organization where she served as Brownie Leader from 19801997, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., and a plaque by one of her most memo rable students, Destiny of Grade 4, who made her days to work most enjoyable. Destiny could not hold back the tears as she served at the best she could while at this school and thanked the team of teach ers she worked with as she believes that they made her job as principal mush easier. She was accompanied by her only child, Shantell Penn, and some of her colleagues cial selection was also done by Sherry Rolle a parent of the school. Also in atten dance were members of the schools Parent Teacher Association and parents. Above: a student presents Eunice Mills with a plaque. By Canishka Alexander A Patrons Day Assembly in honour Pinder was held at J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point on April 16. In a Paul Pinder invited guests to sing a favou rite song of the schools patron. Leading the opening prayer was Frank Hepburn, former principal and colleague. productive institution between the years of 1975 to 1980, and motivated Sandy Point students to capture many district sporting events in basketball, volleyball and softball during those years. In fact, the school captured gold in the National Track and Field Competition as well. In 1978, Percy Burrows received a honourary award for achieving the highest number of GCE O levels in the country by attaining 12 GCEs and nine As. Grades 1 and 2 students gave a wel performed an acrostic. Former Island Administrator Benjamin Pinder, who is also a Green, former teacher monitor, both gave when they knew him. returned to the front of the classroom again for a choral speaking demonstration. In his remarks, Dr. Cecil Thompson, undersec gave residents and students a brief history of the school during the time of Teacher When I came to Sandy Point some 33 years ago, all of the senior persons re In fact, in death they referred to him as teacher, Thompson said. Grandparents, great-grandparents, parents everybody, Teacher, Teacher, Teacher. School. James Pinder was a student of that school a brilliant student and all of these things the students talked about. He was as a teacher monitor, Thompson contin school is this all of those famous persons whose names I mentioned and others at a school named in his honour. Recognizing additional stalwarts of the community, Thompson told students that an Englishman called James Lightbourne founded the community of Sandy Point. Lightbourne, his son-in-law John Roberts were responsible for building of the Anglican Church, and three distin guished gentlemen were also responsible for the establishment and building of the ment. The school was then named Sandy Point All Age before it was renamed after James Alfred Pinder. The Shining Stars complemented the previous activities by performing in a dance to the late Whitney Houstons hit song: I Look to You. Thereafter, the audience listened to an audio recording of Virginia Light bourn, who was unable to attend the event because of a recent accident. The special event drew to a close with a tribute to edu cators, a selection by the school choir, vote of thanks, closing prayer and closing song. Above: Current students of J.A. Pinder Primary School in Sandy Point.

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Page 18 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 242-646-7072 Percy Strachan honoured as patron at Moores Island All-Age SchoolBy Sherrel Johnson In our quiet moments there are so many that deserve our recognition. And sometimes in the noise of the today, we overlook those who have been there all heroes deserve our special prayers for the work they have done to advance the goals and ideals of this nation. The people of School & Youth News chan, this years patron and honouree. He All-Age School. was offered the position of principal. Formerly he was a teacher at the Eastern Se nior School in New Providence, Bahamas. This years patron came by the Gertude, a sailboat that was owned by a local resi dent at the time. He met three monitors upon his arrival to the island: Lawny, Hazel and Jummy. The building that is currently at the eastern side of the present campus was the original school used by as principal there were roughly 150 people tenure as principal from 1949-1959, he recounts that a robust gentleman known by the residents as Papa Key transported the students to and from school by boat much as he still does today by bus. was very little preparation made for his received him with love. A local resident whose house had not been occupied at the However, upon the owners arrival back to the island, he was relocated to the home of It was here he and his wife resided climb up a ladder to get to their sleeping quarters. Undoubtedly, while the position of head teacher was a coveted one, it by no means came without personal hardship. Despite being poorly treated by the der the conditions. His face still radiates Please see Strachan Page 19 Above: Mr Strachan receiving his plaque.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 19 with a smile as he remembers his students of yester year who were always well-be haved. ebrated his 90th birthday, thanks God for the kind people he met and the kind of re ception he received because as it puts it, He had a time getting things organized. amazed at the progress the school has made. Namely, he points to such improve ments as the establishment of a teachers residence, the expansion of the school to encompass a high school section and an overall change in the landscape. The former principal cites that he found just three stoned structures when he arrived to the island. Today, in the is lands two sentlements, Hard Bargain and The Bight, stone structures are relatively the norm. The islands population has also increased several times over. Today the population numbers around 700 people as chan found upon his arrival. ingness to go where few would go even today. Even while his employer was mis treating him, valiantly he forged ahead to enhance what he found. How many of us could honestly say we would live up to our assignment if we had been treated so harshly? another question. Why do we do what we that it was certainly not for monetary gain. island as head teacher, there was no com munication from headquarters nor did he receive an increment. The former prin cipal also admits that the special assembly held by the school in his honour was the edgement is a sobering reminder that if monetary gain and praise are what we live for in education, then we would do well to prepare ourselves for a life of discontent. This giant of a man gave his most valuable gifts: his youth, time and energy and got very little in return. Yet, at the age of 90 there is a glow about him. School & Youth News Over the years he has kept his mind ing, he has been endowed with the will to thrive in the most arduous circumstances. Indeed it was an honour and a moment of experiences. He is a man truly deserving of this special assembly and more. The for this timely and well-deserving special assembly. Strachan From Page 18 ECC: The First Steps about the founding and work of the Every Child Counts School. Stay tuned for anoth er segment in following issues. By Ruth Harkin made arrangements to adopt twin boys. They had met twenty years earlier when Dominican sisters of Caldwell NJ. Tru man was from Long Island in the Bahamas and had come to Hope Town to live and work with his Aunt Edith Kemp. He be came passionate about boating and Abaco. Shortly after their marriage in 1976, Lyn was diagnosed with breast cancer and plans for family delayed while she was be ing treated for the disease and they were both dealing with this and a number of family situations which required their attention. It was many years later when Lyn and Truman were able to consider adopting consuming. Despite the obstacles, Lyn and Truceived a positive response from Jamaica. Against all odds, they agreed to adopt three year old twin boys sight unseen. On the weekend before Christmas Vincent and James. The twins had been abandoned at one day old and had been living in a meager orphanage ever since. They were under nourished, didn't speak, didn't respond to their names, and ate off Undaunted, Lyn and Truman brought them to Hope Town. They expected chal lenges due to their neglectful treatment, but it took over two years to really understand the extent of these challenges. The boys condition wasn't all due to environment and the severity of the social and commu nication delays led to a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder. But as Lyn says, "at that point, they were ours and not to be abandoned again. Lyn went to their priest and friend, Father Stan Kolasa and another friend Dr. Sharon Kossack from FIU for suggestions for help. Together they approached Archbishop Lawrence Burke who was also Ja maican and head of the Archdiocese of the Bahamas at that time. Please see ECC Page 20

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Page 20 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 PROPERTY FOR SALEBUSINESS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY POSSIBLE USES INCLUDE A BONEFISHING LODGE2 partially completed 2 storey wooden structures each comprising plans for 4 suites with master bedroom and bath, guest bedroom and bath, kitchen and great room. Location: About a mile northeast of the settlement of Cherokee in close proximity to the Abaco Club at Winding Bay and the related development. Property Size: 60,026 sq. ft. -1,378 acres (W-100 ft, L-591 ft) Appraised in 2012 at $598,000 Appraised value is provided as a market indicator only Telephone inquiries and/or written oers with telephone contact and postal address should be submitted to:Attention: C. Hall P.O. Box N-8329, Nassau, Bahamas Tel: 242-394-9929 Fax: 242-393-4288We reserve the right to reject and/or refuse any oer Terms: 10% upon acceptance; balance upon completionLot 9 Yellow Wood, Cherokee Sound, Abaco He approved a research project to ac cess the numbers and educational needs of children like Vincent and James on Abaco. abilities were not in school and many in school displayed evidence of learning dis abilities and were in need of instruction not provided by a regular school. After learning the results of the search, Archbishop Burke and the Catholic Board of Education approved beginning a small program at St. Francis if Lyn and others would take on the challenge of fund raising to support the program. Lyn was at that time the Guidance Counselor at St. Francis de Sales School. Funds were raised to bring one special ed ucation teacher to Abaco to begin services terms of logistics so in the next two years, a small special education classroom was begun with one teacher and 12 students in a trailer at the school which served as a library and then in a separate trailer on were being trained by Dr. Kossack and vis iting professors from Florida International University on diagnosis and remediation of special needs students. In 2001, Lyn was in Florida recover ing from cancer surgery. A friend, Sherri Sochet, who had a home in Hope Town came to visit. Her husband Ira came along. Ira had never met Lyn before, but he was captivated by her and the story of the school. He said, "You need a building to have a school." They started to think big. Lyn knew the former convent building on vacant. Iras Florida Care Foundation contributed $60,000 for the renovations. The Archbishop agreed the school would pay $1.00 a year for the lease. But when he suggested a period of three years, Ira drawing on his Jewish heritage objected saying "three years is not long enough. Even Isaac in the Old Testament gave Laben 7 years with an option to renew for another 7 years," he told the Archbishop. Amused, the Archbishop agreed assuming the program was working. This was all an extraordinary idea. There were no schools like this on Abaco and few in the rest of The Bahamas they could use as a model. The Catholic Board of Education agreed to govern the school as long as funds were raised for renovat ing, operating, and expanding the school to service only special needs children. In 2003, the school moved to the new location. It started with 2 teachers, 22 History and Heritage ECC From Page 19 students and $50,000 for the school year. There were very few resources with a big vision and a bigger need than either Lyn, Ira, or the church could have imagined. The students came. The church ap plied for work permits and provided insurance. Foundations like the Endover the Lyford Cay Foundation, and private individuals contributed funds to keep the school open but the issues Lyn and others faced were mammoth. What should be taught? Who should teach? Then there was the issue of raising money and ensuring children were accept ed. Every solved problem turned up a new one, but dollars raised somehow found a match. Was this really going to work? Lyn didn't know. She just kept moving forward. Saving the old landmarks of Cherokee: Part II highlighting several historical events and landmarks in Cherokee Sound. For the previous segment see April 15, Section B Page 21. By Lee Pinder The boat and its missionary voy ages around the settlement were probably carved somewhere in the late 1800s. At 400 residents and was the largest settle ment in Abaco. The boat probably made its last of ment in the early 1980, almost thirty years ago, then was put away in the attic storage and fell into a sad state of disrepair. It has since been restored and is once again part and Auction were normally held in Au season. catch was kept in live wells in order to coming in from other islands. Years lat er, when sailing was not as fast and ef switched to spearing the more lucrative ers onboard the mother boat and as re sult would be gone from home for shorter periods of time. banks, shaped like the globe, would be taken around the settlement every Satur day morning by the children to collect collected the most contributions received badges of which they were very proud. Today all the members and adherents who These donation boxes are turned in added to the amount raised in auction, held on the Saturday afternoon, along with the collection taken up at the special service sionary weekends and there was always a friendly competition between Cherokees would raise. In 1932 an Irishman, the Rev. Wal ter Crowe, was serving in the Abaco Cir cuit and was dedicated to re-building the hurricane ravaged church. A contractor and masons were dispatched from church headquarters in Nassau to construct a stronger building that could survive our infrequent, yet destructive storms. However, local residents did their part as well. They built the limestone structure that still stands today, but since the latest restoration work has begun and the old plaster has been stripped away, it is apparent that the building blocks used must have come from someplace other than around Cherokee. No one knows where they came from, but the nearest quarry at that time was located in Wilson City on the main land of Abaco. The contractor must have there fore realized it would be far better to use blocks that could be gotten locally than try and bring something in from Nassau and they could only have been transported Women and even schoolchildren helped as well by hauling sand by the bucketful from the beach each evening and smashing big rocks into smaller ones that the masons needed for the next day. Other supplies and necessities had to come via the weekly mail boat from Nas sau, weather permitting. This new church was therefore built. All this had to be done without mod ern machinery or electric tools. The work was completed and Rev. Crowe dedicated the new church To the Glory of God in 1934 only two years after it had been rav aged by the hurricane. In 1946 a second tradition was born. Rev. Handel Brown with church members and others from the community put up a huge local pine tree in the church yard every December 24th. As we have said there wasnt any electricity in the settlement at that time, but the tree was still gaily decorated for Christmas by the schoolchildren with paper chains and homemade stars made from tinfoil collected from chewing gum a diesel generator that provided lighting and fans in the church and a refrigerator for the mission house.

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 21 ~I WOULD GATHER CHILDREN~ An adaptation of Edies favorite poem Some would gather money Along the path of life Some would gather roses And rest from worldly strife. But I would gather children From among the thorns of sin, I would seek the boys and girls Who have precious souls within. For money cannot enter In that land of endless day, And roses that are gathered Soon will wilt along the way. But oh, the laughing children, As I cross the sunset sea, And as the gates swing wide to heaven, I can take them in with me! In Loving Memory On July 18, 1952, Robbie and Alice Weatherford welcomed their third and nal daughter into the world, Edith Elizabeth. Edie, as she became known, would become one of Abacos most well known and loved individuals because of the life she lived in service to our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. At the tender age of ve she accepted Jesus into her heart and became born again on September 11, 1957, as written in her Bible. At 15 years of age, she was impressed to begin childrens meeting in her home at Man-O-War Cay. This was only the beginning, as for over forty years she has been totally dedicated to childrens ministry, holding Bible schools all over the mainland of Abaco from north to south, and all throughout the cays. She also taught Sunday school along with her sister Sarah Ann at the International Gospel Mission in Marsh Harbour for over thirty of those years. There wasnt a Vacation Bible School that she wasnt a part of in Man-O-War Cay, in some shape or form. Visiting preachers to the island were always welcomed with a loaf of her homemade bread. Children who attended Sunday school were given a Little Debbie pie each week. Many will remember her Bible lessons she taught in school assemblies all over Abaco. There isnt enough paper to write down all of the good things Edie did, nor would she want us to. She would only want you to know that just as she gave her heart and life to the Lord, you can do so, too, if you will only call upon the Lord and believe in Him. Edie touched the lives of many far and wide, young and old alike. She will always be remembered with fondness for the love she showed to each and everyone she met, for the kind words she spoke, her generosity, her faithful church attendance, and for the devotion to her Saviour that she demonstrated by the extraordinary life she lived and her tireless eorts to win boys and girls for the Lord Jesus Christ. After two years of having one health problem after another, from recurring bouts of shingles to severe dysphagia and ataxia-like symptoms, the Lord called her home and met her on the road at her beloved home in Man-O-War Cay on April 26, 2013. There is no doubt that she heard the Saviour say, Well done, thou good and faithful servant, well done. Edith is survived by her two loving sisters, Tuppy and Sarah Ann; her devoted brother, Pastor Robin Weatherford; her sister-in-law, Myrna; her two beloved nieces, Tabitha Stortenbecker and Priscilla Weatherford; her nephew, Jake Stortenbecker; and a host of family and friends whom she held dear to her heart. Edith Elizabeth WeatherfordJULY 18, 1952 APRIL 26, 2013 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 A service of praise and thanks giving for the late Tiffany Estella Smith-Sidor, 36 a resident of Grace Ave. Dundas Town, Abaco wase held on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at Grace Baptist ing was be Pastor Shawn Robins assisted by Bishop Archilaus Cooper Interment was follow in Dundas Town cemetery. Left to cherish Tiffanys memories are her husband: Frantzy Sidor; children: and Rudy Smith; mother-in-law: Bernise Sidor; father-in-law: Paul Sidor; sisters: Uneak Outten, Jennifer Saunders, Natasha and Amanda Smith; brothers: Craig Cooand Jennifer Dorsette; uncles: Bishop Archilaus Cooper, Rev. Hartman Cooper, Eric and Henry Cooper, Anthony Douglas, Sultan Sands, Nehemiah Saunders, and Ricardo Smith; sisters-in-law: Edith Sidor and Shatoya Smith; brothers-in-law: ews: Theo, Torriano and Synoved SaunDerick Stuart, Trey Smith, Rudy Jr. and Derisha Stuart, Roverna and Assidy Smith; grandnephews: Cassidy Paul and Treko Saunders; god children: Brandon, Alexis of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Funeral Service for Catechist George Washington Reckley age 87 affection ately called Pa of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, who died at his residence April 14th, was held at St. Peters Anglican Church, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. The Right Reverend Bishop Laish Z. Boyd assisted by Revd Father D.E. Angelo N. Bowe and Revd Willish in the Public Cemetery Green Turtle Cay Abaco. He is predeceased by grand-daugh ter: Chandell Reckley. Left to cherish his memories are:His wife: Barbara, Sons: Bradley, Wayne, Gilbert and Joel Reckley, Daughters-in-law: Lovely, Donna Lee, Bridget and Lories Reckley, Step-children: Desmond Hepburn, Siblings: Leroy and berta Russell, Grand-children: Cornelia, Cornelius, Wayne Jr., Dwayne, Danielle, Keran, Wayanna, Waynette, Azriel, Rashad, Joel Jr., Javon and Jayden Reckley, Great grand-children: Shawnelia Reckley, Adaria Bain, Chelshanno Adderley, Chel sea and Ellie Reckley, DAndre, Scarlett ris Nicholson Jr. In-laws: Sonya and JenRussell, Step-in-laws: Bernadette and Deell Lowe,Numerous: nieces, nephews and cousins and many more family and friends. Born in Cherokee Sound to Leon and Florence Sands on the 6th of Eric Sands peacefully slipped away on the 16th of April, 2013 after a long illness. He had three other brothers, Gurney, Chris and Clifford, and two sisters, Olive and Shirley. Eric grew up in Cherokee Sound, lived here all his life, attended school studying under his uncle Walter W. Sands, a staunch taskmaster that molded many head-strong and successful men who be came very smart business-men when they Like many Cherokee men he went 1950s and 60s and like his father, he enjoyed farming and took over the keeping of the Lights at Duck Cay and on the top of the hill for many years until a solar lights were installed just a few years back. He also worked as a seaman along with Captain Archie Bethel as well as his Deborah K and Abaco Sands, all carrying freight out of Nassau to Abaco. He knew them well and loved to sing the hymns in his church where he wor shipped all his life. He was also a longvisiting the elderly, sick and shut-ins in years. A familiar face in Cherokee, a friend to all his neighbours and a faithful church goer, and although he never married or had any children of his own, he will be In Peace. In loving Blanch Sands Thompson age 71, who 2013. Funeral service was held in Hialeah, Florida on Sands on August 14, 1941, in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, the second child of Borrel with her 2 brothers and 2 sisters until she was 19 at which time she moved to Nassau. In 1962, Blanch met Raymond and on November 8, 1963 they were married and a few years later their daughter Cindy. Eventually Shea Scobey was welcomed as Blanches daughter-in-law, followed by Adam Bowling, her son-in-law. Finally the grandchildren began to arrive starting with Scobey Thompson, followed by Josh Bowling, Jess Bowling, Trinity Thompson and Tanner Thompson. Blanch had a long and full life spend ing much of her time helping her extended family. She was a giving person and made a positive impact on so many lives. 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Page 22 Section B The Abaconian May 15, 2013 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS NEW COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIEDCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS WANTED TO BUYWanted to Buy: Commercial Properties or Acreage in Abaco. Fast CASH buyer. Send location and asking price to AbacoLand@ho tmail.com. Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins Guana Cay, 2 bed, 1 bath apt, fully furnished week. Call 904-982-2762 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, at 367-2660 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Marsh Harbour, Government Sub, For sale by owner Duplex located in. Large corner lot of land. 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GET YOUR BUSINESS KNOWN!! en-GBNassau 242-457-4SOD (4763) or 225-4SOD (4763)en-GB Abaco 242-357-6975 Fax: 242-367-2424 GRASS GRASS GRASS en-GBFrom Our Farm to Your Door!en-GBen-GBSODen-GBfor Immediateen-GB Located Don MacKay Blvd en-GBand Airporten-GBPhone 367-2431 Marsh Harbouren-GB Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5en-GB Visa and MasterCard Accepted en-GB***NOTICE*** en-GBI en-GBColette Rolle Bootleen-GB is en-GBno en-GB longer aliateden-GB with en-GB G&G Shipping Company. en-GB Any Inquires please call en-GB G&G Shippings oce at en-GB 1-954-920-9292 Zion Baptist District Convention held in North AbacoBy Vernique Russell Superintendent Christopher Dean and the family of Baptist churches locally from Sandy Point to Fox Town prepared for Convention 2013. This event is the most anticipated on their calendar. 18. The venue for this year is Unity Baptist Church in Treasure Cay. Guest speakers will hail from the Baptist district ministries in Nassau and locally. Convention 2013 includes day and night sessions. The highlight service is Church News Jesus Is the Answer Crusade takes place in Spring City By Canishka Alexander Led by Apostle Alex Archer, senior pastor of the Church of the Latter Rain, a two-night crusade called Jesus is the Answer, took place on April 11 to 12 at the Spring City Basketball Court. Apostle Ar cher sought to provide the answers to the questions: Why am I here? Where am I going? How do I get there? the Latter Rain praise dancers and praise team members were featured as they ministered to those in the audience. During his remarks, Apostle Archer announced that Jesus wants to bring change in our lives as he warned against allowing money and material things to have control over us. After reading 1 Thessalonians 4:16, he asked the audience if they are rapture ready. His response was that the rapture will only take those who receive Jesus as Lord. the Book of Acts, he said that just as Jesus ascended into Heaven in the same manner He will descend. Only those washed in the blood of Jesus will hear the shout, and the trumpet sound. He warned that the scales of sin must be washed off because it is the only way that Jesus will be seen. Scripture readings were also taken from Luke 21:25 and Revelation 20, which outlined the signs of the end of time con But hope remains in the midst of such widespread distress and destruction, and that hope comes through Jesus Christs blood that was shed on Calvary. Apostle Archer said that once these signs are witnessed, lift up your heads for you redemption draweth nigh. Because the second rapture has no power, he rapture. He revealed that people sitting in their homes in Spring City, and under the sound of his voice would feel the presence of God, and that there would be a visitation of the Holy Ghost. At the end of the crusade, Apostle Archer called children and their parents to the altar for a prayer of blessing. He pled with parents to guide their children in godly principles. Finally, he ended by thanking the community for the use of their facilities, and promised that God will re veal Himself that week to people who do not know Him. Please see Answer

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May 15, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 23 Previously, Genesis held a concert at Victory Tabernacle Church, which is pastored by Pastor A.B. Lewis. Simmons said that the members used to practice at a community center in Abaco; however, they now practice at Victory Tabernacle on Thursdays. CONGRATULATIONS NICHOLAS Local Boy Scores High MarksNicholas Malone was a student of Hope Town School, later moved to Jacksonville, Florida and served in the US Army with deployment in Iraq. Upon his return started his studies at ITT Tech in Criminology and Forensic Technology, completing with a 4.0 GPA. On May 1, 2013 he was invited to the National Technical Honors Scociety of ITT Tech. Nicholas is the son of Buddy & Patrice of Hope Town. SON WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU! VEHICLES FOR SALE NEW COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIEDCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 VEHICLES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALEGOTTA GOGOTTA GOGOTTA GOOne 17 open console boa t, ready for engine $ 2,600.00 ONO. One 20 Pro-Line boat, ready for engine. $4,300.00 ONO One 20 trailer completely rebuilt, with new parts. $ 13 2011 Boston Whaler Sport/Duty Paid/40hp 407.796.7354 or gojena@bellsouth.net BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE1996-Toyota Windom 2.5, White/Brown, Radio, CD, A/C. Runs hot, needs a head gasket and front brake pads. Will consider best of fer above $1,000.00. Car is in Treasure Cay. Please call 475-3226. 2001 Cabrio Volkwagon Convertable, 4 new tires, cold A/C, great fuel milage. Asking $6,900. Call 367-0001 or 375-9873 2005 T160 Bob Cat axle trailer $14,900.00. Call 367-2631 after 6pm 2005 Yamaha maculate condition, milage 2,104 w/ added mets $9,500.00. Call 367-2631 after 6pm 2006 Ford Fusion automatic, runs great. Call 475-9947 Get ResultsAdvertise with a Classified 17 Hobie Cat, good condition, duty paid, blue hull, vivid sail. Asking $1,600. Located on Tilloo Cay. E-mail: toobluetilloo@yahoo. com 25 Classic Mako, powered by a 300HP Ya maha, high pressure injected, little over 1200 hrs. Asking $12,000 OBO. Call 242-3655006, 475-2479 26 1994 Mako, twin 150 4s stroke (less than 400 hrs) live well, cd player, new speakers Furuno Depth Finder, Garmin GPS $27,500 Contact 305-242-6043 or hquin1902@gmail. com 28 Blackfin Original outboard con series outboards running, in good condition. Bahamas duty paid and registered.Tower with dual station controls Forward cabin with head 110v dockside plug in 18k or best offerBoat is phone 242 366-0154 or 305 735-8550 31 Tiara, 1990, Duty paid. Tuna tower. Needs engine wk. $20k obo. Truman major HT (242) 366-0101. Peggy FL (561) 789-3996 34 DEHLER Sloop in very good condition, Yanmar Diesel Engine 27HP, with only 600 working hours. Well equipped i.e. Spinnaker, Wind Generator. Located in Abaco, Duty paid. Asking US $34.000,Email: chiemgau@live.de 34 Crusader, Northern Light generator, Garman GPS sys Stone crab and grouper trap pulley. $38,000 OBO. Sleeps 6. Call 365-5006, 475-2479 or 475-3701 22 cu.ft. side by side Kenmore refrigerator/ freezer with icemaker $595 G.E. 30 elec tric range/oven $450 G.E. 30 built-in microwave oven $125 Hunter Original 4 blade ceiling fan good condition. Tel: 577-0263 47 Flat Screen VIZIO Smart TV built in WFI, full HD, 1080p. New $1,000. Call 4759947 2007 EZGO Gas Shuttle Golf Cart, very good condition, on Scotland Cay. $5000 Call 321-777-0068 or e-mail: n5dl@hotmail.com I feel victory, and a stirring and changing in this community, he observed. People will give their lives to Him in their homes. Church News Answer From Page 22 Genesis members honour elderly in Moores Island By Canishka Alexander Genesis gospel group members ZelStuart, Lenward Cornish, Lloyd Russell, Collie Swain and Nixon Johnson organized lands older persons over the Easter holi days. The concert was held at Zion Baptist Honourees at the concert includ Simms; Jonathan Dean; and Geneva Wil liams. After being honoured, Dean expressed that he wants to see more love displayed in the community. Simmons recalled that the elderly gentleman was so overwhelmed because he has never been honoured in that manner, and said that he greatly appreciated what was done on the other honourees behalf. awarded one half of the athletes there with plaques for their athletic achievements. Genesis has been in existence for approximately four years, and was founded by Eddie Rolle. Genesis is in the process Simmons explained that their intent is to meet the spiritual and physical aspects of their audiences in an effort to cater to the whole man, and thatGenesis mem bers are all committed, and have a desire to become more involved community-wise with the young and the old. Were looking forward to making a great impact in Abaco and elsewhere to spread ministry, Simmons conveyed. terested in adding a young lady they met there who sang so impressively. Because of their long-term goal to ef fectively reach out to hurting young men, Simmons disclosed that they will soon go on the streets to do ministry. Genesis mem bers will also collect canned goods and dis tribute them throughout the community.

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