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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 4, FEBRUARY 15th, 2003 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction A Bridge To Grand Bahama?A Committee Explores the Feasibility81 Graduate from BahamahostThe Ministry of Tourism offered the Bahamahost program on Abaco in three different locations during the last few months. The graduation was held in Marsh Harbour for those completing the course in the Marsh Harbour area, Hope Town and Treasure Cay. These three sessions were the 17th, 18th and 19th sessions held on Abaco since its inception. Shown above, left to right, are M r. Mitchell Albury, outstanding participant from Marsh Harbour; Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP, Ms. Agatha Marcelle, MP and Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Brendalee Arnett, outstanding participant from Hope Town, Mr. Michael Albury, President of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Natalie Nichols, outstanding participant from Treasure Cay, and Mr.Bradley Bain, Director of Industry Training. See story on page 10.Abaco Youth in ActionStudents aged 8 to 14 learn the strategies of playing basketball every Saturday at the Murphy Town Park. Volunteers work with these young people bringing discipline and fun into their lives as well as giving them a sport that can perhaps earn them a college scholarship some day. Lynden and Elva Davis, Ishmael Morley and Jude Hart organize teams which play 20 minute games. About 40 young people participate.Sandy Point Subdivision Is InspectedA team from the Ministry of Housing flew into Sandy Point to check the progress on the new subdivision under construction outside Sandy Point. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Mike Stubbs, the contractor, Mr. Gordon Major, Director of Housing, and Mr. Melvin Seymour, Under Secretary in the Ministry of Housing. A proposed bridge joining Abaco and Grand Bahama is once again in the news. A meeting for government people and other interested people was held in Marsh Harbour on February 7 to discuss the concept and to get an idea of Abacos response to the suggestion. Mr. Leonard Knowles, Chairman of the Bridge Committee, is promoting the concept on Abaco. He brought with him Mr. John Bain, Vice Chairman and Barry Malcolm, Secretary of the Committee. More than 50 people attended the meeting. At this time the bridge idea is only a concept which is under consideration. No studies have been made. At this early stage they are estimating that the proposed bridge might cost approximately $64 million. They have no knowledge of the cost of operating or maintaining the bridge nor the cost of using the bridge. They do not have the financing in place yet. The bridge would join Crown Haven with the north east tip of Grand Bahama, would be about seven and a half miles long and would be a combination of causeways and bridges. Mr. Malcolm, who is Executive Vice President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, was the principle speaker. He mentioned that the idea had been around a long time and he felt it deserved to be considPlease see Bridge Page 2 The new Sandy Point subdivision got an intensive inspection from government housing officials and heads of the three government utility companies. A team led by Under Secretary Melvin Seymour of the Ministry of Housing walked through the subdivision on February 6 noting the progress and discussing various items to be attended to. Please see Subdivision Page 4 The Nassau group flew into Sandy Point that morning and were met by the managers of BEC, Batelco and Water and Sewerage to coordinate the projects infrastructure. Mr. Mike Stubbs is the overall contractor and expects to complete by early summer.

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Page 2 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 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 Sailing ScheduleIn 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 Wednesday Happy Hour 5 11 Major Credit Cards acceptedered again. He wants Grand Bahama and Abaco residents to think about it as they are the ones who will most directly affected. It would bring about very fundamental changes and would be a massive project, the biggest public works project in the history of the country and would take about four to five years to complete. It would create the largest land mass in the country and would benefit both islands economically. It would combine the industrial capabilities of Grand Bahama with the touristic based economy of Abaco into one giant economic enterprise. The committee has approached government which it is supportive of the idea if the people of both islands want the project. The impact will be significant and would require infra structural improvements to be made by government. Mr. Malcolm outlined some of the benefits that Abaconians would gain by the bridge. It would allow Abaco people to have easier access to medical facilities. It would expedite the movement of goods and services between the two islands. It would create employment for many people both during the construction and after for maintenance and operation. It would allow Abaconians to experience big city activities. Many families have relatives on Grand Bahamas and the bridge would give convenient access to friends and relatives. It would allow aid to get to Abaco faster in the event of a disaster. Mr. Malcolm could foresee the trucking of goods and supplies between the two islands which he thought would bring about lower costs at the marketplace for Abaco people. It would increase the property values of land on both islands in the area of the bridge. He felt that the success that Freeport has had would assist Abaco in becoming more economically successful. Freeport is very successful industrially. It now competes with Miami in terms of the number of containers moved through that port. The container port is now going into the next phase, that of building warehouses which can accommodate the re-packing of containers. The bridge concept is in a very elementary stage at this time. The committee will determine within a few months whether there is enough interest to do a feasibility study. This will include engineering, financial and environmental studies will probably take six to nine months to complete and will cost approximately $250,000. This will give them a better idea if the concept should be considered. If that study is favorable, the next stage would be to do a detailed plan with surveys, road designs and causeway bridge designs. This will cost approximately $3,150,000 and will take two years. The present estimated cost of the causeway bridge is $52,500,000 and will take two years to complete. This would include about four miles of bridge, about two miles of causeway and about two miles of roadway for a total distance of seven and a half miles. This does not include the infrastructure required on each end of the bridge which the government would be responsible for. There were many questions and comments from the audience and much discussion. Several brought out benefits such as educational benefits and the ease of developing sporting events between the two islands. It would create opportunities for many small entrepreneurs as additional services will be required and will create future inThree members of the Bridge Committee held a meeting in Marsh Harbour on February 7 to get Abacos reaction to having a bridge joining Abaco and Grand Bahama. The crowd was enthusiastic as various benefits for Abaco were pointed out. They are, left to right, Mr. John Bain, Vice Chairman of the bridge committee, Mr. Leonard Knowles, Chairman of the committee, and Mr. Barry Malcom, Secretary.Shallow Water Makes Bridge Feasible BridgeFrom Page 1 Please see Bridge Page 35

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 Prime Locations on Great Abaco Specializing in Large Parcels of LandRed Rock Point 27 acresRed Bay area, 10 miles north of Marsh Harbour. 440 feet of beach frontage. Quiet location. Utilities at highway. Inland offered at $35,000 per acre with with access to beach. Beach frontage available. Call for details.Conch Sound Point 50 acresPhoto represents the vacinity of Conch Sound Point 3 miles north of the Holein-the-Wall Lighthouse. Frontage 780 feet. Purchase a large tract of land for pennies per sq. ft. Offered at $12,000 per acre.Bakers Heights 65 acresAdjacent to the S. C. Bootle Highway at the approximate mid-point between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Elevations up to 80 feet. Pine tree forest. Views of the Sea of Abaco. Utilities near by. Offered at $27,000 per acre.Witch Point 55 acresCentrally located close to Marsh Harbour. Beach frontage 300 feet. Elevations up to 40 ft. Property faces Elbow Cay. Nice views. Property can be purchased in smaller parcels. Marsh Harbour can be seen in the foreground. Call for details.Great Abacos Spectacular South Eastern CoastlineVisit our website for other properties offered for sale. Brokers Welcome Schooner Bay Beach 3.5 acresOne of the most breath taking views in the south of Great Abaco. 200 ft. frontage X 750 ft. depth. Elevations topping 60 ft. Ideal setting for condominiums or your private retreat. Open zoning. Restrictive land covenants will apply. Access road to beach for viewing. Offered at $420,000Schooner Bay & Little Bridge Bay 200 acresOne of Great Abacos prime locations, 26 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Unique site for a major resort development. High elevations. Beach/shoreline frontage 4,000 ft., facing the Atlantic Ocean. Wide, sandy beach. Open to a joint venture.An election will be held in Coopers Town on February 25 to elect a member of the Coopers Town Committee. Two candidates, Ms. Patricia Cox and Mr. Gary Smith, nominated on February 4. The person who wins the election will replace Mr. Hartman Cooper, Jr., who was the Chief Councillor for the North Abaco District Council. Mr. Cooper recently moved to Nassau. Three other town committees have new members after nomination day on February 4. In each of these other districts onlyElection Will Be February 25one person nominated so they will automatically be sworn in as town committee members. In Marsh Harbour Mrs. Kim Roberts nominated, replacing Mr. Nicholas Albury, who was killed in an airplane crash last month, in Man-O-War Mr. Haziel McDonald nominated and will replace Mr. Anthony Albury, who resigned for business reasons, and in Fire Road Mr. Clive Cornish nominated to take the place of Mr. Cedric Bullard, who was transferred by National Insurance to Nassau. Mr. Clyde CornishMr. Haziel McDonald Mrs. Kim Roberts Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation has announced that, after discussion with several schools, it will extend its deadline for scholarship applications to February 17. Applications can be obtained from all local high schools or may be downloaded on line at www.abacopathfinders.org. Applications must be postmarked by February 17 to meet the deadline requirement. Pathfinders hopes to offer 10 partial scholarships for the 2003-2004 school year, as it has in its previous two years. The foundations mission is to help support students wishing to attend college or vocational schools in the Bahamas or abroad. High school seniors, students already attending a college or adults wishing to go back to school are all encouraged to apply. Correction: We regret that in the February 1 issue of The Abaconian we incorrectly reported that the deadline was March 31 instead of February 17. We urge anyone wishing to apply for this scholarship to get their applications in the mail promptly to meet the February 17 deadline.Scholarship Deadline

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Page 4 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 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!The subdivision is located on high ground the Great Abaco Highway XXX miles east of town. The subdivision is needed as Sandy Point suffered severe damage from flooding during Hurricane Floyd. All the 96 lots will be serviced by electricity, telephone and water to the property line. Road swales will provide surface drainage which will then be removed by deep wells. The subdivision includes residential and commercial lots as well as a large park. The contractor is responsible for all the utilities which will be installed to corporation specifications either by himself or by subcontractors. On completion, they will be inspected and taken over by the relevant corporation. The three corporations will each be upgrading their Sandy Point facilities in anticipation of connecting new homeowners. The water corporation expects to expand its well field and add more pumps. The system does not presently have a reservoir or pressure tank. Pressure is maintained by the pumps running continuously. Residents do not get water if the power fails although there is a standby generator which can be manually activated. Water personnel visiting were hopeful that a holding tank or pressure tank would be included in their upgrade plans to allow water in the event of a power failure. BEC has enough electrical capacity presently for the subdivision in its early stages although they will have to upgrade the transmission line from town to a three phase primary supply. As homes are built and the load increases, they will have to consider either a larger generator or extending the power line approximately 13Sandy Point Subdivision Will Have 96 Lotsmiles from Crossing Rocks. Batelco will extend phone service from their exchange in Sandy Point by a fiber optic cable. Cable Bahamas personnel were not there but their fiber optic cable passes the site and cable connections would not pose any problems. Mr. Richard Gibbs, Manager of the local Ministry of Housing Office, stated that interest in the lots is strong with 25 responses to the 91 letters of acceptance that were recently issued. One person has already put money on his lot. The response is expected to increase as the roads are paved and utilities are installed. Interest may also intensify when the ferry from Nassau begins service to Sandy Point in late spring. The residents of Crown Haven are noticing an increase in traffic and a boost to the local economy due to the passenger ferry to Grand Bahama and it is expected that Sandy Point will benefit economically also. The main entrance roadway to the subdivision is a divided road with a space for trees and plants in the center. South Abacos Administrator Benjamin Pinder and Chief Councillor Jason Roberts were there and discussed the need to increase the South Abaco budget as the subdivision will need garbage collection and other services which local government is responsible for. Although all Bahamians are eligible to purchase a lot here, Sandy Point residents are being given first preference. Applications may be made at the Housing Departments office in Marsh Harbour. This is designated as phase one and is surrounded by government land. If the demand outstrips this initial number of lots, a second phase can be undertaken on adjoining land with more residential lots and provision can be made for additional commercial lots or space for government buildings. SubdivisionFrom Page 1 Roberts Road Lottie Street Public Park Naomi Street Thompson Street Bonefish Street Community Center Commercial & Light RetailAB C DCommercial & Light Retail Great Abaco Highway Sandy Point Lobster Road Conch Street Vacant land owned by the Ministry of Housing & National Insurance for Phase TwoVacant Crown Land Well field New Sandy Point Sub-division Phase One China, Crystal, J ew elery, Watches & Resort WearFor every budgetIn Marsh Harbour beside the Boat Harbour entrance Monday Saturday 9 am 5:30 pm call 367-3191LenoLeno LenoLeno Leno xx xx x ChinaChina ChinaChina China PerPer PerPer Per fumefume fumefume fume OmegaOmega OmegaOmega Omega WW WW W aa aa a tchestches tchestches tches LladrLladr LladrLladr Lladr oo oo o FigurFigur FigurFigur Figur inesines inesines ines JeJe JeJe Je ww ww w ellrellr ellrellr ellr yy yy y

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5Cherokee SoundBy Lee Pinder Saying Goodbye to Harry Wong Funeral services were held for Harry Wong at Epworth Methodist Chapel on February 8, 2003. He was described as a happy-go-lucky guy, always with a smile on his face. Harrys family admitted that he may have had a few extra years because of modern technology and four successful heart surgeries. He wasnt a complainer and always seemed to enjoy life to the fullest. A full church came to say their final farewells to Harry who passed away on February 2 during a visit to Nassau. A memorial service was held at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Nassau with Rev. Cannon Neil Roach officiating on February 7. Then the body was brought back to Abaco for a second service in Cherokee. After some really heartfelt testimonials, the sermon was delivered by Rev. Carla Culmer of Epworth with internment taking place at the Cherokee Public Cemetery. Assisting with the service was Rev. Colin Archer from Nassau, an old friend of Harrys. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune to have known him. And it was obvious to any observer that from the numbers who crowded into the church and pressed themselves close to the graveside that Harry had many friends. May he rest in peace.School News Spelling Bee ResultsGrade Three students Tyler Albury was able to stay in competition for the All Abaco Spelling Bee held on February 7th until the 18th round while Dominque Chea was eliminated after the 8th round and William Pinder was unable to compete due to illness. The older students are now preparing for an in-house Spelling Bee to be held in April.Cake and Pie RaffleThere will be a Cake and Pie Raffle held on March 7th to raise monies for some very necessary plumbing repairs that need to be done in the school bathrooms.Club CherokeeJust a reminder to all interested parties, Club Cherokee, the group of Cherokee young people who help clean beaches and town, will be meeting on the first and second Thursdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the schoolhouse.Plans in the Works for the Old ClinicMr. Keith Tinker, Director of the National Museum of The Bahamas, which is affiliated with the Antiquites, Monuments and Museums Corporation, has recently made two visits to Cherokee looking at the Old Clinic. He brought with him several interested government officials and architects to look over the derelict building and survey possibilities of rebuilding or removing it. He explained with great enthusiasm other projects in the works or already completed in the Family Islands to encourage residents into saving more historical landmarks. We are told that the Tourism Board has South Abaco News CHEROKEE AIRCharter Service Flights to all points in the Bahamas and FloridaP.O. Box AB-20485 Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamas 242-367-2089 242-367-2613 242-367-2530Call us for rates 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 BAHAMASjoined with the Historical Society in Nassau in publishing brochures focusing on historical points of interest. Some Cherokee homes have been included. Their main purpose is, of course, to preserve our history, but also to entice more tourists to our shores with the expectation of being able to visit, first hand, some preserved historical sites. We are anxious to hear the committees recommendations.Fund Raiser Brought in $3,800A Steak-Out held on February 1st in aid of Freeman Roberts medical expenses raised over $3,800 from the sale of dinner tickets and proceeds of a very successful punch board raffle. The organizers would like to thank all the businesses, family and friends that donated gifts to the raffle. The whole day was put together by Ellen Sawyer. The family would like to especially thank her for all her work, but also thank all who came out, donated or helped in a hundred different ways to make the event so successful.Free for March INTERNET Free for MarchTired of counting minutes on your Internet Connection?WHAT? Abacom Wireless Services wants you to experience the benefits of UNLIMITED Internet access. If youre using a modem on your telephone to connect to the Internet and you can only connect for some limited number of hours per month, we want you to enjoy the Internet for 744 hours in the month of March, absolutely Free! HOW? Just send an email to frreetrial@awsltd.net and well send you back a phone number, user code and password you can use to access the Internet without char ge for the entire month of March, or just drop in at Abacom in Marsh Harbour and pick up your trial account information there. WHY? We believe youll want to switch to AWS after you test our service. Our Unlimited Internet Dial-in service costs less that $1 per day only $25/month commercial or residential account. AND! If you are interested in High Speed Broadband but cant get a Cable Modem or are too tired to Tango with DSL, you ought to check out our Wireless DSL services. Now offered in areas of Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay, Guana Cay, Scotland Cay, Elbow Cay, Lubbers Quarters and Tilloo. And our coverage is continually expanding. Abacom Wireless Services, Ltd. Your Licensed Internet Service Provider 367 3475 Marsh Harbour 365-8836 Treasure Cay FreeTrial@AWSLtd.net

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Page 6 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003Golf Tournament a SuccessBy Isobel Sherman The Rotary Club of Abaco sponsored their Second Annual Golf Tournament on January 25 at the Treasure Cay Golf Course. Although weather conditions prevented many golfers coming from Grand Bahama, organizers termed the tournament a success. The top prize for a hole-in-one, a 2003 Honda FIT car, went unclaimed. The closest to the pin on the front nine was awarded to Doris Leeher, who won a Caribbean Cruise for two by coming to the closest to the pin on the fourth hole. Vola Proso won the closest to the pin on the back nine. He won a trip to Cuba for two by coming closest to the pin on the 15th hole. Joe Calihan had the longest drive on the 7th hole and Steve Pedican had the longest drive on the 14th hole. Overall team winner was the team of Vernon Wells. The Rotary Club of Abaco would like to thank the following for their contribution to make the golf tournament a success: Riviere and Associates, Standard Hardware, Fredericks Agency, Alburys Trucking, Spooners, Lightbourn Realty, Alexiou Knowles and Company, Pinewood Nursery, Marco Air Conditioning, A&P Auto Rentals, Taylor Industries, United Abaco Shipping and J.S. Johnson.Triathlon Planned for OctoberBy Portia Jonsson A meeting was held on January 26th at the Abaco Tourist Office to discuss the future of the Great Abaco Triathlon. It was decided that this years event would be done on a smaller scale. They will possibly approach Super Club Breezes and the Conch Man Triathlon with the possibility of doing a Bahamas series. The committee has tentatively set the date for October 10th-13th and named the event the Abaco Discovery Day Triathlon. In addition to the triathlon it was suggested that a volleyball tournament, beach basket triathlon and kids triathlon be held during this event. The committee is planning a meeting with all parties concerned to see if they would be able to pull the Bahamas series off.Neem Plant Will OpenBy Isobel Sherman For several years Mr. Nick Maioulis, owner of Bahamas Neem Farm, has sent his neem leaves to be processed in the United Sates and brought back as neem capsules, soap, cream, lotion and shampoo. In just a few weeks Mr. Maioulis will be able to process his neem leaves right here on Abaco. The building, formerly the Seventeen Shop at the airport roundabout, is being turned into a processing plant where all of the neem products except soap will be manufactured. Marketed under the name Bahamas Neem, the products have long been recognized as very beneficial to our health. Neem has been widely recognized throughout the world as having many medicinal purposes. In the plant the leaves will be pressed to get neem oil, the basis of many of the products. There will be an encapsulater to make the neem capsules and the lotion and cream will also be made in the factory. In the beginning the factory will employ possibly three or four persons. But Mr., Maioulis feels that as the factory increases production, eventually there will be jobs for 30 persons either at the factory or at the neem farm which is located south of the old sugar mill site. Mr. Maioulis, owner of Seventeen Shop, would like to thank all of the people of Abaco who patronized the store for the past 18 years which closed before Christmas. When asked if there was a chance Seventeen Store could return, Nick smiled and said anything is possible.Development OpensBy Isobel Sherman Buttonwood Bay is a new development located off the S.C. Bootle Highway north of Marsh Harbour. Owner and developer Nick Maioulis said to take the only side road east which has electrical poles. Mr. Maioulis has developed the 70-acre property into lots of one-acre and five-acre parcels. So far 29 lots have been developed and 12 of these lots have been sold.. A log home in several styles is available to be built on the land. The first log home has already been built and is occupied by its owner. The homes are built on stilts so that every home has a view of the sea. When fully developed, Buttonwood Bay will have a boardwalk to each of the three beaches. These boardwalks will be wide enough to accommodate golf carts. Buttonwood Bay is for persons who wish to live the simple island life away from the noise of crowds and be in tune with nature. That is the main reason five-acre lots are being sold so persons can have complete Central Abaco News Please see Central Page 7 With convenient location close to the Public Dock Located on Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, AbacoPhone (242) 367-7283 Fax: (242) 367-5767 NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 9 am 3 pm Abaco Real Estate Opening SoonBrand New Butcher Shop Expanded Fruit & Vegetable Display Additional Floor Space Featuring Bahamian and American foods Owned and operated by Barbara Simmons & Charlene Bethel Over 20 years of experience feeding hungry people Real food at real prices All are welcomeMon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. & 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. VHF Ch 9 367-4657 367-2922 Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbours Newest Restaurant

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comprivacy and have nature around them. Prices for the lots begin at $35,000 and the log homes can be built for $100 a square foot.Restaurant OpensThe Hummingbird Restaurant and Bar is now open in the Memorial Plaza in Marsh Harbour. It is open everyday offering a variety of Bahamian and U.S. foods. The owners, Barbara Simmons and Charlene Bethel, are no strangers to restaurants havCentral Abaco News CentralFrom Page 6 ing owned the Golden Grouper and Snack Shack for many years. The chef, Ms. Bethel, cooked at the Grouper for 21 years. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 12 Noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant is located where Katies used to be. It seats over 100 persons and will be a welcome addition to our list of restaurants. Their dinner menu ranges all the way from hamburgers to lobster. The phone number is 367-2922 and they standby on VHF Ch. 9.Hope House Plans Cook OutBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly Hope House on Crockett Drive will be having a cook out on February 28th beginning at 11a.m. Steak and chicken dinners will be served at $10 each. All the money raised will be in aid of the Hope House which provides a place for kids to have supervised fun and games.New Boutique OpensBy Portia Jonsson Marsh Harbour is consolidating its status as the commercial center of Abaco as more and more retail outlets open. The latest is MJs Men & Ladies Fashion located opposite Abaco Hardware. Ms. Marie Jose Guerrier, owner and manager, opened her store on January 27th. MJs Fashion carries an assortment of mens and ladies jeans, mens sneakers, mens shoes, Tshirts, caps and more. Store hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Book Sale Is ScheduledBy Portia Jonsson The Abaco Cancer Society will be having a book sale on March 1st at Triple J Marina between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. For further information please call 367-3477. Serving DailyBreakfast, Lunch & Dinnerin the Abaco Beach ResortTel: 367-2158 for Dinner ReservationsAbaco Beach Resort&Boat Harbour MarinaIts Finally BackSunday Brunch ExtravaganzaServing Prime Ribs & All Your FavoritesUnlimited Mimosas & Free SodaJ oin us every Sunday 11 AM 3 PM oin us every Sunday 11 AM 3 PM oin us every Sunday 11 AM 3 PM oin us every Sunday 11 AM 3 PM oin us every Sunday 11 AM 3 PM$25 per person Reservations recommended C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety ariety ariety ariety ariety StorStor StorStor Stor e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink ss ss s Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons Abaco The annual Rotary Golf Tournament was held on January 25 in Treasure Cay. Shown is Doris Leeher, who won a Caribbean Cruise for two by coming to the closest to the pin on the fourth hole. She is being given her certificate by Mr. George Riviere, who is the current President of the Rotary Club of Abaco. Unfortunately, no one made a hole-in-one so the 2003 Honda FIT car was not claimed. Photo by the Rotary Club

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Page 8 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor The Editor Says . Environmental AwarenessThe 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: Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Margo Albury, Hugh Cottis, Pat Elkins, Sandra Evans, Krista Kelly, Dottie Shrier, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By S. Timothy Roberts Quality Control Todays world is constantly changing and fluctuating. With so many variables coming our way, we need to be vigilant of what is going on in the market place around the world. With crises lurking in every corner of the market, we need to learn to be innovative or we will suffer with the changes. Change will happen and we need to be ready at every moment to take advantage of any and every opportunity it brings. We have looming in the not-to-distant future the FTAA and its potentially radical changes to bear. If we are going to be prepared for this event, we need to learn competitiveness. Our ability to compete is going to be key to our survival in businesses throughout TheDavid RalphWhy Are Junk Cars Littering Our Landscape?Sir, I would appreciate the use of your columns to address an old but persistent problem, that of the disposal of car wrecks. Recently, on my morning exercise walks I took the time to examine two such abandoned wrecks, both of which were left to fee from you, please report the incident to me. 2. Recently, a letter was written to The Abaconian stating that a recent traffic study recommended traffic signals for the intersections at K& S and Abaco Wholesale. Our departments traffic experts from Nassau carried out the only traffic study that Im aware of about two years ago. This study recommended four-way stops at the two aforementioned intersections. 3. This department has very broad range of responsibilities and I must admit that sometimes things get overlooked. If anyone sees illegal building going on or a pothole that has been left unattended for sometime or if you have any other concern that relates to this department, please feel free to bring it to my attention. As I approach the completion of three years working for the Department of Public Works, I would like to thank the people of Abaco for their kindness towards my family and me. It has truly been a pleasurable and interesting experience thus far. John Schaefer, P.Eng. Abaco Area Engineer Department of Public Works Ph. 367-4195 or 5227Generally Speaking . Quality and TechnologyBahamas. In order to compete we need to provide quality service. Without quality service, people will not return. We are seeing in the tourism industry what happens when there is a lack of quality service, people do not return. It is our personal responsibility to provide quality service. The responsibility belongs to each individual to provide quality service to their employer by giving quality service to the customers. If we provide bad service, it reflects both on us and our employers. Customers will first relate the bad service to the person that attended to them, then to the business that employs that person. So, for personal reasons as well as for the integrity of the business you work for and the economy you live in, you must render Quality Service.New HorizonsIt is pleasing to see the government finally moving in the right direction as regards e-commerce. The Bahamas is a nation that could profit vastly from the many facets of the internet and related technology industries. There are so many unexplored regions of the internet industry across the world, and even more untapped here in The Bahamas. The possibilities are unlimited, and the horizon on technology and its future development go on forever. We have the people resources needed to begin to explore the benefits that the world wide web could provide here. There ought to be much more incentive and opportunidisfigure the roadside. The first, a red Honda Passport, serial number H56CG58V7R4401320, stands, stripped of wheels and engine, on the S.C. Bootle Highway approximately half a mile east of the public dump entrance. The second, license plate 1218, remains burned out opposite the Central Abaco Primary Schools entrance. My question is why have the owners of these vehicles not been made to remove them to the dump? Surely those in authority could enforce this. How many red Passports can there be on Abaco or plates issued to 1218! Hugh CottisSuggestions WantedDear Abaconian, A couple of points from the Department of Public Works: 1. Over the past few years I have heard a number of reports of building inspectors requesting and collecting a fee for performing inspections. I would like to point out that the Department of Public Works does not charge any fees for performing inspections required by the building code or otherwise. Inspectors in the employ of this department are not authorized to collect any fees. If an inspector attempts to collect a This issue of The Abaconian has many articles that deal with national and international groups interested in our environment. Disney has chosen to assist with an Abaco project. They want to fund educational materials to educate all of us as to the importance of our national park in South Abaco. They want to encourage us to take care of our natural assets. The University of Florida along with the Bahamas National Trust is planning this project. The Nature Conservancy, a highly thought of international conservation organization, is concerned with our pine forests. They are encouraging us to monitor the fires that rage in our woods each spring and are helping us to understand the types of fires and recognize and manage those that are beneficial to the forests health. Why is such a renown organization interested in our island when the entire world is considered? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service along with the Bahamas National Trust is interested in our parrots and preserving the habitat they require. They are concerned that racoons are threatening the existence of parrots and many other birds and reptiles. They are helping us to understand the importance of protecting our natural and native environment. The British government is partnering with our government to identify the more aggressive invasive species which threaten our environment and plan strategies to limit their spread. The BEST Commission and the Bahamas National Trust are both interested in bringing an awareness to the public of the importance of our surroundings. Friends of the Environment is the Abaco organization working along these same lines and hosting these and other environmental groups when they come here. Recently wetlands have been brought to the forefront. This definition includes our shallow water reefs, beaches, marshes, mangroves and marls. Two Abaco teachers have just attended a workshop in Nassau sponsored by the Ministry of Education dealing with wetlands and our surroundings in hopes of bringing about greater appreciation of our delicate island ecosystems. All of these organizations are interested in our small part of the world. Why? Because they realize what potential there is here and how fragile our environment is. We take it for granted because we have lived with it all our lives. We do not realize how easily it can be destroyed. We must keep in mind that our economy is based almost entirely on the tourism industry. Many do not see the direct link to tourism. But no matter what business you consider, it is affected by tourism. This includes our retail stores, our car and boat rentals, our excellent selection of groceries in the supermarkets, and most of those employed in the different phases of the construction industry, they are all dependant on the visitors who come to Abaco. Even this newspaper is dependent on our tourists. The advertisers who are selling real estate, the resorts and restaurants, the hardware stores, the insurance companies and our five commercial banks owe their existence economic well being to the tourism industry. Our property values are high because of the prices our foreign visitors are willing to pay for land. We have a very high standard of living because of them. Al our visitors come here for our environment. Whether they love our beaches, try to catch that huge billfish, want to dive on our reefs or enjoy our hospitable water for boating, they are all enjoying various aspects of our environment. The other major industry here is fishing which to a large extent serves the tourism sector. Here again, protecting our environment is crucial to its survival. Fishing reserves are being depleted around the world. Many governments have had to take severe measures to restrict fishing where once plentiful fish have disappeared. The threat exists here that we can deplete our own fish stocks to the point that they will not recover. We must learn from examples around the world that action must be taken before it is too late. For many years our visitors were most interested in the water, beaches and quaint villages but now other aspects of our surroundings are beginning to show value. Our nature and historic sites are becoming of interest and show potential for development as tourist attractions. Parrots, plants, horses and history are now joining our water, beaches and reefs as points of interest. Blue holes in the forest may not interest all of us but they are looked on with awe and prized by visitors. However, their surroundings must be clean. Fifty years ago, garbage from the offshore settlements was taken out to sea and dumped. Much of it floated back onto the beaches which had no value in those days. Settlements developed around harbours, not worthless beaches. It was not until the 60s when beach front property began to have value to foreign investors that these towns found other methods of garbage disposal. Just as Hope Town and other offshore settlements discovered that settlement cleanliness brings benefits, this lesson must be learned by settlements off the beaten path. As tourism expands into these areas with fishermen, birdwatchers, and nature lovers, the residents of these outlying towns will realize that a clean environment and attention to their surroundings do bring benefits. Environmentalists are often considered far-out eccentrics who want to hinder progress. However, when you consider that our way of life is entirely dependent on the environment, we must be serious about protecting it. We must educate our young people to appreciate it, to nurture it and to preserve it. Please see Roberts Page 34

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$45 Canada Airmail US$55 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Nov 98 By Hugh Cottis Members of the Rotary Club of Abaco, like Rotarians worldwide, are reaching out to their communities to raise critically needed funds to eradicate the devastating disease polio. The Rotary Club of Abaco has set the goal of raising $6,000, this being our portion of the $80 million that must be raised to meet Rotary Internationals goal. A highly infectious disease, polio still affects children, mainly under the age of five, in countries in South Asia and in parts of Africa. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. As there is no cure for polio, the best protection is prevention. For a few cents a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. At this time the World Health Organisation estimates that at least six million more children remain at risk. A shortfall of money is the last remaining obstacle to eradicating this threat to these children. Rotary on Abaco views this as a historic window of opportunity to serve peoples less fortunate than we are in the Bahamas. No child today should ever have to suffer from polio as it is totally preventable. If we, and communities like ours, raise the money needed, we will be preventing future generations from suffering from this age-old scourge. Since the inception of its Polio Plus programme, working with the World Health Organisaton and the Centre for Disease Control, Rotary has raised over $240 million and has eliminated the threat of polio for most of the worlds population. ThoseDock Improvements ContinueAll the roads in the vicinity of the new freight dock in Marsh Harbour are bing finished with lines and stripes, even STOP spellout out on the pavement. The markings are being done with a heated paint which puts a thick coating on the pavement, so will be long-lasting. Besides painted lines on teh pavement, the roads near the freight dock have proper road signs. The work is almost complete on the new dock. One of teh last jobs, that of installing fencing, is underway. American Bridge is still completing the weatern part of the dock and large boulders have to be put into place for form a sea wall. Rotary Is Raising Funds for Polio Vaccines Please see Rotary Page 32 By Margo Albury and Krista Kelly You are on Abaco under 18 and you want somewhere to socialize with your friends. Where are you to go? On Abaco there are very few options. At night there are the bars and night-clubs, but the legal age to get into these places, for the most part, is 18. There is one theater, RND, and the location is often a problem; kids cannot find transportation that far out. Hope House is located on Don MacKay Boulevard and provides an atmosphere where teenagers can play pool and video games while under adult supervision. Some nights local churches provide a youth-group with a Christian lesson, sports and games. Friends often go out for dinner as well. For kids in the out cays this is an even bigger problem. There is even less for them to do. They have to make their own entertainment. Not only the outer cays kids but the rest of Abaco often make their own entertainment; skateboarding, bike riding, field sports, etc. Maybe if there were clubs where teenagers could hang-out, dance or listen to music, there would not be such a large number of underage drinkers and kids would stay out of trouble. Even though teenagers are capable of making their own form of entertainment and some is provided, it does become boring after a while.Night Life for a Teenager on Abaco Support Your Local Library

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Page 10 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 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 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$945 23 Albury Bros$840 22 Boston Whaler$798 20 Albury/Hydra$770 18 Privateer$560 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com By Portia Jonsson A graduation ceremony took place on January 26th for the 17th, 18th and 19th Abaco Bahamahost Sessions at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort. There were a total of 81 graduates which included persons from Hope Town, Central Abaco and North Abaco. The Bahamahost program is designed for those in industries related to tourism and acquaints them with the history, geography, flora and fauna of the The Bahamas as well as training in dealing with tourists and knowing about the specific island where they live. Ms. Agatha Marcelle, M.P., Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, delivered the keynote address. She encouraged the graduates to apply what they had learned, that the knowledge was not useful until they converted it into action. Also giving brief remarks were Robert Sweeting, Member of Parliament South Abaco, and Michael Albury, President of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce. Mitchell Albury of the 17th Session obtained a grade of 100 percent, which is the first for Abaco and second nationally. The 17th session was held in Marsh Harbour and included 35 people. The 18th session was held in Hope Town and 15 people attended. The 19th session was held in Treasure Cay with 31 people attending. The graduates included government employees, taxi drivers, hotel employees, business employees and general participants.Bahamahost Held Graduation CeremonyMitchell Albury was awarded a special plaque for earning a grade of 100 percent during the recently held Bahamahost course in Marsh Harbour. That is the first time it has happened on Abaco and only the second time in the country. He is shown here with Ms. Agatha Marcelle, M.P. and Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism. Support Citizens Against Crime By Portia Jonsson Full Contact Fishing, a Canadian national sports celebrity show, was on Abaco on January 20th-23rd to film some episodes of their show, interviewing sports celebrities in a relaxed atmosphere of fishing adventures and at the same time produce a RoadFishing Was Filmed for TV at Treasure CayTrip piece promoting Treasure Cay Resort which was their host hotel. In addition, they filmed stories on the history of Abaco. The show is scheduled to be aired nationally in Canada later this spring on Rogers Sportsnet. Ms. Wynsome Ferguson of the Abaco Tourist Office assisted this group. NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 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 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 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICEICE ICEICE ICE RENTRENT RENTRENT RENT ALAL ALAL AL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKESMan-O-WarBy Pat Elkins The Texaco Pirates traveled to Orlando on the weekend of January 22nd to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union International Fastpitch Softball Tournament. The tournament which was held at Disneys Wide World of Sports Complex consisted of twenty teams from the Caribbean and the United States. The first game for the Pirates was against a United States team, Grand Slam. Freddy The Skipper Cornish was the starting pitcher for the Pirates. At the end of the one hour and forty-five minute time limit the score was tied at 6-6. The next game resulted in a loss for the Pirates against the Falcons who later went on the win the tournament. The last game the Pirates played against the Gremlins from New York, which had one of the best pitchers in the United States. The Gremlins scored first in the fifth inning with one run and then in the sixth inning the Pirates tied the game up 1-1. New York was forced to make a pitching change and in the seventh inning, the undefeated Gremlins scored two runs sealing a victory at 3-1. William Weatherford was the starting pitcher against the Gremlins. The Texaco Pirates are very happy with their hard fought performance in Orlando. They now have many more opportunities to participate in other tournaments throughThe Hope Town Sailing Club sponsors a series of races each winter. Shown above are participants of a recent race. In the foreground is Takara a CS 36 owned by club member Bob Knaus. Photo by Carol and Tina News Of the Caysout the United States. The next goal for the Pirates is to participate in a big tournament in Montgomery, Alabama, on June 13-15. Congratulations to the entire team and good luck in Montgomery.Hope TownLocal Sailboat RacingBy Dottie Shrier The season for the Hope Town Sailing Club is well underway. With races scheduled from December to April, sailors from the entire Abaco area are welcomed to join this great local sport. John Foster, Race Committee Chairman, invites skippers to make note of the remaining race days. There will be one more race in February on the 19th, then races on March 5th and 19th and April 22nd. Abaco dinghy races are scheduled for March 15th, 22th, and 29th. Spectators truly enjoy the dinghy races as the race course is shorter and covers a much smaller area. A skippers meeting is held at the Hope Town Sailing Club at 0900 hours on race days. It is not necessary to attend as skippers may register out on the water before starting time by contacting the Committee boat on VHF Ch. 66. Normally races are held on the Sea of Abaco. Hope Town Sailing Club Commodore, Tony Bennett, also extends a welcome to everyone the in area interested in racing. He recommends listening to the Cruisers Net prior to race days for further details.Abaco Inn Will Host Art ShowBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly If you are an artist, or an art lover, you might wish to check out the Annual Art Show to be held on Elbow Cay at Abaco Inn. The Art Show will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewellery, woodwork, pottery, glassware and straw-work all done by our local Abaco artists. Pete Johnson, a well known local sculptor, will be at the show. The art show is open to all artists, Bahamian or non-Bahamian. If you are an artist wishing to sign up, you can contact the The Texaco Pirate team which traveled to a tournament in Orlando, Florida, are shown above. They are, standing left to right, Haziel McDonald, Greg Albury, Tim Albury, Lee Roberts, Grant Albury, Andrew Albury and Freddy Cornish. Kneeling left to right, Fred Sweeting, Dave Albury, William Weatherford, Michael Baillou, Papa-Sue Cornish and Andy Albury. Please see Cays Page 35

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R R R R RETAILETAIL ETAILETAIL ETAILCONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comSt. Francis de SalesOn January 29 the grade two students of St. Francis along with their teachers, Mrs. Moss and Ms. Bootle and parent Mrs. Gier Williams spent the day in Hope Town. The students visited the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum where they were taken on a guided tour by Mr. Junior Mernard, a parent of one of the students. They were then taken to the Hope Town lighthouse where all 18 students along with Mrs. Moss climbed all 101 steps to the top. The children were excited when they saw the whole of Hope Town harbour. The students had lunch at Sea Spray Resort. The day was beautiful and they enjoyed themselves. The grade two students would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Mernard and his sister Ms. Christine, who took the time to help make our class trip a success.Forest Heights AcademyMeesons Will Be LeavingBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly Students, staff and parents were all saddened to hear the news that Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meeson will not be returning to Forest Heights Academy for the 2003-2004 school year. The Meesons have been at Forest Heights since it opened its doors in 1991. Prior to that, the Meesons taught at Marsh Harbour Primary from 1990 to 1991. Over the years Forest Heights has grown from a small high school with most of its classrooms in trailers at its original campus, now St. Francis de Sales School, to a large facility with state of the art computer and science labs. The Meesons have been there for every minute of these changes. The school still continues to grow with new additions up to the present with the extension of a bigger sports field and the addition of a track. Anyone that is familiar with the school can confidently say that the Meesons have made Forest Heights what it is today. The Meesons are leaving due to medical problems and to be nearer their parents and students. They will be greatly missed by the school and the community. The best of luck to them returning to their home in Australia. The school and the community will always remember them in their prayers. The school opened in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Where do I find the correct years? The school was never in trailers at their new campus. The new school opened maybe about 1996Students Express ThemselvesJanuary was a month of expression for students of Forest Height Academy as Miquell Mills, Claire Basden and Ovens Altidor prepared for the National Debating Competition organized by Dr. Olga Clarke of the Ministry of Education. Under the guidance of Stephen Larre, history and geography teacher, these students developed speeches and rebuttals to the opposition of the topic Education has failed to prepare students for the future Although the debate did not take place until January 17, the group spent two days in Nassau getting to know their opponents from Cat Island, and Mr. Larre felt that, as valuable as the debate competition was, even more valuable was the experience of making new friends from the various islands. Despite all their hard work, they did not go on to the next round but Mr. Larre was very proud of how they performed and took it as a learning experience for next year. Then on January 18 Police Commissioner Farquharson visited Abaco to present the awards for the Second Annual Police Essay Competition. Brittany Sawyer, Amanda Sawyer and Cinquetta Basden were Forest Heights entries with Brittany receiving the third place award. Brittanys essay expressed the importance of good public relations between the police force and the community. Finally, with the end of the month came the announcement of the Forest Heights Students of the Month. For January they are as follows: Most Improved, Junior Kristenique Smith and Senior Ashley Sands; Sportsperson, Junior Lee Andra Thompson and Senior Philipp Zandali; and Citizen of the Month, Junior Dana Lowe and Senior Destiny Cornish. As a culmination of all nominations in all areas, the following students were chosen as overall Students of the Month, Juniors Eric Albury and Dana Lowe and Seniors Destiny Cornish and Dereka Gaitor. Congratulations to all students for their varied yet important contributions!Work ExperienceBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly For the first two weeks of February the grade ten class from Forest Heights was on Please see School Page 13 School NewsThe grade two students of St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour recently visited Hope Town. They are shown here at the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. They particularly enjoyed climbing all 101 steps of the lighthouse and looking out over the harbour. Advertise in The AbaconianSt. Francis de Sales School honors their top students each month. These are those chosen for January. They are, front row left to right, Royce Sands, Pre-K, Octavia Dean-McIntosh, Grade 3, Abidemi Simon, Grade 1, Serena Green, Grade 4, Britney McKenzie, Grade 5, Royce Archer, Grade 2, Megan Bootle, Grade 4 and Amy Mackey, Grade 5. Those in the second row, left to right, are Peter Williams, Grade 10, Carlos Malone, Grade 7, Julian Gibson, Grade 8, Shoshana Davis, grade 9, Leshondro Curry, Grade 11, Rojette Delancy, grade 6, and Alexis Williams, Grade 6. Not pictured is Dayneth Taylor, Grade 12.

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 Now high-speed Internet is available everywhere!Call the DirecWay Internet specialists at242Top of the hill, Mackey Street fax 242www.satellitebahamas.com Blazing fast Internet access Always on no dialing up or logging on No second phone line needed work experience. Completing two weeks of work experience has always been a part of the grade ten curriculum and is enjoyed by students. This year, like every year, there was great diversity among job choices. There were carpenters, journalists and even fishermen. Corey Engel of Hope Town worked at Sea Gull fishing charters and Akriza Kemp worked at Royal Bank. Margo Albury and Krista Kelly entered the field of journalism while Amy Albury experimented with photography at the Snap Shop. Work experience is a great experience for students to learn responsibilities and to help them decide their futures. Maybe after this wonderful experience students will return to the school with a new outlook on education or even a new outlook on life.Police Hold Annual Awards PresentationsBy Portia Jonsson The 2nd Annual Award Ceremony of the Royal Bahamas Police Force was held at the Central Abaco Primary School on January 18th. Participants and winners of an Essay Competition and Spelling Bee sponsored by the police were awarded certificates and trophies. Coordinator of the awards presentations, Cpl. Moxey, said it took 32 rounds in the spelling bee competition before there was a winner. Winner of the essay competition and capturing the Commissioners trophy for the second time was Raquel Smith of Abaco Central High School. The winning essay entitled The Justice System Is too Lenient on Juvenile Offenders in The Bahamas was read by Raquel. Special guest speaker for the evening was Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Farquharson, who remarked how pleased he was to be in Abaco. He went on to say the Police Force has come a long way from yesteryear and they have an obligation to the citizens of this country. He emphasized the need for young people to lock horns with the Police. Commissioner Farquharson commended the local police for spearheading a spelling bee and essay competition saying it was a step in the right direction. He ended by thanking the Abaco community for assisting the police in the fight against crime. Also in attendance were Supt. Leeland Russell, District Superintendent Hezekiah Dean, Supt. Richard Gardiner, Insp. Cleophas Cooper and Insp. Milton Swain. Winners in the spelling bee competition were Wensil Laroda 1st Place, Archraleck McDonald 2nd Place and Taj Anderson 3rd Place. Winners in the essay competition were Raquel Smith 1st Place, Vidlene Baptiste 2nd Place and Brittany Sawyer 3rd Place. SchoolFrom Page 12 More School News Fox Town PrimaryBy Portia Jonsson Repairs are still going on at Fox Town Primary School. Work began at the school in December 2002. Mr. Austin Mills, prinScience teacher Huel Moss from Abaco Central High School and Mrs. Candace Key of the Hope Town School attended a workshop in Nassau on the Bahamas wetlands and an endangered whistling duck. Mr. Moss is shown here receiving his certificate given by Mrs. Lynn Gape from the Bahamas National Trust. One of the facilitators, Michelle Kading is shown on the right. The Bahamas Shootout Golf Tournament, sponsored by two men from Freeport, Grand Bahama, R.H. Culmer and Vernon Wells, and coordinated by Jim Newbold, Carroll Laing, Steven Pedican and Ronald Bootle has been held for several years as a fund raising effort for the All Abaco Regatta. In 2002 they decided that they would split the proceeds and help schools in North Abaco. They gave Treasure Cay Primary and S.C. Bootle High School each two computers with monitors and speakers. The presentation is shown above. Pictured are Mr. Gary Knowles, Administrator for North Abaco, Ms. Felamease Sawyer from the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Myrtis Russell, Principal of the Treasure Cay Primary School, Mr. Leslie Rolle, Principal of S.C. Bootle High School, and Mr. Carroll Laing making the presentation. Please see School Page 14

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Page 14 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003TT TT T el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 F F F F F ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: harbourviewhaven@abacoinet.com www.guanacayvillas .com Rental CottagesAll units centrally air-conditioned Satellite TV, Radio / CD / Tape player Two bedrooms, queen beds, 1 bath, full kitchen, living room Dining area seats 6, Bahama room with queen futon One bedroom, one bath apartment overlooking the harbour Outside BBQ grill Enjoy your own private gazebo and garden Harbour View HavenLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas 3 Villas, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Fully furnished kitchen 1 bedroom queen, 1 bedroom 2 singles Sitting area queen futon Dining area seats 6 All units fully furnished, Central A/C Satellite TV, Radio/CD/Tape player Outside BBQ with your own private balcony Overlooking the harbour PoolTel: (242) 365-5028/5006/5002 Fax: (242) 365-5083e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com www. guanacayvillas.comLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, BahamasSea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas cipal, said when school re-opened for the new year on January 6th, teachers and students were unable to return due to the extensive renovations. After one and a half weeks of being closed, school resumed on January 17th.S.C. Bootle High SchoolBy Portia JonssonNew Staff Member ArrivesS.C. Bootle High School would like to welcome a new member of staff, Mr. David Persaud who joins the Math Department at the school.School Fair Is PlannedBy popular demand and based upn the resounding success of last years fair, S.C. Bootle will be having its Annual Spring Break extravaganza. The organizers who worked tirelessly last year have decided that they will have something that will be bigger than last year. So fasten your seatbelts and get ready for what will be a great fair. The date has not been set but planning has begun and the fair will be held in March.Graduation Plans BeginThe S.C. Bootle class of 2003 will be celebrating this commencement exercises on June 25th. The exercise will once again be held at the Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town. Graduation pictures will be taken the morning of April 16th.Agape Christian SchoolMemorial Service Was HeldBy Portia Jonsson A service celebrating the life of Caitlin Albury was held at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on January 24. High school students and teachers of Agape Christian School participated in the celebration service. They remembered Caitlin by singing some of her favourite hymns, reading poems and Bible verses. A song written by Caitlin was read. Family and friends along with teachers and students from other schools attended the service.Teachers Attend Wetlands WorkshopBy Isobel Sherman Mrs. Candace Key, Principal of Hope Town School, and Mr. Huel Moss, Jr, Viceprincipal of Abaco Central High School, recently attended a two-day workshop in Nassau. The Ministry of Education, Bahamas National Trust and Adventure Learning Centre in Nassau jointly sponsored the workshop entitled Wondrous West Indian Wetlands The main facilitator was Michelle Kading of Canada assisted by Lisa Sorenson, also The grade 10 biology classes at Abaco Central High School were divided into teams of four to construct dioramas of the water cycle. Shown above is one of the eight models they produced. Ms. Michelle Bailey is their teacher. More School News SchoolFrom Page 14 Please see School Page 30 $65 monthly $25 weekly $10 day visit Long term discounts available Mon Fri 6 am 8 pm Saturday 7 am 1:30 pm Closed Sunday Call 367-5939 Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour Revamped Gym Open All Day Free weights Strength stations Cardio Stations A/C & Cable TV Showers Instructor-led classes Private fitness training by Stephanie & Nikhil Cardio Kick-box class Yoga Aerobics

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Store Hours: 9am to 5pm Ph: (242) 365-5006 365-5002 365-5028 (office) 365-5083 (fax) A group of foresters was on Abaco on February 5 and 6 studying the effects of recent forest fires on our pine trees. They were from The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service accompanied by the one Bahamian forester from the Department of Lands and Surveys and a Bahamas National Trust representative. They toured the island extensively and consulted with local people to make their assessment. The leader of the group Mr. Ron Myers of the Nature Conservancy Fire Initiative felt that our forests were healthy. We have suffered many fires especially since Hurricane Floyd. Many trees were downed or killed by the hurricane which left a lot of dead matter on the forest floor. This provided much fuel for the fires. However, by now the forest floor is clear. There are areas where the heat of the fire was too intense and those areas are damaged severely. But for most of the forest the pine trees are regenerating and show healthy growth. They felt that Owens Illinois did a very admiral job of doing minimal damage to the forest during their logging operation during the 1960s. That company left several healthy mature trees per acre to reseed the forest because the normal planting of seedlings was not feasible. Wildlife in the burned areas was affected but some fire is necessary to maintain a healthy forest. If there were no fires, the pine woods areas would revert to coppice and this would adversely affect many species which are dependent on the pine woods. There would be concern if there are not enough fires. The foresters were quite surprised at how healthy the pine woods were. The trees are maturing to produce seed in about 20 years which is quite satisfactory. They felt that this species of pine trees were healthier than any other place where this particular tree grows. They want to see large areas of the pine woods left as they are critical to maintaining our fresh water reservoir. At some point the pine trees will be large enough to log. However, we can benefit from the forests economically now. There are many tourists who travel to see birds. The pine woods have abundant bird life with a greatForests Are in Good Conditionvariety of species. The men explained that there are many kinds of fires such as slow burning or intense. They would like to see firemen from Abaco more knowledgeable about forest fires. The Nature Conservancy is a non-profit international organization which works with local groups throughout North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Australia to preserve habitats for native species to thrive. Their goal is to protect bio-diversity through protecting the habitat. They concentrate their efforts in areas where they feel they can make a difference. Their financing comes from private donations and non-governmental grants as well as government grants. They have been conserving the environment since 1951 and now own more 11 million acres throughout the United States.Firemen Will Attend WorkshopThe Nature Conservancy, an international environmental organization, is organizing a week-long forest fire workshop in Belize for firefighters from several Caribbean countries. The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service are sponsoring several from The Bahamas to attend. Two Abaco firemen, Stanton Chea and Mike Parotti, will be attending along with Ron Pagliaro from Friends of the Environment and David Knowles, the agriculture officer on Abaco. Others will be going from Grand Bahama and Andros. The workshop focuses on fire management, planning and training with talks and demonstrations as well as an actual controlled burn. A group of foresters toured Abaco to assess the health of Abacos pine woods in view of the severe forest fires we have had in recent years. Although there are areas, particularly in Central Abaco, where the fires were intense and did extensive damage, most of the pine forests are in good condition and healthy. They are working with our local firemen to teach them about forest fires. The group shown above are, standing left to right, Dale Wade of the U.S. Forest Service, Chris Be rgh, program manager of The Nature Conservancy in the Florida Cays, Erin Pagliaro of Friends of the Environment, David Knowles, agricultural officer on Abaco, Ron Myers with the Fire Initiative of The Nature Conservancy, and Randolph Burrows with the Bahamas National Trust at the Rand Nature Centre on Grand Bahama. Kneeling are Jim Snyd er, a research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Frank Lowenstein, Forest Conservation Program of The Nature Conservancy.

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Page 16 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 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!Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsLocated in The Pink Building Royal Harbour Village Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and more throughout the Bahamas From Grand Bahama to Great InaguaTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260 www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Pelican Shores Magnificent 3 bedroom, 3 bath Mediterranean-style villa, views of Marsh Harbour port. Designer interiors. Dock & boat lift. List #6010 $1,785,000 Kathleen Albury Sales & Appraisals June Russell Sales Celeste Pinder Rental Agent Select Properties Bahama Palm Shores. Superb selection of inland and water-view homesites.Call for details. Casuarina. Bone fishing paradise. Walk to Eight Mile Beach. Several well-priced home sites. From $15,000 Casuarina. SOLD! Unusual 10,000 s.f. home site with generous right-of-way to 8-Mile beach. #5157. $50,000 Cistern Cay Exceptionally high elevation, 360 views! Half acre plus home site. Ready to build. #4988 $49,900 Elbow Cay. UNDER OFFER! 2-story house w/2 apartments. White Sound Dock & beaches. #7249. $240,000 Guana Cay SOLD! 2 adjacent home sites within steps of the Atlantic. Near Nippers! #6596. $40,000 and $45,000 Joe s Creek. 2+ acres. Beautiful pinewoods. Build single family or duplex Beach access. #7273. $144,000 Leisure Lee. Half acre plus home site.100+ ft. on beach. Ready to build. Offers considered. #5272. $233,500 Marsh Harbour. Near Boat Harbour and all amenities. Commercial/residential site. #6351 $120,000 Scotland Cay. 1/2 acre home site 150 on Sea of Abaco, good deep water for dockage. #6180 $249,000 Commercial and Residential Rentals Regattas of Abaco. Choice rentals, beautifully furnished, long term and short term. Please call for details. Royal Harbour Village Shops. Retail/office space available and gorgeous rental apartment. Please call for details. 1 Jan 03 Great Abaco Club Great Price! Canal front site on cul-de-sac, near Sea of Abaco channel. Prepared, ready to build! List #6255 $199,000 Marsh Harbour On the Sea of Abaco. 3 bed/2 bath home on 1 acre. Dockage possible. Wonderful views of Elbow Cay and the Lighthouse! List #6493 $590,000 UNDER OFFERWe are featuring more students who are away studying for their college level work. Jason Archer has begun studying for his masters degree in computer science at Florida Memorial College in Miami, Florida. He is also studying airway sciences and will train to become a certified pilot. Jason is a graduate of Abaco Central High School and is the son of Pastor Alexander and Brenda Archer of Dundas Town. Ava Parker is in her first year at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau where she is studying business administration. Ava is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Burnell Parker of Fox Town and is a graduate of S.C. Bootle High School.Students Are Studying AwaySome Are Away for High SchoolThese students are away to complete their high school work. Misty Russell is in the 11th grade at Appleby College (high school) in Oakville, Canada. She is the daughter of Jack and Lana Russell of Hope Town. Lyle Sawyer is in the 11th grade at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida. He is the son of Marty and Kimberley Sawyer of Marsh Harbour. Bahama Star Farm Gives Youth Christmas PartyEvery Christmas the Bahama Star Farm management provides a festive time for the children of their employees. They have a big Christmas party with lots of good food, music and gifts. And Santa always makes time to visit. The children anticipate this annual event. Brian and Pam Weaver orgainzed this years event. Subscribe toThe Abaconian

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 Daily Schedule Lv Crown Haven7 am & 2:30 pmLv McLeans Town8:30 am & 4:30 pm$40 one way $80 round-trip Children $20 one way $40 round Charters & Group Bookings available Abaco Ph: (242) 365-2356 Grand Bahamas Ph: (242) 353-3093Bus Service And Rental Cars Available at each terminalA consultative workshop was held in Marsh Harbour on February 6 to discuss the problems of invasive plants and animals. Invasive plants and animals are those which are introduced into an area which then proliferate and spread in ways that are destructive to native ecosystems. The meeting was sponsored by the BEST Commission. The BEST (Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology) Commission is a governmental group which was formed in 1994. Its role has expanded to be an advisory board to government on the environment. Representing the BEST Commission was Ms. Stacey Moultrie from the technical office of the Commission. She spoke briefly, then opened the meeting to a discussion of the problems specific to Abaco. The group of about 40 persons represented many areas which are concerned with invasive species and included customs officers, farmers, local government officers, tourism representatives, tour guides and operators, birders, teachers, landscape companies, real estate companies and others concerned about our environment. Friends of the Environment, our Abaco organization involved with protecting the local environment, organized the meeting. Ms. Moultrie briefly spoke about the ways alien species move to new areas and the basic ways of controlling them. The BEST Commission is making a study funded by the Bahamian government and the British government to identify problems and to make recommendations for action. The Commission has made a first draft for consideration. Ms. Moultrie is holding meetings in Nassau and other Family Islands to get input before making the final draft of the proposal. The final plan when accepted will affect all people. The final recommendations will include education of the population through television, radio, newspapers, posters and teaching aids for teachers. Ms. Moultrie explained that an invasive species is one that threatens native ecosystems. Not all alien plants and animals are invasive. Some species become invasive only after something affects local plants such as a hurricane or disease which leaves the local habitat vulnerable. The Commission wants to prioritize ten major problem areas which the focus should be on. The study will then suggest a plan of action. This plan must be submitted by March 31. The two government will take these recommendations and create a program which should be implemented by the end of this year. The Abaco group brought up many issues which affect us here. The topic which seemed most prominent was the proliferation of racoons which arrived on Abaco in the mid-1990s. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife and others who are knowledgeable feel that at this stage the racoon cannot be eradicated but only kept under control. It is a threat to the parrot population of South Abaco as well as to many other birds and reptitles. The BEST Commission will be working with local environmental groups and other groups when any program is implemented. It is only as the people of an area join together and work with government that any of our problems with invasive species will be controlled since government funding will be limited.Invasive Species Can Create ProblemsThe BEST Commission is concerned with many aspects of protecting our environment. One major problem is that of invasive species, or alien plants or animals which become destructive to the native species. Shown above is Ms. Stacey Moultrie from the Commission who held a workshop in Marsh Harbour to discuss the problems specific to Abaco. She is shown with Mr. David Knowles, Agricultural officer on Abaco. There are several ways which are used to control invasive species. The first is to prevent new species from arriving since no one knows which species will become a pest. This requires a national inspection system, trained people and funding. The next defense is early detection. The sooner a problem can be recognized the better it can be controlled. Knowing exactly where the foreign species is located is essential to raising public awareness and then developing an effective program controlling the species. Eradication means removing the entire population. This is the best way to restore native habitats but is difficult to accomplish. They can be micro-organisms such as bacteria and plankton or plants such as trees, shrubs and vines or animals such as insects, and mammals. We have a number of species of both plants and animals on Abaco which are creating problems. These foreign species do not have natural controls which keep them under control in their native habitat. These new species can upset the new habitat in many ways. They compete with native species and can eventually replace them. Some can use up fresh water supplies which is a critical item on islands. They can introduce new diseases and can bring about changes in the environment to which native species cannot adapt. One example on Abaco of an invasive animal is the racoon which arrived on Little Abaco less than 10 years ago. However, in that time it has reproduced and has now been seen as far south as Casuarina Point. It is going to dramatically alter Abacos wildlife as it will decimate our native ground birds, our ducks, our lizards and our native parrots. An example of an invasive plant that is damaging to our environment is the Casuarina or Australian Pine. It was taken to Nassau in the 1920s to be used as a hedge which would tolerate salt spray. However, eventually it was allowed to grow, produce seeds and multiply. It is harmful because it puts out a toxin which our native plants cannot tolerate, so eventually replaces our native plants. The trees have a shallow root system so they blow down easily during severe storms. Trees that fall in beach areas lead to severe beach erosion and can eventually destroy the beach. There are examples of beaches which were beautiful 40 years ago but which have all but disappeared by now. Invasive species are much more of a threat to islands than to large land masses as the ecosystems are much more sensitive to changes and are less able to cope with the new species. Islands have been isolated for centuries and have developed ecosystems which are more easily disturbed by new species. Island species often have small populations which are unique to that area that are vulnerable. Even large land masses have serious problems. For example, rabbits were introduced to Australia many years ago and have become a serious problem. At present Australia spends US$373 million each year to control them. Our increasing globalization which results in trade, transport, travel and tourism all allow new species to move around and establish themselves in new territory, invading ecosystems worldwide. If the invasive species is limited in area, this is more likely to be successful. The most successful examples of eradication are from small islands. The last resort is to control the invasive species. This is a continual program which tries to keep the population at the lowest possible level. The faster the response to a problem the more likely it is to be successful. Any meaningful prevention and control of invasive species comes with a cost.Ways to Control Alien Species Alien Species Is a Worldwide ProblemIt Pays to Advertise

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Page 18 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003By Isobel Sherman The Sixth Annual Art Festival at Abaco Beach Resort was held from January 31 through February 2 at the Marquee. The festival kicked off Friday evening with an invitational cocktail reception. Crowds came to get the first peek at the works of 25 artists from Abaco, the Bahamas, the United States and Canada. As musician Bob Zwickel played, guests mingled, admiredAbaco Beach Resort Holds 6th Art ShowBrigitte Bowyer Carey is shown painting fish on driftwood. Mrs. Carey, who lives on Tilloo Cay, is a versatile artist who shows her talent in a variety of media. Bob Zwickel, an artist who lives in Little Harbour, is multi-talented. He is shown here entertaining the crowd at the opening of the art festival at Abaco Beach Resort. His display of oil paintings proved very popular. Pete Johnston, renown artist from Little Harbour, is shown putting the finishing touches on a wax model which will eventually become a bronze sculpture. and purchased the art. The exhibits ranged form Chan Pratts oils to Brigitte Bowyer Careys watercolors, Marjolein Scotts watercolors on silk to Rome Heyers stained glass, Pete Johnstons bronze sculptures to Monica Bianchi ceramic glass jewelry. Other artists exhibiting were Bob Zwickel, Jeep Byers, Lori Higgs Thompson, Kim Rody, Linda Schlief, Cavelle MacDonnell, Beth Sweeting, Tubby Weatherford, Donnie Woods, Malcolm Rae, Livingston Pratt, Donald Russell, John Paul, Colyn Rees, Colette Rolle-Bootle, Harriet Thompson, Kim Roberts, and Anne Ray. The exhibit was not just confined to painting and prints. Donnie Woods had a gorgeous two-foot tall sculpture of Mother Theresa holding a childs hand carved from madeira wood. Monica Bianchi, a new resident of Bahama Palm Shores, had jewelry made from pieces of glass from broken bottles and melted together to achieve beautiful colors and then turned into earrings, pins and pendants. Linda Schleif had beautiful jewelry made Colin Rees displayed his remarkable photographs for the first time at the Abaco Beach Resort Art Festival. His photographs of Abaco in the 1950s and 1960s proved to be very popular. Beth Sweetings name has become known since she first exhibited at the Abaco Beach Art Festival three years ago. She paints a variety of subject matter. Kim Rody from Stuart, Florida, has the nickname Fishartista, because of her large murals of fish and underwater scenes. Her realistic colorful paintings were spectacular. Please see Art Show Page 19

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19Art Show Features Local ArtistsColette Rolle-Bootle was wearing her artists cap at the recent art festival at Abaco Beach Resort. Her normal cap is that of customs officer at the Marsh Harbour airport. Art runs in the family. Harriet Thompson, Colette Rolle-Bootles sister, makes baskets from pine needles. Her popular bowls have nick-named her The Basket Lady. Many of her baskets incorporate pottery bases. from sea glass. Kim Roberts had pillows and quilted wall hangings made from her watercolor on silk paintings of fish and dolphins. Colyn Rees had beautiful photographs of Abaco the way it was in the 1950s and 1960s. All were black and white but many were aerial photographs of scenes of Abaco such as Hole-in-the-Wall lighthouse. The Every Child Counts Programme for children with special needs had a booth where they sold artwork produced by their students. Their work ranged from cards to Junkanoo costume pieces. Most of the artists felt that this years exhibit attracted more persons than any other time. It is an exhibit which attracts visitors, winter residents and Abaconians. On Saturday when I revisited the exhibit, artists were already talking about returning next year to the Seventh Annual Art Exhibit at Abaco Beach Resort. Kim Roberts expresses her artistic talents in fabric arts. Painted silk and quilted art are appreciated by the art fanciers. Art ShowFrom Page 18 Chan Pratt from Nassau is a regular at the Abaco Beach Art Festival. This year he displayed paintings which are done entirely with his palette knife. These are in contrast to the work he has brought to previous art shows which featured poinciana trees in blossom. Marjolein Scott of Great Cistern had a dramatic presentation with large colorful art work. She does large silk resist paintings as well as tiles and smaller paintings. She is shown at her booth with Jane Hurd. Well known aritist Malcolm Rae displays his art on Abaco regularly. His eye-catching booth showed a variety of art using several different media. He is shown working on a clay model.

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Page 20 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center in The Abaconian office Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! NCR Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...More Open 9am 5pm Mon. Fri. 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 Explore the Golden Reef and find a delightful array of resort-wear fashions, Abaco Gold jewellery 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 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 A study of the Abaco National Park in South Abaco was begun in January. Mrs. Lynn Gape of The Bahamas National Trust and Ms. Susan Jacobson, Director of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, from the University of Florida were on Abaco on February 4 and 5 to initiate a program funded by Disney Foundation. The program will focus on educational aspects of the park and will develop educational material to be used on Abaco. Disney Foundation supports education, particularly when it is protecting nature. They offer grants to studies which they feel are worthwhile. The idea of a study of the Abaco National Park was presented to them and it was one of five projects funded out of 20 requests. The project will involve the public in supporting the management of the Abaco National Park to maintain a viable population of the parrots and the pine woods habitat. The grant will fund a comprehensive assessment of the needs of the park and develop an outreach program to educate the public. Phase one of the program is conducting a needs assessment for the park to determine the priorities and review the strategies for delivering conservation education to adults as well as in the schools. Focus groups were organized to determine local insight into park needs. These groups included the neighboring residents, community leaders, the business community, teachers, recreational users, tourism industry representatives and hunters. The discussions focused on two aspects, the overall park and the parrots. They will develop ideas of the economic, ecological and recreation benefits of the park which has 20,000 acres. They will prioritize the ideas to present a program to the directors of the foundation. The second phase will be based on the results of the first phase. They will develop a program and materials which incorporate a variety of approaches such as posters, publications, guided tours, school programs or workshops. Methods may include radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, cultural events or demonstrations. They will see what is effective before fully implementing the program. The program will be a broader study than just focusing on the parrots but will incorporate all possible goals for the park. The program will develop educational materials, relating to the park and parrots. The program will develop public awareness about the park and an appreciation of the natural resources there. Initially materials will probably be for schools. They expect that there will be much resource material that teachers can draw from. Developing the program is the first phase. The second phase, actually developing the material, will begin within in the next few months.Focus Will Be on National ParkThe Bahamas National Trust jointly with the University of Florida held focus groups to find out what Abaco felt was needed to educate the people about the Abaco National Park. They will be developing educational material with a grant from the Disney Foundation. Mrs. Lynn Gape, standing center, was here from the Bahamas National Trust along with Ms. Susan Jacobson, right, from the University. Marsh Harbour Thursdays Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m Treasure Cay Fridays Primary School at 6:30 p.m. Man-O-War Cay Saturdays Government Clinic at 11 a.m. Sandy Point Saturdays Anglican Church Hall at 5 p.m.Weight Watchers ScheduleIt Pays to Advertise

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 21 By Isobel Sherman In a presentation at Mackerels Restaurant on January 30 four persons were honoured for their hard work and dedication to the All Abaco Regatta.. Mr. Everette Hart, Chairman of the All Abaco Regatta Committee since its inception and through 2002, was given an award. Mrs. Lee Wilson, Mrs. Greta Culmer and Cpl. Hubert Smith were also awarded for their hard work and dedication during the past six years. The new committee for the 2003 All Abaco Regatta was introduced. The committee is headed by Mr. Jackson McIntosh and Deputy Chairman Ishmael Morley. Other officers are Secretary Wynsome Ferguson, Assistant Secretary Anita Rolle, Treasurer Errol Ferguson, Assistant Treasurer Bruce Lightbourne, Commodore Hubert Smith and Vice Commodore Mitchell Albury. The 7th All Abaco Regatta is slated to be held in the waters between Green Turtle Cay and Treasure Cay on September 25 27. The new committee is expecting to need $180,000 for this next regatta and is asking the entire community of Abaco to donate generously.Regatta Awards OrganizersThe All Abaco Regatta Committee held an awards ceremony on January 30 to recognize four persons who organized the regatta originally and who served very faithfully for all the years since. Shown above is Mrs. Lee Wilson being presented with a plaque by Mr. Jackson McIntosh, the current Chairman. On the right is Deputy Chairman of the committee, Mr. Ismael Morley. The other three honoured were Mr. Everette Hart, Chairman of the committee, Mrs. Greta Culmer and Sgt. Hubert Smith. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis 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, 367-3457Pilot 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 Price: $1,500,000 Price: $935,000 VILLA JUNKANOO Great island home just steps away from the beach. Open floor plan, 3B/2B, great room with wet bar. Master suite upstairs offers balcony with views of the Atlantic Ocean.Price: $480,000LUBBERS QUARTERS CAY Sea to sea property over 4 lush acres, beautiful beach on western side, 100 foot dock on eastern side, main house, and cottage, lots of decking, a rare find. Price:$1,290,000ARIEL VIEW Lovely 3bd/2bth home located in Dorros Cove. Gorgeous views of the Atlantic w/beach access. 2 minutes to Tahiti Beach. Central a/c, furnished, landscaped. Price: $715,000LITTLE ORCHARD Island Style home, 3bd/2bth located on 2 lots 90X158ft. each, central a/c, fully furnished, wrap around decks (upstairs) Downstairs has a 1bd/1bth furnished apt. w/central a/c (rental income $800 per month). Fully enclosed workshop, 30kw generator, 3 telephione lines, cable tv. Lots are fully landscaped with mature fruit trees and citrus. A must see! Price$588,000SOLITUDE Secluded north end Elbow Cay property offers incredible views of the Atlantic and easy access to bay and ocean beaches. Split level, 3B/3B, open kitchen combines with great room. Large downstairs office can convert to fourth bedroom. Large open decks for sunning, alfresco dining. Lush landscaped grounds. Price:$635,000DORROS COVE Lage hillside lot 110 x 200 with great views of the Atlantic, cleared and ready to build your perfect island home. Underground electric & telephone, great buy. 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: $230,000LARGE OCEAN FRONT LOT 110 x 259. Georgeous views! Private dock slip in Marnies Marina. Undergrund utilities (electic & phone) Price: $315,000NORTH END, ELBOW CAY Lush interior lot with great ocean views, and access to incredible swimming/snorkeling beach. Price:$135,000EAST 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: $89,000UNDERUNDER UNDERUNDER UNDER CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT Price: $1,755,000 POINT OF VIEWDramatic Atlantic Ocean front property with views south through the chain of islands just steps away from Tahiti Beach.Main house features openkitchen, 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: $1,550,000 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPremier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool.Custom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of 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 ATLANTIC HORIZONS AZURE BLUECustom home in private marina community facingthe Sea of Abaco. Turn-key 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht.Immaculate, turnkey, oceanfront home, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, heated pool overlooking Atlantic, large deck, screened porch and generator.UNDERUNDER UNDERUNDER UNDER CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT CONTRACT FANTASY

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Page 22 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 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 Wines, Spirits & Beers Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Open Monday Saturday 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 Fax: 367-5241 A premium Belgium lager beerwinterwine Clearance SaleSelected items now33% to 45% offThru March Cash & Credit Card Only Major credit cards acceptedA premium lite beer 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 pm P.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" TT TT T ropicalropical ropicalropical ropicalSelfSelf SelfSelf SelfStorageStorage StorageStorage Storage10 x 12 12 x 20 12 x 30Self-Storage Space at U.S. PricesKey Club Road Marsh Harbour Ph. & Fax 242-365-6407 tropicalselfstorage@abacoinet.com Agatha Archer of Dundas Town died on January 24 after a long illness. Her funeral was on February 1 at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour. Rev. Charles Carey officiated and interment was in the Public Cemetery in Marsh Harbour. She is survived by her children Deanne, Veronica and Wayne Archer and Joy Demeritte; sister Whitlene Cooper; brother Patrick Roberts; aunt Gleka Campbell; sonsin-law Everette Archer and Keith Clarke; daughter-in-law Geletha Archer; grandchildren Ernestine Albury, Richard Archer, Alesia Wallace, Lynden and Leslie Archer, Alvardo Bootle, Beryl McIntosh, Adrian Russell, Quintin Bonamy, Ayanna Archer, Rissie Demeritte, Derkee Thompson, Chelsea Smith, Talya Archer, Jacqueline Clarke and Keino Clarke; great grandchildren Deandra, Deangelo, Akeem, Darey, Danielle, Whitley, Sidney Jr. Cordeisha, Lynzandria, Whitney, Quintina, Cameron, Richardy, Diallo, Alvardo Jr. Adrian Jr. Biaface, Tariq Archer; grandsons-in-law Jason Wallace and Tyrone Albury; granddaughters-in-law Cindy Russell, Jacqueline Bootle; sisters-in-law Barbara Roberts, Vyrona, Evelyn and Sybil Archer; brotherin-law Percy Archer; nieces and nephews Karen Cooper, Donna Burrows, Stephanie Campbell, Grace, Patrick, Edward, Stacey and Jeremy Roberts, Johnnie, Samuel and Joseph Archer, Sherry Styles, Paulette Campbell, Guillemina Archer, Pamela Robertson, Antoinette Hamilton, Belinda McIntosh, Ancella Gay, Creswell, Ivan and Kamala Archer, Ryan Archer, Glenda Knowles, Angie Collie, Emmette, Denise and Renee Archer; cousins including Lila Strachan and family, Nadeen Beneby, Brenda Simms, Eleanor and Patricia Campbell, Monique Glinton, Rosemund Carey, Lambert, Wesley, Peter and Rev. Carl Campbell, Evie Simmons, Margaret, Jean, Ann, Radie, Eleanor, Marie and Neville Turnquest, Ruby Fox, Tyrone, Patricia, Valderine, Wesley, Joan, Nikki, Theresa, Sandra and Nicola Archer, Deloris Lightbourne, Kathy Grant, Jenniemae, Barbaramae, Herbert and Cecil Lewis, Bernie Brown and family, Lyn and Shannon Dames, Malena Scott, Teddy North, Sylvia Treco, Marina McCartney, Ernest Dean and family and many other relatives and friends. Viola Cornish 67, of Mt. Hope died February 5th at her residence after a very long illness. She is survived by her husband, Leon Cornish; sons Felix, Michael, Jacob and Vernal; daughters Irma, Mildred and Bethsheba; step-son former Prime Minister, the Hon. Hubert Ingraham; brother Leon Pinder; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church. Officiating will be Pastor John McIntosh and interment will be in the Fox Town Cemetery. The funeral service for Mr. Harold Wong, 60, of Casuarina Point was held on February 8 at the Epworth Methodist Church in Cherokee Sound. Rev. Carla Culmer officiated. Interment was in the public cemetery in Cherokee Sound. He is survived by his wife Beatrice Wong; children Suzi, Jason, Shannon and Nakia Wong; granddaughters Emily Rose and Peyton Jayde; daughters-in-law Sabrina and Beulah Wong; brothers Hubert, William, Barry, Ronald and Philip; sister Anna Mae Burrows; aunt Ada Amman; nieces; nephews; cousins and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Mr. Rupert Eardley Archer Moss 85, was held on February 8 in Wesley Methodist Church in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. He is survived by his wife Eunice; sons Dr. Roop Rupert, Michael, Charles, Adlai Eardley, Edwin, Embry and Trevor; daughters Greta, Monique and Jasmin; brotherin-law Harold; sons-in-law Charles Bain and Henry Hepburn; daughters-in-law Willie, Deeann, Ann, Sherry and Devono; grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces; nephews; other relatives including Blanche and Earla Moss, Yvonne, Maura, Howitt, Donald, Andrew and Earl Moss, Lillian Moss, Rosemary Williams, Winnifred Williams, Sheila Ferguson, Valaine Green, Angela Phillips, Elcott Ferguson, Durward Archer, Patricia Archer, Rev. Colin Archer, Donald, Albert and Robert Archer, Melonie Farrington, Nadene Beneby, Lambert and Wesley Campbell, Rev. Carl Campbell, Willimena Watkins, Myrtal Hanna, Rev. Prince Hepburn, James Russell, Phillip Major, Annie Sears, the Moss, Archer, DeGregory, Campbell and Hudson families and the Methodist Church family.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

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com 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 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 Brand PartsHardware & Fastenersfor Homeowners and ContractorsPlumbing Supplies Water HeatersYour largest choice of economical Gas AppliancesAt the traffic light in Marsh Harbour Paints Man-O-War Schoolpresents the17th Annual Flea MarketHot Dogs, Burgers, Snacks, Full MealsFebruary 22 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The public is welcome to set up a table or booth and sell non-food items10% of all proceeds from all vendors goes to the schoolAt Man-O-War Marina4th Annual Interschool Bicycle RaceBy Isobel Sherman Once again Road Runners Bicycle Store in Dundas Town sponsored an inter school bicycle race. The races were held at the track in Murphy Town on January 30 and were organized by the Interact Clubs of St. Francis de Sales School and Abaco Central High School.Primary Division 400 metre Pee Wee1st Godfrey Rolle, St. Frances de Sales 2nd Leroy Thompson, St. Frances 3rd Nick Pratt, Central Abaco PrimaryPrimary Division 400 metre1st Chelsea Albury, St. Francis 2nd Carl Archer, St. Francis 3rd Shaquille McKenzie, St. Frances.Primary Division 1600 metre1st Carl Archer, St. Francis 2nd Leroy Thompson, St. Francis 3rd Payton Thomas, St. FrancesJunior Division 400 metre1st David Vilmar, St. Frances 2nd Basil Hall, Central Abaco Primary 3rd Rogette Delancy, St. FrancesJunior Division 1600 metre1st Tevin Lesbitt, Central Abaco Primary 2nd David Vilar, St. Frances 3rd Rogette Delancy, St. Frances The floating trophy for the Primary Division was awarded to St. Frances de Sales School.High School Division Junior Level 400 metre1st Sidney Archer, St. Francis 2nd George Martin, St. Francis 3rd Eden Hanna, St. FrancesJunior Level 1600 metre1st Sidney Archer, St. Frances 2nd George Martin, St. Frances 3rd Thallese Adderly, Abaco CentralAdolescent Division 400 metre1st Jorel Jeffer, Abaco Central High 2nd Omar Blyden, Abaco Central High 3rd Mathew Roberts, St. FrancesAdolescent Division 1600 metre1st Mathew Roberts, St. Frances 2nd Omar Blyden, Abaco Central High 3rd Courno Rolle, St. FrancesSenior Division 400 metre1st Edwin Curry, Abaco Central High 2nd Corey Knowles, St. Frances 3rd Leandro Symonette, Abaco Central Senior Division 1600 metre 1st Leandro Symonette, Abaco Central 2nd Edwin Curry, Abaco Central 3rd Nylcel Murray, St. Frances St. Frances de Sales won the High School Division Floating trophy by 2 points 1917.Youth Baseball ClinicBy Portia Jonsson Coaches Brooks Russell and Rich Roberts of Agape Christian School hosted a Youth Baseball Clinic for boys ages 9-13 at the Man-O-War field in Man-O-War Cay on February 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. Contact Coaches Russell and Roberts at Agape Christian School for more information. Sports NewsRoadrunners Bicycle Store sponsored its annual bicycle race on January 30. St. Francis de Sales School won both the Primary School and High School divisions overwhelmingly. The cyclists are shown lining up for one of the races.

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Page 24 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 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.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for information STANDARD HARDWAREMarsh Harbour 242-367-2660, 2881, 2820 Fax 242-367-2645 Contractors Ask about our special price scheduleA full stock of electrical hardware for contractors and homeowners From inside to outside From roof to floor There's plenty more Inside our store Special homeowner pricing on major projectsCorner 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 367-2250North AbacoBy Portia Jonsson While visiting Treasure Cay, I had the pleasure of meeting the Acting Chief Councillor for North Abaco, Mr. Steven Pedican. He informed me about events in the area. On the night of January 30th there was a spate of robberies. The following establishments were broken into: Texaco Gas Station, the Airport Gift Shop, Bahamasair and the Customs and Immigration Department. At the Customs and Immigration Department two doors were broken through, damaging them beyond repair. However, the perpetrators were unable to gain entry to the safe even though they succeeded in breaking off the handle. Funds have been allocated by Local Government for two beautification projects in Treasure Cay. Plans have been made to clean up the bonefishing grounds in the sandbanks area and to beautify the entrance to Treasure Cay off the S.C. Bootle Highway. Payment has been made to BEC for the installation of street lights at Madeira Park.Low Occupancy at Treasure Cay HotelTreasure Cay Resort and Marina is presently experiencing an unusually low occupancy level at both the hotel and marina. During the Christmas holiday it was much slower than anticipated with only a few bookings and no walk-in customers. Normally this time of year is a busy period at the hotel but at the moment they only have a room occupancy of four percent. Employees work hours had to be reduced and the hotel had no need to hire additional workers for the holiday season as is normally the case. The marina is also experiencing a decline in visitor arrivals. Presently there are only 14 non-resident boats docked. This bleak situation looks like it may continue until April when reservations promise a brighter picture.Cookbook Needs RecipesThe Treasure Cay Community Centre Board is planning to publish a cookbook within the next two years featuring recipes from Treasure Cay cooks and their friends. They hope that you will participate by sending your favourite recipes to the Cookbook Committee right away so they can begin work on this exciting project. They will need lots of help, so please contact them with anything you feel you can provide. Theme ideas, art and publishing experience would all be helpful. Ginny Shew is the cookbook contact and will welcome your recipes and ideas. Her e-mail address is Ginnyshew@aol.com or call her at 365-8395.Treasure Cay Humane SocietyDonations are requested to enable Treasure Cay Humane Society to continue treating stray animals there. Funds are presently very limited and any contribution would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the Treasure Cay library or contact Jerry Roberts at 365-8474 or Peggy Lander at 365-8150.Valentine Talent ShowA Valentine Talent Show will be held at the Fire Road Community Hall on February 15th. There will be lots of singing, dancing and modeling. Food and drinks will be on sale. A one-hour dance will immediately follow the show. Entertainment will be provided by Da Imitator along side D.J. Chaos.North Abacos First Police InspectorInspector Gregory Barr became the first police Inspector for North Abaco on December 16th, 2002. He has 25 years of service with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and was stationed on Grand Bahama and Bimini before moving to Abaco. Inspector Barr said there is a lot of work to be done and it is a challenge working in North Abaco because the cays and towns on the mainland are so spaced out. But with the help of the Lord, he will do his best to assist the North Abaco Newscommunities using all the resources the police have. He is based at the Coopers Town police station. It appears that a boat and a car somehow got reversed with the boat on dry land while the car is submerged. A resident of Fox Town lost control of his vehicle which coasted into the water. It apparently floated long enough to turn itself around to face the shore. Inspector Gregory Barr

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February 15th, 2003 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 March 2003 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 SC Bootle Highway 3 1/2 Miles outside Marsh HarbourJoin us for some of the best Bahamian Dishes you will find in Abaco at affordable prices.For Dinner Reservations Call Us Tel: 367-5331 or 367-5333 Look For Our Sign! Looking For ALooking For A Looking For ALooking For A Looking For A New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To DineThe Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy ParrotMonday Sunday Lunch 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Happy hour Weekdays 5:30 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy our Bahamian Breakfast! Saturday Morning 8 10 a.m. Sunday Breakfast 9 11 a.m.The Classic Coin Laundry was broken into on January 25 or 26. Goods valued at $171.15 were stolen. The residence of a Murphy Town woman was broken into on January 27 and someone stole jewelry and a jewelry box with a total value of $670. The American Bridge office was broken into on January 28 or 29. Nothing was stolen. The American Bridge office had three consecutive break-ins between January 28 and 31. Nothing appeared to be missing after two but gloves worth $50 were taken during one of the break-ins. Lowes Pharmacy was broken into on January 31. It is not known if anything was stolen. The Customs area at the Treasure Cay airport was broken into on January 30 or 31. Someone had attempted to open the safe. A woman of The Mud had her shop broken into on January 31 or February 1 and $5000 of shoes and clothing was stolen. A man from The Mud reported that on January 31 a man he knew broke into his house while he was asleep, choked him, then stole his pants which contained keys, a watch and $25. Classic Coin Laundry was broken into on February 3.Police Report The traffic division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force is warning Nassau drivers that if they have dark tints on their windows, they can be fined $75. For the month of February the police will be making a big effort to reduce the number of cars with dark tints, including the vehicles of police officers. Since the degree of tinting varies, the police officer will use his own discretion as to charging the driver. All tinting is against the law but the officers will determine if they will write a ticket. This includes the tinting of windshields as well as all side windows. The windows must have enough transparency to be able to view the interior. This program was initiated in Nassau where many motorists were ticketed. Officers also ticketed motorists for other infractions while checking for tinted windows. It is part of a program which will target specific infringements of the traffic laws each month.Tinted Windows Will Bring Fines Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 26 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties9 hse + 365-4465 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana 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 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh 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 3650083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort353-1252Wood 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 + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information www.abacoinet.com www.abacoinfo.com www.abacos.com www.go-abacos.com www.oii.net + agents who have multiple cottages and houses 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 NOTICEESTATE of CHARLES W. SAWYER also known as CHARLES WILSON SAWYER, SR. late of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, Deceased NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or demand against the above Estate are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of the same certified in writing to the undersigned on or before 31St March, 2003 and if required, to prove such debts or claims, or in default be excluded from any distribution; after the above date the assets will be distributed having regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the Personal Representative shall have had notice AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before 31St March, 2003.ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO.Attorneys for the Personal Representative Stratton Drive P. O. Box AB-20115 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas By Margo Albury In the small artist community of Little Harbour there is a foundry, the only one of its kind in the Bahamas. Pete Johnston, the artist that resides there, continues to make bronze sculptures the same way his father did when he moved to Little Harbour in 1951. In the foundry the bronze sculptures are made using the 5000 year old Lost Wax Process. Randolph Johnston moved here in order to escape the rapid growth of the Western World. His work often reflected his philosophies. His work can still be seen at the Johnston Gallery in Little Harbour. Pete Johnstons work focuses mainly on the wildlife in Abaco. There is a large difference between the gallery and the foundry. When entering the foundry, the entrance is filled with old molds of statues, finished and unfinished bronze pieces. Past the entrance is where all the action begins. To see the process from a wax mold to a bronze sculpture is quite exciting. First the sculpture is made in clay, then into a rubber mold that is cut in half to remove it from the clay model. The rubber mold is then filled with liquid wax. After the wax is cooled and hardened it is taken out of the mold. The wax piece receives gates and vents so that liquid bronze can eventually be poured in. The mold is then reinforced to withstand the molten bronze. The wax is eventually melted out of the mold. Then after the mold has lost its wax, the liquid bronze that was melted at 2000 degrees is poured in. The bronze hardens rapidly, the mold is broken off, the piece is cleaned,From Foundry to Gallery in Little Harbourthen a patina is applied with a light wax. After seeing how the sculptures are made, the next step is to go up the road to the gallery. The Johnston Gallery was built overlooking the harbour. The air-conditioned building has a more modern appeal than the foundry. In the gallery are many pieces of Pete and Randolphs work, some for sale and some for display only. The Nine Stages of Man, Randolphs most famous piece, is on display here. Along with the bronze sculptures, Pete has on display his hand crafted gold jewelry. The gallery also displays the work of some other Abaco artist such as Alice Bains pottery and Pam Webbs prints of local scenery. Pete Johnston, a well known sculptor whose foundry and gallery are in Little Harbour, uses the lost wax process to make bronze and gold castings. He is shown making a wax vent which is the entry point for the molten bronze. This bronze sculpture is on display at the Pete Johston Art Gallery in Little Harbour. It is a bronze sculpture by Randolph Johnston, the renown artist who settled originally in Little Abaco. It is titled Old Woman Who Never Dies.

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February 15th, 2003 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 Service367-2911 Dundas Town Fire Dept.367-2935 or 4935 Man-O-War Fire & Rescue 365-6911 Bah Air Sea Rescue AssocVHF 16 or 366-0282 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock .........................................................$12.00 + $3 Abaco Beach Hotel through Golden Harvest....$10.00 + $3 Dove Plaza to Stop Light ...................................$10.00 + $2 Western Auto ......................................................$ 6.00 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town...........$10.00 + $3 Murphy Town or Pelican Shores........................ $14.00 + $4 Eastern Shores or Spring City ...........................$15.00 + $4 Gov. Clinic ..........................................................$ 6.00 + $3 Snake Cay .......................................................$35.00 + $10 Treasure Cay B ................................................$55.00 + $ 5 Casuarina Point ...............................................$60.00 + $10 Airport Treas. Cay B ......................................$65.00 + $ 5 Bahama Palm Shores .....................................$70.00 + $10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ..............................$80.00 + $10 Crossing Rocks .............................................$100.00 + $10 Sandy Point ................................................... $135.00 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Abaco Beach Hotel through Wally s...................$ 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 T own.....................................................$30 + $5 Cedar Harbour ......................................................$45 + $5 Wood Cay .............................................................$50 + $5 Mount Hope ......................................................... $55 + $5 Fox Town ..............................................................$60 + $5 Marsh Harbour or Crown Haven ..........................$65 + $5 Marsh Harbour Round T rip................................... $85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour ....................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes 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 W aiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau & Moores Island ...................367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale ................................... 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale ...............................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 Medical Services Marsh Harbour Abaco Medical Clinic....................367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine................367-2295 Government Clinic........................367-2510 Coopers Town Gov. Clinic....365-0300 Green Turtle Cay Gov. Clinic365-4028 Hope Town Gov. Clinic............366-0108 Sandy Point Gov. Clinic..........366-4010 Treasure Cay Corbett Clinic...365-8288 Dive ShopsMarsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Center............367-4646Hope TownDaves Dive Shop.........................366-0029 Froggies....................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Shop.....................365-4411 Green Turtle Divers......................365-4271 Guana Cay Dive Shop.............365-5178 Man-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, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss.....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals...................365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 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 am10:301:15 pm3:305:30 Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:302:30 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 Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain ....... 366-4107 Floyd Burrows ..... 366-4175 Links Adderly ....... 366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows ..... 366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder ....... 366-2163 Jay Sawyer ......... 367-3941 Justin Sands ........ 367-3526 Terrance Davis .... 367-4464 Danny Sawyer ..... 367-3577 Man-O-War David Albury ........ 365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ............... 366-2107 Junior Albury ............ 366-3058 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .......... 366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie ........ 477-5894 Orthnell Russell ........ 365-0125 Alexander Rolle ....... 365-0120 Edward Rolle ........... 365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer ........ 365-4070 Jeff Survance ........... 365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ........... 365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 C&G Restaurant...............$.............367-3227 Conch Inn Bistro...........$$$.............367-4444 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Henrys Jerk Center..........$.............367-5959 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch)........367-2615 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Mavis Country Kitchen......$.............367-2002 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys....................$$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-3278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Murphy Town Lazy Parrot SC Bootle Hwy367-5331 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Boat House.....................$$.............366-0065 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Carltons Island Grill.......$$.............366-0253 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 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 Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 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 Resort22......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

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Page 28 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003By Candace Key As part of a month-long effort to celebrate and educate the public to the importance and diversity of the many types of wetlands in The Bahamas, the National Trust and the Ministry of Education produced a Wetlands Are Wonderful workshop for science teachers recently during the world wetlands month. Mr. Huel Moss from Abaco Central High and Mrs. Candace Key from the Hope Town School attended the two-day hands-on workshop held in Nassau at the National Trust headquarters and a mangrove area of the Adventure Learning Center. The intensive experience featured perusal of a reference guide promoting both the importance of wetlands to ecological health and the plight of the endangered West Indian Whistling Duck. The educational manual was written by several marine scientists and ornithologists. One of the contributing authors is a frequent visitor to Abaco and a close lifelong friend of Candace Key. While at the important, information-filled workshop, the teachers were guided in the use of the manual by several environmental educators from The Bahamas, the United States and Canada and an ornithologist. Besides teachers from The Bahamas, there was an educator from Haiti and one from Puerto Rico present. The same type of wetlands and the West Indian Whistling Duck also exist on those islands. Teachers participated in field work, identifying plants, animals and birds to help them be better able to share information with other teachers and children. Following a test (yes, teachers must take tests, too!) certificates were presented to the teachers. There is a one-day follow-up course for interested teachers to be held on February 28 in Nassau. Interested teachers may contact Mr. Moss or Mrs. Key for further information.Why Are Wetland Wonderful?Wetland are defined as temporary or permanent areas of marsh, fern, peatland, or water which is fresh, brackish or salt, but that does not exceed six metres deep. (This depth restriction allows coral reefs to be included in this definition.) Basically, our Bahamaland is one gigantic wetland! There are several types of wetlands in The Bahamas. These include (1) blue holes, (2) mangroves, (3) tidal creeks, (4) coral reefs and (5) coastal lagoons. There has never been a study done to know exactly how much wetland The Bahamas does have. Eighty percent of commercially important fish spend part of their lives in tidal creeks and mangroves. Mangroves, called natures nursery, reduce water currents and protect their youthful inhabitants and nesting birds from storm surges. They release water slowly and cleanse toxicity from water as well. In The Bahamas we have the three most commonly known species of mangroves, Black, Red and White. The mangrove is a very adaptable plant. Because they basically live in areas of unstable mud, they have devised roots that are able to stabilize themselves. These pneumataphores (above ground roots) and prop roots provide the mangrove with a way to collect air and transport it below the mud to roots below. The word pneumataphore brings to mind pneumatic pumps getting air pressure to the roots of the plants. The top two feet of wetlands are very productive. Photosynthesis is the heaviest there and this process feeds a lot of growing organisms. People often think of wetlands as smelly swampy areas. In a water-logged area of wetland there is a whole different system of decomposition. As rotting takes place methane and carbon sulfate gasses are given off. This rotting process does give off an offensive smell on occasion. However, wetlands have changeable water levels and can be bone dry during some periods. Animals and plants living in them must have different adaptations to live in that ecosystem. The Bahamas (and Abaco in particular) is on an important migratory corridor for many species of birds. Migration of birds and wetlands go hand in hand. Our wetlands are valuable spots where these exhausted birds on their instinctual flight south can rest and rejuvenate to survive their grueling trip. As The Bahamas becomes more populated and developed, we pose several threats on these necessary ecosystems. People dont understand their value and believe they can be destroyed thoughtlessly. They can be destroyed to construct marinas and homes. They are often threatened by invasive species which choke out native plants. Pollution and damage by boats (particularly disturbance by air boats), illegal excavation and reclamation also threaten this adaptable ecosystem in our country. Clearly our developing country needs coastal development legislation to ensure that our future generations grow to understand that wetlands are wonderful! Tied into the wetlands information was the plight of the West Indian Whistling Duck. This is a very interesting whistlingWetlands Month Observed with WorkshopDuring a recent wetlands workshop, Candace Key from the Hope Town School studied a section of mangrove area to learn of the important plants and animals which inhabit this ecosystem. Please see Wetlands Page 34

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 29 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 / 2.5 bath -12 ft. wide slip$302,500 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 $91,000 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 build ing, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath,living/dining/kitchen. 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MOTIVATED SELLER$1,200,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at$150,000 Canal Frontbeginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interiorbeginning at $25,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember SOLD SOLD SOLD The Management ofChelsChels ChelsChels Chels eaea eaea ea s Choices Choice s Choices Choice s Choice Drinking WDrinking W Drinking WDrinking W Drinking W aterater aterater aterwould like to inform all of our valued customers that Mr. Martin Albury is no longer authorized to conduct business on our behalf. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.By Nancy KlineMoorings Maintenance Update During the week of January 1118 volunteer divers Joe Santamaria and Karl Syfrett came to Abaco to inspect and do routine maintenance on the Sandy Cay and Fowl Cay Reef moorings. Assisted by Frances Charles of Froggies Out Island Adventures and Troy Albury of Dive Guana, they dove on and visually inspected each mooring to be sure all components are in top condition for the upcoming season. They installed mid-buoys on every mooring line to further the life of the down-line. Although they did their best to find all the eye-bolts, they were unable to find a few at Sandy Cay. It is believed that they may be buried under shifting sands. If anyone happens to see an eye-bolt without a mooring at Sandy Cay Reef, please tie something to it and contact Friends. Joe and Karl met with Treasure Divers in Treasure Cay to discuss future mooring installations on the reefs at the north end of Great Guana Cay.Caribbean Conservation AssociationThe conference of environmental groups, both non governmental and community based organizations, met in Trinidad on November 27-30, 2002. The conference topics included information on funding and aid available for conservation projects in the Caribbean. Representatives from Friends of the Environment attended and made many new contacts with other organizations and individuals who are willing to share information, ideas and support for Abaco conservation efforts. Although The Bahamas is perceived as a relatively wealthy country in the region and not necessarily in need of financial aid, there was much interest in providing consultative aid for the development of co-management practices in our protected areas.Parrot Study Is PlannedScientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Geological Survey with the University of North Carolina have recently concluded their third visit to Abaco. These short visits are front-running a project that will ultimately result in a two-year assessment of various aspects of our parrot population. The first stage of this project is to assess population density basically, how many birds are present given a specified area. The preliminary estimates are in the neighborhood of 1200-1500 birds on Abaco. The second stage of the project is known as telemetry mapping. This uses radio transmitters to track the movements of a few individuals over time. This will be helpful in determining how much room our parrots need to survive. It may answer the question, Is our current park big enough to do its job. The last phase will be to determine to what extent nests are being robbed by invasive predators such as feral house cats and raccoons. After these studies, a program for dealing with the imminent threats will be developed. This is the largest scale operation to directly address the needs of the Bahama Parrot since Rosmarie Gnams work in the early 1990s; it cannot have come at a more crucial time. Other concerns that desperately need to be addressed are fire frequency and the threat of increased commercial and residential development around the Abaco National Park.Friends of the Environment Update Advertise in The Abaconian

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PRICE: $21,500.00 REFERENCE # 840182-1Please send bids to the Executive Property Manager, P.O. Box N-3734 Nassau, Bahamas, or facsimile (242) 356-8442 Imperial Life reserves the right to reject any and all bids Realtor participation by pre-approval only of Canada. Ms. Kading is heading the West Indian Whistling Duck and Wetlands Conservation Project The workshop was to sensitize teachers to the conservation and preservation of the wetlands. According to Mr. Moss, by definition the entire country of The Bahamas is wetlands. He said that students and adults alike must learn to conserve the wetlands and to protect the life that resides in the wetlands. Wearing a big pin with the message Save the West Indian Whistling Duck, Mr. Moss says this species is an endangered species and is on the threshold of extinction. The workshop involved not just giving information but also hands on experiences that will help to educate students about preserving the wetlands. Teachers from Grand Bahama, Nassau and Abaco took part in the workshop. Two days were for primary teachers and two days were for secondary school teachers.Abaco Central HighMighty Marlins WinBy Isobel Sherman On January 29 the Abaco Central High School Mighty Marlins played a basketball game against St. Francis de Sales School at St. Francis. The Mighty Marlins walked away with a 70-36 victory. The game was part of the new schedule put together by the Abaco Sports Association.Inter-House SportsAbaco Central will be having its Annual Inter-house Sports Days on February 20 and 21 at the track in Murphy Town. Competing against each other will be the Taino House, Lucayan House, Carib House and Arawak House. The age divisions will be 13 and under, 15 and under and 20 and under. Top performers will compete for Abaco Central High School in the interschool track meet in March.Window Blows OutOnce again a window in the Administrative building of Abaco Central High School has blown out. The heavy gusts of wind experienced on January 23 caused the window which obviously was not secured into the wall properly to blow out. It was noted that another window was quite shaky. It took over a year to repair the window in the office of Mrs. Nadene Beneby, Senior Mistress, when that window was blown out by Hurricane Michelle. I wonder how long it will take for this window to be repaired and all of the other windows in that building to be checked and properly secured. SchoolFrom Page 14Thanksgiving Service Is HeldAbaco Public Officers held their annual service of thanksgiving on January 26. This year it was held at the First Assemblies of God Church in Marsh Harbour. Rev. Carlton Dorsette, President of the Abaco Christian Council, was moderator and introduced the guest speaker, Rev. Keith Evans, host pastor of the First Assemblies Church. Administrator Alexander Williams spoke briefly, challenging the public officers to be committed and to have patriotic pride. Office Ph. 242-367-2992 Fax 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Brent Cartwright coldbank@abacoinet.com Mailin Sands msands@abacoinet.com Lightbourn RealtyGreat Abaco Club-#0082 Lovely 3/2 canal front home in gated community, features outside decks, the only home with a private dock, and has views of the Sea of Abaco. $585,000 Marsh Harbour #0167 3/2 house in Cove Estates, well kept and can be sold furnished or unfurnished. Great Price! Call today. Guana Cay#1386 18,590 sq.ft. vacant lot with deeded dock slip on Boat Harbour. $90,000 Marsh Harbour #0245 Lovely 3/2 home in Cove Estates, partly furnished and conveniently located. Best Price in Town. $185,000 Orchid Bay #1355 Two large gorgeous beach front lots available, each over an acre. Our price $350,000. Developers price $450,000. So call our Coldwell office today. Guana Cay #0195 vacant beach front lot available, running 70' on the magnificent beach by 250' deep. $240,000 Hope Town Lucayos-10,000 sq. ft lot with sea views. Private and quiet area $99,000 Guana Cay Several parcels of magnificent beachfront property available. Call for prices. Marsh HarbourTwo, 2/1 apartments for sale, 1/1 efficiency in the rear also, fairly new appliances, furnished, fenced yard.-$228,000 Marsh Harbour3/2.5 home in Cove Estates, garage, self contained apartment on first level, furnished, BRING OFFERS!-Listed at $355,000 Marsh Harbour4/2 house on prime commercial property in central location. Ideal place for a commercial venture.-$245,000 Sand Banksvacant property available in the Sand Banks area, various sizes, Call today.-Starting at $47,900 Cabbage PointAcreage available in 5 acre plots, with financing. 20% down balance over 5 years. Call today for more details. Casuarina Pointvacant lot available, approx. 10,000sq.ft -$25,000 Bahama Palm Shoresvarious vacant lots available, call for more information. Starting at $9,000 Man-O-War Cay1 bed, 1 bath with an upstairs loft, centrally located in the heart of town. Close to all conveniences.-$159,000 Casuarina Point3/1 canal front home on double lot. Many extras. REDUCED-$289,000 Marsh Harbour2 acres of prime residential property. Runs 190 on the beautiful Sea of Abaco.-Call for details. Cherokee Sound3/1 well-kept home in heart of town. Mostly furnished and features private back patio, and close to conveniences. Phone today for an appointment to view. Man-O-War Cay 1/1 charming cottage with extra upstairs sleeping loft. Newly renovated, well kept and conveniently located.-$140,500 Guana Cay 4/2 home perched high on a bluff in Boat Harbour, the living area features an open floor plan and presents fantastic views of the Sea of Abaco. Also has a 1/1 apartment on the lower level.$699,000

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February 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 "Surcouf" Green Turtle Cay Bethell Estates 2,130 sq.ft home on 1/4 acre Upper floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath Separate ground floor apartment 1 bedroom, 1 bath Across the street from beach. Good income potential. Fully Furnished # AB86 NEW LISTING $750,000 The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 02/01/03 Bahama Palm Shores Elegant 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,000 sq.ft. home 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage on double lot over 2/3 acre Near beach beautifully furnished ...................NEW LISTING .....# AB87 -$430,000 Bahama Palm Shores Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,300 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on almost 1/2 acre lot. One Block from beach, two minute walk..................................# AB76 -$275,000 Cabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beach-front Bulding Sites Mid-way between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. ...................... .....................................................................................................................# AB5142 $ 118,000Elbow Cay North End "Silver Butte" 2 bedroom 2 bath Beach House almost 1/2 Acre, 130' of Beach-front on beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach. Superb Ocean Views Furnished......# AB70 $ 998,235Elbow Cay Dorros Cove "Lady Bug Loft" 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 sq.ft home on 1/2 Acre overlooking Tahiti Beach. Private boat slip. Superb views Fully Furnished...................................................# AB83 $840,000 Elbow Cay "Marnie's Creek" 1/2 acre hillside building sites, a private dock slip for each parcel fabulous Sea of Abaco views ...............................................................................................................................# AB5114 from:$ 230,000 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 $ 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...........................# AB25 $ 349,900 Great Guana Cay "Oceanfrontier Hideaway" mini-resort Beach-front 6 unique 2 bedroom, 1 bath, rental log cabins2,000 gal/day Watermaker Central location....... ................................................................# AB26 $ 1,275,000 Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre......................................................................................................................................# AB5090 from: $ 59,000 Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Beautiful 2.68 acre building site, sea-to-sea, between Coco Bay and the Ocean. Good elevations for spectacular views Dock. Fabulous beaches on sound and ocean.....................# AB5067$ 650,000 Green Turtle Cay -104' x 80' Building site..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................# 3619 $ 86,000 Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area 1 Acre 140' x 300' Ocean Beach-front Building Site super views....................................................................................................................................................................... ..# AB5113 $ 275,000 Green Turtle Cay Splendid hill-top one acre buliding site. Great elevation, wonderful White Sound and Sea of Abaco views.................... ....................................................................................................................# AB5094 $ 485,000 Green Turtle Cay Family Residence 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath -2,265 sq.ft. living space on two floors on 1 1/2 secluded acres................... .......................................................................................................................# AB35 $945,000Leisure Lee "Leisure's Rest" 3 bedroom 2 1/2 baths 2,000 sq.ft. home 650 sq.ft. covered and open porches landscaped. Fully Furnished........................................................................................................# AB84 $ 340,000Man-O-War Cay "Outrageous" 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home. Furnished, Beach Access, Ocean View, Semi-Private Dock..........................................................................................................................................# 2899 $875,000 Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores "Pelican Point" 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 2 Acres over 1,000' water-frontage private dock with boat lift Fabulous Views furnished...# AB67 $2,990,000 Marsh Harbour "Running Light" Commercial 100' prime Marsh Harbour waterfront 1/3 acre 2,600 sq.ft of Office or residential space in two buildings. Great parking Private Dock.......NEW PRICE... # AB42 $750,000 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Villa Douglas" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,650 sq.ft. Home, Covered Verandas, Garage Private Dock, Boat Lift Furnished.........................................# AB71 $1,500,000Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Casa Linda" 3 bedrooms 2 baths 1,487 sq.ft. Home Attached Garage Private Dock Fully Furnished.................................................................# AB49 $585,000Marsh 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...................................................... # AB44 $ 228,000 Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock................................................................................................................................ # AB73 $395,000Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of TreasureCay. Limited Number Available.................................................................................................# AB5069 from: $63,700South 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..............................................................................# AB5104 $222,000Tilloo 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...............................................................................................# AB5113 $965,000Treasure Cay "Honey's Home" 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.......................................# AB66 $765,000Treasure Cay "Son Burns" 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished...........................................................................................................# AB72 $635,000 Treasure Cay "South View" 3 bedroom, 2 bath Home. Canal-front Location Great Sea of Abaco Views, Good family home Fully furnished............... .........................................................................................# AB30 -$340,000 "Ridge Runner" Great Guana Cay 2,160 sq.ft. home 1 1/3 Acres. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath second floor main living space 1 bedroom, 1 bath ground floor apartment Covered decks. Private Dock Fabulous Views Furnished # AB85 NEW LISTING $945,000 "Joe's Beach Cottage" Man-O-War CayNorthwestern Settlement Area 2,296 sq.ft home. 1 bedroom, 1 bath second floor living space. 2 bedroom, 1 Bath ground floor apartment. Good income producer Minute from ocean beach. Fully Furnished # AB61 NEW LISTING $410,000Derek 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, IIIEstate Agent Elbow Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 366-0665 e.mail: roscoe@hgchristie.com OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERER ERER ER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIESOn Green Turtle Cay : The beach: 1.46 acres on Atlantic Ocean. 135' on beach. $480,000 Two one-third acre lots on Bight O Bay beach. 90' frontage. Close to town and public dock. Fourteen lots across from Bight O Bay Beach. Water front on Inner White Sound. 1/2 acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront: 1.35 acres on Black Sound, with dock, close to beach $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking Sea of Abaco. One acre of property stunningly landscaped with wooden walkways and decks. Six buildings set out in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath. Wicker and rattan furniture throughout including pieces by Tommy Bahama. $2.8 million Ocean Beach: 1/2 acre lot on high ridge with gorgeous ocean view. Many fruit trees. Five minute walk to beach. Reef close enough to swim to. $102,000 White Sound: Four inland lots within 5 minute walk of waterfront and public dock. $47,200 each 1/2 acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, water front and Green Turtle Club. $60,000-$70,000 each Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 Coco Bay: 1/3 acre, 75 x 185, about 3 min walk to beach. $59,000 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: Furnished private home. Three bedrooms, three baths plus caretaker cottage. 2000 water front. Secluded. One acre. Boat ramp and dock site. Needs repair. NEW! Secluded two-acre parcel with house stetching from Bluff Harbour to the Sea of Abaco. Over 1000 feet of water front. Stunning views. Two bedrooms / 2 baths. New protected dock on Bluff Harbour. Gazebo on Sea of Abaco. 30,000 gallon cistern. Stand-by generator. Many mature trees. Garage. $3,000,000 Inner White Sound: Two bedroom suites; 3 bath: Kit/liv/dining fully furnished villa on water. In pristine condition. Good rental income. $275,000 Four unit income producing 2 bed 1 bath apartment complex. Fully furnished. Water views. Dock. Laundry. Two years old $700,000 plus closing Stunning new home. Interior still under construction. All materials on site to complete. Truck. 2 bed 2 bath. A/C throughout. Views of ocean, Guana Cay and Sea of Abaco. $775,500 ONO On Munjack Cay: 10 acres. Dock. 320 on Sea of Abaco. Good elevation. $300,00 0 One-quarter acre on beach 125 frontage. $183,000 On Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres. Dock material on site. Beautiful beach. High hill. $515,000 grossSales, Rentals and Property Management 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 367-4018Broker Represents AbacoBy Sandra Evans Sandra Evans, BRI, recently had the privilege of representing Abaco at an 800member Council of Residential Specialist convention held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mrs. Evans said it was a honour to present Abaco, its amenities and enviable lifestyle to many people who were not familiar with our area. She said, Everyone I spoke to was very interested in our showcased properties and in the investment opportunities here. The convention was held in conjunction with the preview of a continuing education course designed to improve the service and professionalism of those who pass the required examination. There are many new strategies for enhancing both the vendors and purchasers experiences and I have already begun to apply these principles to my work, Mrs. Evans said. People in the News BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!ITS THE LAW! Advertise in The AbaconianMrs. Sandra Evans

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Page 32 The Abaconian February 15th, 2003 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATEBAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Black Wood Elegant, fully furnished one & two bedroom apts. At entrance to Black Wood. Call 365-0614 or 554-8424 Near Cherokee House in Yellowwood 3 bd. 1 bath. Beautiful views and breezes. References, please. Call 519-934-1842 for details. Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Hope Town Conch Crawl Cottage. Beautiful vacation home. Accommodates up to 14 persons. Leave message at 242-367-4550 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 3672951 or 359-6658 Retail & Office Space Located in one of the most charming commercial buildings in Marsh Harbour. Busy upscale 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 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT HOUSE WANTEDHome located on Guana Cay or Hope Town. Offering owner financing with down payment. Please call 727-937-2159 or E-mail sailaholics@cs.com Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale pools, docks, reunions, special occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways. 242-3660224 Fax: 242-366-0434 Little Harbour. Great ocean view, furnished 2 bed with A/C 2 baths, sun deck, screened porch, w/all amenities. For rent $850/wk. Sell for $250,000, owner financing available. Call 3663515 or 850-230-8212 Leave message Marsh Harbour, one bedroom apt. fully furnished, central A/C, w/ dryer. $600 per month. Call 367-3190 Marsh Harbour one room efficiency and also business or office space available. Call 367-5586 Treasure Cay luxury beach front home, 3 bed, 3 1/2 bath, sleeps 14, all amenities. $500 nightly. Sell for $1,995,000. Call 561-738-0996 Cherokee Lovely 3 bed 2 bath home near Cherokee. Built 97/98. Fantastic views. Furnished. Priced to sell. $199,000 net. 519-9341842 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Elbow Cay 3 bed / 3bath cottage on 1/3 acre, nicely landscaped, central A/C. $190,000 Call 366-0583 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALELittle Harbour beautiful ocean view, 2 story, 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, living & dining room, large game room with wet bar, ceramic tile and carpet, 3 large decks including 1 screened, central air, UV water purification system, elecricity to home, plue 12.5 KW back-up generator. $499,900. Call 242-366-3515 or 477-5198 Marsh Harbour 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath home on Cove Estates, garage, efficiency on first level, furnished. Call 367-5586 Marsh Harbour Duplex 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Scotland Cay Home Sea of Abaco water front, Lg. 3 bed/3bath, workshop, modern CBS, just remodeled, terrific view, dock, marina slip, landing rights, completely furnished, extra buildable lot. $990,000. Owner 561-746-3337 Sweeting Tract cleared lot 118 x 80 $25,500 Call 365-8691 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 $1,995,000. Please contact Dr. William or Dana Domeyer at 561-7380996 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE LOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency Ltd.For Sale or Rent Duplex on Crockett Drive Residential or Commercial(formerly Dr. Lundys Office) 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 Well Done Water MakersWW WW W ell Doneell Done ell Doneell Done ell Done carries a complete line of RR RR R everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. everse Osmosis Desalinators. Sizes start at 100 GPD100 GPD 100 GPD100 GPD 100 GPD to 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD 20,000 GPD. We can install, service and maintain all of the equipment we sell and drill the neccessary water and drain wells to supply the units. Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841 Call us today @ 367-4842 / 367-4841Well Done Water Well ServicesCall us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842 Call us today @ 367-4841 / 367-4842Professionally drilled water and drain wells Serving all of Abaco including: Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, ManOWar Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour. We case all of our wells down to the water and use Professional well screen at the pump levels. Get your well done today to supply your water maker for your home or business. We also sell, service and install water makers areas where the immunisation programmes have not yet reached, or where cultural differences make implementation difficult, comprise a reservoir for the virus and a threat to the re-emergence of the disease among later generations. The Bahamas has been declared polio free now for some years. This must not prevent us from doing our Christian duty to those less fortunate. All of Abacos churches have been sent an appeal, as will the schools. Other fund raising activities are planned. Rotary wishes to give advanced thanks for your contributions to this worthy cause. Donations maybe sent to Rotarian Hugh Cottis. P.O. Box AB 20449, Marsh Harbour, and will be acknowledged in a future release. RotaryFrom Page 9People-to-People Relaunch 2003By Portia Jonsson The Abaco Tourist Office has announced the relaunch of the Ministry of Tourism People-to-People programme. This programme, first launched on Abaco in 1992, returns to Abaco February 10th-12th. People-To-People is designed to offer visitors a home away from home experience by matching visitors with residents with whom they share interests or hobbies. People-To-People volunteers assist the Ministry with ensuring that our important traditions and culture are shared with visitors. Volunteers will be trained by Priscilla Williams, Manager of the People-To-People programme, Ministry of Tourism, in workshops. By Portia Jonsson The Director of the Department of Fisheries has advised that the illegal practices of bonefish hauling (netting) and its sale and purchase should stop immediately. Mr. Wayne Cornish, Fisheries Officer, said the Family Islands continue to use old fishing methods even though there is a law on the books prohibiting this. Now that the population is growing, fisheries officers have been posted in certain areas. Violators will be subject to a fine of $3000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year and nets used for hauling will be confiscated.Illegal Practices of BonefishingAARF (Abaco Animals Require Friends) and SNIP (Spay & Neuter Incentive Program) will hold a spay and neuter clinic in the month of March

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February 15th, 2003 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 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOSandy Point 4 bed, 2 bath 13,545 sq. ft. South Street Lot #119 Dundas Town 1/2 acre, 2 storey 4 bed, 2 bath, family rm Lot #25For condition of sale and any other information, contact M. Gardiner or M. T. Rolle at 367-2141BIDS ONLYMurphy Town Incomplete duplex one unit completed comprising 3 bed, 1 bath 6,900 sq. ft. Lot #68 Murphy Town Vacant Land 11,277 sq. ft. Lot #78B 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 Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements 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.com Victor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.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 with road and all utilities, access to water front/beach. $20,000 Lubbers Quarters: large water front and interior lots with all utilities present, private dock slip, exclusive development. Starting at $99,000Sea Grape Realty In addition to our friendly, experienced and professional services we offer:* Local knowledge Recommendations and/ or referrals to local builders & tradesmen Offices in Nassau which help expedite transactions Buyer & Seller consultations Appraisals & competitive market analysis. Referrals and co-broking with agents in all the Bahama Islands Locating and recommending an attorney to act on your behalfwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.comDundas Town Vacant Land 10,810 sq. ft. Lot # 21 Murphy Town Commercial building 6,500 sq. ft. Lot #119 Murphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 11,232 sq. ft. Lot #78 Dundas Town L-shape triples 3 2 bed, 1 bath units 9,000 sq. ft. Area for small shop Lot #18B Sandra Evans, BRIMultiple-listing Broker sandra@abacorealtor .comDavid CoteMultiple Listing Agent david@abacorealtor.com East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.comSERVING ALL THE BAHAMAS SHOWCASING THE BESTSNUG HARBOUR Romantic cozy hideaway, just the two of you and the lapping Sea of Abaco. Untie your boat from your private slip and set your course for any one of the nearby cays. Frolic on your own beach, share a round of tennis, sip a drink and watch the sunset. All the seclusion and alluring atmosphere you have always dreamed about. $529,000 GARDEN OF EDEN Gather the family and retreat to this lush, private domain. Pick fruit and flowers from your own trees, swim, boat, build a games court or snuggle by the fireplace, this large compound provides it all in a secure, convenient environment. Keep an eye of things from the wraparound terrace or read a good book under the bouganvillea arbour. Paradise found! $649,000 NEW! Capture the island lifestyle. Great opportunity to own property in one of the best planned communities on Abaco. Protect the environment, enjoy panoramic Sea of Abaco views, dock your boat at your friendly neighbours dock, let the kids play on the protected private beach. Oversize homesite, access our list of recommended builders. Now with phone service! $22,900Luxurious Home 3 Bed / 3 1/2 bath estate, swimming pool. Completely furnished. Turn key. Call for details. New! Near to Beaches Fully furnished three bedroom two bath vacation house with lovely views. Walking distance to resorts and docking facilities. Offered at $375,000 Beachfront 1/2 acre lot virtually on the Atlantic Ocean $210,000 Ocean View Two 1/3 acre lots with great views of the Sea. $85,000 Under contract Near Settlement Large treed lot with 125 ft. dock. Near to beach and settlement. $650,000 Coco Bay Lot with dock and dredged 7 channel. Dock has power already installed. $575,000 Little Harbour White Sound lot with deep water dock, electricity connected. plans for 2/2 house included with sale $375,000 White Sound hilltop lots with good views of the harbour. Water front lots also available. Starting at $94,000 Steps away from beach Lot with foundation and cistern already complete. Plans included. $95,000 Beach front 100 frontage by 800+ deep located on beautiful Long Bay Beach. $365,000. Under contract Green Turtle Estates 3/3 two story home. Scenic sea views. Tastefully furnished. $750,000 Coco Bay 1 acres of elevated land, located across from the bay. $325,000 Black Sound harbour side lots near settlement. 1 acre plus / 100 on the water. $305,000 Under contract Split Level Townhouse 1/1 townhouse, walk to beach. A must see. $110,000 Under contract Treasure Cay Residential lot near Ocean Beach Boulevard. $25,000 Residential lot 75 x 181 near to beaches and public dock. $59,000 Waterfront Two one-acre water front lots. One lot has 200 on the water. Call now! $50,000 Out Island Retreat Located on a peninsular with over 2,000 feet of water front, this one acre estate consists of five buildings with a total of three bedrooms, three baths, caretakers cottage, a boat dock and ramp area, workshop and generator house. A truly private estate with great potential. Offered at $1.1 million Fourplex Recently constructed four unit complex on Coco Bay. Beautiful views and good rental returns. Great investment. Offered at $700,000 Manjack CayTen acres of elevated property with dock and over 300 feet on the Sea of Abaco. Borders a sandy beach. A must see. $300,000 Owner will share expenses. Hillside 1/3 acre lot with views of Coco Bay. Near beach and docks. $55,000 Frank Lloyd Wright designed home on large water front lot. Four bedrooms four bath, swimming pool and guest cottage. Beautiful views, mature landscaped grounds. Offered at $710,000 Treasure Cay Airport 23 acres located 1 mile north of the Treasure Cay airport. Property runs from the S.C. Bootle Highway to Cocoa Plum Creek with over 1,000 feet on the water. Ideal for airport hotel or bonefish camp. Offered at $1million. Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Newly repaired 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #67 Buying? Selling? Need Qualified Help? Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast results Call 367-3202

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All apartments are furnished and airconditioned. Good monthly income. Nicely landscaped lot with mature trees. Well situated in a great location. $795,000. Internet Ref. LUBBERS QUARTERS Moonshadow Secluded waterfront house surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, faces summer trade winds, great seaviews. Solar-powered, with standby generator, & hardwood floors. 166 ft. of waterfront, 1.5 acres. More property available with additional pricing. US$840,000 Ref. #1644 ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y Y Y Y Y NEW LISTING Tahiti Hai Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Dorros Cove, 1530 sq. ft., central A/C, wrap around deck, steps away from Tahiti Beach, dock access, with separate gardeners accommodations. Panoramic view of Atlantic Ocean, Tilloo Cut and Sea of Abaco. Priced to sell: $960,000. Ref. NEWNEW NEWNEW NEW LISTINGLISTING LISTINGLISTING LISTINGNEWNEW NEWNEW NEW LISTINGLISTING LISTINGLISTING LISTINGELBOW CAY Dorros Cove- Summer Winds Newly renovated, spacious 3/2 oceanfront house. Excellent for entertaining awesome view of the Atlantic, heated pool, large deck, water maker, generator, central a/c, 2-car garage, close proximity to Tahiti Beach, tastefully decorated, fully furnished, private dock slip $1,290,000. Ref. #1427. ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CA YY YY Y DORROS COVE 1,476 sq. ft. 3b/3b ocean front home custom built in 1999. Golf cart garage, large storage space under house, separate generator house, fully furnished and landscaped. Includes golf cart and private dock slip. Within walking distance to Tahiti Beach. 1/2 acre lot. PRICED TO SELL $1,150,000. Internet Ref. ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA YY YY Y WHITE SOUND 2b/1b beach house, completely renovated. Beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and great area to surf. 800 sq. ft. finished living space with additional 800 sq. ft. on ground floor closed in with plumbing and electric for easy expansion Large storage shed, lot size: 75 on the ocean x 210 deep, nicely landscaped, excellent rental history, turnkey. $649,000 Internet Ref. ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CA YY YY Y DORROS COVE Spacious island home, 1700 sq. ft. pod style with 3 beds, 2 baths, fireplace, and look out tower. Enjoy watching the sunrise or sunset with a panoramic view of the Sea of Abaco, Tilloo Cut and the Atlantic Ocean. Excellent elevation, large storage area on ground floor, steps away from Tahiti Beach, includes almost 1 acre of landscaped property, private dock slip, and is fully furnished. $990,000. Internet Ref. Listing Agent: Kerry Sullivan, Tel: 366-0040.NEWNEW NEWNEW NEW LISTINGLISTING LISTINGLISTING LISTINGLL LL LOTSOTS OTSOTS OTS FORFOR FORFOR FOR S S S S SALEALE ALEALE ALEELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y Y Y Y Y North End Lg. building site w/ocean view near sandy beach. $114,000. ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y -Y Y -Y Y NEW LISTING White sound 3.1 acres on waterfront, sea to sea views. Beautiful property. $990,000. LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERS TERS TERS TERS TERS NEW LISTING Waterfront lot with dock access. $140,000. LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERS TERS TERS TERS TERS NEW LISTING Interior lot with view. $46,000. BAHAMA PBAHAMA P BAHAMA PBAHAMA P BAHAMA P ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES ALM SHORES T wo residential lots 150 feet from the beach, great sea views. Asking price $42,500. EASTERN SHORES EASTERN SHORES EASTERN SHORES EASTERN SHORES EASTERN SHORES WATERFRONT LOT sea to sea. 85 ft. beach, good elevation. Last one available. $350,000. TT TT T ahiti Haiahiti Hai ahiti Haiahiti Hai ahiti Hai Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Summer Winds Summer Winds Summer Winds Summer Winds Summer Winds Sunrise Point Sunrise Point Sunrise Point Sunrise Point Sunrise Point MerMer MerMer Mer maidmaid maidmaid maid s Ridges Ridge s Ridges Ridge s Ridge TT TT T illoo Cutilloo Cut illoo Cutilloo Cut illoo Cut NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 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 bird indeed! Found in most of the Caribbean Islands, the highest population appears to be in Cuba because of the rice fields there. This duck is the largest of the eight whistling duck species and has a most unique characteristic it is nocturnal! Its distinctive, haunting whistle would be very easy to distinguish if heard at night. There are several areas in The Bahamas where this whistling duck makes his home. On Abaco they live in the low mangrove areas that are located on both sides of the road in the Crossing Rocks area. Because they are nocturnal, they are not readily seen by the general public. They are becoming endangered because of wetland destruction. Development of watchable wildlife ponds is one method of attracting and learning about our many waterfowl species and this unique duck in particular. We must all become properly educated about the wonderful, diverse, ecologically important and sensitive wetland that surrounds us. Their health ultimately is an indicator of our environmental awareness and possible economic growth as properly managed vibrant wetland ecosystems draw people to view them. People who are not so lucky as we to have these wondrous wetlands in our own backyard! WetlandsFrom Page 28 By Portia Jonsson In an effort to further educate divers about safety matters and life saving procedures, the Department of Fisheries will host a Divers Safety Workshop in Sandy Point later this spring after the crawfish season closes. Fisheries Officer, Wayne Cornish, said attendance was poor at last years workshops in Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour and the Department hopes this years workshop will attract more divers. Topics to be discussed will include safe diving practices, management of dive accidents and early symptoms of decompression sickness. Rules and regulations of the Department of Fisheries will be outlined and a hyperbaric chamber video will be shown. The workshop is directed to commercial fishermen but all divers are welcome and would find the information useful. For more information contact the Department of Fisheries office near you. Marsh Harbour 3673484, Coopers Town 365-0554 and Little Abaco 365-2164.Divers Safety Workshop Scheduled 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.ties given for students to train and be employed in this industry, and bring to The Bahamas investors like Microsoft (who has similarly invested in Barbados) and other internet and computer technology giants. Think about it, what CEO out there wouldnt love to have an office overlooking the beautiful beach in Treasure Cay as he ponders the next move of his corporation in making new and innovative products. Who wouldnt be inspired to create software and to innovate new ideas and technology with such a relaxing and beautiful scene engulfing him. We are a nation with many intelligent and creative people. All we need to do is equip them for the next move in the new economy facing us in the near future. RobertsFrom Page 8

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February 15th, 2003 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 125 HP $4000200 HP $5000 Contact National Marine @ 367-2326 85 HP Yamaha $2000. Call 365-6138 18 x 8 Panther Air Boat, with trailer, low hours, excellent cond. Ph. 367-2672 19 Cobra, 135 HP Mariner, windshield, convertible top, 40 gal fiberglass tank. 33 Chris Craft, no engines, 12 v lights, 220 gal water, shower, head, lav, live aboard. Needs work. Asking $25,000 for both. Call after 6 p.m. 3596903 20 Wellcraft 1978, steplift, 150HP OMC 1983, needs a starter. $1500. also 225 HP OMC 1987 $3200 OBO. Call 365-0083 21 Wellcraft (Max 24) no motor, good condition, with trailer, Bimini top, radio. $4800 365-8633 Gilles 31 Sea Ray Amberjack, 1993, twin 454 Mercruiser gas, less than 600 hrs, excellent condition. At Treasure Cay Marina. 365-8204 44 Thompson Trawler, 1977, new teak floor, dinghy, motor, blue Sunbrella, low time, Ford Lehman diesel & 15 KW generator, icemaker, 2 refrigerators, Princess stove, much more. Located in Hope Town. $99,000. Call Jill/Chris at 366-0151 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 77 Buick Regal 2 dr, sport coupe, one owner, 59,000 actual miles, white with red leather interior, new paint, muffler, shocks, battery, auto air condition, 8 ply tires. This car will out last many newer cars. Can be seen in Treaure Cay. $4900 Call 365-8188 93 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, hard cover. $5500 Call 366-3506 or 357-6844 96 Ford Windstar Van dual air, 3.8 eng, auto, alum wheels, split seats, beautiful condition. Call 365-8188 98 Ford Taurus Sta Wgn, special addition, leather interior, center console, alum. wheels, 24 valve engine, low mileage, like new. Call 365-8188 2000 Ford Ranger extended cab with CD, bed liner, manual transmission.Excellent cond. Call 367-2178 Panasonic plain paper fax machine new, with extra ink roller. $90 Call 367-2677 Rock, Quarry and machinery Serious enquiries only. Call 367-2446 or 477-5230 John Deere AMT 626 Old, running, juryrigged. New muffler, fuel pump, fuel filter, rear bearings. $2200. Call Donna Kern 367-3986 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE MERCHANDISE FOR SALE BUSINESS FOR SALE Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 Tropical SouvenirsStraw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour 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 COMMERCIAL SERVICES COMMERCIAL SERVICES COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats Have sciatica? TMJ? Lower back pain? Headaches? Get relief with muscular therapy. Call Karen Lane @ 367-5215 INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITYPrivate mortgage wanted, 7%, $300,000 with $50,000 deposit and title to land. Write P.O. Box AB 20106, Marsh Harbour BOAT WANTEDWANTED 23-26 ft. Mako Must be in good condition. 365-8188 Daily Scheduled FlightsFt. Lauderdale AbacoCharters and Cargo AvailableCall 367-3597 366-0069 Or 954-359-0380 Diane FletcherChartered Accountant ________________________________Financial Statement Preparation Business Licenses Audits and Investigations Accounting Software Installation and Training Specializing in Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207 Abaco Cellular 559-8889 Tom Cat EnterprisesSales Generators R.O. Systems Hi-pressure PumpsPhone/Fax: 242-366-0135 Hope TownRepairs Generators Gas Engines R.O. Systems Diesel Engines Lance R. NewboldCertified Diesel Mechanic New Generation ConstructionSpeicializing in Private Home Construction, Renovations, Tile Cabinetry, Masonry, Paint, etc. Ph. 365-0614 375-3863 Black Wood James Baillou Supply DepotHotel, Restaurant and Commercial SuppliesBlue WarehouseGovernment Subdivision Marsh HarbourPh/Fax 367-2128Call us or stop by Abaco Star Abaco Star Abaco Star Abaco Star Abaco Star terter terter ter s &s & s &s & s & AlterAlter AlterAlter Alter nana nana na tortor tortor tor s Rs R s Rs R s R ee ee e bb bb b uilderuilder uilderuilder uilder ss ss sForeign & U S Cars, Marine Diesel Engines Industrial Equipment Repairs & Service We stock alternator & starter partsCall 367-4970 LOST AND FOUND$5000 REWARD offered for return of small green silk case of jewelry stolen or lost between Jan. 27-29 in Elbow Cay or Marsh Harbour. Those with information or leads please contact the Abaco Inn. Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 367-2111 VEHICLES FOR SALEvestment opportunities. The committee will hold meetings on Grand Bahama and more meetings on Abaco to develop a sense of what the people want. The committee is comprised of Grand Bahama members Mr. John Bain, Vice Chairman, Mr. Barry Malcolm, Secretary, Mr. Maitland Cates, Financial Advisor, Mr. Kendal Knowles, Legal Advisor, Mr. Headley Forbes and Rev. Pedyson Bailou, Abaco members are Mr. Leonard Knowles, Chairman, Mr. George Riviere, Land Surveyor Advisor, Rev. Charles Carey, Mr. Bobby Jones, Mr. Basil Wilmore, Mr. Henry Key and Mr. Chris Russell. BridgeFrom Page 2 Mr. and Mrs. Rogers Abaco Inn office. All artists are asked to sign up before February 25th. There is only limited space so it will be on a first come, first serve basis. Ferries will be available for people going from Marsh Harbour. Last years art show was a large success, and they are hoping for an even larger turnout this year. Lunch will be served at the occasion, reservations required. Again, if you are looking for somewhere to gain exposure on your art or if you just want to spend a day admiring the work of artists, go to the art show.Great Guana CayWedding in Guana CayOn January 18th Kimberly Meirowitz and Tony Rogers, both of the United Sates Air Force, were married on Great Guana Cay. The wedding was held at the Sea Side Gospel Chapel. They were married by Rev. Kelly McNight of Georgia. Kimberly is the daughter of Ellen Roberts-Meirowitz and the late Dean Meirowitz and the granddaughter of Dolly Roberts and Luis Roberts. The groom is the son of Linda Stinstean of Missouri and Stephen Rogers of Michigan. The reception was held at Nippers. The couple will return to the Air Base in Florida where they will be reassigned and then move to England for three years. Congratulations to them both. CaysFrom Page 11

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