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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 7, APRIL 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 Friends Holds Annual Fund Raising BallReef Ball Raises Funds for Environmental Projects International Day Is CelebratedReef Ball Received Pledges Ambassador Meets with AmericansPledges of $500 to $1000 were made at the Reef Ball after the announcement that those pledges would be matched by an anonymous donor. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Michael Albury with the pledge from Sea Spray Resort, Founding Member Mr. Frank Kenyon, Dr. Frank Boyce with a pledge from Abaco Family Medicine, and Chad Sawyer with pledges from Abaco Insurance and Price Right. The total raised from the pledges was $16,400. Advance Clocks One Hour April 6Daylight Savings Time begins 2 a.m. April 6. Set your clocks ahead one hour either at bedtime on Saturday evening, April 5 or on Sunday morning, April 6. Abaco Central High School held its International Day on March 14 when they showcase all the countries represented at that schoo l. Shown above is their display of national flags which were paraded as part of a special assembly. See story in School News on page 12. Mr. Richard J. Blankenship, U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas met with Americans at Mangoes Marina on March 14. He is shown here explaining the services which the Embassy provides for American citizens. The United States Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Richard J. Blankenship, met with American citizens at Mangoes Marina on March 14. He stressed that relations between the two countries is very good. There is a bilateral agreement between Please see Ambassador Page 10 By Erin Pagliaro The third annual fund raising event for the local volunteer environmental organization, Friends of the Environment, was held in the Pavilion at Abaco Beach Resort on March 15.The event was attended by over 200 community members, including a visit from Quincy, the dancing Abaco parrot. This years Reef Ball was especially successful due to the generosity of an anonymous donor who offered to match the net profits from the events tickets sales (after all expenses for the Ball have been deducted), which generated many ticket donations by supporters who were unable to attend. Furthermore, the anonymous donor offered to match any donations pledged at the Ball of $500 or more. This announcement was met with pledges from 16 donors for $500-$1000 each for a total of $9,400 in pledges. I am very pleased to see so many community members and businesses step up to the plate and commit funds when we have such a unique opportunity to double their efforts! said Friends President Erin Lowe-Pagliaro. This money will go a long way to aid Friends in attaining its goals for this year. Friends introduced an annual EnvironPlease see Reef Ball Page 2

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Page 2 The Abaconian April 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 HarbourFriends Fund Raiser Is a Successmental Award Program this year which is designed to recognize businesses and individuals within the community for their efforts to protect our natural environment. This year they presented three awards. Willis and Gloria Weatherford of Pops Place Take-away Restaurant in Marsh Harbour for providing paper packaging (a healthy alternative to styrofoam) for their take-away meals. Milanne (Mimi) Rehor of the Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society for her determined efforts for years to save the wild Barb horses of Abaco. B.G. Harmon citrus groves for commercial-scale organic farming in Abaco. Among the projects which Friends has identified to work on are to Organize a recycling program for Abaco. Support the Department of Fisheries to designate a Marine Protected Area as a fishery replenishing zone and provide a marine patrol officer. Work in conjunction with the Bahamas National Trust to establish an infrastructure for the Abaco National Park Provide support for the Department of Agriculture in the eradication of the invasive raccoon population which is disrupting the community of Coopers Town and threatening the survival of the Abaco Parrot. Attendees enjoyed a selection of hot and cold hors doeuvres and drinks served by Abaco Beach Resorts Anglers Restaurant and danced to the classic oldies music of Nassaus popular band Modern Vintage. There were many extra event details this year from commemorative glasses that avoided using excess plastic to elaborate decorations, center pieces and informational billboards. These extra touches were the inspiration of a group of Reef Ball committee volunteers chaired by Mrs. Pattie Toler, who diligently handled the events coordination. The new President of Friends, Erin Lowe-Pagliaro, recognized the founding members: Suzanne Bethel, Frank Kenyon, Candace Key and Rudy Malone, without whose vision back in the mid-1980s, the community of Abaco would not be benefitting from so many successful conservation projects to date. The out-going President, Lory Kenyon, was acknowledged for her hard work over the past two years and presented with a gift from the Board. If you would like to be involved in any of the Friends projects, please contact the office of Friends of the Environment at 242367-2721. A large crowd turned out for the Reef Ball sponsored annually by Friends of the Environment. It is their major fund raising event and this year proved to be very successful. Shown above are, left to right, Ron Pagliaro, Friends President Erin Pagliaro and three from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey. The Parrot Man wore a stunning costume depicting our Abaco parrot. Second from right is Diane Claridge, who with her husband heads the BMMS project. Reef BallFrom Page 1 Abaco Beach Resort Abaco Family Medicine Abaco Outback Eco Tours Abaco T-Shirt & Design Abaco Wholesale Abaconian Alburys Ferry Service Bellevue Business Depot Computer Creations Conch Inn Hotel & Marina Cracker Ps Dive Guana Dolphin Beach Resort Ebb Tide Elbow Cap Properties, Ltd. Florida Yacht Charters Froggies Out Island Adventure And to all those individuals who gave so generously of your time and materials to make the Reef Ball a tremendous success YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! FRIENDS Board Members thank you for a smashing, successful, super evening. YOU are the true friends of the Environment!Friends of the Environmentwishes to thank the following businesses for their overwhelming generosity in making our third annual Reef Ball a huge success! Great Abaco Club Haestad Methods Hope Town Weddings & Gifts Java Coffee House Joes Studio Modern Vintage Band Nippers Petes Pub Price Right Radio Abaco Rock Around the Clock Sea Spray Resort & Marina Shoe Place Snappas Bar & Grille Solomons Abaco, Ltd. Three Ds Designs United Abaco Shipping

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 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) 324-2902Anco Lands Ltd.www.ancolands.com wwwwww wwwwww www .damianos.com.damianos.com .damianos.com.damianos.com .damianos.com Mermaids RidgeELBOW CAY DORROS COVE 1,476 sq. ft. 3b/3b ocean front home custom built in 1999. Golf cart garage, large storage space under house, separate generator house, fully furnished and landscaped. Includes golf cart and private dock slip. Within walking distance to Tahiti Beach. 1/ 2 acre lot. PRICED TO SELL $1,150,000. Internet Ref. Tahiti HaiELBOW CAY NEW LISTING Tahiti Hai Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Dorros Cove, 1530 sq. ft., central A/C, wrap around deck, steps away from Tahiti Beach, dock access, and separate gardeners accommodations. Panoramic view of Atlantic Ocean, Tilloo Cut and Sea of Abaco. Priced to sell: $960,000. Internet Ref. White Sound3.1 Acres with 100 feet of frontage on the Sea of Abaco. Good elevation for views of the Atlantic Ocean. 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 The Treasure Cay Property Owners Association held its 31st annual general meeting on March 18 at the Treasure Cay Community Centre. Their guest speaker was the U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. J. Richard Blankenship. The group of more than 160 property owners considered many topics pertaining the management of that community. Mr. Jos Konsten, General Manager of Treasure Cay Ltd, gave the meeting an overview of the situation of utilities in the Treasure Cay area. BEC has fully integrated that area into the Marsh Harbour power grid. BEC has taken the two generators there to Marsh Harbour for servicing. They will the be installed at Treasure Cay for a back-up system. The situation with the water and sewerage systems has not changed. Treasure Cay Ltd. has negotiated with the Bahamas government in the past to sell these utilities but there has been no discussions for a year. Treasure Cay Ltd. has spent the past two years cleaning up from Hurricane Floyd. This included rebuilding their marina costing $7.5 million. Since that is now completed, they will be concentrating on landscaping, improving lighting and are presently redesigning the traffic circle. Within a couple of weeks Treasure Cay will have a newly renovated police station with three officers. The station presently being renovated. Officers will be on duty 18 hours daily and the office will provide 24-hour phone service. Mr. Konsten explained that the hotel site has been taken off the market. There have been many prospective buyers. The final deal fell through on November 30. Now Treasure Cay Ltd will landscape the area. They have renovated their Coco Beach Bar on the beach. He acknowledged that the property on the north end of Guana Cay, owned by Treasure Cay Ltd., is under contract but there is no sale until there is money. Other business included the announcement of a Treasure Cay Home Tour to be held on April 8. About ten homes and condominiums will be open. Tickets will be $12. The proceeds will go toward the Community Center. The tennis club is very busy. with the members very active and enthusiastic. Annual dues are $300 for a s ingle person, $400 for a couple and $450 for a family. The Treasure Cay Property Owners Association annually recognizes a citizen who has gone beyond the call of duty to serve that community. This year they awarded the trophy to Dr. Ronald Wilson, who has served the community tirelessly in his capacity as doctor at the Corbett Clinic. He is shown here on the right being presented with a beautiful glass trophy by Mr. Ed Whitcraft, President of the TCPOA. Treasure Cay Holds Annual Meeting Please see TCPOA Page 21 Chris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsSea To Sea Estate Property Pristine North End Elbow Cay property comprised of over 5 tropical acres. Three Atlantic oceanfront lots with beautiful elevations, two Sea of Abaco lots, one with perfect island cottage (2 bed/1 bath) and deepwater dock. Mature, lush, foliage and citrus throughout, beach access and 12 foot right of way to dock with individual slips for each homesite. This Property is Shown by Appointment Only and is Offered Exclusively byChris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsLocated at One Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Contact Chris Thompson or Greg Roberts(242) 366-0216 phone (242) 366-0223 faxVisit our website for additional listings at www.elbow-cay.com

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Page 4 The Abaconian April 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! C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety ariety ariety ariety ariety StorStor StorStor Stor e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink e & Soft Drink ss ss s Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons AbacoCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderResults from the Cake RaffleOn the afternoon March 21 the school held a Cake Raffle to raise much needed money to repair the boys bathroom facility. The event raised $253, not quite enough to complete the repairs, but at least a start. A little more cooperation and participation from family and friends could have gotten the job done. Our school is a government school and as such should be their responsibility to do major maintenance on the building and its equipment including the repairs to the boys bathroom. However, obtaining government assistance is often extremely slow and entails lots of applications and begging to get things done. We are a small school with only 15 students in all and a small community and, thank goodness, our principal is a go-ahead person who puts the needs of her students first without waiting for government to do something for us. Every situation that occurs in Cherokee is not necessarily the immediate responsibility of The Government. There were rumbles of dissatisfaction about our need to do the job ourselves, when, in fact, there should instead have been praises for Ms. Lowe and her determination to help ourselves. Ms. Lowe and Ms. Sutherland go above and beyond the call of duty to give our children a good education and part of that responsibility means a safe, clean and properly functioning work place for them to learn. Instead of finding fault, a positive attitude would be much more productive than a negative one. Cherokians have in the past and will continue to do so in the future, I am sure, do what needs to be done.School NewsFrom March 10th thru the 14th the students celebrated Commonwealth Week during which time they had a visitor from another British Commonwealth country, Canada. Ms. Pat de Boer gave a talk to the children about her country, its crest, the various provinces, province birds and flowers, wildlife and agriculture. She also presented each student with a Canadian flag and pins showing flags from her province Alberta. The children really enjoyed her visit and afterwards wrote thank-you letters to her Member of Parliament in Canada who had given her the flags and pins for distribution.More VisitorsRobin Weatherford of Marsh Harbour held a special assembly at our school where he was accompanied by a group of college students visiting from North Carolina as part of their island tour. Mr. Weatherford is responsible for arranging volunteer groups of young church people who have been to Cherokee several times. They come during summer vacations to hold a Summer Camp for our children where they learn about the Bible, do arts and crafts and play games, a time the children all enjoy very much.Two Students Will Move OnAngus Sawyer and Kyle Albury were successful in their entrance exams at Forest Heights Academy and both will be attending school there in September. Congratulations, boys.Club CherokeeA very successful meeting was held with a mini-workshop on Bahamian turtles and how we can protect them more as they are on the Endangered Animal list. In addition, the children are going to join an adopt-adolphin program with the Friends of the Environment group.Rescue At SeaAgain, one of our number came to the rescue of some unfortunate accident victims at sea. On March 21st in a very small boat left our shores for a day of sunbathing and picnicking at Little Bay with seven souls on board. Unfortunately, the craft was not built to carry such a heavy load. When they arrived at their destination and were trying to disembark, they were swamped, the motor would not start and they were stranded. Thankfully, no one sustained any injuries and two of the party were able to make their way back along the treacherous rocky shoreline to the settlement to find a rescue party to pick up the remaining passengers and tow the boat back to port. Thanks to Trevor Sawyer, who immediately dropped everything and set out on this rescue mission, the rescue was a success. Living in the islands as we do, none of us knows when we may need help and we commend Trevor as our local Hero of the Day for his lifesaving efforts on behalf of these visitors to our shores.Sandy PointWhale Walk and RunOn March 29 the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey will be holding a Whale Walk South Abaco News Window Window Window Window Window & & & & & WW WW W all Unitsall Units all Unitsall Units all Units 5,000 to 25,000 BTUs 5,000 to 25,000 BTUs 5,000 to 25,000 BTUs 5,000 to 25,000 BTUs 5,000 to 25,000 BTUsStarting atStarting at Starting atStarting at Starting at$307$307 $307$307 $307We have a complete line of Installation Supplies & Accessories Full Warranty on all Equipment & Appliances Electrical and Airconditioning Contracting Located on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Telephone: (242) 367-3186 e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bsCentral A/CCentral A/C Central A/CCentral A/C Central A/C EquipmentEquipment EquipmentEquipment Equipment 1.5 T1.5 T 1.5 T1.5 T 1.5 T on 5.0 Ton 5.0 T on 5.0 Ton 5.0 T on 5.0 T onon onon on Heating and Air ConditioningAuthorized DistributorBeat the Heat & Get Cool Beat the Heat & Get Cool Beat the Heat & Get Cool Beat the Heat & Get Cool Beat the Heat & Get CoolAppliance Centre AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION Electrical and Appliance Sales & Service Full Line of A/C Supplies Freon 22 30lbs$89 Please see South Page 29

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed Sundays 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 Ms. Agatha Marcelle, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism was the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce meeting of March 13. The meeting was held at the Conch Crawl, the newly reopened restaurant at the Conch Inn. She gave a motivational talk which gave members much to think about. Ms. Marcelle spoke about the present status of The Bahamas in comparison with other countries of the world. Within the Commonwealth which includes 54 countries, The Bahamas ranks sixth in gross national income per capita after Singapore, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Cyprus. When compared to the 86 countries of the Western world, we are ranked fourth in our standard of living and wage earning after the United States, Canada and the Cayman Islands. However, that same study by the World Bank also concluded that we are almost at the bottom of the scale when it came to productivity. These are impressive numbers and indicates that we are doing something right. Ms. Marcelle discussed the world situation and explained that world happenings will affect us directly. The world is changing and is presenting many problems. She suggested that we accept these obstacles as opportunities and recommended that we get better at what we need to do. The Bahamas sells only one thing, that is tourism leisurely, slow vacationing. However, she said that the mind set of many of our tourists is changing. They are expecting more and better service. But our behavior is not changing to reflect these changes in our visitors. As employers we must be aware of the changes and keep pace. We must make sure that our employees are equipped to deal with the changes. Ms. Marcelle explained that productivity is the standard to measure what your employees do. If there are no standards, then employees cant know whether they are measuring up or not. To be a successful employer, a person must get involved and let workers know what they are to do and how to do it. Employers must communicate with their staff and must change as the situations change. Competition is becoming more keen. We have many benefits, we are a safe destination, we offer a diverse product, we enjoy great natural resources. But she felt that our attitudes and low productivity are hindrances. Our high standard of living has caused our people not to work hard. We watch our visitors enjoying a leisurely life and we want that same lifestyle, not realizing that those same people work hard when they are at their work. One of the challenges of government is to motivate people to work better. Many want to work for government so they do not have to work hard. It is difficult to find committed employees. The second five star hotel in The Bahamas is about to open on Exuma. They want fresh fish but cannot entice the fishermen to go fishing. Bahamians do not want many jobs but they are not trained to anything else. These are all challenges which have to be overcome. Ms. Marcelle stressed that we must protect our environment. The environment is being damaged. The Ministry of Tourism is working with the BEST Commission and the Ministry of Environmental Health to bring about changes. She mentioned that Singapore is a very clean tidy country with a disciplined society. On the other hand The Bahamas has evolved to be a loose undisciplined society. We heed to make harsh decisions to protect our environment. People resist change. But our tourists have changed and we must make changes to accommodate them. Our society grew fast and developed rapidly. Many want to be entrepreneurs without working. And much of our high standard was not earned but came as a result of the drug trade which helped drive us to a false standard of living. Her advice is that employees do not understand what we want but we must work with them. They need to feel that they are working with us, not for us.Abaco Chamber Hears Motivation TalkMs. Agatha Marcelle, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minisry of Tourism, was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce held on March 13 at the Conch Crawl. She is shown here being presented with a gift from Ms. Cindy Hayword, Secretary of the Chamber.

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Page 6 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003 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 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$945 23 Albury Bros$840 22 Boston Whaler$798 20 Albury/Hydra$770 18 Privateer$560 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayHope TownHeritage Day Is CelebratedBy Candace Key The day dawned bright and hot as officers and many volunteers of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum in Hope Town hurried about setting up and organizing the many activities they had planned. During the program the students entertained the crowd with their Loyalist historical song, Its Our History, written by former Hope Town resident Mr. Gordon Wynn. Museum Chairman, Mrs. Suzanne Bethel, welcomed the gathering and Mrs. Candace Key, Hope Town School Principal, gave a brief talk about the trip she and her students had taken to perform at the Bahamas Heritage Festival in Nassau. Mr. Chester Thompson delighted the crowd with his quips and examples of The Way Tings Were in days gone by. We then passed out special t-shirts to be worn by the people taking part in the next part of the day the sculling demonstration. The shirts read A Gentleman and a Sculler! Folks gathered at the harbours edge as Chester Thompson, Boot LeBoutillier and Tricia Elden showed off their sculling skills. It was soon time for the Maypole plaiting done by Hope Town students and their teachers and other adults who had done the plaiting at former Commonwealth Day activities as a child. Festival goers had the opportunity to view the newly constructed museum officially opened at the festival last year. In addition to regular exhibits, they were able to see the museums ambitious project of having their irreplaceable pictures damaged by Hurricane Floyd restored by Mr. Andrew Aitken at his photo studio. The before and after examples are truly remarkable. A favourite exhibit this year was the fabulous display of Lucayan Indian artifacts found on Abaco by Mr. David Bethel of Marsh Harbour. Most people viewing the artifacts had never had the opportunity beNews of the CaysA special program entertained the people attending Hope Towns annual Heritage Day on March 8. Mr. Chester Thompson is shown giving the gathered crowd an insight into life in Hope Town during the days gone by. Seated behind is Mrs. Suzanne Bethel, Chairman of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum Association. The quilt is a Heritage Quilt made for the museum by Mrs. Jacqui Haines from England, who is a long time visitor to Hope Town. Please see Cays Page 7 Hope Towns legendary Abaco dinghy builder, Mr. Winer Malone, watches with interest as the sculling races and demonstrations get underway at the Wyannie Malone Museums Heritage Day. Mr. Chester Thompson and Mrs. Tricia Elden demonstrate the art of sculling.

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 China, Crystal, J ew elery, Watches & Resort WearFor every budgetIn Marsh Harbour beside the Boat Harbour entrance Monday Saturday 9 am 5:30 pm call 367-3191LenoLeno LenoLeno Leno xx xx x ChinaChina ChinaChina China PerPer PerPer Per fumefume fumefume fume OmegaOmega OmegaOmega Omega WW WW W aa aa a tchestches tchestches tches LladrLladr LladrLladr Lladr oo oo o FigurFigur FigurFigur Figur inesines inesines ines JeJe JeJe Je ww ww w ellrellr ellrellr ellr yy yy y Tables on the waterfrontRestaurant, Marina and BoutiqueAir-conditioned waterfront dining, or Drink and dine at the popular patio bar . Phone Restaurant 367-2366 Marina 242-367-4255 VHF Ch 16Monthly dockage Internet access Water, electricity, phones & cable TV on dockDinghy dock for customersSunday Buffet Grill 5 pm 9 pm Wednesday Grill & Fries night Breakfast Monday Saturday 7:30 10 a.m. Wide variety of bar snacks 11:30 a.m. 10 p.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 10 p.m.Email: mangoes@mangoesrestaurant.comMusic by Estin & Brown Tip 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 fore to see palmetto ware or carved pieces from that era. David has generously donated many of his valuable pieces to our museum. A Lucayan skeleton was found in Hope Town many years ago when a local builder was excavating to build a rain- water tank. Because of museum ethics concerning a native skeleton for exhibit, the skeleton remains at the Museum Antiquities Corporation in Nassau. While adults enjoyed the sandwiches and viewed the beginning of the second and final museum building which will complete the Balcony House design, children excitedly took part in three-legged races, sack races, baby-bottle relays and wash-tub boat races. The day was clearly a contemporary blast form the past! More News of the CaysReward Goes to Camp DirectorBy Dottie Shrier A highlight during the recent Hope Town Sailing Club Commodores dinner was the presentation of the Press on Rardless Trophy. John Foster, Race Committee Chairman, described the award and its recipient This award was established by the race committee in 1992 under a deed of gift. A Press on Regardless Award will be made to that person who, in the judgement of the committee, has made a significant contribution during the season. Dogged determination, enthusiastic participation, outstanding sportsmanship or the like rather than placement at the finish line will be the deciding factors. This year the committee selected Jim Laughlin (the younger) to be the recipient CaysFrom Page 6 of the award. We did so in recognition of what this very special man has done for the young people on this island as leader of the Hope Town Sailing Club Summer Camp. Some of the winter residents and visitors may not be familiar with the camp. While our club provides some financial support for supplies and expenses, Jim has devoted his summers to the program for the past 10 years and does so on a volunteer basis. The camp provides a combination program of sports, crafts, boating and water safety for island kids and visitors. Without Jim and people like his wife Margie and Ellen Hardy, the camp would not exist. The program keeps 15 to 50 kids busy during the long summer days. About 80 percent are island kids. Jim collects six to eight of his friends and family to come here and serve as instructors, again all as volunteers. In the real world Jim teaches school at Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, and has done so for 13 years. He has summered here in Hope Town for 37 years and has crewed with his dad many times over the years. Commodore Tony Bennett and John Foster presented the award, both agreeing that Jim is the kind of person that deserves this award.Man-O-WarBodybuilder CompetesBy Arthur Elden The 2003 NPC Sunshine Bodybuilding Championship was held in West Palm Beach on March 15. Veteran bodybuilders Arthur Elden from Man-O-War and Jennie Whylly from Freeport, Grand Bahama, were part of the 91 competitors who participated. Jennie competed in the women Over 40 Division and placed third. Arthur competed in the Mens Masters Over 60 Division and placed second. Arthur and Jennie then teamed up to comThe Hope Town Sailing Club honored Mr. Jim Laughlin for his work with the Hope Town children each summer. He and friends have had a summer program for the past 10 years which includes sailing, boating safety, sports and crafts. Shown is, left to right, Mr. John Foster, Race Committee Chairman, Mr. Tony Bennett, Commodore of the Hope Town Sailing Club, and Mr. Jim Laughlin. Please see Cays Page 34

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Page 8 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003 The Editor Says . Self Help for Towns All About TownGenerally Speaking . .Critical SolutionsDavid RalphBy Isobel ShermanWar and AbacoThe topic of conversation this past week has been The War in Iraq. Many people are very afraid of The War and how it will affect Abaco and The Bahamas. This past few days people have asked me if my daughter will be coming home until after the war is over. Why? Yes, the United States is at war but the war is in the Middle East. The threat of terrorism is real in the U.S. but that does not put my daughter in any more danger than she has been since 9./11. What is of concern if the effect on tourism to Abaco as a result of the war. We all know that the price of gasoline has gone up and as a result the prices of food will also rise. Yes, the war is scary and I personally hope and pray it will be over soon. However, since 9/11 the world is not the same and never will be again. Being on guard is something we will have to live with until the day the Lord comes again.Animal CrueltyI wrote a story for the last issue of The Abaconian involving cruelty to two young puppies by a five-year-old and eightyearold. Now today, I have heard another story about young children being cruel to animals. A young dog was stoned to death by a group of primary school children. What is happening in this world? Does anyone care that these children are showing such violent behaviour at such a young age? What will happen when they get older? This same violent behaviour will be transferred on humans. I dont know the answer but I do know that there has to be an answer and it is not just by shutting off the TV because of the violence. Somehow we have to reconnect basic human kindness in this world and start to be our brothers keeper. alsand have a little more relaxation time. Now it is back for the last half of the semester and final exams. I love having my daughter home with me, whether she has her nose in a text book or is sleeping late. However, the question has not been answered. Is spring break really a break? I guess it is how you look at it. It is a break from cafeteria food and dorms but it is not a break from the books.War and AbacoThe topic of conversation this past week has been The War in Iraq. Many people are By S. Timothy Roberts Nationally as well as internationally there is a crisis facing us, and it has nothing to do with economics or world politics and is not related to the war in Iraq, but the consequences of overlooking it and not dealing with it will affect our generation and generations beyond. The problem is neglected and idle youth. The circumstances around our problems in Abaco may be unique, but the problem itself is not unique. Every generation we witness seems to worsen every time, compared to our own generation, and we can often be found criticizing these modern children. However, we ought to look at how we can help our upcoming generations. The children of today are the ones who will shape our communities and nation in the years to come. We must give them the attention and nurturing they deserve. It is not my intent here to exacerbate the reasons why many youth are going astray and are becoming problems in the community, Im sure any of us with the least amount of common sense can see or already know where the problems lie. Rather, I would like to press toward solutions to turn the energy of youth to more positive endeavors. We as a community need to band together and mold our youth in better ways, and one of the most positive things we can do is encourage involvement in some form of sporting activity. The needs here are twofold. First, we need to provide sporting opportunities that more children can be involved in. Second, we need as parents, guardians, teachers and youth workers to encourage them in whatever sport they choose. Sports are good for youth because they often promote team work, discipline, selfcontrol, competitiveness and help develop social skills while the children have fun. It keeps them off the streets and out of the trouble idle hands can bring. Another solution is the formation of clubs. This includes church sponsored youth groups but is not limited to just those types of clubs. There can be after school clubs that offer games and activities, or educational fun. Businesses, particularly computer businesses, could offer computer clubs after school including everything from games to advanced computer concepts to prepare them for the working world.The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Portia Jonsson Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Arthur Elden, John Hedden, Leslie Kennedy, Candace Key, Lyn Major, Erin Pagliaro, Lee Pinder and Dottie Shrier Free 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 surfacePhone 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 monthly With local government budgets cut five percent for the remainder of this fiscal year and minimal hope of any additional funds for next year, towns are scrambling for creative ways to pay for routine maintenance. Cherokee recently held a cake sale to raise money to repair the boys bathroom at the school. This would normally be a local government obligation. The town also raised monies over the years to restore their old school building which was not an obligation of local government. Man-O-War formed a town management committee years ago for town improvements. One of their main areas of assistance was with creative garbage handling methods. The management committee purchased a diesel-powered chipper/shredder to reduce the volume of yard trash and convert it into useable mulch. This was only one of many community projects they funded. These organizations have ranged from broad based town interest groups to committees more focused on their goals. Examples are: Volunteer fire departments in Hope Town, Man-O-War, Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town, Guana Cay and other towns. The dune restoration in Hope Town after Hurricane Floyd and a similar costly clean-up in Treasure Cay. The construction of a public swimming pool in Hope Town. Assisting with the maintenance and operation of the lighthouse in Hope Town. Several towns have humane societies for animal control. Green Turtle Cay and Hope Town have historical, cultural or museum groups which are somewhat focused but with interests extending beyond their primary interest. One Marsh Harbour Town committee member works outside of the Committees scope and raises funds for the towns roadside maintenance. Marsh Harbour has twice the road mileage of neighboring towns but maintains the verges at half the expense of the other towns. The list above is not intended to be a comprehensive listing but gives an idea of the potential for concerned town residents to operate in tandem with local or central government. The parallel group is sometimes independent of the local government people and occasionally is served by some of the same people. When serving in a civic capacity, they are then wearing a different hat and are responsible directly to the town and those contributing the funds instead of their local government masters. There are organizations where the Administrator sits unofficially on the committee and others operating totally outside central governments realm. The town maintenance committee in Man-O-War looked at the growing garbage problem years ago and took a novel approach. They noted that local government is responsible to collect garbage from residences but businesses must make their own arrangements. In a small town this service is often provided by the same contractor although arranged for privately. Since local government is not allowed to collect or solicit funds, impose or collect taxes, the privately operated town maintenance committee can undertook this task. They can raise funds and spend the money as its members dictate. Many civic organizations operate this way. Easily seen examples are the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club and Pilot Club raising money for their own favorite project. In the case of Man-O-War, the maintenance committee assessed rental house owners with a voluntary fee to help fund garbage collection and other town chores This request was based on the rental properties commercial nature and was a voluntary assessment, not an imposed tax. This is working quite well for Man-O-War. Treasure Cay and Scotland Cay have active homeowner associations which impose an annual assessment for community maintenance in addition to the government property tax levied against foreign property owners in the Family Islands. This generally works well when the assessment is collected and used by an administrative group comprised of a majority of those being assessed. Even with a supportive association there are usually a few malcontents who refuse to honour their assessment for a variety of reasons. There are as many types of these groups as there are towns. Each town has to find what will work best for that particular town with the resources available. The fact that there is money involved is sure to bring those to the surface who get involved either for personal gain or to promote their own area of interest. There may also be personal rivalries as to who will control the money or the group. Despite the problems that the formation of such a group brings, it is imperative that towns develop some type of auxiliary group to raise funds and take some burden off the elected Town Committees. For these groups to be successful, the group must have the towns welfare at heart. Then they must come up with creative ways of raising money. Appropriate methods will vary according to the manpower and resources available. It is under adverse conditions that we find new and novel ways to accomplish our goals. Hope Town organizes volunteers to keep the shoreline clean which does not require money. That might not be an appealing or compelling project for some towns but it works for them. In another town, an elected Town Committee member asks (some might say begs) individuals or businesses to pay for invoices related to town maintenance. Other towns hold fund raising projects to accomplish specific goals. Much of the success of any of these ideas is dependent on the pride we have in our towns. How clean and tidy do we want them to be? Do we care if derelict vehicles are on our streets or if soda cans litter the road sides? Our number one industry is tourism. We are all dependent on it. Even if we have no direct contact with visitors, it is their presence and spending which pays us at the end of the week. If we want to keep them returning we must have attractive, clean towns and litter free beaches. This does not happen unless we make it happen. Government does not have the funds to make it all happen. It happens when we get involved and we make it happen, whether within or independent of local government. Please see Sherman Page 34 Please see Roberts Page 35

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April 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 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 ElectronicsA Message from the Government EngineerDear Editor, First, I would like to thank everyone for the positive response to my last letter. I did not receive any negative responses. Secondly, I would like to respond to some of the concerns of the Central Abaco Council raised in the March 15 paper. We cannot prevent persons from obtaining a building permit by circumventing the normal channels, but the Department of Public Works will not issue an occupancy certificate if the proper procedures and applicable codes are not followed. The utility companies should not be servicing any buildings unless the owners produce an occupancy certificate. Unfortunately, this rule is also ignored at times. We are aware of the continuing problem of illegal building in the Mud, Pigeon Peas and Sand Banks as well as other areas. A number of attempts have been made to hire heavy equipment to knock down new construction. However, none of the heavy equipment operators approached are willing to go into these areas. I have been on this island for three years and I do not remember anyone mentioning the pothole in Spring City. Unfortunately, we need to rely on the public to inform us of problem areas particularly in out of the way places as we do not have a gas budget sufficient to allow us to patrol all the streets of Abaco. The pothole in Spring City has been investigated and will be dealt with as soon as possible. It is easy to make vague statements like Works employees are lazy. Ever since I arrived here, Ive heard nasty things said about my road crew employees. My question is since all of them were on temporary status with the government and all have been working at the same position for more than ten years, why were they not replaced many years ago? My employees do whatever I ask them to do. Unfortunately, we have to work within a very limited budget with failing equipment; we are currently out of cold mix (the stuff used to patch potholes); and our old tractor has been out of commission for two months while waiting for a part. Regarding the issuing of government contracts, I agree that there has been inconsistency in the tender process. Whenever public funds are involved, the process should be open and fair. To ensure this, the following procedure should be adhered to as closely as possible: R Invitations for tenders should be posted in a public place. The posting should state where contract documents or scope of works could be obtained. RAll contractors should be given the same documents to bid on. If clarification or additional information is given to one contractor, the same information should be given to all other contractors preparing a quote. RTenders should be received in a sealed envelope (unsealed envelopes should be returned) before a pre-determined deadline (date and time). RTenders should be opened in the presence of at least two, but preferably three senior government officers. Bidding contractors should be allowed to be present during tender openings. Spring City is in a water reserve park. I dont know this for a fact, but I believe the government does not want any further development in the reserve. This may be why lands for a cemetery have not been granted. Channel marker lighting into the new port is not included in the current project because the Port Department has said they will have the lights installed. Council may want to write Capt. Allens of the Port Department explaining the urgency. Regarding the octagonal building at the site of the proposed Goombay Park. It was the Department of Public Works who requested the use of this building first at the outset of this project, even before the current Council was elected. And it was Works who directed the contractor to adjust the fencing around the building so that it could be retained. The present Public Works office is in deplorable condition and is a totally unacceptable place for receiving the public; it is vermin infested and does not have sufficient space. I would be happy to further discuss any or all of the above points with the Council at their convenience. At the risk of being sent home on the next boat to Canada, I give you one final point. The Central Abaco Primary School recently had its lower field cleared, the piled topsoil and fill was to be re-leveled over the field after the debris was removed. A Dundas Town Councillor who will remain un-named (he knows who he is), took it upon himself to have this valuable fill removed from the site to benefit the community of Dundas Town. I estimate that 25 to 30 loads of this fill, valued at approximately $500/load, were removed. Only three or four loads appeared at the Dundas Town basketball park, leaving more than 20 loads unaccounted for. At least 10 loads of this fill went to the construction site of an expensive home in Treasure Cay. This was verified by four people including the Councillor himself. I believe the people of Dundas Town, especially teachers and students of the primary school, have a right to know how these missing loads of fill benefitted their community? John Schaefer, P.Eng. Abaco Area Engineer By Portia Jonsson The Health and Family Life Education Program is sponsored by the Department of Education and aims to reduce the number of teen pregnancies and the incidence of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents. The program focuses on adolescents and the individuals who influence them, for example parents, teachers, guidance counselors, peers, law officers, church and community. Mrs. Sandy Edwards, Health and Family Life Coordinator on Abaco, has worked with this program for the past two years and will be hosting two Adolescent Health Education Training workshops. The first workshop for students will be held on March 17th and 18th at the Learning Resource Centre and a one-day workshop for parents will be April 11th. The training will give adolescents the answers to questions and concerns they may have and assist adults in providing the necessary skill adolescents need to make wise decisions. Topics to be discussed include Introduction to Human Sexuality, Understanding Yourself/ Self Esteem, Making Responsible Choices About Sex, Life Skill for Adolescents, Communicating with Young People about Sexuality, Reproductive Anatomy, Puberty and Adolescent Development, Unintended Teen Pregnancy, Child Abuse/Violence, Sexually Transmitted Infections-AIDS/HIV.Health and Family Life Education Program Please see Family Life Page 35

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Page 10 The Abaconian April 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 Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. Florida KeysRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Central Abaco Newsthe two countries which brings cooperation in the war against the drug war. He spoke at length of the transhipping of drugs through The Bahamas. After 9/11 the border between Mexico and the United States was closed. The drugs then began to be shipped from South America up the Pacific Ocean to Baja California. However, the most successful route is up through the Caribbean which is the route being used now. The boats take 12 hours to get to Haiti where they refuel. They then head for the southern Bahamas and travel up through the Bahamas at night to Bimini, Grand Bahama and Abaco where they cross over to Florida. Since Mr. Blankenship has been assigned to Nassau in December 2001, drug seizures have increased dramatically. Already this year in two months the seizures are 90 percent of last years seizures. He explained that the production in Columbia is being seriously damaged by a spraying program backed by the U.S. government. He feels that his personal involvement has been important in the success. The money seized which at the moment is $1.2 million is split between The Bahamas and the United States. If The Bahamas spends that money on the drug war, then the United States will give them the full amount. The Ambassador stressed that he wants AmbassadorFrom Page 1 all Americans including the children born in the States to Bahamian children to register with the Embassy. This can be done through a phone call, a fax or an E-mail. The Embassy is there to be supportive of Americans and offers many services. He has traveled extensive through the islands since 1967 and loves the entire country. He made a plea to the Americans to be mindful of the environment and observe regulations, fishing laws and help protect the natural beauty of the country. Patti and Bob Toler hosted him for this Abaco visit. They are wardens of the American Embassy who relay messages to American who live on Abaco.Native Plants Were Used in Dock LandscapingBy Erin Paglario Following a local workshop on invasive species by the BEST Commission, the Department of Works made hasty changes to the freight dock landscaping plan to replace invasive plants with native ones. Original landscape contract called for 95 invasive Scaveola or Hawaiian Seagrape to be planted on the new freight dock grounds. Scaveola has been identified as one of the most threatening invasive species on Abaco, along with the casuarina and the raccoon as it rapidly replaces native vegetation along shorelines, spreading at an alarming rate. The Scaveola were all replaced with local cocoplum, accented with native seagrape and buttonwood. These native plants are hardy, salt-resistant species adapted to our island landscape and are readily available at our local nurseries. For information on how you can plant native, call Friends of the Environment at 367-2721.Faith Convention CenterBy Portia Jonsson Many people have been wondering when the Faith Convention Center on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour at the entrance to Sweetings Village will be completed and open for business. Phase 1 should be completed between May and June of this year. Construction of this building has been ongoing since 1999. The building will serve as a facility to host functions including concerts, weddings, banquets, family reunions, conferences, seminars, graduations, conventions and more. The center will be available for rent by the hour, day or week. There will be a recreation area and gymnasium for indoor activities like basketball, tennis and volleyball. Catering services, parking attendants and security officers will be provided, if needed, by the staff of Faith Convention Center. Alcoholic beverages will not be allowed or served on the premises. No discotheque will be permitted. The center will serve as the home base of World Outreach Ministries International. Mr. Larry Williams, Pastor of World Outreach Ministries International, is the contractor and owner of the building. The single story 23,000 square foot, fully air-conditioned, smoke-free building will have a seating capacity for over 2,000 persons and will be the first of its kind on Abaco. The parking lot, when completed, will be able to accommodate over 100 cars. The Convention Center will benefit the entire island from Sandy Point in the south to Crown Haven in the north. Mr. Williams, the man responsible for the building, is a native of Abaco, born in Dundas Town. He served as president of his family business, Williams and Sons Construction, for two years. Five years ago he opened Kingdom Wash and Shell Service Station in the Royal Plaza in Dundas Town.Message for U.S. CitizensBy Isobel Sherman The United States Embassy in Nassau is asking for all U.S. citizens including those who have Bahamian parents to contact the Embassy by fax or E-mail if they have not been in contact with the Embassy in the past six months. The Embassy is asking that you forward your name, address, and phone, fax and email address. You can do this by faxing them at 1-242-356-7174 or email them at ascn@state.gov. You can also call them between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday Friday at 1-242-322-1181, ext 4547 or 4584.Three-Way StopBy Isobel Sherman Anyone who has driven on Crockett Drive to the Forest Drive junction will notice that traffic markings have been painted on the newly paved intersection. All vehicles must stop before entering the traffic circle. A new sign sets off the buildings and landscaped areas of the new freight dock in Marsh Harbour. The work is almost completed with fences, scales and a guard gate in place. All three new ramps and the paving are completed. Cleaning up the western area is still to be done. Two men are due to come from Nassau to manage the complex. The administration building is in the foreground with the domestic warehouse showing on the right. Please see Central Page 11

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFine dinning with breath-taking panoramic views from our terrace enhances our delicious menu of fresh daily catches and homemade delicacies. Stop by and relax with a cool tropical beverage, our friendly staff are waiting to serve you. Keep an eye on our calander of events throughout the season CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0113 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 9 367-4657 367-2922 Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbours Newest RestaurantVehicles can then enter the traffic flow around the circle to continue. This is still confusing for many drivers. The problem may be two fold. The stop sign is written only on the road and also people are unsure of what to do at a three way stop. It is a dangerous place for traffic and made more dangerous with the new road to the dock crossing Crockett Drive about 500 feet from that junction.Seasonal Water Hazards Are WorkingBy Isobel Sherman The three catchment basins in the area of the new road connecting the freight dock with S.C. Bootle Highway are apparently working. The heavy rains experienced March17 and 18 put the new drainage system to the test. No flooding occurred including the area behind M&R Grocery Store. The signs Seasonal Water Hazard are placed long the new road from the freight dock to S.C. Bootle Highway.COB Office MovesBy Isobel Sherman The College of the Bahamas Office has moved to the Resource Centre across from Sawyers Market in Marsh Harbour. The same office hours apply, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.Restaurant ReopensBy Isobel Sherman Mr Bs Restaurant has reopened its doors at a new location. Mr. Bs was located in the Colina Insurance Building and was known for its $2.99 breakfasts. Now under the new name Mr. Bs Kitchen and Takeaway, Mr. Bs is once again serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located on Tamarind Drive in Dundas Town, Mr. Bs is open 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7:30 a.m. 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.New Restaurant OpensBy Portia Jonsson The Backstreet Cafe is located just behind Memorial Plaza in the Jenco building. The Mediterranean-style cafe is pleasant and relaxing and has a seating capacity of 40 persons. Bahamian and international dishes are served cafeteria style so the wait is minimal. The cafe specializes in grilled, baked and steamed dishes. Pork, chicken, beef and fish will be on the menu everyday along with an international dish from a different country. Jamaican curry chicken was on the menu the day I dropped by. Terell pastries are sold there along with Starbucks coffee. Backstreet Cafe specializes in health foods for people who are diabetic. Senior citizens receive a 10 percent discount. Breakfast is served 7 a.m.-10 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. Sunday brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Backstreet Cafe is a family-owned business managed by Troy Unjehm and the chef is Oral Roberts. CentralFrom Page 10 More Central Abaco NewsWork on the Faith Convention Center continues with landscaping and a stuccoed wall making it attractive. The building is the project of Mr. Larry Williams from Dundas Town. Please see Central Page 34 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

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Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Forest Heights AcademyStudents Visit CubaBy Leslie Kennedy Seventeen students from Forest Heights Academy spent their mid-term break exploring the Island of Cuba. Organized by the Spanish Club and escorted by their Spanish teacher, Susan Parotti, the group left from Nassau bound for Havana. After a fairly uneventful flight, first observations could not overlook the impressive Jose Marti International Airport with what appeared to be a endless runway. All easily cleared customs and immigrations and checked into the five-star Hotel Plaza, which has been in business for 90 years. Located in the heart of the historical centre, the hotel had wonderful access to the city. Havana is exactly as one would expect. The Spanish influence of the architecture feels classic with the European flavour of the Plazas. Sadly, only the hotels and popular restaurants are maintained with poverty a strong contrast to the interspersed wealth. A proper tour of the city must include the Museo Nacional de la Revolucione, a magnificent building which was originally the Presidential Palace. The history of Cuba is chronicled here with fascinating pictures, information and displays. A true surprise was the recently renovated Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The former Asturian Center facing the Parque Central was designed by the Spanish architect, Manuel del Busto. The ornate and gilded building is a prime example of 20th century Spanish renaissance with state-ofthe-art facilities. The art ranges from original Rubens and Van Dyck paintings to Etruscan and Egyptian artifacts dating back to 944 B.C. At this point it is important to mention the warmth and consideration with which the Cubans treated the students as they took endless tours of the city in some of the more inventive modes of transportation such as bicycle rickshaws and covered mopeds, all affordable. It was then time to leave the city heading southwest to the more mountainous region of Pinar del Rio. This was done in the comfort of a luxurious tour bus, air-conditioned with big easy chairs. An intelligent young woman well versed in English and Cuban history narrated the tour. As the bus wound its way up the sierra, it passed through endless tobacco plantations. This region, as well as all of Cuba, has soil that any Abaconian gardener would cherish with the rich ochers strongly accenting the vibrant greens of the tobacco. Once reaching the top of the range, students were treated to the scenic view of the Jurassic valley of Vinales. The low mountains were quite unusual as the guide accurately described them as giant sleeping elephants. Numerous and lengthy caves can be found in their interiors and the tour included a walk and boat ride through one. Returning back to Havana, the bus passed countless Cubans holding each of their particular wares up for sale. These ranged from honey, garlic and vegetables to whole lambs. Lack of transportation is a real problem in Cuba, and it was quite strange to be able to easily cross a four lane highway with little traffic. The only obstacles seemed to be the more prevalent carts drawn by Brama bulls or small horses. On the way back the tour guide became quite candid in her discussion of Cuba, and it was soon made known that she was previously a university teacher of creative writing. She shared some interesting facts about Cuba when she spoke of the aging population with an ever increasing male ratio and the high density of the population in Havana. The chief problem, of course, is the lack of money to build and rebuild this slowly crumbling country. On the School News Please see School Page 13 The Spanish Club of Forest Heights Academy organized a school trip to Cuba during their mid-term break. They are shown here with the Spanish architecture so typical in that country visible in the background. Seventeen students went accompanied by their teacher and other adults. They enjoyed all aspects of their trip, the people, the museums, the ornate buildings and the scenery. They had plenty of opportunities to practice their Spanish first hand. Mr. Richard Blankenship, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, spoke to the students of Forest Heights Academy on March 14. He is shown here accepting the gift of a half model from Man-O-War. Presenting the gift is Joshua Malone.

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Most are anxious to return, captivated by the culture, the ever present music and the Cuban people. But most importantly, they learned how fortunate they are to live here on Abaco.Ambassador Visits SchoolForest Heights Academy hosted the United States Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Richard Blankenship, on March 14 who spoke to the students on their choices in life. He illustrated his topic with incidents from his life and how some of his choices during his high school days affected his later life. He did not realize at that time how crucial those decisions were. Mr. Blankenship took up his position as Ambassador in December 2001 after a sixmonth approval process. He was unanimously approved by the Senate. He is a political appointee, not a career ambassador. He is in charge of American interests in The Bahamas which includes the Coast Guard, the DEA, even any American ships visiting Bahamian ports. He accepted the appointment because he wanted to make a difference. And he feels he has done well in his efforts to slow the narcotics shipments passing through The Bahamas. He brought out the fact that drugs are used locally wherever they pass through. A student asked him why marijuana is illegal while cigarettes are not. He answered that the United States is slowly controlling the areas where cigarettes can be smoked but that they do not have the courage to outlaw them completely. He stressed the dangers of all products containing nicotine, cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff, that are very harmful. He also mentioned that 75 percent of marijuana users switch over to using cocaine and heroine which is not the case with cigarettes. The students were most attentive during the program and presented him with a half model bboat hull made in Man-O-War.Scholarship NewsBy Isobel Sherman Anyone interested in applying for a government scholarship loan for the school year 2003/04 forms are available. They can be obtained from the Scholarship and Tertiary section of the Department of Education in Nassau and Freeport and also on the new web site www.bahamaseducation.com. It is hoped that forms will also be available on Abaco. Those wishing to apply for the Bahamas Supermarket Scholarship are reminded that the application deadline in Nassau is May 1st. If you have not applied to the Lyford Cay Foundation, you will have to wait until next year as the application deadline of March 31 has passed.Abaco Central High SchoolBy Isobel ShermanCommonwealth DayCommonwealth Day was observed by schools on March 10 with most holding a special assembly. Under the theme Partners in Development which was the Commonwealth Day theme this year, Abaco Central High Schools assembly included presentations by several countries. These were Argentina, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Haiti, United Kingdom, Jamaica, More School News Please see School Page 22 SchoolFrom Page 12 Youth from Central Abaco participate in the Abaco Youth in Action, a basketball program for boys and girls ages 8 to 14. The pr ogram runs each Saturday morning under the direction of Anthony Davis, Elva Davis, Ishmael Stretch Morley, Jude Hart and Lyndon Dav is. The youth learn basketball drills and are then divided into teams to play against one another. They are shown here on a break. 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Page 14 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003TT TT T el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 F F F F F ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: harbourviewhaven@abacoinet.com www.guanacayvillas.com Rental CottagesAll units centrally air-conditioned Satellite TV, Radio / CD / Tape player Two bedrooms, queen beds, 1 bath, full kitchen, living room Dining area seats 6, Bahama room with queen futon One bedroom, one bath apartment overlooking the harbour Outside BBQ grill Enjoy your own private gazebo and garden Harbour View HavenLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas By Candace Key Hope Town School was a buzz of activity for the two weeks following our exciting invitation from the Minister of Tourism to perform our cultural activities at the Bahamas Heritage Festival in Nassau. We practiced perfectly plaiting the Maypole, using our quill pens more neatly, practiced making better dolls from palm thatch, throwing native hardwood tops better or honing our quilting skills. All of these activities had been demonstrated by the children at the 25th anniversary of the Wyannie Malone Museums Heritage Day last year in Hope Town. We had been drawn to the attention of the Minister of Tourism and invited to perform these activities again for hundreds of children and adults at this historic festival held at Arawak Cay in Nassau during the week of March 2-8. It was held in celebration of the Bahamas 30th Independence Anniversary and in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Youth and Culture, the Ministry of Education and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1994 The Bahamas sent many talented citizens to Washington to perform in the Smithsonians Folklore Festival. The Smithsonian and The Bahamas were working together again to recreate an even bigger showcase of Bahamian culture. The main objective of the Festival was to research, showcase and preserve Bahamian culture including music, dance, arts, crafts, boat building, sail making, food, straw work, storytelling, Junkanoo, childrens games and other traditional customs in a way that has never before been done. We all agreed that their objective was more than met! From the time the seven students of Grade 5 and 6 and their Principal/ teacher, Mrs. Candace Key, arrived, they could feel the excitement building. The students were invited to help officially open the ceremony by singing the national anthem with the legendary Kayla Lockhart Edwards. The students formed the receiving line on the stage for the appearance of the Prime Minister, Mr. Perry Christie, Tourism Minister, Mr. Obie Wilchcombe and several cabinet members and Parliamentarians. The students then went to their appointed areas where crowds of children began to appear. They all wanted a palm thatch doll and to try their hands at quill pen writing or throwing tops. When the children managed to break away from the childrens area. They would demonstrate plaiting the Maypole in the other area of the festival. The afternoons found the girls working with master quilt 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 Hope Town School Performs in NassauHope Town School chidren along with their Principal Candace Key were invited to be part of the Bahamas Heritage Festival held in Nassau on March 3-7. They pose here at the story board in the childrens area. They demonstrated games and crafts typical of life many years ago. Photo by Candace Key The Hope Town students practiced plaiting the Maypole to make it always come out right. Here Katie Joseph and Stephanie Sweeting are teaching the Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, how to plait a Maypole at the Bahamas Heritage Festival to celebrate 30 years of independence. Photo by Candace Key Please see Heritage Page 15

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Page 16 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003 Building Materials Windows & Doors Flooring & Roofing Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets Plumbing Fixtures Paints Lighting Fixtures Electrical Items Hand & Power Tools Garden Supplies & MoreClose to the Port Deliveries ArrangedPhone 561-627-9555 Fax 561-625-33663860 N. Lake Blvd. Lake Park (West Palm Beach)Call for your free catalog Mr. J. Richard Blankenship, the United States Ambassador to The Bahamas, spoke to the property owners of Treasure Cay, many of whom were Americans, on March 18 at the Treasure Cay Community Center. He explained that his main responsibility was to insure the safely of Americans who are in The Bahamas. There are approximately 20,000 Americans in this country. He urged all U.S. citizens to register with the Embassy in Nassau and encouraged them to give the Embassy their E-mail address. The Embassy disseminates information of interest to U.S. citizens and that is the easiest way to communicate. Mr. Blankenship explained that one of the biggest problems in this country was trying to stop drugs from being transported through The Bahamas to the States. This is the second largest U.S. war on drugs after Columbia. The U.S. is being quite successful in its spraying program of coca fields in Columbia. He assured the group that the relationship between the two countries is good but he will continues to pursue the U.S. drug policy. Keeping the drug trade under control will assure that property values will be maintained. The efforts to contain the drug flow is being very successful. The seizures of cocaine were up by 160 percent in 2002 and seizures of marijuana were up 180 percent in 2002. Already there has been an increase of 90 percent this year over last years seizures, in two months. U.S. security will be increased as a war against Iraq is eminent. Boats entering the United States from The Bahamas will be scrutinized more carefully for drug smuggling, weapons and illegal immigrants. The Ambassador was enthusiastic as he described his job and the work it entails. He finds it challenging but very rewarding as he feels that he can make a difference. The Embassy offers many services to U.S. citizens. They are speeding up the issuing of passports and visa. He expects that all U.S. citizens traveling aboard will eventually have to have a current passport. He opened the meeting to questions. He commented that he did not feel that relations between the United States and Cuba would be normalized until Cuba had a free vote and released political prisoners. He felt that when Cuba was open to tourism from the United States that it would be a significant blow to The Bahamas. The country is beautiful, has lovely beaches, great fishing and will be a popular place for tourists to visit.Ambassador Addresses Treasure Cay OwnersMr. Richard J. Blankenship, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas, spoke at the annual meeting of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association on March 18. He is shown above, center, along with Mr. Ed Whitcraft, President of the TCPOA, on the left and Mr. Bruce Barth, Past President of the TCPOA. Behind is Mr. Abdelnour Zaiback, Consul at the Embassy in charge of the passport and visa department. Pelican Shores Magnificent 3 bedroom, 3 bath Mediterranean-style villa, views of Marsh Harbour port. Designer interiors. Dock & boat lift. 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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Transportation & Logistics Services Freight Forwarding Ship Agencies Cargo management Consulting Services \000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000)59()59()59()59()59()59()59()59()59()]TJ /GS0 gs /TT4 1 Tf -0.0022 Tc -0.0082 Tw 12.2 0 0 12.2 45.24 90 Tm (For more information:Tel:242-367-2089 242-367-2530 P.O. Box AB 20485, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Visit our office on the front streetOne call does it allARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS 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 frontNine bids for a confiscated Haitian freighter were opened March 10 by Senior Administrator Alexander Williams. Bids ranged from a low of $15,000 to a high of $50,000. The bids have been sent to the Port Department in Nassau to evaluate the bidders to determine which of the highest bids can qualify with the purchase requirements. The blue 104-foot steel-hulled freighter, the St. Innocent, was apprehended in North Whale Cay Channel on January 23 with 24 undocumented Haitians on board. No one aboard knew who captained the boat. The 26 immigrants were taken to Nassau and deported to Haiti. The boat has been on anchor outside the harbour of Marsh Harbour since then.Bids Opened for Haitian Freighter Mr. Chris Roberts of Abaco Animals Require Friends (AARF) made a plea to the Marsh Harbour Town Committee for local government to find funding to set up a temporary animal shelter. He presented his case to the Committee on March 4 and was accompanied by Mimi Rehor, Linda Giovino and Gretchen Cuffe. Mr. Roberts has been active in spay and neuter programs on Abaco along with Kathleen Hargreaves and Harry Meline of the Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP). These efforts have been financed by donations and fund raising efforts. He felt that government needed to share in the responsibility by providing funding for groups which are trying to cope with the problem of stray dogs. Mr. Roberts explained that the SNIP program had a pilot project on Abaco which was very successful. Within three years they spayed or neutered 1300 animals through clinics mostly in Central Abaco but also in Coopers Town and Sandy Point. The spay and neuter program is ongoing. This method leaves the animals in the area found and yields a gradual reduction of stray animals as they die of natural causes. He explained that if those animals were removed, wilder dogs would fill the vacuum. More than 200 animal adoptions have been arranged in the States through local groups. There are active animal groups in Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Man-O-War and Treasure Cay which are working to control the stray dog population. However, all these groups need funding to do more than their present efforts. At this time local businesses are carrying the brunt of the costs. Mr. Roberts felt that the government needs to provide essential services including the control of stray dogs. Mr. Roberts suggested two remedies. The first would encourage businesses to fence an area near their business property to keep the dogs confined during the day. The dogs would be released at night to protect business property. Another suggestion was to build a temporary shelter which could house animals until a home could be found. Most supporters of these organizations are strongly opposed to having the dogs put down even if done in a humane way. The initial cost of a temporary 50-dog shelter including six months operation would be under $15,000. A growing problem is the number of potcakes breeding with pitbulls. Potcakes are very valuable and have many desirable traits. They are very intelligent, friendly and gentle and can be trained. However, the cross breeding will give them traits which will make them much more dangerous. A proposal will be submitted to central government for assistance with funding.Stray Dog Problem Is DiscussedThe government is committed to slow the flow of illegal immigrants to this country. During the month of January the Department of Immigration, the Royal Bahamas Police and the Defence Force along with the U.S. Coast Guard have apprehended many individuals on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, Exuma and Andros. They also interdicted seven Haitian boats in Bahamian water. They repatriated 250 illegal immigrants to Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Canada, Honduras, the United States and India and are continuing the repatriation exercise in February. The cost of this for January was $42,666. But allowing the immigrants to remain in this country would be far more costly. The Ministry of Labour and Immigration is appealing to the public to call their hot line, 242-322-3884, to inform them of any illegal immigrants entering the country, hiding out, or congregating so they can be apprehended, processed and repatriated.Government Is Concerned with Illegal Immigrants

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Page 18 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003The SeaWind a brand new ferry owned by Bahamas Fast Ferries, arrived in Nassau the second week of March from the shipyards in Australia where it was built. The boat will begin regular service to Sandy Point by the third or fourth week of April and expects to begin service with four trips weekly. Travel time will be about three and a half hours and the boat docks at the western end of Potters Cay in Nassau. It is temporarily replacing the SeaLink for two weeks serving Andros, Exuma and Eleuthera, allowing the SeaLink to go on dry dock. The Docks Committee in Nassau has approved the ramp to be constructed in Sandy Point. The Port Board in South Abaco had already approved the ramp. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in two weeks. The SeaWind may make a trial run which will allow Abaconians to view the boat. The Bahamas Fast Ferry Service now has regular service between Nassau and North Eleuthera that has had a tremendous economic impact on Harbour Island. The company feels that the primary artery for economic growth in the Family Islands is the transportation system. The luxury class SeaWind can accommodate approximately 390 passengers and features reclining table seats, an on-board ser-SeaWind Begins Service Not Abaco YetThe new ferry of Bahamas Fast Ferries has begun service to Andros, Eleuthera and Exuma. However, it cannot come into Sandy Point until a ramp can be constructed. Nassau has given approval and the dock is expected to be completed within two weeks. Service should begin to Sandy Point by the third or fourth week of April. The ferry can accommodate passengers, vehicles, freight and even containers. By Portia Jonsson A Guitar Club was formed at Forest Heights Academy on March 12th. The club meets Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. in the music room at the school and consists of 10 student members. Shane Cash, an 11th grade student from Hope Town, teaches the class and lessons are free. Most of the club members are beginners at playing guitar. The Guitar Club has a wide range of guitars ranging from electric, nylon acoustic and steel string acoustic. Members are responsible for providing their own instrument.Guitar Club Is FormedFamily Island Specialists Family Island Specialists Family Island Specialists Family Island Specialists Family Island Specialists LUBBERS LEEHOMES & LANDElbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and PropertyFamily Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223OCEAN HOUSE Incredible parcel of property with 2 bedroom, 2 bath home located on the Atlantic Ocean in historic Hope Town Settlement. 74 feet of ocean front on long white sandy shore. The house has open floor plan with large kitchen and great/dining room, vaulted ceilings, good rental history. Price: $1,300,000LITTLE 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: $517,500DORROS COVE Large 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 LANDING 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: $230,000MARNIES LANDING LOT #7BRare opportunity to buy not only one of the most beautiful 1/2 acre lots in Marnies with panoramic views, but also have 2 private dock slips, one for a runabout up to 30 the other up to 60 Price: $325,000Price: $1,290,000 Premier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool.Located on secluded north end of Lubbers Quarters, a beautiful seato-sea property offering over 4 lush acres. Sandy beach on west side, 100+ foot dock on east side, main house, cottage viewing Tahiti Beach and Tilloo. ELBOW CAYLocated 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:$89,000 ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAYPrice: $1,870,000Fabulous Villas located at the mouth of Hope Town Harbour. These 2 bed/2 bath villas are beautifully furnished with West Indian decor throughout. A dip pool is shared and surrounded by open decking. Sold fully furnished, totally turnkey, rental history. FLAMINGO VILLASPrice: $1,550,000 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPrice: $1,500,000 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. ATLANTIC HORIZONS Price: $1,390,000Custom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turn-key 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht. VILLA JUNKANOO LUBBERS QUARTERS EAST VIEW vice for meals, snacks and beverages and an audio/video theater in the main passenger compartment. The ferry can carry 30 40 vehicles and containers which load through the stern. The boat cruises at 18 knots and can tolerate all weather conditions. The SeaWind will be available for charter through the Bahamas Ferries office in Nassau.

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19 The Administrators Office in Central Abaco is advising that there will be increased security measures on Abaco. These are in response to the security measures emanating from the Department of Homeland Security in the United States and will include the following: a. An increase of inspection and surveillance at air and sea terminals b. The introduction and enforcement of the use of proper identification for all authorized personnel c. A reduction of access to restricted areas of the air and sea ports d. Increased patrols of law enforcement officers at ticket counters, baggage makeup areas, aircraft, vessels, etc. e. The institution of unattended baggage procedures f. The deployment of plain-clothes surveillance officers in terminals and other areas as is deemed appropriate g. The removal of unattended or unauthorized vehicles from terminal areas. Additionally, security briefings have been provided to all employees. The police and other law enforcement officers have been assigned to doors leading to air operation areas air-side. The traveling public should expect to find these security measures in place immediately and their cooperation is requested and anticipated.Security Will Be TightenedAirport Overflows To GrassIt is a common sight at the Marsh Harbour airport to see outgoing passengers crowding the grass at the round-about at the Marsh Harbour airport. The present terminal was too small by the time it was completed and the situation has deteriorated since then. Hundreds of people have to crowd the terminal for check in but the building cannot possibly hold them all during the wait for their flight. The grassy knoll with the flagpole now has several benches thanks to the Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club. These are not adequate to hold the overflow. There is not shelter from the sun, heat or rain. The situation is hampering the growth of our number one industry, tourism. Bahamas Electricity Corporation will be charging more beginning with their April electricity bills. The reason is the higher fuel costs that they are experiencing. Fuel costs are a major part of their expense and fuel prices have been increasing worldwide for several months. The fuel surcharge on theirr April bills will reflect these increases. The Hon. Bradley Roberts, BEC General Manager, suggests that consumers conserve electricity by turning off electrical appliances when not in use and lowering water heater temperature. Raising the thermostat on air conditioning units and using a fan will lower electric charges along with using flourescent bulbs in light fixtures.BEC Costs Will Increase

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Page 20 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003 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 Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is CherokeeBy John Hedden Historically, bananas have been an important component of the diet of Bahamians as cooked (fried plantain), fresh fruit and sweets (banana bread and pudding). Today, bananas have become an important agricultural commodity in The Bahamas for provision for the hospitality industry and for the native Bahamian cuisine. A combination of importation and local production meets this demand. Traditionally, Long Island was known as the banana producing island, but many factors including disease, climate, soil and labour shortages have crippled production. Government records from packing house receipts show that total Bahamian production in 1998 amounted to just over 1 million pounds. However, figures are not available for more recent years. Abaco now produces the largest banana crop in the country and in 2002/2003 alone produced some 1 million pounds of bananas on an annual basis. Other islands involved in commercial production include Andros, Grand Bahama and Long Island while all islands produce fruit for subsistence / local consumption. Earlier in the 20th century Gros Michel type cultivars made up the major production types, but the onset of Panama disease in the early 1950s wiped out commercial production especially in Long Island. As a result Dwarf Cavendish types were used to replant fields because of their resistance to this disease and wind throw (high winds). More recently the Grand Nairn cultivar has become the commercial variety of choice because of superior fruit quality and consumer acceptability (Chiquita and Dole brands). All major producing islands also planted this variety. However, in the last 15 years another disease has taken hold, devastating Cavendish production worldwide. This is Black Sigatoka disease, and there is no cure. Plantains are also affected by this disease. Containment is possible through a combination of chemical, field hygiene and climatic procedures known as Integrated Pest Management systems. However, the chemical aspect makes the cost of control extremely expensive and will be ultimately reflected in the market price of the product. Black Sigatoka has repeatedly spread throughout The Bahamas Islands, devastating fruit production, especially on Abaco. As a result Bahamian production is now on the decline and will continue to decrease because of poor cropping and control practices. Lack of proper field hygiene is the major culprit. Worldwide production is also rapidly falling and will continue to do so until disease resistant clones have been developed and tested. Cuba is a world leader in this respect and is now testing some 27,000 acres of resistant cultivars. There is some question as to the palatability of these new types, but test marketing and availability of alternatives will ultimately determine their success. The sad thought is that the banana forms a major component of the staple diet of people in poor countries around the tropical world. The loss of the edible banana will have serious consequences for human nutrition in these areas unless a research breakthrough is forth coming. For The Bahamas it is yet another blow for an agricultural industry that is struggling to assert itself. Self sufficiency, food security, agricultural sector viability? What next? The leaves of the diseased bananas plant shown above have already died from an infection of Black Sigatoka. The bananas will probably not ripen fully. Black Sigatoka is a fungal disease which is threatening to ruin banana production world wide. This banana plant was on the Pepper Pot Farm of Mel Wells and is being examined by Krista Kelly and Margo Albury, both students at Forest Heights Academy.Bananas Production Is Threatened 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 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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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 21 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. Garage and utility in main house with additional detached garage/ work shop/ storage. Grounds fully landscaped with irrigation/ sprinkler system.$2,225,00$2,225,00 $2,225,00$2,225,00 $2,225,00 You say you want beach? Then try this on for size One of the 10 Best Beaches in the World!Treasure Cay, Abaco 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"Membership includes unlimited court time as well as participation in special programs such as ladies competitions, social events and discounts on lessons. Treasure Cay Ltd. is constructing bathrooms at the site. Mr. Jerry Roberts heads up the Treasure Cay Humane Society and gave a report on the status of a security building planned which would include areas for a fire station and humane society. However, there are still legal problems to be resolved setting up a trust before the Treasure Cay Ltd. can donate the property. The property is on the road going into Treasure Cay. Until then the Humane Society is actively getting the stray cat population under control. Mr. Roberts appealed for help in catching the stray dogs of that area. Several musicians performed at a concert held on March 20 as a fund raising for the Humane Society. The tickets were sold out well in advance of the concert. Dr. Jerry Gedon, a retired veterinarian now doing research, gave a report on diseases that humans contact from animals which applies here. He spoke briefly on each. These included dengue fever which travels from cattle to humans, heart worm whose larva can be transferred from dogs to humans by mosquitos, West Nile virus, a form of encephalitis carried by birds, pink eye from cats, and several others. He brought out the fact that in other countries racoons, recently introduced on Abaco, are carriers of rabies although rabies has never been identified in The Bahamas. He strongly urged everyone to watch for any containers holding water and for each person to take responsibility to empty that water, not leaving it for others to do as mosquitoes carry several diseases. He mentioned that one cup of water can breed 100 mosquitoes every 10 days and the easiest way of controlling mosquitoes is to destroy their larva in standing water. Treasure Cay is undertaking an upgrading including several civil projects which are costing $132,000. This is a joint effort being financed from three sources. The massive clean-up effort after Hurricane Floyd was financed by donations from many sources. The remainder of the money, $40,000, has gone to this upgrading as well as $43,000 by Treasure Cay Ltd. with the balance coming from the Treasure Cay Amenities fund. Some of the projects being undertaken including repairing roads, paving the parking lot at the Community Center, installing three crosswalks which will be ten-feet wide by five and a half inch high raised bumps to slow traffic and repairing potholes. The problem of the water and sewerage systems was discussed in more detail. The sewerage treatment plant is antiquated and will require about $3 million to bring it up to new standards. There are about 500 units on the system which means a cost of approximately $600 per unit connected. Several ways of raising money have been suggested but there has been no decision. TCPOAFrom Page 3T. Cay Pleased with ProgressWater & Sewerage Still Unresolved MARSH HARBOUR 367-2077 Nassau 393-7481 Freeport 352-8071-8 Rock Sound 334-2060 Nichols Town 329-4184 George Town 336-2780 NEED HYDRAULIC HOSES AND FITTINGS? AID carries all the hydraulic hoses, fittings, and oils that you need to repair your back-hoe, tractor, or fork lift.

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Page 22 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Massages Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 Super Values & Summer Savings atSAWYERS MARKETLocated in Sawyers Building off Don MacKay Blvd.Tel: (242) 367-2044/5 Fax: (242) 367-2059 FULL LINE OF GROCERIES Frozen Meats in Family Packs Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Dairy Products & Frozen Foods Famous Brand Names Wide Convenient Isles Butcher for Custom Cuts Convenient ParkingOpen 7 a.m. 9 p.m. Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. 3 p.m. Sunday the United States and The Bahamas.International DayAbaco Central High School held their Annual International Day on March 14. The day began with a parade of countries marching into the quadrangle where many of the countries presented a cultural item or a talk about their country. Each country had an exhibit in different classrooms showing off their country and also selling food indigenous to their country. Each countrys display was judged on decoration, information presented and food displayed. The judges were Ms. Cindy Armbrister and Ms. Jackie Estavez. The Bahamas booth had a display which included a bush medicine display, liquor display, an Androsia display, a straw craft display, sponges, an old sewing machine and an outline of the history of the Bahamas. In addition, Bahamas sold their native food from a thatched roof enclosure and they baked bread in an outside rock oven, Two large Royal Bahamas Policeman made from plywood guarded the entrance to the Bahamas booth. The United States had a display that ranged from U.S. inventions to books, music, and other typical items. There was a corner dedicated to a special computer display of 9/11 and the Space Shuttle Columbia. At an activity corner students played on a PS 2 Play Station. Southern fried chicken, hamburgers, French fries, apple pie, cheesecake and chili were sold. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Jamaica and Guyana also sold food. The winning booths were Bahamas in first place, The United States in second place and Guyana in third place. Mr. Mohammed Rahim headed the International Day committee assisted by Mrs. Lori Thompson and Miss Denise Gadsby.Miss International Day Is NamedAs part of the International Day festivities at Abaco Central High School a contest was held to name Miss International Day. Each country had a contestant that was dressed in a costume indicative of the country. The contestants were Miss Trinidad Jevina Gray, Miss Haiti Belinda Jacobs, Miss Guyana Malissa Singh, United States Whitney McIntosh, Miss Bahamas Kechelle Thurston, Miss Jamaica Shakera Davis and Great Britain Alexis Brown. The girls modelled their costumes and explained what they were wearing. Miss Haiti was named Miss International Day. She wore a costume made from the flag of Haiti. Second place was awarded to Miss Whitney McIntosh, who wore a cowgirl outfit complete with a genuine Texas hat and snake skin boots. Third place was awarded to Shakera Davis, Miss Jamaica, who was dressed in a colourful red, green and black outfit depicting the colours of Jamaicas flag. The judges were Ms. Jackie Estavez and Ms. Cindy Armbrister.Track and FieldMrs. Elva Davis took junior track athletes to the National Track and Field Championships in Grand Bahama on March 2022. She has been training these young juniors for the past several months. Special permission was granted for them to compete because Abaco could not have an Inter School meet this year. Mrs. Davis feels the More School News SchoolFrom Page 13 Each country represented at Abaco Central High School made a display, dressed in native costumes, performed native dances and offered food typical of that country. Shown here is Renardo Prince Davis proudly showing off Bahamian herbs, explaining their uses. Please see School Page 23

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 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 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. young juniors will do well at the Nationals.Other NewsAbaco Central High School is having a raffle. Drawing will be April 16. First prize is a bicycle donated by Road Runners Bicycle Store. As reported by Silbert Mills of Radio Abaco there is a petition being circulated asking to have the Ministry of Education remove or transfer Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal of Abaco Central High School. Apparently the petition has 12 signatures. Not wanting to go into details the matter arose over discipline of a young man by Mr Stubbs. Suffice to say there are 500 students at Abaco Central and the staff of Abaco Central stands behind their leader and principal.CorrectionGrade levels of two students of the Agape Christian School were incorrectly given in the last Abaconian Caralee Bethel is in the 12th grade and Dawson Malone is in the 11th grade. We regret the error. SchoolFrom Page 22 Hope Town School recently held an I Love My Island clean-up campaign on their adopted area of mangroves below the school. The Hope Town Council asked people to adopt certain areas to keep clean and attractive. The school realizes the importance of mangroves to us as natures nursery and conducts periodic clean ups of the area. You never know what you will find during the clean-up. Both photos by Candace Key More School News 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 During very dry periods the endangered Abaco boa snake may seek water in peoples rain water tanks. That is what this little fellow did and was found by Bonson and Lance Roberts. They took it to their Hope Town School where all 40 children stroked it gently and learned how helpful these non-poisonous snakes are to us. It is illegal to harm these snakes. The class then walked to the woods, thanked the snake for the valuable lesson he taught us and released him. BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!ITS THE LAW! Abaco Markets Plans to Reduce DebtAbaco Markets continues to make changes to its organization to reduce its debt. Their stock has dropped in value and the company sales figures were down at the end of 2003. Much of this was caused by changes in their accounting system rather than a drop in sales. They expect to show modest growth during this year. The company plans to raise $3-5 million through a rights offering over the next few months. The company plans to sell off some of its businesses which have not been profitable and some real estate which will reduce their debt load. The site of the Golden Harvest Supermarket which burned down in 2001 is on the market. Other assets which they plan to sell include a building which was formerly their headquarters and perhaps a some of their recently acquired business in Nassau and Turks & Caicos including a Bellevue Business Depot store in Nassau and the United Bookshop in Nassau. The company plans for Abaco are to develop Solomons Abaco into a supermarket rather than a club store which would have offered large quantities at wholesale prices. Mr. Reginald Sands is no longer on the companys board.Support Citizens Against Crime

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Page 24 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003The funeral for Louise Visa Munnings, 83, originally from Fox Town, was held in Nassau on March 16. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her husband Capt. Clement Fox, Sr.; sons Ronald, Jasper, Cecil, Clement Jr., Sidney and Benjamin Fox; daughters Doris Fox, Fredrica Clarke and Min. Margaret Bastian; grandchildren Everette, Bryan, Brandon, Jasmin, Alex, Kyle, Sidney, Dashanique, Dwayne, Renae, Dorean, Frederick, Jonella, Sheryll, Justin, Berniquea, Jerique, Ceron and Lachello; sisters Vyrona Archer, Florence McIntosh and Virginia Lightbourne; brothers George, Johnathan and Joseph Russell; aunts Ethlyn Smith, Leona Russell, Alice White, Olga Wells, Ruth Wells and Olla; uncle Erskin Wells; nieces and nephews; sons-in-law Pastor Ronald Bastian and Anthony Clarke; daughters-in-law Shereen, Jennifer and Debbie Fox; brothers-in-law Kidd McIntosh and Thomas Lightbourne; sisters-in-law Geneva Russell, Ella Russell, Reta Sands and Evelyn Russell; god-children Anthony, Eva, Resina, Roy, Eric, Christian and Susan; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Angela Pandora Davis, 47, of Murphy Town was held on March 15 at Bethany Gospel Chapel in Murphy Town. Bishop Livingstone Williams Jr. officiated. Interment was in the Murphy Town Public Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Thomas Davis; daughters Jewel and Melissa Davis; adopted daughter Diane Colebrooke; sons Angelo and Achaz Davis; parents Alexander and Mable Saunders, Enos and Betty Laing; brothers Randy Curry, Larry and Brian Saunders, Alvin, Ricky, Kenneth, Tony, Anthony, Keith, Lamonte and Kingsley Laing and Marlin Fullford; sisters Elizabeth Curry, Ethelyn Darville, Roselyn, Terry and Tamara Saunders, Sandra, Genieve, Laura, Taneil and Jacqueline Laing, Philencia Dames, Lisa Forbes, Nurse Jennifer Morrison, Monique Knowles and Jewel Fullford; father-in-law Bishop Raymond Davis; sisters-in-law Lillian and Vivian Laing, Beryl Curry, Nicole Saunders, Sheila Simms, Ettamae Williams, Gloria Mills, Maggie Rogers, Lucille and Rosemary Davis; brothers-in-law Van Darville, Carl, Clyde and Scott Davis, Bishop Livingstone Williams Jr., Leland Simms, George Mills, Koysgen Forbes, Clyde Dames, Olive Miller, Maria Wallace, Gertrude Dawkins; Emily Stuart, Doreen Barnett and Victoria Laing; aunts-in-law Mena Bootle, Hilma Curry, Inez Knowles, Leota McDonald and Elva Bootle; uncles Leland Dawkins and Benjamin Laing; uncles-in-law Rupert Bootle, Leonard Knowles and Douglas McDonald; nieces Shiquera Williams, Felicia Sawyer, Charlene Brice, Evante and Vanissa Darville, Larranique Saunders, Shantique Wright, Sherise Simms, Gina Clarke, Moesha Forbes, Lexie Dames, Terrell, Tia and Nettie Laing; grand niece Kiana Swain; nephews Alrick, Alvano and Ricky Laing Jr,. Merrick, Kareem and Leslie Parker Jr., Randy Curry Jr., Andres, Nathan and Nicolas Darville, Ryan and Oneal Williams, Shawn, Shayne and Jermaine Simms, George Mills Jr., Ray, Talleas Dames and Alex Forbes; and many other relatives ad friends. The funeral for Teasha Ann Wilson 102, of Coopers Town was held on Grand Bahama on March 15. Interment was on Grand Bahama. She is survived by her sons Bertram Wilson and John Russell; daughter Ethlyn Hanna; daughters-in-law Gretchen Wilson and Louise Russell; son-in-law Kermit Hanna; grandchildren Rodney, Dwight, Marcel, Vincent, Kirk, Portia, Janet, Don and Tracy Wilson, Shelley Pinder, Earlin and Shirley Feaster, Myrtle Grant, Marcella, Donald, Ross and Vernell Hanna, Geraldine McIntosh, Almina Woodside, Lorena Russell, Emily Robillard, Althea Butler, John Jr., and Lamont Russell; grandchildren; great grandchildren great, great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Edith Joan Higgs, 74, of Marsh Harbour passed away on March 12. A service was held at the Marsh Harbour Cemetery on March 18. Mr. Vernon Malone officiated. She is survived by her son Joseph Dupius and his wife Norma; daughter Marjorie Key and her husband Seth; granddaughters Alicia, Felicia and Jeanie; grandsons Tommy, Sean and Scott Malone and family; brothers James and Bobby Malone and wife Yvonne; and many other relatives and friends. By Isobel ShermanLeader Attains CertificationMr. Sarone Kennedy, Group Leader of the Bahamas Red Cross Society on Abaco, was recently certified as a Health, Safety and First Aid Instructor. To take the instructors course Mr. Kennedy first had to pass the basic first aid course and have a valid CPR certificate and a valid AED (automatic external defibrillation) certificate. The instructors course was given at the Red Cross Society in Freeport and was a three and a half day course. As a result of this certification Mr. Kennedy will be offering three courses in the spring of 2003 to Red Cross members and the general public. These will be a first aid course, CPR course and AED course. These courses have a limit of six persons at a time and with a minimum of three persons to hold the course. They are given in three three-hour sessions. The venue will probably be the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. In addition, Mr. Kennedy will be offering renewal of CPR and AED certificates for persons whose certificates have expired within six months.The Red Cross Has Several FunctionsThe Bahamas Red Cross members can do three things that most people may not be aware of. Upon the recommendation of the Social Service Department, the group can provide emergency food assistance, emergency medicine for prescriptions and emergency travel assistance for medical reasons. The Central Abaco branch of the Red Cross is one of the largest in the Bahamas with 78 members. This group is planning several fund raisers. According to Chairman Kennedy the level of services the group can offer is dependent on the level of donations from private and corporate citizens and from fund raising. The group meets the first Thursday of the month at the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sandy Point has now formed a Red Cross branch and has chosen Mr. J. Pinder as Chairman.ObituarObituar ObituarObituar Obituar ies of Fies of F ies of Fies of F ies of F amilamil amilamil amil y and Fy and F y and Fy and F y and F rr rr r iendsiends iendsiends iendsAbaco Red Cross Is Active Sarone Kennedy 33rd AnnualAbaco AnglersFishing Tournament April 10 17, 2003 Entry Fees Adults $85.00 Juniors $40.00 Dates/T imes Thursday, April 10, 2003 thru Thursday, April 17, 2003 7 am to 6 pm W eigh Stations Lighthouse Marina, Hope Town ** Other locations may be added Banquet Abaco Inn, Elbow Cay Friday, April 18, 2003 Cocktails at 6 pm (cash bar) Dinner at 7 pm Awards Presentation Following Raffle: Donations from area merchants Music by DJ Frankie Trophies by Pete JohnstonFun For The Entire Family!Support Citizens Against Crime

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 25If you are an American Citizen resident in the Bahamas and have not visited or contacted the Embassy in the last six months, please provide us with your E-mail address and fax numbers. This also applies to Bahamian parents with children born in the United States. The information should be sent by E-mail to acsn@state.gov or by fax to 242-356-7174 If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 242-322-1181 ext. 4406, ext. 4547 or ext. 4584 Monday Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon ATTENTION ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS RESIDENT IN THE BAHAMAS By Lyn MajorECC Asks for old BicyclesThe Every Child Counts program, working with students who are not able to cope with normal classrooms, will be starting a program to teach its students to restore old bicycles. If you have any old bikes that are without too much rust and restorable and which you would like to donate for this purpose, please call ECC at 367-2505 or take the bikes to their building behind Solomons Abaco in Marsh Harbour.Workshops Study Problem Affecting StudentsMarch was a busy month for the Every Child Counts program. There were two weekends of training. On March 7 9 Dr. Sharon Kossack, Ms. Jacqueline Sullivan and Ms. Marilyn Hayes held training seminars at St. Francis de Sales School and the ECC Learning Centre. Dr. Kossack continued her clinical educator training with teachers from St. Francis, Abaco Central High and Forest Heights on Friday and Sunday. Ms. Sullivan, language pathologist, and Ms. Hayes, doctoral student in autism, held a workshop on Saturday on characteristics and interventions for autism and all the conditions of the autistic spectrum. They discussed new brain research and brain-based teaching strategies. It was well attended by teachers from St. Francis, Central Abaco Primary, Coopers Town Primary, Cherokee All Age, Abaco Central High and ECC. On Mach 22 a workshop was held on the characteristics and interventions for the developmentally disabled and mentally handicapped. It was conducted by Mr. Marsden Lawley, a vocational specialist. All workshops were given by professionals who donate their time. They were free of charge and were open to the public.Solar Ovens Are DemonstratedThe Work-Study students of ECC built solar ovens in their science classes in March. With the help of volunteer Monica Bianci, the students worked in pairs to construct ovens made of cardboard and aluminum foil. As the children arrived at school one morning, they placed chicken, rice and corn dogs in black or metal pans, wrapped the pans in plastic bags and set them in the ovens in the sun. The younger ECC class helped prepare the food for cooking. At noon time lunch was served and was delicious and moist. During the four hours the food cooked, students monitored the temperature of the ovens and studied the science of solar cooking. Great fun and great food was enjoyed by all. Students are busy making art projects for an art show and are preparing ceramic pieces for the ECCs Open House and art show to be held in May.Every Child Counts Had Busy MonthStudents at the Every Child Counts program in Marsh Harbour proudly show off the solar ovens that they constructed. They cooked lunch in them during the morning hours and shared the food with all the children for lunch. They are being taught practical lessons that can equip them for a productive life. Photos by Monica Bianchi Students are busily making fish from clay which will be fired. They will then paint them to be sold as wall ornaments. The Every Child Counts program for special children raises its own funds through this and many other projects. All 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. 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Page 26 The Abaconian April 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 Local Resident CompetesBy Portia Jonsson Among the National Bowling Team members participating in the Concecabol Championships in Panama on March 29-April 5 will be Mr. Sonith Lockhart of Dundas Town. A few months ago he traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to compete in the Bahamas Team Roll- Off. Fourteen men from The Bahamas competed to select the top six who would make up the National Bowling Team. The winner of this competition was Sonith Lockhart. He also set a record as being the first bowler to bowl over 5,000 plus pins in 24 games roll-off in six-game blocks. Total rolled was 5,024 pins which gave him a 209.33 average. Sonith has been bowling for 19 years, representing The Bahamas all over the world including the United Arab Emirates, United States, Portugal and Argentina. A lady, Michelle Sands, got him started in bowling. He is presently the Bahamas National Bowling Champion and has held this title since 1999. In addition, he is a USA Certified Bronze Level Bowling Instructor. He plans to teach bowling at the brand new 24lane bowling center in Grand Bahama. Sonith will also participate in the World Ten Pin Bowling Association competition scheduled for September 6-21 in Malysia and the World Cup on September 27-October 4 in Honduras. He has been doing physical training for these competitions since last December under the instruction of Mr. Churton Toote, who is described by Sonith as a fierce trainer. Two hours of running and walking begins at 5 a.m. in addition to gym training, aerobics and weight lifting. Sonith says as with any sporting event in the world 75 percent of preparation is gym work and the remaining 25 percent is mental preparation. He says he is 100 percent prepared and is definitely bringing back the gold medal. As the Bahamas Federation of Amateur Bowlers is a non-profit organization, team members are required to furnish funds for their own expenses. Sonith is therefore seeking financial support to help defray some of his expenses. Any assistance rendered to enable him to represent The Bahamas at these events will be greatly appreciated. For more information please call 367-3273. Good luck, Sonith!Employee Is HonoredImperial Life Financial recognizes employee contributions and honors their achievement. It honored Mrs. Oeisha Roberts of the Marsh Harbour office as the Most Valuable Employee of 2002 at an appreciation luncheon held in Nassau during February. She received this honor by providing ultimate customer service to their clients, by maintaining consistent performance and by going beyond the call of duty. Mrs. Roberts joined the Northern Branch of Imperial Life Financial Service Team in 2001 as a Customer Service Representative. Also honored was Mr. Dashwell Flowers, who was named Director of the Northern Region. 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 People in the News J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMAS 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$1,139Samsung Microwave$97.005000 BTUAir Conditioner$295SPECIALS GOOD, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, FOR APRIL 2003 Advertise in The Abaconian

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 27 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept.367-2000 Fire -Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept.VHF Ch 16 Ambulance Trauma One Marsh Harbour367-2911 Fire Dundas Town Volunteer367-2935 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 or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr........... $12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market........... $10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock throug h Dundas T own................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta.......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house...................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores..........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore .......$ 2 each Jib Room .................................................................$ 3 each Golden Harvest .........................................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock .........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance..................... $ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people 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 Joe s Creek ......................................... $25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ...........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..................................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks...................................................$7 + $5 From TC Hotel to All Areas N. of T.C. Airport Add $10 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau & Moores Island ...................367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale ................................... 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale ...............................367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau ........................................... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch ...........................367-3415 Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale.................... 954-359-8020 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ...........................367-3597 Lynx Air International Ft. Lauderdale ..........954-772-9808 Major Air Service Freeport .................................367-4826 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch .......................367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ...............367-4852 Local charter companies serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air Charters367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089 Medical Services Abaco Medical Clinic Marsh Harbour.....367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay.....365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point..............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town.................................. 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 Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.367-5358 Reef Abaco Beach Dive Center M H ..... 367-4646 Reef Dive Abaco Marsh Harbour ........... 367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Kayak Abaco Adventures Treasure C .................. 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 am10:301:30 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 Backstreet Cafe.................................367-2782 C&G Restaurant...............$.............367-3227 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Henrys Jerk Center..........$.............367-5959 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 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....................$$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............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...............$$$.............365-5137 Orchid Bay.........................................365-6175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar..$$.............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 April 1st, 2003 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. $1.4 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 COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2002 IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 23 Equity Side IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 AND IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot Number One Hundred and Fourteen (114) in the Settlement of Cherokee Sound on the Island of Abaco one of the Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas AND IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Lewis E. Pinder NOTICE The Petitioner in this matter claims to be the owner in fee simple of the said piece, parcel or lot of land and has made application to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act. Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during normal working hours at:1.The Registry of the Supreme Court, BITCO Building, East Street in the City of Nassau, Bahamas; 2.The Chambers of L. C. Hull & Co., Don MacKay Boulevard, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas; 3.The Office of the Senior Administrator for Abaco in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas; and 4.The office of the Assistant Administrator for South Abaco in Sandy Point, Abaco, Bahamas. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall within Thirty (30) days from the publication of the Notice inclusive of the day of such publication file Notice in the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his or her claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. The failure of any such person to file and serve a statement of his or her claim within the time fixed by the Notice aforesaid shall operate as a bar to such claim DATED this 14th day of March A.D., 2003 L. C. HULL & C0., Don MacKay Boulevard Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Attorneys for the Petitioners Dundas Town Committe e 13 March 03 This was Dundas Towns first meeting since November which had a quorum. Monthly meetings were attempted in December and January but a quorum was not present. The February meeting had a quorum but the chairman adjourned the meeting as the Administrator added budget to the agenda without the chairmans approval. Before starting this meeting, Chairman Cay Mills thanked two of his supporters, Deputy Chairman Faron Newbold and Committee member Carl Archer for supporting him in his hour of bereavement. This was in response to the November meeting when the Committee gave him a vote of no confidence vote asking for his resignation. On the onset of this March 13 meeting, minutes from December 10 were read. Administrator Williams noted that these were not minutes as that was not an official meeting but nevertheless it was a good recording of the comments made then. The December meeting was attended by the public and without a quorum was conducted on the format of an open town meeting. The minutes of the November 19 meeting were then read as that was the last official meeting. It was during that meeting that the report on the expenses made to Ocean View Park were presented which indicated a lack of communication between the Chairman and the Committee members. Following that report in November a vote of no confidence in the Chairman was taken and accepted by a majority of the Committee. At that time, the Chairman Mills adjourned the meeting and has been unable to muster a quorum between November 19 and March 13. In response to matters arising from the minutes, the Administrator presented a letter received two days earlier from the Attorney Generals office confirming that a local government committee or council has the authority to elect their chairman or council representative and also the authority to remove that person either as chairman or council delegate. The Attorney Generals letter further stated that if the chairman refuses to resign, the Minister has the authority to dissolve the committee. After reading the letter and presenting a copy to Mr. Mills, the Administrator asked for Mr. Mills resignation. Mr. Mills did not accept this suggestion. The Administrator noted that the Deputy Chairman was present and could continue with the meeting. Mr. Mills adjourned the meeting with a statement that the Administrator would hear from his attorney. None of the items on the agenda was brought up for discussion when the meeting was abruptly adjourned. Central Abaco Council 18 March 03 Chief Councillor Mike Malone announced the resignation of Mr. Colyn Rees from the Licensing Board. No reason was given but it is believed it is due to frustrations over the lack of interest by Board members and the inability to form a quorum and hold meetings. Members for various boards were to be selected but this was deferred when several Councillors complained that they were unaware of this request and were not prepared with suitable nominees. Many Boards are either non-functional or marginal in their ability to form a quorum and meet. Administrator Williams asked Councillors to select members who had both an interest in serving as well as enough time to render their services. He pointed out that many persons express an interest but do not have the time to attend meetings or perform the other required duties of board members. A letter from Nassau required that local government budget submissions do not exceed last years budget. Councillors felt that a realistic budget should be submitted so Nassau knows local requirements even though they are not expecting any more funds than last year. Hotel Licensing 19 March 2003 Only three Board members came which did not constitute a quorum. The meeting was not held. Hope Town Council 20 March 2003 Mr. Walter Sweeting, Chief Councillor, brought members up to date on budget shortfalls and necessary town maintenance items. It was suggested that Hope Town and Guana ask their Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) to assume a heavier burden with town requirements including creative ways to finance these needs. Man-OWar has a town maintenance committee which raises money independently of local government although they work in conjunction with local government. One of the solutions to the money shortage in Man-O-War has been alleviated by the Town Maintenance Committee asking for donations from rental houses to assist with garbage collection. Private residences are provided with garbage collection but commercial establishments are not and must make their own provisions for trash removal. For purposes of garbage collection, rental houses are considered in Man-O-War to be commercial and therefore able to assist with the trash collection and other expenses. Mr. Sweeting suggested that Hope Town had the potential to raise $60,000 to $80,000 annually by this method for town projects. The Council office still needs a copier to replace the one destroyed in a power surge when the neutral wire to the meter opened giving everything in the building a 220-volt surge. Councillors agreed to hire a plumber to determine the problem with the public toilets in Hope Town. The mens side works but overflows in the womens side. Repair costs will not be known until the problem is identified. The public dock in Guana Cay is badly in need of repairs. It is apparently safe for light traffic but the stringers and cross bracing are rotten or broken. Temporary alternate landing sites for freight were discussed until repairs can be made. A Works engineer estimated that repairs may be $60,000. The last repairs were in 1997. Mr. Ross Thompson, Councillor from Hope Town, proposed that Hope Town traffic be severely restricted. He suggested that the roads be closed to all traffic as of April 30, 2003, by way of public notice. As of May 1, 2003, he wants only emergency and essential vehicles allowed in the town proper with some type of coded gate to give accessLocal Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 29

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April 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:$ 230,000.Elbow Cay "Tahiti North" 2.5 acre building site north of and adjoining Dorro's Cove 91' of Sea of Abaco frontage 1,200' depth...............................................# AB5065 $ 1,500,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area 1 Acre 140' x 300' Ocean Beach-front Building Site super views..................# AB5113 $ 275,000. Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre..........................# AB5090 from: $ 59,000. Green Turtle Cay -104' x 80' Building site.......................................................................................................................# 3619 $ 86,000. Green Turtle Cay Splendid hill-top one acre building 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 Treasure Cay. 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!" 03/15/03Derek 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 U.S. Embassy Provides Taxpayer AssistanceA representative from the United States Internal Revenue Service will visit Nassau to provide U.S. Federal Taxpayer Assistance at the following location and time:AMERICAN EMBASSY APRIL 7 10, 2003 9 a.m. Noon 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m.Appointments can be made by contacting the U.S. Embassy at telephone 242-322-1181, ext. 4584. Please bring all completed forms and doucments with you at time of interview. 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 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. 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 terminalto authorized vehicles. This would include the garbage truck, restaurants, tourist rental pick-ups, water delivery truck and food stores which use their vehicles for their business. He felt the town was losing its atmosphere, appeal and charm which would lead to economic erosion if not curtailed soon. Councillors agreed and will investigate various gates or methods to limit access. One method might be an automated swing gate using a card reader as used in parking lots. Authorized persons would be issued a card to activate the gate. Mr. Thompson asked that the police send an officer regularly to come on the first ferry and leave on the last ferry. He wanted a police presence for traffic and vehicle awareness and other infractions committed regularly on the island. Councillors agreed with the concept giving experiences from Guana and Man-O-War Cay in support. A letter will be written to the Police Department to this effect. He further suggested that the freight companies be asked to deliver freight closer to its final destination to avoid unnecessary truck traffic in town. He felt that all freight for the North End could be delivered to the public dock there.This was accepted and the freight boats and contractors will be asked to cooperate. This will relieve congestion on the two government docks in Hope Town harbour. Discussions will be held concerning the size and number of vehicles allowed on Elbow Cay. Mr. Thompson would like to see a moratorium on any more vehicles allowed on Elbow Cay. He felt that workmen can be dropped off at their respective docks and walk, if necessary. Administrator Williams asked that Council draw up regulations related to traffic, vehicle size and number for review, then to be submitted to Nassau for further review and acceptance. Bimini and Harbour Island have confronted similar problems with traffic and have imposed rules on size and number allowed. Mr. Mitchell Albury, a Committee member of the Marsh Harbour Town Committee, was sworn as a Councillor at the Council meeting on March 18. He is taking the place of Mr. Nicholas Albury, who died in an airplane crash in January. Local Government SouthFrom Page 4 and Run in Sandy Point. The run will be either 5 K or 2.5 K and will start at 10:30 a.m. There will be several age groups and each finisher will receive a BMMS T shirt, refreshments and a completion certificate. There will be first, second and third prizes in each age group and for the funniest costume for a runner and a walker and random drawings for prizes. The Sandy Point PTA will be selling food and drink until 5 p.m. as well as supervising music and games during the day. The BMMS Research Center will host an open house with video games and demonstrations throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey. Entry fee is $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults and children over the age of 12. Abaco InfoCruisers Net VHF Ch. 68 at 8:15 a.m. Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club VHF Ch. 78 at 8 a.m. Local Govt.From Page 28 It Pays to Advertise

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Page 30 The Abaconian April 1st, 2003Little Grand Cay, the cay on which the Grand Cay settlement is located, has very little buildable space left for the town to expand. The nearby larger cays, Big Grand Cay and Grand Cay are owned by the company that owns Walkers Cay severely limiting the community of Grand Cay. This home was recently built on the edge of a mangrove swamp. Note that the septic pipe disposal line flows directly into the mangroves.Grand Cay Has Problems, TooAnother house on Grand Cay is very primitive. Again, it was built right on the edge of the mangroves. WaterWater WaterWater Water MakersMakers MakersMakers MakersWell Done carries a complete line ofReverse Osmosis Desalinators. Sizes start at 100 GPD to 20,000 GPD .We can install, service and maintain all of the equipment we sell and drill the neccessary water and drain wells to supply the units. Water Well Water Well Water Well Water Well Water Well ServicesServices ServicesServices ServicesProfessionally drilled water and drain wells. Serving all of Abaco including: Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, ManOWar Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour. We case all of our wells down to the water and use professional well screen at the pump levels. Get your well done today to supply your water maker or your home or business.Call us today 242-367-4841 242-367-4842 Call us today 242-367-4842 242-367-4841We also sell, service and install water makersBy Portia Jonsson Cedar Harbour residents are busy preparing for their 2nd Annual Homecoming Festival scheduled for April 18th-21st. The opening ceremony will take place on April 18th together with the Little Miss Cedar Harbour Pageant and Talent Show at the Cedar Harbour Community Park. A cultural show featuring the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band will be held on Saturday night. A church service beginning 11 a.m. is scheduled for Sunday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church to be followed by an evening gospel concert. The festival will culminate with a beach picnic planned for Easter Monday. In addition, there will be the usual basketball and volleyball games, lots of food and drink, music, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids and lots more. The public is invited is come out and join in the festivities and make this homecoming one to remember for a long time.Cedar Harbour Plans Home Coming Brent Cartwright coldbank@abacoinet.com Mailin Sands msands@abacoinet.com LIGHTBOURN REALTYOffice# (242) 367-2992 Fax# (242) 367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Gr een T ur tle Cay Of ficeChris Farrington Agent Office# (242) 365-4695 Fax# (242) 365-4697 Email: chris.f@batelnet.bsCasaurina Point #1392 -BONEFISHERMANS HEAVEN Best flats 5 minutes away from this 3/1 home on large landscaped lot with boat house, seawalled and dock. Major reduction $299,000Great Guana Cay #1221 MOTIVATED SELLER Vacant property running 100 on this gorgeous beach by 700. Perfect for building your dream island home. #349,000#1222 2/1 house on this magnificant beach. Gazebo, and breathtaking views make this a perfect vacation home. Great for rentals! $549,000Lubbers #0304 GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY Lot 139, commercial lot suitable for small marina, grocery store, boat storage and more. Call for more information.#0306 3/2 home with ocean views and only minutes away from a beach. Complete with generator, cistern, tool room and lots of storage. Lovely landscaped grounds. $375,000 New! Two affordable lots Coco Bay Area, 2 minutes to beach $30,000 each New! Nice Neighbourhood-building lot, walking distance to the beach, park and public dock $35,000 Beachfront 100 frontage by 800 + deep located on Long Bay Beach. $365,000 Waterfront Home 4/4 home with swimming pool and guest cottage. Beautiful views, mature landscaped grounds. Offered at $710,000 Black Sound Harbour side lots near settlement. 1 acre plus 100 on the water. $305,000 MAKING REAL ESTATE REALEASY.TMGuana Cay Vacant lot running 70 on a lovely beach. $240,000 Marsh Harbour Two, 2/1 apartments with 1/1 efficiency in the rear. Conveniently located in Cove Estates. $228,000 NEW! Yellowwood Vacant lot, 20,850 sq. ft. in growing area. Not many lots still available. Dont miss this opportunity. Call today! Rental! Unit available in Regattas of Abaco! Contact us for further information. Bahama Palm Shores Vacant Property starting at $15,000. Man-O-War 2/1 cottage in town close walking distance to beaches and conveniences. Perfect for a vacation cottage. $159,000www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Subscribe toThe AbaconianToday

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April 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 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 $530,000The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 03/15/03 Bahama Palm Shores Elegant 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,000 sq.ft. home 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage on double lot over 2/3 acre Near beach beautifully furnished ...................................................# AB87 -$430,000 Bahama Palm Shores Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,300 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on almost 1/2 acre lot. One Block from beach, two minute walk..................................# AB76 -$275,000Elbow Cay North End "Silver Butte" 2 bedroom 2 bath Beach House almost 1/2 Acre, 130' of Beach-front on beautiful Atlantic Ocean beach. Superb Ocean Views Furnished......# AB70 -$ 938.000Elbow 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 studio, 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 $585,000Marsh 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 3/4 acre. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathsNew 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 2,500 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 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 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 Godfrey Fox lost his life in the early morning hours of March 21, 2003. This was the first traffic fatality for Abaco this year. He was in his Toyota Corolla traveling west on Forest Drive when his car left the road, snapped a telephone pole, ripped out a chainlink fence, then landed upside down with both rear wheels torn off. His body was found a few feet to the side of the car. It was speculated that Mr. Fox remained in the car until it stopped, then crawled out only to succumb to his injuries. Speed would appear to be a factor considering to the damage evident to the car, fencing and telephone pole. The accident occurred just west of the curve to the entrance to Central Pines Estates on Forest Drive.Abaco Suffers First Traffic Fatality of 2003 Treasure Cay Held Yard SaleOn March 8 Treasure Cay held its annual yard sale. Anyone can participate and this year there were many who took advantage to clean out their houses. It is primarily a fund raising event for the Treasure Cay Library. All proceeds of donated items benefit the library. Along with donated items, they have a major book sale. Treasure Cay has the best library on Abaco but it requires much effort and work to maintain it.

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Page 32 The Abaconian April 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 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 Marsh Harbour, East Bay Street. Office/store available. Also 1/2 office available. Call 3672922 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 242-367-3677Marsh Harbour 2 bed/2 bath duplex apt. fully furnished. Call 357-6947 Marsh Harbour one bedroom apt., fully furnished, central A/C, w/dryer. $600 per month Call 367-3190 Marsh Harbour, Little Orchard, one bedroom apt. fully furnished. Asking $500 monthly. 3672373. Leave message COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENTCentral Abaco 2 bed/1 bath, 1 bed/1 bath, new, fully furnished, central A/C, cable hook-up, only serious apply. Call 367-3720 leave message. Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale pools, docks, reunions, special occasions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways. 242-3660224 Fax: 242-366-0434 Little Harbour. Great ocean view, furnished 2 bed with A/C, 2 baths, sun deck, screened porch, w/all amenities. Rent $850/wk. Long term rental available. Sell for $250,000 Call 242-366-3515 or 850-230-8212 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS 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 www.abacos.com rentals real estate activities information cost-effective-ads Tel: 321-254-4901 Fax: 321-242-1356 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSTouch of the Tropics house rentals Call 3672922 for information on a home for your next vacation.By Portia Jonsson In 1999 Ms. Bertha McPhee was sent to Abaco to set up and head the Department of Environmental Health. The Department faced numerous challenges implementing guidelines, rules and regulations because of the way environmental issues had been carried out for many, many years before on Abaco. Over the years improvements and changes have been made by the Department but there is still a lot of work to be done by the community. I met with Ms. McPhee at her office on March 4th to discuss the role of the Department of Environmental Health and the problems it faces in Abaco. Before beginning our discussion, Ms. McPhee wanted to respond to a letter written to the editor of The Abaconian by A Concerned Citizen in the March 1st, 2003 issue with reference to the Department of Environmental Healths responsibility for removing abandoned cars. Ms. McPhee stated that the Environmental Health Department is not responsible for the removal of abandoned or derelict vehicles. The Derelict Motor Vehicle Disposal Act gives the director the power to serve notice on the derelict vehicle for removal within 14 days. During the 14-day period the Department tries to locate the owner of the derelict vehicle. If the owner is not located within that time, then the vehicle is impounded and taken to an area where it is kept for an additional 21 days. If nobody claims the vehicle after this period, then it is disposed of. In the event the owner is found, then the government has the right to charge the owner for expenses incurred in disposing of the vehicle. The Government has put in place a Derelict Vehicle Program in Nassau due to the large number of derelict vehicles there, but this program has not yet been extended to any of the other islands. The responsibilities of the Department of Environmental Health cover many areas that affect the public. The monitoring of consumer products deals with imported bottled water, locally produced water, locally produced drinks and piped water. Samples of the above are taken from each district including Central Abaco, North Abaco and South Abaco once a month and sent to the Environmental Risk Lab in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Chemical and bacteriological tests are carried out on the water and chemical, bacteriological, yeast and mold tests are carried out on the drinks. Building control reviews all building applications for construction on Abaco from Walkers Cay to Moores Island. Residential applications are checked for correct room size and ventilation. The minimum room size for a three bedroom house is eight feet by 10 feet and the minimum room size for a two bedroom house is 10 feet by 10 feet. In Nassau and Grand Bahama electricity will not be turned on unless the owner is in possession of an Occupancy Certificate. The Certificate must be signed by a licensed plumber and licensed electrician. Environmental Health is responsible to conducting inspections for all licensed premises i.e. restaurants, beauty salons, dry good stores, hotels, processing plants and fish houses. All establishments that process food for sale must be in possession of a Certificate of Sanitation. This certificate is issued if the requirements of the Department are met. A consumer has the right to ask to see the Certificate of Sanitation. Those persons operating without a Certificate of Sanitation are in violation of the law and can be taken to court and fined. Vendor approvals are made in collaboration with the Police Department. There are four types of vendors including seafood vendors i.e. sale of conch salad, itinerary vendors i.e. meals on wheels, temporary vendors i.e. cook-out and steak-out and school vendors. School vendor approvals are issued every school term. After a vendor makes a request for inspection, an inspection is carried out in the home where the food is being prepared and in the car where the food is being transported. A health certificate must be obtained from a government clinic and doctor, not a private doctor. Random checks are always carried out. After approval is given by the Department of Environmental Health, the vendor still needs to obtain a Peddlers/Vendors permit from the Police. A vendor approval just says that the vendor has met the requirements of Environmental Health. Officers carry out general sanitation inspections throughout each district on Abaco. A day or two is used to conduct yard to yard inspections to ensure that premises are not in violation of the law. Premises must to free of accumulating water, containers or pits which breed mosquitoes and no open cesspits. If a yard is found to be in an unsanitary state, then the owner will receive a verbal warning and/or written notice, depending on the severity of the condition, to be put right within 14 or 21 days. If the problem persists after the 14 or 21 day period, then a public health order will be served. This will be the first legal action taken against the owner of the premises. With the assistance of the Police, a summons can be served depending on the severity of the condition. Port health has a Vector Control Officer and Health Inspector collecting manifests from all international vessels bringing any food product being offered for sale into the country. All food products must be accompanied by the necessary certificates and papers. Vector Officers are also responsible for ensuring that all used products i.e. clothing, coming into the country are sprayed 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,Environmental Health Benefits EveryoneMs. Bertha McPhee Please see Health Page 33Environmental Health covers many areas that affect the public. It Pays toAdvertise

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April 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 Elbow Cay 3 bed / 3bath cottage on 1/3 acre, nicely landscaped, central A/C. $190,000 Call 366-0583 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 Hope Town Conch Crawl Cottage beautiful vacation home. Accommodates up to 14 people. Leave message at 242-367-4550 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. $1.6 M. On the internet at www.bahamasinvest.com or call 365-4271 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 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 Lynyard Cay water front, 2 acres w/cottage and tool room. 120 dock and 23 Seacraft w/200 HP Yamaha. $600,000 Call 366-3507 Marsh Harbour 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath home on Cove Estates, garage, efficiency on first level, furnished. Call 367-5586 Marsh Harbour Duplex 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Murphy Town lot by Parkers on the water, 100 x 100. Ocean view. $25,000 Call 3660583 Helping people find their Dream Spot since 1978. Beach Front, Hilltop, Acreage, Residential, Commercial & Investment Property. We also have rental property available.LOCATED ON STRATTON DRIVE IN MARSH HARBOUR P.O. BOX AB 20404 ABACO, BAHAMAS 242-367-2719 FAX 367-2359 Abaco Real Estate Agency Ltd 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 #70 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 Treasure Cay Vacant Land Multi-family 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 Block #167 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 Eco-Investment Preserve and protect our fragile environment. Defend our precious ecosystem with the sensitive and sustainable development of either of these two properties. One acre beach front property in conservation habitat. $117,900 One acre fronting safe guarded bird and fish sanctuary. $44,900 Rare Little Orchard Offering Safe, secure family-oriented neighbourhood. Great value, infrequent opportunity. The lucky new owner will enjoy peace and quiet, a large treed and fenced yard, a well built home and a wholesome environment. All this plus a rental apartment! $199,900 Will consider part trade for vacant residential lot or suitable smaller home. Beach Haven The ultimate beach house. Every room opens to white sand, ocean breezes, sunrise, sunsets, moonlight on the water. Tropical flowers, shells, beach glass, floats, sea fans . Paradise right off your own deck. $347,000 Boat Harbour, Guana Cay Drop anchor and come ashore for friendly, fun times. Lots of room for everyones boat, seven hilltop lots to choose from, bring the whole gang! Plenty of space to watch the sun come over the yardarm. $72,000 $90,000 Bahama Coral Island Still the best buy in a starter home site and so close to town! Tehse properties have elevation and an incredible view. Invest in your own future now! Only $8000 Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201before going into the local community. All vessels coming from Haiti which did not pass through Nassau are inspected by the Vector Officer to make sure it is not bringing in any larva. Vector control treats ponds or any standing water. Species identification on rodents and mosquitoes are done in addition to light trapping and ground fogging. The Department of Environmental Health is also carries out epidemiological inspections. If a person becomes ill after eating at a restaurant and it is reported to the Department, an investigation for food poisoning will be done. Ms. McPhee said the biggest problem the Department of Environmental Health faces on Abaco is the indiscriminate dumping and disposal of household and commercial waste. The Department is not pleased with the disposal of garbage by means of burning although this method has been used for many years throughout the Family Islands. The concern stems from the fact that the garbage is not being sorted. Used oil creates a problem. Ms. McPhee believes that people who generate oil should be responsible for its disposal. This should not be the responsibility of the government. She would like to see some sort of document given when people go into the dump site to say that the garbage has been disposed of properly. The community must continue to work hand and hand with the Department of Environmental Health in an effort to keep Abaco clean and beautiful so that our children and grandchildren may enjoy it for many more years to come. HealthFrom Page 32 Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Greater Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Touch of Class, Treasure Cay, 367-2536Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Mackerals Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach ResortStaff Expands as Duties Increase

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Page 34 The Abaconian April 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. Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale Apartments Ruffvale ApartmentsMARSH 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. Call for details 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 A/C 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 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 LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERS TERS TERS TERS TERS T rade Winds 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 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. 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. NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers Quarters Lubbers QuartersNEW LISTINGLUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERS -TERS TERS -TERS TERS Secluded waterfront house surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. This solar-powered home features 166 ft. waterfront, panoramic seaviews, 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. Internet Ref. See Page 3 for our Featured Properties 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 Fabric Store OpensBy Portia Jonsson Mrs. Kim Roberts is the owner and manager of Bahama Dawn Designs, a new fabric store located in the C&A Soft Drinks building next to the Marsh Harbour Community Library. Bahama Dawn Designs opened for business on March 12th and is well stocked with over 1000 bolts of fabric, sewing notions, quilt patterns and sewing and quilting books. There is a wide selection of Androsia fabric and custom made quilts from wall hangings to bed quilts. Gift items made by Bahama Dawn Designs such as ditty bags, backpacks, pillows, place mats and silk paintings are also available at Java Coffee Shop. Store hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. 5 p.m. by appointment only. Telephone number 3674648. CentralFrom Page 11 pete in the Couples Competition and placed first. This is the second time that they have won a championship in the United States. Arthur says he hopes to compete in more shows this year with the next one being in May or June. CaysFrom Page 7New Edition AvailableFourteenth annual edition includes updated color nautical charts, new color aerial photography and new progressive harbour entry photos to provide guidance for novice or experienced mariners and tourists.Available at most Abaco gift shops and marinasU.S. orders $19.95 plus $5 S & H Visa / Mastercard Call 386-423-7880 or Fax 386-423-7557 Web: www.wspress.com email: orders@wspress.comGuide to AbacoThe Cruising Bahamas2003 very afraid of The War and how it will affect Abaco and The Bahamas. This past few days people have asked me if my daughter will be coming home until after the war is over. Why? Yes, the United States is at war but the war is in the Middle East. The threat of terrorism is real in the U.S. but that does not put my daughter in any more danger than she has been since 9./11. What is of concern if the effect on tourism to Abaco as a result of the war. We all know that the price of gasoline has gone up ShermanFrom Page 9 and as a result the prices of food will also rise. Yes, the war is scary and I personally hope and pray it will be over soon. However, since 9/11 the world is not the same and never will be again. Being on guard is something we will have to live with until the day the Lord comes again.

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April 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 9.8 Mercury, long shaft, electric, sail boat model, in storage 10 years. Runs great. $500 Call 365-6433 tlbrabant@yahoo.com 17 Mako Good shape, 90 Yamaha, Bimini & dodger, GPS, VHF and DF. $10,000 Call 3656433. tlbrabant@yahoo.com 18 x 8 Panther Air Boat 97, with trailer, low hours, excellent cond. Ph 367-2672 22 Laravee 1996 w/ 130 Yamaha, Bimini top, new gauges, excellent condition. US $10,000 Call VHF 16 Snow Goose or 554-8465 23 Albury Brothers with 1999 200 HP Mercury. Call Don at 365-6086 from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 98 Ford Taurus Sta Wgn, special addition, leather interior, center console, alum. wheels, 24 valve engine, low mileage, like new. Call 365-8188 93 Toyota Camry. Call for price. Phone 3672326 days Jeep Wrangler, perfect condition, 30,000 miles. $12,000 Call 365-5153 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 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 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 WANTED 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 John Deere AMT 626, old, running, juryrigged. New muffler, fuel pump, fuel filter, rear bearings. $2200 Call Donna Kern 3673986 1 stand lathe with accessories. New motor, hardly ever used. $450. 1 table saw, quite old but in good, reliable condition. $100. Sold separately or buy as a set for $500. Call 357-6679 or 367-3020 for more details. EQUIPMENT FOR SALE ROCK & FILL 97 LTDSand Rock Quarry Cracker Dust Topsoil Tel: 242-367-3650 Fax: 242-367-2988 MERCHANDISE FOR SALEFly rod, 9 #8 Thomas & Thomas w Ross reel w/ acc, used once, cost $750. Best offer. 3656433. tlbrabant@yahoo.com PETS FOR SALEMiniature Pincher, female, 6 months. Serious inquiries only. Call 367-3202 days, 367-5413 nights 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 Fynes Pest ControlPhone 365-8409 Cell 359-6312 Stephen Fynes Professional ExterminatorPO Box AB22214 Treasure Cay www.Fynes@msn.com Vyronas Health & Variety StoreVitamins & Health FoodBooks on Health & Religion Toys One block West of traffic light in Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-3002 9 am-6 pm Mon -Sat REWARD OFFERED$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. BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE29 Phoenix, 1984, twin 170 HP Yanmar diesels. Contact 365-6006 day or 365-6140 nights. 30 2 Formula with 2 225 Yanmar diesel engines, excellent condition. Call Wallace 3656048 34 Mainship III, 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 42 Uniflight Sportsfisher Ol Smoothy twin diesel, 1 engine needs work, many extras. Located at Treasure Cay Marina L dock. $40,000 Call 365-8093 or 250-652-2478 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 44 Brewer drk green hull, electric winches & Hood Seafurl, fully equipped incl. ice maker, comb. washer/dryer, very well maintained and ready to sail and cruise any ocean. Currently at Man-O-War. $249,000 Call 365-6369 BOAT WANTED Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Open SundaysTropical Souvenirs Adolescents and adults may feel free to call or visit the Learning Resource Centre for any questions or concerns you may have on any of the Adolescent Health Issues. You may request workshops for your groups or organizations. Telephone numbers are 3675393 and 367-5394. Family LifeFrom Page 9 Summer is often a time of abandon for a lot of children. They are usually left to entertain themselves and often find trouble. This is the time when camps, sporting activities, camping and other such activities need to be organized to give youth outlets for their unspent or misspent energy. Most parents and others who could provide these services are working and often are unable to find the time to do some of these things so this is where church youth departments are very useful. Businesses could also be used to donate time and resources to these children as well as provide summer jobs and learning experiences. We have to realize how precious each of these children are. We cannot allow their lives to go to ruin and waste as we stand idly by. There are so many things out there just waiting to take advantage of them and lead them down the wrong paths. We need to guide and direct them in ways that will help them grow into brighter futures. Jesus warned in Matthew 18:6, But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. These children are precious in Gods eyes and should be in ours, too. RobertsFrom Page 9 AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

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