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PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction VOLUME 13, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1st, 2005 Prime Minister Gives Keys to HousesResidents in Moores Island, Murphy Town and Little Abaco Have New Houses for ChristmasMickey Thrills School ChildrenTreasure Cay Fund Provides AppliancesTreasure Cay residents have been donating to a fund for assisting the residents of North Abaco who suffered damage from two hurricanes in September. The fund is supplying appliances for all the new houses being built by government. This shows the delivery of some of the appliances to one of the houses in Little Abaco. In the foreground are Glen Russell on the left of Abaco Stereo who supplied the appliances and Mr. Ed Whitcraft of Treasure Cay who is coordinating the relief efforts. The worlds most famous mouse, Mickey Mouse, made a surprise visit to the students at Agape Christian School on December 14th. The staff of Disney Cruise Line handed out toys to the kids and wished them all a very Merry Christmas. Accompanying Mickey Mouse and the Disney personnel was Ms. Felemease Sawyer of the Department of Education. Pictured is the Grade 1 class with their teacher, Ms. Sarah Ann Weatherford. Pluto came to Abaco also and visited other schools, even making it to North Abaco. Christmas came early for several residents of Abaco on December 22 as they joyfully accepted keys to their brand new homes, three months after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne leveled their old homes. The keys were presented by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, who was accompanied by Housing and National Insurance Minister the Hon. Shane Gibson and Social Services and Community Development Minister the Hon. Melanie Griffin during ceremonies at Moores Island, Murphy Town and Mount Hope. Hurricanes Jeanne and Francis, three weeks apart, battered Abaco in September, demolishing homes, ripping shingles off roofs, snapping electricity poles and leaving millions of dollars in damages. On Abaco alone the government has already spent $1 million on building materials. Labour costs to government have shot past the $700,000 mark. On Moores Island new homes have been built for the following persons: Leon Swain, Betty Albury, Harry Davis, Eulease Davis, Erwin Davis, Kenneth Davis, Joseph Whymns and Leon Davis. In Murphy Town the homes of Ida Swain and Doris Calma were rebuilt, and at Mount Hope, Cetal Curry, Isolene Thomas, Leanza Thompson Please see Keys Page 20Moores Island Resident Receives KeysThe Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, presented keys to new houses to four residents of Moores Island on December 22. Shown above is the Prime Minister giving keys to Mr. Olie Davis while the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, and the Hon. Melonie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, look on. By Ed Whitcraft The Treasure Cay Community Foundation delivered four stoves and four refrigerators to residents of North Abaco whose homes had been demolished in Hurricane Frances. These deliveries are the first of a total of 46 stoves and 47 refrigerators to be donated. Cetal Curry of Mount Hope, Leanza Thompson and Isolene Thomas, both of Fox Town, and Veronica McIntosh of Crown Haven received their appliances from Jack Thompson, coordinator on Abaco for the National Emergency Management Agency. The Treasure Cay Community Foundation has received over $72,000 from more than 100 residents and friends of Please see Donation Page 19
Page 2 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 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 Abaco is poised for another leap forward in economic development in the immediate future, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, said on December 22 during a visit to Moores Island to present keys to eight homeowners. The homes were rebuilt after being destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in September. The Prime Minister was accompanied to Abaco by the Minister of Housing and National Insurance, the Hon. Shane Gibson, and the Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Griffin. Prime Minister Christie announced the soft opening on December 23 of a new hotel with an 18-hole golf course in Cherokee, describing the development as a defining moment in the economic history of Abaco. By virtue of the quality of its investment, it will be a catalyst for further immediate development of Abaco, he said. Early in 2005 the Prime Minister expects another major development to begin construction off mainland Abaco, employing hundreds of Abaconians. He said a noted airport planning firm from New England is on Abaco reviewing the Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay airports. They will make recommendations to the government on appropriate strategies to ensure Abaco has an airport complete with control tower and adequate facilities to facilitate significant increases of tourists and new residents to Abaco. All of that augurs well for the future of Abaco and represents a significant economic intervention in the economic development of our country, the Prime Minister said. He said Moores Island, a significant contributor to the fishing wealth of The Bahamas, has a great future as there will be more sources to sell to and from which personal income can be made. The Prime Minister praised the coordinator of the hurricane recovery effort on Abaco, Mr. Jack Thompson, who is The Bahamas Deputy High Commissioner to Canada. When I telephoned him, I said, Jack, well, weve changed your job for the time being. You must vacate your office and come home. Because of all my personal discussion from one end of the political spectrum to the next, from Robert Sweeting to Gary Sawyer, I had the universal acclamation that Jack Thompson would be someone who is readily accepted by all, he said. The Prime Minister described Mr. Thompson as a former Administrator for North Abaco and later Chief Passport Officer. He said a major coordinated and integrated approach was taken by all of the government agencies to effect repairs, build new homes and empower Moores Island residents who were victims of the Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in September. He said that is why the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development conducted a social assessment while the Ministry of Housing and National Insurance and special teams from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) led the repair and restoration effort. And so I say to you, Do your job, serve the people of this country and always remember that you are standing, as I am, on the porch of a home that was built for someone, who but for this being built, would not have some place to live in the comfort that you have been a part in providing for them. This is the real test, not how good you sound, not in the response you give, but in being able to come and touch it, and buck up against it. This exists, and this is the real test which you should do and this is the manifestation of what you have done. The Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, made many on Abaco happy this holiday season by presenting keys to them for new houses which government built for them. Ms. Ida Swain, receiving her key, was one of the recipients. Enjoying the special time are the Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing, and the Hon. Melonie Griffin, Minister of Social ServicesPM Feels Abaco Is Poised for Economic DevelopmentThe Prime Minister was presented with a handcrafted boat model by Miracle Rolle. He was in Mount Hope giving keys to the elderly whose hurricane-damaged houses were replaced by government. PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSNURSERNURSER NURSERNURSER NURSER YY YY Y Plants Gift Items Silk Flowers MONDAY SATURDAY 9 5 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour Baskets Pet Supplies Fish Garden Tools Fertilizers Soils & MulchRestock your citrus trees NOW! See our wide selection of citrus trees in 3 and 10 gallon pots
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 www.damianos.com MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 firstname.lastname@example.org HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 email@example.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 firstname.lastname@example.org LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 email@example.com BUILDING SITES EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TILLOO CUTInternet Ref. #1671Dorros Cove Subdivision3 bed 2 bath 1700 sq. ft. traditional island homeFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnishedExcellent valueReduced $878,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove SubdivisionNewly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti BeachPrice Reduced $895,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away frombeautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access$425,000NOREASTER 2 (Ref. #2427)Fractional ownership forJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY HONEYMOON VILLAInternet Ref. #22912b/2b Loyalist style cottage in the heart of Hope Town, 50 paces from sandy beachProfessionally decorated & landscapedCentral a/c, outdoor hot tub, watermaker, & laundry roomBuilt in 2001Excellent rental history$695,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEAR MAN O WAR CAY DICKIES CAYInternet Ref. #2288Traditional island retreat3 bed 3 ensuite bathsSpacious open floor planWarm polished pine interior with exposed beamsHardwood floors100 foot dock with 10,000 lb. boatlift, covered roof & electricityReduced $1,100,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY TREASURE CAY CHARMING FAMILY HOMEInternet Ref. #25573 bed 2 bath residence1,800 sq. ft. living spaceSunken living roomTwo central a/c unitsCable TV & laundry roomBeautiful enclosed landscaped 80 x 140 lot, large fruit treesAdjacent vacant 80 x 140 lot priced separately$265,000Stan Sawyer: 242-365-8198EXCLUSIVE LISTINGS HOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAYHOPE TOWN POINT SUBDIVISION Lot #54 This sandy ocean front lot is the least expensive buildable ocean front lot on Elbow Cay. Located almost at the tip of the northern end of Elbow Cay in an established quiet community. The lot has 120 feet of protected water frontage in a small cove, making this an excellent spot for swimming all year round. An excellent property for investment or to build your dream home. $475,000. Internet Ref. #2279 Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344 NEW! LUCAYOS SUBDIVISION 1/4 acre lot with spectacular view of the Sea of Abaco and Hope Town Lighthouse. Shared Dock. $115,000. Internet Ref. #2588LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots. Lush preserve surrounding many of the lots. Each lot comes with private slip at the dock. Starting at $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: (242) 366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Interior lots starting from $52,500.TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. One lot left with deep water for private dock $197,500. Int. Ref. #1836. TILLOO CAY SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. Int. Ref. #1884GUANA CAY BEACHFRONT LOT 100 x 150 $365,000. Internet Ref. #2446 BUILD YOUR VACATION HOME! 135 x 165 lot $145,000. Int. Ref. #2499GREEN TURTLE CAY NEAR THE BEACH Excellent 312 x 209 corner lot 100 from Coco Bay Beach. Utilities available. $350,000. Internet Ref. #2580 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-365-8198NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110 x 200 residential lot. $41,000. Internet Ref. #2384MARSH HARBOUR ROYAL HARBOUR Harbourfront lot in private gated community, close to town, restaurants and shops. Capabilities of dock installation. $305,000. Int. Ref. #1432 GREAT ABACO CLUB Canal lot #8 with unobstructed view of the Sea of Abaco. Excellent building site. $299,000. Internet Ref. #2102 NEW LISTING COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. Internet Ref. #2513 MUL TI-FAMILY Elevated property close to town; quiet area. $38,000. Ref. #1704 GREAT CISTERN (NORTH OF MARSH HARBOUR) Quiet residential area with 15 20 homes. Ready to build 32,014 sq. ft. lot. $47,000. Internet Ref. #2353 30 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOUR 30 Acre development with 1,000 ft. sandy beachfront. Beachfront lots from $70,000. Interior lots from $20,000. #2187CHEROKEE SOUND YELLOWWOOD AREA 11,250 sq. ft. lot with 80 elevations, breathtaking views of Winding Bay Beach & the Atlantic Ocean. $60,000. Internet Ref. #2113 NEAR WINDING BAY Private community, elevations up to 100, great ocean views, small craft accommodation, offshore deep-sea fishing. One acre oceanfront lots $610,000. Lots from $145,000. Internet Ref. #2131. Call Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY Island style 2 bed 2.5 bath home. Two storey with covered porch & balcony. Cozy V-joint cypress interior, open living/dining rooms, rear wood deck. Community dock. Asking $399,500. #1828 Jane Patterson: 242-366-0035 LUBBER QUARTERS Charming fully furnished 2 bed 2 bath home. Central A/C and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Ground floor studio apartment with kitchen & bath. Located 200 from sandy beach. Asking $385,000. #2425 Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110 x 200 lot with partially completed 40 x 36 home. Breathtaking ocean views overlooking Ambergris Cay and Bonefish Cay. Asking $120,000. #2383 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046CHEROKEE Nestled in the hills, is this cozy 2 bed 1 bath cottage. Fully furnished, 10,000 gal. watertank. One acre of prime property Deeded beach access, elevations in the area 100 plus. Motivated owners. $375,000. Ref. #2246 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TOP OF THE WORLDInternet Ref. #2584Fully furnished Loyaliststyle 2 bed 2 bath cottage with covered porchLarge lot with ocean view2nd floor framed out for Master suite or 1 bed studio with separate entranceGround floor storage$360,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEAR MARSH HARBOUR SPACIOUS PROPERTYInternet Ref. #1292Elevated 3,047 sq. ft. home3 bedrooms 3 bathsPrivate courtyard entranceDouble garageEnclosed 1.4 acre propertyAttractive landscapingStorage buildingWas $255,000 ReducedReduced ReducedReduced Reduced $$ $$ $ 175175 175175 175 ,000,000 ,000,000 ,000 Motivated Seller Motivated Seller Motivated Seller Motivated Seller Motivated SellerDonna Darville: 242-367-5046 MARSH HARBOUR IN THE HEART OF TOWNInternet Ref. #1707Investment opportunityCommercial building1,800 sq. ft. downstairs office/shop spaceTwo upstairs 1 bed 1 bath unfurnished apartmentsCentral A/CWalk-in trafficGreat rental history$440,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #23222 bed 2.5 bath main houseWrap around verandahs1b/1b furnished rental cottage20 kw Generator100 ft. x 150 ft. propertyMINUTES WALK TO 8 MILE BEACHPRICE REDUCEDMOTIVATED SELLERNEW PRICE $355,000 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASInternet Ref. #2509Two Waterfront villas in Hope Town VillageEach with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs & spacious living areas downstairsShort walk to white sand beachFully furnished, R/O water systemBack-up generator, laundry bldg.Professionally landscapedExcellent rental history$875,000 each VillaKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAMARIND HILLInternet Ref. #2518Beautiful 2b/ 2b home with 1 bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private LucayosSubdivisionAwesome view of the Sea of AbacoCommunity dock steps awayFully landscaped and furnishedLarge storage shed & car port$1,200,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY C-DREAMSInternet Ref. #2424Very spacious 3b/3b home with ocean view in private North End Elbow Cay5 minutes to Hope Town2 minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the islandNewly built in 2000 with vaulted ceilings, central a/c & garagePRICED TO SELL $500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 We wish our community, clients and friends a joyous holiday season!DAMIANOS REALTY ABACO NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTING NEW LISTINGUNDER CONTRACT
Page 4 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All 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 CherokeeOpen 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 SundaysCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderChristmas Time in Our TownEvery year the holidays begin with a party for the schoolchildren with a Christmas tree and a local volunteer (usually one of the mothers or a past scholar) who plays the part of Santa handing out all the gifts that the children exchange, but it is really more. Even though the party is for the students, almost every woman in the village, whether they have any children in school or not, helps to prepare food and enjoys coming out to visit with the other mothers, grandmothers and neighbours who are also there. Of course, there is always lots of food and plenty of homemade baked goodies to share while the children wait patiently for Santa to call their name. The very little ones get their first look at the inside of the schoolhouse and a chance to play with other toddlers while many of the women hand out their own Christmas cards. This ritual is probably not unique to Cherokee but it definitely is an Out Island thing that could not happen in one of the larger towns or settlements, but in our case it is part of what makes Cherokee unique. Up next on the calendar is our Candlelight Service at the Methodist church when almost every seat is filled and people come to hear the old, old story and heartily sing the traditional Christmas hymns and familiar carols. The church is beautifully decorated and everyone is decked out in their newest and finest holiday outfits. The general feeling is nostalgic, though, while everyone is remembering Christmass past and friends and family who are no longer around to enjoy this wonderful night. But we always see lots of new and familiar faces from afar who have come to share this lovely holiday tradition with us. All small communities have their own celebrations that keep taking place year after year and we are no exception. One of these traditions is our small band of strolling carolers who get together and go through the settlement singing Christmas carols. Every year they lose a couple of carolers, sometimes because of a cold or a sore throat, but then, sometimes they gain a new one. So fair weather or foul they continue to make their rounds and its just more of that Cherokee adhesive that holds us all together and a tradition that would be a big loss if it didnt happen. Normally we can look forward to the Assemblies of God church putting on a Christmas Pageant, but again the hurricanes kept everyone busy with repairs so a lastminute Sing-spiration was arranged that turned out real well and again brought out friends and family from some of the other settlements. The ladies prepared refreshments and a generous donation of Just Juice orange juice was supplied for everyone to enjoy. Foreday meetings at Epworth Chapel were held at 5:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve morning and Christmas morning for the really committed and, of course, Cherokee is famous for its very large and beautiful community tree that is located in the churchyard. This tradition has been carried out continuously for nearly 60 years and is something everyone looks forward to. Each year Santa makes a special stop in Cherokee to deliver his gifts to all the boys and girls. Visitors and neighbours gather round to chat with old timers and renew old friendships and share a meal afterwards. This year the annual Christmas Eve feast wasnt organized and prepared by the old heads but was put together by the young folks. There was plenty of sliced ham with all the side dishes, but they ran a little short on turkey. Also, there was plenty of dessert, but mostly store bought, not homemade. But then, who had time to bake something special after all the other activities that had been South Abaco News Please see South Page 5 Part of Cherokee Sounds annual holiday celebration is on Christmas Eve when Santa visits to hand out presents to the children. The community Christmas tree in the yard of Epworth Methodist Chapel is the gathering place of everyone in town plus many visitors while waiting for Santa. He is shown here with Mateo Knowles. Following his visit the community offers a bountiful dinner of ham and turkey along with all the traditional foods and plenty more. Were back with a full menu forEvening DinnerFine Air conditioned Dining on the waterfrontRestaurant Phone: 367-2366 mangoesabaco.com Open Daily except SundaysDinner 6 9 p.m. Mon Sat.Bar snacks 6 pm . .untilUse our temporary entrance through the Boutique Watch for our dinghy dock Marina will open in the spring of 2005RestaurantBoutique New Years Greetings
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft DrinksTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLING Gatorade V8 Splash Bluebird Smoothies Bottled Water Malts and Canned Sodashappening at this time of year. Its good thing that the younger generation is finally taking up some of the responsibilities of the planning and arranging a meal to feed the 300 to 400 persons that show up, as well as seeing to it that their children experience these same memories that others have treasured in the past. And it seems like every year the dinner becomes more difficult to bring together. But I firmly believe we would all miss it if for some reason it was skipped, even for one year. Guy Fawkes figures are burned in effigy on New Years Eve down at The Spit and the Masqueraders will probably make at least one visit to each house sometime between Christmas and New Year. These traditions are both unique to Cherokee. As always, there are lots of fireworks. When I say lots, I really mean lots. Its not funny when they scare household pets, the elderly, infirm and shut-ins. Some old timers say, I dont believe I could make it through another year if it More South Abaco News SouthFrom Page 4 was half as bad as this one has been. Sometimes starting very early in the morning and lasting well into the nights, and they dont even bother to go out of town, but fire them off anywhere and everywhere right within the settlement. If its kids, where do they find the money to purchase all these fireworks; if the adults are the ones responsible, they might keep in mind that their day is coming. The annual holiday pranksters (I guess they call themselves something else and, in fact, I have heard them referred to by a few other choice descriptives by a few people) have not yet made an appearance before this writing, but we feel certain that they will make themselves known before the season is over. Non-intrusive and non-invasive fun can be tolerated by almost anyone, but destruction to personal property is not an acceptable situation. We were told that there would be a couple of policemen stationed on the place this year to handle the law-breakers. But if they were here, they didnt make themselves known to the general public. Its a real shame that a handful of mischief makers ruin the holidays for some by their teasing and tom-foolery, especially with the jokes they play on our second-home owners and many visitors. We locals more or less know what to expect, but persons not familiar with our traditions dont and often feel terribly offended. When is Cherokee going to get a policeman stationed here full time? Once the holidays are over and things begin to get back to normal again, we will see that we have so much to be thankful for this year. We are looking forward to a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year in 2005 for everyone in Cherokee and to quote a famous last line from a well-known Christmas story, God Bless Us, Every One. 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 College Fellowships Are AvailableThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs is accepting applications for graduate and undergraduate fellowships being offered by the Organization of American States (OAS). The fellowships are in the fields of study related to the OAS priority development areas of education, economic development and trade, governance and public administration, science and technology, poverty alleviation and social development. Applicants are required to be citizens or permanent residents in OAS Member States with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Application forms can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nassau. Deadline for receipt of application forms in the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is January 15, 2005. Applications must be accompanied by a passport photo, current medical certificate, Please see Fellowships Page 22 4 STROKE GAS AND ELECTRIC (48V)Its versatility allows it to serve a variety of uses.Introduces Prices starting from $7500.00 GENERATORSStarting from $1100.00GAS & DIESEL AVAILABLE Duty Free Information Available YAMAHAContactAbaco Outboard Engines For Further Information242-367-2452INTRODUCES
Page 6 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our PP PP P ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abacos largest and most diverse art gallery Chat with the sculptors and artist craftsmen Open Every Day18 miles South of Marsh Harbour, by road or boatWebsite: www.petespub.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-3503On the beach in downtown Little HarbourHappy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour FF FF F riday riday riday riday riday 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm UntilSee a different part of Abaco and have lunch at our beach front pub Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFine dining with breath-taking panoramic views from our terrace enhances our delicious menu of fresh daily catches and homemade delicacies. Stop by and relax with a cool tropical beverage, our friendly staff is waiting to serve you. Keep an eye on our calendar of events throughout the season CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0414 www.abacoinn.net Servicing the Bahamas and South Florida Turbo Prop Service Available MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS (242) 367-2089 (242) 367-2613 (242) 367-2530 Call for Scheduling Committed to a Higher Standard in Aviation CHEROKEE AIRCHARTER SERVICE Central Abaco NewsChannel Markers and Dinghy Dock Are RepairedHurricanes Frances and Jeanne teamed up this fall to move four Marsh Harbour channel markers to other destinations and partially destroyed the floating dinghy dock at the Union Jack dock in Marsh Harbour. The channel markers were placed by the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club to keep boaters from running aground in shallow waters upon entering the channel to anchorages and marinas. Club members John Mitchell, Dave Bluto, Jim Fenn, Glenn Brown and Wayne Olmstead rounded up the channel markers, made the necessary repairs and reset them to the way points recommended by the Port Authority. One red channel marker had dragged all the way to Guana Cay to be retrieved and returned by Troy Albury of Dive Guana. Club members joined together to haul out and rebuild the damaged dinghy dock at the Union Jack dock. They were assisted by Wade Albury of Rainbow Rentals, who loaned them his lift and donated lumber for the project. Visiting boaters and locals use the Marsh Harbour channel and dinghy docks all year long. Materials and repair expenses came to over $1,600. The club has donated over $7,000 on the two projects over the past two years. The floating dinghy dock was built to assist boaters in their quest to shop in town. The dinghy dock places the smaller boats away from the public area with larger boats where loading and unloading occur daily. Commodore John Mitchell stated that the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club plans to continue improving conditions for the boat ing community on Abaco.Library Is ClosedBy Isobel Sherman The Marsh Harbour Community Library closed for Christmas on December 17 and will reopen on January 5. The library was late opening this school year due to the extensive damage caused by the hurricanes. Besides damage due to water which destroyed some books, furniture and the carpeting, three computers were also damaged. Mrs Yvonne Key, founder of the library, worked hard to get the library up and running again. Members who have not done so are asked to visit the library about their membership forms which were destroyed by the hurricanes. The Hair Express Salon held its official Grand Opening on December 21 at its new location in Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour. With an audience of friends and family, the ceremony included the blessing of the business by Fr. Earl Hepburn. The owners of the salon, Taka Russell, left and Priscilla Douglas, right, held a very successful hair show recently. During the Grand Opening, they made a donation of $500 to the Marsh Harbour Volunteeer Fire Department from the proceeds of their hair show. Steve Skulnick accepted the donation. Please see Central Page 7 Members of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club made repairs to the dinghy dock at the Union Jack dock in Marsh Harbour and reset the channel markers. Two hurricanes left their mark on the clubs projects. The dinghy dock and channel markers were installed by the club initially. Seated is the club president, John Mitchell.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Phones Satellites Car Stereos/Amps Stereos TVs Speakers Home Appliances Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: 242-367-2265 242-367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES TV and DVD SALE Happy New YearWE HAVE MOVED TT TT T OO OO O AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPOR TT TT T More Central Abaco NewsOrganist Offers Christmas RecitalBy Isobel Sherman On December 14 from noon until 1 p.m. Mr. Geoffrey Sturrup presented a Christmas organ recital at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marsh Harbour. Mr. Stirrup is the organist at Trinity Methodist Church in Nassau and has traveled many places to give recitals. He recently returned from a recital in New York. Mr. Sturrup was the guest organist at Abaco Central High Schools Candlelight Carol Service on December 14 at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town.Relief Aid Is ComingBy Isobel Sherman According to Jimmy Williams of Dundas Town some relief packages will be delivered to the Red Cross for distribution to persons in Dundas Town and Murphy Town who are still recovering from Hurricane Frances and Jeanne. These supplies will be the first set of supplies targeted by the Red Cross for these two towns.Christmas Lights Bring CheerBy Jennifer Hudson As I drove through Dundas Town, how cheery it looked with bright Christmas lights twinkling overhead. Thanks are due to Chief Councillor, Cay Mills, who, along with the people of Dundas Town, felt that after the two devastating hurricanes it was time for some festive spirit. So we decided to bring light and hope to the community, he said. The township provided the lights and BEC donated its men and equipment so that Mr. Mills was able to spend a day with the BEC workers stringing Christmas lights around lamp poles and across Front Street. He hopes to light up Murphy Town and Marsh Harbour. I am most grateful to BEC for this assistance as I know that this is a very busy time of year for them, said Mr. Mills. Christmas trees were provided by the township to stand outside each church along Front Street in Dundas Town. The churches provided lights and decorations for the trees and Mr. Mills said that he was grateful for this community effort.Hair Show Features Unique HairstylesBy Portia Jonsson The dynamic duo of Taka Russell and Priscilla Douglas at Hair Express Beauty CentralFrom Page 6 Salon staged their first Annual Hair Express Show at the Anglican Parish Hall on the evening of December 4th. Thirty local models displayed very unusual, colourful, intricate and unique hairstyles. Some of the styles modeled included the Basketweave, Poodle, Candy-Cane and the Banana Twist. The Basketweave and Banana Twist were Takas creation and each took an average of half an hour to style. Each hairstyle was prepped the day before and only the finishing touches were done the day of the show. The Poodle and Candy-Cane hairstyles were Priscillas artwork. These styles were made up of 28 pieces of human hair and took about one and a half hours to style. Lots of cutting, curling, flipping and styling went into creating these masterpieces. Ms. Russell said the crowd was very excited with what they saw, and she was very pleased with the turnout. The doors had to be locked because the show was sold out. Next year she promises the show will be bigger and better. Taka has been styling hair for six years. Uniquie hair styles were featured at a recent hair show. This is the Poodle Hairstyle modeled by Nishka Cornish. The stylist was Priscilla Douglas. Please see Central Page 14 Boat Model byHartieAlburyRoyal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.com This is a beautifully made model boat, in precise scale, of a Cherokee Sound fishing smack. Smacks like this were built in Cherokee by master builder Bennie Sawyer and were sailed in Abaco until the early 50s. Smacks are no longer built here but history is kept alive by two artists, Hartie Albury and Carroll Sawyer. Their smacks are one of a kind, built to scale and finished with authentic detail. Exclusively on Abaco at Conch Pearl Galleries Boat House Restaurant Boat House Restaurant Boat House Restaurant Boat House Restaurant Boat House RestaurantCome for Bahamian Breakfast Saturdays and Sundays of Stew Fish, Chicken Souse, Fire Engine (Corned Beef & Grits) Steamed Sausage & GritsHappy New Year!Waterfront Villas One, two & three bedroom units On the ocean & harbour All with Full Kitchen/ Air Cond/Sat TVFull Service Marina 50 Deepwater Slips Fuel/Oil/Bait/Ice Fresh Water Pool Garbonzo Reef BarFor local transportation to Sea Spray Call VHF 16 or 366-0065 E-mail: email@example.com www.seasprayresort.com Stay tuned to the Cruisers Net for dates of our Chinese dinner speicials!White Sound, Elbow Cay
Page 8 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Dave RalphThe 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, Mirella Santillo, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Lee Pinder, Jim Richards, Ed Whitcraft Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 8902 N. Military Tr., 181 Palm Bch Grdns, FL 334107,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . Where Are We Headed?Abaco presents interesting lessons for anyone interested in an emerging economy. The economy is robust and continues to forge ahead. Forces beyond our control seem to be pulling and pushing different parts of the Abaco economy. Prior to the Winding Bay project, Abacos growth came about predominately in small increments which did not overly strain any part of the system. There have been very few developments on Abaco in the past 100 years where 400 500 persons were employed on a single project. The earliest instances of major employment were the lumber mills and they were generally self-contained systems. The companies provided their own housing and utilities, operated company stores and provided medical care. Their main impact to the greater community was probably the wages their employees took back to their home towns. Even during the early 1960s when the Snake Cay timber project was in full swing with 500 employees, the operation was predominately self contained. Four housing camps existed for employees: Lake City, Spring City, Campbell Town and Snake Cay. The company generated its own power and installed water systems. Kerosene was the basic energy source used for lighting and fueling stoves in the labour camps. Interestingly, it was the arrival of the pulpwood operation that brought the price of kerosene down to 19 cents from 49 cents per gallon. This happened incidentally when the company store arrived with its 10,000-gallon kerosene tank rather than using 55-gallon drums on the mail boat. The company brought Abacos first doctor, Enjar Gottlieb, and subsidized him initially while he became established. Snake Cay became the Mayo Clinic of Abaco. His office was crowded with company employees, their dependents and a large number of residents from surrounding communities. The company relieved the medical congestion by assisting with his move to Marsh Harbour into the building now housing the Marsh Harbour library. The legacy of the pulpwood operation and the subsequent sugar project included a comprehensive road network 20,000 acres of cleared land for agriculture the establishment of a medical clinic the elevation of many to managerial positions a base of consumers with money allowing Marsh Harbour businesses to begin expansion. After the pulpwood and sugar operations closed in the late 1960s, only one or two farms employed a large number of persons who had their living quarters subsidized. These farm workers can still be seen on Saturdays when busloads of farm families come into Marsh Harbour for shopping. Now with the arrival of The Abaco Club at Winding Bay we see a different pattern emerging. Thus company is able to hire from many communities with employees and contractors commuting daily without the need for a camp for hundreds of workers. The magnitude of the project and the maturity of our work force is such that the company can selectively hire experienced persons who need minimal training by offering attractive wages. This leaves previous employers with the task of finding and training replacement staff. From Crown Haven to Sandy Point employees are commuting to work. This must be a unique situation for The Bahamas where employees will drive for an hour at 60 miles per hour to get to work. Hurricane reconstruction and the Winding Bay project have absorbed most of the island contractors. Added to these two demands on the construction industry are the normal influx of second home owners looking for a contractor to make repairs or to construct new homes. The Abaco labour situation will get worse as the Guana Cay project gets underway. Watching the early morning Guana Cay ferry take 75 100 workmen gives strong signals that much is already happening on the island. With the north end development about to begin, this number of workmen could easily double. Guana Cay does not have a significant labour pool and any expansion in their economy will require even more commuters. Winding Bay is now operational but that does not mean they are finished. Although they are officially open, they have several more years of development ahead of them. Other developments are in the shadows. If they materialize, there will be further demands for good workers. Where will they all come from? All of this has contributed to a labour shortage and a re-examination of the employee/employer relationship. Good employees are being offered more money to switch jobs. Managers are caught trying to balance payroll expenses against business revenues. Holding the expenses in line often means losing experienced people and having to train new employees. Employees smile as they assess their capabilities and study the job market. The business community is not the only place where workers will be needed. Electricity, phone, water, police, post office and schools will likely add employees as departments and agencies expand to met the growing demand for services. The utility companies will expand as they watch their meters spin faster from our growth. Treasure Cay was just connected to a new public water system and can look forward to their sanitary sewer system being revitalized. This will cost money and take manpower to keep it functional. The Minister of Works recently announced that a water main will be extended to Green Turtle Cay from Abaco. A distribution system was installed throughout the New Plymouth settlement several years ago just before the town roads were re-surfaced. This connection will show Guana Cay, ManO-War and Elbow Cay how it is done and they will be standing in line for a similar water supply. Even departments as mundane as the post office will be caught up in the coming changes. Will 100 new affluent homeowners on Guana Cay or at Winding Bay be satisfied with once a week mail delivery? Hope Town and Man-O-War get daily mail. Is that too much for other towns to ask? A final area with growing pains are the airports. A consulting firm has been hired and more reports should be made public in the coming year. When airport improvements begin, further demands will be made for workers. A wide variety of opportunities will exist for enterprising persons. Our high schools must raise the standards so these new workers are accepted as well paid employees. By Portia Jonsson Many vehicles can be seen around town with bumper stickers from the Scout Association of the Bahamas that warn Be Prepared Seatbelts Save Lives. Buckle Up! So, why are so many persons not heeding the message? In January 2002 it became law to wear seat belts, then went into effect in June of the same year. The seat belt law requires that the driver and all passengers wear a seat belt and small children be safely secured into a child safety seat. When the new traffic law heralded mandatory seatbelt wearing, however, lots of people sulked. It was as if the government had imposed a burden on vehicular travelers. Yet, the introduction of law making the wearing of seatbelts mandatory has proven the world over to save lives and reduce the spate of serious injuries from road accidents. It is with this conviction in mind that traffic cops have begun stopping drivers who are not wearing a seatbelt or who have passengers not wearing seatbelts and advising them of the consequences. Seatbelt wearing in the front seat saves tens of thousands of lives around the globe every year. Many Abaconians, I hope, will comply without having to be pulled over by our already overworked police officers. The most common excuse of the public for not wearing a seatbelt is that they had only driven a short distance down the road. A high percentage of accidents happen on short trips and seatbelts must be worn on every trip. I appeal to the public not to see traffic officers checking on seatbelt compliance as a burden. Lets welcome them as law enforcing officers who are concerned about peoples lives and who are doing their bit to help save lives and reduce injuries from traffic accidents.Viewpoint Buckle Up for Safety
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the Editor 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 TodayMay 2004Subscribe to The AbaconianName Address Address City St. Postal code +USA or E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 4 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface US$105 Austrailia Surface Mail to: FR181 PMB620, 8902 N Military Trail Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below 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.Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri. 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 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana CayPhone Service Is Not SatisfactoryDear Sir, Re: Telephone Service in Marsh Harbour On Sunday, December 12, 2004, at about 10:30 a.m. I needed to make a couple of long distance calls, one to Chicago, Seattle, Washington and the other to Nassau. These calls were all medically related and very important. When I got to the Batelco office in Marsh Harbour, this is what I found: (a) Three pay phones (b) Two were broken. (c) There were ,000 Haitians lined up to use the other phone. (d) In the city of Marsh Harbour I could not find another pay phone. I would like to know which world we are living in? And I would like to know what the managers and planners are managing and or planning? Perhaps they spend all of their time planning to gouge the Bahamian public. I have a few comments for the Minister responsible for telecommunications in this country: (a) It costs about $50 to purchase 1,000 minutes for calls within the U.S. (5c a minute). Compare that to the rates in The Bahamas. (b) Government in this country needs to put an end to the gouging of phone rates and the unconscionable high deposit amounts that Bahamians are required to pay to Batelco. (c) The Island of Abaco and especially the Marsh Harbour area are developing very rapidly. Unless advanced planning and infrastructure and development keep pace, we will have a mission on our hands. Chris Abaco RobertsAbaco Festival Made Me ProudDear Editor, Neither rain nor snow could dampen the spirt of the people of Abaco on the occasion of the first annual Abaco Christmas Festival at Marsh Harbour. For much of the morning and early afternoon it rained intermittently. But it seemed that the more it rained the more people (Abaconians, tourists and residents) resolved to party and the children to frolic, thanks to the generosity of the Abaco Club at Winding Bay and Mr. Peter de Savary. The people of Abaco are a unique and a proud people, resourceful and resilient as Tourism Minister Obie Wilchombe said in his official address. Despite the devastation of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne you are better off now than before. Better because you were humbled by the havoc caused and you came to realize that money was not as important as you once thought. No matter how much money one had, everyone was rendered more or less equal by the circumstances created by those hurricanes. Consequently, we (Abaconians) came quickly to understand and have compassion for those less fortunate, not only the less fortunate on Abaco or The Bahamas but those less fortunate throughout the world. On display at the festival were the heart and soul of Abaconians through the medium of arts and crafts, cooking, entertainment and more. At the various stalls throughout the venue one could find an abundance of items characterized by a boat and sea motif that spoke to the history, the present time and the future of the people of Abaco. This is what I mean when I speak of the soul of Abaco. There is no single theme that is more central to Abaco its history, its current life and its future than the sea and boating. I know this and appreciate it more than most. My grandfather was born in Cherokee Sound before navigating to Sandy Point where I was born. Therefore, it was not surprising to me to find this theme depicted in photography, painting, jewelry and greeting cards. Then there were the great smells of conch fritters, fried fish, wild boar and much more that filled the air and teased the palate of all and sundry throughout the festival venue into wee hours on Sunday morning. The entertainment throughout the day made me proud to be Bahamian and especially proud to say that I am an Abaconian. As usually Jay Mitchell, backed by the music of Stone McEwans band, was the showman and entertainer that we have come to love over the years. But most importantly, I was extremely proud of the talent and poise displayed by the young people of Abaco. There were choirs, a marching band, a drill team and soloists. But I would like to especially single out the performance of Daphne Brown, who gave a stirring rendition of the song Keep your eyes on the sparrow. Abacos future, in my opinion, is therefore in good hands. I want to single out the Abaco Club at Winding Bay headed by Mr. Peter de Savary for what I perceive to be an outstanding corporate community relationship. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. de Savary and with the support of persons such as Gina, Stone McEwan, Bernadette Hepburn and whosoever I have omitted to mention, every child who came to the festival was the recipient of toys and candies exactly what kids expect and enjoy on occasions such as this and especially at this time of year. So along with the bouncing castle and the treats, the children of Abaco had a good day. In my fathers (Joseph Patrick Brass Roberts) household the one thing that he insisted on at mealtime was that his children at all times were fed before any adults, including himself. So people who look out for the well being of children will always have a special appeal to me. I take this opportunity to congratulate The Minister of Tourism, Mr. Obie Wilchombe, for his superb presentation at the official opening of the festival and to pay tribute to the Ministry of Tourisms staff the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Colin Higgs; Ms. Jeritzen Outten, Ms Wynsome Ferguson and all others who assisted. The Festival was extremely well organized. Finally, I believe plaudits are due to Mr. John Roberts (friend and classmate at St. Augustines 1968) for his contributions in making this event the success that it was. Chris Abaco Roberts
Page 10 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: email@example.com Is your property featured onwww.CaribbeanRealEstateShowcase.comCall us Ph: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.comThe Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, announced on December 13, 2004, the official takeover of the Treasure Cay water and sewerage systems. The following is part of the text of his announcement. Mr. Roberts said, This is an event that has taken an exceedingly long time to come to fruition but at last the responsibility for water and sewerage services in Treasure Cay is being transferred from Abaco Utilities Limited to the Water and Sewerage Corporation. It was my desire to have this official event to signify this change because it was intended to occur so long ago but didnt and I am sure that the homeowners and residents of Treasure Cay thought that it never would. The developers of Treasure Cay had a franchise agreement with the government to provide water and sewerage services to the property owners of Treasure Cay from March 1972 until March 1997, 25 years. In 1996 it was decided that the Water and Sewerage Corporation would not renew the franchise agreements with Treasure Cay Limited. Negotiations were to begin with Mr. Meister immediately. These negotiations commenced in June 1996 and continued up until 1st November 2004 when a Memorandum of Understanding with respect to the buyout of the facilities was agreed and signed by both parties, namely Treasure Cay Limited and Government of The Bahamas, represented by the Water and Sewerage Corporation. As the agreement between the government and Treasure Cay Ltd. dictated that fair value had to be paid to the developer for the infrastructure in the event that the agreement was not renewed, it took a long time to agree to what this value should be. I should point out, however, that the Water and Sewerage Corporation never wanted to pay anything for the existing infrastructure. And that is because the engineers at the Corporation feel that it would require about $4 million to bring both utilities up to industry standards; and many other Bahamian communities need far smaller sums of money to get a basic water supply, which is the Corporations primary responsibility. Under a joint IDB/Government project the Water and Sewerage Corporation had developed a new state-of-the-art well field and supply system just north of Treasure Cay airport. The purpose of this facility was to provide good quality water to North Abaco, which included Treasure Cay and hopefully, in the not too distant future, the service will be extended to Green Turtle Cay, by means of an underwater main. The Corporation has been keen to activate this new system, and I am advised that it is already in service providing a better quality of water to the residents and visitors of Treasure Cay. However, the sewerage system is a different matter as there are immediate needs that must be addressed to keep this operational. Of course, the practice of dumping untreated waste onto the ground must cease immediately.Water and Sewerage Takes over Treasure Cay Systems Please see T Cay Water Page 22 The Hon. Bradley Roberts, center, was in Treasure Cay on September 28 with the Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, right, and Mr. Jos Consten, Manager of the Treasure Cay Resort, on the left. At that time Mr. Roberts mentioned that the government would be taking over the water and sewerage systems there shortly. There is now a closed season for Nassau Grouper between: 16th December 200416th February 2005 This closed season gives the fish a chance to reproduce. More fish that successfully spawn now means more fish for us to catch and eat later! Please support our Bahamian fishermen and enjoy other fish with y our peas n rice during this time. Nassau Grouper are commercially extinct in much of the Caribbean. We must act NOW to ensure that we have this fish in The Bahamas for future generations. Nassau groupers are especially vulnerable to overfishing because they group together or aggregate in order to reproduce. Groupers gather at predictable places in the winter months, making them an easy target for fishermen. However, catching the fish at this time threatens the survival of the species and the livelihood of the people who depend on them. Heres how YOU can help: Do not catch, buy or sell Nassau grouper during the closed seasonviolators will be subject to prosecution, fines and jail time. Choose not to eat Nassau grouper during the closed season. Support the establishment of National Parks and No-take Marine Reserves. These reserves are replenishment zones for our important marine species. They must include the habitats required for all stages of the Nassau groupers life: mangrove creeks, shallow reefs, deep reefs and spawning aggregation sites. For more information, download the report: Nassau Grouper and Queen Conch in The Bahamas; Status and Management Options from www.breef.org Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) P.O. Box N-7776 Nassau, Bahamas. Tel: (242) 362-6477 Fax: (242) 362-6478 Photo credits: Stuart Cove Fin Photo, Rick Frehsee EAT BEEF! Or chicken, snapper, pork chops, vegetables, macaroni.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit26 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention Seasonal Special Rates:Take 35% off ALL Boat RntalsAugust 15 December 17, 2004 January 5 February 5, 2005 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 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. .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 optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood District Governor Visits Rotary Club of AbacoGround Breaking for Rotary MonumentBy Jennifer Hudson The District Governor of Rotary, Dr. Victor Gibbs, accompanied by his wife, Marie-Claude, arrived from St. Maarten on December 13 for two important Rotary events. Firstly, at 3 p.m. Dr. Gibbs broke ground for a monument at the roundabout by the M & R Grocery Store. This roundabout has been designated, with the permission of the Dundas Town Council, as an official Rotary site. Kevin Sterling, President of the Rotary Club of Abaco, said that it is the Clubs desire to erect something to commemorate the Centennial of Rotary International and to incorporate the names of the three persons who lost their lives in a traffic accident at that spot a few years ago as a memorial to them. Mr. Sterling expects the construction of this stone monument to begin in the New Year and be completed by February 23rd which is the actual 100th anniversary date. Incorporated into the edifice will be a Rotary wheel denoting 100 years, the words of the Rotary Four Way Test and reflectors so that it will be visible at night. Landscaping will be added. Dr. Gibbs stated that it is the challenge of Rotary Clubs all over the world to help communities and he commended Mr. Sterling for his input. In addition to expressing his pleasure at being able to contribute to the occasion, Dr, Gibbs said that he will look forward to coming back to see it when completed. Mr. Cay Mills, Chief Councillor, assisted the Governor in breaking ground and thanked the Rotary Club of Abaco for helping to turn this important roundabout into a spot which will better the township. He expressed his desire, along with Mr. SterClub NewsThe Rotary Club of Abaco plans to erect a monument at the round-about at Forest Drive and Crockett Drive. This will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary Club International and include the names of the three victims who lost their lives in a traffic accident at that location. The club held a ground breaking ceremony there on December 13 when the District Governor was present. Shown above are the Rotarians present at the ceremony. They are Gentry Morris; Club President Kevin Sterling; Bill Schweizer, Dr. Victor Gibbs, District Governor; Richard McCombe, Assistant District Governor for The Bahamas; and Carla McCombe. ling, to solicit the help of BEC to erect lighting at the roundabout to make this lonely spot which is very dark at night more attractive and more importantly a safer area.. Also present at the ground breaking was the Assistant Governor from Nassau, Mr. Richard McCombe, his wife Carla and several Rotary Club members.Annual Visit of the District Governor to RotaryBy Jennifer Hudson Having broken ground for a Rotary monument earlier in the day, the District Governor, Victor Gibbs, and Assistant GovAt Rotarys meeting on December 13 the club inducted ASP Wayne Miller as a member. He is shown here, center, being congratulated by Dr. Victor Gibbs, District Governor, left, and President Kevin Sterling on the right. Please see Club News Page22
Page 12 The Abaconian January 1, 2005The Abaco Club on Winding Bay welcomed its first guests in a low key opening on December 24. The much anticipated event went off successfully as Club members experienced for the first time their new 520-acre golf and sporting retreat. About 20 members along with family members and guests enjoyed the Christmas holiday, fully experiencing all the amenities the club offers. Among the members are five local residents who found the experience met their expectations. The club was abuzz with activity. Golfers, fresh from a round of golf, enthusiastically reminisced the gloriously sculpted course and the breathtaking beauty found at every hole. Members enjoyed private tennis lessons with the clubs full time tennis pro Bobby Russell on the classic clay courts while others took to horseback, cantering beachside along Winding Bay. The kayaks, Hobie Cats and snorkeling equipment took to the bay; and members were pampered with massage and other spa treatments. The powdery sand beach of Winding Bay provided a welcoming playground for members, family and guests. Smiles and laughter abounded as bartenders Archie and KC served Bahamian libations, including The Abaco Clubs signature Guava daiquiri. With the careful preparations of executive chef Sam Favella. Christmas dinner was served with a menu of the highest standard to suit an impeccable palate. Meals are being served in the Club House and lunch and snacks are available at Busters Beach Bar and Grill on the beach. The menu at the Club House includes a variety of dishes all presented beautifully. It is a joy to see the dream of The Abaco Club on Winding Bay become a reality, said Marketing Director Gina Guttuso. Considering the setbacks caused by two hurricanes, a December opening is nothing short of an amazing achievement. Thanks to the support of the Abaco community and the dedication of our talented staff, we were able to meet the aggressive deadline and experience a most successful opening.The Abaco Club Celebrates Its OpeningThe Abaco Club of Winding Bay offers many recreational opportunities, from the golf course, to horse back riding, to beach activities. However, some want to just enjoy the beach while sunbathing. The Abaco Club is expecting a large attendance for members only New Years Junkanoo celebration on December 31. This will be celebration party of their accomplishments of the past 18 months and great beginning for the new year. This is a special place where a family can relax and spend quality time together. Our members say they are having a wonderful time as is witnessed by their joyful expression and the staff here finds that most rewarding. Adjacent to beautiful Winding Bay is a 50-foot high bluff. The Club House and cottages are scattered along that headland, giving each building spectacular views of the beach and whatever activities are taking place there. Linens 25% Off Xmas Decorations 50% Off Rugs 30% Off Toys 20% Off All Hardware 20% OffHurry while supplies lastCome take advantage of DUTY FREE items and our Hurricane clearance stockClosed for Inventory January 25 31 Open February 1, 2005 January 4 24, 2005Abaco HardwarePre-Inventory Blow-out SaleDon MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2170
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 13 OPEN MON SAT FROM 8 AM 7 PM & SUN 9 AM 2 PM WELL BLOW YOUR MIND, NOT YOUR BUDGET The freshest produce, specially-cut meat,groceries, supplies,housewares,electronics, lawn and garden & more.All at great prices with daily Smart Buys for even bigger savings.You CAN have it all. All in one place:Solomons SuperCenter. 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 LOOK FOR FANTASTIC SPECIALS EVERY DAY THROUGHOUT THE STORE
Page 14 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Local Agent:Marsh Harbour Shipping Company P.O.Box AB 20777242-367-3341 Fax:242-367-4885 Ray Weatherford,Shelly Russell and John BethellThe BestConnectionto AbacoSaturday departure and Sunday arrival,ready for Monday pick-upFull Container Load Services including expanded area of equipment positioning throughout the southeast United StatesWe provide fenced and secure dockside storage and parking in Marsh HarbourConveniently located near Interstate 95 at 1489 Martin Luther King,Jr.Blvd.Riviera Beach,FL 561-844-8306Consistent and personal customer serviceLess-than-container load, Refrigerated and Consolidation Services MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATS She always wanted to work with her hands and was inspired by Misty Pinder to put her talents to work. She opened her first beauty salon two years ago and recently More Central Abaco NewsThe Great Abaco Port and Harbour in Murphy Town donated funds for the needy of that town. Mr. Leo Bethel, representing the company, presents 26 gift certificates to Mr. Cleveland Dawkins, Chairman of the Murphy Town Association, while Mr. Eugene Dawkins, Deputy Chief Councillor of the Murphy Town Committee, looks on. The certificates will be given to the elderly of Murphy Town for purchasing food.Bakery OpensBy Portia Jonsson Mama, bake the Johnny cake. Christmas comin. Beryl Gibbs has heard the cries and answered the call. She opened Country Bakery on December 1st located next to Long Bay School on Forest Drive. Country Bakery specializes in homemade white, coconut and raisin breads, pastries, cinnamon buns, scones, muffins and Christmas cakes. Carrot, pineapple upside down and birthday cakes are made to order. Ms. Gibbs truly enjoys baking and has been doing so for seven years but only on a small scale. She decided to take her love of baking to a bigger scale. The bakery is open Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Abaco Groceries OpensBy Isobel Sherman After a few weeks of partial operation Abaco Groceries is now fully stocked and operating normally. Owned and managed by Ian Roberts, Abaco Groceries offers the consumer bulk buying at very reasonable prices. Abaco Groceries is located between Pinewoods Nursery and Abaco Neem on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Central From Page 7 relocated to the Dove Plaza. Her specialties are pin curls, braiding, spiral curls and big twists. Priscilla teamed up with Taka this year. She started hairdressing in 1997 while attending high school in Nassau. In 1999 she obtained a certificate from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in Nassau. She says weaving, bonding, braiding, ponytails and everything else are her specialties. Taka and Priscilla wish to thank everyone for their support in making the hair show a success, especially the Island Girl Boutique, Buds & Blooms, K & S Auto, the Shoe Place, Jewels, Gems and More, Radio Abaco, St. Johns Anglican Church, Abaco Police, Philippa Farrington, DJ Nice and family and friends. Hair Express Beauty Salon carries a wide selection of costume jewelry, bags, human and synthetic hair and belts in a variety of colours. Salon hours are 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Saturday. The telephone number is 367-2768. The Town Committees of Dundas Town and Murphy Town worked with BEC to decorate their towns with garlands of lights and Christmas trees. Shown here is the BEC crew installing the lights with assistance from Dundas Town Committee Chairman Cay Mills, who organized the project. Business Briefs Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Aisle of Palm Realty in Marsh Harbour
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 Is your realtor sent buyers fromWhos Who in International Real Estate? Call usPh: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.com 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 Abaco Print ShopFor all yourBusiness StationeryBusiness Stationery Business StationeryBusiness Stationery Business Stationery Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards NCR Forms Duplicate, Triplicate with numbering, perforated Single Forms Personalized Scratch Pads Brochures Fliers Offering Full Color Printing & Logo Design3 5 Business Days for production Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 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: firstname.lastname@example.org What do a waitress, bartender, ticket agent, dock manager, taxi driver, police officer, front desk clerk, sales associate and this reporter have in common? Sixty attended a half day Professional Customer Care Seminar hosted by the Abaco Tourist Office on December 14, 2004. A second session of the seminar was conducted that evening. Those attending included persons from BEC, grocery stores, realty firms, other businesses and government agencies. Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Tourism for Abaco, welcomed us and set the tone for the morning. She said that todays visitors, both international and domestic, expect a standard of service that is professional and worldclass. Customer care is everyones responsibility, she said, whether we are lawyers, doctors, accountants, politicians, taxi drivers, waitresses or groundskeepers. Turning to our presenter and facilitator, she introduced Ms. Agatha Marcelle to the group. Ms. Marcelle is a Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and as we soon learned, a dynamic and engaging speaker. She asked us to open our minds and see that in The Bahamas we as a people need to rise up and continue to provide better customer care service. Just one unhappy customer will blame those people in The Bahamas. Citing statistics from the World Trade Organization, she said that 66 percent of our jobs come from tourism. By the year 2014 86 percent of our jobs will be tourism-related jobs. As a country we are totally dependent on tourism and without tourists we are in financial trouble. What, she asked, do you think our visitors are saying when they leave us? A survey of taxi drivers showed that many visitors think we are not friendly, we are rude, dishonest, give poor service, and we are dirty. By that it is meant that our beautiful beaches and roadsides are littered with trash and debris. Recently returned from a World Trade Mart in London where she represented the Minister of Tourism, she observed that there were so many beautiful destinations for people to go to. Representatives of most of the Caribbean nations are networking, selling and promoting to the same people that we want to come to our shores. This was, she said, a boxing ring fighting for tourist money. In order to attract and keep tourists we have to begin to deliver customer care because, she said, when you care it almost implies love. It matters that you make them comfortable. We have lessons we need to learn about care giving. Some of the seminar nuggets of wisdom included the following: We need to change the framework inside us and realize that we are all partners in a company called Bahamas Ltd. When we take our problems to work, when we are unfriendly or slow, it is noticed. We need to look at our homes, our roads, our beaches. If there is dirt, litter or homes not painted, it reflects badly on us. There is nothing wrong with picking up paper. Customer Care begins with courtesy and good manners. It is something you create. When you are vexed, thats when you have to back off. Your customers dont care how you feel. All they care about is that they have a good experience. You know what makes good service. Self control and self management are important. If something doesnt go your way it is seldom personal. Become the actor you need to become while you are on the job. We all work for Bahamas Ltd. Our livelihood depends on how well we treat people. You have heard that it is Better in the Bahamas. That is what we sell and that is our problem. To keep ahead of the game, we need to find ways to restructure and get better and better. If we as partners in Bahamas Ltd., give great customer care, our visitors will come back and will encourage others to come, too. Ms. Agatha Marcelle, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, held a seminar emphazing the need to give good service. It was attended by about 60 people from many different sections of our business and government communities. Those attending were presented with a certificate. Show here is Ms. Marcelle with Mr. Bobby Jones, manager of the Marsh Harbour airport. Seminar Focused on Customer ServiceSupport Citizens Against Crime
Page 16 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: email@example.com www.mhby.com Services include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Well stocked marine store Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: Yanmar Engines & Generators Marine Paints & Accessories Repair & Resin Supplies Yanmar Parts & Service Bottom Paint & Solvents Stainless Steel Bolts etc. Cleaning Supplies Cutlass Bearings Fuel Dock Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Barry L. Russell January 15 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major January 21 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available By Mirella Santillo Three days before Christmas and the international port facility in Marsh Harbour is booming with activity. Cargo checkers are comparing the freight coming off the ships and containers to the shipping documents while forklift operators manoeuver among the crowded containers and pallets of goods. As I arrived at the public dock, two ships were docked, the Duke of Topsail belonging to United Abaco Shipping and the Tropic Night of the Marsh Harbour Shipping Company. The Duke of Topsail arrived at 4 a.m. that morning and had been unloading since then. By the time she is finished unloading, around 2 p.m., the staff of Abaco United Shipping will have gone through 166 bills of lading, approximately 50 more than usual. Among the cargo of the Duke today were 26 cars. According to the Dukes captain, Michael Bethel, there is a back up of about half a shipload waiting at the Port of Palm Beach. Unfortunately, this load will not arrive here until the new year as there might not be a scheduled trip before then. However, Captain Bethel confirms that the shipping company at the Florida port is still accepting cargo. At 4 p.m. the Duke will sail again on its way to Nassau where it will pick up more merchandise to be brought back here the next day. With the amount of unloading and loading going on, it was hard to find someone who had time to chat. There is no comparison to what we used to handle, says William Collins, a forklift operator and manifest checker. William has been with United Abaco Shipping for 13 years. He thinks this situation will last until April. He says, There was a lot going on after Hurricane Floyd, but no way near what we are seeing now. William is looking forward to his Christmas vacation which will start Friday at noon. Confronted with these extra shipments, the shipping companies had to hire temporary workers. United Abaco Shipping hired two extra forklift operators a few weeks ago. Eric Russell, who was hired temporarily by Marsh Harbour Shipping, is one of four forklift and heavy equipment operators. Eric, who is also a bartender at night, is familiar with this kind of work since he used to be a dock worker from 1998 to 2001. He came back three weeks ago and will stay until he is not needed. It used to take three or four days to unload everything, he says. Now it takes a solid week per trip process all the freight that comes in the containDrive SafelyDont Be an Abaco FatalityFreight Dock Activity Is at All Time High Please see Dock Page 17 The Duke of Topsail is one of the freight boats making two trips weekly bringing freight from Florida. Freight since the two hurricanes in September has greatly increased with no slowdown in sight.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES Available every Thursday 10:30 am 6:30pmChristina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. MessarraPhysiotherapist 105, ( ) : 367.5939 242.363.0121 Fly Island ExpressCharter & Cargo Service From Ft. Lauderdale to most out islands Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay North Eleuthera Bimini Nassau Please call:Please call: Please call:Please call: Please call:Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Ft. LFt. L Ft. LFt. L Ft. L auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 AIRLINE LLCers. Since the hurricanes the Tropic Night sails twice a week from Florida to Marsh Harbour carrying containers. Today 26 containers were on board when the ship arrived at 7:45 a.m. Eric states, It is much easier to work on the new facilities, but a larger warehouse would be nice. He expects freight volume to remain high or increase because of Abacos continued growth. There are more jobs, bringing more people and with more people, more cargo. There is too much going on for me to be able to talk, states Ray Weatherford, the president of Marsh Harbour Shipping. There is no time to think since the hurricanes, he says. The only thing in my mind right now is the coming Christmas vacation. It is his opinion that shipping has increased about 300 percent for his company and that this situation will last for another three months. Another forklift operator, Weny Pierre, a full time employee for nine years, was reloading a container with empty milk crates that will be returned to Florida when I approached him. Eric told me, Weny started as a pallet wrapper. But he has been in training for two years to operate heavy DockFrom Page 16 equipment and can do now quite a few diverse jobs. Weny says that among the merchandise received are cars, cement, plywood, furniture and food items. He has worked overtime for the past three weeks. He is another person looking forward to the Christmas break which will last for him until the Wednesday after Christmas. Dodging between containers, appliances, boxes and pallets, I made my way to the customs building where the same beehive atmosphere prevailed. Officer Forbes took a few minutes to talk about the number of cars being imported since the duty exemption allowed individuals with storm-damaged vehicles. One hundred twenty-nine cars arrived in Marsh Harbour during the month of December. It is not known yet how many of these came under the duty free policy. Statistics are compiled at the end of the each month. There is so much cargo, so much paper work to be handled, he says. I arrived at work at 3:45 this morning. anticipating the boats arrival. Sharing the opinion of other customs officers, he thinks that there is lately as much as three times the number of documents being processed. This long holiday weekend will bring a much expected rest to all the people involved in the shipping industry. Abaco resident John Pintard becomes the island's first Certified First Responder. He participated in a week long "Train the Trainers" Workshop held November 22nd27th in Nassau. This workshop was staged by the Public Hospitals Authority & The Ministry of Health & Environment Emergency Medical First Responders. More than 15 persons throughout islands of the Bahamas participated in this workshop which helps to save lives. It is Mr. Pintard's goal to train other Bahamians in becoming First Responders. Pictured is Mr. John Pintard proudly displaying his Certificate of Training alongside his stepfather, Mr. Malcolm Spicer, who he says played a significant role in helping him achieve his goal. First Responder Is CertifiedPlease be advised that the following retail stores under the franchisee Rosie & Sons are no longer franchised stores. These Stores are now under the management of Burns House Ltd. effective Dec 8th, 2004.A & K Liquor Store Ltd. Burns House Store(next to Abaco Hardware)Spankys Liquor StoreTreasure Cay For further information please contact management at Burns House Warehouse at Tel: 367-3712 Fax:367-3713 or in writing to Box AB-20565.
Page 18 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 Eemail@example.com Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp at lower than US prices Up to three year warranty extensive parts inventory and factory trained mechanics Dry boat storageAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin Marine Green Turtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island Marine Parrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts Marine Green Turle Cay 242.365.4249 Sea Horse Marine Hope Town 242.365.0023 Fishermans Marine Long Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 OBS Marine F reeport 242.352-9246 Authorized Distributor Marcell Albury one of Abacos finest men, passed away on December 20 at the age of 79 after a short illness. His funeral was on December 26 in the New Life Bible Church on Man-O-War with Bro. Ray Zander and Bro. Andy Albury officiating. Interment was in the Man-o-War public cemetery. Marcell was the second child of Norman and Selina Albury of Man-O-War. He was married to Christine, or Tenie as she was affectionately called, for almost 57 years. He and Tenie moved to Wisconsin for several years shortly after they married to work on a dairy farm. When he returned home, he purchased a small boat to take visitors fishing and sightseeing. When the airport opened in Marsh Harbour and had regular flights beginning in 1959, Marcell began Alburys Ferry Service to accommodate the airplane passengers. He began with an enclosed boat named the Junonia which he purchased from a second homeowner. Soon his brother Ritchie joined him and became a partner. The business began to expand. Marcell was very active in community affairs and in the development of tourism on Abaco. He was instrumental in starting several businesses including Man-O-War Marina, Lighthouse Marina and Boat Harbour Marina as well as Bahamas Yachting Service which was one of the largest bareboat charters in the Caribbean. He began the Ideal Freight Service which is now Abacays/Carib Freight and Abaco Power and Light which gave the residents of ManO-War Cay electricity before much of Abaco had power. Marcell was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Abaco and was active in it for many years. He was also a founding member of the Abaco Businessmens Association which is now the Abaco Chamber of Commerce. Abaco Life, a publication which is still promoting Abaco, was begun by the Abaco Businessmens Association under the leadership of Lindsay Scott and Marcell. He was chairman and commodore of the Abaco Regatta Syndicate which raised money to build The Abaco a race boat to compete in the Georgetown, Exuma, races. That organization evolved into Regatta Time in Abaco which celebrated its 29th year last summer. Besides being a good businessman and a civic-minded person, he was a devoted family man. Marcell and his wife first adopted Ralph, then Matthew, both of whom grew up helping with the ferry service. Tenie passed away in 2001 after a very long battle with cancer. This past summer he was very pleased to be able to attend the wedding of his oldest grandson. Abaco is a much better place because of the efforts of Marcell. He will be missed greatly but he has left a legacy which will live on as a tribute to him. He is an excellent example of the difference that one man can make in his community. He is survived by sons Ralph and Matthew; daughters-in-law Donna Ann and Nancy; grandchildren Lucas, Megan, Harrison and Cameron; granddaughter-inlaw Ashley; brothers Ritchie and Hilland Albury; sisters Lois and Mary Albury; brother-in-law Haziel Albury; sisters-in-law Sylvia and Kathryn Albury; and many other family members and friends. The funeral service for Sheen Marshall McKinney, 34, of Crossing Rocks was held on December 19 at St. Marks Native Baptist Church in Crossing Rocks. Rev. Mervin Roberts officiated assisted by Rev. Napoleon Roberts. Interment followed in the Crossing Rocks Public Cemetery. He is survived by his parents Glen and Dorothy McKinney; brothers Gary and Shawn McKinney; sisters Merlie Wilmore, Maydon, Vernice, Wendy and Shannique McKinney; grandmother Merlene McKinney; uncles Lloyd and Morns Walker, John Jr. and Willis Bain; aunts Belean Bain, Mary and Elaine Walker, Brenda Russell, Agusta Greenslaide and Hannah Coakley; nephews Gaueth, Devonte and Deshawn McKinney, Jonathan and Laneko Hardy; nieces Maesha, Destiny and Aaleujah McKinney, Ashante Hardy and Shaieka Wilmore; grandaunts, Muriel Russell, Lottie Nicholas and Elize McKinney. The funeral service for Samuel Roberts 80, formerly of Moores Island was held in Nassau on December 18. Interment was also in Nassau. He is survived by daughters Carolyn Roberts, Eva Roberts and Irene Fernander; sons Willard and Albert Roberts; grandchildren Latoya, Lisa, Laretha, Vanessa, Shannie, Jakiha, Lee, Perez, Tervin, Austin and Corey; great grandchildren Latisha, Lavian, Christen and Lechea; sisters Jennie Thompson and Alma Riley; brother Leland Roberts; daughter-in-law Patrice Roberts; sons-in-law Wayne Fernander and Joseph King; sisters-in-law Audrey Forbes and Alice Smith; aunt Merle Seymour; nieces: Cynthia Riley Sargent; Lenora Ferguson, Joan and Shandell Thompson, Beverley Maycock, Marinetta Young, Roselyn, Perard, Sheila and Lauren Miller, Cassandra Laramore, Diane and Jennifer Smith; nephews Anthony, Eric, Godfrey, Joseph and Stephen Riley, Reginald and Kenny Thompson, Ralph Williams, Brian and Dennis Miller, Raymond and Richard Laramore, Derek, Sidney and Robert Smith; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Keith Glen Wilson formerly of Spring City was held in Nassau on December 23. Interment was in Nassau. He is survived by uncles Alpheus, Amos and Harry Saunders, Livingston Jr., Kermit and Dayne Wilson, Peter Outten, Steven Plakaris, Anthony Bastian, George McIntosh and Stanley Rolle; aunts Cetal Rolle, Rica McIntosh, Agnes Wilson, Ruth Outten, Brenda Plakaris, Joanne Wilson, Vanria Wilson, Lee Wilson Hart, Gardenia, Eva, Eleanor, and Evelyn Saunders; grand aunts Ruth Wells, Mag Jones, Sybil McKenzie; great grand aunt, Gwen King; grand uncles, Salathiel Wilson, Erskin Wells, Charles Jones; nephews, Tahja, Steven, Stevano, 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 SUZUKI Please see Obituaries Page 19 Marcell AlburyObituaries of Family and Friends
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 ROOMS TO GO Open Monday Friday 9am 5pm Saturday 9am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 We can order your furniture DUTY FREE Vouchers Accepted Here 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. 801 Avenue East 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 Announcing Dental SpecialistsAgape FAgape F Agape FAgape F Agape F amilyamily amilyamily amily Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental CentreDr. Therese M. Bonamy & StaffP.O. Box AB 20676, Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-4355/54 Fax: 367-2193E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Munir Rashad Jan. 7 Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth) Dr. Woodley Thompson Jan. 13-14 Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Antoine Clarke Jan 20-21 Periodontics (Gum disease & implants) Dr. Therese Bonamy (Full time) General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM BLEACHING) Janet Ferguson RDH (Full time) Dental Hygienist Call today for an appointment All emergencies and walk-ins are welcome Proverbs 3:5-6 Akeem, Yoba, Spencer, Baylor, Devon, Jordan, Clarence, Barry, Sergio, Byron Selwyn Jr., SeDale, Romeo Jr., Devante, Tyrique, Tray and Avery; nieces Tenahj, Casha, Piasha, Scottdisha, Rashonda, Keisha, Keyva, Kenva, Tiara, Denedra, Deshante, Kristy, Amber, Romica and Dominique; brothers-in-law Doyle Roberts, Pedro, Romeo and Corp. Deno Josey, Selwyn McKenzie, Wayne Basden, Keith Dean, Sean Alexes; sisters-in-law Patrinellka McKenzie, Suzette Basden, Larriett Dean, Maryann Young, Alecia and Charmayne Josey. Lloyd George Sawyer, 81, passed away in Nassau on December 21. His funeral was held at the New Plymouth Gospel Chapel in Green Turtle Cay on December 27. Burial was in the Green Turtle Cay Public Cemetery. Bro. Alec Pinder and Bro. Gurth Roberts officiated. He is survived by his sister Lorna Moses; brothers Marcel, Joe and Peter Sawyer; brother-in-law Rev. Vernon Moses; sistersin-law Myrtle, Viola and Laura Sawyer; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Genevieve Bernadette Williams 62, of Coopers Town was held in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her mother Joyce Thompson; sons Michael Greene and Brian Williams; daughter Lynette Williams; daughter-in-law Christine Greene; adopted daughter Jennifer Rolle; grandchildren Ahmad, Alicia and Michael Glinton Greene; adopted grandchildren Janelle Rolle and Norman Humes; brothers Joseph Fowler and Philip Thompson; sisters Jackie FowlerAllen and Angie Fowler; brothers-in-law Stephen Allen Sr., Kenneth Williams and Sammy Saunders; sisters-in-law Carol Thompson, Deborah Williams-Turner and Patricia Williams; uncle Didymus Rolle; aunt Idell Bain; nieces Natasha and Anesha Ellis, Cachena Forbes and Amy Allen; nephews Lavardo Ellis, Stephen Allen Jr., Philip Kenny Thompson and Renaldo Thompson; and many other family and friends. ObituariesFrom Page 18 Buckle Up... Its the Law!Treasure Cay and hopes to reach $100,0000 in contributions. Joe Calihan, Bob Ewing and Wardy Thompson, all of Treasure Cay, organized the Foundation earlier in 2004. The objective of the Foundation is to provide an organization for sustained charitable activity in central and northern Abaco. The foundation is organized under United States law to provide tax benefits for contributors. All funds raised are specifically for relief from the extensive hurricane damage in the area from Leisure Lee to Crown Haven. One hundred percent of the funds raised are being forwarded to the Treasure Cay Emergency Fund headed by Mr. Wardy Thompson. The fund has been long active in charitable efforts at Treasure Cay and is coordinating this relief effort as it did after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Mr. Jack Thompson is well known to all Abaconians as a former Commissioner for North Abaco. Prior to coming back to Abaco to coordinate in the current hurricane relief efforts, he served as Deputy High Commissioner/ Council General from the Bahamas to Canada. In addition to stoves and refrigerators, the Fund has ordered shingles, other roofing material and lumber. It will order mattresses which will be distributed along with the building supplies to the Bahamian and Haitian residents of North Abaco who suffered damage from Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne. DonationFrom Page 1Treasure Cay Residents Give Hurricane ReliefTreasure Cay residents have donated funds for hurricane victims of North Abaco. These funds are supplying appliances, mattresses and other necessities to these people including those whose houses are being rebuilt by the government. They are working with Mr. Jack Thompson, who is coordinating all of governments relief efforts on Abaco. Shown here is Mr. Jack Thompson, Leanza Thompson of Mournt Hope, who is the recipient of a new house, and Ronald Murry, who is assisting in the relief efforts in North Abaco. Glenn Russell of Abaco Distributors supplied the appliances and handled the deliveries to the individual homeowners.
Page 20 The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Hair, Body & Soul Unisex Salon Need a new look? Let us help! BarberingWaxingMassagesFacialsAcrylic NailsAirbrushingEar PiercingHair ExtensionsLonnette, Florence, Misty &CindyTuesday Saturday 9 am 6 pm Located on Crockett Drive next to K & S AutoTel: 367-0125 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 We wish all our customers the best of the season. We look forward to serving you in the new year. Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: email@example.com VHF CH 16 Mon Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD and Veronica McIntosh were in their new homes in time for Christmas. Moore Island, a remote fishing community, is on a slow and painful road to recovery. Fishermen lost thousands of fishing traps in the storms. The way of life is slow in this community, which has a large population of relatively young people. Many of the women stay at home taking care of domestic chores while the men go out to sea. Jack Thompson, co-ordinator for the hurricane relief efforts on Abaco, said relief is available to fishermen who lost traps under the governments guaranteed loan scheme. On this day residents celebrated with the new homeowners. All of the residents had pitched in to help re-build the homes, many of them working late into the night. The task of rebuilding was not made any easier by the fact that the island is rather remote, and that building materials had to be shipped in from the mainland. There is no local gas station and gasoline, used mainly to power boats on fishing trips, costs as much as $5 a gallon. Rough seas and foul weather delayed the first consignment of goods reaching Moores Island on time, but residents simply redoubled their efforts to get the job done before Christmas. Mr. Gibson was impressed with the speed and quality of the construction of the homes. I was told by the contractors that these houses would be ready before Christmas, he said. I really didnt think that it could be done, but they were so confident I repeated it to the Prime Minister. The contractors lived up to their word, and the houses, beautiful, small wooden structures, are now ready. Minister Griffin thanked Prime Minister Christie for responding quickly to the needs of the residents. We have in place a Prime Minister with a heart of compassion and concern for the people, she said. After leaving Moores Island, the Prime Minister and his delegation flew to Marsh Harbour and drove to Murphy Town to present keys to two home-owners. Ida Swain, 84, was so overwhelmed that she even did a small dance on stage. When Hurricane Floyd battered Abaco in 1999, Mrs. Swains case was taken up by the Department of Social Services. Perry, she said to the Prime Minister, I got to thank you for what you do, but I got to thank God first. Quoting a line from Amazing Grace Mrs. Swain said, Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already comeits grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me on. Doris Calma, 76, was pleased to accept her keys from the Prime Minister. Hurricane Jeanne tore off a large portion of the roof of her old home, and it was necessary to build a new one. Prime Minister Christie said that he had been inspired by one ideal in his 25 to 30 years in elective politics and that is service. I believe in the kind of politics where once I am the Prime Minister and it is my government that is serving the people of the country, I believe in embracing all of the people of this country, he said. He said many questioned the fact that he had consulted former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, after the hurricane. He said some frowned at the fact that he and Mr. Ingraham got on a plane and toured the devastated island together. Many FNMs and PLPs could not understand it, he said. The hurricane hit people, and it didnt wait to find out whether you were FNM, PLP or if youre black or white or if you were Catholic or Baptist. It just happened, and that has to be the response of a government to the needs of the people of this country, he added. But that must be the way of the governance when you are dealing with a disaster, he said.Government Will Build 36 Houses for AbaconiansA crowd turned out in Moores Island to see the Prime Minister give keys to new houses. Greetings from Cay MillsChief Councillor Central Abaco New Years Wish ListAs Chief Councillor for Central Abaco this is my wish list for the new year. 1. I would like to see people stop standing at the sidelines and criticizing, but to get involved in the important things which affect Abaco. 2. I would like to see a new airport. However, a new airport will only happen if the people who live on Abaco want it to happen. Central Government does not want it to happen. Even when we sent a Member of Parliament to the highest post on our country, a new airport did not happen. People on Abaco need to take any means necessary including protesting to get Central Government to realize the seriousness and dangers of our airport without a tower and radar. 3. I would like the situation of the Mud and Pigeon Pea resolved. It is a local problem. A solution I would offer is to determine who is legally residing in this country and who is illegal. We need to make an effort to let those residing in the Mud and the Peas obtain property and be part of our Bahamian system. When an epidemic takes place in the Mud or the Peas, Central Government is not affected, but we will be. 4. I would like to have Central Government realize that Abaco Central High School has been without electricity in the classrooms since September and to resolve the situation. 5. I would like Central Government to treat Abaco with the respect and dignity it deserves. Finally, I would like to wish all on Abaco and the rest of the persons throughout the Bahamas a very merry and hurricane-free New Year.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. JacksonvilleRegardless 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Jacksonville Out Island Inter.Net Phone: 367-3006 FAX: 367-3387 Email: email@example.comI I nternet Access High-Speed Wireless Access Dial-up Internet Access Internet CafeMarsh Harbour AbacoHappy Holidays Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play Weve Got Something for Everyone Weve Got Something for EveryoneDuring a recent visit by Prime Minister Perry Christie to Abaco on December 22 to give elderly persons keys to their new houses, he made remarks related to Abacos present status and future expansion without giving further details. One hundred men have been employed and $237,000 was spent by government on Moores Island reconstruction. Abaco generates significant revenue for the Treasury and is governments third highest revenue producing region. He applauded the Abaco economy as strong and growing. He noted that a new development has been approved and the Heads of Agreement has only to be detailed and signed. Construction should begin within two months. He said government will announce more on this in early January. Mr. Christie was confident that the Winding Bay development would be an economic catalyst for Abaco, encouraging additional development. Abaco can look forward to continued growth and prosperity. Without detail, he said the Snake Cay situation should be taken care of by Easter. Mr. Christie was impressed by the strong friendship that is evident between Florida and Abaco. This is based on history, economy, second homeowners and transient visitors. This friendship has proven to be very beneficial. Abacos friends in Florida are very loyal and supportive. Mr. Christie said that Administrator Revis Rolle has the challenging role of leading Abaco through the coming economic expansion. The Prime Minister flew to Moores Island to present keys in a ceremony to eight elderly residents of that island whose houses were either destroyed or badly damaged. Four houses were complete while four more were expected to be completed on arrival of the mail boat. Mr. Christie then flew to Marsh Harbour for a similar presentation in Murphy Town for two elderly women. A motorcade took him to Mt. Hope for a third ceremony presenting four more keys to elderly residents. His plane was waiting at Treasure Cay and his group returned to Nassau at sundown.PM Predicts Abacos GrowthBy Isobel Sherman The LPG Dealers Association in Nassau has requested a $25 increase for 100 pounds of LP gas, the common household cylinder size. There has not been an increase in the price of a 100pound cylinder in eight years, with the present price in Nassau being $50 to refill a 100-pound cylinder. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Leslie Miller, denied the increase and offered a $15 raise. The dealers rejected the offer and lowered their requested increase to $22. In a show of solidarity and protest the LPG dealers in Nassau closed their establishments on December10th and vowed to remain closed until the government agreed to allow them the $22 increase. Subsequently, the Cabinet voted for a $15 increase. In addition, Minister Miller warned dealers that if they did not open up their business their licenses would be revoked. Mr. Rex Lowe of Abaco Gas stated that when the price of a 100-pound cylinder is resolved in Nassau, customers on Abaco would have to add $6 to the new Nassau price. If dealers accept the government offer, a 100-pound refill will cost $71 at Abaco Gas.Cost of LP Gas May Increase
Page 22 The Abaconian January 1, 2005Area 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 Properties30 + 365-4636 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 Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 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 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 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 3650083Treasure 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 http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents who have multiple cottages and houses letter of acceptance, copy of latest transcript, three statements of recommendation from professors or lecturers, copies of all academic qualifications and a copy of pages one through three together with the visa section of the applicants passport. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Technical Assistance Cooperation Unit of the Ministry at telephone number 322-7624/5. FellowshipsFrom Page 5 Therefore, the Water and Sewerage Corporation has developed a program to address the short term needs of the sewerage system and is in the process of developing a long-term plan to provide acceptable service for the future. I should advise that this plan will probably include private sector participation as this provides a means whereby funding can be obtained to do all that needs to be done. Besides upgrading the system and improving the services, the Water and Sewerage Corporation needs to provide an office for customer service and acquire the staff and resources needed to operate in this sector of Abaco. As there are more than 1000 customer connections in Treasure Cay water system, it will take some effort to change the meters and convert the data-base to the Corporations system as the Water and Sewerage Corporation uses water meters that read in Imperial gallons. This work is in hand and I am advised that it will be completed by February of next year. Thereafter, the residents of Treasure Cay should expect to receive their first bills sometime in March 2005. To the good residents of Treasure Cay, the process is not as simple as it appears, and I ask for your continued patience if there are unforeseen snags and hold ups in the takeover and the refurbishment of the systems. In view of the fact that Treasure Cay has always been a thriving community, I find it most unfortunate that it has taken 32 years for this matter to be addressed, especially when one considers the numerous complaints over those years. I would like to thank Mr. Meister and T Cay WaterFrom Page 10 his staff in Treasure Cay for helping us to get to this stage. There have been many issues and disagreements but that is life and business. It is my hope and expectation that the Water and Sewerage Corporation moves resolutely and effectively in this new undertaking, and I will do all that I can as Minister to help them achieve the long term objectives. ernor, Richard McCombe, accompanied by their wives, attended a Rotary meeting at the Abaco Beach Hotel where the Governor inducted ASP Wayne Miller into the Rotary Club of Abaco and installed the Interact Club board for the coming year. Dr. Gibbs welcomed ASP Miller into the world wide organization of Rotary saying that he is a person in whom we put our trust and he will now be welcome in any Rotary fellowship throughout the entire world.Pilot Club Holds Christmas Carol ServiceThe Pilot Club of Central Abaco hosted its fourth annual Christmas Carol Service for senior citizens on December 9th at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town. Over 80 persons were in attendance. The President, Mr. Craig Cornish, stated that in view of the two devastating hurricanes many senior citizens were looking froward to this event since the month of September. For the club it was a challenge because most of the members were affected by the hurricane but our Project Director, Mrs. Donnaree Cornish, pushed to bring our club motto into play True course ever At the service the club members sang many Christmas carols and read the Christmas story of Jesus birth. Some of the seniors Please see Club News Page 11 expressed their thanks to God for sparing all our lives. Souse and other refreshments were served. Presents and gift baskets was distributed. Every year this event gets bigger and better. We thank all those who have supported us throughout the years and we look froward to our next Christmas Carol Service where Anchors and Pilots enjoy serving the senior citizens. On December 10th the Pilot Club of Central Abaco hosted its Christmas dinner at the residence of our Treasurer, Mrs. Sharon Dorsette, in Dundas Town. Pilots and Anchors along with special guests enjoyed an evening of gourmet Bahamian dishes, Christmas carols, gifts and surprises. Have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! 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January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourAbaco 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 Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals 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..............................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals.......................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 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 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 & Guana 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45 am10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 (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 Airpor t 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 Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. 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 between Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr. Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....36 6-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......36 6-4107 Floyd Burrows .....36 6-4175 Links Adderly .......36 6-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....36 6-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......36 6-2163 Jay Sawyer .........36 7-3941 Justin Sands.......36 7-3526 Terrance Davis ....36 7-4464 Danny Sawyer .....36 7-3577 Man-O-War David Albury........365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe...............366 -2107 Junior Albury ............366 -3058 Randy Sawyer .........366 -2284 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........366 -0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh..477-5037 Pope McKenzie .......477 -5894 Orthnell Russell .......365 -0125 Alexander Rolle .......365 -0120 Edward Rolle ...........365 -0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer.. ......365 -4070 Jeff Survance ...........365 -4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........365 -4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............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....................Closed Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay..........................Closed until Oct Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............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................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 www.abacochamber.org Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise 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.................50......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour..367-5358 Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour .......... 367-2936 Evening dinner cruise Dive Abaco Marsh H.367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 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 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale .......................... 367-0169Majors 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 air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention 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: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resor t..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole...........$14 + $ 6 T Cay Hotel to Marles .............................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T Cay Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.............................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10 Emergency ServicesAmbulance Marsh Harbour Trauma One 367-2911 Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500 Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services 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.................................Rev 8 Dec 04Compliments of The Abaconian www.abaconian.com
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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1st, 2005 Hope Towns Play Benefits OrphansAnnual Production Is Community EffortA ferry packed full of enthusiastic theatre goers arrived on the upper Elbow Cay public dock on the evening of December 16th. They were there to attend a play put on by the children and adults of the St. James Methodist Church to benefit Bahamian orphans. Everyone was in the mood to experience a delightful event because, as the ferry glided into the harbour in the gathering dark, they saw the candy striped light house garlanded with streamers of glittering lights dancing in the wind as if it was a Maypole. Homes and businesses surrounding the waters edge were beautifully decorated in Christmas lights. A short walk to the church, a scramble for seats (the church holds 150), and they were ready to immerse themselves into The Mystery of Simon Shepherd As the audience waited for the play to begin, they began to feel the ambiance as they were greeted by back drops and props cleverly created to give the feeling of a court room in Bethlehem. Several members of the crew (as they call themselves) were discreetly located throughout the room ready to arrange lights and sound as needed. Videographers Corey Engle and Tito Baldwin were perched in a room on the second floor at the back of the building ready to record unfolding events for posterity. As the cast prepared for the play to bePlease see HT Play Page 2 The Mystery of Simon Shepherd was a musical play produced by the community of Hope Town in its annual efforts to send orphans from throughout The Bahamas to summer camp. The play requires hundreds of hours making costumes, making backdrops, setting up lighting, memorizing lines, learning songs and rehearsing. The work on the production begins months earlier with many people sharing the responsbilities. Shown here are the little angels. Carrie Cash is coordinator of the production.FBO Offers Additional ServicesBy Jennifer Hudson Aviation facilities on Abaco have been taken to another level with the opening on November 19th of Cherokee Aviations Fixed Base Operation situated alongside their new terminal building. It is located at the far western end of the Marsh Harbour airport beyond the terminal. This impressive facility, which provides a port of entry for private and corporate aircraft, also houses an office area, VIP lounges and on-site Customs and Immigration Officers. It provides aircraft and passengers with first class facilities and the same VIP services which can Please see FBO Page 6Pluto Visits Every Child Counts Crowds Enjoyed Junior JunkanooPluto thrilled the children in the Every Child Counts school on December 16. Disney staff handed out toys while Pluto hugged them, even licking their cheeks with his long red tongue. Next to Pluto is Brent Lowe, who is confined to a wheelchair. Fox Town Primary School displayed their banner at Junior Junkanoo held in Marsh Harbour on December 18. Because of two hurricanes this past fall, the Junkanoo festivities for the schools was limited to music and dancing but no costumes. The crowds appreciated the efforts that the children made. By Isobel Sherman The sounds of whistles, goatskin drums, horns and cowbells filled the cool, damp air on Don MacKay Boulevard on December 18. Junior Junkanoo 2004 was rushing. The Junior Junkanoo competition was first held on Abaco last December. Prior to this, schools on Abaco that wished to participate in Junior Junkanoo had to travel to Nassau or Freeport to compete. Junior Junkanoo was canceled initially for the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco this year due to Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. However, at the beginning of November, the Ministry of Education along with the Ministry of Sports changed that modified but there would be no costumes and no competition for prizes. Junior Junkanoo would just a display of rushing and music by the individual schools. Groups rushed Please see Junkanoo Page 4
Page 2 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 gin, Larry Beachy was checking that everything was in place. He explained that the idea for a Christmas play was entertained six years ago by Jacque and Glynn Haines, who were the Youth Directors of the Methodist Church. They wanted a way to raise money to send orphaned Bahamian children to summer camp and get the youth of their church involved in a wholesome, seasonally related activity. The first play was an enormous success. Now an ongoing tradition, second homeowners Larry, a retired dentist from Goshen, Indiana, and his wife Carol, returned home at the end of the summer and picked The Mystery of Simon Shepherd from a company in Indiana that specializes in selling music, plays and productions for schools and churches. Once the play was selected, three women and one man began planning to bring everything together. They were Carrie Cash and Jane Engle, the Directors; Carol Beachy, the costume designer; and Larry Beachy, set designer and prop master. Carol immersed herself on the internet to get costume design ideas, then set about to create her theatre masterpieces. Early in October Directors Jane Engle and Carrie Cash began to assemble the company by issuing a casting call, explaining the story line and beginning to select actors for individual roles. In all there were 42 parts including four sheep, three shepherds, eight large angels including the Angel Gabriel, eight little angels, three astrologers and four Heart of Gold Dancers. Rehearsals began immediately three to four nights a week, with additional nights added as December 16th grew closer. Larry, who has a to scale version of the stage in his home, began to design the scenery and props there. When he was satisfied that he had caught the essence of the play, he brought the designs to the church. 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January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2020/8 Fax: 242-367-2242 Open MonFri from 8:30 am5:00 pm, Sat from 8:00 am1:00 pmQuarter, half and full cases and bales. Cash & carry and wholesale bulk buying means you always get more, for less at Abaco Wholesale.fresh produce &meat, groceries, supplies, household items & more! NEW CASH & CARRY NOW OPEN & Cash and Carry resident artist Ann Corbett the framework, the walls and the props were constructed, paint put to canvas and a courtroom in Olde Bethlehem began to emerge. The stage was set up the Sunday after the last church service, one week before the play was to begin. Within 24 hours all the lighting and wiring for sound was in place, thanks to Clay Wilhoyte and Craig Knowles and the help of between 12 and 15 volunteers. The stage was ready, the audience was ready, the cast was ready, it was SHOWTIME. Simon Shepherd was missing, and it was the job of Judge Trudy played to the hilt by Shannon Thompson, to determine what happened. With wonderful songs and dialogue, superb dancing (congratulations to choreographer Jane Engle), spit second timing and excellent casting the play kept the audience on the edge of their seats, alternately roaring with laughter and sitting in spellbound silence waiting for the next scene to reveal the mystery of the whereabouts of Simon. Space does not allow us to mention the names of all of the cast, but Simon Shepherd played by Tristan Albury, his mother played by Rhiannon Thomas, the Bailiff played by Ashton Kemp, attorneys Rev. Carla Culmer is the minister of St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town where the play The Mystery of Simon Shepherd was performed. HT PlayFrom Page 2Hope Town Held Its Annual Christmas Production 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 frontJoanie Cochrane played by Jessica Joseph and Matt Hemlock by Eric Patterson, Caesar Augustus played by Dylan Thompson, Elizabeth played by Ashley Knowles, Mary played by Erica Pinder and Joseph played by Clint Russell were outstanding. The play was so good that the final curtain call produced a well deserved standing ovation for all the actors and stage hands who worked so diligently to make an evening to remember. Mrs. Kenris Carey, President of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church, said she enjoyed the play very much. Rev. Carla Culmer, (who was an adult angel) explained that The Mystery of Simon Shepherd was an enjoyable activity for their young people and also a meaningful fund raiser. At the conclusion of the play contributions were requested and enough money was raised to send 30 Bahamian orphans from Nassau to the Methodist Church summer camps on either Eleuthera or Andros. A second showing of the play was scheduled for December 17. The goal of the church is to raise enough money to send all orphans in The Bahamas to camp. For those who missed the play, there are plans in the works for another next Christmas. Mark your calendars now! The Abaconianis now on the Internet atwww.abaconian.com
Page 4 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 34 amazing home sites near Cherokee and Winding Bay! Get in now!web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1123 7 unit apartment complex in Hope Town. Four one bedroom and three two bedroom units. Always a waiting list of tenants. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels of land approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ of waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed home of 3/2 Regattas 1002 BEST BUY Unfurnished ground floor unit in building 2 with two beds and two baths. Brand new accordion hurricane shutters just installed. $171,500 Hope Town 1106 North End vacant lot just one lot from the Sea of Abaco. Yellowwood 1133 1.17 acre lot between Cherokee and Winding Bay Guana Cay 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history. Tilloo Cay 1021 New Price Two elevated adjacent parcels with good draft just offshore. Reduced to $180,000 & $190,000. Bahama Palm Shores Seven lots exclusively listed starting at $15,000. Bahama Palm is HOT! HOT! HOT! Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081Aisle of Palm RealtyBrent Cartwright Email: email@example.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria SilvesterBeautiful ocean view lots overlooking the unspoiled and pristine Watching Bay Beach and the azure blue Atlantic Ocean. Also available are interior lots with views of Cherokee Sound and the flats. Underground utilities and paved roads coming soon. This area of Abaco is one of the fastest growing locations with The Abaco Club at Winding Bay just one mile away. Lots start at $27,500 B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 from the Abaco Shopping Centre to First Caribbean Bank. Each group did two laps. Instead of costumes the groups wore Tshirts and jeans. The T-shirts said JuniorJunior Junkanoo Was Music and Rhythm but No Costumes JunkanooFrom Page 1 Junkanoo, Abaco School District The schools in South Abaco, consisting of Crossing Rocks, Sandy Point and Cherokee Sound rushed as one group as did the primary schools in the North. They were Coopers Town Primary and Fox Town Primary. The other primary schools that participated were Treasure Cay Primary, Central Abaco Primary and Amy Roberts Primary. In the secondary division only one school rushed, S.C. Bootle High School. Although Abaco Central High School had been practicing for three weeks, they did not rush. The musicians came, but no dancers showed up on Saturday evening. Although the crowd watching the performances was considerably smaller than last year, Junior Junkanoo 2004 on Abaco was enjoyable. Man-O-War brought a Junkanoo group from its small school to join in the festivities at the Junior Junkanoo held in Marsh Harbour. S.C. Bootle High School was the only high school which rushed in the Junior Junkanoo performance held on December 18 in Marsh Harbour. There were no costumes or competition this year because of the hurricanes.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Marsh Harbour: (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 firstname.lastname@example.orgNassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660 Bahama Palm ShoresCall for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com June E. Russell, BRIEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View Hope Town #2136 $868,000.00One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Located just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores is this great parcel of land. Just across the street is the beautiful eight mile beach. This property is approx. 22,000 sq. ft. & is the perfect spot for your island dream house. The community of Bahama Palm Shores offers second home owners & full-time residents a personal atmosphere. Bahama Palm Shores #2172 $156,000.00This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $810,000.00 Little Orchard Marsh Harbour #2167 $460,000.00This cozy little 3 bed, 2 bath home is located on 1 acre of prime waterfront property. Spacious living & dining, beautifully renovated & modern kitchen which features custom cabinetry & Corian countertops. Beautiful views of the Sea of Abaco & the neighbouring cays. The yard is landscaped & well maintained & features fruit bearing trees & other native plants. This offering consists of three consecutive lots on Banyan Tree Drive in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell at a mere $89,000 you can build your home on one lot and keep two for future use or resale. Only a short walk from the beach, this property is an excellent buy. Call our office or make an appointment today. #2171 $89,000.00Located on Key Club road in Marsh Harbour is approx. 6.5 acres of prime real estate. This property is situated in a very quiet, residential area & faces the ocean with great views of the neighbouring cays. This spectacular lot has over 450 ft. of water frontage w/ 50 ft. elevations. This lot has great potential & could be used for a sub-division or commercial business. Commercial Acreage Marsh Harbour #2150 Call for PriceBahama Palm ShoresThis lot is located near Fry's Mangrove on Elbow Cay. It is situated between the Sea of Abaco & a creek making it an ideal location for nature lovers & boating enthusiasts. The property is approx. 41,000. sq. ft. & is just a few minutes from Hope Town. This is a great investment opportunity for those that want their own little piece of paradise. #2168 $144,000.00Beautiful Wooded Lot Marsh Harbour Located just off the Abaco Highway approx. 2 miles south of Leisure Lee is this great parcel of land. This prime beachfront listing offers 2.37 acres, featuring 104 ft frontage on the beautiful beach & 125 ft on the road. This lot also offers 30 foot elevations w/ magnificent views of the Sea of Abaco & the neighbouring cays. #2174 $195,000.00Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour Bea's Nest offers 5 bed & 4 bath w/ numerous porches. Large open kitchen w/ adjacent family room w/ beautiful ocean views. Above the kitchen is a second storey loft that can be used as a home office. 2 beds are detached from the main house offering separate entries, perfect for visiting guests. Beautifully landscaped, includes a pool, cabana & spa tub. Beas Nest Man-O-War Cay #2166 $1,400,000.00
Page 6 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005be found in the prestigious Jet Centre in Nassau except that the facilities at Cherokee Aviation are, in fact, superior in quality to those in Nassau, states Mr. Claude Sawyer, Operations Manager. Some of the services provided in this first class 3,000 feet facility are: Three VIP lounges providing attractive and comfortable waiting areas Kitchen for the use of passengers Weather briefing room with Internet access Satellite television coming soon Quick turnaround time for aircraft (can arrive, be cleared and ready for take-off within 10 minutes) No waiting in long lines. All paperwork is handled by efficient office staff, one invoice is prepared to include all fees which can be paid by credit card. Fuel is provided for aircraft In-flight catering can be provided Any type of logistics for flights can be handled Cherokee Aviation has recently completed the construction of its new terminal building offering all the amenities and services of a five-star Fixed Base Operation. With three comfortable lounges, Customs and Immigration services and personnel to assist, it makes the process of arriving and leaving for private planes very pleasant. Shown here is the main lounge. A 300-foot by 600-foot parking ramp with space to expand Tie downs for aircraft Excellent baggage handling Customs and Immigration personnel on hand during daylight hours a day. Personnel is available at night in case of a late flight. This new five-star facility is advertized in U.S. aviation magazines and on the Internet but already has a large clientele which it has built up over the years. The terminal was designed, built and decorated to very high standards by Trade Winds Builders, a local company. The whole building exudes class and is very tastefully decorated with a tropical feel. It is a breath of fresh air, stated Calvin St. Remy, Customs Officer now stationed at the facility who formerly worked at the Marsh Harbour International Airport. All of the lounge areas provide a very comfortable environment for clients, whether they are traveling passengers or people waiting for clients to arrive. A separate 800-square foot, elegantly appointed VIP lounge is specifically for the clientele of The Abaco Club at Winding Bay This whole facility provides Abaco and the aviation world with a five-star facility so that passengers can feel comfortable while receiving first class service and provides an excellent first impression for visitors and investors, says Mr. Sawyer. Other staff members include Mr. Faron Sawyer, General Manager; Mr. Don Bootle, Ramp Operations, and Ms. Alicia Sawyer, Customer Service Supervisor. The company expects to add more staff in the New Year. This facility, of which Cherokee Aviation is justifiably proud, will be officially opened early in 2005. 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 New FBO Offers Top Service CALLUS TODAY FOR QUOTES PH: 367-2891 FAX: 367-2892 Abacos cornerstone to construction. AIRCOMPRESSORAVAILABLE FOR RENTALReady Mix Concrete Prices start at $120.00 per yd. Free DeliveryROCK $33 ton (imported) 3/4 and pea rock SAND $35 ton (imported)Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoresVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing Greetings from Walter SweetingChief Councillor Hope Town District CouncilTo the people of Hope Town, Man-O'-War Cay and Great Guana Cay Dear Friends: This past year has, no doubt, been a most difficult one for all of you. The passing of the two hurricanes has had its challenges. Although we still have some obstacles ahead of us, we most certainly have come a long way. I would like to thank each of you not only for the efforts you put into the clean-up of our communities but more importantly for the concern you demontrated by assisting persons in need. For this, you are to be congratulated. Now, on behalf of the Hope Town District Council, I wish to extend to each of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Let us all work together, and continue to give thanks to the Lord for bringing us through another year. Sincerely yours, Walter P. Sweeting Chief Councillor Hope Town District FBOFrom Page 1
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 B LIGHTBOURN REALTY Chris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: email@example.comMaster bedroom suite with whirlpool bath. Four guest air conditioned bedrooms. Fully furnished house, fully equipped kitchen. An aerial view of the estate which the wide sandy beach. The house is complete with golf carts, bicycles and an outdoor bar-beque grill. This is the front porch where you observe beautiful sunrises, or for the late riser, an outdoor breakfast overlooking the Atlantic and the beach just steps below. The living room is 20-foot by 32-foot with original oil paintings on the cypress hand laid walls. The marble floors take you back to the early colonial century while the cool rattan and dark mahogany furnishings, a functional fireplace, library and studio give you the coziness of a New England home. Custom made shutters and dormer windows, wrap around porches and gingerbread designs portray a colonial plantation look. This meticulously maintained estate is perched on a slight bluff with balmy sea breezesLuxurious home on Green Turtle Cay. Located on 2.5 miles of white sand beach. Impeccably detailed almost new Caribbean style villa. Wrap around veranda. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. It takes its design from a plantation estate home in the Caribbean. COMMERCIA L DOCKSP RIVA TE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOA T LIFTSDOCK DEM OLITION & REM OVA LOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellualar: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uction CJCJ CJCJ CJ s s s s s WW WW W elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop On the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Rd. Marsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, Boat Trailers Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Machine Shop Offering: Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head ResurfacingCustom Gates Made & InstalledAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Make a statement with your entrance-way Safeguard your home and family Enhance your property Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The BahamasAdministrator Hosts LuncheonOn December 21 Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, hosted a Christmas luncheon in the Below Decks room at Abaco Beach Resort for Heads of Departments. The group enjoyed the congenial occasion. Mr. Rolle is seen speaking briefly to them.Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility Dental Specialist Visits AbacoDr. Kendal V.0. Major, B Sc. (Hons) DDS, FICOI, DICOI practices Peridontics and Dental Implantology in Nassau and Freeport with 15 years experience.. He has recently begun coming to the Diamente Dental Center in Marsh Harbour on a regular schedule. His main practice is at the Centre for Specialized Dentistry in Nassau. Dr. Major received his dental training at Howard University College where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1987. He further attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, where he served as Assistant Clinical Professor and graduated with Specialized Certification in Peridontics and Dental Implantology in 1989. Dr. Major has treated many patients with periodontal and prosthetic problems and has successfully placed over 800 implants. People in the News It Pays toAdvertise
Page 8 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Sunrise BayA private, residential Community on the Sea of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour.(Next Door to Regattas of Abaco) SELLING FASTOnly 14 Lots remainingABACO REAL ESTATEP.O.Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco,Bahamas Phone : (242) 367-2719 Fax : (242) 367-2359 www.abacobahamas.comRoyal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq.ft. Offered @ $125,000 Dorros Cove Elbow Cay Lots #39 & #40, Offered as one parcel. Approx. 220 x 220 fabulous unobstructed ocen views, Offered @ $325,000 Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $25,000 each Casuarina Point Residential Lot 80 x 125 sq.ft. @ $15,000 Guana Cay 5 direct beach front lots Starting from $250,000 Long Beach Exclusive Listing 12 Lots available @ $58,000NEW 2.6 Acre Waterfront Lot 7B $259,000212 ft Waterfront Adjoining Winding BayMarsh Harbour WaterfrontSugar Loaf CayNEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING! Beautiful waterfront estate on the Sea of Abaco. 5 Bed, 4 Bath, pool Must see $2,150,000 NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING! 5 acr e p a r cel, g r eat elev a t ions o v e r look ing Wind ing B a y and t he A t lant ic O cean. C all f o r price. NEW EXCLUSIVEBahama Palm Shores B eachfront 100 B eachfront x 400+ / d eep $249, 000Contact Bill Thompson 477-5712 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 By Pam Church The Sandy Point Environmental Camp (SPEC), a community outreach effort of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey (BMMS) based in Sandy Point executed their Great Inagua Island program from November 10 22. The program was comprised of a pretrip classroom session, a four day / three night expedition and a post-trip presentation to the community. The goal of this expedition was to have the team cooperatively perform a comparative study of Great Inagua and Abaco Island, their environments, wildlife and conservation issues while exposing children and adults to a new Bahamian island through experiential education, fun and creativity. This program was fully funded by a generous grant from the Lyford Cay Foundation. This expedition was the highlight and final SPEC program for 2004. Six children and four adults were carefully chosen to participate in the expedition. Each child had to complete one of SPECs seven-week long summer programs; demonstrate good attendance in both field trip and classroom sessions; show a willingness to try new activities and learn about their environment; and be able to listen, follow directions and work well with others. Six of 23 kids were selected. The chaperones included Ms. Brenell Clarke, principal of the J.A. Pinder Primary School, Ms. Brenda Bain and Ms. Laurestine Fox, both mothers and camp assistants for the 2004 Basic and Advanced Camps, respectively and Ms. Pam Church, SPEC Director. The pre-trip classroom session, held on November 10, introduced everyone to the wildlife, habitats and adventures they might experience on Inagua, including the West Indian flamingo, green turtle, Mortons salt making process and the Bahama parrot with a slide show and games. The expedition took place on November 12 to November 15 and involved a wide diversity of environmental, historical and cultural experiences. Everyone was welcomed by Mr. Jolton Johnson, Deputy Administrator, formerly of Sandy Point, and toured the government building. The group was honored to meet Sir James Nixon, the first park warden of the Inagua National Park who was, in great part, responsible for the preservation of the West Indian flamingo. Children and adults excitedly explored the Inagua National Park, Union Creek Reserve and snorkeled local coral reefs. The kids saw West Indian Kathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as Estate Agent with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with six years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, four of these years in Abaco. She maintains licenses in both countries. She has completed many continuing education courses, having received her Bahamas Real Estate Institute designation, and can be considered one of the best trained realtors in Abaco. Kathleen serves all of Abaco and currently resides in Hope Town, Elbow Cay.When you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sandy Point Youth Study Wildlife on InaguaSix students and four adults went to Inagua to study the similarities and differences in the environment and wildlife on Inagua and Abaco. This was an activity in conjunction with a summer camp program that Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey has developed for the children of Sandy Point. One of the places the Sandy Point group visited on Inagua was the Morton Salt operation. They are standing by one of the salt pans. flamingoes feeding, resting and flying, saw Bahama parrots resting in the trees in town, enjoyed the wild donkeys roaming everywhere and searched for conch in the sea grass beds. The weather and conditions did not permit the group to see any turtles. Please see Inagua Page 16
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 BAbaco Youth in ActionBy Isobel Sherman Once again the teams of Abaco Youth in Action were victorious over teams on Grand Bahama. Last year the boys teams in basketball and baseball traveled to Grand Bahama to participate in tournaments and came home winners. This year on December 17 an A and B team consisting of boys ages 15 and under traveled to Grand Bahama to participate in a soccer tournament. They have been practicing under the watchful eyes of Coach Patrice Charles every Saturday for over a month. According to Mrs. Elva Davis, who along with her husband Mr. Lynden Davis, began Abaco Youth in Action last year, both teams played extremely well. In her words: We killed Freeport. The first game was held on December 17th. The Grand Bahama Soccer All Stars were defeated by the Abaco Youth in Action A team 3-2. On December 18 games were played all day. These games were called a side since 9 players were on each team or side. Once again both A and B teams of Abaco Youth in Action dominated and took all of the games. On Saturday evening once again the Abaco Youth in Action A team went up against the Grand Bahama All Stars. This time in Mrs. Davis words, Abaco destroyed the Grand Bahama team. The score was a resounding 3-0. Mrs. Davis gave credit to the coaching of Coach Charles, who was unable to travel to Grand Bahama; but the boys carried out the skills they learned from Coach Charles to perfection.S.C. Bootle SportsBy Jim Richards It was a victorious win! The S.C. Bootle High School Dynamic Dolphins Boys Soccer Team defeated the Marlins of Abaco Central High School in a thrilling soccer match for the championship. S.C. Bootles own Wesley Dermesthene scored two goals, standing up to the meaning of the word dynamic. The Captain, Nelson Joseph, also played exceptionally well. The school is also proud of the girls team which placed second. A special thanks goes to our coaches, Mr. Scott and Mr. Jose. We are expecting big things from these teams in the year to come!Abaco School SoccerBy Isobel Sherman The first Abaco School Sports Association Championship Soccer games for both boys and girls were held on December 15. The Girls Soccer Team of Abaco Central High School played the girls team from S.C. Bootle High School from Coopers Town. The game was held in Treasure Cay. The Abaco Central girls won 3-0. This brought to a close the high school soccer season which involved competition between St. Frances de Sales School, S.C. Bootle and Abaco Central. On the next day the boys soccer team of Abaco Central played the team from S.C. Bootle for the Boys Soccer Championship. The Abaco Central boys won the right to the championship game after St. Frances de Sales forfeited their playoff game. The championship was won by S.C. Bootle with a score of 3-0. The coach of both S.C. Bootle teams was Agricultural Science teacher M. Scott and the coach of both Abaco Central High teams was physical education teacher, P. Charles.Body BuildingThe 2004 N/P.C. South Florida bodybuilding championships was held on November 27 in Hialeah, Florida. Veteran bodybuilder Arthur Elden was the winner of the masters over 60 heavyweight division and went on to win the masters over 60 overall title. This was the last competition for the year and Arthurs 47th year in the sport of bodybuilding. Boys soccer team of S.C. Bootle High School won the Abaco championship this year. Sports NewsGirls soccer team of S.C. Bootle High Schol did very well in the Abaco championship games coming in second. LIGHTBOURN REALTYChris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Villa PashaLuxurious home on Green Turtle Cay. Located on 2.5 miles of white sand beach. Impeccably detailed, almost new Caribbean style villa. Wrap-around veranda. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. It takes its design from a plantation estate home in the Caribbean. Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: email@example.comThis elegant beach front estate has everything one could ask for in a vacation home. Five well appointed bedrooms with an open living area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and your very own private beach. The kitchen is fully equipped with every modern convenience. There is also a spa adjoining the master suite. This is truly an Island Paradise! !!The living room, where original oil paintings adorn the cypress hand laid walls. The marble floors take you back to the early colonial century while the cool rattan and dark mahogany furnishings, a functional fireplace, give you the coziness of a New England home. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. Master bedroom suite with whirlpool bath. Four guest air conditioned bedrooms. Fully furnished house, fully equipped kitchen. An aerial view of the estate which overlooks the wide sandy beach. The house is complete with golf carts, bicycles and an outdoor barbeque grill. This is the front porch where you observe beautiful sunrises, or for the late riser, an outdoor breakfast overlooking the Atlantic and the beach just steps below. . Modern fully equipped kitchen. All major appliances, including freezer. VHF Radio and high speed internet system. Offered at $2.4 million
Page 10 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Flu Shots AvailableDr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist January 5, 2005 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist January 8, 2005 Dr. KJA Rodgers Opthalmologist Dr. Micheal Caplia Optometrist January 13, 2005 Dr. Micheal Caplia Optometrist January 14, 2005 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing January 15, 2005 Dr. Gregory Neil Plastic Surgeon January 15, 2005 EEG Studies January 15, 2005 Dr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist January 19, 2005 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) January 21, 2005 Dr. Daniel Johnson Foot Doctor January 21, 2005 Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing January 21, 2005 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner January 22, 2005 Ms. Ava Thompson Child & Adolescent Psycologist January 22, 2005 Dr. Winston Campbell, Ears, Nose & Throat Specialist, Sleep Apnea January 27, 2005Forest HeightsHolidays Arrive at Forest Heights AcademyIt is again that time of year when we should stop and appreciate all that is important in our lives. Realizing how lucky they are, the Forest Heights students began the holiday season collecting canned goods and toys for distribution through the Rotary Club and Toys for Tots. Then to add to the spirit, each class decorated its door in the spirit of Christmas. The winners of this competition were 7th grade in the Lower School and 11th grade in the Upper. Meanwhile, 7th and 8th graders have been competing to represent Forest Heights in the District Spelling Bee. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively are Stevie McComb, Kheerson Simmons and Kristen Grades 1-3 students of Agape Christian School performed in song for parents and friends during their annual Christmas program held December 9th at the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel. They heralded the season with many of the all time favourite songs. The stage was beautifully decorated with a manger scene and red poinsettia plants. The K3-K5 classes at the school held their Christmas program on December 2nd. It Pays to Advertise School NewsHoard. These three will begin preparing for the January event with the winner of Abacos Spelling Bee going to Nassau in March. Good luck to all! Other honors went to 7th grader Melissa Albury and 10th grader Shakia Deveaux, who were chosen as Lower and Upper School Students of the Month. As always they received pins and coveted Free Dress Vouchersand the respect of all. Congratulations to you both! Of course, Christmas would not be complete without the annual Christmas sing which was held on the morning of December 17th. The choir, consisting of over 70 students, directed by Mrs. Renee Hoard and accompanied by Mrs. Kathy Warren, entertained the rest of the school and family members. The morning began with the choir singing several traditional Christmas medleys with a lovely song Light a Candle setting the stage for Pastor David Hoard of Please see School Page 11 The Forst Heights choir with over 70 students entertained students and parents at the schools annual Christmas program on December 17.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsRoyal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and moreTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Select Properties Guana Cay Guana Cay. NEW! Outstanding beachfront building site situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Very desirable, approximately 1.5 acres, running over 100 feet along Guanas fabulous sugar sand beach and approximately 525 feet deep. Conveniently located near the settlement, but secluded and well north of Nippers. Listing #9079. Call for detailsBahama Palm Shores. UNDER CONTRACT! Coral Ridge Drive. Nice 13,000 s. f. homesite in Section One. Densely wooded. Walk to Eight Mile Beach! #9053$ 24,500 Bahama Palm Shores. Two adjacent lots, Section IV, Casuarina Drive, 200' to beach. Clear sight-lines to Atlantic, build up for superb views! #3646$41,000 each Bahama Palm Shores. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath residence directly across from lovely Eight Mile Bay. #8928 $422,000 Guana Cay. Supurb elevation,Beach front home site, 1.5+ acres, just north of Orchard Bay. Property like this is disappearing fast! #8842Call for details Lubbers Quarters. Abaco Ocean Club. 10,000+ s.f. homesite on Marlin Way cul-de-sac. Close to marina. Priced to move. #7316$48,000 Marsh Harbour. Great location near Boat Harbour entrance. Commercial or residential building site suitable for single family or duplex. Make an offer! #625$120,000 Split Rocks. UNDER OFFER! Sea of Abaco acreage! 15 acres of rolling hills. High elevation. Perfect for a small resort or secluded estate. #8729 $590,000 2,3,4&5Bedroom BeachfrontRentalsTreasure Cay, Abaco, BahamasPhone: 242-365-8500 Fax: 242-365-8501www.BahamaBeachClub.comTollFreeReservations:800-563-0014 18HoleGolf Course,Tennis,BoatRentals, Scuba,IslandTours,Shopping&More!One of the10Best Beaches in the WorldNational Geographic LUXURYCONDOMINIUMS Tbh Is your property being marketed tothe elite CyberStars(tm) network group of realtors?Call usPh: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.comMrs. Kathleen Knowles, founder of Heal Our Land, distributed Christmas presents to all the students of the Every Child Counts Learning Center on December 13th. Helping with the distribution were Pastor Lewis and Mrs. Cleola Cooper, Manager of Scotiabank. The children did not mind Santa Claus not making an appearance to hand out the gifts himself but were very excited to receive their special packages. Pastor Lewis reminded the kids that Christmas was not only a time of giving gifts but more importantly about Gods gift to us. The teachers were encouraged to never give up but continue in their good work by Mrs. Knowles. The children gave thanks for their gifts and the gift of life. Man-O-War as he delivered a Christmas message To Light a Candle in a Dark World and always be an encourager. Then the tone changed and the rest of the morning was just great Christmas fun as the choir sang many childrens favorites. Principal Paul Vernall wished all a heartfelt Merry Christmas as he dismissed them for the holidays. So may you all enjoy this wonderful time of the year as we look forward to the beginning of another productive new year when we reopen on January 3rd, 2005.Christmas ProgramBy Mirella Santillo Light a candle for you and me . So says the Christmas song. It was also the theme for Pastor Dave Hoards speech to the students and parents assembled for the Forest Heights Academys Christmas party on December 16, 2004. There was a festive atmosphere among the students, but also a serious one as PasSchoolFrom Page 10 Grade 1 students at Central Abaco Primary entertained all in song at Awards Day ceremony held December 17th. The awards were for the 2003-2004 school year. tor Dave reminded the people present that Christmas could trigger depression and self -doubt. It is a time of the year when we feel loneliness the most and need to be reminded that we are loved. Therefore, we should take the time to remember a friend, a family member, someone needy or grieving in the community. A word of concern, a smile, a caring action will go a long way and bring light to someone. Lets light a candle for as many people as we can during this Christmas season, said Pastor Dave Hoard. On a lighter note, he rewrote a parody of Twas the night before Christmas, humoring the Forest Heights students. The opening songs and speech were followed by more songs and play-acting performed by the choir directed by Mrs. Hoard and a solo sung by Tonya Patterson. For the students the highlight of the morning was when a teacher dressed up as Santa and the Principal as Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. The party was enjoyed by students, not only the performers and the choir, but also More School Newsthe spectators. Teachers and parents were in great spirits as well.Abaco Central HighAnnual Candlelight Carol ServiceBy Isobel Sherman Abaco Central High School held its annual Candlelight Christmas Carol Service on December 14 at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town. Playing the organ this year was Mr. Geoffrey Sturrup, organist from Trinity Methodist Church in Nassau. The lessons were read by Senior Please see School Page 14
Page 12 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: 1.46 acres on north end. 135' on Atlantic Ocean beach. $480,000 plus 7% to close 14 lots across from Atlantic Ocean with waterfront on Inner White Sound. acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront on Black Sound. Excellent storm protection. 1.35 acres. 125' dock. Close to bonefish flats and Gillam Bay beach. $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six building set in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close acre near ocean beach and Coco Bay beach. High on ridge. Many fruit trees. B$85,000 Three acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, waterfront and Green Turtle Club $60-$70,000 each 2 bed 2 bath furnished home with view of ocean and Sea of Abaco. A/C throughout. W/D. Wrap around porch. Reef close enough to swim to. Many custom pieces. $575,000 plus 7% to close ONO North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close Hilltop lot 200' by 300' offering views of the Sea of Abaco and Coco Bay. Large mature trees. B$360,000 Under construction: three 40 x 32 foot 2 bedroom 2 full bath cottages. 9 ft. ceilings. Landscaped. Central A/C Water maker. Ceiling fans throughout. Five minute walk to Coco Bay beach and 5 more minutes walk to ocean beach. B$ 375,000 gross A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. Needs work. $660,000 ONO Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Two inland lots 1/3 acre each located within walking distance of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Good elevation. B$90,000 each firm New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135 on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $960,000 gross New! 112 x 200 ocean front lot on north end of island. Outstanding ocean veiws. Reef is close enough to swim to. $495,000 plus 7% to close New! Prime water front commercial / residential location in the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Site of take-away restaurant plus two bedrooms and two baths; kitchenette and great room. Private deck. Furnished two story building. Near public dock. Views of water from both floors. $320,000 plus 2% to close Two bedroom one bath basically furnished home with large deck and view of Coco Bay. Just steps away from beautiful Coco Bay Beach. 18,000 gallon rain water tank. Basement. Garage. Good elevation. 1/3 acre. B $398,000 firm MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross ABACO MAIN LAND: 100' x 200' on the Sea of Abaco. Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110' x 200' on Sea of Abaco. New nearly finished home 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Near Fire Road B$177,000 UNDER CONTRACT: Lot 11 Coco Bay $70,800 gross Lot 10 Coco Sound Tract $180,000 plus 7% to close Lot No. 4 Bight O Bay Beach $360,000 plus 7% to close Lot 9 Green Turtle Estates $45,000 plus 7% to closeOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: email@example.com www.oceanblueproperties.comChange Ministries of Marsh Harbour held its annual Christmas party for the children of Central Abaco. The church, under the leadership of Pastor Samuel Cornish, now meets in the warehouse previously used by Abaco Water. The party was held there. Besides plenty of food, they gave out gifts to all the children. Bicycles and computers were awarded children making three consecutive basketball hoops. Approximately 1000 toys were give to thechildren. After giving every child in attendane a gift, many toys were left over. The church officials drove through Dundas Town, Murphy Town and the Mud giving out toys until the supply was exhausted. Six hundred hamburgers and 200 hot dogs were served to the adults and children attending the preChrustmas gathering.Gifts Came Early for These ChildrenDavid Smith, Jr. won this bicycle by making a basket three times consecutively. Mark Douglas was in charge of the bicycle and computer give-away program. Contact: Chris Farrington, BRI P h. 242-365-4695 firstname.lastname@example.orgFeatured PropertiesMAKINGREAL ESTATE REAL EASY This one of a kind estate offers an incredible waterfront panorama with sweeping waterfront views. Approximately 100' of water frontage and deep water dockage just minutes to the ocean. There is over 1.7 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The property is perched on one of the highest elevations on the island, at its peak you can enjoy 360 degree views. The main residence which comprises 3,076 square feet on two levels. This masterpiece has the highest quality workmanship with the finest finishes throughout including hand made built-in cabinetry constructed from the finest woods from around the world. Two bedrooms two bathrooms including a guest bathroom both on different levels, make up the main house which also includes a wrap around screened porch facing the harbour. The guest cottage is located at the foot of the dock with its own swimming pool. This building comprises over 1400 square feet and also is two bedroom and two bathroom combining a living room/dining room/game room. There is also a laundry and a screened porch. The estate is complete with its own standby generator and reverse osmosis system. There is also a summer kitchen with a built in bar-b-que pit. Uncompromising quality describes this estate. Offered at $3,500,000. www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Turtle Landing Turtle Landing Turtle Landing Turtle Landing Turtle Landing Treasure CayRomantic Beach Front LivingGorgeous 2 bedroom / 2 bath cottage located on world famous beach. Professionally designed and wonderfully furnished 1,000 s.f. with kitchen and laundry room. Lagoon pool, golf, 3.5 mile beach and watersports. Rental terms from 2 weeks to 6 months. $1,750 /week. Contact Treasure House No. 2 at 365-8797 or U.S. 561-753-9300A must see! This youngster received one of the 1000 gifts given out by Change Ministries. Conde Naste, an premium travel magazine, recently had an article on six desirable destinations for a second home in the Americas. They began the article with this question. Should a second home satisfy an urge for farflung adventure or enhance your portfolios growth potential? The first destination the article listed was Abaco. The author reported that it was one place where a house could enrich their readers lives and increase their nest egg. The description of Abaco follows. With tropical beaches, protected waters and brightly painted seaside villages that feel more like Nantucket than Nassau, the Abaco Islands have long been the secret spot of sailors, fly fishermen and divers. Today this means low density land and housing inventory at prices lower than in Nassau or even Florida. Broker James Moir says that on Abaco, you can easily find a threebedroom beach house for a million dollars; closer to Lyford Cay, youTravel Magazine Brags on Abaco Please see Magazine Page 19
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Page 14 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax SANDPIPER BEACH Point of View 3 bed/ 2 1/2 bath CBS split level open concept home with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Lower level including living/ dining/ kitchen/ den and master bedroom suite accesses large ocean-side deck with Beach Beach and more Beach. Upstairs bedrooms each with own entry and sun deck. $1722,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD Another World This name gives you an idea of this special family island beach home. 5 bed/ 5 bath CBShouse on world reknown Treasure Cay beach with many features/ extras including a van and golf cart. A real MUST SEE $1,292,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see. $405,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $714,500 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 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. $1,200,000 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES Sea Star built as a retirees dream house, this comfortable spacious home has 2 bed / 2 bath with cozy living/dining/kitchen. Also enclosed porch, carport, utility room. Lush garden w/ picket fence. Package shows lots of TLC. $370,000 Bahama Sunset Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has livingdiningkitchen den with mater suite and large covered deck. Downstairs 1 bed/ 1 bath/ living also large garage/ workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $950,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgMember NEW! NEW! NEW!Call for more information and prices 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 2 bed / 2 bath -24 ft. wide slip w/ 2 large docks, very special condo w/ many features MUST SEE$430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, w/ boat slip and stsorage shed $296,400 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath $113,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath, excellent condition $225,000 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house, front row location with wrap-around deck oceanside $450,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $550,000 Plus 14% closing LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,520,000 Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $984,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $125,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD Administrator Revis Rolle, Principal Euthal Green, teachers and students. The handbell choir of Abaco Central High School performed and other students offered instrumental selections. In his brief remarks Administrator Rolle said it was important to keep Christ in Christmas and always remember that Jesus Christ is the reason for the season. Mr. Green, Mrs. Nadene Beneby, and Mr. Ken Roberts led the ceremony of the lighting of the candles.Central Abaco PrimaryAwards Day Held at SchoolBy Portia Jonsson On December 17 the teachers and staff at Central Abaco Primary recognized the students in grades 1 through 5 during an Awards Day ceremony for having excelled throughout the past school year 2003/2004. Awards were given for Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll and Principals List. More than 10 students made the Principals List and over 130 were named on the Honor Roll. They were rewarded with certificates and trophies for their hard work. Mrs. Eunice Mills, school principal, told the recipients that they have worked hard during the last school year. She further advised the others that getting an award is entirely up to them. She added that the days ceremony highlights the good things. Vice-principal Beatrice Moxey brought brief remarks saying that the students were reaping the awards for their hard work. She encouraged them to study hard and they will be rewarded. The students entertained all in song, dance and recital. We all want our children to do well in school. While there are numerous factors affecting their success that we have little or no control over, there are many ways in which parents can be a positive influence. Research studies consistently reveal that high student achievement and self-esteem are closely related to positive parental participation in education. Parents and schools need to work together so all children can succeed in school. SchoolFrom Page 11 Thirty-three members of the Abaco Chapter of the Bahamas Real Estate Association met for the fist time since last March for a special December 15th Christmas luncheon at the Jib Room at Marsh Harbour Marina. Joined by Mr. Pat Strachan, President of the Bahamas Real Estate Association based in Nassau, they were there to socialize, to welcome new members and to discuss serious business. Mr. Stafford Symonette led with a prayer and Abaco Chapter President Brent Cartwright welcomed Mr. Strachan and all members and guests. Lively discussion surrounded several issues including that of unlicenced brokers who resell property for developers, unlicenced foreign agents coming into The Bahamas and selling real estate, real estate appraisers who are willing to give a low appraisal in order to gain a banks business and rogue lawyers who sell real estate. As each issue was raised to Mr. Strachan, his reply was the same, Put your complaint in writing, send it to me, and we will investigate. He was aware of many of these issues and that any foreign agent from the United States attempting to sell real estate in The Bahamas can have his license to do business in the States revoked by the Department of Professional Regulations there. He further said that the Bahamas Real Estate Association exists to provide members with ways to improve themselves professionally, mentioning upcoming seminars that will allow realtors to obtain a brokers license. He urged all members to obtain a code of ethics that he encouraged members to abide by. Attending a trade seminar was suggested which is scheduled for February 2006 in Palm Beach hosted by the Palm Beach Association of Realtors. The Bahamas Real Estate Associations Abaco Chapter will be hosting additional meetings in the new year. Interested parties are welcome to contact Brent Cartwright at Aisle of Palms Realty.Realtors Hear From BREA Chairman Mr. Pat Strachan, BREA ChairmanAlburys Ferry NoticeThe Abaconian regrets that the Alburys Ferry Notice in December 15 issue was not correct. Please refer to the correct Notice in the December 1 issue. Please note that the late night trips between Hope Town and Marsh Harbour will be for Friday and Saturday nights only.
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B Mailin Sands -email@example.com Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour#5150 Harbour front property on Pelican Shores. Lovely parcel runs 172 on the harbour and consists of more than an acre of property. Features a 3 bed/3.5 bath house with covered carport. This prime piece of property is unique and rare. Could have a commercial venture possibility. Room for expansion Lots of potential. -$1,750,000 Guana CaySUMMERWIND-#50382bed/2bath home with central A/C, close walk to beach. Great rental potential through nearby resort, with right to use resorts amenities. Perfect for that vacation get-away .-$260,000 Marsh Harbour -#5105 Duplex available for sale. Each side 2beds/1bath with open floor plan Furnished and wellkept.!-$260,000 ________________________________ __ Man-O-War-vacant interior lot in town, close to amenities-$17,500-SOLD Man-O-War vacant interior lots, close to Atlantic Beach, and close to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. $120,000 Long BeachBeautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. Sand Banks vacant property on main highway to Treasure Cay. Large parcels,and sea views. Bahama Coral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure CayCanal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDERCONTRACT Cabbage Point5 acres parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Marsh HarbourVacant property on Key Club Road approx 0.7 acres, features elevations. $92,000.GuanaCayTwo vacant lots side by side situated only a short distance from the settlement of GuanaCay. $144,000 each. Treasure Cay, Abaco-New Exclusives -Luxury HomesLuxury Home A, features 3 bedrooms/3.5baths, 12 ceilings,and custom made kitchen cabinets. Also features a study, and 2 car garage. $3,400,000 Luxury Home B, Features 4 bedrooms, 4.5baths, 14 ceilings, and custom made kitchen cabinets. Boasts of a study, and a 2 car garage. $3,700,000These two superbly built, luxury homes, feature the finest incraftsmanship. Beautiful and strong, these two Treasure Cay beauties are immaculate, beautifully decorated, and tastefully furnished. These homes are waiting on the buyer who want the very best in life. Precisely positioned on gorgeous beachfront property, both fine structures, demand the glorious view of the turquoise water, and powder white sandy beach. Nicely landscaped and brand new, they are awaiting their lucky owner! Dont delay and miss your opportunity to own A Perfect Paradise! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT Boat Harbour #5203-Great GuanaCay-#Vacant property featuring water on both sides. Accessible by boat only. THIS LOT WONT LAST LONG! $198,000 Marsh Harbour New Price#5205-4 bedroom 2bath house on Don Mackay Blvd. Prime area for a commercial venture. 26,513 sq. ft of property. Great central location.$206,000 PRICED TO SELLNEWSOLDNEW PRICEMarsh Harbour -#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on the main tourist strip. FANTASTIC INVESTMENT Call today for more details on this fine offering. Sandy Point -#5072-This 1 story home is located on a pretty powder white beach. This home consists of 3bed/2bath, utility garage and boat house. Great area for bone fishing, and deep sea fishing.www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMarsh Harbour-# 5220Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details.Dundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135 on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. $125,000 Sweetings Village-# 5224-Two bed/2bath 1400 sq ft island beauty, immaculate condition. Excellent elevation. Built in 2001 and has lovely views of the Sea of Abaco. $325,000 Sweetings Village-# 5225-Brand new 2bed/2bath concrete residence. Elevated and comprises of approx 1000 sq ft. Also includes hobby room and outside decking $230,000.Marsh Harbour#5219-Vacant properety comprises of approx 1.25 acres.Could serve as residential or commercial property. Call today for more details. NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE PRICED REDUCED NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE Man-O-War, DickiesCay -#5234This home consist of 3bed/3 bath.. Modern kitchen, laundry room and living area. Features a dock with boat shed and a boat lift Call for more details. HAPPY NEW YEARFROM COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTYNew Exclusive UNDER CONTRACT GuanaCay, BoatHarbour-Vacant property featuring water on both sides.Accessibleby boat only.SOLD
Page 16 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourAbaco 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. Call for Charter and Group rates.For more information call 242-367-2498 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Majors Air Service Flight Schedule Days Leave Freeport Arrive Marsh Harbour Leave Marsh Harbour Arrive Freeport 8:45 a.m. Thursdays thru Mondays Tuesdays & Wednesdays 7 a.m. 4 p.m. 7 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:45 a.m. 8 a.m. 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 5:45 p.m.The kids performed a comparative vegetation survey in the Inagua National Park and identified fish at the coral reef. The group toured the Morton Salt plant, the Matthewtown Lighthouse Station, the local museum, library and Administration building. The group attended a benefit concert at the Methodist Church and the All-Age School assembly where the SPEC programs and mission were introduced. Mario Sawyer and Tonkia Russell described their learning and experiences on Inagua and throughout their SPEC camps. Throughout the trip the group was challenged each day to cooperatively answer a set of questions about the environmental and conservation lessons of that day. In addition, they were asked to write about their favorite moments of that day. On November 22 the final Inagua Expedition slide show and presentation was held at the Sandy Point Anglican Church Hall. Over 40 kids, parents and friends had a glimpse into the trip with a short slide show and were impressed as each child presented the similarities and differences between the two islands. But the highlight of the evening was listening and watching the smiles on the kids and chaperones faces as they retold their favorite moments. Some favorite moments included climbing to the top of the lighthouse, singing and dancing to Peel Banana seeing flamingos, hiding Mr. Muffin, favorite stuffed bear, and having lots and lots of pillow fights! Overall, the trip was a great way to spark learning and personal growth in the children and adults and was an experience that will last a lifetime. SPEC and BMMS would like to thank Lyford Cay Foundation for its support which made the 2004 SPEC programs a success. For additional information on the Great Inagua Island expedition or future SPEC environmental educational programs, please contact BMMS Project Director, Diane Claridge, via email at email@example.com. InaguaFrom Page 8 During the lunch hour at Sapodillys Restaurant and Bar on December 8th patrons not only enjoyed their meal but were treated to a lively and colourful fashion show by local models showcasing the latest styles from three of the leading boutiques in town: Wrackers, Island Girl Boutique and Adam & Eve. Featured were casual, resort and elegant wear, as well as childrens clothing. Wrackers models included Nickie and Carol; Island Girl models: Kelly and Raven; and Adam & Eve models: Layna, Aurora, Tanner, Kristi and Maria.Lunch Features a Fashion Show New Edition Now AvailableSixteenth Annual Edition includes updated colour nautical charts, 8 additional pages, new colour aerial photographs, a proven GPS waypoint system and progressive harbour entry photographs to provide expert guidance for novices or experienced mariners.Also Available direct from White Sound Press Voice: 386 423-7880 Fax 386 423-7557 Web: www.wspress.com email: firstname.lastname@example.orgStill Only $19.95Available at most marina stores and fine gift shops throughout Abaco. Wholesale distribution in Abaco by Abaco Treasures and Solomons Abaco. Retail in United States by West Marine, Boat US, Boaters World, Cruising Guide Publications, and Bluewater Books and Charts. The Cruising Guide to Abaco New Years Messagefrom Cubel Davis, Jr.Murphy Town Committee Chairman Central Abaco DistrictI would like to take this time to thank all my constituents for your support throughout the year. With your help we can take Murphy Town to a new level in the coming year. I look forward to working with you to improve our town. Habe a blessed and prosperous New Year. Greetings of the Season fromYvonne KeyChairman of the MarshHarbour Town Committee We all have experienced a very trying year with two hurricanes during September. But we have to remember that we have much to be thankful for. We are recovering well and are striving to get back to normal. I have been happy to serve you in improving our community. I appreciate your support and hope that we can work together in the future to make our community even better. We face some major problems which will take much work and patience to overcome. But it will take the cooperation of everyone working together to make things happen. My wish for you is that you have a healthy, happy and fulfilling year.
January 1, 2005 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 Man-O-War 4 bedroom, 2 bath, living, kitchen, laundry, porch, etc. Rain water cisterns approx. 20,000 gal, 20 KW generator, house fully air conditioned, storage shed 20x 50, property 75x150. Price $590,000 net. or will sell just house on 75x75 $395,000 net Call 242-365-6058 or 242-477-5944 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $325,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements Your concierge realtor on AbacoSandra Evans, BRI Multiple Listing Broker Bill Thorndycraft, Sales Agent East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Fax: email@example.com www.abacorealtor.comPrivate line: 242-367-5576 Cell Phone: 242-357-6638 Residence: 242-367-2040 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 Mr. B.D. Styles at 367-2141.BIDS ONLYMurphy 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 #1Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour, Govt Sub 3 bed 2 1/2 bath, 2100 sq. ft. 1 bed efficiency on bottom floor, garage. For more information contact Clarice Roberts 367-3131 W 367-5354 BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Green Turtle Cay home fully furnished, 2 bed/ 2 bath on 1.5 acre penninsula with deck overlooking Sea of Abaco $2200 per month. 3654226 Guana Cay brand new island apts. with harbour views, 2 bed/1 bath, full kitchens, TV, VCR. $1000 / week. 242-365-5082 or 904-982-2762 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 Lubbers Quarters vacation rentals, secluded, privately owned coastal cottage, 15 min. boat ride from Marsh Harbour. www.abacoseaside.com RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations Rentals RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSMarsh Harbour, Sweetings Village, 2 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment. $800 Contact 3673965 FOR SALEFOR SALE FOR SALEFOR SALE FOR SALE1 4560 John Deere Tractor 1 Discing Machine 1 Heavy Duty Mower Interested persons please send written bids to Bahamas Development Bank.All rights reserved to reject any or all bids. At a time of the year when we like to embellish our homes with outside colors, we should be aware that some of the most colorful plants can be poisonous. Possibly the most popular Christmas plant is the poinsettia. Its vivid red or white leaves (called bracts) are synonymous with Christmas. Fortunately, the commercially cultivated varieties contain very little poisonous chemicals. As a result, people and animals react inconsistently with this plant. Contact with the sap from a freshly cut stem can cause irritation or blistering of the skin in some individuals and severe inflamation of the eyes. Eating it has been known to cause inflamation of the mouth and throat and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract. People sometimes suffer delayed reactions from contact with the plant hours or even days later. It is recommended that sap should be washed immediately from the skin with water and soap. Eyes should be flushed abundantly with water, and vomiting induced if taken internally if vomiting has not yet occurred. Beautify your home beautiful with poinsettias. Just use caution with how you handle these plants.Poinsettias Can Be Poisonous Jim and Kathe Mayer Happy 40th Anniversary and CongratulationsWith Love from Your Entire Family
Page 18 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005 You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-W MAN-O-W MAN-O-W MAN-O-W MAN-O-W AR GRAR GR AR GRAR GR AR GR OCEROCER OCEROCER OCER YY YY Y BB BB B UDS & BL UDS & BL UDS & BL UDS & BL UDS & BL OOMOOM OOMOOM OOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA CYCY CYCY CY PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR OCEROCER OCEROCER OCER Y STY ST Y STY ST Y ST OREORE OREORE ORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER VICE STVICE ST VICE STVICE ST VICE ST AA AA A TIONTION TIONTION TION TEXATEXA TEXATEXA TEXA CO Q CO Q CO Q CO Q CO Q UU UU U ALITY ST ALITY ST ALITY ST ALITY ST ALITY ST ARAR ARAR AR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR OCEROCER OCEROCER OCER Y HOPE Y HOPE Y HOPE Y HOPE Y HOPE TT TT T OO OO O WNWN WNWN WN BB BB B AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AMILAMIL AMILAMIL AMIL Y MARKET Y MARKET Y MARKET Y MARKET Y MARKET K & S K & S K & S K & S K & S AA AA A UTUT UTUT UT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICE L VICE L VICE L VICE L VICE L TDTD TDTD TD SOLSOL SOLSOL SOL OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER CENTERCENTER CENTERCENTER CENTER LL LL L OO OO O WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST ORE GREEN ORE GREEN ORE GREEN ORE GREEN ORE GREEN TURTUR TURTUR TUR TLE CATLE CA TLE CATLE CA TLE CA YY YY Y Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO Port DepartmentPublic NoticeEffective January 1st, 2005, commercial vessel(s) carrying twelve (12) passengers or more will be required to have another crew member in addition to the Captain. (Note that additional crew need not hold a B Captains License.) ALL Captains and Crew members of any commercial crafts (i.e. ferry boats, dive boats, bonefish boats and cargo boats) must be S.T.C.W. certified by January 1st, 2005. You and your employees have the option of taking this course on Abaco. The Training Division of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force will commence the S.T.C.W. training on Abaco on October 11th, 2994. For further information regarding cost, time and location, contact the Port Department at 367-0038 or 367-2934. Your compliance in these matters is anticipated. Captain Cyril A. Roker Port Administrator Price Right Gives Car and Lot St. Francis de Sales Catholic SchoolFund Raising Raffle Winners Drawn on Friday, November 26, 20041.RTfor Two to W. Palm Beach, Fl( 476)Charlene Brice 2.RTfor One to Ft. Lauderdale, FL(1002)Davina Knowles 3.RTfor One to Freeport(4383)Keano V. Delancy 4. Inch Coloured Television(1927)Justiss McEwan 5. 14k Gold Charm(3661)Diane Soloman 6.Gift Basket(4332)Wardeina Wright 7.Computer Desk( 59)Malik 8.DVD Player(1211)Robyn Miller 9.One Body Massage(4744)Freelandria Rolle 10.His & Her Watches(4137)Quincey Adam Frances Smith 11.Dinner for Two(1262)Sabrina Sweeting 12.Dinner for Two(3973)Drayton Russell 13.Dinner for Two( 923)Rick Zandalli 14.Sunday Brunch for Two(3257)Charlene Adderley 15.Lunch for Two(3294)Travis Spicer 16.Lunch for Two(2013)Willicia Charlovs 17.Coffee Set( 449)Selena Grammatico Price Right Grocery Store in Marsh Harbour held a drawing on December 24. The first winning ticket, drawn by Police Officer 2083 Rolle, was for a new Suzuki Ignis. The winner was Mrs. Celeste Pinder of Marsh Harbour shown here on the right. Mrs. Rochelle Lightbourn is giving her the keys. The second winning ticket, also drawn by Officer Rolle, was for a lot in Tall Pines Estates. The winner was Mrs. Gay Albury of Marsh Harbour. She is shown here on the right with Mrs. Rochelle Lightbourn and Officer Rolle. Customers earn Preferred Perks points through purchases. For every 500 points the customer qualifies for a raffle ticket. Price Right has had a drawing several times yearly for major items such as a car, piece of property or cruise. Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 The following licenses expire December 31 of each year and must be individually renewed. Invoices, statements and friendly reminders are not issued, and it is up to each license holder to take the necessary steps to be in compliance. Licenses are required for: Music, Dancing and Liquor Gun and firearms Commercial Boats Masters and Boat Captains Commercial and Private Docks Commercial and Private Moorings Groynes, abutments and breakwaters (Includes any construction on the sea-bed) Persons holding liquor, music and dancing licenses must apply for annual renewal and are subject to an inspection. All gun owners must bring their guns to the police station in their district for inspection prior to renewing their license. After the inspection, the license is paid for in the administrators office. Commercial boat owners are advised to contact the Port Officer or Port Authority in their district for an inspection and renewal of the license. This includes fishing boats and rental boats. Commercial boats may be subject to new regulations as the Bahamas complies with international maritime standards. Contact the Port Department for the latest information. Private pleasure boat licenses expire March 31, 2000, and must be renewed before that date. Drivers licenses expire at the end of the month of the holders birthday. Private vehicle licenses expire twelve months after the vehicle was first registered and licensed. Commercial and company vehicles must be inspected and relicensed by March 31 of each year. Businesses licenses must be submitted by annually be April 30 calculated on the gross sales or revenue of the business for the previous calendar year. Bicycles and dogs require an annual licenses. Marriage licenses are required for all weddings.A Summary of Common License Renewals Required
January 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B 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) 489-0852 www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town 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: email@example.com www.drillrig.i8.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,1999 Jet Ski, Yamaha 750, like new. $5000 Call 366-0251 15 Boston Whaler 75 HP Mercury. $11,000. Call 366-0251 23 The finest example of Man-O-War boat building. The hull is Bahamian mahagony, glassed over and lovingly maintained. Heavy, fast and ver seakindly. 100+ gallon fuel tank and low hour Yahama. $40,000 OBO Call 404869-7537 25 Grady White Sailfish cuddy cabin, walkaround, new bottom paint, powered by twin 225 HP Evinrude ram ficht engines, low hours. $48,000 OBO Call 367-2598 25 Anna Capri, 200 Mercury, with cabin, VHF, AM/FM radio, 80 gal gas tank, stern bracket. $10,500 OBO Call Steve Sands at 3655176 Boat is in Guana 26 Sea Cat twin 130 HP 2004 Evinrudes 25 hrs. w/ warranty, trailer, VHF, fish finder, Garmin map GPS, outriggers, live bait well, fresh and salt water pumps. Asking $60,000 Ph 367-2289 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 2004 Chevy Silverado single cab truck (blue) only 8000 miles, brand new, fully loaded. Asking $31,000 OBO Contact Tara @ 3576842 or 367-0205 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 SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs VEHICLES FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. 26 2003 MercPanga w/200hp Merc EFI OB, VHF, depthfinder, ss prop, trim tabs, 2 anchors, all safety equip. A steal at $29,500 Call 3656008 29 Bristol sailboat, needs fiberglass work. $1000 Call 366-0444 32 Endeavor Barnacle DUTY PAID, very good condition, Yanmar, A/C, ref, 1 KW generator, 10 sailing dinghy. Offered at $23,800 For more info call Don at 262-377-8418 36 Pearson Ketch slight hurricane damage to toe rail, life lines and mizzen mast. For sale as is at $21,000. Boat can be seen in Green Turtle Cay. Contact Jimmie Lowe 242-3579077 or Jody Lowe 365-4195 38 C&C Landfall, 1981, Recent Awlgrip, new canvas, recent Sobstad jib with a foam luff, Harkin roller-furling headstay, Yanmar 30 HP diesel, H&C water, propane stove/oven, refrig.Treasure Cay. $49,000 Ph. 242-3658467Cornish Painting CoPainting Inside and Outside Pressure Cleaning Mildew Removal Varnish and Pickling Water proofing Pressure Washer for Rent Call 367-2773 Cell 559-9152 COMMERCIAL SERVICES Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property 24 Hr. Security Guards Body Guards Money Escort Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE2 mini split air conditioners 2 1/2 tons, 2 compressors 1 2 1/2 ton 1 1 1/2 ton. All package for $1600. Call 365-6128 days 365-6059 nights Smart Body Oils, designer and traditional perfume oils, long lasting, handy pocket/purse size, mens and womens fragrances. Try one today. Tel 367-3520 or 559-8538Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs Sunrise Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201 would have to pay more than $2.5 million. Nonetheless, paces are rising: The range for beachfront homes last year was $300,000 to $2 million; in the first six months of this year, it inched up to $500,000 to $3 million. But residents, brokers and tour operators arent hoping for another Nassau. There is strong local commitment to sustainable growth through ecotourism, beach and historic-building preservation and low impact development. Guana Cay was suggested as the developing hot spot. Winding Bay and Schooner Bay were mentioned favorably. MagazineFrom Page 12 By Isobel Sherman The Abaco Chapter of the Bahamas Red Cross now has a brand-new office. According to Barbara Johnson, group leader of the Abaco Chapter of the Bahamas Red Cross, the office is located next to Computer Creations where the Beacon Book Shop was located. The office will be used for the monthly meetings of the Abaco Chapter. A schedule of office hours will be announced at a later date.Red Cross Will Open Office
Page 20 B The Abaconian January 1, 2005Northern Abaco Cays 30 acre, secluded, private island. Lush vegetation, beautiful wide, sloping beach, Fresh water well, a number of attractive building sites. Ideal for the discerning adventurer wishing a truly unique retreat #AB3666 NEW PRICE $750,000. "Joe's Cay" NEW PRICEMan-O-War Cay The Creek 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,000 sq.ft. Home with 1,500 sq.ft. of open and covered porch and deck on over 1/2 acre with great views. 50' of Harbour frontage, studio dock house with two beds, kitchen and bath on 66' Private Dock. Furnished. #AB122 $925,000. "Lookout" Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 1 1/2 Acres -private dock with boatlift Fabulous Views. The privacy of a private island with in town convenience. Furnished. #AB67$2,950,000 "Pelican Point" "Cornish Cay" Sea of Abaco 38 Acre private Island Great Beaches 2 bedroom, 1 bath residence, 2 Guest Cottages, Caretaker's Cottage, Barn, Tennis Court, Sea Plane Ramp, Boat Basin with Boat Lift, Boat Ramps, Breakwater protected Dock, Solar Power and generators # AB 119 $4,900,000 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of Covered and Open porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121$1,035,000 "Casa Sirena"Great Guana Cay Colonial plantation style 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 3,900 sq.ft. home 450 sq.ft. dock house with screened porch. On an extremely private 3/4 acre point. 170 of deep water frontage with dock. Mature native landscaping Superb Sea of Abaco Views. #AB125 $1,380.000 "Blueberry Hill" "B-Team" Treasure Cay Galleon Bay 4 Bedroom, 3 bath, 4,000 sq.ft. canal-front home with 1,280 sq.ft. of open and covered decks situated over 3/4 acre. 48 lay-along private dock.Beautifully furnished with great Sea of Abaco views. #AB124 $1,395,000. Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft residence with 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq.ft guest house. Southeastern point of island. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Superb ocean and cay views. Furnished # AB112NEW PRICE $1,970,000. "Point of View" Treasure Cay Brigantine Bay 6 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath 5,500 sq.ft. Canal-front home on two levels 100' Dock with 6' depth, Four car garage. Great family home or Corporate retreat. fully and tastefully Furnished. #AB120 $2,290,000. "Final Approach" Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 5 Bedroom, 3 bath home set on over 1/2 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Open decks for fabulous ocean views, elevation for Sea of Abaco Views. Fully furnished and equipped. #AB123 $1,379,000 "Surfside"Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" 2 1/2 Acres Sea-to-sea. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,920 sq.ft. residence. 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath guest complex on beach. 259' of beautiful Sea of Abaco beach. Lush landscaping, a myriad of fruit trees. Fully furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 $3,700,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Endless Summer"4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000.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 "Blueberry Hill" Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 970 sq.ft. residence with 2 rental cottages. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Centrally located but good privacy. Fully Furnished. Swimming Pool. Great Income Producer. # AB115 $347,000.Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/ Warehouse Building Great for service business or wholesaler Good relocation property for businesses expanding into Abaco from Nassau or Freeport. AB110 $290,000. Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District ManagerEstate Agent Green Turtle CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 Cell: (242) 554-9451 e.mail: email@example.com VHF Channel 16 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 Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best trained 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. HOMES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org/01/04 Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: email@example.com John Cash, BRIBroker Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org VACANT LAND Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #40 9,778 sq.ft. AB5155 Extra Large Corner Parcel $299,000. #41 7,070 sq.ft. AB5156 Good Elevation Sea View $360,000. #45 6,968 sq.ft. AB5066 Good Elevation Sea View UNDER CONTRACT Cabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beachfront Building Sites Mid-way between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay # AB5142 $118,000. Great Guana Cay 5.9 Beautiful sea-to-sea acresSouth end of Great Guana Cay 395' of Ocean frontage. 160' of Sea of Abaco frontage. 245' of semi-private boat basin frontage. Good elevations for fabuolus ocean and sea views #AB5176 $2,950,000. 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.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. Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0700 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: email@example.com Faron SawyerEstate Agent Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242) 359 6981 e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat 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$749,000.Treasure Cay "Son Burns" 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home on 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 UNDER CONTRACT Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Drive -"Steiner House" 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $355,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,400 sq.ft of living space. Private Dock Slip. Superb views of the Sea of Abaco Fully Furnished and Equipped Good Rental Income Producer. # AB68 $585,000. "Sea View"Sea of Abaco Private Island 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. 8' of water at western end. Fresh water electricity and cable near-by. Also called Lower Turtle Rock. #AB5147 $375,000. "Carrington Cay"