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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 18, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2004Hurricane Frances Batters AbacoHeavy Rains Cause Massive Flooding 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 The downtown area of Marsh Harbour was extensively flooded by Hurricane Frances on September 3 and 4. Rainfall varied but was measured in some areas to be 20 inches or more. This view of Don MacKay Boulevard shows one big lake which extended into many of the businesses. The water was deep enough so even high trucks could not drive. Businesses were days drying out, cleaning out and disposing of damaged merchandise ruined by the flood waters. The drainage system installed in the mid-1990s worked effectively but the heavy rains of Hurricane Frances proved too much for the system to handle quickly.Boats Did Not Fare Well with Hurricane Frances WindsThe Marsh Harbour Boat Yard stored many boats ashore during Hurricane Frances. However, they received the brunt of the east winds of the storm. Many boats sustained damage as shown in this picture of two sailboats and two power boats. The Man-OWar-built schooner, the William H. Albury, is the second from the right. High winds and heavy rains deluged the length of Abaco as Hurricane Frances meandered on the back of Abaco traveling at 4 mph on September 3 and 4. Structural damage was much less than the damge sustained from Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. The eye moved close to Sandy Point as it headed toward Grand Bahama. However, the storm was so large, all of Abaco felt the effects of this dangerous hurricane.Abaco Survives Hurricane FrancesWind Damaged Roofs While Rain Flooded Houses Hurricane Frances brought damage and destruction to Abaco from Sandy Point to Crown Haven on September 3 and 4. The storm began off the shores of western Africa and crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean. It became a Category 5 storm as it followed a path to the north of the Leeward Islands. By the time it was near the Turks and Caicos Islands winds were reduced to a Category 3 storm. It stayed to the east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and to the east of the Bahamian chain. This meant that those islands south of us were on the clean side with lower winds and less severe conditions. Frances crossed onto the Little Bahama Bank just south of Abaco, brushing against Sandy Point. This meant that Abaco experienced the side with stronger winds and more severe weather. The storm was traveling four miles per hour as it made it way up the back of Abaco, lashing Abaco with hurricane force winds for probably 30 hours as it traveled to Grand Bahama. The hurricane developed into a storm covering a huge area, at one time being 400 miles across and 640 miles north to south. Please see Frances Page 2

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Page 2 The Abaconian September 15, 2004 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh Harbour At Harbour View Marina Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2278snappas@msn.com Open 11 am until. . 7 days a week Happy Hour Daily 5 7:30World Famous Grilled Food & CocktailsWild Wednesday Happy Hour 5 11 Major Credit Cards accepted 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 Abaco residents had ample time to prepare and were careful to take precautions to preserve their properties. In Central Abaco houses were boarded up and residents throughout the island stocked up with food and water. Many in homes which were prone to flooding or were not constructed well went to shelters. Businesses in Marsh Harbour closed on Wednesday or Thursday mid-day to allow employees to batten down their homes. Businesses were boarded up. Winds picked up on Thursday night, September 2, from the northeast. By Friday morning hurricane strength winds buffeted the island. By nightfall many expected that the storm would abate as the winds had been high for more than 12 hours. But the worst of the winds came that night and lasted for about six hours. By Saturday morning, September 3, the winds were down but heavy rains continued all that day. By then residents could assess the damage to their communities. Most people felt that the winds of Hurricane Frances were somewhat less that those of Hurricane Floyd in September 1999. Both storms were probably Category 3 storms when they were over Abaco according to estimates by NOAA. Probably the winds of Frances had slightly less velocity than Floyd which was estimated to be about 115-120 mph. Several anemometers in the area broke when the winds reached 107 mph to115 mph. Gusts were much greater, 20 to 30 mph higher than the sustained winds and it was these gusts that probably caused the spotty areas where damage was heavier. Rainfall amounts on Abaco varied greatly. Reginald Patterson in the Little Orchard area of Marsh Harbour recorded better than 19 inches during the three-day period. A rain gauge in Man-O-War recorded about 24 inches as did a measurement on one of our farms. For most communities the extent of the damage was mostly minor, shingles off or occasionally a corner of roof ripped off. However, for Central Abaco flooding was the main concern. The business section of Marsh Harbour was impassable and residential areas along Forest Drive were under several feet of water. Some residents in the Mud reported waist dep water in their houses. The area from the round-about at the Marsh Harbour airport to Casuarina Point was mostly one huge lake, deep enough to have waves and even whitecaps on farms. Water on the road in one area was measured at 40 inches deep by a diesel pick-up. The areas of Abaco hardest hit were the northern communities of Coopers Town and Little Abaco. In those towns structural damage was much more evident that in the rest of Abaco. However, Sandy Point, hard hit in Floyd, came through this storm with very little damage. The communities on the cays found themselves with huge amounts of sand everywhere. It looked in areas like a snowstorm as there was so much sand. The easterly winds blasted buildings relentlessly with beach sand. Erosion reports are not in yet but the dune on Elbow Cay south of Abaco Inn was broached again. The pavement on top of the dune near Abaco Inn was left with an exposed edge by the badly eroded dune. Utilities on the island were disrupted. Electricity was off during the storm due to trees falling on the lines. BEC crews were out as soon as the winds were down enough to move safely. They restored power to those areas where damage to their lines was the least. Their next priority was the business area to allow Abaco to get back to normal. The cays were the last to have power restored. Long distance phone service was cut off for several days until antennas on the Sandy Point tower could be repaired. Communications from Abaco to the outside world during the storm was only by those who had satellite phones. Abaconians will always remember several September dates. Hurricane Betsy hit Abaco on September 7, 1965, while the eye of Floyd went the length of Abaco on September 14, 1999, and now Frances visited on September 3, 2004. Flooding was severe in parts of Marsh Harbour. This is the home and vehicle of Troy Russell, who lives on Pole Line Drive in Marsh Harbour.Winds Lasted Many Hours, Wearying ResidentsThe Paint Place on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour suffered extensive roof damage. Notice the flood waters surounding this business although they did not experience severe flooding. FrancesFrom Page 1

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 3DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY www.damianos.com EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS SINCE 1945 MARSH HARBOUR Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.comHOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAYVACANT HARBOUR PROPERTY A rare property offering waterfront lot in Hope Town with 40 ft. on the water and 90 feet to Well Lane, one of the most photographed areas of the settlement. Existing heritage home on the property known as La Concha has some salvage value. Purchase includes conceptual drawings for a 3b/3b home with guest cottage. Internet Ref. #2303. $750,000. Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344. HOPE TOWN POINT SUBDVISION Lot #33 near the ocean, minutes from bayside and dock access $149,000. Internet Ref. #1876. HOPE TOWN POINT SUBDIVISION Lot #54 least expensive buildable beachfront lot on Elbow Cay -$475,000. Internet Ref. #2279LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots. Private slip at the dock included. Prices start at $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: (242) 366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000.TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $75,000. One lot left with deep water for private dock $197,500. Int. Ref. #1836. LOTS FOR SALE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY VILLAGE APARTMENTSInternet Ref. #2158Two story apartment building with 5 units inthe heart of the settlement3 units with 1 bed 1 bath2 units with 2 bed 1 bathSteady rental incomeVery good return on investmentBuilding needs TLC$300,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TILLOO CUTInternet Ref. #1671Dorros Cove Sub.3 bed 2 bath 1700 sq. ft. traditional island homeFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnishedExcellent valueReduced $878,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TWIN DOLPHIN POINTInternet Ref. #20722 elevated waterfront homesTotal of 8 beds 7 baths, 4 kitchens, and officePrivate 80 dock with 50 T and 9 ft. draftSmall beach & sunning areaLush 1.6 acre propertyGreat rental history, turnkeyCall For PricingJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconyCozy interior with V-joint cypress woodOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliage$399,500Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY HONEYMOON VILLAInternet Ref. #22912b/2b Loyalist style cottage in the village, 50 paces from sandy North End BeachProfessionally decorated & landscapedCentral a/c, outdoor hot tub,watermaker, generator & laundry roomBuilt in 2001Excellent rental history$695,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 LISTINGS WANTED: Elbow Cay Guana Cay Treasure Cay Bahama Palm Shores Lots Lubbers Quarters & Tilloo CayWe have buyers!! MARSH HARBOUR IN THE HEART OF TOWNInternet Ref. #1707Investment opportunityCommercial building1,800 sq. ft. downstairs office/shop spaceTwo upstairs 1 bed 1 bath unfurnished apartmentsCentral A/CWalk-in trafficGreat rental history$440,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY C-DREAMSInternet Ref. #2424Very spacious 3b/3b home with ocean view in private North End Elbow Cay5 minutes to Hope Town2 minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the islandNewly built in 2000 with vaultedceilings, central a/c & garagePRICED TO SELLKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 TILLOO CAY SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $650,000. Int. Ref. #1884GUANA CAY NEW LISTING BEACHFRONT LOT 100 x 150 $365,000. Int. Ref. #2446NORTH ABACO NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING WATERFRONT Large 1 10 x 200 lot with partially completed 40 x 36 home. Breathtaking ocean views overlooking Ambergris Cay and Bonefish Cay. Asking $120,000. Internet Ref. #2383 NEW EXCLUSIVE LISTING WATERFRONT Large 1 10 x 200 residential lot. $41,000. Internet Ref. #2384MARSH HARBOUR GREAT ABACO CLUB Canal lot #8 with unobstructed view of the Sea of Abaco. Excellent building site. $299,000. Internet Ref. #2102 ROYAL HARBOUR Private gated community, close to town,walking distance to all restaurants and shops. Harbour front. Capabilities of dock installation. Asking $305,000. Internet Ref. #1432 MULTI-FAMILY Elevated property close to town in a quiet area. A great buy at $38,000. Internet Ref. #1704 GREAT CISTERN (NORTH OF MARSH HARBOUR) Quiet residential area with 15 20 homes. Ready to build 32,014 sq. ft. lot. $47,000. Internet Ref. #2353CHEROKEE SOUND YELLOWWOOD AREA 11,250 sq. ft. lot with 80 elevations, breathtaking views of Winding Bay Beach & the Atlantic Ocean. $60,000. Internet Ref. #2113 NEAR WINDING BAY Private community, lots with elevations up to 100 feet, great ocean views, small craft accommodation and offshore deep-sea fishing. One acre oceanfront lots offered at $610,000. Lots from $145,000. Internet Ref. #2131. Call Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #23222 bed 2.5 bath main houseWrap around verandahs1b/1b furnished rental cottage20 kw Generator100 ft. x 150 ft. propertyMINUTES WALK TO 8-MILE BEACHPRICE REDUCEDMOTIVATED SELLER Donna Darville: 242-367-5046UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA UNDER CONTRA CTCT CTCT CT HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove Sub.Newly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti BeachPrice Reduced $895,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away from beautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access$425,000NOREASTER 2 (Ref. #2427)Fractional ownership forJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY BALI HAIInternet Ref. #2041Absolutely turnkeywaterfront 5,900 sq. ft. estateOverlooking Tahiti Beach4 bed 4.5 bathsOutdoor living & PoolCommercial kitchen12 seat Dining roomDock for 80 vessel & more$2,900,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOOD YELLOW WOODInternet Ref. Near the Winding Bay developmentCozy 2 bed 1 bath cottage with room for expansionSpacious 1 acre lotSandy beaches just steps awayQuiet and Peaceful communityMotivated seller$$ $$ $ 130130 130130 130 ,000,000 ,000,000 ,000 CHEROKEE AREA Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE 15 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #21221,687 sq. ft. island home 3 bedroom 2 bathroomsCarportSeaviewsOpposite sandy beachA Fixer UpperNEW REDUCED PRICEWas $120,000 CASUARINA POINT Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE TREASURE CAY NEAR THE BEACHInternet Ref. #20703 bed 2 bath homeFurnished3 minute walk to the famous powder sand Treasure Cay BeachSpacious tropical landscaped lotSpacious 90 ft. x 140ft. property$220,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 LUBBERS QUARTERS TURNKEY HOME & APT.Internet Ref. #2425Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished homeStainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/CGround floor studio apt. with built-in sofas, beds, kitchen & bathLush tropical flora200 from sandy beach$385,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 NEW EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE

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Page 4 The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Air-conditioned water front dining or Drink and dine at the popular patio bar . .Phone: Restaurant 367-2366 Marina 242-367-4255 VHF Ch 16Dinghy dock for boating patronsLunch 11:30 a.m. 2:30 p.mDinner 6 9 p.m. Mon Sat.Bar snacks wide variety 11:30 a.m. 9 p.mPicnic Menu 8 Large variety, order 24 hours aheadEmail: mangoes@mangoesrestaurant.comMusic by EstinJamin Jan Jamin Jan Jamin Jan Jamin Jan Jamin Janevery Wednesday & Saturday Monthly dockage Internet access Water, electricity, phones & cable TV on dockRestaurantwith Water Front TablesMarina and Boutique 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 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayBy Stephanie Humblestone Once more Abaco weathered the big one when Hurricane Frances sat over mainland Abaco and her offshore cays for a grueling forty-eight hours. It was long and drawn out and it just would not let up, commented John Neophytou Manager of the Abaco Beach Resort which is ramaining open for the fall months. As Mr. Neophytou and his staff at the resort continue to clear up after sustained winds of 100 mph and gusts of 150 mph leveled trees and damaged electrical and water lines, insurance adjustors comb the property to ascertain the true extent of the damage. It is too early to estimate, continued Mr. Neophytou. Presently the hotel is mainly accommodating insurance operators and second home owners who have flown back to Abaco to check out their properties. The Abaco Community Message Board on the internet which is a source of constant information was overloaded with enquiries and crashed during the storm. This, plus both Abaco airports, Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay, being underwater and telecommunications severed meant that news of how the island fared was unavailable. Actually we fared better than Florida considering we are a large body of open water and very vulnerable, said Norman Claridge, a business owner and contractor in Treasure Cay. We do have the capacity to bounce back quickly, and we do build better structures after each hurricane, said Mr. Claridge, who hastened to add that this was not a good reason to have them and that this time Abaco was blessed. Although there was severe flooding south of Marsh Harbour, in the settlements of Casuarina Point, Little Harbour and Sandy Point, the general consensus is that Frances was nowhere near as destructive as Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Elbow Cay reported significant beach erosion with severe surge-related damage to Abaco Inn in White Sound. The Inn took a pummeling in Floyd and was completely renovated afterwards. Road access to Tahiti Beach, one of Elbow Cays favourite tourist attractions, was inaccessible due to mounds of sand. As always the community was quick to address the problem. As in other parts ofAbaco Assesses Frances DamageHundreds of boats had to be secured. Protected inland areas were found to store outboard boats which could be taken on trailers to the site. Larger boats had to be left near the shore line which resulted in much more damage to the boats. Please see Hurricane Page 5 A house in Murphy Town lost a section of its roof. This is one of the orginal houses which the government helped residents build when they were relocated from Bluff Point to the present town of Murphy Town after a particularly devastating hurricane. Each family was given five acres and the funds to build a basic house.

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit26 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention Seasonal Special Rates:Take 35% off ALL Boat RntalsAugust 15 December 17, 2004 January 5 February 5, 2005 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com Abaco some boats did not survive the high winds and the ocean swells. Three vessels went ashore in Hope Town and two sank in Little Harbour. One severely hit structure in Marsh Harbour was Abaco Family Medicine in Lowes Plaza whose roof was badly damaged. One report described it as resembling a squashed sardine can. Just across the road the Paint Place took a similar battering. Some feel that a tornado may have taken both buildings in its path. Power is now intermittent. The telephone lines are mainly operational but still sporadic and the cell phone service is available to some and not others. Cable broadband was restored several days after the storm. Tiredness is felt by all. A hot shower or bath is what has been mentioned most. Although Hurricane Ivan, already a Category 5 hurricane, is out there and traveling in a north westerly direction, no one wishes to dwell too deeply on its possible course. They always used to call hurricanes by womens names because they cant make up their minds but that no longer holds as Charlie was unpredictable and Ivan seems to be, too, said one local. However, as always, optimism runs high on Abaco which has had its share of grief from major hurricanes. When asked how everything is on Abaco less than a week after Frances pounded away at these gentle islands, Mr. The rolled up sheet of metal in this picture is the roof of the Insurance Management building in the background. The distinctive maroon roof did not withstand the force of Hurricane Frances winds. Boats left at marinas suffered damage also as is evident in this dismasted sailboat. However, in constrast to Hurricane Floyd, docks and boats at docks received very little damage. Wind direction had much to do with this.Abaco Was Spared Severe Damage Claridge said without hesitation, Its phenomenal! High winds can fell trees, tear off shingles and destroy properties, but the spirit of the people remains inviolable. 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. Come to ABACO HARDWARE (Local distributors for Roll-a-way ) for a custom quote today. DONT BE CA DONT BE CA DONT BE CA DONT BE CA DONT BE CA UGHT UGHT UGHT UGHT UGHT WITHWITH WITHWITH WITH YY YY Y OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO OUR SHUTTERS DO WN!WN! WN!WN! WN!Tired of hours lifting heavy shutters, or damaging the walls of your home with nails and screws?THERE IS A BETTER WAY! ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour Tel: (242) 367-2170 e-mail: abacohdwe@batelnet.bsFor more info on Roll-a-way Storm and Security Shutters please contact us. Colonial shutters look like traditional wood shutters. 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.

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Page 6 The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Boat Model byHartieAlburyRoyal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.com This is a beautifully made model boat, in precise scale, of a Cherokee Sound fishing smack. Smacks like this were built in Cherokee by master builder Bennie Sawyer and were sailed in Abaco until the early 50s. Smacks are no longer built here but history is kept alive by two artists, Hartie Albury and Carroll Sawyer. Their smacks are one of a kind, built to scale and finished with authentic detail. Exclusively on Abaco at Conch Pearl Galleries 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: 367-2158By Stephanie Humblestone Those both home and abroad during Hurricane Floyd will remember the days following the storm when Abaco was completely incommunicado. Relatives and friends fretted about the safety of those who remained here during the powerful storm and those here desperately sought to get messages of love and reassurance to the outside world. Since then communication systems have improved in general with a more sophisticated network of internet providers plus, of course, wireless internet. A prime example is Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue which set up an Emergency Management and Information Website during Hurricane Frances which hovered over Abaco for 48 hours. Although it was not as destructive as Floyd, it did do significant damage and its unprecedented length was mentally torturing for those who endured it and extremely worrying for those who were not physically here. Thanks to Bonnie Hall, Assistant Fire Chief of Hope Town Fire and Rescue, her husband Arnold, father Vernon Malone, and rescue members Chris Prewitt and Justin Noice, a daily update was available regarding the current situation on Elbow Cay. This reported both wind and water related damage, at times giving a general update and at other times mentioning properties or boats by name. A calm and clear account was given of what the hurricane was doing, how high its sustained winds and the strength of its gusts. It also reported when the island lost electrical power and telephone communication. What they stressed every day was that there were no injuries reported. In big bold letters they wrote No concerns for health and welfare, no injuries reported on Elbow Cay. Likewise, they said that as far as they knew from VHF communication there had been no injuries or loss of life anywhere on Abaco. The service also provided a list of amateur radio frequencies used during the disaster. These were scattered around Abaco in such areas as Green Turtle Cay, Little Harbour and Leisure Lee. Also provided was a list of HAM radio frequencies, a Hurricane Watch Network and a Maritime Mobile Service Network. A frequency was given for BASRA (Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association) and the Weather Net plus a frequency for ZNS Radio which is available in most areas off southern Florida. In addition to this informative service were links to the National Hurricane Centre and Unisys Satellite-Atlantic. The website was set up by local groups and organizations with concerns for public safety and information. Hope Town Fire and Rescue is responsible for the safety of 400 homes, three resorts and four marinas with fuel facilities. The information relayed during Hurricane Frances was done periodically via satellite phone to a Stateside location. This is a measure of how far we have progressed in such a short time and how laudable are the efforts of all involved in this website. Their website address i s : Communications Were Improved During FrancesAbaco has seldom seen such heavy rains that it experienced during Hurricane Frances. These houses in Murphy Tone had damage from flooding. Cable Bahamas had it share of problems when its main equipment center for Abaco was under water. This site is in Nogies Swamp on Don MacKay Boulevard on the way to the Marsh Harbour airport. The flood waters extended from St. Francis de Sales School to the houses in Government Subdivision.

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.comFlooding Was a Major ProblemSeveral roads were virtual rivers as they carried huge amounts of water to the sea. This is the road beside Insurance Management in Marsh Harbour which is draining parts of the town inundated by the heavy rains. Don MacKay Boulevard near AID shows the flooding which resulted from the rainfall from Hurricane Frances. The water was even higher during the night of September 3. The front street in Murphy Town shows the extent of flooding. Many houses were flooded resulting in families losing many belongings.Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.Raffle Tickets Event TicketsPlain, numbered or with stubs The GrThe Gr The GrThe Gr The Gr and Opening of t and Opening of t and Opening of t and Opening of t and Opening of t he Ahe A he Ahe A he A baco Club ofbaco Club of baco Club ofbaco Club of baco Club of WW WW W inding Bainding Ba inding Bainding Ba inding Ba y will be December 3 y will be December 3 y will be December 3 y will be December 3 y will be December 3 11 11 1 200, 200 200, 200 200 4.W4.W 4.W4.W 4.W ee ee e rr rr r egeg egeg eg rr rr r ee ee e t our ert our er t our ert our er t our er rr rr r or in tor in t or in tor in t or in t he Sephe Sep he Sephe Sep he Sep tt tt t ember 1 issue. ember 1 issue. ember 1 issue. ember 1 issue. ember 1 issue. PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER PINE WOODS NURSER YY YY YMonday Friday 9 5 Saturday 9 3 Ph 242-367-2674 Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh HarbourFlowering shrubs Orchids Bromeliads Baskets Beautiful gifts Silk flowers Fertilizers MulchesChain Link FencingRemember to feed our wild birds as their normal food supplies are severely limitedPool supplies, chlorene and other chemicals are in stock Bird food Pet suppliesRed Legged Thrush

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Page 8 The Abaconian September 15, 2004The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Scorch Albury, Richard Fawkes, Stephanie Humblestone, Lee Pinder, Anita Rolle Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 8902 N. Military Tr. 181 Palm Bch Grdns, FL 33410 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) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface The Editor Says . Reflections on Hurricane FrancesHurricane Frances has come and gone and the clean-up and reconstruction are underway. Compared to Hurricane Floyd five years ago, we fared quite well. It is generally believed that the winds in Frances may have been somewhat lower than in Floyd although some dispute this. Frances did not cause the massive destruction that occurred five years ago from Floyd. It has been suggested that Floyd took out the poorly constructed buildings and the subsequent reconstruction was done to a higher standard. Surprisingly, Sandy Point, which was closer to the storm path, suffered less damage than North Abaco which was a further away. Floyd hit hard and went whereas Frances passed so slowly that it pummeled us for a day and a half. Floyd was a relatively dry storm with coastal flooding from the storm surge and wind driven seas. On the other hand, Frances brought 19 or more inches of rain, causing massive flooding in low lying areas and even to areas that generally are not prone to flooding. Some residents of the low-lying Mud had waist deep water in their houses. A section of Dundas Town along Forest Drive is also low and houses there experienced flooding. Random flooding occurred in other low areas. Immediately after the winds dropped to a safe level for travel, people were out checking for damage. Water and Sewerage staff went south in a Ford 350 diesel pickup and went through water over their headlights measured later at 40 inches. They reported the highway was underwater from the Marsh Harbour round-about by the airport to the Casuarina Point turn-off Lake Abaco. Most of the structures rebuilt after Floyd were constructed to a higher standard and may be one reason there is less destruction now. Wind direction has a lot to do with destruction to structures. The fact that a building held up in 120-mile winds from the east does not guarantee that it will fare the same from other quadrants. Based on northerly winds from Hurricane Floyd, a Great Cistern homeowner shuttered the north exposure only to suffer damage from the high easterly winds of Frances. Floyd hit us twice, once from the northeast as the eye approached, then from the southwest after the eye passed. The onetwo punch from two directions caused a lot of Floyds damage. Frances lasted longer but the winds were predominately easterly. Some of Frances damage to power, phone and cable lines were from the length of time the wires were subjected to stress. Anyone who has removed the lid of a can by repeatedly flexing it back and forth is familiar with the process after enough times being bent, the metal breaks. At some point the power was turned off by BEC as a protective measure. With power off, there is no danger of anyone being electrocuted by downed lines. Batelco and Cable Bahamas do not need to turn anything off and generally their service continues until something breaks. That might be just a broken wire or more complex such as an antenna damaged or water on sensitive equipment. When down, those lines do not pose an electrical hazard but service to customers interrupted. Water delivery faces other obstacles. The water distribution system is out of sight and presumed by the general public to be immune to disruption. However, trees tipping over can break underground lines, stopping delivery beyond the break and reducing pressure in the system. The electric pumps in the well fields are subject to damage from flooding. At some point a decision is made to shut the water off to consumers and fill the storage tanks before shutting the entire system down. Restoring water to the communities comes after pumps, transformers, switches and other equipment are dried and checked. Remember that two persons were electrocuted at an airport well field pump several years ago. We feel that much of the structural damage from this hurricane is from poor construction. Roofs which are not securely fastened into a system which continues into the foundation will not withstand high winds. We need to carefully assess the damage to our homes, businesses and schools to determine what allowed the damage to occur. Better construction methods will reduce damage. The Bahamian Building Code has been updated and is now available for $125 in Nassau It comes in a thick loose leaf binder. It parallels the stringent South Florida building code. Our building inspectors as well as our building contractors will have to become familiar with the code requirements. Building by the code may be more expensive but is worth every penny when a stormresistant house remains standing after an attack by a violent hurricane. We have seen several references to the new code requiring either storm shutters permanently attached to the house or shutters stored on the property ready to be put in place. We will comment further on code requirements in future issues. Our observations were that almost all businesses and residences in Central Abaco had shutters on their windows and doors. Some businesses reduced or prevented water damage by sealing their door jambs with expanding foam or duct tape before installing shutters. That reduced or stopped rising water from entering around the door opening. The general consensus is that Abaco came through Hurricane Frances with much less damage than from Hurricane Floyd. No roads have been washed out, no sea walls were smashed and the total structural damage is far less than experienced from Floyd. Residents suffered from more flood damage to household furnishings this time but fewer people are homeless than after Floyd. The Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay appeared to have had more damage than any other resort. Even then, the more obvious damage appeared to be related to the extensive ocean front decking and the pool patio. It is now closed for renovations and an accelerated program should have it open for the winter season. Other resorts showed less damage and any necessary repairs should not materially affect their occupancy during our normal slow fall period. We should be very thankful that we came through this storm with minimum damage and disruption of our lives.Dave RalphBy Isobel ShermanYes, Abaco Was DamagedThere are some persons who feel that Abaco did not suffer as much damage by Hurricane Frances as it did in Hurricane Floyd. I do not agree because in Floyd there was not as much rain but there was a surge which came at high tide. Many roofs and homes were structurally damaged by the winds. Hurricane Frances brought a tremendous amount of rain. There was no huge surge on the mainland but the 22-plus hours of rain and pounding wind took its toll. Persons whose homes never flooded found themselves inundated with water as much as waist deep. I know of one home that was built high because the street during the rainy season can flood. The house had never flooded and the man who built the house wanted to build it high. That mans widow has had to leave that home because the waters rose in the house to her knees. In most cases the homes were flooded with huge amounts of water. Yes, their roofs are still on and so are their shutters but the destruction is still there on the inside of their homes. Traveling down a road the outside the home may seem fine but go inside where Hurricane Frances left her mark on numerous persons and businesses. Her rains destroyed possessions that no amount of insurance can bring back such as photo albums, letters, certificates, and other mementos. Hurricane Floyd prepared Abaconians for anything in a hurricane but no one can adequately prepare for a hurricane that just did not want to leave Abaco and stayed around for over 22 hours. When she was on Grand Bahama, she was still battering us. Even when she reached Florida, she was telling us, I am still here. Emotionally, Frances has taken a toll on most of us. The young people are stressed because for some reason they cannot take a storm, never mind a storm that lasted as long as Frances. For many of us we had close loved ones on Grand Bahama or in Florida and our worry and concern were with them. I agonized over my daughter in West Palm Beach because she had to evacuate. I was thinking that the hurricane would come and go like a normal hurricane so there was no sense in bringing her home. (Boy, was I wrong.) Thank God, even though there were many obstacles, she was safe.Airport ConcernI have known for a very long time that the airport in Marsh Harbor is very inadequate for the needs of the island. I read with interest the articles in the August 15 issue of The Abaconian about the airport and how plans have been put on hold. To be honest, that scares me and after my recent experience the possibility of stalling improvements on the airport scares me more. I recently returned from Florida. The flight that I was on was one of five which were on the ground at the same time in Marsh Harbour, all from the United States. This did not include any charters that might have landed. Five flights landing close to each other overburdens Immigration and Customs in a facility that is just big enough to clear one flight of 30 persons comfortably. Talk about the airport has been going on for years. Safety and security issues now mandate that the airport has to be upgraded. Tourism is our lifeline on Abaco. As I waited to clear Immigration, then wait for my luggage, it was veryAll About Townhot and uncomfortable wait. For first time visitors to our island, well, you reach your own conclusions.Unsung HeroesI am sure there are many unsung heroes from this Hurricane Frances. I would like to commend Chief Councillor Cay Mills, because he seemed to never stop working With his crew of young people they helped to prepare for the storm and the clean up afterward. He has been constantly on the go throughout Central Abaco seeing what he could do to help restore in the aftermath of the hurricane. Thank you, Mr. Mills. Thank you also for allowing me to use your satellite phone on Monday to call my daughter to see if she was ok after the hurricane hit West Palm Beach County.Service Beyond the UsualNorthrock Water Company went beyond the call of duty to provide bottled water to stores and the hundreds of persons who came to their plant in Dundas Town to purchase water in advance of Hurricane Frances. On September 1 they worked until 3:30 the next morning to bottle water and up until 2 p.m. the next day. On September 2 when most business places had closed, they were still making deliveries to the stores and gas stations that were open and filling orders that customers had placed previously. The friendly atmosphere and manner remained despite the fact that persons waiting were in such large numbers that they were waiting outside. I was there when they were getting ready to leave and wait for Frances when a customer came for water. They directed them to the stores that they just sent their last delivery to. Most persons did not wait so long. It is just that most persons wanted to make sure they had enough water. Mrs. Simmons of Northrock Water wanted to make sure all of their customers were taken care of because as she put it, Our customers have been so great to us and we credit them with our success. We wanted to serve them as best we could in this time of great stress.

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9 Why . .Receiving the Abaconian is the easiest way to keep up with all the activity on Abaco such as: # Infrastructural improvements by central government: roads, airport, docks, etc. # Phone and electric company changes # Fishing, boating & sporting activities # Immigration, taxes or duty changes # Changes to laws and regulations # Resort & hotel development # Actions by local government # Changes in airline service # New business ventures # Community eventsSubscribe TodayName Address Address CitySt. Postal code +Country e-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 8902 N Military Trail, 181 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 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 ViewpointsThe event of Hurricane Frances sent us all reeling on Abaco, backwards to a simpler form of existence. Quickly we realized how much we depend daily on the modern conveniences like dishwashers, washing machines, hot water heaters, water pumps and fans, not to mention air conditioners. Residents on Man-O-War struggled for several days, some fortunate enough to have standby generator sets and others not so fortunate, until BEC sent a special team to Man-O-War to rework high-tension lines and get the cay back online. After watching the efforts of these technicians, it would be hard to be critical. Assisted by the efforts of Mr. Harcourt Thompson of Man-O-War, they worked tirelessly through the evening hours and the hot sun in the daylight hours to restore power to the community. The underwater grid of cables stretching from Crossing Beach out to the cays was overhauled and power has been restored to most areas in a timely fashion. It is interesting to note that as recently as 1960 electricity was considered a luxury, and many older Abaconians can recall the first light, fan or AM radio. The Bahamas archipelago presents our power company a special challenge in maintaining an underwater power grid, and their efforts towards restoring this since Hurricane Frances are greatly appreciated.Modern Conveniences and BEC Hurricane Frances Effect on the Quality of LifeBy Anita Rolle Coming to The Bahamas as a Category 4 hurricane, packing winds of 140 mph, she took her time traveling throughout the islands of The Bahamas from south to north. I guess she heard The Bahamas it just keeps getting better! Many residents of Abaco, with the memory of Floyd still fresh on their minds, began making preparations after the very first alert. Others sat waiting wondering will it really come our way? Well, she did. And she stayed longer than most expected. Seems Frances wanted to hang out in the northern Bahamas for awhile, bringing with her wind, rain and surges which resulted in flooding, destruction of property, power and telephone outages. Through her stay here on Abaco, were thanking God she took no lives with her when she left. New Providence and Grand Bahama werent so fortunate! Flooding, flooding, flooding! Fortunately, this was the major cry for most. Residents in some communities, unable to leave their homes for days, gladly welcomed the first ray of powerful sunshine on September 7th. North and Central Abaco sat on the edge waiting for word from South Abaco whom Frances decided she would peep in on. Thankfully again, Frances and her 25-mile eye took no lives with her. However, she did leave structural damage, and yes, flooding. Residents of Sandy Point responsible for the incomplete hurricane shelter the idea borne following a bout with Hurricane Floyd should be exceptionally proud of themselves. Had it not been for that facility, many might have opted to weather the storm in their homes, and the final report might not have been so good. Frances took her time, enjoying her visit to Abaco so much that while paying an extended visit to Grand Bahama moving now at 5 mph while her eye was on West End, she kept glancing back at Abaco. We know this because whenever we thought she was gone, the howling winds picked up again! Even before it was safe to do so, BEC, Batelco, Environmental Health, Water & Sewerage and others were out making assessments and doing what they could to bring quick comfort to Abaconians. At the end of the day, North Abaco fared well under the leadership of Administrator Donald Cash less than three weeks into his tenure. South Abaco fared well under the leadership of Administrator Roderick Bowe even while the rest Abaco held their breath as the eye of Frances came just a little too close for comfort. Central Abaco fared well despite having no resident Administrator at the time. Radio Abaco, for as long as was safe, kept us all informed with up to the minute information, coordinates, forecasts and advisories. Disaster preparedness committees in the various districts did what they could in ascertaining that things were in place. Realistically, had everything gone as planned without a hitch, then we could be considered not quite human. Lets continue to pray for each other, for Abaco and for the Bahamas. Lets also pray that Frances doesnt go and tell any of her comrades what a grand time she had in the Bahamas! See what happened simply because Floyd whispered to his sister Frances Hey, its better in The Bahamas? Wed much rather have our visitors come by boat or plane, thank you! Floyd 1999, Frances 2004. Acts of nature whose purpose we as simple human beings have yet to determine. Only the Higher Authority has the answer.Hurricane Frances the Lighter SideIt was a very close call for Ms. Susan Sawyer from Treasure Cay when the white Suzuki she was driving along the S.C. Bootle Highway flipped over in the vicinity of the Bustic Bight just north of Sunset Point. The car swerved across the road, bounced off a large boulder, flipped up and grazed a power pole, leaving paint six or more feet above the ground, before landing on its roof. It is believed that one or two of the tyres blew out, after which the vehicle flipped over and came to a stop upside down. It is not known how she was able to exit the vehicle as all four doors were jammed shut. Fortunately, Ms. Sawyer received only minor injuries. Woman Escaped Injury

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 Servicing the Bahamas and South Florida Turbo Prop Service Available MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS (242) 367-2089 (242) 367-2613 (242) 367-2530 Call for Scheduling Committed to a Higher Standard in Aviation CHEROKEE AIRCHARTER SERVICE Barefoot Elegance22 Romantic Tropical Rooms nestled upon the sand dunes.ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INNABACO INN ABACO INN2 miles south of Hope Town, Elbow CayFine dining with breath-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 is waiting to serve you. Keep an eye on our calendar of events throughout the season CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION Tel: (242) 366-0133/0333 fax: (242) 366-0113laden with avocados, sea grapes, plums and citrus had lost most if not all to Frances. The tide had not come as high as in 1999, so there was less damage from flooding. Everyone had his own story to tell. Porches had blown off, roofs leaked, homes were soaked, persons had moved to another shelter when they feared losing their roof, the beach blew across the road forcing sand into CaysFrom Page 10 Please see Cays Page 12 More News of the CaysThis beach front house on Elbow Cay found itself literally on the edge of the beach. The high waves undermined the deck, leaving it precariously balanced. The ocean once again breached the sand dune south of Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. However, it is not nearly as extensive as from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com

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Page 12 The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Your home is probably the biggest investment youll ever make. Safeguard your home, furniture and valuables against hurricane, fire, flood and theft with our full coverage Home Policy. 2003 ADWORKSDOVE PLAZA, MARSH HARBOURVisit us online at www .jsjohnson.com NASSAU Collins Ave 322-2341 Thompson Blvd 325-8776 Marathon Mall 393-6286 FREEPORT 242-352-7119 ~ ABACO 242-367-2688 ~ EXUMA 242-336-2420 More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 11 homes, boats had washed ashore bringing their moorings with them . It had been a long, frightening 24 hours for many. But thankfully, no one had been hurt and no life was lost. The damage could be repaired. God had once again protected us and seen us through another dangerous hurricane. People got to work to clean things up and by 11 p..m. on Saturday the electricity was back on in the town of New Plymouth! Floyd Johnson, Joel Reckley and Vincent Cooper of BEC along with the help of other local men worked tirelessly into the night to restore power to the entire island. We The hurricane winds blew tons of sand over houses, roads and yards on Elbow Cay. This shows how high the sand was that buried the road until heavy equipment was able to clear it. are extremely grateful to these men. On Sunday a group cleaned the entire town of New Plymouth of all the debris littering the streets. People were busy in their own yards. On Monday morning businesses in town were opening. But we still had no phones. I cannot acknowledge each person who helped BEC restore the power or clean the town because I dont know them all and would not want to exclude anyone. I know that they did it because they care for their town and the people. To all of you, THANK YOU! We are very grateful and proud to be a part of this community.School Opening Is DelayedThe opening of school was postponed for a week. (I dont think this upset the children!) Amy Roberts Primary was not seriously damaged. The grounds had to be cleared of debris and the teachers had to prepare the classrooms. Tiny Turtles Preschool had only minor damage and will also open on September 13.Other Town NewsCongratulations to Danielle Sawyer and Mario Cash on the birth of their son on September 7th. Danielle had been on the minds of many during the storm. Her family was here preparing for the hurricane while she waited in Nassau for her baby to arrive. She made it through the storm and Mario was able to get to Nassau for the birth! We are watching Ivan now, hoping he does not change his course and head our way. Hurricanes not only take a toll on our infrastructure and environment, they also cause great emotional damage. The fear of living through another 24 hours of howling wind and not knowing what will be left standing maybe too much for many. Like our ancestors, our love for this country must keep us here despite the possibility of losing everything to nature.September Brings Sad MemoriesSeptember is a month of unpleasant memories for many. It was on September 15th, 1997, that Jeannie Sands was murdered in her home, just two days short of her 20 birthday. To this day no one has been charged with or punished for causing her death. Her sad and broken parents could not deal with living here, so they sold evThis shows a boat on a boat lift with an adjoining dock. Now the area is completely landlocked by the sand which blew into the White Sound area of Elbow Cay. Please see Cays Page 13

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 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. More News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 14 CaysFrom Page 12 erything and moved to live with their sons in Florida. Then two years later on September 14th, 1999, Hurricane Floyd roared through Abaco, leaving a path of destruction. Now just five years later Hurricane Frances moved up the chain of Bahamian islands causing destruction and death. I hope September 2004 passes quickly and the cold fronts of winter become our weather concern!Man-O-WarSchool Is Designated a Hurricane ShelterThe Man-O-War All-Aged School, the designated hurricane shelter on Man-O-War Cay, provided shelter for twelve people and various pets during Hurricane Frances. Most of the visitors were people off of cruising boats. The concrete structure, located on the hill in Man-O-War settlement, provided safe and comfortable shelter for boaters and community members.Marine CasualtiesMan-O-War Cay has long been regarded as one of the best places to secure a boat before, during and after a storm. The cay is long and narrow with two distinct harbours and two entrances, making surge less of a problem. The surrounding land to the north and east is relatively high, creating a comfortable lee in the harbours. The depths in both harbours allow for moderate to large-sized vessels secure moorings. Edwins Boatyards #1 and #2, Man-O-War Marina, Water Ways Rentals, Abacays Freight and other marine service companies provide a complete range of services for the yachtsman and cruiser alike. In the Eastern Harbour, five or six boats broke their moorings during the storm. Judging from where they went ashore, the wind was strongest from the East North East, and their damage was relatively light. By Saturday noon, with winds still blowing at over 60 miles per hour, three of the six had been moved back out to the harbour and the other three were towed off by the Marie G of Abacays Freight services on Monday morning. In the Western, or Main Harbour, the The gazebo and fencing at the park in Hope Town in memory of Byrle Patterson was destroyed by the winds of Hurricane Frances.

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Page 14 The Abaconian September 15, 2004 ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All HIGH-SPEEDWIRELESS INTERNET Out Island Inter .Net Bahama Palm Shores Cherokee Sound Fishers Bay Guana Cay Hope Town Leisure Lee Little Harbour Lynard Cay Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War Marsh Harbour Scotland Cay Tilloo Cay Winding Bay Treasure CayNow Available in:Wireless@abacoinet.com367-3006same was true. Boats moored along the waterfront fared well. Six or seven boats broke loose and ended up on Dickies Cay and points west, several incurring damage such as broken masts and rigging at their moorings. Members of the community and staff from Edwins Boatyard had gotten things back in order by Saturday afternoon, and, as with the vessels requiring refloating in the Eastern Harbour, the Marie G offered assistance. By Monday afternoon all of the damaged vessels were being handled by various service providers. The cruising community had been reunited with their vessels and were putting their affairs back in order. At ManO-War Marina a veritable spider web of cris-crossing lines made passage on the docks a tenuous exercise, but fortunately these provisions worked and little damage to the docked vessels was noted.Lasting Out Hurricane FrancesBy Scorch Albury One week ago Hurricane Frances, a category three storm with winds of over 120 mph, was battering Abaco. All of us who lived through it can say it changed our lives, if only in the smallest way. Two of the heroes of this, and indeed, many previous weather events are Bob and Patti Toler of Eastern Shores. For those who are fortunate enough to be in range to receive their weather updates, Bob, otherwise known as Barometer Bob, and Patti had many Abaco ears turned to their next update. Likewise, the Weather Channel, until the rain prevented it for DSS subscribers or the wind blew the dish off the roof, got its fair share of Abaconian audience as we all gauged the storms approach and likely track. Hurricanes are as natural to The Bahamas as the white sand and turquoise blue sea and have helped form these islands for millennia. For us, however they are an excitement, a nuisance and sometimes a regrettable event. I feel safe in saying that Hurricane Frances was the latter of these. Sweeping through The Bahamas, Frances began affecting the Turks and Caicos Islands in the south easternmost Bahamas as the eye passed over the Silver Bank. At that point Abaco residents were still on cruise control, making some preparations while the weather experts gave their version of the course the storm would take. With memories of Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 still firmly entrenched in our minds, we set other work priorities aside, and our lives became centered around where the center, or eye, of Frances would go. As I passed through the creek in Eastern Shores on September 2th, I noticed the level of preparedness along the waterfront and snapped a few photographs. A week later, I returned to view the wrath. While Frances was no Floyd, it has left an indelible scar on Abaco and Abaconians alike. Over the years I have listened with interest to the recollections and references by locals of previous storms. Mr. Victor Russell of Marsh Harbour would always say Plenty rain, no Hurricane! and others would complain Its so dry that Id take a hurricane just to get the rain that comes with it! A close friend would recall how her half-brothers mother died giving birth to a baby, sheltered under a sail stretched over a fallen tree in the great Hurricane of 1932. The last few years have given modern day Abaconians plenty of our own experiences. There are those who posture that environmental changes, the greenhouse effect, may cause this trend of more frequent storms and more active hurricane seasons in place for many years to come. Frances thrashed The Bahamas and reminded us that Mother Nature is an awesome force. We are fortunate to be able to build to sustain her. But even the More News of the Cays Please see Cays Page 15 CaysFrom Page 13 Boats are very vulnerable during hurricnaes as can be attested by this boat in Hope Town harbour which sank at its dock. The sand dune on Elbow Cay eroded greatly. Much of the sand was deposited ashore behind the dune and some blew over into Abaco Sound. The erosion stopped at the edge of the pavement, while undercutting it slightly.

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 Come check out ourE-Tec 60 HP with tiller handleJust in time for crawfish seasonFull range of reliable Johnson & advanced Evinrude motors & partsIn stock 2 250 hp at lower than U.S. PricesFactory trained mechanics and reliable serviceAsk about our Three Year Warranty PolicyDolphin MarineGreen Turtle Cay242-365-4262 Island MarineParrot Cay242-366-0282 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242-366-0023 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242-365-4249OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour 367-2703 email: outboardshop@abacoinet.comtoughest skin and hardened Abaco heart has a difficult time accepting the wrath left in the path of this storm. The eye passed to the west of Sandy Point and Moores Island. There the losses were extensive. In Marsh Harbour the heavy rain caused flooding and structures took a beating. Our marine community fared well for the most part. But the indelible scar that all of Abaco has suffered is in the lost landscaping both natural and imported. The wind began blowing hard from the north sometime Thursday night, September 2, and eased up from the east some More News of the Cays CaysFrom Page 14 48 hours later. For those on the outer cays and along the windward shores of Abaco the proximity to salt and sand, driven at Category 3 speeds of 120 mph, snapped trees that had grown for generations. Some say that the damage left was as bad as Floyds wrath but my own observation in the areas I have visited is that while comparable, the winds of Hurricane Floyd removed a greater percentage of the foliage. Our landscapes, and indeed, in many places our seascapes, have been scoured. Our lush, green, tropical canopy is in many places gone and the seemingly smoking cinders of a fire the fury of Frances are left behind. Certainly we will recover, and visitors will return for the attractions of Abaco that a hurricane cannot change the beautiful blue ocean, sunny skies and balmy weather. But Frances will serve as a milestone in the life for all Abaconians. Next time we will be even more prepared. A week later the sea, churned up by the passage to the south of Frances big brother, Ivan, boils along the shoreline. Stars shine like Christmas tree lights in the deep blue-black sky. The beauty of Abaco is inten se. Nature will recover. White powdery sand covered everything on Elbow Cay. Here a man is sweeping sand off the roof. The streets in Hope Town were fill with sand blown in by Hurricane Frances. Electric, cable and phone lines all suffered heavy damage as evidenced by the tranformer hanging precariously. Paint was sandblasted off buildings and fences. Abaco Print ShopFor all yourBusiness StationeryBusiness Stationery Business StationeryBusiness Stationery Business Stationery Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards NCR Forms Duplicate, Triplicate with numbering, perforated Single Forms Personalized Scratch Pads Brochures Fliers Offering Full Color Printing & Logo Design3 5 Business Days for production Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201

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Page 16 The Abaconian September 15, 2004 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 Mr. Randy Key weathered Hurricane Frances along with the crew aboard the M/ V Duke of Topsail riding at anchor. During this experience he recorded his feelings in a log from which this article was taken. 0930 hours Thursday, September 2nd Duke at anchor approximately 1.8 miles from Outer Point in the direction of Foots Cay. Winds beginning to freshen up, blowing about 15 20 mph at this time. I had a chance to reflect during the day and was happy that I did all I could to look after family and friends. Good food and company aboard the Duke, relaxed and read some. Friday, September 3rd, 0500 hours. Winds beginning to pick up to about 45 to 60 mph. At first light we put out the second anchor. It dragged until about 0900 until we were able to correct the right amount of engine power with wind velocity. All ballast tanks were full with approximately 400 tons of water and finally Duke was riding steady as a rock in the ever increasing wind and seas. During the period from 0500 to 0900 until we were able to stop the drift, there were doubts in my mind although I could not show it. I had to give moral support to the crew. But what I was not revealing that in the height of continued heaver and heavier winds my thoughts were of the Duke winding up on Great Cistern bar. I thought maybe if that did happen, would she break in two, would water flood the cabins and pilot house, could we possibly survive in that onslaught of ferocious winds and waves. However, as time progressed we were still riding steady. Capt. Chu, Thomas and myself had been taking turns steering and on watch for the better part of the day. I remember Capt. Chu displaying courage and a positive attitude in face of danger when he said, Boss, were going to take this ship back to the dock in one piece, and I wholeheartedly resounded my agreement. 1730 hours September 3rd As night fall came, I thought the winds which were 100 plus mph would begin to subside. They had pounded us for the past 13 hours or so. As night came, and with the floodlights on up front, a certain eeriness fell upon us. In the pilot house all you could see was the fury of the wind, spray and rain coming down across the bow and up along the pilot house. Flashes of distant lightning would occasionally light up the sky. I firmly believed that it was more than our doing which kept us from drifting ashore it was without a doubt the hands of a higher power who was looking down on us and I guess saying, Hey, guys, Im right here with you. Dont worry. As I settled on that resolve, I became more confident as time progressed. We continued to maintain watch and steer. By midnight my thoughts were, when is this THING going to leave us alone. We were constantly updating the track of Frances from our satellite link with the National Hurricane Center. It appeared when Frances reached south of Sandy Point. It wobbled around and slowed its forward movement to about 4 mph. What this meant, since we were in the upper northeast quadrant of the storm, we were catching the full hell and fury of what that storm was unleashing. In between moments of plotting and checking the radar and standing watch, I was trying to dispense some information on the VHF to people on shore as to the location of the storm and what it was doing. Gale Cottman called in around 2330 hours in a real panic, Her windows had blown out and she was having to hold mattresses to them to stop the water from coming in. I tried to reassure her that we were going through the worst and that come morning light, things should be better. I spoke to Jack Albury, Daren Roberts, Chad Sawyer, Sidney Albury and Dad and hearing their voices in the late hours was reassuring. 0200 hours September 4th 2004 At this time Hurricane Frances was giving us a serious licking. Winds were increasing and I thought that this monster was never going to go away. Capt. Chu and Thomas were doing most of the driving now, and I was mainly standing watch at the radar and every fifteen minutes or so reassuring them that we were holding ground and that everything was looking good.Thumbs up. Staying steady. If I did not say words to this effect a hundred times over the course of our ordeal, I did not say them at all. At this time, I told Capt. Chu to go down and at least get an hour of sleep. We had all been in the pilot house now for about 21 hours ragged, tired, blood shot eyes and hoping and praying for the best. At this time I told Capt. Chu to go down and at least get an hour of sleep. It was gusting so hard that two of our satellite antennas blew down. One gust was reported at 157 mph. The wind and spray coming up and over the bow and down along the deck was moving with such velocity that it was peeling the paint right off of the top deck. As it would come up and over the bow, it would at times move down in vortices or circles, just as you would see on the wing tips of a jet plane when it is landing. At about 0400 Capt. Chu came back up with a cup of coffee. Earlier in the evening, we had given Thomas a chance to get a few hours of rest. At this time and after being glued to the bridge for about 23 hours, I made one final look at the radar. We were holding our ground and had been for about 19 hours. I decided that I needed to lay my head down for a few hours. When my head hit the pillow, I thanked God for all of the blessings he has given me in my life, and for all of the people I have been able to share time with and to give of myself. I thanked Him for my children, parents, relationships, friends, and thought about Puppus (my Abaco Potcake) and hoped he was surviving after which I then drifted off into the sweetest sleep Ive had in a long time. Around 0600 hours, Saturday, September 4th I awakened to receding winds and was able to look out my cabin window and see the shore of Great Cistern, a little uncomfortably close, but nevertheless, good to see land and better conditions. We all had a good breakfast. We spent most of Saturday sharing thoughts of the previous night, tak-Riding Out Frances Aboard The Duke NOTICEComing Soon The Law Office ofHubert A. Ingraham, PC MP JPCounsel and Attorney-atLaw Notary Publicsituate at East Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco E-mail address: ingrahamlaw@coralwave.com The All Abaco Regattascheduled for September 23-25 has been cancelled as a result of Hurricane Francesing turns sleeping and watching. 1400 hours Sunday, September 5, 2004 We decided it was time to pull anchor and get back to port. My company partner, Sidney Albury, and another owner, Wayne Bethel, would meet us at the dock to catch the lines. We got safely back to port IN ONE PIECE at app. 1500 hours on Sunday. What a feeling of relief! When I walked off the gang way, I kneeled down and kissed the ground. Capt. Chu and I pulled all of the crew members together to thank God for seeing us through. I thought to myself that after being a part owner of this ship for the past eight years that at no time did I feel closer to her than at the end of this ordeal. Further, I felt privileged to share this time with our crew. I then proceeded to check on all of my family to see that they were OK. Once seeing to that, I went back to the ship, fixed myself a very sweet and creamy cup of coffee, lit up a fresh Cuban cigar and looked out over the devastation in town. As Flora Lowe continues to tell me, I thanked God for life! The Duke of Topsail on a calmer day.

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 More Photos from the CaysFranklyn Russell, Hope Towns oldest resident, is constantly sweeping the sidewalks and streets of town in an effort to get rid of all the sand that accummulated. Abaco Inn on White Sound on Elbow Cay suffered much damage to the decks and outdoor construction of its resort. Being directly on the ocean put it in an exposed situation. The White Sound dune was breached by the waves of Hurricane Frances. However, in constrast to Hurricane Floyd in 1999, no homes were destroyed in the area. A 25-foot palm tree was uprooted from its hole in the deck against this house in Hope Town. Apparently the tree blew down to the right of the deck. Another gust of wind picked up the tree, lifted the rail and slipped the tree under it. The railing fell back into place. Ms. Helena Lightbourne from Nassau examines the deck railing.

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Located in the heart of New Plymouth Green Turtle Cay on Parliament Street Tel: (242) 365-4511 By Jennifer Hudson A full moon eerily heralded the advent of Hurricane Frances just as it had before Hurricane Floyd in 1999. No one expected another monster so soon after Floyd but just five years later almost exactly to the day another giant did pay us a visit with the name of Frances. While Hurricane Frances did not reach the strength of Floyd, she made history by being the slowest moving hurricane ever to visit our islands. When Frances first appeared as a threat to Abaco, I heard someone remark, He wont come. God would not do that to us again. However, God is in control, and it just shows that, though we may try, we can never second guess the Almighty. As it became obvious that Frances was determined on her course for Abaco, residents really took things seriously. Having gained experience from Floyd, this time they left nothing to chance. Homes were battened down and businesses boarded up. Everyone had learned a serious lesson be prepared. People whose homes were especially vulnerable moved into the shelters provided or in with friends. At times like these one is really touched by true friendship. I had to vacate my home, and I am so grateful to Dr. Vince McWeeney, who provided wonderful hospitality and shelter for me, my little dog and also another three friends and their dogs. While we all sat and listened to the wind and rain raging for two days, our three little dogs had a great hurricane party together. Hurricane Frances, it seemed, decided to try out the new Ministry of Tourism slogan to Hip, hop, through The Bahamian Islands as that is certainly what she did as was not in any hurry to leave this beautiful archipelago. She seemed to take a special liking to Abaco as she hovered over us, moving at just four miles per hour. At one point it felt like she was never going to leave. It was amazing (and distressing) that she could remain over one island wreaking her havoc for a solid 36 hours. We are all now endeavouring to clean up the mess she left us and I am sure there are very few homes and businesses on Abaco as well as Grand Bahama, which was so badly hit, which have not suffered water damage. Before the hurricane I had a white dog but during the clean up she began to turn a delicate shade of green from rolling in all the wet seaweed which had washed up into our house along with all the sand and salt water. At least, she seemed to be enjoying herself, blissfully unaware of all the hard work we, her owners, along with thousands of other Bahamians, were doing. Tornadoes are also of great concern during a hurricane and one ripped through my heighbours house, completely slitting it in half. We all know the inconveniences of being without essential services after a hurricane. But as always the utility companies are to be commended for their all-out effort to reconnect services as soon as possible. How wonderful it is to be able to take a warm bath after five or so days of washing with scraps of water and to enjoy the luxury of sleeping in air conditioning again. BEC did a tremendous job of restoring power to most areas within a matter of days. I am told that Batelco and Cable Bahamas are also working hard though I am still without either service. Flooding, which was severe, was taken advantage of by many resourceful people who were seen filling up buckets from the lakes to take home. I am sure Radio Abaco was missed by all during this hurricane as it went off air on Thursday evening in order, I am told, to secure equipment. A week later it returned but only at half power. Abaco residents were forced to rely on ZNS Northern Bahamas for any information which, of course, covered mainly only Grand Bahama. How nice it would be if, before the next disaster, we could have a network on Abaco which would cover all the cays and the mainland so that people could be kept in touch with what is happening throughout Abaco during an entire hurricane instead of the feeling of isolation being without coverage engenders. Trauma One was at the ready to answer emergency calls until winds reached a certain strength which is the rule also for emergency vehicles in the United States. Once winds reach a certain speed, the services have to go into lock down. If lives of emergency personnel are put at risk, they cannot help themselves or others, neither can their vehicles get through deep water. Some minor damage was sustained by two of their vehicles from flying debris. Fortunately, the service did not have to be called out to any emergencies. The only injury they heard of was when one of the American network reporters staying at the AbacoIn the Wake of Hurricane FrancesResidents worked hard to prepare for Hurricane Frances. Boats are particularly at risk. Shown here is a crew from Marsh Harbour Boat Yard hurriedly putting outboard boats ashore in a protected area to minimize damage. Please see Frances Page 19

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 21By Jennifer Hudson The Heal Our Land Family Crisis Centre, which first took root in the mind of Principal Visionary, Mrs. Kathleen Knowles, in 2001, took a great step forward when ground was broken in May for the first building. This will be situated in the centre of Murphy Town which is right in the midst of where people need help the most,said Mrs Knowles. The committee is now eager to go ahead with construction and is seeking the assistance of the community in order to achieve the goal of completing the first building by next year. Other members of the building committee are Rev. Jerry Cornish, Mr. Alva Knowles, Ms. Cleola Cooper and Mr. Revie Fox. The original building will house an office and an area for counseling where food and clothes for needy persons will also be provided. As funds permit, a further section will be added to house people who are in greatest need. Application has been made to government for a grant of 20 acres of land to construct a disaster centre and centres for men, women and children. People will live here and receive motivational training. Once they have successfully completed their treatment programme they will be placed in a job for which they will have been trained. The money they earn will be placed into a savings account for them so when they leave the facility they will have money to begin a new life. The support of contractors and farmers will be appreciated to provide employment for these people. Mrs. Knowles saw the need for such a centre when she and her husband relocated their business to Abaco four years ago. When trying to hire employees, they discovered that many of the young men were drug addicts or alcoholics who were totally incapable of holding a job. Mrs. Knowles, who had always enjoyed helping and counseling young people, saw the depression, stress, pain and broken spirits that were destroying families, mainly due to drug and alcohol abuse. She felt the Lord calling her to establish a facility to help these young people. Heal Our Land services will cost the individuals nothing and services will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone can receive help, whether the problem is due to family conflict, delinquent behaviour, substance abuse or school problems and referrals can be made by anyone school personnel, law enforcement officers, concerned friends, church leaders or family members. The committee is already networking with and receiving support and guidance from Teen Challenge in Nassau and two centres in Texas. On November 4 6 members of the Heal Our Land Committee will attend a seminar at the New Life Outreach Adolescent Treatment Centre in Huntsville, Texas, on The needs of at risk youth, and restoring the family unit. From October 21-24 a seminar will be held on Abaco on chemical dependency, the disease concept of addiction, child abuse,Crisis Centre Breaks Ground Heal Our Land, a group dedicated to helping substance-abuse victims, broke ground in Murphy Tonw in May for a Family Crisis Centre. Their ambitious program will be supported by community donations. Please see Heal Page 22 Tides:Pelican Harbor based on Hampton Roads (Sewells Point), Virginia (NOAA) 26 23 N 76 58 W October 2004 Average Tides Mean Range: 2.6 ft MHWS 3.1 ft Mean Tide: 1.4 ft Sunday 6 n 6 Monday 6 n 6 Tuesday 6 n 6 Wednesday 6 n 6 Thursday 6 n 6 Friday 6 n 6 Saturday 6 n 6 1 (EDT) 2 (EDT) 3 (EDT) 4 (EDT) 5 (EDT) 6 (EDT) 7 (EDT) 8 (EDT) 9 (EDT) 10 (EDT) 11 (EDT) 12 (EDT) 13 (EDT) 14 (EDT) 15 (EDT) 16 (EDT) 17 (EDT) 18 (EDT) 19 (EDT) 20 (EDT) 21 (EDT) 22 (EDT) 23 (EDT) 24 (EDT) 25 (EDT) 26 (EDT) 27 (EDT) 28 (EDT) 29 (EDT) 30 (EDT) 31 (EST) -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:30a 0.2 10:51a 3.3 5:16p 0.4 11:08p 2.8 5:07a 0.4 11:30a 3.2 6:00p 0.5 11:48p 2.6 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 5:45a 0.5 12:11p 3.1 6:45p 0.7 12:30a 2.5 6:27a 0.7 12:55p 2.9 7:34p 0.9 1:17a 2.4 7:14a 0.8 1:45p 2.8 8:29p 1.0 2:12a 2.3 8:09a 0.9 2:42p 2.8 9:28p 1.0 3:14a 2.3 9:11a 1.0 3:43p 2.7 10:26p 1.0 4:17a 2.4 10:16a 1.0 4:42p 2.8 11:17p 0.9 5:15a 2.5 11:17a 0.9 5:34p 2.9 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 12:02a 0.7 6:05a 2.7 12:11p 0.7 6:22p 3.0 12:43a 0.5 6:50a 3.0 1:00p 0.6 7:06p 3.1 1:21a 0.4 7:33a 3.2 1:47p 0.4 7:49p 3.1 1:59a 0.3 8:13a 3.4 2:32p 0.3 8:31p 3.1 2:37a 0.2 8:55a 3.5 3:18p 0.2 9:14p 3.1 3:17a 0.1 9:37a 3.6 4:04p 0.2 9:58p 3.0 3:59a 0.1 10:22a 3.6 4:53p 0.2 10:44p 2.9 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 4:44a 0.1 11:10a 3.6 5:45p 0.3 11:35p 2.8 5:34a 0.2 12:03p 3.5 6:42p 0.4 12:31a 2.6 6:30a 0.3 1:03p 3.3 7:45p 0.5 1:35a 2.5 7:35a 0.4 2:10p 3.1 8:53p 0.5 2:46a 2.5 8:48a 0.5 3:21p 3.0 10:00p 0.5 4:00a 2.6 10:04a 0.5 4:31p 3.0 11:01p 0.4 5:08a 2.7 11:15a 0.4 5:34p 3.0 11:55p 0.3 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 6:07a 2.9 12:18p 0.3 6:29p 3.0 12:42a 0.2 6:58a 3.1 1:12p 0.2 7:18p 2.9 1:26a 0.1 7:44a 3.3 2:02p 0.1 8:02p 2.9 2:06a 0.1 8:26a 3.3 2:47p 0.1 8:43p 2.8 2:44a 0.1 9:06a 3.4 3:30p 0.2 9:23p 2.8 3:21a 0.1 9:44a 3.3 4:10p 0.2 10:01p 2.7 3:57a 0.2 10:21a 3.2 4:51p 0.4 10:38p 2.6 -0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 ft 3:34a 0.3 9:59a 3.1 4:31p 0.5 10:17p 2.5 Monthly High & Low High October 16, 10:22a 3.6 ft Low October 27, 2:06a 0.1 ft Printed by Tides & Currents for Windows by Nobeltec Corporation. (503) 579-1414 www.tides.com The Moorings Yacht Charters The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class crewed yacht charter Sailing Sloops and cats 35 ft. 47 ft. Power catamarans 37 ft.The Conch Inn Resort Hotel rooms with garden & harbour views Fresh water swimming pool Conch Crawl restaurant and bar Dive Abaco! SCUBA / Snorkle CenterThe Conch Inn Resort and MarinaPO Box AB20469, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph 242-367-4000 Fax 367-4004 Email: themoorings@batelnet.bswww.conchinn.com Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. Were waiting to take your lines. Compliments of The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina The Conch Inn Marina Deep water berths for vessels up to 120 ft. Marsh Harbours premier marina Full service with 80-slips Texaco fuel station Tide North Bar ChannelOctober 2004 Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new power boats 34 ft. mono-hull or 37 or 45 ft. Catamaran

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Page 22 The Abaconian September 15, 2004Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas 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 http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents who have multiple cottages and houses Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourAbaco visitors can take advantage of a one-day Casino Excursion to Freeport or an overnight package. Package options include air fare, ground transportation and hotel accommodation. Call for Charter and Group rates.For more information call 242-367-4826 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport Email: majorsair@coralwave.com Majors Air Service Flight Schedule Days Leave Freeport Arrive Marsh Harbour Leave Marsh Harbour Arrive Freeport 8:45 a.m. Thursdays thru Mondays Tuesdays & Wednesdays 7 a.m. 4 p.m. 7 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:45 a.m. 8 a.m. 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 5:45 p.m.The new system of dealing with the garbage of Elbow Cay is much improved over the daily burning that was required previously. However, larger trashed items are piling up with no plan in place to take care of this type of refuse. The new bins which carry the household waste to Marsh Harbour for disposal are placed in trenches. But there is no concrete side to the trenches. Therefore, trucks cannot get close to empty directly into the bins. Casual labor has to pick the garbage bags up by hand and put them in the bins. These two men are heaving a heavy load into a bin. Elbow Cays Garbage System Is Improvedsexual assault, molestation of children, family unity and the twelve step programme. Two counselors from the Choices Adolescent Centre in Lufkin, Texas, will facilitate this seminar. The people of the Heal Our Land Crisis Centre are dedicated to providing a vital community service to help those who are hurting and whose lives have been destroyed to rebuild fruitful lives, healthier families and thus a stronger nation. They are a totally non-profit organization which can opHealFrom Page 21 Elbow Cays garbage is now deposited into bins which are shipped to Marsh Harbour for disposal. However, garbage bags accummulate until labourers manually heave them into the bins. In the distance is the yard trash, golf carts, appliances, vehicles and other bulky items. erate only with assistance from caring members of the community. They are appealing to individuals, churches or businesses for donations. For further information or to make a donation please call 367-5198, 5548880 or 359-6059. Cash donations or deposits may be made to Scotia Bank, Marsh Harbour Branch, Account # 903317. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated and the committee is appealing to anyone wishing to assist but who may not be able to do so financially to help by donating building supplies or tools or donating their time to assist with the construction work. Three of the large doors on the domestic warehouse at the new government freight dock were blown in. The building also suffered roof damage.Frances Damages Freight Dock Warehouse Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Business Cards Letterheads Flyers Programs

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourDive Abaco...................................367-2787 Abaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4656 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 Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way $80 round trip Children half fare For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus 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 Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Nassau 323-2166 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts .... 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.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.................Closed Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room..............Closed...Aug 25 Nov 1 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes..................Closed... Sept 6 Nov 6 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys............... Closed Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys Closed ...Sept 4 Nov 1 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Hope Town Abaco Inn Closed Sept 7 Oct 14 Capn Jacks Closed Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge..................Closed to Oct 25 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion....................Closed Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay..........................Closed until Oct Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club...............Closed Sept Lauras Kitchen Closed Oct mid-Nov McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............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 AbaconianAbaco Chamber of Commerce367-5822 Fax 367-5823 www.abacochamber.org Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Marina 75....F....353-1252 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call................24......F....367-2287 Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................50......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats from U.S. can clear Customs at Walkers Cay, Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour..367-5358 Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour .......... 367-2936 Evening dinner cruise Dive Abaco Marsh H.367-2787 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch ..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale ........................... 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 Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market..........$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Golden Harvest ........................................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resor t..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry dock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................$65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole...........$14 + $ 6 T Cay Hotel to Marles .............................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T Cay Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.............................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10 Emergency ServicesAmbulance Marsh Harbour Trauma One367-2911 Police Marsh Harbour367-2560 Fire Marsh Harbour367-2000 Fire Dundas Town367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope TownVHF Ch 16 Fire Green Turtle Cay365-4133 Fire Man-O-War365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areasMarine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500, Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana 365-5178, Treasure Cay 365-8749 Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay.....365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point.............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town.................................Rev 1 Sep 04

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Page 24 The Abaconian September 15, 2004HURRICANE INSURANCEYou Can Be Blown Away By a HurricaneOr you can rest easy knowing INSURANCE MANAGEMENT(BAHAMAS) LIMITED, INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTSNASSAU Rosetta Street P O Box SS 6283 Ph (242) 394-5555 Fax (242) 323-6520 FREEPORT Pioneers Way P O Box 42541 Ph (242) 352-7421 Fax (2420 352-2857 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Queen Elizabeth Dr P O Box AB 20666 Ph (242) 367-4204 Fax (242) 367-4206 ELEUTHERA Queens Highway PO Box EL 25190 Ph (242) 332-2862 Fax (242) 332-2863that you have excellent insurance coverageNobody does it better Big Winner ashore on Marsh Harbours Front Street Pelican Shore, Marsh Harbour Hurricane Floyd September 1999 Tiki Hut, Marsh Harbour waterfront Abaco Wholesale, Marsh HarbourEmail: imbabaco@coralwave.com

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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 15th, 2004 Frances Winds Erode Dune AgainDune Is Broached at White Sound, Elbow Cay The sand dune at White Sound was breached once again during Hurricane Frances. However, the damage was not nearly so extensive as what Hurricane Floyd did to the area.Hope Town Road Is ThreatenedErosion of the beach at White Sound by Huricane Frances was significant and threatens to collapse the road. Officials are considering an alternate route to avoid this problem area.S.C. Bootle School Roof Was Badly DamagedThe roofs of both government schools in Coopers Town, S.C. Bootle High School and Coopers Town Primary School, sustained extensive damage. Some of these buildings had been rebuilt since Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Schools there are still not able to open.Freight Boat Ends Up on the RocksThe Abaco Treasure, a freight boat which carries citrus fruit from Bahama Star Farm to Ft. Pierce, broke away from where it was tied at the Treasure Cay ferry dock and drifted up on the rocks about 1000 feet away. Coopers Town House Is DestroyedThe high winds of Hurricane Frances were more that this house could take. Thankfully no one was hurt when it collapsed.

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Page 2 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Quality Star Auto Service Station And GarageDon MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTHE PLACE FOR YOUR ENTIRE AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK NEEDSWe stock a wide variety of parts and tyres. If you need an item that is not in stock, we will quickly import it for you Open7 am 7 pm Monday thru Thursday 7 am 8 pm Friday and Saturday Tel: (242) 367-2979 20 Inches of Rain Flooded Marsh HarbourThe Mud area of Marsh Harbour was flooded. However, structural damage was minimal. The house on the right did lose part of its roof. The water poured off Front Street in Marsh Harbour across lots and down side streets. The terminal building at the Marsh Harbour International Airport could not be used for several days after Hurricane Frances moved out of this area due to severe flooding. During the interval, officials used the ramp and terminal building of Cherokee Air. Water on Don MacKay Boulevard was deep as shown by the people walking down the middle of the street. Royal Bank of Canada is on the left. Carbonless Forms Office Stationery Flyers Certificates Tickets Brochures Photo Scanning Wedding/Funeral Programs Business Cards Envelopes Menus Labels Laminations ...MoreMonday Friday 9 am 5 pmAbaco Print ShopFriendly and Friendly and Friendly and Friendly and Friendly and Professional Professional Professional Professional Professional Printing Ser Printing Ser Printing Ser Printing Ser Printing Ser vicesvices vicesvices vices A baco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour Ph: 367-2677 Fax: 367-3201

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Page 4 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004 K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT K & S AUT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICEVICE VICEVICE VICE Automotive Accessories Full Automotive Service Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Tires and Tire Repairs Expert Mechanics Automobile Parts Oil Changes Batteries Crockett Drive & Don MacKay Blvd.Marsh Harbour Phone 367-2655 Percy Albury, Owner/Manager Horizontal storage tanks Cone bottom Pick-up truck tanksLow profile tanks Vertical tanks POLYETHYLENE TANKS Also: pumps, bladders, softeners, RO systems, desalinators, DI systems, filters, etc. . Resilient Wont crack UV stabilized Better than F G No bad smell No bad taste Inexpensive Ships easily Many sizes Many Shapes Lots in stock Bulkhead fittings installed Distributors wantedADVANCED WATER ENGINEERING, INC. Indian Harbour Beach, FL Ph: 321-777-4909 Fax 321-773-8338 E-mail: info@advancedwater.com For prices call or E-mail NOW Abaco Tug & TransportTug & Barge Work Available for Charters Sand & Rock Deliveries Container & Building Material DeliveriesMarine Construction & DevelopmentBoulders Dock & Sea Wall Construction Hi Tide Boat Lifts Dredging Excavation Land Clearing Trenching Drilling BlastingOn the waterfront at the end of the Key Club Road P.O. Box AB20285, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-5205 / 367-5206 Fax 367-4018 Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 North Abaco NewsBy Richard E. Fawkes The destruction of the Little Abaco police station in Crown Haven, along with the junior officers quarters and $15,000 worth of communication equipment, is indicative of the severity of the damage inflicted on North Abaco by Hurricane Frances. A sizable portion of the planking on the Crown Haven ferry dock was ripped away and many homes suffered water damage to ceilings, furniture and clothing as a result of heavy rains or shingles and sections of roof being blown off. Mr. Nathan Rolle, who operates the Esso gas station near the ferry dock, had to retrieve his fuel tank from 300 feet away where it had blown after being dislodged from its base. He is losing hundreds of dollars daily while awaiting reinstallation by Esso. Mrs. Millie McIntosh, who owns M&M Grocery Store in Fox Town, had a large section of roof blown off her house. But her store and Shell station are in tact. She has not been able to obtain new stock, however. Fishermen report that most of the boats are in good shape as they were properly secured, although a few broke free from their lines and suffered slight damage. In Coopers Town, the home economics building at the S.C. Bootle High School lost its roof. It is believed the equipment is salvageable. The primary school also suffered damage to several classrooms. The Shell station lost its canopy, which owner Charles Colebrooke was having replaced on Saturday. Mr. Colebrooke was able to pump gas with the aid of a generator and was grateful his supply of fuel, which he received prior to the hurricane, was not contaminated by water. Shell is unable to replenish fuel because its depot at Murphy Town was put out of service by Frances. Mr. Colebrooke said he lost a large amount of perishables in his convenience store. Elsewhere in Coopers Town, a house belonging to Mr. Charles Cooper was destroyed; the Shell dock was washed away; and a section of Friendship Mission Church was destroyed. Power was being restored to North Abaco, starting at Crown Haven, on September 11. Water was on intermittently. Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) was beginning to repair broken lines. Technician Rex Carey, who was repairing lines in Fox Town, said BTC was working its way down.North Abaco Sustains Some of the Worst DamageThe decking of the government dock in Crown Haven was washed away by Hurricane Frances. This is the dock that Pinders Ferry Service uses in its service between Abaco and McLeans Town, Grand Bahama. The New St. Andrews Baptist Church in Fire Road sustained extensive damage to the roof at the back.

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 B The airport fire station at Treasure Cay had quite a bit of roof damage. However, it fared better than after Floyd when only the walls were left standing. A boat on a lift on one of the canals at Treasure Cay did not fare well. However, it did not sink as the boat tied to dock did. The booths at Regatta Village at the Treasure Cay ferry dock were pushed all around by the strong winds. The All Abaco Regatta, planned for later this month, has been cancelled. This house in Coopers Town sustained quite a bit of roof damage. More North Abaco News Private $341,000 $341,000 $407,000

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Page 6 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Out Islands Finest Vacation Homes Waterfront Properties New Marina Rentals & Sales1 Purple Porpoise Place Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas Chris & Peggy Thompson, Proprietors Phone 242-366-0224 Fax 242-366-0434 More North Abaco NewsCrown Haven Police Was Station DamagedBy Portia Jonsson Last year on March 7, the Crown Haven Police Station was commissioned by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Cynthia Mother Pratt, to serve the people in the area and the neighboring communities. Due to Hurricane Frances the station was severely damaged. Corp. Dwayne Sullivan, a police officer on Abaco for nine years and stationed in Crown Haven, said the roof at the back of the building lifted allowing the wind and water to come inside. What was once a fully functioning police station is now just an empty shell. Corp. Sullivan informed us that ministers and other government officials were in Crown Haven to assess the damage but it is a matter of time for things to get done. He said the station has lost a lot of its equipment and he estimates the rebuilding costs to be in excess of $15,000. At the time of the hurricane there were two officers stationed in Crown Haven, Corp. Sullivan and Officer Mackey. Officer Mackeys apartment, next to the station, was A pre-school occupies the building in Crown Haven with the police station. The building sustained substantial damage to its roof. This is the classroom part of the building. also badly damaged in the hurricane. The bedroom roof caved in, destroying everything beneath it. The kitchen suffered damage to the ceiling when the sheet rock tiles just peeled away. Officer Mackey is now posted in Marsh Harbour. Corp. Sullivan also had damage to his apartment. The Little Abaco Pre-School, which is housed in the same building as the police station, suffered major damage to its classroom as well with portions of its roof torn off. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort Police Officer Corp. Dwayne Sullivan points out the damage to the apartment building he and Officer Mackey occupied during the storm. Officer Mackeys apartment was severely damaged and he is now posted in Marsh Harbour. LIGHTBOURN REALTY Chris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: chris.f@batelnet.bswww.greenturtlerealestate.comMaster bedroom suite with whirlpool bath. Four guest air conditioned bedrooms. Fully furnished house, fully equipped kitchen. An aerial view of the estate which the wide sandy beach. The house is complete with golf carts, bicycles and an outdoor bar-be-que grill. This is the front porch where you observe beautiful sunrises, or for the late riser, an outdoor breakfast overlooking the Atlantic and the beach just steps below. The living room is 20-foot by 32-foot with original oil paintings on the cypress hand laid walls. The marble floors take you back to the early colonial century while the cool rattan and dark mahogany furnishings, a functional fireplace, library and studio give you the coziness of a New England home. Custom made shutters and dormer windows, wrap around porches and gingerbread designs portray a colonial plantation look. This meticulously maintained estate is perched on a slight bluff with balmy sea breezesLuxurious home on Green Turtle Cay. Located on 2.5 miles of white sand beach. Impeccably detailed almost new Caribbean style villa. Wrap around veranda. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. It takes its design from a plantation estate home in the Caribbean. Marsh HarbourHigh Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 Sq. Ft. EXCLUSIVE $510,000 High Rock 3 bed / 3 bath home, very desirable area, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubbers Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level EXCLUSIVE Price on inquiry Little Orchard Triplex Two 1 bed / 1 bath apts, One 2 bed / 2 bath apt, all fully furnished, central air, good income EXCLUSIVE $380,000 Regattas of Abaco Condos For sale or rent by Day, Week or Month 2 bed / 2 bath, fully furnished, swimming pool, tennis courts, security EXCLUSIVE Call for Info High Rock Beautiful waterfront home 4 bed / 4 bath on two acres of nicely landscaped property, swimming pool, fully furnished, boat house and dock, fantastic views EXCLUSIVE Price upon inquiry Don MacKay Boulevard Large lot 1.5 acres, across from Abaco Wholesale Don MacKay Boulevard 2 buildings on 2 acres Call for info Pelican Shores 3 bed / 3 bath home, fantastic sea views, tastefully furnished, central air, tiled driveway Price on inquiry High Rock waterfront home 3 bed / 2 bath, excellent sea views, partially furnished, 2 car garage, property 160 x 380 $750,000 Marsh Harbour rental home in Pelican Shores on the harbour, 3 bed / 3 bath, central air, very private area, large patio overlooking harbour, dock and dock house $3,500 per week Treasure Cay Carlton Landing Condos on the canalCall for info Bahama Palm Shores & Casuarina Point Lots available P O Box AB 21027 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Phone 367-4962 E-mail: lesliepinder@hotmail.com Leslie Pinder PELICAN SHORESFantastic parcel of land on the harbour Over 1 acre, Very private area $875,000.00LITTLE ORCHARD3 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished home with efficiency apartment Great neighbourhood for kids! $265,000.00If We Dont Have It, We Will Find It!

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 B This 4 bed, 2 bath, ocean view home offers 1800 sq. ft. of air conditioned living space & would make an ideal first home for the local Bahamian or a low maintenance second home for a seasonal resident. There is approx. 850 ft. of open decking around this Bahamian style wood framed home. Large open dining & living areas offer a beautiful backdrop for entertaining guests. The property has mature fruit trees & native foliage. This is a must see for any investor! Located on Key Club road in Marsh Harbour is approx. 6.5 acres of prime real estate. This property is situated in a very quiet, residential area & faces the ocean with great views of the neighbouring cays. This spectacular lot has over 450 ft. of water frontage w/ 50 ft. elevations. This lot has great potential & could be used for a sub-division or commercial business. June E. Russell BRIOffice: (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 Email: june@grahamrealestate.com P.O. Box AB-20967 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasNassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660 Sweet Haven White Sound$402,000.00Commercial Acreage Marsh HarbourEXCLUSIVECall for PriceEXCLUSIVETo view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com For an extensive and thorough look at the best properties that Abaco has to offer, call our Abaco office in Marsh Harbour. We will be happy to assist you in your search for a home in one of the finest & most beautiful communities in The Bahamas.Since it's inception in 1990, Graham Real Estate has distinguished itself as one of the premier real estate and rental firms for exclusive and luxurious real estate properties in The Bahamas.#2149 #2150 Caribbean constructorsSand & 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 More North Abaco NewsThe fuel dock at Crown Haven was damaged and lost much of its decking. Murrays Gas Station in Fire Road was constructing a row of shops. Unfortunately, the block walls were blown down by the heavy winds. The burned out skeleton of the All Abaco Concrete and Building Supplies on the S.C. Bootle Highway north of Treasure Cay was completely twisted by Frances. Mr. Nathan Rolles gas tank was dislodged from its base and moved 300 feet. Mr. Rolle operates a Texaco station.

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Page 8 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004 TREASURE CAY SHOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-SAT 8AM 6PM AND SUN 9AM-1PMCome visit our newly renovated store. More products.Great service. More from our store. A BRAND NEW LOOK 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.bsBy Richard E. Fawkes The biggest news coming out of Sandy Point in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances was that over 60 men, women and children took refuge in the shelter in the new subdivision on the Great Abaco Highway. The shelter, built through community fund-raising efforts such as weekend fish fries and homecoming picnics, is the only one of its kind in the entire Bahamas: a building erected for the exclusive purpose of serving as a hurricane shelter. Eighty-six-year-old William Cox said he was quite comfortable and felt safe during the storm in the structure, which still needs to be painted. The residents of Sandy Point prioritized building the shelter after Hurricane Floyd almost laid waste the village in September of 1999, cutting off the peninsular just around the bend from the airport Most residents took no chances this time and moved into the shelter or went to relatives in Crossing Rocks or the Marsh Harbour area. A few persons such as Stanley White and Eloise Thompson remained at home. Fortunately, most of the damage in Frances was confined to shingles blown off several roofs, resulting in rainwater damage to ceilings and furniture. But there was none of the tidal flooding that accompanied Floyd. The most severe damage occurred at Ron Foxs house at the entrance to the settlement, where a portion of his roof blew off and landed on Tony Thompsons next door, resulting in damage to Thompsons roof. Ernest Flowers said he has to replace the furniture in two of his Oeisha Motel rooms due to rainwater damage as a result of shingles being ripped off on the southern side. The public school lost the roof over Mrs. Annie Greens classroom at the eastern end of the wooden classroom block and the Bahamas Fast Ferries ramp at the main dock suffered a partial washout, which Trans Island Pavers repaired for Fridays resumption of scheduled service. Sandy Point, which has its own generating plant, had electrical power and water services in operation by Saturday after the storm. The settlement also is the site of Bahamas Telecommunications Corporations (BTC) forward scatter system, which is the gateway for overseas calls out of Abaco. That facility was disabled by Frances, but service has been restored. South Abaco NewsSandy Point Virtually Unscathed in FrancesUses Historic Hurricane ShelterSince 1999 the residents of Sandy Point have raised money to construct a hurricane shelter well inland and on high ground. Their town was badly damaged during Hurricane Floyd when the surge inundated the town, flooding many homes and damaging others. The shelter, still not completely finished, was used for the first time during Hurricane Frances. Photo by Richard Fawkes The Sandy Point Clinic has moved temporarily into a vacant house owned by Jay Dean. The trailer set up as an emergency room was damaged by Frances, and Dr. Marie Consulto, District Medical Officer for South Abaco, feels that the house will serve the community better. The trailer was donated to Sandy Point by Disney Cruise Line when they were preparing Castaway Cay. Dr. Consulto is shown here. Photo by Richard Fawkes ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!!BATTERIES A/C Delco Marine Trojan Golf Cart 6 & 8V Truck/Tractor Diesel Marine Batteries Diesel Automotive Batteries Gel Batteries High Reserve Capacity Batteries UPS Computer Batteries WE DONT PRO-RATE OUR WARRANTY(If an Epic Battery fails due to workmanship any time during that year, Epic would replace that battery free of charge!)Delivery Service AvailableFULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE!Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 Fax: 367-0064

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9 B Nathan Key Drive,Marsh Harbour,Abaco Tel:242-367-2601/2 Fax:242-367-2731 Open MonSat from 8:00 am:00 pm,Sun from 9:00 am:00 pmDont thebusmissMake one stop for all your back-to-school gear.BACK-TOSCHOOL GEAR:School supplies Lunch bags & Backpacks Select uniforms Lunchbox fillers & drinksWIN THE WORLDS LARGEST CRAYONPurchase any back to school supply and enter to win the WORLDS LARGEST CRAYON filled with Toys & School Supplies. See store for details.By Richard E. Fawkes Dr. Marie Consulto, the District Medical Officer for South Abaco, and her staff have moved out of the clinic in Sandy Point because of damage to the emergency room trailer, into Jay Deans house across the street. Dr. Consulto hopes the clinic will not have to operate at its temporary location for more than a year, as the government has promised for quite some time to build a new clinic at the new subdivision on the Great Abaco Highway. According to Dr. Consulto, the trailer is quite unstable for safe and comfortable service. Mr. Dean has agreed to rent his house to the Ministry of Health. The house is large enough to accommodate an emergency room, doctors More South Abaco NewsFrances Forces Sandy Point Clinic into Jay Deans HouseNew Clinic Promised for New Subdivisionconsultancy, dispensary, staff room, reception area and other facilities necessary for patient services. There are also several bathrooms in the facility. The current clinic building was constructed in the late 1950s when a resident nurse was stationed in Sandy Point for the first time. It was also the first time that children in the settlement received regular immunization. A young Canadian nurse, Shirley Redpath, was the first resident nurse posted in Sandy Point. The emergency room trailer was damaged five years ago in Floyd. The temporary roof connecting the trailer to the main building was recently destroyed by Frances. By Lee PinderCabin FeverFor a people who enjoy being out of doors 365 days a year and for some Abaconians who suffer from Oogie Foogie (claustrophobia), Frances proved to be a real nightmare and more than one had cabin fever. Although most would agree Floyd caused more damage, this hurricane kept us cooped up behind closed doors and inside darkened shuttered rooms with little fresh air and out of touch with the outside world for four long days with an additional three more days of howling winds. It was enough to put the calmest persons nerves on edge. Over 90 miles separates one end of Abaco from the other, but we are all one family and Cherokee residents first thoughts were for their neighbours. They wanted to know how Crossing Rocks, Casuarina Point, Winding Bay and Little Harbour folks had made out as well as the rest of the cays and settlements on Abaco. Most telephones stayed on but could reach only those in that specific community. Electricity is still off, but BEC is working double shifts to get us back on line again. For those of us lucky enough to have generators we were able to enjoy some luxuries including being able to stay tuned to The Weather Channel that let us track the storm periodically. We also listened to ZNS, but Radio Abaco was lost early on. This hurricane just sat over us and churned up gusts of wind and rain and we thought it would never leave our shores. It is hard to believe what a change a week can make. Yards and roadsides that had been lush and green only a few days before are now brown, broken and ugly, in some cases not there at all anymore. People are saying they have never seen so many coconut palms fall, not to mention banana trees laden with bunches of green bananas. There was so much rain with the storm that there was extensive rood and water damage to many homes. Thankfully, there wasnt any loss of life and all the other things will either regrow or can be repaired or replaced. Cherokee Food Fair opened in the height of the storm for a couple of hours to accommodate those in need of supplies. However, once again, we have lost our Long Dock, not the support poles but all the decking washed away. Still I believe it can and will be rebuilt. Of course, lots of sands have shifted, but The Sand Bar restaurant survived and will again be open weekends, I believe. With all the Bahama Islands trying to rebuild after so much devastation, we in Cherokee are only thankful to be alive, and we continue to pray for the rest of the nation and their losses. One bright spot in all the surrounding confusion is to see the lovely little rain flowers (sometimes called August flowers) popping their heads up everywhere. Isnt Mother Nature wonderful. Hurricane Update from Cherokee Sound READY MIX CONCRETEFree Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoreROCK #31 ton (imported) and pea rock SAND $33 ton (imported)Prices start at $100 per yd. 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Page 10 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Centre Monday Friday 9am 5pm Ph: (242) 367-3202 Fax: (242) 367-32012005 Calendars 2005 Calendars 2005 Calendars 2005 Calendars 2005 CalendarsPlastic Business CardsAdvertising Magnetic LabelsPP PP P ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car ersonalized Christmas Car dsds dsds ds ff ff f or Your Business or Your Business or Your Business or Your Business or Your BusinessT-Shirts, Caps, Mouse Pads Promotional Items! Come in and see our Catalogs! Key Rings, Pens, Mugs Your Key to Real Estate Sales & Appraisals In The Bahamas Serving The Bahamas for Over 50 YearsRoyal Harbour Village. Opposite Boat Harbour Entrance Visit our web site to view these properties and moreTel: 242-367-3262 Fax: 242-367-3260www.bahamasrealty.bs E-mail: abaco@bahamasrealty.bs Select Properties Bahama Palm Shores Bahama Palm Shores. NEW! Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath residence directly across from lovely Eight Mile Bay. An expansive rooftop deck enjoys some of the best views in Abaco. With room to expand, this home the perfect pallet on which to paint your personal touches. Bahama Palm Shores is growing fast, residents are now enjoying high-speed wireless Internet and telephones will soon be run into the community. List #8928. $422,000.Bahama Palm Shores. Under Contract Nice 10,000 s. f. home site in Section 2. Walk to gorgeous Eight Mile Beach! #6872 $15,000 Bahama Palm Shores. Two adjacent lots, Section IV, Casuarina Drive, 200' to beach. Clear sight-lines to Atlantic, build up for superb views! #3646. $41,000 each. Guana Cay. Beach front home site, 1.5+ acres, 100' of beach, no rock. Property like this is disappearing fast! Act Now! #8842 Serious Inquiries Only $499,000 Lubbers Quarters. NEW! Abaco Ocean Club. 10,000+ s.f. home site on Marlin Way cul-de-sac. Close to marina. Priced to move. #7316 $45,000 Marsh Harbour. Great location near Boat Harbour entrance. Commercial or residential lot suitable for single family or duplex. #6251 $120,000 Split Rocks. UNDER OFFER! Sea of Abaco Acreage! 15 acres of rolling hills. High elevation. Perfect for a small resort or secluded estate. #8729 $590,000 S hort-term Vacation Rentals Marsh Harbour. Enjoy convenient in-town location, right in the heart of it all, convenient to restaurants, marinas, ferries. All amenities within a short walk, select high-end, self-catering private condos. A/C, fully equipped for an unforgettable holiday. Two-night minimum stay. Call for further information 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.bsHurricane Frances Delays the Opening of SchoolsBy Portia Jonsson September 6th was a day many school children were looking forward to, as I am sure many parents were, too. This day would have marked the beginning of the 2004/05 academic school year in The Bahamas. The aftermath of Hurricane Frances has caused many schools throughout Abaco to open one and a half to two weeks later. Vice Principal at Forest Heights Academy, Ms. Joy Chaplin, said the school has been exceptionally lucky. The school did not sustain any structural damage but there was flooding in the administration building and some trees were toppled. The main problems at the school were the loss of power and water. Ms. Chaplin advised that Forest Heights Academy received many inquiries about enrolment of students from Grand Bahama where homes were destroyed. The school hopes to open its doors to its returning students and 30 new students expected by September 15th. This year two new teachers join Forest Heights faculty, Ms. Guibord in mathematics and Mr. Rab in history and geography. St. Francis de Sales school will be welcoming students on September 15th. Mrs Kumar, school principal, said the school suffered flooding, ceiling and roof damage. The senior lunch pavilion and school library building were demolished. Mrs. Kumar said that because of pro-active measures taken they were able to salvage the majority of the library books. Director of the Bahamas Catholic Board of Education, Mrs. Claudette Rolle, visited the school on September 9th to give moral support and assess the damage and will report back to the Board in Nassau. Mrs. Kumar said she lifted School News Please see School Page 11 The Coopers Town Primary School sustained major damage from Hurricane Frances. The roof of one building blew off allowing rain to damage computers,copy machines, fax machines and other equipment. This school was one of the last to have repairs after Hurricane Floyd and now they will have to hold school with limited facilities. Appliance Centre AIR CONDITIONING & REFRIGERATION Electrical and Appliance Sales & Service We have a complete line of Installation Supplies & Accessories Full Warranty on all Equipment & AppliancesLocated on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTelephone: (242) 367-3186 e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bsCome and see our Freon 22$115 30lbsSale5000 BTU A/C $19910 30% offAppliancesCome To Us When Replacing Your Damaged Appliances

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 B their spirits and informed them that compared to Freeport, Grand Bahama, we are blessed. The school has asked students to come dressed in their P.E. uniform until further notice. Central Abaco Primary School, which served as a shelter during the storm, suffered very little structural damage. However, there was flooding in the classrooms. The school will open on September 14th for preschoolers and grade 1. Grades 2 to 6 will begin September 15th. Central Abaco Primary School will have four new general teachers this school year and a special education teacher for the first time. A late reopening date of September 20th is expected for the students at Agape Christian School. The school had damage to its roof and classrooms. The home economics classroom at S.C. Boodle Secondary School has been totally destroyed. The roof was ripped off and all the windows blown out. All that remains is a pile of rubble. Another classroom also had damage to its roof. It was reported that this school is expected to open on September 13th. Due to Hurricane Frances Coopers Town Primary lost its science and computer lab. Just last year the Ministry of Works spent thousands of dollars to convert and upgrade this lab at the school. Lost were five computers, two photocopy machines, a PA system, fax machine, CD/cassette player and an assortment of text and workbooks. The library and stockroom were also badly damaged. Mr. Michael Rolle, school principal, feels that by September 15th his students will be back to school. September 13th and 14th will be reserved for clean-up and planning.Abaco Teachers TrainBy Isobel Sherman Two teachers from Abaco spent the week of August 23-27 in Nassau at a special training workshop. Mrs. Arlene Johnson Moss of Central Abaco Primary and Mrs. Isobel Sherman of Abaco Central High were selected to be trained as mentoring facilitators in the Bahamas Teaching Mentoring Programme. This program is to work with teachers new to the profession and new to a school in order to make for a better teacher. The program began operation in 2002 on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera. The programme is funded by a grant from the Organization of American States. Many teachers leave the profession after as little as three years. The mentoring programme is designed to retain these teachers and at the same time make for a better teaching environment. In addition, there is SchoolFrom Page 10 More School Newsa special concern to retain Bahamian male teachers and mentoring for these teachers is more intensive. Both Mrs. Moss and Mrs. Sherman will continue to be trained as facilitators in order to bring the Bahamas Teaching Mentoring Programme to Abaco.A Different Kind of CourseBy Isobel Sherman Cyber Learning Center will be offering a professional development workshop in Written and Oral Communications. The workshop is for persons who would like to improve and enhance their written and oral communication skills. It will be 10 weeks in length and will be held on Wednesday nights beginning on October 6. The workshop will be interactive. Cost is $300 and the cost includes registration, tuition, use of computers, Internet, The Treasure Cay Primary School had a corner of its roof torn off. Otherwise, the school came through the hurricane reasonably well. Please see School Page 12 Both buildings on the Eastern Campus of Abaco Central High School suffered roof damage.

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Page 12 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Business for SaleEsEs EsEs Es tt tt t ablished Florablished Flor ablished Florablished Flor ablished Flor isis isis is t and Gift and Gif t and Gift and Gif t and Gif t Shopt Shop t Shopt Shop t ShopPrime Location in Marsh Harbour Call 367-2262 or 367-4485 for more informationSerious Inquires Only, Please handouts and course readers. Persons can register by calling Cyber Learning center at 367-5757.Abaco Central HighNew Principal ArrivesOnce again Abaco Central High School has a new principal, Mr. Euthial Greene. He is coming from Mangrove Cay, Andros, where he was posted for several years. Mr. Greene is not new to Abaco having served as principal at S.C. Bootle High School in 1994. Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, who served the past three years as principal at Abaco Central High School, has been transferred to Grand Bahama. Mr. Stubbs will be principal of Jack Hayward High School in Freeport. Good luck, Mr., Stubbs.Damaged Once AgainDuring Hurricane Floyd the original block of Abaco Central High School received the most damage. The roof over the second floor SchoolFrom Page 11 lab was severely damaged. Now Frances has damaged the original block and the second block of the school. Suffering major damage were the two science labs. The home economics rooms were also damaged. Ceiling fan blades now point toward the floor. Louvers are out, ceilings are coming down, and insulation and lights are down. The typing room suffered damage and the other four classrooms in this block also received wind and water damage. Once again except for one room the last constructed block did not suffer much damage. Other than two rooms, teachers in the other rooms were able to organize their rooms for the start of the school year. In the staff room part of the ceiling is down and light fixtures are hanging. In the quadrangle only the good faithful mango tree remained standing tall. Many tress were destroyed or damaged. The African Tulip may be saved but in large part the landscaping of the quadrangle is gone. As of September 9 no one knows when the school will open for a normal school schedule. His Excellency Keod M. Smith, Ambassador for the Environment, says, It is absolutely necessary that we affirm or resolve to protect the environment at all costs, and improve our environmental, planning and managerial skills. Mr. Smith said one of the biggest issues The Bahamas faces nationally is environmental degradation of resources, resulting from lack of forward thinking and planning. He underscored the importance of the governments continuing to strive collaboratively with non-governmental organizations towards conserving and protecting the environment. In light of ongoing environmental degradation at the hands of unscrupulous Bahamian and foreign profiteers, it is imperative that we promulgate an environment policy and the legislative framework for fixing the benchmark below which we will not operate. In the case of the marine environment he said, instances of sewage discharge, storm water runoff and sedimentation as a result of construction continue to plague our beautiful waters. Likewise, our fragile ground water resources, which are highly vulnerable to contamination and overexploitation, require much attention in protecting. Pollution to our ground water resources in the form of leachates from waste, agricultural products and sewage is a very prominent threat to our freshwater resource. Our focus must be proactive in nature rather than reactive. We must work closely with each other in bringing to the attention of government those perpetrators of environmental degradation, particularly of resources which are so vulnerable. He said the natural environment is the single most important aspect to the continual sustenance of The Bahamas in economic, social and cultural terms. The marine environment covers most of The Bahamas; there are 5,382 square miles of land compared with a total area of 124,000 square miles. Noting that the country has really caught the bug of environmental conservation and protection, he said, I am happy and proud to experience it.Keod Smith Underscores Need for Environmental ProtectionThe Banyan Beach Club is currently closed indefinitely while evaluating on damages the resort suffered from Hurricane Frances. Most of the damage was in the landscaping as most of the 120 palm trees suffered severe wind damage and only a few plants survived the two days of battering. The oceanfront building consisting of 12 units did not fare as well as the poolside building. The roof was blown off in part at both ends of the building causing some severe water damage to all units in the vicinity. The pool-side building consisting of 10 units suffered very minor water damage to two units and minimal roof damage. The Sand Bar located directly on the beach miraculously was spared of damage. The resort is still without power, but much of Treasure Cay has been restored so hopes are for power in the coming days. All reservations affected by this closure will be honored or refunded as soon as we can restore power and our computer systems can be accessed, said manager, David Stenson. We are just beginning the evaluations of the exact repairs necessary, but rest assured, once finished, Banyan Beach Club will be better than ever.Banyan Beach Club Has Closed Indefinity 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.com Please call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACO1109 Two story building in the heart of Hope Town with 2 bedroom apartment upstairs and two commercial rental units downstairs. 1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach in Sandy Point with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. 1123 7 unit apartment complex in Hope Town. Four one bedroom and three two bedroom units. Always a waiting list of tenants. 1003 Two bedroom, two bath cottage on 17,000 square foot lot with approved plans for a main home. Turn key. Dockage & views. 1115 5 lots with amazing views and excellent elevations. All lots 1+/acre in size and underground utilities to come. Coral Point Large elevated lot with partially completed home. Tilloo Cay Two waterfront parcels with great elevations and good draft to shoreline. Little Harbour Best ocean views on Abaco from this 2 story home with two bedrooms, two baths & large game/ entertainment room North End, Hope Town Vacant lot in quiet area, close to beautiful beach, ready for building. Guana Cay Two adjacent beach front homes. One offers 2/1 and the other 3/2. Guana Cay Vacant beach front parcel on high bluff and amazing views. GREAT PRICE!! LIGHTBOURN REALTY Chris Farrington BRI Office (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Green Turtle Cay Office P.O. Box AB 22758 Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: chris.f@batelnet.bswww.greenturtlerealestate.com#5101Waterfront beauty with pool in lovely Treasure Cay. Located on a sea walled lot with a commanding view of the sea of Abaco. Comprising of three bedrooms, two and one half bathrooms and over 1000 sq. ft. bonus area in upper floor area. This house is a must see. Reduced to $546,000. Motivated seller! #5135Two bedroom, two and one half bathroom vacation rental villa. Located in a resort setting, this villa comes complete with a deeded dock slip and many more amenities. Villa is completely furnished and in turn-key condition. Offered at $525,000 Beachfront/Canal front package. Located in beautiful Leisure Lee. Enjoy the lifestyle of living on the beach and having secure dockage for you boat. This is truly a boating persons dream come true. Price reserved by owner. Please call for details. Hurry, this wont last! Under Contract

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 BOne casuality of Hurricane Frances was the Crossing Beach dock in Marsh Harbour. It was completely rebuilt several years after Floyd. The The piling, stingers and cross bracing are still fine but the decking will have to be replaced.Crossing Beach Dock Lost Its DeckingBy Jennifer Hudson As a result of damage caused by Hurricane Frances, the Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie, has declared The Bahamas a disaster area. Thus residents will be entitled to import goods duty free and exempt from stamp tax on all goods required for the reconstruction and refurbishment of properties damaged during the hurricane. These exemptions are available for six months beginning on September 10, 2004, and ending on March 9, 2005. All persons wishing to access benefits must seek approval from the Ministry of Finance to import of goods prior to the arrival of the goods in The Bahamas. Application forms may be obtained from the office of the Family Island Administrators and, when completed, the forms must be submitted to the Administrator. Once the request has been approved, the Comptroller of Customs will be advised accordingly. The public is advised that these entitlements are not intended for first time or new construction or additions to existing properties. They are for the relief of persons who have suffered hardship or loss as a result of Hurricane Frances.Hurricane Relief Customs Duty Is Waived The Highway South Was FloodedThe Great Abaco Highway was seriously flooded from the Marsh Harbour airport to Casuarina Point. For awhile even high trucks could not get through. The farm land near Abaco Big Bird Farm had water deep enough to experience waves with white caps. It Pays to Advertise Give Your Student in College a SubscribtionThe AbaconianRepresenting the pioneers: COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIALFILTRATION SYSTEMSWATER SOFTENERS, REVERSE OSMOSIS, CARBON FILTERS, STAINLESS STEEL & PLASTIC PUMPS, SALT & MOREContractor Prices Available CALL/FAX365-8749oremail: ohall@aol.com ATLANTICFILTER CORP PRICES BELOW U.S. RETAIL 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.comAbaco Real Estate AgencyAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyLong Beach ABACO REAL ESTATE AGENCYP.O. Box AB-20404, Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Phone:(242) 367-2719 Fax:(242) 367-2359 See additional listings on our websiteRoyal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq. ft. Offered at: $125,000 Escape Hatch Newly furnished and fully equipped 2 bed/ 2 bath condo unit at Regattas of Abaco. Offered at: $265,000 New Subdivision Residential lots from $32,900 located between Winding Bay and Cherokee. Wonderful location at great prices. Atlantic view lots available. 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: SOLD Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 SOLD Casuarina Point Residential lot 80 x 125 $15,000 Marsh Harbour 13,000 sq ft residential lot next to Chelseas Choice $33,500 Gross Guana Cay Only 6 lots remaining in 15 lot sub-division, selling fast. Offered from $120,000 Guana Cay 5 Direct beach front lotsstarting from $250,000T wo side by side lots, just across from beach. Each 80 x 125 $60,000 Eachwww.abacobahamas.com SUNRISE BAYA Private, Residential Community on the Sea of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour Next door to Regattas of AbacoOnly 15 lots remainingSELLING FASTSUNRISE BAYLong BeachMarsh Harbour WaterfrontNew Exclusive Listing 23 lots available.8 Lots with unrestricted ocean view. Starting at $31,900 New Exclusive Listing Beautiful waterfront estateon the Sea of Abaco. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, pool Must see $2,150,000 Sugar Loaf CayNEW 2.6 Acre Waterfront Lot 7B $229,000

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Page 14 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax SANDPIPER BEACH Point of View 3 bed/ 2 1/2 bath CBS split level open concept home with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Lower level including living/ dining/ kitchen/ den and master bedroom suite accesses large ocean-side deck with Beach Beach and more Beach. Upstairs bedrooms each with own entry and sun deck. $1722,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD "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 $1,292,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$405,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $714,500 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft., full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate.MOTIVATED SELLER$1,200,000 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES Sea Star built as a retirees dream house, this comfortable spacious home has 2 bed / 2 bath with cozy living/dining/kitchen. Also enclosed porch, carport, utility room. Lush garden w/ picket fence. Package shows lots of TLC. $370,000 Bahama Sunset Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has livingdiningkitchen den with mater suite and large covered deck. Downstairs 1 bed/ 1 bath/ living also large garage/ workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $950,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember NEW! NEW! NEW!Call for more information and prices 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 2 bed / 2 bath -24 ft. wide slip w/ 2 large docks, very special condo w/ many features MUST SEE$430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 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 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath, excellent condition $225,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $550,000 Plus 14% closing 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 LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,520,000 Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $984,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $125,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLDCorner Value Liquid Propane Gas LPG Tanks refilled LPG Appliances by Maytag Appliances Refrigerators Household Goods Kitchenware Clothing, Shoes Stationery Hallmark CardsQueen Elizabeth Drive One Block East of the Traffic Light P O Box AB20490, Marsh harbourPhone 367-2250 Hints for Helping Our Environment If you have plants and trees that appear dead from hurricane wind damage, dont get rid of them. Most plants will put out new growth within the next few weeks. Others will show new growth next spring. Some trees are already showing new growth.Friends of the EnvironmentPresentsBy Jennifer HudsonAbacos First Sub-agentThe first sub-agent for Immigration and Customs was Mr. Victor Russell, who went on to serve 40 years in the Customs Department. He also became the first taxi-driver and was allowed to provide this service alongside his other duties. Mr. Russell well remembers the early days at the airport when it was housed in two small buildings before the present terminal was erected approximately 15 years ago. In the early days the island was served by several small airlines such as Chalks, Mackey and Aerocoach in addition to Bahamasair. Nowadays, 16 airlines are servicing Abaco. This is overwhelming for the small area which houses the Customs department. Mr. Russell has not only seen big changes in the amount of traffic now coming in on all the major airlines but he has also seen a sad change in the state of the airport and in peoples attitudes. In years gone by, he said, people used to be glad to help in keeping the facility neat, clean and in good order. He has always tried to encourage tourism and, although now retired from Customs, he still does his best at the airport in any way he can.A More Recent OfficialRev. Alphonso Lewis served in the Customs Department on Abaco from July 1973 to December 1980. He began his career in Customs in Nassau and was transferred to Andros before coming to Abaco. While stationed on Abaco Mr. Lewis was promoted from Grade 1 Customs Officer to Grade 2 and also acted as Superintendent while the Superintendent was on vacation. The event that stands out most for Mr. Lewis during his tenure in the Bahamas was the decision by the Bahamian government to change from the old British system of Customs to the newer Brussels System. This necessitated his having to go away for training in the new system. At that time the Bahamas was becoming more global so in order for the Customs Department to keep up with the rest of the world it needed to adopt a more modern system. The Customs Department has since adopted the even more up to date international system called the Harmonizing System. Mr. Lewis was transferred back to Nassau in 1980 where he went on to attain the rank of Superintendent before his retirement from Customs in 1998. Mr. Lewis enjoyed his time on Abaco so much that he decided he would like to spend his retirement years here. During his time with Customs on Abaco Mr. Lewis served as Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Murphy Town and continued to do so on his return to Abaco for a total of sixteen years. Six months ago he started the new Victory Tabernacle Ministry.An Early Customs OfficerMr. Silbert Sawyer began serving with the Customs Department in Nassau in1960. He was transferred to Snake Cay during the pulp wood and sugar cane operation, then transferred into Marsh Harbour in the 70s as Officer in Charge. He had attained the rank of Chief Customs Officer when he was transferred to the Department of Inland Revenue in 1993.Memories of Abacos First Customs Officers

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Page 16 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004By Jennifer Hudson A Police Officer who was responsible for training many new police recruits during her career is Retired Sergeant 365 Forbes better known to us here on Abaco as Mrs. Marina Forbes, mother of Zoe Hepburn, who is wife of Father Dwight Hepburn, Rector of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour. Mrs. Forbes retired from the Police Force in 1993, having spent 28 years as a police officer. She then transferred to the Ministry of Education where she trained security guards for schools. Mrs. Forbes joined the Police Force just three months after the very first ever batch of women were recruited. In the year 2000 Mrs. Forbes retired from this post and 18 months ago came to Marsh Harbour to devote her time to looking after her lively little granddaughter, Gabrielle, daughter of Father Hepburn and his wife, Zoe. Mrs. Forbes enjoyed an interesting and varied career with the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Although she worked at most of the police stations throughout New Providence, she was mainly with the southern and central stations and District Headquarters. An additional five years was spent with the Special Branch before transferring to the Police Training College. During her time as Instructor at the Police College, Mrs. Forbes was instrumental in turning out numerous graduates, many of whom went on to become sergeants and inspectors. Her most notable protge is Assistant Commissioner of Police, Greenslade. Part of her job was to visit the various schools to recruit young men and women for the force. While with the force Mrs. Forbes was instrumental in organizing the very popular police concerts which generated funds to provide Christmas parties for the children of police officers. Her organizational skills were put to use in preparing for CHOGUM and the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Mrs. Forbes says that she very much enjoyed her career with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, which was both stimulating and demanding. Her new retirement career is proving to be very stimulating as she endeavours to keep pace with a bubbly and inquisitive toddler. She is also involved in the life of St. Johns Anglican Church.A Retired Police Officer Chose Abaco as HomeA shed roof was blown off its foundation and was hurled across the street where boats were stored ashore. This scene is in Marsh Harbour across from Marsh Harbour Boat Yards.Shed Roof Is Blown Off Check out The Abaconian on-line atwww.abaconian.com Remember to Buckle UpRepairing:Radio, TV, VCR & Audio Equipment Juke Boxes & Video Games Musical Instruments Marine Electronics Office Equipment Cash Registers Computers Microwaves FAX Machines Electronic Organs Medical Equipment Automotive & Marine Electronics Telephone Recorders, Phones & Phone DevicesIn Marsh Harbour on Queen Elizabeth Drive between Keys Dr. & Firehouse CornerTEL: 367-2830 Electronics Service Center You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-W MAN-O-W MAN-O-W MAN-O-W MAN-O-W AR GRAR GR AR GRAR GR AR GR OCEROCER OCEROCER OCER YY YY Y BB BB B UDS & BL UDS & BL UDS & BL UDS & BL UDS & BL OOMOOM OOMOOM OOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA ISLAND PHARMA CYCY CYCY CY PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR PRICE RIGHT GR OCEROCER OCEROCER OCER Y STY ST Y STY ST Y ST OREORE OREORE ORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SER VICE STVICE ST VICE STVICE ST VICE ST AA AA A TIONTION TIONTION TION TEXATEXA TEXATEXA TEXA CO Q CO Q CO Q CO Q CO Q UU UU U ALITY ST ALITY ST ALITY ST ALITY ST ALITY ST ARAR ARAR AR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR VERNONS GR OCEROCER OCEROCER OCER Y HOPE Y HOPE Y HOPE Y HOPE Y HOPE TT TT T OO OO O WNWN WNWN WN BB BB B AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AHAMAS F AMILAMIL AMILAMIL AMIL Y MARKET Y MARKET Y MARKET Y MARKET Y MARKET K & S K & S K & S K & S K & S AA AA A UTUT UTUT UT O SERO SER O SERO SER O SER VICE L VICE L VICE L VICE L VICE L TDTD TDTD TD SOLSOL SOLSOL SOL OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER OMONS SUPER CENTERCENTER CENTERCENTER CENTER LL LL L OO OO O WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST WES FOOD ST ORE GREEN ORE GREEN ORE GREEN ORE GREEN ORE GREEN TURTUR TURTUR TUR TLE CATLE CA TLE CATLE CA TLE CA YY YY Y Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO CO 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 Store space available in old Western Auto bldg, Don Mackay Blvd, 4500 sq ft., very reasonably priced. Call 367-2442 days or 367-2052 nights. Ask for John PinderMinimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. 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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 BBy Isobel Sherman There are many stories arising out of slow moving temperamental Hurricane Frances. However, here is a true account that should be passed down for generations to come. It is a story of modern technology and people trying desperately trying to use this modern technology. Cell phone service was out over Central Abaco and I venture to guess all of Abaco during and after Hurricane Frances paid her visit. Many land lines were out as well as the inability to make or receive overseas phone calls. For persons like myself who had persons in the path of Frances on Grand Bahama and in Florida we were desperate to see if our loved ones were all right. On Monday a friend told me you could get cell service at Crossing Beach. I took my cell phone to Crossing Beach, which by then had very little charge in it due to no electricity. When I arrived, the place was crowded with persons with their cell phones. Everyone walked around in the manner birds do looking for food. In our case we were looking for as many bars on our phones as we could get so we could place a call. Someone would shout, I have three bars, and people would gravitate to that spot. Others would say, Get close to the sea, and we would follow. I was able to make that first call to my daughter. Even though she was having difficulties in West Palm Beach, I left Crossing Beach in a much better frame of mind. The next afternoon I traveled again to Crossing Beach. By this time word had spread farther and there was a crowd all trying to make calls. Again, after several attempts I was able to get through. However, I have saved the best part of this story to the last. On the second night there was a steady stream of headlights coming and going from Crossing Beach. When I arrived, I had difficulty finding a parking space (something which usually happens during the day when the ferries are running.) There in the dark was a crowd of persons all with cell phones. Some with two, all trying to get a good signal, actually talking to someone or getting frustrated at trying to make a connection. I heard a man say, I got on top of my car and I got good reception. So some others tried it. I heard, I have three bars, I have two bars. So persons went toward the voice in the dark to see if they could get good reception. I left Crossing Beach after eight oclock, having taken almost an hour to place two calls. As I left, someone took my parking space. As I journeyed home, there was a steady stream of headlights heading for Crossing Beach in the pitch black evening. No one announced on a radio that you could get cell phone reception at Crossing Beach. It was all done by word of mouth. From now on I will remember Crossing Beach where modern technology, which was disabled by a very finicky and stubborn Frances, suddenly fought back and delivered countless calls to many persons both here and at the receiving end. Even though cell service was restored sometime on September 8, the only good signal in Central Abaco was still in Marsh Harbour. Persons in Dundas Town and Murphy Town could not get connected, even though the phone had a signal.ViewpointThis Is the 21st Century? More Boat DamageBoats really take a beating during a hurricane as demostrated here. These are at the Marsh Harbour Boat Yards. 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.Abaco Print ShopAbaco Shopping Center Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 FOR ALL YOUR PRINTING NEEDS! Open 9 am 5 pm Mon. Fri.Raffle Tickets Event TicketsPlain, numbered or with stubs 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 Cherokee in Yellowwood, 1280 sq. ft., 2 bed/ 2 bath, central A/C, 12 KW Onan generator, all major appliances. Ph 242-366-2065, 4775291 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Man-O-War two beautiful wooded lots, one with guest housea and orchard. Roads in place; electric, phone, TV lines are underground. Also 16 fiberglass sloop. H. Thompson 3656060 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & 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 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 Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements 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 Your concierge realtor on AbacoSandra Evans, BRI Multiple Listing Broker Bill Thorndycraft, Sales Agent East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 Fax: 242-367-2365sandra@abacorealtor.com www.abacorealtor.comPrivate line: 242-367-5576 Cell Phone: 242-357-6638 Residence: 242-367-2040Great Values!Commercial building on 1/2 acre of prime real estate. Fully leased, well maintained, includes large fabrication shop, retail, office and food service bays. Sufficient parking, clear title, central location. $459,900 Beautiful and impeccably maintained home. Spacious and bright, newer kitchen and baths, wonderful garden with large terrace. Quiet, friendly and safe neighbourhood. 15,000 square feet of property. $279,000Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!BUCKLE UP! BUCKLE UP!ITS THE LAW!

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Page 18 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004Many of our trees suffered from Hurricane Frances. With only dead leaves or no leaves at all, they may look dead. But most will put out new growth within a few weeks. Some species will not put out new leaves until next spring. Some trees are more storm resistant than others. Those that withstand wind better have better root systems, can hold their branches, and have some flexibility. Trees growing on rocks necessarily have shallow roots. When planting trees in rocky areas, it is important to make a large hole so the roots can get a good grip and hopefully get their roots growing into the crevices. If the trees form roots only in the hole, they will blow over easily. Ficus trees usually have shallow roots. Since they can become very large trees, when they blow over, they can crash down with force. In nature they put out aerial roots along their limbs. These grow into roots away from the main trunk, supporting the heavy limbs. But frequently these aerial roots are cut off by property owners or yard men leaving the limbs with no support. Another tree with shallow roots is the tabebuia. Some of the faster growing trees are brittle and will break easily. These include the royal poinciana, avocado, African tulip trees, all of which will drop limbs. If you are wanting to prune your trees, here are some basic principles. Cut out interior limbs and branches. Trees do better in strong wind when the interior of the tree is open. This allows the wind to blow through. Trim the tree evenly so the weight is evenly distributed. Do not remove all the lower branches as the tree can become top heavy, easier to blow over. Some of our native trees do very well in high winds. The gumelemi is a strong tree. The branches and limbs will break off but the trunk will remain and branches will grow back. Madeira trees are another example of a durable tree. Another native tree that does well is the autograph tree or post card tree. This very hardy tree can tolerate very adverse growing conditions. This is another example of a tree that puts down aerial roots which develop into trunk-like supports for the branches. Pigeon plum, Geiger tree, mango, sapodilla and tamarind trees are all good choices for our area in view of strong winds. Palm trees can bend more than most trees so are less affected by high winds.Proper Pruning Is ImportantIf you have trees in your yard, you should look at them carefully for cracks or splits. These will weaken a tree and will encourage diseases. Cut broken branches back to the nearest V-crotch. If you are pruning a large limb, cut it back just to the branch collar, a raised area at the main trunk. It is important not to cut the collar off as it helps the tree to close over the wound. If you are going to reset a tree that has blown over, Make the hole much larger than the root system so you do not damage the roots further by jamming them into small hole. Water the tree well for several weeks to let it begin growing new roots. When you see the tree putting out new leaves, you can fertilize. If you are pruning shrubs, cut back to a natural fork. Many plants which got beaten up by the wind will come back from the root. Some plants have underground stems from which they will grow back. These include gingers, heliconias, begonias, ferns and philodendrons. There is still time this fall for our plants to leaf out and begin to be green again. They need care; water them regularly if it does not rain and fertilizer them. If you have been wanting to change your plantings, now would be a good time. The nurseries are ordering new shipments of plants to help us get our island beautiful once again.Storm Caused Landscape Damage Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Sea Star Car RentalThis might be a lifesaver if we can remember the three questions! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: ask the individual to smile. ask him or her to raise both arms. ask the person to speak a simple sentence. If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. After discovering that a group of nonmedical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Associations annual meeting last February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.Is It A Stroke? All buildings are Red Iron, bolt-up kits in 26 gauge galv. that include engineered drawings and come in all sizes. Local building codes may cause prices to vary. Pricing FOB Factory. Multiple Panels and Colors Heavy-duty Red Iron Frame Multiple Configurations Customized Accents Easy Build-it-Yourself Construction 20-Year Mill Backed Warranty Fast, Quick & Easy Delivery From Manufacturing Facilities Nationwide Maintenance Free Fire Resistant Heavy Wind Loads Factory Savings 100% Useable Space1-972-267-9200Speed Quality Value

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 BResearchers say that the worlds oceans are in trouble. Global fish catches are in decline, populations of whales, dolphins, sea otters and other marine mammals have collapsed and habitats such as reefs, estuaries and other submarine landscapes vital for breeding have been damaged or destroyed. At a world summit in 2002 coastal countries pledged to create national networks of marine parks, and a conference last year recommended that at least 20 percent to 30 percent of every marine habitat should be protected from fishing. This would mean closing parts of traditional fishing grounds around the world as well as estuaries, mangrove swamps and coral reefs closer to land. One British scientist said, If areas are off limits to fishing, there is no more effective way of allowing things to live longer, grow larger and produce more offspring. Meeting this commitment to marine protection will require international effort on an unprecedented scale. Just half a percent of the sea lies in marine parks today, compared with 12 percent of the land. This would not only protect global fish stocks, it would underwrite the sustained delivery of what biologists call ecosystem services to humanity. Coral reefs protect tropical shorelines from erosion, creatures in coastal seas and estuaries scavenge and decompose epic quantities of human waste, and marine plankton provide most of the planets oxygen. Such an commitment could create more than 1 million jobs and would safeguard, and eventually incre ase, the global fish catch.Marine Preserves Will Protect Fisheries Industry Do You Know a Student Away at School?Call 367-3202 and give us the details for our October student issue Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island17 Key West w/ 70 HP Yamaha, less than 200 hrs on engine. VHF, depth sounder, GPS, DUTY PAID. Ready to go. $7000 cash ony Call 367-2163 23 The finest example of Man-O-War boat building. The hull is Bahamian mahagony, glassed over and lovingly maintained. Heavy, fast and ver seakindly. 100+ gallon fuel tank and low hour Yahama. $50,000 Call 404-8697537 24 Pursuit 2470 WA (walk around), 1998, includes Garmin GPS with map card, 20 gal fresh water tank, CD player, foul weather curtains, 1998 225 HP Yamaha (250 hrs.) duty paid. Price as is $35,000. Contact 365-4045 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 92 Ford Explorer, A/C, CD, tape, runs good, $7350 OBO Phone 554-8779 or 375-9635 95 Motorbike 535 LC, excellent condition, spare tire, oil filter, helmet and carburetor. $3500 Call Buddy 365-6152 97 Ford F150 Lariat, extended cab, 3 door, white exterior, gray interior, 6 CD changer, tape deck, new speakers, excellent condition. $15,000 Call 477-5679 or 559-9650 2000 Daewoo Tico car, standard shift, less than 7000 miles, excellent condition, complete with A/C, stereo, gray interior. Asking $6500 OBO Call Buddy @ 365-6152 Bluff House Beach Hotel, Green Turtle Cay, is expanding! We are looking for administrative staff for our front office and marina, a contract gardener, maintenance worker, property cleaner and kitchen cleaner. Please apply to 3654247 tel. or 365-4248 fax EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats COMMERCIAL SERVICESFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service Abaco Electric Motor & Generator RepairsRewind, Rebuild, Repair HP 200 HP All Types of Electric MotorsElectric Pumps, Generators, Power ToolsAir Compressor Repairs Sonith Lockhart 367-3273, -0262 Forest Drive, Dundas TownWe guarantee service, price & your satisfaction MISCELLANEOUSWANTED: Beachcombing Stories for book research. I would like to hear about your interesting and unusual finds while beachcombing on Abaco. What, when and where. Please send your stories to me at kathy_nesbitt@hotmail.com or P.O. Box 87, Gilford, Ontario, Canada L0L1R0 Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 9 am 6:30 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. 25 Grady White Sailfish cuddy cabin, walkaround, new bottom paint, powered by twin 225 HP Evinrude ram ficht engines, low hours. $48,000 OBO Call 367-2598 25 Steiger Craft 200 HP Evinrude, Bimini, trim tabs, 120 gal gas tank $24,500 ONO Boat lift, used, Call for more information 2 mini split air conditioners 2.5 ton 2 compressors 12.5 ton 11.5 ton all package for $1800 Call 365-6128 days, 365-6059 nights 27 Phoenix 1989, twin 200 HP Volvo diesel, outriggers, auto pilot, V-berth w/shower & toilet 100 sq ft fishing area, ready for charter. $32,000 Call 954-764-7145 or 954-770-7197 30 Grady White 306 Bimini, center console, open fish, twin 200 250 HP Yamaha outboards, GPS, auto pilot, telescoping outriggers, low hours. Docked at Boat Harbour. 242-359-6044 32 Island Gypsy sport fishing boat, 1987, 2 25 HP Lehman, 8 KW Westerbeke generator, A/C, DUTY PAID. Asking $44,000. Call 3654120 32 Endeavor Barnacle DUTY PAID, very good condition, Yanmar, A/C, ref, 1 KW generator, 10 sailing dinghy. Offered at $23,800 For more info call Don at 262-377-8418 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________________________________ Diane FletcherChartered AccountantFinancial Statement Preparation Audits and Investigations Business Licenses Accounting Software Installation &Training Specializing in Restaurant and Point of Sale Softwaredfletcher@coralwave.comWorking with you in AbacoNassau Cellular 359-3207Bicycles, bicycle parts & accessories, fitness equipment and novelties. Five years established. Great location Forest Drive, Dundas Town, Abaco. Next to major schools nd subdivisions. Clientele in every Abaco community including cays. Strong repeat customer base. Over $100,000 gross potential. Owner leaving. Must sell. Serious inquires only. 367-2671/ BUSINESS FOR SALE VEHICLES FOR SALE

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Page 20 B The Abaconian September 15, 2004Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft residence with 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq.ft guest house. Southeastern point of island. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Superb ocean and cay views. Furnished # AB112NEW PRICE $1,970,000. "Point of View" NEW PRICEMarsh Harbour Bustic Bay 8 Unit Bonefishing resort, with fifty seat Lazy Parrot Restaurantand Bar. Central Airconditioning. Fresh water swimming pool. Excellent investment opportunity. AB100 NEW PRICE $750,000 "Sunset Point Resort" NEW PRICEGreat Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 5 Bedroom, 3 bath home set on over 1/2 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Open decks for fabulous ocean views, elevation for Sea of Abaco Views. Fully furnished and equipped. #AB123 NEW LISTING $1,379,000 "Surfside" NEW LISTING Man-O-War Cay The Creek 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,000 sq.ft. Home with 1,500 sq.ft. of open and covered porch and deck on over 1/2 acre with great views. 50' of Harbour frontage, studio dock house with two beds, kitchen and bath on 66' Private Dock. Furnished. #AB122 NEWLISTING $925,000. "Lookout" NEW LISTING Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of Covered and Open porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121NEW LISTING $1,035,000 "Casa Sirena" NEW LISTING "Cornish Cay" Sea of Abaco 38 Acre private Island Great Beaches 1 bedroom, 1 bath residence, 2 Guest Cottages, Caretaker's Cottage, Barn, Tennis Court, Sea Plane Ramp, Boat Basin with Boat Lift, Boat Ramps, Breakwater protected Dock, Solar Power and generators # AB 119 NEW LISTING $4,900,000 NEW LISTING Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.net Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District ManagerEstate Agent Green Turtle CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 Cell: (242) 554-9451 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com VHF Channel 16Great Guana Cay Colonial plantation style 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 3,900 sq.ft. home 450 sq.ft. dock house with screened porch. On an extremely private 3/4 acre point. 170 of deep water frontage with dock. Mature native landscaping Superb Sea of Abaco Views. #AB125 NEW LISTING $1,380.000 "Blueberry Hill" NEW LISTING NEW LISTING "B-Team" Treasure Cay Galleon Bay 4 Bedroom, 3 bath, 4,000 sq.ft. canal-front home with 1,280 sq.ft. of open and covered decks. On two parcels of land totaling over 3/4 acre. 48 layalong private dock. Beautifully furnished and landscaped with great Sea of Abaco views. #AB124 NEW LISTING $1,395,000.. Treasure Cay Brigantine Bay 6 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath 5,500 sq.ft. Canal-front home on two levels 100' Dock with 6' depth, Four car garage. Great family home or Corporate retreat. fully and tastefully Furnished. #AB120 NEW LISTING $2,290,000. NEW LISTING "Final Approach" Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay -"Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Tastefully Furnished and fully equipped#AB97$749,000. Treasure Cay "Chameleon Bay" 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,478 sq.ft. Home. 150' of Treasure Cay Beachfront over 1 1/2 acres. # AB95 UNDER CONTRACTTreasure 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 Views. # AB66 UNDER CONTRACT Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Drive -"Steiner House" 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 NEW PRICE $355,000. HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" The Bahamas Oldest and most extensive real estate service Global Exposure Local Expertise Over eighty years of service Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best trained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. HOMES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com08/15/04 Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com John Cash, BRIBroker Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net VACANT LAND Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #12 8,335 sq.ft. AB5012 A Large East Canal Parcel UNDER CONTRACT #40 9,778 sq.ft. AB5155 Extra Large Corner Parcel $299,000. #41 7,070 sq.ft. AB5156 Good Elevation Sea View $360,000. #45 6,968 sq.ft. AB5066 Good Elevation Sea View UNDER CONTRACTCabbage 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. Great Guana Cay 5.9 Beautiful sea-to-sea acresSouth end of Great Guana Cay 395' of Ocean frontage. 160' of Sea of Abaco frontage. 245' of semi-private boat basin frontage. Good elevations for fabuolus ocean and sea views #AB5176 $2,950,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 $395,000. Green Turtle Cay "Coco Sound" 28 prime residential building sites between Coco Bay and White Sound from 1/4 1/2 acre # AB5090 from: $59,000.Sand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay Limited Number Available. # AB5069 from: $63,700.PRIVATE ISLAND"Carrington Cay" 1.4 AcresNear Leisure Lee -# AB5147 $375,000. Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" 2 1/2 Acres Sea-to-sea. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,920 sq.ft. residence. 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath guest complex on beach. 259' of beautiful Sea of Abaco beach. Lush landscaping, a myriad of fruit trees. Fully furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 $3,700,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Endless Summer"4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Villa Douglas" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 2,650 sq.ft. Home, Upper and Lower Covered Verandas, Garage Private Dock, Boat Lift Beautifully Furnished. #AB71UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour "Lightbourn" Commercial Almost 2 Acres Prime Queen Elizabeth Drive Location, near stoplight 3,600 sq.ft. Store or warehouse. # AB AB99 $1,400,000.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Sea View" -2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,400 sq.ft of living space. Private Dock Slip. Superb views of the Sea of Abaco Fully Furnished and Equipped Good Rental Income Producer. # AB68 UNDER CONTRACT Marsh Harbour "Blueberry Hill" Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 970 sq.ft. residence with 2 rental cottages. 2 bedroom, 1 bath and 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Centrally located but good privacy. Fully Furnished. Swimming Pool. Great Income Producer. # AB115 $347,000. Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club "Spinnaker Point" 3 bedrooms 3 baths 1,320 sq.ft. Home, Private 50' Lay-along Boat Dock, Tastefully furnished and fully equipped. Excellent Rental Record. # AB93 UNDER CONTRACTMarsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. S howroom/Office/ Warehouse Building Great for service business or wholesaler Good relocation property for businesses expanding into Abaco from Nassau or Freeport. AB110 $290,000. Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0700 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Faron SawyerEstate Agent Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242) 359 6981 e.mail: faron@hgchristie.com 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"

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September 15, 2004 The Abaconian Page 15 B Mailin Sands -mailin@mlrealty.net Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasMarsh Harbour Office Marsh Harbour -#5150 Harbour front property on Pelican Shores. Lovely parcel runs 172 on the harbour and consists of more than an acre of property. Features a 3 bed/3.5 bath house with covered carport. This prime piece of property is unique and rare. Could have a commercial venture possibility. Room for expansion Lots of potential. $1,750,000Marsh Harbour -#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on the main tourist strip. FANTASTIC INVESTMENT Call today for more details on this fine offering.Man-O-War Cay -5082 SUNSPLASH-Island beauty!Main residence features 2 beds/2 baths, guest cottage with 2beds/2baths. Direct beach frontage, has a shared dock on the harbour side. This home does fantastic in the rental market. Jewel in the islands -$1,970,000 Guana Cay -SUMMERWIND-#50382bed/2bath home with central A/C, close walk to beach. Great rental potential through nearby resort, with right to use resorts amenities. Perfect for that vacation get-away .-$260,000 Man-O-War -#0331-Elegant 3 bed/3 bath residence., 3,200 sq.ft wine cellar, hobby room, Corian countertops, well kept, and views of the Atlantic$1,100,000Marsh Harbour -#5105 Duplex available for sale. Each side -2beds/1bath with open floor plan Furnished and well-kept.!-$260,000 __________________________________ Man-O-War -vacant interior lot in town, close to amenities-$17,500UNDER CONTRACT Man-O-War vacant interior lots, close to Atlantic Beach, and close to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. $120,000 CasuarinaPoint -Vacant lot available in growing area. Close walk to beach. SOLD Pelican Shores-Elevated harbour front lots available, in one of a kind location. Call for prices. Long Beach -Beautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. Sand Banks vacant property on main highw ay to Treasure Cay. Large parcels,and sea views. Bahama Coral Island -vacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure Cay -Canal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDER CONTRACT Boat Harbour Guana Cay -vacant water front property accessible by boat only, not much available in this areaUNDER CONTRACT Yellowwoodinterior lot in fast growing area, near winding Bay and Cherokee Sound SOLD Cabbage Point5 acres parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Treasure Cay, Abaco-New Exclusives -Luxury Homes Luxury Home A, features 3 bedrooms/3.5baths, 12 ceilings,and custom made kitchen cabinets. Also features a study, and 2 car garage. $3,400,000 Luxury Home B, Features 4 bedrooms, 4.5baths, 14 ceilings, and custom made kitchen cabinets. Boasts of a study, and a 2 car garage. $3,700,000These two superbly built, luxury homes, feature the finest in craftsmanship. Beautiful and strong, these two Treasure Cay beauties are immaculate, beautifully decorated, and tastefully furnished. These homes are waiting on the buyer who want the very best in life. Precisely positioned on gorgeous beachfront property, both fine structures, demand the glorious view of the turquoise water, and powder white sandy beach. Nicely landscaped and brand new, they are awaiting their lucky owner! Dont delay and miss your opportunity to own A Perfect Paradise! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT Boat Harbour-Great Guana Cay#Vacant property featuring water on both sides. Accessible by boat only. THIS LOY WONT LAST LONG!$198,000Marsh Harbour-4 bedroom 2bath house on Don Mackay Blvd. Prime area for a commercial venture. 26,513 sq. ft of property. Great central location.-CALL TODAYNEW NEW Bahama Palm Shores-vacant residential lots in fast growing area.These lots sell quickly. Call today before theyre gone. SOLDTreasure Cay-two lovely canal front lots have been sold. Call today for more details on whats still available.NEW PRICEwww.coldwellbankerbahamas.com