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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 3, FEBRUARY 1st, 2005 PRST STD US POSTAGE PAID Permit #2438 MIAMI FL 331 Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian 9945 NW 88th Ave Medley, FL 33178 Forward and Address Correction By Mirella Santillo On January 2, 2005, the first Ecumenical Pastoral Appreciation Service took place in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Four pastors from Abaco were rewarded for at least 30 years of Gospel Ministry. They were Rev. Dr. Allan Mills, Pastor David Ronald Cartwright, Rev. Copeland Morley and Bishop Roland Swain. After songs, prayers and introductions, the Pastors were rewarded by a banquet and entertainment. Rev. Dr. Mills was born in Cedar Harbour, where he attended All Age School. During his youth, he was a frequent visitor of Coopers Town, where he regularly attended Sunday School. There he met his wife, Movena Edgecombe. They married in 1948. Rev. Mills ventured in the field of carpentry, at which he became very skilled and later on, added the profession of fisherman. Rev. Mills was brought up as a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church under the guidance of his father, the late Rev. Robert Mills. After his marriage Dr. Mills assumed the role of Sunday School teacher, and one year later he was appointed by his father to the position of Preaching Elder. Under his ministry, the one room wooden Ebenezer Bap-Four Pastors Were Honoured for Long ServiceFreeport Held Service for Pastors Serving 30 YearsAn appreciation service held in Freeport on January 2 honoured pastors serving 30 years or more. This included four pastors fro m Abaco. Shown left to right are Rev. Copeland Morley, Rev. Dr. Allan Mills, Rev. Roland Swain and Pastor David Cartwright. In front are Mrs. Morley and Mrs. Swain. Please see Pastors Page 22Red Cross Sends Relief SuppliesThe International Red Cross sent several containers of relief supplies for victims of Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. Shown are five gallon buckets for drinking water. Other supplies included tarpaulins, family sanitation kits, blankets, food items and water. The funding for the supplies came from the European Commission for Humanitarian Aid. The women distributing the supplies are Ms. Muriam Fredericks, volunteer; Ms. Sheila Thornton of the International Red Cross from the U.S.; Ms. Barbara Johnson, group leader of the Red Cross on Abaco; and Shannals Johnson, volunteer.PTA President Inspects SchoolMr. Leonard Edgecombe, President of the PTA of Abaco Central High School, inspected the school with a group of parents to view the damages to the school that have not been repaired since the hurricanes of Septemeber. Broken windows, no electricity, no ceilings and a general aura of disrepair are demoralizing for the students and teachers. Lessons cannot be learned effectively in dark classrooms with a cold wind blowing through. By Portia Jonsson Today, enough is enough, said James Richard, schoolteacher at S.C. Bootle High School and union shop steward. We have been very patient waiting for repairs since November and today, enough is enough. On January 20th at 11 a.m. the students of S.C. Bootle High School were dismissed due to all 25 teachers at the school halting classes to stage a sit-in. Mr. Richard advised that they have been trying to get the attention of the Ministry of Education for a long time and are prepared to sit-out until they see some repairs at the school. They need to see that the Ministry is taking an active role in their area.Teachers Stage a Sit-In Please see Sit-In Page 7

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Page 2 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 UNITED ABACO SHIPPING COMPANYOffice located above B&D Marine at the traffic lightWeekly freight between W. Palm Beach, Nassau, & Marsh Harbour General Cargo, 20 & 40 ft. Containers, Drive-on Stern Ramp 20 ft. Refrigerated ContainersSpecify M/V DUKE OF TOPSAIL Sailing ScheduleIn Abaco Call (242) 367-2091, Fax (242) 367-2235 or call on VHF ch. 16 P.O. Box AB 20737, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas In USA call Palm Beach Steamship Company at (561) 844-5387 Warehouse A 2nd door, 158 B East Port Road, Riviera Beach, Fl 33404 Sunday Depart Marsh Harbour Monday Arrive Port of Palm Beach Monday Depart Port of Palm Beach Tuesday Arrive Marsh Harbour Wednesday Depart Marsh Harbour Thursday Arrive Arawak Cay, Nassau Thursday Depart Arawak Cay, Nassau Friday Arrive Marsh HarbourServicing the Bahamas and South Florida Turbo Prop Service Available MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS (242) 367-3450 (242) 367-2613 (242) 367-3451 Call for Scheduling Committed to a Higher Standard in Aviation CHEROKEE AIRCHARTER SERVICE By Mirella Santillo On January 10 Mr. Jack Thompson, Director of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Abaco, held a press conference to announce the extension of some duty free programs until March 31, 2005, and to report on the progress of that organization regarding the distribution of goods and the completion of the houses allocated to the victims of the hurricanes. Mr. Thompson opened his address by thanking the members of the press for keeping the public informed of the actions of the recovery team. Eight houses have been completed for South Abaco, six in North Abaco and the keys handed out to the owners. Twentyfive more are under construction (some nearing completion) and 20 additional houses are planned. The cost of each house is estimated to be between $30,000 and $60,000 depending on the size and any problems encountered during demolition or construction. Altogether over $1 million is involved. Mr Thompson continued that 1,142 construction vouchers were given out on Abaco to help people with repairs. Those vouchers were for materials only. In some cases, such as for senior citizens, labor or technical assistance was also considered. As of December 10, 2004, NEMA stopped issuing vouchers. Abaco presented a challenging situation for the Ministry of Works because the damage extended to so many different areas, and the delays in receiving supplies from Florida were long. According to Mr. John Schaeffer, Area Engineer for the Ministry of Works, Three trailers of sheet rock were on hold for several weeks in West Palm Beach, and two of those were wet and unusable when they arrived here. Cement was hard to get causing completion delays, especially on Moores Island, but he stated, Under the circumstances, things have gone well so far. The second reason for the press conference was to inform everyone of the extension of the duty free exemption for the general public, for hotels and tourist attractions and for farmers and fishermen until March 31, 2005. Further information on what is covered under the new Declarations of Exigencies 7, 8, and 9 respectively can obtained from Mr. Thompsons office. He reminded the public that every new application received now must go to Nassau for approval, and all person wishing to apply must have a NEMA endorsed form. This decision was taken to eliminate abuse of the system. Special consideration will be given to the import of things that have already been purchased but are coming late. The Declarations, dated December 30, 2004, and signed by the Hon. Perry G. Christie, Minister of Finance, stated, Where any abuse or misuse of goods imported under this Declaration is observed, the goods may be seized and disposed of in accordance with Section 83 of the Customs Management Act. This paragraph was emphasized by the Superintendent of Customs on Abaco, Mr. Gary Smith, who said, The Customs Department was concerned with some level of fraud, especially with vehicle imports. So far, duty free approval has been granted for 75 vehicles. Condemned vehicles to be replaced with duty free ones must not be seen on the roads! The repair of roads and bridges on the coastal areas in North and Central Abaco was mentioned by Mr. Ricky Smith, Deputy Relief Coordinator for North Abaco, as needing attention.NEMA Officials Give Status of Relief EffortsMrs. Charlemae Fernander, Chief Welfare Officer with the Department of Social Services, related the positive experiences she had while working in the community. She commended the support she received from various organizations such as the Defense Force, whose members helped with the assessment of damage and the distribution of supplies. She said that the hurricanes helped her to get in touch with the people of Abaco and better assess their needs. The NEMA officials held a meeting on January 10 to inform the public of the status of government relief efforts on Abaco. They were Ms. Charlemae Fernander of Social Services; Mr. Roderick Bowe, Administrator for South Abaco; Mr. Neil Campbell, Deputy Director fo r NEMA for Abaco; Mr. Jack Thompson, Director of NEMA for Abaco; Mr. Ricky Smith, Deputy Relief Coordinator for North Abaco; Mr. Donald Cash, Administrator for North Abaco, and Mr. John Schaeffer, area engineer. Please see NEMA Page 22

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 MARSH HARBOUR OFFICE Donna Darville Tel: 242-367-5046 Fax: 242-367-5045 donna@damianos.com HOPE TOWN & ELBOW CAY Kerry Sullivan Tel: 242-366-0040 Fax: 242-366-0164 kerry@damianos.com ELBOW CAY PROPERTIES Jane Patterson Tel: 242-366-0035 Fax: 242-366-0569 jane@damianos.com LUBBERS QUARTERS & TILLOO CAY Laurie Schreiner Tel: 242-366-3143 Fax: 242-366-3143 laurie@damianos.com BUILDING SITES EXCLUSIVE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TILLOO CUTInternet Ref. #1671Dorros Cove Subdivision3 bed 2 bath 1700 sq. ft. traditional island homeFireplace and A/CAlmost 1 acre landscapedPanoramic ocean viewPrivate dock slipFully furnishedExcellent valueReduced $878,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAHITI HAIInternet Ref. #1640Dorros Cove SubdivisionNewly renovated 4b/2bCentral A/CWrap around porchSea to sea viewsSeparate gardeners apt.1/2 Acre & dock accessNear Tahiti BeachPrice Reduced $895,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY NOREASTER 1Internet Ref. #19452 bed 2 bath 1,000 sq.Great rental historySeaviews & steps away frombeautiful ocean beach spacious lotFurnished & dock access$425,000NOREASTER 2 (Ref. #2427)Fractional ownership forJane Patterson: 242-366-0569 Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 DAMIANOS REALTY COMPANY TREASURE CAY CHARMING FAMILY HOMEInternet Ref. #25573 bed 2 bath residence1,800 sq. ft. living spaceSunken living roomTwo central a/c unitsCable TV & laundry roomBeautiful enclosed landscaped 80 x 140 lot, large fruit treesAdjacent vacant 80 x 140 lot priced separately$265,000Stan Sawyer: 242-365-8198EXCLUSIVE LISTINGSHOPE TOWN/ ELBOW CAY DORROS COVE Lot #13 with dock slip and Atlantic views. Walk to Tahiti Beach. $250,000. Internet Ref. #2344 NEW! LUCAYOS SUBDIVISION 1/4 acre lot in quiet well wooded community with shared dock. Call for Kerry Sullivan for further details. $119,000. Ref. #2588LUBBERS QUARTERS JACKS JUNGLE High elevation, waterfront and interior lots. Lush preserve surrounding many of the lots. Each lot comes with private slip at the dock. Starting at $80,000. Call Laurie Schreiner: (242) 366-3143. LUBBERS QUARTERS Waterfront lots starting at $140,000. LUBBERS QUARTERS Interior lots starting from $52,500.GUANA CAY BEACHFRONT LOT 100 x 150 $365,000. Internet Ref. #2446 BUILD YOUR VACATION HOME! 135 x 165 lot $145,000. Int. Ref. #2499GREEN TURTLE CAY NEAR THE BEACH Excellent 312 x 209 corner lot 100 from Coco Bay Beach. Utilities available. $350,000. Internet Ref. #2580 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-365-8198TILLOO CAY TILLOO BEACH SUBDIVISION Hillside interior lots with shared dock starting at $85,000. One lot left with deep water for private dock $197,500. Int. Ref. #1836. TILLOO CAY SEA TO SEA 3 3/4 acres $715,000. Int. Ref. #1884NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110 x 200 residential lot. $41,000. Internet Ref. #2384MARSH HARBOUR GREAT ABACO CLUB Canal lot #8 with 50+ feet on the water and unobstructed view of the Sea of Abaco. Sea wall and deep water. Underground utilities, easement allows utility services to be brought to the boat slip. $299,000. Internet Ref. #2102 Call Kerry Sullivan: 366-0040 ROYAL HARBOUR Harbourfront lot in private gated community, close to town, restaurants and shops. Capabilities of dock installation. $305,000. Int. Ref. #1432 TWO LOTS Located in quiet neighbourhood, 100 x 200 lots each $55,000 or both lots for $100,000. Internet Ref. #2623 Call Stan Sawyer: 242-365-8198 COMMERCIAL Located in town near the Government Dock, this 6,525 sq. ft. lot has great investment potential. $75,000. Internet Ref. #2513 MULTI-FAMILY Elevated property close to town; quiet area. $38,000. Ref. #1704 GREAT CISTERN (NORTH OF MARSH HARBOUR) Quiet residential area with 15 20 homes. Ready to build 32,014 sq. ft. lot. $47,000. Internet Ref. #2353 30 MILES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOUR 30 Acre development with 1,000 ft. sandy beachfront. Beachfront lots from $70,000. Interior lots from $20,000. #2187CHEROKEE SOUND YELLOWWOOD AREA 11,250 sq. ft. lot with 80 elevations, breathtaking views of Winding Bay Beach & the Atlantic Ocean. $60,000. Internet Ref. #2113 NEAR WINDING BAY Private community, elevations up to 100, great ocean views, small craft accommodation, offshore deep-sea fishing. One acre oceanfront lots $610,000. Lots from $145,000. Internet Ref. #2131. Call Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TOP OF THE WORLDInternet Ref. #2584Fully furnished Loyaliststyle 2 bed 2 bath cottage with covered porchLarge lot with ocean view2nd floor framed out for Master suite or 1 bed studio with separate entranceGround floor storage$360,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEAR MARSH HARBOUR SPACIOUS PROPERTYInternet Ref. #1292Elevated 3,047 sq. ft. home3 bedrooms 3 bathsPrivate courtyard entranceDouble garageEnclosed 1.4 acre propertyAttractive landscapingStorage buildingWas $255,000 ReducedReduced ReducedReduced Reduced $$ $$ $ 160160 160160 160 ,000,000 ,000,000 ,000 Motivated Seller Motivated Seller Motivated Seller Motivated Seller Motivated SellerDonna Darville: 242-367-5046 MARSH HARBOUR IN THE HEART OF TOWNInternet Ref. #1707Investment opportunityCommercial building1,800 sq. ft. downstairs office/shop spaceTwo upstairs 1 bed 1 bath unfurnished apartmentsCentral A/CWalk-in trafficGreat rental history$440,000Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 BAHAMA PALM SHORES SOUTH OF MARSH HARBOURInternet Ref. #23222 bed 2.5 bath main houseWrap around verandahs1b/1b furnished rental cottage20 kw Generator100 ft. x 150 ft. propertyMINUTES WALK TO 8 MILE BEACHPRICE REDUCEDMOTIVATED SELLERNEW PRICE $355,000 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY C-DREAMSInternet Ref. #2424Very spacious 3b/3b home with ocean view in private North End Elbow Cay5 minutes to Hope Town2 minute walk to the most beautiful beach on the islandNewly built in 2000 with vaulted ceilings, central a/c & garagePRICED TO SELL $500,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING NEW LISTING HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY HONEYMOON VILLAInternet Ref. #22912b/2b Loyalist style cottage in the heart of Hope Town, 50 paces from sandy beachProfessionally decorated & landscapedCentral a/c, outdoor hot tub, watermaker, & laundry roomBuilt in 2001Excellent rental history$575,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY DEMWELLSInternet Ref. #18282 bed 2.5 bath island homeTwo storey with covered porch and balconyCozy interior with V-joint cypress woodOpen living/dining roomsElevated wood deck at the rear great for BBQLush native foliage$420,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 TREASURE CAY Stan Sawyer Tel: 242-365-8198 Cell: 242-477-5821 stan@damianos.com LUBBERS QUAR TERS TURNKEY HOME & APT.Internet Ref. #2425Charming 2 bed 2 bath fully furnished homeStainless steel kitchen appliances & central A/CGround floor studio apt. with built-in sofas, beds, kitchen & bathLush tropical flora200 from sandy beach$385,000Laurie Schreiner: 242-366-3143 www.damianos.com NORTH ABACO WATERFRONT Large 110 x 200 lot with partially completed 40 x 36 home. Breathtaking ocean views overlooking Ambergris Cay and Bonefish Cay. Asking $120,000. #2383 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046CHEROKEE Nestled in the hills, is this cozy 2 bed 1 bath cottage. Fully furnished, 10,000 gal. watertank. One acre of prime property Deeded beach access, elevations in the area 100 plus. Motivated owners. $375,000. Ref. #2246 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 MARSH HARBOUR APARTMENT BUILDINGSInternet Ref. #1669Great location in town3 Duplexes (6 units) : Each unit furnished 2 bed 1 bath approx. 750 sq. ft.Separate Cottage: Furnished 1 bed 1 bath approx. 675 sq.ft.Landscaping/mature treesGreat Rental History$750,000Jane Patterson: 242-366-0569 DICKIES CAY Traditional island retreat on small isle across from Man OW ar Cay. Three bedrooms with ensuite baths, boat ramp, 100-foot dock equipped with 10,000 lb. boatlift with covered roof and electricity. Reduced $1,100,000. Ref. #2288 Donna Darville: 242-367-5046 HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY GAZEBO VILLASInternet Ref. #2509Two Waterfront villas in Hope Town VillageEach with 2 bed 2 baths upstairs & spacious living areas downstairsShort walk to white sand beachFully furnished, R/O water systemBack-up generator, laundry bldg.Professionally landscapedExcellent rental history$749,000 each Villa $1,490,000 for bothKerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW PRICE HOPE TOWN/ELBOW CAY TAMARIND HILLInternet Ref. #2518Beautiful 2b/ 2b home with 1 bedroom apartment and one acre of land in very private LucayosSubdivisionAwesome view of the Sea of AbacoCommunity dock steps awayFully landscaped and furnishedLarge storage shed & car port$1,200,000Kerry Sullivan: 242-366-0040 NEW LISTING

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Page 4 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Boats equipped with:VHF Bimini Top Cooler Anchor & Lines Compass Dive Ladder Life Jackets Paddle Flares Flashlight Fire Extinguisher First Aid Kit26 Boats to Choose From All Meticulously Maintained Our Customers Get Extra Attention Seasonal Special Rates:Take 35% off ALL Boat RntalsAugust 15 December 17, 2004 January 5 February 5, 2005 Rates do not include gas Open 7 days 8am 5pmLocated in Hope Town & Marsh Harbour Call (242) 367-2513 Fax (242) 367-2516 www.seahorseboatrentals.com Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday Febr, Febr Febr, Febr Febr uaruar uaruar uar y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005SOUP Crab Bisque with Sweet Red Pepper SALAD Baby Greens with Gorgonzola cheese, cucumber bacon and caramelized pecans served with balsamic vinaigrette ENTREES Lobster Stuffed Ravioli served with a spinach and muschroom Alfredo and fresh steamed buttered asparagus Pepper Corn Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin served atop a bed of garlic infused mashed potatoes, fresh asparagus and finish with a shitake red wine sauce reduction Grouper Medallions Pan seared fresh catch grouper medallions served witha light citrus butter sauce Salmon Filet Filet of salmon filled with white crab meat, and laced with a lobster brandy sauce DESSERT Chocolate Covered StrawberriesPRICE PER PERSON : $40.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $40.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $40.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $40.00 PRICE PER PERSON : $40.00Call us for Reservation and Information at 366-0133 or VHF 16 for Reservation Valentines DinnerSTARTERS Curried Corn Bisque Lemon Caesar Salad with garlic croutons ENTREES Choice of one of the following 8oz. Filet Mignon with Bernaise Sauce $34.00 Rack of Lamb with Mint Jelly $32.00 Pan Fried Hog Snapper with Pineapple Salsa $30.00 Chicken Cordon Bleu Stuffed with Black Forest Ham & Swiss Cheese & topped with creamy garlic sauce $27.00 served with choice of Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Peas & Rice or Baked Potato and vegetables DESSERTS Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis Key Lime Pie Chocolate Cake Coffee / Tea Gratuity Not Included Saturday Feb 12th, 2005 Serving 6pm 9pmHappy Hour Every Friday 5:30pm 7:30pm LIVE MUSICFREE GLASS of Champagne with DinnerBy Jennifer Hudson In mid-December the Port Department issued a Public Notice to all commercial boat operators informing that the S.T.C.W. Maritime Training Course would begin on January 10th, 2005. The period between January 10th and February 5th will accommodate mariners in the Central District, Cherokee and the cays, the next period from February 7th to11th will be for the Southern District, Moores Island, Castaway Cay, Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point and finally from February 14th to 26th will be for the Northern District, Treasure Cay, Grand Cay and Walkers Cay. The deadline for certification is March 31st, 2005, for anyone wishing to obtain a Class B license. Boat licences will not be renewed without certification of having passed this course. This I.M.O approved course is mandatory only for commercial boat operators such as ferry operators, bone fishermen and offshore fishermen and not for private boat owners. Initially, pointed out Capt. Cyril Roker, Officer in Charge of the Port Department on Abaco, The S.T.C.W. Training was only designed for seafarers involved in foreign trade but it worked very well so the Port Department decided to extend it to all commercial boat owners. He went on to say that the course being offered now has been downscaled a little but encompasses all the vital safety measures such as first aid, CPR, fire fighting, crowd control management and survival techniques. The primary objective, he says, Is safety first, as an accident would affect the whole community and would be very damaging to the tourism industry. This certification will be recognized worldwide and only a few of the Caribbean countries can offer this programme. Every country is responsible for training its own people. Originally persons requiring certification were expected to travel to Nassau or the United Sates. However, since this is a weeklong course and participants would have the inconvenience and expense of accommodation, the Port Department is now bringing officers of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to Abaco to conduct the course here. Capt. Roker stressed that this course is separate and apart from the functions of the Port Department. Although the training is required by the Port Department, the department itself cannot offer the training; hence it is bringing in Defense Force personnel who are the only persons qualified to teach this course. In addition to classroom sessions, practical classes will include simulated fires and the overturning of life rafts with many peopleS.T.C.W. Maritime Training Beginsto be rescued. After March 31st any persons needing to take the course will have to do so in Nassau or in the U.S. as this will be the only time the course is offered on Abaco. This will be A ONE TIME TRAINING and the course does not have to be completed annually as some people believed. However, it may be necessary after five years to do a further course depending on the international safety level, stressed Capt. Roker. A large number of people are expected to take this course as there are presently 260 Boat Masters on file on Abaco who will need to become certified in order to renew their licenses. In addition, there will be other crew members wishing to take the course. Presently, said Capt. Roker, Ferries The S.T.C.W. Maritime Training Course is being offered several times on Abaco to allow all those with a Masters license to qualify for future licenses. The week-long course is being offered several times in Central Abaco and will be offered in North and South Abaco as well. Mr. Anthony Rivers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is the instructor. Please see Training Page 22

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Page 6 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Fly Island ExpressCharter & Cargo Service From Ft. Lauderdale to most out islands Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay North Eleuthera Bimini Nassau Please call:Please call: Please call:Please call: Please call:Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Marsh Harbour 367.0169 Ft. LFt. L Ft. LFt. L Ft. L auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 auderdale 954.359.0380 AIRLINE LLC at theHope Town Harbour LodgeVV VV V alentinealentine alentinealentine alentine s Dinner Monday s Dinner Monday s Dinner Monday s Dinner Monday s Dinner Monday Febr, Febr Febr, Febr Febr uaruar uaruar uar y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005 y 14th, 2005Six Course Dinner Starts 6:30 pm $50 per personAppetizerAppetizer AppetizerAppetizer Appetizer Ravioli : Three different flavours, crab & lobster tortalachi Wild mushroom panzarotti, cheese & spinach granapadana served in a fresh tomato sauce, sprinkled with Italian parsley and accompanied with cressini SoupSoup SoupSoup Soup Delicious Corn & Tuna Bisque SaladSalad SaladSalad Salad Lodge Salad : mixed greens, red onion, cherry tomatoes, Madarins, bacon bits, sugared walnuts, with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette dressing EntreeEntree EntreeEntree Entree Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador Lobster Thermador : Delicious Abaco Lobster Tail cooked to perfection with sweet bell peppers. Bermuda onions & spices in a white wine sauce and baked in the shell, served with mushroom rice, mange tout & baby carrots Prime Rib au Jus Prime Rib au Jus Prime Rib au Jus Prime Rib au Jus Prime Rib au Jus : Tender Beef cooked to your liking, served with sweet potato cake with tasso, mange tout & baby carrots Tiger Prawns Tiger Prawns Tiger Prawns Tiger Prawns Tiger Prawns : marinated in olive oil, garlic, lime juice & cooked in garlic butter, served with mushroom rice, mange tout & baby carrots Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb Grilled Rack of Lamb : encrusted with honey & herbs. served with mint jelly, sweet potato cake with tasso, mange tout & baby carrots. DessertDessert DessertDessert Dessert Red Velvet Seduction Cake with Chocolate Covered Strawberry & CheeseCheese CheeseCheese Cheese A Selection of cheese, biscuits & fruitRESERVATIONS REQUIRED : Phone 366-0095 VHF Channel 16 Love Is In the Air Gratuity not included Resort Features: Spectacular 3-mile beach Championship golf course Marina-view restaurant & bar Pool,tennis,watersports 150-slip full-service marina Diving,snorkeling & dive shop Boat rentals,charters & guides Hotel rooms,2 or 3 BR suites Treasure Cay Road (exit off Bootle Hwy) TREASURE CAYHOTEL RESORT & MARINA Hotel: 242-365-8801 Spinnaker Restaurant: 242-365-8469 Golf Course: 242-365-8045 Treasure Divers: 242-365-8465 www.treasurecay.com Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyOpen Daily Open DailyBreakfast 8:30 10 a.m. Lunch & Dinner 11 a.m. 9 p.m. Bar Open 8:30 a.m. til Happy Hour 5:00 6:30 p.m. Live Music Weds. & Fri. 8 11 p.m.Specializing in Bahamian Foods Restaurant & Baron theHope Town Waterfront Tel 366-0247 or VHF 16 Closed SundaysMr. Kingsley L. Black, President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers, visited S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town on January 18th. He was there with union officers Ms. Adeltis Bain-Stubbs, Vice President, and Mr. Byron Small, Area Vice President for New Providence. They were joined by Ms. Chantell Cox, a teacher at the adjacent Coopers Town Primary School who is a union trustee, and Senior Master Kevin Hepburn. They met behind closed doors with 22 of the 24 teachers who are members of the union. According to Mr. James Richard, a science teacher at S.C. Bootle, they discussed the lack of repair work to the roofs and structure of the school since Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne nearly four months ago. The greatest damage occurred to the science, home economics, woodworking, social studies and Spanish classrooms. The science and home economics classes are still without roofs. They are just bare rafters open to the sky and the elements. After a recent rainstorm, puddles of water gathered in pools on the tile floor and desks and walls were soaking wet. The woodworking classroom has a roof but no electricity. All woodworking tools were destroyed by the salt water storm surge during the hurricanes. Every piece of equipment rusted to a halt. The home economics classroom has no sinks, no stoves, no refrigerators, no desks, no roof and no electricity. The social studies and Spanish classrooms have partial roofs, but no windows and no doors. The weather had turned cold on the day that Mr. Black and his associates visited, cold and windy. Children were huddling in their winter coats and sweaters while the wind whistled through the open doors and windows, trying to concentrate on what their teachers were saying, trying to see in the darkened rooms. Teachers were seen moving from class to class between sessions carrying their books and lesson plans because so many rooms were unusable. What once was the library now doubles as a classroom, leaving students without study resources. According to Mr. Richard, the tone the teachers conveyed to the union heads was that they have waited long enough. TheyUnion President Visits S.C. Bootle High Schoolare ready to see repair work and construction completed at the school. The lack of classrooms is a key issue. Mr. Black said that the delay in repairs to the school almost denies the students the ability to take their exams. Their BGCSE course work is due in April and the practical aspects of the exams in Science and Home Economics cannot be prepared for because of the lack of classrooms and equipment. He said, Students are sitting in cold classrooms with no windows and no doors. Given the commitment of the students and the teachers, they merit a better response from the government. Mr. Black continued that he had spoken to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education that morning and appraised him of the situation. The teachers were very concerned about the state of repairs and work to be done to bring the school back to its former state. The teachers, he said, feel neglected, let down. They expected that the Ministry of Education would have accelerated the state of work in order to reduce the fallout to the students. Work Mr. James Richard and Ms. Tina Roberts, both teachers at S.C. Bootle High School, lift a plastic sheet which covers the open windows. This classroom is just one of many that was destroyed by the hurricanes. The roof has yet to be repaired. Teachers and students are frustrated that the damage inflicted by the hurricanes of September is still not repaired. Kingsley Black Please see Black Page 22

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 7 Washers Dryers Microwaves Stoves Fridges Freezers Phones Satellites Car Stereos/Amps Stereos TVs Speakers Home Appliances Abaco Distributors Ltd. Ph: 242-367-2265 242-367-3042SALES SERVICES REPAIRS AND ACCESSORIES TV and DVD SALE Happy New YearWE HAVE MOVED TT TT T OO OO O AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPORAIRPOR AIRPOR TT TT TFour months after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne passed through Abaco, the classrooms at S.C. Bootle are still in shambles. There is mold on the walls, missing windows and doors, holes in the roofs, no electricity and the raccoons and rats have sought refuge in the classrooms. The teachers have been holding classes outside under trees and in corridors. The science lab, mathematics and home economics classrooms still lie in ruins. Ms. Farquharson, food and nutrition teacher, said the students will have to be bused to Treasure Cay to hold their classes along with all their equipment including mixers and blenders. She doesnt mind doing it, she says, if she knows an end is in sight. She is only concentrating on students sitting the BJC and BGCSE examinations and advise that the other students will have no food and nutrition class for the whole school year. Mr. Kingsley Black, President of the Bahamas Teachers Union, visited the school on January 18, met with the teachers and supports them in the sit-in. They have Sit-InFrom Page 1 spoken with Mr. Rudolph Smith, District Superintendent, Ministry of Education, who is aware of the situation. Ms. Tina Roberts, assistant union shop steward, said it is very discouraging and depressing for teachers to have to come into these classrooms to teach. While the music room has been condemned, it is still being used as a classroom because it has a roof. Ms. Roberts said despite being cold inside and missing windows and doors, it is used for maths, English and science. The students are as upset as the teachers and complain that the windy cold conditions over the past weeks have been horrible for them in the classrooms. They cannot go to the classrooms because of the rain coming in the open windows, doors and roofs. They also worry about not being prepared for the BJCs and BGCSEs. Mr. Richard explains that the teachers are doing this not to hurt the 300 students at the school but so that education on Abaco is improved. They are tired of working in these conditions and would like to get back to the business of teaching. We need to move forward not backward. A PTA meeting was scheduled for late in January.Damaged School Frustrates Staff and StudentsStudents of S.C. Bootle High School board the bus to return home at 11 a.m. on January 20 after teachers staged a sit-in at the school. The staff is hoping to pressure the government to make repairs to the badly damaged school. Check out The Abaconian online atwww.abaconian.com If you think the new building codes are tough, youre right. But new LifeGuard windows and doors from Weather Shield are even tougher. Theyre certified to withstand winds up to 150 mph with a combination of strength and beauty that no other impact resistant products can offer. New LifeGuard windows and doors are available in a multitude of sizes. With styles, shapes, colors and options to complement any home, theyre engineered to blow you away. To learn more, call 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1-800-477-6808 ext 1398 1398 1398 1398 1398 or visit wwwwww wwwwww www .weathershield .weathershield .weathershield .weathershield .weathershield .com.com .com.com .com .. .. ABACO HARDWARE LTDDon MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928

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Page 8 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Dave RalphThe Editor Says . The Plight of our SchoolsThe AbaconianDavid & Kathleen Ralph Editors & Publishers P O Box AB 20551 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Photo credit: Tuppy Weatherford for parrot & lighthouse on page 1 Reporters/Writers: Jennifer Hudson, Portia Jonsson, Meireilla Santillo Contributors: Lindsey Delaplane, Richard Fawkes, Lee Pinder Phone 242-367-2677 FAX 242-367-3677 Email: davralph@batelnet.bs Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9Abacos most complete newspaper Inquire for advertising rates(U.S. address) 8902 N. Military Tr., 181 Palm Bch Grdns, FL 334107,500 copies Published twice monthly Free at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moores Is. Subscription rate $20.00 Abaco $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $40.00 USA$50 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface Four months have passed since two hurricanes hit us and the repairs to government buildings are still mired in the bureaucratic process. Although civil servants in government buildings are inconvenienced, they are not burdened to the same extent as our 900 high school students and several hundred primary school students. However, cold windy weather brought hardships the teachers and students were not able to tolerate. The public schools were pressured to open as soon as possible after the hurricanes so the students could resume their studies. To this end, minimal repairs were made, debris was swept out and classes were held wherever space permitted. Getting the students back in class satisfied the immediate goals of the education system. Parents breathed a sigh of relief as their children went back to school even though school conditions were somewhat crude. Roofs were missing on several buildings in Coopers Town at S.C. Bootle High School and Coopers Town Primary School. Abaco Central High School in Marsh Harbour kept its roof but had leaks due to missing shingles. The electricity was off in most buildings on all these campuses due to the physical damage and water intrusion. Power was finally turned on to the last block of rooms at Abaco Central High School on January 14, approximately four months after the last storm. Government schools use jalousie windows fitted with solid aluminum louvers. When closed these are supposed make the windows vandaland storm-resistant. Closing the louvers in stormy and windy weather stops the natural light from coming into the rooms. This is not a big issue when the electricity is on. However, with the power off the rooms are very dark if the slats are closed and are poorly lit with the slats open. Repairing the windows has been an ongoing exercise for local government since it came into being eight years ago. Several times repair contracts have been let to repair the Abaco Central High School windows for $5,000 $7,000. Vandalism is the main cause of window troubles. However, the two hurricanes caused extensive window damage which has not yet been corrected. Broken windows in the sub-tropics are not generally a big issue except for an occasional rain storm. However, recent cold fronts brought the discomfort level to a head as there was nowhere to dodge the cold winds blowing through the dark classrooms. At least one can pretend it is warm when the lights are on. Roof and electrical repairs began last fall but soon stopped when the contractors were not paid. Money had not been budgeted for these repairs and bills could not be paid. The contractors went home and looked after clients who paid them. It should be noted here that the reasonably quick response to those persons who lost their homes or suffered extensive damage was facilitated with non-government funds donated specifically for humanitarian aid. Government and commercial buildings did not qualify for this assistance. Government does not hold funds in reserve waiting for a disaster. Budgets must be examined and money reallocated from other projects. Unfortunately, the machinery of government lumbers along a predetermined path and does not sift gears quickly to accommodate major repairs from disasters. Two hurricanes within a month strained the system. The private sector is much more nimble and able to accommodate changing conditions. The business community repaired its physical damages quickly and resumed operations. This was true for the private schools in the area which made repairs and returned to the work of educating their students in a pleasant environment. At the private schools, graffiti is not seen and there is green grass, flowers and attractive landscaping. Compare the appearance of our private schools to the two government high schools which give a stark impression. It is quite a contrast. Recently, the teachers union in Nassau was contacted and representatives came to see the deplorable situation in Coopers Town for themselves. As a result, students there were dismissed as the teachers staged a sit-in to draw governments attention to school problems. At this same time PTA in Marsh Harbour toured the Abaco Central High School with a group of parents to see the conditions their children were coping with. As a result both Abaco schools were featured on page one of the Nassau newspapers. Repairs begun and abandoned months ago have just resumed. Education is often mentioned by politicians as the solution to the challenges we face from global competition. Even the thought of joining the regional Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME) as a full fledged member has our politicians nervous. Joining the CMSE gives the prospect of hundreds of better educated, professional people from other Caribbean countries coming to The Bahamas and displacing or competing with Bahamians. Education is talked about as our main defense to compete either globally or even closer to home. But our educational system is not responsive. Scholastic achievement throughout the Bahamas is universally deplorable. School buildings do not make an educated person. However, they are a necessary part of the education process. Pleasant surroundings and working conditions lead to better moral and better academic results. When we as a society do not value education enough to provide an adequate place for our students to learn, what is the real message we are conveying? If we cant have well constructed, comfortable buildings for our youth, the students are getting the subtle message that education is not an important element of their life. Family Island schools have many shortcomings but roofs, electricity, windows and doors should not be an issue. It does not bode well for the system when parents, teachers and students must rebel before minimal standards are provided. If roofs and windows are not important, what should we expect of the curriculum? These roof rafters were put in place in October when work stopped on construction. Work has just resumed. This was a Food and Nutrition room so cabinets and counters will have to built. Appliances will have to be purchased and installed. Students wanting to take their BGCSE examinations this spring will not be able to complete the practical which is part of their grade.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9Letters to the EditorOld Friends ReturnDear Editors, My wife and I have recently returned to Hope Town for a few weeks and have been able to catch up with some of Life in the Abacos through past issues of The Abaconian We especially appreciated the coverage of the St. Jamess Hope Town Christmas production, and it was kind of Dr. Larry Beachy to mention our involvement with it. Time flies when youre having fun and I would just add that this began not six years ago as stated, but 11 years ago. After a year in Marsh Harbour we came to work in Hope Town in 1994 at the invitation of St. James Methodist Church, especially with children and young people. Our years of experience teaching in England, London and Leicester and in Nassau enabled us to introduce new materials into worship fully involving the children and also to begin the Christmas productions. Help was given by many people, both by local families and visitors. About a year later our church children decided to give special help to the Bilney Lane Childrens Home in Nassau, and the Christmas production became part of this. Later, when the Bahamas government took responsibility for basic financing of the homes, the Bahamas Methodist Church began various Joel Projects and the St. James Church response was to the Orphans Annual Summer Camp through continued weekly collections and the Christmas production. I believe this years show raised $1900 amazing! Much hard work was needed but we found a great source of talent and enthusiasm among Hope Towns young people, and we felt privileged to share in developing and guiding this, along with other coworkers. The fact that it continues and grows four years after our return to England speaks for itself, and we congratulate the Hope Town community for their wonderful achievements. For us it is a joy to meet those youngsters with whom we worked in the early years, many now at work or at university preparing to serve The Bahamas in the future, a credit to their community. Some things have turned full circle. A month ago in Leicester, England, our church put on The Christmas Lamb performed a couple of years ago in Hope Town. Oh, that we had the same talent and skills available to us! As always we adopt and adapt. We rejoice in the people who have shared their lives with us. God bless them, every one. And bless you, too. Glyn and Jacqui Haines Hope Town and Leicester, England mailto:haines@dowson.comThe Bethel Family RememberedDear Editor, This photograph of Victor and Viola Bethel was taken in August, 1969 by the Hicks family (Clifford, Rachael, Doug and Gary) who then lived in Elmhurst, Illinois. Your parents were our hosts for one of our favorite vacations spent snorkeling, fishing and exploring. Mr. and Mrs. Bethel took great care of us, renting us a small house and a boat (with a leaky gas tank!) supplying groceries from their tiny store, lobster tails and (most importantly!) an endless supply of Mrs. Bethels wonderful homemade bread. Memories of the trip include the beautiful reefs, the incredible white sand beaches, visiting the lighthouse on Elbow Cay, hermit crab races on the kitchen table, peeping frogs on the window sill and hearing Mr. Bethel shout a ten-minute warning before turning the generator off each evening. I recently had the good fortune to return to Guana Cay with my family for the first time in 35 years. It was a thrill to see that the reefs were still healthy and gorgeous and to have the opportunity to meet several members of your family as well as to pay my respects at Victor and Violas gravesites. You are blessed to live in a very special place and it makes me happy to see the Guana Grocery is still in the capable hands of the Bethel family. Thank you very much for taking the time to reminisce with my family. We will definitely be back for another visit.... And this time it wont take us 35 years! Gary Hicks Atlanta, GeorgiaThe Airport Is a DisgraceDear Editor The Marsh Harbour International Airport is a national disgrace. It was too small when it was built 20 years ago primarily for BahamasAir. It is now the second busiest airport in the Bahamas with 16 scheduled airlines well as hundreds of private and charter flights. I have been writing letters for years to the proper authorities and have participated in countless meetings and planning sessions through two changes in government administrations! I now have lost my patience and seek the help of the media. I think I speak for all Abaconians when 1 say I am ashamed and embarrassed of Marsh Harbour International Airport. We all are tired of the proposed plans and broken promises. What message are we sending to our visitors, our bread and butter? Welcome, thank you for spending you money here! We cant even offer them a seat or a space for their bags as they wait for their flights. Passengers have to push and shove and trip over each others bags to reach an undersized counter. They often have to wait for hours standing up in stifling, crowded conditions or outside in the sun or rain. Sir Stafford Sands, the father of tourism for the Bahamas, often said that the first and lasting impression a visitor get after arriving in our country was from three sources: Immigration, Customs and taxis. The Marsh Harbour airport is ruining any chances of anyone else making a good impression no matter how hard they try. Think about it the hot, crowded airport terminal lounge is the last memory of their Abaco visit. To think how hard we all work, from taxi drivers to hotel front desk clerks to wait staff and bartenders, shop owners, fishing guides, etc. to ensure our tourists have a fabulous stay and come back and the Marsh Harbour International Airport is sabotaging all the good deeds and hard work of the Bahamian people. I cant forget the dedicated airline employees and bag handlers that are working in sub-human conditions day in and day out. This is ridiculous and the situation has to change immediately! We have over 1,000 hotel rooms/rental cottages and another 1,000 marina slips just in Marsh Harbour, Hope Town, Man-OWar and Guana Cay. We are growing in leaps and bounds and the airport needs to be a part of this expansion. The other big issue for me, a retired pilot, is the safety. Fortunately, we have the best flying conditions in the world. But there is too much uncontrolled air traffic vying for the same short, rut-pocked runway that also serves as the only taxi way. It is barbaric and only by the Grace of God have we not killed anyone or been shut down by the U.S. Department of Aviation as unsafe! In my experienced opinion, it is just a matter of time before we have a serious accident, and I will take no pleasure in saying, I told you so. Mash Harbour International needs another passenger terminal, taxi way and a control tower. No more proposals! No more promises! DO 1T NOW, before its too late. Sincerely, Leonard M.Thompson Retired Pilot, Hotelier, Politician Still a Proud BahamianNo Respect for Emergency ServicesI am a member of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and it is with great concern that I am writing this letter. Our community needs to have some respect or at least some courtesy for people when they are trying to respond to an emergency. I usually have to respond to fires in my personal vehicle and it can sometimes be one of the most frustrating things to do. No matter how many lights you have flashing or how long you blow your horn, do people try to get out of the way to let you pass? But this is not the most of it. Occasionally I have been in the fire truck and not my personal vehicle to respond to a fire and this is the good part, people dont even try to move for the fire truck. On a more serious note, I would like to urge the people of Abaco to please be aware of those who are responding to emergency situations and show some consideration. Someday it might be you or your family that might be at risk. And this is not only for the fire department but for all emergency services on the island. We are all just here to help as much as we can. Thanks, Jessica CookeWell Invest ElsewhereDear Editor, My family and I having been coming to Abaco for the last 10 years, specifically to Guana Cay. We dearly love Abaco and we spend a lot of money there. We were even planning to purchase a second home on Guana until we learned of the plans for the extensive development of the north end of the island, (Passerine Pass). Since we believed that these plans, if approved, would have a catastrophic effect on all aspects of the island we love so much, we put our plans on hold pending government review, hoping that they would not agree to this folly. Now we hear that government has approved this development. Because of this it is with great regret we have decided that we no longer wish to own a home on Guana. Well take our money and go elsewhere. We are very disappointed. This project is an irreversible loss for the people of Guana Cay specifically, but also for Abaco in general. The publicly owned land, including Joes Creek and the surrounding estuary, that will be given to these foreign developers for the sole purpose of their making money is reprehensible and short sighted, and the Bahamian people should be outraged. Sincerely, Larry MartinTime to Consider a ChangeDear Sir, A white Prime Minister! Now that is a subject that simply will not escape my mind, no matter how I try not to think about it enough to drive me to have to write about it. Alas, I cannot block it any more, hence this letter. If you would be so kind please. First off, allow me to make a broad statement. Anybody in this Bahamas who still thinks in the terms of yesteryear, that is to say that the PLP is the black mans party and the FNM is the white mans party, is robbing themselves of a bright and industrious future. Figure it out for yourself. When the PLP that is to say the old PLP came to power in the late sixties, I Why subscribeReceiving the Abaconian regularly will keep you informed on issues such as: Resort & hotel development Improvements to roads, airport, docks, schools, etc. Phone and electric company changes Fishing, boating & sporting activities Immigration, taxes or duty changes Changes to laws and regulationsFeb 2005Order The Abaconian Today Community events New business ventures Changes in airline service Actions by local government Name Address Address City St. Postal code + Country E-mail (or Fax) (for renewal) 24 issues US$ or B$ Above subscription is a gift from: $40 USA via 3 rd Class $25 Bahamas via surface $20 to Abaco US$50 Canada via Airmail US$95 UK, Europe Surface Mail to: 8902 N Military Trail FR181, Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410 or: PO Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Victor and Viola Bethel of Guana Cay showed outstanding hospitality to visitors back in the 1960s. Those visitors still remember their friendly attitude and helpful ways to this day. Please see Letters Page 18

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Page 10 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Don MacKay Blvd., Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 242-367-2020/8 Fax: 242-367-2242 Open MonFri from 8:30 am5:00 pm, Sat from 8:00 am1:00 pmQuarter, half and full cases and bales. Cash & carry and wholesale bulk buying means you always get more, for less at Abaco Wholesale.fresh produce &meat, groceries, supplies, household items & more! NEW CASH & CARRY NOW OPEN & Cash and Carry Jennifer Hudson On January 19th members of the executive committee of the Pilot Club of Abaco made a presentation of clothing to the Cancer Society of Abaco Thrift Shop. Representing the club were President, Craig Cornish; Treasurer, Sharon Dorsett; and Project Director, Donnaree Cornish. The Cancer Society Thrift Store depends entirely upon a continuous supply of donations of clothing and housewares from the community to be able to raise the funds needed to assist cancer sufferers and carry out its other preventative programmes. The members of the Pilot Club wished to assist, so collected an amount of good quality clothing towards this end. which was gratefully received at the presentation by Hugh Cottis and Marjolein Scott, President and Secretary of the Cancer Society. The Pilot Club of Abaco was started seven years ago on April 22nd, 1998, and is a branch of Pilot International which was chartered in Macon, Georgia, in 1921. They are part of a global organization of approximately 500 Pilot Clubs comprised of professional individuals from all walks of life working together to improve the quality of humanity. Their principles of Friendship and Service are displayed daily by Pilot members in communities throughout the world. Although the Pilot Clubs main focus is on fund-raising for brain related disorders and disabilities, they also reach out to help the local community in various other ways as is evidenced by their assistance to the Cancer Society.Pilot Club Donates to Thrift ShoreThe Pilot Club of Abaco donated clothing to the Thrift Store sponsored by the Abaco Branch of the Cancer Society. Shown left to right are Mrs. Marjolein Scott of the Cancer Society, Ms. Donnaree Cornish, Mr. Craig Cornish and Mrs. Sharon Dorsett of the Pilot Club and Mr. Hugh Cottis, President of the Cancer Society. Remember to Subscribe toThe AbaconianTo Keep up with All the News of the Island

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Page 12 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 7:30 am 6:00 pm Monday Saturday Don MacKay Blvd, near the airport Tel: 242.367.5308 Chris Thompson Real EstateOffering the Islands Most Exclusive Listings One Purple Porpoise Place, Hope Town, Abaco, Bahamas ph 242.366.0216 fax 242.366.0223 Chris ThompsonGreg Roberts* Private Islands Waterfront Homes and Land Investment Property Acerage Project/Property Management Complete Service from Sales to Construction ***** Exclusive Agents for Matt Lowes Cay ***** www.ChrisThompsonRealEstate.com By Mirella Santillo Enduring two hurricanes back to back in one month would usually make you re-think about the place you live in! After Hurricane Jeanne last September my eight years old grandson commented, If another hurricane comes, I want to move to France. The food is good there and there are no hurricanes! However, that thought was soon forgotten when the good weather returned. According to reports from several real estate companies, Abaco is still a very popular place to have a second home despite the two hurricanes. Mrs. Maria Silvester, agent for Aisle of Palms Realty, was showing properties one week after Jeanne. Mr. Brent Cartwright, the Chairman of the Bahamas Real Estate Association, Abaco Chapter, and owner of Aisle of Palms Realty said that 2004 was an amazing year. The best since 2000, he said,or perhaps even better. There are always affordable properties for Bahamian buyers, but by mid-year, the inventory of second homes on the market had become very low. Within a month after the hurricanes, as soon as communications were reestablished, buyers were back, he continued. It did not seem that people had been deterred by the storms. There were a lot of inquiries during the Christmas and New Years holidays. He felt confident to say, For most of Abacos real estate companies, December was the best month of 2004. He added, I expect 2005 to be an exceptional year. Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty was closed for two weeks after Jeanne because of flooding. But, according to real estate agent, Mrs. Mailin Sands, Business did not stop. She said, Contrary to the companys expectations, people kept inquiring about properties and making appointments soon after communications were reestablished. The majority of these buyers are foreigners looking for second homes. Asked whether there was an increase in property listings because of people moving after the hurricanes, she answered, I am not aware of anyone selling their homes for that reason. She is also very optimistic for the coming year. Mr. Derek Lee, broker for H.G. Christie Ltd Real Estate, stated, Although the office was put out of business for six weeks because of a lack of communication and damage incurred during the hurricanes, business was back to normal by Christmas. He added, There is a tremendous amount of business being generated by the second home owners market. He also foresees 2005 as being a very successful year.Demand for Second Homes Continues

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Page 14 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Cream of Vegetable Soup & Mixed Green Salad with Mango Vinaigrette Dressing Choice of Rosemary Crusted Prime Rib with Red Wine Sauce ($46)or Roasted Orange Glazed Duck ($39)both served with Asparagus and a choice of either Wild Rice or Basil Potatoes & Sweetheart Chocolate Cheesecake with Cherry ToppingValentines Dinner Menu For local transportation to Sea Spray, Call VHF 16 or 366-0065email: seaspray@oii.com www.seasprayresort.com White Sound, Elbow CayThis year give your sweetheart a night out at the Boat HouseOur regular menu is available along with our Valentines Special Oceanfrontier Log CabinsRental and Vacation Club Memberships On Beautiful Guana Cay Beach Six two-bedroom cabins sleep six, queen size bed in loft, kitchenette, private deck, full bath, short walk to townRent by the day or weekCall now 888-541-1616 or 519-389-4846 Website: www.oceanfrontier.com E-mail: info@oceanfrontier.com Hair, Body & Soul Unisex Salon Need a new look? Let us help! BarberingWaxingMassagesFacialsAcrylic NailsAirbrushingEar PiercingHair ExtensionsLonnette, Florence, Misty &CindyTuesday Saturday 9 am 6 pm Located on Crockett Drive next to K & S AutoTel: 367-0125 Mens, Womens & Childrens Wear T-Shirts Infants Clothing Household Items LuggageQueen Elizabeth Drive Marsh HarbourMon Sat 8:30 am 5:30 pmTel: 367-2017 at Work at Play Weve Got Something for Everyone Weve Got Something for EveryoneBy Richard E. Fawkes Two adults and a juvenile were charged before Magistrate Crawford McKee on January 13 with carrying unlawful arms and trespassing; and 14 students, ranging in ages from 14 to 17, were charged before the juvenile panel with fighting. The charges arose from a melee at Abaco Central High School on January 12 during which chairs, rocks and other missiles were thrown. Principal Euthal Greene summoned the police. Eleven police officers brought the fighting to a stop and arrested those Mr. Greene and his teaching staff had identified as being responsible. All those arrested and charged are male. Brendan Evans, 23, of Dundas Town, pleaded not guilty to charges of being in possession of unlawful arms, a baseball bat, and trespassing. He was denied bail and ordered remanded until February 7 for trial. Another adult arrested at the fight was Leander Symonette, 18, also of Dundas Town, pleaded not guilty to possession of unlawful arms, a cleaver knife, a pen knife and trespassing. He, too, was denied bail and ordered remanded until trial on February 7. A third person who is not a student at the school, a 17-year-old juvenile, was arrested and charged with carrying unlawful arms trespassing. He was granted bail in the amount of $500 and ordered to appear for trial on February 7. The 14 other juveniles, all students at the school, pleaded guilty to a charge of fighting on the advice of attorney Alex Maillis and their parents, in consultation with the prosecutor Sergeant Timothy Saunders. Mr. Maillis was representing one of the youth, but took on the role of amicus curiae, or friend of the court in addressing the juvenile panel and Magistrate McKee on their behalf. Mr. Maillis told the panel that, speaking in a sense of general mitigation, some of the young men came from good homes and some from not so good homes. After discussions with them and explaining to them strict liability and that the law was not interested in who started what, but that if they were involved, they were responsible, he was convinced that they were thinking seriously about the consequences of their actions. He, therefore, appealed to the panel for a second chance for all 14 of them. Under the law they could receive a penalty of a fine of $150 and released on conditional probation with the understanding that if they were to come before the court again within the probation time frame, they would receive the full weight of the law. He urged the panel to waive the requirement of a probation report. Magistrate McKee, after consulting with the juvenile panel, ruled that although they entered a guilty plea, he was not entering a finding of guilt or a formal conviction. He said the panel did want to know about each juveniles background. He ordered each student, therefore, to pay a cash bail of $200 and to cooperate with social workers who will visit their homes to interview them. He ordered them to return to court on March 8 to hear the reports, after which time the juvenile panel would make its ruling. Magistrate McKee warned the youth that should they be arrested for similar conduct before the hearing date, they would lose their bail and be immediately remanded. Mr. Green declined any formal statement to the press on the fight. The students arrested were subsequently suspended, three indefinitely. ASP Wayne Miller, officer-in-charge of the Abaco district, said the arrests of the students were made to reinforce the polices zero-tolerance for violence policy, and to help the young men understand the seriousness and consequences of their behaviour. Mr. Miller offered Mr. Greene the services of his officers for regular consultation with the staff and talks with the students to help prevent future outbreaks of violent behaviour at the school. Several young men milling about outside the court before the hearing said the incident sprang from an ongoing dispute between certain Bahamian youth and HaitianBahamian youth. They said a Haitian-Bahamian youth was stabbed by a BahamianTwo Adults; 15 Juveniles Charged in High School Fight C & A VC & A V C & A VC & A V C & A V ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft Drinks ariety Store & Soft DrinksTel: 367-3131 Fax: 367-4190 P.O. Box AB-20948 Marsh Harbour, AbacoNOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLINGNOW SELLING NOW SELLING Gatorade V8 Splash Bluebird Smoothies Bottled Water Malts and Canned Sodashe called backyouth, and that conflict had been brewing since then. AA and Al Anon MeetingsThe AA (Alcoholics Anomyous) group of Marsh Harbour meets Mondays and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Marsh Harbour Community Library. The AlAnon group of Marsh Harbour meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Please call 357-6511 for information and location. The AA group in Hope Town meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the library. The AA group and the AlAnon group meet in the Treasure Cay Community Center on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCAbaco FSC Abaco FSCA Bahamian Financial Service Corporation Investment Fund Administration Fund Formation and Licensure Articles of Association and Offering Memorandums Shareholders registration, issuance and redemption of shares All accounting and administration including monthly financial statements, partner statements, and NAV calculations Government compliance Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider Corporate Service Provider International Business Companies (IBCs) incorporation and registration Central Bank applications Registered agent services Custodial and local account administration Serve as director, nominee shareholder, officer, or local agent Government compliance Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Accounting and Computer Consulting Dedicated to e-commerce and client communication through the internet Data storage of all client documents (both hard and soft copies) Monthly, quarterly, or annual preparation of financial statements Bank reconciliations, Payroll, Accts Payable, and Accts ReceivableMemorial Plaza, Suite 202, P.O.Box AB-20763, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas Tel: 242-367-0220 Fax: 707-516-7765 Dr. Therese M. Bonamy (full time)General Dentistry (Aesthetic, Restorative & ZOOM Bleaching)Dr. Munir Rashad (Feb. 4)Oral Maxillo Facial Surgeon (Wisdom teeth)Dr. Antoine Clarke (Feb 10-11)Periodontics (Gum disease & implants)Dr. Woodley Thompson (Feb17-18)Orthodontic (Braces)Janet Ferguson RDH (full time)Dental HygienistCall today for an appointmentAll emergencies and walk-ins are welcome!Tel : 242-367-4355/4 Fax: 242-367-2193 P.O.Box AB-20676 Don MacKay Blvd.Email: agapedental@batelnet.bs Proverbs 3:5-6 AGAPE FAMILY DENTAL CENTREThe Dental Specialists AGAPE FAMILY DENTAL CENTREBy Richard E. Fawkes Smoke and the smell of burning were still pervasive enough January 13 at Abaco Central High School to cause a number of students to request permission to go home. Two brush fires, one near the eastern fence and one between the school and the east campus, where woodwork classes are held, erupted yesterday afternoon, requiring the attention of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Services. They were two separate incendiary fires, said Norwel Gordon, senior fire officer. We could see no natural causes and strongly suspect someone or some persons started them. Mr. Gordon said the first fire was started about 300 feet along the back road leading from the school toward the east campus on the south side of the road. That became a forest fire burning in a south westerly direction, although it came right up to the back fence of the school where a lot of rubbish has accumulated over the years. All they could do was watch it, he said. The second fire, Mr. Gordon said, which was started a few hours later on the south side of the same back road, after the fire personnel had left, was more serious. He said, It was between the high school and some teachers quarters to the east. The wind, which fortunately was not very high, could blow it either way toward the school or the teachers houses.Two Fires Near Abaco Central Are SuspiciousWe created a fire break near the houses on one side and near the school fence on the other. He said that the firemen backburned from each side to drive the fire toward the middle and put it out. Neither school officials nor police would speculate whether the fires might have been connected to the fight which broke out at the school on January 12, resulting in the arrest of three outsiders, including two adults and 14 students. ASP Miller, officer-in-charge of Abaco, instructed his officers to look into it. Mr. Gordon said the volunteer fire The Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue was called out to battle two fires near Abaco Central High School on January 12 14. The fires started suspiciously soon after a fight at the school which the police had to break up. The firemen were involved with the fires for about 48 hours, with trucks working for many of those hours. At one point they called for the fire truck from Casuarina Point to come when the fire was near a gas station. Much of the time the fire was burning in the forest in areas which the fire trucks could not access but which allowed the fire to strengthen and spread. Please see Fire Page 19

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Page 16 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 On Valentines Day Give Her More Than A KissRoyal Harbour Village in Marsh Harbour (242) 367-0137 www.theconchpearl.comThe Ultimate Valentines Day Gift! This is a hand made 14k heart designed to fit around a rare pale peach bezel set conch pearl from the Sea of Abaco. The 14k gold chain is hand made of heart shaped links. This one of a kind piece is subject to prior sale. ARAWAK AGENCYCUSTOMS BROKERS Air & Sea Shipping Customs Clearance Freight Forwarding Transportation & Logistics Services Ship AgenciesFor More Information:Tel: (242) 367-2089 Fax: (242) 367-2530Marsh Harbour, Abaco, BahamasVisit our office on Front Street One Call Does It All On January 20th approximately four months after Hurricanes Francis and Jeanne trashed Abaco, Leonard Edgecombe, PTA President of the Abaco Central High School, guided a group of concerned parents on a tour of the school. They wanted to see first hand the damage to the classrooms, to review what repairs had taken place and to learn what would be fixed in the near future. They got an eyeful. On the second floor in room 14, where grade seven studies Spanish under the instruction of Mr. Audley Miller, the windows were gone. There was no barrier to the ground one story below, not even a restraining bar. Mr. Miller said that it was an accident waiting to happen as students can be fooling around and easily fall through. Comments from parents making the inspection tour concluded, This is deplorable! This is a disgrace! and They need to shut this down and fix this! The parents also visited the second floor biology laboratory of Michelle Bailey, the head of the science department. She lost a lot of equipment during the hurricanes including a computer and 16 microscopes, some of which were in standing water for a long time. There was no ceiling in the classroom, just open rafters through which could be seen a roof covered with mildew and mold. The formica covering desks and lab tables was lifting, the wood still damp. The students worked hard to o vercome their difficult surroundings by helping the woodworking department sand and refinish stools that had been damaged. Their morale was low because there were no lights. According to Ms. Bailey, The darkness depressed us the most. We couldnt see to draw or to take notes. I went outside to mark papers. Even the Principal, Mr. Euthal Green Jr., an educator for 30 years said, Ive been in a depressed state since the hurricanes. He said that they are short staffed, lacking science and graphics communications teachers. In addition, the students need replacement equipment for their home economic classrooms such as sewing machines and refrigerators to keep food cold. Mr. Green was worried about those studentsAbaco Central High Parents Are Upsetwho could not complete their work, who might not pass their exams because they lacked the equipment on which to practice. There were many instances of windows blown out, piles of debris near the buildings (some hurricane related, some not), paint peeling off the walls and the occasional gang related graffiti. Mr. Green said that the recently reported fight that broke out between rival gang members at the school was partly the result of tension from coping with the hurricane damage to the facility, the lack of electricity, wreckage of desks, books and notebooks in the classrooms and partly the result of external problems that happened a year or more ago and just came to a head at this time. He is very concerned about the safety and security of children and staff at the school. He said, People now can just drive on campus and you dont know who they are. There are signs that the problems experienced by faculty and students may be improving. The electricity was partially restored last week and the PTA has been interested and vocal about needed changes. Principal Green said, The steps they are taking are to improve the school. Their concern is that their children should be educated in a better environment than they are now. Parents making the inspection included Ms. Augustine Williams, Ms. Eva Mae Sturrup, Ms. Barbara Williams, Ms. Harriet Williams, Ms. Nickole Fox, Ms. Bernadette Murray and Ms. Mary Whylly. This is one of the classrooms at Abaco Central High School which was damaged by the hurricanes in September. Reconstruction work was begun but the contractors did not complete the work because they were not getting paid. This classroom had just had the electricity restored the week before concerned parents inspected the school on January 20. Many rooms are without ceiling tiles and windows throughout the school are badly damaged, allowing wind and rain to further damage books, furniture and equipment. PTA president, Mr. Leonard Edgecombe, led a group of parents on the inspection tour.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 CALLUS TODAY FOR QUOTES PH: 367-2891 FAX: 367-2892 Abacos cornerstone to construction. AIRCOMPRESSORAVAILABLE FOR RENTALReady Mix Concrete Prices start at $120.00 per yd. Free DeliveryROCK $33 ton (imported) 3/4 and pea rock SAND $35 ton (imported)Delivery from Treasure Cay to Bahama Palm ShoresVisit our modern facility on the Murphy Town water front beside Parkers Landing B & V Plaza Don MacKay BlvdTel: 367-2798 Fax: 367-5098 Light Impressions Tile OutletNew Arrivals in Stock NOW!Keep Your House Clean, Cool & Comfortably Stylish With Todays CeramicsSouth America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico South America Mexico Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. . Spanish Italian. .We stock: Spacers Caps Trims and Accessories Thin-set Mastic Grouts Saws & Blades Free estimates Free delivery for larger orders Special pricing for builders and contractors Installation also optionalAbaco Shopping Centre Tel: 367-3242 Fax: 367-3474 Visit us and see over 200 samples on display Ceramic Granite Stone Procelain Vinyl Wood As quoted in the Tribune of January 22nd, the Director of Youth Against Violence, Mr. Carlos Reid, said that more than 10,000 young men are actively involved in gangs in The Bahamas. He said the country is on course for a national crisis; meanwhile, we continue to play games. Ten days ago on January 12 at Abaco Central High School there was a gangrelated fight which involved outsiders and students. The police were called in, and the fight got ugly when weapons (including a baseball bat and a knife) were produced. According to the Head Girl at Abaco Central High School, Allita Bain, The fight got loud. Everyone began running away because rocks, chairs and window louvers being thrown. By the time the fighting stopped some students were arrested, some suspended from classes and most of the rest of the student body was upset. Collin Swain, Jr., the Head Boy, said that there are at least seven different gangs at the school whose members are primarily from distinct areas. Out of a student population of 500 it is unknown what percentage are members of gangs. The gangs are Shalin from Spring City, Mud Dogs from the Mud, Block 30 from Dundas Town, TRU (meaning Thugs R Us) origin unknown, DTG (Dundas Town Gangsters), HTG (Hope Town Gangsters) and MIA (Moores Island Assassins). Each gang has carved out an area of the school campus that is theirs and they will often mark the boundaries of their territories with graffiti. Although the principal, Mr. Euthal Green, tries to have such gang messages painted over as quickly as possible, they pop up with discouraging regularity. Although membership in the gangs is mostly boys, girls who are associates or sympathizers are part of the groups as well. Since the gangs are territorial, it follows that some gangs are made up of mostly Creole-speaking members while other gangs have mostly English-speaking members. Perhaps most ominous of all was the observation by both the Head Boy and Head Girl that the school-based gangs are affiliated with larger, adult gangs, located in their communities. From the student perspective the proliferation of gangs at Abaco Central is the direct result of a lack of involvement by parents of students, by a weak afterschool program and a lack of discipline. Collin said, Those involved in the fight have parents who dont care about their school work and their grades. If we had an after school program where we could all come together to play more sports, to get to know one another better. there would be no fights. There are some excellent after school opportunities now. he said. For instance, Ms. Davis, the physical education teacher, has a good sports-related program but only the motivated students attend. Allita said, If there were serious penalties toward fighting, not just suspension, if you sent fighting students to Boys Industrial (now called Simpson Penn) to show them what could happen, that might stop the violence. Now, when you are suspended, you come right back. As far back as two and a half years ago both student leaders had been urging the administration to consider allowing the formation of a student council. With a student council, said Allita, We could transfer information from us to the government, to teachers, to the principal and to the parents. A student council would allow for peer groups to work through the problems experienced by students, thus possibly avoiding the buildup of tension that resulted in the gang fight a week prior. Principal Green thinks that it is a good thing to have a student council. He will try to get one going next month after exams are completed. In his words, Students have rights. If you want respect from students, you will need to respect them as well. The student council might be a place where students could get themselves together and train to a higher level of responsibility in the school. The quicker we can get a student council the better.Student Leaders Speak Out Allita Bain Head Girl Collin Swain, Jr. Head BoyAbaco Markets Ltd. Reports LossAbaco Markets Limited released its 2004 third quarter earnings which reflect losses from the September hurricanes. The company had to close a Solomons stored in Freeport because the building lost its roof. This contributed to third quarter earnings being $15 million lower than planned. The company expects that 2005 sales will be impacted as well. The closed store was 50 percent of their selling space on Grand Bahama. The companys 2004 losses are expected to be $15 million. Dunkin Donuts and the Turks & Caicos operations continue to post operating losses. The company will discontinue the Dunkin Donuts operations which are unprofitable. The company has received $2.75 million in insurance claims and expects that the total payments will be about $5 million. The management is planning to develop a new Solomons SuperCenter in Freeport.

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Page 18 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 dare say that if I would have been of voting age and of the mind set that I have always been as an adult, I would have been one of the first ones in the polling station to mark my X next to the PLP candidate in my particular constituency! Yeah thats right, me, Billy Roberts, a conchy joe Bahamian, would have helped to put the PLP in office. In my opinion, when the PLP came to office, it was a time that required change in our land. In other words, it was time for a change. And by the same token, it was time for another change in 1992, and I was out bright and early in my polling station making sure that I would be one of those individuals who was responsible for bringing change to our land once again. One of the greatest Bahamian politicians, if not THE greatest, was Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling. Needless to say, everybody knows that he was a black man. When he became Prime Minister of this country, it was a great historical moment for us, the greatest reason being that he was the first black Prime Minister of this country, and secondly majority rule became the rule. The UBP had failed to appeal to the hearts and minds of the black electorate, and they paid the price. Change came, and it was needed badly. Well, as we know, history dictated that Sir Lyndens death grip on power finally came to an end, and none too soon, if I might add. He, unfortunately, in spite of all the good reasons that he came to power on, had lost sight of the original dream. His place in history had expired. Yet, I maintain that his place in history is a necessary one, and I am not sorry that he played his part. In the years since Sir Lynden, we now have the third black Prime Minister in our history. The second one, Hubert Ingraham, happened to represent the party that I chose to support, and the third, of course, is Perry Christie. All things considered, I dont think any level headed person can say that things have been any worse than they would have been under the leadership of a white Prime Minister. Now, we have arrived at the place in our history where we are faced with a white man, Brent Symonette, who is desirous of being the leader of his party and to hopefully be the Prime Minister of this country. I have to ask a dumb question: So what? Have we learned absolutely nothing? Are we really so short sighted that we are afraid of a white man being Prime Minister? Do we really believe that it is possible for a white Prime Minister to represent the needs of only the whities to the detriment of the black folks? Well, all I can say is that if you believe that, then you need to stay under the rock that you are presently living under, thereby ensuring that you will never have to deal with such a scary matter. As far as I am concerned, the FNM is in grave need of new and effective leadership. My choice in the last election was Algernon Allen, but the powers that be obviously disagreed. Brent Symonette, by all accounts, is a very intelligent and open-minded person, capable of handling a position of leadership. If he is desirous of that position, he should be given every opportunity to pursue it. I will warn the FNM of one thing right now. Please do not make the same mistake in selecting new leadership as you did the last time. A word to the wise is supposed to be sufficient I am told. We shall see. If the next Prime Minister of my country is a white man, I will respect him the same way that I did Sir Lynden, Hubert Ingraham, and now Perry Christie. I will not expect any more than what is legal and expected, and that is, fair and decisive leadership for all Bahamians. The same goes if the next Prime Minister is a black man. Although I did not vote for the present administration, Perry Christie is still my Prime Minister. I respect him insofar as his office is concerned. I will not seek to undermine him or his authority, although I have one or two points of criticism against him. I also have a number of points of criticism for Hubert Ingraham in the way that he handled his job during the last year or so of his tenure as Prime Minister. My point? It doesnt matter who the Prime Minister is. Either he, or she, is doing a good job, or theyre not. Either he or she is deserving of my support or they are not. You see, if we can keep it all simple, it will be better for all parties concerned. I have always voted for the betterment of my country. I intend to continue to do so, whithersoever my conscience guides me. To label me an FNM is to be short sighted and uninformed. That is not to say that I didnt support the FNM, because I did. But I will not continue to do so regardless of what I perceive to be the consequences thereof. Finally, I would like to encourage the Christie Administration to continue to strive for excellence in their representation of the Bahamian people. Sadly, there are a few areas where they are falling down or at least fumbling. Leadership is not easy. It is, however, easy to criticise, and that is why I have remained silent for the most part when it comes to criticisng the PLP. There is a code that all men and women must follow when they enjoy positions of power. When the lines of that code are crossed, it is absolutely imperative that the offending one be reprimanded. It MUST appear that everybody is equally answerable to the law and to the people. Otherwise what is the point? God Bless The Bahamas. And may we truly strive to live together as a people and not as whites or blacks. It is so depressing to see the results of such thinking transpire across the globe. We are truly, truly blessed as a country and a people. For Gods sakes, people, dont waste it! Sincerely, William (Billy) RobertsMore Letters to the Editor LettersFrom Page 9 Buckling Up Saves Lives! THE OUTBOARD SHOPMarsh Harbour, Abaco Tel 242.367.2703 Fax 242.367.3709 E-mail: outboardshop@abacoinet.com Full range of Johnson two stroke and four stroke Evinrude outboard engines from 2hp to 250hp at lower than US prices Up to three year warranty extensive parts inventory and factory trained mechanics Dry boat storageAssociated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Associated Dealers Throughout The Bahamas Dolphin MarineGreen T urtle Cay 242.365.4262 Island MarineP arrot Cay 242.366.0282 Roberts MarineGreen Turle Cay242.365.4249 Sea Horse MarineHope Town 242.365.0023 Fishermans Marine L ong Island 242.337.6226 Minns Watersports Exuma 242.336.2604 Authorized Distributor

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 THE FIRST LOOKChilled Black Tiger Shrimpwith a masabi and Soy infused dipping sauceTHE SECOND GLANCEButternut Squash and Brie Cheese SoupFinished with heavy cream and roasted pumpkin seedsTHE RIGHT CHOICEChateaubriand for twoOven Roasted Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with a Black Truffle & Pinot Noir DemiorAn Array of Seafood for TwoGrilled Lobster, Shrimp and Scallopswith a Roasted Garlic & Chilli Butter Sauce orThe Clubhouse Surf & Turf for TwoMedallions of Angus Tenderloin & Oven Broiled Lobster Tails with sauce Bernaise & Lemon enhanced drawn butterTHE KISSChocolate Lava DivineA chocolate decadent dessert filled with fudge served with fruit coulis and Kahlua Cream orPASSIONBERRY DUOA layer of wildberry mousse and a layer of passionfruit mousse with a mirrored berry glaze and fresh whipped cream. The above entrees are served on a bouquetiere of fresh vegetables and potatoesThe Menu : $75 per person The Clubhouse Dining Room Island Dining at its finest Monday February 14th Complimentary Hors Deourves at 6:30pm Dinner will be served from 7:30pmYour Intimate Valentines Dinner ExperienceDinner Reservations are required and Menu Selections must be made by 5:00pm Sunday 13th Call 365-4247 or VHF ch. 16 A COMPLETE LINE OF GROCERIESGreat Guana Cay, Abaco Mon Thurs 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m. Fri & Sat 8 a.m. 6 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays Tel: 365-5067 Fax: 365-5180 VHF ch. 16Guana Harbour Grocery Fire From Page 15 The Bahamas Government has opened an account at the Royal Bank of Canada with a $150,000 contribution to aid victims of the December 26 Asian Tsunami. The Hon. Vincent Peet, Min.of Labour and Immigration, commented, This gift represents the good will of this nation to assist the people of those affected by the tidal The Sandra Evans Real Estate company donates part of every sale to humane organizations in Central Abaco. Mrs. Evans is presenting a check to Linda Giovini while Bill Thorndycraft is presenting a check to Chris Roberts. Ms. Giovini cares for and feeds many strays in Marsh Harbour while Mr. Roberts heads the Abaco Animals Requre Friends organization.Humane Groups Receive Donations wave. Mr. Peet noted that The Bahamas received monetary support from many countries around the world after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne which caused widespread destruction. He encouraged Bahamians to contribute to the National Tsunami Relief Fund Account. Anyone interested can contact the Royal Bank in Marsh Harbour.Tsunami Fund Is OpenedSupport Citizens Against Crime fighters fought the blaze, which destroyed about five acres, until the evening hours and kept watch on it every 20 minutes, then every hour late into the night. As for the forest fire, firemen were watching it to see how near the S.C. Bootle Highway it would travel before burning itself out. He was concerned about some telephone lines near the highway and informed the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporations (BTC) to monitor it. Mr. Gordon also advised Euthal Green, the high school principal, to close the louvers on the eastern side of the building to prevent sparks entering the building. Mr. Greene told him up to the time the fire engine departed that he could not find anyone with a key to that section of the building. I have always been concerned about sparks entering the high school and a fire breaking out around three oclock in the morning, Mr. Gordon said. Mr. Gordon said that there is a brush fire near the high schools back fence area near the forest just about every year, and just about every year, We ask the school officials to remove the tons of garbage disposed back there because that trash would prevent us from getting into position to fight a fire if it threatened the school. But nothing is ever done about it. Abaco Central High is one of the most vulnerable schools to fire because of all the trash thrown and dumped back there. And because of the threat of sparks entering the windows.

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Page 20 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 For more information contact Laurence Higgs or Ian Carroll Tel: 242-367-5205 Fax 242-367-4018 Email: mhby@abacoinet.com www.mhby.com Services include: Short & long term haul-out (up to 24.5 beam) Aluminum & stainless steel fabrication & repairs Welding & machine shop (CJs Welding on site) Hydraulic trailer for lifting small vessels Bottom cleaning & painting Blister prevention & repair Fiberglass & gel coat repairs Hydraulic hoses and fittings Well stocked marine store Mechanical repairs Marine Store Products: Yanmar Engines & Generators Marine Paints & Accessories Repair & Resin Supplies Yanmar Parts & Service Bottom Paint & Solvents Stainless Steel Bolts etc. Cleaning Supplies Cutlass Bearings Fuel Dock Zincs Full Service Boat Yard 85-ton Acme Boat Lift Bottom blister repair Propeller repair Diamente Dental ClinicDr. J. Denise Archer D.D.S. Garnett Archer Mem. Blvd., Suite #6 P.O. Box AB 20579 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Website: www.diamantedental.com (appointments can be made online) Tel: 242-367-4968 Fax: 242-367-3001 Emergency 242-554-8327 Email: dentalspecialistabaco@yahoo.com Dr. Barry L. Russell February 11 of the Bahamas Orthodontic Center Orthodontics (Braces) Dr. Kendal Major February 18 Periodontics (gum disease) Implants Dr. J. Denise Archer Mondays Saturdays General Dentistry Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) available Recycle Aluminum CansBins Located at Abaco Shopping Centre & Sea Star Car Rental A Unisex SalonOfra Cosmetics Acrylic Nails Hair Braiding Matrix, Nexus and Paul Mitchell Products and Accessories Elaine Summerville, Manager Monday Saturday 9am 5pm In Memorial Plaza 367-3623 Marine ElectronicsCapt. Pat and Ann McFadenFactory authorized Sales, Service and Repair of: Web: www.merlinsmarine.com E-mail: merlin@abacoinet.com VHF CH 16 Mon Fri 8-5 F.C.C. Licensed, Factory Trained Technician At the Jib Room. Marsh Harbour Marina Tel: 242-367-2163Fax 242-367-3388 SIMRAD The funeral for James Herschel Roberts, 85, of Marsh Harbour was held in Nassau on January 5. Interment was in the Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery in Nassau. He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes, and a daughter, Janice Collins. He is survived by his son Rudy Roberts, and daughters Paulette Sands and Denise Calkins; grandchildren Gavin Collins, Andrew Collins, Becky Collins, Katie Collins, Tina Gibson, Wanda Knowles, Fredrica Hayling, Bruce Sands, Jay Sands, Teresa Sands, Carmen Karvonen and Cory Calkins; great grandchildren Harrison Collins, Robert Gibson, Paige Sands, Caroline Knowles, Cory Calkins and Cora Belle Calkins; sons-inlaw David Collins and Peter Sands; daughter-in-law Daisy Roberts; sisters-in-law Florene Bethel and Mary Pinder; brotherin-law Easbourne Pinder and numerous nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his second wife Ella Felicia and her two sons, Basil and Leslie Pinder and survived by her children Annie Lowe, Sumner Pinder, Murray Pinder and Anthony Pinder. Mr. Herschel leaves behind a host of other friends and relatives. Nigel Levi Mills 36, of Cedar Harbour, died suddenly after a brief illness. He worked with his grandfather as a crawfisherman. He also worked as a carpenter. Nigel is survived by his parents Rev. Dr. Allan and Movena Mills; biological mother Cynthia Brown; wife Florence; children Devon, Nado and Nigel Jr.; sisters Tamara and Terria Brown, Paulette Nesbitt, Katherine Lynden and Stephanie Fernander; brothers Darrin Culmer, Elton and Steven Smith; and numerous other relatives and friends. The funeral and interment of Oscar Tony Livingston Knowles, 54, of Sandy Point were held on January 22 in Nassau. He is survived by his wife Ena Victoria Saunders Knowles; daughters Pandora Fernander and Norisa Knowles; sons Oscar, Julius and Laterio Knowles; stepchildren Lillian Rigby and Patrick Adderley; sisters Christine Lewis and Sandra Johnson; brothers Raymond Taylor, Rodney Gray and Granville Bastian; grandchildren Weniska, Wenesha, Wenchantay, Wentina, Janessa, Leon, Bradley and Patrick Jr.; aunts Juanita Austin and Janet Roker; uncle, William Knowles; sisters-in-law Sarah Taylor, Alice Bastian, Barbara, Laura, Shannon, Hilda and Sandra Saunders; brothersin-law Derick Jobnson, Kirk Lewis, Robert, Wendell, Vincent and Philip Saunders; sons-in-law Leon Fernander and Wendell Rigby; aunts-in-law Michelle, Sylvia and Loriane Knowles and many other relatives and friends. The funeral for Alphonso Haywood McIntosh. 77, of Green Turtle Cay was held on January 22 at St. Peters Anglican Church in Green Turtle Cay. Fr. Dwight Rolle, assisted by Deacon Fequel LaPlante and other ministers officiated Interment was in the Green Turtle Cay Public Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Patricia Anne McIntosh; sons Rex, Trent Sr. and Maxwell McIntosh Sr.; stepson Regan Deal; daughters Eloise Cartwright, Hilda Johnson, Nora McIntosh, Kim Lavine and Miranda Russell; stepdaughters Miquell Miller and Natasha Deal; grandchildren Ian, Ianthe and Ianna Cartwright, Vance and Jansen Johnson, Lamara and Laisha Davis, Vonya, Vaughn Jr., and Vaughndre Toote, Samantha, Maxwell Jr., and Sherrard Russell, Almund and Kahdijah McIntosh, Derek and Deshay Whymns, Tyece, Tatia, Tianna, Jaleek, Jaden, Shazarah, Chandra, Rodney, Rashad, Cearra, Raynad, Roxanna, Koscha and Trent McIntosh Jr. and Verena Deal; great-grandchild Kahijah Ferguson; mother-in-law Dorothy Deal; daughters-in-law Jackie, Joyelle and Lenear McIntosh; sons-in-law Michael Cartwright, Kevin Lavine, Ricardo Toote, Maxwell Russell; brothers-in-law Frank, Daniel and Ephraim Deal and George Reckley; sistersin-law Winifred and Grace Deal; many nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. The funeral and interment of Cyril McKenzie, 85, formerly of Moores Island were held on January 22nd in Nassau. He is survived by his brothers Hensil Davis and Roland Davis; sister-in-law Minerva Davis; nieces Lillian Laing, Patsy Davis, Loretta Davis, Theresa Major, Bridgette Taylor, Antoinette Lewis, Henrietta Lamm, Angela Davis, Nedris Davis and Anoush Gould; nephews Virgil, Arron and Jermaine, Dwayne Fernander and Nathaniel Fowler; nieces-in-law Roselda Davis and Carol Fernander; nephews-in-law Perry Gould, Andrew Lewis, Charles Taylor and Alvin Laing; grand nieces; grand nephews; great-grand nieces; great grand nephews; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral and interment of Maxwell Deveaux, 49, of Murphy Town were held on January 15th in Nassau. Interment was in Nassau also. He is survives by his wife Adamae Deveaux; daughter Tajah; mother Susan Deveaux; mother-in-law Sylvia Swain; brothers John, Tyrone, Joseph and James Deveaux; sisters Anita, Raquel and Nikieta Deveaux and Charmain Poitier; brothersin-law Anthony Poitier, Michael Burrows, Robert Dames and Dennis Mather; sistersin-law Ludelle, Valderine and Ann Deveaux and Gloria Burrows; uncle George Thomas Arthur; aunts Gloria Delancy, Inez Rigby, Mary Wilchombe, Louis Butterfield, Rose Douglas and Roslyn Gibson; grandaunt Anita Gibson; nephews Torino, Tevon, Sean, Tyson, Jahleel, Anthony Jr, Tavaris, Jarvis, Vargo, Robin, Bryton, Keanu, Patrick, Angelo, Owen, Julien, Spenser, Brandon, Kirk Price; nieces LaShana Price, Charmaine, Tyreka, Valdez, LaNisha, LaVanda, Chemise, Shavonya, LaTonya, Phylis, Brittney, Fantacia and Johnelle Deveaux, Charmaine Bomrdon, April BurPlease see Obituaries Page 21Obituaries of Family and Friends

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 Sids Food StoreGroceries Toiletries SouvenirsServing New plymouth and the entire Green Turtle Cay Area. Fresh Fruits & Vegetables. Frozen Meat. Dry and Canned Goods. Homemade BreadsWIDE SELECTION FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE Located Near Town Dock, New Plymouth, Green Turtle CayTel: (242) 365-4055 Ph: 367-2222 Fax: 367-2888 Van StrattonNN NN N ASSASS ASSASS ASS AA AA A U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER U UNDER WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C WRITERS C OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR OLE ALBUR Y LY L Y LY L Y L TD.TD. TD.TD. TD.INSURANCE AGENCY BB BB B AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS AHAMAS FIRS TT TT TGeneral Insurance Company Limited Bahamas First General Ins. Co. Ltd.Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily Service Marsh Harbour Treasure Cay Freeport Daytona Beach Melbourne Orlando Intl. JacksonvilleRegardless of the destination, Please Call Us Today to quote Your Next Trip at:1-242-367-4852 or 1-242-365-8852(Marsh Harbour Terminal) (Treasure Cay Terminal)1-800-852-0275 (U.S. Only) (386) 423-1773 Fax (386) 423-1774 E-mail: flyvintage@aol.com www.vpj.com CHECK OUR WEBSITE BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP Jacksonville rows, Robin Moree, Elizabeth Dames; grandniece Timacie Deveaux; cousins; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral and interment for Philosier Joseph of Marsh Harbour were held on January 15 in Nassau. She is survived by her children Lionel, Maurie, Anderson, Shela, Elsie, Kendly, Joseph and Roseline Charistal; brothers Boliva, Prophet and Cola Joseph, Moise Joseph, Inocent and Tony Luttice and Thomas Luttice; sisters Ludia Philistin, Rosemarie Joseph and Gloria Joseph; nephews; nieces; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral and interment of Lottie Ann Pinder, 93, formerly of Marsh Harbour were held on January 15 in Nassau. She is survived by nieces Judith Thompson, Dr. Andrea Williams, Dr. Wiona Pratt, Laurel Herrington and Diane Dean; nephews Montgomery Pratt, Frank Claude, Vernon Campbell and Dr. Godfrey Pinder; grandnieces; grand nephews; nieces-in-law Stephanie and Lesia Thompson and Yolanda Darville; nephews-in-law Dr. Stunce Williams, Ivor Herrington, Joseph Sweeting and Hubert Dean; adopted nieces Helen Smith and Kalliope Vardaoulis; sisters-in-law Naomi Pinder and Curly Arabag; and many other relatives and friends. ObituariesFrom Page 20Childrens Clothing Store OpensPortia Jonsson On December 20th a store which caters only to the little people in our lives opened its doors just in time for Christmas. Declans, located in the B&L Plaza opposite the Royal Bank of Canada, specializes in children clothing sizes newborn to 12/14, children shoes, furniture, toys and accessories. Store hours are Monday to Wednesday 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. 12 Noon, Friday 9 a m. 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. 3 p.m. If there is a Dora the Explorer, Barbie or Strawberry Shortcake lover in your house, stop by today and check Declans out.New Business in Murphy TownBy Mirella Santillo Sams Boutiques, a clothing store for women and men, opened in Murphy Town at the beginning of November 2004. Mr. Paul and Mrs. Samantha Curry are the proud owners. Paul, who worked as a building inspector, and Samantha, who worked as a restaurant waitress, used their savings to open the business of their dreams, a clothing store. It was a challenge for them to set it up before the Christmas holidays, especially finding the proper wholesalers to buy the clothes from. The store is divid ss hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Mrs. Curry especially caters to the voluptuous woman. She said, Sams Boutiques are the only clothing store in Murphy Town. She is very optimistic for future business and said, I had a great response at Christmas and I am looking forward to serving the Murphy Town community. Business BriefsMore Obituaries Drive SafelyDont Be an Abaco FatalityGas Station ExpandsBy Mirella Santillo Pastor Larry Williams, owner of the Shell Gas Station in Dundas Town, is in the process of erecting a building next to the gas station. The existing laundromat on the opposite side of the gas station will be relocated to the new building in a larger area, and there are plans for a tire outlet at the back. I hope to open the doors in March if all goes according to plans, said Pastor Williams. Being a contractor, he is doing most of the building work himself. It is his intention to complete the Faith Convention Center on Don MacKay Boulevard sometime this year. I have great plans for that building. It will not only be a meeting place for out-of-town people and conventions, but a location where local performing groups can practice and perform. Ms. Smanatha Curry

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Page 22 The Abaconian February 1, 2005 NIPPERSBEACH BAR & GRILLon Guana Cay Serving Lunch & DinnerPig Roast Every SundayArea Code 242 unless listed otherwiseCasuarina PointDifferent of Abaco8 rm 20 cott 366-2150CherokeeLee Pinder 3 hse + 366-2053Grand CayRosies Place 352-5458Green Turtle CayBank Apartments3 apts 365-4105 Bluff House 8 rm 20 cott 365-4200 Chris Plummer3 hse 365-4648 Coco Bay Cottages4 cott 365-5464 Green Turtle Club34 rm 365-4271 Island Properties34 hse + 365-4047 New Plymouth Inn9 rm 365-4161 Ocean Blue Properties30 + 365-4636 Roberts Cottages3 cott 365-4105Guana CayDolphin Bch Resort 4 rm 10 cott.365-5137 Coco Paradise8 cott 365-5197 Donna Sands12 hse + 365-5195 Guana Beach Resort6 units 365-5133 Guana Seaside8 rm 7 cott 365-5106 Harbour View Haven 365-5028 Ria-Mar Rentals5 + 365-6241 Sea Shore Villas 365-5028Hope TownAbaco Inn22 rm 366-0133 Club Soleil6 rm 1 cott 366-0003 Crystal Villas 6 villas 321-783-4576 Elbow Cay Prop 53 hse + 366-0035 Hope T Harb Lodge 25 rm 366 0095 Hope T Hideaways 63 hse + 366-0224 Hope T Villas 3 hse + 366-0030 Lighthouse Rentals 4 cott 366-0154 Sea Gull Cottages3 hse + 366--0266 Sea Spray Resort5 villas 366-0065 Tanny Key43 hse + 366-0053 Turtle Hill4 villas 366-0557Lubbers QuartersSea Level Cottages4 hse 366-3121Man-O-WarIsland Home Rentals 8 hse+ 365-6048 Ria-mar Rentals9 + 365-6241 Schooners Landing 5 condos 365-6072Hotels and House Rental AgentsMarsh Harbour areaAbaco Beach Resort82 rms 367-2158 Abaco Real Estate 6 hse + 367-2719 Abaco Towns 32 effic 367-2227 Alesias 3 rms 367-4460 Ambassador Inn6 rms 367-2022 Bustick Bight Resort 8 rms 367-3980 Conch Inn9 rms 367-4000 Ds Guest House6 rms 367-3980 Great Abaco Club 12 hse + 367-4151 Island Breezes Motel8 rms 367-3776 Lofty Fig Villas6 eff 367-2681 Pelican Beach Villas6 cott 367-3600 Sunset Point Resort8 rm 367-5333Moores IslandMoores Is Bonefish Camp8 rm 366-6334Sandy PointOeishas Resort 366-4139 Pete & Gays Resort14 rm 366-4119 Rickmons Bonefishing 10 rm 366-4477Spanish CaySpanish Cay Resort18 rm 6 hse 365-0083Treasure CayBahama Beach Club365-8500 Banyan Beach Resort21 rm 365-8111 Island Dreams 45 hse + 365-8507 Treasure Cay Resort95 rms 365-8801Walkers CayWalkers Cay Resort 353-1252Wood CayTangelo Hotel 19 rm 3 villas 365-2222General for AbacoListings for the entire island Abaco Vacations + 800-633-9197 Bahamas Vacations + 800-462-2426 Abaco Bound + 242-367-5576Web Siteswith general Abaco information http://www.abacoinet.com http.//www.abacoinfo.com http://www.abacos.com http://www.go-abacos.com http://www.oii.net http://www.bahamas.com + agents who have multiple cottages and houses Abaco Print ShopFor all yourBusiness StationeryBusiness Stationery Business StationeryBusiness Stationery Business Stationery Envelopes Letterheads Business Cards NCR Forms Duplicate, Triplicate with numbering, perforated Single Forms Personalized Scratch Pads Brochures Fliers Offering Full Color Printing & Logo Design3 5 Business Days for production Abaco Shopping Center Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: 367-3202 Fax: 367-3201 tist Church grew to a fairly large sized concrete structure. Many members were added to the rolls. Rev. Mills ministered to congregations in New Providence, Grand Bahamas and Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Mills was appointed moderator of the Zion Baptist Church Convention, Abaco District, in May 1965 and served in that capacity until May 2003. Under his leadership, a permanent convention center was established at Zion Baptist Church in Fox Town. Pastor David Ronald Cartwright was born in Nassau. He received his primary and high school education at Queens College in Nassau where he graduated in 1958. He was converted at the age of five and soon after that, accompanied his father to weekly open-air meetings in various communities on New Providence. In his teens he became involved in youth meetings at Central Gospel Chapel in Nassau. In the summer of 1958 he accompanied Evangelist Frank Perry to North Eleuthera for evangelical meetings. In the next year, he teamed again with Evangelist Perry for meetings on Abaco. It was then that he decided on his vocation. During the next three years Pastor David spent time studying and preaching with older ministers on Eleuthera, Long Island, Abaco and Nassau. Pastor Cartwright was then officially commended to the Ministry by his church. He married Mary Lowe in 1964 and in 1965 he moved with his family to Marsh Harbour to work with the Marsh Harbour Gospel Chapel and the other Brethren Churches on Abaco. Over the succeeding years, Pastor Cartwright preached in many of the Family Islands as well as Bermuda, the United States and the United Kingdom. Rev. Copeland Morley was born in 1936 in Old Place in North Abaco. He received his early education in the Dundas Town All Age School. Upon completion of his schooling, he went to Nassau to work. Later he attended the Island Ministry Society Bible Church graduating in 1944. After his graduation he was commissioned for two years to Mayaguana, then became Pastor of the Faith Mission Church on Long Island for eleven years. Upon completion of this work, he returned home to Abaco to pastor the Friendship Mission Church in Coopers Town. After retiring from pastoring, he was commissioned by the Bahamas Evangelical Church Association as a missionary. Returning home to Dundas Town, he served as Senior Elder and Treasurer of the Friendship Tabernacle Church. He is presently serving there as Elder Emeritus and Evangelist. Bishop Roland Swain was born in March, 1926 and spent his childhood between Murphy Town and Bluff Point. It was in Florida in 1947 while working in the agricultural sector in Belle Glade that he found his vocation to be a pastor. He married in 1948. That same year he joined the Zion Baptist Church and was invited to serve as Assistant Pastor. Six months later Dr. Paul Ford asked him to join the Island Missionary Society as Pastor of Friendship Tabernacle in Dundas Town. After completing the Ministers Training Program, he served in Exuma as Pastor until 1957. Returning to Dundas Town in 1958 he served as Pastor at Friendship Tabernacle until 1985. During his leadership the church grew to 157 members. A church sanctuary and mission home were completed, a preschool was planned and additional property was bought for the church. PastorsFrom Page 1Pastors Are Honouredknowledge she gathered during the aftermath of the storms will help her to raise the standard of living for a lot of residents. It was mentioned that the relocation of Snake Cay residents is under review and would be addressed at a later meeting. Also present at the meeting were Mr. Roger Bowe, Administrator for the South Abaco, Mr. Donald Cash, Administrator for North Abaco, and Mr. Neil S. Campbell, Deputy Relief Coordinator for South Abaco. NEMAFrom Page 2 needs to be expedited. The teachers feel this trauma is unnecessary. If something positive doesnt happen this week, it is possible they may take action. And if it does, the union backs them 2000 percent! These teachers and students, Mr. Black said, have been suffering since September. It is now the heart of winter. It is cold, there are no windows and doors. The longer the rooms are open to the elements the more damage will occur to the structures. This is not a humane site, it is terrible. Patience has run out. The storm is over, it is now time to see repairs and results. The teachers at S.C. Bootle are not prepared to spend another day in these conditions which they have endured since September. The union will be pressing the Ministry of Education to take a long hard look at the situation in North Abaco and to commit energy and resources immediately to commence making necessary repairs. BlackFrom Page 6 and other boats are obligated to have only one crew member on board though some are making sure that two are on board which is what the Port Department would like to see and hopes soon to make mandatory. Finally, Capt. Roker stressed that the onus will be on the companies to make sure that their personnel are trained. We have to trade globally, and tourism is our main business so all necessary safety measures must be adhered to. TrainingFrom Page 4

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 Dive Shops Marsh HarbourAbaco Dive Adventures................367-2963Hope TownFroggies...................................... 366-0431Treasure CayTreasure Divers............................365-8465 Treasure Cay Adventures.............365-8111Green Turtle CayBrendals Dive Center...................365-4411 Guana Cay Dive Guana...........365-5178 Man-O-Wa r Dive Shop.............365-6013 Bikes & Scooters Boats Cars & Carts Rentals Marsh Harbour A & P Car Rentals..............................367-2655 Blue Wave Boat Rentals....................367-3910 Concept Boat Rentals.......................367-5570 Laysue Boat Rentals.........................367-4414 Pier One Boat Rentals.......................367-3587 Power Cat Boat Rentals....................367-4620 Rainbow Boat Rentals.......................367-4602 Rental Wheels Scooters, Bikes, Cars367-4643 Richs Boat Rentals...........................367-2742 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................367-2513 Sea Star Car Rentals.........................367-4887 Wilmac Car Rentals.......367-4970 or 367-4313 Green Turtle Cay Bay Street Rentals............477-5300 365-4070 C & D Cart Rental..............................365-4084 D & P Cart Rental..............................365-4655 Donnies Boat Rentals.......................365-4119 New Plymouth Cart Rentals.365-4188 or 4149 Reef Boat Rentals.............................365-4145 Sea Side Carts..................................477-5497 T & A Cart Rentals.............................375-8055 Guana Cay Donna Sands Cart Rentals................365-5195 Dive Guana Boats & bikes................365-5178 Man-O-War Conch Pearl Boat Rentals.................365-6059 Island Treasures Cart Rentals...........365-6072 Ria-mar Golf Cart Rentals.................365-6241 Water Ways Boat Rent..357-6540 & 365-6143 Hope Town Bike Shop Bicycle Rentals................366-0292 Cats Paw Boat Rentals.....................366-0380 Hope Town Cart Rentals....................366-0064 Island Cart Rentals............................366-0448 Island Marine Boat Rentals...............366-0282 Sea Horse Boat Rentals....................366-0023 Sea Spray Resort Boat Rentals.........366-0065 T & N Cart Rentals............................366-0069 Treasure Cay Alison Car Rent.................................365-8193 Cass Carts........................................365-8771 Claridges Cart Rentals......................365-8248 Cornish Car Rentals..........................365-8623 JIC Boat Rentals...............................365-8465 Richs Boat Rentals...........................365-8582 Triple J Car Rentals...........................365-8761 Abaco Adventures Kayaks..............365-8749Ferry Schedule Departure times shown Daily unless noted Albury s Ferry Service Ph 367-3147 or 365-6010 VHF Ch. 16Marsh Harbour to Hope Town 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach7:15 9 am 10:30 12:15 pm 23:30 4 5:45 9 + 10:45+ Return 8 am 9:45 11:30 1:30 pm 3 4 5* 6:15 9:45+ 11:30+ Marsh Harbour to Man-O-War 20 minute trip from Crossing Beach10:30 am12:15 pm (M-Sat) 2:30* (M-Sat) 4 5:45 Return 8 am 11:30 (M-Sat)1:30 pm 3:15* (M-Sat) Marsh Harbour to Scotland Cay & Guana 40 min. from Conch Inn 6:45 am10:301:30 pm 3:30 5:45 New full time route Return 8 am 11:30 2:30 pm 4:45 6:30 New routeSame day fare Adult oneway $15 / Round Trip $20 Kids 6-11 half fare Free under 6 Workmans special Mondays thru Fridays from Union Jack Dock Except Sunday and holidays + New route Fri & Sat only Green T urtle Ferry Phone 365-4166, 4128, 4151 VHF Ch 16Green Turtle Cay to Treasure Cay Airpor t 8 am 9 11 12:15 1:30 3 4:30 Treasure Cay Airport to Green Turtle Cay 8:30 am 10:30 11:30 1:30 2:30 3:30 4:30 5One way adult $7 (Children $3) Round trip $12 Extra to some destinations Abaco Adventures Ph 365-8749 VHF Ch 16Treasure Cay to Guana Cay Sunday Lv 12 & returns 4:45 p.m. $25 RT T Cay to Man-O-War/ Hope Town Wed 9:30 am, return 4:30 pm $35 RT T Cay to Guana Cay Sunset Cruise Fr $25 call for time Pinder s Ferry Service Between Abaco & Grand Bahama -Crown Haven, Abaco to McLeans Town, Grand Bah. Daily 7:00 am & 2:30 pm McLeans Town to Crown Haven Daily 8:30 am & 4:30 pm Fare $40 one way $80 round trip Children half fare For information call Grand Bahama 353-3093 or Abaco 365-2356 Bus between Freeport and McLeans Town Rental automobiles at both terminals. Bahamas Ferries Between Nassau & Sandy Point under 4 Hr. Friday & Sunday Lv Nassau 3:30 pm Lv Sandy Point 8 pm Adults $90 RT, $50 OW Cars, trucks and cargo Call Sandy Point 366-4119 or Marsh Harbour 367-5250 Islander Express Bus between Marsh Harbour & Sandy Point -For information call 366-4444 or 457-9958 Enovahs Bus Service Hourly bus through Murphy Town, Dundas Town & Marsh Harbour to Ferry dock. Spring City early morning & late afternoon. Sandy Point Patrick Roberts ....366-4286 Nicholas Roberts Derrick Gaitor Ferdinand Burrows366-4133 Vernal Burrows Kendall White Anthony Bain .......366-4107 Floyd Burrows .....366-4175 Links Adderly .......366-4335 Valentino Lightbourne Ricky Burrows .....366-4233 Marsh Harbour Buddy Pinder .......366-2163 Jay Sawyer .........367-3941 Justin Sands.......367-3526 Terrance Davis ....367-4464 Danny Sawyer .....367-3577 Man-O-War David Albury ........365-6059Bonefish GuidesCherokee Theodore Sawyer .... 366-2111 Will Sawyer ............. 366-2177 Marty Sawyer .......... 366-2115 Noel Lowe ...............366-2107 Junior Albury ............366-3058 Randy Sawyer .........366-2284 Hope Town Maitland Lowe .........366-0133 North Abaco ODonald McIntosh..477-5037 Pope McKenzie .......477-5894 Orthnell Russell .......365-0125 Alexander Rolle .......365-0120 Edward Rolle ...........365-0024 Green Turtle Cay Ronnie Sawyer ........365-4070 Jeff Survance ...........365-4040 Ricky Sawyer ...........365-4261Visitors GuideRestaurants Services Transportation Restaurant Guide Prices $ Low, $$ Moderate, $$$ Upper (Based on dinner entree range) Provides ride from town + Picnic tables & restroom only Marsh Harbour Anglers.........................$$$.............367-2158 Conch Crawl...................$$.............367-4444 Ginos ...............................$.............367-2002 Golden Grouper................$.............367-2301 Hibiscus Cafe.................$$.............367-2782 Hummingbird..................$$.............367-2922 Jamies Place...................$.............367-2880 Jib Room........................$$.............367-2700 Kentucky Fried Chicken (lunch-5pm)367-2615 Mangoes.......................$$$.............367-2366 Pops Place.......................$.....+....367-3796 Sapodillys.................... $$$.............367-3498 Sea Shells........................$.............367-4460 Snack Shack....................$.....+....367-4005 Snappas...........................$.............367-2278 Subway..............................................367-2798 Wallys...........................$$$.............367-2074 Dundas Town Ambassador Inn...............$.............367-2022 Hope Town Abaco Inn.....................$$$.............366-0133 Capn Jacks......................$.............366-0247 Club Soliel.........................................366-0253 Harbours Edge............. $$.............366-0087 H T Harbour Lodge.......$$$.............366-0095 Munchies..........................$.....+....366-0423 Rudys Place.................$$$.........366-0062 Sea Spray.......................$$ .........366-0065 Man-O-War Pavilion .............................$.............365-6185 Hibiscus.............................................365-6380 Guana Cay Blue Water Grill............$$$.............365-5230 Guana Seaside.............$$$.............365-5106 Nippers.........................$$$.............365-5143 Orchid Bay.........................................265-5175 Treasure Cay Florences Cafe................$ Coconuts............................ Harbour Cafe....................$.............365-8635 Hudsons Delight..............$.............365-8648 Spinnaker Restaurant...$$$.............365-8469 Touch of Class..............$$$.............365-8195 Travellers Rest..................................365-8654 Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...................$$$.............365-4200 Jolly Roger Bistro...........$$.............365-4200 Green Turtle Club.........$$$.............365-4271 Lauras Kitchen...............$$.............365-4287 McIntoshs Restaurant......$.............365-4625 New Plymouth Inn........$$$.............365-4161 Plymouth Rock Cafe..........................365-4234 Roosters Rest................$$.............365-4066 Sundowners.......................................365-4060 Wrecking Tree Restaurant Harbour Caf (ferry dock).$.....+....365-8635 Sandy Point Big Js...............................$.............366-4020 Nancys............................... Oeishas.............................................366-4139 Pete & Gays.................$$$.............366-4119 Seaside Inn..................$$$.............366-4120 Rickmon Bonefish Lodge..................366-4477 Everyone reads The Abaconian Abaco Chamber of Commerce 367-5822 Fax 367-5823 www.abacochamber.org Abaco area code 242 unless listed otherwise Abaco Marinas Slips Fuel Phone Walkers Cay Walkers Cay Closed.. Green Turtle Cay Bluff House...............45......F....365-4200 Green Turtle Club.....32......F....365-4271 Black Sound Marina.15..............365-4531 Other Shore Club......12......F....365-4195 Abaco Yacht Service10......F....365-4033 Treasure Cay Treasure Cay Marina150......F....365-8250 Man-O-War Man-O-War Marina...26......F....365-6008 Marsh Harbour Boat Harbour Marina183......F....367-2736 Conch Inn.................75......F....367-4000 Harbour View Marina36......F....367-2182 Marsh Harbour Marina52 F 367 2700 Mangoes...................29 ......F....367-2366 Port of Call.........Closed Abaco Yacht Haven....7..............367-3079 Hope Town Hope Town Marina....16..............366-0003 Hope Town Hideaways.................366-0224 Lighthouse Marina......6......F....366-0154 Sea Spray.................50......F....366-0065 Spanish Cay Spanish Cay Marina.75......F....365-0083 Guana Cay Orchid Bay................32......F....365-5175Boats can clear Customs at Spanish Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay or Marsh Harbour Tours & Excursions Kayak Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour.. 367-5358 Birding Abaco Outback Marsh Harbour..367-5358 Abaco Island Tours Marsh Harbour .......... 367-2936 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0024 Excursion boat Froggies Hope Town ..... 366-0431 Airlines Serving AbacoAbaco Air Nassau, N Eleuthera, Moores Is ....... 367-2266 Air Florida Ft. Lauderdale .................................. 367-5599 Air Sunshine Ft. Lauderdale .............................. 367-2800 American Eagle Miami....................................... 367-2231 Bahamasair Nassau & W. Palm Beach ............. 367-2095 Bimini Island Air Ft Lauderdale .................. 954-938-8991 Calypso AirFt Laud & W Palm Bch..............954-3594191 Continental Connection Miami Ft. Laud and W Palm Beach ........................ 367-3415 Fla Coastal Airlines Vero B & Ft Lauderdale..... 367-0179 Island Express Ft Lauderdale .......................... 367-0169Majors Air Service Freeport ............................... 367-4826 Southern Air Nassau .......................................... 367-2498 Twin Air Fort Lauderdale .................................... 365-8677 USAir Ft. Laud and W. Palm Bch ...................... 367-2231 Vintage Props & Jets New Smyrna B. ............... 367-4852 Yellow Air Taxi Ft Lauderdale ..................... 954-359-0292 Local air charters serving Bahamas & S.Florida Abaco Air .............................................................. 367-2266 Cherokee Air Charters .......................................... 367-2089Please bring errors, omissions or corrections to our attention Taxi Cab Fares for one or two passengers Plus extra for each passengers above two Between Marsh Harbour Airport and : Ferry Dock or Murphy Town to Ammons Dr ...........$12 + $3 Bristol Cellers thru A. Beach Hotel or Govt dock thru Dundas Town....................................................$10 + $3 Dove Plaza, Stop Light or Sawyers Market..........$10 + $2 Govt Clinic thru Western Auto ................................$ 6 + $2 Gov. freight dock through Dundas Town................$10 + $3 Murphy Town to Shell Sta......................................$14 + $4 Pelican Shores to Frankie Russel house ...............$14 + $4 Eastern Shores to Peas & Rice house..................$14 + $4 Beyond Russell house or Peas & Rice house.......$16 + $5 Great Cistern ..........................................................$20 + $5 Spring City ..............................................................$15 + $5 Snake Cay ............................................................$35 + $10 Treasure Cay .......................................................$60 + $ 10 Casuarina Point ....................................................$60 + $10 Treasure Cay Airport or Bah Palm Shores.........$70 + $ 10 Little Harbour or Cherokee ...................................$80 + $10 Crossing Rocks ..................................................$100 + $10 Sandy Point ........................................................$135 + $10 Between Marsh Harbour Ferry and: Ab Beach Hotel thru Wallys & Eastern Shore.......$ 2 each Jib Room................................................................ $ 3 each Solomons Super Center ..........................................$5 + $3 Stop Light, Dove Plaza, Govt dock ........................$ 6 + $3 Government Freight Dock .......................................$ 7 + $3 Gov.Clinic, W. Auto or Nat. Insurance.....................$ 9 + $3 Mother Merle restaurant .........................................$10 + $3 Waiting time $20 per hour, $10 per half hour Children under three free Uncaged pets as people Luggage $.50 each over four, Surf boards $3.00 ea. Between Treasure Cay Airport and: Effective July 2004Treasure Cay Resort ..............................................$18 + $5 Madeira Park ..........................................................$12 + $4 Green Turtle Cay ferry d ock.....................................$6 + $4 Moxy .......................................................................$16 + $5 Bahamas Star farm ................................................$20 + $5 Sand Banks ............................................................$22 + $5 Joes Creek .............................................................$40 + $6 Black Wood............................................................ $16 + $5 Fire Road & Coopers Town...................................$35 + $5 Cedar Harbour ........................................................$50 + $5 Wood Cay ...............................................................$55 + $5 Mount Hope ........................................................... $60 + $5 Fox Town................................................................ $65 + $5 Crown Haven ..........................................................$70 + $5 Marsh Harbour Airport ..........................................$70 + $10 T Cay Hotel to Marsh Harbour............................. $60 + $10 T Cay Hotel to G Turtle Ferry or Blue Hole...........$14 + $ 6 T Cay Hotel to Marles .............................................$20 + $5 T C Hotel to Joes Creek ........................................$30 + $6 T C Hotel to Moxey .................................................$14 + $5 T Cay Hotel to Banyan Bch Club.............................$6 + $3 Green Turtle Ferry to Marsh H Airport.................. $70 + $10 Emergency ServicesAmbulance Marsh Harbour Trauma One 367-2911 Police Marsh Harbour 367-2560 Fire Marsh Harbour 367-2000 Fire Dundas Town 367-2935 or 4935 Fire -Hope Town VHF Ch 16Fire Green Turtle Cay 365-4133 Fire Man-O-War 365-6911 BASRA Bah Air Sea Rescue Assoc all areas Marine VHF 16 Hope Town 366-0500, Marsh Harbou r 367-3752 Guana Cay 365-5178, Treasure Cay 365-8749 All the above services except the police are provided by non-paid volunteers Medical Services Abaco Family Medicine Marsh Harbour.367-2295 Auskell Advanced Medical Clinic............367-0020 Marsh Harbour Medical Centre..............367-0049 Government Clinic Marsh Harbour........367-2510 Corbett Clinic Treasure Cay...................365-8288 Government Clinic Coopers Town.........365-0300 Government Clinic Green Turtle Cay.....365-4028 Government Clinic Hope Town...............366-0108 Government Clinic Sandy Point.............366-4010 Government Clinic Fox Town.................................Rev 22 Jan 05Compliments of The Abaconian www.abaconian.com

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VOLUME 13, NUMBER 3, FEBRUARY 1st, 2005 Volunteer Curator, Tony Bennett, shows off a prized addition to the Museum a bed frame carved out of Lignum Vitae or Ironwood. It is one of the heaviest items on display with each bedpost weighing 90 pounds. The bed was found in the attic of Toad Hall, which was once the Commissioners residence, and donated to the museum.Treasure Cay School Boasts New LibraryStorage Room Now Holds 2300 Donated BooksAbaco Soccer Teams Win in FreeportYouth in Action is a sports program for young people organized by Mr. and Mr. Lynden Davis assisted by other voluteers. They work with the youth every Saturday moring, coaching them in soccer, basketball and softball. The Saturday morning sessions include learning the basic principles of the games, then competing in games in their various age groups. See story on page 10 These two Youth in Action soccer teams competed in Freeport in December with outstanding results. They won the tournament easily. A larger group will be competing in Freeport the last week end in January, and it is expected that they will again come back winners. By Portia Jonsson Eight years ago when Mrs. Myrtis Russell took over as principal of Treasure Cay Primary School, she had a dream to establish a library at the school. On January 12th her dream became a reality as the Ann F. Smith Library was officially opened. Mrs. Ann Smith, a retired schoolteacher and Treasure Cay resident, phoned Mrs. Russell a year ago offering her help to the school. Mrs. Russell reached out to Mrs. Smith who shared her belief in the importance of a library in the school and thus, the Ann F. Smith Library was born. Mrs. Smith with the assistance of Ms. Roberta Rownd worked tirelessly to convert the room used for storage into a library. They solicited the help of many friends both here and abroad. Paul and Paige Hammond, Treasure Cay winter residents, held a fund raiser for the school at their home in Connecticut. The proceeds from the fund raiser enabled the Hammonds to purchase 1200 multi-cultural books. The library houses Please see Library Page 6 Treasure Cay Primary School officially opened its new library, naming it the Ann F. Smith Library after the woman, Mrs. Ann Smi th, who was instrumental in creating it. She began with a storage room and converted it into a library with 2200 childrens books through the efforts of many second home owners in Treasure Cay. They raised funds, did much manual labour in building shelves and painting and finally stocked the shelves with interesting books. Shown here at the opening are Mr. Jack Thompson, Director of NEMA for Abaco, Mrs. Myrtis Russell, Principal, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Rudolph Smith, Education Superintendent for Abaco and Mrs. Roberta Rownd, who assisted Mrs. Smith.Wyannie Malone Museum Recreates Loyalist HomeBy Mirella Snatillo The first Nassau Grouper fishing ban, initiated in December of 2003, lasted a week during the full moon. It was repeated once more in January of 2004 during the same period of the moon. The grouper start aggregating around November and gather in schools during full moons until February and March. It is usually the time they carry egg roe, but also the time they are being most intensely caught, thus preventing their reproduction. The second ban went into effect on December 16th 2004, covered three months and two full moon periods and is nearing its end. During this period the public was prohibited from taking, landing, processing selling or offering for sale fresh Nassau Groper. After February 17th, 2005, grouper, a favorite delicacy of Bahamians and tourists alike, will be found again in seafood shops and on local restaurant menus.Ban on Grouper Fishing Favored Despite Hardship Grouper Ban From Page 14

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Page 2 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Show that special someone how much you care with:GIFT BASKETS FLOWERING PLANTS CHOCOLATES BALLOONS TEDDY BEARS SILK ARRANGEMENTSROSE BUSHES STARTERSSweet Potato & Roast Duck SouporCalifornian Crab Stick RollJapanese rice rolled with crab stick & avocado served with wasabi and pickled gingerMAIN COURSEGrilled Ginger & Honey Marinated Free-Range Chickenserved with a corn & grilled pepper relish, white rice & grilled zucchini orGrilled Abaco Grouperserved with a lemon butter sauce, creamed potatoes & grilled asparagusDESSERTSTropical Knickerbocker GloryIce Cream with raspberry & mixed tropical fruits orPetit Pot Au Chocolata small pot of chocolate served with cream & a gauffrette biscuitRegular Menu Also AvailableValentines Day Candlelight Dinner 6-9 pmLive Music with Estin SawyerSparkling Champagne & Strawberry Cocktail on Arrival Price per person $45.00 (Not including service) News of the CaysHope Town District Council MeetsBy Lindsey Delaplaine The Hope Town District Council met on January, 17. An important agenda item was to start making plans for the annual town meetings which will be held on each of the cays in the Hope Town District. By law these meeting are held each year before Council budget discussions are conducted. Council member Glenn Laing wants the first meeting to be held on Guana Cay. He wants to provide an opportunity for the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, Minister of Housing and other government officials to meet with the residents. There are a lot of angry people on Guana right now. I think their government should come and talk to the people and give them answers to their questions, said Mr. Laing. They call me and complain, but being a member of local government, I cant give them the explanations they deserve. Guana Cay residents have expressed their anger about government granting Crown Land to the Passerine development project without any local input. The meetings will also be an opportunity to discuss the upcoming year and how Abacos five percent cut in government funding and the lack of any financial support for hurricane relief will affect the region. On the agenda were concerns about the Hope Town dump. Reportedly, there have been complaints about the condition of the dump to the Ministry of Environmental Health in Nassau. Also discussed was the recent damage caused to a large dumpster used for transporting garbage to Marsh Harbour. During a routine fire of excess building material, trash in the dumpster, which was located a good distance away, inexplicably caught fire causing damaging to the walls of the dumpster. The Council is investigating the matter to decide the extent and cost of the damages. Mr. Evans Joseph, who is currently responsible for trash pick-up and maintenance of the dump, met with the Council to discuss these concerns. The meeting went well and everyone felt good about the outcome with Mr. Joseph promising to improve conditions at the dump. As the Hope Town Harbour Lodge dock nears completion, the Council is making plans to ready Sunshine Park as an important stop for the Hope Town ferry. Letters will be sent requesting the removal of all derelict cars from the parking lot to make way for people who wish to park there while they travel to Marsh Harbour for the day. It is hoped that this will ease the persistent parking congestion at the government dock. Council plans on using the remainder of Christmas funds, which were not disbursed for decorations during the holidays due to weather conditions, to re-tile the Hope Town Library. Aware that large chunks of tile have been missing from the floor for years, the Council hopes to address the problem soon. Once the tile has been purchased they will be looking for volunteers to help lay the new tile.Hope TownRoad Project Still UnfinishedBy Lindsey Delaplaine The process of re-paving the main road in Elbow Key has been a long and convoluted one. Well past the time when it was supposed to be completed, the road remains unfinished, much to everyones dismay. For a long time the government ignored complaints from residents about the condition of the road. Frustration at the situation resulted in the No Tar, No Tax bumper stickers that can still be found on golf carts and vehicles throughout Hope Town. Finally responding, the government announced that it couldnt provide sufficient funds to asphalt the entire road; residents, businesses and second home owners would have to share in the cost in order to have the project completed to everyones satisCaysFrom Page 4 Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA Are you building a new home in ABA CO? CO? CO? CO? CO?Let PRO BUYERS INC. help I have over 10 years experience building fine custom homes in the Abacos... and now I am providing consultative and purchasing services to help keep costs in line and your project moving on time.CALL ME! I CAN SAVE YOU MONEY AND EASE YOUR STRESS! ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR ANDREW CURR Y Y Y Y Y Ph: 561-207-6870 Fax: 561-626-5222 email: emacurry@msn.comAlthough it was supposed to be completed last August, the main road on Elbow Key still remains unfinished and the equipment sits idle in the center of the island. While residents doubt the road will ever be finished, government representatives say work will start soon. Residents raised half the funds for the paving to be done.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 3 B By Richard E. Fawkes It was mostly smiles at S.C. Bootle High School in Coopers Town January 25 with a construction crew continuing the repair work on hurricane-damaged buildings while students of grades seven, nine, 10 and 12 attended classes. That was a far cry from the previous week when schooling was interrupted after teachers staged a sit-in to draw public attention to the hardships endured by students and teachers in roofless and windowless classrooms, in rain and cold, as a result of hurricane damage and the failure to resume repairs discontinued at the end of November. According to Leslie Rolle, principal, James Richard, teachers union shop steward, and Clayton McIntosh, PTA president, during a meeting at the school on January 24, Rudolph Smith, District Education Superintendent, announced that construction would resume immediately. There was unanimous agreement among parents, teachers and administration that the dozen or so classrooms, including the library, suitable for accommodating classes, would be shared on a rotation basis during the two months it was estimated to make ready the damaged buildings. According to the interim plan, students in grades 9 and 12, who will sit the BJC and BGCSE exams, respectively, will attend daily; and grades seven and 10, then eight and 11 will rotate one week on, one week off. Its about time they all got together in the interests of the students, said Head Boy Alexander Rolle. It shouldnt have been necessary for the teachers to sit-in and we had to miss classes, Head Girl Joan Pinder said, but I agree that its good something is finally being done with the buildings and the classes. The two seniors said it was very difficult for students to focus, especially when they had to take classes in the corridors. They were distracted, said Alexander. It was more like they were outside not taking any classes at all, said Joan. Some kids couldnt focus at all. One of the hardest experiences for Joan this year was that the home economLIGHTBOURN REALTYChris Farrington BRIOffice (242) 365-4695 Fax (242) 365-4697 Villa PashaLuxurious home on Green Turtle Cay. Located on 2.5 miles of white sand beach. Impeccably detailed, almost new Caribbean style villa. Wrap-around veranda. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. It takes its design from a plantation estate home in the Caribbean. Green Turtle Cay OfficeP.O. Box AB 22758, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Email: chris.f@batelnet.bs This elegant beach front estate has everything one could ask for in a vacation home. Five well appointed bedrooms with an open living area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and your very own private beach. The kitchen is fully equipped with every modern convenience. There is also a spa adjoining the master suite. This is truly an Island Paradise!!! The living room, where original oil paintings adorn the cypress hand laid walls. The marble floors take you back to the early colonial century while the cool rattan and dark mahogany furnishings, a functional fireplace, give you the coziness of a New England home. Careful craftsmanship and attention to detail describes this estate. Master bedroom suite with whirlpool bath. Four guest air conditioned bedrooms. Fully furnished house, fully equipped kitchen. An aerial view of the estate which overlooks the wide sandy beach. The house is complete with golf carts, bicycles and an outdoor bar-beque grill. This is the front porch where you observe beautiful sunrises, or for the late riser, an outdoor breakfast overlooking the Atlantic and the beach just steps below. . Modern fully equipped kitchen. All major appliances, including freezer. VHF Radio and high speed internet system. Offered at $2.4 million Students Attend in Shifts as Repairs ResumeHead Girl Joan Pinder and Head Boy Alexander Rolle are pleased that parents, teachers and administrators have worked out a solution in the interests of the students, and that repairs on hurricane-damaged buildings are once again being carried out. Photo by Richard Fawkes Employees of Odells Construction Company resume work on the damaged classroom blocks at S.C. Bootle Secondary School. Photo by Richard Fawkes On March 12th, Abaco Pathfinders will be holding its annual fund raiser in the form of an auction sale to be held in the tent at Boat Harbour. Albury Ferrys Service has generously provided four (4) free passes for use on any ferry for one year. In addition, free air travel, free lodging, meals, one week stays in locations as diverse as Paris, Cape Cod, Chicago, Atlanta and many other exciting locations will also be offered. There will be a large quantity of antiques, paintings, nautical artifacts as well as many other varied items. This is the main fund raising effort forAlburys Ferry Helps Kickoff Pathfinder Auction SaleAbaco Pathfinders. Last year the sale attracted a large and generous crowd who left after a really fun evening! Abaco Pathfinders has been active for over four years and in that time has provided meaningful scholarship assistance to 43 young people of Abaco in furthering their educations. Look for further and more detailed information about the auction in the March 1st edition of The Abaconian. The event will be by invitation only, but invitations will be available to all upon request. Again look for details in The Abaconian on March 1st.

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Page 4 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO Ph: 242-367-2797 Fax: 242-367-2359@available GATORADEHERRSHERRS HERRSHERRS HERRS Ranch Flavored Tortilla ChipsSaddle up for some serious flavor! Herrs delicious new Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips deliver a hearty, bold ranch taste that you wont be able to get enough of. Viva La Ranch!WelchsIts a fact.Gatorade is the most researched sports drink on the planet. Which might explain why nothing refuels and replenishes better not water, not juice or soda, not other sports drinks. Its scientifically formulated to have the right taste, the right amount of carbs and no carbonation.Welchs Grape Juice has been a family favorite for more than six generations. Today, our classic purple grape juice has been joined by a wide variety of wholesome juices to please every taste. Theyre all made with the same attention to quality as the original The choice for great cola taste. Aquafina PEPSI Enjoy the crisp, refreshing taste of Aquafina. Our state of the art reverse osmosis purification system ensures consistently great tasting Aquafina in every bottle. MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO MERCPANGA & MIMSA BOATS Don MacKay Boulevard, Marsh HarbourPh: (242) 367-3186 Fax: (242) 367-3469 marcoac@batelnet.bsAppliance CentreAir Conditioning Central & Wall Units Refrigeration Household Appliances Electrical Contracting & Supplies Lighting ShowroomWW WW W e service our sales e service our sales e service our sales e service our sales e service our salesfaction. Desperate to have the road repaired, many contributed to the effort. After Elbow Cay residents successfully raised almost $290,000, about half of the cost of repaving, the project moved forward. Work started last summer. Originally, the contractor, Mr. Clear, told the District Council that the work would be completed by August or earlier. This was not the case. With the road paved only to the first intersection and much of the road past that point torn up as part of the paving process, work ended just before Hurricane Frances and has yet to restart. Some residents have started to doubt whether or not the work will ever be finished. Mr. Clear blamed equipment damage suffered during the hurricanes as the reason for the unfinished work. To repair his equipment new parts had to be ordered, causing further delays. Although it was reported that he received those parts and was set to start in November, no workers have been seen and the equipment continues to sit idle in the middle of the island. According to Mr. John Schaefer, the Abaco engineer for the Ministry of Works in Marsh Harbour, the contract is still active. He recently spoke with Mr. Clear and was told all of the parts for the broken equipment are in and work would start the week of January 10th. He was not sure why that had not occurred. Mr. Schaefer is planning on calling the contractor to find out why he has not resumed paving. According to Mr. Schaefer, once the work recommences, it should take about a month and a half to complete the paving of the road. Mr. Roscoe Thompson, a member of the District Council who has followed up with Mr. Clear, said that it was his understanding work would begin January 21st. As for the damage caused by hurricanes to the White Sound portion of the road on the top of the dune, Mr. Schaefer said a consultant has been called in to assess the situation separately. The consultant will make a recommendation and this recommendation will likely result in a separate contract to address that section of the road in a manner more permanent than simply re-paving. Although it was supposed to be completed last August, the main road on Elbow Key still remains unfinished and the equipment sits idle in the center of the island. While residents doubt the road will ever be finished, government representatives say work will start soon.Historical Museum Has Vision for the FutureBy Lindsey Delaplaine Volunteer curator Tony Bennett has always had a passion for museums. Since 1991 he has directed this passion into building and improving the Wyannie Malone Historical Museum for Hope Town residents and visitors to enjoy. The long hours and hard work of Tony and countless other volunteers have translated into a central location for a new, larger museum and the creation of the Wyannie Malone period house. Youd think Tony would be worn out from his efforts, but he already has plans for the future. A former Canadian Naval Officer and government telecommunications official, Tony and his wife Elaine always made a point of visiting museums wherever they traveled. Weve always loved old buildings, he says. Upon his retirement they moved to Hope Town and started work on restoring Green Shutters, an old Hope Town cottage they had purchased. They also got involved with the Historical Museum. I think Colonel Mac McAleer recruited us as soon as we stepped off the ferry, Tony remembered with a smile. Tony and Elaine started as docents but quickly became enchanted with the history of the island. At the time we never thought wed be as involved as we are now, full time, but it was a wonderful development and were both happy about it. Elaine is currently running the docent volunteer program. Originally, the Wyannie Malone Museum was located in Harrison Alburys house. When he reclaimed the house to use as a residence, the museum had to move to a house by the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, but the Board of the Museum dreamed of expanding the museum and moving it closer to town, where it would be more visible to residents and visitors. In 1999, just before Hurricane Floyd, their dreams were pushed forward by other forces. The building housing the museum was sold and other arrangements had to be made to keep the museum alive. By 2000 they had purchased, built and moved in to the cottage next to the Hope Town clinic in the center of town. It was the realization of a long term vision of the Board, but Tony wasnt finished yet. Plans were made for a larger building next to the first. Bids from contractors ranged from $600,000 $800,000, a sum too large for the museum to even contemplate raising. But Tony would not be deterred. With an army of volunteers, the new addition was built in a year and a half for $200,000, a fraction of the original estimated cost. We meant for the addition to be modeled after the Balcony House in Nassau, the oldest Loyalist building in the Bahamas, Tony explained. But due to various constraints and alterations it didnt turn out exactly as planned. The odd thing is we recently found some old pictures of the downtown in Hope Town and one of them showed a building almost exactly like this one. We asked Ms. Mariah, one of the oldest residents in Hope Town, to identify the building and tell us where it had been located. Turns out it was right where the new building is standing. Unbeknownst to us, we built a replica of the building that used to stand in this very spot. Tony hopes that the entire new museum will be up and running by March 5th, Hope Town Heritage Day. The other building is being transformed into the Wyannie Malone House a historical recreation of a Hope Town captains house during the late 1800s / early 1900s. To furnish the house well soon be on the hunt looking for any antique furniture or household items that people have hiding in their attics, Tony said. Future plans include computerizing the genealogical records of the Museum, the creation of a Historical Library, the collection of more historical pictures of Hope Town pre-1950 and the production of a historical DVD that will be available to museum members. There is still some finishing work to do in the museum before Heritage Day and Tony is always looking for volunteers interested in helping. For more information, stop by the museum, it seems like Tony is always there. Please see Cays Page 2 More News of the Cays

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 5 B Marsh Harbour: (242) 367-0100 Cell: (242) 357-6819 Fax: (242) 367-0099 june@grahamrealestate.comNassau (242) 356-5030 Eleuthera (242) 359-7660 Bahama Palm ShoresCall for an appointment today. To view all of our Bahamas Listings go to www.grahamrealestate.com June E. Russell, BRIEXCLUSIVE LISTINGS Peek-A-View Hope Town #2136 $868,000.00One of the finest homes on Elbow Cay & overlooking the beautiful crystal blue Atlantic Ocean. Centrally located on the island, 'Peek-a-View' is a great choice for a second or retiring home. The property is beautifully landscaped & the home is open & spacious. This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath home has a large, open kitchen, Jacuzzi tub & his & her closets in the master suite. Located just 20 minutes from Marsh Harbour in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores is this great parcel of land. Just across the street is the beautiful eight mile beach. This property is approx. 22,000 sq. ft. & is the perfect spot for your island dream house. The community of Bahama Palm Shores offers second home owners & full-time residents a personal atmosphere. Bahama Palm Shores #2172 $156,000.00This magnificent property is comprised of three lots. A gorgeous 2 bed, 2 bath cottage w/ all new quality furniture, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, computer, television & new laundry facilities. The house also has new septic, cistern, IPE decking, & new hurricane windows.The entire house has also been re-roofed. Must be seen to truly appreciate all of its wonderful features. Clifford Sawyer House Hope Town #2147 $810,000.00 Little Orchard Marsh Harbour #2167 $460,000.00This cozy little 3 bed, 2 bath home is located on 1 acre of prime waterfront property. Spacious living & dining, beautifully renovated & modern kitchen which features custom cabinetry & Corian countertops. Beautiful views of the Sea of Abaco & the neighbouring cays. The yard is landscaped & well maintained & features fruit bearing trees & other native plants. This offering consists of three consecutive lots on Banyan Tree Drive in beautiful Bahama Palm Shores. Priced to sell at a mere $89,000 you can build your home on one lot and keep two for future use or resale. Only a short walk from the beach, this property is an excellent buy. Call our office or make an appointment today. #2171 $89,000.00Located on Key Club road in Marsh Harbour is approx. 6.5 acres of prime real estate. This property is situated in a very quiet, residential area & faces the ocean with great views of the neighbouring cays. This spectacular lot has over 450 ft. of water frontage w/ 50 ft. elevations. This lot has great potential & could be used for a sub-division or commercial business. Commercial Acreage Marsh Harbour #2150 Call for PriceBahama Palm ShoresThis lot is located near Fry's Mangrove on Elbow Cay. It is situated between the Sea of Abaco & a creek making it an ideal location for nature lovers & boating enthusiasts. The property is approx. 41,000. sq. ft. & is just a few minutes from Hope Town. This is a great investment opportunity for those that want their own little piece of paradise. #2168 $144,000.00Beautiful Wooded Lot Marsh Harbour Located just off the Abaco Highway approx. 2 miles south of Leisure Lee is this great parcel of land. This prime beachfront listing offers 2.37 acres, featuring 104 ft frontage on the beautiful beach & 125 ft on the road. This lot also offers 30 foot elevations w/ magnificent views of the Sea of Abaco & the neighbouring cays. #2174 $195,000.00Turtle Rocks Marsh Harbour Bea's Nest offers 5 bed & 4 bath w/ numerous porches. Large open kitchen w/ adjacent family room w/ beautiful ocean views. Above the kitchen is a second storey loft that can be used as a home office. 2 beds are detached from the main house offering separate entries, perfect for visiting guests. Beautifully landscaped, includes a pool, cabana & spa tub. Beas Nest Man-O-War Cay #2166 $1,400,000.00

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Page 6 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Marsh Harbour Contact Ph: (242) 367-2653 Government Dock Marsh Harbour, Abaco Palm Beach Contact Ph: (561) 840-9393 M/V Legacy c/o Heavy Lift Service Inc. 801 Avenue East Riviera Beach, FL 33404 Nassau Contact Ph./Fax: (242) 393-4371 Western End Potters Cay Dock Nassau, New Providence Serving Marsh Harbour and the Cays with Freight Service from Nassau and Palm Beach Departing Palm Beach twice monthly* Departing Nassau Every Tuesday Night Arriving Marsh Harbour Early Wednesday Morning Extended Services to Green Turtle Cay* For more information on the Palm Beach service Call Trinity Customs Brokerage (242) 367-4297 ROOMS TO GO Open Monday Friday 9am 5pm Saturday 9am noon Tel: (242) 367-2230 or (242) 367-2300 Fax: (242) 367-2391 Quality FurnitureCompetitive Prices over 2200 reading books for grades 1 to 6. In her brief remarks during the ceremony Mrs. Smith said she was overwhelmed. She encouraged the students to take advantage of the library and read books and hopes this is the beginning of many more projects to come. Mrs. Smith spent 30 years teaching in Vermont and New York and has been visiting to the Bahamas for over 12 years. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Jack Thompson, Coordinator of NEMA on Abaco, Mr. Donald Cash, Administrator for North Abaco, Mr. Rudolph Smith, Abaco Superintendent Ministry of Education, Rev. Stafford Symonette, Treasure Cay residents, family members and friends. The administrative staff, teachers and patrons of the Treasure Cay Primary School advise that it is their wish to encourage and facilitate childrens reading and instill in them a passion for books. They hope the students will see libraries as strong, vital institutions that are central to the well being of their school and community. Reading is a fundamental skill that separates those students who succeed from those who fail. Reading separates students who have a world open to them of career and economic possibilities from those who have a never-ending cycle of entry-level jobs. We must all work together to help instill in children a love of reading and a hunger for the printed word. Reading is the key!The Moores Island All Age SchoolCongratulations!The Honour Roll students of Moores Island All-Age School Christmas Term 2004 will be honored at a special ceremony on January 28th. They are as follows: Grade 1 Sion Duncombe, Stephan Stuart, Megan Davis, Raneisha Knowles and Stevanna Thompson Grade 3 Markwella Davis, Christon Hield and Tishanda Cooper Grade 4 Briantino Fox, Marsha Davis, Vanessa McBride and Alicia Ronard Grade 5 Shernique Stuart and Tristian Davis Grade 6 Nevandria Rolle, Sasha Davis, Nichel Loncke and Keriann Stuart Grade 8 Roddeno Davis Congratulations to all these outstanding students.Moores Island Students Receive HIV/AIDS TalksBy Portia Jonsson On December 6th Mrs. Sandy Edwards, Health and Family Life Coordinator with the Department of Education and coordinator of Abacos AIDS Day activities, visited Moores Island to educate to students of grades 7-9 on the dangers of HIV/AIDS and share the message of prevention. The students received HIV/AIDS training and the schools prefects were taught how to resolve conflicts. Students viewed a graphic movie on sexually transmitted diseases and how they affect the body. In the Bahamas AIDS is the leading cause of death among all persons 15-44 years of age. Adolescents are the fastest growing population segment of HIV infected persons in the Bahamas. Mrs. Edwards advised the students how to make positive choices about their sexual behaviour. They learned the facts about AIDS and were encouraged to share the message of prevention. This past November four Abaco students accompanied Mrs. Edwards to the Caribbean AIDS Awareness Festival in Nassau. They were Britney Archer and Elsie Bain of St. Francis de Sales School, Kenvia Roberts of S.C. Bootle High School and Petra Gaitor of Abaco Central High. Each school was asked to select a student they feel is a role model and who would be a peer leader to spread the word about HIV/AIDS prevention to fellow students. The festival was attended by hundreds of students from throughout the Bahamas. During this years World AIDS Day on Abaco a live radio show was broadcast. The guest speakers included Mr. Keith Kemp, a volunteer at the HIV/AIDS Centre in Nassau, Nurse Cooper of the Marsh Harbour clinic, Mrs. Edwards and students. A HIV/AIDS march is planned for May 2005, and Mrs. Edwards is actively seeking sponsors to assist in this effort. We must all do our part to reach out and spread the message of prevention and win the fight against AIDS in the Bahamas. One in every 50 Bahamians is HIV/AIDS infected. In the Bahamas there are 110 pregnancies of HIV infected women a year and 180 children under the age of 18 are HIV positive.Man-O-War SchoolAnnual Flea Market Is ScheduledThe Man-O-War School will be holding its 19th annual Flea Market and Bazaar on February 19. This event raises much needed funds for the school for normal expenses such as upgrading their textbooks, copy machine cartridges and other supplies as well as school repairs. This year their goal is to raise money for a new addition to the building that would be dedicated to music, science, art and computers. Currently these activities are in classrooms. Storage of art and science supplies is a problem and the noise of some of the subjects is heard throughout he school. This years event promises to be interesting and fun for the family. There will be games including some with prizes, a raffle, an auction, crab races, white elephant tables with new and used items, School News LibraryFrom Page 1 Please see School Page 7 Mr. Jason Dorsey, a motivational speaker, spoke to several school groups while he was on Abaco on January 10 and 11. He is shown here at Abaco Central High School where he addressed students from that school, St. Francis de Sales and Long Bay.

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HOME, WORSHSHOP, LANDSCAPING, WATER TANKS, PHONE, ELECTRTICOFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 OFFERED AT $160,000 a book stall, art work by Abaco artists and a plant booth along with a great variety of food including native seafood dishes. The school allows anyone to set up a table and sell. Anything can be sold except food or drinks which the school will be selling. All sales of food and drink benefit the school. A table costs $10 plus 10 percent of the gross sales with all proceeds going to the school. Alburys Ferry will have special ferries going to Man-O-War from the cays and Marsh Harbour. Call the ferry company to let them reserve a seat for you.Abaco Central High SchoolMotivational Speaker Inspires StudentsBy Jennifer Hudson The Abaco School District presented its first motivational speaker for 2005 on January 10th and 11th. The two-day event was coordinated by Mrs. Martha Smith, a teacher at Abaco Central High School and wife of the District Superintendent, who was extremely excited at having the opportunity to bring this highly sought after young speaker to Abaco. Mr. Jason Dorsey began his session with an introductory broadcast on Radio Abaco at 9 a.m. Although only 26 years old Mr. Dorsey has already achieved more in his young life time than most, having traveled the world over the past eight years, written three books, (including Ending School Violence ), is currently on his fourth book and is the owner of three businesses under the banner Golden Ladder Productions. He speaks in prisons, schools, colleges and camps inspiring and helping over 100,000 young people annually to take responsibility for their actions and getting the message across that where they go with their life is up to them. Young people have the same things going on in their lives worldwide, he says. Mr. Dorseys first talk was to students of Abaco Central High School, St. Francis de Sales and Long Bay Schools who were assembled in the quadrangle of the Abaco Central High School. Platform guests included Mr. Green, Principal of Abaco Central; Moderator, Mrs. Martha Smith; WPC Campbell; Father Hepburn; Mrs. Ruth Flowers from the Administrators office; and Mr. Rudolph Smith, District Superintendent, who welcomed Mr. Dorsey. Mr. Dorseys young and vibrant personality and the fact that he had a difficult start in life enabled him to connect well with his audience. The experience gained from working with people in trouble has led him to see a consistency in the fact that if young people do not believe they have a future, they do not care about the consequences. So he strives to help young people to see that they can have a future. The important points which he presented to the students were Just because you may be poor does not mean that you cannot succeed. It means that you must be more creative. Lack of money must never hold you back. Do not give in to people who pick on you. Others do not control your life, you do. It is not how smart you are, it is what More School News SchoolFrom Page 6 you do with it. Do not make excuses. If you want to be respected, you must respect other people. The little things you do for other people make all the difference. An afternoon session was held at the Central Abaco Primary School for children in grades five and six who were joined by students from the schools in Cherokee, Crossing Rocks and Sandy Point. An invitation was issued to all schools to attend these extremely valuable talks but for various reasons not all schools were able to attend. The day ended with a meeting for A Mascot Competition was held at St. Francis de Sales School earlier in this school year. The competition was open to students in grades 6 through 12. Students were asked to design a new mascot for the school because the former mascot The Saints was already the mascot of another school. Ten students participated in the competition. Pictured next to the new mascot design, St. Francis Tornados, are the winners. Left to right, First Place winner, Zeldon Simmons $50 Bellevue gift certificate, Second Place winner, Jerron Knowles $25 Bellevue gift certificate and Third Place winner, Dominique Evans $15 Bellevue gift certificate. parents, guardians, teachers and other interested persons. On day two Mr. Dorsey travelled to the S.C. Bootle High School where he spoke to students of that school along with students from the Amy Roberts School, Green Turtle Cay and concluded his busy schedule with a general meeting at the Full Gospel Assembly Church in Treasure Cay. Mr. Dorseys visit was sponsored by several schools, three churches, Mr. Revis Rolle, Island Administrator, North Abaco Local Government and several interested individuals.

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Page 8 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 HIGH-SPEEDWIRELESS INTERNET Out Island Inter .Net Bahama Palm Shores Cherokee Sound Fishers Bay Guana Cay Hope Town Leisure Lee Little Harbour Lynard Cay Lubbers Quarters Man-O-War Marsh Harbour Scotland Cay Tilloo Cay Winding Bay Treasure CayNow Available in:Wireless@abacoinet.com367-3006 Cherokee SoundBy Lee PinderWelcome BackWe see James and Debbie Savage are here again in Cherokee, welcome back. I believe they have quite a few repairs to do on their home while they are here this time. Like many others in Cherokee their home suffered lots of water damage from the storms. Baby ShowerYzel Alburys Baby Shower was held in the community center on January 15th with South Abaco NewsAll dressed up and putting their best foot forward, all the little ones put on quite a show for the grown ups on awards night. They meet every Tuesday afternoon after school for an hour of Bible stories, crafts, games and refreshments and twice a year they receive awards for their accomplishments and good work. The photo above shows their teacher, Margaret Schutemaker, leading them in song. Other workers not shown are Rev. Carla Culmer and Vanda Bethel. a host of family and friends making there way to Cherokee from Man-O-War and Hope Town. These functions are always a good opportunity for old friends to meet and catch up with all the news from the cays while at the same time helping the mother-to-be get ready for a new little bundle of joy. The ladies were asked to make a list of boys names, so we assume they already know whats coming (it was a little different in my day.) The baby is due the first week in March. Good Luck and best wishes to Yzel and Richard. Congratulations! Kellie, the eldest daughter of Steve and Denise Sawyer of Cherokee Sound and Darrell, eldest son of Laurel and Roger Pinder, were engaged on Christmas Eve. No definite wedding plans have yet been set. Best wishes to the happy couple. Happy Birthday from Memose Daniel, Mom Erbis and Dad Victor The Girls Donae And Ebony & the rest of the family in Abaco. We love you. Enjoy your day!!Happy Birthday To Don Cornish Epworth Chapel Will Host Island-wide FellowshipCherokees Methodist church will welcome other Abaco Methodists for an afternoon of fellowship on February 13th after their regular Sunday church service. A light luncheon will be served and friends and neighbours will have an opportunity to greet old friends again. 10th Annual Valentines TeaRev. Carla Culmer will host her annual Tea Party and this year it will be held in the Jorgensens garden on February 16. Last years tea cup winner, Sherry Lowe, is shown holding her prize. Each lady is reminded to bring her own tea cup along to the party that afternoon. In addition, this year there will be a special prize for the lady wearing the silliest hat. So, get to work, you crazy crafters and put together a real winner.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 9 B CURRYS FOOD STORECustomer docking Homemade bread Complete line of groceries Frozen foods, fresh fruits & vegetables Block & crushed iceGreen Turtle Cay Ph. 242-365-4171 Fax 365-4072Located on the harbour front Gold & Silver Jewellery, Bronze Sculpture & Nautical CuriosThe work of three generations of JohnstonsVisitors to our PP PP P ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Galleryub & Gallery ub & Gallery are always welcomeVisit Abacos largest and most diverse art gallery Chat with the sculptors and artist craftsmen Open Every Day18 miles South of Marsh Harbour, by road or boatWebsite: www.petespub.com e-mail: pete@petespub.com P.O. Box AB-20282, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Tel: (242) 366-3503On the beach in downtown Little HarbourHappy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour Happy Hour FF FF F riday riday riday riday riday 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm Until5pm Until 5pm UntilSee a different part of Abaco and have lunch at our beach front pub ABACO HARDWARE Don MacKay Blvd, Marsh Harbour, AbacoTel: 367.2170 Fax: 367.2928 New Shipments still arriving Weekly New Shipments still arriving Weekly New Shipments still arriving Weekly New Shipments still arriving Weekly New Shipments still arriving WeeklyFabulous clothing, shoes, bags, hats, jewelry, fine home decor and much more... Happy Valentines Day! Happy Valentines Day! Happy Valentines Day! Happy Valentines Day! Happy Valentines Day!The horrendous earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Far East has had many persons wondering if the same thing could happen here. Experts are quick to point out that the chance of an underwater earthquake in the Atlantic is remote compared to the Pacific Ocean, which has huge faults running through California and the southern Alaska coast. However, the volcano Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Islands, does pose a remote threat. If it erupted and split into two, the waves could grow to 330 feet high reaching the west coast of Africa, the eastern seaboard of the United States and the entire Caribbean region. Seismologist Stuart Sepkin says the Canary Islands tsunami is not very likely to occur in the future; but the possibility does exist. If Cumbre Vieja were to erupt, the Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic and the Caribbean area would take a very severe hit. In the case of the Bahamas the only option for escape would be to leave the country as the Bahamas does not have any really high land masses where people could go for shelter. The volcano is showing no signs of activity but Sepkin says it should be monitored because it contains a deep near vertical flaw line which could widen if there is volcanic activity. If there is activity, it could widen enough that an eruption would split the mountain in two which would cause a huge amount of rock to go into the ocean, creating a powerful tsunami. There have been tsunamis in the Caribbean before. The Puerto Rico Trench is a potential source of tsunamis even though it has not produced any significant earthquakes since 1946. In that year a tsunami killed 1800 persons on the northeastern side of Hispanola. In 1918 a tsunami killed 91 persons in northwestern Puerto Rico. Mr. Sepkin stated that we need to continue to monitor Cumbre Vieja just in case it does erupt. However, most experts in the United Sates feel that the Atlantic seaboard in the United States, the Bahamas and the countries of the Caribbean have more to fear from hurricanes than from a possible tsunami. PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES Available every Thursday 10:30 am 6:30pmChristina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. Messarra Christina G. MessarraPhysiotherapist 105, ( ) : 367.5939 242.363.0121 Tsunami in Caribbean Area Is Not Likely

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Page 10 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005By Mirella Santillo Youth in Action is a sports association organized by Mrs. Elva Davis, Mr. Lyndon Davis, Mr. Ishmael Morley and Mr. Jude Hart. Three sports are played at different times during the year: soccer, basketball and baseball. Youth in Action welcomes boys and girls of the Marsh Harbour area aged 4 to 16. There are now 130 children enrolled in the program. Since the beginning of October the group has met every Saturday morning at the high school from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to practice soccer. The season started with learning soccer skills and playing regular games at a Little League level. The Youth In Action soccer teams first out-of-town play was on December 17, 2004, when Mr. and Mrs. Davis accompanied 18 boys from Marsh Harbour to Freeport. It was the first time this group had played a soccer game against Freeport. On the first day they played at the Rugby Club against the Grand Bahama All Star team. Abaco won two to one. The two goals were scored by Robin Lafrance and Wilner Mitchell. The next day the teams played a Nine Aside tournament on a short field four games each, with Abaco again winning the tournament. That evening the two All Star Teams clashed again, with the same result. Abaco won three to one. The goals were made by Abaconians Wilner Mitchell, Robin Lafrance and Japhus Blanc. Trophies were given to each player from Abaco. Wilner Mitchell received an additional honour, the MVP or Most Valuable PlayerYouth in Action Trains Youth in SportsAbaco Real Estate AgencyAbacos Oldest and Most Experienced Real Estate AgencyLong Beach ABACO REAL ESTATE AGENCYP.O. Box AB-20404, Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Phone:(242) 367-2719 Fax:(242) 367-2359 See additional listings on our websiteRoyal Harbour Marsh Harbour Lot #26 consisting of 14,583 sq. ft.Offered at $125,000 Escape Hatch Newly furnished and fully equipped 2 bed/ 2 bath condo unit at Regattas of Abaco. Offered at $265,000 Dorros Cove Elbow Cay Lots #39 & #40 offered as one parcel. Approx. 220 x 220 fabulous unobstructed ocean vews. Offered at $325,000 Marnies Landing Elbow Cay, 15 lots, 1/2 acre with private boat slips. From $300,000 Marsh Harbour New exclusive listing near Crossing Beach/Ferry Dock 2 Acres Residential with 196 waterfront.Offered at $599,000 Bahama Palm Shores 3 Lots 80 x 125 $25,000 each Casuarina Point Residential lot 80 x 125 $15,000 Marsh Harbour 13,000 sq ft residential lot next to Chelseas Choice $33,500 Gross Guana Cay Only 6 lots remaining in 15 lot sub-division, selling fast.Offered from $120,000 Guana Cay 5 Direct beach front lots Starting from $250,000T wo side by side lots, just across from beach. Each 80 x 125 $65,000 Eachwww.abacobahamas.com SUNRISE BAYA Private, Residential Community on the Sea of Abaco in the heart of Marsh Harbour Next door to Regattas of AbacoOnly 14 lots remainingSELLING FASTSUNRISE BAYLong BeachMarsh Harbour WaterfrontNew Exclusive Listing 12 lots available. 8 lots with unrestricted ocean view. St arting at $31,900 New Exclusive Listing Beautiful waterfront estate on the Sea of Abaco. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, pool Must see $2,150,000 Sugar Loaf CayNEW 2.6 Acre Waterfront Lot 7B $259,000 Kathleen Albury, BRI a professional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser who has performed work for most local financial institutions, many attorneys and private individuals. She also serves as Estate Agent with H.G. Christie, Ltd. with six years of extensive and varied experience in real estate, both in the U.S. and the Bahamas, four of these years in Abaco. She maintains licenses in both countries. She has completed many continuing education courses, having received her Bahamas Real Estate Institute designation, and can be considered one of the best trained realtors in Abaco. Kathleen serves all of Abaco and currently resides in Hope Town, Elbow Cay.When you require a Real Estate Appraisal, please call: HGChristie.comP.O. Box AB 20777 Bay Street Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Tel: (242) 367 5454 Fax: (242) 367 5452 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com The Saturday morning training sessions attract 130 to 150 youth. They learn much more than the rules of the games. They learn discipline, obedience, team work and good sportsmanship. The youth are divided into three age categories and compete among themselves. This popular program is producing some quality athletic abilities. The volunteers who give their time, engergy and funds are to be commended for a great job. trophy and an authentic English soccer jersey because of his outstanding performance in the two games. To end the soccer season, a last meeting with the Freeport teams took place on January 28th on Grand Bahama. A group of coaches, including Mr. Diehl from St Francis School, Mr. Charles from Abaco Central High, Mr. Scott from S.C. Bootle, Mr. Hart, Mr. Morley and Mr. and Mrs. Davis, accompanied 70 children aged 10 to 16 to the play-off, including the Youth in Actions boys and girls, twelve and under, and other high schools girl teams. The results of the game were not known at publication time, but we are expecting outstanding results from the dedicated teams from Abaco. To celebrate the end of a successful soccer season, a cook out was held on January 22nd at Murphy Town park. The sports program will resume on February 12th with basketball after a two week break. The soccer games are always full of action. The young people enjoy the team spirit that is developed through their sport.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 11 B COMMERCIAL DOCKSPRIVATE DOCKSSEA WALL CONSTRUCTIONBOAT LIFTSDOCK DEMOLITION & REMOVALOffice Tel: 367.4842 Cellualar: 357.6564 P.O.Box AB-20757, Marsh Harbour DOCK BUILDING SPECIALIST Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine Caribbean Marine ConstrConstr ConstrConstr Constr uctionuction uctionuction uction Affordable Reliable200-800 GPD SC Compact 1000-1500 GPD SC StandardSK WatermakersMarine, Residential, and Commercial Systems from 150 to 10,000 Gallons per Day Superior Warranty Coverage Highest Quality Components Wide Range of Options RO Parts & Supplies(772) 489-0852www.skwatermakers.com4675 N. US 1 Ft. Pierce, FL 34946Installation Available in Abaco by:PROFESSIONAL SERVICES LTD. (242) 366-0112 Hope TownRealtor Earns CRS CredentialJohn Cash, a Treasure Cay realtor, has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-forprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Realtors who receive the CRS designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. John is the first realtor on Abaco and 14th in the Bahamas to have earned the credential. Home buyers and sellers can be assured that CRS designees subscribe to the strict realtor code of ethics, have access to the latest technology and are specialists in helping clients maximize profits and minimize costs when buying or selling a home. John Cash is a broker with H.G. Christie, Ltd. and is based in Treasure Cay. John is a member of The Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) and also holds the BRI (Bahamas Realtor Institute) designation.Teacher Writes Book on Bush MedicineBy Portia Jonsson Bahamians have practiced bush medicine for many years and it is widely used today. Using plants for medicinal purposes is a tradition that African slaves brought with them when they came to The Bahamas. Bahamians use herbs and plants to cure everything from sunburns to insomnia. Bush medicine gained importance in the Family Islands where doctors were rarely available and has been handed down from generation to generation. Mrs. Martha Smith grew up in Delectable Bay, Acklins, drinking bush tea and aloe every morning. Her parents did not see the need in spending money for medicine while there were plants readily available that were free and all natural. As a young girl she was always fascinated in bush medicine, but it was not until she came across a book on the subject written by the late Leslie Higgs that it prompted her to delve further and learn more. While teaching in Acklins and San Salvador many years ago, she started a study on bush medicine. She made comparisons of the plants in Acklins and San Salvador. She took samples of each one and some she patched, steeped and boiled. During her studies in Jamaica she carried out Caribbean study on bush medicine in Bahamian Folk Tradition, a mandatory university course. Mrs. Smith received an A on her report. She then met with the Mrs. Higgs, who advised her to carry this on. About two years ago she approached the Nassau Guardian to publish her studies. Mrs. Smith has been working on her book for five years which lists over 80 plants. The book contains the historical background on bush medicine in The Bahamas. We will learn the names of the plants such as Jackson bush also called horse bush, obeah or Jackson. Also listed in the book are the ailments and remedies. She says more people are now turning to bush medicine. Other examples of plants that have medicinal value and provide beneficial treatment for a variety of ailments include periwinkle or sailors cap used for diabetes, blue flower used for boils, lignum vitae good for energy, madeira bark good low blood, jumbey used for the cough, life leaf good for asthma and shepherd needle which cools the blood. She believes the aloe vera plant, used for burns, cuts and as a laxative, is the number one world healer. According to Mrs. Smith all People in the Newsof these have been tried and proven. She hopes her book will be available to the public by March this year. Mrs. Smith is married to Rudolph Smith, District Superintendent, Ministry of Education, and has been teaching for 37 years. John Cash 22 Styles Factory direct Easy to Install Health Benefits Add value to your property FREE QFREE Q FREE QFREE Q FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q TE FREE Q UOUO UOUO UO TETE TETE TE Chris Thompson Kathy OKelleher www.bluehawaiianfiberglasspools.com e-mail: pools@hopetown.comFiberglass Pools242-366-0224 Fax 366-0434 242-367-2835 Fax 367-3654 Mrs. Martha Smith is holding a blue flower plant in her left hand and cerasee in her right hand. These plants were found in the school grounds at Abaco Central High. Blue flower is good for boils and cerasee in used for colds.

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Only two years old, modern triplex with the added bonus of a nearly completed efficiency apartment. Well built, solid, concrete construction, tile floors. Nice private and spacious back yard area. Convenient part of the community within blocks of the Central Abaco Primary School and all amenities. Nice quiet culde-sac location. Listing #9092.Please call for details.Bahama Palm Shores. UNDER CONTRACT! Coral Ridge Drive. Nice 13,000 s. f. homesite in Section One. Densely wooded. Walk to Eight Mile Beach! #9053$ 24,500 Bahama Palm Shores. UNDER OFFER! Two adjacent lots, Section IV, Casuarina Drive, 200' to beach. Clear sight-lines to Atlantic, build up for superb views! #3646$41,000 each Bahama Palm Shores. Secluded 4 bedroom, 2 bath residence directly across from lovely Eight Mile Bay. 8928 $422,000 Guana Cay. Superb elevation, Beach front home site, 1.5+ acres, just north of Orchid Bay. Property like this is disappearing fast! #8842Call for details Guana Cay. Outstanding Atlantic 1.5 acre beachfront building site. Conveniently located near the settlement, but secluded and well north of Nippers. #9079Call for details Lubbers Quarters. Abaco Ocean Club. 10,000+ s.f. homesite on Marlin Way cul-de-sac. Close to marina. Priced to move. #7316$48,000 Marsh Harbour. Great location near Boat Harbour entrance. Commercial or residential building site suitable for single family or duplex. Make an offer! #6251$120,000 Split Rocks. UNDER CONTRACT! Sea of Abaco acreage! 15 acres of rolling hills. High elevation. Perfect for a small resort or secluded estate. #8729 $590,000 We have reserved ten spaces on www.caribbeanrealestateshowcase.com. Will your listing be one of them? Contact us:www.abacorealtor.com Ph: 242-367-2365By Jennifer Hudson. Several of Central Abaco High Schools senior students between 15 and 18 years gained valuable work experience recently when they caddied for the golfers at Winding Bays first golf tournament on December 19th and 20th. Civian Newbold, Jude Vilma, Earle Moss, Jonas Pierre, Lemeck Edison, Colin Swain, Darren Bethel, Matthew Wedgewood, Michael Biemaime, John Chermant, Andre Singh and Christian Jones were selected by their teachers as having the right personalities and attitude for the job. Their days began early that tournament weekend as the Winding Bay bus picked them up from the school at 7 a.m. sharp. It returned them to their homes about 6 p.m. a little leg weary but happy after what all the young men described as a great experience. On the Saturday prior to the tournament the students spent half a day at Winding Bay becoming familiar with the course and receiving tips on how to be a good caddy. They received instruction on the different types of clubs and how to carry the bags and received advice such as watch the ball, make sure your shadow is never in the way of the golfer, never be in front of the golfer when he swings and be quiet during play. They were, of course, told to be polite and encouraged to make conversation with the golfers when walking from hole to hole. This 18-hole golf course covers a walking distance of over four miles and carrying golf bags weighing 30 pounds over that distance made our shoulders a little sore, they said. However, though they felt slightly tired after the first day, the second day was easier. At the end of each day it was the job of some of the caddies to drive the golfers to the main gate in the golf carts while others parked the remaining carts. The caddies looked very smart in their short khaki pants, Winding Bay shirts and wide brimmed hats provided by the club. All of these young men say they are looking forward to when they are called upon again for the next tournament and eight of the students will eventually be chosen by the Abaco Club to work Saturdays and Sundays each week. Nine of the students say that as a result of their experience at Winding Bay they would like to work there full time after graduating from school. Five would like to caddy and others would like to work in other areas such as office manager and social host work with the guests. The caddies were rewarded with a feeling of satisfaction and pride as the golfers were friendly and showed their appreciation of the job they had done.High School Boys Enjoyed Caddying ExperienceThese boys had a short course on the duties and responsibities of caddies before they caddied for the first golf tournament held at The Abaco Club at Winding Bay. The experience was a very enjoyable learning experience, giving them ideas for their future. To Keep up with All the News of the IslandRemember to Subscribe toThe Abaconian

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Page 14 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 34 amazing home sites near Cherokee and Winding Bay! Get in now!web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.comPlease call us for information on these fine listings or any of our other listings throughout Abaco BEST BUYS IN ABACOSandy Point 1105 Bonefish Lodge located on the beach with 10 rooms, large dining room and kitchen, just minutes to the flats. Hope Town 1123 7 unit apartment complex in town. Four one bedroom and three two bedroom units. Always a waiting list of tenants. Coral Point 1007 Two adjacent parcels of land approx. 1.5 acres each with 40' elevations and 130'+ of waterfront. One parcel is vacant, other has partially completed home of 3/2 Hope Town 1106 Vacant North End lot., just one lot from the Sound Tilloo Cay 1021 New Price Two elevated adjacent parcels with good draft just offshore. Reduced to $180,000 & $190,000. Bahama Palm Shores Seven lots exclusively listed starting at $15,000. Bahama Palm is HOT! HOT! Aisle of Palm Realty P. O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco Bahamas Phone 242-367-0080 Fax 242-367-0081Aisle of Palm RealtyBrent Cartwright Email: brent@aisleofpalmrealty.com web site: www.aisleofpalmrealty.com Maria SilvesterBeautiful ocean view lots overlooking the unspoiled and pristine Watching Bay Beach and the azure blue Atlantic Ocean. Listing 1115 Hope Town 1109 Two story building in the heart of town with 2 bedroom apartment upstairs and two commercial rental units downstairs. Liesure Lee 1138 Gorgeous corner canal lot with deep water and long views of the waterwayAlso available are interior lots with views of Cherokee Sound and the flats. Underground utilities and paved roads coming soon. This area of Abaco is one of the fastest growing locations with The Abaco Club at Winding Bay just one mile away. Lots start at $27,500 Yellowwood 1133 1.17 acre lot between Cherokee and Winding Bay An area off the coast of Central Andros had even stricter regulations. An area there was designated as a Protected Area from November 21, 2004 until March 31, 2005. All fishing was prohibited in that area as a way of ensuring that fishing can be sustained for the future. The ban on Nassau Grouper fishing was put in effect two years ago, following a oneweek workshop held in Nassau by CARICOM (Caribbean Community) for the fisheries officers of The Bahamas. Mr Wayne Cornish, Assistant Fishery Superintendent for Abaco, attended the seminar. He said, I found it to be very informative. It was meant to educate Bahamian fishermen about how other countries successfully manage their fishing industries. The ban was introduced throughout The Bahamas to help replenish the supply of Nassau Grouper, which is one of the few reef fish that is known locally not to carry ciguatera fish poisoning. Other fish of the 14-member grouper family can be caught, but are not in demand because of the risk of contamination by this organism which can lead to neurologic, gastrointestinal or cardiovascular symptoms in human beings. Grouper mature as females carrying eggs and later change to become functional males. The most common ways to catch grouper are spear fishing, setting fish traps and hand-lining. The Northern Abaco seas have the most abundant fishing grounds. To what extent are fishermen and seafood retailers affected by the ban? All of the fishermen interviewed were very much in favor of the ban, realizing that it is a long term goal that will benefit future generations of both fish and Bahamians. Mr. Lunsworth Lightbourn, a fisherman from Sandy Point, came running to the phone to take my call, I am busy preparing pots, he said, catching his breath. You cannot imagine how exciting I am about the new fishing season. Mr. Lightbourn had been expecting my call and was eager to express his feelings. I totally agree with the ban, and went on to say that he had already seen positive results as early as last year, finding good size grouper (11 to 12 pounds) in water as shallow as eight feet. I feel so positively that I am increasing the number of pots from 16 to 50. I have also acquired an hydraulic trap puller, a total investment of $5,000. I cannot wait for February 17th! Mr. James Green, a fishermen and fish reseller also from Sandy Point, said, Fishing has been on hold lately anyway because of bad weather. So by the time fishing resumes the ban will be over. He mentioned attending a seminar in Nassau a year ago where many fishermen from different islands of The Bahamas were present. The seminar, held by the Department of Fisheries, was intended to inform fishermen of the ban and get their opinions on the subject. Mr. Green said, I was 100 percent for it and most of the fishermen present that day shared his view. He thinks, Grouper fishing will become better if the ban is respected. He says that hog snapper has been very much in demand lately as a substitute for grouper. A local fishmonger, Mrs. Annette Long, deplores the effect of the ban on her business in Marsh Harbour, Longs Seafood. She said, The majority of my customers are tourists who demand Nassau Grouper and will not buy anything else. I have experienced business losses as a result, but I agree with the concept. In the long run it will be for the best. She thinks that most fishermen gave up fishing altogether during the ban period. Her husband, Mr. Kenneth Long, a fisherman, says that he does not go to sea so he is not tempted to catch a grouper if he sees one. The weather has not permitted it anyway. Mr. Long, who specializes in stone crab fishing, says that there is other seafood available such as stone crab whose fishing season runs from October 16th to May 31st, crawfish which are available from August 1st to March 31st and hog snappers, mutton snappers, grunts, jacks and yellow tails for fish fry. He agrees with his wife that the ban is a necessary evil that will profit everybody on the long run. The Department of Fisheries is intent on enforcing the ban and the three enforcement officers on Abaco, Mr. Carroll Laing, Mr. Leon Pinder and Mr. Wayne Cornish, use the Department of Fisheries 26-foot craft to make their regular patrol trips. Moreover, Mr. Cornish would like to get together with local fishermen, to share with them the material donated by the Caricom organization which consists of television and several tapes that he thinks would be most educational for them. Unfortunately, it seems that timing has been a problem. Mr. Long would like to attend a group viewing, but he mentioned, Most of the local fishermen are now away on lobster fishing trips, and when they return it will be grouper season. Mr. Cornish, who has personally and individually contacted the fishermen, is dismayed by their lack of response. He wishes that they would contact the Department of Fisheries to set a mutually agreeable time and respond to its attempt to educate them towards a more profitable fishing industry. The public is reminded that it is illegal to catch, sell or buy a grouper under three pounds Commercial fishing licenses are required for a craft over 20-feet long as well as a business license, while for a boat under 20 feet, only the business license is needed to fish and sell.Fishermen Accept Grouper Ban as Necessary Grouper BanFrom Page 1

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 15 B TREASURE CAY SHOPPING CENTRE,ABACO (242) 365-8350 FAX:(242) 365-8352 OPEN MON-SAT 8AM 6PM AND SUN 9AM-1PMCome visit our newly renovated store. More products.Great service. More from our store. A BRAND NEW LOOK Well Done Drilling ServicesSpecializing inWell Drilling: Water Wells, Drainage Wells, Septic Disposal Wells Seawater Reverse Osmosis Systems: 350GPD to 200,000GPDExcavator Rental: Specialized Excavator Foundation Drilling for home foundations in sand and Excavator Digging Piling Holes: Piling Holes for home foundations and utility poles plantedTrenching: Trenching for underground utility services We serve all of Abaco including the caysCall us today for a free consultationMarsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Abaco, Bahamas Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 Ph: (242) 367-4842 By Jennifer Hudson Fifteen-year-old Nelly Risberg has learnt responsibility at a young age and conquers the waves each day to get herself and her younger sister to school at Forest Heights Academy in Marsh Harbour. Every day Nelly drives herself and her nineyear-old sister in a 13foot boat for the fifteen minute journey from their home on the island of Lubbers Quarters over to Elbow Cay where she anchors the boat at White Sound dock next to the Abaco Inn. Her sister helps catch the dock while Nelly throws out the anchor. Someone meets them in a car and drives them to the dock in Hope Town where they get on the ferry to cross to Marsh Harbour. Nelly is quite used to this journey across the water as she has been doing it since she was five years of age. She was then a passenger as her older sister Rebecca would drive but now Nelly has taken over the helm. At the age of 11 years she was taught how to drive and handle a boat by her father and older sister, Rebecca, who is a former student of Forest Heights Academy and is now at sea in the South Pacific as a student in the Class Afloat programme aboard the S/V Concordia a three masted barkentine. Nelly does not get nervous handling the boat as she is so used to it and if the weather is really rough her parents will drive the boat. What she does find disconcerting, however, is that when the weather is rough, they will get very wet from the spray and then are very uncomfortable going to school in wet clothes. She and her sister try to remember to take dry clothes to change into on those days. Nelly is very self assured. Quite often the boat has engine problems, she says.Spotlight on Young People Nelly is a Responsible Young Boater First, I will try to fix it. If I cannot, I use my cell phone to call for help and just sit and wait for a tow back home. Then my parents take us over to Marsh Harbour in a bigger boat. At the end of the school day the journey Nelly Risberg begins again in reverse when Nelly takes to the waters once more in her little boat to get herself and little sister safely home in time to do their homework. Well done, Nelly, on being such a responsible young lady. By Mirella Santillo On January 8 a group of 58 young men aged 12 to 19 years accompanied by 11 instructors, were sent to the Bahamas Agriculture Research Center (BARC) on North Andros as part of a pilot project for the new National Youth Service. This organization under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports and the Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Institute (YEAST) is a project that the PLP government has proposed since the 1980s. Deacon Jeff Lloyd, executive director of YEAST, said that approval was finally granted by the Ministry of Youth, the Cabinet of The Bahamas and the InterAmerican Development Bank for the following three-part scheme. The first, aimed at students in grades 7 to 12, will emphasize national pride and offer the Governor General Youths Award Program. TheNational Youth Service Beginssecond will concentrate on at-risk youths, and the third will target out-ofschool young people in need of training to qualify for jobs. It was decided that this first pilot program would be directed towards at-risk youngsters, concentrating on the restorative element. The juniors, aged 12 to 15 will spend three months in the North Andros facility participating in a character and leadership program before being sent back to their schools. The remainder of the group, seniors aged 16 to 19, will be there for six months. They will be taught discipline, national pride, team work and loyalty. They will also improve on their morals, their academics, and learn construction trades such as carpentry, plumbing, masonry and electrical installation. The success of this first program will determine the subsequent steps to be

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Page 16 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Richs Boat RentalsAbacos Best Rental Fleet At the Head of the Harbour Rental Rates Daily 3-day Weekly 21 Paramount $110 $295 $645 26 Paramount $180 $450 $925 Fishing & Snorkeling Gear Bait, Ice & GuidesCall 367-2742P.O. Box AB 20419, Marsh Harbour Guana Freight Services Regular Freight Runs to Guana & Scotland Cay Monday thru Friday Charters & Water available on request Phone or Fax Rich or Melena at 242-365-5190 477-5292 375-8833 Great Guana Cay CJCJ CJCJ CJ s s s s s WW WW W elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac elding & Mac hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop hine Shop On the waterfront at the end of Key Club Rd. 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Fawkes Bahamian war hero and a pioneer in aviation in the archipelago, especially in his native Abaco, Leonard M. Thompson, is alarmed at the failure of the last two successive governments to correct what he sees as a threefold danger of the Marsh Harbour International Airport: the large amount of unauthorized, uncontrolled air traffic clogging the landing zone; the lack of a taxiway to quickly clear the single runway after aircraft land; and the rundown condition of the pothole-pocked 5,000-foot runway which threatens front-tire blowouts on landing aircraft. In an interview in his home in Marsh Harbour 88-year-old Mr. Thompson said, As inconvenient at the small terminal building is, the safety issues are much more pressing. In a letter to Prime Minister Perry Christie dated March 16, 2004, Mr. Thompson wrote, The terminal expansion will no doubt be the most visible and popular with the locals, but for safetys sake, I would prioritize the taxiway. And in a letter addressed to Minister of Transport and Aviation Glanys Hanna Martin, dated March 14, 2004, Mr. Thompson wrote, Without a tower to control traffic, a taxi runway is desperately needed. The current airstrip is full of potholes. The island of Abaco has progressed tremendously over the past few years, making our airport more disastrous as an accident waiting to happen.Uncontrolled Aircraft and Failure to Check Pilots LicencesMr. Thompson said when he was an active pilot, airplanes coming from Florida used to begin descending from the West End, Grand Bahama area. Over a year ago he noticed pilots waiting until they were to the east of Elbow Cay to do so. When I asked one of them about this, he said there was plenty of traffic around the airport that should not be there, and he had to wait to see if it was all right to come down, Mr. Thompson said. There is a lot less traffic back of Elbow Cay, but the aircraft uses up hundreds more gallons of fuel going around for the extra ten minutes. Thats bound to come back to the airlines in cost. Mr. Thompson said the delays are further exacerbated by the time it takes for aircraft to clear the runway once they land, as there is nowhere for them to go but straight from the airstrip to the apron in front of the terminal. Only yesterday, Mr. Thompson said, I noticed the pilot holding the aircraft to the right hand side of the runway. The rest of it is so bumpy because of the potholes, he was afraid of damaging his nose wheel. Mr. Thompson was also concerned over the lack of precautions to make sure pilots are properly qualified to fly. When I used to fly, I had to show my pilots licence regularly, he said. Now, from talking to the various pilots, no one checks any pilots licence.Prioritizing Safety on a Limited BudgetMr. Thompson, who flew many years for Bahamas Airways, which was the major carrier throughout The Bahamas from 1936 to 1970, was concerned that while the government assesses, with the aid of a foreign company, building a new terminal, a control tower or even a new airport, the safety problems will worsen. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Thompson, who represented Abaco in the House of Assembly in the 1950s and 1960s, said, As you know, I was in politics for many years and one thing has not changed there is never enough in the budget to do everything that you want to do. I hope you find some funds for this critical upgrade to the airport. Mr. Thompson would suggest that either the government build a new 8,000 to 11,000foot runway in a southeast to northwest direction for which there is enough land at the current site, and then convert the current eastwest runway into a taxiway; or build a taxiway parallel to the current runway, whichVeteran Aviator Weighs in on MH Airport Debate Please see Thompson Page 18 The Marsh Harbour International Airport terminal is very crowded with both visitors and locals, especially on weekends when the building is solid with people and luggage. Prior to departure, the agents have to comply with U.S. safety regulations and security measures which take so long that people have to wait outside in the sun and rain waiting for their plane.

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 17 B Gallery & Frame Shop Tel: 367-4227 Abaco Glass Tel: 367-2442 should be re-paved. Mr. Thompson does not believe the government has the money to build and staff a control tower, a new terminal and runway upgrades at this time, and it certainly cannot afford to build a new airport. Abaco lost an opportunity to build a large, international airport in the 1980s when the Treasure Cay airport was upgraded. Mr. Thompson, a founder of Treasure Cay Limited, which had built the old air strip at Treasure Cay, said he had advised the government to build an islandwide airport instead of the current 7,000-foot runway for Treasure Cay. Sir Clement Maynard, then Minister of Aviation and Transport, asked my advice and I told him they should build a large, international airport to serve north and south between Treasure Cay and Marsh Harbour, he said. But some north Abaco politics got in the way and the idea was scrapped. Now were left with the current situation 20 years later.Terminal Could Be ExpandedMr. Thompson believes there is enough room on the current site to expand the terminal, which he believes is hurting tourism because of its inBy Richard E. Fawkes According to retired pilot Leonard Thompson, whose Hope Town father ran bootleg booze to New York during the 1920s Prohibition, three barnstorming pilots who participated in the illegal trade in these islands ended up pioneering commercial aviation in The Bahamas and the Caribbean. A. B. Chalk, Charles Collar, and Art Williams used to fly in from the States, buy the liquor and put it on boats in Bimini and West End, Grand Bahama, for shipment across the Gulf Stream, said the 88-year-old Mr. Thompson in a digression of his discussion of the Marsh Harbour airport during an interview. Prohibition was the banning of the sale of alcohol by 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution in 1920. It was repealed in 1933. During that time livelihoods and many fortunes were made by Bahamians providing the illegal elixir to dry American throats, usually at great risk of arrest and even death. According to Mr. Thompson, Chalk founded Chalk Airlines, which still operates a seaplane service between The Bahamas and Florida. Charles Collar helped to found Bahamas Airways, which was the main airline in The Bahamas from 1936 to 1970. Art Williams founded British Guiana (Guyana) Airways, which eventually became the present-day BWIA. Of course, Mr. Thompson brought his flying skills home from the Second World War and contributed greatly to the advancement of commercial aviation in the country. Not only was he a Bahamas Airways pilot, but made many a daredevil rescue missions throughout the islands, including landing in the sea at night by fire light to take sick people to hospital in Nassau.Bootlegging Pilots Pioneered Aviation in The Bahamas ThompsonFrom Page 16 Marsh HarbourLittle Orchard 3 Bed, 2 Bath fully furnished home with efficiency apartment Great neighbourhood for kids!EXCL USIVE $265,000.00 High Rock Beautiful home 3 bed / 2 bath, furnished, family room, central air, over 2,000 sq. ft. 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Box AB 20872 Marsh Harbour Abaco, Bahamas Email: drillrig@coralwave.com www.drillrig.i8.comWe offer a variety of boat lifts From personal water craft lifts to lifts up to 54,000 lbs. Call for information and a quote,adequate accommodations. In a letter published in the Nassau Guardian, Mr. Thompson called the airport a national disgrace. He wrote in that letter: Passengers often have to shove and trip over each others bags to reach the undersized counter. They often have to wait for hours in stifling, crowded conditions or outside in the sun or rain. Referring to the airport as the second busiest airport in The Bahamas with hundreds of scheduled airlines as well as hundreds of private and charter flights, he has lost patience with writing letters and participating in countless planning sessions through two changes in government administrations, and now seeks the help of the media. I think I speak for all Abaconians, Mr. Thompson continued, when I say I am ashamed of the Marsh Harbour International Airport. We all are tired of the proposed plans and broken promises. Mr. Thompson, who has published a memoir of his experiences from a Hope Town boyhood, ( I Wanted Wings ) to becoming a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot shot down and imprisoned in Nazi Germany, to his involvement in the early days of Bahamian commercial aviation and national politics, spends most of his time writing stories about his childhood and youth. He hopes to publish them in a book soon.

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Page 18 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: 14 lots across from Atlantic Ocean with waterfront on Inner White Sound. acre and up. Starting at $78,650 Quiet waterfront on Black Sound. Excellent storm protection. 1.35 acres. 125' dock. Close to bonefish flats and Gillam Bay beach. $650,000 A jewel of a home with pool set high on a bluff overlooking the Sea of Abaco. One acre. Stunningly landscaped with wooden decks and walkways. Six building set in pod arrangement. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths. Wicker and rattan furniture. A/C throughout. Satellite TV. 1.98 million plus 7% to close Three acre lots within 5 minute walk of public dock, waterfront and Green Turtle Club $60-$70,000 each 2 bed 2 bath furnished home with view of ocean and Sea of Abaco. A/C throughout. W/D. Wrap around porch. Reef close enough to swim to. Many custom pieces. $575,000 plus 7% to close ONO North End: Stunning, furnished 3 bed 2 bath home with fireplace. 125' on Atlantic Ocean. 35' elevation. Commanding views of the ocean. Spacious screened-in porch. One acre. $1.32 million plus 7% to close Hilltop lot 200' by 300' offering views of the Sea of Abaco and Coco Bay. Large mature trees. B$360,000 Motivated Seller! Brand new two bedroom two full bath home located within five minutes walk of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Central A/C. 40 x 12. Tile floors; porch and deck. Fully landscaped with white picket fence. 9 ft. high ceilings throughout. Centrally located near public dock; beaches and a major resort. Perfect for first time buyers or retirees! B299,800 gross New! Spacious two bedroom two bath furnished home on the beach at beautiful Gillam Bay. Excellent rental history. Within one mile from historic New Plymouth and two miles from two major resorts. A/C in bedrroms. Full kitchen with separate dining room. Laundry room. 135 on beach. 19,735 sq. ft. of property. $960,000 gross New! 112 x 200 ocean front lot on north end of island. Outstanding ocean veiws. Reef is close enough to swim to. $495,000 plus 7% to close New! Prime water front commercial / residential location in the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay. Site of take-away restaurant plus two bedrooms and two baths; kitchenette and great room. Private deck. Furnished two story building. Near public dock. Views of water from both floors. $320,000 plus 2% to close A perfect site on White Sound. 2 bedroom 2 bath main house with deck and porch. Boathouse and 2 Whalers. Guest cottage with one bedroom and one bath. Waterfront on the Sea of Abaco. Only accessible by boat. Needs work. $660,000 ONO Two inland lots 1/3 acre each located within walking distance of Coco Bay Beach and Ocean Beach. Good elevation. B$90,000 each firm Four unit income producing building with views of Coco Bay and dock. $700,000 plus 7% to close. Two bedroom one bath basically furnished home with large deck and view of Coco Bay. Just steps away from beautiful Coco Bay Beach. 18,000 gallon rain water tank. Basement. Garage. Good elevation. 1/3 acre. B $398,000 firm MUNJACK CAY: 1/4 acre on Atlantic Ocean. 125' frontage. $183,000 gross ABACO MAIN LAND: 100' x 200' on the Sea of Abaco. Near Fire Road. B$59,000 110' x 200' on Sea of Abaco. New nearly finished home 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom. Near Fire Road B$177,000 UNDER CONTRACT: Lot 11 Coco Bay $70,800 gross Lot No. 4 Bight O Bay Beach $360,000 plus 7% to close Lot 8 Coco Bay $110,000 plus 7% to close. SOLD Lot 10 Coco Sound Tract Lot 9 Green Turtle EstatesOCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER OCEAN BLUE PROPER TIESTIES TIESTIES TIES G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas Telephone 1-561-656-9708 Telephone/Fax 1-242-365-4636Sales, Rentals and Property ManagementE-mail: oceanblu@batelnet.bs www.oceanblueproperties.comFinancial Controller Position AvailableMarsh HarbourResponsibilities to include: Financial management of several accounts Preparation of financial statements and other reports as required Focus on Internal Audit Monitoring of control procedures (with the ability to recommend and implement new systems) Annual budget preparation Reconciliation of all General Ledger Accounts Inventory Reconciliation Management of accounting teamQualifications to include: CPA or CA qualifications Minimum of three years working experience in same or similar position Interested persons should send rsum to P.O.Box SS-6322, Nassau, Bahamas Attention: Human Resources Re: Financial Controller Or Fax: 242-356-7855 ics buildings roof and its equipment were destroyed. Im planning to study culinary arts at COB, she said. But I cant do my practicum because there is no equipment. The students said that while they were sorry some students will miss a week of school every other week, it was the best solution under the circumstances. Both students said they had kept hoping the parents, students, teachers and administrators would get together and hold fund raisers to carry out the repairs themselves rather than waiting for the government. We dont care about the politics, if its FNM or PLP or if the government is going to do something, said Alexander, we just want to go on with our education. A crew from Odells Construction, owned SC BootleFrom Page 3 PTA President Clayton McIntosh Service between Freeport and Marsh HarbourAbaco visitors can take advantage of a one-day Casino Excursion to Freeport or an overnight package. Package options include air fare, ground transportation and hotel accommodation. Call for Charter and Group rates.For more information call 242-367-2498 Marsh Harbour Ph 242-352-5778 Fax 242-351-5693 Freeport Email: majorsair@coralwave.com Majors Air Service Flight Schedule Days Leave Freeport Arrive Marsh Harbour Leave Marsh Harbour Arrive Freeport 8:45 a.m. Thursdays thru Mondays Tuesdays & Wednesdays 7 a.m. 4 p.m. 7 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 4:45 p.m. 7:45 a.m. 8 a.m. 5 p.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 5:45 p.m.by Odell Cox of Coopers Town, was at work mixing mortar and tackling the unfinished roofs on the math and science block. It was Mr. Coxs company that had begun the work following the hurricane, although the late Mr. Everette Archers company held the contract. Mr. Clayton McIntosh, PTA President, was not sure why the work had stopped last year, but Mr. Cox had assured him the work would be completed in about two months. Mr. McIntosh said Mr. Cox had gone to Nassau yesterday morning to consult with the Ministry of Works. The PTA president said the parents were supportive of the teachers in their stand last week, because they had been doing a good job under very difficult circumstances. Im sorry it happened that way, he said, but I think they had no choice. Mr. McIntosh said in recognition of its appreciation of the work the teachers were doing under difficult circumstances, the PTA had treated them to Christmas dinner at the Touch of Class Restaurant in Treasure Cay. As to the question of what kind of support children on their week away from classes would receive, Mr. McIntosh said the PTA encouraged teachers to provide those students with assignments. But it is also up to the parents to supervise and help them, he said. The teachers can only do so much. Those parents must help their children to make sure they do the work the teachers assign them. The school was visited yesterday by a delegation from the opposition, Free National Movement (FNM), that included former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Robert Sweeting, Members of Parliament for North and South Abaco, respectively, and Alvin Smith, Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition. On January 19th Colina Insurance Company Ltd. and Desjardins Financial Security, the parent company of Imperial Life, completed the transaction to transfer ownership of Imperial Life to Colina. Imperial Life has been part of the Bahamian community for 106 years. President of Colina Insurance Company, Mr. James Campbell, wants to begin the integration of the two companies and move closer to realizing Colinas corporate vision of establishing itself as the premier insurance company of The Bahamas and positioning itself to compete internationally. Both Desjardins and Colina executives complimented the workforce on the professionalism and loyalty displayed throughout the protracted approval process. Colinas principals and Desjardins first announced the proposed acquisition of Imperial Life in a statement issued in November 2003. In December 2004 the Bahamas government completed its analysis of the application to acquire Imperial Life and issued the official approval for the transaction on December 31st, 2004. Colina Insurance Company Ltd. is a whollyowned subsidiary of Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited, which is in turn, owned by more than 2,600 Bahamian shareholders and the Colina Financial Group.Colina Insurance Bought Imperial Life Insurance

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 19 B Mailin Sands -mailin@mlrealty.net Ph# 242-367-2992 Fax# 242-367-4800 P.O. Box AB 20900 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas Marsh Harbour#5150 Harbour front property on Pelican Shores. Lovely parcel runs 172 on the harbour and consists of more than an acre of property. Features a 3 bed/3.5 bath house with covered carport. This prime piece of property is unique and rare. Could have a commercial venture possibility. Room for expansion Lots of potential. $1,750,000 Guana CaySUMMERWIND-#50382bed/2bath home with central A/C, close walk to beach. Great rental potential through nearby resort, with right to use resorts amenities. Perfect for that vacation get-away .-$260,000__________________________________ Man-O-War -vacant interior lot in town, close to amenities-$17,500SOLD Man-O-War vacant interior lots, close to Atlantic B each, and close to restaurants, grocery stores, etc. $120,000 Long BeachBeautiful area featuring gorgeous white beach. All lots approx. acre, and have beach access. Financing available. Call today. Sand Banks vacant property on main highway to Treasure Cay. Large parcels,and sea views. Bahama Coral Islandvacant property in Bahama Coral Island, financing available, Call for details. Treasure CayCanal Lots in desirable location, sea views, great buyUNDERCONTRACT Boat Harbour Guana Cayvacant water front property accessible by boat only, not much available in this areaSOLD Cabbage Point5 acres parcels on the SC Bootle highway, financing available Call today for details Marsh HarbourVacant property on Key Club Road approx 0.7 acres, features elevations. $92,000 Treasure Cay, Abaco-New Exclusives -Luxury HomesLuxury Home A, features 3 bedrooms/3.5baths, 12 ceilings,and custom made kitchen cabinets. Also features a study, and 2 car garage. $3,400,000 Luxury Home B, Features 4 bedrooms, 4.5baths, 14 ceilings, and custom made kitchen cabinets. Boasts of a study, and a 2 car garage. $3,700,000These two superbly built, luxury homes, feature the finest incraftsmanship. Beautiful and strong, these two Treasure Cay beauties are immaculate, beautifully decorated, and tastefully furnished. These homes are waiting on the buyer who want the very best in life. Precisely positioned on gorgeous beachfront property, both fine structures, demand the glorious view of the turquoise water, and powder white sandy beach. Nicely landscaped and brand new, they are awaiting their lucky owner! Dont delay and miss your opportunity to own A Perfect Paradise! CALL TODAY FOR AN APPOINTMENT Boat Harbour #5203-Great GuanaCay-#Vacant property featuring water on both sides. Accessible by boat only. THIS LOT WONT LAST LONG! $198,000 Marsh Harbour New Price#5205-4 bedroom 2bath house on Don Mackay Blvd. Prime area for a commercial venture. 26,513 sq. ft of property. Great central location.$206,000 PRICED TO SELLNEWSOLDNEW PRICEMarsh Harbour-#5106. Great opportunity. Established commercial complex. Currently features several retail stores and two rental apartments. All currently rented. Ideally situated on the main tourist strip. FANTASTIC INVESTMENT Call today for more details on this fine offering. Sandy Point -#5072-This 1 story home is located on a pretty powder white beach. This home consists of 3bed/2bath, utility garage and boat house. Great area for bone fishing, and deep sea fishing.www.coldwellbankerbahamas.comMarsh Harbour-# 5220-Large Parcel of property 100 X 270 with two concrete warehouses, would be ideal for certain commercial adventure. Property fenced in. Call today for more details.Dundas Town-#5222-Property situated in prime location running 135 on the waterfront. Fixer upper situated on property. Views of the harbour and Sea of Abaco. $125,000Sweetings Village-# 5224-Two bed/2bath 1400 sq ft island beauty, immaculate condition. Excellent elevation. Built in 2001 and has lovely views of the Sea of Abaco. $325,000 Sweetings Village-# 5225-Brand new 2bed/2bath concrete residence. Elevated and comprises of approx 1000 sq ft. Also includes hobby room and outside decking $230,000.Marsh Harbour-#5219-Vacant properety comprises of approx 1.25 acres.Could serve as residential or commercial property. Call today for more details. EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE PRICED REDUCED EXCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE .GuanaCayTwo vacant lots side by side situated only a short distance from the settlement of GuanaCay. $144,000 each. Man-O-War -#5234-This home consist of 3bed/3 bath.. Modern kitchen, laundry room and living area. Features a dock with boat shed and a boat lift Call for more details.COLDWELL BANKER LIGHTBOURN REALTYUNDER CONTRACT EXCLUSIVE DundasTown-#5276 Incoming producing property, unfinished duplex on elevated lot. Can be finished to ones own taste. Situated on lot 100x128-$92,000. Call for more details. BahamaPalm ShoresVacant lots available in a fast growing community. Lots selling quickly. Call today.

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Page 20 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Brokers Anne Albury Marcellus Roberts(242) 365-8538 Ph (242) 365-8587 Ph/Fax SANDPIPER BEACH Point of View 3 bed/ 2 1/2 bath CBS split level open concept home with cathedral ceilings and skylights. Lower level including living/ dining/ kitchen/ den and master bedroom suite accesses large ocean-side deck with Beach Beach and more Beach. Upstairs bedrooms each with own entry and sun deck. $1722,000 CASUARINA BEACH/OCEAN BOULEVARD Another World This name gives you an idea of this special family island beach home. 5 bed/ 5 bath CBShouse on world reknown Treasure Cay beach with many features/ extras including a van and golf cart. A real MUST SEE $1,292,000 GALLEON BAY CANAL / ESTATES Safe Harbour Canal front with excellent elevation. Octagonal 825 sq. ft. garage / efficiency guest house with plans for main house. Dock with power in place. Must see. $405,000 Laguna brand new canal front, octagonal home,fully furnished, 3 bed/ 2 bath, modern open concept, living/dining/kitchen plus partially covered deck. Perfect island retreat for some lucky family $714,500 Seaductress / Harbours Edge Modern CBS 3bed/ 3 bath home including private entry suite, pool, 80 ft., full serviced dock, 2 car garage including two vehicles. Exceptional location and view. Many more features, must see to appreciate. $1,200,000 WINDWARD BEACH ESTATES Sea Star built as a retirees dream house, this comfortable spacious home has 2 bed / 2 bath with cozy living/dining/kitchen. Also enclosed porch, carport, utility room. Lush garden w/ picket fence. Package shows lots of TLC. $370,000 Bahama Sunset Canal front two storey CBS home with 141 ft. water frontage with dock. Upper level has livingdiningkitchen den with mater suite and large covered deck. Downstairs 1 bed/ 1 bath/ living also large garage/ workshop. Unique property with fantastic sunset view as well as sunrise ocean view. $950,000Treasure Cay Properties Offered by Treasure Cay SpecialistsTreasure Cay has one of the world's best Beaches, Golf Course, Tennis, full service Marina, just naming a few amenities. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information We not only sell here, we live here and love it.For further details and pictures visit our web page at http://www.treasurecayrealestate.com Mailing address: P.O. Box AB22183, Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas E-mail: tcrealestate@oii.netMember NEW! NEW! NEW!Call for more information and prices 1. CARLETON LANDING Newest opportunity canal front condo and cottage units with available boat slips 2. PALM BAY Townhouse units in protected harbour with boat slips 3. TREASURE LANDING Condo units on interior property with direct beach access ROYAL PALM Canal Front Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Phase I 2 bed / 2 bath -24 ft. wide slip w/ 2 large docks, very special condo w/ many features MUST SEE$430,500 ATLANTIS Canal Front Condos with on-site Pool Bldg 4 Downstairs 2 bed / 2 bath, w/ boat slip and stsorage shed $296,400 MARINERS COVE Townhouse Condos with on-site Tennis and Pool Marina View 1 bed / 1 bath $113,000 OCEAN VILLA SUBDIVISION Garden location 2 bed/ 2 bath, excellent condition $225,000 TREASURE HOUSES Ocean front luxury units with lagoon pool/waterfall 2 bed / 2 bath octagonal house, front row location with wrap-around deck oceanside $450,000 ROCK POINT Apartment four-plex, 2 storey CBS building, each level has 2 full apartments with 2 bed, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen. Great rental investment. MUST SEE!$350,000 BAHAMA BEACH CLUB New luxury condominium project on Treasure Cay Beach. 3 bed / 3 bath / Den / Lanai / on-site pool and many other features Starting at $550,000 Plus 14% closing LEEWARD BEACH ESTATE Trident/Turquoise Seas You cannot be more on thebeach than in this special home. Offering 3 bed / 31/2 bath in the main house with detached garage /bed / bath / attic plus storage. Vast deck oceanside with widows walk. WOW! $2,520,000 Cross Winds Split level CBS home extra large lot acrossfrom 2 beach greenways. Private. Master bed/ bath suite upstairs. Lower level 2 bed / 2 bath, cozy living room/ kitchen/ dining/ utility. Apartment annex 1 bed/ 1 bed, living kitchen, enclosed patio. Plus! Plus! Plus! $984,000 VACANT LOTS AVALABLE Casuarina Beach/Ocean Blvd. 1 acre+/Beginning at $800,000 Canal Front Beginning at $125,000 Golf Course / Interior Beginning at $35,000 SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD By Mirella Santillo Hotels, rental properties and restaurant owners and managers are confident that 2005 is going to be a great year! The devastating impact of two hurricanes was felt for months afterwards. Buildings destroyed, docks torn apart and barren landscapes were not sights tourists liked to see. However, in spite of suffering the consequences of two storms last September, Abaco bounced right back and is ready for a better business year. Seven of the nine businesses reviewed reported an increase in or at least a comparable amount of business compared to last year. Ms. Cindy Hayworth, owner of Vacation Planning Services located at the Great Abaco Club, said, Homeowners are back at The Club. She thinks, was better than 2003 despite the fact that many last minute hopefuls were unable to come for the Christmas holidays because all the flights were booked.. There are strong bookings for spring and summer, she said. Unexpectedly, for January there is a single one week booking starting January 7th and another for two weeks starting January 12th. She is very optimistic for the coming season. Ms. Brenda Claridge, owner of Sapodillys Restaurant also reported increased patronage for the month of December 2004. She thinks that damage to other restaurants in the area such as Snappas (which is completely shut down) and the Conch Craw (which has not completely resumed operations) is a factor in her business increase, and she feels confident that 2005 will continue on the same trend. It is lunch time and Wallys, another popular Marsh Harbour eatery, was nearly full on this January day. Ms. Maureen Smith, owner, stated, Business has been up 10 percent over December of 2004 and is still going strong in January which is usually a slower period. She expects this kind of business to continue through the season. Mangoess executive chef Mr. Nick Doyle said, Business in December has been as good as last year and last week was even better than the same week a year ago despite the fact that the rebuilding of the marina is not yet completed. He is not anticipating a slower season and he feels very comfortable that 2005 will be a better year. A business still suffering from hurricane damage is the Conch Inn. Rooms had to be completely redone. Just in time, too, because customer service representative Ms. Vanessa McIntosh said, There are already bookings for February and March. Reports have been similar for businesses operating on the cays before the Christmas holidays. On Guana Cay Guana Sea Side Villages manager, Mr. Glenn Laing, stated that the resort did not reopen until December 24th, reducing the amount of business for that month. During the Christmas holidays, he reported that they were down about 15 per-Business Is Booming on Abacocent compared to last year. The resort was fully booked for October prior to the hurricane including a wedding that could not take place there any longer because of intensive damage. However, there are reservations now and Mr. Laing feels confident that the season will be good He is looking forward to the imminent reopening of the resorts marina which will include a new dock. Mr. Tom Hazel, manager of the Hope Town Harbour Lodge said, Business trend is normal, business is good, and we are in good shape. On Green Turtle Cay Mrs. Saunders, owner of Green Turtle Cay Rentals which comprises five apartments and houses, happily noted that rental occupancy was up by 25 percent since the hurricanes, but only because other rental places were closed and dislodged people rented units on a monthly basis until they could return to their home or boat that had been damaged. Returning tourists were back for Christmas and there are bookings for the season, now that the telephone and internet services have been restored. The Green Turtle Cay Club and Marina did not reopen until November 14th, 2004, and for that reason Christmas bookings were down about 20 percent mentioned Mrs. Linda McIntosh, the clubs office manager. However, she said, Bookings have started to pick up for January and February. The clubs restaurants patronage is down except for lunch which caters to local people. It is expected that reservations will improve shortly as well. Returning tourists and second home owners are back on Abaco. The inclement weather in the Northern United States seemed to motivate people to visit warmer climates, as shown by the increase of business for a usually slower January. Frances and Jeanne caused considerable physical damage to property, but they did not reduce in the least the spirit of Abaconians and their faith in the future. Civic OrganizationsKiwanis Club of Great Abaco Tuesday, 7 p.m., weekly at Mackerels Restaurant, Dundas Town, 367-5932Pilot Club of Abaco Third Tuesday, 7 p.m., Central Abaco Primary, Dundas Town, 367-3457Pilot Club of South Abaco Last Thursday. monthy, J.A. Pinder School, Sandy Point, 366-4001Rotary Club of Abaco Mondays, 6 p.m., weekly at Anglers Restaruant, Abaco Beach Resort

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 21 B B & D MarineAbacos Largest and Most Complete Supply of Marine Products Bait Rods Reels Fishing Tackle & Dive Gear Filters Pumps Hoses Anchors & Ropes Marine Paints Hardware & Maintenance Items At the Traffic Light P.O. Box AB 20461 Marsh Harbour Abaco Tel: 242-367-2622 Fax 242-367-2395 Outboards & GeneratorsSUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKISUZUKI SUZUKI Abaco Marine PropsPropellers Reconditioned & RehubbedPhone 367-4276 Fax 367-4259 across the street from Abaco Outboards in Marsh Harbour Brass Stainless AluminumSandblasting & Marine grade welding on Stainless and AluminumCertified Propeller Repair TechnicianThe ONLY NNPA Techncian in The Bahamas Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Elbow Cays Best Houses and Land, rentals and sales, Hope Town Hideaways. Call 242366-0224 or fax 242-366-0434. On the internet at www.hopetown.com Fire Road 25 acres 1500 on water front. Great investment or development potential. $500,000 Call 910-686-9612 Little Harbour 100 x 209 building site approx. 300 from ocean, minutes to Winding Bay. Call owner 242-366-3507 PROPERTY AND HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE PROPERTY & HOUSES FOR SALE LIVE YOUR DREAM ATEnjoy the life style you deserve . Waterfront lots with private boat slips in a secure gated community starting at $325,000 Call 242-367-4151 or Fax 367-4152 www.greatabacoclub.com Houses and Land For Rent and For SaleClassified Advertisements MUST SELLINVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY REAL ESTATE IN ABACOTreasure Cay Vacant land 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #65 BL #167 Dundas Town 1/2 acre, 2 storey 4 bed, 2 bath, family rm Lot #25 Murphy Town Incomplete duplex one unit completed comprising 2 bed, 1 bath 6,900 sq. ft. Lot #60 Murphy Town Vacant Land 11,277 sq. ft. Lot #78B Dundas Town Vacant Land 10,810 sq. ft. Lot # 21 Murphy Town Commercial building 6,500 sq. ft. Lot #70 Murphy Town Duplex 2 2 bed, 1 bath 11,232 sq. ft. Lot #78 Dundas Town L-shape apt. complex 3 2 bed, 1 bath units 9,000 sq. ft. Area for small shop Lot #18B Murphy Town 3 bed, 2 bath Newly repaired 10,000 sq. ft. Lot #67For condition of sale and any other information contact Ms. C.A. Cooper or Mr. B.D. Styles at 367-2141.BIDS ONLYMurphy Town Duplex 2 bed, 1 bath and 1 bed efficiency 8900 sq. ft. Lot #68 Bahama Coral Island Vacant land 10,890 sq ft. Section #3 Block A Lot #1BAHAMAS VACATIONS 100+ private Out Island homes, resorts, villas for rent. Free listing. Call 1-800-462-2426 http://www.bahamasvacations.com Great Abaco Club luxury vacation rentals with all resort amenities. Ph. 242-367-4151 www.GreatAbacoClub.com Green Turtle Cay home fully furnished, 2 bed/ 2 bath on 1.5 acre penninsula with deck overlooking Sea of Abaco $2200 per month. 3654226 Guana Cay brand new island apts. with harbour views, 2 bed/1 bath, full kitchens, TV, VCR. $1000 / week. 242-365-5082 or 904-982-2762 Hope Town Specialist. A collection of upscale homes with pools, private docks, etc., ideal for special occasions, reunions, honeymoons. Hope Town Hideaways 242-366-0224 or hopetown.com Lubbers Quarters vacation rentals, secluded, privately owned coastal cottage, 15 min. boat ride from Marsh Harbour. www.abacoseaside.com Marsh Harbour 2 bed, 2 bath apt. in Government Subdision. Call 367-2446 RENTAL HOUSES AND APARTMENTS Island Property ManagementJulie Farrington & Leslie SawyerP.O. Box AB-22758 Green Turtle Cay Abaco Tel: (242) 365-4695 or 365-4047 email: ipmjulie@batelnet.bs www.go-abacos.com/ipm Vacations Rentals COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALECommercial property with almost completed building. Airport road. Serious inquiries only 559-9517, 367-4432, 361-7241 (Nassau) Lubbers Quarters beaut iful home across from Tilloo Cut with 2 kings / 2 baths / queen loft. Gorgeous view, convenient location, private boat slip, central A/C, turn key, rental history. By owner 242-366-0266 www.abacohomeforsale.com Marsh Harbour 3 bed/2bath newly refurbished home on high ground. New roof, tongue and groove cypress on interior walls and ceilings, 20 x 40 cement porch/patio. Over one acre fenced with fruit orchard of grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lime trees. Well and city water. This tropical paradise a steal at $250,000. Call 367-5503 or 357-6561 BRI, CIPS Licensed BrokerBill ThorndycraftBuyer Specialist Ph: 242-367-2365 Cell: 242-357-6638 E-Mail: abacorealtor@abacoinet.comGreat Location! Great Price!Wonderful Guana Cay OCEAN FRONT home. Immaculate and easy care 2 bed/2 bath with big picture windows and stunning beachfront terrace. Extremely well built with an enchanting garden and high-end neighbourhood. Very well priced at $795,000. Also listed is the owners BAYFRONT lot. Unique opportunity to capitalize on the spectacular sunsets, great fishing and deepwater dockage sheltered from the NE blows. Excellent value at $339,900. Either holding is available individually but act now and both prime properties can be yours.www.abacorealtor.com Sandra Evans By Jennifer Hudson This year the Abaco Branch of the Bahamas Cancer Society reaches the milestone of 15 years of service to the people of Abaco. The Abaco Branch was formed in 1990 under the leadership of Kay Russell with Sandra Albury as Secretary and Wendy Sawyer as Treasurer. In 1993 a new slate of officers was elected including Dr. Vince McSweeney, Hugh Cottis, Marjolein Scott and Alice.Nightingale. In 1996 Hugh Cottis was elected President; Veronica Saunders, Vice-President; Marjolein Scott, Secretary; and Sylvia Cottis, Treasurer. This dedicated and hard working committee remains in office to this day assisted by a small group of willing members. Over the years the Cancer Societys Abaco Branch has assisted many Abaco cancer patients with airfares for their travel to Nassau or abroad to receive treatment. This service grew from six tickets given in 1993 to 40 in 2003. The society is also involved in preventative programmes such as the free annual Pap smear and prostate clinics at Marsh Harbour, Coopers Town, Sandy Point and Moores Island for which it brings out a group of doctors from Nassau. It offers public lectures from time to time and radio talk shows on various types of cancer and its prevention and distribution of literature. Fund raising events have been on-going such as an annual raffle, fashion shows, jumble and book sales and art auctions. In 2004 a Thrift Store was opened in Marsh Harbour in the Marsh Harbour Community Library building which is open each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and is manned by a dedicated group of volunteers. All proceeds go to the Cancer Society and this is now their major fund-raiser. To date the Abaco Branch has contributed $39,000 to the Cancer Caring Centre in Nassau which will provide a home away from home for patients undergoing treatment where their families can stay with them. One room is set aside solely for the use of patients from Abaco. The Cancer Society of Abaco is grateful for the many generous donations to the Society both in memoriam of a loved one or in appreciation of its efforts to assist those stricken by cancer.Abacos Cancer Society Celebrates 15 Years European Union Will Fund Immigrant SurveyAt a packed meeting on January 24 Administrator Rolle announced that the European Union is funding an immigrant survey for the Mud and Pigeon Peas settlements. It is expected that this will include other Haitian settlements as well. The amount provided was not given but it was suggested it is sufficient for a comprehensive status report. Details are being worked out and further information will be announced on January 31. Mr. Rolle also stated that the Southern Command of the U.S. Navy is going to provide and erect a secure warehouse on Abaco for storing disaster materials. Suitable government land is now being examined. A similar facility will be provided for Exuma.

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Page 22 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 PROPERTY FOR SALE11 Room Hotel at Sandy Point on the waterfront sandy beachInterested persons please send a written bid to the Bahamas Development Bank by February 28th. All rights reserved to reject any or all bids. You can now find your favourite newspaperThe Tribuneand your favourite magazines at these great locations: MAN-O-WAR GROCERY BUDS & BLOOM THE CHEMIST SHOPPE HIT MUSIC & VIDEO ISLAND PHARMACY PRICE RIGHT GROCERY STORE SHELL MARSH HARBOUR SERVICE STATION TEXACO QUALITY STAR VERNONS GROCERY HOPE TOWN BAHAMAS FAMILY MARKET K & S AUTO SERVICE LTD SOLOMONS SUPERCENTER LOWES FOOD STORE GREEN TURTLE CAY SEA SPRAY RESORT AND MARINA Nassau and Bahama Islands Leading Newspaper ABAB ABAB AB AA AA A COCO COCO COMethodist Women Enjoy Tea PartyRev. Carla Culmer gave a special Tea Party to recognize some very special ladies. It was held on December 8th at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall in Dundas Town. There were a few games, some poems were read and there was lots of laughter and conversation and, of course, a variety of little tea cakes to go with their tea. It was a small group of only ten, but everyone appeared to have a good time. An Ansley bone china tea cup was the door prize and was presented to the lucky winner, Mother Merle Williams. She was both thrilled and proud to accept her prize, saying, I have never won anything before Church News Mother Merle won cup Recently ran a competition for Travel Agents in the Bahamas, offering prizes to agents who sold the most BTI Voucher Rentals. It is with great pride that Kathryn, Kimberly and Bettee would like to Thank all our Valued Customers who helped us to beat out the competition securing the Top 3 prizes, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places.A & W Travel ServiceAbaco Shopping Center Marsh HarbourPh: (242) 367-2806 Fax (242) 367-3219 By Jennifer Hudson A visitor to Abaco, Mr. Robert Grenados, was fined $10,000 on two counts of unlawful possession of firearms in Marsh Harbour on January 19th. He arrived in the Bahamas on January 18th aboard the yacht El Loco (meaning Crazy) and went to Tilloo Cay. The following day he came into Marsh Harbour to clear customs but left the gun on the cay and failed to declare it. As a result of investigations it was discovered that he had left the gun, a 9 m.m. Smith and Wesson hand gun on Tilloo Cay. He was taken before Magistrate Crawford McKee and was fined on two counts: possession of a firearm and possession of 29 rounds of ammunition. He was fined $5,000 on each count or three months in prison.Regulations Concerning the Possession of FirearmsShot guns and rifles are allowed to be owned by members of the general public with an up-to-date Bahamian license. High powered rifles are permitted on fishing boats to people who qualify and have the necessary license. Handguns are only allowed to business persons who meet the standard requirements and who specifically qualify for such. Handguns are permitted for boaters but MUST BE DECLARED and must be kept secured on board the boat. They CANNOT be removed from the boat and CANNOT be carried on land.Visitor Convicted of Unlawful Possession of Firearmand will treasure it always. She promised not to put it away in the cupboard but said she would use it whenever possible, which made Rev. Carla very happy. The ladies will look forward to next years tea party and Rev. Carla said she would see what could be arranged. By Mirella Santillo As far as police matters are concerned, Marsh Harbour cannot be described as a violent community. Asked how many murders took place last year on Abaco, Only one murder took place on our island answered Inspector Ferguson. It should be noted that it was a crime of passion, which is still an act of violence but not a threat to the community. Then why would we need police dogs on our island? To answer that question and to understand the role of these dogs, a meeting was arranged with Detective Corporal Cleveland Dames. Officer Dames has been in Marsh Harbour for one and a half years during which time he has been in charge of the K-9 unit. He is assisted by Reserve Officer Martin Albury. They report directly to ASP Wayne Miller and keep in contact with Insp. Andrew Deveaux of Nassau, who is in charge of all the K-9 units in The Bahamas. The Abaco police force Is preparing for the growth of the community by putting in place preventive measures against crime, Officer Dames said. One of those measures was setting up a K-9 unit. At present two dogs live in the police kennel, an Akita/German Shepherd attack dog and a Springer Spaniel drug dog. The attack dog is still in training, so it has not yet been involved in any actual cases, stated officer Dames. He explained, There is a lot of alarm activation in town possibly indicating shops or house break-ins. Upon investigating these calls, it is planned that the dog will accompany the police officer for protection. An armed criminal could be present and be deterred by the presence of a dog. He will also be used to escort a dangerous prisoner to court. A trained police dog becomes an officers partner, able to apprehend a criminal running away from an injured policeman. The attack dog will become an all around working dog which will be taken on patrol of bank and business premises. The Springer Spaniel, as a bird hunting dog, has a very developed sense of smell. Officer Dames explained, Part of his training was to introduce him to drugs with a drug scented towel. After finding the drugs, he is given the towel back as a reward. There are two types of drug dogs. The policeman continued, An aggressive dog will scratch repetitively upon finding the drugs, and a passive drug dog used for human apprehension will sit in front of the suspect. Our Marsh Harbour dog is the aggressive type. Accompanying a team of officers on a routine road block at the end of 2004, the Springer Spaniel indicated a vehicle which the officers searched. Half a pound of marijuana was found in a bag in that car. The dog often takes part in road blocks and joins officers on search warrants of people suspected of possession. He accompanies officers giving lectures to local school children on the negative effect of illegal drugs and the consequences of using them. Detective Dames said, Properly trained police dogs can do the work load of many officers, thus saving human resources; they are an asset to any police force and are used not only for protection but as a deterrent.Dogs Aid Abaco Police

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February 1, 2005 The Abaconian Page 23 B15 Boston Whaler 75 HP Mercury. $11,000. Call 366-0251 17 Proline CC 1996, 2004 Yamaha 90 HP, nice run-about boat for the Sea of Abaco, includes trailer. DUTY PAID $12,500 Call 305-451-5751 or 305-942-3597 21 Carrera, Kevlar hull, Berkley jet drive. Call 366-0023 for details 22 Catalina sailboat swing keel, 8.5 HP Mercury, good condition, 4 sails. $3500 Call 366-0180 or 366-0318 23 Mako w/ 1999 200 HP Yamaha, brand new GPS and VHF, Bimini top, new cushions and bottom paint. $12,500 Call 477-5807 24 Pursuit 2470 WA (walk around) 1998, includes Garmin GPS with map card, 20 gal fresh water tank, CD player, foul weather curtains, 1998 225 HP Yamaha (250 hrs.). DUTY PAID. Price as is $35,000 Contact 3654045 25 Grady White Sailfish cuddy cabin, walkaround, new bottom paint, powered by twin 225 HP Evinrude ram ficht engines, low hours. Price now reduced to $42,000 OBO Call 3672598 Minimum for 3 lines in one issue $9 Picture and 4 lines $25 Additional lines at $2 per line Display classified $18 per column inch We can take the photo within the Marsh Harbour area or use your photo. Call 242-367-2677 Fax 242-367-3677 Big CaBig Ca Big CaBig Ca Big Ca t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment t Equipment Rentals: Backhoe, D3 Tractor, Payloader, Dump Truck Services: Land clearing, Trenching Foundations Fill, rock and sand Fax: 242-367-2464 Tel: 242-367-2655 367-5250 Cell #: 477-5322 359-6839 SUPPLY DEPOTHotel, Restaurant & Commercial Supplies Over 1000 Items in Stock Blue Warehouse on S.C. Bootle Hwy. Ph:/Fax: (242) 367-2128 Straw Baskets Shirts Hats Casual Wear Gifts SouvenirsLocated Don MacKay Blvd. and Airport Phone 367-2431 Marsh Harbour Mon Sat 7:30 5 Sun 10 5 Visa and MasterCard AcceptedTropical Souvenirs COMMERCIAL SERVICES BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE BOATS AND MARINE ITEMS FOR SALE Classified AdvertisementsItems for Sale, Commercial Service, Cars & BoatsFor all your vertical and mini-blind needs contact Sidney Albury at 367-2091 or 367-2031. Sales and Service 25 Boston Whaler, walk-around cabin, 2 150 HP Johnsons, low hour engines, well maintained, new Bimini, VHF, stereo, fishfinder. Asking $25,000 Call Karl Conrad 365-8141 or Roberts Marine 365-4249 25 Steiger Craft 200 HP Evinrude, Bimini, trim tabs, 120 gal gas tank. $16,000 ONO Call 365-6128 days, 365-6059 nights 26 2003 MercPango w/200 HP Merc EFI OB, VHF, depthfinder, SS prop, trim tabs, 2 anchors, all safety equip. A steal at $29,500 Call 365-6998 29 Bristol sailboat, needs fiberglass work. $1000 Also 17 Mako, good condition, (no engine). $800 Call 366-0444 32 Endeavor Barnacle DUTY PAID, very good condition, Yanmar, A/C, ref, 1 KW generator, 10 sailing dinghy. Offered at $23,800 For more info call Don at 262-377-8418 36 Pearson Ketch slight hurricane damage to toe rail, life lines and mizzen mast. For sale as is at $21,000. Boat can be seen in Green Turtle Cay. Contact Jimmie Lowe 242-3579077 or Jody Lowe 365-4195 50 Freedom motor sailer, classic, built 1934. Well Founded 39 on deck, ketch rig, extensive inventory, 11 unsinkable dingy, 15 HP Suzuki. Excellent live-aboard, very spacious. recently repowered. DUTY PAID presntly in MH. Sale or Trade $15,000. Call Freedom Ch 68, phone 359-6750 Outboard motor 1998 8 HP Evinrude, long shaft, very low hrs. Like new. 365-6433 1999 Jet Ski, Yamaha 750, like new. $5000 Call 366-0251 COMMERCIAL SERVICES MERCHANDISE FOR SALE2 mini split air conditioners 2 1/2 tons, 2 compressors 1 2 1/2 ton 1 1 1/2 ton. All package for $600. Call 365-6128 days 365-6059 nights Smart Body Oils, designer and traditional perfume oils, long lasting, handy pocket/purse size, mens and womens fragrances. Try one today. Tel 367-3520 or 559-8538 Fly rod 9-foot, #8, Thomas & Thomas, with Ross reel, with accessories. Man-O-War 3656433 3 piece siting room set (love seat, 3-seat sofa, arm chair) in perfect condition. High end quality. Cost over $4000 new. Loose/ reversible/ zippered cushions. Bargain $650 (Can deliver) phone 367-2673 (day/eve) Bluff House Beach Hotel on Green Turtle Cay is currently seeking experienced restaurant cooks, kitchen help, servers and bartenders for the upcoming seaason. We are offering competitive wages as well as newly renovated staff quarters for live-in positions and a clean fun working environment. We also have a late night ferry run available for those who cannot live in. Wages are based on experience. Please phone 365-4247 or apply in person at the Bluff House between 10 am and 3 pm daily with your resume and references at the Jolly Roger Bar & Bistro. Ocean Frontier Limited seeks an on-site sales manager for Ocean Frontier Vacation Club. Experience in sales and training sales staff is essential. Successful candidate will be required to relocate to Guana Cay. Please forward C.V. to Mr. Andrew Hill. RR #1. Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada Phone contact 1-519-389-4846 General Manager Wanted to run a small hotel/restaurant/bar in the Family Islands. Must have at least five years experience in the hotel business and prefer experience at a relais/chateux facility. Must be able to handle all aspects of managing this type of operation. Knowledge of sales and marketing, accounting, maintenance, and employee training is required. Only Bahamians need apply. Send resume to P.O. Box AB 20551, Marsh Harbour, Abaco EMPLOYMENT PPORTUNITIES Island PharIsland Phar Island PharIsland Phar Island Phar macymacy macymacy macyPrescriptions Testing Beauty Supplies Vitamins Ricardo Miller, PharmacistHours 8:30 am 6 p.m. Sundays 9 am 12 Noon Ph/Fax 367-2544 Cell 554-8183 Dove Plaza, Marsh Harb. VEHICLES FOR SALE1996 Ford Windstar GL Van $6000 OBO 3675978 evenings. 1996 Nissan Wagon. Submit bids to Teachers & Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union, P.O. Box AB 20187, Marsh Harbour, 367-3613 2002 Ford Focus Station Wagon red, low miles, radio, auto, air, elec window. Like new. $15,900 Call 365-8188Souvenirs Cuban Cigars Casual Clothing T-Shirts Venus Swimwear Jewelry Childrens Clothing and lots more ...Located in Simmons Plaza next to Snack Shack Mon Sat 9 5 Phone: (242) 367-4822 Bs SunriseCornish Painting CoPainting Inside and Outside Pressure Cleaning Mildew Removal Varnish and Pickling Water proofing Pressure Washer for Rent Call 367-2773 Cell 559-9152 Donations for Tsunami Flood Victims Relief via Red CrossDisaster has been redefined by the Tsunami disaster on Boxing Day, December 26, 2004. Thousands perished and survivors have lost entire families, friends, neighbours, jobs and businesses. The confirmed dead recently totaled 225,000 while the afflicted survivors number in the millions. In a joint effort the civic groups on Abaco are working with businesses and churches to raise $100,000 as a meaningful contribution to the suffering victims of the Tsunami. They ask that church groups, clubs, youth groups and other groups combine efforts to realize this goal. Remember, whoever helps the least of his brothers renders service unto God the Father. Consider various ways of raising funds or make a donation to the Red Cross of Abaco, specifying that the money is to go to Tsunami relief. All donations received will be acknowledged promptly with a written receipt. For further information contact Mrs. Zali Chu, Secretary, at 367-2824 or mail your donations to P.O. Box AB 20992, Marsh Harbour.Flood Victims Relief Fund Giving Abacos Best Effort Hints for Helping Our EnvironmentFriends of the Environment Presents Dont leave fires unattended Clean up brush and trash around your house

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Page 24 B The Abaconian February 1, 2005 Margot LeeEstate Agent Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 365-6156 Fax: (242) 365-6229 e.mail: margot@abacoinet.com John Cash, BRI, CRSBroker Treasure CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-8467 Cell: (242) 477-5056 e.mail: jic@oii.net Kathleen Albury, BRIEstate Agent Appraiser Elbow CayTel/Fax: (242) 366-0700 cell: (242 ) 477-5350 e.mail: kathleen@hgchristie.com Faron SawyerEstate Agent Marsh HarbourTel: (242) 367-5454 Cell: (242) 359 6981 e.mail: faron@hgchristie.com Northern Abaco Cays 20 acre private island. 1,000' wide glorious lagooon with fabulous crescent beach. 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Studio home, Cabana, protected dock-slipway 50 years remaining on a 99 year lease. #AB126 NEW LISTING $2,000,000. "Little Hog Cay" NEW LISTINGGreat Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay and North AbacoGreat Guana Cay Colonial plantation style 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath 3,900 sq.ft. home 450 sq.ft. dock house with screened porch. On an extremely private 3/4 acre point. 170 of deep water frontage with dock. Mature Native Landscaping. Superb Sea of Abaco Views. #AB125 $1,380.000Great Guana Cay "Plum Loco" 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,228 sq.ft. home on almost 1/2 acre with 100' of beautiful beachfront. Furnished and fully equipped#AB97UNDER CONTRACT Treasure Cay "Son Burns" 4 bedroom 3 bath 2,160 sq.ft. home on two floors, 750 sq.ft. of open sundeck on upper level, 750 sq.ft. of porch on lower. almost 3/4 Acre on Galleon Bay Canal Private Dock Fully Furnished. # AB72 SOLDTreasure Cay Treasure Cay Drive -"Steiner House" 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 2,200 sq.ft. home on two levels upper level deck almost 1/2 Acre Good Sea of Abaco Views. Short stroll to beach. Great family home. fully Furnished. #AB116 $925,000.Sand Banks Creek "Dannie's Den" 2 bedroom, 2 bath new home + 80' Waterfront Almost 1 1/2 wooded acres. Private Dock # AB73 $355,000. Sea of Abaco Private Island 300' from the Abaco mainland, near Leisure Lee 1.4 acres. Excellent elevation. 8' of water at western end. Fresh water electricity and cable near-by. Also called Lower Turtle Rock. #AB5147 $375,000. "Carrington Cay"Treasure Cay Brigantine Bay 6 bedroom, 4 1/2 bath 5,500 sq.ft. Canal-front home on two levels 100' Dock with 6' depth, Four car garage. Great family home or Corporate retreat. fully and tastefully Furnished. #AB120 $2,290,000. "Final Approach" "B-Team" Treasure Cay Galleon Bay 4 Bedroom, 3 bath, 4,000 sq.ft. canal-front home with 1,280 sq.ft. of open and covered decks situated over 3/4 acre. 48 lay-along private dock.Beautifully furnished with great Sea of Abaco views. #AB124 $1,395,000. "Cornish Cay" Sea of Abaco 38 Acre private Island Great Beaches 2 bedroom, 1 bath residence, 2 Guest Cottages, Caretaker's Cottage, Barn, Tennis Court, Sea Plane Ramp, Boat Basin with Boat Lift, Boat Ramps, Breakwater protected Dock, Solar Power and generators # AB 119 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACTMan-O-War Cay Charming, exquisite, traditional Bahamian home on over 1/4 acre. 1 bedroom, 1 bath in 1,047 sq.ft. Two screened porches. 249 sq.ft. "Snore Box" with 1/2 bath and attached workshop. Crows nest for great ocean views. Private boat mooring. Furnished. #AB131 NEW LISTING $475,000. "Sugar Apple" NEW LISTINGTreasure Cay Immaculate 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1,000 sq.ft., elevated hexagonal villa. Two Decks provide fabulous beach and sea views. Swimming pool with waterfalls. Completely renovated and professionally decorated in 2002. Storage room in pedestal below. #AB132 NEW LISTING $537,500. NEW LISTING "Treasure House #2" Marsh Harbour Pelican Shores 3 bedroom, 3 bath home 1 bedroom, 1 bath garage apartment 1 1/2 Acres -private dock with boatlift Fabulous Views. The privacy of a private island with in town convenience. Furnished. #AB67$2,950,000 "Pelican Point"Marsh Harbour, Central Cays and South AbacoMan-O-War Cay "Ceylon's Isle/Rosewood" 2 1/2 Acres Sea-to-sea. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,920 sq.ft. residence. 1 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath guest complex on beach. 259' of beautiful Sea of Abaco beach. Lush landscaping, a myriad of fruit trees. Fully furnished and equipped. Superb Views. # AB111 $3,700,000.Marsh Harbour Eastern Shores "Endless Summer"4 bedroom, 3 bath 2,700 sq.ft. Home. Private Dock with boat lift on the Sea of Abaco. Some of the most Fabulous Panoramic Views in Abaco. Across the road from Beach. fully Furnished. #AB118 $1,500,000.Marsh Harbour "Lightbourn" Commercial Almost 2 Acres Prime Queen Elizabeth Drive Location, near stoplight 3,600 sq.ft. Store or warehouse. # AB AB99 $1,400,000. Marsh Harbour Commercial over 1/3 Fenced Acre 2,160 sq.ft. Showroom/Office/ Warehouse Building Great for service business or wholesaler Good relocation property for businesses expanding into Abaco from Nassau or Freeport. AB110 $290,000. Derek A. Lee, BRIAbaco District Managing Broker Marsh Harbour Man-O-War CayTel: (242) 367-4608 Cell: (242) 357-6856 e.mail: dereklee@oii.net Chris Plummer, BRI Assistant District ManagerEstate Agent Green Turtle CayTel/Fax: (242) 365-4648 Cell: (242) 554-9451 e.mail: bpepperinn@abacoinet.com VHF Channel 16 HGChristie.com "All you need to know about real estate in The Bahamas!" The Bahamas Oldest and most extensive real estate service Global Exposure Local Expertise Over eighty years of service Bahamas Largest Real Estate Data Base The largest number of luxury property listings in Abaco The most extensive geographically distributed and best trained active agent network in Abaco The most professional, best researched and produced marketing materials in the Bahamas Agents' own vessels for convenient access to all areas. HOMES The Exclusive Bahamas Affiliate for:CHRISTIE'SGREAT ESTATES SALES RENTALS RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPRAISALS Telephone: (242) 367 5454Bay Street P.O. Box AB 20777 Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamase.mail: abaco@hgchristie.com1/15/05 VACANT LAND Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1,400 sq.ft of living space. Private Dock Slip. Superb views of the Sea of Abaco Fully Furnished and Equipped Good Rental Income Producer. # AB68 $585,000. "Sea View"Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,474 sq.ft. Canal Front Home Over 900 sq.ft. of porches and Decks. Two Car Garage. Private dock for 55' boat and 10,000 # Boat-lift for 25' boat. Fully Furnished and Equipped. #AB121$1,035,000 "Casa Sirena" Great Guana Cay Dolphin Beach Estates 5 Bedroom, 3 bath home set on over 1/2 Acre with 100' of Beach-front. Open decks for fabulous ocean views, elevation for Sea of Abaco Views. Fully furnished and equipped. #AB123 $1,379,000 "Surfside"Elbow Cay Dorros Cove 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,500 sq.ft residence with 2 bedroom, 1 bath 1,100 sq.ft guest house. Southeastern point of island. Swimming Pool Private boat slip. Superb ocean and cay views. Furnished # AB112NEW PRICE $1,750,000. "Point of View" NEW PRICEGreat Guana Cay 5.9 Beautiful sea-to-sea acresSouth end of Great Guana Cay 395' of Ocean frontage. 160' of Sea of Abaco frontage. 245' of semi-private boat basin frontage. Good elevations for fabuolus ocean and sea views #AB5176 $2,950,000. Green Turtle Cay Coco Bay Area "Madiera Hill" 1.497 Acres 312' x 209' Waterfront access super views. # AB5143 UNDER CONTRACT Green Turtle Cay North End Lot A. Pristine 135' of beach-front. 1.46 wooded acres. Good elevations. Minutes from clubs and town.#AB5182 NEW LISTING $550,000. Green Turtle Cay "Lot 60" 12,235 sq ft., almost 1/3 acre. between Coco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. mature native landscape. and trees. Convenient to Green Club and beach Last parcel remaining in the area. #AB 5183 NEW LISTING $73,000.Marsh Harbour Great Abaco Club Canal Front Building Sites #40 9,778 sq.ft. AB5155 Extra Large Corner Parcel $299,000. #41 7,070 sq.ft. AB5156 Good Elevation Sea View $360,000. #45 6,968 sq.ft. AB5066 Good Elevation Sea View SOLDSand Banks Creek One Acre plus Wooded lots with over 90' of water frontage on Bay 3 miles south of Treasure Cay Limited Number Available. # AB5069 from: $63,700.