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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 12, JUNE 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 Pigeon Peas Fire Leaves 200 HomelessPrime Minister Commits to Bring About Changes On May 28 fire swept through an area of Pigeon Peas destroying about 70 homes, leaving an estimated 200 to 215 persons homeless. Despite the valiant efforts of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department, all the houses in that 0.9 acre area were completely burned. The Fire Department was phoned at 5:31 p.m. by a Haitian and Assistant Fire Chief Claude Sawyer was on the scene with the first fire engine within four minutes to quickly analyze strategies to battle the fire. The fire began in the middle of a very densely packed area where houses were so close that the firemen were unable to lay out their fire hoses. Chain link fences prevented normal access. Three trucks from the Fire Department responded and later that evening the truck at the airport responded. Two water lines were connected directly to a fire hydrant but pressure was low because of a break in a three-inch line close to the Anglican Church. The firemen were assisted by many town people. A forklift was used to get a hose over one fence beside the lumber yard while another fence behind Sawyers Market was lifted by a forklift to allow access to the area. Several containers behind Sawyers Market were moved away from the fence. Residents on the rooftops were passed hoses to access the fire. However, the amount of water available was insufficient. Those on the roofs had to abandon their effort. A disastrous fire swept through an area of the Pigeon Pea community in Marsh Harbour on May 28, destroying about 70 homes. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was not able to save any of the houses in the confined area but kept the fire from spreading to other parts of the community. This photo shows the fire consuming a house built along the fence delineating Abaco Hardware property. The metel wall of the warehouse got red hot, igniting the stock within the warehouse. The fire left about 20 0 persons homeless. Thanks to Mr. Harold Davies for this spectacular photo.Hope Town Celebrates Earth Day Prime Minister Tours Pigeon Peas Please see Fire Page 4 The Hope Town School hosted about 250 school students for their annual Earth Day celebration. Environmental groups, government officials and many interested persons enjoyed the program and the displays which highlighted some of the environmental problems Abaco faces. The guest speaker was the Ambassador for the Environment, His Excellency Keod Code Smith. Shown above are the judges of the school displays with Hope Town School Principal, Mrs. Candace Key. They are, left to right, Mrs. Key, Mr. Keon Smith, Mr. Everette Archer from Murphy Town, accompanying Mr. Smith, Mr. David Knowles, Abacos local officer with the Department of Agriculture, and behind, Mr. Wayne Cornish, an Abaco officer with the Department of Fisheries. By Candace Key What a day to celebrate our islands unique diverse environment! May 23 dawned bright pink in the east, showered rain just enough to brighten the leaves and then continued with a light ocean breeze on the gathered crowd at Jarrett Park in Hope Town. Please see Earth Day Page 10 The Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie toured Pigeon Peas on May 31 to view the burned out area and to begin a study of the area problems. He is in the center accompanied on the left by the Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Louis Harold Joseph, and on the right ASP Clarence Russell, Abacos Police Chief, and Insp. Cleophas Cooper, Abacos CID Chief. In the background is a house under construction.

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Page 2 The Abaconian June 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 Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFine dinning with breath-taking panoramic views from our terrace enhances our delicious menu of fresh daily catches and homemade delicacies. Stop by and relax with a cool tropical beverage, our friendly staff are waiting to serve you. Keep an eye on our calander of events throughout the season CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0113The Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie, visited Abaco on May 31 to personally view the site of the disastrous fire in the Pigeon Peas which destroyed 70 houses. He walked around the entire Haitian community and the adjoining Mud area talking with residents and seeing for himself the burned out area and the living conditions which exist in those two areas. Mr. Christie brought with him the Haitian Ambassador to The Bahamas, Mr. Louis Harold Joseph, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, Sen. Traver R. Whylly, and the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service. After an extensive tour, Mr. Christie held a meeting with Haitians and local officials in the Marsh Harbour courtroom to assess the current situation and discuss the larger problems which these communities present. He emphasized that much more information was needed before he can develop a long range program to change the situation which exists. He assured the Haitians that his government would process the immigrants who qualified for status. Any Haitian who was in The Bahamas ten years prior to January 12, 1995, can apply for status according to a treaty between The Bahamas and Haiti. Each application will be dealt with individually. Those who arrived here after the January 12, 1985, date may be repatriated. Not everyone will like the outcome, said Mr. Christie, But progress must come. The Bahamas is working with the Haitian government to stop the flow. He appealed to the Haitians here to cooperate with the government and not to be angry. One of the goals of the Bahamian Defence Force will be to intercept Haitian vessels in the Southern Bahamas. The Defence Force will have an expanded presence on Inagua which will include a detention center for holding the illegals until they can be repatriated. Mr. Christie was adamant, Construction (of new houses) must stop right now. The Prime Minister said so! He told the Haitians that he had come with government ministers to assess the problem first hand. I will not allow a community of this nature to exist in the middle of Marsh Harbour, he said. It was his duty to ensure that the Bahamas evolves in its own peculiar way and must not allow outside events to dominate our culture. A recent agreement between The Bahamas and Haiti has not yet been ratified by the Cabinet yet. However, Mr. Christie is committed to finding solutions and asked for the cooperation of the Haitian community. He noted that he was visiting Marsh Harbour with the Haitian Ambassador which signified his commitment. He stressed that the government is there for the benefit of the people. He feels that Abaco will see unprecedented development within the next year or two and that development on Abaco will continue because of the beauty of the island and because of the people, their culture and heritage. He challenged Abaco to demonstrate to the rest of The Bahamas and the world that it can solve problems. He closed the meeting stating his belief that the Bahamas greatest asset is its people.Ministers Discuss Haitian ProblemsThe Prime Ministers trip was followed by a visit on June 3 by the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing and National Insurance, and the Hon. Melanie Griffin,Christie Visits Haitian CommunitiesOn June 3 the Prime Minister sent a delegation to tour the Pigeon Peas and Mud communities on a fact finding trip. They talked with fire victims and other residents about their living conditions. They held a meeting with Bahamian leaders, pastors and Haitians to gather facts as background for making policies concernting the illegal immigrants which inhabit the communities. They were accompanied by several other government officials. Shown above are, left to right in the front, ASP Clarence Russell, Abacos Chief of Police, Commissioner of Police Paul Farquharson, the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing and National Insurance, the Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Public Services and Community Development, Ms. Barbara Burrows with the Department of Housing, and Dr. David Allen from the Cabinet Office with the Urban Development Commission. The Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel, Minister of Health and Environmental Services, and the Hon. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government, were on Abaco on June 4 to see about the fire in Pigeon Pea. They went through that community and the Mud talking with the residents and assessing the living conditions. Government has said they will put into place policies which will clean up these slum areas. Dr. Bethel is on the left and Mr. Gray on the right in the photo. Behind them is Mr. Carl Smith of the National Disaster Preparation Committee. Please see Christie Page 17

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 HOMES & LAND Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and P Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and P Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and P Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and P Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and P ropertyroperty ropertyroperty ropertyFamily Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366Price: $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 accommodate up to a 60 yacht. VILLA JUNKANOOPrice: $935,000Immaculate, turnkey, oceanfront home, 3 bedroom, 3 bath, heated pool overlooking Atlantic, large deck, screened porch and generator.Price: $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 AZURE BLUE 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! 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. 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 $150,0001 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

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Page 4 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 AbacoWholesaleFRESH PRODUCE CHOICE MEATS GROCERIES SUPPLIES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR FAMOUS BRANDS DON MACKAY BLVD.MARSH HARBOUR,ABACO.(242) 367-2020/8 FAX:(242) 367-2242 OPEN MON-FRI 8:30 AM 5:00 PM AND SAT 8:00 AM-1:00 PM The more you buy, the more you save.UNBEATABLE SELECTION. UNBEATABLE PRICE. Call us at Abaco Wholesale today and ask about our volume buying because the more you buy, the more you save! The intense heat was made even more dangerous by LP tanks which were concealed in some of the houses. One of these exploded so violently that it knocked three firemen to the ground. Fortunately, none was injured. One observer saw the blast throw a timber 100 feet into the air. The operation was initially hampered while waiting for BEC to turn off electrical power to the area. While the electricity was still on, there was a danger of the firemen getting shocked from drop cords in the puddles. The residents were desperately trying to salvage mattresses, furniture and personal belongings. They were throwing everything over the fences, out of harms way. It was a windy evening. Fortunately, the wind was not blowing north or south toward the adjoining businesses which were threatened but it was coming from the east. Otherwise, the fire department might not have been able to contain it. Abaco Hardware was the business most in danger with a large warehouse just 20 feet from the burning houses. The heat was so intense that building materials, electrical supplies and air conditioning insulation within the warehouse were set on fire from the red hot metal building walls. Some resources were diverted to control this. Effort was made to confine the fire to the residences. The surrounding businesses contained flammable material which could have been more dangerous. The hardware warehouse had building materials which could have fueled a very dangerous fire. An added danger could have been from building materials and chemicals that generate toxic fumes when burned. Twenty-five local firemen were on the scene. These firemen were assisted by five men from the Man-O-War Fire Department, four from Guana Cay and one from Hope Town. The fire was under control by 8 p.m. By that time the fire had consumed all the buildings within the block. It was another two hours before all danger was over. A light rain after 8 pm. helped with the final clean-up. The Police supported the Fire Department by patrolling the streets and providing control over the agitated fire victims. The burned out area is approximately 120 feet by 300 feet or 36,000 square feet which is just under an acre. When it was realized that the water and equipment available were insufficient to suppress the fire. efforts were shifted to protecting the Abaco Hardware lumber yard on the south and Sawyers Market on the north. The Burns House liquor warehouse was threatened to a lesser extent. Emergency services were on the scene before the fire was under control, registering the homeless and providing help. Mr. Silbert Mills, Co-Chairman of the Disaster Preparedness Committee, convened a meeting along with Administrator Alexander Williams at 8 p.m. that night to make plans for the care of the homeless people. Although shelter was found for them that 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 35 Firemen Respond to Fire Please see Fire Page 5 FireFrom Page 1 Residents of Pigeon Peas hurriedly emptied their belongings out of the houses which were near the fire and which eventually totally burned. The hose of the fire department is shown draped over the fence in a futile attempt to contain the fire. Photo by Cay Russell

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5night, no one accepted the shelter offered by the Catholic Church. A special bank account was set up for donations but the response has been poor. The Department of Social Services, under the direction of Ms. Charlemae Fernander, has provided clothing and coupons for food. The local Red Cross chapter located emergency shelters. Many groups and individuals are donating funding, food and clothing. The Disaster Preparedness Committee set up an emergency distribution center in a vacant warehouse with supplies. The tournament entrants of the HMY Billfish Blast donated $10,000 along with many boxes of food, clothing, even games and toys. Much of what they donated they purchased locally. That donation was made to the victims through the Catholic Church. Abaco Markets opened Abaco Wholesale that night to provide an immediate supply of food and water. The cause of the fire has not been determined. One is that a child accidently started it while cooking. Students from that area reported it resulted from two women who were squabbling. There are not firm numbers as to the number of houses or the number of displaced persons because the area was very crowded. Often several single people and families dwell in the same building. Many of the homeless do not have proper papers to be in The Bahamas and do not want to be identified. There is also a problem that some not affected have signed up to benefit from the emergency supplies.Building Density Hampers Efforts FireFrom Page 4 Several factors kept this disaster from becoming worse. The wind did not blow the fire toward the businesses. and it happened in daylight. If it had been at night, the consequences could have been much worse. The area which was burned out is part of the Pigeon Pea community, an area of squatters, mostly Haitian, who began living there nearly 40 years ago. The land is part of the Key Tract or generation land which has never been legally divided. The The area between Burns House warehouse and the fence quickly filled up with furniture, mattresses and household belongings removed from the houses which later burned down in Pigeon Peas. Photo by Harold Davies 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 deliveryCrowds watched as the fire progressed through one area of Pigeon Pea. The intense heat, poor water pressure and dense housing kept the Marsh Harbour Fire Department from saving the houses. They were able to contain the fire so it did not spread to adjoining businesses.Photo by Cay Russell Please see Fire Page 38 The Foundry is Casting Bronze SculpturesGold & Silver Jewellery, Nautical Curios and Glass Balls The work of three generations of Johnstons Petes Pub Pig & Pea Party Saturdays at 12 noon Featuring Smoked Wild Abaco BoarOpen 7 days a weekWW WW W ed: Fish Fed: Fish F ed: Fish Fed: Fish F ed: Fish F ry Thur: Casting ry Thur: Casting ry Thur: Casting ry Thur: Casting ry Thur: Casting at 1:30 at 1:30 at 1:30 at 1:30 at 1:30 F F F F F ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until Located 13 miles South of Marsh Harbour, accessible by road or boat Tel: (242) 366-3503 Website: www.petespub.com e-mail: pete@petespub.com P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

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Page 6 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 JEWELRY PERFUMEOMEGAWATCHESCHINA, CRYSTAL, JEWELRY, WATCHES & RESORT WEAR FOR EVERY BUDGETTreasure Cay, Abaco Mon Sat 9 5 pm Closed for lunch 12 noon 1:30 pm Tel: (242) 365-8132 Diane Solomon Manager 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 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderNewest ArrivalCongratulations to happy parents, Carol and Blain Sweeting, on the birth of their son, Dylan Alexander Blain Sweeting, born April 23 in Nassau. The couple already have a daughter, Elizabeth, who turns three years old this month. Mother and baby are doing fine.CongratulationsBest wishes to newlyweds Chantell Weatherford and Darren Albury, who tied the knot in a civil ceremony on May 28 at the Administrators Office in Marsh Harbour with only their immediate family in attendance. Chantell has a nine-year-old daughter, Jessy, from a previous marriage, but this marriage is a first for Darren. We understand she is not working at the present time but Darren is one of Cherokees crawfishermen. The couple has bought a new home in Sweeting Village and plan to take up residence soon.Familys AppreciationThe family of Brandin Pinder would like to thank all those who gave financial support for his surgery. Because of your help he is again a happy and healthy little boy and the family would like to sincerely thank all who helped to make this possible.ConvalescingMrs. Viola Sawyer has been moved into Marsh Harbour to the Sybils Home for convalescing and is reported to be settling in. Her family would like to thank all the many friends for their continued calls of concern.In HospitalFreeman Roberts is still in hospital in Nassau. His treatments have taken much longer than anticipated, but he is looking forward to returning home soon and wants to thank all those who have been sending along their greetings and best wishes for his speedy recovery.School NewsThe upper grades took a field trip to Hope Town on May 16 to enter their project on Crawfish in the Earth Day Science Fair hosted by the Hope Town School. They received an honourable mention prize. The lower grades went to Green Turtle Cay on their field trip on May 29 where the children visited Alton Lowes Art Gallery as well as the Sculpture Garden. Both of these outings help to familiarize the children with their Abaconian roots and experience interaction with the other schools on the island. Not to mention that the students always seem to have such a good time. The school held an in-house spelling bee in the month of May. The winners were as follows: sixth grade was Samantha Sawyer, fifth grade was Caitlyn Albury and fourth grade Chandi Lowe. Congratulations to all the winner, keep up the good work.A Generous BenefactorOne of our many visitors to our island wanted to give something back to the community and to show his appreciation for the hospitality shown him during his recent visit to Cherokee. He learned that the copy machine in the school was broken and could not be repaired. He sent us a new one. So, you see, we really do have Guardian AnSouth Abaco NewsBahamas Ferry Ltd. is constructing a ramp for docking its new ferry SeaWind which is now making three weekly trips to Sandy Point, bringing passengers, vehicles and freight. The sea bottom will have to be scraped to give enough depth for the ferry at all tides. Please see South Page 7

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 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 LTD ABACO HARDWARE LTD ABACO HARDWARE LTD ABACO HARDWARE LTD 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. 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 16ICE RENTAL BIKES More South Abaco NewsSandy Points Homecoming Draws HundredsSandy Point held its annual homecoming on June 6-9. The location is on the beach so everyone can enjoy the water front. The Bahama Ferry SeaWind brought 250 people and 25 vehicles for the occasion. The ferry left people and vehicles behind but could not make a second trip. Shore activites at the Sandy Poing homecoming are held just to the right of the picture. They offered dominoes, volleyball, games as well as water activities including gum elemi boat races which were held on June 6. SouthFrom Page 6 gels. We want to send along a big thank you to this anonymous donor.A Significant DonationWhen restoration work started on the Old School, one of the main goals was to bring the building back to look as it did originally over 100 years ago. And a very important part of the whole appearance was the exterior wooden shutters and doors. We had hoped to be able to save the original hinges and hardware, but alas, this was not possible. Little did we know, at the very same time, someone else was also contemplating this very same problem. An old friend, neighbour and artist, Pete Johnston of Little Harbour, has offered to take a mold from the original hinges and bolt hangers and reproduce them for us from bronze. His offer to do this for Cherokees Old School project could not have come at a more opportune moment. We hope he realizes the deep appreciation we all feel towards him for this kind offer. The restoration work is fast coming to an end with the finishing interior work now in progress. Completion is not far away. Please see South Page 9

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Page 8 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 The Editor Says . The Fire A Wake up Call? All About TownThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson Isobel Sherman Columnist/Graphic Artist: Timothy Roberts Contributors: Margo Albury, Krista Kelly, Candace Key, Ann McFaden, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Use order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,000 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$45 Canada airmail $55.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface David RalphBy Isobel ShermanA Word of WarningThe Bahamas should take a word of warning from a recently released report by the Pew Commission in the United States on the oceans ecosystems which border the shores of the United States. According to the recently released report those oceans are over fished, polluted, infested with invasive species, dotted with dead zones and in a real sate of crisis. This independent report states that the oceans can be saved. Another recent study found that 90 percent of the worlds big fish have disappeared. The commission, composed of scientists, politicians and philanthropists, was bipartisan and sponsored by an environmental charity. They stated that strengthening land pollution laws, making more no fishing zones and imposing limits on fishing techniques are just some of the ways the oceans ecosystems can be saved.Thoughts to PonderThe Oxford Dictionary defines the word gossip as casual talk usually about another person. The definition does not imply that this casual talk could be harmful, malicious or false. However, in many cases the casual talk is all three. On this island gossip seems to be the rule. More often than not the gossip is not true or a gross exaggeration of the truth of the matter. Gossip is wrong. Idle talk about other people is wrong. There are potentially harmful implications for the person being gossiped about. The harmful part is as the gossip goes from person to person it changes, usually for the worse. If the people who are gossiping do not even know the person, they can get the wrong idea or concept of what that person is really like. Gossiping is wrong but it will not goFire Department Deserves PraiseDear Mr. Editor, I wish to publicly express my appreciation to the brave, unselfish, dedicated firemen of the Marsh Harbour Fire Department, along with those from Great Guana Cay and Man-O-War Cay, for the outstanding job they did at the fire on Wednesday, 28 May. Their expertise saved most of the Pigeon Peas community and probably a section of the town. What a pity they were so badly maligned by the very people they risked their lives to save. Yours etc. Patrick J. BethelBe Patient for Pay RaiseDear Editor To my members here on Abaco, it seems as if we really will not be paid the $1200 until December. Your president, Mr. John Pinder, is still pushing for payment at the end of July. I felt we would have gotten it if all the unions were on one accord but its not like that. The main one that I am thinking about is the B.U.T., if they were with Mr. Pinder, then perhaps all would go as planned for July. But on the other hand, a little late is still better than not at all. Some of you may agree with me and some may not but thats life. But I am asking the members of the Abaco Branch to please keep up the good work and the government and the union would take care of this issue. May God bless each of us during these tough times. Wayne D. Bastian Ministry of Public Works Chief Shop Steward of the BPSU Abaco Branch The recent fire in the Haitian community was a wake-up call that there are serious problems with Haitian Nationals on Abaco which must be addressed. This has been said many times before but 70 houses burned has gotten attention. The magnitude of one fire displacing over 200 persons strained the ability of local resources to provide adequate relief. We are thankful that no lives were lost and there were no injuries of any consequence either to the residents or to the firemen. Three sides of the burned area, just under an acre in size, had no access due to sixand eight-foot chain link fences securing neighboring businesses. The residents were frustrated in attempting to salvage their possessions. Bedding, appliances, furniture and personal belongings did get salvaged; but, in general terms, not much was saved. It is difficult to describe or visualize the housing situation in this area to anyone who has not seen it. Many of the houses are so close together that you cannot pass between them even though they are separate buildings. Sometimes the best access to a fire is across rooftops. There are no yards, straight paths or roads between many of the buildings. The Disaster Committee did a commendable job of meeting immediately and getting emergency shelter, food, water and clothing on short notice for such a large number of displaced persons. At five oclock in the afternoon everything was normal and at sundown there were 200 or more homeless and angry people to contend with. They were angry because they felt that the fire department had not done enough to save their homes. In reality, the fire was too intense to save the houses. The firemen did keep the surrounding businesses from going up in flames. Only 40 displaced persons requested shelter that night. The Catholic church opened its doors; however, no one showed up. Either the church was too far away, about a mile, or they preferred to find their own shelter closer to where their homes had stood. Government, in its ponderous way, was quick to acknowledge the problem. Three high level government delegations led by the Prime Minister visited the site and met with the residents. They did not bring answers but wanted facts to enable them to make decisions for the immediate short term crisis of the displaced and to consider long term solutions for the thousands living in the two slum squatter settlements. What is the problem ? The chief enumerator for the official 2000 census found 1500 Haitians living in the Pigeon Peas and the Mud settlements with Bahamian status, either citizenship, work or residence permit or a travel document. The census people found no illegal persons during the census exercise, not even one, in either of these two Haitian communities. An educated Bahamian of Haitian origin who grew up in the Haitian community estimates the total population in the two settlements between 4500 and 5500 persons. This may be as good an estimate as any. That would give the area two or three illegal persons for each legal one. Many persons living in the Mud and Pigeon Peas were born here. This does not grant then citizenship under Bahamian law. However, the Haitians are resentful of a system that tolerates their presence but which they feel does not allow them any legal status. Some of the Haitian Nationals have been educated, received Bahamian citizenship, moved out of the slum area and are now living within the Bahamian community. The communities are built on either private generation land in Pigeon Peas or government-owned Crown Land in the Mud. Both areas are essentially in the center of downtown Marsh Harbour. Several efforts by the private sector have been unsuccessful in evicting the Pigeon Peas residents. There has been virtually no effort on governments part to halt construction in either settlement. New houses are built continually. Note the photo on page one of this issue with a house under construction behind the Prime Minister on his walk through the Mud. The statements from the Prime Minister and his ministers who visited Abaco were emphatic that further construction must stop. Hopefully, governments resolve will bring about compliance in many areas that are now being tolerated or overlooked. How do we solve the problem? There is nothing to stop another fire like this one except care by the residents themselves. A fire in the Pigeon Peas several years ago took 20 houses. A fire in the Mud took 14. In general terms the houses in the Mud are separated better and fewer houses are lost in a fire. Further illegal construction must stop for many reasons but a primary one is that more houses mean more capacity for more persons. New immigrants will come to live with their relatives and friends. Abaco is a favorite destination because we give them good paying jobs and we are not far from Florida The open discusisons brought out that there are areas in this country where Bahamians live in similar deplorable conditions. All solutions that involve land, housing, incentives, assistance or other programs to solve the Abaco problem must apply equally to Bahamians on Eleuthera, Long Island, Nassau and throughout the islands. Preferential treatment cannot be given to immigrants above that extended to Bahamians. Government is faced with some hard decisions which the Pigeon Peas and Mud residents must accept. One of the larger unresolved issue is what to do with an estimated 2000 or more persons who may be left after those able to secure legal status are provided for. Haitian children now attend government schools even though many cannot speak English. All the immigrant residents receive health benefits at the government clinics, they have police protection, they are accorded many benefits equal to Bahamians. They are given employment and earn wages comparable to Bahamians. Without any skills they are able to earn $10,000 to $12,000 annually compared to the average per capita income of $250 which they could expect to earn in Haiti. It was pointed out repeatedly that they must make an effort to learn our language, emulate our lifestyle, aspire and work toward becoming Bahamians if they want to continue living here. The Haitian immigrants created the problem with our assistance by giving them employment. Many of the well kept yards on Abaco are due to a Haitian gardener. Their desire for a better life and their arrival here from Haiti started the problem we are faced with today. In fairness, we took advantage of their willingness to work as common labour. Those who found sanctuary here have friends and relatives back in Haiti who also want the better life. Couple those incentives with our nation that tolerates their presence and you have the basic formula for their expanding presence. Senator Edison Key suggested a gradual approach by starting with those living here who have Bahamian status. He suggested they be encouraged and assisted to move out of the slums. Then work with those who may be able to acquire status. Successful initial solutions will probably begin small and must be programs that cause little or no resentment. Helping those Bahamians living in these two communities to a better life is a winner without serious challenges. Helping those who can get status is also a non-controversial winner. A gradual program of enforcing our laws concerning building codes, business licensing, sanitation and other aspects of life in the slum areas is another way to proceed. There are many small efforts that can be initiated in enforcing the laws of this country. A series of small successful moves can precede the more difficult choices. However, the tone must be set that change will come and is on the way.Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor Please see Sherman Page 27 Please see Letters Page 34

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June 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 JavaA cozy relaxing place to enjoy Espresso, Cappuccino, Coffee, Tea & Baked GoodsAlso find Gourmet Coffee Beans, Books, Gift Items & more . .Royal Harbour Building Marsh Harbour Ph. 367-5523There is now a newly poured sidewalk leading from the road back to the school which also adds to its beauty. As each job is done, pride swells in our hearts to see that what has been accomplished. This is something we can all be proud of.South Abaco District Holds Town MeetingAs required in the Local Government Act, the South Abaco District Council held an open town meeting to inform the residents of their actions and to hear from the residents about their concerns. The meeting was held in the J.A. Pinder School in Sandy Point on June 2 with nearly 50 persons attending, mostly Sandy Point residents. Mr. Robert McKinney, Chairman of the Sandy Point Town Committee, chaired the meeting. Several government department heads were present to answer questions and inform those present on their departments action plan. The Chief Councillor of the South Abaco District Council, Mr. Jason Roberts, explained how the Districts budget of $303,940 is allocated. Very little of the money can be used at the discretion of the Council or the town committees. Most is pegged for garbage collection, maintenance, janitresses and other employees. The Districts allocation for the new year beginning July 1 had not been released yet. The amalgamation of the Crossing Rocks Primary School with the Sandy Point Primary School may happen this September but certainly will occur by the next school year. According to School Superintendent for Abaco, Mr. Hezekiah Dean, this will give the Crossing Rocks students more educational value with students in a single grade classroom. Crossing Rocks now has two teachers for six grades. Mr. Dean said the population of South Abaco cannot support a high school at this time. However, as Sandy Point grows, it may become a reality. A question concerning rumors of schools operating until 5 p.m. and how that would affect children taking a 75-minute bus ride was put to rest by Mr. Dean. He explained that several years ago there was talk of extending the school hours to take non-academic activities out of the class time. This would allow sports, tutoring, clubs and other activities to take place within the school environment but not deter classroom activities. The concept had roots in the problem of social promotions. It was thought that using after school time to bolster slower students would alleviate the social promotion problem. However, it has not materialized and to his knowledge is not presently under consideration. He assured parents that children who take an hour long bus ride is a factor which would have to be taken into consideration if such a plan were undertaken. A parent asked that a shelter be erected at the school bus stop in Sandy Point to protect the children on rainy days Chief Councillor Jason Roberts explained the need for a terminal building at the Sandy Point airstrip. Residents are served by flights into Nassau but there is no shelter, benches or restrooms at the passenger area. According to Mr. Richard Gibbs of the Housing Department, the new subdivision outside Sandy Point is nearly finished with electrical work to be completed. Letters of acceptance were issued February 28 but many were not picked up and the offers are being withdrawn. Improvements cannot be made to lots based on the letter of acceptance but must follow an initial deposit. The withdrawn lots will be offered to those persons on the second waiting list, then to those on a third list. After that, the price is expected to go up and the lots will be offered to any Bahamian and no longer be reserved for Sandy Point residents. Those who initially applied but did not accept governments offer would be eligible to reapply for available lots after the persons on the three lists have been given an opportunity to purchase a lot. South Abaco Administrator Jolton Johnson announced that Nassau had allocated money for park improvements in South Abaco as follow: $15,000 for Sandy Point $ 5,000 for the Sandy Point seawall $20,000 for Crossing Rocks $10,000 for Casuarina Point which does SouthFrom Page 7 More South Abaco News not have a park presently $10,000 for Cherokee $10,000 for Moores Island The new subdivision does not yet have a park but it is surrounded by Crown Land so a park is feasible when the need arises. No one lives in the subdivision yet. The Works Department has been sent a new tractor and Bush-Hog, and the road verges are being mowed and improved. The intention is to improve them from Sandy Point all the way to Marsh Harbour. The road by the beach which was severely damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 will be raised two feet and be protected by a new seawall. Work is expected to begin this month. Mr. Johnson had BEC install a street light at the bend where the highway turns along the beach. The new light makes this corner much safer. The Administrators office has job applications for the Winding Bay project near Cherokee. By the end of the month an office should be established near the project outside Cherokee. It was announced that two corporate citizens made donations to the school. One ensured that all students will have access to a computer and the other donated school supplies. Complaints were made to the Administrator that garbage is being left at the dump entrance and not being taken into the dump site. Further complaints were made about overgrown lots in town and derelict cars scattered around Sandy Point. Mr. Johnson said he would work with the Council and Town Committee to find who owned the The South Abaco District Council held a Town Meeting on June 2 when residents heard from their elected Council and could voice questions, comments and complaints. Shown above is Ms. Julie Greene, Deputy Chairman of the Sandy Point Town Committee welcoming those attending. Seated are, left to right, Administrator for South Abaco, Mr. Jolton Johnson, Sandy Point Town Chairman Robert McKinney, and Chief Councillor Jason Roberts. Please see South Page 37

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Page 10 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 Earth Day 2003 Is CelebratedEarth Day 2003 was presented by the newly formed Abaco Science Association, made up of a science teacher from each school on Abaco and led by Mr. Jim Richards of S.C. Bootle High School as its president. This is the first activity planned by this exuberant group. The function was co-sponsored by Friends of the Environment and hosted by the Hope Town School. This celebration is usually scheduled between the worldwide Earth Day in April and World Environment Day in June. The first ferry to arrive at the dock in Hope Town that morning brought the honoured guest, the Ambassador for the Environment, His Excellency Mr. Keod Code Smith, his official traveling companion, Mr. Everette Archer from Murphy Town, Fisheries officers Mr. Wayne Cornish of Marsh Harbour and Mr. Leon Pinder from Little Abaco, Agriculture Officer Mr. David Knowles from Marsh Harbour, Mrs. Diane Claridge with the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey of Abaco, Mrs. Gillian Watson from Save Our Sea Turtles in Nassau and Mrs. Monique Sweeting of the Bahamas National Trust in Nassau. All of these were guest speakers or presenters. They all enjoyed an official tour through the newly constructed building that houses the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. Soon afterwards, several Alburys Ferry boats pulled up filled with excited young environmentalists, their teachers and parents approximately 250 in all, representing 10 Abaco schools. They quickly found their designated areas under the huge shady fig tree and eagerly set up their environmental projects mainly in celebration of some aspect of our marine environment. The official opening featured an earth prayer, earth pledge and song led by Mrs. Nan Cook of the Hope Town School and volunteers. His Excellency, Ambassador Koed Smith, addressed the crowd concerning the importance of preserving and protecting our fragile unique piece of the earth. After Ambassador Smith gave the charge and officially opened the program, he and his group of Ministry officers acted as judges for the school projects. They showed great interest and listened intently as each schools designated student speakers explained the project they had undertaken or the experiment they had performed. They were extremely impressed with the depth of the projects from the schools. The project topics included shells, manatees, effects of pollution, sea turtles, endangered Bahamian birds, protection of our reefs and the marine environment. There were two categories of contestants, primary and high school. When the points were tallied, the winners were Primary 1st Treasure Cay Primary 2nd St. Francis de Sales 3rd Man-O-War School High School 1st Forest Heights 2nd S.C. Bootle High School 3rd Abaco Central High School The overall winner which garnered the most points of any division was Fox Town Primary. The judges were very impressed with the student presentation of their project. The first place prizes were field trips most generously donated by environmentally conscious groups, Abaco Outback, Froggies and Dive Abaco. Environmental books, posters and plants were featured as 2nd and 3rd place prizes. The day featured interactive activities ranging from environmental movies in the Earth Theatre, earthshakes (fruit smoothies), Smash-the-Trash game, a wall Ten schools set up displays at the recent Earth Day celebration in Hope Town. S.C. Bootle High School students are enjoying the day relaxing in front of their exhibit on the destruction of the coral reef. This exhibit earned the school second place in the competition. Fox Town Primary School was declared the overall winner at the Earth Day celebration in both primary ahd high school divisions for their sea turtle exhibit. Some of the Fox Town School students and their teacher are pleased with the judges decision. Prizes included snorkeling trips, dive trips and kayak trips, all donated by local organizations. 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 Training Please see Earth Day Page 39 Earth DayFrom Page 1

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 Soup du JourTuna & Corn Bisque : delicious creamy soup with a faint flavor of curry, garnished with grated cheddar cheese and parsley. SaladSpinach salad : Fresh leaf spinach, chopped red onions, sliced eggs, bacon bits & herbed croutons, served with a balsamic & olive oil dressing. Entree SelectionPrime Rib au jus with Yorkshire pudding : succulent prime rib cooked to your liking, served with garlic mashed potato, fresh mixed vegetables and horseradish sauce. Lobster Thermador: Chef Pherrols delicious lobster tail cooked with sweet bell peppers, Bermuda onions, mushrooms and spices in a white wine sauce and baked in shell. Served with risotto, fresh asparagus and hollandaise sauce. Lamb Shanks: cooked in a red wine gravy with fresh vegetables and spices, served with garlic roasted potatoes and mint jelly. Fresh Grouper: cooked in a pistachio crust with mango relish and served with risotto, fresh asparagus and hollandaise sauce. DessertGranny Apple Pie: Buttery caramel and toffee, studded custard fresh Granny Smith apples piled high in our melt-in-the-mouth shortbread crust topped w/whipped cream. Rum Runners cake: infused with Dark Rum & Topped with Whipped Cream. All above served with fresh rolls & butter.$40.00 per person Children s SelectionFish or Chicken fingers served with fries. Dessert2 delicious scoops of Chocolate &/or Vanilla Ice-cream$12.50 per childCall for Reservations (242) 366-0095 or VHF Ch. 16 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 FavoritesNew Business Holds Open HouseBy Isobel Sherman Island Petals held an open house on May 30. Island Petals is a gift and flower shop owned by Melanie Bethel is located in Royal Plaza in Marsh Harbour. Melanie says Island Petals is not just a flower shop. The store has some very unique gift items which include hand made straw baskets from Abaco, candles and a wide selection of items made from shells as well as aromatherapy body lotions and shower gels. It offers beautiful silk flower arrangements and fresh flower arrangements are available. For the open house there were door prizes and an array of refreshments as customers browsed and socialized.Library UpdateBy Isobel Sherman The Marsh Harbour Community Library will begin summer hours on June 16. During the summer the library will open only on Mondays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Library is looking for the August and September 2002 issues of the National Geographic magazine. In addition, anyone who subscribes to National Geographic and would like to donate issues to the library is asked to contact Mrs. Yvonne Key at 367-2243.Anglican Church Holds FairBy Isobel Sherman St. John the Baptist Anglican Church of Marsh Harbour and St. Martins Anglican Church of Sandy Point held their second annual Church Fair on May 31 on the grounds of St. Johns. They offered great entertainment with a swing ride and a bouncy castle with a slide for the children. Organized games and many booths provided recreation for children and adults alike. The fair according to one member was very successful even though the weather kept some people away.Business Moves to New HomeBy Isobel Sherman For over 12 years Violas Laundromat has been just off Forest Drive in Dundas Town. Operated by Viola Johnson with the Central Abaco Newsassistance of her two sons and daughter, Ms. Johnson has taken great pride in her business. Now her son Irvin Young has constructed a new building for the Laundromat about 500 yards away. It is complete with The annual fair that the Anglican churches of Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point holds is always a popular event. This year they offered several new attractions which included the ride shown above. The fair raises money for much needed upkeep and repairs of the churches and church halls. Violas Laudromat which has been in operation in Dundas Town for many years has now moved to a new home nearby, just off Forest Drive. Shown above is Viola Johnson showing off her new building and all the new equipment. Island Petals, a new gift and florist shop in Marsh Harbour, held an open house on May 30. A couple of the winners of the door prizes are shown above. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Bethel, on the left, visiting home from Florida, were surprised to receive a gift basket. Mrs. Mary Sawyer, center, was very pleased with the mirror she won. On the right is shop owner Melanie Bethel, who welcomed all the shoppers and browsers who enjoyed viewing the variety of gift items she carries. Please see Central Page 39

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Page 12 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 STANDARD HARDWAREMarsh Harbour 242-367-2660, 2881, 2820 Fax 242-367-2645 Contractors Ask about our special price scheduleA full stock of electrical hardware for contractors and homeowners From inside to outside From roof to floor There's plenty more Inside our store Special homeowner pricing on major projectsFirst Annual Abaco Island Awards Ceremony Was HeldBy Jennifer Hudson Under the Distinguished Patronage of Sen., the Hon. T. Ricardo Whylly, the Outstanding Students in Bahamian High Schools Foundation presented the First Annual Abaco Island Awards Ceremony on May 29 at the New Vision Ministries Church. The hall was packed to capacity with parents, family and friends present to support the 80 students who were being honoured. Mr. William Davis, Abaco Coordinator, introduced the special guests for the evening and Committee member, Mrs. Neulessa Major, encouraged the young people to use their God-given abilities to strive for success. Sen. Whylly began his address by giving an insight into the history of the awards ceremony. The Outstanding Students in Bahamian High Schools Foundation was inaugurated in Nassau in 1995 and has since held award ceremonies on the grounds of Government House each year. Since its inception, thousands of Bahamian high school students have been honoured. The awards have now been extended to include the top two junior high school students also. The awardees must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or above and be in Grades 10 to 12. Eight hundred students have already received awards in Nassau this year alone and since 1995 scholarships amounting to $70,000 have been awarded. Last year a few students from Abaco traveled to Nassau to receive their awards but since the number of awardees on Abaco this year is so high, it was felt that it is now time for Abaco to have its own awards ceremony. Next year it is the intention of the committee to award scholarships to deserving students on Abaco and towards this end a plea was made to businessmen to assist by donating $1000 scholarships. The Senator concluded by stating that young people have more opportunities today but they also face more challenges and he challenged them to be ready to seize all opportunities to move Abaco forward. Let your light shine so all the Bahamas can see. Two musical items were presented during the evening, one a delightful rendition of the song From A Distance by the choir of Forest Heights Academy under the direction of Ms. Viki Hart, and the other a well executed clarinet solo by Raquel Smith, a talented student from Abaco Central High School. Then came the part all the students had been waiting for, the presentation of the certificates and trophies. All students with a GPA of 3.0 and above received a certificate and ribbon. In addition, special awards in the form of trophies were made to the graduating students and those who had achieved a 4.0 GPA. Sports awards were presented to Tristan Russell of Forest Heights Academy, Keith Walker of Long Bay School, Arnold Russell School Newsof Abaco Central High School, Nathan Smith of St. Francis de Sales School and Reneisha McIntosh of S.C. Bootle High School. The students left with the encouragement to Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. The presidents of the Kiwanis Club and both Pilot Clubs on Abaco presented short remarks on behalf of their organizations which are co-sponsors of the awards ceremony.Cherokee Sound School Kids Learn about Our ReefsProvided by Reef Relief It was a squally Thursday morning when the students of Cherokee Sound All Age School rode the ferry to Green Turtle Cay. They had come to visit the newly opened Reef Relief Environmental Center in New Plymouth. Nine students in grades one through four, their teacher, Ms. Diane Sutherland, and two parents were given a tour of the Capt. Roland Roberts house where the center is located by Reef Relief founder, Craig Quirolo. The students viewed a video presentation about coral reefs, highlighting the fact that coral is an animal, a sea creature in the same family as jellyfish and sea anemones. They learned something of the history of this restored house built in the 1840s and the Roberts family who first lived here. The school kids enjoyed a video presentation about coral reefs and the centers many dramatic underwater photographs. All Abaco students who excelled in academics with a GPA of 3.0 or better were honored at an awards ceremony on May 29. This is the first time that the Outstanding Students in Bahamian High Schools Foundation has held a ceremony on Abaco. The group is appealing to Abaco businessmen to donate $1000 scholarships to be offered next year. Please see School Page 13 Explore the Golden RGolden R Golden RGolden R Golden R eefeef eefeef eef and find a delightful array of resort-wear fashions, Abaco Gold jewellery and other fine gold jewelery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 They were very curious about a display on conchs and how they grow to maturity and talked about the possibilities of conch farming in the future, perhaps even in their own community of Cherokee Sound where many parents fish for a living. Craig shared with the group information related to the centers coral nursery project, showing pictures of the restoration of Elkhorn coral. The students then discussed different ways to help protect the reef. For example, not anchoring on it, standing on it or not putting fuel into the water. Coloring books with reef fish and descriptions of the fish also proved popular with the kids and their parents. When asked what ideas they remembered about their morning at the Environmental Center, one boy raised his hand eagerly and said, Coral is a living thing. The Center hopes everyone who visits will take away that simple and beautiful idea.Agape Christian SchoolStudents Work Toward Field TripBy Portia Jonsson In an effort to raise funds for a grade 9 field trip to Eleuthera students and their teacher, Mr. Rich Roberts, of Agape Christian School held a car wash at the school grounds on May 31st. Eight students will travel to Eleuthera with Mr. Roberts, his wife Netica Roberts and parent Sheri Roberts over the Labour Day and Whit Monday holidays for a five-day tour of the island. They plan to attend the Pineapple Festival as well. The students sold popcorn and Students of the lower grades of the Cherokee Sound School traveled to Green Turtle Cay on May 31 for an educational field trip. They enjoyed their tour of the Capt. Roland Roberts home, newly renovated and transformed into an educational facility to educate about the importance of preserving our reefs. The students are shown above with their teacher, Ms. Diane Sutherland. Looking on is Mr. Craig Quirolo who heads the Reef Relief organization. SchoolFrom Page 12 More School Newssweets at school to help with their travel expenses.First Commencement Exercise HeldBy Portia Jonsson Agape Christian School held its First Commencement Exercise themed Dreams Come True at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel on May 30th. A dream holds different meanings for different people. The dream that was celebrated that night began ten years ago, planted by God in the hearts of at least eight people. A great deal of prayer, research and planning blossomed into Agape Christian School opening in 1994 with 29 students and three teachers. The first Commencement realized the culmination of nine years of dreaming and with this exercise a new dream began for the graduates. Four young ladies Caralee Bethel, Alicia Sawyer, Cora Sawyer and Alanna Thompson made up the Class of 2003. Alicia Sawyer and Cora Sawyer were awarded the Salutatorian and Valedictorian titles respectively. Cora Sawyer gave a very emotional Valedictorian speech. Mrs. Cecile Albury, in her principals address to the graduates, said she could only describe this night as a dream come true. Mrs. Albury was sad they were leaving because she would not be able to protect them anymore, but she inspired them to trust the Lord and walk with Him, spread their wings and fly. Never forget, dreams do come true. Receiving the subject awards for Physical Education, Language Arts, Literature, Mathematics, History and Science was Cora Sawyer. Alicia Sawyer received awards for Art and Religious Knowledge whilst Alanna Thompson captured the Computer Science award. The graduates were honored with certificates and plaques awarded to them during an Awards Ceremony held the previous evening at New Vision Ministries. The Honor Awards are given to all 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above. Keynote speaker was Bro. Peter Brind, a school principal in Cardiff, Wales. He told the Class of 2003, every dream with God comes true and He wanted to speak something amazing in their lives. He told the class that they will have some good, bad and really awful days but regardless of the circumstances, God is in control and He is planning their lives. As a token of love and appreciation, the graduating class presented the school with a new school sign. Congratulations Class of 2003, good luck and God be with you.SAT IBy Isobel Sherman The College Board is actively encouraging students applying to take the SAT I college entrance examination and their other tests to apply online. The web site is www.collegboard.com. The first SAT I test for outside the United States will be in December 2003.Abaco Central High SchoolBy Isobel ShermanStudents Reprint PamphletFor the science exhibition at Central Abaco Primary last November six students History was made on May 30 at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel when Agape Christian School held its first graduation. Shown above are the four graduates, Caralee Bethel, Alicia Sawyer, Cora Sawyer and Alanna Thompson, proudly showing off their diplomas. The school opened in 1994 with 29 students. Abaco now has seven high schools. Please see School Page 36 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! 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Saturday Morning 8 10 a.m. Sunday Breakfast 9 11 a.m.By Isobel ShermanShootOut XXIVThe 24th ShootOut was held on May 1318 at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour with 64 boats participating. For the last 23 years this prestigious tournament was called the Bertram Hatteras Invitational ShootOut and it was well known for its high level of entertainment along with top quality angling. Under new management this year the tournament was simply named the ShootOut. It is still an invitation only tournament. Hutch Hutchengs, who has been one of the organizers of every ShootOut tournament, was joined this year by Kaye Pearson of Show Management which manages numerous boat shows and other events in Florida. John Neophytou, Manager of Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour, worked along with Mr. Hutchengs and Ms. Pearson. This tournament has always had many social events for the participants and their families and guests. This year a floating bar was docked near the beach. Taylor Kundoff, a pianist from Colorado, provided entertainment nightly. Another tent for dining was erected alongside the Pavilion tent and it was possible to reserve tables for the sumptuous dinner served each evening. Hatteras Yachts won this years event, giving them ten straight wins. A total of 30 marlin were released. In the release category first place was Tropicat III while Ruckus won first place in the boated category. The motto of the tournament remains the same: Good Friends Good Fishing.Billfish BlastThe Fourth Annual Boat Harbour-HMY Billfish Blast was held on May 26-30 at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour. This tournament is by invitation only and is limited to 50 boats This year 44 boats participated, up from 33 last year. No lay day is set but anglers can fish three out of the four days. This years winning boat was Blue Bayou which won first place overall and first place for releases. The boat captured the award for top angler, Sonny Freeman, and the top lady angler award. During the tournament no billfish was brought to the dock but a total of three white marlin, seven sail fish and 25 blue marlin were caught. The tournament encourages a catch and release policy but will allow any billfish over 101 inches to be brought in. This means that the fish will be over 400 pounds. Additionally, their largest dolphin was 52.5 pounds, largest wahoo was 71 pounds and the largest tuna was 83 pounds. The tournament was organized by Larry Smith, Sales Manager for HMY, a yacht brokerage firm from Fort Lauderdale. He was assisted by Laurie Ciecierski, Public Relations for HMY. It is intended to be a fun party for clients of HMY which emphasizes the love of fishing, creates a great competition and provides a time of camaraderie. They include captains and crew in all the festivities. Their shore activities are popular as each day features a different topic. This year they celebrated Memorial Day with a fire works show. Their entertainment included the popular ventriloquist, Jeff Durham.Second Leg of the Bahamas Billfish ChampionshipThe second leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship was the North Abaco competition hosted by Walkers Cay on May 49. There was a total of 37 boats fishing. The big fish they caught was a blue marlin weighing 684 pounds, caught by Paul Royhouse on COB Too The total number of blue marlin caught and released was 18. The anglers caught and released one white marlin and three sailfish.Spanish Cay ChampionshipThe Spanish Cay leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship was held on May 1923. This was the third leg of the 2003 Bahamas Billfish Championship. Forty-six boats participated. The biggest fish brought to the dock was a blue marlin weighing 630 pounds, caught by Gerry Pohl on Palawan. During this leg five fish were boated while all the others were caught and released. A total of 25 blue marlin, ten white marlin and five sail fish were caught and released. This is the first time the Bahamas Bill-Our Fish and Resorts Draw AnglersThis is a great shot of action on the high seas. This fish was one of those caught during the Boat Harbour HMY Billfish Blast which was held on May 26-30. Photo credit Laurie Ciecierski. Please see Tournaments Page 15

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 15 fish Championship has gone to Spanish Cay. Reports coming back indicate that the fishermen enjoyed their stay at that beautiful island.Treasure Cay Billfish ChampionshipThe fourth leg of the Bahamas Billfish Championship was held in Treasure Cay from June 1-6.The biggest one of all the BBC tournaments this year was caught on June 5, a 984 blue marlin caught by Kim Manning on Chupacabra. Only three blue marlin were brought to the dock. The totals for the fourth leg were 28 blue marlin caught and released, five white marlin and four sailfish caught and released. These tournaments encourage the release of the big fish by awarding points for catching and releasing them. For the BBC the boats received 400 points for releasing a blue marlin, 200 points for releasing a white marlin and 100 points for releasing a sailfish. In the four legs of the tournament so far two-thirds of the boats coming in first, second and third places did not boat a fish. The final leg of the BBC will be held at Boat Harbour in Marsh Harbour on June 15 to 20. TournamentsFrom Page 14 The Dolphin Derby, a fishing tournament sponsored by Petes Pub and Gallery of Little Harbour, is a popular event for local fishermen. This year the dates were May 6 10. This photo shows Buck with a 51.5 pound dolphin. He was winner of the largest dolphin. The overall category winner was the Jamaica Miss which caught 581 pounds of fish. Rollie on Cool Runnings brought in a 65.5 white marlin. Other categories included largest tuna, largest wahoo and largest grouper. Church Fairs Are Great FunThese girls are obviously enjoying the Anglican Church bazaar held on May 31. Cotton candy was just one of the attractions which always draws a crowd to that annual event. The girls pictured above are Tallia, Allissa and Ajah Bastian, all daughters of Wayne Bastian. BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!ITS THE LAW! Center Console with T-Top 2 Dive Platforms with Swim Ladder VHF Depth Finder Igloo Cooler 2 Anchors Full Safety Equipment Offers the Smooth and Ultra Dry Ride of the MERCPANGA HullP.O. Box AB-22995 Man-O-War Cay Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6008 Fax: (242) 365-6151 e-mail: mowmarina@hotmail.com

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Page 16 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 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 Phone: 367-3498 VHF Ch. 16 North Abaco Council Holds Town MeetingNorth Abaco District Council held its annual Town Meeting on June 4 in the Fire Road Community Center. Nine people were there at the start of the meeting attended with five more arriving before the meeting concluded. A question arose over the new primaryFox Town Hosts Little Abaco Home ComingFox Town held a home coming on the holiday weekend of June 6-9. They had varied activities, games, volleyball, dominoes and basketball. The highlight was the crowning of Teen Little Miss Abaco on the night of June 6. Onasha Parker, 14 years old, is shown here, center, with hostess of the event, Ms. Melissa Parker, on the right and organizer of the home coming festivities, Ms. Claudine Parker, on the left. An exploratory meeting was held May 20 in the new Plymouth Court rooom to explore the re-introduction of a Heritage festival in the fall. This would high-light the islands connection with Key West and reinstate the Islands Roots celebration held in Green Turtle Cay in 1977. Key West, with a population of 18,000, has developed a very successful week-long festival that attracts as many as 30,000 people. Mr. Don Cornish of Tourism and Administrator Gary Knowles headed the meeting with a small group of local governmentGreen Turtle Cay Considers Hertige Festival North Abaco Newsmembers and residents. It was felt the concept had merit for improving tourism in a quiet time of the year and to enhance the cultural aspects and awareness of the towns past. A planing group will met soon to explore the concept further. school for Coopers Town under discussion several years ago and the status of the bridge connecting Little Abaco with Great Abaco. Administrator Gary Knowles did not know about a new school but said he would look into it. He was aware of the work due to start this month on the bridge as reported recently by Area Engineer John Schaeffer in The Abaconian. Mr. Knowles did state that government recently made extensive renovations to the Fox Town Primary School, S.C. Bootle High School and Coopers Town Primary School. Questions about the Fire Road Creek and the new water system to Treasure Cay could not be answered immediately but inquiries will be made. It was noted that dock piling are still on the ground beside the new Coopers Town public dock and the question was asked if the dock was finished. Administrator Knowles will contact the area engineer for more information. The Administrator told the group that the first hurricane preparedness meeting took place three weeks previously and hurricane shelters have been designated as noted. Full Gospel Assembly Treasure Cay Community Church Treasure Cay St Simon by the Sea Anglican Church T.C. Revival Time Pentecostal, Coopers Town Magistrates Court, Coopers Town St. Andrews Baptist Church, Coopers T End Time Harvest, Crown Haven Revival Time Pentecostal, Crown Haven New Hope Baptist Church, Mt. Hope Ebenezer Baptist Church, Cedar Harbour Gospel Chapel, Green Turtle Cay Amy Roberts School, Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay Courthouse Additional shelters may be authorized at the next meeting on June 24. A question was asked why the Haitians are allowed to build on the road into the farm behind the airport. It appeared that no effort was made to stop this construction. A request was made for an electrical outlet at the Coopers Town cemetery to assist those preparing for funerals. The room applauded the request in support of the outlet. Mr. Knowles suggested this be considered by each Town Committee. He suggested that a church or burial society might arrange for an electrical outlet to be installed. It would require a meter and a deposit to the electric company. A woman complained of no work available for women in North Abaco. She said that Haitian women are doing all the maid work in Treasure Cay. She wanted the Haitian women off the job to let Bahamian women have this work. Mr. Knowles reminded the group that a handy man / gardener is needed at the Coopers Town Clinic. Only one person has shown an interest so far. The Chief Councillor for the North Abaco District, Steve Pedican, gave a general breakdown for the North Abaco requested budget totaling $876,000 for the coming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2003. This was the requested amount but it is not known yet if Nassau will honour this request. The budget for recurring expenses is divided five ways according to the maintenance requirements of each local government group. Please see North Page 31

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TREASURE CAY SHOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-SAT 8AM 6PM AND SUN 9AM-1PM Mini ster of Public Services and Community Development. They were accompanied by Mr. Paul Farquharson, the Commissioner of Police, Dr. David Allen from the Cabinet Office with the Urban Development Commission, Mr. David Cates of the National Disaster Commission and Mr. Davey Rolle from the Defence Force. This group spoke to the residents before taking a motor tour through the Mud. Mr. Gibson realized that the immediate problems relating to the fire victims had to be kept separate from the long term problems that the Haitian community presents. He said that solutions must be found for the basic problems. Rev. Carlton Dorsette pointed out that many of the younger Haitians are wanting status. Life for the young people stops after high school. Many of the youth feel oppressed, have no future to look toward to and can find no job opportunities. They are unable to buy land because of their lack of status and they feel that the police treat them unfairly. Those advising the government ministers definitely do not want any solutions which would create another slum area. Sen. Edison Key noted that government controls the low cost land. Bahamians as well as Haitians have suffered from a lack of low cost land. He wanted to see construction of any new houses stopped. He wants assistance given to Bahamians now and then move to others. He felt it was time to give status to many of the Haitians. In response to Sen. Key, Mr. Gibson said that some Bahamians in other areas of the country live in similar conditions as the Haitians on Abaco. Whatever solutions are decided on will apply equally throughout the country. Policies for land acquisition in Central Pines may be relaxed by the Ministry of Housing to facilitate the ability of qualified low income residents to purchase lots there. However, this delegation was not sent to Abaco to assign land but rather came to gather facts. Commissioner Farquharson commended the volunteer fire department for their quick response and thanked ASP Russell for providing security.Health and Local Government Ministers Visit Haitian AreasOn June 4 a third deletion arrived consisting of Hon. Dr. Marcus Bethel, Minister of Health and Environmental Services, and the Hon. Alfred Grey, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government, to assess the situation.. They were accompanied by Mr. Carl Smith of the National Disaster Committee. Dr. Bethel stressed that the government is making a great effort to present a compassionate answer to the problems of the fire victims. This situation is being handled by the Red Cross, the Christian Council, Social Services and other non-intimidating groups.Christian Council Is InvolvedOn June 5 the Bahamas Christian Council sent a fourth delegation to Abaco to assess the spiritual needs of Gods people affected by the fire or living in the Haitian communities. This group included Rev. C.B. Moss, Vice President of the Senate, and Pastor Lester Cox. Both these men are Administrative Assistants to the President of the Bahamas Christian Council. The President had another commitment so could not come. They met with Bahamian and Haitian pastors to discuss ideas of resolving these conditions. The pastors emphasized that something had to be done. Many suggestions were discussed. They want construction of new houses in the two Haitian communities to be stopped. They emphasized that Bahamian laws be must be adhered to and enforced. One pastor talked about opening up Campbell Town, the location of a Haitian community developed by Owens Illinois pulpwood operation during the early 1960s. Others were opposed to the concept of a segregated community, feeling that it would be better for them to be integrated into the Bahamian society. They thought that encouraging movement into Central Pines subdivision would be better. Rev. Moss felt that God may have used this incident to bring the Haitian problem to the forefront. He extolled the pastors that the church must dwell on the good. The churches are here to assist and give moral strength as the government enforces its decisions. He said that many people must be consulted and many points of view must be considered before and policies will be adapted. All these visiting groups and their technical advisors returned to Nassau with a better appreciation for the problems of the fire victims and the long term problems that these two communities present. Two members of the Bahamas Christian Council met with Bahamian and Haitian pastors on June 5 to discuss the problem of illegal immigrants from the Christian viewpoint. Pastor Lester Cox and Rev. C. B. Moss are both Administrative Assistants to the President of the Bahamas Christian Council. Mr. Moss is also the Vice-President of the Senate. Shown above are, left to right, Pastor Cox, Rev. Carlton Dorsette from Dundas Town, Rev. C.B. Moss, and Mr. Jolton Johnson, Administrator for South Abaco.Government Commits to Setting a Haitian Policy ChristieFrom Page 2

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The venue was Below Decks at Abaco Beach Resort. Mr. Jim Blumberg, Chairman of Abaco Pathfinders, thanked all those donors who have supported the program. Kathy Weldon, Administrator of the program, gave an update on all of the students who have received a scholarship. In the past two years Abaco Pathfinders has awarded scholarships to ten students each year who are continuing their education. They are all doing very well, academically averaging a 3.5 GPA. Two are graduating this year, both with distinction. One of them, Kenneth Strachan from Coopers Town, plans to continue his schooling, beginning medical school in January. Among the students, five are planning careers as teachers, four will be accountants, three nurses, three doctors, a dental hygienist, a physical therapist, two in graphic design, a speech therapist, a marine biologist, a chef, a psychologist, two lawyers and two business majors. The students come from all parts of Abaco from Fox Town to Sandy Point. Abaco Pathfinders would like to encourage more male students to apply. The staff of Abaco Pathfinders does much more than provide monetary assistance. Pathfinders has a continuing monitoring system in which each student has a specific monitor to turn to for help. It has developed a handbook to help students research a school, apply to that school and understand a little of how the process works. The organization was well received at the College Fair held in Marsh Harbour last fall. It enabled the Pathfinder staff to meet several prospective recipients. During the evening the current recipients present each gave a word of advice to the new recipients. It was a time of socializing and for members of the Abaco Pathfinders organization and the donors to get to meet with those awarded scholarships. 3 Villas, 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Fully furnished kitchen 1 bedroom queen, 1 bedroom 2 singles Sitting area queen futon Dining area seats 6 All units fully furnished, Central A/C Satellite TV, Radio/CD/Tape player Outside BBQ with your own private balcony Overlooking the harbour PoolTel: (242) 365-5028/5006/5002 Fax: (242) 365-5083e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.com www. guanacayvillas.comLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, BahamasSea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Sea Shore Villas Nine of the ten students awarded Pathfinders scholarships attended a reception and dinner at Abaco Beach Resort on June 4. The event gave those donating the funding the opportunity to talk with the new recipients. Some of those who are already receiving scholarships were also in attendance. Shown above are, front row, left to right, Barnard Curry, Patricia Gerard, Racquel Smith and Tavia Cornish. In the back row, left to right, are Ricardo Curry, Hilary Rutter, Bianca Bethel, Shamika White and Sandra Pinder. Not pictured is Michelle Sawyer, who was attending school in the States. Photo by Harry WeldonAbaco Pathfinders Introduces New Awardees By Isobel Sherman The Farmers Association of Abaco is working with the Independence Cultural Committee to have the second annual agricultural show as part of the Heritage Festival planned for July 4, 5 and 6. The Farmers Association is targeting July 5 for the day of their display. They are inviting participation or displays in the following categories: agriculture, home gardening, processing, environmental, arts and handicrafts, livestock, ornamentals, vegetable production, eco-tourism, fisheries, bush medicine, extension and education and product sales and marketing. Anyone interested can contact Patrick Bethel at 367-4114, Jill Wells at 366-3076, Margaret Swain at 367-2652, Sheila Kelly at 367-5802 or John Hedden at 359-6954. Participation is most welcomed.Farmers Association Will Organize Show for Independence

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Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNext to BaTelCo & Around the corner from Solomons AbacoAbaco Loses Two EducatorsBy Jennifer Hudson The end of this school year will be a very sad time for Mr. Mike Meeson and his wife Gae, as they will be saying goodbye to their school family at Forest Heights Academy. The Meesons have grown to love this family as their own and feel very close to their students. The Meesons story on Abaco began in 1967 when, just two days after they were married, they arrived here on a contract for the British Overseas Development Board, Mr. Meeson as Principal at Marsh Harbour All Age School and his wife as teacher at Dundas Town School. When the high school in Spring City opened, they both moved there as teachers. Very reluctantly in 1973, the Meesons left the Bahamas as the government made a decision to offer teaching positions to Bahamians only. They emigrated to Australia in 1975 where they settled in Perth. In 1989 Gae returned to Abaco for the funeral of her friend Sharon Albury, but it also turned out to be a fortuitous visit because whilst here she was asked if she and her husband would return to Abaco to start a private school. Mr. and Mrs. Meeson hurried back to the Bahamas. They worked for the government for one year and then in 1991, in partnership with Randy and Emily Key and Henry and Lynn Key, they opened Forest Heights Academy on the campus which is now St. Francis de Sales School. The school opened with an enrollment of 140 students from pre-school to Grade 10. In 1998, Forest Heights Academy moved to its present campus and the school as we know it today was born. Mr. and Mrs. Meeson are justly proud of their school and the high standards that have been attained and stated that last year was a pinnacle year for the school. The top six places in the BGCSE examinations for Abaco as well as four of the top five in the BJC examinations for Abaco went to Forest Heights students and they earned several awards for best student in the Bahamas. The Ministry of Education honoured the school by awarding a certificate designating it the best school on Abaco and ZNS Radio added further accolades by announcing that it can now be classed as one of the best schools in the entire Family Islands. The Meesons stress, however, that this has definitely been a combined effort and that all this would not have been achieved without a great school board, great staff and fantastic students. The decision to leave their beloved school has been an extremely difficult one for both Mike and Gae Meeson. They feel that it is time for them to return to Australia both for medical reasons and in order to assist their aging parents.Daniel Wiltfang Graduates from U.S. Naval AcademyBy Jennifer Hudson Congratulations to twenty-two year old Daniel Morgan Wiltfang, who graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 23rd, 2003. His proud parents, Dan and Linda Wiltfang, and brother, Jason, were at the memorable ceremony and found it difficult to fully describe the awe and tradition of the occasion. Daniel achieved the distinction of graduating with merit in the top third of his class. During his four years at the Academy Daniel also gained several other distinctions. He lettered for three years in Navy Sailing, taking part in the Tall Ships of New York race and in the Cowes Regatta at the Isle of Wight, Great Britain, for the 125th Jubilee of the American Cup. At Cowes he sailed on the Mariette of 1915 which won the Concourse DElegance award. Daniels goal is to eventually become a pilot for the United States Navy. But first he will travel to LEcole France Langue in Nice, France, to participate in a language immersion programme and then back to Annapolis for a short term of temporary duty. After graduation from Forest Heights Daniel spent one year in Argentina on an exchange programme and is now fluent in both Spanish and French. People in the NewsMr. and Mrs. Michael Meeson Daniel Wiltfang 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 Remember Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 Luxury, executive quality three bedroom, three bath Mediterraneanstyle villa on exclusive Pelican Shores, enjoys views of the scenic Marsh Harbour port. Deep water dock with boatlift, designer interior, fully furnished, well-equipped exercise room.List #6010 $1,785,000Pelican Shores Sea Lavender Sea LavenderLocated on 34,668 sq. ft. of Atlantic beachfront, this offering is one of the most charming homes on Elbow Cay. Landscaped with lush tropicals, it is the epitome of graceful island living. The elevated main level takes advantage of spectacular views and breezes. Featuring two bedrooms, two baths, an openplan living, dining and modern kitchen area, hardwood floors and exposed-beam ceilings, Sea Lavender is a rare gem. French doors lead to the fresh water pool and screened gazebo. The generous size of the site lends to expansion.List #7310 $1,190,000 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! Bahama Palm Shores! Beach front home site, 18,920 square feet with 120 feet on the beach! #7731. $69,800 Casuarina Point! Walk to 8 Mile Beach! Nice 13,000 s.f home site. Good investment. Close to bone fishing. #7159 $15,000 Joe Bookies Bay! Realistically-priced, 10 acres of prime, undeveloped land.Nice elevations, rocky shore and sand beach. Resort Potential. #7793. $364,000Joes 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 Leisure Lee! Over 27,000 s.f. canal front home site on main waterway. Selling quickly, dont wait! #4416. $50,000 Marsh Harbour! Building site near Boat Harbour and all amenities. Build commercial or residential. #6351 $120,000 Marsh Harbour! Landmark property. 6 unit self-catering inn on 1 plus acres of prime real estate. Room to expand, great investment. #7432. Serious inquiries only, please. 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 Residential Rentals 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 June Russell Sales Patricia Love Sales Apprentice Celeste Pinder Rental Agent Bahama Palm ShoresImmaculate 3/2 home, secluded, beautifully landscaped. Just a stroll to the beach. List #7737 $339,000

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Page 24 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 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 ConditionersBy Jennifer Hudson Each year the National Arts Festival is held to give performers, both young and old, the opportunity to showcase their talents and to be assessed with others. Classes are judged in Nassau and throughout the Family Islands and all entries are judged nationally. The judging for Abaco took place on the evening of May 12 at the Abaco Central Primary School and May 13 at Abaco Central High School. The five judges who traveled to Abaco for the occasion were Dr. Anne Peterson, Dance, Ms. Joan Callender, Singing, Ms. Keva Cartwright, Drama, Ms. Jill Austin Instrumental and Mrs. Patricia Bazard, Coordinator. I was present for the Gospel section of the competition and enjoyed some very talented group and solo performances and a very dramatic and moving Sacred Dance by Sherrell Henfield for which she was awarded the outstanding score of 99 percent. All Abaco competitors scored well with scores ranging from 85 percent to 99 percent. The judges were extremely impressed with the standard of performance on Abaco and voiced the opinion that not only is there much talent evident here but there is also great enthusiasm for performing. The last island to be adjudicated was Cat Island and once all scores are in, the Prize Winners Concert will be finalized. It is expected to be held in Nassau on June 10th with the awards presentations taking place the following day. The Zion Baptist Youth Choir and Sherrell Henfield have already been invited to take part in the Prize Winners Concert. Transportation will be provided by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. According to Mr. Dean, music teacher at Abaco Central High School and Coordinator for the Arts Festival on Abaco, Abaco Central High School is in the running for the Governor Generals trophy for having a total of thirty-six entries in this years festival. Whilst in Abaco the adjudicators, along with Supt. A. Russell visited Abaco Central High School to present plaques for participation in last years festival. Mr. Dean said that in preparing for this years Arts Festival on Abaco he had made every effort to contact schools not only on Abaco proper but on all the surrounding cays. Next year there are plans to hold the festival earlier in the year and the Ministry hopes to distribute all the set pieces by December 2003 so that judging can begin in January of 2004.Abaco ResultsBy Portia Jonsson The festival was open to all amateur talents in the performing arts including song, dance, musical instrument and drama. Over 30 individuals and groups throughout the Abaco community participated in the festival. A large crowd turned out to cheer and support the performers as well as enjoy the entertainment. Winners in this festival will travel to Nassau to compete in a concert featuring the overall winners in this nation-National Arts Festival Judges Local TalentThe National Arts Festival judges came to Abaco to judge individuals and groups in many different categories of performing arts. Here one primary school is singing. The outstanding performers will be asked to perform at the Prize Winners Concert to be held in Nassau. The Zion Baptist Youth Choir and Sherrell Henfield have already been invited. Please see Arts Festival Page 25

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 25 MAN-O-WAR HARDWARE Interior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD #1 LUMBERPlain & Pressure Treated Pine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyFor Quotes or Information Call Walter Sweeting or Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-365-6011 Fax 365-6039 We monitor VHF Ch 69 Deliveries Arranged from Green Turtle Cay to Little HarbourAn Extensive Selection ofNon-CorrosiveHardwareBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel Bolts Stainless SteelHurricane ClipsBrass, Stainless & Monel Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 155 East Port Rd., Warehouse B Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New Providence Serving Marsh Harbour, Guana Cay and Green Turtle Cay with Freight Services out of Nassau and Palm Beach Departing Palm Beach twice monthly* Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach Service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICEVICE VICEVICE VICE Automotive Accessories Full Automotive Service Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Tires and Tire Repairs Expert Mechanics Automobile Parts Oil Changes Batteries Crockett Drive & Don MacKay Blvd.Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2655 Percy Albury, Owner/Manager Bahamas Realty is pleased to announce our newest representative in the Abaco Cays, Patti Love. Mrs. Love has lived in Hope Town for 23 years, successfully balancing a career and raising two children. Originally from Illinois, Patti attended Northern Illinois University, Dekalb where she completed her B.A. Degree in Business Administration. Mrs. Love has utiltized her formal education in the Tourist Industry sector from restaurant Management to managing the office for a small Aviation Company. Patti has also been employed in the legal field by two prominent firms in Abaco. She found the legal profession challenging and was taught discipline and attention to detail. Her future with Bahamas Realty will be complimented with the opening of her Property Management endeavour, Island View Properties in Hope Town. Both businesses will be located in the center of the settlement of Hope Town and will be open in the Fall of 2003. 2003 Bahamas Youth Camp PlannedThe Assemblies of God will be hosting a Youth Camp at Camp Abaco just south of Marsh Harbour, during the summer holiday for ages 7-19. The Youth Camp will run from June 30th-July 19th with an extensive list of activities. Special features at the camp will include services, quizzes, puppets, skits, games, and a banquet and awards. A new sport this year will be wide competition. Some of the competitor performed two numbers. A perfect score for each number was 100. Name/Group Class Total Points Sherell Roker Liturgical Dance 99* Alita Bain Liturgical Dance 75 The Knights Modern Dance 90* Joyce Etienne Gospel 173 Kashif Burrows Pop 163 Zion Bapt.Youth Choir Gospel 192 Jesus Male Gospel 187 Maxine Swain Gospel 80 Daphne Brown, Vashti Mills Gospel 85 Raquel Smith Woodwind Solo 84 Berlinda Jacobs and Hernatt Nicholas Drama 82 Anointed A capella Gospel 170 Shakeria Blanc Gospel 155 Central Abaco Pri.Choir 171 Abaco Central High Gospel 176 News of the Youth Arts Festival From Page 24 kayaking. The camps schedule is as follows: J unior Camp7-9 yrs. July 5th Intermediate10-12 yrs. July 7th-July 12th Teen Camp13-19 yrs. July 14th-19th For application forms and information call 366-0636 or 366-3021 or mail application to Camp Abaco, P.O. Box AB-20595, Marsh Harbour Abaco.Summer ExperienceBy Portia Jonsson Central Abaco Primary School is offering an exciting and fun filled summer program. Classes will begin July 7th and end July 30th meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Subjects focused on will be Language Arts, Reading and Phonics, Mathematics, Introduction to Computer, Arts and Crafts, Drama and Creative Dance and Field Trips. The summer program will be open to all school children ages 5-11 years old from any primary school on Abaco. Children visiting for the summer holiday are also invited to attend. All interested persons please contact any one of the following: Mrs. N. Major 367-4571, Mrs. M. Dean 367-2640, Ms. C. Mackey 367-2351 and Ms. C. Wright 422-3605. Fees for the summer program are $60 per week, which includes all materials, lunch and field trips. A maximum number of 60 children will be accepted. The deadline for registration is June 31st, 2003. Antonio Mills Brass Solo Trumpet 79 Shaul Rahming Gospel 155 Anderson Alcime Gospel 184 Renardo Adderley Gospel 187 Whitney McIntosh Liturgical Dance 58 Alita Bain Modern Dance Solo 46 Sherell Roker Liturgical Dance Solo 90 Tavon FergusonJunkanoo Drummer 84 Roger Smith Junkanoo Drummer 79 Santonio Knowles -Junkanoo Drummer 89 Cardina Rolle -Gospel 176 Carson Mitchell Gospel 181 Deandra Armbrister Gospel 163 Jaynell Cornish Gospel 82 Daphne Brown Gospel 157 Britney Edgecombe Gospel 164 *As at the end of the festival in Abaco, Sherell Roker and The Knights had received the highest points so far in the competition nationwide in their class. Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe toThe AbaconianToday

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Page 26 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 PROFESSIONAL GOLF CAR CORP.17 Years of Selling ExperienceBest Quality and Prices in South Florida Call Paul at: 1 (880)-334-5058 or 1 (561) 433-2500 5385 Lake Worth Rd. Green Acres, FL 33463Delivery to the ports of West Palm Beach & Ft. Lauderdale Authorized DealerELECTRIC OR GAS NEW USED REMANUFACTURED 2, 4 OR 6 PASSENGER LIFTED BOXES Brand PartsHardware & Fastenersfor Homeowners and ContractorsPlumbing Supplies Water HeatersYour largest choice of economical Gas AppliancesAt the traffic light in Marsh Harbour PaintsFather Rolle Serves Five ChurchesBu Jennifer Hudson On March 1st the Parish of St. Peter and St. Anne in Treasure Cay welcomed Father Dwight Rolle as their new Priest in Charge. Father Rolle spent his boyhood in Nassau attending St. Cecilias Catholic Primary School and Aquinas College High School. Upon leaving school he spent three years working in a trade with his father and assisting Bishop Eldon as he traveled throughout the Bahama Islands. It was the church youth ministry that gave Father Rolle the desire to enter the priesthood and in 1995 he entered Codrington Theological College, University of the West Indies. He was ordained to the Deaconate in 1999 and to the Priesthood on June 5th 2000. After his ordination Father Rolle became Assistant Curate at St. Georges Church in Nassau and then his first posting as Priest in Charge was to Cat Island, a mission parish of eleven churches where he stayed for one and a half years. During that time he began a restoration project as many Church Newschurches were in a state of disrepair. Father Rolle is now happily settled in his new Parish here on Abaco, where he finds the more contemporary style of worship an interesting contrast to the more traditional style of worship in Cat Island. The Parish of St. Peter and St. Anne is a large one comprising five churches: St. Peters in Green Turtle Cay, St. Simon by the Sea in Treasure Cay, Holy Saviour in Blackwood, St. Chad in Fox Town and St. Anne in Crown Haven. Services are no longer held at St. Georges in Cedar Harbour. He holds three services in North Abaco every Sunday. Mass is held each Sunday in Treasure Cay while all other churches have Mass twice a month. Morning Prayer is held each week in all churches. Father Rolle says that in North Abaco people in general are very excited about their church and there is a great spirit of togetherness and self-help. He states that congregations are larger in the north than in the south so the needs are greater. There is need for a full time cleric to deal with pastoral matters and it is the intention of the Archbishop to fulfill this need and to form a team ministry. Father Rolle describes himself as a hard worker and states that he is willing to give his all as Jesus did. Two of the challenges that lie ahead are to establish a strong youth programme to serve the needs of the considerable number of young people in the Parish and also to build a Retreat on the land next to the Church in Treasure Cay for the use of both visiting groups and Bahamians. It had not been feasible for Father Rolles wife, the former Rochelle Pearson of Nassau, to accompany her husband to Cat Island so the couple are delighted that she is now able to reside here in Abaco with him.

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 27 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. and 46 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: themoorings@batelnet.bs 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 July 2003 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 ratesA visitor staying at Abaco Beach Resort reported on May 29 that someone stole $4800 from his room of which four thousand was in the safety deposit box in his room. A resident of the Mud was arrested at the Police Station on May 30 for causing harm as reported by a woman from Marsh Harbour. A resident of the Pigeon Peas was arrested on May 31 for stealing gasoline. A resident of Pigeon Peas was arrested on May 31 for chopping the hand of a man from Dundas Town. The man was released when the complaint was dropped. A night club in Marsh Harbour was broken into on May 31 and beer and liquor valued at $551 was stolen. A Dundas Town resident was hit on the head with a bottle when he was at the Murphy Town basketball park on May 31. He reported to the police the name of his assailant. A Dundas Town man found his nephew unconscious with a stab wound to his shoulder on May 31. The wound was treated at the clinic and the man was released.Police Report away. But there is something much worse. I dont have a name for it except maybe GIOPB (getting into other peoples business). What amazes me is how many persons think they have the right to give persons unsolicited advice or instructions on how they should live their lives or solve their problems. These people have no idea of the true situation or the circumstances. These GIOPB persons seem to feel they are helping or in some cases actually trying to cause more harm or stress to the affected person or persons. There are many persons on Abaco with serious problems who are trying to overcome them. They are struggling either to get out of the situation or to recover after getting out of it. In most situations the GIOPB persons have absolutely no idea of what the person has been through. Yet they criticize, condemn and seldom encourage. Some of their favourite sayings are, Why dont you, or, Did you know. All of this can add to the stress for the victim. How much it affects that person depends on each individual. Some can ignore it completely, and some can take it for so long, then get annoyed by it. As one individual told me who has gone through a serious problem, Boy, people can talk and tell you how to live your life. Thats Abaco. You have to be strong. If one person who is guilty of GIOPB reads this and pauses to think, it was worth my effort. As a colleague said to me, Before you criticize, gossip or give unsolicited advice, walk a mile in the other persons shoes. ShermanFrom Page 8 Cyber Learning CenterReading English Mathematics Computers Games Arts & Crafts9 a.m. 12 noon 1 p.m. 4 p.m. Half day $40 Full day $75 Call 367-5757 for details Extra Charge for Early Drop Off and Late Pick-up Summer School 2003 Begins June 30th

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Page 28 The Abaconian June 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 Properties26 hse + 365-4409 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Elbow Cay Prop 43 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 22 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 50 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Island Colours + 366-0290 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hue 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp 8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information www.abacoinet.com www.abacoinfo.com www.abacos.com www.go-abacos.com www.oii.net + agents who have multiple cottages and houses P.O. Box AB-20958 Dundas Town Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367-5411 Fax: (242) 367-2883 e-mail: strongtower@coralwave.com Pastor: Stephen N. Knowles Tuesday 7:00 p.m.....................................(1st & 3rd) Womens Ministry 7:00 p.m...................................(2nd & 4th) Men of Excellence Wednesday 7:00 p.m..................................................Prayer & Bible Study Thursday 7:00 p.m..........................................Praise & Worship Practice Saturday 4:00 p.m.............................................................. Youth Power Sunday 9:00 a.m...................................................... Family Bible Hour 10:30 a.m.................................................. Celebration ServiceSTCC MINISTRIESx Caribbean Constructors Ltd.Concrete Blocks 4"x 8"x 16" 6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16" Corner Blocks Regular Blocks Hydraulic Fittings & Hoses Monday Friday 7 am 4 pm P.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock ImportedStepping Stones in various patterns 18" x 18" 24" x 24" By Ann McFaden By now it is no shock to learn that coral reefs are in serious trouble. In existence for about 200 million years, this delicately balanced marine environment relies on the interaction of hard and soft corals, sponges, anemones, snails, rays, crabs, lobsters, turtles, dolphins and other sea life exactly what thousands of people come to the Bahamas to enjoy! Many of the worlds top reef scientists feel that by the middle of this century, many of the worlds coral reefs will be functionally extinct. There is no one absolute reason why coral reefs are dying there are several. Top contenders in the swan song for the reefs are: Nutrient loading into coastal waters from agriculture and poorly treated sewage. Heavy sedimentation from coastal construction and poor land user practices such as destruction of mangroves. Over-fishing and destructive fishing practices. These, combined with global-scale problems like abnormal atmospheric warming and geological changes plus ozone depletion are creating a deadly combination that has begun what could be a death knell for the coral reefs. Enter the tourism industry not a super top-of-the-line adversary but one that can be controlled on a very personal basis. Coral reefs occupy less than one quarter of one percent of the earths marine environment, yet they are home to more than a quarter of all known fish species. They are deserving of protection for their intrinsic value alone. In addition, the economic, tourism, fishing and recreational resources of tropical areas depend upon healthy coral reef ecosystems. Barrier reefs protect shorelines from erosion and storm damage. The food, tourism revenue, coastal protection and the newest industry to be taking a look at corals medicationsthese industries are worth about $375 billion dollars a year. How can we fit in here? As with everything, progress is made in small steps and visitors and residents alike can begin with awareness and education. When out on or in the water just follow some simple suggestions: Avoid all contact from fins, hands, equipment and anchors. Even the slightest touch can crush polyps, leaving them vulnerable to disease and bleaching (loss of the symbiotic algae and thus their color) Approach reefs carefully and avoid swimming too close so you wont accidentally bump or land on them. YOU could get some nasty scratches! Move away from the reef when adjusting your fins or mask DO NOT stand on the corals! Divers need to be vigilant with bouyancy control. Avoid kicking up sand this can cause a layer of silt and sand to cover the polys and smother them. Resist the temptation to feed the fish remember they are still an animal in the wild and feeding them disturbs their natural feeding habits. Poking, grabbing at tails and fins, jabbing at and chasing the fish make them wary of people and their actions become unpredictable you could get injured. Take pictures, leave bubbles the reef isCoral Reefs An Important Part of Our World All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. 1-972-267-9200not a souvenir shop Boaters need to take care they can cause tremendous damage physically by crushing fragile corals upon impact, by running aground or dropping anchors on the reef. Use the correct size mooring buoys whenever available. If you must anchor, find a sandy place away from the reef so that neither the anchor or chain will drag over the coral. This also protects divers and snorkelers from landing on the reef when entering the water. Bring your trash to shore do not teach it to swim! Plastic bags and other marine debris can injure or kill animals. And if you see garbage, bring it in. Coral reefs look sturdy but inside all that gorgeous color and protective shell lives a delicate creature worthy of our attention and care like all of us!

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 29 Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept.367-2000 Fire -Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept.VHF Ch 16 Ambulance Trauma One Marsh Harbour367-2911 Fire Dundas Town Volunteer367-2935 or 4935 Man-O-War Fire & Rescue 365-6911 Bah Air Sea Rescue AssocVHF 16 or 366-0282 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and: Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr........... $12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town.................................................... $10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market........... $10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto .................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock 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. Lauderdale ............................... 367-2800 American Eagle Miami........................................ 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau ........................................... 367-2095 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Bch ............................ 367-3415 Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale.................... 954-359-8020 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ............................ 367-3597 Lynx Air International Ft. Lauderdale ...........954-772-9808 Major Air Service Freeport .................................. 367-4826 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ....................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ................367-4852 Local charter companies serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air Charters 367-2266 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 am10:301:30 pm3:305:30 (min $40) Guana & Scotland Cay to Marsh Harbour 30 minute trip 8 am11:302:30 pm4:45pmFare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $10 / $15 Children $5 / $8 Charters any time Phone 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16 Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries leave from Crossing Beach Guana Cay and Scotland Cay ferries leave from Conch Inn Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack DockGreen Turtle FerryGreen Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t Daily 8 am 9 11 12:15pm 1:303 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay Daily 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult fare $7 (Children $3) Round trip $11 Additional to some destinations Charter any time Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Channel 16Abaco AdventuresTreasure Cay to Guana Cay Wed & Sat 10 am, return 5 pm $25 Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sun 11, 12:30, 4, return 11:45, 3 & 5 Treasure C. to Man-O-War & Hope T Thur 10 am, return3:30 $35Charters available Phone 365-8749 VHF Channel 16Pinders Ferry Service Connects Abaco & Grand Bahama Approximately 1 hour trip Crown Haven to 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 Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......366-4107 Floyd Burrows .....366-4175 Links Adderly .......366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......366-2163 Jay Sawyer .........367-3941 Justin Sands.......367-3526 Terrance Davis ....367-4464 Danny Sawyer .....367-3577 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .......366-0133 Man-O-War David Albury... .....365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer ....366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe...............366-2107 Junior Albury ............366-3058 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 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 Hwy367-5331 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Boat House.....................$$.............366-0065 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Carltons Island Grill.......$$.............366-0253 Harbours Edge...............$$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place................$$$.........366-0062 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Coco Paradise...................................365-5197 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Mermaid Cafe...............$$$.............365-5137 Orchid Bay.........................................365-6175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Island Boil & Sports Bar.$$.............365-8849 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 Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina...16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................24......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Guana Beach Resort22......F....365-5133 Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals.............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals...................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss.....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals...................365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Daves Dive Shop Boat Rentals........366-0029 Hope Town Cart Rentals...................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals.....................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749

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Page 30 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 NOTICEIN THE ESTATE OF ARNOLD JOSEPH EDWARDS (a.k.a.) ARNOLD EDWARDS late of Dundas Town, Abaco and of 199-5721 Avenue, Whitestone, Queens County New York, U.S.A., 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 debts or claims certified in writing to the undersigned on or before 15th May, 2003, and if required, to prove such debts or claims, or in default be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts or claims are proved; after the above date the Personal Representative will distribute the assets having regard only to the proved debts or claims of which he 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 15th May, 2003. ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO. Attorneys for the Personal Representative Stratton Drive, P. O. Box AB-20115 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas 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 Abaco has received a new Massey Ferguson farm tractor with a Bush Hog weed and grass mower. The tractor was recently assigned to the Works Department. One of its primary assignments will mowing the road verges between Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point. Work has begun on the Sandy Point end of the road. The tractor is pictured here in Crossing Rocks. This initial work will be slow due to trees and road sides which need additional grading.Works Dept. Gets a New Tractor This is an interesting sinkhole described as fearsome located on the side of a hill near Sunset Point north of Marsh Harbour. It is about 50 feet in diameter with water 20 to 30 feet below the rim. The size of the stalactites on the far side are brought into perspective when comparing them to the man standing above and behind on the far side. There are many blue holes in the forest throughout Abaco with the water several feet below the rim. Most sinkholes are in the forest but this is interesting because it is on a hillside.Fearsome Sinkhole

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 31 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 Madeira Park Plaza Suite 1 P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamas Phone:(242) 365-8061 Fax:(242) 365-8061Real Estate Sales Homes and Home Sites AcreageOcean Duplex Beach Villa: On Treasure Cay Beach. One bedroom/bath/kitchen/living room in each unit. 50 patio. Two extra building lots included. Like new in and out. Fully Shuttered Price: $480,000 (gross) On Treasure Cay Beach: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car garage plus full efficiency apartment. On Treasure Cay Beach: 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms. Extra lot included. 200 on ocean, 600 depth. 1305 Mariners Cove: 1 bedroom, A/C, TV, fully furnished, facing pool. Harbour Entrance View: 4 bedrooms 4 bathrooms plus efficiency apartment. Two storey with glorious uninterrupted view over the Sea of Abaco. Mariners Cove Town Houses: 2 BedroomPrice: $105,000 (gross) 1 Bedroom Price: $88,000 (gross) Real Estate 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 New Edition AvailableFourteenth annual edition includes updated color nautical charts, new color aerial photography and new progressive harbour entry photos to provide guidance for novice or experienced mariners and tourists.Available at most Abaco gift shops and marinasU.S. orders $19.95 plus $5 S & H Visa / Mastercard Call 386-423-7880 or Fax 386-423-7557 Web: www.wspress.com email: orders@wspress.comGuide to AbacoThe Cruising Bahamas2003 Treasure Cay Town Committee Green Turtle Cay Town Committee Coopers Town Town Committee Little Abaco Town Committee North Abaco District Council Contracts, salaries, wages and stipends take the bulk of the money for such things as garbage collection, school upkeep and maintenance. A capital budget of $101,000 was requested for seven items: Restrooms at the major parks A roof for passengers at the airport A pavilion at the ferry dock Road construction Additional street lights Alleviate flooding at Wood Cay Improve the bonefish landing in North Abaco The Council is working to upgrade the garbage collection system with covered and proper collection equipment. This will be more expensive and require more money. A home coming celebration is scheduled for Fox Town on June 6 8 and a Coopers Town home coming on July 10 12. Sandwiches and soft drinks were served at the conclusion of the meeting. NorthFrom Page 16Central Abaco Well FieldMarsh Harbour Airport Witch Point Snake Cay Approximate location of old wellfield Approximate location of recent wellfield expansion Spring City Proposed garbage landfill site Well Field Extends to Spring CityShown on the map on the right is the Central Abaco water reserve area with the two present collection areas noted. The new well field was established a year ago to more than double the available water supply. jAdditional wells and pumps can be installed to further increase the suuply as the area grows. Development in the wellfield reserve is not allowed although the rule is not well enforced. A recent application for a hotel on the road between the airport and Spring City was deferred by Environmental Health pending clarification of their sewage disposal method. In theory Marsh Harbour development will stop at the airport roundabout.The shore area between Marsh Harbour and Snake Cay could be developed if there were road access. It Pays toAdvertise

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Page 32 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSEOSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAIN-LESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT &MORECONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE CALL/FAX365-8749ORemail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PP PP PRICESRICES RICESRICES RICES B B B B BELOWELOW ELOWELOW ELOW U U U U U .. .. SS SS S .. .. RR RR RETAILETAIL ETAILETAIL ETAILCONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES CONTRACTOR PRICES AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE AVAILABLE 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 Frontbeginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interiorbeginning 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 bathbeginning 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 SOLD SOLD SOLD By Jennifer Hudson The Cancer Society of the Bahamas is sponsoring a raffle which offers very interesting prizes. They include a 2003 Ford Explorer, fully loaded, a Caribbean cruise for two with a choice of destination and a 25-inch colour television. Tickets, priced at $10 each, are on sale at Pine Woods Nursery, AID, Standard Hardware, Vans Insurance, Shell Marsh Harbour, Bellevue Business Depot, all banks and on all the cays. The drawing will take place on June 28th in Nassau. The proceeds of the raffle are for the Cancer Caring Centre, which is the largest project ever undertaken by the Cancer Society of the Bahamas. Today, it is a $2 million dream with a further $2 million endowment to subsidize the future operating costs of this much needed facility. Proceeds from this raffle and other public donations will help to make this dream a reality. The Cancer Caring Centre will be a place of comfort, security and peace for patients receiving cancer treatments and will be a home away from home for patients and their families. The two storey building will be located adjacent to the present Cancer Society Headquarters in Nassau, close to doctors and hospitals. The building will house ten rooms, each with a patio and garden view. The second floor will be reserved for Family Island patients staying in Nassau for short term treatment. Full time staff will include an administrator, nurses and security. A doctor will be on call at all times and a network of volunteers will serve to enrich the patients lives and make their stay as pleasant as possible. The hardworking Cancer Society of Abaco has, over the last few years, donated $36,000 towards the Centre and one room, which will be designated the Abaco Room, will be reserved solely for patients from Abaco needing cancer treatment in Nassau. Within the last three years the Cancer Society of Abaco has assisted thirty-eight cancer patients by providing airline tickets and donations towards cost of treatment in the sum of $20,000. Now the Society seeks your assistance in helping this most worthy cause by purchasing tickets for the upcoming raffle. The Cancer Society of Abaco would like to make special mention of the hours of time and effort donated to selling raffle tickets by the late Mr. Sherlock Russell of Hope Town. Sadly, he suffered a massive heart attack and passed away in Hope Town last month. But prior to his passing he had already sold twenty complete books of tickets for the Cancer Society Raffle. He sold tickets not only for the Cancer Society, but for every charitable organization he could possibly assist, raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity during his lifetime. He will be sadly missed and dozens of charities will be the poorer for his passing. Let us try to emulate Mr. Sherlock and do what we can to support these worthy charities.Cancer Society Holds National Raffle

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 33 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.netHGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 6/1/03Bahama Palm Shores Beachfront Parcel 100' wide over 450' deep over 1 Acre. Land Cleared for Building. 34' x 26' Storage Building Pump House Stairs to Beach NEW LISTING # AB5150 -$211,000.Cabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beach-front Building Sites Mid-way between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay................................# AB5142 $ 118,000.Elbow Cay "Marnie's Creek" 1/2 acre hillside building sites, a private dock slip for each parcel Fabulous Sea of Abaco views ................................................................. # AB5114 from: $ 230,000. 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. Kathleen AlburyEstate Agent Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 366-0032 cell: (242)477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com L.C. Hull & Co.Counsel & AttorneysPlease be advised that the telephone number 367-2991 has been changed. The new number is 3672030 and the fax number is 367-2018. Our apologies for any inconveniences caused.Ms. Rhonda Hull, Esq.Abaco HardwareStorm ShuttersHURRICANE SUPPLIES PlywoodToolsLumberNailsBatteriesLamps& OilHardwareCoolersStovesFlash lights Storm PanelsAccordian ShuttersPlywoodLumberRoofing Paper Roll Plastic Sheeting Roofing Shingles We Stay Open Until the Wind Gets HighDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour Mon. Fri. 7 4 Sat. 7 12 Phone 242-367-2170 Roll-down shutters by AA AA A MarshMarsh MarshMarsh Marsh HarbourHarbour HarbourHarbour Harbour TT TT T raditionradition raditionradition radition Since 1978Since 1978 Since 1978Since 1978 Since 1978Celebrating 25 years of service on AbacoSCUBA and Snorkeling Trips Full Service Dive Centers Equipment rentals Instruction Island Tours & Sunset Cruises Private Charters Resort Boutique, Gifts & SouvenirsDIVE ABACO!Abaco Beach Resort 242 Conch Inn Resort 242 dive@diveabaco.com www.diveabaco.comBy Margo Albury and Krista Kelly There are many attractions in Hope Town, the lighthouse, lots of gifts shops, great beaches and surf. The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum offers a different type of attraction, something more original. The museum is located in its new building on Gillam Street, next to the Post Office. The building that stands there today is only phase one of what is going to be a magnificent structure. Another complex, phase two, is now under construction and will feature new displays reflective on the life and times on Elbow Key in the last 200 years. The museum has only been at its present location for the last three years. The different locations of the museum over the years is an interesting story itself. The idea for a museum was presented to the community of Hope Town in 1977 by Byrle Patterson, Shirley Higgs, and Vernon Malone. Without any hesitation, a location was looked for and found. A local of Hope Town, Harrington Albury, donated the use of his house to the community. Local residents donated artifacts, and by the end of 1977 the museum was opened. This was the home of the museum for quite some time. The Bicentennial Celebration of Hope Town in 1985 was held at the building. However, in 1987 the owner, Mr. Albury, asked to have the home returned to him. The committee was soon able to find another available house, and the museum resided there until 1999. Since the house was not for sale, talk of building began in order to find a more secure home. In the meantime, The Wyannie Malone Historical Museum received the American Express Preservation Award for 1991. In 1994 land was purchased on Gillam Street, and construction began in 2000 and was completed in 2001. The construction of the second building has been planned for this year to coincide with the 25th Anniversary Year of the Museums founding. The actual museum is an amazing thing. It is filled with lots of artifacts that have been collected over the years. Wyannie Malone, for whom the museum was named, came to Hope Town in the 18th century from the Carolinas, after losing her husband in the war. Wyannie and her family were not accepted in America because they were supporters of England during Revolutionary War. There is much to be learnt about her and the life she had during the early years of Hope Town in the museum. She can be considered one of the great founders of Hope Town. The Museum is opened ( depending on volunteers) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.3 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m.-12 Noon.History Is Still Alive in Hope TownAn artists rendition of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum is shown here. The first building was completed in 2001 and the two story building behind is now under construction. The museum was begun by Hope Town residents who wanted to preserve their towns history. Many volunteers now work to keep it maintained and and open to the public. It depicts life as it was lived 100 to 200 hundred years ago.

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Page 34 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 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.bs MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASYwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Man-O-War Cay 0331 This property has two lovely homes. The primary residence features 3bds/3bths, modern kitchen, dance studio, art room, upstairs master bed and bath with double Jacuzzi, double vanity, and his and her walk in closets. Also has BBQ pit, extensive decking and takes in gorgeous views of the Atlantic. Guest cottage features 2/2, utility room and wrap around decks as well. This is a MUST see! Call for more details. Guana Cay 0338 Beach house features 2/1 on 9,000 sq. ft of property, 11,000 gallon cistern, 336 sq. ft of outside decking and has a fantastic rental history. $375,000 Guana Cay 0271 Ridge House is perch on a high bluff over looking lovely Boat Harbour. Has 4 bedrooms upstairs, with living, dining and kitchen, which are all open and command fantastic views of the Sea of Abaco. Features 800 sq. ft. of outside deck, and downstairs has a self contained apartment which is 800 sq. ft. and is comprised of 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Offers a private dock and is presently on the rental market and rents for $2,400 a week. $699,000 Guana Cay 1386 A fantastic building site near Boat Harbour on Guana Cay. Features elevations of 35'+/and thick lush vegetation. Just a short walk to the main town where restaurants, grocery stores and other conveniences can be found. This lot also has a dock slip on the protected Boat Harbour. $90,000 Great Abaco Club 0082 Lovely home in gated community, features 3/2, modern kitchen, Jacuzzi tub, vaulted ceiling, private dock slip with boat lift, and a covered deck as well as a sun deck. Has the convenience of the resorts facilities. This home is a boaters dream. $585,000 Man-O-War Cay 1369 Cozy cottage in heart of town, featuring 1/1 with upstairs sleeping loft, close walk to beach and conveniences. Would be a great vacation cottage. $149,900 #1322 Three bedrooms two bathroom modern home located in Treasure Cay near to beaches and golf course. Immaculately cared for home with all the modern amenities such as central A/C, cable etc. Offered at $295,000 #0337 Unique waterfront with shared dock. Two bedrooms, two baths, octagonal tree house overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Perched high above the ground among the trees, this house is aptly named Hummingbird. #0333 Waterfront estate in White Sound, Green Turtle Cay. Two bedrooms, two baths, master bath has a spa. The modern interior consists of two dinning areas, an island counter bar, living room and kitchen. All rooms enjoy a magnificent view of the harbour. Offered at $850,000 Two affordable Lots Coco Bay area, 2 minutes to beach. $30,000 each. Nice Neighbourhood cleared lot with fruit trees near to beaches park and a public dock.. $45,000 Beachfrontacre lot virtually on the Atlantic Ocean Beach. $210,000 Greenway Canal LotLocated on Brigantine Bay, Treasure Cay. $35,000 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.MOTIVATED SELLER Call 367-2598FOR SALEPolyethylene Plastic Storage Tanks 50 to50 to 50 to50 to 50 to 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 GG GG G allonsallons allonsallons 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 Yacht Club Survey Was BiasedDear Sir, In response to the alarming survey published in your last edition, I must give voice to the questions it invites of the Yacht Club in question: 1) What were you thinking? I suspect that you were so intent on self promotion that you lost sight of the effect(s) of your crowing. 2) Your figures and methodology are seriously questionable and preclude being called a true survey. 700 members? only 96 people answering? You dont really think thats a fair representation do you? 3) The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club (Royal?) has obviously devolved from its original role in Abaco. Management personnel of this club are deft history revisionists who have gotten away with murder. RMHYC, you embarrass yourselves, please get your own house in order. Your management does not serve you well, nor does it promote your club, rather, they presume to inflate their personal agendas at your expense. 4) Your complaints The Ugly American type of comments are meanspirited in some instances and futile in others. Grow up. Why do your respondents keep coming back? They come back because it is cheaper here in the winter than at home, its that simple. This is not the only beautiful vacation spot in the world, it IS special though, and there are lots of us who dont WANT it to become an extension of what you are escaping from. You mind your business, please dont mind ours too! 5) The whole thing is just silly, and if it werent for the coming coincidental increase in the rate of Cruising Permits, wouldnt bear comment. Remember what your pastor said about cutting off your nose to spite your face? Mr. Editor, I ask that you withhold my name because these people have proven themselves vindictive and spiteful in all of my encounters with them to date, and I seek to spare myself one of the many headaches they spread every time they come to Abaco.MorMor MorMor Mor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor e Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 8 Houses were built up against the Abaco Hardware fence 20 feet from the metal building. As the fire approached the 8 foot chain link fence, the firemen had to retreat as it was too hot to stay between the building and the flames. It was during this phase that the metal building got so hot that it ignited merchandise inside the building. Photo by Harold DaviesFire Nears Neighboring Houses

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 35 The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for: CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" 6/15/03Bahama 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 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. 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 $2,990,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Beach Point House" 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. home. 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Two complete living units, Beach Great views....# AB89 New Price$ 1,450,000. 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. "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 HOMES 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.netKathleen AlburyEstate Agent Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco Tel/Fax: (242) 366-0032 cell: (242)477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com"Nottage Residence" Bahama Palm Shores Elegant 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,000 sq.ft. Home 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage on double lot over 2/3 acre Near beach beautifully Furnished Auxilary Generator #AB87 $430,000. 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. 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 The houses are so close together that firemen could not get their hoses and water to the burning houses behind. Some residents took hoses on the roof tops but discovered that they could not apply the water effectively to the burning buildings. The heat and flames soon drove them back. Here are two typical houses only a foot or two apart. with no way to apply water behind them. The eight-foot fence separating the houses from the lumber yard is visible here. On the other side a six-foot fence separated similarly spaced buildings from the back of Sawyers Market. On the east side a five-foot chain-link fence bordered the property. The west side of the burned area opened onto the only road accessing Pigeon Peas. Photo by Harold Davies This is the road in Pigeon Peas separating the east and west sections of the community. This road provided the only access into the burning section and was not fenced. The houses extended to the edge of the road as noted by the flames. The building with the men on the roof is immediately behind the lumber yard and had enough separation from the burning area so it was spared.Photo by Cay RussellClose Houses and Limited Access Stymie Firefighters

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Page 36 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003Corner 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 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. Cherokee Sound house for sale or rent. Phone 434-293-2031 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. This fenced-in area has electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet for just $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 367-2951 or 3596658Minimum 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 APARTMENTSGreat Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Hope Town Vacation Home Conch Crawl Cottage, 3 bed/2 bath and loft. Weekly rate: $1350 up to 6 people, monthly rate: $2700 + utilities. Contact Kala Gates 367-4550 or E-mail beaches@batelnet.bs Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Little Harbour. Great ocean view, furnished 2 bed with A/C, 2 baths, sun deck, screened porch, w/all amenities. Rent $850/wk. Long term rental available. Sell for $250,000 Call 242-366-3515 or 850-230-8212 Marsh Harbour hill top apartments, 2 bed/1 bath, central A/C, fully furnished. Call 3672951 or 366-0347 after 5 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Tract, two furnished apt. each 2 bed / 1 bath including water and gas. $1100 month. Call 367-2660 Treasure Cay, Long term, 2 bedroom / 2 bath villa located on Solomons Parking lot, 3 bedroom / 2 bath house located on Flamingo St. Call 365-4105 for further info. Island Property ManagementJulie FarringtonP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4465 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations Rentals 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. & Firehouse CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service Centerformerly Television Service Center from Mrs. Michelle Baileys Grade 11 Biology class produced an informative leaflet on the Endangered Birds of The Bahamas. The pamphlet was reprinted for Earth Day 2003.The leaflet outlines three endangered birds. The Abaco Parrot, the WhiteCheeked Pintail Duck, the West Indian Flamingo and the West Indian Whistling Duck. The last page of the pamphlet lists things a persons can do to help these endangered birds. The students who produced this leaflet are Malisa Singh, Oprah Davis, Leonard Edgecombe, Joyce Ettienne, Michelle Cartwright and Deshonna Rolle.Teacher Appreciation WeekThe week of May 19-23 was Teacher Appreciation Week in The Bahamas. It is a week when students, parents and the community at large show their appreciation for teachers. At Abaco Central High School the administration hosted the teachers to a luncheon at Bay View Restaurant on May 23.New Exam CenterIf you have been down town Marsh Harbour at lunchtime lately, you may have noticed an abundance of students in aqua and white school uniforms. They are twelfth grade students from Abaco Central High School who are on lunch break from taking their BGCSE examinations. This year for the first time the students can sit their examinations in air-conditioned comfort. That was not the primary reason for changing the venue. It was done to meet security requirements for the examination as the high school could not operate all classes and conduct the examinations as well. Ninth grade students taking their BJC examinations will also use the Resource Center.Student Project DestroyedLast year a clean up campaign of Snake Cay took place involving several schools and youth groups. The campaign was sponsored by Nickelodeon through the Ministry of Tourism. Several businesses houses were involved as well as Department of Environmental Health. The object was to highlight the mangrove ecosystem and why it should be preserved and kept clean. To this end several Marine Biology students from Abaco Central High made and erected a large sign at the Snake Cay landing on the creek depicting the mangrove ecosystem and why is needs to be preserved. Several weeks ago someone knocked the sign down upsetting the students. A group of Governor Generals Youth Award Scheme will be repairing and re-erecting the sign soon. Road Runners Bicycle Store in Dundas Town will provide the supplies for this venture.Abaco Central Back on TrackThe Governor Generals Youth Award Scheme is back on track at Abaco Central High School after an absence of two years. Recently six grade 10 boys joined the S.C. Bootle Governor Generals Youth Award Scheme group for a 15-mile hike and camp out. This allowed the boys to be able to participate in the Bahamas Governor Generals Youth Awards Scheme Annual Summer Camp Out. Which will be held in Abaco this year with Abaco Central High School being the home Base. Presently Mrs. Michelle Bailey, head of the science department at Abaco central High will be advising the group until a permanent advisor can be found.Baccalaureate Is PlannedAbaco Central High School will be holding their annual Baccalaureate service on June 22 at the Dundas Town Church of God. Seventy students in grade 12 will be graduating from Abaco Central on June 24. The ceremony will be held at New Visions Ministries and the guest speaker will be Ms. Veronica Owens, Parliamentary Secretary with the Ministry of Education. More School News SchoolFrom Page 13 Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Mackerals Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 37Minimum 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 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 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 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 Cherokee, Yellowwood 2 bed / 2 bath, 1280 sq. ft., central A/C, 12 KW diesel generator. $215,000 Call 366-2065 or 477-5211 Cherokee Sound house for sale or rent. Phone 434-293-2031 Eight Mile Beach 15 acres, 21 miles south of Marsh Harbour. 193 on beach, 60 elevation. Call 365-6035 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, Rentals and Sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or Fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com 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 3663507 Man-O-War for sale by owner, beach front, shared dock, completely redone, in mint condition, central A/C, stand-by diesel generator, elegantly furnished, 3 bedrooms, small office, 1 full bath, 3 shower rooms, golf cart and garage. $850,000 Call 365-6288 Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days 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 WeekGreat location, superior construction plus income producer. Brand new, quality built 1500 sq. ft. duplex off Forest Drive. Bermuda roof, cathedral ceilings, fruit and flowering trees and elevated views. Complete to your own specifications. Oversize lot. Act now! $118,000Featured ListingOutgrown your home? Not enough storage? No yard for the kids? Looking for a nice change? Let us help you sell your home so you can move into this spacious family estate. Three bedrooms plus a full Granny suite and a two/three bedroom apartment for the newlyweds. 1/ 2 acre of water view property with fenced play-ground. Deluxe couples retreat wtih spa bath and dressing area. Lots of space for a home office, exercise equipment and another family room Recently painted and some areas completely remodeled. Dont wait for someone else to snatch it away! $545,900.The Best Service in Abaco Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Tract, 560 sq. ft. home on 100x103 lot. $68,000. Serious inquiries call Jane at 242-394-7988 or 242-3241836 after 6 p.m. Marsh Harbour Sweeting Village residential lots starting at $22,000. Call 367-5978 or 3656044 Abaco Tug & TransportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock Deliveries Container & Building Material DeliveriesMarine Construction & DevelopmentBoulders Dock & Sea Wall Construction Hi Tide Boat Lifts Dredging Excavation Land Clearing Trenching Drilling BlastingOn the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road P.O. Box AB20285, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-5205 / 367-5206 Fax 367-4018 lots and take action to have them cleaned. He explained how legal action can be taken SouthFrom Page 9Tourist Killed in Boat AccidentA visiting boater, William Lee Todd of Ormond Beach, Florida, was killed in a night-time boating accident off Green Turtle Cay May 31. About 9 pm an outboard motor boat driven by Hanna McIntosh returned from the Abaco ferry landing when his boat ran over the rubber dinghy which was returning to its parent ship, the Sponge Cake. Mr. Todds body was recovered from the water a short time later. against the owners. It was noted that Sandy Point does not have a public boat ramp. A plea was made for parents to work more closely with their childrens teachers, particularly where the child is experiencing learning problems. Mr. McKinney felt the community building and storm shelter outside town would be much farther along if more of the town men would volunteer their labour. Only three or four people are presently helping with most work being hired. This slows the process as money must be raised to pay for the workers. Sandwiches and soft drinks were served after the meeting.

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Page 38 The Abaconian June 15th, 2003 Chris Thompson Real Estate Family Island SpecialistsPristine 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.T his 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 Sea To Sea Estate UNDER CONTRACTUNDER CONTRACT 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 QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERS & TILLOO CA & TILLOO CA & TILLOO CA & TILLOO CA & TILLOO CA YY YY Y Laurie Schr Laurie Schr Laurie Schr Laurie Schr Laurie Schr einereiner einereiner einer TT TT T el/Fax: 242-366-3143 el/Fax: 242-366-3143 el/Fax: 242-366-3143 el/Fax: 242-366-3143 el/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 BAHAMA PALM SHORES Starting at $16,000. LEISURE LEE Canal lots $60,000. CORAL ISLAND Starting at $12,000. CASUARINA POINT Section III 2 lots side by side, 105 x 125 and 96 x 125, $16,000 each. 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. Int. Ref. $75,000. 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. Int. Ref. #805 $199,000. ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CAELBOW 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! ELBOW CA NEW LISTING! ELBOW CA NEW LISTING! ELBOW CA NEW LISTING! ELBOW CA NEW LISTING! ELBOW CA YY YY Y Aerial View Quality constructed 2,048 sq 3/2 home in Dorros Cove, central a/c, cathedral ceilings, large covered verandah, Bermuda roof, ocean views, near Tahiti beach, dock access, fully furnished and landscaped. $600,000. Internet Ref. NEW LISTING! LUBBERS QUAR NEW LISTING! LUBBERS QUAR NEW LISTING! LUBBERS QUAR NEW LISTING! LUBBERS QUAR NEW LISTING! LUBBERS QUAR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERS 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 QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERSInternet Reference 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 WHITE SOUNDWW WW WHITEHITE HITEHITE HITE S S S S SOUNDOUND OUNDOUND OUND/E/E /E/E /ELBOWLBOW LBOWLBOW LBOW C C C C CAA AA A YY YY YInternet Reference 3.1 Acres 100 ft. frontage on the Sea of AbacoExcellent ElevationJust south of Aunt Pats Bay SubdivisionIdeal for development or a private estate$$ $$ $ 990,000990,000 990,000990,000 990,000 RUSSVALE APARTMENTSMARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOURGrGr GrGr Gr eat Investment eat Investment eat Investment eat Investment eat InvestmentInternet Reference 7 Apartments in Total6 2bed 1 bath units1 1 bed 1 bath unitAir-conditionedFurnishedIndividual units at Individual units at Individual units at Individual units at Individual units at $150,000$150,000 $150,000$150,000 $150,000 MOONSHADOWLUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR LUBBERS QUAR TERSTERS TERSTERS TERSInternet Reference Secluded waterfront with beautiful gardens166 ft. of waterfrontPanoramic seaviewsHardwood FloorsSolar Powered1.5 acres$840,000$840,000 $840,000$840,000 $840,000 SUNRISE POINTBB BB BESTEST ESTEST EST D D D D DEAL EAL EAL EAL 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 Reference 2b/1b, 800 square feetAdditional 800sq. closed in for expansionFully furnishedGreat area to surfExcellent rental history$$ $$ $ 649649 649649 649 ,000,000 ,000,000 ,000 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 Reference 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 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. SOLD 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 catalogfee. Wires and pipes extend throughout both settlements. There have been several other major fires in our Haitian communities. In 1994 five houses burned in the Mud. Another fire in the Mud in 1998 left 85 to 100 persons homeless after 14 to 18 houses burned. Thirty-four families were homeless after a fire destroyed 18 to 20 houses in Pigeon Pea in 2000. The Haitian community of Sand Banks near Treasure Cay had a serious fire in 2001 leaving 74 persons homeless. Just last year a fire in Charlie Boo Corner in Marsh Harbour burned four houses leaving 10 persons homeless. It is remarkable that there have been no fatalities or injuries. Much credit for this can be attributed to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Departments prompt response and skills. Pigeon Pea settlement is on land claimed by Ricky Albury. Many attempts have been made to rectify the living conditions there and in the adjoining Mud community. Although these communities are in the center of Marsh Harbour, they are mostly hidden by businesses along the main roads and by bushes around the perimeter. The Mud is located on nearby Crown Land and is not nearly so densely concentrated. The residents of both areas have built without permits, without proper sanitation facilities and on private or government land. Houses continue to be built on a regular basis. Illegal electric lines and water lines crisscross the area. Persons with a legal electric or water connection often allow adjoining buildings to make a connection for a FireFrom Page 5Support Citizens Against Crime

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June 15th, 2003 The Abaconian Page 39 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 Wave Runner Seado o, Bombardier, two man, excellent cond, cover, low hours. Can be seen at Scotland Cay $2,950. Call 375-8226 or 561738-0996 25 Steigercraft runabout with 175 HP Evinrude outboard, 93, DUTY PAID. $16,000. Call Darvin Sands at 365-6007 days 365-6093 nights 36 Uniflight Houseboat with 115 HP Yamaha. Sleeps 5, hold 250 gal water and 75 gal gas. Ready to live on. More info call Buddy at 3656152 44 Thompson Trawler 1977, new teak floor, dinghy, motor, blue Sunbrella, low time, Ford Lehman Diesel & 15 KW generator, ice maker, 2 refrigerators, Princess stove, much more. Located in Hope Town. $99,000 Call Jill/Chris 366-0151 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 94 Ford Escort 4 door/5 speed. Call 375-8330 100 KW Perkins diesel generator 2001, used as stand-by, self contained. ready to go. Call 359-6707Computer system, HP Vectra PII 400 mhz, 128 MB RAM, CD, 10GB HD, USB, Windows & various programs. $550 Phone: 242423-6393Island 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.ukRetired English teacher seeks position as resident tutor. Call 365-8740 for further details. COMMERCIAL SERVICES MERCHANDISE FOR SALE New Generation ConstructionSpeicializing in Private Home Construction, Renovations, Tile Cabinetry, Masonry, Paint, etc. Ph. 365-0614 375-3863 Black Wood James Baillou EMPLOYMENT 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. 367-2111 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats DEALS MOBILE SERVICEServing all of Abaco & its Cays Automotive air-conditioning 24 Hour Towing & Unlocking Computer Diagnostics Automotive Service Car lock re-keying Call Johnny 477-5147 EQUIPMENT WANTEDWanted Treadmill. Call 365-6288 Tom Cat EnterprisesSales Generators R.O. Systems Hi-pressure PumpsPhone/Fax: 242-366-0135 Hope TownRepairs Generators Gas Engines R.O. Systems Diesel Engines Lance R. NewboldCertified Diesel Mechanic Daily Scheduled FlightsFt. Lauderdale AbacoCharters and Cargo AvailableCall 367-3597 366-0069 Or 954-359-0380 Freight Service The Lord ProvidesBetween Marsh Harbour, Nassau, Fr eeport, Inagua & Haiti Every six weeks Hubert and Mary Thassou at 357-6707 COMMERCIAL SERVICES ROCK & FILL 97 LTDSand Rock Quarry Cracker Dust Topsoil Tel: 242-367-3650 Fax: 242-367-2988 COMMERCIAL SERVICES Now Renting DVDs & Videos Open 9:00-6:00 Monday Friday Call 367-2042 for more detailsLocated on Don MacKay Blvd next to Computer CreationsElectronic World VEHICLES FOR SALE95 Ford F250 truck with P/S, A/C, 6 cyl. with automatic transmission. $7500 OBO. Call days (9-5) 367-2615 nights after 6 367-2596 98 Ford F150 truck, V6, automatic, air, tape player. $16,500 OBO, 95 Dodge Dakota truck V6, automatic, air, CD player, remote entry, power window, back cover. $10,000 OBO, 90 Ford F150 truck, V8, automatic, air, power windows, tape player, new paint. $10,500 OBO. Contact Earl or Noreen, phone 367-2289 Cell 357-6813 Jeep Wrangler, perfect condition, 30,000 miles. $12,000 Call 365-5153 Earth DayFrom Page 10 mural, environmental book reading area, parrot identification game, turtle information, quiz and Friends of the Environment plant sale. Wax coated paper cups and utensils were 12 brand new washers and dryers and a commercial washing machine and a commercial dryer. The new Laundromat opened on May 30 and will be managed by Ms. Johnson and her daughter Lee Ester. They will retain the name Violas Laundromat. One new feature is pick up CentralFrom Page 11 and delivery of laundry.used by the Hope Town School to serve brunch to encourage us to adopt a more environmentally friendly packaging practice than using plastic or Styrofoam. Daily there are more assaults on our environment and requests to destroy areas for development. It is imperative that we educate the young about becoming good stewards of our earth. Our lifeline is our environment. As the day drew to a close, it was difficult to say who had enjoyed themselves more, the children or the adults. It was clear that if these students who were present continue their deep interest in our environment protection our small corner of the earth will be in good hands in the next generation. 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 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 9 am 6:30 pm Sundays 10 am 4 pm Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. 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 CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 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 Buying? Selling? Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe toThe AbaconianToday

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