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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 10, NUMBER 20, OCTOBER 15th, 2002 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #5050 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 7571 N.W. 78th St. Medley, FL 33166-7530 Forward and Address Correction Min. Alfred Gray Challenges FarmersS.C. Bootle High Selects PrefectsMinister Wants Bahamas to Be Self Sufficient in Food ProductionFire Destroys Four HousesA fire on October 5 burned four houses in Charlie Boo Yard, Marsh Harbour, leaving 10 people homeless. The Marsh Harbour Volunt eer Fire Department responded with three trucks. Lack of adequate access to the area kept the firemen from effectively fighting the fire. St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour celebrated Flag Month and Heroes Day with a special program. Shown above is the flag raising ceremonty. This was followed by a talk by Mr. Hugh Cottis on the significance of the flag and independence.St. Francis Celebrates School Heroes DaySchools on Abaco have been busy getting organized. Shown above are the prefects for S.C. Bootle High School chosen for their integrity and character. Set Clocks Back One Hour October 27thDaylight Savings Time ends 2 a.m. October 27th. Set your clocks back one hour either at bedtime on Saturday the 26th or on Sunday morning, October 27th. By Theresa Pinder On September 26th Mr. V. Alfred Gray, Min. of Agriculture and Fisheries and Local Government, challenged the farmers and fishermen of Abaco to accept the responsibility of providing sufficient food for their own country. On his first official visit to Abaco Minister Gray spent September 26th and 27th on a familiarization tour of farms, local government and fish house facilities on the island. Establishing an overview of what the island is producing as a whole in terms of food, production rate, quality, and crop type, Mr. Gray gained a better idea of the scope of what must be done to address this issue. Min. Gray feels that agriculture is the bedrock of a country; when addressing the farmers at the meeting held at the Anglican Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour, Minister Gray stated, We have a duty to feed our country. He went on to note that it is essential that the Bahamas learn to produce sufficient food at a reasonable price because it cannot afford to rely solely on other countries. He noted that if the United States closed itself to the Bahamas for a month, the entire country would suffer. To demonstrate how serious the government is about becoming self-sufficient in food production, Mr. Gray said that the government is prepared to facilitate the establishPlease see Min. Gray Page 2

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Page 2 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 t 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 At Harbour View Marina Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2278snappas@msn.com Open 11 am until. . 7 days a week Happy Hour Daily 5 7:30World Famous Grilled Food & CocktailsWild W ednesday Happy Hour 5 11 Major Credit Cards accepted Dock and Road Are New Landmarks Sweetings Tract The Mud Airport circle Forest Drive Abaco Wholesale Abaco Hardware Pigeon Peas Traffic light Post Office Crockett Drive S C Bootle Highway Old freight dock New freight dock Traffic light Standard Hardware This recent photograph shows much of Marsh Harbours developed area. A main feature on the right is the new freight dock under construction and the new road extending from the dock to S.C. Bootle Highway. Prominent landmarks are labeled.

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 3By Theresa Pinder The Hon. Glennys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, visited Abaco on Septmeber 25 as part of the Road Safety Month campaign. She visited several schools carrying the message of road safety. The Ministry of Transport and Avaiation along with Texaco Bahamas Limited are spearheading the campaign to promote road safety. An entourage of representatives from both groups and the Royal Bahamas Police Force toured several schools. They were joined by Ms. Belinda McIntosh of the Abaco Road Traffic Department and Mr. Gary Sawyer of Abaco Petroleum. The group first visited Forest Heights Academy. Ms. Hanna-Martin spoke to the students imploring them to take the appeal for road safety seriously. She acknowledged that reports of traffic fatalities usually have a minimal effect on the general populace, but that they do in fact affect us all. Every time someone dies on our streets....that someone is someone to all of us. The majority of those being affected by traffic fatalities are young people between the ages of 18 and 35, a group that is the most productive sector of our society. Mr. Algernon Cargill, Sales Manager for Texaco, opened this years promotion under the theme Road Safety: The Key to Our Future. Mr. Cargill introduced this years Youth Safety Spokesperson, Ms. Shantara Davis, and encouraged the students to compete next year to be Texacos Youth Safety Spokesperson. Ms. Davis delivered the message of road safety, urging the listeners to give the utmost attention and care to the practice of road safety cautioning them to keep safety uppermost in their minds. Ms. Davis emphasized how speeding, drinking alcohol and driving without a seatbelt increase the risk factor. Since the beginning of this year, the Bahamas has experienced 34 traffic fatalities, many of which could have been prevented if the victims had acknowledged the safety rules surrounding these practices. The entourage made its next visit to Abaco Central High School where they were joined by Mr. Hezekiah Dean, the Superintendent for the Abaco District. The group spoke to a combined assemblage of students from Abaco Central High School and S.C. Bootle High School. After Ms. Daviss speech on maintaining a heightened sense of awareness, Min. Hanna-Martin was emphatic that our youth be educated about the importance of road safety and stressed that life should not be cut short on the streets. In a developing nation, we cannot afford to lose lives. She encouraged the students to pass the message of road safety on to others. In a final message to her listeners, Mrs.Minister Promotes Road SafetyMs. Glennys HannaMartin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, is shown carrying the message of road safety to the students at Forest Heights Academy last month. She arrived with a delegation from the Ministry of Transport, Road Traffic Department and Texaco Bahamas. On the left is Mr. Algernon Cargill, Texaco Sales Manager. (Photo by Tim Aylen/ copyright Vision Media) Anco LandsTel:(242) 324-1476 Fax: (242) 324-2902Email: info@ancolands.com Website: www .ancolands.com Schooner Bay Schooner Bay Schooner Bay Schooner Bay Schooner Bay Great Abacos Fabulous S outh Eastern CoastlineLand for Sale $1,400,000400,000 sq. ft. 9 Acres 200 ft. B each Frontage 2000 ft. Depth 2 Tracts Available Magnificent P anoramic V iews 60 Elevations Stunning Shorelines Ocean Beach 26 Miles South of Marsh Harbour From Airport Roundabout Hanna-Martin urged the students to consider their future and consequently the future of our country. Dont die uselessly, or needlessly. The group ended their campaign with a visit to Treasure Cay Primary School before returning to New Providence.

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Page 4 The Abaconian October 15th, 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 Per-PerPer-PerPerfumefume fumefume fume OmegaOmega OmegaOmega Omega WW WW W aa aa a tchestches tchestches tches LladrLladr LladrLladr Lladr oo oo o Figu-FiguFigu-FiguFigurr rr r inesines inesines ines JeJe JeJe Je ww ww w ellrellr ellrellr ellr yy yy y www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 1 1:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICEICE ICEICE ICE RENTRENT RENTRENT RENT ALAL ALAL AL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKESBy Anita Rolle The Minister of Housing and National Insurance, the Hon. Shane Gibson, on a recent visit to Abaco, visited with the staff of the National Insurance Board. He encouraged more people to make their contributions to National Insurance. Self-employed residents are being encouraged to pay their overdue National Insurance contributions. Affected persons can work out schedules with the National Insurance Board and pay in installments, because the more payments made the more benefits they will receive. Residents of Sandy Point expressed the need for an office in that area. However, Min. Gibson assured them that for the time being a National Insurance officer will visit there more frequently to collect payments. Min. Gibson said that his Ministry is in the process of reviewing the policies and the Act governing National Insurance to see ifMinister Urges Support of National Insurancethey can be amended and modernized to be more consistent with todays world. He assured the staff of National Insurance that some of their concerns, for example more office space, are being addressed. There are still plans to build a government administrative complex in Marsh Harbour and also in Coopers Town. The drawings have been completed for Marsh Harbour. The next step is preparing tender documents. He was accompanied by Mr. Lennox McCartney, Managing Director of the National Insurance Board, who assured the staff that personnel at the NIB head office are committed to ensuring that there are adequate resources for them to work productively and pledging sufficient computerization of the local office. Mr. Gibson took extensive tours of the facilities on Abaco, also meeting briefly with some of the islands Abacos local government officials. The Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing and National Insurance, and Mr. Lennox McCartney, Managing Director of the National Insurance Board, visited with officers from the National Insurance Office in Marsh Harbour last month. They along with other senior officers from the Ministry, representatives from the Department of Housing, the National Insurance Board and the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation, were on Abaco to discuss housing plans with community leaders and residents and to give them an opportunity to discuss matters related to National Insurance. Seated from left are Ms. Yvonne Wilmore; Ms. Lawrencine Knowles, National Insurance officer responsible for Family Islands; Minister Gibson; Mr. McCartney; Ms. Shelly Austin, Manager of National Insurance, Marsh Harbour. Standing from left are Ms. Adena Minus, Ms. Evelyn Smith, Ms. Olga Delany, Ms. Kayla Curry, Ms. Lorraine Thompson, Ms. Quency Oliver and Ms. Emma Dawkins. Credit Bahamas Information Service The Ministry of Works and Utilities has announced that a new plumbing permit in the construction industry will be required. The ministry held a workshop in Nassau to discuss the implementation of the new permit where the Hon. Bradley B. Roberts, Minster of Works and Utilities, explained the permit and how it will work. The most important aspect of this new initiative is that for all applicable plumbing work, an attached form must be signed by a licensed plumber (a journeyman or master plumber s applicable). This person responsible for full compliance with the plumbing code as well as any other relevant laws, codes and standards. This new tool is expected to bring about a much greater level of public welfare, safety, accountability and professionalism within this industry. The need for such a system of accountability has been recognized for many years, the ministry said. The electrical industry long ago put in place a similar system. Applications for electrical permits must be submitted to the Buildings Control Division of the ministry. Such applications are only be accepted if they are duly signed by a licensed electrical contractor at the applicable level. The objective of this new plumbing permit is to institute a similar requirement for the plumbing industry as the government is committed to the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors to The Bahamas. It is expected that shoddy workmanship and unhealthy or unsafe plumbing work will progressively become things of the past. It has taken more than two years to put the necessary pieces in place to arrive at this point, the ministry said. Proper implementation will now ensure that the benefits are realized. AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Monday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays atA New Plumbing Permit Will Be Required Subscribe to The Abaconian

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Page 6 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 Open Daily 365 Days a YearBreakfast 7 a.m. 11:30 a.m.Lunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.Dinner 6 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Diner Reservations RecommendedTel: 367-2158Located in the Abaco Beach Resort Anglers Restaurant presents international cuisine with an island flair in a casual waterfront setting. One of the most popular restaurants in the Abacos, Anglers serves breakfast, lunch & dinner every day of the year.You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and You will be delighted by the diverse and delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. delicious menu. Open 6 Days a Week Closed Sunday Mon Fri 6 am 8 pm Saturday 7 am 1:30 pm Call 367-5939 Memorial Plaza, Marsh HarbourMonthly Rate Still $59 Yoga & Aerobics Yoga for Pregnancy Private Yoga & fitness training by arrangement see Stephanie or Nikal Instructor-led classes Strength stations Free weights Additional Free Weight Equipment SC Bootle Highway 3 1/2 Miles outside Marsh HarbourJoin us for some of the best Bahamian Dishes you will find in Abaco at affordable prices.For Dinner Reservations Call Us Tel: 367-5331 or 367-5333 Look For Our Sign! Looking For A Looking For A Looking For A Looking For A Looking For A New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To DineThe Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy ParrotMonday Sunday Lunch 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Happy hour Weekdays 5:30 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy our Bahamian Breakfast! Saturday Morning 8 10 a.m. Sunday Breakfast 9 11 a.m.Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderA Extra Special Town MeetingAn unscheduled Town Meeting was requested by Mr. Rich Curry and held on August 28 in an effort to make known his complete plans for the Bone Fishing Camp/Restaurant and Bar being built on the seashore at the foot of the hill. Mr. Curry brought his blueprints and gave an update of his progress on the project so far. He made a statement outlining his intentions and accepted various questions from the audience. He stated that his purpose was to build, maintain and run a quality establishment that would extend and reflect the order and cleanliness of our quiet little community and assured the people of Cherokee that it would be an asset to the community not a hindrance.Our Newest CitizenBorn the 11th of September in Freeport, Grand Bahama, to Mrs. Lexandra Weatherford, a new son, who I am told will be named after his paternal grandfather, George. Congratulations to Hank and Lexandra. The happy couple already have two beautiful little girls, Jessica and Juliet.Update on Restoration WorkOne more session of roofing took place on the old schoolhouse during the last week in August, but there is still more work to do. Between the opening of crawfish season, crabbing when the rains came and now pigeon shooting, it is understandable that there never seems to be anyone available to do the work. However, we will not be discouraged because sooner or later it will get done.Crawfish Season OpensSome are saying this is the best crawfish season they have ever experienced, and it didnt come a minute too soon. For the last few years more and more of our fishermen have given up fishing in search of another trade. They say that the take was getting leaner every year and that they felt the crawfish were being over fished, especially with so many new boats and more sophisticated equipment these days. Who knows what caused the turn-around this year, but for some, it couldnt have come at a better time after 9/11 caused a major slow down in our tourism.An Unfortunate AccidentOn the way home from school on September 18th Ms. Lowe and Ms. Sutherland, our two teachers, had a rear-end collision in the pine yards on the Cherokee Road. Both vehicles were extensively damaged. Ms. Sutherland received a concussion and a bad gash in her kneecap and will be out on sick leave till she is mobile again. Ms. Lowe, although quite shaken, did not receive any injuries and the children she was transporting in her van received only a few minor bruises. Both drivers said they were just thankful that the accident was not any worse and that none of the children was seriously hurt.Pigeon Season is Here AgainThe big light doughs and stew are already prepared, but there are no pigeons for the pot. Just as we hear that the crawfish are everywhere, they say the pigeons are nowhere to be found. Possibly it is due to the drought not providing the necessary food for the young and they flew further south to lay their eggs. As usual some of our men went to Andros to shoot. Lets hope they have better luck than our local boys did. South Abaco News Sea SprSea Spr Sea SprSea Spr Sea Spr aa aa a y Ry R y Ry R y R esoresor esoresor esor tt tt tHopetown, Elbow Cay, AbacoVillas Restaurant Marina Now Offering Discounted RatesAugust 2002 through April 2003 Boats up to 50 $325 monthly Metered water & electricityTexaco Star Port Fresh Water Pool BakeryBoat House RestaurantCome by and see us We have friendly staff waiting to serve youOpen 8-5 daily VHF ch. 16 Ph: (242) 366-0065 e-mail: seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.com Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue BenefitThe Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue were given a $5000 donation from Niels Berger, President of Tankship Transport, a business in Hope Town. Niels competed in the Great Abaco Triathlon and raised $6000 for charity in a fun wager with his co-workers that he would finish. He trained for six months and came in first place in his division. He is shown giving a check to members of the fire department.

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 7 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 CLINIQUE MAKE-UP P.O. Box 20084, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas(next to Mangoes Restaurant on the Harbour)Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Abaco NewsAbaco People Are Showcased on TelevisionBy Anita Rolle Direct from the island of Abaco, the nation has been introduced to the informative weekly news magazine Abaco People A few months ago the first show hit the screen via ZNS TV-13 with much anticipation from the local community. Despite glitches in scheduling, we were not disappointed. The television show seeks to highlight local happenings in the news and around the communities of Abaco. It captures the true essence of the island through technology, creativity and professionalism. Created and produced locally, Abaco People is the brain-child of Mr. Silbert Mills, Vice President of the locally owned radio station, Radio Abaco. According to Mr. Mills, the inspiration to produce the show came about after he had acquired some costly television equipment for which he had to retain persons to train him to use. This, however, became too costly. Mr. Mills later worked with Mr. Randy Curry of Green Turtle Cay and was impressed with his skills and expertise in that area. After much discussion the two decided to pool their resources. The end product is a dynamic, provocative news magazine which successfully captures the people, sights and sounds of Abaco at its very best. The program has incorporated animation into its setup, just another example of the ingenuity behind the scenes. Making its debut during a time when the economy of the Bahamas is not at its best, Abaco People can be considered a breathe of fresh air for those who hunger for new and exciting programing. Viewable throughout the Bahamas wherever ZNS TV-13 is available, the show gives the nation and visitors to our country a glance at Abaco and its happenings. Response has been exceptional. According to Mr. Mills, viewers have responded with resounding excitement as well as sponsors from around the community. Talks are already underway with regard to taking the show international. Cable Channel 12 has offered to air the show free of charge. As for the future of the Abaco People news magazine, the sky is the limit. Snappas Grill and Bar in Marsh Harbour had their grand opening on October 11. They offered live music, good food and drink and a great friendly spirit in a casual atmospere. The new business, owned by Bill Albury and Drayton Pilcher is proving to be a popular place to hang out. Shown above is Dr. Marc Binard and Ms. Angelique Rollins conversing. With convenient location close to the Public DockNOW OPEN SUNDAYS 9 am 3 pmLocated on Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, AbacoPhone (242) 367-7283 Fax: (242) 367-5767 Abaco Real Estate of the Abaco Bible College for winning the washing machine in our recent raffle. She then gave the washing machine to Camp Abaco. Mrs. Henson is shown with Price Right employees Shemsi Cartwright (l) and Nicole Evans (r).Shop Here & SaveCongratulations Linda Henson

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Page 8 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 The Editor Says Our Escalating Immigration ProblemAll About TownDavid RalphBy Isobel ShermanThe Need to Drive CarefullyResidents of Murphy Town, Great Cistern and Dundas Town now have problems when driving to Marsh Harbour. If they choose to drive Forest Drive to Crockett Drive, they must be very careful driving past M & R Groceries as there is a deep trench in the road that really should be filled in. It is impossible to drive over it at a reasonable speed. If one chooses to drive into Marsh Harbour on Front Street or Queen Elizabeth Drive, the construction at the dock has traffic going on a mud detour for a few feet which is wet and muddy. It would seem that a solution to this problem would be to fill in the trench properly across Crockett Drive. Hundreds of persons must travel to and from Marsh Harbour daily. Even though nothing can really be done by the dock construction, surely something can be done on Crockett Drive.Is the Second Year Easier?Last year I wrote several times about the experience of having a daughter in her first year of college and the problems encountered as well as the wonderful experiences. By the way, the wonderful experiences and the exposure to many new things far outweighed the problems. This year my daughter is in her second year. For her it has been far easier as she knows the ropes of many things at college and she knows to use the term the lay of the land. I marvel when she tells me of a new experience. For example, she went to a concert put on by the colleges symphony orchestra, her first time seeing a live orchestra and she enjoyed it immensely. The NBA team Miami Heat held a training camp at her college and for that she was so excited as she got autographs, pictures and got to see a practice game. These two things may seem unimportant to many people, but they are things she could not experience if she stayed here to go to college. As for me, I still miss her just as much as I did when she went last year and I have concluded that will not change. However, as much as I miss her when I hear her tell meLetters to the Letters to the Letters to the Letters to the Letters to the EditorEditor EditorEditor Editor Please see Letters Page 35 The 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: Theresa Pinder, Anita Rolle, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Margo Albury, Anna Cote, Banard Curry, Gopaul Hardeen, Linda Hensen, Jessica Higgs, Michelle Lowe, Stacy Lowe, Christine McCully, Ralph and Colette Moore, Lee Pinder, Leazona Richard Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Free 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 Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthly Forty years ago Abaco was a quiet island with little activity. Many residents lived a simple life by farming and fishing to satisfy family needs not much above subsistence standards. At that time the number of Haitian immigrants in the entire Bahamas was inconsequential, too small in number to worry about. They fit quietly into the Bahamian scene finding jobs at the bottom of the work force wherever they could. They were not demanding and housing was not a problem. They came from a country without sanitary facilities so a raw shelter sufficed. As employers, we overlooked their housing needs. That was their problem, not ours. However, after forty years of watching the immigrant communities expand with no letup in sight, we realize it is time to stop watching and find some practical solutions. Some Haitians came to Abaco in the 60s and found employment with the Owens-Illinois pulpwood operation. They made good money. By the time the pulpwood operation closed in the late 60s, the Abaco economy had begun to pick up and many of the Haitians found other employment, often menial yard work. We were quiet participants in this evolution and occasionally assisted with their minimal housing. Their ghettos were overlooked and tolerated since they were generally not in my backyard. Government was an equally quiet observer in this process. As Abaco has grown and expanded, so have the immigrant communities. The Haitians have generally congregated with their own people forming several distinct communities within our towns. Each of the expanding immigrant communities is now encroaching on a growing Marsh Harbour. What was vacant generation land (Pigeon Peas) or marginal swamp land (why do you suppose it is called the Mud?) is now bordering upscale commercial and residential development. In Marsh Harbour the new access highway between the new freight dock and S.C. Bootle Highway displaced 10 12 families but they quietly accommodated progress. As the bulldozers approached, they took their houses apart and rebuilt them to the left and right of the new road. In the process some rebuilt a little better and bigger. Government was not prepared to outright evict them (the Mud is government land) so they turned a blind eye to the new houses. It solved the immediate problem of how to build the road without causing a social commotion. Pigeon Peas, the Mud and the other Haitian communities continue to expand rapidly. New houses go up every month. Free land, new accommodations and sympathetic friends and family attract more immigrants. Abaco offers everything a poor refugee immigrant requires, friends and family for support, readily available jobs offering relatively high entry level wages and a tolerant government. The relevant government authorities have not had the manpower, the finances or the motivation to curtail this expansion. For years government has verbally been wanting to find a solution to the problem. As far back as the early 70s politicians have pointed out the problems we were going to experience in the future by allowing rampant immigration. However, not much has been done except talk. A method or scheme must be found to stop new houses and limit additional growth. As the problem gets larger, it becomes more difficult to solve. Several attempts in the past ten years were put forward to stop or limit this expansion. In the long run all failed. Like Mother Natures ocean tides, this human tide keeps lapping at our shores. Overtures to central government for help were rebuffed with simple logic. Since it was sanctioned locally, it must be solved locally. Local effort met with long term failure as there is no local authority to deal with a problem of this magnitude. Since Nassau has not figured how to solve this problem on New Providence, they should not be expected to have a magic solution for us. These people have lived here for many years. For many it is the only home they have known. Solutions must deal with accommodating them. It will take a concerted effort by a coalition of central and local government agencies combined with civic, church and representatives of the affected communities to find solutions. Some thought that the new Central Pines Estates subdivision might offer an outlet for legal residents looking to improve their standard of living. To date the response for these lots has not met expectations from either Bahamians or from qualified Haitians. There was talk of a new low cost subdivision with small lots costing less than $1000. This might be welcomed by some Bahamians and those immigrants with status and able to purchase land. There has been no mention of this plan for over a year. However, there are many objections to this course of action which could produce additional problems. The population of the two immigrant communities in Marsh Harbour is unknown. During the 2000 census there were approximately 1500 legal persons counted with NO illegal persons found or documented. It is probably safe to assume that there are double or triple that number actually living there without legal status. The Chief Councillor for the Central Abaco District, Mike Malone, recently initiated plans to form a working group to make recommendations and find ways to stop additional illegal growth or to redirect this growth along acceptable community standards. This is a good beginning and the effort must be sustained with community and government support. A massive eviction exercise is not the answer. Where do 3000 or more people go? It is within the collective power and authority of local and central government to devise plans to stop these communities from sprouting more houses. That in itself would be an impressive first step. We have touched on the Marsh Harbour problem but Treasure Cay with its Sand Banks and farm communities must also be considered. Hope Towns problem is not squatters on public land as there is no public land of consequence but with the myriad of shacks on the undesirable portions of Bahamian and foreign-owned land. As more land is developed, those undesirable locations become neighbors to the upscale lots. It sounds as if all responsibility to solve this growing problem lies with Bahamian authorities not so. Those who come here, who live here, who work here, whose children grow up here have a responsibility to accommodate themselves to our culture and laws, to learn our language and to rise to our living standards. This is quietly acknowledged in the education field as the immigrant children attend school and move on to colleges and universities abroad. It is imperative that solutions work toward integrating these people into our society and not further stigmatize them in isolated camps. We look forward to Councils initiative in tackling this problem. Please see Sherman Page 17Hold on to Your DreamsTo the Editor, In the last three months I have had occasion to speak with several young people whom I have known since they were little children and who have now begun college. I am always very encouraged when I hear young people express a desire to do something with their lives and more so when they actually do that thing. When I was a very young boy as I worked my way through school, the option of attending college was never known to me. For one thing, there is no way my father would have been able to afford it. Even if finance wouldnt have been an obstacle, college was never discussed in any circle of friends I had or by any of my teachers for that matter. Perhaps they were all of the opinion that I would have been wasting my time. Who knows? My point is this. There are people who, from the day they were born, were assured of a higher education and thus a higher possibility of doing something meaningful with their life or at least something they enjoy doing. Then there are those who had to fight tooth and nail to get to and through college and thus improve their chances in life. And then there are those individuals who had ambition and even some talent but because the right influences or opportunities never came along, they simply lived life in whatever form it manifested itself. There is no shame in not being somebody, but it is a real

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October 15th, 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 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 By the pool on New Plymouth HarbourThe Other Shore ClubGreen Turtle Cay, Abaco242-365-4226 www.othershoreclub.com VHF Channel 16 LettersFrom Page 8Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Please see Letters Page 35 shame when those of us who dreamed of something bigger never got the opportunity to realise those dreams. So my advice to all of those young people whom I have come into contact with is that they should never stop dreaming. And if there is a dream, for Gods sake, do whatever it takes to reach that goal? And do it now while you are young and strong and idealistic. Time can be a brutal enemy. Sincerely, William (Billy) RobertsCrime Is on the IncreaseDear Sir, I hope you can find a little corner to fit me in. Thanking you in advance. Cancer, if left unchecked and unchallenged, will eventually completely ravage the human body and subsequently bring about certain death. Violent crime affects our lives in a very similar way. We used to think that violent crimes were confined to Nassau and Freeport. Not so anymore. Welcome to the big leagues, Abaco! The destructive tentacles of violence are reaching out to us even here now. In fact, those tentacles were reaching out attempting to grip us some years ago. There are still murders that have taken place on Abaco within the last five years that are unsolved and thus unresolved. In fact, there really isnt much hope that they will ever be solved. As we have seen in the news headlines, nobody is immune to the effects of violent crime. Even our honourable cabinet ministers are not safe. Case in point, the murder of Mario Miller, the son of the honourable minister, Mr. Leslie Miller. There is one very distinct difference between the resulting actions of the police, however, when faced with carrying out an investigation into the murder of a high profile case as opposed to a nobody. Mr. Miller was assured of justice because of who he is. This is not Mr. Millers fault. It is just the way things are. That doesnt mean that we have to like it or accept it though. It is a shame that if we are a nobody, we will not receive the same respect from the law enforcement agencies of this country as we would if we possess a recognizable last name. There is one particular murder case in the past here on Abaco that I refer to. However, I will not get personal, as you will not be able to print my letter, Mr. Editor. Justice is for sale in this country? Justice is not blind in this country. If it is, it is only in one eye. Justice is the one thing that if it was feverishly pursued and then carried out with no bias, it would go one hell of a long way in making this country a better place. The greatest duty of any government is the security of its people. That includes security from internal as well as external threats. Violent crime is as real an internal threat as you can get. If it is continued to be dealt with in a non zealous manner, violent crime is going to suck the life out of this country. I hope Im not here to see it! The police must get with the program! I believe the vast majority of really important criminal cases in this country that are lost are lost due to the inability of our police force to carry out a professional and unbiased investigation. The days of relying on intimidation as a means of getting a confession from anybody are fast fading. Also the assurance that our police officers are not for sale and can conduct themselves in a professional manner is absolutely paramount in proving to the public that we can depend on justice being served. I have to tell you, as it stands right now, I dont have a heck of a lot of confidence in the justice system in this county. Not when it applies to the nobodies. Finally, the government must get with the program as well. Im not referring to the PLP or the FNM. I am merely saying that our government, whoever they may be, must put the war against crime right at the top of their agenda. A death penalty means absolutely nothing if we dont have the conviction to use it. On the other hand, it should not be the responsibility of law abiding citizens to provide the tax dollars to feed convicted violent offenders. If were not going to execute them, then let them somehow work for their own food. I hope to God change comes some day and soon! The decent hard working people in this country deserve no less. It is up to us to demand it. Change doesnt come about by simply replacing politicians with more politicians. Real change comes from THE PEOPLE demanding it. Im sick of having to remind us all of this fact. Things will change when we have finally had enough. Have we had enough yet? Obviously not. Sincerely, William (Billy) RobertsComments on the BGCSE ResultsDear Editor, It was with great interest that I read Mrs. Shermans article All About Town in the October 1st edition of The Abaconian I agree most heartily with her assessment of the examination results comparisons. That is why we at Forest Heights Academy state that if the subject is studied, then the student sits the examination as per the Ministry of Education statements. That means that all grade 9 students must sit the subjects they have studied and that are offered a BJC examination subjects. In grade 12 students are not given an option of selecting the BGCSE examinations but must sit for all the examinable subjects studied in their upper school career. Thereby, students at Forest Heights Academy take a minimum of six to a maximum of 11 subjects at the BGCSE level with the average being eight. I agree also that when students are only allowed to sit subjects in which they are guaranteed an A, B or C pass, it negates the validity of these exams. How can the Ministry of Education access a schools performance with such a fabricated set of results? How can parents and future employers truly assess a school leavers achievements if they have never been encouraged to stretch themselves to their full potential? These exams should indicated all school leavers full accomplishments after 12 years of schooling, not just a selective area. I disagree, however, with Mrs. Shermans statement that bright students can look after themselves. If they are to achieve at their best level, they require the same time and dedication from their teachers as any student. Just because a car is a Ferrari does not mean that it will always be fast. It needs tuning to maintain that peak performance. All of our students are constantly challenged to Be the very best they can be and to remember that the learning process never ceases. All of our students, regardless of their average grade, are encouraged to continue with higher education after high school. As stated in one of our earlier articles, From our large graduating class of 49 (one of the biggest on the island) close to 60 percent will be in a college or university by January 2003. I believe that an evening radio programme, conducted by the Ministry of Education, would be beneficial to the public. So many people, including the parents and future employers I spoke of earlier, could be enlightened in the grading system and the necessity of these final exams. I would like to finish by once again congratulating our graduating class of 2002 and

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Headed by Mrs. Lyn Major of Hope Town, the programme was able to relocate from the campus of St. Francis de Sales School on Don MacKay Boulevard to its own premises behind Solomons Abaco earlier this year. Children from several townships throughout Abaco attend this facility on a daily basis. They are given life lessons between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. by a team of qualified teachers. Donations of play equipment, books, art materials and cookware have been given to the school by caring individuals from the Bahamas and the United States. However, as the programmes children are mostly male, it is in need of male father-figures, role models who would be willing to give of their time for an hour or two during the course of a weekday to teach physical education, social skills, to give one-on-one attention to students and to teach them skills such as carpentry and electronics. The programme cannot yet afford to pay wages to anyone else but is requesting voluntary service. If you can help in this way, pastors, service club members, teachers, young adult males, boaters, second home owners, retirees, call Mrs. Major at 367-2505 days or 366-0101 evenings.Art Winners NamedBy Isobel Sherman Recently Island Biz Kids, part of the Every Child Counts Programme, sponsored an art contest for high school students and have now announced. the winners. Winning First Place was Abaco Central student Mario Sawyer of Grade 12, Second Place was Abaco Central High student Jamal Morley and Third Place was St. Francis student Kasif Burrows in Garde 12. Abaco Central captured three honourable mentions: Jerome Dean, Ashley Simms and Wayne Gaitor.Coopers Town PrimaryPTA Elects OfficersBy Anita Rolle On September 17 the parents of Coopers Town Primary School elected their PTA board for two years 2002-2004. They are President Theresa Simms, Vice President Quincy Bethel, Secretary Shantell Cox, Assistant Secretary Kendra Smith, Treasurer Wella Gardiner, Assistant Treasurer Arlene Cornish, Chaplain Felton Pritchard and Assistant Chaplain Jennifer Pritchard. Public Relations teams for specific communities have also been formed. They are for Coopers Town Merlene Huyler, Dorleen Poitier and Remington McIntosh, for Fire Road Gretchen McIntosh, Jeff Cooper and Aretha Huyler and for Blackwood Michelle Cornish, Vanessa Cornish and Esther Laing-Cornish President Theresa Simms is encouraging parents to work together with teachers for the betterment of their children. She said that parents need to become more involved in their childrens school lives and form relationships with their childrens teachers, noting that there is a backlog of uncollected reFour new teachers were added to the staff of S. C. Bootle High School for 2002. They are, left to right, Ms. Zoreen Hardeen, mathematics; Ms. Ruby Rolle, English; Mr. Enrique Brown, Spanish; and Ms. Florine Russell, science. Please see School Page 11 St. Francis de Sales has initiated a Student of the Month award. Fourteen students, Pre-K through grade 12, were presented with certificates for their good citizenship and academic commitment for the month of September. This will be an on-going activity to boost the morale and the efforts of the students. Pictured above are those honored for September. In the front row, left to right, are Pre-K Caitin Doyle, Grade 1 James Boyce, Kindergarten Oswald Parker and Grade 6 Duran Lowe. In the second row, left to right, are Grade 5 Oliceia Simon, Grade 4 Ashley Rolle, Grade 3 Alysia Boyce and Grade 8 Brittany Archer. In the third row, left to right, are Grade 7 Stephen Malone, Grade 9 Dana Albury, Grade 12 Dayneth Taylor, Grade 11 Viline Baptiste and Grade 10 Mathilde Dieujuste. Not pictured is Grade 2 Kadeem Gibbs.

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Page 12 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.com NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday St. Francis Observes World Teachers DayWhere would the world be without teachers? The students faculty and staff of St. Francis truly know the importance of teachers. On October 4 World Teachers Day was celebrated. Teachers were honored for the steadfast dedication and commitment to education. The teachers were honored at two assemblies hosted by the Primary and Senior school prefects who offered prayers, read poetry and serenaded the teachers. Superintendent of Police, Mr. Leland Russell, spoke to the Senior school on the importance of teachers and the role of students on achieving success. Mrs. Beverly Archer addressed the Primary school highlighting how the passion of teachers encourages students to succeed. Principal Josephine Giraud-Kumar and vice-principal Sharon Green presented gifts to the teachers. The administration and non-teaching staff hosted the teachers to a delicious meal. The students of St. Francis de Sales want to thank their teachers for their efforts in making learning an enjoyable experience.Author Visits Grade 12Novelist Cindy Ambrister of Murphy Town spoke to Grade 12 students about her novel Rendezvous in the Wilderness on September 19. The story is based on journals which she kept over many years. The students were interested and anticipate further visits.Forest Heights AcademyForest Heights Is Unbeatable!Stacy Lowe and Michelle Lowe 10th Grade Students The Forest Heights Academy baseball team took yet another victory against Long Bay High School on October 3rd after beating St. Francis the week before. Both games ended in 9-0 shutouts. The team went to the Marsh Harbour field determined to take charge and so they did with Power Pitcher Tristan Russell on board who served up 15 strike outs. Tristans ability to take down the team did not stop there. Tristan hit a GRAND SLAM which helped the already psyched team on their way. Tristan wasnt the only determined and outgoing player out on the field. Andrew Nottage, the backstop for the team, was out there catching Tristans powerful pitches. As Coach Geoffrey Victor said, I wouldnt even want to catch for Tristan! But the sportsmanship of this high school didnt stop there. At the Swim Meet held on September 27, Forest Heights blew the other teams out of the water. The scores were Forest Heights 188 St. Francis de Sales 28 Agape Christian 48 Long Bay 35 There were 15 first place winners. Every student that participated came back excited and energized winners. Hopefully, Forest Heights will keep their winning rampage going for on October 11 they are having another baseball competition against Agape Christian School. Good luck and congratulations to all!Democracy Rings ThroughBy Margo Albury and Jessica Higgs 10th Grade Students Websters Dictionary defines democracy as a government exercised either directly by the people or through elected representatives. This is the exact process at Forest Heights Academy. The Student Council at Forest Heights is a perfect example of a democracy in an educational environment. During the second week of school student nominations were held in each class to elect two representatives. Each nominee gave a speech to the class on why they should be the class representative. On September 26 the first Student Council meeting was held. The purpose of the meeting was to elect officers. They are President Destiny Cornish, Vice President Ovens Altidor, Secretary Brittany Benjamin and More School News SchoolFrom Page 11 Please see School Page 13 Texaco Bahamas made a contribution to S.C. Bootle High School for purchasing equipment for their baseball team during a recent visit to Abaco. Gary Sawyer of Abaco Petroleum, Ltd, third from left, presents school principal Leslie Rolle with a cheque as members of the Texaco team look on. Left to right are Algernon Cargill, Sales Manager; David Hall, General Manager; Mr. Sawyer; Mr. Rolle; Rhonda Lightbourne; and Gary Bethel. Photo by Tim Aylen/Copyright Vision Media Central Abaco Primary School has named their student leaders. Shown above are, front row, Alfredo Cornish, Head Boy and Shalna Blanc, Head Girl. 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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 13 More School NewsTreasurer LeeAndra Thompson Teacher Laura Davies is the advisor of the Student Council. When asked about her outlook on the Council, she responded by saying, Currently the only defined Council is an advisory group. The members have been asked to research what the Student Council stands for. However, the main purpose of the Student Council is to let the students voices be heard. Students from each class can talk to their class representatives about any problems affecting the student body. The students have been joined in the democratic process by their parents as the PTA held its first meeting on October 3. They, like the Student Council, voted on their executive committee. The results were President Ms. Maureen Koepp, Vice President Mr. Mike Malone, Secretary Ms. Valery Taylor, Treasurer Ms. Beth Sawyer, Parent Representatives Mr. Chris Smith, Ms. Marsha Lowe, Ms. Elaine Martinborough, Ms. Julia Sawyer and Ms. Dellarese Davis, Teacher Representatives Ms. Susan Parotti and Mr. Geoffrey Victor. The PTA has always been an asset to the school. Last year it provided the school with such things as a barbecue grill, trophies, sports uniforms, benches and 13 new computers. The PTA plans to continue with its ongoing commitment to quality education. Principal Mike Meeson summed up its importance when he said, Education is a triangle; parents, teachers and students, working as one entity.S.C. Bootle High SchoolTreasure Cay Ltd. Sponsors S.C. Bootle Awards CeremonyBy Gopaul Hardeen The month of October is significant not only for Columbus Day and the mid-term break at Sherlin C. Bootle High, it is also significant because it is a month that has a special day earmarked for celebrating the success of our students. This is the Awards Ceremony Day. This year we have chosen October 23 for this tradition and this time around it will be different. We will be awarding students trophies instead of just certificates, subject trophies, trophies for athletics, for the most improved in academics and attendance and good citizenship plaques. This has been made possible by the management of Treasure Cay Beach Hotel and Marina which has decided to once again contribute to the worthy cause of education in North Abaco. Please see School Page 14 SchoolFrom Page 12 Shantarra Davis, Texaco Bahamas National Youth Safety spokesperson, spoke to the students of Treasure Cay Primary on September 25 about safety on the roads. She accompanied the Hon. Glennys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport and Aviation, in touring schools on Abaco bringing the message of road safety. Photo by Tim Aylen/copyright Vision MediaTwo 11th grade students were thrilled to teach the 10th grade geography class. Shown above are Kaysiann Ambrister and Sasha Smith taking the class for their teacher, Mrs. Sabrina Russell. Their lesson for the day was on plate tectonics and the origin of the Bahama Islands. Will they choose to become teachers or geologists?

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Page 14 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. Florida KeysRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP THE SUV IN TOWN! GET RALLY CAR NOT RALLY CAR PRICES. All for the Low Starting Price of ON-THE-SPOT FINANCING Loaded with: 4-wheel DriveAir Conditioning Power SteeringPower Windows, Locks & Mirrors Dual AirbagsABS Braking System AM/FM/CD PlayerAlarm System Keyless EntryAlloy Wheels (optional) It will be an open air ceremony on the school grounds and will start at 7 p.m. This will give parents, guardians and special guests the opportunity to be there and participate in this annual celebration of educational success. Students must attend in order to receive their awards. Earlier this year Treasure Cay Ltd. purchased a quantity of electrical materials for our library and it is now installed making the library a well lit environment conducive to reading and research. They donated a new computer last term to boost the number available for students use in the Computer Lab. The staff and students of S. C. Bootle wish to thank Treasure Cay Hotel and Marina, particularly Mr. Jos Konsten, Director of Operations, Ms. Paula Morley and Mr. Everette Pinder. Indeed, we can see that Treasure Cay Ltd. is setting the pace for the rest of corporate Abaco here in the North. Many parents have come to grips with the reality that everything will not be provided by the Ministry of Education and they are now willing to assist in the educational process by making donations and other contributions. We would like to thank Mr. Zeldon Simmons who installed the air-conditioning unit in our library free of charge. Although this was done months ago, it was only with the installation of a new breaker box last week and some additional electrical work that this phase of remodeling the library was finally completed. The contribution of Mr. Glen Culmer is also noted who installed electric outlets in the library so that the multimedia center could be available for students use. We would like to thank Mr. Al Martin, a visitor from the US, who has presented a scholarship to a second recipient, Shanique Murray. Mr. Martin had previously presented a scholarship to Olanthia Russell and made a number of contributions to the school. We look forward to more contributions which will definitely be a catalyst to the education process.The Prefects Are NamedBy Banard Curry, Head Boy S.C. Bootle High School is proud to present the prefect body for the academic year 2002 2003. As the famous proverb says, In order to be a good leader, you must be able to follow. We, the Dynamic Dolphins, have been doing exactly that over the past five years. Now it is time to lead, and we are vowing to lead by example. The prefects were selected based on their academic performance, character and leadership qualities. Each promised to be good role models to the students and first-class ambassadors of S.C. Bootle High School. The prefects will ensure that the schools rules and policies are adhered to at all times, in addition to keeping their schools name in high esteem. As Head Boy of this school, I congratulate the prefects on the position they hold and encourage them to continue striving for excellence in everything they do. Remember our theme for this year is School-wide Dolphin Pride! The following students were selected as prefects for the academic year of 2002 2003. Head Boy: Banard Curry; Deputy Head Boy: Felix Cooper; Head Girl: Latanya Rolle; Deputy Head Girl: Tamara Burrows; Prefect Body: Deidre Curry, Anthoniece Edgecombe, Ronece Edgecombe, Jenny Joseph, Charlese McIntosh, Gordinia McIntosh, Ronnisha McIntosh, Brittany Murray, Shavanna Murray, Felicia Pritchard, Clarence Albury, Valentino Carey, Tarvanti McDonald, Anvar Russell and Frisco Wells.Two Budding Teachers?By Mrs. Leazona Richard Two eleventh grade students of S.C. Bootle High school were allowed to create and execute a lesson for the tenth grade Geography class. Kaysiann Ambrister and Sasha Smith begged the tenth grade Geography teacher, Mrs.Sabrina Russell, to be allowed to present a lesson on plate tectonics and the origin of the Bahama islands. This was something that they dreamt of doing from the previous year and were determined to be given the opportunity. They brought great enthusiasm and confidence in delivering the lesson, and their pupils were very receptive to their teaching style. The two young ladies reported afterward that they were exhausted after the first twenty minutes of teaching. As to whether or not they may become teachers, theyre not certain but they have shared with their classmates their greater respect and appreciation for what teachers do everyday without the thanks they deserve.Abaco Central High SchoolBy Isobel Sherman USSRNo, USSR does not stand for the United Soviet Socialist Republic. USSR stands for Uninterrupted Silent Sustained Reading which is a program where students read silently for an uninterrupted period of time. Over time it has been proven that this method aids the reading ability of the student to a great degree. Every Wednesday morning students at Abaco Central have USSR for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. The school acknowledges that many students have a serious problem with reading and comprehension. Principal Benjamin Stubbs instituted this programme last year as one attempt to address this problem.Students Helping StudentsJunita Francis and Brent Symonette, two grade 12 students at Abaco Central have undertaken a lunch time tutoring program for a few seventh graders helping these 7th graders to read. Every lunchtime Junita and Brent work with the students. This deed is fulfilling their community service hours needed to graduate. More School News SchoolFrom Page 13 Students of S.C. Bootle High School were donated 14 tennis rackets and a bucket of balls by Bobby Russell, who previously was the tennis pro at Abaco Beach Resort. Bobby, in the center of the photograph, is now coaching tennis in Orlando, Florida. The students of S.C. Bootle High are very enthusiastic about tennis and are forming a tennis club. Please see School Page 15

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Page 16 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Complete Grocery Line Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand NamesTreasure Cay Shopping Center Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 365-8350 Fax: (242) 365-8352 Open 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday thru SaturdayWe may be small but we carry it all!FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE WE CARRY TREASURE CAY mini-market mini-market www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com CHEROKEE AIRCharter Service Flights to all points in the Bahamas and FloridaP.O. Box AB-20485 Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamas 242-367-2089 242-367-2613 242-367-2530Call us for ratesBy Anita Rolle Miss Bahamas Universe, Nadia Rogers Albury, visited Abaco on October 1 along with Ms. Gaynell Rolle, Director of the Miss Bahamas Universe Pageant Organization. Ms. Rolle announced that the local Miss Abaco Bahamas Pageant will be held on February 1, 2003, and eligible contestants are now being sought for the pageant. Local pageant director, Mr. Don Cornish, said that in preparation for the local pageant persons of high quality are being sought. Family Island participation in the national pageant is being implemented as a means of corroborating a true Miss Bahamas, where all islands participate in the selection process. The young lady must exemplify beauty, character, must be community oriented and in a nutshell she must be someone who identifies with first class Bahamian women of today. Miss Albury expressed her gratitude to the organizers on Abaco for their hospitality, this being her first visit to the island. She encouraged young ladies who believe they fit the criteria to enter the competition as it is a unique opportunity to develop themselves in many areas. Deputy director of Miss Abaco Bahamas Pageant, Mrs. Jacqui Estavez, stated, We want to be guided by biblical principals as we help to develop future leaders of tomorrow. We want to encourage young ladies to sign up. You will be guided, well get you there. Deadline for applicants to apply is October 31. The local pageant will be held on February 1, 2003, and the national pageant to be held on March 9, 2003. The reigning queen and first runner-up in the Miss Abaco Bahamas Pageant will represent Abaco Island in the national pageant and the young ladies should be prepared to spend the two weeks prior to the national pageant on New Providence with the committee for training and readiness. Contestants are being invited from all over Abaco North, South, Central and the Cays as the committee seeks a broad cross section of ethnicity and culture irrespective of geographical location. She must be Bahamian between of 18-27, having permanently resided on Abaco for at least one year. Prizes are numerous. For further details persons may contact Winsome Ferguson at 357-6839; Nicola Ferguson at 367-5227 and Jacqui Estavez at 367-2370.Miss Bahamas Universe Visits AbacoMiss Bahamas Universe, Nadia Rogers Albury, came to Abaco on October 1 to announce the Miss Abaco Bahamas Pageant which will be held on February 1, 2003. She, along with pageant organizers from Nassau including Ms. Gaynell Rolle, Director of the Miss Bahamas Universe Pageant, held a press conference at Mackerals Restaurant in Dundas Town to promote the Abaco pageant, spelling out the rules. Ms. Albury is shown here with Don Cornish, local pageant director. By Anita Rolle Mrs. Carolyn Russell, a nurse at the Marsh Harbour government clinic, recentlyLocal Nurse Receives Awardreceived an award for Excellence in Nursing Care and Dedication to the Advancement of Nursing in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. At an awards ceremony held on Paradise Island, Nurse Russell was applauded for her contributions made to the profession. Nurse Russell has been a nurse for 22 years, having served as a midwife since 1993. She has practiced in New Providence, Freeport and has been on Abaco for thirteen years. She has also been stationed on a number of other Family Islands. She has been married to Rev. Keith Russell for sixteen years. The couple has three children. Mrs. Carolyn Russell

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 17 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 By Christine McCully Surfing activities on Abaco have been going on through the summer and fall. The Bahamas Amateur Surfing Association has held an all-girl surf clinic and a summer and fall contest series. The national qualifying series started on October 6 and will continue on November 17 and DecemberSurfing Attracts the Young Christian Wilhoyte of Hope Town is shown out enjoying surfing at Garbonzo Break at White Sound, one of the outstanding young surfers of Elbow Cay. Photo by Lori Kenyon. By Ralph and Colette Moore The inaugural meeting of the Treasure Cay Garden Club was held on September 30 with four people in attendance. From small beginnings. The following have shown interest in the Club so far: Michael and Elouise Lightbourne, Ralph and Colette Moore, Daryl Muratori, Nelrose Parker, Florence Sawyer, Linda Simmons and Stella Thompson A couple of areas of interest were discussed, the primary one being that of soil augmentation. Since Treasure Cay is essentially a sand bank, all gardens (vegetables, flowers, shrubs, trees, etc) will need to augment the soil with organic matter. The value of seaweed was recognized and since our beach has an abundance of this, we will look at ways to efficiently gather and distribute it to club members. Another topic was mulch. How can we take advantage of the many downed casuarinas and get them chipped for distribution? Obviously, we cant get that mighty gobbler of trees we had to clean up after Floyd. There was considerable discussion of native trees and shrubs for landscaping. Such trees as mahogany (madeira and mastic) lignum vitae and pigeon plum should do well in most of Treasure Cay. For example, there is a large mahogany in the parking lot in front of the Royal Bank office in Treasure Cay. Michael Lightbourne is quite an expert on native trees and shrubs. There was considerable interest in propagation from cuttings, a technique successfully used by Ralph and Colette Moore for a variety of plants. In future we plan to discuss vegetable and fruit growing. Our vegetable season is upon us! We will be holding monthly meetings. Anyone interested contact Ralph Moore at 365-8787.Treasure Cay Starts Garden ClubThe final results of the Summer Surf Series is as follows: Junior Mens 1st Blake Sands 2nd Andrew Wilhoyte 3rd Joshua Sands 4th Brandon Sands 12 and under Grommets 1st Ryan Sands 2nd Christian Wilhoyte 3rd Bradley Albury 4th Jake Albury15 with participants from Elbow Cay and Guana Cay. The events are organized by Christine McCully and Tim Albury. The Surfing Association chairman is Scott Patterson. The competitions were held at Garbanzo Beach near White Sound on Elbow Cay.The final results of the Fall Winter surf Series on October 6th. 1st Andrew Wilhoyte 2nd Ryan Sands 3rd Jacob Albury 4th Bradley Albury 5th Joshua Sands 6th Christian Wilhoyte 7th Andrew Nottage 8th Tyler Albury Open Short Board 1st Andrew Wilhoyte 2nd Blake Sands 3rd Curtis (Visitor) 4th Christine McCully 5th Joshua Sands 6th Charley Baldwin 7th Jeff Gale 8th Scott Patterson via instant messenger or on the phone what she is doing, I have to say that I am glad she has been able to take advantage of this opportunity to further her education. For readers who read this column, math seems not to be a major problem as it was last year. She is taking another math course but it seems to be a smoother road this year. Is it any easier? In some ways yes, but in other ways no. ShermanFrom Page 8

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Page 18 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 CONTACT THE OUT ISLAND SPECIALISTSCHRIS THOMPSON(chris@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216GREG ROBERTS(greg@hopetown.com) Fax: (242) 366-0223 ELBOW CAY HOMES ELBOW CAY HOMES POINT OF VIEWDramatic Atlantic Ocean front property w ith 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. Price: $2,179,000PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPremier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool.Price: $1,550,000ATLANTIC HORIZONSCustom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of Tilloo Cay and beyond. 3B/3B, spacious kitchen open to great room, large wrap around deck with pool, and private dock slip at Tahiti Beach.Price: $1,500,000 VILLA JUNKANOOCustom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turnkey 3B/3B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht.Price: $1,450,000SUNRISE BEACH HOUSELocated 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. Price: $755,000FANTASYGreat 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: $480,000 OTHER PROPERTIESSOLITUDE 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: $635,000DORROS COVEOcean view lot. Hillside overlooking the Atlantic.Lot 110 x 200. Partially cleared for building site. Great homesite. Underground electric & telephone. Price: $151,500MARNIES 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: $180,000LARGE OCEAN FRONT LOT110 x 259. Georgeous views! Private dock slip in Marnies Marina. Undergrund utilities (electic & phone) Price: $315,000NORTH END, ELBOW CAYLarge beach front lot with large swimming beach. Great building site Price: $353,000EAST VIEW Located on Lubbers Quarters Cay. Development faces the Sea of Abaco across from Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach. Beautiful sunrises. Each homesite comes with a dock slip at the private marina. Great investment opportunity. Starting at: $89,000By Anita Rolle Mrs. Karen Eckert, Executive Director of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Con-Sea Turtle Conservationist Visits Abacoservation Network, recently visited Abaco, spreading the word on the importance of the conservation of the species. Accompanied by Ms. Eleanor Phillips of the Department of Fisheries, she took the time to speak to students at St Francis de Sales School and Forest Height Academy. The conservation organization has promoted international co-operation for nearly two decades with coordinators in more than thirty Caribbean nations and territories. It has worked closely with a wide variety of persons within and outside government to develop scientifically sound programs manage sea turtle conservation. These persons can include scientists, conservationists, resource managers, resource users, policymakers, educators and others. Today many sea turtle populations are declining. Some of the largest breeding populations the world has ever known have vanished. The Caribbean region once supported populations of sea turtles that numbered in the millions. Seventeenth and eighteenth century mariner records documented flotillas of turtles so dense and so vast that net fishing was impossible. Even the movement of ships was curtailed. Their teeming numbers were a dominant force in the ecology of coral reefs and sea grass meadows and in the economies of man. Mrs. Karen Eckert, Executive Director of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, visited high schools to promote the conservation of turtles. She is shown here at St. Francis de Sales School. Mary Vivian Bethel, 78, of Hope Town passed away on September 30 in Hope Town. Her funeral was held at St. James Methodist Church. Rev. Carla Culmer, Rev. Derek Benjamin and Mr. Vernon Malone officiated. She is survived by her son Thomas Bethel; daughters Carolyn Sacher, Cheryl Higgs and Patrice Fairchild; grandchildren Donna Patterson, Raquel Sands, Christy Sacher and Nicholas Malone; great-grandchildren Ryan and Tonya Patterson; daughter-in-law Eleanor; sons-in-law Charles Sacher, Stanley Higgs and Ronald Fairchild; grandsons-inlaw Reginald Patterson and Tweedie Sands and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Louisane Louis 40 of Dundas Town, was held on October 5 at the Trumpet Assembly of God in Dundas Town. Rev. Carlton Dorsett officiated assisted by Pastor Exer Minme. Interment was the Dundas Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Rodney Louis; son Louben Louis; daughters Mauouch and Latoya Louis; mother Anita Louis; sisters Lorme, Eugene, Margaret, Daniella and Elita; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Mary Swain 91, of Murphy Town was held on October 5 at the New Bethany Gospel Chapel in Murphy Town. Pastor Livingston Williams officiated assisted by Elder Lucian Curry. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Murphy Town. She is survived by her daughter Sylvia Swain; adopted sons Rolston McKenzie and Theophilus Swain; sisters Edith Taylor and Angela Stuart; sister-in-law Lillis Wright; daughter-in-law Maggie McKenzie; grandchildren Geletha Archer, Christine Maingot, Michelle Davis, Adamae Deveaux, Hubert Russell, Ricardo Brown, Ricardo Rile, Alvin Strachan, Kenneth Bastian, Ray Pratt andKiwanis Club of Greater Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Touch of Class, Treasure Cay, 367-2536Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Mackerals Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-3457 Civic OrganizationsPilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort Gary Alexis; nieces Mytis Gibson, Maryann Sands, Brenda, Sylvia, Sharon and Lisa McNeil, Vivian, LaVann, Janeta and Joyce Rolle, Eutipi Monroe, Alma Knowles, Vernice and Anica Wright, Lucy Wright, Ismae Dawkins, Emmaline Butler, Ilma Curry, Leotha McDonald, Earsalena Hanna, Louise Cornish, Isetta Bartlett, Anamae Cornish, Anerva Davis and Inez Knowles; nephews John Wright, Elder Havort Wright, Craven McKenzie, Roland Douglas, Granville, Leslie, Luther and Larry McKenzie, William Milton, Salathiel and Rev. Roland Swain, Ramond and Harmen Davis, grandsons-in-law Maxwell Deveaux, Wayne Archer, Dave Maingot and Athlee Davis; granddaughters-in-law Sharon Bastian, Geraldine Pratt, Edith Brown, Rosea Alexis and Kayla Riley; great-grandchildren; greatgreat-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.ObituarObituar ObituarObituar Obituar ies of Fies of F ies of Fies of F ies of F amilamil amilamil amil y and Fy and F y and Fy and F y and F rr rr r iendsiends iendsiends iends Subscribe toThe AbaconianToday

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 19 Collins Ave., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2601/2 Fax: (242) 367-2731 Choice Meats Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Nabisco Murrays Duracell Bluebird Wise Quaker Del Monte Gatorade DISTRIBUTORS IN ABACO FOR Open 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday COMPLETE GROCERY LINE SOLOMONS SOLOMONS ABACO LTD A DIVISION OF ABACO MARKETS LTD. Shop Safe! Shop SmartShop Solomons! 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 AirCharter Service Between Abaco & The Entire Bahamas & FloridaWith Daily Scheduled Service to Nassau Scheduled Services To Freeport, Moores Island & North EleutheraPh: (242) 367-2266, Fax: (242) 367-3256, VHF 74 Come Fly Our Friendly Skies! The Rotary Club of Abaco recently presented three computers to Abaco Central High School. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal; Mrs. Beverly Rolle, Business Coordinator; Mr. Malcolm Spicer of Abacom who supplied the computers; and Mr. Barry Whiting, President of the Rotary Club. The high school has had much damage to their computers from vandalism.Rotary Club Donates Computers Club News The members of the Pilot Club visited Abaco Central Primary School on September 6 to present school supplies to the principal, Ms. Eunice Mills. The supplies were donated by club members, Lowes Pharmacy, Bellevue Business Depot and the Chemist Shoppe. Ms. Joyce Coleby, President of the Pilot Club extends gratitude to the businesses and members for their kind donation.Local Business Supports Scholarship FundThis is the second year that John Bull has contributed to the Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Fund. Pathfinders helps about 10 new students each year supporting them with partial scholarships for the length of their course of study. Shown above is Mr. Ray Ketay on the left accepting the check from Mr. Drayton Pilcher, Manager of John Bull, on the right.

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Page 20 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002We are pleased to present more students who are studying aborad, in Nassau, the United States and Canada. Abaco can be proud of this group of students who are preparing for their future with knowledge and skills they need to make their lives more productive and satisfying. They are showing determination to better themselves and we wish everyone success. Abaco can be proud of each one of them. We congratulate their parents and family members who are working hard and sacrificing to give them a chance to further their education. There may be more students away which we have not listed. We would appreciate family members or friends calling us at 367-3202 or 367-2677 with the information. Shaqueria Adderley is in her fourth year at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a full scholarship from the Prime Time Foundation. She will graduate in May 2003 with a Bachelors degree in pre-med and expects to continue with her schooling toward becoming a pediatrician. The Prime Time Foundation was set up by Mr. and Mrs. Yanover of Jupiter, Florida, and offers one scholarship to an Abaco student and one to an Eleuthera student annually for them to study at Louisiana State University. The recipients must maintain good grades to continue receiving the scholarship. Shaqueria was the first recipient on Abaco to receive this scholarship. Shaqueria was Head Girl at Abaco Central High School in 1999. She is the daughter of Patricia Kemp of Dundas Town and granddaughter of Ralph and Caroline Kemp. Louise Ashail is in her first year at Brevard Community College in Florida. She is studying to be a medical assistant. Louise is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Sawyer of Hope Town. She is a graduate of Abaco Central High School and was awarded a scholarship from the Abaco Pathfinders Foundation. Renee Archer is continuing her studies toward a doctorate in psychology. She is attending the Professional School of Psychology in Los Angeles, California Renee is the daughter of the late Capt. Garnet Archer and Mrs. Vyrona Archer of Marsh Harbour. She competes in swimming on a swimming team. Christina Basden is in her third year at College of The Bahamas studying biochemistry. Christina is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Basden of Marsh Harbour. She graduated from Abaco Central High school where she was on the honor roll. She is a natural science senator for the College of the Bahamas Union of Students. Addison Durrell Burrows is in his first year at Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida, where he is majoring in music. Addison is the son of Hudson and Claudine Burrows of Dundas Town and is a graduate of Abaco Central High School where is was the Deputy Head Boy. He received a music scholarship from the college. Kenrick Chu is in his first year at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. He is studying to become a computer systems analyst. Kenrick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chu of Marsh Harbour. He received an education foundation scholarship. Mario Chu is in his second year at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. He is studying mechanical engineering and technical design. Mario is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chu of Marsh Harbour. He graduated from Abaco Central High School. He received a scholarship from an education foundation. Lawrence Collie is in his third year and is now studying at the University of Phoenix, Arizona. He is doing very well in his biology courses. He received his high school training in England. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Collie of Long Bay. ONeil Cooper is in his first yeat at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in Nassau where he is studying welding and air conditioning. ONeil is the son of Yvette and Joe Cooper of Treasure Cay. He is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School. Brucely Cornish is continuing his studies at the College of The Bahamas. He is working toward a Bachelors degree in accounting while working at an offshore bank in Nassau.. Brucely graduated from S.C. Bootle in 1995 and is the son of Ruth and Leslie Cornish of Coopers Town. Tavia Cornish is in her first year at the College of The Bahamas studying primary education. Tavia is the daughter of Maggie Cornish of Dundas Town and is a graduate of Abaco Central High School. She was top student in the BGCSE exam in Office Procedures in 2001. Jonell Curry is in her first hear at New England Tech in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is studying computer technology. Jonell is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School and is the daughter of Birdie McIntosh and Jonathan Curry of Mount Hope. She earned a prefect award, a principals award and several other awards and certificates. Morgan Engle is in his first year at Tampa Technical Institute. He is enrolled in a twoyear program studying computer networking. Morgan is the son of Jane and Ron Engle of Hope Town and is a graduate of Forest Heights Academy. Samantha Gaitor is in her first year at Broward Community College studying to be a dental hygienist. She is in a three-year program. Samantha is the daughter of Harold and Carolyn Gaitor of Moores Island. She lived with Minalee and Charles Bodie in Murphy Town to attend school on the mainland. She graduated from Abaco Central High School and attended the Bahamas Vocational and Technical Institute in Nassau. She was awarded an Abaco Pathfinders scholarship. Please see Students Page 21Abaco HardwareStorm ShuttersHURRICHURRIC HURRICHURRIC HURRIC ANE SUPPLIES ANE SUPPLIES ANE SUPPLIES ANE SUPPLIES ANE SUPPLIES PlywoodToolsLumberNailsBatteriesLamps& OilHardwareCoolersStovesFlash lights Storm PanelsAccordian ShuttersPlywoodLumberRoofing Paper Roll Plastic Sheeting Roofing Shingles We Stay Open Until the Wind Gets HighDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour Mon. Fri. 7 4 Sat. 7 12 Phone 242-367-2170 Roll-down shutters by www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comCorner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250Students Are Studying Abroad Remember: Time Changes October 27

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 21Jessica Hall is in her second year at the University of California in Santa Cruz, California. She is studying psychology. Jessica is the daughter of Oswald Hall of Treasure Cay and Sue Bowers. She graduated from a high school in Fresno, California, where she was in the gifted student program and maintained a 3.8 GPA. Logan Hanna is enrolled in a Med-Evac program learning emergency medical techniques. He also works with the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Nassau. He is active in church work traveling to many of the Bahamian islands teaching abstinence. He is a graduate of Abaco Central High School and is the son of Anna-Maria Cote and David Cote. Calea Laroda is in her third year attending the College of The Bahamas. She is maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Calea is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School and is the daughter of Wendy and Clint Laroda of Treasure Cay. Nadia Major is in her second year at Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She is studying computer science and is an honor student. She will receive her Assoicates degree in December 2002. She plans to continue studying toward a Bachelors degree Nadia is the daughter of Ruth and Kenneth Major of Coopers Town and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School. She studied for one year at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. She received a Lyford Cay Foundation scholarship. Ronnette McIntosh is in her first year at Success Training College in Nassau. She is studying early childhood education. Ronnette is the daughter of Enid and Rev. John McIntosh of Wood Cay and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School where she was on the honor roll. Hooshmand Nightingale is in his last year of medical school at Michigan State Medical School in East Lansing, Michigan. He is interning at the New Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is married to Denise Ortiz, a medical technician. Hooshmand is the son of Alice Nightingale of Casuarina Point and Charles Nightingale of North Carolina. Bernadette Jean Noel is in her second year at the Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Florida. She is studying physical therapy. Bernadette is from Hope Town. She received an Abaco Pathfinders scholarship. Kristen Pearce is in her first year at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. She is involved in community service working at an orphanage. Kristen is the daughter of Theodore and Rhonda Pearce of Marsh Harbour. She is a graduate of Forest Heights Academy. Tiffany Roberts is in her third year at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. She is in a pre-med course. She was awarded a scholarship from the Lyford Cay Foundation in Nassau. Tiffany is the daughter of Bert and Martha Roberts of Green Turtle Cay and is a graduate of Forest Heights Academy. She is working part time in trauma-emergency medicine and is active in the Caribbean group and UNICEF. Charlyn Russell is in her second year of graduate school working toward a Masters degree in psychiatric nursing at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is a four year course. She received her bachelors degree in psychology and graduated magna cum laude. Charlyn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Russell of Treasure Cay and was a graduate of Forest Heights Academy. Janelle Russell is in her third year at Palm Beach Community College in West Palm Beach, Florida, studying nursing. She will complete work for her Associates degree, then go on for her bachelors degree. Janelle is the daughter of Terry Russell of Coopers Town. She is a graduated of the S.C. Bootle High School. She received an Edwin Pearlstine scholarship. She is a member of the Phi Theta Cappa Honor Society. Taryn Russell is in her second year at the University of Havana in Cuba where she is studying accounting. Taryn is the daughter of Whitfield Russell and Dorolyn Wilmore, both of Murphy Town. He is a graduate of Abaco Central High School. She is on a Cuban government scholarship Bianca Strachan is completing her work for a Bachelors degree which she expects to receive in December 2002. She is on the honor roll at the College of the Bahamas and is studying banking. She is working full time at Commonwealth Bank. Bianca is the daughter of Anthony and Valderine Adderley of Fire Road and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School. Chadwell Williams is in his fourth year at Florida International University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He expects to graduate in May 2003 with a bachelors degree in accounting. He maintains grades that keep him on the Deans list. StudentsFrom Page 20 Please see Students Page 25 Super Values & Summer Savings atSAWYERS MARKETLocated in Sawyers Building off Don MacKay Blvd.Tel: (242) 367-2044/5 Fax: (242) 367-2059 FULL LINE OF GROCERIES Frozen Meats in Family Packs Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Wide Convenient Isles Butcher for Custom Cuts Convenient ParkingOpen 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Sunday K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICEVICE VICEVICE VICE Automotive Accessories Full Automotive Service Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Tires and Tire Repairs Expert Mechanics Automobile Parts Oil Changes Batteries Crockett Drive & Don MacKay Blvd.Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2655 Percy Albury Owner/Manager 2360 sq. ft. building 15,000 sq. ft. lot 2 story with air conditioned offices upstairs and downstairs 4 phone lines 2 bathrooms downstairs, 1 bathroom and kitchenette upstairs 14 roll up door serving full 2 story warehouse area private water well close to downtown Marsh Harbour, off Don MacKay Blvd.Price on request. Call 367-2598FOR SALE More Students Abroad

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Page 22 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 REVERSE OSMOSISSEA WATER DESALINATORS MAKE DRINKING WATER FROM SEAWATER Advanced Water Engineering, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of water treatment equipment including our REVERSE OSMOSIS. We are re-introducing our equipment to the Bahamas. Residential and small boat sizes from 100 to 20,000 gallons per day. Pricing starts at $2,300.00 We also stock: pumps membranes filters test kits cistern liners poly tanks cat pumps cat parts fittingsADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INCIndian Harbour Beach, FL 32937 Tel: (321) 777-4909 Fax: (321) 773-8338e-mail: info@advancedwater.com DISTRIBUTORS WANTED CALL OR E-MAIL FOR PRICES J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMAS AA AA A AA AA A AA AA A Carbonless Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreMonday Friday 9 am 5 pmAbaco Print Shop www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comSomeone entered the yard at Ministry of Works on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour, cut the locks to the two storage vans and a storage container. The thieves stole a $950 saw, a $150 hammer drill, a $200 power drill and a 3.5 H.P. gasoline pump worth $1,500. Green Turtle Cay woman reported that someone entered her home, searched her bedroom and stole a bank deposit pouch containing $8000 in cash, four Bahamian passports and one American passport. A 23-year-old resident of Charlie Boo Yard was arrested while at the Marsh Harbour Police Station for disorderly conduct and obscene language. The accused was cautioned on suspicion of wounding someone. The manager of Man-O-War Hardware Store reported (August 31 or Sept 7) that someone broke in and removed a 1200 pound safe containing $2000 in cash and numerous personal effects including land papers, deed and records. A resident of Man-O-War Cay reported that someone broke into Edwins Boat Yard office and stole a safe which contained about $700 in cash and personal effects. A Murphy Town man reported that he saw a man break into the hood of a Buick at the Marsh Harbour freight dock. He discovered that the battery had been removed and the ignition switch damaged. A man was detained by a Citizens Against Crime employee and handed over to the Marsh Harbour Police. The battery was later recovered and the culprit was charged with stealing, receiving and trespassing. A Fox Town man reported on September 23 that he was assaulted with a bottle outside the Reflection Nightclub in Fox Town. He was treated at the government clinic for minor head injuries and was discharged. A resident of Marsh Harbour reported September 24 seeing a suspicious male loitering on the premises of Dove Plaza on Don MacKay Boulevard. The suspect, a former resident of Dundas Town, was arrested and charged with vagrancy. A Treasure Cay man was arrested September 24 outside of Best-For-Less Liquor Store, located on the S.C. Bootle Highway, for possession of drugs and the intent to supply. He was found with 22 packages of suspected marijuana and $286.50 in cash as proceeds from the sale of the drug. A Mount Hope juvenile was arrested September 26 and charged for being an uncontrollable child after a complaint was lodged by her mother. The minor was released back into the custody of her mother and is scheduled to attend court at a later date. A 29-year-old Grand Cay woman was raped September 28. A man she knew from McLeans Town, Grand Bahama, was arrested and charged with rape. Someone broke into Sawyers Soft Drinks in Marsh Harbour September 28 and stole $40. A Dundas Town woman reported September 28 that a fight erupted between her two sons with one being stabbed in the chest. The son responsible for the stabbing was taken into custody and later charged for grievous harm while the other was airlifted to Nassau for treatment. A Marsh Harbour man reported that someone entered his home through a window and took a $250 cell phone a $60 watch. A Marsh Harbour woman reported October 2 that someone stole four drums of diesel fuel from her sons residence in Dundas Town sometime between August 27th and September 1st. Her sons house was also broken into. A resident of Dundas Town reported October 2 that a man broke into his residence. A suspect was arrested. A fight erupted on the campus of S.C. Bootle High School between several students on October 3 and a number of arrests were made. The owner of The Reflection nightclub in Crown Haven reported October 3 that someone broke into his establishment and stole a number of alcoholic beverages. A suspect is being sought. A Crown Haven resident reported October 3 that her house was broken into and a satellite card valued at $400 was stolen. The police have a suspects name. A resident of Crown Haven reported that on October 4 someone entered her residence and stole a satellite receiver valued at $100 and a satellite authorization card valued at $250. A resident of Crown Haven reported October 4 that he was assaulted on the shoulder by a man known to him. A resident of The Mud reported October 5 that he had been assaulted in Pigeon Peas by three men with a baseball bat and a handgun then robbed of $150. A resident of Hard Bargain, Moores Island, reported that he was assaulted October 5 by an acquaintance, causing injury to his back and knee. October 6 a resident of Fox Town reported that someone entered her home on September 19th and stole a cellular phone valued at $275. A Marsh Harbour resident reported October 7 that his house appeared to have been broken into. A resident of Fox Town reported October 7 that her husband assaulted her. A forty-year old man of Crown Haven being held for stealing escaped October 7 from the police station. The prisoner is known under the alias Bebe. A resident of Marsh Harbour reported October 7 that someone entered her residence and stole her Suzuki motorcycle valued at $850. The motorbike was later recovered in the area of Memorial Plaza. Two residents of McLeans Town, Grand Bahama, were arrested October 8 near Carters Cay for the possession of nineteen undersized crawfish. The men were charged and released on bail. A resident of McLeans Town was arrested October 8in the area of the government dock in Crown Haven for drug possession, suspected marijuana. A Crown Haven resident was arrested October 8 for possession of dangerous drugs.Police Report As Reported to The Abaconian

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 23 PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODS NURSERNURSER NURSERNURSER NURSER YY YY Y Plants Gift Items Silk Flowers Baskets Pet Supplies Fish Garden Tools Fertilizers Soils MulchMON FRI 9 5 SAT 9 2 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour 100% USABLE SPACE HEAVY-DUTY RED-IRON FRAME FIRE-RESISTANT 20-YEAR MILL-BACKED WARRANTY MULTIPLE PANELS AND COLORS EASY BUILD-IT-YOURSELF CONSTRUCTION MANUFACTURERS SAVINGS MAINTENANCE FREE MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS CUSTOMIZED ACCENTS HEAVY WIND LOADS FAST DELIVERY FROM MANUFACTURING FACILITIES NATIONWIDE QUICK EASY DELIVERYBest Buy on Steel Buildings Best Buy on Steel Buildings Speed Quality ValueA B C561-955-8800A=100X180X16$42,660B=55X90X14$13,990C=40X60X14$8,690All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. Local building codes may cause prices to vary. Pricing FOB Factory. As Reported to The Abaconian September 25 A resident of Marsh Harbour was charged on two counts shop breaking, one at Central Abaco Primary School and one at Abaco Central High School. He was accused of stealing a number of computers and their components. He pleaded guilty for Central Abaco Primary and was convicted for Abaco Central High. He was fined $500. September 26 Three juveniles and one adult were charged for breaking and entering into the Batelco Office in Marsh Harbour. The trial was scheduled to take place on October 14 but will be rescheduled to a later date because of a holiday. September 30 A resident of Marsh Harbour plead guilty to possession of dangerous drugs. He was fined $1200. A resident of Spring City was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and drugs. He was convicted for the possession of drugs and ammunition, and was fined $1,500 for drug possession and $500 for possession of ammunition. A resident of The Mud was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to serve twelve months in Her Majestys Prison at Fox Hill, New Providence. A resident of Dundas Town was convicted of two counts of shop breaking and one of housebreaking on September 30. He was convicted of one count housebreaking and one shop breaking for which he is currently serving 20 months in Her Majestys Prison. A resident of Crown Haven was convicted of unlawful possession on a number of items. He was fined $150. A resident of Marsh Harbour was charged with vagrancy. He was fined $75. A resident of The Mud was convicted of three counts of housebreaking. He was sentenced to serve 14 months in Her Majestys Prison, New Providence. October 2nd A Marsh Harbour Resident was charged with damage by fire, for attempting to burn down a building. The matter has been adjourned to November 6th. Two residents of Marsh Harbour were charged with drug possession. One of residents was acquitted; the other pleaded guilty and was charged with two counts of drug possession. He was fined $500 for one count and $250 for the other. A resident of Spring City pleaded guilty to a charge of drug possession. He paid a $200 fine. Two residents of the Pigeon Peas were charged with drug possession. The matter has been adjourned to November 6th. October 3rd A Murphy Town resident pleaded guilty to a charge of housebreaking that took place in Murphy Town, and he was subsequently charged with another count of housebreaking. He has been sent to Sandilands Rehabilitation Center until October 31st to be evaluated as to whether he is fit to stand trial. The matter has been adjourned to October 31st. A resident of Marsh Harbour was accused of rape and burglary. However, the victim withdrew the matter. A Marsh Harbour resident was charged with drug possession, but the matter was discharged. October 7th A Marsh Harbour resident was charged with dangerous driving; police were forced to chase him through Marsh Harbour. He was convicted of the offence and fined $500. A resident of Sandy Point was charged with rape. The matter has been adjourned to November 20th for a preliminary inquiry. Three persons, residents of Marsh Harbour and The Mudd, were charged with conspiracy to commit forgery, possession of a forged document and uttering a forged document. Allegedly the three forged a letter to represent Abaco Gas Limited and attempted to use this document in New Providence. Arguments will put forth in Court on October 9th as to whether or not the Magistrates Court has jurisdiction to determine this matter. October 8th A Dundas Town resident was charged for driving a vehicle without undue care and attention, driving an unlicensed vehicle and driving without a valid certificate of inspection. She was fined $100. A resident of Murphy Town was charged with driving with undue care and attention, driving without a valid certificate of inspection and driving an unlicensed vehicle. He was fined $300. A resident of Marsh Harbour was charged with driving an unlicensed vehicle without a valid certificate of inspection. She was fined $50. Four residents of Marsh Harbour were accused of possessing dangerous drugs. A substance was found in the house where the four resided. After analysis, the substance was determined to be marijuana. Three of the accused were acquitted, and one was charged. He must now put up a defense so as not to be charged for possession of dangerous drugs.Marsh Harbour Magistrates Court Report Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MORECALL/FAX365-8749ORemail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP ISLAND PHARMACY Ricardo R. Miller R.Ph.BSC. PHARM. (HONOURS), HEAD PHARMACIST111 DOVE PLAZA, MARSH HARBOURPH/FAX: (242) 367-2544 CELL: (242) 554-8183 Free Testing for Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol Computerized Patient Medication Profiler Beauty, Supplies, Vitamins It Pays toAdvertise inThe Abaconian

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Page 24 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 MAN-O-WAR HARDWARE Interior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD #1 LUMBERPlain & Pressure Treated Pine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyFor Quotes or Information Call Walter Sweeting or Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-365-6011 Fax 365-6039 We monitor VHF Ch 69 Deliveries Arranged from Green Turtle Cay to Little HarbourAn Extensive Selection ofNon-CorrosiveHardwareBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel Bolts Stainless SteelHurricane ClipsBrass, Stainless & Monel Explore the Golden Reef and find a delightful array of resort-wear fashions, Abaco Gold jewelery and other fine gold jewelery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 By John Hedden There are so many problems facing agriculture in this country it is difficult to know where to begin. The blame usually goes to the Bahamian government, but the farmers must also take their share. Farmers are unwilling to work with others, expect the consumer to buy their product, produce poor quality, and look to the government for welfare and assistance. To survive in the modern world of globalisation, farmers must change their attitude. Before the problems facing agriculture in the Bahamas can begin to be sorted out, it is essential to establish dialogue between the players and parties involved in the agricultural sector. To this end producers, the Bahamas government, wholesalers, retailers, processors, and the Consumer must begin to communicate with each other. As information begins to move between the groups, an understanding of needs, obstacles and solutions will begin to form and develop. The access to reliable information is essential for all the components of the food chain to arrive at workable solutions. Producers themselves can begin by changing their mentality and becoming more devoted to producing a high quality product that is appealing to the consumer. To fortify this, a system of grades and standards must be put in place either voluntarily or by the government. Farmers must begin to plan production in order to supply product consistently to the marketplace. Wholesalers, retailers and the housewife are not happy with the present system of erratic deliveries by the farmer to the market. Farmers need to market their product at a reasonable price, and the wholesaler/retailer needs to put that product on the shelf within a reasonable profit range. There are several major obstacles facing the farming industry here over the next few years. The first is the worldwide recession, and the second is the fast approaching FTAA agreement. Both, however, give unique opportunities and challenges to the agro-industry in the Bahamas. These challenges will have to be met if farming is to survive. The biggest obstacle facing the farmer is the cost of labour. Agriculture is labour intensive, and when the cost of $4.25 per hour is compared with Central America and the Caribbean at $1.00 $4.00 / day the Bahamian farmer becomes immediately uncompetitive. Farms therefore have to increase labour productivity in order to begin to compete. Present production systems are uncompetitive at the global level. However, the government is presently protecting local production through high import tariffs and outright bans as the need arises. Under the FTAA these barriers to free trade will have to be removed to allow competition at the marketplace. The FTAA challenges the Bahamian farmer to become more efficient, innovative, productive and price competitive at the market place. Remember that free trade encourages the development of consumer driven marketing strategies rather than protected market structures. In other words, Quality, Price and Consistency of supply win the market. It may follow then that farmers need to examine their present production programmes and reorganise them to produce items that are not competing with imported products grown at less cost in Mexico and the Dominican Republic for example. Perhaps we need to look at niche markets and the higher value commodities such as processed, organic, spice and herbs, as well as indigenous items for the hospitality industry and the local taste. A world recession will limit the expenditure in foreign currency from the Bahamas, and the consumer will tend to buy more locally. Farmers can take advantage by producing high quality product for the local market at more competitive prices, thus ensuring a larger share of the market. To conclude: farmers must prepare for the FTAA, change their mentality from government dependence, become more efficient, deliver a product that the market wants, improve on quality, become consistent and finally, be willing to share and access information from all quarters of the agri-business sector. The farmer will not survive otherwise.ViewpointFarming Faces an Unsure Future Looking for Contributions toJunk-N-New Sale Junk-N-New Sale Junk-N-New Sale Junk-N-New Sale Junk-N-New SaleAcceptingFurniture Toys Clothes Jewelry Housewares Tools Unwanted ItemsNew Vision Ministryto Beautify Their Parking LotLeave your contributions atWestern Autothrough October 21Remember Sale October 25-26 at Western AutoBy Anita Rolle A workshop will be held for writers and those who desire help with writing at the Anglican Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour on October 31 and November 1, 2002. The sessions will be conducted by Bahamian author Cindy Ambrister. A special appeal is being made to students; however, anyone is invited to participate. Persons are invited to bring along their poetry, raps, songs, plays and stories to participate in the open sessions. Topics will include Journal Writing, the Writing Process and How to Get Published. A registration of $10 will be charged. Part of proceeds from the event will assist the Woman to Woman Network, an organization that has been established to help women in financial crisis. On completion of the workshop, participants will receive certificates of participation along with their increased wealth of knowledge. For further information and registration details please contact 367-3456.Writers Workshop Will Be Held

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 25 The Conch Inn Marina Deep water berths for vessels up to 120 ft. Marsh Harbours premier marina Full service with 80-slips Texaco fuel stationThe Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Hotel Hotel rooms with garden & harbour views Fresh water swimming pool The Bistro restaurant and bar Full service dive centerThe Conch Inn Hotel and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: moorings_conchinn@oii.net www.moorings.comCome and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. Were waiting to take your lines. Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and MarinaTides Pelican Harbor November 2002 ment of new commercial farming and fishing enterprises. It is willing to allow farmers to bring in the necessary equipment for large scale farming duty-free, whether it is seeds and fertilizers or heavy-duty equipment. The government is also prepared to assist the farmers in the problem of clearing lands for commercial farming, offering to clear fifty percent of the proposed farming area for free; the farmer is, of course, responsible for the other fifty percent. In addition, government is prepared to offer farmers guaranteed loans for up to eighty percent of the business venture cost; however, applicants must qualify for the other twenty percent. To anyone willing to establish processing plants on the island, government promises a loan up to the amount of $250,000. Min. Gray emphasized, however, that these guaranteed loans are addressed to someone who will try to make a difference to the Gross Domestic Product of our country, to the food production of our country. Fishermen took the opportunity to express concern over several issues, including poaching, the policy of the government concerning the ownership of fish habitats and the closing of season for grouper. To this last issue, Min. Gray stated that The Bahamas is the last country in the Western Hemisphere with an abundance of grouper, and therefore it must be protected. Min. GrayFrom Page 1 In return to Mr. Grays challenge, the fishermen and farmers of Abaco challenged the Minister of Agriculture to return to Abaco in a few weeks time so that they may present their ideas in greater detail in a forum-type session. Mr. Gray took time to briefly address local government officials and credit union representatives, advising them to pool their resources and establish good working relations. By Anita Rolle During a recent visit to Abaco by Mr. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government, Abaco farmers requested a meeting with the minister to further discuss their plight as farmers and possible solutions to some issues. Mr. Gray agreed on the terms that the group would organize themselves beforehand with a plan of topical issues, possible solutions and possible action. For this purpose the Abaco branch of the Bahamas Farmers Association recently held a planning meeting, anticipating a meeting with the minister later this month. Some issues brought up include land tenure, which the association feels is sorely lacking for the farmer; restrictive infrastructural inputs such as electricity, tariffs, lack of streamlined and effective education and training in farm development, the marketing process (or the lack there of). The association discussed labour as the cost of labour is one of the more severe restraints to agricultural development. Labour productivity is low resulting in high labour costs. Also discussed was crop insurance and the unreasonable terms being offered to farmers for access to capital. Crop insurers have been sought. A Caribbean firm was found which is willing to include the Bahamas. Further discussion will be held. The revitalizing of the producer/supplier cooperatives was suggested as farmers present at the meeting were encouraged to join together with the co-op movement to form a stronger credible force. Co-operative programs can have significant input towards all facets of agricultural development. It is the intention of the association that the meeting with Minister Gray should include the full array of the agricultural system, i.e. the wholesaler, retailer, consumer, producer and all that play a part in the process from beginning to end.Farmers Hold Planning MeetingDuring a recent visit of Mr. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculutre, Fisheries and Local Government, to Abaco, he toured farms and discussed problems with farmers and fishermen. He is shown above on the right talking with Mel Wells of Pepperpot Farm.

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Page 26 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002Area 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 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 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hue 366-3121Hotels 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 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 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 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 365-8500 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 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Abaco Marine ConstructionQuality Marine Construction242-366-0224 Fx 242-366-0434 email: docks@hopetown.comDocks Sea Walls Marinas DredgingAll stainless steel fastenersDesign Drafting Permitting Etc. C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety ariety ariety ariety ariety StorStor StorStor Stor e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink ss ss s Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons AbacoMore BeautificationThe entrance to Abaco Central has been beautified recently thanks to the Central Abaco District Council. Plants and trees have been planted at the outside by the entrance. In addition, a sign is being made to be placed outside at the entrance. College Fair Update Plans are in full swing for the first ever College Fair on Abaco sponsored by Abaco Central High School. The date is November 19, the venue is New Vision Ministries and the time is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over fifteen colleges have confirmed they will be coming and it is hoped that more will confirm in the next few weeks. Letters have been sent to all Abaco high schools inviting them to bring their grades 10-12. We encourage parents as well as students to attend. Any other resident thinking about attending college, please avail yourself of the fair.Road Safety CampaignOn September 25 a delegation headed by the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP and Minister of Transport and Aviation, visited Abaco to promote road safety. September is Road Safety Month and Texaco Bahamas Ltd. sponsored of the Road Traffic Departments safety campaign under the theme Road Safety, the Key to Our Future . The group visited Abaco Central High School where the students of that school and S.C. Bootle High School listened to her message. Min. Hanna-Martin told the students that the topic of road safety sounds boring but it is important. She told of the 16-year-old girl in Nassau who was killed recently in an automobile accident and the effect the accident had on the girls mother as the girl was her only child. She said deaths in road traffic accidents leave an impression on those left behind for the rest of their lives. Min. Hanna Martin stated that many injuries that happen as a result of road traffic accidents are permanent injuries to the head and spinal chord. Road traffic accidents leaves a long trail of blood in injuries. My message to young people is Life should not be shortened by unnecessary death in a motor vehicle. Dont look on road safety as being a boring corny subject. In conclusion Min. Hanna Martin told the students that alcohol impairs judgment and they should not drink and drive. Ms. Shantara Davis, Youth Road Safety spokesperson, said that young people must be more safety conscious. She cited the safety rules for walking the street and said the faster you drive the more likely you would be killed. Shantara stated that so far this year 34 persons have died due to traffic accidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians. Inspector Kenneth Strachan of the Royal Bahamas Police Force told students that they need a license to drive and that they need to be insured. He told students that if they drive a car and are not insured that their parents are liable if they get into an accident. He said their parents could lose their home if a settlement. He told of three pedestrian accidents for the year which involved students and all were fatal. He urged student to obey road traffic laws.Business Workshop Was HeldA two-day workshop for students in grades 11 and 12 taking Office Procedures and Commerce from Abaco Central, S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town and Forest Heights Academy in Marsh Harbour was held on October 1 and 2 at the Anglican Parish Hall in Marsh Harbour. Conducting the workshop was Mrs. Cheryl Bowe-Moss from the Business Education Testing and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Education. The topic of the workshop addressed writing the course work for the BGCSE Commerce Examination and the BGCSE Office Procedures Examination. Approximately 50 students attended the workshop, which was coordinated by Mrs. Beverly Rolle, Business Education Coordinator for Abaco Central High School.Grade 12 Students and Parents Attend MeetingMr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal of Abaco Central High School and grade 12 teachers held a meeting for all grade 12 students and their parents or guardians on October 1 to explain the BGCSE requirements in each subject along with course work, requirements for graduation and the newly implemented policy of community service. Each grade 12 student must now do 24 hours of community service and have this service properly documented before graduation. Community service has been required in Nassau and Grand Bahama now for several years but this is the first year it will be required at this schoolSportsMrs. Elva Davis, a teacher at Abaco Central High School, has started a Junior Boys and Girls Softball Programme at the school. Mrs. Davis says she will have as many teams as she has students. Practice will be at lunchtime with a two-hour open practice being held every Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. In addition, Mrs., Davis is starting track and field practice for junior school students. Practice will be on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. until 4:30. In other sport news Mr. Patrice Charles is getting Abaco Central students volleyball teams ready for the National Championships to be held at the end of October.Practice is held Monday through Friday at the school.Still a ShortageThere is still a severe shortage of chairs at Abaco Central. The large increase in enrollment this year with close to 150 new students has caused the problem. Many students are forced to stand or sit on counters in classes.My ApologyI apologize to Mrs. Sophia Miller, whom I inadvertently did not mention was a new teacher at Abaco Central High school this school year. Mrs. Miller is a mathematics teacher and comes from St. Georges High School in Freeport. She is a welcome addition to the high school as is her husband and children to the Abaco community. Welcome!Another Electrical ProblemOnce again Abaco Central has an electrical problem. It seems there is not adequate wiring for the demand in the administration building, the library and compute building and the original classroom block. Chief Councillor Mr. Mike Malone graciously came on the scene posthaste and called an electrician in to see what the problem was. The problem will require that the buildings will need to have the wiring upgraded. Until the work is done, not even a microwave can be turned on in the staff area of the administration building.Chicken Project Receives FundingThe cost of the new chicken coop and processing facility at Abaco Central is being funded in part by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. According to Mrs. Nadene Beneby, Senior Mistress, Ms. Brickell Pinder of Agriculture and Fisheries brought Ms. Hannah Carrington of the Organization to Abaco on an inspection trip last year. While waiting for their flight, Mrs. Beneby drove them to see Abaco Centrals chicken coop. Ms. Carrington suggested that a proposal be submitted for possible funding to extend the chicken production. Mrs. Pinder submitted a proposal and the organization approved a grant to build a larger chicken raising facility. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries paid to have the land cleared adjacent to the existing chicken coop. The Agricultural League of Nassau is paying for the labour to construct the new facility. Abaco Big Bird is donating baby chicks. The first batch will be housed in the present chicken coop. According to Ms. Ingrid Gray, Agricultural Science teacher, the first batch will be 500 chickens and in eight weeks time they will be ready to be slaughtered and sold. SchoolFrom Page 15

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 27 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 5 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip 10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:30 Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 30 minute trip :45 am 10:30 1:15 pm 3:305:30 Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:30 2:30 pm 4:45pm5:30 (min $40)Fare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $10 / $15 Children $5 / $8 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 .................3 66-2107 Junior Albury .............3 66-3058 Hope Town Maitland Lowe ...........3 66-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie .........4 77-5894 Orthnell Russell ..........3 65-0125 Alexander Rolle .........3 65-0120 Edward Rolle.............3 65-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer ..........3 65-4070 Jeff Survance .............3 65-4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........3 65-4261Visitors 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 Golden Grouper ..................$.............. 367-2301 Henrys Jerk Center...........$.............. 367-5959 Jamies Place .....................$.............. 367-2880 Jib Room.. ........................$$.............. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch).......... 367-2615 Mackerals ........................................... 367-5932 Mangoes ........................$$$.............. 367-2366 Mavis Country Kitchen.......$.............. 367-2002 Pops Place........................$....+..... 367-3796 Sapodilly ........................$$$.............. 367-3498 Sea Shells..........................$.............. 367-4460 Snack Shack......................$....+..... 367-4005 Snappas .............................$.............. 367-3278 Subway .............................................. 367-2798 Wallys............................$$$.............. 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 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge ..................... 366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed

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Page 28 The Abaconian October 15th, 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 $113,000 Marina View 1 bed / 1 bathbeginning at $78,000 2 bed / 1 bath $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 $157,300 Ocean Villa Subdivision 2 bed / 2 bath special garden location with pool view $260,000 2 bed / 2 bath with direct greenway access to ocean plus extra features $272,000 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 $425,000 Plus 14% closing 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 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 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 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 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 features. $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.netMember SOLD VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at $150,000 Canal Front beginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interior beginning at $25,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD Brand PartsHardware & Fastenersfor Homeowners and ContractorsPlumbing Supplies Water HeatersYour largest choice of economical Gas AppliancesAt the traffic light in Marsh Harbour Paints PROPERTY FOR SALE Developed property located in the Spring City Subdivision Lot #29 (approx. 75 x 125) Appraised Value $90,000 Partially developed property located in Murphy Town a portion of Lot #70 (a corner lot situate at the intersection of South Side Road and S.C. Bootle Highway, Southwardly of Muphy Town approx. 1 acre) Appraised value $30,000 Submit bids in writing to Royal Bank of Canada, Marsh Harbour Branch, P.O. Box AB 20417 to the attention of Ms. Joyce L. Coleby or Mrs. Sylvia Z. Poitier Dundas Town Committee 24 Sept 02 Committee members were concerned that $14,000 had been spent on Ocean View Park and asked for an accounting of monies spent. A sub-committee was appointed to visit the park with the island engineer, Mr. Schaeffer, to see if the work conforms to that requested. Tenders were reviewed and awarded for town maintenance of verges on the town streets, Crossing guards had been discussed by Council for the Abaco Central High School in Murphy Town and the Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town with requests for tenders. A paper was presented to the Dundas Town Committee members affirming that this was Dundas Towns responsibility and not Councils. The Dundas Town members to Council will present their case at the next Council meeting. A request will also be made to Council to transfer the money for the crossing guard to Dundas Town for their disbursement. The abandoned clinic was discussed with necessary repairs to make the building serviceable, windows, air conditioner, a railing and a better pathway for elderly. Members want it staffed one day each week with a doctor and one day with a nurse. Chairman Cay Mills stated the need for a truck to better serve the diverse needs of the community. Administrator Williams verified that many districts do have a vehicle at their disposal. Central Abaco District Council 30 Sept 02 The government clinic in Marsh Harbour is in need of repairs and a comprehensive list will be prepared for a walk-through on October 8 with those interested in bidding on the work. This will ensure all tenders relate to the same work, allowing comparisons and will assist in awarding the contract. A summary of the malfunctioning street lights gives approximately 60 in Murphy Town and 80 in Marsh Harbour. Dundas Town has not yet compiled a list of malfunctioning street lights. Requests to BEC for repairs have been made regularly for approximately five years. A request by the Business License and Real Property Tax Office for help in paying a temporary staff member was denied. It was felt that the budget was too tight and other departments with budget problems would seek similar help. Chief Councillor Mike Malone disclosed that the $267,000 landscaping contract for Central Abaco Primary School grounds makes no provision for maintenance after the job is finished. There is a one-year warranty on workmanship which would include fixing any faults with drainage or in the extensive sprinkler system. Mowing the grass and trimming the shrubs are not provided for. The contractor will maintain the grounds for $1200 per month. Councils budget did not provide for this expense. No decision was made and no provision is in the budget for this expense. Central Liquor Store appealed to Council to allow a liquor license to be transferred toLocal Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 30

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 29 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 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-2992 Fax: 242-367-4800 Email: coldbank@abacoinet.com www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Treasure Cay Canal Lots starting at $80,000 Man-O-War Cay 1/1 cottage in picturesque community, features extra sleeping loft, newly renovated interior, close to amenities. $140,500 Palm Ridge Private, quiet home on beach front acreage. Charming 2 bed, 1 bath very spacious patio and endless views, ample room for expansion on this property, short drive to Cherokee Sound. $455,000 Hope Town interior lot 10,000+ sq. ft. $65,000 Marsh Harbour 3/2 home in Cove Estates, landscaped, furnished, ready to move in. $233,000 Hope Town Lucayos, 10,000 sq. ft. lot with sea views. Private and quiet area. $99,000 Guana Cay 18,000 sq. ft. elevated lot with deeded dock slip on protected Boat Harbour. Sea views. $90,000 Marsh Harbour Two, 2/1 apartments for sale, 1/1 efficiency in the rear also, fairly new appliances, furnished, fenced yard. $228,000 Lubbers Quarters two interior lots starting at $44,500 Bahama Palm Shores various lots available. Call for more information. Guana Cay 1/2 acre ocean front parcel, cleared, electricity, deeded bay access. $168,000 Great Abaco Club deep water lots in gated community, great views and great investment. Regattas FOR RENT 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom regatta, tastefully furnished, harbour views. $1800 a month Marsh Harbour 3/2.5 home in Cove Estates, garage, self-contained apartment on first level, furnished. BRING OFFERS. Listed at $355,000 Sand Banks vacant property available in the Sand Banks area, various sizes. Call today. Starting at $47,900 Cabbage Point acreage available in 5-acre plots, with financing. 20% down, balance over 5 years. Call today for more details. Casuarina Point vacant lot available, approx. 10,000 sq. ft. $25,000 Marsh Harbour NEW LISTING BIG HOUSE. 3/2 home in Cove Estates, partially furnished, 2000+ sq. ft. of living space, 11,000+ sq. ft. lot. $185,000Marsh Harbour-#02342 acres of prime residential property. Runs 190+ft on the water, and features elevations that present lovely views of the Sea Of Abaco. Call for more info. Great Guana Cay-#0195-Magnificent beachfront property available. Runs 70' on the powder white beach by 250' deep. $240,000 Royal Harbour-#0233vacant harbourfront lot with boat slip already seawalled and has a dock. 18,000sq. ft, desired location $250,000 Marsh Harbour-#02324/2 home with carport, central A/C, and mostly furnished. Sits on large property in a growing commercial area, would be ideal location for a commercial venture. Call for details Cherokee Sound-#13593/1 home in picturesque town, private patio, mostly furnished, and is well kept. Close to conveniences. Call for more details! Abaco Agents Brent Cartwright Mailin Sands msands@abacoinet.com Beth Ruzicka Bill Johnston Chris Farrington 242-365-4695 (Green Turtle Cay office) Casuarina Point-#13923/1 canalfront home, sits on double lot, two docks, 391' of canal frontage. Many extras. JUST REDUCED Appraised at $350,000 Listed at $289,000September 15, 2002 More Fine Homes and PropertiesBy Linda Henson My first experience with Jerk was in Canada, of all places! Winnipeg has a large Jamaican population and some of the finest Jamaican eating places. After my first Roti, I was hooked on Jamaican cuisine. Recently, my husband and I went into one of our many Abaconian restaurants and ordered a meal. Since I had experienced fine Jerk chicken at the establishment previously, I asked the cook, When are you going to prepare Jerk chicken again? To my surprise she immediately referred me to a young man standing beside her. Hes the Jerk Man. Seeing my bewilderment, Henry, the Jerk Man, began sharing that he has a restaurant south of Abaco Hardware that serves Jerk daily. He was just visiting his friends when I began my inquiry. Even though we had food to take home, my Jamaican taste buds got the best of me. After my husband paid for our order, I talked him into stopping by Henrys Jamaican Food restaurant; I had to taste the Jerk Mans wares at the newly opened cafe. Since it was on our way home, there was no barrier to the temptation. Located in the same building as the Veterinary Clinic made it easily accessible. When we had trouble finding room to park our car, we knew that we had found a place with good food. What a pleasant atmosphere we encountered. Round tables were covered with brightly colored cloths printed in an island motif. Vases of bright flowers were on each table. Henry, the owner and cook, came out of the kitchen to greet us in a freshly laundered starched white apron saying that cleanliness was extremely important to him. My eye-appeal had been satisfied.The Jerk ManThe young man who greeted us was exceptionally pleasant and highly recommended all their dishes. He was a wonderful greeter since he thought the food was exceptional: You know how we all eat peas and rice, peas and rice; this is a new twist, Jamaican peas and rice. On the wall was a sign naming Jerk chicken, Jerk pork, brown stew chicken, curry dishes, Jamaican rice and various sides including vegetables and something new to me: Jamaican dumplings. I ordered the Jerk chicken and inquired about the dumplings. Henry looked out through his small kitchen window and said that if I werent in a hurry, hed make me some dumplings to add to my dinner. The dumplings were well worth the wait. I found them to be similar to American hush puppies but not made with corn meal. The Jerk was what I was looking for, melt-inyour-mouth chicken with all the Jerk flavor, but not too spicy. My husband particularly enjoyed the curry chicken. If the kitchen smells were any indication of the other entrees, I had made a find. The price was right for a dinner that was more than most of us should eat at one meal. If youre interested in a wonderful island experience, Henrys is an island delight.A Dining Experience Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 Fourth graders of St. Francis de Sales School were elated to welcome Mr. Silbert Mills into their classroom as he spoke to them about hurricanes. The class sat attentively as Mr. Mills explained some of the key attributes of hurricanes, how the storms develop, hurricane categories and wind speeds. The highly motivated group also received a crash course in tracking a hurricane. The lecture assistedthe students as they are working on individual class projects on the topic Hurricanes. Students Hear About Hurricanes Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 30 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Caribbean Constructors Ltd.Concrete Blocks 4"x 8"x 16" 6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16" Corner Blocks Regular Blocks Hydraulic Fittings & Hoses Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock ImportedStepping Stones in various patterns 18" x 18" 24" x 24" REGATTAS OF ABACO Ground floor 2 bedroom 2 bath, tile floors, central air, granite countertops, major appliances, covered patio, quality finishes, tennis court, pool and beach. Price $199,900. REGATTAS OF ABACO New, fully furnished 2 bedroom 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. PELICAN SHORES Large waterfront lot on the harbour 200 ft. x 255 ft., great views, ideal place to build a dock, partially landscaped with coconut palms, ready to be built upon. Call for information. PELICAN SHORES Elevated waterfront lot in very desirable residential area minutes from downtown Marsh Harbour, all utilities available, and 100 ft. on the sea. Asking $110,000. BAHAMA PALM SHORES Two residential lots 150 ft. from the beach, great sea views. Asking price $42,500.MARSH HARBOURLeslie A. Pinder Sharon E. PinderTel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 email: leslie.p@abacoinet.comELBOW CAY & HOPE TOWNKerry SullivanTel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 email: kerry@abacoinet.comBAHAMA PALM SHORES Two residential lots, with all utilities $25,000 each. EASTERN SHORES Waterfront sea to sea 34,902 sq. ft. There is a 85 ft. beach, good elevation, buildable on both sides. Last one available in area. Price $350,000 gross. THE CROSSING Seaside lot, 22,972 sq. ft. Great views. Call for information. DON MACKAY BOULEVARD Hilltop, 3 bed 2 bath furnished, central air, closed in patio, separate laundry room. $165.000. HIGH ROCK AREA Charming and well-kept 3 bed 2 bath 1,700 sq. ft. home on 124 ft. x 125 ft. 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 air, tropical landscaping and standby generator. Call for information. 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 information. FAST FOOD RESTAURANT situated in down town Marsh Harbour. Excellent location, reasonable business hours, great return on investment. Call for further information. GREAT ABACO CLUB 3 bedrooms, master spa bath and family bath. Concrete construction, fully furnished and equipped. Features vaulted ceiling, full-length covered terrace with secure deepwater dockage, finger and lie-along. Onsite maintenance, gated and private. Beach Club privileges, good rental record. Call for information. HOPE TOWN POINT Bellfree North End turnkey 1 bed, 1 bath cottage on 2/3 acres. Beautiful views of the Sea of Abaco. Plans for main house to be built on the point. Aluminum sea wall, private deep water dock with 50 amp. service. New 20 ft. Albury Bros. boat, 13 ft. Whaler and golf cart. $1,180,000. HOPE TOWN Oceanview 2,500 sq. ft. 4 bed, 3 bath beachfront home with 3/4 acres of land. Very private and fully landscaped. Fully furnished. $1,425,000. ELBOW CAY Dorros Cove- Summer Winds Cheerful three bed, two bath oceanfront house. Central A/C, pool, water maker, generator, close proximity to Tahiti Beach, two car garage. Fully furnished. $1,290,000. HOPE TOWN Club Soliel Hotel, restaurant, marina on 1.75 acres; 320 feet harbourfront. $2,990,000. ELBOW CAY White Sound Sand Dollar 3/3 custom built, sea to sea views, beachfront with pool. Turnkey. $1,450,000. ELBOW CAY Oasis Beautiful estate. 5.34 acres sea to sea, 3,000 sq.ft. home, fully furnished, private dock. $3,300,000. HOPE TOWN Horizons 4/4 beach house, fully furnished, excellent rental history. Beautiful view of the Atlantic. $650,000. HOPE TOWN Coconut Cottage Adorable 1,000 sq. ft., 2 bed 2 bath Colonial cottage with view of the Atlantic Ocean. Across the road from a beautiful beach and close to town. Tastefully decorated, fully furnished, detached garage. $415,000. ELBOW CAY North End Large building site with ocean view near sandy beach. $114,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Abaco Ocean Club, lot #65. 12,326 sq. ft. beautiful hillside building site. $55,000. TILLOO CAY Ocean front property in the Bight of Tilloo. Excellent elevation with sea to sea views. Rustic Cottage, access to power and dock. $138,000.00 TILLOO CAY Choice Property! 4 water front lots in protected bay south of Far Side. Superb elevation, sea to sea views, deep water with sandy bottom. Access to Tilloo beach. Starting at $125,000. Also interior lots from $75,000. MARSH HARBOUR LISTINGS www.damianos.comLUBBERS QUARTERSLaurie SchreinerTel: 242-366-3143 LUBBERS & TILLOOUnder Contract Under Contract Under Contract Under Contract Under Contract SOLDSOLD SOLDSOLD SOLD Under Contract Under Contract Under Contract Under Contract Under Contract ELBOW CAY & HOPE TOWN For the Best in Service and For the Best in Service and For the Best in Service and For the Best in Service and For the Best in Service and Local Knowledge Local Knowledge Local Knowledge Local Knowledge Local Knowledge We Offer Buyers Consultation Sessions Buyers Guarantee Service Packages 57 Years of ExperienceSimmons Place near the entrance to Royal Harbour in Marsh Harbour. The Licensing Authority had earlier refused to allow this transfer. The license was granted several years ago for a liquor store in a building at Boat Harbour but their lease was not renewed and the license has not been active. The appeal was denied as it was felt there were enough liquor outlets in the general area. A primary school janitress quit without notice and a replacement was quickly hired on a temporary 90-day basis. Dundas Town Council members were upset that they were not notified since the school is in their town. They felt they should have chosen the replacement. Administrator Williams asked for authorization for routine contract payment by Council or Town Committees as appropriate when checks are to be issued. Contractors on a monthly basis are frequently routinely paid although minimal or no work may have been done. He reminded Councillors that contract payments are not a gift but compensation for work performed. Chief Councillor Mike Malone stated that serious problems exist in the wiring at Abaco Central High School. Over the years wiring and appliances have been added without attention to keeping the load balanced. One of the three supply wires was discovered heavily overloaded and the other two wires were under-utilized. Four contractors have been asked to review the situation and submit tenders to rewire the school circuits as necessary. The High School needs quite a bit of upgrading. Four contractors have requested a work schedule so tenders can be submitted. A check was issued for $760 for labour to install a donated air conditioner to the Customs and Immigration section of the airport. Council members ratified this payment. The air conditioner unit was donated so Council only pays for the installation. The air conditioning ducts in the main terminal attic was found to be undersize and had to be replaced with larger ducting. Chief Councillor Malone announced that a Local Government seminar will be held November 14 and 15 for all Council members, Town Committee members and all statutory board members. Mr. Malone is working to have an area wide clean-up day on November 16. He is hoping to get donated trucks and labour to have each town get rid of cars, appliances and other bulky trash. Each town would be responsible for its individual area. Providing grant money to Junkanoo groups was discussed. Only two groups have registered with the Administrator and would be eligible. Councillor George Cornish felt if public money were provided, then the groups should perform publicly on Christmas and New Years Day, the two traditional Junkanoo days. The groups do perform throughout the year as paid performers at clubs and resorts. Permission was given to the Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club to put outdoor benches at the airport. Council members George Cornish and Cay Mills asked that the money Council had available for a school crossing warden at the Central Abaco Primary School be transferred to Dundas Town so they could hire a Dundas Town person. They presented their case that the Local Government Act made this a township responsibility. An eight-page letter prepared by one of their members was submitted documenting their case. It was decided to discuss this at the next Council meeting after members had time to consider the points raised in the letter. Deputy Chief Councillor Cubel Davis Jr. advised that Murphy Town was prepared to overlook the removal of bleachers and concession stand from the Central Abaco Park but would like financial assistance from Council for replacements. Individual Council members were assigned specific of Council responsibility in the community as follow: Airport Cubel Davis, Jr. and Eugene Dawkins Clinic George Cornish Freight dock Yvonne Albury Road safety Cay Mills and Chad Sawyer Schools Faron Newbold and Nicholas Albury Marsh Harb. Town Committee 1 Oct 2002 The status of the squatters houses off the Spring City road was discussed. The issueLocal Government at Work Local Govt.From Page 28 Please see Local Govt. Page 31

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 31 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. 135' 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 $670,000 1/2 acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, water front and Green Turtle Club. $60,000-$70,000 eachQuiet 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. $775,500Coco Bay: 1/3 acre, 75 x 185, about 3 min walk to beach. $59,000 2.1 acre inland tract 1.4 acre parcel with large trees and water view $340,000On Munjack Cay: 10 acres. Dock. 320 on Sea of Abaco. Good elevation $300,00 0 One-quarter acre on beach, 125 frontage $183,000Sales, Rentals and Property Management UNDER CONTRACT OFF THE MARKET UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT OFF THE MARKET OFF THE MARKET UNDER CONTRACT The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 8/15/02 "Son Burns" Treasure Cay 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished #AB 0072 $635,000."Sea View" Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 2 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths 1,400 sq.ft. Home Private well protected Boat slip Furnished # AB 0068 $575,000. Elbow Cay North End "Silver Butte" 2 bedroom 2 bath Home almost 1/2 Acre, 130' of Beach-front on beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach. Superb Breezes and Ocean Views Furnished # AB 0070 $988,235. Elbow Cay "Marnie's Creek" 1/2 acre hilside building sites, a private dock slip for each parcel fabulous Sea of Abaco views # AB5114 NEW LISTING from; $230,000. Elbow Cay White Sound Area 6.13 Fabulous Acres perfect for development or elegant estate # 3697 $1,820,000 Elbow Cay -"Tahiti North" 2.5 acre building site north of and adjoining Dorro's Cove 91' of Sea of Abaco frontage 1,200' depth # AB5065 NEW LISTING $1,500,000. 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. # AB 0025 $349,900. 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 -104' x 80' Building site # 3619 $86,000. 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 Coco Bay Beautiful 2.68 acre building site. seato-sea, between Coco Bay and the Ocean. Good elevations for spectacular views Dock. Fabulous beaches on sound and ocean. #AB 5067 $650,000. 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 Coco Bay Area 1 Acre 140' x 300' Ocean Beachfront Building Site super views. #AB 5113 $275,000. 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 $945,000Little Harbour "Down the Way" 3 bedroom 3 bath home -530' of harbour frontage over 3/4 Acre Solar Electric with generator back up Boat House/Workshop 2 Garages 2 1/2 private docks boat Lift Furnished # AB 0065 $1,494,000. 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 UNDER CONTRACT. Man-O-War Cay "Outrageous" 4 bedroom 31/2 bath home. Furnished, Beach Access, Ocean View, Semi-Private Dock. # 2899 $875,000.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 Pelican Shores "Pelican Point" 3 bedroom, 3 bath home A Marsh Harbour Landmark 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment on 2 Acresover 1,000' of water-frontage private dock with boat lift Fabulous Views of the Harbour & Sea of Abaco furnished #AB 0067 Price Upon Request.Marsh Harbour Cove Estates "Laura's Hideaway" Duplex 100' x 100' lot 2 2 bedroon, 1 bath apartments plus efficiency great location and rental income furnished # AB 0044 $228,000 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Spinnaker Reach" 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths 1,300 sq.ft. Private slips for 50' & 25' boats. AB 0069 $525,000. Sand Banks Creek 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.South Abaco Old Kerr's 24.69 acres 327 ft. magnificent sandy beach front. 1/2 hour from Marsh Harbour. Suitable for construction of cottages or small resort #AB 5104 $222,000.Tilloo Cay "Thompson Tract" 7 acres. sea-to-sea, good elevation for great Sea of Abaco and Ocean Views can be divided into 2 3.5 acre parcels #AB 5113 $965,000.Treasure Cay "Honey's Home" Windward Beach Road 3 bedroom, 3 bath 1,600 sq.ft. home 2/3 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock with Boat Lift Great Canal and Sea of Abaco Views. Furnished #AB 0066$765,000.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. "Dannie's Den" Sand Banks Creek + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. 2 bedroom, 2 bath home Private Dock #AB 0073 NEW LISTING $395,000.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.comJohn CashEstate Agent Treasure Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 e.mail: jic@oii.netRoscoe Thompson, IIISales Assistant Elbow Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 366-0665 e.mail: roscoe@hgchristie.com was first brought to the Committees attention on June 24. An eviction notice was given the squatters on August 16 by Administrator Hart with no noticeable response. Administrator Alexander Williams will contact Lands and Surveys for an official government response which can be taken to Court for a formal eviction notice. If this is not respected, then police action can be requested. Government land is being occupied without permission and structures have been erected without a building permit. A sub-committee will be formed to seek solutions to the Pigeon Peas and the Mud communities. A broad-based group is to be formed comprised of central and local government individuals, the Christian Council and a representative of the two affected areas. Recommendations would be sent to local and central government for further action. Committee members were disappointed to find that the empty teachers residence on Front Street in Marsh Harbour is now occupied by a staff member of the Superintendents office. The house has been empty for several years although Hurricane Floyd reconstruction people were temporarily housed there. Several community uses for the building were recently discussed including use by the police for additional policemen. The Committee Chairman had earlier asked for appropriate names for the new freight dock and only one name was suggested, Jenkins Roberts, a prominent Abaco boat builder. The Union Jack Dock was suggested as an appropriate ferry depot for the workmen commuting to Man-O-War and Hope Town. This was in response to seeking solutions for relieving congestion at the Crossing Beach ferry site. It was noted there is even less parking space at the Union Jack location. Cent. Abaco Licensing Board 3 Oct. 02 The meeting opened with senior members of the Police, Works and Environmental Health in attendance. Administrator Williams advised Board members that it is a statutory requirement that a representative of the Police, Works and Environmental Health attend each meeting to give advice and comment as appropriate on the license applications. Foreign persons applying for licenses must have permission from the Foreign Investment Board in Nassau. This is often referred to as the National Economic Council. Complaints are constantly received by various authorities about public drinking on and around the properties of Burns House and Central Liquor Store in Marsh Harbour. Investigation by the police disclosed that both establishments have a general liquor license which permits this conduct. However, patrons must not drink within 20 feet of the road. Board members were surprised as it was believed that both establishments had only wholesale licenses which does not permit opened bottles to be sold. A license transfer request by Henrys Jerk Center Restaurant in Marsh Harbour appeared to require permission from the Foreign Investment Board. The holder of the present license was asked to provide more information. Abaco Pizza was approved for the Kool Scoops building in Marsh Harbour pending a satisfactory health inspection when the facilities are completed. It was decided to defer a request for Approval in Principal for a five-star restaurant on an empty waterfront lot adjacent to the parking lot at Crossing Beach pending comments from residents in this residential area. Cent. Abaco Dist. Town Planning 7 Oct 02 Nine applications with an estimated value of $1,009,450 had been publicly posted for approval. This included seven of a residential nature, a real estate office and a warehouse in Spring City. Several applications lacked proof of either land ownership or lease arrangements or had not paid the required 10 percent of the total permit fee. The balance of 90 per cent is paid when picking up the permit. A two-story office on the waterfront was deferred pending an on-site inspection asLocal Government at Work Local Govt.From Page 30 Please see Local Govt. Page 32

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Page 32 The Abaconian October 15th, 2002 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATEBAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Cherokee Sound Cottage 2 bed 2 bath, modern, A/C, large screened porch. Day, wk, mo. Bonefish guide available. VISA/Master Card. 242-366-2111 or 305-664-9471 Cherokee Yellowwood 3 bed/2bath house. Available Nov. 1st. First & last month deposit and references required. Call 519-934-1842 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 one bedroom apt. fully funished, central A/C, q/ dryer. Call 367-3190 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS2100 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 Retail & Office Space Located in one of the most charming commercial buildings in Marsh Harbour. Busy up-scale retail area, constant foot traffic. Ground floor available. Call: 367-3262 ext. 201 Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight ResortFour Guest Units Liquor Store Open till 9 p.m. Phone 367-5995 Ask for Ernestine RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A TT TT TEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $195,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com 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 Victor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Sea Grape 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 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. PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALEElbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Guana Cay home with guest apartment. $185,000, net. www.caribpro.com or call 3655188 FOR SALE Marsh Harbour rental property with 3 houses on S.C. Bootle Highway just off Don MacKay Blvd. Houses have 2 bed / 2 bath, 2 bed / 1 bath and 1 bed / 1 bath. All have central A/C, gas stoves, washers and driers. Two houses are rented, one is owner occupied. Serious enquires only. Ph. 367-4111 Marsh Harbour Little Orchard, hillside lot, fantastic sea views. Serious enquires only. Call 367-3472 Marsh Harbour 2 br / 2 ba, A/C, 6 years old, 2 blocks from Mangoes. $115,000 net. Call 904829-5205 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 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 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENTthere were questions about sufficient space for the building when parking and set-backs were considered. Three residential applications with proper documents were approved. It was disclosed that a permit is not required for renovating an existing building if the scope of work is less than 75 per cent of the building and the exterior walls are not changed. Cent. Abaco District Council 8 Oct 02 A grant of $1,000 was approved for each of the two Junkanoo groups provided they agree to perform publicly on the two yearend holidays. These two groups are the Spring City Rockers and the Supreme Dancers. The list of the needed street signs for Dundas Town has still not been provided. Marsh Harbour and Murphy Town have submitted their lists. A comprehensive list is needed so a quotation can be obtained and compared to available funds. Councillor Cay Mills felt the signs should be painted by school students to provide employment and circulate the money in the community. Administrator Williams advised that government is attempting to standardize all street and traffic signs. Locally painted signs would not meet this criteria. The two pedestrian portals to the Abaco Central High School grounds still lack gates to secure the grounds. Quotations are being requested for aluminum and steel gates. It was felt that wooden gates would not last long. Councillors were given copies of the Nassau fee schedule for using public parks or other public facilities. The normal fee structure in Nassau is: $ 500 $1000 / day for charity events $1000 $1500 / day for fund raising $3000 $5000 / day for business events Government does not intend that its facilities be used for commercial purposes without some compensation for the maintenance and upkeep of the facilities, electricity, water, rest rooms, etc. It is intended that commercial ventures on public grounds make a substantial contribution to government for using the facilities. A Council member from each town was appointed to study their own parks and other public facilities and make recommendations to Council as to an appropriate fee schedule and use criteria. It was universally felt that the Nassau fee structure would not be appropriate here. A $50 $100 deposit is normally held by the Administrators office for use of public grounds to ensure the grounds are cleaned after the event. It is refunded once the grounds are found to be acceptable. Questions about paying for electricity for floodlights at various parks was discussed without an answer. Apparently Spring City has an outstanding electric bill of $6000 which increases annually for the basketball court. Similar situations exist around the country for lighting at public grounds. Government is aware of this problem and is looking into it. A vote by Council members to impose a moratorium on new liquor licenses was defeated. It was felt that each application should be judged on its individual merits. Tenders were opened with a bid rejected of $1400 per month to maintain the Marsh Harbour government clinic The existing man will be asked to continue at his present rate of $800 per month. Extensive discussion centered around the garbage dump contract. Bids included one at $67,500, two at $62,000 and three at $60,000 per year. The job entails keeping a man at the dump to manage the site, keeping the facility open 11 hours a day in the summer and 10 hours a day during the winter, including Sundays. They must also manage the main section where most trash is deposited and the east section where construction debris, appliances and heavy metal and industrial items are placed. The Dundas Town and Murphy Town Councillors met in the hall prior to the vote which was awarded to Mr. Alexander Archer for $60,000 per year. He presently holds the garbage collection contract for Dundas Town and Murphy Town. The crossing guard for Central Abaco Primary School was discussed extensively with Councillor Mills insisting that this selection is the sole right of the Dundas Town Committee and the available Council funds for this must be transferred to Dundas Town. Council members were asked individually for their opinion. The Chief Councillor then asked the Deputy Chief Councillor, Cubel Davis, Jr., to take the Chair so he could give his opinion. Mr. Mike Malone pointed out that six years ago, the first Council decided that responsibility for maintaining the larger governmental facilities properly remain with Council since they serve the entire area including the off-shore cays. This includes the two public schools, the clinic, the public freight dock, and the airport. Local Government at Work Local Govt.From Page 31 Please see Local Govt. Page 34

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October 15th, 2002 The Abaconian Page 33Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE P.O. Box AB 20955 East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Fax: 242-367-2365 Residence: 242-367-2040Affordable Property Select Homes Serving All AbacoNEW ON THE MARKET! Five high-elevation lots on cul de sac, 10,000 sq. ft. each, $10,000 each plus 1% stamp tax and $500 legal fees, $1000 deposit. Act now, these wont last! NEW! Seashell, Great Cistern Cay: Beautiful Bahamian contemporary home. 3 bed/2 1/2 bath, wrap-around porches, 180o Sea of Abaco views, park, boat basin, private beach. Craftsman built. Must see to appreciate. $449,000 Parrot House, Great Abaco Club: charming, tropical style home, dock can accommodate larger craft. 4 bed/4bath, covered porches, beach, tennis and health club privileges. Gated community, fully managed. Top income producer. $689,000 Grouper Therapy, Great Abaco Club: Fully furnished and equipped to highest standard. 4 bed/4 bath split plan. Dockage for larger craft and run-about, private and secure. Great family home or invest in rental pool and earn $$. $689,000 Coral Point Villa, Great Cistern Cay: One of the finest homes on Abaco. Custom design, spacious, elegant interior. Completely opens up to arbour, dock, deck and covered terraces. 3 bed/3 full baths, garage and workshop. MORE $648,000 NEW! Bahama Palm Shores: 100 x 100 sq. ft. homesite. Paved road, electricity, phones going in. Build up and catch views and breeze. Steps from the beach. Level and ready to build. $15,000 NEW! Coral Point: 1+ acre superior home sites. Private community. Highest elevations, secluded, unbelievable views. Potential for boat basin. Underground power and phones. $69,900 each NEW! Susans Cove, Guana Cay: One of the most beautiful and well developed holdings on Guana. 1.34 acres plus two homes, 100 dock and 230 of spectacular, protected bay shore. $749,900. 1/2 acre hilltop lots with deeded dock access, stunning views also available. $95,000. 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. $68,000 each Great Cistern Cay acreage, 24 acres, highest and best use as planned community. Rolling terrain, some elevation, hard subsoil. Protective covenants and restrictions. Proven demand for similar mid-priced lots. $205,000 Also: Scotland Cay, Eastern Shores, Leisure Lee, Bahama Coral Island, Turtle Rocks, Green Turtle Cay 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 Ms. Delores Johnson at 242-328-7041 or 242-3002265.Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Hill top Lot 67 Murphy Town Vacant Land 9,000 S. Ft. Lot #38 Treasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 EXCLUSIVE AFFLIATE OFSothebysINTERNA TIONAL REALTY Kathleen Albury-Cole, Sales/Appraisals June Russell, Sales Telephone: 242.367.3262 Fax: 242.367.3260 abaco@bahamasrealty.bs www.bahamasrealty.bs Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 Years Located in The Pink Building Royal Harbour Village Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and many more throughout The Bahamas From Grand Bahama to Great InaguaBahama Palm Shores acre site w/ 100+ frontage on 8 Mile Bay. Best price for ocean frontage! #6830. $89,900. Bahama Palm Shores. 10,000 s. f. home site, unobstructed view across reservation land to 8 Mile Bay. #5731. $49,900. Casuarina Point. 13,000 sq. ft. building site. Close to beach, build up for sea views. Priced to sell! #7159. $15,000 G reat Abaco Club. Best price for building site in the Club. Close to the channel to Sea of Abaco. #6255. $199,000. Great Cistern Cay. Cozy 2/2 beach cottage. Red sand beach. Views, secure mooring just off shore. #5259. $249,000. Guana Cay On the beach, 2/1 cottage. Gorgeous views! Deck overlooks beach. Impressive rental record. #6588. $375,000. Leisure Lee. + acre home site. 100+ on the beach. Lovely views, well kept, cleared and ready to build now! #5272. $233,500. Long Beach. Two story, 3/3 residence. High elevation, grand Atlantic views! First floor 1/1 apartment. #4032. $295,000. Marsh Harbour. In-town site near Boat Harbour. Build single family or income-producing duplex. #6351. $120,000. Marsh Harbour. 3/2 home on Sea of Abaco frontage. New interior. Good water depth for dock. #6493. $590,000. Scotland Cay. acre plus site. 150 on Sea of Abaco. Good depth for dock. Near marina and airstrip. #6180. $245,000. LIGHTBOURN REALTYEach office is independently owned and operatedGreen Turtle Cay OfficeAgent: Chris Farrington P.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Office # 242-365-4695, Fax # 242-365-4697 Email: chris.f@batelnet.bs Website: www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comYachtsmans Dream Located at the head of beautiful Black Sound. 1 acre plot complete with a 125 ft. dock. Near to beach and settlement. $650,000 Coco Bay Deep water lot with dock and dredged channel. Landscaped and ready to build. Dock has power already installed. $575,000 Little Harbour Well protected lot in White Sound with deep water dock, electricity connected. Approved plans for house included with sale. $375,000 White Sound hilltop lots with breathtaking views of the harbour. Water front lots also available. Starting at $72,000 Fantastic Starter Home Foundation with cistern already complete in quiet residential neighborhood. Building plans included. $95,000 Beachfront 330 frontage 800 + deep located on Long Bay Beach. Ideal for small resort or luxurious estate. $3,000 per water front foot. Green Turtle Estates 3/3 two story home. Scenic views. Furnished, standby generator, boat, golf cart and more. Very motivated seller. Reduced to $750,000 Coco Bay 1 acres of elevated land, located across from the bay. $325,000 Black Sound deep water lots on picturesque Black Sound. Phones, electricity, cable, near settlement. 100 on the water, approx. 1 acre. $300,000 Split Level Townhouse 1/1 townhouse at Bluff House Beach Hotel, walkways to beach and resort. A must see. $110,000 Waterfront two 1 acre waterfront lots in Blackwood $50,000 each Treasure Cay Residential lot near Ocean Beach Boulevard $25,000 New! Beachfront -1/2 Acre lot on the Atlantic Ocean $210,000 New! Ocean ViewTwo 1/3 acre lots with great views of the Sea. $85,000 each Helping people find their Dream Spot since 1978. Beach Front, Hilltop, Acreage, Residential, Commercial & Investment Property. We also have rental property available.LOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency LtdTreasure Cay 3/2, patio, shed, double lot, 135 x 200, fully furnished, 1 block from beach. $200,000. Call 561-659-3586 Turtle Rocks beach front home almost 1 acre, fabulous views, gated community. Call 407-3896075

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Page 34 The Abaconian October 15th, 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. & Fire House CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service CenterFormerly Television Service Center Congratulations Raenell LoweA Green Turtle Cay Student at Forest Heights Academy on High Achievements on her BJC Tests From your Parents Ray & Bessie LoweThis arrangement was not contested during the first or second terms of Local Government. The Local Government Act further empowers Councils to act as a School Board in the Family Islands. He reminded Councillors that the secuLocal Govt.From Page 32 Donald SaDonald Sa Donald SaDonald Sa Donald Sa wywy wywy wy erer erer erJune 1966 August 2002 The family of the late Donald Sawyer wishes to thank everyone for their expressions of sympathy during the time of our breavement.Chadwell is the son of Boynell and Melvese Wiliams of Coopers Town and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School. He works during the summer at an offshore bank, Unibanco, in Nassau. We regret that we did not have accurate information in our October 1 issue about Terrinique Pennerman She is from Murphy Town. She maintained a GPA of 3.89 while at Abaco Central High School. There are more young people which we have not included because we do not have sufficient information. Please contact us at 367-3202 or 367-2677 with information about additional students. StudentsFrom Page 21 The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government, the Hon. Alfred Gray, is promoting farming with a goal of this country becoming self-sufficient. Recently, he urged wholesalers and retailers to assist farmers by buying locally grown produce. Min. Gray met on October 7 with wholesalers, retailers and purchasing managers from major hotels in New Providence to plead the case of the Bahamian farmer. He told them that governments policy is quite clear and it would not allow buyers to import what is produced in the country at a reasonable price, of reasonable quality and on a sustainable rity guards hired for a short time at the Abaco Central High School in Murphy Town by the previous Council were accepted without incident. Mr. Mills expressed a desire to see his town benefit from these decisions and he was elected to see that Dundas Town receives these benefits. He wants younger persons hired as crossing guards as they are more agile to avoid traffic and will be more aggressive with errant drivers. He objects to outside influences attempting to force decisions on Dundas Town. Administrator Williams suggested that the matter be deferred as government has a hiring freeze in place. He will seek advice on guidelines from central government that may be in effect.Agriculture Minister Met with Wholesalersbasis. At the same time he said his ministry will not stand by idly if farmers hold buyers hostage by overpricing produce that is on the restricted list.

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October 15th, 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 Mercury Outboard Engines Contact National Marine 35 HP$1000125 HP $4000 200 HP $5000 Call 367-2326 2000 Yamaha Wave Runner XA1200Y 155 HP engine, 68 hrs, with trailer and canvas cover. $5500 OBO Call 367-3186 20 Aquasport in good condition, 115 HP Mercury, Bimini top, center console, Awlgrip on hull. $7800 ONO. 85 HP Yamaha $2500. Call 365-6138 20 Stapleton in good condition. For more information, call 366-2262 21 Seacraft w/ new gil bracket. Boa & bracket may be sold separately. Located at National Marine. Asking $7000 OBO. Call 367-2326 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. Bobbys Fine Carpentry is now repopened for business. Call Juan Bobby at 367-2184 or 375-9978 Tupperware Place your order today. Call 5598206 or 365-2233 98 Yamaha 225 new tires, new brakes, new battery. $2400. Contact Dive Shop at 365-8465 89 Chevrolet Century Station Wagon excellent conditon, new starter, tires and water pump, needs paint job. $1800 firm. Call 359-6012 Can be seen by Good As New 95 Mercury Villager, 7 passenger, new A/C, new tires, clean in & out, serviced regularly. $10,500. Phone 367-2992 98 Honda Odyssey Van 30,000 miles, excellent condtion. $19,000. 367-4616 97 Dodge Dakota Sport 47,000 miles A/C, 5 on the floor, 4 cycl, gas. ASking $12,000. Call 367-2896 New building accessories incl 13 x 30 Dolphina pool / accessories, toilet, bath & kitchen sinks & faucets, tile, plumbing & electrical materials, stovetop, refrig, water heater, tin roof, gas grill, pumps, fans, light fixtures, many tools, generator, much more. Call 772-398-8798 for list & prices. Toshiba Satellite Laptop w/transformer, floppy and CD ROM drives. 365-8666 Island Manager Sailing Englishman, single (couple available) for long term live-in Manager / Caretaker position. Expert electrician, plumbing, building work, generators, water-makers, carpentry, computers, boats and outboards. Semi-retired contracts manager, hospitality a specialty. Sailed Abaco 3 years, here in Floyd and Michelle. Interested parties mail Island Manager, The Abaconian, P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, or email davralph@batelnet.bs Bahamian woman seeks work caring for elederly couple or single person. 20 years experience. Leave message 367-2423 or evenings 367-2401 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICES VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE 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 Call Us for All Your Travel NeedsTwin Engine, Turbo Prop, Turbo Jet and Helicopters AvailablePh: 954-938-9508 Fax: 954-938-9509 Cell Ph: 954-647-8278 Dragline operators 4600 Manitowoc (Friction) mounted on barge for work in Abaco harbour. Call 254-381-3666 Wanted: Two labourers to assist with loading and unloading dump trucks and other menial jobs. Contact 359-6647 9 to 5 Have sciatica? TMJ? Lower back pain? Headaches? Get relief with muscular therapy. Call Karen Lane @ 367-5215 EMPLOYMENT WANTED Supply DepotHotel, Restaurant and Commercial SuppliesBlue WarehouseGovernment Subdivision Marsh HarbourPh/Fax 367-2128Call us or stop by BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE21 Wellcraft with 250 HP Yamaha. $30,000. Call 375-9190 21 Stamas, fiberglass, w/cuddy cabin, V berth, toilet, VHF, trim tabs, 30 gal. water w/pressure pump, 50 gal. gas tank, dive platform, new Bimini top, 115 HP Evinrude, 3 years, 300 hours. $13,500. Serious enquires only. Call after 5 p.m. 366-0657 21 Wellcraft, 225 HP Johnson good condition, Bimini top, radio, with trailer. $8000 OBO Call 365-8633 Gilles 22 Aquasport with Inboard/Outboard. Sound hull, console, built-in tank, storage bins, some canvas, needs new engine. $3000 firm. Call Willard Bethel at 366-0033 23 Sea Bird with 200 HP Suzuki outboard. $6000. Call 954-474-6549 or 242-365-5032 26 Panga boat wtih 75 HP Mercury. $16,000. Call National Marine 367-2326 38 Formula 1991 hull, twin 502 engines, loaded. $70,000 OBO Call 367-4228 or 3673201 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 EQUIPMENT FOR SALEUsed 12.5 ton gas Pettibone Crane with 50 ft. boom, still in good working condition. $8000 OBO. For more info call Darvin at Edwins Boat Yard II at 365-6007 VEHICLES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 3672111 LettersFrom Page 9 our staff for their dedication and hard work. Michael J. Meeson, Principal Forest Heights AcademyLetter to the Rt. Hon. Perry ChristieDear Sir: Based on the Bible, it is said that Solomon requested wisdom, knowledge and understanding from God so that he could judge and serve Gods people. As a result of his desire for assisting, God granted him wealth and riches. It can be seen that, as I am sharing wisdom and knowledge, I am convinced that this PLP government is indeed the gateway to prosperity for the poor and needy. Hon. Prime Minister, I have observed the economic growth in the Marsh Harbour area. Sir, if I am permitted to say, I see that there is an urgent need for bus services in the areas of Murphy Town, Dundas Town and Marsh Harbour. I think the bus route should be from Murphy Town to Solomons Abaco in Marsh Harbour, from Solomons Abaco to Forest Heights Academy and back to Murphy Town. I also think that in order for the buses not to take away bread and butter from the taxi drivers, they should not be allowed in resort areas, Marsh Harbour International Airport and the ferry docks. Considering our statistics with a population in the south of over 5000 people, I think we only need a maximum of five buses. My reasons for this idea are the following: 1. So that students can catch the buses to school 2. Parents can get to work on time 3. Families can do their weekly shopping and not have to worry about how they would get home 4. Local people can get around to the various businesses 5. Senior citizens can get to the clinics and to National Insurance to collect their pension 6. Sometimes peoples vehicles break down and the bus system would provide a way for them to get home. Mr. Prime Minister, not everyone is fortunate enough to have vehicles. Therefore, this is where the government comes in. I have seen people all over the communities walking the sun, rain, cold weather, carrying groceries, dry goods, etc., simply because they cannot afford to catch a taxi. Hon. Prime Minister, my heart goes out to those needy. I beseech you and your government to consider this proposal for the benefit of the people. Sir, I can assure you and your government that the people would applaud you for being so kind and concerned, for looking out for their welfare. That would be tremendous. Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration, may God continuously bless you, the government and your reign. Awaiting your response, sincerely, Errily Russell Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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