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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 22, DECEMBER 1st, 2003 Cable Bahamas Expands ServicesHundreds Respond to Channel Upgrades PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #5050 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 7571 N.W. 78th St. Medley, FL 33166-7530 Forward and Address Correction Customers lined up on November 21 and 22 to sign up for Cable Bahamas new services. The company is offering a greatly expanded number of channels and packages to suit each viewers preferences. Shown above is JC Per centie, Sales Represen tative, explainin g the services to Kelly Dam and Lisa Bethel.Students Visit College Fair Batelco Offers Improved ServiceThe college fair held in Marsh Harbour on November 18 gave students an opportunity to find out about a variety of schools, finding out what programs they offer and asking questions of the counselors. Students from six high schools attended. Batelco shows off its new bucket truck which is part of its program to offer better and faster service to its customers. Shown above on the ground is Patrece Williams, heading the Customer Service Department, in the bucket Mr. Henry Roamer, General Manager for Abaco, and Mr. Emalin Sawyer, Technical Manager for Abaco. By Stephanie Humblestone Over two years after the tragedy, a Coroners Inquest has begun at the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour into the plane crash which claimed the lives of 22-yearold R and B singer and actress Aaliyah and eight others. The chartered Cessna 402, registered toInquest Begins in Aaliyah Crash Please see Aaliyah Page 2 By Isobel Sherman Cable Bahamas announced major upgrades to their cable television services to Abaco. These became effective on November 21. The company introduced its upgrades at a promotion in Marsh Harbour on November 21 and 22 at Solomons SuperCenter. The company is offering 53 channels of basic cable service plus several packages of additional channels which are available on Abaco for the first time. Additional channels are available through their Freedom TV premium services, a collection of top premium channels available either individually or in packages which include movie channels, sports channels, special events and family channels. With the packages viewers are offered a total of 89 channels. Additionally, music will be available early next year with 40 channels of specific types of music, all without advertising. Also coming early next year will be a home theater pay-per-view movie and adult programing. The new services are available through the one-time purchase of a set-top box for $29.95 which includes a remote control. During the promotion at Solomons customers who purchased a set-top box were given a free month of all the premium cable channels. The set-top box has extensive parental control features which allows parents to control access based on ratings or channel. Please see Cable Page 22

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Page 2 The Abaconian December 1, 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 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 ManagerSky Stream Inc. of Pembroke Pines, Florida, and operated by Black Hawk International Airways Corp, burst into flames at around 6:50 p.m. on August 25, 2001, shortly after taking off from Marsh Harbour airport bound for Opa Locka, Florida. Coroner William Campbell opened the inquest on November 17 into the deaths of all on board the aircraft: Aailiyah Haughton, Captain Antonio Luis Morales, Douglas Kratz, Eric Foreman, Keith Wallace, Gina Smith, Scott Gallin, Christopher Maldonardo and Anthony Dodd. Whilst the inquest in law can reach a verdict of criminal liability of named persons, its overriding purpose is to find facts, not attach blame, Coroner Williams stated in his opening address. After empanelling a jury of seven from a cross section of the Abaco community, he asked attorneys from abroad to identify themselves, having recognised that there are persons/legal entities who have a substantial interest in the hearing. Attorneys from Florida, California, Washington and Texas, representing huge corporations such as Cessna, Teledyne Continental Motors and Superior Air Parts, stood one by one, gave their names and stated that they were there simply to observe. Assisting the Coroner was prosecutor for the Coroners Court, Inspector Bradley Neely. Two court reporters, Jacqueline Schultes and Katherine Habok, accompanied them from Nassau. The Inquest will broadly follow the chronological sequence of events, starting with the identification of the bodies, autopsy reports, eyewitness and other accounts of the immediate preand post-accident events and responses by the emergency services. Many of the eleven named witnesses testified in the initial hearings from November 17-20, two of whom were recalled to the stand by jurors for clarification of their evidence. On day one Dr. H.C. Govinda Raju, Pathologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau who conducted autopsies on all nine of the deceased, gave a detailed and graphic account of their injuries, summing up each case with a probable final cause of death. Pilot Luis Antonio Morales was found to have traces of cocaine in his urine and alcohol in his stomach. However, Dr. Raju emphasised that forensic reports to be given in December will confirm and enlarge on this finding. Day two Dr. Ravindranath Swarna at the government clinic in Marsh Harbour retraced his steps on the night of the crash focusing on the two survivors who were to die later, Scott Gallin and Anthony Dodd. Coroner Campbell questioned why a local charter was used instead of the air ambulance service, hence a delay in evacuation. Dr. Swarna explained that the service was on a case in Eleuthera. Was it more severe than here? asked the Coroner. No one has been able to answer this question. Taxi driver Louise McIntosh of Coopers Town and Annie Russell of Dundas Town drove the fated party to various venues for the shooting of the music video Rock Da Boat and on to the airport on the evening of the 25th of August. It appears that Aaliyah curtailed her stay on Abaco and found a last minute charter service. It sounded like a break down plane, like a car without a muffler, said Ms. McIntosh when the Cessna 402 was coming down to land. She described how she doubted this was the plane the party were going to use. Mr. Walter Evans, an airworthiness inspector with the Department of Civil Aviation in Nassau, was clearly attentive to this description and asked her to repeat it. Ms. McDonald was one of the two to be recalled on day two when she was asked to verify the amount of luggage taken by her to the airport, overloading being one of the factors under investigation. She maintained that there were only five to six pieces of baggage accompanying the nine passengers and they appeared not to be that heavy. Porter Lester Archer, who handled the baggage from the taxi with ticket agent for American Eagle, Carrington Stuart, estimated that each piece of luggage weighed no more than 45-50 pounds. However, he gave the number of pieces at no more than . Mr. Archer claimed that he watched the pilot load the plane. Customs Officer Donald E. Burrows later refuted this, saying that he observed Mr. Archer assisting Captain Morales. This discrepancy prompted the jurors to recall Mr. Archer to the stand. Coroner Campbell asked once more, Did you load the plane? I did not, he stated categorically. On day three of the inquest Inspector Bradley Neely confronted Mr. Stuart with a signed statement made immediately after the crash in which he stated that both he and Mr. Archer put the luggage into the nose of the plane. I meant at the nose and the police said they changed it, he replied. Clearly confused but deciding to let the matter drop, Coroner Williams cautioned him about putting his signature too readily to something he had not completely checked. Customs Officer Burrows claimed overhearing a conversation between Aaliyah and Captain Morales in which he expressed concern about the amount of luggage but she apparently said, Everything has to go. When Mr. Stuart was asked about the Cessnas hold, he said he was ignorant about its capacity but finally conceded that maybe the luggage was a tight squeeze. Other controversial areas were the preparedness of fire personnel at the airport on the night in question. Fire fighters Rockling Bootle and Barry Swain left at the end of their shifts but before the plane with Aaliyah and entourage had taken off. Would it not have been prudent to have waited until after the plane had left? the Coroner asked Mr. Bootle. What emerged from questions relating to the fire services in general at the airport was that they are understaffed, have no emergency cell phones and a system of operation in place which is questionable. Airport Superintendent Bobby Jones stated on day three of the Inquest that the onus is on the firefighters to cover the airport at all times, regardless of shifts as Marsh Harbour is an international airport, something Mr. Evans, Civil Aviation expert, had stressed earlier. However, Mr. Jones agreed that concerns relating to staff had been brought to his attention and he, in turn, had relayed such concerns to Nassau but to no avail. Mr. Jones was the last witness of the three day hearing. He gave a vivid account of the crash sites swampy terrain in an area west of the airport called the marles. He described charred bodies and horrendous injuries. Some of the jurors looked visibly shaken. A ten-minute recess was requested. When the inquest resumes on December 8th, jurors will be taken to the site. Police photographer Officer Moultrie provided each juror with 15 enlarged photographs of the area, the dead and the injured immediately after the crash. Key witness, Fire Chief Clay Wilhoyte of Hope Town, the first person to arrive at the crash site, is summoned to attend when the inquest resumes along with teams of investigators, national and Stateside, from all sectors of the airline industry. AaliyahFrom Page 1Inquest Will Seek Cause of Nine Deaths

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 LEISURE LEE Canal lots $60,000. CASTLE LOT Fantastic views of Sea of Abaco! Elevated and private area! Asking $75,000. DUPLEX LOT In the heart of Marsh Harbour, 2 lots side by side! Starting at $41,000. Motivated seller! CASUARINA POINT 2 lots side by side by boat ramp and canals. Asking $20,000 each. EASTERN SHORES Last lot remaining in area! 85 ft. beachfront. Offered for sale at $335,000. NEW LISTING ELBOW CAY Lucayos Subdivision 2 adjacent lots, 1/4 acre each, excellent building site, shared community dock, minutes to Hope Town, access to sandy beach. $99,000 per lot. Ref. #1971 ELBOW CAY Marnies Landing Lot 2B, large building site with excellent view and dock slip. $240,000. Internet Ref. #1850 ELBOW CAY North End Lot #33 Around the corner from Ocean, minutes from bayside and dock access. $149,000. #1876 NEW LISTINGS LUBBERS QUARTERS Lots starting at $52,500. W aterfront starting at $140,000, docks available. NEW LISTING LUBBERS QUARTERS Beachfront lar ge lot with dock access $260,000.00 NEW LISTING LUBBERS QUARTERS Two lots with dock access not in AOC $90,000.00 & $130,000.00 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANYExperience, Knowledge and Innovationwww.damianos.comMARSH HARBOUR Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 (-5045 fax) leslie@damianos.com donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel/Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES HOPE TOWN Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 jane@damianos.com Selling Real Estate in the Bahamas for 58 years EE EE ELBOWLBOW LBOWLBOW LBOW C C C C CAYAY AYAY AY N N N N NORTHORTH ORTHORTH ORTH E E E E ENDND NDND ND 2 Island Cottages each with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths Great rental history Approx. 1,000 sq. ft. each Sea views and steps away from beautiful ocean beach Spacious landscaped lot Furnished & dock access Internet reference #1945$799,000 Hope Town is HOT! Call me for more listings in the village! Kerry Sullivan kerry@damianos.com As a full time resident of Lubbers Quarters, along with my extensive knowledge of Tilloo Cay, I am the best qualified agent for this area. Affordable prices makes this a great place to live! Laurie Schreiner laurie@damianos.com If you want to lease your house or apartment, call me at Damianos Realty for quick, professional service. W e always aim to please. Donna Darvilledonna@damianos.com ELBOW CAY Sunrise Point A surfers dream! 2 bed/ 1 bath, on the Atlantic. 800 sq. and ready for expansion. Very cute, excellent rental history, fully furnished. $649,000. Ref. #1659 ELBOW CAY Tilloo Cut Traditional 1,700 sq. ft. 3 bed 2 bath island home in Dorros Cove, ocean views, fireplace, A/C, private dock slip, fully furnished, landscaped. $990,000. Ref. #1671 ELBOW CAY Ariel View Quality constructed 2,048 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath 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. #1813 LUBBERS QUARTERS Flip Flops Beautiful beach bungalow on 1.19 acres with dock. Sandy white beach with breathtaking sunsets. Property has lush landscaping and nature trails. Numerous improvements. $395,000. Internet Ref. #1851 With my many years of experience and a thorough knowledge of property management and short-term rentals, I can secure your investment by putting your new home in the rental market.Jane Pattersonjane@damianos.com At Damianos Realty its all about YOU...If we dont have the listing YOU want...We will get it for YOU!! As a resident of Abaco for 15 years, I have seen its growth and the increase in property values. Take advantage of this fine opportunity while enjoying the wonderful island lifestyle.Leslie Pinderleslie@damianos.com NEW LISTINGNOREASTER HOMES FOR SALE LOTS FOR SALE PELICAN SHORES MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1460Last large lot available in this great community200 x 255 harbour front propertyIdeal for dockageSea and harbour viewsExcellent building site1.17 acre$750,000 LITTLE ORCHARD MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1932Bahamian style 3 bedroom 2 bath home plus efficiency!Furnished80 ft. x 110 ft. lotLandscapedNice & quiet areaGreat buy$265,000 BAHAMA PALM SHORES 20 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1827Great CommunitySteps away from 9 mile white sandy beachImmaculate 2b/2b homePlus cozy 1b/1b cottageManicured gardensLot 19,500 sq. ft.$225,000 REGATTAS OF ABACO MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #8052 bed 2 bath condoGround Floor unitCentral a/c, granite countertops, tiled floors, appliancesPool & Tennis CourtRental Managment available$199,000 MOONSHADOW LUBBERS QUARTERSInternet Ref. #1644Secluded waterfront w/ beautiful gardens166 ft. of waterfrontPanoramic seaviewsHardwood FloorsSolar Powered1.5 acres$749,000 TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISIONInternet Ref. #1836Beautiful building sites with great elevationIdeal docking shorelineQuiet and peaceful island with no commercial developmentSea & Ocean views Starting at $75,000 SELLING FAST! COMMERCIAL HOPE TOWN VILLAGEInternet Ref. #1969Concrete bldg. 780 sq. ft.Land: 10,000+ sq. ft.Excellent elevation2 cisternsLandscapedPerfect for development may be subdividedWalk to all amenities$558,500 NEW LISTINGCall Jane Patterson 242-366-0035 PRICE REDUCED HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAYInternet Ref. #1429Adorable Colonial style 2 bedroom 2 bath homeOcean view across the street from sandy beach1,000 sq. ft. central a/cElevation with breezeDetached garageExcellent rental$385,000COCONUT COTTAGE PRICE REDUCED

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Page 4 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed Sundays Central Abaco NewsSt. Francis de Sales ChurchBy Isobel Sherman On November 1st St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church celebrated 10 years in their church building by holding a gospel concert. The choir of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Freeport and the choir of St. Francis Cathedral in Nassau came to celebrate with the choir of St. Francis de Sales. Also performing at the concert were soloist Joan Moss and the Praise Dancers of St. Andrews Methodist Church. William Tony Davis, choir director of St. Francis de Sales church, coordinated the event. St. Francis de Sales Church will be holding an advent retreat on December 3-5. Father Glen Nixon, Pastor of St. Thomas More Church in Nassau will be the retreat master. The services will begin at 7 p.m. each evening.Art and Craft ShowBy Isobel Sherman Abaco Beach Resort will be holding its Second Annual Christmas Art and Craft Show on December 6 and 7 at the Marquee. Craftsmen from Abaco, Nassau and Grand Bahama will be displaying their wares. The show will be open each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.New Business on AbacoBy Portia Jonsson Certifix Bahamas and F & F Total Supplies located on Forest Drive next to Road Runners are now open for business. Certifix Bahamas specializes in the service, installation and sale of air-conditioners. Parts for the air-conditioners are also sold. F & F Total Supplies deals with cleaning supplies for hotels, restaurants and hospitals. Both businesses share one office space. Daily rental of carpet and tile cleaners are available from F & F Total Supplies and all their supplies can be purchased either wholesale or retail. You will also find a large selection of bar mats, mops, brooms and mop buckets with wringer. Stop by today, make a purchase and enter their Christmas Travel Giveaway drawing. Store hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. 7 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. 1 p.m. They are closed on Saturdays. Telephone number 367-0063 or send them an E-mail at f&ftotal@hotmail.com.A New Diving ExperienceBy Isobel Sherman Kay Politano and Tim Higgs of Abaco Dive Adventures have recently completed a course to certify them as cave SCUBA divers and instructors. Both Kay and Tim completed a five-day, 12-hour-a-day course in Cave Diving. It involved about three Marsh Harbours Newest RestaurantFeaturing Bahamian and International Cuisine Owned and operated by Barbara Simmons Dee Delancy, Hostess Clement Clarke, Chef Over 20 years of experience feeding hungry people Real food at real prices All are WelcomeEvery day for Breakfast & Lunch 8 am until 3 pm Fridays & Saturdays 6 pm 9 pm for Dinner VHF Ch 9 367-2922 Memorial Plaza, Marsh HarbourBingo games have been providing evenings of good family fun for the past few weeks at St. Johns Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour. The Bingo Nights concept was the idea of the Anglican Church Womens Guild and people of all ages, including young children, have been turning out each Friday to enjoy the fun. Tickets are purchased for each game with a large variety of prizes. All proceeds go towards church funds. Bingo Nights will continue for the next few weeks and all members of the public are invited to go and join in the fun. Please see Central Page 5

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday 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 Waterfront Tables Restaurant, Marina and BoutiqueAir-conditioned waterfront dining or Drink and dine at the popular patio bar... NEW MENU ITEMS!BUFFET GRILL WILL RE-OPEN IN THE NEW YEAR!Lunch 11:30 am 2:30 pm Dinner 6:30 9 pm Mon Sat Bar Snacks Wide Variety 11:30 am 9 pm Picnic Menu Large Variety, order 24 hours ahead Dates for Diary December 4th 7:00 pm Wine and Cheese Tasting with Bristol Cellars & the Ministry of Tourism Open During Christmas Season Except on 25th & 26th (Open for Lunch only on 24th) December 31st New Years Eve Party starts 7pm Monthly Dockage Internet Access Water, Electricity, Telephones & Cable TV on DockDinghy Dock for Customers Restaurant Ph: 367-2366 Marina Ph: 367-4255 VHF Ch 16 E-mail: mangoes@mangoesrestaurant.comMusic by Estinhours per day of classroom instruction and the rest of the day in cave dives. Prior to their certification Kay said that Abaco Dive Adventures had a booth at a huge SCUBA Dive Show held in Miami. Although the booth was with other booths from dive operators in The Bahamas, Kay said that their booth had not only a SCUBA dive video but a video of cave diving which brought crowds to the booth. The reason was that the majority of the cave SCUBA divers in the United States do not know that there are excellent caves for diving in The Bahamas, particularly on Abaco. Most cave divers have to travel to Mexico or further south to dive. Diving in caves is restricted to only divers certified in cave diving.Toys for Tots Plans Sixth Annual EventOn December 13 the Scurvy Few Motorcycle Club will be holding its 6th annual Toys for Tots Run at the AID parking lot. The Run this year is in memory of Uncle Joe Shirley, a faithful supporter of the event each year, whom our community unfortunately lost earlier this year. The purpose of this annual event is to collect toys for distribution to the less fortunate children of Abaco. We ask that all people who attend please bring a new, unwrapped toy as their admittance fee. The event is open to all, but motorcyclists will be especially welcome. In addition to music, there will be face painting available for children as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy and refreshments available at nominal prices to help defray expenses. The event will start at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. all motorcyclists will participate in a ride through the local communities, ending back at AID. Last year, the Club was able to distribute over 1500 toys to less fortunate children. Please assist the Club again this year, and hopefully, it will be a huge success for six years running!Concert Raises FundsBy Isobel Sherman On Novemeber 22 the Youth Praise Dancers of St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town held a Youth Praise ConCentralFrom Page 4 On November 14 the Abaco Chapter of the Bahamas Red Cross Society hosted Kathy Wells of the Freeport Branch of the Red Cross. She conducted the election of officers for the chapter in Marsh Harbour and held meetings in Sandy Point where a branch is being reactivated and in North Abaco where she hopes to form a new branch. Shown above are the officers for the Central Abaco Branch. They are, left to right, Willard Cooper, Assistant Disaster Officer; Barbara Johnson, Group Leader; Loran Coleby, Treasurer; Mrs. Gibson, Welfare Officer, and Michael Lundy, Assistant Group Leader. More Central Abaco News Please see Central Page 7

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Page 6 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 News of the CaysMan-O-WarStudents Make NewsMan-O-War School NewsTwo students from last years grade six class were notified that they were two of only six Bahamian students to receive awards for essays submitted to the Royal Commonwealth Society Contest. Meredith Albury was awarded with the distinction of Commended for her essay. Ted Sands received the Sir Alwyn Allen Award for his age category. One hundred pounds sterling was awarded to Tad as part of this special prize. We congratulate them for their outstanding writing. Recently Thurmon Sawyer, one of our alumni, graduated from law school. He is the first graduate from the Man-O-War All Age School to earn an advanced degree. Thurmon has a Juris Doctorate in International Commercial Law. He passed the Bar Exam in the top eight percent and is now practicing law in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We join Thurmons parents, Molly and Spurgeon Sawyer, in their pleasure with Thurmons achievement. Students and teachers are busy making costumes to participate in Junior Junkanoo to be held on December 13 in Marsh Harbour. We thank Mr. Collin Curry for helping us get started. We are happy to have Ms. Mary Lou Vaeth and Ms. Faith Tompkins returning to volunteer at our school. They have been helping Man-O-War students for many years. Ms. Edith Weatherford and Rev. David Hoard have volunteered their time to enrich the Religious Knowledge classes at our school. We thank these wonderful and caring people for what they add to our school.Hope TownSea Spray Resort ReopensBy Jennifer Hudson The Sea Spray Resort and Boat House Restaurant in White Sound, the southernmost resort and marina on Elbow Cay, has now reopened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. During its closure over the past two months the resort has undergone considerable renovations and its style is now a little more upscale. The menu has been expanded to include several new dishes, the most notable of which is Kobe Beef. This tender and mouth watering beef comes from cows which have had the best of treatment. Raised in the U.K. on a diet high in beer and massaged with sake (Japanese rice wine ), these very contented cows are then slaughtered in Japan. This special treatment produces a very tender and tasty meat which receives high praise from its consumers. Boat House Restaurant is the only restaurant on Abaco to use Kobe Beef. Starting on November 23rd the Boat House Restaurant will be serving Sunday Champagne Brunch.Deplorable State of Roads on Elbow CayBy Jennifer Hudson Residents on Elbow Cay are tired of waiting for their roads to be fixed. The roads, which have been deteriorating rapidly over the last few years, are now in a deplorable state. Both the dirt road which leads to the North End and the tarred road which leads from the Post Office to the southern tip of the cay are full of pot holes, some of which are so huge that it is impossible to even drive around them to avoid damaging vehicles. The practice of having to swerve to avoid potholes is very dangerous and could cause a serious accident. At a recent open Town Meeting which was held in Hope Town with government officials in attendance, it was stated that money had been identified to fix the roads. However, several weeks later there is no evidence that any road work is about to begin. People are not clear as to whether the money allotted was to fix all the roads or just the section near the Abaco Inn which remains washed out as a result of Hurricane Floyd. However, it is quite clear that ALL roads need fixing. Several people have now started petitions and campaigns to try to press the Ministry of Works into doing something to rectify the problem. Members of the Hope Town Fire Department have written a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister expressing their concern that they can no longer assure residents of Elbow Cay that they would be able to get their equipment to the site of a fire due to the poor condition of the roads. Even if they did Please see Cays Page 7 Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 A & W TRAVELTravel is our businessWell get you where you want to go....SUB AGENTS Man-O-War 356-6048 Treasure Cay 365-8507 Green Turtle 365-4230 Abaco Shopping Centre P.O. Box AB-20283 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-2806/2577 Fax: (242) 367-3219manage to get there the journey would be extremely slow when every minute counts.Green Turtle CayCapt. Roberts House Environmental Center OpenContributed by Reef Relief In Green Turtle Cay the Capt. Roland Roberts House opened its doors for the fall season on November 10th. After a two month hurricane season hiatus, the Environmental Center looks forward to an exciting year of growth and expanded programs made possible by generous new sponsors. Reef Relief is very pleased to welcome New England Biolabs Foundation as a new sponsor. Its funding will help support Reef Reliefs coral survey of Abaco reefs with a focus on identifying the extent of emerging coral disease in the fragile reef ecosystem of Abaco. This is an important step to maintaining the health of the reef long term for many generations of Abaconians, said Reef Relief Executive Director, DeeVon Quirolo. She added, We are equally happy to have as continuing sponsors the Green Turtle Foundation, Disney Conservation Fund and West Marine. Their support helps keep the historic Capt. Roland Roberts house open and the reef mooring ball program afloat. Reef Relief has installed and maintains a chain of 18 mooring buoys on some of the most popular snorkeling reefs from Munjack Cay north of Green Turtle to No Name Cay just south of the island. Residents and visitors are encouraged to use the mooring buoys while sightseeing on the reef to avoid anchor damage to the beautiful corals below. A free map of the 18 sites with descriptions of the sea life to be found at each is available at the center. Or check online at www.reefrelief.org. Everyone is invited to visit the Capt. Roberts House Environmental Center in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Come for a tour of the historic restored house and to learn more about protecting Abacos reefs. Ms. Quirolo said that she and the volunteers are particularly looking forward to seeing the many friends, both adults and children in the community, who visited last year. Anyone interested in some of the rewarding volunteer opportunities in the islands should stop by or call 242-365-4014 or email deevon@bellsouth.net. CaysFrom Page 6 Abaco resident Sally Anstey is pictured here in the library of Capt. Roberts House. The house was recently restored and is now open to the public for touring and for learning about Reef Reliefs program to protect Abacos reefs. Mrs. Anstey began another season of volunteering at the Capt. Roland Roberts House Environmental Center in New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay. Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results More News of the Cayscert. Mr. Marvin Duncombe, a teacher at Abaco Central High School, was the Master of Ceremonies. Several churches had their Praise and Worship dancers and singers performing .These churches included the Church of the Latterain, March Harbour Church of God, Dundas Town Church of God, Abaco Youth Ministries, Zion Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church and Trumpet Assembly. In addition, Rasad Reckley played a saxophone solo, the Trumpet Assembly Drill Squad performed, the Praise and Worship team from Victory Tabernacle and as well a Mano, Forever One, Renaldo Davis and Anitra Cornish. Proceeds from the evening will go for uniforms for the St Andrews Methodist Church Praise Dancers. CentralFrom Page 5 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., Central Abaco Primary, 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 Date:Date: Date:Date: Date: Event:Event: Event:Event: Event: Dec. 14thFamily Fun Day Dec. 22ndOpen House & Caroling with Complimentaryhors doeuvres Dec. 25thChristmas Dinner Traditional Christmas Menu Dec. 31stMillenium Ball Live Music with the one and only Dry Bread December

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Page 8 The Abaconian December 1, 2003By S. Timothy Roberts The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a black hole as a hypothetical celestial object with a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape from it which is believed to be created in the collapse of a very massive star, also something resembling a black hole: as something that consumes a resource continually (a financial black hole) or an empty space. This is not an article about science fiction or quantum theories, but, using the definition something resembling a black hole. I intend to express my views on uninspired leadership as it relates to The Bahamas and its citizens. This is a subject that has been on my mind much recently, and I really hope that in time we will change this predicament that we are in. It boils down to the fact that in the years that I have been alive I have yet to see a government, not only with a vision for the country, but with the will to carry it to fruition. Previous governments, from the Pindling regime to the more recent Ingraham era have all produced their distinct benefits to the country, while also exemplifying some still severe shortcomings. The Bible says in Proverbs Where there is no vision the people perish. In like manner the economy, the way of life, the preservation of our history and culture are all perishing from lack of care and attention. One of the most recent catch phrases used across the globe today is sustainable. Every progressive country in the world is looking to find ways to create sustainable industries in order to keep a sustainable economy. It is well established that tourism is our choice industry, and every government to date has spent large amounts of money to attract foreign investments which are a wonderful thing and has its place in our economy. Yet it seems there is little done to attract, whether foreign or local, any interests in eco-tourism. This is something that is puzzling to me. Eco-tourism, in all estimations, is an ideal tourism goal for The Bahamas. When you look at the country with its 700 islands and cays and the unique inherent beauties of each island, there is a whole wealth of possibilities. Eco-tourism is exceptional in that it takes into account the locale and its surroundings, the ecology, the people and their way of life and builds a tourism attraction based on the native beauty of that area disturbing as little as possible of all its surroundings. Eco-tourism is based on the formula of creating an industry that is sustainable, that in some ways is self sustaining. Whether I am biased in my beliefs or not, I believe from what I have seen of The Bahamas we have much native beauty to offer. This is why it is so perplexing to me that the government cannot see this. Is it that government is trapped in the big city (Nassau) and have blinded themselves to the existence of the Islands of The Bahamas and their potential. Or can it be that they are looking at the pot of gold before them and cannot see that there are pots of gold scattered throughout the rest of The Bahamas as well. Or, quite possibly governments are like black holes, where nothing including light (or vision) can exist. Just touching on a few thoughts on tourism, I believe shows how much we lack what is possible for The Bahamas to haveThe 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 Contributors: Stephanie Humblestone, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most compete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,500 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$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Isobel ShermanThanksToo often many persons in businesses go the extra mile for customers because that is the type of persons they are and too often those extra efforts go unnoticed. On behalf of Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal of Abaco Central, the college admissions persons from several American universities and myself, I would like to use this forum to publicly thank Ms. Kayla Lockhart, agent for Southern Air at Marsh Harbour International Airport, and Ms. Patricia Lightbourne, Abaco Manager of Bahamasair, for their extra efforts in facilitating the college representatives to travel to Nassau on November 19 to attend the college fair in Nassau. All of the persons were at the college fair on Abaco on November 18 and were scheduled to travel on Bahamasair. In addition, Ms. Lightbourne helped one of the representatives whose luggage never arrived to make arrangements for him to contact a specific persons to get his luggage in Nassau. We applaud and appreciate your efforts on behalf of these visitors to our country and to our island. No matter what was the reason or reasons for Bahamasair not flying, these two women helped visitors leave with good feelings about the Bahamas, Abaco and its people.ExposureThe exposure of students that a college fair affords is of great value. It enables students to begin to see that there is a whole world out there to see and to learn from. It allows them to talk with persons from various parts of the world and that interaction is invaluable. They may never get to go abroad to college but the fact remains thatAll About TownGenerally Speaking . Black HoleThe Editor Says . The Appeal of Local Artwork Letters to the Editor Why Is the Beach Access Blocked?Dear Sir, I would like to use some space in your paper to ask the persons who have blocked off access to the beach at Casuarina Point to open it. It is one of the few beaches that the public has access to on Abaco. There used to be church and company picnics held there but for almost a year the road has been blocked with loads of fill and personal boats and property. Would someone in the South Abaco District Council please check into this matter. A Concerned Human Being Please see Roberts Page 19 Art is one of the attractions of the Abaco experience. Visit any boutique or gift shop and there will be a variety of locally produced art work. Local may include Nassau and to a lesser extent other Bahamian islands. The definition of locally produced art is interpreted in different ways by different persons. The government agency, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, BAIC, classifies local art as anything originating in The Bahamas regardless of the status of the artist. This follows manufacturing convention for the origin of an item by identifying the country of origin. National pride is thus served by the statement Made in . . or Product of . . Whether the actual artisans were American, Mexican or some other nationality is not relevant. Neither does the purchaser know if a Mexican item was produced by a business owned by a Korean or staffed by Hondurian workers. The enjoyment of artistic work is a personal experience that is predominately acquired during ones life and is affected by cultural and ethnic exposures, family ties, pride in ones roots and other more obscure reasons. Some art work is so compelling that it attracts a wide variety of admirers. This is unusual. Granted, art has a personal nature different from shoes, peaches or refrigerators. The fame of the artist, his technique, perhaps the media he used or the way he presents his work will influence our appeal for the finished piece. Does the work attract our attention in its own right or because we have an affinity for the individual? Our self taught local artists produce beautiful work which is unique and can hold its own when viewed along side art work of other residents here. It is the wide variety of art and the expressions of different people which draw the visitors who support the art industry. The successful boutiques and gift shops display a mixed assortment of artistic items hoping to have something to appeal to each visitor in their shop. We are entering the holiday gift season which coincides with an upsurge in visitors. Art and craft shows along with boutique open houses will use this opportunity to present a wide variety of Bahamian-made art. Bahamian made . .? We are back to this illusive definition of the origin of the artwork. We have been fascinated with the concept of the origin of artwork for many years. A foreign artist visiting Hope Town and painting the lighthouse cannot sell the painting here as he would then be gainfully employed. This is not allowed without permission. However, we can follow the artist to Florida and buy the painting there. We can then bring it back here without any stigma attached to the transaction. At this point we can think of shortcuts to the process. Suppose we mail the payment to Florida and the art is sent to us. Suppose the art is left here and we send the money there. Suppose . We have often thought that the Abaco area has been well served by having an artsy image. The image brings thoughts of upscale shops and affluent shoppers. Itinerant artists have taken advantage of this by having local shops sell their work. It has generally worked to everyones advantage. Some of the foreign artists who live here have become well enough known with quality work to come out in the open and obtain the necessary permits to operate publicly. Others work quietly and sell through a local boutique. In any case, it is the variety and quality that generates the appeal. Anyone with an artistic bent should use the craft and art shows to his advantage to get ideas and inspiration. It is not plagiarism to seek inspiration from Alton Lowes paintings or Pete Johnstons sculpture. Buy some paint brushes or modeling clay and follow the leader. Many have latent talent just waiting to be discovered or nurtured. We have watched with interest the development of some of our local artists, many of whom have found their inspiration from others, both Bahamian and foreign. Much of the material the visitors find attractive can be produced without special training. It does take practice, patience and inspiration. Making craft artwork from seashells, driftwood or beach debris takes originality and an open mind. A bit of inspiration is required to get started but ideas will flow once the process is started. Fabric crafts are another area where a little inspiration will go a long way toward being able to make saleable items. Hand crafts and more technical art forms have a great future in our economy. Hand crafts and art work are not for everyone but for whose who are inclined, the talent can be developed into a paying vocation. Please see Sherman Page 9

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada Airmail US$95 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. Oct 01 New Years Eve Gourmet DinnerWith Live Music by Estin and Guests Seeing in the New Year December 31st, 2003 Dinner 7 p.m. 10 p.m. StartersRoasted Butternut Squash Soupserved with an ancho chili cream and fried tortilla orGrilled Shrimp with a two cheese quesadillaserved with a cilantro pesto and mixed leaves orCrispy Spring RollFilled with slow roasted pork, vegetables and glass noodles served with sweet chili sauce and soy sauceMain Course SelectionRoasted Abaco Lobsterwith lightly spiced corn fritters and a warm BBQ vegetable relish orRack of Lamb with a Herb Crustserved with roasted vegetables and cheesy macaroni and a rich lamb gravy orFive Spice Panfried Duck Breastserved on a bed of crisp vegetable jasmine rice with a soy and sesame dressingDessert SelectionChocolate Tartwith a crispy cup of vanilla ice cream orCaramalised Banana & Coconut Puddingsserved with coconut ice cream and caramel saucePrice per person $55.00 including service For Reservations call T el: 367-2366 Over the past year Batelco has been quietly improving and upgrading ots system. Mr. Henry Romer, Senior Manager Abaco Operations, outlined many of these changes for our readers. He is particularly proud of its new policy to resolve service problems in less than 48 hours. A few of the improvements were visible such as the fiber optic cable laid in a ditch to the airport. This gives the airlines the opportunity to connect to broadband services at high speed for accessing their reservation systems. Batelco has installed a local WiFi hot spot in the terminal so computer users can log on while waiting for their flight. The connection is free at this moment but will likely change to a fee system eventually. Two other WiFi hot spots are in operation, one at the Treasure Cay airport and the other in the Batelco office building in Marsh Harbour. Once the cable installation to the Marsh Harbour airport was underway, a contract was let to restore the edge of the road. Mr. Romer was disappointed that the restoration along the road was not completed sooner. The fiber optic cable has been extended through the business section of Marsh Harbour and as far as Radio Abaco in Dundas Town, allowing broadband service. Most government offices are connected allowing instant transmission of financial and other data. Coming to Nassau and Grand Bahama is the new GSM cellular standard which will allow 90,000 additional cellular customers when implemented in January. Abaco is expected to get this cellular upgrade in the spring. The GSM standard allows a handset to accept or place calls from throughout much of the world and allows seamless internet surfing. Text messaging and photo transmission are also features of the newer system. An immediate benefit to Abaco customers when the system is implemented in Nassau is that the current moratorium on additional cell phones will be lifted. Switching to the newer cellular service will require Batelco to add eight additional towers to its Abaco network. This is expected to reduce the dead spots in phone coverage. Current cellphone users demand mobility and the expanded network should provide seamless mobile access Effective December 1, most of Batelcos customers on Abaco will be able to take advantage of its broadband DSL service. This allows internet use at the same time the phone is in use with a single phone line. No additional wiring is needed. This service will be offered on Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War, Hope Town, Cherokee and other locations, possibly into Bahama Palm Shores. Mr. Romer was disappointed that vandals have repeatedly shot the cable leading to Bahama Palm Shores. Neither phone nor DSL service can be offered there until the cable is left intact. Another Batelco service offered in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism is a toll free phone for pilots at both international airports allowing flight plans to be filed and closed at both airports with a direct connection to Nassau Flight Control. Weather, customs notification and other flight information can be received or given. Batelcos second visible upgrade was the installation of the free standing towers replacing the smaller guyed towers. These new towers are more wind resistant and able to accept more and larger antennas. The old towers were removed including one at the Marsh Harbour forward scatter site which was becoming a hazard due to corrosion.Batelco Upgrades Their Systems Please see Batelco Page 22 in that brief time they were exposed to the possibilities out there for a higher education.Coming BackSlowly the winter residents are returning to Abaco. During the past few weeks a few boaters have returned for the winter. I have been told that almost 30 boats are waiting in Green Turtle Cay to come down when the weather allows a safe sail and many others are still in Florida waiting for the weather. Visitors are beginning to visit as some can be seen walking about Marsh Harbour. Let us hope we have a good winter season. Those restaurants that closed during September and October have all reopened in anticipation of the winter season. ShermanFrom Page 8

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Page 10 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 Enjoy the holidays for less Big savings Turkeys & Hams All the trimmingsGet more for less this Christmas at Sawyers awyers MarketS Sawyers Building off Don MacKay Blvd. (242) 367-2044/5 Fax:(242) 367-2059 Open MondaySaturday from 8 a.m. p.m Sunday from 8 a.m. p.m.Get more for less School NewsMath Is a ProblemDuring the recent Professional Days held for teachers in Abaco Mr Lionel Sands, Assistant Director of Education Testing and Evaluation, made the comment that Math is a problem for Bahamian students when they enter colleges abroad in the United States and Canada. Mr. Sands stated that in all other areas Bahamian students fly but it is Math that gives them problems. As a parent of a college student who has and is still struggling with Math at the college level I was relieved to know that it is a problem for Bahamian students and not just a problem for my daughter.Forest Heights AcademyRememberingOn November 11th Forest Heights Academy celebrated Remembrance Day with a program directed by history teacher, Mr. Bernie Kidd. Grade 11 portrayed the senseless killing of soldiers through many wars as victims of hatred, prejudice and greed. Mr. Kidd created a strong sense of drama that afternoon, presenting poignant poetry and prose accented with drum and bugle and the haunting music of Taps and The Last Post played by music teacher, Ms. Renee Hoard. This short gathering was long on emotion as the student body spent a minute of silence to thank those who have died and are still dying for our freedom. Mr. Kidd, proving to be a bit of a Renaissance man, was next seen on the volleyball court coaching the Senior Girls Team. They played Abaco Central High School on November 12th after school at Abaco Central. Mr. Kidd felt they made a good showing as Abaco Central has a skilled and experienced team. Still novices, the Each month throughout the school year, selected students at Central Abaco Primary School are awarded certificates for top performance in class and on the playground and named Student of the Month. This is Septembers group. Front row, left to right, Robert Joseph, Leslie McDonald, Domonique Curry, Tremeice Martin, Shavante Simms, Jermina Blanc, Michael Singh and Larry Dixon. Middle row, left to right, Tania Farrington, Eularease Greene, Alvando Smith, Lyndeisha Curry and Cicely Gomez. Back row, left to right, Shaquille Bootle, Melouse Joseph and Evans Pierre. These are the Students of the Month for October 2003 for Central Abaco Primary. Front row, left to right, Queneisha Thompson, Vanessa DHaiti, Stacy Edmond, Aleeja Knowles and Rahede Smith. Second row, left to right, Blair Drakes, Tallia Bastian, Dontae Henchell, Toniska Russell and Shontol Johnson. Back row, left to right, Shaquille Jones, Yevens Pierre and Valentino Mitchell. Please see School Page 11

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 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 Sea SprSea Spr Sea SprSea Spr Sea Spr aa aa a y Ry R y Ry R y R esoresor esoresor esor tt tt tHopetown, Elbow CayVillas Restaurant Marina OFFERING SPECIAL DOCK RATESSept. 1st 2003 through March 31st, 2004 Boats up to 49 $400 monthly 50 & over $525 monthly Metered water & electricity Texaco Star Port, Fuel, Oil & Ice Boat House RestaurantBar & Freshwater PoolTransportation provided from ferry dock Come by and see us, we have friendly staff waiting to serve you Open 8-5 daily VHF ch. 16 Ph: (242) 366-0065 e-mail: seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.com 2 two bedroom Villas with full Kitchens 3 one bedroom Villas with full Kitchens Forest Heights Falcons did some good serving and learned a great deal even though they lost the game. Finally, Forest Heights would like to congratulate the Students of the Month for September and October: Juniors Margo Lowe and Bradley Albury; and Seniors, SchoolFrom Page 10 More School NewsAkrisza Kemp and Miquel Miller. They were chosen by the faculty for their integrity, citizenship and leadership qualities.Abaco Central HighBy Isobel ShermanJunior JunkanooThe students of Abaco Central High School are preparing for Junior Junkanoo. Practice is held each afternoon at the school and work on the costumes is proceeding at a good pace. More drums arrived from Nassau recently. This year every island will have a junior Junkanoo competition in which schools will vie for the top prize in each school division. Abaco Central High School will be competing against S.C. Bootle High School. Denise Gadsby heads the Junkanoo Committee and is busy raising funds for instruments and costumes.Giving BackSarah Swain is a 1994 graduate of Abaco Central High School. When Sarah read in The Abaconian that the school was short of desks and chairs, she decided to help. She went online and found out the prices of chairs and desks. She then paid a visit to the school and asked if it would be all right for her to try and enlist classmates of the Class of 94 to raise funds to buy the needed furniture. Sarah has continued on her quest and will be having a booth at the Christmas Bazaar to sell baked goods. Abaco Central applauds Sarah and hopes that more graduates of Abaco Central will give back to the school that gave them their education.UpdateThe eleventh grade Marine Biology class at Abaco Central is pursuing ways to alleviate some of the environmental concerns they discovered during a clean up at Parkers a few weeks ago. The students are quite concerned about the oil spills in the area and they have decided as a class to see if they can make the public aware of the problem. Mr. Huel Moss, their teacher, is quite pleased with their intense interest and he has approached various persons including the editor of The Abaconian for advice in this matter. Twelfth grade student Viline Baptiste of St. Francis de Sales School was the first place winner of the annual Essay Competition on AIDS in The Bahamas. Viline is a twelfth grade student at St. Francis de Sales School. She wrote on the topic Discrimination and Stigma Shown HIV/ AIDS Victims.

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Page 12 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 and ChristmasEveryone Needs SomethingfromABACO HARDWARE This ChristmasAre you tired of giving the same old gifts for Christmas every Year? Want to put a smile on your loved ones faces? Get Creative! For Mothers we have from Housewares, Appliances, Linens to Custom Cabinets. You name it! For F athers we have a full tool selection also a full range of Hunting & Fishing supplies. For the Kids we have Bikes in all sizes and we have added a nice Toy Selection to fit your budget.Housewares Plumbing Paints Electrical & Plumbing Fixtures Flooring & Roofing Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Mon. Fri. 7 am 4 pm Sat. 7 am 12 pmTel: (242) 367-2170 Decorate your home from our selection of Christmas Trees, Lights and all the trimmings, And for every $25 you spend on decorations you will get an entry ticket for our raffle drawing on the 23rd December to win prizes!SELECTED ITEMS ON SALE! SELECTED ITEMS ON SALE! SELECTED ITEMS ON SALE! SELECTED ITEMS ON SALE! SELECTED ITEMS ON SALE!SO COME TO ABACO HARDWARE AND MAKE YOUR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 FOREVERYONE ON YOUR LIST Nathan Key Drive,Marsh Harbour,Abaco Tel:242-367-2601/2 Fax:242-367-2731 Open MonSat from 8:00 am:00 pm,Sun from 9:00 am:00 pm Toys by the truckload Sights & Sounds of the season:TVs,DVD players,stereos and more! FREE set top box from Cable Bahamas with the purchase of any TV Bake your season bright:fresh bread from the bakery and all your baking supplies LOADSof giveaways every day in December Decorate your pantry:All the fixins for holiday dinners & partiesONE STOP AT SOLOMONS AND YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPINGIS DONE

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Page 14 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Introducing OurNEW Cessna Grand Caravan Turbo-prop Nine Passenger, Two Pilot Operation with Excellent Baggage CapacityWith Flights to West Palm Beach and North Eleuthera Fully Licensed for flights to Florida and throughout The Bahamas Call Today for Flight Information Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530 Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is Cherokee School News in PicturesThe Spelling Bee Competition for Grade 8 students for the Abaco School District was on November 14 at the Learning Resource Centre. Pictured,left to right in the front Mr. Barry Whiting of Burns House Ltd. (sponsors of this years trophies), 3rd Place Candace Malone of Forest Heights Academy, 1st Place Vanessa McIntosh of S.C. Bootle High School and 2nd Place Eltisha Grant of S.C. Bootle. Back row, left to right: Teachers Joy Chaplin of Forest Heights Academy and Nadira Kawalram of S.C. Bootle Secondary School. St. Francis de Sales School recognizes these outstanding students for the month of October. Front, left to right, Adam Cooper (Gr. 4), Tourissa Pierre (Gr. 1), Jessica Knowles (Kindergarten), Adrian Newbold (Pre-K), Luca Silvester (Gr. 2); middle, Max Sieuruk (Gr. 3), Jolene Whitlock (Gr. 5); back, Shagerra Edgecombe (Gr. 11), Agnes Fertil (Gr. 9) Diandra McIntosh (Gr. 8), Alexis Williams (Gr. 7), Villine Baptiste (winner of AIDS essay), Elsie Bain (Gr. 10), Freelandra Rolle (Gr. 6), Tamika Bain (Grade 12). St. Francis de Sales School received outstanding results in the Bookkeeping and Accounts Pitman Examination for the 2002-2003 academic year. They all received First Class Passes. Their teacher, Mrs. Andrea Johnson, is in the center. The students are, left to right, Lowell Edgecombe, Adia Rolle, Lakara McKenzie and Oshanessy Armstrong.

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Page 16 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 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 and the Cays with Freight Service from 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 Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MOREContractor Prices Available CALL/FAX365-8749oremail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PRICES BELOW U.S. RETAILBy Portia Jonsson The Second Annual Open House for Every Child Counts Learning Centre was held at the school on November 9th. Many parents, students and guests attended the days event despite the rain. Every Child Counts is completely selfsupporting including all salaries, building and operating costs. All funds raised are fully utilized by their program. Part of the mission of Every Child Counts is to provide help to all disabled students, whether their families are in the financial position to support that help or not. Approximately one-third of the families cannot afford the tuition, medication or doctor fees. The majority struggle to meet the cost of tuition and transportation but volunteer as needed to help the program with time and services where they can. Students are encouraged to assist the school by maintaining the building and grounds and producing products to help sustain the program. Every Child Counts provides full time schooling to students who cannot succeed in a mainstream classroom because of physical, neurological or cognitive disabilities. Free professional, parent and volunteer training under the direction of Dr. Sharon Kossack, of Florida International University is provided in the areas of reading diagnosis, targeted teaching and special needs recognition, strategies and interventions. Additionally, free evaluations and recommendations for struggling students across Abaco are given and professional and educational materials are readily available. Special guest speaker for the afternoon was Dr. Marion Crayton, trained in working with youth with special needs, who spoke on Spirituality and Ministering to the Disabled Dr. Crayton said it is a blessing that children with disabilities on Abaco have a place to go to be educated. She said disabilities will touch most persons at one time or another in their life. Dr. Crayton congratulated the team at Every Child Counts for a job well done and encouraged them to hold steadfast.Two Visitors Assist at Every Child CountsBy Jennifer Hudson Rev. Emily Pardue and her sister, Mrs. Marion Crayton, brought their special talents to the Every Child Counts School for two weeks at the beginning of November. Rev. Pardue is an ordained Baptist Minister from Detroit, Michigan, with a ministry in drama, dance and deliverence. She is presently finishing a Doctor of Ministry Degree at Ashland Theological Seminary where she is adjunct professor. While on Abaco she is using her experience in dance to encourage the young students in Every Child Counts in this activity and has been working with a group of 11 to 18 year-olds. Rev. Pardue has previously taught dance groups in Bimini and has brought some of her dancers over from the United States to dance at the Dance Fest in Nassau. She enjoyed working with the children at ECC and was very surprised at how quickly they picked up the dance sequences. It was obvious from watching the students perform that they were thoroughly enjoying the experience. Mrs. Marion Crayton is a final year Seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and came to Abaco as part of her final year studies. In order to obtain a Masters Degree in Divinity from that particular institution it is necessary to participate in what is called a Cultural Immersion experience. This requires a candidate to spend a period of two weeks in a culture other than their own as it is felt that this will better prepare them for ministering to Gods people. Mrs. Crayton works with students with disabilities for the School Board in Maryland which has an enrollment of 145,000 students, 14,000 of whom have some type of disability. She is also Director of Ministry for persons with disabilities and their families in her home church where they are getting other churches to open up their doors to families with members with disabilities and encourage them to be a part of the community. Mrs. Crayton has a background in Special Education and has been working in the fields of audiology and speech pathology at the Every Child Counts School. She has been pinpointing cognitive and communication problems and has worked with small groups on building their communication skills. Her prayer for Abaco is that people will act with love and caring towards people with disabilities and she encourages families with a member with a disability to bring him or her out into the community. Too often, families hide away a member with a disability but it is everyones right to be educated and she would like to see provisions made for children with disabilities to be taught in regular schools.Every Child Counts Holds Open HouseTwo visitors have been assisting at Every Child Counts. Mrs. Marion Crayton on the left and Rev. Emily Pardue on the right are both specially trained for working with disabled students who are unable to attend normal classrooms. Mrs. Crayton works with children with audio and speech problems. Rev. Pardue teaches dance and drama. In the center is Lyn Major, the person who started the program and who directs it.

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front MEET OUR SALES TEAM IN ABACO Six experienced financial services professionals whose expertise in life and health insurance makes them leaders in their field. ABACO SALES OFFICE (242)367-3264 MEMORIAL PLAZA, MARSH HARBOURBarry Bascom Staff Manager Cecilia Oliver Sales Agent Katrinka Quashie Sales Agent Karen Lightbourn Sales Agent Sharon Rolle Agent of the Year 2002 Cheri Rolle Sales Agent MANY TALENTSSales offices: Nassau, Freeport, Eleuthera & Abaco Corporate Centre: East Bay Street, Nassau P.O. Box SS 6232, Telephone (242)393-1023 INSURANCE COMPANY 2003 ADWORKSPhoto also shows administrative staff: Irene Lowe, Stanya White and Vernice Major Mrs. Marion Crayton is shown working with a small group of students who have speech problems. The classes at Every Child Counts are very small so students can get individual help in the specific areas they require. Mrs. Crayton is a Special Education teacher who works with disabled students in Maryland. Every Child Counts moved into their present facility, the old convent building in Marsh Harbour, last year with 22 students. They now have an enrollment of 38 with a staff of five teachers. This is the limit with their present facility. They are raising funds to build a workshop/classroom building to allow expansion. In addition to working with students directly, the school offers courses for teachers, parents and other interested persons in evaluating students with problems and how to work with them in a normal classroom.School Give Individual Attention BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!ITS THE LAW! Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourDay TimesDepart FPOArrive MHHDepart MHHArrive FPO Friday thru7 a.m.7:45 a.m.8 a.m.8:30 a.m. Monday4 p.m.4:45 p.m.5 p.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday thru7 a.m.7:45 a.m.8 a.m.8:30 a.m. Thursday Visitors can take advantage of a one-day Casino Excursion to Freeport or an overnight package. Package options include air fare, ground transportation and hotel accommodation.For more information call Ph 242-367-4826 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport majorsair@coralwave.com Majors Air Service Flight Schedule

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Page 18 The Abaconian December 1, 2003TT TT T el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 el: (242) 365-5028 F F F F F ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 ax: (242) 365-5083 e-mail: harbourviewhaven@abacoinet.com www.guanacayvillas.com Rental CottagesAll units centrally air-conditioned Satellite TV, Radio / CD / Tape player Two bedrooms, queen beds, 1 bath, full kitchen, living room Dining area seats 6, Bahama room with queen futon One bedroom, one bath apartment overlooking the harbour Outside BBQ grill Enjoy your own private gazebo and garden Harbour View HavenLocated on Beautiful Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery Please see College Fair Page 19 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Shopping Centre, Treasure Cay Open Monday Saturday 9 am 6 pmPh: 367-2180 Fax: 367-5241Major credit cards accepted Christmas Sale!Nov. 24th Dec. 6thBuy Two & Get One FREEon selected itemsAlso Special Reduced Prices onSelected Wines By Isobel Sherman The Second Annual Abaco Central High School College Fair was a tremendous success. Seventeen colleges and technical schools were represented. Several were unable to come at the last minute. Grade 10,11, and 12 students of Abaco Central High School, S.C. Bootle High School, Long Bay School, Forest Heights Academy, Agape Christian School and St Frances de Sales School attended the fair. In addition, several persons from Abaco attended the fair and this year Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Principal, was impressed by the number of parents who came to the fair. Rod Sullivan, Director of Admissions at Palm Beach Atlantic University, remarked that there were more students at this fair than some fairs he has attended in the United States. Students were allowed to visit each table to ask questions and have the counselors discuss each school. The students of Abaco Central were given a list of questions to act as a guide and many of them were briefed in what to do at the college fair prior to the fair. The purpose of the college fair is to bring representatives from a variety of colleges, universities and technical schools to Abaco so students can be exposed to the possibilities of advanced education both in the Bahamas and abroad. It was disappointing that BVTI and Terreave College, both Bahamian schools, did not attend the fair. The fair was held in the New Vision Ministries building. A brief opening ceremony followed the theme Igniting the Passion for Life Long Learning. Chief Councillor for Central Abaco Mr. Cay Russell, welcomed the fair representatives to Abaco and admonished the students to take full advantage of the fair. Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Superintendent for Abaco gave brief remarks and welcomed the college representatives. Mr. Dean remarked that when he saw the college fair last year on Abaco, he was surprised by the size of the event. This year even more colleges were represented. He said for a Family Island it was commendable. The schools represented included Florida Culinary Institute and New England Tech in West Palm Beach, the University of Tampa, Jacksonville University, Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Memorial College, Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Northwood University in West Palm Beach, College of St Benedict /St Johns University in Minnesota, Acadia University and St. Frances Xavier University, both in Nova Scotia, Canada, Messiah College, Ramapo University in New Jersey, Bahamas Baptist College, the College of the Bahamas, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Success Training College. Despite the fact that Bahamasair was not flying, representatives who were in Nassau were able to travel to Abaco via other airlines. All of the representatives were very pleased with the fair and many said they would be returning next year and were going to encourage other schools to come next year. That night the representatives gathered at Mangoes for a dinner and social time. Plans are already underway for the Third Annual Abaco Central High School College Fair in November 2004.Scholarships for International StudentsBy Isobel Sherman At the recent Abaco Central High College Fair the fact was brought out that some universities offer international studentsStudents Learn About Colleges at Fair

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19 Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. Florida KeysRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP 3 Villas, 2 Bedroom, 1 Baths 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) 365-5083 e-mail: seashorevillas@abacoinet.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 Store Hours: 9am to 5pm Ph: (242) 365-5006 365-5002 365-5028 (office) 365-5083 (fax) College FairFrom Page 18 scholarships and aid. Ramapo University offers a tuition scholarship if the SAT is 1100 or better. University of Tampa offers aid to International Students. Embry Riddle offers scholarships to international students as does New England Tech and Florida Culinary. The College of St Benedicts / St Johns University has aid for international students. Each college has criteria for the granting of aid so checking with the admissions office of each college will allow one to know the criteria. Bahamas Baptist Community College is offering 10 scholarships to Abaco students. These scholarship will cover half of the cost of tuition for two years and is based on academic achievement, need and church involvement. or attain. There are many other industries and ideas that could be spoken of, but that would require much more space. What can be done now in order to invigorate or revive inspired leadership? What can we the people of The Bahamas do in order to create a goal for tomorrow of a better and better Bahamas? We have a voice, and we have (supposedly) representatives who are responsible for carrying out the will and desires of the people. We the people need to be more proactive in making the government produce results and lead us in the direction we all want The Bahamas to progress to. When those who are our representatives and those who make up our government dontWedding Bells RangMr. Everette Hart, past Administrator for Central Abaco, married Ethylee Wilson on November 15 in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. He is now serving as Administrator on Exuma. We wish them much happiness.Assigned to New PostMr. Jack Thompson former Administrator for North Abaco, has taken up a new post as High Commissioner to Canada from the Bahamas as of November 1. After leaving Abaco, Mr. Thompson was Chief of the Passport Office in Nassau. Good luck in your new position.News of Past Administrators carry out the peoples will, we the people in charge of the government of The Bahamas need to fire the ones not doing the desired job. It is the power of democracy. We need to pray for inspired leadership and visionary leadership for our country. We need to desire an effective government, not a black hole government where great ideas and inspirational views disappear into nothingness. We should expect nothing less when we do, we get less. Expect the best and we may just get something better. RobertsFrom Page 8 It Pays toAdvertise

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Page 20 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Located at the Conch Inn Resort & Marina Tel: (242) 367-4444 VHF Ch 16Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. until . .Breakfast 7:30 am to 11 am Lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm Dinner 6 pm to 10 pm Restaurant & Bar HoHo HoHo Ho warwar warwar war d Masselle d Masselle d Masselle d Masselle d Masselle ss ss sFormer owner of Guana Cays famous Guana Harbour Club and Guana Beach Resort Invites old friends and new friends to enjoy Marsh Harbours waterside dining & drinkingNew Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacksHappy Hour W Happy Hour W Happy Hour W Happy Hour W Happy Hour W ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm 5050 5050 50 off all drinks off all drinks off all drinks off all drinks off all drinksEstin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasureWW WW W ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun COMING IN DECEMBER 2003 ABACO 3 THEMISSING Drama TIMELINE Science Fiction/Fantasy BADSANTA Comedy GOTHIKA Suspense/Thriller BROTHER BEAR Family RADIO Drama Creative Relations By Jennifer Hudson It was a strange sight to see the tarmac at Nassau International Airport full of Bahamasair planes on the morning of November 18 on arrival in the capital. It was also distressing knowing the number of residents and tourists who had been inconvenienced due to Bahamasairs Industrial Action and the amount of money this has cost the country in loss of revenue and bad publicity for our tourist industry. Flights were first suspended on Sunday afternoon, November 16, and the fleet remained grounded until Tuesday evening when enough employees returned to work to allow evening flights into Miami, Orlando, Abaco and Rock Sound, Eleuthera. The flight schedules are now back to normal. On Monday and Tuesday the Bahamasair check-in counters at Nassau International Airport were eerily vacant while all the charter desks were swamped with angry and agitated people trying to get onto alternative flights. At the Marsh Harbour airport the scene was a quiet one; few passengers were around and those who were, waited with an air of patience and resignation. The lady in charge of the Bahamasair counter, Ms. Patricia Lightbourn, was very accommodating in helping passengers find seats on charter airlines. Southern Air was putting on extra service to Abaco and the smaller charter planes were doing their part. A young couple with a small child was very concerned to arrive and find that there would be no Bahamasair flight. They were returning home to Canada after a sailing vacation on Abaco and had three more connections to make. A missed early morning flight could have been a nightmare for them. But, fortunately, they were able to get a charter with Sean Nixon and the lady valiantly overcame her fear of small planes in order to save the day. Let us hope for the sake of the sanity of the flying public, the coffers of our country and our tourism industry which is still trying to recover after 9/11 that this unrest by Bahamasair employees over non-payment of salary increases, the dismissal of two Freeport employees and uncertainty over possible salary cuts will soon be satisfactorily resolved.Bahamasair Strike Cripples Country OII wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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DOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Area 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 Properties34 hse + 365-4047 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 Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Elbow Cay Prop 43 hse + 3660035 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--0266 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 Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information www.abacoinet.com www.abacoinfo.com www.abacos.com www.go-abacos.com www.oii.net www.bahamas.com Min. of Tourism + agents who have multiple cottages and houses The funeral for Mrs. Princess Cox, affectionately called Mother, 75, of Coopers Town was held on November 15 at the Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town. Bishop Archilus Cooper officiated assisted by Bishop Henry Wright. Interment was in the South Side Cemetery. She is survived by daughters Brenetta Bullard, Victoria and Shirlean Rolle, Rosetta Murray, Delphine Russell, Engret Curry, Iona Knowles, Patrice Cox, Abedella McKinney and Greta McKenzie; sons Furnley, Paul and Odell Cox; adopted sons Leroy McIntosh and Matthew Adderley; grandchildren Evangelist Kathrina Thompson, Rev. Yvette and Sonovia McIntosh, Rev. Cedric, Ambrose and Shawn Bullard, Rustin, Quintin, Marold, Seanica and Mandell Rolle, Erica, Rickell, Rick Jr, Rickera, Torrie, Romeka, Kevelyn, Pauline, Shandeka, Paul Jr, Demetrie and ODesha Cox, Kishna and Kingsley Murray Jr, Vernique, Toran, Tarik and Sabrina Russell, Nevin, Richie and Dorenda Curry, Niketo Edgecombe, Marnique, Maronicia and Moriah Knowles, Paulette Forbes, Rolanda and Simpson McKinney Jr, Jewayna and Wayne McKenzie, Jr; greatgrandchildren; sisters Miriam Roker and Betty McIntosh; adopted sister Ellen Newbold; brothers Wilson, Hezekiah, Calvin, Eddie and Pastor Ronald McIntosh; aunt Anne Marie McIntosh; uncle Roland McIntosh; nieces; nephews; daughter-in-law Chantell Cox; sons-in-law James Bullard, Kingsley Murray Sr; Vernon Russell, Belthrum Curry, Pastor Mark Knowles, Rick Cox, Pastor Rudolph McKinney and Wayne McKenzie; sisters-in-law Annie, Florence, Kathleen, Estelle, Ruth and Delphine McIntosh; godchildren Ortlease and Elvis McIntosh and Miriam Seymour and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Relatives and FriendsRoad Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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Page 22 The Abaconian December 1, 2003 bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICE RENTAL BIKES groceries greatservice meats vegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meats vegetablesdairyfruit groceries greatservice meats vegetablesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoods fruit groceriesgreatservicemeats vegetablesdairyfriendlyfaces brandnames vegetablesfrozenfoods fruit groceriesgreatservicemeats friendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meats vegetablesdairyfriendlyfaces brandnamesvegetablesgroceriesgreatservicemeats vegetablesdairyvegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meats vegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames fruit groceries greatservice meatsvegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservicedairyfriendlyfacesbrandnamesvegetablesgroceries vegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoods greatservice mea ts vegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames fruit groceries greatservice meatsvegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meatsvegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meatsvegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meatsvegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meatsvegetablesdairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice dairyfriendlyfaces brandnamesvegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meats vegetables dairyfriendlyfacesbrandnames vegetablesfrozenfoodsfruit groceries greatservice meats veg-We may be small but we carry it all.Run out of something?Dont sweat the small stuff this Christmas TREASURE CAY SHOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-SAT 8AM 6PM AND SUN 9AM-1PM It also offers an onscreen guide to programing. Mr. Erik Russell, General Manager for Grand Bahama and Abaco, and Mr. David Burrows, Marketing Manager, along with the local Cable Bahamas staff were both at Solomons to explain their companys new services. Cable Bahamas has arranged with Solomons SuperCenter to have a counter there where set-top boxes can be purchased. These can be installed easily or customers can request a serviceman to make the installation. I went to Solomons after school on Friday thinking that there would be few people interested. To my surprise the counter was CableFrom Page 1 crowded. There were two representatives with laptops serving customers and answering questions. If you presented your cable bill or they searched for your account in their computer, you could purchase a box top set and it would be billed to your account. I purchased one and figured I would never be able to set it up. To my surprise I was able to install it, even attached to my video. A simple toll free phone call and the system was turned on.. Now, it will take me awhile to see whether I want the gold pack, family pack, silver pack, but right now I am proud of myself that I installed the box top set. Cable Bahamas did not expect the great response it received in subscribers opting for the box top. They had several hundred customers purchasing the set-top boxes and taking advantage of their initial offer. Access by Batelco to the States and beyond is through a redundant system with three access points. Abaco is looped into Nassau through a microwave station in Sandy Point and by a similar system in Fox Town connecting to Grand Bahama. Nassau and Freeport in turn connect to Vero Beach, Florida, by underwater cable. A second underwater cable ring-loops through the Caribbean and enters the States in Hollywood, Florida. A third access is by a satellite connection. An apparent deficiency in Batelcos expansion is the lack of phones in Central Pines Estates for houses now under construction. This was explained as an apparent oversight by the Department of Housing which is responsible for installing the utilities in that subdivision. Batelco may be contracted to do this work and is discussing this with relevant agencies. Government works in strange ways as the new subdivision in Sandy Point has no houses but has the wiring is in place for a phone system. Without much notice on Abaco, Batelco initiated an on-line billing service allowing customers to view their bill on-line. On providing proper identification, bills can be printed through the customers computer, by-passing the mail system. Additionally, phone bills can be paid at any bank, giving customers further options. A Batelco web site contains a current phone directory for both white and yellow pages. This allows companies opening in mid-year and residents with new phones to have their phone listed immediately instead of the current system of waiting for the next phone book to be published. White page listings are free and a schedule is being formulated for the yellow pages. An advanced billing system will be initiated in the spring, giving customers the option of receiving bills on-line automatically each month. One of the most exciting changes made by Batelco according to Mr. Romer is its commitment to provide repair service in under 48 hours. To facilitate this, customers are asked to phone 914 with problems so the problems are logged and forwarded as appropriate. The log is forwarded to superiors in Nassau who follow up when complaints are not resolved in a timely manner. Mr. Romer apologized that those customers on the off-shore cays may exceed the 48 hour goal to solve problems due to the logistics of boat transportation. Batelco service personnel live in many of the diverse communities on Abaco and this provides quicker access to problems by repair staff. Mr. Romer showed one of Batelcos two new $70,000 lift trucks which make service work much easier for Batelcos linesmen. Mr. Romer expects Batelco to play a major part in the growth and development of the Bahamas. As this information was being given locally, the Minister of Works and Utilities, the Hon. Bradley Roberts, announced in Nassau that Batelco security deposits will draw interest for customers effective January 1, 2004. Minister Roberts further said the companys commitment to service is being reflected in the reduction from months to days in resolving service problems. A plan is being formulated where service not resolved in under 48 hours may see the customer get credit for a months phone rental. BatelcoFrom Page 9Batelco Prepares for New Services

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Center............367-4646 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Shop.............365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss.....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals...................365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 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..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm2 4 5:45 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45 am10:301:30 pm3:305:45 (min $40) Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 pmFare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $10 / $15 Children $5 / $8 Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack Dock Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airport 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Man-O-War/Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $25 OW $35 RT Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sun 12 Noon, return 3 $20 OW $25 RT Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven Abaco 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 half fare For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus serves Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr.Wednesday Lv Nassau 9 am Lv Sandy Point 1:30 pm Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adult fare $90 RT, $50 OW Call for rates on cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....3 66-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......3 66-4107 Floyd Burrows .....3 66-4175 Links Adderly .......3 66-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....3 66-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......3 66-2163 Jay Sawyer .........3 67-3941 Justin Sands .......3 67-3526 Terrance Davis ....3 67-4464 Danny Sawyer .....3 67-3577 Man-O-War David Albury.. ......3 65-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............3 66-2107 Junior Albury ............3 66-3058 Randy Sawyer .........3 66-2284 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........3 66-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie .......4 77-5894 Orthnell Russell .......3 65-0125 Alexander Rolle .......3 65-0120 Edward Rolle ...........3 65-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer. .......3 65-4070 Jeff Survance ...........3 65-4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........3 65-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge..............$$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Mermaid Cafe...............$$$.............365-5137 Orchid Bay.........................................365-6175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............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................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Rest. Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 75....F....353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................24......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay 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 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 Treasure Cay Airport and: Treasure Cay, Bahamas Star or Moxy................ $14 + $6 Bronks or Highway Liquors ..................................$10 + $5 Sand Banks ..........................................................$20 + $5 Joes Creek ..........................................................$35 + $5 Black Wood ..........................................................$14 + $5 Fire Road .............................................................$25 + $5 Coopers T own.....................................................$30 + $5 Cedar Harbour .....................................................$45 + $5 Wood Cay .............................................................$50 + $5 Mount Hope ......................................................... $55 + $5 Fox Town ..............................................................$60 + $5 Marsh Harbour or Crown Haven ..........................$65 + $5 Marsh Harbour Round T rip.................................. $85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour ....................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes Cr eek......................................... $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 Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.367-5358 Evening dinner cruise Dive Abaco Marsh H.367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Kayak Abaco Adventures Treasure C ................... Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Medical Services Abaco Medical Clinic Marsh Harbour.....367-4240 Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 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................................. 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 & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ....................... 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 Southern Air Nassau .......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local charter companies serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air Charter 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089 Closed Until Jan 2004

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 1 B In a first for the Bahamas Maritime Authority, it held its quarterly meeting in Marsh Harbour on November 12 in the new Port Administration building. Six members came from Nassau and were joined by one who flew in from Freeport. They were hosted by fellow member Gary Sawyer of Man-O-War Cay. This was the first time the Authority away from Nassau. The Authority sets maritime policy for the Bahamas Ships Registry which is the third largest in the world with 1400 ships registered. Only Panama and Liberia have larger registries. Bahamian registered ships are among the highest rated which translates to infrequent delays in foreign ports. The Authority has thirty employees, mostly Bahamian, in its three offices in Nassau, London and New York. The largest office is in London. Some of the employees are foreigners with expertise in maritime matters. The Bahamas is a member of the International Maritime Organization, an international body that sets safety, security and other standards affecting international shipping. Maritime Authority Meets on AbacoBahamas Has Worlds Third Largest Ships RegistryVOLUME 11, NUMBER 22, DECEMBER 1st, 2003 Dec 4All Abaco Wine & Cheese Tasting at Mangoes Dec 5-6Musical Concert in Green Turtle Cay Dec 6Christmas Bazaar, Marsh Harbour Dec 6Drawing for Groceries Price Right Dec 6-7Craft Show at Abaco Beach Resort Dec 8Town Meeting in Marsh Harbour Dec 11Chamber of Commerce Alternate Point of View National Health Scheme Please see Maritime Page 19Dec 13Junior Junkanoo Competition in Marsh Harbour Dec 13Toys for Tots toy collection in Marsh Harbour Dec 18-19 Christmas Play presented by Hope Town Dec 22Boat Parade Marsh Harbour Dec 23Raffle of Computer to aid Hugh Cottis Dec 23Raffle drawing at Abaco Hardware Dec 24Drawing for car at Price Right Dec 26Senior Junkanoo Competition Marsh HarbourSchedule of Events for December The Maritime Authority met in Marsh Harbour on November 12, the first time it had ever met outside Nassau. The Maritime Authority deals with ships registered in The Bahamas. The members are, seated, left to right, Peter Goulandris, Deputy Chairman and Anthony McKinney, Chairman of the Authority. Standing behind are, left to right, Gary Sawyer, Pedro Rolle, Jackson Ritchie, Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn, Erma Rahming MacKay, Dudley Martinborough and Mervyn Jones. Gary Sawyer from Man-OWar is the first person named to the Maritime Authority from a Family Island. Rotary Club Assists MemberThe Rotary Club of Abaco recently held a Steak Out in aid of one of its members, Mr. Hugh Cottis. Mr. Cottis, center, has had very large medical bills as a result of a stroke he suffered in June and his subsequent treatment and therapy. Presenting the check to Mr. Cottis is Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Education Superintendent, on the right. Mr. Lyndon Davis, Manager of Commonwealth Bank, is on the left. The Hope Town District Council held a Town Meeting in Man-O-War on November 20 A disappointing turn out probably indicated that the residents of that community are satisfied with the local government decisions. Shown above is Senior Administrator Alexander Williams addressing the group while Chief Councillor Walter Sweeting and Fred Bonaby listen. See story on page 12BMan-O-War Held Town Meeting

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Page 2 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. Capt. Pat McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repairs of: Xantrex, Balmar and others SIMRADRaymarineF.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour MarinaTel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm erlin sMarine Electronics Quality Furniture Competitive Prices Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 ROOMS TO GOChristmas Trees, Toys Decorations and moreChristmas Items Now in Stock! Christmas Items Now in Stock!Christmas Trees, Toys Decorations and moreBy Jennifer Hudson On November 17th the Rotary Club of Abaco was honoured to welcome District Governor Keith L. Daley from Jamaica as keynote speaker at its evening meeting at the Abaco Beach Hotel. Gov. Daley has been very active in industry and commerce in his home country. During his years Presidency of Rotary he contributed significantly to the integration of persons with disabilities in communities throughout Jamaica with the installation of access facilities and special parking in public places. His publication Building Guidelines for the Disabled was widely acclaimed. Also in attendance at the meeting was Assistant District Governor, Mr. Richard Mc.Combe. During the evening Governor Daley installed new members and made several special presentations. Inducted as new members of the Abaco Club were JoAnn and Peter Daley, both Paul Harris Fellows, who have transferred from the Rotary Club of Fort Myers where they served for many years. Also inducted were officers of the Interact Club of Abaco from St. Francis de Sales School. These were President, Niline Baptiste; Secretary, Charmile Adderley; Treasurer, Adia Rolle; and Directors, Bianca Taylor and Alicia Williams. President Niline Baptiste gave a very well presented speech on behalf of the club and its goals. Mrs. Nadeen Beneby and her husband were presented with a plaque in recognition of vocational service to the communities of Abaco, Haiti and Cuba. Mrs. Sandra Albury was recognized with a plaque for unselfish service to the club and it was stated that she truly exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service above Self She has made great contributions to society and especially to the Abaco Central High School where she is considered to be their patron. She owns the distinction of having been the first woman president of the Rotary Club and first woman Deputy Councillor for South Abaco. Recently a Steak Out was held to raise funds for Mr. Hugh Cottis, a long standing Rotarian and founding member of the Club, who suffered a stroke last June. The proceeds from this fund raiser in which many other businesses, organizations and individuals took part were presented to Mr. Cottis by Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Education Officer. Mr. Dean spoke glowingly of his mentor, Mr. Cottis, who was responsible for giving him such a good start along his successful career path. Mr. Cottis, who has met the enormous challenges of recent months with courage and fortitude, was able to respond despite his present difficulties with speech and thanked everyone for their part in raising the money which not only makes him very happy but will help to make all the hospitals he stayed in happy also! Governor Daley in his speech to the club stated that their goal is to motivate members to Lend a Hand which is their theme for this year. Through the fund raising efforts of Rotary, 200 countries of the world are now polio free and there are only six countries remaining where the disease must still be eradicated. By the year 2005 it is hoped that Rotary will have increased to 1.5 million members and the theme for that year will be A century of service and a new century of success. The 100th anniversary ceremony of the Rotary Club will be held in Chicago which was the birthplace of Rotary, and Governor Daley stated that the formation of Rotary has been one of the most significant sociological developments of the twentieth century.Rotary Hosts District GovernorAnnies Restaurant and TakeawayBy Portia Jonsson When you are in the Treasure Cay area, keep a look out for the new Annies Restaurant and Takeaway which is housed in a neat green and white building on the S.C. Bootle Highway. This new restaurant opened for business on June 28th with the help of the Bahamas Development Bank. With a seating capacity of 36 people, the restaurant is open seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. offering a traditional Bahamian menu with some American dishes. Their specialty is all types of souse: chicken, pigs feet, sheeps tongue and conch. Sandwiches along with the full menu are available at any time of day. Soft drinks and virgin daiquiris are available. People may remember the flourishing Treasure Chest Restaurant which was formerly on this site but which burned down in 1996. Annie and James Williams decided in April 2002 to rebuild and are happy to now be open in their new restaurant with their daughter as the cook.

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 3 B Margot LeeEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 1998. Based in Man-O-War Cay Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Joined H.G. Christie, in 2003 after five years of Real Estate experience. Based in Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0032 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Tel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.comMarsh Harbour Bustic Bay 8 Unit Bonefishing resort, with fifty seat Lazy Parrot Restaurantand Bar. Central Airconditioning. Fresh water swimming pool. Excellent investment opportunity. AB100 $901,000. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, 5,500 sq.ft. centrally air-conditioned home on approx. 1 acre with 115' of harbour frontage. Swimming Pool. Private dock. Great Harbour Views beautifully landscaped #AB106 Price Upon Request. Treasure Cay 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home 0n two floors, 750 sq.ft. of open sundeck on upper level, 750 sq.ft. of porch on lower. almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished. # AB72 $575,000.Green Turtle Cay Black Sound 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3,000 sq.ft. home on .83 acres. 180' of waterfront. 1,200 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage 320 sq.ft.studio. 195' of private dock fully equipped.Great Rental #AB108 $1,390,000. "On De Sound" NEW LISTING The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" The Bahamas Oldest and most extensive real estate service Global Exposure Local Expertise Over eighty years of service Over four thousand listings on line nation-wide The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. NEW LISTING "Plover's Nest" Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay North End 1 bedroom, 1 bath charming, compact home on 2 1/2 acres Sea-to-sea 130' Ocean Frontage and 130' Coco Bay frontage Private Dock Furnished #AB109 $995,000 Great Guana Cay Crossing Bay 2 bedroom, 2 bath 2,750 sq.ft. home with 1,100 sq.ft. of open deck on 2.6 acres with 255' of beautiful Ocean beachfront. Fabulous Ocean and Sea of Abaco Views #AB94 NEW PRICE $995,000 "North Star" NEW PRICE HOMES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Chris Plummer, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Green Turtle CayJohn Cash, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 VHF Channel 16 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.comPRIVATE ISLAND"Carrington Cay" 1.4 AcresNear Leisure Lee # AB5147 $375,000. Bahama 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 # 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 "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 $395,000. 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. Man-O-War Cay "L.U.A. Tract" Over 1 Acre Sea-to-Sea Private Dock AB5153 $645.000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Lot # 17 SOLD 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 $375,000.Tilloo Cay "Thompson Tract" 7 acres. sea-to-sea, good elevation -for great Sea of Abaco and Ocean views can be divided into 2 3.5 acre parcels. # AB5113 $965,000. 11/15/03 Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoBahama 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. Bahama Palm Shores Elegant 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,000 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on double lot over 2/3 acre Near beach Auxilary Generator. # AB87 $430,000.Man-O-War Cay "Corn Bay" -15 acre family estate two complete residences, two guest houses Private Harbour, private beaches, Fabulous views. # AB11 SOLDMarsh Harbour Cove Estates "Laura's Hideaway" -Duplex 2 -2 bedroom, 1 bath apartments, plus efficiency, 3 separate living units great location, excellent rental income, furnished. # AB44 $187,500. Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Beach Point House" 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. home. 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Two complete living units, Beach Great views. # AB89 $1,450,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Spinnaker Point" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,320 sq.ft. Home, Private 50' Lay-along Boat Dock, Tastefully furnished and fully equipped # AB93 $595,000.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 "Lightbourn" Commercial Almost 2 Acres Prime Queen Elizabeth Drive Location, near stoplight 3,600 sq.ft. Store or warehouse. # AB AB99 $1,400,000. Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/Warehouse Building Perfect for service business or wholesaler AB110 $290,000.Marsh Harbour "Villa Douglas" Great Abaco Club 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,650 sq.ft. Home, Upper and Lower Covered Verandas, Garage Private Dock, Boat Lift Beautifully Furnished. #AB71$1,320,000.Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 sq.ft new home, on almost 1/2 Acre overlooking Tahiti Beach. Private boat slip. Superb views and great proximity to beach and docking facilities. Fully Furnished # AB83 $840,000. "Lady Bug Loft" "Pelican Point" UNDER CONTRA CTMarsh Harbour Pelican Shores 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 2 Acres over 1,000' waterfrontage private dock with boat lift Fabulous Views.Fully furnished. # AB67 UNDER CONTRACT Derek A. Lee, BRIBroker Joined H.G. Christie, in 1996. Chairman Abaco Chapter Bahamas Real Estate Association.Tel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.net Look for H.G. Christie's Island Breeze Magazine The Guide to Wonderful Real Estate Opportunities Throughout the Bahamas Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay "Oceanfrontier Hideaway" mini-resort Beach-front 6 unique 2 bedroom, 1 bath, rental logcabins2,000 gal/day Watermaker Central location. # AB26 $1,275,000. Great Guana Cay -"Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Tastefully Furnished and fully equipped #AB97$752,000.Great Guana Cay "Aquarium" Boat Harbour Area 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,100 sq.ft. Home. Great Elevation, Superb views Fully Equipped. #AB98 $345,000 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 Ready for Occupancy #AB86 NEW PRICE $585,000.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. Treasure Cay "Chameleon Bay" 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,478 sq.ft. Home. 150' of Treasure Cay Beach-front over 1 1/2 acres. # AB95 $925,000.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. # AB66 $765,000.Treasure Cay "Oceana" Elegant Beach-front home 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 1,690 sq.ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath 400 sq.ft. guest house. Garage. Beautifully landscaped and furnished. #AB92 $1,590,000 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.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. VACANT LAND "Son Burns" NEW PRICE "Sunset Point Resort" NEW LISTING "Harbour View Villa" Murphy Town WHY RENT?2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home. Centrally Located. Newly Completed and ready for immediate occupancy. Great Value. #AB107 $142,000. For qualified first home buyers $135,000. 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Page 4 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it. For Futher details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.net Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay Specialists Ph: (242) 365-8538 Ph/Fax: (242) 365-8587SAFE HARBOUR SAFE HARBOUR SAFE HARBOUR SAFE HARBOUR 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 LAGUNALAGUNA LAGUNALAGUNA 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.$676,500BrokersAnne Albury Marcellus RobertsSEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE SEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE SEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE SEADUCTRESS / HARBOURS EDGE 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. MOMO MOMO MO TIVTIV TIVTIV TIV AA AA A TED SELLERTED SELLER TED SELLERTED SELLER TED SELLER $1,200,000 ISLAND TIMESISLAND TIMES ISLAND TIMESISLAND TIMES ISLAND TIMES 2500 sq. ft. modern spacious 3 bed/ 2 bath, living/dining/kitchen opening onto covered patio facing waterfront. Double garage/utility. Extra adjacent lot. Total frontage 108 ft.$830,250 SABLEAU SOLEIL SABLEAU SOLEIL SABLEAU SOLEIL SABLEAU SOLEIL 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 WW WW W aterfront Condos aterfront Condos aterfront Condos aterfront Condos aterfront Condos MARINERS COVE/ATLANTIS/ROYAL PALM With and without docks, 1 bed/ 1 bath to 3 bed/ 3 baths. $91,000 to $303,000GALLEON BAGALLEON BA GALLEON BAGALLEON BA GALLEON BA Y CANAL/ESTY CANAL/EST Y CANAL/ESTY CANAL/EST Y CANAL/EST AA AA A TESTES TESTES TESLot Fifteen Canal front, newly completed and designer furnished dream house. CBS 3 bed/ 2 bath 3,000 sq. ft. with double garage. Fully landscaped with irrigation system. Many extra features.$915,000 + 14% closing Abaco Tug & TransportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock 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 B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKIEmployee of the YearBy Portia Jonsson The Marsh Harbour Branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia has named Mrs. Fredricka Ferguson Smith as the Employee of the Year for 2003/2004. The Bank of Nova Scotia honoured all of the chosen Employees of the Year from the banks various branches and units throughout the Bahamas at a ceremony held in Nassau on November 15th. Mrs. Smith is a 17-year veteran of the Bank and has held several positions including Managers Secretary, Loan Interview Clerk and Personal Banking Officer. She has attained the International Certified Professional Secretaries rating and is a graduate of the College of The Bahamas and Miami Dade College Secretarial Science Program. Mrs. Smith is married to Christopher Smith and the couple has two children, Krystenique and Christopher II.A Fond FarewellBy Jennifer Hudson People from many churches on Abaco bade a fond farewell to Rev. David Stapleton in a special service held recently at the Kirk of the Pines. Not only has Rev. Stapleton been minister of the Presbyterian Church in Marsh Harbour for the past six years but he has also been a friend and visiting preacher to several other churches in the community. Paying tribute at the farewell service were members of the Methodist Churches in Hope Town, Dundas Town and Cherokee, New Visions Ministries, Abaco Youth Ministries and the Every Child Counts School where Rev. Stapleton was a dedicated volunteer. A friendship quilt made by members and friends of the Kirk of the Pines was presented to him. Rev. Stapleton was a retired religious education teacher and minister of the United Reformed Church in England who responded to the need for a minister for the Presbyterian Church in Marsh Harbour and a religious knowledge teacher for Forest Heights Academy. From the time of first learning of these posts at his home in England it was just a mere two weeks before he was standing in front of a class at Forest Heights Academy on Abaco. A lover of sports, Rev. Stapleton coached tennis and some hockey at the Every Child Counts School and started the Saturday Morning Club with the help of Henry Key. This club, which is held on the grounds of Forest Heights Academy, provides a fun time for boys and girls to get together and learn to play hockey. Although Bahamians dont know how to keep time, he said, They certainly know how to smile and be friendly. He described his time on Abaco as having been a very rich experience and an unexpected bonus during his later years. Rev. Stapleton returned to his home in a Norfolk village on the east coast of England on October 24th and will be working part time with the Methodist Church in North Norfolk.Realtor Attends ConventionThe National Association of Realtors held its annual convention in San Francisco on November 6th 9th, 2003. Attending the convention were 23,000 realtors from all over the world, as far away as New Zealand. Included at the convention were many of the agents with Damianos Realty with its main office in Nassau. The president of the company, George Damianos, a strong believer in learning new methods, was pleased to have Donna Darville from the Abaco office along with several other agents from the Bahamas attend. The experience, exposure and education that the agents received is essential to the companies efforts to provide exceptional professional service to their clients throughout the Bahamas and the world. People in the News Please see People Page 5

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 5 B MARSH HARBOUR SCHEDULEDAYSDepart NassauArrive MHH.Depart MHArrive Nassau Daily 8:30am9:00am9:10am10:00am Tues, Wed 4:00pm4:30pm4:40pm5:10pm Fri, Sun 4:00pm4:30pm4:40pm5:30pmTREASURE CAY SCHEDULEDAYSDepart NassauArrive TCBDepart TCBArrive Nassau Daily 8:30am9:20am9:30am10:00am Fri, Sun 4:00pm4:50pm5:00pm5:30pm Schedule & fares subject to change Adult Round-Trip $140.00 Children Round-Trip $80.00 Courier/Freight Service, Charters (Bahamas & the Caribbean), Regular Flights between Nassau & Governors Harbour, North Eleuthera, Deadmans Cay Long Island, Marsh Harbour, Arthurs Town Cat Island, Chub Cay. RESERVATIONS/TICKETINGMarsh Harbour Airport: (242) 367-2498 Treasure Cay Airport: (242) 365-8945 Nassau: Tel: (242) 323-6883/323-7217 (242) 377-2014/5Visit Us Online: www.southernaircharter.com Flying is Our Business, Service is Our Asset SOUTHERN AIRABACO SCHEDULE Phone: 367-2326 Marsh Harbour, AbacoThe Staff of National Marine thanks you for your patronage this past year and wish you a Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Merry Christmas & a Happy New YHappy New Y Happy New YHappy New Y Happy New Y earear earear ear. We look forward to serving you again in the near future.SALE!15% OFFSelected 4 Stroke EnginesSALE!15% OFFSelected 4 Stroke Engines B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKINew Associate Is NamedBahamas Realty is very pleased to anRev. David Stapleton was honored at a special service before he moved back to England. He is shown here with friends, left to right, Kathy Schweizer, John Hudson and Angela Key. He was presented with a friendship quilt made specifically for him. PeopleFrom Page 4 nounce that Chris Roberts is now associated with their Marsh Harbour office. After years in the construction business, Chris has decided to make a change and wear something other than his construction garb! With his experience in the construction industry and knowledge of the market, he is a welcome addition to the real estate field. Chris graduated from Duke University with a degree in civil engineering and began his career with Cavalier Construction in Freeport. His career in construction has included international markets with SPAN International in Nassau and the Bahamian market with Osprey Developers also of Nassau. A frequent visitor to Abaco since childhood, Chris relocated to Abaco in 1990 and has been responsible for the construction of several private residences and public buildings, including St. Francis Catholic Church and The Shoppes of Royal More People in the NewsHarbour Village. Chris has served in local government on the Town Planning Board and is active in several areas of community service. Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 6 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Affordable Reliable200-800 GPD SC Compact 1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0 852www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town Ready Mix ConcreteBest Price in TownRock & SandAbacoBlockConcreteandDelivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm Shores Visit us at our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing Call us today for quotes Ph: 367-2891 Fax 367-2892 Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 By Portia Jonsson According to Mrs. Cecile Albury, principal of Agape Christian School, this yearsFun for All at the Fairschool fair was a resounding success. There was a steady flow of people coming in all day and proceeds from the fair surpassed last years. She said she was quite pleased with the turn out. Agapes Second Annual School Fair was held on November 22nd at the school grounds. There were lots of yummy food and treats like corn dogs, popcorn and cotton candy and loads of fair games. The bouncing castle and face-painting booth were most popular with the kids. Unlike last years fair, the weather co-operated and the sun was shining bright. It was a fun day for all at the fair and everyone had a good time. Face Painting proved to be very popular at the recent fund raising fair at Agape Christian School. Shown here are Abigay Williams and Janice Sands showing off their artwork. Cotton candy is always a winner at school fairs. Here Hannah and Joshua enjoy the sweet treat. REGISTRATION OF COMMERCIAL OPERATORS, UNDER THE BOAT REGISTRATION CHAPTER 277All Commercial Operators are advised that section 3(I)(2) of the Boat Registration Act stipulates that: No boat shall ply, be offered or let for hire for use in the waters of the Bahama Islands unless and until it is registered by the (Marsh Harbour) Port Authority under this Act. No person shall act as Master of a boat required to register under this Act (hereinafter in this Act referred to as a boat for hire) unless and until he has obtained a license from the (Marsh Harbour) Port Authority so to do. Any vessel found operating without a valid certificate of registration and an unlicensed master will result ARREST and PROSECUTION. In addition, all vessels are subject to a safety Inspection to be conducted by officers of this Department. Request for inspection should be made to the Captain Cyril A. Roker, Port Administrator, Marsh Harbour.REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN YACHTS, UNDER THE BOAT REGISTRATION (YACHT) RULES, 1991It has been brought to this Departments attention that many companies or persons have been conducting charters in the waters of The Bahamas without the proper registration to do so. Be advised that section 3(1)(2) of the Boat Registration Act stipulates that: No boat shall ply, be offered or let for hire for use in the waters of the Bahama Islands unless and until it is registered by the (Marsh Harbour) Port Authority under this Act. No person shall act as Master of a boat required to register under this Act (hereinafter in this Act referred to as a boat for hire) unless and until he has obtained a license from the Port Authority so to do. Any vessel found operating without a valid certificate of registration and an unlicensed master will result ARREST and PROSECUTION. If your vessel is plying for hire in the waters of The Bahamas, and is not registered with this authority, you are to contact this office at the earliest convenience if you wish to conduct same in The Bahamas. In addition, all vessels are subject to a safety Inspection to be conducted by officers of this Department. Request for inspection should be made to the Captain Cyril A. Roker, Port Administrator, Marsh Harbour. You are further advised that all vessels registered under the Foreign Charter Act are subject to pay four per cent (4%) Contractual fee for each charter that is carried out. Marsh Harbour Port Authority Office Marsh Harbour Port Complex Phone: 242-367-0038 Fax: 242-367-0041

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 7 B Mailin SandsLIGHTBOURN REALTYOffice# (242) 367-2992 Fax# (242) 367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Hope Town Representative Ainsley HarrisonMarsh Harbour Office Hope Town #5004 Charming 3/3 three story home, large master bedroom with walk-in closet on second floor, presents sea views, large TV room. Situated in North End. Call today! Guana Cay #0271 4/2 home with a 2/1 apartment situated on a magnificent bluff presenting sea views of the Sea of Abaco. This home has a fantastic rental history. Also features a private dock. $699,000 Tilloo Cay #5019Two adjacent water-front parcels, 1.75 acres in total and features elevations with views of the Sea of Abaco. Nothern lot has 100'+/of waterfront and is offered at $192,000. Southern lot has 92'+/of water-front and is offered at $216,000. Call for more details. Green Turtle Cay White Sound #0333Water front house, 2B / 2B, master bath has a spa. The modern interior consists of two dining areas, an island counter bar, living room and kitchen. All front rooms enjoy a magnificent view of the harbour. Offered at $850,000 Treasure Cay #1322Three bedroom two bath modern home near beaches and golf course. Immaculately cared-for home with all modern amenities such as central A/C, cable etc. Offered at $265,000 MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASYwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.comTM TMCasuarina Point NEW LISTING! Two adjacent lots on the canal, set back on the waterway, protected and private. Call for more details! Casuarina Point vacant lot available, close to beach. $17,000 Bahama Palm Shores Call about our many listed properties in this fast growing community. Lots selling fast. Call today! Man-O-War Vacant interior lot, in town and close walk to beach Guana Cay Half acre lots, ocean and hilltop interior lots. All lots have beach access. Call for pricing Hill Creek 4.8 acres with 50+ elevations and 100 of waterfront-$130,000 Leisure Lee Best priced canal lot. $45,000 Pelican Shores Elevated harbour front lots available, one of a kind location in Marsh Harbour. Starting at $225,000 Hope Town Ocean view estates 1/3 acre, vacant lot with sea views and beach access, quiet area. $99,000 Sand Banks vacant property available on the highway to Treasure Cay, motivated seller. Bring offers. Call for more details Elbow Cay gorgeous 2/2 home on ocean beach with pool set in large deck overlooking the Atlantic. $1,200,000 Fire Road North Abaco Starter home for sale. 2 beds, 1 bath, views of the sea. $30,000 Yellowwood vacant lot now available, call for more details. Green Turtle Cay Island getaway perched above the crystal clear waters, overlooking the Sea of Abaco, this 3B / 3B estate comprises a total of 3,289 sq. ft. of living area and over 2000 sq. ft. of wooden decks leading to and surrounding the pool. Beautiful sunsets await you at this brand new island getaway. $1,980,000 Green Turtle Cay Nice Neighbourhood cleared lot with fruit trees, near beaches, park and a public dock. $45,000 Treasure Cay Greenway Canal Lot with splendid unobstructed views of the canal. Owner says sell! $35,000 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Vacant property available in a gated community, this lot has the most canal frontage and is the largest lot in the development. $239,500 Guana Cay #0195Lovely beach-front property available on one of the prettiest beaches in Abaco. Runs approx. 100' on the Atlantic and is close to town. Call today Leisure Lee #0178 Vacant canal front lot in growing development. Over 12,000 sq. ft. Dock at your own property and walk a short distance to a community beach. $45,000 Man-O-War Cay #0331 Elegant home with 3 beds and 3 baths. Features a modern kitchen, large dining and family room with views of the turquoise ocean. Spacious outside decking gives ample room for relaxing and catching the cool island breezes. Also features a guest house with 2 beds and 1 bath. Many more extra features. A MUST see! Call today for an appointment to view. Guana Cay Half acre lots that present ocean views, some interior hilltop lots available as well as ocean front. All of these lots have beach access. Dont miss out on this opportunity. Guana Cay #5038 2 bedroom 2 bath home with central A/C, screened-in porch, adjacent to resort property. Great rental potential thru the resort with rights to use the resorts amenities. Fantastic offering. $260,000 Casaurina Point #1392 2 bedroom 2 bath home in excellent condition. Sits on the canal and features a dock, 4-car garage, screened-in porch and peaceful island style living. This property is definitely a bonefishermans paradise. A lovely beach only a short walk away, providing a calm swimming area.$229,000 Marsh Harbour #0167 Charming, well kept home in Cove Estates with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. This home features a large fenced-in yard that is well manicured, central A/C, spacious kitchen and living area. Also features a separate TV room. Master bedroom includes walkin closet and make-up vanity in addition to the comfortable bath. This is a GREAT priced listing! $233,000 Orchid Bay #0195 Lovely vacant lots available in this gorgeous new development. Interior lots and bay front lots available. Features tennis courts, nice pool, restaurant on the premises. All lots have beach access. Lots are moving fat. Behind arrow in photo above. Call today for prices. Lubbers #0350 This interior vacant lot that comprises of 10,195 sq. ft. sits in Abaco Ocean Club on the ever so lovely Lubbers. Lubbers is a short boat ride away from the mainland of Marsh Harbour. $45,000 Marsh Harbour #0234 Two acres of lovely vacant residential property situated in High Rock near Crossing Beach. This property runs on the Sea of Abaco and boasts of views of the surrounding cays. Also features some elevations. Dont delay. Marsh Harbour NEW LISTING #5050 Prime commercial property comprising of 13,300sq. ft. with large building in great condition. Can be occupied as a retail store, office space, and more. Conveniently located. $299,000 Marsh Harbour Duplex Two 2/1 apartments with a 1/1 efficiency in the rear available for sale. Fenced-in yard, and furnished. Motivated Seller! REDUCED $170,000 Long Beach Vacant lots available in this lovely subdivision. Long Beach is approx. a 35inute drive south of marsh harbour. financing available. Call Today. Treasure Cay Best priced lots available on Windward Beach and Galleon Bay. Some lots are suitable for a dock. Prices start at $72,000.Green Turtle Cay Office Chris Farrington Agent P.O. Box AB 22758, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Office (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Phone 242 366-0338 Hope Town, Abaco

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Page 8 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Chris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsBoaters Paradise still available on the pristine Sea of Abaco. All ocean front lots are under contract, however the Sea of Abaco still awaits with its perfect deep water dock on parcel 5, as well as the ideal island cottage. Parcel 4 is a magnificent lot, deep water for a dock, as well as beautiful property for a custom home or cottage. The best beach on Elbow Cay with its long winding white sand shores is just a short walk away. Beach access is provided to the north of parcel 3. Call today to schedule an appointment to view this one of a kind property on Elbow Cay.Chris 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 Property This Property is Shown by Appointment Only and is Offered Exclusively by SOLDSOLD SOLD One-of-a-Kind! 36,000+ square foot sea-to-harbour property encompassing 2 bedroom, 2 bath main house plus two guest cottages, one directly on the Sea of Abaco. Structures are built in the quality Man-O-War tradition with rich mahogany paneling and hardwood floors. 150 frontage on protected Man-O-War harbour with deep water dock. Offered fully equipped and furnished. Lots of room to expand!List #8211 $995,000 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 Select PropertiesGreat Cistern Extraordinary acre hilltop home site. Spectacular Sea of Abaco views. Elevation to 50 feet, private beach access, shallow boat basin. #4988. $49,900 Mainland Abaco Lovely adjacent 1 acre home sites. Between Marsh Harbour and T reasure Cay. Walk to beach! Great investment! #8147. Priced at $38,600 and $41,000. Royal Harbour Excellent location near Boat Harbour entrance. All the amenities nearby. Commercial or residential lot suitable for single family or duplex. #6351. $120,000 Guana Cay 2/2 cottage just steps from beach. Screened porches, tile floors, observation deck and more. Super rental. #7900. $391,050A package of ticket stubs worth $512 was taken from the Bahamasair counter at the Marsh Harbour airport on November 3 late in the afternoon. An $8,000 generator and a $500 jack hammer were stolen on November 3 from a triplex under construction in Dundas Town. A vacant house in Treasure Cay was broken into between mid-September and early November. Stolen were a television, stereo set and computer system. A resident of Hard Bargain, Moores Island, was arrested on November 4 for disorderly behavior and obscene language. A Dundas Town male was interviewed on November 4 by the police on a complaint of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He denied the offence and the Attorney Generals office is being contacted regarding further action. A resident of Charlie Boo corner was arrested on November 4 for being disorderly and being drunk at the Union Jack Dock in Marsh Harbour. A resident of the Mud was arrested on November 4 and further processed by Immigration as being an illegal immigrant. A resident of Murphy Town was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on November 5 for intentionally backing his car and knocking a police officer off his motorcycle. He is presently out on bail. A Moores Island resident reported that sometime during the weekend of November 1 3, someone stole 14 gallons of gas valued at $82 from his boat. A suspects name was given the police. A Honda generator and a $120 battery were stolen from a truck parked in the owners yard in Dundas Town during the night of November 6 or during the next day. The Marsh Harbour police received a late night call on November 8 from Spanish Cay that the restaurant and bar building were on fire and was later reported to be completely destroyed. The car of a Fox Town resident caught fire while being driven between Fox Town and Wood Cay on the morning of November 10. A 17-year-old male of Marsh Harbour was arrested and given bail for having sex with a sexually active 11-year-old girl on November 9. He will appear before the Juvenile Panel. An 85 HP Yamaha outboard engine worth $5,500 was stolen during the day of November 10 from a boat docked in Cedar Harbour. A suspect was named. Seven Haitian nationals were arrested November 10 by the Coopers Town police in cooperation with Immigration officers and transferred to custody of Immigration for processing. Two residents of the Bahama Star Farm in the Normans Castle area were arrested on November 11 for breach of the Shop Licensing Act. A Dundas Town man was slapped in the face by another Dundas Town man on November 11 while at the government dock. Two students of Abaco Central High School were arrested, then released pending further investigation on November 11 for an assault on another student. An attempted rape was made at 3:30 a.m. on November 12 against a woman resident of the Mud by a Haitian man who gained entrance by posing as a police officer. He held a knife to her throat during the unsuccessful assault. She received a cut to her throat and hand as she resisted. A Dundas Town resident reported a man he knew trespassed on his property in the morning of November 13. A resident of Sand Banks near Treasure Cay reported that sometime between late October and mid-November someone stole an alternator and fuel sensor, valued at $600, from his Oldsmobile while parked in his yard. A gold and silver watch worth $300, a cell phone valued at $300 and a $20 bottle of Intrigue cologne were taken during a night time break-in on November 13 at a Murphy Town residence. St. Francis de Sales School reported a rock thrown through a window in the late afternoon or night of November 13. Nothing appeared to be stolen. A disgruntled student is suspected. An outboard boat from Hope Town ran ashore on the Pelican Shore area of Marsh Harbour late at night of November 13 with the driver receiving minor injuries. The seat was broken off and the console and engine hood were damaged. A Dundas Town woman was spit on and threatened with death by her ex-boyfriend late at night on November 15 while at a Marsh Harbour night club. He threatened again to kill her while at the police station.Police Crime Report 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.bsASK ABOUT OUR LAYAWAY PLAN Microwave $ 99.99 12 Cup Coffee Maker$ 21.99 Washers $ 599.99 Dryers $ 495.99 8 cu. ft. Refrigerators$ 539.00 Bread Maker$ 69.99

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 9 B OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERER ERER ER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIESOn Green Turtle Cay : The beach: 1.46 acres on Atlantic Ocean. 135' on beach. $480,000 Two one-third acre lots on Bight O Bay beach. 90' frontage. Close to town and public dock. Fourteen lots across from Bight O Bay Beach. Water front on Inner White Sound. 1/2 acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront: 1.35 acres on Black Sound, with dock, close to beach $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking Sea of Abaco. One acre of property stunningly landscaped with wooden walkways and decks. Six buildings set out in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath. Wicker and rattan furniture throughout including pieces by Tommy Bahama. $2.45 million Ocean Beach: 1/2 acre lot on high ridge with gorgeous ocean view. Many fruit trees. Five minute walk to beach. Reef close enough to swim to. $72,000 gross White Sound: NEW one-year-old furnished 3 bedroom 2 bath home within short walk of public dock, major resort, bay beach and ocean beach. Tile floors. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. Sleeps ten. Good rental history. Screened in porch. Private secluded 1/2 acre of property. $680,000 Four Three inland lots within 5 minute walk of waterfront and public dock. $47,200 ea 1/2 acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, water front and Green Turtle Club. $60,000-$70,000 each Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 Green Turtle Estates 1/3 acre inland lot within five minutes walk of the beach. $53,000 gross Windsong Villa $275,000 G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-242-365-4234 Fax 1-242-365-4636 e-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/oceanblu Bluff Harbour: Furnished private home. Three bedrooms, three baths plus caretaker cottage. 2000 water front. Secluded. One acre. Boat ramp and dock site. Needs repair. North End: NEW! Stunning furnished hilltop, 3 bedroom, 2 bath hom with fireplace, perched 35 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Vaulted ceilings. 125 on ocean. Panoramic views of ocean through French doors, 3000 squ. ft. under roof plus 1,000 sq. ft. of screened-in porch. W/D, A/C in master bedroom plus ceiling fans throughout. One acre. $1.42 million gross NEW! Secluded two-acre parcel with house stretching from Bluff Harbour to the Sea of Abaco. Over 1000 feet of water front. Stunning views. Two bedrooms / 2 baths. New protected dock on Bluff Harbour. Gazebo on Sea of Abaco. 30,000 gallon cistern. Stand-by generator. Many mature trees. Garage. $3,000,000 Four unit income producing 2 bed 1 bath apartment complex. Fully furnished. Water views. Dock. Laundry. Two years old $700,000 plus closing Stunning new home. Interior still under construction. All materials on site to complete. Truck. 2 bed 2 bath. A/C throughout. Views of ocean, Guana Cay and Sea of Abaco. $575,000 ONO Munjack Cay: One-quarter acre on beach 125 frontage $183,000 Munjack Cay. Lagoon beach lot $95,000 Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres. Dock material on site. Beautiful beach. High hill. $515,000 gross Abaco Main Land: 100 on the Sea of Abaco x 200 Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110 of Sea of Abaco x 200 with new nearly finished block 2 bedroom 2 bath house. Near Fire Road. B$177,000 Sales, Rentals and Property Management SOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 South Abaco NewsCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderNew Place In TownCharmaine Saunders has opened a new ice cream parlor at the front of her house at the northern entrance road into Cherokee. Its called Rainbow Delight and looks like a little doll house. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings a half hour later until 9:00 p.m., Sunday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then again for an hour after church service from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Their specialty will be a variety of ice creams, milk shakes, sodas, Sundays and banana splits. Charmaine tells me that the menu and the hours are subject to change to whatever the traffic dictates. This is a first for Cherokee and a welcome addition to our community. This will give the young people someplace to congregate. We feel certain that they will do well.Christmas Is ComingWith the holidays right around the corner, yards are being decorated, trees are going up and presents are being wrapped. But in Cherokee we always get that little bit extra that always comes this time of the year. Already we are hearing grumblings about the pranksters, who consist mostly of young people, but who are led (or being taught) by a few select grown-ups with the misunderstanding that if a grown-up is doing it, it must be okay. Mostly their shenanigans are harmless, more bother than destruction and meant to tease or antagonize. At least, they have the good sense not to pick on the old or infirm, but rather seem to choose their victims from the short of patience types that will likely as not come out and throw an old shoe at them to shut them up or chase them away. Their shenanigans of choice is piling up the small boats one of top of another at every crossroad in the settlement or hanging lawn furniture all along the fences. The pranksters argument is that these periodic holiday sojourns are a Cherokee tradition that go back for as long as anyone can remember. The more classic pranks pulled are told and retold year after year, sort of like local legend, with the present crop of pranksters always trying to come up with some new and different prank that will then be the highlight of next years story-telling and the talk of the town throughout their generation. One of the most famous stories to date which goes back some fifty years is when every boat in the harbour was tied together in one long chain and anchored out by Riding Cay to flow out with the tide. The unfortunate recipients complaints are that they are a pain in the b.HELP! Were Choking to DeathSmoke, smoke, smoke. Day in and day out. Where are the ecologists now? First, the terrible noise pollution with the airboat (which we understand will be sent back to the States, thank goodness), now its air pollution with constant fires. Everyone is complaining and some of our older residents have respiratory problems and the smoke is definitely affecting their breathing. We realize from the recent coastal cleanup that strange things wash ashore and any smoke is unpleasant, but our feeling is that they are not only burning tree trimmings but from the awful smell they must be burning trash as well. We were told that there was supposed to be persons watching out for our environment so that things like this would not upset our delicate ecosystem. Can we make a suggestion that the Winding Bay project please take pity on us and obtain a chipping machine so that they may compost their dead and cut trees. At least, hold off burning until the wind is out of the West and will blow the smoke out to sea and not over us. PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE TMMAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASYwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.com # 2 CommitmentMarsh Harbour OfficeOffice# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: mailin@mlrealty.netMailin Sands Agent Chris Farrington Agent Green Turtle Cay OfficeOffice 242-365-4695 Fax 242-365-4697 P.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: chris@mlrealty.net A REAL estate purchase or sale is a complex transaction, requiring in depth knowledge, experience and attention to detail. A successful closing doesnt happen by accident. 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Page 10 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 HOMES & LANDElbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and PropertyFamily Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223OCEAN HOUSE Incredible parcel of property with 2 bedroom, 2 bath home located on the Atlantic Ocean in historic Hope Town Settlement. 74 feet of ocean front on long white sandy shore. The house has open floor plan with large kitchen and great/ dining room, vaulted ceilings, good rental history. Price:$1,300,000LITTLE ORCHARD Island home located in Buttonwood Bay, 3bd/2bth, fully furnished, central a/c, wrap around decking. Full 1 bed/1bath apartment below (rental income of $800/month) Enclosed large workshop, 30kw generator 3 phone lines, cable TV. Lot fully landscaped with mature fruit trees Price: $532,500DORROS COVELot #18 hillside, ocean view, electric and telephone in place, ready to build $151,500 Lot #21 hilltop, Sea of Abaco and ocean views, private dock slip at Tahiti Beach $233,000 Lot #23 hilltop, Sea of Abaco, ocean & Tiloo views SOLDMARNIES LANDING Private marina community at the southern end of Elbow Cay offering acre lots with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco, or both. Each lot comes with private dock slip at the marina, homesites staggered for optimal views. Starting at:$230,000MARNIES LANDING LOT #7B Rare opportunity to buy not only one of the most beautiful 1/2 acre lots in Marnies with panoramic views, but also have 2 private dock slips, one for a runabout up to 30 the other up to 60 Price:$325,000Pristine Ocean front property, secluded, private North Elbow Cay. Lot #54 109 white sandy ocean front $495,000. Lot #53 121 white sandy ocean front $495,000. Combine both lots for incredible parcel of 1+ acres of ocean front. Call Greg Roberts for details and appointment to view.Centreline Road, central Elbow Cay three contingent lots, b/t 9-10 thousand sq. ft. each. Multi-zoned, residential or commercial, ideal spot for small business. Call Greg Roberts for details. ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAYLocated on Lubbers Quarters Cay. Development faces the Sea of Abaco across from Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach. Beautiful sunrises. Each homesite comes with a dock slip at the private marina. Great investment opportunity. Starting at:$89,000 LUBBERS QUARTERS EAST VIEW Price: $1,756,0003+ acre private cay, undeveloped, accessed from Elbow Cay, located in White Sound, great elevation, deep water for dock, rare opportunity, serious inquiries only, shown by appointment. UNDER CONTRACT JOES CAYPrice: $1,390,000Custom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turn-key 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht. VILLA JUNKANOOPrice: $1,500,000 Custom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of Tilloo Cay and beyond. 3B/3B, spacious kitchen open to great room, large wrap around deck with pool, and private dock slip at Tahiti Beach. ATLANTIC HORIZONSPineapple Beach House Custom ocean front home on sandy beach, 4 b/3 b, open kitchen and great room on second floor w/ balconies for incredible views, completely furnished, freshwater pool. Detached garage offers additional 1bed/1 bath studio. Rental history available, great buy.Price: $1,550,000 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPrice: $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 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour SUPPLY DEPOTP.O. Box AB-20577 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 COME SEE WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER YOU Hotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Dispensers & Refills Linens Kitchen Utensils Silverware Styrofoam Products Bags Plastic & Paper Cleaners ...and MUCH MUCH MORE! Wholesale & Retail Sales FREE DELIVERY in Marsh HarbourLocated in Govt. Sub/Cove Estates. The Blue Warehouse on Top of the Hill SPECIAL ORDERS WELCOME!The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of AbacoKick Back and Relax on Abaco!We now represent a superb selection of Vacation Condominiums in The Regattas. Beautifully and fully furnished, all amenities. Close to restaurants and nightlife! Weekly and monthly rentals. Please call for information.Tel. 242.367.3262 FAX. 242.367.3260 Royal Harbour Village Bay Street, Marsh Harbour www.bahamasrealty.bs Email. abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Central Ab Town Planning 27 Oct 2003 Eight applications for building permits had been posted for processing. They included a car wash, a wall, an addition to a commercial building and routine residential construction. The total estimated value for the eight projects was $1,771,420. All were routine and were approved. An earlier request for an addition to a take-out restaurant on Crockett Drive was discussed as the partially completed structure did not meet the setback requirements and would reduce the available parking which is already marginal. A visit to the site was scheduled. Central Abaco Council 30 Oct 03 Councillor Yvonne Key apologized for voting to give the All Abaco Regatta $4000 at the last meeting. The funds had been denied at the September 25 Council meeting. She felt it was a breach of ethics to present the request again in the hope of a more favorable outcome. She was pressured by a colleague to reconsider the request which she later regretted. This would set the precedence of continually reviewing Council decisions hoping for a different outcome. Chief Councillor Cay Mills supported Mrs. Key as he felt there were more important community projects which need funding and the Regatta did not leave any long term benefits. Mrs. Key was concerned that a decision by Council to issue a contract to clean the dump site was later redirected by the Chief Councillor to a different individual. She did comment that the dump work was done very well. The earlier proposal to rotate school janitresses with the bulk of the work to be accomplished after the students leave at 3 p.m. appears to be progressing well. Councillors agreed to allow $500 to be spent for emergency repairs by the Chief Councillor without consulting Council. Any expenses of this nature will have to be subsequently ratified by Council but this gives some freedom in repairing plugged toilets and other issues needing immediate action. Chief Councillor Cay Mills attended the recent Freeport seminar on Local Government and found the sessions beneficial. However, he did want it known that he is the longest serving Chief Councillor who does not have the power to sign checks even though the Act gives this power to the Chief Councillor. Requests were made and authorized for the following: $500 seed money each to Abaco Central High School and Central Abaco Primary School for their Junior Junkanoo program. $2000 to the Junkanoo Committee to be split between the two adult Junkanoo groups in Central Abaco. $500 to the Dundas Town Fire Department for specific repairs to their fire engine. They had asked for $1,000. $150 to Abaco Central High School to reserve a domain name for the school for ten years. $1,181 for lights and bulbs for the Murphy Town ball park. BEC has agreed to donate the labour once the parts were purchased. Marsh Harb Town Committee 11 Nov 03 Deputy Committee Chairman Yvonne Key reported to members that a derelict house on Front Street had been demolished Local Government at Work Please see Local Govt. Page 11

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 11 B Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay Marsh HarbourChristmas Boat ParadeMonday, December 22 at 7 p.m. Captains Meeting at the Jib Room, Dec 20 at 6 p.m. Donations may be taken to Abaco Insurance or the Jib Room This event relies solely on community donations. We thank you in advance for your generous donation towards the fireworks display and removed. It had been used as a refuge by several vagrants. Recommendations were made to Works to widen the road through the hill to Sweetings Village. However, there is no money for this. Works concurred that the road needs to be widened and will forward the request in the hope that the project will be considered when funds become available. An earlier complaint about teachers and janitresses preparing food at the Central Abaco Primary School was without merit according to Administrator Williams. Their job description specifically requires them to assist with food in the Tuck Shop. It was unclear about the teachers role in preparing food as they may be involved during a free period. Marsh Harbour Committee members agreed to a request by the Port Director to maintain the grounds on the public side of the fence. A request by Friends of the Environment to adopt a coastal area to keep clean was accepted and Marsh Harbour will keep the Crossing Beach area cleaned. It was agreed to spend $700 on an invoice for sidewalk extensions and $600 on an invoice for roadside cleaning in Spring City. Marsh Harbour will get some public Christmas decorations as $591 was allocated for this. Five areas will be decorated some with lighted Christmas trees. They are: Airport Roundabout Marsh Harbour Port Yahama Park Water front gazebo near Wallys Touchtons or Sandys Corner A discussion took place over foreign artists working here and selling their art work here. Immigration will be asked to investigate. An open town meeting is scheduled for December 8. Topics may include: Speed bumps on the road to the ferry dock Speed bumps at the top of the Pelican Shore hill Work permits for foreign artists Immigration and licensing issues Central Abaco Port Authority 18 Nov Committee members were pleasantly surprised that a dock approval was returned by the Docks Committee in Nassau in only two months. The unlit pilings which mark the channel into the new Marsh Harbour port are regularly snapped off by large boats while those remaining pose a hazard to small boats at night. It was suggested that they be re-Local Government at Work Local Govt.From Page 10 Please see Local Govt. Page 17

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Page 12 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Marsh Harbour Boat Yard Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat LiftServices include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Mechanical repairs Well stocked marine store (incorporating Triple J Marine Store)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com Caribbean constructors ltd.Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock Imported Concrete Blocks6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16"Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Deliveries throughout AbacoA substantial contingent of government department heads accompanied Administrator Williams to an open Town Meeting in Man-O-War on November 20. The six residents attending brought up a few issues but the general mood was one of satisfaction. Most of the Hope Town Council members were there and they brought some of their concerns to the attention of the town. Councillor Jeff Key asked Immigration Officer Fred Bonaby about the apparent large number of illegal construction workers on Elbow Cay. Mr. Bonaby was recently posted to Abaco and will make a visit Elbow Cay to familiarize himself with conditions there. Another immigration question concerned the large number of Haitians now being granted citizenship. They wondered how applicants names could be posted locally rather than just being posted in the Nassau papers which have limited distribution on Abaco. Concerns were raised that some applicants may have a poor relationship with local communities, but the residents are not aware when these persons apply for citizenship. The Administrator and others were made aware of the unlicensed and illegal Haitian shops scattered throughout remote parts of Elbow Cay. A United States resident in Hope Town was mentioned as making and selling craft items from his home. Mr. Bonaby explained that a foreign spouse of a Bahamian can obtain a spousal work permit six months after being married. Haitians living here prior to 1985 can apply for citizenship while those living here for ten years after 1985 can apply for residency. It was stated that residents on the northwestern end of Man-O-War have raised $100,000 toward $140,000 needed for a major electric supply upgrade by BEC. The status of the upgrade was wanted. Port Director Cyril Roker was asked if someone could come to Man-O-War to facilitate the collection of boat license fees. It was suggested that someone from the Port Authority accompany Road Traffic on one of its routine trips. This would facilitate in the payment of dock licenses and other maritime fees. Mr. Roker drew a laugh from the audience when he stated that Abaco has only 114 docks registered. Persons with dock payments in arrears will be expected to bring their delinquent licenses up to date. Mr. Roker said his Department would accept used engine oil at the dock in Marsh Harbour. There is no provision for handling this at the dock site but he will endeavour to dispose of it. The practice of several foreign persons collectively buying a lot and building their own house was questioned. Apparently this is a legal but gray area. It was explained that the intent of the law was to allow homeowners to work on their own house although it was not intended that they construct it. An area homeowner was mentioned who has possibly built and sold as many as six houses in the area. The Foreign Investment Board was criticized for not giving routine approvals for real estate transactions in a timely manner. Property Tax Collector Joe Norris said most of the off shore cays have had their foreign properties recently reassessed. This includes Guana Cay, Scotland Cay, ManO-War, Sugar Loaf and Matt Lowes Cay. Hope Town is on his schedule. Values are being established at close to the actual market value. Discussions on property tax collections then centered on how much money Abaco, Elbow Cay and Man-O-War contribute toMan-O-War Holds Town Meeting Please see Town Meeting Page 13 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017Spooners Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comAisle of Palm RealtyBrent CartwrightPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco Coral Point #1007 Over one and a half acres of elevated waterfront land near Great Cistern with foundation and walls poured to belt course for three bedroom home to overlook the Sea of Abaco. Finish the approved plans or modify to complete as you wish. Land runs 140'+ on the water by 400'+ deep. $280,000 GREAT PRICE Tilloo Cay #1021 Two adjacent parcels of waterfront land located just south of the Castle offering great elevations and deep water just offshore for a private dock. The northern lot offers 100' on the water and is offered at $190,000 and the southern lot offers 90' with larger building area and is listed at $199,000.web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com1002 2/2 furnished ground floor condo unit in Regattas. Pool, tennis courts, beach, and spacious covered patio. 1019 Two new adjacent cottages in Guanas settlement. Each with 2/1.5 on two floors. $200,000 each or $347,000 for both. 1028 Two harbour front lots in Marsh Harbour. Elevated and deep water. $225,000 & 325,000 1041 Two cottages on the Sea of Abaco on Guana. 2/2, 1400 sq. ft., private dock, tasteful decor. $732,250 each. 1003 2/2.5 guest house on large lot on Elbow Cay. Approved plans for main home with 3/3.5. Sea views and private. $474,000 Treasure Cay 1024 Two bed, 1 bath condo overlooking marina features new kitchen, furnished, pool, tennis courts, lots of storage, great rental, beach and golf nearby. $175,000 1031 4.8 acres from highway to deep water creek between Leisure Lee and Treasure. Great elevations throughout. $130,000 Guana Cay A selection of oceanfront, beachfront, and inland hilltop lots with shared dockage available. Call for Info. Marsh Harbour Select residential home sites and commercial properties ready for building Regattas Rental 2/2 furnished upstairs condo with Harbour views. Property features pool, tennis, and private beach. Guana Cay Half acre private ocean front lot with 100' of water front, great elevations, electricity to property, and small step down beach. $168,000

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 13 B 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 What a BREA Broker Can Do For You. Why you should use a BREA Broker when selling or buying Real Estate.Top Dollar for Your Property..A BREA Broker knows real estate values. You deserve top dollar for your property. But, what is top dollar? It is not what the neighbor says. Or what the home down the street sold for. Its what your property can realistically bring in todays market. And thats what a BREA Broker is trained to do: Determine the fair market price of your property at the time you want to sell it.Theres a Prospect Awaiting Your Property..BREA Brokers work closely together to make available for you a qualified list of prescreened prospects.. When a BREA Broker brings a prospect to your home or property, they are not "lookers" .................... they are serious persons interested in buying.BREA Brokers Know the Territory..Their job is to know the territory in which you live. They are familiar with local building codes, location of schools, churches, shopping, transportation and other pertinent information that will be of importance to prospective buyers. This BREA Broker expertise goes a long way towards consummating a sale.A Third Party Unbiased View..Thats what is needed between buyer and seller. And thats what you get with a BREA Broker, who has no ties to the property an d can objectively answer all questions from the prospective buyer regarding the value and condition of your property.Marketing Expertise at No Extra Cost..BREA Brokers are experts in selling property. Thats their business. They know how to best market a particular piece of property in order to bring top dollar to you, the seller. They work closely together so that you benefit from a referral network that ensures your property will get the widest possible exposure.Make Your Home More Saleable..When it comes to suggestions on how to make your home more attractive.more sale-able to prospective buyers.your BREA Broker is the person to whom you should turn. His or her suggestions are based upon years of marketing experience gained by selling homes or properties similar to yours. This experience comes built-in with every BREA Broker.Assistance for the Buyer..A BREA Broker also serves the buyer after the sale is made. But in serving the needs of the buyer, the BREA Broker continues to serve the seller. Because of his or her knowledge of local financial institutions, a BREA Broker will aid the buyer in obtaining a mortgage, knows down payment requirements and will offer advice in other matters such as escrow payments, property taxes, closing costs and utility bills. Selling or Buying Real Estate....Use a Licenced BREA professional!Damianos Realty Donna Darville Marsh Harbour 367 5046 Jane Patterson Elbow Cay 366 -0569 Leslie Pinder Marsh Harbour 367-5046 Sharon Pinder Marsh Harbour 367-2010 Laurie Schreiner Lubbers Quarters 366-3143 Kerry Sullivan Elbow Cay 366-0040 Sandra Evans Real Estate Sales Marsh Harbour Sandra Evans Broker 367-2365 GIF Enterprises Treasure Cay Stafford Symonette Broker 365 8097 Drexel Bootle 365 8200 Abaco Area, Active, Bahamas Real Estate Association Licensed Brokers and Agents: ElbowCay-GreatGuanaCay-GreenTurtleCay-Man-O-WarCay-MarshHarbour-TreasureCay Abaco Estate Services Leisure Lee Ed Newell 365-8752 Cindy Newell 365-8752 Abaco Real Estate Marsh Harbour Elaine Thompson Broker 367-2719 Chad Sawyer Broker 367-2719 Jessica Pinder 367-2719 Bill Thompson 367 2719 Aisle of Palm Realty Marsh Harbour Brent Cartwright Broker 367 0080 Bahamas Realty Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour 367-3262 Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty Chris Farrington Green Turtle Cay 365-4695 Bill Johnson Little Harbour 357-6674 Beth Ruzicka Elbow Cay 366-0292 Mailin Sands Marsh Harbour 367-2992 H.G. Christie Ltd. Derek Lee Broker Marsh Harbour 367-4608 Kathleen Albury Elbow Cay 366 0032 John Cash Treasure Cay 365 8467 Margot Lee Man-O-War Cay 365-6156 Chris Plummer Green Turtle Cay 365-4648 Bill Hertz Real Estate Treasure Cay Bill Hertz Broker 65-8061 Man-O-War Real Estate Man-O-War Cay Haziel Albury Broker 3650 6090 Ocean Blue Properties Green Turtle Cay Kathy Bethell Broker 365 4234 Seagrape Realty Marsh Harbour Victor Patterson Broker 367-2749 Chris Thompson Real Estate Elbow Cay Chris Thompson Broker 366-0224 Greg Roberts 366-0224 Treasure Cay Real Estate Treasure Cay Anne Albury Broker 365-8538 Marcellus Roberts Broker 365 8538Hope Town Council20 Nov 2003 The monthly meeting of the Hope Town District Council was held in Man-O-War Cay. The meeting location is often rotated between the three towns represented, Hope Town, Man-O-War and Guana Cay. Notices will go to the various hotels, restaurants and liquor establishments as their licenses must be renewed each year by December 31.Hope Town Council Discusses District AffairsNorth Andros fishermen were upset when 15 Korean fishing boats arrived at Morgans Bluff, Andros. The new 45-foot boats apparently belong to a Bahamian which suggests the venture is legal. However, the Korean manufacturer has granted a $2.5 million mortgage to the Bahamian firm of Netsiwell which clouds the ownership. A mortgage holder is usually the nominal owner. Reports suggest there is a dispute between the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation which facilitated the operation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries which feels the boats are of foreign ownership and therefore unable to fish commercially in The Bahamas. Five Koreans are to teach 80 Bahamians about the boats and fishing methods. Other information suggests the boats each have a15 Korean Fishing Boats Impoundedhuge live well and will be catching fish live for air transport to Asia. Apparently fishermen from Andros, Eleuthera and other islands are planning to demonstrate in Nassau against the operation. Each of the three towns may have $1500 to spend on minor projects from an unused account dating back several years. Hope Town proposes to put a small dock on the far corner of Sunshine Park where boaters can put their garbage without infringing on the parking spaces in the park area. Central government asked each town to submit a list unused government buildings. Discussions on governments request to clean towns of old appliances and junk cars drew a blank when members asked where the funds were for this and where the junk was to go. Hope Towns limited dump site cannot accept any more large pieces of debris such as cars. It was suggested that each town prepare a cost estimate for removing junked cars and appliances. The Council will contact appropriate organizations for recommended marine sites to dump this material to construct artificial fish habitats. the Treasury in terms of property taxes. This drew a smile but Mr. Norris professed not to have that information. Mr. Neville Albury stated that the fuel taxes alone paid by Alburys Ferry are greater than the budget allocated by government to Man-O-War. Those leading the discussions stated they were not in a position to comment as Nassau made these decisions. Town MeetingFrom Page 12 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 BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs Remember to Buckle Up

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Page 14 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 EU1000iA2 1000 watts of Honda inverter generator Super quiet-53 to 59dB(A) Super lightweight (29 lbs.) Eco-Throttle-runs up to 8.3 hrs. on 0.6 gals. of fuel Advanced inverter technology provides reliable power to computers and other sensitive equipment Parallel with other EU1000iA2 for additional powerHonda GeneratorsEU2000i 2000 watts of Honda inverter generator Super quiet-53 to 59dB(A) Super lightweight (less than 47 lbs.) Eco-Throttle-runs up to 15 hrs. on 1 gal. of fuel Advanced inverter technology provides reliable power to computers and other sensitive equipment Parallel with other EU2000i for additional powerHonda Generators Ph: (242) 367-4760 Cell: (242) 375-8240 e-mail: master.marine@abacoinet.com Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .Floor Tiles from 6" x 6" up to 18" x 18" Wall Tiles in 4" x 4" 6" x 6" 6" x 8" up to 10" x 16" We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optional Abaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & RepairMarsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & TrailersOn the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd.By Portia Jonsson Students at many schools on Abaco are hard at work cutting, pasting, painting and decorating costumes in preparation for the first ever Junior Junkanoo Parade on Abaco set for December 13th. Teachers and students have been working diligently on this project everyday after school since the beginning of October. The students at Central Abaco Primary are no exception. Mrs. Neulessa Major heads the team of nine teachers on the Junior Junkanoo Committee for the school and serves as Secretary for the Junior Junkanoo Committee on Abaco. Mrs. Major and the other teachers at the school have just realGetting Ready for Junior JunkanooCandace Cornish helps Nemara Saunders with the finishing touches of her Junkanoo costume. Both students will participate in the Junior Junkanoo Competition set for December 13th. ized how costly it is to get the children ready for competition since undertaking this project. The cost for outfitting their team of 90 girl dancers is $1500. A fun day was organized during the mid-term break in an effort to raise funds as well as the solicitation of donations from government offices and financial institutions. The Ministry of Education has assisted the school in supplying crepe paper, glue and contact cement and $500 seed money. Since all the teachers on the committee are new to the art of creating a Junkanoo piece, Mrs. Major said it has been a learning experience for both teachers and students but she pointed out that Mr. Colin Curry and Mr. Churton Toote of the Abaco Junkanoo Committee have been very helpful in steering them in the right direction. The teachers design a template for the students but each participant is responsible for cutting out, putting together, pasting, painting and decorating his or her own piece. It usually takes about one week to complete a costume. Central Abaco Primary students are very excited about the parade and are anxious to strut their stuff for the crowd. They are confident that they will be victorious. Their team is 140 strong. The sound of cowbells will ring out on December 13th at 4 p.m. in front of Dove Plaza. Everyone is asked to come out and support this cultural event and cheer on his favourite team. $10-$20 $695

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 15 B Therell be Games & Prizes and Fun for All Ages Bouncing Castle Petting Zoo Hoopla Bingo Dart Games Punch Board ON SALE! Arts & Crafts Clothing Gift Baskets Toys Bahamian Food & Snacks Conch Salad Fried Chicken Curry Chicken Fried Fish Cotton Candy Popcorn Snow Cones Ice CreamThere will be a Special Appearance bySANTA CLAUSwith Photo Opportunities with Kids Register for your booth today ( Registration Ends Nov. 8th ) Registration forms can be obtained from: Justina Winder Smart Business Solutions ( above Dougs Place ) Brenda Sawyer at Abaco Petroleum Limited Melissa Roberts 367-2908 Yvonne Key 367-2243 Proceeds from the sale of booths will go to assist Sybils House, Every Child Counts and The Goombay Park. All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. Local building codes may cause prices to vary. Pricing FOB Factory. Multiple Panels and Colors Heavy-duty Red Iron Frame Multiple Configurations Customized Accents Easy Build-it-Yourself Construction 20-Year Mill Backed Warranty Fast, Quick & Easy Delivery From Manufacturing Facilities Nationwide Maintenance Free Fire Resistant Heavy Wind Loads Factory Savings 100% Useable Space1-972-267-9200Speed Quality Value REPORT PHONE COMPLAINTS TO NUMBER 914In an effort to provide more efficient service to its customers, The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC), Abaco reminds the public that all telephone faults are to be reported to the Customer Service Department, Complaint Section at 914 to ensure proper record logging of the complaints. Telephone faults reported to other departments or personnel at BTC may not be properly logged, resulting in a delay of restoration of service. Please help us to help you by reporting all telephone faults to the Customer Service Department, Complaint Section at 914. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. appreciates your cooperation. Mrs. Nimhard lends a hand with the pasting of crepe paper. Students at Central Abaco Primary are hard at work in preparation for the upcoming Junior Junkanoo Parade set for December 13th. The island wide competition will see most schools on Abaco competing. Central govenment is encouraging each major island to have a competition and is giving each school that competes $500 for materials.Schools Will Compete on December 13 in Marsh Harbour Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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Page 16 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 1. Property #51, 15,600 square feet, Murphy Town Crown Allotments with stone house, Murphy Town, Abaco 2. Property #55, 6,900 square feet, Murphy Town Crown Allotments with stone house Murphy Town, Abaco 3. Property #54E, 6,500 square feet, with foundation, off the front street Murphy Town, Abaco Persons interested in purchasing any of the above properties should send their bids in writing to: The Manager Bahamas Development Bank P.O. Box AB 20956 Marsh Harbour, Abaco BAHAMAS The Bank reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Distressed Properties For Sale P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Gregory Neil Plastic Surgeon December 6, 2003 Dr. Winston Forbes, Cardiologist December 13, 2003 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing December 6, 2003 Dr. Kelvin Gipson Foot Doctor October 17, 2003 December 12, 2003 Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing December 28, 2003 The Bad ExampleHe whipped his boy for lying, And his cheks were flaming red, And of course theres no denying There was truth in what he saidThat a liars always hated. But the little fellow knew That his father often stated Many things that were untrue. He caught the youngster cheating And he sent him up to bed, And its useless now repeating All the bitter things he said; He talked of honor loudly, As a lesson to be learned, And forgot hed boasted proudly Of the cunning tricks hed turned. He heard the youngster swearing And he punished him againHed have no boy as daring As to utter words profane Yet the youngster could have told him Poor misguided little elf, That it seemed unfair to scold him When he often cursed, himself. All in vain is splendid preaching, And the noble things we say, All our talk is wasted teaching If we do not lead the way. We can never, by reviewing All the sermons on the shelves, Keep the younger hands from doing What we often do ourselves. 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. Fenced-in with electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet. $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 367-2951 or 359-6658 Office space available down town in Marsh Harbour. Call 367-2042Minimum 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 242-367-3677BAHAMAS 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 apt. At entrance to Black Wood. Rent nightly or monthly. Call Gwendolyn Baillou at 365-0614 or 554-8424 Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Great Cistern 3 story furnished 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath, central A/C, cable, phone, storage and generator houses, all around decks overlooking water. Phone 367-5867 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL APARTMENT WANTED COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT Simmons PlaceRentals Apartments Office Space Store FrontBarbara M. SimmonsPhone 242-367-2922 East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco simmonsplace2002@yahoo.com Houses and Apartments For Rent Classified Advertisements 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 Marsh Harbour hill top apartments, 2 bed/1 bath, central A/C, fully furnished. Call 3672951 or 366-0347 after 5 Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations Rentals1 bedroom apt. unfurnished in Marsh Harbour area. Needed Jan 1, 2004. Long term. Can pay $350-$450 / mo. Call Lorraine 367-2926 8-4. Treasure Cay 3 bed 2 bath on Brigantine Bay canal, pool, dock, lush landscaping, 2 min. walk to worlds best beach. Very affordable longterm rate. Call 477-5056. By Jennifer Hudson Recently, I spent a very interesting hour with Mrs. Genneth Parnell Darville, who could well be named The Straw Lady of Abaco Mrs. Darville owns the Darville Straw Industry situated on Soldier Road in Marsh Harbour, just west of Memorial Plaza. Mrs. Darville was born on Long Island where she learned to weave straw at the age of five years. In 1967 at the age of 35 years she left Long Island to work in Eleuthera. A new hotel, the Island Inn, had just opened and she decided that this would provide a good opportunity to market her straw work. Always ready to seize a good opportunity, Mrs. Darville then made another move in 1976, this time to Abaco, as she had learned that there was nobody on this island doing straw work. For the next 27 years she crafted and sold her straw work from a house on Front Street in Marsh Harbour. When the landlord decided that he wanted to sell the property, Mrs. Darville moved to her present location. She is happy and states that now she has her sign up on the main street advertising her business the tourists are finding her. Family members assist in the gathering of the palm from trees in Bahama Palm Shores where the palm trees flourish in the sandy soil. Only the shoot from the middle of the tree is picked and only one, or sometimes two, can be gathered from each tree. The family gathers between 18 and 20 dozen at one time, then carries them home to let them dry in the sun for three or four days. The drying process can, however, take up to two or three weeks if there is no sun. Once completely dry, the fronds are stripped and, with fingers that are still extremely nimble, Mrs. Darville begins to weave her patterns. She creates several intricate types of weave, which include11 string, 15 string, 23 string, shingle, spider and lace. Using different types of palm she is able to create different colour designs. The Pond Palm produces a white strip and the Cocoa Palm produces a brown strip while the Silver Palm produces a beige strip. The combination of the different weaves and colours makes for very many different and attractive designs. A very long strip has to be woven in order to have enough to manufacture an article and it takes nine hours to weave enough to make one hat. Mrs. Darville then sews the long strip on her treadle sewing machine into whatever article she has in mind and then, if she feels it needs further decoration, she will embroider a design with raffia. Anyone wishing to buy a gift will enjoy browsing through the colourful array of hats, baskets, dolls, table mats, book markers and purses in Mrs. Darvilles shop which this talented lady has made so successful by working to the motto Love, neatness and patience.The Straw Lady of Abaco Mrs. Genneth Darville sews straw work on her treadle sewing machine. Straw baskets and other items are created at her shop behind Memorial Plaza. She laboriously plaits the straw in intricate patterns and enjoys making beautiful itemsto sell.Nassau Airport Will Be RenamedThe Nassau International Airport will be renamed the Lynden Pindling International Airport. This was announced by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, at the recent convention of the Progressive Liberal Party. The new name will become effective very soon. Mr. Christie also announced at the convention that his government was committed to proceed on necessary upgrades to all international airports without delay.

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 17 B 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 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 Great Cistern 3 story furnished 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath, central A/C, cable, phone, storage and generator houses, all around decks overlooking water. Phone 367-5867 Guana Cay 3 bed / 3 bath with rental guest apartment. Call 242-35-5113 or e-mail fsands02@hotmail.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, electricity to home, plus 12.5 KW back-up generator. $499,900. Call 242-366-3515 or 477-5198 Little Harbour Great ocean view furnished cottage, 2 air conditioned bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, screened porch, spacious outside decks with landscaped yards. Full kitchen with all amenities, metered electric power and 7000 gal. cistern. $250,000 Call owners in US at 850230-8212 or 242-366-3515 in Little Harbour to see cottage. PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE 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 ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $250,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com 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 Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALELubbers Quarters near Hope Town, water front house, below appraisal, views, dock, fully furnished, rental history, owner. 242-366-3100, www.sandybottoms.com Marsh Harbour 3 bedroom/2 bath, furnished, w/carport. Beautifully landscaped w/asst. fruit trees. House on approx 26,000 sq. ft. property. Located hill top Cove Estates, Govt. Subdivision. Serious enquiries only. Tel 242-367-2564 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour lot in Sweetings Tract, 100 x 100, good elevation. $30,000. Call Don 3656149 nights Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Scotland Cay home, Sea of Abaco water front. Lg 3 bed/ 3 bath, lg workshop, modern CBS, just remodeled, terrific view, dock, 35 ft. marina slip, landing rights, completely furnished. $780,000. Extra lot available separately $250,000. Owner 561-746-3337 signal133@bellsouth.net or fax 561-746-2096 MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOTreasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 BL #167 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 apt. complex 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 #67For condition of sale and any other information contact Ms. C.A. Cooper or Ms.T. Rolle at 367-2141.BIDS ONLYMurphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 7440 sq. ft. Fairly new structure Lot #3 Murphy Town Duplex 2 bed, 1 bath and 1 bed efficiency 8900 sq. ft. Lot #68 Bahama Coral Island Vacant land 10,890 sq ft. Section #3 Block A Lot #1 Marsh Harbour 3 bed, 2 bath Prime business location Queen Elizabeth Drive Lot size 7400 sq. ft. Sandra Evans, BRIMultiple-listing Broker sandra@ab acorealtor.com East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.com The Best Service in Abaco Homes Property Beach front Condos Corporate RentalsTreasure Cay Jewel: Superior location, construction and design. 130 beach front. $1.9m Pelican Shores Prestige: Approximately 1 acre, 104 on protected harbour. $599,000 Cove Estates Rarity: Immaculate family home plus 1/2 acre adjacent lot. Wont last. $373,500 Little Orchard Treasure: Huge main home plus two apartments, Sea of Abaco view $545,900 Royal Harbour Beauty: Level cleared site, most desirable location in great area. $69,800 Hot Hot Guana Cay: Hill top lots with shared dockage, views in every direction. $65-$72-$80,000 Best Kept Secret: 1 acre at Coral Point, 150 frontage, beautiful, private & secure. $148,800 Secluded Hill Top plus Sea of Abaco Access: 1 acre homesites with stunning views. $58,800 Bahama Palm Shores: Family homesite in best developed area. $21,000 Bahama Palm Shores: View property. $15,000 Cabbage Point: Pristine, water front, ecological preserve, low-impact home. Only $118,000 Income producer: Easily finished, quality construction duplex, power, pretty views. $118,000 Commercial Enterprise: Prime location, full occupancy, recently renovated. $517,200 Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201A public town meeting will be held in Marsh Harbour on December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Goombay Park. The Local Government Act requires that each town hold a public meeting at least once a year for residents to express their views and interact with officials. One item which the committee wants to present to the public are speed humps. They have a request to install one on the curve near Leonard Thompsons residence approaching the ferry dock. Another speed reducing hump has been requested for the top of the hill leading to the Pelican Shore area. Administrator Williams has recently experienced negative community views on the bumps installed in Hope Town. He found that bumps are desired when there are none and are not wanted after getting them. He wants a comfortable town consensus before any speed bumps are installed. Humps is the word used by the Ministry of Works for these traffic calming pavement bumps. Correctly constructed humps can be seen and road tested as you approach the Treasure Cay round about. The use of golf carts on the streets in Marsh Harbour is another topic where public input is desired. Apparently there is no legal challenge to their being on Marsh Harbour roads when properly equipped and insured. However, golf carts are not usually on streets in larger towns and cities and it is felt that Marsh Harbour has reached the point where they are an impediment to the orderly flow of traffic in the down-town area. Immigration issues over work permits, illegal immigrants, their squatter housing and their unlicensed businesses are other issues that may be presented. The public is invited to ask questions of public officials including the Marsh Harbour Town Committee members. A typical meeting of this sort may have a representative from Customs, Immigration, Port, Works, Environmental Health, the Administrator, Town Committee members and others. An open meeting in Man-O-War in midNovember brought out six town residents suggesting all is well there. An earlier meeting in Hope Town was quite spirited by those who filled the Methodist church to capacity. Officials there were taken to task on many issues. moved entirely and range markers be established on shore. This was accepted by all present and will be explored further. It was noted that the daily Haitian ferry which left from the Crossing Beach area for Man-O-War with workmen is no longer based there and must have found a new and less obvious departure point. BEC will be contacted for estimates on putting lights at either the South Side dock or the Bustic Bight landing beside the S.C. Bootle highway. Range lights are wanted at these south-side locations for fishermen and Moores Islanders arriving after dark. Local Govt.From Page 11Speed Humps and Golf Carts May Be on Marsh Harbour Town Meeting Agenda

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Page 18 B The Abaconian December 1, 2003 Repairing:Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment Juke Boxes & Video Games Musical Instruments Marine Electronics Office Equipment Cash Registers Computers Microwaves FAX Machines Electronic Organs Medical Equipment Automotive & Marine Electronics Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone DevicesIn Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Keys Dr. & Firehouse CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service Centerformerly Television Service Center You can now findThe Tribuneyour favorite Nassau newspaperand The Bahamas most informative newspaperat these convenient Abaco locationsAbaco Hardware Buds & Blooms The Chemist Shoppe Hit Music & Video Island Pharmacy Price Right Grocery Store Shell Marsh Harbour Service Station Texaco Quality Star Vernons Grocery, Hope Town By Portia Jonsson In an effort to keep teachers and students in Abaco abreast of the facts regarding HIV/ AIDS infections in the Bahamas, representatives from the AIDS Secretariat in Nassau staged a two-day workshop at the Learning Resource Centre on November 11th and 12th. Forty-seven million people worldwide are living with HIV right now. Three and a half million of them are children. In fact, most new cases of HIV are contracted by people before they reach their 25th birthday, and almost 95 percent of people living with HIV are in the developing world. This means that AIDS is a global epidemic; every society and every culture has had to make room for AIDS and The Bahamas is no different. More than 3000 Bahamians have already died from AIDS since the mid 1980s and over 6000 Bahamians live with HIV or AIDS. World AIDS Day was inaugurated in 1988 to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS and facilitate the spread of the message of prevention. Now, a decade and a half later, World AIDS Day serves two purposes. It still helps to raise awareness and spread the message of HIV prevention, but now it also highlights the global strategies in the fight against AIDS and emphasizes the crucial areas where the whole world needs to improve. This years theme is Live and Let Live: Stop Stigmatization and Discrimination. Prejudice and stigmatization have been identified as major barriers to winning the fight against AIDS. People are afraid of AIDS and that fear keeps them ignorant of the facts about HIV and AIDS. Abstinence is the only sure protection, the only safe sex is no sex. A faithful uninfected partner is one way of reducing the risk of infection. With new treatments persons with HIV and AIDS can live longer, healthier, productive lives. With the highest rate of infection occurring among adolescents and young adults in The Bahamas, the challenge we face isAIDS Day Is December 1 Please see AIDS Page 19

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December 1st, 2003 The Abaconian Page 19 B 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 Wave Runner Seadoo, Bombardier, two man, excellent cond, cover, low hours. Can be seen at Scotland Cay $2,950. Call 375-8226 or 561738-0996 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 92 Buick Road Master, new paint job, excellent condition. Call Chef Dietmar 359-6163 93 Toyota Camry. Call for price. Phone 3672326 days 97 Suzuki Swift, 4 door, A/C. $3500. 100 cc motorcycle $800. Call 367-4643 2000 Daewoo Tico 4 speed, excellent condition, low mileage. $6500 OBO Call 365-6504 COMMERCIAL SERVICES 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 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 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. COMMERCIAL SERVICES VEHICLES FOR SALE Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 30 x 30 $660 up to a week15 x 15 $440 up to a week Includes set up and disassembly Rent-A-Tent Phone 367-2677 HELP WANTED Smart Business Connection Check your E-mail Browse the Internet Make intl calls Secretarial services Laminating Color copying Typing resumes Send & receive faxes Letter drafting & typing US address & mail boxes JCP catalog ordering Conference room rental Contrators quotations And much more. .Don MacKay Blvd. above Dougs Place (Opposite Scotia Bank)Phone: 367-5177 Fax: 367-5176 Job Available Able bodied person with experience in retail business. Call Thomas at Harbour View Grocery 366-0033 Company needs mature person to manage a concrete and block plant. Previous experience an asset as well as Quick Books accounting experience. Send resume to Manager P.O. Box AB 20153, Marsh Harbour PETS FOR SALEHand raised African grey parrots $1200, blue and gold macaws $1400, scarlet macaws $2500 and cockatoos $2500. All fully weaned and ready to go to their new homes. The entire species are excellent talkers. Only serious inquiries. Call 357-5472 (Freeport) BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE1999 Avon RIB 3.10, hard bottom dinghy w/ 9.9 Yamaha 2 stroke, clean, new tank, fuel line. Asking $1475. See Mike at Marsh Har. Marina. J16 Carolina skiff, 2000, 25 HP 3 cyl. Yamaha, trailer and extras, excellent condition. $5000. Call 365-8895 17 Formula, Hope Town built, center console, 4 stroke 90 HP engine. $6500 ONO. Call 3655140 or 359-6169 22' Aquasport CCP Model 1986, hydraulic steering, T-top, VHF, cushions, large fish box, 150HP Evinrude. $10,500. Call Island Marine at 366-0282 or 366-0280 26 Mako, 1972, cuddy cabin, 3208 natural Caterpiller engine, w/trailer, DUTY PAID, Abaco registered. $14,000 ONO Call 365-6169 27 Albin Cabin Cruiser, 1986, 140 HP Yanmar diesel. DUTY PAID. Call after 5. 365-4261 28 ft. Chris Craft 1978, w/350 Chevy engine. Duty paid. Hard top w/open cockpit, sedan type. Sleeps 6, full head, full galley w/ propane stove and AC/DC refrigerator, VHF radio. Asking $18,500. Contact Richie Sands at 365-5027 34 Fiberglass and foam, good condition, unsinkable. Make an offer. Call 375-1930 BUSINESS FOR SALETurn-Key Dock Building Business located in Hope Town 1 16' x 40' Sectional Steel Barge with heavy duty Sterling Mirader Drill Rig (24' dig depth) powered by a Detroit diesel engine, 6-ton Hiab knuckle boom crane with winch, powered by a Detroit diesel engine, 2 25' steel spuds 1 20' x 40' Sectional Steel Barge with 12-ton Bantam crawler crane powered by Detroit diesel engine, 2 25' steel spuds. Utility trailer with all dock building tools and supplies 1 26' aluminum push boat with 115 HP Mercury engine 1 6' x 16' floating work platform with aluminum spuds and pressure water pump. All Duty Paid. Asking $125,000 complete. Will not sell separately. Serious enquires only. Contact Bill Thompson 242-367-2719 SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warshouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 SUNSHINE TRUCKINGFor all your trucking needs Authorized Trained Dealer for TyrFil The Worlds Foremost DeflationProof Tire SystemCall Now 367-4061 Fax 3668 For Industrial, Off-the-Road, Golf Cart, Wheelbarrow, Motorcycle, Car & Truck Tires Now Renting DVDs & Videos Open 9:00-6:00 Monday Friday Call 367-2042 for more det ailsLocated on Don MacKay Blvd next to Computer CreationsElectronic World to reach out with the message of prevention in innovative ways. Bahamians have to start making positive choices about their sexual behaviour. Every Bahamian must learn the facts about AIDS and every Bahamian must share the message of prevention.Summary of AIDS in The Bahamas 1985 2003 The HIV prevalence rate for the Bahamas is four percent 9593 persons have tested HIV positive 4495 persons have developed AIDS 70 percent have died 5098 are living with HIV and have not developed AIDS 1254 persons have AIDS The disease occurs primarily among heterosexuals Male to female ratio is 1.1 to 1 Young people are the fastest growing group of new HIV infections AIDS is the leading cause of death in young males and females 15-44 years Between ages 15-29 females with HIV outnumber males 2:1 AIDSFrom Page 18Sailboat Is Trapped by Fowl Cay Reef at Nightup the stricken boat began to move and then sank. A number of officials from Marsh Harbour went out to the site to survey the situation and interview the sailors who were identified as Thomas Firacuse, an American, and Frenchman Didier Lebas, who were enroute from Boca Raton to Marsh Harbour. It was discovered that the boat had actually hit the reef at 1 a.m. The two men were taken to Man-O-War Cay and they then went to Guana Cay to enlist the help of divers to assist them in recovering whatever they could of their vessel and belongings. MaritimeFrom Page 1 The Authority meets quarterly and usually has an extensive and comprehensive meeting. The agenda for this meeting comprised a half-inch thick booklet of items needing attention. The Authority is a true working board made up of business men with interests and knowledge of the shipping business. They work through the day without a lunch break; they do have a working lunch around the conference table. By Jennifer Hudson Yet another boat has come to a disastrous end on the treacherous reefs of Abaco. This time the accident happened at Fowl Cay. At approximately 4 a.m. on November 15th persons on the 50-foot sailing ketch Adhara sent out a May Day message that they had run aground off Fowl Cay. BASRA at Hope Town kept in touch with the couple on board until the BASRA boat was able to go out at daylight to assist. The rescue boat itself was unable to reach the damaged vessel and a small dinghy had to be used to get the people off the boat. Tide at the time was going down but once it started to come

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