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Title: Abaconian
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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 01-01-2002
Copyright Date: 2009

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Title: Abaconian
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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 01-01-2002
Copyright Date: 2009

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1st, 2002 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 The proposed sale of the Treasure Cay hotel site and other properties is progressing well. The terrorist attack on September 11 has definitely slowed their project. A meeting was scheduled for September 18 with a major hotel company which had to be cancelled. And financing for hotel properties is much harder to secure now. Because of this the prospective owners have downsized their initial plans, but it is expected that the project will go on. They are waiting for approval from the government and will then negotiate with a major international hotel chain for developing a partnership. A super star hotel affiliation is critical to success for a large hotel as the chains have an extensive reservation system and spend millions of dollars on marketing. The first phase will include a 175-room hotel on the site of the old hotel. They plan to build a small convention center across the street from the hotel and will include some upscale villas. Once they get their approvals and are linked with a hotel, they think it can be operational in 12 to 18 months. The two principal partners, Mr. Rafael J. de la Sierra and Mr. Rafael A. Sanchez, were in Treasure Cay on December 18 sponsoring a Christmas party for the students of the Treasure Cay Primary School. They have previously provided the school with many new textbooks which were greatly appreciated.Treasure Cay Sale Is on TrackBuyers Await Government ApprovalMickey Sets Holiday MoodDisney Cruise Line once again brought its magic to Abaco schools. Mickey Mouse and a few of his co-workers from Disney visited several schools bringing lovely gifts for the children in those schools. This year the gifts were video tapes of Disney movies along with some books. On December 12 Mickey Mouse and the others visited Moores Island All Age School and the J.A. Pinder Primary School. On December 13 the group visited Central Abaco Primary School, St. Francis de Sales and Agape Christian School. Mickey Mouse included a visit to the Every Child Counts classroom for students who have special needs. Santa Visits Treasure C. School Local Farm Grows PoinsettiasSanta was flown from the States on December 18 especially to bring presents to all the students at the Treasure Cay Primary School. Pictured above is a student with Santa while standing behind are, l. to r., Mr. Rafael A. Sanchez, one of the prospective buyers of the Treasure Cay hotel property, Mr. Ivan Ferguson, Administrator for North Abaco, and Mrs. Myrtis Russell, Principal of the school. Bernadette Hewitt from Canada and her two sons, Justin & Eric, admire the thousands of poinsettias grown by Rocky Farms and ready to ship to Nassau for the Christmas season. About 2,000 plants were sent to Nassau each week. This year they grew a total of 13,000 poinsettias. The nursery, owned and managed by Mr. Hilbert Pinder from Nassau, grows a wide variety of ornamental plants which they sell in quantity to retail outlets. They also raise goats and sheep which are sent to Nassau for butchering. Please see North Page 23

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Page 2 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 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 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 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, 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. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. 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 Proposed traffic circle at Crockett Drive and Forest Drive House Forest DriveCrockett DriveCrockett DriveHatched areas indicate new pavement House Landscaped 40circle inside a 6 concrete curb Dis-We-Style Take-out B & D Marine Barclays Bank Commonwealth Faith One way No parking Traffic light New turning Sidewalk New turning Queen Elizabeth DriveDon MacKay BoulevardProposed changes at the traffic light intersection Intersection Changes Will Speed TrafficProposed round-about at Forest Drive and Crockett Drive will make traffic flow smoother and safer at a dangerous intersection. A very serious accident took place a couple of years ago which took the lives of three people. Adding turning lanes at Don MacKay and Queen Elizabeth Drive might help the traffic flow but shop owners are upset that they will lose land and valuable parking spaces. They had no prior notice that changes were being considered until the day that the crew paints the changes on the pavement. Late last year Mr. Ray McKenzie, Senior Engineer with the Ministry of Works and Transport, came from Nassau to lay out changes at several intersections in the Marsh Harbour area. Although these had been planned in. Nassau for some months, it was a surprise to Abaco people to see the changes he was proposing. The proposals will create a traffic roundabout at Forest Drive and Crockett Drive. A blinker will be installed at South Side Road and S.C. Bootle which will be yellow for traffic on S.C. Bootle and red for traffic on South Side Road.. At the corner of Key Club Road and Crockett, they plan to move Key Club Road north about 70 feet to line it up with Crockett Drive and make that corner a four-way stop. One block further south there will be another four-way stop at the corner of S.C. Bootle Highway and Don MacKay Boulevard. The most controversial change would be at the corner of Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard where the traffic light used o be. The proposal would call for turning lanes on the approach from the east and from the south. Shop owners are upset that they would lose quite a few parking spaces and some of their land. The change at Front Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive would include widening the curve and blocking off Front Street headed toward the old Triple J Marina. They also want to widen the road at the entrance to Central Abaco High School with a turning lane to allow traffic to move smoother past these busy intersections when many vehicles are turning in to the school. No advance notice was given to the property owners. They found out about it when they saw a crew spray painting the area where changes are to be made.

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 3 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 U.S. Will Help with Drug WarThe new United States Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. J. Richard Blankenship, has stated that he will work with the Bahamian government in the constant war on illegal drugs. He said he looks forward to working together with The Bahamas and continuing joint efforts to save both countries from the scourge of dangerous and illegal drugs. He made this statement while speaking at the Bahamas-United States Narcotics Joint Task Force Conference on December 7 in Nassau. By Alice Bain Airport security has been on everyones mind since the horrific events of September 11th. Bobby Jones, Airport Administrator for Abaco, outlined some of the changes we will be seeing at both the Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports. After the attacks the government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) upgraded Nassau airport first. That airport had been classified as a category two airport according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) security conventions and has now been improved to a category one, ensuring safeguards for airline passengers flying into and out of Nassau. Airlines are now required to issue boarding passes and to randomly search the luggage of passengers for contraband, explosives, corrosive substances and firearms. At both the Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour airports there will be improved perimeter security for the airport grounds. PersonnelAirport Security Is Heightenedwill be hired to provide round the clock security at both airport facilities. People have become more exacting about traveling. We saw a dramatic drop in airline passengers to Abaco immediately after September 11th that continued for about two weeks or so . but generally with additional safety measures, many citizens are gaining greater confidence to travel. We are seeing an increase of arrivals of private and commercial aircraft and passengers, but not up to the levels we had before September 11th. Because of psychological pressures, I feel that persons looking for a holiday will find refuge in Caribbean destinations which are safe and attractive in their proximity to the United States. There is very little potential for upheaval in the Bahamas, and our community here is very stable. In closing, I think its important that it be understood that international airports in the Bahamasand Abaco is no exception are points of reception for guests into the Bahamas. Because of this fact, the impression given to tourists can be lasting, and we should wish to give a good impression at all times. It is important that guests feel accepted, appreciated and respected. On Abaco we should take pride in our being able to give the people who put bread on our tables the greatest degree of comfort and the best value for their money in choosing the Bahamas in general and Abaco in particular as their destination for rest, relaxation and business. The future success of tourism in the Bahamas depends on our involvement. We will have success where we involve ourselves and do everything we can to ensure that Abaco is number one!Airport Lights Are Being InstalledBy Alice Bain Work has now begun at Marsh Harbour International Airport and Treasure Cay International Airport to upgrade them to international flight standards. A team from Raytheon is on Abaco now installing runway lights at both airports, and additional security measures are being set up. The Bahamian government has begun the night time flying program to include Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma islands with the infrastructure to support increased tourism. Although both airports have existing runway lights, these have to be redone to comply with international standards. A new approach system known as Precision Approach Path Indicator or PAPI lights will be erected at the end of both Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay runways, threshold lights and markings will be installed and two lighted wind socks will help pilots gauge wind direction in the dark. In addition ramps will be lit and reflective markers will be put on ramps, taxiways and runways. Work is expected to be complete on Abaco by the end of February 2002.Hatian Unrest Disturbs GovernmentAn attempted coup in Port au Prince has caused widespread unrest in Haiti. This in turn has caused concern for the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, because it increases the pressure for many refugees to leave the island to get to The Bahamas or the United States. The Prime Minister has put both the Police Force and the Defence Force on alert to increase vigilance for boats arriving with refugees. National News Remember Register to Vote

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Page 4 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 Open DailyBreakfast 7 a.m. 11 a.m.Lunch 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m.Dinner 6 p.m. 10 p.m.Tel: 367-2158Located in the Abaco Beach Resort Check Out Tzers Gift ShopAnglers Restaurant presents international cuisine with an island flair in a casual waterfront setting. One of the most popular restaurants in the Abacos, Anglers serves breakfast, lunch & dinner every day of the year.You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. 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()]TJ 2.8824 Tc 122 0 Td (\000\000\000)Tj /GS0 gs /TT8 1 Tf -0.0021 Tc 0.0205 Tw 12.2 0 0 12.2 58.92 88.3199 Tm (For 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 Fire Department Acquires Equipment and Turn-Out GearThe Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department has recently purchased 19 sets of used turn-out gear all in good condition for a fraction of the original cost. Mr. Dan Wiltfang of Trauma One was able to secure the suits at an excellent price. Up until now the department had a few jackets but not full suits. The department has just been given a Jaws-of-Life tool which is designed to open up vehicles after a crash enabling the crew to remove persons from the wreckage. The hydraulics on the machine were leaking and could not be repaired in Nassau. The fire department in Nassau gave it to the department here. Fireman Timothy McDonald spent two days working on it and now has it operational. There is still one accessory to be shipped from Nassau but the machine can be used as it is. The department expects to begin construction of a fire station early in the new year. It will be located on Pole Line Drive behind the Marsh Harbour Community Library.A Rescue Group Is Being FormedAn Abaco Crash Rescue group is organizing in Marsh Harbour. It will respond to the increasing number of traffic accidents. Headed by Colin Albury, the group will receive training from the Palm Beach Rescue. During the early part of 2002 they will hold several fund raising events for securing the proper equipment including the jaws of life. They will work closely with the police and the fire departments of the various towns. They have formed an oversight committee which includes Mrs. Yvonne Key, Mr. Robert Pinder and Ms. Donna Darville. Mr. Norwel Gordon will be a special advisor to the tactical team.New Dock Is StartedBy Isobel Sherman Work is proceeding on the new government freight dock in Marsh Harbour at a rapid pace. American Bridge is working literally around the clock. The area is now being dredged. The dredging does not interfere with the two freighters and the mail boat all of which come weekly from the United States and Nassau. These boats still are able to come in and dock at the old dock. The new government dock when completed will be the third largest docking facility in the Bahamas. There will be an international section and a domestic section as well as offices for Customs, Immigration and the Port Authority. The domestic section of the docking facility will be where the present dock is located. In addition a new road will be made to link the dock with the S.C. Bootle Highway. The residents of nine buildings constructed on government land have been asked to relocate by the beginning of January. These people have built without government permission and without building permits. Seven of the residences have been built since the plans were first announced for the road about two years ago.The Last Christmas TreeBy Isobel Sherman The roundabout at the government dock in Marsh Harbour has again been decorated for Christmas. For the past several years Mrs. Nadene Beneby and her sister Ms. Patricia Campbell have decorated the roundabout for Christmas. They put up a Christmas tree and decorated it with red velvet bows. Until this year they planted poinsettia plants around the outer edge giving the area a Christmas look. This year they have put up Christmas tree for probably the last time. The round about will be eliminated in the construction of the new docking facility. Persons will always remember the days Central Abaco Newsof the roundabout and the Christmases that Mrs. Beneby and Ms. Campbell decorated it for all to enjoy a little yule time cheer. The community thanks these ladies.Banks Are DecoratedBy Isobel Sherman Marsh Harbour has branches of five commercial banks and each year I look at their decorated Christmas trees. Always in the past the tree at Commonwealth Bank has been the prettiest but this year the tree at CIBC is just as pretty. In the past the CIBC tree was not as outstanding as it is this year. However in overall Christmas decoration Commonwealth Bank is done in grand style. The Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club has erected a welcoming sign with a detailed map of Marsh Harbour. It is bordered by sponsorship advertising which paid for the sign. The sign is located on the waterfront just west of Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour. Paul Riley spoke to the staff of Standard Hardware on December 11. Mr. Riley is an motivational expert who makes presentations to corporations around the world. While on Abaco he gave similar lectures at Canadian Imperial Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Abaco Hardware and Price Right. His concept is that motivated employees will do a better job for the company and make a better presentation with customers. He can be heard daily at 7:15 a.m. on Radio Abaco. Please see Central Page 5

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 5 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 The Management & Staff ofAbaco Insurance Agencywish to thank our clients for their loyalty and support during the past yearWe also want to take this opportunity We also want to take this opportunity We also want to take this opportunity We also want to take this opportunity We also want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family to wish you and your family to wish you and your family to wish you and your family to wish you and your family A Happy and Healthy A Happy and Healthy A Happy and Healthy A Happy and Healthy A Happy and Healthy New YearNew Year New YearNew Year New YearAbaco Insurance Agency Ltd. Stratton Drive P.O. Box AB-20404, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-2549 Fax: (242) 367-3075A young shopper, Hannah Hayworth, enjoys the variety of gifts offered by Iggy Biggy in Marsh Harbour. The shop offered a special shopping night on December 13 when the staff held an open house and offered refreshments for holiday shoppers. Solomons Mines was busy on December 15 when the shop opened its doors that night to Christmas shoppers. Shown above are some who enjoyed the festive time. They are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Higgs and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Patterson. More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 4Open HouseBy Isobel Sherman Solomon Mines in Marsh Harbour held their annual cocktail party and open house on December 15. A special charter ferry brought residents from from Hope Town. The store was packed with people chatting, eating, drinking and either picking out their Christmas gifts or making purchases. Solomon Mines had an exceptional display of jewelry, perfumes and gift items to entice even the most reluctant shoppers. The shop is located at the entrance of Abaco Beach Resort.Roads Are Being PreparedBy Isobel Sherman Side roads in Dundas Town that are not paved are being graded and rolled.. Paving will come at a later date. The side roads in Dundas Town have all been graded and rolled. This project is being undertaken by Bahamas Hot Mix and Cement. Previously, these roads were either track roads or just plain muddy roads with many ruts and potholes in them.

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Page 6 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & dinnerPig Roast Every Sunday 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 TV, Radio/CD/Tape Player Outside BBQ with your own private balcony overlooking the harbour PoolTel: (242) 365-5028 Fax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.comLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, 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 Villas News of the CaysGuana CayA Christmas ProgramBy Kathleen Frederick Christmas on Guana is truly a special occasion! On December 15 some members of the community gathered at Nippers for a lovely party. The air was crisp, the breeze sweet and the stars seemed to twinkle especially bright that night on a black velvet sky. The upstairs area was decorated for Christmas, and everyone brought food. And the music, as usual, was great. On Sunday morning the church service at Seaside Gospel Chapel was truly a gathering of peace and love. After prayers and blessings we were all treated to the wonderful talent of Lynn Roberts on the piano as she played a medley of complex and beautiful Christmas music. I was astounded to find out later that she has only had a few months of piano lessons at Agape Christian School. She has immense talent. Then one by one each of the children came up to say a Christmas word, and what fun we had with that! They ranged in age from just under two to ten. They were so cute. We sang songs together, and Rich Roberts preached to us. He is truly a holy man and preaches with great inspiration. After everyone received a gift, which must have been a tremendous amount of work, our preacher Sylvon Roberts blessed us and we continued with our regular service. It was truly a beautiful and heartwarming occasion, the essence of Christmas in a small community. On Sunday night we gathered again at the chapel to attend the Christmas concert put on by the Seaside Gospel Chapel choir. What a performance! Nine people, Caralee Bethel, Emily Bethel, Gina Roberts, Lynn Roberts, Olivia Roberts, Henry Sands, Laura Sands, Nancy Sands and Ruth Sands put on a spectacular musical medley for us with voices with such depth and a presentation of such magnitude and complexity that was spellbinding. I said later that I visit a church up north that has a thousand members, and their choir cant hold a candle to this group! For an hour they entertained us solidly with so many variations in sound and voice that it went by in a flash of melody and delight. We understand that the tape is being sent to Silbert Mills at Radio Abaco, so hopefully all of Abaco will be able to enjoy this astounding concert. Then, after being touched by the magic solo voices of Caralee Bethel and then Lynn Roberts, the concert ended with refreshments and socializing outside. What a night! Monday night we were all at the school, this time for the Christmas play. I am used to seeing childrens Christmas plays where everyone recites the same line like little robots. I was unprepared for the work and thought that went into what each child felt about Christmas and by the stories they created of things that were in their own minds about this complex time of year. All this was presented in front of a beautiful backdrop of green and gold. We all sang Christmas songs, and the children received awards very proudly. Then each read a personal message to our wonderful Mrs. Pinder, who is not only so dear to this community, but obviously to the children she teaches who truly love her. After that came the food and refreshments! Yumee! If this is an example of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, Ill take it.Other NewsSome other great news on Guana Cay is that the pool and restaurant at Orchid Bay have been started. This is very exciting! And we are also informed that there are now three white flashing lights marking the breakwater at Orchid Bay on the harbour at Guana Cay and a red flashing light to mark the entrance. Putting the Big Point light to port and the red flashing light to starboard will bring you in the harbour. Come on down, youre welcome here! Man-O-War News in PicturesAt left are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Albury, whose wedding was announced in the last issue. Also missed in that issue was the picture of Macayla Audrey Roberts, daughter of Rich and Nettica Roberts. We regret that the pictures were not published at that time. Hope Town School students gather around a golf cart loaded with boxes of canned goods for the elderly citizens of Hope Town. This annual event is a contest between the three school rooms to see which can bring in the most cans. The students follow the golf cart through town singing and delivering the boxes of food. The students also donated money to send to President Bush for the children of Afghanistan. Please see Cays Page 7

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 7 Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & 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 Cherokee A fine selection of Wines Spirits BeersOpen Monday Saturday 9 am 6 pm In the heart of Marsh HarbourPhone 367-5240You are invited to choose from our extensive selection More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 6Hope TownChristmas Time at Hope Town SchoolBy Candace Key Whenever the Hope Town Schools PTA members, teachers and community volunteers put their heads together planning a program, you can be assured it will be a show you will not soon forget! The audience was certainly not disappointed by the lively, varied performances this year. The play titled Make a Joyful Noise a Day in the Life of Hope Town School was a combination of secular and hip acts. The play took place at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge where the crowds gathered from Marsh Harbour and surrounding cays as well as Hope Town. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was long-time school volunteer, Dr. Larry Beachy. His talented wife, Carol, directed the musical portions of the evening production. PTA officers Hillary Albury and Michelle Iras choreographed the dance routines. Community member Libbly Pyles led the audience in carols interspersed between the acts. The schools three teachers directed their own class in songs, Bahamian dances and short plays. The students presented skits about believing the miracles of Jesus birth, Bahamian songs such as Mama Bake a Johnny Cake a hand bell medley, a ballet, Sandy the Sandman (to the tune of Frosty the Snowman ) and thought provoking songs such as From a Distance and Let There Be Peace on Earth Interspersed were lively renditions by the children depicting recess at school a jitterbug number danced to Jump, Time and Wail A typical music class featured a wild rock band playing to Run Rudolph Run Those members brought the house down. The beauty of the girls ballet, danced to Jerusalem was well appreciated by the attentive audience. Such talent! Thanks to Nancy McDaniel at Dolphin Beach Resort for the ballet costumes. Towards the end of the program just as the audience thought things were winding down, Dr. Larry introduced the members of the school staff and PTA officers and in a serious tone told the viewers what a hard working group of women they were. At that, The Hope Town School performed an outstnading program of music, dance and skits to delight the audience at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Shown above are students of Grades 2,3 and 4 dancing and singing to the Bahamian song Mama Bake a Johnny Cake. the curtains flew open and the serious hard working teachers and PTA exploded on stage in wigs and sun glasses dancing to the rock number Love Is Alive It was a riotous end to a program that gave the audience an hour Participants at the Surfing Competition were all winners. They came from Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay and Elbow Cay to enjoy a day of fun and competition in the surf at Garbonzo Break on December 9. Winners are listed on page 26. Please see Cays Page 26

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Page 8 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002By Isobel ShermanHome for the HolidaysMany college students have returned to Abaco to be home for the holidays. They all will arrive home tired from final exams and hungry because the food in college is horrible. Among those returning is our daughter who says she is tired from her first round of college final exams and wants to eat real food. I will spend most of my vacation cooking and enjoying her company. To all college students, welcome home and enjoy your holiday.ResolutionsMany persons spend much time making New Years Resolutions that they may keep for one day or maybe even a few weeks or months. Being a teacher I have a hard time with New Years because the new year begins for me when school starts in August. I dont try to make many resolutions but I do try to improve on some behaviors I know I need to work on. The most important is letThe Editor Says A need for qualified adviceThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Alice Bain, Stephanie Humblestone, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Mary MacKenzie, Benjamin Pinder, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Generally Speaking . .What Lies AheadBy S. Timothy Roberts Today we begin yet another new year. It is not yet apparent what is to come in the year ahead, but we know this: there are many challenges that lie ahead. We will face many changes locally, nationally and globally. Some changes will be forced on everyone. Some will affect only a few, but it is rather certain that they will come, and we will have to face them. Before we can face these challenges brought upon us from all around us, however, we must first deal with the problems we bring on ourselves; the problems that affect us not just personally but that affect the rest of the community and the nation. One such issue that we face was brought to my attention by a letter I spotted at a church some months ago. It was a letter addressed to all the churches of the Bahamas pleading for help tackling a major issue facing our country today. The letter dated September 17th, 2001, was penned by Mr. Franz Hepburn, Special Projects Manager for the Ministry of Tourism in Europe. Mr. Hepburn as a strategic planner has to look five or ten years ahead so that [he] can put measures into place today to minimize certain problems in the future. While in Nassau recently Mr. Hepburn spent some time in the Research Unit of Please see Roberts Page 27 ting go and letting God have control of my life. I am really trying hard on that one. Many times I make it but many times I fail. I am also trying to incorporate some of the teachings of Mother Theresa in my life. She was a very brillant little lady with enormous faith in God and strength. The thing she said which I try to remember every day at every situation I face that whatever the problem or dilemna in the end it is between God and you. Or should I say it is between God and me. That is so true. Another one I try hard to follow is the wisdom of the late James Moody. Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I cannot handle. Why am I writing this? Maybe for some to realize that years come and go and some principles will work through the years. I am going to try much harder in 2002 to let go letting God be in control, following Mother Theresas and Moodys maxim. May I wish all of our readers a very happy and blessed New Year.All About TownThe need for local management of our town affairs by knowledgeable persons is becoming more obvious as the towns grow. Issues that made little difference or were easily solved years ago are now becoming problems. Traffic control is an area for consideration. During the week before Christmas it seems as if every car on the island was in Marsh Harbour (maybe even a few from Grand Cay and Moores Island.) Parking spaces were at a premium and double parking was evident at many businesses. Town Planning must pay attention to parking spaces for new construction, at least within the business section of Marsh Harbour. Our traffic flow is getting some attention as Nassaus only traffic engineer, Mr. Ray McKenzie, was here recently marking several intersections for changes. However, in typical Nassau fashion he showed up without any advance notice with a can of marking paint drawing lines on the pavement where changes would take place. Mostly this was without incident. But at the corner with the traffic light, his lines cutting across the properties of B & D Marine and Corner Value drew angry comments. Whether land will be appropriated for additional turning lanes at the corner remains to be seen but some advance notice would have made the proposal a bit easier to accept. Our representative to Parliament, Mr. Robert Sweeting, recently read in this paper of a Coastal Zone Study to be undertaken for Abaco and the rest of the Bahamas. It was his first notice of the project and he would have liked to have attended the presentation. Even those who are well connected are not always kept informed. Years ago an industrial area was requested. This was recently granted but local input from our Central Abaco Council to adjust the configuration slightly was ignored. Now there will be 12 access roads onto the S.C. Bootle Highway while another twelve will be out of sight back in the woods. How can local knowledge and input get into the system? We recently got an expansion to our well field along the highway leading to Spring City. Historically, the growth of towns takes place along the road network. In the case of the Spring City road, that section will not be available for development. Marsh Harbour can only grow to the south as the Abaco Sound lies to the east and north. Dundas Town and Murphy Town have their own designs on available land in their respective areas. Well fields do not need roads but people do. The old well field by the airport has restricted several development projects over the years because of its location close to town. Of course, when it was put there, it was not envisioned it would be close to town. The present port expansion is a good example of governments effort to base their decision on a mixture of expert and local knowledge. The $12 million port expansion we are getting is not a gift but an overdue addition to service our expanding economy. The $7 million Central Pines Estates is not a gift but a necessary housing safety valve for our workers. The $5 million spent by BEC on upgrades was not for cosmetic reasons but a necessary expansion in electrical capacity for the island. Batelco is on the verge of installing six or eight new towers to keep up with our communications demands. Closer to home, our Central Abaco boards need to exercise more foresight and concern for our communities. Sufficient parking for smaller businesses is often not considered. The argument is usually heard that others got by with minimal or inadequate parking so it should be allowed in this case. We have to get beyond that thinking. In a recent situation Town Planning members admit to overlooking critical setback requirements at Harbour View Marina. The owners are confident that the completed project will be acclaimed as an asset to our waterfront. However, others are not so sure. The Licensing Board has mixed feelings about shops expanding and the need for competition. They want an additional grocery source to foster competition and lower prices. But in other cases they are not sure they want a new or expanding business competing with smaller established businesses. Competition for groceries is all right but not for appliances. Central Abaco is a challenge both for those in central government and those in local government. The Local Government Act fits all the Family Islands uniformly. However, the circumstances required in governing the Central Abaco area are far different and more complex than on any of the other Out Islands. Central and local governments are going to have to come to grips with our growth and how it is to be managed, cultivated and provided for. It is reaching a point where amateur management is no longer acceptable. Those elected to the Town Committees and sent to Council are generally not experts in these diverse areas. Although their names go on the approvals, Councils decisions are based on the recommendations of the various boards. Councils must appoint knowledgeable persons so the recommendations are meaningful and valid. When we get sick, we go to a health expert for advice which we generally take. Even the doctor relies on others with more knowledge when necessary. When we build a house, we take the advice of an architect or a knowledgeable contractor. When our car fails, we go to a mechanic. Central government has its ministries with knowledgeable people giving advice and our local government should be no different. We need to realize that in managing our towns, we likewise need people with more knowledge. It is not an affront to our capabilities to put in place people who know more than we do. Those elected have the confidence of their towns but they need good advice. None of us knows it all. The area is growing at a tremendous rate and changes are inevitable. How are we to steer the changes in a desirable way? The Coastal Zone study referred to earlier is a step in the right direction. If those making the report are worth their fee, they will base their recommendations on science, logic, political considerations and local knowledge infused with a heavy dose of what has or has not worked in other areas. In local governmental issues the system must not continue where town A sets the standards for town B, where town A and B decide what is best for town C. Certainly A and B may have some good ideas but those living in Town C must be able to make decisions for their own towns. Hope Town endured this dilemma and persevered in appealing unwanted decisions and getting them rescinded. Central Abaco has not matured to the point of understanding their options in depth and how to pursue them. It will come with time. Appointments to the statutory boards must include some persons with knowledge of the topics coming before them and Abaco has the advantage of having knowledgeable persons in many areas. Decisions must be made on logic and future impact and not on history and friendships. In six months we will go through the Local Government selection process again. This will give us a chance to elect people who will have the interest of their communities foremost and who will be forward looking, not bogged down with petty self interests. Hopefully, we will move forward in the process.

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 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 renewal) 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 Individuals Can Make a DifferenceDear Editor In all the years and hours that I spent going to school, the class that I remember the most was an art appreciation class that I took in college. As a business major this class was an elective and I expected it to be an easy class that required little energy. The first thing the professor said was that he did not require us to write any papers. Great! I thought a piece of cake. You will be graded on class participation and attendance,,, he said. The thing is although I thought this was a breeze, I was amazed at how difficult people found it to show up and participate. All those people who hid in the back of the class had to come forward or they would fail. He constantly challenged our thinking to make us aware of the power of the individual. He talked a lot about Buckminister Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome that you see at Disney. Buckminister Fuller referred to the individual as a cog in the wheel. Thousands of cogs make up the wheel and at first glance appear all pretty similar. But when you start missing cogs, the wheel stops working. We did an exercise where we all threw a piece of paper on the floor. Individually it was only one piece of paper but collectively it was a mess. He asked, Do you choose to walk by the mess or pick it up? Do you choose to help your neighbor or do you enjoy seeing him fail? Do you make a difference or are you just taking up space? Are you alive or barely breathing? He often referred to Mother Theresa and the difference that she made to so many people just one person. I was recently at the airport and had no cash for departure tax. A stranger offered to pay for me. You should at least have five dollars more so you can make a phone call, he said. This simple act of kindness made my day and demonstrates how little things make a big difference. Im not so sure how much I learned about art appreciation in this class but I did learn that I do make a difference not only in what I do but in what I dont do. It isnt that we all have to be Mother Theresa. But if we can all participate in make our communities and our world a better place, then we wont be wondering why the world is in such a mess. Osama bin Laden showed us the power of the individual and how one mans choices can affect so many people. As the New Year approaches, what will your choices be? If you are on the Internet and would like some interesting reading, type in Buckminister Fuller. Andrew Curry 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 picked up in Hope TownReservations requested but not requiredVHF 16 Tel: 366-0133Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the EditorPlea to Remove TrashDear Sir, I am a property owner in Great Guana Cay and I take pride in my birthplace. I keep my property clean and support all the community projects that help keep the island beautiful. However, for the past month or so BEC has seen fit to use my property as a garbage disposal for their transformer boxes and trash. I spoke to Mr. K. Knowles personally about the problem but there has been more garbage put there instead of removing what was there. Maybe if BEC reads this in the newspaper, they might be prompted into action. Please help keep this community clean. A frustrated AbaconianIs Local Government Incompetent?Dear Editor Can it be any clearer than looking at all the construction going on in Abaco, and in particular at Harbour View Marina. It is an awful example of the people of Abaco and The Bahamas, and we wonder why things are the way they are. Looking at the illegal (because thats exactly what it is) building being constructed less than three feet from the road, we ought to come to some conclusions easily enough. First, we have the proprietor who has decided (on his own) that the illegal building which is being built less than three feet from the road, when completed will be a real asset to the community. Any man with an ounce of common sense would realize looking at the whole situation that it is NOT being built with the best interests of the community in mind. It doesnt take a brain scientist to figure out that the logistics of that area are not conducive for a building less than three feet from the road, and I am quite certain the proprietor is intelligent enough to know that this building thats less than three feet from the road is illegal. When you look at the situation, it is easy to realize that the proprietor does not have the best interests of the community in mind, it is all about the money and personal gain. Second, we have the Town Planning Committee and the Council, which by rights ought to know better. If they did not know what the law says on building less than three feet from the road, they had the responsibility to find out. They were not elected just to fill a seat at these meetings, they are there to protect the interests of the community. These elected local officials need to get it straight. As a member of local government, you are public servants, as I am sure you were made aware. If not, the government should have made you aware. The people of Abaco have elected you to serve the best interest of the community around you. It becomes apparent that, whether due to ignorance, selfishness, or vainglory, that the job is not being done. Somewhere right now there is corruption or stupidity reigning in local government. The message for these people is simple: beware the day of reckoning. You will be held accountable for your deeds and misdeeds. There is no room for the self-serving in local government. Third, we have the relevant government offices who refuse to take a stand against this building being constructed less than three feet from the road. It seems they are reluctant to act where the law is uncompromisingly being broken and ignored. They are blatantly ignoring appeals from the community at large which have been forsaken by its representatives. There is a serious problem in this community and this country. We as the citizens need to band together and not allow this foolishness to continue. Even now there are more poor decisions being made that are clearly not in the best interests of the community. To be quite honest, it all boils down to one simple thing: people are selfish and self-serving and care nothing of the damage or distress caused to the rest of the community. Who do we turn to when the corruption rages through every part of society and government? What do we as citizens do? Concerned Citizen of AbacoLittle Harbour Should Get ServiceDear Editor, It was 41 years ago that we first arrived in the Bahamas (1960). We were so impressed with the weather, water and most of all the people. We were warmly received wherever we went. Has the Bahamas changed since then? When we sailed into Little Harbour in 1965, only three families resided there; the Ran Johnston Family, Betsy and Curtis Lowe and family, the lighthouse keeper, and Bill and Jean Kennison and family. There was no electricity, roads or phones. Life was hard but they were happy. We decided to join them at that time. Their only connection with the outside world was by boat to Marsh Harbour or a Please see Letters Page 26

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Phone: 367-2326 Marsh HarbourEnjoy the Performance!Visit our New Locationacross fromStandard HardwareNEW It Pays to Advertise inThe Abaconian 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 BAHAMASBy Isobel Sherman Every Christmas more and more residents of central Abaco are decorating the outside of their homes and yards with Christmas decorations. In a like manner many businesses have also followed suit. In the outdoor decorating no one in the entire Bahamas can match the magnificent decorations of the Ross Pinder home in Government Subdivision. Just when you think he can do no more, another Christmas comes around and Mr. Pinder has done more. His entire yard and the outside of his house is a showcase of Christmas decorations, both religious and secular. Persons come from all over Abaco to view his display. His entire house is outlined in many strings of lights. He has lighted angels, a huge cross and the star of Bethlehem. On one side is the manger scene in a thatched manger with all figures lighted. The famous lighthouse in Hope Town, 12 feet high, even includes a blinking beacon. A Christmas tree done in lights and lighted reindeer stand ready before a 20-foot high Santa. One Santa has a sleigh being pulled by three lighted dolphins. There are many shadow boxes with all kinds of animated Christmas figures including an old mountain village scene with a train station and moving train. Other boxes containing animated figures with Disneys Mickey in a plane and Tigger bearing a gift. Pooh Bear, Minnie, even Eyore pulling the tail of one of the 101 Dalmatian pups. Another shadow box features Charley Brown with his friends. Santa and Mrs. Claus and their elves occupy several boxes. Mr. Pinder loves Christmas. As he told me many years ago the display is his way of enjoying himself and bringing joy not only to his family but to the whole island of Abaco as well. Ross Pinders entire front yard is devoted to spectacular lit displays and animated scenes.His house in Government Sub in Marsh Harbour is a popular destination as motorists come from many towns to see this Christmas display. Above is one of several dioramas with Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Christmas Eve Santa visited the Ross Pinder house in Marsh Harbour listening to boys and girls eager to tell him their wish list. Each child received a gift from Santa.Abaco Celebrates Christmas in Style C & A VC & A V C & A VC & 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 Vernon Edwin Albury, 78, passed away on December 15. His funeral was on December 22 at the New Life Bible Church in Man-O-War. Officiating were Bros. Ray Zander and Gurth Roberts. Interment was in the Man-O-War Public Cemetery. His is survived by his wife of fifty years, Patricia; sons Stan and Gayle; daughter Sandra Roberts; daughters-in-law Ruby and Paulette Albury; son-in-law Larry Roberts; grandsons Antonio Albury, Tyler and Bronson Roberts; granddaughters Adele McDonald, Hilarry Roberts, Kristina, Chelsea and Abagayle Albury; greatgranddaughter Amelia McDonald; grandson-inlaw Timothy McDonald; brothers Marcell, Ritchie and Hilland Albury; sisters Lois and Mary Albury; brothers-in-law Cyril and Haziel Albury and Harcourt Thompson; sisters-in-law Sylvia, Kathryn and Elizabeth Albury and Vashti Thompson; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.Obituary

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 11 Shop& Save Open Mon Thur. 8 am 6:30 pm Fri. Sat 8 am 7:30 pmLocated on Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone (242) 367-7283 Fax: (242) 367-5767Shop Price Right for Better Service, Better Values & Better SavingsWeve got what you need with everyday specials for everyday itemsQuicker Check-outs,friendly staff, andbetter value for your dollar make shopping at Price Right an enjoyable experience.Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 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. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Laines Kurls & KutsA Unisex SalonMatrix and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Tues. Sat 9am 5pm Phone 367-3623 Located in Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping PlazaCasuarina PointA New Fire Unit OrganizesA new volunteer fire department has been organized and is the Casuarina Bahama Palm Volunteer Fire and Rescue. It is under the leadership of Bro. Bob Cornea, who was an active member of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department for many years. They have one tank truck, a portable pump and enough equipment to be viable in the case of a fire. The truck was purchased by Local Government from the Marsh Harbour Department for $2000, the cost of servicing it, and the two fire departments expect to work closely together. The group will have to finance all further costs which will include fuel, parts, equipment and repairs. There are approximately 90 homeowners between the two settlements. They are asking that each homeowner contribute $10 per month for this service. The department has a fire drill weekly and an enthusiastic group of volunteers are training. Those supporting the organization include the following: in Casuarina Point Brant Albury, Judy and Rex Albury, Derek and Linda Albury, Evan Hall, Frank Boyle South Abaco NewsAfter Santas Christmas Eve visit to Cherokee, everyone enjoyed a meal prepared and served by the women of Cherokee. People came from many comunities to join together in this tradition which goes back many years. Santa always manages to find time to visit this small community each year. This year he arrived in a sleigh pulled by a tractor. Several hundred meals were served. and Owens Collins, in Bahama Palm Shores Albert Albury, Dale Blank, Mark Boyles, Jack Nesbitt and Mike Saunders. Many children were excited to see Santa in person at the traditional Christmas Eve party in Cherokee. He always has gifts for all the good little boys and girls of that community and children from all the other towns who come to this popular party. Please see South Page 26

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Page 12 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 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 & Vegetables 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 bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICEICE ICEICE ICE RENTRENT RENTRENT RENT ALAL ALAL AL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKES B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKI Washers Freezers Microwaves Air Conditioners Satellite TV Stereos Phones Car Radio/Amp SpeakersSales Service Repairs & AccessoriesAbaco Distributors Ltd. Tel: 367-2265 or 367-3042 FRIDGEstart at$209.00STOVEGas 30 inch$479.00andAPPLIANCE CENTER ABACO STEREOFRIGIDAIRE CO School NewsNew Ambassador Will Help with EducationBy Isobel Sherman The new Ambassador to the Bahamas from the United States, J. Richard Blankenship, has two plans to offer to the students and residents of the Bahamas. Ambassador Blankenship Will assist in setting up a distant education program with Florida State University for Bahamian students. This will allow students to pursue college courses and high school students to do research. Since Ambassador Blankenships wife, Dr. Jones, is a veterinarian, he is looking to assist in a spaying and neutering program .Chastity Workshop Was HeldBy Isobel Sherman On December 7 Yvette Ferguson and Stacy Dean of the Youth Office of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Nassau visited Abaco to talk with our young people They conducted a chastity workshop at St Francis de Sales Church on Friday night for the youth. They talked with the grade 12 students at Abaco Central High School. Both ladies felt that this workshop is vital as testing positive for HIV and AIDS as well as teenage pregnancy are on the rise again in The Bahamas. Then ladies proposed that postponing sex until marriage is the best answer to the problem. Ms. Dean pointed out that it seems the government is promoting only safe sex or protected sex and she felt that morality had to play a role. The workshop has been conducted for the past two years in Nassau with many teenagers pledging to remain chaste until marriage. The visit was too brief and the ladies hope to return again for a longer period of time.Forest Heights AcademyTalent Show Was SuccessfulBy Brock Pinder, Grade 12 From far and wide from Sandy Point to Crown Haven, they came to indulge themselves in a Talent Show held by Forest Heights Academy. This night of stars took place on November 28 under the Forest Heights open air auditorium. Mr. Hugh Cottis began the evening as Master of Ceremonies by introducing himself and the first segment, dancing groups. The ninth grade girls, AKA the Naughty Nines, made an opening in their memorable performance dancing to Ugly by Bubba Spar, taking first place in their division. There were many participants in various singing categories that included the Forest Heights choir, solos, duets, choral groups and adult performances. Kristen Pearce achieved the winning merit for a solo performance of My Redeemer that was accompanied by Claire Basden, delighting the crowd with a modern dance. Also the Love Bugs sang Im in the Mood for Love to four of their favourite guys in grade 12. This was a humourous act that no one will forget, especially those four young men. This act won first place in vocal groups. But the highlight of the evening occurred when two disguised performers entertained the audience with their lip synch and dance to Lets Do the Time Warp These two appeared to be anonymous but during their performance Mr. and Mrs. Meeson were nowhere to be found. The talent was overwhelming leaving the judges with a daunting task of choosing the winners. Judges Andrea Parotti, Terry Davies, Jennie Hudson and Kathy Ralph chose the following: Dance: Naughty Nines Vocal Duets: Shane Pedican and Destiny Cornish Adult Vocal Duets: Ted Pearce and Dave Lowe Piano Solo: Jason Schaefer Violin Solo: Celisha Russell Ocarina Solo: Ashley Knowles Skits and Plays: Oh, My Word by Grade 10 Poetry Reading: Kelly Miller Vocal Solos/Lower School: Celisha Russell Vocal Solo/Upper School: Kristen Pearce Vocal Solos/Adult: Mrs. Parotti and the Flames Vocal Groups/Adult: Higgin by Jessica Higgs, Monica Higgs and Sherry Pinder Vocal Groups: The Love Bugs Instrumental Groups: Da Band The talent show was produced by Miss Viki Hart and without her effort it would not have been possible. When asked her response to the evening, she said, I am very proud of all the performers and only hope more will participate next year.Thanksgiving was ObservedBy Megan Sawyer and Marsh Sands Grade 12 Excitement, school, do they coalesce? Well, during Thanksgiving week at Forest Please see School Page 13 Forest Heights Academy performed a concert on December 12. It was a great success for the large audience of fellow students, parents and friends who enjoyed the show. This was one of the choral groups performing.

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 13 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDERU UNDER U UNDERU UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. IS HAVING AN AFTER CHRISTMAS SALEBUY NOW AND SAVE!CHRISTMAS ITEMS 50% OFF ALLLOCATED ON DON MACKAY BLVD.Open: Mon Fri 9 5 Sat 9 2 Phone: 367-2674 Fax: 367-4755Heights Academy many exciting events occurred. On Thanksgiving Day the senior class organized an extremely successful luncheon. The seniors were exceptionally pleased as over one hundred dinners were served with a table full of sweets to complete the meal. To complement the meal came a heartwarming service led by Rev. Stapleton, Mr. Victor and Mr. Dramb. Mr. Drexel Majors, President of the Rotary Club, was present at the service to receive Forest Heights contribution of close to 700 dried and canned goods for the Rotary Clubs food drive. The following day brought another pleasant surprise with an unexpected visit by two step dancing groups from Freeports Jack Hayward High School. Both the girls and boys groups performed their routines with dance, canes and acrobatics as they visited all the local schools on Abaco. Both the students and the staff greatly enjoyed the unusual entertainment which topped off the exciting week.Competition Was KeenB Dexter Russell, Cutelle Mikula, Dione Colby and Danielle Sawyer, Grade 12 The pre-Christmas season has been very competitive at Forest Heights Academy beginning with the All Abaco Science Fair. Held during the last week of November, it was a great victory for the school. We placed first in both the Junior and Senior High School divisions and took home the Prime Ministers trophy for the second time in two years. Many students entries were featured with their theme being The Ocean. Both Ms. Carroll and Ms. Chaplin should be thanked for their diligent organization of the nearly twenty exhibits that represented Forest Heights. Mankind Is Our Business was this years topic for the speech competition sponsored by the Rotary Club on November 30. All schools on Abaco were represented at the competition. Grade 11 students Amanda Sawyer of Cherokee and Alexis Sawyer of Marsh Harbour both gave powerful speeches with Alexis taking first place overall. To end the competition streak, the interhouse spelling competition was held on December 6 and 7. In grades 9-11 Justine Sands placed first and Amy Key second. In Grade 12 Theresa Pinder placed first and Khan McKenzie second. And finally in the 7th and 8th grade competition Brittany Benjamin placed first and Ashley Knowles second. These two students will go on to represent the school at the All Abaco Spelling Bee in February. More School News SchoolFrom Page 12 Well done, competitors, and congratulations, Forest Heights.Holiday Spirit PrevailsChristmas carols, a gathering of family and friends, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies are all things we associate with Christmas and this was no exception on December 12 at Forest Heights Academy. That evening the school and its family met together to celebrate the festive season. Mrs. Gaenor Meeson helped the evening flow with endless holiday spirit and music from the students and the Forest Heights choir lead by Ms. Viki Hart. A special guest group Jes Us sang in harmony a capella to add a mellowness to the event and a rather clumsy elf graced the stage with gaiety. But skeptical teenagers picketing Santa? Where does that fit in? Well, two days later St. Francis grades 6-8 joined Forest Heights grades 7-9 to be entertained by the Forest Heights Drama Club at St. Francis de Sales Church. The players attempt to disprove Santas existence was foiled by a gaunt but loving Santa played by Brock Pinder and a lovely lady who believed in Christmas played by Destiny Cornish. The rebellious teens were played by Jamie and Brittany Benjamin, Elizabeth Eldon, Jordan Wells, Marsha Sands and Megan Sawyer. Assistant Director, Dexter Russell was the right hand to Director Ms. Leslie Kennedy. So once again, Christmas overcame all at Forest Heights Academy. By the time you read this the presents will be unwrapped and the needles dropping from the tree. But we hope you feel the spirit of Christmas through out the coming year. Happy New Year to you all!Treasure Cay PrimarySanta Visits SchoolThe children of the Treasure Cay Primary School enjoyed a visit from Santa Claus, who brought each child a gift and a Christmas party on December 18. The party was sponsored by the prospective buyers of the Treasure Cay Resort property. They flew Santa and gifts in from Miami and treated the children to a very special day. The two principals were on hand to assist Santa. Gifts included toys, t-shirts and caps and were gratefully appreciated. They were chosen specifically by sex and age of the 170 plus chilThe old Dundas Town Primary School has been seriously vandalized. Most of the windows, window frames, doors and door frames have been removed and stolen. It appears whoever is stealing the doors and windows is removing ceilings, too. Previously a fire in the far building damaged one room seriously. That building is being vandalized as well. Please see School Page 25 Located upstairs in D & S Plaza Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-5510 Offering a wide variety of Shoes & Accessories Shoe GalleryAbacoThe Store For AllFeaturing: Clarks Tommy Hilfiger B-Boots Dockers Winnie da Pooh Perry Ellis Bruno Valenti

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Page 14 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Complete Grocery Line Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand NamesTreasure Cay Shopping Center Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 365-8350 Fax: (242) 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 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .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 Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades 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 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight 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 Building Materials Windows & Doors Flooring & Roofing Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets Plumbing Fixtures Paints Lighting Fixtures Electrical Items Hand & Power Tools 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 catalogChamber Meeting Announces Plans The newly revitalized Abaco Chamber of Commerce held a general meeting for all members on December13 at the Jib Room. The meeting was to inform the members of the activities that the Chamber has initiated. The directors have formed two working committees, one having to do with tourism and the other with transportation. Both committees are undertaking a couple of projects. The transportation committee is chaired by Chris Roberts who reported that his group will consider all areas of this topic, travel by air, water and roads. Some future area will include working with taxi drivers to encourage more reasonable fares for longer trips, finding a solution to the ferry situation at Crossing Beach, exploring alternate ways of traveling to Abaco. For now his group will concentrate on two items. They will investigate the ability to adjust headlights to accommodate our cars for driving on the left side of the road. If it can be done efficiently, the Chamber will plan activities to encourage drivers to have their lights adjusted. Another problem area which the transportation committee will consider is the postal delivery system within Abaco. Mail service between the north and south of the island is delayed because service is only weekly between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay and all points north.Chamber Meeting Announces PlansThe tourism committee headed by Michael Albury has chosen only a few topics to consideration initially. They want to see the airport improvements started quickly. They feel our tourism appeal is hampered by the cramped terminal and want to get ideas from the Chamber members on approaches with government that will be effective in getting work started. Another goal of the committee is to meet with the Out Island Promotion Board to get specifics from them on their promotion program, their budget, their plans and their specific marketing of Abaco. Many Abaco hotels and resorts belong to the Board and pay a four percent room charge but are very unhappy with their program. Much of the budget of the Out Island Promotion Board comes from Abaco but many feel that Abaco is not benefitting as much as it should be. Many in our tourist industry feel that Abaco should have its own board and hire a marketing firm to focus on promoting Abaco. Jimmy Vaughan is spearheading a membership drive. He hopes to attract 200 members and are encouraging all businesses and individuals to apply for membership. The directors are considering forming another committee to follow up on complaints and concerns. The directors have named March as Chamber of Commerce Month and will mark it with several activities including a church service and a black and white ball fund raiser. They will get a prominent speaker to address the group. The Chamber will be initiating programs to encourage communities, businesses and individuals to improve and will recognize these people at a major dinner party event next December. Sgt. James Moss was honored by a dinner at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Treasure Cay on December 10 to let him know that he was appreciated on Abaco. He has been transferred to Freeport but will be missed on Abaco. Beside him is Ms. Jocelyn McIntosh presenting him with a plaque. St. Moss was communityminded officer and had a very positive effect in the community. He was on Abaco for three years, first in Marsh Harbour before going to Treausre Cay.Dinner Honors Officer

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 15 Farm FreshFruit & Vegetable SalesMany items Locally Grown Assorted Meats Fruit Salad Made Daily 100% Abaco-Grown Pure, Fresh Squeezed Orange JuiceOur friendly staff is 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 Congratulations!toKyle & Connie Alburyon yourFirst Wedding Anniversary December 29th, 2001 A town meeting in Cherokee on December 15 was called so Sen. Michael Bethel and PM Robert Sweeting could discuss with the people Sen. Bethels recent decision to withdraw from being the FNM candidate for South Abaco. Sen. Bethel told the people of Cherokee that he chose to withdraw and wanted the people his home town of Cherokee to know the reasons. The felt that he had made the right decision. He assured the group that he would continue working for the good of Cherokee. Several rumors circulated about why he withdrew and he assured the group that none was corrected. He was not asked to resign by the Prime Minister because of his vote in the Senate, his partners did not pressure him. It was a personal choice. He assured the meeting that he was neutral at that time and had not committed himself to either party. Mr. Sweeting spoke about the awkward position Sen. Bethels put him in. The election will be in the next few months not giving enough time to prepare anyone else to run. Mr. Sweeting considered the situation and felt that he should run. He had been looking forward to being a private citizen. He originally had planned to serve only one term, 1992 1997. But because of Perry Cookes untimely death, he had agreed to run again in 1997. He feels that he will have the support of the people of South Abaco and that he will be able to win the seat. Mr. Sweeting stated that the government would continue to improve the infrastructure on Abaco. He expects that BEC would offer electricity to the residents of Yellowwood and to Little Harbour in the near future. Hurricane Floyd was a strain on all utilities but that government would continue with road paving and other improvements.More Cherokee News CondolencesWe were all very saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend and secondhome resident, Marina Atkinson. Born in Cherokee but now living in Nassau, Marina passed away on December 22nd She and her husband Ronald were frequent visitors to Cherokee along with their son, Bennet, and daughter, Beth and her family. Marina was much beloved by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed.School NewsThe school Christmas party was a huge success as always with lots of gifts, lots of food and some fun games. The school play was well attended and the smaller children did an extremely good job of reciting their parts and portraying the characters in The Littlest Christmas Tree and they kept the audience well entertained. However, it didnt seem like the older classes were nearly as enthusiastic as the little ones, but they still did a good job and I believe everyone enjoyed themselves.Around TownA large crowd of parents, family and friends came out to see the young peoples group at the Assemblies of God Church do an excellent job with their Puppet Show. This is something new for Cherokee and we hope that it will become an annual tradition. As always the annual Candlelight Service on December 23rd at the Aldersgate Methodist Church drew people from all parts of Abaco, especially those with Cherokee roots. Some people say they come every year and enjoy it more each time. Its a well known fact that on Christmas Eve Santa makes his first stop of the night in Cherokee Sound and this time he arrived again in his motorized big red sleigh. He brought lots of gifts for the children and some for the grownups too. There were plenty of fireworks to keep the night sky lit up pretty good. Afterwards, nearly 350 people were fed at the schoolhouse with enough donations collected to pay expenses and a little left over to put towards another worthy community project. To finish off the evening there was live music playing some old time favourites and lots of Christmas carols. In other words, it was another wonderful Christmastime in Cherokee. We all have so much to be thankful for.A New Years ChallengeNow its time to start thinking about a new year with its new challenges. We need more determination to keep those New Years resolutions. Remember, we can achieve anything we want to if we truly try harder. Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is yet to come, but Today is what is really important. Have a Happy New Year. Cherokee Sound NewsCherokee residents attended a meeting on December 15 to hear from Sen. Michael Bethel and MP Robert Sweting. I was a chance for Sen. Bethel to explain why he withdrew from being the FNM candidate for the next election. The election is expected to be called within the next few months.FNM Politicians Hold Town Meeting

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Page 16 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTIONCAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTIONCAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTIONCAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION Open Daily 5 pm Until Happy Hour Monday thru Friday 5pm 7pmMonday Monday Night Footbal l Bucket O Beer $9.00 Two For Tuesdays Happy Hour 2 for 1 Well Drinks Wednesday Beat the Clock Happy Hour 5:00 pm 5:30 pm Drinks $2.00 5:30 pm 6:00 pm Drinks $2.50 6:00 pm 6:30 pm Drinks $3.00 Thursdays Ladies Night Two glasses of wine free Men $20 @ the door (includes 2 drinks)Fridays 2 for 1 Well Drinks during Happy HourFree Hors Douevres Fridays & Saturdays Disco at 9:30 pm Until Sundays open 1 pm for Football Bucket O Beer $9.00 Ladies Night & DiscoMemberships Available for Disco AdmissionPhone: 367-2733 Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh HarbourPool Table & DartsMusic and TVDress Code Enforced for Disco Abaco Glass Company Window glass cut and installed Pictures matted and framed Screens made and repaired Commercial store fronts installed and replaced Yale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour beside Western Auto 367-2442 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 HarbourRotary Has Many ProjectsThe Rotary Club of Abaco has taken up the challenge of Rotary Internationals President Rick King and hopes to induct at least one new member a month. He says, Thats just a beginning. And as people seek new people who share a vision of the future, their clubs grow more responsive to the pulse of their communities . empowering all members in the Rotary tradition of service to mankind. After all, Mankind Is Our Business While Abacos club will make every effort to comply with the above quest, sustaining membership levels continues to be a problem. In this respect it has much in common with many smaller clubs which serve communities with limited populations. It appears that in todays business climate, there are fewer men and women willing to make the time to perform voluntary community work. Those who are so minded are often already committed to other worthwhile causes the Fire Department, the Cancer Society, Trauma One, the Red Cross to name but a few. Rotarians are pleased to be supportive of all such groups. The Rotary Club of Abaco was chartered in 1971. This makes it Abacos oldest service club. As a member of Rotary International, it is part of the worlds largest nongovernmental service organisation. Throughout the world, in 163 countries, there are well over a million Rotarians putting Service Above Self. Locally your Abaco club has helped in the improvement of the quality of life in numerous ways, many going completely unheralded. Most recently the emphasis has been on the rebuilding of hurricane damaged homes. In the past the club has provided basketball facilities, radios for emergency services, food for the needy, old peoples housing, arts and crafts shows, sporting events, help for the disabled, student exchanges, scholarships, school workshop equipment, a mobile library, etc. Not all the Clubs efforts have been directed to local needs. We on Abaco are singularly blessed when compared with those for whom daily survival is an every present challenge. Last year the Rotary Club of Abaco was able to provide over 20,000 meals for hungry children in Haiti. Currently low-cost housing is being provided in this poorest of all western countries, thanks to Rotary donations and volunteer labour. International projects benefitting the less fortunate are customarily handled by the Rotary Foundation for a small club such as that on Abaco. This foundation is funded by donations from clubs, or who wish to honour Rotarian Michael Malone on ladder and Rotary President Drexel Major are shown installing a welcome sign at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. Rotarian Michael Malone is shown repairing the gazebo at the park on Don MacKay Boulevard. Members of the Interact Club, the youth club of the Rotary Club, will be painting the gazebo. Club NewsRotary President Drexel Major is shown with Ms. S. McKenzie whose home was repaired by Rotarians from damage caused by Hurricane Floyd. Rotarian President Drexel Major embraces Ms. J. Higgs after the Rotary Club repaired her home from damage inflicted by Hurricane Floyd. Please see Club Page 26 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 WARRANTY Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock Factory Trained 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

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 17 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 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pm Tel: 367-2017Spooners ABACO AIR CHARTER SERVICE Between Abaco and all the Bahamas, Florida and the turks and CaicosScheduled service to Moores Island and N. 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Pierce, Florida 34946 (561) 489-0852 Installation available in Abaco by Professional Service LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town, Abaco 150 to 100,000 Gallons Per Day Prices Starting at $2,450.00 U.S. Cost Check out our Website at www.skwatermakers.com[;\/-0Cent. Abaco Town Planning Dec. 17, 01 Nine plans were on the agenda valued at $2.6 million with Abaco Markets $1.5 million replacement for the Golden Harvest Supermarket being the major item. The supermarket was approved in principle pending Environmental Healths approval for a fire suppression system. A pump and hose system fed by a deep well was proposed as opposed to an automatic sprinkler system as there is no one on Abaco qualified to maintain such a system. A two-story duplex for Little Orchard was deferred again as it was not stamped by an architect. Marsh Harbour members wanted the application refused as they felt the residential density would be too high for the small lot. Heavy piling were recently installed on both sides of the waterfront road near Marsh Harbour Boat Yards leaving 16 feet for the roadway. No permit had been requested for this work. The road is scheduled to be paved and would normally be wider than 16 feet. A variety of remedies was discussed without any definite conclusion. Cent. Abaco District Council 20 Dec 01 Chief Councillor Silbert Mills advised the members that the Solomons Abaco license topic is waiting for a determination from the Attorney Generals office before further action is undertaken locally. This concerns the sale of appliances, housewares, automobile supplies and other items not related to retail and wholesale groceries as specified on their publically posted license. The committee investigating the Harbour View Marina building on November 26 found the construction to be eight feet off the roadway giving enough space for the sidewalk. The permit and approved plans held by the marina were in order and had been signed by Town Planning members, Environmental Health and the Chief Councillor in his capacity as Building Control Officer. A second story addition on the waterfront over the present building had also been approved. The recommendation by the area engineer was rescinded several days later on receipt of additional information from the area building inspector who originally stopped work on July 16 for irregularities. The existing boat lift and proposed roof are pending further review by the Port Committee. These had been approved by Town Planning. However, that body apparently did not have authority to give approval for work over the sea-bed. The marina manager, Mr. Troy Cornea, was present and was told by Council that he may proceed with the project even though serious mistakes were made by Council and Town Planning. However, he was advised to stop any further work on the boat lift until Council and the Port Authority have consulted together. Mr. Benjamin Stubbs and Mr. Huel Moss, Principal and Vice Principal, respectively, of Abaco Central High School, were present to discuss school maintenance and vandalism issues. Council is responsible for school maintenance but not capital improvements. Council had questioned why $7,000 was spent two years ago to fix the windows and they must now spend another $7,000 for further window repairs. Mr. Moss stated that with the growth of the greater Marsh Harbour area came an unwanted unruly element that does not respect government property. The school grounds were not fenced until recently and even now there is no gate at the entrance although a gate has been ordered. Council had night watchmen for approximately a year but that was discontinued when funding for them was not provided. Another reason for window damage is that the windows appear to be of an cheap design and the Jalousie slats are easily bent or broken. They may be suitable for residential use but they are not sturdy enough for commercial or institutional use. It was pointed out that the new primary school has windows with slats of a much sturdier design. Mr. Stubbs was willing to accept responsibility for the buildings during school hours but felt it was beyond his capabilities to account for the buildings beyond school hours with no fencing or other security in place. He asked that Council take responsibility for the buildings after school hours and give this serious consideration when submitting the new Local Government budget this spring. Questions arose as to whether the louvers and operators had arrived yet. It was also disclosed that the recently refurbished administrative building had a large window blow out, frame and all, during Hurricane Michelle. Apparently the window frame was resting in the opening but had not been fastened to the building walls. An earlier school request for a water line to the far campus went unheeded as the Council did not have the $4,000 for the ditch and water line. The high school recently completed the job for $1,000. Council agreed to replace these school funds. Mr. Stubbs was concerned with the large number of students walking on Forest Drive before and after school and being at the mercy of speeding traffic. He wanted a police presence on this road to slow traffic down before and after school hours when the students are walking there. Many drivers pass the children at high speed as if they had the road to themselves. He also asked why sidewalks were not provided. A letter from the Bahamas Environmental, Science and Technology ( BEST) Commission asked Council to determine the nature of the ongoing work on Matt Lowes Cay as they had a complaint that environmental damage was being done. Indications were that the Foreign Investment Board in Nassau had approved a low density development for the cay by MLT Holdings. This approval related only to foreign investors and did not in any way circumvent the normal approval process. No requests for a development on Matt Lowes Cay had come to Councils attention up to this time and they were unaware of ongoing work there. A letter from Mr. Chris Thompson of Hope Town stated that various engineering surveys and studies were being undertaken but that no construction was underway. The building inspector will be asked to visit the island and make a report to Council. A Crown Land request for a lot near the Kipco site on the S.C. Bootle Highway for junk cars was recommended for Crown Local Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 26

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Page 18 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 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 FurnitureBy Stephanie Humblestone Despite misgivings about the economy, the Abaco business and boating communities threw themselves wholeheartedly into this years 8th annual Boat Parade held in the waters of Marsh Harbour on December 14. The event attracted large crowds on the shores surrounding the harbour and at the waterside restaurants. As the twenty-one boats, mostly from Abaco, made their five laps of the harbour. Shouts and cheers could be heard from the land as the crowds expressed their appreciation of the colourful display. Equaling other years in imagination and brightness, the parade this year was also a display of resilience after the recent economic slump. Cindy Hayworth of the Great Abaco Club was part of the committee with a focus on fund raising. We had a very good response. The economy is slow but local businesses gave and were honest about how much they could donate which was anywhere from $25 to $200. For Cindy, mother of five-yearold Hanna, it was an opportunity, too, for a family outing. We had an excellent view from Marsh Harbour Marina. We were with about 30-40 other children, she continued. This years committee comprised longtime members such as Chad and Ginnie Sawyer, Tom and Linda Leffler, Kim and Terence Roberts and three new faces Cindy Hayworth and Brandon and Stacey Thompson. Members worked hard contacting possible contributors and sponsors over the weeks leading up to the event. One hundred and sixty businesses contributed. The funds were mainly generated from the business community. We asked for a donation of $20 or more to enter. What was left over after expenses goes to Marsh Harbour Fire and Rescue, said Ginnie Sawyer, who wasBoat Parade Entertains HundredsRally Is HeldA Heal Our Land rally and concert was held in the Murphy Town Park on December 15 sponsored by Mr. Emmitt Archer and his church. The event was planned to draw attention and help drug addicts and alcoholics. The group wants to help them have hope and help them find their place in society. During the rally that night their speakers included Mr. Eric Fox, Mr. Michael Pintard and Mr. Christian Massive. The motto for the vent was Where the Broken Are Made Whole. The group is hoping to eventually have a rehabilitative center in the area and hold seminars to help these people.Payer Center Is Now OpenThe opening ceremony for a Prayer Center was held on December 15. It is sponsored by Greater Faith Ministries and is located across from the National Insurance office in Dundas Town. At the opening the guest speaker was pastor Ed Watson, Pastor of the Trinity Assembly in Nassau. Special music The Prayer Center is the dream of Evangelist Ena Mae Parker and is patterned after one in Nassau. Persons can take their prayer requests there or can go there and pray in private.Concert Featured Local MusiciansThe Youth for Christ Evangelistic Ministries held a family fun day, fair and Christmas gospel concert on December 22 at the Murphy Town park. Mr. Quentin Bastian organized a full day of events and invited music groups from all over Abaco to participate in a concert that night. The event was to provide Christian entertainment for the children of the communities. largely instrumental in making the event a reality. The highlight of the evening was a huge firework display. Fireworks Unlimited from Nassau works with us every year and gives us a fabulous deal, said Ginnie. The display was set off from a barge from Abaco Tug and Transport. It took place immediately after the boats had paraded. In the interest of safety Marsh Harbour Fire and Rescue had firemen on duty. There were many good vantage points to see the possession. Mrs. Yvonne Albury Key and her family had ringside seats at Mangoes while Mrs. Ann Mc Faden of Merlins Electronics enjoyed the view from the Jib Room It was wonderful and we got a good view, she said. Participants came from the mainland and the cays. Blue Wave Rentals in Marsh Harbour enjoyed their eighth time. We are one of the original founders of the boat parade and we enter every year, said owner Troy Cornea whose boat lights were shaped into a lighthouse. We were pleased to have Sen. Michael Bethel and his family on board with us this year, said Troy. From across the water in Hope Town Froggies Out Island Adventures entered the spirit of the evening by bringing their excursion boat Last One As in previous years it drew a lot of attention with its sparkling strings of lights. It was absolutely wonderful and we all had a great time, said one of the owners, Tito Baldwin. Our appreciation goes to the business community of Abaco without whom the boat parade would not have happened, said Ginnie Sawyer in conclusion. Church News 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. Congratulations toZach KeyFor making the Honour Roll at St. Francis De Sales School, Grade 2. Good work. Keep it up. Thanks to Mrs. Moss for being a wonderful teacher. From Momma & Poppa, Mommy, Peter & Alissia and Aunts & Uncles.

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 19 A & W TRAVELTravel is our businessWell get you where you want to go....SUB AGENTS Hope Town 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 Marsh Harbour Boat Yard 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 Triple J Marine Store)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery Quarry Fill Rock Ready Mix Cement Paint Appliances Full Line of Hardware and Household ItemsHours: Mon Fri 7 a.m. 6 p.m. Sat 7 a.m. 1 p.m.ALL ABACO CONCRETE & BUILDING SUPPLIES LTD.Treasure Cay Ph: 365-8791-3 Fax: 367-8440 Fredericks AgencyBahamas Custom Brokers Import & Export Air & Sea Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay & Green Turtle CayP.O.Box AB-20468 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax: 367-3136 Alburys TruckingBy Alice Bain As Santas sleigh flew through the spray Over the blue sea of Abaco, The jolly old Elf, Mr. Claus himself Looked down at the sight below. The islands were merry, the houses were cheery, The buildings were festooned with lights. But poor old St. Nick, he found it a trick To read signposts and street names by night. He landed his sleigh in the usual way On old Don MacKay Boulevard And continued along, humming a song, Northwards, towards the dockyard But oh, what a crash! What a terrible smash! What a screeching of brakes in the night. Santa was riled up, his sleigh was all piled up All because of a missing traffic light!Christmas in Marsh Harbour, 2001VV VV V iewpointiewpoint iewpointiewpoint iewpoint 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 The presents were bust, the reindeer concussed, Old Santa himself got whiplash A pickup truck speeding went through without heeding And kerpunkle right up in a flash! Oh, Santa was vex, for who would expect To wreck on this night of all nights? He cussed and he grumbled, he spat and he mumbled At the truck that had hit him broadside. But then what a surprise, before he could blink his eyes, The pickup reversed back away! The truck turned around, fled without a sound And the sleigh was left wrecked on the high way! Santa looked higher, at the dangling wire Where once a proud traffic light hung. By gosh and by golly, this isnt too jolly Something must quickly be done! He turned to his sack and began to unpack And rummaged through boxes and bows And there at the bottom, he cried out I got em! And pulled out.what do you suppose? A miniature traffic light, shining and bright And right before Santas eyes As he mumbled a spell, the traffic light swelled And grew to its proper large size! With a wink and a nod, and a fairly large prod, The new traffic light floated skyward And found its new place in the very same space Where the first one had once been a safeguard. And producing a box with a funny gold lock St. Nick sat it down on the highway. The lid opened wide, and right there inside Were tiny reindeer and a miniature sleigh! The reindeer expanded as they were commanded And the broken ones all put away, And when he was through, you couldnt have knew That Santa had crashed his sleigh. Well, Santa changed sleighs, and as he sailed away Through the tropical night air, He called down below, Be careful as you go! And always carry a spare! Remember Register to Vote

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Page 20 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 Now available at Abaco Treasures(Marsh Harbour)Harbour House(Treasure Cay)Albert Lowe Museum(Green Turtle Cay) &Two Abaco Mysteries By TT 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 air-conditioned Sattelite TV, Radio / CD / Tape Player Two bedrooms, Queen beds, 1 bath, Full 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, BahamasPolice Report As Reported to Stephanie Humblestone A Marsh Harbour resident of Haitian descent escaped while in custody at Marsh Harbour Police Station. He had been remanded by the Magistrates Court until November 5th. Another prisoner escaped on November 6 while being placed in a holding cell. He was captured by police officers shortly after his escape. A Hope Town resident reported on November 6 a break-in to a property he was caretaking. Nothing appeared to have been stolen. Four men were arrested on November 12 for possession of Indian hemp. One man was from Freeport, two were from New Providence, one originated from Moores Island, and another man from Hard Bargain. The arrests were made in Moores Island. All the accused were charged in the Magistrates Court on November 14. The Manager of the Walkers Cay Hotel reported on November 13 a theft by a staff member of $2091.75 in cash. A Marsh Harbour resident reported on November 13 that someone entered his residence and stole a Yamaha gasoline generator valued at $1,800. A U.S. visitor from Indiana reported on November 14 a break-in to his room at the Conch Inn Resort in Marsh Harbour. His wallet, $400 and credit cards were missing. A man reported on November 14 that someone stole roofing plywood and felt valued at $620 from his construction site on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Archers Building and the Seventh day Adventist Church in Marsh Harbour. A Murphy Town woman reported on November 24 that someone broke into her residence. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.. Island Express staff at the Treasure Cay Airport reported on November 25 that someone stole $565 from a pouch. A man reported on November 25 that someone smashed a glass door with a cement block and broke into the Shell Station in Dundas Town. It has not been determined what was stolen. A Crown Haven resident complained to police on November 26 that his 16-year-old son was uncontrollable. The youth was released on $300 bail with one surety to appear in Court the following week. A Grand Cay resident reported on November 29 that a lobster box was stolen containing $20,000 from Rosies Dock in Grand Cay. Police accused a couple from Grand Cay. The lobster box and the money was recovered. The Shell Service Station on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour was broken into November 30 by removing the lock from the aluminum door. Cigarettes and candy worth approximately $35 were stolen. A Dundas Town resident reported on November 30 that someone stole his $2,100 Honda compressor which was attached to his boat while moored at Starlite Seafood dock in Dundas Town. He later notified police that someone was seen with the compressor and the police are following the lead. It was reported on November 30 that someone broke into the Batelco house on Pelican Shores through a smashed window. A washing machine, dryer and two air conditioning units were stolen. Three men from Nassau, Marsh Harbour and Andros were arrested on December 1 at Marsh Harbour Airport for possession of marijuana with intent to supply. A Crown Haven resident accused another person of threatening his life with a knife. A Dundas Town man reported on December 2 of the break-in to his residence through a smashed back door. A notebook computer along with other valuables was stolen. A Dundas Town resident reported on December 3 that his girlfriend caused damage to a toilet tank cover among other things. He did not wish to press charges but insists she pay damages. A male resident of Murphy Town reported on December 5 that he was assaulted by someone he knew while in the vicinity of the Sunny Cornish apartment complex in Dundas Town. A male resident of Murphy Town reported on December 5 that someone let the air out of the tires of his Honda. He reported that the hood, trunk and sides of the car were scratched. The complainant identified the culprit who was later arrested, cautioned and subsequently charged with the offence. A female resident reported on December 6 that a someone broke into her apartment and stole $20 in cash and a Tonka truck valued at $25. A resident of Dundas Town reported on December 6 that while driving along Crockett Drive, he was side swiped by aFriendly & Professional Printing Services Carbonless Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...More Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Ph: (242) 367-3202 Fax: (242) 367-3201 Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year From the Mangement & Staff: Caribbean Constructors Ltd.Concrete Blocks 4"x 8"x 16" 6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16" Corner Blocks Regular Blocks Hydraulic Fittings & Hoses Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock ImportedStepping Stones in various patterns 18" x 18" 24" x 24"unknown van which did not stop after the accident. Damage was incurred to the side mirror of his Ford van. A female resident of Man-O-War reported on December 7 that someone broke into her residence, stole an assortment of jewelry and ramshackled her home. A male resident reported on December 8 that someone broke into the home of his sister on West Bay Street near the government freight dock and stole a refrigerator, a bed and box springs among other items. A male resident of Marsh Harbour reported on December 10 that someone broke into his residence through a window and stole a television set, a stereo and a camcorder. A break-in was reported on December 12 at Harbour View Marina. Cash and a satellite card were stolen. 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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 21 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept.367-2000 Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept.VHF Ch 16 Trauma One Ambulance Service367-2911 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 Dock (to / from airport) .............................$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 light ............................................................$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 + $5 Gov. Clinic ...........................................................$ 6.00 + $3 Treasure Cay B ...............................................$55.00 + $ 5 Airport Treas. Cay B........................................$65.00 + $ 5 Little Harbour ................................................... $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 + $2 Abaco Towns ......................................................$ 2.00 + $2 Conch Inn........................................................... $ 2.00 + $2 Wallys................................................................. $ 2.00 + $2 BYS.....................................................................$ 2.00 + $2 Jib Room............................................................$ 5.00 + $2 Stop Light...........................................................$ 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. Cay Airport to T reasure 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 C reek....................................... $35 + $5 TC Airport to Black W ood.......................................$14 + $5 TC Airport to Fi re Road.......................................... $25 + $5 TC Airport to Coopers Town..................................$30 + $5 TC Airport to Cedar Harbour ..................................$45 + $5 TC Airport to Wood Cay.........................................$50 + $5 TC Airport to Mou nt Hope..................................... $55 + $5 TC Airport to Fox T own..........................................$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 Cr eek......................................... $25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ..........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..................................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks ...................................................$7 + $5 From TC Hotel to All Areas N. of T.C. Airport Add $10 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAir Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W Palm B...................... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch ........................... 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 75....F....353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............15......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2163 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................24......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Guana Beach Resort22......F....365-5133 Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear at Walkers Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour. Medical Services Marsh Harbour Abaco Medical Clinic....................367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine................367-2295 Government Clinic........................367-2510 Coopers Town Gov. Clinic....365-0300 Green Turtle Cay Gov. Clinic365-4028 Hope Town Gov. Clinic............366-0108 Sandy Point Gov. Clinic..........366-4010 Treasure Cay Corbett Clinic...365-8288 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 ...................... 365-5178 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, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 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 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Daves Dive Shop Boat Rentals........366-0029 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................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 Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749 Tours & Excursions Marsh Harbour Abaco Outback by kayak................367-5358 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 Town 20 minute trip :15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm24 5:30 Hope T. to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 34 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip 10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:30 Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 30 minute trip :45 am10:151:15 pm3:305:30 Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:302:30 pm4:45Fare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $ 8/$12 Children $4/$6 Charters any time Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town 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 Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t Daily 8 am 9 11 12:15pm 1:303 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay Daily 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 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 Treasure Cay Daily 4 pm Sunday 3 & 5 pmFares One Way $10 Round Trip $20 Charter any time Phone 365-8749 VHF Channel 16 Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .... 366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain ....... 366-4107 Floyd Burrows ..... 366-4175 Links Adderly ....... 366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows ..... 366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder ....... 366-2163 Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941 Justin Sands ....... 367-3526 Terrance Davis .... 367-4464 Man-O-War David Albury.. ...... 365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............3662107 Junior Albury ............3663058 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........3660133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie .......4775894 Orthnell Russell .......3650125 Alexander Rolle .......3650120 Edward Rolle ...........3650024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer... .....3654070 Jeff Survance ...........3654040 Ricky Sawyer ...........3654261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 C&G Restaurant...............$.............367-3227 Conch Inn Bistro...........$$$.............367-4444 Daily Bread (lunch)...........$....... Flippers...........................$$ .............367-4657 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Jamies Place................................................... Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch).......367-2615 Lacaye............................ $.............367-4910 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Mavis Country Kitchen.....$.............367-2002 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodill.........................$$$ .............367-2498 Sharkees..........................$.....+....367-3535 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Murphy Town Lazy Parrot SC Bootle Hwy.............367-5331 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Boat House.....................$$.............366-0065 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soleil....................$$$.............366-0003 Harbours Edge..............$$.............366-0087 Hollywood Temptations H T Harbour Lodge.........$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.............366-0062 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Coco Paradise...................................365-5197 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............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 Bar.$$.............365-8849 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Wrecking Tree Rest. Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The AbaconianAbaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed

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Page 22 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 Abaco Tug & TransportTug & 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 We Can Help!Hardware Windows Lumber Roofing DoorsTel: 561-683-2244 Fax: 561-689-8126W & W Lumber of Palm Beach2077 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, Florida 33409On the corner of Military Trail and Okeechobee BoulevardIf we dont stock it, we will find it!!WE SHIP TO ALL THE BAHAMAS VIA THE PORT OF PALM BEACH AND MIAMI Each office independently owned and operated Phone: 242-367-2992 Fax: 242-367-4800 Email: coldbank@abacoinet.com Making Real Estate Real Easy LIGHTBOURN REALTYCall today to list your property with us or inquire about our many listed properties. Located one building east of Memorial Pla za. P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasGreen Turtle Agent Chris Farrington 242-365-4465 An island style two story owner built home situated in lovely Man-OWar. The bottom story is currently used as a rental and upstairs as the main residence. The entire building consists of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. This home is only one lot away from an Atlantic Beach and is offered completely furnished.-$475,000 Uniquely situated home on Hope Towns picturesque harbour. Features 4 beds, 4 baths, an open living, dining and kitchen with an office off to the side, extensive outdoor patios with a large dock. The home is less than 5 years old, has an 18,000 gallon cistern and runs 137' on the water. Abaco Agents Brent Cartwright Mailin Sands Chris Farrington Beth Ruzicka Bill JohnstonSeasons Greetings Seasons Greetings Seasons Greetings Seasons Greetings Seasons GreetingsFeaturing the finest in residential, commercial, vacation homes and investment properties. This well equipped home sits on a double elevated lot comprising of almost an acre of land that offers fantastic sea views. The home features 1 bed, 1bath, an open kitchen, living and dining room, two patios, and a laundry room upstairs with 2 beds, 1 bath, kitchen and living room down stairs. There are two adjacent lots, each being over 10,000 square feet, that can be purchased with or without the home. Unique harbour front offering in Marsh Harbour An immaculate 3/2 home with an additional waterfront lot that offers a 23' x 70' boat slip with deep water draft. The home is on an interior lot with the vacant lot of over 18,000 square feet on the harour to build a dream home. This 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home was owner-built 2 years ago. This island style home is in immaculate condition and features a 17,000 gallon rainwater cistern, solid maple kitchen cabinets and is offered fully furnished.-$355,000 A 2 bedroom, 1 bath home nestled in the heart of Great Guana Cay. This home is already established in the rental market and would be ideal for a vacation home. All new doors and windows and a new water maker-$169,900 As reported to Stephanie Humblestone The government prosecutor is now providing a summary of court action in Central Abaco. This is anticipated to be a regular feature. We have been publishing a crime report for about 18 months supplied by the police which shows the various infractions committed in the area. This court report goes further in showing that the police are working to solve the crimes and are getting convictions for those committing the crimes. For the week of December 12 Norris Harry Smith of Hope Town was charged with indecent assault. The case was adjourned until February 20, 2001. Angelo Sawyer and Kenneth Altido were acquitted on charges of receiving stolen goods. The third person charged, Daniel Mitchell, was convicted of receiving stolen goods and fined $1000 or one month imprisonment. Ronald Minnis of Moores Island was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse. The case was adjourned until February 20. Uriel Delancy of Spring City had his case discharged as a witness did not appear. Uriel Delancy, Quincy Penn, Teddy Delancy, Jermiano Curry, Masanette Joseph of Spring City were all charged with possession of a firearm with intent to danger life. The case was adjourned until February 20. Timothy Rolle and Jackson Lamy of the Mud, Marsh Harbour, were charged with possession of a dangerous drug with intent to supply. A warrant of arrest was issued for Jackson Lamay as he did not appear in court. The case was adjourned until February 20, 2002. Wenzal Gaitor of Moores Island was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse. The lawyer representing Wenzal Gaitor received an adjournment of the case until February 20. David Henfield of Dundas Town was charged with causing grevious bodily harm. The defendants lawyer received an adjournment of the case to January 24. Ezra Davis and others contested the right of the police to take finger prints. It was determined that the police have this right and the court ordered finger prints of Scott Wilson Matter. The issue relates to a burglary and was adjourned until February 13, 2002. Coralee Senn and Lorin Senn of Hope Town were recharged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. The defendants pleaded not guilty. The matter was adjourned until March 14, 2002. Timothy Rolle, Kelly LaFrance and Johnson Leonse were charged with assault and fighting. Mr. Rolle and Mr. LeonseMagistrates Court Report Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Greater Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Touch of Class, Treasure Cay, 367-2536Pilot Club Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Bayview Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-3114 were acquitted. Mr. LaFrance was convicted on the second count and fined $100 or two weeks imprisonment. He was acquitted of all other counts.

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 23 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 environment .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 for information and a quote,Church Is Being BuiltBy Stephanie Humblestone The new Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town is steadily progressing and is now at the block stage.By January we hope to have the roof which we are bringing in from Canada, said Bishop Archilus Cooper. The 1700 square foot church which is being constructed on almost four acres of high ground behind the town has been under construction since June of last year. The project was undertaken in response to the old building, which is still in use, on the Front Street. Because of its proximity to the sea it received serious flood damage in Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. We were lucky this year. Hurricane Michelles winds of only 60 mph caused a small amount of water to come in under the door but in Floyd we were flooded, said Pastor Cooper, who was born in Coopers Town and has been pastor of the church for a number of years. He hopes that the new structure, which was originally estimated to take five years to build, will act as a hurricane shelter for the people of Coopers Town and the surrounding settlements. We hope to have it completed before that five year period, said Pastor Cooper. Along with the church a sporting facility and community centre will be erected. It will be a meeting place for the community with special emphasis on the youth of the area. The church itself has a long history dating back to 1914 when it was started by Bishop William Franks as an outreach of the church in Green Turtle Cay. Back then there was only a handful of members. Today the church boasts several hundred in its congregation. The building was hit by the Hurricane of 1932 and destroyed. It was rebuilt but not solidly enough to fare well in Hurricane Floyd. Pastor Coopers vision is to offer the community a church which is not only a house of prayer but an integral part of the daily life of the community. He believes that as such it will create a stable base for the youth of the community. Funding is not yet in place and the church depends on its members for funding. However, the parishioners are forthcoming within the limitations of their own resources. In order to complete the project Bishop Cooper hopes that businesses will see the local validity of the venture and donate accordingly.Hardware Store OpensThe All Abaco Concrete and Builders Supplies Ltd, with an ACE Hardware franchise, opened on November 28 with a great selection of hardware items, gardening supplies, household items and extensive paint supplies and appliances. They are located More North Abaco News NorthFrom Page 1 North Abaco held its annual Tree Lighting Christmas party on December 15. The evening of great fun and good food began with a church service including a Scripture reading, praise and worship and the singing of carols. The message was preached by Deacon Ed Armbrister of the St. Thomas Baptist Church in Wood Cay. After the service the lights on the community Christmas tree were lit and candy and gifts were given to the children. The evening continued with a Junkanoo rush out and was completed with DJ music. About 200 persons attended this festive event. NorthFrom Page 24

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Page 24 The Abaconian January 1st, 2002 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE Helping people find their Dream Spot since 1978. Beach Front, Hilltop, Acreage, Residential, Commercial & Investment Property. We also have rental property available.LOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency Ltd 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 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALEMarsh Harbour Little Orchard Triplex 2400 sq. ft. fully furnished, centrally air-conditioned with two 1 bed 1 bath units and one 2 bed 2 1/2 bath unit. Rental income $2800 per month. Asking price $390,000 Manjack Cay 10 acres on the water with high elevation and great sea views. The property has 50 dock with 4 of water at low tide. Excellent building site. Asking price $250,000 Fast Food Restaurant situated in down town Marsh Harbour. Excellent location, reasonable business hours, great return on invest ment. Call for further information. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores elevated waterfront lot in very desirable residential area minutes from downtown Marsh Harbour, all utilities avail able, 100 on the sea. Asking $110,000 Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores waterfront 3000 sq. ft. duplex on the beach and waterfront for boat dock across the street. Each apartment consists of 3 bedrooms and 1 bath upstairs and kitchen, living, dining and half bath down stairs. Great rental potential or two family home. Asking price $535,000 Bahama Palm Shores Two residential lots 150 from the beach, great sea views. Asking price $42,500Leslie 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 Sharonabacoinet.com Hurricane Michelle did a lot of damage to the shore line of Coopers Town. The road was rebuilt after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. A protective sea wall was planned but not constructed. Michelle washed away the rebuilt shore line and much of the road to the point that parts of the road are reduced to a one lane road. just south of the Treasure Cay airport. They have been supplying North Abaco with rock, fill and quarry for some time, operating from a yard in Coopers Town and were providNorthFrom Page 23 ing ready mix concrete with two cement mixing trucks.They expect to begin producing cement block later in January. Abaco Concrete is owned by Mr. Fletcher McIntosh and Mr. James Edgecombe, who own the FES store in Freeport. 1 29 1 20 7Official Holiday Calendar for 2002 10 5 12 25 26 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartiments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties9 hse + 365-4465 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.3655137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort8 rm 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Elbow Cay Prop 43 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 22 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 50 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Island Colours + 366-0290 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Malone Estates 18 hse + 366-0100 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053Hotels and House Rental AgentsTurtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House 6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Marsh Harb Airport Motel 367-4402 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 3666334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 365-8950 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 + agents who have multiple cottages and houses

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 25 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 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Bahama Palm Shore on the beach, fully furnished 3 bed/2 bath, short/long term lease only. Call 367-3643 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 Marsh Harbour new duplex 2 bed/2 bath furnished. Deposits and references required. Call 357-6947 Sweetings Village 2 2 bed/2 bath apts., furnished including water and gas. $1000 month. Call 367-2660 Treasure Cay 2 bed/1 bath furnished house on large property. Monthly or long term only. Call Donna at 367-3472 after 5 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Best Buy in Abaco20 acres water front near Marsh Harbour. New road access $200,000 NET. NET. Firm Phone 242-322-4782 Leave Message Located in The Royal Harbour Village East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, AbacoTelephone: 242-367-3262/3 Fax 242-367-3260 E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Internet: http://ww.bhamasrealty.bs Kathleen Albury, Sales and Property Appraisals June Russell, Sales LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A TT TT TEnjoy 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 REAL ESTATE SALESAbaco, Bahamas242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.comAffordable Property Select Homes 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 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 Guana Cay 2 storey house 0.5 acre $145,000 Fax 413-410-0431 http:\\guanacay.tripod.com\home Lynard Cay 1 acre water front property, good elevation and spectacular views. The perfect get-away site, only one mile from Little Harbour. $70,000 Call 359-6064 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 ESTATE Cherokee Sound Yellowwood 1.13 acres overlooking Winding Bay, high elevation, great views. $75,000 Phone 366-2266 MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOSandy Point 3 bed, 1 bath 13,545 sq. ft. Lot #119 Murphy Town Vacant Land 108 x 104 Lot 78B Dundas Town 2 storey, 4 bed, 2 bath on acre Lot #25 Dundas Town 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. Serious enquiries only may be considered for qualified purchasers. Interested persons in Nassau may contact Mr. Jones at 242-502-3024Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Hill top Lot 67Marsh Harbour Duplex 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. $120,000. Call Charlotte at 3673201 days Treasure Cay Marina homesite 71 feet of bulkhead water frontage on Galleon Bay, great cove location already cleared with power, water and cable TV available, excellent view of Sea of Abaco. $89,000 includes all closing costs. 365-8771 day or 365-8467 after 5. Treasure Cay Royal Palm condo on marina with boat slip, 3 bed/3 bath. Asking price $249,000/Mercedes. Ph/fax 242-365-8248 the Ministry of Tourism studying the European exit polls of which he noted that some of the comments were quite alarming. The main comment made by visitors was the poor attitude of Bahamians working within the service industry. This is not just hotel and restaurant workers but staff in shops (particularly on Bay Street and Paradise Island), supermarkets, etc. Some of the words he says were used to describe the workers are as follows: rude, arrogant, ignorant, unmotivated, unhelpful, uncaring, slow, surly, aggressive, unprofessional, rarely smile, and unhappy. On the other hand, continued Mr. Hepburn, most visitors surveyed have said that local Bahamians (on buses or walking along the street) were helpful, courteous, friendly and polite. The exit study form from 2000 of over 9,500 visitors (mostly Americans) reported that the main complaints were related to bad attitude and poor service. Citing some possible reasons for this shoddy performance, Mr. Hepburn says, Perhaps Bahamians have become quite complacent and are settling for mediocrity? Perhaps we have become so materialistic that we have lost sight of our purRobertsFrom Page 8 pose in the workplace? Perhaps workers are not properly trained? Perhaps we have been a successful tourist destination for so long that we have become arrogant and assume the tourist will always come back? Perhaps we have moved away from God and are relying more on self? Mr. Hepburn then points out that the Bahamas does not have the monopoly on sun, sand and sea. There are many other destinations in the Carribean with emerging tourism industries that have the same attributes and more. It will become more and more difficult for The Bahamas as our Carribean neighbors and other countries around the world further develop tourism and become more assertive in their promotional efforts. Tourists have a choice! The do not have to come to the Bahamas! To follow the logical conclusions that could be drawn should things continue as they are, our tourism product would diminish, and as we depend so much on tourism for our economy, the results would be catastrophic. Everyone would be affected. Not all visitors have a bad experience in The Bahamas. Many have received good service while staying here. But this is to be expected; it is not an honor or special treat. Moreover, continues Mr. Hepburn, The Bahamas is more expensive than many other destinations in our region. Thus, if visitors dont receive value for money, it further highlights bad or indifferent service. He then emphasizes that it cost nothing to smile or show interest, but it will cost more than any of us are willing to give up to not do so. Mr. Hepburn remarked, We as Bahamians have a tendency to blame the government or someone else whenever problems arise in our nation. We are each accountable for our own actions, and apathy will not make the problem vanish. We must work together to root out this threat to the stability of our nations economic future, or all the vast growth weve experienced in the past decades will fade away and will become nothing more than a dream of the good ole days. After hearing the words of Mr. Hepburn, it would be difficult to disagree with the gravity of the situation he described. We cannot ignore this problem, but rather we need to begin to face and deal with the issue immediately. We must not sit idly by while our national, local and personal well being hangs in the balances, in the hands of selfish, uncaring, unmotivated and unprofessional people. We are at the highest point of economic prosperity our nation has ever seen, and we are progressing in leaps an bounds. As we look for continued growth, we cannot allow the poor attitudes of the few destroy what could be a bright and prosperous future. The way to success begins with the individual. I cannot change anyones attitude, but I can change my own. I must do my part whether others around me are doing it or not. I must be a responsible citizen that cares for my country. The responsibility lies with me. It seems evident, after reading Mr. Hepburns letter, that we have some serious challenges ahead. It is always difficult when dealing with peoples personalities, the ego being such a delicate thing. Let us in this new year endeavor to be good citizens of our country, thinking not only of ourselves but of our fellow Bahamians and fellow man. If we all make the effort individually, the world would most certainly be a better place. We are the ones that shape and mold our futures, and we will only go as far as we strive to make it. We have no lack in ability to achieve our dreams and goals. May the year 2002 be filled with every blessing from God as we work together toward the common good of our nation, of our island and of our homes. Have a Happy New Year!

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These are still there. Since then 41 additional families have decided to join us. We have three Bahamian families living in our settlement at this time. The balance are second home owners who contribute to the local economy with their purchase of building supplies, labor, food, boat rentals, fishing guides, etc. Each home spends on average ten to fifteen thousand dollars a year, some spend more. On top of all this they pay real estate taxes which amount to tens of thousands of dollars. Are we happy to be here? The answer is a resounding, yes! Like everyone else do we have a wish list? Yes! It would be nice to get something to make life a little easier. To be able to make and receive phone calls to our friends and loved ones has a high priority. If we had a better phone service, we could coordinate the arrival of our guests and family members who bring funds with them to be spent for their vacation. We were promised an air phone system four years ago. Today we have a pole on a hill with one outlet for a phone. (No phone included!) Second on our wish list would be a few loads of fill for our pot holed public road, the same path that Curtis Lowe took to Cherokee. Our goal is to make our cars last longer. Having a rough road keeps the traffic down but the mud holes need filing. We enjoy our isolation. Third on our list would be electric service. We know that some time in the future this will happen. But for now we are doing well with our generators and solar systems. Its a challenge to keep them all working but thats what keeps us busy. Thanks for taking the time to read my little story. If you know of someone who might help us, please feel free to tell them to do so. We may not vote but we do put money in the treasure. We dont speak for everyone but we do speak for the majority. Don and Jean ChambersNo Lights for ChristmasDear Sir, I would like to bring to the attention of the Abaco people that Guana Cay has had NO street lights since Hurricane Floyd. One or two of the lights might flicker on and off but you would have to wait around for awhile to see the light. I would like to know why and when the government plans on fixing this problem. Waiting to see the light in Great Guana Cay. LettersFrom Page 9 and a half of light hearted yet thoughtful entertainment after a very tense, stressful fall that was a result of world distress. As the gathered crowd sang Let There Be Peace on Earth prayers went up to ask for just that for the world in 2002. Santa then arrived for the children. The play was followed by a delicious spaghetti dinner that allowed everyone to prolong the relaxed, festive evening a bit longer. Many thanks to the Hope Town Lodge for hosting the play and the wonderful dinner afterwards and to all the mothers and community volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the play such a success.Surfers Enjoy CompetitionA surfing competition was held by the Abaco surfing group at Garbanzo Beach on Elbow Cay on December 9. The competition attracted surfers from Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town in a variety of ages. The competition was followed by an awards ceremony and a cook out. Donations from local businesses covered the cost of awards and other expenses. The results of the competition follow. Body boarding 1st Tyler Albury, 2nd Ben Nottage Grommet Surfers 1st Ryan Sands, 2nd Jacob Albury Junior Mens 1st Blake Sands, 2nd Joshua Sands 3rd Brendon Sands, 4th Morgan Engle 5th Andrew Wilhoyte Open Mens 1st Warren Knowles, 2nd Tim Albury 3rd Ron Engle, 4th Patrick McCully 5th Scott Patterson Open Womens 1st Christine McCully, 2nd Sarah Sams CaysFrom Page 7 Their main problem is in being able to refill the fire tank truck. At present it has to be done from residential wells which is very slow. The new well field and distribution system will be operational early next year and they are hoping that a few fire hydrants will be installed at that time for refilling the truck. SouthFrom Page 11 Lands further action. The need for replacement members on the island-wide Road Traffic Board was brought up. Several members frequently do not show up for the quarterly meetings. This creates a hardship for members from one end of the island when the meeting is in the other end of Abaco as they have a two hour drive to return home after waiting to see if a quorum will form. Plans recommended by Town Planning were reviewed and approved. A question arose over a back corner of a loading ramp of the Golden Harvest building being only four feet off the Fire Road. Clarification on this will be sought. Local Govt.From Page 17 either members or worthy person within their community. The Rotary Club of Abaco has invested 23 persons with the prestigious honour of a Paul Harris Fellowship. From our community the late Lucien Stratton, Capt. Leonard Thompson, Bro. Robert Cornea and Rev. Charles Carey have been so honoured. Nationally, Dr. Davidson Hepburn was invested in recognition of his many years as this countrys representative at the United Nations. Rotary wishes to thank all those busiClubFrom Page 9 nesses and individuals who have given their support in the past and urge them and the wider community to come forward and assist in the work of making this a better world for all of us. by Steve Dodge assisted by Jon and Jeff Dodge This thriteenth edition of the only annually updated cruising guide to Abaco includes surveys done during the summer of 2001 of almost all sand banks in the Sea of Abaco. It is the only guide to Abaco updated since Hurricane Floyd. Accurate color charts based on original hydrographic research, color aerial photographs of all principal harbours, a proven system of GPS waypoints, inclusion of local knowledge and excellent organization make this book the choice of most cruisers and the best selling guide to Abaco. Includes business directories for Abaco, articles on fishing, marine mammals and Abaco history and helpful local advertising.The Cruising The Cruising The Cruising The Cruising The CruisingGuide to Abaco Guide to Abaco Guide to Abaco Guide to Abaco Guide to Abaco 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 BahamasBahamas BahamasBahamas Bahamas

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January 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 27 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. & Firehouse CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service Centerformerly Television Service Center Employment OpportunitiesABAB ABAB AB AA AA A CO MARKETS L CO MARKETS L CO MARKETS L CO MARKETS L CO MARKETS L TDTD TDTD TD .. .. JANITORS & BUTCHERSApply at Sawyers Market Benefits: Pension Fund Medical Insurance Regular hours five day week Vacation schedule 1 5 years = 2 weeks 5 10 years = 3 weeks 10 + years = 4 weeksApplication forms available at Abaco Wholesale, Marsh Harbour 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 (11) 1250 gallon water tanks $1600 each, includes duty & freight. Contact Elbow Cay Properties at 366-0569 Lincoln 225 Amp elec. welder face mask & rods. $475. Phone 365-8188 Handyman available Do you need something fixed? Call Brian 365-5153 evenings. Good references. 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. $7,900. Call 477-5950 1985 GMC R/V Van sleeps 2, with stove, refrig & pottie, in good condition. DUTY PAID. $3500. Ph. 242-367-7248 Fax 972-7230291 1991 Chevy Cavalier Convertible $3500 Good running condition. Ph. 367-4643 84 Bronco II low mileage, runs good, needs power brake booster. $1800 OBO. Call 3758370 98 Dodge Dakota Pick-up SLT Club Cab. Low mileage, beautiful condition. Call 365-8188 Yamaha Wave Runner Like new, only 45 hours, 3 seater, excellent condition, trailer, cover, life jackets included. $7000. Call 3596764 12 Inflatable Nova Marine Hard bottom, 30 HP Evinrude, low hours, good condition. $2500. Call 242-365-6129 24 Hydrosport. 200 Volvo diesel engine, excellent deal. Its a steal at $7000. Needs work. Call 366-3143 28 Baja Twin Yamaha 200, LOADED, very well maintained, rigged for fishing, great for cruising and diving. Dry docked at Green Turtle Shipyard. $28,000 OBO 561-451-2122 28 Intrepid 1993 twin 200 HP Yamahas with low hours, radar arch with collapsible Bimini top, rocket launcher seat w/rod holders, swim platforms w/ladder, VHF, stereo, depth finder, fish finder, fresh water wash down, live well, running lights, forward seating, built-in cooler. $49,500 OBO 365-8771 day or 365-8467 after 5 p.m. 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 Houseboat for sale docked at Other Shore Club Marina, Green Turtle Cay. One bed/one bath, full kitchen. Call to see. 365-4226 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats MERCHANDISE FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYMENT Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 367-2111 Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Concept Boats Rentals and Sales Newest Boat Rentals on Abaco 23 & 27 boats, fully equipped Boutique & Convenience Store Timothy Roberts Conch Inn Resort Ph: 242-367-5570 Fax: 242-367-5569 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 COMMERCIAL SERVICESAnything Under the Sun Construction specializing 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 offer bi-weekly service including chemicals Call 477-5848 For all yourAVON ProductsCall LANA 367-2489 or Fax 367-4735 dren. This was the second year that Mr. Rafael de la Sierra and Mr Rafael Sanchez have provided a party for these school children. It was noted among the adults that the children were exceptionally well behaved and very orderly during the entire party. Guests were also impressed that the school grounds were well maintained and landscaping was very attractive. Mrs. Myrtis Russell, principal, is to be commended in keeping a well maintained school with not a piece of trash in sight. SchoolFrom Page 13Abaco Central HighHigh School Will Be SecureThe front wall at Abaco Central High School that has been unfinished for at least three years is nearing completion. Workers are installing white fencing on top of the wall and I am told the gates for the entrance to the school are at the dock. When the gates are installed, it will mean that the high school can be secured both at night and during the day. During the day many outsiders come on the school grounds and some try to interfere with students and staff. The gates when installed will be closed when home room begins and will be locked at night and weekends.Junior JunkanooStudents from Abaco Central High will be participating in the Junior Junkanoo to be held in Freeport on December 15. For the past several weeks the students have been pasting their costumes and practicing their drums, cowbells, horns and dances. Traveling with the students are teachers Mr. Alfred Dean and Ms. Flontilla Rolle and Junkanoo advisors Mr. Churton Toote and Mr. Kirk Thompson.Candlelight ServiceBy Isobel Sherman Abaco Central High Schools Annual Carol and Candlelight Service was held on December 11 at Aldersdgate Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour. The handbell choir as well as Abaco Central Choir performed during the service. Various students and members of staff read seven lessons. After each lesson a carol was sung.

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