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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID WEST PALM BCH FL Permit NO 4595 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested VOLUME 21 NUMBER 19 October 1st, 2013 Progress in the Abaco roadworks saga Key areas receive blacktop along Don MacKay Blvd. North Abaco experiences budget cut woes $400 remains monthly after salaries Pothole Relief Comes Day After Story Runs Nationally By Timothy Roberts One day after a story ran in The Tri bune concerning the deplorable condition of the roads in Central Abaco, workmen were seen patching potholes in the areas of most concern on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Simmons Construction and Heavy Equipment Ltd., to whom the road paving contract in Central Abaco was given, redi rected their work crew to give attention to them with asphalt and then steam-rolling to pack the patches. Then on Friday, September 20, they laid the regulating layer of asphalt on the much criticized stretch of road in front of Memorial Plaza allowing Abaco motor ists to give a sigh of relief when driving through the area. Renardo Curry, Minister of Parlia ment for North Abaco, said he spoke with Above: dock maintenance is one of the many duties that fall under North Abaco Local Government. With the current budget cuts they are unable to perform these, or many other, duties. For the story, see page 6. Please see Roads Page 13 New Terminal progress halted Abaconians can expect more delays for the Leonard M. Thompson Internation al Airport. While we have received several completion dates for the new airport ter minal, The Abaconian understands that the Therefore, this relevant security mea sure must be designed and added to the existing structure, which poses another un expected delay. The original date for completion of the new terminal was set as August 2012. cape, the project is approximately $10 mil lion over budget due to delays and correct ing design oversights. Above: the airport roundabout, freshly paved with asphalt, is the beginning of extensive roadwork throughout Central Abaco. Simmons Construction, the company responsible for the work, has been given a contract for an undetermined amount to blacktop from the round about to the Crossing ferry docks. Work continues despite delays in shipments of aggregate. Photo by David Rees.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com North Abaco By Canishka Alexander In July, Bahamian Brewery & Bever age Co. (BBB), and Sands Beer held their Sands Man in the Boat Sculling Champion ship with a Sculling Boat Motorcade that led to the Treasure Cay Public Beach. The nior sailing category and a sculling com petition. However, the participants were not the only ones to walk away with grand prizes. A portion of the proceeds raised from the sculling championship was set aside for the Coopers Town Township Library and Sands Beer makes donation to Coopers Town Library, Computer Lab Above: (L to R) Coopers Town Committee Members: Chief Councillor Gary Smith; Eu lean Sands; Clyde Cornish; Antoinette Munnings, secretary; Garneth Edgecombe; and Gerrard Sawyer, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. Brand Portfolio Representative. Community Lab. Gerrard Sawyer, Brand Portfolio Representative for Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co., met with members of the Coopers Town Township Committee on Sept. 12 to donate four top-of-the-line computers to the computer lab. Sawyer explained that the company goes from island to island to host sculling races, and this year they decided to take ad vantage of the Treasure Cay Public Beach. After speaking with the districts council members, they were able to pinpoint one of North Abacos greatest needs. Were a truly Bahamian company, so we wanted to give back to the commu nity, Sawyer said. They had needs with the library [and computer lab], so from the proceeds raised, we are donating comput ers. The youth need something to do, so they have facilities where they can go online, have something to do and do some thing productive. They have books to read and computers to use, so I think donation will go a long way. The Sands Beer delegation brought their boats, which double as E-class sailing boats and sculling boats down for the com petition at their own expense, and Sawyer believed it was all worthwhile for the fun, family event. Sailing and sculling is a part of the Bahamian culture, but we saw sculling as a sport that started to die, he said. Nevertheless, the sport is gaining renewed interest. After the North Abaco District Council suggested that Sands Beer have the championships here this year, the management team took them up on their offer. Sawyer was pleased to announce that the National Sculling Competition of The Bahamas will take place in North Abaco on Nov. 2. Last year, the championship was held in Grand Bahama where their brewery is located. Chief Councillor Gary Smith thanked Sawyer for coming back to North Abaco lowing up with Sands Beers agreement with them because there are costs associ ated with facilities that are offered to the public for free. We just need Internet service, and we need to get the air conditioning com pleted. We shouldnt go no further than to be opened the need is here, Smith explained. There are many kids in these areas that do not have computers and books at their disposal, and this is why we built this facility. Smith said that the Coopers Town/ Fire Road Homecoming Committee actu ally started the project for the construction of the library and computer lab under the then chairman Eric Collie. Former Chief Councillor Steve Pedican also put a lot of emphasis on the project, and they received cil. Garneth Edgecombe, chairman, was invited to speak because the building of the facility was his pet program. He said he hopes it goes a long way in Coopers Town, and that it will be an example to other communities regarding what they can do with funds given to local government. Clyde Cornish, councilor responsible for the Fire Road and Black Wood com munities, said the donation will go a long way to enhance the educational system for the children of North Abaco while keeping them off the streets and keep them away from crimes. While the Coopers Town Town ship has a small budget, Smith said a lot has been done. The lab is equipped with 15 computer stations, and the library can comfortably accommodate 20 or more peo ple. The facility will be open to the public Please see Library Page 5

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 North Abaco in general because Smith recognizes that there are many people going through seri bills. This facility is going to help those kids. We must put in place everything possible in these communities to help our people especially the youth, the kids be cause that is part of what local government does, he shared. We are supposed to build people. Local government is sup Library From Page 2 posed to reach the heart of the people. The Coopers Town Township Li brary and Community Lab will be open during day and evening hours from Mon day to Saturday. When the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. returns to North Abaco in November, Smith assured Sawyer that the event will be much better. He acknowl well as Administrator Neil Campbell and the event. Town hall meeting held for North Abaco Port By Timothy Roberts Minister of Parliament for North Ab aco, Renardo Curry held a town meeting in Coopers Town September 12 to speak on a number of issues including the North Abaco Port which is expected to begin con struction as early as December this year. At the meeting, which was attended by over 150 residents, Mr. Curry spoke about recent budget cuts, particularly to Local Governments budget, and that he tight due to high debt in the country. He also spoke concerning Bahama Airport, something he expects will be tem porary, acknowledging that it was a busi ness decision by management. He told the audience that he has been advocating for Bahamasair to return or for another airline to take up the slack. Mr. Curry said that they are getting closer to closing a deal on the sale of Trea sure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina which he believes will create opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurs. He spoke of a number of possible in vestments on the drawing board which may be coming soon and encouraged residents to prepare themselves to take advantage of the opportunities these investments would bring. He indicated that one of the invest ments was a small scale community project similar to Baker's Bay and another was a possible auto-parts manufacturing business. Mr. Curry encouraged them to pre pare for these opportunities and noted that Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute (BTVI) will soon be coming to Abaco. He said that BTVI will be assessing Abaco ear ly next year with a view of where to place the Abaco Campus, basing it on where they receive the majority of the interest from. Mr. Curry said that work on the North Abaco Port is expected to begin in Decem ber or possibly January. China Harbour Company is expected to have 70% of their workforce come from Abaco although he said the government is still pushing for an 80% Bahamian workforce. The rest would be Chinese labour. He again emphasized entrepreneur ial opportunities for the people of North Abaco suggesting that they could become suppliers, sell construction materials and more, and that they need to prepare them Mr. Curry addressed concerns of the Chinese paying fair value for the skills of those Bahamians employed and assured them that the Bahamian workers would be protected from poor pay. The original plans for the North Abaco Port indicated a bypass road which would crosses over a number of private properties that would divert heavy traf Town. Property owners in that area were assured that they would be compensated for the property as Mr. Curry said that they would be either paid or given property at a different location. Mr. Curry told the audience that elec tions are over and that party politics need to be cast aside because he is the represen tative for all North Abaconians; "I'm a son of the soil and I'm on your side." Other notable items Mr. Curry is trying to get/or is getting Crown Lands for Minister (I assume in Abaco) to be man aged here. Far too many people in Abaco wait literally decades to get a response from crown lands on applications mean while people in Nassau show up in Abaco papers in hand and start clearing down property here to use. He said Crown Lands is a mess and they will have quite a time to sort out ownership of all the crown land in Abaco they are not sure what is available. Above: audience members engage Mr. Curry on issues ranging from the port, to the dis

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLASBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comWhite Sound, Elbow Cay Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Central Government is not taking over garbage collection, so there are two [dumpsites] with garbage almost in the road... We cant send anyone with a tractor to push garbage in because we dont have money. By Canishka Alexander A press conference was called on Sept. 12 by Gary Smith, Chief Councillor for the North Abaco District Council, re garding the July 2013 budget cut for North Abaco that totaled 25.2 percent. Smith was joined by Garneth Edgecombe, chairman for Coopers Town; and Clyde Cornish, council member. Besides the budget cut, bills had ac cumulated for the month of July and the council needed to take care of vendors, so a decision was made to cut back on some employees. Smith noted that there was a misun derstanding that the dis trict itself has taken an ap proach to cut back peoples salaries after they asked some persons not to return to work until further notice or to work half a day through the Budget From Page 1 month. The reality is, we went from $775,000 down to $580,000. We had to our budget, Smith explained. We are in negotiation with Central Government to get more funds back, and that is the main reason we have not called a meeting with staff because we wanted to take that ap proach before speaking with staff. Based on what was said to them by Local Government Minister the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, the council members learned that they were cut some 15 percent, with an additional 12 percent cut although that portion of money remains and they can ap ply for it quarterly. Although they plan to take the ap proach of applying for the 12 percent, Smith said there are vendors who cant wait three months for their funds, so it is a concern. Further, he stated that Central Government needs to know that they can not call Local Government for anything because they have no funds to help them anymore. I dont want any politician to come to North Abaco, and make the people feel as if the North Abaco District Council had any mismanagement with funds or any thing why we were cut some 25.2 percent. It has to be one story; you cant be all over the place, Smith argued. Either we had mismanagement of the funds, and you pe nalize us, or there isnt any money, or the 12 percent is still there because theres too much talks going around. that they could take anyone around any of the communities, so that they can see for themselves what is being done. Accord ing to Smith, the cut back was never jus to $580,000. Their monthly allocation of $64,000 went down to $48,000. Salaries each month is $47, 800, Smith disclosed. When we pay everyone, we have $400 left. We are running now like a third-schedule district when we are a second-schedule district. Our town com mittees dont have any money. For the persons who are spreading rumours, the North Abaco District had no reason to cut anyones salary. We had suf we had. Central Government is not taking over garbage collection, so there are two [dumpsites] with garbage almost in the road: Wood Cay and Treasure Cay. We cant send anyone with a tractor to push garbage in because we dont have money. Another issue is that if North Abaco receives funds quarterly, they stand to lose their discount at places like Standard Hard ware if they cant pay by the 20th of every month. Smith said they were honestly un der the impression that their budget would not be touched because Central Abaco was technically not cut and only had responsi bilities transferred. With a district that runs from Crown Haven to Leisure Lee, the North Abaco District Council also has the responsibility North Abaco of paying utility bills for docking facilities in those areas. There are docks in Crown Haven, Fox Town, Mount Hope, Wood Cay, Cedar Harbour, Coopers Town, Fire Road, and Treasure Cay. This is a very productive district, he boasted, and we were hoping to con are negotiating outside of local govern ment. Then you have persons affected seri have done this. BahamasAir into Treasure Cay Beginning in September, BahamasAir Airport. Whether the halt is temporary or per manent is yet to be seen. Member of Par liament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, expects it to only be temporary during the slow season and said he has been advo The Abaconian attempted to contact BahamasAir through several channels but permanence of the situation. At this time, however, it is clear the carrier is not pro viding airlift to the North Abaco airport.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Central & All Abaco By Canishka Alexander September and October are tradition ally slow periods for the island of Abaco, with hotels and restaurants closing during this time until the season picks up. How ever, airport employees and taxi drivers in particular complain that this has been the slowest month they have seen in years. A recent article in The Tribune news paper stated that the Marsh Harbour Inter national Airport has become a ghost town. While the article attributed a substantial decrease in business to the governments new aviation taxes and refueling fees, resi dents say this is pretty normal activity for this time of year. They are hoping that things pick up just before Thanksgiving. that business is slower than usual. Taxi driver Annie Williams observed on Sept. 18 that there were two Silvery Airways passengers arriving. The second plane add ed an additional eight passengers to those arriving. Despite this, Silver Airways still pro lando and West Palm Beach on Wednes days. On Saturdays, they supply three This is the slowest Ive seen since 9-11, Mrs. Williams lamented. But ev ery year in September is slow because of Marsh Harbour Airport sees slowest period in years hurricane season and people carrying their children back to school. She said that every day there are six to eight taxi drivers who come out to the airport some as early as 5 a.m. and sometimes they return home because there is nothing to do. Some days, they are lucky enough to walk away with one job. Last week Friday, I didnt get one job, she sadly noted. But this is a typical September. In September, SkyBahamas Airlines Abaco on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from four days each week. Flamingo Air Charter Service, West ern Air and Bahamasair reported no chang es to their schedule. Flamingo Air provides Bahama daily, with Western Air going in Tuesdays and Wednesdays (only two) into Nassau. Hardest hit, though, has been Ameri the month of September, and are set to re 7. But you see last year, American didnt stop because they used to come three four days out of the week, Mrs. Williams added. Thats what makes it so rough. Above: Marsh Harbour lives up to its name. Slick mud, potholes and puddles often are the International Airport. By Canishka Alexander Dushinka Roberts of the Abaco Tour maHost Program on Sept. 16 at the Tour ism Information Center in the Rhonda Hull Building. Roberts began with a brief history of the BahamaHost Program, which was re vamped by former Tourism Minister Vin cent Vanderpool-Wallace in the past four years to include more customer service modules. The reason for the change was because many of our guests made displeas ing comments about our country regarding their stay on their exit surveys. Ministry of Tourism offers Session 5 of the BahamaHost Program Such feedback caused grave concerns because tourism is our No. 1 industry. The BahamaHost course is segmented My Bahamas Product Knowledge because it is important for our frontline workers to give our visitors accurate information. In Workshop Two, there are three Profes sional Service Excellence sessions. The reason there are so many ses sions on customer service is because we are losing touch with customer service, Roberts, said pointedly. Above: Tourisms Dushinka Roberts addressing the crowd during the BahamaHost Ses sion. Please see Tourism Page 13

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Business, Art & Community The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The Bahamas Logo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper. 2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 32168 7,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian Today JUNE 2012 Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe? The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card Visa WE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA Before we get into the heavy stuff I commended for getting the road work into proper gear. Many other Abaconians com mutes got a lot more pleasant last week. and patching that ever-so-troublesome stretch in front of Memorial Plaza, its a lot less dreadful driving around town. There is still a lot of work to be done. But lets focus on the positive when we can. There are a lot of positive things to see. The people, the real strength of these islands, are constantly producing positiv ity. Be it in business, the arts or commu nity service. You dont have to scratch far good. more entrepreneurial-minded people than some of our fellow Abaconians. We have farmers and many other traditional occupa tions. These have evolved into what we see today. Yes, many Abaconians still take to the sea for their living but the diversity is evident now. Young men and women are increasingly trying their hand at consult ing shops, retail outlets, food vendors and fail, yes, but some persevere. More im portantly the entrepreneurial spirit perse veres and we move forward because of it. verance than what our local artists show. Crafts, music, writing and painting: its all art. And we have it on this island by the bucket load. I cant mention our home grown artists without paying homage to the many second-homeowners and longtime visitors who have found their inspiration in and brought up a generation of artisans around them that have made Abaco more colourful, harmonious and fun. Community work isnt always fun, but dont tell that to those who have poured their lives into the many organizations on Abaco. We have community projects and organizations that range from supporting the youth to preserving the environment and everything in between. The commu nity-mindedness of our own homegrown activists is only one aspect. The effective ness of organizations, like for example increased by visitors and homeowners who have become so enchanted by these cays and island that they are compelled to give back. This, I believe, more than just about any other part of Abacos makeup, is what makes the biggest difference. It makes us stronger. It makes us the envy of The Ba hamas. And maybe thats what makes cer tain things so frustrating. Despite all our strengths and initiatives we still have to sit on our hands and watch as policies enacted in Nassau (by administrations that come and go) cripple us. The new aviation taxes: private pi lots are choosing other destinations out of principal. The enormous increases, which were enacted overnight, seemingly without consultation, have been disastrous. Not just inconvenient for the big airlines, or the rich private pilots who could afford it. It has been, and will continue to be, disastrous. I know there are smart people in our government. Not a joke: I believe that. But thats what leaves me so stunned. But perhaps it doesnt matter. As long as we cant get this new airport open we will continue to stagnate. Is this what Nassau wants? For Abaco to stop making so much of themselves and become reliant on Central Government to provide the jobs with big, expensive an chor projects like the North Abaco Port? How can we rely on that when it took two separate administrations to realize that their multi-million dollar airport needed an international terminal? Whether this is what Nassau wants or not (and, for the record, I dont think it is) it wont matter. Because I know the business people of this island. They will continue to dredge harbours and will tourists to their new re sort out pure determination. Because I know the artists of this is cord our culture and, in turn, shape it. Because I know the hard-working community activists of this island. Their passion for changing things for the better will continue to win out. We might keep getting dealt a bad hand that well have to bluff our way through. Or we might all be shocked this month and get a BEC bill we can under stand and have the power stay on for at least 48 hours straight. We might get the transparent governance. We might get the roads paved. Actually, were well on our way with that last one. So lets not give up now. Community Calendar (See TheAbaconian.com for More Calendar Events) Weekend Festival, Treasure Cay

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Honesty and Quality You Can Count On Brandon ompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyle Sales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 years Offering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Aviation Taxes Killing Us Dear Editor; The newly enacted aviation taxes will general aviation pilots in the Family Is lands, and will also have a negative impact operators to government on aviation fuel sales. When the BHTA (Bahamas Hotel and Tourist Association) are saying this is a poorly thought out method of increased revenue, someone needs to listen! When private pilots admit to cancelling trips into Dear Editor; I was hoping to meet with you in per son soon. I have been calling and writing sue. No one will do anything. This has been a FOUR YEAR MESS!! A resident of Crown Haven is dump ing nasty, stinking conch shells on the shore 300 feet up wind of my home. This land is Crown Land. I applied for it in 2009. I have heard nothing about the ap plication except that This takes time! As soon as this resident found out that I had applied for the land, he started dump Letters to the Editor A Stinking Mess No One Left to Turn To ing shells. Now he is building a dock right in front of my house! He has added several conch pens in the water blocking boat ac cess to my lot. He has attempted to block access to the water with a fence. This resident has indicated to me that no one will stop him. The politicians are only there to collect a pay check. They can How sad is that? Even the survey of my property was photograph proof of this error. I believe that this resident had a surveyor do this as a favor for him, so he could claim that the dock has been there all along. Don't trust me: log on to Bing Maps right now, the dock is not there. There is no record of a Dock Build ing Permit in Coopers town. I was told that I needed Local Government approval to even start a dock. Heck, he walks 400 feet across government land to make the stinking mess in front of my house. The shore is within 75 feet of his house! I have made many calls to Lands and survey trying to get an appointment with Mr. Hardy about the error issue. They have not returned my calls or e-mail. I have made calls to the Prime Min chase the adjoining land (point). They have said that they would look into it. As of today (September 18), I have had no call back. I even hired a lawyer to in Nassau to look into it. He took my retainer and never answered my call again. I have invested my life savings into our retirement home. I am a working man that has labored in the trades all my life. I do not have another pot of money to start over. I have hired all local labor. The ones that were willing to show up and work have done well here. I am not asking for any kind of favor. I would just like FAIR. I am asking: where do I go? Who in government will do whats right? -Ken Munsell the Family Islands, and now proceed to spend their dollars in Key West and Wyo ming, someone needs to listen! When those of us in the aviation industry can tell you season are at an all-time low, it would be reasonable for someone to take note. The general view is were so close to the largest economy in the world, that were immune to failure. I would jog our memory of Cuba in the 1950s and what happened there. We contribute to the po litical process, and yes, indeed one of the core reasons we vote, is to have a say in the future direction of the country, and to exercise our rights as patriotic Bahamians to provide a better place for our children and future generations to live. I would respectfully ask the Minister of Aviation, Minister of Tourism, and out Prime Minister to revisit this item of rev enue. Fewer general aviation pilots will be coming here as a result, lets change this around before it is too late. Sincerely, Randy Key NIB Needs to Increase Payouts Dear Editor, I know that you receive letters faster than can be printed, however, to be brief, allow some space for a short and sweet, SVP. I ask the Government establishment, NIB, to seriously think about an increase in monthly payments, not for just us or me but for many others that had more, and now need more. As is, its a great help but still about forty dollars short. I dont buy gas, beer or tobacco and Im still forty short. Thanks Lee Lowe Respect Needed for Effective Handicap Parking? Then I Guess Were Out of Luck Dear Editor, A few issues back there was a gentle man writing in to express his displeasure with the abuse of handicapped parking spaces. Sir, I sympathize with you. My mother suffers from severe arthritis, to the point of having to use a cane. She has stopped going to several businesses due to the long walk from the parking area and the fact that the marked handicapped spac who have no business in them. The reality is that the police have no falls on the business/property owners and on community to do the right thing. Sadly, people in the world, and as long as busi ness/property owners have no interest in monitoring the situation for fear of offend ing their customers, handicapped spaces will continue to be occupied by people who have no physical problems. In fact, at my own church there are parking spaces designated for the handi capped that perfectly healthy and able people park in all the time. If those going to church have no respect for their fellow man, then you, sir, I'm afraid are out of luck. Sincerely, Stephen M. Higgs Above: the mound of conch shells 300 feet upwind from Ken Munsells house.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 In Workshop 3, Sustainable Tourism is addressed. All 16 of the participants en rolled in the program are connected to the hospitality industry in some way, Roberts said. They will receive 30 percent of their grade from participation and attendance, and the remaining 70 percent is based on a history teacher from Abaco Central High School. She outlined BahamaHosts mis sion and objectives before asking the par ticipants to introduce themselves using an It is important to know who you are a people, Cox acknowledged. They went on to learn about history, module of My Bahamas Product Knowl edge. By the end of the session, Cox told them they would be expected to be able to examine the history of The Bahamas in light of its present and future develop ments; create a timeline of key historical events; explain key geography, climatic and industry facts about the islands of The Bahamas; identify and examine the rele vance of the national symbols; identify the islands of The Bahamas; describe how the governmental system works; and discuss the customs and cultural elements of the Tourism product in The Bahamas. Cox taught about Christopher Colum Central & All Abaco Tourism From Page 7 bus and the Lucayan Indians followed by the Eleutheran Adventurers before shifting gears to the period of piracy and Woodes Rogers in the 17th century, and then on to the Loyalists, slavery and United States relations with The Bahamas. The geologi cal and geographical make up of The Ba hamas was given along with information on our climate, vegetation and population. She listed the countrys top industries be fore ending with the government of The Bahamas and key events that characterize our nation. Session 5 of the BahamaHost course will end on October 8, and classes are of fered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thurs days. the contractor and recommended that they patch potholes, particularly in the high He said the Abaco Ministry of Works did not have a supply of cold patch and they are also limited as they need a new truck. Mr. Curry said he is trying to get a new truck in Abaco shortly and presently, as a part of their good will, Simmons will provide a supply of asphalt for patching. Just days earlier, outspoken Abaco nian, Patrick Bethel, said the roads are in worse condition than they have ever been, noting his concern because it seems no one cares. He said that the conditions of Aba Roads From Page 1 cos roads are a disgrace and a danger especially on the highways where motor ists speed. I know of a vehicle that turned over due to a pothole on the Ernest Dean Highway near the farm and another friend damaged his front end and cracked his windshield in another pothole, said. Mr. Bethel. While Mr. Bethel is pleased that the government responded quickly and has repaired many of the potholes in town he still intends to send his bill for $500 for said was damaged due to all the potholes in Central Abaco, to the Ministry of Works. Simmons Construction Company was awarded a $1.3 million contract to carry out repairs to portions of roads in Murphy Town, Dundas Town and Marsh Harbour on January 5, 2013; however, in July they were given the task of paving the main road from the airport in Marsh Harbour to the ferry dock at the Crossing. Paving work began on August 26 and has been progressing despite being ham pered by rain and delays in receiving ag gregate materials. Above: Simmons Co. workers prepping the road for asphalt. The section in front of Me morial Plaza, which has long been a thorn in the side of Abaco motorists, is now com pleted and paved with black top.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 By Jennifer Hudson The importance of the honey bee is not fully recognized by the majority of people and it is, unfortunately, not uncom without any thought as to the consequenc es. It has been said that Honey bees are the glue that holds our agricultural system together, but for the past several years honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate throughout the world. Daphne de Gregory-Maiuolis, pro prietor of the Abaco Neem farm, is very concerned as a farmer that the right infor mation is given to the general public as it relates to bees and the importance of bees. Her concern for this problem was recently highlighted when she was called by the De partment of Agriculture in Marsh Harbour, since she has hives on her farm, to see if she would be willing to assist persons to relocate hives instead of destroying them. The Ministry of Agriculture had been reporting that many private citizens were calling with concern regarding the removal or killing of bees. This phone call gave rise to feelings of alarm and an article in Time magazine on the plight of the honeybees heightened her concern even further. Mrs. de Gregory was told by the De partment of Agriculture, Marsh Harbour, that particularly on Grand Bahama people are being led to believe that some of the hives contain Africanized bees. African ized bees are known colloquially as killer bees. They are some hybrid variety of Western honey bee species produced origi nally by crossbreeding of African honey bees with various European honeybees. This raised further concern because they do not want people to panic because many of these are not aggressive. Mrs. De Gregory stresses; It is very important for the public to understand how vital bees are to our existence and food se curity. Research shows that although many crops are only partially dependent on bee pollination, others, like the almond, cannot get by without it. According to the USDA one third of the food in our diet relies to some extent on bee pollination. Some of the crops which are extremely reliant on bees for pollination include apple, avo cado, broccoli, blueberry, onion, cherry, cucumber and celery to name only a few. There is a huge shortage of bees in the world, stated Mrs. De Gregory and consequently farms are being lost because there is no way for the crops to be polli nated. This will lead to a food shortage and the production of laboratory engineered food. Some people think that bees are a threat but they do not pose a threat unless they are messed with and will not attack unless attacked, she stated. According to a bee specialist in Nas sau, Kirk Deleveaux, bees are most ac tive twice a year, in Spring and Fall and there is a large movement of bees at those times. He stated that, fortunately, bees are not declining on such a rapid scale in The Bahamas as they are throughout the rest of the world. The message he and Mrs. De Greg ory want to get out is to Save the bees. We need to protect our healthy bees and to Elbow and Lubbers welcome newest Real Estate Agent Press Release Abaco entrepreneur Sarah Sams has joined Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty as a sales agent in Elbow Cay and Lubbers Quarters. The multi-talented Sarah has lived in Abaco since birth, except for her years at Valencia and Stetson University in Central Florida where she majored in Fine Arts. After university, she started Pine apples, a popular waterfront restaurant in Green Turtle Cay which has been in opera tion for over 10 years. Sarah worked as a water sports co ordinator at Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club in Guana Cay and went on to start Abaco Paddle Board, a successful water sports company in Elbow Cay, with her husband. Shes a licensed boat captain with many years of experience navigating the Abaco chain of cays. Sarah has a wide cir cle of friends and acquaintances, including locals, second home owners and visitors, as a result of her lifetime in Abaco and various business ventures. She lives in Lubbers Quarters with her husband and two sons. Mike Lightbourn, president of Cold well Banker Lightbourn Realty, was ex cited to have Sarah join his Abaco team. A lifetime in the hospitality business has given Sarah a unique insight into tour ism and development in the Abacos, he said. Sarah, he added, is a natural peoples person. She has the insight, experience and commitment to successfully conclude any type of transaction, whether it involves a small home, a private island or anything in between, he said. Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realtys Abaco headquarters are located in Marsh in Nassau, Exuma and Long Island and agents in Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimi ni and Eleuthera, including Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. Business this end Mrs. de Gregory wants to strongly promote non chemical farming through the use of natural organic products for fertil izers and pest control. Fertilizers have pesticides in them which affect the repro duction of bees, she stated. It is a most dangerous thing to im port bees without going through the Minis try of Agriculture because there is risk for bringing in fungus and other diseased bees. People must be educated and armed, she stated. Sometimes bees will swarm around a house and make their hives within the roof or walls. If the bees can be attracted to a tree branch to form a hive then they can safely be collected by a beekeeper and transported to his hive but if they build a hive within the roof or walls then there is often no way to get them out without kill ing them. She therefore urges people to seal up all cracks through which bees can get into a home to prevent this problem from hap pening. Bees in crisis, Dept. of Agriculture and By Samantha Evans Lovelys Delight and Commonwealth Bank donated school supplies to Central Abaco Primary School this school year. Lovely Reckley is a friend of the school and always goes out of her way to ensure that she assist as many students as possible with school uniforms and shoes. Again this year, she worked along with Miss Saman tha V. Evans, the Guidance Counselor of needed such items. The students then met with their par ents at His and her Jeans or Sports World where they got the items needed. Both stores have been generous enough to add additional items to assist more students as well. Commonwealth Bank is a great part ner with the Ministry of Education and for numerous years now they have been donating composition books, pencils and pens to public schools across the Baha mas. Again this year they donated books to Abaco schools and Central Abaco Pri mary School, being the largest school on the island, received six cases of books, a bag of pencils and pens as well as a few drawstring bags. The items were presented to Vice Principal Keva McIntosh on Monday Sep tember 9, 2013 at 9:30am. The items will be distributed to students on a needs basis. Two businesses donate school supplies to Central Abaco Primary By Jennifer Hudson Assistant who assists Dr. Latesha Mac Donald at the Abaco Medi Centre. She is registered with both the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Council. She received an Associates Degree cum Laude from the College of The Bahamas followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree summa Cum Laude in Alternative and Complementary Medicine from Florida Metro University. Next August she plans to further her studies for another two years to obtain a Masters Degree which she aims to achieve Magna cum Laude at Nova South Eastern certify her as a Physicians Assistant which means that she will be able to diagnose ill nesses and also have the power to prescribe medications. It will also include other of As a Medical Assistant Ms. Bullard carries out many functions. She assists the doctor with triage, performs ECGs assists with gynecological examinations, does glucose testing, screens patients pri or to being seen by the doctor, removes sutures, dresses wounds and carries out blood tests in the new chemical analyzer. She also assists the doctor in emer gencies, sets up IVs and acts as the doc tors right hand. She often has to help with car accident victims and, recently, also with a drowning. Ms. Bullard feels that Medical As sistant and Physicians Assistant are excel lent career choices since this is a growing biology plus, very importantly, a desire to help people. Krysia has loved making peo ple feel better since she was a small girl. She remembers staying with an aunt who had a full medicine cabinet which totally intrigued her and whenever any of her little friends got a booboo she would take care of it for them using items from the medi cine cabiniet. She describes herself as a real peo ple person full of empathy and a person who does not get grossed out which, of course, is a very necessary attribute for a physician. When asked if there are any draw backs, Ms. Bullard stated that the only one 8.00 a.m. -5.00 p.m., one must be will ing to stay late and always be ready at any time to be called in for emergencies, even at night. But the rewards are well worth it, she says. Ms. Bullard has worked with Dr. Macintosh for the past year and a half since she completed her training and Dr. McIn tosh opened the Abaco Medi Centre. She states that working with Dr. McIntosh has the doctor as her role model. Careers on Abaco: My Life as a Medical Assistant with Krysia Bullard

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusVisit our Showroom Located Opposite the old Lowes PharmacyOwners: Ronnie & Pauline RobertsPhone: (242) 367-0546 4 DRAWER CHEST WOODEN BUNK BEDS $575 .00 METAL BUNK BEDS $450 .00 ADIRONDACK CHAIRS $230 .00 FREE PILLOW!! WITH ANY SIZE MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGCommercial Carpet..$11.00sq.yd. Carpet Padding........$5.75 sq.yd. LAMINATED FLOORING $2 50 sq.ft. PADDING $0.55 sq.ft. 5 SHELF BOOK CASE $150 00 BABY CRIBS $250 00 & $285 00 WOODEN TODDLER BEDS $175 .00 10% DISCOUNT on all sales except already discounted items and carpet Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site: abacomarbleandgranite.com Entrepreneur Watch Taylors Production By Samantha Evans Taylors Production is now open for business on the island of Abaco commenc ing services on September 9, 2013. The brother and sister team, made up of Ian and Marcia Taylor are now offering a Back to School special inclusive of a photo ID, 2-5 by 7 photos and 4 passport photos. Since students always need photos for enroll ment and IDs are being introduced in more schools, they decided to make this package available here. They specialize in photos for all oc casions including weddings, proms, birth days, and graduations. They also take pass port photos and ID cards for students and works. Different packages are available and can be customized for any function. They are located in Dundas Town and can be reached by calling 676-1351, 4236797 or 448-7621. Scotts Financial Services By Samantha Evans There are many businesses opening up on the island of Abaco which is a good indicator that the Bahamas is rebounding from the recession but many of these busi ness owners do not have anyone to handle the bookkeeping and accounting needs of their business. It is for this reason that Scotts Financial Services was started. On Monday September 16, 2013, this business was launched in Murphy Town. They specialize in bookkeeping and ac counts, balancing accounts, preparing resums and references, preparing esti mates, bids, and bills, and printing term papers and BJC and BGCSE course work. They offer affordable services for the small business man. They are open Monday to Saturday and will be happy to provide you with a quote once you contact them. The phone number is 475-9847. Super Hair Cuts By Samantha Evans Ricardo Parker hails from North Abaco and has been cutting hair for some eight years. Over the years, he has offered his service free of charge to kids all across this island and is now in a position to start his own business which he calls Super Hair Cuts. He is located next door to the Betty staff two beauticians and another barber. They offer full barber and beautician ser vices to men, women, and children. In the near future, they will be adding pedicure and manicure services. They are open every day except Sun day. The business hours are Monday to Wednesday 9am to 7pm and Thursdays to Saturdays 9am to 10pm. Ricardo can be reached at 533-2155, Waldez Russell 4312960, Lillian Martin 458-4096 and Jackie Robbins 475-9275. Further Business Foxys Pizza Take Out and Delivery By Samantha Evans On August 27, 2013, Foxys Pizza opened its doors in Murphy Town across from Murphy Town Park on Forest Drive. They are located in the building previously occupied by Ts Undergarments. Revie Fox Sr. has had a successful business in Exuma for many years and now that he has relocated to Abaco, he decid ed to open his business here. Before they opened the store, he tested the market and the response was good. They specialize in seafood, meatlovers, supreme and veggie pizzas, stuffed pizzas and calzones. They have numerous meat, seafood and vegetable toppings. Ex tra toppings can be added for an additional topping which is $5.00. Water, juice and soda are also on sale. Pizzas are sold by the pan and by the slice. In the coming weeks, they will be adding salads, wings and bread sticks. School lunch orders are available and Foxys Piz za supports school programs when schools utilize their lunch program. Principals are welcomed to contact them to learn more about their school lunch program. Delivery is available to Marsh Har bour, Murphy Town, Dundas Town, and Spring City for a small fee. Pizza prices include: small $12.00, medium $16.00, large $20.00, and extra large $24.00. Foxys Pizza is open every day from 12 noon to midnight. They can be reached by calling 4759606 or 458-4810. Real Property Tax exercises being carried out on Abaco Press Release The Department of Inland Revenue Real Property Tax, wishes to advise that a massive exercise in the reassessment of properties within the Abaco district is the Department of Inland Revenue. As sessments are used by the Real Property Tax Valuations Unit to determine the val ue of a property and its related Property taxes. Property owners not having their has changed (vacant, improved, residen tial or commercial property) can assist the department by completing a Declaration of Real Property Taxes form declaring the of the property. The same applies for properties that have never being declared. A copy of the declaration form can be obtained by vis Government Complex Marsh Harbour or online at http://forms.bahamas.gov. bs/documents/BUSLIC_declaration%20 form%20front%20new.pdf The form along with a copy of the gaynellrolle@bahamas.gov.bs or hand de the below listed contact.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 ere & Back.....Again EFFECTIVE: JULY 2012 Ph: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 REGULAR FERRY SCHEDULE Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute ride 7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pm 4:00pm / 5:45pm Hope Town to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pm 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pm Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute ride 7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* 4:00pm / 5:45pm *Except Sundays and Holidays Man-O-War to Marsh Harbour 8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pm *Except Sundays and Holidays Marsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cay 30 minute ride 6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pm Scotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbour 8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pm Any stops outside the main harbour will be a minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or over will remain at regular charge. During the month of August through December there are some adjustments made to the schedule. You are advised to contact the oce for any changes. REGULAR FERRY FARES One Way: $17.00 Round Trip Open Return: $27.00 Children 6-11: Half Price Children 5 and under: Free Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart from the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn. Prices subject to change without notice. Alburys Ferry Service Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise Island-wide Abaco Listings Abaco Cottage 114 hse 366-0576 Abaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529 Casuarina Point Sea Grape/Coco Plum 2 Units 367-2107 Cherokee Lee Pinder 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 Grand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 Green Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4200 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties 34 hse 365-4047 Leeward Yacht Club 5 hse 365-4191 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 Guana Cay Dive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 Ocean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140 Hope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse 366-0224 Hope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 3 Suites 366-0003 Hope T Villas 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 Lubbers Quarters Cay Lubbers Landing 4 villas 577-2000 Man-O-War Island Home Rentals 2 hse 365-6048 Waterway Rentals 14 hse 365-6143 Marsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse 367-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 367-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 367-2022 Conch Inn 9 rms 367-4000 Living Easy 16 hse 367-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 367-3600 Regattas 32 apts 577-6764 HG Christie 11 hse 367-4151 Sandy Point Oeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 366-4119 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 365-0083 Treasure Cay Abaco Estate Services Mult hse 365-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 365-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 365-8801 Turtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Hotels and House Rental Agents Web Sites with Abaco Information www.abaconian.com www.abacoinet.com www.abacocottage.com www.abacos.com www.oii.net www.bahamas.com Hope Town..cont Further Business By Mirella Santillo People diving by K& S Auto Ser vice Ltd on Saturday September 21, might have wondered why there were red and why there was DJ music blaring from loud speakers and why there was a gathering of people giving the place an atmosphere of celebration. For the owner, Percy Albury and his son Shannon, who managed the service sta tion since 1983, it was effectively an occa sion worth celebrating: thirty years of suc cessful family business in Marsh Harbour. On September 23, 1983 to be precise, Percy Albury recalled opening the doors of K&S Auto Service Ltd, at the corner of Don Mackay Boulevard and Forest Drive. It was much smaller then, he explained, as most of the repair warehouses were added over the years. While a bartender offered drinks, heaps of marinated chicken and ribs were being grilled by Henry Dawkins. As the afternoon wore off, more guests arrived partaking of the libations and socializing. Mr. Shannon Albury walked about from the front shop to the party grounds, talking to friends and making sure everything was under control. The September 21 party was not the only demonstration of appreciation for pa trons. Special give-away prizes had been drawn each Saturday for three weeks preceding the anniversary party. People spending $10 or more for gasoline could enter their names for a prize drawing. The won by Mr. David Sands took place on September 7. The following Saturday, a lucky cus tomer, Norma Seymour, went home with a Samsung Galaxy S4. Two drawings took place on the day second for a trip for two people to either New York, Atlanta or Miami, including a 4 days/ 3 nights stay in a hotel. On that last drawing day, a huge plas tic bag containing hundreds of tickets was At 6:00 pm, the deadline for the drawing, Mr. Shannon Albury drew the two winning tickets under the watchful eyes of his fa ther. The iPad 2 was won by Mr. Devis Mercius of Dundas Town. The winner of the grand prize, Mr. K& S Auto Service Ltd celebrates thirty years with prize drawing Errol Thurston, also from Dundas Town, was immediately contacted. He arrived a few minutes later to claim his prize, a large grin on his face, on time to be congratu lated by the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Re nardo Curry. Above: Errol Thurston of Dundas Town (right) being congratulated by the Member of Parliament for North Abaco Renardo Curry in front of K&S Auto. Mr. Thurston won a 4 days/ 3 nights stay in a hotel. By Timothy Roberts Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR) along with local Fire Authority Sgt. Paul Johnson carried out and government buildings on September and give suggestions with a view to saving The month of September has been designated as Fire Safety & Awareness Month; this is an annual event promoted by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Services. Danny Sawyer, Fire Chief of MH VFR, said the response of the schools and they will be given reports highlighting ar eas that need improvement. Local Fire Authority, Sgt. Johnson added that Fire Services will work in con junction with MHVFR to carry out more drills throughout the year. Mr. Sawyer said that the schools and need to work out evacuation routes in or der to get children safely away from build He added that teachers need to be aware of the students in their classrooms and do a roll call as soon as possible after evacuating their class room. Likewise, of ensure that all co-workers are accounted for. Mr. Sawyer said all schools need to ers in the class rooms and regularly inspect their equipment to ensure everything is in working order. After all, it is about the safety of ev eryone; especially the children, he said. Having a plan will only make everyones life that much safer. Central & All Abaco

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Dive ShopsAbaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour.......................367-2963 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour.................................. 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War............................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town.............................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.........................................365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay......................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................................... 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop ...............................................365-6013 A & P Car Rentals ............................................. 367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals .............................. 367-1035 Bargain Car Rentals .......................................... 367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ................................... 367-3910 Cruise Abaco. .................................................... 577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ...................... 367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals ...................................... 367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars .................. 367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals .......................................... 367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals ......................................... 367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals ............................. .367-4000 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental .................. 365-4411 C & D Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4311 Cruising Cart Rentals ........................................ 365-4065 D & P Cart Rental ............................................. 365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals ....................................... 365-4119 Kool Karts ........................................................ 365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals ............................................ 365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes ...................................... 365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals ............................................ 365-4259 Donna Sands Cart Rentals ............................... 365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes ................................. 365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals ..................................... 365-5175 Cruise Abaco ............................................. 321-220-8796 Conch Pearl Boat Rentals .................................. 365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals ................................. 365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................ 357-6540 & 365-6143 Cats Paw Boat Rentals ..................................... 366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart ................................................. 366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals .................................. 366-0064 Island Cart Rentals .......................................... 366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals .............................. 366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental ................................................ 366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals .................................... 366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals ............................................ 366-0069 Abaco Adventures Kayaks ............................. 365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. ......................................... 365-8687 Cashs Carts ...................................................... 365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals .......................................... 365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ............................................... 365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals ........................................... 365-8761 Wendals Bicycle Rentals...................................365-8687 Visitors Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Abaco Pizza. ................................ $ .................. 367-4488 Anglers ................................... $$$ .................. 367-2158 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails ............................... $$$ .................. 367-4444 Golden Grouper ......................... $$ .................. 367-2301 Island Family Rest ..................... $$ .................. 367-3778 Java Coee House ....................... $ .................. 367-5523 Jamies Place ........................... ..$$ .................. 367-2880 Junovias.....................................$$..................367-1271 Jib Room .................................. $$ .................. 367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ............... $ .................. 367-2615 Mangoes ................................. $$$ .................. 367-2366 Rum Runners.............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack ............................... $ .................. 367-4005 Snappas .................................... $$ .................. 367-2278 Wallys .................................... $$$ .................. 367-2074 Abaco Inn .............................. $$$ .................. 366-0133 Capn Jacks ................................ $$ .................. 366-0247 Firey.......................................$$$................. 366-0145 Harbours Edge ......................... $$ .................. 366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) .............. $ .................. 366-0760 HT Inn & Marina.........................$$................. 366-0003 H T Harbour Lodge .................. $$$ .................. 366-0095 Munchies .................................... $ .................. 366-0423 OnDa Beach .............................. $$ .................. 366-0558 Sea Spray ............................... $$ .................. 366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................ $ .................. 366-0788 Petes Pub .................................. $$ .................. 366-3503 Cracker Ps ................................. $$ .................. 366-3139 Bradleys on the Harbour ............. $ .................. 365-6380 Dockn Dine ................................. $ .................. 365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................ $ .................. 365-6501 Bakers Bay Market Place ...... $$$ .................. 612-1021 Grabbers ................................... $$ .................. 365-5133 Nippers ..................................... $$ ................. 365-5143 Orchid Bay ............................... $$$ .................. 365-5175 Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ................ $ .................. 365-8470 Florences Cafe ............................. $ ................. .365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant ............. $$$ .................. 365-8469 Touch of Class ........................ $$$ .................. 365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................ $$$ ................. .365-9385 Blu House ............................. $$$ .................. 365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro ...................... $$ .................. 365-4247 Green Turtle Club .................... $$$ .................. 365-4271 Harveys Island Grill ................... $$ .................. 365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntoshs Restaurant .............. $$ .................. 365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant ............. $$ .................. 365-4181 New Plymouth Inn .................... $$ .................. 365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill $$ ................. 365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe .................. $$ .................. 365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners .............................. $$ .................. 365-4060 Nancys ...................................... $$ .................. 366-4120 Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue......Marine VHF 16...............366-0282 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour ..................... 367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center.....................................................367-9999 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic ................................ 367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis.................................................367-0020 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay ........................................ 365-8288 Integrated Medical Center .......................................... 367-1304 Emergency ............................................... 458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ................................... 367-0050 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour ........................... 367-2510 Government Clinic, Coopers Town ............................. 365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay .......................... 365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town .................................. 366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point ................................. 366-4010 Out Island Chiropractor...............................................367-2584 Blu House ....................... 38 ......... F ................ 365-4247 Green Turtle Club .............. 40 ......... F ................ 365-4271 Black Sound Marina .......... 15 ............................ 365-4531 Other Shore Club ............... 15 ......... F ................ 365-4226 Abaco Yacht Service ........... 10 ......... F ................ 365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26............................365-4191Treasure Cay Marina........ ..150......... F............... ..365-8250 Man-O-War Marina .......... 28 ......... F .................365-6008Boat Harbour Marina ...... 192 ......... F .................367-2158 Conch Inn .......................... 72. .........F.................367-4000 Harbour View Marina ........ 40 ......... F ................367-2182 Mangoes Marina ............... 29 ........... .................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ...... 62 ......... F .................367 2700Hope Town Marina ............ 62 ............................ 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina .............. 6 ......... F ................366-0154 Sea Spray .......................... 60 ......... F ................366-0065Schooner Bay .................... 15 ......... F ................475-7626Spanish Cay Marina ........... 40 ......... F ................365-0083Bakers Bay Marina .......... 158 ........... ................365-5802 Guana Hide-aways ............ 37 ........... ................365-5070 Orchid Bay ......................... 66 ........ F ................365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ........................... 367-2266 AirGate Aviation New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 American Eagle Miami ..................................................... 367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Regional Freeport ............................................................... 367-0446 Silver Airline Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ............ 367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas Nassau ......................................................... 367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Western Air Nassau ........................................................... 367-3722 Abaco Air .............................................................................. 367-2266Cherokee Air Charters .........................................................367-1920 Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ........................................................ $10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........................................ $15 Spring City ........................................................................................ $15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch ............................. $15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern .......................................................... $20 Snake Cay ........................................................................................ $35 Casuarina Point ................................................................................. $60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour ............................................. $80 Bahama Palm Shore ......................................................................... $90 Crossing Rocks ................................................................................ $105 Sandy Point ................................................................................... $150 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ................................................... $80 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $85 Fox Town ........................................................................................ $165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel ................................................. $ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern .......................................... $10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ............................................................... $10 Madeira Park .................................................................................... $20 Sand Banks ...................................................................................... $25 Treasure Cay Resort ........................................................................... $30 Leisure Lee ....................................................................................... $45 Black Wood ...................................................................................... $20 Fire Road & Coopers Town ............................................................... $40 Cedar Harbour ................................................................................. $60 Wood Cay ......................................................................................... $70 Mount Hope .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town .......................................................................................... $85 Crown Haven ................................................................................... $90 Marsh Harbour airport ..................................................................... $80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport .............................................. $80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ................................................ $85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry ........................................... $25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole ........................................................ $30 Albert Lowe Museum ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Lighthouse ....................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour ........ Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ........... Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry ...................... Little Harbour Man-O-War Heritage Museum...................Man-O-War Cay Man-O-War Boatyards .............................. Man-O-War Cay Hole-inWall lighthouse -very rough road......South Abaco Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need guide...North Abaco Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill......................North Abaco Abaco wild horses by appointment..................... 367-4805 Bird watching ask tourism.................................367-3067 Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour www.theabaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ............... 367-3941 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh ... 477-5037 Alexander Rolle ........ 365-0120 Edward Rolle ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston ......... 365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley .... 366-4323 Anthony Bain ............ 366-4107 Rickmons.........366-4139/4477 Petes Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Casaurina Point Junior Albury ............... 366-3058 Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer ............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ............... 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer ................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer ........... 357-6667 Hope Town Maitland Lowe ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury .................. 366-3141 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ................375-8068 Sidney Albury............... 477-5996 Richard Albury ............577-0313 Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Abaco Dental Asso......................................................367-0164 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062 Everyone reads The AbaconianBring errors & revisions to our attention Revised July 2013All phones use area code 242 unless noted .......... ....367-2936 ..................... ....367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure ........................... ....577-0004 Adventure on Prozac T Cay ........................ ....365-8749 .................. ....365-4411 ....................... ....365-8506 ...... ....367-2787 ......... ....366-0024 Charter Fishing BoatsLucky Strike Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140 Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 18 October 1st, 2013 A scrimmage among the new clubs was held on Saturday, September 21. See page 11. Photo by Jamie Cash Sweeting. By Canishka Alexander Excitement sums up the collective mood of the New Entry Band members, and even more so, since the video shoot of the groups new hit song: Excited at Grabbers Bed Bar & Grill on Guana Cay in late August. Lead singer Wilner Pierre said that since the bands formation in 2006, things have been going great. In fact, New En try is looking forward to having Excited featured on Bahamian music sensation Kirkland KB Bodies latest KB & Friends: Vol. 4 album. They also intend to travel to Nassau to promote a few more of their popular songs that predominantly combines pop music with a cross section of musical genres performed onstage in front of live audiences. Later in the year, Pierre said they will be entering The Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) Festival again, so they need Aba cos support like crazy this year. GBOB takes place at Nassaus Botanical Gardens and all Bahamian bands that sign up will compete for a chance to be crowned the Best New Band in The Bahamas, and get to travel to Thailand to compete in the GBOB World Finals. He explained: It is a competition, but then you have to bring your supporters New Entry Band releases new hit song: Excited along. It is in Nassau so even though peo ple may like the band over there, we need the Abaco people to be in the audience. So with GBOB taking place on Nov. 2, in the meantime New Entry members want to embark on a Nassau tour one weekend to complete the promotional part of releasing the Excited video. The Ex cited Tour will also be featured on Power 104.5 FM Radio Personality King CNotes show at Club Waterloo. Then when they return to Abaco, New Entry will put together a red-carpet show showcasing the models from the music video, various dee jays and corporate sponsors to show people what is available to them on Abaco. Besides Excited, fans may re call more popular songs like: Dancing Queen, which was released before Excit ed; On My Mind, an R&B song; Try Again, a Reggae track; Party Time for the soca lovers; and Party All the Time, an upbeat, pop song. Pierre said that they are looking for an artist from Nassau or perhaps Jamaica to feature on Party All the Time. The group also released a num ber of mixes, and remixes of popular songs or basically blended a reggae rhythm to re Youth Flag Football holds scrimmage game Above: New Entry band is excited to release their new single and music video. Please see Band Page 6

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Abaco Real Estate By Jennifer Hudson The friendship between Professor Jean Golden, Professor at Ryerson Uni versity, Toronto, Canada, and Lyn Major, Principal of Every Child Counts School (ECC), has grown over the years into a valuable partnership between the two in stitutions. This partnership has already tutions and continues to grow, providing a framework for the development of edu cational support and community programs for children with disabilities, in collabora tion with Bahamian teachers, parents and community leaders. to Lyn Major by Mary Gottlieb who is a longstanding volunteer at ECC. After her initial introduction to the work of ECC, Professor Golden immediately saw the connection which could be made between the two institutions and how the link could School & Youth News bring students with disability background training to assist at the school. A legal con tract was drawn up between Ryerson Uni versity and the Catholic Education Centre under which ECC operates. This docu ment, which is good for six years and is renewable, sets out what the students can do in response to the schools needs, so is seen as a long term partnership. The collaboration between both Lyn and me and the two schools has grown re ally fast, Professor Golden was pleased to announce. We both see the world in a similar way and have the same goals. Mrs. Major added that, Ryerson has brought an expanded level of resources and has broadened what the school has to of fer. Ryerson students came to ECC but last year the number expanded to nineteen Ear ly Childhood Studies and Social Work stu dents assisting in the classrooms at ECC. Our goal is to change peoples at titudes towards disabilities and to get the students more connected with the commu nity, stated Professor Golden. We have a fully developed anti-bullying program in Toronto geared towards helping the dis abled which we want to initiate here and we also hope to bring some faculty mem bers. The faculty is also interested in re search and two top researchers from the Department of Sociology, including the Chair of the Department, will be at ECC in October, informed Professor Golden. We are raising the vision in anti-disability government policy and practice, then ev Teachers at ECC are now wanting to take extra training as a result of what they have seen from the Ryerson connec tion and the link with Ryerson gives us op tions, says Mrs. Major. Professor Jean Golden has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Soci ology from Ryerson University, Toronto, Human Rights. She has been teaching at Ryerson University since the 1970s and has played a key leadership role in the de velopment of critical community focused curriculum in the Sociology Department. Her special teaching interests are Human Rights; Women Studies; Racialization; diversity Issues and her current research interest is Disability Education Human Rights in The Bahamas. She has been hon oured many times for her work. Lyn Major, Principal of Every Child Counts School, has a Bachelor of Arts De gree in Sociology with a minor in Psychol ogy from Caldwell College, Caldwell NJ and a Master of Arts Degree in Education seling from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. She has worked in social work, mental health, teaching and guid ance counseling prior to establishing the Every Child Counts School. ECC embraces an expanding partnership Above: Professor Jean Golden, left, and ECC Principal Lyn Major. Back to School Night and Pep Rally held at Central Abaco Primary By Samantha Evans Central Abaco Primary School held evening, September 10 beginning at 6pm at the school. This event was a part of their Back to School Night which is held annu ally to welcome the students to the school and for them to meet the teachers of their children. At this event, the parents engaged in chats, quizzes and games which were a lively twist to what could have been a rigid and boring gathering due to the numerous speakers they heard. The night was so well executed that they did not mind the talks which were given to inform them of the schools plans for the school year. perintendent Dr. Lenora J. Black, who welcomed them back to another exciting school year under the theme: Maximizing the Quality of Instructional Leadership in Pursuit of Excellence in Education. She spoke to them of some of the importance of their children having a good solid educa tion and the role they and teachers play in making this happen. She encouraged them to purchase the material their children need and partner with the school so that they can do all they can to help their children achieve success. The parents committed themselves to part nering with the school. Please see Pep Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Finally, she pleaded with parents who may be having hard times to come in and school personnel so that they can get the help needed which will allow those chil dren who are not in school as yet to start. After she spoke, principal of the school, Beatrice Moxey, spoke to the parents about the school rules and policies, pick up and drop of changes and some of the areas they can assist the school. Following her presentation, the par ents were directed to the classrooms where they met with the teachers. Refreshments were served which were donated by their parents of excellence. The pep rally was moderated by Paul Knowles Grade 6 teacher. School & Youth News Pep From Page 2 Change Ministries donates lunch to feed less fortunate By Samantha Evans Due to the hard economic times that many persons are still facing and in an at tempt to give back to the community in which they live, Change Ministries In ternational has committed themselves yet again to assist with the feeding of children in need at Central Abaco Primary School. This school is the largest one of the island, educating some 870 students. This number within itself can pose a challenge for teachers and staff which increases when some students have no food to eat. This then puts the pressure on the schools Guidance Department to seek assistance for these children in need so this com mitment by another community partner is wonderful indeed. Change Ministries Intl brings 35 hot lunches to the school every Monday which is a blessing to the students. They started this lunch program on Monday September 16, 2013. Back to School Bash held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church By Samantha Evans Its Preparation Time was the theme under which the Back to School Bash was held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church on Sunday afternoon September 8 at 3pm. The Anglican Christian Women (ACW) and the Sunday School Department along with Rev. Willish Johnson wanted to assist their students with school supplies so they planned this event. The Back to School Bash began with a sing-spiration where the children sang favorite chorals and rounds of songs unto Guidance Counselor of Central Abaco Primary School Samantha V. Evans who spoke to the students about study habits. She used the oldie-but-goodie poem Per severe to bring the message home to the students who ranged in age from 4 to 17. She told the students that even though school has just begun, it is important that they begin the year with a pattern of study ing and reviewing the work they cover in school each day. She told them that they must determine what they want to achieve this year and set a plan in place to achieve it. This should be encompassed by them committing to studying for at least 1 to 2 hours a day. Secondly, she told them that they are ripe for success because they just ended their summer vacation so they should be well rested and rejuvenated. Next, she told them that many stu dents complain that school work is hard and that teachers are tough but she told them that hard work is required if they are to be successful in life. She reminded them that even the Bible states that by the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread. She encouraged them to not let their emotions control them but rather determine in their mind that they will study hard and stay focused regardless of what is posted on Facebook, what is coming on televi sion, who is texting them or what they are saying, or what their friends are doing. She further encouraged them to stay focused on their goals, dreams and future plans. Finally, Evans told the students that once they work hard they will be promoted every year until they graduate grade six, then grade nine then grade twelve. She told them of her daughters personal journey to success and how Aisha Jones, now in her derstands clearly what mommy was say ing all along. She climbed the hill of success every year, pushing through obstacles and it paid off with her receiving a full scholarship to college. Her closing words to the young people were to pray to God for wisdom, knowledge and understanding and He will direct their path and answer their prayers, stay away from friends who are not on the path to success, and make this year the best one ever! After Miss Evans spoke, Taliyah Pin der recited a poem that resulted in a stand ing ovation followed by a skit entitled New Beginnings written by Kayla Wallace. The speaker for this event was Paul Knowles, President of the Abaco Toastmasters Club to guide them through this school year. He told them that appearance is ev erything so they must ensure that they leave the house looking their best at all times, remember that respect and manners makes the man, learn all they can while they can, always be prepared and know Jesus Christ for themselves. The students were then given their school packets and bags which included school books, folders, pencils, pens and sharpeners. The teachers in attendance were given a goody bag too. A reception followed in the parish hall.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW!!! 6,100 sq.ft. lot just 30 from Coco Bay Beach. Short walk to public dock. Power and water. $250,000.00. Great Opportunity! Price Reduction! Twin Palms oers two immaculate attached furnished waterfront townhouses on the Sea of Abaco. Each side mirrors the other with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. A/C throughout. Internet and satellite. 2 Kayaks. Mini putts. Newly built 60 dock accommodates 42 boat. .537 acres. Reduced from $1.65m to $1.45.. JUST REDUCED!!! 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Just reduced from B$85,000 to B $59,000.00. NEW!!! 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. NEW!!! Chic furnished artists home with two master bedroom suites plus 1/2 bath. Water view of White Sound. Within walking distance to a public dock with ramp. A/C throughout. Artist studio with north light exposure. Garage, workshop, golf cart. $495,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00.Two elevated waterfront parcels on the Blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. Approximately 1/4 acre each with 85 each on the water. Naturally deep water for a dock. Priced to sell TOGETHER for a total of $ 395,000 + 7 1/2% to close Fredericks Agency Ltd. Customs Brokers Customs Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign ports Queen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Local reverend heads Alpha Institute for Academic Excellence By Canishka Alexander The Alpha Institute for Academic Ex cellence was established in 2011 by Rev. Charles Carey of Wesley College. Rev. Carey is one of Alphas academic and ca reer counsellors, and has been an educator for 32 years. Alpha Institute seeks to prepare stu dents to live and serve in a global society, and it is on its way to becoming Abacos premier online learning institution. Through the Academic Development Programme, there are three plans avail able: a Twelve Session Coaching Package, Six Session Coaching Package and Single Coaching Session. The College and Career Counselling Program is also equipped with three plans Full Series, Group Coaching Cohort and 24-Hour Coaching Session. Students receive preparation for en trance into college, they are educated on how to obtain scholarships, and they obtain vital information on job preparation and job transitioning. The High School Diploma Course was launched in mid-September in collabo ration with Wesley College, and is recog nized by the Ministry of Education. It is designed for persons 16 years or older who did not obtain a high school diploma or as a supplementary course for 12th grade stu dents. The high school course takes three months to complete, and also features a self-study program for students who re School & Youth News quire little assistance. Final scores are calculated from online coursework, which Listed courses are: Mathematics, English, Social Sciences and Biology months and then $199 per month thereaf ter. The courses are also offered as stand alone subjects. Additional services are a Homework Centre; tutoring for adults and students preparing for BJC, BGCSE, SAT and CLEP examinations; and a Lifelong Learning Programme. Rev. Carey noted that there is a great demand for these types of programs be cause there are many who were close to graduating or those who did not receive the right guidance in order to graduate. to Abaconians would mean they are better prepared for the workplace, they will be come more assertive, more consideration shown to them for job promotions, and they will readily take on leadership roles within organizations. The program also focuses on dressing properly, and the impacts of social media for those seeking employment. There is no geographical limit for those wishing to par ticipate in the program, so it is available to all islands. Rev. Carey pointed out that even schools that are understaffed can ben an online classroom setting. Currently, he is developing his schol arship database, so that students can know what all is available to them in terms of He thanked Keino Clarke of Million Clarke Production & Management for Al pha Institutes web design and web man agement services. For more details, e-mail Rev. Charles Carey at: alpha@wesleycol legebahamas.com or visit http://www. abacofoundation.com/alphainstitute or the Facebook page: Alpha Institute for Aca demic Excellence. Agape Christian School celebrates its 20th Anniversary with excellent BJCs/BGCSEs Press Release On August 27, 1994, Agape Chris tian School opened its doors to 29 students; most of whom were children of members of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel. It was the vision of some members of Marsh Har bour Gospel Chapel that every child should have a strong Christian upbringing and walk closely with God. With the aspiration of Mr. & Mrs. Troy Albury and Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Saw yer, Agape Christian School was created as a Ministry of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel and is led by Board Members and the Elders and Deacons of the Assembly. Today, the school boasts a population of almost 300 students in K3 through Grade 12, with very limited space to accommo date others. They travel from Mount Hope to Sandy Point and all the cays in between. The curriculum is structured to ac commodate students of varying ability and disposition. In addition to regular classes, we offer electives in Sewing, wrestling, Drama/Journalism, etc. This allows stu dents from various grades and age levels to interact and develop their social skills. Over the years their students have excelled in Sports and Academics. The Eagles (ACS basketball team), is presently rated as one of the best teams in The Ba hamas and in Abaco. Recently, they were runner-up in the Hugh Campbell Tourna ment. In addition to their athletic talents, the students are also excelling academi cally which proves that Agape Christian School produces well-rounded students. Following are the results of the 2012 2013 BJC / .BGCSE s and the percent age of passes. Language 95%; Social Studies 93%; General Science 89%; Art & Craft 83%; Health Science 82%; Math 83% Chemistry 100%; Geography 100%; Art 100%; Keyboarding 100%; English Language 93%; Math 80%; Bookkeep ing 66%; Religious Studies 71%; His tory 73% Sun Risers Foundation makes donation to S.C. Bootle Above picture shows: Vice-Pricipal, Sa brina Russell; Freddie McIntosh, Sun Ris ers Foundation; Rudolph Kawalram, Math Department Head; Alvino Saunders, Sun Risers Foundation and Chavonne Reid, Technical Department Head. Press Release Freddie McIntosh of the Sun Ris ers Foundation, based in Cooper's Town, made a special donation of supplies to the Language, Art and Mathematics Depart ments of S. C. Bootle High School re cently. Principal Huel Moss commented that it is good to see community-based individ uals giving back and assisting the school with much-needed supplies. He noted that the school is grateful for this gesture.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen Foods Phone or Fax : 366-2022 Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am7pm The Place to be is Cherokee! Cherokee Food Fair cord songs to. The name of the album is Music Evolution, Pierre added. We are also doing a collaboration with Dillon D-Mac McKenzie on a Bahamian song called Pretty Woman. We have already put the song together, but we are working with DMac to make it stronger. The main focus now, though, is Excited Party Time, and Party All the Time. These three songs thats the songs we are going to push out to the world. Truly, New Entry provides an ener getic and entertaining line up whenever and wherever they perform. Pierre is joined onstage by Anderson Alcime, lead singer and percussionist; Francois Innocent, bass player; Herode Innocent, guitarist; and Joanel Petite-Dot, keyboardist. Pierre gave his respect to the late Freeman Bouncy Greene, who was also a guitarist for the group. As a founding member of New Entry, Pierre was pleased that most if not all of their goals have been met. Its working; its coming along be cause I expected it to take a little while, Wilner said. If we continue, we will get where we want to get. New Entry has also belted out perfor mances at music shows in Ft. Lauderdale, and at the renowned Best of the Best Con Lifestyles Band From Page 1 Above: the members of New Entry Band. cert held annually in Miami. Although they are looking forward to returning next year stronger and more effective; however, they need the support of Abaco and sponsors to continue to perform at different venues and build their presence in the industry. We have been sponsoring ourselves to go to all of these different events, but we need to look for sponsors. People like us a lot in Nassau, but it is expensive having to travel there to perform. Lately, they have also connected with Fidelity Bank out of Nassau, and will be putting together commercials and a few jingles together in Creole and English us ing the Party Time track for the Cre ole version, and the Excited track for the English one. Many of their local gigs have been on the cays in locations like Green Turtle Cay, Grabbers in Guana Cay, Snap pas Grill & Chill, Moores Island and Grand Cay, and in Hope Town at Seaspray Resort, Harbours Edge, Hope Town Har bour Lodge, Abaco Inn, Capn Jacks and at the posh resorts namely Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club and The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. New Entry has done a bit of island hopping for their performances as well and have travelled to Andros, Exuma, Eleuthera, Grand Bahamas, Nassau, the Berry Islands and Bimini particularly at weddings. Their music career has allowed them to perform alongside members from the Queen Band who sing: We Will Rock You. They also became acquainted with Owner and Co-Founder of Patron John Paul DeJoria who assisted them with copyrighting their original songs. One time the group received a call from Bahrain to perform for three months at a Ritz Carlton resort. Of course, the members have family and job obligations, so they were not able to take advantage of the three-month gig. Nevertheless, Pierre said his wife Molina Jeune Pierre has always been very sup portive of him. He talked about the broth erly connection among the band members recalling how they linked up with each other through church. Plus, Francois and Herode are brothers, and he and Anderson are related. With the band, its a family thing; everybody links in some way. Its more than a band; its like a brotherhood because I see them so much when we are practic ing, recording or performing together. We understand each other, we have our dif ferences, but we understand each other. would call on is each other. Their fans also make up their ex tended family, and Pierre wanted to per sonally thank all of the persons who have supported the band since its inception. He thanked the team of Abaco professionals Zyandric Jones, Serena Hollingsworth, Michel Fils-aime II, Dakota Delancey and the models who came together for their latest song, Excited, which will be re leased at the end of this month. Really want to thank all the people who support them and help them. Thank on a personal level and want them to stay connected as they release video forExcited by the end of the month. Fortunately, New Entry has been well received by all crowds, so according to Pierre, it makes it easier for them to con tinue what they are doing. They have also been utilizing many of the social media networks to promote their music, so fans can also visit the New Entry Band fan page entryband@blogspot.com, and download music on Sound Cloud and Reverbnation. I want to see every where playing our music; I want to feel and see it hap pening, Pierre envisioned. As far as the world itself, we want to get our stuff way out there. By Mirella Santillo Horticultural Society of The BahamasAbaco Branch. They met at New Vision Ministries in the morning of September 14 to be treated to a special very informative try by botanist, Dr. Ethan Fried. Dr. Fried, who calls himself a plant collector, is the Chief Botanist at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera, an organization associated with the Baha mas National Trust. Dr. Fried mentioned that the Leon Levy Preserve has catalogued approxi mately 250 species of plants. Most of them can be found on the preserves web site with photos and descriptions. During his travels to nearly all islands of The Bahamas, (except Rum Cay and Little Inagua) he has catalogued 99 species of plants endemic to The Bahamas, with nearly half of them on Abaco. Endemic plants do not grow anywhere else in the World. 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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 367-0062Sponsored by: AARC Abaco Beach Resort BAARK! Bahamas Air Deans Shipping Friends of Abaco Animals Island Breezes Motel Island Family Restaurant Snappas According to Dr. Fried, there is no such thing as a weed. A weed is a plant out of place he said. So his presentation can be propagated by seeds or cutting and used in landscaping. He advised not to pull them out, as most likely the roots would be damaged and the plant would die. Most of the plants shown in the presentation are sides or in forests, wetland or open grassy areas. The presentation gave a synopsis of the preserves collection, each plant shown mention of special features when appli cable. They were categorized as native or endemic, such as Lantana Bahamensis the solid orange colored lantana. The botanist explained that the pink ones. or bi-colored. are not native. Another species of Passi countered in the wild is also endemic. Not He also warned about invasive spe cies, such as Casuarina, Hawaiian Sea Grape, even Jumbay. Non-natives that do not spread or grow rapidly, such as Bou to the same extent. The presentation was followed by suggested that people bring samples of plants they wanted Dr. Fried to identify. Many did. Among the samples were leaves and twigs of Cascarella. Cascarella was dis cussed at length as it is collected for its bark used in the Italian liquor Campari. Another was wild Cinnamon (Canella Winterana), which the botanist cautioned should be approached with care as it is pollinated by wasps. The audience learnt that there is a fe male and a male tree of Sea Grape. Only the female tree produces fruits. Bustick, Varnish Bush, Spanish Stopper and Snake Root, among many others. The web site for the Leon Levy Pre serve is: www.levypreserve.org Lifestyles Botany From Page 6 Press Release Miss Abaco 2013 Patricia Curry was slated to participate in 2 international competitions as this years Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International and Miss Miss Abacos China Pageant postponed, prepares for Malaysia Above: Miss Abaco, Patricia Curry, at a local competition in 2012. Due to circum stances outside of the Miss Abaco Beauty Pageants control, Ms. Curry, who was set to represent The Bahamas in Beijing as Miss Tourism Queen of the Year Inter national and Miss Tourism International, was unable to go. Shes set her sights on the next international contest in Malaysia. Tourism International. It has been much discussion as to whether Miss Abaco will travel to China to compete in the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2013. The President of the Elements Group of Companies, which are the organizers of Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant, wants to make clear that he did not cancel the current Miss Abaco Patricia Curry trip to Beijing, China. As with any international pageant be ing hosted by a country, they must each have the full support of the host country to accommodate international Beauty Queens, this however did not happen in time for the Year International 2013. The Elements Group looks forward to your support as they prepare Miss Abaco 2013 Patricia Curry to compete in Malay sia in December of 2013. Abaconian Author wins 2013 Global Book Award Press Release One brave Bahamian novelist brings her ancestors stories and journals to life-and offers remembrance and hope to read ers worldwide. Her story sheds new light on the Great Trek out of East Prussia during World War II and the rarely dis cussed Forgotten Holocaust of the Ro mani Peoples. Marina Gottlieb Sarles is the daugh Doc Gottlieb and his well-loved wife Owanta Gottliebauthor of the longtime favorite autobiographyAngel Stand by Me. Dr. and Mrs. Gottlieb were medi cal pioneers in the community, delivering countless babies and taking care of all the medical needs of Abacos inhabitants from north to south. Marina grew up in Abaco and is mar ried to the well-known Freeport realtor, James Sarles of Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty. She is also the sister of the late Cay Gottlieb, musician, lawyer and founder of Cool 96, and prominent attor ney and former MP, Frederik F. Gottlieb of Marsh Harbour. Gottlieb Sarles has just been awarded a Global Book Award The Last Daughter of Prussia. In her upcoming book tour, the au thor has been invited to speak at various venues throughout the USA, including the prestigious East Hampton Library in Long Island, New York. Heres what Publishers Weekly says about The Last Daughter of Prussia: In Sarles's novel, set during WWII, Manya von Falken is a young East Prussian aristocrat in love with Joshi Karas, a Ro mani doctor. As the Russians are steadily encroaching into East Prussia and battling the Germans, the two young lovers get caught in the middle. Joshi is arrested by the Germans and taken to Stutthof, a forced labor camp, where he witnesses Nazi inhu he needs to survive. Manya and her family costing her everything, including Joshi.... [T]he sentiments and terror of the protago nists are well rendered, keenly felt, and quite vivid. Sarles adapted her novel from the real-life experience of her grandpar ents, and readers will appreciate the char acters' quiet heroism and be intrigued by this affecting tale of WWII. Publishers Weekly Based on true family stories passed down from her grandparents, Gottlieb Sar les reveals a too-often forgotten side of World War II that resonates strongly to day. Her moving novel brings to light: women (many of whom endured systematic rape) sies in concentration camps months at the end of World War II and would never return to the land they loved. the Great Trek the famous Trakehner horses who struggled so valiantly too bring their human families to safety. Gottlieb-Sarles has gained a repu tation for spellbinding readings and has moved audiences from all over the world by airing the overwhelming legacy of post Above: Marina Gottlieb Sarles at a recent book signing. Please see Book Page 8

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 war grief, as well as the physical and psy chological toll of unspoken painful family memories. Long Island, NY resident, Louise Stalzer, who attended one of Gottlieb Sar les most recent events says, Sarless reading was really incred ible last night. I want to thank her and acknowledge the healing that I saw. It touched me and I am struck with the power of it all and the way that people opened up to their most vulnerable places, most prob ably long held in their hearts. The Last Daughter of Prussia is Sand In My Shoes, is a collection of sto ries about The Bahamas. Her new novel is available through Amazon. Copies also can be purchased at Monkeys Uncle and Island Treasures. For more information about her novel: www.marinagottliebsar les.com Fourth seminar in Christian Counseling Centres Family series By Jennifer Hudson Well known psychiatrist, Dr. David Allen, presented his fourth seminar of the year at the Christian Counseling Centre in Marsh Harbour on September 13. It was one in a series of Family Group Sessions which confronts issues related to the fam ily and in which tools are shared to help solve these issues effectively. Lifestyles Book From Page 7 ple Helping People group seven years ago in Nassau and these sessions have become so popular that there are now seven groups in Nassau and one in Freeport. The week following this seminar he was also due to begin Family sharing groups at the Boys and Girls Industrial Schools at which it will be essential for one of the family members to attend. Dr. Allen was also pleased to an nounce that the previous week he had be gun a Family group on Green Turtle Cay and many people had come out for a time of sharing. Dr. Allen began these Family ses sions at a time when the drug crack was very powerful and was causing the break down of families. He saw mothers leaving home for crack. they split, he commented. The absent fa ther syndrome is very powerful and when there is a loss of love in the home it leads to pretend love on the streets which can be seen in gang groups. There is a deep void in the heart of young boys. The gun is a form of addiction used to counteract depression I am powerless but with a gun you are under my power, is the mantra of these gang members. They say that when they use a gun to shoot someone they feel on top of the world for a moment, says Dr. Allen. There is a critical period of time for intervention during a time of trouble in which children can be helped before the development shame and then self-hatred The child will then cut off and withdraw within himself. During this critical point, if the child does not receive love then then that relationship closes. Love relates to time and after a certain time peoples hearts close. As an illustration of how people need others to be able to survive he distributed and discussion followed. As the fable goes, many animals were dying in an extremely cold winter so the porcupines decided to group together to give off heat to each oth er but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After then deciding to distance themselves one from another they began to die alone and frozen. They had to make a choice; either to accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the earth. Wisely, they de cided to go back to being together and live with the little wounds because it was from the heat from the others that they were able to survive. The moral of the story tells us that; The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people but the best is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other persons good qualities. This is the idea inherent in Dr. Al lens Family groups; that people come together all on the same level and there is an authentic sharing and connecting. It provides kinship of family which in turn brings compassion, says Dr. Allen. Seventh Day Adventists plan Health Expo By Samantha Evans The Bahamas Conference of Seven teenth Day Adventist on Abaco will be hosting a health expo and an eight week wellness program from October 2 through to the end of November 2013. The pur pose of this event is to promote a lifestyle change. Once the participants would have gone through this expo, it is intended that they will live healthier lives. This is the third time they would be hosting a wellness expo. The healthy series will start on Oc tober 2 with training classes at the church in Marsh Harbour and end on Sunday Oc tober 6 with the health expo where persons will have an opportunity to get their blood pressure and blood sugar tested, their cho lesterol screened, attend cooking classes, health education sessions, and weight man ceive an expo t-shirt; all in an attempt to help them manage a healthy lifestyle. After the health expo, the eight weeks of wellness program will follow with ses sions every Sunday at the church. During these sessions participants will learn about the eight laws of health, get weighed, exer cise, and get their blood pressure checked. Registration for the expo and wellness pro gram will begin September 2 so interested persons can collect a form from Healthy Way from 12-2pm and pay the registration fee of $30 which covers the entire pro gram. The organizers of this event are Mar vin Sands and Pastor Patrick Terrel Health Director for the Northern Bahamas Con ference of SDA. This event is open to per sons from all churches and denominations. For more information, interested persons can call 551-7780 or 577-5265.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 CAN YOU BELIEVE CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE? DONT FORGET TO ADVERTISE IN THE ABACONIAN ONLY 5 ISSUES LEFT BEFORE CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARSDont Forget to Advtertise Your: Open House Store & Merchandise Restaurant Specials Christmas & New Year Events Political & Business Thank You ads School & Church Program DEADLINE FOR AD PLACEMENT October 15th issue is October 2nd November 1st issue is October 23rd November 15th issue is November 6th December 1st issue is November 20th December 15th issue is December 4th For more information you can contact us at 242-367-3200 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com or stop by and see us at our oce located in Dove Plaza #106 By Mirella Santillo Championship games marking the end of the basketball season of the Abaco Church Sports Association, took place on Friday September 6 at the Zion Baptist Ca thedrals basketball court. Only the best teams of the league were left, so the games were avidly disputed by the participating teams, with all the players trying their best to win. Needless to say that it made it in teresting for the fans who came to watch, cheering and booing depending on who scored the baskets. Sports Abaco Church Sports Association championship games prove exciting The under-twelve players of Change Ministries team, coached by Randy Da vis, played the Victory Tabernacles team 14 to 9. In spite of their young age, both teams players were really determined to win, but Change Ministries players as serted their superiority from the beginning. In another tightly defended game, the Victory Tabernacle Reds defeated the Zions Baptist Cathedral Blues 16 to 12. Venson Ferguson was the MVP in that sec ond game. Above: Church of God of Prophecy players celebrate their victory. It was a close victory for Victory Tabernacle Reds in the third game against Change Ministries in the nineteen and un der category. During that fast game, the two teams were nearly even most of the time, but with a last basket the score end ed 29 to 27. The MVP title went to Kyle Smith. Police Superintendent Noel Curry threw the jump ball for the fourth and last game between the senior players of Church of God of Prophecy and Zion Baptist Ca thedral. In spite of a slow start from the Dundas Town team, they soon caught up thanks to Edney Bootie Bethel who was without a doubt the MVP of that game. The Zion Baptist Cathedrals Blues were defeated 31 to 23. Ishmael Stretch Morley and Mr. Gilbert Davis were acting as referees, watching carefully and noting all the fouls. Parishioners of the church manned a bar becue grill and soft drinks were available. It was good sports to watch and a good am biance for a family outing. Trophies will be awarded later on in the month and there will be a break before the next sport season starts with volleyball. Abaco Church Sports Association and Coopers Town Sunrise Teams battle it out in September By Mirella Santillo If Pastor Everette Strachan was a little upset of the Zion Baptist Cathedrals teams defeat the previous day, the victory of the Abaco Church Sports Associations All Star team against the Coopers Town Sunrise Foundation team put a smile back on his face. On the evening of September 7, Pas tor Strachan again took the road to Coo pers Town by bus with two of the Aba co Church Sports Associations All Star teams. Accompanied by Coach Cubel championship games of the season. As previously, the games took place on the basketball court of the Coopers Town Community Park. The two championship games were preceded by a friendly game of twelve and under kids from Coopers Town and Spring City. Coopers Town won 11-8. under took the court to play a very active game. The Sunrise Foundation's team took the offensive immediately, leading at the were having their fun, it seems, as they reversed the score at the beginning of the second half, never giving their opponent Sunrise 15, All Star 25. Sherano Wilson took the MVP title. The third and last game in the open age category was also a great game to watch. The Coopers Town team gave it a good try, running with all their might from Please see Sunrise Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Sports one end of the court to the next, but the All opening to score. They won 38 to 29. Junior Pierre was the MVP in the Above: the victors of the Open Category team matchup proudly display their trophies. third game. Mr. Ishmael Morley acted as referee for all three games. Alvino Sounders, the founder of Sun rise Foundation was waiting with awards for the participants. He handed out medals to all the players and trophies to the team leaders and to the Most Valuable Players. Sunrise From Page 9 By Canishka Alexander According to Abaco Church Sports Association President Everette Strachan, the idea for a church league for young peo ple developed out of a Round Robin Bas ketball Tournament for men that was held in May 2013. Although Pastor Stephen Knowles of Strong Tower Community Church was great responsibility as the president of the Abaco Christian Council, the role was then shared between Cubell Davis Jr. and Ish mael Stretch Morley, who also serves as in charge of the leagues referees, Davis Jr. is also the treasurer, and Karen Rolle is the secretary. All of the members agreed that the church league was a good idea to attract young men to a positive environment, and Strachan said that at least eight teams are a part of the league. It is for the entire island of Abaco from Sandy Point in the south to Crown Haven in the north, Strachan shared. It Church league ends basketball season, plans to start volleyball season is all about giving young men a positive en vironment and nurturing and bringing forth the talent that they all possess. There were up to 200 young men strong at the tournaments with four cat egories: 12 and under, 15 and under, 19 and under and open (over 20) categories. The old guards went out there and played three on three. I was never so painful in my life, but it was good to hang with the young men. Nearing the weekend of Sept. 6, they began to wind down the season with basketball championships at Zion Baptist Cathedral in Murphy Town. The 15 and under boys teams and 19 under boys were scheduled to play their games in Coopers Town that weekend. Strachan added that the league con sists of four disciplines, so next on the list thused that several teams from communi ties in South Abaco to North Abaco have expressed interest in joining the league. He emphasized that it is important to also talk with the youth and teach them dis cipline. Although there were rainy weather conditions throughout the summer, which was one the disadvantages of having an open court, both men were still extremely grateful for the time shared. The association received support from community stakeholders like North Abaco MP Renardo Curry and Supt of Po lice Noel Curry, who spoke to the young men and attended the games. They also thanked the churches for their involvement and for partnering with the league. During the summer, everyone takes vacations, but some cant, so it was a good thing for them to get involved, Strachan observed. There was a decline in young men on the streets because every evening Morley said that it was actually the goal of the association to keep the young boys away from trouble therefore no one was arrested and taken to court. So far, we were successful to that end, and also it brought unity among the churches with the young people. They are from various denominations and all came together and participated in a good, fun, [and] clean sport, Morley noted. He said the league will be an ongo ing exercise and with volleyball coming on stream, they expect the bulk of the teams to consist of females. We want to keep the camaraderie amongst the churches, Morley said, and in January, we will take a break and have a meeting to assess what we did right and what we did wrong to make adjustments before we start up in May. ends, Morley said there will be a banquet for athletes, organizers and the public to attend. It will be a formal event. It will give young people a different perspective; it is a formal affair. We are looking for some where to host the event ley said. Some good things are coming out of the church league, so we hope when we start up again, more people will be in volved. The objective is to bring the youth together, so that they dont get mixed up in unnecessary activities. cation form. Because they were intent on drumming up enthusiasm and support for the church league, no fee was charged to join. However, there are rules that govern the league. Gilbert Davis is one of the chairper sons for the Rules Committee, so he en forced the rules throughout the season. The rules state that players must attend church twice a month, and coaches are re sponsible for overseeing that. Teams are required to play four games to play in the playoffs, and they cannot jump from team to team. We have gone quite far in a short time, and I must give kudos to the board members because everything is volunteer ing, and they volunteer time, energy and efforts even down to their money just to ensure that these athletes have something positive to look forward to, Strachan re the community, and even though we may munities of Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour and indeed the Abacos as we go forward. Strachan noticed that the young men became very committed to the league, and on weekends when it would rain, they could be seen bailing water from the court area. Because New Vision Ministries and Zion Baptist Cathedral are the only church Please see Volleyball Page 11

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Pre-K through Grade 6Small Class Sizes & Individualized In struction shelly.roark@angelsacademyabaco.com www.AngelsAcademyAbaco.com 242-367-2780 es that have full-court facilities, Strachan said that it will be good for other churches to get their facilities up to speed to so that they can also host games. They want to play ball, they want to play ball, he repeated. They want to get there, so whatever it takes to get the court ready, a lot of them are jumping in and assisting. Nevertheless, Strachan put forth a to assist. Consistently, he invites the con gregation at Zion to come out and fellow ship with the youth as a call to ministry. He said that adults are needed at the games to not only speak to the boys, but to help to keep order as well. They think its a youth thing, but we need to reach the youth. The harvest is ripe and ready, and the labourers need to come out to reap the harvest. We need to begin nurturing and talking and listen ing, Strachan urged. The players have to dress properly, and they pray before ev ery game. We need people who can speak on different levels on different things. We are looking for professional ball players to come in and say something to these young men. We also need parents. As the church league continues to de velop, Morley said they anticipate doing inter-island events with other church pro grams and having elections for the avail able positions. Until that time, though, Even though we are the architects, we dont want to turn over to someone who has no interest or commitment. We are getting the league down pack and say ing: This is what we envision. Beyond sports, the association mem bers are encouraging the young men to se cure a good future for themselves. When you are dealing with young people, you have to have an open minded, Morley continued. Kids will respect you when you treat them fairly and treat them right. They only want you to hear them out, so we encourage them to pass their exams, get a high school diploma to get into college, and for jobs or a bank loan, they need to have a clean police record. Sports Volleyball From Page 10 By Timothy Roberts On Saturday, September 21, the Ab aco Youth Football Association (AYFA) held a pre-season scrimmage game, featur from Man-O-War and Marsh Harbour competing at Forest Heights Academys In the junior teams match the Marsh Harbour team, coached by Tim Roberts and Antonio Albury, won a decisive vic tory over the Man-O-War team, Coached by Rich Roberts, Tim Albury, Lucas Al bury and Chris Albury. Man-O-Wars senior team bested the Marsh Harbour team, coached by Chovez McBride and Jeffrey Rogers, in the second game of the afternoon. A large group of family and friends came out to watch and support the children reward for all their many hours of practice. Junior teams are made up of 6-11 year-olds while the senior team is made up of 12-16 year-olds. Boys and girls alike are welcome to play. Marsh Harbour holds practice on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5pm and 7pm. Contact Rich Roberts for more Youth Flag Football holds scrimmage game in Man-O-War. The league was started by Pastor and former assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns, Ron Archer in Green Turtle Cay with children from the community. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive re sponse he decided to form a league and reach out to other communities to develop teams and eventually compete. Above: defence wins games. Below: going for the tackle. Photos by Jamie Cash Sweeting.

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We will be located at the CONVENTION CENTER 9AM TO 5PMFor More Information contact us in Freeport at 225-3836 or in Abaco at 475-0149 CABINETS SOLID SURFACE LAMANITE FLOORING PVC WINDOWS www.conetbahamas.com By Canishka Alexander In a highly publicized story, two Ba hamian men were rescued near Riviera Beach, Fla., on Sept. 14. At the time, no one would have guessed that one of the men was from Ab aco. According to Anthony Bubba Douglas family, he had gone missing since Sept. 10. Details are that Douglas and his friend Mike Russell went out on a through and capsized their boat. Above: Anthony "Bubba" Douglas receives a warm welcome from family and friends after being lost at sea last month. He returned home on Sept. 19. People Two Bahamian men lost at sea, rescued by Coast Guard They were stranded at sea with no food or water save for seaweed and salt berglass hull of their 16-foot boat. nothing; just like it was air. You know just like God kept us up on the water, Doug las recounted. Weather came and sunk the boat, and we couldnt get it back up. We had to be on top straight through. Throughout the night, he and Rus sell spoke to each other to keep each other awake, or they would take turns keeping watch while the other took a few minutes of rest. Douglas said the naps were shortlived because as water splashed on them, they would awake. He said, Your time Bubba, and I said yeah let me catch one, and I do like this, he said, leaning his head to the side, and water splashed, and I said your time. said he was gone. He said: Bubba, dont catch me, I gone. So I said, you cant go leave me out here; me and you come out here together. Strength waning, Douglas said all he had strength to do was grab Russell by the pants when he fell over the last time as he continued to cling to the boat. Luckily, the occupants of a passing freighter discovered the two men, who were then rescued by the Coast Guard and taken to Delray Beach Medical Center. They received medical treatment for three days because they were severely dehydrat ed their eyes already taking on a sunken appearance. Upon their release from the hospi tal, Douglas returned home on Sept. 19. He was quickly surrounded by family and friends at the Marsh Harbour International Airport as they exchanged hugs and kisses, welcome home banner greeted him. at sea. I thank God Im here; thats the only person who has me here, Douglas everything [because] I dont know how I made it out there. Despite the aches and pains in his body, he said that he felt a whole lot stron ger. What I been in I feel good, Douglas exclaimed. I thank God for the miracle of life, and for giving me a second chance to live. He acknowledged that it was prayer that kept them. Indeed, the Facebook pages praise to God for protecting Douglas and Russell while they were out at sea. As a younger man, Bahamians may remember Anthony Bubba Douglas as one of softballs legendary athletes, who travelled to the Olympics in Munich, Ger many in 1972 and survived the bombing at the games. He was one of few players, who could hit a homerun batting left or right handed. Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Causing Harm (Suspect arrested and charged) At 12:33am on 22nd September, 2013, a 33 year old male of the Pigeon Peas, Abaco reported that sometime around 9:00pm on 21st September, 2013, while in the Pigeon Peas, he was attacked by a dark male he knows as Robert who pulled a handgun on him and beat him about the body. Police action requested. Suspect Arrest At 4:00pm on 22nd September, 2013, pect Robert Theoc, d.o.b. 5/5/84 of #31 The Pigeon Peas, Abaco. A search was conducted of his car and house reference to Firearm with negative results. Investiga tion continues. Stealing At 2:00m on 17th September, 2013, a 57 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Ab aco, came to M.H.P.S. and reported that sometime between 8:00m on 16th Septem ber, 2013, and 7:30am on Tuesday 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15 HP Yamaha engine off his 10 foot boat which was docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. The value of the engine is $4000.00. Police action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues. Stealing At 10:07am on 17th September, 2013, a 44 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, reported that sometime between 7:00pm on 16th September, 2013, and 7:15am on 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15HP Mercury engine from his 13ft boat that was docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. The engine is valued at $1,000.00. Police action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues. Stealing At 10:00am on 17th September, 2013, a 69 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, reported that sometime between 3:00pm on Monday 16th Septem ber, 2013, and 9:00am on Tuesday 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15HP Mercury engine valued Crime Report Please see Crime Page 14

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Abaco Marine Props Propellers Reconditioned & Rehubbed Phone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless Aluminum Sandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and Aluminum Certied Propeller Repair Technician The ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas CURRYS FOOD STORE Customer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed ice Green Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072 Located on the harbour front THE NEW GOVERNMENT COMPLEX TELEPHONE NUMBERS Administrators Oce..........................242-699-0000 Dept of Education.................................242-699-0016 Dept of Environmental Health............242-699-0032 Min of Finance/Business License..........242-699-0052 Dept of Immigration.............................242-699-0067 Magistrates Court................................242-699-0092 National Insurance Board.....................242-367-2639 Public Treasury.....................................242-367-2647 Dept of Social Services.........................242-699-0150 Ministry of Tourism.............................242-699-0152 Local Government Council.................242-699-0165 Auditor General Dept..........................242-699-0171 Bahamas Mortgage Corp.....................242-699-0177 Dept of Information Technology...........242-699-0182 Dept of Housing...................................242-699-0187 Dept of Labour.....................................242-699-0200 Dept of Marine Resources....................242-699-0202 Road Trac Dept.................................242-699-0217 Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture.....242-699-0228 Prime Ministers Oce........................242-699-0241 Passport Oce.....................................242-699-0244 FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE TO CUT OUT AND SAVE Across 1. MARSUPIALS Koalas, Kangaroos and Wallabies. 4. BIGGITY Arrogant and conceited; slang. 6. MENTOR A person who acts experienced. 10. INTERNATIONAL Global 11. MARLS The Marshes of Marsh Harbour. 12. SUPERFLUOUS Unnecessary, 14. BRAWL 16. MANGROVES Habitat for many juvenile species. 18. ALTERNATIVE A different option. Down 2. SORRY Apologetic 3. WISE Smart, knowledgeable. 5. BUBBLE Dont burst his _____ 7. TASTY Yummy. 8. WILLOW This tree weeps. 9. INTROVERTED Shy 13. SOUSE Popular Bahamian chicken dish often eaten for breakfast. 15. FLED The criminal ______ the scene. 17. TAC Tic, ____, Toe. Across 2. What many come to The Bahamas to do. 6. Spooky October holiday. 8. A style of football play not involving tackling. 9. Extremely impoverished. 11. Critical pollinators. 13. Ultimate 15. To do with the kidneys. 16. Local musicians new single. 17. Im Sorry Down 1. Popular citrus 3. Would-be college students look for these types of letters. 4. Sport involving nets, can be played on the beach or indoors. 5. Thats a moray 7. Uses ink for protection. 9. Fate 10. Scientist who studies plants. 12. 26.2 Miles 14. Disgusting September 1 Answers

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SOUTH ISLAND SOLAR Abacos First Choice in Alternative Energy Solutions Solar Panels Solar Batteries Solar Pool Pumps Solar A/C Units Back up Power Systems Solar Golf Cart Charging System Solar & Instant Hot Water Heaters System Installations & Maintenance Charge Controllers/Chargers/Inverters 242.458.7734mike@southislandsolar.com www.southislandsolar.com FINANCING AVAILABLE!! at $2,300.00 off his 14ft boat which was docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. Po lice action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues. Stealing At 10:02am on 17th September, 2013, 41 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, reported that sometime between 6:00pm on 16th September, 2013, and 9:00am on 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15HP Mercury engine valued at $2,000.00 off his 16ft boat docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. Police action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues. Shopbreaking At 8:25am on 19th September, 2013, a male c/o Murphy Town Abaco, reported that sometime between 5:00pm on Wednes day 18th September, 2013, and 7:00am on Thursday 19th September, 2013, some un known person/s broke and entered a Tuck Shop and stole an assortment of snacks value unknown at this time. Police action requested. Investigation continues. Housebreaking At 7:30am on 22nd September, 2013, a 62 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Ab aco, reported that he discovered the door knob from his neighbors door missing and one of the hurricane shutters was removed from the window. He suspects that the home may have been broken into. Police action requested. Investigation continues. By Timothy Roberts After Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting made public his employers change of policy re garding his time off to deal with local gov ernment matters, Senator Gary Sawyer, part-owner of Abaco Petroleum, defended his decision. The issue that precipitated the change came about when the Hope Town District Council received a cut to their budget and Mr. Sweeting held a press conference in in which he called the cuts the biggest and gravest crisis since the inception of local government. Mr. Sawyer said Jeremy talked to me about it, when he told me he was go ing to have this press conference about the budget cut, I said Jeremy, you dont need to do that. It will be resolved. Government is not going to discontinue paying for gar bage. I told Jeremy you dont need to go through that. But nobody could convince Jeremy otherwise and he went ahead with it. Mr. Sawyer explained that certain portions of waste management will be dealt with by Central Government because there had been noted cases of abuse of public funds. So Central Government decided that everything outside of garbage collection will be dealt with like it used to be by the Department of Environmental Health Ser vices (DEHS) which will go out to tender. for eight years to fund his campaigns, no matter who the government was, and he couldnt listen to one simple thing I asked him not to do, Mr. Sawyer said. It wasnt necessary. He added that he is a declared share holder of the barging company, Abacays, and local government owes them about $70,000 which goes all the way back to 2009, which Jeremy, as Chief Councillor is responsible for. Politics & Local Govt Mr. Sawyer said that money allocated contracts takes precedent over any other pet project they may have. The removal of garbage is an essential service. He doesnt want the public to think he is being mean or ticked off with local gov ernment; Im ticked off at the way things were done. They were not done in the right context and I will never again support him wise. Mr. Sawyer said the only way he will be allowed time to deal with local govern ment matter is if a government minister is visiting. If he could do that to me he can use his Saturdays and Sundays to deal with local government. Not on my time. He said Everyone who knows me knows I believe in local government; I still do. And I supported Jeremy from day one; even funded his election campaigns. Abaco Petroleum, Im willing to bet, has put more money into local government than anyone else outside of the government. He said Jeremy has never lost one days wage from work to deal with local government whether it was three or four days in the week, or even off to a confer ence. No matter what Jeremys pay was never touched. All the equipment at Abaco Petro leum, whether it was faxes, computers, printers, paper the whole nine yards for years and until now, Mr. Sawyer said. He said his staff has even taken abuse for local government; people have come had to put up a sign that says This is not a We know central government doesnt move as quickly as we do, but its being dealt with. I was working on it behind the scenes. Senator Sawyer Defends Decision on Sweeting Crime Report Crime From Page 12 Kayak Challenge sup ports Cancer Society and FRIENDS Press Release Friends of the Environment and the Abaco Cancer Society challenge you to paddle for a cause! The two Abaco-based Kayak Challenge, Up a Creek With a Paddle an event to encourage the pub lic to be healthy and enjoy the beautiful environment. Abaco's third annual Kayak Challenge will be held on Saturday, No vember 9 at Petes Pub & Gallery in Little Harbour, Abaco. The courses for the Kayak Challenge are located within the proposed East Abaco Creeks National Park, a network of man grove wetlands that provide valuable habi tat to a diversity of marine species. Friends of the Environment created the national park proposal in partnership with The Ba hamas National Trust. One of the focuses this year will be to try and ensure a higher presence of pad dlers from other islands. To this end, they have managed to secure a commitment from Bahamas Ferries to run the ferry service from Nassau to Sandy Point to ac commodate the paddlers. There will be a discount of 25% per person and 20% per vehicle. However, the catch is that they will require a minimum of 6 vehicles and at least 40 individuals. The minimum must Any craft you can paddle will be wel come, including kayaks, paddle boards and canoes. There will be 3 courses to choose from: 5 miles, 8 miles, or 13 miles that will take paddlers into and through the sce nic tidal creeks of the Bight of Old Rob inson. Paddlers will be welcomed back with a beach party featuring music, pig roast Paddlers can either pay a $25 regis tration fee and agree to raise $100 in spon sorship by the day of the event, or pay a $100 registration fee. FRIENDS and the Abaco Cancer Society are also seeking business sponsors to support the event who will be featured on the event t-shirts. If you are interested, please contact sasha.fair@ gmail.com. Lifestyles

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines of info $10 per issue Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on word ing, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 2423673677 Email: abaconian news@gmail.com Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Get Results Advertise with a Classified Casuarina, For sale by owner, Lot # 100, across the street from the canal, 75x160. Asking $45,000. Call 367-3472. Serious in quiries only! Casuarina, 2 lots for sale by owner. Lots 60 & 61 on canal. 85 x 110 each. Asking $85,000 each. Call 242-359-6764, 577-6988. Serious enquires only. Marsh Harbour, Sunrise Bay 2 lots for sale in a quiet gated community $175K each. Con tact 367-4425 Marsh Harbour, Government Sub, For sale by owner Duplex located in. Large corner lot of land. Can easily be converted into 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. $325,000 Net. Phone 242-342-5066/357-0386 Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,000/mon. Ph. 225-3211 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Village 2 bed apartment, fully furnished, washer/dryer, & central A/C. Call 577-6571 Treasure Cay, 1 bed, 1 bath furnished apt; washer & water included. Only steps away from beach. $750/m. Long term lease only. Call 365-9226 after 6pm Moving to Nassau? Now available 1 & 2 BR units-Eastern Nassau-automatic garage door opener for your safety. Have to see to appreci ate. Call 359-1531 for viewing, Scotland Cay, Abacos Private Island. Mag home, 1 acre on the Abaco Sea, private dock, beautifully furnished, 3 golf carts, 45kw die sel generator, landing rights on pvt runway, available. Also available, beautiful lot and boat slip in the pvt marina, by owner 561-254-8648 planesystems@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY NEW COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIED Call 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 VEHICLES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Get Results Advertise with a Classified 1992 GMC Truck, 4x4 1500 Extended Cab $5000.00 OBO. Call 242-533-2474, 242-5335321 or 242 or 242-602-6098 1996 Yamaha Virago $2,500 and 1997 Chevy K2500 6.5 Turbo, 4-wheel drive, $9,500. Call 477-5011 15HP Yamaha Outboard Engine 30 hours. $1,200.00. Call 477-5011 31 Chris Craft, no engine. $3,000. Call for more details. 367-3965 or 577-6625 31 Tiara, 1990, Duty paid. Tuna tower. Needs engine wk. $10k obo. Truman major HT (242) 366-0101. Peggy FL (561) 789-3996 Seeking Bahamian workers skilled in use of most landscape equipment ages 30 and under, submit resume online to bahamajobs@gmail. com Local marine based business seeking pro fessionals in Customer Service. Candidates should be well rounded, computer literate, & works well with others from all backgrounds. Forward resumes to P.O. Box AB 20049 or bring to The Moorings (Conch Inn Hotel and Marina) Marsh Harbour. HELP WANTED Live in House Keeper to do house-hold chores & take care of 2 children and pets. $150 per week, Mon-Friday, 7am-5pm. Call 3652013 By Jennifer Hudson Election 2012: What Just Hap pened? was presented on September 21 in the Grace Gym to an audience of 500 plus which must be a near-record for Abaco. Lifestyles People came from as far as Green Turtle Cay to enjoy this hilarious comedy which has played to rave reviews on several occa sions in Nassau and also in Freeport. Following the past three elections Mi chael Pintard and David Wallace have put together sketch comedies poking fun at the various political situations-- If You Dont Laugh Youll Cry after Election 2002 Count it Again ,Man after 2007 and now Election 2012: What Just happened?, all written as good family entertainment. This was real side splitting en tertainment and the gym was exploding with laughter the entire evening. The pro gramme commenced with a bit of audience participation to get people in the mood for what was to come. Not only was the audi ence encouraged to shout out to acknowl edge where they were from but also to yell for the party they voted for. dig em up, got everything off to a lively start with the hilarious dialogue and some very funny dance moves to lively Bahami an music. This skit closed with a Rasta selling peanuts who declared that the rea son he switched parties was they dig up my shortcut. The skits throughout the evening went on to explore issues surrounding the latest campaign and provided excellent impersonations of the three party lead ers and their campaign ploys. Each of the parties endured much lampooning such as the FNM being accused of starting Hai tian settlements to win votes while the PLP were said to have a plot to convince people that they can change unemployment FNMs and hire 3,000 PLPs that is job creation. Also special skills required for being a member of the PLP is the ability to make the crab sign and sing the PLP song. Each of the actors gave spot on im personations. Will Smith brilliantly por trayed both Perry Christie and Darrold Miller while David Wallace was very ef fective as Hubert Ingraham and Tamika Forbes was very amusing as Mother Pratt. Tawari Rodgers portrayed Branville Mc Cartney well though in only a bit part but with the memorable line; With or without candidates we will win! Patrice Johnson stole the show with her portrayal of a Haitian Bahamian mama who switched allegiance to whatever party came through her door, assuring both Obie Wilchcombe and Pakeisha Parker of her support. At the close of the performance, Mi chael Pintard stated that he had been asked why it took him so long to write a play this time and he replied that he did not know it would take him this long to heal. He suf fered a defeat at the polls as FNM candi date for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay. During the play he was the butt of many of his own jokes. While taking a bow he made a plea to all members of the audience to put party politics aside and work together for the good of the country. The entire cast stood at the door to greet people as they exited and thanked them for their support. Michael Pintard is a very gifted au thor and three of his hilarious books were on sale. Following the performance he was happy to sign books for all purchas ers. Election 2012; What Just Happened? continues its Family Island tour with the next stop being San Salvador in two weeks time. Election 2012: What Just Happened? entertains Abaconians Above: playwright, Michael Pintard, sign ing his books after the play.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service RequestedVOLUME 21 NUMBER 19 October 1st, 2013 Progress in the Abaco roadworks sagaKey areas receive blacktop along Don MacKay Blvd.North Abaco experiences budget cut woes $400 remains monthly after salaries Pothole Relief Comes Day After Story Runs NationallyBy Timothy Roberts One day after a story ran in The Tribune concerning the deplorable condition of the roads in Central Abaco, workmen were seen patching potholes in the areas of most concern on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour. Simmons Construction and Heavy Equipment Ltd., to whom the road paving contract in Central Abaco was given, redi rected their work crew to give attention to them with asphalt and then steam-rolling to pack the patches. Then on Friday, September 20, they laid the regulating layer of asphalt on the much criticized stretch of road in front of Memorial Plaza allowing Abaco motor ists to give a sigh of relief when driving through the area. Renardo Curry, Minister of Parlia ment for North Abaco, said he spoke with Above: dock maintenance is one of the many duties that fall under North Abaco Local Government. With the current budget cuts they are unable to perform these, or many other, duties. For the story, see page 6. Please see Roads Page 13 New Terminal progress halted Abaconians can expect more delays for the Leonard M. Thompson Internation al Airport. While we have received several completion dates for the new airport ter minal, The Abaconian understands that the Therefore, this relevant security mea sure must be designed and added to the existing structure, which poses another unexpected delay. The original date for completion of the new terminal was set as August 2012. cape, the project is approximately $10 million over budget due to delays and correct ing design oversights. Above: the airport roundabout, freshly paved with asphalt, is the beginning of extensive roadwork throughout Central Abaco. Simmons Construction, the company responsible for the work, has been given a contract for an undetermined amount to blacktop from the round about to the Crossing ferry docks. Work continues despite delays in shipments of aggregate. Photo by David Rees.

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Page 2 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 unitedabacoshippingco@coralwave.com North Abaco By Canishka Alexander In July, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. (BBB), and Sands Beer held their Sands Man in the Boat Sculling Champion ship with a Sculling Boat Motorcade that led to the Treasure Cay Public Beach. The nior sailing category and a sculling com petition. However, the participants were not the only ones to walk away with grand prizes. A portion of the proceeds raised from the sculling championship was set aside for the Coopers Town Township Library and Sands Beer makes donation to Coopers Town Library, Computer LabAbove: (L to R) Coopers Town Committee Members: Chief Councillor Gary Smith; Eulean Sands; Clyde Cornish; Antoinette Munnings, secretary; Garneth Edgecombe; and Gerrard Sawyer, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. Brand Portfolio Representative. Community Lab. Gerrard Sawyer, Brand Portfolio Representative for Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co., met with members of the Coopers Town Township Committee on Sept. 12 to donate four top-of-the-line computers to the computer lab. Sawyer explained that the company goes from island to island to host sculling races, and this year they decided to take ad vantage of the Treasure Cay Public Beach. After speaking with the districts council members, they were able to pinpoint one of North Abacos greatest needs. Were a truly Bahamian company, so we wanted to give back to the commu nity, Sawyer said. They had needs with the library [and computer lab], so from the proceeds raised, we are donating comput ers. The youth need something to do, so they have facilities where they can go online, have something to do and do some thing productive. They have books to read and computers to use, so I think donation will go a long way. The Sands Beer delegation brought their boats, which double as E-class sailing boats and sculling boats down for the competition at their own expense, and Sawyer believed it was all worthwhile for the fun, family event. Sailing and sculling is a part of the Bahamian culture, but we saw sculling as a sport that started to die, he said. Nevertheless, the sport is gaining renewed interest. After the North Abaco District Council suggested that Sands Beer have the championships here this year, the management team took them up on their offer. Sawyer was pleased to announce that the National Sculling Competition of The Bahamas will take place in North Abaco on Nov. 2. Last year, the championship was held in Grand Bahama where their brewery is located. Chief Councillor Gary Smith thanked Sawyer for coming back to North Abaco lowing up with Sands Beers agreement with them because there are costs associ ated with facilities that are offered to the public for free. We just need Internet service, and we need to get the air conditioning com pleted. We shouldnt go no further than to be opened the need is here, Smith explained. There are many kids in these areas that do not have computers and books at their disposal, and this is why we built this facility. Smith said that the Coopers Town/ Fire Road Homecoming Committee actu ally started the project for the construction of the library and computer lab under the then chairman Eric Collie. Former Chief Councillor Steve Pedican also put a lot of emphasis on the project, and they received cil. Garneth Edgecombe, chairman, was invited to speak because the building of the facility was his pet program. He said he hopes it goes a long way in Coopers Town, and that it will be an example to other communities regarding what they can do with funds given to local government. Clyde Cornish, councilor responsible for the Fire Road and Black Wood com munities, said the donation will go a long way to enhance the educational system for the children of North Abaco while keeping them off the streets and keep them away from crimes. While the Coopers Town Town ship has a small budget, Smith said a lot has been done. The lab is equipped with 15 computer stations, and the library can comfortably accommodate 20 or more peo ple. The facility will be open to the public Please see Library Page 5

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 North Abaco in general because Smith recognizes that there are many people going through seri bills. This facility is going to help those kids. We must put in place everything possible in these communities to help our people especially the youth, the kids be cause that is part of what local government does, he shared. We are supposed to build people. Local government is sup-Library From Page 2 posed to reach the heart of the people. The Coopers Town Township Library and Community Lab will be open during day and evening hours from Monday to Saturday. When the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Co. returns to North Abaco in November, Smith assured Sawyer that the event will be much better. He acknowl well as Administrator Neil Campbell and the event.Town hall meeting held for North Abaco Port By Timothy Roberts Minister of Parliament for North Ab aco, Renardo Curry held a town meeting in Coopers Town September 12 to speak on a number of issues including the North Abaco Port which is expected to begin con struction as early as December this year. At the meeting, which was attended by over 150 residents, Mr. Curry spoke about recent budget cuts, particularly to Local Governments budget, and that he tight due to high debt in the country. He also spoke concerning Bahama Airport, something he expects will be tem porary, acknowledging that it was a busi ness decision by management. He told the audience that he has been advocating for Bahamasair to return or for another airline to take up the slack. Mr. Curry said that they are getting closer to closing a deal on the sale of Trea sure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina which he believes will create opportunities for jobs and entrepreneurs. He spoke of a number of possible in vestments on the drawing board which may be coming soon and encouraged residents to prepare themselves to take advantage of the opportunities these investments would bring. He indicated that one of the invest ments was a small scale community project similar to Baker's Bay and another was a possible auto-parts manufacturing business. Mr. Curry encouraged them to prepare for these opportunities and noted that Bahamas Technical Vocational Institute (BTVI) will soon be coming to Abaco. He said that BTVI will be assessing Abaco ear ly next year with a view of where to place the Abaco Campus, basing it on where they receive the majority of the interest from. Mr. Curry said that work on the North Abaco Port is expected to begin in Decem ber or possibly January. China Harbour Company is expected to have 70% of their workforce come from Abaco although he said the government is still pushing for an 80% Bahamian workforce. The rest would be Chinese labour. He again emphasized entrepreneurial opportunities for the people of North Abaco suggesting that they could become suppliers, sell construction materials and more, and that they need to prepare them Mr. Curry addressed concerns of the Chinese paying fair value for the skills of those Bahamians employed and assured them that the Bahamian workers would be protected from poor pay. The original plans for the North Abaco Port indicated a bypass road which would crosses over a number of private properties that would divert heavy traf Town. Property owners in that area were assured that they would be compensated for the property as Mr. Curry said that they would be either paid or given property at a different location. Mr. Curry told the audience that elec tions are over and that party politics need to be cast aside because he is the representative for all North Abaconians; "I'm a son of the soil and I'm on your side." Other notable items Mr. Curry is trying to get/or is getting Crown Lands for Minister (I assume in Abaco) to be man aged here. Far too many people in Abaco wait literally decades to get a response from crown lands on applications mean while people in Nassau show up in Abaco papers in hand and start clearing down property here to use. He said Crown Lands is a mess and they will have quite a time to sort out ownership of all the crown land in Abaco they are not sure what is available. Above: audience members engage Mr. Curry on issues ranging from the port, to the dis

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Page 6 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 FULL SERVICE MARINA WATERFRONT VILLASBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with us Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pmOpen Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : info@seasprayresort.com www.seasprayresort.comWhite Sound, Elbow Cay Sea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Central Government is not taking over garbage collection, so there are two [dumpsites] with garbage almost in the road... We cant send anyone with a tractor to push garbage in because we dont have money. By Canishka Alexander A press conference was called on Sept. 12 by Gary Smith, Chief Councillor for the North Abaco District Council, re garding the July 2013 budget cut for North Abaco that totaled 25.2 percent. Smith was joined by Garneth Edgecombe, chairman for Coopers Town; and Clyde Cornish, council member. Besides the budget cut, bills had ac cumulated for the month of July and the council needed to take care of vendors, so a decision was made to cut back on some employees. Smith noted that there was a misun derstanding that the district itself has taken an approach to cut back peoples salaries after they asked some persons not to return to work until further notice or to work half a day through the Budget From Page 1 month. The reality is, we went from $775,000 down to $580,000. We had to our budget, Smith explained. We are in negotiation with Central Government to get more funds back, and that is the main reason we have not called a meeting with staff because we wanted to take that ap proach before speaking with staff. Based on what was said to them by Local Government Minister the Hon. V. Alfred Gray, the council members learned that they were cut some 15 percent, with an additional 12 percent cut although that portion of money remains and they can apply for it quarterly. Although they plan to take the ap proach of applying for the 12 percent, Smith said there are vendors who cant wait three months for their funds, so it is a concern. Further, he stated that Central Government needs to know that they can not call Local Government for anything because they have no funds to help them anymore. I dont want any politician to come to North Abaco, and make the people feel as if the North Abaco District Council had any mismanagement with funds or any thing why we were cut some 25.2 percent. It has to be one story; you cant be all over the place, Smith argued. Either we had mismanagement of the funds, and you pe nalize us, or there isnt any money, or the 12 percent is still there because theres too much talks going around. that they could take anyone around any of the communities, so that they can see for themselves what is being done. Accord ing to Smith, the cut back was never justo $580,000. Their monthly allocation of $64,000 went down to $48,000. Salaries each month is $47, 800, Smith disclosed. When we pay everyone, we have $400 left. We are running now like a third-schedule district when we are a second-schedule district. Our town com mittees dont have any money. For the persons who are spreading rumours, the North Abaco District had no reason to cut anyones salary. We had suf we had. Central Government is not taking over garbage collection, so there are two [dumpsites] with garbage almost in the road: Wood Cay and Treasure Cay. We cant send anyone with a tractor to push garbage in because we dont have money. Another issue is that if North Abaco receives funds quarterly, they stand to lose their discount at places like Standard Hard ware if they cant pay by the 20th of every month. Smith said they were honestly under the impression that their budget would not be touched because Central Abaco was technically not cut and only had responsi bilities transferred. With a district that runs from Crown Haven to Leisure Lee, the North Abaco District Council also has the responsibility North Abaco of paying utility bills for docking facilities in those areas. There are docks in Crown Haven, Fox Town, Mount Hope, Wood Cay, Cedar Harbour, Coopers Town, Fire Road, and Treasure Cay. This is a very productive district, he boasted, and we were hoping to con are negotiating outside of local govern ment. Then you have persons affected serihave done this.BahamasAir into Treasure CayBeginning in September, BahamasAir Airport. Whether the halt is temporary or permanent is yet to be seen. Member of Par liament for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, expects it to only be temporary during the slow season and said he has been advoThe Abaconian attempted to contact BahamasAir through several channels but permanence of the situation. At this time, however, it is clear the carrier is not pro viding airlift to the North Abaco airport.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Central & All Abaco By Canishka Alexander September and October are tradition ally slow periods for the island of Abaco, with hotels and restaurants closing during this time until the season picks up. However, airport employees and taxi drivers in particular complain that this has been the slowest month they have seen in years. A recent article in The Tribune news paper stated that the Marsh Harbour International Airport has become a ghost town. While the article attributed a substantial decrease in business to the governments new aviation taxes and refueling fees, resi dents say this is pretty normal activity for this time of year. They are hoping that things pick up just before Thanksgiving. that business is slower than usual. Taxi driver Annie Williams observed on Sept. 18 that there were two Silvery Airways passengers arriving. The second plane add ed an additional eight passengers to those arriving. Despite this, Silver Airways still prolando and West Palm Beach on Wednes days. On Saturdays, they supply three This is the slowest Ive seen since 9-11, Mrs. Williams lamented. But every year in September is slow because of Marsh Harbour Airport sees slowest period in yearshurricane season and people carrying their children back to school. She said that every day there are six to eight taxi drivers who come out to the airport some as early as 5 a.m. and sometimes they return home because there is nothing to do. Some days, they are lucky enough to walk away with one job. Last week Friday, I didnt get one job, she sadly noted. But this is a typical September. In September, SkyBahamas Airlines Abaco on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from four days each week. Flamingo Air Charter Service, West ern Air and Bahamasair reported no changes to their schedule. Flamingo Air provides Bahama daily, with Western Air going in Tuesdays and Wednesdays (only two) into Nassau. Hardest hit, though, has been Amerithe month of September, and are set to re7. But you see last year, American didnt stop because they used to come three four days out of the week, Mrs. Williams added. Thats what makes it so rough. Above: Marsh Harbour lives up to its name. Slick mud, potholes and puddles often are the International Airport. By Canishka Alexander Dushinka Roberts of the Abaco Tour maHost Program on Sept. 16 at the Tour ism Information Center in the Rhonda Hull Building. Roberts began with a brief history of the BahamaHost Program, which was revamped by former Tourism Minister Vin cent Vanderpool-Wallace in the past four years to include more customer service modules. The reason for the change was because many of our guests made displeas ing comments about our country regarding their stay on their exit surveys.Ministry of Tourism offers Session 5 of the BahamaHost Program Such feedback caused grave concerns because tourism is our No. 1 industry. The BahamaHost course is segmented My Bahamas Product Knowledge because it is important for our frontline workers to give our visitors accurate information. In Workshop Two, there are three Profes sional Service Excellence sessions. The reason there are so many ses sions on customer service is because we are losing touch with customer service, Roberts, said pointedly. Above: Tourisms Dushinka Roberts addressing the crowd during the BahamaHost Ses sion. Please see Tourism Page 13

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Page 8 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 From the Editor's Desk // Business, Art & Community The Abaconian Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinderen Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 AbaconianNews@gmail.com Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abacos most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Order The Abaconian TodayJUNE 2012Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail or Tel # 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$65 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA Before we get into the heavy stuff I commended for getting the road work into proper gear. Many other Abaconians com mutes got a lot more pleasant last week. and patching that ever-so-troublesome stretch in front of Memorial Plaza, its a lot less dreadful driving around town. There is still a lot of work to be done. But lets focus on the positive when we can. There are a lot of positive things to see. The people, the real strength of these islands, are constantly producing positiv ity. Be it in business, the arts or commu nity service. You dont have to scratch far good. more entrepreneurial-minded people than some of our fellow Abaconians. We have farmers and many other traditional occupa tions. These have evolved into what we see today. Yes, many Abaconians still take to the sea for their living but the diversity is evident now. Young men and women are increasingly trying their hand at consult ing shops, retail outlets, food vendors and fail, yes, but some persevere. More importantly the entrepreneurial spirit perse veres and we move forward because of it. verance than what our local artists show. Crafts, music, writing and painting: its all art. And we have it on this island by the bucket load. I cant mention our home grown artists without paying homage to the many second-homeowners and longtime visitors who have found their inspiration in and brought up a generation of artisans around them that have made Abaco more colourful, harmonious and fun. Community work isnt always fun, but dont tell that to those who have poured their lives into the many organizations on Abaco. We have community projects and organizations that range from supporting the youth to preserving the environment and everything in between. The commu nity-mindedness of our own homegrown activists is only one aspect. The effective ness of organizations, like for example increased by visitors and homeowners who have become so enchanted by these cays and island that they are compelled to give back. This, I believe, more than just about any other part of Abacos makeup, is what makes the biggest difference. It makes us stronger. It makes us the envy of The Ba hamas. And maybe thats what makes certain things so frustrating. Despite all our strengths and initiatives we still have to sit on our hands and watch as policies enacted in Nassau (by administrations that come and go) cripple us. The new aviation taxes: private pi lots are choosing other destinations out of principal. The enormous increases, which were enacted overnight, seemingly without consultation, have been disastrous. Not just inconvenient for the big airlines, or the rich private pilots who could afford it. It has been, and will continue to be, disastrous. I know there are smart people in our government. Not a joke: I believe that. But thats what leaves me so stunned. But perhaps it doesnt matter. As long as we cant get this new airport open we will continue to stagnate. Is this what Nassau wants? For Abaco to stop making so much of themselves and become reliant on Central Government to provide the jobs with big, expensive an chor projects like the North Abaco Port? How can we rely on that when it took two separate administrations to realize that their multi-million dollar airport needed an international terminal? Whether this is what Nassau wants or not (and, for the record, I dont think it is) it wont matter. Because I know the business people of this island. They will continue to dredge harbours and will tourists to their new resort out pure determination. Because I know the artists of this is cord our culture and, in turn, shape it. Because I know the hard-working community activists of this island. Their passion for changing things for the better will continue to win out. We might keep getting dealt a bad hand that well have to bluff our way through. Or we might all be shocked this month and get a BEC bill we can under stand and have the power stay on for at least 48 hours straight. We might get the transparent governance. We might get the roads paved. Actually, were well on our way with that last one. So lets not give up now. Community Calendar(See TheAbaconian.com for More Calendar Events) Weekend Festival, Treasure Cay

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Page 12 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Honesty and Quality You Can Count OnBrandon ompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsOffering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience www.lbtmarine.com bthompson@lbtmarine.com Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704 Aviation Taxes Killing UsDear Editor; The newly enacted aviation taxes will general aviation pilots in the Family Islands, and will also have a negative impact operators to government on aviation fuel sales. When the BHTA (Bahamas Hotel and Tourist Association) are saying this is a poorly thought out method of increased revenue, someone needs to listen! When private pilots admit to cancelling trips into Dear Editor; I was hoping to meet with you in per son soon. I have been calling and writing sue. No one will do anything. This has been a FOUR YEAR MESS!! A resident of Crown Haven is dumping nasty, stinking conch shells on the shore 300 feet up wind of my home. This land is Crown Land. I applied for it in 2009. I have heard nothing about the ap plication except that This takes time! As soon as this resident found out that I had applied for the land, he started dump Letters to the Editor A Stinking Mess No One Left to Turn Toing shells. Now he is building a dock right in front of my house! He has added several conch pens in the water blocking boat ac cess to my lot. He has attempted to block access to the water with a fence. This resident has indicated to me that no one will stop him. The politicians are only there to collect a pay check. They can How sad is that? Even the survey of my property was photograph proof of this error. I believe that this resident had a surveyor do this as a favor for him, so he could claim that the dock has been there all along. Don't trust me: log on to Bing Maps right now, the dock is not there. There is no record of a Dock Build ing Permit in Coopers town. I was told that I needed Local Government approval to even start a dock. Heck, he walks 400 feet across government land to make the stinking mess in front of my house. The shore is within 75 feet of his house! I have made many calls to Lands and survey trying to get an appointment with Mr. Hardy about the error issue. They have not returned my calls or e-mail. I have made calls to the Prime Min chase the adjoining land (point). They have said that they would look into it. As of today (September 18), I have had no call back. I even hired a lawyer to in Nassau to look into it. He took my retainer and never answered my call again. I have invested my life savings into our retirement home. I am a working man that has labored in the trades all my life. I do not have another pot of money to start over. I have hired all local labor. The ones that were willing to show up and work have done well here. I am not asking for any kind of favor. I would just like FAIR. I am asking: where do I go? Who in government will do whats right? -Ken Munsell the Family Islands, and now proceed to spend their dollars in Key West and Wyo ming, someone needs to listen! When those of us in the aviation industry can tell you season are at an all-time low, it would be reasonable for someone to take note. The general view is were so close to the largest economy in the world, that were immune to failure. I would jog our memory of Cuba in the 1950s and what happened there. We contribute to the political process, and yes, indeed one of the core reasons we vote, is to have a say in the future direction of the country, and to exercise our rights as patriotic Bahamians to provide a better place for our children and future generations to live. I would respectfully ask the Minister of Aviation, Minister of Tourism, and out Prime Minister to revisit this item of revenue. Fewer general aviation pilots will be coming here as a result, lets change this around before it is too late. Sincerely, Randy KeyNIB Needs to Increase PayoutsDear Editor, I know that you receive letters faster than can be printed, however, to be brief, allow some space for a short and sweet, SVP. I ask the Government establishment, NIB, to seriously think about an increase in monthly payments, not for just us or me but for many others that had more, and now need more. As is, its a great help but still about forty dollars short. I dont buy gas, beer or tobacco and Im still forty short. Thanks Lee LoweRespect Needed for Effective Handicap Parking? Then I Guess Were Out of LuckDear Editor, A few issues back there was a gentle man writing in to express his displeasure with the abuse of handicapped parking spaces. Sir, I sympathize with you. My mother suffers from severe arthritis, to the point of having to use a cane. She has stopped going to several businesses due to the long walk from the parking area and the fact that the marked handicapped spacwho have no business in them. The reality is that the police have no falls on the business/property owners and on community to do the right thing. Sadly, people in the world, and as long as business/property owners have no interest in monitoring the situation for fear of offend ing their customers, handicapped spaces will continue to be occupied by people who have no physical problems. In fact, at my own church there are parking spaces designated for the handi capped that perfectly healthy and able people park in all the time. If those going to church have no respect for their fellow man, then you, sir, I'm afraid are out of luck. Sincerely, Stephen M. Higgs Above: the mound of conch shells 300 feet upwind from Ken Munsells house.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 13 In Workshop 3, Sustainable Tourism is addressed. All 16 of the participants enrolled in the program are connected to the hospitality industry in some way, Roberts said. They will receive 30 percent of their grade from participation and attendance, and the remaining 70 percent is based on a history teacher from Abaco Central High School. She outlined BahamaHosts mis sion and objectives before asking the participants to introduce themselves using an It is important to know who you are a people, Cox acknowledged. They went on to learn about history, module of My Bahamas Product Knowl edge. By the end of the session, Cox told them they would be expected to be able to examine the history of The Bahamas in light of its present and future develop ments; create a timeline of key historical events; explain key geography, climatic and industry facts about the islands of The Bahamas; identify and examine the rele vance of the national symbols; identify the islands of The Bahamas; describe how the governmental system works; and discuss the customs and cultural elements of the Tourism product in The Bahamas. Cox taught about Christopher Colum Central & All Abaco Tourism From Page 7 bus and the Lucayan Indians followed by the Eleutheran Adventurers before shifting gears to the period of piracy and Woodes Rogers in the 17th century, and then on to the Loyalists, slavery and United States relations with The Bahamas. The geologi cal and geographical make up of The Ba hamas was given along with information on our climate, vegetation and population. She listed the countrys top industries before ending with the government of The Bahamas and key events that characterize our nation. Session 5 of the BahamaHost course will end on October 8, and classes are of fered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thurs days. the contractor and recommended that they patch potholes, particularly in the high He said the Abaco Ministry of Works did not have a supply of cold patch and they are also limited as they need a new truck. Mr. Curry said he is trying to get a new truck in Abaco shortly and presently, as a part of their good will, Simmons will provide a supply of asphalt for patching. Just days earlier, outspoken Abaco nian, Patrick Bethel, said the roads are in worse condition than they have ever been, noting his concern because it seems no one cares. He said that the conditions of Aba -Roads From Page 1 cos roads are a disgrace and a danger especially on the highways where motor ists speed. I know of a vehicle that turned over due to a pothole on the Ernest Dean Highway near the farm and another friend damaged his front end and cracked his windshield in another pothole, said. Mr. Bethel. While Mr. Bethel is pleased that the government responded quickly and has repaired many of the potholes in town he still intends to send his bill for $500 for said was damaged due to all the potholes in Central Abaco, to the Ministry of Works. Simmons Construction Company was awarded a $1.3 million contract to carry out repairs to portions of roads in Murphy Town, Dundas Town and Marsh Harbour on January 5, 2013; however, in July they were given the task of paving the main road from the airport in Marsh Harbour to the ferry dock at the Crossing. Paving work began on August 26 and has been progressing despite being ham pered by rain and delays in receiving aggregate materials. Above: Simmons Co. workers prepping the road for asphalt. The section in front of Memorial Plaza, which has long been a thorn in the side of Abaco motorists, is now com pleted and paved with black top.

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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 By Jennifer Hudson The importance of the honey bee is not fully recognized by the majority of people and it is, unfortunately, not uncomwithout any thought as to the consequenc es. It has been said that Honey bees are the glue that holds our agricultural system together, but for the past several years honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate throughout the world. Daphne de Gregory-Maiuolis, proprietor of the Abaco Neem farm, is very concerned as a farmer that the right infor mation is given to the general public as it relates to bees and the importance of bees. Her concern for this problem was recently highlighted when she was called by the Department of Agriculture in Marsh Harbour, since she has hives on her farm, to see if she would be willing to assist persons to relocate hives instead of destroying them. The Ministry of Agriculture had been reporting that many private citizens were calling with concern regarding the removal or killing of bees. This phone call gave rise to feelings of alarm and an article in Time magazine on the plight of the honeybees heightened her concern even further. Mrs. de Gregory was told by the Department of Agriculture, Marsh Harbour, that particularly on Grand Bahama people are being led to believe that some of the hives contain Africanized bees. African ized bees are known colloquially as killer bees. They are some hybrid variety of Western honey bee species produced origi nally by crossbreeding of African honey bees with various European honeybees. This raised further concern because they do not want people to panic because many of these are not aggressive. Mrs. De Gregory stresses; It is very important for the public to understand how vital bees are to our existence and food security. Research shows that although many crops are only partially dependent on bee pollination, others, like the almond, cannot get by without it. According to the USDA one third of the food in our diet relies to some extent on bee pollination. Some of the crops which are extremely reliant on bees for pollination include apple, avocado, broccoli, blueberry, onion, cherry, cucumber and celery to name only a few. There is a huge shortage of bees in the world, stated Mrs. De Gregory and consequently farms are being lost because there is no way for the crops to be polli nated. This will lead to a food shortage and the production of laboratory engineered food. Some people think that bees are a threat but they do not pose a threat unless they are messed with and will not attack unless attacked, she stated. According to a bee specialist in Nassau, Kirk Deleveaux, bees are most ac tive twice a year, in Spring and Fall and there is a large movement of bees at those times. He stated that, fortunately, bees are not declining on such a rapid scale in The Bahamas as they are throughout the rest of the world. The message he and Mrs. De Gregory want to get out is to Save the bees. We need to protect our healthy bees and to Elbow and Lubbers welcome newest Real Estate AgentPress Release Abaco entrepreneur Sarah Sams has joined Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty as a sales agent in Elbow Cay and Lubbers Quarters. The multi-talented Sarah has lived in Abaco since birth, except for her years at Valencia and Stetson University in Central Florida where she majored in Fine Arts. After university, she started Pineapples, a popular waterfront restaurant in Green Turtle Cay which has been in operation for over 10 years. Sarah worked as a water sports co ordinator at Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club in Guana Cay and went on to start Abaco Paddle Board, a successful water sports company in Elbow Cay, with her husband. Shes a licensed boat captain with many years of experience navigating the Abaco chain of cays. Sarah has a wide cir cle of friends and acquaintances, including locals, second home owners and visitors, as a result of her lifetime in Abaco and various business ventures. She lives in Lubbers Quarters with her husband and two sons. Mike Lightbourn, president of Cold well Banker Lightbourn Realty, was excited to have Sarah join his Abaco team. A lifetime in the hospitality business has given Sarah a unique insight into tourism and development in the Abacos, he said. Sarah, he added, is a natural peoples person. She has the insight, experience and commitment to successfully conclude any type of transaction, whether it involves a small home, a private island or anything in between, he said. Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realtys Abaco headquarters are located in Marsh in Nassau, Exuma and Long Island and agents in Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimi ni and Eleuthera, including Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. Business this end Mrs. de Gregory wants to strongly promote non chemical farming through the use of natural organic products for fertil izers and pest control. Fertilizers have pesticides in them which affect the repro duction of bees, she stated. It is a most dangerous thing to import bees without going through the Minis try of Agriculture because there is risk for bringing in fungus and other diseased bees. People must be educated and armed, she stated. Sometimes bees will swarm around a house and make their hives within the roof or walls. If the bees can be attracted to a tree branch to form a hive then they can safely be collected by a beekeeper and transported to his hive but if they build a hive within the roof or walls then there is often no way to get them out without kill ing them. She therefore urges people to seal up all cracks through which bees can get into a home to prevent this problem from hap pening. Bees in crisis, Dept. of Agriculture and By Samantha Evans Lovelys Delight and Commonwealth Bank donated school supplies to Central Abaco Primary School this school year. Lovely Reckley is a friend of the school and always goes out of her way to ensure that she assist as many students as possible with school uniforms and shoes. Again this year, she worked along with Miss Saman tha V. Evans, the Guidance Counselor of needed such items. The students then met with their parents at His and her Jeans or Sports World where they got the items needed. Both stores have been generous enough to add additional items to assist more students as well. Commonwealth Bank is a great partner with the Ministry of Education and for numerous years now they have been donating composition books, pencils and pens to public schools across the Baha mas. Again this year they donated books to Abaco schools and Central Abaco Pri mary School, being the largest school on the island, received six cases of books, a bag of pencils and pens as well as a few drawstring bags. The items were presented to Vice Principal Keva McIntosh on Monday September 9, 2013 at 9:30am. The items will be distributed to students on a needs basis. Two businesses donate school supplies to Central Abaco Primary By Jennifer Hudson Assistant who assists Dr. Latesha Mac Donald at the Abaco Medi Centre. She is registered with both the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Council. She received an Associates Degree cum Laude from the College of The Bahamas followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree summa Cum Laude in Alternative and Complementary Medicine from Florida Metro University. Next August she plans to further her studies for another two years to obtain a Masters Degree which she aims to achieve Magna cum Laude at Nova South Eastern certify her as a Physicians Assistant which means that she will be able to diagnose ill nesses and also have the power to prescribe medications. It will also include other ofAs a Medical Assistant Ms. Bullard carries out many functions. She assists the doctor with triage, performs ECGs assists with gynecological examinations, does glucose testing, screens patients pri or to being seen by the doctor, removes sutures, dresses wounds and carries out blood tests in the new chemical analyzer. She also assists the doctor in emer gencies, sets up IVs and acts as the doctors right hand. She often has to help with car accident victims and, recently, also with a drowning. Ms. Bullard feels that Medical As sistant and Physicians Assistant are excel lent career choices since this is a growing biology plus, very importantly, a desire to help people. Krysia has loved making peo ple feel better since she was a small girl. She remembers staying with an aunt who had a full medicine cabinet which totally intrigued her and whenever any of her little friends got a booboo she would take care of it for them using items from the medi cine cabiniet. She describes herself as a real peo ple person full of empathy and a person who does not get grossed out which, of course, is a very necessary attribute for a physician. When asked if there are any draw backs, Ms. Bullard stated that the only one 8.00 a.m. -5.00 p.m., one must be will ing to stay late and always be ready at any time to be called in for emergencies, even at night. But the rewards are well worth it, she says. Ms. Bullard has worked with Dr. Macintosh for the past year and a half since she completed her training and Dr. McIntosh opened the Abaco Medi Centre. She states that working with Dr. McIntosh has the doctor as her role model.Careers on Abaco:My Life as a Medical Assistant with Krysia Bullard

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Page 16 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Ron-Paul Cabinets PlusVisit our Showroom Located Opposite the old Lowes PharmacyOwners: Ronnie & Pauline RobertsPhone: (242) 367-0546 4 DRAWER CHEST WOODEN BUNK BEDS $575 .00 METAL BUNK BEDS $450 .00 ADIRONDACK CHAIRS $230 .00 FREE PILLOW!! WITH ANY SIZE MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGCommercial Carpet..$11.00sq.yd. Carpet Padding........$5.75 sq.yd. LAMINATED FLOORING $2 50 sq.ft. PADDING $0.55 sq.ft. 5 SHELF BOOK CASE $150 00 BABY CRIBS $250 00 & $285 00 WOODEN TODDLER BEDS $175 .00 10% DISCOUNT on all sales except already discounted items and carpet Marble and Granite counter tops, showers and oors installed Made in Marsh Harbour Call 367-6867 or 367-4726 View installations on our web site:abacomarbleandgranite.com Entrepreneur Watch Taylors ProductionBy Samantha Evans Taylors Production is now open for business on the island of Abaco commenc ing services on September 9, 2013. The brother and sister team, made up of Ian and Marcia Taylor are now offering a Back to School special inclusive of a photo ID, 2-5 by 7 photos and 4 passport photos. Since students always need photos for enrollment and IDs are being introduced in more schools, they decided to make this package available here. They specialize in photos for all oc casions including weddings, proms, birth days, and graduations. They also take pass port photos and ID cards for students and works. Different packages are available and can be customized for any function. They are located in Dundas Town and can be reached by calling 676-1351, 4236797 or 448-7621. Scotts Financial ServicesBy Samantha Evans There are many businesses opening up on the island of Abaco which is a good indicator that the Bahamas is rebounding from the recession but many of these business owners do not have anyone to handle the bookkeeping and accounting needs of their business. It is for this reason that Scotts Financial Services was started. On Monday September 16, 2013, this business was launched in Murphy Town. They specialize in bookkeeping and ac counts, balancing accounts, preparing resums and references, preparing estimates, bids, and bills, and printing term papers and BJC and BGCSE course work. They offer affordable services for the small business man. They are open Monday to Saturday and will be happy to provide you with a quote once you contact them. The phone number is 475-9847.Super Hair CutsBy Samantha Evans Ricardo Parker hails from North Abaco and has been cutting hair for some eight years. Over the years, he has offered his service free of charge to kids all across this island and is now in a position to start his own business which he calls Super Hair Cuts. He is located next door to the Betty staff two beauticians and another barber. They offer full barber and beautician ser vices to men, women, and children. In the near future, they will be adding pedicure and manicure services. They are open every day except Sun day. The business hours are Monday to Wednesday 9am to 7pm and Thursdays to Saturdays 9am to 10pm. Ricardo can be reached at 533-2155, Waldez Russell 4312960, Lillian Martin 458-4096 and Jackie Robbins 475-9275. Further Business Foxys Pizza Take Out and Delivery By Samantha Evans On August 27, 2013, Foxys Pizza opened its doors in Murphy Town across from Murphy Town Park on Forest Drive. They are located in the building previously occupied by Ts Undergarments. Revie Fox Sr. has had a successful business in Exuma for many years and now that he has relocated to Abaco, he decid ed to open his business here. Before they opened the store, he tested the market and the response was good. They specialize in seafood, meatlovers, supreme and veggie pizzas, stuffed pizzas and calzones. They have numerous meat, seafood and vegetable toppings. Extra toppings can be added for an additional topping which is $5.00. Water, juice and soda are also on sale. Pizzas are sold by the pan and by the slice. In the coming weeks, they will be adding salads, wings and bread sticks. School lunch orders are available and Foxys Pizza supports school programs when schools utilize their lunch program. Principals are welcomed to contact them to learn more about their school lunch program. Delivery is available to Marsh Harbour, Murphy Town, Dundas Town, and Spring City for a small fee. Pizza prices include: small $12.00, medium $16.00, large $20.00, and extra large $24.00. Foxys Pizza is open every day from 12 noon to midnight. They can be reached by calling 4759606 or 458-4810. Real Property Tax exercises being carried out on AbacoPress Release The Department of Inland Revenue Real Property Tax, wishes to advise that a massive exercise in the reassessment of properties within the Abaco district is the Department of Inland Revenue. As sessments are used by the Real Property Tax Valuations Unit to determine the val ue of a property and its related Property taxes. Property owners not having their has changed (vacant, improved, residen tial or commercial property) can assist the department by completing a Declaration of Real Property Taxes form declaring the of the property. The same applies for properties that have never being declared. A copy of the declaration form can be obtained by vis Government Complex Marsh Harbour or online at http://forms.bahamas.gov. bs/documents/BUSLIC_declaration%20 form%20front%20new.pdf The form along with a copy of the gaynellrolle@bahamas.gov.bs or hand dethe below listed contact.

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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian October 1, 2013 en-GBere & Back.....Againen-GBEFFECTIVE: JULY 2012en-GBPh: 242-367-0290 Fax: 242-367-0291 en-GBREGULAR FERRY SCHEDULEen-GB Marsh Harbour to Hope Townen-GB20 minute rideen-GB7:15am / 9:00am / 10:30am /12:15pm 2:00pmen-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GBHope Town to Marsh Harbouren-GB8:00am / 9:45am / 11:30am /1:30pm 3:00pmen-GB 4:00pm / 5:00pm / 6:30pmen-GBMarsh Harbour to Man-O-Waren-GB20 minute rideen-GB7:15 / 10:30am / 12:15pm / 2:30pm* en-GB 4:00pm / 5:45pmen-GB *Except Sundays and Holidaysen-GBMan-O-War to Marsh Harbour en-GB8:00am / 11:30am / 1:30pm /3:15pm* / 5:00pmen-GB *Except Sundays and Holidaysen-GBMarsh Harbour to Scotland/Guana Cayen-GB30 minute rideen-GB6:45am / 10:30am / 1:30pm /3:30pm 5:45pmen-GBScotland/Guana Cay to Marsh Harbouren-GB8:am / 11:30am / 2:30pm / 4:45pm / 6:30pmen-GBAny stops outside the main harbour will be aen-GB minimum charge of two persons. Two persons or overen-GB will remain at regular charge.en-GBDuring the month of August through December there en-GB are some adjustments made to the schedule.en-GB You are advised to contact the oce for any changes.en-GBREGULAR FERRY FARESen-GBOne Way: $17.00en-GB Round Trip Open Return: $27.00en-GB Children 6-11: Half Priceen-GB Children 5 and under: Freeen-GB Hope Town and Man-O-War ferries depart fromen-GB the Ferry Dock at Crossing Beach. en-GB Guana /Scotland Cay depart from the Conch Inn.en-GB Prices subject to change without notice.en-GBAlburys Ferry Service Area Code 242 unless listed otherwise en-GB en-GB Island-wide Abaco Listingsen-GBAbaco Cottage 114 hse 366-0576en-GB en-GBAbaco Vacation Planner + 25 hse 367-3529en-GBCasuarina Pointen-GBSea Grape/Coco Plum 2 Units 367-2107en-GBCherokee Lee Pinder 3 hse 366-2053 Marina Albury Cottages 5 cottages 366-2075 en-GBGrand Cay Rosies Place 352-5458 en-GBGreen Turtle Cay Barefoot Homes 14 hse 577-4092 Bluff House Club 12 units 365-4200 Cocobay Cottages 6 cott 800-752-0166 Green Turtle Club 35 rm 365-4271 Island Properties 34 hse 365-4047 en-GBLeeward Yacht Club 5 hse 365-4191 New Plymouth Inn 9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties 34 hse 365-4636 Other Shore Club 365-4226 Roberts Cottages 3 cott 365-4105 en-GBGuana Cay Dive Guana 11 hse 365-5178 Dolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott. 365-5137 Guana Sunset Beach 13 units 365-5133 en-GBOcean Frontier 6 cott 519-389-4846 Wards Landing 4 units 904-982-2762 Ruth Sands 9 hse 365-5140 en-GBHope Town Abaco Inn 22 rm 366-0133 Crystal Villas 5 villas 321-452-0164 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse 366-0035 en-GB Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse 366-0224 en-GBHope Town Inn 6 rm 4 Villas 3 Suites 366-0003 Hope T Villas 3 hse 366-0266 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages 4 hse 366-0266 Sea Spray Resort 6 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key 43 hse 366-0053 Turtle Hill 4 villas 366-0557 en-GBLubbers Quarters Cay Lubbers Landing 4 villas 577-2000 en-GBMan-O-War Island Home Rentals 2 hse 365-6048 Waterway Rentals 14 hse 365-6143 en-GBMarsh Harbour area Abaco Beach Resort 82 rms 3 67-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse 3 67-2719 Abaco Towns 16 apts 3 67-0148 Ambassador Inn 6 rms 3 67-2022 Conch Inn 9 rms 3 67-4000 Living Easy 16 hse 3 67-2202 Island Breezes Motel 8 rms 3 67-3776 Lofty Fig Villas 6 eff 3 67-2681 Pelican Beach Villas 6 cott 3 67-3600 Regattas 32 apts 5 77-6764 HG Christie 11 hse 3 67-4151 en-GBSandy Point Oeishas Resort 3 66-4139 Pete & Gays Resort 14 rm 3 66-4119 en-GBSpanish Cay Spanish Cay Resort 18 rm 6 hse 3 65-0083 en-GBTreasure Cay Abaco Estate Services Mult hse 3 65-8752 Bahama Beach Club 88 units 3 65-8500 Brigantine Bay Villas 5 units 877-786-8455 Treasure Cay Resort 95 rms 3 65-8801 en-GBTurtle Rock Villas at Palmetto Beach 3 villas 262-820-1900 Hotels and House Rental Agents Web Sites with Abaco Information en-GB en-GBwww.abaconian.com www.abacoinet.com www.abacocottage.comen-GB www.abacos.com www.oii.net www.bahamas.comen-GBHope Town..cont Further Business By Mirella Santillo People diving by K& S Auto Service Ltd on Saturday September 21, might have wondered why there were red and why there was DJ music blaring from loud speakers and why there was a gathering of people giving the place an atmosphere of celebration. For the owner, Percy Albury and his son Shannon, who managed the service sta tion since 1983, it was effectively an occa sion worth celebrating: thirty years of successful family business in Marsh Harbour. On September 23, 1983 to be precise, Percy Albury recalled opening the doors of K&S Auto Service Ltd, at the corner of Don Mackay Boulevard and Forest Drive. It was much smaller then, he explained, as most of the repair warehouses were added over the years. While a bartender offered drinks, heaps of marinated chicken and ribs were being grilled by Henry Dawkins. As the afternoon wore off, more guests arrived partaking of the libations and socializing. Mr. Shannon Albury walked about from the front shop to the party grounds, talking to friends and making sure everything was under control. The September 21 party was not the only demonstration of appreciation for patrons. Special give-away prizes had been drawn each Saturday for three weeks preceding the anniversary party. People spending $10 or more for gasoline could enter their names for a prize drawing. The won by Mr. David Sands took place on September 7. The following Saturday, a lucky cus tomer, Norma Seymour, went home with a Samsung Galaxy S4. Two drawings took place on the day second for a trip for two people to either New York, Atlanta or Miami, including a 4 days/ 3 nights stay in a hotel. On that last drawing day, a huge plas tic bag containing hundreds of tickets was At 6:00 pm, the deadline for the drawing, Mr. Shannon Albury drew the two winning tickets under the watchful eyes of his fa ther. The iPad 2 was won by Mr. Devis Mercius of Dundas Town. The winner of the grand prize, Mr. K& S Auto Service Ltd celebrates thirty years with prize drawingErrol Thurston, also from Dundas Town, was immediately contacted. He arrived a few minutes later to claim his prize, a large grin on his face, on time to be congratu lated by the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Re nardo Curry. Above: Errol Thurston of Dundas Town (right) being congratulated by the Member of Parliament for North Abaco Renardo Curry in front of K&S Auto. Mr. Thurston won a 4 days/ 3 nights stay in a hotel. By Timothy Roberts Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR) along with local Fire Authority Sgt. Paul Johnson carried out and government buildings on September and give suggestions with a view to saving The month of September has been designated as Fire Safety & Awareness Month; this is an annual event promoted by the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Services. Danny Sawyer, Fire Chief of MHVFR, said the response of the schools and they will be given reports highlighting areas that need improvement. Local Fire Authority, Sgt. Johnson added that Fire Services will work in con junction with MHVFR to carry out more drills throughout the year. Mr. Sawyer said that the schools and need to work out evacuation routes in order to get children safely away from build He added that teachers need to be aware of the students in their classrooms and do a roll call as soon as possible after evacuating their class room. Likewise, ofensure that all co-workers are accounted for. Mr. Sawyer said all schools need to ers in the class rooms and regularly inspect their equipment to ensure everything is in working order. After all, it is about the safety of everyone; especially the children, he said. Having a plan will only make everyones life that much safer. Central & All Abaco

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 Dive ShopsAbaco Dive Adventures, Marsh Harbour.......................367-2963 Dive Abaco Since1978, Marsh Harbour.................................. 367-2787 Dive Time, Man-O-War............................................................365-6235 Froggies, Hope Town.............................................................. 366-0431 Treasure Divers, Treasure Cay.........................................365-8571 Brendals Dive, Green T. Cay......................................... 365-4411 Dive Guana............................................................... 365-5178 Man-O-War Dive Shop ...............................................365-6013 A & P Car Rentals .............................................367-2655 Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals ..............................367-1035 Bargain Car Rentals ..........................................367-0500 Blue Wave Boat Rentals ...................................367-3910 Cruise Abaco. ....................................................577-0148 Quality Star Car Rentals (Texaco) ......................367-2979 Rainbow Boat Rentals ......................................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars ..................367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals ..........................................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ....................................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals .........................................367-4887 The Moorings Boat Rentals ..............................367-4000 Brendals Dive Bikes & Kayak rental ..................365-4411 C & D Cart Rental .............................................365-4311 Cruising Cart Rentals ........................................365-4065 D & P Cart Rental .............................................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals .......................................365-4119 Kool Karts ........................................................365-4176 Reef Boat Rentals ............................................365-4145 Sea Side Carts & Bikes ......................................365-4147 T & A Cart Rentals ............................................365-4259 Donna Sands Cart Rentals ...............................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & Bikes .................................365-5178 Orchid Bay Cart rentals .....................................365-5175 Cruise Abaco .............................................321-220-8796 Conch Pearl Boat Rentals..................................365-6502 Ria-Mar Golf Cart Rentals .................................365-6024 Waterways Boat Rental ................357-6540 & 365-6143 Cats Paw Boat Rentals .....................................366-0380 Elbow Cay Cart .................................................366-0530 Hope Town Cart Rentals ..................................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals ..........................................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals ..............................366-0282 J Rs Cart Rental ................................................366-0361 Sea Horse Boat Rentals ....................................366-0023 T & N Cart Rentals ............................................366-0069 Abaco Adventures Kayaks .............................365-8749 Blue Marlin Rentals. .........................................365-8687 Cashs Carts ......................................................365-8771 Cornish Car Rentals ..........................................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals ...............................................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals ...........................................365-8761 Wendals Bicycle Rentals...................................365-8687 Visitors Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper Abaco Pizza. ................................$ ..................367-4488 Anglers ...................................$$$ ..................367-2158 Casiahs.......................................$................... 367-0514 Curly Tails ...............................$$$ ..................367-4444 Golden Grouper .........................$$ ..................367-2301 Island Family Rest .....................$$ ..................367-3778 Java Coee House .......................$ ..................367-5523 Jamies Place .............................$$ ..................367-2880 Junovias.....................................$$..................367-1271 Jib Room ..................................$$ ..................367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken ...............$ ..................367-2615 Mangoes .................................$$$ ..................367-2366 Rum Runners.............................$$.................. 367-0171 Snack Shack ...............................$ ..................367-4005 Snappas ....................................$$ ..................367-2278 Wallys ....................................$$$ ..................367-2074 Abaco Inn ..............................$$$ ..................366-0133 Capn Jacks ................................$$ ..................366-0247 Firey.......................................$$$................. 366-0145 Harbours Edge ......................... $$ ..................366-0087 H T Coee House (B & L) ..............$ ..................366-0760 HT Inn & Marina.........................$$................. 366-0003 H T Harbour Lodge ..................$$$ ..................366-0095 Munchies ....................................$ ..................366-0423 OnDa Beach ..............................$$ ..................366-0558 Sea Spray ...............................$$ ..................366-0065 Sugar Shack + ............................$ ..................366-0788 Petes Pub ..................................$$ ..................366-3503 Cracker Ps .................................$$ ..................366-3139 Bradleys on the Harbour .............$ ..................365-6380 Dockn Dine .................................$ ..................365-6139 Island Treats Snack Bar ................$ ..................365-6501 Bakers Bay Market Place ......$$$ ..................612-1021 Grabbers ...................................$$ ..................365-5133 Nippers .....................................$$ .................365-5143 Orchid Bay ...............................$$$ ..................365-5175 Bahama Beach Club.................$$$...................365-8500 Coco Beach Bar & Grill. ................$ ..................365-8470 Florences Cafe .............................$ ..................365-8185 Spinnaker Restaurant .............$$$ ..................365-8469 Touch of Class ........................$$$ ..................365-8195 Treasure Sands Club ................$$$ ..................365-9385 Blu House .............................$$$ ..................365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro ......................$$ ..................365-4247 Green Turtle Club ....................$$$ ..................365-4271 Harveys Island Grill ...................$$ ..................365-4389 Lizard Bar & Grill........................$$...................365-4191 McIntoshs Restaurant ..............$$ ..................365-4625 Miss Emilys Restaurant .............$$ ..................365-4181 New Plymouth Inn ....................$$ ..................365-4161 Pineapple Restaurant Bar & Grill $$ .................365-4039 Plymouth Rock Cafe ..................$$ ..................365-4234 Shorties Take-a-way...................$$..................365-4342 Sundowners ..............................$$ ..................365-4060 Nancys......................................$$ ..................366-4120 Police Hope Town 366-0667 Police Man-O-War 365-6911 Police Treasure Cay 365-8048 Police Green Turtle Cay 365-4550 B. Electricity Corp 367-2727, 367-2846, 367-4667 Water & Sewerage 475-1499, 475-5518 The following services are provided by volunteers Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Man-O-War 365-4019 Treasure Cay Fire & Rescue 365-9111 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue......Marine VHF 16...............366-0282 Hope Town 366-0549 Marsh Harbour 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178 Treasure Cay 365-8749 Abaco Family Medicine, Marsh Harbour .....................367-2295 Abaco Medi-Center.....................................................367-9999 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic ................................367-0020 Chiropractor-Dr. Lewis.................................................367-0020 Corbett Clinic, Treasure Cay ........................................365-8288 Integrated Medical Center ..........................................367-1304 Emergency ...............................................458-1234 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre ...................................367-0050 Government Clinic, Marsh Harbour ...........................367-2510 Government Clinic, Coopers Town .............................365-0300 Government Clinic, Green Turtle Cay ..........................365-4028 Government Clinic, Hope Town ..................................366-0108 Government Clinic, Sandy Point .................................366-4010 Out Island Chiropractor...............................................367-2584 Blu House .......................38 .........F ................365-4247 Green Turtle Club ..............40 .........F ................365-4271 Black Sound Marina ..........15 ............................365-4531 Other Shore Club ...............15 .........F ................365-4226 Abaco Yacht Service ...........10 .........F ................365-4033 Leeward Yacht Club............ 26............................365-4191Treasure Cay Marina........ ..150......... F............... ..365-8250 Man-O-War Marina ..........28 .........F .................365-6008Boat Harbour Marina ......192 .........F .................367-2158 Conch Inn .......................... 72. .........F.................367-4000 Harbour View Marina ........40 .........F ................367-2182 Mangoes Marina ...............29 ........... .................367-4255 Marsh Harbour Marina ......62 .........F .................367 2700Hope Town Marina ............62 ............................ 366-0003 Lighthouse Marina ..............6 .........F ................366-0154 Sea Spray ..........................60 .........F ................366-0065Schooner Bay ....................15 .........F ................475-7626Spanish Cay Marina ...........40 .........F ................365-0083Bakers Bay Marina ..........158 ........... ................365-5802 Guana Hide-aways ............37 ........... ................365-5070 Orchid Bay .........................66 ........F ................365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Abaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ...........................367-2266 AirGate Aviation New Smyrna Beah.......................1-386-478-0600 American Eagle Miami .....................................................367-2231 US Reservation..............................1-800-433-7300 Bahamasair Nassau,W. Palm B, Ft Laud .............................367-2095 Craig Air Jacksonville...........................................................367-3522 Island Wings Ft. Lauderdale.....................................1-954-274-6214 Regional Freeport...............................................................367-0446 Silver Airline Orlando, Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ............367-3415 US Reservation...................................1-800-231-0856 Sky Bahamas Nassau .........................................................367-0996 Reservation.......................................1-242-377-8993 Western Air Nassau ...........................................................367-3722 Abaco Air ..............................................................................367-2266Cherokee Air Charters .........................................................367-1920 Extra $3 for each passengers above two ective Dec 08Clinic, Downtown, Stop Light, ........................................................$10 Ab Bch Resort, Eastern Shore close, Ferry ........................................$15 Spring City ........................................................................................$15 Dundas Town, Nat Ins bldg, C Abaco Primary Sch .............................$15 Murphy Town & Great. Cistern ..........................................................$20 Snake Cay ........................................................................................$35 Casuarina Point.................................................................................$60 Cherokee, Winding Bay, Little Harbour .............................................$80 Bahama Palm Shore .........................................................................$90 Crossing Rocks ................................................................................$105 Sandy Point ...................................................................................$150 Leisure Lee .......................................................................................$50 Treasure Cay Airport, G Turtle ferry ...................................................$80 Treasure Cay Resort...........................................................................$85 Fox Town ........................................................................................$165 Clinic, downtown, Ab Beach Hotel .................................................$ 10 Nat. Ins. Bldg, Murphy Town, Gr. Cistern ..........................................$10 Wait time $0.40 per minute, Hourly rate $40 per hour Luggage $0.75 each over two, large bags $1 ea. Eective Dec 08Green Turtle Cay ferry dock ...............................................................$10 Madeira Park ....................................................................................$20 Sand Banks ......................................................................................$25 Treasure Cay Resort...........................................................................$30 Leisure Lee .......................................................................................$45 Black Wood ......................................................................................$20 Fire Road & Coopers Town ...............................................................$40 Cedar Harbour .................................................................................$60 Wood Cay .........................................................................................$70 Mount Hope .................................................................................... $80 Fox Town ..........................................................................................$85 Crown Haven ...................................................................................$90 Marsh Harbour airport .....................................................................$80 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport ..............................................$80 Treasure Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour ................................................$85 Treasure Cay Hotel to Green Turtle Ferry ...........................................$25 Treasure Cay Hotel to Blue Hole ........................................................$30 Albert Lowe Museum ................................ Green Turtle Cay Capt Roland Roberts House, reef exhibits .. Green Turtle Cay Memorial Sculpture Garden .................... Green Turtle Cay Wyannie Malone Historical Museum ................. Hope Town Elbow Cay Lighthouse ....................................... Hope Town Swim Mermaid Reef o Marsh Harbour ........Pelican Shore Drive to & swim in Blue Hole ...........Treasure Cay farm road Art studio & working foundry ......................Little Harbour Man-O-War Heritage Museum...................Man-O-War Cay Man-O-War Boatyards ..............................Man-O-War Cay Hole-inWall lighthouse -very rough road......South Abaco Cedar Harbour plantation ruins need guide...North Abaco Blackwood blue hole & sisal mill......................North Abaco Abaco wild horses by appointment..................... 367-4805 Bird watching ask tourism.................................367-3067 Crossing Beach in Marsh Harbour Witches Point 3 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Little Harbour 20 miles S. of Marsh Harbour Cherokee 23 miles S of Marsh Harbour www.theabaconian.comAlburys Ferry Service Marsh H.>Guana Cay/Scotland cay From Conch Inn advised to contact the oce for the changes. Note: 4:30 pm trip to GTC not on Sundays ** Note: 4:30 pm trip will be made from New Plymouth only Between Abaco & Grand Bahama Summer Schedule only (April to Dec) Sandy Point & Nassau Every Friday & Sunday, except holidays, under 4 hours. Call 225-3376 or 366-4119 Call for rates. Not on Sundays or holidays Marsh Harbour to Hope Town or Man-O-War 20 minutes, Guana Cay 30 minutes Marsh Harbour cont... Terrance Davis .......... 375-8550 Buddy Pinder ............ 366-2163 Justin Sands ............. 359-6890 Danny Sawyer .......... 367-3577 Jay Sawyer ............... 367-3941 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh ... 477-5037 Alexander Rolle ........ 365-0120 Edward Rolle ............ 365-0024 Pedro Thurston ......... 365-2405 Sandy Point Valantino Adderley .... 366-4323 Anthony Bain ............ 366-4107 Rickmons.........366-4139/4477 Petes Guest House...366-4119 Patrick Roberts..........366-4285 Treasure Cay Capt. Joe Pritchard ... 559-9117 Carey McKenzie.........365-8313 Casaurina Point Junior Albury ............... 366-3058 Cherokee Donnie Lowe................366-2275 Maxwell Sawyer............366-3058 Marty Sawyer ............ ..366-2115 Randy Sawyer ............ 366-2284 Will Sawyer ................. 366-2177 Crossing Rocks Tony Russell ............... 366-3259 Green Turtle Cay Rick Sawyer ................ 365-4261 Ronnie Sawyer ........... 357-6667 Hope Town Maitland Lowe ............ 366-0234 Tom Albury .................. 366-3141 Marsh Harbour Jody Albury ................375-8068 Sidney Albury............... 477-5996 Richard Albury ............577-0313 Agape Family Dental, Marsh Harbour..........................367-4355 Abaco Dental Asso......................................................367-0164 Diamante Dental, Marsh Harbour................................367-4968 Man O War Dental Clinic..............................................365-6508 Abaco Island Pharmacy, Marsh Harbour......................367-2544 Chemist shoppe, Marsh Harbour.................................367-3106 Caribbean Veterinary Centre, Marsh Harbour..............367-3551 Island Veterinary Clinic, Marsh Harbour......................367-0062 Everyone reads The AbaconianBring errors & revisions to our attention Revised July 2013All phones use area code 242 unless noted .......... ....367-2936 ..................... ....367-4117 Abacos Nature Adventure ........................... ....577-0004 Adventure on Prozac T Cay ........................ ....365-8749 .................. ....365-4411 ....................... ....365-8506 ...... ....367-2787 ......... ....366-0024 Charter Fishing BoatsLucky Strike Hope Town.............................366-0101 Sea Gull Hope Town.................................366-0266 A Salt Weapon Hope Town........................366-0245 Down Deep...................................................366-3143 Local Boy......................................................366-0528 Back Breaker................................................365-5140 Abaco Beach Resort Snappas Grill & Chill Curlytails Mangoes Restaurant Abaco Inn Capn Jacks H.T. Harbour Lodge Sea Spray Sundowners McIntosh Restaurant Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro Leeward Yacht Club Bluff House Guana Grabbers Nippers Bar & Grill

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 21 NUMBER 18 October 1st, 2013 A scrimmage among the new clubs was held on Saturday, September 21. See page 11. Photo by Jamie Cash Sweeting. By Canishka Alexander Excitement sums up the collective mood of the New Entry Band members, and even more so, since the video shoot of the groups new hit song: Excited at Grabbers Bed Bar & Grill on Guana Cay in late August. Lead singer Wilner Pierre said that since the bands formation in 2006, things have been going great. In fact, New En try is looking forward to having Excited featured on Bahamian music sensation Kirkland KB Bodies latest KB & Friends: Vol. 4 album. They also intend to travel to Nassau to promote a few more of their popular songs that predominantly combines pop music with a cross section of musical genres performed onstage in front of live audiences. Later in the year, Pierre said they will be entering The Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) Festival again, so they need Aba cos support like crazy this year. GBOB takes place at Nassaus Botanical Gardens and all Bahamian bands that sign up will compete for a chance to be crowned the Best New Band in The Bahamas, and get to travel to Thailand to compete in the GBOB World Finals. He explained: It is a competition, but then you have to bring your supporters New Entry Band releases new hit song: Excited along. It is in Nassau so even though peo ple may like the band over there, we need the Abaco people to be in the audience. So with GBOB taking place on Nov. 2, in the meantime New Entry members want to embark on a Nassau tour one weekend to complete the promotional part of releasing the Excited video. The Excited Tour will also be featured on Power 104.5 FM Radio Personality King CNotes show at Club Waterloo. Then when they return to Abaco, New Entry will put together a red-carpet show showcasing the models from the music video, various dee jays and corporate sponsors to show people what is available to them on Abaco. Besides Excited, fans may recall more popular songs like: Dancing Queen, which was released before Excit ed; On My Mind, an R&B song; Try Again, a Reggae track; Party Time for the soca lovers; and Party All the Time, an upbeat, pop song. Pierre said that they are looking for an artist from Nassau or perhaps Jamaica to feature on Party All the Time. The group also released a num ber of mixes, and remixes of popular songs or basically blended a reggae rhythm to re -Youth Flag Football holds scrimmage gameAbove: New Entry band is excited to release their new single and music video. Please see Band Page 6

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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Abaco Real Estate By Jennifer Hudson The friendship between Professor Jean Golden, Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and Lyn Major, Principal of Every Child Counts School (ECC), has grown over the years into a valuable partnership between the two in stitutions. This partnership has already tutions and continues to grow, providing a framework for the development of edu cational support and community programs for children with disabilities, in collabora tion with Bahamian teachers, parents and community leaders. to Lyn Major by Mary Gottlieb who is a longstanding volunteer at ECC. After her initial introduction to the work of ECC, Professor Golden immediately saw the connection which could be made between the two institutions and how the link could School & Youth News bring students with disability background training to assist at the school. A legal contract was drawn up between Ryerson Uni versity and the Catholic Education Centre under which ECC operates. This docu ment, which is good for six years and is renewable, sets out what the students can do in response to the schools needs, so is seen as a long term partnership. The collaboration between both Lyn and me and the two schools has grown re ally fast, Professor Golden was pleased to announce. We both see the world in a similar way and have the same goals. Mrs. Major added that, Ryerson has brought an expanded level of resources and has broadened what the school has to offer. Ryerson students came to ECC but last year the number expanded to nineteen Early Childhood Studies and Social Work students assisting in the classrooms at ECC. Our goal is to change peoples at titudes towards disabilities and to get the students more connected with the commu nity, stated Professor Golden. We have a fully developed anti-bullying program in Toronto geared towards helping the dis abled which we want to initiate here and we also hope to bring some faculty mem bers. The faculty is also interested in re search and two top researchers from the Department of Sociology, including the Chair of the Department, will be at ECC in October, informed Professor Golden. We are raising the vision in anti-disability government policy and practice, then evTeachers at ECC are now wanting to take extra training as a result of what they have seen from the Ryerson connection and the link with Ryerson gives us options, says Mrs. Major. Professor Jean Golden has both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Soci ology from Ryerson University, Toronto, Human Rights. She has been teaching at Ryerson University since the 1970s and has played a key leadership role in the de velopment of critical community focused curriculum in the Sociology Department. Her special teaching interests are Human Rights; Women Studies; Racialization; diversity Issues and her current research interest is Disability Education Human Rights in The Bahamas. She has been hon oured many times for her work. Lyn Major, Principal of Every Child Counts School, has a Bachelor of Arts De gree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Caldwell College, Caldwell NJ and a Master of Arts Degree in Education seling from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. She has worked in social work, mental health, teaching and guidance counseling prior to establishing the Every Child Counts School. ECC embraces an expanding partnershipAbove: Professor Jean Golden, left, and ECC Principal Lyn Major. Back to School Night and Pep Rally held at Central Abaco PrimaryBy Samantha Evans Central Abaco Primary School held evening, September 10 beginning at 6pm at the school. This event was a part of their Back to School Night which is held annually to welcome the students to the school and for them to meet the teachers of their children. At this event, the parents engaged in chats, quizzes and games which were a lively twist to what could have been a rigid and boring gathering due to the numerous speakers they heard. The night was so well executed that they did not mind the talks which were given to inform them of the schools plans for the school year. perintendent Dr. Lenora J. Black, who welcomed them back to another exciting school year under the theme: Maximizing the Quality of Instructional Leadership in Pursuit of Excellence in Education. She spoke to them of some of the importance of their children having a good solid educa tion and the role they and teachers play in making this happen. She encouraged them to purchase the material their children need and partner with the school so that they can do all they can to help their children achieve success. The parents committed themselves to part nering with the school. Please see Pep Page 4

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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Finally, she pleaded with parents who may be having hard times to come in and school personnel so that they can get the help needed which will allow those chil dren who are not in school as yet to start. After she spoke, principal of the school, Beatrice Moxey, spoke to the parents about the school rules and policies, pick up and drop of changes and some of the areas they can assist the school. Following her presentation, the par ents were directed to the classrooms where they met with the teachers. Refreshments were served which were donated by their parents of excellence. The pep rally was moderated by Paul Knowles Grade 6 teacher. School & Youth News Pep From Page 2 Change Ministries donates lunch to feed less fortunateBy Samantha Evans Due to the hard economic times that many persons are still facing and in an at tempt to give back to the community in which they live, Change Ministries In ternational has committed themselves yet again to assist with the feeding of children in need at Central Abaco Primary School. This school is the largest one of the island, educating some 870 students. This number within itself can pose a challenge for teachers and staff which increases when some students have no food to eat. This then puts the pressure on the schools Guidance Department to seek assistance for these children in need so this com mitment by another community partner is wonderful indeed. Change Ministries Intl brings 35 hot lunches to the school every Monday which is a blessing to the students. They started this lunch program on Monday September 16, 2013. Back to School Bash held at St. John the Baptist Anglican ChurchBy Samantha Evans Its Preparation Time was the theme under which the Back to School Bash was held at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church on Sunday afternoon September 8 at 3pm. The Anglican Christian Women (ACW) and the Sunday School Department along with Rev. Willish Johnson wanted to assist their students with school supplies so they planned this event. The Back to School Bash began with a sing-spiration where the children sang favorite chorals and rounds of songs unto Guidance Counselor of Central Abaco Primary School Samantha V. Evans who spoke to the students about study habits. She used the oldie-but-goodie poem Persevere to bring the message home to the students who ranged in age from 4 to 17. She told the students that even though school has just begun, it is important that they begin the year with a pattern of study ing and reviewing the work they cover in school each day. She told them that they must determine what they want to achieve this year and set a plan in place to achieve it. This should be encompassed by them committing to studying for at least 1 to 2 hours a day. Secondly, she told them that they are ripe for success because they just ended their summer vacation so they should be well rested and rejuvenated. Next, she told them that many students complain that school work is hard and that teachers are tough but she told them that hard work is required if they are to be successful in life. She reminded them that even the Bible states that by the sweat of your brow shall you eat bread. She encouraged them to not let their emotions control them but rather determine in their mind that they will study hard and stay focused regardless of what is posted on Facebook, what is coming on televi sion, who is texting them or what they are saying, or what their friends are doing. She further encouraged them to stay focused on their goals, dreams and future plans. Finally, Evans told the students that once they work hard they will be promoted every year until they graduate grade six, then grade nine then grade twelve. She told them of her daughters personal journey to success and how Aisha Jones, now in her derstands clearly what mommy was say ing all along. She climbed the hill of success every year, pushing through obstacles and it paid off with her receiving a full scholarship to college. Her closing words to the young people were to pray to God for wisdom, knowledge and understanding and He will direct their path and answer their prayers, stay away from friends who are not on the path to success, and make this year the best one ever! After Miss Evans spoke, Taliyah Pin der recited a poem that resulted in a stand ing ovation followed by a skit entitled New Beginnings written by Kayla Wallace. The speaker for this event was Paul Knowles, President of the Abaco Toastmasters Club to guide them through this school year. He told them that appearance is ev erything so they must ensure that they leave the house looking their best at all times, remember that respect and manners makes the man, learn all they can while they can, always be prepared and know Jesus Christ for themselves. The students were then given their school packets and bags which included school books, folders, pencils, pens and sharpeners. The teachers in attendance were given a goody bag too. A reception followed in the parish hall.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A. G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Sales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW!!! 6,100 sq.ft. lot just 30 from Coco Bay Beach. Short walk to public dock. Power and water. $250,000.00. Great Opportunity! Price Reduction! Twin Palms oers two immaculate attached furnished waterfront townhouses on the Sea of Abaco. Each side mirrors the other with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. A/C throughout. Internet and satellite. 2 Kayaks. Mini putts. Newly built 60 dock accommodates 42 boat. .537 acres. Reduced from $1.65m to $1.45.. JUST REDUCED!!! 9,600 sq.ft. lot just steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Quiet residential area. B $55,000.00. GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!! 85 x 120 lot with start-up foundation. Less then 300 steps to the Atlantic Ocean Beach. Just reduced from B$85,000 to B $59,000.00. NEW!!! 20,000 sq.ft. parcel 125 from Long Bay Beach. Water view possible. Water and power accessible. B $195,000.00. NEW!!! Chic furnished artists home with two master bedroom suites plus 1/2 bath. Water view of White Sound. Within walking distance to a public dock with ramp. A/C throughout. Artist studio with north light exposure. Garage, workshop, golf cart. $495,000.00. PRICE REDUCTION!!! The Pink Pearl Completely re-furbished 115 year old historic wood building centrally located in the heart of New Plymouth. Commercial/or residential use. Excellent tenant in place .Short walk to Settlement Creek and ferry service. Parking area. B$169,900.00. The Golden Reef Large two story commercial building in the heart of historic New Plymouth. Shop/oce space on ground oor. Two furnished two bedroom one bath apartments on second oor with good rental history and sea views. Parking space. $550,000.00.Two elevated waterfront parcels on the Blu overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. Approximately 1/4 acre each with 85 each on the water. Naturally deep water for a dock. Priced to sell TOGETHER for a total of $ 395,000 + 7 1/2% to close Fredericks Agency Ltd.Customs BrokersCustoms Brokerage Services Air and Sea Import and Export Entries Serving all vessels from foreign portsQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Email: abacocustoms@batelnet.bs Local reverend heads Alpha Institute for Academic Excellence By Canishka Alexander The Alpha Institute for Academic Ex cellence was established in 2011 by Rev. Charles Carey of Wesley College. Rev. Carey is one of Alphas academic and ca reer counsellors, and has been an educator for 32 years. Alpha Institute seeks to prepare stu dents to live and serve in a global society, and it is on its way to becoming Abacos premier online learning institution. Through the Academic Development Programme, there are three plans avail able: a Twelve Session Coaching Package, Six Session Coaching Package and Single Coaching Session. The College and Career Counselling Program is also equipped with three plans Full Series, Group Coaching Cohort and 24-Hour Coaching Session. Students receive preparation for entrance into college, they are educated on how to obtain scholarships, and they obtain vital information on job preparation and job transitioning. The High School Diploma Course was launched in mid-September in collabo ration with Wesley College, and is recog nized by the Ministry of Education. It is designed for persons 16 years or older who did not obtain a high school diploma or as a supplementary course for 12th grade stu dents. The high school course takes three months to complete, and also features a self-study program for students who reSchool & Youth News quire little assistance. Final scores are calculated from online coursework, which Listed courses are: Mathematics, English, Social Sciences and Biology months and then $199 per month thereaf ter. The courses are also offered as stand alone subjects. Additional services are a Homework Centre; tutoring for adults and students preparing for BJC, BGCSE, SAT and CLEP examinations; and a Lifelong Learning Programme. Rev. Carey noted that there is a great demand for these types of programs because there are many who were close to graduating or those who did not receive the right guidance in order to graduate. to Abaconians would mean they are better prepared for the workplace, they will become more assertive, more consideration shown to them for job promotions, and they will readily take on leadership roles within organizations. The program also focuses on dressing properly, and the impacts of social media for those seeking employment. There is no geographical limit for those wishing to participate in the program, so it is available to all islands. Rev. Carey pointed out that even schools that are understaffed can benan online classroom setting. Currently, he is developing his scholarship database, so that students can know what all is available to them in terms of He thanked Keino Clarke of Million Clarke Production & Management for Al pha Institutes web design and web man agement services. For more details, e-mail Rev. Charles Carey at: alpha@wesleycol legebahamas.com or visit http://www. abacofoundation.com/alphainstitute or the Facebook page: Alpha Institute for Aca demic Excellence. Agape Christian School celebrates its 20th Anniversary with excellent BJCs/BGCSEs Press Release On August 27, 1994, Agape Chris tian School opened its doors to 29 students; most of whom were children of members of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel. It was the vision of some members of Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel that every child should have a strong Christian upbringing and walk closely with God. With the aspiration of Mr. & Mrs. Troy Albury and Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Sawyer, Agape Christian School was created as a Ministry of the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel and is led by Board Members and the Elders and Deacons of the Assembly. Today, the school boasts a population of almost 300 students in K3 through Grade 12, with very limited space to accommo date others. They travel from Mount Hope to Sandy Point and all the cays in between. The curriculum is structured to accommodate students of varying ability and disposition. In addition to regular classes, we offer electives in Sewing, wrestling, Drama/Journalism, etc. This allows stu dents from various grades and age levels to interact and develop their social skills. Over the years their students have excelled in Sports and Academics. The Eagles (ACS basketball team), is presently rated as one of the best teams in The Bahamas and in Abaco. Recently, they were runner-up in the Hugh Campbell Tourna ment. In addition to their athletic talents, the students are also excelling academi cally which proves that Agape Christian School produces well-rounded students. Following are the results of the 2012 2013 BJC / .BGCSE s and the percent age of passes. Language 95%; Social Studies 93%; General Science 89%; Art & Craft 83%; Health Science 82%; Math 83% Chemistry 100%; Geography 100%; Art 100%; Keyboarding 100%; English Language 93%; Math 80%; Bookkeep ing 66%; Religious Studies 71%; His tory 73% Sun Risers Foundation makes donation to S.C. Bootle Above picture shows: Vice-Pricipal, Sa brina Russell; Freddie McIntosh, Sun Ris ers Foundation; Rudolph Kawalram, Math Department Head; Alvino Saunders, Sun Risers Foundation and Chavonne Reid, Technical Department Head. Press Release Freddie McIntosh of the Sun Ris ers Foundation, based in Cooper's Town, made a special donation of supplies to the Language, Art and Mathematics Depart ments of S. C. Bootle High School recently. Principal Huel Moss commented that it is good to see community-based individ uals giving back and assisting the school with much-needed supplies. He noted that the school is grateful for this gesture.

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Page 6 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Groceries All you need & more! Fruit & Vegetables Canned Goods Dairy Products Frozen FoodsPhone or Fax : 366-2022Mon. Fri. 7:30am 6pm l Sat 7:30am7pmThe Place to be is Cherokee!Cherokee Food Fair cord songs to. The name of the album is Music Evolution, Pierre added. We are also doing a collaboration with Dillon D-Mac McKenzie on a Bahamian song called Pretty Woman. We have already put the song together, but we are working with DMac to make it stronger. The main focus now, though, is Excited Party Time, and Party All the Time. These three songs thats the songs we are going to push out to the world. Truly, New Entry provides an energetic and entertaining line up whenever and wherever they perform. Pierre is joined onstage by Anderson Alcime, lead singer and percussionist; Francois Innocent, bass player; Herode Innocent, guitarist; and Joanel Petite-Dot, keyboardist. Pierre gave his respect to the late Freeman Bouncy Greene, who was also a guitarist for the group. As a founding member of New Entry, Pierre was pleased that most if not all of their goals have been met. Its working; its coming along because I expected it to take a little while, Wilner said. If we continue, we will get where we want to get. New Entry has also belted out performances at music shows in Ft. Lauderdale, and at the renowned Best of the Best Con Lifestyles Band From Page 1 Above: the members of New Entry Band. cert held annually in Miami. Although they are looking forward to returning next year stronger and more effective; however, they need the support of Abaco and sponsors to continue to perform at different venues and build their presence in the industry. We have been sponsoring ourselves to go to all of these different events, but we need to look for sponsors. People like us a lot in Nassau, but it is expensive having to travel there to perform. Lately, they have also connected with Fidelity Bank out of Nassau, and will be putting together commercials and a few jingles together in Creole and English using the Party Time track for the Creole version, and the Excited track for the English one. Many of their local gigs have been on the cays in locations like Green Turtle Cay, Grabbers in Guana Cay, Snappas Grill & Chill, Moores Island and Grand Cay, and in Hope Town at Seaspray Resort, Harbours Edge, Hope Town Harbour Lodge, Abaco Inn, Capn Jacks and at the posh resorts namely Bakers Bay Golf and Ocean Club and The Abaco Club on Winding Bay. New Entry has done a bit of island hopping for their performances as well and have travelled to Andros, Exuma, Eleuthera, Grand Bahamas, Nassau, the Berry Islands and Bimini particularly at weddings. Their music career has allowed them to perform alongside members from the Queen Band who sing: We Will Rock You. They also became acquainted with Owner and Co-Founder of Patron John Paul DeJoria who assisted them with copyrighting their original songs. One time the group received a call from Bahrain to perform for three months at a Ritz Carlton resort. Of course, the members have family and job obligations, so they were not able to take advantage of the three-month gig. Nevertheless, Pierre said his wife Molina Jeune Pierre has always been very sup portive of him. He talked about the brotherly connection among the band members recalling how they linked up with each other through church. Plus, Francois and Herode are brothers, and he and Anderson are related. With the band, its a family thing; everybody links in some way. Its more than a band; its like a brotherhood because I see them so much when we are practic ing, recording or performing together. We understand each other, we have our dif ferences, but we understand each other. would call on is each other. Their fans also make up their ex tended family, and Pierre wanted to personally thank all of the persons who have supported the band since its inception. He thanked the team of Abaco professionals Zyandric Jones, Serena Hollingsworth, Michel Fils-aime II, Dakota Delancey and the models who came together for their latest song, Excited, which will be released at the end of this month. Really want to thank all the people who support them and help them. Thank on a personal level and want them to stay connected as they release video forExcited by the end of the month. Fortunately, New Entry has been well received by all crowds, so according to Pierre, it makes it easier for them to con tinue what they are doing. They have also been utilizing many of the social media networks to promote their music, so fans can also visit the New Entry Band fan page entryband@blogspot.com, and download music on Sound Cloud and Reverbnation. I want to see every where playing our music; I want to feel and see it hap pening, Pierre envisioned. As far as the world itself, we want to get our stuff way out there. By Mirella Santillo Horticultural Society of The BahamasAbaco Branch. They met at New Vision Ministries in the morning of September 14 to be treated to a special very informative try by botanist, Dr. Ethan Fried. Dr. Fried, who calls himself a plant collector, is the Chief Botanist at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve on Eleuthera, an organization associated with the Bahamas National Trust. Dr. Fried mentioned that the Leon Levy Preserve has catalogued approximately 250 species of plants. Most of them can be found on the preserves web site with photos and descriptions. During his travels to nearly all islands of The Bahamas, (except Rum Cay and Little Inagua) he has catalogued 99 species of plants endemic to The Bahamas, with nearly half of them on Abaco. Endemic plants do not grow anywhere else in the World. Native can be plants native to a re gion, not just a country.Horticultural Society reconvened in September with presentation by esteemed botanist Please see Botany Page 7

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 7 367-0062Sponsored by: AARC Abaco Beach Resort BAARK! Bahamas Air Deans Shipping Friends of Abaco Animals Island Breezes Motel Island Family Restaurant Snappas According to Dr. Fried, there is no such thing as a weed. A weed is a plant out of place he said. So his presentation can be propagated by seeds or cutting and used in landscaping. He advised not to pull them out, as most likely the roots would be damaged and the plant would die. Most of the plants shown in the presentation are sides or in forests, wetland or open grassy areas. The presentation gave a synopsis of the preserves collection, each plant shown mention of special features when appli cable. They were categorized as native or endemic, such as Lantana Bahamensis the solid orange colored lantana. The botanist explained that the pink ones. or bi-colored. are not native. Another species of Passi countered in the wild is also endemic. Not He also warned about invasive spe cies, such as Casuarina, Hawaiian Sea Grape, even Jumbay. Non-natives that do not spread or grow rapidly, such as Bou to the same extent. The presentation was followed by suggested that people bring samples of plants they wanted Dr. Fried to identify. Many did. Among the samples were leaves and twigs of Cascarella. Cascarella was dis cussed at length as it is collected for its bark used in the Italian liquor Campari. Another was wild Cinnamon (Canella Winterana), which the botanist cautioned should be approached with care as it is pollinated by wasps. The audience learnt that there is a female and a male tree of Sea Grape. Only the female tree produces fruits. Bustick, Varnish Bush, Spanish Stopper and Snake Root, among many others. The web site for the Leon Levy Preserve is: www.levypreserve.org Lifestyles Botany From Page 6 Press Release Miss Abaco 2013 Patricia Curry was slated to participate in 2 international competitions as this years Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International and Miss Miss Abacos China Pageant postponed, prepares for Malaysia Above: Miss Abaco, Patricia Curry, at a local competition in 2012. Due to circum stances outside of the Miss Abaco Beauty Pageants control, Ms. Curry, who was set to represent The Bahamas in Beijing as Miss Tourism Queen of the Year Inter national and Miss Tourism International, was unable to go. Shes set her sights on the next international contest in Malaysia. Tourism International. It has been much discussion as to whether Miss Abaco will travel to China to compete in the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International 2013. The President of the Elements Group of Companies, which are the organizers of Miss Abaco Beauty Pageant, wants to make clear that he did not cancel the current Miss Abaco Patricia Curry trip to Beijing, China. As with any international pageant being hosted by a country, they must each have the full support of the host country to accommodate international Beauty Queens, this however did not happen in time for the Year International 2013. The Elements Group looks forward to your support as they prepare Miss Abaco 2013 Patricia Curry to compete in Malay sia in December of 2013. Abaconian Author wins 2013 Global Book AwardPress Release One brave Bahamian novelist brings her ancestors stories and journals to life-and offers remembrance and hope to read ers worldwide. Her story sheds new light on the Great Trek out of East Prussia during World War II and the rarely dis cussed Forgotten Holocaust of the Romani Peoples. Marina Gottlieb Sarles is the daugh Doc Gottlieb and his well-loved wife Owanta Gottliebauthor of the longtime favorite autobiographyAngel Stand by Me. Dr. and Mrs. Gottlieb were medi cal pioneers in the community, delivering countless babies and taking care of all the medical needs of Abacos inhabitants from north to south. Marina grew up in Abaco and is mar ried to the well-known Freeport realtor, James Sarles of Coldwell Banker James Sarles Realty. She is also the sister of the late Cay Gottlieb, musician, lawyer and founder of Cool 96, and prominent attor ney and former MP, Frederik F. Gottlieb of Marsh Harbour. Gottlieb Sarles has just been awarded a Global Book Award The Last Daughter of Prussia. In her upcoming book tour, the au thor has been invited to speak at various venues throughout the USA, including the prestigious East Hampton Library in Long Island, New York. Heres what Publishers Weekly says about The Last Daughter of Prussia: In Sarles's novel, set during WWII, Manya von Falken is a young East Prussian aristocrat in love with Joshi Karas, a Romani doctor. As the Russians are steadily encroaching into East Prussia and battling the Germans, the two young lovers get caught in the middle. Joshi is arrested by the Germans and taken to Stutthof, a forced labor camp, where he witnesses Nazi inhu he needs to survive. Manya and her family costing her everything, including Joshi.... [T]he sentiments and terror of the protago nists are well rendered, keenly felt, and quite vivid. Sarles adapted her novel from the real-life experience of her grandpar ents, and readers will appreciate the char acters' quiet heroism and be intrigued by this affecting tale of WWII. Publishers Weekly Based on true family stories passed down from her grandparents, Gottlieb Sarles reveals a too-often forgotten side of World War II that resonates strongly to day. Her moving novel brings to light: women (many of whom endured systematic rape) sies in concentration camps months at the end of World War II and would never return to the land they loved. the Great Trek the famous Trakehner horses who struggled so valiantly too bring their human families to safety. Gottlieb-Sarles has gained a reputation for spellbinding readings and has moved audiences from all over the world by airing the overwhelming legacy of post Above: Marina Gottlieb Sarles at a recent book signing. Please see Book Page 8

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Page 8 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 war grief, as well as the physical and psy chological toll of unspoken painful family memories. Long Island, NY resident, Louise Stalzer, who attended one of Gottlieb Sar les most recent events says, Sarless reading was really incred ible last night. I want to thank her and acknowledge the healing that I saw. It touched me and I am struck with the power of it all and the way that people opened up to their most vulnerable places, most probably long held in their hearts. The Last Daughter of Prussia is Sand In My Shoes, is a collection of stories about The Bahamas. Her new novel is available through Amazon. Copies also can be purchased at Monkeys Uncle and Island Treasures. For more information about her novel: www.marinagottliebsar les.com Fourth seminar in Christian Counseling Centres Family series By Jennifer Hudson Well known psychiatrist, Dr. David Allen, presented his fourth seminar of the year at the Christian Counseling Centre in Marsh Harbour on September 13. It was one in a series of Family Group Sessions which confronts issues related to the fam ily and in which tools are shared to help solve these issues effectively. Lifestyles Book From Page 7 ple Helping People group seven years ago in Nassau and these sessions have become so popular that there are now seven groups in Nassau and one in Freeport. The week following this seminar he was also due to begin Family sharing groups at the Boys and Girls Industrial Schools at which it will be essential for one of the family members to attend. Dr. Allen was also pleased to announce that the previous week he had be gun a Family group on Green Turtle Cay and many people had come out for a time of sharing. Dr. Allen began these Family ses sions at a time when the drug crack was very powerful and was causing the break down of families. He saw mothers leaving home for crack. they split, he commented. The absent fa ther syndrome is very powerful and when there is a loss of love in the home it leads to pretend love on the streets which can be seen in gang groups. There is a deep void in the heart of young boys. The gun is a form of addiction used to counteract depression I am powerless but with a gun you are under my power, is the mantra of these gang members. They say that when they use a gun to shoot someone they feel on top of the world for a moment, says Dr. Allen. There is a critical period of time for intervention during a time of trouble in which children can be helped before the development shame and then self-hatred The child will then cut off and withdraw within himself. During this critical point, if the child does not receive love then then that relationship closes. Love relates to time and after a certain time peoples hearts close. As an illustration of how people need others to be able to survive he distributed and discussion followed. As the fable goes, many animals were dying in an extremely cold winter so the porcupines decided to group together to give off heat to each oth er but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions. After then deciding to distance themselves one from another they began to die alone and frozen. They had to make a choice; either to accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together and live with the little wounds because it was from the heat from the others that they were able to survive. The moral of the story tells us that; The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people but the best is when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other persons good qualities. This is the idea inherent in Dr. Al lens Family groups; that people come together all on the same level and there is an authentic sharing and connecting. It provides kinship of family which in turn brings compassion, says Dr. Allen. Seventh Day Adventists plan Health ExpoBy Samantha Evans The Bahamas Conference of Seventeenth Day Adventist on Abaco will be hosting a health expo and an eight week wellness program from October 2 through to the end of November 2013. The purpose of this event is to promote a lifestyle change. Once the participants would have gone through this expo, it is intended that they will live healthier lives. This is the third time they would be hosting a wellness expo. The healthy series will start on Oc tober 2 with training classes at the church in Marsh Harbour and end on Sunday October 6 with the health expo where persons will have an opportunity to get their blood pressure and blood sugar tested, their cho lesterol screened, attend cooking classes, health education sessions, and weight man ceive an expo t-shirt; all in an attempt to help them manage a healthy lifestyle. After the health expo, the eight weeks of wellness program will follow with ses sions every Sunday at the church. During these sessions participants will learn about the eight laws of health, get weighed, exercise, and get their blood pressure checked. Registration for the expo and wellness program will begin September 2 so interested persons can collect a form from Healthy Way from 12-2pm and pay the registration fee of $30 which covers the entire program. The organizers of this event are Mar vin Sands and Pastor Patrick Terrel Health Director for the Northern Bahamas Con ference of SDA. This event is open to per sons from all churches and denominations. For more information, interested persons can call 551-7780 or 577-5265.

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 9 CAN YOU BELIEVE CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE? DONT FORGET TO ADVERTISE IN THE ABACONIAN ONLY 5 ISSUES LEFT BEFORE CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARSDont Forget to Advtertise Your: Open House Store & Merchandise Restaurant Specials Christmas & New Year Events Political & Business Thank You ads School & Church Program DEADLINE FOR AD PLACEMENT October 15th issue is October 2nd November 1st issue is October 23rd November 15th issue is November 6th December 1st issue is November 20th December 15th issue is December 4th For more information you can contact us at 242-367-3200 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com or stop by and see us at our oce located in Dove Plaza #106 By Mirella Santillo Championship games marking the end of the basketball season of the Abaco Church Sports Association, took place on Friday September 6 at the Zion Baptist Ca thedrals basketball court. Only the best teams of the league were left, so the games were avidly disputed by the participating teams, with all the players trying their best to win. Needless to say that it made it interesting for the fans who came to watch, cheering and booing depending on who scored the baskets. Sports Abaco Church Sports Association championship games prove excitingThe under-twelve players of Change Ministries team, coached by Randy Davis, played the Victory Tabernacles team 14 to 9. In spite of their young age, both teams players were really determined to win, but Change Ministries players asserted their superiority from the beginning. In another tightly defended game, the Victory Tabernacle Reds defeated the Zions Baptist Cathedral Blues 16 to 12. Venson Ferguson was the MVP in that sec ond game. Above: Church of God of Prophecy players celebrate their victory. It was a close victory for Victory Tabernacle Reds in the third game against Change Ministries in the nineteen and under category. During that fast game, the two teams were nearly even most of the time, but with a last basket the score ended 29 to 27. The MVP title went to Kyle Smith. Police Superintendent Noel Curry threw the jump ball for the fourth and last game between the senior players of Church of God of Prophecy and Zion Baptist Cathedral. In spite of a slow start from the Dundas Town team, they soon caught up thanks to Edney Bootie Bethel who was without a doubt the MVP of that game. The Zion Baptist Cathedrals Blues were defeated 31 to 23. Ishmael Stretch Morley and Mr. Gilbert Davis were acting as referees, watching carefully and noting all the fouls. Parishioners of the church manned a bar becue grill and soft drinks were available. It was good sports to watch and a good am biance for a family outing. Trophies will be awarded later on in the month and there will be a break before the next sport season starts with volleyball. Abaco Church Sports Association and Coopers Town Sunrise Teams battle it out in September By Mirella Santillo If Pastor Everette Strachan was a little upset of the Zion Baptist Cathedrals teams defeat the previous day, the victory of the Abaco Church Sports Associations All Star team against the Coopers Town Sunrise Foundation team put a smile back on his face. On the evening of September 7, Pas tor Strachan again took the road to Coo pers Town by bus with two of the Abaco Church Sports Associations All Star teams. Accompanied by Coach Cubel championship games of the season. As previously, the games took place on the basketball court of the Coopers Town Community Park. The two championship games were preceded by a friendly game of twelve and under kids from Coopers Town and Spring City. Coopers Town won 11-8. under took the court to play a very active game. The Sunrise Foundation's team took the offensive immediately, leading at the were having their fun, it seems, as they reversed the score at the beginning of the second half, never giving their opponent Sunrise 15, All Star 25. Sherano Wilson took the MVP title. The third and last game in the open age category was also a great game to watch. The Coopers Town team gave it a good try, running with all their might from Please see Sunrise Page 10

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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian October 1, 2013 Sports one end of the court to the next, but the All opening to score. They won 38 to 29. Junior Pierre was the MVP in the Above: the victors of the Open Category team matchup proudly display their trophies. third game. Mr. Ishmael Morley acted as referee for all three games. Alvino Sounders, the founder of Sun rise Foundation was waiting with awards for the participants. He handed out medals to all the players and trophies to the team leaders and to the Most Valuable Players.Sunrise From Page 9 By Canishka Alexander According to Abaco Church Sports Association President Everette Strachan, the idea for a church league for young peo ple developed out of a Round Robin Bas ketball Tournament for men that was held in May 2013. Although Pastor Stephen Knowles of Strong Tower Community Church was great responsibility as the president of the Abaco Christian Council, the role was then shared between Cubell Davis Jr. and Ish mael Stretch Morley, who also serves as in charge of the leagues referees, Davis Jr. is also the treasurer, and Karen Rolle is the secretary. All of the members agreed that the church league was a good idea to attract young men to a positive environment, and Strachan said that at least eight teams are a part of the league. It is for the entire island of Abaco from Sandy Point in the south to Crown Haven in the north, Strachan shared. It Church league ends basketball season, plans to start volleyball season is all about giving young men a positive en vironment and nurturing and bringing forth the talent that they all possess. There were up to 200 young men strong at the tournaments with four cat egories: 12 and under, 15 and under, 19 and under and open (over 20) categories. The old guards went out there and played three on three. I was never so painful in my life, but it was good to hang with the young men. Nearing the weekend of Sept. 6, they began to wind down the season with basketball championships at Zion Baptist Cathedral in Murphy Town. The 15 and under boys teams and 19 under boys were scheduled to play their games in Coopers Town that weekend. Strachan added that the league consists of four disciplines, so next on the list thused that several teams from communi ties in South Abaco to North Abaco have expressed interest in joining the league. He emphasized that it is important to also talk with the youth and teach them discipline. Although there were rainy weather conditions throughout the summer, which was one the disadvantages of having an open court, both men were still extremely grateful for the time shared. The association received support from community stakeholders like North Abaco MP Renardo Curry and Supt of Police Noel Curry, who spoke to the young men and attended the games. They also thanked the churches for their involvement and for partnering with the league. During the summer, everyone takes vacations, but some cant, so it was a good thing for them to get involved, Strachan observed. There was a decline in young men on the streets because every evening Morley said that it was actually the goal of the association to keep the young boys away from trouble therefore no one was arrested and taken to court. So far, we were successful to that end, and also it brought unity among the churches with the young people. They are from various denominations and all came together and participated in a good, fun, [and] clean sport, Morley noted. He said the league will be an ongoing exercise and with volleyball coming on stream, they expect the bulk of the teams to consist of females. We want to keep the camaraderie amongst the churches, Morley said, and in January, we will take a break and have a meeting to assess what we did right and what we did wrong to make adjustments before we start up in May. ends, Morley said there will be a banquet for athletes, organizers and the public to attend. It will be a formal event. It will give young people a different perspective; it is a formal affair. We are looking for some where to host the event ley said. Some good things are coming out of the church league, so we hope when we start up again, more people will be in volved. The objective is to bring the youth together, so that they dont get mixed up in unnecessary activities. cation form. Because they were intent on drumming up enthusiasm and support for the church league, no fee was charged to join. However, there are rules that govern the league. Gilbert Davis is one of the chairper sons for the Rules Committee, so he en forced the rules throughout the season. The rules state that players must attend church twice a month, and coaches are re sponsible for overseeing that. Teams are required to play four games to play in the playoffs, and they cannot jump from team to team. We have gone quite far in a short time, and I must give kudos to the board members because everything is volunteer ing, and they volunteer time, energy and efforts even down to their money just to ensure that these athletes have something positive to look forward to, Strachan re the community, and even though we may munities of Murphy Town, Dundas Town, Marsh Harbour and indeed the Abacos as we go forward. Strachan noticed that the young men became very committed to the league, and on weekends when it would rain, they could be seen bailing water from the court area. Because New Vision Ministries and Zion Baptist Cathedral are the only church Please see Volleyball Page 11

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 11 Pre-K through Grade 6Small Class Sizes & Individualized Instruction shelly.roark@angelsacademyabaco.com www.AngelsAcademyAbaco.com 242-367-2780 es that have full-court facilities, Strachan said that it will be good for other churches to get their facilities up to speed to so that they can also host games. They want to play ball, they want to play ball, he repeated. They want to get there, so whatever it takes to get the court ready, a lot of them are jumping in and assisting. Nevertheless, Strachan put forth a to assist. Consistently, he invites the con gregation at Zion to come out and fellow ship with the youth as a call to ministry. He said that adults are needed at the games to not only speak to the boys, but to help to keep order as well. They think its a youth thing, but we need to reach the youth. The harvest is ripe and ready, and the labourers need to come out to reap the harvest. We need to begin nurturing and talking and listen ing, Strachan urged. The players have to dress properly, and they pray before every game. We need people who can speak on different levels on different things. We are looking for professional ball players to come in and say something to these young men. We also need parents. As the church league continues to de velop, Morley said they anticipate doing inter-island events with other church pro grams and having elections for the avail able positions. Until that time, though, Even though we are the architects, we dont want to turn over to someone who has no interest or commitment. We are getting the league down pack and say ing: This is what we envision. Beyond sports, the association members are encouraging the young men to se cure a good future for themselves. When you are dealing with young people, you have to have an open minded, Morley continued. Kids will respect you when you treat them fairly and treat them right. They only want you to hear them out, so we encourage them to pass their exams, get a high school diploma to get into college, and for jobs or a bank loan, they need to have a clean police record. SportsVolleyball From Page 10 By Timothy Roberts On Saturday, September 21, the Abaco Youth Football Association (AYFA) held a pre-season scrimmage game, featur from Man-O-War and Marsh Harbour competing at Forest Heights Academys In the junior teams match the Marsh Harbour team, coached by Tim Roberts and Antonio Albury, won a decisive vic tory over the Man-O-War team, Coached by Rich Roberts, Tim Albury, Lucas Al bury and Chris Albury. Man-O-Wars senior team bested the Marsh Harbour team, coached by Chovez McBride and Jeffrey Rogers, in the second game of the afternoon. A large group of family and friends came out to watch and support the children reward for all their many hours of practice. Junior teams are made up of 6-11 year-olds while the senior team is made up of 12-16 year-olds. Boys and girls alike are welcome to play. Marsh Harbour holds practice on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5pm and 7pm. Contact Rich Roberts for more Youth Flag Football holds scrimmage gamein Man-O-War. The league was started by Pastor and former assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns, Ron Archer in Green Turtle Cay with children from the community. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive re sponse he decided to form a league and reach out to other communities to develop teams and eventually compete. Above: defence wins games. Below: going for the tackle. Photos by Jamie Cash Sweeting.

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We will be located at the CONVENTION CENTER 9AM TO 5PMFor More Information contact us in Freeport at 225-3836 or in Abaco at 475-0149 CABINETS SOLID SURFACE LAMANITE FLOORING PVC WINDOWS www.conetbahamas.com By Canishka Alexander In a highly publicized story, two Ba hamian men were rescued near Riviera Beach, Fla., on Sept. 14. At the time, no one would have guessed that one of the men was from Abaco. According to Anthony Bubba Douglas family, he had gone missing since Sept. 10. Details are that Douglas and his friend Mike Russell went out on a through and capsized their boat. Above: Anthony "Bubba" Douglas receives a warm welcome from family and friends after being lost at sea last month. He returned home on Sept. 19. People Two Bahamian men lost at sea, rescued by Coast GuardThey were stranded at sea with no food or water save for seaweed and salt berglass hull of their 16-foot boat. nothing; just like it was air. You know just like God kept us up on the water, Doug las recounted. Weather came and sunk the boat, and we couldnt get it back up. We had to be on top straight through. Throughout the night, he and Russell spoke to each other to keep each other awake, or they would take turns keeping watch while the other took a few minutes of rest. Douglas said the naps were shortlived because as water splashed on them, they would awake. He said, Your time Bubba, and I said yeah let me catch one, and I do like this, he said, leaning his head to the side, and water splashed, and I said your time. said he was gone. He said: Bubba, dont catch me, I gone. So I said, you cant go leave me out here; me and you come out here together. Strength waning, Douglas said all he had strength to do was grab Russell by the pants when he fell over the last time as he continued to cling to the boat. Luckily, the occupants of a passing freighter discovered the two men, who were then rescued by the Coast Guard and taken to Delray Beach Medical Center. They received medical treatment for three days because they were severely dehydrated their eyes already taking on a sunken appearance. Upon their release from the hospi tal, Douglas returned home on Sept. 19. He was quickly surrounded by family and friends at the Marsh Harbour International Airport as they exchanged hugs and kisses, welcome home banner greeted him. at sea. I thank God Im here; thats the only person who has me here, Douglas everything [because] I dont know how I made it out there. Despite the aches and pains in his body, he said that he felt a whole lot stronger. What I been in I feel good, Douglas exclaimed. I thank God for the miracle of life, and for giving me a second chance to live. He acknowledged that it was prayer that kept them. Indeed, the Facebook pages praise to God for protecting Douglas and Russell while they were out at sea. As a younger man, Bahamians may remember Anthony Bubba Douglas as one of softballs legendary athletes, who travelled to the Olympics in Munich, Ger many in 1972 and survived the bombing at the games. He was one of few players, who could hit a homerun batting left or right handed.Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Causing Harm (Suspect arrested and charged)At 12:33am on 22nd September, 2013, a 33 year old male of the Pigeon Peas, Abaco reported that sometime around 9:00pm on 21st September, 2013, while in the Pigeon Peas, he was attacked by a dark male he knows as Robert who pulled a handgun on him and beat him about the body. Police action requested. Suspect Arrest At 4:00pm on 22nd September, 2013, pect Robert Theoc, d.o.b. 5/5/84 of #31 The Pigeon Peas, Abaco. A search was conducted of his car and house reference to Firearm with negative results. Investiga tion continues. StealingAt 2:00m on 17th September, 2013, a 57 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, came to M.H.P.S. and reported that sometime between 8:00m on 16th Septem ber, 2013, and 7:30am on Tuesday 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15 HP Yamaha engine off his 10 foot boat which was docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. The value of the engine is $4000.00. Police action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues. StealingAt 10:07am on 17th September, 2013, a 44 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, reported that sometime between 7:00pm on 16th September, 2013, and 7:15am on 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15HP Mercury engine from his 13ft boat that was docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. The engine is valued at $1,000.00. Police action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues.StealingAt 10:00am on 17th September, 2013, a 69 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, reported that sometime between 3:00pm on Monday 16th Septem ber, 2013, and 9:00am on Tuesday 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15HP Mercury engine valued Crime ReportPlease see Crime Page 14

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StealingAt 10:02am on 17th September, 2013, 41 year old male of Cherokee Sounds, Abaco, reported that sometime between 6:00pm on 16th September, 2013, and 9:00am on 17th September, 2013, some unknown person/s stole his 15HP Mercury engine valued at $2,000.00 off his 16ft boat docked in Cherokee Sounds, Abaco. Police action requested. A local suspect of Casaurina Point is being sought in relation to this matter. In vestigation continues.ShopbreakingAt 8:25am on 19th September, 2013, a male c/o Murphy Town Abaco, reported that sometime between 5:00pm on Wednes day 18th September, 2013, and 7:00am on Thursday 19th September, 2013, some un known person/s broke and entered a Tuck Shop and stole an assortment of snacks value unknown at this time. Police action requested. Investigation continues. HousebreakingAt 7:30am on 22nd September, 2013, a 62 year old male of Marsh Harbour, Ab aco, reported that he discovered the door knob from his neighbors door missing and one of the hurricane shutters was removed from the window. He suspects that the home may have been broken into. Police action requested. Investigation continues. By Timothy Roberts After Hope Town District Council Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting made public his employers change of policy re garding his time off to deal with local gov ernment matters, Senator Gary Sawyer, part-owner of Abaco Petroleum, defended his decision. The issue that precipitated the change came about when the Hope Town District Council received a cut to their budget and Mr. Sweeting held a press conference in in which he called the cuts the biggest and gravest crisis since the inception of local government. Mr. Sawyer said Jeremy talked to me about it, when he told me he was go ing to have this press conference about the budget cut, I said Jeremy, you dont need to do that. It will be resolved. Government is not going to discontinue paying for garbage. I told Jeremy you dont need to go through that. But nobody could convince Jeremy otherwise and he went ahead with it. Mr. Sawyer explained that certain portions of waste management will be dealt with by Central Government because there had been noted cases of abuse of public funds. So Central Government decided that everything outside of garbage collection will be dealt with like it used to be by the Department of Environmental Health Ser vices (DEHS) which will go out to tender. for eight years to fund his campaigns, no matter who the government was, and he couldnt listen to one simple thing I asked him not to do, Mr. Sawyer said. It wasnt necessary. He added that he is a declared share holder of the barging company, Abacays, and local government owes them about $70,000 which goes all the way back to 2009, which Jeremy, as Chief Councillor is responsible for. Politics & Local Govt Mr. Sawyer said that money allocated contracts takes precedent over any other pet project they may have. The removal of garbage is an essential service. He doesnt want the public to think he is being mean or ticked off with local gov ernment; Im ticked off at the way things were done. They were not done in the right context and I will never again support him wise. Mr. Sawyer said the only way he will be allowed time to deal with local government matter is if a government minister is visiting. If he could do that to me he can use his Saturdays and Sundays to deal with local government. Not on my time. He said Everyone who knows me knows I believe in local government; I still do. And I supported Jeremy from day one; even funded his election campaigns. Abaco Petroleum, Im willing to bet, has put more money into local government than anyone else outside of the government. He said Jeremy has never lost one days wage from work to deal with local government whether it was three or four days in the week, or even off to a conference. No matter what Jeremys pay was never touched. All the equipment at Abaco Petro leum, whether it was faxes, computers, printers, paper the whole nine yards for years and until now, Mr. Sawyer said. He said his staff has even taken abuse for local government; people have come had to put up a sign that says This is not a We know central government doesnt move as quickly as we do, but its being dealt with. I was working on it behind the scenes.Senator Sawyer Defends Decision on SweetingCrime ReportCrime From Page 12 Kayak Challenge sup ports Cancer Society and FRIENDSPress Release Friends of the Environment and the Abaco Cancer Society challenge you to paddle for a cause! The two Abaco-based Kayak Challenge, Up a Creek With a Paddle an event to encourage the public to be healthy and enjoy the beautiful environment. Abaco's third annual Kayak Challenge will be held on Saturday, No vember 9 at Petes Pub & Gallery in Little Harbour, Abaco. The courses for the Kayak Challenge are located within the proposed East Abaco Creeks National Park, a network of mangrove wetlands that provide valuable habi tat to a diversity of marine species. Friends of the Environment created the national park proposal in partnership with The Bahamas National Trust. One of the focuses this year will be to try and ensure a higher presence of pad dlers from other islands. To this end, they have managed to secure a commitment from Bahamas Ferries to run the ferry service from Nassau to Sandy Point to ac commodate the paddlers. There will be a discount of 25% per person and 20% per vehicle. However, the catch is that they will require a minimum of 6 vehicles and at least 40 individuals. The minimum must Any craft you can paddle will be welcome, including kayaks, paddle boards and canoes. There will be 3 courses to choose from: 5 miles, 8 miles, or 13 miles that will take paddlers into and through the sce nic tidal creeks of the Bight of Old Rob inson. Paddlers will be welcomed back with a beach party featuring music, pig roast Paddlers can either pay a $25 registration fee and agree to raise $100 in spon sorship by the day of the event, or pay a $100 registration fee. FRIENDS and the Abaco Cancer Society are also seeking business sponsors to support the event who will be featured on the event t-shirts. If you are interested, please contact sasha.fair@ gmail.com. Lifestyles

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October 1, 2013 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines of info $10 per issue Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color highlight on word ing, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Houses and Land For Rent and For Sale Get ResultsAdvertise with a Classified Casuarina, For sale by owner, Lot # 100, across the street from the canal, 75x160. Asking $45,000. Call 367-3472. Serious in quiries only! Casuarina, 2 lots for sale by owner. Lots 60 & 61 on canal. 85 x 110 each. Asking $85,000 each. Call 242-359-6764, 577-6988. Serious enquires only. Marsh Harbour, Sunrise Bay 2 lots for sale in a quiet gated community $175K each. Con tact 367-4425 Marsh Harbour, Government Sub, For sale by owner Duplex located in. Large corner lot of land. Can easily be converted into 4 bedroom, 2 bath house. $325,000 Net. Phone 242-342-5066/357-0386 Casuarina Point, tastefully furnished 3 bed 2 bath house, central air, beach views, 15 mins from Marsh Harb. $1,000/mon. Ph. 225-3211 Marsh Harbour, Sky Developers 2 bed/1 bath, furnished, with A/C, washer and drier, water included, $1100/mo. Call Mrs. Green at 367-2660 Marsh Harbour, Sweeting Village 2 bed apartment, fully furnished, washer/dryer, & central A/C. Call 577-6571 Treasure Cay, 1 bed, 1 bath furnished apt; washer & water included. Only steps away from beach. $750/m. Long term lease only. Call 365-9226 after 6pm Moving to Nassau? Now available 1 & 2 BR units-Eastern Nassau-automatic garage door opener for your safety. Have to see to appreci ate. Call 359-1531 for viewing, Scotland Cay, Abacos Private Island. Mag home, 1 acre on the Abaco Sea, private dock, beautifully furnished, 3 golf carts, 45kw die sel generator, landing rights on pvt runway, available. Also available, beautiful lot and boat slip in the pvt marina, by owner 561-254-8648 planesystems@gmail.com PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY NEW COLOR OPTIONS FOR YOUR CLASSIFIEDCall 367-3200 Fax 367-3677 VEHICLES FOR SALE Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $10 Picture and 4 lines $25 B&W Additional lines at $2 per line Colored Photo additional $20 Spot Color high light on wording, additional $10 Call 242-367-3200 Fax 242-367-3677 Email: abaconiannews@gmail.com Items for Sale, Employment, Services, Cars & Boats BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Get ResultsAdvertise with a Classified 1992 GMC Truck, 4x4 1500 Extended Cab $5000.00 OBO. Call 242-533-2474, 242-5335321 or 242 or 242-602-6098 1996 Yamaha Virago $2,500 and 1997 Chevy K2500 6.5 Turbo, 4-wheel drive, $9,500. Call 477-5011 15HP Yamaha Outboard Engine 30 hours. $1,200.00. Call 477-5011 31 Chris Craft, no engine. $3,000. Call for more details. 367-3965 or 577-6625 31 Tiara, 1990, Duty paid. Tuna tower. Needs engine wk. $10k obo. Truman major HT (242) 366-0101. Peggy FL (561) 789-3996 Seeking Bahamian workers skilled in use of most landscape equipment ages 30 and under, submit resume online to bahamajobs@gmail. com Local marine based business seeking pro fessionals in Customer Service. Candidates should be well rounded, computer literate, & works well with others from all backgrounds. Forward resumes to P.O. Box AB 20049 or bring to The Moorings (Conch Inn Hotel and Marina) Marsh Harbour. HELP WANTEDLive in House Keeper to do house-hold chores & take care of 2 children and pets. $150 per week, Mon-Friday, 7am-5pm. Call 3652013 By Jennifer Hudson Election 2012: What Just Hap pened? was presented on September 21 in the Grace Gym to an audience of 500 plus which must be a near-record for Abaco. Lifestyles People came from as far as Green Turtle Cay to enjoy this hilarious comedy which has played to rave reviews on several occa sions in Nassau and also in Freeport. Following the past three elections Michael Pintard and David Wallace have put together sketch comedies poking fun at the various political situations-- If You Dont Laugh Youll Cry after Election 2002 Count it Again ,Man after 2007 and now Election 2012: What Just happened?, all written as good family entertainment. This was real side splitting entertainment and the gym was exploding with laughter the entire evening. The programme commenced with a bit of audience participation to get people in the mood for what was to come. Not only was the audience encouraged to shout out to acknowl edge where they were from but also to yell for the party they voted for. dig em up, got everything off to a lively start with the hilarious dialogue and some very funny dance moves to lively Bahami an music. This skit closed with a Rasta selling peanuts who declared that the reason he switched parties was they dig up my shortcut. The skits throughout the evening went on to explore issues surrounding the latest campaign and provided excellent impersonations of the three party leaders and their campaign ploys. Each of the parties endured much lampooning such as the FNM being accused of starting Haitian settlements to win votes while the PLP were said to have a plot to convince people that they can change unemployment FNMs and hire 3,000 PLPs that is job creation. Also special skills required for being a member of the PLP is the ability to make the crab sign and sing the PLP song. Each of the actors gave spot on impersonations. Will Smith brilliantly portrayed both Perry Christie and Darrold Miller while David Wallace was very ef fective as Hubert Ingraham and Tamika Forbes was very amusing as Mother Pratt. Tawari Rodgers portrayed Branville McCartney well though in only a bit part but with the memorable line; With or without candidates we will win! Patrice Johnson stole the show with her portrayal of a Haitian Bahamian mama who switched allegiance to whatever party came through her door, assuring both Obie Wilchcombe and Pakeisha Parker of her support. At the close of the performance, Mi chael Pintard stated that he had been asked why it took him so long to write a play this time and he replied that he did not know it would take him this long to heal. He suf fered a defeat at the polls as FNM candi date for Cat Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay. During the play he was the butt of many of his own jokes. While taking a bow he made a plea to all members of the audience to put party politics aside and work together for the good of the country. The entire cast stood at the door to greet people as they exited and thanked them for their support. Michael Pintard is a very gifted au thor and three of his hilarious books were on sale. Following the performance he was happy to sign books for all purchas ers. Election 2012; What Just Happened? continues its Family Island tour with the next stop being San Salvador in two weeks time.Election 2012: What Just Happened? entertains Abaconians Above: playwright, Michael Pintard, signing his books after the play.

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