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June 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 11, JUNE 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 Guana Beach Resort Is Auctioned A relaxed party atmosphere prevailed at the auction of Guana Beach Resort on May 25 as it went on the block to be divided into 14 separate parcels. The J.P. King Auction Company organized a professional sale and attracted about 200 bidders and observers and the day was spent in bidding and outbidding in lively competition. Nine of the 14 pieces were sold with the remainder of the bids not meeting the pre-established prices. See story on page 3. Please see Election Page 29 The election of Local Government officials will take place on June 27, 2002. Nomination day for this election will be on June 5, 2002. The voter register was closed on May 27, 2002, in view of these dates. The election process for Local Government is the same as for the general election which was held this past May 2. Any citizen who wishes to serve his or her community can nominate and run within the Polling Division where he or she lives. Each candidate needs to complete a form available at the administrators offices. Each candidate must have five sponsors who are all registered voters within that same Polling Division. A $50 fee is required which is refunded if the candidate receives onesixth of the votes. This will be the third election of local government officials who serve for threeyear terms. The first election in 1996 ushered in a new concept, that of allowing the Family Islanders to make many decisions themselves about their communities. The election of 1999 made minor adjustments to the system but maintained the same basic principles. Abaco has six District Councils. In the three large districts on mainland Abaco, the voters in each town elect their Town Committee. These Committees consist of five, seven or nine members, depending on theLocal Govt. Elections Are June 27The sea wall along the water front of Coopers Town is now under construction. The original wall was demolished during Hurricane Floyd. The work is being done by the Waugh Construction Company of Freeport, Grand Bahama.Candidates Will Nominate on June 5 Residents Enjoy FishingThe Abaco Insurance Fun Fishing Tournmament which was held on May 16 to 18 attracted smaller boats and many local residents. Their goal is to bring in the plentiful wahoo, dolphin and tuna with an occasional billfish. The competition is keen in this annual event. Shown above is Freddie Albury weighing his dolphin while weighmaster Hugh Baser looks on. Awards this year were framed tile trophies created by Carey Chen. The tournament uses the Marsh Harbour Marina as its base. Please see story on page 5.Sea Wall Is Rebuilt


Page 2 The Abaconian June 1st, 2002 China, Crystal, Jewelery, Watches & Resort WearFor every budgetIn Marsh Harbour beside the Boat Harbour entrance Monday Saturday 9 am 5:30 pm call 367-3191LenoLeno LenoLeno Leno xx xx x ChinaChina ChinaChina China PerPer PerPer Per fumefume fumefume fume OmegaOmega OmegaOmega Omega WW WW W aa aa a tchestches tchestches tches LladrLladr LladrLladr Lladr oo oo o FigurFigur FigurFigur Figur inesines inesines ines JeJe JeJe Je ww ww w ellrellr ellrellr ellr yy yy y c 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 Harbour 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) 367-3219The Hon. Perry Christie, Prime MInister The Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, outlined his governments program in the Speech from the Throne at the opening of the new parliament on May 22, 2002. He acknowledged that the voter turnout of 90 percent of the registered voters was exceptional and that his government was coming into power with a very solid base of popular support. He felt that this is a time of great promise for all Bahamians. He recognized that on the international scene, there are many challenges of globalization, of free trade arrangements and of economic aggression by the industrialized nations which combined to produce a complex of threats to our national economy that could not have been foreseen in earlier periods. His prominent policies will include the following: Reduce the level of crime in our society. Stem the increase in illegal immigration. Combat the resurgence of drug-trafficking. Eliminate the sub-standard living conditions. Meet the demand for decent, affordable housing. Maintain industrial peace and harmony in the work-place. Introduce new strategies for the economic improvement of our Family Island communities. Stimulate an expansion of tourism. Reinvigorate our financial services. Promote economic growth and prosperity in all other sectors. Protect our coastal and marine environment and fisheries resources from damage and depletion. Mr. Perrys government has adopted a strict Code of Ethics and will be introducing a bill for requiring higher levels of accountability from top government members. This is designed to discourage corruption in public service. Following are items mentioned which will directly apply to Abaco.Tourism Development is To be Top PriorityTourism will continue to be the primary source of economic growth and government is committed to diversifying and expanding the entire tourism industry. One proposal will be to grant loan assistance and tax relief in some areas for the renovation of homes to be used as guest-cottages and by providing loans for new business ventures of touristic appeal. The government will create and expand local handicraft enterprises to increase tourism purchases of native handicrafts.Financial Services and InvestmentA new Ministry of Financial Services and Investments has been created to attract more of the international market for offshore services. The government will also review the current financial services legislation to simplify the requirements. However, the government will make sure to still comply with international standards. Mr. Perry would like to see The Bahamas become an E-commerce center which could provide employment for qualified Bahamians. Legislation will be introduced to facility this venture.Tax Policies Are Spelled OutMr. Perrys government assures Bahamians that there will be no income tax, no corporate tax, no capital gains tax and no inheritance tax. To encourage foreign capital investment, the government will consider liberalizing the Exchange Control. The new Ministry of Financial Services and Investments will be responsible to reduce the red tape now required before foreign investors can begin developments. He also proposes to make the issuing of restaurant and liquor licences permanent rather than the present system of having to renew them annually.Tax Relief Is ExpectedLegislation will be introduced to increase the deduction for owner-occupied homes. This will apply only to foreign-owned homes in the Family Islands. The exemption is expected to go from $100,000 to $250,000. Also encouraging to second-home owners, there will be a ceiling on property tax. First-home buyers will be exempted from paying stamp duty on the purchase. They will also be exempted from paying stamp duty on their mortgage. This will help Bahamian families in buying their first home.Family Islands Will Receive BenefitsOne suggested program will give exemptions of customs duty and stamp tax on capital investments in projects that will help the economy in depressed areas. Moores Island was named as one of the areas. This exemption will be in effect for five years.Fishing and Agriculture Will Be StressedAccording to Mr. Christie, the fisheries industry will receive special support and will receive financial and technical assistance. The government will be committed to conserving the fisheries resources and will expand conservation measures. They will develop a five-year agriculture plan and will set aside $1 million for financing agricultural projects, especially in de-Prime Minister Outlines His Goals Please see Christie Page 22


June 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 3 Schooner Bay26 Miles South of Marsh Harbour From Airport Roundabout Great Abacos Fabulous South Eastern Coastline Anco LandsAnco Lands Anco LandsAnco Lands Anco LandsPrime Properties Land for SaleMagnificent panoramic views 60 elevations 200 of beach frontage Stunning shorelines 400,000 Sq. Ft. $3.50 Sq. Ft. Net P.O. Box N-145 Nassau, Bahamas Tel: (242) 324-1476 Fax: (242) 324-2902 E-mail: info@ancolands.com Website: www.ancolands.com Building Materials Windows & Doors Flooring & Roofing Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets Plumbing Fixtures Paints Lighting Fixtures Electrical Items Hand & Power Tools Garden Supplies & MoreClose to the Port Deliveries ArrangedPhone 561-627-9555 Fax 561-625-33663860 N. Lake Blvd. Lake Park (West Palm Beach)Call for your free catalog 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 Guana Beach Resort Is Broken into 14 ParcelsGuana Beach Resort was auctioned off in parcels, bringing to an end the long history of one of the first resorts on Abaco. On May 25 the J.P. King Auction Company of Gadsden, Alabama, handled the auction with the property being offered in 14 different pieces. In a party atmosphere about 200 persons attended as the ownership of nine of those pieces were determined. In a first for Abaco, the ownership of property was determined by a public auction. Anyone wanting to bid on the property registered, then bid as Mr. King called out the bid price followed by the asking price. The excitement heightened as higher bids were named and competition for some of the properties became evident. Nine of the pieces were absolute which meant that whatever price was bid was the final sale. Some of the pieces had reserved prices which meant that the owner had minimum prices which he required for those specific pieces. The bidding established the first prices. After that anyone could bid on combinations of lots or could rebid on pieces already bid on. By the end of the day nine pieces were sold for a total of $1.4 million. None of the five pieces of properties with reserved prices had bids which were accepted so those pieces still remain to be sold. The Guana Beach Resort, previously known as Guana Harbour Club, has a long history as it was one of the first resorts on Abaco. It opened in the late 1950s and was known for its relaxed comfortable ambiance. For years it was the popular place to go for a great November Guy Fawkes celebration. Mr. Gordon Sadler has owned the resort since the early 1990s. He has had major problems since Hurricane Floyd which severely damaged his buildings. A few days after the storm, the main building with the bar, lounge, dining room and kitchen burned down, leaving him without the central core of the resort. He is now developing a resort in the mountains of North Carolina. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Greater Abaco Tuesdays, 7 p.m., weekly at Touch of Class, Treasure Cay, 367-2536Pilot Club Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Bayview Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-3114 By Alice Bain Cyril Morley, Port Officer for Abaco with the Port Department, has plans to clean up wrecked and abandoned boats throughout Abaco. There are abandoned boats throughout Abaco, from Moores Island to Walkers Cay. In an effort to make Abaco a much more upbeat, clean and friendly place we would like to see these removed. We have been talking with the owners of the boats and having discussions with the local boards and authorities. We are asking the owners to pay 50 percent of the cleanup fee. The Port Department is finding the owners by tracking the AB serial numbers on the hulls of the boats. Serial numbers from the United States are being tracked via cruising permit records. This project has an extremely wide and ambitious scope and is set to begin in June of this year. Mr. Morley anticipates it to be finished by August. The Port Department has also been planning to establish channels into Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Man-O-War Cay and are reviewing safety requirements on local ferry services. According to Mr. Morley, Alburys Ferry and the Green Turtle Cay Ferry service are all up to standard. However, only two of the eight ferries running service between Crown Haven and Grand Bahama meet the requirements.Clean-up of Wrecked Boats Is Planned Subscribe toThe AbaconianToday


Page 4 The Abaconian June 1st, 2002 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com 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 Visitors and Residents Enjoy Fishing EventsOverall Standings Tighten as a Result of Treasure Cay TournamentWith the Bahamas Billfish Championships return to Treasure Cay this year, fifty-three angling teams fished the waters of Abaco searching for the recordbreaking 1066 blue marlin to take the Rolex Grand Prize of $800,000. Though not landed this week, the fishing resulted in 37 billfish being caught during the Treasure Cay Championship, 31 blue marlin, 5 white marlin and 1 sailfish. The competition for the Overall Champion also tightened as a result of the BBCs third tournament in the five tournament series. The Double Dog took the 1st Place Award by accumulating 1300 release points. InFlight took second place with 1200 points. Sea N Double took 3rd place with 953 points. Fourth Place went to Harry Sargeant fishing on Black Gold Harry took 1st Place in the first leg of the 2002 BBC and his two By Isobel Sherman Draw, pardner is the cry for the 23rd Bertram Hatteras Invitational Shootout which was held on May 9-11 at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour. Fiftyfive boats, all either Bertram or Hatteras fishing boats, were in the tournament this year. Usually the number of boats is 70 but events of September 11 affected this tournament. Captain of the Hatteras team was Hutch Hutchengs and captain of the Bertram team was Jim Schaeffer. Not only do persons come to fish in this tournament, they come for four wonderful days of fun after fishing. Mrs. Barbara Schaeffer organizes luncheons and breakfasts for the ladies and every night there is dinner in the pavilon with dancing afterward. The band this year played hits from the 1960s 80s and wasPresigious Shootout Tournament Attracts Top Anglersso popular that people were still dancing at 1 a.m. despite fishing lines in at 7a.m. There was even a hypnotist for entertainment in the evening. Every afternoon at the weigh-in dock, the steel band called Steel Away originally from Trinidad played. Everything is first class at this tournament even champaign in crystal flutes at the weigh-in dock for those boating a marlin. Since both Hatteras and Bertram teams were even, each team winning11 Shootouts in previous years, this tournament was the tie breaker. On day one two Bertram boats boated marlin, one weighing 452 pounds and the other 423 pounds, and nine marlin were The Bertram Hatteras Invitational Shootout organizers bring in bands and other entertainment for the event. Pictured above are members of Steel Away, a band originally from Trinidad. Please see Shootout Page 18Treasure Cay Championship Goes to Double Dogblue marlin releases during the Treasure Championship keep him in top contention for the Overall Champion as well. Rolex continues its role as Title Sponsor of the Bahamas Billfish Championship 2002 in underwriting the $800,000 grand prize. Any BBC angler that breaks the existing Bahamas blue marlin record of 1060.5 pounds, which has stood since 1979, will be awarded the lump sum of $800,000. Bristol Cellars and Cruzan Rum continued their hosting of the Sunday night opening festivities with their now infamous Voodoo Juice party to kick off the tournament. When at Treasure Cay, the participating anglers enjoyed the annual BBC Golf Tournament. Spanning April through June, all Bahamas Billfish Championship tournaments are governed by a uniform set of rules controlling minimum lengths for qualifying billfish, line class, fishing hours and entry fees. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champions. Treasure Cay Resort hosted the third leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship on May 13-17. Double Dog captained by Don McKinney of Fort Lauderdale, was the tournament winner. Captain and crew are pictured above accepting their trophy. Subscribe toThe Abaconian


June 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 5 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. 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)3673388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm erlin sMarine Electronics There Is aNew GirlComing to TownBy Alice Bain The Abaco Insurance Fun Fishing Tournament 2002 took place on May 16 to 18. Two of those days were unfortunately ratherFishing Is Great for EveryoneAbaco Insurance Fishing Tournament Provides Family Funstormy, but some boats braved the weather for the chance of pulling in billfish, tuna, wahoo and, of course, dolphin. Notable catches were Tim Roberts sailfish which measured over six feet long, (photographed, then released so no weight was entered) and Heath Higgs, who has now won the dolphin category three years in a row, this year with a 36pounder. Linda Leffler and Cody Lowe won the womens and junior divisions in this category, respectively. No women caught a wahoo, but Billy Thompson won the mens division with a 42-pound fish. Miles Roberts led the junior division with a 35-pound wahoo. In the tuna category Bill Schweizer carried the mens award, Sheri Roberts the womens, and Carlito Pinder won the juniors. The only billfish caught in the entire tournament was the sailfish caught by Tim Roberts. A new Grand Slam category was added this Winner of the new Grand Slam award was the boat Bluet owned by Freddie Albury. He is shown here, center, with his fellow fishermen, Rowan Higgs on the left and Billy Thompson on the right. The winner of the Grand Slam had to boat a dolphin, a tuna and a wahoo during the tournament. Tim Higgs of Marsh Harbour, captain of the Harvester won the overall trophy for the most fish. He also won the largest dolphin category. He is shown here with his son Brian helping to display the trophies. Please see Tournament Page 18 year, and to qualify a boat was required to have caught tuna, wahoo and dolphin during the tournament. Two boats qualified, Prussian Blue and Bluet Bluet won the award with a combined catch weight of 56 pounds.


Page 6 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 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 SOUVENIRS News of the Cays 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) 367-3219Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross Summer has officially started! School is over and summer fun can begin. Congratulations to Andrew Albury, Erika Lowe, Mitzi Lowe, Neil Lowe, Tammy Lowe, Danielle Sawyer, Lisa Sawyer and Megan Sawyer, who graduated from Forest Heights Academy on June 18. A large group of relatives and friends traveled to Marsh Harbour to attend the graduation ceremony. Danielle, Megan and Erica graduated with honours. Erica has been awarded a Pathfinders scholarship. Good luck to all as they move into the big people world. Amy Roberts Primary School will have their 6th grade graduation on June 24 at the Gospel Chapel. The keynote speaker will be poet and writer, Michael Pintard. The lower grades had their awards programme on June 21, saving the big night for the graduates. Road work continues in the area of Settlement Point. Because of this work, traffic has now gone back to any which way you can. Its amazing how everyone got so used to the smooth flow of one way traffic in just five months. Hopefully, the work will be completed soon and our streets can be less confusing. Local Government elections will be held on June 27. Ten persons have nominated as candidates for the five seats on our Town Committee. The five incumbent candidates are David Bethell, Lincoln Jones, Lonnie Lowe, Roswell Sawyer and Ms. Kola Wells. New comers are Gregory Curry, Floyd Johnson, Omri McIntosh, Donnie Outten and Judson Thompson. On June 19 the candidates were invited to attend a Town Meeting to present their views on the future of our community. The meeting was co-chaired by Denise Bodie and Annabelle Cross. Administrator Ivan Ferguson was in attendance as were all the candidates with the exception of Lonnie Lowe. Each candidate gave a short presentation on their goals, followed by a question and answer session. Concerns ranged from speeding in town, the indiscriminate dumping of garbage at the public dump, the lack of sporting and other activities for the youth, the condition of the government clinic and the lack of funds needed to do all that is necessary in the community. It seemed that there is some confusion on Local Governments purpose and how the town committees and the council function. This led to some heated exchanges in the audience. It was suggested that following the elections, a seminar be held to discuss local government and its responsibilities. The meeting was successful and gave the candidates the opportunity to address a cross section of the voters. Now we await election day and the final results. Stay safe this summer as you enjoy boating, beaching and all the summer activities. Hopefully, this unsettled weather will move on out and allow for real summer days and nights. The ferry dock near the Treasure Cay airport that serves Green Turtle Cay is being improved. Central government is deepening the harbour and adding piling and a landing dock for small boats to tie to. The ferry will still dock in the same location, but the improvements will allow more boats to use the site. Subscribe toThe AbaconianToday


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 7 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com 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 $479.00SPECIALS GOOD, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, FOR APRIL 2002 U.S. Writers VisitChalks seaplane brought fifteen U.S. media persons to Treasure Cay in the late afternoon on June 18. The writers represented such publications as National Geographic and the New York Post on their one-day visit to Abaco. The trip was coordinated and sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism to promote travel in the Family Islands. Abaco was their second stop, having begun at Cat Cay. Their arrival was different and dramatic. After the 19-passenger seaplane landed off the Treasure Cay beach, the pilot reversed the props to back the plane onto the beach, letting the travel writers get sand between their toes as they waded a few feet to shore. They were hosted by Tourism staff at the Spinnaker Restaurant.The next day was spent snorkeling, swimming and visiting Green Turtle Cay before departing for their next stop, Exuma. Alfred Knowles holds up a $4 land crab caught on the South Side marles. He also had premium $5 crabs for sale. Business was brisk on June 15 as customers noticed him parked across the street from A & K Liquor store. The first summer rains bring the land crabs out of their burrows where they are eagerly collected to flavor many Bahamian dishes. Land Crabs Sell Briskly


Page 8 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 The Editor Says . The Importance of Board MembersAll 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, Anita Rolle, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Joe Brownley, Annabelle Cross, Liann Key Laighin, Leslie Kennedy 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 . .The Ugly TruthDavid RalphBy Isobel ShermanDangerous Drug Is on the SceneI overheard some grade 10 students talking at break one morning and what they were talking about caused me to scrap most of my lesson and talk about the drug ecstasy. Yes, ecstasy is available on Abaco. Ms. Sandy Walker, who is in charge of the Adolescent Reproductive Health program on Abaco, confirmed this. If you watch television, you will see advertisements warning against the use of ecstasy. Many young people have died as a result of using this manmade chemical drug, which is made cheaply using easily obtainable equipment. As I talked to these young people, I warned them that if they tried this drug, it could lead to their death. Parents are warned. In the United States the commercials have parents of children who have died as a result of using ecstasy tell other parents to learn about this drug and talk to their children about it. Teenagers are funny. They never think anything bad will happen to them. It will always happen to someone else.Reading Is Essential to a Students FutureI have written many articles on reading and the need for the improvement of reading levels with our students and even our adults. I met Mr. Al Cooper in Marsh Harbour after one of these articles appeared in The Abaconian He said in essence that unless a person can read and understand what they are reading, it affects all that they do in life and all that they cannot do because they cannot read. He said everything in life depends on reading and the ability to comprehend what you are reading. This comes to the forefront when it is BGCSE and BJC examination time. Many students cannot read or understand the directions as well as some of the questions. Sad, indeed, and the answer is so simple. We must insist as parents that our children read. Reading improves reading and comprehension skills. The reading material does not have to be formal or even a book. A simple newspaper article or even a comic book will improve reading skills. Being read to has shown that reading skills will be improved. I can use my daughter as an example. She has had the ability to read from age four by just reading the words in front of her. She loved Dr. Seuss and has been an avid reader ever since. I read to her when she was in the womb and after she was born. Many times it was the newspaper I was reading that I read out loud to a two-week-old infant as she lay beside me. Sometimes it was a fairy tale or other story. For those who simply do not want to read to their children, there are all kinds of computer programs that help improve reading and comprehension skills. As I said before the old Dr. Seuss books are good. The words rhyme and children love the books. There is the much advertised and acclaimed Hooked On Phonics program that improves reading skills. It is expensive but effective. There are places of tutoring like Cyber Learning which will work one-on-one with a student to improve reading skills. It is evident that low reading levels are a fact of life in Abaco, the Bahamas and in many other parts of the world but it is also a fact of life that reading is essential to be a success in life. So persons such as Ms. F eleamease Sawyer, Curriculum Officer in the District Superintendents Office, and other educators By S. Timothy Roberts When the first tourist to The Bahamas arrived in 1492, he was greeted by beautiful turquoise waters, flocks of parrots that darkened the sun and a native people with a unique charm and beauty. Since 1492 tourism has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming the number one industry of The Bahamas and accounting for at least 60 percent of our GDP. However, in those 500 and more years there has been an alarming trend that seems to have gone unnoticed or at least has been ignored. What Christopher Columbus and others found here in the early days of tourism was crystal clear water throughout The Bahamas, an endemic sub-species of parrot in large numbers and a land and people of great beauty. I dare say if Christopher Columbus were to visit again today he wouldnt recognize the place. I need not go far for examples of the decline of our beautiful country, and in particular our own island here. A simple look at the harbour in Marsh Harbour is quite telling. Walk down the beach in practically any area of Abaco and you will find loads of garbage, some of which drifted in from the ocean and some which locals have inadvertently or carelessly left behind. This is no small matter. This is very serious. Most of the countrys wealth lies in the hands of tourism, and we are not taking good care of the product we are selling them. The new catch phrase in tourism across the globe in recent years is sustainable development. The concept behind this is that a country should seek to maintain the integrity of the environment which will be impacted by tourism and to ensure that what they are selling remains stable and unspoiled. This includes the people, fauna, vegetation and any other natural or native commodity of the given area that could be adversely affected by tourism. It is time for those in charge of the tourism industry to adequately deal with the problems tourism is bringing to the country and to ensure that our people and our product can continue both unhindered and unharmed. It is time for us as a people to have more pride in our country and in our surroundings. We are the ones who will direct the future of our country. We need to make ourselves aware of the reality around us. We need to see beyond the wealth that tourism brings at present and look at the welfare of our country, our families and our future generations. Please see Sherman Page 24 Please see Roberts Page 24 This edition of The Abaconian will be on the press as the votes are cast for our town committee members. We will report on the election results in the mid July edition of The Abaconian If the elections proceed normally, the newly elected persons will be celebrating their victory as you read this paper. After being sworn in, they will meet and choose their chairman and deputy chairman. The town committees on mainland Abaco will elect members to represent their towns as councillors on the district councils. If all goes well, the three councils on Abaco will meet three to four weeks after the election and select their chief and deputy chief councillor. Councils first order of business is to appoint members to form the statutory boards: town planning, licensing, hotel licensing, port, road traffic and in some districts a tourism. advisory board. These boards handle specific areas of responsibility relieving the council of these duties. Their decisions are only recommendations which councillors usually accept and ratify. Hope Town, Man-O-War and Guana Cay vote directly for their councillors. That council has the authority of a town committee and does the work of the statutory boards. Grand Cay and Moores Island also vote directly for their council. In Central Abaco town planning is the busiest of the boards with an occasional meeting lasting as long as four hours. They review building permit applications and variances requested to the building code or to town planning regulations. They can easily review fifteen or more applications leading to the issuance of building permits. It is a rare meeting when Central Abaco has less than $2 million in construction value to be considered. Licensing is perhaps the next most active board with all shop license and liquor license applications reviewed for approval. Some are denied and a few are deferred for more information. Zoning has been discussed by several communities but has not officially been implemented. As businesses encroach on residential areas, the town planning and licensing board members must decide if the proposed business or building is suitable for the location. Although we may not have formal zoning, the decisions of town planning and licensing are frequently of a zoning nature. Residential areas slowly convert to business uses, allowing the business district to gradually expand. An obvious but gradual change in land use is evident on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Over the past 30 years this area has been converted from mixed residential and business to nearly 100 per cent business today. Other areas are going through similar conversions and the town planning and licensing boards oversee these changes The issuing of shop, restaurant and liquor licenses affects the towns greatly. Shop licences are permanent while liquor and restaurant licences must be renewed yearly. Although the boards must not impede progress, they must be careful to make decisions which are compatible with the wishes of the communities. As councils choose their chairmen and members for these statutory boards, care must be given to select people with open minds who are willing to consider the problems and challenges our rapid growth presents. Many of their decisions affect the long range growth of the area. Guidance from the Local Government Act, other acts, rules and regulations is frequently vague. Board members must use their collective judgment and common sense in giving approvals or denials. The experience gained from previous service on a board can be very helpful if members are appointed for another term. This gives continuity to the interpretation and application of the rules. When the boards are made up entirely of new members, the learning process begins again. The selection of responsible persons to these boards is critical. In the past some members who served have not been committed and sometimes did not bother to attend meetings. Many times meetings had to be cancelled due to a lack of a quorum. Boards have sometimes ignored the wishes of a specific community and have caused much ill will by making decisions which were against the wishes of that community. The purpose of local government is to allow each community to control its own affairs. But some board members have disregarded individual town wishes. The boards must be sensitive to the wishes of the communities. Board decisions can have far reaching consequences and once carried out can present awkward situations for years to come. In many respects the boards are more important than the town committees and the councils. The councils decide the allocations of funding which comes from central government but the duties of both those bodies are more or less caretakers of the towns, maintaining public buildings, roads, parks, cemeteries and other public areas. But it is the boards which make decisions which ultimately decide the direction that the towns will be taking. As the new committees and councils form, it is incumbent on the public to ensure that their representatives on council put responsible persons on the boards. For some this is an opportunity to volunteer and serve on a board. We have been given an opportunity to manage our own affairs and it is up to us either to serve or to assist in finding others who will do a good job of managing our towns effectively.


July 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 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Appalled at the Apathy of BahamiansDear Editor, I was amused to watch the political hysteria that took place prior to the election last month. I thought, my God, if we actually put half of this energy into doing something productive, then what an amazing country this could be. How can we be so apathetic for five years and all of a sudden concerned about who will govern our country. As a contractor people will call me 20 times if their roof leaks after they have paid me their hard earned money to do a job. Yet at the same time the average person could care less what the government does with their tax dollars. Over the past 20 years this community has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the public treasury. The PLP and the FNM have raped and pillaged Abaco and we have let them do it. Take a look at the airport, the public school system, the sports facilities. We still do not have the traffic light. We are still waiting for the repair of the roads that are washed out on the cays two years after Hurricane Floyd. They are all a reflection of the people of this community. It makes no difference who the government is. If we do not care and fight for our money, then we deserve what we get. Are you willing to give away your hard earned money so easily? I can tell you if I short any of my crews pay, they are on me like white on rice. Why is it that nobody seems to care what the government does with this islands money. Do we want to spend the next ten years wasting $400 million dollars on ZNS and Bahamasair or do we want better schools, roads and a new airport. The fact is if you dont care, the rape and pillage will continue and it does not matter if you are a PLP or an FMN. They dont care if you are rich, poor, black or white. But they do love that you could care less. Just give me your money. Andrew Curry.Patience Has Run OutDear Editor, Bahamians are known for their patience. Well, in Marsh Harbour I think our patience has run out when it comes to the eyesore of the Golden Harvest property. There is a beautiful sign with a picture of a nicely landscaped modern grocery store. I got excited when I first saw it. The picture looks beautiful! How can we be expected to believe this now that it has been one full year since the fateful fire and there is still garbage lying all over the place. It has become such an eyesore that if you ask most residents they say, You try not to look at it as you drive by. For eight months part of the building remained with a tin roof that made a terrible racket with the slightest wind. As of now there remains part of burned buildings, forklifts and other broken remains along with lots of garbage, stacks of wooden pallets, ugly trailers and miscellaneous metal pieces laying around. It is an awful sight right in downtown. Residents try to look the other way but what about our tourists who come to our island with wide eyes looking everywhere? Is this the image we want for our town? Mr. Albury was quoted in the last issue as saying, This will be a grocery store that Marsh Harbour can be proud of. I sure hope so because for the past year the property has been one that Abaco Markets should be embarrassed about. There is no excuse. Please clean it up. ConcernedA Reply to Falsely AccusedDear Editor, It would be most appreciated if you would print my response to the letter Falsely Accused letter which appeared in the June 15 issue, written by Jeremy Sweeting. To Jeremy: First of all, I would like to begin this letter by referring to your quote, It is better to remain silent and be presumed a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. This is exactly what you have been successful in doing when you sent in your letter to be printed last month. Indeed, you have given a great illustration of what this saying means. Thank you for giving us such a great example. Read on to understand why I draw this conclusion that this quote is pertinent to you. In your letter, Jeremy, the phrase that I found most hilarious was the one where you challenged the writer of the initial letter Falsely Accused to have an independent mind. I find this so amusing because you yourself need to take a dose of your own advice. You spoke about the events that took place after the 1992 election when certain people took victimizing to the highest lever. You accused people of using a dictatorial style of getting back at the persons they had past altercations with. I ask you, Jeremy, how old were you in the 1992 election for you to speak about such events, 8 or 9? This would put you to about 6 or 7 year of age at the oldest to remember their so called past altercations. You were writing from the tales of others. Yes, I know that you have always showed an interest in politics, but at that age I am sure you were not aware or understood the ongoings of our local boards and certainly not the personal affairs of others. You need an independent mind and you need to write about what YOU know and YOU remember. This actually brings me to my second point. You touched on the fact that persons not eligible to vote were making a bigger deal over the election than people who were able to vote. This is your first time voting and prior to this election you always ran your mouth and you werent able to vote. The ones whom you are referring to are teenagers and certainly older now than you were in the 1992 election. There is nothing wrong with our young people showing support of a political party. Perhaps they should limit the extent to which they carry on, but you of all people should have nothing to say about a young person making a big deal over politics. Local government elections will be over by the time this letter is printed. If you have by some chance been elected, then it is certainly my hope that you will have become a more independent individual instead of someone your so called Generals can use to their advantage. Hopefully, you will soon begin to think for yourself. I was not one of the writers of the original Falsely Accused letter, but felt that your accusations were without a doubt unsavory and that you should be told that when you publicly accuse someone of the things that you have, you should not do it from the storybooks of others but rather stick to what you know. Also you need to tell your Generals to have the courage to sign THEIR OWN names to their letters instead of using you as their lacky and cover. Whilst I would not argue that you did not want to write the letter, it is obvious that these stories that you write about must have been fabricated by someone older than you in order for that letter to refer to events more than 10 years ago. Since you have already said that you have no intention of getting in a shouting match and writing back and forth, I want you to know that I do not wish for this to develop into a drawn out series of letter after letter either. I also feel compelled to direct you back to your own quote once again for you to ponder. After a while you may realize that you have stuck both of your feet in your own mouth. Mailin SandsToo Many Stray DogsDear Editor, Stray dogs are really becoming a nuisance throughout town. These dogs are being allowed to freely roam the streets of Abaco, disturbing those who are resting, turning over garbage bins and spreading diseases. All these factors can be harmful to the tourism industry. Recognizing that this is becoming a major problem, we surveyed 100 adults on Abaco. Approximately 95 percent of the people surveyed said yes to the following questions: 1. Should dog owners be made by the law to keep their dogs in a fence? 2. If the dog is found outside the fence, should the owner be fined? 3. If a person cannot afford a fence, should they chain the dog? 4. Does the government need to develop a dog-catching/animal shelter programme? We, the grade nine class of Agape Christian School, have a remedy in overcoming this major problem affecting our town. We strongly suggest the implementation of a dogcatching/animal shelter programme. Please see Letters Page 26


Page 10 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 Shop& Save Open Mon Thur. 8 am 6:30 pm Fri. Sat 8 am 7:30 pmLocated on Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone (242) 367-7283 Fax: (242) 367-5767Shop Price Right for Better Service, Better Values & Better SavingsWeve got what you need with everyday specials for everyday itemsQuicker Check-outs,friendly staff, andbetter value for your dollar make shopping at Price Right an enjoyable experience. School News Please see School Page 11 The graduating class of Forest Heights Academy pose after receiving their diplomas. Their emotional ceremony was the climax of ten years of a close relationship with their teachers and with each other. Twenty-seven are planning for future education in many colleges and universities. At the podium is Mr. Michael Meeson, principal. The man to the left of Mr. Meeson is the keynote speaker, Mr. Terry Davis, an educator well known on Abaco. nounced that of the 49 young adults over 50 percent had already been accepted to universities and technical schools. The group are truly high fliers. In his emotional speech he challenged them to keep an open mind and to never stop learning. The crowd of nearly 800 was entertained by Miss Viki Hart as she sang Time to Say Goodbye a piece partially in Italian, while the graduates thanked their parents with roses and tearful hugs. All emotional composure went out the window when Gaenor Meeson spoke, and for good reason as twelve of the students were in her first and second grade when the school originally opened in 1991. She shared memories of these first days with a box of tissues at her side. Brock Pinder spoke on behalf of these twelve as he presented a framed picture of them with a heartfelt message written by Dexter Russell. The keynote speaker, Mr. Terry Davis, long term educator and founder of many schools including the West Island College afloat, greeted all. He described himself as a dreamer, encouraging them to dream more than others think is practical. Of course, the evening would not be complete without a parting message from their home room teacher, Paul Vernall, who had been with the group since eighth grade, He said his goodbyes, telling them to listen to yourselves and live your life designed by you and for you. Theresa Pinder, valedictorian, completed the motivational portion with her message to her peers. She charged them to let no one steal your joy. It is here that I must say this group whom I have taught for five years has given me and my peers great joy. Congratulations to you all; you will be greatly missed!Long Bay SchoolBy Isobel ShermanLong Bay School Holds GraduationOn June 20 Long Bay School held their fifth graduation ceremony and their first graduation exercise for grade 12 with five students graduating. They are Elizabeth Collie, Tahran Edgecombe, Ishmael Hepburn, Arthur Lightbourne, and Sandra Pinder. Guest speaker was Pastor Wintley Phipps, President and CEO of the U.S. Dream Academy, a non-profit organization for helping students who cannot function in a normal school setting with realizing their dreams. Pastor Phipps, began his speech by singing a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace. He told students to reach for the gold, that with God all things are possible and that God had a dream for each one of them. Valedictorian was Elizabeth Collie and Salutatorian was Sandra Pinder.A Surprising DelightAfter the graduation exercise at Long Bay School, I along with many guests had a delightful surprise. The school offered a large array of refreshments. The refreshments were all lacto-vegetarian and were absolutely delicious. They offered shrimp in garlic sauce, though not real shrimp, vegetable kabobs, spring egg rolls, sushi, seaweed salad, veggie hotdogs, veggie chicken and many small desserts made from chocolate and whip cream and cheese. There was an enormous platter of assorted cheese and fruits. The food was delicious and was prepared by three chefs from Nassau. The team preparing this gastronomic delight was Cabuti Lockhart, Otis Strachan and Seanette Wallace. The food was an excellent way to promote lacto-vegetarianism.Summer SchoolLong Bay School will be having what Mr. Isaac Collie, Principal, termed a Fun Summer School this year. Opened to all students from KGrade 10 the Summer School will run from June 24 through July 18 from 912:30 Monday through Friday. The school will feature remedial help in reading and math, computer, crafts and swimPlease see School Page 1


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 11 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* 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 Electronics Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour More School News SchoolFrom Page 10 ming. Long Bay has their own swimming pool and swimming lessons will be offered. The cost is $150 and registration forms can be obtained from the school or by calling 3672376.Teachers Will Be CertifiedMr. Isaac Collie, Principal of Long Bay School, has announced that a life-saving swim instructor from Nassau will be here this summer to conduct Red Cross Life Saving Classes for his teachers. He expects that all the teachers at Long Bay School will be Red Cross certified in life saving. This is important since swimming is part of the curriculum at the school.S.C. Bootle High SchoolGraduation Is HeldBy Anita Rolle Under the theme Striving to Fulfil Our Visions of the Future commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2002 at the S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town was well supported as many turned out to cheer on the achievers. Salutatorian was dynamic Shonnel Pritchard with a cumulative GPA of 3.22. Valedictorian with a GPA of 3.6 Shanique Murray turned heads as she undoubtedly carried home the most awards of the evening, with proud parents Zendel and Mildred Murray looking on. In a very emotional speech Shanique thanked her parents for their help and support in her successes thus far. She declared, I know that through Christ I can accomplish even more. Young Ms. Murray was also the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship donated by Mr. Al Martin of Melbourne, Florida. Principal Leslie Rolle applauded the graduating class for their hard work and accomplishments. He encouraged them to keep a mental note of their theme as they strive to fulfil their dreams. In addressing the teachers and parents present, Mr. Rolle encouraged the employment of talents. Said Mr. Rolle, We must allow our students to maximize their potential by allowing them to use their talents. Mastering Your Destiny was the topic chosen by keynote speaker Mr. Wilbur Outten. Well received by the audience, Mr. Outten proved a superb presenter as he spent a great amount of time speaking directly to the graduThe graduates of Long Bay School were proud to receive their diplomas. They are, front row left to right, Sandra Pinder and Elizabeth Collie. In the back row, left to right, are Arthur Lightbourne, Ishmael Hepburn and Tahran Edgecombe. This was the first time Long Bay graduated twelfth graders since in the inception of their school five years ago. NewsFrom Page 23


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He was here to help the Bahamian Government FTAA negotiating team feel the pulse of the private sector. Dr. Hamilton is a management consultant who has lived and worked throughout the Caribbean. He has worked for the Royal Bank of Canada, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations and Caricom among other institutions. Although he is a native of Jamaica, Dr. Hamilton is no stranger to the Bahamas and has worked here on missions several times. The Bahamas has many interests that need to be taken into account in negotiating the FTAA. The impact on retail, tourism, agriculture, professional services, manufacturing and the Freeport Free Trade Zone all must be considered. Dr. Hamilton has held meetings with local business owners and managers in Nassau and Freeport as well as Abaco. Ive had pretty good interest shown so far, says Dr. Hamilton. I start out by telling people about free tradethe general principles of free trade, and what the implications might be for the Bahamas and other small countries. I try to point them to the opportunities that the FTAA will bring. Basically, free trade is unavoidable at this timeglobalization is taking place whether we like it or not. Any business anywhere will now always have competition because of the existence of things like e-commerceshopping online. We cannot avoid globalization, so we need to see what we can do to exploit the opportunities and minimize the threats and risks. Business cannot be done in the same way as it was yesterday, continued Dr. Hamilton. I have gotten the impression in the Bahamas that What does free trade have to do with us because we dont trade here. Well, youre wrong. Service is a trade and in todays world it is a bigger trade than commodities. Tourism, hotels, airlines, taxis and all the hospitality servicesthis is all trade, and it is no different from selling goods. The FTAA is driven by the United States and is an emulation of what the European Union has already partially accomplished the dropping of trade barriers between countries and the encouragement of the free migration of skilled workers. NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) with the Canadians and the Mexicans worked reasonably well for the United States, said Dr. Hamilton, and the FTAA is an extension of that. The FTAA has invited 34 countries in North and South America and the Caribbean basin to be included in the treatyevery independent country in the region excluding Cuba. The Bahamas has a strategic position in the middle, Dr. Hamilton continued, and can easily provide service support to trade. Transshipment centers in the Bahamas can be expanded, and there are more opportunities in real estate for warehousing and development and also in the areas of ship repair service and fueling. The Bahamian tax structure will definitely have to be revised under the FTAA. Under the general rules the FTAA requires harmonized tariffsreciprocity of import duties, explained Dr. Hamilton. For example, if an item is charged 10 percent duty to enter the United States, it must be charged 10 percent duty to enter the Bahamas. Sixty percent of the Bahamian Central Government revenue presently comes from tariffs, and the Bahamian government does not have free trade with anyone. Yes, under most trade agreements tariffs have a tendency to come down, but as a sovereign state, the Bahamas can play with revenues and install other compensatory taxes. If the normal duty on an item is 40 percent and the FTAA requires that the duty be set at 20 percent, the government can set its own additional tax of 20 percent to bring revenues up to where they were before. Clearly, at least for the time being, there should be two objectives in revising the tariff code: First, that any compensatory taxes should not bring an additional burden on the citizenry and secondly, that they should be kept as simple as possible in order that the business community not be exposed to a labyrinth of bureaucratic red tape. Examples of compensatory taxes are ad valorium or VAT taxes and port surcharges. There are many challenges to be dealt with under Free Trade and globalization . basically, ANYTHING that happens anywhere in the world can affect you. The Bahamas is a country that is highly exposed to external shocksin fact, one of the most exposed in the area. The truth of this statement can be seen in the economic problems 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 Please see FTAA Page 15FTAA Will Bring Major Changes Happy Independence DayJULY 10th, 2002 CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & 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.


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 15 CUT YOUR GARDENING COSTSAUTOMOTIVE & INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTORS, LTD.Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2077 Ready to UseIncludes Oil, Fully Assembled Model #OBC 401-8790$185LAWN MOWER SPECIAL.00 CRACRA CRACRA CRA WFISH SEASON SPECIALS WFISH SEASON SPECIALS WFISH SEASON SPECIALS WFISH SEASON SPECIALS WFISH SEASON SPECIALSStop in and check out Abacos Largest Marine StoreB & D MarineAnchors Rope Marine Hardware Filters Repair Materials Paints Polyester & Epoxy Resins Spears Fins Masks Wet Suits Gloves VHF Radios Antennas Your One Stop Marine ShopAt the Traffic Light in Marsh Harbour 367-2622 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) 367-3469here brought on by the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Internally, of course, the main issue for the Bahamas is that under Free Trade there has to appear to be the free movement of capital. Americans can come here and invest so Bahamians should be able to go to America and invest, which under the present Bahamian laws they are not allowed to do. Foreign exchange laws must be revamped. Dr. Hamilton said that in his opinion the issue of the free movement of work force will not be as worrisome as it might appear. The Bahamas, of course, is concerned that this clause will open the floodgates to a mass emigration of Haitians to our shoresthat we would not be able to legally control. The United States itself has similar immigration concerns, he stated. However, the Bahamas does need to reexamine its immigration policy. The policy needs to be rationalized in order for it to allow importation of skilled workers who can aid in the strategic development of the country. The same is true for all the nations in the FTAAwe dont all want to have to reinvent the wheel! Importing skills is as important as importing food, and there should be a mechanism to allow this. The immigration policy definitely needs modernization. Another issue to take into account when talking about immigration is that we need to realize the stresses that can be placed on the social system by an influx of workers. Schools, utilities and housing may be inadequate. Because of this the company that hires the worker should contribute to the societal cost of keeping that workerNational Insurance or its equivalent should be paid on all workers. We do not need to make immigration to the Bahamas harder, but there should be some sort of equity involved. A good immigration policy will therefore allow importation of strategic skills and have a mechanism for employers to bear part of the social burden imposed by the presence of the immigrants. Dr. Hamilton stressed that Free Trade does NOT mean FEAR Trade. I believe that one of the major challenges to the Bahamas is the need for safeguards. He and other FTAA negotiators are trying to find out what safeguards are needed and looking for mechanisms to implement them. The onus is on the business to make sure that it properly safeguards itself by setting standards within the industry. For example, in the United States it is almost impossible to import fresh food or pharmaceuticals because of the vast regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration. A few years back a non-U.S. citrus grower was prevented from importing grapefruit to Florida because the acid content of the fruit was too high. The industry itself must impose standards and get them approved, said Dr. Hamilton. The FTAA also has anti-dumping provisions, and these need to be implemented specifically in small economies like ours. Dumping basically is the sale of goods below cost price. The example that Dr. Hamilton used was chicken. The U.S. chicken companies make all their profit on each individual bird from the chicken breast alone. This means that theoretically they could export the rest of the bird to places like the Bahamas, and if there were no tariffs in place they could undercut all the local competition and put them out of business. Governments can avoid this by creating compensatory taxes and by subsidizing any local industries that might be vulnerable. Right now, one of the biggest problems with this is that the law has no teeth, so to speak, Dr. Hamilton added. There is no way to enforce regulations and standards, and that needs to be addressed. In conclusion, Dr. Hamilton said that whether the Bahamas becomes a member of the FTAA or not, competition is the name of the game. In his opinion it behooves the Bahamian Government to take part in theFTAA Concepts Create Challenges CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front FTAAFrom Page 14 FTAA, if for no other reason than our abstention will rob us of a voice within the organization. The Bahamian worker will have to be competitive, he said, and Bahamian corporations and investors need to start looking at much wider markets. You must remember that competitiveness does not necessarily mean cheap labor wages. High priced labor can also be competitive. For example, if I pay a man $2 an hour to make cups, and he makes two cups an hour I end up paying more per cup than if I hire a man for $10 an Please see FTAA Page 19


Page 16 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002By Alice Bain Radio Abaco has recently moved into a new office built adjacent to the former one in Dundas Town. This office has been in the making for over two and a half years, says Radio Abaco owner and chief anchorman Silbert Mills. We looked at many different designsin fact, we had a two-story plan actually approved by town planning and out to tender, but I rejected it at the last minute. The building now is based on the design of an Italian building. Bob Cope, an American engineer who attends the same church as I do, altered the design and drew it up on his computer. The new building has adequate office space, a recording studio area, an accounting area and an on-air studio. Radio Abaco used to do some recording in the former building, but it was a dicey job, not having a separate studio to keep out unwanted outside noise such as phones ringing and other people talking. The studio is using a standard Mackie mixer, but Mr. Mills has plans to expand his production capabilities in the near future. The on-air studio has about 2,000 compact discs and about 20,000 songs on disc and in the form of MP3 files. The station is computerized and fully automated. We could run it for a week without touching it if we had to, says Mr. Mills. In fact, we ran it for four days once and had no problems. The electrical voltage is not as stable as we might want, but we have battery-backups and backup generators to fill in so we can continue to stay on the air in the event of a power outage. Mr. Mills says that Radio Abaco is a community-oriented station and he is planning to keep it that way. Mr. Mills personal office also doubles as a television studio. Radio Abaco, in conjunction with the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (ZNS), will be producing a weekly news show entitled Abaco People Mr. Mills will be the anchor for the first few shows, which will begin airing on July 2nd of this year, but soon thereafter the job will be filled by a news anchor now in training. Abaco People will air every Tuesday at 6 p.m. and reruns will be shown on Cable Bahamas new community channel which should be going on the air very soon. Radio Abaco scheduling can be seen on Cable Bahamas TV guide, channel 5.Radio Abaco Has New HomeRadio Abaco has moved into its new building on Front Street in Dundas Town. Shown above is Mr. Silbert Mills, owner of the station, outside his modern building. Recently he has upgraded his equipment to provide coverage for the entire island of Abaco. Some of his equipment was burned out by lightning and by power fluctuations. Mr. Silbert Mills is shown above sitting at a console in his enlarged studio in the new building housing Radio Abaco. The new building has a studio for recording advertising and future programming. There is also space for a small television studio. ABACO HARDWARE NEW NEW CRAWFISHING SEASON IS JUST DAYS AWAY!$$ $$ $ $$ $$ $Cut out this coupon and bring it in to get the BIG savings on the items listed above!Offer Good during the month of July and while supplies last


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 17 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. AA AA A MarshMarsh MarshMarsh Marsh HarbourHarbour HarbourHarbour Harbour TT TT T raditionradition raditionradition radition Since 1978 Since 1978 Since 1978 Since 1978 Since 1978 Not certified, but want to dive? Inquire about our Resort Course. Safe, easy, fun and fast!SCUBA and snorkeling trips Full Service Dive Centers Equipment rentals Instruction Island Tours & Sunset Cruises Private Charters Resort Boutiques, Gifts & SouvenirsDIVE ABACO!Abaco Beach Resort 242 Conch Inn Resort 242 dive@diveabaco.com www.diveabaco.com 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 367-5205 / 367-5206 Fax 367-4018 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 Agent for Abaco UPS Agent for Abaco UPS Agent for Abaco UPS Agent for Abaco UPS Agent for Abaco Direct flights to & from Miami 3 pm deadline to send parcels Tel: 242-367-2333 Fax: 367-3136 The M/V Leopard a 100-foot long, 78-ton fishing boat was recently hauled and repaired at the Marsh Harbour Boat Yard. The boat belongs to Marsh Harbour Exporters and Importers in Marsh Harbour and was being prepared for the upcoming crawfish season beginning August 1st.. By Alice Bain The business of hauling and repairing boats is a tradition here on Abaco, and five boat yards offer these services in Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War Cay, Hope Town and Marsh Harbour. Abaco Yacht Services at the Green Turtle Cay Shipyard was founded in 1978. They can haul boats up to 50 tons or about 55 feet long and have enough dry storage space for 150 boats. Some residents store their boats every year for hurricane season. Crystal Roberts of Abaco Yacht Services commented, Were usually full by August people who want to store their boats here during hurricane season should book by January of that year. We haul sailboats and powerboats, but weve got mostly sailboats in storage. Weve got a smaller lift for boats up to 25 feet and also a forklift. Abaco Yacht Services also sells and services Yamaha engines. Abaco Yacht Services is a full service yard. They clean and paint boat bottoms, polish hulls, and sell Seahawk Island 44 bottom paint. The yard stored 170 boats during Hurricane Floyd. Of these, 14 sailboats tipped over and one catamaran was flipped. All but one of the boats were reparable and were sailed home for further repairs under their own power. The yard has had no problems with any of the more minor hurricanes that have hit Abaco, including Hurricane Michelle in November of 2001. Edwins Boat Yard in Man-O-War Cay is a direct offshoot of the Man-O-War Cay boat building tradition. Edwin Albury started his business in 1960, building small wooden dinghies for use with outboard engines. He, Keith Albury and Darvin Sands built boats of varying sizes during the 1960s and were joined by Blake Albury in 1969. The business expanded in 1976 when Edwin purchased William Alburys boatyard, which is now known as Edwins Boat Yard #2. Edwins Boat Yard stores small boats up to 26 feet; runabouts and a few shallow draft sailboats. Their specialty is maintenance, paint work and mechanical repairs. They can haul boats up to 65 feet long or 50 tons. They are official dealers for Yanmar diesel engines. Edwins has a lot of repeat customers and is the oldest yard on Abaco. Lighthouse Marina has been operating their boat yard since 1979 and offers dry storage and hauling for boats up to 10 tons. The yard does bottom painting, pressure cleaning, compound waxing of hulls and they sell and service Yamaha outboard motors. They have a forklift capable of lifting boats up to about 32 feet long and their dry-storage yard can hold as many as 150 small boats. Abaco Outboards hauls boats up to 34 feet using a hydraulic trailer and has been in business since 1984. They also offer a bottompainting service and give written estimates for each job. Boats can be stored on blocks or on the boat-owners own trailer in the Abaco Outboards yard. The yard does not require booking in advance for hurricane season. Most people will ask us to haul a boat if there is a hurricane in June, July or August, says Angelique Cash, and we haul them as they bring them. Abaco Outboards sells Yamaha outboard engines and offers service on these engines only. They also sell Waverunners, generators and water pumps. Marsh Harbour Boat Yard is the most recently founded of all the Abaco yards. It came into being three years ago in 1999 but at first they were only able to haul small boats using a hydraulic trailer. After Hurricane Floyd the business purchased a large straddle lift capable of hauling boats up to 85 tons or about 110 feet long. The yard, like Edwins Boat Yard, is more geared towards working rather than storage, although they do store small boats for residents who live here only half the year. They offer full bottom-paint service and have a complete welding and machine shop on the premises for parts fabrication.Abaco Offers Variety of Boat Yards AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at the clinic. It Pays toAdvertise


Page 18 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 Dramatic Atlantic Ocean front property w/views south through the chain of islands just steps away from Tahiti Beach.Main house features open kitchen, 2B/2B suite, loft w/study/office area. Gazebo deck leads to twin master suites. Decks w/bbq area, pool, lush landscaping. Private dock slip. Fully furnished, includes golf cart and jeep.Premier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool.Custom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of Tiloo Cay and beyond. 3B/3B, spacious kitchen open to great room,large wrap around deck with pool,and private dock slip at Tahiti Beach.Custom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turnkey 3B/3B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 docks slips, one can accommodate up 60 yacht.Located on one of Elbow Cays best beaches, beautifully appointed with island style antiques.3B/2B open floor plan, with 1B/1B garden level apartment. Excellent rental history. Great island home just steps away from the beach. Open floor plan, 3B/2B, great room with wet bar. Master suite upstairs offers balcony with views of the Atlantic Ocean.Price: $2,179,000 Price: $1,550,000 Price: $1,450,000 Price: $755,000 Price: $1,500,000 Price: $480,000SOLITUDE Secluded north end Elbow Cay property, offers incredible views of the Atlantic and easy access to bay and ocean beaches. Split level, 3B/3B, open kitchen combines with great room. Large downstairs office can convert to fourth bedroom. Large open decks for sunning, alfresco dining. Lush landscaped grounds. Price: $635,000ATLANTIC VIEW Great island home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, office, large deck with views of the Atlantic, large open yard, nicely landscaped, quiet neighborhood. Great family home, close to everything. Price: $388,000MARNIES CREEK Private marina community at the southern end of Elbow Cay offering acre lots with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco, or both. Each lot comes with private dock slip at the marina, homesites staggered for optimal views. Starting at: $230,000EAST VIEW Located on Lubbers Quarters Cay.Development faces the Sea of Abaco across from Tiloo Cut and the Tahiti Beach. Beautiful sunrises. Each homesite comes with a dock slip at the private marina. Great investment opportunity. Starting at: $89,000 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 By Alice Bain Linda Giovino has been looking after the stray dogs of the Marsh Harbour area for three years now. The Dog Lady originally started putting out food for a small pack of dogs on Front Street by Rainbow Rentals, and soon her daily feeding schedule was taking her farther and farther afield. She took a pack of 17 dogs at the AID parking lot as her personal project, feeding them, befriending them and ultimately getting them spayed or neutered. She tried to adopt them out. She has gone into the Mud and Pigeon Pea seeking out abused dogs and helping them and educating the residents about proper dog care. She has lived in Marsh Harbour for eight years and has always owned and loved dogs. I started putting out food for the street dogs because I just couldnt turn my face away from their situation, she says. The Front Street Pack is now under the care of Charlie Cook at Rainbow Rentals. The dogs have all been spayed or neutered except one who does not respond to tranquilizers. Theyre very hardy animals, Linda comments. The former AID Parking Lot Pack has had a checkered history. It started out at that location. When Linda stopped feeding the dogs at the request of the management there, they took up residence around her old powder-blue diesel Mercedesthe Dogmobile that she used to drive around town. It became obvious that the pack considered the Mercedes to be their territory even while it was in the used car lot just south of Texaco on Don MacKay. They were used to being fed from it, chasing it and barking at it. Eventually Linda moved the car behind Abaco Spaces storage units where the remainder of the pack now resides, happy in the possession of their German-engineered automobile. Of the seventeen original dogs, eight remain on the street. Linda herself has adopted two, two were adopted elsewhere and five have been hit by vehicles. Lindas secret is her outgoing personality and her willingness to talk to anyone, anywhere, about their dogs. She will help any child who shows interest in keeping a dog properly. She gives out food, rawhide bones and worm medicine to kids for their dogs and tries to educate them in the basics of dog ownership, like providing fresh cold water for their dogs at all times. I say to them, can you imagine wearing a fur coat in this hot sun and not having cold water to drink? They understand better after that! Weve got a real problem, though, she comments. Even good kids cant set an example. Ive been helping out a Haitian-Bahamian kid who has a dog hes looking after in the Mud and people keep stealing his leashes. In fact, the dog itself has been stolen twice, but he always found it again. Not everyone is receptive to her mission though. Theres not a bag boy in town who doesnt know me, and not one who hasnt asked me for a potcake with Pit Bull blood, she says, commenting on the recent fad for Pit Bull terriers that has developed on Abaco. I say to them, Do you think a Pit Bull is gonna make you a man? What would make you REALLY stand out from the crowd is if you took proper care of an animal! Linda isnt giving up though. She believes that having a heart-to-heart dialog on a consistent basis with as many people as possible is the best way to improve the situation of dogs in Marsh Harbour. She would eventually like to open a small shelter for street dogs and abused dogs. This may be a difficult concept though because she says she doesnt want it to be a place where people indiscriminately drop off dogs that they just dont want any more but admits that any semi-official shelter is liable to end up as a dumping-ground for unwanted dogs, particularly puppies. Abaco Spaces is NOT a shelter! she asserts. Linda would like to see dogs on Abaco treated better. But you have to start with small steps, she says. A five or eight-yearold, the first thing theyll do when they see a dog is they want to pick up a rock and throw it. I tell them not to throw the rocks, but they say the dogs are badbecause thats what theyre taught. I tell them how special dogs are, how they work with people in all sorts of ways, herding animals like sheep, helping blind people find their way around and how theyre helping the workers at ground zero. I like what comedian Denis Leary had to say about that. He really likes dogs, you know, he said something like You dont see any cats or fish or hamsters at ground zero! and hes right! Linda has built up her reputation as a Dog Guru simply by caringwhen other people turn their faces away. Whenever I see a dog wandering, I put down food and water and come back to that spot again to refill the containers. Eventually the dogs associate myOne Lady Who Is Making a DifferenceLinda Giovino has a big heart and concern for the stray dogs of Central Abaco. She is shown here with some of the dogs she has adopted. Besides her own dogs, she feeds many others. Please see Dog Lady Page 35


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 19 Building Materials Windows & Doors Flooring & Roofing Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets Plumbing Fixtures Paints Lighting Fixtures Electrical Items Hand & Power Tools Garden Supplies & MoreClose to the Port Deliveries ArrangedPhone 561-627-9555 Fax 561-625-33663860 N. Lake Blvd. Lake Park (West Palm Beach)Call for your free catalog Abaco is just beginning a summer that is predicted to be a hot one. For many, the electricity bills will be record breaking as air conditioners and fans are kept humming. Overcast days and rain help greatly while they last but unfortunately that is a limited amount of days. Here are several tips which can save energy and keep your electric bills reasonable. Turn the thermostat on your air conditioner to 78 degrees or higher. Comfort depends to a great extent on the removal of moisture from the air, not necessarily the actual temperature. Each degree can mean a nine percent difference in cooling costs. Use ceiling fans to circulate air. They use only about the same amount of power as a light bulb but can make you feel comfortable at a higher thermostat setting. Keep your air conditioner filters clean. This cleaning should be done monthly. A good way to remember is to clean them each time you receive your electric bill. Air conditioners will work more efficiently when in shade, either from the building or by trees and shrubs. This can reduce the cost by ten percent. Use reflective film, awnings, shutters or tinted window glass to reduce the amount of sunlight in your home. Draperies, blinds or inside shutters reduce heat in the house. Clean your refrigerator coils once yearly and keep your refrigerator thermostat set to 36 to 42 degrees and the freezer between zero and eight degrees. Set your water heater to 120 degrees or 140 degrees if you have a dish washer. Adjust the water level in your washing machine to match size of the load. Lower the heat on your stove once the food reaches a boil or simmer. Turn the oven on just before your use it. Preheating is seldom necessary. Insulate your ceiling and walls. Insulating ceilings can reduce your air conditioning costs as much as 20 percent. Turn off lights and fans when you leave a room. These helpful hints should help keeping your electric bills reasonable.Tips for Efficient Use of Electricityhour and he makes 50 cups each hour. Future wages will be based on skills, and the workers will also need a wider range of skills. With the inclusion of all the South American countries in the FTAA, proficiency in Spanish and Portuguese will be a definite bonus and enable a worker to command a higher wage. Corporations will be looking for value for money when they hire a worker, Dr. Hamilton asserted, and the workers themselves must be much more flexible and globally-minded. Dr. Hamilton will be returning to the Bahamas later in the year for further FTAA workshops. FTAAFrom Page 15 Advertise in The Abaconian


Page 20 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comGarbage Is Problem for Every CommunityGarbage on Abaco is creating problems just as it does in the rest of the world. The cays in particular have problems due to lack of appropriate public land suitable for a dump. Land on those cays is too valuable to devote a large enough area for a proper dump. Maintenance is a problem for all communities. Burning is still the norm for reducing the quanity of garbage, but experts who have made a study of the problem for the Ministry of Works are recommending other methods of garbage disposal as smoke from dumps can be toxic. This seems to be a problem that no one wants to deal with. The dump servicing the central Abaco area is fast getting out of control. Although garbage is still well away from the S.C. Bootle Highway, the dump is disorganized and not maintained properly. People now rummage through the contents, rats and flies are having a heyday. Man-O-War has succeeded in coping with their garbage problem very successfully. They were faced with no adequate site for a dump. They have secured a convenient location near the town where they collect the garbage. A large chipper-shredder grinds up all brush and construction lumber into mulch. The town uses this mulch for public areas and sells the rest to homeowners. For the rest of the garbage the man in charge of the dump waits until the wind is in a favorable direction, then burns it to reduce the volume. The debris is then put into containers and shipped to Marsh Harbour. The photo above shows the containers specifically made for this situation emptying the garbage at th dump on S.C. Bootle Highway. The mainland of Abaco has much land that can be used for such a purpose. The recommendation by the group studying the garbage situation throughout the Bahamas was for Central Abaco to have a land-fill dump inland from Snake Cay. Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island Regatta Time in Abaco 2002Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Mount Gay Rum ToddHunter Mitchell & Panama Jack3 Race-Fleets to accommodate every sailor PHRF Fleet Light to medium displacement RTIA Fleet Heavier displacement w/PHRF rating Mother Tub Fleet for Cruising Boats (We assign ratings)! Weds 3rd12 Noon Cheeseburgers in Paradise Beach Party at Fiddle Cay Weds 3rdLate Registration in Green Turtle Cay, 4 6 p.m. Payment accepted for earlier Fax registrations Weds 3rdInitial Skippers Meeting 6 p.m. at Settlement Point, New Plymouth Thurs 4thRace 1 off Green Turtle Cay; Evening Street Party, Food & Awards Fri 5thLay Day Sat 6thRace 2 Round-the-Islands off Guana Cay; Evening party at Nippers, Live music Mon 8thRace 3 off Man-O-War Cay, Crossing Beach Street Party and awards for races 2 & 3 Live music, RTIA benefit bar by Abaco Rotary Club, Food booths by Bahamian vendors Tues 9thRace 4 Round-the-Islands to Hope Town, Party at Harbours Edge Weds 10thLay Day Bahamas Independence Celebrations Central Abaco Primary school in Dundas Town Thurs 11thRace 5 off Marsh Harbour; Party, Awards for races 4 & 5 and Overall Final Awards at the Jib Room in Marsh HarbourOur 27th Year


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Higgs 85, of Marsh Harbour passed away on June 9. Her funeral was on June 12 at Bible Truth Hall with Bros. Wayne Davis, Donald Roberts and Robbie Higgs officiating. Interment was in the public cemetery in Marsh Harbour. Mrs. Higgs is survived by her children, Rowan Higgs, Bobbie Higgs, Eldwyth Roberts and Gaye Albury; daughters-in-law Patricia Higgs and Nancy Higgs; sons-in-law Benjamin Roberts and Jack Albury; sister and brother-in-law Christine and Donald Roberts; brother and sister-in-law Stewart and Lily Stratton; grandsons and wives Robbie and Julie Higgs, Daron and Sheri Roberts, Brent and Jill Roberts, Timmy and April Higgs, Heath and Susan Higgs; granddaughters and husbands Bonnie and Ritch Madlorn, Maureen and Glenn Keopp, Ginnie and Chad Sawyer, Stacey and Brandon Thompson, Pamela and Andrew Pinder and Celeste and Vincent Pinder; granddaughter Darlene Higgs; greatgrandchildren Tabitha, Gina, Austin, Allison, Jessica, Ben, Cody, Wesley, Benjamin, Bethany Brianna, Brian, Rebecca-Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah, Andrew, Troy, Crystal, Bailey, Ashley and Miles; and many other relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed. Nancy Paty Jones 67, died on June 12 in Palm Beach after a long illness. She and her husband were long time second-home residents with a home on Sugar Loaf Cay. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Dr. Oliver L. Jones, Jr., five children, five grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She will be missed by her many friends on Abaco. By Alice Bain Corona Borealis, or the Northern Crown is one of the lesser known constellations in the summer sky, but it is one of the easiest to spot. Simply go outside on a clear night at about 9 p.m. and look directly up. You will see a semicircle of seven stars with one far brighter than the others; this is the crown of Ariadne. In Greek mythology Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. The Cretans were cursed with a monster, a man with the head of a bull known as the Minotaur, who was imprisoned in a treacherous labyrinth and fed on human flesh. Seven young men and seven young women were thrown into the labyrinth and sacrificed to the Minotaur every year. Ariadne fell in love with the hero Theseus, who was to be one of the Minotaurs victims. She was responsible for helping him to slay the monster with a short sword she provided and escape from the labyrinth using a magic ball of string to guide his way. Ariadne escaped Crete on Theseus boat, but en route to Naxos he marooned her. Left alone, Ariadne bewailed her fate and the god Bacchus heard her and came to her rescue. He fell in love with Ariadne and married her. To glorify her forever he took her jeweled crown and placed it as a constellation in the summer sky. Other legends concerning this constellation describe the stars as beautiful maidens (Shawnee Indian), a circle of chiefs (Pawnee Indian), a broken dish (Arabic), a cord (Chinese), and woomeraa boomerang (Australian Aborigine). The brightest star in the constellation is known as Gemma or Alphecca.The Stars At Night: Corona Borealis Obituaries of Family and Friends Mrs. Persis Higgs Our new GYM is NOW OPEN Yoga & Aerobics Free weights Instructor-led classes Strength stationsOpen 6 Days a Week Closed Sunday Mon Fri 6 am 8 pm Saturday 7 am 1:30 pm Call 367-5939 Memorial Plaza, Marsh HarbourSpecial Summer Rate$59 per monthJune, July & August (Normally $65)


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 23AA AA A AA AA A AA AA A R O FoR O Fo R O FoR O Fo R O Fo x Bus Ser x Bus Ser x Bus Ser x Bus Ser x Bus Ser vicevice vicevice viceConnecting with the Ferry to Grand Bahama Marsh Harbour to Crown Haven & All Towns in BetweenFor information call 242-477-5286 or 242-365-2074 Congratulations toBianca BethelSalutatorian Forest Heights Academy Class of 2002 Bianca will attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, in August. Continue to spread your wings and fly. We are so blessed. Lots of love from your parents, Mom and Dad, Will & Kim Bethel, Marsh Harbour ates. He encouraged them not to be afraid to dream big and be disciplined in following their dreams. Courageous discipline is necessary to master your destiny, he said. Sharing a quote that has assisted him through the years, Mr. Outten quoted, Life is a blank canvas waiting for us to paint our picture upon it any way we choose.Abaco Central High SchoolBaccalaureate Service Honour GraduatesBy Isobel Sherman Abaco Central High School held their Baccalaureate Service on June 23 at Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town. This serMore School Newsvice has been absent from the graduating class activities for the past several years. Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal, insisted that the service be part of the graduating class activities and made it mandatory for all students graduating to attend. Pastor A.E. Lewis, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church, was the guest speaker. Another departure from the usual procedure, the prizes for the top student in each subject, effort prizes and other awards were given out at this service, thus making the graduation ceremony much shorter. A full list of those receiving awards will be in the next edition.Fox Town Primary 21 Participate in Commencement ExerciseBy Anita Rolle The Fox Town Primary School held Commencement Exercises on June 20th, with twenty-one students graduating. Using the theme Success Is a Journey, Not a Destination the ceremony was held at the Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town. Keynote SchoolFrom Page 11 The students of Ms. Farrah Cartwrights class at Agape Christian School recently visited the Marsh Harbour Community Library. Some of the students are shown here showing Ms. Cartwright the books they discovered. Mrs. Yvonne Key, who was instrumental in the creation of the library, was on hand to assist the students. speechmaker was Rev. Stafford Symonette who challenged the youngsters to strive for success. The challenge for the next school year was presented by Laquey Smith and accepted by Edrico Ambrister. This years Valedictorian was young Clayshawn Brown, who also made her mark last month when she won first runner up in the Miss Little Abaco Homecoming pageant. Validictorian Clayshaun Brown


Page 24 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 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 367-2442must still fight for improved reading skills for the young people of Abaco. And maybe for even some of the not so young.Instant GratificationIt seems that today anyone under the age of 21 does not want to wait for anything. They want instant gratification and get upset when it does not happen. It could be something as simple as a letter of recommendation. They ask the person, then get upset if the person cannot write the letter right at that moment. If they have to wait maybe a week for it, they do not understand why they have to wait. They never think that the person doing the writing has other things to do in life besides write a letter of recommendation. Instant gratification is very prevalent with teenagers in high school or junior school. They have no patience whatsoever and in some cases they are so involved in their own lives that they think everyone else should be that involved in their lives also. Another good example is when students come to request transcripts or letters for visas at the high school. They usually think they can get the letter or transcript the same day and often do not understand why they have to wait a few days for it. There is an old saying that Good comes to those who wait Maybe this is something for our young people to think about. We cannot afford to neglect our future for the sake of the few dollars we make today. There is a monument here on Abaco which, for the most part, describes what I am saying vividly. At the southern tip of Abaco there stands a proud lighthouse in some of the most magnificent surroundings you can find on the island. Hole-in-the-wall Lighthouse is, in fact, the very first Imperial Lighthouse built in The Bahamas in 1836. It stands gorgeously on a high point of land surrounded by cliffs and, of course, the landmark hole-in-the-wall. Surrounding the lighthouse are three buildings one of which served as the keepers quarters. In fact, the whole area out there is quite beautiful. Recently I visited the lighthouse and met a run down lighthouse with the front door broken off its hinges and the surrounding buildings in derelict shape with much garbage scattered around. The point is that this lighthouse is a national treasure and a significant part of our unique history, but this is what happens when you dont give proper care to something. It tends to fall apart. Dont let our tourism industry fall apart, but more importantly dont let our product deteriorate. Take care or when the tourists leave we will be left with nothing. ShermanFrom Page 8 RobertsFrom Page 8 OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERTIESERTIES ERTIESERTIES ERTIESOn 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. Water front on Inner White Sound. 1/2 acre and up. Starting at $78,650 One-third acre on Atlantic Ocean beach. 66 frontage. $183,000White 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 $670,000Quiet waterfront: Furnished two bed, two bath with views of Black Sound. Use of shared private 100 dock. 1/3 acre. $335,000Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 1/4 acre inland lot within five minutes walk from beach. $42,000 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/oceanblu Bluff Harbour: Two water front lots 140' total frontage. Dock site.Gorgeous views $430,000 Furnished private home. Three bedrooms, three baths plus caretaker cottage. 2000 water front. Secluded. One acre. Boat ramp and dock site. Needs repair.Inner White Sound: Two bedroom suites; 3 bath: Kit/liv/dining fully furnished villa on water. In pristine condition. Good rental income. $275,000 Four unit income producing 2 bed 1 bath apartment complex. Fully furnished. Water views. Dock. Laundry. Two years old $700,000 plus closing Three-fifths 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. $775,500On Munjack Cay: 10 acres. Dock. 320 on Sea of Abaco. Good elevation $300,00 0 One-quarter acre on beach, 125 frontage $183,000Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres with good elevation and beach. $515,000Sales, Rentals and Property Management Hurricane season began June 1 and will continue through November. The most active months for hurricanes are August and September but they can occur any time during the season. All authorities recommend that homeowners prepare well ahead of time for these severe storms. Now is the time to see that your hurricane shutters are in good order and that your roof and other areas of your house are in good repair. For people who do not have hurricane shutters, this would be a good time to invest in them. That is the single most important preparation you can make. It is good to select a safe place within your house, preferably an area without windows and away from outside walls, that you can use as a shelter in case you feel your house is not going to withstand the high winds. This could be a closet or a bathroom. It needs to be equipped with basic necessities that would be needed for several hours until the severe part of the storm passed. Remember, a seasonal storm forecasts may indicate mild normal or severe season but that does not give any security. It takes just one storm to cripple a town or island. Preparation is the key to surviving a storm with the minimum of damage.Hurricane Season Requires Preparation


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 25 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 AbacoAbaco Air Nassau & Moores Island ............... 367-2266 Air 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 Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale ................ 954-359-8020 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ........................ 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 ................45......F...... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club ......32......F...... 365-4271 Black Sound Marina ..15................ 365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F...... 365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service.10......F...... 365-4033 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 Center .................. 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 ........................ 365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.... 365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals ................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts.................................... 477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................. 375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals ................... 365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals..................... 365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................... 365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals .............. 365-6072 Water Ways Boat Rent..... 357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals.................. 366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals....................... 366-0380 Daves Dive Shop Boat Rentals.......... 366-0029 Hope Town Cart Rentals ...................... 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals .............................. 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals .................. 366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ...................... 366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals ........... 366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals .............................. 366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent................................... 365-8193 Cass 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 Abaco Beach Dive Center................... 367-4646 Dive Abaco......................................... 367-2787 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 7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm24 5:30 Hope T. to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 34 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip 10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:30 Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 30 minute trip :45 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 Jack DockGreen 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 Wed & Sat 10 am, return 5 pm $25 Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sun 11, 12:30, 4, return 11:45, 3 & 5 Treasure C. to Man-O-War & Hope T Thur 10 am, return3:30 $35Charters available Phone 365-8749 VHF Channel 16Pinders Ferry Service Connects Abaco & Grand Bahama Approximately 1 hour trip Crown Haven to McLean s Town Daily 7:30 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $30 one way For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus service to and from Freeport at McLeans Town AND bus service to and from Marsh Harbour at Crown Haven. Rental automobiles at both terminals. 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 Sapodill..........................$$$ .............. 367-2498 Sharkees ............................$....+..... 367-3535 Snack Shack......................$....+..... 367-4005 Subway .............................................. 367-2798 Wallys............................$$$.............. 367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn .................$.............. 367-2022 Murphy Town Lazy Parrot SC Bootle Hwy........................... 367-5331 Hope Town Abaco Inn .......................$$$.............. 366-0133 Boat House ......................$$.............. 366-0065 Capn Jacks.......................$.............. 366-0247 Club Soleil......................$$$.............. 366-0003 Harbours Edge ................$$.............. 366-0087 Hollywood Temptations H T Harbour Lodge ...........$$.............. 366-0095 Munchies ...........................$....+..... 366-0423 Rudys Place..................$$$.......... 366-0062 Man-O-War Pavilion ..............................$.............. 365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................. 365-6380 Guana Cay Coco Paradise .................................... 365-5197 Guana Seaside ...............$$$.............. 365-5106 Nippers..........................$$$ .............. 365-5143 Mermaid Cafe .................$$$.............. 365-5137 Orchard Bay Treasure Cay Florences Cafe ..................$ Harbour Cafe... ...................$.............. 365-8635 Hudsons Delight ................. $.............. 365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar...$$.............. 365-8849 Spinnaker Restaurant ......$$$.............. 365-8469 Touch of Class ................$$$.............. 365-8195 Travellers Rest .................................... 365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House .....................$$$.............. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro.............$$.............. 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 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed


Page 26 The Abaconian July 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 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 2 bed / 1 bath beginning at $113,000 Marina View 1 bed / 1 bathbeginning at $78,000 2 bed / 1 bath beginning at $121,000 VILLAS Beach Villa Subdivision Garden villa 1 bed / 1 bath duplex, excellent rental potential $181,500 Garden villa 2 bed / 2 bath extra features Starting at $151,250 APARTMENTS Rock 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. Must see.$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. $369,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home, fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $676,500 Island Times 2500 sq. ft. modern spacious 3 bed / 2 1/2 bath, living/dining/kitchen opening onto covered patio facing waterfront. Double garage/ utility. Extra adjacent lot. Total frontage 108 ft. $830,250 Seaductress/ Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3 bed/ 3 bath home 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 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 / kitchen$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 Seaclusion Ocean front CBS house, 2 bed / 2 bath plus detached 20 x 30 2-car garage with extra bath. House has wonderful view as well as prevailing tradewinds $800,000 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Blue House One-of-a-kind beach front home designed by the Architect / Owner for family and beach living. 5bed / 4 bath large living / dining area with modern kitchen, wrap-around deck. Many many extra featues. $2,100,000Treasure 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 treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.net Member SOLD SOLD SOLDVACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at $150,000 Canal Front beginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interior beginning at $25,000 Phone: 367-2326 Marsh HarbourEnjoy the Performance!Visit our Locationacross fromStandard HardwareThe following are some suggested guidelines on how to conduct such a programme. 1. The dog is caught and kept at the shelter for seven days. 2. The owner can retrieve the dog for a fee of $25. 3. If any of the public would like to adopt a dog, they can do so for the same fee. 4. If the dog is not claimed or adopted within seven days, then it is put to sleep. We hope that the government will recognize our problem and will take immediate action. Grade 9, Agape Christian SchoolHas Falsely Accused Forgotten?To the Editor, If you would allow us a space in your paper, we would like to reply to the writer of the Falsely Accused letter in your last edition. Within this article it said, I have seen persons who are not eligible to vote make a bigger deal over the election than ones that can vote. Mr. Writer, you must be forgot you used to be one of us who made a bigger deal than those who could vote. Does the 1997 election ring a bell? You were only 14 or 15 years old, an age that you were not eligible to vote. We went to rallies together, put up political signs together and went to the victory party together. Just because you are not on our side doesnt mean that you now have to carry on about us. Or should we use your quote NOT THEM. If persons not eligible to vote are not meant to get involved, then why do both parties have T-shirts made in childrens sizes? All right, put yourself in one of our shoes. If you, like me, missed voting in the election by seven months and you owned a vehicle, you wouldnt decorate it with stickers or flags of the party that you supported? You wouldnt get involved with the actions and events that your party takes? In conclusion, each individual is entitled to his own opinion and is responsible for his own actions. You should worry about your own. Just because we are not on your side of the fence now doesnt mean we dont have the right to decorate our vehicles or voice our opinions, eligible or not eligible to vote. Just remember, just because you are old enough to vote now doesnt mean you have always been old enough to vote. You must also think of your past before you put down on others younger than yourself. Heres a phrase for you. Those who live in glass house shouldnt throw stones. Sincerely, The Big Dealers, Joshua Malone and Junea SweetingStory of Marsh Harbour CemeteryDear Editor, Sleep sweetly in your humble graves. These words of Henry Timrod come to mind as I watch the post-modern progress that has crept upon the graveyard of the Archer family. This graveyard, bordered by the sea to the northwest, was given specifically to the Archers and the general public out of a sense of grief and magnanimity. Henry Cuffy Johnsons child died in Man-O-War Cay where he was working. The inhabitants refused to allow his child to be buried in their burial ground. So with heavy grieving hearts Henry and his wife brought the remains of their softly decaying child to be buried in his plot. Since then blacks and whites have rested in peace, soul by soul, in this sacred spot. In recent times, however, persons not knowing or caring about the history of this sacred memorial have interred the remains of their loved ones and have unceremoniously dumped the bones of those buried before on the sunbaked ground to be further bleached by the scorching sun.Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9 Please see Letters Page 27


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 27On earlier occasions while walking through this final resting place and gazing at the tall casuarinas and breathing in the fragrance of the many oleanders standing guard by the graves, I wished that I could talk to Cuffy Johnson. He was my great, great grandfather. My grandfather, George Archer, inherited his integrating spirit as well as a spirit of enterprise for George Archer built Abacos first amusement park and Disney Land. On the north side of the graveyard, still on Cuffy land, my grandfather and Uncle Jenkins built a merry-go-round. On a Saturday afternoon all of the children of Marsh Harbour who wanted to paid a penny or threepence for a ride. There will still be a merry-go-round as the tractors continue their incessant clamour, to be followed by trucks and trailers and all other meandering traffic. And we, the children and descendants of Henry Curry Johnson, will forever remember with pathos, magnanimity and thanksgiving the man who gave the graveyard to Marsh Harbour. He is resting from the cares and embarrassment of his colour and race. He has retreated to his Maker, who has given him the freedom to traverse all space. Nadeen BenebyWants Change to a Secret BallotDear Editor, It gave me great pleasure along with high hopes to have read in the week of June 5, 2002, editions of the daily papers that the PLP is keeping their promise to appoint a constitutional committee to oversee the much needed constitutional reforms. The number one item on the proposed referendum list is the creation of an independent boundaries commission with the responsibility to oversee the electoral process and to insure the complete integrity of the same. It is very important for the citizens to know that if an untraceable secret ballot is not a part of the referendum, we are still being denied a democratic vote. We also should not forget the leader and deputy leader designate contest the FNM political party held in August 2001 where the party delegates voted on truly secret ballots. Less than a year later the Supreme Court ordered the same for the citizens. We were denied twice in one week before the general elections our democratic right to a secret vote. It is completely unfair. This demonstrates double standards and a complete undemocratic practice. For those of you who think that a secret ballot is not important, I would like for you to put yourselves in someone elses shoes and think about this for a minute. It is now official that the FNM is contesting the results of the MICAL Constituency in the Supreme Court. The Hon. V. Alfred Gray won this seat by only four votes. This lets us know that the voters in that Constituency are equally divided. Now that the election is behind us, if you were a voter in that constituency and your ballot that is not secret is scrutinized by persons whose political choices may differ from yours, especially if the political party that they support is now the seated government, would you want them to know how you voted? I surely would not. This is why it is of the utmost importance for us to unite as a people in this struggle for a secret ballot. Heed the message and not the messenger in order to rid our country of all the negativity associated with our elections. I do not have to point them out. I am sure the majority of us know what they are. I will be praying for God to touch the hearts of the members on the commission and for them to do the right thing, to bring an end to this embarrassing struggle for democracy. It will show the world that democracy in The Bahamas gets better as time goes by and that the Bahamian people are fair minded, futuristic thinkers. Stone McEwanHorses Are Receiving Good CareTo the Editor: Throughout the long and sometimes harrowing history of the Abaco wild horses, little has been said about the role of the Bahama Star Farm in keeping the horses and their history alive. The farm is in no way responsible for the horses. The horses simply are present on the farm. It is not a job of the farm to care for the horses. However, the farm has played an active role in the preservation of the horses. Farm personnel have been very supportive in permitting vets and visitors access to the horses which are essentially on private land. Caring people on the farm have alerted authorities when horses have been seriously injured or when there has been a death. They have often been sources of valuable information about the horses and their activities. Negative impact on the horses occurs because the farm is simply an inappropriate habitat for them. The farm is not inappropriate as a farm. It must be remembered that it is a citrus farm. It is not a horse farm. The horses spent nearly 500 years in the forest. They were adapted to it. When the horses were nearly all killed, the last three were sheltered on the farm. The horses received support and care until it was thought they could return to the forest. Unfortunately, in this interval the horses lost the strength of their collective memory of the forest as home. Foals born on the farm imprinted the farm as their primary home. When fires and hurricanes and human intrusion made the forest even more inhospitable, the horses eventually stopped going into the forest at all. Thus, the horses are in the dangerous process of trying to adapt to the farm. Any adaptation by a species from one habitat to another will be stressful. Given their small numbers and the challenges they face, it is hardly any wonder that the horses are struggling. They are attempting to live wild in a habitat that is totally domesticated. But even though it may be an inappropriate habitat, it is a habitat that has provided the only true shelter the horses have had since they were nearly exterminated in the 60s. The answer to the problem is that the horses should be returned to the forest habitat which will be maintained in a manner that will keep them safe. And steps are being taken to establish just such a habitat. In the meantime, as in the past, the farm has provided shelter from fires. Farm security has curtailed many potentially dangerous activities which affect the horses. Farm buildings provide the horses with shade and its reasonable to assume that the horses may have sheltered in the lee of buildings duringLetters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 26 Please see Letters Page 33 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 Abaco Agents Brent Cartwright Mailin Sands Beth Ruzicka Bill Johnston Chris Farrington P.O. 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Page 28 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamas Phone:(242) 365-8061 Cell:(242) 375-8645 Ocean Front Lot: Ocean Blvd. Almost 2 acres with 150 feet of frontage. Cleared and ready to build. Price: $850,000 (includes all fees) 126 acres development parcel with private beach and marina. Price available on request. 2 bedroom 2 bath beach front villa in a private setting. Price: $550,000 (includes all fees) Windward Beach: 2 bedroom 2 bath plus 2 car garage with 100 feet of frontage. Price: $850,000 (includes all fees) Canal Lots and Interior Lots Condominiums and Private Homes are also available Real Estate No expense has been spared in creating a true tropical masterpiece of unparalled beauty. Soaring 20 foot ceilings, marble flooring, custom built-ins and crown moldings, mahogany library, gourmet kitchen, sunken living room with marble fireplace, family room with large screen TV, designer furnishing by Ralph Lauren, Lalique crystal and one-of-a-kind art work. Master suite with marble bath and his and her commodes. Four bedrooms, three and one-half baths in main house and a two-bedroom two-bath guest house, situated on four lots of two and one-half acres with over 400 feet of ocean frontage facing west for glorious sunsets.Price: $6.2 million (includes all fees) Stunning beauty created by noted Bahamian architect John Darville with high wooden ceilings and shell stone flooring. Professionally landscaped and fully furnished. 4 bedrooms and 4 baths situated on two ocean front lots comprising almost 4 acres with 300 feet of frontage. Also included is a caretakers cottage facing east for gentle breezes and magnificent sunrises.Price: $3.8 million (includes all fees) Visit our website at: www.billhertz.comBy Alice Bain My editor has supplied me with the handy fact that Abaco has more docks per capita than any other island in the Bahamas. It follows that we use boats here more than anywhere else in the Bahamas, and indeed a boat here is not a luxury but a necessity for much of the population. We have twelve boat rental agencies listed in the Abaco phone book and tourists who visit us generally will rent a runabout like they would rent a car elsewhere. But to run a boat, it helps to have certain skills. Basic knot tying is one (though as a friend of mine says, If you cant tie a knot, tie a LOT) and reading the waterascertaining how deep it is by how it looksis another. The deepest water here is the darkest midnight indigo blue. It has a sort of negative luminosity, like velvetthe sparkle and flash of the sun on the waves only makes the depths over which you are floating seem that much more profound. Blue water comes with its own special set of problems, but for the purposes of the average tourist in a runabout, and the average Abaconian (who is only trying to get to work, school or the grocery store) the water you have to keep an eye out for more than anything is shoal water. Shoal water is shallow and a sort of dirty khaki color compared to the greens and turquoises around it. Get stuck on a bank and youre there until the next high tide. Tourists will call on the VHF to be rescued, but natives and sail-boaters are more sensitive to the humiliation factorthey should KNOW better. Ive known sailors who have grounded their boats to throw out an anchor and abandon ship, sneaking off to the nearest island in their dinghy. Sitting on a beach with a book and a bottle of rum is vastly preferable to the ignominy of sitting on your boat as it tips slowly to one side as the tide slips away beneath it and other boaters passing either wave merrily or worse come to ask if theres anything they can do to help. If you have a sailboat with a keel, there is a precise shade of water that means trouble, depending on how much you draw. Four feet, a sort of light minty green, youd better have some deeper water ahead of you or hope for a rising tide! In a runabout which draws different amounts depending on its speed, things are a little more complex. For example, when I first arrived here one of my cousins offered me a ride to Hope Town. I cant remember what the tide was doing most likely I had no idea. We were in a little Boston Whaler, and he set a course for the Parrot Cays. And we zipped across the Sea of Abaco towards the Parrot Cays. Then we were coming UP on the Parrot Cays and still zipping towards them at full speed. The water was getting shallower and shallower we shot between the islands up on a plane in water that I swear couldnt have been much more than eight inches deep. I managed to swallow my heart again by the time we reached the dock. My cousin tossed out the anchor, cut the engine at precisely the right moment to let the boat coast in to a gentle stop against the dock, jumped out lightly and tied a neat bowline. Impressive. Then there are those who are not so boatsmart. I still cant tie a bowline but I can heave an anchor with the best of them. Ive learned from my boaty friends how to deal with basic situations like setting a course and picking up a mooring ball. I have also learned what NOT to do. You do NOT bow-ride, not EVER! And in a situation where youve run hard aground, you wait for the tide to float you, you dont try to power your way off the bank. Little Harbour is notorious for the shallowness and inscrutability of its channel. A few years ago I was visiting with some friends on a boat of theirs moored in the harbour. We watched a rental sailing catamaran come in way to the right of the channel and stick fast in the muck. This is quite an achievement since those boats draw only about two feet anyway. The guy who rented it had obviously not yet gotten the hang of doing things the Bahamian way. Instead of having a few beers and waiting for the tide to float him off, he decided to power his way off the bank. And instead of reversing off the way he came, he decided he needed to go OVER the bank, dredging himself a new channel as he went! Of course, he just got more and more stuck until finally he enlisted the help of a guy in a runabout that was as clueless as he was. They ran a tow-rope to the bow of the cat and gunned all the engines, with the runabout skidding around in front like an irate terrier on a short leash. Then when we looked, the man in the catamaran had his whole family standing on the front trampoline, right next to the tow-rope. One of my friends had to dinghy over and point out to the guy that if the rope broke, it was liable to cut a few of his family members in half as it recoiled. Luckily, there was a happy ending to this story with everyone sitting around the bar at Petes Pub eating cheeseburgers. Needless to say, not all stories end as well. A boat even a runabouthas wisdom to impart which is counter to all the type-A hyperactive control-freakiness of the Western World. In fact, I would venture to speculate that the necessity of fooling around in boats has shaped the Bahamian personality. If you need a lesson in humility, go get in a boat. Look at yourself in your boat, and then look at the sea. Whos got the size advantage? If you get into an all-out fight, whos going to win? Boats have mastered the first lesson in swimming, which is how to float. Ask any swimming instructor. The first requirement for floating is that you need to RELAX!ViewpointBoats Needs Special Handling 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 Plaza


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 29 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 displayBy Alice Bain Fifty years ago Uncle Norman Alburys wife, Selina, made a small canvas ditty bag. Now the Man-O-War Sail Shop makes fiftytwo different styles of canvas bags in twentyone different colors and has recently expanded their line to include canvas printed in the popular Androsia batiks. Now it is Miss Annie, Miss Selinas granddaughter who mans a sewing machine in the shop. Six people altogether work at the Sail Shop. The bags are made assembly-line fashion with workers concentrating on cutting, lining, straps, reinforcing, pockets, and zippers. The shop also makes a line of hard-wearing canvas hats. The largest traveling bags cost $70, and the smallest ditty bag goes for about $15. My grandmother had no idea this shop would come so far, says Miss Annie. She was very happy to see its success, though. Sometimes she and Annies mother, Lois, would stay up until 11 p.m. sewing in order to have enough bags to sell the next day. All the bags are made of pure cotton canvas with strong nylon straps, sewn with heavy cotton thread. Miss Annie adds the strap to an unfinished bag, beginning the strap in what will become the bags bottom and sewing it on expertly with one long single seam. You dont cut the thread til the bag is done or the bobbin runs out! she says. This adds strength to the already incredibly durable construction. Miss Annie doesnt need to measure in order to place the straps on correctly. She has made so many canvas bags that she can now do it accurately by eye. Like everything else made on Man-O-War Cay, the Sail Shop bags have a reputation for being solid and built to last. Its not a bag, its an investment! Sail Shop Is a Family Affair BUCKLE UP! ITs TheITs The ITs TheITs The ITs The LL LL L AA AA A WW WW WThe Sail Shop in Man-O-War makes a large variety of bags and canvas items. Shown above is Annie Albury, granddaughter of Miss Selina Albury, who made the first ditty bag, and Lois Albury, who built the canvas bags into a successful business.


Page 30 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Charters & Water available on requestGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Call Rich or Melena Ph/Fax 242-365-5190 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayBy Quack Dr. Barnyard The Little Harbour murder trial of canine suspect Buster came to an abrupt halt when the entire prosecuting team including chief prosecuting attorney Au Brie Clarque III esq. and Little Harbour medical examiner Dr. Canard went missing. The team, already facing accusations of mishandling the case, were later discovered in George Town, Exuma, with murder victim Duckies corpse in their possession. A visibly angry Judge Judy demanded of Little Harbour Police Chief Jimmy Lawe why the prosecution team and Duckies corpse were in Exuma, where not so coincidentally, a regatta was being held. What on earth would a lawyer and a doctor be doing with a dead duck at a sailboat race? fumed the frustrated judge as the courtroom erupted in barely suppressed snickers. Just following your orders, Judge. You did ask for Duckies corpse to be Exumad, explained Lawe, seeming disappointed at being left behind. Exumad? I said exhumed! exclaimed the exasperated judge. Refusing both Lawes request to travel to Exuma to retrieve the prosecuting team and defense attorney Johnny Conchruns motion for a mistrial, Judge Judy adjourned the court at Petes Pub. Rather than enjoying a respite from the trial, Little Harbour became embroiled in the hotly contested Abaco election. When an election day recount revealed a tie, it was discovered that the remote settlement had not returned its ballots. Candidates and election officials rushed to Little Harbour where they were shocked to find an open pub serving alcoholic beverages and the Petes Pub poling station closed. The infamous bar pole has decided the fate of many a prominent citizen who has attempted to mount its twisting shaft. Little Harbour settlement officials explained that the pub was excluded from the election day ban on alcohol sales since it was now officially a courtroom for the Buster murder trial. There is no law on the books banning the sale of alcohol in courtrooms on any day, including election day. In addition, it is a Little Harbour tradition never to make important decisions in a sober condition. Potential partners and political candidates always seem more attractive after a few Blasters, explained officials. When election officials requested the ballots, they were shocked to find that election day would only be the following day! How is this possible? demanded election officials. Every Bahamian settlement voted today, May 2. Why should Little Harbour be any different? Well, you see, today in Little Harbour is actually yesterday in the rest of Abaco, so tomorrow in Little Harbour will be today in Abaco, May 2, explained the Little Harbour official. Huh?! was the collective reply. The explanation lies in our settlement motto and mission statement, A Day Late and A Dollar Short the official patiently elaborated. You see, many years ago settlement forefathers decided that the daylight savings concept of Spring forward, Fall back was too complicated and the few residents who owned watches were never sure of what time it really was. They decided at that time to just move Little Harbour time back one day. No need to rush into tings, especially the future. Might as well let the rest of the world go ahead one day while we sit back and learn from their mistakes. This gave settlement workers, never known for their punctuality, the added advantage of never being late to work in Marsh Harbour since they could prove that by Little Harbour time, they were actually a day early. Thoroughly confused, the election officials and candidates agreed to allow an evening of campaigning followed by an election in the morning which would break the tie and conclusively decide the Abaco election. Review of the voter registration revealed only two registered voters in Little Harbour, Duck Too (murder victim Duckies surviving spouse) residing at Docs dock and canine murder suspect Buster whose address was given as the Little Harbour dungeon. Election officials quickly disqualified Buster, ruling he must be acquitted or serve his time in prison before becoming eligible to vote or run for political office. This left the outcome of the election, the future of Abaco and perhaps all of the Bahamas on a single vote, the vote of Duck Too. Setting a legal precedent for the Commonwealth, Duck Too demanded and was granted not only a secret ballot but also secret campaigning by both candidates. The following morning Duck Too cast the deciding vote. Climbing into his brand new Range Rover, Duck Too thanked both candidates for their generosity and pleaded, Why cant we all just get along.Little Harbour Buster Trial Interrupted Regattas of Abaco New, fully furnished 2 bed 2 bath condo with pool, tennis court, fitness centre and beautiful beach. On site rental management available. Ideal holiday apartment in convenient location. Asking $280,000. Also available ground floor condo, ready to move in at $199,900 unfurnished. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores waterfront 3 bed, 2 bath fully furnished 3,200 sq. ft. home is well situated on 225' x 165' enclosed lot. This property features a boat house, central A/C, new kitchen, tropical landscaping, standby generator, 2 car garage, roll down shutters and cedar lined closets this house has it all. Call for info. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores elevated waterfront lot in very desirable residential area minutes from downtown Marsh Harbour, all utilities available, and 100' on the sea. Asking $110,000. Bahama Palm Shores Two residential lots 150' from the beach, great sea views. Asking price $42,500. . . . . . : 242-367-5046 : 242-367-5045 : 242-367-5046 : 242-367-5045 : 242-367-5046 : 242-367-5045 : 242-367-5046 : 242-367-5045 : 242-367-5046 : 242-367-5045 : .@. : .@. : .@. : .@. : .@... .. .. .. .. & & & & & : 242-366-0040 : 242-366-0164 : 242-366-0040 : 242-366-0164 : 242-366-0040 : 242-366-0164 : 242-366-0040 : 242-366-0164 : 242-366-0040 : 242-366-0164 : @. : @. : @. : @. : @. 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 High Rock Area Charming and well-kept 3 bed 2 bath 1,700 sq. ft. home on 124' x 125'. enclosed lot. With all the modern conveniences this house features a family room, tiled floors, new kitchen, large master bedroom, heated swimming pool and sundecks. Central A/C, tropical landscaping and standby generator. Call for info. Marsh Harbour Triplex comprising (2) 1 bed x 1 bath apartments and (1) 2 bed x 2 bath apartment, furnished, central air, good income. 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. Hope Town Bellfree North End turnkey 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage on 2/3 acre 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. Elbow Cay Oceanview 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom beachfront home with 3/4 acres of land. 2,500 sq.ft. with ocean view from living room and all bedrooms. Large deck on 3 sides. Located on one of the best beaches on Elbow Cay. Very private and fully landscaped. Separate generator house with Lister generator. Garage under house with new golf cart. Fully furnished. $1,425,000. Hope Town just under 1/2 acre building site on Elbow Cays North End. Lovely wooded area. Two minute walk to sandy beach. $114,000. Hope Town Club Soliel Hotel, restaurant, marina on 1.75 acres; 320 feet harbourfront. Two storey 6 unit hotel building (1,920sq. ft.), swimming pool, sunbathing decks. The restaurant is 2,388 sq. ft., seats 68 patrons, fully equipped kitchen. The marina includes 600 linear feet of docks, 13 slips. Additional storage, office, laundry buildings and 1,500 sq.ft. Managers residence. $2,990,000. Lubbers Quarters Plum Tuckered Quality built, 1,000 sq. ft. 2 bed 2 bath home, 2 years old, located on 1/3 acre in Abaco Ocean Club. Turn key with all the extras. Reduced $300,000. Lubbers Quarters Abaco Ocean Club, lot #65. 12,326 sq. ft. beautiful hillside building site. $55,000. Tilloo Cay Choice new property with excellent views and deep water access, some water front. Starting at $75,000. DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LTD. HOPE TOWN OFFICE CALL KERRY SULLIVAN 242-366-0040 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LTD. MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE CALL LESLIE PINDER 242-367-5046 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LTD. MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE CALL SHARON PINDER 242-367-5046 , , , , ,


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 31 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 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[;\/-0 By Alice Bain Mr. Eugene Lowe of the Green Turtle Cay fish house gave a few insights into Abaco lobster fishery. The fish house has dealt with spiny lobster (crawfish) since Mr. Lowe started working there in 1975; a short foray into conch warehousing and distribution proved abortive during the 1980s. Right now we ship all of our lobster to Nassau, said Mr. Lowe, to Paradise Seafood Company. Were basically a buying and holding station, and Paradise Seafood processes and exports the lobster. The fish house used to do its own exporting but has not done so since the close of the season in March 1997. It was easier to send the lobster to Nassau, he commented, rather than invest in a costly upgrade to the plant here. We see half the production that we used to, but we have a lot less headaches, too. In the three years since Hurricane Floyd, Mr. Lowe says that lobster production has been down. The catch seems to have been depressed since Floyd, he said, although I couldnt tell you if that was something that was happening gradually before or not. Mr. Lowe speculates that the lobster stocks have not had an opportunity to build back up since the hurricane, which pretty much wrecked the season for the years 1999 / 2000. He has heard that the season this past year for the North Eleuthera lobster boats was a little better than for Abaco boats. Abaco boats usually fish north towards Walkers Cay and the banks while Eleuthera boats fish south along the Ragged Island chain and sometimes over towards Andros. I heard the first trip last August for the Eleuthera boats was good, but they didnt have much luck after that until the very last trip this March, which was also good. Mr. Lowe says he is looking up and hoping for a better catch this coming season.Crawfish Stock Appears to Be DownHigh Adventure Is Again Sailing in AbacoJoe Brownley Bahamas Director Sea Base Boy Scouts of America The Boy Scout High Adventure Program on Abaco has opened its eleventh season here. The program is designed to be demanding and challenging for Scout troops which come from all over the United States. The boys spend a week on a 40-foot to 71-foot boats including the Man-O-War built schooner, the William H. Albury Most of the Scouts have no prior sailing experience but they quickly adjust to life at sea. They perform all tasks necessary on a sailing vessel including sail handling, simple navigation, cooking, cleaning and anchor watches at night. In addition to sailing, the Scouts fish, snorkel and have a chance to visit many of the settlements and cays from Green Turtle Cay to Little Harbour. The Scouts are often seen picking or diving up trash as part of a public service project. There is also a joint project scheduled again this summer with local Abaco Scouts. At the end of the summer the Abaco Scouts will sail on the William H. for a week and learn some of Abacos maritime history. As always, we would like to thank the Abaco community for all their help and support. We look forward to another exciting season on your beautiful island. Scouting News


Page 32 The Abaconian July 1st, 2002donates 10 percent from the sales of BBC rings to the scholarship fund.New Fishing Tournament Is OrganizedBy Isobel Sherman A new fishing tournament is slated to begin on Abaco. The First Annual Hook N Line Tournament is to begin July 5 and run until the 7th with the awards presentation banquet that night. The entrance fee is $500 per boat and Mike Malone at 357-6510 or Chad Sawyer at 359-6707 has entry forms. The weighin stations will be in Marsh Harbour staffed by Jerry Smith and Jed Albury, Cherokee Sound staffed by Terry Albury and Treasure Cay staffed by Jeff Survance. It is a charity event to benefit a person from Cherokee with spinal injuries.An ApologyIn The Abaconian of June 15 a mistake was made in the name of the winning boat of the HMY Boat Harbour Billfish Blast. The winning boat was Chupcabra. Our apologies FishingFrom Page 5 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 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 Inn 9 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 Hill4 villas 366-0557 Hotels and House Rental AgentsMan-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Marsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Marsh Harb Airport Motel 367-4402 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 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 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576 + agents who have multiple cottages and houses to the owner, captain, crew of the Chupacabra and to the sponsors of the tournament, Boat Harbour Marina and HMY Yachts. 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 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 Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Area20 acres water front 13 arcres water front 3 acres water front 1 acre plus water front lots Other properties available, beach, rock shore, waterway, acreage and interior lots.Beach front home under construction3 acre tracts north of Coopers Town, road to sea, all utilities.Tom Roberts Realty357-6896 322-4782 407-389-6075 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 Helping people find their Dream Spot since 1978. Beach Front, Hilltop, Acreage, Residential, Commercial & Investment Property. We also have rental property available.LOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. 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July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 33hurricanes. As noted above, farm personnel have gone out of their way to get help when horses have been injured. It is a simple important fact that the horses would probably have become extinct long ago without the continued support of the farm. Sincerely, Milanne (Mini) Rehor Abaco Wild Horse ProjectComplaint Against EmployerDear Editor, In the Bahamas everyone has freedom of speech. I believe that this is fair as long as it is done in a proper manner. For the past six years I have enjoyed working for Bahama Star. However, the past few years have been miserable. Bahama Star is an American company with LettersFrom Page 27 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Bahama Palm Shore 1 bedroom apartment, utilities included. Call 375-8505 for details. Cherokee Polos Sea Side Cottage Fully furnished, sleeps 6, A/C, $100/night for 4. Call 407-933-4463 www.polosseasidecottage.com Cherokee Sound cottage, 2 bed/2 bath, modern, A/C, large scr. porch, Day, Wk. Mon. Bonefish guide available. VISA/MASTER. Call 242-366-2111 or 305-664-9471 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 Marsh Harbour 4 bedroom furnished townhouse for rent. $2000 per month plus electicity and telephone. Located in a gated community. Price includes use of lighted tennis courts, two fresh water swimming pools, use of gym, beach and beach furniture. No pets. Call 367-4990 for appointment to view. Marsh Harbour 2 bed 2 bath apartment in quiet part of town. $1100 p/m. Call 357-6947 from July 1st Marsh Harbour 1 bed / 1 bath apt. fully furnished, washer/dryer, central A/C. Call 3673190 after 5 Sweetings Village 2 bedroom, 1 bath furnished home. Light and water included $700 p/m. 1st and last + $400 sec. dep. Call Jane 242-3241836 or 242-394-7988 Sweetings Tract 2 2 bed/2 bath apts., furnished including water and gas. $1100 month. Call 367-2660 Sweetings Village 1 & 2 bedroom apts. Call 367-3965 Treasure Cay luxury beach front home, 3 bed, 3 1/2 bath, sleeps 14, all amenities. $500 nightly. Sell for $2.5 million. Call 561-738-0996 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 Dundas Town 3 bed / 3 bath with one bedroom efficiency. Call 367-2740. After 5 call 367-4291 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 Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements Property and Houses FOR SALE Property and Houses FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE 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 Commercial Space Available in best location in Marsh Harbour; high tourist walk-by traffic area, ample parking. Suitable for office and/or/ retail business. For details call 242-367-3262 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 321-784-0163 or leave message for Cliff at 366-0065 Little Harbour 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story house. Great views of the harbour and the ocean. Dock privilege, air-conditioned, phone, electric. 20 x 20 workshop, storage building. Beautiful landscape, flowers and fruit trees, 100 x 200 lot. $160,000. Call Laine at 242-367-3623 days, 242-477-5111 evenings. 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. $835,000 net completely furnished. Owner 242-366-3129. US 561-308-2106 or 828-926-5384 Lubbers Quarters water front 2 bed 2 bath home, fully furnished. By owner 242-366-3100 8 a.m.6 p.m. EST www.abacotoday.com/lubbers Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Marsh Harbour Sweetings Tract lot 96 x 103. Call Debbie Malone. 365-6011 work, 3656244 home Marsh Harbour Sweetings Village Lots for sale. Call 367-3965 Treasure Cay Paradise Found luxury home right on your own beach. Search no more. Fantastic ocean views from every room. Gorgeous new tropical decor with all amenities included. Three bedrooms, three and one half baths plus three outdoor hot showers. Easily accommodates up to 14 people. Two car garages with apartment. Rooftop sunset deck and extra large decking area to the beach. Built-in propane stainless steel grilling area. paved semi circular drive with lushly landscaped grounds and and accent light all around. Truly One in a Million. Offered at $2.5 million. Please contact Dr. William or Dana Domeyer at 561-738-0996 Turtle Rocks beach front home almost 1 acre, fabulous views, gated community. Call 407389-6075 Ds Guest House SURE INCOME. 3 buildings, 6 guests units, fully furnished, office, laundry room, parking in rear. Price $225,000. Contact owner Everette Archer Ph. 367-5995 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 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 367-2951 or 3596658 COMMERCIAL RENTALS P.O. Box AB 20955 East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Fax: 242-367-2365 Residence: 242-367-2040abacorealtor@abacoinet.comAffordable Property Select Homes Serving All AbacoGreat Abaco Club: Secure, prestigious, deep water dockage, managed. Lots starting at $180,000, Homes from $500,000.Scotland Cay: Secluded, private, beautiful beaches, very deep marina. Beach front and bay front 1/2 acres starting at $150,000.Leisure Lee : Best value on Abaco. Individual dockage, strong owners association, private beach, phones! Starting at $41,000.Bahama Palm Shore: Always popular, fabulous Eight Mile Beach, easy drive from airport. 10,000 sq. ft. lots start at $15,000.Bahama Coral Island: Great starter homesites, some with views. Closest community to Marsh Harbour. Starting at $8,000.Turtle Rocks: Very pretty area, underground utilities, beautiful beach access, protective covenants, 1/2 acre lots for only $25,000 Great Cistern Cay: Secluded, unique area. Popular with both the international set and local professionals. Private beach, telephones, park and small boat basin. 1/2 acre offered at $45,000 Royal Harbour: Gated community, solid property values. Wonderful building site, 15,000 sq. ft. with 150 on the harbour. Sit back and watch the world go by. Great buy at $152,000 Royal Harbour: Two adjacent building sites in gated community. Single family, single story zoning, harbour views, great neighbours, safe for kids, very convenient. $60,000 each COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS FOR SALE COMMERCIAL RENTALSa citrus farm on Abaco. It has many employees but its top two employees are not Bahamian. My supervisor has turned my life upside down. When I calmly questioned him about payment for working overtime, I was reprimanded and my hours were reduced severely. When I showed my support for the PLP, I was treated unfairly. For years I suffered abuse from the hands of my employer. In the first week of May my suffering ended when I was fired for no reason. Please stop this man from treating any Bahamian the way he treated me. How does our country permit ex-patriots to be unfair and unjust to its people? The Bahamas is all we Bahamians have. Make sure when we allow American companies to come that we are sure that the people of the Bahamas are being treated justly. Sour Lemon


Page 34 The Abaconian July 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 INVIT A TION FOR PROPOSALSProposals are requested for the landscaping, cleaning, and grounds upkeep of the Hope Town Bahamas Electricity Coproration Office. Applicants should present a monthly cost for cleaning/upkeep of the premises in writing and in a sealed envelope.Bids should be sent to B.E.C. Marsh Harbour, Abaco to the attention of Mr. Benjamin R. Beneby, Manager B.E.C. Abaco.All Proposals should be submitted on or before July 15th, 2002. The Corporation reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. INVIT A TION FOR PROPOSALSProposals are requested for the cleaning contract for the B.E.C. Hope Town Office. Services will be required one[1] days per week. Applicants should present a monthly cost for cleaning the premises in writing and in a sealed envelope with the word TENDER clearly marked on the outside of the envelope.Bids should be sent to B.E.C. Marsh Harbour, Abaco to the attention of Mr. Benjamin R. Beneby, Manager B.E.C. Abaco.All Proposals should be submitted on or before July 15th, 2002. The Corporation reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.* Contractors are responsible for tools, equipment and supplies necessary to perform the work, and to make National Insurance Contibutions as independent contractors. Contact us for more information. Well Done Water MakersWW WW W ell Doneell Done ell Doneell Done ell Done carries a complete line of RR RR R everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. Sizes start at 100 GPD100 GPD 100 GPD100 GPD 100 GPD to 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD. We can install, service and maintain all of the equipment we sell and drill the neccessary water and drain wells to supply the units. Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841Well Done Water Well ServicesCall us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842Professionally drilled water and drain wells Serving all of Abaco including: Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, ManOWar Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour. We case all of our wells down to the water and use Professional well screen at the pump levels. Get your well done today to supply your water maker for your home or business. We also sell, service and install water makers Fame Productions July 1 August 2Fame Da nce Studio upstairs in Dove Plaza Modeling and Dance 375-8452 The Cyber Learning Center June 24 August 2 Cyber Learning Center upstairs in D & S Plaza Arts and crafts, Computers, Internet Access, Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Dance, Rading 367-5757 or 367-5755 Camp Abaco July 1 July 20 Camp Abaco three miles south of Marsh Harbour Camping activities, sports, Chapel and Bible study 366-3021 or 3660636 Vacation Bible School July 1 7 Zion Baptist Church, Murphy Town Bible study, Arts and crafts (ages 5-18) 367-4923 What is your child doing this summer? Ensure that he or she is occupied with constructive but fun activities. There are many programs being offered for young people including many church which offer Bible schools. Some are just for a week or two. Some of the church programs are free while there are charges for other programs. The chart shows just a few suggestions. Check around your commuinity and find a program that is right for your child.A Variety of Summer Programs Is Available 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 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 The 27nd annual Regatta Time in Abaco is once again making plans for this years event. The Regatta is composed of five sailboat races which will begin in Green Turtle Cay on July 4. The fleet moves on to Guana Cay on July 6, then to Man-O-War on July 8. The fourth race will be off Hope Town on July 9 while the last race will be off Marsh Harbour on July 11. This annual event brings many boaters to Abaco. The Regatta is planned to allowed lay days for the sailors to enjoy our water, beaches and towns. Shore parties hosted by various restaurants complete the activities. One of the highlights onshore for the sailors is the annual street party held at Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour. This year that party will be held on July 8. The boaters appreciate the trophies that the Regatta committee gives. They are bronze sculptures mounted on mahogany plaques made by Pete Johnston of Johnston Studios in Little Harbour. The Regatta originated in the 1970s as a way of encouraging summer tourism. The committee created an activity encouraging families to enjoy the area in a casual fun atmosphere. They have always allowed time for diving, snorkeling, shopping and exploring Abaco. It has now attained the status within the sailing world as a really great event.Regatta Time Is Scheduled for July


July 1st, 2002 The Abaconian Page 35 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 Outboard Engines All Mercurys 115 HP $3500 125 HP $4000 Also 23 fishing boat with 200 HP $4000 Call 367-2326 One 360 cu. in. 270 HP Chrysler V8 engine with 1.52-1 velvet drive Warner transmission. In excellent condition $1600 OBO Call Darvin Sands @ 242-365-6007 day, 365-6093 night 96 Yamaha Waverunner III 650 35 hours on engine. Completely redone. Asking $5000 OBO 477-5660 96 Seadoo Jet Ski like new, 3 seater, 60 hours, cover, lifting straps, service manual, lots of extras. Will deliver in August. Asking $4900. Also 1000 lb. davit $800 OBO Call 242-3678155 or 561-630-5880 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. Jewelry full range of repair, watch battery replacement and jewelry cleaning. Jewels, Gems and More Call 367-2418 Utility trailer 10 x 5 $1500. Call 367-4643 97 Ford RAnger XLT 4x4 long bed, 4.0, V6, 5 speed with 13,000 original miles. Custom leather interior (one of a kind), custom ground effects, running board, custom paint job, roll-adeck bed cover, CD player, new tires. Call Greg at 366-3125 / 477-5877 $20,500 No Dreamers Please. 97 Daewoo low mileage, good condition. Asking $7000 OBO. Call 366-0154 days or 3656383 nights. 98 Honda Odyssey Van 30,000 miles, excellent condtion. $19,000. 36704616 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 3672111 COMMERCIAL SERVICES Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat 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 367-3767 BUSINESS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIESSales 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 3576896 Abaco The Hope Town Harbour Lodge is currently accepting applications for full time and part time qualified personnel with legal status. You may pick up an application in Marsh Harbour at the ferry office. Please call Tom or Tania at 3660095 to schedule an appointment. All applicants must have Completed the Hope Town Harbour Lodge Employment Application National Insurance Number Proof of legal status to work in the Bahamas Waitstaff . Night & Day Bussers . . . . . Night Bartenders . . . Night Kitchen Prep . . Night Mangoes Restaurant Seeking Cleaners to work flexible hours in all areas of restaurant. You must be in possession of a valid Bahamian passport or work permit. If you are hard working and honest, please contact Nick at 3672366 between 9 a.m. 11 a.m. or 2:30 3:30 p.m. Wanted Abaco licensed 1st Officer for tug, barge and port operation, must have excellent cargo handling experience and skills. GMDSS training and certification essential. Salary negotiable. Contact 242-367-3341 Wanted Abaco licensed Engineering Officer for tug, barge and port operation, must have excellent welding experience and diesel mechanic skills. Salary negotiable. Contact 242367-3341 Immediate Postions Available Private island Abaco Spanish Cay Marina & Resort Immediate opening for Restaurant/Hotel Manager and Chef/Cook. Must live on the island, housing available. Salary based on experience. Call242-365-0083 or Fax resume to 24365-0453 Advertising sales person needed. Call 3674065 Harbour View Grocery, Hope Town is now accepting applications for various postions. Call Thomas at 366-0033 2000 Yamaha Wave Runner XA1200Y, 68 hours, 155 HP engine, with trailer & canvas cover. $6500 OBO Call 367-3186 22 fiberglass Abaco-built boat, 200 HP Mercury & 50 HP Evinrude, trim tabs, Trimble DGPS, depth finder, hydraulic lift jack, Bimini top, dual batteries, aluminum float-on trailer $22,000 OBO Ph. 367-2289 23 Paceship Sailboat w/15 HP Mercury 4stroke engine (2002 w/approx 10 hours) Dinghy included, new paint job and licenced. Call 477-5693 or 365-5075 25 Grady White Sailfish, 1988, w/ 225 Mercury with less than 200 hours. Fuel 120 gal main, 80 gal. aux., 25 gal fresh water, marine head with macerator sink and shower, hard top, enclosed with new curtains, search light, VHF, walk around cuddy cabin, sleeps 3, V berth and portside bunk, 2 bilge pumps. $25,000 OBO. Call 477-5777 or 365-6052 52 Houseboat 1988 custom aluminum hull, 2 Volvo turbo 130 HP, dual prop I/O. 10 KW gen. set. 2 Cruisair A/C. Recently painted and refurbished, costing $25,000, fully furnished and equipped. 320 gal diesel, 700 gal water, sleeps 8, full galley, 3 staterooms. $99,500. Call Kevin or Kathi 229-723-6352 or E-mail kctaylor@archbold.org Concept Boats Rentals and Sales Newest Boat Rentals on Abaco 23 & 27 boats, fully equipped Boutique & Convenience Store Timothy Roberts Conch Inn Resort Ph: 242-367-5570 Fax: 242-367-5569 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 1-242-359-3207 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEDouble bed, sofa, end table, coffee table. Will take $650 for all. Call for separate pricing. Call 367-4616 Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@oii.netWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts ou to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, CALL/FAX 365-8749 Bottle Water quality water from your own faucet for less than35 per gallon No more bottles to carry No more 5 gallon bottles to refill Reverse Osmosis w/UV Light Systemsfrom$995 (installed)scent with food, and they begin to trust me. Some dogs have taken her as long as seven or eight months to gain their trust, but she is persistent because she cares. She worms and feeds and spays or neuters all the dogs she takes under her wing and attempts to find good homes for all of them. So many people have taken dogs in, but we still have dogs on Dog LadyFrom Page 18 the street that need homes. Joy Stratton, Pauline Sawyer, Billy Roberts and Lisa Roberts in particular have given a home to many, many dogs. Linda herself owns ten dogs and cannot adopt any more. Please, if anyone out there can give a home to a potcake, give me a call, she says. Linda Giovino can be reached at 367-2414 and will be more than glad to help match anyone up with a worthy dog. CongratulationstoDanny and Tammy Sawyer proud parents of Dakota Riley Sawyer Born Jun 11, 2002


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