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PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction VOLUME 12, NUMBER 21, NOVEMBER 1st, 2004 The Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government, held a meeting with farmers and fishermen on October 25 to present to them the assistance that government will give them in view of their losses from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. In an impassioned talk, he conveyed sympathy, yet encouraged them to be self reliant in putting their lives together. He outlined in detail the help that the government is able to give them. The assistance will be Please see Gray Page 2 given but farmers and fishermen will have to prove their losses. The total cost of damage from the two storms in all sectors of the economy is totaling about $340 million. Obviously, the government cannot repay the farmers and fishermen all the value they lost. But government will give benefits which can allow them to get back into business. Two By Richard E. Fawkes The Minister of Housing and National Insurance, the Hon. Shane Gibson, visited sites in Murphy Town on October 28 where government will be constructing two new houses for needy residents. This was part of a whirlwind inspection tour he made of the area with his ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Leila Greene; coordinator of relief efforts in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Luther Smith; and Mr. Jack Thompson, coordinator of the relief programme on Abaco. Mrs. Ida Swain and Mrs. Doris Calma, two elderly women who live within two blocks of each other in Murphy Town, should have keys to their new homes by Christmas, thanks to the government’s hurricane reconstruction programme. The foundation trenches have already been dug. Mrs. Swain was visited by Mr. Gibson when he toured Central Abaco the day after Hurricane Jeanne with Prime Minister Christie. The subsequent damage assessment condemned her house and recommended that a new one be built at public expense under the relief programme. Mrs. Swain, who is staying with relatives in the area until her house is completed, was not at the construction site during the minister’s visit. Min. of Housing Makes Inspection Tour Government Is Assisting with Building Materials and Constructing Homes Please see Gibson Page The Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Housing and National Insurance, visited several communities to assess damage from Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. He is shown here with Mr. Ejnar Cornish, Manager of BAIC on Abaco, on the left and Mr. Jack Thompson on the right at the site of a home which will be replaced. Mr. Thompson was brought back from Canada to head up government’s relief efforts on Abaco.Resident Is Distressed at Demolition of Her ResidenceMs. Ida Swain, age 83, watched in sadness as her residence was demolished to allow construction of a new home provided by the government. Her home was declared unsafe and was damaged beyond repair. The home had been built for her by Hubert and Ruth Albury of Marsh Harbour whom she worked for. See page 11 for story. Photo by Cay Mills Min. Gray Outlines Programs for Farmers and Fishermen The Hon. V. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Local Government, told farmers and fishermen about the programs that government has put in place to help them recover from hurricane damage. With him were, left, Mr. Simeon Pinder, Acting Director of Agriculture, and, right, Mr. Greg Bethel, Senior Economist.

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Page 2 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 “B” East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday • Depart Marsh Harbour Monday • Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday • Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday • Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday • Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday • Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday • Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday • Arrive Marsh Harbour 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 Washers • Dryers • Microwaves Stoves • Fridges • Freezers • Phones Satellites • Car Stereos/Amps • Stereos • TV’s • Speakers • Home Appliances Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: 242-367-2265 • 242-367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES TV and DVD SALE Great Low Prices Everyday WE HAVE MOVED T T T T T O O O O O AIRPOR AIRPOR AIRPOR AIRPOR AIRPOR T T T T T On Marsh Harbour's waterfront • Call 367-2074 or VHF Ch. 16 We thank our customers for your patience. We look forward to your continuing patronageOpening Monday November 1stand a half years ago about 250 farmers were registered. Today there are about 1700 to 2000 farmers. The first program to be implemented will be a cash grant to farmers which will give them jump start to get back into farming. The farmers will be divided into three groups depending on the size of their operation and will be in relation to their size. At the time of the meeting it was not decided how much the grant would be. Another benefit that the government is providing is credit at the government’s fish and farm store in Nassau. Normally farmers and fishermen have to provide collateral and are charged interest on any credit that they are given. But now the government will allow each farmer to have up to $1000 credit for buying seed, fertilizer, equipment, pumps and other items that the store stocks. This credit will be given without collateral and will be interest free. This is not a gift; government expects the farmers to pay back this amount within a reasonable time. Government continues to allow farmers to bring in vehicles duty free for agricultural use, thus saving the farmers paying a 56 percent duty rate. The same applies to fishermen. Fishing boats can be brought in duty free, saving the fishermen anywhere from six to 20 percent, depending on the size of the boat. Government is assisting farmers with clearing land. Government will pay the costs of clearing half the land a farmer is cultivating. The only stipulation is that the farmer has to pay his half up front. This was required as some were taking advantage of the government and reneged on paying their share of the costs. Fishermen will also benefit from government assistance which will cover losses in boats and equipment. However, government will not be repaying fishermen for loss of traps or condos as there is no way for government to determine exactly how many habitats the fishermen had. Farmers and fishermen also qualify for government guaranteed loans for up to $75,000 if they had damage. These loans do not require collateral nor land papers and can be paid for over 10 years. The interest rate is one percent over prime. Mr. Gray advised them not to all grow the same crop but find niche crops which would sell well. Farmers need to grow consistently good crops. The market requires consistently good quality year round. He brought up the topic of crop insurance which is under consideration by government. The farmers at the meeting would like to see a crop insurance plan developed. Mr. Gray explained that Bahamians have a problem in that they do not want to work. Farming is hard work and Bahamians need to realize that all work is honourable. Government will stand by farmers but they have to work for themselves. Mr. Jack Thompson, who is heading up the government relief programs on Abaco, reported on a meeting he held with loan officers from all the banks on Abaco. All banks will work with those who suffered damage. Anyone applying for a government guaranteed loan must prove their loss and have the cost of materials, goods and labour available. The form to be filled out has been simplified. Mr. Simeon Pinder, Acting Director of Agriculture, and Mr. Greg Bethel, Senior Economist, accompanied Mr. Gray. Mr. Pinder gave an overview of the situation as a result of the two hurricanes. It is estimated that $45 million was lost in the agricultural sector which includes poultry, livestock, vegetables and fruit. The entire fruit crop for this year was destroyed. This includes citrus and bananas. In many cases the trees were also destroyed. For trees left standing the crop will come back next year. But where trees have to replaced, it will take seven years to get back to full production. Bananas will come back but it will be many months as the plants will not grow well during the cold months. Last year the Bahamas produced 1.5 million pounds of onions. This crop has had a setback of a couple of months but will come back. Some farming areas of The Bahamas is coastal lands which were flooded with sea water. This put a lot of salt into the soil which will have to be leached out with rain. These areas will be quite a while before they can become productive again. All vegetable crops producing at this GrayFrom Page 1 Agricultural Damage Was Extensive time were wiped out. This included watermelon, pineapple and hot pepper. The pineapple crop in particular was hard hit. Pineapple production throughout the Bahamas has increased from 25 acres six years ago to over 150 acres. But in many areas the entire plants are destroyed, leaving farmers with no new slips to begin new plants. The poultry industry was also hit very hard. Abaco Big Bird had extensive damage to their buildings as well as loss of birds. The egg industry on Grand Bahama was likewise badly hit. Mr. Bethel discussed the situation with the fishing industry. Damages are estimated to be about $909,000 which is much less than the damage sustained by Hurricane Floyd which was estimated to be about $10 million. The greatest impact to the fishing industry was on Grand Bahama which sustained about 62 percent of the damage and Abaco sustaining 25 percent of the damage. Losses included damage to boats, equipment and processing plants. He felt that the industry did not suffer so badly because of lessons learned from Floyd in protecting and securing boats and equipment.Agriculture and Fisheries Assessment

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 3 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 CAYHOPE TOWN POINT SUBDIVISION Lot #54 T his sandy ocean front lot is the least expensive buildable ocean front lot for sale on Elbow Cay. It is located almost at the tip of the northern end of Elbow Cay in an established quiet community. The lot has 120 feet of water frontage in a small cove, where the water stays protected, making this an excellent spot for swimming all year round. An excellent property for investment or to build your dream home. $475,000. Internet Ref. #2279 Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344. HOPE TOWN POINT SUBDVISION Lot #33 near the ocean, minutes from bayside and dock access $149,000. Internet Ref. #1876.LUBBERS QUARTERS JACK’S 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. TILLOO CAY SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $650,000. Int. Ref. #1884GUANA CAY BEACHFRONT LOT 100’ x 150’ $365,000. Internet Ref. #2446 BUILD YOUR VACATION HOME! 135’ x 165’ lot $145,000. Ref. #2499 LOTS FOR SALE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “HONEYMOON VILLA”Internet Ref. #22912b/2b Loyalist style cottage in the heart of Hope Town, 50 paces from sandy beachProfessionally decorated & landscapedCentral a/c, outdoor hot tub, watermaker, & laundry roomBuilt in 2001Excellent rental history$695,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 LISTINGS WANTED: Elbow Cay Guana Cay Treasure Cay Bahama Palm Shores Lots Lubbers Quarters & Tilloo CayWe have buyers!! HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “C-DREAMS”Internet Ref. #2424Very spacious 3b/3b home with ocean view in private North End Elbow Cay5 minutes to Hope Town2 minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the islandNewly built in 2000 with vaulted ceilings, central a/c & garagePRICED TO SELLKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110’ x 200’ lot with partially completed 40’ x 36’ home. Breathtaking ocean views overlooking Ambergris Cay and Bonefish Cay. Asking $120,000. Internet Ref. #2383 WATERFRONT Large 110’ x 200’ residential lot. $41,000. Internet Ref. #2384MARSH HARBOUR 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 GREAT ABACO CLUB Canal lot #8 with unobstructed view of the Sea of Abaco. Excellent building site. $299,000. Internet Ref. #2102 NEW LISTING COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. Internet Ref. #2513 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. #2353 CASUARINA POINT ( 20 MINUTES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOUR) Located in the heart of the settlement. Lot 75’ x 125’. Asking $30,000. Internet Ref. #2488 CHEROKEE 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 BEACH PRICE REDUCEDMOTIVATED SELLER Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “NOR’EASTER 1”Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.’Great rental historySeaviews & steps away from beautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access$425,000“NOR’EASTER 2” (Ref. #2427)Fractional ownership forJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVE 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 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF 30 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOUR MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. 218730 Acre beachfront developmentNear Crossing Rocks1,000 ft. sandy beachfront5 acre Wild Life Sanctuary1/2 Acre interior lots with beach access start at$20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 $20,000Beachfront 14,000 sq. ft. SOUTH ABACO Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “TWIN DOLPHIN POINT”Internet 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 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “GAZEBO VILLAS”Located on the most photographed street in the Village of Hope Town, Sea Villa and Palm Villa offer splendid views of the adjacent islands and Hope Town’s historical candy cane lighthouse. Each unit is comprised of 2b/ 2b upstairs, and spacious living area downstairs. Outdoor living on the water’s edge and close proximity to Hope Town’s best beach, make the villas one of the island’s best rentals. Fully furnished, professionally landscaped, full back up generator, water maker, and laundry house. Offered at $875,000 each.Internet Reference #2509 Call Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING NEAR MAN O’ WAR CAY DICKIES CAYInternet Ref. #2288Traditional island retreat3 bed 3 ensuite bathsSpacious open floor planWarm polished pine interiorwith exposed beamsHardwood floors100 foot dock with 10,000 lb. boatlift, covered roof & electricity$1,275,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 LITTLE HARBOUR NEAR CHEROKEE SOUNDInternet Ref. #2129Highly elevatedSpacious 19,060 sq. ft. propertyExcellent scenic views of Little Harbour and ocean800 sq. ft. structure in need of some repairsTwo storey 2 bed 2 bathsMotivated Seller$178,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY CHARACTER HOMEInternet Ref. #2478Fabulous beach front cottage located in “Up-A-Long” just moments from the core of Hope Town villageCurrently operating as a commercial business6600 sq. ft. lot with 46' on the beach x 125' deepExcellent development potential for home or businessGreat beach for swimming and snorkelling$729,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “TILLOO CUT”Internet 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 value Reduced $878,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAMARIND HILLInternet Ref. #2518Beautiful 2b/ 2b home with one bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private Lucayos SubdivisionAwesome view of the Sea of AbacoCommunity dock steps awayFully landscaped and furnishedLarge storage shed & car port$1,200,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY “TAHITI HAI”Internet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove Sub.Newly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardener’s apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti BeachPrice Reduced $895,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 EXCLUSIVE

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Page 4 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 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 “A Unisex Salon” Ofra Cosmetics • Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday • 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza • 367-3623 By Stephanie Humblestone “It is always good to be home,” announced former island administrator for North Abaco Jack Thompson at a town meeting in Elbow Cay. Back on Abaco from his post as Deputy High Commissioner to Canada to assist in the post hurricane recovery program, Mr. Thomson is currently heading the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) efforts on Abaco with an office in Dove Plaza Marsh Harbour. Over the past few weeks he has been traveling the length and breadth of Great Abaco Island and the offshore cays with Mr. Gary Smith, Superintendent of Customs for Abaco. On October 29 the two-man team addressed a small gathering of residents assembled in the St. James’s Methodist Church in the heart of Hope Town. “We are trying to make life as simple as possible for you and to minimize confusion,” explained Mr. Smith as he outlined specific items which will qualify for exemption of duty up until November 30th of this year. Going through a whole list ranging from electrical materials to children’s luncheon items, he finally announced that it might be easier to simply say what remain dutiable. These include sodas, alcohol and confectionary items. He directed private claim exemptions to the NEMA office where forms are available and business related claim exemption forms to Ms. Jeritzan Outten at the Ministry of Tourism in Marsh Harbour. One of the questions in many minds was who is eligible. “This is non-discriminatory; it is for Bahamians and non-Bahamians alike who received damage to property and possessions,” said Mr. Smith. Deputy Chief Councillor for Hope Town, Mr. Jeff Key, introduced Mr. Thompson by the title he was known best during his stay in Abaco. “Yes, I am “Jumping Jack” and I am here to tell you that I am jumping to your rescue.” Abaco is now becoming accustomed to having their beloved Mr. Thompson back in the saddle. In the confusing days following Hurricane Floyd in 1999, he was recalled from his head position at the Passport Office in Nassau to Cooper’s Town in North Abaco to assist in the recovery operation. “My business is where there is a need,” vowed Mr. Thompson as he described the orders of relief, first exemption of duty, second government guarantee loans and third government assistance. Referencing the Emergency Relief Guarantee Fund Act of 1999, Mr. Thompson briefly outlined the terms of loans, private being up to $50,000 with a repayment at six percent prime rate over 20 years and business with a repayment of 6 percent plus one percent over 10 years. “All banks are doing this,” Mr. Thompson assured. On the subject of government assistance over 200 vouchers had been issued to less fortunate persons and government had spent $1.5 million on building supplies thus far. “We are setting up a hotline from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 367-0440 for clarification and further information,” continued Mr. Thompson. Between 40 to 45 houses will be constructed on Abaco. Presently the foundations for two houses are being poured in Murphy Town and five on Moore’s Island. The community listened intently to both speakers and then posed questions. Of paramount importance to many was timing. Thompson Explains Relief to Hope Town Open Daily Open Daily Open Daily Open Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til’ Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed SundaysConcerns were voiced as to whether Stateside ordered materials and insurance funds for purchasing power would arrive before the exemption closure deadline. “Apply to the NEMA office for an extension if you need it, and we will deal with each case individually,” replied Mr. Thompson. Another question was when government assessors would visit the island as they have been conspicuous by their absence. The community, particularly the business sector, was assured that they were on their way. Mr. Thompson was delighted to leave some of the checking of damage claims to local government officials, respectfully acknowledging that often they are better able to assess local damage. Before leaving, Mr. Thompson asked for a list of those persons whose circumstances placed them in the category of “needy” or “less fortunate.” It Pays to Advertise Thanksgiving Dinne rat the Hope Town Harbour Lodge Join us on Thursday, November 25th Seatings will be at 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm A Delicious Four Course Meal Soup Soup Soup Soup SoupPumpkin Soup Pumpkin Soup Pumpkin Soup Pumpkin Soup Pumpkin Soup made with fresh pumpkins, light cream & finished with croutons. Salad Salad Salad Salad SaladLodge Salad Lodge Salad Lodge Salad Lodge Salad Lodge Salad made with mixed greens, baby shrimp, cherry tomatoes, mandarins, bacon bits, candied walnuts with mango dressing Main Course Main Course Main Course Main Course Main CourseOven Roasted Turkey Oven Roasted Turkey Oven Roasted Turkey Oven Roasted Turkey Oven Roasted Turkey w/spiced almond stuffing, savory gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed pototoes with sage & white cheddar cheese, pearl onions in white sauce, brussels sprouts and baby carrots Chilean Sea Bass Chilean Sea Bass Chilean Sea Bass Chilean Sea Bass Chilean Sea Bass encrusted w/chopped macadamia nuts with a white wine and dill sauce, mashed potatoes with sage and white cheddar cheese, haricot vert and baby carrots Prime Rib a jus Prime Rib a jus Prime Rib a jus Prime Rib a jus Prime Rib a jus cooked as you like it with mashed potatoes, with sage and white cheddar cheese, haricot vert and baby carrots Honey Crusted Rack of Lamb Honey Crusted Rack of Lamb Honey Crusted Rack of Lamb Honey Crusted Rack of Lamb Honey Crusted Rack of Lamb with mint s auce, mashed potatoes with sage and white cheddar, haricot vert and baby carrots. Dessert Dessert Dessert Dessert DessertPecan Pie Home Made Apple Pie Pumpkin CheesecakeAbove served with ice-cream $2 extra $ $ $ $ $ 42 42 42 42 42 per person • Children 6-12 $ $ $ $ $ 15 15 15 15 15 • under 6 F F F F F ree ree ree ree ree Reservations Required Phone 367-0095 • VHF Ch. 16

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 5 YAMAHA 4 STROKE GAS AND ELECTRIC (48V) Its versatility allows it to serve a variety of uses. Introduces Prices starting from $7500 ContactAbaco Outboard Engines For Further Information242-367-2452 Duty Free Information Available GENERATORS Starting from $1100 GAS AND DIESEL AVAILABLE

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Page 6 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Master SculptorDon WoodWorking in bronze, stone, and wood Don captures the vibrant life essence and stark beauty that is Abaco. He lives and works in Marsh Harbour. Don was trained in commercial illustration, attending the Crisdon School of Art in Delray Beach, Florida. The Vietnam War postponed his career in art when he was assigned to the Coast Guard. After his tour of duty Don studied under Whitney Wolf in Orlando, Florida and Ken Cowles in Maine. Don is famous for his realistic creations of sea mammals including dolphin, whales, and manatees, hand carved wood doors, and portraits in bronze. Mother Teresa was an inspiring force for this artist and several of his works reflect her influence. Dons work is on display at Conch Pearl Galleries. Royal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.com A meeting was held on October 20 at the request of the Prime Minister’s office to explore the Mud, Pigeon Peas and Sand Banks situation and seek answers. This was an initial meeting of a series to be scheduled delving into various aspects of these immigrant communities. Co-chairing the meeting was Administrator Rolle and ASP Wayne Miller, who is temporarily the Officer in Charge of the Abaco Police. Most of the 15 persons attending were heads of government agencies including Social Services, Water and Sewerage, Environmental Health, Chief Councillor for the Central Abaco District, the Government Clinic and several persons from the private sector. All government agencies and corporations had been invited but many were not represented. Answers were not the object of this meeting. The intent was to begin a process that would lead to positive results. A suggestion was made that each government agency which has dealt with these immigrant communities prepare a status report based on their experiences there. This would give information or statistics on the problem from different perspectives. A follow-up meeting will be held November 3 with status reports being submitted. There was some reluctance by those present to get involved in another study as this exercise has been held several times in the past, particularly after Hurricane Floyd and after the fire that consumed 70 houses in the Pigeon Peas area. Nothing of consequence came of the earlier concerns. Those attending were asked to be patient and give this present effort their support as there seems to be an interest at higher levels to resolve some of the issues these communities present. Both Mr. Rolle and Mr Miller are relatively new to Abaco, but they expressed an enthusiasm toward helping to resolve as many elements as possible, including local effort and through the existing civil service and political structure. Although many government agencies were not represented, Mr. Rolle assured those present that future meetings would have a much larger and diverse attendance. Topics that were hinted at but not discussed further included: • social and economic issues • health and sanitation issues • burden to education and health • unlicenced shops • criminal and new immigrant sanctuary • water, electricity, phone and cable service • ongoing construction of new houses Haitian Problems Are Discussed This is an aerial view of Pigeon Peas, the predominately Haitian community in the center of Marsh Harbour. The houses are built so closely together in this densely populated area that in some cases a person cannot pass between the houses. The community poses many problems which can affect all of Central Abaco including fire, disease and crime. Pigeon Peas is on higher ground that the adjo ining Mud community which was badly flooded during Hurricane Jeanne. Opening for Dinner Only T hursday, November 11Daily except sundaysAir-conditioned water front view Use the new entrance through the BoutiqueRestaurant Phone: 367-2366 mangoesabaco.comDinner 6 9 p.m. Mon Sat.Bar snacks 6 pm . .until Marina will open in the spring of 2005 Restaurant Water Front Dining RoomBoutique

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Page 8 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Dave Ralph The AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Isobel Sherman Contributors: Richard Fawkes, Stephanie Humblestone, Christine McCully, Lee Pinder, Mirella Santillo, Tabitha Stortenbecker Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abaco’s most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates (U.S. address) 8902 N. Military Tr., 181 Palm Bch Grdns, FL 334107,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco$25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Letters to the EditorThe Editor Says . The Island Rebounds Two Very Different ShopkeepersDear Editor, My name is Noreen Murray and I reside in Cooper’s Town. I would just like to make public knowledge that it was devastating enough to have had two hurricanes hit Abaco. After hurricane Jeanne things had gotten worse and losses were double for everyone. In spite of this, the owner of a local business saw it as an opportunity to restore him of his losses. I sent for an item at the said store. Because the person was mentally challenged, he was taken advantaged of. The price had gone up almost double. Because my funds were limited, I sent it back and asked for a refund which was denied me. I left refusing to accept the item. The store owner ended up with both the funds and the item. I think that I was literally robbed and I’m warning the entire public to be aware and alert that the same thing does not happen to them. This type of service needs to be discontinued. On the other hand I would like to promote and command on such excellent service at the Price Right store in Marsh Harbour. A few days before the hurricane I visited the store which was very crowded. Due to this, service was frustrating to shoppers as well as cashiers. But to my surprise Mr. Chad Sawyer, manager of the store, was observing from a distance and dealt fairly with each complaint making sure that he did what it took to satisfy his customers. He personally assisted my friend and me as we were pushed for time and had to rush to another store. He stood in line, paid for my groceries and waited until I returned. Thank you Mr. Sawyer. Yours sincerely, Noreen MurrayThanks, AbaconianDear Editor, In the aftermath of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, it was difficult to find the time to get off the roof and write for a newspaper. But this is what the owners and staff of The Abaconian do every two weeks. As a former publisher, I truly appreciate the effort needed to meet deadlines in a “perfect” world, not to mention dealing with flooding and lack of electricity, telephone and internet service and printing supplies. Yes, The Abaconian post Jeanne issue was a couple of days late and granted their spelling and lithographic skills are not perfect. But they do understand deadlines and strive to report accurately and honestly while keeping their opinions to the editorial page. My wet hat goes off to the dedicated staff of a truly wonderful small town paper with a big heart. I was three weeks without electricity and still don’t have a telephone or internet, but I do have The Abaconian to keep me informed and to share with my loved ones worldwide and it’s free! Who says there are no good deals on Abaco except Barcardi, Anejo Rum and crawfish. Keep up the good work for another 11 years. North Star Guana Cay Hurricanes come and hurricanes go but the Abaco economy marches to an energetic beat. Fortunately, the height of the hurricane season coincides with the natural slump in our tourism-based economy. Although we are upset with the destruction the storms may bring, they do not severely impact our visitor arrivals. Several aspects of the Abaco economy were affected severely but they are not as visible as the businesses in the tourism sector. These are agriculture and fishing. Nearly all of the Abaco crops grown commercially were destroyed. Some of the winter vegetables can be replanted with a corresponding delay in their harvest. More men and money do not make crops grow faster. The citrus farms have lost this year’s crop and have even lost entire trees. The recovery of the citrus groves will be a slow process. Our banana crop may respond in 9 or 10 months if they are tended to carefully. The crawfishermen were fortunate that very few boats were damaged. However, recent reports suggest that nearly all of their traps and condos were destroyed or lost. These number in the thousands collectively and will have to either be constructed from scratch or purchased, then taken to the shallow banks and set again. [Traps are actual traps and are registered with the Fisheries Department. Condos are shelters that do not trap crawfish but merely offer shelter. These are not licensed, and there is no information on the quantity. They are located on the east and west coasts of Abaco. The condos are checked regularly during the season to see what legal-size crawfish might be taking advantage of the shelter.] We are not aware of recovery projections for the agriculture or fishing sectors. Both of these are heavy contributors to our economy but the average person is not aware of their importance to employment, banking or commerce in general. In a good season, the fishermen are heavy purchasers of building materials and household goods. They are big customers of the grocery stores as they stock up for their fishing trips. Damages and recovery efforts in the tourism sector are more visible and get more attention. There may be a few rough spots still visible but for the most part Abaco is up and functioning. A few places were originally scheduled to remain open during September, but many facilities routinely close for renovations and vacations. Some of the damaged facilities have had to delay their opening by a few weeks to accommodate reconstruction efforts. Even those that are opening on a limited basis are probably close to meeting their expected fall revenues as fall business is normally light. Unfortunately, a few places had severe damage and may have problems opening in time for the Christmas holidays. Christmas week usually finds all resort rooms and rental houses fully occupied so a facility closed or only partly open at that time may have reduced revenues. Several marinas in Marsh Harbour lost all their docks. Although it is a heavy financial burden to replace these docks, there are very few visiting boats here until late winter or early spring so revenues during the fall and early winter are minimal. Even at Christmas it is rare for a marina to be well occupied, and the damaged marinas will be offering limited dockage very soon A few boaters may not be able to stay at their favorite marina, but they should find dockage somewhere nearby. It is early to say for sure but most of the damaged marinas are expecting to have their full complement of docks by February or March. Abaco’s strength in the tourism sector lies in its diversity in accommodations and restaurants, in both ownership and location. There is no anchor resort on which the economy hinges. There are hundreds of accommodations scattered throughout the area with an equal number of owner/operators independently working to restore their facility, get their employees back to work and begin assisting the local economy. Another benefit of our diversity is the natural up-grading process that competition brings. Weak and marginal businesses either improve their standards or get left behind. The friendly competition causes everyone to offer something a bit better. A single huge resort may look good on a brochure, but as Abaco’s experience has shown, a multitude of small resorts has proved to be a good business model. The customer gets a larger and more diverse selection to choose from and failures or disruptions of several properties do not severely impact the overall economy. Our reservations for the winter and spring are looking very good. Despite the two storms, Abaco’s tourism sector is looking forward to a good year in 2005.

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Sep 04 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderParrots Return After The StormA small flock of the Abaco parrots have returned to Cherokee after the storm. Needless to say, all the birds seemed to disappear for awhile; however, slowly but surely they are coming back which we’re glad to see.Some Phones Still DownSome persons are still without phone service in Cherokee Sound. Some of the elderly or housebound living alone who really need a phone as well as some persons who depend on what little tourist trade there is in our small settlement are still without phone service. We have not been able to keep in contact with expected customers and fishermen who come and stay in our guest houses, and they have, therefore, gone someplace else. So, some people are still feeling the pinch from the storm in more ways than one.Seaboards Still Covered with SandBesides losing our famous Long Dock, the storms left behind piles of sand along the front road. Ricky Sawyer, who maintains the park areas around the community, has already carried away numerous loads of floatsum and debris that washed up on our shores. We want to thank him for his extra efforts. But the removal of this excess sand is quite another problem altogether. Local Government will have to find some help from somewhere to either remove it or spread it around so that it is not such a traffic hazard. This is definitely not a job for a single person but will require some type of machinery.Concerns After The StormThe Ministry of Education’s Social Services Department sent two trained officials to Cherokee Primary School to talk with the children. They were interested in finding out if the children had any lingering impressions after the storm and how they were coping with them. I’m sure their purpose was to answer questions and calm their fears. We commend these individuals for the important work that they do and thank them for their continued concern.Youth Group ResumesKids’ Corner Has Resumed Kids’ Korner has resumed meeting on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. at Epworth Chapel. Rev. Carla Culmer, Margaret Schutemaker and Vonda Bethel will again be in charge of the Bible studies and crafts that the younger children will be doing each week. Last year the young people set up and hosted a Haunted House in Cherokee which proved to be very successful on Halloween night. This year I fear Frances and Jeanne has held everyone back, but I feel certain that they have some other fun projects already in the works.Another Doll ShowDon’t forget our upcoming Doll Show on November 13 at 11 a.m. There will be an entrance fee of $3 per adult and $1 for children. This show promises to be a real crowd pleaser featuring nativity scenes and creches on loan from persons all over Abaco. All proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Cherokee Primary School to replenish spent monies. The children will be entertained with games and competitions organized by the schoolteacher. There will be stalls with arts, crafts and food as well. Come and join us for a day of fun. South Abaco News Jack Thompson Addresses the Chamber Mr. Jack Thompson, brought back from Canada to head the government’s relief efforts and recovery programs, was the guest speaker at a Chamber of Commerce meeting on October 21. He outlined the various programs which the government has in place to assist individuals and businesses. He is shown above being presented with a certificate of Appreciation from Mr. Art Sands, Vice President of the Chamber. Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Sea Star Car Rental The Royal Bahamas Police Reserves Abaco Division will be holding a Domino Tournament and Souse Out on November 6 at the Marsh Harbour Police Sation from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Support our Police Force by attending. PINE WOODS PINE WOODS PINE WOODS PINE WOODS PINE WOODSNURSER NURSER NURSER NURSER NURSER Y Y Y Y Y Rose Bushes Mums BasketsMonday Friday 9 5 Saturday 9 3 Ph 242-367-2674 • Fax 242-367-4755 Marsh HarbourOrchids Beautiful Gifts Silk Flowers Bromeliads Flowering shrubs Pet Supplies Beautiful Christmas gifts & greenery in stock now. Shop early for the best selection. New flowers, plants & fruit trees arriving weekly

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Page 10 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2020/8 Fax: 242-367-2242 Open MonFri from 8:30 am5:00 pm, Sat from 8:00 am1:00 pmQuarter, half and full cases and bales. Cash & carry and wholesale bulk buying means you always get more, for less at Abaco Wholesale.fresh produce &meat, groceries, supplies, household items & more! NEW CASH & CARRY NOW OPEN & Cash and Carry J & J ELECTRIC BILL JOHNSTONMIKE JORGENSENELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL SPECIALISTS CELL: 242-357-6674 (BILL) • CELL: 242-477-5222 TEL: 242-367-5145 • FAX: 242-367-5144 P.O. BOX AB 20413 • MARSH HARBOUR • ABACO • BAHAMASE-mail: abacobill@batelnet.bs The 76-year-old Mrs. Calma, who is living in a dilapidated house behind where her house is being rebuilt, met Mr. Gibson on her porch and gave him a tour of the threeroom dwelling she shares with her daughter Sheilamae Calma. She told Mr. Gibson to please hurry with the rebuilding, as the house she’s living in leaks when it rains. Mrs. Calma told the minister, in the presence of Abaco relief coordinator Mr. Jack Thompson, who nodded confirmation of her story, “They wanted to build a one-bedroom for me one, but I told them it had to be two bedrooms for my daughter, too. She didn’t have nowhere to go neither.” So the foundation is for a two-bedroom house. Mr. Gibson said he was following up on the government’s promise after the hurricanes to provide support for recovery. In addition to the two houses in Murphy Town, ten others are being constructed in North Abaco. Mr. John Schaeffer, chief structural engineer with the Ministry of Works on Abaco, said the homes the minister was referring to were being built in Crown Haven, Fox Town, Mount Hope, Wood Cay, Cooper’s Town and Fire Road. Mr. Gibson said vouchers for building materials for over 200 families throughout Abaco were issued. He was pleased those vouchers were redeemable at local hardware stores because his government was committed to supporting the local entrepreneurs, thereby helping to boost the lame economy. The minister reported a similar approach in Eleuthera, where he had visited before coming to Abaco. Mr. Daren Albury, CEO of Abaco Hardware, a major building supplies provider in Abaco, said his store had processed over 150 of those vouchers in the last week. Mr. Albury said many of them ranged in value anywhere from $1,400 to $4,000 and more, mostly for roofing felt, shingles, and sheet rock. He said most of the orders were from the North Abaco area Mr. Albury has had a shortage of trucks for delivery and had to hire independent truckers. He has also had to hire a few shop assistants to help with the price conversions under the duty-free regime and to provide service to the public in general. He has a challenge keeping up with supplies, he said. Abaco Hardware was expecting five trailers of supplies by boat on Tuesday. “I just Mrs. Doris Calma, for whom the government is building a new home, is talking with Min. Gibson at her temporary residence behind her future home in Murphy Town. Needy People Are Being Accommodated GibsonFrom Page 1 want the public to be patient with us on the shipment of supplies,” Mr. Albury said. “I know people want to get on with their repairs and rebuilding, but we have to work with a lot of shortages.” While Mr. Gibson was on Abaco, he inspected the office that has been set up for Mr. Jack Thompson, who heads the National Emergency Management Agency on Abaco. The office, which is upstairs in Dove Plaza in Marsh Harbour, has been kept extremely busy with requests for relief assistance from all over Abaco. The new NEMA telephone number is 367-0440. ISLAND BAR & LOOKOUTLunch 11:30 3 p.m. • Dinner 6 9 p.m. Lunch 11:30 3 p.m. • Dinner 6 9 p.m. Lunch 11:30 3 p.m. • Dinner 6 9 p.m. Lunch 11:30 3 p.m. • Dinner 6 9 p.m. Lunch 11:30 3 p.m. • Dinner 6 9 p.m. Bar 11 a.m. Until . • Monday Saturday Bar 11 a.m. Until . • Monday Saturday Bar 11 a.m. Until . • Monday Saturday Bar 11 a.m. Until . • Monday Saturday Bar 11 a.m. Until . • Monday SaturdayMarsh Harbour Now Open Now Open Now Open Now Open Now OpenJoin Us at It Pays to Advertise

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Box AB 20864 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 367-0300/1/2 Fax: (242) 367-0302 E-mail address: ingrahamlaw@coralwave.com A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs • 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16 Guana Harbour Grocery By Jennifer Hudson I first met Ida Swain the day a bulldozer was tearing her home of 39 years to the ground. She was a very sad lady as she sat on the porch of her niece’s home just a few yards away watching, with tears streaming down her face, as her home was trucked away right in front of her eyes. Ida is one of the elderly people of Murphy Town whose home was so badly damaged during the two recent hurricanes that it was decided by a team from the government along with social services that the structure needed to be demolished. The Prime Minister, along with Bradley Roberts, Neville Wisdom and Allyson Maynard-Gibson, visited Abaco right after the hurricanes and conducted a walkabout to assess the damage. They then, in conjunction with the Department of Social Services, decided where help was needed most. Senior citizens were given priority and Ida Swain was one selected as needing immediate assistance. The government will cover the entire cost of building back and furnishing a two bedroom house on the same piece of land for her. It is expected to take six weeks to complete. Miss Ida asked if, rather than lose her entire house with all its memories and familiarity, she could have the roof and windows fixed and various repairs done inside but was told that the entire house needed to come down as the damage was beyond repair. She did not want the trauma of watching her house come down so she went into Marsh Harbour for the day but Chief Councillor, Cay Mills, found her and brought her back to have her photograph taken in front of her house. Many neighbours came to comfort her that day. Though Miss Ida knows that she will have a brand new comfortable house for which she is grateful, that still does not erase the hurt of losing her home. Her house was built for her by “Mr. Carol Albury’s Ma and Pa,” for whom Miss Ida worked many years. Up until the time of her death in a tragic automobile accident on Abaco three years ago, Ida’s daughter lived with her in that house and when Ida saw her daughter’s bed room being demolished, she was overcome with grief. Another great sadness was the fact that she was not allowed to save any furniture from her house, and she was upset at the destruction of her bedroom suite which was handmade for her and given to her by a friend. Miss Ida was able to get all her treasured photos out so she will still have those to decorate the walls of her new home. Now 83 years of age, Miss Ida is a very loving and loveable lady. She was born in Bluff Point and moved to Nassau at the age of 12 years where she married Mr. Josh Williams at the age of 15. She bore eight children but, sadly, only two sons are still living; one in Nassau and one in Freeport. Miss Ida fears that with the medical problems of her heart, kidneys, high blood pressure and bad legs she may not live to see the completion of her new house. Her first hurricane experience was in 1932 in the small settlement of Bluff Point in North Abaco where she was born. After the hurricane passed through, her family’s house was the only one left standing in that settlement. A sea plane was sighted in the air above the settlement looking to assess the situation so Miss Ida’s brother tied a white shirt to a stick and frantically waved it in the air so that the pilot could see that there were survivors amidst the destruction. The sea plane then brought in clothes, blankets and food for the residents. Despite the severe destruction, Miss Ida said that there were no deaths but several injuries. The roof came off Emmeline Butler’s house and fell on top of her. People searched for Emmeline all day and Miss Ida eventually heard a whimper coming from underneath the roof. Although Emmeline had spent all night trapped underneath it, once the roof was pried off her, she was found, surprisingly, to have not been too seriously hurt. A doctor came by sea plane from Nassau along with the Governor’s wife. He tended the injuries of the residents which consisted of a broken toe and some serious lacerations, then carried the patients by plane to the hospital in Nassau. Government officials surveyed the damage and later decided to move the people from that settlement and relocate them in the area which became Murphy Town. Miss Ida’s father was given one of the small block houses built by the government on five acres of land and this is where she lived until moving into the house built for her by Mr and Mrs. Albury. Miss Ida remembers Bluff Point with great affection. “ It was a sweet little place,” she says, “where people were very loving and always shared whatever they had to eat with each other.” We wish you better health, Miss Ida, in order that you may not only live to see your new house but spend many years of enjoyment in it. Ida Swain Reminisces on Days Gone By

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Page 14 The Abaconian November 1, 2004By Richard E. Fawkes Ironically, at a meeting in Great Guana Cay on October 26 to discuss hurricane relief assistance, some residents expressed disappointment in an October 4 announcement by Prime Minister Christie in Marsh Harbour that he was inclined to approve a major resort development project for that community. Mr. Christie touted the development as a “substantial infusion of capital into the economy of Abaco” that he thought could help the nation’s third largest source of revenue rebound from the crippling effects of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Mr. Christie was speaking to representatives of the Abaco business community about his government’s strategy for the island’s recovery in the wake of the back to back hurricanes. The Prime Minister said at that time the proposal met his “level of standards for acceptance,” but was subject to the affirmation of the Members of Parliament for North and South Abaco. The meeting at the Great Guana Cay All Age School was called to allow residents to discuss their hurricane relief needs with Mr. Jack Thompson, Abaco coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who was accompanied by newly appointed Central Abaco Administrator Revis Rolle, Assistant Administrator Neil Campbell, Superintendent of Customs Gary Smith, and Ms. Elaine Martinborough, Mr. Thompson’s executive assistant. Twentyfive persons showed up. The development in dispute is the Passerine Project, a 500-acre, $500 million development in the north-west section of the narrow cay called Baker’s Bay, which is what locals call the proposed resort. Passerine is slated to include upscale housing with an 18-hole golf course and a marina for residents. The project will envelop a substantial wetlands area, which has raised issues of environmental sensitivity. The project has been under consideration by the government for some time, and there have been some meetings with the local community to iron out any conflicting interests. Some residents seem to be concerned by the sheer size of the development in proportion to Great Guana Cay, which has several successful smaller resorts. For their part, the developers have sought to assure residents of their plans to work with the environment and to help improve general conditions in the community. For example, they propose a waste disposal system for sewerage and garbage that would not impact the ecosystem negatively. Great Guana Cay at present has no reliable garbage disposal site. The last community meeting on the proposed project was in August. Present at that meeting were the principal partners and Mr. Baltron Bethel, executive director of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas, who also serves as a consultant on forms of tourism developments in the Ministry of Investments and Financial Services. Residents at Tuesday night’s meeting said they were promised a follow-up meeting with Minister of Investments and Financial Services Allyson Maynard-Gibson to iron out more issues, but she was a “noshow.” “She did not show and did not even send an apology,” said Mr. Glenn Laing, elected local government Guana Cay councillor of the Hope Town District, who chaired the meeting. “That is a national disgrace.” Ms. Delores Frazier, chef at the Orchid Beach Resort, said she was directed to cater for the meeting. “We prepared a whole buffet,” she said, “and they did not show.” Those who spoke seemed to tie together Mrs. Gibson’s alleged no-show with the Prime Minister’s statement, which they regard as an approval. Neither Prime Minister Christie nor Minister Gibson could be reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon, as Mr. Christie was in a meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Mrs. Gibson was out of the country. Mr. Bethel was also out of office. Mr. Luther Smith, an assistant to the Prime Minister who coordinates disaster relief and was with Mr. Christie in Marsh Harbour on October 4, said Mr. Christie only said he was inclined to approve the Mr. Jack Thompson, heading the government’s efforts of relief and reconstruction, held a meeting to discuss relief efforts on Guana Cay along with Administrators Revis Rolle and Neil Campbell. Residents were much more concerned with other topics including the rebuilding of their public dock and the proposed resort development on the north end of their island. Shown above are resident Milo Pinder, Senior Administrator Rolle, Mr. Thompson, resident Edmond Pinder and Mr. Glen Laing, Guana Cay’s elected representative to the Hope Town District Council. Guana Cay Wants Discussion on Major Development Please see Guana Meeting Page 15 I t is with regret that we inform our valued customers of the closing of our office in Marsh Harbour. Due to damages suffered during both Hurricane Frances and Jeanne, Abaco Optical Services will be closed indefinitely. Dr Geof fer y Sweeting, M.B.,B.S. Dr Gr egor y Lowe, B.Sc. (HONS), D.O.,M.B.C.O. All patient information will be transferred to our Nassau office. Please feel free to contact the Nassau Sight Centre Ltd. at 242.393.6533, for appointments and all other eyecare needs. ABACO OPTICAL SER VICES

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Call for further information NIPPERS BEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every Sunday Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.comproject but that “no ink had yet been put to paper, and consultations were still going on.” Mr. Smith insisted that the government would continue to take into consideration the views of the people of Great Guana Cay. He had no first-hand knowledge of Mrs. Gibson’s planned meeting with the residents of the cay, but he would be inclined to think her alleged no-show would be due more to a mix-up in communication, rather than simply a no-show. Attempts to contact South Abaco MP Robert Sweeting, who is away on vacation, North Abaco MP Hubert Ingraham, and Mr. Frederick Gottlieb, attorney for Passerine, were unsuccessful. Councillor Laing was concerned Great Guana Cay was being “left out” by the government and its agencies. He said Tuesday’s meeting, the first visit by officials to the cay since the hurricanes, came about because he went to the mainland and requested it of Mr. Thompson. For his part, Mr. Thompson said he and his team have been systematically visiting all communities throughout the Abaco chain. Administrator Rolle, who was assigned to Abaco just before Hurricane Frances but did not arrive until just before Jeanne due to illness, pledged that he or Assistant Administrator Campbell would hold office on Great Guana Cay at least once every two weeks. Mr. Campbell will try to increase that to once per week. The residents asked Mr. Thompson to expedite the rebuilding of their public dock, which has many planks loose and nails sticking out. Councillor Laing reported that the district had contracted with and allocated money for a Marsh Harbour dock building company to construct a new dock in August, but that the contractor abandoned them for the many dock building jobs brought about by Hurricane Jeanne. He wanted them to honour their contract to Great Guana Cay. Mr. Thompson was informed that while no one was homeless, many persons needed assistance with repairs. As to the tourism infrastructure, only Guana Seaside Village, of which Mr. Laing is manager, remains closed and will not reopen until December. Guana MeetingFrom Page 14 Project Disturbs Residents Two Americans, Anthony Soldano and Gary Hubert Carlisle, entered the country by private aircraft at Treasure Cay and were found with carpenters’ tools in their bags although they claimed they were on a fishing trip to Scotland Cay. Immigration asked them to either leave their tools and pick them up on the way out or to leave the country. They chose to leave and keep their luggage intact. However, the plane was seen headed to Scotland Cay. An Immigration Officer then went to Scotland Cay where the aircraft was found and the two men were located but found not working. They were fined $300 each in the Magistrate’s Court in Marsh Harbour and deported. The pilot of the aircraft was fined by Customs for making a false declaration. Two Americans Are Deported

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Page 16 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. JacksonvilleRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 • Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Jacksonville• Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday • Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay By Mirella Santillo Communities and resorts throughout Aaco are busy with repairs, renovations and upgrades in preparations for the upcoming season. Most will be operational by the time the season gets underway. In the last issue several laarger resorts were reported on. This issue looks at several resorts on the cays and the status of the towns.Green Turtle CayGreen Turtle ClubAfter nearly a year of negotiations, the Green Turtle Club finally changed ownership on September 20, 2004, between two hurricanes, four days before Hurricane Jeanne’s hit on Abaco. In spite of the delay in closing the deal and the bad weather, the new proprietors, Ann Showell Mariner and her brother, Adam Showell, are still very enthusiastic about their last purchase. Hotel business is not new to them as they own Castle in the Sand in Ocean City, Maryland. At least 50 percent of guests rooms and cottages suffered heavy wind and water damage as did some of the staff accommodations. A crew of carpenters and the necessary material was brought in immediately to Green Turtle Cay to help meet the midNovember tentative deadline for re-opening. The damages sustained in the hurricanes and the need for renovations were the excuse Ann and Adam needed for the creation of their dream place. While keeping its island atmosphere, the club will be updated and infused with new concepts. As we near the end of October, most of the roofs have been replaced and rooms are being remodeled and redecorated as needed. Even on a Sunday, while his wife Amanda and I are chatting about the club’s face lift, food and beverage manager, Michael Roe, is getting their cottage ready for new carpeting. It has been a seven day work week since the hurricanes, says he. In the midst of repairs and renovations, executive chef, Anthony Notarfrancesco, whose specialty is seafood, will inherit a brand new kitchen. Notarfrancesco came to the Club from California in the spring of 2004. Few of the old trees conferring the grounds a park atmosphere were damaged, and one can still admire the huge banyan trees adorned with stag horn fern and creepers. Still, there are plans for quite a lot of landscaping when the buildings renovations are terminated. The marina was not affected by the storms, the phone is working after only a few days of interruption, the office is open to take reservations and the staff is ready to resume work, looking forward to a new season.The Bluff HouseOn the way to meet Sales Manager Molly McIntosh at her office on the bluff, I walked through rooms piled with damaged furniture, torn carpeting and fallen ceilings. The hurricanes were rough on this resort overlooking White Sound in Green Turtle Cay. The roof of the club house, partly damaged during Frances, came off with Jeanne. The villas did not suffer much in the first hurricane, but quite a few roofs came off during Jeanne, creating intensive water damage. Repairs have started but are delayed for lack of material, since cargo boats are only coming every other week. Therefore, the scheduled November opening for the rooms and villas is being postponed to December. The club house is looking at a Christmas re-opening with new furniture, new decor, new a la carte menu and offering a more upscale atmosphere. The Resort’s Jolly Rogers Restaurant did not incur as much damage and will be ready by the end of October with some changes. While keeping the casual look, there will be a different menu. Executive chef, Scott Huntley from Canada, is bringing new format, concepts and recipes to both restaurants. Molly McIntosh is very positive about the new look of the resort. Everything will be redecorated; there will be new furniture, new bedspreads and linen, new landscaping, both pools will be redone and . the beach is now bigger! She thinks the resort will be better than ever. She says the Bluff House is rushing to re-open so the staff of 40 can resume work. At sea level the docks did not suffer any damages, and the gas pump is functioning. The office is taking reservations and they already have quite a few bookings for December. On and all, in spite of the destruction suffered by the two largest guest accommodations providers on Green Turtle Cay, there is an upbeat atmosphere about them. There is excitement about new looks, new menus, new people in one case, and both are already looking forward to a successful winter season.Hope TownReady for the SeasonWith its numerous quaint cottages and inns, Hope Town supplies many of the rental accommodations on Abaco. Hurricane damages could be quite financially handicapping for its residents who thrive on tourist business, from boutiques to restaurants, private rooms to hotels, grocery shops to golf carts rental all await the tourists and pride themselves on being ready for them. In spite of two devastating hurricanes, the island could not be more ready. The sound of hammering and sawing still greets you as you step off the ferry dock and there are nearly as many people on the roofs as there are on the streets Yes, a few houses were destroyed and a roof collapsed, Cays Are Preparing for a Good Season Please see Cays Page 17

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Box AB 20676, Don MacKay Blvd. Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-4355/54 • Fax: 367-2193E-mail: agapedental@batelnet.bs Dr. Munir Rashad • Nov. 5 Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth) Dr. Woodley Thompson • Nov 11-12 Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Antoine Clarke • Nov 18-19 Periodontics (Gum disease & implants) Dr. Therese Bonamy (Full time) General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM BLEACHING) Janet Ferguson RDH (Full time) Dental Hygienist Call today for an appointment All emergencies and walk-ins are welcome Proverbs 3:5-6 Cherokee Food Fair Groceries All you need & moreFruit & Vegetables • Canned Goods Dairy Products • Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax 366-2022 Mon Fri 7:30 am 6 pm • Sat 7:30 am 7 pmThe Place to be Is Cherokeebut the residents are grateful that the damage was less than Hurricane Floyd. Their well built houses have endured once more the fury of Mother Nature. On Well Lane a pink cottage and gazebo were nearly completely destroyed; a little further down on Kemp Lane two houses belonging to former long time winter resident, Lloyd Noble were completely flattened by Jeanne. A winter resident made an early visit to assess damages to his water front property, displaced boat, broken stairs and yard in a jumble. All the steps leading to the beach were pulled half way up and have yet to be repaired The only telephone booth in town is sitting sideways on the pavement, but most of the telephone service on the island has been restored. Whether going for a day’s excursion or a longer visit, you will find food and accommodations. Capt ‘n Jack’s pink and white trimmed deck greets you from the ferry dock. This eatery suffered minor damage and postponed its scheduled opening of October 1 to October 11. Hope Town Harbour Lodge has taken care of water and sand damage, the pool has been emptied of sand, cleaned and refilled. Some of the cottages which were flooded and sand blasted have been repaired and repainted and are ready for occupancy. The pool bar is open. The only sad note the tall palm trees are now leafless Sand seem to be everywhere along the streets of the settlement and has caused nearly as much damage as water The Art Gallery (formerly the Museum) suffered sand damage and minimum water damage. It lost a little outbuilding on the ocean side in Frances, but owner Tammy Cash praises the sturdy construction of the forefathers. The cottage built in 1884 is the second oldest building in town and is still standing strong after many hurricanes. Harbour’s Edge was not as lucky. It is the only business on the harbour to have lost all of its docks and decks. Boaters were used to mooring their boat there while enjoying lunch or dinner on the harbour. Mr. Clay Wilhoyte, the owner, has not lost his enthusiasm though and heavy repairs are going on. The appliances and coolers, rendered inoperable by two feet of seawater, will be replaced. The roof has already been redone and the outside eating deck area is under construction. He hopes to be in business again by the end of November if things go according to plan. St. James Methodist Church‘s bell announces high noon as usual while its roof is being fixed. For Sundried T’s and lggy Biggy boutiques, it is also business as usual. A little water damage was quickly taken care off. South in White Sound the Abaco Inn is going full sail into cleaning and repairing. Two of the 22 cottages lost their roofs. They have been already replaced. The pool is now emptied of sand and was refilled and is ready. ‘The three pool gazebos, completely destroyed, will be subsequently rebuilt. Food and beverage manager, Wilma Kemp, plans to re-open the bar on October 22nd and the restaurant, which lost most of its equipment due to water damage, about ten days later. The final touch is being given to the ten cottages booked for October 21. Be careful on the way there. Part of the road overlooking the beach has been eroded away by the surge. Mountains of sand line the road between Abaco Inn and Sea Spray. Sea Spray is one of the few places still waiting for telephone and internet reconnections. Except for flooding in the office and some of the rooms, they doing well and were back in business three days after each hurricane. The villas have been repainted and are ready for immediate occupancy even though the scheduled season opening is not until November. Rooms are available for locals who are temporarily homeless while doing repairs to the homes. The docks were lifted up by the surge, so the marina is still closed Like Hurricane Floyd, Frances and Jeanne will leave traces of their visits, some 2004 ADWORKSSALES OFFICES: NASSAU, FREEPORT, ABACO & ELEUTHERA CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU P.O. BOX SS 6232 Reality Check. Weve got plans that provide savings and protection. So you can enjoy peace of mind today, knowing tomorrow is secure. think life insurance only benefits the ones you leave behind? Bank Donates to Hurricane Relief Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd donated funds to assist with hurricane disaster relief. Checks were presented to Mr. Revis Rolle, Senior Administrator for Central Abaco. A Senior Management team was on Abaco for the presentation. Shown above are, left to right, Mr. Uriah Cartwright, Manager of Scotiabank Wulff Road and East Street Branch, Mr. Jack Thompson, Mr. Rolle, Mrs. Cleola Cooper, Manager of Scotiabank Abaco Branch, Mr. Neil Campbell, Assistant Administrator for Central Abaco, Mr. Ronald Blackman, Senior Manager of Credit Risk, Ms. Doreen Marche, Manager of Scotiabank Main Branch in Nassau, and Mr. Cay Mills, Chief Counscilor for the Central Abaco District. Mr. Thompson is the Bahamas’ Deputy High Commissioner to Canada who was brought back to head the government’s relief programs on Abaco and Mr. Campbell is assisting him. CaysFrom Page 16 Reconstruction Is Underway

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Page 18 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 ARAWAK AGENCYC U S T O M S B R O K E R S 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 AllŽ Sid’s Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 By Mirella Santillo Whether intentionally introduced by man or escaped from a Spanish shipwreck around 500 years ago, the wild horses have made it on Abaco to this day. In any case, as proven by DNA tests, they are related to the Spanish Barbary breed. They have kept the purest line since they have not been exposed to any other equines since then. They are now designated as the Abaco Barb with the Horse of America registry. When landing on Abaco, they found a great habitat with enough food and water to survive, a clement weather and not many adversaries until the island became more populated. As sad as it is to mention, man has always been the biggest environmental destructor and has greatly contributed to the reduction of their number. Nearly extinct in the 1960s, down to three, there are now twelve horses remaining from the herd of 200. In November 2003, an Act of Parliament granted 3800 acres of Crown Land to the organization Wild Horses of Abaco to be used as a preservation center for the horses. WHOA a non-profit organization, has its sister company in Florida, Arkwild Inc,, whose director is Milanne Rehor. Locally known as Mimi, she has dedicated her life to the preservation of the horses for the 13 years she has lived on Abaco. The center was officially dedicated a year ago in November by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry Christie. Roads were bulldozed, and an electric fence put in place around a compound of approximately 600 acres so far. Seven horses were moved in, a stallion, Sirius, and six mares. Five horses, four stallions and one mare, are still in their prior location, the Bahama Star Farm but will be moved as soon as a suitable enclosure is ready for them. The five stallions have to be separated to avoid fights leading to serious injuries. One stallion died as a consequence of such injuries. Mimi hopes to eventually pair them, as reproduction is a major factor in their survival. On a beautiful October morning, Mimi took two of us on a tour of the horse farm. As we pass the blue hole west of Treasure Cay, we come to the electrified gate of the preserve. We were facing a forest road lined on each side by tall pine trees and underbrush. After we passed the gate, we drove along on the main trail looking for the horses and soon came upon a group of five, Sirius, the stallion and four mares. The pinto mare with blue eyes, Belletix, is still a little thin due to teeth problems. The others are roan, a brownish color with a silver sheen and some white markings. On the way to the horses, Mimi pointed out several water holes. Water is always available throughout the year; six water holes are permanent and at least six more appear during the rainy season. As we drove along, she showed us some of the plants that make up the horses’ diet in the wild: thatch palm, jumbay, a certain type of blue grass and occasionally burnt poisonwood. This source of food was seriously reduced in the last 14 months by two fires, the first in December 2003, the second in February 2004, then the drought of April to July and finally two hurricanes. It became necessary to give the horses a manufactured feed every day, three pounds of Nutreno at the present time, a reduction by half of what they were getting in the summer. With the resuming vegetation growth, the supplementary feeding will cease. The feed is ordered from Nassau and given to them every morning at a feeding station at the end of the trail. These set backs have reduced the funds that were reserved for the rest of the fencing and the cutting by bullWild Horses of Abaco Are Thriving (Not so Wild Anymore, but Alive and Kicking!) These are two of the remaining 12 wild horses in the Norman’s Castle area near Treasure Cay. Seven of the horses are in a fenced-in compound and the others will be moved when a suitable enclosure is ready. They have had to have supplemental feed because of two forest fires last winter, a drought this past spring and two hurricanes. However, as the forest plants regenerate, they will be able to forage naturally. Please see Horses Page 19

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 • Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com • www.mhby.com Services include: • Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5’ beam) • Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs • Welding & machine shop (CJ’s Welding on site) • Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels • Bottom cleaning & painting • Blister prevention & repair • Fiberglass & gel coat repairs • Hydraulic hoses and fittings • Well stocked marine store • Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: • Yanmar Engines & Generators • Marine Paints & Accessories • Repair & Resin Supplies • Yanmar Parts & Service • Bottom Paint & Solvents • Stainless Steel Bolts etc. • Cleaning Supplies • Cutlass Bearings • Fuel Dock • Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair formerly Triple J Marine ElectronicsFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repairs of: Xantrex, Balmar and others SIMRADRaymarineF.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained TechnicianNow Located atop The Jib Room at Marsh Harbour MarinaTel: (242) 367-2163 Fax:(242)367-3388 e-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com www.merlinsmarine.comMonitoring VHF CH16 Monday Friday 8am 5pm Hair, Body & Soul Unisex Salon Need a new look? Let us help! BarberingWaxingMassagesFacialsAcrylic NailsAirbrushingEar PiercingHair ExtensionsLonnette, Florence, Misty &CindyTuesday Saturday 9 am 6 pm Located on Crockett Drive next to K & S AutoTel: 367-0125 dozer of a firebreak of about two miles along the side of the preserve. A staff of three takes care of the center on a daily basis. The horses have become accustomed to human presence and machinery, and they greeted us as we came out of the car. Apart from the pinto that is putting her weight back quickly, they all looked healthy. All of them have been given names of navigation stars. Mimi is surprised that two of the mares are missing, but we finally find them by the feeding station a mile down the road. It is important that the horses move around. If they get too fat, they will not reproduce. Except for the reduction of their natural food supply, the horses were safe and protected in the midst of the forest during the hurricanes. We ended our visit with a walk around the preserve and a climb to a promontory overlooking the grounds. Morning glories, wild potatoes and an array of other wild flowers line our path. Numerous butterflies and birds hover around. This place emanates peace, serenity and a special closeness to Nature. Mimi usually takes visitors (mainly tourists) thrice a week or whenever requested, if she is available. The tour costs $50 per person, the receipts being used for the upkeep of the farm and the horses. WHOA is awaiting a grant from the Ministry of Tourism that will enable her to buy a vehicle, print brochures and turn the visits into a proper tourist destination. She hopes the donations will continue to help her develop the preservation center to its full potential. She envisions rest areas, gazebos, bird watching and botanical tours with the proper enlightening material for the local youth to learn more about their island, maybe eventually build a nature spa. She would like the whole project to be powered by solar panels and wind energy to keep it environmentally safe. Breyer Animal Creations designs and markets authentic models of horses and other animals. They can be used as toys or kept as collector’s items. To help raise funds for WHOA, Breyer has created a model of one of the Abaco horses, the stallion Capella. Capella’s replica will go on sale in December, and part of the sales will be donated to WHOA. So watch for him in the shops around town and own your own wild Abaco horse! HorsesFrom Page 18 Fire in Mud Destroys House The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire in the Mud area of Marsh Harbour. They were able to contain the fire before it spread to neighbouring houses. The firemen are frequently called to extinguish fires in the Mud or Pigeon Peas. These fire present additional dangers not present at most fires. Frequently, there are drop cords running from one house to another. At any junction that happens to be in a puddle of water, the firemen could receive electric shocks. There are frequently open cesspits which are not visible at night when many of these fires occur. Firemen have been known to fall into these. Some residents keep their LP gas tanks in the houses. In several fires these tanks have exploded, creating another serious danger. All of these hazards have been experienced by the volunteers. All of these circumstances are in addition to the dangers presented by the fires themselves. Ads inThe AbaconianBring Results C & A V C & A V C & A V C & A V C & A V ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft DrinksTel: 367-3131 • Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNOW SELLING NOW SELLING NOW SELLING NOW SELLING NOW SELLING • Gatorade • V8 Splash • Bluebird • Smoothies • Bottled Water • Malts and Canned SodasBy Mirella Santillo You all have jumped in your seats at the look of your recent electricity bill. Do not over react. The rates have not changed. Although the fuel rate per unit fluctuates BEC Explains Statements every month and might have been higher in the last two months, the September bill was an estimate of consumption. Since there was no power, the meters could not be read and bills will be adjusted for October. Horses still need care

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Page 20 The Abaconian November 1, 2004 By Richard Fawkes The Department of Social Welfare has been playing a pivotal role in the hurricane relief and recovery efforts on Abaco because of the overall scope of its work on the island. It was to Ms. Fernander’s agency that the government turned for distributing immediate relief and for making an assessment of long-term recovery needs. Explaining that she and her staff visited 1,015 homes in Abaco in the wake of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, Ms. Fernander said her agency is uniquely qualified to do that job because she and her staff come into regular contact with the various communities more than other agencies. “We are even very likely to have information on various persons we saw who had hurricane damage, before the hurricanes. They may be on our food programmes. They may have required housing repairs in the past. We can go so far as to say that in some cases we could have predicted whose house would be lost in the hurricane, knowing the condition it was in prior to the hurricane,” she said. With respect to housing damages, Ms. Fernander explained that her agency passes its observations on to the Ministry of Works, which makes a further assessment as to whether the structure needs rebuilding or repairs and what quantity or quality of materials would be needed. As to the programmes the Department of Social Services offers on Abaco, Ms. Fernander said the most well known of five divisions or sub-sectors is Community Support Services, which the general public refers to as the “welfare section,” a term she and her colleagues do not care for. “We think of it more as being community support,” she said. This division, she says, has a number of programmes, including the food assistance programme, as it is commonly known. “We refer to it as ‘food slip’.” A misconception of the “food slip” programme, she said is that it is only for the elderly because the majority of people benefitting from it are seniors. “But it is for anyone, based upon need,” she said. The department also operates a house repair programme for home owners only in need of such assistance; a rent assistance programme; a medical assistance programme; and a national school lunch programme which was activated after she came to Abaco. Explaining that there are still many misconceptions in the public mind about the social services programmes that are available, Ms. Fernander said, “We’re happy to tell anybody about the programmes we have. The more everybody knows about them, the less chance there is for misunderstandings. And, moreover, persons who are genuinely in need will be able to go for assistance if they know what’s available to them. There are still people who miss out on assistance they can receive through a lack of basic knowledge.” As to challenges for the future, Ms. Fernander said there are two areas that are close to her heart. One is for a home for elderly people who can no longer take care of themselves and have to be sent to Nassau away from their communities; another is a place for children who have to be protected, who are also sent to Nassau or Freeport away from their communities, permanently.Charlamae Fernander Is HonouredBy Richard E. Fawkes Charlamae Fernander could not savour one of the greatest accolades of her career because she was too busy performing one of her most challenging duties as Chief Welfare Officer for the Abaco District of the Department of Social Services. In the midst of coordinating needs assessment and delivery of emergency assistance to those deprived of shelter, food, water, or clothing by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, Ms. Fernander was told that not only had she been chosen as Employee of the Year in the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, but had been nominated for Public Officer of the Year, 2004/ 2005, in the entire Bahamian civil service. At a banquet on October 9 in Nassau, preSocial Services Plays Pivotal Role in Hurricane Recovery Please see Social Services Page 21 Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Wear • T-Shirts • Infant’s Clothing • Household Items • LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play We’ve Got Something for Everyone We’ve Got Something for Everyone Abaco Christmas F Abaco Christmas F Abaco Christmas F Abaco Christmas F Abaco Christmas F estival estival estival estival estivalDecember 11th 12 noon 10 pm Memorial Plaza Special Appearance bySanta Clauswith photo opportunityArt Work Christmas Crafts Window DecorationCompetition for BusinessesTaste of AbacoRestaurants will feature their specialty items PLAN TO ATTEND Toys for Totswith a Bouncing Castle and Hot Dogs Boat Parade Fire Works

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 21 sided over by Minister of the Public Service, the Hon. Fred Mitchell, she was selected second runnerup for Public Officer of the Year. “When I heard about it,” she said, “there was kind of a delayed reaction because the information came between Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, and got kind of overshadowed by the fact that we became involved in house-to-house assessment throughout Abaco. The minister was visiting Abaco periodically. There were teams of social workers coming in to aid us, so you could appreciate that we had other things on our minds at that time. I think what brought it home to me was when I actually went into Nassau where they were paying a lot of attention to it.” Ms. Fernander, who has been in the social welfare service for 23 years, is the first public officer from a Family Island to have come so close to receiving the coveted award. Social ServicesFrom Page 20 CURRY’S FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front“This whole thing has been a surprise for me,” she explained, “because I knew that I had been chosen as Employee of the Quarter, but I didn’t dream it would go this far because traditionally public servants serving in the Family Islands do tend to get overlooked. And so I believe it is a special privilege to be selected.” Ms. Fernander, a graduate in psychology from Barry University, had originally considered a career in that field but was drawn to social work by the example of her mother, Mrs. Sylvia Fernander, the first Bahamian social worker who retired as an assistant director in the department. She therefore began her career immediately upon graduation from college. Ms. Fernander, who was posted on Abaco in 1997 as the island’s first chief welfare officer, credited her staff of 14 in Cooper’s Town and Marsh Harbour for her recognition. “I’d like to make mention of the fact that I couldn’t possibly have won such an award without my staff because they give it their all. Their output is very good; their knowledge of their work is very good; their dedication to the service, of the wider service as well as of this particular community, is excellent. And it is only with their assistance and their support, their cooperation, that we could come to the notice of the ministry.” When asked why she thought she was nominated, given her Family Island status, Ms.Fernander said, “I had asked my immediate supervisor and my director and, indeed, my minister, ‘What was it, Ma’am, out of curiosity, that caused us to come to your attention on this occasion; it hasn’t happened before?’ And one of the main things that seemed to impress them was that when they ask for certain things, we turn over big stones and rocks and whatnot to get it for them. That we are always in place when they look for us to be in place or try to locate us. And even when they get the occasional or rare complaint, we are always in a position to respond or defend whatever position we take. Finally, the fact that we keep apparently very good records here, so that at a moment’s notice, we can provide whatever information is requested.” The ceremony for the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development’s award ceremony will be held at the end of October; it was postponed until the department’s relief efforts had progressed satisfactorily. Drive SafelyWatch for School Children HIGH-SPEEDWIRELESS INTERNET Out Island Inter .Net • Bahama Palm Shores • Cherokee Sound • Fisher’s 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.com367-3006

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Page 22 The Abaconian November 1, 2004Area Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosie’s Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooner’s 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 Alesia’s 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 D’s 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 367-5333Moore’s IslandMoore’s Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeisha’s Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gay’s Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmon’s 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 365-8801Walker’s CayWalker’s Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents who have multiple cottages and houses Flights and charters available on the safest, most reliable new service to The Abacos. 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He sent a 40-foot container of building supplies, some of which was designated for repairing the roof of St. Francis de Sales School which suffered quite a bit of roof damage. On October 20 he presented the materials to Mr. Jack Thompson for distribution. Workers were shingling the roof above Mr. Lewis as he made the presentation. Some of the felt and shingles being used were supplied by his organization, which had also brought in temporary plastic tarpaulins soon after the storms to prevent leaking of the badly damaged roof. The presentation at the school was presided over by Mr. Jack Thompson, head of the Bahamas government’s recovery program on Abaco, who thanked Mr. Lewis for his organization’s donations on behalf of the administration. Abaco businessman Jack Albury, who worked with Mr. Lewis to bring in relief supplies after Hurricane Floyd in 1999, helped to facilitate the shipment and was also present. Mr. Lewis has had a life-long relationship with the people of Abaco, especially in Little Abaco, where he spent much of his childhood because his father used to visit those communities regularly. Eagles’ Wings is a faith-based, ecumenical organization operating out of the West Palm Beach area. Shown above are Mr. Thompson, Mr. Albury, Mr. Gary Smith, Chief Customs Officer for Abaco, and Mr. Lewis. CJ’ CJ’ CJ’ CJ’ CJ’ s s s s s W W W W W elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop On the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. 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November 1, 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 CayBrendal’s 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 Rich’s 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 Donnie’s 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 Cat’s 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 Cas’s Carts........................................365-8771 Claridge’s Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Rich’s 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 ‡ Workman’s 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 McLean’s Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLean’s 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 McLean’s 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 O’Donald 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 ...........365-4261 Visitors’ Guide Restaurants • Services • Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) ‡ Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl.....................$.............367-4444 Gino’s ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.................Closed Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamie’s Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room..............Closed...Aug 25 Nov 1 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes..................Closed... Sept 6 Nov 6 Pop’s Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodilly’s............... Closed Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys Closed ...Sept 4 Nov 1 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Mackerals..........................................367-5932 Hope Town Abaco Inn Closed Sept 7 Oct 14 Cap’n Jacks Closed Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbour’s Edge..................Closed to Oct 25 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudy’s 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.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay..........................Closed until Oct Treasure Cay Florence’s Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudson’s Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Traveller’s Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club...............Closed Sept Laura’s Kitchen Closed Oct mid-Nov McIntosh’s Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Rooster’s Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big J’s...............................$.............366-4020 Nancy’s............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............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 Walker’s Cay Walker’s 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 Walker’s 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 Major’s 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 Gov’t dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyer’s Market..........$10 + $2 Gov’t Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 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 + $10 • Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wally’s & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Golden Harvest ........................................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Gov’t dock ........................$ 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 Joe’s Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Cooper’s 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 Joe’s 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 Cooper‘s 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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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 21, NOVEMBER 1st, 2004 Archbishop Makes First Abaco Visit By Portia Jonsson On October 21st the administration, staff, students and the PTA of St. Francis de Sales School welcomed Archbishop Patrick Pinder, the first Bahamian Catholic Archart teacher at the school. Ms. Jeritzan Outten, Director of Abaco’s Tourist Office, presented the Archbishop with a quilt made by local artist, Mrs. Kim Roberts, on behalf of her ministry. Following the ceremony, a luncheon in the Archbishop’s honour was held at the school. Earlier that morning, Archbishop Pinder dedicated the workshop building at Every Child Counts Learning Center. Construction of the building, which serves as a classroom and workshop for the older students, began earlier this year. Local businessmen, parents, teachers, friends and volunteers all worked together on this project. Help also came from a group of 33 volunteers from Please see Bishop Page 2 A surfing competition was held on October 24 at Indicus beach at White Sound on Elbow Cay which had great waves. Fifteen competitors included only one woman, Christine McCully. Two surfers, Chris Rutledge and David Farrington, came from Green Turtle Cay and Bradley Albury came from Marsh Harbour. Ron Engle ended up with his board in two pieces. Also competing were Scott Patterson, Joe Thompson and Eric Maynard. The winners will go on to the Pan Am competition which will be held next year in either Peru or Mexico. Pictured above is Tim Albury. Archbishop Patrick Pinder, the first Bahamian Catholic Archbishop, made his first official visit to Abaco on October 21. He is shown here visiting the Every Child Counts school in Marsh Harbour which caters to children who are not able to attend normal classrooms. Shown above is Mrs. Lyn Major, director of the ECC school, the Archbishop, and Ms. Claudette Rolle, Director of the Cahtolic Board of Education. Halloween Means Great Costumes bishop, to their school and our island. This was his first official visit as Archbishop to Abaco and accompanying him was the Director of the Catholic Board of Education in the Bahamas, Mrs. Claudette Rolle. A special welcoming ceremony was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where the students saluted the Archbishop in song. Welcome remarks were made in Yoruba, Tagalog, Creole and English. Archbishop Patrick Pinder was born in Nassau and graduated from St. Augustine College in Nassau in 1971. He was installed as Archbishop in May of this year. His motto Of One Heart and Mind is taken from Acts 4:32. In his brief remarks to the school children, he encouraged them to blossom, excel and make this country the best that it can be. He reminded them of the importance of being prepared for their goals in life. The Archbishop was presented with many gifts by the school including a self-portrait drawn by the talented Mr. Ireneo Ajero Jr., Relief Supplies Benefits SchoolSurfers Compete On Elbow Cay Children throughout Abaco celebrated Halloween on October 30 this year. Grops went trick or treating house to house decked out in fancy costumes. This a a group in Marsh Harbour.Christmas Festival Is Planned for December 11A Christmas Festival is planned for December 11 to be held at Memorial Plaza. This will bring together several traditional Christmas events held in Central Abaco. The Christmas Bazaar, previously announced for December 20, will not be held then but will be combined with the Christmas Festival. Toys for Tots will hold its annual motorcycle event collecing toys for By Christine McCully On October 24th at about noon the Bahamas Amateur Surfing Association hosted its first contest of the winter series for this year. It was a perfect expression session for everyone after going through two of the worst storms ever to hit the Bahamas Island Please see Surfing Page 8 Abaco children that day. The festival will feature specialty dishes of our leading restaurants as well as local entertainment. The day will culminate with the annual Boat Parade followed by a spectacular fire works display. This will be an outstnading event to designed to lighten spirits, putting everyone in the mood for Christmas. Mr. Scott Lewis flew into Marsh Harbour on October 20 with gifts for the students of St. Francis de Sales School. The gifts were from the Alamanda Elementary School in West Palm Beach. Shown above are Mr. Jack Thompson, overseeing relief efforts on Abaco, Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Josephine Kumar, Principal of the school. By Portia Jonsson On October 20th the students and staff of St. Francis de Sales School received gifts of kindness from Mr. Scott Lewis of the Eagle’s Wings Foundation and the Allamanda Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Eagle’s Wings Foundation is a nonPlease see School Page 6

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Page 2 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Caribbean Marine ConstructionDock Building SpecialistCommercial Docks • Private Docks Sea Wall Construction • Boat Lifts Dock Demolition and Removal Phone Office 367-4842 • Cell 357-6564 • P.O. Box AB 20757, Marsh Harbour 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 Potter’s 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 By Stephanie Humblestone Limited funds are not stopping, just slowing down the clean-up and restoration process on Elbow Cay according to Deputy Chief Councillor for the island, Jeff Key. “Both locals and second home owners are doing their best to meet the challenges in an expeditious manner. However, our resources are limited and some of them are far beyond our means and efforts,” reported Mr. Key, who has been working hard since Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne to restore some semblance of normalcy to the storm-scarred cay. Mr. Key’s main concern is that the whole length of the island’s dune line was severely compromised by two major hurricanes whamming its shores within 22 days. “The dune that once protected our island from tidal surges is now in a dangerous situation,” he said. This is particularly so in White Sound where the road on top of the dune leading to the southern end of the island has a steep drop-off for several hundred feet along the edge of the pavement. Especially dangerous are points on the road which appear intact on the surface but have erosion underneath. “All who travel this road are putting their lives in grave danger,” added Mr. Key, who has reported this to the Hope Town Restoration Committee and, in turn, to Central Government. He now awaits the necessary funds to execute repairs. After Hurricane Floyd in 1999 a similar situation existed. The road was repaired and dunes restored, thanks to local and second home owner resources and endeavour. Heavy duty machinery was brought in at great expense. At that time re-routing the road from the ocean side to bay side came under discussion. “Once again this option needs to be seriously considered, and we would like to see a follow through,” said Mr. Key. The road going south from the Abaco Inn to the Sea Spray Resort also suffered erosion and is subject to flooding. In late October, after a passing “rage,” it was impassable, and people had to resort to water transportation. While such larger issues are under discussion, the community continues with the general clean-up. Thanks to Danny Trembly, who holds the government contract for the maintenance of roads, parks and cemeteries, and his efficient work force, much of the debris and downed trees have been removed. Impassable roads have been cleared three times over and new fencing erected around parks and cemeteries. “However, we still have much more to do,” continued Mr. Key. This includes reparations to the Hope Town School, the teacher’s residence, the public library which lost half of its books, the Elbow Cay lighthouse buildings, and the White Sound public dock. “In addition to this we have non-government issues such as sunken boats and the ongoing problem of littering,” said Mr. Key, who is tireless in his efforts to “make this island pretty again.” On the subject of littering Mr. Key reminded guilty parties that there is a government fine of $500-$1,000 for literring. As truck loads of garbage head south from the settlement to the dump, local concerns heighten about the recommencement of burning refuse. Albeit an interim measure, it brings to mind an issue which was literally a longtime “burning” one on the island. “The four Hope Town’s Infrastructure Requires Assistance Please see Hope Town Page 8

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Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. • MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATS B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 Jeremiah “Uncle Miah” Russell 93, of Cooper’s Town passed away on October 16. His funeral was held on October 24 at the Church of God Cathedral in Cooper’s Town. Pastor Archilus Cooper officiated assisted by Bishop William Johnson. Interment was in the Southside Public Cemetery in Cooper’s Town. He is survived by his son Orthnell Russell; adopted daughter Ulamae Pinder; grandsons Bradley, Orthnell Jr., Eddie, Quincy, Mark and Marvin Russell and Renaldo Dawkins; granddaughters DeIrosa, Evangelist Michell and Shoune Russell; sisters Hester Kemp and Nathalee Bodie; great grandson Abraham McPhee; great granddaughter Jenah Wilson; daughter-in-law Mildred Russell; nephews Bruce, Altin and Nelson McIntosh, Lee Mader, Leland Laing, Velbern Bootle, Everett, Albert and Jackie Bootle; nieces Celretta Cooper, Mildred Russell, Hetline Smith, Dorcas Mitchell, Beryl Bridgewater, Meryl Laing, Blossom Munnings, Ruthmae and Mernel Poitier, Edna Ferguson, Emma, Shammine Hart, Donna Hudson, Melvern Cornish, Ruthmae McIntosh, Mae McIntosh, Miriam Murray, Leah Humes and Naomi Hepburn and many other relatives and friends. Loletia Sawyer 87, of Dundas Town passed away quietly in her sleep on October 9. Her funeral was held on October 23 at the St. Andrews Methodist Church in Dundas Town. Mrs. Kenris Carey officiated assisted by Dr. Reginald Eldon and Rev. Carla Culmer. Interment was in the Dundas Town Public Cemetery. She is survived y children Kathleen McIntosh, Viola Newbold, Olevia Nesbitt, Floreen Armbirster, Elvinet Isaacs, Edward Sawyer and Ruth McQueen; adopted daughters Flora Lowe, Marina Moss, Viola Johnson and Ruth Smith; son-in-law Delgarno Newbold; daughter-in-law Linda Sawyer; grandchildren Garth, Sharon, Bruce Jr., Marsha, Dominique and Latoya McIntosh, Trevor, Deborah, Lisa, Temra, Elvis, Lynden, Jackie, Faron, Bernadette, Derek, Dwight and Sherrell Newbold, Ricardo, Carl, Janean, Chris, Deon, Val, Max and Adrian Nesbitt, Lolita, Raoul, Randy, Daphne, Carla, Julie, Demetree and Peaches Armbrister, Sean and Troy Isaacs, Herman, Cindy, Preola, Clevie, Steven, Miriam, Christian, Hoshea, Jeremy and Lindalee Sawyer, Kelsey, Kayla, Kenny, Kim and Kevin McQueen and Brad Curry; great grandchildren; great, great granddaughters; grandson-in-law Bishop Irvin Hart, Pastor Lynwood Knowles, Stafford Armbrister, Stephen Norris, Keith Basden, Rufus Ferguson, David Ritchie, Drexel Major, Gordon Ritchie, Robert Mompetite, Jonathan Knowles, Sam Favella, Brent Bass, William Smith and Brent Brooks; granddaughters-in-law Willamae and Elva McIntosh, Meoshi, Melissa and Sandy Newbold, Jessica, Lorraine, Tina, Paulette and Judith Nesbitt, Deborah Isaacs, Karen and Alma Armbrister; sister-in-law Peggy Adderley; nephews, Sonny Cornish, Rev. Jerry Cornish, Wilson Russell, Wayne Cornish, Leslie, William, Henry and Wellington Adderley and Arnold Hepburn; nieces Evelyn Henfield, Lorelda Woodside, Nadeen Feaster, Lucille Storr, Dandelia Hepburn, Lorrrine Smith and Shavon Adderley and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for John “Uncle John” Nesbitt, 83, of Cooper’s Town was held on October 9 at the Church of God Cathedral in Cooper’s Town. Bishop Henry Wright, assisted by Bishop Archilus Cooper and Rev. Clayton McIntosh officiated. Interment was in the Cooper’s Town Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Evangelist Carmen Nesbitt; sons Elisha and Jacob Nesbitt; stepsons Otis Palmer and Terry Frank; stepdaughters Aretha Huyler and Nelly Frank; grandsons Rickie, Carl, Chris, Don, Val, Max and Adrian Nesbitt; granddaughters Geraleen Nesbitt and Rev. Janean Hart; great-grandchildren; great-greatgrandchildren; stepgrandsons; step-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews; granddaughters-in-law Olevia and Carmie Wright; son-in-law Livingstone Huyler; granddaughters-in-law Jessica, Tina, Paulette, Lorraine and Judith Nesbitt; grandson-in-law Bishop Ervin Hart; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Martha Nakita “ Auntie Martha” Mills, 87 of Mt. Hope was held on October 30 at the New Hope Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Allen J. Mills officiated assisted by Rev. John McIntosh. Interment was in the Public Cemetery of Fox Town. She is survived by her son John Mills; daughters Margaretta Munnings, Catcherin Davis and Alene Johnson; grandchildren D’Andra Mills, Dwight Munnings, Derell and Steven Thompson, Deandra and Lloyd Russell, Vijay, Waylan, Devon, Deon and Salvano Johnson, Paul Murray, Jestina Reckley, Mary, Junior and Leroy Davis; great grandchildren Stevonia and Steven Thompson, Lloynard, Lloyisha, Lloynette and Jarmain Russell; father-in-law Valentine Farquharson; mother-in-law Yvonne Farquharson; daughter-in-law Marva Mills; sons-in-law Harry Johnson and Henry Davis; sisters-in-law Annis Pinder and Elwilda Darville; god children Millie McIntosh and Gladis Saunders; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Ismae Merilyn Louise Ferguson, 76, formerly of Dundas Town, was held in Nassau and interment was in Nassau. She is survived by her son Robert Young, daughters Patricia Sands and Mary Knowles; adopted children Garrett Neely, Blossom Neely, Precious Bailey, Sandra Young and Beryl Elliot; grandchildren Durant and Keva Smith, Rudolf and Kristen Sands, Philemon and Marvanette Young, Yarri and Robin Young, Ericka and Enock Lubin, Travis and Oralene Clarke, Jeremy Ambrister, Carlo, Marco, Tara and Alicia Ferguson and Jeremy James Ferguson; great grandchildren DeAshan and Leanno Smith, Naydalle Rolle, Chaltea, Felicia and Robin Young and Antonious Sands; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Will Jasper Malone II passed away on October 2 at the age of 64. Interment was in the Hope Town Public Cemetery. He was a customs officer for many years serving Obituaries of Family and Friends on several different islands. He began his career with Customs in 1957 when he was 16 years old when was posted at Pine Ridge, Grand Bahama, and later served in Freeport. He was Officer in Charge in Fresh Creek, Andros, and Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, before being assigned as Officer in Charge on Arawak Cay. He was in that position when Gary Smith and Sheila McDonald were posted there. He is survived by sons Cecil William and Randal Jasper; granddaughter Caralee; brother Michael; and sisters Patricia Pinder and Yvonne Key. Support Citizens Against Crime Will Malone as a young man in Pine Ridge

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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.com By Mirella Santillo Today I am meeting Andre Albury, an Abaconian, to discuss gardening and planting. Waiting for Andre in front of his house, I admire the water hyacinths and gold fish living in a pond amidst some pond weeds. Andre arrives and scoops a handful of limpidly clear water explaining that the weeds acts as a filter. The pump is only used now and again to oxygenate the water. When the morning dew sits on the grass, sometimes towards the end of the summer or beginning of fall, it is time to plant the fall crop, says he, picking up wet grass blades. Andre is a dedicated amateur gardener who has left no space un-planted in his garden. From cooking herbs such as rosemary and chives to decorative flowers such as starflowers, native fruit trees like coco plums, pineapples, even exotic trees such as a peach tree and a grape vine, to vegetables, he has them all. Along the garden paths, seedlings and cuttings are growing in pots. More water hyacinths are blooming in a wheelbarrow. Water lilies floating in a tub are waiting for the proper place to be displayed. In the shed packets of seeds await to be planted: tomatoes, broccoli, cabbages, cucumbers, beans, zucchini squash and yellow squash. Put the seeds in starting pots in a light soil mixture, cover them with little soil and keep them moist until they start growing. When the seedlings reach four to five inches, transfer them in large pots or directly into the ground. Water them regularly and fertilize with organic fertilizer, if possible, once a month. Andre does not use much fertilizer. He likes to avoid the use of chemicals and prefer starting with a rich soil. Tomatoes and some bean vines will require training material. Wire cones, a piece of lattice or a fence can be utilized. Once planted, these vegetables will be ready to harvest any time from 90 days for broccoli, 75 days for tomatoes and around 60 days for the others. As we pass a mulberry tree, Andre explains that this is a favorite of birds, specially migrating birds. He said, “I created a garden for the birds to amend for my hunting days!” A little further we stopped in front of a large leafed vine adorned with fruits in the shape of large bananas, but with the skin of pineapples, the monistera deliciosa (delicious monster). Delicious it is, sharing the flavor of those two fruits. I will not leave before my hands are full of pots and cuttings! Anything Andre plants will grow, so he likes to share the abundance of his garden. As a goodbye note, we discuss a few tips for organic culture. Bug contraceptive: mix baking soda, dishwashing liquid and cooking oil with water and spray the affected plants. It will render the common garden pests such as aphids, mealy bugs and white flies sterile. Bug repellant: Steep a twig or two of rosemary in a bottle of water in the sun for a few hours. The brew can then be sprayed safely on vegetables. A rosemary bush will also help repel mosquitoes. Cutworm control: Let ferment for a few days the skins of neem berries and the leaves of the neem tree, (available locally) and put the concoction at the bottom of the planting hole. Of course, if you are so lucky as to have many ladybugs or praying mantis in your garden, do not use bug control, as you would be depriving useful insects of their meal! The Abaco Gardener: A Visit with a Avid Gardener

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Page 6 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Rich’s Boat Rentals “Abaco’s Best Rental Fleet” At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21’ Paramount $110 $295 $645 26’ Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour ROOMS TO GO Open Monday Friday 9am 5pm Saturday 9am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 We can order your furniture DUTY FREE Vouchers Accepted Here Local Agent:Marsh Harbour Shipping Company P.O.Box AB 20777242-367-3341 Fax:242-367-4885 Ray Weatherford,Shelly Russell and John BethellThe BestConnectionto AbacoSaturday departure and Sunday arrival,ready for Monday pick-upFull Container Load Services including expanded area of equipment positioning throughout the southeast United StatesWe provide fenced and secure dockside storage and parking in Marsh HarbourConveniently located near Interstate 95 at 1489 Martin Luther King,Jr.Blvd.Riviera Beach,FL 561-844-8306Consistent and personal customer serviceLess-than-container load, Refrigerated and Consolidation Services Early Bird Breakfast Cafe Shop #8 • Colina Building • Tel: 367-5310 $2. 99Bahamian Breakfast• Sheep Tongue Souse, Chicken Souse • Stewed Conch/Fish • Boiled Fish •Tuna, Corned Beef and Sausage with Grits profit, faith based disaster relief group born out of Hurricane Floyd in 1999. One hundred percent of the group’s proceeds go to help others in need. After Hurricane Floyd Mr. Lewis of West Palm Beach headed a disaster relief center here on the island for ten days. But this hurricane season, Florida, too, was hard hit, and Mr. Lewis was unable to just pick up and leave his home like that again. Accompanying Mr. Lewis to make his generous donation to the school was Mr. Leonard Grant, a physical education teacher at the Academy of the Palm Beaches. Mr. Grant, a native of Grand Bahama, said his school has adopted the West End All Age School and sent relief supplies and gifts to them to help him rebuild. When the students and staff of the Allamanda Elementary School read an article in the Palm Beach Post about Mr. Lewis and his group’s unselfish act to deliver “a message of hope” and relief to the people in Grand Bahama and Abaco, they collected funds and donated many toys and stuffed animals for him to give to the school children. Accepting the donations and gifts was Mrs. Kumar, the school’s principal. She thanked Mr. Lewis saying that the hurricanes may have dampened their spirits, but Mr. Lewis has given them a reason to “jump and shout.” She wants the donors in Florida to know that her school is extremely grateful and their hearts have been warmed. “Palm Beach County loves you,” Mr. Lewis said, “and they want you know that they care.”St. Francis de Sales School Presents ChequeBy Jennifer Hudson During the St. Francis de Sales High School assembly on October 24th the Principal, Mrs. Josephine Kumar, presented a cheque for $700 to Mr. Hugh Cottis, President of the Abaco Cancer Society. This generous amount had been raised by students in all grades through their National Denim Day effort on October 8th. On that day all students were allowed to wear jeans to school on payment of a $2 fee. Teachers were asked for a donation of $5 and several gave more. All funds raised went to the Cancer Society to assist cancer patients on Abaco and help towards sponsoring the free annual cancer screening clinics here. The National Denim Day is held each year throughout the Bahamas on a Friday in October to raise Cancer awareness and collect funds for that cause since October is Cancer Awareness month. The morning assembly, entitled Be Prepared was led by Mr. Kevin Sterling’s seventh grade students and was on the very fitting subject of prostrate cancer. After presenting the cheque to Mr. Cottis, the Principal spoke to the students on how cancer has touched many families on Abaco. Even though the children themselves may not know anyone who has been affected by this disease, they must look beyond themselves. Mrs. Kumar then admonished the students; “Your education will be in vain if you do not learn to look at the needs of others not only here but throughout the world.”Agape Christian SchoolStudent Receives Response Letter By Tabitha Stortenbecker In May my 4th grade students sent 20 sealed bottles with Gospel tracts and notes out to sea from Treasure Cay and Crossing Rocks. The students had been talking about ocean currents in science and being a witness for Jesus Christ during Bible class. I told the students we might but might not receive an answer back. The beginning of this month, Hailey Lee, now in 5th grade, received a response from a lady who found her bottle on Long Beach, North Carolina. The lady thanked Hailey for sharing her faith and included a map showing the possible route of the bottle. Even though responses from the other 19 have not been received, it does not mean others have not been found!Special VisitBy Isobel Sherman Fifteen guidance counselors from the Special Services Section of the Ministry of Education came to Abaco on October 22 to make an assessment of how staff and students of the government schools were doing after living through two hurricanes. School News SchoolFrom Page 1 Please see School Page 7

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 7 B ReADY mIX CoNCReTe Prices start at $110.00 per yd. Free DeliveryROCK $29 ton (imported) 3/4Ž and pea rock SAND $31 ton (imported)Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoresVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing CALLUS TODAY FOR QUOTES PH: 367-2891 FAX: 367-2892 Abacos cornerstone to construction. Once on Abaco counselors divided up so some went to North Abaco, some to South Abaco and four counselors visited Abaco Central High School and Central Abaco Primary. At Abaco Central High School the students assembled in the quadrangle. In introducing the purpose of their visit, Mrs. Pansy Brown said that the counselors were there to help students with grief and recovery. They wanted to see if they could help students grieve over any losses they had from the hurricanes, then help them to recover from those losses. Assisting in this effort was Ms. Smith, Mr. Williams and Mrs. Stubbs, all from Nassau schools. While three of the counselors passed out sheets for the students to fill out, Mrs. Brown held a meeting with the teachers to discuss where the teachers thought the students were in relation to hurricane recovery. She pointed out that this was only the first visit and that they intended to return. She asked about how much of the student population was affected by the hurricanes and the consensus among the teachers was at least 75 percent and maybe as high as 90 More School News percent of the student shad been affected by either Hurricane Frances or Hurricane Jeanne or both.Calendar ChangeBy Isobel Sherman Government schools on Abaco will have classes a few days longer before they break for Christmas vacation. Schools will not closed for Christmas until December 21 and end of term exams will be held in early January rather than before Christmas. This calendar change applies to all government SchoolFrom Page 6 Mr. Hugh Cottis, President of the Abaco Branch of the Bahamas Cancer Society, accepted a check from Mrs. Josephine Kumar, Principal of St. Francis de Sales School in Marsh Harbour. The money, $700, was from donations that students and teachers made on National Denim Day to go toward helping cancer patients with their expenses and for the expense of cancer screening done each year by the local Cancer Society. Interior Designer License #969, Assc IIDAInterior Design ServicesTel/Fax: 242-365-8836 or 561-282-6527 (Tel) 561-658-0536 (Fax) Email: blf@oii.net Barbara Farnan Please see School Page 10 • Full range of Johnson outboardstwo stroke and four stroke• Evinrude outboard enginesfrom 2hp to 250hp at lower than US prices• Up to three year warranty • Extensive parts inventory • Factory trained mechanics • Dry boat storageAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineParrot Cay242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turtle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town242.365.0023 Fishermans MarineLong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersport sExuma 242.336.2604 OBS MarineFreeport242.352-9246 Authorized Distributor THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail-outboardshop@abacoinet.com

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Page 8 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Abaco Print ShopFor all yourBusiness Stationery Business Stationery Business Stationery Business 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 ... THE BATTERY WITH THE LIGHTNING BOLT OF LIFE!!! 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 DON’T 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 Available FULL ONE YEAR GUARANTEE! Located in the Colina Building on Queen Elizabeth Dr. Ph: 367-3742 € € € € € Fax: 367-0064 dumpsters are really not enough and we need an extra day of barging,” remarked Mr. Key. However, what is really not “enough” are funds to complete hurricanes-related damage and other projects them. “We have accessed some funds from a reserve account of the Elbow Cay Management Board, but these were intended for specifics so will have to be replaced,” explained Mr. Key. Once more the small cay is reaching out to Central Government for assistance. “We are still looking and waiting!” said Mr. Key wryly. SurfingFrom Page 1 chain. Competitors came as far as Green Turtle Cay to make the drop on the famous surfbreak known as “Indicas.” This steep and hollow wave is nicknamed by local surfers as The Bahamian Pipeline and only breaks a handful of times a year. Holding a competition at this spot was a spontaneous decision that no one could ever have predicted would happen. Well, it did, and the show made history as the first contest ever at Indicas! It, by the way, is located just to the north of Abaco Inn on Elbow Cay. The surfers described the wave as heavy and unforgiving with many stories of wipeouts where the bottom Hope TownFrom Page 2 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 was grazed or made contact with bodies. One board was snapped in half like a toothpick, displaying the strength of the water hitting the shallow reef. The Hope Town Fire and Rescue were on stand by although it was in vain, thank goodness. The results were as follows: First Tim Albury Second Christian Wilhoyte Third Chris Chapman and Chris Ballard Fourth Andrew Wilhoyte and Corey Engle FIfth Pat McCully Sixth Phil on Nonchalance Thank you for all the volunteers that made the event happen. See you at the next event coming soon. Check us out on .www.basurfinga.freeservers.com Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerel’s 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

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 9 B 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) 359-7660One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Peek-aView' is being sold mostly furnished & is ready for immediate residency. Commercial Acreage Marsh HarbourCall 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.#2150 Peek-A-ViewŽ Hope Town$868,000.00EXCLUSIVE#2136 Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas By Stephanie Humblestone In the weeks following Hurricane Jeanne much of Abaco was without telecommunication services. Batelco’s outside plant technicians were hard pressed to get to all corners of Great Abaco Island and her offshore cays. The 12-man crew was divided into two. The first contingent was responsible for repairing the cables which were visible from the road. Happily, this restored service to some while others remained incommunicado with damage literally closer to home. “We concentrated first on restoring service to the government sector and the Marsh Harbour business community, and then we focused on the cays,” said Kirkwood Ferguson, who is going, in his words, “door to door” in the centre of Hope Town. Co-worker Eugene Dawkins, who has been with Batelco for 18 years, estimated that approximately 75-80 percent of Hope Town was “up and running” with almost complete service to the southern end of Elbow Cay. “Audrick Williams and Trevor Taylor were here about a week ago, and they re-attached cables. Now we are dealing with individuals. We are making ourselves visible to the commu nity, and we expect to be approached,” he commented. “Sometimes we see that a line is up but inside the house there may be another problem,” said Mr. Ferguson, who is in his 23rd year of employment with Batelco. In addition to this the two technicians touched base with the Batelco office located in the settlement which had a list of people reporting to be still without service. “We have been trying to come to the cays one to two days a week. When asked if the public in general had been understanding about the fact that some had to wait in turn, Mr. Ferguson said that as soon as they grasp the process “they appreciate our efforts.” Both men stated, without complaining, that they were working a 12-14 hour day. “We have to make our customers happy,” added Mr. Ferguson. He went on to say that it has been especially difficult for some people because the cellular phones have been very erratic. In addition to dynamics of distance and accessibility Batelco’s technicians have had to arrange for bucket trucks to be barged to the cays. At lease two of such trucks went underwater in Jeanne. “However, we have a great new Chevy truck, and it is a better one than before,” smiled Mr. Dawkins. Batelco Continues Work on Elbow Cay The annual business license tax has been zero for those businesses with annual gross turn-over under $50,000. New businesses paid an initial feel of $10 on application with their Shop License. Business License Minimum Is Now $100 The schedule was changed sometime this past summer and $100 is now the minimum annual tax for businesses with annual revenues below $50,000 and the fee on application for a new business license. Hill Makes a Great Slide Many young people and some not so young enjoy a grassy slope in Marsh Harbour where a piece of cardboard or for the more sophisticated a body board makes a great slide. 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Page 10 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Great Fares, Friendly, Safe and Reliable Service.Check our website www.flyyellowairtaxi.comFrequent service to: • Ft. Lauderdale • West Palm Beach Charters Available to anywhere in The Bahamas and Florida Call: 1-888-YELLOW-4or Fax: 1-954-359-5324 with your request. L IGHTBOURN R EALTY 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. Parrots Have Traveled to MOW A flock of Bahamian parrots has been on Man-O-War Cay for a couple of weeks finding fruit and other food. Their normal food supplies have been damaged by the two hurricanes so they are having to travel farther from their normal nesting area for food. This photo was taken by Mary Ann Albury. CENTRAL A/C UNITS DUTY FREE APPLIANCES Located on Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh HarbourTelephone: (242) 367-3186e-mail: marcoac@batelnet.bs 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 By Jennifer Hudson In a recent edition of The Abaconian a letter was printed from a visitor who was wishing to publicly thank a lady whose name he did not even know but who had generously come to the aid of his daughter when she was taken ill. I would now like to tell the story of another “angel.” I do know this lady’s name but I know that she would want no public recognition for what she did, she is that kind of person. After Hurricane Francis she went to St. Francis de Sales Church to see if any of the persons who had taken shelter there needed assistance. She found that, by then, all had left except for two elderly ladies, one of whom was looking very forlorn. When my friend asked if they were alright, the older lady said that she was not and said that it was “her sugar.” Her companion proffered the information that the old lady suffered from diabetes and did not have any medication. Immediately, my friend drove to the clinic to tell the nurse of the situation. Although the nurse knew who the old lady was as she was a regular patient, she would not be allowed to give any medication without seeing her. The Good Samaritan then went back to the church to fetch the lady and carried her to the clinic; after she was given a prescription, she then took the old lady to the pharmacy and herself paid for the prescription to be filled. “God bless you,”said the very thankful old lady. If you have a story of a good deed you would like to share, please call 367-3202 and‘ leave your name and phone number. Angels Among Us

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 11 B P.O. Box AB-20180 Marsh Harbour, Abaco PH: 367-0020For Appointments Call 367-0020Dr. Francis Biney Primary Care Non-emergency House Calls Dr. Daniel Johnson Foot Doctor November 19, 2004 Ms. Kim Scriven Audiology Hearing aids, hearing testing December 3, 2004 Dr. Hubert Minnis Ob Gyn / Ultrasound November 20, 2004Dr. Ida Mae Hanna Dietician, Healthy Lifestyle November 8, 2004Dr. Rosetta Ingraham, Dermatologist November 15, 2004 Dr. Paul Hunt Pediatrician, Asthma and Allergy Testing November 6, 2004 Dr. Gregory Neil Plastic Surgeon November 6, 2004 Dr. KJA Rodgers Opthalmologist Dr. Micheal Caplia Optometrist November 11-12, 2004 Ms. Sandra Watson Ultrasound Technician November 13, 2004 Dr. May Hestmo Hand and Orthopedic Surgeon November 20, 2004 Dr. Jerome Lightbourne Pediatric Cardiologist November 5, 2004 Dr. Bernard Rolle General Medicine/ Diabetes Specialist November 10, 2004 St. Helen’s Parish, Holy Cross and John Carroll High School in Florida. Archbishop Pinder read from the Missile of Blessing and sprinkled Holy Water on the walls of the building. On behalf of everyone in Catholic education, Mrs. Rolle said she was proud to be a part of the dedication and the Archbishop’s official visit to the island. She added that Mrs. Major has done a remarkable job and thanked all for their continued support. Mrs. Major gave her heartfelt thanks and said her staff feels it a privilege to teach their students but, without the help and support of everyone present, they would not have this privilege. Every Child Counts Learning Center provides full time schooling to students who cannot succeed in a mainstream classroom because of physical, neurological or cognitive disabilities. BishopFrom Page 1 schools on Abaco.Abaco Central HighBy Isobel ShermanAnnual Careers’ DayAbaco Central High School will be holding its annual careers days on November 10 and 11. Mrs Nadene Beneby, Senior Mistress and Guidance Counselor, is the coordinator assisted by Mrs Raquel Cox and Miss Phippa Farrington. Students in grades 9 and 12 will be participating in the two-day affair.Large EnrolmentAbaco Central High remains the largest high school on the island with an enrollment of approximately 520 students. and only 27 teachers. The school is awaiting two science teachers and a math teacher SchoolFrom Page 7

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Page 12 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: New! 3/4 acre ocean front parcel on the Atlantic Ocean.112' x 290' Owner will deed in access to Coco Bay Beach. Parcel is located just steps away from pristine diving reef that you can swim to.$625,000 plus 7% to close 1.46 acres on north end. 135' on Atlantic Ocean beach. $480,000 plus 7% to close 14 lots across from Atlantic Ocean with waterfront on Inner White Sound. acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront on Black Sound. Excellent storm protection. 1.35 acres. 125' dock. Close to bonefish flats and Gillam Bay beach. $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six building set in “pod” arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close acre near ocean beach and Coco Bay beach. High on ridge. Many fruit trees. B$85,000 Three acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, waterfront and Green Turtle Club $60-$70,000 each 2 bed 2 bath furnished home with view of ocean and Sea of Abaco. A/C throughout. W/D. Wrap around porch. Reef close enough to swim to. Many custom pieces. $575,000 plus 7% to close ONO North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close New! Prime waterfront location in the town of New Plymouth at Long Dock. Water views. Two story furnished commercial site plus one bedroom and one bedroom one bath full apartment. $390,000 plus 2% Hilltop lot 200' by 300' offering views of the Sea of Abaco and Coco Bay. Large mature trees. B$360,000 Under construction: three 40 x 32 foot 2 bedroom 2 full bath cottages. 9 ft. ceilings. Landscaped. Central A/C Water maker. Ceiling fans throughout. Five minute walk to Coco Bay beach and 5 more minutes walk to ocean beach. B$ 375,000 gross A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. Needs work. $660,000 ONO Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135’ on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $960,000 gross MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross ABACO MAIN LAND: 100' x 200' on the Sea of Abaco. Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110' x 200' on Sea of Abaco. New nearly finished home 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Near Fire Road B$177,000 UNDER CONTRACT: Lot 11 Coco Bay $70,800 gross Lot 10 Coco Sound Tract $180,000 plus 7% to close Lot No. 4 Bight O Bay Beach $360,000 plus 7% to close Lot 9 Green Turtle Estates $45,000 plus 7% to close Little Ambrigris Cay $965,000 pl. 14% SOLD: The Beachhouse $1.85 million plus 7% to close Osprey Nest $957,500 gross Surcouf House $525,000 plus 7% Pirates Rest house $515,000 plus 7% to closeOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIES TIES TIES TIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 • Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs • www.oceanblueproperties.com L IGHTBOURN R EALTY 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 person’s dream come true. Price reserved by owner. Please call for details. Hurry, this won’t last! Under Contract By Jennifer Hudson Albert George Albury is a familiar person to many. Though some may not know him by name, most have noticed him sitting each day outside his house by Sapodilly’s watching the world go by and reminiscing on the “good old days.” Mr. Albury was born on January 10th, 1914, the first child of Falmon Albury and Lela Bethel, in a house which stood in the area behind where Triple J Marine stands today. During his 90 years he has accumulated a wealth of experiences and memories and has lived through several major hurricanes. Just recently in Hurricane Jeanne he was fortunate to receive no damage to his house though the large boat which was flung into the road in front of Sapodilly’s Restaurant came very close to landing in his yard. Mr. Albert’s most vivid hurricane memories are of the destructive 1926 hurricane when a tidal wave hit Marsh Harbour which then only extended from where Mangoes is today down as far as Charlie Boo’s corner (near Goombay Park). After the hurricane only 11 houses were left standing where they had originally been built. Fortunately, Mr. Albert and his family went to take shelter in the schoolhouse for the duration of the hurricane because, when the tidal wave hit, it carried their two storey house from its location by Triple J Marine all the way up the street and deposited it where the Hummingbird Restaurant now stands. Amazingly, the house was still in one piece. Luke Weatherford must have had quite a hair raising experience as he was in his house when the tidal wave took it and carried it like a boat up to the area of Hummingbird and deposited it right next to Mr. Albert’s newly located house. Rupert Robert’s two storey house was washed into the pine yards behind the area where Batelco now stands. Mr. Albert remembers well the three people who sadly lost their lives in that hurricane. One was August VanRyn’s baby which he was carrying to a safer house for shelter when the sea swept her right out of his arms. The baby was nowhere to be found until the following day when sadly she was spotted hanging by her clothes from a grapefruit tree. The second was “an old coloured lady named Aunt Lydie,” who was swept away, After searching for four days she was eventually discovered by someone down by Charlie Boo’s Corner who noticed her toes sticking up out of a pile of trash. The third person to lose her life was Dellah Cash. She, along with Wesley and Lizzie Pinder, were riding out the storm in her two storey house. All three were upstairs when the roof blew off. Sadly, Dellah did not survive and was later found under the roof where it landed on the ground but Wesley and Lizzie happily did survive and came paddling in from the pine woods on a raft they had made from pine trees. Mr. Albert looks back fondly on his school days and his excellent teacher, Mr. John Goodwin Roberts from Harbour Island. After he left, Mr. Herbert Roberts from Green Turtle Cay took up the post. Even as a small boy Mr. Albert had a job. Mrs. Myrtie Weatherford had a beautiful flower garden, and she would employ young Albert to keep it weeded for her. At the school leaving age of 14 Albert took up sponging, crawfishing and farming. He ran a farm for eight and a half years for Mr. J.D. Crockett from Boston, who was the first foreign farm owner. He then ran Lucien Stratton’s lumber yard for a further eight years. After that he moved into Nassau for a while and then on to Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, where he farmed for three years for Austin. T. Levy, the man who “started Eleuthera.” In his young days Mr. Albert’s family built a house on Guana Cay where they would stay while they farmed the land there as did may other Marsh Harbour families. “The sandy soil on Guana Cay,” says Mr. Albert, “was better than that in Marsh Harbour for growing water melons and sweet potatoes.” They would sell nine pounds of water melon for six cents and 24 pounds of sweet potatoes for 24 cents. They grew corn and ground their own grits, turning the corn mills with two handles to make the grits as fine as desired. They boiled syrup from the sugar cane and put it into five gallon tins which they sold to the spongers to take to sea on their long trips. They would go out to Black Point to gather conch which were extremely plentiful. At low tide they were able to pick up hundreds which they would throw into heaps. Then at high tide a dinghy boat would row out to pick them up and load them into a big boat which would then take in 1000 conch at one time. Today conch sells for $150 apiece but in those days it sold for one cent! Six large fish would be sold for six cents. Mr. Albert remembers how much more work intensive housekeeping was in those days. The women had to work hard at their tub and wash boards on washing day scrubbing the families’ clothes clean with turbot fish skins. Then to iron the clothes Memories of Days Gone By . Please see Albert Albury Page 13

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 13 B 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 Light Impressions Tile Outlet New Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Today’s CeramicsSouth America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico South America • Mexico Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. . Spanish • Italian. .We stock: Spacers • Caps • Trims • and Accessories Thin-set • Mastic • Grouts • Saws & Blades• Free estimates • Free delivery for larger orders • Special pricing for builders and contractors • Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display • Ceramic • Granite • Stone • Procelain • Vinyl • Wood Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 • Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 they would use their heavy iron which would be heated on the coal burning stove in the kitchen which was usually located separate from the house. The pinewood floors would be scrubbed with turbot skins and screen wire. Sunlight soap was a useful product used for both laundry and floors. Several people had radios with which to wile away the evening hours and a privileged few were just beginning to enjoy the luxury of a television. Capt. Sherwin Archer was one of the first to own a television and Mr. Albert and his wife would go there on Saturday evening along with several others who would all stretch out on the floor to enjoy the show. The transportation of the day for most people was a bicycle, and Mr. Albert remembers possessing one from the time he was a small boy. When the tyres wore out, they would be replaced with rope. After finding the right size rope, the bicycle owner would stretch it as tightly as possible around the rim, then soak it so that when it dried it would shrink to a tight fit. “In those days,” said Mr. Albert, “Everyone obeyed the law and paid two shillings and sixpence (equivalent to 60 cents today) for a bicycle licence each year. They were required to have a bell and a light on their bicycle.” “Today,” he laments, “there is no law and order any more as he watches dozens of cyclists going past his house each day without licences, lights or bells.” In his young days Mr. Albert remembers Marsh Harbour as having just two policemen, one of whom was Willie Archer. He says that 99.9 percent of the residents were lovely honest people but tells an amusing story of one who was a little less than perfect. It was the custom in those days when the fresh fish had been cleaned to salt them, then cover them with a brown paper bag and hang them up to cure in the sun. One lady who was less than honest would go around helping herself to this fish off people’s porches. One day after she had gathered a bag or two of fish, she hid it under the straw hat she was wearing. The lady of the house who was unaware of what had taken place came to chat with the culprit and, while talking, the heat of the day caused the salt to mix with the fish juices and the brine began streaming down the culprit’s face while she stood flicking it away like perspiration with her hand saying,”Well, I do declare, it’s one hot day today.” Mr. Albert was a young man when the first truck arrived in Marsh Harbour. Before the advent of the truck he remembers a horse and dray which belonged to George Albury being used to haul freight. Roads then were only 12 feet wide and the flow of traffic was sparse and slow. However, nowadays Mr. Albert sadly states, “I get so tired of seeing all the traffic constantly roaring past my house at 60 and 70 miles per hour with no regard for law and order.” Mr. Albert looks back very fondly on “the good old days.” “People were generous and kind, always ready to help each other without even being asked, very different from today when people want money for everything they do,” he sadly laments. . Albert Albury Reminisces Albert AlburyFrom Page 12 Friday, November 26th, 2004Festivities Begin @ 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.Wine and Cheese TastingSponsored by Bristol Wines & SpiritsPoolside Lunch11:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.Crafts Jewelry Pottery Straw Art and much, much more... “What a great way to spend the day!” Ar tists Must Sign-Up No Later Than November 12thSpace Assignments are Given on a “First Come...First Served” Sign-Up Basis If you are an artist/craftmaster or know an artist/craftmaster... Sign-up Today!For More Information Please Contact HOPE TOWN HARBOUR LODGEPh: (242) 366-0095 • Fax: (242) 366-0286 • harbourlodge@abacoinet.com 5th

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Page 14 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax “Point of View” 3 bed/ 2 1/2 bath CBS split level open concept home with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Lower level including living/ dining/ kitchen/ den and master bedroom suite accesses large ocean-side deck with Beach Beach and more Beach. Upstairs bedrooms each with own entry and sun deck. $1722,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD “Another World” This name gives you an idea of this special family island beach home. 5 bed/ 5 bath CBShouse on world reknown Treasure Cay beach with many features/ extras including a van and golf cart. A real “MUST SEE” $1,292,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES “Safe Harbour” Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see.$405,000 “Laguna” brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $714,500 “Seaductress” / “Harbour’s Edge” Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft., full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. $1,200,000 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES “Sea Star” built as a retiree’s 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 living’dining’kitchen’ 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 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, w/ boat slip and stsorage shed $296,400 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath $113,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath, excellent condition $225,000 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house, front row location with wrap-around deck oceanside $450,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $550,000 Plus 14% closing LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE “Trident”/”Turquoise Seas” You cannot be more “on thebeach” than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widow’s walk. WOW! $2,520,000 “Cross Winds” Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $984,000 SANDPIPER BEACH 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 Central Abaco Council 5 Oct 2004 The Council met on October 5 after a three-month lapse from the last meeting on June 29. The primary business was to review the $639,440 budget allocated to Council for the 2004-2005 fiscal year. This amount does not include approximately $360,000 allocated to Dundas Town, Murphy Town and Marsh Harbour townships for their routine maintenance. Council members reviewed the amounts requested last spring to the various line items or cost centers without comment. Experience with the realities of two hurricanes may require some shifting of priorities. Maintenance of the dump is a major contract item normally running over $60,000 per year. Council is now three months into the new fiscal year but a contract for dump maintenance was not on the agenda and not discussed. The dump becomes congested quickly with all the excess hurricane and construction debris being taken there. Some cleanup costs will be sent to NEMA since the local budget allocation does not provide for this massive operation. Councillor Carl Archer did ask that the Hope Town District contribute to the dump maintenance since garbage from Guana Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow Cay make up a substantial part of the dump workload. Slight mention was made of the need to provide garbage collection of some sort for the Mud and Pigeon Peas settlements. Doorto-door collection would not be feasible, but it was suggested that bulk containers could be positioned at several entrance points. No action was taken as there were no funds for this. Questions arose to the large outstanding amount due Abaco Hardware as requisitioned by Chief Councillor Cay Mills. Councillor Yvonne Key asked for an audit of this large amount. Mr. Mills explained that in the absence of a functioning Council, he was obliged to make decisions related to the protection and safety of Dundas Town and Murphy Town residents as a result of the two storms. Since the budget does not provide for this type of expense, it was suggested that the bills be sent to NEMA for settlement. Chief Councillor Mills objected to being given instructions from Gary Sawyer, who has no authority within the local government framework and the Administrator was asked to look into this. A request was noted from the airport manager for funding for maintenance to the terminal building. The budget provides for $1,500 per month for airport maintenance, and it was felt this should cover routine maintenance there. Routine maintenance at Abaco Central High School was felt to be neglected and Councillors wondered if they were getting their money’s worth from the maintenance man there. Mrs. Key asked for Mr. Rolle’s assistance in getting the documents from Crown Lands related to the water front property in Marsh Harbour where the donated pavilion is to be located. She has all other documents in order ready to accept the gift and has been waiting 18 months to resolve the land issue. Marsh H Town Committee 12 Oct 2004 The last town committee meeting was more than four 4 months ago on May 4. Chairman Yvonne Key asked to see the letter from Council by Chief Councillor Cay Mills retracting a statement made on Local Government stationery that the Council objected to conditions at Abaco Beach Resort. It was only Mr. Mills personal opinion and not a Council decision. The issue of golf carts in Marsh Harbour was brought up again with suggestions for new measures to control them. It was generally felt that the carts were not appropriate on the Marsh Harbour roads. Administrator Rolle suggested to Committee members that they look into forming partnerships with various businesses to improve the looks of Marsh Harbour. He noted the lack of plants, flowers and trees in much of the business section. Quotations will be requested to cut and remove the fallen trees at Crossing Beach and NEMA will be asked to assist with this cost. Additional steps will be taken to eliminate loitering and drinking outside a prominent liquor store in Marsh Harbour in late afternoon and early evening. Further, the conditions of operation for the business will be reviewed when the license is renewed at the end of this year. Combined Boards20 Oct Administrator Rolle convened a combined meeting of all the statutory boards to express government’s desire to facilitate and expedite recovery of the business community. Mr. Rolle explained that it is the multitude of small businesses that make up the backbone of the economy. They may be small and inconspicuous but collectively they are very important. A complaint was heard from a member of the licensing board that license applications are frequently deferred due to inaction by either the Police, Works or Environmental Health as each of these agencies must give prior approval. It was brought out that applicants must have a premises for their business which is Local Government Please see Local Govt. Page 16

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November 1, 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 par cel runs 172 on the harbour and consists of more than an acre of property. Features a 3 bed/3.5 bath house with covered carport. This prime piece of property is unique and rare. Could have a commercial venture possibility. Room for expansion Lots of potential. -$1,750,000 Guana CaySUMMERWINDŽ-#50382bed/2bath home with central A/C, close walk to beach. Great rental potential through nearby resort, with right to use resorts amenities. Perfect for that vacation get-away .-$260,000 Marsh Harbour -#5105 Duplex available for sale. Each side 2beds/1bath with open floor plan Furnished and wellkept.!-$260,000 __________________________________€ Man-O-War -vacant interior lot in to wn, close to amen ities-$17,500UNDER CONTRACT € Man-O-War …vacant interior lots, close to Atlantic Beach, and close to restauran ts, grocery stores, etc. $120,000 € Casuarina Point -Vacant lot available in growing area. Close walk to beach. SOLD € 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 highway to Treasure Cay. Large parcels,and sea views. € Bahama Coral Island -vacant property in Bahama Coral Isla nd, 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 € Cabbage Point5 acres parcels on the SC Bootle high way, financing available …C all today for details € Marsh HarbourVacant property on Key Club Road approx 0.7 acres, features elevations. $92,000 Treasure Cay, Abaco-New ExclusivesŽ -Luxury Homes Luxury Home AŽ, 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 BŽ, 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! Dont delay and miss your opportunity to own A Perfect Paradise! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT Boat Harbour #5203-Great GuanaCay-#Vacant property featuring water on both sides. Accessible by boat only. THIS LOT WONT LAST LONG! $198,000 Marsh Harbour …New Price#5205-4 bedroom 2bath house on Don Mackay Blvd. Prime area for a commercial venture. 26,513 sq. ft of property. Great central location.$206,000 PRICED TO SELLNEW Bahama Palm ShoresThis fast growing area features vacant residential lots. All lots have access to a powder white sandy beach. These lots sell quickly. Call today before theyre gone. SOLDNEW PRICEMarsh Harbour -#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on the main tourist strip. FANTASTIC INVESTMENT Call today for more details on this fine offering. Treasure Cay -Carleton Landing. A new development. Condos becoming available on the canal. Reserve yours today. Call for more details. Sandy Point -#5072-This 1 story home is located on a pretty powder white beach. This home consists of 3bed/2bath, utility garage and boat house. Great area for bone fishing, and deep sea fishing. Handling a real estate transaction can be confusing and time consuming. YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL REPRESENTATION. Call today to list your property. Sit back, relax and let us work for you!www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com Making Real Estate Real Easy Marsh Harbour-# 5220-Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details.NEW EXCLUSIVE NEW EXCLUSIVEDundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135 on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. $125,000 NEW EXCLUSIVESweetings Village-# 5224-Two bed/2bath 1400 sq ft island beauty, immaculate condition. Excellent elevation. Built in 2001 and has lovely views of the Sea of Abaco. $325,000 Sweetings Village-# 5225-Brand new 2bed/2bath concrete residence. Elevated and comprises of approx 1000 sq ft. Also includes hobby room and outside decking, and has water views. $230,000.NEW EXCLUSIVE PRICED REDUCED Marsh Harbour-#5219-Vacant properety comprises of approx 1.25 acres.Could serve as residential or commercial property. 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Page 16 B The Abaconian November 1, 2004 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Houses and Apartments For RentClassified Advertisements RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Great Guana Cay 3 bedroom luxury home with dock. Fabulous views. $2000 per week. Call Robert at 704-299-6954 or www.blacktipcove.com Green Turtle Cay home fully furnished, 2 bed/ 2 bath on 1.5 acre penninsula with deck overlooking Sea of Abaco. $2200 per month. 3654226 Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Lubbers Quarters vacation rentals, secluded, privately owned coastal cottage, 15 min. boat ride from Marsh Harbour. www.abacoseaside.com Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 • Green Turtle Cay • Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations Rentals RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081 Aisle of Palm Realty Brent Cartwright web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease 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. Email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria Silvester Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels of land approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ of waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed home of 3/2 Regattas 1002 BEST BUY Unfurnished ground floor unit in building 2 with two beds and two baths. Brand new accordion hurricane shutters just installed. $171,500 Tilloo Cay 1021 Two adjacent waterfront parcels with great elevation and good draft to the shoreline Hope Town 1106 North End vacant lot just one lot from the Sea of Abaco. Yellowwood 1133 1.17 acre lot between Cherokee and Winding Bay Guana Cay 1117 & 1118 One cottage of 2/1 and one home of 3/2 on spectacular beachfront near town. Both homes have great rental history. then inspected for various elements by the relevant agencies. When those agencies do not act in a timely manner, the applicant is obliged to continue paying rent for space they are hoping to move into with a business venture but which is not productive during this period of vacancy. Another board member asked for more meetings like this with all boards present to get a better feel for conditions. An example was given where Road Traffic may be having a problem with visibility at an intersection then finds that town Planning approved a sign for that location. Mr. Rolle asked board members to work with him and the business community to improve the appearance of Marsh Harbour. He noted that the town is rather stark with pavement being the main landscaping element. Central Abaco Town Planning 25 Oct 04 Since the last meeting on July 29, twentynine applications with a declared value of $2,743,784 have accumulated for approval. Most were of a residential nature and 16 were approved. Three were deferred for further information. Murphy Town Committee 27 Oct 04 A list of street names and corresponding signs was reviewed and approved. Another attempt will be made to get the signs from the Works Department in Nassau. Committee Chairman Cubel Davis complained to Administrator Rolle that Dundas Town was getting much more attention and relief supplies through the efforts of Chief Councillor Cay Mills than Murphy Town. He felt that the Chief Councillor was using his position for the benefit of his Dundas Town constituents to the detriment of Murphy Town. Mr. Rolle suggested the town committee try to stage a community event each month to bring people into the town. Church choirs and local talent were suggested as items to feature. As an incentive to stage an regular event, Mr. Rolle suggested that Committee members allocate one month’s stipend as seed money which he and Administrator Campbell would provide matching funds. He also suggested they try to work with the business community to improve the town’s appearance. Local Govt.From Page 14 More Local Government Marsh HarbourPelican Shores Fantastic parcel of land on the harbour, Over 1 acre, Very private areaEXCLUSIVE $875,000 Little Orchard 3 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished home with efficiency apartment Great neighbourhood for kids!EXCL USIVE $265,000.00 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. EXCLUSIVE $510,000 Don MacKay Blvd. Large lot 1.5 acres, across from Abaco Wholesale EXCLUSIVE $335,000 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 High Rock 3 bed / 3 bath home, very desirable area, fantastic views of Marsh Harbour, Hope Town and Lubber’s Quarters, 2 car carport, central air, beautifully landscaped lot, 1.08 acres, 50 ft. above sea level EXCLUSIVE Price on inquiry 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 PinderIf We Don’t Have It, We Will Find It!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 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

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 17 B B & D Marine Abaco’s Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products• Bait • Rods • Reels • Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear • Filters • Pumps • Hoses • Anchors & Ropes • Marine Paints • Hardware & Maintenance Items• At the Traffic Light • P.O. Box AB 20461 • Marsh Harbour • Abaco • Tel: 242-367-2622 • Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI SUZUKI 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 Sound modest 2 bed 1 bath beach house. Furniture, appliances, dishes, tools, spare parts and small boat included. US $ 139,900 net, firm. Serious inquires please 434286-2584 Elbow Cay’s Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Man-O-War 4 bedroom, 2 bath, living, kitchen, laundry, porch, etc. Rain water cisterns approx. 20,000 gal, 20 KW generator, house fully air conditioned, storage shed 20’x 50,’ property 75’x150.’Price $590,000 net. or will sell just house on 75’x75’ $395,000 netCall 242-365-6058 or 242-477-5944 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $325,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Houses and Land For SaleClassified Advertisements Your concierge realtor on AbacoSandra Evans, BRI Multiple Listing Broker Bill Thorndycraft, Sales Agent East Bay Street, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Ph: 242-367-2365 • Fax: 242-367-2365sandra@abacorealtor.com www.abacorealtor.comPrivate line: 242-367-5576 Cell Phone: 242-357-6638 Residence: 242-367-2040 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE MUST SELL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOTreasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 BL #167 Dundas Town 1/2 acre, 2 storey 4 bed, 2 bath, family rm Lot #25 Murphy Town Incomplete duplex one unit completed comprising 2 bed, 1 bath 6,900 sq. ft. Lot #60 Murphy Town Vacant Land 11,277 sq. ft. Lot #78B Dundas Town Vacant Land 10,810 sq. ft. Lot # 21 Murphy Town Commercial building 6,500 sq. ft. Lot #70 Murphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 11,232 sq. ft. Lot #78 Dundas Town L-shape apt. complex 3 2 bed, 1 bath units 9,000 sq. ft. Area for small shop Lot #18B Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Newly repaired 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #67For condition of sale and any other information contact Ms. C.A. Cooper or Mr. B.D. Styles at 367-2141.BIDS ONLYMurphy Town Duplex 2 bed, 1 bath and 1 bed efficiency 8900 sq. ft. Lot #68 Bahama Coral Island Vacant land 10,890 sq ft. Section #3 Block A Lot #1 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 Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath furnished home. Large yard w/fruit trees. $250,000. Call 3675503 or 357-6561 Marsh Harbour 1/2 acre lot in Sweeting Village. Guana Cay lot w/ high elevation within township. Call after 5 242-393-0966 By Mirella Santillo At the dawn of a new school year, which as we all know started with delays for nearly all the schools, let’s evaluate our student population, their teachers and the academic staff helping to mold the mind of our next generation. Most of the schools in the Marsh Harbour area are private with only a primary school and a high school sponsored by the government, whereas on the cays and the rest of Abaco, all the schools are public. Marsh Harbour offers a variety of schools for all ages till grade 12; from a pre-school/ nursery to public and private high schools. Teaching Children to Achieve is a little more than a day care center; children wear a uniform and are taught basic learning to prepare them for K3. This is a private school located in Dundas Town. Another pre-K school is the Latter Rain Christian School also located in Dundas Town. The third school offering a pre-kindergarten class is St. Francis de Sales located on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. It has a student body of 348, teaching staff of 25 teachers and seven academic staff members. The Principal is Mrs. J. Giraud-Kumar. The VicePrincipal, Ms.Ismenette Riche, the secretary, Mrs. Dona Albury, the office Manager, Mrs. A. Johnson and three general helpers complete the staff roster. The scheduled re-opening of September 6 was postponed to September 15 and again suspended for two days after hurricane Jeanne. The total school-days lost in September was nine. The regular school year will be extended by one week in June to make up for lost time. Yearly school fees are: $1257 pre-k to grade 6 and $1623 high school grades Central Abaco Primary School located on Forest Drive in Dundas Town and has 670 students ranging from grade K through grade 6. They are taught by 32 teachers including two senior citizen volunteers for grade 6, Ms. Campbell and Mr. Leroy Thompson; Ms. Beatrice Moxey, the Vice Principal acts as a substitute teacher. There are 26 general teachers, one art teacher and one physical education teacher. They are expecting a Spanish teacher. The teachers are mostly Bahamians, except for two Jamaicans and four Guianese. Mrs. Eunice Mills, the Principal, says that the children missed two weeks of school in September. They did not return until October 11 because the school was being used as a shelter during the hurricanes. Therefore their Christmas vacation will not start until December 21. She explained that the FA.O tele-food program sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture has been delayed This program involves all the children. They will start an orchard and a vegetable garden that they will care for during the school-year. Fruit trees come from Pinewood Nursery, vegetables will start from seeds. In spite of extensive roof damage, Agape Christian School off Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour had everything fixed in three weeks. Three teams of workers helped by three teams of teachers took care of repairing and cleaning the classrooms and the office. The school missed the September 6 scheduled opening and reopened September 20 and lost two more days to Jeanne. For the 2004-2005 school year, there are 237students from K3 to grade 12.Twenty teachers take care of them, four Americans and 16 Bahamians. There are an additional four staff members, Mrs. Cecile Albury, Principal, Mrs. Charmaine Saunders, Secretary, Mrs. E. Bethel, office manager, and Mrs. Allison Burrows, general assistant. The mid-semester break will be cut by three days, the Christmas vacation by one day and the remainder of the days lost in September will be regained during the second semester, most probably at Easter. The Christmas programs will be held as usual, December 2 for Kindergarten and December 9 fro grades 1to3. School fees are: $ 2,000 Kindergarten, $ 2,250 grades 2-5, $ 2,500 grades 69 and $ 2,750 grades 10-12 Private high school, Forest High Academy on Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour feels very fortunate to have gone through the two storms without any damSchool Year Is Finally Underway Please see School Page 19 Ph: 367-2077

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Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote, Port DepartmentPublic NoticeTO ALL COMMERCIAL BOAT OPERATORSRe: STCW MARITINE TRAININGPlease be advised that due to the consecutive occurrences of Hurricane Frances and Jeanne, the Port Department has decided to extend the deadline for S.T.C.W. certification until March 31, 2005. Additionally, S.T.C.W. training is rescheduled to commence January 3, 2005. Any additional information will be publicized as it becomes available. Captain Cyril A. Roker Port Administrator 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 Well Done Drilling Services Specializing 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 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 AbacoBy Mirella SantilloTotal Eclipse of the MoonAround midnight on October 28 there was a total eclipse of the moon. The moon was full and its edges a dark red around the black circle! Surely the Ancients would have seen a sign in such a happening!Hope TownThe annual Hope Town Art and Craft show hosted by the Hope Town Harbour Lodge will be held this year on November 26. Mark your calendars!Great CisternInformation on the progress of the Murphy Town – Great Cistern Road, rumored to be paved on September 1, 2004, is unavailable at present time. The Ministry of Works and Bahamas Hot Mix are not sure of when the works will start. After the two hurricanes, that road which was bad before, is now worse than the trail to Hole-in-the-Wall! Most of the Great Cistern area is now inhabited mostly by Bahamians and permanent residents who go to town everyday to work or take the children to school. Imagine the damages to their cars! However, on October 24 mysterious piles of fill were deposited along the road, but no one so far has claimed responsibility for it! Perhaps one of the resident has taken upon himself to take care temporarily of the problem!Marsh HarbourPhone ServiceMost of the Marsh Harbour area has regained the use of their telephone service quickly. However, miscellaneous areas in greater Marsh Harbour and some of Murphy Town, Great Cistern and Casuarina Point are still not reconnected. Several attempts to find out more about the problems and the length of time the service will be discontinued have remained unanswered by Batelco.Pinewoods NurseryBy Jennifer Hudson Pinewoods Nursery received its share of damage meted out by the two hurricanes as plants were blown over and the area flooded. All their annuals were lost but the other plants are expected to recover within six months. In order to cater to the needs of their customers who will be replanting their gardens to replace the plants which they lost, Randy and Emily Key are trying to restock as quickly as possible and have placed a large order with their suppliers. Random Notes Many palms have been ordered including Alexander and Christmas Palms. Also on order are large quantities of hibiscus, bougainvillea and oleander.Priest VisitsBy Isobel Sherman On October 24 worshipers at St. Frances de Sales Church were surprised when they came for mass to see Father Stan Kolassa as the celebrant. Father Stan had been priest at St. Frances for over 11 years before leaving two years ago for an assignment in Massachusetts. While only here for the weekend Father Stan had celebrated mass at St. Andrews in Treasure Cay and on Sunday celebrated mass at St. Francis de Sales, the service in Hope Town, a Creole mass at St. Frances on Sunday afternoon and mass at the Bahama Star Farm in treasure Cay later on Sunday afternoon. All parishioners were happy to see Father Stan once again.Self Drive Cars UnavailableBy Jennifer Hudson Visitors to the island hoping to rent a car are being greatly disappointed to find that there are no self drive cars available on the island. I spoke to a couple this past week who were here for a few days and immediately upon arrival they were told that they Please see Potpourri Page 19

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November 1, 2004 The Abaconian Page 19 B 17’ 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 OBO Call 404869-7537 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. Call 477-5679 or 554-9650 2000 Daewoo Tico car, standard shift, less than 7000 miles, excellent condition, complete with A/C, stereo, gray interior. Asking $5500 OBO Call Buddy @ 365-6152 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe excellent condition, red exterior, gray interior, new stero system. $20,000 OBO For more info call Debbie @ 365-6244 (H) or 365-6501 (W) 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 Looking for experienced waiter / waitress / bartender 20 years or older. Interested persons please contact Sea Spray Resort at 366-0065 Bahama Beach Club Treasure Cay, is expanding. We are looking for an assistant for our front office. Applicants must be computer literate and people friendly. Interested persons may apply at the office. Ph. 365-8500, Fax 3658501 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Big Ca Big Ca Big Ca Big 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 Accepted T r o p i c a l S o u v e n i r s VEHICLES FOR SALE COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & Boats For all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service 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 Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar Island Phar macy macy macy macy macy Prescriptions • 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. 23’ Seacraft Sportfish 225 Merc. View at Lighthouse Marina $11,900 25’ Grady White Sailfish cuddy cabin, walkaround, new bottom paint, powered by twin 225 HP Evinrude ram ficht engines, low hours. $48,000 OBO Call 367-2598 25’ Anna Capri, 200 Mercury, with cabin, VHF, AM/FM radio, 80 gal gas tank, stern bracket. $10,500 OBO Call Steve Sands at 3655176 Boat is in Guana 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 29’ Bristol sailboat, needs fiberglass work. $1500 Call 366-0444 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 36’ Gulfstar Motor Yacht 1983, DUTY PAID. Major refit and repowered 1995. S/ DSL. Well maintained. $62,500 312-287-6524 or wagnercaesar@aol,com We Are Back!Island Express“The Airline of The Bahamas” Daily Flights between Marsh Harbour and Ft. Lauderdale Treasure Cay and Ft. Lauderdale For Lauderdale and Marsh Harbour Fort Lauderdale and Treasure Cay Treasure Cay365-8697 Marsh Harbour367-0169, 559-8770 Ft. Lauderdale 954-359-0380Cornish Painting CoPainting Inside and Outside • Pressure Cleaning • Mildew Removal • Varnish and Pickling • Water proofing • Pressure Washer for Rent Call 367-2773 • Cell 559-9152 COMMERCIAL SERVICESWhite aluminum commercial shop door and frame, excellent condtion. $495. Commercial track lightning (9) 8’ tracks, new, $30 each. 1 pr Polk book shelf speakers $95. 1 pr JBL book shelf speakers $95. 2 electric attic vent fans, new. $45 each. Contact Linda at Iggy Biggy 367-3596 MERCHANDISE FOR SALE M & M C M & M C M & M C M & M C M & M C ompany Ltd. ompany Ltd. ompany Ltd. ompany Ltd. ompany Ltd.SPECIALIZING IN:Wallpapering • Painting • Roofing Marble Tile • Cleaning • Presswash Masonry • Carpentry • Carpet Cleaning Call 367-2674 • 392-3596 • 422-5743 Guardian Angel Security CompanySecuring Life and Property • 24 Hr. Security Guards • Body Guards • Money Escort • Mobile Patrol, etc. Servicing Abaco and the CaysP.O. Box AB 20156 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242-367-5187 Souvenirs • Cuban Cigars • Casual Clothing T-Shirts • Venus Swimwear • Jewelry Children’s Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmon’s Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat • 9 5 • Phone: (242) 367-4822 B’s Sunrise NOTICEIsland Development, ticket agent for Bahamas Fast Ferry, has moved to building behind Marsh Harbour Electornics. Temporary tel number 357-6510 Classified Ads Bring Results Call 367-3202 age. The scheduled first day of school, September 4, was postponed to the 8th of that month; a fifth day was lost during Jeanne. There was no power for only two days, and telephone service was restored immediately. Forest High is the host of 146 student, grade 7-12, and 10 teachers, Bahamians, Canadians, and Americans. Mr. Paul Vernall is the Principal, Ms. Tanya McDonald, the Secretary. School fees are: $ 3,135 grades 7-9 $ 3,575 grades 9-12 Abaco Central High School : No information pertinent to the number of students and teachers is available at present time, or to this school year curriculum. Besides the regular schools, two special learning establishments help children who need a slower pace to develop their learning faculties. The Cyber Learning Center on Don Mackay Blvd takes care of ten students, grade 38. The principal is Mrs Sharon Green; she teaches along with Mr. Keith Green. The children are taught the normal curriculum for those grades, but at a slower pace. They learn computer skills and world geography at a more detailed level. The center reopened September13; the school year will be extended till the end of June, overlapping the summer program that usually starts the second week of June. Physical SchoolFrom Page 17 PotpourriFrom Page 18 would be unable to rent a vehicle. All the cars are currently being used by the insurance adjusters who are working here since the hurricanes and also the many residents whose vehicles have been under water as a result of the hurricane flood waters and are therefore no longer serviceable. This situation will not be eased until the adjusters have completed their work and car owners have received their insurance settlements so that they are able to purchase new vehicles.

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