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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 5, MARCH 1ST, 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 Mr. Benjamin Beneby, General Manager of BEC Abaco, presented a check on February 20 to Mr. Camru Raheim, science teacher at Abaco Central High School. This is to be used for the Texas Instruments recording computer a student is holding and will be used by his 30 science students. It will accept input from different probes including temperature, voltage, pressure, sound, motion and sensors and will present the data as a graph or accumulate the data for downloading into a computer for further analysis. BEC is interested in fostering the sciences, encouraging students to follow technical areas which may lead to careers with the electric company. Carnival Comes to Town See Story on Page 26Chamber Hosts Nassau President BEC Finances Science ComputerThe Abaco Chamber of Commerce had Raymond Winder, President of the Nassau Chamber of Commerce, to discuss economic consequences of the proposed trade agreements under consideration. Please see story on page 3. The Ministry of Tourism reintroduced their People-to-People program on Abaco on February 12. The program was initially begun in 1992 but has not been active. The People-to-People programme was designed to acquaint our visitors with our culture through one-on-one contact. Tourism gave short training sessions on February 10 and 11 with suggestions to volunteers for ideas of hosting visitors in more personal ways. The Ministry keeps a record of the volunteers’ age, interests, hobbies, occupation and religious affiliations. When tourists inquire, they are paired with a volunteer who hosts them on an informal basis. This could be for a home cooked meal, or a field trip to view flora or fauna or to a church service, depending on the interests of the visitors. If the host is a member of a club such as the Rotary Club or other organization, the visitors may be interested in attending a meeting. The visitors might like to attend an event in the community. The visitors and local hosts exchange ideas so they can appreciate each others culture. The idea of People-to-People is to allow the visitors and volunteers a chance to communicate and exchange ideas giving the visitors a much better understanding of Bahamian culture and lifestyles. It gives the visitors the feel of having a home away from home. Tourism’s People-to-People Starts Again Program Aims to Give Visitors a Personal Experience Please see People Page 2

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Page 2 The Abaconian March 1st, 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 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 Restaurant & Bar Bahamian & American Food Breakfast Traditional American & Bahamian foodLunch Daily Bahamian Specials Lunch specials served in ten minutes or lessDinner Enjoy a relaxing water front meal Located at the Conch Inn Resort & Marina Tel: (242) 367-4444Close convenient location Great food at low prices Just like it used to be! New ManagementBreakfast 7:30 am to 11 am Lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm Dinner 6 pm to 10 pm NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayAbaco Has Successful People-to-People Start PeopleFrom Page 1 Ms. Priscilla Williams, coordinator of the People-to-People program, held workshops in Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. Mrs. Kendy Anderson will be the People-toPeople coordinator on Abaco. The workshops were followed by a reception at the Conch Inn on February 12 when 32 participants were presented with pins and awarded their certificates. Mrs. Agatha Marselle, MP and Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, was the guest speaker for the reception. She is an excellent motivation speaker and encouraged the volunteer participants to make the visitors feel comfortable, to open their homes to visitors, to market ourselves well. We can individually make it better in The Bahamas. She reminded the group that visitors do not have to come here. There are many other places in the world with similar attributes but it is the way we present ourselves which will encourage them to come here. The People-to-People program was initiated in Nassau in 1975. They market the program mostly through word-of-mouth. They have found it to be very popular in Nassau. This program has been extended as a program for spouses who accompany their mates to a conference or convention. These people can be taken on a tour of the island, sample conch salad or visit museums. In Nassau they began monthly Tea Parties in 1996 at Government House which have proved to be very popular. Mrs. Anderson expects to begin regular Tea Parties on Abaco sometime soon. Participants of the People to People program were awarded with pins and certificates. Shown above is Mrs. Priscilla Williams, Coordinator of the program, fastening the pin on Mrs. Ethylee Wilson on the left. Mrs. Priscilla Williams is the coordinator of the People-to-People program which the Ministry of Tourism has developed to give visitors a personal experience while vacationing here. The program pairs visitors with Bahamians who have similar interests. The volunteers host the visitors, giving them an intimate insight into the culture of this country. Shown above is Mrs. Williams on the left with Mrs. Agatha Marcelle, MP and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, who was the guest speaker at the culminating ceremony recogizing the 32 volutneers who completed the training program.

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The property runs from The Sea of Abaco to Center Line Road and is located just South of Aunt Pats Bay Subdivision. Beautiful property for development or a private estate. $990,000. Internet Ref. #1681HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA YY YY Y KerKer KerKer Ker rr rr r y Sullivan y Sullivan y Sullivan y Sullivan y Sullivan T T T T T el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.comDAMIANOS REAL DAMIANOS REAL DAMIANOS REAL DAMIANOS REAL DAMIANOS REAL TYTY TYTY TY COMPCOMP COMPCOMP COMP ANY LANY L ANY LANY L ANY L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD. NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING 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! bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICEICE ICEICE ICE RENTRENT RENTRENT RENT ALAL ALAL AL BIKESBIKES BIKESBIKES BIKES Witch Point 55 acresVicinity of Marsh Harbour. 250 ft. of nice beach. Elevations up to 40 ft. Great view of Lubbers Quarters. Good development potential. $25,000 per acre. Schooner Bay Beach 1 acre tractsOne of Abacos finest beaches, located at Schooner Bay, 26 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Beach frontage with elevations of 60 ft. available. Electrical service available soon. 1 acre tracts inland with access to beach close by. $60,000Red Bay (Inland) 105 acresOnly 12 miles north of Marsh Harbour, located on a secondary road, with a Cul-de-Sac. Property has thick pine tree forest and elevations. Unique opportunity to acquire a large tract of land. $16,000 per acre. Open to joint ventures. Other Properties Available. Phone:(242) 324-1476 Fax:(242) 324-2902 The Abaco Chamber of Commerce invited Mr. Raymond Winder, President of the Nassau Chamber of Commerce, to speak at their monthly meeting on March 13. The lunch meeting, held at the Jib Room, was an informal one which resulted in an informative discussion after Mr. Winders speech. His topic was on the preparation which Bahamian businessmen need to make to adjust to changes in the future as trade agreements come into effect. Mr. Winder began by stating that it is not big business nor the United States which is pushing these trading concepts but rather it is the result of changes worldwide brought about to a great degree by development in the telecommunications field. Now large corporations can be anywhere and can operate from many diverse locations. These changes have happened and nothing can stop their progress. This has caused the world to become very small. The Bahamas is already an open society. Purchasing is mostly from out of the country. We shop anywhere we want with no restrictions. For many we receive medical and dental services from outside the country. There is complete freedom of movement of goods and services. Additionally, we have no industry which needs to be protected. For these reasons FTAA will not affect us overly. Bahamians do not support Bahamian businesses. They now shop in Cuba, the United States or on the Internet. Many businesses in the Bahamas do not do well because of this open policy, but no one can retard this trend. You cant hold back the tide nor can you protect industries. Mr. Winder felt that FTAA and other trade agreements only accommodate what is going on already. Most people do not appreciate that the world is changing. Being a member of a group of countries working together would be favorable to The Bahamas in several ways. For one thing large corporations no longer have to have their headquarters in heavily taxed countries such as Europe but could move to countries with more favorable tax structures such as The Bahamas. The country needs to find a way to package itself to make it attractive for executives to live here. No one knows how these trade agreements will affect business. There were many unexpected results from the NAFTA agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada. Any new trade agreements will produce unexpected results. However, The Bahamas needs to reach out for new opportunities and look at new ways to conducting business to take advantage of these changes. One of our disadvantages is that we have a limited background in foreign languages. There is a special need to know Spanish as that is the language of many millions of people in Latin America. One of the reasons it is important for The Bahamas to be in on negotiations if that by grouping together we can have protection. When the Bahamas was blacklisted several years ago, the government had to make major changes to our banking laws to have our name removed from the list. If we had belonged to the WTO then, blacklisting would not have happened as it would have been difficult for other countries to force compliance. We have now applied for membership in the WTO. The blacklisting of The Bahamas gave this country a bad name. Many offshore banks were closed as a result of the amended legislation. However, 90 percent of those banks were on paper only, with many into quite questionable operations. The new laws have cleaned up the banking irregularities. The problem of other tax revenue systems besides customs duties was discussed. Mr. Winder felt that the government needs to find other sources of income as our economy has outgrown the monies generated by customs duties alone. This present system cannot support the country. Our customs duties will have to be dealt with before The Bahamas can be accepted into WTO, not to be eliminated but some duties would have to be reduced while other items now duty-free would be dutiable. The Bahamas has a Canadian firm doing research on alternate ways of raising revenue. The Bahamas is very vulnerable. Income is very high and our economy is healthy but our economy can change very fast. We need to come up with new approaches; we need toChamber Learns About Trade Agreements Please see Winder Page 15

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Page 4 The Abaconian March 1st, 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!Man-O-WarBy Pat Elkins James Cyril Albury, Sr. passed away at his home in Man-O-War on February 14, 2003. He was born in Man-O-War on May 24, 1922, to Eddie and Fleetie Albury. He worked as a carpenter and shipbuilder and provided well for his family. As a young man he accepted Christ as his Savior and was instrumental in establishing one of the first churches in Man-O-War. He also started the first Sunday school and was the first Sunday School superintendent. He remained dedicated to the church until his passing. At the funeral service, which was held on February 15 at the New Life Church, many shared memories of Uncle Cyril. While each one held a special memory, almost every one recalled their cards which he gave them each week at Sunday School. These cards contained their Bible memory verse for the following week. Each child was expected to learn his card without fail. Some still remember the verses they learned from Uncle Cyrils cards. Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 55 years, Lois; daughter Annie and her husband Richard; son Jimmy and his wife Melonie; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brothers Haziel and Eddie and their families. The family wishes to thank all for their thoughts and prayers.Flea Market Attracts HundredsThe 17th annual Flea Market to benefit Man-O-War School was held on February 22nd. It was a beautiful day, warm and sunny with a cooling breeze. Shoppers browsed the many arts and craft tables and shopped for bargains at the tag sale tables. Children played games while parents shopped and visited with old friends. The food is always a big hit and this year was no exception. Conch fritters and chowders News ot the CaysThe 17th annual Man-O-War Flea Market is a greatly anticipated event which draws crowds from many Abaco communities. The Flea Market has expanded over the years so that there is not enough space at Man-O-War Marina where it is traditionally held. This year booths and tables were spread along the road under buttonwood trees providing beauty and shade. The Flea Market invites anyone to have a table. This year many artists and craftsmen dislayed their work along side table of typical flea market items. The Man-O-War Flea Market is a fund raiser for the Man-O-War School and is organized to appeal to all ages. Games for the younger set and food and drinks for everyone make for a happy social occasion as well as a great opportunity to raise funds for the school. Please see Cays Page 5 Mr. Cyril Albury 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 8 a.m. 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. 2 p.m. Sunday

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5 One of the unusual items displayed at the Flea Market in Man-O-War was this sea hermit mounted in a conch shell. The lady responsible for this was Sherry Roberts of Man-O-War. are the big favorites. Dinners included succulent ribs, baked chicken and home-style meatloaf with choice of two side orders. The sweets tables offered homemade goodies, cookies, cakes, pies and everyones favorite, Rice Krispie Treats. Even though profits were down slightly from last year, it was a huge success. The school uses monies from this sale to buy books, enrichment materials and even to make additions and improvements to the school facility. The faculty, students and their parents wish to thank all who made the day possible. Please patronize our sponsors whose generosity helped make the day so successful.New ArrivalKent and Patricia Bethel are the proud parents of Amanda Patricia Bethel, who was born on December 6 in Costa Rica. Amanda has two big brothers, Emilio and Charles.Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle Cross A belated Happy New Year! 2003 got off to a start with a successful Junkanoo Parade on January 1. It was well attended and went quite smoothly. Cash prizes were awarded this year for the best costumes. School reopened on January 6 after a longer than usual Christmas Break. The students are now settled in and working toward their Easter break, which is not until the end of April. The first through fourth grade students of Amy Roberts Primary News of the Cays went on a field trip to Bahama Star Farm. They had a tour of the farm and also saw the Blue Hole in the forest. They came back with armloads of oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruit, which they were allowed to pick from the trees. A Valentine cookout and Fashion Show was held at the school CaysFrom Page 4 Please see Cays Page 18

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Page 6 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com FormerlyFormerly FormerlyFormerly Formerly Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto Western Auto COMPLETE ROOM PACKAGESPlus Wicker & Rattan for a Beautiful Island Home BEDROOM DINNING ROOM LIVING ROOMBuy a piece & save a little Buy a room & save a lot! BellasFurniture & Accessories ROOMS TO GO Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 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 beerCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderValentines Teacup AwardedThe coveted china teacup given each year at the annual Methodist Church Valentines Tea Party in Cherokee by Rev. Carla Culmer to one lucky lady was won this year by Geraldine Albury of Cherokee, even though many of the guests were from other settlements. Twenty-five ladies came out to join in an afternoon of good fun, fellowship, tea and lots of delicious refreshments. This was the eighth consecutive year that this tradition has taken place. Everyone who came seemed to enjoy themselves and are looking forward to maybe being the lucky winner next year.Another Visit by GovernmentFive automobiles and 13 visitors arrived in Cherokee by motorcade on February 20 to inspect our Old Clinic. They did not actually say why the group had come, but we can only hope that it will be good news for us. There were officials from Sandy Point, Marsh Harbour, Nassau and Freeport who came to look over our old clinic building which is situated in Cherokee near the main parking lot and has been a constant embarrassment and neglected eye sore to our community for more years than anyone can remember. Obviously, when it was reported that Keith Tinker, Director of the National Museums which is affiliated with the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums, and a group of interested persons had visited the site twice within recent weeks, it drew the Ministry of Healths attention, too. Actually, we are a little humbled by all this new-found attention but will be very pleased to see any improvement to the old building that may eventually enhance and beautify our little community.Well Known Cherokee Resident DiesAs a result of complications after surgery in Nassau, Mr. Richard Clifton Sawyer, one of our old timers has died at the age of 83. The funeral service was held at the Assemblies of God Church in Cherokee Sound with interment in the local cemetery on February 22. Many friends and relatives were there to say their final farewells. Mr. Clifton, who lived here all his life, once told me that as a young man he had vowed never to marry, that is, until he got in with Irene Pinder, but had to admit he couldnt resist the charms of one of the prettiest girls in Cherokee. Together they had two sons and four daughters during their marriage. Sadly, his wife died more than 27 years ago, and he was left to raise the six children on his own. Always living in Cherokee, Mr. Clifton often depended on what he got from the sea to make a living. And just like his father had taught him, he tried to pass on this knowledge to his own children. Mr. Clifton helped his father when he baked the conch shells and beat them to powder to make lime and dug rock to rebuild the old Methodist Church when it was damaged by a hurricane back in 1929. He served sometimes as a cook on the old fishing smacks, (but told me that this was not one of his favourite jobs). He worked as a caretaker for Colyn Reess fishing camp up on the hill and for almost four years during the late 1960s he was in charge of the tool room for Owens Illinois which was running the sugar cane operations in South Abaco. South Abaco News Please see South Page 34 Dr. Marcus Bethel, Sen. and Minister of Health, visited Cherokee to examine the old clinic building there. He was accompanied by 13 others from that Ministry. They are shown here near the welcome sign across from the building. The building has been in disrepair for many years and the community would like to see that Ministry repair it so it is not such an eyesore. He dug graves with a hand ax at the cemetery long before the bulldozers were able to come over the new road, he was one of the many local labourers who shoveled mud to clear a channel from our main dock to Riding Cay, he handled the mail and freight to and from Nassau on the old M/V Deborah K for many years as well as serving for almost twenty years as a member of the local Board of Works. However, probably he will best be remembered for the many starfish, sand dollars, conch pearls and beautiful seashells that he sold right from his living room to visiting tourists or to his many loyal customers in Marsh Harbour and Nassau during the last few years of his life. He is survived by three brothers, Benny, who resides in Cherokee, Martin in ManO-War Cay and Gerald in Nassau, two sons, Gene and Daniel, both in Cherokee, three daughters Doreen Albury and Eunice Roberts in Cherokee and Esther Roberts of Freeport, plus a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Always wearing his signature White Captains Cap or his famous wide-wide brimmed homemade straw hat (which he kept painted to keep it stiff), it will seem strange not to hear his friendly greeting

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 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 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 WelcomeSun. Thur. 8 AM 3 PM Fri. & Sat. 8 AM 3 PM and 6 PM 9 PM VHF Ch 16 367-4657 367-2922 Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbours Newest RestaurantBy Sandra Evans Plans are underway for a compilation of popular recipes to be incorporated into a cookbook in aid of Scouts Abaco. Home cooks everywhere are asked to submit their favourite recipes. If you wish, please include any background or anecdotes on the recipes and mail them to Recipes, P.O. Box AB 20955, Marsh Harbour, or fax them to 242-367-2365 or e-mail them to sandra@abacorealtor.com. Scouting is a structured framework for the development of young peoples skills, social confidence, manners, deportment and patriotism. In the past months the 1st Abaco Scout Troop has shared a bonfire cookout with the 4th Abaco Scouts of Crown Haven. They have hiked, participated in the annual Remembrance Day Parade, joined with the Every Child Counts program for a beach party, made sea glass jewelry and attended the Soap Box Derby in Hope Town. In addition, they have fished, learned to tie some knots and assisted in the Toys for Tots campaign. At Christmas they sold their much loved handmade candy cane reindeer and earned $300 toward next summers camp fees. Your generous support, whether the submission of recipes or the donation of much needed funds, is greatly appreciated by these worthy young people. Shown is the 1st Abaco Scout Troop under the supervision of Scouter Bill Thorndycraft at work cleaning the verges of Don MacKay Boulevard. The Scouts are Lataris Moss, Alexander Wilmore and Jason Evans.Scouts Plan to Publish Cookbook MAILBOXESUNLIMITED FREDERICKSAGENCYLTD.Alburys Trucking Ltd. Customs BrokersQ Q u u e e e e n n E E l l i i z z a a b b e e t t h h D D r r . , M M a a r r s s h h H H a a r r b b o o u u r r , A A b b a a c c o o , B B a a h h a a m m a a s s T T e e l l : : ( ( 2 2 4 4 2 2 ) ) 3 3 6 6 7 7 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 F F a a x x : : ( ( 2 2 4 4 2 2 ) ) 3 3 6 6 7 7 3 3 1 1 3 3 6 6 A A l l b b u u r r y y s s T T r r u u c c k k i i n n g g L L t t d d . T T e e l l : : ( ( 2 2 4 4 2 2 ) ) 3 3 6 6 7 7 2 2 9 9 7 7 6 6 E E m m a a i i l l : : a a b b a a c c o o c c u u s s t t o o m m s s @ @ b b a a t t e e l l n n e e t t . b b s s V V H H F F 1 1 6 6 Customs Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from Foreign PortsNo job too big or small! With our professional line of trucks we can truck it all. Give us a call today and let us give you quality prompt service. Containers 20, 40 45 Flatbeds, Flatracks, Piggyback trucks We can haul it all. execuprint Offering Desktop Publishing Business Cards Letterheads, envelopes, 2 and 3 part NCR invoices and forms 4 spot color productions Full color brochures, programmes Raffle tickets, Production of Ads and so much more! U.S. Mailbox address Once a week delivery Dutiable packages accepted Limit 50 lbs for packages Graphic Artist on site

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Page 8 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 The Editor Says: Town Events Have Visitor Appeal All About TownThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Margo Albury, Annabelle Cross, Pat Elkins, Sandra Evans, Krista Kelly, Leslie Kennedy, Candace Key, Lee Pinder, Penny Turtle Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Generally Speaking . .E-Potential and E-PossibilitiesDavid RalphBy Isobel ShermanNew RoadHave you driven on the new road, which leads to the new Government Dock? Many people have driven on the road but not within the speed limit of 25 miles per hour but much higher speeds. It is a road that looks like it was built to speed on, nicely paved and wide. The road crosses Crockett Drive and there is the danger. You have to stop to cross Crockett Drive. Please, all who drive on this new road be aware that Crockett Drive is a dangerous road by itself and that the junction of Crockett and Forest Drive is a mere 500 feet away from the crossing of the new road and Crockett I wont even mention the traffic in and out of Rodericks and Dis We Style as well as the school children walking to school. Just BE AWARE and DRIVE WITH CAUTION!Carnival Is HereOnce again a carnival is visiting Abaco. This time the carnival is located at Murphy Town Park on the oval track. The location of the carnival is posing some serious problems for Abaco Central High School which is located adjacent to Murphy Town Park The annual inter-house track and field meet had to be postponed because the high school has no playing areas but uses the Murphy Town facilities. Also in danger of being postponed is the annual All School Track and Field Meet in which secondary schools from all over Abaco compete including Moores Island. One of the outcomes of this sports meet is that students have a chance to be picked to compete for Abaco at the National High School Track and Field Meet that is usually held the middle of March in Nassau. While the carnival is here the physical education classes of the school will be severely hampered. All the school has is a parking lot and with three physical education classes each period of the day, it means that some classes will not be getting in their normal activities. The question of security and possible vandalism is also a concern. The high school is fenced in but the main gates do not lock. There are walk-in openings by the main gate which are open. Even if the gates were locked, persons could still access the school grounds. The powers that be should have found a place away from schools and neighborhoods to put the carnival. The fact that it is open every afternoon starting at 5 p.m. is bad for students who are supposed to be preparing for BJC and BGCSE examinations. The carnival could bring a welcome diversion for persons who are looking for something to do but why could it not come to Abaco at a time when there is a school vacation and be set up in a place that would not be so distracting. As a teacher at Abaco Central High School put it when they were setting up the carnival, The students minds will only be on the carnival because all they have to do is look out and there it is, a big distraction for learning.Bahamas Soft Target for TerrorismWe are close to the United Sates but the news this past week that The Bahamas is a soft target for terrorism brought further light to terrorism and what individuals can do to safeguard our families and our country. To me I have a hard time thinking that the Bahamas could be a terrorists target our nice quiet and peaceful nation? However, we are not isolated from the rest of the world so anything is possible in this troubled world of today. By S. Timothy Roberts There are millions of dollars that have not been made in The Bahamas, and hundreds, possibly thousands, of jobs that have not been created because of a lack of vision and progressive thinking. We are losing money daily because of an industry that has yet to be created, and because our resources have remained untapped. We have limited our potential, and I feel we have lost out on a great deal of opportunities for job creation, economic development, and education. I have, however, been encouraged in recent weeks by the movement in Parliament to pass laws that would encourage the local development and international acceptance of e-commerce in The Bahamas. This is a welcome and positive progression in the right direction and should be vigorously supported by all. The industry of e-commerce, I believe, remains largely untapped in The Bahamas and needs to be legitimately explored to see what indeed we can offer in this trade. The most important resources for this industry are high-speed connection to the world wide web and people. We have these. Not to place upon government more than they ought to bear, however, there needs to be some concessions made and programs initiated in order to encourage this industry throughout The Bahamas. Education in fields of information technology and electronics ought to be encouraged in the private sector and in schools across the country. The time for educating people in these areas is while they are young, giving them a head start and a bright future. The e-commerce industry is yet to be fully explored in itself, with thousands of opportunities for different kinds of business with the trade, giving would be entrepreneurs unlimited choices and possibilities to make Please see Roberts Page 35 Please see Sherman Page 35 Over the years we have attended many events the length and breadth of Abaco. We enjoy all the activities and are beginning to see these various functions in a larger context. They may be focused on a town and its inhabitants, however, they are windows into our history and culture and should be promoted as such. They have the ability to attract a large group of people from outside the host town. This list is not inclusive but mentions many of the proven events. The recent Flea Market in Man-O-War attracted about 400 persons to the cay from Hope Town, Marsh Harbour and Guana Cay. Besides the flea market offerings, this year there was a significant presence of artists and craftsmen selling their goods, all giving the school 10 percent of their sales. Additionally, there were tables of foods and nearby grills turning out more variety. We understand that nearly $14,000 was raised for the school. Much of the support came from the towns people themselves. The excitement lasted about four hours. This has the potential to grow into a much larger event with the addition of other activities. If Hope Town holds true to tradition, they will soon have their Heritage Day centered around their museum and rich history. The town will support this generously and guests will flock to the event from the other cays and Abacos mainland. At Thanksgiving Elbow Cay hosts a box car derby for children and adults. Homemade cars race down Big Hill competing in pairs against each other and singularly on a slalom course, weaving around traffic cones during their gravity-powered trip. The New Years Day Junkanoo in Green Turtle Cay drew over 1,000 guests from the mainland this year. The four ferries were very busy. Three or four hours should be allowed to visit all the food booths and see the parade. Additional time needs to be allowed for socializing. Much of the enjoyment is renewing acquaintances not frequently seen. Marsh Harbour has two events that qualify as crowd pleasers. The annual boat parade in December brings one thousand or more residents and visitors to the shore to see the brightly lit boats and the subsequent fireworks show. This draws one of the largest crowds of any activity on Abaco although they are spread out along the waterfront and are not congregated in one spot. The Goombay Summer evenings sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism will cater to 500 to 1000 people, mostly Bahamian residents although a few visitors attend in the early evening. Little Abaco stages a homecoming that spans several days and attracts family and other folks from Grand Bahama as well as their Abaco brethren. You can easily find a sizeable crowd at the height of the festivities. Sandy Point staged a combined homecoming and miniregatta last year that drew a large crowd. Presumably, it will be held again this year. They have held a homecoming for many years but this was the first to include a regatta. Cherokee Sound has put together several very successful Cherokee Day events centered around their history. Hundreds have attended. They have raised enough money to restore the old school building and make it into a much needed community center. Guana Cay gets a surge of visitors during the July cruising boat regatta. The evening party at Nippers is an excellent excuse to enjoy a boat ride on a pleasant summer evening and visit Guana Cay. A concert by the Barefoot Man in the spring is another crowd gatherer, also at Nippers. The All Abaco Regatta in September draws 1000 or more for the evening parties. Although the sailboats are the excuse to stage the event, it is the evening party atmosphere that draws the people. We would rate this and the Marsh Harbour boat parade as Abacos two largest annual events, judging by the number of spectators. These events are enjoyed by our diverse residents as interesting social events. They all have proven to draw people although the audience may be quite different culturally. Many of these events have the potential to be larger and more diverse in their offering. They present interesting diversions for our visitors. Many of them are designed to raise funds for a specific community project such as the community center / hurricane shelter in Sandy Point. With a bit of fine tuning they can attract an even larger crowd which would spend more, raising more funds for the town, while giving a broader look at our culture. Sandy Point and Little Abaco are at a disadvantage by being an hours drive from Central Abaco about as far apart as North Miami and West Palm Beach. These two communities must draw on their friends with transportation. The events in the center of Abaco have shown that a good program will bring the people, whether by boat or car. Recently, the Ministry of Tourism held workshops for volunteers participating in the People-to-People program. That program is designed to show our culture to visitors. Mrs. Priscilla Williams, coordinator of the program, was encouraging the volunteers to highlight our culture and past to advantage. What better way than to introduce our visitors to some of these activities! They are each unique, yet show off many aspects of our island heritage. We would like to see more visitors at all of these events. If they were planned well in advance, they could be promoted in a variety of ways to attract our visitors. The fund raising committees will find an even larger audience and a new promotional tool for Abaco will have been implemented. The events can highlight additional aspects of our towns within the organizers abilities. With a little more planning and involving town people with varying interests, we can produce events which will be even more appealing to our visitors.

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March 1st, 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 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor We Can Bring About ChangesDear Sir, Mr. Cottiss letter in your last paper concerning the abandoned car on the side of the highway got me thinking . We all agree this act is disgraceful but then we just continue with our lives and the car remains abandoned. How can we create change in a country where there is little accountability and a lot of apathy? In the United States the most effective way to create change is to write to your Congressman. Government departments here rarely reply but there is hope as Bahamasair recently replied to criticism in the Tribune. If any Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Civil Servant or Department Head had many complaints about an issue, they would react simply because of the number of people complaining. Bahamians love being known and dont like criticism. The squeaky wheel always gets the grease Abaco would be considered very progressive for lobbying a targeted individual, and we could lead this country in being proactive and really make a difference. Lets experiment with Mr. Cottiss example. A little research reveals that the party responsible for removing the abandoned car is the Ministry of Environmental Health. Through this letter to the editor I ask Abaco to write letters complaining about the abandoned cars to: The Chief Health Inspector, Ms. Bertha McPhee The Department of Environmental Health P.O. Box AB 21040 Marsh Harbour, Abaco and also send a copy to Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP P.O. Box AB 20012 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Hopefully, this will get some results. All it requires is that many of us write letters about a common cause to the appropriate authority. (We have many salaried authorities with grand titles and the problem must ultimately rest on someones desk.) It should not take too many letters to get some attention. Those of us who are literate should spear head this Abaco lobby. It takes very little time especially if a Department has an e-mail address. If Abaco people can lobby to have this car removed, then we should be able to move a mountain of other problems. Lets not stop until this car is moved. Write! A Concerned Citizen A Different Kind of CelebrationDear Editor, What a way to celebrate the New Year! We were settled down and ready to watch the ball drop in Times Square (on television), toast with a little bubbly and ponder potential New Years resolutions. So, a pleasant evening had been planned. Well, not quite according to our small, six-year old Havanese dog. He had determined the evening events would ensue in a different manner. After hearing the commotion of a nearly fireworks celebration, he bolted in sheer panic out a door that had been left ajar. Well, no ball drop, no bubbly, no resolutions, no dog! As we searched the highways and byways, we were not calling out glad tidings of Happy New Year but Here, Buster. Morning dawned and there was no black and white critter at our door or anywhere. Within an hour of contact, members of our community leapt into action. Jackie and Albert Albury, Royce Sands and family, Rex and Judie Albury, Louise and Dale Blank, Kathy and Jack Nesbitt, Eleanor and Bill Bruce and Patty, who operates the Cruisers Net, all pitched in and scoured every nook and cranny. But, is it not appropriate that Trauma One came to the rescue? Dan Wiltfang and son effected a major canine rescue as they located our little dog curled up under a post looking traumatized and bedraggled. So, a new year begins with a happy ending and warm feelings about neighbors who willingly responded to our plight with generous help and support. Abaco has a lot to offer but its true treasure is its people who are giving and caring and who genuinely know the meaning of being neighborly. Thank you and happy New Year! Sincerely, Earle, Marge and Buster Hamilton P.S. Four days after this event occurred, Earle had to be flown off the island by air ambulance because of a heart problem. Trauma One helped out again. Thank you. Also we extend our thanks to Dr. Binard.Drilling Brings Environmental ConcernsDear Editor, I would like to bring an issue to the public through your paper. I believe we as a country really have not taken into consideration this issue and have yet to address. This issue is the Bahamas dependence on fossil fuels, the governments seeming lack of concern for the problems which will arise from the use of them and the lack of knowledge we as a country have in alternative renewable energy sources. The problem our country faces is quite simply the fact that most of the Bahamas electricity generators, if not all, are run on Please see Letters Page 24 This abandoned burned-out car is located across from the entrance to Central Abaco Primary School in Dundas Town. This is an example of how we are influencing our children negatively, showing them our lack of concern about our communities. Where is our pride? The car has a license plate so the owner can easily be traced.

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 Capt. Pat McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repairs of: Xantrex, Balmar and others SIMRADRaymarineF.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour MarinaTel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm erlin sMarine Electronics The new officer-in-charge of the Abaco District of the Royal Bahamas Police Department has taken his post. He is Assistant Superintendent of Police Clarence A. Russell II, who has served in the Police Force for the past 24 years. He is married to Janet D. Johnson and they have four children. ASP Russells experience in the Police Force has been varied. Hes been a detective in the CID, a motorcyclist inNew Police Chief Has ArrivedThe Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsbility for the Northern Bahamas Ellison Greenslade was recently in North Abaco. He is standing on the left with Assistant Superintendent of Police Clarence Russell, the new police chief for Abaco. the Police Traffic Division, an Officerin-Charge Business in Licensing, a Paymaster, a Manager/Financial Controller, Officer-in-Charge of various divisions and finally was made a Commanding Officer. He has numerous certifications for his academic achievements and is now a scholar of Management with a view to completing the Masters Programme with Nova Southeastern University. All Dogs Need LicensesThe public is reminded by the Director of Agriculture that all dogs must be licensed. Dog licenses for 2003 are available at the Department of Agriculture in Marsh Harbour, veterinary clinics, Administrators offices and post offices throughout Abaco. The law requires that dogs three months of age or older must be licensed annually and the tags must be displayed at all times. The penalty for an unlicensed dog is $40 per dog. The law defines an owner to be persons on whose property a dog is found or on whose premises a dog is known to frequent unless the person can show that the dog is not his own and was on his premises without his consent. For more information on dog licensing and responsible animal ownership, contact your veterinary clinic or the Department of Agriculture office. By Isobel Sherman Abaco Youth in Action is a mini-basketball program for boys and girls ages 8-14. Each Saturday until March 22 the program meets from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon at the Murphy Town basketball court. The aim of the program is to develop basketball skills, discipline into the youth of Abaco. Over 55 youngsters are participating. Coordinators for the program are Anthony Davis, Ishmael Stretch Morley, Elva Davis, Jude Hart and Lyndon Davis. The youngsters are divided up into eight teams. All coached by a member of the Abaco Central High Schools Mighty Marlins Basketball team and one member of theVolunteers Work with Youthbasketball team of St. Frances de Sales School. Each team has a different colored T-shirt with a number on the back which are only worn in games. The eight teams are the Raiders, Celtics, Lakers, And One, Warriors, Jazz, Rockets and Sixers. The morning begins with basketball drills and ends with team competitions. The youngsters who attend either Abaco Central High, Central Abaco Primary, St. Francis or Long Bay School are enthusiastic and keen to learn. It is a program that has been needed for the youth of Central Abaco for a very long time. Special thanks go to Lyndon and Elva Davis, who instituted the Abaco Youth in Action basketball program.

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Page 12 The Abaconian March 1st, 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 A & W TRAVELTravel is our businessWell get you where you want to go....SUB AGENTS Man-O-War 356-6048 Treasure Cay 365-8507 Green Turtle 365-4230 Abaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB-20283 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2806/2577 Fax: (242) 367-3219 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 TRIPHope Town SchoolSchool Will Represent AbacoBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly Grades five and six of the Hope Town School were invited to participate in Heritage Week in Nassau during the first week of March. This Heritage Week is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Bahamas Independence. All of the islands in The Bahamas have been invited to the celebration. The Hope Town School will be representing Abaco. The celebration will be similar to the Heritage Arts Celebration that was held in Washington, DC, in 1996. The students that are going will be making quilts and other items representative of past days the same way that they did at Heritage Day in Hope Town last year. The students will be performing several items, one of which is the plaiting of the May Pole. They will be making dolls out of palm tree thatch and spinning tops made from native trees. The students will be attending lots of different activities during the week. A lot of the activities that they will be doing were done in the Bahamas over a century ago. The two classes will be gone for the week and will be accompanied by their principal, Mrs. Candace Key, who said This is going to be a working vacation for the kids.Scholarships Are AvailableScholarships are being awarded to Bahamian students by Canadian universities in specific subject areas. Bahamian students who apply need to be able to show financial need, have a GPA of 3.0 or equivalent and can demonstrate leadership qualities and a strong moral character. The following programs are being offered: Agricultural Science McGill University, Montreal Architecture McMaster University, Hamilton Business Queens University, Kingston Computer Science University of Guelph, Guelph Economics University of Toronto, Toronto Engineering University of Waterloo, Waterloo Environmental Science University of Western Ontario, London Mathematics Nursing Application forms can be obtained by calling Ms. Bonnie Davis of High Tor Limited by phoning 242-327-3303, by e-mail bld@coralwave.com, by writing P.O. Box N4857, Nassau, or by faxing 242-327-6765. The deadline for submitting the applications is March 31, 2003.Note to College StudentsDo you have a child who is a student in college or high school in the West Palm Beach area? If you do, you need to visit Bahamasair at Marsh Harbour International Airport and inquire about their new student fare to West Palm Beach. It will be well worth your effort as you will save money bringing your child home and back to college.Spelling Bee CompetitionBy Portia Jonsson The Abaco District Spelling Bee of the Ministry of Education took place on February 21 at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour. Students from grades 6-8 School News Please see School Page 13 Will and Kim Bethel were honoured by Forest Heights Academy for their long service to the school through the PTA. Their daughter Bianca attended the school and graduated last year. She is now attending Florida Southern College and doing exceptionally well. They are shown here being given a mahogany clock as a token of the schools appreciation. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Meeson, on the left, are making the presentation.

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 Store Hours: 9am to 5pm Ph: (242) 365-5006 365-5002 365-5028 (office) 365-5083 (fax) TT TT T el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 F F F F F ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: 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 of Forest Heights Academy, Long Bay School, S.C. Bootle High school and St. Francis de Sales participated in the competition. Winners were First Place Christine Schaefer, Forest Heights Academy, Second Place Raine Sands, Forest Heights Academy and third Place Vanessa McIntosh, S.C. Bootle High School. Christine Schaefer will travel to Nassau to compete in the Bahamas National Spelling Bee Competition in March. The winner of that Spelling Bee will go to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 76th Annual HowardScripps Spelling Bee in May. Good luck, Christine!Forest HeightsItalian Night Proves PopularBy Portia Jonsson The PTA of Forest Heights Academy hosted its second Italian Night at the school on February 7th. Tickets sold for $12 each and an estimated 150 persons attended the event. Lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce, Caesar salad, garlic bread and lemonade were served together with homemade pies and cakes for dessert. Maureen Higgs and Melinda Russell decorated the tables with bottles of pasta, oil and vinegar and grapes. Italian flag pennants, made by grade 8 students, decorated the room. Viki Hart roamed around playing the violin. There were lots of fun filled games and prizes. A Canadian visitor to the island won the Italian speaking contest. The funds raised will pay for the expansion of the ball field which has been bulldozed and ready to be grassed. This will become a full size track and soccer field combining softball as well.St. Francis de SalesBy Portia JonssonFair Is ScheduledThe PTA of St. Francis de Sales School will hold its annual school fair on March 22 at the school grounds from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The fair promises to be fun filled with games, face painting, food and refreshments. There will be a bouncy castle for the kids and music provided by a DJ. Dinners and raffle tickets will be on sale with a grand prize of $5,000 cash. Teachers and School News SchoolFrom Page 12 Please see School Page 20 The winners of the Abaco District Spelling Bee are pictured here. They are, left to right, Vanessa McIntosh of S.C. Bootle High School in third place, Christine Schaefer of Forest Heights Academy in first place and Raine Sands of Forest Heights Academy in second place. Christine will go on to compete in Nassau in the National Spelling Bee to be held later this month. The winner of that competition will represent The Bahamas in the Howard Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May. 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

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Page 14 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 Central Abaco NewsA fire broke out in the top deck of United Spirit on February 12 while it was docked at the freight dock in Marsh Harbour. The trained crew responded immediately but required the assistance of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Hope Town Fire Department which brought a high pressure salt water pump. The fire was contained to the crews quarters.Freight Boat Has FireBy Isobel Sherman The United Spirit a 150-foot long, rollon and roll-off freight boat from Nassau had just docked mid-morning at the new freight dock in Marsh Harbour on February 12 when a fire broke out in the crews quarters behind the pilot house. The crew was on deck unloading trailers with the carnival equipment when smoke was noticed coming from the top deck bridge area. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was called by an observer on the dock while the ships crew rushed up the gangways. Dock workers and carnival staff were quick to offload the boat. The Fire Department personnel connected to one of the new fire hydrants on the dock, giving a steady supply of water. The crew of the United Spirit began combating the fire in the aft two cabins with the ships fire lines. The eight Marsh Harbour firemen ran two hoses to the top deck. The windows were broken out to get water inside. At one point flames were coming out the window. The Hope Town Volunteer Fire Department asked if they should come with a salt water pump in a boat. Fireman Claude Sawyer, the incident chief, wanted a boat available as it was not known exactly how severe the problem was or what it might lead to. The Hope Town boat was quickly on the scene with five firemen and a high pressure pump. Several of the firemen used self contained air breathing apparatus to combat the heavy smoke pouring out of the windows and doorways. The fire was confined to the crews rooms on the upper level of the steel hulled boat. The wheel house was spared any serious damage. Capt. Marvin McKee of the United Spirit said he was impressed by the fire fighting expertise of the volunteer firemen and the equipment they were able to bring on short notice. He added that his crew was trained to fight fires on board. He felt that the fire started either in the exhaust system behind the cabins or in the crew air-conditioning equipment. He was glad the fire waited until they were docked as a fire at sea can be a terrifying ordeal.Coming EventsBy Isobel Sherman The Abaco Branch of the Bahamas Cancer Society will be holding a book sale on March 1 from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon in front of Triple J Marina. All proceeds will benefit the Cancer Society. Abaco Inn in Hope Town will be holding their annual Art Show on Saturday March 15 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Local artists will have their work on display which will include paintings, jewelry and other art crafted items.Musical Talent Is FeaturedBy Leslie Kennedy Music ranging from classical to soft gospel entertained an intimate group of music lovers on February 15 at the New Vision Ministries. Sponsored by Gaenor Meeson, the concert was organized to raise funds so that the A capella group, Jesus, can make a musical CD to further their career. Their music, unaccompanied by nature, was complimented by Miss Viki Hart playing Bizet on the violin and singing Gershwin and Puccini. Miss Hart is professionally trained and looks forward to continuing her work on the stage as well as in the classroom. As the music teacher at Forest Heights Academy, Miss Harts influence was quite evident as the evening was also accented by her young students voices. Destiny Cornish, Claire Basden and Roxanne McIntosh performed an original piece with Cleveland Dawkins on the keyboard. During the evening members of the Jesus broke off from the group to showcase each of the varied voices of Kevin Sterling, Anderson Alcime, Gentry Morris and Basil Been. Whether it was the full moon or the rich mellow tones of the evening, it was truly An Evening to Remember. For those of you who missed this event, there will be a second concert held at TreaPlease see Central Page 15 The All Abaco Regatta Committee held a cook out on February 22 to raise money for the regatta planned for September 25-27. The estimate is that they will require $180,000 to cover the regatta costs. Shown behind the serving counter are Mitchell Albury in the center and Wynsome Ferguson on the right.

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Page 16 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front By Candace Key A two-day workshop, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the Organization of American States, was held recently at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour for teachers of science and math. The objective of the informationpacked forum was to educate teachers how to use the steps of the scientific process not only to set up science displays and projects but to use this same process of problem solving in other subjects as well. The presenters came armed with so much information to impart and exciting activities to share with educators. Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Superintendent for Abaco, allowed the workshop to continue into a third day. The twenty participants represented Ministry and private primary, all-age and high schools from all over Abaco. Presenters and lecturers for the workshop were Mrs. Beverly J.T. Taylor, Assistant Director of Education (Science and Technology), Mrs. Karen St. Cyr, Education Officer (Primary Science) and Dr. Joan Rolle, Education Officer (Primary Mathematics). The activities were taken from the new extensive Curriculum Guides recently produced by the Science and Technology and Math areas of the Ministry of Education. The enthusiastic teachers were asked to step outside the Resource Centre in groups of three and find a problem that afflicted the area. We were then asked to use our process skills to develop a project showing others the problem and how we would go about solving it. Educators wasted no time in selecting their problems and going about the task of developing an answer to them. Construction paper, cardboard, markers, computer generated topics and titles and items pulled out of the famous magic bags all teachers have were employed and six group projects began to take form. Topics and titles included Removal of Invasive Pines (R.I.P.), Appreciation for Coins Time Saver Why is there standing water in the road? Reclamation of the nearby ball field and Improving the road in front of the Resource Centre. The team in favour of removing the invasive Casuarinas pledged the area would be greatly improved by planting native flowering and fruiting vegetation. They presented their plan from problem to conclusion. Their display featured examples of all vegetation mentioned. Another team chose the problem of lack of appreciation for coins due to the large amount of pennies and some nickels they found littering the streets and parking lot. One teacher interviewed people walking by and was told, Pennies they cant buy nothin! What you all pickin them up for? Later, the same teacher was given a brown bag full of pennies by a gentleman who said, Here, Miss, take these, I cant use them. Their project aimed to show that coins have been used down through the ages from biblical times and that by saving coins of any denomination it does add up. This project suggested coin collecting as a hobby and even had a variety of food purchased for under $1. Examples of pennies found were rolled into 50 cent rolls and an appeal from the Rotary Club for mere pennies to inoculate children against polio was displayed to drive home their message. One enterprising group, discouraged at the potholes full of water on the road, used very ingenious methods to design a drainage system. Making drain grates out of brown pipe cleaners running into underground drains (made out of empty paper towel rolls) they redesigned a pothole free road in no time at all. Another group collected toy trucks and cars to illustrate their scientifically designed renovated road to the Resource Centre. Their design board even featured paved driveways to surrounding buildings and businesses. For some teachers, it was their first trip to the Resource Centre. One teacher did not have problem at all convincing her team which problem to choose. She had driven around quite awhile trying to find the Re-Teachers Attend Science WorkshopA workshop for math and science teachers was held to demonstrate the scientific process of identifying a problem and the process of solving that problem. The hands-on approach proved to be very effective as the teachers solved problems that they found in their surroundings. Their solutions were visually displayed as they produced dioramas effectively communicating their ideas. Please see Workshop Page 35

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 100% USABLE SPACE HEAVY-DUTY RED-IRON FRAME FIRE-RESISTANT 20-YEAR MILL-BACKED WARRANTY MULTIPLE PANELS AND COLORS EASY BUILT-IT-YOURSELF CONSTRUCTION MANUFACTURER SAVINGS MAINTENANCE FREE MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS CUSTOMIZED ACCENTS HEAVY SNOW AND WIND LOADS FAST DELIVERY FROM MANUFACTURING FACILITIES NATIONWIDE QUICK EASY DELIVERYBest Buy on Steel Buildings Best Buy on Steel BuildingsSpeed. Quality. Value.A B C1-800-420-4145A=100X180X16$42,660B=55X90X14$13,990C=40X60X14$8,690All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. Local building codes may cause prices to vary. Pricing FOB Factory. Marsh Harbour Boat Yard Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat LiftServices include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Mechanical repairs Well stocked marine store (incorporating Triple J Marine Store)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery The ranks of Rotary on Abaco grew following the induction of two new members on February 10. On this occasion it was something of a family affair as the induction marks the second husband and wife team and the first mother and son to become members of the Rotary Club of Abaco. Susan Higgs was introduced by Rotarian Joyce Coleby. Mrs. Higgs has already participated in Rotary activities and with husband Heath shows that the younger generation has a willingness to serve their community. Martin Albury was sponsored by his mother, Past President Sandra Albury. Martin serves his community both as a Police Reservist and as a member of the Volunteer Fire Service. Rotary remains the largest non-governmental service organisation in the world. Its 1.25 million members serve in 164 countries and strive to bring about international understanding, goodwill and peace through fellowship and an ideal of service. The Rotary Club of Abaco is becoming a family affair. Two new members are family of present members. Show above, left to right, are new members Martin Albury, son of Past President Sandra Albury, Treasurer Joyce Coleby, Susan Higgs, wife of member Heath Higgs, and President Barry Whiting. Photo supplied by RotaryFamily Members Join RotaryBy Portia Jonsson The Abaco Womens Ministries hosted a Prayer Breakfast at the Assemblies of God Church in Sandy Point on February 15th. Thirty women from various churches throughout Abaco attended this service. The breakfast was held to offer prayer for the healing of our nation. Coffee and tea along with chicken souse and johnny cake were served. Mrs. Annie Green, Assistant Pastor of the host church was the guest speaker. Mrs. Willamae Dawkins, Vice President of North Abacos Womens Ministry, from Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town and Mrs. Diana Fox, Vice President of South Abacos Womens Ministry, took part in the service. Also in attendance was the founder of the Abaco Womens Ministry, Mrs. Natalie Knowles.Prayer Breakfast Was Held

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Page 18 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003Your 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! 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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 OFFER 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 Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is Cherokee News of the Cayson February 15th. The fashion show was organized by Mrs. Anita Roberts of Tropic Topics. The Awana Youth Club is back in full swing after a holiday break. The club meets every Friday night under the leadership of Commander Kevin Roberts. The clubbers are looking forward to traveling to Marsh Harbour for a little friendly competition with the club there. For those who LOVE winter, Mother Nature had you in mind this year. It is nice to be cool and comfortable, but when the temperature INSIDE your home drops to the low 60s, thoughts of July are comforting! Many people have air conditioners to cool their home in summer, but no heat for the winter. Many of the older homes are not even insulated! The cold weather at the end of January was the coldest we had experienced in many years. Our community was saddened to hear of the tragic loss of Nicholas, Robin and Caitlin Albury. Many persons on Green Turtle Cay either knew them personally or did business with them. Prayers went out for their families and a large group from here attended their funeral service. Harvey Lowe died on January 18 after being diagnosed with cancer a few weeks earlier. Harvey lived a simple life by choice. He was a hard worker but was content with his small boat and bicycle. He was extremely generous to all who knew him. Many visitors to our community met Harvey and were fond of him. A funeral service was held at the Gospel Chapel and the church was filled with Harveys relatives and friends. Although Harvey was not a successful businessman or community leader, his friendly, generous nature earned him the love of his community. Harvey is survived by his sister Myrtle Sawyer and brother-in-law Marcel Sawyer, nephews and nieces and their spouses, Keith and Dale Sawyer, Edison and Joan Sawyer, Freddie and Trina Sawyer, Thomas and Alex Sawyer, Marjorie and Rupert Roberts and Arlene and Oral Bethell, four great-nephews, nine great-nieces, one great-great niece, two great-nieces-in-law, one great-nephew-inlaw and many other relatives and friends. A fund raiser was held at the basketball court in aid of Mrs. Audrey Sattems medical expenses. Mrs. Sattem was diagnosed with cancer last year. She is back home but under medical supervision. Her family is doing all they can to keep her comfortable. They expressed their appreciation for all the community has done to help them. The Sattem family moved to our community when Paul Sattem was appointed as a teacher at the Green Turtle Cay School. He now teaches at S.C. Bootle High School.Hope TownT-Shirt Industry ThrivesBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly The harbour front in Hope Town is filled with many different stores and restaurants, one of which is a little different. The T-Shirt Factory Outlet that has only been open for two and a half years is located by the public dock and is next to Froggies Out Island Adventure. The store is co-owned and operated by Tito Baldwin and Franklyn Knowles. The T-Shirt Factory Outlet makes its T-shirts using a silk screen press. A large majority of their designs are done on computers with graphics, and some are hand drawn. Most of their work is done for local businesses and special events. Orders are usually in large quantities for regattas and local fund-raisers. The whole process is done by manual machines. The design is placed on a nylon mesh using ultra violet lights; ink is then pressed through the design using a squeegee. A shirt is laid under the nylon mesh; when the ink is pressed through the mesh, the ink will go through to the shirt. The shirt is then run through a dyer at extremely high temperatures, reaching up to 800 degrees. When dried, the process is complete, and the shirt is finished. At present the store is very small, but there are plans for future expansion. CaysFrom Page 5

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Page 20 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@oii.netWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,parents have volunteered their time and services in order to stage this event. The PTA invites the public to attend and enjoy fellowship with your friends and neighbors.$5000 Raffle Prize Is OfferedThe PTA of St. Francis de Sales School will hold its annual school fair on March 22 at the school grounds from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The fair promises to be fun filled with games, face painting, food and refreshments. There will be a bouncy castle for the kids and music provided by a DJ. Dinners and raffle tickets will be on sale with a grand prize of $5,000 cash. Teachers and parents have volunteered their time and services in order to stage this event. The PTA invites the public to attend and enjoy fellowship with your friends and neighbors.Retreat Will Stress FutureA retreat for grades 9-11 of St. Francis de Sales School is planned for March 7th at the church. This will be a period for spiritual reflection, personal planning and goal setting. Topics will include Preparing For College and Goal Setting .Two Abaco Teams Will CompeteBy Isobel Sherman The annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament will be held the last week of February at A.F. Adderley High School in Nassau. Once again boys basketball teams from Abaco will be traveling to Nassau to compete in this prestigious tournament. Traveling will be the S C Bootle Boys Basketball Team and the Mighty Marlins of Abaco Central High School. Good luck to both teams.Abaco Central HighBy Isobel ShermanGirls Volleyball Team Impresses FreeportRecently Mr. Patrece Charles, physical education teacher and girls volleyball coach at Abaco Central High School, took a team to Freeport to compete. Although volleyball season was officially over, Freeport accommodated the Abaco team as the Abaco team was looking for competition. In a series of four games the Abaco Team won all games except one. The teams from Freeport were the Jammers and three teams with players from the different high schools. Freeport was impressed with the caliber of play of the Abaco team. In fact, teams from Freeport are planning to travel to Abaco to play the girls again. Members of the Abaco Team are Sherell McKinney, Neoshie McKineey, Lakiesha Lightbourne, Georgia Murray, Jessica Swain, Philicia Williams, Shikera Davis and Coleen Curry.Computer Donation Is AppreciatedAbaco Central High School in Murphy Town and S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town are the recipients of several computers donated by Mr. Al Martin, a long time visitor to Abaco. For the past several years Mr. Martin has presented awards to graduating grade 12 students who excel in science. Upon hearing the need for computers for Abaco Central High School, Mr. Martin contacted businesses in the United Sates and was able to get a sizeable donation of used computers from NASA. Mr. Martin arranged for the computers to be shipped to Marsh Harbour and paid the shipping costs. All the schools had to pay was the stamp tax. Mr. Huel Moss, Jr., Vice-principal of Abaco Central, and Mr. Leslie Rolle, Principal of S.C. Bootle High School, accepted the computers and were appreciative of Mr. Martins efforts in obtaining them. The computers will now go into the refurbished computer lab at Abaco Central and into a second computer lab at S.C. Bootle High School. More School NewsGardinia McIntosh, an S.C. Bootle High School student, shows off a new jacket and crest which the school has adopted as part of their uniform. SchoolFrom Page 13 SchoolFrom Page 33 Just a Reminder:Free Dial-up Internet Trial Unlimited Internet Access for Mar chEmail: freetrial@awsltd.net or drop by Abacom and pick up your username and password for your free trial accountAbaco Wireless Services, Ltd. Your Licensed ISP on Abaco At Abacom in Marsh Harbour 367-3475 Marsh Harbour 365-8836 Treasure Cay

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 21 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 vate marina ommunity facing Sea of Abaco. nkey 4B/4B, kitchen, 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 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"30th Anniversary Will Be CelebratedBy Isobel Sherman On July 10, 2003, the Bahamas will celebrate its 30th year of Independence. It is hoped that the celebrations will be grand on each island. To this end an Independence Committee has been formed in Abaco with Don Cornish as Chairman. WinderFrom Page 3Globalization Will Bring Changesconstantly reinvent our product. Whether FTAA becomes a realty or not, changes in the global business world are coming. Government realizes that it needs to open up and find foreign partners to bring in development money. The government is softening on attracting these investors as they realize that is the only way to grow. Wages are very high in The Bahamas so businesses need to find ways to operate and innovate so the high wages can be justified. Labour costs have gone up dramatically in the past five years. Mrs. Agatha Marcelle, MP and Parliamentary Secretary with the Ministry of Education, was present at the meeting and commented briefly on some of the problems facing our country. She felt that we have gotten where we are without a normal amount of effort. She recently visited Bermuda where the cost of living is higher than here. However, the work force is constantly trying to improve. She felt that Bahamian employers need to induce employees to do more. Bahamian labour does not want to be corrected or disciplines. Labour does not want to work hard. Bahamian businessmen are squeezed in the middle. The top is foreign and the bottom has no education, no desire to do better. It is in the best interest of all us to find ways to work things out better. Mrs. Marcelle suggested that companies set standards and be specific with employees as to their duties, then require that work be done satisfactorily. 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Page 22 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003Dump Cannot CopeAs Director of the Committee for a Clean Island Hope Town, I request that you include this letter to Dr. Marcus Bethel in The Abaconian. Dear Minister of Health, Sen., the Hon. Dr. Marcus C. Bethel, As residents, business and property owners of Elbow Cay, we, the Committee for a Clean Island, are writing you to request governments assistance in resolving our waste management problem. Having recently visited Elbow Cay, you know that the island encompasses less than six square miles and is densely populated with 624 residents according to the year 2000 census (750 including undocumented residents) and a peak season population of 2,000 including tourists and second-home owners. And our resident and seasonal populations are growing at an annual rate of five percent. Elbow Cay generates more garbage than its dump site can store or bury: 400 cubic yards per week, not counting vehicles, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. Hence, all kinds of refuse is burned, sometimes daily, including pressure-treated wood, tar-paper shingles, creosote, refrigerant, car batteries and tires, marine paints, and many other hazardous materials. Toxic smoke, ash and vapor, as explained in the Bahamas Environmental Handbook, are a serious threat to public health. Smoke from poly-vinylchloride in PVC pipe is a known carcinogen. On Elbow Cay residents and tourist accommodations are regularly subjected to the noxious smoke. Ashes land on roofs and wash into our cisterns, contaminating our water with dangerous substances such as arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium. Since we have no municipal water system, we are dependent on our cistern water for bathing and cooking, etc. Already, cases of sinus and respiratory problems and cancer have been documented in those who live near the site, including children. Businesses that are important to the tourism industry are located in every downwind direction surrounding the dump, such as Turtle Hill Villas, On Da Beach Bar & Grill, Club Soleil Resort, Rudys Place Restaurant, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, the entire settlement of Hope Town (including the Hope Town School), Hope Towns harbour where visiting boats are docked or moored as well as numerous weekly rental cottages all of which are a vital source of income for the island as well as the Public Treasury. Further, since the present dump site is situated in mangrove marsh, at high tide or after a rain shower the above-mentioned hazardous materials leach into the harbour water, contaminating a significant mangrove fish hatchery. Hope Towns historic harbour has only one narrow tidal outlet; thus, it has little natural flow, which allows these contaminants to accumulate. Additionally, with only 2,500-square-feet of government-owned land, the Elbow Cay dump is now encroaching on multiple private properties whose owners such as Paul Tennyson are seeking legal action for restoration of their rightful land. Residents and property owners on Elbow Cay urge the Department of Environmental Health to financially assist in putting into effect a viable long-term solution which would involve shipping all garbage off Elbow Cay to an appropriate refuse site on Great Abaco (see enclosed petition). Both Guana and Man-O-War cays currently ship their household trash to the Marsh Harbour dump with funding from the Department of Environmental Health. After extensive research, the Committee for a Clean Island has drawn up a waste management proposal and budget which is enclosed. Please contact us with any questions at the above telephone number or via Hope Town Council Member Jeff Key or Administrator Williams in Marsh Harbour. Elbow Cay receives less than five percent of what it contributes annually in revenues to Central Government. Given the urgency of this public health issue, we ask you to consider moving Elbow Cays garbage to the mainland as a budget priority in the approaching fiscal year. Elbow Cays income depends almost entirely on tourism. A recent survey by the Ministry of Tourism showed that the number one complaint by tourists who visit the Bahamas is that it is dirty. Please assist us in removing the dump from our island. The lives and livelihoods of Bahamians are at stake. We would appreciate an immediate and considered response due to the urgency of this matter. Respectfully, Committee members for a Clean Island Rhonda Claridge Director, Committee for a Clean Island, school teacher Clay Wilhoyte contractor for garbage collection and dump management on Elbow Cay Jeff Key Hope Town District Council member Michael Myers board member of the Hope Town Association Lory Kenyon President, Friends of the Environment Jane Kenyon owner, Elbow Cay Properties Chris Thompson owner/operator Hope Town Hideaways Kerry Cash realtor, Damianos Real Estate Stafford Patterson owner, Sea Horse Marine Ira and Tanny Key owners/operators rental property management company This letter was accompanied by a petition with 211 names complaining of the present waste management system on Elbow Cay and particularly the burning of hazardous materials in a residential area. They explained that Elbow Cay is a small densely populated island which generates more garbage than its present dump site can store or bury. All types of refuse is burned, sometimes daily, contaminating the air with toxic smoke and ash. The petition urged the central government to assist them in putting into effect a viable long term solution involving shipping all garbage to Marsh Harbour. Additionally, they asked that central government work to ensure that the waste in Marsh Harbour be properly managed to protect the water table from contamination.Proposed Solution to Hope Towns WasteTransfer site options: 1. Use the Crown Land parcel in White Sound already in use as waterside gravel and sand loading site already dredged deep enough to access by barge. However, that site is between two prime resorts and road to transfer site is in poor condition. 2. Use the parcel on southern boundaryHope Town Is Concerned About Garbage Please see Garbage Page 23 Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it. For Futher details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.net Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists Ph: (242) 365-8538 Ph/Fax: (242) 365-8587BAHAMA BEACH CL BAHAMA BEACH CL BAHAMA BEACH CL BAHAMA BEACH CL BAHAMA BEACH CL UBUB UBUB UB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed/ 2 bath/ Den/ Lanai/ on-site pool and many other features. Starting at $425,000 Plus 14% closing LEEWLEEW LEEWLEEW LEEW ARD BEACH EST ARD BEACH EST ARD BEACH EST ARD BEACH EST ARD BEACH EST AA AA A TETE TETE TE Blue House One-of-a-kind beach front home designed by the Architect/ Owner for family and beach living. 5 bed/ 4 bath, large living,/ dining area with modern kitchen, wrap-around deck. Many, many extra features. $2,100,000 Serenity a real Estate property. Modern 4 bed/ 4 bath, 5600 sq. ft., two story CBS home with incredible ocean views. Upper level extra large,open concept living/ dining/ kitchen with outdoor covered balcony and master en-suite bed/ bath. Lower level 2 bed/ 2 bath, lounge, wet bar plus additional bed/ bath and double garage. Property has two fully landscaped lots with 290 feet ocean frontage. Special property with many, many additional features including a 2 bed/ 1 bath caretakers cottage. $3,800,000 TT TT T reasure Housesreasure Houses reasure Housesreasure Houses reasure Houses Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/ waterfall. 2 bed/ 2 bath octagonal house. $275,000BrokersAnne Albury Marcellus RobertsSea Grapes Directly on the ocean, modern CBS, fully tiled 3600 sq. ft. home on extra large lot with 215 ft. frontage. Features 3 bed/3 bath, fully equipped kitchen, large living/ dining area (open concept). Two bedrooms/ living/ dining/ kitchen all face ocean side and have direct access to beautiful garden and beach. 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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay of the old Elbow Cay Club owned by Bob Maltarp. Near existing dump site and away from prime real estate and tourist accommodations. Waterside and dredged already. Currently in use for industrial purposes by Abaco Rock. Closest site to Marsh Harbour. Government could lease or condemn land based on back taxes owed. 3. Government could purchase some other parcel. Start Up costs: 1. A mulcher/shredder for yard cuttings at $40,000 2. A Mack truck to move dumpsters on and off barge and to transport dumpsters to the Marsh Harbour dump site at $38,000 plus freight, licensing, duty, stamp tax, etc. (an additional Mack truck if other cays are included) 3. 15 x 40 cubic yard dumpsters at $3,200 ea. total $48,000 plus freight, duty, stamp tax, etc. 4. $10,000 to prepare site with ramps so that garbage trucks can drop waste down into dumpsters 5. $10,000 to rent equipment to compact existing cars, refrigerators, etc. 6. A compactor at the transfer site or at the existing dump if used as a staging site at $40,000 Total Start Up cost $186,000 (not including freight, duty, stamp tax, licensing, etc.) Operational costs: 1. Truck drivers salary $25,000/yr. 2. Transfer site supervisor $20,000/yr. 3. Barge transportation to Marsh Harbour $1,000/day x twice weekly $104,000/yr. 4. Truck maintenance $10,000/yr. Total Operational costs $149,000 Objectives: 1. Remove all household and construction waste from the island. 2. Mulch all organic yard cuttings, trees, etc. at existing dump site to cap the existing ashes. 3. Compact and remove old cars, refrigerators and other bulk waste to go to Marsh Harbour any time space is available in dumpsters.Letters Substantiate ProblemMedical Professional SpeaksTo the Minister of Health Government of The Bahamas Dear Minister, I am writing to you about the burning of trash in the public dump in Hope Town. As a chest physician I am very concerned about the hazard this poses to the health of the people here. We own a home on the extreme north end os the island, as far away from the dump as you can get. Never-th-less, tonight because of the south wind, the smell up here is obnoxious. I am aware of the death of one person on the island Monty Albury from consequences of inhaling smoke from burning trash, and I suspect many others suffer illnesses as a result of the burning. Trash is barged from our neighboring cays, Man-O-War and Guana Cay, to Marsh Harbour for burial. Yet this public health hazard is allowed to continue on Elbow Cay Of course, there are other considerations such as the effect this situation might have on tourism, the economic life blood of the island and the source of millions of dollars in tax revenues to the central government. This health hazard must be dealt with promptly. Thank you for your concern and assistance in this matter. Yours sincerely, Douglas M. Behrendt Professor of Heart and Lung Surgery University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsHealth Is at RiskMinistry of Health To Whom It May Concern: I am a Permanent Resident of the Bahamas and a homeowner on Elbow Cay. This is my only home. I have no home elsewhere. I live about a half mile south of the Elbow Cay garbage dump. Garbage is collected on the island three days a week. Everyone puts all their garbage in plastic bags which are taken to the dump and burned. We dont know what has been put into those plastic bags. When the wind is out of the north, which it is often in the wintertime, the smoke enters my home. Besides the smell being obnoxious, when this happens I find myself with a headache, sore throat and sinus congestion. These symptoms usually dissipate when I go north of the dump site away from the smoke area. This cannot be healthy. Beside myself, I do know that there are babies and small children who live between the dump and my home and I can only imagine what this smoke is doing to their developing lungs and the rest of their respiratory system. There are residents on Elbow Cay working along with the District Council to find a solution for removing the collected waste off the island to a central dump area on Great Abaco where I understand Guana Cay and Man-O-War are already sending their waste. I ask you to please assist us in any way you can to bring about the removal of the waste from Elbow Cay and in any way you can to implement a recycling program for the Out Islands. Thanking you for taking the time to read this letter, I am most sincerely, Mary BalzacPresent Dump Is Health Hazard GarbageFrom Page 22 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour AA AA A AA AA A AA AA A Carbonless Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreMonday Friday 9 am 5 pm

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Our ferries, boats, vehicles and the electricity which runs the appliances in our homes all run on some form of fossil fuel. The fact that the earth has a finite supply of fossil fuel will become a great problem for us. We ourselves may not encounter it, but it is estimated that in the next century those who are living then will be forced to face this situation.. The other detrimental effect our extensive use of fossil fuel has is that it pollutes our environment. For those who do not know what harmful chemicals and gases are emitted from the combustion of oil, diesel, propane, gasoline and other forms of petroleum products we use every day, I shall inform you. Carbon dioxide, given off by the burning of any fossil fuel, is the main gas involved in the greenhouse effect. Carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide found in car exhaust contribute to global warming. There are many other chemicals found in fossil fuel emissions. These gases are slowly but surely destroying our environment every day. No matter how big the boat or small the motor bike, each vehicle and appliance operate on fossil fuel plays a roll in destroying what we take for granted around us. We in the Bahamas do not suffer from pollution-induced weather effects such as acid rain or the damage to buildings and our health due to the concentration of chemicals floating in our air, but it is only a matter of time. The day will come when our cars cannot move out of our driveways because there is nothing to run them on. We will be unable to do what we find normal and take for granted such as taking a shower and eating a cooked meal. If we continue to destroy our atmosphere at the rate we are doing so now, I strongly suggest everyone get used to wearing gas masks and walking. The earth may not run out of oil until the end of the next century, all well and fine. Nevertheless, it is our responsibility to make sure that our descendants, not our children, but possibly our childrens childrens children are living well. Shouldnt we make sure our country will be strong and getting stronger by the end of the next century? Not worrying about how they will keep warm, how to run their stoves to feed themselves, how to clean up the mess we, their ancestors, left them with the product of our ignorance. Consider the consequences of our present actions, the environmental, physical, medical, financial and ultimately fatal, if not for us, but for our economy and country itself. Our country has no choice; eventually there will be nothing to run our vehicles or power our homes, maybe no healthy air for us to breathe. Eventually our government will have to face these facts and invest in alternative, environmentally safe, renewable energy sources of electricity and fuel. Solar power is a prime example, one that can be invested in on a large scale. An investment in industrial-sized solar panels can begin the process of ensuring our country will be up and running in the future. As for our vehicles, there are developments being made for hydrogen fuel celled cars, the only byproduct produced being pure water. These fuel cells can also be used as part of a generator system, much like the one BEC uses now, and the emissions made will be harmless to our environment. The Bahamas needs to take a necessary step and ensure the country and its citizens well being for the future as well as preserving our environment in more ways than one. As citizens, take these facts into consideration and think about how our government should start addressing this issue. Thank you, Mr. Editor, for allowing me to address the public and express my concern through your newspaper. Tia KnowlesAlternate Energy Sources Are AvailableDear Abaconian, I have taken this time out to inform the population of Abaco about our harmful and silent friends we call fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are energy that we use every minute of the day and all year, namely, gasoline and oil. These fuels are mutely destroying our world that was put in our care. An article taken from the Tribune written by Dominic Duncombe tells us that the government has received money from an exploration corporation to look for oil on our Bahama Banks. As a very concerned citizen of this country and proud Abaconian, I personally think this should not proceed because of many reasons we tend to take for granted one, the environment! Do you know how much pollution (dirty gases) goes into our atmosphere every day from all around the world using these fossil fuels? The answer is too much. These dangerous gases go into the atmosphere and simply destroy the ozone layer causing global warming which can be harmful to us. We also have to think about our co-habitants, sea and wild life. In the Bahamas we have many different types of endangered species living in our waters. Do you know what happens to them when we have oil spills? They die. So if we have foreigners destroying our beautiful limestone and crystal clear blue waters to dig for oil, not only will tourism decrease but also our precious dolphins, green turtles and even the little fishes that we eat. We spend millions of dollars purchasing fossil fuel from abroad. Some of that money can be used to improve school, clinics and other government facilities standards. Besides there is only about 100 years of fossil fuels left in the earth to rely on. There is one solution for this problem that most of us Abaconians may not be aware of, or care about, alternate energy sources. Alternate energy sources do little or no harm to our homes. This refers to energy such as: solar energy, nuclear energy, also geothermal energy. Out of these alternate energy sources solar energy would best fit the Bahamas. Solar energy is energy from the sun. It can be stored just as fossil fuels and do the same jobs that fossil fuels do such as running a household. We are so lucky to have sunlight almost all year, so why dont we take advantage of it? Using solar energy our country could grow healthy, as less pollution will be in the air that we inhale and wealthy, as the government will not have to spend millions of dollars on fossil fuels, but put some of the money in the educational system and/or create more jobs in the public services sector. The country will also grow independent, not having to depend on other countries for fossil fuels. We as people need to become aware of whats happening around us, mainly to the ozone layer which affects all of us. Government needs to redirect its attention and money into educating Bahamians on alternate solutions to fossil fuels as the livelihood and survival of nation and the world depends on it. Mashanna RussellWe Need to Guard Our Environment Dear Editor, Recently I read in The Abaconian about the Oklahoma-based oil company, KerrMcGee, searching for oil on the Great Bahamas Bank. I find this outrageous and simply disgusting. I cannot believe our government is allowing this to happen. After researching the disadvantages if using oil and the destruction it can cause, I am shocked and appalled that our government, it seems, has done nothing to research the consequences of drilling for oil, even the consequences of just looking for oil. Of course, the money earned by drilling for oil would be very attractive; however, it would be short-lived. Oil is not renewable or sustainable and would one day run out. And of course, not everyone would benefit. Something else that wouldnt benefit from the wonders of oil is the environment. How many more times does there have to be another oil spill before we get it? Oil is harmful. Its harmful to the one thing that if we LettersFrom Page 9 Please see Letters Page 34 Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Satellites TVs Stereos Phones Home Appliances Car Stereos/Amps Speakers Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: (242) 367-2265 (242) 367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES MONTHL Y SPECIAL SLaundry Centers$1,139Home PhoneBLACK OR WHITE$15.00Vertical CD Player$199SPECIALS GOOD, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, FOR MARCH 2003 MorMor MorMor Mor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 25 Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 Newell Garfield, Jr., 79, died peacefully on February 12, 2003, in Ellsworth, Maine. Newey, as he was known affectionately by his many friends, was born in New York, the son of Newell Garfield, Sr. and Mary Louise Wyatt and the great grandson of James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States. Newell was an Ensign in the Navy during World War II serving on PT boats in the Pacific. He was a senior partner at the William E. Hill Company and Newell Garfield Associates in New York City. Building a home on Elbow Cay in 1968, he and his wife, Dr. Jane W. Garfield, became solid members of the Hope Town community that they so dearly loved, staying for 26 years. Newey directed the Hope Town and Man-O-War clinics for Dr. Jane for 10 years providing a valuable and much appreciated service for those communities. They moved to Blue Hill, Maine, in 1994 where he became Chief Financial Officer of the MedNow Clinic, again in partnership with his wife, Dr. Jane. Newey was an avid sailor, a member of the Cruising Club of America, the New York Yacht Club and C & A Variety Store & Soft Drinks Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled, Malts and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, Abacoin the new green building opposite Lowes Pharmacy & Dr. BoyceWEVE MOVED! Now Locatedthe Hope Town Sailing Club. He promoted, encouraged and actively helped Bahamian and American youngsters in the racing of Abaco dinghies. He specifically chose Abaco over other Bahamian and Caribbean islands because of the Out Island nature of the cays. He loved the water, the weather, the colors, and the sounds, but most important to him was the warmth and kindness of Abaco people. Newey will be greatly missed by us all. His ashes will be spread here in the place he loved best. Newell is survived by his wife, Jane; several children including daughter Eliza; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and brother Wyatt. Barbara Smith, daughter of Wally and Phyllis Smith and sister of Maureen, passed away in Marsh Harbour on the night of February 16, 2003. She had been in fragile health since a hospitalization in the United States in September. The Smith family own and operate Wallys Restaurant in Marsh Harbour and are known throughout the Bahamas and the world for their warm hospitality. Barbara came to the Bahamas as a child from Canada when her father moved the family here. Her role in the family businesses has spanned the years since, in the forefront and behind the scenes at both the Conch Inn and Wallys The loss of Barbara will be keenly felt, even as we hold her in our memory. The date for a memorial service will be announced. Richard Clifton Sawyer, 83, of Cherokee Sound passed away on February15. His funeral was on February 22 at the Assembly of God Church in Cherokee Sound. Officiating was Rev. Bateman Sands, Rev. Bob Cornea, Rev. Carlton Dorsett and Rev. Carla Culmer. Interment was in the Cherokee Public Cemetery. He was pre-deceased by his wife Annie Irene and daughter Hanna Lowe. He is survived by sons Eugene and Daniel Sawyer; daughters Ester Roberts, Doreen Albury and Eunice Roberts; grandchildren Rosalie Baptiste, Mark Roberts, Annie Lubin, Don, Denese, Randy and Mitchel Sawyer, Richard Albury, Jeremy Roberts, Tyler Sawyer, Jamie Greg, Jerad and Micky Lowe; great grandchildren Thomas, Alycia and Angelique Baptiste, Iesha and Tino Lubin, Andrew, M.J., Travis and Joshua Roberts, Shamentha and Kellie Sawyer; grandsonin-law Eddie Baptiste; grandnieces-in-law Ellen and Vernica Sawyer and Jeanette Roberts; sons-in-law Morral Albury, Noel Lowe, Cola Delancy and Freeman Roberts; brothers-in-law Stuart, Barry, Lenard and Godfrey Pinder; sisters-in-law Annis, Viola and Lola Sawyer and Max Capener; daughters-in-law Una and Darlene Sawyer; brothers Benny Martin and Gerald Sawyer; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Angie Andra Dorathy Saunders 29, of Coopers Town was held on February 22 at the Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town with Pastor Stafford Symonette officiating. Interment was in the South Side Garden Public Cemetery in Coopers Town. She is survived by her husband Nathan Saunders, Sr.; sons Nathan Jr., John and Javoun Saunders; parents Lionel and Hortence Cooper, Ted and Angela Pinder; sisters Sarah, Shantell, Tedreika, ThekeithaObituarObituar ObituarObituar Obituar ies of Ries of R ies of Ries of R ies of R elativelativ elativelativ elativ es and Fes and F es and Fes and F es and F rr rr r iendsiends iendsiends iendsand Tyeisha; brothers Kendrick, Theodore and Gregg; nieces Twaniqua, Perrisha, Garthia and Tylesha; nephews Lester, Kavon and Vontae; grandmother Merlene Davis; grandfather Obed Pinder, Sr., Bertram Davis and Doddie Cooper; aunts Remelda, Sharilene, Joyce, Florina, Eunice, Velma, Donna, Rosemary, Joan, Euna, Melvern, Christine, Lounette, Marion, Zelda, Ethel Saunders, Paula Bell, Maria Cox, Rosemary Williams, Ida Morrison and Francis Rolle; uncles Andy Bersil, Ivan, Obed Jr., Howard, Billy, Gary, Eric Cox, Keylorg Rolle, Hubert and Alentin Morrison, Harold, Ralph and Heasten Saunders; brothers-in-law Perry Demeritte, Johnny Knowles, Edward, Johnathan and Bertrum Saunders, Adrian Smith, Anthony and Joseph Sweeting and Austin Swain; sisters-in-law Sandra Smith, Joan Knowles, Joyclyn and Jennifer Saunders, Rudell and Christian Swain; father-in-law John Saunders; mother-in-law Elizabeth Saunders and a host of other relatives and friends.Students Pursue Their SchoolingTiffany Latoya Johnson is in her second year at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in Nassau. She is studying computer engineering. Tiffany Latoya is the daughter of Margaret Dawkins of Murphy Town and is a graduate of Abaco Central High School. Corrections: Rasul Nightingale has been accepted in the Honors College at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Lyle Sawyer is in the 12th grade at Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Florida. Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 26 The Abaconian March 1st, 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 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web 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 Abaco Tug & TransportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock Deliveries Container & Building Material DeliveriesMarine Construction & DevelopmentBoulders Dock & Sea Wall Construction Hi Tide Boat Lifts Dredging Excavation Land Clearing Trenching Drilling BlastingOn the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road P.O. Box AB20285, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-5205 / 367-5206 Fax 367-4018 All proceeds from tickets and donations will go to Friends of the Environment towards ongoing and future projects to protect the beauty of Abaco The carnival has come, entertaining young and old alike. The Dragon Wagon, the Zipper, Dizzy Dragons, Zamperia Fire Chief and 1001 Nights are all there, giving Abaco people a treat. Screams of delight, happy laughter, parents enjoying their childrens expressions of happiness, groups of teenagers having fun that is all part the scene at the Murphy Town Park on Forest Drive. The RAC Amusements opened their gates on February 15 and will continue through March 2. They are offering 12 rides, 18 games and two concession stands serving popcorn, drinks and pizza. They were in Nassau for more than a month and came here from Freeport where they stayed for four weeks. They were on Abaco eight years ago. In addition to the carnival concessions, Murphy Town is offering food and liquor at the park stalls.Carnival Spices Night Life Justice of the Peace Is Sworn In Ms. Vashti Albury of Cherokee Sound was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace on February 10. She is shown above during the ceremony at which Administrator Alexander Williams on the right administered the oath. ASP Leeland Russell witnessed the ceremony. Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017Spooners

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March 1st, 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 and W .Palm Bch ...............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 or van.....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 (min $40) Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:302:30 pm4:45pmFare 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 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way $80 round trip Children $20 one way $40 round trip For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus service to and from Freeport at McLeans Town 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 C&G Restaurant...............$.............367-3227 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Henrys Jerk Center..........$.............367-5959 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch)........367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............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 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 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 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...............$$$.............365-5137 Orchard Bay......................................365-6175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar..$$.............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 Sundowners......................................365-4060 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 March 1st, 2003 LIGHTBOURN REALTYEach office is independently owned and operatedIn 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.comLuxurious 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 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 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. 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 Split Level Townhouse 1/1 townhouse, walk to beach. A must see. $110,000 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. Green Turtle Cay OfficeAgent: Chris Farrington P.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Office # 242-365-4695, Fax # 242365-4697 Email: chris.f@batelnet.bsUNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT 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 hom e 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 3//5 acre inland lot in White Sound near Coco Bay. $42,000 Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 1/4 acre inland lot within 4 minute walk of beach. $42,000 Coco Bay: 1/3 acre, 75 x 185, about 3 min walk to beach. $59,000 2.68 acres with dock rights on Coco Bay. $650,000 1/2 acre on ridge orverlooking water. $59,000 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. 2 lots with 140 water front $430,000 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 North End: NEW! Stunning furnished hilltop, 3 bedroom, 2 bath hom with fireplace, perched 35 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Vaulted ceilings. 125 on ocean. Panoramic views of ocean through French doors, 3000 squ. ft. under roof plus 1,000 sq. ft. of screened-in porch. W/D, A/C in master bedroom lus ceiling fans throughout. One acre. $147 million gross Black Sound : 2 bedroom 2 bath furnished house. One acre. Water front. 110 dock with amenities. $500,000 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 New Plymouth: New Two story building near Long Dock overlooking water in town of New Plymouth. Furnished. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Prime location $275,000 plus 7% to close 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 OFF THE MARKET UNDER CONTRACT SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD 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 BAHAMASFreight Dock Nears CompletionA crew from the Abaco Fencing Company is installing fencing at the new freight dock in Marsh Harbour. The fencing will secure the large international area and an area for bonded freight. The chain-link fencing is topped with rolled razor wire. The area is beginning to be landscaped. The western riprap wall is now complete and the area near the two western ro-ro docks is being prepared for paving. The guard house at the entrance and adjoining scales can now be seen from the road. It is understoood that a port director has been chosen by central government and is expected to relocate to Abaco soon. Concrete curbing is being poured, delineating parking areas, planters and traffic control. The cement mix is kept quite dry, then poured into a hopper which presses it out into a curb shape. A workman is finishing a corner where two sections joined.

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 29 The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES Cabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beach-front Building Sites Mid-way between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay................................# AB5142 -$ 118,000. 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:$ 2 30,000.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. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area 1 Acre 140' x 300' Ocean Beach-front Building Site super views..................# AB5113 $ 275,0 00. 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 -104' x 80' Building site.......................................................................................................................# 3619 $ 86,000. Green Turtle Cay Splendid hill-top one acre buliding site. Great elevation, Wonderful White Sound and Sea of Abaco views......................................# AB5094 -$ 485,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Two Adjoining Hill-top lots Each with private boat slips ...................................................................# AB5148 $295,000. Available separately or together................................................................. # AB5149 $295,000.Sand 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: $ 63,700.South Abaco Old Kerr's 24.69 acres 327 ft. magnificent sandy beach-front. 1/2 hour from Marsh Harbour. Suitable for construction of cottages or small resort..................................# AB5104 -$ 222,000.Tilloo Cay "Thompson Tract" 7 acres. sea-to-sea, good elevation for great Sea of Abaco and Ocean Views can be divided into 2 3.5 acre parcels.....................................................# AB5113 -$965,000. HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 03/01/03Derek 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 VACANT LAND Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .Floor Tiles from 6" x 6" up to 18" x 18" Wall Tiles in 4" x 4" 6" x 6" 6" x 8" up to 10" x 16" We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optional Abaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display 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 terminal MARSH HARBOUR 367-2077 Nassau 393-7481 Freeport 352-8071-8 Rock Sound 334-2060 Nichols Town 329-4184 George Town 336-2780 NAPA GOLDFILTERSProvides just the boost your engine needs to give you the performance you want. ENGINE NEEDS A BOOSTER SHOT? Town Planning Central Abaco 3 Feb 03 This meeting reviewed ten plans pending from last weeks meeting. Several plans were deferred due to no signature from the architect or architectural technician. Many residential plans required additional columns in the walls or footings. Members were disappointed that the Ministry of Works allowed these to pass without sufficient columns. A proposed motel on the road to Spring City was deferred by Environmental Health as the septic system was not specified and the site is in the well field reserve area. Hope Town District Council 13 Feb 03 The newly elected member from ManO-War, Mr. Haziel McDonald, was sworn in as a Councillor by Administrator Williams. The public town meeting by Council on January 18 in Guana Cay was presented with an offer by Mr. Kent Smith to pave the several mile long dirt road out of town and donate a garbage site in exchange for the newly acquired 21 government acres just beyond Guana Seaside Resort. The proposal is being studied but the local response appeared skeptical. A proposal to repave the concrete roads in Hope Town was presented and will be forwarded to Nassau. The cost was just under $400,000 and included removal of the old concrete and replacing it with new concrete. Although removal was included, questions arose as to where the old concrete would be disposed of. There is presently no money in the local budget for this. Maintenance of the government Post Office building in HopeTown was discussed. This includes the walled compound, the Post Office and other facilities in the compound. An open neutral on the electrical line from BECs pole into the meter recently caused the buildings appliances to get a dose of 220 volt electricity. This destroyed a copy machine, fax machine and other equipment. It was not clear yet if their computer was destroyed. Extensive discussion centered around the failure of buildings to be inspected in Guana Cay, Man-O-War and Elbow Cay. It was said the inspector sits in the library and does not venture out to the building sites. The poor condition of the concrete government dock at the lighthouse was noted. The Port Authority in Nassau will be advised of this and asked for assistance and recommendations for repairs. Garbage and trash disposal was mentioned again and a trend appears to be forming to barge all garbage to Abaco for disposal in a proper landfill. Further studies are underway. Dundas Town Committee 13 Feb 03 Chairman Cay Mills would not chair the meeting since Administrator Williams added BUDGET to the agenda. This was done by the Administrator as the budget figures for the next fiscal year have a Nassau deadline.According to Mr. Mills this was done without consulting the Dundas Town Chairman and further, without any authority to do so. Mr. Mills gave a new agenda to the members present with no reference to the BUDGET and stated that no other business would be discussed. Mr. Mills read from the Local Government Regulations which states . .the Chairman is in charge of the township meeting and is the officer in charge . . He then walked out after concluding that he could not conduct a meeting being organized by the Administrator. Since the Deputy Chairman was not present, the meeting could not be formed. Road Traffic18 Feb 03 Franchise auto rental plates were originally issued when applicants were given permission for their fleet. This resulted in many plates being held but not activated. The system has been changed so that plates are not issued until vehicles are presented for their first inspection on arrival. An applicant may be given permission for ten vehicles but the plates are withheld until vehicles are put on the road. The Board heard from persons who had been granted franchises several years ago but were unable to buy vehicles due to changing financial priorities or problems with their business site. Board members decided to honour the original franchise requests and allow those persons to continue with their original plan. Persons now given a franchise for rental vehicles are given 90 days to present their vehicles and receive their plates. Extenuating circumstances may allow an extension of time but these exception will be dealt with on an individual basis. Hotel Licensing19 Feb 2003 A quorum was not present and the meeting could not be held. While waiting to see if a quorum would form, talk centered around appointing new members willing to serve. Other discussion concerned hotels not forwarding their hotel tax collections to government.Local Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 32 Advertise in The Abaconian

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Page 30 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 S KWatermakers, Inc.AffordableReliable4256 North US 1 Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946 (561) 489-0852 Installation available in Abaco by Professional Service LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town, Abaco 150 to 100,000 Gallons Per Day Prices Starting at $2,450.00 U.S. Cost Check out our Website at www.skwatermakers.com[;\/-0Club NewsPilot Club ActivitiesPortia Jonsson The mission of Pilot International is to improve the quality of life in all communities throughout the world with particular focus on persons with brain related disorders. The Pilot Club of Abaco continue to emulate this mission through its many community activities, namely: Meals on Wheels once per month approximately 50 hot meals are delivered to senior citizens and mentally challenged persons in the Marsh Harbour, Dundas Town, Murphy Town and Spring City communities. Brainminders Program an innovative picture and tell presentation to elementary school children on brain related tips. Presentations are done in the classroom by Pilot members assisted by the teacher. Colouring books and certificates are presented to all students. A brain minders month of activities is scheduled for the month of March. Anchor Club the youth arm of the Pilot Club, geared toward the leadership development of senior high school students. The Pilot Club of Abaco presently sponsors two anchor clubs with students from Abaco Central High, St. Francis De Sales and Forest Height Academy High School. Many community activities are done jointly with Pilot and Anchor members.Mini ConventionEvery year, the Bahamas membership of Pilots meet in a mini convention and this year Abaco will be the host, scheduled to take place on February 28th March 2nd, 2003. Mrs. Ethelyn Morley, District Governor, Coed District, will be in attendance along with other executive members of the District. The weekend activities include a cocktail party on February 28th at the Lazy Parrot beginning 7pm,an all day session March 1st at Below Decks, Great Abaco Beach Resort culminating with a banquet at Below Decks at 8pm. A Church Service will be held March 2nd at the St. James Methodist Church, Hope Town followed by lunch. Simultaneously, the Anchor Clubs of Nassau, Freeport and Abaco will be in conference at The Abaco Youth Camp. The public is invited to attend.Kiwanis ClubBy Portia Jonsson Road Safety Wukk Be Goal The Kiwanis Club of Abaco will be promoting Road Safety with a special day set aside for this on February 28th. Members will be giving out Buckle Up safety decals and bumper stickers to passing motorists at the traffic light. Clean Up Campaign An ongoing clean up campaign is being carried out by the Kiwanis Club. Bins are placed in various communities throughout Abaco. Some of the stickers on the bins read Dont Be A Club NewsLitter Bug and Put It In Jerk Out Is on Agenda A Jerk Out and Family Day is planned for March 1st at the Ocean View Park in Dundas Town beginning 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Jerk pork and chicken will be on sale. The proceeds from this fund raising event will go towards community projects. District Council Meeting The Kiwanis Club of Abaco will be hosting a District Council Meeting on March 7th-9th at the Spinnaker Restaurant. An estimated 150 persons from throughout the Bahamas are expected to attend. The meeting is being held to discuss all Board issues for the entire Bahamas. Cabbage Point 5 acres+/available with financing, 20% down and balance over 5 years, 160 on the road, 1300+ deep. Call for details Corn Bay Man-O-War Cay Magnificent 15 acre estate with four houses, four beaches and a protected boat basin. Call for details. Eight Mile Bay Vacant property available running 150 on a beautiful Atlantic beach and 800 deep. Call for details. Green Turtle Cay 100 x 120 residential lot available $35,000 Green Turtle Cay 2 bedroom vacation rental cottage overlooking White Sound. Fully furnished, central A/C, turn key. $355,000 Green Turtle Cay 6 acres of gorgeous beach front property perfect for a small resort or luxurious estate. $210,000Each office independently owned and operated Located one building east of Memorial Plaza. P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone: 242-367-2992 Fax: 242-367-4800 Email: coldbank@abacoinet.com Featuring the finest in residential, commercial, vacation homes and investment properties. Call today to list your property with us or inquire about our many listed properties. LIGHTBOURN REALTYMaking Real Estate Real Easy Abaco Agents Brent Cartwright Mailin Sands Beth Ruzicka Bill Johnston Chris FarringtonHope Town This private home is situated on almost an acre of lovely landscaped property. The master bed and bath are upstairs with living, kitchen and dining room as well. Downstairs features a 2 bed/1 bath self-contained apartment. Too many extras to mention. Call for more details Cherokee Sound Great 3 bed / 1 bath home located in the picturesque community of Cherokee Sound. This home is well maintained and is offered furnished. Call for more details Casuarina Point Canal front home situated on a double lot comprising over 41,000 sq. ft. This 3 bed / 1 bath home features 391' of canal frontage, modern kitchen and beautifully landscaped yard with fruit trees and palms. $299,000 Guana Cay Owner built 3 bed/ 2 bath home featuring open living dining and kitchen with central A/C. It also boasts of extensive patios presenting views of the ocean. Sold furnished $355,000 Guana Cay 2 bed/ 1 bath home featuring open living, kitchen and dining and spacious decking, across the street from a sandy Atlantic Beach. Great Rental Potential $175,500 Man-O-War Cay This 3 bed/2 1/2 bath home is in immaculate condition. This owner built home is sold furnished and also features solid maple cabinets. There is a 17,000 gallon rain water cistern, a large basement and the property is fenced in.$355,000 Green Turtle Cay breathtaking hilltop lots with panoramic harbour views of White Sound. Prices start at $210,000 Guana Cay Elevated beach front lot. Best price in town. $119,000 Leisure Lee a canal front home featuring 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, fully furnished. Excellent condition. $260,000 Man-O-War Cay 1 bed 1 bath house located centrally in Man-O-War. $159,000 Man-O-War 3 bedroom 2 bath home situated only one lot away from the beach. $475,000Marsh Harbour Cove Estates Newly built 2/2 home, fully furnished, self contained 1 bed 1 bath downstairs apt.. Call for details.Treasure Cay Canal lots Starting at $80,000 More Fine Homes and Properties

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March 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 VACANT PROPERTY FOR QUICK SALE!PROPERTY TYPE: Residential LOCATION: Corner lot #95 Crown Residential Subdivision located at Marsh Harbour, Abaco, with partially completed foundation LOT SIZE: 11,746 sq. ft. LOT DIMENSIONS: 112 x 100 x 98 x 91 ft. 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 Financial reserves the right to reject any and all bids Realtor participation by pre-approval only HOMES "Demwells" Elbow Cay Buttonwood Bay 1,056 sq.ft New home on 1/3 acre 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathOver 600 sq.ft. of Covered verandahs and deck. Excellent design and use of space. Convenient location. Great View. Furnished # AB88 NEW LISTING $750,000The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 03/01/03 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 Nea r beach beautifully furnished ...................................................# 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. O ne Block from beach, two minute walk..................................# AB76 -$275,000Elbow 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 Great Cistern "Sea View" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,900 sq.ft. home 700 sq.ft. of covered verandahs, Over 1/2 acre. of land central A/C private beach access Superb Sea of Abaco Views. Furnished ..................# AB90 $ 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 stu dio, guest house or income property...........................# AB25 $ 349,900 Great Guana Cay "Ridge Runner" -2,160 sq.ft. home 1.3 Acres. 2 bedroom, 1 bath 2nd floor living space 1 bedroom, 1 bath 1st floor apartment. Private Dock Fabulous Views -Furnished.# AB85 $945,000 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 Family Residence 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath -2,265 sq.ft. living space on two floors on 1 1/2 secluded acres................... .......................................................................................................................# AB35 $945,000 Green Turtle Cay "Surcouf" 2,130 sq.ft home on 1/4 acre 2nd Floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath Separate 1st. floor apartment 1 bedroom, 1 bath Across road from beach. Good income potential. Furnished........... # AB86 $750,000Leisure 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 "Joe's Beach Cottage" 2,296 sq.ft home. 1 bedroom, 1 bath 2nd floor living space. 2 bedroom, 1 Bath 1st. floor apartment. Good income producer Minute from ocean beach. Furnished # AB61 $410,000 Man-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 $589,000Marsh Harbour Cove Estates "Laura's Hideaway" Duplex 100' x 100' lot 2 2 bedroom, 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 $395,000 Treasure 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 "Lookout House" Marsh Harbour Eastern Shore 1,600 sq.ft. home on sea-to-sea acre. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths New addition and renovation. Beautifully landscaped Private Dock Fabulous Views Furnished # AB91 NEW LISTING $1,120,000 Derek 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"Beach Point House" Marsh Harbour Eastern Shore 2,300 sq.ft. 5 bedroom, 3 bath home 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Designed in several levels, two complete living units Beach fabulous Views Furnished # AB89 NEW LISTING $1,775,000 CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & RepairMarsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & TrailersOn the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. $65 monthly $25 weekly $10 day visit Call 367-5939 Memorial Plaza, Marsh HarbourSHAPE UP NOW ! Free weights Strength stations Cardio Stations A/C & Cable TV Showers Instructor-led classes Private fitness training by Stephanie & Nikhil Yoga AerobicsMon Fri 6 am 8 pm Saturday 7 am 1:30 pm Closed Sunday $55Three Month Special $150By Penny Turtle The Third Annual Reef Ball where one goes to see or be seen takes place on March 15 at the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort. This is one of the major events of the year with all the ladies getting their most glamourous evening dresses out whilst nagging their husbands to wear a tuxedo or at least a jacket or tie. The Friends of the Environment has been formed as a non-profit organization dedicated to the education or awareness of the fragility of our environment here in the hub of Abaco and the surrounding cays or waters. We have taken the conservationists motto: The greatest good for the greatest number of people for the longest period of time. This organization is open to all residents and visitors to our area. The organization of Friends (our abbreviated name) is made up of a Board of Directors consisting of President Erin Pagliaro, Vice-president Michael Albury, Secretary Anita Knowles, Treasurer Lory Kenyon, Recording Secretary Kitty Clarke, Education Officer Nancy Burnett, Membership Coordinator Nan Kenyon, Directors John Harold Bethell, Anthony Bostwick, Diane Claridge, David Knowles, Skeet Lachance and Deb Patterson. This is a very worthy cause as at the present rate of damage to the reefs done by careless anchoring or people breaking pieces off as souvenirs, our grandchildren will not know what a reef is except in a photo. Friends asks that all residents and visitors to Abaco remember one universal fact: We do not own this planet, we are just passing through. Let us show concern for all future generations.Government Notices The following are summaries of notices gazetted in Nassau newspapers. Suzie Pierre and Camelus Sainvil, both of Marsh Harbour, are applying for Citizenship. Posted 14 Feb 2003 Friends Plan Reef BallSpeech CompetitionBy Portia Jonsson The annual Rotary Speech Competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Abaco together with the Ministry of Education will be held on March 7th at the Learning Resource Centre. There will be three divisions in the competition, namely Primary School Grades 5-6, Secondary School Grades 7-9 and Senior High School Grades 10-12

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Page 32 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSBAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com 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 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. This fenced-in area has electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet for just $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 3672951 or 359-6658 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 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSMinimum 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 242-367-3677Little 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 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 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT www.abacos.com rentals real estate activities information cost-effective-ads Tel: 321-254-4901 Fax: 321-242-1356Black 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 people. Leave message at 242-367-4550 Hope Town Specialist with a collection of upscale pools, docks, for reunions, special occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways. 242-366-0224 Fax: 242-366-0434 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSNOTICEESTATE 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 AA AA A vailable atvailable at vailable atvailable at vailable atFull Range of Reliable Johnson & Advanced Evinrude 2 HP thru 250 HP Motors in Stock at Lower than U.S. Prices Ask about our TWO YEAR WARRANTY Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock Factory Trained Mechanics & Reliable ServiceDOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 THE OUTBOARD SHOP Marsh Harbour 242-367-2703 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Port Authority Cent. District 21 Feb 03 Bids are now being received on the confiscated steel-hulled Haitian freighter anchored just outside the harbour of Marsh Harbour. The bids are scheduled to be opened February 28. The 100-foot twin engine vessel was confiscated last year when it was caught bringing undocumented Haitians into the Bahamas in the area of Whale Cay. An inquiry to BEC for the cost of extending electricity to the South Side landing has not had a reply yet. It was felt this area should be lit and have minimal navigational lights for fishermen and persons from Moores Island using this facility. The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club held its second annual Commodores Dinner and Ball on February 21 at Abaco Beach Resort. About 130 attended from a membershop of 667. A DJ kept them dancing and enjoying the special night. Shown above are organizers along with Ministry of Tourism staff. They are, sitting left to right, Ms. Louise Henry, Mrs. Van Beck and Commodore Don Van Beck. Standing left to right are Vice-Commodore John Mitchell, Ms. Wynsome Ferguson, Mr. Don Cornish and Ms. Kendy Anderson, all from Tourism Local Govt.From Page 29More Local Government Annual Ball Attracts Boaters

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March 1st, 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 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 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 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! $22,900 Bahama Palm Shores Section 4, 2 bed/2 bath, must see. Call 554-8754 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 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 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 Dundas 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 Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Newly repaired 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #67 PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE 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 Your Ad Could Be Here Call 367-3202Hope Town Conch Crawl Cottage. Beautiful vacation home. Accommodates up to 14 people. Leave message at 242-367-4550 Little 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 Lubbers Quarters near Hope Town. Water front houses, private docks, great views, turnkey, furnished, rental history, amenities. Owner 242-366-3100. www.abacotoday.com/lubbers Marsh Harbour Duplex 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Marsh Harbour 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath home on Cove Estates, garage, efficiency on first level, furnished. Call 367-5586 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 International DayOnce again Abaco Central High School will be holding an International Day on March 14. The day will feature native foods, displays, music and cultural items from many countries. The countries will include The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, and the United States. Food from SchoolFrom Page 20 each country will be on sale and there will be a fashion show of native costumes as well. International Day was born out of Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated every March in The Bahamas as well as the entire Commonwealth. Heading the International Day Committee is Muhammad Raheim assisted by Lori Thompson and Denise Gadsby.

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Page 34 The Abaconian March 1st, 2003 www.damianos.comDAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LIMITEDMARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR Great investment opportunity. 7 apartments comprising 6 units with 2 bed 1 bath, approx. 675 sq. ft. each and 1 bed 1 bath, approx. 575 sq. ft. All apartments are furnished and air-conditioned. Good monthly income. Nicely landscaped lot with mature trees. Well situated in a great location. $795,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Two gorgeous cottages located on 1.5 acres of beautiful landscaped waterfront property. One cottage brand new, 2 bed 1 bath with loft, second cottage 1 bed 1 bath with french doors, mexican tiles, porches, A/ C. Private dock. Great investment property. Price $646,000. #1589 Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale ApartmentsNEWNEW NEWNEW NEW LISTINGLISTING LISTINGLISTING LISTING Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers QuartersMARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville TT TT T el: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) el: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) el: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) el: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) el: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com lesliedamianos.com donnadamianos.com donnadamianos.com donnadamianos.com donnadamianos.com donnadamianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CA YY YY Y Kerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan Kerry Sullivan TT TT T el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 el: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com kerrydamianos.com LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERS Laurie Schr Laurie Schr Laurie Schr Laurie Schr Laurie Schr einereiner einereiner einer TT TT T el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 el: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com lauriedamianos.com ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y PROPER Y PROPER Y PROPER Y PROPER Y PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES HOPE TOWN HOPE TOWN HOPE TOWN HOPE TOWN HOPE TOWN Exclusive Affiliate Exclusive Affiliate Exclusive Affiliate Exclusive Affiliate Exclusive Affiliate Sales & Rentals Sales & Rentals Sales & Rentals Sales & Rentals Sales & Rentals TT TT T el: 242-366-0569 el: 242-366-0569 el: 242-366-0569 el: 242-366-0569 el: 242-366-0569 REGATTAS OF ABACO 2ND FLOOR New, fully furnished 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with pool, tennis court, fitness centre and beautiful beach. Asking $280,000. GROUND FLOOR 2 bedroom 2 bath, tile floors, central air, granite countertops, major appliances, covered patio and quality finishes. Price $199,900. MARSH HARBOUR Off Fire Road Elevated duplex lot. 6,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE! 2 Storey bldg. 2 apts. upstairs (1,500 sq. ft.) open space downstairs (1,500 sq. ft.) which can be renovated to additional apartments or ideal location for retail store, doctors office or private club. Lots of parking! Near airport. Asking $450,000 A MUST SELL!!! CHEROKEE AREA 3 bed 2 bath (built 1998) home. Fantastic views of ocean and Winding Bay Beach. $240,000. Owner anxious to sell! BAHAMA PALM SHORES Lots available starting from $16,000. Walking distance to beach. EASTERN SHORES WATERFRONT LOT sea to sea. There is a 85 foot beach, good elevation, buildable on both sides. Last one available in area. Price $350,000 gross. FOREST DRIVE 4 bed 3 bath 2 storey house on 59,940 sq. ft. property, double garage, concrete construction. Asking price $310,000. HIGH ROCK AREA Charming and well kept 3 bed 2 bath, 1,700 sq. ft. home on 124 x 125 enclosed lot. This home features a family room, large master bedroom, tiled floors, new kitchen, heated swimming pool, sundecks, central air, landscaping and generator. Price upon enquiry. GREAT ABACO CLUB 3/2 with master spa bath, fully furnished, vaulted ceilings, deepwater dockage and more. Gated community with Beach Club privileges and good rental record. Price upon enquiry. ELBOW CAY Summer Winds Dorros Cove Newly renovated spacious 3/2 ocean front home, awesome view of the Atlantic, large heated pool, water maker, back up generator, central a/c, 2 car garage, walking distance to Tahiti Beach, private dock slip, tastfully decorated, fully furnished. $1,290,000. #1427 HOPE TOWN POINT Bellfree One of a kind property located on the North End of Elbow Cay. 1000 sq cottage with designed for easy expansion. 2/3 acres, awesome views of the Sea of Abaco, private deep water dock with 50 amp service for serious boaters, includes 13' Whaler and golf cart. Internet ref: #1338 ELBOW CAY North End 1/2 acre building sited with ocean view very close to Sandy Beach. Excellent value $114,000. Internet# 1680 HOPE TOWN Coconut Cottage Adorable 1,000 sq. 2/2 Colonialstyle cottage with Atlantic Ocean views. Across the street from a beautiful beach and close to town. Partially furnished. $415,000. Internet #1429 LUBBERS QUARTERS NEW LISTING Waterfront lot with dock access. $140,000. NEW LISTING Interior lot with view. $46,000. TILLOO CAY Ocean front property in the Bight of Tilloo. Excellent elevation with sea to sea views. Access to dock and power to property. $89,000. #1630 TILLOO CAY 4 water front lots in protected bay south of The Castle. Superb elevation, sea to sea views, deep water with sandy bottom. Access to Tilloo beach. Starting at $125,000. Also interior lots from $75,000. #1631 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Moonshadow Secluded waterfront house surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. This solar-powered home features 166 ft. waterfront, panoramic views of beaches, ocean and cays, hardwood floors, open beam ceilings, standby generator, water tanks for home & garden. 1.5 acres with additonal property available for purchase. US$840,000 gross. Sunrise Point Sunrise Point Sunrise Point Sunrise Point Sunrise Point TT TT T illoo Cutilloo Cut illoo Cutilloo Cut illoo CutELBOW 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. 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, fully furnished. $990,000 Internet Ref. Repairing:Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment Juke Boxes & Video Games Musical Instruments Marine Electronics Office Equipment Cash Registers Computers Microwaves FAX Machines Electronic Organs Medical Equipment Automotive & Marine Electronics Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone DevicesIn Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Keys Dr. & Fire House CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service CenterFormerly Television Service Center CONGRATULATIONS!Goes to TERESA SANDS for completing her Cosmotology courses & graduating from the Nail and Hair School of the Academy of Healing Arts, Massage and Facial Skin Care facilities in Lake Worth, Florida. She also passed the Florida State Board Exam. TERESA is the daughter of Peter & Paulette Sands of Great Guana Cay, Abaco.were without, the human and animal race would cease to exist, the environment. Not only does burning oil emit harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide, it can also cause serious harm to animals. We have seen it happen numerous times with the Exxon Valdez in Alaska and more recently the Prestige off the coast of Spain. Why, then, is the Bahamian government even considering the thought of drilling for oil. If the tankers transporting the oil were to ever run aground or rupture, the Bahamas would lose its biggest industry. It would take years and millions of dollars to clean up the oil. It would not only ruin our beaches, but it would destroy our coral reefs which have been around for thousands of years and it would kill our precious fish, whales, dolphins and endangered turtles. Then again, what are some fish compared to $4 million and 18 percent of revenues if oil is discovered. Youd have to be crazy to pass that up right? Wrong. The government should pass this up. Its as simple as that. It isnt worth it. Some may say that the war is coming and we could depend upon oil to help us throughout that time. But war doesnt last forever, and I can assure you, the effects of an oil spill, if one were to ever occur, can last much longer than any war. What I dont understand is why the Bahamas is wasting its time on oil when it seems that wind and solar energy would be the most ideal for the Bahamas. Years ago this wouldnt have been true, but the market for green energy is expanding, and therefore the technology has become more efficient, thus reducing the cost. The benefits of using green energy over fossil fuels are numerous. Switching to green energy would decrease the Bahamas dependence on fossil fuels which are far more expensive and may run out within the century. Solar and wind are both renewable and sustainable and are not in any danger of running out like oil and coal as mentioned earlier. The advantages of using green energy are not only limited to the environment, building wind farms and fields of solar panels would be fantastic eco-tourism attractions that would bring those interested in the effects of running on wind/solar energy. The implementation of an alternative energy source such as solar or wind would mean a big step in technology and international respect. Wind energy is found in numerous countries; why shouldnt the Bahamas be one of those countries? There would, of course, be some environmental concerns such as limited destruction of the pine forest. The benefits of using the alternative energy of choice would pay for this minor destruction over and over and over again. The Bahamas is well known for its clean, endless beaches, beautiful coral reefs and abundance of magnificent marine life. Why shouldnt it be known for its environmentally friendly power source? Yours sincerely, Ashley K. Sands Please see Letters Page 24 while walking Cherokee streets. I know he will certainly be missed by his family and the community as a whole. May he forever rest in peace.New Craft Group PlannedSome of the ladies of Cherokee would like to start a craft group. If you like to do crafts, are interested in learning some new crafts or would be willing to teach others how to do a craft and would be interested in joining the group, get in touch with Peggy Albury or Sherry Lowe. They plan to meet on Wednesday afternoons. The first session has been tentatively set for March 5 with the exact location to be posted later. If you would like to attend, please call. We would love to have you join us. SouthFrom Page 6 It Pays to Advertise

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March 1st, 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 20 Wellcraft 1978, steplift, 150HP OMC 1983, needs a starter. $1500. also 225 HP OMC 1987 $3200 OBO. Call 365-0083 22 Sail Boat, fixed keel, 3 1/2 ft., 2 head sails & main, newly refurbished interior, outboard bracket. Also 7.5 HP Mercury $300, 45 lb CQR anchor $400. Asking $2500. Call 365-8109 34MainshipIII, 1983, 200 HP diesel and 8 KW gen. Sleeps 4, large flybridge, 2 A/C, icemaker, transom door, swim platform, more. Only 7 gph at 10 mph cruise. Ready to cruise or fish. Located Spanish Wells. 242-333-4601 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 83 Mercedes, 300 Turbo Diesel, 120 K miles. Excellent mechanical condition. $3700. Call 365-5137 91 Subara Loyale, 4 door, auto, A/C, low mileage, p/windows. Asking $3000 OBO. 5 cubic foot front opening freezer $200. Call 3658895 98 Ford Taurus Sta Wgn, special addition, leather interior, center console, alum. wheels, 24 valve engine, low mileage, like new. Call 365-8188 VEHICLES 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 Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 367-2111 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 Supply DepotHotel, Restaurant and Commercial SuppliesBlue WarehouseGovernment Subdivision Marsh HarbourPh/Fax 367-2128Call us or stop by 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. Fynes Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay www.Fynes@msn.com Water Ways Boat RentalsRentals and Sales AgentsKey Largo Boats 16 to 25 Give it a try before you decide to buy Phone 242-365-6143 Man-O-War waterways@abacoinet.com New Generation ConstructionSpeicializing in Private Home Construction, Renovations, Tile Cabinetry, Masonry, Paint, etc. Ph. 365-0614 375-3863 Black Wood James Baillou source Centre without the benefit of street signs or a sign outside the Centre. That team worked diligently on directions that could be given easily to anyone trying to find the spot. They also designed street signs and directional signs as well as signs outside the building to identify it. The ballfield next to the Resource Centre was once a constantly used athletic field used by many schools and the public. Unfortunately, it is now an overgrown, dilapidated dumping area. This upset one team who devised a strategy, using the scientific problem solving process, to restore the field to its once attractive and useful area to be used again by the public. District Superintendent, Mr. Hezekiah Dean, the Ministry of Education officials, Radio Abaco and The Abaconian were all on hand to hear the presentation by each group. They mentioned quite frequently how important these situations actually were and that they hoped government officials took the time to visit the Resource Centre and view the projects. The teachers were congratulated on their insight, problem solving skills and ingenuity in the development of their projects. Vowing to develop their new skills into projects to enter in next years local Abaco and national Science Fairs, the teachers excitedly returned to their respective schools to share with others. WorkshopFrom Page 16 a unique impression on the World Wide Web. Concessions in any form to businesses involved directly or indirectly in e-commerce and similar technologies would be extremely welcome in order to give the economy of The Bahamas a boost in the right direction. We have people with intelligence, with vision and determination and with the right encouragement more opportunities exist. Bermuda, for instance, has a stable web hosting platform (an e-commerce) which is used by Microsoft Corporation, the largest software vendor in the world. We have such capability, with the right incentives and encouragement through the government and from the business community, to achieve a new and stable industry in The Bahamas, which I believe can even rival the banking industry.We need a vision for our future, and we need more than just tourism to further strengthen our economy. The time to focus on this industry is now. We cannot afford to lag behind. Ecommerce and information technologies are necessary ingredients in a prosperous economic future. RobertsFrom Page 8 I watched with concern as I saw officials in our neighboring country, the United States, ask citizens to get duct tape, plastic sheeting and a three-day supply of water, food and batteries. The later we should have in case of a hurricane but the duct tape and plastic sheeting? I guess those who take every precaution will get those supplies in the States. I worry mostly about my daughter living over there and now if I am to heed this warning from our government seriously, I must now be more alert in my beloved Bahamas.Are You a Chocolate Lover?If you are a chocolate lover, beware the price of your favorite sweet will be increasing if it has not already. The reason is that the price of cocoa beans has escalated to gigantic prices. A year ago a ton of cocoa beans was $950 and today that price has almost quadrupled. The reason is that there is a civil war on the Ivory Coast in Africa and that is where most of the cocoa beans come from. Candy makers are reducing the number of beans necessary to make candy bars in an effort to stretch the beans they have already and to use less of the high priced beans unless they need to. However, it is inevitable that the price of chocolate will rise. ShermanFrom Page 8 By Portia Jonsson The first annual Rickmon Bonefish Shootout is planned for March 6th-10th at Rickmons Bonefish Lodge in Sandy Point. The tournament will officially kick off March 7th at 8 a.m. with twelve expected participants. The Ministry of Tourism will host a cocktail party one evening of the tournament while a pig roast on the beach and a bonfire are planned for the other nights. If a barracuda is caught, there will be a special grill out. Lots of prizes will be up for grabs including a trip back to Rickmons Bonefish Lodge and fishing tackle. Ricardo Burrows opened Rickmons Bonefish Lodge three years ago and has been a bonefishing guide for fifteen years.Bonefishing Shootout Planned A Rare Business Opportunity in Marsh Harbour, AbacoNow on the market, a well established (25 years) boat rental business, includes a large repeat customer base, the best location in Marsh Harbour at Boat Harbour Marina, with 30 boats, tools and outboard parts inventory. This business offers the buyer a high return on their investment. More information available for those who are serious call 375-8828.

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