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February 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page RM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 7, APRIL 1st, 2004Prime Minister Speaks to Chamber 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 By Stephanie Humblestone I am here today for every Doubting Thomas, who thought it would never happen, quipped the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, addressing crowds gathered in front of the Hope Town Post Office on March 12. They were there to witness the signing of the contract with Cleares Heavy Equipment/ Caribbean Asphalt to repair Elbow Cays roads. It is our lucky day, remarked one local resident. This was the overall feelBy Stephanie Humblestone I have come today to confirm that we in Central Government have accorded a high priority to the concerns of Abaco and that we are endeavoring to deal systematically with the challenges and opportunities which growth now brings to this island, said the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister, addressing some 200 guests at a luncheon on March 18, hosted by the Abaco Chamber of Commerce and held at Abaco Beach Resort. He described Abaco, from Crown Haven to Sandy Point and the offshore cays, as primed for economic growth but, he reminded everyone, We are only as strong as our weakest link. He urged that the disadvantaged be identified and helped. The Prime Minister commented that The Bahamas covers an area of 100,000 square miles with only a few populated islands. Central government is constantly challenged by this fact because it has to duplicate infrastructure on each of these islands. Placing safety and security as high priorities, he stated that three new police stations have opened, in Crown Haven, Treasure Cay and Moores Island. Mr. Christie felt that Abaco has an unlimited potential for growth. The island has a very strong heritage with the United States and a close connection with Florida. WithPM Christie Opens Basketball CourtMin. of Works Signs Road Contract Marine Preserve Is ControversialA crowd gathered in Hope Town to witness the Minister of Works, the Hon. Bradley Roberts, sign a contract with Cleares Heavy Equipment/Caribbean Asphalt to repair Elbow Cays roads. He is shown here addressing the residents.Plans Are Discussed to Support Abacos GrowthThe Department of Fisheries held a final meeting about boundaries for a marine preserve to be established near the Bight of Old Robinson. The preserve would allow the normal marine development of this important resource by not allowing anything to be removed. This will eventually replenish the surrounding areas. See story on page 7. The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie visited the Every Child Counts school in Marsh Harbour and toured the facility. The school is for challenged students who are not able to attend normal classrooms. He is shown here officially opening its basketball court. See story on page 18. Please see Prime Minister Page 16 Please see Roberts Page 4

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Page 2 The Abaconian April 1, 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 Senator Edison Key, long time Progressive Labour Party supporter, recently resigned from his seat in the Senate and from the PLP party, making public his complaints and criticisms. The following is the Rt. Hon. Perry Christies response. It is with regret that I now take public note of the resignation of Mr. Edison Key from the Senate and the Progressive Liberal Party. Mr. Key has given our nation outstanding service over many long years, including, in particular, his courageous role in repelling the Abaco secessionist threat in the run up to Independence more than thirty years ago. He served with distinction in both the House of Assembly and the Senate for extended periods, and I had sincerely hoped that he would have continued to serve in the latter chamber to which I appointed him in 2002. His resignation as a Senator coupled with his resignation from the Party is therefore a matter of unfeigned regret. Mr. Keys decision is, I should add, a matter of deep personal regret for me as well. I have always had nothing but the highest personal regard and affection for Mr. Key. He was more than a political colleague; he was also a valued friend. Any suggestion that I have at any time harboured any ill will towards him is at once mischievous and demonstrably false. On the contrary, my decision to appoint Mr. Key to the Senate, notwithstanding his defeat in the General Election, and my continued confidence in him in that high constitutional office up until his resignation speaks to my sympathetic regard for Mr. Key and the high esteem in which I have always held him. Although I am, of course, disappointed in Mr. Keys decision to separate himself from my government and party, I continue to have nothing but goodwill in my heart towards him. It therefore pains me to know that Mr. Key no longer reciprocates the feelings of friendship and fraternal brotherhood that I have always had for him. It is even more painful for me to come to the realization that Mr. Key is not content to simply fold his tent and walk away with dignity and grace. On the contrary, it is now apparent that he is determined to inflict as much hurt as he possibly can on me, my government and my party. Out of consideration for Mr. Key I had initially decided not to make any formal public response to his resignation. However, now that he has made the calculated decision to release the full text of his resignation letter to the press, replete with all its falsehoods, I am left with little choice but to respond in similar fashion so that the public can know the true facts, especially as they relate to his allegations of ministerial corruption and his insinuation that I am not only tolerant of corruption but that I punish those who report corruption to me. Accordingly, I wish to place on public record the following facts: 1. Although Mr. Key claims to have delivered his resignation letter to my office, there is absolutely no record of the receipt of that letter by anyone in my office either on the 10th January or any other date. Letters coming into my office are routinely booked by my secretarial staff before they are placed before me. There is no record of any such booking nor does any member of my staff have any recollection of ever receiving Mr. Keys letter. 2. It is astonishing, moreover, that on a matter of such constitutional gravity, Mr. Key, by his own admission, never called me to let me know that a resignation letter was on its way. Having shared a close bond of friendship and a political association spanning more than 30 years, I would have thought that simple courtesy, if nothing else, would have led Mr. Key to telephone me or to seek a meeting with me so that he could let me know, eyeball to eyeball, what he had decided to do and the reasons for his decision. That Mr. Key could not bring himself to do so is curious and even more so in the context of an original letter that is nowhere to be found. Nor did the President of the Senate the person to whom senatorial resignations are constitutionally required to be sent receive any letter of resignation from Mr. Key until very much later after the press had broken the story. This makes the matter even more curious. 3. The central thrust of Mr. Keys resignation letter is that he personally delivered to me a document showing that a corrupt deal was afoot and that rather than dealing with the allegation, I punished him for reporting it; that indeed I caused him to be ostracized and blacklisted from that day forward. This is absolute rubbish. There is no other way to describe it. 4. The truth of the matter is that Mr. Key did come to see me to inform me of his belief that a certain Minister was about to enter into a contract with a prominent U.S.-based firm in return for which the Minister and a political colleague of Mr. Key in Abaco stood to obtain a corrupt advantage. In support of that belief, Mr. Key supplied me with the document to which he refers in his resignation letter. 5. Let me say at once that I was immediately satisfied, based on my intimate knowledge of the bidding system in the Ministry in question that Mr. Keys belief was completely mistaken. I subsequently confirmed that that system had not changed. 6. In point of fact, however, the document upon which Mr. Key relied did not support his belief at all. It said or implied corruption or intended corruption against no one whomsoever, whether minister or otherwise. The document was all that Mr. Key had to go on and, frankly, it was odd that Mr. Key thought that it lent support to his belief. 7. Secondly, and in any event, not only did the firm in question not receive any contract, they were not even invited to bid! While the firm in question had made it known that it intended to bid on the contract in question which incidentally was for $15 million dollars and not $38 million dollars as alleged by Mr. Key the Ministrys screening committee, comprising no fewer than nine public and private sector officials, disqualified the firm from even bidding because it did not meet the criteria the Ministry had set. The firm therefore was placed on the list of those not invited to bid. And there the matter ended as far as that firm was concerned. The contract in due course was put out to bid and eventually awarded to another, totally unrelated firm of world renown about whom neither Mr. Key nor anyone else has ever made any complaint. 8. I should add that the firm in question also applied for a contract with another Ministry. This application was also turned down. 9. It cannot be emphasized enough that the bidding process in question is as transparent as can possibly be and that there are any number of checks and balances that make it virtually impossible for any minister to pull a deal. Indeed, it bears emphasis that the system in the Ministry in question was designed many years ago for precisely the purpose of avoiding ministerial interference in the bidding process. I am completely satisfied that there was never any such intention on the part of the Minister or anyone else in my Government. 10. It follows therefore that Mr. Key is completely wrong in thinking that he made a credible complaint of corruption. Nothing could be further from the truth. His complaint was not only not credible. It was absurd. 11. Mr. Keys claim that he was ostracized and blacklisted as a result of making the allegation is patently absurd. I had no reason to be annoyed or irritated or offended by what he had done. Indeed I continued to have amicable meetings and telephone conversations with Mr. Key on other matters. At no time did he give even the slightest suggestion that he felt that he was being ostracized or blacklisted. 12. As for Mr. Keys assertion that he brought investors to me only to be completely ignored, this, too, is completely untrue. The fact of the matter is that Mr. Key and a business colleague of his did introduce to me four potential investors from Columbia and elsewhere who were interested in starting an agricultural enterprise in Abaco. This, however, was no more than a courtesy call. Indeed, it could not have been more than that for the simple reason that as Prime Minister I do not process investment applications. This courtesy meeting was also attended by the Minister of Agriculture who, I am advised, subsequently invited Mr. Key to prepare and submit a formal project proposal to the relevant Ministry so that it could be put before the National Economic Council. Minister Gray has further advised me, however, that from that day to now, he has received no project proposal of any kind whatever from Mr. Key. 13. The only other matters to which Mr. Key refers of which I am aware were applications for Crown land in which Mr. Key and/ or members of his family were personally interested. I regret that Mr. Key is disappointed over my Governments handling of these personal matters, but he can rest assured that my Governments policy regarding the disposal of Crown land was applied to him and his family no differently than it is applied to anyone else. I regret that Mr. Keys decision to separate himself from my government was influenced, in part, by what he apparently perceived to be a loss of personal political influence in Abaco and his jealousy over the perceived ascendancy of other individuals, in particular, a former protge towards whom Mr. Key appears to have developed a great deal of hostility in recent times. It is unfortunate that Mr. Key seems to feel that I or other Ministers of my Government elevated other persons in Abaco over him. Nothing could be further from the truth. By virtue of his senatorial status and his seniority in the party, there could be no question that Mr. Key continued to be held out as Abacos favourite son in the estimation of my government and party right up to his resignation. I shall make further comment on this matter as circumstances may warrant. Other Ministers have also been given leave to comment on this matter, as they may deem appropriate. I also wish to advise that I propose to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Keys resignation from the Senate in short order. Finally, I wish to re-state and re-affirm my personal commitment and my Governments commitment to service with complete integrity. This has been the watchword of my administration from its very first day and I am completely satisfied that my Governments record in this regard remains unimpeachable. Similarly, cronyism, favouritism and victimization have no place in the governance of our nation. Those are the old ways. Some may want to bring those old days back but I can assure you that as long as I hold the office that I do my Government shall continue to be guided only by integrity, even-handedness and fairness to all.Prime Minister Responds to Keys ResignationSenator Keys resignation as a Senator coupled with his resignation from the Party is therefore a matter of unfeigned regret. Rt. Hon. Perry Christie

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Page 4 The Abaconian April 1, 2004ing of the 600-strong community. What has been a long and painful process of letters, petitions and threats of not paying taxes finally came to an end with the Ministers visit and his reassuring words. Your patience has served you well. In a few moments I shall be most pleased to sign a contract with Cleares Heavy Equipment/Caribbean Asphalt to construct a hot mix asphalt road from the main government dock in Hope Town to the Dorros Cove gate, a distance of some 3.1 miles in total. Smiles and cheers accompanied the Minister as he moved from the microphone to a small table set up at the foot of the Post Office. I am painfully aware that the condition of the road here on Elbow Cay has long been a primary cause of concern to all of you gathered here today. It is, therefore, with great pleasure that I now invite Mr. Trevor Cleare and the Director of Public Works, Colin Marshall, to join me in executing this contract. LET THE ROAD WORKS BEGIN! he cried to the applause of the crowds. The contract was for $585,000. Government has pledged $300,000 and the balance is secured by donations from the community, Originally, it was to be simply sanded and sealed, but this was felt to be inadequate in the long term as traffic along the road, which is known locally as the Queens Highway, is increasing along with the expansion of the small cay. We wanted to do a good job and one which would last. It needs to be asphalted, said Lorin Senn, who lent his expertise in securing the best possible repair job and pledged personal funds to ensure that it would be executed. The use of asphalt here has been made possible through the kindness and generosity of the local community and second home owners in particular who have had the foresight to join hands with government to enhance the quality of the road, said Minister Roberts. The Minister and his support staff then traveled the long, bumpy pot-holed road for lunch at the home of second home owner Phil Phillips, who had offered to short fall the remainder of the funds necessary for going the extra mile in terms of doing a good job. Don Cash, who spearheaded the No Tar No Tax threat, shook the Ministers hand as did many others in the crowd. It was a good day for all. On the way to Mr. Phillips house Minister Roberts and a small group stopped at a dock in White Sound where the barge the long awaited phantom barge offloaded the first piece of machinery. Mr. Cleare climbed on board and drove it off the barge and on to Elbow Cays soil for the job to begin. Weather permitting work will begin in a week and a half to two weeks and should be completed in six to eight months, stated Mr. Cleare. A crew of sixteen, from both Abaco and Nassau, will work on sections of the road starting with the areas near town which are in most need of attention. Initially, we will RobertsFrom Page 1Minister Addresses Abaco ProblemsThe contract for repairing Elbow Cays roads was signed on March 12 outside the Hope Town Post Office. The Minister of Works, the Hon. Bradley Roberts, on the right, is shown signing it with Mr. Trevor Cleare of Cleares Heavy Equipment/Caribbean Asphalt. The contract was for $585,000 of which government will pay $300,000. The remainder of the money will be paid by members of the community, mostly second home owners. do minor repairs and patching, stated Mr. Cleare. This is timely as the deteriorating condition of the road recently caused a tourist to fall from a golf cart and break her ankle. The Minister was accompanied by a small entourage from Nassau: Calvin Balfour, the Under Secretary Ministry of Public Works and Utilities; Colin Marshall, Acting Director of Public Works and Utilities; Samuel A. Miller, Senior Deputy Administrator of the Family Islands; and Steve Thompson, Assistant Secretary Ministry of Transport and Aviation. Among local dignitaries were Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco; and John Schaeffer, Area Engineer Ministry of Works for Abaco. The Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works, spoke about Elbow Cays sanitation problem and said that the government was well aware of the dock congestion problem. The main government dock is used for garbage transfer as well as for freight and passenger shipments. The existing landfill site needs to be closed since it is on private land, Minister Roberts said. The burning which takes place at the present site is a health hazard for the local residents. My government is currently considering various options to facilitate the improved collection and transfer of garbage off the island. He continued, One of these options is to do repairs and upgrades to the Sunshine Park site. This would entail repairs to the existing timber seawall and create a concrete apron for freight off-loading and garbage transfer along the repaired seawall. The cost of this option would be about $150,000. Another option would be to create a new facility just south of the Sunshine Park area. This would entail reclaiming a big section of the land from the harbour adjacent to the main road using sheet piles. The advantage of this site is that Sunshine Park would be reserved for parking only, according to Minister Roberts. This would cost the government approximately $500,000, he said.Hope Town Dump Is a Concern Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Sea Star Car Rental Master SculptorDon WoodWorking in bronze, stone, and wood Don captures the vibrant life essence and stark beauty that is Abaco. He lives and works in Marsh Harbour. Don was trained in commercial illustration, attending the Crisdon School of Art in Delray Beach, Florida. The Vietnam War postponed his career in art when he was assigned to the Coast Guard. After his tour of duty Don studied under Whitney Wolf in Orlando, Florida and Ken Cowles in Maine. Don is famous for his realistic creations of sea mammals including dolphin, whales, and manatees, hand carved wood doors, and portraits in bronze. Mother Teresa was an inspiring force for this artist and several of his works reflect her influence. Dons work is on display at Conch Pearl Galleries. Royal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.com PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSPINE WOODS PINE WOODSNURSERNURSER NURSERNURSER NURSER YY YY Y Chocolate Easter Candies Beautiful handmade Eggs MONDAY SATURDAY 9 5 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh Harbour Stuffed Bunnies & Chicks Lovely Blooming FlowersCelebrate Easter next weekEaster Lilies & Mums

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 Flooding and wind-blown debris can BLAST through windows and sliding glass doors ruining household furnishings and irrecoverable treasures. And thats not to mention the dangers it presents to you and your family. Rollaway Shutters can protect your home even in windloads of 140 m.p.h. Installed on the outside and controlled on the inside, Rollaway Shutters also offer protection from vandals, harsh sunlight and heat and cold. With four styles to choose from to suit your needs, Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters can secure your home in minutes from theft or storm. Call now for a FREE estimate with no obligations or come to ABACO HARDWARE ( Local distributors for Roll-a-way ) for a custom quote today.ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 367-2170 e-mail: abacohdwe@batelnet.bs For more info on Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters please contact us. With Roll-a-way shutters, the days of having to manually board up your home can be a thing of the past! Accordian shutters in front of sliding glass doors. Bahama shutters are available in an array of colors. Colonial shutters look like traditional wood shutters.Orders Placed before April 30th will receive special discount HURRICANE SEASON.IT CAN BE A REAL BLAST Water Front TablesRestaurant, Marina and BoutiqueAir-conditioned water front 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 customersLunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m Dinner 6:30 9 p.m. Mon Sat. Bar snacks wide variety 11:30 a.m. 9 p.mEmail: mangoes@mangoesrestaurant.comMusic by EstinPicnic Menu Large variety, order 24 hours aheadJamin Jan Jamin Jan Jamin Jan Jamin Jan Jamin Jan every SaturdaySunday 6 9 p.m. with Special Salad Bar and Grill MenuClosed Good Friday The Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works and Utilities, while speaking to the residents of Elbow Cay, outlined several projects in the planning stages for Abaco. He addressed other issues of ongoing concern to the people of Abaco. Top of the list was the Marsh Harbour airport. Government is still reviewing plans for improvement and expansion of the Marsh Harbour airport including the construction of a new terminal building and resurfacing of the present runway, he said.Studies are now being expedited in order that a solution to the severe congestion, both in the skies and on the ground, can be implemented at the earliest. Recapping work recently completed on Abaco, the Marsh Harbour freight dock, the Grand Cay dock and the Fire Creek Marina in Fire Road, he went on to outline plans for upgrading BEC and introducing sophisticated cellular networks. The Bahamas Electricity Corporation is on the move on Abaco as the power generation is being upgraded and the transmission and distribution infrastructure reinforced to accommodate developments like The Abaco Club at Winding Bay near Cherokee Sound. A 17-mile transmission line connecting Sandy Point to the Marsh Harbour system is expected to be completed by the end of this summer. BEC is upgrading the existing submarine cables to all the Abaco cays and expects that project to be completed by the end of the year. With regards to telecommunications services, Mr. Roberts pointed out that engineers at the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation have already designed the GSM cellular overlay for Abaco. That network will allow Abaconians access to new features like surfing the Internet via the phone and taking and sending pictures from one phone to the next. It will enable BTC customers to use their phone seamlessly when traveling abroad, according to the Minister. The installation of the new GSM system will commence in May. The new GSM system is the most modern in use in the cellular network and by next year will allow customers to access the Internet on their cell phones at speeds comparable to DSL. Batelco intends to reduce rates for GSM cellular service and for long distant calls. Since my government came into being there has been a marked improvement in the quality of service and efficiency provided by BTC, Minister Roberts said. BTC has been able to reduce its average repair time for telephone faults from months to days and is in the process of introducing a plan where if your telephone service is disrupted and is out of service for more than 48 hours, the subscribers rental fee for the month will be credited, except for Acts of God and natural disasters.Other Abaco ProjectsWithout elaborating, Mr. Roberts listed additional work scheduled for Abaco. Minister Roberts said the government is currently preparing contract documents for repairs to commence on the two government docks in the Guana Cay harbour, together with the associated dredging. The work is due to commence in April or May, he said. He announced a new long-range planning department in the Prime Ministers office. Eleuthera is now getting a comprehensive land use study in conjunction with a developer there, and when completed Abaco will get a similar study. Approximately 4,000 feet of road on Guana Cay will be widened. A dangerous highway curve near Snake Cay will be made safer. The bad road near Sawyers Market in Marsh Harbour will be repaired. A curve by Andys Auto and Body Shop north of Treasure Cay is plagued by loose material washing onto the highway from an access road causing traffic to veer into the opposing traffic. This will be addressed. Bad roads in Sandy Point will be repaired. The verges between Marsh Harbour and Sandy Point are in poor condition and will be improved. Marsh Harbours Front Street will be resurfaced. The road into Great Cistern will be improved. Murphy Towns road to the South Side dock will be improved. Dundas Town will get minor road repairs. BEC will upgrade its facilities to accommodate the Winding Bay development and other developments either coming or expanding. It will extend its transmission line 17 miles from Crossing Rocks to Sandy Point in the summer of 2004. Its submarine cables feeding the cays will be upgraded. Batelcos cellular system will be upgraded to provide better reception on Elbow Cay and other cays. The GSM cellular system is scheduled for Abaco and construction on ths system will begin in May.Minister Announces Coming Improvements The Hon. Bradley Roberts

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Page 6 The Abaconian April 1, 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 KitchensCherokee SoundBy Lee PinderCondolencesOur deepest sympathies go out to the family of Spurgeon Sawyer, who passed away unexpectedly on March 21. Struck with a severe pain in his chest the doctors rushed him to Nassau for treatment where he succumbed later to another fatal attack. Born in Cherokee Sound to Clarence (Coty) and Lorraine Mable Sawyer, he was only 56 years old. He is survived by his wife Mollie, formerly Mollie Weatherford of Man-O-War, two children, his son Thurman, a lawyer who is presently practicing law in the United States where he graduated from college, and a daughter Mailin Sands, who is a well known local real estate agent in Marsh Harbour, along with their respective spouses, his mother, Miss Mable, as well as many other grief stricken family and friends. Miss Mable divides her time between Man-O-War and Cherokee, where she still keeps a home. An avid guitartist and good singer, we were often entertained by Spurgeons music whenever a fellowship group gathered in Cherokee or Man-O-War. In construction by trade and a true baseball fan during his leisure hours, he was an influence and a driving force to help build a baseball field in our settlement which is now under final construction. I know its completion would have made Spurgeon very proud. Always wearing a big happy smile, he was loved by all who knew him and he will certainly be missed. The funeral service will be held in Man-O-War. May he rest in peace.Sand Bar Is Open Four DaysThe Sand Bar, Cherokees only local restaurant, will open for four days a week beginning April 1st, weather conditions permitting. This is an additional two days per week. Im sure this will make all the tourists happy as well as all their local customers who also enjoy its relaxed and laid back atmosphere.Petes Pub Is a Favorite PlaceIt seems the word gets around and this little out-of-the-way local bar and restaurant is known far and wide by boaters and tourists alike. It has been without directional signs on the main road for awhile and many a tourist has ended up in Cherokee trying to find their way to it. However, a brand new sign has been added to the Cherokee turnoff sign on the Great Abaco Highway and another one at the Little Harbour road. In fact, you can hardly miss their larger than life skull and crossbones Petes Pub sign, advertizing that they are open everyday, come rain or shine. And just for your information, I might add that a couple of Cherokee girls handle their bar and kitchen, so you know you will get a big smile and a delicious meal, not to mention some of their famous island drinks to wet your whistle whenever you go there. Be sure not to miss their gallery where you can find out about their history and view some of their world renowned sculptures and artwork. Petes Pub is truly an island experience you wont want to miss.Winding Bay UpdateLast week, you couldnt see anything. Now, rooftops are springing up above the treetops and people who have visited the project at Winding Bay tell me there are several houses already under construction. All the workers vehicles have been removed from the main road and clean up crews are continuing their work by clearing away scrub and weeds on the verges of the roadway. This has helped the traffic flow and gives the passerby a better view around the many curves and corners.Dedication of Our Old SchoolNew doors have been installed and new chairs have arrived, so everything is ready. The dedication ceremonies will begin at two oclock on April 10. Many alumni from off Cherokee will be present and are planning to participate in an old play as well as some of the other festivities that weekend. This is history in the making, but also a chance to go back in time. There will be many reminders of the Old Schools history brought out and shared by all those who attend this function. So, go back 50 or maybe even 60 years and put on your thinking cap, dredge up those shared experiences and bring them along. Were looking for the oldest person still alive to have attended the old school in Cherokee and we want to know if you have a story to tell. I hope well see you on the 10th. South Abaco NewsAmanda Sawyer is the first recipient of the newly founded Epworth Methodist Chapel Scholarship Fund and is shown here between Eleanor Jergensen, Church Board Chairperson, and Rev. Carla Culmer. Amanda graduated at the top of her class at Forest Heights Academy last summer and is attending Florida Southern University at Lakeland, Florida, majoring in psychology. Amandas parents are Jennifer and Trevor Sawyer who own Cherokee Boat Haven and the newly opened Conch Pearl Gallery in Marsh Harbour. SouthFrom Page 22 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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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 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 bahamian cuisine on Hope Town's waterfrontBar Opens Daily 10 a.m.Closed on TuesdaysHappy Hour 5 6 p.m .Lunch & Dinner DailyLunch 11:30 am 3 pm Dinner 6 9 pmAppetizers 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m Call 366-0087 366-0292 VHF Ch 16ICE RENTAL BIKES NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayThe Department of Fisheries held a meeting in Marsh Harbour on March 10 to get the publics view on the proposed marine preserve for Abaco. This meeting was the last in a series to determine the boundaries of the preserve suggested by participants in previous meetings. Chairing the meeting was Ms. Tamica Rahming, Assistant Fisheries Officer. Recording the comments from the meeting was Mr. Jeremy Saunders, Fisheries Superintendent. The reactions from the audience will be considered and boundaries will be made to accommodate the wishes of the population. No decision has been made and boundaries which were suggested previously are only proposed. The Bahamas is 80 percent water and there is a need to protect this most important resource. Ninety percent of our exports are from the sea. The marine preserves are intended to protect this marine environment. The preserves will be permanent no-take zones. Nothing can be taken from these areas and land use will be restricted, allowing nothing that will negatively affect the water. The idea is that a no-take area allows fish to replenish their stocks without interference. The reserve then supplies the surrounding areas. An ideal no-take area requires several different types of marine environments. These include mangroves which are fish nursery habitats for all species, sea grass areas, patches of coral reefs and deep water. The proposed preserve contains all these habitats. The preserves will cause hardships for some people but Ms. Rahming reminded the group that these preserves are a way of insuring that the future of our marine resources are protected. In the Abaco area our waters have a great deal of activity with residents and visitors all taking from the sea in great quantities. There is presently a tremendous visible change from what many people remember when fish, conch and crawfish were plentiful. In places where this no-take system has been tried, it takes several years for the fish populations to increase. But then the changes are remarkable and the surrounding areas are well stocked. Even those persons who were strongly opposed to the preserves initially are convinced that the no take zones are very effective in restocking areas outside the preserves. A workshop held in 1998 suggested that no take zones would be beneficial in protecting the countrys marine resource. The next year scientists canvassed sites which would have all the types of habitats necessary for this type of program to be successful and 13 sites were suggested to Cabinet. This site on Abaco is one of the first five to be implemented. Scientists are beginning studies to collect data and will continue to monitor the success of the preserves. Worldwide many are watching to see the results of this program. Scientists expect the program will become a model for other countries of the world to follow. The proposed marine preserve is in the area of the Bight of Old Robinson at the southern end of Abaco Sound. The suggested boundaries would be from the Little Harbour area and extend to the southern boundary of the Pelican Cay National Park. Ms. Rahming explained that the local population may suggest any exceptions such as allowing bonefishing which is catch and release sport. Enforcing the regulations will be a major issue. Several suggestions have been made. 1. Expand the Department of Fisheries to have more staff out on the water. 2. Set up a new agency to enforce the rules. 3. License local fishermen to manage the preserve. To be successful, everyone is going to have to help patrol the area. The people attending the meeting in the Magistrate Court were quite vocal in their objections to the preserve. Some felt that the government was already too restrictive. Others thought that the preserve covered too large an area. One person wanted to know how the preserve would be policed. Many negative comments were directed at visitors who are accused of taking more than they should. One person thought there were too many fishing tournaments and too many boats cruising our waters. They did not think that second home owners should have any say in this subject. Some wanted several smaller parks instead of a huge area. Some wanted the preserve to be away from Central Abaco and suggested Cross Harbour on Abacos southern coast. Unfortunately, that would not restock Abaco Sound. Some alternate sites were suggested but most did not have the required types of habitats which are necessary for the early stages of many fish. Ms. Rahming suggested that interested persons write a petition and get signatures. The Fisheries Department is willing to consider the wishes of the people. Several suggestions were made which would alter the original boundaries. These were noted and will be seriously considered.No-Take Preserve Brings Vocal Protests 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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Page 8 The Abaconian April 1, 2004Viewpoint School UniformsThe Editor Says . Our Newly Defined Mega ResortAll About Town The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Stephanie Humblestone, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Bruce Barth, Pat Bowlds, Bob Haswell, Mathew Janes, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most compete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) P.O. Box 1556 Jupiter, FL 33468-1556 7,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $35.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface By Isobel ShermanBush FiresI may be wrong but the season for bush fires, if it can be referred to as a season, started earlier than normal this year. The second week in March saw two major fires, one north of Coopers Town and the other somewhere near the old Wilson City road and traveled to Spring City. The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department was kept busy fighting the fire threatening Spring City and had previously fought a fire at Bahamas Coral Island. Suffice it to say each location posed major problems in fighting the fire. The main problem was getting water to fight the blazes as the trucks had to travel to a distant hydrant. No words of commendation can adequately express what a terrific and wonderful job the Marsh Harbour volunteers do. It is truly amazing the dedication and the professionalism these fire fighters have, not only in sacrificing their time to train and fight fires but also many dip into their own pockets for training and equipment. The hours that were spent just fighting the bush fire in Spring City alone is remarkable. By Jennifer Hudson It has become the custom now in many countries to abolish school uniforms except at the very elite private institutions but is this a good idea? How do the students of Abaco feel about having to wear school uniforms? I was prompted to do a little survey on this after recently visiting the United States where the students spend much time and (their parents) money on preparing their wardrobes for school. Planning begins in the middle of summer, well before term is due to start for the new school year. Students crowd the malls looking for just the right fashions. This must be quite a drain on their parents pocketbooks, especially for the lower income families as their children want to be in with their peers. I was horrified recently while outside a high school in Florida when the students were released at the end of the day to see how they were dressed. As a former teacher in The Bahamas, I cannot imagine what it must be like to stand in front of a class of students dressed totally in Goth attire with their depressingly black clothes, heavy makeup, tattoos, chains, rings and other paraphernalia. How refreshing it was to return to Abaco and drive along Forest Drive at three oclock in the afternoon and see the students leaving Abaco Central High School looking crisp and neat in their attractive white and aqua uniforms. The other schools of Abaco, along with the rest of The Bahamas, have their own attractive uniforms whether it be the plaids of St. Francis de Sales and Agape Christian, the bright red and white of S.C. Bootle High School or the more modern looking forest green and khaki outfits of Forest Heights Academy. When asked how they felt about having to wear school uniforms, the students gave a few differing opinions but the majority were greatly in favour of the practice of wearing a school uniform. The differing opinions came from a few students in the private schools who said that they would prefer to wear clothes of their choice. But students in general are happy to wear school uniforms because it saves them the problem of having to decide what to wear every morning. Most students are quite happy with the look of their uniforms. The young people who expressed most pride in their school uniforms are the students of Abaco Central High School. I, myself, hope that they never abolish school uniforms in The Bahamas. I feel that uniforms can really give students a sense of belonging and of pride in their school. They help engender a feeling of equality amongst the students so that those from less affluent families do not have to worry about not having the large variety of clothes and name brand items as some of their peers. I say a hearty Congratulations to the students of Abaco who enhance their community by wearing their school uniforms with pride. Over the years Abaco has received attention from government but it was usually for the wrong reasons. Aside from a futile jab against independence in 1973 and frequently electing a candidate outside the ruling party, Abaco has generally behaved itself and has prospered during the 31 years since Independence. Commerce and trade have expanded greatly with a warmer relationship to the Florida East Coast than to Nassau. Tourism has been on a slow but steady increase. Our expansion has been greatest during American boom times. But even during U.S. recessions our economy has probably seen more activity than most other Bahamian islands. None of this was planned but came incrementally over the years. Our two biggest resorts, Abaco Beach Resort and Treasure Cay Resort, came on-stream back in the 1960s but they began at a fraction of the size we see today. Like the rest of Abacos development, they grew and expanded in bits and pieces over the years into the present large facilities. Electricity, water, phone and other services were gradually upgraded. The history of Abaco and The Bahamas is filled with opportunistic ventures, piracy, ship wrecking, rum running, blockade running, sponging, crawfishing and other schemes. More recently, Abaco has seized the opportunities presented by a tourism economy. Many Abaco towns could be used for our example but we will expand on Elbow Cay. An interesting comment was made in Hope Town recently suggesting that Elbow Cay be viewed as a huge single resort. During at a public meeting related to its garbage problems. Mr. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, felt that a proposed landfill site on Abaco may have to be scrapped and a new site located as the area chosen was being considered for an undisclosed development. This turn of events, he said, might delay the Hope Town garbage solution temporarily as government wanted to accommodate new development. Mrs. Rhonda Claridge, a Hope Town resident, was quick to put an interesting twist on this. She pointed out that if Hope Town is viewed singularly as a resort, it is a very successful resort. As well as providing jobs, it is a substantial revenue generator for the Treasury. She asked Mr. Pinder why government would consider assisting a new development with all its attendant problems and requirements to the detriment, or inattention to garbage, of an existing resort with a proven track record and high employment. Mr. Pinder was taken back by this concept and responded that it was an interesting viewpoint worth looking into. In this context, Elbow Cay may be the fastest growing and largest resort in the Out Islands. We have frequently used the Hope Town model to explain elements of the Abaco tourism product and adding the resort designation sums it up nicely. But it is a better operation than a conventional resort. Elbow Cay does not operate at the whim of a board of directors or management or unions or a wealthy conglomerate owner. It functions despite government neglect In its resort mode, it is made up of independent businesses, none beholden to anyone else, yet all interconnected by the common denominator of tourism. The businesses are supported by the visitors but collectively and individually provide the entertainment offered by a resort. As more visitors come, more business opportunities present themselves. These are usually niche opportunities and do not require major assets or heavy financing. The Bahamians providing these services make a good living. Reverting to the mega-resort concept, Elbow Cay, Abacos natural version of a planned resort, just gets a bit larger and more comprehensive with each new business (read concession) that sets up shop. Individually, they can come and go but the complex continues to function. It would be interesting to see Hope Town audited financially as a singular business. A comprehensive balance sheet and accompanying profit and loss statement would be revealing. Listing the assets, employee payroll, annual operating revenue and expenses, overhead expenses (government employees, taxes, etc.) production figures (visitor count) and other business statistics for the Hope Town resort complex would be an eye opener. Government ministers and departments are beginning to see the Abaco economy as a success story rather than a rebellious outpost. As a success, they are beginning to talk about the improvements we need to keep the economy growing. At the recent Abaco Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the Prime Minister gave credit to Abacos diverse and successful mix of second home owners, rental houses, small resorts and cruising boats. In short, he liked what he saw and liked the way Abaco has developed. He said that development must not move faster than our peoples capacity to absorb. The Abaco Club at Winding Bay is Abacos first private development requiring extensive utility upgrades and other service improvements. One of the things each new business or venture opening here requires is qualified help and this is a scarce commodity. The scarcity of employees has caused businesses to look outside their own community for help. This has provided jobs for many people who commute from towns away from the highly publicized tourism centers. This is good for the employee willing to either move or commute. Salaries are good for people with initiative and willing to work. Even as the multi-million dollar Abaco Club gradually comes on-stream, it is just one cog in the wheel of the Abaco economy. It will cause minor disruptions as employees of existing businesses seize new opportunities and move to the lure of even higher wages. Perhaps Mr. Christies request for an Abaco consultancy group will allow government to hold hands with Abaco as it continues to grow. Perhaps the next time when new taxes or fees are contemplated, the business community can have some input to soften the impact. With the Abaco community and government working together, even greater economic times may lie ahead. I dont know how many of us ever stop to think about the destruction fire can bring. It is probably the worst thing that could happen to a person or family other than personal injury or death. A fire can wipe out in a matter of minutes many possessions that simply cannot be replaced such as photographs and papers. To see records of pleasant memories go up in smoke can be and is often mindboggling for the victims. A family in Spring City lost their home and virtually all of their possessions. Yet, before any real effort by people to assist them in this tragedy, other persons were saying insurance will pay. Maybe they did have insurance and yes, if they did, insurance will pay. But insurance cant bring back that picture of their wedding or the first birthday of one of their children. We need to have compassion for victims of fire, and we also need to giver support and recognition to the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department that goes beyond the call of duty. A house in Spring City was lost to the fire and that is terrible but how many houses were spared because of the fire fighting abilities of the Fire Department. As P. Anthony White would say, For what it is worth.

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the Editor Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address City St. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $35 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: PO Box 1556, Jupiter, FL 33468 1556 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasSubscribe to The Abaconian If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below. Oct 01 Thank You, AbacoDear Sir: I am definitely of mixed emotions as I write this. Abaco has been good to me from the day I first set foot on its soil back in June, I994. At that time, I had traveled via the Sea Link with my two small children to seek out, Columbus style, a new transfer territory. I was welcomed and introduced by Cephas Cooper and taken on a six hour skim of the central district including the schools. In those six hours, my children and 1 were sold on Abaco the rest is, as they say, history. The 10 years I spent as your servant, partner and co-educator of your children represent some of the most memorable years of my short life. I have been a part of your childrens lives as they metamorphosed from mere children to successful adults, contributing to the positive advancement of the Abaco community and The Bahamas as a whole. We grew together, laughed together, cried together and learnt together. Some are alive and some are not, some have left home and some are still around the house and school. Some still communicate with me and some do not. But in all, the common denominator is Abaco Central High School. The aqua and white which flow through our veins will flow forever. Abaco Central High and the community of Abaco have contributed much to what I am today as a professional educator. You have molded me from a Level I Teacher to Head of Department to Master Teacher to Vice-Principal and finally Principal. You have supported me and my efforts in helping to make Abaco Central High one of the more successful high schools in the country. For this, I am eternally grateful. I regret leaving under the circumstances in which I did, not being able to complete many of the projects and programs that were in progress. However, God is always in control. To the students of Abaco Central High, you all are little diamonds. You just need to be polished and buffed. This can only come from your parents, your teachers and, of course, God. Obey and respect your parents, listen and learn from your teachers, and honour and fear God. Good manners and good attitude will take you farther than just good academics. To the great staff of Abaco Central High, under the leadership of Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, you represent some of the best The Bahamas has to offer. Continue to be the best by putting everything on the line everyday for our students. Remember, its all about them. We have developed cherished relationships over the years. I love you and miss you. To the parents and wider Abaco community, thanks for your support, advice, criticisms, love and friendship. You have so much potential as an island. With all your differences, you must work together to keep Gods blessings flowing. As you would have noticed, I have avoided calling names. That is, of course, to protect myself from leaving someone out (and having a rock thrown at me when I visit). You all know who you are. I LOVE YOU ALL! You all make me feel good to be a Bahamian and to be living in The Bahamas. Each of you is special in your own way. I look forward with much anticipation to returning home in the not to distant future. May God continue to enrich and bless you. I leave you with this fact: God is Good, All the Time . .And All the Time, God is Good! From the top of my heart, Huel P. Moss Jr., Principal South Andros High School Kemps Bay, South AndrosBone Fishing on AbacoDear Editor: I have been a second home owner in Treasure Cay for over 25 years. About 12 years ago I started bonefishing and found the sport to be my favorite thing to do down here. I started using a fly rod about eight years ago. I have fished with a lot of different guides from Sandy Point to Crown Haven and quite a lot of the time just wade on my own. I was so surprised and disappointed to read about a bad experience that some visitor had with one of our guides. I cant help but believe that this was just a bad day for that particular guide. I can honestly say that in all my experiences I have always found the guides very pleasant, knowledgeable and always anxious to catch fish. Like all sports, some professionals are better than others, have better equipment and just seem to fit your needs. I think the guides as a whole are excellent and consider them a real asset to the fishing on Abaco. Please dont let one bad experience be your final try at a truly wonderful sport in which I think as a whole our guides are among the best in the world and are totally dedicated to their jobs. Wardy ThompsonProperty Assessments Are IncreasedTo the Editor: I probably should not be writing this for I am not a citizen of The Bahamas but rather an American homeowner that pays taxes but cannot vote. My wife and I spend more than seven months a year here in paradise and do not rent our home mainly because we are retired and part of the pleasure of coming here is that we may do so anytime we desire. My wife has been coming to Abaco and the Family Islands for more than 35 years and I have been doing so for over 25 years. I consider this our main home rather the larger house we maintain up north. A large majority of our friends are native Bahamians, of all races, and we feel blessed to know such honest and fine people. But enough about ourselves for that is not the purpose of this letter. Our new tax bill shows a very large increase in what we have to pay as do all of our neighbors that are also foreign property owners. From what we have read m the local papers it appears that almost all of this money goes to Nassau and that very little is returned to Abaco. The only service we receive for these taxes is garbage pick up. The local ambulance service depends on contributions as does the local fire department and both depend on volunteers not only in Marsh Harbour but also Guana, Man-O-War, Hope Town and, I believe, Treasure Cay. The equipment of all of these is second or third hand, maintained by donations and manned by volunteers. Weve been told the public schools are short of almost every kind of supplies from cleaning products to pencils and paper. Their funds are raised by raffles, cake sales and donations. Are these services paid for by taxes, some of it ours, in Nassau and Freeport or by donations? Now if all of the above is true, which we have no reason to doubt, and if, in fact, the Family Islands send over $50 million a year to the central government, why are the local institutions not properly funded? Is this area being used as a cash cow without any return. Someone please tell me that none of this is true and all the citizens of Abaco are being fairly treated. William D. Hill Ed. Note: The rates for property taxes have remained constant. However, property is being reassessed and the valuation of property has increased to keep up with increasing property values in general.Bahama Palm Shores Residents Sign PetitionTo the Editor: Property owners in the community of Bahama Palm Shores are petitioning the central government to take over the upgrading and maintenance of their roads. In 1999 Hurricane Floyd wiped out a section of one of the main roads, endangering the lives of property owners and visitors alike. Residents have previously asked the government to repair this damage, to no avail. The community, located 18 miles south of the Marsh Harbour airport, has experienced a 50 percent increase in population in the last eight years. In 2000 residents of Bahama Palm Shores formed a community association, the Palm Shore Owners Association. This group has devoted considerable funding and volunteer labor to road maintenance in the last two years, but the task has become insurmountable. The heavy Please see Letters Page 22

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Page 10 The Abaconian April 1, 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. The government of The Bahamas has agreed to purchase the privately owned Abaco Utilities Water and Sewer System within 14 days. According to Treasure Cay Resort President Jos Konsten, This appears to be a done deal! Min. Bradley Roberts announced the acquisition during a meeting on March 26 in Nassau attended by Mr. Konsten, Bahama Beach Club lawyer Mr. Craig Roberts of Graham Thompson & Co. and several government officials. If all goes as expected, the new water pipeline now installed from the Treasure Cay airport well field will be connected North Abaco Newsto our system. In addition, engineers will study ways to safely upgrade our water and sewage pipeline infrastructure and treatment plant to accommodate existing needs and the anticipated rapid growth in our community. This is certainly great news for all Treasure Cay homeowners, guests and for future generations! My sincere thanks to the government of The Bahamas and especially Min. Bradley Roberts, a man of action and a man of his word! Craig H. Roberts, Developer Bahama Beach Club, Ltd.Treasure Cay Impasse Resolved Pianist Benefits TCPOA Emergency FundBy Bruce Barth A sellout crowd of 150 filled the Treasure Cay Community Centre to attend its second Evening with the Classics a concert featuring pianist Dr. Amy Blount. Dr. Blount began her piano studies at two years of age. She graduated from The Juilliard School of Music and later taught at its School of Music. She has performed numerous solo performances in New York City and throughout the Southeast. Dr. Blount has more recently received her degree as a Doctor of NaturopathicLatLat LatLat Lat eses eses es t Ut U t Ut U t U pdatpdat pdatpdat pdat ee ee eDr. Amy Blount presented a concert of classical music at the Treasure Cay Community Centre on March 26 to a sellout crowd. This is her second concert at Treasure Cay. Photo by Jill Rohan Medicine and has served as a professor at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is in private practice at the Lane College of Integrative Medicine Medical Clinic in Winter Park, Florida. Her concert included works by Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt. Following a standing ovation, she offered an encore, a total departure from the classics, which fully demonstrated Dr. Blounts versatility a ragtime piece originally written by Billy Joel. The proceeds of the evening will go to the Emergency Fund of the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association.TCPOA Held Annual MeetingThe lack of a good water supply and a functional sewer system was the topic most were interested in at the Treasure Cay Property Owners Association annual meeting. The meeting, the organizations 32nd, was held at the Treasure Cay Community Center on March 16 and was chaired by Ed Whitcraft, president of the organization. The water and sewer discussion was particularly timely as the current water delivery system had not been providing water consistently to quite a few condos within the resort. Mr. Whitcraft announced that Mr. Craig Roberts, developer of the Bahama Beach Club, was turned down for a permit to build an additional 44 units which would double the size of that resort. He was originally turned down when he asked permission to connect into the sewer system at the resort as the system was already overloaded. He then asked to put in his own sewer system but government denied this request, preferring instead that he contribute to a solution which would upgrade the system for the entire resort. The government committed to taking over the water and the sewer systems in the mid 1990s. Several years ago the government put in an extensive well field north of the Treasure Cay airport, pumping system, storage facilities and waterlines to provide water for Treasure Cay and Black Wood. Please see North Page 11

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530 However, the lines extend only part way into Treasure Cay, stopping short of the existing Treasure Cay pumping station. Government and the Treasure Cay Resort have not completed negotiations for the Water and Sewerage Corporation to take over the systems. The sewerage system is very old and not operating properly. The waterlines through the resort are equally old and in very poor condition. The well field and water system that government put in was financed by a loan from the International Development Bank but government is not receiving revenue from the system. Government is paying the debt but the income from the resort goes to Treasure Cay Resort. Government has many projects in the Family Island which total more than $100 million. Since Treasure Cay Resort is privately owned and is comprised mostly of expatriates, the government is reticent to acquire the system. Mr. Whitcraft suggested that the property owners should come up with a concept for financing the project which would required developers, condo owners and other owners to pay for the service. This could be in the form of assessments, increased rates or other forms of payment. The cost to upgrade the sewer system was $3 to $4 million several years ago. However, new technologies are now available which would be less expensive, maybe only $2 million. This would bring the cost down to about $4000 per connected unit. Mr. Whitcraft suggested that property owners should work with government to solve this very serious problem. The water test results are not good, showing both salinity and bacterial contamination. Leakage within the system is 39 percent. The problem will not go away quickly, easily nor cheaply. It was suggested that an engineering firm be hired to assess the systems and give a cost estimate of putting in a decent system. Mr. Jos Konsten, Manager of Treasure Cay Resort spoke briefly at the frustration of not being able to resolve the water and sewer problem. Treasure Cay Ltd. has been unable to make progress in their negotiations with government since 1992 when the government no longer issued the franchise to them for the water supply. Discussion about the water system and sewer system was quite heated with people blaming various persons and bodies for the bad situation. Other topics which were discussed included the search for a doctor to assist Dr. Ron Wilson, who is alone at Corbett Medical Centre. Dr. Michael McPhal has been NorthFrom Page 10 More North Abaco NewsMr. Everette Pinder was honored at the recent Treasure Cay Property Owners Association meeting for his long years of dedicated service. He was presented with a plaque thanking him for his years of service to the community. He has recently retired from his position of Administrator/Manager of Treasure Cay Ltd. interviewed and is willing to relocate to Treasure Cay when he receives approval from the Bahamas Medical Council and Bahamian Immigration. He has had previous experience in the Caribbean and has made a two year commitment. He will be coming with his wife and eight-year-old daughter. The TCPOA plans to clean up the greenways leading to the beach. Several are overgrown and not easily accessible. Residents and visitors alike need to have easy assess to the beach. Mr. Whitcraft is asking all water front property owners with a groyne to construct steps over it to allow The Treasure Cay Property Owners Association annually gives an award to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to that community. This year the award went to John and Edna Lacey, who have worked for years to make their community a better place. Please see North Page 15

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Page 12 The Abaconian April 1, 2004 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 CONTRACTEvery Child Counts Gets a Helping HandBy Portia Jonsson On March 11th a group of 33 volunteers traveled to Abaco for the first time to assist in the construction of a much needed classroom/workshop for the students of Every Child Counts Learning Centre. The group called Youth on a Mission consists of high school students, advisors and parent from St. Helens Parish, Holy Cross, and John Carroll High School in Vero Beach, Florida. They work physically and spiritually to help people less fortunate than themselves. They look for special gifts and talents in the people they meet and share their gifts and talents with others. Youth on a Mission donated $8,000 towards the cost of building materials for the classroom plus their own expenses and the high school students also gave up their spring break holiday. The group stayed at St. Simon by the Sea Anglican Church camp in Treasure Cay. Mr. Richard Schlitt, Director of Youth on a Mission, said that this is the first time the group has constructed a building. Usually they go to poor areas to clean, paint and carry out minor repairs. The building is now framed-in and shingled. Local businessmen, parents and volunteers will continue to work on the new building. The building will house a classroom and workshop for the older students so that some of the younger ones can move up and spread out in the other classes. Mrs. Lyn Major, ECC Director, said that there has been an overwhelming support from the community, parents, volunteers and many others and much has been donated. She thanks everyone for their generosity.Agape Christian SchoolTeachers Train at SchoolBy Portia Jonsson For 10 days during the month of March Agape Christian School played host to a group of six teachers in training from Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa. The group was headed by Dr. Henry Pitman, Dean for Academic Affairs, and his wife, Ruth Pitman. Since 2000 Dr. Pitman and students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at the school have been coming to Agape Christian School during their spring break to participate in teaching, learn and enjoy Abaco. Over the past five years a total of 35 students have enjoyed the experience. Since completing their studies at Emmaus Bible College, five graduates have returned to teach at Agape and two are still teaching there. Dr. Pitman said this was his ninth trip to Abaco and he looks forward to it every year. He and the students have enjoyed the experience and he considers the people at Agape Christian School friends. He really enjoys being a part of the school and watching it grow. The group spent the last day of their trip sightseeing in Treasure Cay and planned to visit the Blue Hole.Forest Heights AcademyDinner Theatre ComesBy Jennifer Hudson Senior students of the Drama Club of Forest Heights Academy have been busily rehearsing every Monday and Friday afternoon since September for their upcoming School NewsA group of 33 volunteers from Florida have constructed a building for Every Child Counts in Marsh Harbour. The building will provide a classroom and workshop for the older students so they can learn skills to help them become useful, fulfilled adults. Students from the Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, did 10 days of student teaching at Agape Christian School in Marsh Harbour during their spring break. This annual program has brought students here who have later returned to teach at the school. They are, from left to right, Rachel Bishop, Jessica Drees, Elaine Walter, Kelli Wilson, Sarah Nauman, Lucas Jackson, Ruth Pitman and Dr. Henry Pitman (team leaders). Please see School Page 13

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 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 production Love Letters Lost This musical play, produced by Ms. Leslie Kennedy and co-directed by Ms. Alana Carroll, teachers at the school, features students who performed in the excellent school production of Annie last year. It is a delightfully lighthearted romantic story set in a small village book-store, showcasing two love stories in one and enhanced by the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber and many other very familiar and well loved show tunes. The plot takes place during the present day and so the students have put together their own costumes. Props and sets have been designed and constructed by staff member Ms. Susan Parotti assisted by students, and all publicity has been handled by students of Grade Twelve. Susan Parotti has taken over the choreography since the departure of Jane Uberreiter, who laid the groundwork. Background music for the cast vocals was recorded by Claire Kanter, a talented and generous winter resident, with senior student Cleveland Dawkins performing one of the pieces. Performances will take place on April 30th and May 1st in the schools outdoor auditorium. The performance on the 30th will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the play only but on May 1st there will be a Dinner Theatre performance with a lasagna dinner ( prepared by the Parent Teachers Association) served at 5:30 p.m. prior to the performance. This will be a lovely occasion for people to dress up, have dinner, then enjoy the play. Tickets are on sale at the school office priced at $10 for Fridays performance and $20 for Saturdays Dinner Theatre. There will be limited seating so it will be advisable to purchase tickets as soon as possible. All proceeds will go towards the creating of the Forest Heights Academy Theatre. Drama has become very popular in the school. By having their own theatre on the premises, it will be much easier for the students to stage their performances, become more creative and perform more often.Students Are HonouredCompetition is an important factor in life and the Ministry of Education has been quite busy giving Abacos students many chances to show off all of their talents. First was the Annual Spelling Bee. On February 9th grades 7 and 8 participated in the school event. Winners Taj Anderson, Margo Lowe and Candace Malone then went on to the Abaco District Competition. They met a well prepared group and all did well with Margo Lowe placing fourth. During the last week of January Senior Rebecca Risberg was chosen to go to Nassau as one of 30 students who attended the UNESCO sponsored Youth Focus Bahamas. These young adults spent several days discussing subjects ranging from pollution to Bahamian culture. Then on March 4th and 5th Abaco was truly abuzz as the All Abaco Track and Field Meet took place. Placing in this exciting event were: Brandon Sweeting, First Place shot put; Alex Murray, First Place 400 meter and Corenthea Johnson, Third Place javelin. Brandon and Alex both attended the Nationals last year. Meanwhile, on March 5th the Rotary Club hosted their Annual Speech Competition. Bradley Albury and Kristen Hoard in Lower School spoke on Tourists in All Respects Are Good for The Bahamas Kristen brought home the Third Place Trophy. Akrisza Kemp and Miquell Miller, Upper School, spoke on How Abaco Has Changed in Values in the Past Fifteen Years Miquell not only took First Place in her category but scored the most points overall. She will go to Nassau in April to represent Abaco in the National Texaco Speech Competition. Finally, Students of the Month, chosen by the faculty for January and February are: More School NewsThese are the upper school drama students of Forest Heights Academy who will be presenting the musical play Love Letters Lost later this month. On May 1 the production will be combined with a dinner for a very special treat. Some of these actors and actresses were in last years play Annie. Please see School Page 14 SchoolFrom Page 12

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Page 14 The Abaconian April 1, 2004 Full Range of Reliable Johnson & Advanced Evinrude Motors. In Stock 2 hp thru 250 hp at Lower than U.S. Prices. Full Range of Johnson & Evinrude Parts in Stock. Factory Trained Mechanics & Reliable Service. Ask About Our Three Year Warranty Policy. DOLPHIN MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4262 ISLAND MARINE Parrot Cay 242-366-0282 SEA HORSE MARINE Hope Town 242-366-0023 ROBERTS MARINE Green Turtle Cay 242-365-4249 Sunday, April 11, 2004 Seatings will be from 6:30 pm 8:30 pm $40 pp gratuity not included Soup Du Jour Corn & Tuna Bisque with croutons Salad Mixed Greens, red onions, cherry tomatoes, mandarins, bacon bits, sugared walnuts and a walnut oil dressing Entr ee Selection Lobster Thermador: Delicious Abaco Lobster Tail cooked to perfection with sweet bell peppers, Bermuda onions & spices in a white wine sauce and baked in the shell. Served with mushroom n rice and fresh asparagus tips. Pepper Fillet: Tender juicy fillet mignon served with lobster whipped potato topped with garlic shrimp, bearnaise sauce accompanied with fresh asparagus tips. Shrimp: with a hint of curry, cooked in coconut milk, mango, ginger snaps, plantains & jasmine rice served in a coconut shell. Grilled French Rack of Lamb: Encrusted with honey and herbs, served with mint jelly, whipped potatoes and fresh aspargus tips. Dessert Chocolate Wafer Basket: filled with coconut & pineapple ice cream, topped with strawberry citrus sorbet and fresh berries. Reservations Required, Phone #366-0095 or VHF Channel 16 A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 Upper School, Rebecca Risberg and Krista Kelly, and Lower School, Rayanne Malone arid Taj Anderson. So a hearty congratulations to all. It is students like these who will ensure a bright future for Abaco.10th Graders Complete Work ExperienceFrom February 16 through the 20th Forest Heights tenth graders got a taste of the working world. After choosing jobs they felt would be of interest to them, they wrote letters of applications and sent their resumes. All were accepted. So with butterflies and uncertainty they arrived, understanding the true meaning of Monday morning. All chose interesting jobs including: veterinarian and medical assistants, teachers aides, boat mechanics, office personnel, bank tellers, waitresses; a jeweler, a computer technician and even an apprentice pilot. While on the job they kept journals and answered questionnaires to help them in writing their reports for office practice. Their journals reflected their varied reactions. Many came away with a renewed sense of what they want to do in the fixture. But all realized that jobs are not always fun and come with many challenges. Joel Sweeting put it well when he said, Life is long when it comes to work but short when it comes to time. None the less, confidence and the camaraderie of the workplace was their paycheck in this valued experience.Abaco Central HighInternational DayBy Jennifer Hudson International Day at Abaco Central High evolved from the celebration of Commonwealth Day. The diversity of cultures among the members of staff at Abaco Central made an International Day possible. This day has always been held the Friday after Commonwealth Day. The roots of staff members lie in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Argentina, United Kingdom, United Sates and, of course, the Bahamas. In addition, the country of Haiti was added due to the Haitian background of many students. Staff members decorated a classroom with items from their respective country and displayed information about their country. In addition, native food dishes from that country were prepared and sold. Over the years the food items for particular countries have become quite popular. This year the International Day Committee took lunch orders from the various businesses in Marsh Harbour and delivered these orders. Jack Hardy and Ken Roberts of ACH handled this job. It seems that the most popular country for the delivered lynch was Guyana. The day started with students marching in a parade of nations. They paraded with the flags of the different countries into the quadrangle. The Junkanoo Band of ACH escorted them. On stage in the quadrangle students performed from different countries. Haitian students danced, Guyanese sang and a fashion contest followed. The following countries were represented in this contest. Miss Haiti, Janet Stremy, in a costume of red and blue; Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Sherell Mc Kinney, in a native costume; Miss Jamaica, More School News SchoolFrom Page 13 Please see School Page 15 The students of Cyber Learning Center raised funds with a bike-a-thon on March 26. They cycled from Marsh Harbour as far as the Cherokee turn off. They are shown here at the Snake Cay turn off with their police esort where they took a break. Students perform a Bahamian dnce at Abaco Central High School. They showed off their Bahamian culture at International Day celebrated on March 17.

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 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 CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour frontShakeria Davis, in red green and black, the colors of the flag; Miss Bahamas, Tyesha Murray, in a Junkanoo dancer costume; Miss Guyana, Iesha Knowles, in a native dress; and Miss United States, Jovansia Davis, dressed as a Texan cowgirl. The booths and food of each country were judged in a separate contest. The prize is a floating trophy donated by Island Development. Judges for the contests were J. Estevez, Assistant Manager of Commonwealth Bank, Mrs. Smith of the Ministry of Education and Kendi Anderson of the Abaco Tourist Office. This year the prize for the best booth went to the United States. That room had been first runner up for the past three years. First runner up was The Bahamas, second runner up was Guyana and third runner up was Trinidad and Tobago. International Day 2004 was termed the best ever and the most successful. Mohammed Rahim was Chairman and was assisted by committee members Ken Roberts, Beverly Rolle, Eva Adderley, Zally Chu, Joyce Champaigne, Jack Hardy and Raquel Gaitor. Proceeds from International Day will be used on projects decided by the staff of Abaco Central High.Principal Holds Meeting in Sandy PointBy Isobel Sherman On March 16 Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, principal of Abaco Central High, traveled to Sandy Point to meet with the parents there. One item on the agenda was informing parents of the proposed uniform change for September. The uniform will be navy pants, white shirt, navy tie and black shoes for the boys and navy pleated skirt, white blouse, navy cross tie, white socks and black shoes for the girls.Tournament AwardsAt the recent Hugh Campbell Basketball Tournament in Nassau members of the Might Marlins basketball team of Abaco Central won several awards. Most Valuable Player awards went to Valentino Stuart and Dennis Murray. The Sixth Man Award went to Quintince Williams. Best Effort Award went to Brandon Stuart. Sportsmanship Awards went to Darren Smith and Ataro Mitchell and the most Rebounds award went to Devero Smith. Scores of the games played were Freeport Anglican 45, ACH 32; ACH 49, Mangrove Cay Andros High 36; and CC Sweeting High 43, ACH 38. More School News SchoolFrom Page 14 Students of Abaco Central High School cooked their native foods which were later sold to raise funds. This was in celebration of International Day which showcased the culture of all the different nationalities represented at the school. NorthFrom Page 11 access. No one can block access to the beach. The Executive Committee will also be erecting signs and will be replacing signs that disappear. The Committee outlined the projects they expect to do this next year which will include paving, resurfacing and filling potholes. The Humane Society of Treasure Cay is active and has attracted several additional volunteers. The group is not able to have the services of a veterinary doctor until there is a building where animals can be processed. They will have part of the Emergency Services building when it is constructed. Mr. Jerry Roberts heads that humane society. Money has been raised for constructing the Emergency Services building and the property is available but construction has not begun. By Isobel Sherman The United States Government is considering Palm Beach International Airport as one of the sites for its 90-day testing of a program where travelers can pay a fee and register in advance for government background checks or advanced screening. These travelers who have registered and have passed the government checks would then be able to avoid lengthy security checks at the airport. The traveler would avoid being randomly selected at airports for additional screening. The program is slated to begin in June 2004. The amount of the proposed fee has not been decided.Pre-Screening May Be an Option

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Page 16 The Abaconian April 1, 2004 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 pm Cherokee Food FairGroceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is Cherokeethis history and culture and its natural assets, it has a bright strong future. It will bring a new way of life for the Bahamas and great employment opportunities. He encouraged Bahamians to take advantage of the opportunities and the need to grow in ownership along with the economy. He wants to see meaningful involvement of Abaconians in this process of growth. This growth requires an efficient and effective government which will facilitate growth. Abaco is a high priority island primed for unprecedented growth. The people are ready and government must put into place policies to support this.Tourism:Mr. Christie announced that tourism is currently the strongest it has ever been in Abaco with foreign arrivals in Abaco for the year January to December 2003 totaling some 93,568 visitors. (This is without the 384,568 Disney cruise visitors to Castaway Cay.) Mash Harbour and the nearby offshore cays welcomed 64,500, of which 62,918 came by air and 1,582 by sea. Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay welcomed 27,784 visitors and Walkers Cay had 11,165 visitors, of which 4,866 arrived by air and 6,299 by sea. Commenting on the changing face of tourist accommodation, he described the wonderful mix of hotel rooms and second homes as the basis for a successful industry. The leading island of choice in The Bahamas is Abaco. Visitors realize that this area is safe and secure to live. Its growth is from second homes. Abacos economy was insulated from 9/11 by the second home owners. A study of the history of tourism on Abaco shows its success is from a mix of small hotels and second homes. This has proved to be a sustainable tourism industry. The people of Abaco must be conscious of the fact that thousands are lining up to buy homes. Abaco has determined the right balance.Development:Moving on to upscale, high-end development on Abaco, he described the multimillion dollar Abaco Club with a golf course at Winding Bay as a catalyst for other new investments in Abaco, likening its potential positive impact on Abaco to Emerald Bays on the Exumas. Direct foreign investment in Abaco he put at around $500 million with a diversity of investors. Our challenge is always to ensure great sensitivity in determining what investments should be approved by government, stated Mr. Christie, recognizing that there is always the danger of development moving faster than the country and its people can absorb. Determining that the people of Abaco should not be left in the dark concerning major investment and development on their island, he gave his assurance that the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Minister of Financial Services and Investment, would make public any such investments when they are approved. There are, he continued, currently under consideration several other projects which have been earmarked for Abaco, including those concerning the agricultural and fisheries sectors. Mr. Christie acknowledged that Abaco has traditionally been driven by residential investment and this will not change. I hope that Abaco will continue to have a strong mix of local and foreign investors. In particular he encouraged linkages between the tourism industry and domestically grown produce. After extending this as a challenge to the Chamber of Commerce, he proposed that a advisory group from the Chamber be established to meet with him or other relevant ministers on a regular basis. He applauded the recent joint venture between government and local community of repairing Elbow Cays roads and saw it as a signpost to the future.Marsh Harbour Airport:The Prime Minster then moved on to the much awaited issue of the meeting the Mash Harbour airport. Of the 93,000 tourists arriving here last year, 63,000 landed at Marsh Harbour airport, said Mr. Christie. There is no doubt that the Marsh Harbour airport has outgrown its usefulness and its capacity to deal with the number of persons coming through the facility, he stated He emphasized the importance of radical change by introducing modern safety and security measures for the maximum comfort of users of the airport. Most critical, he said, was the construction of a control tower for which the Minister of Transport, Ms Glynnis Hanna-Martin, is presently receiving quotes which range from $750,000 to $2 million. I firmly expect for this matter to be reviewed by Cabinet by the end of the financial year, which is in June, so that budgetary allocations can be made for the year 2004/5. Once a decision is made, he estimated that the tower would be constructed within six to twelve months. Mr. Christie spoke of plans for a new terminal building which he saw not as a luxury but as a security measure. I commit here and now that in the shortest possible time the Marsh Harbour International Airport will be in full conformity with the The Chamber of Commerce of Abaco presented the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie with a plaque of appreciation for addressing the Chamber members on March 18. He was also given two prints of photgraphs that Mr. Colyn Rees took of Abaco in the 1950s. Mr. Christie detailed many of the projects planned for Abaco. He is shown here on the right with Art Sands, Vice Chairman of the Chamber on the left, and Michael Albury, President of the Chamber, in the middle. Please see Christie Page 1 Please see Christie Page 17Development Plans Are Under Consideration 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 beach front pub Pig Barbeque Saturday afternoon beginning at noon See the Foundary in operation on Thursdays

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 We believe in Abacos youth. Therefore, its only appropriate that Calypso Air be the official airline of the Abaco Pathfinders. To change a generation, it takes an investment in tomorrow. Help us by supporting the Pathfinders and their worthy mission for Abacos future. Visit www.abacopathfinders.org for more details. Calypso offers daily flights and charters available on the safest, most reliable service to The Abacos. Daily service from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and West Palm Beach (PBI) to Marsh Harbour & Treasure Cay. Ask about Calypso Club our frequent flyer program, with rates as low as $105 (one way). 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!Calypso Air is Proud to be the Official Airline of the Abaco Pathfinders! 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As an interim measure he pledged that physical improvements to the airport would take place. He drew a parallel with Exumas airport which had to be given a last minute facelift for the opening of Emerald Bay.Solid Waste Disposal:Acknowledging that Man-O-War has been shipping its solid waste to the mainland for some time, Mr. Christie recognized that Elbow Cay had a serious solid waste disposal problem. Just yesterday, Mr. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health and Environment, held a useful town meeting on Elbow Cay to propose some short term remedies. A new modern landfill site has to be identified, stated Mr. Christie, adding that the proposed Snake Cay area may not be available because there have been proposals for some tourist developments there. He referred to a loan from the Inter American Development Bank which, among other things, called for the construction of a landfill site in Marsh Harbour. The programme comes to an end in mid-year 2005 so we have to find somewhere soon,Christie Asks for Abacos Input NewsFrom Page 16 said Mr. Christie.Master Plan for Abaco:Concluding with his present involvement in preparing what he called A Master Plan for Abaco, the Prime Minister said, We will assign a team to commence the necessary work for a master plan. It is long overdue and vital for the proper growth of the island. This will curtail random developments springing up. He stated that the government is currently preparing one for Eleuthera, having already completed one for the Exumas. The plan would be a 20-year plan which would identify for future generations areas appropriate for hotels, hospitals and residential areas. The planners will be consulting with the people of Abaco. This will assure that all the beaches will not be committed so that none is left for Bahamians. There is a need for open spaces and parks. Government is faced with a challenge. There is a need for revenue provided by resorts. But government must hold back on some development to maintain a balance and not give everything away.Questions:After dining and mingling among the guests, Mr. Christie opened the floor to questions. These covered subjects as diverse Victoria Albury of Abaco Insurance Agency is seen here presenting two donations to Mimi Rehor of the Wild Horses of Abaco. The first donation came from Royal Star Assurance (formerly Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company) in Nassau. Royal Star has been committed to protecting our environment for years and this commitment continues with their support of Mimi and the wild horses project. For 20 years Royal Star has been offering insurance coverage through Abaco Insurance Agency in Marsh Harbour. Abaco Insurance also made a donation to this cause. Mimi says the donations are a blessing after last months theft of equipment from the reserve where the horses are kept. However, the everyday costs of this operation are overwhelming. as more consideration to sports in general in Abaco to whether second home owners are abusing The Bahamas by using their homes as rentals and why noisy bars are built next door to churches. On being asked about casinos on Abaco, he stated that he is not aware of any applications for a casino. He did mention that he had a proposal for a monstrous development for South Abaco. He commented that there was no money for many projects but felt that Abaco could take advantage of outside people who volunteer. He mentioned two projects that showed the assistance that these people contribute. One woman working with the Every Child Counts is proposing growing native orchids, potting them attractively in coconut cloth pots and shipping to the United States for sale at $30 per plant. Another woman has taken on the project of protecting the wild horses of North Abaco. Projects of this type can be of great benefit for attracting tourists to Abaco. The Prime Minister shared many personal anecdotes and commented on how lovely it was to feel the space and enjoy the beauty of Abaco. Michael Albury, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Art Sands, Vice President, presented the Prime Minister with a commemorative plaque and photographs by Colin Reese dating back to the early s of Bahamian fishermen. Traveling with the Prime Minister were the Hon. Glynnis Hanna-Martin, Minster of Transport, and the Hon. V. Alfred Grey, Minister of Agriculture.Two Donations Go to Wild Horses Calypso Airlines has generously offered to be the official airlines of Abaco Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation. Because of the companys desire to support Pathfinders efforts in helping Abaconian students further their education, Calypso has agreed to provide transportation to and from Florida twice each school year to all Pathfinder students going to school in Florida. Calypso also donated two club memberships of 10 round trip tickets each to the Pathfinder fund raising gala and auction held on March 12. Calypso Airlines is a new airline which provides daily service from Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour to both West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. One of its owners has a home on Elbow Cay. Pathfinders is very grateful to this new business for its spirit of community support.Calypso Airlines Will Aid Pathfinder Students The AbaconianRemember to Subscribe toTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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Page 18 The Abaconian April 1, 2004 COMING IN APRIL 2004 ABACO 3HELLBOY Suspense/Horror HOME ON THE RANGE Animation NEVER DIE ALONE Action/Adventure SCOOBY DOO 2: MONSTERSUNLEASHED Family Animation THE JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION Comedy SECRET WINDOW Thriller* Movie listings subject to change without notice. Creative Relations By Portia Jonsson During his brief one-day visit to Abaco on March 18th the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, took time out of his busy schedule for a quick stop at the Every Child Counts Learning Centre. Accompanying the Prime Minister was the Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, the Hon. Alfred Gray and other government officials. Mr. Christie met with Mrs. Lyn Major, the school Director, students, teachers and volunteers at the school. He offered words of praise, encouragement and support to Mrs. Major and her staff for their tremendous labor of love and dedication to the students and the school. The Prime Minister toured both the upstairs and downstairs areas of the school including the classrooms. He then cut the ribbon on the new basketball court to symbolize its formal opening. Additionally, Mr. Christie was able to see the results of the hard work carried out by volunteers, parents, local businessmen and others in the construction of an additional classroom and workshop. Mr. Christie said this was his first time visiting this particular school. There is a need for citizens of The Bahamas and the government to find a way to identify the most disadvantaged among us and give them the most relief. The reason for the Prime Ministers visit was for him to see what has been done without one cent of government money. He said that seeing what has been created by those who came from abroad over the past few years speaks for itself, and he could never praise them enough. The Prime Minister went on to say that this was personal to him because he has a challenged child and knows first hand what Mrs. Major and her staff are faced with. He thanked and congratulated them for the service they are giving and said that they cannot be paid enough for it. It is more than work, it is a labor of love. EveryPrime Minister Visits Challenged StudentsA cheque was presented to Mrs. Lynn Major, Principal of the Every Child Counts School, by Jennifer Hudson on the right and Joan Moss on the left, two of the performers in the recent Magical Musical Moments concerts. Proceeds from the concerts were to assist the school in the wonderful work they are doing with their special students. The two concerts were held in Marsh Harbour and Hope Town. The Prime Minister was impressed with the idea of cultivating native Abaco orchids, then shipping them to be sold in the United States. The Every Child Counts school is hoping to develop this way of raising funds for the school and at the same time teaching skills to the students which can develop into lifelong work. Shown above are, left to right, Minister of Works, the Hon. Bradley Roberts; Ms. Monica Bianchi, volunteer at ECC; a student; and the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie. Ms. Bianchi is the person developing the orchid growing project. She makes the pots attractive by wrapping them in coconut cloth. child has a stake in this country, said Mr. Christie. He wishes to provide opportunities for the most disadvantaged. He added that he truly hopes that as a result of this others would be inspired to get involved in helping the countrys disadvantaged, giving them a better chance in life. He thanked everyone for the hospitality and courtesy. Mr. Christie was presented with an orchid basket by the volunteers of the school and informed of the desire to start an orchid farm and national orchid museum.Concert Proceeds Go to ECC

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 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 Kenneth G. May, 76, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and a part-time Hope Town resident, died on February 15 at his Florida home. A funeral service was held on February 19 at New Smyrna Beach. He was a noted entrepreneur and manufacturer and the founder of Coronado Paint Company and Coronado Laboratories/Lighthouse Products of New Smyrna Beach. He donated paint for maintaining the lighthouse and other community projects. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis; two sons, Paul Keaveney and Ken May, Jr.; a daughter, Carol Leach; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral for Hezekiah Kid McIntosh 66, of Coopers Town was held at the Revival Time Pentecostal Church in Coopers Town on March 21. Rev. Ronald McIntosh officiated. Interment was in the Coopers Town South Side Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Florence; sons Min. Lynden, Rev. Franklyn and Trevor McIntosh; daughters Ettajane Adderley, Annalyse Coakley, Kathren Adderley, Keva Bastian and Vernetta Saunders; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers Wilson, Kelvin, Edwin and Pastor Ronald McIntosh; sisters Miriam Roker and Betty McIntosh; daughters-in-law Jacqueline, Rev. Kelly and Gwendolyn McIntosh; sons-in-law Chris Adderley, Perez Coakley, Vincent Adderley, Wayne Bastian and Nehemiah Saunders; sisters-in-law Estelle, Delfane Kathlean, Annie and Ruth McIntosh, Vyrona Archer and Virginia Lightbourne; brothers-in-law George, Jonathan and Joseph Russell; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service for Zelda Roberts Neely 78, formerly of Crossing Rocks, was held in Nassau and interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her sons Oswald and Val; daughter Eleanor; sibling Lottie Nichols; adopted sisters Natalie Hutchinson, Iva Patton and Mable Sands; step-daughter Madlyn Neely; adopted daughter Maude Edith Roach; daughters-in-law Laura Roberts and Henrietta Roberts; brothers-in-law Israel Williams, Sr. and Eric Nicholls; grandchildren Dorothy Marshall, Victor Tony Johnson, Valique Roberts, Lavaughn Roberts, Gaynell Albury, Garnell Pratt, Cherise Adderley, Brent, Robert, Tissley, Ricardo and Monique Munroe, Hilary Gibson, Ellis Neely, William Jade Hunt; great-grandchildren; grandsons-in-law Neil Albury and Barron Pratt; nieces Stelletha and Barbara Johnson, Dorothy McKinney, Brenda Russell, Mae Walker, Gloria Russell, Rev. Carolyn Bain, Betty McKenzie, Bernice Wells, Vernell Ingraham, Daisy Watkins, Zelma Roberts, Janet Sands, Rosemarie, Patricia, Pamela, Prescola Nicholls, Louise McNair, Gloria Thompson; nephews Rev. Napoleon, Samuel and Boisy Roberts, Lloyd Walker, David, Willard, Philip, Rev. James Williams and Israel Williams Jr., James, John and Barry Johnson, Philip, Perry Nicholls and Percival Nicholls, Roosevelt Carey, Kenneth, Oswald, Rodney, Richard and Alfred Bonaby; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dorothy Leona Russell passed away on March 20th after a long illness. She was 70 year old. Her funeral was at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour on March 23. Bros. Ted Pearce and Bob Cornea officiated and interment was in the Marsh Harbour Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Earl Russell; children Doris Ericsson, Ann Russell, DeeDee Roberts, Rosalee Swanson, Terry Russell, Carol Russell and Stephen Russell; grandchildren Adlana, Ace, Erica, Tristin, James, Tyler and Celena; greatgrandchildren Alexandria, Courtney, Monica, Jordan, Aden; sons-in-law Earl, Haman, Ejnar and Edward; daughter-in-law Katherine; grandson-in-law Jed; brothers and sisters-in-law Victor Pearlson, Olga Russell, Hartwell and Gwendolyn Russell and many other relatives and friends. Spurgeon Clarence Sawyer 56, passed away on March 22 after a short illness. His funeral was on March 27 at the Church of God in Man-O-War. Pastor David Hoard and Pastor David Cartwright officiated. Interment was in the Man-O-War Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Molly Sawyer; son Thurman Sawyer; daughter Mailin Sands; daughter-in-law Jeren Sawyer; sonin-law Grant Sands; mother Mable Sawyer; uncle Carroll Sawyer; aunt Lorraine Sawyer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-lawObituaries of Family and Friends Everette and Rachel Weatherford, Nellie Weatherford, Scott and Kay Weatherford, Ella and Sidney Sands, Willis and Gloria Weatherford, Ray and Pam Weatherford; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. The Bahamian crawfish season closed at midnight, Wednesday, March 31, 2004, for all persons, Bahamians and visitors. The crawfish are protected with a closed season during their spawning period until harvesting is again allowed on August 1st, 2004. Taking crawfish by any method after March 31 is illegal and Fisheries officers will be looking for violators. All commercial fishermen with a compressed air license must have their compressors ashore on April 1 and not be found with them in their boat. Bahamians may have any quantity of fish or crawfish but must observe the minimum sizes. Crawfish on hand on April 1 should be documented with Fisheries. Fresh crawfish found by officers after the season closes will not be viewed kindly. Bag limits for non-Bahamians are six crawfish per person during the open season. Crawfish within the bag limit may be kept in a home or boat freezer after the season closes but should be documented as being on hand on April 1. The bag limits are not accumulative for successive days or for people no longer in that group. The bag limits may be legally taken to Florida by boat or aircraft. There are no limits to the amount of fish or crawfish that can be legally purchased by visitors for local consumption or to be taken to Florida. However, amounts above the bag limits should be documented with receipts and invoices to clarify the origin of the fish. Buying crawfish after March 31 at a commercial fish house from their inventory is acceptable. A receipt from a fisherman for crawfish in mid-April will probably raise some eyebrows. Any crawfish in freezers of Bahamians, second home owners or visitors on April 1st, the first day of the closed season, should be documented with a letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries or to local fisheries officers. You may or may not be inspected by an officer to verify the quantity. Remember, for non-Bahamians the amount of crawfish on hand must not exceed the bag limit for the number of people in the house on on the boat. The Bahamas government has the responsibility to protect and manage the fishing resources for the benefit of the Bahamian people. The intent of the law is to allow visitors to catch crawfish for their immediate enjoyment but not to compete with commercial Bahamian fishermen. 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Page 20 The Abaconian April 1, 2004 Quality Furniture Competitive Prices Monday Friday 9 am 5 pm Saturday 9 am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 ROOMS TO GOHave a Healthy & Prosperous New Year Have a Healthy & Prosperous New Year20 04 Parents and Guardians DaySponsored byAbaco Youth In ActionParents, guardians, friends, come see your child playBasketballOcean View Park in Dundas Town 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 3rd, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Drinks for SaleCome and Support Our Program Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Licensing, Cent. Abaco Dist. 4 March 04 The chairman could hold the meeting for lack of a quorum. Dundas Town Committee 11 March 04 The focus of this meeting was the town budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2004. Chairman Cay Mills asked members to review the previous budget carefully since it is the foundation for estimating next years figures. He further stated that Dundas Town has doubled in size with the opening of the Central Pines subdivision and is the fastest growing town on Abaco. There are presently 10 15 houses there under construction. Before discussing the budget, he stressed that playground equipment is needed for Brown Bay Park on the waterfront beside the Methodist Church. Chairman Mills asked members to consider changing the name of the Haitian cemetery on S.C. Bootle Highway to the Central Pines Graveyard. In a request from Council for staffing statutory boards, Michael Lundy will be appointed to Town Planning and Wade Archer will be appointed to Licensing. Chariman Mills asked Committee members to approve his request that the Central Abaco dump which is located on the S.C. Bootle Highway in Dundas Town be taken from Councils jurisdiction and be assigned to the Dundas Town Committee. Due to the amount of garbage taken into the Dundas Town site, the other towns on Central Abaco should then budget to assist Dundas Town in its upkeep. In preparing the towns budget request for next year, the following annual amounts were agreed on. Last years amount for town garbage collection was $36,000 and members agreed to request an additional $36,000 totaling $72,000 to allow for twice weekly collection as opposed to the present single pickup each week. An amount of $72,000 will be requested for garbage collection in the 500 lot Central Pines Estates subdivision. Additionally, cleaning the verges in Central Pines Estates including the road to the primary school is estimated to require $30,000. Garbage collection and cleaning the road verges in this new subdivision was not previously required as the subdivision just recently opened. A janitress for the new restroom at Ocean View Park has been budgeted at $3,600. Maintenance for Ocean View Park, Independence Park and the town cemetery is budgeted at $21,600. Brown Bay Park maintenance is budgeted for $5,000 Maintenance of the Haitian cemetery on S.C. Bootle Highway will be budgeted for $5,000 which is a new item this year. Maintenance of settlement roads will remain the same as last year at $15,600 and side road maintenance increased from $10,800 to $15,600 due to additional roads being constructed. Maintenance of Forest Drive verges through Dundas Town will remain at $15,600. Other upkeep has been raised from $10,000 for this fiscal year to $15,000 for the coming year. (Minor items have not been shown.) The total requested is $278,400 and is $144,800 above last years budget or a 192 per cent increase. Hotel Licensing, Cent. District March 17 The Hotel Licensing Board of Central Abaco met on March 17 and discussed the recent seminar on hotel licensing organized by Mrs. Melanie Farrington from Nassau. Mrs. Farrington is Director of Hotel Licencing within the Ministry of Tourism. The members were disappointed because they did not get direct answers to their questions. The group is unable to make any of its hotel inspections because they have not received the report from Nassau listing the infractions for the hotels in the area. The Nassau team makes a list of deficiencies that have to be improved before each hotel can receive its license for the year. The local Board follows up to make sure the infractions are corrected. The group felt that some of them should have accompanied the inspection team from Nassau. That would have given Board members a better understanding of what their duties are now. They also felt that the inspections are cursory and not thorough enough. Port Authority 18 March 2004 Only three members came which did not constitute a quorum. Licencing Board 24 March 2004 A wholesale grocery license was granted for a new building being erected beside Pinewoods Nursery close to the Marsh Harbour airport. Marco Air Conditioning was granted an amendment to their license allowing the sale of office furniture and supplies. Abaco Beach Resort was granted a license for a gift shop and art gallery in the Little Switzerland building at the entrance to their property. Other routine applications were approved for fine sculpture, custom auto parts, and a shop selling tobacco, packaged imported coffee, art and souvenirs.Local Government at Work season is to allow the stock to replenish. Bag limits for non-Bahamians are in place to allow recreational fishing during open seasons.. Bag limits, season dates and other issues related to fisheries resources are under study by government and revised rules and guidelines are expected to be made public in the near future. Closing the season for Nassau Grouper for 30 days in January throughout the Bahamas was a move in this direction. The establishment of year-round no-take fisheries zones is another protective measure being formulated. CrawfishFrom Page 19 Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre Sea Star Car Rental

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 21 We, Percy Alburys family, would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone at the Reef Ball Saturday, March 20th who helped revive Percy Albury Thank you all for the prayers, concern, phone calls and visits since that trying evening. It is impossible to find adequate words to express our feelings of gratitude to Doctors Frank Boyce and Marc Binard who went the extra mile to bring Percy back to us. Also, we would like to thank Brandon Thompson & Brian Fredericks for their help. Our love and thoughts go to everyone!Thank God for Life.

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Page 22 The Abaconian April 1, 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 equipment traffic required by new construction in the area has contributed to further deterioration of the roads. We are concerned for the safety of our residents and visitors, says David Nottage, President of Palm Shores Owners Association. For further information on this project, please contact Louise Blank at 477-5686 or for general information David Nottage at 375-8040. Bahama Palm Shores property owners need to sign the petition by April 15.Comments on the Hope Town Road SituationDear Editor, Please allow me a space in your newspaper. For quite some time Ive been hearing and reading about the Hope Town highway. Referring to the letter in the March issue under the heading It Could Be Better in The Bahamas I think the heading of the letter should have read like this, It Should Have Been Better for Hope Town under the FNM Rule Im still lost to think that anyone in Hope Town voted for the FNM, knowing full well the way they were left out for over nine years. As we all know, much revenue goes into Treasury from Hope Town. But now this new PLP gets all the blame for the bad roads. Let me say right here I believe Hope Town will have new roads in the near future. Help and hope is on the way. What some people dont realize is that under the former government rule, the roads were kept up by individuals. Now under this new government these same ones have nothing to do with filling the pot holes or craters as now they are called. They just want to make it look bad for the PLP. If the former government did what they were supposed to do in their nine years in office, Mr. James Stolpestad of St. Paul, Minnesota, would have not had to go back home with a broken leg. I know how bad the roads were before the election in 2002. I worked in Hope Town for approximately three months and rode in the back of a pick-up truck for approximately 90 percent of the time. The eight hours of work were fun but riding back and forth on the Hope Town road was disgusting. I told the FNM off every day for three months. My boss got tired of hearing me telling them off. Several times he said, You still talking about them? To be honest with you, if I were an elected member of any government and could not get anything for my town who supported me, I would not seek office after the first term. Now I know that there are those who are saying, what are you to be writing a letter about Hope Town and their problems. Well, Ill have you know I have a deep feeling for that town. First of all, my beautiful wife came from there. Come July will be 35 years a long time to be with one woman. I also have a daughter in Hope Town, a son-in-law, two grandchildren, four brothers-in-law and four sisters-in-law plus lots of friends. My granddaughter is 11 years old and my grandson is just about three, and they have been riding these bad roads since they were born. Im sure they think this is the way the roads are supposed to be. But let me say again that I believe you will have the roads paved in the near future. Just keep filling in the craters like you did under the FNM rule. Help and hope is on the way. I really believe Big Bad Brad will not let five years go by without paving the roads, unlike the former governmentsMore Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9Church NewsThe annual missions meeting and auction held at the Epworth Methodist Chapel on March 20th and 21st raised over $5,000. Twenty percent of these monies go to Nassau to support the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and 20 percent is sent to Africa to aid missionaries working there. Sixty percent stays in Cherokee to support the local church, its congregation and local charities. School NewsThe school has postponed its dinner sale from March 27th to April 3rd. The chicken dinner is $10 per person and will include two sides with drinks and dessert extra. Im sure your support will be appreciated.Forest Fires Continue and So Does the LitteringOur drought has continued for over a month and a half. As a result, we are experiencing many forest fires, as we do almost every year around this time. As we travel back and forth to Marsh Harbour in the forest areas on the Great Abaco Highway, the fires are exposing the tons of discarded cans and bottles that litterers toss out. This is an eyesore and an embarrassment. What must our tourists think when they see how we take care of our beautiful island? We must all try to set a better example, It would be so easy to keep a litter bag in your vehicle and keep your trash until it can be discarded in a proper receptacle. There are no trash collectors or clean up crews to clean the miles and miles of roads on Abaco. Maybe you are not the culprit, but we should all try and do our part to help keep Abaco clean. 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 nine year rule. But if for some reason they dont, vote them out. But really, I should not say that because that is exactly what you did in 2002. If the roads are not paved, dont vote at all, at least for the FMN. You all know what you got for nine years a Big Duck Egg I say shame on any government who treats a town the way you have been treated. You have a right to be very upset. Thanks. Sincerely, Samuel David AlburyThanks to BECTo Whom It May Concern: We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the full cooperation and assistance we received from BEC regarding the housing project of Three Beaches at Fig Tree Island, Turtle Rocks Working together was certainly a display of teamwork between a government corporation and local entrepreneurs. Our time has been great and we now have two home owners experiencing a wonderful way to live and own Bahamian land. With development plans for our property to continue at a proper pace, we will continue to build harmonious, wise, workable and environmentally friendly places to live. All the while, we can share our vision. Thank you for helping us grow. Great job, everybody. Thank you. Nick Miaoulis, Proprietor SouthFrom Page 6

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 23 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 Cr eek......................................... $25 + $5 TC Hotel to Sand Bank ..........................................$16 + $5 TC Hotel to Moxey ..................................................$10 + $5 TC Hotel to Bronks ................................................... $7 + $5 From TC Hotel to All Areas N. of T.C. Airport Add $10 Waiting Time $12 Per Hour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.367-5358 Evening dinner cruise Dive Abaco Marsh H.367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 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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VOLUME 12 NUMBER 7, APRIL 1ST, 2004 SECTION B Hope Town Celebrates Heritage DayBy Jennifer Hudson Pride filled the air at Hope Town on March 6 as descendants of Wyannie Malone, other Hope Town residents and visitors from near and far all joined in the celebration of Heritage Day. Heritage Day is an annual event which raises funds for the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. The funds raised this year will allow the museum to complete the interior of their newly built Balcony House. The theme for this years Heritage Day was Boats, Schooners and Ships in remembrance of the fact that Wyannie Malone and family arrived all those years ago by boat. Mr. Leonard Thompson gave an interesting background of boat building in Hope Town and reminisced on how much Hope Town has changed since he was a boy in the early 1900s when everyone needed a boat. Hope Town was the birth place of threemasted schooners including the famous Abaco Bahamas This large schooner, 155 feet long and 35 feet wide, was built from wood which had to be dragged from the pine forest and crafted without the help of any HeritageFrom Page 2 Coming EventsApril 1-7Easter Cantata Hope Town April 1, Marsh Harbour April 4, Man-O-War April 7 April 1-4WhaleFest Hope Town April 2, MH Apr 3 April 9Good Friday Public Holiday April 10Cherokee Day Dedication of Old School April 12Easter Monday Public Holiday April 23Earth Day April 21-24Bahamas White Marlin TournamentApr.25-30Bah. Billfish Cham. Abaco Beach Apr. 30Musical by Forest Heights Academy Dinner and Musical Theatre May 1A competition between Bahamian dinghies being sculled was one the the attractions of the Hope Town Heirtage Day celebration. The competition attracted both old timers including Winer Malone and Chester Thompson and the younger generation. The ability to scull a dinghy is not a common skill as it once was.Dumps Present Problems on the CaysMan-O-War has shipped all its garbage to the mainland for years. It was the only way they found to satisfactorily handle their garbage. Hope Town still has serious problems from burning their trash. Parliamentary Secretary for Health, the Hon. Ron Pinder, recently inspected the dumps on the cays to know better how to resolve the problems. See story on page 4.Auskell Medical Clinics Officially Opens Advance Clocks One Hour April 4Daylight Savings Time begins 2 a.m. April 4. Set your clocks ahead one hour either at bedtime on Saturday evening, April 3 or on Sunday morning, April 4. The Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic in Marsh Harbour was officially opened on March 20 in a ceremony which included cutting the ribbon to a newly renovated and enlarged clinic. Shown above is Mrs. Vyrona Archer cutting the ribbon assisted by Mr. Percival Archer. Looking on is Mrs. Archers grandchild, Austin, and Mrs. Angie Collie, one of the two founders of the clinic. By Portia Jonsson Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic, which provides state of-the-art quality care on Abaco and offers the most up-to-date specialist medical care, officially opened its facility on March 20th. Hosting this grand opening ceremony were the clinics founders, Dr. Daniel Johnson and Mrs. Angie Collie. Auskell, named after Mrs. Collies children, Austin and Perkell, first opened its doors in August of last year. Mrs. Collie was inspired to help found Auskell after she became aware of a 12-year-old boy who needed to see a cardiologist, but whose mother could not afford to take him to Nassau or leave her other children behind. It seemed reasonable to Mrs. Please see Auskell Page 8

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Page 2 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004power tools. It took a dozen men a whole year to build a sailing ship and launching in those days was also a very slow process. The boats had to be lowered with hand made jacks and in order to assist the progress of the boat into the water people would scatter its path with aloes to smooth the way. Many young boys built their own sixfoot skiffs in which they would go off fishing. Capt. Thompson closed by stating how proud he is to have been born in Hope Town and reiterated the fact that although things have changed greatly in Hope Town since his boyhood, people still need boats. Mr. Dawson Roberts, a lawyer from Nassau, spoke of his father, Jenkins Roberts who was born in Hope Town in 1886 and was the master boat builder who actually built the schooner, Abaco, Bahamas before moving to Nassau to become foreman of the Symonette Shipyards on Hog Island (now Paradise Island). There is now a replica of the Abaco Bahamas crafted by Mr. Vertrum Lowe, on display in the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. Mr. Vertum Lowe brought four of his incredibly detailed models of two-masted schooners which were used for sponging in the old days for display at the festival. He said that though his work is tedious, he enjoys it. His model ships are in homes all over the world. He is sad that the talent is disappearing as the young people are not interested in carrying on these traditions. They are only interested in Kalik and computers, he sadly stated. The old time art of Plaiting the Maypole was demonstrated and much fun was had by the dancers and onlookers, especially when a few knots in the ribbons showed that today there is much less time for practising such arts as in days gone by! Next came the small boat and flag parade which was most interesting and colourful as all the boats in the parade flew a flag of special importance to the Bahamian Heritage. Leading the group was BASRA One, the response boat for Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association and Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue. The first flag displayed was the red and yellow Royal Standard of Ferdinand and Isabella which was brought to The Bahamas by Christopher Columbus and first planted on Bahamian soil on the island of San Salvador. Following this was the British Union Jack brought to The Bahamas by the Eleutheran Adventurers in 1648. With minor interruptions, the Union Jack was the national flag of The Bahamas until Independence from Britain in 1973. Next in line, the pirate flag, the Jolly Roger with its skull and cross bones, was used throughout The Bahamas from the late 1600s until 1718 to strike fear in the hearts of ships captains and crews. Although never officially the flag of The Bahamas, the Jolly Roger does represent an important era in our history. Following this was the flag of the independent Commonwealth of The Bahamas which was first flown over the Hope Town park on July 10th, 1973. The final boat in the parade, in celebration of the heritage of Hope Town, proudly displayed the Hope Town flag. The four corners of this flag represent four events that helped shape its local history: 1. the arrival of the Loyalists in 1785, most notably, Wyannie Malone, who would now be tenth great-grandmother to the present youngest generation in Hope Town; 2. the building of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse in 1864 which put a large crimp in the wrecking trade; 3. the Hope Town schooner era when many beautiful schooners such as the William H. Albury were built; 4. Bahamian Independence. The remainder of the day was for visitors to wander at their leisure and enjoy the varied displays in and around the museum and its new addition, the Balcony House. Stephen Knowles displayed samples of native Bahamian woods and demonstrated the old time art of the wooden spinning top, while Reg Patterson informed of the values of Bush Medicine and Deidre Rolle and Virginia Williams wove straw items. Mark Malone, serving the old time Swiggle (gin and coconut water), soothed many a parched throat on that very hot day. Several Hope Town residents took to the water in their Abaco dinghies to demonstrate the art of sculling which was how the local people got around in years gone by before the advent of the motor boat. Old timers such as Winer Malone and Chester Thompson made it look so easy, having learnt that tricky art as young boys and had many, many hours of experience over the years. It was pleasing to see a couple of the Plaiting the Maypole was one of the many activities which entertained the crowds gathered to celebrate Heritage Day in Hope Town on March 6. This annual event raises funds for the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. The organizers are hoping to complete the interior work on the museums second building, the Balcony House, this year. HeritageFrom Page 1Hope Town Has a Rich Heritage of Ships We want you to know!Abaco Print Shop and Execuprint have merged their efforts in making printing easier for you! Advertising and DesignLocated in the Abaco Shopping Centre Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-3202 Fax: (242) 367-3201 Carbonless Forms Office Stationary Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Lamination Wedding Invitations and More.......... We Print: Please see Heritage Page 5

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 3 B By Bro. Bob Haswell Last March 6 most of the residents of Hope Town made their way to Jarrod Park to the Heritage Day celebration organized by the Directors of the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum. With the tourists I estimated there were over 500 people in attendance. The sun was shining bright, and the day was warm. As I waited for the festivities to begin, I interviewed Hope Towns master boat builder, Mr. Winer Malone. I had been watching him get one of several boats he had built set up for the sculling race. These boats are Abaco dinghy sailing boats. According to Winer the style is still the same used by the early settlers of Hope Town. They have a very distinctive style and look to them. They are hand built to last a lifetime if cared for. Winer shapes each piece of wood by hand to assure a perfect fit. They used tar or pitch in the old days, and this process needed to be repeated from time to time to prevent leeks. Winer now uses a new material that needs very little maintenance to keep leeks from occurring. If you have read The Fledgling an autobiographical book written by Chester Thompson, the black dinghy belonging to uncle was a Abaco dinghy just like the ones Winer builds today. They were used with a sail or sculled and were the main source of transportation. I looked at Winers wrinkled, callused hands. They were what you would expect for a craftsmen who has built these boats for the last 47 years. He only builds four per year, performing the task in his yard. Mr. Malone is now aged 74. I asked him if anyone else on the island knows how to build his boats. He said no. When I asked him if he would be willing to train someone else, his reply was that some have approached him about it, but the work is so meticulous it will take a very special person. It would be a shame for Abaco to lose this craft when Winer dies. The Heritage Day program included a talk by Capt. Leonard Thompson who was born in Hope Town and will be 87 year old in June. Mr. Thompson reminded the people of the glory days when several large sailing vessels were built here or at ManO-War. Mr. Jenkins Roberts was the master boat builder under whose eye was built The Abaco Bahamas, The P.J ., or The Alma R. The wood for these vessels was cut from the trees on Abaco and hauled to Mouth of Harbour Point or Man-O-War where the Priscilla was built. These three-masted ships were about 155 feet long, and 35 feet wide, and the masts were crafted from 80-foot trees. It would take a crew of 12 or more men a year to build them. As the boats were built on shore, getting them into the water was a full days job. Homemade jacks and block and tackle to pull it would not have been enough by themselves. Aloe leaves were put on the timber skids between the boat and the shore. As the boat was pulled over them, they were crushed releasing the slick juices fromSailing Ships Was Theme of Heritage Day Please see Sailing Page 22 Mr. Vertrum Lowe was one of the speakers at the Hope Town Heritage Day celebration. He is shown with one of his ship models which are replicas of sailing ships once constructed on Abaco. He sold two of his models during the day. C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft DrinksTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLING Gatorade V8 Splash Bluebird Smoothies Bottled Water Malts and Canned Sodashe called back

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Page 4 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned and Rehubbed Aluminum Brass Stainless Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum SandblastingPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Announcing Dental SpecialistsAgape FAgape F Agape FAgape F Agape F amilyamily amilyamily amily Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental Centre Dental CentreDr. Therese M. Bonamy & StaffP.O. Box AB 20676, Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-4355/54 Fax: 367-2193E-mail: agapedental@batelnet.bs Dr. Munir Rashad April 2 Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth) Dr. Woodley Thompson April 15-16 Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Antoine Clarke April 22-23 Periodontics (Gum disease & implants) Dr. Therese Bonamy (Full time) General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM BLEACHING) Janet Ferguson RDH (Full time) Dental Hygienist Call today for an appointment All emergencies and walk-ins are welcome Proverbs 3:5-6 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 By Stephanie Humblestone I am a Bahamian and I am ashamed, Elbow Cay resident Tito Baldwin told Mr. Ron Pinder, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Health and Environment at an open meeting held at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town on March 17. What do tourists feel, continued Mr. Baldwin, when they see our children almost falling out of golf carts on a road which looks like it has been hit by a Napalm bomb and then holding their noses as they pass the dump? Please help us. The impassioned plea was one of many coming one day after firefighters had once again fought a serious fire at the islands dump which is situated less than a mile south of the settlement. When its overflowing waste is being burned, billowing clouds of smoke overtake the small cay. The smoke is said to stretch as far as Tilloo and the Parrot Cays Before attending the meeting, held expressly to remedy the problem of solid waste disposal on the cay, Mr. Pinder and a team of technical advisors from Nassau toured the dump site. With him on his mission to find a solution were the Director for Environmental Health Services, Ms. Melonie McKenzie; her Deputy Director, Mr. Vincent Sweeting; Project and Technical Advisor, Mr. Anthony Burrows; and Assistant Manager Solid Waste Division, Mr. Ruel Forbes. Accompanying them locally were Director of Tourism, Ms. Jeritzan Outten, and her assistant director, Don Cornish, members of the Police Force and local government representatives. It is disgusting, agreed Mr. Pinder. Without minimising the islands plight, he recognised that overall in The Bahamas the disposal of solid waste is a problem. Relating it to the boom in development, he stated, We are producing more solid waste than we really have the ability to dispose of, This is causing ensuing degradation of the environment and potential serious health problems. We are one of the few countries in the world which does not pay for the collection and disposal of solid waste. It is costing government a substantial amount of money at the present time, and we do not have the funds to sustain this kind of environmental protection, he continued. In view of this the government of The Bahamas may be obliged at some point to introduce an environment levy of $5 to $10 for every household and yacht to offset major expenses ahead like barging, the setting up of transfer stations and landfills. In addition, he said, the government is committed to establishing proper sewerage disposal sites for boaters as emptying sewerage into the harbour is out of control. Bringing the issue closer to home, he reminded residents that under the former administration the collection and disposal of solid waste was put in the hands of local government with an existing contract still in place. However, he acknowledged that within the last five years Elbow Cay has been under siege by two hurricanes and in their wake there is an accumulation of repair and construction-related garbage. We are prepared to remedy the situation, but it will be costly, said Mr. Pinder, outlining a short term solution of barging bulk waste such as heavy appliances to New Providence and newly generated waste to Marsh Harbour. This would provide an opportunity for the dump to be cleaned, bringing the problem temporarily under control until a proper landfill is built on the mainland. A site is still being sought on Great Abaco Island. Meanwhile, he stressed, there is to be no burning at the dump. A temporary transfer station was earmarked in White Sound, but this was questioned later when a resident stated that it was private land. The site of the former Elbow Cay Club was also mentioned as a temporary solution, pending the owners permission The short term proposal was acceptable to the community in theory, but the overriding concern was when? We cannot wait any longer We have waited too long. The health of our community is at risk with smoke contamination, said Rhonda Claridge, Director of the Committee for a Clean Island founded in 2002 by Hope Town residents to better handle waste management on the island. Along with Fire Chief Clay Wilhoyte, also holder of the contract for waste disposal on the island, she priced costs for barging and trucking garbage off the island. They estimated $186,000 for start-up costs and a subsequent $159,000 per annum for maintenance.Hope Town Dump Is a Major Problem Please see HT Dump Page 5 The Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Health, the Hon. Ron Pinder, toured the dump on Elbow Cay to see what can be done to remedy the situation. The dump has to be burned daily to contain the garbage on a small piece of land that is privately owned. The group shown here accompanied Mr. Pinder. They are, left to right, Ms. Bertha McPhee with the Department of Environmental Health on Abaco, Mr. Ross Thompson, Mr. Alexander Williams, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Mr. Jeff Key and Mrs. Diane Bethel. Mr. Thompson, Mr. Key and Mrs. Bethel are Hope Town District Councillors. Mr. Pinder is in the background.

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 B Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 The low cost maintenance of pavers and the ease of replacing units within these areas make them ideal materials for exteriors. With over 250 designer colors to choose from American Pavers has a multitude of uses for both residential and commercial properties.Sold in a variety of shapes to suite your style Call: (954) 727-8595 (954) 727-8595 (954) 727-8595 (954) 727-8595 (954) 727-8595 Marsh Harbour Boat Yard Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat LiftServices include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Mechanical repairs Well stocked marine store (incorporating Triple J Marine Store)For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com The Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey is proud to announce the Second Annual Great Abaco Whale Fest on April 1st 4th. This multi-day festival is the primary fund raising event for BMMS with all proceeds directly supporting research and conservation of marine mammals in Abaco. This year the Whale Fest is hosting Abacos first-ever wildlife outdoor film series projected on a giant inflatable screen. BMMS is teaming with the Filmmakers for Conservation to host two evenings of awardwinning National Geographic and Discovery films on whales and dolphins. A professional crew from Open Air Cinemas in Utah will be traveling to Abaco to set-up the huge (22 foot x 30 foot) inflatable screen and project the films. The Hope Town community ball park will be the site of the film premiere on April 2 from 7-11 p.m. Moviegoers are asked to bring a chair and enjoy corn dogs, popcorn and other yummy food sold by the Hope Town All-Age School PTA. BMMS will sell beer and wine. Please contact Froggies (366-0431 in Hope Town or 365-6494 in Man-O-War) for information about transportation from Man-O-War. Marsh Harbour will have its own showing on the giant outdoor screen on April 3 from 7 11 p.m. in Yahama Park, next to Bristol Cellars. Families can again enjoy food, drink and movies of marine mammals in the park. All attendees are asked to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Another highlight of the Whale Fest will be the Sandy Point 5K and 2.5K whale walk/ run and BMMS Open House held on April 3. This family day of fun and education starts with race registration at 8 a.m. and an Open House at the BMMS Research Centre in the afternoon. Children and adults will enjoy the race course as it takes them through downtown Sandy Point and along the shoreline for a beautiful view of the water. After the awards ceremony, the Open House will feature BMMS extensive marine mammal museum and videos, have hands-on educational games and demonstrations and provide opportunities to talk with researchers working in the field. Families can enjoy delicious Bahamian food, beer, sodas, games, music and swimming throughout the afternoon with food proceeds benefitting the Sandy Point PTA. Round trip transportation will be available, leaving Marsh Harbour at 7 a.m. across from Texaco and returning at 4 p.m. Participants may register on race day and receive a free T-shirt for raising $25 or more in sponsorship. Sponsor sheets are available at Javas and Bellevue. The Whale Fest finale is on April 4 with a wild dolphin adventure in the Sea of Abaco from 12:30 5 p.m. BMMS is teaming with Boat Harbour Marina for Sunday brunch for those on the tour show your wild dolphin ticket and 10 percent of your meal cost will be donated to BMMS. The tour will leave Hope Town at 12:30 p.m. and Boat Harbour Marina at 1 p.m. This educational tour will be narrated by marine mammal scientists who know whos who in Abacos dolphin world. Conch salad, snacks, beer and sodas will be sold. Tickets are being sold at Javas and Froggies and space is limited. The Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey is a team of scientists, students and volunteers who have been conducting research and educational programs on dolphins and whales in the waters surrounding Abaco since 1991. BMMS also coordinates stranding response and offers internships for Bahamian students, lectures and field trips for schools and runs the Sandy Point Environmental Camp launched in 2003. BMMS goals are to increase scientific knowledge and through public education, contribute to the conservation of marine mammals in The Bahamas. Please join us at the Whale Fest and support this important effort. For more information, contact BMMS at 242-3664155 or email:bmms@oii.net. HeritageFrom Page 2 When Mr. Pinder spoke of reviewing the costs when he returned to Nassau and end of the fiscal year considerations, there were many raised eyebrows. Dont tell us you are going to go away and think about it. Thats not good enough. We have contractors sitting at the back of the room and they are ready, said Mr. Baldwin. Mr. Wilhoyte highlighted the problem by giving specific concerns. At most construction sites on this island pressure treated lumber is used for the majority of framing and decking. One tablespoon of ash from treated wood contains a lethal dose of arsenic he said. Already we have had one death from a man breathing fumes at a fire. Emphasising the magnitude of the problem Mr. Wilhoyte said, Hope Town is only six miles long. The entire island, our drinking water, our soil, the food we eat, the air we breathe and even our reefs and marine life are being contaminated daily. He added that nylon, rubber and wool produce hydrogen cyanide which causes muscle spasms, increased heart rate and respiratory problems. In addition, he feared for the firefighters who are exposingWhale Fest Hosts First Wildlife Film Seriesthemselves to the very hazards they are trying to protect the community from. Many firefighters stated that they would not respond to any more fires at the dump. We fought the fire for over six hours. A propane cylinder exploded and a gas tank from a station wagon blew up in our faces, said Assistant Fire Chief Bonnie Hall. The meeting ended with Mr. Pinder assuring the community that they would see some action within a few days and that he would return to Nassau and not just deliberate. He promised, I will be proactive in this matter. Dump From Page 4 younger generation also learning the art and they made a valiant effort to keep up with the experts, despite a minor collision in the harbour! The day ended with a silent auction and then, as the weary visitors, participants and organizers wended their way home, there was a general consensus that it had been a most wonderful and successful day, and everyone is very much looking forward to next years Heritage Day.

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Page 6 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. 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Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour MarinaTel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com www.merlinsmarine.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm 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 Sports NewsYouth In ActionThe Youth In ActionBasketball Program is now continuing with their program of teaching skills and drills. The kids and coaches are all having a wonderful time at the Dundas Town Park. Their regular season games are well under way. The first weeks results are as follows: Pee Wee League Ages 5 to 9 Heat 2, Clippers 0 Shakeem Henchell scored 2 points for the Heat in the win. Mini Girls League Ages 6 to 11 Hawks 2, Pistons 0 Liyah Davis scored 2 points for the Hawks in the win. Mini Boys League Ages 9 to 12 Suns 12, Celtics 8 Arlington Wells scored 6 points for the Suns in the win. Julian Stuart had 4 points for the Celtics Hornets 4, Suns 5 Arlington Wells scored 3 points for the Suns in the win. Lukie Innocent Jr. had 2 points for the Hornets Junior League Ages 13 to 15 Sixers 10, Kings 15 Livingston Cornish scored 8 points for the Kings in the win. Kevin Altidor had 3 points. Cheynea Turnquest, the only girl playing in the boys Junior League, had 2 points. Lakers 23, Sixers 18 Stanley McIntosh 8 points / Winton Adderley 9 points for the Lakers in the win. Adrian Mitchell had 9 points / Henry Williams 7 points and Cheynea Turnquest 2 for the Sixers. For the second year, we will be selecting two AllStar teams to travel to Freeport, Grand Bahama, in June to compete in the Hoytes Basketball Tournament. The results of games held in mid March are as follows: Game 1 Mini League Celtics 2, Hornets 6 Sheldon Martin,Lukie Innocent Jr. and Corderro Carey scored 2 points each for the Hornets. Game 2 Pee Wee League Heat 0, Clippers 4 Jodie Martin and Clementino Burrows scored 2 points each for the Clippers Game 3 Junior League Lakers 8, Kings 10 Lyndon Davis Jr., Japhus Blanc and George Martin scored 2 points each for the Lakers. Nekeli Williams lead all scorers with 8 points for the Kings. Elliott Stuart scored 2 points Game 4 Girls Pistons 3, Hawks 0 Jasmine Ferguson scored 3 points for the Pistons Game 5 Mini Hornets 10, Suns 2 Corderro Carey scored 4 points for the Hornets and Sheldon Martin, Chaz Darville, Tyquan Clarke each scored 2 points. Game 6 Junior Sixers 6, Lakers 16 The Lakers had a balance scoring attack lead by 7 points from Winton Adderley, 3 points from Lyndon Davis Jr. 3 points and 2 points from Donald Simms, George Matrin and Japhus Blanc. The scores for the March 20 competition are as follows: Game 1 Juniors Sixers 14, Kings 23 Robin LeFrance had 10 points and Nikeli Williams had 5 points for the Kings. Adrian Mitchell scored 7 points for the Sixers Game 2 Kings 6, Lakers 9 Robin LeFrance scored 6 points for the Kings. Winton Adderley scored 4 points and Lyndon Davis, Jr., scored 3 points for the Lakers. Game 3 Girls Hawks 0, Pistons 10 Balance scoring attack by the Pistons Jasmine Ferguson had 4 points / Serena Green and Zinnia Miller had 2 points each. Game 4 Mini League Celtics 7, Suns 15 Arlington Wells scored 6 points and Elroy Knowles scored 6 points for the Suns. Game 5 Celtics 4, Hornets 7 Coderro Carey scored 4 points for the Hornets. Game 6 Pee Wee Heat 0, Clippers 10 Jody Martin scored all 6 points for the Clippers.Parents and Guardians DayThe Abaco Youth in Action will be having a fund raising event on April 3rd at the Ocean View Park in Dundas Town from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This day is dubbed Parents and Guardians Day to give parents and guardians a chance to see their child play basketball. There will be a Three Point and Free Throw contest for the parents and guardians. Parents are ask to ensure that their children are picked up promptly at 8 p.m. after the fund raiser. The event is to raise fund for supplies and equipment for the program. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be on sale. All are asked to come out and support this volunteer program.BodybuildingThe National Wheelchair and Sunshine Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Classic was held on March 20 in West Palm Beach. The competition was held in weight classes for wheelchair athletes and Open and Masters classes for both men and women. Veteran bodybuilder Arthur Elden, competing in his first show of this year, placed third in the Masters Division over 60. The competition calender year runs from March through November and Arthur hopes to compete in three or four more shows in Florida.Surfing CompetitionSurfing has been great this winter season. On March 21 a great contest was held at Hope Town Beach in two to four-foot surf at a break called Four Rocks. The results of the Bahamas Amateur Surfing Associations contest were as follows: Juniors Division 1st Christian Wilhoyte (Hope Town) 2nd Kyle Jorden (Juno Beach, Florida) 3rd Jacob Albury (Hope Town) 4th Kevin Jorden (Juno Beach, Florida) 5th Andrew Nottage (Hope Town) 6th Hannah Copeland (Duck, North Carolina) Mens Open Division 1st Jeff Gale (Parrot Cay) 2nd Tim Albury (Hope Town) 3rd Rick Jordan (Juno Beach, Florida) Check out our website for upcoming events: www.basurfinga.freeservers.com Please see picture of the winners of the Junior Division on the next page.

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 B 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 TREASURE CAY OCEAN BEACH 200 Beach Front on Ocean BoulevardLovely 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with huge living room Lot next door included, 700 deep. Price $1,800,000 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 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery By Jennifer Hudson Abaco, as we all know, is a very popular tourist destination known for its pristine beaches and crystal seas, balmy temperatures, friendly people and laid back atmosphere. What is a surprise to many people is that it is now becoming a popular destination for surfers. Surfing or surf riding is the sport of riding in towards shore on the crest of a wave. This exhilarating sport is now enjoyed in many countries throughout the world including The Bahamas. Since surfing is a very young sport in The Bahamas many people are under the impression that this is a fairly new sport in general and may be surprised to learn that the first references to surfing cane from the journal of Captain King written in 1779 during one of his voyages with Captain Cook. His entry reads Stormy weather or any extraordinary swell at sea and 20 to 30 natives with long narrow boards rounded at the end, plunging under the waves set out for shore. This is the first description of hee nalu, the Hawaiian word for surfing, ever recorded by Western man. The ancient Hawaiians left more accurate evidence carved in lava rock. The Chiefs used surfing and other Hawaiian sports as competition to maintain their strength, agility and command over their people. Class distinction was evident in the type and size of surf board one owned. Missionaries to Hawaii in 1820 believed the sport to be hedonistic and preached against it so by 1890 the sport was almost extinct. However, by 1905 the missionary influence had declined, freeing up an avenue for the reintroduction of surfing. The famous Beach Boys of Waikiki are credited with the rebirth of surfing in Hawaii. In 1907 the sport was introduced in California and from thence spread worldwide. Surfing is gaining in popularity because of the exercise benefits and exhilaration the sport produces, according to one Florida surfing instructor. He also states, Surfing is without doubt a full body workout, oneSurfing Is Popular Sport on AbacoSurfing on Abaco has become very popular both with local residents and visitors. Surf magazines claim that the waves are as good on Abaco as anywhere along the Atlantic coast. The Bahamas Amateur Surfing Association held a contest on March 21 on Elbow Cay. Shown here are the winners of the Junior Division. They are, left to right, Kevin Jorden, Kyle Jorden, Christian Wilhoyte, Hannah Copeland, Jacob Albury and Andrew Nottage. Please see Surfing Page 22

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Page 8 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 FOR SALE COMMERCIAL PROPERTYMarsh Harbour on the harbour RICHS RENTALS Make 5% interest on investment + 10% on property per year. For more info call: Rich at 366-2210 Affordable Reliable200-800 GPD SC Compact 1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0852 www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope Town 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-t aking 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) 366-0113Collie to wonder, Why not bring the specialists here? Now, she said, a year later, 20 specialists are visiting us! Abaconians are able to see a range of medical specialists from heart, skin, bone and foot doctors to obstetrician-gynecologists, a pediatrician, allergist, audiologist and plastic surgeon right here in Marsh Harbour. Dr. Daniel Johnson, who co-founded Auskell with Mrs. Collie, as part of his mission to establish quality medical care throughout the Bahamas, welcomed everyone wholeheartedly and joyously. He said that he and Angie have risen to the challenge and he wants Abaconians to share in the experience. Bringing remarks was the former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for North Abaco, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham. Mr. Ingraham said that this facility that has been put in place is representative of what is happening on Abaco. Abaco has the fastest growing economy in the country. He congratulated Dr. Johnson and Mrs. Collie on their vision and thanked the doctors for providing Abaco with upto-date medical practices. He went on to say that they are helping to provide the services expected of a city, seeing that Abaco is becoming the Bahamas third city. Mrs. Angie Collie gave a tearful and emotional address. It is because of her love for the people of Abaco that she is doing this. She has traveled to many countries and met many people but never once experienced the warmth like the people of Abaco. It was her dream and desire to bring specialists to Abaco. Mrs. Collie added that it was not about what Auskell can take but rather what they can give. Cutting the ribbons to the medical clinic and officially opening the premises were Mrs. Vyrona Archer, Angies mother, and Mr. Oscar Johnson, Sr., Dr. Johnsons father. Also attending were doctors, many family, friends, well-wishers and local residents. Refreshments were served while guests listened to the sounds of Mr. Estin Sawyer. The clinic hosted a two-day open house on March 19th and the morning of March 20th. Persons toured the facility, which boasts five examination rooms, radiology and sonogram rooms, a laboratory and a pharmacy as well as a reception area and staff room. Free blood, glucose and cholesterol tests were carried out as well as a blood drive to benefit the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The clinic also offered a sampling of its Anodyne Therapy, which is designed to stimulate blood circulation in the foot. This treatment is especially beneficial to diabetics. Auskell owns one of the only two sets of this therapy equipment in The Bahamas. Pharmaceutical representatives were present and provided information and literature on the medicines they sell. The clinics first mammogram machine will soon arrive and full x-ray services will also be available shortly.Clinic Offers Specialists in Many Fields The Marsh Harbour Community Library has held two sales of duplicate paperback books. This raises funds as well as giving space for additional books. The library has received the first of four quarterly shipments from Jim Milney. Two cartons of books in practically new condition were shipped from Ohio. The library is most appreciative of this donation.Marsh Harbour Library Holds Book Sale AuskellFrom Page 1

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9 B CJs Welding & Machine ShopAluminum, Stainless & Black Iron Welding Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Fuel & Water Tanks Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Brackets Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Outboard Motor Boring & Resleeving Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Cylinder Head Resurfacing Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & Repair Shaft, Rudder, Strut Fabrication & RepairMarsh Harbour Phones: 367-4011 or 367-4879 Fax: 367-4018 Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Custom Fabrication & Repairs Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Gates, Railings, Grills Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Decorative Security Bars Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Marine Items Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & Trailers Boat T-Tops, Bimini Tops, & TrailersOn the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd.Interpreting The Input Part I This is an introduction to a series of topics that are of great value to you. As you read them, there are several things that will become important or that you will say Hum to or you will want to read and investigate more on. But, just to get you started, look at some of the obvious that are likely: So you become who you were made to be Goals: Define your assignment (right place, right time, right thing with specifics for total focus). Accept your assignments responsibility. Improve your personal communication about your potential. Become more disciplined. Write your assignment, goal and destiny. New Rehoboth Ministries International (N.R.M.I.)U.S. Mail: P.O.Box 592548, Miami, Fl 33159. P. O. Box AB-21012, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. (242) 367-5858 Phone and Fax www.nrmint.org e-mail: nrmi@batelnet.bs Help you answer the call to your assignment. Youre an Ambassador: so... Strategic Training on increasing your effectiveness in serving and works of service. Personal Development discover principles of leadership to increase your area of influence. Team Building strategies for identifying and coaching your team. Purposeful Living answers to your key questions for your destiny. Biblical Exchange opportunity to share Biblical principles and expose hidden wisdom. Business Development increase productivity and innovation. Rev. Earlyn B. Baillou, Sr. Pastor, N.R.M.I. B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKIOpen DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed Sundays The final awards ceremony for the Valley National Eightball Association Winter Abaco Pool League was held on March 22 at Mackerels Restaurant in Dundas Town. Four teams, each with 10 persons, participated in the Winter League. Two teams were from Marsh Harbour, one from Black Wood and one from Mount Hope. They met twice a week for two months to practice. Each team competed about half the time in its home town. The Mount Hope BJ Hustlers won handily over the second place team, the Black Wood DNR Rattlers. The Rattlers barely won over the third place team by two and a half points. Top shooter was Harry Saunders of Mount Hope. This was the inaugural competition which included awards. The Association will begin their summer league on April 12 and expects to have eight teams competing. The teams are from all parts of Abaco. The Association is under the leadership of President Sid Dawes. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Dawes, Mr. Edwin Sands, who supplies the equipment, Mr. Harry Saunders, Captain of the BJ Hustlers, and Mr. Jonathan Curry, sponsor of the winning team.Pool Champions Receive Trophies 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 Yard Sale Raises Funds By Jennifer Hudson Members of the New Vision Ministries Youth Group Cross Venture were out in full force to organize their yard sale in the AID parking lot on March 27th. Despite some rain early in the morning, the weather cleared in time for them to set out their bargains and have a most successful day. The event was very popular and a good crowd turned out to see what treasures they could find amongst the huge selection of toys, books, clothes and household goods. The yard sale is one of the events that the youth group has organized to raise funds for 25 of their members to attend the Doe River Gorge Youth Camp in Tennessee from July 16th to 25th. Other fund raisers will include a car wash and a steak-out at the church on April 3rd and a work day in May when people will be able to pay one of the club members to do chores for them. Two weeks ago the group participated in a very successful ten-mile walk-a-thon. The youth group, which is run by Youth Pastor Brooks Russell, meets every Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for young people in the grades 7 to 12 age group. Normally approximately 50 young people are in attendance. In addition to the Friday night meetings and fund raisers there are other fun activities such as beach parties and a Survivor competition which was held at Camp Abaco. Recently an all night lock in was held at the church which was greatly enjoyed by the 77 young people who participated. Pastor Russell wishes to extend a welcome to all young people from all churches to join the Cross Venture Youth Group. Just go along to a meeting or check out their website www.nvministries.com. The youth group of New Vision Ministries held a Yard Sale to raise money to fund a trip to summer camp in Tennessee. The sale on March 27 was very popular and offered a wide variety of merchandise. They plan other fund raising activities during the spring.

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Page 10 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 Ready Mix ConcretePrices start at $110 yd. Free Delivery*Rock $29 ton (Imported)Sand $31 ton (Imported)AbacoBlockConcreteand*Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoresVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers LandingCall us today for quotes Ph: 367-2891 Fax 367-2892 3/4 and pea rock By Stephanie Humblestone The Fourth Annual Reef Ball on March 20th, hosted by Friends of the Environment, drew close to 300 people from a cross section of the Abaco community. Held, as in previous years, in the big tent at the Abaco Beach Resort, the event was an opportunity to party while supporting one of Abacos most worthy causes environmental conservation. Mrs. Erin Pagliaro, President of Friends of the Environment, welcomed guests with the announcement that an office is to open in Marsh Harbour and for the first time ever there is to be a salaried staff member. This newly created position will be held by Anita Knowles, present secretary of Friends. We hope that this will expand your access to the projects that Friends of the Environment works on and we hope that it will encourage you to get more closely involved in the conservation efforts taking place on your beautiful island, she said. She continued with what she referred to as housekeeping, outlining in particular a recycling project for Abaco beginning with designated bins for aluminum cans at the Friends of the Environment held its much anticipated Reef Ball on March 20 at Abaco Beach Resort. Awards are given in several categories for outstanding contributions to preserving the environment. Two of those awarded, Lambert and Teresa Albury of Froggies Out Island Adventures, were lauded for their efforts to educate people on marine life. Shown above are, left to right, John Harold Bethell, Director of Friends, Mr. Albury, Lory Kenyon, Treasurer of Friends, Mrs. Albury, and Michael Albury, President of Friends.Hundreds Attend Annual Reef Ball back of the tent. Be careful not to put any chicken bones into those bins, she warned. Encouraging membership and reminding members to renew existing ones, Mrs. Pagliaro suggested they see someone at a nearby table. She expressed gratitude to Manager John Neophytou and staff for providing a fine array of food including something new this year sushi. She thanked him for the offer of reimbursing unused red raffle-style drink tickets at the end evening and donating the proceeds to Friends of the Environment. We will use these extra funds for conservation, she said. Before presenting this years environmental awards, committee members of Friends lined up on the dance floor below the stage where Modern Vintage, a golden oldies band from Nassau, was gearing up for the night. Mr. Michael Albury, Vice President of Friends, presented four environmental awards. The first award was to Paul Pinder, a renowned bone fishing guide who is the an Abaconian committed to the Abaco wildlife and a certified birding guide. Patti Toler received an award for educating people daily on the Cruisers Net.She shows us what a difference one person can make, said Mr. Albury. Lambert and Theresa Albury at Froggies Out Island Adventures were awarded for educating people on marine life, establishing moorings at Fowl Cay and Sandy Cay and assisting over the years with transportation to and from the Reef Ball. Finally, last but not least, said Mr. Albury, an award goes to Mr. Nick Maillis for harvesting and processing the Neem plant. With that the band started up and the celebrations began. The evening wound down with an unfortunate incident which had a happy outcome (see story following.) 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 367-4018Heroics at the Annual Reef BallBy Stephanie Humblestone The fourth annual Reef Ball, hosted by Friends of the Environment and held at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour, ended in heroics when Drs. Frank Boyce and Marc Binard from Abaco Family Medicine came to the aid of a choking man, following a request from the band Modern Vintage for a doctor among the 300 guests. As the Nassau group played golden oldies and partiers jostled for space on the crowded dance floor, Mr. Percy Albury, owner of K & S Service Station in Marsh Harbour, began grasping his neck and opening his mouth wide as he struggled to dislodge a piece of meat from his airways. Drs. Boyce and Binard flipped promptly from social to medical mode. The Heimlich maneuver proving ineffective, the two men brought Mr. Albury to the ground and aggressively administered abdominal thrusts and CPR. When the distressed man appeared limp and unresponsive, Dr. Boyce urged, Come on Percy! Come on! The two doctors worked for at least 20 minutes in unison. It was an impressive display of teamwork, remarked one of the guests. Finally, Dr. Boyce swept his fingers deep through Mr. Alburys throat and removed the obstacle. Relatives, huddled in nearby groups, hugged each other and cheers erupted from the crowd as the distressed man began to show positive signs of life. The band started up again with some subdued songs gradually followed by more upbeat ones, everyone aware that the outcome could have been very different. It was a sobering experience. I am so pleased both doctors were here. They were heroes, remarked resort manager Mr. John Nephytou. For Marsh Harbour resident Percy Albury, known locally as Mr. Percy, it was an unforgettable evening and a close call. My father was pretty bruised up the following day but hes doing well. He is really grateful to the doctors, said son Shannon. Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 B 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 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .Floor Tiles from 6" x 6" up to 18" x 18" Wall Tiles in 4" x 4" 6" x 6" 6" x 8" up to 10" x 16" We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optional Abaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay Central Abaco NewsDominos Tournament Benefits Police WelfareOn March 13 the Abaco Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force held its first annual Domino Tournament. The event was staged on the grounds of the Police Station in Marsh Harbour. Fourteen teams entered the fun-filled competition although there were times when the games got hot. A total of 30 games were played. In the end three teams ended in a tie with 20 points each which forced a showdown. After the smoke had cleared, the team of Pinder and Elvies were declared the overall winners. This team also captured the half-time prize with 14 points. The winners were as follows: 1st place Howard Pinder and Charles Elvies 2nd place Elroy Knowles and Petty 3rd place Lester Bootle and Tyrone Albury Trophies were awarded to the first three winners. A consolation prize of two packs of Dominos was awarded to the fourth place team which consisted of Supt. Russell and Insp Barr. Supt Russell remarked that it was, indeed, a pleasure for the division to host the event which displays that the police force is not only about arresting people but fostering a closer relationship with the community. He said laughingly that while it gave him a displeasure in presenting the awards, he warned the winners that he will be back for the next tournament. The event was strongly supported and both participants and spectators enjoyed themselves. The funds raised will go into the Police Welfare Fund for Abaco Police.Pathfinders Holds Annual Fund Raising EventThe major annual fund raising for Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation was an auction held on May 12 at Abaco Beach Resort. Pathfinders provides scholarships for 10 students each year, continuing the scholarships for these students until they have completed their course of study. This spring Players and spectators alike enjoyed the recent dominos tournament sponsored by the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Abaco and held at the Marsh Harbour Police Station. The police hope to make this an annual event. Shown above is second place winner, Corp. Elroy Knowles, on the left and competitor Shannon Albury on the right. Pathfinders will name an additional 10 students, bringing the total they are supporting to 40 students. Each year the organization raises the money by a different effort. This year it was a silent auction and a live auction. This was preceded by cocktails and hor doeuvres. The items auctioned were varied and included vacation resort accommodations, airline travel, ads in various publications, paintings, carved wood tables, an air tour of Abaco combined with a dive trip, boat rentals, French tutoring, charter trips, jewelry and many other items. The auction was very successful and the students can be assured that they will receive their funding. Pathfinders Scholarship Foundation offers Abaco students financial assistance for furthering their education abroad. Their fund raising this year was an auction held on March 12 which attracted a large crowd. Pathfinders has made arrangement with Shenendoah University to offer a special scholarship to a deserving student. The President of the university, Dr. James Davis, attended the auction. Providing additional funding for that student will be Marsh Harbour lawyer, Mrs. Rhonda Hull, who has already raised funds for the foundation by participating in a marathon in Florida. Shown above are, left to right, Mrs. Kathy Weldon, Administrator of Pathfinders, Mr. Davis, Mrs. Hull, and Mrs. Davis. Please see Central Page 22

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Page 12 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 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 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 Guana Cay. 2/2 cottage, just steps to the beach. Vaulted ceilings, tile, screened porch, elevated deck, A/C dockage. Excellent rental record. #7900. $391,050 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 Turtle Rocks. Mainland Abaco. Two adjacent 1-acre home sites just minutes from Marsh Harbour. Just a short walk to the beach. #8147. $38,600 and $41,000Man-O-War. Superb offering on Dickeys Cay adjacent to lovely Man-O-War Cay. Sea-to-sea property, 36,217 square feet of land, 2 bedroom, 2 bath main house, bunkhouse with bath sleeps two, cottage on the Sea of Abaco houses room for more guests and includes a kitchenette. All buildings are constructed using traditional ship building techniques all mahogany paneling, hardwood floors construction built to last decades. Deepwater dock on the protected main harbour. Prime opportunity, plenty of room to expand, realistically priced. Fully furnished and ready to go!List #8211 $995,000 Select PropertiesTrade Winds Hope TownFire and Rescue FairBy Stephanie Humblestone Once again the annual Fire and Rescue Fair on March 13th drew crowds from the small island and throughout Abaco. It was a tropical occasion in all senses with festivities enjoyed under sunny skies with Squiggle, Souse Chicken and Johnny cake in great demand. Children delighted in the NASCRAB and toy fire engine races and the adults enjoyed the long-awaited silent and live auctions. The highlight of the event was a grease fire demonstration in Hope Town harbour which was a lesson in what not to do. Throwing water on the flames, which is the instinctive reaction, aggravates the fire as is seen in the photo. The only effective News of the CaysHope Town Fire and Rescue showed off its two fire trucks and equipment at its annual fund raising held on March 13. The firemen had interesting demonstrations and entertained their many supporters with games and races. One of the demostrations that the Hope Town Fire and Rescue performed was showing that water cannot extinguish a grease fire. That type of fire requires a fire extinguisher. method of bringing the fire under control is using a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors were on sale at the fair. All members of the small fire department worked hard to make it a successful day but special recognition this year goes to Justin Noice, medical team leader who was instrumental in its smooth running. Funds raised were close to $17,000. This will go towards the rebuilding of the Fire Station which was damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.Fishing Tournament Is PlannedThe Abaco Anglers 34th Annual Fishing Tournament will be held on April 1522. This anticipated event provides a week of fishing for the entire family. The awards banquet will be held April 23. Many categories and age groups make this a special event. For more details contact Linda Knowles at 366-0154.Man-O-WarOn any given quiet evening in Man-OWar, the musical harmonies played by Spurgeon Sawyer might have been heard echoing around the settlement. One of his favorite songs was Amazing Grace which he would be heard leading amongst admirers and other musicians, either through the open doors of the Man-O-War Church of God or beneath the old fig tree on the school Please see Cays Page 17 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

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 BGreen 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 UNDER CONTRACT "Down South" 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 "North Star" Crossing Bay 2 bedroom, 2 bath 2,750 sq.ft. home with 1,100 sq.ft. of open deck on 2.6 acres with 255' of beautiful Ocean beachfront. Fabulous Ocean and Sea of Abaco Views #AB94 $995,000Great 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 "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 Emeritus 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. 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Page 14 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 34th AnnualAbaco AnglersFishing Tournament April 15 -22, 2003 Entry Fees Adults $85 Juniors $40 Dates/T imes Thursday, April 15, 2004 thru Thursday, April 22, 2004 7 am to 6 pm W eigh Stations Lighthouse Marina, Hope Town Petes Pub, Little Harbour ** Other locations may be added Banquet To Be Announced Friday, April 23, 2003 Cocktails at 6 pm (cash bar) Dinner at 7 pm Awards Presentation Following Raffle: Donations from area merchants Music by DJ Frankie Trophies by Pete JohnstonFun For The Entire Family! Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Satellites TVs Stereos Phones Home Appliances Car Stereos/Amps Speakers Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: (242) 367-2265 (242) 367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES MONTHL Y SPECIAL SAVANTI MICROWAVE$87.25COBYDVD PLAYER$89.00SPECIALS GOOD, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, FOR APRIL. 2004 Rotary Supports Polio EradicationBy Jennifer Hudson A photograph of Mr. Haziel L. Albury of Man-OWar Cay will soon be seen adorning five gallon bottles placed in various business locations by the Rotary Club of Abaco. Rotary International is working towards eradicating polio worldwide by the year 2005. The Rotary Club of Abaco is committed to assisting in this ambitious project and was looking for a way to make the public more aware of what the collection bottles are about and the importance of donations. When approached, Mr. Albury was delighted to help and was eager to do so in any way he could. Mr. Haziel is a revered retired school teacher and author of the book Man-O-War, My Island Home He was asked to assist because he himself was a victim of the dreadful disease, polio. Mr. Haziel first took sick at the age of two years. In the year 1927 it was difficult to get to a doctor. His parents heard that Dr. Kendrick would be visiting Guana Cay. So his father sculled the seven miles to get his son to a doctor. On seeing the childs painful condition, Dr. Kendrick diagnosed the illness as Infantile Paralysis, as the disease of polio was called in those days. Mr. Haziels mother was told to keep the childs body warm, bathe him in salt water or take him in the sea when the weather was suitable, bandage the knees and ankles and give him Virol for nourishment. Virol was a nourishing spread which was placed on bread as there were very few (if any) vitamins on the island in those days. Throughout the next 11 years young Haziel experienced pains at various times in all the joints of his body. Although there were times when, maybe for a month or so, he could attend school, much of the time he could not even walk. Miraculously, at the age of 14 years the disease left him and he has been able to lead a normal life ever since with no paralysis. Not all polio victims are as fortunate in their recovery as Mr. Haziel. Many victims in impoverished countries who do not get proper care and nourishment become paralyzed for life, unable to earn a living or even care for themselves. Another polio survivor is world famous concert violinist Itzhak Perlman, whom I had the privilege of hearing in concert just a few weeks ago in the U.S. He contracted the illness as a boy of four years in his home country of Israel. The disease left both his legs totally paralyzed. Fortunately, the disease did not affect his arms and through sheer dedication he has become the worlds top violinists today. He has overcome great odds to achieve this. He sometimes uses a wheelchair and sometimes pulls himself on stage using crutches and his violin is handed to him. On occasion he has even fallen on stage while courageously trying to drag his useless legs into position. His is a tremendous triumph of the will to overcome the effects of this devastating disease. The Rotary Club is asking that you assist them in their efforts by generously donating to this worthy cause whenever you see one of these special five gallon bottles. Club News Mr. Haziel AlburyNew Club Officers Are NamedBy Pat Bowlds At the beginning of March Commodore Donald Van Beck officially handed over the leadership of the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club (RMHYC) to John Mitchell. John and his wife, Pam, are well known in Marsh Harbour and have homes in Pelican Shores and Ontario, Canada. Three new Rear Commodores were added to the bridge including Pat Bowlds, publicity, Milt Sales, membership, and Missy Trottier, secretary. Other officers are Vice Commodore Dave Bluto, Vice Commodore, Tonia Van Mill, and Rear Commodores Don Bottaro, Tom OBrien, Brian ODonnell, and Pat Stoddard. George Fraiser is the Treasurer In an interview with the new Commodore, Mitchell said, We are very enthusiastic about the future of the Royal Marsh Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club has recently made donations to several volunteer service organizations. These were presented on March 16 to BASRA, Guana Fire and Rescue and Trauma One. Shown above are, left to right, Dave Bluto, Vice Commodore; Dave Gale with BASRA, Troy Albury with Guana Fire and Rescue, Dan Wiltfang with Trauma One and John Mitchell, Commodore of the RMHYC Please see Club Page 15 Center Console with T-Top 2 Dive Platforms with Swim Ladder VHF Depth Finder Igloo Cooler 2 Anchors Full Safety Equipment Offers the Smooth and Ultra Dry Ride of the MERCPANGA HullP.O. Box AB-22995 Man-O-War Cay Abaco Bahamas Ph: (242) 365-6008 Fax: (242) 365-6151 e-mail: mowmarina@hotmail.com David Gale, and Troy Albury,

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 BAbaco Real Estate Agency, Ltd. Abacos oldest and most experienced Real Estate AgencyScotland Cay Waterfront 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 BAYRoyal 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 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 Marnies Landing Elbow Cay 15 Lots Acre with private boat slips from: $280,000 Marsh Harbour New exclusive listing near Crossing Beach/Ferry Dock 2 Acres Residential with 196 waterfront. Offered at: $599,000 Sugar Loaf Cay 2.6 Acres waterfront on Sugar Loaf Cay Lot #7A. Great investment. Offered at: $260,000 White Sound Elbow Cay Interior Lot 100 X 378 Great Atlantic views, Offered at: $168,000 UNDER CONTRACTOnly 6 Lots remaining in a 15 Lot Subdivision in Guana Cay for sale exclusively by Abaco Real Estate Agency. The property is located approximately 1 mile south of Guana Cays main settlement and is accessible by golf cart or by boat. Amenities include: community dock, graded roads, all lots surveyed, subdivision runs from sea to sea. All lots have fabulous views of the Sea of Abaco or the Atlantic Ocean. Average lot sizes ar 21,000 sq. ft. Offered from: $120,000 New 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: $695,000A 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 Guana Cay SubdivisionSUNRISE 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.comRepresenting 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. RETAILHarbour Yacht Club and its place on Abaco. The new team plans to expand services for the membership and for the community at large. We will continue our support for boating safety projects such as dinghy dock construction and maintenance and installation of new markers for the entrance to the Marsh Harbour cruisers channel. Working alongside the Marsh Harbour Port Authority, the club will have the new marker buoys installed very soon. The goal is to prevent the numerous accidental groundings and to eliminate some of the confusion between the commercial and recreational channels. Additional boating education programs are also on the docket, Mitchell reports. We hope to tap the talents of our membership and local experts in an effort to provide courses and seminars focused on the various aspects of maritime life. We are, as always, available to any boaters in need of information, equipment and services and look forward to becoming an integral part of this most caring community. As in the past, the Club will continue to provide support for BASRA. At the March meeting of the Club, David Gale, representing BASRA, was presented a check for $1000. While our members have always given their services to Abaco schools, libraries and museums, additional community focus is planned, according to Mitchell. We are also pleased to have the opportunity to make financial donations to various volunteer organizations such as Trauma One. At the March meeting, Dan Wiltfang accepted a $1000 donation for Trauma One, the Abaco ambulance service. We also feel its very important to keep our members updated on government regulations such as those of Customs and Immigration, Fisheries, local government and law enforcement. We will continue to work closely with the local Department of Tourism to promote visitation to the area and positive experiences in Abaco. Hints for Helping Our Environment Recycled aluminum cans are back on the shelf in 60 days, good as new. Friends of the Environment Presents ClubFrom Page 14 Friends of the Environment presented an evening lecture on Bottlenose Dolphins of Abaco: Kin and Communities on March 15. The lecturer, Dr. John Durban, discussed the results of research that he has conducted on bottlenose dolphins of Abaco. This was done in collaboration with Dr. Kim Parsons (incidentally his wife) and Diane Claridge of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey. His lecture included slides of dolphins and graphics illustrating his findings. Dr. Durbans research began in 1995 and compared the behavior and social interactions of the bottlenose dolphins of Abaco Sound in Central Abaco with those of the dolphins off Sandy Point. He also compared these with the dolphins off Hole-inthe-Wall and those on Matanilla Shoals north of Grand Bahama. Bottle nose dolphins are found around the world in topical and temperate waters, in both shallow and deep waters. They display a variety of body shapes and forms and their behavior and feeding habits vary greatly depending on location. The study of dolphins on the Little Bahama Bank is interesting in that these dolphin have been isolated by deep water for decades. Their environmental factors affect them in many ways. Those in the protected waters of Abaco Sound react to their surroundings differently from those near deep water by Sandy Point and Hole-in-the-wall.. His wife, Dr. Parsons, has developed a way of determining DNA from skin samples and from their droppings so they were able to identify family relations, even exactly how they were related to each other. Dolphins are identified by their distinctive fins and BMMS has many photographs identifying each animal. The factors of their habitat determine many of their traits including the size of the group they travel in. Dolphins in Abaco Sound are frequently found in groups of around three whereas those found off Sandy Point are in groups of about eight. The scientists feel that this is because of the exposure of the dolphins near deep water to many more dangers including sharks. There are also larger schools of fish in the exposed locations for them to feed on. They also Dr. John Durban gave a talk about his research on dolphins in Abaco Sound and off Sandy Point which has been ongoing for nine years. He was able to compare their differing characteristics and habits. Friends of the Environment arranged the lecture which was the first to be held in its new conference room upstairs over Dougs Place. Dr. Durban is pictured above with Diane Claridge of Bahamas Marine Mammal Survey.Lecture Focused on Bottlenose Dolphins Please see Dolphins Page 23

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Page 16 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 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 properties ready 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. 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.bs Caribbean constructors ltd.Sand & Quarry Cracker Dust Rock Local 3/8" 3/4" Rock Imported ditto Pea Rock Imported Concrete Blocks6"x 8"x 16" 8"x 8"x 16"Monday Friday 7 am 4 pmP.O. Box AB 20403, Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2502Deliveries throughout Abaco Water MakersWell Done carries a complete line of Reverse Osmosis Desalinators. Sizes start at 100 GPD to 20,000 GPD .We can install, service and maintain all of the equipment we sell and drill the neccessary water and drain wells to supply the units. Water Well ServicesProfessionally drilled water and drain wells. Serving all of Abaco including: Guana Cay, Elbow Cay, ManOWar Cay, Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour. We case all of our wells down to the water and use professional well screen at the pump levels. Get your well done today to supply your water maker or your home or business.Call us today 242-367-4841 242-367-4842 Call us today 242-367-4842 242-367-4841We also sell, service and install water makersMrs. Mellanie Farrington was the main speaker at a Hotel Licensing Workshop held at the Anglican Parish Hall on March 1. Members of the various hotel licensing boards and other local government members attended to hear the presentation and get questions answered. Mrs Farrington opened with several interesting facts. Hope Town has the largest number of hotels registered and Abaco has fewer problems than some other islands. According to Mrs. Farrington, Abaco has 44 hotels with 854 rooms. A hotel is defined as one or more buildings with four or more bedrooms or ten or more beds for reward under common management and enjoying common ancillary services. The annual hotel license fee is $3 per room although this fee is waived in the Out Islands if the facility has less than 25 rooms. This license expires December 31 n Nassau and expires March 31 in the Out Islands. Hotels collect a six percent room tax which is charged to their guests. This tax must be submitted to government by the 15th of the following month. There may be fees imposed by the hotel for utility surcharges or promotional assessments by a hotel promotion board. Hotels delinquent in remitting their hotel tax can be audited by the Minister of Tourism and an assessment made. Hotels can be sold but new owners must apply for a transfer of the license. Houses rented under the management of a hotel are also subject to the six per cent hotel room tax. Hotels are inspected annually, usually by a four department team representing Tourism, Environmental Health, Ministry of Works and Police/Fire Department.Hotel Licensing Workshop Explains Licensing ProceduresA seminar on hotel licensing was held on March 1 for government personnel from the entire island of Abaco. Mrs. Melanie Farrington, Director of Hotel Licensing within the Ministry of Tourism was the main presenter. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Alexander Williams, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco, Ms. Monique Hepburn with the hotel licensing board in Nassau, Mr. Samuel Miller, Administrator-in-training, Mr. Gary Knowles, Administrator for North Abaco, Mrs. Farrington, and Mr. Roderick Bowe, Administrator for South Abaco. If a team member is absent, the license cannot be granted until that member has made their inspection and all deficiencies are corrected. Hotels can be owned by non-Bahamians but they must secure Foreign Investment Board approval before the license is issued. Mrs. Farirngton is the Director of Hotel Licensing within the Ministry of Tourism. She stated that the situation of rental houses is under study with a view to taxing this segment of the industry in an equitable manner. A common complaint of the hotels is that the rental houses are able to offer cheaper prices since they do not pay a hotel tax. The inspectors send a list of deficiencies to the local hotel licensing boards and to the hotel facility. The items on the list must be complied with before a hotel license can be issue. Mrs. M. Farrington Yellow Air Taxi took off on its inaugural flight from West Palm Beach to The Bahamas on February 17, 2004. The Yellow Air Taxi concept was the brainchild of veteran airline pilot Christopher Behnam, a frequent visitor to The Bahamas who recognized the need for improved airline service to the islands. The company is backed by more than just an innovative business philosophy and a hard-to-miss fleet of bright yellow planes. The management team has over 50 years of collective aviation experience with major, commuter and charter airlines. The airline currently flies out of Fort Lauderdale Jet Center and Signature Flight Support at the West Palm Beach airport. Tickets can be purchased online through Yellow Air Taxis online booking and real time inventory control system. Yellow Air Taxi is currently offering flights to Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay. Private charters are available daily to all major Bahamas destinations. For more information on Yellow Air Taxi, call (954) 359-0292 or visit www.flyyellowairtaxi.com.New Airline Launches Service

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 B 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, no slip$260,000 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 Brigantine Villas Ocean front, private, 2 bed / 2 bath $280,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 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 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. 1 acre+/-$813,000 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 Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Hall are pleased to announce the engagement of Ms. Bernadette Hall to Mr. Jeffrey Charles Harding, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Harding of New Providence. Their marriage will take place on May 1st, 2004, at St. James Methodist Church in Hope Town. Mr. Spurgeon Sawyer grounds. Spurgeon had a kind word and a smile for everyone he met, and so it was an especially sad day on March 22 when the news of his passing came. He turned 56 this past January. Left behind are his mother, Ms. Mabel Sawyer, wife Molly Sawyer, son Thurman Sawyer, Esq., daughter-in-law Jeren Sawyer, son in law Grant Sands and daughter Mailin Sands. One of his many loves was baseball, and Spurgeon was an avid New York Yankees fan. And so it follows, on a happier note, the Man-O-War Ballfield Association will hold a fund raising cookout at the ballfield on April 3 from 12 Noon until the early evening hours. Proceeds will go towards the completion of the landscaping work currently underway. Anyone wishing to assist in the effort is requested to contact Mr. Haziel McDonald at 365 6016. The students and teachers of Man-OWar All Age School hosted an assembly for Bahamian History month on March 24th during which different eras of Bahamian history were highlighted. The students and staff would like to convey our greatest appreciation to Ms. Marie Cherry and Ms. Marianna Heyward who have given generously of their time teaching writing skills and shell crafts. Man-O-War Marina is hosting its First CaysFrom Page 12 Annual Invitational Fishing Tournament to be held April 2-5. The tournament will award prizes for the largest pelagic fish in the following categories: tuna, dolphin, wahoo and kingfish. Good luck to all.Road Safety Is Everyones Responsibility

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Page 18 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP OCEAN BLUE PROP ERER ERER ER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIESOn Green Turtle Cay : The beach: 1.46 acres on Atlantic Ocean. 135' on beach. $480,000 Two one-third acre lots on Bight O Bay beach. 90' frontage. Close to town and public dock. Fourteen lots across from Bight O Bay Beach. Water front on Inner White Sound. 1/2 acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront: 1.35 acres on Black Sound, with dock, close to beach $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking Sea of Abaco. One acre of property stunningly landscaped with wooden walkways and decks. Six buildings set out in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bath. Wicker and rattan furniture throughout including pieces by Tommy Bahama. $1.98 million Ocean Beach: 1/2 acre lot on high ridge with gorgeous ocean view. Many fruit trees. Five minute walk to beach. Reef close enough to swim to. $72,000 gross 1/2 acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, water front and Green Turtle Club. $60,000-$70,000 each Bluff Harbour Furnished private home. Three bedrooms, three baths plus caretaker cottage. 2000 water front. Secluded. One acre. Boat ramp and dock site. Needs repair. Stunning new home Interior still under construction. All materials on site to complete. 2 bed 2 bath. A/C throughout. Views of ocean, Guana Cay and Sea of Abaco. $575,000 ONO Green Turtle Estates: 1/2 acre only 125 feet from ocean beach. Firm $183,000 North End: Stunning furnished hilltop, 3 bedroom, 2 bath hom with fireplace, perched 35 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Vaulted ceilings. 125 on ocean. Panoramic views of ocean through French doors, 3000 squ. ft. under roof plus 1,000 sq. ft. of screened-in porch. W/D, A/C in master bedroom plus ceiling fans throughout. One acre. $1.42 million gross Secluded two-acre parcel with house stretching from Bluff Harbour to the Sea of Abaco. Over 1000 feet of water front. Stunning views. Two bedrooms / 2 baths. New protected dock on Bluff Harbour. Gazebo on Sea of Abaco. 30,000 gallon cistern. Stand-by generator. Many mature trees. Garage. $3,000,000 Lot 10 Coco Bay Osprey Nest 180' on Gillam Bay Beach. 3/4 Acre. Two rental units with a total of 3 Bedroom and 3 Baths; 2 full kitchens; 2 liv/dining room areas plus decks. Large Wash-house with garage and workshop. CAn sleep up to 7 people. Within 1 mile of town. Excellent rental history. US $895,000 plus 7.5% to close G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636 The Beachouse Parcel 1.5 acres with 110' on Gillam Bay Beach. Fully furnished rental propety with excellent rental history. Parcel consists of Beach house (3 bedroom, 2 bath); Studio apartment (sleeps up to 4 people); Bungalow I (sleeps up to 4 people); Bungalow II (sleeps up to 3); and a spacious garage/workshop with electricity and concrete floor. Many mature trees with lush landscaping abound. US $1.85 million plus 7.5% to close Hill top lot 200 x 312 with mature trees offering stunning views (from a proposed 2 story house) of the Sea of Abaco, Bluff Harbour and Munjack Cay. A short walk to Coco Bay and the ocean beaches. Underground utilities available. B$360,000 Groundbreaking underway for the construction of four 40 x 32 2 bed 2 full bath charming cottages within 5 min. walk of Coco Bay and the ocean beaches. Includes central A/C, RO system, 7,000 gal rain water tank, septic tank, 18 x 18 tile floors, island ceiling fans, hardiplank siding, insulated exterior walls, covered porch and deck, white picket fence and landscaping. A perfect retirement home! B360,000 A perfect spot on White Sound with private dock, boat house, one bedroom furnished cottage, and two bedroom two bath furnished main house with enclosed porch. Stunning views of the sunset. Accessible only by sea. Property goes from sea to sea on the Sea of Abaco and White Sound. Telephone. Needs work. Includes two Whalers with engines and a Sunfish. $660,000 plus 7% to close NEW! Two story commercial water front furnished building at Long Dock in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Apartment and take-out restaurant. $357,500 plus 2% to close NEW! 1/3 acre inland lot located near two beaches and public dock. Residential area. Resort within walking distance. $65,000 plus 2% to close 1/3 acre overlooking Coco Bay and beach. $70,800 Four unit income producing 2 bed 1 bath apartment complex. Fully furnished. Water views. Dock. Laundry. Two years old $700,000 plus closing Munjack Cay: One-quarter acre on beach 125 frontage $183,000 Little Ambrigris Cay: 10 acres. Dock material on site. Beautiful beach. High hill. 695,000 gross plus 14% closing costs Abaco Main Land: 100 on the Sea of Abaco x 200 Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110 of Sea of Abaco x 200 with new nearly finished block 2 bedroom 2 bath house. Near Fire Road. B$177,000Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www,oceanblueproperties.com SOLD UNDER CONTRACT In the spring of 1999 the Committee of the Sand Bank Yacht Club, requested Doreen Barth to produce a sign to place at the entrance of the Treasure Cay marina. The sign was completed and put in place. Then came Hurricane Floyd on September 14, 1999, and the sign disappeared. In spite of an intensive search, it was never found. This past spring, Barbara Farnham, Fleet Captain of the club, asked Doreen to repeat the project and paint a replacement sign. After a month of creative endeavour, the project was accomplished. A more appropriate location was found at the entrance to the marina and it is now near the gas dock where it can be viewed by all boats entering and leaving the marina. The sign Keep Abaco Clean, Green and Pristine, erected mid-February this year at the airport round-about, is in keeping with the Department of Environmental Healths ongoing campaign to promote cleanliness of the environment in The Bahamas. Similar signs will be posted throughout Abaco: two in North Abaco, one in South Abaco and one in Hope Town. The sign was presented to Adminstrator Alexander Williams by Ms. Berthamae McPhee on behalf of the Department of Environmental Health. By Isobel Sherman The United States Government is considering Palm Beach International Airport as one of the sites for its 90-day testing of a program where travelers can pay a fee and register in advance for government background checks or advanced screening. These travelers who have registered andNew Signs Are Promoting Our Island have passed the government checks would then be able to avoid lengthy security checks at the airport. The traveler would avoid being randomly selected at airports for additional screening. The program is slated to begin in June 2004. The amount of the proposed fee has not been decided.Pre-Clearance May Be Available

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 B Mailin Sands mailin@mlrealty.netLIGHTBOURN REALTYMarsh Harbour Office (242) 367-2992 Fax (242) 367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasHope Town Representative Ainsley Harrison Hope Town, Abaco Phone 242 366-0338 Email: ainsley@mlrealty.net Marsh Harbour Office Treasure Cay #1322Three bedroom two bath home near beache and golf course. Fantastic home in a great location. F ully 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 await you 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 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 Treasure Cay Lot near golf course and beach. $25,000 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 walkin 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. This duplex features 2 beds and 2 baths in each unit. Both features open living kitchen and dining area. Furnished and 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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Page 20 B The Abaconian April 1, 2004 Congratulations, Marsha Sandsfor having been named a Presidents Scholar at Palm Beach Atlantic University and for having a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fall semester 2003. Marsha is in her second year at Palm Beach Atlantic University located in West Palm Beach. She is the daughter of Darvin and Joanne Sands of Man-O-War. 2100 sq. ft. Warehouse next to the Abaco Water Bottling plant. Not being divided. Fenced-in with electric and phone. Great site for light manufacturing, assembling, warehouse, whatever. 2100 square feet. $1400 per month. Call Michael Albury at 367-2951 or 359-6658 Office space available for rent in Western Auto building. Call Johnny Pinder at 367-2442 for details.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 242-367-3677BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Black Wood Elegant, fully furnished two bedroom apt. At entrance to Black Wood. Rent nightly or monthly. Call Gwendolyn Baillou at 365-0614 or 554-8424 Houses and Apartments For RentClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations RentalsGreat 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 Marsh Harbour, single bedroom, fully furnished, washer / dryer. $600 month. Call 3673190 after 5 Island Power Solutions Life as it is should not stop when there is a power loss. Generators from 6 to 600kw Special Model 600GMAX 6kw Price:$6995(Delivered) Contact Steve Pedican Ph: 359-6411 or 365-8770Need an alternate Power Source? By Stephanie Humblestone The Great Guana Cay Foundation, established expressly to learn more about the impact of tourism on the islands of The Bahamas, is currently conducting a Rapid Ecological Assessment of the proposed Passerine Residential Development on Guana Cay. Headed by marine biologist, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, its mission is to document the ecology of the island before, during and after construction. The controversial project, which involves transforming 640 aces of land north of the Guana Seaside Village resort into an upscale residential complex complete with a 200-slip marina, 350 home sites and 18hole golf course, elicited unanimous disapproval at a recent town meeting on the island. Dr. Sealey is focusing on all aspects of the development especially the wetlands in Joes Creek which is part of the 148 acres of Crown land, an area of paramount concern to the residents of Guana Cay. She has drawn up a work plan which comprises five phases: Pre-construction and Assessment, Construction Monitoring and Assessment, Post Construction Assessment, Environmental Outreach and Reaction Program Planning and Long-Term Monitoring and Research Program Planning. We are trying to document the state of the property as it is now, and we will then consider recommendations to the developers to see how we can preserve the most bio-diversity and ecological function of the site, said Dr. Sealey, who has carried out extensive work in coastal ecology throughout the Florida Cays and the Caribbean. Now in Phase One, Dr. Sealey and a small team of assistants with varied backgrounds in environmental research are studying upland vegetation, mangrove plots and faunal assessment, coring and ground water assessment, coastal fish and living marine resources and coral reefs and their adjacent hard bottom habitats. Their field work involves covering the island on foot to identify mature trees such as Caribbean Pine, Lignum Vitae, Mahogany and Red Cedar, critical patches to be preserved, rare and endangered plants such as orchids and bromeliads and feral animals. We will suggest areas for harvest or recovery of native plants for use in landscaping, explained Dr. Sealey, whose overriding purpose is to educate the developers about the site. A resident of Nassau, Dr. Sealey responded to an invitation by the developers to visit Guana Cay which she did at her own expense. Unimpressed by previous poor quality reports, she drew up a preliminary one advising that special focus be placed on critical processes available to protect the ecology of the site. It hit me that consultants coming from outside The Bahamas often know nothing about island ecology, she said, stressing that if development is to take place, it should be managed properly. She compared development in The Bahamas with what has happened over the years in the Florida Cays where $14 million was expended in efforts to clean up in the aftermath of mistakes made. We need to learn from them and not do the same thing, she said referring to on site disposal units and the cheapest easiest cesspits and other unthinking practices which she views as a slow death for an island. Unlike on other parts of Guana Cay, UNESCO regulated coastal setbacks will be observed. Coast types such as high/low energy beach, dunes and rocky shores will determine these distances. Aside from feeling that the small island of Guana Cay does not have the infrastructure to handle all the ramifications of such a major development on their island, the community feels that its precious wetlands are about to be destroyed with deep dredging for the proposed marina. Dr. Sealey explained that the marina will be situated outside of the wetlands but anywhere that it does touch will be a buffered zone. The wetlands will be protected as far as possible with boardwalks around them in places. The wetlands are perhaps my biggest concern in The Bahamas. Everyone wants to fill in these ephemeral ponds and dredge them for marinas, she said. Wetlands are among the most productive ecosystems in the world. They are nurseries for species inherent to The Bahamas, and they are where the oceans food chain originates. Some mangrove areas will be lost in the marina development and the overall system impacted. But to counter this, permanent mangrove plots will be established at the marina margin along with a mangrove creek reserve area. Leaving no stone unturned, Dr. Sealey and her team are showing the developers that they will have to invest as much or more in preserving as developing. Some of what they have to correct or address is in the wake of their predecessors. Part of the land in the development includes long abandoned Treasure Island, Premier Cruise Lines whimsical project which is now in a state of ruin. It is here that Dr. Sealey and her researches observed trees with Lobate Lac Scale, a particularly devastating and potentially lethal pest of trees and shrubs. It produces a soot mold which covers the branches of trees and the insects themselves. Relatively new to Florida, the long term effects of this infestation are not known but small trees infected by it have died. This insect was more than likely on some of the exotic plants brought in by Premier. Dr. Sealey pointed out that the developers would have to eliminate the problem and thus would be preventing it from becoming widespread throughout the island. The ideal is no development, but Dr. Sealey conceded that progress is inevitable and that there is good and bad development. Her Foundation work plan is to ensure that there is minimal invasion of the environment and where it does occur, there will be replanting and in some cases relocation of plants. Guana Cay is the largest contiguous coppice left on an offshore cay between Walkers Cay and Elbow Cay, she said, emphasizing that when clearing land, it would be done only two hectares at a time. Contrary to public opinion, the development it is not a done deal. It does not yet have the Prime Ministers stamp of approval. However, if and when it does, Dr. Sealey will continue with her efforts by preserving and mitigating wherever necessary to ensure that the environment is protected. We will visit and monitor the development and later on we are planning to have an office on site, she concluded.Controversial Guana Cay Development Is StudiedThe wetlands will be protected as far as possible

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 21 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Eight Mile Beach, 15 acres, 21 miles south of Marsh Harbour, 193 on beach, 60 elevation. Call 365-6035 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Guana Cay 3 bed / 2 bath with rental guest apartment. Call 242-365-5113 or e-mail fsands02@hotmail.com Little Harbour beautiful ocean view, 2 story, 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, living & dining room, large game room with wet bar, ceramic tile and carpet, 3 large decks including 1 screened, central air, UV water purification system, electricity to home, plus 12.5 KW back-up generator. $499,900. Call 242-366-3515 or 477-5198 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 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. 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 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 242367-5432 signal33@bellsouth.net Turtle Rocks 40 acres $8000 per acre. 910686-9612 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! Great location, perfect condtion, excellent price, Bahama Palm Shores beauty, first time listed, must see. Direct beach front 2/2 1/2 with garage and studio. $459,900 Superior location in town, Cove Estates rarity. On two lots, immaculate home with large terrace, big living and dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, all new appliances. $373,500 Bright, beautiful and best view at Regattas Pool, courts, beach, walk to everything. 2/2 with w/d and furnished terrace. High-end kitchen and baths. $265,000 Commercial building in Marsh Harbour. 3,912 square feet, fully occupied by retail, office, large fabrication shop & restaurant. #1 location and good parking. $517,200 Marvellous home, impeccably maintained, high elevation and glorious Sea of Abaco views. Convenient, peaceful,3/2 with huge deck, a/c. Great Cistern Cay $276,000 Also: Guana Cay, Treasure Cay, Royal Harbour, Elbow Cay, Coral Point The Ministry of Education Abaco District held its Annual Mathematics Competition for Grades 5 and 6 on March 19th at the Learning Resource Centre. Both private and government schools took part in this competition. Emerging victorious were Central Abaco Primary 1st Place, Agape Christian School 2nd Place and St. Francis de Sales 3rd Place. All competitors including substitute students received certificates of participation. The trophies were sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and presented to the winning teams by Bank Manager, Mr. Lynden Davis. The winning school will travel to Nassau in May to represent Abaco in the National Mathematics Competition.Math Competition Winners Show Their Trophies Road Repairing Equipment Arrives on Elbow CayMarch 12 was a great day for Elbow Cay. The contract for repairing the roads was signed by the Hon. Bradley Roberts, Minister of Works, and road repairing equipment was off loaded. Shown above is the barge bringing the equipment with Mr. Trevor Cleare of Cleares Heavy Equipment standing on it. In the foreground are, left to right, Mr. Gary Sawyer, Abaco businessman, Mr. Samuel Miller, Administrator-intraining, Mr. Colin Marshall, Acting Director Public Works and Utilities, Mr. Roberts, Mr. Robert Sweeting, MP for South Abaco, Mr. Calvin Balfour, Under Secretary Ministry Public Works and Utilities, and Mr. John Schaeffer, Area Engineer on Abaco.

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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 Drill RigDock Construction Boat Lift SalesQualityBOABOA BOABOA BOA T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC T LIFTS INC.These lifts are made of top grade aluminum and stainless steel to maintain their finish and strength in our saltwater environment .Freddy Albury 242-367-4769 Brandon Thompson 242-367-2704 Fax: 367-2704 P.O. Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,does not just paddle and ride the waves. The balance and agility required force your body to work almost every muscle. Although surfing in The Bahamas is still a young sport the area is rapidly growing in popularity as an excellent surfing location and there is a host of information on the Internet pertaining to surfing in The Bahamas. One of the locations recommended is Abaco which results in many visitors per year coming here for the surf. The barrier reefs and outer islands produce first class waves which attract world class surfers such as Corey Lopez and Andy Irons. The winter months are the best time for surfing on Abaco as the best surf is produced late October through early April. After that the wave heights drop off unless there is a hurricane swell. The good waves are produced when a hurricane is passing offshore, NOT when a hurricane passes through the area. Treasure Cay has been described as an excellent surfing spot as it catches nearly every swell coming through the Atlantic, north, south and east, producing hundreds of breaks (as the waves are called in the surfing world) throughout the island. A visiting surfer has said, These waves will consistently blow your mind. Visitors also enjoy surfing on Abaco for the solitude. In many surfing locations throughout the world the areas are crowded but here the visitors enjoy the empty beaches. Another lure for the surfers is the balmy temperature here of 70 degrees which makes a pleasant change from the 30 degree temperatures they have to endure up north. As yet there are no surf shops here so surfers must be sure to come fully equipped. I recently spoke with three members of the Searcy family who were on Abaco on a surfing vacation from Florida They had discovered much about surfing on Abaco from surfing journals, surf shops and the Internet. They found conditions here to be ideal not too windy with a calm surface but a strong swell coming in from far away in the North Atlantic. The waves came right out of the deep water onto the shallow bottom, they said which was preferable to Florida where the waves are dampened. They enjoyed some consistently good two-foot waves and said there is the potential for some very large waves here. The best waves they found to be at White Sound on Elbow Cay and at Zippers which is a reef to the north of Nippers on Guana Cay. Every morning they would listen in to the Cruisers Net for surf ratings which they found to be very helpful. According to Christine McCully of the Bahamas Amateur Surfing Association, the best surfing sites are on Elbow Cay at Garbanzos, Abaco Inn Pools, Hamburgers on the opposite side of the Abaco Inn and off Hope Town at Four Rocks Break. The good breaks on Guana Cay are Dickies, west of Dolphin Beach, and Willowahs. There are other numerous breaks throughout Abaco including the South Man-O-War Channel, North Bar Channel and at Walkers Cay. The Bahamas Surfing Association, which is part of the International Surfing Association, holds three major annual events and also tries to compete once a month, drawing competitors mainly from Green Turtle Cay, Guana Cay, Elbow Cay and Nassau. Their goal is to introduce the sport of surfing to more people and they offer free clinics in spring and summer. Anyone wishing to become a surfer must first be a very strong swimmer and a swimming test is mandatory. The youngest member of the Association is six years of age. Interested persons may visit their website: basurfinga@freeservers.com. SurfingFrom Page 7 within. This did the trick and finally the ship was in the water. All on shore would shout, There she goes. Another of the sailing ships, The Alma R was converted to diesel in the 1920s to make her fast for rum-running into America during prohibition. She was later captured and confiscated by the United States authorities. The 1920s brought a series of hurricanes to Hope Town starting in 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, and another in 1932. The population dwindled from 2000 to about 90 mostly old women. The next speaker was Mr. Dawson Roberts, who spoke about his father, the afore mentioned Jenkins Roberts, who was a master shipbuilder. Jenkens Roberts gained some knowledge on ship building from his Sailing ShipsFrom Page 3 father but purchased a series of shipbuilding and designing books from New York to aid him in planning and laying out the large ships he would later build. By the time he was 35, Mr. Roberts had built three of these ships. When diesel power took over for the sailing ships, Mr. Roberts moved his family into Nassau in 1924 where he became foreman of the Symonette Shipyards. He retired from there in 1946. He passed away in 1974 at the age of 88. The last speaker was Vertrum Lowe of Green Turtle Cay. Mr. Lowe is a master builder of miniature sailing ships. His work is very accurate and highly prized. He has models all over the world. The next event was the children along with a few adults wrapping a May pole in March. They performed the feat successfully two times to the sound of an old English jig. Food and drink was served and all had a good time. This was followed by a small boat parade showing all the flags that have flown over The Bahamas ranging from Christopher Columbus flag to the flag of today. This day culminated with a sculling race of Abaco dinghies. The winner was not determined as the public address system gave out. One thing for sure. If you missed this years celebration, you surely want to make sure you attend next year. BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!ITS THE LAW! The students are studying a variety of subjects including teaching, medicine, accounting, nursing, computer science, business and technical studies. Four students have graduated and are working. One is an apprentice chef at a Ritz Carlton Hotel and the others are a nurse, a teacher and a dental hygienist. Calypso Airline has been named the official airline of the Foundation. The airline is offering all the scholarship students two free round-trip tickets to Florida.Cook Out Held for Cancer PatientJennifer Hudson Family and friends of cancer sufferer, Keith Wilson, gathered at the Anglican Parish Hall on March 20th to organize a cook out in aid of his medical fund. Keiths mother, Mrs. Evelyn Wilson, said that her son, who is now aged 39, has been suffering from cancer for two years. During that time he has received several courses of treatment and undergone two surgeries. He is presently in the hospital in Fort Lauderdale and his medical expenses are enormous. Anyone wishing to donate towards helping to defray these costs may call Keiths sister, Ms. Erica Wilson at 3673977. CentralFrom Page 11

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April 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 23 B Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service. 96 Nissan Extended Cab, automatic, A/C. $9000 ONO 23 Seacraft 86, center console, 200 HP Yamaha, Bimini top, GPS, depth finder. $13,000 ONO Call 365-8895 after 3 p.m. 98 Toyota Windom right hand drive. $17,700. Contact Mitzi 367-2030 2000 Pontiac Montana van, beautiful condition, red, new tires, A/C front and back. 3658188 2000 Daewoo, 2 door. Asking $7000. Call 3655195 Two 2003 SeaDoo GTI LE Waverunners. Brand new, never used, still in crates. Duty already paid. $7,500 each or $14,000 both. Can be seen in Marsh Harbour. (413) 467-1057 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 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 5 pc. bedroom suite, 1 year old, like new. $3200 negotiable. 367-2347 after 5 p.m. Fly rod, 9, #8, Thomas & Thomas, w/ Ross reel w/ accessories. Cost $500. Used once. Best offer. Call 365-6433 Consul gas fridge clean, excellent condition. 24 x 24 x 56. Top freezer. $250. Call 5549397 Recorking Studio Equipment 24/48 Berringer Eurodesk, delay, compressor, etc. Call 366-3509 18,000 BYU wall air conditioner, two years old, business required a larger unit. $300 Call 367-3202 Anchor 45 lbs. CQR anchor. $400. Phone 3658109 Waitresses to work 1st and 2nd shift, bar tender to work 1st and 2nd shift, front desk clerk full and part time, flexible hours. 366-0065 or 366-0359 Needed. A part or full time personal assistant/child care provider for 2 year old. Must have experience with young children. Must have own vehicle on mainland. Additional responsibilities include office work including computer skills. Salary based on experience. References will be required. Serious qualified interest only. Phone 357-6570 Nature Tour Guide Wanted to lead kayak and biking tours. Abaco Outback will train. Minimum 21 years old, must have valid drivers license and good water skills. Call 3675358 for application. Looking for a skillful gardener, a very enthusiastic person. After 5 p.m. 365-0472 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 Dock Building Equipment in Marsh Harbour 1 16' X 40' Sectional Steel Barge (built in 1999) with Heavy Duty Sterling Mirader Drill Rig (24' Dig Depth) powered by a Detroit Diesel engine. 6 Ton Hiab knuckle boom crane with winch, powered by Detroit diesel engine. 2 25' steel spuds. 1 20' X 40' Sectional Steel Barge (built in 1999) with 12 Ton Bantam Crawler Crane powered by Detroit Diesel engine. Utility trailer with misc. tools. 2 25' Steel spuds. 1 26' Aluminum push boat with 115 HP Mercury engine. 1 6' X 16' floating work platform with aluminum spuds and pressure water pump. All Duty Paid. Asking $90,000. Will not sell separately. Serious enquires only. Contact Bill Thompson 242-367-2719 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 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 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 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 SUNSHINE TRUCKINGFor all your trucking needs Authorized Trained Dealer for TyrFil The Worlds Foremost DeflationProof Tire SystemCall Now 367-4061 Fax 3668 For Industrial, Off-the-Road, Golf Cart, Wheelbarrow, Motorcycle, Car & Truck Tires AWS Abacom Wireless SystemCoconut TelegraphsDiesel Mechanic Wireless Internet Provider Mechanical/Electrical and Minor Boat Repairs Rohan SpicerP.O. Box AB 20078, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Mobile: 242-554-8188 Work: 242-367-3760 E-mail: bigboyzhome@hotmail.com 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 21 Contender, 1998, 150 HP Mercury, T-top, VHF, AM/FM Cassette, XM satellite GPS, fish finder, trim tabs, trailer, excellent condition. DUTY PAID. $23,500. 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 2 22 Aquasport boats with 90 and 125 HP engines, Bimini tops. Call 365-6502 or 559-8351 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. 25.5 Tiera Pursuit, 1998, twin 1998 Suzuki 200 HP outboards, 200 hrs., outriggers. DUTY PAID $24,000 366-3129 or 366-0265 27 Thompson boat. No motor, good condition, sleeps 6 people. 365-6014 Work, 3656071 home 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 54 Shrimp Trawler, twin screw with 2 671 Detroit diesel main engines. 110/220 10 KW Kabota diesel power plant. Full electronics, computer, GPS navagation system, 4 500 gallon fiberglass fuel tanks, 350 gallon stainless steel fresh water tank plus many other features. Call and ask for Jack 912-832-5153 13 KW Lister diesel electric generating set. Low hours since major overhaul. Asking $5800 Ph. 357-6772 EQUIPMENT FOR SALE found that the dolphins travel much long distances than previously thought. This could be for mating purposes. The dolphins in the entire Abaco area are in good shape. They are healthy, are generally unaffected by pollution, have plenty of food and have a diverse gene pool. Their survival rate is about the highest in the world. It is important to continue studies like this as the dolphins are indicators of the general well being of our environment. Dr. Durban earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees while studying Abaco dolphins. He is now studying killer whales off Alaska. DolphinsFrom Page 15 It Pays toAdvertise

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