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Title: Abaconian
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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 01-15-2002
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: 01-15-2002
Copyright Date: 2009

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 1 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 2, JANUARY 15th, 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 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 2, JANUARY 15th, 2002 Voter Cards Are IssuedNational Elections Will Be Called in Early SpringJunkanoo Entertains Green Turtle CayCrowds filled the narrow streets of Green Turtle Cay on January 1 for the towns annual Junkanoo rush. They were thrilled by th e dancing and costumes as the revelers paraded through town accompanied by a brass section this year. The festivities were interrupted by a fight which brought the event to an abrupt end. Photo by Annabelle CrossNo Light Resulted in CrashThis is the result when one car failed to stop at the Barclays Bank corner in Marsh Harbour. The stop sign was erected because Abacos only traffic light was blown down in Hurricane Michelle on November 5 and has not been replaced. The dark green taxi ignored the sign and was thrown against a power pole. Fortunately, no one was injured. Eleven Abaconians received honours this year by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her New Years Honours list. A total of 40 persons from around The Bahamas were honoured. Two received the knighthood awards. Member of Parliament Robert Sweeting was one of three who was made Officer of the British Empire, an OBE. He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to his community. Four received an MBE, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. They were Roosevelt Curry of Grand Cay for his contribution to the growth and development of the construction industry, Mr. Michael Levarity of Green Turtle Cay for his service as a contractor and builder, Mr. Please see Honours Page 3Eleven Abaconians HonouredThe distribution of voters cards began on January 7 throughout the Bahamas. The cards can be picked up at the Administrators offices o other government offices designated by the Administrators. The officials would like voters to pick up their cards and inform the officials if they have moved. Some people who have moved will now be eligible to vote in a different constituency or polling division if they have lived in the new polling division for at least three months. The Parliamentary Commissioner, Mr. Errol Bethel, is wanting to have as accurate a register as possible. Voter registration was opened on November 6, 2000, and more than 121,000 people have registered. The voter registration is continuing and voters are urged to register as soon as possible. The register will remain open until the time an election is called. At that point the register is closed. The government were not able to give out voters cards until the boundaries for the conPlease see Voter Cards Page 14Santa Sails to Green Turtle CaySanta Claus sailed into Green Turtle Cay on December 8 to open the Amy Roberts Primary Schools annual Christmas Fair. The fair was a great success and the little ones were able to whisper their wish lists in Santas ear. Photo by Anne Bootle

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2 The Abaconian January 15th, 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 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 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & dinnerPig Roast Every SundayAbacos Road Hazards Are DiverseThe ditch that Cable Bahamas dug along Great Abaco Highway for installing their fiber optic cable poses a risk to motorists who need to pull of the road. The ditch is wide enough and deep enough in places to damage a car seriously that might get a tire caught in it. Recently a motorcycle got caught in the ditch, causing the cyclist to sustain minor injuries. This cow wandered onto the Great Abaco Highway on December 24 and was hit by a passing truck, causing fatal injuries to the cow. It died early Christmas morning. Two other cows ambled off uninjured after the accident. Kendal White of Sandy Point got a surprise while driving to Marsh Harbour about 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. A large black cow walked out of the bushes in front of his truck, demolishing the hood, a fender and the radiator. No one was injured and the distressed cow was found in the bushes about 40 feet off the highway.Hit and Run Cow Damages Truck

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 3 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 Established 1929 OFFICIAL ROLEX RETAILER BAHAMASA Tradition of Shopping ExcellenceDrayton Pilcher Manager TT TT T el: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 el: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 el: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 el: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 el: (242) 367-2473 Fax: (242) 367-2954 WATCHES JEWELLERY PERFUMES LEATHER CIGARS FUJI FILM P.O. Box 529, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas(next to Mangoes Restaurant on the Harbour)Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Roswell Sawyer of Green Turtle Cay for his development of the fishing industry and his community involvement and Bishop Archilus Cooper of Coopers Town for long and devoted service to his community. Receiving the British Empire Medal were Rev. Dr. Allen Mills from Cedar Harbour for his involvement in the civic and religious community, Mr. Joseph Norris of Treasure Cay for community development, Rev. Copeland Morley of Dundas Town for his contribution to the religious community, Rev. Roland Swain of Murphy Town for his years of dedicated service to the community and Mrs. Terry Russell for dedicated community service to the public. One Abaconian, ASP Leland Russell, received the Queens Police Medal for outstanding and meritorious service to the Royal Bahamas Police Force. HonoursFrom Page 1Dock Construction ContinuesA surveyor is shown doing preliminary work on the freight dock in Marsh Harbour. The new dock will accommodate several boats both in the internationaal and national areas. It will also include a dock for the Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries with adequate parking. Dredging of the turning basin and channel is continuing on a 24 hour schedule. The dredged material will provide the fill to make the new dock area. The pile of fill shown above now has a front loader and a street light allowing a 24-hour operation. The dock is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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4 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 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 Coming to Marsh Harbour? Need to rent a car for a day?Rental Wheels across from Boat HarbourTel: 367-4643 ENQUIRE ABOUT OUR RATES Attention Outer Cay Residents 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 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. Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday to Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday to Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 News of the CaysGreen Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross 2001 is now history and will always be defined by the events of September 11. Lets all hope for a peaceful 2002.Cultural Events Draw ManyDecember went by in a rush with lots of holiday activities to keep everyone busy. Starting the holiday season on November 30 and December 1 was An Abaco Christmas two evenings of music featuring Valerie Pyfrom, Clifford Terry, and Abacos own Bryan Thompson, Joan Albury Moss, JesUs and the Amy Roberts Primary Schools chorus. The concerts featured traditional carols as well as selections from Broadway musicals. The final song of the evening The Prayer a duet by Bryan Thompson and his mother Valerie Pyfrom, brought thunderous applause. Dr. David Hepburn was an excellent MC. During a brief power failure, he managed to keep everyone entertained. Amy Roberts Primary Schools annual fair and raffle was held on December 8. Santa made an appearance arriving by sailboat. The fair offered delicious food and fun games. The raffle was drawn late in the day with more than 40 prizes for lucky winners. Again this year I did not win anything! All proceeds will benefit students of the school. The Momentum Dance Company of Miami performed at the Garden Theatre on December 8 with a matinee performance and one later that evening. Beautiful weather was a plus for those in attendance. Once again thanks to the Abaco Cultural Society for sponsoring these events.Christmas Traditions ContinueThe Gospel Chapel, the Miracle Church of God and St. Peters Anglican Church all had their annual Sunday School programmes. The teachers and children all work hard to have these programmes which are so much a part of our island Christmas. The Methodist Church held its annual candlelight service which is always well attended. On December 20 the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held at Quincentennial Park. The ceremony included carol singing and speeches by local government representatives. Because December 20 is my birthday, I was invited to light the tree which I did on the first attempt. Santa, who loves Green Turtle Cay, was once again present to hand out candy-filled stockings to the children. Refreshments were served. Another holiday tradition that seemed to have died was revived this year caroling before dawn. Waking to the sound of drums and singing may seem like an annoyance but not at Christmas time on Green Turtle Cay. These were the sounds of Christmas. Hopefully, it will continue in 2002. The days following Christmas saw guest houses and hotels filling up. Streets and stores were busy with all the visitors. Beautiful weather made it possible for them to enjoy boating.Violence Mars JunkanooJunkanoo was once again the highlight of January 1st. The parade was well organized this year with a brass music section as well Students of the Amy Roberts Primary School joined in the festivities at the Junkanoo in Green Turtle Cay on January 1. This year for the first time the rush included a brass section which added to the crowds enjoyment. Photo by Annabelle Cross Please see Cays Page 5

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 5 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 foryour dollar makeshopping at Price Right an enjoyable experience. Stop In and See UsRestaurant, Marina and BoutiqueAir-conditioned waterfront dining, or Drink and dine at the popular patio bar . Phone Restaurant 367-2366 Marina 242-367-4255 VHF Ch 16Monthly dockage rates available Water, electricity, telephones & cable TV on dockDinghy dock for customersSunday & Buffet Grill 6:30 pm 9 pm Wednesday Grill & Fries night Breakfast Monday Saturday 7:30 10 a.m. Wide variety of bar snacks 11:30 a.m. 10 p.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 10 p.m.Email: mangoes@mangoesrestaurant.comMusic by Estin & Friends More News of the Caysas the drums, whistles and cow bells. Crowds lined the streets to see the costumes. Some joined in the rush. Homemade food was on sale all over town. Unfortunately, not everyone came to enjoy the parade. There are troublemakers everywhere. As soon as the parade made its way on the basketball court to perform, a fight started. Within 10 minutes the crowd had left the area, not wanting to be caught in the violence. The troublemakers ran from the parade area and made their way to the ferry dock, throwing bottles along the way. A few persons were hurt when they were pushed and shoved. One of the troublemakers forced his way into a home near the ferry dock. Occupants of the home received minor injuries but were finally able to get the intruder out. Police later caught him in yet another home. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured except our communitys reputation. Never before has violence been a part of our Junkanoo celebration. Hopefully, our visitors will not let this one incident keep them away from future parades and hopefully, the police will do all they can to see that those responsible are punished.Memorial Service Commemorates September 11A Memorial Service for the victims of September 11 was held at the Gospel Chapel on December 2. This service had been postponed from an earlier date because of Hurricane Michelle. A choir made up a members from all the local churches sang hymns, the Wesley School band performed God Bless America and Amy Roberts Primary sang an original song written as a tribute to the United States. The sermon was delivered by Father MacKenzie. Donations were collected to be divided between the straw vendors and the September 11 victims. Following the service refreshments were served at Quincentennial Park.Two Are HonouredCongratulations to Mr. Roswell Sawyer and Mr. Michael Levarity, who were named on the Queens New Years list. They will be awarded the Member of the British Empire medal in a ceremony to be held at a later date. Both men are active in the community. Mr. Sawyer is presently serving on the Town Committee. Now its back to work and back to school. Gloomy winter weather will take us through the next few months. Happy 2002 to all!Tilloo CayFire Mars the HolidayBy Isobel Sherman An early morning fire Christmas morning on Tilloo Cay marred the holiday for Dr. and Mrs. Bill Anspach. The fire destroyed the hanger where Dr. Anspach kept his amphibian plane. It also destroyed a backhoe, a small tractor, a truck and a small generator as well as water pumps. He estimated the total cost of the damage to be in the vicinity of $300,000 since the plane alone was worth $200,000. In a phone interview Dr. Anspach said the cause of the fire is not known but that the only equipment that was operating in the hanger was a water pump. He credited the Hope Town Fire Brigade with their prompt action in coming to the scene of the fire in less than 25 minutes. Tilloo Cay is about five miles from Hope Town. He stated that their prompt action saved the large generator that was housed in a building not far from the hanger. Dr Anspach said that another factor that kept the fire from spreading was that there was no wind.Hope TownCelebrations for New Year on Elbow CayBy Stephanie Humblestone Driving rain, cold weather and wind did not dampen the New Years spirit on Elbow Cay. The two main venues, the places to be, were the Abaco Inn and the Hope Town The annual Junkanoo event in Green Turtle Cay draws hundreds of visitors and Abaconians from many towns. This years well planned event did not take into consideration those who arrived to cause trouble. A fight broke up the crowd before the festivities were over. Please see Cays Page 24 CaysFrom Page 4

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6 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICEVICE VICEVICE VICE Automotive Accessories Full Automotive Service Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Tires and Tire Repairs Expert Mechanics Automobile Parts Oil Changes Batteries Crockett Drive & Don MacKay Blvd.Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2655 Percy Albury Owner/Manager Last Minute ShoppingBy Isobel Sherman There were traffic jams in the business district of Marsh Harbour on December 24 as many residents from all over the island and cays came to do their last minute Christmas shopping. Most stores stayed open until 5 p.m. but some closed at noon and some like Price Right stayed open until 9 p.m. Lines of traffic on Don MacKay Boulevard moved slowly or not at all as drivers were trying to turn into shopping areas. Parking spaces were at a premium. Banks closed at 1 p.m. and that brought more persons into the stores as bank employees did their last minute shopping. Many persons traveled to the airport to get a flight. A travel agent said that there were no seats in or out of Marsh Harbour from the December 31 until the January 8, which means tourism is picking up.Christmas Eve FireBy Isobel Sherman A fire damaged a house on Bay Street in Dundas Town on Christmas Eve night. The Dundas Town Fire Department and the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call but the house was completely destroyed. It belonged to Mr. Glenn Mills but was not occupied at the time of the fire.A Quiet ChristmasBy Isobel Ssherman Christmas Day dawned with showers. In Marsh Harbour the airport was very quiet as only two scheduled flights came in. An American Eagle flight from Miami and a U S Air flight from West Palm Beach were the only two scheduled flights. The only place serving Christmas brunch and dinner was Abaco Beach Resort. Christmas Day was as usual very quiet with only two churches holding services St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and St. John the Baptist Anglican Church.Junkanoo DemonstrationBy Isobel Sherman On Boxing Day evening there was a Junkanoo demonstration in front of Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour. For several years some persons have been keeping Junkanoo alive on the mainland of Abaco and each Boxing Day they do a rush out in front of Central Abaco NewsTraffic congestion at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour continues to be a expanding problem as more and more people move to and from the cays. Commuters keep adding several cars to the congestion each month. Pilings have been cemented in place along Stede Bonnet Road in Marsh Harbour. Town Planning is concerned as no permit was granted for these and the road is scheduled to be paved. There are set back requirements for fencing and construction which have to be approved by Town Planning. Dove Plaza. Two of the original and diehard Junkanoo workers are Churton Toote and Kirk Thompson. Hubert Smith, long a Junkanoo leader in Green Turtle Cay, assists now in Marsh Harbour. Abaco Central High now has a Junkanoo group complete with dancers.New Years CelebrationsBy Isobel Sherman People celebrated the New Years arrival in different ways. Many restaurants and hotels on Abaco offered dinners and parties Please see Central Page 27 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 7pmMondays Monday Night BluesPool Tournament Night $10 Entry Winner gets kitty + $50 in drinks Bucket O Beer $9.00Tuesdays 2 for 1 Well Drinks 5 7 pmDarts TournamentWednesdays Beat the Clock 5-7 pm$2 Drinks 5 pm 5:30 / $2.50 5:30 pm 6 / $3 6 pm 7 pm Darts TournamentThursdays Ladies Night Disco 9 pmLadies Free Admission with Two Glasses of Wine Prizes for Best Dressed Ladies Best Dancer Finest FemaleFridays Disco 9 pm till . .2 for 1 Well Drinks & Free Hors doeuvres 5-7 pm Ladies Free Admission till 11 pm After 11 pm $10 with one drinkSaturdaysDisco 9 pm till . Ladies Drink for Free 9 11 pmSundays open 1pm Disco 9 pm until . .Ladies Drink for Free 9 till 11 pmPhone: 367-2733 Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh HarbourPool TablePool Table Pool TablePool Table Pool Table and Dartsand Darts and Dartsand Darts and DartsMusicMusic MusicMusic Music and TVand TV and TVand TV and TVDress Code Enforced for DiscoSecurity & Police on PremisesYearly Membership Available for Disco Nights Membership has its privileges

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 7 Abaco Hardwareff ff f or Contror Contr or Contror Contr or Contr actoractor actoractor actor s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo s & Homeo wnerwner wnerwner wner ss ss sMon Fri 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.Tel: 242-367-2170 LumberElectrical SuppliesBuilding SuppliesToolsHardwareFencingPaintsMarine ProductsAppliances PlumbingFixtures Cabinets Grills Paint Plumbing & Fixtures Fans & Lights Tools Lumber & Plywood Windows & Shutters Lawn Furniture Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to choose from All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$945 23 Albury Bros$840 22 Boston Whaler$798 20 Albury/Hydra$770 18 Privateer$560 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com CHEROKEE AIRCharter Service Flights to all points in the Bahamas and FloridaP.O. Box AB-20485 Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamas 242-367-2089 242-367-2613 242-367-2530Call us for rates Explore the Golden Reef and find a delightful array of resort-wear fashions, Abaco Gold jewelery and other fine gold jewelery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 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, Bahamas It Pays to AdvertiseThe Abaconian South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderWarning Light OutAgain, the light on top of BATELCOs Tower in Cherokee is burned out. This can present quite a problem if it is not replaced before night flights start to arrive in Marsh Harbour. Without landing facilities, an extra week didnt really matter, but now with the possibility of foreign planes arriving after dark, I personally would feel much safer if we had the red light glowing on top of that 200 foot tower for all to see.Celebrations Postponed because of Inclement WeatherThe New Year crept in on kittens paws as 2001 turned into 2002. The Watch Night Service at Epworth Methodist Church was poorly attended because of inclement weather. All celebrations, in general, were dampened by a spitty rain that postponed our traditional burning of Guy Fawkes until January 2nd, thereby giving Cherokee residents one more night of peace and quiet. There were eight Guys at The Spit with the usual goofy names like Fiddlesticks, but this year there were probably a few stray Osama Bin Ladens there, too, with one lone Guy standing all by himself further up the beach to the east, and there always seems to be one riding a bicycle (but I can never figure out where he could be going). All were elaborately dressed in their very best outfits to make a good impression, since they were the stars of the show. We want to thank all the entrants for doing such a good job and for making the whole evening more fun for everyone. Afterwards there were lots of beautiful fireworks to finish off the evening. Im happy to report that the mischief-makers kept their foolishness to a minimum this year and I actually heard of only one troublesome incident and saw only two masqueraders over the whole holiday season. (But, they are never any trouble. In fact, you cant even get them to speak.)It Really Effects Us AllI have to say I fully agree with Timothy Roberts last article in The Abaconian and appreciate his bringing Mr. Franz Hepburns letter to the attention of Abaconians. We need to seriously think about the observations noted by exiting tourists and make a concerned effort that our Abaco tourists do not go away with the same bad taste in their mouth. Tourism is very important to us all, whether we are directly involved with it or not. It affects us all in many and various ways. Tourists often see things we dont. I was recently embarrassed when a visitor said he was appalled that some of our local fishermen would take the small immature conchs and the very small fish, not for their own table, but to sell, not even giving them a chance to grow, thereby endangering future supplies. This gentleman has been a frequent visitor returning often to Cherokee to bonefish, but I felt as if he was trying to tell me that he wouldnt be coming back, he was so upset. We can only wait and see. This is not the first time we have lost returning visitors to our island because of a few who pay no attention to the laws. These offenders hurt the ecology, they hurt the economy and even if they dont realize it yet, they hurt themselves. Today many people in the world are thinking about conservation and are highly offended when they see it so blatantly abused. I also found Andrew Currys Letter to the Editor very challenging as it ran along the same lines and it brought to mind this old saying, I am but one, but I am one. I cant do everything, but I can do some things. By Stephanie Humblestone J.K. Rowlings wiz kid, Harry Potter, hit the screens of the RND Theatre in Marsh Harbour on January 1st. It was a much awaited New Years treat for adults and children alike. Although the theatre attracted a large crowd for its premier performance at 7:30 p.m., many more were unaware that the two and a half hour movie was showing. Around the world Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, has broken box office records. It is predicted that it may possibly surpass such box office hits as Titanic and Star Wars. The movies popularity has survived much controversy about the possible detrimental effect of its content on children.Harry Potter Is Popular Movie Give Your Friends, Relatives and College Students a Subscription toThe Abaconian

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8 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 The Editor Says . The Need to Communicate All About TownThe 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: Bradley Albury, Patrick Bethel, Annabelle Cross, Kathleen Hargreaves, 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 David RalphMy Thoughts on Harry Potter the Movies and the Books.By Isobel Sherman I just arrived home after viewing Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone with my daughter. After seeing the movie and having read the first three Harry Potter books and having heard and read all of the controversy about this movie, I decided to give my opinion in the words of P. Anthony White for whats its worth. First, let me begin by saying I grew up in a time that was without video games, without computer games. Cartoons were Mickey Mouse, Bugs and another few good old classics along with Gene Autry, Roy Rodgers, Lone Ranger and some other cowboy movies. How could I forget Howdy Doody and the Mickey Mouse Club. American Bandstand will be saved for another article. I grew up reading why? My dad read three newspapers daily but never any books; my mother did not read either so I guess God gave me my love of reading. I read about witches in Snow White, the Wizard of Oz and bad people in Cinderella and Rapunzel just to name a few. They were called fairy tales in those days. Now in modern times these new stories such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and The Dark Is Rising series are called fantasy fiction. Notice I said FANTASY OR MAKE BELIEVE. When J.K.Rowlings released her first Harry Potter book in England, children left their computers, televisions and video games and started to read yes, READ. Something that many or most children had put aside for many years not only in England but in the whole world. That in itself is an accomplishment. Four books later a movie of the first book was released and children all wanted to see it. Then comes the outcry from persons especially in The Bahamas saying the movie is Satanic because it is about wizardry or another word magic. Yes, it is about wizardry and the special effects are something to behold but I sat with a whole theater full of adults and children. I do not honestly think any of the adults feel that their child would be harmed by seeing the film. Why? It is FANTASY. Even more importantly, it distinctly makes the difference between good and evil and good wins out just like in all the fairy tales of old and even in cartoons of old and new. Good always overcomes evil even in the music video Fantasia I am not going to deny that there are some persons who believe in witchcraft and Satanism and some practice it. But the movie does not encourage a person to go that road. There are too many persons in The Bahamas who say they do not believe in Obeah or Voodoo, yet at the same time will tell a person they may be fixed. And in the next breath say they are a Christian. How children perceive things like movies and stories they learn from adults. I remember when the movie Peter Pan came out, a child tried to fly in a city in the United States like Peter Pan. That was sad but it was obvious no adult told him it was only make believe. When the first Superman came out, the same thing happened to a boy in South America who tried to fly like Superman. Now as far as I am concerned the only thing a child may try after seeing Harry Potter is to put a broom between his/her legs and push off to fly, in which case they will get nowhere. I am reminded that Marry Poppins flew up with her umbrella. I applaud JK Rowlings because she got children to read again. If parents are doing their job, they teach their children the difference between fantasy and real life. They watch the video games they buy or the videos or television shows they watch as well as the books they read. That is where the problem is: parents are falling down or just are not checking. Yes, the occult is evil. Yet look at all the commercials on television asking people to call to have their future told. To me that is far worse than a two-hour movie that tell a fantasy story about a little boy whose parents were killed being raised by an aunt and uncle. They make him live in a tiny space under the stairs before he goes off to wizard school. The movie leaves a good amount of the book out, but on the whole, it is entertaining. Isnt that what fiction and fantasy movies are suppose to be about to allow an escape to relax or entertain for a brief time before assuming roles again in the real world? I know many persons will disagree with me on my views and I know that there are many persons who practice Satanism and the occult. But I doubt any of them saw Harry Potter because Harry Potter the movie was like the good witch in the wizard of Oz who helped Dorothy and her friends overcome evil because good always overcomes evil. Abaco is big, diverse, financially sound and progressive. By automobile the length of Abaco equals the distance from North Miami to Ft. Pierce with W. Palm Beach representing the Marsh Harbour area. That covers a lot of territory. It is divided governmentally into two parliamentary districts three administrative districts six local government districts Responsibilities are further allocated to over 20 government agencies with offices and staff. These are antonymous departments that report to their parent organization in Nassau with little or no interaction with other agencies here or in Nassau. The only time they come together is during the hurricane season when some of the agencies sit around the table grudgingly to plan a disaster response while trying to ensure that no one interferes with their turf. Additionally, there are four government corporations which report to their Nassau counterparts with little interplay locally. Typically these corporations they have their own agenda and do not participate in planning with others. Added to this are our elected and appointed Local Government Councils, Town Committees and the Statutory Boards. Town Committees are comprised of elected volunteers who hopefully have their towns interest at heart. They are generally amateurs in the political process and deal with the various established agencies with varying degrees of success. Council members are drawn from the Town Committees and presumably are the ablest and most experienced at the local governing process. Councils deal with broader issues and have more interplay with central government and various government agencies. The different Councils have different agendas and different success rates at reaching their goals. There are two moderating forces that are partially effective in this process, our representative to Parliament and the three Administrators. Councils in other parts of the Bahamas work closely with their elected Member of Parliament. Our Councils have made little effort to use this resource. There is also a reluctance on the part of our elected Parliamentarian to work with Local Government lest he be accused of trying to influence them. The Administrators walk a fence between Central Government and Local Government. One of their jobs is to provide advice when asked which is not often. They attempt to keep Local Government from getting into trouble and venturing into areas where they do not belong. This has to be done with a bit of finesse so they are not seen as meddling and attempting to influence Local Government members. Our Administrators are also burdened but put on a patient composure when they get a 5 p.m. call from Nassau that a political dignitary will be arriving the next morning on the 7:30 a.m. Bahamasair flight who needs to be escorted and chaperoned for the day. Perhaps on the same short notice, a public meeting has to be arranged for the next afternoon. It was an interesting revelation recently in talking with the representative for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting, to find out that he occasionally discovers a governmental event happened by reading this paper. The bureaucratic process leaves him out of some information. (We are not immune as many events happen that we are unaware of until afterwards.) In June the present three-year term for Local Government ends and elections will be held. Hopefully, some of our current officials will be re-elected to provide some continuity to the process. Committees and Councils with all new members must start the learning process anew. Town Committees and the Councils are political in nature and have rules and guidelines to follow. They operate with a budget supplied by Nassau. Monies are generally for items related to town and area maintenance with little freedom to make capital improvements. By creatively stretching the maintenance definition, some minor capital improvements have been made. Local Government is not allowed to raise or collect money but is dependent on the budget sent by Central Government. Some of the more progressive towns have overcome these obstacles by forming community welfare committees outside the reach of Local Government. These groups can raise money for town projects and see them to completion. In many cases the persons on the Local Government Town Committee are the same as those on the non-governmental town welfare committee. Another community minded group is the newly formed Chamber of Commerce which organized to look after the commercial and promotional aspects of Abaco. This is not a governmental function in general terms although the Ministry of Tourism does play a promotional role. Chambers of Commerce are independent of Local Government and have different goals and agendas. By nature, they must cooperate and work with the established agencies although it is not bound to the same protocol as Local Government. A Chamber has no inherent or legislated power. However, politicians do listen when an organized group presents its case. The Abaco economy is based on tourism, both transient and second home-owners, and fishing. Tourism is visible and accountable. Empty airplanes and empty hotel rooms are easy to see and the effects are obvious. The effect of the fishing industry on our economy is less obvious While talking to several major businesses recently, we were interested to hear that those harvesting crawfish are having a poor season and their businesses were hurting noticeable from this sector. Fishing is a quiet but important industry to many on Abaco. Several of our communities have three population bases to contend with, the original Abaco residents, the foreign second homeowners which may equal the native population, and a recent influx of Haitians chasing job opportunities. Hope Town and New Plymouth have interesting economies and social structures. They have populations of approximately 400 and 500 respectively. Page 23 of this newspaper indicates that Hope Town has nine restaurants and Green Turtle Cay has eight. It takes a larger population than 400 or 500 persons to support eight or nine restaurants and the jobs they create. Our heavy tourism base gives the support. This substantial tourism volume also gives Local Government challenges in providing for the native and transient persons in their towns. Two random indicators give some insight into the Abaco phenomena. The 2001 Yachtsmans Guide to the Bahamas shows that Abaco has approximately 945 commercial dock slips provided by 24 marinas. This is more than twice as many marinas as any other Bahamian island and nearly the number of commercial dock slips as Nassau and Grand Bahama combined. It is estimated that Abaco has more private docks than all the rest of the Bahamas. It is believed that the Abaco Port Boards review more dock applications than any other island including New Providence. Another indicator shows that five commercial banks serve Abacos native population of 13,000 people. One bank for every 2,600 people is not a normal ratio. How do all these groups come together? In many instances they do not. Each group, whether governmental or private goes its own way, trying to stay ahead of the problems or opportunities inherent with our growth. Somehow our goal needs to be to get the various groups communicating and working together. The Abaco phenomena provides ample food for thought and presents many opportunities for improvement.

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for 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 Corner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250Would Like Letter Writers to Sign NamesDear Mr. Editor, I wish to refer to the Abaconian of December 15, 2001, and in particular to the Letters to the Editor. I am at a loss as to the reasons why so many of your contributors fail to sign their names. The issue described above had at least two well written and relevant letters, but I had no choice but to write them off, as I cannot evaluate issues unless I know from whence they came. Most unfortunate! I have written over 250 letters to the press and various government ministries during the past twenty years, some very controversial, but on every occasion I have had the courage to sign my name. Continue to speak out, my fellow Abaconians, and dont be afraid to identify yourself. Remember, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Happy 2002 to all your readers. Yours, etc., Patrick J. BethelTrash Is a DisgraceDear Editor, We wish to address the problem Abaco is facing regarding illegal, unsightly, unsanitary and foul dumping of garbage by some citizens of the Abaco community. Our community must consider that each and every time individuals dump their bags of garbage by the side of the road or in the pine forests or toss a Coke can out the window of their vehicles, it costs them and all the members of our community MONEY! Local government must pay someone to pick up all this garbage. The funds our government must spend on this effort would be better spent on real physical improvements in the various settlements on Abaco. A good example of this wasteful behavior is the large accumulation of garbage on the road across from the entrance road to Spring City. Local government had to contract for several truckloads of fill to be placed across the roadway tin order to stop individuals from using this area as a their dumping ground. Then men had to be paid to gather up the trash and burn it. This exercise cost local government approximately $600 to $800. This sum of money could have been spent in the Spring City community in many better ways. Im sure the Spring City residents would have rather spent that money in their community for worthwhile physical improvements such as the basketball court. We have seen, within sight of the Marsh Harbour dump, bags of garbage, old bathtubs, appliances and other tash dumped by the side o the road. Not only has illegal dumping increased since the storms of 1999, it is blatant. There is no excuse for this trashing of Abaco. We have a well maintained dump facility for which local government spends a considerable amount of money. USE IT! The Lord provided us with these beautiful islands as our home and made us the Earths protectors. When we dump garbage indiscriminately and illegally, we disrespect our environment and The Bahamas and we insult our Creator. Sincerely, Chris and Molly RobertsTaken Advantage OfDear Editor Thanking you in advance for your time and space. Beware, Bahamians! This very day I was sorely taken advantage by the Margarita or the firm that is filling in for her, the Tropic Something. I spent my husbands hard earned money to purchase two mini blinds that were green and had to be made to order. Purchased at Lowes in Florida and a week of waiting, they arrived and to my amazement, the bill to clear two mini blinds that cost $78.42 and only weighed 22 pounds, the amount to clear the item came to $259. To my pleasant surprise it was not customs charges for a pleasant change but the shipper who thought we as Bahamians are stupid, illiterate, and just plain old chumps. They are taking advantage of us by not advising us of a standard charge which used to be measured by whatever is greater, weight or cubic foot. I am only asking that you ask more questions. So this leaves me with no blinds for I do not have $259 for blinds that cost $78. So I hope that someone can use them and I eat the cost and loss. Sincerely, Sandra Darville MAN-O-WAR HARDWARE Interior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD #1 LUMBERPlain & Pressure Treated Pine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyFor Quotes or Information Call Walter Sweeting or Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-365-6011 Fax 365-6039 We monitor VHF Ch 69 Deliveries Arranged from Green Turtle Cay to Little HarbourAn Extensive Selection ofNon-CorrosiveHardwareBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrell Bolts Stainless SteelHuricane ClipsBrass, Stainless & Monel Please see Letters Page 22Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor

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10 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 A low speed vehicle engineered for both street and turf, with a street speed of 25 mph. Model E825/LSV includes Four wheel hydraulic brakes Full exterior lighting 72 volt low maintenance battery systemBeBe BeBe Be ginning aginning a ginning aginning a ginning a t t t t t $9,960Global Electric Motorcars, LLCA Subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler Corporation. ....Practical Affordable... ....Versatile Functional... ....Safe!Call for informationAsk for Heath(242) 367-2840Mon Sat 8 am to 5:30 pm AA AA A uto Puto P uto Puto P uto P arar arar ar tsts tsts ts & & & & & SerSer SerSer Ser vicevice vicevice vice CenterCenter CenterCenter CenterWe specialize in keeping old cars running like new with our large parts inventory. If we dont have it, we get air deliveries twice weekly from the U.S. Located downtown behind the SHELL Marsh Harbour Service Station.By Alice Bain Abaco is one of the most unique and beautiful spots on the planetour beaches and reefs are unparalleled and the Sea of Abaco draws tourists and cruisers from all over the world. Everyone knows about the legendary clarity of our waters, but many take for granted another Abaconian treasure: Our clear night skies. Stars here are brighter and more easily seen than any other place I have ever lived, and it is only since my time in Abaco that I have really paid attention to the phases of the moon and the wanderings of the planets. In recognition of this, I offer this bimonthly column, in the hopes that others will enjoy the night skies as much as I have. The Milky WayI had always heard of the Milky Way as a child, but light pollution and hazy skies prevented me from ever really seeing it. The first glimpse I had of it was at the top of a mountain in North Carolina. I was delighted when I first moved to Abaco to realize that the Milky Way here is visible in a grand, uninterrupted arc from one side of the sky to the other. The Milky Way is our galaxy. The ancient Greeks called it the galaxies kuklos (milky circle) and the Romans named it the via lacteathe milky road or way. We are seeing this immense pinwheel edge on from our position. It is composed of stars, planets, comets, asteroids and interstellar dust. The sun lies about 2/3 of the way from the center of the Milky Way on one of the galaxys armsvast formations of stars which radiate spirally from the galactic center. During the month of January the Milky Way is visible on clear nights as a cloudy smear of light crossing the sky (between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) from the southeast to the northwest. (Due to the Earths rotation, the orientation of the Milky Way changes during the night from east-west at 6:00 p.m. to north-south at midnight.) With a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars, this cloudy smear begins to resolve into dustlike points of light, giving some feeling for the true size of the galaxy. Each of those minuscule glowing motes of dust is a star, like our sun . and there are approximately 200 billion of them in our galaxy alone. Visible as black patches on the face of the Milky Way are clouds of interstellar gas and dust. These clouds block out the stars behind them, just like the clouds in the sky block out the sun on a cloudy day. And, just like raindrops form inside our earthly clouds as water condenses from vapor into droplets, stars and planets form inside these galactic clouds as gasses and dust condense. A group of very new, recently formed stars, the Pleiades, shines high in the southeastern sky at 7:30 p.m. Astronomers studying the dust cloud behind and around the Pleiades have found even more new stars forming in this region. This grand spectacle, the Milky Way in all its glory, is becoming increasingly rare around the globe as air quality diminishes and neon signs abound. We on Abaco are privileged to still be able to view the sight that so inspired our ancestors.The Stars Intrigue Us at Night 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 MIAMIBy Stephanie Humblestone Public telephones will soon be installed on private property locations throughout Abaco. A private phone company from Texas proposed to Batelco last year to provide a phone service for tourists allowing them to make collect calls. This is a speed dial service with a one button push to access the operator. These are not coin phones and do not compete with the local market. This is a win-win situation, said Mr. Wesley Walters, a director with the company. Batelco has no installation charges, no maintenance, no billing, and no advertising costs and the customer has the benefit of the service. He felt it would give The Bahamas a better, progressive image. This service is free of charge to location owners and can generate income for owners, giving them a percentage of the billing. The system is presently installed throughout the Caribbean and in Nassau. For purposes of installation, an affiliate Bahamian company has been formed called NCIC (Bahamas Ltd.) in partnership with Blue Phone Ltd.. The project itself is referred to as The Blue Phone Program. On Abaco Capt. 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BellasBellas BellasBellas BellasFURNITURE & ACCESSORIES ROOMS TO GOCOMPLETE ROOM PACKAGESPlus Wicker & Ratan for a Beautiful Island HomeBEDROOM DINNING ROOM LIVING ROOMBuy a piece & save a little Buy a room & save a lot! Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391FormerlyFormerly FormerlyFormerly Formerly Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto LARGE SELECTION OF CARPETS AVAILABLE By Alice Bain The subject of AIDS awareness in the Bahamas is in the news again. According to Dr. Perry Gomez, Director of the Bahamas AIDS program, the HIV infection rate is now once again on the increase in this nation. Dr. Marc Binard of Abaco Family Medical Clinic, commented on the subject of AIDS on Abaco. I think the main point to make here is that HIV is a significant concern for Abaconians of all ages, races and religions, said Dr. Binard. Many people are worried about AIDS, he continued, and of those concerned, there are many who appear to be using precautions such as abstinence and safe sexual practices but there are also some who should be more careful but have a feeling that it wont happen to me. There are some misconceptions about HIV in the Abaco community. Many people dont feel that they can be HIV positive and be without symptoms. This is dangerous, because it is possible to have HIV and to pass the infection to others and yet have absolutely no symptoms at all. The only sure way to know that you do not have HIV is to get a test. There also seems to be a reluctance among Abaconians to get tested. The importance of early testing doesnt seem to be appreciated. AIDS has gone from being a deadly, untreatable disease to being more of a chronic medical condition due to the introduction of new antiretroviral drugs. The onset of full-blown AIDS can be delayed significantly by taking these drugs, which, while they dont cure AIDS, will suppress infections to the point where most people can live an otherwise normal life. But these drugs give most benefit when administered early in an infection before full-blown AIDS develops. They cannot be administered if we dont know which people need them. The Caribbean basin as a whole has been in the international news, quoted as having the second-highest overall rate of infection in the world after sub-Saharan Africa. The infection rate among adults in the Bahamas is 4.13 percent (according to the CIA statistical factsheet on the Bahamas available online). In more graphic terms that means that one in every 25 adults is HIV positive. In the Caribbean area, only Haiti has a higher rate of infection, at over 5 percent. The stigma attached to HIV infection makes it difficult to gather accurate statistics, and no official statistics exist solely for Abaco. In a speech at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in June of this year, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, commented, HIV/AIDS is not confined to any particular sector of Bahamian society. It has spread to the general population predominantlyAIDS Is on Increase in Bahamasthrough heterosexual contact and from infected mothers to infants. The youth of our country is especially at risk as well as women and those engaged in dangerous sexual behavior. Women have been shown to be more likely to contract the virus during sexual contact than men and are more likely to be the victims of rape, incest or other sexual coercion which may expose them to the virus. It is of vital importance that anyone who has engaged in risky behavior or who has been assaulted or coerced be tested for the virus. Appropriate treatment, when started early, can significantly prolong life. An intervention program instigated in 1995 by the AIDS Foundation of The Bahamas supplies medication to treat HIV-infected pregnant women and has successfully reduced the rate of virus transmission from mother to infant. According to Dr. Binard, pregnant women are the only group of people who are regularly tested for HIV on Abaco, and the infection rate for that group at least seems to be low. However, he continued, there is no demographic group that can claim to be unaffected by HIV; it is a concern for all Abaconians across the board. Hurricane Michelle broke this Aquasport loose at the Crossing Beach public dock and left it beached there. Although it looks salvageable at first glance, the stringers inside the hull are reported to be broken giving the boat little value. The derelict Aquasport was still hard aground two months later, apparently abandoned. 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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 13 Brand PartsHardware & Fastenersfor Homeowners and ContractorsPlumbing Supplies Water HeatersYour largest choice of economical Gas AppliancesAt the traffic light in Marsh Harbour PaintsLocal whale and dolphin researcher, Diane Claridge, was able to attend an important gathering of scientists to discuss marine mammal research and conservation issues thanks to a kind contribution made by Friends of the Environment in Hope Town. Mrs. Claridge travelled to Vancouver, British Columbia, to participate in the Fourteenth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals held from November 28th to December 3rd, including a one-day workshop on the Biology and Conservation of Beaked Whales. Mrs. Claridge is the Project Director of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey (BMMS) based in Sandy Point, an on-going research program that is documenting the occurrence, distribution and abundance of whales and dolphins in the Bahamas. The project has just completed its tenth year of fieldwork here on Abaco, and Mrs. Claridge and other BMMS scientists presented results of this research at the conference. At the Beaked Whale Workshop, BMMS scientists presented information on the distribution and occurrence of beaked whales in The Bahamas and the residency patterns of dense-beaked whales off Sandy Point. During the Conference, BMMS scientists further presented work on the social structure of dense-beaked whales off Abaco and genetic relatedness of bottlenose dolphin groups in Abaco, while BMMS senior scientist, Dr. Ken Balcomb, gave a first-hand account of the mass stranding of whales caused by US Navy sonar last year here on Abaco. Dr. Balcombs talk was one of the best attended during the conference as there is increasing concern about the effects of anthropogenic or man-made underwater noise on marine mammals which can interfere with their need to communicate, disrupt their ability to feed and cause catastrophic panic and/or mortal injury. During the conference there was another recurring area of concern for marine mammals: marine debris. It was extremely distressing to learn how often plastic is foundResearcher Attends International Conference PINEPINE PINEPINE PINE WOODSWOODS WOODSWOODS WOODS NURSERYNURSERY NURSERYNURSERY NURSERY Plants Gift Items Silk Flowers Baskets Pet Supplies Fish Garden Tools Fertilizers Soils MulchMON FRI 9 5 SAT 9 2 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 in the stomachs of whales and dolphins. This appears to be of particular concern in those species that feed on squid such as the beaked whales and dwarf and pygmy sperm whales, species that are common on Abaco. Scientists from Japan and Taiwan said that it is common to find stranded beaked whales that have their entire stomach full of plastic bags, Mrs. Claridge reports. I recalled the number of times Ive been out on the boat here on Abaco and seen plastic bags floating. We really need to dispose of our garbage properly. This is a responsibility that all the people of Abaco need to embrace. This conference was an important opportunity for scientists to present results of their on-going work to their peers, to exchange ideas and learn about new technologies and their applications to research and to become informed about global conservation concerns for marine mammals. I always come away from these meetings feeling incredibly inspired by what Ive learned and fulfilled by the act of sharing what I know with others. I am extremely grateful to Friends of the Environment for covering my travel expenses which allowed me to participate, says Mrs. Claridge. Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.com STANDARD HARDWAREMarsh Harbour 242-367-2660, 2881, 2820 Fax 242-367-2645 Contractors Ask about our special price scheduleA full stock of electrical hardware for contractors and homeowners From inside to outside From roof to floor There's plenty more Inside our store Special homeowner pricing on major projects Kalina Mae Weatherford was born on December 21 in Freepoort, Grand Bahama to proud parents Neil and Sacha Weatherford of Marsh Harbour. Grandparents are Jeff and Phyllis Albury of Man-O-War and Sidney and Katherine Weatherford of Guana Cay.

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14 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 Julias Nail Salon & Clothing OutletFull Service Nail SalonSculptured Nails Airbrushing Manicures Pedicures Paraffin Wax TreatmentsDesigner ClothingTommy Hillfiger Bongo Liz Claiborne Old Navy Calvin Klein Located in Dove Plaza alongside Marsh Harbour Post Office Tel: 365-8198 Present this ad for10% offOffer expires Feb 12, 200 2 REVERSE OSMOSISSEA WATER DESALINATORS MAKE DRINKING WATER FROM SEAWATER Advanced Water Engineering, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of water treatment equipment including our REVERSE OSMOSIS. We are re-introducing our equipment to the Bahamas. Residential and small boat sizes from 100 to 20,000 gallons per day.Pricing starts at $2,300.00 We also stock: pumps membranes filters test kits cistern liners poly tanks cat pumps cat parts fittingsADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INCIndian Harbour Beach, FL 32937 Tel: (321) 777-4909 Fax: (321) 773-8338e-mail: info@advancedwater.com DISTRIBUTORS WANTED CALL OR E-MAIL FOR PRICESstituencies had been established. The Boundaries Commission order was signed late in December allowing the issuing of the voter cards. No changes were made in the constituency boundaries on Abaco. According to the Parliamentary Election Act, the number of voters in a polling division should not exceed 400. Most constituencies will have changes made to polling division boundaries within constituencies including two on Abaco which have more than 400 voters registered. In Central Abaco Murphy Town will have two Polling Divisions, No. 8 and No. 11, instead of one because the number of registered voters has increased since the last election. South Side road will divide No. 8 from No. 11. The Administrators office began issuing the voter cards on January 8 and staff members will accommodate voters in each community on the mainland and on the cays by making them available on specific days in each town. In South Abaco Administrator Benjamin Pinder began distributing voter cards on January 7 in Sandy Point and continued the distribution in each community as he visited them. He went to Change MeFrom Page 9New Gym Is Opening in Marsh Harbour Abaco Family MedicineNOTICE The office of Dr. Frank Boyce and Dr. Marc Binard, no longer has any association with Abaco Medical Clinic, the office of Dr. Elaine Lundy. Dr. Boyce and Dr. Binard will continue to provide 24 hour, seven day a week emergency and after hours medical coverage to their patients. By Alice Bain A new gymnasium will be opening in Marsh Harbour on February 1. Robert Malone, Stephanie Humblestone, Lester Albury and Michael Albury will be opening Abaco Fitness in the Memorial Plaza. We pledge to give personal attention to our members, says Lester Albury. We will have specialists available to help people develop personal diet and exercise programs and to encourage people to set goals and monitor their own progress. We plan to host lectures on health-related issues. The 2,000 square foot space will be divided into separate areas for free weights, state of the art weight machines, cardiovascular and an aeroMoores Island on January 8 with the cards. He expected to finish the distribution within a week or two. In North Abaco Administrator Ivan Ferguson began the distribution of voter cards on January 8. The complication with the distribution is that there is only one master register. That register has to be taken to each community for the distribution to take place in that community. He expects to complete the distribution quickly. Voters will be able to pick up their cards in the administrators offices in Green Turtle Cay, Coopers Town and Grand Cay, at the Post Office in Treasure Cay and at the Government Clinic in Fox Town on those days when the Administrator or a staff member has the master register in that town. bics room with a specially sprung floor. Television and music will be provided, and the equipment will be wiped down twice daily with a special cleaning product. Plans are in the works for a cyber-booth with access to internet health sites, and client records will be computerized. Stephanie Humblestone will be teaching yoga classes at the gym, and karate and aerobics classes will be available. We will be opening with an open house on February 1st for people to meet us and try out the equipment, says Robert Malone. This is an expanding effort, and customer feedback will be invited. Hours will be 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 15 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 catalog 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 By Patrick J. Bethel I can no longer remain silent, as hard as I try, simply because sometimes I put the interest of my fellow Abaconians before my own. Hurricane Michelle passed through Abaco eight weeks ago today, fortunately doing little damage. But our only traffic light at an intersection where over 5000 vehicles pass every day was badly damaged. To date no replacement. Now lets examine traffic lights damaged in Nassau, quite a few. How many are still out after eight weeks? It is my understanding, and I stand to be corrected, that all have been replaced or repaired. Why do Out Island communities continue to be treated with disrespect and disdain? Yes, it has been this way for 200 years, but why should it continue? One would have thought that with the calibre of persons in place today at the local level greater accountability could be expected. What is the problem? I do not accept that it is the lack of interest or ability, but rather apathy and for some unknown reason, fear of central government. Some would suggest that unconsciously it is a carry over of colonialism when we sat and waited for government officials to do it. Surely, those days are past. What will it take to awaken the people to the realisation that often we are ignored and unfairly treated? While on the subject of neglect, let me highlight a few other areas which should be a priority during 2002: 1. Road signs, virtually none in the town or on the island. When I visit other Out Islands where there is only one quarter of the traffic, I find the roads signs much better posted. Why cant we do our own thing and in the process help our visitors and maybe save a life? 2. Sidewalks, especially on tourism strip and Forest Drive. We had had less that a 1000 feet of sidewalks in nine years. 3. Zebra crossings, especially on tourism strip and near our schools. Our children should come first. This time make sure the right quality and colour of paint is used. 4. Street lights. Sometimes more that 20 percent remain out for months. Who is responsible? 5. Cats eyes on all the dangerous curves of the Great Abaco Highway. It can be done for $20,000. This should certainly be a priority in 2002 as it may save a life. 6. Finally, the now famous LINES, the $200,000 contract. Why cant they be completed? Why didnt government insist on the right quality of paint so that the lines would last? Why werent lines constructed on Forest Drive and the Cherokee Road, two very dangerous stretches of road? And by the way, please dont forget the two special Bethel and Thompson curves. Sorry for the long epistle, just hope it makes a few think. Happy new year to all my fellow Bahamians and visitors.For What Its WorthViewpointThe request for tenders for a concrete sea wall in Coopers Town has been put out. The sea wall is to replace the inadequate one which was destroyed in Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. The tenders are due in the Ministry of Public Works office by January 17, 2002. The sea wall will be approximately 3000 feet long and is expected to cost in excess of $400,000. Construction should begin within two to three months after the successful contractor is chosen. The road along the waterfront was repaired and paved since the initial damage. However, Hurricane Michelle in November 2001 washed away the foundation causing the road to have extensive damage. The road will have to be repaired after the sea wall is constructed. North Abaco News SC Bootle Highway 3 1/2 Miles outside Marsh HarbourJoin us for some of the best Bahamian Dishes you will find in Abaco at affordable prices.For Dinner Reservations Call Us Tel: 367-5331 or 367-5333 Look For Our Sign! Looking For ALooking For A Looking For ALooking For A Looking For A New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To DineThe Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy ParrotMonday Sunday Lunch 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Happy hour Weekdays 5:30 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy our Bahamian Breakfast! Saturday Morning 8 10 a.m. Sunday Breakfast 9 11 a.m.

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16 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002The Bahamas National Trust held their annual arts and crafts festival on December 8 and 9 at their headquarters in Nassau under the theme Junkanoo Jollification. The festival showcases locally manufactured and original handcrafted items. Over 50 booths were set up to display their unique creations this year. There was increased participation from the Family Islands this year with Abaco leading the way. Among Abaco participants were The Basket Lady Harriet Thompson who lured many to her booth with her unique hand woven baskets, vases and other items made from native pine needles from Abacos pine forests. She shared a booth with Colette Bootle with her scenic paintings of beautiful island We would like to express our gratitude to all of those who helped to make our4th annual Toys for Tots Rallyon December 9th a great success.Contributions from the following were essential in making this event successful.Automotive & Industrial Distibutors Ltd. Marsh Harbour Exporters & Importers United Abaco Shipping Co. The Bank of Nova Scotia Sawyers Soft Drinks Sheila McDonald JamminJan Kala Gates John Sporck Barclays Bank Joe & Bea Shirley Abaco Flight Services The Rotary Club of Abaco Texaco Petroleum Distibutors United States Military Vets Motorcycle ClubWe have made every effort to recognize the many individuals and organizations supporting this cause. If we have inadvertently forgotten a name, we sincerely apologize. Your kind contribution has been greatly appreciated. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Abaco Outboard Engines Ltd. The Bahamas Cub Scouts Commonwealth Bank Solomons Abaco Maxine Tanner Myers Rum Alice Bain Trauma One Louis Schneider Father Stan Kolasa The Bahamas Boy Scouts St. Francis de Sales School Marsh Harbour Police Department Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire DepartmentBest Wishes for the New Year from the The Abaco Chapter of the SCURVY FEW MOTORCYCLE CLUBof the BahamasBest Wishes for the New YearThe Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club meets monthly, the first Thursday of each month at noon at the BistroJollification Included Abaco ArtistsSeveral Abaco artists displayed their work at the Bahamas National Trust annual arts and crafts festival. Smiling for the camera are Bootle and Harriet, The Basket Lady, at their booth at the Jollification. Karen McIntosh, proprietor of Abaco Ceramics in Treasure Cay, stands next to her display of ceramic, hand painted Christmas ornaments. Sales were good and many artists received commissions for additional work. The show is to encourage Bahamian artists to develop their talents and to give the public an opportunity to see what is available. Rome Heyer of Green Turtle Cay displayed stained glass items which she specializes in. life ranging from white sandy beaches to white picket fences. Another participant from Abaco was Karen McIntosh of Abaco Ceramics who displayed her delicate array of ceramic pieces, giving visitors a crash course in how the exquisite pieces are made. Her Christmas ornaments were my favorite. Stained glass art was a favorite with many visitors. Rome Heyer captured everybodys attention with a wide variety of beautiful stained glass items ranging from jewelry to decorative mirrors. Many spectators agreed that this year the items were more affordable and many were even able to place orders for personal pieces.

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 17 The Conch Inn Marina Deep water berths for vessels up to 120 ft. Marsh Harbours premier marina Full service with 80-slips Texaco fuel stationThe Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Hotel Hotel rooms with garden & harbour views Fresh water swimming pool The Bistro restaurant and bar Full service dive centerThe Conch Inn Hotel and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: moorings_conchinn@oii.net www.moorings.comCome and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. Were waiting to take your lines. Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina 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"As Reported to Stephanie Humblestone A Marsh Harbour man had his travel document, birth certificate and wallet stolen from his house on December 13. An Elbow Cay house had a door lock forced on December 14. Stolen were a satellite card, a computer system and an assortment of tools valued at $475. A Murphy Town house was broken into through a window on December 14. Stolen were a $500 satellite card and boot adapter, a $400 ID bracelet with the initials RJM, a $700 gold wedding band with three rows of diamonds and a $13 bottle of wine. A fight broke out at the Detour Nightclub on December 17. One man had a head injury and was escorted to the Government Clinic by two policemen. A minor riot at the Detour Nightclub in Marsh Harbour on December 17 resulted in a man being wounded by a female when she cut his left forefinger with a knife. A mini brawl broke out at M&M Disco in Coopers Town on December 17 involving a group of men from Fox Town and another group from Coopers Town. Jermaine Mills received a broken jaw and extensive damage to his truck. Persons arrested and charged were; Uganda Russell, Kelsey Cornish, Lacardo Curry, Marcus Laing, Ray Burrows, Devon Mills, Cedric Gardener, Jabaar Kemp, Jessico Mc Kinney and Alvado McDonald, A Murphy Town resident was arrested on December 17 for assaulting a police officer and obstructing the course of justice. A Murphy Town man arrested on December 17 for possession of dangerous drug with intent to supply. Sawyers Market in Marsh Harbour had a break-in on December 18 and an attempt to open the safe. Two residents of Pigeon Peas were subsequently arrested. A woman in Fire Road reported that someone entered a shop on December 18 and stole $400 in cash from the cash register. There was no sign of forced entry but the back door was found open. A Murphy Town man was arrested on December 18 and charged with possession of cocaine hidden in a Nutra Choice Vitamin bottle. A resident of Pigeon Peas reported on December 26 that his one year old daughterPolice Report had been indecently assaulted by a man living in the same residence. As the assailant fled, the father stabbed him. Resident of Pigeon Peas said he witnessed a fight on December 26. While attempting to stop it, he was chopped in the head and on the left arm by one of the men involved in the fight. A resident of Hope Town was arrested at the Detour Night Club and Sporting Lounge in Marsh Harbour on December 27. A resident of Dundas Town reported on December 27 that her brother was assaulted by a young neighbour man at the Murphy Town Ball Park. The attacker was arrested and subsequently charged. 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 BAHAMASTide Pelican Harbour February 2002

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18 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 ISLAND LOG HOMESIN HARMONY WITH NATUREWe invite you to call for a free information package. Island Log Homes has brought the concept of log home construction to the Bahamas. Our homes offer a sturdy and affordable alternative to traditional construction methods while maintaining a distinctive island style. Constructed of Canadian cedar, our homes are naturally resistant to pests and decay. Island Log Homes offers complete customizing services; build the home you want at a price you can afford. Our crew is available to erect your new home to the dried in stage. Most of our homes can be closed in in about four weeks. We can provide accurate quotes to include, materials, shipping and construction costs. We assist in the custom design of your home at no additional charge.Phone 519-389-4846 Fax 519-389-3027 E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.com Or write to: Andrew Hill Island Log Homes RR # 1 Port Elgin Ontario NOH 2C5 CanadaPictured is a customized Island Log Home built in 2001. This 2200 sq ft home features huge wrap-around porches, 4 beds, 4 baths and 16 Cathedral ceilings. Closed-in in five weeks on Lubbers Quarters this home enjoys spectacular views of Tahiti Beach and the Tiloo cut. THE SAUGEEN THE SAUGEEN THE SAUGEEN THE SAUGEEN THE SAUGEEN : 1300 sq.ft.: 1300 sq.ft. : 1300 sq.ft.: 1300 sq.ft. : 1300 sq.ft.US$43,000 US$43,000 US$43,000 US$43,000 US$43,000 Package price delivered to Marsh HarbourStamp tax and duties extra Package includes Package includes Package includes Package includes Package includes: 8" cedar log walls, treated Main floor and loft structure All interior partition framing Roof structure (steel or asphalt) All windows and exterior doors Exterior siding and trims in cedar Custom Island Log House on Lubbers Quarters Abaco FitnessA new GYM is coming to town2000 sq. ft of airconditioned comfort A wide range of stations Free weight Strength Cardio-vascular unitsMake 2002 your year to get fit. Treat yourself or someone you love to a membership to Abaco Fitness 500 square foot aerobic &yoga floor Instructor-led classes Yoga classes Experienced staff and instructorsMemorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour Open 6 Days a Week Call 367-5869OPENING FEBRUARY 1stAttain personal health and fitness goals with our staff & instructorsRotary ClubClub Is Sponsoring Golf TournamentBy Isobel Sherman The First Annual Scramble Handicap Golf Tournament sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abaco will be held on January 26 at Treasure Cay Golf Course. The tournament is open to both men and ladies. Proceeds from the tournament will aid the Rotary Educational Fund for Abaco students. There will be a brunch from 10:30-11:30 and tee off time will be noon. Each team will have four players. There will be a 19th hole. The prizes, which will be bid at each hole include the following: Closest to the pin a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two, a holein-one a 2002 Nissan Sentra, longest drive four cases of beer or soft drinks. Shirts and plaques will be awarded to the winning team. Entry forms are available from CIBC, the Treasure Cay golf course, Abaco Water and Riviere and Associates. The entry fee is $100. You can contact Drexel Major at 3673344 or Barry Whiting at 367-3712.A Valentine Dance Is PlannedThe Rotary Club of Abaco will be staging a Valentines Dinner and Ball at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort on February 15. Music will be supplied by the Impact band and prizes will be given for best dressed male and female. Dress is semi-formal red and whiter. Tickets are $50 per person and will include a free drink from 7-8 p.m. Proceeds will aid the Rotary Education Fund.Pilot ClubThe Pilot Club of Abaco and the youth arm, the Anchor Club, are service clubs whose theme and pledge this year is Self Above Service. Every month the Pilot Club prepares a meal for senior citizens. In October the Pilot Club along with the Anchor Club delivered 56 lunches to the elderly and the shutins of Central Abaco and in November delivered 40 breakfasts. The Brain Minders program is used throughout the world by Pilot Clubs to promote safety among children and to make the public aware of the seriousness of brain related disorder accidents. In October the President of the Pilot Club, Mrs. Major, presented a public service announcement video on safety to ZNS to promote our Brain Minders program. On October 22 Projects Director Sharon Dorset began our new program on Abaco. The first school visited was Central Abaco Club NewsPrimary School. Mrs. Dorset presented the program to 34 students who listened and enthusiastically responded. They were most excited about the flip chart presentation and their Brain Minder Buddy certificates. In November Mrs. Dorset and President Mrs. Major visited St. Francis de Sales School with the program to grade one using huge drawings of the characters in the flip chart. The children were excited and at the end of the program the children took pictures with the characters. They were given Brain Minders Buddy certificates and balloons. We hope to visit all schools on Abaco before the end of June 2002. On December 6 the club held its first Precious Pearls Carol Service at Trumpet Assembly Church of God to honor the senior citizens in Central Abaco. Later Pilot President Mrs. Major and the Anchors delivered care baskets and Christmas gift bags to senior citizens who were unable to make it to the Carol Service. The Pilot Club held a Blast From the Past dance party on December 1 at the Abaco Beach Resort. Part of the proceeds will be used to assist the Every Child Counts program for students with learning disabilities. The Anchor Club had many projects for last year. They promoted the Brain Minders program, helped deliver meals, helped with the Carol Service and gave out Christmas Please see Clubs Page 26 Anchor Club members were active in community service projects including helping senior citizens and students at the Every Child Counts program at the St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour. Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations Congratulations CongratulationsKirsten Bootle Kirsten Bootle Kirsten Bootle Kirsten Bootle Kirsten Bootlegraduated from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, on December 15 with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and Marketing. She is the daughter of Mrs. Anne Bootle of Treasure Cay

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 19 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 Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock .........................................................$12.00 + $3 Abaco Beach Hotel through Golden Harvest....$10.00 + $3 Dove Plaza to Stop Light ...................................$10.00 + $2 Western Auto...................................................... $ 6.00 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town...........$10.00 + $3 Murphy Town or Pelican Shores....................... $14.00 + $4 Eastern Shores or Spring City ..........................$15.00 + $4 Gov. Clinic ..........................................................$ 6.00 + $3 Snake Cay .......................................................$35.00 + $10 Treasure Cay B ...............................................$55.00 + $ 5 Casuarina Point ...............................................$60.00 + $10 Airport Treas. Cay B ......................................$65.00 + $ 5 Bahama Palm Shores .....................................$70.00 + $10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ..............................$80.00 + $10 Crossing Rocks ............................................. $100.00 + $10 Sandy Point ................................................... $135.00 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Abaco Beach Hotel through Wallys...................$ 2.00 + $2 Jib Room............................................................$ 5.00 + $2 Stop Light or Dove Plaza ...................................$ 6.00 + $3 Government Freight Dock ..................................$ 7.00 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance................$ 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. Between Northern Abaco Airport and: Treasure Cay, Bahamas Star or Moxy................$14 + $6 Bronks or Highway Liquors ..................................$10 + $5 Sand Banks ..........................................................$20 + $5 Joes Creek ..........................................................$35 + $5 Black Wood ..........................................................$14 + $5 Fire Road .............................................................$25 + $5 Coopers To wn.....................................................$30 + $5 Cedar Harbour .....................................................$45 + $5 Wood Cay .............................................................$50 + $5 Mount Hope ......................................................... $55 + $5 Fox Town ..............................................................$60 + $5 Marsh Harbour or Crown Haven ..........................$65 + $5 Marsh Harbour Round T rip.................................. $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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20 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002Friendly & 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:The Bahamas Bobsled Association The Bahamas Bobsled Association The Bahamas Bobsled Association The Bahamas Bobsled Association The Bahamas Bobsled Associationwishes to thank all who supported our efforts for Youth Sports by way of ourAnnual Big Hill Soap Bo Annual Big Hill Soap Bo Annual Big Hill Soap Bo Annual Big Hill Soap Bo Annual Big Hill Soap Bo x Derby on November 27 x Derby on November 27 x Derby on November 27 x Derby on November 27 x Derby on November 27thth thth th 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 S pecial thank you to our Number 1 sponsor this year: Sawyer s Sof t Drinks Burns House Ltd. donated some of the beer. Our chief raffle salesman: Mr. Sherlock Russell Cameron Sweeting for selling the most raffle tickets of all the young people. Following are the people without whom this event could not have happened: Raffle prizes: Island Cart Rentals, Bridgette Boyer, Lighthouse Marina, Imports Unlimited, Dolphin Beach, Froggies, La Von Dean, Fantasy Boutique, Cracker Ps Bar & Grill, Anne Ray, Valdo Proza, Perry Petry, Hope Town Cart Rentals, Island Marine, Seahorse Marine, Ebb Tide, Patrick Cash, Deidre at Ediths Straw Market, Classic Marine, Monica Cook, Margaret Fox, Robert Lowe, Munchies Food: Abaco Inn, Abaco Wholesale, Capn Jacks, Harbour View Grocery, Harbours Edge, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, LVA Grocery, Rudys Place, Sea Spray Resort, Sweetings Grocery, Vernons Grocery Many people helped with a multitude of tasks and allowed our Association the use of equipment, tables, etc. Chester Thompson, Clay and Lisa Wilhoyte, Mark and Charmin Malone, Willard Bethel, Pat McCully, Peter Albury, Brian Nottage, Marty Cash, Derek Gape, Kenny Maltarp, Frank Knowles, Tanya Duncombe, Stafford Patterson, Olivia Patterson, Brian Nottage, Johnny Cartwright, Molly Andersen, Tom Albury, Scott Patterson, Kerry Cash, Linda Stewart, Rebecca Risberg, Tia Knowles, Ashley Sands, Jillian Parotti and Brittany Taylor. There were also many volunteers also helped with the preparation of food. To them, I say thank you. You are much appreciated. We were able to deposit a total of $6669 in order to aid Youth Sports. Our net profit looks to be about $5,000 thanks to the generous donations of food, prizes, liquor, sodas and trophies gathered by a person who humbly prefers to remain anonymous. Sincerely, Patrick Stewart President, BBAWho Let the Dogs In?By K. Hargreaves At first the AARF/SNIP people couldnt understand why they werent seeing the same large numbers of dogs waiting to be spayed or neutered at Octobers week-long Project Potcake clinic in Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point. They were using the same tried-andtrue methods that always worked so well before. They just werent finding as many dogs as they expected. It wasnt until more than half way through the week that it finally dawned on them: This was the October clinic, the seventh in a series of clinics aimed at reducing the number of stray roaming and feral dogs on the island by as much as 75 percent. And October 2001 was when they predicted theyd finally see the fruits of their labour back when it all began in the winter of 1999. I think we were all just going at the clinics with such focus that the results kind of had to come up and poke us from behind on the shoulder before we realized wed actually done what we set out to do, says Chris Roberts, president of Abaco Animals Require Friends (AARF). We kept looking at each other and saying Whats wrong? Where are all the dogs? How come we cant go out and find 20 or 30 Potcakes that need fixing like we used to? agrees Kathleen Hargreaves of SNIP (Spay Neuter Incentive Programs Inc.) Kelly OMeara, the Humane Society International project director who monitors our work at these clinics, finally said, Well, thats what you expected, isnt it? The dogs arent here because youve already done them. We were like, Duh! That was really the first time it sank in, recalls Hargreaves. While previous clinics recorded as many as 150 sterilizations, with even higher numbers possible had time allowed, the October clinic only resulted in a total of only 77 animals. Of that number, 32 over 40 percent were cats, according to Harry Meline, SNIPs treasurer and record keeper. Additionally, close to half of that total came from animals seen at the Sandy Point clinic. That clinic, the third in a planned series of three, also reflected another positive change in the way the clinics unfolded. In the beginning AARF and SNIP collectors (the people who went out on the streets and obtained residents permission to have their dogs spayed or neutered) always knew where they could find another half dozen dogs when veterinary surgeons Derrick Bailey and Owen Hanna were ready for them. This time, noted Sandy Point clinic organizers Tommy & Erica Asselin and Diane Claridge, there just werent any. When AARF and SNIP formed an alliance back in the winter of 1999, the task ahead of them seemed goliath. Back then rough estimates of the dog population in the Marsh Harbour area placed the number of reproductive Potcakes at somewhere between 800 and 1200. Less than three years ago, AARF and SNIP speculate, fewer than one percent of the dogs on Abaco were spayed or neutered. Today that number is closer to 75 percent, they say. According to Hargreaves, who says she and her husband Harry Meline created SNIP, a 501 (c) 3 Stateside charity, specifically so they could do something concrete to help the pathetic dogs we used to see all over the island. The explicit purpose of Project Potcake was to significantly reduce the breeding Potcake population in a relatively short length of time without resorting to that ineffective, personally offensive and traditional method of trap and removal, a euphemism for catch and kill. We knew it could work, she explains. I have never done anything that was so rewarding in my entire life. And every single one of the more than 800 Potcakes and 100 potcats weve handled since this whole thing started has made it all worthwhile. If we can do the same in other places, particularly Nassau, all the better, she concluded. Project Potcake will focus on reducing Potcake populations at communities from Sandy Point to Crown Haven beginning this winter. SNIP and AARF have also accepted an invitation to organize a clinic on Eleuthera in March 2002. In April SNIP and AARF will travel to Miami Beach to take part in an international conference focusing on The Challenges of Animal Protection on Island Nations jointly sponsored by The Pegasus Foundation and The Humane Society International during The Humane Societys weeklong annual exposition. People interested in additional information on Project Potcake may contact AARFs Molly Roberts at Abaco Realty in Marsh Harbour or by writing SNIP at email address Potcats@aol.com.AARF/SNIP Look for Dogs to FixAfter several very successful spay and neuter clinics held in Central Abaco over the past three years, the organizers realize that they are succeeding in their goal of controlling the numbers of stray dogs. They are now holding clinics in Sandy Point and Coopers Town to reduce the numbers in those areas. Shown above is Dr. Bailey of Community Animal Hospital caring for a dog.

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 21 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 Beth Ruzicka Bill Johnston Featuring 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 By Stephanie Humblestone Applications for the 2002 Pathfinders Scholarship should be submitted to its board of directors by February 1st. Criteria for recipients will include ability, motivation and financial need. Abaco Pathfinders is now in its second year. Last year it helped place 11 students from Abaco in colleges and vocational institutes in the United States and Canada. The organization was conceived and developed by a small core of second home owners on Elbow Cay. It is affiliated with a similar body Stateside called Florida Cares Corporation which was the brain child of Mr. Ira Sochet, one of Pathfinders directors. Chaired by Mr Jim Blumberg, Pathfinders has an interesting and diverse body of committee members reflecting the different sectors of Hope Town and Abaco communities. Its administrator, Mrs. Kathy Weldon, has 30 years experience in education and has lived part-time on Abaco for 20 years. Essentially the aim of Pathfinders is to assist young people to find a satisfying and lucrative path in life. This entails a good higher education and proper training. If focuses not only on academic areas but also the technical fields. The goal is to provide funding for deserving individuals from Abaco. Applicants are interviewed to determine suitability and deservedness. Recognizing that it is not financial assistance alone which determines success in college or technical school, the organization has set up a guidance board to help students choose the most suitable school. At the beginning of the academic year students are given a volunteer mentor who monitors their progress, helps them adapt to their new environment and is there for advice. Of the 11 students granted financial assistance last year 10 are still completing their studies and doing well academically and socially. Keora Brown in a pre-med program received the Prime Time Scholarship last year and was assisted with books and incidentals by Pathfinders. Tabitha Cash is studying business at Valdosta State University and is doing well. Rory Duggan has found studies challenging but rewarding at Savannah College of Art and Design. Darlene Higgs, another pre-med student, has joined Christian groups and has made good friends. Another medical student, Madeleine Joseph, is studying at the University of the West Indies. Bernadette Jean Noel changed schools and is now at Clark Community College in Springfield, Ohio. She was nominated International Student of the Year. Jerome Menard is working toward a bachelors degree in culinary arts at Johnson and Wales University in Miami. Olivia Patterson is studying marine biology at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Waseela Rahim is studying graphic design at Humber University in Toronto. Tecuma Sherman, daughter of Isobel Sherman, is studying education at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach. The Pathfinders Scholarships provides $1000 a year for many of the students while some students receive more.Pathfinders Scholarships Assist Students AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the clinic.

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22 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002 Donna Sands, Agent forReal Estate andRental Cottages Waterfront or Hilltop Homes and Lots for Sale Home Fun in the Sun Go Fishing or Diving Explore the Islands Discover our BeachesGolf Cart & Bike RentalsTel: 365-5195 VHF 16 Young LoversOn Great Guana CayBetween the Deep Blue Ocean and the Turquoise Sea of AbacoMemberDear Sir: As always, some space in your paper for my thoughts is much appreciated. On the afternoon of January 7, 2002, a motorcyclist was run off the Great Abaco Highway at the Snake Cay turnoff by a vehicle belonging to Abaco Big Bird Poultry Farm. This occurred in the late afternoon. The motorcyclist could have corrected and stayed on the road but the front tire was caught in the rut left by the recent excavation for future cable service and he lost control of his bike. He wound up off the highway and suffered some bad scrapes, bruises and hopefully only a temporary limp and nominal damage to his motorcycle. The vehicle that ran him off the road did not bother to stop. A Good Samaritan did stop, helped this individual lift his motorcycle from the ground and ensured that he was fit to resume riding. I do not know why, but this motorcyclist did not file a police report and seems uninterested in pursuing the matter. Upon hearing of this, I took it unto myself to make a phone call to Abaco Big Bird. Asking for the general manager, I was transferred to a lady in the office instead. It was my intent to simply inform the farm that the incident had occurred and hope that perhaps the driver would be cautioned about his driving habits. The lady did not seem too interested in my call, particularly due to the fact that I, myself, was not involved and did not witness the event. I deeply regret that I informed her that the suspect vehicle was a panel-type delivery van. This was an incorrect assumption on my part. Because I would not give her the name of the motorcyclist, this individual basically informed me that she was not interested in hearing potential hearsay. While I can appreciate any local residents unwillingness to believe potential gossip, I was rather upset that what I had to say was blatantly ignored and that this lady did not seem to show any concern for the downed rider. While I am positive that no inappropriate language was used by either one of us, I am certain that blood pressure was increased on both sides of the phone. Fed up with being disregarded and disbelieved, I eventually hung up. I received a phone call about 45 minutes later from the same lady, very jubilantly informing me that Abaco Big Birds panel van had been inoperable for several weeks and suggesting that in future when I concoct further tales, I should get my stories straight. Bravo, and I do not blame her for her position. If I had been in her shoes, I would have taken the same position, particularly after being misinformed about the suspect vehicle. All in all, it is a sad shame that a motorcyclist can be run off a public road by an inconsiderate driver and that said driver will not even stop to show concern. The Snake Cay turn-off is a very dangerous section of highway with already too many incidents and accidents under its belt. When you are on a 300pound motorcycle, it is a terrifying sight to see a white school bus coming around the corner directly in front of you on the wrong side of the road. To be a motorcyclist living on Abaco today, you must have eyes in the back of your head to contend with surrounding traffic. Unfortunately, whenever anyone around here hears motorcycle, the image of a young guy roaring down the road on one wheel immediately comes to mind. I am proud to say that I am a responsible motorcyclist and that I am affiliated with a group of responsible motorcyclists. The individual run off the road that day is in his mid-fifties, has been enjoying motorcycling for the past 35 years and is also a responsible motorcyclist. I think that it is the civic duty of residents to report to the police reckless or dangerous motorcyclists and likewise riders should report reckless or dangerous drivers. Too many incidents occur around here and go unreported and unnoticed. Unfortunately, theres no sign of things improving. I have no resentment for any of the employees of Abaco Big Bird, but I do hope that the driver of that white school bus reads this letter and uses a little more caution with his driving. I can assure him that an incident with a car or truck would be a lot more eventful than with a motorcycle. If I personally am run off the road, I will certainly be quite vocal about it. Thanking the public in advance for consideration of others on the road. Brant M. Albury LettersFrom Page 9MorMor MorMor Mor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 3 bed / 3 bath 15 ft. wide slip$266,000 Phase II 3 bed / 3 bath 12 ft. wide slip$266,000 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg. 3 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath with boat slip$182,000 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath with boat slip$194,000 Bldg 4 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip$194,000 Bldg 5 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip$194,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Garden/Pool View 1 bed / 1 bath beginning at $70,000 2 bed / 1 bath beginning at $105,000 Marina View 1 bed / 1 bathbeginning at $78,000 2 bed / 1 bath beginning at $121,000 VILLAS Ocean Villa Subdivision 2 bed / 2 bath special garden location. Starting at $194,000 Beach Villa Subdivision Garden villa 2 bed / 2 bath extra features Starting at $151,500 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool / waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house$275,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 2 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other featuresStarting at $412,500 Plus 14% closing CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "Toad Hall" Package deal. Extra large ocean front lot with unlimited opportunity for building your dream home. Directly behind is your present main home on its own lot. Two storey with 4 bed / 3 bath upstairs and large living / dining / kitchen down stairs. Detached double garage with 1 bed / 1 bath guest apt. above. $1,169,000 "Sea Grapes" Directly on the ocean modern CBS fully tiled 3600 sq. ft. home on extra large lot with 215 ft. frontage. Features 3 bed / 3 bath, fully equipped kitchen, large living / dining area (open concept). Two bedrooms / living / dining / kitchen all face ocean side and have direct access to beautiful garden and beach. Garage and utility in main house with additional detached garage / work shop / storage. Grounds fully landscaped with irrigation / sprinkler system. $1,845,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES "Burns House" canal front 2 storey 2,250 sq. ft octagonal home. Lower 3 bed / 2 bath living / family, utility and screened porch. Upper vaulted ceilings living / kitchen, master bed / en suite bath $652,000 "Honey's Home" canal front, 2 storey home on extra large lot with direct 200 ft Greenway Beach access. 3 Bedroom, 3 bath, fully furnished with many xtras including backup generator, RO system, boat lift, work-shop/garage, cabana, etc.$769,000 Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$369,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home, fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $676,500 Island Times 2500 sq. ft. modern spacious 3 bed / 2 1/2 bath, living/dining/kitchen opening onto covered patio facing waterfront. Double garage/ utility. Extra adjacent lot. Total frontage 108 ft. $830,250 SANDPIPER BEACH "Point of View" 3 bed / 2 bath split level open concept home with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Master bedroom suite accesses large ocean-side deck with beach, beach and more beach $1,476,000 BRIGANTINE BAY ESTATES "Sea Cliff" newly completed 2 storey CBS home fully furnished. Living / dining / kitchen downstairs, bed rooms upstairs. Direct greenway access to Treasure Cay beach$431,000 Sableau Soleil Canal front with dock. Island simplicity home, 3 bed / 2 bath, detached garage with half bath. Waterfront view from master bedroom and open concept living / dining / kitcen$430,500 WINDWARD BEACH "Hughes" Exceptional beach lot with high ocean front elevation. Two storey, open lower level. All living upstairs. 3 bed / 2 bath, open concept, living / dining / den / kitchen. Your imagination completes this house.$523,000 Coconuts Two ocean fron lots with 3 bed/2 bath CBS family/beach home. All bedrooms and living/ dining/kitchen have full ocean view. Bathrooms have outside access. Many extra features including pool, detached garage and VW automobile. Must see. $875,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. We not only sell here, we live here and love it.Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.net VACANT LOTS AVAILABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfrontbeginning at $150,000 Canal Front beginning at 99,000 Golf Course / Interior beginning at 25,000

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 23The Hon. Charles Walter Frederick Bethell, CBE, 92, passed away on January 2 in New Orleans, Louisiana, while visiting his daughter. His funeral was in Nassau on January 9. Mr. Bethell was prominent in politics for many years, serving in the House of Assembly for 20 years, then serving in the Legislative Council, now called the Senate. During this time he served in many capacities from Speaker to the House and Government Leader in the Senate to chairman of several boards. Mr. Bethell was prominent in the business world as well serving as president of Bethell Estates until three years ago. Bethell Estates has many Abaco businesses including Abaco Yacht Services, Abaco Outboards, Rainbow Rentals and LighthouseObituaries of Friends and Relatives Obituaries of Friends and Relatives Obituaries of Friends and Relatives Obituaries of Friends and Relatives Obituaries of Friends and RelativesMarina. Mr. Bethell was very fond of Abaco and the family owned much property throughout Abaco. Mr. Bethell was a frequent resident of Annas Cay, his home outside Hope Town habour, which he owned for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Brenda Bethell, who was with him in New Orleans; daughters Julie LeCorgne and Kristin Bethell; son Charles; son-in-law Parker LeCorgne; grandchildren Anna and Parker LeCorgne, Jr.; brother John Herbert Bethell and many nieces and nephews. The family asks that friends make donations to the Bahamas National Trust or the Bahamas Humane Society in his memory. Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 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 Inn 22 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 Malone Estates 18 hse + 366-0100 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-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 House6 rms 367-3980 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Marsh Harb Airport Motel367-4402 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse365-0083Treasure 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 365-2222 + agents who have multiple cottages and housesGeneral for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426

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24 The Abaconian January 15th, 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 with ocean views. Priced to move starting at $40,000 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 with access to sandy beach. Views of the Sea of Abaco. starting at $25,000 Elbow Cay Lots with roads, power, telephones, ocean views. Residential and Commercial. From $45,000 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, greatsea 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 Harbour Lodge. Both establishments worked hard preparing for the New Years Eve parties. When it began raining early on 31st December, it became evident that Plan B would have to be put into operation. This would involve shifting the focus and the large crowds to the inside. At the Lodge where over 100 guests dined, another two hundred came later to share celebrating the New Year, owners Ray and Catherine Ketay and their right hand staff managers, Tanya Duncombe and Tom Hazel, erected an enclosed area for the buffet dinner. CaysFrom Page 5 The Amy Roberts Primary School on Green Turtle Cay held a very successful fund raising fair on December 8. Santa arrived in time to open the fair. Many were thrilled with the prizes that they won in the raffle concluding the fair. The New Plymouth Gospel Chapel held a memorial service on December 2 to honour those who died in the terrorist attact of September 11. The original plans for the service were for November 4 but had to be postponed because of the threat of Hurricane Michelle. Champagne flowed to the music of DJ Jarrod. As the evening drew on and there periods of no rain, local members of the community left their homes for the action, braving the elements. Speculation about whether the firework display could be held on the beach abounded but as midnight approached it became patently clear that it was not to be. We will store the fireworks for another occasion, said Tom Hazel, better known as Sweet Cheeks to locals and visitors alike. However, despite the fact that the Lodge beach was not the setting for the planned firework display, the Junkanoo parade went ahead as usual. One of the organisers, Hope Town resident Michael Myers, said that the 30 participants did a great job. They rushed three times, meaning that they circled three times, playing drums, cowbells and other traditional musical instruments. They were determined to go on with the show, said Mr. Myers, who estimated that about a dozen of the musicians were from Hope Town. Another one of the organisers, who was also a musician, was Churton Toot was also not to be deterred We werent going to get rained out like in Nassau this year, he said. Fortunately there was a small window of time just after midnight when the rain subsided and the show could go on. Junkanoo was organised by the Hope Town Association with contributions from businesses and private individuals, said Mr. Myers, an organiser of the event for the last six years in Hope Town. Meanwhile at the Abaco Inn, three miles south of the settlement, a large crowd of over 300 were enjoying A Tropical Mask Ball and the live music of the three-strong group Sounds of Abaco from Treasure Cay. One hundred and ten guests had also enjoyed a set dinner. It was lots of fun, said Wilma Kemp, a long time employee of the Inn. More News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 27

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 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 Man-O-War house for rent 2 bed / 1 bath, sleeps 6, good view of sunsets. $850 weekly for 1-4 people. Call 365-6140 Marsh Harbour new duplex 2 bed/2 bath furnished. Deposits and references required. Call 357-6947 Marsh Harbour Apartment for rent 2 bed/2 bath. Call 367-2446 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 Beach House beach front home, 2 bed/1 bath, glorious views, walk to settlement, 150 to Nippers. $335,000 net. Call Paul at 703-868-4287 Lynyard 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 Treasure Cay Royal Palm condo on marina with boat slip, 3 bed/3 bath. Asking price $249,000/Mercedes. Ph/fax 242-365-8248 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 67 Specialising in Treasure Cay & Leisure Lee Waterways Ed Newell & Cindy Roberts Newell Tel/Fax: 242-365-8752 or Cellular 242-357-6570 www .abacoestateservices.com BREA MembersOCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERER ERER ER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES On Green Turtle Cay : The beach, the beach, the beach Charming cottage set on high ridge on 1/3 acre. Furnished. Ocean views. 300 foot walk to beach. Reef close enough to swim to. Firm $236,000 Atlantic Ocean side: 1.46 acres 150' frontage on beach. $480,000 Bight O Bay: On Atlantic Ocean, four beach lots in cove, with 90' frontage each. 1/3 to 1/4 acres each. Good area for snorkeling. $222,000 each Bight O Bay: Inland. Less than 5 minute walk to beach. 70' waterfront on Inner White Sound. 14 lots 1/2 acre each lot. Starting at $78,650 Green Turtle Estates: Located in quiet residential area: Two story house under construction with ocean views. 150 ft. from ocean beach. 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. 50,000 gallon rain water tank. Plus fully furnished guest house with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths (kit. lv & din) $720,000 Quiet waterfront: Picturesque Black Sound Furnished. 2 bed 2 bath house on one acre. Waterfront. 100' dock with amenities. 5 minute walk to beach. Excellent rental history. $500,000 White Sound: Inland: 4 lots 1/2 acre Within 5 minutes walk of waterfront at White Sound and public dock. Each $47,200 G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-242-365-4234 Fax 1-242-365-4636 e-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/oceanbluTwo waterfront lots on Bluff Harbour: 140' total frontage. Good elevation. Beautiful views. Dock site. Total 1/2 acre $430,000 Inner White Sound: On water. Two bedroom three bath fully furnished villa. Kit / liv and dining room. In pristine condition. Excellent rental history. $270,000 10,000 sq. ft. lot: Just steps away from ocean beach. 1 1/2 miles from town. $47,200 Income Producing Apartments: Two-year-old two story building with views of Coco Bay. Use of shared private dock. Two 2 bed one bath furnished apartments with A/C throughout on 2nd floor. Two 1 bedroom one bath apartments on ground flour. Separate shed with laundry facilities. B $600,000 ONO Coco Bay: 1/3 acre within five minute walk of beach. $42,000 gross ONO Stunning two bedroom two bath house. Views of Sea of Abaco, Guana Cay and Atlantic Ocean. 400 ft. to beach. 18 ft. ceilings in great room House is new with interior still under construction. Stand-by generator. All finishing materials and furniture on site. A/ C throughout. Truck and golf cart included. $775,500 On Munjack Cay : 10 acres with 320 on Sea of Abaco: Dock. Good elevation $300,000Sales, Rentals and Property Management www.abacos.com rentals real estate activities information cost-effective-ads Tel: 321-254-4901 Fax: 321-242-1356 Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201

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26 The Abaconian January 15th, 2002gift baskets to senior citizens. On November 22 they shared a rewarding Thanksgiving lunch with the children in the Every Child Counts program at St. Francis de Sales School. The children enClubFrom Page 18 Children are interested in the Brain Minders program as Mrs. Neulissa Major stresses the importance of safely. Members of the Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club, Abaco Chapter, traveled to Moores Island to distribute toys which they had collected in their Toys for Tots drive in December. They had very good support from the community so were able to make many children throughout Abaco happy. joyed the meals which were prepared by club members and their parents. They pledged to work closely with these children and hopefully build a lasting relationship with them. More Club News Scurvy Few Take Gifts to Moores Is.NOTICEESTATE of LORRAINE CHRISTINE MALONE late of the Settlement of Hope Town in the Island of Little Guana Cay (a.k.a. Elbow Cay) one of the Abaco Chain of Cays, The Bahamas, deceased NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or demand against the above Estate are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of the debts or claims certified in writing to the undersigned on or before 22nd January, 2002, and if required, to prove such debts or claims, or in default be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts or claims are proved; after the above date the Personal Representative will distribute the assets having regard only to the proved debts or claims of which he shall have had notice AND NOTICE is hereby given that all person indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before 22nd January, 2002. ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO. Attorneys for the Personal Representative Stratton Drive P.O. Box AB 20115 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Remember Register to Vote

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January 15th, 2002 The Abaconian 27 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 (11) 1250 gallon water tanks $1600 each, includes duty & freight. Contact Elbow Cay Properties at 366-0569 Handyman available Do you need something fixed? Call Brian 365-5153 evenings. Good references. Honda CBR 600 RR Motorcycle in good condition $7000 OBO Call 365-6140 or 477-5308 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 15 Boston Whaler, 1994, Dauntless, 70 HP Yamaha, center console, VHF, running lights, spotlight, cooler, cushions, dive platform/ladder, self-bailing, unsinkable, excellent condition. $7000. Call 366-0282 / 0280 16 Boston Whaler Stagger Lee with 85 HP Yamaha. Send written bids to Bahamas Development Bank, P.O. Box AB 20956, Marsh Harbour, Abaco 23 Trimaran fast, fun, safe, excellent condition with outboard, DUTY PAID. $5600. Call 366-0552 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 32 Endeavour sloop, 1977, 20 HP Yanmar diesel. DUTY PAID. Call 365-6006 or 3656140 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 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 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. Have sciatica? TMJ? Lower back pain? Headaches? Get relief with muscular therapy. Call Karen Lane @ 367-5215 COMMERCIAL SERVICES1996 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 Your AdCould Be Here Call 367-3202 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 CaysFrom Page 24 Fortunately, the short break in the weather coincided with midnight so the fireworks went ahead on the nearby dunes. The poor weather had a sobering effect on the cay which is known for celebrating. Parties wound down earlier than usual. The harbour did not have the heavy traffic normally associated with festive occasions. On New Years Day Elbow Cay awoke a little earlier than other years to less headaches and unsettled stomachs. for bringing in 2002. In Central Abaco Abaco Beach Resort offered a package to bring in the the year at the Pavilion and other restaurants such as Mangoes, Sapodillys and the Bistro had special packages. Many persons saw the New Year in at the church of their choice as some attended Watch Night Services.Voltage and BECBy Isobel Sherman Several persons have been complaining about the brightening and dimming of their lights the past week. There have been times when the voltage has dipped low not only in Marsh Harbour but on other areas of Abaco also. One resident measured at one time only 90 volts coming into his house. Low voltage is just as damaging as high voltage. At the same time there have been spikes in electricity where high voltage has come into the house. Christmas night there was a blackout, which affected Marsh Harbour as well as Elbow Cay. On December 28 the gentleman at the power house at BEC said that they had been having troubles in Coopers Town and North Abaco for the past several days. Transformers caught fire in Coopers Town on Christmas and there had been problems caused by lightning in North Abaco. As a result when things like this happen, there is temporary low voltage or dimming of lights as well as possible short surges. The technician said that low voltage for a few seconds cannot harm any appliance and he also said that the circuit breakers in a house would trip if there was a high spike or surge in electricity. He pointed out that, except for Sandy Point, Moores Island and Treasure Cay, the power house in Marsh Harbour generates electricity for the whole of Abaco. More manpower is needed in order to maintain as well as repair the system. CentralFrom Page 6 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 It Pays to Advertise Fynes Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay Fynes@msn.com

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