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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 10, MAY 15th, 2003 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction Tourism Minister Praises Abaco TourismWe Have the Secrets for Attracting VisitorsThe Rage Wins Prime Ministers CupThe Abaco Rage competed in the 50th Annual National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma, last month and won the Prime Ministers Cup on the first day of competition. On the second and third days bad luck gave them a blown out sail and opened a seam in the hull. Special thanks to Scott Patterson for such a dramatic photo. See story on page 2. By Jennifer Hudson Congratulations to Forest Heights Academy for their superb stage production of Annie the story of a little orphan who finds a new life with the billionaire Daddy Warbucks. Anyone who did not get to see this production with its spirited dancing, lively character acting and excellent singing missed a real treat. From the moment the rambunctious set of orphans entered the stage and Annie sang her very moving opening song Tomorrow it was obvious that this was going to be a first class production. Destiny Cornish in her sensitive portrayal of Annie, held the audience in her hand throughout the show. Tia Knowles deserves special mention for her remarkably mature performance as the evil Miss Hannigan as she was very convincing in this difficult role and had excellent stage presence. Josh Malone, with the help of some grey in his hair, did an admirableMusical Thrills AudiencesStudents of Forest Heights Academy performed the musical Annie to the delight of audiences on three nights. Between 800 to 900 persons attended the nightly productions. A separate matinee performance brought school children from several primary schools to enjoy it. The students did a superb job in their acting, dancing and singing. Shown here are a few of the leading characters, Miss Farrel, Mrs. Pugh, Annie and Daddy Warbucks. Please see Annie Page 17Min. Attends Benefit for HorsesThe Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, was on Abaco to attend a fund raising event at the Conch Crawl on May 10 to benefit the wild horses of North Abaco. He is shown here conversing with two ladies who are active in preserving the horses. They are, left to right, Ms. Kathleen Van Nimegen, Ms. Leddi Neophytou and Mr. Wilchcombe. The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, attended a fund raising reception at Conch Crawl to raise funds for the Wild Horses of Abaco organization. The government has allocated land for a preserve for the horses adjacent to the Bahama Star Farm in Norman Castle. There will be the expense to fence the land and construct a coral as well as providing medical services for the horses. While Mr. Wilchcombe was here, he spoke in appreciation of the efforts to save the 16 horses which are believed to be descendants of Barbary horses brought here by the Spanish. He praised the work that has been done so far, particularly the work of Mimi Rehor, who came here about 10 years as a boating tourist and became involved to save the small herd. Second home owners have been very supportive in raising funds and providing necessary medical aid for the horses. This is a unique situation and will be an added draw for tourists. Mr. Wilchcombe stated that Abaco is special, that the economy is strong. Much of this is due to a strong base of second home owners who truly love the island. This is shown by the high return rate of visitors to Abaco. He wants to see government do whatever is necessary to maintain this desirable situation. WilchcombeFrom Page 33

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Page 2 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh Harbour PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSNURSERNURSER NURSERNURSER NURSER YY YY Y Plants Gift Items Silk Flowers MON FRI 9 5 SAT 9 2 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour Baskets Pet Supplies Fish Garden Tools Fertilizers Soils & Mulch Brighten your home with our long lasting orchid flowers By Ron Pagliaro The 50th Annual National Family Island Regatta, held in Georgetown, Exuma, was attended by the Abaco Rage and crew from April 20 27, 2003. After suffering from light winds that threatened to cancel the Governor-Generals Cup on Tuesday, the breeze freshened nicely to 10 knots on Wednesday. This is ideal breeze for the Rage, said skipper Jeff Gale, who chose to sail with just 10 crew members and the largest sail, affectionately known as the Cloud for its immense 1,000 square foot size. The Bahamian racing sloops (or smack boats) are just 28 feet long and sport disproportionately tall masts and booms that enable them to carry absolutely immense mainsails. In order to keep these behemoths from capsizing, a skeleton crew of some 10 15 is required. Supported on long boards (pries) stretched to windward, the crew endeavors to hold the boat flat, pushing the fiveton vessels along at up to seven knots. Abaco Rage started in second position on the starting line, gained clear air off the start and outpaced the fleet to the first windward mark by just 15 seconds. Excellent tactics on the part of the skipper and outstanding boat handling by the crew steadily widened the margin throughout the duration of the fivemile race. She finished well ahead of the 15boat fleet. This was a momentous occasion for the crew; it marks the first victory for the Abaco Rage in the National Family Island Regatta since she took the National Championship two years running in 1983 and 1984. According to Chris Lightbourne of Hope Town, the most important contributing factors to the win were that the wind was in the boats favor, the anchor start was pulled off perfectly and in the end the tactics of the crew and skipper carried the race. The last three days of the regatta were a drama of epic proportion for the crew and gave credence to old time regatta lore Bad luck to the boat that wins the Prime Ministers Cup! These three races are sailed for points toward the national championship. Light winds plagued the first race of the series, and the Rage finished a respectable 6th of the 16 boat fleet. Another flawless anchor start on the second day of the series put the Rage in front of the fleet. Then, halfway through the first weather leg, while shaking out a reef, the clew (outboard corner) of the brand new mainsail POPPED! leaving the entire sail waving like a flag in the wind. Like a bird shot in the wing, the Abaco Rage lost her lift, tilted sickeningly to windward aided no doubt by the some 1200 pounds of bodies stretched across her pries! Into the drink they went! (Another first for the Abaco Rage! She had, until now, never lost a man overboard.) All I heard was POP! and felt the boat heel to windward not until I heard, Were OK, Were OK from behind me did I realize that we had lost men overboard, said skipper Jeff Gale confidingly after the race. Once everyone was present and accounted for on deck, the chase boat was called for with a spare mainsail, which was diligently hanked and hoisted. Drenched, but not daunted, the boys and girls from Abaco set off to make up the five minute deficit that shed tallied. Three windward legs and six miles later, the Rage managed to pass down three boats, finishing 10th for the day! During the first leg of the third race, a strange bend in the mast and a strange guttural sound for deep within her bowels foretold something was amiss with the Rage somewhere below decks. A glance in the hold told a grim tale for any vessel carrying three tons of lead in the bilge a leak! Water had piled to within an inch of the floor boards! I need t-shirts! cried Richard Cook, who discovered the origin of the leak a popped seam in the hull two feet below the waterline. With two crewmen below feverishly attempting a temporary patch and three seeing to expelling the excess water ballast, there was hardly enough crew on deck to round the first mark. Halfway through the second leg of the race the leak was under control. This down wind leg was uneventful until the mark rounding to head back unwind whereby, the elevated forces of the wind on the mast, reopened the seam in earnest, forcing the crew to a tough decision. That decision was to leave and race another day rather than risk further damage to the hull and safety of the crew. So ended the 50th Annual Family Islands Regatta for the Abaco Rage which will be ready to defend her title in the All Abaco Regatta this September. The Abaco Rage was built in the late 1970s on Man-O-War Cay. In her day her stripplanked hull design was considered radical and proved very fast. She is currently lying in Long Island undergoing repairs and awaiting that islands regatta in late May. The Abaco Rage crew would like to thank her sponsors, John Bull and Lighthouse Marina, for their continued support. Thanks also to all of those who help keep her continued tradition alive with special thanks to Captain Randy Zimmerman on M/V Nomad. For more information on how you can make a tax-deductible donation to keep traditional sailboat racing alive on Abaco, contact Island Marine at 367-0280. The crew of the Abaco Rage showed great skill at the recent 50th Annual National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma. Problems plagued them but they are ready for the next regatta. They will take on all competition later this month in Long Island.Blown Sail and Leak Hold The Rage Back

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May 15th, 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 acreSchooner Bay Beach 1 acre parcelsSchooner Bay Beach, 26 miles south of Marsh Harbour. Access road has been cut to the beach. B.E.C. elec. available soon. 1 acre beach front parcel $150,000 1 acre inland parcel (43,560 ft) $ 50,000Red 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 acreOpen to joint ventures. Other Properties Available. Phone:(242) 324-1476 Fax:(242) 324-2902Anco Lands Ltd.www.ancolands.com Chris Thompson Real Estate Family 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, BahamasContact Chris Thompson or Greg Roberts (242) 366-0216 phone (242) 366-0223 faxVisit our website for additional listings at www.elbow-cay.com Under Contract SeaWind Begins Scheduled ServiceThe SeaWind is now making regular trips three times weekly to Sandy Point from Nassau. Service began on May 5. The new luxury ferry boat is the third ferry to service the Family Islands from Nassau. The SeaWind made a trial run to Sandy Point on April 15, opening the boat for the public to view. The 260-foot boat can carry 300 passengers as well as vehicles and containers. For special occasions the boat can carry up to 600 passengers with no vehicles or freight. It will provide fast dependable service for freight as well as passengers and vehicles either in containers or on pallets. It cruises at 18 knots making the passage between Sandy Point and Nassau in about three to three and a half hours, depending on the seas. The comfortable boat offers movies, music and a snack bar. The schedule for the present is dependent on the tide as the boat draws six and a half feet. The schedule will change with every trip until a ramp is constructed adjacent to the public dock in Sandy Point. The company will then scrap the bottom to give more depth. Construction will begin when the company receives final approval from government. It is expected that the SeaWind will make a dramatic difference to the economy of Sandy Point. The company has been operating a ferry to Harbour Island, Eleuthera, for several years. That area of Eleuthera has seen a definite increase in business due to the service the ferry provides. The Bahamas Ferry company expects that most of their passengers but they are teaming up with a travel agency to provide package deals to encourage visitors to come to Abaco. The new ferry, the SeaWind, has begun regularly scheduled trips to Sandy Point from Nassau three times weekly. The ferry carries passengers as well as vehicles and freight. At present the schedule is dependent on the tide but the company expects to rectify that with a ramp and scraping the bottom to give them more depth for their six and a half foot draft.

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Page 4 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 Pole Line Drive, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2601/2 Fax: 242-367-2731 Open MondaySaturday from 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m .Time is money. And well save you both.Get everything you need for less. Choice meats, fresh produce, dairy products & frozen food & famous brand names. So save time & money make just one trip to Solomons and your shopping is done. Every day low prices. Savings guaranteed.

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5 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 South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderA Celebration of LifeNaomi Sands passed away in her home in Nassau on April 29th and was buried there at Ebenezer Cemetery beside her husband. Born Naomi Lowe in Green Turtle Cay on April 21, 1913, she moved to Cherokee as the wife of Burrell Sands where her two sisters also married Cherokee men. Burrell was a Cherokee Smack fisherman and a lay-preacher at the Methodist Church (both in Cherokee and Nassau for many years). At 90 years old, she had her little aches and pains, but she never complained and in the end I think she just wore out. She loved to reminisce about the past and was always smiling. They had resided in Nassau since her children got married but insisted on keeping her home in Cherokee until just a few years ago when it had to be torn down. Her husband predeceased her by several years, but she is survived by all five of her children, Thelma Pinder, Iva Pinder, Ivanhoe Sands and Percivil Sands residing in Nassau and Blanche Thompson living in Miami, Florida, as well as many great grandchildren, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was loved by all who knew her and she will be long remembered by her many friends in Cherokee.Easter Passion PlayThe members of the Assemblies of God Church put on a Passion Play depicting the crucifixion and ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven. This old old story is recited in other towns and villages all around the world at Eastertime and Cherokee folks definitely felt the impact of the timehonored scenes while listening to the many glorious hymns. Everyone enjoyed the evening and it is hoped that this will become a new tradition and be repeated each year.Goodbye to an Old Friend and Hello to the New AdministratorMr. Benjamin Pinder finished his term as the Administrator for the South Abaco District on March 31, 2003. The people of Cherokee would like to say Goodbye and wish him well as he returns to the fishing business. Always pleasant and friendly, Mr. Pinder served us well during the many years as our Administrator and he will certainly be missed. Mr. Jolton Johnson, the new Administrator for South Abaco, plans a walk-about around town on May 1 to familiarize himself with the area and its residents. This will also give the people of Cherokee an opportunity to meet him personally and at the same time welcome him into his new job.New Youth Group LeaderEpworth Methodist Chapel welcomes Garret Kemble, a new youth group leader visiting from Florida who will be coming to work with the youth of Abaco. He will assist Rev. Carla Culmer with the Kids Korner twice a month and work with Maria Bethel to organize sports functions and cookouts with the teens and young adults every Monday evening.Before The AbaconianDiscovered by accident and stuck away where it was sure not to be found, a long forgotten copy of The Cherokee News Sheet released on Easter 1963 turned up. This is just one more part of our history and another item of interest that could be included in a display at the Old Schoolhouse. Filled with some interesting and humorous facts, the News Sheet gives us a little glimpse into life in Cherokee during 1963 and lists some general news, reports accidents, lists visitors, fishing news and an archeological expedition to a cave down the shore found by Mr. Librey Albury. It tells about two large Smacks being built, gives an obituary, Please see South Page 28 Nothing is official at this stage, but we understand that Cherokee may once again have a Government Nurse visiting our settlement on a regular basis. It has been well over fifteen years since the last one made regular calls into Cherokee, which we have sorely missed. This is extrememly good news for all our senior citizens, many who do not have a way or means of traveling into Marsh Harbour for routine health needs and a nice surprise for the rest of Cherokee residents as well. One thing for sure, the Ministry of Health has its work cut out in repairing the old Clinic. But that is good news too, because the building is so delapidated and certainly needs renovating. Is this a happy fisherman or what? Dr. Joseph Calderone, a second homeowner and a long time visitor to Cherokee Sound, couldnt be happier after he caught this 50-pound Bull Dolphin (or Dorado) while fishing on April 30th, even after they busted their gaff hauling him into the boat. But a little of the credit has to go to Captain Doug Sands, who knew where the big fish were biting. Congratulations to a great fishing team.

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Page 6 The Abaconian May 15th, 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 RENTALRENTAL RENTALRENTAL RENTAL 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 Hope TownStreet Signs Needed UpgradingBy Dan McCully Most signs that are put up usually mean You cant do this! or You must do this! Last month the Hopetown Elbow Cay Association decided it was time to replace the street signs that were all blown down by Hurricane Floyd. Mike Powers volunteered to be Chairman of the project. He and his wife Joyce live on their boat six months a year at Hideaways Marina. Mikes crew collected driftwood, routed out the signs, Joyce painted all 28 of them and they were installed. This was all completed in only 10 days. Perry Petry, who is an artist woodcarver, let them use his shop and tools, John Prentice from England routed all the signs. Harold Malone, who runs Cats Paw Boat Rental, George Halloway, Bruce Wolck all helped to secure signs at the correct locations. Harold Malone has volunteered to check on any signs needing attention. The Hopetown Elbow Cay Association was started in 1989 by a group of concerned business people to help keep Elbow Cay the place to be! Working with other organizations and the Town Council, they are dedicated to help where they can on clean up projects, beautification and landscaping. The Association organizes and funds Junkanoo and the popular Christmas Caroling. It is corny but true many hands make light work!Mixed Emotions on the Closing of the Hope Town GateBy Jennifer Hudson In recent years traffic has become a real problem on the narrow streets of Hope Town These thoroughfares which were once quiet and quaint were becoming noisy and somewhat dangerous with large trucks rumbling through on a regular basis and cars and motorbikes causing people to have to step to the side on these small, winding roads. Complaints were being received from tourists that the lovely town they had been visiting for years for rest and relaxation was no longer offering that peace and serenity and many local residents felt the same way. This is obviously of great concern for the residents as Hope Town is probably the most visited area of Abaco and the quaintness must be preserved in order to keep the tourist dollar coming. In the days when the roads were built nobody dreamed that one day there would be motor vehicles on Elbow Cay and consequently there is no room for both automobiles and pedestrians on these very narrow roads. In order to try and alleviate this problem a decision was made by the Hope Town District Council to close the main road gate on a 24 hour basis to restrict traffic north of the Methodist Church. This gate has recently been kept locked between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. and, in fact, its closing during the day is not entirely new as before Hurricane Floyd it was locked during the day also. After Hurricane Floyd when people needed to have free access for the rebuilding of their homes, the rule was relaxed and remained News of the CaysNew street signs were needed in Hope Town to replace signs blown down by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The Hopetown Elbow Cay Association undertook the job to make artistic ones from driftwood, routing out names and painting them. Shown above are the persons who did much of the work. They are, left to right, Harold Malone, Mike Powers, John Prentice and George Halloway installing the signs. Please see Cays Page 7

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for information 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 Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INN ABACO INN ABACO INN ABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFine dinning w ith 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) 366-0113so until earlier this month. Since May 2nd, 2003, the gate has remained locked on a twenty-four hour basis but the Council firmly states that it is certainly not going to deprive anyone of his or her livelihood. Any person who feels that he or she has a legitimate reason to drive a vehicle north of the Methodist Church is asked to fill out an application form. If it is felt that there is a legitimate need, they will then be issued with a key by members of the Council. Keys have already been issued to the Fire Department, BEC, Batelco, Cable Bahamas, invalids and garbage and delivery trucks. Mr. Jeff Key, Deputy Chief Councillor, is of the opinion that, although there are mixed emotions about the change, the majority of people are for it and some of the residents who were originally against the idea have now developed a more positive attitude towards it. There is now far less traffic in town, he says, as even though a number of people have keys in order to be able to carry out their necessary business, many of them have cut down considerably the number of trips they make as it is a lot more trouble now to get out, unlock the gate, then lock it back. Whilst residents see the need to preserve the unspoilt atmosphere of their town, there are still those who have some concerns. One resident said that since it is a government road, it is actually unconstitutional to close it. Another says she feels that all issues were not properly thought through and that the community in general should have been given the opportunity to discuss alternative ways to overcome the problem. There are some children who, on a rainy day, are unable to get to school without becoming soaking wet because, since they live north of the church and their parents are now unable to drive them to school, they must walk through the rain. Another concern is that on days when freight comes in, the new restrictions are causing a backup of traffic trying to get to the government dock. Council members are very aware of the publics concerns and to this end a community meeting has been planned for May 17th when a delegation from Nassau headed by Mrs. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Transport, will visit Hope Town to address these issues.Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament 2003By Karen Huff-Lowe The Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament was another success for the year 2003. This tournament encourages fishing enthusiasts of all ages to compete in this fun-filled event. We welcomed 43 anglers this year and were most pleased that 14 junior anglers participated. The awards banquet was held on April 18 at Abaco Inn. Mr. Don Cornish from the Ministry of Tourism welcomed the anglers to the banquet and expressed appreciation for the annual event during his speech. The following anglers received awards: Junior/Junior (12 and under) Boys: 1st place Stony Lowe 2nd place Eli Lowe 3rd place Stephen Malone Junior/Junior (12 and under) Girls: 1st place Kayla Magee 2nd place Shannon Thompson More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 0 Junior Division (16 and under) Boys: 1st place Sydney Roberts Jr. 2nd place E.J. Whan Junior Division (16 and under)Girls: 1st place tie Ashley Knowles and Jade Thompson Mens Division 8# line11 lb. Cuda Ray Wong 12# line9 lb. Mutton Snapper Ray Wong 20# line35 lb. Kingfish Roscoe Thompson III 30# line29 lb. Dolphin Bret Osborn 50# line68 lb. Yellowfin Tuna Syd Roberts 8# line75 lb. Sailfish Roscoe Thompson III 130# line30 lb. Dolphin Stu Tenney Wire Line 21 lb. Dolphin Rafel Roca Hand Line 19 lb. Cuda Roscoe Thompson III Shark 170 lb. Reef Shark Roscoe Thompson III Marlin 350 lb. Blue Roscoe Thompson III Sailfish80lb. Sail Capt. Bob Sheffield Bonefish 4lb. bone Ray Wong Womens Division 30# line14.5 lb. Dolphin Brenda Bethel 50# line25 lb. Dolphin Beth Sweeting Bonefish 4.5 lb. Bone Karen Huff-Lowe Ratio Trophy (Sponsored by Abaco Insurance) Roscoe Thompson III Kelly Vernis Memorial Trophy 8# test 4.5lb bone Karen Huff-Lowe Best Boat Trophy 7 trophies Capn Rick Roscoe Thompson III Following the awards presentation, the Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament Committee made several financial contributions to the community. Linda Knowles accepted on behalf of the Hope Town Community Pool, Janie Thompson accepted on behalf of Abaco Animals and Lyn Major received a gift for the Every Child Counts program.

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Page 8 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 The Editor Says . Our Expanding Art ImageAll About TownThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Richard Fawkes, Karen Huff-Lowe, Dan McCully, Ann McFaden, Ron Pagliaro, Lee Pinder, Timothy Roberts Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Generally Speaking . .A Look InsideDavid RalphBy S. Timothy Roberts Internal Preparation We find it easy when things begin to press us, when the squeeze is felt, to blame the circumstances or problems around us when, however, we ought to look inside. With the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) nearing its concluding negotiations on the final contract that will govern this agreement between nations, the business community in The Bahamas needs to focus internally. Rather than focus on the externals, whether it be U.S. companies opening here or the influx of investors creating new interests through new or different business ventures, we need to be focused on ourselves. In an interview with The Tribune, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerces newly appointed Executive Director, Philip Simon, said that companies should focus on ensuring their own systems and products are up to standard with international competitors, rather than worrying about the content of such agreements. The philosophy is terribly simple. If we maintain a high standard of services and products, we have little to worry about in the face of competition. Whether it is a business directly linked to the tourism industry or if its a mom and pop store or a hardware or supermarket, offering high quality service should be our priority. Labour Pains With the FTAA also comes the fear of free movement of labour. However, as it is with most issues concerning the FTAAs agreement, it remains at best unclear whether the Free Trade would include the labour force. There is, I believe, more to fear from the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) group in this respect than from the FTAA. And, of course, this is one of the most sensitive issues that Bahamians face in relation to these possible agreements. We have little to fear, however, if we are indeed as capable as I think we are (or can be). This problem should not worry us in the least. But, if you are a lazy worker and give lousy service to your employer, are not interested in upgrading your skills and making yourself more proficient and thus more useful to your company, then you have need to worry because whether we have a free trade agreement or not, your job is in jeopardy. We need not fear change but embrace it and use it as a means for improving our individual worth in the business community as well as making us feel better about ourselves and our own abilities. As we face changes such as the FTAA and CSME, and whatever else may lie ahead, let us encourage each other to strive for excellence and we will have nothing to worry about. In fact, as a nation that prides itself on the service industry, why dont we set the standard for the rest of the world to follow? By Isobel ShermanTravelMany Abaconians spent their Easter Holiday traveling. The Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn, also known as Abaco Inn, was the home to many Abaconians over the long weekend. I traveled to spend the holiday with my daughter and to attend church services there. What was a surprise was the fact that all of the malls, stores including food stores were closed Easter Sunday. The only two exceptions were K Mart and Wal-Mart. It was a delightful surprise that on one of the most Holy Day in Christianity persons flocked to churches instead of malls.Home for the SummerCollege students from Abaco began coming home for the summer two weeks ago. Most are returning home exhausted from final examinations and from putting their things in storage for the summer. They also returned hungry for good Bahamian food. Many of these students will be looking for summer employment so they can save money for their return to school the end of August. Welcome home, students, and enjoy your summer.What Is the Matter?I have spent the past few weeks extremely agitated, annoyed and perplexed over what is the matter with some of our young people and their attitude towards school work, examinations and life in general. I have been teaching in the Bahamas 23 years this September and never have I had such a hard time in trying to get students to complete course work as I have had this year. Some of the frustration began in December when I found out that out of 18 grade 9 students, only eight had signed up for the exam. It is sad to know I am not the only teacher in the only school with this problem. Unfortunately, many of our youth today simply want to do as little as possible in school and maybe in life, and persons are suppose to serve them. I call it instant gratification without any selfeffort. I dont know the remedy except in the long run hopefully the School of Hard Knocks will educate these young people who seem to think fun is the most important thing in life, and blaming others for their mistakes is the thing to do. Parents must remember that their children belong to God and He has only lent them to us to raise in the best way we possibly can. That is not by giving them expensive clothes and toys and everything their hearts desire but it is instilling in them values, principles to live by and the ethic of hard work and the importance of getting a good education. All of that begins at home when the child is two, not when the child is 13. If this attitude is allowed to continue with our youth, what will be the future of our country and the world? At different times we have highlighted various aspects of Abacos economic success. It is not due to a single factor but many different and diverse items. Some of the obvious are the 100 mile protected Abaco Sound the photogenic Elbow Cay Light Station quaint historic off-shore settlements a large inventory of rental houses small enticing hotels, inns and lodges The business and residential communities have grown in concert with each other without obvious strain to either. As the area grows, local people and newcomers see opportunities to be exploited. New businesses must gauge the anticipated volume passing through their doors and plan accordingly. As the area grows, so does the volume of people attracted to many of our niche businesses. One of the attractions our visitors enjoy is our variety of gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios and the like that showcase local art. This presentation is much broader than just paintings but includes sculpture, pottery, fabric, wood craft and art created from the bounty of Mother Nature which is deposited by the sea on our shores. It is not a market dominated by one shop, one type of shop, chain, artist or town. Many restaurants use local art as their decor. The art market is fickle with a great variety of art needed to satisfy the whims of the purchasing public. Art scorned by one is often the prize found by another. It takes a huge variety to attract a steady clientele. No one shop on Abaco has the needed variety. However, collectively the different shops, boutiques and artists with their multitude of styles, media and offerings can satisfy many people. Visitors to the area as well as our residents can be found wandering in and out of the different outlets looking for the right or unique item. As the selection of art offerings grows with the increase in people, our area image is beginning to assume an art colony atmosphere. This artsy image that develops over time cannot be bought or contrived but is gradually earned. Atlantis and Disney can create a captive atmosphere but they cannot create the authentic quaint atmosphere our area is known for. Several places Stateside have cultivated this image developed over time. Several U. S. locations that are known for their art, craft work, image and attractive lifestyle are Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket Gatlinburg, Tennessee Jackson Hole, Wyoming San Fransisco with its extensive Pier 39 Elements of these locations have an appeal similar to this area although each comes with its own flavor. As we continue to grow, more artisans will supply our existing shops and new boutiques and outlets will spring up with different offerings. The collective image generated by these shops helps set the Abaco atmosphere which is so elusive to define and duplicate. Not all the art is in easy-to-find boutiques. The Johnston Studio in Little Harbour has a fascinating gallery of locally produced art in bronze, oils, ceramics and other media. It is a worthwhile experience to see the artists at work shaping the sculpture models, then following though with the molten bronze in the foundry. Far to the north in Green Turtle Cay is the studio of renowned artist Alton Lowe with his well known, high-end gallery. In between these is a multitude of talented artists and craftsmen offering their art and crafts either on their own or through a local shop. A little known benefit is the number of houses in the area adorned with art commissioned specifically for the owner after viewing the artists work at one of the local art shows. This commissioned art is extensive and is on display in homes and public places around the world. It is amazing to be a visitor somewhere far away and identify a fellow Abaconian or Abaco visitor by the Pete Johnston belt buckle he is wearing or the Sail Shop bag being carried. Beyond the traditional art and craft offerings are cultural events or localized talent on display. The boatyards in Man-O-War are not often thought of as an art form but watch the craftsmen go through their paces and you will change your mind. Shops there display woodwork with the pieces coming from the workshop just behind the boutique. The Sail Shop is another art form that started small and is now an integral part of the Abaco culture. Several annual art shows bring artists together in an extravaganza of talent. These shows are anticipated and allow visitors and Bahamians alike to enjoy the varied presentations. Abaco is developing performing art forms, both local traditions and newer forms. The Green Turtle Cay Junkanoo Parade held over the Christmas holidays began over 50 years ago as a local bunce man being paraded through town begging alms for local causes. The daytime event now draws between 1,000 and 2,000 spectators. Man-O-War has an annual Flea Market that is burgeoning beyond the tables of castoff boat and home goodies. Hope Town has its Heritage Day which is a cultural production based on its rich history. Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay both have their town museums hosted and maintained privately by interested residents. Other towns show signs of following this path. Other art forms are evident in several towns. The Green Turtle Cay Cultural Society sponsors one or more cultural events each year. These have included concerts, dancers and other productions. The Hope Town community stages a Christmas play which has a three or four month lead and involves a substantial segment of the native and non-native residents. Marsh Harbours Forest Heights Academy just concluded a three-night stand of the Broadway musical Annie that drew a paying audience of between 800 and 900 patrons. It was three wonderful evenings for Marsh Harbour. Hope Town recently had one of the top U. S. pastry chefs as a hotel guest. An afternoon demonstration on using chocolete was arranged and the 40 50 guests returned home with a new understanding of chocolate in various forms. This may be a non-conventional form of art but it all contributes to the ambiance which our visitors find appealing. Abaco is showing signs that culture, heritage and art are to be cultivated and enjoyed. Local art, craftsmen and culture are all part of our make-up, and it can only get better and richer. Our visitors understand this concept and it is beginning to rub off on us.

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$45 Canada Airmail US$55 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Nov 98 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Weekly Government Employees Need HelpDear Editor, The weekly paid employees of the government are faced with lots of problems. At this stage of the game job security means a hell of a lot to the lives of these people. These people arent really recognized by the authorities; they just work and work without any security. One point thats mind bothering to me is the fact that some of these workers are closing in on the age of 60 and some more and soon will be faced with having to retire because of their ages. The persons will just leave their jobs without a gratuity or pension and some of them may have not been able to save much because of how expensive things are here. I know the government may not be able to establish all of them but I feel a system could be put in place to offer them something for those many years of service. Some of these same employees havent received the $1200 that many of us got sometime back. And from what I gathered, the ones I am thinking about were qualified for the monies. I can speak about that because I had problems collecting my own because of being a weekly paid employee at the time. But I say thank you to all parties involved in making sure that I became a pensionable employee of the government. I am able to say that I got it all. But what about those persons that didnt get it who should have? Some of them have large families and we know every little helps to make their tough lives comfortable. Those janitors, postal workers, road traffic employees, handy-men, local government office staff need their immediate supervisors to push more with regards to this problem. I guarantee if staff do their part and their supervisors to their part, then the government would do its part. Wayne D. Bastian Chief Shop Steward BPSU Abaco BranchSponsor Me, PleaseDear Editor, I have a confession to make. It seems that in my haste to grow up, I made a very serious mistake. First, I picked the wrong parents because they had the audacity to insist that I worked for anything I wanted. As if that was not traumatic enough, I picked the wrong teachers. They would only give me an education. If we wanted new softball bats or a school trip, we had to sell cookies and cake and ice cream and clean cars and weed the yard to get our money. I must admit that people seemed a little more generous as they could see we wanted something enough to work for it. And somehow we enjoyed softball and school trips even more. I now realise how mistreated we were. We now have an advanced and proud society that sees nothing wrong with teaching our children (and some adults) to wander the streets and beg (Sponsor me, please), many times with hand written papers and sometimes with doubtful purposes. Sometimes the children roam in packs of five to 10 which tends to get expensive for the surprised tourists or the unsuspecting business. We are being successful in teaching the concept of something for nothing or easy-come, easy-go laws. There are some sincere individuals with worthy causes and they have my support and encouragement. For example, a young man selling newspapers. Ive noticed many people buying a second paper and also tipping him. Im sure his working experience will greatly benefit him later. There was also another young man that was honest enough (when asked what I was sponsoring him for) to tell me that he needed to go to Cuba for treatment. Then I realised that I, too, needed to go to Cuba for treatment and anyone wishing to sponsor me can make regular monthly payments to my account at the Royal Bank of Canada. My number is not needed as any of their employees will know and vouch for the fact that my account is in need of funds after sponsoring so many others. DaleCorrect the Facts About Floating DocksDear Sir, In the April 15th edition of The Abaconian there was a report on page 6 about the donation by Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club (RMHYC) for a floating dock for public use at the Union Jack town dock. In the same article there was mention of other similar projects in which the yacht club has been involved. Unfortunately, there was some error in the description of those projects and it appears to be a source of concern to a few people in the community. I would like to set the record straight. RMHYC was only involved in the construction of Kenny Longs dock to a minor degree. He and friends had the dock pretty much complete when the yacht club volunteers arrived to help nail the last of the boards in place and assist in launching it. Our involvement was in provision of funds for some of the materials to the extent of $500 in year 2000 and towards dock lights $200 and repairs $100 in 2001. These details are from the yacht clubs financial records. The second project mentioned in the article was at the Marsh Harbour Marina. This should have read Conch Inn Marina where the dinghy dock was damaged during Hurricane Floyd. Moorings Management gave permission to repair it in 2001 and a team of yacht club volunteers hauled it onto the beach, fitted new floatation and returned it to service. The cost of that repair was $680. To complete the picture, the cost of the materials for the newest floating dock, now at the Union Jack location, was $2,683. John Mitchell, Vice Commodore Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht ClubIn reference to the April 15th, 2003, Abaconian EditionTake the Dumpster To all that like to read and criticize. In reference to the publicity by the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club claim that they, the yacht club, built the two existing dinghy docks stationed at Longs Landing, they must have done too much partying that day. So I would like to get it straight. The first dinghy dock was built by Stephan Hall, the brother of Fire Chief John Hall, and the building was also assisted by Kenny Long at their own expenses and costs. The Floating Dock was such an success at no cost to our visitors that the Yacht Club donated a $500 dollar check towards constructing the second floating dock. Stephan and myself with numerous boater volunteers built the second floating dingy dock. The Ministry of Tourism moved the garbage container from the Union Jack to Longs Landing. I personally had the displeasure of removing used oil and debris from the surrounding garbage container stationed at Longs Landing. I wonder now if the Yacht Club is going to maintain the Union Jack dock and take the credit for all the clean up of the area including taking the batteries and oil away. Good luck to the bums and thieves and welcome to everythings free. Sincerely yours, Kenny J. LongTrenches, Holes and the Littering Problem on AbacoDear Editor, The Department of Public Works cant understand why the various utility departments cant seem to fix the roads or verges back after putting pipes or wire down in roads. Most of the work is carried out without even contacting the Ministry of Works. This, I feel, is disgusting and needs to be addressed. I realize that our roads arent the best but every time the guys patch the road, someone digs it up again. Perhaps if the departments worked more closely with the hard working men of the Ministry of Works, more could be done. I also wish to advise those people who are moving on properties on Don MacKay Boulevard to prepare the entrance to their property. As you can see, there are spots on the verges of that road that cant be cut because of big rocks built up. And the Bush Hog cant get over them without destroying it. Also there is a serious littering problem and I feel the Local Government representatives should hire wardens to watch out for violators and put them before the courts. I know if we all put our heads together on these simple matters, the motoring public can ride easier and we all would find that we are living in a better environment. Noticed by W. Wayne D. Bastian Ministry of Works Representative Please see Letters Page 29

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Page 10 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003Abaco Heritage Festival Is PlannedBy Isobel Sherman The Abaco Heritage Festival is planned for July 4 through 6. Mr. Don Cornish and his hard working committee are planning for the Festival to kick off the 30th Independence celebration activities this year. The venue will be the site where Golden Harvest was. According to committee member Patrick Bethel, the site will be turned into Heritage Village. On July 4 and 5 there will be native music, old time cooking demonstrations, displays of produce by farmers, demonstrations of activities of Abaco years ago. Mr. Cornish said the Festival is a way of teaching our young what their forefathers did. Modeled after the Heritage Festival held recently in Nassau, it is hoped that it will become a yearly event. Stalls will be rented to interested persons. There will be special activities for the children such as a petting zoo. Persons wanting more information or wanting to participate should contact Don Cornish at the Abaco Tourist Office.Price Right Offers New Meat DepartmentBy Portia Jonsson After one year of construction and renovation, Price Rights 6,000 square foot butcher room expansion is now completed. The long awaited addition expands the floor area to over 14,000 square feet and offers customers fresh meats and poultry, fruits, vegetables and 38 doors of frozen food. The frozen food section has increased over 400 percent. Deli meats, cold cuts, cheeses, gourmet items and specialty foods are also available. The butcher department is run by two of Abacos most experienced butchers, Elvis Burrows and Chad Taylor. Price Right has also expanded its health and beauty section. During the summer months store hours will be extended to 8 a.m. 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. 3 p.m. on Sunday. Price Right opened its doors to the public in August 2001 and now employs 30 persons.Water SettlingBy Isobel Sherman Even though the rainy season has not started yet, the few times it has rained since the drainage system at the new government freight dock area has been tested. It has been termed a success because there was no flooding on the road or in the yards of the houses close by. However, water is still in pools in the drainage ditches which creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. So far the Seasonal Water Hazards have not had a large amount of water in them. A further danger from the standing water is that children could be tempted to play in the water which may not be a very healthy situation.Chairman VisitsBy Isobel Sherman Mr. K. Neville Adderly, Chairman of the Bahamas Development Bank, and Mr. George Rodgers along with other official persons visited Abaco recently to view the branch of the Development Bank in Marsh Harbour and to see some of the projects it is funding. At present, there are 80 projects on Abaco which the Bahamas Development Bank has provided funding which include small businesses to farming. Mr. Adderly announced that the bank would soon be introducing a venture capital scheme.Florist and Gift Store OpensBy Portia Jonsson Located in Royal Harbour Village is Central Abaco NewsThe South Abaco Women Association of the Free National Movement sponsored a Fun Day on May 3rd at the AID parking lot. The day began with a walk-a-thon and ended with a cook-out featuring chicken and rib dinners along with conch fritters, cotton candy, soft drinks and souse. DJ Lydell provided the music. The organizers all agreed that it was a good day and were pleased with the turnout. The funds raised were for seven delegates, five alternates and others to attend the FNMs Annual Convention which was held in Nassau early in May 7th. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Frankie Russell, Mrs. Linda Albury, Mr. Derek Albury, Ms. Veronica Saunders, Mrs. Mailin Sands and Mrs. Kim Roberts. With four styles to choose from to suit your needs, Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters can secure your home in minutes from theft or storm. Come to ABACO HARDWARE (Local distributors for Roll-a-way ) for a custom quote today. DONT BE CA DONT BE CA DONT BE CA DONT BE CA DONT BE CA UGHT UGHT UGHT UGHT UGHT WITHWITH WITHWITH WITH YY YY Y OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO WN!WN! WN!WN! WN!Tired of hours lifting heavy shutters, or damaging the walls of your home with nails and screws?THERE IS A BETTER WAY! ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 367-2170 e-mail: abacohdwe@batelnet.bsFor more info on Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters please contact us. Colonial shutters look like traditional wood shutters. With Roll-a-way shutters, the days of having to manually board up your home can be a thing of the past! Accordian shutters in front of sliding glass doors. Bahama shutters are available in an array of colors.Friends of Godfrey Fox have erected a cross in remembrance of him at the spot where he lost his life in an auto accident during the early morning hours of March 19. Please see Central Page 11

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Winners of the Writing Competition within the grade levels were Raquel Blatch Grade 1, Dominique Curry Grade 2, Kendice Murray Grade 3, Giovanni Coakley Grade More School NewsThe Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes of St. Francis de Sales held their second Annual Easter Bonnet Parade at the school on April 14th. This was a grand occasion. A contest was held for the most original bonnets and best-dressed boy and girl. The boys were dressed in smart suits with bow ties and the girls wore pretty spring dresses. The children modeled their beautiful attire and bonnets for the two judges, Ms. Carolyn Wright and Ms. Marlene Mason, in hopes of capturing the top prize. Mrs. Barbara Johnson organized this special affair. Winners in the Pre-Kindergarten class for the most original bonnet were Christina Pyfrom and Royce Sands while Jessica Knowles and Donte Zilma captured the best-dressed award. The Kindergarten winners in most original bonnet contest were Robyn Miller and Jacob Doyle and the best-dressed award went to Dahlia McIntosh and Severiano Pedican. After the parade an Easter Egg Hunt was held on the grounds of nearby St. Francis de Sales Church. SchoolFrom Page 12 One of the students at St. Francis de Sales School showed off her Easter finery hoping to be a winner. Please see School Page 15 4, Shannen Hall Grade 5 and Bianca Reitsma Grade 6. Twenty-six students from Grades 1-6 competed in the Speech Competition. Reading Opens the Door to our World was the topic and students spoke of places they visited through reading books and the many things they learned. They also emphasized the importance of knowing how to read. Winners were Asteir Dean Grade 6, Patrick Darville Grade 5, Blair Drakes Grade 4, Barbrianna Dawkins Grade 3, Ashley Aranha Grade 2 and Patiquea Bain Grade 1. Grade levels also competed in a decorated Door Competition depicting the theme was declared the winner. First Place went to Grade 1 Major, 2nd Place Grade 4 Lindsay and 3rd Place Grade 5 D Williams. Ms. Joyce Coleby and Ms. Jackie Estevez from the Womens Pilot Club participated in Literacy Week by reading stories to the children. The week wrapped up with a parade on April 11th through the streets of Marsh Harbour. Despite the rain, teachers, staff and students marched downtown carrying banners decorated with storybook characters. The parade ended at the school with a closing ceremony. Mrs. Violet Stuart, Education Officer from Grand Bahama, was the guest speaker. Vice Principal, Mrs. Beatrice Moxey, said the week was a huge success. This was the first of what will be an annual event. More kids became interested in reading because of the Literacy Week and more of them visited the library. Reading is definitely a good thing so encourage your children to read a book instead of watching television or playing a video game. Better still, pick up a book and read to them.School FairBy Portia Jonsson After a week of wet weather, the sun shined bright for Central Abaco Primarys 1st Annual School Fair held May 3rd at the school grounds. There were lots to eat and drink and many games to play. The face-painting corner proved popular with the kids as they lined up and waited their turns. Burst the Teacher was another favorite of the kids. The Ministry of Education office on Abaco sponsors spelling bees for each of the grades of Primary Schools. Pictured here are the winners of the Grade 1 Spelling Bee. They are, left to right, First Place Dylan Thompson of Agape Christian School, Second Place Britney McHardy of Long Bay School and Third Place Barry Bostwick of Agape Christian School

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Looking For A Looking For A Looking For A Looking For A Looking For A New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To Dine New Place To DineThe Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy Parrot The Lazy ParrotMonday Sunday Lunch 11:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Happy hour Weekdays 5:30 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy our Bahamian Breakfast! Saturday Morning 8 10 a.m. Sunday Breakfast 9 11 a.m. SHED POUNDS STAY HEALTHY$65 monthly $25 weekly $10 day visitCall 367-5939 Memorial Plaza, Marsh HarbourMon Fri 6 am 8 pm Saturday 7 am 1:30 pm Closed Sunday $55Three Month Special $150 Well Equipped Gym Group or Individual TrainingGovernor Generals Award SchemeBy Isobel Sherman There is an effort now to reimplement the Governor Generals Award Scheme in Central Abaco. On a recent visit to Abaco Ms. Denise Mortimer, who is in charge of the Governor Generals Awards Scheme, stated that she would like to see the scheme come alive again in Central Abaco. She asked Mrs. Michelle Bailey, a teacher at Abaco Central High School, to assist her in trying to find a person willing to be in charge of the scheme. To that end Mrs. Bailey has identified ten tenth grade boys who will be participating in a weekend camp out and hike with a group from S.C. Bootle High School who are already with the Governor Generals Scheme in Coopers Town. Any person interested in assisting the Governor Generals Scheme in central Abaco is asked to contact Mrs. Bailey at 367-2334. The annual Summer Camp Out of the Governor Generals Scheme will be based at Abaco Central High School this summer. Ms. Mortimer completed the final plans during her visit. Students will be traveling from all over the Bahamas to participate in this camp out. The Governor Generals Scheme replaced the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the Bahamas. There was a Governor Generals Award Scheme group at Abaco Central for several years. They were advised by Mr Hugh Cottis, who was succeeded by Mr. Peter Sexton and then Mr. Drexel Major. Since Mr. Majors accident the scheme faded away.Empowering Youth for the FutureBy Portia Jonsson A two-day Youth Empowerment Workshop was held at the Learning Resource Centre on April 14th and 15th. The Health and Family Life Education Unit of the Department of Education conducted these informative workshops which were well attended by high school students from throughout Abaco. Some of the participating schools were Abaco Central High, S.C. Bootle High School, Forest Heights Academy, St. Francis de Sales, Guana Cay School and Agape Christian School. The workshops were held to give adolescents the answers to any questions and concerns they may have had about life styles and provide them with the necessary skills they need to make wise decisions. Representatives from the Bahamas National Drug Council spoke to the students on Day One about Drug Education and Prevention. Teenagers use drugs for many reasons. But their first notions about it may come from the behavior of their own family. To help prevent them from abusing drugs, parents need to provide teens with plenty of love, good communication and calm and consistent standards about drug and alcohol use. Even then, teens feel a need to fit in with their peers. They may be influenced by ads and news stories that imply everyone drinks or takes other drugs. Adolescence is a confusing time at best. Some teens use drugs in order to escape from unpleasant emotions or feel more confident particularly if they often feel shy or insecure about how they look and act. Educating teenagers about teen drinking and using drugs can help them cope wisely with decisions about drug use. Det. Yvonne Hunter and Sgt. James Moss spoke to the students on Day Two about Sexual Offenders and Domestic Violence respectively. Making Responsible Choices and Sexually Transmitted Infections were other topics also discussed on Day Two. The workshop wrapped up with a question and answer time. Mrs. Sandy Edwards, Workshop Coordinator, was pleased with the number of students who attended the workshops and their attentiveness. She feels confident that if they apply the decision-making skills learned during the workshops they will be able to make good choices in their lives. Adolescents and adults may feel free to call or visit the Learning Resource Centre for any questions or concerns they may have on any of the adolescent health issues. Workshops may be requested for groups or organizations. Telephone numbers are 367-5393 and 367-5394. Abaco Marine ConstructionQuality Marine Construction242-366-0224 Fx 242-366-0434 email: docks@hopetown.comDocks Sea Walls Marinas DredgingAll stainless steel fastenersDesign Drafting Permitting Etc. Youth News Featuring Bahamian and American foods Owned and operated by Barbara Simmons 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 RestaurantFree local delivery

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 15 Appliance Centre AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION Electrical and Appliance Sales & Service We have a complete line of Installation Supplies & Accessories Full Warranty on all Equipment & AppliancesLocated on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTelephone: (242) 367-3186 e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bs Beat the Heat & Get Cool Full Line of A/C Supplies Freon 22 30lbs$89Heating and Air Conditioning Authorized Distributor Window and Wall Units 5,000 to 25,000 BTUsStarting at $$ $$ $ 299299 299299 299 They paid $1 to toss water filled balloons at Ms. Seymour, the designated victim, hoping to get her wet. Raffle tickets were on sale for $1 and the drawing of prizes took place that evening. The top prizes were a television, a lawn mower, a computer desk and a childs bike. DJ Jarred provided the music and played well into the night. A classroom was converted to a disco for fair goers who wanted to kick up their heels. The schools fund raising committee comprised of teachers organized the school fair and were pleased with the turnout. They thanked the community for their support but emphasized the need for help and funds for the school. The administration and teachers took the initiative to raise funds to purchase a much needed heavy duty copy machine because they are aware that the government cannot do it alone. The committee said that Central Abaco Primary is a school of the community whether your child attends it or not. We must all do our part to help move the communitys school forward.Abaco Central HighBy Isobel ShermanExam Results GreatIn the recent Pitman Examination in Word Processing students of Abaco Central High received 90 percent passes.In the Bookkeeping Level Two Pitman Exam Abaco Central High Students received 100 percent passes. Congratulations to the students and their teachers, Mrs. Beverly Rolle and Mr. Partap Singh. The Every Child Counts program held a fund raising fair on May 10. Games, competitions, face paintings, football toss, lollipop pegboard, tee shirts, dinners, sweets and lots of fun. The Every Child Counts program is for children who have special problems which keep them from learning effectively in a normal classroom situation. Shown above is is a student helping out at the event. More School News SchoolFrom Page 13 Many assisted with the fund raising event at Every Child Counts. Shown above is Pam Cornish with a table of snacks and candies. ECC has to raise all its own funding. This is done primarily through donations as the tuition rate is minimal. Their staff includes teachers specialized to work with children with special needs and requirements. They teach the children practical life skills along with academics and job training to prepare them for a productive life.

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Page 16 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 Provided by The Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey Just before the Easter holidays two whales stranded on Elbow Cay near Hope Town. One whale was guided back out to sea by a team of rescuers, but the other whale died and the carcass was ravaged by sharks, eventually floating ashore on the beach. Initial analysis of the data gathered and photographs and video taken has determined that both whales were Cuviers beaked whale (scientific name, Ziphius cavirostris). Diane Claridge, Project Director for the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey (BMMS), reports, These are disturbing findings because it was this species that was most represented in the mass stranding that occurred along our shores as the result of a U.S. led naval exercise in NW Providence Channel in March 2000. Specimens gathered by BMMS scientists during the 2000 stranding helped the international scientific community confirm that beaked whales, especially Cuviers beaked whales, are particularly sensitive to man-made sound, which can cause hemorrhaging in the ears and brain. Sound sources known to harm beaked whales include naval sonar used during military training exercises and operations, as well as airguns used during seismic surveys to map the sea floor and for oil exploration. Beaked whales do not typically strand together like some other species such as pilot whales. When more than one beaked whale has stranded, generally some acoustic disturbance has taken place. So when multiple beaked whales strand today, scientists respond in a different manner than they used to. The protocol we now follow is to collect not only the standard data and tissues samples, but also the entire head of the animal for CT scanning and dissection to look for potential acoustic trauma, Claridge explains. On April 17th Claridge received a phone call from residents in Hope Town about a whale that had stranded alive on Elbow Cay. A rescue team was immediately assembled, lead by Lory Kenyon of Friends of the Environment, and Ms. Claridge advised the team via cellular phone. When Ms. Kenyon and her team arrived, they found the whale was aground in the shallows, rolled over on its side and was bleeding from an abrasion on its tail. It was an estimated 20 feet in length, had a white head and Ms. Kenyon noted two large teeth projecting from the tip of the whales snout: all characteristics of an adult male Cuviers beaked whale. The team responded by helping the whale remain upright so it wouldnt drown, and covering it with wet towels so it wouldnt overheat. As the tide came in, the rescuers were able to guide the whale out through the reef and it swam back out to sea. They reported that it seemed tired but was aware enough to avoid the boat and people in the water. Everyone was hopeful that it would survive the ordeal. Claridge reports, The rescuers did an excellent job of providing a quick, effective response. They also collected a sloughed skin sample for molecular genetic analysis and took numerous photographs that have helped to confirm the species and to determine that this whale was not the one we found dead on the beach the following morning. In the early morning hours of April 18th a dead whale was seen being eaten by sharks just offshore off the North Beach on Elbow Cay. By 9 a.m. the carcass of the whale had washed in with the tide just down from the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Ms. Claridge traveled to Hope Town to perform a necropsy and collect the head. This whale was also identified as a Cuviers beaked whale, but was a younger animal. The sharks had eaten more than one third of the whale. Tissue samples were collected and preserved from remaining organs for forensic analysis. Ms. Claridge reports, We found squid beaks and crustacean remains in its esophagus, evidence that this whale had recently ingested food and suggesting that this whales death was probably not disease related. This whales head is now stored in a freezer in Sandy Point where the BMMS research centre is based, along with the head of another beaked whale that stranded in Abaco last summer. Ms. Claridge plans to have the two heads sent to Nassau or the U.S. for CT scanning to help determine the cause of death. She has asked the government of The Bahamas to inquire about military activity or seismic surveys off Elbow Cay at the time of the strandings. Ms. Claridge says. Im certainly not blaming anyone, but it is a reminder to us that The Bahamas needs to develop policies that will protect these rare whales from harm in our waters.Two Whales Were Stranded on Elbow CayTwo Cuviers beaked whales stranded on an Elbow Cay beach. One was guided out to deeper water when the tide allowed but the body of the other whale washed ashore after sharks had eaten more than one third of its body. The Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey has collected evidence from both whales to be sent away for analysis to see why the two animals had problems. It is rare for these whales to strand together and perhaps indicates a common problem. The BMMS staff wonder if this incidence was caused by some man-made sound to which these whales are very sensitive. Sound waves can cause hemorrhaging in the ears and brain.Photo by Mary Young Leckie

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 For Information Call 242-323-2166 or visit our website www.bahamasferries.com Rates between Nassau and Sandy PointPassenger Vehicle Round Trip One Way Up to 16' with driver $300.00$165.00 16'-20' with driver $350.00$200.00 Over 20commercial rates applyCommercial Vehicle(per lane foot)$35.00 $20.00 Motor bike with rider $110.00 $60.00 Bicycle with rider $100.00 $55.00 Passengers Adult Passenger $90.00 $50.00 Child Passenger under 12 years $55.00 $30.00 Child Passenger under 3 years Free Free Other Unaccompanied Vehicles $40.00* $20.00* Vehicles over 5 ton grossPOA POA Price additional to Accompanied Passenger Vehicle Transportation Price Ph: (242) 323-2165 or 2166 Fax: (242) 323-8185 Nassau, Bahamas Date DepartArriveDepartArrive Nassau Sandy PointSandy Point Nassau MAY, 2003 Wed. 7th 9:00am 12:30pm 1:00pm4:30pm Fri. 9th1 1:00pm 2:30am3:00am6:30am Sun. 11th Mon. 1:00am 4:30am5:00am8:30am Wed. 14th 3:30pm7:00pm7:30pm1 1:00pm Fri. 16th 5:00pm8:30pm9:00pm 12:30am Sun. 18th 6:30pm 10:00pm10:30pm 2:00am Wed. 21st 9:30am1:00pm1:30pm5:00pm Fri. 23rdSat. 12:00am 3:30am4:00am7:30am Sun. 25th Mon. 2:00am 5:30am6:00am9:30am Wed. 28th 3:30pm7:00pm7:30pm1 1:00pm Fri. 30th 5:00pm8:30pm9:00pm 12:30am JUNE, 2003 Sun. 1st 6:00pm9:30pm 10:00pm 1:30am TID AL SCHEDULE SAND Y POINT AB A CO At Harbour View Marina Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2278snappas@msn.com Open 11 am until. . 7 days a week Happy Hour Daily 5 7:30World Famous Grilled Food & CocktailsWild Wednesday Happy Hour 5 11 Major Credit Cards accepted NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayThe Federal Aviation Administration of the United States is still studying the problems which caused the crash of the US Airways flight in Charlotte, North Carolina, last January which killed members of the Albury family of Marsh Harbour. The factor the officials are looking at is the weight on that plane. It is estimated that the weight was within 100 pounds of the maximum takeoff weight. Under consideration is the possibility of raising the average passenger weight estimates by 10 pounds. This would be a fixed average weight which the airlines would use to determine their actual load. Weight is an important factor for all planes but extremely so for smaller aircraft. Too many bags in the rear compartment or a few largeU.S. Still Looking into Cause of Air Crash Killing Three from Abaco Tourism Releases Annual ReportThe Ministry of Tourism office in Marsh Harbour released its annual report for Abaco at a reception held on May 2. The lively evening brought together Tourism partners from the business world and was an evening of fun and relaxation. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Lynden Davis, Commonwealth Bank Manager, Ms. Nicole Ferguson from the Administrators office, Ms. Wynsome Ferguson of the Tourism office displaying the annual report, Mr. Paul Bartlett, First Caribbean Bank Manager, Mrs. Kendy Anderson of the Tourism office and Ms. Jacquelyn Estevez, Assistant Manager of Commonwealth Bank. people in the back of a plane could change a small planes center of gravity. At present the estimate for a person and his carry-on luggage is 180 to 185 pounds which was established in 1995. However, since then average weights have increased as has the weight of carry-on luggage. If the FAA puts into effect higher weight estimates, it would mean that many of the smaller airplanes would have to eliminate one or more seats to comply. Some airlines are already carrying only 18 passengers on a plane with a 19seat capacity. The FAA will hold a hearing on the accident on May 20 but may issue a its weight recommendations before then.

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Page 18 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 Kathleen Albury Sales & Appraisals June Russell Sales Celeste Pinder Rental Agent Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsLocated in The Pink Building Royal Harbour Village Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and more throughout the Bahamas From Grand Bahama to Great InaguaTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260 www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Bahama Palm Shores Immaculate 3/2 home, secluded, beautifully landscaped. Just a stroll to the beach. List #7737. $69,800 Pelican Shores Magnificent 3 bedroom, 3 bath Mediterranean-style villa, views of Marsh Harbour port. Designer interiors. Dock & boat lift. List #6010 $1,785,000Bahama Palm ShoresSuperb Eight Mile Bay beach front home site. Encompassing 18,920 square feet with approximately 120 running feet on the beach! Nicely Wooded, needs little clearing. Realistically priced!List #7731. $69,800 Bahama Palm Shores! Gorgeous 28,000 plus s.f. beach front home site, well-priced. Safe, secluded community. #7479. $86,500 Bahama Palm Shores! Affordable inland and beach front home sites from $15,000. Call for details on these great buys! Casuarina Point! Walk to 8 Mile Beach! Nice 13,000 s.f home site. Good investment. Close to bone fishing. #7159 $15,000 Joes Creek! 2+ acres. Build single family or duplex. Convenient location with highway frontage & beach access. #7273. $144,000 Leisure Lee Beach Front! Half acre plus home site.100+ ft. of shoreline. Well-maintained and ready to build. #5272. $233,500 Marsh Harbour! Landmark property. 6 unit self-catering inn on almost 2 acres of prime real estate. Room to build. Great investment. #7532. Serious inquiries only, please. Leisure Lee! Three choice canal front homesites. Two on main canal, Roberts Way East, one on finger canal. #4416. $41,000 each Marsh Harbour! Building site near Boat Harbour and all amenities. Build commercial or residential. #6351 $120,000 Regattas of Abaco. Choice rentals, beautifully furnished, long term and short term. Please call for details. Royal Harbour Village. 2 bed/1.5 bath apartment available. Fully furnished. Long or short term rental. Please call for details. Select Properties Beach Front! A Dundas Town woman reported that she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, also from Dundas Town, while she was walking in the area of Mangoes Restaurant in Marsh Harbour on April 13. Richardson Parker Michaud, a visitor from Nova Scotia, Canada, drowned on April 14 while at Scotland Cay. He and a friend were snorkeling when he lost consciousness and floated to the surface. He was brought to shore but he did not regain consciousness. A Dundas Town resident reported on April 16 that his wife entered their bedroom and removed his passport and $17,222. His wife was arrested for this crime. On the same day the Dundas Town residents wife reported that on April 16 her husband threw kerosene on her and attempted to light her on fire. The owner of a restaurant in Marsh Harbour reported that on April 17 someone removed the wood that secured a window at his restaurant. Nothing appeared stolen. A resident of the Mud in Marsh Harbour reported on April 18 that he was hit in the head with a beer bottle. It was reported that someone broke into the international area at the Marsh Harbour airport. On investigation it was felt that the door was not properly secured. The Island Administrator reported on April 18 that someone forced open a window at the rear of the Administration office. Nothing appeared to be stolen. A Pigeon Pea resident reported that on April 20 someone he knew chopped him with a cutlass. The assailant was later picked up and was found to have a small quantity of what is believed to be marijuana. The National Insurance building in Dundas Town was entered through a rear window on April 21. Nothing appeared to be stolen.Police ReportA woman reported on April 23 that her boyfriend slashed the four tires of her car. A Grand Cay man reported an indecent assault on April 23. He named a suspect. Pedro Dean and Herbert Knowles, both of Murphy Town were arrested on April 23 and were found guilty of possession of dangerous drugs. They faced a fine of $300 or a fourweek imprisonment. A Marsh Harbour man reported on April 26 that someone set fire to his car in his yard. He gave the police the name of a suspect. An elderly Marsh Harbour lady was reported raped on April 27. A man was found in the house at the time relatives arrived and was arrested but later released pending a decision from the Attorney Generals office. A Marsh Harbour woman reported on April 28 that a vehicle ran into her fence causing damage of $85. The driver, Ted Fred Albury of Great Cistern, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and was fined $400. A Dundas Town man reported on April 28 that a man he knew attempted to chop him with a cutlass. A Marsh Harbour resident reported on April 28 that a man he knew threatened him with a baseball bat. A resident of Pigeon Peas, Marsh Harbour reported on April 28 that her ex-boyfriend beat her at her residence. A resident of Black Wood reported on April 29 that a house he takes care of was broken into. A television valued at $250 and rum valued at $40 were stolen. There was also damage to the gas tank of a car. Two men from Hope Town and one from the U.S. were found with dangerous drugs on May 1. One Bahamian, Shane Knowles, confessed to possessing the drugs and was fined, the other Bahamian will go to court on a prior charge and the American was released from custody. Damien Andrew Cole was arrested at his residence on May 1 for possession of dangerous drugs. He was fined $500. Two men from Hope Town and one man from Spring City were found with small quantities of dangerous drugs on May 1. The drugs were insufficient for them to be charged. A underage girl from Sand Banks, Treasure Cay, reported that she was assaulted on May 3 while in Marsh Harbour by a man she knew. A Marsh Harbour man reported on May 3 that someone stole several items from his car parked at his residence. They included a wallet with $20, a drivers license, and 20 CDs valued at $240. 11:30 a.m. May 19 at Mangoes RestaurantBring your business card to enter a raffle for a two-night threeday stay at a 4-star hotel in Miami or St. Martin or Cabo San Lucas or Bermuda (airfare not included) and a surprise second prize. Call 367-5822 or Email: abacochamber@abacoinet.com by May 16 for reservationsThe AbacoChamber of CommerceInvites you to hearDanny Pacella of American Eagles Inflight MagazineLATITUDESTopic:Advertising and Promoting Abaco Residential Rentals

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19 HOMES & LAND Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and Property Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and Property Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and Property Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and Property Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and PropertyFamily Island Specialists Family Island Specialists Family Island Specialists Family Island Specialists Family Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223 Price: $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 VILLAS Price: $1,550,000Premier designer home on beautiful sandy beach. Features 4B/3B, large open kitchen on second floor, great decks, balcony, swimming pool. PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSECustom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of Tilloo Cay and beyond. 3B/3B, spacious kitchen open to great room, large wrap around deck with pool, and private dock slip at Tahiti Beach. Price: $1,500,000 ATLANTIC HORIZONSPrice: $1,500,000Custom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turnkey 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can VILLA JUNKANOOPrice: $935,000Immaculate, turnkey, oceanfront home, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, heated pool overlooking Atlantic, large deck, screened porch and generator. AZURE BLUEPrice: $1,290,000 LUBBERS LEESea to sea property over 4 lush acres, beautiful beach on western side, 100 foot dock on eastern side, main house, and cottage, lots of decking, a rare find.JOES CAY 3 Acre private undeveloped cay accessed from Elbow Cay, located in White Sound, great elevation, deep water for dock, rare opportunity, serious inquiries only. Price:$1,762,00ARIEL VIEW Lovely 3bd/2bth home located in Dorros Cove. Gorgeous views of the Atlantic w/beach access. 2 minutes to Tahiti Beach. Central a/c, furnished, landscaped. Price: $715,000LITTLE ORCHARD Island Style home, 3bd/2bth located on 2 lots 90X158ft. each, central a/c, fully furnished, wrap around decks (upstairs) Downstairs has a 1bd/1bth furnished apt. w/central a/c (rental income $800 per month). Fully enclosed workshop, 30kw generator, 3 telephione lines, cable tv. Lots are fully landscaped with mature fruit trees and citrus. A must see! Price$588.00DORROS COVE Lage hillside lot 110 x 200 with great views of the Atlantic, cleared and ready to build your perfect island home. Underground electric & telephone, great buy. Price:$151,500MARNIES CREEK Private marina community at the southern end of Elbow Cay offering acre lots with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco, or both. Each lot comes with private dock slip at the marina, homesites staggered for optimal views. Starting at: $230,000NORTH END, ELBOW CAY Lush interior lot with great ocean views, and access to incredible swimming/snorkeling beach. Price: $135,000EAST VIEW Located on Lubbers Quarters Cay. Development faces the Sea of Abaco across from Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach. Beautiful sunrises. Each homesite comes with a dock slip at the private marina. Great investment opportunity. Starting at: $89,000UNDER CONTRACT Abaco AirCharter Service Between Abaco & The Entire Bahamas & FloridaWith Daily Scheduled Service to Nassau Scheduled Services To Freeport, Moores Island & North EleutheraPh: (242) 367-2266, Fax: (242) 367-3256, VHF 74 Come Fly Our Friendly Skies! TT TT T ropicalropical ropicalropical ropicalSelfSelf SelfSelf SelfStorageStorage StorageStorage Storage10 x 12 12 x 20 12 x 30Self-Storage Space at U.S. PricesKey Club Road Marsh Harbour Ph. & Fax 242-365-6407 tropicalselfstorage@abacoinet.com By Richard E. Fawkes The Free National Movement unequivocally recommitted itself to Tommy Turnquest as party leader and elected a new deputy leader, chairman, secretary-general, and treasurer at its 2003 Convention held in Nassau on May 7 9. The party seems to have emerged from a spirited and strongly attended three-day convention with its theme The Way Forward ... United and Ignited intact, ready to face the country fully accepting its role as Her Majestys Loyal Opposition and offering itself as a viable alternative to the Progressive Liberal Party government. Mr. Brent Symonette (MP Fort Montague), who was expected to present a stiff challenge to Mr. Turnquest for the leadership had he decided to run, underscored his public declaration of declining to contest the leadership in the interest of unity by nominating Mr. Turnquest on the first day of the convention. The convention was concluded with a recognition and installation of officers banquet on Saturday night at the hotel.FNM Holds 2003 Convention Ads inThe AbaconianBring ResultsCOB Will Become a UniversityBy Isobel Sherman Plans are underway for the College of the Bahamas to become a full university in the not too distant future. For the past several months COB has been planning for this move.Child AbuseBy Isobel Sherman May has been designated by Social Services to highlight Child Abuse. Special supplements in the two Nassau daily newspapers on Child Abuse is one way the National Child Abuse Committee is educating persons to this awful threat to the future of our children and our country. It is hoped that with education and more persons becoming aware of the signs of child abuse that the rising rate of child abuse can begin to fall.More Planes for BahamasairBy Isobel Sherman Bahamasair has announced that it will be getting two additional Dash 8 aircraft to add to their fleet of planes in the coming weeks. This will relieve the stress on the airline, particularly with the summer months coming up. One of the most popular runs of Bahamasair is the Marsh Harbour / West Palm Beach run. National News

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Page 20 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 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 CHEROKEE AIRCharter Service Flights to all points in the Bahamas and FloridaP.O. Box AB-20485 Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamas 242-367-2089 242-367-2613 242-367-2530Call us for ratesBy Jennifer Hudson One of the newest books in the bookshops is Ready About, Voyages of Life in the Abaco Cays by Dave Gale. This is a book to be enjoyed by visitors and Abaconians alike. I was loaned a copy of the book to take with me on a recent trip to the U.S. and what a delightful travel companion it was. Dave writes with an in depth knowledge of his subjects and a style which is both picturesque and humorous. Shining throughout the book is Mr. Gales deep love of the sea with all its moods and creatures and also for his island home on beautiful Parrot Cay. His entertaining and informative narratives have been published in Skin Diver, Sail, Southern Boating, Keepers Log, Sea History, Abaco Life and other magazines. Mr. Gale hails from the shores of Long Island Sound, New York. There he met his wife, Phoebe, in junior high school and they married in 1953 as soon as she graduated from college and he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. Aside from Phoebe, boats were Daves only interest since boyhood. A year after their marriage, Dave and Phoebe were invited by friends Eric and Ruth Lundgren to visit their home, Newhope, in Hope Town. As they peered through the windows of the five-seater plane at the aqua jewel of Hope Town harbour, Dave knew that he would never return to his former home as this was where he belonged. After four and a half years in Hope Town where he and Phoebe adapted to the rigours of island life in the fifties, they took a lease on Parrot Cay for the sum of ten pounds sterling a year ($28) and began creating Island Marine which, after much hard work, developed into a flourishing business. Ready About is not only an account of Daves experiences but is a treasure trove of information on wildlife such as frigate birds and on marine life including turtles, stingrays, Old Three Spot, Daves barracuda buddy and the Octogroupercrab. It is an enlightening history book covering such topics as wrecking and buried treasure, the birth of BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association), Hope Town in the fifties, mail boats and lighthouses, to name a few. These charming vignettes are then grouped together by theme to form a series of what the author terms Voyages. One delightful description is of Fletcher and Birdie Bethel, an elderly couple who were the Hope Town Rope Makers in the fifties. It tells how Pa Fletch in his wide-brimmed straw hat and Miss Birdie in her faded flour sack dress made their rope out of old, worn hawsers discarded from inter-island freight boats. They would use two contraptions which Pa Fletch had built and which looked a little like the push scooters we used to have as kids. With Miss Birdie using her considerable weight to keep the contraptions from moving the strands were twisted into a highly marketable rope. In another tale, Message Misread the author gives an amusing account of a rescue he was asked to assist in by BASRA, which turned out to be rather suspicious. Daves account of his attempt to earn a dollar in his early days on the cay by selling homemade Lizard Life Rafts also elicits a chuckle. Not only did I enjoy this book immensely but also gained a great deal of knowledge from it and highly recommend it for anyones bookshelf. Book Review . Ready About by Dave Gale ATTENTIONGreen Turtle Guana Cay Man-O-War Elbow Cay Cherokee Casaurina Marsh Harbour North Abaco South AbacoWhere does the best fisherman/fisherwoman live? SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2003 GUANA CAY FISHING CHALLENGE AND COOKOUTCome One!Come All! Prizes Games Food and Fun under the Fig Tree Communities visiting one another, Fishermen/women challenging each other. 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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 21 Contact Teri Ekblaw Ph: 561-683-1003 Fax: 561-684-1788 Cell: 561-371-5804 Free Quotes Delivery to PortRESAL INC.2900 TUXEDO AVENUE WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33405-1013Building Materials Metal Roofing Power Tools Lumber Hardi Siding Plumbing Electrical Air Conditioners 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 catalogFront Page NewsBy Isobel Sherman Easter Sunday saw the Palm Beach Post with a front-page story entitled The Bahamian Pipeline written by Gary Kane. The story featured the residents of the Mud and Pigeon Pea in Marsh Harbour and how Bahamian Haitians were trying to save enough money to be smuggled from Abaco into the United States. Mr. Silbert Mills of Radio Abaco featured the story on his news program of April 24. According to the article it appeared that the Bahamian Haitian interviewed in much of the article felt he would have a better life in the United States. Although the article portrayed some aspects of the Mud and Pigeon Pea correctly, it did not go into the facts that these people are squatting on government land and privately-owned land, do not follow building codes and sanitation rules and harbour illegal Haitians. Dolphin EncountersProject Beach in Nassau sponsored a Marine Education Poster Contest during the month of March. The contest was open to all students residing in the Bahamas and had the theme Protecting Our Treasures of The Sea: Marine Mammals of the Bahamas On April 16 the winners were announced which included two students from Abaco. Meredith Albury, a 6th grade student of the Man-O-War school, won third place in her category and Latario Moss, a grade 10 student of Abaco Central High, placed second in the grade 9-12 category. Meredith is daughter of Michael and Nancy Albury. Latario is taking Marine Biology and is the son of Mr. Huel Moss, Vice Principal of Abaco Central High. Latarios prizes included four tickets to the new dive submarines in Nassau. They both traveled to Nassau on May 2 to receive their certificates and prizes.Two Abaco Students Win in Competition

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Page 22 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 By Isobel Sherman The Abaco Heritage Festival is planned for July 4 through 6. Mr. Don Cornish and his hard working committee are planning the festival to kick off 30th Independence activities this year. The venue will be the site where Golden Harvest was. According to committee member Patrick Bethel, the site will be turned into Heritage Village. On July 4 and 5 there will be native music, old time cooking demonstrations, displays of produce by farmers, demonstrations of activities of Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation is entering its third year of offering ten partial scholarships to assist students from Abaco who desire to continue their education after completing high school. This years ten new recipients were chosen, as were the previous twenty, by a process of written application and then personal interview by the foundations scholarship committee. These students were selected on the basis of their academic preparedness, motivation and investment in their own education, realistic goals and financial need. The foundation feels confident that these new scholarship winners will be as successful as the previous twenty, all of whom continue to be in school and doing very well. Two, Jerome Menard and Kenneth Strachan, are graduating with bachelor degrees. This years new scholarship winners are: Bianca Bethel of Marsh Harbour is currently in her first year at Florida Southern College where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Will Bethel. A graduate of Forest Heights Academy, she intends to pursue a degree in physical therapy. Tavia Cornish, the daughter of Mrs. Marguerita Cornish of Dundas Town, is a 2001 graduate of Abaco Central High School. She is currently attending The College of the Bahamas in Nassau where she is majoring in primary education. She hopes to return to Abaco to teach here. Barnard Curry of Cedar Harbour will graduate from S.C. Bootle High School where he is Head Boy. He is the son of Wilfred and Edna Curry. Barnard plans on attending The College of the Bahamas this coming September where he will major in business management and accounting. Renardo Curry graduated from Success Training College in Nassau in 1999 where he obtained an Associate of Science degree in accounting management. Mr. Curry also attended Palm Beach Atlantic College. He has been working as the manager of Sea Horse Boat Rentals in Marsh Harbour for the last three years, saving his money so he could continue his education. He has been accepted at Florida Metropolitan University in Ft. Lauderdale, but he is also looking at other colleges. Patricia Gerard will graduate this year from Abaco Central High School after having to leave school for two years to care for her ailing mother and her three brothers. She has worked as a waitress at Mangoes since 1999, saving money for school. She hopes to combine her interest in missionary work and nursing and plans to attend Broward Community College in Ft. Lauderdale. Sandra Pinder, the daughter of Fernande Pinder of Hope Town, is a 2002 graduate of Long Bay School. After working five years as a waitress, she and her mother saved the money for Sandra to attend Florida Memorial College in Miami where she is finishing her first semester this June. Hilary Rutter will graduate from Abaco Central High School where she is Head Girl this year. She is the daughter of Geoffrey Rutter and Edith Sims of Marsh Harbour. Hilary intends to pursue her studies in law and accounting in England. Michelle Sawyer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Sawyer of Green Turtle Cay, is a graduate of Forest Heights Academy and Palm Beach Community College. She will be attending the University of Central Florida where she will continue her studies in speech pathology. She plans to return and use her skills to help to help children on Abaco. Raquel Smith will graduate from Abaco Central High School this year. While at Abaco Central, she won an island-wide essay contest two years in succession. She has an interest in teaching and plans to major in accounting and music. Raquel plans to attend either The College of the Bahamas or Florida Southern College. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Smith of Marsh Harbour. Shamika White, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley White of Sandy Point, graduated from Abaco Central High School last year. She is presently attending Florida Memorial College where her studies are in pre-law. She plans to eventually concentrate her studies in the area of family law. A dinner reception honoring this years new and current recipients will be held June 4 at the Abaco Beach Resort. Major donors to the foundation have also been invited so that they may meet the students that they are so generously helping. Abaco years ago. Mr. Cornish said the festival is a way of teaching our young what their forefathers did. Modelled after the Heritage Festival held recently in Nassau, it is hoped that it will become a yearly event. Stalls will be rented to interested persons. There will be special activities for the children such as a petting zoo. Persons wanting more information or wanting to participate should contact Don Cornish at the Abaco Tourist Office.Pathfinders Announces Scholarship WinnersAbaco Heritage Festival Is Planned All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. 1-561-955-8800

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 Water MakersWell Done carries a complete line of Reverse 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 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 makers RojosFire and Safety Products/ServicesMarsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasFire Extinguishers Fire Suppression Systems Inspections/Hydro Testing Extinguisher recharging Safety Equipment and Supplies Fire Alarm Systems Burglar Alarms Breathing Apparatus First Aid SuppliesTel: (242) 367-4460 Cell: 375-3676 Fax: (242) 367-5515 e-mail: rojos69@hotmail.comThe Gully Roosters Band celebrated their 25th anniversary on April 22. They played at the Bluff Houses weekly barbeque party that night and each band member was presented with a plaque commemorating their years with the band. The picture shows Molly McIntosh, Sales and Marketing Director of the Bluff House Beach Hotel, presenting a plaque to Kevin McIntosh, the lead singer of the band. The Number 1 Band in the Nation will again be performing at the Ocean Fest Dive Show in Fort Lauderdale on May 16, 17 and 18. The band has done much for tourism in Abaco playing at the Green Turtle Club, Bluff House and Roosters Rest on Green Turtle Cay. They are very civic minded and often donate their time and talent to entertain locals and tourists alike at fund raisers and Ministry of Tourism functions. It is very hard to stay in your seat and not get up and dance when Kevin McIntosh, Earklin McIntosh, Brent Curry, Godfrey McIntosh or Vernal Cooper of the Gully Roosters are on the floor playing. Congratulations to them on their 25th anniversary!The Gully Roosters Celebrate 25 YearsShown above is Ms. Molly McIntosh presenting a plaque to Kevin McIntosh, honoring the Gully Rooster Band on their 25th anniversary. Story and photo by Molly McIntosh All Abaco Workboat Regatta UpdateBy Isobel Sherman The All Abaco Regatta announced this week that the dates for the 2003 All Abaco Regatta will be September 25-27. Mr. Jackson McIntosh, Chairman of the All Abaco Regatta, stated that $180,000 is needed to organize the regatta. There have been two small fund raisers so far. He stated that government will be supporting the regatta with $30,000. There will be several major fund raisers in the coming weeks. Mr. McIntosh stated that by the end of May the constitution of the All Abaco Regatta should be ratified.Prime Minister Spoke At US UniversityBy Isobel Sherman Palm Beach Atlantic University invited the Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, to be the guest speaker at its commencement on May 3, the first time the school had an international head of state speak. Palm Beach Atlantic University is a four-year Christian university in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Christie told the 400 graduating students, A commencement is not a conclusion. Your success will not be measured by what you have but by what you have done for the least of our brethren.

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Page 24 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003job in his portrayal of Daddy Warbucks, Rebecca Riseberg was an extremely efficient Miss Farrel and Ovens Altidor, as Rooster Hannigan, along with his sidekick Lily St. Regis, played by Brittany Symonette, also gave spirited performances. Tonya Patterson was adorable as Molly and Cinquetta Basden, who was a demurely quiet Mrs. Pugh earlier in the evening, really came to life at Annies party and treated us to a delightfully humorous cameo performance. It was a nice touch when she brought children from the audience on stage A strong supporting cast of orphans and staff upheld these main characters and the accolades would not be complete without a special word of praise for the lovable little Annie, an orphan with a charming personality, lived with the girls shown above in an orphanage until she was chosen to live with a billionaire who finally adopted her. The delightful story was recreated by the students of Forest Heights Academy, thrilling audiences on three nights. They showed much talent and provided great entertainment. School Production Entertained Hundreds AnnieFrom Page 1 shitsu, Chloe, who performed admirably as Annies dog, Sandy, and who was kept in line backstage by her owner, Raine Sands. The production team should feel well and truly proud of themselves, as I am sure they are. Leslie Kennedy, the Stage Director, began working on this production way back in September at the beginning of the school year. Firstly, she rewrote a large portion of the script to place the action in the present day instead of during the Depression years of the Wall Street collapse as it was originally written. Leslie is to be congratulated for assisting her students in really understanding the characters they were portraying and for making sure that all lines were thoroughly learned. Margo Albury, the student who had been assigned the task of prompt was actually made redundant as all the characters were fully rehearsed and needed no assistance. Viki Hart did an outstanding job as Musical Director. The singing was accomplished, delightful and exuberant and attested to the dedication put into the many hours of choir practice over the past seven months. Viki not only accompanied the singing on keyboard, but also provided very professional offstage music during scene changes with reprises of all the songs. Two students assisted with percussion effects. Others who deserve honourable mention are Jane Ubereiter for the Choreography, Susan Parotti, Set Design, Laura Davies, Costumes and the Sound and Lighting crew of Andrew Pinder and Wayne Olmstead. Seven young stage hands efficiently handled the scene changes with the aid of two ingeniously painted back drops simply affixed with clothes pins but instead of having to struggle with moving the couch each time it seems that their task could have been The entire cast of the musical Annie took a curtain call after a great performance. The production was well organized and appreciated by large audiences. Their first performance was a matinee for the benefit of primary school children. Several schools attended. The staff of Forest Heights Academy who were responsible for the outstanding performance of Annie are shown above. They are, left to right, Mrs. Leslie Kennedy, Stage Director, Ms. Viki Hart, Musical Director, and Ms. Jane Ubereiter, Choreographer. a little less physically demanding if they had had an interchangeable cover for the couch. However, they are young and energetic and seemed to enjoy their task. After the final performance on Friday night I spoke with some of the performers backstage to ascertain their feelings about the show. The overwhelming response was that it had been an absolutely wonderful experience and that it had helped them to grow as individuals. One of the students told me that it had given her a better understanding Please see Annie Page 33

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 25 The Conch Inn Marina Deep water berths for vessels up to 120 ft. Marsh Harbours premier marina Full service with 80-slips Texaco fuel stationThe Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms with garden & harbour views Fresh water swimming pool Conch Crawl Restaurant and Bar Dive Abaco! SCUBA / Snorkel CenterThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: moorings_conchinn@oii.net www.moorings.comCome and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. Were waiting to take your lines. Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and MarinaTide Pelican Harbour June 200357 Sport Fishermen Compete in First BBC LegThe Bahamas Billfish Championship started its thirtieth consecutive season with a strong showing of anglers and some outstanding fishing during the South Abaco Championship. The event attracted fifty-seven of the worlds top tournament fishing boats and teams to the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina at Marsh Harbour. The weeks fishing action was highlighted by raising the benchmark minimum length from 99 inches to 109 inches after the first day of fishing. For the four days of fishing, the fleet caught fifty-four qualifying billfish 30 blue marlin, 22 white marlin and two sailfish. All but four of the fish caught were released. The 2003 South Abaco Championship was won by Flying Pony of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The 50-foot Hatteras released two blue marlin and boated a 608-pound blue marlin for first place honors in their very first BBC tournament. For the 30th anniversary of the Bahamas Billfish Championship, the Rolex Grand Prize was raised to one million dollars. The intense fishing competition for the title of Bahamas Billfish Champion is further heightened by the Rolex Grand Prize which will be awarded to any registered BBC 2003 angler that breaks the existing Bahamas blue marlin record of 1060.5 pounds during this years series. The current record has stood since it was set in 1979 by Sam Jennings of Miami during a BBC Tournament. Rolex continues its role as main sponsor of the Bahamas Billfish Championship 2003. Throughout its history, the Championship has been a consistent supporter of billfish research and in 2000 established an endowed scholarship fund to enable Bahamian students the opportunity to pursue a degree in marine biology. The BBC Scholarship Fund is supported by voluntary financial contributions from anglers, BBC sponsors and the Bahamian business community. All BBC tournaments are governed by a uniform set of rules controlling minimum lengths for qualifying billfish, line class, fishing hours and entry fees. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champions.Second Leg Is Won by NewcomerFor team Angelica the 2003 Walkers Cay Championship proved to be an excellent way to begin fishing the Bahamas Billfish Championship series. Angelica team captain, Jesse Nelson of Melbourne, Florida, released three blue marlin during the tournament to win both the First Place Trophy and the Top Release Team trophy.Fishing Season Attracts Top AnglersThe crew of the Flying Pony, winning team of the first BBC leg, the South Abaco Championship, is shown displaying the trophies they won. The second leg of the BBC, the Walkers Cay Championship was won by the team on the Angelita a newcomer to the Championship. Please see BBC Page 35

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Page 26 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties9 hse + 365-4465 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Elbow Cay Prop 43 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 22 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 50 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Island Colours + 366-0290 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 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 Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club 365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web 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 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., By Jennifer Hudson The Department of Housing moved into its new location in February 2003. Previously situated in the Shell building in Dundas Town, it is now more centrally located in the B&L Plaza in Marsh Harbour. This seems to have been an advantageous move since this new location is more easily accessible and there is less congestion, making parking easier. There has certainly been an increase in the number of enquiries since the move states Office Manager, Mr. Richard Gibbs. Sales are being made in two areas at present, these being Sandy Point and Central Pines. The area just outside Sandy Point contains 96 residential lots and four commercial lots. Sales are going well there and enquiries are received on a regular basis. The government is waiting to determine the success of Phase 1. If the demand is there, it will then open Phase 2. The Central Pines subdivision was originally opened for Abaconians only but due to lack of interest by local residents, it has now been opened up to the Bahamian public in general. Price increases from 95 cents per Bill Clinton, former United States President, recently visited the Bahamas to talk about AIDS research, awareness and treatment. Mr. Clinton spoke to a capacity crowd at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on meeting the challenge of HIV/ AIDS in the Caribbean. With the help of the Clinton Foundation, the Bahamian government has completed a business plan that calls for providing access to care and anti-retroviral (ARV) therapy for all HIV positive persons within three years. In addition, the Clinton Foundation successfully negotiated ARV drug cost in the Bahamas down from $3800 per person per year to less than $500. The three-year plan has specific targets for numbers of people to be receiving ARVs in each of those years. In the first year the target is to have 1200 persons on ARVs. The project has already begun to treat 800 patients. While here Mr. Clinton was hosted by Bahamas Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie. Our photograph shows Mr. Clinton and Mr. Christie engaged in a hearty conversation at the national stadium. Photo and caption provided by Timothy O. Roberts.Bill Clinton Visits Nassau Department of Housing Has Movedsquare foot to $1.15 per square foot became effective March 1st, 2003. Enquiries are still being received and the Ministry is presently issuing conveyances for persons who have already purchased lots. About 35 percent of the 423 lots have already been sold. All lots are presently residential except for one, which has been reserved for a church. Persons wishing to build a home have the option of purchasing a house plan from the Department of Housing or they may use their own plan. The Ministry has housing subdivisions in Crown Haven, Fox Town, Coopers Town and Crossing Rocks. All lots in the Coopers Town and Crossing Rocks subdivisions have already been sold but lots in Crown Haven and Fox Town subdivisions are still available. Persons interested in purchasing lots may visit the office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call the office at 367-2157. Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 Advertise in The Abaconian

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May 15th, 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 Harbour 367-2911 Fire Dundas Town Volunteer 367-2935 or 4935 Man-O-War Fire & Rescue 365-6911 Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc VHF 16 or 366-0282 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock 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 through Dundas Town ...........$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 Town ..................................................$30 + $5 Cedar Harbour ...................................................$45 + $5 Wood Cay ..........................................................$50 + $5 Mount Hope ....................................................... $55 + $5 Fox Town ...........................................................$60 + $5 Marsh Harbour or Crown Haven .....................$65 + $5 Marsh Harbour Round Trip ...............................$85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour .................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes Creek ......................................$25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..............................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks ................................................$7 + $5 From TC Hotel to All Areas N. of T.C. Airport Add $10 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Air Lines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau & Moores Island ............... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale ................................ 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Laud erdale ............................ 367-2800 American Eagle Miami ..................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau ........................................ 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch....................... 367-3415 Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale ................ 954-359-8020 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ........................ 367-3597 Lynx Air International Ft. Lauderdale ..... 954-772-9808 Major Air Service Freeport .............................. 367-4826 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale ................................. 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. .......... 367-4852 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 HarbourAbaco Beach Dive Center.............. 367-4646 Abaco Dive Adventres.................... 367-2963 Dive Abaco..................................... 367-2787Hope 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 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 .................... Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ........366-0431 Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless notedAlburys Ferry ServiceMarsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip 7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm24 5:30 Hope T. to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 34 5 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip 10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:30 Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 20 minute trip 8 am11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 30 minute trip :45 am 10:30 1:30 pm 3:30 5:30 (min $40) Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:30 2:30 pm 4:45pmFare 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 McLeans 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 Rental automobiles at both terminals. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .......366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows.366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .........366-4107 Floyd Burrows .......366-4175 Links Adderly .........366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .......366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .........366-2163 Jay Sawyer..........367-3941 Justin Sands ..........367-3526 Terrance Davis .......367-4464 Danny Sawyer ......367-3577 Man-O-War David Albury ..........365-6059 CherokeeBonefish GuidesTheodore 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 ........... 365-4261 Treasure Cay Joe Pritchard ............... 365-8111 Darren Russell ............ 365-8111 Pedro Thurston............ 365-8111Visitors GuideRestaurants Services TransportationArea code 242 unless listed 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 Hwy............. 367-5331 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 Sand Bar ..................... lunch ............... 365-8111 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 CommercePhone 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 75....F...... 353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House ................45......F...... 365-4200 Green Turtle Club ......32......F...... 365-4271 Black Sound Marina ..15................ 365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F...... 365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service.10......F...... 365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F...... 365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26 ......F...... 365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183 ......F...... 367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F...... 367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F...... 367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes ...................29......F...... 367-2366 Port of Call................24......F...... 367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7................ 367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16................ 366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways................... 366-0224 Lighthouse Marina........6 ......F...... 366-0154 Sea Spray.................24......F...... 366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F...... 365-0083 Guana Cay Guana Beach Resort.22 ......F...... 365-5133 Orchid Bay................32......F...... 365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals............................... 367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ...................... 367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals. ......................... 367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals ............................ 367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals ......................... 367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals ...................... 367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals......................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars.. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals ............................. 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ...................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ........................... 367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals .......... 367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals ............... 477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental............................... 365-4084 D & P Cart Rental............................... 365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss......................... 365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.... 365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals ................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts.................................... 477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals............................... 375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals ................... 365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals..................... 365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................... 365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals .............. 365-6072 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

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Page 28 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "Toad Hall" Package deal. Extra large ocean front lot with unlimited opportunity for building your dream home. Directly behind is your present main home on its own lot. Two storey with 4 bed / 3 bath upstairs and large living / dining / kitchen down stairs. Detached double garage with 1 bed / 1 bath guest apt. above. $1,169,000 "Sea Grapes" Directly on the ocean modern CBS fully tiled 3600 sq. ft. home on extra large lot with 215 ft. frontage. Features 3 bed / 3 bath, fully equipped kitchen, large living / dining area (open concept). Two bedrooms / living / dining / kitchen all face ocean side and have direct access to beautiful garden and beach. Garage and utility in main house with additional detached garage / work shop / storage. Grounds fully landscaped with irrigation / sprinkler system. MOTIVATED SELLER $1,600,000 Serenity A real Estate property. Modern 4 bed/4.5 bath, 5600 sq. ft., two storey 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 front. Special property with many, many additional features including 2 bed/1 bath caretakers cottage. $3,800,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see. $369,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $676,500 Island Times 2500 sq. ft. modern spacious 3 bed / 2 1/2 bath, living/dining/kitchen opening onto covered patio facing waterfront. Double garage/ utility. Extra adjacent lot. Total frontage 108 ft. $830,250 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3 bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft., full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. MOTIVATED SELLER$1,200,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at $150,000 Canal Front beginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interior beginning at $25,000 Sandpiper Beach/ocean front $500,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 3 bed / 2.5 bath -12 ft. wide slip $302,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg. 3 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath with boat slip $182,000 Bldg 4 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip $194,000 Bldg 5 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip $194,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Garden/Pool View 2 bed / 1 bath $113,000 Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath beginning at $91,000 2 bed / 1 bath $121,000 VILLAS Beach Villa Subdivision Garden villa 2 bed / 2 bath extra features $157,300 Ocean Villa Subdivision 2 bed / 2 bath special garden location with pool view $260,000 2 bed / 2 bath with direct greenway access to ocean plus extra features $272,000 APARTMENTS Rock Point four-plex, 2 storey CBS apartment build ing, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath,living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. Must see. $350,000 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool / waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house $275,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 2 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other featuresStarting at $425,000 Plus 14% closing BRIGANTINE BAY ESTATES "Sea Cliff" newly completed 2 storey CBS home fully furnished. Living / dining / kitchen downstairs, bed rooms upstairs. Direct greenway access to Treasure Cay beach MOTIVATED SELLER $431,000 Sableau Soleil Canal front with dock. Island simplicity home, 3 bed / 2 bath, detached garage with half bath. Waterfront view from master bedroom and open concept living / dining / kitchen. $430,500 WINDWARD BEACH Seaclusion Ocean front CBS house, 2 bed / 2 bath plus detached 20 x 30 2-car garage with extra bath. House has wonderful view as well as prevailing tradewinds $800,000 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE 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 SOLD The funeral for John Hartman Simm s, 84, was held at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town. Rev. Carla Culmer officiated assisted by Pastor Alex Archer. Interment was in the Marsh Harbour Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rebecca Simms; sons Hudson and Stevenson Simms, daughters Salvera Archer, Vernita Rolle and Valerie Duncombe; grandchildren Pastor Alex Archer, Oscar and Carl Archer, Renee Swann, Lisa Scott, LaRose, Wendy and Lakera Rolle, Lavern McIntosh, Audrey Alvarez, Lenora Davis, Sylvia McKenzie, Edith, Henry, Jamal and Tyrone Williams, Anasthasia Rolle, Cenetra Duncombe, David, Theresa Ryan, Shantell, Tameka, Terrell, Ashley, Marion, Orie, Terico, Lara, Leda, Osha and Roland Simms; great-grandchildren; great great-grandchildren; brother William Buman Simms; sisters Theora Whymms and Viola Hamilton; nephews Stanford and Clifford Adderley, Ken Jeffrey and Mark Simms; grandnieces Iva Duncombe, Drucilla and Penny Whymms, Faye and Sheila Simms and Estelle McIntosh; daughters-in-law Rhoda and Elizabeth Simms; sonsin-law Cyril Archer, Pastor George Rolle and Marcus Duncombe and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Virginia Russell, 48, of Coopers Town was held on May 3 at the Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town. Bishop Archilus Cooper officiated assisted by Rev. Cecil Forbes. Interment was in the Coopers Town public cemetery. She is survived by her daughter Alesha Russell; parents Hasting and Evelyn Russell; sisters Florence Sawyer, Evelyn and Angelina Cooper, Eirrly and Nebra Russell and Gayle McIntosh; brothers Raymond, Peter, Hasting and Demario Russell; nieces Sanfa and Monalisa Knowles, Tara SawyerMoss, Phenica Poitier, Carmel, Calavia, Antoinette and Dena Cooper, Kristen and Deandrea McIntosh, Amanda Sawyer, Tashie, Petra, Tassie and Jade Russell, Glendina and Nikki; nephews Trevor Lightbourn, Templeton, Chuck and Amico Sawyer, Jamaal Russell, George Knowles, Andrew, Arensio, Anthony Jr. and Samuel Cooper; aunts Mildred Russell, Savaletha Reckley, Anne McIntosh, Lucille Davis and Augustus Russell; uncle Alonzo Adams Jr.; cousins Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham; grandnieces, grandnephews; sister-in-law Palma Russell; unclesin-law Carl Davis and Orthnell Russell; godparents Bishop Archilus Cooper and Beverly Smith and many other relative and friends.ObituarObituar ObituarObituar Obituar ies of Fies of F ies of Fies of F ies of F amilamil amilamil amil y and Fy and F y and Fy and F y and F rr rr r iendsiends iendsiends iends 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.lists many birthday announcements and has a wonderfully humorous story about the Big Mangrove Ferry. It certainly seems as if they had no problem finding news items (a sometime problem for this reporter). However, it was a thrill to hold this little piece of history in my hand and read a small portion of it to the Easter Sunday church service at Epworth Chapel and was quite a surprise to Mr. Hartis Pinder, the Cherokee News Sheets first Editor, who just happen to be our speaker that morning.Another Ground BreakingSo far, Cherokee is not feeling the pinch in construction that some of the other Abaco settlements are experiencing. One very old house, owned by Eric Pittman a New York visitor to Cherokee for over thirty years, is being renovated and fixed up. Hartis and Greta Pinders home on the front road is getting a new porch. Besides the ground-breaking for Gil and Cynthia Witcher of Jacksonvilles new second-home and the newly started construction on Charles and Linda Lowes second-home, Darrel Pinder is in the first stages of building his new home. I also believe there is some building going on up on the hill and there is always someone building in Yellow Wood, not to mention the rumors that keep circulating about the BIG development that is suppose to take place at Winding Bay. It is becoming difficult to keep up with all the new places and Little Cherokee is not so little anymore. SouthFrom Page 6 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 29 Brand PartsHardware & Fastenersfor Homeowners and ContractorsPlumbing Supplies Water HeatersYour largest choice of economical Gas AppliancesAt the traffic light in Marsh Harbour Paints REVERSE OSMOSISSEA WATER DESALINATORS MAKE DRINKING WATER FROM SEAWATER Advanced Water Engineering, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of water treatment equipment including our REVERSE OSMOSIS. We are re-introducing our equipment to the Bahamas. Residential and small boat sizes from 100 to 20,000 gallons per day.Pricing starts at $2,300.00 We also stock: pumps membranes filters test kits cistern liners poly tanks cat pumps cat parts fittingsADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INCIndian Harbour Beach, FL 32937 Tel: (321) 777-4909 Fax: (321) 773-8338e-mail: info@advancedwater.com DISTRIBUTORS WANTED CALL OR E-MAIL FOR PRICES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES VACANT LANDDerek 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.comHGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 5/15/03Cabbage 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. 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 can be divided into 2 3.5 acre parcels..................................# AB5113 $ 965,000. Teachers Need to Be Paid BetterDear Editor: I am a concerned student of our beautiful Bahamaland. My concern relates to the treatment of our teachers. Our teachers are not being treated fairly in terms of their salaries. I feel as if our educators should be paid on the same level as our judges and lawyers. Are our teachers not the ones who are shaping and molding the youth of our nation info responsible, honest, educated young men and women? The government should increase the salaries of our teachers. Our teachers are there to educate and hence make our nation a better place. More education means job opportunities which in turn means less crime and a better country. Our teachers need to be treated better for the work they are doing. Tavon Ferguson St. Francis de Sales SchoolTourists Should Be Treated the Same as BahamiansDear Editor: I am writing about an issue that concerns and infuriates a lot of Bahamians. This is the biased treatment of tourists when it comes to punishment for crimes on Bahamian land or sea. There are many cases over the years where a Bahamian and a tourist are caught committing a similar crime. The Bahamian is punished according to the law, which is as it should be, but the tourist is given leeway. Why is that? Is it because of our countrys reliance on the tourist industry? Sure, our economy relies on tourists, but does that mean we should let them do what they want, when they want, without consequences? Can a Bahamian enter another country, commit a crime and get away with it or be dealt with leniently? I think not! I guarantee that person would be punished accordingly, and so should tourists in our country. To the officials and administrators of justice, I say stop being biased. Do your job no matter what the nationality of the offender. And to the Bahamian people, protect your motherland and cherish your heritage, report ALL offenders. Scott Albury St. Francis de SalesChildren Born Here Want CitizenshipDear Editor: I am a Bahamian-born young lady. My parents, however, are non-Bahamians. Am I not entitled to Bahamian citizenship, having been born in this country? Well, I do not feel like a Bahamian at all! We, whose parents are non-Bahamians, are not treated fairly. It is ridiculous that we have to wait until we are eighteen years old to APPLY for a passport. You can only imagine all the stress we go through every time we want to travel. Every year we must apply for a travel document. Oh, let me tell you, this travel document resembles a newspaper that is how huge and unattractive it is. Also, can you imagine the embarrassment we suffer when foreign immigration officers ask, What is that? Is it a passport? Often, they are left in great awe and disbelief. Who wouldnt be? Yes, we COULD go to our parents native land, but we do not belong there either. They refuse to accept us, too! Now, I am terribly confused. I do not feel a sense of belonging in any country. The truth is, I do not know who I am! A concerned foreigner Viline Baptiste St. Francis de SalesForest Drive Is Dangerous for School ChildrenDear Editor: I am a concerned teen who would like to point out a very hazardous area in the Dundas Town community. There are students walking to and from school on Forest Drive every week day. Drivers seem to be oblivious of these children. Some arrangement for a bus or sidewalk or both should be made. It is not safe for students to be walking on the road with all these reckless drivers around. Usually, action is not taken until a fatal accident occurs. Please, those responsible, Ministry of Works, deal with this BEFORE something happens that we all will regret. Concerned teen Peter Williams St. Francis de SalesNational Events Must Include Family IslandsDear Editor: I, a teenage citizen of Abaco, am abhorred by the flagrant disregard for Family Island students regarding national competitions. These competitions are essential because they prepare students for the competitiveness of the real world. I would assume that these competitions are meant for the whole Bahamas, yet Family Islands are frequently excluded. Is it that people think we do not have the intellect to compete in these competitions? The only sources of information we can confidently rely on are The Tribune and The Nassau Guardian if the information is published, that is. Islands such as Andros, Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma, although we are large islands, are very rarely invited, let alone informed, of competitions. Sometimes, we are only aware of them when the winner is announced. Schools in New Providence (mainly Nassau) and Grand Bahama (mainly Freeport) are sent faxes, email and mailed letters about competitions and sometimes begged for their participation. As One Bahamas we should embrace and encourage Family Islands, not shun or exclude them. Are we so inferior in their minds eyes that they must keep secrets from us? Some Family Islanders are impoverished and many of them are parents. National competitions that offer cash prizes can be the silver lining they have been praying for. If their children win or place or even simply participate in a contest, it gives the parents a sense of pride for their children. My dream is for the islands to unite, not look down on each other because of size, population or economic status. Like the title states, Family Islands, let us truly be family. Lets live our motto Onward, Upward, but most importantly TOGETHER! Ashlea Archer St. Francis de Sales SchoolMorMor MorMor Mor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor 2360 sq. ft. building 15,000 sq. ft. lot 2 story with air conditioned offices upstairs and downstairs 4 phone lines 2 bathrooms downstairs, 1 bathroom and kitchenette upstairs 14 roll up door serving full 2 story warehouse area private water well close to downtown Marsh Harbour, off Don MacKay Blvd.Price negotiable Call 367-2598FOR SALE More LettersFrom Page 9

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Page 30 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003By Tony Bennett In 1977 Byrle Patterson, her sister Shirley Higgs and Vernon Malone presented the community of Hope Town with the idea of a museum. The idea was enthusiastically accepted and a location found. The late Mr. Harrington Albury made his vacant Wee House available, and the townspeople pitched in to repair, paint the house and build a new picket fence. After six months of operating, a formal Grand Opening of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum was held in March 1978. Many individuals volunteered to serve as docents or receptionists and new artefacts were added to the collection. The Museum became a significant part of the community, sponsoring annual Heritage Days, at which speakers and skits highlighted important events in the history and heritage of Hope Town and its environs. The museum was named after Wyannie Malone, a widow with several children who was one of the first to settle in Hope Town. In 1987 Mr. Albury asked that the Wee House be vacated and returned for his use. The committee was able to find another vacant house owned by Mr. Jack Malone of Nassau and known locally as the Ella Gates house. The Museum Committee decided that a permanent home for the Museum was needed and inquiries were made about buying the house from Jack Malone. Word was received that the house would not be for sale. The search was expanded without results, but in the meantime, in 1991, The Wyannie Malone Historical Society was incorporated under the Company Act of 1990. That same year, after a successful submission, the Museum received the American Express Preservation Award for 1991, one of eight museums so honoured in the Caribbean area. The Museum was on the map and a legal entity. By 1994 the Society purchased a lot on Gillam Street where the new Wyannie Malone Museum stands today. In 1999 after several years of negotiations with the Government of the Bahamas, a lease agreement was signed for the adjacent lot where the Balcony House, the second phase of the museum complex is being constructed. The old museum was seriously damaged by Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 which gave the impetus, in January 2000, to begin the construction of the first of two buildings. Work began in March 2000 and the outer shell of the building was completed by August. Completion of the interior began in January 2001 and the building was formally opened on Heritage Day, March 9, 2001. Preliminary work began on the foundation for the second building, a replica of the Balcony House in Nassau, earlier this year, recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Museums founding. Then in April 2003 almost 500 polystyrene insulating concrete wall forms, Reward Wall Systems, arrived on the Hope Town dock signaling the next phase of construction. On May 5 the work began with only three people involved in this phase. Steve Dodge, noted historian and author of the famous Abaco Cruising Guide, had already built a house from similar blocks and quickly pitched in to help. Kevin Albury, who was the contractor for Steves house, made time out of his busy schedule to oversee and provide hands-on help with the construction. Tony Bennett, the museum curator, helped where he could and made decisions regarding the plans. By May 9 the first storey walls were in place and will be ready to receive concrete by May 13. It is planned to have the building closed in by July. Interior finishing will commence in November with a planned Grand Opening of the entire Wyannie Museum Complex on Heritage Day, March 2004. The funding for these buildings is entirely by private donation. Annual memberships are available and donations to the building fund are gratefully received. Mail to the Wyannie Malone Museum, Hope Town, Abaco, or call the Museum Secretary, Elaine Bennett, at 366-0339 or e-mail hopetownmuseum@aol.com for details.Construction of 2nd Museum Building BeginsThe Wyannie Malone Historical Museum has begun construction on a second building which will house their extensive collection of Hope Town memorabilia and artifacts. This photo shows the building five days after construction began. Photo by Tony Bennett. 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.bsYellow Wood #0301 Well kept home with 2 beds and 2 bath with a self contained 1 bed, 1 bath efficiency on the property. Very nicely landscaped, and close to Cherokee Sound. $289,900 MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASY.TMwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Three bedroom two bath overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This house boasts a romantic wood burning fireplace, rattan furnishings, ceramic tiles and custom wood cabinets. Very secluded island retreat. Offered at $1,420,000 Waterfront with dock. Unique two bedroom / two bath octagonal tree house overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Perched high above the ground amongst the trees, this house is aptly named Hummingbird. Offered at $275,000 Quiet residential lot near beach and public dock. $35,000 Two lots in Coco Bay area. $40,000 each Hill top lots with view of the sea. Starting at $55,000 Hummingbird Waterfront with dock. Unique two bedroom/ two bath octagonal tree house overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Perched high above the ground amongst the trees, this house is aptly named Hummingbird. Offered at $275,000 Man-O-War Cay #0331 Fabulous elegant home, with lovely landscaping, breathtaking views of the ocean, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, study, dance studio, elegant kitchen, extensive decks. Also a guest cottage on the property with 2 beds and 2 baths, utility and wrap around porch. Too many features to list. Call today $1,610,000 Guana Cay #0338 Fabulous 2/1 beach house with great rental income, lovely ocean views, and close to amenities. $375,000 Man-O-War Cay #1369 Cozy 1/1 cottage with extra sleeping loft. In heart of town and close walk to the beach. Perfect vacation cottage. REDUCED-$149,000 Marsh Harbour -Two, 2 bed, 1 bath apartments with a 1/1 efficiency, in Cove Estates, furnished. REDUCED-$187,000 Royal Harbour 18,000sq.ft lot on the harbour, seawalled and has a 23' x 70' boat slip in a great desired location. Great harbour views. Cleared and ready for building -$239,500 C & A Variety Store & Soft Drinks Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled, Malts and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, Abacoin the new green building opposite Lowes Pharmacy & Dr. BoyceWEVE MOVED! Now Located

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas"demwells" is a charming new home in Buttonwood Bay Subdivision. The residence has 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in 1,056 sq.ft. plus 600sq.ft. of covered verandahs and deck. It is set on a wooded 1/3 acre with great privacy yet suberb Sea of Abaco View -fully Furnished # AB88 Offered for sale at: NEW PRICE $474,000. PRICE REDUCED The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 5/1/03Bahama 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 -$275,000.Elbow 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 $ 938,000.Elbow 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. Fabulous views Fully furnis hed.......................# AB83 -$840,000.Elbow Cay "demwells" Buttonwood Bay 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 1,056 sq.ft. new home on 1/3 acre. 600sq.ft. of covered verandahs and deck. Great View Furnished........NEW PRICE # AB88 -$474,000. 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 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 Guana Cay "Ridge Runner" 2,160 sq.ft. home 1.1 acres 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 2nd floor living space 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1st floor apartment, Private Dock, Fabulous views Furnished.............................# AB85 SOLD 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 rental income potential Furnished..# AB86 $750,000.Leisure Lee "Leisure's Rest" 3 bedroom 2 full baths, plus 2 -1/2 baths 2,700 sq.ft. home beautifully landscaped. Fully Furnished......................................................................................................................# AB84 $ 350,000. Man-O-War Cay "Outrageous" 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home. Furnished, Beach Access, Ocean View, Semi-Private Dock.........................................................................................................................................# 2899 -$875,000. Man-O-War Cay "Joe's Beach Cottage" 2,296 sq.ft. home. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 2nd floor living space. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, separate 1st floor apartment. Good income producer. Minute from beach Furnished...# AB61 -$410,000. 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 $2,990,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Beach Point House" 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. home. 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Two complete living units, Beach Great views....# AB89 -$ 1,750,000. 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 $ 1,500,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Lookout House" 4 bedroom, 3 baths 1,600 sq.ft. on sea-to-sea 3/4 acre. New addition and renovation. Natural foliage Private dock Fabulous views Furnished...............# AB91 -$1,120,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Casa Linda" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,487 sq.ft. home, Attached Garage Private Dock Boat Lift Furnished .................................................................# AB49 -$ 589,000.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.. # AB42 -$ 750,000.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 $ 765,000.Treasure 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. "Corn Bay" Man-O-War Cay 15 acre family estate two complete residences, two guest houses Private Harbour, five private beaches, Breathtaking Ocean and Sea of Abaco views. All the privacy of a private island. Furnished # AB11 $5,500,000 "Spinnaker Point" Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 3 bath 1,320 sq.ft. home Private 50' Lay-along Boat Dock Great Sea of Abaco View. Tastefully Furnished and fully equipped Beautifully Landscaped # AB93 NEW LISTING $595,000"Laura's Hideaway" Marsh Harbour Cove Estates Duplex 100' x 100' lot 2 2 bedroon, 1 bath apartments, plus efficiency three separate living units. great location Excellent rental income furnished Priced to sell. #AB44 NEW PRICE $187,500 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 HOMES There will be major changes in Batelco rates according to the Hon. Bradley Roberts, who announced the changes, the first rate changes for residential telephones in over 30 years. The monthly charge for residences will be increased from $10.75 to $15 and the monthly charge for business phones will go from $21.25 to $30, a 40 percent increase. However, these charges will be offset by a reduction in long distance rates. Within the Bahamas the long distance rate will be reduced from $.40 to $.20 per minute. All other long distance rates will be reduced also. To the United States it will be reduced from $.99 per minute to $.24; to Canada from $1.25 to $.24; to the United Kingdom from $2.25 to $.24; to Haiti from $2.50 to $.59. Batelco will be installing a new Global System for Mobile Communications for upgrading their cellular services. There has been a moratorium on cellular service since January because the network could not accommodate any more phones. The prepaid cellular system was introduced in December 2001 and proved to be much more popular than the Batelco management had expected. The cellular system was designed for 120,000 customers and by the end of 2002 they had 125,000 cellular customers. When the new GSM system is in place, Batelco will once again allow new cellular connections. At that time the reduced long distance rates will go into effect. The GSM system will allow global roaming agreements which will be a convenience for international travelers. Batelco allowed many vendors to sell their prepaid cellular phone cards. This produced $40 million in revenue during the one year period the cards were offered. This proved financially beneficial to both Batelco and the retailers. Mr. Roberts expects that the new system will create even better economic opportunities for Bahamian businesses. Batelcos revenue from their cellular phone service increased from $16.5 million in 1999 to $67 million in 2002 and the company expects it will increase to $92 million this year and $119 million next year. Cellular revenue accounted for more than one-third of the corporations total revenue.Phone Charges Are ChangingBy Ann McFaden On April 30 Friends of the Environment held a workshop on recycling. Friends President Erin Pagliaro felt that it is important to get the community educated ahead of time and thinking along these lines for the future. Friends wants to facilitate business opportunities in this field and act as a clearing house for recycling on Abaco. Communities need to be informed on ways to reduce the amount of waste on our island. Kitty Clark acted as the facilitator of the workshop whose purpose was to share ideas about what a recycling program should be, develop a list of contacts of interested persons and experts and develop a plan of action. Many aspects of recycling were discussed including cars and auto parts, refrigerators and appliances, bottles and cans, steel, oil/coolants, batteries, construction left-overs, boat motors and boats, tires, plastic bags, Styrofoam, household waste, newspapers and cardboard, compost possibilities from houses and large land clearing and medical waste. Some of these things were found to be recyclable here on Abaco, while others may prove too costly. The participants selected the areas they were most interested in and formulated a basic start plan which would include as many business and community members as possible, getting information on funding, outlining the logistics and mechanics of implementing a recycling program for their particular waste and report at the next workshop on their findings. They want to begin anRecycle, Reduce and Reuse Please see Recycling Page 33

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Page 32 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Black Wood Elegant, fully furnished two bedroom apts. At entrance to Black Wood. Call 365-0614 or 554-8424 Central Abaco 2 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 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. This fencedin area has electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet for just $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 367-2951 or 3596658 Office Space Available within the Travel Spot office. Call 367-2567Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Houses and Land For Sale or Rent Classified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight Resort Bustic Bight ResortFour Guest Units Liquor Store Open till 9 p.m. Phone 367-5995 Ask for Ernestine RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Simmons PlaceRentals Apartments Office Space Store FrontBarbara M. SimmonsPhone 242-367-2922 East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco simmonsplace2002@yahoo.com RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSHope 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. Call 242-366-3515 or 850-230-8212 Marsh Harbour, Cove Estates one-room furnished efficiency available. Call 367-5586 Marsh Harbour hill top apartments, 2 bed/1 bath, central A/C, fully furnished. Call 3672951 or 366-0347 after 5A chapter of this book is devoted to firsts the first gramophone to come to the island and the first electricity plant. But a very important first is the book itself, which the author has modestly omitted from the list. For here we have the first comprehensive description and history of Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. It not only fills an immediate need but it will be here to entertain and inform future generations into the farthest reaches of our history. Mr. Haziel Albury has every reason to be proud of his accomplishment which to him, no doubt, has been a labour of love. Of his dear Island Home he writes with relish, sincerity and affectionate understanding. In short, it is written as only Mr. Albury could write it. In the denouement of his subject he covers a wide range of topics, from fishes and birds, to mailboats and hurricanes. But, essentially, it is a story of people and, specifically, those people who, in one way This book costs $17, postage paid, and is available direct from the author, Mr. Albury, by calling 242-365-6090 or fax 242-365-6159.Man-O-Man-OMan-O-Man-OMan-OWW WW W ar My Island Home ar My Island Home ar My Island Home ar My Island Home ar My Island HomeA History of an Outer Abaco IslandWritten By Haziel L. Albury Preface by Dr. E. Paul Albury, President, The Bahamas Historical Societyor another, have contributed to the welfare, progress and lore of Man-O-War Cay. The lifestyle of the inhabitants is quite different now to what it was even a generation or two ago. The past, however, will not be forgotten because of the interest that Mr. Albury has taken in it. He describes the old habits, customs and occupations in remarkable detail. There is an air of modernity and prosperity about Man-O-War today but he makes it plain that the inhabitants have not lost their traditional characteristics. They remain law-abiding, good neighbours to each other, kind to visitors, honest, industrious and God-fearing. As President of The Bahamas Historical Society, it gives me great pleasure to welcome this new addition to the written record of our country, and to compliment Mr. Haziel Albury for writing it. I do hope that this book will meet with the success it deserves. 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 367-4018Polyethylene Plastic Storage Tanks 50 to50 to 50 to50 to 50 to 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 GG GG G allons allons allons allons allonsPh. 805-473-7265 Fax 805-473-7291 www.loomistank.comUse for: Drinking Catchment & Irrigation Fire Protection Septic tanks T ransportNEW 1800 gal open-top nestable tank with removable lidLOOMIS TANK CENTER By Jennifer Hudson The Department of Housing moved into its new location in February 2003. Previously situated in the Royal Plaza in Dundas Town, it is now more centrally located in the B&L Plaza in Marsh Harbour. This seems to have been an advantageous move since this new location is more easily accessible and there is less congestion, making parking easier. There has certainly been an increase in the number of enquiries since the move states Office Manager, Mr. Richard Gibbs. Sales are being made in two areas at present, these being Sandy Point and Central Pines. The area just outside Sandy Point contains 96 residential lots and four commercial lots. Sales are going well there and enquiries are received on a regular basis. The government is waiting to determine the success of Phase 1. If the demand is there, it will then open Phase 2. The Central Pines subdivision was originally opened for Abaconians only but due to lack of interest by local residents, it has now been opened up to the Bahamian public in general. Price increases from 95 cents per square foot to $1.15 per square foot became effective March 1st, 2003. Enquiries are still being received and the Ministry is presently issuing conveyances for persons who have already purchased lots. About 35 percent of the 423 lots have already been sold. All lots are presently residential except for one, which has been reserved for a church. Persons wishing to build a home have the option of purchasing a house plan from the Department of Housing or they may use their own plan. The Ministry has housing subdivisions in Crown Haven, Fox Town, Coopers Town and Crossing Rocks. All lots in the Coopers Town and Crossing Rocks subdivisions have already been sold but lots in Crown Haven and Fox Town subdivisions are still available. Persons interested in purchasing lots may visit the office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or call the office at 367-2157.Department of Housing Offers Lots Hints for Helping Our Environment Use a coffee mug at work rather than Styrofoam cups. Use reuseable plates, cups and eating utensils rather than paper, plastic throwaways and styrofoam.Friends of the EnvironmentPresents

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 33Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Casuarina Point, unfinished house for sale. Call 375-8738, 366-3030 or 366-2310 for more information Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242-366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Hope Town Conch Crawl Cottage beautiful vacation home. Accommodates up to 14 people. Leave message at 242-367-4550 Home 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 large water front lot with cottage, tool shed, 150 dock, mature coconuts, 23 Seacraft with 200 Yamaha. $425,000. Also adjoining water front lot approx. 1 acre, good elevation, fantastic views. $98,500 Call 366-3507 Houses and Land For Sale or RentClassified Advertisements PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE HOUSE WANTED PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE 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 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 LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A LIVE YOUR DREAM A TT TT TEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $195,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Tract, 560 squ. ft. home on 100x103 lot. $68,000. Serious inquiries call Jane at 242-394-7988 or 242324-1836 after 6 p.m. Marsh Harbour Sweeting Village residential lots starting at $22,000. Call 367-5978 or 3656044 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 #25 Murphy Town Incomplete duplex one unit completed comprising 2 bed, 1 bath 6,900 sq. ft. Lot #60 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 #167For condition of sale and any other information contact M. Gardiner or M.T. Rolle at 367-2141.BIDS ONLY Sea Grape RealtyVictor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.com Elbow Cay: Lot on Centerline Road, 90 x 100, good title. $75,000 Elbow Cay: Acre in Back Creek, access to water. $80,000 Tilloo Cay: Two lots on Sea of Abaco, 100 wide, approx 250 feet long, deep water, hill top views. Please enquire. Lubbers Quarters: Hillside acre with private dock slip and utilities. $120,000 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.com New This WeekBahama Palm Shores: Fine 8 1/2 mile ocean beach foreshore homesite. Get away from it all in this residential enclave only 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour. Beach combers delight and ready to build. $58,800 Bahama Palm Shores: Excellent opportunity for Bahamians to quiet land between this property and the spectacular beach. Start improvements and submit your claim. Beautiful cul-de-sac homesite. $15,000 Marsh Harbour: Rare opportunity to own a superior home in one of the best neighbourhoods. Expansive property, right across from the Sea of Abaco, master craftsman-built home with all the extras $545,900 Marsh Harbour: Substantial commercial property comprising retail, office, workshop and restaurant facilities. Generous parking, good income producer and great location. Call for details. $517,000 Coral Point: Homesites now offered as one parcel of almost 9 acres. Stunning views of the Sea of Abaco, waterfront access for dockage, swimming. Spec-tacular sunrise to sunset hill top location. $349,000The Best Service in AbacoFeatured ListingCoral Point Villa, Great Cistern Cay: Garden of Eden Gather the family and retreat to this lush, private domain. Pick fruit and flowers from your own trees, swim, boat, build a games court or snuggle by the fireplace. This large compound provides it all in a secure, convenient environment. Keep an eye on things from the wrap-around terrace or read a good book under the bouganvillea arbour. Paradise found! $660,900 Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Your Ad Could Be Here Call 367-3202He feels the government needs to address the problem of our airport so visitors and second home owners will have a proper welcome. The Hon. Bradley Roberts of the Ministry of Works and the Hon. Glenys MartinHannah of the Ministry of Transportation are both acutely aware of the need for a terminal here. The terminal will be of proper architecture, not a warehouse-looking building. One other island, Exuma, is badly in need of upgrades to their airport but he was not sure which would be undertaken first. He indicated that we would probably hear something about the airport by the end of May at the time of the budget debate in the House. He further commented that tourism on Abaco has shown continual growth for the past 30 years through a succession of governments. Abaco is a leader doing well at attracting second home owners, boating visitors and visitors with private planes. The present government is committed to serving the people of all the Bahamas. The Bahamas has rebounded from the disaster of 9/11 and by now the numbers look very good. The Ministry of Tourism is beginning a new mass marketing program which will target Florida. This program will feature all the island of The Bahamas with a focus on each island, not just Nassau and Freeport. WilchcombeFrom Page 1 of children who are less fortunate, and it had led her to a greater appreciation of what she has. There had only been a little nervousness at the first performance but this had soon been overcome. Both Destiny and Tia, grade 11 students who will soon have to make decisions on future careers, are feeling the lure of Broadway. Audience turnout was very pleasing for all performances but especially on the final night when New Visions church was almost full. Proceeds will firstly be used to cover expenses, which actually were minimal apart from the purchase of the six lapel microphones, and then will be placed into school funds for further school productions. All the months of hard work culminated in a first rate production which provided great enjoyment to all who attended and a very maturing experience to all who took part. On leaving, the final words of Gay Meeson, wife of the Principal of Forest Heights Academy, were, I am so proud of them all. Indeed, she has every reason to be. AnnieFrom Page 24 RecyclingFrom Page 30 island-wide education program on waste reduction. Anyone interested in helping in the development of a recycling program for Abaco, please contact members of the Friends of Environment at 367-2721.

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Page 34 The Abaconian May 15th, 2003 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 www.damianos.comDAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY LIMITEDMARSH 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 QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS Laurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner Laurie Schreiner 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 Af Exclusive Af Exclusive Af Exclusive Af Exclusive Af filiatefiliate filiatefiliate filiate 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 MARSH HARBOUR Duplex Lot Price $51,000. MAN-O-WAR 150 from Atlantic Ocean, 3 minutes away from Sandy Beach. $100,000. HOPE TOWN 3.1 Acres on Sea of Abaco. Excellent elevation. $990,000. Internet Ref. #1681 TILLOO CAY 1/2 acre oceanfront lot with shared dock in the Bight of Tilloo. $85,000. Internet Ref. #1770 TILLOO CA TILLOO CA TILLOO CA TILLOO CA TILLOO CA Y Y Y Y Y Lot Tilloo Beach Subdivision fabulous view of the Sea of Abaco, access to common dock area and Atlantic Beach. Great building site. Internet Ref. $75,000 gross. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lot with dock access $140,000. Interior lot with view $46,000.LOTS FOR SALE OTHER LISTINGSGREAT ABACO CLUB 3/2 with master spa bath, fully furnished, deepwater dockage, gated community with Beach Club privileges. Good rental record. $589,000. Ref. #1417 REGATTAS OF ABACO Ground floor 2/2, central A/C, granite countertops, appliances. $199,000. Int. Ref. #805 TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA TREASURE CA Y VILLA Y VILLA Y VILLA Y VILLA Y VILLA 2/2 with central A/C nearby 18-hole golfcourse, 3 miles of sandy beaches, marina, restaurants & bars. Modern amenities. $87,000. ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA ELBOW CA YY YY Y Tahiti Hai Dorros Cove Subdivision Newly renovated 4/2 on a 1/2 acre lot with separate gardeners apt. Central a/c, wrap around porch, panoramic views, dock access, steps away from Tahiti Beach, and 10 minutes to Hope Town. Internet Ref. $960,000.NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGLUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS Flip Flops Beautiful beach bungalow on 1.19 acres with dock. Sandy white beach with breathtaking sunsets. This property has lush landscaping and nature trails. Numerous improvements. Call for details. Laurie Schreiner 242-366-3143NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING TRADE WINDSLUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERSInternet Ref. 1 bedroom 1 bath with dock $220,000$220,000 $220,000$220,000 $220,0001 bed 1 bath with loft & dock $260,000$260,000 $260,000$260,000 $260,000Large vacant lot with dock $90,000$90,000 $90,000$90,000 $90,000Hilltop large lot with dock $130,000$130,000 $130,000$130,000 $130,000 COCONUT COTTAGEHH HH HOPEOPE OPEOPE OPE T T T T TOWNOWN OWNOWN OWN/E/E /E/E /ELBOWLBOW LBOWLBOW LBOW C C C C CAA AA A YY YY YInternet Reference Adorable Colonial style 2/2Ocean view across the street from sandy beach1,000 sq. ft. central a/cElevation with nice breezeDetached garageExcellent rental$$ $$ $ 415,000415,000 415,000415,000 415,000 SUMMERWINDSHH HH HOPEOPE OPEOPE OPE T T T T TOWNOWN OWNOWN OWN/E/E /E/E /ELBOWLBOW LBOWLBOW LBOW C C C C CAA AA A YY YY YInternet Reference ABSOLUTELY TURNKEY!Dorros Cove SubdivisionOcean front 3 bed, 2 bathCentral a/c & fully furnishedHeated swimming poolWatermaker & Generator2 car garage, private dock slip$$ $$ $ 1,299,0001,299,000 1,299,0001,299,000 1,299,000 CHEROKEE COTTAGES3 bed 2 bath homeSpectacular Ocean views80 above sea level1,280 sq.ft. living space 1,000 sq.ft. balcony space$$ $$ $ 240,000 Ref. 240,000 Ref. 240,000 Ref. 240,000 Ref. 240,000 Ref. 2 bed 1 bath, quiet areaGreat Get Away CottageNear sandy beaches$130,000 Ref. $130,000 Ref. $130,000 Ref. $130,000 Ref. $130,000 Ref. NEW LISTINGS NEW LISTINGS NEW LISTINGS NEW LISTINGS NEW LISTINGS TILOO CUTHH HH HOPEOPE OPEOPE OPE T T T T TOWNOWN OWNOWN OWN/ E/ E / E/ E / ELBOWLBOW LBOWLBOW LBOW C C C C CAA AA A YY YY YInternet Ref. Dorros Cove Subdivison1700 sq. feet, 3b/2bFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnished$990,000$990,000 $990,000$990,000 $990,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING SUNRISE POINTBB BB BESTEST ESTEST EST D D D D DEALEAL EALEAL EAL ONON ONON ON THETHE THETHE THE O O O O OCEANCEAN CEANCEAN CEANHH HH HOPEOPE OPEOPE OPE T T T T TOWNOWN OWNOWN OWN/ E/ E / E/ E / ELBOWLBOW LBOWLBOW LBOW C C C C CAA AA A YY YY YInternet Ref. 2b/1b, 800 square feetAdditional 800sq. closed in for expansionFully furnishedGreat area to surfExcellent rental history$$ $$ $ 649649 649649 649 ,000,000 ,000,000 ,000 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING RUSSVALE APARTMENTSMARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOURGreat Investment Great Investment Great Investment Great Investment Great InvestmentInternet Ref. 16697 Apartments in Total6 2 bed 1 bath units1 1 bed 1 bath unitAir-conditionedFurnishedExcellent Location$795,000$795,000 $795,000$795,000 $795,000 MOONSHADOWLUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERS LUBBERS QUARTERSInternet Ref. Secluded waterfront with beautiful gardens166 ft. of waterfrontPanoramic seaviewsHardwood FloorsSolar Powered1.5 acres$840,000$840,000 $840,000$840,000 $840,000NOTICEESTATE of CHARLES W. SAWYER also known as CHARLES WILSON SAWYER, SR. late of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, Deceased NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or demand against the above Estate are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of the same certified in writing to the undersigned on or before 31St March, 2003 and if required, to prove such debts or claims, or in default be excluded from any distribution; after the above date the assets will be distributed having regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the Personal Representative shall have had notice AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before 31St March, 2003.ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO.Attorneys for the Personal Representative Stratton Drive P. O. Box AB-20115 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Buster & Duckie Chroniclesto be published in a book Dr. Marc Binards story of Buster and Duckie will be published in late October with illustrations. These Little Harbour shennanigans ran for the past two years in The Abaconian. To make this book possible, donations are requested for the $2500 printing cost. All surplus proceeds from the sale will be donated to various Marsh Harbour medical charities. A $25 donation will list you in the contributors Appendix, get you a free copy and enter you in a raffle for a 7 10 day stay at our Guana Cay home. Make checks (preferred) to Buster and Duckie and send to: Toby Strong, aka Red Jacket, P.O. Box 68, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. Visa & MC acceptable also.The College of The Bahamas, Abaco Office, is urging those persons who wish to take the Conversational Creole course to take their application forms and the $20 fee to the College office in the old Marsh Harbour Primary School or to the Administrators office in Marsh Harbour. The College office is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the telephone number is 367-2879.COB Courses Being Offered

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May 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 35 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Mercury Outboard Engines 135 HP $5000200 HP $5000 Contact National Marine @ 367-2326 W ave Runner Seadoo, Bombardier, two man, excellent cond, cover, low hours. Can be seen at Scotland Cay $2,950. Call 375-8226 or 561738-0996 25 CB ODay sailboat, 3 sails, stereo, galley, head, 6 HP OB, good condition. $7500 23 Trimaran, 2 sails, 2 small cabins, fast, safe, fun for the whole family. $2500. Call 366-0552 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 90 GMC Sonoma pickup with ext. cab. great condition. $5000 Call 352-376-2288 92 Ford Taurus Station Wagon. $3000 firm. Call 367-4643 93 Toyota Camry Call for price. Phone 3672326 days 95 Jeep Cherokee, low mileage, good cond. A/C. PS, PB, AM/FM, Tape. $5,500 Call 3654695 99 Club Golf Cart, 36 volt, all accessories, four seater, windshield, in excellent cond. $5,000 Call 365-4695 99 Ford Escort 4 door sedan, 5 speed, excellent condition A/C, CD. $8000 Call 365-4695 Jeep Wrangler, perfect condition, 30,000 miles. $12,000 Call 365-5153 100 KW Perkins diesel generator, 2001, used as stand-by, self contained. ready to go. Call 359-6707Piano, Technics Digital Ensemble, Steinway sound, 88 weighted keys. display, floppy, MIDI etc. Like new. $1,900 obo. Tel. 365-6441Island Maintenance/Manager. Englishman (55) seeks right hand man position. Electrician, plumbing, building and joinery, expert with diesel gen, water. Honest, dependable. E-mail moredazeoff@yahoo.co.ukWanted for local weekend band, lead guitar, also keyboard/vocals a plus. Classic rock, raggae, calypso and blues. Call 477-5222 College Student looking for summer employment. Fluent in computer use. Excellent communication skills. Call 367-2105 COMMERCIAL SERVICES MERCHANDISE FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE New Generation ConstructionSpeicializing in Private Home Construction, Renovations, Tile Cabinetry, Masonry, Paint, etc. Ph. 365-0614 375-3863 Black Wood James Baillou COMMERCIAL SERVICES 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 Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Big Cat Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 EMPLOYMENT Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5Tropical Souvenirs ROCK & FILL 97 LTDSand Rock Quarry Cracker Dust Topsoil Tel: 242-367-3650 Fax: 242-367-2988 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Always a good selection of cars, vans & trucks. Pre-owned quality vehicles, competitively priced at Marsh Harbour Auto Sales. Ph. 3672111 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats Daily Scheduled FlightsFt. Lauderdale AbacoCharters and Cargo AvailableCall 367-3597 366-0069 Or 954-359-0380 Diane FletcherChartered Accountant ________________________________Financial Statement Preparation Business Licenses Audits and Investigations Accounting Software Installation and Training Specializing in Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207 Abaco Cellular 559-8889 Abaco Starters & Alternators RebuildersForeign & U S Cars, Marine Diesel Engines Industrial Equipment Repairs & Service We stock alternator & starter partsCall 367-4970 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 9 am 5 pm Sundays 10 am 4 pm Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. Freight Service The Lord ProvidesBetween Marsh Harbour, Nassau, Freeport, Inagua & Haiti Every six weeks Hubert and Mary Thassou at 357-6707 Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201The Rolex Grand Prize continues to elude the teams participating in BBC 2003. For the week the field of thirty-seven teams caught twenty-five qualified billfish. Blue marlin accounted for twenty-one while only two white marlin and two sailfish were caught. All but two billfish were released. On the final day of the tournament, with forty minutes of fishing remaining, Fred Marolf of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the COB Too hooked-up with a large blue marlin. At four oclock when the committee boat announced lines out of the water, the COB Too was still fighting their fish. Finally after more than two hours of battle Marolf was successful in subduing the 684 pound blue marlin. Fred Marolf, who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday, has fished the BBC for more than twenty years. He received special recognition at the Walkers Cay awards presentation for his catch which is the largest blue marlin caught thus far in the 2003 series. As of the second leg of the five tournament series for 2003, over $19,000 has been raised for the BBC Scholarship Fund.Additional Tournaments Are ScheduledIn addition to the Bahamas Billfish Championship series, there are several other major billfish tournaments scheduled. The Shootout Fishing Tournament will be held May 13 18 at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour. According to Kevie Thomas of Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour, sixty boats have registered to compete in this tournament. This tournament replaces the Bertram Hatteras Invitational Shootout which held it last tournament last year. This will be followed by the Boat Harbour Billfish Blast on May 26-30. The Treasure Cay Billfish Championship will be on June 22-27 and a new tournament at Bluff House beginning on June 8. BBCFrom Page 25Corner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250 CONGRATULATIONS!TONYA PATTERSONon your outstanding performance in the Forest Heights Production of Annie 2003. Hugs & Kisses from your family

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