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Abaconian ( 11-01-2001 )

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Title: Abaconian
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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 11-01-2001
Copyright Date: 2009

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Title: Abaconian
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Language: English
Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 11-01-2001
Copyright Date: 2009

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 1 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 21, November 1st, 2001 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #5050 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 7571 N.W. 78th St Medley, FL 33166-7530 Forward and Address Correction Hundreds Support Cherokee DayMoney Raised Will Restore The Old SchoolhouseThe crowds at the Cherokee Day celebration were enthusiastic, all enjoying the games, competitions, food and fellowship of the threeday event. An auction proved to be very successful, raising $3900 for two quilts. Monies raised will go toward restoring the Ol d Schoolhouse to be a community center. The organizers were pleased with the weekend activities as they can now continue work on the schoolhouse. Please see South Page 5 By Lee Pinder The organizers of Cherokee Day were pleased with the turn-out and support by alumni and residents. Nearly $27,000 was raised to complete the restoration of the old school building and make it into a community center. Visitors flocked to Cherokee from Sandy Point, Hope Town, Marsh Harbour and many of the other towns on Abaco. The three day event began with a full Friday evening program. Saturday was filled with games, food booths, auctions and other fund raising and crowd pleasing events. Sunday concluded with a church service. Cherokee folks are scattered far and wide and they came to give their full support and enjoy the good times. Starting off Friday evening, the 12th of October, a cultural program was put together by some of our Old School alumni telling about births, deaths, marriages, a womens life during the 1940s and 1950"s in the islands and stories about Cherokee family roots. A special presentation by Capt. Leonard Thompson told about the games young people used to play before television. The weather co-operated and it was a very comfortable balmy evening. Everyone enjoyed the presentation and stayed till the very end. A small group came especially for Cherokee Day from Saveaur Magazine in New York to write about some of our local foods. Their magazine is internationally renowned An ecumenical church service commemorating Local Government Month was held on October 21 at Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town. The well attended service was a service of celebration recognizing the contribution of civil servants. Many government officials and ministers took part in the service and there was a variety of special music. The sermon was delivered by Pastor A.B. Lewis, who exhorted the civil employees to turn to God. God is calling them to make a new commitment, to give up their wayward habits and to stay focused. They must not compromise right but must be good examples. He continued by namService Honors Civil OfficersA choir from North Abaco provided special music at the church service on October 21 commemorating Local Government Month. Please see Church Page 27Postal Cl erks T ake PrecautionsDave Darville, postal clerk in the Marsh Harbour Post Office, is shown wearing a face mask and latex gloves to protect himself from possible contamination by anthrax spores.

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2 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 A & W TRAVELTravel is our businessWe l l get you where you w ant to go. ...SUB AGENTS Hope T own 366-0100 Man-O-War 356-6048 Treasure Cay 365-8507 Green Turtle 365-4140 Abaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB-20283 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2806/2577 Fax: (242) 367-3219 bahamian cuisine on Hope To wn 's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m.Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 1 1:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 1 1:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICEICE ICEICE ICE RENTRENT RENTRENT RENT ALAL ALAL AL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKES Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pm Tel: 367-2017Spooner sAmerican Bridge has been awarded the contract to design and build the new freight dock in Marsh Harbour. On October 22 officials with the company met with representatives of all businesses in Central Abaco which are involved with using the dock at this present time. Mr. Dave Thornton of American Bridge, who will be overseeing the construction, expected that work will begin the first week of November. American Bridge expects to have equipment here by the end of October and will begin by dredging out the turning basin. The dredging will be done by a crane with a clam bucket. The fill will be barged to the shoreline where it will be stockpiled to be used as fill for the new dock. They will build up a berm and will enclose the fill with sheet piling. The west face of the present dock will not be available for boats to use which will inconvenience the small freight boats serving the cays. The two main boats from the States will not be directly affected. The Duke of Topsail uses the east face of the dock where they adapted the dock for their Ro-Ro operation. The Tropic Night, the boat that Marsh Harbour Shipping has on the Florida Abaco route, now docks at the Parker site in Murphy Town and trucks all their containers to the customs area in Marsh Harbour for clearance. After the turning basin is dug out, the crane will dig a new channel to a depth of 13 Dock Construction W ill Soon Beginfeet which will be diagonal out to the harbour entrance. They will begin from the shore and work their way out. The road going past the dock, Queen Elizabeth Drive, will be relocated somewhat to the south and will be widened to a three-lane road which will allow a middle lane for turning. American Bridge will first clean up the area, demolishing the buildings of Pizza Hut and the docks in front as well as haul away all the junk vehicles. They will be using the octagon buildings on the Pizza Hut property as an office. The company will be keeping the construction area fenced off to insure the safety of everyone locally. When completed, the international area of the dock will be fenced off to make it a secured area. The existing dock will be repaired and will remain concrete. The new dock area will be edged with a 20-foot apron of concrete but will be a tar sealed surface on other areas. Also at the meeting was Mr. Tom Hluehan of Cox and Shal which is the engineering firm involved and Mr. Paul Agate with the Ministry of Works. The construction of the dock has been a very long time in coming. There were many steps to be taken before a contract could be signed. However, once the equipment arrives, work will move quickly. Mr. Thornton expects the dock and all the support structures to be completed in one year. On November 30 and December 1 the Abaco Cultural Society will start off the festive Christmas season with A n Abaco Christmas, a concert of religious and secular Christmas music presented by Highgrove Productions. The program will feature music from Handels Messiah to Negro spirituals and traditional carols. Special guests will include the local group Jesus a mens ensemble comprising talented Abaconian voices Basil Been, Gentry Morris, Anderson Alcime, and Kevin Sterling. In addition, secular Christmas carols will be featured in the second half with a special rendition of The Prayer which will be performed by Bryan Thompson and his mother, Valerie Pyfrom, as well as a choir from the Amy Roberts School on Green Turtle Cay. Additionally, Bahamian Christmas carols such as Mama Bake da Johnny Cake and Jun-JunJunkanoo will be performed to lend a native Christmas feeling to the concerts. Bryan Thompson, artistic director of Highgrove Productions, will be one of the featured soloists, A tenor, Bryan is a former member of the world renowned Bahamas National Youth Choir representing The Bahamas on tours to Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Thompson is Customer Service Manager at Barclays Bank in Marsh Harbour having been transferred in February of this year. Mrs. Pyfrom, a professional opera singer based in New York, will be another featured soloist. This mezzo-soprano has had many singing roles in New York including 93 performances of Porgy & Bess at a theater in Berlin, West Germany. Both concerts on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, will start at 7:30 p.m. in the festively decorated Lowe Art Gallery at the home of Bahamian artist Alton Roland Lowe, Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay. Tickets for An Abaco Christmas w ill be on sale at the door and will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. The Lowe Art Gallery has a dock on Black Sound. For transportation by ferry, call the Green Turtle Ferry at 365-4166 or 365-4128.Christmas Concert Is Planned Subscribe toThe Abaconianto keep up with the news of Abaco UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic light Weekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify Specify Specify Specify Specify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL M/V DUKE OF TOPSAILLeaves W. Palm Beach Tues. Arr. Nassau Weds. & Marsh Harbour Thurs. Sails Sunday for Nassau & FloridaIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or VHF ch. 16 In Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or VHF ch. 16 In Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or VHF ch. 16 In Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or VHF ch. 16 In Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or VHF ch. 16 PP PP P .O. 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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 3 Open: Mon Fri 9-5 Sat 9 2 Phone: 367-2674 Fax: 367-4755In these times of troubleWelcomes BackAll o f Abaco sTourists & Winter ResidentsWe appreciate your support!! And to all our local customers:A SPECIAL THANK YOU. Collins A ve., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2601/2 Fax: (242) 367-2731 Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & V egetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Nabisco Murrays Duracell Bluebird Wise Quaker Del Monte Gatorade DISTRIBUTORS IN ABACO FOR Open 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday COMPLETE GROCERY LINE SOLOMONS SOLOMONS ABACO LTD A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Shop Safe! Shop SmartShop Solomons!By Alice Bain Cable Bahamas has recently expanded its fiber-optic cable connection to Abaco, which is the fourth island to be connected to the system. The cable which connects Sandy Point to Current Settlement on Eleuthera was laid on the sea floor across the Northeast Providence channel at a depth of up to 12,000 feet. From Sandy Point the cable has been being laid in a trench up the Great Abaco Highway and will terminate at a head end at the Marsh Harbour cable substation on Don MacKay Boulevard. The biggest impact fiber-optic connection will have for Abaco is in internet connectivity. Cable Bahamas will offer an alternative Internet Service Provider through its Coralwave provider and those connections will be faster and more efficient than those currently available. Tony Butler, Vice President of Cable Bahamas, commented, We will be offering the same level of service as you would expect to find in Nassau or New York City and for the same cost! Four different internet packages will be available; the two upmarket packages will be unlimited access for a flat monthly rate, and the more inexpensive packages will charge per download rather than per hour, which is the current norm. Cable Bahamas originally laid fiber-optic cable from Boca Raton, Florida, to Freeport, Grand Bahama, and a second cable was laid from Grand Bahama down to New Providence. The company worked hand in hand with both American and Bahamian environmental commissions and has obtained communications licensing from the United States FCC and the Public Utilities Commission in the Bahamas. In a later phase the cable was extended from New Providence to Current Settlement in northern Eleuthera and from Current to Sandy Point where the cable landed in November 2000. In the future the cable will be extended all the way up through Crown Haven and another underwater cable will connect Crown Haven with North Riding Point in Grand Bahama. This will complete an internal fiber loop which will enable Cable Bahamas to provide more dependable service. If the loop is cut at some point, subscribers should still have access via the other side of the loop instead of being cut off. Twenty-five million dollars has been invested in this fiber optic system already. An additional spur cable will be laid between Casuarina Point and Cherokee to provide cable and internet service to residents of Cherokee. International Telecom from Halifax and Montreal, Canada, will be laying this cable in the next few weeks. The Public Utilities Commission has presently granted Cable Bahamas telecommunications licensing to provide internet service in both Grand Bahama and New Providence. Further licensing to include Abaco and Eleuthera is up for approval the first week of November. If all goes well, Marsh Harbour should be seeing cable modem availability by December of this year.Cable W ill Give Better ServiceCable Programing Mr. Butler said that he really could not comment on any possible future changes in the channel lineup available on Cable Bahamas in Abaco. Right now were still working with analog signals, but we have plans to digitize everything in the near future and that will make a difference in channel availability, but we cant say anything right now. Mr. Butler continued, What you will see is the local community channel being turned on. In Nassau this channel carries announcements and locally produced television shows. An example is My Five Cents, an interview on the street style program which has covered such topics as Deadbeat Dads and the happenings of September 11th. You would be seeing an Abaco segment being added to the programming on this channel. Abaco will not be getting a local office, but service calls will continue to be handled on a call-by-call basis by Mr. George Culmer, Cable Bahamas Abaco technician. George is great, said Mr. Butler. Hes extremely efficient, one of our few employees that we regularly receive positive feedback about. Georges dedication to his job is amazing hes been known to work until ten or eleven at night, basically to work until the job is done. We get all kinds of calls praising him; were very happy with him! Beauty Contestants Get Ti psContestants for the Little Miss Abaco beauty contest were coached on October 20 by Miss World Bahamas, Miss Tia Bowe, and by Ms. Pepper Johnson. The girls were taken to lunch at Abaco Beach Resort and had a photo session with Miss Bowe. The contest will take place on November 17. Benefits from the event will be for Hope House, an organization providing food for needy persons. Remember Register to Vote

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4 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Bluff House Beach HotelGreen T urtle Cay, Abaco, BahamasBahamian SpecialInviting all Bahamians to take advantage of this gre at o ffer!per couple per nightIncludes: Dinner, Breakfast and Accommodation in a Split Level Suite for Two*Not Included: Transpor tation, Gratuity on food and beverages, Ser vice Charge and Tax on R oomsTel: 242-365-4247 or Fax: 242-365-4248online: www. blu ffhouse.com E-mail: Bluf fHouse@oii.net Residents or citizens with proper ID $99.00* Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $100 $270 $595 26 Paramount $150 $380 $850 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & dinnerPig Roast Every SundayOpen D ailyOpen D aily Open D ailyOpen D aily Open D ailyBreak fa st 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 4:30 6:30 p.m. Li ve Music We ds. & Fr i. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Fo ods Restaurant & Baron theHope T own W aterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderTown Prep ares for Big EventWith pigeon season just getting into full swing, we havent seen much of our men folk, but some of them did come through for us and did find time to get us snappers for the fish fry and lots of big beautiful conch from the deep water to make fritters and conch salad, and of course, there were those who came to set up the tents, lighting and flags and transport all the ice, furniture and equipment that was needed. All the while the women were doing the really hard work like the organizing and planning. Everyone was busy doing something, whether it was making fudge, cutting up conch, cooking peas nrice or sprucing up their yards and generally getting ready expecting company on the 12th of October. The school children were practicing their parts for the Cherokee Day 2001 festivities and as the time drew near, their excitement and anticipation grew as they dreamed about the many games and competitions that they hoped to enter. It was all we had hoped for and more. Some had suggested that possibly with all the anxiety and concerns over the terrorist attacks in the United States, that we should have postponed or even cancelled the event. the monies raised should be used to modernize the present school and supply it with some much needed furniture and equipment. In 1995, there were three local families who required help with their medical bills and two-thirds of the monies raised that day went to help those persons while the remaining one-third went into the bank and was added to the Old School Restoration Fund which at that point was very small indeed. Our objective for Cherokee Day 2001 was to duplicate the success of the two previous events while at the same time trying to encourage the old scholars to invest in our restoration project of the Old Schoolhouse. Well, we certainly reached our goal. Now that the actual restoration work has started everyone could see the progress and visualize the finished product, interest has increased and even the sceptics cannot deny that the finished building will be a great asset to our community in many useful ways. Face painting was a popular booth at the Cherokee Day celebration on October 13. Money was raised to continue work on the Old School House to convert it into a community center. It Pays to Advertise inThe AbaconianMany games and competitions were enjoyed by the crowds at Cherokee Day on Ocotber 13. Above girls are seeing what they can win in the Hoop-La booth. An auction and a raffle brought in addition funds. Food of all kinds was offered. However, too much work had already been put into planning and arranging all the scheduled events and foods and it would have been a great loss to call it all off at the eleventh hour. I dont think anyone is sorry now that we didnt cancel. Both of our previous Cherokee Day celebrations were also very successful. At the first one in 1986, we hoped to raise enough money to buy a generator for the present school. However, shortly thereafter Batelcos new building went up and they offered to let the school hook up to their facilities and receive electricity from their new generator. So, it was agreed by Cherokee residents that Give Your Friends, Relatives and Children a Subscription toThe Abaconian

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 5 Ph: 367-7283 Fax: 367-5767 Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Sunbrite Bleach 1 gal. $2.37 SUPERSUPER SUPERSUPER SUPER SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIALShop & SaveKraft 14oz. Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese $2.39Rainbow 12oz. Corned Beef .97Armour 5oz. Vienna Sausage .57Campbells 10.5oz ABC s Vegetable Soup .87Chef Boyardee 1 4.75oz Spaghetti & Meatballs .99Mahatma 20lbs. Long Grain Rice $8.57Robin Hood 5lbs. Flour $2.37Carnation 410g Evaporated Milk .67Nestle 397g Sweetened Cond. Milk .87Promos 19oz. Powder Drink Mixes $2.19Evercane 4lbs. Sugar $1.47 Burtons 150g Bourbon Creams .75Albury s 1 0oz. Pigeon Peas .67Del Monte 1gal. Whole Kernel Corn $4.87Libbys 426g Sliced Beets .89Island Queen 15oz. Green Pigeon Peas $1.37Hellmans 32oz. Mayonnaise $2.97Wesson 1gal. Vegetable Oil $5.97Sun Light 2.5gal. Vegetable Oil $7.77 Prices are subject to change More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 4 On the evening of October 12 Cherokee residents put on a program depicting life in Cherokee the 1940s and 1950s. Sen. Michael Bethel donned a clown suit as he recited poetry from a program from many years ago. and specializes in authentic cuisine from around the world. We feel very honoured that they should choose our cooks to represent Abaco but then we always knew we had some of the best cooks in all The Bahamas. Our local souse and some other local specialties seemed to be just what they were looking for. Of course, the magazine article will not be released for several months, but we look forward to reading their observations and comments. If you were there, you would have to agree that probably the highlight of the whole weekend was the very successful auction that was lead by our own Patrick Bethel. Two unique and beautiful handmade quilts brought in almost $3,900 through some extremely lively bidding by some very determined bidders. But there were many other lovely items auctioned off as well including a hand crocheted afghan, a handcrafted wooden magazine stand, a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree skirt, a large beach bag, a carton of homemade jams and a special box of homemade fudge. And Patrick can keep an auction going better than anyone I know. Then, of course, on Saturday the Dunking Pool kept everyone laughing and in stitches as they threw the balls (some with just a little too much enthusiasm) and dunked their friends. I wonder who that clown was? And The Most Beautiful Knees and Ugly Feet Contest drew thirteen very bold men into the competition who obviously had no qualms about showing off their bare legs to the crowd. Last, but not least, our own Cherokee Masqueraders did their thing to keep the audience fooled and the evening finished off with some very soothing and relaxing live music provided by Down Town Larry Brown and his friend Lewis. A combined church service was held on Sunday with Sidney Pinder giving a sermon on God, Ourselves and Others with some special music provided by groups from both churches and a luncheon afterwards held on the school grounds and provided by the church women. It was all we had hoped for and more. The Old School Restoration Fund will realize almost $27,000 to finish the work already in progress. When it is finally finished, Cherokee will have a beautiful modern Community Center. It will have an outward appearance of the building as it was when it was new in 1907, according to the old school records, but which some insist is much, much older. It can be utilized by its residents in many different ways. Our objective for Cherokee Day 2001 was to duplicate the success of the two previous events while at the same time trying to encourage the old scholars to invest in our restoration project of the Old Schoolhouse. We certainly reached our goal. Lots of our visitors on October 12, 13 and 14th were born in Cherokee or came from Cherokee roots. For many it was their first time. To all of you who came or couldnt make it for one reason or another but helped us in other ways (and we could never possibly name them all), we want to thank you for your help and continued support. These two simple words can mean so much and are so often left unsaid. They are such a small token of how we really feel, so we feel we can not say them enough THANK YOU. By Stephanie Humblestone With airline travel literally up in the air in terms of cancelled scheduled flights and a potential tightening of Federal Aviation Administration security measures on the ground, those who do not like flying at the best of times may wish to be reminded of overland/ water routes to the United States. A much frequented surface route takes about 16 hours, costs about the same as a plane fare and goes by way of Grand Bahama. From Abaco take Bookie Butlers ferry service from Crown Haven on Little Abaco to McLeans Town on Grand Bahama from where a bus service operates to Freeport. From there The Discovery runs a fi ve-hour service to Fort Lauderdale. Time factor and frayed terrorist activated nerves aside, it is an opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of a modern cruise ship plus complimentary meals. On the return journey which leaves Fort Lauderdale at 8 a.m. travelers are treated to both lunch and dinner. In view of the present circumstances, there may be specials. Normal fare is $116. Another sea alternative from Grand Bahama to Florida is the Jet Foil which is operated by the West Palm Beach service Sea Jet. The hydrofoil takes 99 minutes to make the 65-mile trip from Freeport. It is fast, comfortable and has delicious food served against a background of light music. This is a time for the public to explore alternatives. If the FAA does impose regulations with which Marsh Harbour airport cannot comply, albeit temporarily, then the above alternatives and options will be even more welcome.Alternate T ravel Modes Are A vailable

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6 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Man-O-Wa rCommunity News Grant Nicholas Albury and Crystal Eve Sawyer were married on August 11, 2001 at New Life Church in Man-O-War. The reception was held at Schooners Landing Resort also in Man-O-War. Crystal is the daughter of Jill and Andy Albury and Gary Sawyer and Brenda Sawyer. Grant is the son of Neville and Karen Albury. After a wedding trip to Florida the couple will reside in ManO-War.Church NewsBaptismsOn September 30 Mary Ann Albury and Katrina Albury were baptized by Pastor David Hoard of the Man-O-War Church of God. The baptisms were performed in the pool at Schooners Landing Resort.Gospel Chapel Hosts ConferenceThe Gospel Chapel was host to a weekend conference from the evening of October 11 through 14. Guest speakers for the event included Bro. Frank Perry from Spanish Wells, Bro. Ed Allen from Abundant Life in Nassau and Bro. Roy Hill from the United Kingdom. Special singing included local talent as well as Soloist Bro. Erroll Rolle from Abundant Life. Much food and fellowship was shared in the shade provided by a tent. The church wishes to thank those responsible for the use of the tent and to all who helped make the conference such a spiritual and successful event.Hope TownSymposium Is HeldBy Stephanie Humblestone This month is Local Government month. It is a time to showcase local government practitioners and invite the community to ask questions, Senior Deputy Administrator Alexander Flowers told a small group gathered at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town on October 24th. The meeting, aimed at creating an interaction between the public and government officials, was similar to ones held earlier this month in Coopers Town and Sandy Point. It was an opportunity for people to put a face to the name. Now I know what Wayne Cornish looks like, joked local government representative Ross Thompson. Before opening the floor to questions, each government official gave a brief comment on his or her department along with it duties and responsibilities. For example, Mr. Wayne Cornish explained the duties of the Department of Fisheries and all related areas. We are responsible for dealing with any infringements against fishing regulations, he said. Mr. David Knowles listed the many aims and duties of the Department of Agriculture. Mr. Errol Ferguson from Immigration provided an insight into immigration policies and explained the varying types of status afforded to foreigners. He explained the restricted and stop lists which note undesirables. These are also persons named by Interpol and we have a long list, he said. Nearer to home he reminded the Hope Town community that there are major violators of the immigration laws in Hope Town in the form of employees and employers. Any foreigner working who does not have a proper permit is in violation of the immigration laws, he stated. Mr. Loren Coleby, Manager of the Bahamas Development Bank, encouraged people to avail themselves of the services of the bank. He gave hypothetical examples of repayment figures and said that the interest rate is now eight and a half percent. We are trying to get people to be more creative and industrious, he said. We are advocators and facilitators, said Mrs Charlamae Fernander. Social Services is not just about welfare and national assistance, she went on to say, clarifying some common misconceptions and explaining the wide scope of services available to the community. Mr. Charles Barton from the National Insurance Board provided insight into his department, reminding those present, All persons gainfully engaged are required to register with the National Insurance Board. Mr. Flowers invited questions which although few were thought-provoking. Are the mangroves endangered and being protected? asked a local resident. Mr. News of the CaysBy Pat Elkins Mr. and Mrs. Grant Albury The residents of Hope Town and Man-O-War heard from representatives of several government agencies who explained their duties and responsibilities. It was one of the symposiums organized to highlight Local Government Month. Please see Cays Page 26

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 7 Light Impr essions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Y our House Clean, Cool & Comfort ably S tylish W ith Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .Floor Tiles from 6" x 6" up to 18" x 18" Wall Tiles in 4" x 4" 6" x 6" 6" x 8" up to 10" x 16" We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set M astic G routs S aws & B lades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optional Abaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Gift Shop and Laundromat3 Villas, 2 bedroom, 1 baths Fully furnished kitchen 1 bedroom queen, 1 bedroom 2 singles Sitting area queen futon Dining area seats 6 All units fully furnished, Central a/c Sattelite T V, Radio/CD/ Ta pe Player Outside BBQ with your own private balcony overlooking the harbour PoolTel: (242) 365-5028 F ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.comLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Ca y, Abaco, BahamasSea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore VillasA team visited Abaco to begin a series of workshops to train local officials in disaster management. Abaco was chosen to host the first two-day workshop on October 22-23 in Marsh Harbour and covered initial damage assessment. Participants came from many communities on Abaco and represented emergency services such as fire departments, Social Services, Police, Ministry of Works personnel and Local Government officials. The seminar was organized by Mrs. Beryl Armbrister, training consultant with the National Disaster Office in Nassau which sponsored the workshop along with Mr. Ron Simon from Grenada, Mr. Paul Saunders from Jamaica and Mr. Lester Blackett from St. Nevis. These people work closely with the Office of the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and gave the participants very specific guidelines on how to assess damage after any kind of disaster ranging from a building collapse to oil spills, pollution, tidal waves and hurricanes. The workshop trained the participants to assess damage to inhabited property, not crops or civil structures. Concepts which were emphasized were to determine the cost of damages and to determine what assistance will be needed and where that assistance will come from. The initial overview should be done within eight hours. Within 48 hours there should be an initial damage assessment to trained persons to determine if property is habitable. They recommend having a professional make detailed cost estimates. The assessment is based on a scale of 1 to 4. 1. Minor damage owner/ occupant can fix 2. Major repairs needed, requires assistance 3. Extensive damage not habitable 4. Total loss Some of the participants of a Disaster Assessment Seminar are shown above with the presenters. Left to right are Mr. Ron Simon from Grenada, Mr. Lester Blackett from S t. Nevis, Mr. Paul Saunders from Jamaica, Mr. Clay WIlhoyte from Hope Town the Hope Town Fire Department, Mr. Saronne Kennedy from the Red Cross, Abaco Branch, and Ms. Beryl Armbrister, Training Consultant with the National Disaster Office in Nassau.Disaster Assessment Seminar HeldBy Alice Bain The Bahamas Industrial and Agricultural Corporation recently sent a representative, Mr. Lucian Curry, to follow up on a workshop held in Abaco in the early part of this year. One of the mandates of the BAIC is to facilitate small business development in the Bahamas, and the corporation offers aid in the form of advice, management training and business plan preparation. Twenty-eight people took part in the course originally. We also help people implement ideas they have for small businesses, said Mr. Curry. We can offer the skills and knowhow to help in the step-by-step development of businesses. The Bahamian government is enthusiastic in its support of this. Some 75 percent of the Bahamian economy depends on small businesses. Mostly we see businesses related to tourism, manufacture of small retail items and, of course, farming and agriculture. Courses have been run by the BAIC on Eleuthera and Exuma, and a trade fair was due to be held on Grand Bahama on September 26th. September was Small Business Month in the Bahamas.Small Businesses Are Supported Soft Drinks DeliShop #8 Colina Building Te l: 367-5310and Bahamian Breakfast$2.99 Open D ailyB re ak fa st 7 a.m. 11 a.m.Lunch 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m.Dinner 6 p.m. 10 p.m.Tel : 3 67-2158Located in the A baco Beach Reso rt Check Out Tzers Gift ShopAnglers Restaurant pr esents inter national cuisine with an island flair in a casual waterf ront setting. 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8 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 The Editor Says. The ro ad traveled by Local Gove rn mentAll AboutT ownThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbou r, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tu ppy We atherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/ Wr iters: Alice Bain, Stephanie Humblestone, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Pa t Elkins, Lee Pi nde r, Anita Rolle Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: d avralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form o n Pa ge 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P. O. Box 1556 Jupite r, FL 33468-1556 7,000 c opies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abac o$ 25 other Bahamas (One Ye ar) $35.00 US A$ 45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Timothy Roberts The greatest abuse in the world today is not the abuse of power, but rather it is the neglect of the awesome privileges we enjoy living in the free world. One privilege we enjoy is democracy. In a democratic society we the people are in control of our countrys fate; we determine as a people whether we succeed or fail. The supreme responsibility lies not in the government but in us. The aspect of this that is most daunting, and most disturbing, is how poorly educated and ill prepared we as a society are when it comes to doing our part in the machinery of democracy. There seems to be a pervasive lethargy among Bahamians when it comes to our duty to our country. In general, we are either ignorant or apathetic and thus we shirk our responsibility to ourselves and our country. Since we live in a country where we are blessed to have a democracy and where we are able to have an active part in the running of our country, why then is there such disinterest? We have not just the right, but the responsibility to be actively involved in our countrys direction and growth. If we dont take hold of this great privilege, we can live to regret it. Many may be disillusioned, not necessarily by the present government, but by government in general; they are disheartened by hypocrisy and unfulfilled promises. This is expected. However, apathy is not the response we ought to give. Many more are exasperated by what they think are awful and wrong decisions by the government or their representative. That is great. We should be happy that we are able not only to get upset with our government, but also we are able t o v oice o ur o pinions; t he p innacle o f t his privilege being the voting process. So when youGenerally Speaking . Our Privilegeare disgruntled with a representative or the government, let them know. If they dont heed your voice, use the power of the vote to get their attention. We are the ones responsible to make our representatives and our government accountable. When they arent, we have the power to replace them with someone who will do the job. Often we like to criticize the government or our local representatives or the things we think they are doing wrong. Why dont we write them a letter instead. Think about it. If you get 20 people writing o r s igning a l etter o n a s ingle t opic t o a representative, that representative will take notice. By Isobel ShermanThe MediaSince the events of September 11th the media have been persistent in their reporting and even worse in their exploring other possible terrorist activities. I realize the media have an obligation to report happenings but I am afraid that in many cases the media are doing more harm than good. Some of their reporting on possible scenarios gives people ideas, whether they are terrorists or just nuts who always come out of the walls when something bad happens in the United States. The talk of germ warfare or bio-terrorism has been hyped to the max by the media. The truth is that the terrorists want to cause terror or fear. That is exactly what is happening despite leaders urging people to get on with their lives. They are now hyping smallpox. I was getting my hair cut recently and overheard another customer tell a person how the smallpox was going to be next. For some reason I am not afraid of anthrax or smallpox because the germ is only in the United States and in Russia. Do terrorists want to kill off the world or the United States? I doubt it. They want people to be so afraid that they cannot function. People are glued to the television watching the events day in and day out. Rumors abound and sometimes reports are given which later have to be refuted as being inaccurate such as the anthrax in the air conditioning ducts in the Capitol. What am I saying? Europeans have been living in terror for years. Look at Israel. Yes, the way of life has been changed forever in the free world. But we need to look to the media and tell them to cut out the excess fear factors. Professional psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you stop watching as it does you no good. We in the Bahamas need to take a serious look and realize that we must continue with our lives. We are close to the United States and our children may be in the States. What comfort do we have? My comfort is in prayer that God will protect my child just as I would pray if there were no terrorism threat. As far as I am concerned airplanes and airports are probably the safest place at the moment. As to the nuts, let them be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and let us be cautious but let us continue with our lives, because that is what the terrorists do not want.Go Ahead and FlyIf you are interested in traveling to places that are considered safe, meaning you are not traveling to the Middle East or to Libya, etc., then make your plans and go. Flying is the safest form of transport. You are playing into the hands of the terrorists if you stay home because of their threats. I wish I had the time and money to go on trips to the places that are offering stupendous deals such as to Las Vegas, Disney World, etc.Parents, Wh ere Are You?A PTA meeting was held last week at Abaco Central High School. For the first meeting of the school year, I was told it was standing room only so many parents came out. But not so for the second meeting. Why? I would hate to think that people came to the first meeting only to see what the new principal looked like and hear what he was saying. However, it certainly is a possibility. Parents, why cant you take the time once a month to come to a meeting to hear what is happening in the school that your child or children attend? I write about more parental involvement continually but it seems it is only words on paper because nothing is really changing. How can we raise involved children if we do not get involved ourselves? Please see Roberts Page 9 The road traveled by local government in its nearly five and one half years has been fairly smooth. Potholes and bumps have appeared but the trip has generally been worth the ride. Occasionally those serving feel that the road they were put on was pointed in the wrong direction but local and central government must work together toward the same goals. The system is a definite improvement over the past with decisions now being made locally rather than being made in Nassau and imposed on us. We can now grumble locally and exert local influence when things go astray. In order for the system to function smoothly, it is important that the voters put into office good, well rounded individuals who, in turn, will appoint a similar caliber of persons to serve on the statutory boards. There is a tendency to appoint board members based on friendship or town affiliation rather than abilities. Furthermore, many of the better qualified persons are not interested in offering their talents for local government service due to frustrations: with the rules of the system with the time required with the historic rivalry between towns in attempting to implement town preferences only to have an outside majority decide otherwise at spending time resolving issues, then see a higher body ignore or reverse the groups consensus competing with others for funds or accomplishments with the time spent in meetings in petty conversation. Those elected or appointed come from all walks of life with diverse knowledge and experience. They are not college educated and may have little or no experience with meeting protocol and etiquette. Board Chairmen, Chief Councillors and the Central Government representatives must be patient and willing to coax these members to a consensus on the issues. We have to remember that many of the people serving on committees, councils and boards are new to the concepts of parliamentary procedures. They do not know the terminology or rules. This is probably their first experience with the formalities of meetings. As those in our towns become comfortable with this new governing concept, we will see more effective leadership develop. We see a need for improvement in management and communication skills of the members which could give more confidence and produce more efficient management of our towns. Many need to learn the basics of parliamentary procedures. This can be done informally within the meetings, perhaps at the beginning of a term of office. Next summer we could have a new slate of Local Government officials and the learning process will begin all over again. There will always be complaints and conflict particularly in those groups which concern money. This is only human nature. The goal is to keep these conflicts to a minimum. This can be accomplished through better communication and compromise. Another improvement could come about by teaching methods of conflict resolution, of ways of working out compromises. There are many reasons for these conflicts but frequently if they are verbalized, it helps the participants see why they cannot come to an agreement. They are then in a better position to negotiate an agreeable solution. We have attended meetings where the outcome on some issues was not at all clear. In the few instances where the conclusion is in doubt, it is the duty of the Chief Councillor, the Chairman, the Central Governments representative or the recording secretary to ask that the outcome be clearly made and that a majority agree on the conclusion. The Chief Councillor has the greatest burden as the position in some districts requires a lot of his time. Whether you agree or not with the performance of the present or past Chief Councillor, the job approaches a full time commitment for Central Abaco. The Hope Town District requires nearly as much time. Ordinary Council and Town Committee members frequently devote only the time required to attend a monthly meeting and are not burdened more than once a month for several hours. However, once involved, some members feel the process is not worth their time and they attend only occasionally. Some members attend meetings just often enough to remain on the stipend list while others have given it up altogether. Very few of the better qualified people can afford the time required of a Chief Councillor or Town Committee Chairman of the active districts. Although the Chief Councillor receives a stipend of over $500 per month, that does not replace the time spent away from normal income producing activities and the effective management of those activities. Although Local Government is having its problems and conflicts, it must be given the necessary attention to overcome these bumps in the road. The system will always have problems but the goal is to assist leaders to resolve conflicts and work with them to find acceptable solutions. This does not mean that Central Government should interfere, only that the local leaders need advice in overcoming these conflicts and resolving their conflicts. The system will never be perfect. Countries with local government for decades are still facing the same problems our local people are. But by working together these problems can be resolved. Dave Ralph

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 9 Why. .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) ( for r enewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$45 Canada Airmail US$55 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Nov 98 Sids Food S toreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green T urtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & V egetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near T own Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 You get more people involved and you will more than likely see action taken. The great thing is, if the a ction t aken i s n ot s atisfactory, t hey w ill b e up for re-election soon enough, and then you get to exercise the power you have in the machine of democracy. We can, in fact, make a difference, and we need t o s tart r ight h ere o n a l ocal l evel. A s w e see the power of our freedom and as we take responsibility in this area, we begin to take control, as we ought to. Then government will be more willing to recognize their role for what it is, they are public servants. We elect them to take care of the day to day running of the country. When they fail, we are responsible to remove them and place someone we feel will do better. We are in control! I think that we can do a better job with our future voters. I think we can begin by teaching our children not only about the type of governmental system we have but how that government system works, how we as citizens of this country are responsible for our country through the power of the vote and what we are able to and not able to do in such a system. This kind of education would be invaluable. As adults we must take responsibility for our country. We the people are responsible when the government fails. We only hurt ourselves when we do nothing but criticize. We must take hold of the privilege we have. It is not mere idealism of which I speak, but it is our civic right, our duty. It is a right that carries an awesome burden and a great responsibility. It is n ot s omething t hat a ffects j ust o urselves. I t affects even more than just our family, our neighbors, or our friends. It affects the well being of an entire nation, and it is our momentous task to choose wisely. With such a responsibility it is not unwarranted that we as a people seek to know the process. There is no shame in ignorance, but there is shame in knowingly staying in that state. We must take it upon ourselves to know our rights, know what we are able to do, and to do it. The buck stops here! It stops here with me and it stops with you. It is our privilege. It is our right and responsibility. Dont neglect it, dont abuse it, use it wisely. Vote with the intent of the greater good of your country. Vi ewpoint . .By Stephanie Humblestone A member of my family told me that when seriously perplexed, I look to the left and blink rapidly. If seated at the time I cup my chin in my hand and stay very still while my mind struggles to comprehend. Apparently, I do much the same thing when I am standing except that my hand and chin pose is substituted with arms folded across my chest. I burst out laughing when these idiosyncrasies were pointed out to me and my mind raced back to a recent episode in an Abaco bank when a teller told my friend without blinking(!) that she could not open a firsttime bank account in the Bahamas without a personal reference from a Bahamian bank. Straight-faced without even the glimmer of a grin, we were informed that a new policy was in existence because of the money laundering laws. I am sorry but in order to open a bank account for the first time, you must provide a bankers reference to show that you are an established member of the community, said the teller who found nothing illogical or unusual about the statement. How do I get to be established if I cant open an account? I just finished college and I would like to deposit my pay checks on a regular basis, said the young woman. The teller explained that the Bahamas was anxious to get off the international blacklist and thus was carefully monitoring new accounts. But it appears there are none, I responded. Besides, its the old ones which deserve monitoring, those whose credentials are not updated. You have all her papers, passport, job references, everything. What is the problem? I intervened. The teller flicked through her papers and agreed that they were all in order. Once I get the bankers reference, I can proceed, she said. This is getting crazier by the minute, I said to my friend who was waving a wad of bank notes in the air. What do I do with this? she said. How do I deposit it? You dont, I replied. Just stick the whole lot under the bed. A slight smile played around the tellers lips. I wondered how much longer she could keep up this fiasco. A muffled voice in the background, deep in the recesses of the administrative department said, Thats what I do. What a vote of confidence! The teller resumed a blank look and reverted to automode. As I didnt look like I was going to leave in a hurry, she sought reinforcements. Leaning across the counter, she drew my attention to a list of rules and regulations concerning new banking laws in the Bahamas and indeed it was right there in black and white. First time banking customers require a bankers reference! I think they may change that clause. People are having a slight problem with it, the teller stated. She would have won an award for queen of the understatement and first prize for just doing my job without thinking. Off the record, do you find this odd? Have you ever heard of the Catch 22 syndrome? Phone: 367-2326 Marsh HarbourEnjoy the Performance!Visit our New Locationacross fromStandard HardwareNEWIs it Just Me?She shook her head and began again, When I get the bankers ref . . I didnt stay for the end of the sentence. My friend had already left and was standing outside the door pouting. I got halfway to the exit, crossed my arms, stood perfectly still, looked to the left and blinked. Is it just me? When I called a local consumer service to enquire what time service to my house was to be re-established, I was told. In a while. What does that mean? I asked. To my mind a perfectly reasonable question. Shortly, came the curt reply. What does shortly mean? I ventured. Well, not long. What does not long mean? Five minutes? Five hours? Five weeks? Momentarily. Can I expect service this evening? Oh, yes. We are getting closer, I thought with a flicker of hope. Approximately when? In a while We had come full circle. I cupped my head in my hands, turned to the left and blinked. Is it just me? Now I have been made aware of my quirk, I am aware, too, that the blinking is becoming more frequent and my neck is suffering from a permanent crick on the left. I wonder why! RobertsFrom Page 8

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10 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Abaco Tug & Tr ansportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock Deliveries Container & Building Material DeliveriesMarine Construction & DevelopmentBoulders Dock & Sea Wall Construction Hi Tide Boat Lifts Dredging Excavation Land Clearing Trenching Drilling BlastingOn the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road P.O. Box AB20285, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-4879 / 367-5205 Fax 367-4018 Laines K urls & KutsA Unisex SalonMatrix and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Tues. Sat 9am 5pm Phone 367-3623 RELOCATED TO Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Abaco InnElbow Cay on the Ocean & White Sound near Hope Town Barefoot Elegance Romantic tropical rooms on both ocean & sound Free boat docking Scenic bar serving your favorite frozen drink Wonderful food served overlooking the ocean Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner a la carte Come by boat or call to be p icked up in Hope TownReservations requested but not requiredVHF 16 Tel: 366-0133Spelling BeeBy Alice Bain A primary school spelling bee was held on October 19th at the Ministry of Education Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. Students from Moores Island All Age, Treasure Cay Primary, J.A. Pinder Primary in Sandy Point, Central Abaco Primary, St. Francis de Sales and Man-O-War school all took part. This is the first spelling bee to have been sponsored directly by Local Government as part of Local Government Month. Chief Councillor Silbert Mills acted as pronouncer and contestants were judged by Sandy Walker, Ramona Bethel and Tannaz Faulkes. Senior Deputy Administrator Alexander Flowers gave an opening speech explaining the function of Local Government in which he cunningly used several of the words on the seen list that had been given to pupils beforehand. All of the contestants were strong spellers and they breezed straight through the seen list. Then the competition got more heated as contestants were eliminated during the following rounds of unfamiliar words. Both of the finalists were from Treasure Cay Primary under the tutelage of Roodatram Kawalram. First place and a $50 prize was awarded at the conclusion of round 18 to Mirianne Brutus, who correctly spelled commissioner. Her schoolmate, Eltisha Grant, was awarded second place and a $20 prize. All contestants were presented with participation certificates. Mr. Roodatram sponsors and organizes a newspaper composed by the 6th grade students of Treasure Cay Primary and is presently gathering funds towards the purchase of a photocopier to be used in publishing this journal.Forest HeightsOctober has been a very busy month at Forest Heights Academy. It began with the Annual General PTA meeting on October 4. Principal Michael Meeson and the staff greeted involved parents who turned out to elect the officers for the new school year. The highlight of Mr. Meesons address to the parents was the announcement of the addition of sixth grade to begin in the 20022003 school year. All of last years officers will be returning for duty with some excellent additions. They are Co-Presidents Andy Stratton and Mike Malone; Vice-president and an executive parent representative committee of Joyce Colby, Theresa Pinder, Maureen Koepp, Churton Toote, Monica Higgs, Donna Wells and Lana Russell. Then the next day on October 5 the teachers were surprised by a wide array of cakes, flowers, thoughtful gifts and appreciative thanks from their students in honor of World Teachers Day. The Falcons are also off to a soaring start as the intermediate girls defeated the Abaco Central Lady Marlins on October 10. Mashanna Russell struck out five players and hit one home run, becoming the Most Valuable Player of the game. Coach Victor and the senior boys team were awarded their win by forfeit when ACH could not field a team. Then on October 17 the Junior girls and boys teams completed the sweep with two more victories over ACH. Desirae Lowe joined Mashanna to become high scorers. Power hitters Brandon Sweeting and Clayton Lowe were the MVPs for the boys. Well done, Falcons! Meanwhile on October 16 Grade 11 sat their PSAT examination to prepare them for the SATs. The results of these tests can determine what university they might attend after graduation. The next SATs will be held at Forest Heights on December 1st. Finally, Miss Viki Hart is busy organizing a talent contest which will be held at 7 p.m. on November 28 in the new shaded area of the school. All students and their parents are invited to participate or just enjoy what should be an evening of high energy entertainment. Put that on your calendar!Fox TownSchool Celebrates World Teachers DayBy Stephanie Humblestone Fox Town School, its student body of 139, seven teachers, local guests and parents celebrated World Teachers Day on October 5th. They came together at the Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town to pay homage to the teaching profession. In 1994 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation proclaimed that October 5th would henceforth be World Teachers Day. On that day teachers would be revered and acknowledged as the backbone of learning with one of the most challenging assignments on earth that of developing the potential of the growing child and perpetuating the quest for knowledge. The children at our school paid tribute to their teachers. They presented them with small gifts and wrote poems to them, said Mr. Austin Mills, Principal of the School. The keynote speaker was Mr. Ivan Ferguson, Administrator for the North, who spoke about the origin of World Teachers Day and the importance of each teacher. He reminded the children to hold their teachers in high regard and to always respect them. Rev. Allan J. Mills ended the tribute with a prayer. The number of teachers world wide exceeds 55 million (one percent of the global population) teaching one billion students. The great philosopher Carl Jung said of teachers and the teaching profession, The curriculum is so much raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and the soul of the child.After School ActivitiesBy Stephanie Humblestone Abacos high school youth are enjoying a variety of extra-curricular activities organised by their individual schools. Aside from homework and tutoring classes, they are being given the opportunity to participate in non-academic pursuits such as music and chess. We are teaching our students to sight read music. Music gives them the necessary discipline for other areas such as math, said Rev. Carey of Wesley College in Marsh Harbour. Although the school has only 40 students, its music is resonating through the community with its 20-strong band. We perform at just about every kind of function, stated Rev. Carey. Over the six years it has been in existence, the band has earned much respect. Most students in the school play something and grooming for the band starts as early as grade 5 with the juniors playing recorders and elementary percussion instruments. At Forest Heights Academy music is the best attended club. Music teacher Vicki Hart encourages students attending her music club on Wednesday afternoon with a variety of instruments. The school has had an active choir for many years which performs at school functions. Other clubs offered are Spanish, which is the next most popular extra curricular activity, chess, crafts, basket making, computer studies and tennis. The school encourages students to participate and makes special transportation arrangements for those School News Please see School Page 11 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADE PEPSIHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored To rtilla C hipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Her r s delicious new Ranch Flavored To rtilla Chips deliver a heart y, bold ranch taste that you won t be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch! The choice for great cola taste.We lch sIts a f act.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not wate r, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. They re all made with the same attention to quality as the original

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 11 Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays Charters & Water available on requestGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Call Rich or Melena Ph/Fax 242-365-5190 Abaco Hardwareff ff f or Contror Contr or Contror Contr or Contr actoractor actoractor actor s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo wnerwner wnerwner wner ss ss sMon Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.Tel: 242-367-2170 LumberElectrical SuppliesBuilding SuppliesToolsHardwareFencingPaintsMarine ProductsAppliances PlumbingFixtures Cabinets Grills Paint Plumbing & Fixtures Fans & Lights Tools Lumber & Plywood Windows & Shutters Lawn Furniture living on the cays. Long Bay School with its student body of 118 encourages both its juniors and seniors to take part in as many as possible. We do not have after school clubs for the elementary school but within school hours we encourage all grades to learn piano, said Principal Collie. Every second week we have swimming for the upper school on Tuesdays after school, he added. This alternates with other sports such as volleyball and basketball. For the past month students have been taking advantage of the newly constructed swimming pool which is half the size of an Olympic pool. We are still feeling the children out and seeing their response to the pool, he said. Also still in its infancy is a drama club which is growing in popularity. Unlike Forest Heights Academy which has its own tennis court, Long Bay does not as yet have a facility to offer tennis to its students but all in good time. This time last year they did not have a swimming pool so they are optimistic that they will offer more and more activities to their students as time goes on. Because after school transportation is difficult to arrange for its 450 students, some of whom live as far north as Crown Haven and as far south as Sandy Point, Abaco Central High School in Murphy Town offers a diversity of clubs during school hours every Thursday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. This is the first year and it is really working out well. We are very excited and everyone is getting involved, said Vice Principal Huel Moss, who feels that it helps with discipline generally. Fellow-reporter with the T he Abaconian, Mrs. Isobel Sherman, runs a tennis club on the school compound. Other teachers such as business teacher Beverley Rolle and French teacher Kermit Fernander offer aerobics and modern dance respectively. We have members of the community coming in to assist, said Mr. Moss. A wide variety of sports such as volleyball and soccer are offered as well as more unusual options such as cosmetology and engine repairs. As for crafts, you name it we have it, reported Mr. Moss. Mr. Alfred Dean, who directs the well renowned school choir, is currently offering a Junkanoo and Bahama club. Students learn about both traditional and Bahamian music. Abaco Central has some of the more traditional clubs such as the Red Cross, Girl Guide Rangers and the Kiwanis Key Club. Abacos other large high school, the 351strong S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town, is a hub of activity on Thursday afternoons after school. Principal Mr. Leslie Rolle stated that the best attended are sporting clubs such as soccer, basketball and netball. However, there is a growing interest in chess. The language, travel and trivial pursuit clubs are all popular. The Governor Generals Award, which is akin to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme of former times, offers after school involvement in a wide variety of activities from hiking and camping to community service. With many awards in debating to their name, S.C. Bootle has a strong debating club which attracts a number of students. Aside from creative outlets, these clubs are helping youngsters realise their potential and to identify areas of interests and strengths which may direct the course of their lives after leaving school.Central Abaco PrimaryA memorial program was held at Central Abaco Primary honoring Mrs. Mary Cartwright, who passed away on September 24. She had taught in Abaco schools since 1969, first at the Spring City Public School, then at Marsh Harbour Primary School until it became Central Abaco Primary. The program was a tribute to her teaching and Christian influence on hundreds of our young people, many of whom are now parents. The program was chaired by Mr. Erskine Wells and many people offered selections and reflections. The keynote address was by Pastor Frank Perry.S.C. Bootle High SchoolS.C. Bootle High School held a Career Day on October 22-23. This exposed twelfth grade students to many careers in a way that students could learn about details of each career. This is the fourth consecutive year that the school has held a Careers Day. People from many businesses and from government agencies made presentations explaining their work, the qualifications, education needed, benefits and remuneration. It gave the students a general idea of each occupation. The students were able to ask questions about areas that concerned them.Books Are A vailableBy Isobel Sherman Teachers at Abaco Central High School School News SchoolFrom Page 10HAPPY BIRTHDAY !To :Ivan FergusonAdministrator of North AbacoFrom:The Staff The Staff The Staff The Staff The Staff Central Abaco Primary School held a memorial service honoring Mrs. Mary Cartwright, who taught for many years in Central Abaco. Included in the program was a dance performed by the Silent Lambs group of Abaco Central High School. Please see School Page 20

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12 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Super Values & Summer Savings atSAWYERS MARKETLocated in Sawyers Building off Don MacKay Blvd.Tel: (242) 367-2044/5 Fax: (242) 367-2059 FULL LINE OF GROCERIES Frozen Meats in Family Packs Fresh Fruits & V egetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Wide Convenient Isles Butcher for Custom Cuts Convenient ParkingOpen 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Sunday Bahamas Development Bank SUB-OFFICE Bank of the Bahamas Building Bank Land & Woodstock P.O. Box F-42573, Freeport Fax: (242) 352-4166 Bahamas Development BankSmall and Medium BusinessGateway to the FutureWe provide Gateway Financing to Bahamian entrepreneurs with sound business ideas in many areas including:Agriculture Tourism Fisheries Light Industries Transportation Service Enterprises Micro Enterprises Other Commercial Enterprises CALL US AT367-2489 (Abaco) 327-5780 (Nassau) 352-9025 (Freeport)Bahamas Development Bank Cable Beach, West Bay Street P.O. N-3034, Nassau, Bah Tel: (242) 327-5780/6 Fax: (242) 327-5047 E-mail: dev.bank@batelnet.bsBahamas Development Bank SUB-Office Archer Plaza Queen Elizabeth Highway Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242)367-2489 Located in Hope T own & Marsh Harbour Call 242-367-2513 Fax 367-2516 www.sea-horse.comBoats equipped with: Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid KitRates do not include gas Open 7 days 8 5 Check It Out . .Brand new boats!Offering year 2000 model, 20' Hydrasport w/150 HP Johnson Fleet now holds 27 boats! Weekly rate 22' Boston Whaler $795 20' Albury Brothers $690 20' Hydrasport $690 18' Privateer $485Roads Are Being Paved in Central Pines SubdivisionBy Stephanie Humblestone The six and a half miles of roads in the Central Pines Estates subdivision in Dundas Town are presently receiving a coat of asphalt. We are coming along slowly but surely and hope to have the roads completed by December 12th, said Mr. Sonny Waugh, owner of the Freeport-based contractor. He, along with on-site manager Marcel Waugh, is closely monitoring every step of the 423lot subdivision which is being constructed in Central Abaco NewsWork is progressing with the utilities in the Central Pines Estates. Workmen are shown here drilling holes for guy lines for the electric poles. The roads are prepared for the tar coating. Kirk Thompson os Dundas Town was the overall winner of a recent domino tournament. several phases. The asphalt is a follow-up to the final grading of the roads which was recently completed. Last year huge amounts of pea-rock were transported from Freeport for the subbase preparation. The roads are 60 feet wide as opposed to the normal 30 to 40 feet. They weave through the entire subdivision, linking all parts. Wherever possible the designers, Chee-A-Tow in Nassau have endeavoured to preserve trees and natural foliage. Other areas of the project work are now in place. All the electrical work will be completed by Christmas, said Mr. Waugh. Work continues to complete the development which has large lots averaging 60 feet by a 100 feet, some of which have commanding views. We still have a team of five from Nassau working on site and an additional nine from Abaco said Mr. Waugh, who was generally pleased with the progress up to date. AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) group in Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the clinic.

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 13 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!THEHOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGECORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING FEAST$32.00 PER PERSON CHILDREN 12 & UNDER PRICE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22NDSEATINGS ARE 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00pm RESERVATIONS REQUIRED SOUP PUMPKIN SPICE SALAD FRESH CRISP SPINACH & BACON IN AVACADO VINAGRETTE ENTREE SELECTIONS OVEN ROASTED TURKEY GLAZED IN GARLIC & ORANGE LOBSTER THERMADORE HONEY HERB CRUSTED RACK OF LAMB SIDES CORN BREAD HERB-SPICED STUFFING CITRUS CRANBERRY SAUCE YAMS IN CANDIED RUM SAUCE WITH PINEAPPLE & MANDARIN ORANGES JULLIENNE GARLIC ZUCCHINI DESSERT TRADITIONAL PUMPKIN PIE BAKED APPLES WITH MINCE FILLING CINNAMON ICE CREAM Rays Place Lounge Rays Place Lounge Rays Place Lounge Rays Place Lounge Rays Place Lounge Open Daily from 6 p.m. Open Daily from 6 p.m. Open Daily from 6 p.m. Open Daily from 6 p.m. Open Daily from 6 p.m.Hope Town Harbour LodgeCall 366-0095 for r eserva tionsBy Stephanie Humblestone Since the September 11th terrorist attack on the United States the Bahamas Development Bank has noticed that tourist-related ventures which were either in the pipeline or underway have been put on hold by applicants. This is to be expected. People are waiting to see what happens, said Mr. Loren Coleby, Manager of the Marsh Harbour branch which normally has as many as 10 to 15 applications a month from every sector of the community. However, there is no marked decrease inGovt. Finances Small Businessesthe number of applications for projects related to fishing, especially small fishing craft. These are constant and the applications in before September 11th have not been abandoned, stated Mr. Coleby. Unlike applications for hotels or restaurants which can be anywhere from $200,000 to half a million or more, fishing boat applicants are asking for sums of under $30,000, he said. A new fishing boat application for a vessel of 30-40 feet has been approved for a Moores Island resident. Since the attack Triple J Car Rental opOn October 21 a threat of anthrax exposure was announced in Nassau. A postal employee discovered a white substance leaking from a suspicious white envelope and notified the police. The preliminary results of testing indicated that it could have been anthrax. All persons exposed to the substance were located by the Department of Public Health and treated. However, later testing by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, showed that it was not anthrax. However, officials are advising that anyone receiving a suspicious letter or package do the following: Handle it with care, ensuring not to shake or bump it. Do not open, smell, touch or taste it. Isolate it immediately. Treat it as suspect and call the police immediately at 242-328-8477. Characteristics which should be considered suspicious include letters and parcels posite the Treasure Cay airport is expanding by opening a branch in Treasure Cay. The operation, which is managed by Mr. Jenson Edgecombe, has an adjoining gift shop at the airport location. People are applying for additional funds, said Mr. Coleby, who would like to see more entrepreneurs take the plunge and follow dreams and visions. Sometimes people dont like to ask about the Bahamas Development Bank in public because they do not wish to share their ideas, said Mr. Coleby, who has been speaking publicly at a series of local government meeting recently held throughout Abaco. At one place only one person asked a question. At another there were only five questions, he continued. Mr. Coleby encourages people to enquire about his facility which lends to ventures which are, in the companys terms, viable. This means that they have a solid base and encompasses a productive activity. It is not the amount of collateral offered by the applicant, he added. The main criterion is that it is a sound business proposition and one which comes within the guidelines of the Bahamas Development Bank. The Bahamas Development Bank has lent its support as far south as Sandy Point for restaurants and a bonefish lodge as far north as Crown Haven where its presence is seen in a small take-away store and bonefish lodge. The enterprises which range from sewing businesses to cement mixing operations are as diverse as their applicants which hail from all over Abaco. that Have any powdery substance on the outside. Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to the addressee Are marked with restricted endorsements such as Personal or Confidential. Have no return address or have addresses that cannot be verified as legitimate. Are of unusual weight or are lopsided or oddly shaped. Have an unusual amount of tape on them Have a cancellation or postmark from a different location than the return address. Have strange odors or stains. National News Nassau Postal W orkers T reated for Suspected Exposure to Anthrax On Marsh Harbour's waterfront Call 367-2074 or VHF Ch. 16 We thank our customers for their patronage and we look for ward to se rving you againBeginning Monday November 5th Remember Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results Call for Information 367-3202

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14 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. C omplete Grocery Line C hoice Meats F resh Fruits & Vegetables D airy Products & Frozen Foods F amous Brand NamesTreasure Cay Shopping Center Abaco, Bahamas Te l: ( 242) 365-8350 Fax: (2 42) 365-8352 Open 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday thru SaturdayWe may be small but we carry it all!FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE WE CARRY TREASURE CAY mini-market mini-market BellasBellas BellasBellas BellasFURNITURE & ACCESSORIES ROOMS TO GOCOMPLETE ROOM PACKAGESPlus Wicker & Ratan for a Beautiful Island HomeBEDROOM DINNING ROOM LIVING ROOMBuy a piece & save a little Buy a room & save a lot! Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391FormerlyFormerly FormerlyFormerly Formerly Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto LARGE SELECTION OF CARPETS AVAILABLE Building Materials Windows & Doors Flooring & Roofing Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets Plumbing Fixtures Paints Lighting Fixtures Electrical Items Hand & Power T ools Garden Supplies & MoreClose to the Port Deliveries ArrangedPhone 561-627-9555 Fax 561-625-33663860 N. Lake Blvd. Lake Park (West Palm Beach)Call for your free catalog C & A V C & A V C & A V C & A V C & A V ariety ariety ariety ariety ariety StorStor StorStor Stor e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink ss ss s Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons Abaco By Alice Bain I wish the day had never come that the word anthrax meant anything more to me than the name of a 1980s heavy metal band. We had a scare in Nassau the weekend of October 20th. An envelope containing a suspicious white powder turned up at the Fox Hill Post Office substation addressed to a church member. It was all over the news on the 22nd ANTRHAX IN NASSAU! Now wait a second. A couple of points here: a) If terrorists were going to send anthrax through the mail in Nassau, dont you think they would target someone important? Someone whose death would make a real difference? I doubt very strongly that the Prime Minister, the Governor General or anyone from any embassy picks up their mail from the Fox Hill substation. And b) With anthrax in the news every day (all day on CNN), if you were a disgruntled teenager or anyone else with a beef with society, what do you think suggests itself as the quickest, easiest way to create a disruption? Flour, cornstarch, baby powder, icing sugar and coffee whitener are all easy to come by but any hoax simply must be taken seriously because of the extreme potential for harm. Hoaxes have been perpetrated all across the United States and people have been arrested for hoaxing in countries all over the world. France has recently enacted fast-track legislation to prosecute hoaxers; make no mistake, these people are not getting off lightly. Four students in Indianapolis each face up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for simply writing the words This is anthrax on a food container. This is serious stuff. Hotels and office buildings have been evacuated simply on the strength of a bit of white powder found somewhere it shouldnt be. Huge amounts of money are being lost due to these hoaxes. Hoaxers are also feeding the public paranoia, and for this it is only right that punishment be swift and severe. As of the time of writing, all tests done on the Fox Hill substance and the workers exposed to it have come back negative. It seems far more likely that this instance is the result of someone being vex and trying to make trouble rather than the work of a sinister cell of terrorists brewing up anthrax in a secret lab somewhere in Fox Hill. This is the Bahamas, isnt it? You cant sneeze in Walkers Cay without everyone knowing about it half an hour later in Inagua. What chance do you think that terrorists would have of keeping their activities secret? Especially in Nassau of all places, where you cant swing a cat without braining ten other people. My mother did her weekly shopping at City Markets that same Monday. She said when she went to get some peanuts, someone had thrown white powder over part of the mixed nuts display in that aisle. Logically assuming that it was almost infinitely improbable that someone had gotten his hands on anthrax and poisoned the nuts and that it was much, much more likely that it was flour strewn by some snotty punk whod just been through the baking ingredients aisle, Mum picked up her peanuts, brushed them off and put them in her shopping cart. A round of applause for you, Mum, I think you deserve it. If we give in to fear, we lose control over our lives. Use your head before you panic. And if there is any poetic justice, the idiot who did this could be languishing in bed right now with a particularly nasty case of the flu.A ViewpointUse Commonsense to Conquer FearCooper s Town Has Temporary DoctorBy Stephanie Humblestone The Coopers Town clinic has a relief doctor standing in for Dr. Francis Biney. Dr. Marie Consulta, who is originally from the Philippines, arrived on Abaco on October 4th. She worked for three months at clinics in Nassau. Prior to this she spent several years on Andros where she worked in the government clinics. She has been in The Bahamas for five years. Dr. Consulta is enjoying the well laid out clinic in Coopers Town, which is known for its spaciousness and state-of-the-art design. She is enjoying her stay on Abaco and her interaction with the people of the north. She will leave on November 11 at which time Dr. Biney, who has been with the clinic for several years, will resume his position. North Abaco News Remember Register to Vote

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 15 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-2658Silver Jewelry Ladies Dresses Panama Jack Hats, Sun Glasses, & Suntan Lotion Mens Shorts & Shirts Kids Tshirts Kalik Souvenirs Genuine Cuban Cigars Bahamian CDs & Ta pes ...& a variety of other gifts & Souvenirs Located Across from Mangoes Restaurant Open Mon. thru Sat. 9 am to 5 pm & Some Sundays daySUNSET SOUVENIRS Farm FreshFruit & Vegetable SalesMany items Locally Grown Assorted Meats Fruit Salad Made Daily 100% Abaco-Grown Pure, Fresh Squeezed Orange JuiceOur friendly staff are ready to serve youMon. Sat. 8:30 a.m. 6 p.m. Located one road South of Pine Woods Nursery on Airport Rd.Tel: 367-5307 CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, S tainless & B lack I ron W elding Custom Fabrication & Repairs Gates, Railings, Grills Decorative Security Bars Marine Items B oat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head Resurfacing S haft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & RepairOn the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. Marsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 By Alice Bain Abaco has recently seen the rise of a new trend in the dog world. Pit Bulls are apparently the fashionable dog to own. Kelly OMeara, a program manager for Humane Society International has been working with the Spay and Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) since its inception and commented on why she was alarmed at this increase in the number of Pit Bulls on the island, and in particular, the cross-breeding seen between Pit Bulls and our native Potcake dogs. We did our first clinic here in February of 2000, and since then I have noticed a big difference in the look of the average Potcake on the street. There is obviously more Pit in them. There has been a large influx of Pits into Abaco, in the Marsh Harbour area especially. Pit Bulls are popular amongst Bahamians and now even Pitcakes, Potcakes with pink noses and Pit Bull facial structure, are more desirable than the normal Potcake. The problem is the Pit Bull is a very aggressive dog and this addition of Pit blood to the Potcake population is liable to change the character of the average Potcake on the street. Concern has been raised recently over this issue in Nassau where a woman was killed by a pack of dogs in broad daylight. The attack occurred in early September in an area where the stray dog problem is particularly bad. What I want to emphasize here, continued Ms. OMeara, is that the typical Bahamian Potcake is not naturally an aggressive dog, but that the addition of aggressive dogs to the breeding pool can turn what was once a naturally rather cowardly breed into a dog with aggressive tendencies, a dog capable of attacking a human. Pit Bulls are different even from other aggressive breeds of dog. The Pit Bull, or Staffordshire Terrier, is derived from a breed of dog originally developed over several hundred years for use in the sport of bull-baiting. After bull-baiting was outlawed, the dogs continued to be bred and eventually evolved into the Pit Bull we see today. These dogs are radically different from other dogs both in their psychology and their anatomy. Pit Bulls are more likely to defend themselves from what they perceive as a threat, even if that threat is only a child teasing it. Where another dog would run from a person throwing rocks at it, a Pit Bull is far more likely to turn on that person and bite him. Pit Bulls do not back down or run away like Potcakes do. In addition to this, the Pit Bull has a locking jaw, so that when it does bite, it often cannot be persuaded to let go. There have been reported cases in which a Pit Bull has been decapitated and the head has still remained locked firmly onto the limb of the victim it was biting. Needless to say, these features make Pit Bulls much more dangerous than other dogs, and if these traits were to be passed on even in part to the local population of stray Potcakes, we would have a serious problem on our hands. Statistics gathered over a nineteen-year period in the United States indicate that although Pit Bulls are not likely to attack, when they do attack, they are far, far more likely to fatally wound the victim. The message here is clear. The Pit Bull is a dangerous breed and as such their ownership comes with great responsibility. Dangerous breeds become much more dangerous if they are not trained properly. Many attacks in the United States involve Pit Bulls which have escaped from their owners property. One escaped Pit turned up on an elementary school campus and badly bit several people before a security guard shot it to death. Often the owners of these dogs indicate that the animal was a family pet and had never shown that kind of aggression before. In fact, many nations have strict laws concerning Pit Bulls and other aggressive breeds. In Great Britain, where the ancestors of the Pit Bull originated, the dogs must be spayed and neutered (i.e. it is now illegal to breed them) and absolutely must be muzzled in public. These laws were enacted as a result of many mauling incidents in which the victims were often children. It is also illegal to export Pit Bulls from the United States although this law is obviously being flouted. Ms. OMeara is afraid that the characterAre We Developing Pitcakesof the Potcake may be permanently compromised by crossbreeding with Pit Bulls. Potcakes are inherently loyal, loveable, smart and gentle. It would be a shame to see this change, and it would be terrible if Abaco got like other places, where people need to be afraid of stray dogs I think we will be seeing more attacks in the future because of this, and I think that Pitcakes will begin to fight back at humans who taunt or abuse them rather than run away. Eventually this will cause problems to the human population of Abaco. Even the sweetest Pit Bulls have been known to turn on their owners; its in their blood. The Potcake is underappreciated by Bahamians. Americans who have adopted stray Potcakes rave about them, how loyal and friendly they are. You couldnt ask for a better dog, really. It is sadly often the case that we do not truly know what we have until it is gone.An Eye Opening LetterBy Isobel Sherman On October 7 Father Stan read a letter at Mass in Marsh Harbour from France Hepburn, who works in the Ministry of Tourisms London Office. The officer had just spent time in Nassau analyzing the exit surveys from Europeans for the past year. The tourism officer had taken the time to write every church in the Bahamas hoping that the churches could assist with a problem which concerns him. The general consensus was that persons employed in hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers and other persons employed in the tourism industry leave much to be desired. The officer went on to explain that complaints of rudeness, lack of caring, impolite, surly, unfriendly and unsmiling were universal in the exit surveys. The only positive comment was that most thought the Bahamian people on the street were very courteous and friendly. This tourism officer is concerned that unless something is done, The Bahamas is in danger of losing tourists because of attitude. This letter is a wake up call for all of us. It was written before the events of Sept 11. Tourism is our bread and butter. Many times I hear that in Marsh Harbour we are not as tourist friendly as on the cays. Why? That is something I would like to know. It Pays to Advertise inThe Abaconian

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16 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Transportation & Logistics Services Freight Forwarding Ship Agencies Cargo management Consulting Services \000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000)59()59()59()59()59()]TJ 2.8824 Tc 133.647 0 Td (\000\000For more information:Tel :242-367-2089 242-367-2530 P.O. Box AB 20485, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Visit our office on the front streetOne call does it allARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Caribbean construct ors ltd.Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock Imported18 & 24 Stepping Stones in v arious p atterns Concrete Blocks 4, 6 & 8Sale 8 Block $1.49 each Hydraulic Fittings & Hoses Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502By Alice Bain Earthwatch Institute has had a presence on Abaco since 1992. Diane Claridge and Kenneth Balcomb of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey host eight expeditions a year, each with a maximum of eight participants. So what is Earthwatch? Most Abaconians know them as those crazy scientists who used to live down in Hole-in-the-Wall. What do they do? Why do they come here? Earthwatch is a Boston-based nonprofit organization which advertises for participation in aproximately 160 research projects worldwide. According to Earthwatch, the scientific process must engage the general public if it is to change the world. Basically, the institute takes people as paying participants from all walks of life and sends them around the world to different research projects which vary widely. These range from Dolphins of South Africa through Neolithic Art of the Jordan Valley to Mexican Forest Carnivores. The principle activity of the Earthwatch participants in these projects is to gather, correlate and enter data and while doing so, to learn about the project they are aiding, the scientific method behind the effort and the need for global conservation. Here on Abaco, Earthwatchers do work spotting whales and dolphins for the BMMS. Dr. Balcomb has worked with Earthwatch in his study of orca whales in Puget Sound, Washington, since 1987 and he and Diane Claridge extended the Earthwatch project here to Abaco five years later. The teams are here for ten days at a time and are split into two sections, rotating time at sea collecting data and onshore doing data entry, identification work and scanning negatives, said Ms. Claridge. Applicants must demonstrate that they are in good health and be able to swim in order to take part in the Abaco program. We always spend an entire day orienting the new Earthwatchers to field techniques, how to search for whales and dolphins, how to recordResearchers Use Dedicated V olunteersinformation and what we expect of them while they are here, she continued. This can seem a bit consuming of time, but with a welltrained team you can get a lot of work done. The program runs for three months in the winter/spring (January, February, March) and three in the summer (June, July, August). In the winter we get a lot more career-based people. The ages weve taken have ranged from the early to mid-20s all the way up to late 70s! In the summer we get more students and teachers, stated Ms. Claridge. Some schools have outreach programs in conjunction with Earthwatch. Theyll send teachers on the program on the condition that they integrate what they learn into their curricula. Some of these participants are funded by various foundations and have to make a presentation in front of the school board on their return. The Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey and Earthwatch were based at Hole-in-theWall up until the devastation caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Since then Ken and Diane have continued their research from a base in Sandy Point. This move proved fortuitous because it put the two cetacean researchers in exactly the right spot at the right time to gather much-needed data during the mass stranding of whales and dolphins that occurred during a U.S. Navy maneuver in the Northwest Providence Channel in 2000. Access to the dead and injured whales provided the first definitive evidence that intense active sonar can maim or kill certain sea creatures. Mike and Linda Davis of Cocoa Beach, Florida, hosted a group of Abaco visitors over the Columbus Day weekend. Twenty-one posters to the Abaco message board (http:/ /abacoboard.com) from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Colorado participated in the weekend festivities and fund raising. The festivities included a horseshoe competition, Bimini ring game, an auction for a historic piece of jewelry and the sale of Every Child Counts t-shirts, hats, and bags. The proceeds of all these festivities were donated t o Every Child Counts under the direction of Patty Basalone. Patty has reported that more than $850 was donated. Every Child Counts is a special education and literacy project at the St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour. Its mission is to provide direct assistance, training, and materials to ease the burden of those students who struggle academically, some of which are learning disabled. Dr. Bundy and Doug Kohl provided live entertainment. The music consisted of island favorites along with a special song written by Doug to commemorate Laura and Jerry Summeys marriage vow renewal ceremony held on Guana Cay in June of this year. The attendees provided various appetizers and food dishes. Some of the delicacies included Bahamian dishes such as conch chowder, macaroni and cheese and peas and rice. All those in attendance had a great time and look forward to the next get together. It will be even better!Every Child Counts Benefits from Florida EventProvided by Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty Whether selling or buying a home in the Bahamas, you may have wondered who sets the price. Can the sellers ask any price they please? May buyers offer less? Yes, and yes! Obviously, owners have the right to set any asking price they desire. To attract qualified buyers, however, sellers must be sensitive to what prospective purchasers are willing to offer for their home. Buyers, on the other hand, may offer any price they wish for a property. If their offer is too low, it will probably be rejected by the s ellers. If a home is priced too high, no offers are likely to be received. At the same time, unreasonably low offers almost guarantee a resounding no, thank you from the sellers. One way to arrive at a fair market price is the market analysis. Prepared by a realBahamas Real Estate T oday Choose a Fair V alueestate agent, similar or competing homes are measured against one another using local market statistics. By comparing homes already sold and those for sale now, a price range at which buyers are likely to show interest can be determined. This insures a sale at a fair price. Agents dont set the price. They merely provide sellers with information upon which to base their asking price. The final sales price is the amount buyers are willing to pay. Give Your Friends, Relatives and Children a Subscription toThe Abaconian

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Basically, we need to ask ourselves why we do not want to become like Florida, said Mrs. Bethell. The kind of development witnessed in South Florida and the Florida Keys is a particularly strong example of what can happen when development occurs at a hectic pace, disregarding the natural balance of the environment. The beachfront in the Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county areas is almost entirely built up now. There have been various well publicized sewage leaks and spills which have closed areas of the beach area for days and weeks at a time. Also, encroachment into the Everglades swamp is strangling the flow of fresh water to South Florida, increasingly leading to droughts and water rationing for residents there. Its important to emphasize that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is not something associated with Greenpeace or any of the other environmental organizations, continued Mrs. Bethell. The purpose of an EIA is to come to a happy medium between developers and the government and to minimize the environmental impact of any development done. Environmental Impact Assessments have been required in The Bahamas for any foreign owned development for some time now. It is not right that foreigners come and develop our islands without giving back to the community, and they certainly should not be allowed to do anything to jeopardize the overall health of our forests, reefs and aquifers. Legislation proposed by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Bahamas Environmental Science and Technology Commission (BEST) is in the works to require Bahamianowned companies to do these assessments for any development. EIAs are now required on a case-by-case basis for large scale developments by Bahamian companies. An EIA tells us more than scientific facts about aquifers and types of trees and animals in the way of a particular development. We take into account any historical, cultural and economic impact a given development will make. Whether, for example, a new runway on an airport would send airplanes in a flight pattern over a hospital or a church as well as whether the runway itself would The parents of Pr iscilla Weatherf or d, Pa stor & Mrs. Robin Weatherford, and her family would like to congratulate her for graduating with honours from Forest Heights Academy in June 2001. Priscilla was salutatorian of her class and passed the B.G.C.S.E. examinations with high gradesCONGRATULA TIONS!Local Scientist Studies Project Impactthreaten any indigenous wildlife. Mrs. Bethell has worked in the industry for seven years now. Since moving to The Bahamas, she has taken part in EIAs in Crooked Island, the Exumas, in the expansion of the Nassau International Airport and in an Eco Lodge Design Project in Andros. We would like to see more landscaping with indigenous plants in the Bahamas, said Mrs. Bethell. South Florida has recently begun landscaping on a massive scale with plants indigenous to both South Florida and The Bahamas. As an example, the cocoplum is a native species which Florida landscapers have realized does better with less water, fertilizer and pesticides than other non-native species and makes just as nice a hedge. Native species take less active care to grow and are cheaper in the long run than many common exotic species presently used in the landscaping industry. In addition, said Mrs. Bethell, some of these exotics are invasive in nature and can disrupt native plant communities in natural areas by out competing them, displacing them and slowly changing the landscape over a period of time. This in the longterm can lead to a loss in bio-diversity. Because of the new EIA requirements, there are more opportunities here in the Bahamas for Bahamian kids interested in science and engineering, Mrs. Bethell concluded. It is valuable to have Bahamians become active in the management of future development in this country. The Department of Agriculture is considering revising the Wild Birds Protection Act to better protect wild birds. Penalties for offenders are presently not severe enough to be effective. Wild bird reserves are established but there is no protection of the birds in these preserves. Hunting licenses are under consideration. This would generate income to help with the management of the wild bird resources and lead to the development of a database of all hunters, giving information on how many persons are hunting in each island. More information about hunters is needed to better protect the local pigeon populations on different islands. The Hon. James Knowles, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, is concerned about the lack of effective management of birdhunting in particular. Most hunters favor better management of this resource to allow them to enjoy the sport in the future. Mr. Knowles commented on the extensive studies on the white-crowned pigeon population. The studies are quite old and new studies are needed to update this data. The Bahamas has a commitment from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to help with the management of its game birds. This will provide The Bahamas with expertise by biologists who have done extensive work in the Caribbean. One problem Mr. Knowles wants to assist with is the proper identification of birds by hunters. Many hunters are not aware of the rules and others cannot distinguish clearly between various species of birds. There are several species of ducks and doves that are protected and which hunters are not permitted to shoot. The department is developing a full-color hunters identification guide which will help.Wild Birds Protection Act Is Considered Abaco Shopping Center in The Abaconian office Tel: 36 7-3202 Fax: 36 7-3201FOR ALL Y OUR PRINTING NEEDS! NCR Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreRemembering the victims of September 11th

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18 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour BEC Abaco Operationsis pleased to announce the selection ofMs. V ashti Alburyas Employee of the Month October 2001Ms. Albury has been employed at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation since 1999 as a cashier. Ms. Albury is very committed to her work. Her attitude and deportment compliments her helpfulness in dealing with customers and coworkers alike. The Management and Staff of BEC Abaco encourage Ms. Albury in her efforts to continue rendering consistantly outstanding service. Fredericks AgencyBahamas Custom Brokers Import & Export Air & Sea Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay & Green T urtle CayP.O. Box AB-20468 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax: 367-3136 Alburys Tru ckingHealth Professionals Must RegisterThe public is advised that all health professionals are required to be registered and licensed to practice in The Bahamas. Health professionals include the following professions: Emergency Service Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy Therapy. The Act excludes physicians, nurses and dentists who come under separate legislation and who already are governed by their own Councils. Any person who engages in the listed professions and who is not registered and licensed with the Health Professions Council is liable to a penalty fine. In order to avoid contravening the Act and being convicted, all those persons practicing as health professionals in The Bahamas who are not registered should submit their applications to the Health Professions Council immediately. Application forms for registration and licensing may be obtained from the Health Professions Councils Office in Nassau. For further information call 242-326-7740, 242-326-0566 or write c/o Post Office Box N.Central Abaco Town Planning 22 Oct 01 Twenty applications with a total value of $1.7 million were under consideration plus several deferred plans from previous meetings. Several applications were deferred as the submitted documents did not give proof of ownership or lease arrangements. A four-foot-high wall was approved with one section being ten feet in height. This is to deflect the kitchen exhaust of a neighboring restaurant. A proposed house site on Pelican Shores was deferred pending an onsite inspection. It did not appear that there was sufficient room for the proposed building while observing the necessary setbacks. A house plan was rejected which was proposed on a government agricultural plot. The lease documents supporting the applicants occupancy of the land prohibited the construction of a house. Abaco Outboards was denied permission to construct a shed roof between two containers. An application for a duplex was deferred as architectural technicians are not allowed to design a multi-family residence. A request to deviate from a three-bay commercial building to a triplex was deferred as it must be submitted or stamped by an architect. An application for a two story residence of 3300 square feet prepared by an architectural technician was deferred as technicians are not permitted to design two story buildings. An application for a pre-approved residential plan designed by the Ministry of Housing and submitted by a local draftsman on behalf of a property owner was approved. Murphy Town Meeting22 October 01 The meeting was postponed as a quorum did not show up. Central Abaco District Council 26 Oct 01 The meeting began with eight members present. A vacant seat exists due to a resignation. After the minutes of the last meeting were read, Councillor Yvonne Key felt Council did not properly conclude the dump maintenance issue discussed at length during the September 27 meeting and the issue was still open to be resolved. Deputy Chief Councillor Jason Swain was unhappy that the decisions of the Council were not being implemented and that the minutes did not accurately reflect Council decisions. It was not clear if he was directing his remarks about the minutes of the August 30 meeting during which a contractor appeared to have been selected for the maintenance of the dump or the September 7 meeting during which the recorded action of the previous meeting was challenged. As a result of Mr. Swains questioning the accuracy of the minutes, Senior Deputy Administrator Alexander Flowers, who recorded he minutes of the September 27 meeting, took offense at the accusations, chided Council members for their pettiness, bickering and childish behavior and left the meeting. Inasmuch as Mr. Flowers was representingLocal Government at Work government as the secretary of record to Council, the meeting was dissolved without further comment.

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 19 Marsh Harbour Boat Yards Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat LiftServices include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Mechanical repairs Well stocked marine store (incorporating T riple J Marine S tore)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www .mhby.com Route Freq. Dep. Time Arr. TimeFreeport to Treasure Cay Treasure Cay to Freeport Freeport to Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour to Freeport Freeport to Sandy Point Sandy Point to Freeport Moores Island to Freeport Freeport to Walkers Cay Daily Fri-Sun Daily Fri-Sun Daily Fri-Sun Daily Fri-Sun Fri-Sun Fri-Sun Fri-Sun Daily 0700 1630 0750 1720 0700 1600 0800 1700 1230 1250 1335 0700 0735 1705 0825 1755 0745 1645 0845 1745 1300 1325 1420Tue/Fri/Sun Pm FlightCall 242-352-5778 242-359-4722 242-352-5781 Fax 242-352-5778 Freeport International AirportDAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN ABACO & FREEPORT Charters Search & Rescue Air Ambulance 5, 7, 9 Seat Aircraft 15 Seat Turbo Prop Abaco Glass Company Window glass cut and installed Pictures matted and framed Screens made and repaired Commerc ial sto re f ronts installed and replaced Yale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour beside W estern Auto 367-2442TT TT T el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 F F F F F ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com www www www www www .harbourviewhaven.com .harbourviewhaven.com .harbourviewhaven.com .harbourviewhaven.com .harbourviewhaven.com New Rental CottagesAll units Centrally ai rconditioned Sattelite T V, Radio / CD / Tape Player Two bedrooms, Queen beds, 1 bath, Fu ll kitchen, Living room Dining area, seats 6, Bahama room with queen Futon One bedroom, one bath, apartment, Overlooking the harbour Outside BBQ Grill Enjoy your own private Gazzebo and garden Harbour View HavenLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas B & D MarineAbacos L argest a nd M ost C omplete S upply o f M arine P roducts B ait R ods R eels F ishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Tr affic Light P. O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Te l: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKIAs Reported to Stephanie Humblestone Arawak Wines and Spirits in Marsh Harbour was broken into on October I1 through a window and $330 in cash was stolen. A Marsh Harbour resident reported on October 11 that a passport appeared to have been stolen from his house. A business on Lubbers Quarters reported on October 12 that an employee was poisoned by a juice by another employee. The victim was taken to the Government Clinic in Marsh Harbour and later flown to Nassau for further medical treatment. The suspect was arrested, interviewed and later charged. The Reflection Restaurant and Bar in Crown Haven reported a break-in on October 12. A woman in Hard Bargain, Moores Island reported on October 15 a break-in through a window and the theft of a Lucky Way suitcase containing clothing, passport and other items totaling $1200. A man riding his bicycle on October 15 in Marsh Harbours Mudd area was struck in the face, arm and back by a blue baseball bat by an acquaintance. A Pelican Shores resident reported on October 15 that her purse was stolen from her parked vehicle. Items valued at $349 were taken. A Spring City man was arrested on October 16 for stealing items from two vehicles he had just cleaned for a Cherokee Sound man. The stolen items were valued at approximately $200. Central Convenience Store in Dundas Town was broken into on October 17 through a forced door. J & J Electrical Shop on Stratton Drive in Marsh Harbour reported a theft on October 17 of a cell phone and cashPolice Report with a total value of $360. Named was a suspect living in Sprirg City. The police arrested a Spring City man c October 17 for possession of marijauna. A new LP gas tank worth $200 was stole on October 23 from the tuck shop at the S.( Bootle High School in Coopers Town. A Little Abaco contractor working Crown Haven reported on October 24 the following items stolen from a home constrution site: six buckets of joint compound, two exterior doors and one window with a tot value of approximately $720.By Isobel Sherman September and October are usually very slow months for visitors on Abaco despite the events of September 11th. However, in the last two weeks signs of visitors returning are evident as one walks about the business district of Marsh Harbour. One lady sailed her boat from Ft Lauderdale and intends to stay for the whole winter. She told me she was so happy to be back in Abaco, away from all of the fears in the States. Abacos winter visitors are a combination of persons coming by plane for a few weeks, second home owners who come for the winter and boaters who may come for the entire winter or part of the winter. Many persons in Abaco are predicting that we will have a good winter season.Visitors Slowly Returning

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20 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFru it & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is Cherokeein many instances ask students to buy text books for their courses so the student can do the work and succeed in the course. Many of the books are available in Marsh Harbour at Abaco Treasures. George Albury orders the books from Nassau making it easy for parents to purchase them. The problem is that there are many books that have not been purchased. Parents, your children need the books. Money may be tight but there are times when parents have to sacrifice for their children. Come now and care about your children and buy them the books that they need.Abaco Central High SchoolBy Isobel ShermanClubs Are SuccessfulThe concept of scheduling a period a week for clubs at Abaco Central was started this term. Every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. students, all students of the high school are engaged in club activities. Each club has two teachers as advisors. The clubs were formed to meet students interests as well as teachers interests Some of the clubs are Key Club, McGuyver Club, a maintenance club, small engine repair, crafts, aerobics, modem dance, volleyball, soccer, tennis, baseball, Red Cross, Junkanoo, computer club, science club, real music, cosmetology, (this has Florence Stuart as the leader) and Girl Guides.Quadrangle Is Being LandscapedThe quadrangle at Abaco Central High School is being landscaped. Loads of dirt mixed with sand were delivered and spread this past week in the quadrangle. An area has been identified to have a concrete slab for assemblies. Sod has been planted and hopefully it will catch. It has two things against it: this is the beginning of the dry season and secondly the footprints of studentsVita Malt Basketball Tournament setThe Annual Vita Malt Classic Basketball Tournament for high schools is scheduled to be held over mid term break in Freeport. S.C. Bootle High School coached by Paul Sattem will be playing on Pool A. The Abaco Central Marlins coached by Charles Poitier will be playing in Pool B. Good luck to both teams in this annual tournament.Students Paint SignsLast spring art students at Abaco Central High School made street signs against littering. Ms. Cavelle Macdonell, art teacher last year at Abaco Central High School, presented a proposal to the local District Council to design and construct 12 anti-littering billboards. The Council endorsed the project providing plywood and lumber necessary for the work. Two of the billboards have soda cans nailed to the boards spelling the words STOP. All signs read Students Against Littering. These signs have now been finally put up in places in Dundas Town, Murphy Town and Marsh Harbour. The sign at the entrance of Central Abaco Primary School on Forest Drive has a young man kicking a soda can and the message is Lets Kick The Habit! The students who worked on the billboards include Dexter Gay and Darron Smith (Grade 9), Dion Smith and Edward Sawyer (Grade 8), Waseela Rahim and Louise Ashail (Grade 12), Omar Archer and Rashid (Grade 11) along with Mr. Jeff Mills and Mr. Gerrard Thomas who provided woodworkClass Writes LettersThe English Language class of Mrs Nadene Beneby at Abaco Central High School wrote letters to President George Bush of the United States expressing their sympathy over the events of September 11th. The letters were delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Nassau by Senior Master Huel Moss, Jr. to be forwarded to the White House.PTA MeetsThe Abaco Central High School PTA met on October 22nd. Not many parents came to the meeting. Mr Leonard Edgecombe, President, gave the parents a report on the renoAbaco Central High School held a Careers Day event on October 23. A variety of business people and government employees spoke to interested students. Shown above is Mr. Geraint Thomas, a teacher at the school who described careers in mechanics and engineering. More School News SchoolFrom Page 11 Please see School Page 22 Shown above is an anti-littering sign recently erected in the Central Abaco area. This sign was painted by Dexter Gay, now a 10 th grade student at A baco Central High School. PRO FREIGHT CARGO SERVICES is proud to announce that we now have Cessna Grand Caravans available for cargo in Marsh Harbour. The Cessna Grand Caravan off ers 98% on time reliability. PRO FREIGHT CARGO SER VICES o ffers a full service facility where we can consolidate, repack, and warehouse your freight. Call For Prices and Scheduling.Call Kim Gambrell 1 (800) 303-6328 or Eddie 1 (305) 688-6772 CC CC C AA AA A RR RR R GG GG G OO OO O SS SS S EE EE E RR RR R VV VV V II II I CC CC C EE EE E SS SS S

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 21 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour)367-2560 Marsh Harb. Vo lunteer Fire Dept .367-2000 Hope T own Vo lunteer Fire Dept .VHF Ch 16 Trauma One Ambulance Service 367-2911 Dundas Town Fire Dept. 367-2935 or 4935 Bah Air Sea Rescue AssocVHF 16 or 366-0282 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Marsh Harbour Airport to: Ferry D ock ( to / f rom a irport ). ....................... .$12.00 + $3 Abaco Beach Hotel. ....................................... .$10.00 + $3 Airport to Conch Inn. ...................................... $10.00 + $3 Harbour View. ................................................. .$10.00 + $3 Golden Harvest. ............................................. $10.00 + $3 BYS. ................................................................ .$12.00 + $3 Dove Plaza. .................................................... $10.00 + $2 Marsh Harbour. ............................................... .$10.00 + $3 Stop l igh t. ......................................................... $10.00 + $3 Western Auto. .................................................. .$ 6.00 + $2 Dundas Town. ................................................ .$10.00 + $3 Government Dock. ......................................... .$10.00 + $3 Ambassador Inn. ............................................ .$10.00 + $3 Murphy Town. ................................................ .$14.00 + $4 Pelican Shores. .............................................. $14.00 + $4 Eastern Shores. .............................................. .$15.00 + $4 Spring City. ..................................................... $15.00 + $5 Gov. C lini c. ...................................................... .$ 6.00 + $3 Treasure Cay B. ......................................... .$55.00 + $ 5 Airport Treas. Cay B. ................................. .$65.00 + $ 5 Little H arbou r. ................................................ $80.00 + $10 Cherokee. ..................................................... .$80.00 + $10 Snake Cay. .................................................. .$35.00 + $10 Big Mangrove. .............................................. .$50.00 + $10 Casuarina Point. ........................................... .$60.00 + $10 Bahama Palm Shores. ................................ .$70.00 + $10 Crossing Rocks. ........................................ $100.00 + $10 Sandy Point. ............................................... .$135.00 + $10 Marsh Harbour Ferry dock to: Great Abaco Beach. ........................................ .$ 2.00 + $2 Abaco T owns. ................................................. .$ 2.00 + $2 Conch Inn. ....................................................... $ 2.00 + $2 Wallys. ............................................................ .$ 2.00 + $2 BYS. ................................................................. $ 2.00 + $2 Jib Room. ........................................................ .$ 5.00 + $2 Stop L igh t. ........................................................ .$ 6.00 + $3 Dove Plaza. ..................................................... $ 6.00 + $3 Government Dock. .......................................... .$ 7.00 + $3 Government Clinic. ......................................... .$ 9.00 + $3 Western Auto. .................................................. .$ 9.00 + $3 Ferry Dock. ..................................................... .$ 9.00 + $3 National Insurance. ......................................... .$ 9.00 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour No children under three years to be charged. Uncaged pets will be charged as passengers Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf Boards $3.00 ea. Northern Abaco T. C ay A irport t o Treasure Cay. ....................... .$14 + $6 TC Airport to Bronks. .......................................... .$10 + $5 TC Airport to Highway Liquors. ......................... .$10 + $5 TC Airport to Ferry dock. ..................................... .$5 + $3 TC Airport to Bahamas Star. .............................. .$14 + $6 TC Airport to Moxey. .......................................... .$14 + $6 TC Airport to Sand Banks. ................................. $20 + $5 TC Airport to Joes Creek. ................................. .$35 + $5 TC Airport to Black Wood. .................................. .$14 + $5 TC Airport to Fire Road. ..................................... $25 + $5 TC Airport to Cooper s Town. ............................ .$30 + $5 TC Airport to Cedar Harbour. ............................. .$45 + $5 TC Airport to Wood Cay. .................................... $50 + $5 TC Airport to Mount Hope. ................................. $55 + $5 TC A irport t o F ox Town. .................................... .$60 + $5 TC Airport to Crown Haven. .............................. .$65 + $5 TC Airport to Marsh Harbour. ............................. .$65 + $5 TC Airport to Marsh Harbour RT. ...................... .$85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour. ............................... $55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes Creek. .................................... .$25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank. ...................................... .$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey. ............................................ .$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks. .............................................. .$7 + $5 From T C H otel t o A ll A reas N o f T. C. A irport Add $10 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAir F lorida F t l auderdal e. ................................. .367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale. .......................... .367-2800 American Eagle Miami. ................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W Palm B. ................ .367-2095 Continental Connection Miami F t. L aud a nd W P alm B c h. ..................... .367-3415 Discover Orlando Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale. .............. .954-359-8020 Island Express. .................................................. 367-3597 Lynx Air International Ft. Lauderdale. ... .954-772-9808 Major Air Service Freeport. ............................ .367-4826 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale. ............................... .365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch. ................. .367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B.. ........ .367-4852 Abaco Air Charters. ......................................... .*367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters. .................................... *367-2089 Local charter companies serving S.Florida and within the Bahamas Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 7 5. .. .F. .... .353-1252 Green T urtle Cay Bluff House. .............. .1 5. .... .F. .... .365-4200 Green Turtle Club .... .3 2. .... .F. .... .365-4271 Black Sound Marina. .1 5. .............. .365-4531 Other Shore Club. .... .1 2. .... .F. .... .365-4195 Abaco Y acht Service.1 0. .... .F. .... .365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina1 5 0. .... .F. .... .365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina. .2 6. .... .F. .... .365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina1 8 3. .... .F. .... .367-2736 Conch Inn. ............... .7 5. .... .F. .... .367-4000 Harbour View Marina3 6. .... .F. .... .367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina5 2 F 367 2700 Mangoes. ................. .2 9. .... .F .... .367-2366 Triple J. Marin e. ........ .2 4. .... .F. .... .367-2163 Abaco Yacht Haven. .. .7. .............. .367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina. .. .1 6. .... .F. .... .366-0003 Hope T own Hideaways. ................. .366-0224 Lighthouse Marina. ...... .6. .... .F. .... .366-0154 Sea Spray. ............... .2 4. .... .F. .... .366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.7 5. .... .F. .... .365-0083 Guana Cay Guana Beach Resort.2 2. .... .F. .... .365-5133 Orchid Bay. .............. .3 2. .... .F. .... .365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear at Walkers Cay, G reen Tu rtle C a y, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour. Medical Services Marsh Harbour Abaco Medical Clinic. .................... .367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine. ................ .367-2295 Government Clinic. ........................ .367-2510 Treasure Cay Corbett Clini c. ................................ .365-8288 Sandy Point Gov. Clini c. ......... .366-4010 Green Turtle Cay Gov. Clini c. .365-4028 Coopers Town Gov. Clini c. ... .365-0300 Hope Town Gov. Clini c. ........... .366-0108 Dive ShopsMarsh Harbour Dive Abaco. ......................................... .367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Shop. ................... .367-4646 Hope Town Daves Dive Shop. .............................. .366-0029 Froggies. ............................................ 366-0024 Guana Cay Dive shop. .................. .365-5137 Man-O-War Dive Shop. .................. .365-6013 Treasure Cay JIC Divers Down. .365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures. ................ .365-8111 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Shop. .......................... .365-4411 Green Turtle Divers. ........................... .365-4271 Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals. ............................ .367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals. .................... .367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals. ........................ .367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals. .......................... 367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals. ....................... .367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals. .................... .367-4620 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 Wilmac Car Rentals. ........ .367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals. ............. .477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental. ............................. .365-4084 D & P Cart Rental. ............................. .365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss. ...................... .3 65-4 11 9 New Plymouth Cart Rentals .. .365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals. .............................. .365-4145 Sea Side Carts. .................................. .477-5497 Shell Hut Cart Rentals. ....................... .365-4188 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals. ................. .365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals. ................... .365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals. .................. .365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals. ............ .365-6072 Water Ways Boat Rent. ... .357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals. ................ .366-0292 Daves Dive Shop Boat Rentals. ........ .366-0029 Hope T own Cart Rentals. .................... .366-0064 Island Cart Rental s. ............................ 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals. ................ .366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals. .................... .366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals. ......... .366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals ............................ .366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent. ................................. .365-8193 C & C Boat Rentals. .......................... .365-8582 Claridges & Chriss Cart Rentals. ...... .365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals. .......................... .365-8623 JIC Boat & Cart Rentals. .................... .365-8465 Resort Cart Rentals. ........................... .365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals. ........................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rental s. ........................... .365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks. .............. .365-8749 Tours & Excursions Marsh Harbour Sand Dollar To urs by va n. ................ .367-2189 Abaco Outback by kayak Hope Town Froggies by excursion boat. .............. .366-0431 Treasure Cay Abaco Adventures by kayak. ........... .365-8749 Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless notedAlburys Ferry ServiceMarsh Harbour to Hope Town20 minute trip :15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm24 5:30 Hope T. to Marsh Harbour20 minute trip 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 34 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War20 minute trip 10:30 am 12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:30 Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour20 minute trip 8 am 11:30 (M-Sat) 1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana30 minute trip :45 am 10:15 1:15 pm 3:305:30 Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour30 minute trip 8 am11:30 2:30 pm 4:45Fare OneWay / Round Tr ip Adult $ 8/$12 Children $4/$6 Charters any time Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16 Hope T own and Man-O-War ferries leave from Crossing Beach Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries leave from Conch Inn Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Crossing BeachGreen Turtle FerryGreen T urtle Cay to T reasure Cay Airport Daily 8 am 9 11 12:15pm 1:303 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green T urtle Cay Daily 8:30 am 10:30 1 1:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult fare $7 (Children $3) Round trip $11 Additional to some destinations Charter any time Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Channel 16Abaco AdventuresTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Daily 10 am Sunday 12 noon Guana Cay to T reasure Cay Daily 4 pm Sunday 3 & 5 pmFares One Way $10 Round T rip $20 Charter any time Phone 365-8749 VHF Channel 16 Sandy Point Patrick Robert s. ..... .366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows. 366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain. ....... .366-4107 Floyd Burrows. ..... .366-4175 Links Adderl y. ....... .366-4335 Va lentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows ..... .366-4233 Marsh Harbour Jay Sawyer. ........ .367-3941 Justin Sand s. ........ .367-3526 Te rrance Davi s. ..... .367-4464 Man-O-War David Albury. ........ .365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer. ..... .3 66-2 11 1 Will Sawyer. ............ 366-2177 Marty Sawyer. ........ 366-2 11 5 Noel Lowe. ............... .366-2107 Junior Albur y. ........... .366-3058 Hope Town Maitland Lowe. ......... .366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie. ....... .477-5894 Orthnell Russel l. ........ .365-0125 Alexander Roll e. ....... .365-0120 Edward Rolle. ........... .365-0024 Green T urtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer. ........ .365-4070 Jeff Survanc e. ........... 365-4040 Ricky Sawyer. ......... .365-4261Visitors GuideAirlines Boats Bikes Cars Carts Rest aurants T axis ServicesBahamas area code 242 applicable to all phone numbers, unless shown otherwise Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Angler s. .............................................. .367-2158 C&G Restaurant. ............... .$. ............ .367-3227 Conch Inn Bistro. ........... .$ $ $. ............ .367-4444 Daily Bread (lunch ). ........... .$. ...... Flipper s. .......................... .$ $. ............ .367-4657 Golden Grouper. ................ .$. ............ .367-2301 Jib Room. ........................ .$ $. ............ 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken. ... .$. ............ .367-2615 Snack Shack. ................. $. . +. ... .367-4005 Mangoes. ...................... .$ $ $. ............ 367-2366 Mavis Country Kitchen. ..... .$. ............ .367-2002 Pops Place. ...................... .$. .. .+. ... .367-3796 Sapodil l. ........................ .$ $ $. ............ 367-2498 Sharkees. .......................... .$. .. .+. ... .367-3535 Snack Shack. .................... .$. .. .+ Subway. ............................................ 367-2798 Wallys. .......................... .$ $ $. ............ .367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn. ............... .$. ............ .367-2022 Murphy Town Lazy Parrot SC Bootle Hwy .......................... 367-5331 Hope Town Abaco Inn Closed. ......... .$ $ $. ............ .366-0133 Boat House. .................... .$ $. ............ .366-0065 Capn Jacks. ..................... .$. ............ .366-0247 Club Soleil Closed. ........ .$ $ $. ............ .366-0003 Harbours Edge. .............. .$ $. ............ .366-0087 Hollywood Temptations H T Harbour Lodge. ......... .$ $. ............ 366-0095 Munchies. ......................... .$. .. .+. ... .366-0423 Rudys Place. ................ .$ $ $. ............ .366-0062 Man-O-War Enas Place. .................... .$ $. ............ 365-6187 Pavilion Closed. ................ .$. ............ .365-6185 Hibiscus Closed. ................................ .365-6380 Guana Cay Coco Paradise. .................................. 365-5197 Guana Seaside. ............. .$ $ $. ............ .365-5106 Nippers. ........................ .$ $ $. ............ .365-5143 Mermaid Cafe. ............... .$ $ $. ............ 365-5137 Floyds. ............................................... .365-5133 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe. ................ .$ Harbour Cafe. .................... .$ ............ .365-8635 Hudsons Delight. ............... .$. ............ .365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Ba r. .$ $. ............ .365-8849 Spinnaker Restaurant. .... .$ $ $. ............ .365-8469 Touch of Class. .............. .$ $ $. ............ .365-8195 Travellers Res t. .................................. .365-8654 Green T urtle Cay Bluff House. ................... .$ $ $. ............ .365-4200 Green Turtle Club. ......... .$ $ $. ............ .365-4271 Lauras Kitche n. ............... .$ $. ............ 365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant. ...... .$. ............ .365-4625 New Plymouth Inn. ....... .$ $ $. ............ .365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe. ......................... .365-4234 Roosters Res t. ................ .$ $. ............ 365-4066 Wrecking Tree Rest. Harbour Caf (ferry dock). .$. .. .+. ... .365-8635 Sandy Point Big J s. .............................. .$. ............ .366-4020 Oeishas. ............................................. .366-4139 Pete & Gays. ................ .$ $ $. ............ .3 66-4 11 9 Seaside Inn. .................. .$ $ $. ............ 366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge. ................... .366-4477 Closed Closed Oct 29 Nov 25 Closed Sep Nov

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22 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Gr ocery Fridges Washers Dryers Stoves Freezers Microwaves A/Cs Satellite TV Stereos Phones Car Radio/Amp SpeakersSales Service Repairs & AccessoriesAbaco Distributors Ltd. Tel: 367-2265 or 367-3042 andAPPLIANCE CENTER ABACO STEREOFRIGIDAIRE COAnniversary Sale! 20% 50% Off During Novembervations in the Computer Room. Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal, addressed the parents and answered questions. An election of officers was held which returned all officers for another year. Mrs. Ena Mae Parker was elected Chaplain.Careers Day Proved to Be InformativeCareers Day was held at Abaco Central on October 23 and 24th. Aimed at grade 12 a variety of careers were showcased with guest speakers speaking on various careers and post secondary educational institutions. Mr. Hugh Cottis spoke on careers in education, Mr. Hines of LTD spoke on civil engineering, Mrs. Jackie Henfield talked on cosmetology, Mr. Thomas on auto mechanics, Mrs. Hanna came from the Bahamas Baptist College, Juanette Stuart spoke about her alma mater, Florida Memorial College, Mr Roger Kelty explained about Lyford Cay scholarships, Mr. Dave Ralph spoke on journalism, Mr. Gentry Morris on insurance, Nurse Knowles on nursing, Lasonya Missick on banking, Mr. Donald Rolle on Batelco, Mr. Beneby on BEC, Vanria Lightbourne on law, Mr. Loran Coleby on Bahamas Development Bank and Ms. Nettica Symonette on the hotel industry. In addition there were speakers from Success Training College, Immigration Police and Customs.Applications Should Be Sent NowFor those wishing to attend a college or a technical school next year the applications should have already been filled out and mailed. However, I know that is not the case. If you have not sent them in, get the applications, fill them in, request your transcript and mail them. You can download them off the Internet if need be. Application forms for Pathfinders scholarships will be available by November 1st. These will be sent to the high schools or you can request a form from Kathy Weldon, Abaco Pathfinders, Hope Town, Abaco. More School NewsAt their monthly meeting in October the Abaco Central High School PTA elected officers. The parents were satisfied with the officers from last year and re-elected the complete slate. Shown above are, l. to r., President Leonard Edgecomb, Assistant Treasurer Augustine Williams, Treasurer Jerry Cornish, Assistant Secretary Ms. Fernander and standing is Chaplain Ena Mae Parker. SchoolFrom Page 20 Bahama Palm Shores 2 side by side lots $12,000 each 2 side by side lots $15,000 each Cherokee Sound On the big hill 4 ocean view lots all with beach access. Call for details. Green Tur tle Cay 2 bedroom vacation rental cottage overlooking White Sound. Fully furnished, central A/ C, turn key $355,000 Green Tur tle Cay Various lots Prices start at $55,000 Green Tur tle Cay 2 bed, 2 bath villa with full size kitchen. This is an income producing property. Owner wants a partner and will sell 50% of his investment. Call for details. Guana Cay 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home in the heart of Guana Cay settlement. $195,000 Little Harbour Gorgeous ocean front acre lots, electricity available .C all for details Man-O-Wa r Cay T he last 15 acres on the northwest tip of Man-O-War known as Corn Bay. This property features 2 houses, 2 guests cottages, a boat basin with docks and four gorgeous beaches. There is ample room for additional houses on t his p ropert y. C all for more details. Marsh Harbour 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartments for sale .C all for details Each office independently owned and operated Phone: 242-367-2992 Fax: 242-367-4800 Email: coldbank@abacoinet.com Making Real Estate Real Easy Featuring the finest in residential, commercial, vacation homes and investment properties. LIGHTBOURN REALTYMarsh Harbour 3 bed, 2 bath home centrally located. Extensive outdoor patio with cozy pool, central A/C, roll down shutters. $325,000 Marsh Harbour Established harbour front restaurant for sale. Turn key, income producing, ready to serve. Great price Marsh Harbour 3 bed 2 bath home on a beautiful landscaped lot. Fully furnished. Best price in town Marsh Harbour, Gre at Abaco Club vacant residential water front lot in private gated community $300,000 Marsh Harbour residential / commercial building centrally located in Marsh Harbour. Ideal for starter home or professional business. $175,000 Treasure Cay Banyan Beach, beach front, multifamily lot with 200 beach front. Ideal for condo development. Call for details T reasure Cay Lot s Starting at $80,000 Treasure Cay Elegant 3 bed 3 bath beach front home, completely renovated in 2000. Shows as new. Call for more details Treasure Cay 2 lots opposite golf course. $25,000Call today to list your property with us or inquire about our many listed properties. Located one building east of Memorial Plaza. Royal Harbour Immaculate turn key home in Marsh Harbour features 3 b edrooms, 2 b aths, l arge o pen l iving, d ining a nd kitchen area, 10 ceilings, lovely landscaped yard and fantastic ocean views. $395,000 Guana Cay Quaint cottage in the heart of Guana Cay settlement features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, lovely landscaped yard, new windows and doors and much more. $195,000 Recently r educed S pectacular b ay f ront h ome o n G uana C ay with protected deep water dockage. We ll built 3 bedroom 2 bath island style home on large landscaped waterfront lot with endless views of the Sea of Abaco. $650,000 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Green Tu rtle Agent Chris Farrington 242-365-4465

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 23By Anita Rolle Between January and July 2001 the Department of Agriculture imported and released approximately 25,000 wasps. These wasps are host specific meaning that they prey only on their specific target which in this case is the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug. The Pink Hibiscus Mealybug introduced itself into the Caribbean in 1994 and has gradually crept into the Bahamas. In November 2000 it was found in the Marathon area of New Providence and has since spread within a threemile radius. The bug produces a heavy white mealy or cotton-like material on leaves, stems, branches and flowers similar to other mealybugs. The eggs and immature stages of the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug are pink or orange and should be easy to recognize. The mealybug is believed to attack about 200 species of plants. However, according to sources at the Department of Agriculture, more commonly devastated in the Bahamas are hibiscus, mango, pigeon peas, bougainvillea, croton, soursop and the oleander plants. Damage to plants consists of bunched leaves, malformed flowers and fruit and abnormally small fruit which often fall off prematurely. Control by chemical means has been THE REAL THINGREAL ESTATELots, Condos, Houses -You Name It REAL HONEST BROKERS Our Word is Our Bond REAL TEAMWORK Unbeatable Team With Over 35 Y ears Experience Our clients become more than owners. They become part of the family and lifelong friends. Ask any one of them. We consider ourselves REAL ESTA TE plus and stake our reputation on trust.Marcellus Roberts, Realtor VHF radio 16 Just Do It Phone 365-8064TREASURE CAY REAL ESTATEP.O. Box AB 22183, Treasure Cay Abaco, Bahamas Te l. 242-365-8538 Fax 242-365-8587 Anne Albury, Realtor VHF radio 10 or 16 Four Winds Phone 365-8568 Member Member proven ineffective as it is virtually impossible for sprays to penetrate the coating of the pest, hence the biological approach has been used by the Department of Agriculture. The wasps released by the Department target ONLY the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug into which they lay their eggs. Continuing surveillance of the pest is being done throughout New Providence and the Family Islands to find sites of new infestations. The public is urged to report any signs of suspicious plants. The pest spreads rapidly and is spread by contact. As an example, if a ladybug lights on an infected plant and moves on to another plant, the second plant can easily become infected. Gardening equipment can also be a source of spreading the pest. Therefore, it has been suggested thatImport ed Wasp Hopes to Control Mealy Bugpersons should refrain from moving plant material and clippings from one point to another but rather destroy materials on site. For additional information on the Pink Hibiscus Mealybug or any other plant pest, the public is welcome to contact the Department of Agriculture in Marsh Harbour at 3672240 or in New Providence at 242-322-7859. Give Your Friends, Relatives and Children a Subscription toThe Abaconian

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24 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE Turtle Rocks 10 acre parcel w/two sand beaches and cove. Ideal for small development or private estate. $195,000 Elbow Cay 2 bed/2 bath house with spectacular ocean view. Professionally landscaped property and spacious, wraparound deck. $ 345,000 Guana Cay Lots at Dolphin Beach Subdivision. Priced to move starting at $40,000 with ocean views. Lubbers Quarters 1 acre water front properties, two on beach, two on bluff. Dockage and electricity available. Leisure Lee 1/2 acre lot with all utilities present. $ 20,000 Lubbers Quarters House lots starting at $25,000 with access to sandy beach. Views of the Sea of Abaco. Elbow Cay Lots from $45,000. Roads, power, telephones, ocean views. Residential and Commercial. Victor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.com Sea Grape Realty Tilloo Cay 2500 sq. ft. home, central air, 3 acres property sea to sea, nicely landscaped, dock. $985,000 Marsh Harbour Water front 4 bed / 3 bath house, dock / boathouse / 2 acres, beautifully landscaped, standby generator, 2 car garage, swimming pool, fully furnished. $1.9 million Bahama Palm Shores 2 lots side by side 150 from the beach. $42,500 More lots available Marsh Harbour Business for sale. Excellent net return on investment. Call for info Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores Lot overlooking Man-O-W ar/ Scotland Cay, 105 ft. on the road. Call for info Leisure Lee -3 bed x 2 bath, central air on the canal, furnished, loft, many nice features. $375,000 Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 5 bedroom, 5 bath house on the harbour. Dock, swimming pool, fully furnished, pool room, standby generator, 5600 sq. ft. Call for info Leisure Lee Canal lot 11,726 sq. ft. Call for details Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Leslie A. Pinder Sharon E. Pinder Sharon E. Pinder Sharon E. Pinder Sharon E. Pinder Sharon E. PinderTel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 E-mail: Leslie.P .@abacoinet.com Sharon@abacoinet.com It Pays to Advertise inThe Abaconian Helping people find their Dream Spot since 1978. Beach Front, Hilltop, Acreage, Residential, Commercial & Investment Property. We also have renta l property available.LOCA TED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency Ltd J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMAS S KWatermakers, Inc.AffordableReliable4256 North US 1 Ft. P ierce, F lorida 3 4946 (561) 489-0852 Installation a vailable i n A baco b y Professional S ervice L TD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town, Abaco 150 to 100,000 Gallons P er D ay Prices S tarting at $2,450.00 U.S. Cost Check out our Website at www.skwatermakers.com[;\/-0This is a listing of additional students who are away colleges and technical schools.. Angelo Bowe i s i n h is f irst y ear a t t he Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute where he is studying air conditioning and refrigeration. Angelo is the son of Yvonne Sanders and George Bowe of Wood Cay. He is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School Johnell Curry is in her first hear at New England Tech in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is studying computer technology. Johnell is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School and is the daughter of Birdie McIntosh and Jonathan Curry. She earned a prefect award, a principals award and several other awards and certificates. Calea Laroda is in her second year attending the College of The Bahamas. She is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Calea is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School and is the daughter of Wendy and Clint Laroda of Treasure Cay. Charmair Laroda is attending the City College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She is studying journalism and broadcasting. Charmair is the daughter of Wendy and Curt Laroda. She is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town. We regret that the wrong information was reported in a previous listing. Nicole Lundy is in her first yeat at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. She plans to major in finance and business administration. Nicole graduated from Freeport Anglican High School where is was very active in Interact, Junior Achiever, Student Christian Movement, the Adventist Youth, a debating and key club. She graduated with high credits. She is the daughter of Elaine and Phillip Lundy. Enrique McIntosh is in his first year at the Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute where he is studying accounting. Enrique is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Enid McIntosh of Wood Cay and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School Neja Rolle has begun her first year of college at the College of The Bahamas in Nassau. She is majoring in primary education. Neja is the daughter of Sandra Rolle of Coopers Town and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School Teon Rolle has begun his first year at the Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute in Freeport, Grand Bahama, where he is learning the welding business. Teon is the son of Cetal Curry and Stanley Rolle of Mount Hope and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School. Shakera Simms has started her first year at Bahamas Baptist College in Nassau. She is hoping to become a veterinarian.More S tudents Continue Schooling AwayShakera is the daughter of Jackie and Theresa Simms of Coopers Town and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School. Additional information has been provided about two students who were previously listed. Shivani Lachhman was given a Golden Key award. Vashti Lachhman has declared a double major, biology and psychology. Both Lachhman sisters are on the Deans list. Remember Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 25Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Cherokee Polos Seaside Cottage. Fully furnished, sleeps 6, A/C, $900/week for 2. Call 407-933-4463 www.polosseasidecottage.com Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale pools, docks, reunions, special occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways. 242-3660224 Fax: 242-366-0434 Private 4 bedroom/ 2 bath, magnificent ocean views. Beautifully furnished; appliances and A/ C. Dockage available. $2000/ wk. or $5000/ mo. References required. 828-688-6883 Town House 2 or 3 bedroom in a gated community. For more information, please call 3674990 Cher okee Sound Y ellowwood 1.13 acre property. High elevation, great views. $75,000 OBO E-mail top ofhill2001@yahoo.ca Dundas Town 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bedroom split level structure, approx. 2976 sq. ft, located on Tamarind Dr. and Forest Dr. Call U. Cartwright or Ms. M.T. Rolle at 3672141 or 367-2141 Eight Mile Bay, 600 x 150 on beach 23 miles south of Marsh Harbour airport. $100,000 OBO. Peter Sweeting 365-6035 Eight Mile Bay 15 acre tract 190 on beach 60 elevation, road access to beach, 23 miles south of Marsh Harbour airport $180,000 Peter Sweeting 365-6035 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cay, ocean front home, brand new, custom built by builder, 80 wide lot, 2 bed 2 bath upstairs, 1 bed apt. downstairs, Walk to Sea Spray. $850,000 Call 321-784-0163 or leave message for Cliff at 366-0065 Great Cistern Marsh Harbour, 1.3 acres of beautiful water front property overlooking Abaco Sound and Guana Cay. Serious enquiries only. $150,000 242-359-6605 or 242-365-4456 Great Guana Cay 3 bed / 2 bath, new home, 2 story, wraparound porch. Contact 242-3655113or www .abacoinfo.com/tnfsands Green Turtle Cay White Sound, 3 bed/2 bath, privately nestled on 1/2 acre with lush valley and sea views $500,000. Call 508-3255495 RENTAL COMMERCIAL PROPERTY RENTAL HOUSES AND AP ARTMENTS Best Buy in Abaco20 acres water front near Marsh Harbour. New road access $200,000 NET. NET. Firm Phone 242-322-4782 Leave Message Office Space. Located in the most charming new commercial building in Marsh Harbour. Busy up-scale area with constant foot traffic. 1 o ffice unit left on 2nd floor. Call: 367-3262 ext. 201 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITYSandy Point 3 bed, 1 bath 13,545 sq. ft. Lot #119 Murphy Town 2 bed, 1 bath on 1/4 acre Lot #76 Grant B4-86 Dundas Town 2 store y, 4 bed, 2 bath on acre Lot #25 Dundas T own 3-2 bed, 1 bath triplex 9,000 sq. ft. Lot #18BOffers should be addressed in writing to: U. Cartwright/Ms. M. T. Rolle P. O. Box AB20567 Marsh Harbour, AbacoFor conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact U. Cartwright/Ms. M. T. Rolle at (242) 367-2141, 367-2142 Abaco. Offers should be m ailed t o r each u s b y N ovember 3 0, 2 001. Serious enquiries only may be considered for qualified purchasers. Interested persons in Nassau may contact M r. Jones at 242-502-3024MUST SELLREAL ES TA TE IN ABACOMurphy Town Vacant Land 108 x 104 Lot 78B REAL ESTATE SALESAbaco, Bahamas242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor .comAffordable Property Select Homes LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A TT TT T Enjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $180,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Property and Houses FOR SALE Property and Houses FOR SALE Property and Houses FOR SALE Property and Houses FOR SALE Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATEMarsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. $120,000. Call Charlotte at 3673201 days Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Sea of Abaco frontage. 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, fully furnished. Includes 2000 Jeep Wrangler with 5800 miles, flawless construction by Rowan Sands of Man-O-War. Executive quality throughout. Includes deeded boat slip. Call 561486-4478 Treasure Cay lot, Great elev. see GTC, No Name & Whale Cay. Owner financing. Asking $45K Call 559-2276808 Located in The Royal Harbour Vi llage East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, AbacoTelephone: 242-367-3262/3 Fax 242-367-3260 E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty. bs Internet: http://w w.bhamasrealty. bs Kathleen Albury, Sales and Property Appraisals June Russell, Sales These two photos show buildings in Marsh Harbour f rom the past. On the left is the old library building which was dest royed by a hurr icane in 1932. On the r ight i s t he o ld Methodist Church on the water fro nt next to the Untion Jack dock which stood there until the late 1960s. The children may be two of Millard Russell s c hild re n. These photos are cour tesy of Mr. Jack Lowe.Memories of Marsh Harbour s Past

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26 The Abaconian November 1st, 2001 AA AA A vailable atvailable at vailable atvailable at vailable atFull Range of Reliable Johnson & Advanced Evinrude 2 HP thru 250 HP Motors in Stock at Lower than U.S. Prices Ask about our TWO YEAR W ARRANTY Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock Factory T rained Mechanics & Reliable ServiceDOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour 242-367-2703 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Repairing:Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment Juke Boxes & Video Games Musical Instruments Marine Electronics Office Equipment Cash Registers Computers Microwaves FAX Machines Electronic Organs Medical Equipment Automotive & Marine Electronics Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone DevicesIn Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Keys Dr. & Fire House CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service CenterFormerly Television Ser vice C enter B. FB. F B. FB. F B. F Goodrich Goodrich Goodrich Goodrich GoodrichDont get caught without a spare! Visit AID for tires to keep you on the roadMARSH HARBOUR 367-2077 Nassau 393-7481 Freeport 352-8071-8 Rock Sound 334-2060 Nichols Town 329-4184 George Town 336-2780 Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environmen t.Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@oii.netWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts ou to 54,000 lbs. Call f or i nformation a nd a q uote, ABACO AIR CHAR TER SER VICE Between Abaco and all the Bahamas, Florida and the Turks and CaicosScheduled service to Moores Island, Freeport and North Eleuthera Twin engine 6 & 9 passenger aircraftABACO F LIGHT SER VICES Aircraft maintenance Storage A vGas CAA & FAA certified mechanicsP. O. Box AB20492, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 242-367-2266, 359-6357 Fax 367-3256 Knowles replied confidently, All wetlands are protected by law. Mr. Knowles was also taken to task by a local animal lover who asked what could be done about the dangers of pit bulls. What are you doing? he was asked pointedly. After explaining the rights of the individual to have any breed of dog as long as it is properly confined, he finally advised the lady to write to her local government representative. Inspector Adderley, seeing that the lady was not satisfied with the answer, came to the rescue with, Agitate for legislation. Another confrontational question concerned the perceived ineffectiveness of Immigration officials to round up illegal aliens. You will see. My department will put its foot down, replied Mr. Ferguson. Mr. Flowers ended the evening by thanking all those present and urged the community to have more town meetings so that issues of concern are able to be addressed and ironed out. Other government officials present included Mr. Ivan Ferguson, Administrator for North Abaco; Mr. Leon Pinder from the Department of Fisheries; Mr. Silbert Mills, Chief Councillor for Central Abaco; Mr. Jackson McIntosh, District Superintendent; Mr. Stanley White, Chief Councilor for the South; Inspector Adderley and Sergeant Adderley from the Royal Bahamas Police Force; and Mrs. Suzanne Bethel, Chief Councillor for the Hope Town District.Green Turtle CayService Is PlannedBy Stephanie Humblestone The churches of Green Turtle Cay are coming together on the basketball field on November 4th for a memorial service for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States. The ecumenical service, which hopes to draw crowds from all over Abaco, is being organised by Bishop Johnny Lowe of the Miracle Church of God and Island Administrator Ivan Ferguson. Together they have formed a committee comprising heads of all four churches in Green Turtle Cay, Anglican, Methodist, Gospel Chapel and Miracle Church of God. Helping put the wheels in motion are local government representatives and a large body of the community. Anglican Minister, Rev. Kenneth McKenzie, will officiate.We are bringing all the churches in Green Turtle Cay together to form a community choir. The children of the Amy Roberts All Age School will sing and the Wesley College Band will participate, said Bishop Lowe who says that, weather permitting, there will be candlelight procession from the basket ball court to the Quincentenial Park. Among the invited dignitaries are Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, and delegates from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau. There will be a condolence book for the public to express their sentiments in. This plus a love offering will be sent to President Bush, continued bishop Lowe. Part of the offering will be sent to the victims of the fire which destroyed the straw market in Nassau last month.More Funding Needed for RoadsBy Stephanie Humblestone While awaiting funds from the Central Government of the Bahamas to implement major improvements to the roads in the centre of Green Turtle Cay, work has been underway on side roads. We have placed directional signs outside of town, said Mr. David Bethel, Chairman of the Green Turtle Cay Town Committee. Earlier this year Mr. Bethel announced that Nassau had approved new measures which would streamline traffic in town and provide increased safety to motorists and pedestrians alike. We are still awaiting funds for the new one way system that is for Parliament Street to be one way going west and Bay Street one way going east, said Mr. Bethel, who added that street signs to that effect are now ready. As always money is the key issue. We are hoping that homeowners and local businesses will assist so that we can complete the project, said Mr. Bethel. He stated that the 16-foot-wide 2.8-mile stretch between the Green Turtle Club, Coco Bay and Bluff House is at the quarry and fill stage and needs to be tarred. Mr. Bethel pointed out that the onus is on local input and that, if funds were forthcoming, Green Turtle Cay could have a $30,000 road for $150,000. We could work with government to get the job done quicker, he said. Improvements to the settlement roads have been sanctioned by Mr. Brenzil Rolle, Director of Road Traffic in Nassau. Mr. Rolle visited Green Turtle Cay the beginning of this year and offered some practical suggestions which included the location of road signs. Mr. Bethel verified that Road Traffic had extended funds for improvements to the roads in town. In 1997 all the roads in New Plymouth were upgraded and resurfaced. Bay Street, in the heart of town, was widened last year. Although modern signs and paved roads may be felt by some to be incongruous with the settlement which has been deemed a historic cay, the expansions and improvements have been done in the light of public safety and as such have been generally accepted by the community. Green Turtle Cay has fast become an up and coming tourist destination with an increasing number of motorized vehicles. The number to date is 300 which includes cars, trucks, vans, 75 golf carts and many scooters and bicycles. More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 6 Your CompanyCould Be Advertised Here Call 367-3202 for Information

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November 1st, 2001 The Abaconian 27 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 1996 Chevrolet S-10 extra cab sport side Pick up, 2.2 liter, yellow and white custom paint job, AM/FM/CD player, A/C, $12,000 Call 477-5950 1985 GMC R/V Van, sleeps 2, with stove, refrig & pottie, in good condition. DUTY PAID. $4900. Ph. 242-367-7248 Fax 972-723-0291 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. Water Storage Cisterns, 6 sizes available, less than $1 per gallon. Factory direct. Call Dolphin Fiberglass Products at 305-247-1748 Have sciatica? TMJ? Lower back pain? Headaches? Get relief with muscular therapy. Call Karen Lane @ 367-5215 2 Used Mercury Engines, all with electric start and power trim, 50 HP $3000 (15 hrs.), 50 HP $1900. Call 367-2326 Mercury 150 HP Optimax Mint condition, only 130 hours, just serviced, warranty till August 2002, full gauge set, control and cables, 2 SS props, 2 new 1000 cranking amp batteries, oil tank. $8000 Ph. 366-0135 Two 140 HP Johnson Outboards, 1992, approx. 1500 hours each. Engines, gauges and controls $2500 OBO. Tel / Fax 242-365-6480 12 Inflatable Nova Marine Hard bottom, 30 HP Evinrude, low hours, good condition. $2500. Call 242-365-6129 25 Grady White Cuddy Cabin 1988 w/twin 225hp Evinrudes, hard top, 120 gal main & 80 gal aux. fuel tank. Fresh & saltwater washdown. $27,500 O.B.O. Call 359-6610 25 1988 Grady White Sailfish w/ 225 Mercury, less than 200 hrs. Fuel 120 gal main, 80 gal aux. 25 gal fresh water, marine head with macerator, sink and shower, hard top, enclosed with new curtains, search light, VHF, walk around cuddy cabin, sleeps 3 V berth & portside bunk, 2 bilge pumps $31,900 OBO Call 3656052 37 Endeavour 1980 sloop-rigged sailboat w/ Perkins 104, 40 HP diesel, curently moored near Marsh Harbour Marina. DUTY PAID. Bahamian registered. $30,000 OBO Call 3672269 38 Delta Off Shore Fiberglass, 260 HP 3208 Caterpillar engine, turbo charged, 12 KW Northern Lights generator with Luggar engine, 275 gal water, 550 gal diesel, 400 gal gas, 5000 lb freezer, stabilizers, radar, GPS, VHF, small chest freezer, fridge, stove with oven, sink, hot water heater, head with shower, air conditoner, sleeps 6. Ready to go. Asking $69,500 Call Peter Sweeting at 365-6035 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats MERCHANDISE FOR SALE( 11) 1250 gallon water tanks $1600 each, includes duty & freight. Contact Elbow Cay Properties at 366-0569 Baby Rabbits: already tame and beautiful. Small breed. $15 each. Call Rhonda Hull @ 367-2991 (day) or 367-3936 (evenings) 1973 Kenwort h Tractor head. Asking $5,000. Ph. 367-7004 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. COMMERCIAL SERVICES Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 3672111 VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENTSarah Ann Weatherford is looking for work. She has a background in accounting, bookkeeping and word processing. Call 3656064Assistant Manager CoupleAn enthusiastic and energetic couple is needed as Assistant Managers for an exclusive fishing resort on a remote private island in the Bahamas. Male candidate will maintain and charter 28 ft offshore boat, manage bar and tackle shop, schedule / manage 12 flats fishing guides and perform other duties. The female candidate will manage the kitchen, payroll, guest relations, reservations, general office duties and see to other responsibilities. Requirements: educated, computer literate, excellent communication skills, boating and fishing experience, conservative appearance. No children, drug free environment. On site housing provided. Benefit package. This hands-on position calls for a demanding work schedule. Excellent opportunity for the right couple. Submit resumes for both candidates with photos to: 1100 Lee Wagener Blvd., Suite 326 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315 USA NO TELEPHONE CALLS VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS & MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Ren tals: Backhoe, D3 T ractor, Payloader, Dump T ruck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 T el: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839Anything Under the Sun Construction, s pecializing in stamped concrete, designed resurfaced concrete, wood decks and fiberglass pool installation. Call 477-5848 Swimming Pool Maintenance. Splish, Splash Pool Service will stop you cleaning and keep you swimming. We o ffer bi-weekly service including chemicals Call 477-5848 J F A ConstructionJed Albury Owner 242-359-6994 PO Box AB20269 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas ing attributes they should strive for which included a good character, i ntegrit y, a right attitude, humility and a good team leader.Youth March for JesusOn October 27th youth from Unity Baptist Church in Treasure Cay and St. Thomas Baptist Church in W ood Cay assembled in the parking lot of Abaco Shopping Centre in Marsh Harbour for a Y outh March for Jesus. The march began with prayer and was led by a sound system on a truck. The youth marched through the center of Marsh Harbour and continued through Dundas Town and Murphy T own proclaiming that not all youth are lost. Unity Baptist Church with Pastor Edward Laroda has been holding a youth convention since October 24. The convention ended October 25. ChurchFrom Page 1 Jennie Bernette Cash, 81, passed away after a long illness on October 16. Her funeral was on October 19 at St. James Methodist Church in Hope T own with Mr. Vernon Malone off iciating. Mrs. Cash nee Malone was predeceased by her husband Thomas Marton Cash and oldest son W illiam Cash. She is survived by son Gary of Luxembourg and Nassau, daughters Joy McClure of Huntsville, Alabama, Kay Russell of Marsh Harbour and Gloria Knowles of Casuarina Point, daughter-in-law Anne Cash, sons-in-law Kenaz Russell and Frank Knowles, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Most blue her ons build their nests in the mangr oves on Man-O-Wa r. T his p rotective mother chose a poisonwood tree for her nest. Photo by Charmain Albury If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bit you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. -Mark Twain Sponsored by Abaco Animal Require Friends Obituaries Friends and Family

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