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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 1 VOLUME 12, NUMBER 2, JANUARY 15th, 2004 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 Seniors Compete in Boxing Day JunkanooFour Groups Rush in Holiday EventThe Carnival Is Coming Murphy Town Park January 16 February 1 Please see Junkanoo Page 2 Green Turtle Cay held its annual New Years Day Junkanoo celebration. The tiny community with its narrow streets is crowded as perhaps as many as a thousand off island visitors are drawn to this event. This year they organized two parades, the Junior Junkanoo group followed by the Senior revellers. Shown above are two of the young costumed participants. By Jennifer Hudson and Portia Jonsson Many spectators gathered in downtown Marsh Harbour on the evening of December 26th, Boxing Day, to enjoy the sounds of goat skin drums and cowbells, to see the beautiful and colourful costumes and to just be a part of what is truly Bahamian, Junkanoo. Adult Junkanoo groups combined for the first time for the parade. In previous years a few of the settlements have had their own parades whilst only the Supreme Dancers appeared in Marsh Harbour for the past few years. This year the government provided incentives for the groups to expand, upgrade and combine for one larger parade in Marsh Harbour. Overcast skies and earlier showers during the day threatened the cancellation of the Senior Junkanoo Parade but they soon disappeared. Of the six groups which registered to perform only four showed which was disappointing. Those appearing were the Spring City Rockers with the theme Feeding the Nation the Green Turtle RockersFirst Abaco Bird Count Was Great Success Thirty-five people made history on January 3 as they participated in the first Abaco bird count in the Abaco National Park. They divided into groups with a bird expert in each group to identify each sighting. They counted 1900 birds of 71 species. This information, gathered annually, can provide important data on the overall health of our natural environment. See story on page 14. Photo supplied by Ron PagliaroEveryone Enjoyed the Boat Parade The harbour of Marsh Harbour was the setting for the annual Boat Parade on January 22 which is so much part of Abacos Christmas season festivities. All shorelines are lined with people and the docks are full to watch the gaily decorated boats parade past followed by a spectacular fireworks show. The business community of Marsh Harbour works together to produce this anticipated event. Please see story on page 28.

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Page 2 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 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 bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICE RENTAL BIKES At Harbour View Marina Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2278snappas@msn.com Open 11 am until. . 7 days a week Happy Hour Daily 5 7:30World Famous Grilled Food & CocktailsWild Wednesday Happy Hour 5 11 Major Credit Cards accepted JunkanooFrom Page 1 with the theme Under the Sea the Little Abaco Conquers with the theme Tainos and the Supreme Dancers with the theme Party Time Those not showing were the Blackwood Warriors and the Sandy Point Earthmovers. Although the judging panel was different from that for the Junior Junkanoo Parade, these judges had also attended a Junkanoo workshop and the points system was the same. The only difference was that penalties were enforced in this parade. Judging took place in the following categories: Best Overall, Music, Group Performance, Execution of Theme and Best Banner. Penalties were deducted and only one group was penalized 25 points for swapping members. By the end of the evening it was the Spring City Rockers under the leadership of Colin Curry capturing First Place. With less than 35 points behind the winners, the Green Turtle Cay Rockers took Second Place. Third and Fourth Places went to the LA Conquers and Supreme Dancers, respectively. Green Turtle Cay Rockers put on a delightful display with two very attractive banners depicting underwater life, excellent choreography and music, and they received the top mark for music. Coordinator of the Junior and Senior Junkanoo Parade, Administrator Alexander Williams, said that the All Abaco Junkanoo Steering Committee will be more stringent with the rules next time. He encouraged the leaders of the groups to be open minded in competitive spirit. He said this parade was the first time in a very long time that they came together in regulated competition. The All Abaco Junkanoo Steering Committee was formed this past summer. The Committee comsists of representatives from various senior groups. It is the objective of the Committee to promote Junkanoo and to develop it at all levels on Abaco. Mr. Williams consented to coordinate the Junior Junkanoo and organize the senior competition. He advised that Junior Junkanoo was very successful with a total of 11 schools competing and the Senior Junkanoo was keenly competitive. The Junkanoo Committee took on this responsibility on short notice. With the assistance of senior group leaders like Mr. Colin Curry, Mr. Floyd Johnson, Mr. Churton Toote, Mr. Leslie McIntosh and others they were able to hold a one-day workshop for students and teachers which was well attended and a half-day workshop for the judges. Training was provided by Mr. Eddie Dames of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and Mr. Arnold Bain, Chairman of the National Junkanoo Family Island Committee, who were both present for the first ever Abaco Junior Junkanoo Parade. As an encouragement, the Committee promised to give prizes to all schools that participated. Mr. Williams informed me that the Committee is planing a party for all the Junior Junkanoo participants on January 31 when trophies and prizes will be awarded.Everyone Enjoyed Junkanoo Please see Junkanoo Page 26 Green Turtle Cay presented this banner at the Junkanoo Rush held in Marsh Harbour on Boxing Day. The group came in second among the four groups that competed. The Supreme Dancers from Murphy Town had elaborate costumes as shown here by the one that Churton Toote is wearing. On the right is a drummer in Green Turtle Cay which held its annual Junaknoo parade on New Years Day.

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 3 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANYExperience, Knowledge and Innovationwww.damianos.comAt Damianos Realty its all abut YOU...If we dont have the listing YOU want...We will get it for YOU!!Selling Real Estate in the Bahamas for 58 years Thank you to all of my clients, colleagues, friends, and family who have supported me this past year. Good health and happiness to all in 2004!Kerry Sullivan Kerry@damianos.com Wishing you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS and a New Year full of prosperity and good health!!!Donna Darville donna@damianos.com Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year... looking for a home or lot, give me a call...I would love to show you around. Jane Patterson jane@damianos.com MOONSHADOW LUBBERS QUARTERS CAYThis property is definitely one of a kind. A secluded waterfront house surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, facing the prevailing summer trade winds with views of Tahiti Beach/Tilloo Cut area. Moonshadow has 166 ft. of waterfront and is fully solar-powered to run the entire household and appliances. Standby generator, additional water tank, open ceiling, hardwood floors. Property size 1.5 acres. Additional property is available for sale. Internet Ref. #1644. US$749,000.Call Laurie Schreiner: (242) 366-3143 HOMES FOR SALE ELBOW CAY Sunrise Point A surfers dream! 2 bed/1 bath, on the Atlantic, 800 sq. ft. and ready for expansion. Very cute, excellent rental history, fully furnished. $649,000. Ref. #1659 ELBOW CAY Tilloo Cut Traditional 1,700 sq. ft. 3 bd 2 bath island home in Dorros Cove, ocean views, fireplace, A/C, private dock slip, fully furnished, landscaped. $990,000. Ref. #1671 ELBOW CAY Ariel View Quality constructed 2,048 sq. ft. 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Dorros Cove, central a/c, cathedral ceilings, large covered verandah, Bermuda roof, ocean views, near Tahiti Beach, dock access, fully furnished and landscaped. $600,000. Ref. #1813 LUBBERS QUARTERS Flip Flops Beautiful beach bungalow on 1.19 acres with dock. Sandy white beach with breathtaking sunsets. Property has lush landscaping and nature trails. Numerous improvements. $395,000. Internet Ref. #1851 Wishing all a wonderful and happy new year! I look forward to helping you in 2004 with all of your real estate needs.Leslie Pinder leslie@damianos.com LOTS FOR SALE LEISURE LEE Canal lots $60,000. REDUCED DUPLEX LOT In the heart of Marsh Harbour 2 lots side by side! Reduced from $41,000 to $38,000. CASUARINA POINT 2 lots side by side by boat ramp and canals. Asking $20,000 each. NEW LISTING BAHAMA PALM SHORES SECTION I Walking distance to 8 mile sandy beach, price reduced from $20,000 to $17,500. Other lots available in Bahama Palm Shores. NEW LISTING SOUTHERN ABACO 10 acres, 200 ft. beachfront. Great investment. Priced to sell $145,000. EASTERN SHORES Last lot remaining in area! 85 ft. beachfront. Of fered for sale at $335,000. ELBOW CAY LUCAYOS SUBDIVISION 2 adjacent lots, 1/4 acre each, excellent building site, shared community dock, minutes to Hope Town, access to sandy beach. $99,000 per lot. Ref. #1971 ELBOW CAY Marnies Landing Lot 2B, large building site with excellent view and dock slip. $240,000. Internet Ref. #1850 ELBOW CAY North End Lot #33 Around the corner from Ocean, minutes from bayside and dock access. $149,000. #1876 LUBBERS QUARTERS Lots starting from $52,500. Waterfront starting at $140,000, docks available. Large beachfront lot with dock access, $260,000 Two lots with dock access not in AOC $90,000 & $130,000 May your holiday season be filled with joy and happiness and may all your dreams come true!Laurie Schreiner laurie@damianos.com BALI HAI HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAYInternet Ref. #2041Absolutely turnkeywaterfront 5,900 sq. ft. estateOverlooking Tahiti Beach4 bed 4.5 bathsOutdoor living & PoolCommercial kitchen12 seat Dining roomDock for 80 vessel & more PELICAN SHORES MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1460Last large lot available in this great community200 ft. x 255 ft. harbourfront propertyIdeal for dockageSea and harbour viewsExcellent building site1.17 acre$750,000 COZY VILLA HOPE TOWN VILLAGEInternet Ref. #2045Steps from sandy beach3b/1b character homeNewly renovatedFully landscaped outdoor living areaFully furnishedNew Gardeners shedGood Rental Turnkey$399,000 NEW LISTING MARSH HARBOUR Leslie Pinder & Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 (5045 fax) leslie@damianos.com donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Scheiner Tel/Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES HOPE TOWN Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0569 Home: 242-366-0273 jane@damianos.com NEW LISTING NOREASTER ELBOW CAY NORTH ENDInternet Ref. #19452 Island Cottages each 2 bedrooms 2 bathsGreat rental history1,000 sq. ft. eachSeaviews & steps away from beautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access$799,000 PRICE REDUCED LITTLE ORCHARD MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #1932Bahamian style 3 bedroom 2 bath home plus efficiency!Furnished80 ft. x 110 ft. lotLandscapedNice and quiet areaGreat buy$265,000 REGATTAS OF ABACO MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #8052 bed 2 bath condoGround Floor unitCentral A/C, granite countertops, tiled floors throughout & appliancesOverlooking Pool and Tennis CourtLast unit available$199,900 HOPE TOWN HOPE TOWN VILLAGEInternet Ref. #1969Purchase a portion of the property, or its entirety780 sq. ft. concrete building with long term lease to bankVacant land: 10,000+ sq. ft.Excellent elevation2 cisternsWalk to all amenities$558,500 FLIP FLOPS LUBBERS QUARTERSInternet Ref. #1851Beach bungalowWhite sandy beachfront1.19 acre propertyNumerous improvementsLush landscapingNature trailsDockBreathtaking sunsetsU$395,000

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Page 4 The Abaconian January 15, 2004By Jennifer Hudson The first ever closed season for the Nassau grouper is now in effect; therefore, during the month of January no taking, landing, processing or offering for sale of fresh Nassau grouper will be allowed. This is good news for the Nassau grouper which is in danger of becoming extinct through overfishing. January comes at the height of the spawning season for the grouper and so the ban on taking these fish during January will allow time for the fish to reproduce. The Department of Fisheries has introduced the closed season for the Nassau grouper for only one month this year but next year will extend it to both January and February and the following year possibly longer. What do the fishermen feel about this? Whilst there are some who are not respectful of the governments edict, the majority are very much in favour of this effort to protect the Nassau grouper but all fishermen interviewed have reservations as to the effectiveness of the plan. Their main concern is that while there are some Bahamian fishermen who are not very disciplined, the main problem will come from foreign poachers. They feel that the government does not have enough boats to patrol the waters to ensure that people are not catching the Nassau grouper; therefore, how can the plan be monitored and enforced to stop the poachers? Another loophole is the fact that the Nassau grouper is only one of nine species of grouper, some of which look very much alike, although an expert catching a fisherman with fresh grouper would most likely be able to tell them apart. However, I was told by a very experienced fisherman that once the fish is skinned it is very difficult to tell the species apart and once filleted, all types of grouper are virtually indistinguishable. Therefore, if inspections are carried out, it would be virtually impossible to prove that a piece of fish is Nassau grouper. The grouper species are as follows: Nassau grouper, red or deer grouper, Warsaw grouper, misty grouper, strawberry or yellow fin grouper, black fish or rock fish, Jew fish or Goliath grouper, tiger grouper or gag and red hind. Although these fish vary considerably in size, their flesh is virtually the same. The Nassau grouper and red grouper, which are particularly alike, both reach a size of about 20 pounds whereas the Jew fish can reach a size of 700 pounds while the red hind stays at about four pounds. The only unique characteristic of the Nassau grouper is that it is the only species which has worms. However, as it was pointed out, these worms could easily be removed when the fish is filleted, thus removing its only real form of identification. The general consensus among fishermen on Abaco is that they are very happy about the closed season and feel that it should be extended to cover not only January and February bur November and December also as grouper begin schooling in late October. It is felt by many that this should have been implemented at least five years ago. A closed season for crawfish has been in effect from April 1st to July 31st for many years to ensure that the species does not become extinct but some experts feel thatClosed Grouper Season Is Praised Solomons Held DrawingsSolomons SuperCenter held frequent drawings in the days before Christmas with daily giveaways and hot specials. Pictured above is Mr. Charles Calma, winner of two tickets on Bahamas Ferries to Nassau with car transportation. He was presented with the tickets by Mr. George Harris, Manager of the store. Other prizes included televisions, electronics and hundreds of dollars in gift certificates. Please see Grouper Page 17 Sea SprSea Spr Sea SprSea Spr Sea Spr aa aa a y Ry R y Ry R y R esoresor esoresor esor tt tt tHopetown, Elbow CayVillas Restaurant Marina OFFERING SPECIAL DOCK RATESSept. 1st 2003 through March 31st, 2004 Boats up to 49 $400 monthly 50 & over $525 monthly Metered water & electricity Texaco Star Port, Fuel, Oil & Ice Boat House RestaurantBar & Freshwater PoolTransportation provided from ferry dock Come by and see us, we have friendly staff waiting to serve you Open 8-5 daily VHF ch. 16 Ph: (242) 366-0065 e-mail: seasprayres@oii.net www.seasprayresort.com 2 two bedroom Villas with full Kitchens 3 one bedroom Villas with full Kitchens

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 By Jennifer Hudson The December 15th edition of The Abaconian carried an article on marine licences and fees in which was published the new rate schedule for private, commercial and industrial docks as of January 2004. The new rates include an increase for commercial docks from $.93 per foot to $6.13 per foot, an increase of more than 600 percent. That was the first time anyone on Abaco had heard about a hike in the dock fees as no notifications had been received and, understandably, there has been uproar amongst dock owners ever since. Marina owners are particularly upset as the new fees will mean a huge increase in the amount they will have to lay out in dock fees each year. The owner of a marina on one of the cays stated that whereas in the past his fees have been $1,800 per year, with this new increase they will leap to $7,800 a year. This, he says, is ridiculous and the Port Authority needs to justify this action. This is the feeling of all marina owners. They cannot understand what the government thinks it is going to achieve. The owners feel that the government has already caused a decrease in business for the marinas by increasing the cost of the cruising permit. Now they are hitting them even harder with these increased dock fees. They believe that the boaters are not going to continue coming if, on top of their raised cruising permit fee, they then have to pay increased docking fees. This is what will happen as the marina owners say they would be forced to raise the fees for boaters in order to cover this huge increase. Many marina owners feel that they will be forced to close if this new fee structure is enforced.New Dock Fees Cause ConcernManagement of the largest marina on Abaco, Boat Harbour, says that they will not be able to afford the new fees which would be astronomical. One small marina in Green Turtle Cay is still trying to rebuild after being demolished by Hurricane Floyd. The owners are still paying off a loan to the Bahamas Development Bank and are horrified at these new fees which, they say, there is no way they will be able to pay. The marina owners rightly feel that they should have been notified well in advance if a hike in fees was to take place and especially in the case of such a large one it should be introduced incrementally. Marina owners in Marsh Harbour have met together for discussion on the matter and may possibly form a Marina Association. They have taken their concerns to the Ministry of Tourism. As one owner stated, The government needs to concentrate on ways to get visitors into the country to generate more revenue, not raise taxes to deter them. When I spoke with Assistant Port Director, Capt. Cyril Roker, concerning the hike in fees he said that no matter what the fees are they will, by law, have to be paid. So far the private dock owners have been going in to pay their fees but as yet no commercial marina owners have been in. Capt. Roker has just returned from a meeting with government officials in Nassau which he requested in order to have a full understanding of the new laws. He wishes to apologize to the dock owners for the lack of notification about the new fee schedule and agrees that they should have had proper advance warning. He further states that he feels the public is under a misapprehension about how the rates are to be ascertained. Charges will only be made for USEABLE space. This means that any causeways do not have to be paid for. Only the finger piers where the boats actually tie up will be calculated and charged for. Capt. Roker plans to hold meetings with all marina owners within the next four to six weeks at the latest to try to clarify the situation and will be visiting the cays to speak with owners there. Nobody, he says, will be prosecuted for non payment until everyone has been made fully aware of exactly how to calculate the footage. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaurant, Abaco Beach Resort ABACO BEACH RESORT&BOAT HARBOURPresents our 7th annualABACO ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday Jan 31 & Feb 1 from 10 5Original Paintingsin oil, acrylic & water coloursSculpture Fabric Art Jewelry in Gold and Silver and more . .Meet the artistsOver 25 of the top artists from around The Bahamas will display including Colette Bootle, Jeep Byers, Pete Johnson, Chan Prat, Ann Ray, Kim Roberts, Don Russell, Marjolein Scott, Harriet Thompson, Donnie Wood and othersRelax and enjoy ourLive Bandat the Pool BarSaturday &: Sunday from 4pm 7pmEnjoy Lunch or Dinner at AnglersDont miss out on this annual fun weekend Artists shown were at last years showColette Bootle Pete Johnston Chan Pratt Malcolm Rae Kimberly Roberts Harriet Thompson

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Page 6 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Central Abaco NewsMarsh HarbourHealthy Chicken Is OfferedBy Isobel Sherman There is a small take out restaurant that sells rotisserie chicken, a healthy alternative to fried chicken. The name is Pops Place and it is owned by Mr. Willis Weatherford, aka as Pop. Located on the corner across from Abaco Pizza, Pops Place has become a popular place to get lunch. Reasonably priced, Pops Place offers rotisserie chicken and also fried chicken, barbequed chicken, fries, coleslaw, macaroni salad, green salad, sandwiches as well as other menu items. On Mondays the special is barbequed ribs. Pops has the reputation for serving food fast. Open for lunch only on Mondays through Saturdays, Pops Place has an enclosed area with picnic tables for those customers who wish to eat there.Real Estate Office OpensBy Portia Jonsson Mrs. June Russell, formerly an agent with Bahamas Realty, and Mr. Gregory Graham of Nassau have teamed up to open Graham Russell Real Estate in Marsh Harbour. Mrs. Russell has three and a half years experience in real estate and enjoyed a very successful career with Bahamas Realty whilst Mr. Graham has ten years experience working mainly in the Lyford Cay market. Also working in the office of Graham Russell Real Estate as an agent and office manager is Mrs. Celeste Pinder, who received her real estate license this past October. Graham Russell Real Estate will work with other local realtors in addition to maintaining their own exclusive property listings on mainland Abaco and the cays. The office is located upstairs at the corner of Queen Elizabeth Drive and Front Street in Marsh Harbour and operating hours are 9 a.m.5 pm. on Monday through Friday. You may contact them at 367-0100.Christmas Season Was a Time of GivingBy Portia Jonsson Christmas time is the season for gift giving and many business houses in Abaco said thanks to their valued customers for their patronage during the year. Among them was Abaco Hardware Limited which held its annual Customers Appreciation Day and Christmas raffle on December 23rd. Winners in the Christmas raffle were 1st prize Gas Grill / Kim Smith of Coopers Town, 2nd prize Bicycle / Wesley Albury of ManO-War Cay and 3rd prize Comforter Set / Jane Bain of Sandy Point.Theater Will CloseBy Isobel Sherman RND Cinemas in Marsh Harbour will be closing its doors in five months leaving approximately 10 part time workers out of a job. The reason is that RND Cinemas has sold its theaters in Nassau and Freeport to Galleria. Galleria will be the sole movie operator in Nassau and in Freeport when the deal is completed in about 60 days. Although many persons may not have availed themselves to the movies during the week, the theater was a place to go on weekends and on Wednesday evenings when they had 2 for the price of 1 offer.Dundas TownClinic RenovatedBy Portia Jonsson Renovations to the clinic in Dundas Town have been ongoing since the latter part of last year and are now nearing completion. Administrator Alexander Williams said that the Ministry of Health recognizes the need for health care service in the Dundas Town area which has a quite large number of senior citizens and young children. Although the building is actually in Dundas Town, the clinic will serve the residents of both Dundas Town and Murphy Town. After numerous requests from residents, the Ministry saw fit to address the situation. The renovations are just about complete and health officials are awaiting the shipment of furniture and equipment from Nassau. Services from the Please see Central Page 7 The Dundas Town clinic is being renovated preparatory to reopening it. The new walkway with handrails will make it easier for the elderly to access the building. It is on the border between Dundas Town and Murphy Town and will serve the medical needs of both communities. On Christmas Day the Heal Our Land group organized and cooked Christmas dinners for 200 persons in the Central Abaco area and delivered them during the early afternoon. Organized by Mrs. Kathleen Knowles, her small band kept very busy during the holidays helping in several projects. They are shown here making up the plates prior to delivery. 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 & MulchBromeliads in a wide assortment of sizes and colours now in stock Add colour to your home with these low maintenance plants Visit our display at the Art Show Visit our display at the Art Show Visit our display at the Art Show Visit our display at the Art Show Visit our display at the Art Show Abaco Beach RAbaco Beach R Abaco Beach RAbaco Beach R Abaco Beach R esort Jan 31 & Feb 1 esort Jan 31 & Feb 1 esort Jan 31 & Feb 1 esort Jan 31 & Feb 1 esort Jan 31 & Feb 1See our bronze sculptures and gold jewelry in Marsh HarbourPetes Pub Open 7 Days a Week Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour F F F F F riday riday riday riday riday 55 55 5 pm Untilpm Until pm Untilpm Until pm UntilLocated in Little Harbour 13 miles South of Marsh Harbour by road or boat Website: www.petespub.com e-mail: pete@petespub.com P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-3503

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 CentralFrom Page 6 Marsh Harbour clinic will be extended to the clinic in Dundas Town. Administrator Williams informed me of the Minister of Healths concern to know that health care services are extended to everyone regardless of their residence. It is the concern of the Ministry to address the establishment of a clinic on Guana Cay and Mr. Williams has advised that this is next on the agenda. More Central Abaco NewsTown Committee Donates ChairsBy Cay Mills On December 18th the Dundas Town Committee and its Chairman, Mr. Cay Mills, donated eight chairs to the Marsh Harbour airport in an effort to alleviate the stress that is caused by the long wait at the airport. Chairman Mills said that it seems like the government is unwilling or unable to solve the problem that has been going on for 15 years. He hopes this small donation from the Dundas Town Committee would help ease some of the stress at this congested airport. On December 20 Batelco treated its employees to a Christmas party held at Abaco Beach Resort. Guest speaker for the occasion was Mr. John Carey, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Ministry of Works and Utilities, shown in the center above. On the left is Mr. Leon Williams, Chief Operations Officer, and on the right is Mr. Henry Roamer, Senior Manager of Abaco Operations. Consumers were wooed by many businesses before Christmas. Several stores held raffles, giving prizes that were well received. Abaco Hardware gave raffle tickets for purchases of Christmas decorations and had their raffle drawing on December 23. Shown above is Kim Smith of Coopers Town, winner of the first place prize, a fancy gas grill. The second place winner won a comforter set and the third place prize was a bicycle. Presenting the grill is Brent Bass. Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit30 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention W eekly Rates: 26 Paramount$945 23 Albury Bros$840 22 Boston Whaler$798 20 Albury/Hydra$770 18 Privateer$560 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com JEWELRY PERFUMEOMEGAWATCHESCHINA, CRYSTAL, JEWELRY, WATCHES & RESORT WEAR FOR EVERY BUDGETTreasure Cay, Abaco Mon Sat 9 5 pm Closed for lunch 12 noon 1:30 pm Tel: (242) 365-8132 Diane Solomon Manager

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Page 8 The Abaconian January 15, 2004Generally Speaking . Finding Your PathThe Editor Says . Would It Be Better with FocusAll About Town The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Annabelle Cross, Cay Mills, Ron Pagliaro, Lee Pinder, Dottie Shrier Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most compete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Isobel ShermanA Good ChristmasThe talk around Marsh Harbour before Christmas was whether business was going to be good this season. As usual, some businesses did extremely well this Christmas while others were disappointed. John Bull had one of their best Christmases. Iggy Biggy had a good season, as did other businesses such as Abaco Treasures. Perhaps the most competitive stores for the consumer dollar were Solomons SuperCenter and Price Right. The competition was keen and many shoppers went between both stores availing themselves of every bargain offered. In the grocery department it was a Consumers Paradise.Travel TipsI think we sometimes take for granted the fact that we can fly to the United States from Abaco without having to travel to a different departure point in the Bahamas. With that option we need to also keep in mind that certain procedures must be followed, particularly by Bahamasair since it is a foreign carrier that flies to the United States. Many procedures have changed since 9/11 and some are still changing. One of the rules is that all flights must close 45 minutes from departure and check in should be one and half hours prior to departure. In addition, all checked luggage as well as hand luggage is checked by Bahmasair personnel when checking in and when departing. All of this is done to comply with FAA regulations and are to ensure the safety of passengers as well as the safety of the United States. There are a few passengers who are upset when asked to comply with these regulations. However, please stop and think for a moment. If Bahmasair did not follow these procedures, the airline could be prevented from flying to the United States no matter what the departure location and arrival destination may be. Because Bahamasair is a foreign airline, it must make very sure that they are complying with the regulations. We should not take for granted the privilege we have on Abaco of being able to fly to the United States right from our home island. This procedure is similar for all airlines serving Abaco. By S. Timothy Roberts Over ten years ago I graduated from high school in Nassau and began my search for a career and more. Because of my fondness of and skill in art, I was interested in finding a job to utilize my creative juices and eventually give me a long term career that I could enjoy. The reality of life set in rather quickly as I went from agency to agency seeking to get my foot in at any level. It was a rude awakening of sorts. It quickly became apparent that nobody bought into the confidence I had in my skills but would have considered me if I had papers to prove my worth to them. After a few months I had to broaden my horizons and look at other options. Luckily, a job opened up at The Tribune for a reporter and there I started on another search. Where did this piece of the puzzle (me) fit in as far as it concerned the work I would do. It has been a decade since all this took place and it is interesting where life leads. I remember learning in my high school geography class that a river wound its way down from its source, usually high in the mountainous areas in search of the lowest point, taking the path of least resistance. Life can be similar to a river. It is not so much about me that I write all this. However, it is about thousands of Bahamians like me. We graduate from high school not certain of what we want, bouncing from job to job to find one that fits us and waste much of our lives in pursuit of something specific with an arsenal of nothing in particular. I was, unfortunately, unable financially to pursue any particular career through a college or technical institute. Maybe I never tried hard enough to get there. However, I often wish I had. Those who did go away have returned with valuable knowledge and experience, their horizons broadened both intellectually and socially. They realize by experience that is tangible and palatable that the world is a far bigger place than we can conceive. It is a shame to me when I meet so many young men and women who have opportunity, especially those who have done well in high school, who dont aspire to make something more of themselves. I am not saying that college is for everyone, I am certain it is not. However, it would benefit a great many more Bahamians if theyd only try. Often the experiences and lessons learnt through college leaves an indelible impression on a young persons life. Frequently, it straightens out their lifes plans and makes it easier to build a road map for their career. College is the pencil sharpener as you write the story of your life. Take every opportunity you can to better yourself and make the path of life more clear. Work hard toward the goal of making you the best you can be. A better you helps build a better Bahamas. Abaco has come along way in the last 40 years. This has occurred without any central planning, without a master plan, without monthly or annual meetings. We were given a big island with a scattering of offshore cays providing a sheltered seaway. The offshore cays came with their own protective reefs offering protection from Atlantic weather. It was a desirable combination. Air transportation in the 1960s opened the island to visitors and second homeowners. Foreigners came one by one and built homes. Local services developed and expanded to provide for the needs of these newcomers. The early arrivals were a hardy bunch and did not need all the modern amenities of their times. Individual generators dotted the towns. Gas lights and kerosene lamps were common. Green Turtle Cay and Man-O-War were two of the earliest towns to get town electricity and that was confined to the developed area of the town. Early guests to the few hotels were spared the generator ritual as the hotel took care of that. Guests in the rental houses were checked in with a generator lesson and were admonished to use it only at night. As the area grew, so did electricity, phones, powerful outboards and the other items that our present lifestyles demand. Newer arrivals accept steady power, air conditioning and cell phones as if it was always that way. Those who lived here in the 1950s and 1960s look over their shoulder and smile at the improved standards of living we now enjoy. Our present economic status was not planned. Additional people required more and expanded services. Existing businesses either developed as the demand grew or new ones sprang up as more demands presented additional opportunities. Small business growth has been fascinating to watch over the years. Frequently, a service was born with the owner manager struggling to make ends meet. It was usually a family affair with the wife and frequently children helping. Good service brought more customers and the business flourished. There are exceptions, but most businesses on Abaco began as Mom and Pop owned and operated. Most were successful. Like growing a garden, cultivating their business as the traffic increased provided an increased yield. Help was hired and the business grew. At no time during this past 40-year period was much thought given to the future growth of the area. At first, expansion came when it was noticed that the boat could not bring all the freight and a bigger boat was needed, or when all the merchandise the customers wanted would not fit in the shop and the building was expanded. With steady growth, individual planning began to form. Steady increases in sales suggested next years sales would be even bigger and preparations should be made. There were off years when growth was non-existent or marginal but the pattern has been steadily upward. The appeal has been our proximity to Florida, the Abaco Sound and its maritime heritage and finally the island settlements 20 30 minutes apart by modern transportation. It is interesting to speculate on where our economy would be if there had been an organized effort to promote growth and expansion. Early on, the hotel industry came together with several promotion boards working with the Ministry of Tourism to encourage visitors in their respective areas. The one organization affecting Abaco which has survived is the Out Island Promotion Board. However, it is at a disadvantage by promoting a farflung tourism empire with limited funds and diverse attractions. Abacos hotels were and still are a heavy contributor to this promotional effort. Members cooperated in the marketing of their respective areas but did not give much thought to growth in general. Planning for the future is a fertile area for Abaco as we embrace modern concepts and technology. There are several groups with an eye to the future. The revived two-year-old Chamber of Commerce is one of these. It is sponsoring speakers and conferences on a variety of topics affecting our future. Friends of the Environment has hosted several seminars on environmental issues with long term implications. A Tourism Director has just been assigned to Abaco who plans to develop projections to guide our overall tourism product into the future. Local government would seem to be a good platform for long range planning but eight years of experience suggests otherwise. There is little continuity from one group to the next and new boards and councils seem determined to show that the last bunch had it all wrong. They are generally mired in the day-by-day mundane maintenance of their towns. A recent business outlook presentation here by The Counsellors of Nassau showcased our development. They are hosting an investment seminar focused on Abaco in February. Elements related to our future growth will probably emerge. Central government in Nassau has an eye on our infra-structural needs but their priorities appear to be heavily weighted by the political realities of elections. The Out Islands may be growing and groaning from government negligence, but the reality is that Nassaus quarter of a million people get first priority. There is strength in numbers and there is renewed interest in forming an Abaco tourism board of some type. Several past attempts failed. Abacos diverse communities are one of many reasons for its economic success. However, this is a prime reason that a unified effort has been difficult to sustain. The logistics are awkward for putting an island wide focus group together on a continual basis. Tourism and cultural events, several regattas, heritage days and the like are all moderately successful but face the obstacles of distance, rough weather and night boat trips for moving people around. Regular participation and sustained interest are hard to maintain. We are ready for long range planning in several areas. A coordinated effort focused on tourism is probably a realistic goal to begin with. There is much to be gained. We need continual development and it is coming at a faster pace than previously. Our present rate of growth is straining the ability of mom and pop to plan for the future. One redeeming factor is the broadening experiences of the children of these business people who are away absorbing ideas and concepts while they are furthering their education. These outside influences are critical as our world becomes more complicated. We cannot rely indefinitely on the benefit that Nature gave us. Sand, sea, sun and location has given us advantages, but we have to see that they continue to work to our advantage.

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January 15, 2004 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 TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Oct 01 Junior Junkanoo ParadeTo the Abaconian: We would like to thank all of the school children for a very wonderful Junkanoo parade. The themes, costumes and music were well thought out with much work and practice put into it all. It was especially nice to see the holiday spirit come out truly a gift from the educational and government community of Abaco. Charlotte and Tod LeeExperience Was ExcitingDear Editor: If you would have told me that I would spend an entire Saturday wandering through the pine forests looking for and at birds, I would have questioned your sanity. I am a water person and spend most of my spare time looking at the world through goggles. Spending the day searching the skies with binoculars for fleeting glimpses of flying objects seems pretty silly for a person whose sole birding ability lies in being able to tell the difference between a turkey hawk and a bananaquit. But on the Saturday following New Years off I went on a truly amazing adventure. I was one of about 35 people who participated in the Christmas Bird Count on Abaco sponsored by Abaco Outback in conjunction with the Audubon Society. The participants were not only from Abaco but Nassau, Grand Bahama, Canada and the United States. Ron Pagliaro explained that this is an international event held all around the world in December and early January to take stock of birds in various areas. This was the first event of this kind on Abaco and was one of the reasons I volunteered to participate. I had been on one of Abaco Outbacks day trips to see the Abaco parrot and really enjoyed that trip. So I figured this would at least be interesting. What an understatement! There were five groups of seven people each assigned to a section in and around the Abaco National Park. It was our objective to locate and count as many species of birds in our given areas as possible. Sounds pretty dry till you get started. In my group there were the heavy duty professional birders who did the identification, some semi-serious birders who provided interesting details not only of the birds but the surrounding plant life, some new-to-birding enthusiasts and a non-birder like myself who did the recording. Tony Hepburn and Woody Bracey of Treasure Cay were the top of the line birders for my group, with amazing bird calls, fascinating knowledge of the animals and a way of giving you this information (after making sure you actually SAW the bird!) That made the day go fast. My favorite was the red tailed hawk which dared to be seen as he flew right in front of our car as we were moving from one location in our grid to another a truly majestic bird. Cant say I have been converted to birding but it certainly gave me a new appreciation of Abaco. Too often we take for granted everything wonderful and exciting in our own back yards just because it is our own back yard. This event allowed me to meet some wonderful people, see parts of Abaco I might ordinarily have missed, actually learned something and enjoyed the learning process. I also learned I could stand on my feel all day and feel good. Thanks to Abaco Outback for letting me see what is in my own back yard. Ann McFadenTreasure Cays Beach ProblemsTo the Editor: A recent letter to your publication mentioned that a decrease in tourism in Treasure Cay was not because of any problems with the beach but probably was due to some other factors. While I believe there are many factors involved in this situation, I do not discount problems with the beach. Over the 20 years I have visited Treasure Cay I take exception to the advertising line that Treasure Cay beach was rated one of the top 10 beaches by National Geographic. If and when National Geographic made this statement cannot be determined, and I doubt anyone would make this statement looking at the beach today. Why not? In no particular order of significance #1 Oceanfront homeowners building groynes in front of their property (without permission). One is built and then the adjoining property owner thinks he must have one as well. Now they extend from Windward Road Beach, around The Point and down to the Bahamas Beach Club. Will the groynes continue to the end of beach? At the rate they are being built, it looks possible. The groynes are often built without steps or if they are built with steps they soon become unusable due to shifting sand. Not only are these groynes unsightly, they make the beach impassable during high tide as one cannot walk around them. Homeowners, will you please at least build us safe steps? #2 Bahama Beach Club is a new, beautiful development. But it isnt a good neighbor. They have piled up the sand on the site of their next development which looks terrible from both the beach and Treasure Cay Drive. This development supposedly is not able to proceed until the sewer and water sale is concluded. This probably is not going to happen for some time so in the meantime can we get our view back and our greenway accessibility? There are greenways on either side of this next phase of development. Lets also get rid of the garbage site behind the trailers that sit on this site. When the wind blows this garbage blows across the site and Treasure Cay Drive. #3 Treasure Cay has grown over the past 20 years. Whereas before there were many empty lots on the beach, now very few undeveloped lots remain. No trespassing signs are posted on some lots. There are protected greenways that were established long ago for people to access the beach. Tourists and Bahamians are made to feel unwelcome on some areas of the beach. Lets be sure our greenways are kept clear and are well marked. Homeowners, please share the beach. If you live beside a greenway, please dont make it look like your property. If the greenway sign disappears, please report it to Treasure Cay Administration. This will make our tourists and Bahamians feel that we want to share the beauty God has given us. Dont monopolize! Treasure Cay is a gift from God. It is a treasure. Lets work to keep it that way. A Concerned Beach LoverChild, Please!To the Editor: Child, please, its the Bahamas is the acceptable phrase that explains away all the evils for poor attitudes and lack of pride of ownership and doing a job well. My wife and I (my wife being a Bahamian) chartered through a local Treasure Cay resort a half-day bonefishing trip. Now, at this point I am not certain if the resort is responsible for the guide and his equipment or the guide contracts with this resort to supply his own boat and equipment. Either way the service or standards (pride of ownership and doing your job well) do not matter at this junction because this became the boat ride from hell. We were scheduled to meet at the resort at 8 a.m. We were on time, the guide walked in at 8:15. We left the resort office at 9 a.m. and began a trip around Treasure Cay looking for bait (three stops, the thud being at a local restaurant which produced a dry-up piece of conch., (conch being well known as the bait of choice for bones. But fresh is better.) We then arrived at the ramp where four flat boats were tied up in the mangroves. (This is where this charter should have ended and this is our fault because the condition of the boat was deplorable Pride of ownership). We should have said no thanks and gone back to the resort and our car. But we have always wanted to bonefish from a boat in that in the past we have fished only from the shore and very much wanted to go by boat. The boat was selected. Its motor would not start, and when it did start, the warning alarm for oil or water rang for what seemed LettersFrom Page 29

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Page 10 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 C & A Variety Store & Soft Drinks Exclusive Distributor of NOW SELLING Gatorade, V8 Splash, Bluebird Juices, Water, Bottled, Malts and Canned SodasTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, Abacoin the new green building opposite Lowes Pharmacy & Dr. BoyceWEVE MOVED! Now LocatedCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderChurch NewsThe Womens Ministries group from the Assemblies of God Church in Cherokee met for a Christmas dinner with everyone bringing a dish of food or a dessert on December 15. The party was held in the churchyard and the weather was a bit chilly, but it didnt dampen the spirits as the ladies sang carols and played fun games. A good time was had by all. On December 23rd members of the Assemblies of God Church put on an original Christmas Play entitled We Have Seen which was co-written by Peggy Albury and Kimberly Lowe. The cast was extremely large and everyone did a very good job. The play depicted the greater story revolving around Christs birth as told in the Bible and the church decorations depicted that starry night and included the various scenes involved. All those who came out to be a part of the evening went away having experienced the true reason why we celebrate Christmas. Also, keeping with the season, Epworth Methodist Chapel had a covered-dish supper on December 28 in the garden at the rear of the manse. This time the weather did cooperate and a good turnout with church members coming from Marsh Harbour and Casuarina Point as well as some visiting guests from off the island. Everyone was asked to tell of their hopes for the New Year and all enjoyed the fellowship on such a sunny afternoon.Cherokees Christmas TreeThis years annual Christmas Tree gathering attracted a huge crowd with all the children kneeling under the tree, waiting wide-eyed for Santa and his helper to hand out the gifts. Over 300 were served a ham dinner at the schoolhouse afterwards to everyone who attended.Mischief MakersSad to say there were several unpleasant incidents that occurred not only that night but at other times over the holidays that once more show the need for a full-time policeman to be close at hand. However, the general feeling is that, just as in the past, nothing will be done about them. But there is always something to be thankful for and that is that there are another 365 days till next year. South Abaco News NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayUS Initiates New Security SystemBy Isobel Sherman On January 5 the US-VISIT program took effect at 115 airports in the United Sates and at the pre-clearance lounge facilities in Nassau and Freeport. The program fingerprints and photographs of visitors to the United States. These measure are to better screen those people entering the United Sates in view of the recent terrorist threats. According to one report Bahamians using the pre-clearance facilities will be exempt from the program. However, Bahamians traveling to the United States from other departure points in the Bahamas will be subject to the new program when they clear Immigration in the United States. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fred Mitchell, said the Bahamas government is opposed to this measure but added that these are the rules of the country so we must abide by them if we are to travel to the United States. It Pays toAdvertise Lighthouse MarinaHope TownLighthouse Rentalsand Property SalesDeep Water Dockage Gas Diesel Ice Bait Dry StorageNew 10 ton marine forklift Full service marina Fiberglass repair Bottom painting Bright work Waxing Gift shop Largest selection of fishing tackle T-shirts Souvenirs Marine suppliesYamaha Sales and Service Factory Trained Mechanics Cottage Rentals Property SalesPh 242-366-0154 Fax 366-0171 Email: lighthouse@abacoinet.comFreeport Skiffs13 15 17 Now AvailableCall for information Waterfront TablesRestaurant, Marina and BoutiqueAir-conditioned waterfront dining, or Drink and dine at the popular patio bar . Phone Restaurant 367-2366 Marina 242-367-4255 VHF Ch 16Monthly dockage Internet access Water, electricity, phones & cable TV on dockDinghy dock for customersBuffet Grill 6 pm 10 pm Sunday Lunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m Dinner 6:30 10 p.m. Mon Sat. Bar snacks wide variety 11:30 a.m. 10 p.mEmail: mangoes@mangoesrestaurant.comMusic by EstinPicnic Menu Large variety, order 24 hours ahead AA AA A AA AA A AA AA A Carbonless Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreMonday Friday 9 am 5 pmAbaco Print Shop

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourDay TimesDepart FPOArrive MHHDepart MHHArrive FPO Friday thru7 a.m.7:45 a.m.8 a.m.8:30 a.m. Monday4 p.m. 4:45 p.m.5 p.m.5:30 p.m. Tuesday thru7 a.m.7:45 a.m.8 a.m.8:30 a.m. Thursday Visitors can take advantage of a one-day Casino Excursion to Freeport or an overnight package. Package options include air fare, ground transportation and hotel accommodation.For more information call Ph 242-367-4826 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport majorsair@coralwave.com Majors Air Service Flight Schedule Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530 Music Artists Give Inspiring PerformanceBy Portia Jonsson In spite of the cold weather many persons braved the elements to hear the sounds of Larry Ford and special guest group, Valor. Mr. Ford and Valor gave an uplifting, inspiring and encouraging performance to a large crowd at New Vision Ministries on the night of December 20th. They were on Abaco from December 17th to 21st, first performing in Green Turtle Cay, then moving on to Man-O-War and finally ending their visit in Marsh Harbour. The group was asked to perform in Cherokee Sound due to a cancellation in Spanish Wells, but unfortunately, Cherokee Sound had to cancel as well. Mr. Ford has traveled to the Bahamas including Abaco many times and most Bahamians are familiar with him through the Gaither music videos. From the sounds of grand opera to the stages of Southern Gospel, audiences have applauded his commanding voice. Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Larry Fords music ministry has taken him from the far reaches of the former Soviet Union to South Africa and even the southern hemispheres Spanish speaking countries. He began his recording ventures at the age of 15, and in the past few years has been featured on the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming series of music videos. The Ford family makes their home in Ft. Myers, Florida. Valor is a dynamic group of three young Christian men, Paul David Kennamer, Jr. (bass), John Laws (baritone) and Daniel Johnson (lead), based near Huntsville, Alabama, who enjoy a full-time music ministry performing across the United States and Canada as well as Europe. Mr. Ford performed numerous gospel songs and hymns, as well as Christmas carols including two all time favorites, Oh! Holy Night and Joy to the World Valor performed songs including Walk on the Water Satisfied Humble Thyself and an old time southern gospel hymn, Lay It Down. An offering was collected and the artists music was on sale.Gospel Chapel Offers Christmas CantataBy Jennifer Hudson The choir of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel presented its annual Christmas Cantata on December 21st. The church was festively decorated with fresh pine garlands on the pews and an impressive backdrop created by one of the choir members. The programme opened with a real show stealer when little three-year-old Michaela Church News Abaco Tug & TransportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock Deliveries Container & Building Material DeliveriesMarine Construction & DevelopmentBoulders Dock & Sea Wall Construction Hi Tide Boat Lifts Dredging Excavation Land Clearing Trenching Drilling BlastingOn the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road P.O. Box AB20285, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-5205 / 367-5206 Fax 367-4018 Marshall delighted the audience as she sang The Little Drummer Boy. This was followed by a time of congregational carol singing and several solos and duets presented by the pastor and various choir members. The Cantata was then presented by the seventeen member choir directed by Kevin Sawyer and narrated by Rowland Marshall. Entitled Celebrate the King the Cantata combined selections from the productions of the three previous years in a joyful portrayal of the Christmas story in song. It was very well presented, the singing was excellent and altogether it was a delightful evening of song and praise. Gospel singer Larry Ford performed concerts on Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War and Marsh Harbour on his visit to Abaco last month. He is shown here at his concert at New Visions Ministries. He appeared along with the Valor group of singers. Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com

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Page 12 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 For information v isit our website: www.bahamasferries.comCall Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Price Sc hedule Sand y P oint, AbacoPassenger Vehicle Round Trip One Way Up to 16' with driver $300 $165 16'-20' with driver $350 $200 Over 20commercial rates applyCommercial Vehicle(per lane foot)$35 $20 Motor bike with rider $110 $60 Bicycle with rider $100 $55 Passengers Adult Passenger $90 $50 Child Passenger under 12 years$55 $30 Child Passenger under 3 yearsFree Free Other Unaccompanied Vehicles$40* $20* Vehicles over 5 ton grossPOA POA* Price Additional to Accompanied Passenger Vehicle Transportation Price Ph: (242) 323-2165 or 2166 Fax: (242) 323-8185 Nassau, Bahamas DayDepartArriveDepartArrive NassauSandy PointSandy PointNassau Tuesday8 am11:45 pm12:30 pm4:15 pm Friday3:30 pm7:15 pm8 pm11:45 pm Sunday3:30 pm7:15 pm8 pm11:45 pm Schedule Sandy Point, Abaco Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. Florida KeysRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Monday Friday 8:30am 5:00pm Daily or Weekly rates After school care Owner Debbie Albury Safe Supervised ChildcareLocated in Marsh Harbour behind Jamies Place in the old gym building. Opening in December Call for more information. Ages 6 weeks to 3 years Also after school kids.(242) 359-6206Hope TownAll Sailors Are Invited to RaceBy Dottie Shrier The opening race for the Hope Town Sailing Club season proved to be quite a challenge for all involved. This annual Boxing Day event is raced for the H. Bowen White trophy. There were several postponements due to the intermittent storms. Weather continued to be a major factor as winds reached a velocity of 20 knots, plus rain poured in horizontal sheets, causing many to say, Where is the mark? and Who said boat racing is easy? The post-race party created an opportunity for everyone to boast in good humour how difficult or how great it really was to be in competition. Of the nine boats starting, seven were able to finish but all enjoyed the comradery and story swapping at the club party. Final results were given as follows, in corrected time. First place was Santana skippered by Tom Boynton. Only 26 second later in second place was Ron Engle on Windspirit Third was Grumpy Ole Men with Bob Knaus at the helm. Bringing up last place and winner of the Good Spirit award was Vakuta sailed by a jovial Frenchman La Grandiere. He is making his second solo passage around the world. The Race Committee is now looking forward to the races scheduled for January 21 and February 4, 6 and 18. All sailors in the area are invited to participate. Register the day of the race at the Hope Town Sailing Club house in Hope Town or call VHF Channel 66. Further details will be announced on the Cruisers Net.Tahiti Beach Hosts Art and Craft ShowBy Jennifer Hudson Christmas music filled the air at the 2nd Annual Tahiti Beach Art and Craft Show held December 13th and 14th. This festive event was held to benefit the Every Child Counts School and Friends of Abaco Animals. Participants displayed a wide variety of arts and crafts adjacent to the beach while volunteers manned the bake sale. Wine and beer was donated by the Bristol Cellars Company. Artisans exhibiting were Lori Higgs Thompson, Jeep Byers, Beth Sweeting, Hermann Schadt, Bridgette Bowyer, Linda Wiltfang, Ross Thompson, Tuppy Weatherford, Don Wood, Kim Roberts, Sonia Weatherford, Joe Albury, Patrick Cash and two up and coming young artists Zyandric Jones and Marvin Russell. Virginia Williams displayed her native straw work while weaving purses and other items at the show. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Every Child Counts School may call 3660101 and for Friends of Abaco Animals the number to call is 3663151. For U.S. residents the donations are tax deductible. Happy New Year!Green Turtle CayBy Annabelle CrossChristmas Festivities Were Varied2003 seems to have passed in a rush! December was the usual hustle and bustle News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 13 Each winter Hope Town Sailing Club orgnaizes a series of sailboat races inviting all cruising boats in the area to join them. The first race was held on Boxing Day, December 26, with high winds accompanied by blowing rain. Shown here is the Race Committee charting the course. Left to right they are John Forster, Chairman, Jim Clein and Joe Shrier. Photo supplied by the Hope Town Sailing Club

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 155 East Port Rd., Warehouse B Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New Providence Serving Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach Departing Palm Beach twice monthly* Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach Service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 MAN-O-WAR HARDWAREInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD #1 LUMBERPlain & Pressure Treated Pine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyFor Quotes or Information Call Walter Sweeting or Arthur Elden Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-365-6011 Fax 365-6039 We monitor VHF Ch 69 Deliveries Arranged from Green Turtle Cay to Little HarbourAn Extensive Selection ofNon-CorrosiveHardwareBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel Bolts Stainless SteelHurricane ClipsBrass, Stainless & Monel Representing the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MOREContractor Prices Available CALL/FAX365-8749oremail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PRICES BELOW U.S. RETAIL Explore the Golden RGolden R Golden RGolden R Golden R eefeef eefeef eef and find a delightful array of resort-wear fashions, Abaco Gold jewellery and other fine gold jewelery to dazzle you, art prints, and many other souvenirs and gifts to take back home to remind you of your visit with us. Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 of activities leading up to Christmas. After the quiet of September, October and November everyone is eager to be a part of our holiday celebrations. All the lights and decorations made the town look very festive. James and Marilyn Saunders invited the children to the lighting of their beautifully decorated Christmas Corner. There was a puppet show and then Santa made an early visit to hear Christmas wishes. He also handed out treats. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Saunders for inviting the children. The lighting of the Community Tree was well attended. Brenda Cooper, who was celebrating her birthday, lit the tree. Again this year it rained, causing Bishop Johnny to shorten his message. But the rain did not dampen spirits as refreshments were served. Santa was there again handing out gifts to the children. Public school was out early for the holidays, giving the students three weeks to celebrate! Amy Roberts Primary Schools annual fair and raffle was held before the end of term. It was a success. Lucky raffle winners walked away with airline tickets, hotel accommodations, a bike, Game Boy, pizzas, dinners, lunches and other great prizes. The proceeds from the fair will benefit the students. Abacos first Junior Junkanoo was held in Marsh Harbour on December 13th. After weeks of practice and pasting it was time for the competition. Parents had made their predictions, but it was now up to the students. Our school was the fourth group to perform and they were eager to get started. After two laps of the primary and secondary schools it was time for the judges decision. Amy Roberts Primary won second place in their category. Considering that Amy Roberts Primary had only 40 (yes, forty) students in their group with a large part of the group as dancers, it was a TREMENDOUS achievement for them to outperform the other schools that had at least twice as many students in the group! And their behavior (as well as the other schools) was excellent. After a day that began at noon with a ferry and bus ride and ended at 10:30 p.m. with a bus and ferry ride the students are to be commended for the way they behaved. As parents, we could not have been prouder had they won first place! Needless to say they now have Junkanoo fever and cant wait for Junior Junkanoo 2004!New ArrivalsOur population grew by two. Congratulations to Erin and J.R. Durrance on the birth of their first child, Gage William Scott, born on November 26th. He is the first grandchild for Leslie Sawyer and Reggae Sawyer and the first great-grandchild for Joe and Viola Sawyer. Eugene and Debbie Lowe welcomed Steven Eugene Floyd on December 29th. Steven has three big sisters all eager to love and spoil him! Congratulations to all the proud relatives! Christmas day was fairly quiet on the island, but the days following saw the guest rooms and houses full with visitors. Many people visit this time of year to welcome the New Year and be a part of the Junkanoo celebration. New Years Eve was a beautiful, clear night.New Years Junkanoo2004 came in with a bang as fireworks exploded and bells rang to welcome the New Year. On New Years Day people lined the streets to wait for the annual Junkanoo parade. New Years Day is a big street party and homecoming as friends greet each other. Food is available through town and it is a big party! There were two parades this year. The Junior Junkanoo group made a short lap through town. A lot of people who were waiting at the end of Parliament Street were disappointed because the. The Junior group did not rush that far. However, the main parade made a lap around the town. Many of the Junior Junkanooers were also a part of the main parade. This years theme was Celebrating 30 Years in honour of our independence. Our flag colours were prominent in all the costumes and floats.Sad NotesOn a sad note David Smades died on Novembor 4th after a courageous battle against cancer. He fought hard and lived his life to the fullest, not allowing the awful disease to fully control his life. It was only in the last week that the cancer had control. He had celebrated his 50th birthday in September with family and friends. David is survived by his wife Debbie, daughters Jennifer and Heather, his parents, siblings and other relatives and friends. A visitor to our island, Jules Haley, died suddenly on December 13th. After a breakNews of the Cays Please see Cays Page 24 CaysFrom Page 12 A new fire truck arrived for Green Turtle Cay. Shown with the new truck is Fire Chief Junior Roberts.

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Page 14 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Located at the Conch Inn Resort & Marina Tel: (242) 367-4444 VHF Ch 16Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. until . .Breakfast 7:30 am to 11 am Lunch 11:30 am to 3 pm Dinner 6 pm to 10 pm Restaurant & Bar HoHo HoHo Ho warwar warwar war d Masselle d Masselle d Masselle d Masselle d Masselle ss ss sFormer owner of Guana Cays famous Guana Harbour Club and Guana Beach Resort Invites old friends and new friends to enjoy Marsh Harbours waterside dining & drinkingNew Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks New Menu New Drinks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacks Daily specials Bar snacksHappy Hour W Happy Hour W Happy Hour W Happy Hour W Happy Hour W ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm ed & Thurs 5 8 pm 5050 5050 50 off all drinks off all drinks off all drinks off all drinks off all drinksEstin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan Estin (the Music Man) Sawyer and Jamin Jan for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasure for your listening pleasureWW WW W ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun ed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun The Bahama Woodstar Hummingbird is an endemic bird species found only in the Bahamas archipelago. On Abaco this hummingbird is most likely found in pine forests of South Abaco and on the outer cays. This photo was taken on the Christmas Bird Count by Bubba Scales of Gainesville, Florida. By Ron Pagliaro Thirty-five human participants and some 1,900 individual birds stood up to be counted on January 3rd, 2004, to mark the first Annual South Abaco Christmas Bird Count. Christmas bird counting is a 100year-old tradition that started in response to the over-hunting of birds for sport and ornamental feathers in the late 1900s. Instead of hunting and shooting birds, we hunt and count them. Over time, yearly trends in bird species numbers may help scientists assess the status of bird populations on the island. This will aid policy-makers in making decisions about how to correctly manage essential habitats for our game species the Whitecrowned pigeons and endangered endemic species such as the Bahama Parrot and White-cheeked Pintail (Bahama) ducks. In addition to this, the Christmas bird count is a fun way to spend a day in the bush, promote bird conservation to the larger community and increase awareness for this in-Christmas Bird Count Draws a Crowdteresting hobby. Christmas counts are conducted according to strict guidelines by the National Audubon Society to ensure consistent data collection. The Abaco Count consisted of five teams of seven persons each group dispersed throughout a circle formed by a 7.5 mile radius around a central point. The circle, situated just to the south of the Y outside the Abaco National Park in South Abaco, contained roughly 177 square miles of pine forest, coppice and mangrove estuary. Each team must stay within its boundaries so as not to double count birds. Team members count throughout the day covering as much of their area as possible. In all, some 1,900 birds were counted covering 71 different species which range from parrots to warblers ducks and wading birds. While the number of species counted on Abaco is a bit lower than counts conducted in Freeport and New Providence, the total number of individual birds was much higher. This is to be expected, as other island counts occur in developed areas which tend to attract more migrant birds to dumps, gardens and wetlands. The South Abaco count, however, produced much larger numbers of endemic birds. Our endemic species are birds which are unique to wilderness areas of the Bahamian pine and coppice forests. This is important because these are the birds that are most critically in danger of extinction due to habitat loss, pollution and frequent fires. Congratulations and thank you to all of the participants for making this event a success. Special thanks to Solomons SuperCenter, Rowan Higgs Shell and Friends of the Environment for their generous contributions to make this count possible. For information on participation in next years Christmas Bird Count or tours to visit the Abaco National Park, call 367-5358 11:30 a.m., Thursday, January 29 Anglers RestaurantWhat is a market? What is an economy? What is the structure of the Bahamian market and economy? Hear responses to these and other questions.Call 367-5822 or Email: abacochamber@abacoinet.com by January 26 for reservationsThe AbacoChamber of CommerceInvites you to hearThe Hon. Sen. James SmithTopic:Tax Alternatives Under Trade Liberalization Comments on the Bird CountHi, Ron, We certainly had a great experience birding on Abaco and participating in the islands first Christmas Bird Count. It was exciting to be a part of the important conservation effort you and other environmentalists on the island are doing. We hope the data from all the teams will help illustrate the need for greater protection of the Park. We look forward to participating in a future Abaco CBC. Good birding! Tom and Judy Gire

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 ENTER AND WIN A FREE CASE OF OIL1 GIVEN AWAY EVERY HOUR Ten sailors gathered at the Abaco Club boat basin for the 2004 Remote Control Boxing Day Regatta. Brisk breezes kept the competitors on their toes. Jim Kaighin edged out Randy Key in the last race to win the regatta. Ross Albury showed he was not to be taken lightly by winning the 4th race. Thanks to Hugh and Sylvia Cottis for keeping the scores and running the starts. The next regatta is planned for the end of January. For more information on remote control sailing or for the upcoming Homer Lowe sunfish regatta planned for Summer 2004, contact Jim Kaighin at 367-3086. Results for the 2003 Boxing Day Regatta sponsored by the Marsh Harbour Sailing Club follow: One throwout(t)race 1race 2race 3race 4race 5race 6total Jim Kaighin1t-3 13128 Randy Key 21222t-39 Dave Lowe 324t-dnf(8)5418 David Muloch 653t-66121 Ross Alburyt-9 7513521 Liann Kaighin 46744t-dnf(8)25 Robert Key 546dnf(8)t-dnf(9)dnf(8)31 Lenore Muloch88t-8 57735 Greg Cottis t-dns(10)dns(9)t-dns(9) 78639 Duran Lowe7t-dns(9)dns(9)dnf (8)dnf(9)dnf(8)41 A Christmas party for 120 children was held for the workers of Bahama Star Farm in North Abaco on December 22. The organizers of this annual event provided many substantial gifts for the children which included bicycles and other highly prized gifts. Santa shown here found time to distibute the gifts and was a very popular person as can be seen by the smiles on the childrens faces. The Bahama Star Farm personnel in Florida accepts donations for several months leading up to Christmas. These donations come from the Ft. Pierce and Vero Beach area in Florida. Brian Weaver, General Manager of the Bahama Star operation in Florida, assisted by his wife Pam, coordinated the effort. The farm employs about 140 persons, mostly Haitians and some Bahamians.Bahama Star Farm Hosts Christmas Party Club Holds Remote Controlled Sailboat RegattaThe newest sport on Abaco is the competition between remote controlled sailboats. Ten boats competed in the Marsh Harbour Sailing Club R/C Boxing Day Regatta. The boats were raced in the protected harbour of the Abaco Club. Photo supplied by the Club. By Portia Jonsson The Treasure Cay Community Center has published a cookbook Recipes to Treasure which features a fine collection of 435 recipes from Treasure Cay cooks, their friends and neighbours and includes original artwork by local artists. You can purchase Recipes to Treasure at the Rose Mary Roberts Library in the Community Center and at several other locations in Treasure Cay for the price of $20. All proceeds will go to benefit the Community Center projects.Cookbook Is a Treasure

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Page 16 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 OCEAN HOUSE Incredible parcel of property with 2 bedroom, 2 bath home located on the Atlantic Ocean in historic Hope Town Settlement. 74 feet of ocean front on long white sandy shore. The house has open floor plan with large kitchen and great/ dining room, vaulted ceilings, good rental history. Price:$1,300,000LITTLE ORCHARD Island home located in Buttonwood Bay, 3bd/2bth, fully furnished, central a/c, wrap around decking. Full 1 bed/1bath apartment below (rental income of $800/month) Enclosed large workshop, 30kw generator, 3 phone lines, cable TV. Lot fully landscaped with mature fruit trees Price:$532,500DORROS COVELot #18 hillside, ocean view, electric and telephone in place, ready to build $151,500 Lot #21 hilltop, Sea of Abaco and ocean views, private dock slip at Tahiti Beach $233,000 Lot #23 hilltop, Sea of Abaco, ocean & Tiloo views SOLDMARNIES LANDING Private marina community at the southern end of Elbow Cay offering acre lots with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Abaco, or both. Each lot comes with private dock slip at the marina, homesites staggered for optimal views. Starting at:$230,000MARNIES LANDING LOT #7B Rare opportunity to buy not only one of the most beautiful 1/2 acre lots in Marnies with panoramic views, but also have 2 private dock slips, one for a runabout up to 30 the other up to 60 Price:$325,000PRISTINE OCEANFRONT PROPERTY, secluded, private North Elbow Cay. Lot #54 109 white sandy ocean front $495,000. Lot #53 121 white sandy ocean front $495,000. Combine both lots for incredible parcel of 1+ acres of ocean front. Call Greg Roberts for details and appointment to view.CENTRELINE ROAD, central Elbow Cay three contingent lots, b/t 9-10 thousand sq. ft. each. Multi-zoned, residential or commercial, ideal spot for small business. Call Greg Roberts for details. UNDER CONTRACTHOMES & LANDElbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and PropertyFamily Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223 ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAYLocated on Lubbers Quarters Cay. Development faces the Sea of Abaco across from Tilloo Cut and Tahiti Beach. Beautiful sunrises. Each homesite comes with a dock slip at the private marina. Great investment opportunity. Starting at:$89,000 LUBBERS QUARTERS EAST VIEW Price: $1,756,0003+ acre private cay, undeveloped, accessed from Elbow Cay, located in White Sound, great elevation, deep water for dock, rare opportunity, serious inquiries only, shown by appointment. UNDER CONTRACT JOES CAYPrice: $1,590,000Custom home in private marina community facing the Sea of Abaco. Turn-key 4B/4B, open kitchen, dining area and great room. Includes 2 dock slips, one can accommodate up to a 60 yacht. VILLA JUNKANOOPrice: $1,500,000 Custom Timber Peg ocean front home, views of Tilloo Cay and beyond. 3B/3B, spacious kitchen open to great room, large wrap around deck with pool, and private dock slip at Tahiti Beach. ATLANTIC HORIZONSPineapple Beach House Custom ocean front home on sandy beach, 4 b/3 b, open kitchen and great room on second floor w/ balconies for incredible views, completely furnished, freshwater pool. Detached garage offers additional 1bed/1 bath studio. Rental history available, great buy.Price: $1,550,000 PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSEPrice: $1,870,000Fabulous Villas located at the mouth of Hope Town Harbour. These 2 bed/ 2 bath villas are beautifully furnished with West Indian decor throughout. A dip pool is shared and surrounded by open decking. Sold fully furnished, totally turnkey, rental history. FLAMINGO VILLAS

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 Horizontal storage tanks Cone bottom Pick-up truck tanksLow profile tanks Vertical tanks POLYETHYLENE TANKS Also: pumps, bladders, softeners, RO systems, desalinators, DI systems, filters, etc. . Resilient Wont crack UV stabilized Better than F G No bad smell No bad taste Inexpensive Ships easily Many sizes Many Shapes Lots in stock Bulkhead fittings installed Distributors wantedADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INC. Indian Harbour Beach, FL Ph: 407-777-4909 Fax 407-773-8338 E-mail: info@advancedwater.com For prices call or E-mail NOW Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFine dinning with breath-taking panoramic views from our terrace enhances our delicious menu of fresh daily catches and homemade delicacies. Stop by and relax with a cool tropical beverage, our friendly staff are waiting to serve you. Keep an eye on our calander of events throughout the season CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0113By Portia Jonsson On December 23rd the Abaco Police Department held a Christmas Party and Fun Day at the Murphy Town park for the less fortunate children in our community. Inspector Clarence Russell said that all year round the Police have been tied up with various tedious tasks and serious Police duties. But he is very proud to announce that throughout the year 2003 the entire community of Abaco has been totally supportive of their efforts at bridging the gap between the community and local law enforcement. Historically, the Royal Bahamas Police Force hosts an annual Police Children Party. Last year they sought to build upon that tradition and include in their festivities some of the unfortunate children in their celebration who might have otherwise not get to enjoy the Christmas holidays. The children were treated to gifts, eats and drinks along with games, music, dancing, face painting and a fireworks display. But I am sure the highlight of the day, and many of the kids would agree, was the ride around the track on the police motorcycles. There was a very impressive turnout of more than 150 kids and not only one but two Santa Clauses. Inspector Russell added that he and the officers of the Abaco Police trust that the community continues to lend them support as they strive for excellence and a crime free society throughout the year 2004. He wishes Gods blessings to everyone for a prosperous New Year and thanks the Abaco community for their support on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Paul Farquharson; Assistant Commissioner for Grand Bahama and the Northern Region, Mr. Ellison Greenslade; officers and members of the Abaco Police District, and his family. The Abaco Police in Sandy Point and Coopers Town hosted Christmas parties for the children in their community which were also well attended. An estimated 500 kids turned out in Coopers Town and over 150 in Sandy Point. The Police Department on Abaco gave parties in North Abaco, Central Abaco and South Abaco providing food, drink, games and gifts for children. The highlight for many of the children was a ride on one of the police motorcycles around the Murphy Town track. Santa Claus visited at each of the parties. Santa was popular at the Police party in Sandy Point for the children of South Abaco. He is shown here surrounded by them. Santa had gifts for all of them.Abaco Police Hosts Christmas Partiesthe season should be extended to cover the whole of March and August also as the crawfish are still spawning at those times. One crawfisherman, when asked his views about the closed grouper season, replied that they should close the grouper season for four months as they do the crawfish season because if the crawfishermen have to suffer for four months, then the grouper fishermen should have to suffer the same amount of time. GrouperFrom Page 4

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Page 18 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 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

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 Margot LeeEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 1998. Based in Man-O-War Cay Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Joined H.G. Christie, in 2003 after five years of Real Estate experience. Based in Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0032 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Tel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.comMarsh Harbour Bustic Bay 8 Unit Bonefishing resort, with fifty seat Lazy Parrot Restaurantand Bar. Central Airconditioning. Fresh water swimming pool. Excellent investment opportunity. AB100 $901,000. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 5 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath, 5,500 sq.ft. centrally air-conditioned home on approx. 1 acre with 115' of harbour frontage. Swimming Pool. Private dock. Great Harbour Views beautifully landscaped #AB106 Price Upon Request. Treasure Cay 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home 0n two floors, 750 sq.ft. of open sundeck on upper level, 750 sq.ft. of porch on lower. almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished. # AB72 $575,000.Green Turtle Cay Black Sound 3 bedroom, 3 bath 3,000 sq.ft. home on .83 acres. 180' of waterfront. 1,200 sq.ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage 320 sq.ft.studio. 195' of private dock fully equipped.Great Rental #AB108 $1,390,000. "On De Sound" NEW LISTING The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" The Bahamas Oldest and most extensive real estate service Global Exposure Local Expertise Over eighty years of service Over four thousand listings on line nation-wide The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. NEW LISTING "Plover's Nest" Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay North End 1 bedroom, 1 bath charming, compact home on 2 1/2 acres Sea-to-sea 130' Ocean Frontage and 130' Coco Bay frontage Private Dock Furnished #AB109 $995,000 Great Guana Cay Crossing Bay 2 bedroom, 2 bath 2,750 sq.ft. home with 1,100 sq.ft. of open deck on 2.6 acres with 255' of beautiful Ocean beachfront. Fabulous Ocean and Sea of Abaco Views #AB94 NEW PRICE $995,000 "North Star" NEW PRICE HOMES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Chris Plummer, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Green Turtle CayJohn Cash, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 VHF Channel 16 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com1/15/04 Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoBahama Palm Shores Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath 1,300 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on almost 1/2 acre lot. One Block from beach, two minute walk. # AB76 $ 225,000. Bahama Palm Shores Elegant 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,000 sq.ft. home. with 1 bedroom, 1 bath detached cottage/apartment on double lot over 2/3 acre Near beach Auxilary Generator. # AB87 $430,000.Marsh Harbour "Pelican Point" 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 2 Acres -private dock Fabulous Views. Furnished # AB67 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour Cove Estates "Laura's Hideaway" -Duplex 2 -2 bedroom, 1 bath apartments, plus efficiency, 3 separate living units great location, excellent rental income, furnished. # AB44 $187,500. Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Beach Point House" 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. home. 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Two complete living units, Beach Great views. # AB89 $1,450,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Spinnaker Point" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,320 sq.ft. Home, Private 50' Lay-along Boat Dock, Tastefully furnished and fully equipped # AB93 $595,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Lookout House" 4 bedroom, 3 baths 1,600 sq.ft. on sea-to-sea 3/4 acre. New addition and renovation. Natural foliage Private dock Fabulous views Furnished. # AB91 $1,120,000. Marsh Harbour "Lightbourn" Commercial Almost 2 Acres Prime Queen Elizabeth Drive Location, near stoplight 3,600 sq.ft. Store or warehouse. # AB AB99 $1,400,000. Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/Warehouse Building Perfect for service business or wholesaler AB110 $290,000.Marsh Harbour "Villa Douglas" Great Abaco Club 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,650 sq.ft. Home, Upper and Lower Covered Verandas, Garage Private Dock, Boat Lift Beautifully Furnished. #AB71$1,320,000.Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 sq.ft new home, on almost 1/2 Acre overlooking Tahiti Beach. Private boat slip. Superb views and great proximity to beach and docking facilities. Fully Furnished # AB83 $840,000. "Lady Bug Loft" Man-O-War Cay 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 $3,700,000Derek A. Lee, BRIBroker Joined H.G. Christie, in 1996. Chairman Abaco Chapter Bahamas Real Estate Association.Tel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.net Look for H.G. Christie's Island Breeze Magazine The Guide to Wonderful Real Estate Opportunities Throughout the Bahamas Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay -"Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Tastefully Furnished and fully equipped #AB97$752,000.Great Guana Cay "Aquarium" Boat Harbour Area 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,100 sq.ft. Home. Great Elevation, Superb views Fully Equipped. #AB98 $345,000 Green Turtle Cay Family Residence 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath -2,265 sq.ft. living space on two floors on 1 1/2 secluded acres. # AB35 $945,000. Green Turtle Cay "Surcouf" 2,130 sq.ft. home on 1/4 acre 2nd floor, 2 bedroom, 2 bath separate 1st floor apartment, 1 bedroom, 1 bath Across road from beach. Good rental income potential Furnished Ready for Occupancy #AB86 NEW PRICE $585,000.Leisure Lee "Leisure's Rest" 3 bedroom 2 full baths, plus 2 -1/2 baths 2,700 sq.ft. home beautifully landscaped. Fully Furnished. # AB84 $350,000. Treasure Cay "Chameleon Bay" 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,478 sq.ft. Home. 150' of Treasure Cay Beach-front over 1 1/2 acres. # AB95 $925,000.Treasure Cay "Honey's Home" 3 bedroom, 3 bath 1,600 sq.ft. home 2/3 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock with Boat Lift Great Canal and Sea of Abaco Views. # AB66 $765,000.Treasure Cay "Oceana" Elegant Beach-front home 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 1,690 sq.ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bath 400 sq.ft. guest house. Garage. Beautifully landscaped and furnished. #AB92 $1,590,000 Treasure Cay "South View" 3 bedroom, 2 bath Home. Canal-front Location Great Sea of Abaco Views, Good family home Fully furnished. # AB30 $340,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $395,000. PRIVATE ISLAND"Carrington Cay" 1.4 AcresNear Leisure Lee # AB5147 $375,000. Bahama Palm Shores Beachfront Parcel 100' wide over 450' deep over 1 Acre. Land Cleared for Building.34' x 26' Storage Building Pump House Stairs to Beach # AB5150 $211,000. Cabbage Cove 1/3 Acre Sea of Abaco Beach-front Building Sites Mid-way between Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay # AB5142 $118,000.Elbow Cay "Marnie's Creek" 1/2 acre hillside building sites, a private dock slip for each parcel Fabulous Sea of Abaco views # AB5114 from: $230,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 $395,000. Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre. # AB5090 from: $59,000. Man-O-War Cay "L.U.A. Tract" Over 1 Acre Sea-to-Sea Private Dock AB5153 $645.000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Lot # 48 & # 49 SOLD Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay Limited Number Available. # AB5069 from: $63,700. Tilloo Cay "Thompson Tract" 7 acres. sea-to-sea, good elevation -for great Sea of Abaco and Ocean views can be divided into 2 3.5 acre parcels. # AB5113 $965,000. VACANT LAND "Son Burns" NEW PRICE "Sunset Point Resort" NEW LISTING "Harbour View Villa" Murphy Town WHY RENT?2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home. Centrally Located. Newly Completed and ready for immediate occupancy. Great Value. #AB107 $142,000. For qualified first home buyers $135,000. Murphy Town NEW LISTING NEW LISTING "Ceylon's Isle" "Rosewood"

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Page 20 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICEVICE VICEVICE VICE Automotive Accessories Full Automotive Service Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Tires and Tire Repairs Expert Mechanics Automobile Parts Oil Changes Batteries Crockett Drive & Don MacKay Blvd.Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2655 Percy Albury, Owner/Manager The low cost maintenance of pavers and the ease of replacing units within these areas make them ideal materials for exteriors. American Pavers specializes in custom colors with over 250 designer colors to choose from. Concrete pavers have a multitude of uses for bothresidential and commercial properties. Projects range from pool decks and driveways to retail plazas & streetscapes. Sold in a variety of shapes to suite your style Thieves were busy during the night of December 29 at the Marsh Harbour airport and surrounding area. Seven businesses were broken into and vandalized. The pattern was similar with doors forced or windows smashed and interior offices vandalized. Abaco Petroleum Distributors, the Texaco fuel distributor for Abaco close to the airport round-about on Don MacKay Boulevard, was entered through a forced back door. Its office was ransacked with files and records dumped on the floor as the thieves searched for valuables. Approximately $800 was stolen in funds collected for a charity. A pickup truck was taken and later found at the ball park in Marsh Harbour adjacent to the Mud settlement. It had been driven through the fence and abandoned with the doors left open. RND Cinemas theater was broken into through a restroom window and the cash register was stolen. The managers office was locked but the thieves apparently left when they set off the alarm while attempting to enter this office. The Zig Zag hanger was entered through a smashed window and the office was trashed with file and desk drawers emptied on the floor. A newly painted aircraft and another plane in the hanger were written on by a marker with a message suggesting the Mud Dogs were responsible. Whether they were to blame or this was a ruse to thwart the investigation is unclear. Cherokee Air suffered a broken window and the inside of the building was trashed throughly. A $2,500 microfilm reader was broken and $1800 was stolen. Another reference to the Mud Dogs was written on a computer screen. Further in the airport grounds Abaco Air was similarly broken into. The large aircraft door on their hanger was pried open and the inside door leading to the office area had the dead bolt hammered open. Several offices inside had their files and drawers dumped on the floor. Keys were taken belonging to Pilot Edrick Symonette, who was away on a flight. His car was driven into the locked gate close to the main airport terminal parking area, apparently with the car lights off, The gate was destroyed and the front of the car suffered extensive damage. However, the gate did not open and the thief drove the car back to the Abaco Air parking lot. A police patrol found the destroyed but unyielding gate around 2 a.m. The gate and the break-in were discovered again in the morning when Louise Malone went to work and called police. The Airport Lounge adjacent to the terminal parking lot was also broken into. A window was smashed and a small amount of liquor and money was taken. The pattern was similar with drawers and cabinets emptied onto the floor. Forest Heights Academy close to the Texaco office had the glass on their front During the night of December 29 thieves broke into six businesses in the airport area, trashing offices and stealing vehicles and money. The car shown here, belonging to Capt. Edrick Symonette, was driven into a gate and damaged extensively.Night Time Vandals Strike Nine Businesses Please see Break-ins Page 33 Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! NCR Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Laminations Envelopes Menus Labels ...More Open 9am 5pm Mon. Fri.

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Page 22 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Caribbean constructors ltd.Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock Imported Concrete Blocks6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16"Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Deliveries throughout Abaco The more you buy, the more you save.Our savings plan: The more you buy, the more you save.Turning up the volume on BIG savings on Cases & BalesFRESH PRODUCE CHOICE MEATS GROCERIES SUPPLIES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR FAMOUS BRANDS DON MACKAY BLVD.MARSH HARBOUR,ABACO. (242) 367-2020/8 FAX:(242) 367-2242 OPEN MON-FRI 8:30 AM 5:00 PM AND SAT 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Ramapo College VisitsBy Isobel Sherman Mrs. Rita Tepper, Director of International Recruitment for Ramapo College in Mahweh, New Jersey, paid a two-day visit to Abaco on January 6 and 7. She met with about 25 students and numerous parents at the Learning Resource Centre in Marsh Harbour. Her goal is to give a scholarship to an Abaco student to attend Ramapo College. In order to qualify the student must have SAT of at least 1160, a GPA above 3.0 or five BGCSE Examination passes in academic subjects of C or better and a GPA of 3.0 and above. Mrs. Tepper had a video presentation and then answered questions. After the meeting she met with individual students and parents. Mrs. Tepper announced that Ramapo College would deduct $2000 from the first years tuition of Bahamaian students entering the college this fall. Interest seemed keen. While on Abaco Mrs. Tepper also met with Kathy Weldon of Abaco Pathfinders. She planned to visit Freeport and Nassau before returning to the college.ReminderBy Isobel Sherman Those students who are applying for an Abaco Pathfinder Scholarship must submit their applications by February 1, 2004.The deadline for those who wish to apply for the Shenadoah University Scholarship through the Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship and have not done so have missed the deadline of January 15, 2004.St. Francis de SalesChristmas ConcertBy Portia Jonsson Under The theme The Joys Of Christmas St. Francis de Sales Catholic School held its Christmas Concert 2003 at the church on December 12th. The very lively program featured congregation sing-alongs of Christmas hymns and carols and presentations from all the grades. The schools drama department, just recently formed, gave its first theatrical performance which was a Christmas musical play and the high schools Spanish class performed a special Spanish song. Closing out the concert was the Kindergarten class which brought the crowd to its feet with a very colorful and exciting Junkanoo performance.Prime Time RecipientBy Isobel Sherman Hillary Rutter, a 2003 graduate of Abaco Central High School, has received a Prime Time full scholarship to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She departs this month to join other Prime Time recipients form Abaco Central, Shaquieria Adderly and Keora Brown along with Theresa Pinder, a graduate of Forest Heights.GoodbyeBy Isobel Sherman Abaco Central High School students and staff had to say goodbye to Huel Moss, Jr School NewsSt. Francis de Sales honors top students each month. The group above are the outstanding students for November. They are, front row left to right, Jacob Doyle grade 1, Mabery Wilmore Pre-K, Keonte Nightingale Pre-K and Marvin Cash K. Behind, left to right are Marquis Knowles Grade 5, Joel Reckley Grade 7, Rickanta Smith Grade 3, Eden McIntosh Grade 10, Cameron Siewruk Grade 4, Stephen Pedican Grade 9, Stefan Stubbs Grade 2, Nekhira Saunders Grade 8 and Charmile Adderley Grade 12. Missing from the photo are Adeisha Pinder Grade 11 and Ahmad Johnson Grade 6. Please see School Page 23

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 23 TT TT T ropicalropical ropicalropical ropicalSelfSelf SelfSelf SelfStorageStorage StorageStorage Storage10 x 12 12 x 20 12 x 30Self-Storage Space at U.S. PricesKey Club Road Marsh Harbour Ph. & Fax 242-365-6407 tropicalselfstorage@coralwave.com STANDARD HARDWAREMarsh Harbour 242-367-2660, 2881, 2820 Fax 242-367-2645 Contractors Ask about our special price scheduleA full stock of electrical hardware for contractors and homeowners From inside to outside From roof to floor There's plenty more Inside our store Special homeowner pricing on major projectsCorner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250 More School NewsWhen school reopened on January 5 Mr. Moss learned that he had been transferred to South Andros High School in Kemps Bay as the Principal and he had to report on January 12. Mr. Moss came to Abaco Central ten years ago as the biology and marine biology teacher. He is responsible for the vibrant marine biology programme, the only SchoolFrom Page 22The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of Abaco The Regattas of AbacoKick Back and Relax in Abaco! We now represent a superb selection of Vacation Condominiums in The Regattas. Beautifully and fully furnished, all amenities. Close to restaurants and nightlife! Weekly and monthly rentals. Please call for information.Tel. 242.367.3262 FAX. 242.367.3260 Royal Harbour Village Bay Street, Marsh Harbour www.bahamasrealty.bs Email. abaco@bahamasrealty.bs one in the Bahamas which features SCUBA diving instruction as part of the programme. In fact, Mr. Moss and Kay Politano of Abaco Dive Adventures collaborated on the SCUBA portion of the course as Mrs. Politano teaches that portion. Mr. Moss was Abaco Centrals first Teacher of the Year and represented Abaco that year in the National Teacher of The Year Award. He was made Master Teacher and appointed as Vice Principal three years ago. He has been responsible for organizing many of the programs at the school and in the community. He has led students to become proactive in the protection of the environment and had teams of students to clean up places such as Snake Cay, Crossing Beach and the dock site on the Shell Road in Murphy Town.School Busing from South AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson Senior school students in South Abaco do not have the convenience of attending a school in their area since numbers do not warrant the construction of a government high school there. A total of 79 students are bussed in each day from Sandy Point, Bahama Palm Shores and Crossing Rocks The Kindergarten class of St. Francis de Sales School closed out the schools Christmas Concert with a very exciting Junkanoo performance.Support Citizens Against Crime and 12 from Cherokee. The largest proportion, approximately 45 five students, attend Abaco Central High School. Two buses are contracted by the government to take the students into Marsh Harbour, one takes students to the Central Abaco Primary School and Abaco Central High School while the other services St. Francis de Sales School, Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy, Wesley College and Long Bay School. Primary school students in Sandy Point are able to attend the J.A. Pinder School, while primary students at Crossing Rocks are able to attend school there. According Please see School Page 24

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Page 24 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 to Mr. Hezekiah Dean, District Education Officer, the Ministry of Education is working towards obtaining an extra teacher for the Crossing Rocks School. In past years several parents opted to send their primary aged children to school in Marsh Harbour, but the majority now send their offspring to school in their home settlement except for some parents who work in Marsh Harbour and prefer to have their children at school here. Primary school students from Spring City and Snake Cay are bussed into Marsh Harbour and, along with the few from Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks, constitute 25 students from South Abaco attending Central Abaco Primary School. When surveyed about their feelings at having to undertake the hour long 50-mile ride to and from school each day the consensus among the students was one of complete acceptance. The students had no complaints at having to rise at 6 a.m. each day to be ready in time to catch the 7:30 bus. (All except a grade two child from Agape School who, at the age of seven, finds getting up at that early hour a little difficult). Most of the children find time to eat breakfast which is a good thing. The students do not seem to find the hour long journey tedious. The older students often read or do some of their homework studies while the younger students say they enjoy listening to music and taking snacks to eat on the bus. According to the bus driver, the students, though sometimes a little noisy, are well behaved and he has no problems on the busses. A bus collects the students outside their respective schools between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. each afternoon so that even the children from the furthest settlement of Sandy fast with friends he sat to rest at the Poet Office porch. It was there that he died. Efforts to revive him were in vain. He had been a frequent visitor to the island and was known in town. Mr. Vertrum Lowe has kept the tradition of boat building alive in his family. His father, Albert Lowe, built many beautiful model ships. After Alberts death, Vertrum decided to keep the tradition going. The boats are built to scale with attention paid to every little detail. His workshop is in his back yard just behind Currys store and is open to the public. A few weeks ago Mr. Lowe had the honour of being visited by our Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Fred Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was looking for a special gift to present to South African president, Thabo MBeki on his visit to the Bahamas. A three-masted schooner model was chosen and Mr. Lowe crated it and shipped it to Nassau. It was presented to President Mbeki as a gift from the Bahamas. As Abaconians we should all be proud to know that a small part of Abaco is now far away in South Africa. Congratulations to Mr. Lowe for having the honour of having his work chosen. Mr. Vertrum is the older brother of artist Alton Lowe. My only resolution for this year is to keep current with Green Turtle Cay events for The Abaconian Hopefully, it wont be like those resolutions involving diets and exercise! Again, Happy 2004! CaysFrom Page 13 SchoolFrom Page 23 Students from South Abaco arrive by bus at their various schools in the Marsh Harbour area in time for the beginning of each school day. These students attending Abaco Central High School do not mind the one hour trip each way from Sandy Point. They arrive home by 4:15 so they have time for other activities. Point are home by 4:15 p.m. That gives them plenty of time for homework and some relaxation. Students from Abaco Central High School say they receive about one hours homework per night so they never have to work overtime on weekends to catch up on assignments and have plenty of time for fun.

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 25 Featuring Bahamian and International Cuisine ~ Chef: Clement Clarke ~ Owned and operated by Jim & July Cates, Dee Delancy and Barbara Simmons Marsh Harbours finest Restaurant & LoungeOpen 7 Days a Week Serving Breakfast & Lunch 8 am until 3 pm Fridays 6 pm 9 pm for DinnerVHF Ch 9 367-2922 Memorial Plaza, Marsh Harbour The funeral service for Charles Bertram Cooper 61, of Coopers Town was held on Jan 2 at the Church of God Cathedral in Coopers Town. Bishop Archilus Cooper officiated assisted by Deacon Jenson Edgecombe and Elder Clayton McIntosh. Interment was in the Southside Gardens in Coopers Town. He is survived by sons Bertram, Chris and Travolta Cooper and Uhenessy Kemp; daughters Kara Bowleg and Sabrina Cooper; stepchildren Charlotte Collins, Janette Stewart, Kevin Marshall and Ricardo Wignall; grandchildren Carey Bowleg and Regan Kemp; sisters Cleotha Edgecombe, Sheila Adderley and Vernie Smith; brothers Joseph, Bishop Archilaus, Hartman, Henry, Eric and Samuel Cooper; nieces, nephews, grandnieces; grandnephews; mothers-in-law Ludell Hanna and Leothra Pagran; son-in-law Carlton Bowleg; daughter-in-law Samantha Kemp; sisters-in-law Estella, Macy, Lillian, Vivian and Netta Cooper; Corine Hanna, Nannette Conyers, Flossie Symonette, Louise Hanna, Lavenia Bernard and Rosalie Jones; brothers-in-law Medius Edgecombe, Neville Adderley, Rudy Smith and Jeff Hanna; god children and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Leader Cleveland Sawyer, 93, of Fox Town was held on January 4 at the Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town. Rev. Dr. Allen Mills and Rev. John McIntosh officiated. Interment was in the Fox Town Public Cemetery. He is survived by adopted sons Reginald, George, Michael McIntosh, Leroy Thompson, Lenwood and Kirkwood Darville; adopted daughters Alzona Rolle, Martha Cleare, Izalene Thomas, Virginia Curry and Majorie McIntosh; grandchildren Estell Gibson, Collins Rolle, Jewel McIntosh, Narvo McIntosh and Dargo McIntosh; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; sons-in-law Kermit Rolle and Gordon McIntosh; daughters-in-law Princess McIntosh, Ulrica McIntosh, Lorraine Thompson and Lavinia Darville; and many other relatives and friends. Ynes Maria Newbold, 84, passed away on December 1, 2003. Her funeral was held in Nassau on December 5 and interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roy Newbold, Sr., daughters Loree Sawyer and Sharon Roberts; son Roy Newbold, Jr.; sons-in-law Bert Sawyer and Dave Roberts; daughter-in-law Maggie Newbold; granddaughters Donna Albury, Maria Albury, Tammy Albury, Tina Russell, Candace Nottage and Melissa Roberts; grandsons Terence Roberts and Carlisle Newbold; grandsons-in-law Barry Albury, Leslie Albury, Vandel Albury, Bryce Russell and Timothy Roberts; granddaughter-in-law Kim Roberts; great-grandchildren Bruce, Robert, Beckie, Clive, Albert, Donavon, Nita, Lauren, Lynsie and Dillon Albury, Miranda and Christopher Nottage, Richard Newbold, Timothy Vincent and Oswald Roberts; great-greatgranddaughter Autumn Albury; sister Nevis Roberts; sisters-in-law Leona Pyfrom, Dorothea Thompson, Johanna Newbold; brothers-in-law Gladstone Newbold, Roscoe Thompson and Lamar Cooper; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Lowis Menza Dames 81, of Moores Island was held on January 10 at St. Matthews Baptist Church. Pastor Geneva Williams officiated assisted by other ministers. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in The Bight. He is survived by his wife, Arementa Dames; daughters Margaret Jones and Leotha Reckley; son Atlee Davis; daughter-in-law Michell Davis; sons-in-law Eddie Reckley and Roger Jones; nieces Rosetta, Beverly Dean, Prescola, Natalie, Ethelemae, Rosemary, Kathlean, Louise, Jessiemae, Beverly, Laura, Sebrina, Maria, Desiree, Elemitta, Inez, Ruth, Margaret and Betty; nephews, Jerome, Ike, Mervin, Milton, Tommy, Robert, Cecil, Joseph, Edmun, Harry, Philip and Ervin; sistersin-law Manerva, Emily and Tesha; brothers-in-law Leon Smith and Pleasant Dames; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; grandnieces; grandnephews; and many other relatives and friends.ObituarObituar ObituarObituar Obituar ies of Fies of F ies of Fies of F ies of F amilamil amilamil amil y and Fy and F y and Fy and F y and F rr rr r iendsiends iendsiends iends The Conch Inn Marina Deep water berths for vessels up to 120 ft. Marsh Harbours premier marina Full service with 80-slips Texaco fuel stationThe Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms with garden & harbour views Fresh water swimming pool Conch Crawl restaurant and bar Dive Abaco! SCUBA / Snorkle CenterThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: moorings_conchinn@oii.net www.moorings.comCome and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. Were waiting to take your lines. Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Tide North Bar Channel February 2004

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Page 26 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 J & J ELECTRICBILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 MARSH HARBOUR ABACO BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. Local building codes may cause prices to vary. Pricing FOB Factory. Multiple Panels and Colors Heavy-duty Red Iron Frame Multiple Configurations Customized Accents Easy Build-it-Yourself Construction 20-Year Mill Backed Warranty Fast, Quick & Easy Delivery From Manufacturing Facilities Nationwide Maintenance Free Fire Resistant Heavy Wind Loads Factory Savings 100% Useable Space1-972-267-9200Speed Quality Value Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties13 + 365-4234 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Elbow Cay Prop 43 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 22 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 50 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Island Colours + 366-0290 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key30 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hue 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse + 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information www.abacoinet.com www.abacoinfo.com www.abacos.com www.go-abacos.com www.oii.net www.bahamas.com Min. of Tourism + agents who have multiple cottages and houses The Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, his Permanent Secretary and Deputy Director of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture along with the Chairman of the National Junkanoo Family Island Committee have been invited to attend this event to give their support and announce plans for future development of Abaco. The Minister declared that the Junior Junkanoo in Abaco is on par with that in Nassau. The All Abaco Junkanoo Steering Committee is still looking for donations to assist with prizes for the schools and hopes those who can afford to donate will assist. Mr. Williams said the Committee has identified a few glitches to be improved upon and feels that the public is very receptive and cooperative. Although it was felt that the Boxing Day Parade was not as spectacular as the Junior Junkanoo Parade, it was nevertheless enjoyed by both visitors and residents and it is hoped that this will now become a tradition on Abaco and that it will grow each year.Boxing Day Senior Junkanoo ResultsBest Banner1stSpring City Rockers146 pts. 2ndGreen Turtle Cay Rockers132 pts. 3rdLA Conquers90 pts. 4thSupreme Dancers36 pts.Best Overall1stSpring City Rockers490 pts. 2ndGreen Turtle Cay Rockers463 pts. 3rdLA-Conquers461 pts. 4thSupreme Dancers160 pts.Music1stGreen Turtle Cay Rockers503 pts. 2ndSpring City Rockers474 pts. 3rdLA-Conquers 436 pts. 4thSupreme Dancers188 pts.Group Performance1stSpring City Rockers 482 pts. 2ndGreen Turtle Cay Rockers469 pts. 3rdLA-Conquers421 pts. 4thSupreme Dancers159 pts.Execution of Theme1stSpring City Rockers489 pts. 2ndGreen Turtle Cay Rockers469 pts. 3rdLA-Conquers415 pts. 4thSupreme Dancers156 pts. By Jennifer Hudson The seventh annual Art Show at the Abaco Beach Hotel will take place this year on January 31st and February 1st. The show will be open to the public on those days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Invited guests will have a preview during the evening of January 30th. Between 25 and 30 artists are expected to show their work and this year for the first time it is to be a juried show. Only fine art will be on display and a panel of three will preview the work to ensure that this criteria is met. Over the past few years crafts have been seeping into the show and it is felt that this show should hold true to being only a show for fine art as it has alJunkanooFrom Page 2Art Show Will Feature Abaco Artistsways been advertised as such. A craft show was held in December and another will be scheduled in a couple of months so the crafters will have plenty of opportunity to display their work at those times. Each different type of fine art e.g. painting, jewelry, fabric art, carving and sculpture will be displayed in its own separate section. It is the aim of the Abaco Beach Hotel to ensure that this show will be of the highest quality. Any artist still wishing to participate is invited to call Kevie at the hotel. The deadline for entries will be one week prior to the show. By Isobel Sherman According to Henry Woods, Bahamasair Operations Manager, the airline has received a communication from the US Department of Home and Security informing them that planes flying in United States airspace may have to have armed air marshals on them. Not all flights would have to have a marshal but the possibility does exist that some flights in the future may have to have marshals on them so Bahamasair must begin to formulate a plan since the country has no trained air marshals. The government of the Bahamas is in close communication with officials in the United States on all matters pertaining to security.More Security May Be Required

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 27 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Center............367-4646 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Shop.............365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Rentals Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 Donnies Boat Rentalss.....................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Guana Cay Cart Rentals...................365-5016 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm24 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 Airport 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Ma Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $25 OW $35 RT Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sun 12 Noon, return 3 $20 OW $25 RT Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven Abaco to McLeans Town Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way $80 round trip Children half fare For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus serves Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr.Tuesday Lv Nassau 8 am Lv Sandy Point 12:30 pm Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adult fare $90 RT, $50 OW Call for rates on cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....366 -4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......366 -4107 Floyd Burrows .....366 -4175 Links Adderly .......366 -4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....366 -4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......366 -2163 Jay Sawyer .........367 -3941 Justin Sands.......367 -3526 Terrance Davis ....367 -4464 Danny Sawyer .....367 -3577 Man-O-War David Albury ........365 -6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............366-2107 Junior Albury ............366-3058 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh Pope McKenzie .......477-5894 Orthnell Russell .......365-0125 Alexander Rolle .......365-0120 Edward Rolle ...........365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer ........365-4070 Jeff Survance ...........365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge..............$$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Mermaid Cafe...............$$$.............365-5137 Orchid Bay.........................................365-6175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Rest. Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of Commerce367-5822 Fax 367-5823 abacochamber@abacoinet.com Area code 242 unless listed Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 75....F....353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................24......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats coming from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Emergency ServicesPolice (Marsh Harbour) 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harb. Volunteer Fire Dept.367-2000 Fire -Hope Town Volunteer Fire Dept.VHF Ch 16 Ambulance Trauma One Marsh Harbour367-2911 Fire Dundas Town Volunteer367-2935 or 4935 Man-O-War Fire & Rescue 365-6911 Bah Air Sea Rescue AssocVHF 16 or 366-0282 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market..........$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Golden Harvest ........................................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Treasure Cay, Bahamas Star or Moxy................ $14 + $6 Bronks or Highway Liquors ..................................$10 + $5 Sand Banks ..........................................................$20 + $5 Joes Creek ..........................................................$35 + $5 Black Wood ..........................................................$14 + $5 Fire Road .............................................................$25 + $5 Coopers T own.....................................................$30 + $5 Cedar Harbour .....................................................$45 + $5 Wood Cay .............................................................$50 + $5 Mount Hope ......................................................... $55 + $5 Fox Town ..............................................................$60 + $5 Marsh Harbour or Crown Haven ..........................$65 + $5 Marsh Harbour Round T rip.................................. $85 + $5 TC Hotel to Marsh Harbour ....................................$55 + $5 TC Hotel to Joes Cr eek......................................... $25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ..........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..................................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks ................................................... $7 + $5 From TC Hotel to All Areas N. of T.C. Airport Add $10 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.367-5358 Evening dinner cruise Dive Abaco Marsh H.367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Kayak Abaco Adventures Treasure C ................... Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay.....365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point.............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town................................. Air Lines Serving AbacoAir Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ....................... 367-3415 Golden Airlines Ft. Lauderdale .................. 954-359-8020 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ........................... 367-3597 Lynx Air International Ft. Lauderdale ......... 954-772-9808 Major Air Service Freeport ................................. 367-4826 Southern Air Nassau .......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local charter companies serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air Charter 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089 Closed Until Jan 2004Please bring errors or omissions to our attention

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Page 28 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 NOTICE ESTATE OF VIOLA E. COTTMAN (a.k.a. VIOLA ELLEN COTTMAN) late of the Settlement of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas, Deceased NOTICE is hereby given that persons having claims or demands against the above should send their names, addresses and written certified particulars of the debts or claims undersigned on or before 22nd January, 2004 and if required, to prove such debts or claims, or by default be excluded from any distribution. After the above date the Executrix will distribute assets having regard only to the proved debts or claims of which she shall have had notice. AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the said Estate should make settlement on or before 22nd January, 2004. ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO. Attorneys for the Executrix Stratton Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas OR St. Andrews Court, Frederick Street Steps P. 0. Box N4805 Nassau, Bahamas Ready Mix ConcreteBest Price in TownRock & SandAbacoBlockConcreteandDelivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm Shores Visit us at our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing Call us today for quotes Ph: 367-2891 Fax 367-2892 It Pays to AdvertiseBy Jennifer Hudson Crowds gathered all around the harbour of Marsh Harbour on the evening of December 22nd to watch the 10th annual boat parade. Eleven boats this year delighted the onlookers with their Christmas lights as they motored several laps around the harbour. All radiated a warmth and cheerfulness with a bright Santa and a nativity scene adding an extra touch. The parade was followed by the usual firework display which was even bigger and better this year in celebration of the tenth year of the parade. The fireworks were supplied by Fireworks Unlimited from Nassau. It took two men from that company two days to set up the large display on a barge provided by the Abaco Tug and Transport assisted by Mr. Colin Albury. As usual the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was standing at the ready on the barge and on a boat in the harbour to render assistance if needed. Several months of preparations were put into the organization of the parade by the hard working committee of Chad and Ginnie Sawyer, Tom and Linda Leffler and Cindy Hayworth. They would like to thank the people of the community for their support and their generous donations which keep the boat parade going from year to year and provide the spectacular firework displays. Any money left after expenses is donated to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department, to Crash and Rescue and to Citizens Against Crime organizations. The Boat Parade was started ten years ago by Barbara Gorda, who was the organizer for the first two years. After she left, the organization was taken over by Chad and Ginnie Sawyer and the parade has continued to take place every Christmas except for 1999 when Hurricane Floyd caused the cancellation of many activities that year. This year the parade was held a little closer to Christmas than normal since the tide determines the day on which it can be held.Boat Parade Attracts HundredsFive Men Were Rescued in North AbacoBy Jennifer Hudson Two brothers are in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau after a boating accident in North Abaco. At approximately 11 p.m. on December 28 a 30-foot foreign owned speed boat driven by Terrance Davis with five men, all relatives, on board hit a reef as it was returning to Marsh Harbour from Florida. All occupants were badly thrown about the boat. Fortunately, one of the men had a cell phone with him which he used to call the police station in Coopers Town as the VHF radio on the boat was not working. Some people from Fox Town went to their aid and took the men to the Coopers Town Clinic for treatment. Two of the men, Marlin Simms and Carlson Bootle were unhurt. Quincy Penn received shoulder injuries while brothers Terrance and Hank Davis received severe facial injuries. All three injured men were airlifted to Nassau at early Monday morning, December 29. Hank Davis received further surgery to his face on January 8th. All persons on the boat are residents of Murphy Town except for Quincy Penn who resides in Spring City. The boat is awaiting shipment to the United States for repair.Woman Was Thrown Out of BoatAnother boating accident occurred about 8 p.m. on January 9 in the waters off Marsh Harbour. A 35-foot boat traveling from Elbow Cay to Marsh Harbour hit the rocks off Sugarloaf Cay throwing one of the passengers out of the boat. The boat stalled, then restarted and sped off. Persons on Eastern Shores, Sugarloaf Cay andd Matt Lowes Cay heard the crash. The 54-year-old woman in the water swam to shore and screamed for help. She notified her rescuers that two others had been in the boat, and she assumed they were thrown out of the boat also. BASRA was notified and organized a search for the two people and the boat. When the boat was finally located, it was on the boat lift at the Pelican Shores residence of the owner, Mr. Chris Baughman. The two missing people, Mr. Baughman and his 84-year-old mother, were at the house. All three people were examined by doctors in Marsh Harbour. The woman thrown out of the boat had superficial wounds. The elderly woman was flown out that night because of injuries. Search boats on the scene were from several islands including Elbow Cay, Man-OWar, Guana Cay, Sugarloaf Cay and Marsh Harbour. BASRA coordinated the rescue efforts.Two Boating Accidents Occurred at NightSafety Is Everyones Responsibility Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comAisle of Palm RealtyBrent CartwrightPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco Coral Point #1007 Over one and a half acres of elevated waterfront land near Great Cistern with foundation and walls poured to belt course for three bedroom home to overlook the Sea of Abaco. Finish the approved plans or modify to complete as you wish. Land runs 140'+ on the water by 400'+ deep. $280,000 GREAT PRICE Tilloo Cay #1021 Two adjacent parcels of waterfront land located just south of the Castle offering great elevations and deep water just offshore for a private dock. The northern lot offers 100' on the water and is offered at $190,000 and the southern lot offers 90' with larger building area and is listed at $199,000.web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comRegattas 1002 2/2 furnished ground floor condo unit, Pool, tennis courts, beach, and spacious covered patio. Bahama Palm Shores 1065 Interior vacant lot on hill with electricity and short walk to beach. $15,000. Other lots available Marsh Harbour 1028 Two harbour front lots, Elevated and deep water. $225,000 & 325,000 Treasure Cay 1024 Two bed, 1 bath condo overlooking marina features new kitchen, furnished, pool, tennis courts, lots of storage, great rental, beach and golf nearby. $175,000 Marsh Harbour Select residential home sites and commercial properties ready for building Scotland Cay Two adjacent hilltop lots close to the marina with fantastic ocean views. Call for details Guana 1019 Two new adjacent cottages in settlement. Each with 2/1.5 on two floors. $200,000 ea. or $347,000 for both. Bahama Palm 1060 Prime location beachfront lot with over 100' of frontage on one of Abacos finest beaches. CALL TODAY! $89,900Elbow Cay 1003 2/2.5 guest house on large lot, Approved plans for main home with 3/3.5. Sea views and private. $474,000 Reduced to $399,500 Guana Cay A selection of oceanfront, beachfront and inland hilltop lots with shared dockage available. Call for info. Guana 1041 Two cottages on the Sea of Abaco. 2/2 1400 sq. ft. private dock, tasteful decor. $732,250 each

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 29 Brokers Anne Albury(242) 365-8538 Ph SANDPIPER BEACH Top of the Rock situated on two elevated ocean front lots with natural and tropical gardens. Main house 1 bed / 1 bath with detached 2 bed / 1 bath guest accommodations plus additional 400 sq. ft. entertainment / bunk house efficiency. Great holiday beach property. $2,100,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "Toad Hall" Package deal. Extra large ocean front lot with unlimited opportunity for building your dream home. Directly behind is your present main home on its own lot. Two storey with 4 bed / 3 bath upstairs and large living / dining / kitchen down stairs. Detached double garage with 1 bed / 1 bath guest apt. above. $1,292,000 Another World This name gives you an idea of this special family island beach home. 5 bed/ 5 bath CBS house on world reknown Treasure Cay beach with many features/ extras including a van and golf cart. Areal MUST SEE $1,440,000 Serenity A real Estate property. Modern 4 bed/4.5 bath, 5600 sq. ft., two storey CBS home with incredible ocean views. Upper level extra large, open concept living/dining/kitchen with outdoor covered balcony and master en-suite bed/bath. Lower level 2 bed/2 bath, lounge, wet bar plus additional bed/bath and double garage. Property has two fully landscaped lots with 290 feet ocean front. Special property with many, many additional features including 2 bed/1 bath caretakers cottage. $3,800,000 Titzl House Located on Ocean Blvd., spacious CBS, 2 bed/ 2 bath home, patio off living/ dining/ kitchen, airy Bahama room, mature landscaping. Priced to sell PRICED TO SELL!$215,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$369,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $676,500 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.MOTIVATED SELLER$1,200,000 Lot Fifteen Canal front, newly completed and designerfurnished dream house. CBS 3 bed / 2 bath 3,000 sq. ft. with double garage. Fully landscaped with irrigation system. Many extra features. $915,000 + 14% closing WINDWARD BEACH Seaclusion Ocean front CBS house, 2 bed / 2 bath plus detached 20 x 30 2-car garage with extra bath. House has wonderful view as well as prevailing tradewinds $738,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 3 bed / 2.5 bath -12 ft. wide slip$302,500 Phase II 2 bed / 2 bath, 18 wide slip$315,000 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, boat slip$224,000 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath $113,000 VILLAS Beach Villa Subdivision Garden villa 2 bed / 2 bath extra features $157,300 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 Pilot House Two storey home with commanding view down the Sea of Abaco. Upstairs 2 bed / 2 bath with living/ dining/ kitchen/ utility. Downstairs 1 bed / 1 bath efficiency. Boat ramp to garage, ocean side decks plus many other features. $1,080,000 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool / waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house$356,000 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 $475,000 Plus 14% closing BRIGANTINE BAY ESTATES "Sea Cliff" newly completed 2 storey CBS home fully furnished. Living / dining / kitchen downstairs, bed rooms upstairs. Direct greenway access to Treasure Cay beach MOTIVATED SELLER $369,000 Sableau Soleil Canal front with dock. Island simplicity home, 3 bed / 2 bath, detached garage with half bath. Waterfront view from master bedroom and open concept living / dining / kitchen. $430,500 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Blue House One-of-a-kind beach front home designed by the Architect / Owner for family and beach living. 5 bed / 4 bath, large living / dining area with modern kitchen, wrap-around deck. Many, many extra features. $2,100,000 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 SOLD SOLD VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at $150,000 Canal Frontbeginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interiorbeginning at $25,000 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing January 28, 2004 Dr. Edwin Demeritte, Neurologist / Neurophysiologist (Adults & Children) January 16, 2004 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist January 24, 2004 Dr. Gregory Neil Plastic Surgeon February 7, 2004 Dr. Kelvin Gipson Foot Doctor January 23, 2004 Ms. Sonya Artwell Ultra Sound Tech January 24, 2004 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner January 24, 2004 like forever. Then a 48-quart cooler was produced which became the seat for two adults for the remainder of this ride (no pad) and I say ride because we were taken on a 20-minute boat ride to look for bones. But we were told by the guide on arrival at one location that bones are hard to catch and difficult at this time, December. And it was low tide and the wind was blowing the water off the flats. He wasnt sure that we would be able to return through the channel that we used to leave from. So what do you think you want to do? was the question. We said Lets give it a try for awhile a see what the results could be. Well, the guide poled into very shallow water were he had to go over the side to push the boat, thereby making a great deal of noise and turning up a great cloud of mud (attitude). It was than agreed upon to end this boat ride and return to the mangrove ramp, which, by the way, was at 11:15. We were back at the resort front desk by 11.45. Oh, we actually got underway at 9:40 a.m. on a half day trip which was to end at 1 p.m. Also, when we returned to the ramp, a question was asked of the guide by the young lady sent to return us to the resort, Where did you fish today? The guide replied which I did not hear. But the young ladys reply to the guide I could hear. And it was, Child, theres no water there and you know it, everyone else went south. (I learned later from some of the locals that there is more water southwest from the ramp at low tide.) At a great risk of being attacked by my wife, I paid this resort for the trip. My wife then did something very surprising. She tipped the guide, just see his reaction. The look on his face was indescribable. The guide took the tip right in front of the owners of this resort, who, by the way, never inquired as to how the trip had gone or if we had a great time on our first boat bonefishing trip in the Bahamas. Finally; we travel to Abaco three or four times a year to visit with my wifes family and friends in Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour. We have fished on Eleuthera and Bimini for the past 15 years and have always been treated very well by all the Bahamian people and friends we know. But I could not let this encounter go without letting our views be known. It was just a case Please see Letters Page 9 of Lets get the tourist, and no problem. And forget about doing a good job or lets have some pride of ownership of the equipment that is used in our chosen profession. We will be back to Abaco. But bonefishing will not be on our schedule. Not with that certain resort or guide, at least. Regrettably, Neil and Deborah ShelleyMore Letters to the Editor

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Page 30 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Treasure Cays Newest Condo Complexacross the street from Bahama Beach ClubContact your local broker or visit the job site for more information. Three bedroom two bath units approximately 1,500 square feet in each unit Limited cart storage available Pre-construction prices are: ground floor $298,000 second floor $329,000 Treasure Cay RoadMarina View Drive Local phone: 359-6241 or call 305-979-8200 Email: hquin@bellsouth.net Web page: www.treasurecaylandings.comNorth Marina Drive Public NoticeIllegal ConstructionThe Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Police Department will be intensifying their patrols of Pigeon Peas, The Mud, Sand Banks and other like areas. All residents of these areas should be aware that illegal construction will not be tolerated by the government and any infractions will be dealt with to the full extent of the law.Department of Public WorksAvi Gouvenman Depatman de Travay Piblik ansamn ak depatman Police va fe patrouy pi r d nan Pigeon Peas, The Mud, Sand Banks lot plas yo ki minm jan. Tout residents nan plas sa yo doue Konprann Gouvenman sa pa va tolere konstriksyon Illegal yo va jije moun net atout laloua. New Car Is Won at RaffleA new 2003 Daihatsu Terios SUV was the grand prize of a raffle offered by Price Right in Marsh Harbour. Owner Chad Sawyer is shown giving the keys to the vehicle to Gaylene Higgs of Marsh Harbour, who had the winning ticket. The drawing was on December 24 and the excited winner rushed to the store when she learned that she had won the car. She proudly drove it home that same night after Mrs. Belinda McIntosh very kindly licensed it for her after the drawing. Mr. Sawyer has had a series of promotions which have been very popular with his customers. For each of the past four months he has raffled off $500 worth of groceries. During the next few months the store will offer even more prizes which include a cruise for two, a vacation at Disney World for four and another vehicle. The drawing for the car will be on July 9 of this year. Marsh Harbour shoppers now have two excellent supermarkets to shop in, both offering a large variety of basic foods, meats and butcher shops, fresh produce, delis and specialty items. By Jennifer Hudson Hoteliers and retailers in Marsh Harbour and the cays are very happy with the 2003 Christmas season which proved to be a busy and profitable one. Hope Town and Green Turtle Cay in particular were buzzing with visitors which also kept the ferry operators busy and happy. Although the hotel in Treasure Cay was only one quarter full during the season, other hotels enjoyed an occupancy rate of 80 to 95 percent while Bluff House was able to boast an occupancy rate of 100percent. A large part of the Christmas celebration revolves around food which kept the restaurants happy. All restaurants reported an extremely good turnover, even busier than expected with a lot of large family groups. Wait staff were pleased that the visitors were tipping generously. The gift stores all reported that sales were up from last Christmas and people were buying more higher priced items than in previous years. One store owner stated that this was their best year within the last four years which, hopefully, indicates that tourism is recovering well from the devastating blows of the past few years and augers well for Abacos future.The 2003 Christmas Season Was Good

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 31 Mailin Sands mailin@mlrealty.netLIGHTBOURN REALTYMarsh Harbour Office (242) 367-2992 Fax (242) 367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasHope Town Representative Ainsley Harrison Hope Town, Abaco Phone 242 366-0338 Email: ainsley@mlrealty.net Marsh Harbour Office Treasure Cay #1322Three bedroom two bath modern home near beaches and golf course. Immaculately caredfor home with all modern amenities such as central A/C, cable etc. Offered at $265,000 MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASYwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.comTreasure Cay #1322 Three bedroom two bath home near beaches and golf course. Fully furnished with all amenities. $265,000 Reduced Historic Club & Inn #5077 Located in the heart of a story book Colonial village, this 150-year-old landmark has been meticulously maintained in its original dcor. Consisting of 10 guest rooms, 40-seat restaurant, lounge, pool and patio. A rare find that will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle reminiscent of the old days. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is offered at $1,780,000 New Listing! GTC High on a Bluff waterfront 1/3 acre elevated lot affords spectacular vistas of the Sea of Abaco and breathtaking sunsets. Located near resorts and marinas, this is a must see. $338,000 New Listing! GTC Beachfront acre lot located virtually on the Atlantic beach. $210,000 Two Beach Houses on Gillam Bay #2047 These two separate properties are located on the beach at Gillam Bay. One consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, an upper level apartment and two guest cottages. The other property consists of 3 bedrooms 3 baths. Call for price. New Listing! GTC n view Lots two 1/3 acre lots overlooking the Atlantic. Elevated with great views 200 ft. from the beach. $95,000 each. GTC Nice Neighbourhood, ready for building! Cleared lot with fruit trees near to beaches, park and a public dock. $45,000 Greenway Canal Lot Treasure Cay with splendid unobstructed views of the canal. $35,000 Owner says sell! Guana Cay 3 b/2 b home with views of the Sea of Abaco. Private dock and lovely landscaped yard. $650,000 Casuarina Point NEW LISTING! Two adjacent lots on the canal, set back on the waterway, protected and private. Call for more details! Yellow Wood Vacant lot, call for details. Casuarina Point vacant lot close to beach. $17,000 Bahama Palm Shores Vacant interior lot in fast growing community, beach access for all lots. SOLD Man-O-War Vacant interior lot in town and close walk to beach. Pelican Shores Elevated harbour front lots available, one of a kind location in Marsh Harbour. Starting at $225,000 Sand Banks vacant property on the highway to Treasure Cay, motivated seller, bring offers. Call fore details Hill Creek 4.8 acres with 50+ elevations and 100 of waterfront. $130,000 Guana Cay Half acre lots, ocean and hilltop interior lots. All lots have beach access. Call for pricing North Abaco, Fire Road Starter home for sale. 2 beds, 1 bath, views of the sea. $30,000 Guana Cay 4 b/2 b house with a self contained apartment with 2 b/1 b, on lovely Boat Harbour. Gorgeous views of the sea, features private dock. $699,000 Leisure Lee Best priced canal lot. $45,000 Boat Harbour Gorgeous views of the sea, features private dock $699,000 Bahama Coral Island Vacant interior lot in growing subdivision. Short drive to Marsh Harbour. Financing available. $15,000 Man-O-War Cay -SunSplash #5082 4 bed, 3 bath island home beauty. Situated on 1.189 acres this home features lots of privacy, Bahamian-built furniture, close to town and includes a guest cottage. Watch the sunrise every morning from the extensive patios and enjoy the views of the turquoise Atlantic Ocean. Step off this property and sink your toes in soft powder white sand. This home was built by Man-O-War carpenters who are known for their great building skills. A rare and unique offering. Here is your chance to own a piece of paradise. $1,970,000 Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores Beauty #5078 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath home. Imagine owning this beautiful house along with its beautiful view. This home offers an open ceiling with fir wood throughout, also boasts of ceramic tile and a spacious kitchen with an open floor design for entertaining friends and family. Enjoy the tranquil view of Fanny Bay as well as the Sea of Abaco. Watch the sunset on your very own dock which can accommodate a small boat at high tide. Enjoy a walk over the lovely white bank at low tide. Experience living at its best when you are the proud owner of this elegant home. $940,000. Great Abaco Club A vacant canal front lot with views of the Sea of Abaco. Situated in private, gated community and has the most canal frontage in the community. Enjoys the amenities of the nearby hotel. UNDER CONTRACT Sandy Point #5072 One and a half story house with 3 beds/ 2 baths. Also utility room, garage and boat house. Sits on two acres of lovely beachfront property. An ideal area for those who love bonefishing and deep sea fishing. Call today! $450,000 New Listing New Listing New Listing New Listing New ListingCherokee Sound #5083 3 bed/ 2 bath home in clean tidy settlement. Has utility room, large kitchen, sunken living room, mini split A/C, well-kept lawn, work shop and storage building. House comes with a dock slip on the creek. $360,000 Green Turtle Cay Office Chris Farrington BRI Email: chris.f@batelnet.bs P.O. Box AB 22758, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Office (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Casuarina Point #1392 Lovely canal front home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath. Features a Bahama room, screenedin porch, large, well kept, landscaped yard, with tool shed and storage building. A bone fishermans paradise. UNDER CONTRACT New Listing New Listing New Listing New Listing New ListingLong Beach #5084 A magnificent beach lot in a development about a 30-minute drive South of Marsh Harbour. Runs approx. 100'+/on the beach. US$65,000 Elbow Cay #5017 A 3 b/2 b home on ocean front lot. Open floor plan, has views of the cool blue Atlantic Ocean. Features private pool, spacious decks and a 12 KW generator. $955,000 Orchid Bay #5056 A beautiful development in the postcard pretty town of Guana Cay. Amenities include tennis, pool, on site restaurant and marina. Bay front lots, beachfront lots and interior lots featuring elevations are available. Dont miss the chance to own your piece of Paradise. Call for details. Bahama Palm Shores #5069 Lot available in Section 1, with a completed foundation for a 2 bed/1 bath house. Great deal for a starter home. $35,000

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Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. Fenced-in with electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet. $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 367-2951 or 359-6658Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Great Cistern 3 story furnished 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath, central A/C, cable, phone, storage and generator houses, all around decks overlooking water. Phone 367-5867 Hope Town Specialist A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Marsh Harbour hill top apartments, 2 bed/1 bath, central A/C, fully furnished. Call 3672951 or 366-0347 after 5 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT Simmons PlaceRentals Apartments Office Space Store FrontBarbara M. SimmonsPhone 242-367-2922 East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco simmonsplace2002@yahoo.com Houses and Apartments For Rent Classified Advertisements Marsh Harbour Sweetings Village, 1 bedroom apartment, furnished, electricty & water included. Call 367-2107 Marsh Harbour weekly rental If you love shopping with us, youll love staying with us at Iggy Biggy Bungalows. Brand new 1 or 2 bdrm beautifully furnished villas. For info call 367-3596 on Abaco or (561) 207-6870. www.iggybiggy.com Treasure Cay 3 bed 2 bath on Brigantine Bay canal, pool, dock, lush landscaping, 2 min. walk to worlds best beach. Very affordable longterm rate. Call 477-5056. Buying? Selling?Need Qualified Help?Want more business?A low cost ad like this can bring fast resultsCall 367-3202 Fax 367-3201Several students have begun their college careers this month. We are proud to list them. Vanessa Bethel is beginning her college work in a college in Denmark, South Carolina. The school specializes in teacher education. Vanessa is the daughter of Donna Sands and the late Odell Bethel of Hope Town. She graduated from a school in Nassau where she was on the honor roll, was Deputy Head Girl and a school prefect. She wrote for the Nassau Guardian and had her poetry published in several books. She was accepted by several schools before accepting a full scholarship for the school in South Carolina. Alonzo Roberts is attending the Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute in Freeport, Grand Bahama where he is studying office systems administration. Alonzo is the son of Elizabeth Cornish of Murphy Town and is a graduate of Abaco Central High School.Students Are Pursuing a Higher Education By Jennifer Hudson I wonder how many people have been zapped while shopping in Solomons SuperCentre, Marsh Harbour. I know I am not the only one as I have witnessed others jump back after attempting to remove canned goods from the shelf. Since these mini shocks have been happening to me for several weeks now, I decided it was time to approach management about what is happening. Mr. George Harris, Manager, must have received numerous enquiries as the minute I approached him he asked me if I had got shocked. He explained that over the past few weeks management has done all in its power to try to rectify this shocking situation. Several electrical inspections have been carried out and results show that the shocks are not caused by AC/DC current and are thus not dangerous. It was determined that they are the result of static electricity in the air caused by the dryness of the atmosphere in the store. Several measures are being taken to try to alleviate the situation. The shiny surface has been removed from the flooring tiles and is being replaced with an expensive anti-static covering. Also, a door is being fitted over the present open front entrance so that the atmosphere inside the store can be better regulated. Amazingly, Mr. Harris can touch anything in the store without ever being shocked. So the reason some people are shocked and not others is rather a puzzle. Maybe some people give off more static than others. Mr. Harris wishes to apologize to his customers and wants them to know that everything possible is being done to rectify this unusual and sometimes rather uncomfortable situation.A Shocking SituationThe Bahamas has been ranked the 11th most expensive tourist in terms of per night room rates. The study measured indicators for more than 200 countries worldwide. The study ranked the Bahamas in the 105th spot for price competitiveness. Because of high labour and utility costs and low productivity, the resorts in this country had a low profit rate.Bahamas Tourism Is Ranked

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 33Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Dundas Town Incomplete, unfurnished hill top house 3 bed / 2 1/2 bath, w/ carport and washroom. Lot #17. Call 367-5209 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE Green Turtle CayOcean Beach Lots (North End) 1+ acres with good elevation from $245,000 Coco Bay Lots 81 feet on beach from $170,000 Bita Bay Ocean Lot 8.26 acres from ocean to Inner White Sound, good elevation and protection from sea, spectacular views. $1.6 M. On the internet at www.bahamasinvest.com or call 365-4271 LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $250,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Sea Grape RealtyVictor R. Patterson Memorial Plaza P.O. Box AB 20123 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: 242-367-2749 E-mail: seagraperealty@hotmail.com Elbow Cay: Lot on Centerline Road, 90 x 100, good title. $75,000 Elbow Cay: Acre in Back Creek, access to water. $80,000 Tilloo Cay: Two lots on Sea of Abaco, 100 wide, approx 250 feet long, deep water, hill top views. Please enquire. Lubbers Quarters: Hillside acre with private dock slip and utilities. $120,000 Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALEElbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242-3660224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Great Cistern 3 story furnished 3 bed / 3 1/2 bath, central A/C, cable, phone, storage and generator houses, all around decks overlooking water. Phone 367-5867 Guana Cay 3 bed / 2 bath with rental guest apartment. Call 242-365-5113 or e-mail fsands02@hotmail.com Little Harbour beautiful ocean view, 2 story, 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, living & dining room, large game room with wet bar, ceramic tile and carpet, 3 large decks including 1 screened, central air, UV water purification system, electricity to home, plus 12.5 KW back-up generator. $499,900. Call 242-366-3515 or 477-5198 Little Harbour Great ocean view furnished cottage, 2 air conditioned bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, screened porch, spacious outside decks with landscaped yards. Full kitchen with all amenities, metered electric power and 7000 gal. cistern. $250,000 Call owners in US at 850-2308212 or 242-366-3515 in Little Harbour to see cottage. MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOTreasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 BL #167 Dundas Town 1/2 acre, 2 storey 4 bed, 2 bath, family rm Lot #25 Murphy Town Incomplete duplex one unit completed comprising 2 bed, 1 bath 6,900 sq. ft. Lot #60 Murphy Town Vacant Land 11,277 sq. ft. Lot #78B Dundas Town Vacant Land 10,810 sq. ft. Lot # 21 Murphy Town Commercial building 6,500 sq. ft. Lot #70 Murphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 11,232 sq. ft. Lot #78 Dundas Town L-shape apt. complex 3 2 bed, 1 bath units 9,000 sq. ft. Area for small shop Lot #18B Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Newly repaired 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #67For condition of sale and any other information contact Ms. C.A. Cooper or Ms.T. Rolle at 367-2141.BIDS ONLYMurphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 7440 sq. ft. Fairly new structure Lot #3 Murphy Town Duplex 2 bed, 1 bath and 1 bed efficiency 8900 sq. ft. Lot #68 Bahama Coral Island Vacant land 10,890 sq ft. Section #3 Block A Lot #1 Marsh Harbour 3 bed, 2 bath Prime business location Queen Elizabeth Drive Lot size 7400 sq. ft.Little Harbour water front 2 story, 3/2 beautifully furnished and landscaped, large decks with screened porch. Superb views. Mooring incl. By owner. 242-366-3509 fineart@abacoinet.com Lubbers Quarters near Hope Town, water front house, below appraisal, views, dock, fully furnished, rental history, owner. 242-366-3100, www.sandybottoms.com Lubbers Quarters 2 bed / 3 bath house, private boat slip, 3 story furnished on the hill. Good rental history. By owner. Ph. 359-6506 or 321-768-9642 www.oceanviewcottage.com.sale.html Man-O-War 2 bed/2 bath, fully furnished, central air, 500 feet from beach. Must see. Call 365-6518 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Sandra Evans, BRIMultiple-listing Broker sandra@abacorealtor .com East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 www.abacorealtor.com The Best Service in Abaco Homes Property Beach front Condos Corporate RentalsSuperb Eastern Shores offering: 30,000 square feet sea to sea, dock, guest house, elevation, fireplace, widows walk. MUIST SEE $975,000 Immaculate Regattas retrest: 2 bedroms/ 2 baths, oversize condominium, quiet building, move-in condition, pool, tennis, beach. $265,000 Treasure Cay Jewel: Superior location, construction and design. 130 beach front. $1.9m Pelican Shores Prestige: Approximately 1 acre, 104 on protected harbour. $599,000 Cove Estates Rarity: Immaculate family home plus 1/2 acre adjacent lot. Wont last. $373,500 Little Orchard Treasure: Huge main home plus two apartments, Sea of Abaco view $545,900 Bahama Coral Island: Great starter lot or invest for retirement. $9000 Royal Harbour Beauty: Level cleared site, most desirable location in great area. $69,800 Hot Hot Guana Cay: Hill top lots with shared dockage, views in every direction. $65-$72-$80,000 Secluded Hill Top: 1 acre homesites with stunning views and Sea of Abaco access. $58,800 Bahama Palm Shores: Family homesite in best developed area. $21,000 Bahama Palm Shores: View properties. $20,000 Cabbage Point: Pristine, water front, ecological preserve, low-impact home. Only $118,000 Income producer: Easily finished, quality construction duplex, power, pretty views. $118,000 Commercial Enterprise: Prime location, full occupancy, recently renovated. $517,200 Marsh Harbour Duplex, 2 bed 1 bath on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Marsh Harbour, Sweetings Tract, 100 x 100 lot, good elevation. $30,000 Call Don 365-6149 (nights) Scotland Cay home, Sea of Abaco waterfront Lg 3bed/3bath, modern CBS, just remodeled, great view, dock, 35' marina slip, landing rights, completely furnished $910,000. By Owner:561-746-3337 or 242-367-5432 signal33@bellsouth.net Treasure Cay two lots, canal or ocean view, financing available. Call 365-8749 Treasure Cay House Priced for Quick Sale, 2 miles south of Treasure Cay. Good location, Good view, Good price. Call 365-8028 The Abaco Youth in Action will begin basketball practice on January 17th, 2004, at Ocean View Park in Dundas Town. This program is for young people ages seven to 14 years and develops good sportsmanship, team cooperation while teaching the principles of various sports. The program is a spin off of a Youth in Action program organized by Mrs. Elva Davis in Freeport who now teaches on Abaco. She was at the Freeport Primary School for 14 years before transferring here to teach Language Arts at Abaco Central High School. She assists with the physical education program at the high school also because she loves sports and development of our young people. The program relies on volunteers who donate their time, energy and necessary funding to help the youth develop into better citizens. The Grand Bahama groups has assisted with equipment and supplies. The winter program will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon each Saturday morning and will run for eight weeks, climaxing in March with a tournament. There will be three leagues and perhaps a fourth if have enough girls come out. The program is opened to all boys and girls and is free of charge. The categories are Pee Wee, ages 7-9; Mini, ages 10-11; and Junior ages 12-14.Abaco Youth in Action Begins Basketball Seasondoor smashed but nothing appeared disturbed inside. A small patch of dried blood on the floor outside the door suggested someone got cut and may have changed their mind about proceeding further. Although the mangled gate leading to Abaco Air was found in the early morning hours, the break-ins were found by employees arriving to work that morning 7:30 7:45 a.m. Two more buildings were broken into that same night in Murphy Town. The Shell fuel depot three miles from the airport was broken into by the front door being pried open. The office area was trashed with files and cabinets opened and the contents scattered about. Nothing inside was broken or Break-insFrom Page 20 vandalized. It was later discovered that a pair of safety boots and several shovels had been taken. The intruders apparently climbed over the barb-wire-topped chainlink fence to get into the compound. A common fence separates the Shell compound from the adjacent Abaco Block and Concrete yard which employs a night-time security person. He went off duty at daybreak shortly before 7 a.m. Its office was broken into after he left but there was no vandalizing except for broken door locks. Nothing of consequence was taken. These two break-ins in Murphy Town followed the pattern seen at the airport intrusions and appear to be the work of the same persons although this is not definitely known.

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Page 34 The Abaconian January 15, 2004 Chris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsBoaters Paradise still available on the pristine Sea of Abaco. All ocean front lots are under contract, however the Sea of Abaco still awaits with its perfect deep water dock on parcel 5, as well as the ideal island cottage. Parcel 4 is a magnificent lot, deep water for a dock, as well as beautiful property for a custom home or cottage. The best beach on Elbow Cay with its long winding white sand shores is just a short walk away. Beach access is provided to the north of parcel 3. Call today to schedule an appointment to view this one of a kind property on Elbow Cay.Chris Thompson Real EstateFamily Island SpecialistsLocated at One Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, BahamasContact Chris Thompson or Greg Roberts(242) 366-0216 phone (242) 366-0223 faxVisit our website for additional listings at www.elbow-cay.com Sea To Sea Estate Property This Property is Shown by Appointment Only and is Offered Exclusively by SOLDSOLD SOLD Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsLocated in The Pink Building Royal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and more throughout the Bahamas From Grand Bahama to Great InaguaTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260 www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs NEW! Marsh Harbour. Super 2 bed, 2.5 bath family home. Custom built, T & G paneling, tile floors, master suite w/spa bath, gourmet kitchen. List #8551. $250,000 Man-O-War. 36,000+ s. f. sea-to-sea property with 2 bed/2bath main house, 2 guest cottages. 150 frontage on harbour w/deep water dock. Fully furnished. List #8211. $995,000 Guana Cay. Home site just steps from the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean beach. Perfect for small vacation cottage. #8348. $50,000 Treasure Cay, Windward Beach. Gorgeous 18,000 s. f. home site on Sea of Abaco. Well priced! #8335. $125,000 Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell. Nice 12,000 s.f. home site on Coco Plum Drive, 3 blocks to the beach! List #7095. $15,000 Turtle Rocks. Mainland Abaco. Two adjacent 1 acre home sites just minutes out of town. Just a short walk to the beach. List #8147. $38,600 and $41,000 Select PropertiesA Rare Offering! Home site on the Sea of Abaco with sandy beach on the eastern side of the island. Close to 10,000 square feet with 70 feet of waterfront. Nicely vegetated. Lovely views of Tilloo. This property borders a right-of-way that will never be developed.List #8459 $227,545 NEW! Lubbers QuartersNEW! Two Venues Host Junkanoo ParadesColorful elaborate costumes, a rythmic beat and dancing all chariterize Junaknoo. This year residents and visitors were treated to three showy parades, the Junior Junkanoo competition and the Senior Junkanoo competition, both in Marsh Harbour, and the annual Junkanoo parade in Green Turtle Cay. Enthusiasm for Junkanoo has been revived and children and adults all look forward to the next time they perform.

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January 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 35 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 84 Chevrolet Chevette $800 Call 367-2677 93 Toyota Camry. Call for price. Phone 3672326 days 94 S-10 Chevy. Can be seen by ferry dock office. Call 365-6149 97 Toyota Pick-up runs great, const. rack. Must see. $6000 OBO Call 367-3596 2000 Daewoo Tico 4 speed, excellent condition, low mileage. $6500 OBO Call 365-6504 Wave Runner Seadoo, Bombardier, two man, excellent cond, cover, low hours. Can be seen at Scotland Cay $2,950. Call 375-8226 or 561738-0996 Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICES COMMERCIAL SERVICES Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsDon MacKay Blvd. near Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 9 am 6:30 pm Sundays 10 am 4 pm Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. 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 VEHICLES FOR SALE8-foot pool table, coin operated with balls and cue sticks. $1500 ONO Call 366-0195 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Diane FletcherChartered Accountant ________________________________Financial Statement Preparation Audits and Investigations Business Licenses Accounting Software Installation &Training Specializing in Restaurant and Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207 Tom Cat EnterprisesSales Generators R.O. Systems Hi-pressure PumpsPhone/Fax: 242-366-0135 Hope TownRepairs Generators Gas Engines R.O. Systems Diesel Engines Lance R. NewboldCertified Diesel Mechanic Dr. William H. KochChiropractorFor an appointment Call 357-6504 or 367-2584 COMMERCIAL SERVICES Abaco Electric Motor & Generator RepairsRewind HP 200 HP Motors Air Compressor Repairs Batteries Chargers Drills Welding Machine Sanders Motor Controls Saws Guaranteed Service, Price, Your SatisfactionSonith Lockhart 367-3273Forest Drive, Dundas Town BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE17 Mako 1985 w/1995 90 HP Yamaha, new dodger, ship to shore, DF, console cover, GPS, Bimini, cushions. Good shape. DUTY PAID. $8000 OBO Call 365-6433 18.5 Albury Bros boat. 4 stroke 90 HP Yamaha, 1200 hrs., S/S Bimini top w/enclosure, rocket launcher and compressor box. $21,000 firm. Call 365-4402 23 Seacraft Sportfish 225 Merc, view at Lighthouse Marina $18,500 OBO Call 367-3596 24 Boston Whaler Outrage , twin 200 Yamahas, side dive access door. DUTY PAID $25,000 OBO Call 359-6342 27 Albin Cabin Cruiser, 1986, 140 HP Yanmar diesel. DUTY PAID. $3000 OBO Call after 5. 365-4261 75 ft. Fiberglass trawler with dual freezers, 22.5 ft. wide, KT 1150 Cummins Diesel, 30 KW generator, cort nozzle, loaded with electronics, fiberglass fuel tanks. Fuel capacity 7500 gal, 1500 gal. fresh water capacity. Currently working in the South Atlantic. $195,000 Call Jack at 912-832-5153 for more information. By Jennifer Hudson Chaos began at the Marsh Harbour International Airport early on Saturday morning January 3 as dozens of people tried unsuccessfully to leave the island. Both Continental and Bahamasair were running somewhat late and had overbooked their flights. One family from Asheville, North Carolina, who were booked to leave Saturday morning on Bahamasair to West Palm Beach, were bumped off the flight owing to overbooking. They were finally told that they would be put on a flight to Nassau and from there would have to travel home via Orlando, Houston and Atlanta which would mean that they would not arrive home until 11oclock the following night! They were offered no compensation or food and to make matters worse, their luggage had been lost by Bahamasair for two days on the way over here. It is not at all surprising that they were extremely angry and vowed that they would never return to the Bahamas despite having had a wonderful holiday in Hope Town. The major and ongoing problem though was that of Air Florida which caused chaos to reign for two days, January 3 and 4. Only one of their fleet of planes was operational which caused huge backups of customers at the airport for both days of the weekend. The terminal was jammed with wall to wall people who could hardly move and had no idea whenever they would be able to leave. On Saturday there were two agents at the Air Florida desk trying to cope with the situation but one of the young ladies became overwhelmed by the problem and quit, leaving the other to soldier on valiantly on her own for the two days. Once it was determined that the situation was really serious and no relief was in sight, the Ministry of Tourism and the Police Department were called in to assist. Ms. Jeritzan Outten, the new Director of Tourism on Abaco, went to the airport where she remained for the two days with members of her staff trying to alleviate the situation in whatever ways they could. Ms. Outten was in touch with Air Florida in the U.S. trying to work with them to determine what could be done. By 8 p.m. on Saturday night there were still 30 passengers left stranded at the airport. These people were taken to the Abaco Beach Hotel for the night. Again the following day the scene was much the same. Some people were in the airport terminal for twelve hours from 10 a.m. until they were finally taken to the Abaco Beach Hotel at 10 p.m. Up until that time Air Florida in the U.S. was still promising that a flight would be coming for them any minute. Ms. Outten was very pleased with the support received from the Departments of Police, Customs and Immigration and the airport staff who, she said, did all in their power to help the stranded passengers by buying them food and drinks and providing free transportation to the hotel in their vehicles. Police Officer Bartlett even worked for a while behind the Air Florida counter trying to sort things out. The Abaco Beach Hotel provided rooms for 30 people on the Saturday night and 21on the Sunday night and the staff of the hotel were extremely helpful in making the passengers feel welcome and comfortable. One of the boat owners invited them onto his boat for refreshments and provided a very enjoyable evening for these people who, according to Ms. Outten, expressed very high praise for the kindliness shown to them by so many Bahamians. While there are always a few people who take the attitude that they will not return, the majority we hope will return due to the great hospitality and assistance which they greatly appreciated.. This was a very unfortunate situation just as our tourist industry is trying to recover from the effects of 9/11 and a very slow U.S. economy but, hopefully, due to the helpfulness of so many, this will not have too much of an adverse effect on this very delicate industry at present. Ms. Outten has requested a full report form Immigration, Customs, airport management and the Abaco Beach Hotel which she will forward to the Civil Aviation Department and the Ministry of Tourism in Nassau to make them fully aware of the severity of this situation. She will also be sending a strong letter to Air Florida from the Ministry of Tourism. This must not be allowed to continue, says Ms. Outten. There are other operators who can be contacted to provide more reliable service.Visitors Affected by Chaos at Marsh Harbour Airport

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