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Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
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Copyright Date: 2009

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Publisher: David & Kathleen Ralph
Place of Publication: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Publication Date: 05-01-2002
Copyright Date: 2009

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 9, MAY 1st, 2002 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #5050 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 7571 N.W. 78th St. Medley, FL 33166-7530 Forward and Address Correction May 2 Is Election DayVoters Decide Our Leaders for the Next Five Years Students participating in the SCUBA Scholarship Program show off their new Force Fins which give them greater speed in the water. Shown above are, l. to r., Scott Albury, Terence Scavella, Sarina Green (snorkeler), Keith Green (teacher at St. Francis) and Sherell Corey. Other students participating in the program are Brad Curry, Lakendria (Peaches) Lightbourne, Brian Symonette, Brent Symonette, Nykail Murray and Warren Archer. Please see story on page 23. A dog show held in Marsh Harbour on April 13 brought out a great variety of dogs. Shown above is Mrs. Maureen Koepp with her dog. Please see story on page 16. Dog Show Attracts Many BreedsThe general election is set for May 2. The political leaders are crisscrossing the country wooing voters and outlining their objectives. At stake are 40 seats in the House of Representatives and the leadership of the country. The two prominent national leaders are Mr. Tommy Turnquest, leader of the Free National Movement, and Mr. Perry Christie, leader of the Progressive Liberal Party. Locally five candidates are campaigning. In the North Abaco Constituency the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham is willing to represent his home area once again. He first went to the House from North Abaco in 1977. Mr. Fritz Bootle is contesting the seat that Mr. Ingraham has held for 25 years. Ms. Ali McIntosh is campaigning in North Abaco also as the only candidate of her Bahamas Constitution Party. In the South Abaco Constituency Mr. Robert Sweeting, who has served for the past two terms, is offering himself as a candidate once again. Opposing him is Mr. Edison Key, who has held the seat for two terms in the past, 1982 and 1992. In other parts of the Bahamas two new parties have candidates. The Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR) party is led by Dr. Bernard Nottage and the Bahamas Free National Movement leaders are shown above as they prepare for a day of campaigning in the South Abaco Constituency. On the left is the Hon. Tommy Turnquest, new leader of the FNM party. Mr. Sweeting, center and holding a grandchild, is campaigning to hold his seat representing South Abaco in Parliament. He has held that position for the past ten years. On the right is the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham, who has been the Prime Minister of The Bahamas for the past ten years. He will step down as Prime Minister after the election. But he is willing to continue representing the people of North Abaco as he has for the past 25 yea rs.Remember to Vote on May 2 Please see Election Page 32 SCUBA Students Show New Fins

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Page 2 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly 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 TOPSAIL New Schedule as of March 10th, 2002In Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on 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 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh HarbourFNM OutlookBy Alice Bain The Free National Movement incumbent for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting, addressed a few of the issues he believes are relevant during this election season. The FNM is dedicated to continuing economic development on Abaco. In addition to this, we are concerned with the health of the local fishing stock. We need to create notake zones and ban the take of grouper during the spawning season. We definitely support the creation of a national park at the Fowl Cay preserve and would like to see the Pelican Cays go into a sea park as well. Mr. Sweeting continued, I personally support the idea of a park for the Abaco wild horses and plan to bring up the subject in a meeting with the Prime Minister before the election. Mr. Sweeting spoke about the issue of the Haitian communities of the Mud and Pigeon Pea. He said, The problem with making another community is that we dont want to just create another slum. Those who are illegal immigrants cant buy land here anyway, so we need to deal with the ones who have status. Many are now purchasing lots in the new Central Pines Estates Subdivision. Fifty percent of lots there have beenPLP Outline Their AgendaBy Alice Bain Randy Key of the Progressive Liberal Party outlined his partys stance on some of the issues he believes are relevant to voters going into this Mays general election when Edison Key will be running again for MP for the South Abaco district. Mr. Key commented, I think people should understand that the former PLP is nine and a half years ago now. Were not looking at the past, were looking towards the future. I would like to see the local business owners working together regardless of party affiliation to get people-oriented feedback on what we need on this island. I know that Abaconians are tired of being dictated to by Nassau. The PLP is committed to bringing together a coalition to improve tourism and agriculture in Abaco and to preserve our fishing grounds which are suffering.What Do the Candidates Say?Mr. Key had no comment on the park proposals for the Snake Cay area, the Fowl Cay preserve and the Drinkwater area of Little Abaco. When questioned about the Haitian situation, he replied, We need to establish an orderly relocation of the residents of the Mud and Pigeon Pea. PLP leadership has assured Edison Key of financing for the expansion of Marsh Harbour International Airport. This is a priority! says Randy Key. This should be the number one capital expenditure on our budget. It simply has to take place. Mr. Key would like to see old and young voters alike vote on the issues presented, not vote based on things that happened thirty years ago. I hope that we as an island have matured to a point that we can vote on an issueoriented campaign, adds Mr. Key. We have a right to vote and we should be thankful that we are presented with a choice between candidates. So many countries dont have that privilege. sold to Bahamians of Haitian descent. We support integration rather than segregation of these people in another slum area. They should integrate with the local community whenver they can afford to. According to Mr. Sweeting, The Mud and Pigeon Pea will eventually have to be evacuated. The communities were created over a period of 35 years, however, and we cannot resolve this issue overnight. My advice to those residents of these areas is that if they are living in the Bahamas, they need to comply with Bahamian rules and regulations, for example, with getting building permits before they build. I think the government needs to pay more attention to monitoring this. I apologize for the situation with the traffic light. I have done my best to try and resolve the matter. I personally secured four stop signs and saw that they were installed at that intersection, so now there is at least an official four way stop. Mr. Sweeting agrees that Abaco needs an effective drivers education program. If re-elected, I am basically looking forward to playing a bigger role in Central Government a bigger role in making national decisions. Robert Percival Sweeting, Jr. FNM Candidate for South Abaco By Anita Rolle Mr. Robert P. Sweeting, Jr. is the incumbent Member of Parliament for the South Abaco Constituency. He was first elected in 1992 and successfully retained his seat in the general elections of March 1997. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sweeting, he was born in Nassau on February 4th, 1945. He received his education at the Man-O-War All Age School. Mr. Sweeting is married to the former Margaret Russell of Hope Town. The couple have three children, Robert, Jr., Rt. Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham Prime Minister of The Bahamas, FNM Member of Parliament for North Abaco By Anita Rolle Mr. Hubert Alexander Ingraham is the Member of Parliament for the North Abaco Constituency and Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, having retained the seat in the general elections of March 1997. Born on Grand Bahama in 1947, he received his education in Nassau. Mr. Ingraham married his wife Delores in 1971 and is aProfiles of FNM Candidates for AbacoFritz Bootle PLP Candidate for North Abaco By Anita Rolle Mr. Fritz Bootle, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate for the North Abaco Constituency, hopes to bring North Abaco back to the prosperous community it once was. Eldest child of the late Mr. Sherlin C. Bootle and Verleta Davis, he was born in Nassau and grew up in Dundas Town. He was raised by his grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Bodie, who instilled in him strong Christian values. He received his formal education at the Dundas Town Public School and at St. Francis de Sales evening school. Mr. Bootle is married to the former Audrey Poitier and is a dedicated husband and father. A successful businessman, Mr. Bootle has worked for the past fourteen years building his own businesses. He has served in the Customs Department on Abaco and as Regional Purchasing Director for Princess Properties International, Freeport Operations.Profiles of PLP Candidates Please see Ingraham Page 32 The Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham Prime Minister of The Bahamas Mr. Robert Sweeting Mr. Fritz Bootle Edison M. Key Candidate for South Abaco Mr. Key was the middle son of Bunyan and Lillian Key of Marsh Harbour. He has three children and five grandchildren. He lives in Marsh Harbour with his family. Mr. Key worked in road construction engineering and heavy equipment for Sea Breezes Ltd in the 1960s. In the 1970s he along with his brother-in-law established a very successful farm, the Key and Sawyer Farms in the Treasure Cay area. It grew to be the largest winter vegetable and citrus farming operation in the Bahamas during that time. Mr. Key is no new comer to the political scene. He has served as Senator for two terms and a Member of Parliament for two terms representing the Constituency of Marsh Harbour under the Progressive Liberal Party government. During that time he served as Chairman of Batelco for seven years. He enjoys woodwork, horticulture and fishing. Mr. Edison Key Please see Sweeting Page 32

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Page 4 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Collins Ave., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2601/2 Fax: (242) 367-2731 Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Nabisco Murrays Duracell Bluebird Wise Quaker Del Monte Gatorade DISTRIBUTORS IN ABACO FOR Open 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday COMPLETE GROCERY LINE SOLOMONS SOLOMONS ABACO LTD A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Shop Safe! Shop SmartShop Solomons! News of the CaysGreen Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross When I was a little girl, holidays and special events seemed lifetimes apart. Now they seem only days apart as time flies by, and I race to keep up. The first few months of the year are usually quiet and uneventful, but not 2002. Maybe it was the mild winter that had people wanting to get out and do things. I will try to summarize the events o the past four months on Green Turtle Cay.Traffic ChangesJanuary 14 was a historic day on the Cay. One way traffic went into effect in town and is now the law. It took a few weeks to get used to but traffic is flowing smoothly. It is really a big improvement and our small roads dont seem as congested. Even the tourists in golf carts are going with the flow.Town EventsOn February 14 the Amy Roberts Primary Schools Valentine Dinner was hosted by the Green Turtle Club. It was well attended and the food was excellent. Its always nice to have a dress-up evening away from the children and what better night than February 14. The Architectural Preservation Societys annual wine tasting was presented by the William Brewer Company on February 21. It was a successful event and proceeds will be used in the historical preservation of Captain Roland Roberts house. Capt. Roberts house was constructed of Abaco pine by local shipwrights and carpenters in the 1800s. It survived the 1932 hurricane despite being knocked off its base by another building. Over the years the house was occupied by the descendants of Capt. Roberts but later fell into disrepair. Hurricane Floyd claimed a part of its roof. It is now being historically restored by a crew specializing in such renovations. In the past few months weve seen the house restored to what must have been its former glory. Attention to historical detail extends to the gutters and the brick paved grounds. Upon completion, Reef Relief, an environmental organization, will use a portion of the house as an educational center. It is wonderful to see this part of our islands history restored. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Health Minister Ronald Knowles and Education Minister Dion Foulkes visited our community in February to discuss the referendum. The courtroom was filled with interested voters. Voter turnout for the referendum was high with the majority of voters on Green Turtle Cay supporting constitutional changes. However, the entire country did not agree and the rest is history!School NewsAmy Roberts Primary School presented the Lion King to standing room only crowds on March 22 and 23. They also performed a third evening, March 27, by popular demand. Students of Hope Town, Cherokee Sound, Man-O-War and Guana Cay schools traveled to Green Turtle for a matinee performance of the play. A lot of hard work went into the play and it all paid off as the students did an excellent job. They not only acted but were responsible for building the scenery and making costumes. The students will perform again on April 23 for the National Arts judges and in May for the Green Turtle Clubs Fishing Tournaments participants. In other school news, congratulations to Heather Sawyer, who won second place at the 3rd grade spelling bee and to Tyler Survance, who won third place at the 4th grade spelling bee. Colby Cross and Amanda McIntosh will represent the school on April 26 at the first grade spelling bee. Good luck!CongratulationsCongratulations to Christopher and Pamela Roberts, who welcomed their first child, Reagan Christopher. Both mother and baby are healthy and back home. Wedding bells rang on April 13 for Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dames. The couple were married at St. Peters Anglican Church and a reception followed at the Green Turtle Club. Congratulations to Debbie Symonette as she marks her 20th anniversary as bartender at the Green Turtle Club. Debbies cheerful disposition keeps guests feeling comfortable and welcome. The Green Turtle Awana Club hosted the Marsh Harbour Awana Club on April 13 for an afternoon of friendly competition at the game circle. Hot dogs, hamburgers, fritters and desserts kept everyone happy. It was hard to tell if the leaders or the clubbers had the better time. Awana leaders are to be commended for the tremendous job they do. On a sad note Mrs. Roselyn Curry died on March 24 in Nassau. Mama as she was affectionately called, spent most of her life on Green Turtle Cay, but moved first to Treasure Cay and then to Nassau to be with her daughter. Funeral services were held on March 30 at the Gospel Chapel. She is survived by her brother Reuben Roberts, son Allan Curry, daughter Estella Lowe, adopted son Percival Roberts, Jr., daughters-in-law Marina Curry and Judy Roberts; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Please see Cays Page 37 Located on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Telephone: (242) 367-3186 MicrowavesMicrowaves MicrowavesMicrowaves Microwaves$99$99 $99$99 $99 ChestChest ChestChest Chest FF FF F reezersreezers reezersreezers reezers$531$531 $531$531 $531 RR RR R anges:anges: anges:anges: anges:20 Gas20 Gas 20 Gas20 Gas 20 Gas $399 $399 $399 $399 $399 20 Electric $469 20 Electric $469 20 Electric $469 20 Electric $469 20 Electric $469 30 Electric $499 30 Electric $499 30 Electric $499 30 Electric $499 30 Electric $499 30 Gas30 Gas 30 Gas30 Gas 30 Gas $599 $599 $599 $599 $599 18 18 18 18 18 cu. ft.cu. ft. cu. ft.cu. ft. cu. ft.RR RR R efrigeratorefrigerator efrigeratorefrigerator efrigerator$699$699 $699$699 $699 AirAir AirAir Air --ConditionerConditioner ConditionerConditioner Conditioner ss ss s5,000 BTU5,000 BTU 5,000 BTU5,000 BTU 5,000 BTUWindow UnitWindow Unit Window UnitWindow Unit Window Unit9,000 BTU9,000 BTU 9,000 BTU9,000 BTU 9,000 BTU WW WW W all Unitall Unit all Unitall Unit all Unit$299 $439 14 14 14 14 14 cu. ft.cu. ft. cu. ft.cu. ft. cu. ft.VV VV V ert. 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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 5 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 South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderWedding CelebrationsOn April 6th Krystle Roberts married her childhood sweetheart, Dean Weatherford, in a touching ceremony and celebration of love in the Assemblies of God Church. Their reception was held immediately after the church service on the schoolhouse grounds on a warm and sunny afternoon with all their closest family and friends around them. Dean works in construction with his two older brothers, and Krystle is employed at Standard Hardware in Marsh Harbour. Cherokee residents have watched these two young people grow up in this small community and we know everyone wishes the happy couple a long and happy marriage.Fish Are BitingWith crawfish season now closed many have turned to trolling. From what we hear, they are catching some big ones and our visitors are thrilled. We depend on these fishermen to keep our local economy going and when they catch fish they are happy. If theyre happy, were happy.Still No RainIt seems like almost every day the dark clouds gather, but then they pass us by. The homeowners are still praying for some much needed rain. Maybe other parts of Abaco have been getting rain. Here in Cherokee we have only received a little over two inches of rainfall since January and those who depend on their rainwater tanks are suffering. We have certainly had our share of blustery wind lately and even lovely warm weather. But what our gardens really need is water and plenty of it.School NewsFive students and four adults took a field trip to Nassau and from all reports they were kept pretty busy while they were there. They visited several government offices and local landmarks as well as stopping for tea at Government House with Lady Patricia Isaacs. They even found time to visit Atlantis and Ardastra Gardens. It all sounded very exciting and we know they must have enjoyed themselves. These excursions broaden the childrens horizons and enhance their learning. Parents must be very glad that their children were able to have this experience while they are still so young. (And Ill bet the grown The students of Cherokee Primary School recently went on a field trip to Nassau where they visited many attractions including the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Department. They were accompanied by teachers and parents. Please see South Page 32 Mothers Day Sunday May 12thLovely Gift Baskets Beautiful Flowering Plants Exotic Orchids Rose Bushes Gorgeous Bromeliads Dish Gardens New Selection of Silk Flowers & Baskets Mon Fri 9-5 Sat 9-2 Ph: (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755 AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERA TIONElectrical Contracting Residential & Commercial Electrical Wiring Licenced Single and 3 Phase Electricians Sales, Service and InstallationDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh HarbourPh: (242) 367-3186 Fax: (242) 367-3469 formerly Triple J Marine ElectronicsFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repairs of: Xantrex, Balmar and others SIMRADRaymarineF.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm erlin sMarine ElectronicsFor Reservations Please call: 1-(242)-367-4460We are located upstairs in the peach building across the street from the St Francis de Sales School on the Airport Road Sea ShellsRestaurant & BarMothers DayMothers Day Mothers DayMothers Day Mothers Day BuffetBuffet BuffetBuffet Buffet May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 MENU SaladPasta Salad Tomatoes Lettuce Potato Salad Dressings Dinner Rolls / Butter Main CourseBaked Ham with honey gravy Lamb leg with rosemary sauce Yellow rice with mushrooms Parsley Potatoes Garden Vegetables Dessert sCheese Cake Fruits / Cheese$19.95 per personA 15% Gratuity will be added to your check

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 5 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 South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderWedding CelebrationsOn April 6th Krystle Roberts married her childhood sweetheart, Dean Weatherford, in a touching ceremony and celebration of love in the Assemblies of God Church. Their reception was held immediately after the church service on the schoolhouse grounds on a warm and sunny afternoon with all their closest family and friends around them. Dean works in construction with his two older brothers, and Krystle is employed at Standard Hardware in Marsh Harbour. Cherokee residents have watched these two young people grow up in this small community and we know everyone wishes the happy couple a long and happy marriage.Fish Are BitingWith crawfish season now closed many have turned to trolling. From what we hear, they are catching some big ones and our visitors are thrilled. We depend on these fishermen to keep our local economy going and when they catch fish they are happy. If theyre happy, were happy.Still No RainIt seems like almost every day the dark clouds gather, but then they pass us by. The homeowners are still praying for some much needed rain. Maybe other parts of Abaco have been getting rain. Here in Cherokee we have only received a little over two inches of rainfall since January and those who depend on their rainwater tanks are suffering. We have certainly had our share of blustery wind lately and even lovely warm weather. But what our gardens really need is water and plenty of it.School NewsFive students and four adults took a field trip to Nassau and from all reports they were kept pretty busy while they were there. They visited several government offices and local landmarks as well as stopping for tea at Government House with Lady Patricia Isaacs. They even found time to visit Atlantis and Ardastra Gardens. It all sounded very exciting and we know they must have enjoyed themselves. These excursions broaden the childrens The students of Cherokee Primary School recently went on a field trip to Nassau where they visited many attractions including the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Department. They were accompanied by teachers and parents. Please see South Page 32 Mothers Day Sunday May 12thLovely Gift Baskets Beautiful Flowering Plants Exotic Orchids Rose Bushes Gorgeous Bromeliads Dish Gardens New Selection of Silk Flowers & Baskets Mon Fri 9-5 Sat 9-2 Ph: (242) 367-2674 Fax (242) 367-4755 AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATIONElectrical Contracting Residential & Commercial Electrical Wiring Licenced Single and 3 Phase Electricians Sales, Service and InstallationDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh HarbourPh: (242) 367-3186 Fax: (242) 367-3469 formerly Triple J Marine ElectronicsFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repairs of: Xantrex, Balmar and others SIMRADRaymarineF.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour MarinaTel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm erlin sMarine ElectronicsFor Reservations Please call: 1-(242)-367-4460We are located upstairs in the peach building across the street from the St Francis de Sales School on the Airport Road Sea ShellsRestaurant & BarMothers Day Mothers Day Mothers Day Mothers Day Mothers Day BuffetBuffet BuffetBuffet Buffet May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 May 12, 2002 MENU SaladPasta Salad Tomatoes Lettuce Potato Salad Dressings Dinner Rolls / Butter Main CourseBaked Ham with honey gravy Lamb leg with rosemary sauce Yellow rice with mushrooms Parsley Potatoes Garden Vegetables DessertsCheese Cake Fruits / Cheese$19.95 per personA 15% Gratuity will be added to your check

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Page 6 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Open DailyBreakfast 7 a.m. 11 a.m.Lunch 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m.Dinner 6 p.m. 10 p.m.Tel: 367-2158Located in the Abaco Beach Resort Check Out Tzers Gift ShopAnglers Restaurant presents international cuisine with an island flair in a casual waterfront setting. One of the most popular restaurants in the Abacos, Anglers serves breakfast, lunch & dinner every day of the year.You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. A & W TRAVELTravel is our businessWell get you where you want to go....SUB AGENTS Hope Town 366-0100 Man-O-War 356-6048 Treasure Cay 365-8507 Green Turtle 365-4140 Abaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB-20283 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2806/2577 Fax: (242) 367-3219 Central Abaco News bahamian cuisine on Hope Towns 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 BIKESExtra FlightsBy Isobel Sherman Continental Airlines will begin a second flight between West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour on May 2. The flight will leave West Palm Beach at 10:40 a.m. This extra flight will be daily through August 15. According to Mrs. Kathryn Albury, Manager of A & W Travel, Continental is expecting to put a 49-seat plane on all their flights into Abaco but the date for this has not been announced.Performing Arts School OpensBy Isobel Sherman The Fame School of Performing Arts is scheduled to have their Grand Opening all day on May 1. A variety of classes will be held for anyone five years and up. Various dancing classes, modeling and aerobics will be featured. The school is located on the second floor of Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour. The school is under the management of Angelique Rollins from Freeport who has 14 years of experience. For more information call 1-242-375-8452.Business Women Start New VentureWell known businesswomen, Barbara Simmons and Sandra Evans, have joined forces to better serve their clients. Doing business as Abaco Bound Choice Destinations and Sandra Evans Real Estate Sales, the entrepreneurs new office is located in Simmons Plaza, formerly Touch of the TropThe traffic light corner now has four stop signs. This changes the system of Queen Elizabeth Drive being a through street. Motorists are not used to the newly placed signs so there is confusion at the corner and many vehicles make no pretext of stopping or yielding. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department recently acquired a fire truck to replace the one that went to the newly formed Casuarina Point Fire Department. It was put into use less than one hour after it got to the fire station. Shown above are, l. to r., Assistant Chief Claude Sawyer, Chief Fire Officer John Hall, Mr. Randy Key and Mr. Sidney Albury. Mr. Key and Mr. Albury represent United Abaco Shipping which brought the truck over at no freight cost to the fire department. ics, on Bay Street in Marsh Harbour. Barbara Simmons has many successful years of experience in the hospitality industry and Sandra Evans is a prominent real estate broker. Together they are committed to excellence, community service and thorough professionalism. Mrs. Simmons offers complete vacation planning and property management while Mrs. Evans continues to Please see Central Page 7

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 7 Stop in and see our fine selection ofWines, Spirits & Beers SAPODILLYS 5 7 PM Fridays FINLANDIA FRIDAYS$1.50FINLANDIAVodka drinks THE DETOUR 11 PM 1 AM Fridays Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, T reasure Cay Open Monday Saturday 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 Fax: 367-5241 Central Abaco News 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 Grand Opening!May 1st 7:00 am 8:00 pm Aerobic Class 12:00 pm 1:00 pm Modeling Class 3:30 pm 4:30 pm Dance Class 4:45 pm 5:45 pm Modeling Class 6:00 pm 7:00 pm Dance Class 7:30 pm 8:30 pm Aerobics Class Schedule6 classes per day Monday thru Friday Grand OpeningSpecial!$3.00 per Class May 1st OnlySuite 202 Upstairs Dove Plaza Marsh Harbour Ph: (242) 375-8452 serve the real estate needs of both Bahamians and our foreign guests.Restaurant OpensSea Shells Restaurant opened on the second floor of the liquor store on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. According to some anglers in the BBC tournament the food is great and so are the prices. CentralFrom Page 6 Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation is installing a series of free standing antenna towers through the Northern Bahamas. Aba co will be having four of these towers. A company specializing in erecting towers is doing the work. Shown above is the new tower beside Batelco in Marsh Harbour. The towers are much stronger than any already here and will accommodate the larger antennas for fast internet service and other communication servies.Grace Baptist Youth Receive TrainingBy Anita Rolle The Youth Department of Grace Baptist Church recently participated in a workshop for peer leaders. The two-day training program focusing on adolescent reproductive health co-ordinated by Ms. Sandy Walker and was held at the Learning Resource Center in Marsh Harbour. Jackie Robins, Youth Leader, commented, We decided to hold the workshop with the permission of parents in order to educate the group. This way, all of their questions can be answered in a professional manner by professionals. Some parents accompanied their children, making the workshop a family af-Bahamas Assists US in Wrecking a Smuggling RingThe Royal Bahamas Police Force assisted United States authorities in smashing a multi-million-dollar major organization involved in smuggling Chinese nationals from mainland China into the United States. Seven persons have been charged with smuggling Chinese aliens into the United States. Twelve of the aliens were said to have entered the U.S. through The Bahamas. The defendants are alleged to have paid more than $219,000 in smuggling fees to take the Chinese nationals into the U.S. Mr. Guy A. Lewis, United States Attorney, said, It was critical that we had the support as well as the co-operation of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Mr. Lewis said. We are very thankful we had that. It made a difference in this case. The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to smuggle three different groups of Chinese nationals into the U.S. over a period of about eight months. fair. Topics included Human Sexuality, Puberty and Adolescent Development, Communicating with Peers about Sex, Teen Pregnancies, Sexual Abuse, Gender Violence and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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Page 8 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 The Editor Says The Politics of Cooperation 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, Anita Rolle, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Mary MacKenzie, Benjamin Pinder, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Generally Speaking . .Trouble in ParadiseDavid RalphBy S. Timothy Roberts On Abaco we are privileged to live in an indigenously beautiful island amongst a people of great charm and dignity. In essence we have, as much as can be had, a piece of paradise here on earth. However, there is, to use a colloquialism, trouble in paradise. Like it or not, our number one industry throughout the Bahamas is, and seems it will remain for quite some time, tourism. Tourism is an industry that requires careful nurturing and imaginative innovation to not only survive but thrive. Anywhere you go on Abaco you are greeted with pristine beaches, beautiful woodland areas, and (though not quite exotic) wondrous wildlife. The trouble here is attributed to bad habits possibly or whatever else can be blamed for it. The trouble is littering in all its various forms. Drive along any of our great highways and view the amount of trash that is slowly, but steadily increasing in quantity. There are any number of illegal dump sites where you will find all sorts of heavy trash like derelict cars, old washing machines and refrigerators and other waste. Visit any of the North Side beaches and you will find the greatest variety of garbage ranging from wood and light bulbs to medical supplies and plastic bags and much more. Some of these problems are not caused directly by the local people of Abaco, but some of it is. The trash on beaches that ends up there because of passing vessels is still our problem, though we are not the cause of it. We still must take the situation in hand and deal with it. We have to think, what heritage are we leaving for our children? What messes are we leaving behind? What will be left when we are gone? Can we be proud of ourselves for the mark we have left? It is often that we all, regardless of race, age, sex or creed, neglect to think of the consequences of our actions. Whatever we do, whether we think it an insignificant thing or if we believe it to be of great importance, has an effect on others. Seldom do we honestly think of what we may cause as a result of our actions in the immediate future, much less over the long term. We are responsible not only for ourselves but for all that we survey around us, whether it is a person, animal, tree, beach, water or whatever. The effect of our being here will leave an impression. It is up to us to make it a good one. After all, not only do we have to live here, but our future generations will in all likelihood live here as well. Everything is connected. There is cause and effect. There is a degree of control we have on the future of this piece of paradise. We can, indeed, even have an affect on the rest of the world. The power we possess in such degrees is limited only by us as individuals. The Bible says that we be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and every living thing that moves upon the earth. This is Gods ecological program. He gave us the earth and its creatures to be rulers over them. This is not licence to do what we wish; however, it is a responsibility to make sure the environment runs the way it ought. We are obligated to our fellow man and to our future generations to provide the best possible present and future that we are able to provide. We are sitting on a treasure, a virtual paradise. Let us not through selfishness, greed, and irresponsibility destroy it for ourselves and our future children and grandchildren. By Isobel ShermanNo SeatsAir service between West Palm Beach and Marsh Harbour is a huge problem. I thought I would have no trouble getting a ticket for my daughter to return for the summer in the first week of May. I was quoted an expensive $400 ticket and finally got a one way for $184. When I tried to book a return to West Palm Beach in August, I had to change dates as the flights were either full or the price the day I wanted to fly was ridiculous. In a casual conversation with one of my daughters friends at college who happens to live in Nassau, I learned that she obtained a one-way seat on Continental from West Palm Beach to Nassau for only $88. Yes, $88 while I was quoted a price of over $200. We are closer to West Palm Beach than Nassau. It is not fair. Seats to West Palm Beach are still scarce even when Continental puts on an additional flight. However, if you talk to persons who are trying to travel, the prices they are quoted are out of this world. It seems to me that some compromise can be achieved. We are a prime tourist destination but no tourist is going to pay the prices for tickets that I have been hearing. I have been told it might be cheaper going through Nassau. The only problem with that is you have to get to and from Nassau on Bahamasair.PitbullsRecently in Florida a little four-year-old girl was viciously attacked in her face by a pit bull. The damage was extensive physically and apparently she has not spoken since the attack so the emotional damage is worse. The pit bull was illegal and was destroyed the next day. In the meantime the little girl faces several operations on her face. As awful as it sounds we here in Abaco have a time bomb ticking because what happened to that little girl could very well happen here. It is the fashion with our young men to have pit bulls. They are dangerous and can turn without warning. Incidents of their turning on their owners in the United States are documented It is illegal to own Pitbulls in Dade County in Florida and many other places in the United States and other parts of the world.New Stop SignsThe intersection of Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard has now been equipped with stop signs on all four corners, making it a fourway stop. Could it be that we may never see the traffic light there again? I hope not. Post script. I recently I noticed that the stop sign on Queen Elizabeth Drive coming from the dock has been removed. Does this mean it is now a three way stop?No Phone YetMr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal of Abaco Central High School, has been living in the principals house since November 2001. As yet he has been unable to obtain a phone in his house. Now people listen carefully, this man has his family in Freeport and at the University of Nebraska. Dont you think he should have a phone? Also with his son so far away, dont you think it would be nice if he could go online and email? Come on, Batelco, give the man a phone, please!The Worst Road in Murphy Town!The worst road in Central Abaco is the road leading into the teachers homes and principals home next to Abaco Central High School. It seems that it should be made passable. Once again persons have to suffer the dust, ruts and bumps that could have been eliminated. TravelAccording to A & W Travel the cancellations of flights by Bahamasair has really messed up their ability to book flights for their customers. They have had to deal not only with the flight cancellation into West Palm Beach but also the length of time we had no third Nassau flight. They are having a terrible time trying to get people in and out of Marsh Harbour. What is needed is for another air line to come in and fly to West Palm Beach with an aircraft that seats as many as Bahamasair used to. This is the season when the politicians are your best friend just give them a chance and they will tell you. National elections are scheduled for Thursday, May 2. Those campaigning are making the most of the few days left until the polls open. There is little personal contact with most of their effort directed to town and area rallies where the message can be given to several hundred voters at one time. The past is brought forth as proof of competency or lack thereof while the future is always projected to be an improvement. Accusations are hurled and arguments are put forward. Within the towns tempers can get short and friendships are tested as the opposing views are debated and justified. However, we must remember that all election promises are tempered by budget constraints and the civil service which is the working arm of government. The civil service seems to be immune to change and progress. Change is unknown and dangerous while maintaining the current status is relatively safe (except for the need for a pay increase.) Our councils, town committees and statutory boards have come to a standstill while national politics take center stage. Building permits will not be issued, licenses will not be granted and many of the other functions of local government are on hold. After May 2 those persons serving on local government bodies will be concerned with their own political future and their interest in local government issues will be minimal. Traditionally, governments, both local and national, loose interest in the getting much done at election time. On a national level the civil service keeps the government machinery working. At the local level the decision making responsibilities assigned local government grinds to a halt. as their own re-election local government elections will be a main issue. Our considered opinion is that you should listen to the various candidates and judge how effective you feel each candidate is. Weigh the effectiveness you think he will be to Abaco or your town. Get past the hype and noise of the rallies and assess each persons ability to achieve his stated goals and if those promises are realistic. The next few years will be a trying time for the Bahamas. Although we are not under any specific or immediate crisis there are several areas which need long range planning and careful thought. M Our entry into the World Trade Organization M The impending Free Trade Association of the Americas M CARICOM a Caribbean basin trade association. These and other issues reach beyond our borders but they must be acknowledged and dealt with. The world is getting smaller and more complicated Outside interests are infringing on us and our leaders must seek acceptable answers to these challenges. In this age, no country can stand alone, particularly a small vulnerable one such as ours. We need to get past this current political noise and get back to business of running the country. We need to put aside our differences and rhetoric and work together for the overall good of the country. Whichever party wins, it should not try to go it alone but to reach out to the opposition for input. The recent referendum is an example where more cooperation and broad based input might have changed the outcome. Our country will do best when all groups work together. Many times the opposition feels obliged to live up to their name and oppose rather than try to find a middle ground that is acceptable to both sides. However, blind opposition is often not in the long term interest of the country.

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code + Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$45 Canada Airmail US$55 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Nov 98 Give Credit Where Credit Is DueDear Editor, No sensible person will deny that the FNM has done much good for Abaco over the past nine years. BUT for persons with one broad sweep of the brush to say that the PLP did nothin for Abaco during its 25 years of government is absolute nonsense. Following are just a few of the things I can think of. 1. A major effort was undertaken by the PLP in education and school construction. Schools were built in various communities and a new high school was built in Murphy Town which served the central Abaco area. Bahamians were elevated to be teachers and administrators instead of floor sweepers and cleaners. A drive toward uplifting the masses of Bahamians to first world status was undertaken by the PLP leadership in what we have come to know as Bahamianization. 2. The water systems in many communities were initiated for the first time and Marsh Harbours water system was upgraded. 3. Roads were paved in many communities including Sandy Point, Spring City, Crossing Rocks, Moores Island and Marsh Harbour, and a new tarred road was completed from Marsh Harbour all the way down to Crown Haven. Plans were underway at the time when the PLP lost the government in 1992 to continue the road paving from Marsh Harbour to Sandy Point. The FNM completed this plan for which we are truly thankful. 4. Some of you might not remember how the community was treated unfairly when Phil Ferrar owned the electrical company. Under the leadership of our then Member of Parliament, Mr. Edison Key, the power company was bought by BEC and a new state-of-the-art power generation plant was completed on Sherlin Bootle Highway (its current location). After BEC took over, the price per KWH for electricity dropped considerably compared to the Phil Ferrar operation, and consumers were able to economize on their electrical bills. 5. During the PLPs terms a new airport terminal, runway and ramp paving were completed in Marsh Harbour. This was the only terminal upgrade since the days of the UBP and the only terminal upgrade to date. Further, a new airport terminal and runway were constructed in Treasure Cay. 6. Admittedly, dealing with Lands & Surveys has always been like pulling teeth. But land during the days of the PLP was made available to Bahamians at reasonable prices the folks of Crossing Rocks and Spring City will agree with me on this. Lots at Crossing Rocks were made available at $300 each! Land plus houses in Spring City were sold to their occupants for between $10,000 and $12,000 each! 7. Under the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party, Abaco was brought up to first world standards in the area of telecommunications. I believe the number was around a $10 million dollar upgrade. This was inclusive of direct dial (remember the days when you waited around all morning to call an order in to Florida by having to reach the operator), and the introduction of our facsimile, cellular phone and the groundwork laid for future Internet services. As a matter of fact, the first fiber optic cable laid in any of the Family Islands was laid right here in Abaco. Every community in the Abacos was touched by this upgrade during Mr. Keys time as chairman of Batelco. 8. A modern, new and upgraded Government Clinic was constructed in Marsh Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the EditorHarbour. This is the only health facility constructed in Marsh Harbour since the days of the UBP. Along with the National Insurance program which was instituted under the PLP, many individuals now are collecting retirement benefits, disability benefits, etc. which were nonexistent before the PLP came to power. Now having said the above, I still believe over the many years that Abaco has not received its fair share of revenue back from the treasury. Our less fortunate brothers and sisters in some of the southern islands also need everything that we need, (light, phones, water, roads, clinics, etc.) so we must take that into consideration. But, nevertheless, it is always incredible to me that persons who I regard as people of good will and common sense can continue to say that the PLP did nothin! The record must be set straight. If you are to be fair and balanced, credit must be given where credit is due! I thank you for the space in your publication. Respectfully, Randy KeyThe Day the Prime Minister Ate My SoupTo the Editor, I was born in a frame house in Missouri during the depression 66 years ago and was raised in a small town in northern Illinois. Having had but fleeting brushes with fame and been totally neglected by fortune, I did once shake hands with Jack Dempsey. On another occasion I waved to the governor of Michigan and he waved back. At present Im semi-retired, ( translation: working harder and making less money), and living on this island nation of the Bahamas with Nettie, my wife of 35 years. She was born and raised in these islands and we thought it would be nice to spend some of our golden years living here. Here where the strangers are few and the relatives are many, we live in a house overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Her sister, who lives next door to us, married a skinny boy from Man-O-War who worked in a boatyard and was raised on porgies, curbs, morgan birds and potted meat. Thirty-four years later we find the skinny boy is now a Member of Parliament in this nation of beautiful islands and is not nearly as skinny. With a new election coming within a month, the Prime Minister of these islands came here to Abaco from his headquarters in Nassau to campaign and talk strategy. During one of their meetings the M. P. called home to his wife and asked if she could send them something to eat. She had made a big pot of turkey soup and had promised us some. But not wanting to offend the Prime Minister by telling him to go get his own turkey soup, she sent the potful down to the War Room. With it went my meal of turkey soup. However, with it came another brush with fame. If I am blessed with a few more years on this earth, there still may be hope. Garland DaviesA Frustrated Abaconian WritesDear Editor, Thank you for the space in this paper. I feel compelled to write and express my point of view. The FNM would like to remind us of the imperfections of the old members of the PLP. But that is such a long time ago, lets try to remember some things not so long ago. The airport that they said the PLP were criminal for in 1992. What political party in power would wait until right after an election to start the most talked about issue on Abaco, come on. How many times will we Please see Letters Page 26

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Page 10 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. Florida KeysRegardless of the destination Call us today to quote your next trip367-4852 or 365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Sea Spray ResortHopetown, Elbow Cay, AbacoVillas Restaurant Marina Now Offering Discounted RatesNow Through April 31, 2002 andAugust 2002 through April 2003 Boats up to 50 $325 monthly Metered water & electricityTexaco Star Port Fresh Water Pool BakeryBoat House RestaurantCome by and see us We have friendly staff waiting to serve youOpen 8-5 daily VHF ch. 16 Ph: (242) 366-0065 e-mail: seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.com NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & dinnerPig Roast Every Sunday School NewsForest Heights AcademyIt is hard to believe how quickly the school year is passing. Year end activities are only a reminder of the graduation of Forest Heights Academys Class of 2002. In February Principal Michael Meeson took a small group of students to Florida to visit technical schools: Tampa Tech and ATT and ITT in Fort Lauderdale. This proved to be a very successful adventure as each enrolled in the school of his choice. Meanwhile, most seniors have sat their SATs, applied to colleges and many have already received acceptances. This is the largest graduating class yet at Forest Heights Academy, and the group is well prepared for the real world that awaits them. During the last week in March they were challenged with the mock experience of applying for jobs or college followed by an interview by various businessmen and women, all Rotarians. The students, dressed for success, greatly enjoyed this and it helped to prepare them for their future. Thanks to Sandra Albury, George Riviere, Denise Archer, Joyce Coleby, Steve Davis, Bill Lyons, Mel Grey and Hugh Cottis for donating their time to this event. It is people such as these that help Abaco become a thriving community whose future is determined by the strength of its youth.S.C. Bootle High SchoolBy Ima B. Nehr S.C. Bootle High Schools first annual Springfest was a resounding success! Funds targeted to give the campus a much needed facelift were celebrated by all who contributed time and energy to the event. The spirit of the student body was elevated by the repaving of the basketball court just days before the festivities. When Sweet Emily began to sing that evening, she did so on a new stage on a pristine new court. The day began with the aroma of food floating across the quadrangle and the sounds of family and children gathering with much excitement. Games included Dunk the Teacher, Darts and Dominos. Throughout the day music boomed, T-shirts, candles, and SnowCones as well as cotton candy were sold. Teachers and community members served hot meals amongst the merriment. The days activities began at 10 a.m. and were still going strong after midnight. The city of Coopers Town can now look forward to next years fair. If it is anything like the success of this years event, it will prove to be quite splendid. S.C. Bootle now anxiously awaits the upcoming basketball tournament.Central Abaco Primary SchoolInter-house Sports DayBy Anita Rolle The students of Central Abaco Primary School held their Annual Inter-House Sports Day on April 12 at the Murphy Town playing field. The avid minor leaguers proved their endurance as their energy seemed to Students from the Moores Island All Age School attended the recent inter-school track meet held at the Murphy Town Park. It is a mjor undertaking and expensive to bring the students to the mainland. They are shown here with their coaches Mr. Christopher Rahming, principal of the school, Mr. Anthony Williams and Mr. Deanzar Cash. The students were able to attend the first game of the basketball season held in Murphy Town. The primary schools of Abaco held their inter-school track meet on April 18-19 at the Murphy Town park. They are shown here in competition. It is a time when students can get to know others their own age from various towns. Please see School Page 11

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 11 Abaco Glass Company Window glass cut and installed Pictures matted and framed Screens made and repaired Commercial store fronts installed and replaced Yale WindowsIn Marsh Harbour beside Western Auto 367-2442 School Newssoar even more as the sun beamed down. Coming out victorious at the end of the day was Blue Marlin house. The school staff is hoping that next years sports day will be held at the primary schools very own playing field.Government Scholarship Loan Was OutlinedBy Isobel Sherman On April 11 Abaco Central High School held a meeting for all parents and students interested in the Government Loan Scholarship Scheme. Ms. Judy Dorsette, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education in Freeport, spoke to more than 120 persons. Ms. Dorsette answered all questions and was available on April 12 at the high school to answer any other questions. She was surprised at the interest and promised to talk to education officers about servicing Abaco more in relation to scholarship scheme. This meeting was open to all parents on Abaco and was the brain child of Principal Benjamin Stubbs, Principal, who has close links with Freeport and with Mr. Cecil Thompson, District Superintendent of Grand Bahama. Education on Abaco is definitely on the move. Mrs. Isobel Sherman will be the liaison person with Ms. Dorsette and can be contacted at Abaco Central High School or at home at 367-5561.Abaco Central High SchoolBy Isobel ShermanAdopt a School Program Mrs. Anne Rolle of the Ministry of Tourism in Nassau visited Abaco Central High School recently with a mission to re-institute the Adopt-a-School programme with hotels. She talked to 11th graders about the opportunities for jobs in tourism.Anchor Club NewsThe Anchor Club of Abaco will present Spring Extravaganza 2002 on May 4th at Central Abaco Primary School. It will be a fashion and talent show beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a dance starting after the show with DJ Smooth. Price for the show is $10.00 for the show and $5 for the dance. Tickets can be obtained from Anchor Club members In other Anchor Club news they will be having a retreat in Hope Town on May 17 to 20. There they will discuss various topics. The Anchor Club is the youth organization of the Pilot Club.Two ScholarshipsTwo students at Abaco Central High School received full music scholarships from Florida Memorial College in Miami Florida. Patrell Carey and Durrell Burrows will be enrolling for the fall semester majoring in music. Florida Memorial will give the two scholarships perpetually in recognition of their alumnus, Mr. Alfred Dean, music teacher at Abaco Central.SecurityIt took many years for the wall in front of Abaco Central High School to be completed and the fencing around the campus to be installed. The gates were put up but the school is still not secure because the gates do not have locks on them and the walk-in entrances NewsFrom Page 10 The students were very enthusiastic as they competed in the inter-school track meet at the Murphy Town park on April 18 and 19. Shown centered above is William Pinder from the Fox Town school, who thoroughly enjoyed all the days activities.. Please see School Page 32

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Page 12 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays Charters & Water available on requestGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Call Rich or Melena Ph/Fax 242-365-5190 By Nancy Kline Forty enthusiastic people participated in a Friends of the Environment workshop held on April 13 at Abaco Beach Resort. They carne from Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Man-0-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Elbow Cay and Nassau. Participants included government and business employees as well as retired persons. These men and women used their Saturday to discuss, question, think and plan about the future of the environment in Abaco. After a full day of effort, including a working lunch, they were still exuberant at the end of the workshop, with most staying for further discussions and planning after the meeting adjourned. The workshop goal was to develop specific plans for selected environmental issues and get a commitment to carry out the plans. This workshop was a result of suggestions made at a general meeting of Friends in February at which current environmental issues were discussed. The workshop planning committee included volunteers from that meeting. Friends, a totally volunteer organization has been. hard at work for the last 14 years and it shows. Bright colored success posters with specific environmental accomplishments were hung throughout the meeting room. The achievements include such things as the installation of boat moorings near fragile reefs, beach clean-ups, programs for school children and Abaco representation at environmental conferences. Prior to the workshop, participants were asked to select three environmental issues they would like to participate in from the following: Abaco National Parks, Education, Environmental/Historic Walking Tour Maps, Fishing Licenses/ Regulations/ Enforcement, Oil Waste Disposal, Personal Water Craft/ Airboats/Beach Vehicles, Pump Out Stations, Styrofoam/Recycled Products. The issues with the most interest were selected in order to make the best use of the time. Consequently several topics were not discussed at this workshop. Those and other issues, of course, are still important. After introductions, an explanation of the role of the facilitator was given and agreement on workshop ground rules, the participants divided into seven issue groups: Education Fishing Oil Waste Disposal Parks Fowl Cay and Little Abaco Parks Snake Cay Personal Water Craft Styrofoam. Each group discussed options and formulated specific plans. The largest groups had only seven members, so there was plenty of opportunity for everyone at the workshop to participate and give his or her ideas. There was a working lunch, and in the afternoon issue groups reported the highlights of their plans to the group as a whole. After each report there was a brief period for participants to add suggestions, express concerns and/or a willingness to help with the plans. HappyMothers Day Friends of the Environment held an Environmental Workshop at the Pavilion in Marsh Harbour on April 13. About 40 people broke into groups to consider various topics and came up with ideas of solving a specific problem. Shown above is the group discussing issues facing the fishing industry. They considered regulations and enforcements. Shown above from l. to r. are Mr. Boot LeBoutillier from Hope Town, Mr. Cyril Morley, Mr.Gary McDonald, both of the Port Authority on Abaco, Mr. Ross Sawyer from Green Turtle Cay, Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP from Marsh Harbour, and Mr. Frank Kenyon from Hope Town. This was done orally and/or in writing. The plans of each issue group will be communicated as they are fully developed. One indication of the enthusiasm of the workshop participants was the fact that only three people left before 3 p.m. when the meeting adjourned (the three had prior commitments). One group met again after the workshop, and several of the issue groups scheduled follow-up meetings within a week. All of those who completed a workshop evaluation responded Yes to the question Was the Workshop Worthwhile? Evaluation comments reflected the positive mood of the group. A sample of these are: Many people promised their time and will produce, This was a very interesting meeting. I believe my time was well spent today coming here, This was the first meeting I attended and it wont be the last, I think everyone was hyped, just look at what we have done in just one workshop. Follow-up was eagerly anticipated by many participants with such comments as: Workshop was great, must be several meetings after this, We need more like this, Looking forward to more workshops of this sort; this is the beginning of something great so let us go for the gold. The sky is the limit. Anyone interested in participating, please contact Lory Kenyon at lajolla@abacoinet.com or 366-0121 or Erin Lowe at info@abacooutback.com or 367-5358Environment Issues Discussed at Workshop Hope Town Harbour LodgeShow Mom how much you care with dinner at Soup Creamy Shrimp Bisque Salad House Green Salad Entr e Selections Chef Pherrols Famous Tenderloin Filet encircled with Garlic Shrimp and Bearnaise Sauce Fresh Salmon Steak served under a Dill Sauce Chicken Marsala Tender Chicken Breast Marinated in Marsala Wine and Spices, served with Fresh Mushrooms All Entrees served with your choice of Mushroom Wild Rice or Twice Baked Potato and Sauted Green Beans Dessert Rasberry Brulee Reservations required for seatings at 6 or 8 p.m. Phone: (242) 366-0095 VHF Ch. 16The Environmental Workshop sponsored by Friends of the Environment held small group discussions in the morning. Then groups came together to present their summaries to the entire assembly. 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Page 14 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Transportation & Logistics Services Freight Forwarding Ship Agencies Cargo management Consulting Services \000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000)59()59()59()59()59()59()59()59()59()]TJ /GS0 gs /TT2 1 Tf -0.0105 Tc -0.0676 Tw 12.2 0 0 12.2 45.24 90 Tm (For more information:Tel:242-367-2089 242-367-2530 P.O. Box AB 20485, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Visit our office on the front streetOne call does it allARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS A True Bahamian Dining ExperienceCoconut Grouper Cracked Conch Crawfish Surf N Turf & More Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages ServedCome and Try Katies SpecialOpen Mon. Tue. Wed. Fri. Sat. 8am 3pm & 6pm 9pm Open Thu. 8am 3pm Sun. 10am 3pm & 6pm 9pmLocated in Memorial Plaza Phone: (242) 367-4657By Isobel Sherman On April 14 the first leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship 2002 entitled the South Abaco Championship began at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour. The BBC is a series of five tournaments. This year four of those events will be held on Abaco. Rolex is the Title Sponsor of the Rolex Grand Prize which now stands at $800,000 for the angler who boats a marlin breaking the existing Bahamian record of 1069 pounds. This year several of the championships will be hosted by boat builders which will showcase new models. The first tournament will be hosted by Hatteras Yachts. Fifty-six boats registered for this leg of the five-leg championship. The results of the South Abaco Championship were first place Black Gold Tied for second were J&B and Rum Bum and third place was In-Flight. Mac V caught the largest fish in the tournament, a 636-pound blue marlin. The next leg of the tournament will begin April 29 in Walkers Cay. This year there were some added social events for the anglers. On April 14 Bristol Cellars sponsored a cocktail and hors doeuvres. One evening Bertram hosted a Southwestern Barbeque Night with the barbeque food being flown in. Another evening Abaco Gold held a Conch Festival on the porch of their store. For the other days the BBC encouraged anglers to try different restaurants in Marsh Harbour. Several other fishing tournaments are scheduled this spring. Three of the four remaining legs of the Bahamas Billfish Championship will be held on Abaco. The Bertram Hatteras Invitational Shoot Out will once again be held at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour early in May. Other tournaments scheduled include the Boat Harbour Billfish Bash, the Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament and the Green Turtle Club annual fishing tournament.Fishing Tournament Season BeginsThe first leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship was held at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour on April 14-19. The boat Cob-Too brought in this 386 pound blue marlin. This annual fishing tournament attracts serious fishermen from all over the United States. Tournaments such as this conribute greatly to our economy. Percy Albury from Marsh Harbour is pictured above after a long day of fishing for the big one a blue marlin that will break the Bahamian record of 1069 pounds. Located in Dove Plaza Marsh HarbourTel: 367-2424Store Hours: Mon Fri 9 5:30 Sat 9 5 COME IN AND SEE OUREXCITING NEW SHOESNOW IN STOCKSeat Belt Law Becomes Effective on June 1The law requiring the use of seat belts comes into effect on June 1 and carries fines up to $500 for persons driving a vehicle or permitting a person to ride as a passenger without being secured by a seat belt. A stern warning has gone out from Road Traffic chief, ASP Willard Cunningham, Sr, that the new seatbelt law will be vigorously enforced. Mr. Archie Nairn, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport encourages motor vehicle owners and passengers to take full advantage of the opportunity to adjust and practice the use of their seatbelts. Our objective is to encourage individuals to change their behaviour and assume personal responsibility for themselves and others. This will ultimately result in a reduction in the number of injuries on our streets. We will enforce these laws vigorously when the time comes, said Mr Cunningham. I want to send a signal out to road users to start now to practice using your seatbelts because when that law does come into effect, we in the Traffic Division will enforce it to the fullest, and you will feel the full extent of the law. Road Traffic Controller Brensil Rolle warned that seatbelts were not just for New Providence and Grand Bahama. Its a law that includes the entire Bahamas and every initiative we take will include all the islands, he said. Enforcement will begin in June. We encourage Bahamians to take this period to start using their seatbelts.

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 15 Fredericks AgencyBahamas Custom Brokers Import & Export Air & Sea Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay & Green Turtle CayP.O. Box AB-20468, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Alburys TruckingUPS UPS UPS UPS UPS AgAg AgAg Ag ent fent f ent fent f ent f or or or or or AbacoAbaco AbacoAbaco Abaco Direct flights to & from Miami 3 pm deadline to send parcels Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax: 367-3136 Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic tropical rooms nestled on the sand dunes with the crashing Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Sea of Abaco on the other. Fine Dining Breathtaking Atmosphere At Our Tropical Sand Bar or Sports Bar For information or reservations call us by Telephone or by VHF Ch. 16ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNLocated 21/2 miles south of Hope TownBreakfast8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.Lunch12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.DinnerSeating at 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 p.m. Dont miss ourLimbo Night Every SaturdayTel: (242) 366-0133/0333 Fax: (242) 366-0113 Website: www.abacoinn.com Email: info@abacoinn.com By Alice Bain A town meeting was held on Guana Cay on April 18th to discuss the issue of the new garbage landfill area that the Government will be initiating on the north end of the island. Mr. Robert Sweeting, Member of Parliament for South Abaco. opened the subject by stating that the garbage situation is a pressing problem, not only on Guana Cay but also in Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Man-O-War Cay and Green Turtle Cay. The site for the new landfill is located in an area of north Guana Cay that does not have an access road. In order to get to the site, a road will have to be put through the property of Mr. Figi. We met with Mr. Figi and gave him the courtesy of a private notification that the government would like to do this, said Mr. Sweeting, and we thought that at that time he had given his consent to have the road pushed through his property. Mr. Sweeting then went on to say that he was shocked to read a letter in the following issue of The Abaconian from Mr. Figi, stating his opposition to having a road put through his land. Guana Cay has had trouble dealing with its garbage since the old dump on the private Orchid Bay land was closed. A parcel of land on the north end of the cay has recently reverted to the Bahamian Government since the owners defaulted on payments, and it is here that the Government plans to build what is emphatically termed a landfill site and NOT a dump. It is important to understand that this is not going to be an unmanaged, ugly site, said Mr. Everette Hart, Island Administrator. There will not be cats and rats and flies and a big hill of trash. This is going to be a managed site, and the garbage will not just be lying around in the open, rotting. Objections were raised to situating the landfill on Guana Cay, and some residents thought that it would be a better idea to send the garbage over to Marsh Harbour. Mr. Hart replied, The Government brought over a Canadian consulting firm four or five years ago to study the garbage problem throughou the entire Bahamas and they studied EVERYTHING that could be done with the garbage, including barging it to the mainland. It was their opinion that a landfill project should be created on Guana Cay. The government has already borrowed money and that money is in the bank for this project. Orchid Bay has accepted Guana Cays garbage for years. I thank God that the government found property to put the landfill on. If they hadnt, then it would have been a BIG problem.Mr. Hart pointed out that in order to access the dump properly that the government would be obliged to improve the road running north out of the Guana Cay settlement. This road right now is unpaved, heavily rutted and extremely dusty in dry weather. A general round of applause greeted this statement, indicating that a majority of the meeting attendees were in favor of improving this road.We need to start moving on this NOW, continued Mr. Hart. If we dont get the project going, it could be another twenty years before this gets done. An objection was raised that the elected officials present had not provided a map for the public to see the actual location of the site in question. Mr. Hart assured the assembled people that a map would be posted the following Monday. Suzanne Bethel said that Guana Cay people are fortunate to have such a site for a landfill, since there is no such site on Elbow Cay and the garbage there has become a seemingly insurmountable problem. The prospect of barging the trash over to Marsh Harbour was brought up again. It was explained that this method would be prohibitively expensive, and some members of the assembled populace agreed. It was pointed out that Marsh Harbour accepts garbage from Man-O-War Cay, Mrs. Bethel replied, The only reason Marsh Harbour accepts Man-O-War garbage is that Mr. Albury assures them that it is quality garbage! Tony Albury has been managing the dump at Man-O-War for seven or eight years now, and it is his opinion that even Bill Gates couldnt afford to run a service to barge garbage to Marsh Harbour. Mr. Albury separates the garbage that comes to the Man-O-War dump. Golf carts and appliances are kept in a special area where they can be stripped by anyone needing parts; trees and bushes arechipped and sold as mulch; and other garbage is burned. We send five bins a week, thats forty cubic yards, to Marsh Harbour, continued Mr. Albury, and the rest we burn.At the end of the meeting the general consensus seemed to be that the landfill on Guana Cay is a necessary evil. Mr. Hart stated that the government had already begun the land acquisition proceess against Mr. Figi. The road would go through his property one way or another although it would be vastly preferable if Mr. Figi would allow the road to go through where he chooses without such measures having toGarbage Presents Problem for Guanabe taken. It is true that we dont always do everything right, said Mr. Hart, but for a small country we try to do the best we can. He pointed out that there is no storage area for garbage within the Guana Cay community, and that garbage would have to be put at the site in any case even if it was going to be shipped. He said that he, personally, is convinced that this landfill will not make a mess and exhorted the Guana Cay residents to trust that the landfill project was the right thing to do. The first person to receive her letter from government informing her that she qualified for a lot in Central Pines Estates is shown above. The happy lady on the right is taxi driver Mary Ann Dixon being presented with her letter by Mrs. Sybil Ferguson, left, of the Marsh Harbour office of the Ministry of Housing. The letters began arriving in mid-April and already one person has paid in full for his lot. Ms. Dixon hopes to build soon. 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Page 16 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Bluff House Beach HotelGreen Turtle Cay, Abaco, BahamasBahamian SpecialInviting all Bahamians to take advantage of this great offer!per couple per nightIncludes: Dinner, Breakfast and Accommodation in a Split Level Suite for Two*Not Included: Transportation, Gratuity on food and beverages, Service Charge and Tax on RoomsTel: 242-365-4247 or Fax: 242-365-4248online: www.bluffhouse.com E-mail: BluffHouse@oii.net Residents or citizens with proper ID $99.00* Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $100 $270 $595 26 Paramount $150 $380 $850 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 4:30 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed SundaysBy Anita Rolle The Second Annual Dog Show was held on April 13 sponsored by Pets Are People Too along with the Pedigree dog food were the proud sponsors of this event. Over fifty pets participated in this years show, breaking the record of the previous year. Taking home the winning prize for Best in Show was Sylvester a Sheltie owned by Kim Roberts. Sylvester also took homeDog Show Displays Varietythe top honors in the Obedience category. In the Rottweiler category Kia owned by Shawnalee Sands, emerged victorious, while Spice Girl owned by Diane Solomon, was champion Irish Wolfhound. Other breeds participating in the event included the Jack Russell, German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Pomeranian, Pot Cake, Poodle, Shih-tzu, Fox Terrier, Dachshund, Pekingese and Pitt Bull. Bahamas On-Line is an internet provider which expects to offer internet services to Abaco by the end of 2002. They were recently granted a license by the government to provide broadband wireless service to the entire country. Their connection to the world net will be by cable to North America. Shown above and to the right are dogs representing the many breeds entered in the Dog Show held in Marsh Harbour on April 13. Even potcakes were recognized. By 2004 their parent company, SRC, will begin offering local and international long distance phone service and expects to have phone service on Abaco early in that year. They can be reached by calling 242-3250011 or info@bahamas.net.bs By Alice Bain Abaconians will be treated to a spectacular alignment of planets in the west just after sunset from now through May 15. The five planets known to ancient astronomers, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter, will all be visible to the naked eye, and Uranus and Neptune will be visible with an amateur-sized telescope. On May 5 Venus, Mars and Jupiter will be very tightly grouped in an almost perfect equilateral triangle. Furthermore, on May 10 Venus and Mars will appear very closely paired in the sky, almost seeming to become a single bright object. This particular alignment is going to be the closest visible alignment of these planets until September 2040! Similar alignments will be seen in July 2060 and November 2100 but very few of us are going to be alive to see them! From May 13 to15 a crescent moon will also join the show. Scientists assure the public that this planetary alignment will NOT herald floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or other sundry natural disasters, at least, not any more than usual. The gravitational pull between the planets is way too weak to affect the surface of the earth that much, and similar alignments occurred recently in 1982 and in May of last year. Significantly, the world did not end on either of these dates. Mars, Venus and Saturn will perform another tight trio act without the benefit of the other planets in early August 2010. To find the planets in the sky at night, goNew Internet Server Is Coming out just after sunset and look for the moon. Draw a straight line across the sky between the moon and the point on the horizon where the sun has just set. This is the plane of the ecliptic the imaginary plane that all the planets and the earth occupy as they revolve around the sun. All the planets will be on this line or very close to it. Jupiter and Venus are unmistakably the brightest objects in the western sky and observing for multiple nights will give a better idea of which objects are planets (the word means wanderer in ancient Greek) and which are stars. The planets move, the stars do not. Happy viewing! 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 Anglers Restaurant, Marsh Harbour, 367-3114Planets Are Putting on a Great Show

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 17 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery THE SUV IN TOWN! GET RALLY CAR NOT RALLY CAR PRICES. All for the Low Starting Price of ON-THE-SPOT FINANCING Loaded with: 4-wheel DriveAir Conditioning Power SteeringPower Windows, Locks & Mirrors Dual AirbagsABS Braking System AM/FM/CD PlayerAlarm System Keyless EntryAlloy Wheels (optional) 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 The Rotary Club of Abaco, at its April 15th meeting at Anglers Restaurant, presented Michael Parotti of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department with a cheque for $200. The club has, over the years, been supportive of the firefighters service to the community. Michael Parotti spoke on the departments efforts to maintain an efficient service with well trained personnel and properly equipped fire fighting appliances. Presently they are in the process of raising funds for the construction of a fire house. This facility will house the engines and provide accommoda-Rotary Members Help in Many Waystion for duty personnel. In this way response time should be further improved and maintenance of equipment made easier. Acting Rotary President, Mr. Hugh Cottis, attested to the debt of gratitude that the Abaco community owes the volunteers. He emphasized that many thousands of dollars worth of property had over the years been saved by these firemen, occasionally at considerable risk of injury. Rotary will continue to support them and it is to be hoped that a grateful community will, as they have in the past, also do so. Above the Rotary of Abaco has recently completed construction of the gazebo on the water front of Marsh Harbour. Hurricane Floyd destroyed the original one which the Rotary Club constructed several years ago. The Scurvy Few Motocycle Club has put up a notice board in the gazebo to notify our visitors of events and services available. The Rotary members shown above are enjoying the works of their hands. To the left, Mr. Hugh Cottis, President of the Rotary Club, is shown making a donation to Fireman Michael Parotti for the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department after he talked to them of the fire service. By Christine McCully April 14 was a super day for a surf competition. This was the second event of the series and took place on Elbow Cay. The first two heats were run at Garbanzos where the surfers paddled out at low tide, well over head wave conditions. The strong on-shore wind didnt seem to hinder the open mens division one bit. Late take offs forceful bottom turns, 360s, cutbacks and off the lips were some of the successful maneuvers accomplished during their long rides. The remaining three heats were held at North Beach in Hope Town so all of the competitors were transported north to compete in smaller wave conditions. Although the waves were smaller, the competitors no longer had to deal with the reef off Garbanzos surf break. Due to the rough conditions within the Sea of Abaco, the Guana Cay surfers did not make it. They were sorely missed and we hope to see them at the next event. The results are as follows: Open Mens: 1st Tim Albury, 2nd Warren Knowles, 3rd Andrew Wilhoyte Junior Mens: 1st Christian Wilhoyte, 2nd Andrew Nottage Junior body board: 1st Ben Nottage, 2nd Tyler Albury, 3rd Jacob Albury Open short board: 1st Andrew Wilhoyte, 2nd Christine McCully, 3rd Scott Patterson, 4th Christian Wilhoyte Open body board; 1st Andrew Wilhoyte, 2nd Christian Wilhoyte, 3rd Phillip on Nonchalance 4th Jacob AlburySurfers Enjoy Competition Subscribe toThe AbaconianToday

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Page 18 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 PLPPLP PLPPLP PLPNEW IMPROVED NEW IMPROVED NEW IMPROVED NEW IMPROVED NEW IMPROVEDP R O G R E S S I V E L I B E R A L P A R T Y P R O G R E S S I V E L I B E R A L P A R T YMy Fellow Abaconians,My campaign is not about running my opponent down, or about what happened in 1968 or 1987, or 1992. The past is the past, and there is no changing that. As Abaconians we must look ahead with a common vision of building our island for future generations to come. I believe there are issues facing our youth, promises made which have not been kept, and areas of our economic engine such as tourism, fishing, and farming which must be seriously addressed if we are to bring Abaco into the 21st Century. Empowering Abaco to become an economic generator in a tourist based economy must begin at our airport. It is a disgrace what we and our visitors have to endure when traveling into and out of our existing airport facility. This was promised to be upgraded for over nine years now. This will be one of my first priorities under a new Progressive Liberal Party Government. Further, I will make every effort to form a team of community and business leaders from all political backgrounds to discuss and develop views and ideas on the preservation of our fishing grounds (conch and fish), and other important issues affecting the daily lives of our citizens. Like you, I could not agree more that Abaco has long been neglected in getting its share of the economic pie. I will make my best effort to change this. Robert Sweeting, our current Member of Parliament is a hardworking and honest individual, of whom I have great respect. However, I believe I am the candidate who would better serve Abacos interests when the Progressive Liberal Party wins the government on May 2nd. I will be asking for your support, pledging my effort to work for you, and be a voice for you, and be available to you, as your next representative for the South Abaco Constituency. Respectfully yours,Edison M. Key

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When terrorists attacked the United States last year and the Twin Towers came crashing down, the shockwave was felt all across the globe. Among those severely affected economically were nations whose financial livelihood depends heavily on tourism. In the days that followed tourism came literally to a standstill in the Bahamas, but slowly and surely, as airspace reopened, tourists began to again find their way to our shores. However, the pinch was felt quite badly for some time with occupancy levels as low as 25 percent in some areas. Abaco was no exception. In the months that followed, recovery commenced and bookings increased as tourists regained confidence in air-travel. As of February 2002 Tourisms local office reported about a 95 percent recovery in Abacos tourism with hopes and bookings high for the upcoming season.Plans, Promotions and ProgramsThe Tourism office stated that there are several programs under way to help boost tourism on Abaco and the other Out Islands. The Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board along with Tourism are now advertising Islands of The Bahamas abroad and are promoting the advantages of visiting them. Tourism has a new service called DestinationA Report on Abaco TourismBahamas for booking trips to the Islands of The Bahamas operated by trained consultants who will tailor-make a vacation with air, transfers and accommodations. Tourism along with hotels and Bahamasair is trying to promote domestic travel with a focus on homecomings, regattas and other events with the view to enhance the Out Islands economy and to boost Bahamian culture, using the incentive of reduced rates on air travel and hotel prices. Tourism still seeks to encourage the industry to open eye-pleasing crafts markets where native Bahamian arts, crafts and foods can be displayed and sold as well as allowing for performing arts and musicians to play. Eco-tourism is being encouraged through various avenues such as a Birdwatching Certification Program for bird guides, a Bonefishing Certification Program for bonefish guides. The BahamaHost personnel are working on educational programs with Friends Of the Environment and the Architectural Preservation Society in Green Turtle Cay. There are currently several eco-tourist lodges and resorts on Abaco. Tourism hopes to encourage the building of a museum in Marsh Harbour and possibly develop some island tours.ObstaclesThe most demanding difficulty on tourism on Abaco today, according to Tourism is the lack of an adequate airport terminal building in Marsh Harbour. This is of utmost importance in enhancing tourism on Abaco. With an upgraded airport will come more commercial flights and thus greater business. Tourism is talking with two new airlines, Discover Air from Daytona Beach, Florida, and Express Airways from Ft. Lauderdale, with a view to increasing air service to Abaco. Other things that the Tourism states as problems facing the tourist industry on Abaco are as follows: Quality of service is not up to par. Overpricing, particularly with taxi services. Lack of night time activities. No night time ferry services to accommodate late flights. Lack of cleanliness along roadsides and on beaches. Derelict vehicles and garbage left on illegal dumping sites. Lack of adequate street and information signs. Speeding and inconsiderate driving in tourist areas. Lack of proper lighting in tourist areas. Lack of cultural activities. Lack of public rest rooms. These are a few obstacles that Abacos Tourism Office hope to address in the coming months and years. Remember Vote on May 2

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Page 20 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 5 Y ear PlanWe Will:Sandy PointComplete the subdivision now under construction in Sandy Point. Redesign & reconstruct road leading into Sandy Point. Upgrade water supply in Sandy Point.Moores IslandUpgrade sporting facilities including lights for basketball court and building a track and field.Crossing RocksComplete the process of land ownership for the residents of Crossing Rocks.Bahama Palm ShoresWork with the fast growing community of Bahama Palm Shores to improve their infrastructure and help with orderly development. Completion of telephone system installation.Casuarina PointProvide a park for the children of Casuarina Point.Cherokee SoundExtend water supply from Casuarina Point to Cherokee Sound. Extend electrical supply to Yellow Wood. Pave road to Little Harbour.Spring CityTie Spring Citys water supply into central system. Make additional land available to residents.Marsh HarbourComplete airport terminal building and upgrade parking area. Pave all existing unpaved roads in Marsh Harbour. Build mini-hospital in Central Abaco. Complete landscaping and play area for Central Abaco Primary School.Guana CayExtend cable television & water supply to Guana Cay. Provide garbage disposal area. Make portion of govern h of Crossing Beach available to locals. Dredging at Guana Cay docks. Create parking area for West of Town dock area.Man-O-WarExtend water supply to Man-O-War Cay. Continue road building program until completed.Hope TownPre-pave Center Line Road and reconstruct road damaged by Hurricane Floyd (project to be completed during the slow months of August, Spetember and October 2002)

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 21BETTER NOW & BETTER TO COME... 5 Y ear PlanWe Will:Work with the leaders of the Mud and Pigeon Pea communities and assist those with Bahamian status to be integrated into other communities. Work with our fisherman to form a Fishermans Association to help preserve our marine resources for future generations. Work to enforce no take zones for grouper during spawning season. Continue to work with local government so they can better serve their communities. Work with Marsh Harbour sporting associations to develop the 10acres leased and build a major sporting complex in Central Abaco. The FNM has just recently completed a very modern sub-division in Central Abaco to accommodate first-time property owners. Edison Key of the PLP says The PLP will make land available at a reasonable cost for first time property owners. As you can see, we have already done that. Check our record of the past ten years then check the PLPs record during their 25 years.You will find The Choice is ClearOn May 2nd we encourage you to Vote for HUBERT INGRAHAM HUBERT INGRAHAM HUBERT INGRAHAM HUBERT INGRAHAM HUBERT INGRAHAM in North Abaco and ROBERT SWEE ROBERT SWEE ROBERT SWEE ROBERT SWEE ROBERT SWEE TINGTING TINGTING TING in South Abaco. REMEMBER We Never Left You and We Never WillYou will find The Choice is Clear

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Page 22 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Our new GYM is NOW OPEN2000 sq. ft of airconditioned comfort Includes 550 sq. ft. aerobic & yoga floor Yoga classes Free weights Strength stationsMake 2002 your year to get fit.Treat yourself or someone you love to a membership only $65 per monthInclusive of all classes Instructor-led classes Cardio-vascular unitsOpen 6 Days a Week Closed Sunday Mon Fri 6 am 8 pm Saturday 6 am 2 pmAttain personal health and fitness goals with our staff & instructors Experienced staff and instructorsCall 367-5939 Today Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pm Tel: 367-2017Spooners Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is CherokeeBy Alice Bain Living on Abaco has changed me. I arrived a jaded, cynical, Americanized girl in August of 1998. Three and a half years later I found myself in Chicago of all cities, walking around in what seemed like a permanent state of shocked amazement, staring at the skyscrapers, giggling maniacally to myself and generally feeling like Id just arrived on Mars. Even before I got to my final destination, the culture shock had set in. Waiting for my connecting flight at Cleveland airport was simply delightful. All the harassed commuters, the affected teenagers, mothers wrangling surging packs of small children none of it seemed real. I sat at the gate attempting to read a copy of Vanity Fair trying to mask my awe. When I bought that magazine at the airport convenience store, I had a delicious moment of dislocation: Hey! The guy gave me back my change in U.S. dollars! How about that! Oh, wait, thats normal over here. The Cleveland-Chicago flight was on a small commuter jet and was scheduled to arrive at OHare at about 9 p.m. We took off from Cleveland in the pouring rain and the flight was bumpy until we got above the clouds. At our cruising altitude the night was very dark and the south end of the Milky Way filled the sky outside my window. The cloud layer below us looked like the surface of an ocean. As we flew, patches of it were lit up from below by the lights of towns and cities. We began our descent into Chicago and the clouds became more and more brightly lit in mottled mercury-vapor white and sodium orange. I had been told about The Grid, but nothing prepared me for the sight of it as we sank through the clouds and I got my first view of the city. It is simply immense. Midwestern suburbia, lit at night by streetlights, all the streets are laid out in perfect squares, every house is placed in perfect relation to its neighbors, each streetlight lights a house. The effect is astounding; a glowing quadrille pad laid out on the flat Midwestern soil. I had forgotten that so many people even existed in the world! I sat there, quietly boggling at Civilization passing outside the window until the aircraft landed. Then there was the ride into the city. Lighted skyscrapers. Roads passing underneath the El tracks. Snow flurries. When you pass Lake Michigan, there is no smell of salt in the air. Restaurants in Chicago have menus that take up four pages and have entire sections devoted to vegetarians and followers of the Atkins diet. The next day I walked into a deli and realized that I was the only person there, customers included, who didnt speak German, with the possible exception of the Korean-looking kid who was sweeping the floor. The local TV stations were in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Greek. Culture shock multiplied exponentially. And then, after a week, it suddenly all seemed normal. I have now been here in the Windy City for nine days, and I feel robbed. The Achievements of Human Civilization have dwindled back down to the scale of the mundane. When the Saxons invaded Britain, they found the ruins of the Roman Empire and assumed that the concrete-and-stone buildings were the work of giants. A city like Chicago is the work of giants, or perhaps more accurately, it IS a giant. It has bones of brick and concrete and steel and a vascular system of freeways and trains and buses. The citizens that make up the lifeblood of the city dont spare time to ponder the overall structure. They have jobs to do and families to raise, food to find it takes someone with fresh eyes to look at the Hancock tower, the Aon Center, the Sears tower and see how truly preposterous they look, how strange the combination of high engineering achievement and sheer whimsy. It is true, then, that familiarity breeds contempt. Chicagoans do not see the glory of their architecture; Abaconians do not see the splendor of their natural surroundings. Abaconians, however, have a disadvantage in this game of Taking Things For Granted: Chicago can build more skyscrapers, but what will Abaco do when the last conch is knocked? I took a conch shell with me to Chicago. It now sits on a shelf in the foyer of the apartment I am staying in. It is old and rather faded any Abaconian would not spare it a second look but my Chicagoan friend was thrilled to receive it as a gift. When I return to Abaco next week, I wonder if the island will look as beautiful to me as my first view of downtown Chicago at night.Culture Shock: 101VV VV V iewpoint . iewpoint . iewpoint . iewpoint . iewpoint . ST. FRANCIS DE SALES CATHOLIC SCHOOLis accepting students for September 20023 spaces available for grade 9 4 spaces available for grade 10 10 spaces available for grade 11 6 spaces available for grade 12

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Paradoxically as our nights become more thoroughly lit, we are having more trouble seeing effectively at ground level. NASA published a very pretty composite satellite picture of the earth at night on its Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website (http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ image/0011/earthlights2_dmsp_big.jpg) which shows a projection of the globe at night, dotted with a delicate tracery of light outlining the areas of human civilization. The image is beautiful, profound and disturbing. Abaco is visible as a pair of tiny lights (Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay) in the far northeastern quadrant of the Bahamas. Nassau and Freeport outshine us by many orders of magnitudebut if the present level of development continues in Marsh Harbour, we will catch them up within a decade or so. The Bahamas will have three bright dots on the satellite map at night, and Abaconians (except for those living in Crown Haven and Sandy Point) will have lost their stars.Poetic arguments against light pollution exist almost without number, but the most compelling reasons to control the glare in our night skies are practical and economic. First, there is a fundamental difference between light and glare. Light is cast onto objects, enabling us to see them. Glare is what happens when the light is shining directly in our eyes, and it actually hinders our ability to see properly at night. If you can see the source of the lightthe bulbthen its glare. Because the light is shining directly into the eye at night, glare can actually induce a state of night blindness. Our eyes are equipped with an iris (the part of the eye that gives it its color) that expands and contracts in reaction to light. In low light the iris expands and allows more light into the eye, allowing us to see more effectively. Light shining directly into the eye at night causes the iris to contract, as it would on a sunny day. The practical effect of this is that in glarey situations, we lose the ability to see anything much other than the light itself. The security light at the BEC transformer station on Queen Elizabeth Drive in Marsh Harbour is a good case in point.Glare is the reason why so many people have trouble driving at nightthe lights of other cars shine directly into their eyes, making it impossible for them to see the road properly. Many freeways in the United States take this into account and have built barriers between carriageways to cut glare from oncoming cars at night. Even streetlights can cause glare, especially on rainy nights when the roads are more reflective. Obviously then, glare can cause unsafe situations and is not a practical or effective way to light an area at nightbut glare is also uneconomical. Any light that does not shine directly onto the object that needs to be lit is wasted. This translates directly into electricity billsand for operations using a lot of lights at night, this can be quite a bit of money. One way to ration light is fullcutoff (FCO) lightinglights that are triggered by movement and come on only when you need them. These are particularly effective as security lights. One oil refinery in Texas installed FCO ligh ting and saved a mind-boggling $172,000 in electricity bills in a single year! A second way to save light and electricity involves installing a simple shield around the bulb to direct light where it needs to go. A shield is any device that prevents light from escaping sidewaysa simple juice can around the bulb will work, although there are many more stylish solutions to the problem! A porch light is more effective at 40 watts with an effective shield than an unshielded light is at 60 watts. Of course, it is needless for me to add that FCO and effectively shielded lights are also friendlier to our view of the starsand to our neighbors at night who may not appreciate floodlights shining in their bedroomSeeing the Light . or Not . .VV VV V iewpointiewpoint iewpointiewpoint iewpointwindows. Boaters also report that navigation is becoming more difficult at night the more lights we put upthe Hub of Abaco is becoming a confusing smear of light. Progress and development on Abaco does not mean that we have to lose ourselves in the glare. Lets all save light and electricity and while were at it, go out and look up at the stars once in a while. For information on FCO lighting and light shielding, please contact Alice Bain via The Abaconian office at 367-3201. By Kay Politano Students participating in the SCUBA Scholarship Program show off their new Force Fins donated to the program by Bob Evans, president and CEO of the Force Fin Company in California. Force Fins allow for faster and easier movement through the water. Each semester up to eight Abaco high school students are chosen to participate in the Abaco SCUBA Scholarship Program. Students who qualify for the program must be in good health, pass a swim test and commit to attending pool and classroom sessions held after school hours during the semester. In order to receive their NAUI certification cards, students must demonstrate academic knowledge of SCUBA diving by passing a written test of 85 questions. This test includes questions on physics and physiology of diving, dive related illnesses, dive table problems, and questions on undersea life and conservation. Students must also pass skill tests in the pool and in the sea. These skills include basic fundamentals of diving such as mask clearing, regulator clearing and buoyancy control. Students must demonstrate self rescue skills and the rescue of a disabled or unconscious diver. Instruction and use of equipment is provided at, no cost to students, by Kay Politano, a NAUI Instructor Trainer and Professional Educator. Keith Rogers of Dive Abaco provides air tanks and boat dives at no cost to the students. Students wishing to apply for one of the scholarships may contact Lyn Major at St. Francis de Sales School or Huel Moss at Abaco Central High.Students Show off New Force Fins

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Page 24 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Complete Grocery Line Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand NamesTreasure Cay Shopping Center Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 365-8350 Fax: (242) 365-8352 Open 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday thru SaturdayWe may be small but we carry it all!FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE WE CARRY TREASURE CAY mini-market mini-market Laines Kurls & KutsA Unisex SalonMatrix, Paul Mitchell and Nexus Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Mon. Sat 9 am 5 pm Phone 367-3623 Located in Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping Plaza Memorial Shopping PlazaMusicians Entertain at Treasure CayMs. Vicki Hart, left, and Mrs. Jennifer Hudson, right, were part of a group of musicians from Central Abaco who got together to give two public concerts. Ms. Hart, music teacher at Forest Heights Academy, performed on the violin and the piano as well as vocal selections. The night of April 13 was special for the Treasure Cay residents as a group of musicians performed in a varied program. Shown above are the JesUs quartet which included, l. to r., Basil Been, Anderson Alcime, Kevin Stirling and Gentry Morris. Also performing that night were Mrs. Joan Albury Moss, soprano, and Mr. Brian Thompson, baritone. The group performed in Marsh Harbour at New Visions Church on March 16. The music ranged from classical, modern, show tunes and spirituals. FormerlyFormerly FormerlyFormerly Formerly Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto COMPLETE ROOM PACKAGESPlus Wicker & Rattan for a Beautiful Island Home BEDROOM DINNING ROOM LIVING ROOMBuy a piece & save a little Buy a room & save a lot! BellasFurniture & Accessories ROOMS TO GO Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391

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Page 26 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontin power would wait until right after an election to start the most talked about issue on Abaco, come on. How many times will we fall for the same promise? 1992, 1997, 2002. The FNM let the Crossing Beach dock get so bad one could fall through it. When finally a hurricane totally destroyed it, they waited over a year while local dock builders pleaded for the opportunity to rebuild it. Finally, they awarded the contract to some of their inside friends for twice the normal cost. Could it be they needed a little piece of pie back? I know I have to keep this letter short, but there are so many issues. The FNM paint and resurface something, and they brag. The PLP brought in, and the UBP/FNM fought against, one man one vote, the right for women to vote, National Insurance, the Defense Force, etc. etc. etc. We now have a national debt almost twice what it was in 1992, but FNMs now dont seem to mind. Then, If the PLPs borrow any more money, our dollar will be devalued. Now, How great it is that our credit is good, lets just keep borrowing. If they dont care, I do, and my children care as well as anyone concerned about the future of this country. So many issues, such a small paper. Please remember all the times over the last ten years you have heard It will be a waste of time to call them about that. You now have the opportunity to have a voice it what happens on Abaco. Its time for a change, GET ON BOARD. A frustrated AbaconianAn Improvement?Dear Editor: It is with much gratitude that I wish to thank our local government and Ministry of Works for the three newly erected additional stop signs at the junction of Don MacKay and Queen Elizabeth Drive. This improvement to our road system has elevated Abaconian motorists from the level of dangerous, inconsiderate and uneducated up one more notch to include being ignorant of the law. Are the stop signs transparent to the masses or are we such an advanced nation now that we can pick and choose the laws we wish to abide by? Its strange to me that neither one of our political candidates has chosen to use this in their ploys for votes. I guess they overlooked it. Brant M. AlburyPLP Are DesperateDear Editor, Well, folks, nomination day for the general election has come and gone. On nomination day here in Marsh Harbour the PLPs candidate for the South Abaco Constituency has shown the desperation of that party. The PLP is a party famous for saying that if you dont register to vote and dont vote you have no say in the affairs of your country. But on nomination day the candidate for the PLP was chauffeured to the office for nomination by a citizen of the constituency who did not bother to register. Then on top of that at a rally that evening they had the audacity to put the same gentleman on the podium to address the people. The said candidate in an interview with Radio Abaco mentioned about the motorcade that followed his nominating. But what he didnt mention was that about half of the cars in the motorcade were driven and occupied by citizens of the North Abaco Constituency. Is that desperation or what? Jim HallWe Need to Prepare for FTAADear Sir; Free Trade Agreement of the Americas! These are words that seem to strike fear in many normally rational people. I recently attended a very lively Chamber of Commerce meeting where this subject was heatedly debated. What does it really mean to those who live and work here? Will the government do a better job of explaining it to the populace than they did the referendum? Is it really the end of our way of life? Or, by now, isnt the world really just the global village predicted by Marshall McLuhann forty years ago? In the free world to which we belong, goods and services already cross many borders. Many multi-national corporations are already represented in the Bahamas in industries such as banking, tourism and real estate. Those of us who work in such industries already realize that there is an international level of service and performance expected by our customers. Is it likely that the Bahamas will be the only non-signatory in the western hemisphere? Where would that leave us? Dont we have any products that are in demand beyond our own borders? Arent there any young (or otherwise!) Bahamians who would like to work their way up in a company that does business all over the world? Many times over we hear the buzz-word eco-tourism as well as vague musings on our product. Lets look at that product. Where is the conservation land in eco-sensitive areas such as the Hope Town harbour? Why do we fail to contain the current wrecked car dumping ground along the route many of our visitors take? Where are the design standards and beautification codes for new commercial construction? Why dont we preserve any of the old homes along Marsh Harbours Front Street? Has anyone thought what a product enhancement a historical village is? Why cant we teach ourselves to stop littering? As humans, we tend to fear change and the unknown. I believe there will be restructuring of our old ways of doing business. Will we adjust or be left behind? Yours truly, Sandra EvansUpset in GuanaDear Mr. Robert Sweeting, In your FMN political ad on page 17 of The Abaconian May 15th issue you take credit at Man-O-War Cay for greatly improved garbage collection and disposal and providing crown land used for garbage holding area. We on Guana Cay would like to know why we shouldnt try to implement a similar project for which youve received political accolades on Man-O-War Cay rather than regulate us to a stinky rat and fly infested dump from which youll only receive our political opposition. If you want to ram rod a central-government-run dump down our throat, then why dont you promote the location of a similar sweet smelling dump next to your residence in Marsh Harbour? Your FNM partys ad on page 12 of The Abaconian April 15th issue blames the prior PLP administration for gross neglect of the environment and other shame, scandal, mismanagement. Do not forget the Golden Rule of Jesus and repeat the sins of the past. Another FNM ad (page 5) praises your partys commitment to deeper, more dynamic democracy. We didnt witness that at last nights Guana Cay dump public meeting with you! Thank you, Upset in GuanaLets Keep It RealDear Editor, Thank you for the space in your paper. Forgive me if this comment sounds rude, but what will the FNM take credit for next, the rain the sun, what. One of their big claims to fame is Cable Bahamas, a private company that was given the contract over well-to-do white Nassau business men. Is it a coincidence that Mr. Ingraham is said to be one of the largest Bahamian shareholders of this company. A company that seems to get any concession it asks for? On and on they go about Batelco in Guana Cay. Open your eyes people. While at Batelco, Mr. Key put direct dial in Man-OWar, Hope Town and even FNM Cherokee. If the FNM had not come to power, Guana Cay would have had direct dial long before it did. The public would like to know how the FNM can take credit for the ferry to Guana Cay. Are our tax dollars going to pay for a private company to run to that island? Maybe those dollars could have been used to replace the long gone stop light. Lets give credit where credit is due, but . Lets keep it real.Slander Is Very Serious Editor: There is a serious slandering matter that needs to be clarified immediately. Last month, my nephew was fired by his employer for allegedly stealing one of the co-workers paychecks. At the time of the discovery, only two of the five workers were asked to disrobe and their bags were thoroughly searched nothing was found on their bodies that would have led anyone to believe that they were guilty. (Let me mention also, the two accused were also newly hired employees.) BUT, only my nephew was fired, not the other accused worker my nephew even offered to submit himself to a lie detector test! On the day of the missing money, the amount that was allegedly taken was approximately $900. As of today (a month later) the amount has grown to $4,000! If we all had interest rates like that wouldnt it be nice? My nephews name is being slandered around town that he is a thief. If he is a thief, why hasnt his em-MorMor 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 LettersFrom Page 9 Please see Letters Page 27

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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 4 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m. to 12 NoonTel: 242-367-2170 LumberElectrical SuppliesBuilding SuppliesToolsHardwareFencingPaintsMarine ProductsAppliances PlumbingFixtures Cabinets Grills Paint Plumbing & Fixtures Fans & Lights Tools Lumber & Plywood Windows & Shutters Lawn Furniture MorMor 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 Please see Letters Page 39 LettersFrom Page 26 ployer pressed any charges? Could it be because my nephew is innocent and he just doesnt have the guts to fire him like a man? What is my goal in writing this letter? Well, my nephew is 16 years old and has a bright future ahead of him. If his employers family labels him as a thief, that assumption can ruin his life on this island. His employer must not understand the importance of this situation. So I am writing this to let him know just how important it is. I also want a written apology to be published in The Abaconians next paper or we will take this matter to the courts on the grounds of slandering. We are looking forward to hearing from you very soon. Ms. Barbara M. SimmonsA Plea to the PLPDear Mr. Edison Key, The residents of Guana Cay would like to know your comprehensive position on garbage collection in the Abaco Cays and Guana Cay in particular. At your April 6th rally PLP party leader Mr. Perry Christie spoke about three issues of interest to me: 1. support of a healthy fishing and farming industry, 2.. the people will be more active and will (be) asked to contribute before any major decisions are made and 3. every island needs one major anchoring hotel which Abaco does not have. Your opponent would ram rod an already flawed model government-run dump down our throats against our united will and ruin Bakers Bay, an ideal site for a major anchor hotel development. If you are willing to listen, we have some ideas for an economical and people / fish friendly garbage collection site to include recycling, salvaging, mulching, compacting and incinerating. Thank you, A Concerned Guana ResidentConcerned About Wild HorsesTo the Editor: Eco-tourism is a fast growing industry. Abaco has great potential for this type of non-destructive, educational tourism and the wild horses of Abaco could contribute a lot in this area. Unfortunately, the herd is now endangered and will not survive unless it can be moved to a safe habitat. The Abaco wild horse is listed under the Bahamas Wildlife Protection Act. But this is not enough. Recent figures released by Arkwild, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on saving endangered species, verified the downward trend in size of the herd and the problems it is encountering. Anyone who has a stake in the economy coming from tourism should be encouraging the Bahamian Government to set aside a safe reserve for the horses so that they can be protected and multiply. Eventually, when the herd is large enough it can be split and placed in a horse park such as the park desired on North Abaco. Here visitors could appreciate the wonders and the romance of the wild horse of Abaco. To learn more about the horses please attend a meeting on April 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Port-O-Call Marina in Marsh Harbour sponsored by the Friends of the Abaco Wild Horse. Thank you. A. L. KnowlesPlea for the Wild HorsesTo The Editor Abaconian The wild horses of Abaco can help our economy if they can be saved. In order to do this they need to be moved to a safe place away from the feral dogs, nails and sharp metal and the over-rich grass where they are hanging out on the Bahamas Star Farm. They must be returned to the forest where their hoofs will wear down properly and they have to forage more for their food. The herd is gradually dying. (Fifty-four percent gone in the last 10 years, only 16 horses left.) Once the herd is large enough, its potential for eco-tourism is very strong. Many visitors to our country care about the horses and even have donated money to help keep them alive. This in itself proves they are a valuable eco-tourist asset. I was born on Abaco and live and work here. I care about the economy of my country and I dont want an economic asset as valuable as the wild horses to be lost. Please give us an emergency reserve so the horses wont die. Sincerely, Donnalee FergusonAbaco Wild Horse EmergencyThe Friends of the Abaco Wild Horse is launching a campaign to get government action to save the wild horses of Abaco. The Abaco wild horses will not survive if they continue any longer in their present environment. In the last 10 years, 19 horses (fifty-four percent of the herd) have died. Fourteen of the remaining horses have varying degrees of lameness and hoof problems and there have been no foals since 1998. These problems can be reversed by moving the horses back to their natural forest habitat and away from the Bahama Star Farm where they have been over grazing, exposed to agricultural chemicals, discarded sharp metals, nails and dog attacks. Government land adjacent to the farm is available and, as suggested by Member of Parliament Robert Sweeting, an emergency horse reserve could be combined with a water reserves and fire watch area. Petitions to the Prime Minister to set aside appropriate land for the horses have been placed at the Bahama Family Market, Buck a Book and Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, the Post Office and Vernons Grocery in Hope Town, at Joes Studio on ManO-War, Nippers on Guana and outside the Mini Mart at Treasure Cay. Arwild, Inc. via Ms. M. Rehor has done 15 saves of horses from sure death since 1995. This is notable since there are only 16 horses left in the herd. The work was supported using donations from local citizens and visitors. The Friends of the Environment and oth-

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Page 28 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Marsh Harbour Boat Yard Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat LiftServices include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Mechanical repairs Well stocked marine store (incorporating Triple J Marine Store)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com By Barnyard Defense attorney Johny Conchrun, true to his reputation as a pit bull in the courtroom, made LH medical examiner and Quack psychiatrist, Dr. Canard, the first victim of his rabid cross-examination. Speaking to the jury and packed barroom at Petes Pub, Conchrun portrayed Canard as a prejudiced, pro-duck witness who tampered with forensic evidence to frame his canine client, Buster, for the murder of LH resident Duckie. Conchrun immediately attacked Canards credibility as an expert witness. Have you ever received a DUI? he asked Canard. Before the flustered psychiatrist could answer, Conchrun presented a copy of Dr. Canards 1999 DUI and address. The Ducks Unlimited Invitation asked Canard to speak to its 1999 convention in Las Vegas, the topic, The Canine Menace Conchrun read excerpts from Canards speech which included calls to snip the canine problem in the bud and take the issue by the _ _ and sterilize them all.The medical examiner protested, This is nuts, I am not on trial here! Canard refused to answer further questions about the Vegas trip including questions regarding his lodging and companionship at the Vegas Best Nestern. On advice of prosecutor Au Brie Clarque III esq., Canard pleaded the fifth and was promptly served with a bottle of Anejo by the Petes Pub bailiff bartender. When asked to present his conclusive videotaped DNA evidence, a visibly shaken Canard further lost credibility when he accidently played the wrong video tape for the packed barroom. A blushing Canard quickly ejected, Great Bustiers apparently a tape from his private dinghy race collection, and inserted the Great Buster tape, but not before suffering another blow to his credibility. Calling order to the snickering barroom, Judge Judy agreed to a recess hastily requested by prosecuting attorney Clarque, who remarked that while playing the Great Bustiers tape was unintentional, it did have the desired effect of arousing the Little Harbour jury, several of whom were nodding off. Returning after the recess, Dr. Canard warned the jury that they might find por-Little Harbour Medical Examiner Testifies in Buster Murder TrialPrevious DUI Damages Quack Psychiatrists Credibilitytions of the Great Buster tape offensive, a warning which had little impact on the Little Harbour jury, all residents of the former penile colony who certainly did not seem to take offense to the first tape. The Great Buster tape, apparently a promotional video filmed by his owner when attempting to launch Busters movie career, played to a hushed barroom. Filmed late at night at Sapodillys, the tape revealed Buster standing erect, teeth bared, clasping customer and barstool legs with his fore paws while gyrating his pelvis wildly to the background tunes of Who Let The Dogs Out Nibbling at proferred chicken fingers and thighs, the cunning canine demonstrated a passion for poultry flesh. If this doesnt reveal his DNA or Doggies Nasty Attitude, what then does? Canard confidently asked. An incredulous Conchrun, shaking his head, demanded of Canard, You call this DNA? Have you ever heard of Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid? Well, um, I may have dropped some in college in the sixties, cant remember for sure . . he trailed off. Have you ever heard of wining doctor? demanded Conchrun, referring to the Bahamian national dance characterized by pelvic gyrations. Why yes, I enjoy wining and dining myself, replied an oblivious Canard. Well, doctor, all that your video proves is that Buster is a winer, not a killer. Careful review of the tape will reveal many others on the dance floor engaged in wining. This is not a crime in the Bahamas, though in some cases it should be! Refusing Conchruns motion for a mistrial, Judge Judy has ordered exhumation of murder victim Duckies corpse in order to collect proper DNA evidence. MARSH HARBOUR 367-2077 Nassau 393-7481 Freeport 352-8071-8 Rock Sound 334-2060 Nichols Town 329-4184 George Town 336-2780 NEED HYDRAULIC HOSES AND FITTINGS? AID carries all the hydraulic hoses, fittings, and oils that you need to repair your back-hoe, tractor, or fork lift. C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety ariety ariety ariety ariety StorStor StorStor Stor e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink ss ss s Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons Abaco

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 29 Phone: 367-2326 Marsh HarbourEnjoy the Performance!Visit our Locationacross fromStandard Hardware 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 AA AA A vailable atvailable at vailable atvailable at vailable atFull Range of Reliable Johnson & Advanced Evinrude 2 HP thru 250 HP Motors in Stock at Lower than U.S. Prices Ask about our TWO YEAR WARRANTY Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock Factory Trained Mechanics & Reliable ServiceDOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour 242-367-2703 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Irene Christensen Falkenberg 82, passed away on March 14 at her home in Copenhagen, Denmark. A part-time resident of the Bahamas for over 35 years, a pioneer in the Little Orchard development, she was known and loved throughout Marsh Harbour and Abaco. She will be deeply missed by her many friends. She is survived by one son Tonny Falkenberg, daughter-in-law Bodil Falkenberg, grandchildren Yarilena and Daniel, and numerous relatives in Denmark and close friends on Abaco. Charles P. Nielsen, 76, living in Toledo, Ohio, passed away March 23. Mr. Nielsen was a vice-president of Owens-Illinois Forest Products Group and was general manager of the Owens Illinois pulpwood operation for most of the years it was in operation on Abaco, 1960 1967. He oversaw the building of the road network on Abaco and the other benefits that OI brought to this island. He is survived by his wife Nancy; sons Bruce and Gunnar Nielsen; daughter Charlene Saari; grandchildren; and many friends on Abaco who remember him through their employment with OI. The funeral service for Virginia McIntosh 54. of Fox Town was held on April 13 at the Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town. Officiating was Rev. Dr. Allan Mills assisted by Rev. Merlin McIntosh and Rev. Ezekial McIntosh. Interment was in the Fox Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her daughter Sophia Smith; granddaughters LaQuey Smith and Andrea Scott; sisters Leonza Thompson, Isolene Thomas, Mae-Ellen and Olive McIntosh, Lillian Green and Vernice Russell; brothers Merlin, Reginald, Leanath, Wilfred and Leroy McIntosh; uncles Roland McIntosh and Cleveland Sawyer; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law Arnold Thomas, Sidney Green and Willie Russell; sisters-in-law Millie, Princess, Debbie and Emma Russell; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Eunice Agatha Lowe 71, formerly of Coopers Town was held at the Nassau on April 13. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her husband Leroy Lowe, daughters Myrceleta McPhee, Teorah and Dawnette Ferguson, Sidney and Pamela Lowe; sons Eleazor, Tony, Cleveland, LeTroy and Trevor Lowe; daughters-in-law Shirley, Jenetta, Zerlene, Royann and Dellareese Lowe; son-in-law Thomas Ferguson; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Violet Jeanette Dames Darville, 87, formerly from Crossing Rocks, was held in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by sons Eric, Oswald, John, Harry and Ronald; daughters Vernette, Orinthia and Annie; adopted daughter Vernisha Gaitor; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and many relatives in Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point including Grace Roker, Doris Russell, Capt. Ernest Dean and family. Frances Yvonne Smith, 62 of Hope Town passed away on April 15. Her funeral service was on April 20 at St. James Methodist Church. Officiating was Mr. Vernon Malone. Internment was in the Hope Town Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Jackson Smith, sons Robin and David Smith; grandchildren Deidre, Brittany, Amanda, Deon, Darren, Desmond and David; sisters Dianne Bethel, Shirley Sawyer, Modena and Maella; brother Glen Cash; daughters-in-law Wanda and Christine; brothers-in-law Clyde Sawyer and Tommy Bethel; sister-in-law Vernita Cash; nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friends Marvin Higgs, 49, of Marsh Harbour died on April 20 in Marsh Harbour. He is survived by his wife Gaylene Higgs; son Stephen Higgs; brother Larry Higgs; sisters Arlene Key, Frances Roberts and Carol Higgs; brothers-in-law Walter Key, Bunyan Roberts, Robert Higgs, Gene Lowe and Gary Lowe; sisters-in-law Ann Lowe and Sheena Lowe; many nieces and nephews; and many other family and friends. Funeral services were held at Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on April 24. He will be deeply missed by all. Marvin Higgs Chuck Neilsen Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 30 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 Our 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 Friendly & Professional Printing ServicesRepresenting the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MORECALL/FAX365-8749ORemail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .Floor Tiles from 6" x 6" up to 18" x 18" Wall Tiles in 4" x 4" 6" x 6" 6" x 8" up to 10" x 16" We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optional Abaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display 16 x 20 Storage Units and Yard SpaceSECURITYTrucks Cars Boats Etc.Ask for Glen at 367-2414 or 359-6288P.O. Box AB-20504 Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamas S KWatermakers, Inc.AffordableReliable4256 North US 1 Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946 (561) 489-0852 Installation available in Abaco by Professional Service LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town, Abaco 150 to 100,000 Gallons Per Day Prices Starting at $2,450.00 U.S. Cost Check out our Website at www.skwatermakers.com[;\/-0By Lyn Major The Every Child Counts, a Special Education and Literacy Project, is moving its location. Archbishop Lawrence Burke has given permission for the program to use the convent building of St. Francis de Sales Church. The space being used at St. Francis de Sales School is needed when the school expands to Grade 12 in September 2002. The program itself which remains under St. Francis de Sales Church has also outgrown the space. There currently are 23 children in the program full-time. In September there will be between 26 and 28 students. In addition to our staff, we will welcome members of the community to teach such skills as Karate, Yoga, Carpentry, Mechanics, Gardening, Pottery and Cooking. All funds for the continuation of the program have been raised privately including those being used for renovations to the building. The full time program is open to any student on Abaco who because of severe learning disabilities or physical disabilities is not able to function in a regular classroom. The new facility will be wheelchair accessible and will be geared to using teaching methods and techniques effective for struggling students and beginning vocational training. The professional training part of Every Child Counts will continue from this building. The professional library will be open some evenings for teacher research and assistance and evaluations and tutoring will be done from here as well. Since January, monthly training in various aspects of Special Education has been held at St. Francis School. In January Dr. David Bicard, a behavior analyst of Florida International University, gave the introduction to Special Education. In March Dr. Sharon McGee gave an intensive workshop on the Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Ability. Once certified in administering this test by Dr. McGee, Every Child Counts clinicians and teachers will add this to the evaluative and intervention battery taught them by Dr. Sharon Kossack. Teachers from Sandy Point to Fox Town and Hope Town on Abaco and teachers from Eleuthera are continuing the training they began two years ago in order to complete this certification.Every Child Counts Grows to Help Needy YouthAs a means of support for the program, note cards, T-shirts and other products designed by students are being sold at various shops on Abaco including Ebb Tide, Lighthouse Marina, Iggy-Biggy and Sea Spray Marina in Hope Town, Dolphin Beach Resort in Guana Cay and Iggy Biggy in Marsh Harbour. If you would like more information about the Every Child Counts program or have a skill you would consider sharing with our students for an hour or two per week starting in September, please contact Lyn Major at 3660101 evenings or e:mail lyn.#tuman@abacoinet.com. 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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 31 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept. 367-2000 Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept. VHF Ch 16 Trauma One Ambulance Service 367-2911 Dundas Town Fire Dept. 367-2935 or 4935 Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc VHF 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 Town ..................................................$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 Trip ...............................$85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour .................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes Creek ......................................$25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..............................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks ................................................$7 + $5 From 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. Laud erdale ............................ 367-2800 American Eagle Miami ..................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau ........................................ 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 Service.10......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...... 367-2287 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 Resort.22 ......F...... 365-5133 Orchid Bay................32......F...... 365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish 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. Clinic.. 365-4028 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 Treasure Cay Treasure Divers ................................... 365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures .................. 365-8111 Green Turtle Cay Brendals Dive Shop ............................ 365-4411 Green Turtle Divers ............................. 365-4271Guana Cay Dive Shop ................... 365-5178Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop .................. 365-6013 Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals.............................. 367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ...................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals........... ............... 367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals ............................ 367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals ......................... 367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals ...................... 367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals......................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars.. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals ............................. 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ...................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ........................... 367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals .......... 367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals ............... 477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental............................... 365-4084 D & P Cart Rental............................... 365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss ........................36 5-4119 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 Cashs Carts....................................... 365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals ....................... 365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals ............................ 365-8623 JIC Boat 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 5 (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 am 10:15 1:15 pm 3:305:30 Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:30 2:30 pm 4:45Fare 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 Union JackGreen 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 Burrows. 366-4133 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 Danny Sawyer ...... 367-3577 Man-O-War David Albury .......... 365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer ....... 366-2111 Will Sawyer .............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ................. 366-2107 Junior Albury ............. 366-3058 Hope Town Maitland Lowe ........... 366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie ......... 477-5894 Orthnell Russell .......... 365-0125 Alexander Rolle ......... 365-0120 Edward Rolle............. 365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer .......... 365-4070 Jeff Survance ............. 365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ........... 365-4261Visitors 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) .............$....... Golden Grouper ..................$.............. 367-2301 Jamies Place... ................................................. Jib Room........... ...............$$.............. 367-2700 Katies ................................................. 367-4657 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch).......... 367-2615 Lacaye ............................ $.............. 367-4910 Mangoes ........................$$$.............. 367-2366 Mavis Country Kitchen.......$.............. 367-2002 Pops Place........................$....+..... 367-3796 Sapodillys ......................$$$.............. 367-2498 Sharkees ............................$....+..... 367-3535 Snack Shack......................$....+..... 367-4005 Subway .............................................. 367-2798 Wallys............................$$$.............. 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 .................$$$.............. 365-5137 Orchid Bay........................................................ Treasure Cay Florences Cafe ..................$ Harbour Cafe... ...................$.............. 365-8635 Hudsons Delight .................$ .............. 365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar...$$.............. 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 Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed

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Page 32 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 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 APARTMENTSRock Point four-plex, 2 storey CBS apartment building,each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. Mustsee.$280,000 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. $2,225,000 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 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.$369,000Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home, fullyfurnished, 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 Seaductress/ Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3 bed/ 3bathhome including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft. full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features,must see to appreciate. MOTIVATED SELLER $1,200,000 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 front lots with 3 bed/2 bath CBS family/beach home. All bedrooms and living/dining/kitchen have full ocean view. Bathrooms haveoutside access. Many extra features including pool, detached garage and VW automobile. Must see. $875,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at $150,000 Canal Frontbeginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interiorbeginning at $25,000Treasure 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.For further details and pictures visit our web page at oii.net/realestate Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.net Member SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLDopened my own business this past June and didnt feel that I could run a campaign effectively this year. He is planning to run in the 2007 election and hopes that his business in five years is to the point that he is able to do so. Mr. Davis owns four liquor stores in Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay (including A&K Liquors), also a barber shop near the traffic light intersection and the Satellite Lounge and Bar in Spring City. We should be open to giving our people a chance, he continues. Candidates need to live in the communities and see the probCDRFrom Page 3 SouthFrom Page 4 ups who went along had a good time, too.)Work Almost FinishedAnother new home is nearing completion in Cherokee. The changes have been slow and subtle over the past few years. But Cherokee is changing, there is no doubt about it. One day there is an old abandoned building and the next day a brand new modern house. We are losing our old landmarks slowly yet surely. These new homes bring new people to our little community, some full-time residents, others only occasional visitors. Many of them have old Cherokee roots, so it is good to see them back home again. We know they will want to keep improving Cherokee, not only for themselves but for others as well. They say change is good. Sometimes it just takes awhile for us to realize it and too accept it. We didnt realize we missed the old house till it was gone. But then, of course, the new ones are much easier on the eye and improve all our property values, right? Ed. note: We regret that we incorrectly named the person who crafted the beautiful, detailed model fishing smack pictured in the April 15th issue. It should have been Hartie Albury.Ingraham married his wife Delores in 1971 and is a devoted wife and father. A lawyer by profession, he was called to the Bar in 1972. Mr. Ingraham joined the Progressive Liberal Party in 1975. Mr. Ingraham was first elected to Parliament in 1977 and has been re-elected by his constituency in each national election since then. In the elections of 1977 and 1982 he ran as a PLP candidate. He remained with the PLP until 1985. He then ran as an independent in the election of 1987 and was victorious. In 1990 he became leader of the Opposition, the Free National Movement. He lead that party to victory in 1992. IngrahamFrom Page 2 Hope Town. The couple have three children, Robert, Jr., Jessica Pinder and Jonathan. The Sweetings reside in Marsh Harbour. A successful businessman, Mr. Sweeting is the owner of Richs Boat Rentals in Marsh Harbour. He is an active member of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and the Abaco Concerned Citizens Committee. His hobbies include sailing and softball. SweetingFrom Page 2 and soon advanced as a full time radio announcer. She hosted several local talk shows before resigning in 1992 to pursue personal goals. In 1993 she ventured into public relations, establishing the firm Almac Agency. Presently, Ms. McIntosh is enrolled at the American University in Washington, DC, in an ongoing professional evaluation and certification course. She has no children of her own, but considers herself a mother to the nations youth. Ms. McIntosh founded the Bahamas Constitution Party in 1998 and serves as its Chief Servant Leader. She will carry the BCPs banner in North Abaco in the 2002 general elections. lems that people there deal with on a day to day basis. I think many representatives cannot identify with the problems of their constituents.The CDR has striven a lot in trying to become the next government of the Bahamas. We have been in formation for a year and a half, and I think weve been successful in challenging the status quo. Weve made the official Opposition and the Government both pull up their socks! Another reason for the success of this party I think is that we have attracted a lot of vibrant new comers to the political scene, people who are youthful, energetic and passionate politicians. I think we have brought a new political vibrancy to this country. McIntoshFrom Page 3 Democratic Movement (BDM) party is led by Mr. Cassius Stuart. In the next few days the public will hear much from all these people as they ask for support from the voters on May 2nd.. ElectionFrom Page 1 It took many years for the wall in front of Abaco Central High School to be completed and the fencing around the campus to be installed. The gates were put up but the school is still not secure because the gates do not have locks on them and the walk-in entrances does not have gates. Principal Benjamin Stubbs would like to see a secure campus especially at lunchtime, on weekends and in the evening. A night watchman would be an added bonus but locks and two small gates with locks would do fine.PTA UpdateThe PTA of Abaco Central High School has undertaken the complete renovation of the Computer Lab at the school and has already painted the walls and installed a ceramic tile floor. The labour is all volunteer. The funds are in place to finish the renovation including the building of computer desks and cabinets. Once again, Mr. SchoolFrom Page 11

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 33 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Call VHF 16 or 242-367-4760 master.marine@abacoinet.com 100 yards west of the Union Jack dockMASTER MARINE & CYCLE Power In Tune With NatureExperience Hassle-Free Boating With Honda Quiet 4-stroke technology No smoky 2-stroke exhaust Extremely stable low speed performance Over-rev protection Gas assisted tilt Ideal for a variety of boats and yacht tenders Over heat/low oil pressure alert system Standard 12v/10amps regulated charging systemTiller handle model BF40AXLHAFor optimum performance and safety; Read the Owners Manual before operating your Honda Marine Product. Always wear a personal flotation device while boating.40 HP $3800 Abaco RAbaco R Abaco RAbaco R Abaco R ock Ltd.ock Ltd. ock Ltd.ock Ltd. ock Ltd.Our Reputation is Concrete For all your concrete needs For all your concrete needs For all your concrete needs For all your concrete needs For all your concrete needs specializing in specializing in specializing in specializing in specializing in Mixing and placement of concrete Mixing and placement of concrete Mixing and placement of concrete Mixing and placement of concrete Mixing and placement of concrete for all phases of construction for all phases of construction for all phases of construction for all phases of construction for all phases of constructionFULL LINE OF FULL LINE OF FULL LINE OF FULL LINE OF FULL LINE OF Benches Benches Benches Benches Benches Storage Storage Storage Storage Storage Sand & Rock Sand & Rock Sand & Rock Sand & Rock Sand & Rock Excavating Excavating Excavating Excavating Excavating Concrete Stepping Stones Concrete Stepping Stones Concrete Stepping Stones Concrete Stepping Stones Concrete Stepping Stones Planters Planters Planters Planters Planters Bird Baths Bird Baths Bird Baths Bird Baths Bird Baths P P P P P icnic Ticnic T icnic Ticnic T icnic T ablesables ablesables ables Hope Town, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-0168 Fax (242) 366-0122By Anita Rolle Canadian Imperial Bank (CIBC) Bahamas Limited hosted their thir d Mortgage Workshop at the Marsh Harbour Branch on April 10. Panelists briefly covered a variety of topics. Mortgage financing explaining the low interest rates and qualifications Legal process of buying property Locating property that is right for you at a price you can afford Home insurance and the need for hurricane coverage Importance of life insurance. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-2658Silver Jewelry Ladies Dresses Panama Jack Hats, Sun Glasses, & Suntan Lotion Mens Shorts & Shirts Kids T-shirts Kalik Souvenirs Genuine Cuban Cigars Bahamian CDs & Tapes ...& a variety of other gifts & Souvenirs Located Across from Mangoes Restaurant Open Mon. thru Sat. 9 am to 5 pm Some Sundays daySUNSET SOUVENIRSCIBC Hosts Mortgage WorkshopChairing the workshop was Mr. Steve Davis of CIBC. Panelists were banker Mr. Marvin Major of CIBC; realtor Mr. Victor Patterson; Insurers Mrs. Beryl Norris, Mr. Gentry Morris and Mr. Michael Cooper and lawyer Ms. Vanria Lightbourn. Following the presentations, eager participants were able ask any unanswered questions. In concluding the workshop, Manager Mr. W.G. Lyons commented that the event was an effort to assist those persons in the community, in a professional manner, who plan to build or purchase. William and Cindy Weatherford are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Brittany Leeanne born March 10. Brittany joins the family as a sister of older brother, Brandon.New Arrival

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Page 34 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 ABACO AIR CHARTER SERVICE Between Abaco and all the Bahamas, Florida and the Turks and CaicosScheduled service to Moores Island, Freeport and North Eleuthera Twin engine 6 & 9 passenger aircraftABACO FLIGHT SERVICES Aircraft maintenance Storage AvGas CAA & FAA certified mechanicsP.O. Box AB20492, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 242-367-2266, 359-6357 Fax 367-3256 Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Satellites TVs Stereos Phones Home Appliances Car Stereos/Amps Speakers Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: (242) 367-2265 (242) 367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES MONTHL Y SPECIALS 15 Cu. Ft Gibson Fridge $649.00 30 Gas Range $427.00SPECIALS GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST FOR MAY 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 systemBeginning at Beginning at Beginning at Beginning at Beginning at $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.Vaughn Butler was recently awarded an internship position with Abaco Outback. He is In grade 11 at Abaco Central High School. Vaughn was selected from a group of Interested students from Marsh Harbour and the surrounding cays. He will work with Abaco Outback each day after school and Saturdays until the end of the school year. Through the summer he will move to a full-time schedule and participate in all the operations of AbacoInternship Awarded to Local StudentOutback guided nature tours. In his application essay he explains that he wants to work with Abaco Outback..... because I love the outdoors. I love to go hiking, kayaking and swimming as often as I can. I also know a lot of different types of trees, fish, and every other thing that grows and lives in our ecosystem. This would also help to prepare me for the jobs out there In the real world. Damianos Realty Co. is pleased to announce that Mrs. Kerry Sullivan will be an estate agent representing them in Hope Town and the Elbow Cay area. Mrs. Sullivan, originally from Canada, has experience in sales and marketing in a variety of business situations. She moved to The Bahamas in 1997 and a year later met her husband and moved to Hope Town. She can be contacted at 366-0040.Agent Joins Damianos How Will Speech Therapy Help Your Child?By Valarie Whylly, Speech Pathologist In therapy, the therapist creates a program that teaches the child how to use the articulatory mechanism, the voice, hearing and language to communicate. The program reflects the type of disorder, which could be: how to pronounce sounds and words; how to control stuttering; how to express ideas; how to augment oral communication with alternate communication devices. For service and information contact Valarie Whylly at 367-5393/4 Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island Each office independently owned and operated Located one building east of Memorial Plaza. Featuring the finest in residential, commercial, vacation homes and investment properties. Call today to list your property with us or inquire about our many listed properties. LIGHTBOURN REALTYMaking Real Estate Real Easy Orchid Bay, Guana Cay two large beach front lots available in private development, both with over 135 of water front $350,000 Also two lots on the bayside, running over 100 on the Sea of Abaco $250,000 Cove Estates Home featuring 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, nicely landscaped, fully furnished $233,000 Hope Town Home in Lucayos with 2/1 downstairs and 1/1 upstairs. Fantastic sea views, sits on 2 almost acre lots. $495,000 Lubbers 2 interior lots available. Lot 38 for $44,000, Lot 41 for $49,500. One lot on the water front facing Tilloo $145,000 Cabbage Point 5 acres+/available with financing. 20% down and balance over 5 years. 160' on the road 1300' deep. Call for details Casuarina Point 3/1 home, double lot, 391 ft of sea walled canal frontage. $299,000 or make offer Cherokee Sound 3/1 home, in town, private patio. furnished. Call for more details. Coral Point 1+ acre elevated water front lot near Great Cistern. Call for details Great Abaco Club best site line available. $229,500 Green Turtle Cay various lots available. Prices start as low as $55,000 Green Turtle Cay deep water lot located on picturesque Black Sound. 100' x 435' $300,000 Green Turtle Cay 2 interior lots on Coco Bay. $25,000 each Green Turtle Cay 6 acres of gorgeous beach front property perfect for a small resort or luxurious estate. Guana Cay 3/2 new home, ocean views, spacious decking, downstairs could be an apartment. $355,000 Hope Town interior lot 10,000+ sq. ft. $65,000 Hope Town harbour front restaurant w/ residence. Call for more details Man-O-War Cay 1/1 cottage in picturesque community, features extra sleeping loft, newly renovated interior, close to amenities. $140,500 Man-O-War Cay 1 bed, 1 bath house located centrally in Man-O-War. Close to all conveniences, short walking distance to a beach. Ideal for a vacation cottage. $159,000 Man-O-War Cay 3 bed, 2 bath home situated only one lot away from the beach. This home was owner built and is offered furnished. REDUCED $415,000 Man-O-War vacant lot 72 x 75, near ocean, cleared and ready for building. $110,000 Marsh Harbour 3/2 home in Cove Estates, central A/C, self contained apartment, offered furnished. REDUCED $399,000 Palm Ridg e private, quiet home on beach front acreage. Charming 2 bed 1 bath, very spacious patio and endless views. There is ample room for expansion on this property, short drive to Cherokee Sound. $455,000 Treasure Cay canal lots starting at $80,000 More Fine Homes and PropertiesAbaco Agents Brent Cartwright Mailin Sands Beth Ruzicka Bill Johnston Chris Farrington P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-2992 Fax: 242-367-4800 Email: coldbank@abacoinet.com Man-O-War3/2 bath home in quaint community. Turn key, short walking distance to an Atlantic beach Reduced to $325,000

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 35 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 BAHAMASOCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERTIESERTIES ERTIESERTIES ERTIES On Green Turtle Cay : The beach: Charming furnished cottage on 1/3 acre with ocean view. Firm $236,000 1.46 acres on Atlantic Ocean. 150' on beach. $480,000 Two one-third acre lots on Bight O Bay beach. 90' frontage. $222,000 each Fourteen lots across from Bight O Bay Beach. Waterfront on Inner White Sound. 1/2 acre and up. Starting at $78,650 One-third acre on Atlantic Ocean beach. 66 frontage. $183,000 Green Turtle Estates: Two story, beautifully furnished, 4 bedroom, 2 living rooms, 3 baths ocean views throughout. 125 steps from ocean beach. Nearing end of construction. Plus fully furnished completed 2 bed 2 bath kit/liv/din guest house $775,000 Half acre, 125 steps to beach $186,000 White Sound: Four inland lots within 5 minute walk of waterfront and public dock. $47,200 each Newly finished, furnished, three bed two bath house near Green Turtle Club. A/C throughout. 1/2 acre. Five minute walk to beach. Very private $670,000 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/oceanbluBluff Harbour: Two waterfront lots 140' total frontage. Dock site. Gorgeous views $430,000 Quiet waterfront: Furnished two bed, two bath with views of Black Sound. Use of shared private 100 dock. 1/3 acre. $335,000 Inner White Sound: Two bedroom suites; 3 bath: Kit/liv/dining fully furnished villa on water. In pristine condition. Good rental income. $275,000 Coco Bay: Four unit income producing 2 bed 1 bath apartment complex. Fully furnished. Water views. Dock. Laundry. Two years old. $700,000 plus closing One-third acre. Five minutes walk to beach. Owner needs to sell. $42,000 Stunning new home. Interior still under construction. All materials on site to complete. Truck. Golf cart. 2 bed 2 bath. A/C throughout. Views of ocean, Guana Cay and Sea of Abaco. $775,500 On Munjack Cay: 10 acres. Dock. 320 on Sea of Abaco. Good elevation $300,000 On Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres with good elevation and beach. $515,000Sales, Rentals and Property Management 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE FREE QUOTE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 The 2002 hurricane season will begin on June 1. The forecasts say that this year will have an average number of storms. They predict 12 named storms with seven or eight of these developing into hurricanes. They are saying that perhaps three will develop into major storms. Mr. William Gray, a well known forcaster, has put out a serious warning that several specific coastal areas need to be especially careful and these are the southeast coast of Florida, the Texas coast and the New York-New England coast. The El Nino weather pattern is develop-Hurricane Season Predicted to Be Normaling once again in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific warms up only a few degrees but that affects weather along the western areas of North and South America. This time it is a weak system compared to the last cycle when it was a very strong system and affected weather around the globe. Weathermen do not expect that this El Nino will make much difference to our hurricanes. Beginning in 2003 hurricane experts will be able to give hurricane warnings two days earlier than now, giving a total of five days warning for preparations. However, the expanded forecasts will be less exact, with a margin of error of about 350 miles. Current three-day forecasts have a margin of error of 200 miles. The experts say that these long range forecasts are not to be confused with warnings which are issued when the weathermen know more precisely where a hurricane is headed. The warnings give 24 hours notice to areas that will be affected by a hurricane. Derek A. Lee, BRI Abaco District Managing BrokerRetta Thomas Office Manager Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-4608 Fax: (242) 367-5452 e.mail: dereklee@oii.netMargot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War Cay, Abaco Tel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.comChristopher PlummerEstate Agent Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.comLinda S. Stewart, BRI Broker Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-4608 Fax: (242) 367-5452 Elbow Cay Lubbers Quarters Tilloo Cay Tel:(242)366-3138 Fax: (242) 366-3139 e.mail: lindastewart@abacoinet.com VHF Ch. 16 "Cracker Ps"John CashEstate Agent Treasure Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 e.mail: jic@oii.net www.hgchristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 3/1/02 The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES "Yellow Jack" Elbow Cay Lucayos 2 bedroom 2 bath home 1/4 Acre Fabulous Sea of Abaco Views. Furnished # 3709 New Price $415,000."Blue House" Great Cistern + 100 Waterfront on Sea of Abaco. 3 bedroom, 3 bath home Terrific Views of the Sea and the Cays Furnished. #AB 0036 $295,000."Ocean View" Elbow Cay 115 Ocean Beach-front. 4 bedroom, 3 bath home 3/4 acre. Fabulous Ocean Views Beautiful Landscaping Furnished. #AB 0038 New Listing $1,412,000. Elbow Cay North End "Bellfree" almost 1/2 acre 1 bedroom, 1 bath home, great Sea of Abaco Views Private dock. Furnished. # AB 0043 New Listing $1,180,000. Elbow Cay White Sound Area "Aunt Pats Bay" Lot #5 14,914 sq.ft.Great Elevation #AB 5068 $225,000. Elbow Cay White Sound, "Sand Dollar" 3 bedroom, 3 bath Luxury Home 3/4 acre land swimming pool. beautiful Custom furniture, Great elevation, Superb Ocean Views #AB 0003 $1,450,000.Elbow Cay White Sound Area 6.13 Fabulous Acres perfect for development or elegant estate # 3697 $1,820,000.Elbow Cay Marnies Landing "Savannah Hill" 3 bedroom, 2 bath Luxury Home almost 1/2 acre land Superb Sea of Abaco Views #AB 0022 $965,000. Elbow Cay "Oasis" 5.33 acres Sea-to-sea 3 bedroom, 2 1.2 bathHome Great elevation, Superb sea of Abaco and Ocean Views PrivateDock #1481$3,300,000. Great Cistern "The Chandlery" 4 bedroom, 2 bath lovely 2,200 sq.ft. home one acre of land with cabin, called "Heaven" by current owner, perfect for studio. guest house or income property. #AB0025 $375,000. Great Guana Cay "Oceanfrontier Hideaway" mini-resort Beachfront 6 unique 2 bedroom, 1 bath, rental log cabins2,000 gal/day Watermaker Central location #AB 0026 $1,275,000. Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre #AB 5090 priced from $59,000 Green Turtle Cay -104 x 80 Building site #3619 $86,000. Man-O-War Cay "Czanne" 3 bedroom 3 bath Luxury Residence-Large,Elegant Living Spaces Built 1998 Beach Great Ocean View #2861 $1,295,000. Man-O-War Cay "Gauguin" 2 bedroom 2 bath home Furnished, Near Beach Ocean View #3435 $400,000. Marsh Harbour "Running Light" Commercial Over 100 of prime Marsh Harbour waterfront over 1/3 acre. 2,600 sq.ft of Office or residential space in two buildings. Great parking and room for expansion. Private Dock # AB 0042 $800,000. Marsh Harbour Commercial 2,360 sq.ft. showroom, office and warehouse located near main street 14,965 sq. ft. fenced lot. #AB 0031 $320,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Lot #45 Private Boat Slip #AB 5066 $275,000. Sand Banks Bay One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90 of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay. Limited Number Available #AB 5069 from $63,700. Tilloo Cay beautiful building site 14,754 sq.ft. Good elevation Great Views #AB 5062 $42,000. Treasure Cay Atlantis Condominium Unit 2106 -2 bedroom, 2 baths Ground floor Canal Front Private Dock Slip Fully furnished #AB 0041 $170,000. Treasure Cay "South View" 3 bedroom, 2 bath Home. Canal Front Location Great Sea of Abaco Views, Good family home Fully furnished #AB 0030 $340,000. Treasure Cay "Brigantine Bay" 120 Canal front building site. Over 140 deep Sea Wall #AB 5068 $180,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Beautiful 2.68 acre building site. sea-to-sea, between Coco Bay and the Ocean. Good elevations for spectacular views Dock. Fabulous beaches on sound & ocean. # AB 5067 $650,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay 2 bedroom, 2 bath home. 2.68 Acres sea-to-sea between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bay Swimming Pool Dock super views. #AB 0007 $900,000. Green Turtle Cay Splendid hill top one acre buliding site. Great elevation, wonderful White Sound and Sea of Abaco views. #AB 5094 $485,000. Green Turtle Cay Family Residence 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 2,265 sq.ft. living space on two floors on 1 1/2 secluded acres. #AB 0035 $945,000. Lubbers Quarters "Southwest Point" 2 bedroom 2 bath home. 1/3 acre land Good Elevation Great Views Private Dock beautifully maintained Furnished Excellent Rental History. #AB 0009 $453,000. Lubbers Quarters "Abaco Ocean Club Lot 105" 12,819 sq.ft. 1/4 acre.Beautiful Hillside Building Site Great Sea of Abaco Views. #AB 5097 $62,000. Lubbers Quarters "West Point" 2 bedroom 2 bath home. .287 acre land Good Elevation Private DockFurnished Excellent Rental History. #AB 0008 $442,000. Lubbers Quarters "Abaco Ocean Club Lot 65" 12,326 sq.ft. 1/4 acre. Beautiful Hillside Building Site #AB 5103$49,000. Man-O-War Cay "Outrageous" 4 bedroom 31/2 bath home. Furnished, Beach Access, Ocean View, Semi-Private Dock. # 2899 $875,000

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Page 36 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002Regattas of Abaco 2 bed / 2 bath condo, to tally refurbished, pool, tennis court, fitness centre, on site rental management. Call for info Call Leslie or Sharon Pinder 242-367-5045 ELBOW CAY & HOPE TOWNKerry SullivanTel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164Email: kerry@abacoinet.comMARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOURLeslie 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: 242-367-5045E-mail: Leslie.P.abacoinet.com Sharonabacoinet.comMarsh Harbour Pelican Shores elevated waterfront lot in very desirable residential area minutes from downtown Marsh Harbour, all utilities availble, 100 on the sea. Asking $110,000 Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores waterfront 3000 sq. ft. duplex on the beach and waterfront for boat dock across the street. Each apartment consists of 3 bedrooms and 1 bath upstairs and kitchen, living, dining and half bath down stairs. Great rental potential or two family home. Asking price $535,000 Bahama Palm Shores Two residential lots 150 from the beach, great sea views. Asking price $42,500 Marsh Harbour The Crossing lot to the sea 22,972 sq. ft. Great views Call for info Marsh Harbour Don MacKay Boulevard on the hill, 3 bed x 2 bath furnished / central air, closed in patio, separate laundry room. $165.000 Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores, beautifully kept home with views of the harbour, 3000 sq. ft., fully furnished, central air conditioning, standby generator, property 165 x 225, boat house, enclosed grounds Call for info Marsh Harbour The Castle lot 4318 sq. ft. Quiet private area. Call for info Fast Food Restaurant situated in down town Marsh Harbour. Excellent location, reasonable business hours, great return on investment. Call for further information. MARSH HARBOUR LISTINGS ELBOW CAY LISTINGS Hope Town Bellfree North End turn key 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage on 2/3 arce of land. Beautiful views of the Sea of Abaco. Water on west and south boundaries. Plans for main house to be built on the point. Aluminum sea wall and private deep water dock with 50 amp. service for serious boaters. Includes new 20 Albury Bros. boat, 13 Whaler and golf cart. $1,180,000 Hope Town just under 1/2 acre vacant lot on Elbow Cays North End. Lovely wooded area. Two minute walk to sand beach. Call for info. Lubberts Quarters Abaco Ocean Club, lot #65. 12,326 sq. ft. beautiful hillside building site. $49,000 Call Kerry Sullivan 242-366-0040 UNDER CONTRACT 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 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE NEW LISTINGS 3 water front lots near Alburys Ferry Office, Marsh Harbour A large corner residential lot in Little Orchard SubdivisionLOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency Ltd Marsh Harbour: Waterfront lot on the Sweetings Tract. Over 200 feet of frontage and small sandy cove. $100,000 Tilloo: Shore to shore parcel in the Bight of Loo. 120 wide with good elevation in the center. Just north of Junk Beach. $165,000 Elbow Cay: Beach front lots on the Atlantic Ocean. 95-feet wide, coconut groves, $260,000 Marsh Harbour: lots on the Sweetings Tract with road and all utilities, access to water front/beach. $20,000 Lubbers Quarters: large water front and interior lots with all utilities present, private dock slip, exclusive development. Starting at $99,000 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 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 Green Turtle CayOcean Beach Lots (North End) 1+ acres with good elevation from $245,000 Coco Bay Lots 81 feet on beach from $170,000 Bita Bay Ocean Lot 8.26 acres from ocean to Inner White Sound, good elevation and protection from sea, spectacular views. $1.25 M. On the internet at www.bahamasinvest.com or call 365-4271 BEACH FRONT HOMESAVE$100,000Fabulous Views Over 1 acre Home is presently under construction and can be completed for under $100,000 below market value. Move in within 3 weeksTom Roberts Realty242-322-4782 242-357-6896 Classified Ads in The Abaconian Bring Results Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE 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" B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKIEdison Key Welcomes Supporter Mr. Edison Key, PLP candidate for the South Abaco Consituency, welcomes Mr. Albert Albury to his campaign and named him his five-star general. They are shown above on Nomination Day, April 11.

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 37 CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Fuel & Water TanksFuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water TanksFuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & RepairMarsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & TrailersOn the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd.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 Cherokee Polos Seaside Cottage Fully furnished, sleeps 6, A/C, $900/week for 2. Call 407-933-4463 www.polosseasidecottage.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale pools, docks, reunions, special occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways. 242-3660224 Fax: 242-366-0434 Yellow Wood Lovely home near Cherokee. Available after June 2002. Call 366-2266 for details Sweetings Tract 2 2 bed/2 bath apts., furnished including water and gas. $1000 month. Call 367-2660 Treasure Cay luxury beach front home, 3 bed, 3 1/2 bath, sleeps 14, all amenities. $500 nightly. Sell for $2.5 million. Call 561-7380996 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. This fenced -in area has electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet for just $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 3672951 or 359-6658 Commercial Space Available Royal Harbour Village. Please call for details. 242-367-3262 Second floor studio office Great for accounting, real estate, drafting or internet office. $600 monthly including all utilities and A/C. Call Glenn at 367-4887 Dundas Town split level house 3 bed/1 bath, 2 bed/1 bath with basement. Includes 1 bed cottage in rear. Call 367-3177 or 357-6656 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242-366-0224 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. Owner will finance. Call 321-7840163 or leave message for Cliff at 366-0065 Great Cistern 1/2 acre lot $55,000 net, 1/4 acre lot $30,000 net. Both lots have sea view. Call Donna after 5 p.m. at 367-3472 Little Harbour 1/2 acre, great elevation, spectacular ocean views, desirable area, excellent building site, elec. and dock, available $98,500 net. Call 359-6064 Little Harbour 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story house. Great views of the harbor and ocean. Dock privilege, air-conditioned, phone, electric. 20x20 workshop, storage bilding. BEautiful landscape, flowers and fruit trees, 100x200 lot. $160,000. Call Laine at 242367-3623 days, 242-477-5111 evenings. Lubbers Quarters, water front, spectacular views. Two separate 2 bedroom 2 bath houses, each with private dock. All amenities, fully funished, turn key. West Point $365,000 US$ NET and Southwest Point $375,000 US$ NET. By owner. Shown by appointment. E-mail mash1969@earthlink.net. Phone 242366-3100 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Website: www.abacotoday.com/lubbers Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements Property and Houses FOR SALE Property and Houses FOR SALE Property and Houses FOR SALE COMMERCIAL RENTALS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS 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: M. Gardiner/Ms. M. T. Rolle P.O. Box AB20567 Marsh Harbour, AbacoFor conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact M. Gardiner/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 Murphy Town Vacant Land 9,000 S. Ft. Lot #38 Murphy Town Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 REAL ESTATE SALES#3 Touch of the Tropics Plaza Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.comAffordable Property Select Homes Serving All AbacoUNDISCOVERED BEAUTY Fabulous home, more than one acre on Sea of Abaco fishing grounds, secluded and romantic. 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, fireplace, attached garage with workshop. CBS construction, cement tile roof, dual zone A/C. Covered terraces, fruit trees, dock with davit and more! $676,500 OUTSTANDING VALUE Prestigious Great Abaco Club. Recently built villa-style CBS home, deep water dockage with lift and single user dock. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, master spa bath, attached garage. Full-length terrace. Best buy on the site. $589,000 14% RETURN ON INVESTMENT Great Abaco Club. Private and secure. Delightful tropical style villa, CBS construction. Deepwater protected dockage. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths. Fantastic rental income. On-site management & maintenance, proven appreciation. $690,000 GREAT ABACO CLUB Wonderful family home or great income producer. Fully furnished and equipped to highest standards. Gated and secure, deep water protected dockage. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, French doors, covered terrace. Beach and health club privileges, consistent property values, on-site manager. $750,000 Lubbers Quarters one of a kind, custom built home facing Tahiti Beach/Tilloo Cut and open ocean. 2.4 very private landscaped acres with 251 feet on Sea of Abaco. $895,000 net completely furnished. Owner 242-366-3129. US 561308-2106 or 828-926-5384 Lynard Cay rare opportunity, 1 acre improved building site with dock and extras. High elevation with unbelievable views. US$95,000 net. Call 3596064 Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 daysElection Time AgainIts election time and Green Turtle Cay has had its visits from the candidates for North Abaco. The Prime Minister, the Hon. Hubert Ingraham, FNM candidate, held a low-key community meeting on April 6 at Quincentennial Park. Other speakers included Mr. Jack Albury and South Abaco candidate Robert Sweeting. After addressing the crowd, Mr. Ingraham answered questions and heard concerns of those in attendance. On April 19 Ms. Ali McIntosh, Bahamas Constitution Party candidate, visited our community. She did not hold a meeting but handed out flyers with information on her political platform. The PLP rally was held on April 19 at the basketball court. Music and refreshments were a part of the rally. Speakers included Sen. Neville Wisdom, Mr. Edison Key and North Abacos candidate, Mr. Fritz Bootle. A large group of supporters traveled to Green Turtle Cay with these candidates and CaysFrom Page 4 Remember to Vote made up a large percentage of those at the rally. In a few days Election 2002 will be history. Green Turtle Cay has approximately 290 registered voters. Voter turnout is usually high here. We will all know the outcome in a few days and then our country can put all of the election emotion behind us and move on with our lives!Town Needs RainAs usual the past month has been really dry and the trees and lawns look parched. Cisterns are empty or very low. A fire that has been burning on No Name Cay since April 2 is adding to our misery as the smoke is blowing our way much of the time. Efforts have been made by a few concerned citizens to put the fire out but dry conditions and the fact that its so far inland made their efforts useless. At this time of year we must all be extra careful when lighting fires for cookouts, not to mention cigarette butts. We are all hoping for rainy days in the next few weeks! One last thought: Be sure to vote on May 2nd.

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Page 38 The Abaconian May 1st, 2002 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 Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartiments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties9 hse + 365-4465 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.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 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Malone Estates 18 hse + 366-0100 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 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 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Marsh Harb Airport Motel 367-4402 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 365-8950 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 + agents who have multiple cottages and houses By Alice Bain Birdwatching, or birding as it is commonly known, is more popular than ever before on Abaco. This island lies directly on the eastern flyway migration route between North and South America, and subsequently Abaco has a lot to offer ornithologistsparticularly during the migration months of April and October. Ron Pagliaro is a certified Bahamas birding tour guide and presently operates the only birding tours available in Marsh Harbour. Popularity of the tours is definitely going up, he says. This week weve had the most inquiries weve ever had about birding. Ron takes small groups out early in the morning, usually focusing on Bahamian and Abaconian specialty speciesbirds you cant see elsewhere or that are rare in other locations. The Abaco Parrot is, of course, extremely popular but Ron cautions that on any given tour there is no guarantee that the parrots will be in evidence. They dont leave us a schedule of when theyre not going to be at home, he explains. Among other species targeted by visiting birders are the Red-legged Thrush, LaSagras Flycatcher, the Loggerhead Kingbird, the Crescent-eyed Peewee, the West-Indian Redbellied Woodpecker, the Thick-billed Vireo, the Olive-capped Warbler, and the Bananaquits that are so common in everyones back yard. Anything else? Yes, they go gaga over Stripe-headed Tanagers! says Ron. Also, everyone loves hummingbirds, he continues. Abaco is home to two species of hummingbird, the Cuban Emerald and the much rarer Bahama Woodstar. Birders often spend a lot of time differentiating one small, greenish-brown species of warbler from another. Some are common, some are rarer. The Olive-capped Warbler is native only to Abaco and Grand Bahama and is found nowhere else in the world. The acme of birding within the warbler genre is the Kirtlands warblera migratory bird that summers in pine forests of Michigan. There are only a couple of thousand of them left alive. They winter in the Bahamas, in coppice much like we have here in Abaco. Every serious birder would give his or her eye teeth to see one of these elusive little warblers. The fact that one was recorded near Hole-in-the-Wall two years ago can only boost bird-oriented tourism to the area. Spring and Fall are the two most exciting times for birding here, says Ron. You have to pay extra attention to the birds because some of them will be ones youre not expecting. Local ornithologist-in-residence Reg Patterson agrees. April is the best time, he says, because you get a lot of birds coming through. The winter birds are leaving and the summer birds are about toBirdwatching Is a Popular Pastimearrive. The warblers are easier to identify because they are growing their mating plumage. In October all the warblers tend to look alike, and it drives you crazy! Reg spotted two Red-breasted Mergansers at Different of Abaco two months ago, a species he says he has never heard of being recorded on Abaco before. He sometimes takes tours out but does not operate an official business. He is a mine of anecdotal data about the local bird populations. Parrots used to be relatively common on the Little Harbour/ Cherokee peninsula, he says. Curtis Lowe, who was the lighthouse keeper at Little Harbour during the 1950s and 1960s, used to have one as a pet. They had that bird for years, says Reg. It wasnt very fluent as parrots go, thoughwasnt a very good talker. Once, during the 1996 October migration, Reg was called out by BaTelCo employees who had arrived to work and met a strange and gruesome sight. Dozens of warblers were dead and dying, littering the ground around the radio tower in townand apparently the same thing had happened at towers in Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks. They were mostly Blackpall Warblers, he says. These birds migrate to South America in huge flocks, mainly flying by night. Apparently the night was cloudy, and the birds had somehow picked up the beacon from the radio towers and beat themselves to death on the struts. Because it was October, they were hard to identify but I took some of them home and found among them one Connecticut Warbler, which is a species I have never seen before or since on Abaco. How about rare birds? Mr. Patterson continued, In April of 1971 we had a strong southwest wind that blew for days and days. We were seeing birds that were rare, birds wed never seen before on Abaco. Apparently they had been blown here all the way from the central flyway! The central flyway migration route passes over Texas and the eastern part of Mexico, then down over Central America, which is a long way to be blown off course! There is also the issue of exoticsnonnative species that have been introduced to the island. Eurasian Collared Doves, known locally as Ringneck Doves, are an introduced species and fill the niche in Marsh Harbour that is filled by the common pigeon in cities like Nassau. European House Sparrows have also been introduced and seem fairly widespread. An imported species of Bolivian parrot, the Quaker Parakeet, is also liable to become established in the wild here, mirroring similar populations in South Florida. Exotic species usually compete with native birds and may be responsible for decreasing their populations. Certain native species, however, are now increasing their numbers. The population of the White-crowned Pigeon has rebounded in response to the instigation of a hunting season. Reg Patterson reports that he now sees more pigeons than he used to, plus they are breeding on cays where they were not present before. He agrees in principle with the season on these birds but thinks that the opening day should be brought forward two weeks. The season was calculated for the Central Bahamas but is not good for us here in the North Bahamas. Our birds finish nesting earlier. Most years by the time the season opens, theyre already gone. The season should really open on the 15th of September instead of the 29th here. Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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May 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 39 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 (11) 1250 gallon water tanks $1600 each, includes duty & freight. Contact Elbow Cay Properties at 366-0569 Lincoln 225 Amp elec. welder, face mask & rods. $375. Phone 365-8188 Whirlpool stack washers and driers used 2 month. Cost $1817 each new. Asking $1200 each. Call 366-0232 3-ton A/C w/blower and compressor $1200. Upright cooler, double slide door $1000. 8 tall 36 sq. ft. freezer with compressor, great for fishing boat or shop. $3000. Call 477-5415 Complete line of automotive parts and Sherwin Williams paint and additives, 2 mixing machines, and micorfiche paint scales. Great for starting a new buisness. Unbelievable price! Call 242-477-5019 Catepiller D-7F bulldozer with ripper and 10 blade. Needs some work but running. Make offer. Contact David Phillips at 365-4638 1996 Yamaha Waverunner III 650 35 hours on engine. Completely redone. Asking $5000 OBO 357-6851 or 477-5660 21 Aero Sport with stern bracket for outboard motor, motor not included. Asking $4000. 22 trailer, dual axle. Asking $1800. Call Freddie at 367-3177 or 357-6656 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 1985 GMC R/V Van sleeps 2, with stove, refrig & pottie, in good condition. DUTY PAID. $2500. Ph. 242-367-7248 Fax 972-723-0291 1993 Toyota diesel pick up, Helix 2.4, 97,000 miles $6500. Call Dick 366-2266 22 BAJA w/135 HP Mercury engine. Like new. Asking $7200 ONO Call 477-5291 28 Baja Twin Yamaha 200, LOADED, very well maintained, rigged for fishing, great for cruising and diving. Dry docked at Green Turtle Shipyard. $28,000 OBO 561-451-2122 28 Intrepid 1993 twin 200 HP Yamahas with low hours, radar arch with collapsible Bimini top, rocket launcher seat w/rod holders, swim platforms w/ ladder, VHF, stereo, depth finder, fish finder, fresh water wash down, live well, running lights, forward seating, built-in cooler, $49,500 or best offer. 3658771 day or 365-8467 after 5 p.m. 37 Endeavour 1980 sloop-rigged sailboat w/ Perkins 4-108, 40 HP diesel, curently moored near Marsh Harbour Marina. DUTY PAID. Bahamian registered. $30,000 OBO Call 3672269 38 Delta Off Shore Fiberglass 260 HP 3208 Caterpillar engine Turbo charged, 12 KW Northern Lights generator with Luggar engine, 275 gal water, 550 gal diesel, 400 gal gas, 5000 lb. freezer, stabilizers, radar, GPS, VHF, small chest freezer, fridge, stove with oven, sink, hot water heater, head with shower, air conditioned, sleeps 6. Ready to go. Asking $59,000. Call Peter Sweeting @ 365-6035 Outboard Engines All Mercurys 40 HP $600 225 HP $6000 115 HP $3500 15 HP $1000 Also 23 fishing boat with 200 HP $7000 Call 367-2326 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Have sciatica? TMJ? Lower back pain? Headaches? Get relief with muscular therapy. Call Karen Lane @ 367-5215 Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 367-2111 COMMERCIAL SERVICES 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 C & G Restaurant, Bar and Bakery All stock and equipment. Asking $43,500 Phone 3673767 BUSINESS FOR SALE POSITION WANTEDEnergetic mature female with organizational and management skills, willing to travel, is seeking a management position with a private/ public organization or property management. Phone 375-8015 or 367-3520 WANTED Mature Bahamian couple without children to serve as resident caretakers on Abaco. Must be of dependable Christian character with references. Modern house, outboard boat, all utilities, seclusion, salary. Send name and phone number to The Abaconian, P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour. VEHICLES FOR SALE Anything Under the Sun Construction specializing in stamped concrete, designed resurfaced concrete, wood decks and fiberglass pool installation. Call 477-5848 Swimming Pool Maintenance Splish, Splash Pool Service will stop you cleaning and keep you swimming. We offer bi-weekly service including chemicals Call 477-5848 Diane FletcherChartered Accountant ________________________________Financial Statement Preparation Business Licenses Audits and Investigations Accounting Software Installation and Training Specializing in Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in Abaco Cellular Phone 1-242-359-3281 BOATS WANTED VEHICLES FOR SALE89 Nissan Maxima fully loaded, new A/C unit. Sun roof. Call 477-5422 96 Nissan Maxima Power windows/door locks, upgraded stereo with CD player, Katskins 2 tone leather seats, woodgrain. Asking $15,000 OBO Call 242-477-5844 or 242-367-2778 97 Volkswagen Beetle, reliable, mint condition, low mileage, one owner. $4800. Negotiable. Call 367-2418 or 242-373-6821 98 Hyundai Accent 2 door, stick shift. $4500 OBO. Utility trailer 10 x 5 $1500. Call 3674643 98 Ford Taurus Sta Wgn leather interior, center console, alum. wheels, 24 valve engine, low mileage, like new. Call 365-8188 25 26 Mako, center console wanted. Must be in good condition. 365-8188 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESHead chef at Bluff House Yacht Club. Experience essential. Contact David Phillips at 3654638 Sales person to open and manage real estate sales office in Marsh Harbour for land development company. Must have computer skills. Call Tom Roberts 242-322-4782 Nassau or 357-6896 Abaco LettersFrom Page 27 A dive safety workshop will be offered in early May by the Department of Fisheries. Although directed primarily for commercial divers using compressors, the material will benefit all divers. All fishermen using compressors are urged to attend as well as all dive instructors. Some of the areas the workshop will cover will be Safe diving practices Management of dive accidents Early symptoms of decompression sickness A hyperbaric chamber video Fisheries rules and regulations The workshop will take place on May 8 and 9 at the Court House in Marsh Harbour. Contact any fisheries officer for further information.Divers Workshop Is Scheduled FNM Visits Sandy PointFNM party leaders held a rally in Sandy Point on April 9 to boost their supporters there. Shown above are the Hon. Frank Watson and Mr. Robert Sweeting with some of the town people. ers have sent letters to the Prime Minister requesting a Letter of Intent to save the horses and provide appropriate and safe land for them. The horses DNA tests show an extremely rare gene pool. The medical, economic and bio-diversity values of the Abaco wild horses are well documented. For more information about how you can help the horses and join the Friends of the Abaco Wild Horse, call Gretchen Cuffe at 242-367-4805 in Marsh Harbour. The next meeting of the Friends of the Abaco Wild Horse will be held on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port O Call Marina gazebo in Marsh Harbour. Gretchen Cuffe

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