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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 1 The following is a copy of the letter that Mr. Edison M. Key wrote to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie, on January 10, 2004, which gave reasons why he resigned as Senator. Two marked areas were modified. The Hon. Perry G. Christie Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Dear Prime Minister, It would be most appreciated if you would spare a few minutes to read and inwardly digest the contents of this letter. Thank you. It was thirty-four (34) years ago, just three years after the original Progressive Liberal Party Government had been in power, that I, Edison Key, a young white Bahamian from Abaco, made the conscious decision to align myself with this new political party. VOLUMNE 12, NUMBER 6, MARCH 15th, 2004Ministers Review Abaco Club ProgressProject at Winding Bay Shows Remarkable Development in Eight Months 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 Sen. Key States Reasons for Resigning Please see Key Page 2 The Abaco Club at Winding Bay held a progress review on February 23 inviting government officials and medial representatives. Shown here is the developer, Mr. Peter de Savary, speaking with the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments. Also attending was the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism. The resort will include an 18-hole links gol f course and will feature water activities.Competition Was Keen at Walk-RunAbout 70 participants enjoyed the First Annual Mega Malt Walk Run sponsored by Mr. Jerry Wisdom of Price Busters. The Walk Run drew competitors from many town on Abaco. This photo shows members of the Green Arrow Track Club organized by Mr. Vogel Williams, physical education teacher for several North Abaco primary schools. See story on page 16.Concert Features Barefoot ManGeorge Nowak, known as the Barefoot Man, entertained hundreds at his annual concert held at Nippers on Guana Cay on March 7. His popular songs and presentation are anticipated, the crowd especially appreciating the songs written about Abaco. By Portia Jonsson Hundreds of Bahamians and visitors alike flocked to Nippers Bar and Grill on Guana Cay on March 7th for the 4th Annual Nippers Barefoot Beach Concert featuring The Barefoot Man and Sea N B Band. Ferries leaving the dock in Marsh Harbour were packed with anxious partygoers. Some arrived at Nippers as early as 8 a.m. in order to get a good seat close to the stage despite the concert start of 12 Noon. Please see Barefoot Page 6 The Abaco Club at Winding Bay hosted two government ministers for a progress review of the $160 million project located just north of Cherokee. The Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investments, and the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, toured the 550-acre property on February 23 accompanied by resort developer, Mr. Peter de Savary. Although work began just this past November, many changes have already taken place and the golf course is well underway toward completion. It is expected that the golf course will be complete by June. The resort is a members only club which will join Mr. de Savarys other clubs in Scotland, England, Rhode Island and South Carolina. The project centers around the 18hole links type golf course with the last four holes high above the Atlantic Ocean. The other 14 holes will be along the 2.5 mile Winding Bay beach. The resort will also offer bonefishing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and other water sports. A health spa, horseback riding, tennis and other activities are in the plans. Sixty home sites are planned along the beach for members to build their own homes. These lots are choice beach front lots backing up to the golf course. Each of the one to Please see Abaco Club Page 30

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Page 2 The Abaconian March 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 Given the political and racial climate of the Bahamas at the time, one must appreciate that the decision that I made was a highly unpopular one, seeing that I lived in an all white town and the PLP was perceived as a black party. Needless to say, that decision has over the years cost me dearly and in doing so gave me an appreciation of the sorrow of banishment as a leper that Miriam must have felt in the book of Numbers. None-the-less, I stood by my decision because I believed then in the principles of justice and right as espoused by the PLP, which are the same principles that I believe in today. The general election of 1972 catapulted me into an even greater role within the party as I campaigned door to door for the two PLP candidates, the late Sherlin Bootle in the North and the late Gordon Hudson in the Marsh Harbour Constituency. I recall vividly the events that transpired at the first major rally of that election which was convened at the public dock in Marsh Harbour. As I sat beside the late Sir Lynden Pindling, the meeting carne to an abrupt halt when an explosion, the magnitude of a case of dynamite, was discharged within a short distance of the dock, and it was only by the grace of God that we escaped with our lives. When the results of the election were announced, Sherlin Bootle was victorious in the North and Gordon, had it not been for Moores Island, would not even have claimed his deposit. But the full impact of the hatred toward me, personally, was not manifested until the following morning when I learned that my single engine plane that was parked at the Marsh Harbour airport had been bullet ridden during the night. Yes, like you and others, I know what it feels like to have threats made against my life and the lives of my family. I endured the election wars of 1972 and the war of secession that ensued in 1973, the year of our Independence. And yes, I am grateful and proud of the important role that I, together with other like-minded, proud Bahamians, played in our fight for one Bahamas for all Bahamians. And yes, this white boy from Abaco, sat side by side with Sir Lynden and our delegation in the House of Commons in London when the matter of our Independence was debated. And the rest. as they say, is history. As the 1977 General Election drew near, the Leader asked if I would carry the banner for the PLP in the Marsh Harbour Constituency. I did and came within 13 votes of winning. The record will show that I have carried the banner for the PLP for the past six elections, spanning 25 years, having won in 1982 and 1992 and receiving appointments to the senate three times. Sometime later, following my defeat in the 1997 election, I made the decision to hang up my gloves and step aside from active politics to make way for the party to identify another suitable individual to run in the South Abaco Constituency. However, as the time of the 2002 election drew nearer and the party still had not come up with a candidate, you will recall how you used great persuasion to convince me to run one last time, and, I might add, against the wishes of my family. Nevertheless, I decided, for the sake of the party, to take up the challenge yet again. The 2002 Election proved a great victory for our party and for me personally, because even though I was unsuccessful in securing the South Abaco seat, I, nevertheless, came within 24 votes of winning, thereby gaining over 400 votes from the previous election of 1997. Prime Minister, by now youre probably asking yourself, Where is all of this leading? But sir, I beg your indulgence for just a little while longer. You see, I also supported you as the successor and leader of our party, because, like those thousands at the Clifford Park preelection rallies, I, too, believed if anyone could make a difference and restore this country to some semblance of normalcy and stability, it would be you. Just like the thousands of young people who, with raised arms, shouted We ready now; I, too, felt a kindling of faith and excitement as you spoke with such sincerity of a new Bahamas where all Bahamians could participate; where there would be no victimization but rather help and hope would be available to all and as an assurance of your honourable intentions, you would institute a strict code of ethics for all members of your government. I believed sincerely then that you had the makings of a great leader and like so many thousands, I, too, allowed myself to get caught up in the excitement. But wait! Early in July of 2002, just two short months after winning the election, I came in possession of a Confidential document which, according to its contents indicated that a major contract of some 38 million dollars annually or $190 million over a fiveyear period was about to be awarded by one of the key Government ministries, and there was a proposed scheme in place in the contract to defraud the Bahamian tax payers by way of the Public Treasury of millions of dollars, obviously with the cooperation of [someone in the government and his friends]. Upon receiving this information, and as I felt duty bound to appraise you of what was about to transpire, I traveled to Nassau and placed the document in your hand, feeling confident that I was doing the right thing and believing that with your code of ethics policy, you would institute the necessary action to prevent this and future infractions. I know I did the right thing and I have no regrets. But what I did not expect, Prime Minister, was that I would be ostracized, blacklisted if you prefer, by this new PLP Government from the day I placed that document in your hands. I have been made to feel like an outsider, a traitor, if you will, and have been subjected to more indignity and affront than I have had to endure in my entire life time. [The next part suggested that those mentioned in the confidential document should have been relieved of their duties but instead were promoted and given approvals and licenses for a myriad of projects.] And they say crime doesnt pay? Just briefly, Prime Minister, place yourself in my position and try to feel what I have been feeling for the past 20 months since election 2002. While you are doing so, try to recall that I was very reluctant in accepting your offer to serve as a Senator in your new PLP Government. In almost two years as a Senator in your Government, I have been invited to only one Parliamentary meeting. From the day I delivered that revealing document to you, Edison Key has been aborted across the board. In most cases, when your ministers have visited Abaco, for whatever reason, I have no prior knowledge of their proposed visit, and if I am informed, it is by locals. There have been scores of applications and requests by supporters here in Abaco to various ministries, including your own, that I have personally hand delivered, and not one single one has been acknowledged. I have, on my own, brought at least four potential investors to your office, Prime Minister, and their only reason for coming initially was to request permission to do a feasibility study for possible future investment. These four viable investment projects, totaling approximately $105 million dollars in new capital, were presented to you personally and or your various cabinet ministers. Had they even been considered, there would have been created an additional 600 jobs for Bahamians, covering Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco. Even now, I am totally embarrassed by the fact that not one single one of these wellmeaning investors even receive an acknowledgment from your Government. No, not even a thank-you for their interest in trying to boost the economy of the Bahamas, despite being assured after the meetings that they would be informed of a decision within two weeks. Could it be that they too were given the cold shoulder because Edison Key brought them? I know nothing of the Governments plans for Abaco, or even if there are any plans for Abaco, and for the past year and a half the only information I received is gleaned from word on the street. As far as the much-publicized Winding Bay project goes, all I say is, What Winding Bay project? Transfers and promotions have taken place within the departments of Immigration, Customs, the Police Force and I hear a Director of Tourism has been appointed for Abaco. In fact, I read that in the newspaper. Throughout my life, Prime Minister, I have practiced the precepts contained in the Golden Rule. Honesty to others and myself has always been my watchword because for me integrity is what matters. For at least the past 12 months I have felt increasingly uneasy and certainly concerned about the direction in which the new PLP is headed and after much agonizing I have finally come to the irrevocable conclusion that now is the time. Sir, with effect from todays date, January 10th, 2004, I hereby resign my position as Senator in your Government. Prior to the 2002 General Election, I had applied for and was receiving a paltry $900 per month parliamentary pension. I would appreciate if same could be calculated to reflect my recent status and same be reinstated at the earliest opportunity. During my many years of unblemished parliamentary service, including seven years as executive chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, I endeavored always to put service above self and to always conduct my affairs in a manner that would bring honor and upliftment to my party and the wonderful people of the Bahamas whom I have had the privilege to serve. I believe that I have been a good Ambassador and I shall continue to uphold the principles and ideals of the Progressive Liberal Party because I believe in those ideals on which the party was founded. My association with the PLP has been a richly rewarding experience for me and one that I will cherish always and like the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 4:7-8, I, too, can say I have fought a good fight, l have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. I thank you for appointing me a Senator and wish you continued good health. God Bless our Bahamaland. Yours respectfully, Edison KeyEdison Key Gives Reasons for Resignation KeyFrom Page 1 Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 4 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderSand Bar Re-opensWherever you go and whoever you talk to, they want to know, Is the Sand Bar open yet? Because of unpredictable weather conditions it has not been possible for them to open to the public during some of our worst winter weather. However, they are going to chance it and have decided to open Saturdays and Sundays for the time being, weather permitting. In the past whenever they were closed, it was posted at the Cherokee turn-off at the Great Abaco Highway. So, come by boat or come by car. As long as there is nice weather, management tells me they will be open. Remember that they serve lunch only from 11:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. and the bar, selling only beer and wine, stays open for the customers convenience.Winding Bay Is out of SightAlso people keep asking, Whats happening at Winding Bay? The Abaco Club at Winding Bay now has a new uniformed gatekeeper and they are building a new thatch umbrella for his comfort when those hot summer days come along. It blends in nicely with the log gate at the main entrance. Obviously, work goes on behind the native growth along the roadway, but not much can be seen. You can hear the heavy equipment moving about and still smell the smoke from the debris fires as we pass back and forth from our homes in Cherokee, but you cant really see anything as the areas along the road remain virtually untouched and the native bush is still mostly in tact. Maybe this is good. Church NewsEpworth Methodist ChapelEpworth Chapel will have its traditional Missionary Auction on March 20 on the porch of the manse. So get your mothers famous lemon pie recipe out and dust it off or grandmas delicious fudge fixins and polish up your prize pumpkin from the field to put in the auction. And, as always, there is bound to be lots of that jelly-coconut ice cream for sale, too. Mrs. Kendris Carey, President of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church headquartered in Nassau, will travel to Cherokee to preach at the Missions Meeting to be held on March 21. We also wish a speedy recovery to Rev. Carla Culmer, who fractured her ankle during a recent trip to Freeport. The doctor has advised her to keep take it easy and give the ankle a chance to heal properly. Besides, we all know she could use a good rest. Get well soon.The Assemblies of God ChurchAfter the Womens Ministry Group at The Assemblies of God Church had such a successful Valentines dinner, the men decided they would show what they could do. So, they got together along with their wives and families on February 28 for a cookout on the school grounds. The menfolk werent going to be outdone by the women and from what I hear it was a huge success.School NewsThe Cake and Pie Raffle held on March 4th was able to raise a whopping $282 towards their new floor fund. A big thank you to all those who participated and supported this fund raiser. Now a dinner is planned for the end of March and we will be coming to you again for your help. Remember, the goal is to raise enough money by June so that a new tile floor can replace the old and broken tiles that have been in the school since 1985. Dedication of Our Old SchoolPreparations are moving right along for the big Easter weekend and the dedication of our newly restored Old Schoolhouse. People from all over are making plans to come back home to see this old and cherished building as it has been restored. It promises to be a weekend to remember. South Abaco NewsSandy PointIn a beautiful Valentines Day ceremony Elisha Pinder and Simone Pinder were joined in matrimony. The ceremony took place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on February 14 in Sandy Point. 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 aheadSupport Citizens Against Crime

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5By Jennifer Hudson Recently three Abaconians traveled to Nassau to be honoured with Cacique Awards during a ceremony. Erin and Ron Pagliaro received the award for excellence in Nature Tourism and Vertrum Lowe was honoured in the Handicraft category. The purpose of the Cacique Awards is to recognize the roles played by those individuals and organizations whose performance or products have consistently made a positive impact on the quality and growth of tourism in the Bahamas. The annual Cacique Awards, initiated in 1995, therefore, rewards the most outstanding leaders in tourism each year. The first Bahamians, the Lucayans, called their leader Cacique and the Lucayan chiefs seat of power, the duho, sits atop each winners trophy. These original inhabitants of the Bahamas greeted the first European visitors with great warmth and so the Cacique Awards serve as a reminder that the tradition of hospitality continues to be strong in the Bahamas today.Nature TourismRon and Erin are the owners of Abaco Outback, an eco-tourism company which takes people on kayaking trips and bird watching tours. Whilst other such companies have come and gone in the past, Abaco Outback is in its fourth year and flourishing. The tourists who choose to visit Abaco, say Erin and Ron, are in the more mature age range than those who visit Nassau and are more interested in eco-tourism. Erin and Ron are striving to provide ecotourism activities which will cover a wide variety of interests and their mission statement is To share enchanted places that still exist in our corner of the world Their aim is to protect the natural beauty and not let it be robbed by irresponsible development. They have an investment in the future of Abaco and are actively involved in Friends of the Environment. They provide educational outreach programmes for schools and run nominal cost field trips for students. Through these school programmes the children are becoming very involved in their environment and especially interested in the Bahamian parrot. The Pagliaros are proud to be recipients of this prestigious award and are most thankful to the Abaco Ministry of Tourism for recognizing the work they are doing to make sure that there is a quality eco-tourism product in Abaco.HandicraftMr. Vertum Lowe of Green Turtle Cay received his Cacique Award in the Handicraft category in recognition of the hundreds of beautifully handcrafted sailing boats he has made over the past 18 years. These models are not only on display in the Albert Lowe Museum in Green Turtle Cay but also in homes and institutions in China, Japan, France, England and the United Nations. Recently, Mr. Lowe received the honour of having one of his boats presented as a gift from our country to South African President Thabo Mbeki during his visit to The Bahamas. Mr. Lowe crafts his boats with a meticulous eye for detail from red cedar wood which he imports from the United States as he says that the Bahamian yellow pine is far too hard for this type of work. All of his models, which include the old crawfish exporting boats and oneto four-masted sailing boats, are fully rigged. Recently, Mr. Lowe participated in the Nassau Heritage Festival and his sailing boats were the only fully rigged boats on display. Mr. Lowes father was a master boat builder. Although Mr. Vertum as a child watched him building boats and models, he actually had no inclination to begin model making himself until taunted by a brother. He tells the story of how his younger brother who was a cabinet maker in the U.S. came for a visit and was busy making cabinets in their fathers old rig shop. Well known artist, Mr. Alton Lowe, who was present, said to his brother, Vertrum, that he wanted him to make a three-masted schooner for a show at the Nassau Beach Hotel. Mr. Vertrum replied that he had neither the time nor the patience to which his younger brother added, nor the ability! That gave Mr. Vertrum just the spur he needed to get him going so he immediately called Palm Beach, ordered some redwood and the rest is history. As he progressed in his hobby, it gave him great enjoyment; in fact, he says that his late wife used to say, He liked it so much it was his second wife. He continues to craft his masterpieces in his shop in Green Turtle Cay where tourists love to browse and take home a wonderful piece of Bahamian history. Mr. Lowe says, I would hate to see this tradition lost. Several other outstanding Abaco persons were nominated to receive Cacique Awards. These included Lynn Johnson of the Green Turtle Club in Human Resources, Peter Johnston of Petes Pub and Gallery in Creative Arts, Brendal Stevens of Brendals Dive Center and Ralph Albury of Alburys Ferry in Transportation.Three Abaconians Receive Cacique AwardsRon and Erin Pagliaro Mr. Vertrum Lowe Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our PP PP P ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abacos largest and most diverse art gallery Chat with the sculptors and artist craftsmen Open 7 days a weekFF FF F ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until ri: Happy Hour 5pm Until 18 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) 366-3503Make it a day excursion and have lunch at our beachfront pub By car Combine with a visit to historic Cherokee By boat Combine with a snorkle trip to nearby Pelican Cay Park

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Page 6 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 Stone McEwan and Thunder got the party started and the crowd moving with mixture of songs each with its own island beat and flavour. The Barefoot Man, aka George Nowak, said this is the only free concert he performs because he just loves Abaco. His only requirement is four days of fishing and one day for the concert. Barefoot, as he is sometimes called, has been coming to Abaco since 1968. His first wife, he told me, was from Green Turtle Cay and he joked, This is only place where you come to visit your in-laws and they still love you. The Barefoot Man has composed about 2,000 songs and recorded 500. He has also written two books. His music is a mixture of calypso with a bit of reggae and soca, garnished with a little country and plenty of humour. He advised that he is now writing songs about Abaco; some of them he performed much to the delight of the crowd. He credits Caribbean islanders for his stage name because in his early performances in bars he played barefoot and peopled called him, Barefoot Man, No Shoes Man and Barefoot Boy. Partygoers were able to get up close and personal with the Barefoot Man as he mingled with the crowd, autographed Tshirts and took photographs with them. When I left Guana Cay late in the afternoon, the party was still rockin. More and more people were just arriving and it seemed like not anyone wanted to leave. Who knows, maybe the party is still going on?Man-O-WarExciting DiscoveryBy Jennifer Hudson The finding of an old Spanish coin recently in Man-O-War Cay has caused quite a bit of excitement among some of the residents there and especially for Mr. Walter Sweeting, Chief Councillor for the Hope Town District Council. Fifteen years ago a large amount of fill was dredged up from the harbour. This fill has been used over the past few months for the renovation of the ballfield. One day recently Mr. Walter Sweeting was walking beside the Man-O-War Hardware warehouse where the bulldozer had just ploughed through the fill and his sharp eye caught sight of a small golden speck glinting amongst the mud. On further inspection he found that it looked like a gold coin sitting on its edge in one of the tracks. He picked it up, dusted it off and realized he was looking at an old Spanish gold coin minted in 1792 and showing a bust of Charles IV and a denomination of eight Escudos. Very excited at this find, he took the coin home and went to the Internet to see what he could discover further about the history of the coin. On the Website of New World Treasures, Spanish Colonial Coins and Artifacts, he was able to identify an almost exact replica of his coin which was minted in Madrid with a diameter of 1.2 inches and a weight of 13.5 grams. The only difference was that the coin shown was in a denomination of four Escudos whereas his is eight Escudos. Mr. Sweetings desire now is to have his treasure professionally appraised. How interesting it would be if his coin could tell its story of just how it came to be on ManO-War Cay. Sadly, we will never know its colourful history and can only let our imaginations conjure up pictures of galleons and perhaps a wealthy Spaniard who News of the Cayscarelessly dropped a coin or maybe a poor sailor who sadly lost the last of his pay.Other News Man-O-Wars Church of God, lead by Pastor David Hoard, held several fund raising events in the last two months to finance a youth trip to Winterfest 2004. Winterfest is sponsored by the Church of God where thousands of teenagers from around the Southeastern United States come together to fellowship and share their faith. This years turnout is expected to exceed 25,000 young people in worship. On behalf of the congregation of Man-O-Wars Church of God Pastor David would like to extend their appreciation for the local communitys support. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Newton are pleased to announce the arrival of their baby girl, Serena Kathleen Newton, born in Freeport on February 28th. The beautiful new arrival is said to look just like her mother sorry, Jerry. Mother and child are doing well and are expected home soon. Man-O-War All age school celebrated Commonwealth Day on March 8th with a special assembly presentation by grades 2 and 3. The Man-O-War Ballfield Association vigilantly continues their re-landscaping project. As previously mentioned, the ballfield serves a multi-purpose role in the community and efforts are underway to raise the balance of funds necessary to complete the work. Any assistance by local businesses and/or individuals would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mr. Fred Sweeting at 365 6128 or Mr. Haziel McDonald at Walter Sweeting shows off his gold coin. Alton Lowe is shown at his invitational art show in Green Turtle Cay. Photo by Dr. Jay Downs Please see Cays Page 7 BarefootFrom Page 1

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 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 Conch PearlGalleries, Ltd.FINE BAHAMIAN ART ANDJEWELRY Royal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.com Aspecialist in preserving and teaching others about native plants and trees, Stephen works with already harvested Dogwood, Horseflesh, Madeira, Mahogony, and other local wood. Using a planer for smoothing and a lathe for shaping, each item is carefully hand sanded, waxed and rubbed to bring out the beauty of the wood. He inlays some pieces using gem stones in pleasing patterns and with a delightful use of colour. Stephens work is on display exclusively at Conch Pearl Galleries. Stop in and enjoy .Master of W ood Stephen Knowles365 6016. The writer would like to note the arrival of many boaters and second homeowners. Welcome back to all.Green Turtle CayAlton Lowes First Abaco Invitational ShowBy Stephanie Humblestone Art lovers and friends of Alton Lowe from all over Abaco braved high seas and cold weather to attend the renowned artists first winter exhibition at his home on Green Turtle Cay on February 27th. Some people phoned to say they were unable to attend due to bad weather but would try to make it the following day said Mr. Lowe, who accommodated invitees by extending the one-day event into a threeday event. With characteristic warmth the 58-yearold artist welcomed guests with wine and hors doeuvres and then mingled among them as they enjoyed 38 selected paintings on display in his by appointment or invitation only art gallery. Long time friend, sculptor James Mastin, whose work graces the Loyalist Sculpture Garden in the heart of the small cay, added another dimension to the event with both his early and most recent pieces. I love that, said Mr. Lowe, pointing to an impressive bronze centerpiece of a young woman poised on one leg while the other was bent back with the toe touching the head. It seems impossible but a dancer visited here one day, and she demonstrated it, grinned Mr. Lowe. True to form Alton Lowes selected paintings were a colourful and vibrant reflection of Bahamian life from traditional crawfishermen and children enjoying Junkanoo to finely executed flowers and native trees. More postage stamps will be out soon from a collection I have named Flowers from a Bahamian Garden, said the artist who has included among them an unnamed native orchid, a Mexican thistle and a exquisite yellow canna lily. This does not mean I will not be exhibiting in Nassau, emphasized Mr. Lowe, whose annual exhibitions have been high on the social calendar there for the past 34 years. I have rescheduled my annual March show at the Nassau Beach Hotel to November, he continued. For Mr. Lowe the event on Green Turtle Cay was a dream materialized and something he had planned for the past five years. It was an unprecedented opportunity for him to stage a show not only in his birthplace but also in his beautiful house high on a hill overlooking Black Sound. It gives me so much joy doing this here in this intimate setting, said Mr Lowe, who extended his hospitality to some 500 invitees. Mr. Lowe, who is legendary for promoting cultural events on Abaco, intends this to be an annual event, notwithstanding the elements. His long term plans are to adapt his open CaysFrom Page 6 air garden theatre, home to numerous Christmas presentations, for forthcoming exhibitions. I am going to cover the stage and make a gazebo so this will take care of the weather aspect, enthused the artist.Hope Town New Lecture Series BeginsBy Jennifer Hudson Cay Topics is a newly formed lecture series which began on February 16th at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. This series is being organized by a group of Hope Town ladies for Ladies who like to listen, learn and lunch. The first speaker in the series was Ruth Harkin, wife of the well-known US Senator from Iowa, who gave an extremely interesting, non-political talk about her own fascinating career as a corporate lawyer and her experiences and travels worldwide. Mrs. Harkin was born in the small town of Vesta, Minnesota, with a population of only 350. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1966, her first job for one year was with the Department of the Army in Korea. She then entered law school and upon graduation in 1972 returned to Iowa where she became the first woman elected to the position of County Attorney. She was later appointed to serve as Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Agriculture for a period of two years before joining a Dallasbased law firm where she remained as a partner for 10 years in their Washington D.C. office. In 1993 Mrs. Harkin accepted a Presidential Appointment from President Clinton as President and CEO of OPIC. (Overseas Private Investment Corporation). Currently, she holds two titles, that of Senior VicePresident of International Affairs and Government Relations and also President of United Technologies International Operations. During her years working for the United States government, Mrs. Harkin has spent her time traveling the entire world and has offices in six countries including Dubai, Moscow and London. She spoke to the group of her many personal adventures around the world and of her meetings with many of the worlds leaders. The lecture series will continue on March 10th with a talk by our morning wake-upcall star, Patty Toler, on the Cruisers Net as we know it today. On March 24th Mimi Rehor, the mover and shaker behind the preservation of the Wild Horses of Abaco, will speak and show a video of the current herd. The fourth and last of the series on April 7th will welcome men also when Dave Gale of Parrot Cay, author, business entrepreneur, ardent preservationist and founder of BASRA will speak and show a video. All ladies are invited to these lectures and men, too, for the April lecture.First Meeting of the Singles FellowshipBy Bro. Bob Haswell On April 1 the Hope Town Singles Fellowship will have their first meeting. All meetings will be held at the Hope Town Sailing Club which is situated on the harbor. The meetings will be from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. All ages are invited. 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Page 8 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 Generally Speaking . The Spirit of CompetitionThe Editor Says . The Garbage DilemmaAll About TownBy Isobel ShermanSports and YouthThere is no question that the sports programme of Abaco Youth in Action has been a resounding success. Involving our youth ages 6-14 in meaningful sporting activities is great. Not only do they have a healthy extra curricular activity but hopefully as they get to be senior high schoolThe 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, Stephanie Humblestone, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Bob Haswell, Colin Lowe, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most compete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By S. Timothy Roberts When you look at thriving economies across the globe, you will find free and healthy competition pushing the envelope to everyones benefit. It is with dismay that I have noted over the years an anti-competitive spirit in The Bahamas. In fact, there have been protests and petitions in opposition to any business that gives the slightest hint of competition against another. This attitude puts us at a very distinct disadvantage in the economy of the world because if we cant compete nationally against our own people and businesses, how do we hope to have the right edge to compete against anyone else in the world? It has been said the competition is the whetstone that sharpens our talents. If there is not healthy competition, we lose something valuable as a country. We as a people are innately talented and intelligent; however, if we refuse to freely compete here in The Bahamas and here on Abaco, we will continue to do a disservice to ourselves and to our country. The Bahamas tourist industry is facing recession because we are not competing. People are too concerned with the dollar they make today and forget about securing their jobs for tomorrow. We have examples before us of the problems of monopolies and the benefits of competition. Over the Christmas holidays we benefitted greatly from the spirited competition between Price Right and Solomons. Radio Abaco, in fact, benefitted greatly from that competition. We must also consider the fact of the soon coming FTAA and all the possible changes and challenges it will bring. If we dont have the right mindset to compete, we will ultimately fail. age, their interest in participating in sporting activities will be just as strong. When the pool in Hope Town opens up, this will provide another sport to participate in. I remember some years ago when the physical education curriculum at the senior high school level was written, it was to provide young people with the skills for sports that could carry them through their adult years. It was teaching them skills in such sports as swimming, tennis and softball that, hopefully, they would continue to participate in when they were adults. A few weeks ago I watched teenagers participating in a Inter-House Track and Field Meet. It was amazing to me to see once again the junior school students eager to participate in the events. But it was a struggle in many cases to get enough senior students to participate. When the junior students participated, they faired well in each event. In other words, some were in great shape and others, though not in the best shape, were able to complete the events without much of a struggle. However, in many of the senior events most were out of shape. For many it was a real effort to participate If they are so out of shape at such a young age, what happens when they reach their 30s and 40s, not to mention past those ages? For some who do not like physical education, it is sad to say that this once-a-week class might be the only attempt at physical exercise they get in a week. Walking to school is a no-no for many. In fact, any physical exertion is a no-no for some of them. Not only does the attitude of these young people need to be changed for their own future physical well being but some form of sporting activities must be available to them. As a coach pointed out to me, students are eager to participate in primary school and still eager in junior high. But once they hit senior high, their enthusiasm wanes big time. With so much concern about physical activity for all ages to improve health and to keep healthy life styles, programmes need to be developed to keep these youngsters in sports. Facilities need to be provided. And volunteers to be part of these programmes must be found. In many ways it is not the youngsters fault if they become what is termed couch potatoes . Some of the reRestaurants have front doors and back doors and the two are as far apart as possible. Parade horses and circus elephants are a joy to watch but they both have a man nearby with a shovel. Abaco has one of the highest hotel and guest house occupancy rates of any island in the Bahamas including Nassau and may have the highest visitor return rate of any Bahamian island. We dont often talk about the residue left behind by our hotel and house guests but it is substantial. As the visitor population increases, so does the garbage. Garbage is an acknowledged byproduct of civilization. Hope Town has evolved into a prime destination for visitors and longer term winter residents. This transient population supports nine restaurants which generate volumes of trash going out the back door and off to the dump. Elbow Cay is further experiencing a building boom which sends truckloads of land clearing debris and construction debris to the dump. Estimates are that Elbow Cay generates 400 cubic yards of trash each week. Hope Town is a proven destination with a multitude of accommodations. They may have the highest density of accommodations of any Family Island. In the tourist business the emphasis is all up front with pretty faces, fresh flowers and pristine beaches. However, behind every town is a politely obscure garbage dump. That is, obscure if the town has the luxury of space. Like septic tanks, garbage and dumps are not part of polite conversation necessary but out of sight and out of mind. Marsh Harbour has the apparent luxury of space but government has had problems finding a suitable location for the proposed landfill site. Remarks from different government individuals indicate a location has been found although it has not been announced. Most studies have focused on areas south of Spring City. For Elbow Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Man-O-War and Guana Cay a dump takes valuable space and is a community burden. Although dumps cannot be ignored, creative solutions are often needed as the dump land may bring higher benefits if used for other purposes. Shipping garbage to a distant site on the Abaco mainland appears at first glance to be a costly exercise. However, this may be very cost effective. Without a dump, marginal property becomes desirable and approaches the value of other land in the area. Property taxes may be collected, development takes place, jobs are created and the economy moves forward. Transporting the collected trash by barge, then by truck to a managed landfill becomes an industry in itself. Just as high quality steak costs more than ordinary hamburger, the cost of living on an offshore island may have to include the increased cost of trash handling. It is accepted that construction on the offshore cays is more expensive than on the Abaco mainland due to extra freight and handling of materials. Harbour Island on Eleuthera had a problem similar to Elbow Cays several years ago. Collectively, the island residents, businesses and local government managed to make so much noise that government began barging the towns garbage to a landfill site on mainland Eleuthera. Man-O-War has shipped its garbage to the Abaco mainland for years. This was the first Abaco community to solve its trash problem with a plan incorporating a chipper to reduce the volumes of yard trash into mulch. Guana Cays dump problems erupted a couple of years ago causing much chaos in the settlement. The population there is smaller than Hope Towns and government provided relief by supplying bins and freighting the garbage to Marsh Harbour. The plight of Elbow Cays garbage has brought the issue there to the surface. The fumes and smoke from the daily burning is becoming more than a casual nuisance. The island is so small but so developed that wind from any direction affects residents somewhere. The problem is sometimes so bad that residents must leave their homes and stay with friends until the wind direction changes. Garbage dumps are like septic tanks they should get the job done but stay out of sight and mind. Overflowing or malfunctioning septic tanks get immediate attention. Generally, dumps are situated where they can overflow and malfunction for years before they reach the point of demanding attention. An overflowing dump in the middle of a small island does not have this option. Many health problems can result from a lack of proper garbage disposal. Hope Town has smoke and fumes to cope with along with their cancer causing chemicals. Respiratory problems are becoming more common there. While solving garbage problems from upscale communities may be acceptable, the garbage situation in the immigrant communities in Marsh Harbour needs to be considered. Here the problem is not smoke but piles of fetid trash, cans and bottles, containers of stagnant water, rats, mice and other vermin. Junk cars and appliances are everywhere. Marsh Harbours two main immigrant settlements of the Mud and Pigeon Peas are home to 1,500 legal persons as defined in the 2000 census. It is generally conceded that several times this number actually live there. Whether legal or not, they are there and generate garbage like the rest of us. There is presently no effort to provide a collection and disposal service for these people. Local government must find a way to provide a basic garbage service for these people for the good of the greater community. Perhaps bins could be put at strategic entry points to these communities for residents to fill with garbage. The residents of Sweetings Village in Marsh Harbour take their garbage to a central collection point where bins are emptied regularly. This same method would provide a measure of relief for the trash in the Mud and Pigeon Peas. The Town Committee should look into this and ask for funding to provide this service. A similar situation exists at the Sand Banks community outside Treasure Cay. We have been fortunate with no public outbreak of cholera, dengue fever, malaria or other public health issues. Our economy would be devastated with an outbreak of some presently obscure disease. Ignoring the garbage in these communities exposes surrounding residents to a myriad of health risks which could develop into a scourge that could destroy our tourist based economy. Practical garbage solutions for all communities must be found and implemented. Please see Sherman Page 39

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the Editor Recycling Is a Great StartDear Editor: As a yearly visitor to Abaco at Casuarina Point for 20 years now, I have seen many changes on the island. This year the addition of the recycling of aluminum cans is a most welcome one. We are eager to support this endeavor and found the bins well located in Marsh Harbour. Perhaps, this good start will grow to include glass and/or newspapers until all that is reusable is part of your recycling program. Each step we all take in the this area is a gift to the future. Congratulations! You have begun it well. Nancy S. CoyleAnother Tourist Paper?Dear Editor, I was just handed the new Tourist Information paper. This is the second new tourist information journal Ive seen in two months, filled with advertisements. It reminds me of the story that my husband told about a little town that had a gas station that had served the community well for many years. Then a second gas station opened and they both struggled. Then a third one opened, and all three went bankrupt. There are only so many advertising dollars available. What would happen if we lost The Abaconian ? Sincerely, Kathleen FrederickAppeal to BECDear Editor: For months several of the street lights here at Man-O-War Cay have not been working. I have made many calls to the BEC office in Marsh Harbour and voiced my complaint to employees and Mr. Knowles, the manager. So far, my complaints have been ignored. Thanks to a Good Samaritan for installing a kerosene lantern on a pole at the bottom of a very steep hill that has no lighting for several hundred feet. A few nights ago some of our second home owners were seen having to use flash lights to join their friends for dinner at one of our local restaurants. I am asking that BEC kindly donate a few lanterns and kerosene. Concerned CitizenMore Comments on Cruising Permit IncreaseDear Editor, The recent letter from the Florida boater is an embarrassment to the many boaters who enjoy the hospitality of the Bahamas. Yes, the increase was a shock, but it hasnt really hindered the majority of the cruisers. He doesnt speak for the many boaters who are here. An incremental $200 for a cruising permit and fishing license is a small price to pay for excellent sailing, plenty of beaches and clean water. My wife and I have covered over 10,000 miles in the last four years on our 40foot sailboat and have been to The Bahamas four times during that period, twice while going to and from the Eastern Caribbean (Grenada). To set the proper perspective on that $200 increase in relation to boat costs, consider that a properly equipped 40-foot sailboat will have $700 to $2000 of proper ground tackle not including the windless, several thousand dollars worth of electronics, radios included, a life raft (if properly equipped) costing $3000 or more, a dinghy and outboard engine costing from $1500 (used) to much more depending on type and consider a head repair kit costs $50+. The boat itself is at least $65,000 if in good condition. If a family with a 40-foot sailboat cant afford an extra $200 to bring a properly equipped sailboat to the Bahamas, can they really afford the Florida Keys? Regards, Ian and Sue LeMair S/V KokopelliFerry Drivers Should AssistTo the Editor, I would first like to say thank you to Randy, Brent, Paul and Kenny for all their help over the years on Alburys Ferry. You are doing an excellent job. However, I would like to go on to say that I have been on the ferry and seen elderly people and women with small children try to get on and off the ferry and a tourist would get up and help them while certain other boat captains would stand and watch. I myself have got on and off the ferry with my hands full of bags with no help from certain boat captains There is no excuse for this. The people using Alburys Ferry pay to use that service and should be treated with respect as a customer. Alburys Ferry needs to have a serious talk with certain boat captains. And I know that Im not the only one who feels this way. Annoyed CustomerAbacos Marine IndustryTo the Editor: As a foreign vessel owner I have been reading the articles about the new cruising permit and dock fees with obvious interest. I have been coming to Abaco for the past 18 years and view it as my second home, like many other boating visitors. Among foreign boaters these tax increases directed at the visiting boaters have obviously been a frequent subject of conversation. After asking a lot of questions and soliciting comments from marina owners and business owners around Marsh Harbour, there seems a consensus that these decisions are not exactly totally supported. Everyone seems to agree that Abacos tourism relies on the boating tourist by 50 to 75 percent, based on the comments I have received. I have also been reading with interest the articles about the upcoming FTAA and the changes it will probably bring to The Bahamas. The Bahamas appears to be looking for what I would call Industries to grow the GNP, employment and subsequently taxes in the country. Tourism is obviously The Bahamas primary industry, and the Bahamas should look at boating as an Industry; a separate industry from that of hotel-based tourism. Some places, such as the State of Florida, look at boating as an industry and try to attract boat builders and other boat-related businesses to their state. In fact, the State of Florida boasts that the boating Industry generates approximately $3.5 billion (yes, billion) in business for the state per year. Locally, the Marsh Harbour Boat Yard is a perfect example of a successful new business that has grown and employs what appears to be a good number of local people solely supported by the boating industry. Many times people get too wrapped up with the short-term objective of meeting this years budget through tax collection (which is how budgets are met), and do not look at the long-term effects of a short-term tax increase. Potentially, a long-term (five to 10 year) business-type approach should be taken, looking at boating as an Industry and the tourism, service and support revenues and subsequent employment and taxes it can produce for the country and its people. Again, I love The Bahamas and only want to see the country and its people grow and prosper. Name withheld on requestPaving Comparisons Not FairDear Editor, Please consider placing the following in your Letters to the Editor section I would like to respond to some inaccurate statements made at a recent town meeting in Hope Town Regarding a comment made that a contract had been signed with Caribbean Asphalt: As of Tuesday, February 24, there was no contract signed with Caribbean Asphalt to do any roads in Hope Town. Regarding remarks on the quality of road work done by Bahamas Hot Mix: The suggestion that Bahamas Hot Mix did poor quality work on a recent Central Abaco contract is utterly false. These works were recently reviewed after the conclusion of the maintenance period, and aside from a few minor issues which were quickly corWhy . .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. 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Page 10 The Abaconian March 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 Friday3:30 pm7:15 pm8 pm11:45 pm Sunday3:30 pm7:15 pm8 pm11:45 pm Schedule Sandy Point, Abaco 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 BIKESA Quiet, Secluded Corner inTreasure CayHave a Boat?Tie Up & Step Ashore! A Slip comes Free With a Villa RentalA family owned propertyLuxury 2bdrm. villas on private waterfront property. Furnished with central air & 2 full baths. Deep water docks with gazebos Daily Weekly Monthly Compare Our Rates!www.brigantinebayvillas.comRentals: (850) 492 Villas: (242) 365Email: bbvbahamas@aol.com Central Abaco NewsArt Gallery OpensConch Pearl Galleries, Abacos newest gallery of fine locally made art and jewellery, officially opened on March 2nd. The principles of Feng Shui were evident in the design of the interior which was a blend of rough sawn cedar showcases, a beautiful oriental carpet and dynamic lighting. On the walls hung original paintings by leading artists including Eddie Minnis, Chan Pratt, Sonia Isaacs, Kathy Hura and Sean McNamara. On display were the turned and inlayed wood bowls of Stephen Knowles, the bronze sea life of Don Wood, model boats made by Cherokee Sound fishermen and the stunning jewellery of Peter Bradley. The owners of the gallery, Trevor and Jennifer Sawyer of Cherokee Sound, threw a party for residents and visitors on the evening of the grand opening that included the artists and a visit by Alton Lowe, arguably the most well known artist on Abaco. To have Minnis, Pratt and Lowe in one room was an unforgettable experience, according to one partygoer. Conch Pearl Galleries was founded by the Sawyers to offer the Abaco community beautiful art, unusual, custom made jewellery and repairs and one thing more. Ten percent of all profits from the gallery are to be set aside to provide scholarship funding for a deserving young person from Cherokee to go to college or to further his or her education after finishing high school. Stop by Conch Pearl Galleries located in Royal Harbour Village on Bay Street in Marsh Harbour and meet Gallery Manager Sandra Albury. She will be glad to give you a tour.Additional Air ServiceBy Isobel Sherman Yellow Air Taxi is now offering regular flights to West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. Tickets for these flights can be purchased at their counter at the airport and at A & W Travel Agency in Marsh Harbour. According to A & W, there is a special rate for the introduction of this service to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. For the present five-seat and nine-seat planes are being used. If there is enough volume, Yellow Air Taxi is willing to put a 30-seat plane on the route.Marine Folders Available at the Post OfficeBy Isobel Sherman On the side bulletin board of the Marsh Harbour Post Office there is a plaited straw pamphlet holder with a raffia fish and the word Fish for our Future The pamphlets The Conch Pearl Galleries officially opened on March 2 with an Open House. The art work displayed was by leading artists of The Bahamas. The guests attending were able to mingle with three nationally renown artists, Mr. Eddie Minnis, Mr. Alton Lowe and Mr. Chan Pratt. Shown above is Mr. Minnis talking with Mrs. Jennifer Sawyer, who with her husband, Trevor, own the business. Behind them is a spectacular portrait by Mr. Minnis daughter. Well known artist, Mr. Chan Pratt, is shown here on the left chatting with Chad and Ginnie Sawyer at the Open House held to officially open the Conch Pearl Galleries. Mr. Pratt is known for his painting of poinciana trees in bloom. Please see Central Page 11

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 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 Saturday March 20th, 2004 7 pm Until Live Music by:Modern VintageMarvelous hors doeuvres Boat Harbour Pavilion Tickets $75.00Semi-Formal ~ Dress to Impress*** Door Prizes ***Tickets on sale at Marsh Harbour: Abaco Outback Java Coffee Shop Bellevue Office Depot Hope T own: Elbow Cay Properties Ebb Tide Hope Town Hideaways Lubbers: Cracker Ps Guana Cay: NippersThe Kiwanis Club has begun a clean-up project which will benefit the entire island. The members are encouraging towns to clean up by donating garbage cans and industrial strength bags for the cans to be located in parks. The towns are responsible for securing the cans. Coopers Town and Fire Road have already secured their cans with chains. Shown above is the presentation of a garbage can to representatives of the Murphy Town Committee. They are, left to right, Mr. Henley Dawkins, Mr. Sonneth Lockhart, Ms. Anita Rolle, Mr. Gilbert Davis, Mr. John Pintard, Ms. Annastacia Seymour, Mr. Cubel Davis, Jr. and Mr. David Knowles. are the education tools of various organizations, Department of Fisheries, Nature Conservancy and BREEF. The pamphlets are on Nassau Grouper Crawfish Conch the Fishing Regulations of The Bahamas and Marine Laws Stop in and pick up these educational pamphlets and join the fight to preserve our environment.Girl Guides Will MeetBy Isobel Sherman Mrs. Michelle Bailey has announced the return of Girl Guides to Abaco. Mrs. Bailey, Head of the Science Department at Abaco Central High, will soon become the Girl Guide Commissioner for Abaco. A former Guider herself, Mrs. Bailey is looking for leaders of the troops she would like to establish. If interested in becoming a leader, contact Mrs. Bailey at Abaco Central High at 367-2334.Newstart Total Health Expo HeldBy Portia Jonsson A team of physicians from California and students from Georgia staged a Health Expo at the Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church for five nights from March 2nd to March 6th. The Health Expo is a new, scientific view of total health showing how disease is prevented or reversed through the Newstart health promotion plan. The Health Expo lifestyle programs emphasize that total health means a balance and optimum function of all dimensions of life: physical, mental, social and spiritual. Through eight illustrated exhibits, a practical program on how to live healthfully was beautifully portrayed in art and action. Health professionals explained and demonstrated simply and scientifically eight steps to better living through Health Expo health education exhibits. Each of the eight illustrated Health Expo exhibits presented a dimension of health following the Newstart sequence: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and trust in a divine power. Physicians, ministers and other health workers led in the exhibit discussions, demonstrations and brief illustrated lectures. In addition, there were areas where blood pressure and health consultations were carried out. Included also was the computer HealthAge test. This test not only lets you know your birth age but also your physiological age according to your health habit. Food demonstrations, video films, free gift drawings and a health poster contest for children were staged as well. The Health Expo was created for public evangelism, designed to be an avenue of direct soul-winning integrated into the presentation of the Seventh-day Adventist message.Supt. Gary Smith is Honoured by the DEABy Jennifer Hudson On February 13th the United States Department of Justice presented Mr. Gary V. Smith, Superintendent of Customs, Abaco, More Central Abaco News CentralFrom Page 10 Mrs. Rhonda Hull competed in the Miami Tropical Marathon, running 13 miles. She ran to raise sponsorship money for Abaco Pathfiners Scholarship Fund. She was able to raise $3000 through her effort. Please see Central Page 18

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Page 12 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 Now Serving Sushi!Open For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week Sunda y Br unc h Every Sunday from: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm $25 per person, Children under 12 years Price Includes: All you can eat buffet, Free Mimosa, Free Soft Drinks, Free Parking For Reservations Call: 367-2158 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 Restaurant & Bar Nightly EntertainmentBrown Tip (The Saw Man) Monday & Tuesday Estin Sawyer (the Music Man) Wednesday Stone McEwan Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday New Menu New Drinks Daily Specials Bar SnacksHappy Hour 5 8 pm 50 off all drinks Mondays & Tuesdays Voodoo JuiceCONCH CRAWLERHoward MassellesLocated at the Conch Inn Hotel & Marina Tel: (242) 367-4444 VHF Ch 16 Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. until... Breakfast 7:30 am to 1 1:30 am Lunch 11:30 am to 4 pm Dinner 5 pm to 9 pmEvery Child Counts Says Thank YouBy Portia Jonsson On March 5th the teachers and students of Every Child Counts Learning Centre said Thank You to their volunteers and sponsors in a special assembly. School Director, Mrs. Lynn Major, told those present that Every Child Counts would not exist today without the support of the community. She said it takes the community to do what they are doing. On behalf of the students, she thanked the schools volunteers and sponsors for all their help and advised that their support has not gone unnoticed. The students entertained all in dance I Need You To Survive and beautiful bookmarks and gifts made by the students were given as a token of their appreciation. Every Child Counts provides full time schooling to students who cannot succeed in a mainstream classroom because of physical, neurological or cognitive disabilities.Central Abaco PrimarySchool Opens Bahamian Heritage ExhibitBy Portia Jonsson In an effort to teach our children about things Bahamian and the way of life in years gone by, the teachers and staff of the Central Abaco Primary School have created a Bahamian Heritage Museum exhibit showcasing many items of the past. The museum was opened on March 5th at a special assembly at the school and will remain open during the entire month of March. Committee member and teacher, Ms. P. Campbell, said the focus this year is on Bahamian musicians and their instruments. A bulletin board features the pictures of many famous Bahamian musicians and right below, a goat skinned drum. Ms. Campbell advised that the students are conducting research on these musicians. Other items of interest at the museum are native trees and plants used in bush medicine, a tin tub, old Bahamian currency, homemade treats like coconut cake and bread pudding, Junkanoo costumes and handmade quilts. Also on display is beautiful Irish linen from England purchased by young girls in years past to put in their hope chests. These young girls saved their hard earned money to order this linen. In addition to the Bahamian Heritage Museum the Central Abaco Primary School will be staging a month of Bahamian activities. The festivities will end with a special guest appearance by Geno D. at the school on March 29th. The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Neville Wisdom, is expected to attend this special assembly. Parents, teachers and students have worked hard to put together this museum and the community is asked to stop by, step back in time and revisit the past.Bahamian Heritage Month Is CelebratedBy Portia Jonsson Under the theme Dis We Culture Through Music and Dance the Central Abaco Primary School launched its Bahamian Heritage Program on March 5th during a special morning assembly. The students of Grade 2 gave their own interpretation of what it means to be a Bahamian in song, dance and recital. Some dressed in Bahamian costume complete with straw hats and straw handbags while others waved Bahamian flags. Ms. Beatrice Moxey, vice principal, admonished the students to be proud of their Bahamian heritage and study their past. With School NewsThe students of Every Child Counts organized a special program as a thank you to the many people who support the program. The program provides schooling for children who otherwise could not attend a normal classroom. The Central Abaco Primary School is celebrating Bahamian Heritage Month. This second grade student was in a program portraying Bahamian life in the past. Please see School Page 13

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530 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 More School Newsthe help of the Bahamian Heritage Museum opened at the school, they will be able to view things from years gone by. Ms. Moxey reminisced of her days growing up. The month will end with a special guest appearance by Geno D. at the school on March 29th.Track ClubBy Isobel Sherman Track and Field is the love of Coach Vogel Williamss life. After coaching for several years at S.C. Bootle High School, he went to Freeport for a few years. On his return to Abaco Mr. Williams assumed duties as a physical education teacher for Treasure Cay Primary, Fox Town and Coopers Town Primary Schools. He now has a track club in full uniform called the Green Arrow Track Club. The club is composed of primary school children who he is training to become the future track stars of Abaco and the Bahamas.Inter-School SportsBy Isobel Sherman Inter-School Sports for the Secondary Schools on Abaco was held on March 4 and 5 at the track in Murphy Town. Schools that participated in the track and field events were S.C. Bootle High School, Agape Christian School, Forest Heights Academy and Abaco Central High School. Each event had four age groups, under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 20. Medals were given to the top three finishers in each event. Present at the Opening Ceremony was MP for South Abaco, Mr. Robert Sweeting. He welcomed the schools and wished all competitors the best. Officially opening the meet was Sen. Desmond Bannister, President of the Bahamas Amateur Athletic Association, who told the young people he was happy to be on Abaco to witness their talent and urged them to continue to strive for higher heights. This event is used to see which students will be traveling to Nassau for the National Senior School Track and Field ChampionSchoolFrom Page 12 Competition was strong between the five schools which competed in the InterSchool Track and Field event. It was held at the Murphy Town Park on March 4 and 5. The competition was organized into five groups depending on age. Approximately 200 students participated. The javelin throw was one of the field competitions held on March 4 and 5 between high schools on Abaco. This competition will determine who will compete nationally. ship to be held next month. Trophies were donated by William Davis and Vita Malt. Abaco Central High SchoolBy Isobel ShermanAssembly Highlighted BlacksOn February 24 a special assembly was held at Abaco Central High School with the theme was Black History Live from Abaco. February is Black History month and Grade 8 honored black Abaconians who are presently contributing to Abaco. Honorees came from the fields of business, sports, arts, music, religion, government and culture. A student read a biography of each honoree and each honoree was presented with a certificate for their contribution to Abaco over the years. The honorees were Alexander Williams, Island Administrator, Jackson McIntosh, Roderick Strachan, Silbert Mills, Lynden Davis, Colette Rolle-Bootle, Estin Sawyer, Don Cornish and Rev. Carla Culmer. The assembly included music and entertainment. The Junkanoo dancers and the Please see School Page 29 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 & MulchSpring is here Remember to fertilize your yard, shrubs & fruit trees Come and ask our staff for the right formula for your application

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Page 14 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 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) 366-0113 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Proceeds to benefit the Bahamas Marine Mamal Survey (BMMS) Outdoor Film Series Fun RunSandy Point 5K & 2.5K Whale Walk/RunSaturday 8 am 1 pm$10/Adult & $5/Child (12 & under) + Sponsor Sheets FREE T-Shirt with $25 or more sponsorship Sponsorship Sheets available at Sapodillys, Java & SchoolsMusic, Games & Food til 4 p.m. BMMS Research Centre Open HouseSaturday, 2-4 p.m. Sandy PointFree Admission Educational Activities All About Whales Dolphin DayWild Dolphin Tourwith BMMS researchersSunday 12:30 5 p.m.Departs Hope Town & Marsh HarbourADVANCED TICKET: $25/ Adult & $10/Child(12 & under)TRIP DAY : $35/Adult & $15/ChildConch Salad and Sodas/Beer available Whale & Dolphin Filmsshown on a giant 22ft X 30ft inflatable screen7 pm 11 pm Friday night at Hope Town Community Ballpark Saturday night at Yamaha Park, Marsh Harboursuggested donation $10/adult & $5/child (12 & under)For Tickets & Information Please Call BMMS at 366-4155 Wine & LaughsApril Fools Auction & Wine TastingSapodillysThursday 6 pm 8 pm By invitation onlyBy Portia Jonsson Around 2 a.m. on the morning of March 8th, my husband and I were awakened by a neighbour telling us that the Evans residence, a few corners away, was on fire. Firemen were already on the scene when we arrived shortly thereafter but they arrived too late to save the house. It was engulfed in flames. Mr. Andrew Evans said that he and his family continued to smell smoke in their house since the bush fire in Spring City the day before. His wife woke him to say that the smoke was thickening and the fumes were getting stronger. He walked around the house to inspect it and noticed flames in one of the rooms. Everyone was immediately rushed out of the house and within minutes, their home was consumed by flames. The Evans family was able to save only a few pictures and personal belongings they had previously packed a few days before when the bush fire threatened the Spring City community.Bush Fire Threatens Spring CityBy Portia Jonsson A bush fire, which had been burning for more than a week, reached the community of Spring City during the early hours March 6th. Around 5:30 p.m. the previous night the fire was spotted just south of the community and the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was notified. The following morning the fire was at our doorsteps and volunteers from the Fire Department were called and arrived at 4 a.m. Volunteer firemen from Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shore arrived later that morning and assisted the Marsh Harbour crew. This was the third fire in 12 hours that the fire department had responded to. The first fire occurred at an old abandoned house near the public dock around 6 p.m. followed by a bush fire at midnight between Dundas and Murphy Towns and lastly Spring Citys bush fire at 4 a.m. The fire at Spring City spread quickly through the small community jumping from one street to the other. In order to save homes and stores the process of backfiring was carried out. This standard procedure, conducted by the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department many times, controls burn. Flames are lit ahead of the fire which the firemen closely watch. The two fires meet and are then extinguished because nothing is left to burn. Mr. Harlin Johnson of Bahamas Hot Mix kindly brought in a bulldozer at his own expense to clear the bush and trees away from homes and other buildings. It was early evening when the Fire Department was finally able to leave Spring City but they were not headed home. They had been notified that the airport was under threat and informed me that they would probably be working there throughout the night. The community of Spring City thanks the volunteers from the Marsh Harbour, Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores Fire and Rescue Departments for all their help, time and effort. Many persons seem to take for granted the important role these volunteers play in our lives. It is evident that without their assistance many homes and even lives may have been lost. Other forest fires have been threatening residences. Bahama Coral Island and Little Abaco have had dangerous fires.Fires Claim Home and Leave Five HomelessA disastrous fire threatened Spring City for several days over the first week end of March. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from Casuarina Point and Bahama Palm Shores. In the pre-dawn hours of March 8 Andrew Evans home was completely destroyed, leaving five people homeless. All they were able to save were some photographs and their passports. 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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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 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 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 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 By Portia Jonsson Only a very small number of parents, teachers and interested persons showed up to hear the governments plan to strengthen and expand the delivery of special education and support services in The Bahamas. Members of the National Commission on Special Education held a town meeting at the Central Abaco Primary School on the evening of March 3rd. District Superintendent, Mr. Hezekiah Dean, was disappointed with the poor turnout and expected a much larger crowd due to the numerous requests from persons with children and family members who are challenged. The National Commission on Special Education team included Mrs. Sheryl Wood, the principal at Beacon School in Freeport; Mr. Marvin Finlayson, who is hearing impaired; and Mrs. Ann Albury, an Educational Psychologist. Mrs. Woods has been in the field of Special Education for a very long time and was instrumental in integrating challenged students in the Freeport school system. She said it is the goal of the National Commission on Special Education (NCOSE) to look at special education services throughout The Bahamas. The commission will travel to each island visiting schools, churches and communities to see first-hand what challenges and frustrations are faced by residents. They will not only look at special needs children but also gifted and talented children and those of different cultural backgrounds. The National Commission on Special Education was appointed by the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister, and launched on July 17th, 2003. The National Commission promotes special education as a fundamental right. The Commission is committed to working with various groups to effect improvements in special education, by stimulating innovation and policy dialogue. Five Committees have been appointed to address requirements and prepare reports relative to the following specific areas: Legislative and Structural Review Public Education, Advocacy and International Linkages Program Evaluation and Development Human, Physical and Financial Resources Early Identification, Intervention and Family Support. The Commission is comprised of talented persons from both the public and private sectors. In addition, there will be full consultation with public and private special education schools, and other agencies that provide services to disabled persons and to those with special requirements. Mr. Finlayson said he is an example of special children. He lost his hearing at the age of six due to meningitis. Commission member Mrs. Ann Albury, who specializes in learning disabilities, said each member of the commission is committed to this task and she is hopeful that this process is not just talk and chalk. The Commission is serious about taking steps to improve the quality of life for theseMeeting Explains Special Education ProgramA team from the National Commission on Special Education held a meeting in Marsh Harbour on March 3 to explain that government is hoping to develop a program to teach students who need special education. Shown above, left to right, are District Superintendent for Abaco, Hezekiah Dean; Commission members Mrs. Sheryl Wood, Mrs. Ann Albury and Mr. Marvin Finlayson. Please see Education Page 29

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Page 16 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 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 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 AbacoBy Isobel Sherman The First Annual Mega Malt Walk Run was held on March 6. The starting point was the Central Abaco Primary School and the finish was at Price Busters store in Marsh Harbour. The organizer of the race was Jerry Wisdom of Price Busters and the sponsor was Frank Rutherford, the Bahamian 1992 Olympic Bronze Medallist at the Barcelona Games. Frank is the first Bahamian to medal in Track and Field at the Olympics. About 70 persons participated in the event. Proceeds of the event will help make a playing field at Central Abaco Primary and resurface the track in Murphy Town. Mr. Jerry Wisdom in his opening remarks said that the event was put together in about 10 days and he was going to make this an annual event to help the track and field programme on Abaco. Frank Rutherford mentioned said that Vogel Williams, track coach for the Treasure Cay, Fox Town and Coopers Town schools, started him off in track and field when he was a youngster. He went on to state that his company, Mega Malt, came from a dream of his to provide funding for young people. Mr. Rutherford said he is prepared to offer his services and his company to help the youngsters in Abaco. He stated that it takes a whole Village to raise young people and that he is dedicating his life to help young Bahamians achieve. Next year this event will be promoted with T-shirts, banners and plenty of publicity. The Hon. Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, second from left, is shown presenting Ms. Charlamae Fernander, Chief Welfare Officer, with a plaque on February 26 in Nassau. Ms. Fernander, who is responsible for the District of Abaco, was named Employee of the Quarter, October December 2003. Her framed photograph will be displayed on the walls of the offices of the Ministry. In June Ms. Fernander will join other persons named Employee of the Quarter in vying for the award of Employee of the Year. Ms. Fernander joined the Public Service in 1981 and has worked in a supervisory capacity in a number of areas. Min. Griffin, in congratulating Ms. Fernander, said: I believe that employees who go above and beyond the call of duty should be recognized. On the left is Mrs. Barbara Burrows, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry and beside Ms. Fernander is her son, Glenn Fernander.Abaconian Is Employee of the Quarter Keep up with the Happenings on AbacoSubscribe toThe AbaconianTodayFirst Mega Malt Walk-Run Is HeldThe first three runners cross the finish line of the First Annual Mega Malt Walk Run held in Central Abaco on March 6. The response to the event was very good and organizer, Mr. Jerry Wisdom, anticipates other sporting events to encourage athletic activites. First place winners of each category received watches and other participants received certificates. With runners in front and walkers in back, the race started. The first runner over the finish line was 12-year-old Jean Ronado of the Green Arrow Track Club who ran in 6 minutes and 37 seconds. The first walker to finish was winter resident Dennis Mauck. All participants enjoyed a cool Mega Malt after the race.

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 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 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 On March 10th Mr. Benjamin Pinder found a dead sperm whale off Sandy Point, which was being scavenged by large tiger sharks. Mr. Pinder alerted the research team from the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey (BMMS) and helped them tow the 30-foot whale to shore. BMMS collected tissue samples in order to help determine the cause of death, which was not obvious externally. The Bahamas Hot Mix crew, working on the Sandy Point road, buried the whale on the beach so that the skeleton can later be exhumed and rearticulated for display. BMMS wishes to thank Mr. Pinder and the Bahamas Hot Mix crew, especially Chris and Thomas for their help. Photo provided by BMMSDead Whale Is Dragged Ashore Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic will hold an Open House on March 19 and 20 and will officially open its newly expanded clinic in the Garnet Archer Building in Marsh Harbour. The public ceremony to officially open the clinic will be at 3 p.m on March 20. The clinic has expanded to include the entire ground floor of the building. Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic opened in August of last year. Since then they have provided a range of medical specialists including heart, skin, bone and foot doctors to obstetrician-gynecologists, a pediatrician, allergist, audiologist and plastic surgeon right here in Marsh Harbour. The clinic also offers the services of nutritionists, a weight management and healthy lifestyle consultant, an ultrasound and echo-cardiogram technologist. A variety of vitamins and supplements are stocked at the clinic. During the Open House the public can tour the facility which has five examination rooms, radiology and sonogram rooms, a laboratory and a pharmacy as well as a reception area and staff room. Visitors can get free glucose, blood and cholesterol tests, and take advantage of a special on echocardiograms as well as donate blood to the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport. The clinic will offer a sampling of its Anodyne Therapy, which is designed to stimulate blood circulation in the foot. Dr. Daniel Johnson, a podiatrist, has installed this equipment for the benefit of anyone with circulatory problems, especially diabetics. There are only two sets of this equipment in The Bahamas. Door prizes and gift baskets will be given out as well as T-shirts. Several pharmaceutical representatives will have information tables with literature on their medicines. Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic was opened by Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Angie Collie of Marsh Harbour, a medical lab technician with a mission to provide stateof-the-art quality care right here on Abaco. Dr. Johnson, the clinics director, sees the services provided as a 21st Century version of the old Out Island Doctor or Flying Doctor Services of bringing medical care to the family islands, with the difference that Auskell offers the most up-to-date specialist medical care. About 20 doctors and other healthcare professionals from Nassau, Freeport, Florida and Jamaica currently make up Auskells visiting roster. The local staff includes Nurse Siren Davis and office manager Mrs. Linda Simmons. The opening ceremony will include refreshments and live music Mr. Estin Sawyer.Auskell Clinic Plans Open House Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results

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Page 18 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 Great Fares, Friendly, Safe and Reliable Service.Check our website www.flyyellowairtaxi.comFrequent service to: Ft. Lauderdale West Palm Beach Charters Available to anywhere in The Bahamas and Florida Call: 1-888-YELLOW-4or Fax: 1-954-359-5324 with your request. 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 Elbow Cay and The Abacos, Homes and Property FLAMINGO VILLAS Fabulous 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. Price:$1,870,000DORROS 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 Price:$233,000MARNIES 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:$288,000CENTRELINE 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. Lots starting at $60,000 Call Greg Roberts for details.OCEAN FRONT LOTSPRISTINE 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.MARNIES LANDING Acre ocean front lot, dock slip in private marina included. Price:$695,000WHITE SOUND Ocean lot #23, perfect for single home or two villas, near marina, great surfing beach. $440,000. White Sound, 3 contiguous ocean lots with dock rights on White Sound Bay, sold as one parcel, or seperately. Price:each $440,000HOMES & LANDFamily Island SpecialistsChris Thompson(chris@hopetown.com)Greg Roberts(greg@hopetown.com)Ph: (242) 366-0216 www.elbow-cay.com Fax: (242) 366-0223Located 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 Custom built 3 bed/2 bath island home. 2200+ sq. ft. one lot away from Atlantic, ideal rental or second home. Open floor plan, second floor master suite with ocean views, cable, phone, central a/c, offered exclusively, and shown by appt. only. 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.Price: $630,000 Price: $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. Price: $1,550,000Pineapple 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: $1,300,000Incredible 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. ATLANTIC HORIZONS EAST VIEW JOES CAY CASA LUISA OCEAN HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE PINEAPPLE BEACH HOUSE ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAY ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CAELBOW CA ELBOW CA Y OCEAN FRONT HOMES Y OCEAN FRONT HOMES Y OCEAN FRONT HOMES Y OCEAN FRONT HOMES Y OCEAN FRONT HOMESUNDER CONTRACT CentralFrom Page 11 with a certificate of appreciation in a ceremony at the United States Embassy in Nassau. Supt. Smith was recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of Drug Law Enforcement and praised for the valuable way in which he has willingly exchanged vital intelligence which has resulted in the successful culmination of numerous high level drug investigations. In commending Supt. Smith for his untiring efforts to counter the drug fight and for his devotion Mr. Gary SmithRoad Safety Is Everyones Responsibility The funeral for Teadie Swain, 77, of Moores Island was held on March 6 at the Zion Baptist Church. Pastor Nixon Simms officiated assisted by Pastor Preston Knowles, Pastor Anthony Williams and Pastor Paul Jones. Interment was in the Public Cemetery in Hard Bargain, Moores Island. He is survived by his wife Joyce Swain; daughters Rosamae Davis, Sylvia Pinder, Ludeen McDonald, Shanell Gierweski, Eloise Wells and Tarsha Wallace; son Joshua Swain; grandchildren Sheryl, Pinky Princess, Jenson, Jerod, Darren, Sharmine and Jurnal Swain, Dianne Darlene, Driscol and Roderick Davis, Rubilee, Shiann, and Derrick Stuart, Varlene Gaitor, Marvin Jr., Anthony and Antonia Wells, Elgar Pinder and Ginger Cooper; great-grandchildren Justin, Ozeke and Stephanique Swain, Tristian Knowles, Twanesha Lightbourne, Felix Munroe, Fabian Hunt and Luinesha Cooper, Sela and Jared Swain; nieces Loretta Stuart, Idamae Jones, Roselda Swain and Veronica Cumberbatch, Cordell, Sabrina Parry, Tamika, Vannie, Sharmaine, Coleen, Collette, Edith and Vanda; nephews Elvin, Richard, Leon and Joseph Swain, Gayle, Zendell, Columbus, Junnie and Clay; son-in-law Edison Davis, Patrick McDonald, Tony Wells, Lavardo Wallace and Andrea Gierweski; daughter-in-law Violet Swain; brothers-in-law Ronald and George McKenzie and Samuel Johnson; sisters-in-law Millicent Johnson, Alma and Aramentha; grandnieces Jennifer Simms, Lindamae Jones, Laureen Nesbitt and Doris Stuart; grandnephews Jonathan Osborne, Stanley, Rudolph, Bradley, Burcel, Edward Jr., Norvel, Ellis, Michael, Junuzes and Carrington Stuart and Elvin Swain Jr.; Niece-in-law Jocelyn Swain; nephews-inlaw Neville Stuart, Simon Jones and Stephen Cumberbatch; grandson-in-law Steven Swain and Jarred Cooper; and many other relatives and friends.Obituaries of Family and Friendsto duty, the DEA stated, Superintendent Smiths spirit of cooperation exemplifies the high degree of cooperation provided by the Bahamas Customs Department and Bahamian Law Enforcement authorities who support the Drug Enforcement Administrations overseas mission. Buckle Up... Its the Law!

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 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 Corner 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 367-2250By Colin Lowe Only the dark strong waters of the Gulf Stream separate the cays of the Bahamas from the keys of Florida. But, these islands share an interesting history that is reflected in the story of a man and his family. A young man of 16 left his island home in the Bahamas in 1837 and crossed the Gulf seeking better opportunities in Key West. Young William Curry would go on to achieve considerable success in business in Key West and become Floridas first millionaire. Originally from Scotland, the Curry family were Loyalists who moved to Abaco from the United States after the American War of Independence. These Loyalists found life in the islands quite different from what they had left in America. The soil and other conditions would not support the crops they were accustomed to growing. The British governments abolition of slavery in 1832 ended any small hope they may have held to restore their plantations in the islands. By the time William was born at Green Turtle Cay in 1821, the Loyalists were already turning to the sea more than the land for their sustenance. Although farming was still significant, boat building and seafaring skills had become preeminent. These skills were also used in Key West which was growing in importance as a seafaring center. Mainland Florida still had a very small population at this time, and it would be many years before Henry Flaglers railroad would bring development to the southern part of the state. Williams first job was as a clerk in a mercantile firm. He was paid one dollar a week, a room over the store and meals at the proprietors home. He was quite frugal and began saving for the future. In 1845, he and a partner, G.L. Bowne, formed a ships chandlery firm, Bowne and Curry. This was the era of wrecking. The coral reefs throughout the islands of the Bahamas and the Florida keys had proved disastrous for many ships from the time of the early explorers to the nineteenth century, In addition to vessels running aground through navigational errors and bad weather, some wreckers used false beacons to lure ships to flounder on the reefs. They would then lay claim to the salvage. Key West boomed in the nineteenth century as the principal port for the wrecking industry. After the United States acquired Florida from Spain, U.S. citizenship was required to get a wrecking license. Quite a few Bahamians engaged in wrecking moved to Key West as wrecks were plentiful in the Florida Keys. The Bahamian immigrants became known as Conchs, a name that still endures today. This migration increased in the years after the Civil War as Key West continued to boom. At one point Key West reportedly had the highest per capita income of any city in the United States. This prosperity lasted until the economy collapsed in the Great Depression in 1929. Bowne and Curry prospered as they supplied the wrecking fleet out of Key West and also owned a number of vessels. The company became the major ship builder in Key West. In 1856 they built the Stephen R. Mallory the only clipper ship ever built in Florida, at a cost of $80,000. The Mallory was built for Bowne and Curry by another Bahamian who moved from Green Turtle Cay to Key West. John Bartlum was a mechanical genius who learned shipbuilding from reading and practical application. He built numerous other ships, but the Mallory was his greatest achievement. The Mallory was 959 tons, 164 feet in length with a 35-foot beam and built from native mahogany known as madeira. Bartlum is best remembered today for his house which still stands in Key West. This house was originally built on Green Turtle Cay, and in 1847 he dismantled it and reassembled it in Key West. G.L Bowne withdrew from the company in 1861, and the firm of William Curry and Sons continued to grow under Williams management for the next thirty years. In addition to building and operating wrecking vessels, the company owned warehouses, piers, ships railways, an electric plant, an ice plant, fish market, ships chandlery, hardware store and a bonded warehouse for the Cuban tobacco for the growing cigar industry. William married into another Bahamian immigrant family. His wife was Euphermia Lowe, who moved from Green Turtle Cay with her family. Her brother, John Lowe, Jr,, worked in William Currys business for many years while also developing his own sponge business. In 1878 he devoted his efforts full time to his own business and became the leading sponge dealer in Key West. He owned a fleet of sponge vessels as well as operating a large ships chandlery and lumberyard, installing the first electric sawmill in Florida. In addition to the success of his company, William Curry was very successful with his investments in stocks and bonds. Even during the Civil War he wisely avoided Confederate currency and converted as much as he could into pounds sterling. He was not ostentatious with his wealth, with one notable exception. A 24-place dinner service made of 18 karat gold was ordered from Tiffanys in New York in 1880. He even ordered 48 of some pieces. This dinner service was not for display but was put into daily use in the Curry borne. Euphemia Curry had the servants check the garbage to prevent pieces from being mistakenly thrown out. When William Curry died in 1896, he was reputedly the wealthiest man who had made his fortune in Florida. Many other Bahamians participated in the boom in Key West. Jefferson Browne wrote in Key West: The Old and The New that in the years after the Civil War the second migration which has so changed the population of Key West, that 90 percent of the English speaking people are of Bahama ancestry. Modern Key West is again experiencing a boom of tourists and celebrities from all over the world. But the islands Conchs remain, many with their roots deeply planted in the Bahamas.Abaconians Helped Create Key West

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 21Green Turtle Cay 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 NEW PRICE "Surcouf"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 $3,700,000 NEW LISTING "Ceylon's Isle" "Rosewood" Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores 4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000. "Endless Summer" NEW LISTING Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft residence with 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq.ft guest house. Southeastern point of island. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Superb ocean and cay views. Fully Furnished # AB112$2,100,000. NEW LISTING "Point of View" Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/ Warehouse Building Great for service business or wholesaler Good relocation property for businesses expanding into Abaco from Nassau or Freeport. AB110 $290,000. NEW LISTING CommercialMarsh Harbour Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 970 sq.ft. residence with 2 rental cottages. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Centrally located but good privacy. Fully Furnished. Swimming Pool. Great Income Producer. # AB115 $347,000. "Blueberry Hill" NEW LISTING Man-O-War Cay Settlement 1 bedroom, 1 bath 780 sq.ft. Cottage upper level dormitory Convenient to beach, grocery and marina. Perfect for the yachtsman who wishes a compact base ashore Furnished. #AB117 $155,000. "Down South" NEW LISTING Treasure CayTreasure Cay Drive 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000. "Steiner House" NEW LISTING 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 -"On De Sound" 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.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 Beachfront over 1 1/2 acres. # AB95 $925,000.Treasure Cay "Son Burns" 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home on two floors, 750 sq.ft. of open sundeck on upper level, 750 sq.ft. of porch on lower. almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished. # AB72 $575,000. 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 UNDER CONTRACTTreasure 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 "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 NEW PRICE $355,000. Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 1 1/2 Acres -private dock with boatlift Fabulous Views. The privacy of a private island with in town convenience. Furnished. #AB67$2,950,000 "Pelican Point" Tel/Fax: (242) 366-0032 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Tel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 VHF Channel 16 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Joined H.G. Christie, in 2003 after five years of Real Estate experience. Based in Elbow CayChris Plummer, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Green Turtle Cay 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 and best trained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. HOMES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com03/15/04 VACANT LAND Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker 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 Tel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.netJohn Cash, BRIEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 2000. Based in Treasure CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com Margot LeeEstate Agent Joined H.G. Christie, in 1998. Based in Man-O-War Cay Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #40 9,778 sq.ft. AB5155 Extra Large Corner Parcel NEW LISTING $249,000. #41 7,070 sq.ft. AB5156 Good Elevation Sea View NEW LISTING $299,000. #45 6,968 sq.ft. AB5066 Good Elevation Sea View NEW PRICE $285,000. #46 8,105 sq.ft. AB5157 Good Elevation Sea View NEW LISTING $295,000. 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 Beachfront 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.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.PRIVATE ISLAND"Carrington Cay" 1.4 AcresNear Leisure Lee # AB5147 $375,000. 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 "Sunset Point" 8 Unit Bonefishing resort, with fifty seat Lazy Parrot Restaurant and Bar. Central Air-conditioning. Fresh water swimming pool. Excellent investment opportunity. AB100 $901,000. 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 NEW PRICE $175,000. Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Beach Point House" 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,500 sq.ft. home. 1,200 sq.ft. of verandahs and decks. 3/4 acre on Sea of Abaco Two complete living units, Beach Great views. # AB89 $1,450,000.Marsh Harbour "Harbour View Villa" 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 RequestMarsh 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 "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.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,320 sq.ft. Home, Private 50' Lay-along Boat Dock, Tastefully furnished and fully equipped. Excellent Rental Record. # AB93 NEW PRICE $550,000.

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Page 22 The Abaconian March 15, 2004Representing 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 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 projects Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 801 Avenue East Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New Providence Serving Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach Departing Palm Beach twice monthly* Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 Rotary Club Sponsors Speech CompetitionWinners in the Senior Category of the Abaco District Speech Competition proudly hold the trophies which they won. The Rotary Club of Abaco sponsored the competition held the Resource Center in Marsh Harbour on March 5th. The students are, left to right, 3rd Place Chantell McIntoshS.C. Boodle High School, 2nd Place Ashlea Archer-St. Francis de Sales and 1st Place Migquell Miller-Forest Heights Academy. These three students will travel to Nassau to compete in the Bahamas National Speech Competition. Winners in the Primary Category of the Abaco Speech Competition show off their trophies. They are, left to right, 1st Place Donell Pubien-Long Bay School, 2nd Place Ricasha Desinor-Central Abaco Primary and 3rd Place Oliceia Simon-St. Francis de Sales. All competitors received certificates of participation. Winners in the Junior Category of the Abaco Speech Competition were proud of their trophies. The Rotary Club held the competition at the Learning Resource Center. The are, left to right, 3rd Place Kristen Hoard-Forest Heights Academy, 2nd Place Junata Anee-Long Bay School and 1st Place Brittany Archer-St. Francis de Sales. Hints for Helping Our Environment Wash and reuse plastic and glass containers. Glass containers are great for keeping small items such as nails or paper clips. Friends of the Environment Presents Treasure Cay Community Center PresentsAn Evening with the ClassicsFeaturing Dr. Amy Blount, PianistFriday, March 26, at 7 p.m. Treasure Cay Community Center Reception Following $15 Admission Proceeds benefit the Treasure Cay Community Center

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 23 Marsh Harbour & Treasure CayRound Trip $199 including tax From Ft. Lauderdale ExecutiveMost Diverse Aircraft Fleet In the Caribbean Props to Jets World Wide Service Specializing in The Bahamas Special Rates for Weddings and Family Gatherings For Information & Reservations (954) 938-8991 reservations@flybia.com flyCall Electrical Contracting Single & 3 Phase Licenced Electricians Air Conditioning Refrigeration Supplies MARCUS BETHEL Located on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTelephone: (242) 367-3186 e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bsReceptions Welcome VisitorsThe Ministry of Tourism, through their People to People program, held two receptions to show their appreciation of second home owners, boaters and other visitors. The first was held in Treasure Cay on February 25 and the second in Marsh Harbour on February 26. Shown above is Don Cornish, Manager of the Abaco Tourist Office, welcoming the crowd. They were later entertained by a Junkanoo rush, a limbo contest and a trivia quiz.

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Page 24 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 FF FF F orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac orest Heights Ac ademyademy ademyademy ademyRegister Y Register Y Register Y Register Y Register Y our Child Now our Child Now our Child Now our Child Now our Child Now for Grade 7 for Grade 7 for Grade 7 for Grade 7 for Grade 7September 2004 Entr September 2004 Entr September 2004 Entr September 2004 Entr September 2004 Entr yy yy y(Limited space in other grades available)Please contact Administration for an Application Package Telephone: 242-367-3539 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 U1Portable Generator $55 NS404CYL CAR W/AC $55 NS604CYL CAR W/AC $62 584/6 CYL CAR W/AC $69 264/6 CYL CAR W/AC $55 754/6 CYL CAR W/AC SIDE POST $85 2 46/8 CYL CAR W/AC $85 34 6/8 CYL CAR W/AC $85 G658 CYL CAR/TRUCK W/AC $98 24MARINE A/C DELCO $99 27MARINE A/C DELCO $110 31TRUCK/MARINE/DIESEL $115.00 4DTRACTOR/MARINE/DIESEL $175.00 8DTRACTOR/MARINE/DIESEL $200.00 7512V GOLF CART GAS $85.00 GCII6V GOLF CART ELECTRIC $89.00 GCII6V GOLF CART TROJAN $108.00 GCII8V GOLF CART TROJAN $118.00OTHER BATTERIESLarge 8v Marine Batteries U.P.S. Computer Batteries Jet Ski Batteries Motor Bike BatteriesCall Robbie Nixon for ALL Your Battery Needs See You Soon! Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE! We Dont Pro-rate Our Warranty It Pays toAdvertiseTreasure Cay21st Annual Yard SaleTreasure Cay held its 21st annual Yard Sale on March 6 in the Coco Bar parking lot at the site of the old hotel. The Yard Sale is organized by the staff of the Rose Mary Roberts Library who manned the tables of items donated to the library. In addition to these library tables, property owners and businesses were invited to sell. Offerings ranged from beautiful paintings, furniture, household items marine, repair and building items too numerous to mention. At the same time at the Community Center a block away, the Rose Mary Roberts Library was selling surplus books at bargain prices. The library culls its books to leave room for new additions. This years sale drew the largest crowd ever and turned into a great social event. It was so popular that the ice cream stand ran out of ice cream by mid-morning. Conch salad was readily available from one seller and other food vendors provided a variety of other snacks. In 1983 Bill and Francine Durrell began the annual Yard Sale, based upon the premise that One mans garbage is another mans treasure. Over the years it The Treasure Cay Yard Sale was a great success once again. Bargain hunters from several communities came to see what was offered. This was the 21st year of the event and nets the library necessary funding for maintaining the Rose Mary Roberts Library. The money buys books, equipment and other supplies. became the province of the Treasure Cay Library to coordinate and organize the Yard Sale but additionally to dispose of superfluous volumes from the Library, both hard backs and pocket books. With the death of Chief Librarian Rosemary Roberts, the library became the Rose Mary Roberts Library directed by Jerry Roberts and the tradition continued. Jerry Roberts, the coordinator of the Yard Sale says that the 2004 net from the yard sale and library sale was an alltime record. Over the years these sales have netted the library some $14 thousand in revenue. That has bought a lot of books, computers, internet access, photocopiers and the many other functions that the Rose Mary Roberts Library now offers to its members. The Rose Mary Roberts Library offers the best and most comprehensive services of any library on Abaco which that community should be truly proud of. North Abaco NewsSupport Citizens Against Crime

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 25 Daily flights and charters available on the safest, most reliable new service to The Abacos. Daily service from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and West Palm Beach (PBI) to Marsh Harbour/Treasure Cay. Charters available anywhere! Calypso Club our frequent flyer program, offers luggage allowances up to 60lbs. per person! Ask about our professional shopping service and let our friendly staff help with your shopping needs.Your Island Awaits! FLY CALYPSOAIR TOTHEABACOS Buy 10 roundtrips for $2,100 and receive 20 non-restricted and transferrable one way vouchers good for 1 year from the date of purchase and valid for any combination of West Palm/Ft. Lauderdale/Treasure Cay/Marsh Harbour destinations!UPDATEYOURCHARTSTHERESA NEWAIRLINEINTOWN Daily Flights and Charters Serving South Florida, The Bahamas and The Caribbean. Calypso AirGreat Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!* www.calypsoair.comIn Marsh Harbour:242-367-0140In Treasure Cay:242-365-8660* Bahamian departure tax not included. 2004 CALYPSOAIR/CLINE. ABACO021504 Daily Flights and Charters Serving South Florida, The Bahamas and The Caribbean.Calypso AirGreat Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $150!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!*Great Low Rates Roundtrip From $235!* Ticketing Provided by: Exclusive Ticketing Agent for Calypso Airlines Exclusive Ticketing Agent for Calypso Airlines 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 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-0020 Grand OpeningOpen HouseMarch 19th & 20th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremony March 20th at 3 p.m. Inspect the Facilities Meet the Doctors and Healthcare Professionals FREE Tests: Blood, Glucose, Cholesterol, Pressure. FREE Anodyne Therapy Donate Blood to the Rand Memorial Hospital Blood Bank Refreshments T-shirts Door PrizesLive Music by Estin SawyerBy Stephanie Humblestone When it comes to describing the state of the Queens Highway on Elbow Cay, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you asked Lorin Senn of Professional Services in Hope Town if the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, he would agree. Along with Wyannie Malone descendent Chester Thompson and second home owner Phil Philips, Mr. Senn has been gathering funds and, to his mind criticism, to meet the $582,000 contract with Caribbean Asphalt to repair the pot-holed ridden roads on Elbow Cay. We have a $300,000 pledge from government and $142,000 towards the balance, said Mr Senn, who has guaranteed with the other two men to short fall the funds, if necessary. However, he does not see this as a probability as the 600-strong community has been generous up to this point in offering to assist financially in repairing the roads. The roads are what Mr. Don Cash, who is spearheading the No Tar, No Tax threat to government, calls no more than trails through the bush. The community is clearly divided into two camps while in full agreement on the end result to make the roads safe for all vehicular transportation. On the one hand there is Mr. Senn, who is reassuring concerned residents that the barge is on its way from Guana Cay, where it recently completed road repairs, while on the other Mr. Cash remains despondent. We have waited over ten years and nothing has happened yet, said Mr. Cash, whose bumper stickers No Tar, No Tax are displayed throughout the island and especially on vehicles as they negotiate deep craters along the Queens Highway which links the centre of town with the southern areas of the island. We have had several accidents, the latest being a tourist who broke her ankle, said Mr. Cash. Gerald Sweeting, owner of a golf cart rental business, has incurred damage to all 23 of his golf carts and fears that tourists will stop coming to the small resort cay. As the pot holes grow deeper, so does the concern for not only life and limb but also for the vehicles themselves. I spent $8000 last year on repairs to my two vehicles. This was for shocks, tires and brakes, said Richard Cooke, Manager of the Abaco Inn in White Sound. Mr. Senn agreed that damage to his huge trucks had been substantial. I spent $30,000 last year on repairs also so I really want to see it done, he said. Meanwhile, the community gazes out at the horizon waiting for what some despairingly call The Phantom Barge.Residents Are Upset about Hope Town Roads One of the potholes in the Elbow Cay roads would qualify as a ditch by most definitions. Elbow Cay residents are very upset that they cannot get their roads repaired. The AbacoChamber of CommerceInvites you to hearThe Rt. Hon.Perry G. Christie Status of the Marsh Harbour airport Tourism proposed and current policies Future infrastructure for Abaco, i.e.the proposed hospital The environment, specifically regarding the increase of the cruising permit fee for environmental reasonsPlease make reservations Phone: 367-5822 Fax: 367-5823 E-mail: abacochamber@abacoinet.com Kindly extend this invitation to other persons in your company or organization. Lunch Tickets: $20 for members $25 for non-membersAnglers Restaurant 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 18, 2004The Prime Minister of The Bahamas

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Page 26 The Abaconian March 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 By Jennifer Hudson Mrs. Nellie Cash, a resident of Sybils House, recently celebrated her 90h birthday and has a lifetime of memories at her fingertips. She was born on Green Turtle Cay in September of 1913, the eighth child of Jerome and Alice Lowe. She remembers her school as being very small with just two teachers, one of whom was Maitland Malone of Hope Town. The Amy Roberts School on Green Turtle Cay was named after her first cousin, Amy Lowe, whom she says was a very good teacher and married Mr. Albert Roberts. Unlike schools nowadays which have very long summer holidays, the school then gave only one month summer holiday and Mrs. Nellie would spend that time on Nunjack Cay with her family. There they grew citrus, sapodillies and soursop and gathered birds eggs to eat. As a child, Mrs. Nellie always carried her cat to the cay with her for the holiday. But one time when the family was ready to leave, the cat was nowhere to be found, so her father carried the family back home to Green Turtle Cay in their small boat and then had to return to Nunjack to find the cat. Mrs. Nellie left school at the age of 14 and spent her time at home sewing and taking care of the other children in the family as was the custom for girls in those days as there was no other employment for women. There were no radios on Green Turtle Cay to help pass the time until Mrs. Nellies sister obtained the first one. Her family also had the first record player, which was called a Talking Machine, and one of the first oil stoves, thanks to her sister who lived in the United States and was able to send these new inventions over. Most cooking was done in the fireplace over a wood fire and salt was used to preserve food. At the age of 14 Mrs. Nellie met a gentleman named Augustus Gus Cash from Wilson City, the first lumber camp in the Bahamas, and in October of 1930 when she was 17 years old they were married. The couple took up residence in the lumber camp at Milleville which was within walking distance of Sandy Point. The company built small wooden houses for its workers and had a store in the camp where most of the food staples and some clothes could be purchased. Gus Cash was store manager. They rode out the hurricane there where fortunately the damage was not bad. Sadly, the news was not so good from Green Turtle Cay as that was the place worst hit and two of Mrs. Nellies nephews lost their lives during the hurricane. Mrs. Nellie tells this story. Her brother Basil and his family lived near the old decaying Methodist Church. When the storm started to get bad, he told his two sons to go to Dr. Kendricks house where they would be safer. While the two young boys went one way, their father and mother a little later went by another way thinking that their sons were safely at the doctors house. However, whilst the youngsters were passing the old church, a piece had flown off and hit and killed them both. Their bodies were found after the hurricane. Cars were unheard of in the lumber camps or even on Abaco. There was a railroad track through the camp and the workers and their families would go by train to the large dock where they would board the company boat for the journey to Nassau or the United States. Mrs. Nellie bore three children; Vernon, Roberta (now deceased) and Carroll, all of whom attended school in the camp. The company also built a church building and Miss Nellies son, Vernon, was the first to be married in that church. The church was available for any denomination and Mr. Gus Cash was preacher, marriage officer and registrar of births and deaths. From Milleville the couple moved onto another lumber camp, Cornwall No. 1 which was north of Treasure Cay on the south side. When all the pine had been cutA Peep into the Past with Nellie CashNellie Cash on the left is shown with two of her friends. She looks back fondly to her life as a young girl on Green Turtle Cay and later as a bride in the lumber camps on mainland Abaco. Although life was hard, the stories she tells are of happy times along with disastrous hurricanes. Please see Nellie Cash Page 27

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 27 Scholarships Available$5,000 Lyford Cay Foundation Technical Training AwardsApply today for a Lyford Cay Foundation Technical Training ScholarshipApplicants must be Bahamian with high school diploma Plan to persue a vocation valuable to The Bahamas & Pledge to return to The Bahamas upon graduationOther qualifications may applyApplications available from The Managers Office, BTVI or write to: Technical Training Scholarships Lyford Cay Foundation P.O. Box N-7776 Nassau, Bahamas or online at: www.lyfordcayfoundation.com Deadline to submit completed application, May 1, 2004Interested in a career in... agriculture/agribusiness air conditioning & refrigeration auto, marine & aviation mechanics construction & related trades diesel technology & mechanics heavy equipment operation machine shop/welding computer service technology hospitality & tourism technical instruction & education health care, medical technology & more... 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 there, they then moved to Cornwall No. 2 also on the south side. In 1938 Mr. Gus left his job in the lumber camps and moved back to Green Turtle Cay where he opened a small grocery store. At the start of World War II business was very poor so in 1942 the family moved into Nassau. However, they had not been there long when the owner of the lumber camp enticed Augustus back with an offer he couldnt refuse. So he happily returned to Abaco to Cornwall No.3. They later moved with the company to Pine Ridge on Grand Bahama and then on to Freeport. After several years Augustus Cash left the lumber mills and returned with his wife, Nellie, to Marsh Harbour where he took up employment with the construction company, Sea Breezes Ltd., until his death in 1972. During that time he also opened a dry goods store on Don MacKay Boulevard from which Mrs. Nellie enjoyed selling shoes, hats and other clothing. Augustus Cash, in conjunction with Chris Roberts, started the Brethren Church in Marsh Harbour in 1962 where Mrs. Nellie has remained a faithful member. Sadly, owing to physical limitations, she is no longer able to get out to church but she enjoys visits from her pastor and is thankful that she can watch many church services on her television. Mrs. Nellie now spends her golden years enjoying the visits of friends and family and reading her Bible. Although she declares that she feels her age, Each day, she says, I depend on the Lord for strength. Mrs. Nellie loves to recall old times but, like all people as they grow older, she sometimes has difficulty remembering something that happened yesterday. She tells the story of how years ago she had to travel to the United States for major surgery. As she was ready to leave the hospital, the doctor suggested a medication for her to take for allergies which she was suffering from at the time. She told him that he would need to write the name down as she would not remember it. He told her, Always remember that the brain is like a newspaper. When it is full, it cannot hold any more. It should never be surprising then if Mrs. Nellie cannot remember something from yesterday as her brain is definitely full to overflowing with the wonderful memories of years gone by. Nellie CashFrom Page 26Lumber Camps Were Part of the History of AbacoThis is a photograph show the Jericho are of Wilson City and was the housing area for labourers. Wilson City was the first lumber camp on Abaco and was in operation from about 1905 to about 1915. From Wilson City the operation moved to Millville 1, Millville 2, and Millville 3, all of which Mrs. Cash remembers in the early days of her marriage to Augustus Cash. Mr. Cash was a very well known person as he provided many services for the lumber camp personnel. He was the store manager, a justice of the peace, a minister, a marriage officer and one who took care of many needs of the people. 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

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Page 28 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Rosetta Ingraham, Dermatologist March 15, 2004 Ms. Sonya Artwell Ultra Sound Tech March 19 & 20, 2004 Dr. Elaine Lundy General Practioner March 20, 2004 Dr. Frumentus Leon Obstetrician / Gynecologist March 20, 2004 Dr. Daniel Johnson Foot Doctor March 20, 2004Open House 19-20, 2004Ribbon Cutting March 20 3 p.m.Abaco Real Estate Agency, Ltd. Abacos oldest and most experienced Real Estate AgencyBahama Palm Shores See additional listings below or on our website.ABACO REAL ESTATE AGENCY, LTDP.O. Box AB-20404 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Ph:(242) 367-2719 Fax:(242) 367-2359 Web:www.abacobahamas.comSUNRISE BAYMarsh Harbour New Exclusive Listing near Crossing Beach/Ferry Dock 2 Acres Residential with 196 waterfront. Offered at: $599,000 Dorros Cove Elbow Cay Lots #39 & #40 Offered as one parcel. Approx. 220 X 220 fabulous unobstructed ocean views. Offered at: $310,000. Will consider selling seperately for $160,000 Each 110 X 220 NEW near Leisure Lee Waterfront property 100 beachfront. 143 on Abaco Hwy. 800 deep. Over 2.2 Acres Offered at: $399,000 Royal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq. ft. Offered at: $117,000 Escape Hatch Newly furnished and fully equipped 2 bed/ 2 bath condo unit at Regattas of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour. Features island motif decor, brand new GE appliances, central A/C, porch overlooking garden, and harbour views. Offered at: $252,000 White Sound Elbow Cay Interior Lot 100 X 378 Great Atlantic views: $168,000 UNDER CONTRACT Marnies Landing Elbow Cay 15 Lots Acre with private boat slips from: $280,000 Sugar Loaf Cay 2.6 Acres waterfront on Sugar Loaf Cay Lot #7A. Great investment. Offered at: $260,000New Exclusive Listing Scotland cay Acre waterfront. Only parcel on S. W. Side with fabulous white powder beach, great elevations and breathtaking views. This property wont last. Offered at: $695,000 Marsh Harbour NEW: Residential/ Commercial lot 100 X 130 next door to Chelseas Choice. Offered at: $33,500 Bahama Palm Shores : Waterfront lot #7 more than 2 Acres. 200 on beautiful 8 mile beach. 475 deep. Mature coconut palms and lush vegetation. One of the best locations in this area. Call for price.A Private, Residential Community on the Sea of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour Next door to Regattas of AbacoLots starting at B$92,000SELLING FAST Scotland Cay WaterfrontSUNRISE BAY Kathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as Estate Agent with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with six years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, four of these years in Abaco. She maintains licenses in both countries. She has completed many continuing education courses, having received her Bahamas Real Estate Institute designation, and can be considered one of the best trained realtors in Abaco. Kathleen serves all of Abaco and currently resides in Hope Town, Elbow Cay.When you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.comA dawn fire on February 2 caused extensive damage to a $70,000 28-foot outboard boat stored ashore at Abaco Yacht Services in Green Turtle Cay. A Fox Town man was arrested on February 3 for stealing. A Murphy Town man was arrested on March 3 for an outstanding warrant or arrest. He paid a fine and was released. A woman working at a bar in Dundas Town had a drink thrown on her. The police are looking for the man who assaulted her. A 25 HP outboard engine was stolen off a boat in a yard in Marsh Harbour on February 5. The $2500 engine was subsequently found on the Haitian freighter M/V Trust in Jesus Three residents of the Pigeon Peas area of Marsh Harbour were subsequently arrested for stealing. A Crown Haven woman and her sister were assaulted at midnight on February 6 by her boyfriend. He broke a door to get inside the house. After assaulting her, he stole her purse containing $1,000 and two passports. A child molestation investigation is underway against a Murphy Town man involving his 15-year-old daughter from an incident on February 6. A Dundas Town woman was hit with a bottle by her boyfriend while at a local disco in Marsh Harbour. Three Murphy Town men were arrested for assaulting a Fox Town man on February 7 at 3 a.m. while at a bar in Dundas Town. An employee of Solomon SuperCenter was caught stealing a toaster oven on February 7. A woman living in the Mud reported on February 7 that she was beaten by her boyfriend. Six bottles of beer were stolen on February 6 from the Sir Caf in Moores Island during a weekend break-in. A break-in on February 8 in Moores Island netted burglars $30. A young man was arrested in Mount Hope on February 9 for trespassing. Two speakers and an amplifier were stolen in a break-in to a pickup truck between February 5 and 7 parked at the Texaco station in Fox Town. The investigation continues as the missing items were later retrieved from behind the Texaco station near Treasure Cay. Seventeen bottles of beer were stolen during a break-in during the night of February 8 from Sybils Caf in Hard Bargain on Moores Island. Information from a primary school student in Marsh Harbour suggested that she was being molested by her father. Social Services is investigating. A Moores Island man reported on February 14 that his step daughter living in Murphy Town was badly beaten by her father, also of Murphy Town. She may have been sexually assaulted as well. A seven-room house in Fox Town was totally destroyed by fire during the evening of February 15. It was unoccupied and there were no injuries. A house in Fire Road was broken into on February 16 and the following items were stolen: a gold baby heart charm chain, gold diamond ring, Tommy T-shirt and pants set, State Street leather shoes. A Hyundi Excel car was damaged. A Dundas Town juvenile was arrested on February 16 at his residence for causing harm and is now before the Juvenile Panel. Two men from the Pigeon Peas and the Mud, aged 19 and 20 respectively, were arrested on February 21 and 22 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Three men threw rocks through the window of a house in the Mud at 1:45 a.m. on February 23 causing $1985 in damage to a television, china, the window and a door. An 18-foot outboard boat valued at $40,000 was stolen while moored in the Fox Town Creek sometime after February 23. Two five-gallon gas tanks valued at $30 were stolen from a yard in Fox Town on February 23. A resident of the Mud in Marsh Harbour was threatened with his life on February 23 by another resident there who had what appeared to be a gun. Subsequently, the assailant was arrested, charged and released on bail. A Grand Cay man threatened to knock a woman with a mop on February 22. The Grand Cay woman took the threat on her life and reported the matter. A slim built black male broke into a Treasure Cay home slightly after midnight on February 23 and began cooking in the kitchen. The owner awoke and confronted the culprit. The man spoke with a Haitian accent and threatened to kill her before fleeing. A residence on the Stede Bonnet Road in Marsh Harbour was broken into on February 25 although nothing appeared to be taken. A Canadian boat at Port-O-Call Marina in Marsh Harbour was broken into during the night of February 25 and $375 was stolen. A Florida boat at Harbour View Marina was broken into during the night of February 25 and $160 was stolen. A boater from Michigan had his boat broken into during the night of February 25 while at Harbour View Marina and had $400 and a cell phone stolen. Another boat at Harbour View Marina was broken into during the night of February 25 and $250 was stolen. A car parked at the Marsh Harbour airport was discovered at 7:30 a.m. on February 27 to have a window smashed. A resident of Grand Cay was assaulted and wounded in the forehead with a Guinness bottle by another resident there on February 29. Someone broke into a sailboat docked in the Treasure Cay harbour sometime between February 25 and 29 and stole a Winchester stainless-steel marine shotgun valued at $395.Police Crime Report Three are arrested for stolen outboard engine found on a Haitian freight boat.

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 29we have a large response we will separate by age in the future. The only requirement is that you are single. No alcohol or drugs will be permitted. Ladies are requested to bring a covered dish while men can bring drinks, chips, dip, or if you cook, bring what you want. Casual, conservative attire will be acceptable. There will be no charge for attendance, but a small donation to help cover clean-up will be appreciated. The first evening will consist of eating, fellowship and a joke telling contest. (Clean jokes only, thank you.) If time permits maybe a silly game or so. The meetings are sponsored by the Hope Town Assembly of God. If you want to attend but dont live on Elbow Cay or need more information, contact Pastor Bob at 366-0544. If necessary, we will charter a ferry to leave at 9:45 p.m.Magical Musical Moments Repeat PerformanceBy Jennifer Hudson Due to popular demand the very successful Evening of Magical Musical Moments concert will be presented again on March 28th at 4.30 p.m. in St. Andrews Methodist Church in Hope Town. The concert features Joan Moss, Soprano; Bryan Thompson, Tenor; Jennifer Hudson, Violin; and CaysFrom Page 7 SchoolFrom Page 13 Abaco Central band escorted the honorees from the quadrangle at the close of the assembly.School Competes in TournamentTwo senior basketball teams from Abaco traveled on February 25 to Nassau to compete in the Hugh Campbell Senior Boys Basketball Tournament. The team from Abaco Central, the Mighty Marlins, is coached by Patrick Smith assisted by Kevin Rolle, Mark Douglas and Charles Poitier. Paul Sattem coaches the S.C. Bootle Boys Basketball Team. In the first game S.C. Bootle lost to Tabernacle from Freeport and Abaco Central lost to Freeport High. Both teams have one more game. If they win, they can continue in the tournament. No results of the second games were available as of this writing.Crisis in Haiti Hits Close to HomeThe ongoing crisis in Haiti has hit Abaco. Reports have reached Abaco that a seventh grader at Abaco Central High lost her mother as a result of the fighting in Haiti and another student lost an uncle. EducationFrom Page 15 individuals. She advised that all the recommendations, ideas, questions and concerns raised during the evening would be taken to the Commission. The floor was then opened to questions and recommendations. Some of the concerns voiced by parents were the need for readily available information, facilities and specialists here on Abaco. Persons are fed up with having to travel to Nassau or Florida to have tests done. Other concerns were the lack of assistance with medical expenses for supplies and equipment such as hearing aids. A teacher said she would like to see a smaller number of children in one class or the addition of a teachers aide. This will allow a struggling or challenged student to be easily identified. It is recognized that more effort must be made to identify children who may have learning disabilities, cognitive and academic delays, other impairments or special requirements. The school census, which was launched in September 2003, will provide data on students who have already demonstrated weaknesses and learning difficulties. For more information or if you have a special concern, please contact the National Commission on Special Education at P.O. Box N-3913, Nassau, Bahamas, telephone number (242) 323-5350 or E-mail: ncosebah@hotmail.com. Gentry Morris, Kevin Sterling, Basil Been and Anderson Alcime of the Jesus vocal group. A special feature of this concert is The Young Musicians Showcase in which two up and coming young music students, Celisha Russell on the violin and Rashad Reckley with his saxophone will display their talents. Preceding the programme a short video will be shown depicting the work of the Every Child Counts School to which concert proceeds will be donated.. Tickets will not be on sale for this concert. Instead people are asked to make as generous a donation as they possibly can to this most worthy cause. The school does a wonderful job of providing education and life skills for its mentally challenged students and runs entirely on voluntary contributions. Anyone who missed the concert on February 7th in Marsh Harbour (or anyone wishing to hear it again !) is invited to the performance in Hope Town. There will be a ferry back to Marsh Harbour in the evening. 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 April 2004

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Page 30 The Abaconian March 15, 2004Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana 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 Crystal Villas 7 villas 366-0522 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Grass10 hse + 366-0290 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 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 two acre lots has 200 feet of beach front. Some of these are already sold and construction is expected to begin on several homes within the next few months. Construction is already underway on the first of 75 two and three bedroom cottages that will be offered to members. Club members who purchase will be able to put their homes and cottages into a rental pool which the Abaco Club will manage. The Club will maintain about 20 additional cottages for members use. The clubhouse will be similar to a Great House where members can relax and dine. A beach club, an open pavilion with a bar and barbeque, will be a more casual center for water sports and casual dining. Mr. de Savary is planning this to be a Bahamian experience for his guests. He wants them to enjoy Bahamian culture and cuisine. He is insisting on Bahamian architecture and landscaping. He has already begun by having the plans drawn by an Abaco architect, Tim Neil, by using all Bahamian contractors, about 20 of them, and using local businesses for his supplies. He has sent a Bahamian golfer, Keno Turnquest, away for training as a golf pro and is sponsoring an Abaco girl, Jillian Parotti, to four years of college to train as a chef. Abaco tennis player Bobbie Russell is now associated with the club. Mr. de Savary expects to open the club in December 2004 and will be hosting golf tournaments which will bring top named golf players.Construction at the Abaco Club Is on Schedule Abaco ClubFrom Page 1 Mr. Obie Wilchcombe, shown at left, was escorted around The Abaco Club at Winding Bay by Mr. Peter de Savary, wshown in the middle of the pictured. The impressive development is well underway with an opening scheduled for December. At that time it is expected that the golf course, Club House, 13 of 75 cottages and other buildings will be completed. Mr. de Savary plans a championship golf tournament. The natural beauty of the Winding Bay area is more than just sand and sea. A high rock ridge, 50 feet above the sea, looks down on the two and a half mile beach. This photo shows a ocean blow hole out on the point of the ridge. The Beach Club features a thatch roof, a sunken bar and a large barbeque for providing guests with casual dining. It will also be the focal point on shore for water sports. 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 Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comRegattas 1002 2/2 furnished ground floor condo unit, Pool, tennis courts, beach, and spacious covered patio. MOTIVATED 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 Marsh Harbour Select residential home sites and commercial propertiesready for building Guana Cay BEST PRICED beach lot on Guana Cay! 10,000 sq. ft. lot on beach with resort amenities included. $139,900 Guana Cay A selection of oceanfront, beachfront and inland hilltop lots with shared dockage available. Call for info. Old Kerr #1077 24 acres with 327' of pristine sandy beachfront. Amazing price of $275,000 Guana 1041 Two cottages on the Sea of Abaco. 2/2 1400 sq. ft. private dock, tasteful decor. $732,250 each Guana 1019 Two new adjacent cottages in settlement. Each with 2/1.5 on two floors. $200,000 ea. or $347,000 for both. Treasure Cay #1076 Golf course lot overlooking 18th tee and fairway. $25,000 REDUCED #1003 Best priced home on Elbow Cay 2/2.5 home on 17,000 sq. ft. lot. Offers sea views, central A/C, cypress tongue and groove walls and plans for a main house of 4,000 sq. ft. with 3/3.5 on two levels with wrap around patios. A MUST SEE $399,500Please call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco NEW LISTING Guana Cay Settlement 2/ 1 home in the heart of Guana Cay. Cozy and well kept. Short walk to beach and harbour. Offered $185,000 Guana Cay 0567 BEST PRICED beach lot on Guana. 10,000 sq. ft. lot on oceanfront beach. Call Now $139,900 Coral Point #1007 3/2 home poured to belt on 40' ridge overlooking the sea. 140'+ of waterfront and over 1.5 acres of land. Finish your dream home. Tilloo Cay #1021 Two adjacent parcels with good draft just offshore and excellent elevations. Call for details.

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 31 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Beach Dive Center............367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 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 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 (M-F) 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm2 4 5:45 Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5 (M-F) Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30 (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15 (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45 am10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 (min $40) Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 pmFare OneWay / Round Trip Adult $10 / $15 Children $5 / $8 Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack Dock Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay 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 Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven Abaco to McLeans Town 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.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 Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................365-5175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian.Abaco Chamber of 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 Fire Green Turtle Cay Volunteer365-4133 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 C reek......................................... $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 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 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ....................... 367-3415 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ........................... 357-6684 Majors 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 .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention Rev 5Mar2004

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Page 32 The Abaconian March 15, 2004 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 P.O. Box AB-22182 Treasure Cay, Abaco Bahamas Phone:(242) 365-8061 Fax:(242) 365-8061Serving Abaco for36 YEARS Canal Lots Beach Homes Condominiums Ocean Front Lots Villas Apartments Abacos Oldest, Most Experienced Broker MARCH SPECIAL AtlantisNice 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, includes boat slip with a finger dock. Price:$232,000 GrossRemember If you lived here youd be home now!Crossing Rocks Area 156 Acres Ripe for DevelopmentCall today to find what you are looking for. William Bill Hertz By Stephanie Humblestone Airports around the Bahamas, most recently the landing strip at Rum Cay, are being upgraded. Sadly, Marsh Harbour has been overlooked. Today, six years after blue prints for a state-of-the-art terminal were displayed at the Magistrates Court in Marsh Harbour and the community was promised a jet runway and control tower, Abacos main airport remains in the same sorry state of disrepair. Government went back to the drawing board and we have not heard anything since, said one despondent Marsh Harbour resident. Apart from a token splash of paint a couple of years ago, the terminal is the eyesore it was back when Minister Pierre Dupuch, then Minister of Civil Aviation, visited Marsh Harbour with his two architectural consultants and neatly laid out plans. The Domestic/International lounge is shabby and congested and no bigger than a convenience store without the conveniences. Mounds of baggage dotted around the small area make it hazardous at times to access check-in points. Passengers and those awaiting arrivals spill out into the front of the airport where seating is inadequate and grubby. The Customs and Immigration building next door is smaller in size but equally as run down. First time visitors must question the disparity between the colorfully alluring brochures of Abaco and this disappointing first impression. The facilities leave much to be desired, admitted Airport Manager, Mr. Bobby Jones. However, Mr. Jones is confident that help is coming soon. The Permanent Secretary is aware of these concerns, he said. Mr. Jones was referring specifically to the visit of Mr. Archie Nairn, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, to Abaco and an address in which he advised of forthcoming improvements to the airport. These included modular units to absorb some of the passenger congestion and heightened safety and security measures. At some point Government is committed to construct an ultra modern airport, said a hopeful Mr. Jones, pointing out that Abaco has the third busiest airport in the Bahamas. In fact, figures show that there are times when its traffic flow is greater than Freeport. Twelve carriers, nine international and three domestic, operate out of it, transporting during peak season as many as 8-10,000 passengers a month. On a busy day we can have 25-30 planes taking off and landing, added Mr. Jones. Indisputably, the Marsh Harbour Airport is in dire need of a facelift. Security measures need to be more stringent. Mr. Nairn spoke at length about introducing x-ray screening of baggage and hand-held scanner wands. This is all very necessary but emphasis must be placed first on safety. We need a new runway and a control tower, said Abaco resident Captain Tommy Bethel, a Bahamasair pilot for 42 years. Capt. Bethel retired from the national flag carrier in May 2001. Since then he has remained active in the airline industry. A critical concern of any airport is the surface condition of its runway. The Marsh Harbour air strip is riddled with uneven spots. Pilots have to negotiate potholes to secure a safe landing. The runway is in a deplorable condition, said Denise Kelly, Director of Operations of Abaco Air, a charter company located west of the airport terminal. It makes for an uncomfortable landing and places a lot of wear and tear on our aircraft. In addition, it increases the frequency of changing parts and components which, with the skyrocketing prices in aviation, is very costly, continued Mrs. Kelly. She and her husband Andrew, a pilot, own and operate a busy service to Nassau, the Family Islands and the U.S. We pay landing fees to the airport but the runway is not maintained, complained Mrs. Kelly. Abaco-born Captain Leonard Thompson, an icon in the field of aviation in The Bahamas, was the first pilot to fly into Abaco. His concerns were not only for the state of the runway but also its lack of a paralleling taxi strip. The first thing a pilot learns is to clear the runway as soon as possible, he said. The runway is often congested. There is literally nowhere to go and therefore no room to avoid an unexpected hazard. It is like having a busy intersection without traffic lights, said a pilot who flies his small plane into Abaco regularly from Florida. At one point Bahamasair threatened to discontinue flying into Marsh Harbour because there is no perimeter fencing. Animals can run across the runway, particularly at night said Captain Bethel. He recounted the recent incident of a goat running across the runway at Acklins Island Airport just as a plane was landing. A fatal accident was averted only by the pilots quick presence of mind. My main concern is that the U.S. authorities will curtail or stop flights into Marsh Harbour, said Captain Bethel. The necessary infrastructure is not in place. Captain Thompson pointed out, We get away with it, meaning we maintain our safety record because we have ideal flying conditions, no mountains and excellent pilots. We get by, so to speak, by the seat of our pants. Pilots on Abaco have been lobbying for years for a control tower.Georgetown has one and the traffic is one quarter of here. It is essential. said Captain Bethel. There is a satellite system in place here at the airport but this, as Mr. Jones confirmed, is just a navigational aid. Marsh Harbour is now a busy airport. When there was less traffic, it was safe for it be uncontrolled. It no longer is but pilotsAirport Status Is Unchanged Please see Airport Page 33

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 33 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "Toad Hall" Package deal. Extra large ocean front lot with unlimited opportunity for building your dream home. Directly behind is your present main home on its own lot. Two storey with 4 bed / 3 bath upstairs and large living / dining / kitchen down stairs. Detached double garage with 1 bed / 1 bath guest apt. above. $1,292,000 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!$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.$405,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $714,500 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft., full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate.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. $850,000 + 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 $738,000 Sea Star built as a retirees dream house, this comfortable spacious home has 2 bed / 2 bath with cozy living/dining/kitchen. Also enclosed porch, carport, utility room. Lush garden w/ picket fence. Package shows lots of TLC. $370,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: 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 Bldg 4 Downstairs end unit, 2 bed/ 2 bath w/boat slip $242,000 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 2bed / 2 bath octagonal houses Front row Unit #1$425,000 Garden/ocean Unit #4$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 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 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 SOLD VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Windward Beach / Oceanfront beginning at $150,000 Canal Frontbeginning at $99,000 Golf Course / Interiorbeginning at $25,000 SOLD SOLD SOLDThe 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 NOTICE TOBAHAMA PALM SHORES PROPERTY OWNERS: We are petitioning the government for assistance with road maintenance. Your signature is very important on the petition. If we are unable to contact you in person, please call or drop in at Louise Blanks residence, 477-5686 or e-mail lreflections@hotmail.com Please sign prior to the petition submission date, which is April 1st.have no choice but to continue flying under visual flying rules (VFR). They are encouraged but not required to use the radio CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequencies) to directly advise other pilots in the area of their positions and intentions. We have to do our own traffic control, continued Captain Bethel. Rows and squabbles among pilots in the air as to who is to land first have been recorded over the Unicom 122.80 system which some airlines companies have to monitor and communicate with their own aircraft. At a meeting of civil aviation directors from around the Caribbean last year, Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin pledged that the government has under active consideration the upgrading of certain Family Island airports. Marsh Harbour was mentioned first on the list. Abacos residents fear they may once more be last. Marsh Harbour used to be one of the best airports in the Bahamas, said Captain Bethel. People here would like to be able to say that again. AirportFrom Page 32 Support Conservation Attend the Reef BallMarch 20 at the Abaco Beach Pavilion Drive SafelyDont Be an Abaco Traffic Fatality

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Page 34 The Abaconian March 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 By Stephanie Humblestone In the former Sugarland Farm warehouse four miles south of the Marsh Harbour airport roundabout two enterprising Abaconians, Mr. Michael Albury and Mr. Robert Malone, are currently forging agricultural history as they prepare to open the nations first processed juice plant. Bahamas Select, an all Bahamian business, made its first run on March 9 with a sample 500 gallons of a Valencia orange blend, Deep Red Ruby grapefruit and lemonade followed by 5000 gallons which will initially be the daily output. With Abaco literally dripping with fine citrus, Bahamas Select is using only locally home grown fruit. For the past month the plant has been exporting 4400 boxes a week of home grown Deep Red Ruby grapefruit to the Florida market. Depending on the size of the grapefruit the boxes contain from 23 to 40 of premier fruit. Only one in five is selected to be exported. However, the juice will be for the domestic market only. We have the capacity to produce 10,000 gallons in an eight-hour period, and we will build up to this, said Mr. Malone. No strangers to the world of business and exciting new ventures, Mr. Malone and Mr. Albury were motivated by the current trend in The Bahamas towards self sufficiency. Government has been encouraging value added products and the maximum profiting of raw materials in areas such as manufacturing and agriculture. We saw the opportunity and seized the moment, said Mr. Albury Seizing the moment is not unusual for the two seventh generation Loyalist descendants whose joint ventures are myriad. It is important not to be limited or too overwhelmed by whatever you chose to invest in but partnership and team work are important. I want to stress that, Mr. Albury continued. Initially, neither of them knew anything about the juicing industry but being industrious and curious by nature they threw themselves wholeheartedly into the project and have not only become conversant with the operation but knowledgeable. However, the learning curve for this particular project was pretty steep, laughed Mr. Albury. Mr. Malone agreed. This was all new to me, he admitted now less than a year later speaking fluently on the processing machinery at the plant, specific degrees of pasteurization, comparative Brix and acidity levels of certain strains of grapefruit and peak periods of picking and processing. The fruit used for juicing will have a high Brix level. The higher the Brix level the more sugar or carbohydrate and mineral content there is in the fruit which lessens the exposure to bacteria thus securing a superior product. We gleaned from the expertise of those more informed than us, the BAIC, the Ministry of Agriculture and private sectors of the community, recognized Mr. Albury. Initially, there will be two product lines, Just Juiced and Fresh. Both are organic and FDA certified, additive and preservative free fruit, organically grown with USDA regulated fertilisers such as fish emulsion, potash and manure. Just Juiced will largely be home grown grapefruit, oranges and limes gathered from Abacos large citrus groves. It will be packaged in special PET plastic double layer containers which have the capacity to withstand flash pasteurization and the ensuing rapid cooling process. Fresh will be distributed in containers of the same material but will come in a wider line range of apple, grape, pineapple, pineapple/orange, punch, orange and grapefruit. It will have an extended shelf life of 42 days. This is less than juices such as Tropicana which are submitted to more intensive and longer pasteurization methods.The advantage of the briefer pasteurization is that the fruits valuable nutrients are not compromised or destroyed, said Mr. Malone. Bulk juice will be exported in 55 gallon drums to Europe. The packaging and boxing of fruit is well underway but the juice side is a little behind schedule, said Mr. Albury, who attributed this to their fastidious attention to safety and quality. We had to get it right, added Mr. Malone. Annual USDA certification will ensure that these same standards continue. A lab has been set up on the premises and there is already an on-site quality control inspector from Fort Pierce in Florida. She will train the 15 staff in the juicing area. It will function like an operating theatre with staff masked and in white gowns, said Mr. Malone, as he pointed out a special bacteria resistant flooring surface in the bottling room. The juicing process is streamline and efficient. The fruit arrives and is placed on a washer/roller table. It is then graded, rinsed and sanitized and passed on through jet steamed pipes to an extractor and from there to a juice trough. The seeds and pulp are removed by huge peel screws before going on to a finisher. The prime juice is then piped to a pasteurizer for flash pasteurization, following which it is immediately chilled at 20 gallons a minute. From there it is pumped into a 500-gallon sterile tank before being bottled and capped. Pure organic fruit juices retain all the plants health promoting properties which stay intact when not exposed to extended and high degrees of heat. Fresh juice provides healthful ingredients and is more easily digestible and absorbable. Vitamin C and other valuable water soluble vitamins are damaged in extended processing. One of our goals with this venture is to encourage local farmers to bring us their produce for juicing. By this I mean products other than citrus like tomatoes, onions and beans. We want to encourage them and have a positive impact on the agricultural market as a whole, said Mr. Albury. We have a fine product and major buyers eagerly awaiting the juice lines. We are looking for quick growth, and we have had a lot of encouragement from wholesalers, he concluded.Juice Processing Plant Begins Operation AA MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 35 Mailin Sands mailin@mlrealty.netLIGHTBOURN REALTYMarsh Harbour Office (242) 367-2992 Fax (242) 367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Hope Town Representative Ainsley HarrisonHope Town, Abaco Phone 242 366-0338 Email: ainsley@mlrealty.netMarsh Harbour OfficeTreasure Cay #1322Three bed, two bath home near beach and golf course. Fantastic home in a great location. Fully furnished and ready to enjoy. Offered at $265,000MAKING REAL ESTATE REAL EASYwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Green Turtle Cay Office Chris Farrington BRI Office (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Email: chris.f@batelnet.bs P.O. Box AB 22758, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Treasure Cay 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath waterfront home with swimming pool. Tastefully furnished and tiled throughout. This is a must see. Offered at $633,000 Green Turtle Cay #0333 Two bedroom / two bathroom house with a dock. The modern interior consists of two dining areas, an island bar, living room and kitchen. All front rooms overlook the 150' dock and harbour of White Sound. This is the last available deep water property on White Sound, Green Turtle Cay. $850,000 Green Turtle Cay #0272 Island getaway high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Three bedroom three and one half bathroom comprising 3,289 sq. ft. of living area and plenty of decks leading to and surrounding the swimming pool. Fantastic sunsets at this brand new home. Offered at $1,980,000 Green Turtle Cay #5077 Located in the heart of a story book Colonial village, this 150-year-old landmark has been meticulously maintained in its original decor. Consisting of 10 guest rooms, a 40-seat restaurant, lounge, pool and patio. A rare find that will allow you to enjoy a lifestyle reminiscent of the old days. Offered at $1,780,000 Green Turtle Cay High on a bluff, 1/3 acre waterfront lot boasts spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco and breathtaking sunsets. Near resorts and marinas. $338,000 Green Turtle Cay 1/2 acre lot virtually on the Atlantic Beach. $210,000 Green Turtle Cay Ocean view lot 200 ft. from the beach. $95,000 Treasure Cay Lot near golf course and beach. $25,000 Green Turtle Cay near beach and public dock 1/4 acre lot cleared and planted with fruit trees. Only $45,000 Treasure Cay one lot behind greenway and canal. Great builders lot with views of canal. $35,000 Leisure Lee Two adjacent lots, one on the sea of Abaco, one on a canal. Call for details. Marsh Harbour #5078 Pelican Shores This lovely 2 bed/ 2 1/2 bath is in one of the most desired locations. This home features open living area, ceramic tile throughout, laundry room and a private dock. This home has gorgeous views of the Sea of Abaco. Fantastic Listing! $940,000 Marsh Harbour # 5106 Great opportunity investment. 5 octagonal wooden building comprises of 2,985 sq ft. These buildings are now currently being used for commercial ventures. There are two upstairs units that are 1 bed/1 bath apartments. This property is located in the main tourist strip. Fantastic investment. $640,000 Cherokee Sound #5083 This 3 bed/ 2 bath home in a clean tidy settlement, features utility room, large kitchen, sunken living room, mini split A/C, well-kept lawn,work shop and a storage building. House comes with a dock slip on the creek. $360,000 Man-O-War # 0331 This elegant 3 bedroom, 3 bath island beauty comprises of 3,200 sq. ft. with all modern day features. Features include Corian counter tops, six burner stove, dance studio, hobby room, wine cellar, barbeque pit and much more. Property includes guest cottage with 2b/ 2b and ocean views as well. Only steps away to a white sandy beach. $1,610,000 Man-O-War Sunsplash#5082 4 bed, 3 bath island home beauty on 1.189 acres. Features lots of privacy, Bahamianbuilt 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 Oean. Direct beachfrontage. A rare and unique offering. $1,970,000 Marsh Harbour # 0167 This charming, well kept home in Cove Estates with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. This home has a large fenced-in yard that is well manicured, central A/C, spacious kitchen and living area. Also features a separate TV room. Master bedroom includes walk-in closet and make-up vanity in addition to the comfortable bath. This is a GREAT priced listing! $233,000 Guana Cay Guana Ridge House # 0271 4 bed/ 2 bath home with a 2 bed/ 1 bath apartment situated on a magnificent bluff presenting sea views of the Sea of Abaco. This home has a fantastic rental history. Also features a private dock. Dont delay. Call today! $699,000 Marsh Harbour # 5105 Great Investment. Duplex features 2 beds and 2 baths in each unit. Both feature open living kitchen and dining area. Furnished, well kept. $260,000 White Sound, Elbow Cay # 5017 This ocean front offers 3 bed and 2 bath. Other features include central A/C, a spacious screened-in porch, private pool and more. Downstairs offers a 500 sq. ft. utility/garage area that can be converted to an apartment. There is a detached generator house with a 12KW generator and sound insulated. Call today! $955,000 Marsh Harbour Duplex Two 2/1 apartments with a 1/1 efficiency in the rear available for sale. Fenced-in yard, furnished. Recent renovations. Motivated Seller! REDUCED $170,000SOLD Yellowwood Vacant lot approx 125 X 150, close to Cherokee Sound and Little Harbour $23,500 Casuarina Point vacant lot available in growing community, close to beach, reduced to fantastic price $15,900 Bahama Palm Shores two lots side by side, in fast growing community. UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War Vacant interior lot, in town, close walk to restaurants, grocery stores and the beach. $99,900 Leisure Lee Best priced canal lot. $45,000 UNDER CONTRACT Pelican Shores Elevated harbour front lots available, one of a kind location in Marsh Harbour. Starting at $225,000 Hill Creek 4.8 acres with 50+ elevations and 100 of waterfront. $165,000 Fire Road North Abaco Starter home for sale, 1 bed, 1 bath, views of the sea. $30,000 Bahama Palm Shores vacant lot with foundation on it for 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house. House plans available. Great for starter home. $35,000 Sand Banks Several vacant lots available approx. 1 acre, some waterfront, some interior with elevations. Motivated seller. Call today for prices. Orchid Bay Guana Cay Gorgeous bay front lots available in lovely new development. Development features pool, tennis courts, marina and restaurant on property. Call for prices. Orchid Bay Guana Cay Charming waterfront cottages with 2b/2b, features private dock and amenities of Orchid Bay. Features beautiful view of the Sea of Abaco. $732,250 Hope Town Three story island home with 3bed/ 3 bath in North End. Features walk-in closet, open living and dining area, only three years old and well-kept. $650,000

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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 Houses and Apartments For RentClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTSBerry Islands Dip into something different, teal waters, golf, bonefishing, 7 mile beach, laid back. Weekly rentals from $125 per night. 561630-5880 www.berryislands.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com 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 Treasure Cay 1 bed furnished condo overlooking Treasure Cay marina. $900 per month. Lease only. 365-8840 or 367-2660 LettersFrom Page 9 rected by Bahamas Hot Mix, there were no defects. Furthermore, it is unfair to compare the quality of roads constructed by Caribbean Asphalt on Great Guana Cay to the roads done by Bahamas Hot Mix in Central Abaco. The road surface treatments used on these two projects are completely different; asphalt was used in Great Guana Cay whereas chip and sand seal was used in Central Abaco. Comparing these two treatments is like comparing a Cadillac to a Volkswagen. Asphalt is much more costly than chip and sand seal, and therefore, even a poorly done asphalt road will look better than a well done chip and sand seal road. The government normally uses chip and sand seal treatments in the Family Islands as this surface holds up well under light traffic and is more economical than asphalt. Bahamas Hot Mix has an excellent record of constructing this type of road in The Bahamas, and they also have the capability of constructing asphalt roads as they did at the major intersections in Marsh Harbour and at the new port. An example of a very poorly done chip and sand seal road can be seen in the new government subdivision just outside Sandy Point. One does not have to be an expert to see that these roads are very inferior to most other roads in Abaco. Incidentally, the Sandy Point subdivision was not done by Bahamas Hot Mix. In closing, I think it is a sad day when a reputable company which provides work for Abaconians is bad mouthed in a public meeting by a local politician, who of all persons should represent the best interestsMore Letters to the Editor of those who voted for him. Sincerely, John SchaeferOur Marine Tourism EconomyTo the Editor: I recently read your editorial with great interest. I reside near Charlotte, North Carolina, am a frequent visitor to Abaco and subscribe to The Abaconian Some months ago I posted on the Abaco Message Board my thoughts concerning the 300 percent increase of cruising permits to The Bahamas and the effect that I thought it would have on the economy. In my posts I often had to defend my position by stating that it was out of concern to the marinas and related businesses. It was my feeling that fewer frequent visitors would be visiting close-to-the-US harbours such as Bimini, Walkers and West End. After reading your article, I find that it has apparently affected Abaco marinas as well, much to my chagrin. This cruising permit does not affect me too much since I will be leaving my boat in Marsh Harbour for a long period of time. Now I read where the Bahamian government is slapping a 646 percent tax increase on the marinas which will lead to higher slip rents and LESS utilization. How are the marinas to make a profit? It seems that every move that the government makes is hurting the marinas and associated restaurant, bar and grocery store businesses. Apparently, the government thinks that Americans have an unlimited supply of discretionary dollars. This couldnt be further from the truth, especially since the Florida Keys are so close, and we dont have to hassle with customs and immigration after visiting the Keys. Are the Florida Keys as beautiful and uncrowded as Abaco? No, but they are a viable alternative. There is a growing feeling among American boaters that the Bahamian government is engaging in price gouging, so it is now more than simply a dollars and cents problem, it is a principle problem. Please keep in mind that these feelings are NOT directed at the Bahamian people and business owners. We are acutely aware that they are not making these decisions. While considering these recent developments, I came up with a list of pros and cons regarding Abaco and its surrounding Cays. The ferry services are second to none, on time, efficient, clean, dependable and reasonable The lodging, both resorts and homes, is always clean, reasonable, and comfortable The Abaco residents are world-class friendly The marinas are plentiful, reasonable and professionally operated The food is world class The rental boat business provides everything that a visitor could want. The dive operators are knowledgeable, friendly and reasonable In short, everything you need for a perfect vacation is provided by the citizens of Abaco except An airport terminal that resembles one which, in effect, discourages... Several dependable airlines from servicing Abaco A phone system and reasonable rates so the vacationers can call home or office easily There is a pattern here. Everything that is excellent is provided by the Bahamian citizens. Everything that is sub-standard is provided by the government. I sincerely hope that the Abaconian citizenry will put enough pressure on the government to improve these substandard situations. Maybe then the Bahamian government can be considered a good business partner with its constituents. Thank you, Ken Parrott

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 37Repairing:Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment Juke Boxes & Video Games Musical Instruments Marine Electronics Office Equipment Cash Registers Computers Microwaves FAX Machines Electronic Organs Medical Equipment Automotive & Marine Electronics Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone DevicesIn Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Keys Dr. & Firehouse CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service Center Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Guana Cay 3 bed / 2 bath with rental guest apartment. Call 242-365-5113 or e-mail fsands02@hotmail.com Little Harbour water front, new 3/2, decks, screened porch, furnished. By owner. 242-3663509 or fineart@abacoinet.com Little Harbour beautiful ocean view, 2 story, 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, living & dining room, large game room with wet bar, ceramic tile and carpet, 3 large decks including 1 screened, central air, UV water purification system, electricity to home, plus 12.5 KW back-up generator. $499,900. Call 242-366-3515 or 477-5198 Little Harbour Great ocean view furnished cottage, 2 air conditioned bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, screened porch, spacious outside decks with landscaped yards. Full kitchen with all amenities, metered electric power and 7000 gal. cistern. $250,000 Call owners in US at 850230-8212 or 242-366-3515 in Little Harbour to see cottage. Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE 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. 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 Lubbers Quarters 2 bed / 3 bath house, private boat slip available, 3 story furnished on the hill. Good rental history. By owner. US $528,000 includes Bahamian Stamp Tax and lawyer fees. Ph. 242-359-6506 or 321-768-9642 www.oceanviewcottage.com/sale.html Lubbers Quarters beautiful home across from Tilloo Cut with 2 kings / 2baths / queen loft, gorgeous view, convenient location, private boat slip, central A/C, turn key, rental history. By owner 242-366-0266 www.abacohomeforsale.com Lynyard Cay 2 adjacent waterfront lots with great elevation. 1 vacant, the other with cute cottage, large storage building, dock. $100,000 and $300,000 US net to seller 242-366-3507 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour Duplex, on Crockett Dr. Call Mr. Malone at 367-2044 days Double Lot, end of Murphy Town Already cleared for building. Appraised for $49,000. Will sell for $38,500 net. Call 367-4432 for more information 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 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 Rentals New Listing! Guana Cay: Excellent value. Immaculate 2 bedroom home, 50 dock with 5 mean low depth and dolphins. Park-like one acre with lots of privacy. Proven rental record, close to settlement and beach. MUST SEE! $499,000 New listing! Bahama Palm Shores: Great location, close to beach. $15,000 New listing! Bahama Palm Shores Oversize property, good investment. $15,000 Price reduction! Income producer: Easily finished, quality construction. $84,300 New! Treasure Cay: Luxurious three bed home, protected dockage. $919,000 Great value! My Island Home: Superb value in artists colony. 3 bed/2 bath, huge covered porch, great elevation and water views. Tiled and A/C. $279,000 Buy now! Regattas: Large, bright apartment, fully furnished, best view. $265,000 For the family! Repose: Pristine home in quality neighbourhood. Oversize property plus adjacent lot. Huge terrace. Beautiful inside and out. $373,500 Going fast! Guana Cay: Hillside lots on quiet cove, community dock planned, views in every direction, close to settlement and beach. paved road. $67-82,000 Business opportunity! Fully rented complex, prime location. $517,200 Have you seen the new homes? Buy now in Royal Harbour. Only $69,800 The one and only! Pelican Shores: 104 frontage, Sea of Abaco views. $599,000 Shhh, dont tell anybody! Coral Point: one acre with water access. $58,800 A public Town Meeting was held on February 11 in the Court Room to get the publics views on various items before the Marsh Harbour Committee and to assist in planning for next years budget. Those present voiced no objections to a proposed 30-unit condominium project on two acres in the High Rock area near the ferry dock in Marsh Harbour. The proposal included a tennis court and a pool. A question was asked about sewerage treatment but the available information did not address this aspect. Various traffic calming methods were brought to the publics attention for an area near the ferry dock and for the tourist strip between the Conch Inn and Wallys Restaurant. Bumps, signs, random police presence and other traffic calming methods were discussed. It was decided to request the area engineer from Works make suggestions which would be legal and effective and start in the restaurant area. The road between the restaurants may have 2,000 persons pass on the sidewalks and 6,000 cars pass during the busy season. The problem of walls built on road edges without any setback was brought up. The Committee members were reluctant to be too severe as the Haitian community builds rampantly without any interference. It was felt that Bahamians should be treated equally. Road signs were wanted but these have been requested from Nassau for six or seven years without success. Since approved Bahamian signs are not available, it was suggested that signs be purchased from the States. This will be investigated.Marsh Harbour Holds Town Meeting Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre Sea Star Car Rental

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Page 38 The Abaconian March 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 YearsRoyal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and moreTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260 Hope Town Tel: 242-366-0601 Fax: 242-366-0602www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs This cheerful, sturdy and colourful, 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage is situated just steps from Guanas gorgeous beach. A custom kitchen, vaulted ceilings, clay tile floors, screened porch and spacious open plan lend to easy island living. Sea Escape boasts an elevated deck, new A/C, all tongue & groove cypress paneling NO sheetrock! Well-built with all treated structural timbers, fully insulated and recently painted this cutie is ready to go! Convenient to Seaside Village and dockage. Excellent rental record.List #7900 $391,050 Guana Cay Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell!. Nice 10,000 s. f. home site in Section 2. Walk to gorgeous 8 Mile Beach! #6872. $15,000 Casuarina Point. UNDER CONTRACT! 13,000 s. f. home site in nice area. Walk to the beach, quiet neighbourhood, boat ramp. Priced to move! #7159. $12,500. Guana Cay Super Atlantic 3/2 beachfront get-away home! 1 acre direct oceanfront, incredible beach, rooftop deck, porches. Immaculate move-in condition! #8295. $690,000 Guana Cay. Home site just steps from the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean beach and Guana Seaside Resort. Perfect for cozy vacation cottage #8348. $50,000 Lubbers Quarters. High elevation! Views! 3-storey home under construction, materials on site. Just a short stroll to Cracker Ps. Dock for residents. #8628. $694,000 Lubber Quarters. REDUCED! 1.98 acres on north end, west side, 168 frontage. Nearly complete 1,000 s. f. cottage. Gorgeous beach & views. #8213. $230,000 Marsh Harbour REDUCED! Family home. Convenient in-town. Master-built 1,500 s .f. 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath. Master suite w/spa bath, custom chef s kitchen. #8551. $215,000 Man-O-War 36,000+ s. f. sea-to-sea property.2 bed/2 bath main house, guest cottage, Bunkie-style quarters. 150 on harbour w/deepwater dock. #8211. $995,000 Treasure Cay. UNDER CONTRACT! Two gorgeous home sites Galleon Bay, 1 beachfront, 1 canal front. W ell-priced. List #8334. $65,000 & #8335. $125,000 Turtle Rocks. Mainland Abaco. Two adjacent 1-acre home sites just minutes out of town. Just a short walk to the beach. #8147. $38,600 and $41,000 Select PropertiesLocal Government at WorkMarsh Harbour Town Comm. 3 Feb Committee members agreed that speed control measures were necessary on the curves approaching the ferry dock in Marsh Harbour. Several curves limit vision of oncoming traffic while fences, hedges and very narrow shoulders present hazards for pedestrians. Various methods to slow traffic were considered ranging from center dividers to speed bumps and traffic police. Members also felt that traffic must be slowed on Marsh Harbours Front Street between Wallys Restaurant and the Conch Inn. It was decided to request appropriate methods from the Ministry of Works. A prospective purchaser asked for approval in principle for a restaurant and 300 foot extension to the Port O Call Marina. Town Planning will be advised that the Committee had no objections to a restaurant. The dock extension was referred to the Port Authority for their review. A developer proposes to build 30 condominiums with a tennis court and pool on two acres near the ferry dock in Marsh Harbour. The developer asked Town Planing for an approval in principle. Town Planning first asked Marsh Harbours views on the project. This will be presented for public comment at a Town Meeting on February 11. Licensing Board Feb 17 A quorum was not formed but the Chairman, Ms. Kayla Lockheart, announced that this would be her last meeting. It was also mentioned that the liquor license application requested for a sidewalk stand serving tropical alcoholic drinks at Island Breezes in Marsh Harbour was withdrawn by the applicant. A vendors license had been issued by the police and their authority to issue a liquor license to a vendor had been questioned by Board members. Town Planning Board 23 Feb Sixteen plans were on the agenda for review totaling $2.5 million. However, Environmental Health had not returned them to the Board so the meeting was dismissed. Hotel Licensing Board 24 Feb Discussion centered on methods for ensuring that the hotel bed tax was submitted to government in a timely manner. Letters will be written to those properties which are delinquent. Marsh Harbour Town Committee 2 March The meeting was held in the Court Room as the Chief Councillor had changed the lock on the Councils front door and neither the Administrator nor the Town Committee Chairman had a key. The Committee normally meets in the Councils conference room. Port OCall Marina is still requesting permission to extend their dock 300 feet into the harbour to accommodate boats with a deeper draft. Markers had been put at 150 and 300 feet for visual reference to the request. Members concluded that the dock could extend to an imaginary line drawn from the end of the Conch Inn dock to the new freight dock. This imaginary line was established years ago as the limiting factor for dock lengths in Marsh Harbour, leaving the area north of this line as an anchorage and approach channel. A gas station is being considered for the vacant area behind the marina office, across from the Insurance Management building. Committee Deputy Chairman Yvonne Key told of her plans to finish the sidewalk project connecting Abaco Beach Resort to downtown and asked members for their approval. In round numbers, she estimates that $1,000 will build 340 feet of concrete sidewalk. Members agreed and will secure prices. Chairman Mike Malone resigned as Town Committee Chairman while retaining his seat as an ordinary Committee member. Deputy Chairman Yvonne Key resigned as Deputy Chairman to allow members to choose new leaders. The entire Committee was present and unopposed nominations gave Yvonne Key the Chairmanship and placed Kim Roberts as Deputy Chairman. One Committee member will resign his seat on Council in June allowing another member the opportunity to serve there. Central Abaco Council 3 March This was the first Council meeting after a three month lapse from November 26 as a quorum could not be formed. Chief Councillor Cay Mills gave a situation report on the poor cleaning done by the janitorial staff at the schools and airport. Restrooms and public areas are dirty, and he felt major changes were needed. He was upset with trash in the water at Boat Harbour and at the ferry dock and felt Tourism should be more stringent on facilities of this type. As a result of his observations, he wrote Boat Harbour and the Minister of Tourism on the behalf of Council members stating Councils displeasure for the conditions he described. This brought a rebuke from Councillor Yvonne Key, who objected to her name appearing on a letter which suggested she and other Council members were in accord with his complaint. Mr. Mills was requested to write those previously addressed and state that the views expressed in the letter were his personally and not those of the Council. There had been no discussion on this in earlier meetings or reference in Council minutes. Administrator Williams reiterated that all letters issued on Council stationery must relate to matters discussed by Council and appearing in Council minutes. A liquor license had been earlier denied by the Licensing Authority for a liquor store at the new Texaco station in Dundas Town. The applicant submitted an appeal to Council to have the decision reversed. After much debate on whether the Dundas Town Committee should be consulted, it was decided that Council is the final authority in these matters and reversed Licensings decision. The applicant will be issued the liquor license. The Chief Councillor asked members to issue a cell phone to the Chief Councillor as his personal phone bill is excessive due to Council business. This was denied as phones had been issued during the previous Local Government term with some monthly bills approaching $2000. In a move to control costs, the phone accounts had been cancelled. It was stated that a contract is under review for paving Marsh Harbours front street from Molly Alburys house to the end near the Campbell residence.

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March 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 39 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 99 Ford Explorer, green sport, automatic, excellent cond, fully loaded. Call 375-8007 99 Daewoo Cielo $3500 OBO call 367-2489 or 367-3573 M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2000 Pontiac Montana van, beautiful condition, red, new tires, A/C front and back. 3658188 200 HP Yamaha engine Interested persons contact 367-2489 or 367-3573 M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 18 Marshall Sanderling Catboat. Traditional New England design. Shoal draft. 9.9 HP Mercury outboard, cushions, head, two mainsails, DUTY PAID. Asking $8,400 Located Hope Town. Call Tom Maxfield, 3660459 18.5 Albury Bros boat. 4 stroke 100 HP Yamaha, VHF, S/S Bimini top w/enclosure, rocket launcher, compressor box. $21,000 Call 365-4402 / 365-4033 20 Shamrock inboard, Volvo 235 HP gas, approx. 100 hours, new 1997. DUTY PAID $9500 US Offers. Owner in MOW. Contact Melody on VHF Ch 68 21 Contender, 1998, 150 HP Mercury, T-top, VHF, AM/FM Cassette, XM satellite GPS, fish finder, trim tabs, trailer, excellent condition. DUTY PAID. $25,000. Call Jim 803-478-4764 21 Logic 2001, 130 Johnson, center console with Bimini, cooler, fishing tanks, etc. Also galvanized 4 wheel trailer. DUTY PAID Both like new. Both for $14,000 359-6322 Attention Ladies! Order Mary Kay the worlds best-selling quality cosmetics and skin care products for all skin colors and types. For information call (242) 375-8253 Plywood 30 sheets 3/4 marine-tek, brand new, in Hope Town. $55 per sheet. Call Jim 366-0334 SCUBA compressor, portable, 5 1/2 HP Honda gas engine, low hours. $1500 Call 365-8970 5 pc. bedroom suite, 1 year old, like new. $3200 negotiable. 367-2347 after 5 p.m. 17 37x38 3/8, 3 26 1/2x26 Binnings Pan American single hung push windows, $1000. 1 Rockford 15 double coil 500 W car speaker with tweeter. $200. Serious enquires only. 3675656 Looking for an enthusiastic person to work in hotel front office. People skills and a friendly disposition a must; experience in guest services a plus. Live-in position available. For more information please contact Tracy at the Bluff House, 365-4247 Established Business in down town Marsh Harbour. Owner leaving town. Serious inquiries only. Call 242-367-4432 or send bid to Business Opportunity, AB 20388, Abaco, Bahamas COMMERCIAL SERVICES COMMERCIAL SERVICES JOB OPPORTUNITIES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 BUSINESSES FOR SALE 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. MERCHANDISE FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats 22 Mako 224 1985, T-top, VHF, color recorder, GPS, stereo, 1997 Mariner (Merc) 225 HP, 350 hrs, aluminum trailer, excellent condition. DUTY PAID. $18,900. Call Jim 803478-4764 23 Seacraft Sportfish 225 Merc, view at Lighthouse Marina $18,500 OBO Call 367-3596 25 Sea Cat wtih twin 115 hp Mercury engines, nearly new, hynautic/hytrac steering, new batteries, depth finder, T top, outriggers, rocket launcher with back rest, GPS, fresh water wash down, new bottom job. A must see! Serious enquires call 359-6585 days from 7-5. Excellent condition, ready for fishing. 26 Allmand cruiser, 1978, fiberglass hull, 1992 Yamaha 225XRQ outboard, rebuilt Lighthouse Marina 2002, V berth, galley with fresh water, propane stove, table and head. 12 and 110v wiring, two bilge pumps, new hydraulic steering, hard top with optional canvas extension. Bahamas registered. Needs some repair. Asking $8,000. Contact Junior, 366-0361 or 359-6318 after 5 27 Thompson boat. No motor, good condition, sleeps 6 people. 365-6014 Work, 3656071 home 30 Mako Cabin Cruiser, 1996, kitchen facilities, tuna tower, radar & new trailer. Excellent condition. No engines. $40,000 Call 10 a.m. 4 p.m. 242-367-0106 32 Classic Bristol CB Sloop shoal draft, Recently refitted with Awlgrip, new sails, new standing and running rigging, new jib furler, new self-tailing winches and new Yanmar 27 HP diesel. DUTY PAID. Asking $22,000. Call Tony Bennett, 366-0339 or Ted Krafft 3660005 BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Abaco Electric Motor & Generator RepairsRewind HP 200 HP Motors Drills Air Compressor Repairs Batteries Chargers Welding Machine Sanders Motor Controls SawsSonith Lockhart 367-3273Forest Drive, Dundas Town ________________________________ Diane FletcherChartered AccountantFinancial 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 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 New Generation ConstructionSpeicializing in Private Home Construction, Renovations, Tile Cabinetry, Masonry, Paint, etc. Ph. 365-0614 375-3863 Black Wood James Baillou 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 SALE sponsibility does lie with the youngster but some responsibility lies with the family as well as the community. Several months ago a group of persons ShermanFrom Page 8 tried to get enough people interested in contributing money to build a bowling alley. For lack of participation it never really got off the ground. More than a year ago another group of people tried to find a way to get public tennis courts built. That also went by the wayside. If both of these proposals could have been brought to fruition, they would have provided healthy physical activity for not only our teenagers but our younger children and adults as well.The Rt. Hon. Perry ChristieChamber of Commerce meeting Abaco Beach Resort March 18 11:30 p.m. Call 367-5822 for information

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